What does SmackDown have in store for us this week?
Who will be WWE Intercontinental Champion? What are Bayley’s reasons for brutally betraying Sasha Banks? And who, or what, joins Bray Wyatt in the Firefly Fun House?
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Jeff Hardy VS AJ Styles; Styles wins by disqualification, Hardy retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura VS The Lucha House Party; Lucha House Party wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross VS Tamina VS Lacey Evans; Cross wins and will challenge Bayley for the title at Clash of Champions.
- Otis w/ Tucker VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Otis wins.
- Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Baron Corbin & Sheamus; Uso & Roman win.
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WWE and SmackDown will #NeverForget 9/11/01.
Roman Reigns is here!
The “Tribal Chief” and his “special counsel,” Paul Heyman are back, but fans are torn as to how they feel about that. Heyman grabs a mic to give an “authorized” bit of “enlightenment.” They let the secret out of the bag that these two were business partners, and then at Payback, Roman wrecked everyone and left the new Universal Champion. Then last week on SmackDown, there was full transparency from them. Heyman set all the cards on the table, and then that night, Roman’s bloodline, Jey Uso, stepped up. Jey is not only the only beneficiary of the Fatal 4 Way, he is the one who dethroned a king, braved a brogue and solved a riddle, all in one night to become the NEW#1 contender. Therefore, Roman has bestowed upon Heyman the honor and privilege of introducing that contender. The challenger for the WWE Universal Champion at Clash of Champions, a cousin and practically blood brother, Mr. Jey Uso.
Jey makes his entrance and is very fired up. Jey says to Heyman that he’s got love for him, Uce. Jey thanks Heyman for helping Jey get to this point. Now he gets to compete with blood, Roman Reigns, at Clash of Champions. Heyman doesn’t mean to interrupt but there is nothing owed to him. It all goes to Roman. When Big E was taken out, it was Roman’s idea. Heyman just implemented the idea from his boss, Jey’s Tribal Chief, the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns. Heyman gives Roman the mic so he says Jey doesn’t have to thank him. They’re blood. Years they thought about this. Roman is proud of Jey, the family is proud of Jey. Jey earned this! Jey is going to be in the main event of Clash, taking a huge payday home. This is his moment. This is all Jey.
At Clash, Roman won’t let Jey think it’s his moment, though. Because like when they were kids, Roman is gonna whoop Jey. The title has to stay on Roman’s shoulder to keep the family where it is now. Just like when they were little, Roman is gonna whoop on Jey, then it’s all love. Yeah, all love. But they’re not little kids. They’re grown men. It’s different, Uce. But wait, here comes Baron Corbin! Corbin has had enough of this. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out it was a set-up! Roman Reigns pulled the strings to get a handpicked opponent for his very first defense. And that guy just happens to be his cousin. This is classic nepotism and it makes Corbin sick! There is nothing Corbin despises more than watching someone else walk around and abuse their power.
But here comes Sheamus to add on! He actually agrees with His Royal Highness. “This whole situation stinks!” Sheamus reminded Big E where his car was, and Big E took a spill. Then it should’ve just been a Triple Threat. But what happens? Strings are pulled, and Jey Uso is now in the match! How can anyone prepare o such short notice? Sheamus is blown away! Jey tells them to hold up. He wanted time to prepare? The grown-ups haven’t finished talking, Jey. Jey says how about this? Both of them need to get ready for a tag match, Jey and Roman! The Blood VS the Butt Mud! Sheamus runs at Jey but gets thrown out, then Jey ROCKS Corbin! And POSTS him! Jey is fired up, Roman seems to like that. Will blood leave these sticks in the mud behind them?
Sami Zayn is furious in the production truck!
He does NOT approve of there being an Intercontinental Championship match between Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles! HE is the champion, not them! Didn’t they think about that?! He’s pressing buttons, and sends SmackDown to break! Will this be sorted out before the match happens next?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Jeff Hardy VS AJ Styles!
The Charismatic Enigma is currently the champion, but the Phenomenal One claims controversy because of the knee brace Hardy needed because of Styles’ sneak attack. But as we saw before commercial, the Great Liberator thinks he should still be THE champion because he never lost the title. Will Sami at least let this match happen so he can focus on one “fraud” instead of two?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Sami interrupts! “How dare you!?” This match can’t be for the championship because HE is the Intercontinental Champion! How many times does he have to say it? He won on 3/8/20, and faced Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 36! And yes, for personal reasons, he had to take time off. But then the WWE goes and crowns a “sham,” but whatever. If Styles and Hardy want to beat each other up, fine! But this is an exhibition match! Adam Pearce arrives and Sami is relieved. He wants Pearce to sort this out. But Pearce has security to escort Sami away instead. Well, fine, just don’t touch him. But be ashamed! “This is an insult!” Sami leaves, and Styles sucker punches Hardy!
Styles stomps away on Hardy, the ref pulls him away, and the ref checks on Hardy. Hardy says he wants this match, and the bell rings on this “exhibition” title match!
Styles rushes Hardy but Hardy dodges and Styles hits buckles! Hardy kicks and hits TWIST OF FATE! Hardy goes up top fast, SWANTON BOMB FLOPS! Styles avoids a split second defeat and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Styles drags Hardy up. Hardy hits back, runs but Styles throws him out of the ring! Styles goes out to stomp Hardy but refreshes the ring count so he can stomp Hardy more. Styles goes back in, the ref starts his ring count again but has to keep Styles back, too. The count reaches 5 but Styles goes out the other side. Styles brings Hardy to the steel steps but Hardy shoves Styles so that he hits off the steps! Hardy then uses the steps for POETRY IN MOTION, into the barriers! Hardy doesn’t mind the double-edge of that move as he puts Styles back in. Styles swings, Hardy runs and rallies with forearms. Hardy atomic drops to leg splitting leg drop! But Styles blocks it!
Hardy and Styles are both down but stirring as fans build to a rally. Styles runs in at Hardy but Hardy elbows him away! Hardy goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO! Hardy grits his teeth through the pain as he slowly gets up. He watches Styles rise up, Hardy kicks low but no Twist this time! Styles fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is a bit surprised Hardy survives but the fans keep rallying. Styles drags Hardy up, reels him in, but Hardy resists the Clash to trip Styles up and get the leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick and standing splash to a cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his calm while he grits his teeth. He drags Styles back up, but Styles goes after the bad leg with elbows! Hardy spins back to kick Styles to a corner!
Hardy runs in, HARDY-AC misses! The swinging dropkick drops Hardy on his back and Styles is on the apron. Styles watches Hardy stagger around, but Sami appears as if from nowhere to attack Styles!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by disqualification; Hardy retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Sami just won’t let this go! He ruins the match and throws Styles into steel steps! Sami has his copy of the belt as he gives Hardy a HELLUVA KICK! Fans give thumbs down and boo as Sami raises his copy of the belt up. “There’s only one!” But will Sami be the one when this is all said and done?
But as for Hardy, he tries to walk with his actual copy of the title belt, but his leg gives out on the ramp! Will Hardy even be able to be part of this Intercontinental Championship conundrum?
Jey Uso talks game plans with Roman Reigns.
Jey seems to be going on and on about the Superman Punch from Roman, followed up by an Uso Splash by him. But Roman doesn’t seem interested at all. Will the cousins be able to work together against common, and old, enemies?
SmackDown returns with Alyse Ashton outside the trainer’s room.
According to the trainers, Hardy never lost consciousness, but at first glance, what happened just earlier was do to dehydration. Styles storms over to get to the real news. Neither he or Hardy are okay with what Sami did. Hardy cheated! And now Sami, who was gone for months, is claiming to be champion! Who’s the real champion? Is it Alyse? NO! Styles sounds frustrated, but he’s determined. Styles can beat Sami, he can beat Hardy, and it doesn’t matter when, where or how. Styles will prove once and for all that he is the TRUE Intercontinental Champion! Will there be a solution to this situation soon?
Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura talk backstage.
The Champions VS Champions challenge was issued and accepted on Monday Night Raw, and now the SmackDown Tag Team Champions are discussing game plans in their Champions’ Lounge. But to return the favor, The Street Profits appear! They like what’s going on in here! What are they doing here!? Just checking out the lounge, bruh. They heard about it, wanted to check it out, and “We want the SNACKS!” Okay, okay. But Cesaro and Nakamura have a match. There’s no time for nonsense. That actually sounds like the reason for nonsense. But go ahead, Montez and Dawkins will take good care of the lounge while watching them and filling out scouting reports. Fine. Just don’t break anything! And don’t touch the food! They wait until Nakamura is gone and they start getting some popcorn!
Sami Zayn “visits” Jeff Hardy in the trainer’s room.
The trainer says Hardy just needs to hydrate, drink some fluids, but Sami asks if that’s really all Hardy needs. Maybe it’s something more! Hardy goes after Sami but Sami tackles him over the table! These two brawl as SmackDown goes to break!
Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura VS The Lucha House Party!
The Swiss Cyborg and King of Strong Style might have the Profits on Monday, but it’s a fiesta on Friday! Will they keep things from being #LuchaLit? Or will Kalisto, the self-proclaimed leader of LHP, lead this team to victory?
SmackDown returns as Cesaro and Nakamura make their entrance. The teams sort out and Gran Metalik starts against Cesaro. They tie up, Cesaro knees low and throws more knees. Cesaro whips Metalik to a corner, Metalik dodges him and speeds up to tilt-o-whirl twice for a huricanrana! Metalik mule kicks, runs the corner to flying rana! Tag to Kalisto, Kalisto goes up and stands on Metalik’s shoulders for the elevated splash! Cover, TWO! Kalisto goes to run but Nakamura is in his way. Cesaro CLOBBERS Kalisto from behind! Tag to Shinsuke and he knees Kalisto low and hard! Nakamura snapmares to drop a knee on Kalisto’s head! Cover, TWO!
Nakamura drags Kalisto over, bumps him off buckles and gives him Bad Vibrations! The ref counts, Nakamura stops and tags in Cesaro. Cesaro runs in to BLAST Kalisto with a European Uppercut! Cover, TWO! Cesaro cranks Kalisto’s head, traps the arms and twists. Kalisto endures, fights his way up and throws body shots. Cesaro scoop slams hard and fast, then drops a leg! Cover, TWO! Cesaro tags Nakamura, they bring Kalisto up for Nakamura to KICK off his feet! Nakamura hauls Kalisto up to the top rope, backs up and runs in, Top Shelf Knee! Tag to Cesaro and he drags Kalisto into a gut wrench, Nakamura adds a nee before the suplex! Nakamura sucker punches Metalik while Cesaro covers, TWO!
Wait, what’s going on now? The titantron shows that the Profits are throwing a party inside the Champions’ Lounge, with NON-champions! Drew Gulak, Matt Riddle and a number of random strangers are here! Ford says that if Cesaro and Nakamura are throwing down in the ring, they’d throw down back here! WE LIT, FAM! And then Kalisto rolls Cesaro up!! Lucha House Party wins!!
Winners: Lucha House Party, by pinfall
Cesaro and Nakamura are FURIOUS! Their lounge is being made into a night club, and now they got pinned! Will LHP benefit from the Profits to become #1 contenders? Will Cesaro and Nakamura make the Profits pay on Raw?
SmackDown returns to the Champions’ Lounge!
And now Lucha House Party joins the fun! “LUCHA! LUCHA!” But will Cesaro and Nakamura make their way back their soon enough?
Bayley heads to the ring!
The SmackDown Women’s Champion is all alone, because she brutally betrayed and perhaps even broke The Boss, Sasha Banks! And instead of holding up her title, she holds up a steel chair. This is the same banged up chair she used on Sasha! Bayley grabs a mic while fans boo and give thumbs down. She sets the chair up and takes a seat in it before pointing to the titantron.
Footage replays of the fall from golden grace the Role Models had from SummerSlam to Payback. Sasha said they were still best friends, and they gave everything to try and take back the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. But in the end, it would not happen as Sasha’s knee would take a lot of damage, and Nia Jax would CROSSBODY both Sasha and Bayley down. Sasha was at a very low point, but Bayley would only knock her down lower with the vicious assault. Back in the present, Bayley says, “After all of that, everybody is asking how Sasha Banks.” Is she feeling better? When will she be back? No one is asking how Bayley is doing, or how she feels. “Do you think I enjoyed doing that to my tag partner? Do you think it made me feel good to take this steel chair and destroy my best friend?”
DING DONG, hello, it did! She loved every second of it! And now everyone wants answers, right? Even Michael Cole! Bayley has questions of her own first. Sasha, Bayley knows you’re watching. Does Sasha think Bayley is an idiot? Did Sasha think, that after all these years, Bayley was so naive as to not see what she was up to? After everything they’ve been through, who knows Sasha better than Bayley? Nobody. Sasha was waiting for the right time to strike! The first break in WWE Bayley gets, Sasha makes her a tag team partner, just to keep her close. When Bayley had her first Raw W Omen’s Championship match, Sasha was part of it. Sasha followed Bayley to SmackDown, and when Bayley reached the top of her game, Sasha needed to be #TwoBeltzBanks.
Sasha pretended to be best friends with Bayley, but she was just using her. And Bayley knows that because she was using Sasha! Bayley didn’t care about Sasha or their friendship! Bayley used Sasha every single step of the way! And thanks to Sasha, she was #BayleyDosStraps, the first ever Women’s Grand Slam Champion! And thanks to Sasha, Bayley is the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever! But after last week, Sasha is “completely useless” to Bayley. Bayley no longer needs hugs, friends or fans, just her title. But will Clash of Champions bring about the end of the most dominant reign in SmackDown Women’s history?
SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss VS Nikki Cross VS Tamina VS Lacey Evans!
The loony lass crosses paths with Bayley as she makes her entrance, and Bayley SMACKS Nikki with the chair for it!! Bayley wants to make sure Nikki’s next chance never comes! Will this only make it easier for the Five Foot Fury, the Samoan Steamroller and the Sassy Southern Bell?
SmackDown returns as Alexa is there to help her friend, Nikki. Nikki wants to still compete, the medics give her the green light but Alexa isn’t so sure. Lacey makes her entrance and it’s now or never! Lacey throws her fancy skirt at Nikki and Alexa wants after her already! The ref keeps the peace, all four women get in the ring, and this golden opportunity begins!
Alexa kicks Lacey but Tamina goes after Nikki. Lacey shoves Alexa and drop toeholds while Tamina throws Nikki out. Lacey covers, TWO! Lacey SLAPS Alexa then drags her up to feed to a BOOT from Tamina. Tamina and Lacey go 1v1, Lacey is put on the apron but pulls hair! Lacey hooks Tamina with a leg, and dabs the sweat while she chokes Tamina. She lets Tamina go to sweep the legs then slingshot, only for Tamina to avoid the stomps. Tamina HEADBUTTS Lacey but Alexa dropkicks them both down! Alexa ROCKS Lacey then fires off on Tamina. Alexa shotgun dropkicks Lacey down and paces as she seethes.
Alexa drops knees, Insult but no Injury as Tamina LARIATS Alexa down! Tamina goes after Lacey with stomps, drags Lacey up and suplexes hard! Cover, Alexa breaks it! Tamina glares at Alexa and hauls her up! Alexa fights, gets down but Tamina denies the DDT. Tamina stomps, Alexa dodges but Tamina BOOTS her down! Tamina drags Alexa up, whips her to a corner, and runs in for a corner splash! Tamina digs her heels in but Lacey scrapes Tamina’s face on the ropes! Lacey goes after Alexa with a swing, but Tamina kicks her down! Tamina has Alexa all alone and digs her boots in, but here comes Nikki! Nikki jumps on Tamina, Tamina throws her off, but Nikki fires off forearms!
Tamina shoves Nikki but Nikki dropkicks the legs out! Nikki fires up, runs and LARIATS! Cover, ONE!! Tamina powers out and bails out but Nikki fires up. Nikki runs and RAMS Tamina off the apron! Nikki whips Alexa for her to wreck Tamina and Lacey with dropkicks! Nikki comes around but asks if Alexa is still in this. Nikki CROSSBODIES both Tamina and Lacey down! And now Alexa goes after Nikki with SISTER ABIGAIL!? Alexa used Bray Wyatt’s move?! Is “he” in her head again? Alexa’s the only one standing as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Tamina grinds Lacey down with a chinlock. Tamina also hooks Lacey’s nose but Lacey fights up. Lacey throws body shots but Tamina throws Lacey down by her hair! Also, Alexa just up and left during commercial, so this is basically a Triple Threat. Tamina puts Lacey in a corner, stomps away, but Lacey gets to the apron. Tamina tries to rally the fans as she runs side to side, but Lacey knees her back! Lacey has Tamina in the ropes to fire off knees and elbows, then ducks the punch to hotshot Tamina backwards! Lacey gets another leg sweep and the slingshot elbow drop hits this time! Cover, TWO!
Lacey has the ref give her space as she goes up top. Tamina trips Lacey up and she hits buckles on the way down! Tamina goes corner to corner but Lacey drop toeholds her into buckles! Tamina is down in the corner, Lacey grits her teeth and swings in for the BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey drags Tamina to a drop zone then climbs up top. Lacey hits the SASSIEST MOONSAULT EVER! Cover, but Nikki breaks it! Nikki is still in this! All three women are down, fans build to a rally, and Nikki fires up! Nikki runs to corner splash Lacey, then Tamina, then back again! Nikki keeps going, and hits a bulldog clothesline combo! Cover on Lacey, TWO!
Nikki seethes but drags Tamina up. Nikki whips Tamina to a corner, runs in but Tamina dodges. Nikki elbows back, hops up top, boots Tamina away then grabs her for a tornado DDT! Lacey runs in, Nikki gets around her for a straitjacket neckbreaker! Cover, but Tamina breaks it! Tamina drags Nikki up to throw her into a corner. Lacey goes after Tamina but gets a SUPERKICK! Lacey escapes the Samoan Drop to WOMEN’S RIGHT! Lacey spins out of the Purge, Nikki ducks the punch, to put Lacey on the ropes for a DRAPING PURGE! But Tamina hits Nikki before she can cover Lacey! Tamina fireman’s carries, Nikki slips out and deflects the superkick to roll Tamina up, NIKKI WINS!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship)
Nikki has one more chance at the championship! But will she be able to shrug off what Alexa did to her to focus on Bayley?
SmackDown’s mystery woman is now putting on clothes.
Heels, nylons, and a sparkling dress, complete with a fur coat. But just who is this?
Otis w/ Tucker VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
Heavy Machinery flattened the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century *stare off into the distance* but the Guru of Greatness tried to literally steal the right to be Mr. Money in the Bank. Luckily, Otis thought ahead and switched the contract into his lunch pail and his lunch into the briefcase. Will Morrison try it again now that he knows the trick?
The bell rings and Otis circles with Morrison. Morrison super punches but Otis dodges to come back and run Morrison over! Miz joins commentary to say that Otis using the MITB briefcase as a lunch box “is a spit in the face to any person that has ever been Mr. Money in the Bank.” It makes sense he’d be offended, Miz was also Mr. MITB at one time. Morrison is in a corner, Otis drags him up and whips him. Morrison rolls off Otis’ back but still gets run over on the return! Otis is fired up, Miz says Otis doesn’t deserve to be Mr. MITB, and Morrison jawbreakers Otis away! Morrison kicks, but Otis fires up! Fans fire up with Otis, Morrison super forearms but Otis just shakes the ropes. Otis blocks the roundhouse, scoops Morrison for an EXPLODER!
Otis drags Morrison up again to scoop, spin and slam! Morrison gets to a corner, Otis fires up but Miz gets on the apron! Otis swipes at Miz, Tucker backs Miz off, but Morrison dodges Otis and sends him into buckles! Morrison grabs the lunch pail and tosses it to Miz! Miz runs away with the contract! Morrison laughs but Otis squashes him in the corner! Otis has Morrison in the drop zone, and hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Then Otis goes up to the corner for a VADER BOMB! Cover, Otis wins!
Winner: Otis, by pinfall
Mr. MITB keeps building momentum, but what about the lunch pail? Otis assures Tucker it’s fine, but will they track Miz down?
SmackDown has an update on Big E.
After Sheamus tricked Big E and smashed him through a car windshield, Big E has been recovering at home with lacerations and bruising. Xavier Woods will share the latest on Big E’s condition as part of Talking Smack, on the WWE Network this Saturday morning!
SmackDown returns as Heavy Machinery is backstage.
Tucker is pretty sure Miz went down this hall, but Otis says to calm down. Because just as Morrison was tricked last week, Otis switched things around on everyone this week. That was just a lunchbox. THE lunchbox was inside THE briefcase this week! Tada! Otis is a genius! And as Miz and Morrison regroup, Morrison remembers that the contract is non-transferable. Miz has a lawyer friend who can help them find the loophole in this contract. And they’ll do that… With this mostly eaten apple… Miz has had it! He’s “calling in a favor.” But to who?
SmackDown presents a new Firefly Fun House!
Bray Wyatt and his puppets are so excited! Before the fun begins, Bray needs to get this off his chest. It’s a big ball of lint. But as you can see, thanks to Roman Reigns, something rather special is missing. But it’s okay. Everyone experiences loss. And how you handle loss defines the person that you become. #TheLessYouKnow. Now, let’s have that fun! Tickle tickle, Huskis. And here, in this box, is the newest member of the Firefly Fun House! It’s a very special friend who will be an inspiration to all. “he has overcome so much in his life to make it this far! Please join me in welcoming… Pasquale the Persevering Parrot!” C’mon, buddy! Fly out and say something inspiring!
Pasquale? Is he there? Bray looks inside the box, and can’t find Pasquale! Technical difficulties, please stand by. Ramblin’ Rabbit says Pasquale flew the coop. Bray should’ve cut holes in the box. Wah wah waaaah~! Mercy loves dead birds. Oh well! But wait! It’s DEVIL VINCE! “What the my home is going on around here?!” Bray lost the title, his parrot, and Vince’s trust! Bray can’t handle the responsibility of the Fun House alone! “Are you sure, boss?” “Don’t sass me, boy! This is non-negotiable!” Cooperate or you’re… Okay, okay! What does he have in mind? Introducing, the special advisor to the Firefly Fun House…
“Ladies and gentlemen, my name… is Wobbly Walrus!” Umm… Yowie wowie! “This is such good *toot*.” OH NO~! To be continued in the next episode of the Firefly Fun House!
Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Baron Corbin & Sheamus!
Blood is thicker than water, and the Samoan Bloodline is strong in the WWE! But will Jey and the Tribal Chief be stronger together against the Wolf King and the Celtic Warrior?
SmackDown returns as Jey makes his entrance. Sheamus rushes Jey but so does Corbin! Jey fights them 2v1 but Sheamus clobbers Jey, and rams him into barriers! Sheamus puts Jey in the ring, Corbin runs at him but Jey boots him away! THe ref rings the bell without Roman and COrbin tosses Jey to a corner. Jey dodges and backs away. Sheamus gets in but Jey uppercuts him out! Jey fires uppercuts at COrbin, COrbin scoops him but Jey sunset flips! TOW, Jey SUPERKICKS Corbin! Jey runs but Sheamus trips him up! COrbin gets JEy for a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but where is Roman!?
Corbin grins as Roman isn’t here and he tags Sheamus in. “Where’s your boy, huh?!” COrbin ROCKS Jey into Sheamus’ beats of the bodhrain! Sheamus gets all 10 in before the ref counts 4, then he scoops Jey for a swinging slam!Sheamus fixes his mohawk before he puts Jey in the corner. Corbin tags in and stomps awya, then drags Jey up to choke Jey on ropes! The ref counts, Corbin stomps and hops up to jump, but Jey hotshots Corbin! Jey kicks, uppercuts and fireman’s carries, but Corbin slips out. Corbin shoves Jey, Jey hits Sheamus and SUPERKICKS COrbin! SAMOAN DROP!
Fans rally and Jey goes corner to corner to fire up. Corbin avoids the hip attack and tags in Sheamus! WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus is frustrated and tells Jey is the loser! Sheamus seethes as he aims at Jey from a corner. He fires up but where is Roman?! NOW Roman appears! Sheamus sees Roman storming down the way, Jey dodges the Brogue but Sheamus blocks the kick. Sheamus spins Jey but gets the dragon whip kick! Jey hits the hip attack on Sheamus, DIVES into Corbin and sends him flying! Jey goes up top, leaps, but into Sheamus’ arms! Sheamus pops Jey up, Jey lands on his feet and SUPERKICKS!
Jey climbs the corner, Roman tags in! USO SPLASH! Roman aims at Sheamus, Jey realizes the tag happened and gets out, for Roman to SPEAR Sheamus! Cover, Roman and Jey win!
Winners: Roman Reigns & Jey Uso, by pinfall
The Big Dog takes the pinfall to take credit for everything Jey did! Roman leaves with a smile on his face, and Heyman hands him the championship back. Jey raises Roman’s hand in victory, which surprises Roman a bit. Will Roman be surprised by the fight his cousin puts up at Clash of Champions? Or will he still #ShowUpAndWin like he did tonight?
A great episode to set up for Clash of Champions here. Opening and closing with the Universal Championship story was obvious but also really well done material. Roman saying all that stuff about Jey adds to the tension, and I’m just waiting for the moment Jey snaps on Roman. It is definitely happening, because of how Roman left him alone in the tag match and then came in just to finish it up. It may have seemed odd for Jey to get this opportunity, but the build is definitely going to make it work out. I actually like Sami interfering with the Intercontinental Championship, because it is slowly but surely heading towards my idea of a Triple Threat Ladder match to crown the UNDISPUTED Intercontinental Championship. Sami was also great in the production truck and brawling with Hardy in the trainer’s room, I can’t wait to see his response to whatever match is made for Clash.
There was a lot of great stuff with the tag teams tonight, especially the interaction of the champions. Ford and Dawkins showing up to SmackDown was a natural response, and they did great character stuff. The party that they started in the Champions’ Lounge was hilarious, and it definitely makes sense for that to distract Cesaro. LHP’s story is getting some depth as only now, after years of being a trio, does Kalisto say he is the leader. I don’t think they’re going to win the titles off Cesaro and Nakamura, because I could see the trio falling apart during the match. Kalisto will be the one to turn and I bet he finds someone new to team with to go after Metalik and Lince Dorado.
The segment with Heavy Machinery went in an obvious direction. Otis wins but someone steals the lunchbox, only for there to be the bait and switch back the other way. I’m very curious as to who Miz’s friend is and what the favor is going to be. Maybe Clash of Champions surprises us by having a match for the MITB contract. Though, I’m not sure if that really helps anyone. Miz and Morrison are going to look bad if Otis beats them again, but Otis will just be shown as a wasted Mr. MITB if he loses his contract to one of them. Firefly Fun House was very interesting. I like the swerve on the newest member of the puppet cast. Pasquale the Persevering Parrot dying on arrival is morbidly hilarious since it’s Bray saying perseverance and hope are overrated. But then there’s also the great meta of adding the Heyman parody to poke at how AJ Styles went on the record about things in the actual backstage environment.
Then the women’s division segments were great, especially with how they tied together. Bayley going deeper into Heel territory claiming she was just using Sasha and all that was a pretty good move. Even if some of it is just Bayley covering up for the truth, it works for her character to at least say she stopped caring about Sasha a long time ago. Her going after Nikki should’ve been an indicator that Nikki would find a way to win. Well there’s that, the fact Bayley is mega Heel, Tamina and Lacey being firmly Heel and Alexa turning as part of the story with Bray Wyatt, Nikki was the only real choice. I almost feel like that won’t go through because of this story with Alexa. Alexa could attack Nikki and keep the match from happening so Bayley retains by default to reach that one-year mark.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
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?
- 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.
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CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)
And then there were four!
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?
- 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.
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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?
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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