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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/17/20)

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The last SmackDown before things get EXTREME!

Before Extreme Rules becomes a horror show, SmackDown is going to be golden! Will AJ Styles still be WWE Intercontinental Champion by the end?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Big E w/ Kofi Kingston VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura; Cesaro wins and chooses Tables match stipulation for Extreme Rules.
  • Asuka & Nikki Cross VS Bayley & Sasha Banks; Bayley & Banks win.
  • Braun Stromwan VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Strowman wins.
  • Lacey Evans VS Naomi; Evans wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle; Styles wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown superstars hype up tonight!

Tonight, AJ Styles takes on “that barefoot bum” in a match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship! Yes, Matt Riddle technically beat him before, but he had the element of surprise. Tonight, no surprises, no shoes and no chance of winning! Riddle is a flash in a pan, and this is still the House That AJ Styles Built! Riddle responds by asking, “What does AJ stand for anyways? Arrogant Jackass?” Last time was no fluke. After Riddle wins tonight, he’ll officially be the Bro that Runs the Show. Daniel Bryan says Styles VS Riddle is going to tear the house down, with a new champion to start the night.

Alexa Bliss says she has a very special guest tonight. Who will it be? “I don’t bliss and tell.”

The Miz asks John Morrison if he’s afraid to take on Braun Strowman 1v1 again. Nope! That’d be like being afraid of Jean-Claude Van Damme just because he’s awesome. And another thing that’s awesome was that yacht party Van Damme threw. Morrison went to a Van Damme yacht party and fought him? Don’t be ridiculous. Of course he did. But is Morrison really not afraid of Braun? “Afraid?  I’m freaking terrified!” And speaking of, Braun promises Morrison that the Horror Show might just start tonight. Hopefully Bray is watching.

Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro declare they will become SmackDown Tag Team Champions this Sunday at Extreme Rules! Will it be in a Steel Cage? A Tables match? Cesaro will get to choose if and when he defeats Big E tonight. But then the New Day responds with a “SPOILER ALERT!” The Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style will NOT win these W, W, E, World, Tag, Team CHAMPIONSHIPS~! And that goes the same for Cesaro tonight! Because the Swiss Superman is in the sky, but Big E’s fist is his Lois Lane! Don’t you mean Kryptonite? “AWWWWW people at hooome~!” Clap for your pivotal opening match, and feel~ the power~!

Big E w/ Kofi Kingston VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura!

The bell ring and Big E CLOBBERS Cesaro! Big E throws body shots on Cesaro in the corner, then whips him out of the ring. Cesaro kicks Big E back, throws European Uppercuts, but Big E RAMS him into steel steps! Kofi keeps Nakamura back as Big E RAMS into Cesaro and the steps! Big E puts Cesaro back in, runs at Cesaro in the corner, but Cesaro POSTS him! Cesaro puts Big E on the apron to then run and dropkick him off! Big E hits the floor and Cesaro grins as he pursues. Cesaro drags Big E up to POST him form this side, then shove him back inside. Cesaro climbs, Big E stands, Cesaro leaps to ax handle him down! Cover, ONE! It’ll take more than that to stop Big E.

Cesaro clubs Big E in the back then wraps on a chinlock. The crowd rallies with Kofi and Big E powers up. Big E throws elbows to get free, but he runs into a scoop and slam! Cover, TWO! Cesaro goes to a corner and climbs back up. Big E stands again, Cesaro leaps, but into the OVERHEAD belly2belly! And then another! Big E dodges Cesaro to hit the third belly2belly! The crowd fires up as Big E swivels those hips! Big E runs and SPLASHES! But Big E keeps going as he drags Cesaro up. Cesaro elbows and uppercuts back, but Big E dumps him to the apron. Big E bumps Cesaro off buckles then has him on the apron. Big E clubs away, Kofi and Nakamura jaw at each other, and Big E climbs up. Big E aims to APRON SPLASH! The champions have control as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Cesaro runs corner to corner to uppercut Big E! And then again! Cesaro tries the hat trick but gets the URENAG-E! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps his cool as he watches Cesaro flounder up. Cesaro is on the apron, Big E runs but into a BOOT! Cesaro gets in, ducks and springboards for a FLYING uppercut! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as he drags Big E up. Cesaro throws more EuroUppers then reels Big E in. The crowd rallies, Big E trips Cesaro and has a leg, STRETCH MUFFLER! Cesaro flails as Big E holds him off the mat. Cesaro sits up, gets around and sunset flips! TWO, Cesaro has the SWISS SWING! Then he drops Big E for the SHARPSHOOTER! Big E endures, reaches,, powers up, but Cesaro switches to a CROSSFACE!

Nakamura sucker punches Kofi! Nakamura taunts Big E, “C’mon!” But Big E powers up to lift Cesaro for a Canadian rack! Cesaro grabs ropes, they swing around and the ref has to get clear! Nakamura gets a cheap shot enziguri in! Cesaro drags Big E up for a NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

The Artist Collective found a way to take advantage! They stomp Big E to add insult to injury, and then make their choice clear: They bring out a table! But Kofi FLIES in and takes them out! Kofi fires off on Cesaro and Nakamura then takes the table for his own! Kofi sets the table up, goes after Cesaro with forearms and even bumps him off the apron. Big E returns to keep Nakamura down while Cesaro is put on the table. Kofi goes back into the ring, climbs up and has Big E’s help, only for Nakamura to save Cesaro! They run away, still victorious, but will it be that way come Extreme Rules?

 

Backstage interview with King Corbin.

The Wolf King has been quite the antagonist to Matt Riddle. Corbin wants it set straight that Riddle attacked him first. That aside, how does Corbin think Riddle will do in tonight’s title match? Well AJ Styles is one of the best ever, while Riddle wrestles without shoes. This will be a quick and decisive victory for Styles to remain Intercontinental Champion. So in his opinion, Riddle’s win in his debut means nothing? Corbin will give Riddle something: he is ambitious. Everything’s gone right so far, but Riddle thinks this is like the movies, where you go after the biggest and overcome the odds. Riddle is playing with fire and is going to get burned. Tonight, after Styles is done pummeling Riddle, everyone will realize the Bro is just a little boy.

 

Cesaro and Nakamura celebrate backstage.

The New Day just can’t win against them. They can’t even touch them! And finally, they will get the proper respect they deserve. They earned this right the hard way. So this Sunday, what match should they choose? Nakamura says the cage is unforgiving. Bones can break, flesh can tear. But as much as Cesaro loves that, Cesaro can’t get the idea out of his head that the New Day will just gyrate up against the cage and it gives him “the heeby-jeebies.” Cesaro would really enjoy smashing them through a table again. That was a good feeling. Cesaro wants to do that to take the titles. Therefore, this Sunday’s SmackDown Tag Team Championship match will be a TABLES MATCH! Will the eight reign be broken with the breaking of wood?

 

SmackDown presents A Moment of Bliss!

The co-hosts, “the always alluring Alexa Bliss and her enthusiastic best friend, Nikki Cross” are already in the ring as the crowd cheers. Alexa welcomes us to the show, but wants to talk about something very near and dear to these two. It is the five year anniversary of the Women’s (R)Evolution! Nikki read Alexa’s mind! So wild to think it’s already been five years. Boundaries were broken, glass ceilings were shattered, and that is all worth a great round of applause. But speaking of mind-reading, maybe Alexa is clairvoyant. Nikki has an Aunt Claire who made the best shepherd’s pie. No, not aunts named Claire. Clairvoyant, able to see the future. Oh!

Well then, Blisstrodamus will predict that the LA Lakers will be NBA Champions. She predicts Riddle becomes Intercontinental Champion. And that her very close friend, Braun, will walk out of the Swamp Fight victorious. She also predicts that her mystery guest will tear the roof off this Sunday. This is someone Alexa is close with, someone very unconventional and- OH! It’s Nikki! Of course! They are very best friends, and yes, Nikki will blow the roof off against Bayley! She will live the dream on Sunday, and Bayley is going to live a nightmare! Bayley thinks Nikki can’t but Nikki can! She will be the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! Yes, okay, great energy, but bring it down a little. How many Nitro Boosts did she have today? A few? Maybe…

Well, sorry, no, Nikki is not the mystery guest. Oh… Well sorry, Nikki got excited. The guest is- Well it’s not these two. The Golden Role Models, Bayley and Sasha Banks, appear! Alexa and Nikki better guest used to disappointment. Nikki is going to be a failure. So listen up, “you hyper chihuahua,” after Bayley beats you at Extreme Rules, it’s back into the shadow of Alexa! But before getting into the ring to beat Bliss-Cross senseless, which isn’t hard because they have no sense, there are things Alexa got right. This is the fifth year of the Women’s (R)Evolution. WOO! But uh, did Alexa forget to give credit where credit is due?

DING DONG, HELLO~! Bayley & Banks are the architects of that revolution! They built the walls and the floor of this place! The ring they’re sitting in! They are the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions! “You’re welcome.” Camera man, move! They gotta use the steps. He moves, they enter the ring. Now, since Alexa tells the future, Bayley has a prediction for her. This Sunday, Bayley BEATS Nikki, Sasha defeats the Empress of Yesterday, so that not only will they be the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but the NEW Raw Women’s Champion and the longest reigning combined whatever it is, best ever SmackDown Women’s Champion! “And there’s not a damn thing you, you or anybody in the WWE can do about.”

The crowd boos and Alexa says that’s sweet and all, but they didn’t let her finish about her special guest. It’s ASUKA!! The current Raw Women’s Champion makes a special visit to SmackDown! Bliss-Cross brawls with the Role Models first but Asuka gets involved! Asuka and Nikki take care of running Bayley and Sasha off and Alexa takes a moment to sort things out. “Y’all need to settle your issues in here, so let’s get a referee in here right now.” The crisscross crossover of champions and challengers is going down, after the break!

 

SmackDown hears more from Daniel Bryan.

“A great champion doesn’t coast. He pushes himself, challenges himself, forces everybody around them to elevate their game.” That’s why Bryan is pleased, despite Styles’ objections to the idea, Styles is forced to be a fighting champion. Now Bryan thinks Styles can be that greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time, if he embraces the opportunity. But if he’s not careful, his reign will be very short. Bryan has seen the fire, the intensity and the skills Riddle brings to the ring up close. Does Bryan think he’ll win? Bryan might be biased, but word is Riddle has a special coach with him tonight. Gulak and Riddle, formerly known as Catchpoint, are working on getting Riddle ready. Is the Bro going to take over the show?

 

Asuka & Nikki Cross VS Bayley & Sasha Banks!

SmackDown returns and Bayley furiously shouts at Nikki while she starts against Asuka. Which singles champion will be on the winning side of this unique tag team showdown?

The crowd is already fired up as Asuka is ready to throw down, but Bayley pie faces Nikki! Nikki is furious and wants in, so Asuka tags her! Nikki tackles Bayley and fires off fast hands! She trips Bayley, throws more hands, then drags Bayley to a corner for buckle bumps and a mudhole stomp! The ref counts, Nikki lets up to bring Bayley across the way. Bayley blocks the bump to give it to Nikki. Bayley gets space, runs back in, but Nikki puts her on the apron. Bayley forearms back, tags to Sasha, but that doesn’t count! The ref is busy explaining to Sasha, but Bayley throws Nikki down by her hair! Bayley gets in, covers, ONE!

Bayley tags Sasha officially now, and they mug Nikki in the corner. Sasha brings Nikki around, s nap suplex! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps Nikki down with a chinlock, but Nikki fights up as the crowd and Alexa rally. Bayley tags in first, the friends double whip and double elbow! Cover, TWO! Bayley stays between Nikki and Asuka while taunting Asuka. Bayley stomps Nikki, puts her on the ropes and chokes her! The ref counts, Bayley stops, Sasha hotshots Nikki down! Asuka and Alexa protest but Bayley looms over Nikki. Bayley brings Nikki up by her hair to bump her off buckles. Tag to Sasha and they crisscross Cross to throw her into buckles!

Sasha drags Nikki up to knee her down! Sasha keeps Nikki away but Nikki headbutts back! Sasha bumps Nikki off buckles, fires off hands but lets up as the ref counts. But Bayley pulls Nikki in by her hair to smother her! Sasha tags Bayley and then digs a knee into Nikki. Bayley mocks Alexa’s pose but Nikki cradle counters! TWO, Bayley keeps Nikki anchored to drop an elbow! Bayley drags Nikki back up as Sasha mocks Asuka and Alexa cheering for Nikki. The crowd rallies up again, Nikki fights up and throws Bayley off. Nikki slides under to tag in Asuka! Asuka fires off on Bayley with kicks then whips. Bayley reveres but gets a strike fest! Sasha tags in and Bayley boots Asuka away! But Asuka runs both bets friends over with shoulders!

Asuka goes after Sasha with point-blank hip attacks! Sasha flounders but swings on Asuka, Asuka dodges to hip attack Bayley down! Asuka side-steps Sasha but Sasha tilt-o-whirl headscissors Asuka out! Sasha baseball slides, but Asuka borrows an idea from Nikki with the apron skirt trap! Asuka fires off on Sasha then lets up to tag Nikki in. Nikki gets her own shots in on Sasha! Nikki fires up, but Bayley daredevil dropkicks! Only get caught int he apron, skirt, too! Nikki beats Bayley down, gets back up on the apron, and Asuka sliding knees Bayley down! Nikki leaps to crossbody Sasha down! The crowd is thunderous as Asuka and Nikki both stand on the desk and dance around! SmackDown goes to break as Raw’s champion and SmackDown’s challenger have control!

SmackDown returns and Sasha kicks Asuka down. Asuka ducks the buzzsaw to roll Sasha up, TWO! Sasha CLOBBERS Asuka and Bayley cheers Sasha on. Cover, TWO! Sasha stomps Asuka and drags her up to whip her to a corner. Asuka goes to boot, Sasha blocks and turns her, STOCK DROP KNEES! Cover, TWO! Sasha grows frustrated but she stomps Asuka in the corner. Sasha lets up to bring Asuka around. Tag to Bayley, they mug Asuka then Bayley covers, TWO! Asuka hits back as the fans rally. Bayley swings into a backslide, TWO! Bayley CLOBBERS Asuka! She drops an elbow then covers, TWO! Bayley grows frustrated but she drags Asuka up to bump off buckles.

Tag to Sasha, Sasha hip attacks Asuka, then runs in to do it again. Sasha snapmares Asuka into a chinlock but the crowd keeps rallying. Asuka endures, Sasha thrashes her around and bends her back, and even smears her forearms into Asuka’s face. The ref reprimands, Asuka fights up and out, but Sasha rams her into the corner. Tag to Bayley, she rams her shoulders into Asuka now. Bayley taunts Nikki but Asuka hits back! Asuka fires off, BOOT and a roll up for Bayley, TWO! Asuka pop-up KNEES Bayley down! Both women are on the mat, crawling for their corners! Hot tags to Sasha and Nikki!

Nikki runs wild and rallies on Sasha! Chop, headbutt and dropkick! Sasha gets to a corner, Nikki runs in, monkey flip! Sasha ends up in the other corner,  Nikki runs in, BIG splash! BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps going, goes up top, and leaps only to FLOP! Sasha basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Sasha is losing her cool and wants Bayley to finish this. Sasha drags Nikki over, tags in Bayley, and Bayley climbs up. But Nikki stops her with haymakers! Bayley avoids the draping neckbreaker and whips Nikki out hard! Bayley goes out after Nikki, but Nikki throat chops! Nikki has Bayley and uses the desk, TORNADO DDT! The crowd fires up as Nikki puts Bayley in and covers, but Sasha breaks it!

Asuka goes after Sasha with strikes, then whips only for Sasha to hold ropes. Sasha dodges the hip attack to KICK Asuka out! Sasha goes to the corner, but Asuka keeps her from tagging Bayley in! Sasha leaps at Asuka, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Bayley wrecks Asuka with a dropkick, but Nikki gets Bayley with another tornado, but no DDT! Bayley high stacks and uses the ROPES! Bayley and Sasha win!!

Winners: Bayley & Sasha Banks, by pinfall

Bayley didn’t get help from her friend, but she got help from the ring itself! But if Bayley had to use tricks tonight, what does this mean for Sunday when the SmackDown Women’s Championship on the line? As for Sasha, is she really ready for Asuka?

 

The Miz gives Morrison a pep talk.

Braun’s not so big and scary. But he’s 6′ 9″, 370 pounds of solid muscle! He’s the Monster Among Men! Yes, but they’re movie guys! And everyone knows in a horror film, the hero triumphantly comes out ahead and slays the monster! Morrison is that hero. Yeah, the hero that slays the monster and becomes a legend. And every horror movie hero has a best friend that is even more heroic and fights the monster when the hero isn’t ready! Well, Miz isn’t really into horror movies, so he has no idea what he’s talking about. Morrison will do great, though!

 

SmackDown returns to a special Firefly Fun House!

Instead of the Fun House, we’re at the swamp! And the old Bray Wyatt is singing to himself as he walks around. “It’s beautiful, isn’t it? Peaceful. It’s just like Abigail used to say. ‘A rattlesnake’s skin is the same color as the leaves.'” A camouflage of the horrors that lie underneath. When Braun first came here, “he was nothing more than a lost sheep looking for a home.” And he found one! Braun looked the devil in the eyes and saw the truth. Bray gave him a purpose! Bray created the monster. But then he left! “Or so he thought.” Bray says this place is where darkness comes to light, the devil comes to dance, and all the horrors of the world feel right at home! It is a special, painful place. Once you enter, you never truly leave. A part of you will be here forever.

But Bray knows Braun, and the truth about him! The monster Bray created is just waiting to come home. Bray can see it still lives within Braun! Braun has proven he is not capable handling the gives Bray gave him on his own. Bray must control it. Braun didn’t embrace his destiny as a monster, so now Bray must destroy the monster Braun has become. “You know where to find me, brother. Come home. Run!”

 

Braun Stromwan VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!

We just heard the ultimatum from the Eater of Worlds, and now the Monster Among Men will use actions rather than words to respond! Will the Guru of Greatness be run over by the Strowman Express? Or can he derail it on the way to the swamp?

Before the match, Braun grabs a mic to still speak. “I’m gonna give you a very important piece of information. There comes a time in a man’s life when he has to make the decision to grow up and face his fears. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do this Sunday!” Braun will walk through the gates of Hell to slap the devil in his face! That is the only way this ends! Braun has to face his fear that is Bray, because the last thing he wants is Bray to become the Fiend, because The Fiend is everything evil Braun has ever done in life! Every bad thought, every miscalculation, doubt and self-judgement, all culminating as a living, breathing human being in Bray Wyatt. Braun has to go home and end Bray before Bray ends Braun! The Monster is even more motivated than ever before! He storms the ring, Morrison gets out!

Miz gives Morrison some last tips as Braun shouts, “Bray! I hope you’re watching!!” Morrison gets in the ring, the bell rings, and Braun bulldozes Morrison to a corner! Then TOSSES him across the way! Then corner splashes and LARIATS Morrison inside out! Braun is seething as he STANDS on Morrison’s stomach! Then he grinds his foot into Morrison’s face! The ref counts and reprimands but Braun just circles Morrison like a shark. Braun drags Morrison up to CLUB away on the chest! Braun circles Morrison again, then drags him up in a choke grip, for a DEAD LIFT CHOKE SLAM!! And Braun grins and laughs!

Braun drags Morrison up, for an ARM-TRIANGLE! Braun hasn’t used such a move since he as Bray’s Black Sheep! Then he drags Morrison onto his shoulder, for the MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall

The Monster Among Men dominated Morrison but he wants to speak again. “Bray Wyatt… I hope you were watching. I’m coming home.” Braun laughs again as he leaves Morrison down on the mat. Will Braun exorcise the demons as he faces his past? Or will he once again be Bray’s to command?

As for Morrison, Miz wants medics to get out here for Morrison. Morrison’s neck is in a lot of pain from being thrown around, clobbered and utterly manhandled. Morrison doesn’t want the backboard or stretcher, he just has Miz help him. Miz opens the ropes for him and the crowd cheers encouragement to Morrison. They go up the ramp just as we shift to another match. Lacey Evans makes her entrance first to settle things with Naomi. Who will be singing the blues in this revenge match over karaoke?

 

Lacey Evans VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Lacey speaks on the mic. “After tonight, Naomi’s glow will be nothing but a little sparkle.” But before she can say more, Naomi makes her entrance! Will Naomi make Lacey #FeelTheGlow the hard way after giving her a hard time over SmackDown Karaoke Showdown?

The bell rings, Lacey and Naomi circle. Lacey gets a drop toehold but Naomi catches herself to stomp Lacey in return! Naomi throws Lacey to a corner, then runs in to slide and SLAP! Lacey gets up but Naomi headlocks. Lacey pushes Naomi to a corner, runs in but is put on the apron. She shoulders back in, sweeps the legs, then slingshots to elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps her cool while Naomi sits up. Lacey brings Naomi up, goes to buckle bump but Naomi blocks, so she throws Naomi down by her hair! Lacey stomps Naomi, drags her to a corner and drops another elbow. Lacey moonsaults but onto knees! Naomi kips up for a running splits splash! Cover, TWO!

Naomi taunts Lacey as the crowd rallies up. Lacey stands, Naomi fires off kicks! Lacey blocks one, but Naomi ducks the punch to full nelson. Lacey breaks free, Naomi ducks and huricanranas! Naomi runs at Lacey in the corner, but Lacey slides out only for Naomi to jump the sweep. Lacey stands up to get the ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi drags Lacey in but Lacey fights back with clawing hands! Lacey grabs Naomi’s hair and ties it up on the rope! Lacey can’t get free without help, and then she get a WOMAN’S RIGHT!! Cover, Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall

The Sassy Southern Belle uses a unique bending of the rules to get a big win! Will the Lady of SmackDown go for the champion after Extreme Rules?

 

Backstage interview with Jeff Hardy!

Hardy’s return has had Sheamus mocking his past with addiction. Sheamus has toasted him, and even used The Miz and Morrison to issue a Bar Fight match challenge! Why did Hardy accept the challenge to risk his sobriety? Fighting a bully is a lot like fighting addiction. You can’t run, you can’t hide and you can’t wish it away. Hardy accepts the truth, plants his feet firmly in the ground and fights until things quiet down. It is risky, but the chance to make Sheamus regret it all is worth it.

While he’s here, what prediction does he have for the WWE Intercontinental Championship match tonight? That’s a bittersweet question, given Hardy could not compete in the Intercontinental Championship tournament because of Sheamus. He could be in the main event tonight against either man, but- someone BOOTS Hardy down! And as if we have to ask, it’s Sheamus. Sheamus sits with Hardy and says there is no running or hiding from this. “But don’t worry, fella. I’m here to help!” Sheamus will cleanse Hardy of his demons. See you next week.

 

Backstage interview with Bayley and Sasha!

Kayla Braxton congratulates them on the win tonight, and asks if this momentum continues through Extreme Rules. Uh, yes, duh. No one has more momentum than Bayley. And the definition of momentum is mass times velocity. Looking at these belts, Bayley has more mass than Nikki and therefore more momentum. “It’s freakin’ science.” But that’s half the equation. The Blueprint, the Boss, the Standard, will decimate Asuka to become #TwoBeltBanks. Then it won’t just be science, it’ll be fate! It’s destiny to have all the gold! And Bayley knows Nikki borders apoplexy, but if she thinks she’s upset now, just wait for her whining and crying into depression as she loses her one and only title match with Bayley. She can just go back to being a chimney sweep! Cheerio~!

Bliss-Cross watches and responds to this.

No wonder those two are laughing. What is wrong with Nikki? She lost last week, lost tonight, she might lose Sunday. Don’t worry about that! Alexa has been there. No, it’s different. Nikki loves Alexa, but this is her chance to finally have a singles title! She left her family and friends who will be watching Sunday, but are they going to just watch her lose again? They’ve lost her lose so many times already! Nikki is shaken. Alexa wants Nikki to look at her. “You will defeat Bayley.” Will she? Will the Horror Show be this bad? But then the Golden Role Models come within earshot, and Nikki goes right after Bayley!!

Sasha freaks out and goes after Nikki, but Nikki shoves her off to go after Bayley more! Alexa hurries to get Nikki away and Bayley wants Alexa to put a leash on Nikki! Nikki will never touch this title!

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle!

The Phenomenal One chalks the Bro’s victorious “debutt” up to the surprise factor. But will Riddle prove he isn’t a flavor of the month, flash in the pan when he wins again?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this phenomenal bro-match begins!

Riddle and Styles go at each other but Riddle dodges Styles’ punch. They tie up, go around, and Riddle puts Styles in a corner. Riddle lets up at the count and the two circle again. Riddle shoots in to the waistlock, lifts but Styles resists. Styles backs Riddle into the corner and elbows him away! Styles rams his shoulder in, lets up at the ref’s count, then rams Riddle more. He ROCKS Riddle with a right, then whips. Riddle holds the ropes, breaks free and gut wrench suplexes! He holds on to do it again! Styles bails out, comes back, but gets a TRIANGLE JUMP KNEE! Riddle has Styles staggering and furious! Riddle goes out after Styles and mocks the rage! Styles gets angrier and rushes into a ROUNDHOUSE! The champ is down as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Riddle knees Styles over and over in the ribs! Riddle then floats over to knee the other side! Riddle has the arm and wants the Fujiwara but Styles resists. Styles reaches for ropes but Riddle waistlocks and SLAMS Styles down! Riddle elbows and knees away, Styles scrambles but Riddle mounts to go after the ropes. Styles hooks ropes with his legs so Riddle lets go. Riddle watches Styles stand in the corner, and then fires off fast hands! Riddle brings Styles up for a PERFECT PLEX! Cover, TWO! The crowd cheers as Riddle keeps after Styles. Styles flapjack hotshots Riddle on the ropes! Styles wheelbarrow FACEBUSTERS Riddle down!

The crowd rallies for Riddle as Styles gets up. Styles kicks Riddle while he’s down and throws haymakers into the corner. Styles stomps Riddle down but lets up at the ref’s count. Riddle CHOPS and forearms back! Riddle kicks away at the ropes but Styles blocks to DRAGON SCREW! Styles stomps the bad leg then kicks it at the ropes. The ref counts, Styles stops and Riddle bails out. Styles watches Riddle get back in to kick him back down. Styles has the leg and drops knees on it! He pulls on it but Riddle hits back. Styles drops more knees on the knee, but the crowd rallies up. Styles gets Riddle’s leg but Riddle fires chops. Styles ROCKS Riddle with a forearm then puts on a sleeper hold!

Riddle endures, the crowd rallies up but Styles leans on the hold. Styles cranks and grinds Riddle down, but Riddle fights up to throw hands. Styles elbows him in the back then fireman’s carries. Riddle slips off to boot him to a corner! Riddle forearms, runs side to side to forearm again! BROSPLODER! Riddle runs to Penalty Kick but Styles gets under. Styles avoids the moonsault but not the Broton! The Penalty Kick hits this time! Riddle brings Styles up to fireman’s carry, BRO TO SLEEP! Then POWERBOMB! Flip, Kami-BRO-YE! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and shocks Riddle while SmackDown goes to one more break.

SmackDown returns once more, and Riddle brawls with Styles in a corner. Riddle whips corner to corner but Styles comes back to LARIAT! Riddle checks his teeth as he sits up, but Styles sliding forearms him back down! Styles looms over Riddle and brings him up. Styles throws more forearms but Riddle hits back! Riddle CHOPS, Styles CHOPS and they brawl with more forearms. Styles KICKS the bad leg, but Riddle shoots to GERMAN SUPLEX Styles down! The crowd rallies back up as both men are down. Riddle crawls over to Styles, throws more forearms and CHOPS, then body shots in the corner. Riddle throws kicks but runs into a SUPERKICK! Wonder where Styles learned that.

Styles brings Riddle up to whip but Riddle holds ropes. Styles throws forearms, runs in to clothesline! Styles wants his Clash but Riddle blocks! Styles elbows him down, suplexes him up , but Riddle slips out to wristlock ripcord, FINAL FLASH! Riddle hurries to the corner and the top rope, but Styles stands up. FLOATING BRO FLOPS! Styles dead lifts Riddle but Riddle grabs ropes! Styles puts him on the apron, ROCKS him with a right, then snap BRAIN BUSTERS Riddle in! Cover, TWO!! Riddle lives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles drags Riddle back up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!!

Styles is beside himself as Riddle survives again. Styles goes to the apron and takes aim. Riddle stands, Styles springboards, but Riddle catches Styles to the gut wrench! Styles fights out but the BROTON drops outta nowhere! Riddle and Styles are both down but the crowd rallies up. Styles and Riddle slowly stand and Riddle throws palm strikes and body shots! Styles ducks the kick, Phenomenal Blitz! But into the Pele, that Styles blocks! Styles rolls Riddle to the CALF CRUSHER!! Riddle flails as Styles as tortures the toes! Riddle reaches, Styles waistlocks and rolls him to keep the Calf Crusher on! Riddle powers up, shifts and has the BROMISSION!!

Styles flails but Riddle hammers away on his chest! Styles and Riddle move around, Styles pops out to cover, STYLES WINS!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

The Phenomenal One got a phenomenal fight from Riddle, but he manages to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!  Riddle feels disappointed, but he has apparently won the respect of AJ Styles. They shake hands, the crowd cheers, but CORBIN attacks! Corbin rains down rights on Riddle, and Styles just leaves! Seems styles doesn’t respect Riddle enough to save him from the Wolf King. Corbin wants Riddle and SmackDown to respect him, and hits END OF DAYS! Will this only incur the wrath of the Bro in the coming weeks?


My Thoughts:

A much better episode than last week’s, and a very good go-home for Extreme Rules, but I’m very curious about things for that PPV. I didn’t realize the Bar Fight blow-off for Sheamus and Jeff Hardy was going to be on SmackDown and not the PPV. I can understand the WWE wanting to have material for SmackDown, and this parallels Randy Orton VS Big Show in their Unsanctioned Match being part of Raw instead of PPV. Hardy had a good promo, and Sheamus’ surprise attack as part of it was good, but if it’s on SmackDown, I guess this means it’ll just be a bar themed Street Fight, not a match with a full Hollywood bar film set. A shame, I suppose, but really more for the Extreme Rules PPV.

Opening the show with a big rundown of the night was different, and I suppose can help to make SmackDown different from Raw or NXT. The lead into the match between Cesaro and Big E was good, too, as was the match they had. I just think it’s foolish to say, “This match decides if the tag title match is a Cage or Tables match.” The story so far already gave away a Tables Tag was going to happen, but this just basically doubled down. The choice should’ve been booked as “open to any stipulation,” and then the promo where Cesaro brings up the table spot last week works itself out. But that tag title match will still be great, and because it is Tables, it can go either way.

Lacey VS Naomi was a good match but rather short. I still think things should be more a tag team story with Dana and Tamina included. But I loved everything with the main women’s story, from A Moment of Bliss being how Asuka shows up on SmackDown, and that great champions and challengers tag match. Bayley winning only to get attacked backstage definitely keeps the math complicated, but I still feel Bayley wins to put all the pressure on Sasha to accomplish their goals of being #DoubleDoubleChampChamps. This will only prove to further the tension between them so that we can get their own feud going into the latter half of WWE’s calendar (WrestleMania to WrestleMania, that is).

Bray Wyatt turning the Firefly Fun House back into one of his Eater of Worlds promos was great, as was the promo itself. Braun’s promo was incredible, especially for him. I liked how he basically mauled Morrison, but the promos from Miz and Morrison building towards it were not quite right. They already faced Braun 2v1 so it makes sense Morrison would be wary, but I feel like they were avoiding referencing that Handicap match from Backlash. Morrison selling being mauled was a good touch, but I was really hoping Miz would turn on Morrison and cue a return of the SmackDown Hacker or something.

The Intercontinental Championship match was definitely phenomenal, but Styles winning does make a lot of sense. Daniel Bryan’s promo was a good way of setting up Styles reluctantly going through a workhorse schedule but still coming out on top, because that will really help SmackDown week to week. Corbin VS Riddle is also the obvious next step. Riddle can build a lot with fans who haven’t watched NXT by taking on Corbin, someone we’ve all seen a lot of. Corbin makes Riddle look good while biding time until something else comes around. For once, WWE could be playing the long game to properly book someone as a big name, though it’s not like they actually have to with Riddle.

My Score: 8.4/10


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

American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!

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AEW House of the Dragon

Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

CM Punk is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1

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

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

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

Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.

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

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

 

Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???

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

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!

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

 


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)

And then there were four!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

The G1 Climax’s Final Four face off!

A VS B and C VS D, the biggest G1 Climax in NJPW history reaches its semifinals! Will Tetsuya Naito make Will Ospreay trainquilo? Will Kazuchika Okada make it rain on the Good Bad Guy?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
  • Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Tito & Jonah win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, David Finlay & KUSHIDA VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida win.
  • G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga; Okada wins and advances to the finals.
  • G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances to the finals.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

It’s A Block VS B Block, Rainmaker VS Good Bad Guy! And in G1 Climax 31, Okada lost to Tama! Will history repeat itself? Or will Tama have to fall back to the golden ticket he got from beating Jay White?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two circle. Tama and Okada shake hands to show there’s respect here and fans cheer more. Okada and Tama tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada uses his height as leverage. Okada puts Tama on the ropes and the ref calls for the break. Okada lets off, pats Tama on the shoulders, but Tama rushes in. Okada kicks low, headlocks, but Tama powers up and out. Okada runs Tama over and fans fire up. Okada runs, Tama gets up to arm-drag Okada around! Then Tama dropkicks Okada down! Fans fire up more as Tama brings Okada up. Tama CLUBS Okada and follows him to a corner.

Tama throws body shots, but Okada throws forearms! Tama knees low, Okada throws body shots but Tama CLUBS Okada down. Fans rally as Tama whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Tama runs at Okada but into the FLAPJACK! Fans applaud while Okada catches his breath. Jado coaches Tama while fans rally up. Okada drags Tama up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and Tama goes to ropes. Okada brings Tama around to CLUB him on the neck. Okada puts Tama in a corner and throws a back elbow. And then another! And then another! The ref counts and Okada lets off.

Fans rally, Jado coaches Tama, but Okada brings Tama up. Tama throws body shots but Okada knees low. Okada turns Tama for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Okada sits Tama up for a chinlock. Tama endures while Okada squeezes tight. The fans rally up more as Okada turns and twists Tama. Tama fights up to his feet, throws elbows, but Okada knees low. Okada throws Tama out of the ring then follows after. Tama staggers up into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Tama behind while fans rally up. Jado coaches Tama while the ring count climbs. We’re at 5 of 20 but Tama is still down.

Tama pushes up off the floor at 10 of 20 and crawls his way over, and he drags himself up at 16, only to fall! Tama springs up and in at 19! Okada walks over and kicks Tama around while the fans rally up. “O-KA-DA!” eggs Tama on, so Tama fires off forearm after forearm! Okada eggs Tama on, Tama keeps throwing hands, but Okada DECKS Tama with one! Okada whips Tama to a corner, but Tama comes back to CLOBBER Okada! Fans fire up and rally again as Tama drags himself up the ropes. Tama rushes Okada to LARIAT, and ELBOW, and scoop SLAM! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he claps, “TA-MA! TA-MA!”

Okada is in the corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! And then a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally as Tama paces around. Tama brings Okada up to CLUB him down, then he throws body shots. Tama dragon sleepers but Okada fights free! Tama throws a body shot, an uppercut, and then whips. Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Tama with an elbow! Fans rally and Okada whips Tama into a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, then kicks and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” as Okada watches Tama stand. Tama staggers into the Alabama Lift! But Tama fights it off with body shots!

Okada ROCKS Tama, but Tama ROCKS Okada. Okada EuroUppers but Tama EuroUppers back! Okada swings but into the TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up again as Okada bails out of the ring. Tama goes out after Okada and brings him up, but Okada throws body shots! Okada whips Tama into railing, and Tama bounces off into a scoop! But Tama fights that to a TONGAN TWIST to the floor! A bit of payback from earlier! Fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Both men are able to continue and Tama stands first. The ring count starts and Tama drags Okada up at 5 of 20 to put him in at 6. Fans cheer as this match continues.

Tama stalks Okada while the fans clap. Okada stands, Tama rushes in, VENENO! Cover, TWO! Tama paces around then brings Okada back up. Tama fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free and spins Tama. ROLLING- NO, Tama ducks the lariat to fireman’s carry! S R C! Tama heads for the corner and fans fire up! SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Tama grows frustrated, but Jado calls the shot! Tama and Jado pound the mat, and fans clap along. Tama watches Okada rise, then he rushes in, GUN- NO, Okada turns that into the BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP!!

Tama endures and fans rally up! Tama reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans fire up more. The fans continue to rally, “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” Okada drags Tama up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs up and fans rally for the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Tama up, wristlocks, but Tama throws back elbows. Okada CLUBS Tama, EuroUppers and runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Tama takes Okada down! Tama drags Okada up, but Okada fights off the suplex to shove and DROPKICK Tama in return!

Okada drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks to slips around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shoutout to the Prince! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Tama just reloads and brings him back up! Double underhooks, but Okada fights free to LARIAT! Not quite the Rainmaker but Okada holds onto the wrist! Fans rally as Okada slowly rises back up. Okada drags Tama up, for a short arm LARIAT! Okada fires up and the fans follow suit! He drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks and runs, into a DROPKICK! But he gets back up! Tama is roaring, fans are fire dup, but Okada scoops for the LANDSLIDE!!

Okada then ripcords Tama, GUN STUN!!! But Tama can’t make the cover! Jado shouts to Tama, he crawls over to Okada, pushes Okada over for the cover, TWO!!! Okada survives because of the delay! Fans are thunderous while both men are still down! Tama rises and he drags Okada back up. Tama reels Okada in, underhooks the arms, but Okada fights the lift! Tama CLUBS Okada, CLUBS him again, and fans rally as Tama CLUBS Okada one more time. Tama brings Okada up, reels him in again, but Okada back drops and sits on the cover! TWO!! Tama swings, but into a waistlock! Tama fights the suplex, throws elbows, and then whips.

Okada reverses but Tama dodges the dropkick! And he hurries to underhook, but Okada slips out! GUN- NO, Okada holds it off this time, to then get the wristlock! Ripcord, GUN- NO!! Okada turns it into a MONEY CLIP!!! Fans rally as hard as ever, and Tama turns clip into cradle! TWO!!! Okada escapes, BOOTS, but Tama PELES! Tama reloads fast and waits on Okada to stand! Okada is up, Tama runs in, GUN- NO!!! Okada fights it again, to ENZIGURI! And then pump handle scoop, POWERSLAM!! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

Tama put up one hell of a fight, truly worthy of the biggest G1 Climax ever, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Rainmaker! Will Okada not stop until he has that Right to Challenge briefcase once more?

 

G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay w/ Great-O-Khan!

It’s C Block VS D Block, Uncontrollable Charisma VS Commonwealth Kingpin! We know Okada awaits in the finals, will he be facing one of his great rivals in Naito? Or will it be one of his great enemies in Ospreay?

Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Ospreay takes his time with his coat and two title belts. Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” “O-SU-PREAY!” and the bell rings. Ospreay encourages the fans to get louder so they do, and Naito says that’s nice. The two then circle, Naito goes back and forth to toy with Ospreay, but then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ospreay finds a point of leverage. He puts Naito on the ropes and Red Shoes counts. Ospreay pats Naito but Naito turns things around. Naito has Ospreay on the ropes, but then pats Ospreay on the shoulders. To then kick low and CLUB him on the neck! And again!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito whips Ospreay. Ospreay reverses, Naito holds ropes and BOOTS Back, to then RANA! But Ospreay handsprings through! Naito ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the Standing Moonsault, then arm-drags Ospreay! Naito ducks a roundhouse and tranquilos! Ospreay smirks while Naito bails out. Fans rally up while Naito stares Khan down. Khan keeps his distance and Naito takes a walk around the ring. Khan tells Naito to get back in so Naito does. Naito and Ospreay circle, feel out a knuckle lock, then circle some more. Ospreay blocks Naito’s kick! Naito tries to reach Ospreay but he can’t!

Ospreay ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then another! Ospreay whips, atomic drops and CHOPS Naito down, for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Khan cheers Ospreay on. Ospreay drags Naito up, ROCKS him again, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS Naito in the corner, then stalks him to another corner. Ospreay CHOPS again and Naito staggers. Ospreay whips him but Naito reverses, only for Ospreay to go up and over. Naito dodges, blocks a kick and puts Ospreay in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then whips Ospreay to ropes for a hip toss! And basement dropkick! Naito keeps going, NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up while Ospreay clutches his neck. Fans rally up and Naito brings Ospreay into a chinlock. Naito grinds Ospreay down with an almost bulldog choke but Ospreay endures. Fans rally up more, Ospreay pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito lets off to snapmare Ospreay into a headscissor hold! Naito pushes up to put pressure on the neck but Ospreay endures. Ospreay rolls around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Khan protests, and Naito lets off. Fans rally up as Naito brings Ospreay around. Naito ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay ROCKS Naito, repeat! Naito then CLUBS Ospreay on the neck!

Naito CLUBS away on Ospreay in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cabron! Fans fire up as Naito poses, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Naito stomps Ospreay around. Naito brings Ospreay up to cravat and neck wrench! Ospreay endures, drops to a knee, and fans rally again. Ospreay fights back up, throws body shots, but Naito ROCKS him again. Naito whips, Ospreay reverses but Naito reverses again. Naito swings into a full nelson, but he arm-drags free! Naito dodges and whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!

Fans fire up while both men are down. Ospreay sits up and grits his teeth. Ospreay waits on Naito to get up, but Naito is slow. Ospreay fireman’s carries to then SNAKE EYES and BOOT! Ospreay goes to the apron and fans fire up with him. Ospreay aims at Naito, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but fans continue to rally. Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito resists the lift. Ospreay keeps trying but Naito flails. Ospreay CLUBS Naito, throws a quick Kowada Kick, then CHOPS Naito off his feet! Naito gets up but Ospreay reels him in, only for Naito to fight the bomb!

Naito ducks the lariat to BACKBREAKER into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Naito slaps Ospreay around but Ospreay still endures. Ospreay moves around, but Naito drags him from ropes! Fans rally, Naito puts on more pressure, but Ospreay kicks his way around! ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Red Shoes counts, and Naito lets Ospreay go. Fans rally as Naito stands and Ospreay drags himself up the ropes. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Ospreay fights off the lift! Naito ripcords but Ospreay ducks the elbow. Naito CLUBS Ospreay, dodges a haymaker, then ROCKS Ospreay! Naito runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! But Naito rebounds, into a SPANISH FLY!!

Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Ospreay and Naito sit up, talk some trash, and then get forehead to forehead. Naito throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back. Naito grins and forearms Ospreay again! Ospreay ROCKS Naito back! Ospreay eggs Naito on so Naito ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay roars and fans fire up, and Ospreay throws another forearm! Naito gives another, and they go back and forth! Fans rally up as the speed picks up! Ospreay fires off a flurry, then CHOPS!! Naito staggers and Ospreay waits on him. Naito comes back to SLAP Ospreay! Ospreay grins and fans fire up!

Ospreay blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but Naito dodges Hidden Blade to TORNADO- NO! Ospreay blocks to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! But Ospreay holds on, brings Naito back up, suplexes but Naito RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes in time but Naito gets him for the TORNADO DDT! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down. Naito and Ospreay stir and Naito sits up first. Naito crawls his way over, drags Ospreay up, and throws heavy back elbows! Ospreay drops to a knee, but Naito brings him up for more heavy elbows! Ospreay drops again but he grabs at Naito. Naito brings Ospreay up for even more heavy elbows!

Ospreay falls over backwards, and the tape on his shoulders is coming off! Naito hammerlocks, half nelsons, and hits GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but Naito is still smiling. Naito brings Ospreay up again, wrenches the arm, but Ospreay RAMS him into the corner! Ospreay runs in but Naito alley-oops him into the corner! Naito then sits Ospreay up on the top rope backwards, and climbs up behind him! Naito goes up to SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous! Naito aims from the corner as Ospreay rises, then he runs in to CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Ospreay blocks Destino!

But Ospreay also holds Naito up! Ospreay ties up the legs, MAGIC CROSS DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Ospreay aims from the corner! Naito sits up, Ospreay rushes in, HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Ospreay isn’t satisfied with that, he drags Naito up! Underhook and lift, STORM- DESTINO!!! Naito turns things around but both men are down! The fans are electric as both men stir on the mat! Naito crawls over to Ospreay, drags him up, but Ospreay BOOTS! Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito scoops but Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Naito ducks the OsCutter! SPINEBUSTER!!

Naito hauls Ospreay up to wrench and- NO, Ospreay turns it, CHELSEA GRIN!! Fans fire up as Ospreay aims again! Ospreay runs in, but Naito ducks the blade! CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay survives and no one can believe it!! Naito roars, drags Ospreay up, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO!! Ospreay slips out to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Maybe 2.999!! The fans can’t believe it, Khan can’t believe, commentary can’t believe it! But Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in and underhooks, for STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

After fighting back from an 0-2 start, after fighting his heart out here, Naito falls before the Climax! If this is truly Naito’s last G1 Climax, if this is truly his last year with NJPW, has it all ended here and now? Or can Naito find another path to Wrestle Kingdom?

As for Ospreay, he holds up his IWGP US Heavyweight Championship and Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship high as he stands over Naito, and then again as he stands on the corner. Khan waves the banner of the United Empire, then brings the mic to Ospreay. The fans applaud, but Ospreay says, “Louder, Budokan! Louder!! Motto! Gentlemen, I said MORE! I want more!” Fans applaud louder, and Ospreay is happy. “Naito, good showing. One more, onegaishimasu. This doesn’t get spoken about enough. In May, I nearly died! I had a kidney infection that nearly killed me! And in three months, three months! After saying I could’ve died, I’m in the G1 Final!”

Fans applaud that heart, and Ospreay says his opponent “is a man who seemingly, I can’t beat on my own. In the seven matches Ospreay and Okada have had, Okada has one SIX of them. SIX. Everyone is now doubting me, because they think I can’t beat Okada. I’ve seen it done with my own eyes! I have seen AJ Styles beat Okada. I have seen Tanahashi beat Okada. I’ve seen NAITO beat Okada! Hell, I’ve even see Jay White dethrone Okada. Know what makes me different? I know in my heart, I know I’m better than all those guys! I know I’m the best wrestler in the world today!!” Fans applaud that, he has a case for it.

Ospreay lists off his accomplishments: Best of the Super Juniors; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship; the New Japan Cup; the British Heavyweight Championship; the NEVER Openweight Championship; the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship; and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! There’s just one more to go! “And believe me. Believe me when I say this. Believe me, I’m not gonna lose. I will beat Okada! I will lead NJPW out of the Dark Ages, and I will bring it back tot he light! Okada, matta ashita <I’ll be waiting tomorrow.> See you at the top!” The Kingpin vows to go from Grand Slam to ULTIMATE Champion in NJPW, will he succeed?


My Thoughts:

A great event as the penultimate night of the G1 this year. Yes, I skipped a lot of matches, and I wish I had time to see that 8 Man with Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida, because it saw the return of the Good Brothers to Japan. But Tanahashi’s team won thanks to some sneaky moves from Yano. I wonder if anyone from Tanahashi’s team will go after Karl Anderson’s NEVER Openweight Championship. Any one of them would be a great opponent for Anderson, but especially Tanahashi.

But we got awesome G1 matches, as to be expected. Tama has been running strong, but it sure seems like everyone knows how to counter the Gun Stun… It makes sense that Okada wins, he could potentially go back-to-back as the G1 Climax winner. But given that, I don’t think he will. Ospreay VS Naito was a great choice to be the main event between the two semifinal matches, and honestly I didn’t think Naito was going to lose. This is supposed to be his last year, so I thought he’d get to the finals before losing and having to worry about what’s next.

Ospreay has a great promo and he does make a great argument for winning the finals. Ospreay’s checked off almost everything to do in NJPW as a singles wrestler, even more than what Okada has done. Ospreay getting the honor of being the first to check everything off the list would be huge.

My Score: 9/10


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