Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/11/20)
Will Johnny’s curse be broken?
Will Johnny Wrestling still be NXT North American Champion?
The first ever TWO-TIME NXT North American Champion might only be that for a short time. Can Johnny Gargano break his curse of short reigns?
- NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS ???; Leon Ruff wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Jake Atlas; Escobar wins and retains the title.
- Xia Li VS Raquel Gonzalez; No Contest.
- Candice LeRae VS Toni Storm; LeRae wins.
- Timothy Thatcher VS Dexter Lumis; Thatcher wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Breezango; Lorcan & Burch win and retain the titles.
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WWE and NXT honor the American armed forces on Veterans Day.
“Today in America, we honor our veterans. We celebrate the boldness of your convictions, and for the future you made possible. We will never forget it was you who stepped forward when we needed you most. We are humbled by your service, and we are forever grateful for your courage.” To these sons, daughters, fathers and mothers. To the brave men and women of the Army, the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force, the Coast Guard, and now Space Force, we remember and say, “Thank you.”
NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS ???
Johnny Wrestling is already in the ring as he welcomes us to the show! And he welcomes us to Gargano’s Wheel of Challengers! Lalala~! Fans chant “Your Wheel Sucks!” but Gargano says they shouldn’t talk about his wheel like that. Gargano says to respect the wheel! At Halloween Havoc, he made history by becoming the first-ever TWO-TIME North American Champion! The first time, he held the title until his first defense, and lost. That was just bad luck. But the same thing happened with the NXT Championship: “First defense, title go bye-bye. That’s not bad luck, that’s a curse! I’m cursed, I tell ya!”
But tonight, Gargano says with help from a very special friend in the wheel, he will reverse the curse! “With one spin, someone will get the opportunity of a lifetime! And I show the world, where there’s a wheel, there’s a way.” Let’s spin! The! WHEEL~! Gargano tries to get fans to chant that but they’re not really up for that. Gargano spins the wheel, it goes past “Roddy,” Thatcher, Kushida, Kyle, Dream, Cole, Escobar, Ciampa, Priest, Grimes, Bronson, Lumis and Pete, to teeter totter onto Leon Ruff! The wheel is weighted!! “Totally unpredictable!” Gargano is “amazed” that Ruff gets a shot! “Leon Ruff, c’mooooon down~!” Ruff definitely has the opportunity of a lifetime, he’s not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. But will Ruff be used to break the curse?
The bell rings, the fans are on Ruff’s side, but then Gargano fakes Ruff out on the approach. Ruff falls, but Gargano lets him have time to fix his knee pad. But then Gargano KICKS Ruff and throws haymakers instead! Gargano stomps away on Ruff in the corner, lets off at the ref’s count, and then finally takes off his shirt. Gargano drags Ruff up, fireman’s carries, and TOSSES him down! Gargano double guns and mockingly hits a home run. It helps that Ruff is one of the few wrestlers smaller than Gargano… Gargano puts Ruff in a corner, CHOPS him, then mocks the fans rallying for Ruff. Gargano whips corner to corner, Ruff goes up and out to forearm back! Ruff springboards and hops around the corner as he evades Gargano, to then slide under and dropkick back!
Fans fire up with Ruff as he runs corner to corner to hit a big lariat! Ruff springboards but Gargano catches him this time to TOSS him at the steel steps! Ruff clutches a knee as he writhes on the ground but Gargano grins as he goes out to fetch Ruff. Gargano drags Ruff up by his ear, then whips him into the boards! Gargano taunts Ruff, but Damian Priest is glaring at Gargano through the Plexiglas. Gargano puts Ruff in the ring and taunts Priest with the archery stuff. But Priest comes around the barriers and Gargano freaks! Gargano gets in the ring, Ruff rolls him up! TWO!! Gargano gets up to CLOBBER Ruff!
Gargano is angry now, and he drags Ruff to a corner. Gargano tells Priest to watch this as he scoops Ruff, for a LAWN DART! Gargano says that was “So easy!” Ruff flounders as Gargano powers up, but the fans chanting upset him. He runs at Ruff but into a crucifix takedown! Cover, RUFF WINS?!?!
Winner: Leon Ruff, by pinfall (NEW NXT North American Champion)
WHAT?! Ruff wins his first title in the WWE!! Even he is shocked! Priest is laughing at Gargano because the curse is still a thing! Priest helps Ruff put the belt on, but it’s a little too big for him… Well they can worry about that later. Will the unlikeliest of underdog champions reach new heights as the new champion?
NXT returns with the backstage celebration for Leon Ruff!
GM William Regal is there to congratulate Ruff. Ruff feels so good! Priest says this is great and all, but he warns Ruff that “Little Johnny” is gonna barge in all pissed and kick Ruff’s ass. So Priest gives Ruff the keys to his Challenger so he can make a getaway! Ruff hurries off and Gargano does barge in. Gargano says this is Priest’s fault, but Regal and refs keep this from turning into a fight. Priest says Gargano IS cursed, because the way he just choked was incredible! Gargano is only angrier now, but Regal warns Gargano to cool off. Gargano tells Regal to do his job! Whose idea was that out there? Priest tells Gargano, “It was YOURS, you idiot!” Gargano says everyone knows he hates wheels! Gargano is in denial, and there was no contract so this has to be reversed! But will the only way to take the title back is to take it back in a match?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Jake Atlas!
From one title to another, the Leader of Leader is willing to give his opponent a chance at revenge to also avenge Atlas going after El Legado in the parking lot! And not just last week, but again today, Atlas had a pipe as he jumped Escobar, Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza! But will Escobar have more tricks up his proverbial sleeves to screw Atlas over again?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this increasingly intense feud fires off again!
Atlas says he got Escobar’s henchmen, now it’s his turn. Escobar says he’s already beaten Atlas once, this is just to make a point. Atlas rushes in, Escobar knees and SLAPS him! Escobar waistlocks, Atlas standing switches but Escobar bucks him off. Atlas dodges, things speed up and Atlas dropkicks Escobar down! Escobar bails out but Atlas won’t let off, he goes out to put Escobar right back in! Escobar enziguris right back! Escobar clubs away on Atlas, Atlas hits back but Escobar facelocks. They scrap, Escobar knees then snapmares to hit Atlas with a unique leap frog attack. Atlas holds his neck, that move was as much insult as it was injury, and Escobar kicks Atlas to a corner.
Atlas CHOPS, Escobar CHOPS, and repeat! Escobar clubs Atlas, snapmares him and KICKS him again! Atlas writhes, Escobar drags Atlas up to wrench and kick again. Russian Leg Sweep to a Pluma Blanca! Atlas endures, moves around, Escobar talks trash and throws clubbing forearms. Escobar makes it part crossface but Atlas still endures. Fans rally, Atlas moves around, Escobar clubs him more. Escobar drags Atlas up, CHOPS him again, but Atlas shoves him away. Escobar SLAPS Atlas, whips him to ropes but Atlas tilt-o-whirls, only for Escobar to SLAM him down! Escobar kicks Atlas while he’s down, then kicks him against ropes. “Are you ready for the best?”
Fans rally as Escobar brings Atlas up. Atlas throws body shots but Escobar clubs him to a corner. Escobar throws more forearms, then more kicks. The ref backs Escobar off but Escobar comes back with more stomps and kicks! Fans boo but Escobar stomps Atlas down. Escobar drags Atlas up, Atlas hits back! Escobar clubs Atlas, grins as he looms over Atlas, and then hooks up the arm for a modified chinlock. Atlas endures, fans rally up but Escobar drags Atlas up to throw hands. Atlas counter punches, CHOPS, and more forearms! Atlas fires off in the corner, bumps Escobar off buckles then CHOPS and haymakers more! Atlas CHOPS, puts him in a corner, then fires off more hands! Atlas snapmares Escobar then DECKS him with a right!
Fans fire up with Atlas as he runs, but Escobar puts him on the apron. Atlas bumps Escobar off buckles but Mendoza has a pipe of his own! Atlas jumps the sweep and the ref reprimands, but Atlas MULE KICKS Mendoza, then PENALTY KICKS Atlas! Atlas JAMS Mendoza with the pipe, then SMACKS Wilde with it! They’re not part of the match so that’s okay! But the ref tells Atlas to ditch the pipe before getting back in the ring. Mendoza grabs the pipe and tug-o-wars with Atlas, but Atlas BOOTS him down! Atlas enziguris Escobar, then springboards for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Escobar survives and scrambles out of the ring! El Legado regroups as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and the ref EJECTS Wilde and Mendoza! They’re furious but Escobar stomps his frustrations out on Atlas! The ref counts as Escobar digs his boot into Atlas’ neck and chest, the ref has to pull him away. Escobar stomps Atlas and digs his boot in again but he lets off again. Atlas gets up, Escobar KICKS his leg out! Escobar stomps away, the ref counts and Escobar stops at 4 again. Escobar runs in to KNEE Atlas! And then whips him corner to corner, to KNEE him again! Escobar puts Atlas up top, climbs up to join him, then SUPER STEINERS! Escobar keeps going, goes up top again, and FROG SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Atlas survives and Escobar is stunned!
Escobar SLAPS Atlas, drags him up and whips him to ropes. Atlas ducks and dodges to huricanrana! Escobar flounders into a dropkick! Fans fire up with Atlas as he throws uppercuts and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Atlas aims and ROUNDHOUSES! Cover, TWO! Escobar is still in this but Atlas is still on him with ground ‘n’ pound! Atlas then brings Escobar up, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him again, then goes up the corner! Escobar shoves Atlas down! Atlas narrowly avoids hitting announce desk as he hits the floor! Escobar watches Atlas rise, then builds speed, but Atlas still isn’t up. Escobar slides out instead of dives, and Atlas ROCKS him with a right! Was Atlas suckering him in?!
Atlas CHOPS Escobar but Escobar throws him into steps! Escobar stomps Atlas, lets the ring count climb a little, then drags Atlas up and bumps him off steps again! Escobar goes in at 5 of 10 and lets the climb continue. Atlas gets up and in at 8, but Escobar is after him. Atlas HOTSHOTS Escobar away! Atlas gets right back in as Escobar bails out the far side, and DIVES! Not the best take off but he still makes contact with Escobar! Atlas fires himself up to get Escobar back in the ring. Escobar gets up, Atlas victory rolls him, TWO!! Atlas and Escobar stand, Atlas cradles, TWO! Escobar wants Atlas to have mercy, but he suckers Atlas in now and throws him into the ropes!
Atlas staggers, Escobar fireman’s carries, but Atlas fights out! Atlas shoves but Escobar dodges to CALF KICK! Cover, TWO!? Atlas survives and Escobar is furious! Fans are fired up as Escobar says he’ll end this! But Atlas fireman’s carries to ROLLIGN SENTON! And PENALTY KICK! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Escobar survives the onslaught but Atlas won’t give up! Atlas goes up top, has Escobar near ropes, cartwheel but no DDT! Escobar underhooks, LEGADO FACEBUSTER! Cover, Escobar wins!
Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The legacy of Fantasma continues on with the gold, but that was as close as anyone has come to taking the title from him! Will the Leader of Leaders continue to find ways to survive?
Dexter Lumis is drawing a new piece of art.
In a rather cartoony interpretation of the Haunted House of Terror match, Lumis has drawn Cameron Grimes running away from the zombie referee. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but will Grimes have something to say should he see this masterpiece for himself?
Shotzi Blackheart finally responds to Candice LeRae’s actions.
“Candice didn’t just destroy my tank. She destroyed a piece of me. That tank represents who I am. It represents every challenge that I have overcome in life.” It wasn’t just some cool thing she rode to the ring. That tank represents freedom, as well as family she has in the military right now. Family means the world to Shotzi. If not for her family, Shotzi would not be here right now. And Candice wants to say that they’re even? “We’re way past even.” If Candice wants to send her a message, Shotzi fires one right back! “I’m not looking for payback. I’m not looking for revenge. Candice, I’m looking to kick your ass!!” Will Shotzi have a chance to take her shot at the Poisoned Pixie soon enough?
Xia Li VS Raquel Gonzalez!
The Spicy has been rather sour lately. Her letters as delivered by Boa have been from her family, but the exact contents are personal and therefore secret. But what isn’t a secret as that she’s grown desperate to compete and even more desperate to win. But is she trying too desperately going after “Big Mami Cool,” #RickyDesperado?
Wait, speaking of Boa, he comes out instead of Xia. He apologizes and says Xia isn’t here tonight. They can’t have the match. But she’s the one who called Raquel out! Boa apologizes again, but Raquel BOOTS him down! Raquel is the one upset now and she throws Boa right into boards! Boa keeps apologizing but Raquel keeps clubbing and kicking him down! Raquel throws him into MORE boards! Raquel dares him to get up, and Boa manages to get into the ring. Boa crawls but she stalks up behind him, and then BOOTS him back down! Fans are fired up as Raquel says he’s getting what Xia asked for! FISHERMAN BOMB! “Everybody better keep my name out of their mouths!” Raquel storms off, will everyone understand to stay on her good side?
Boa writhes, but something is going on with the lights! A dragon flies around the screen? Boa flounders out of the ring and looks to the ramp. Who is this coming down the ramp? Boa bows to this man but he has a letter for him. He hands the letter over, but then uses black paint to write something on Boa’s hand. And it’s as if Boa can’t open his hand! What does all of this mean?!
Backstage interview with August Grey.
Last week, he went after Timothy Thatcher during Thatch As Thatch Can, but can he expound on why? Absolutely. He did what he did because of what- Thatcher attacks Grey from behind! Thatcher shouts, “Wanna be a big man, huh?!” Grey uses a facelock to drag Grey around but Grey hits back! They brawl near Lumis’ artwork! Thatcher has the guillotine again! He lets Grey go and the refs try to back him off, but Thatcher drags Grey up and throws him into Lumis’ picture! Now Thatcher has Lumis glaring at him! Thatcher says he has no problem with the Tortured Artist, but Lumis might just have a problem with him! Will Thatcher be the one learning a lesson in pain?
Candice LeRae VS Toni Storm!
The Poisoned Pixie may have crushed a part of Shotzi’s heart, but the Lightning From Down Under did win because of that distraction. Will Toni “thank” Candice by getting a win off her, too?
The bell rings and Candice circles with Toni. Fans rally for Toni as she and Candice tie up. Candice headlocks, Toni tries to power out but Candice holds on. Toni tries again and gets free to headlock back. Toni hits a takeover, Candice pushes back but Toni cranks on the hold. Candice rolls to a cover, TWO and Toni still holds on. Candice gets up, Toni shifts to wrench the wrist but Candice rolls. Toni wrangles Candice down, has a grounded armlock but Candice fights up. Toni wrenches Candice again, Candice reaches for ropes but Toni keeps her away. Candice keeps trying, they run around and around and Toni throws Candice down! Candice is furious but fans rally up.
Toni wrenches again, Candice spins through to wrench back. Candice laughs at Toni but Toni spins through to wrench and wrench and wrangle Candice down! Candice is again frustrated but she fights her way up. Toni has the arm but Candice jawbreakers then wrenches to a wristlock! Toni spins through, bridges back and handsprings around but Candice throws her down by her hair! Cover, ONE, but Candice clubs away on Toni’s back! Candice looms over Toni, brings her up to a headlock and then hits a takeover. Fans rally as Toni works her way up. Candice clubs Toni again but Toni blocks the suplex. Toni snap suplexes Candice instead! Toni runs, sees the back drop coming so she changes direct to dropkick Candice down!
Candice gets up into an atomic drop and CHOP! Toni brings Candice up, Candice shoves her away but Toni BOOTS Candice down! Candice bails out so Toni pursues. Fans rally as Toni runs in, but her hip attack only gets steel steps! Candice gets away into the ring as NXT goes picture in picture.
The ring count climbs but Candice goes out to fetch Toni. Candice puts Toni back in, has her in a corner, and stomps away! The ref counts, Candice lets off in annoyance, but she smirks as she comes back to ram into Toni! Candice goes corner to corner to back body block Toni down! Toni crawls at ropes, Candice SLAPS her, but that just makes her mad! Candice bumps Toni off buckles then goes corner to corner again, but Toni dodges and CLOBBERS Candice! Cover, TWO! Toni goes after Candice but Candice elbows her down! Cover, TWO! Candice keeps on Toni with a chinlock and digs a knee into Toni’s back.
Toni endures, Candice traps an arm but Toni fights her way up. Candice throws Toni down by the chinbar, then covers, TWO! Candice grows annoyed as she stalks Toni to ropes. Candice kicks Toni, stomps her, then chokes her on the ropes! The ref counts, Candice lets off, then stalks Toni to a corner. Candice snapmares Toni and neck snaps her down! Cover, TWO! Candice drags Toni back into the chinlock with the knee in the back. Toni endures, fights up, and throws elbows! Toni is free, she scoops Candice to slam her down! Cover, TWO! Toni drags Candice up but Candice jawbreakers back! And it’s back to the chinlock!
Toni endures again as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Toni fights up but Candice hits a BACKSTABBER! Candice hurries to ropes for a LIONSAULT but she FLOPS as Toni moves! Toni HEADBUTTS Candice but they both go down! Fans fire up as a standing count begins. Both women slowly stir, they sit up at 5 but stand at 7! Candice heads after Toni but Toni ROCKS her first! Toni blocks a kick to spin Candice for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Candice ends up in a corner, Toni runs in to HIP ATTACK! Toni keeps moving, SLIDING D at the ropes! And then a sliding LARIAT right after! Fisherman, PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Candice survives and Toni grows frustrated.
Fans rally and Toni goes to a corner. Toni climbs up top, Candice trips her up and SLAPS her! Candice climbs up to join Toni, but Toni denies Ms. LeRae’s Wild Ride! To then LEG DROP, but misses as Candice moves! Basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Candice is losing her cool while fans fire up more! Candice glares at Toni, grabs the legs but Toni boots her away! Toni runs in at the corner again but is sent into buckles! Roll up, but her feet are on the ropes! Candice wins!!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
Toni isn’t letting that stand and she goes after Candice with clubbing forearms! But wait, Ghost Face returns! They brawl with Toni and it’s 2v1! They stomp Toni down, but Shotzi is here! She tackles Candice down! Ghost Face goes after Shotzi but gets a KNEE for it! Shotzi goes after Candice but Ghost Face BOOTS Shotzi down! Candice tells Ghost Face to bring Shotzi up. WICKED STEP SISTER! And Ghost Face takes off HER mask because it’s been INDI HARTWELL all along! The Impressive Indi is following #TheJohnnyGarganoWay! Will Shotzi now have to get even with her on top of Candice to avenge her tank?
“Five years, man.” It took Fandango and Tyler Breeze five years, but they finally became champions in WWE. And they worked way too hard to have it stolen by Pat McAfee! He’s not even really part of NXT! McAfee isn’t a wrestler, he doesn’t understand what they do. Tonight won’t be the fun loving Breezango. They did it once, they’ll do it again. The rematch will make them the two-time NXT Tag Team Champions! Will Prince Pretty and the Lord of the Dance dethrone the new Kings of NXT?
Timothy Thatcher VS Dexter Lumis!
The encounter earlier tonight is exactly why this match is happening! Will the Professor of Pain pay for ruining the Tortured Artist’s portrait of Cameron Grimes? Or will Lumis learn the art of Thatch As Thatch Can?
The bell rings and Lumis rushes Thatcher for a Thesz Press! Lumis rains down fast hands but Thatcher gets free, only for Lumis to DECK him with an uppercut! Thatcher bails out to refocus but Lumis just waits for him to return. The ring count climbs, Thatcher gets in but Lumis avoids the shoot after the leg. Thatcher tries again, he does get a leg but Lumis steps over to get a chinlock! Thatcher slips out the back, ends up in a clinch with Lumis, but Thatcher throws a EuroUpper of his own! Thatcher gets a leg, trips Lumis but Lumis boots him away. The two stand off and fans fire up.
Lumis and Thatcher circle, tie up, and Lumis waistlocks to drag Thatcher down. Thatcher throws Lumis over his shoulder to lateral press then get a leg. Lumis tries to grab Thatcher’s chin but Thatcher twists the ankle! Lumis endures, Thatcher shifts to throw knees into ribs! Thatcher facelocks but fans rally for Lumis. Lumis fights up, throws body shots but Thatcher comes back to clinch and belly2belly! Lumis just slithers right back at Thatcher! Thatcher shakes off his fear to facelock Lumis! Lumis endures, throws body shots,and powers Thatcher to ropes. Thatcher lets off long enough to EuroUpper again!
Thatcher knees low and hard then goes after the ankle again! Lumis endures as Thatcher uses his own leg as a point of torque and twist! Thatcher wants a Calf Crusher but Lumis reaches back to grab Thatcher in a chinlock! Thatcher slips out the back to then get the legs for a lace, Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Lumis endures being stretched, and he pries free by pulling a finger! Lumis throws forearms then fish hooks Thatcher to give him crossface forearms! Thatcher scrambles away but Lumis stalks behind him. Lumis stomps and uppercuts in the corner, then headlocks to bring Thatcher out. Lumis shoves Thatcher and SPINE BUSTERS back! Lumis clutches his own arm, he may have suffered double-edged damage somewhere in there.
Fans rally as Lumis shakes his arm out. Thatcher gets up but Lumis dropkicks him down! Lumis brings Thatcher up, both men grab at each other’s ears! Lumis knees low, whips Thatcher up and out of the ring, and takes a moment to shake out the bad arm. Thatcher crawls on the outside but Lumis goes out after him. Thatcher kicks low and throws another EuroUpper! The ring count is 6 as Thatcher throws a forearm. Thatcher goes into the ring just to refresh the count, and he CLUBS Lumis down from behind! Thatcher throws another EuroUpper but Lumis knees and clubs and uppercuts in return! But Thatcher POSTS Lumis to stop him! Lumis holds the bad arm as Thatcher stalks him now. The proverbial tables may have turned as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Thatcher is after Lumis’ bad arm. Lumis endures and fans rally up as he clasps his hands. Lumis fights up, but Thatcher shifts to throw another EuroUpper! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Lumis is still in this but Thatcher covers again, TWO! Another cover, ONE! Thatcher goes after the bad arm again and with a double wristlock! Thatcher digs his knee into Lumis’ head and he cranks on the arm! Lumis endures, moves around, but Thatcher shifts to a hammerlock then gets the other arm. Thatcher shoots the half, TWO, but he still holds onto the arms! Thatcher KNEES Lumis in the ribs! Lumis pushes Thatcher but Thatcher SLAMS the bad arm! Lumis punches but Thatcher stomps him down!
Thatcher looms over Lumis, drags him up and underhooks again. Lumis resists the suplex, slips out and knees low! Lumis back suplexes high and hard! Then kips up! To jump and drop a leg! Fans fire up as Lumis gets his bad arm working. Lumis throws haymaker after haymaker and uppercut! Thatcher goes to a corner but Lumis corner clotheslines and bulldogs! Lumis goes to the top rope while Thatcher is dazed. Thatcher gets up to hit Lumis first! Thatcher climbs up, Lumis fights back, Thatcher clubs Lumis but Lumis resists. Lumis throws body shots, sends Thatcher down, but Thatcher is right back up! Into the ARM TRIANGLE! Thatcher fights out of Silence but is again sent down! Lumis adjusts and leaps, for a SWANTON!
Lumis tears off his shirt as fans fire up! Lumis stalks Thatcher, catches him for the clinch again, but Thatcher endures. Lumis sees CAMERON GRIMES coming, and shoves Thatcher into him! Down goes Grimes, Lumis catches Thatcher, but Thatcher turns it around into a FUJIWARA! Then a chicken wing to ghost pin, Thatcher wins!
Winner: Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall
Grimes still costs Lumis after all! And then goes after him! Grimes rains down right hands and thrashes about. Grimes throws his vest off but Lumis sits up! Lumis ROCKS Grimes with an uppercut then throws him to the apron. Grimes hotshots the bad arm! And then CLOBBERS Lumis! Grimes has a burlap sack and puts it around Lumis’ head! “Now whatta ya gonna do?!” Grimes throws Lumis out, Lumis can’t see what’s going on, and Grimes BOOTS him down! Grimes dares Lumis to look him in the eyes now, then throws big forearm shots! Lumis grabs a chair and takes a wild swing! Grimes avoids that and BOOTS Lumis down again!
Grimes takes the chair, sits it up, and makes Lumis take a seat. Grimes then runs to CAVE-IN Lumis off the chair!! Grimes says he ain’t scare of Lumis anymore. But that’s easy to say when dealing with someone who’s already been through a fight. Will Grimes still have courage when he has to face his fear head on?
Backstage interview with Johnny Gargano.
Gargano is hesitant outside of William Regal’s office. Gargano says he has cooled off, so now he is here to calmly talk with Mr. Regal about what happened. He knocks on the door, Regal answers, and Gargano says he is calm and cool. Gargano wants Regal to know that the match with Ruff should be thrown out, even reversed. It’s the right thing to do. But it was Gargano’s idea to have that match, so Regal has to let it stand. “Are you freakin’ kidding me?!” So much for calm and cool. Gargano admits he RIGGED the wheel! “It was a joke! A goof! I’m still the North American Champion! Everybody knows that!” No, the decision stands. The curse lives on and Ruff is the champion. Gargano loses what was left of his cool, but will he have no choice but to accept the consequences of his actions?
Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“I am approaching 16 years in this industry. And over that time, I’ve come across some tough guys. Hell, I still remember early in my career training with guys like Killer Kowalski and Harley Race.” But if you want to talk about tough men, the funny thing about Killer and Harley was that they never told you how tough they were. “They didn’t have to. You just knew. But times have certainly changed.” Ciampa looks around and apparently, everyone’s tough. Don’t believe him? Just ask them. Everyone here has no problem telling you how tough they are. But maybe that’s just the world we live in. “Complain, and get rewarded. Bark loud enough for long enough and people being to fear your bite. Actions, without consequence.”
Maybe Ciampa’s just old school. He never thought he’d be the last of a dying breed. But he told us a couple week sago and he’ll tell us again now. “This culture, this 2020 locker room,” it’s going to change. Ciampa will be that change.
NXT presents Prime Target: Shirai VS Ripley!
“Walking into Raymond James Stadium feels like a lifetime ago” for the Aussie Nightmare. She was genuinely excited, going into WrestleMania at just 23 years old and as THE NXT Women’s Champion. It was supposed to be the biggest night of her life with 80+ THOUSAND people. But then we all know what happened: pandemic means lockdown, and that means no crowd, no energy, no emotion. And in the end, no title. Charlotte Flair took the title from her and was Queen of NXT once more.
Two months later, NXT was In Your House, and Io Shirai was our champion! “When you are a disciplined champion, you do not have emotions. You do not have setbacks. You do not have failure.” Shirai does not look back. “Every challenger has learned. Every opponent has realized.” Shirai stops momentum cold. She beats the best because she IS the best. Rhea, it took you some time to recover from WrestleMania. But Shirai isn’t afraid of nightmares.
“Everyone thought that that loss would define me. Everyone thought that I was a quitter. Rhea Ripley doesn’t quit!” She took out Mercedes Martinez, Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez, but now it’s time for Shirai. Shirai thinks Rhea is emotional but who cares what she thinks? Rhea’s trainers now she is more determined and focused and even more confident. Shirai is a special talent, but when the lights are on and it’s time to perform, “there ain’t nobody ****ing better” than Rhea. Shirai says Rhea will hit that “same emotional low again when I defeat you!” But Rhea says in one week, she takes that title back, whether Shirai likes it or not! We finally see Evil Genius VS Mosh Pit Kid 1v1 next week!
Pat McAfee and the Kings of NXT are here!
He and Pete Dunne accompany Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan to the ring in preparation for the tag title main event! Undisputed Era fans boo the hardest but these four shrug that off, especially after what they did to Killian Dain last week. McAfee says “that was absolutely gorgeous to relive. And for the past two weeks, I think it should be recognized that Pete Dunne has been an absolutely TERROR to this brand!” Chair to the back of Kyle O’Reilly! Front door to “big hairy Irish bastard’s face!” This is the best four man group in the history of pro-wrestling!
As McAfee was in his private jet, flying down to the “hell hole” that is Orlando, Florida, getting tweets from Tom Brady while learning McAfee’s business is now worth $150 MILLION, he almost died because they’re in the middle of a Tropical Storm. Dat sum bish turned sideways but he made it! So what was he going to tell “the dumbest community on the internet, the wrestling community,” tonight? It’s that they don’t deserve to watch “the greatest tag team on the planet” beat the hell out of Breezango while McAfee dominates commentary next to “stupid Slim Reaper,” Vic Joseph, and Bad News Barrett! “This is the greatest night in NXT history because we’re here!” McAfee does as he says, and the main event goes down after the break.
NXT Media catches up with Cameron Grimes.
Grimes seems he got the upper hand on Lumis. Yes, that’s right! He figured it out! “Listen. I ain’t afraid o’ no ghosts, or ghouls, or zombies. But I tell you what, I am man enough to say I was afraid of Dexter Lumis.” It’s those dark, creepy eyes. But then Grimes covered those eyes up and he caved him in! Now you know what’s gonna happen. Grimes has got to get going, TO~ THE~ MOON~!
Finn Balor will return!
Next week, the Prince is back to let us all know how his recovery is going! Will Balor still be our NXT Champion?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Breezango!
NXT returns once again, and just as Fandango and Breeze said, they are all business! And no, that doesn’t mean they’re Fashion Stock Brokers or Fashion Salesmen. No, they are simply two men who want payback on the One Two who sold out to side with Pat McAfee! Will the BritAm Brawlers learn they’re not the only ones have fought long and hard to finally be at the top?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and what could be the last chance for Breeze and Fandango starts now!
The teams sort out and Lorcan and Burch rush Breezango! The brawl is on, Burch stomps Breeze down and Lorcan goes after Dango! The brawling continues outside, Lorcan throws EuroUppers and Burch throws haymakers! Lorcan CHOPS Fandango, Burch keeps on Breeze. Fandango back drops out of the powerbomb! Breeze gets some space to then trip Burch and catapult him into boards! Breeze and Fandango have turned things around and they put Burch in the ring. Fandango keeps on Burch with haymakers and CHOPS! Fandango throws more haymakers, more CHOPS, and then jabs away in the corner! Fandango clubs Burch down, tags Breeze, and Breezango mug Burch in the corner.
Breeze stomps a fashionable mudhole but lets off as the ref counts. Breeze keeps on Burch with a snap suplex! Cover, ONE, but Breeze clinches only for Burch to knee low. Burch headlocks and brings Breeze to the corner, tag to Lorcan. They mug Breeze, Lorcan throws EuroUppers but Breeze blocks a suplex to ram Lorcan into the corner! Tag to Fandango and he clobbers Lorcan! Fandango throws a EuroUpper of his own, then whips Lorcan to ropes to elbow him down! Fandango drags Lorcan to a corner and suplexes, but Lorcan blocks to knee low. Lorcan elbows, tags Burch and they mug Fandango. Burch throws EuroUpper, but Fandango blocks bump to give haymakers and CHOPS!
Fandango brings Burch, hoists him onto the ropes to hang him out to dry, and tags Breeze in. BOOT SANDWICH! Down goes Burch and McAfee grows frustrated. McAfee asks the ref what the heck, but Breeze is after Burch on the outside. Burch scrambles away, Breeze pursues but Lorcan runs in. Breeze avoids Lorcan’s elbow but it hits Fandango! Breeze SUPER MODEL KICKS Lorcan down, then throws Burch at the feet of McAfee! Dunne steps up but the ref keeps him back as NXT goes picture in picture!
McAfee checks his teeth even though he really only came close to toppling over in his chair. Burch slowly gets up but Breeze is on him first. Breeze puts Burch in the ring, but then Dunne swipes while the ref is checking on Burch! Burch CLOBBERS Breeze then bumps him off buckles! Burch stomps a furious mudhole in, then tags Lorcan. They drag Breeze up, double wrench and double CHOP, and McAfee has gotten off commentary to be in his guys’ corner with Dunne. Lorcan brings Breeze up and around to scoop and backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Lorcan drags Breeze away, whips him to a corner hard, then tags in Burch. Burch paces around Breeze, then slaps Breeze around. Burch brings Breeze up to DECK him!
Burch sucker punches Fandango but the ref has to keep Fandango back! Burch bring Breeze up, snap suplexes him down, then drops knees! Tag to Lorcan, Lorcan brings Breeze around to a Boston Crab! Breeze endures as Lorcan sits deep! Breeze fights his way towards ropes and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Lorcan lets go at 4 and tags in Burch. Fans rally as NXT returns to single picture and Burch drags Breeze up. Breeze trips Burch and catapults him into buckles! Breeze crawls to the corner, hot tags to Fandango and Lorcan! Fandango dodges Lorcan, rocks Burch and rallies on Lorcan! Fandango hip tosses Burch to a neckbreaker! And then CHOPS away on Lorcan!
Fandango whips but Lorcan reverses, only for Fandango to knee smash! Lorcan dodges one lariat but not the second! FALCON ARROW! Cover, Burch breaks it! Breeze SUPER MODEL KICKS Burch down! Then he PLANCHAS, but Dunne saves Burch! McAfee laughs at “STUPID!” Breeze but Fandango FLIES to take out Burch and Dunne! Fans are fired up and McAfee is shocked! Fandango gets back in, climbs up top, but Lorcan trips him up! Lorcan climbs up top, brings Fandango up, but Fandango resists the superplex! Fandango clubs Lorcan, adjusts and sunset flips, but McAfee gets on the apron! McAfee mocks the Fandango dance, but that just distracts the ref from seeing Drake Maverick run in and ENZIGURI Lorcan! He avenges Dain as Fandango BOMBS Lorcan!
The ref sees Maverick, McAfee runs over but Maverick CANNONBALLS onto him!! Fandango is up top, FLYING LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Lorcan survives and Dunne CLOBBERS Maverick! The Bruiserweight looms over Maverick while Breezango and the One Two regroup. Dunne throws McAfee into the ring as another distraction to the ref! Dunne CLOBBERS Breeze!! Hot tag to Burch, Fandango CHOPS Lorcan but Burch HEADBUTTS Fandango! Then, LONDON BRIDGE! Cover, Lorcan and Burch win!!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
The Kings of NXT use their numbers to keep the gold! But Maverick returns to LEAP in and clobber Burch! But now he’s still outnumbered! They mug him 3v1 because McAfee is just directing things! They throw Maverick out and he bounces off the announce desk. But then Dunn X-PLEXES Maverick onto it! But Fandango LEAPS and takes down Lorcan! Dunne and Burch go after him, then Lorcan returns for another 3v1 mugging! Dunne throws Fandango across the desk! Breeze returns and leaps in! That’s still a 3v1 situation! The Kings of NXT bring Breeze up to toss him onto the desk! “That’s what we do!”
The referee tries to stop this but Dunne, Lorcan and Burch set Breeze up, for McAfee’s FIELD GOAL! “It’s good!” Fans boo but McAfee gives the champions their belts. Only McAfee applauds what his group is doing. “You’re looking at the greatest four man group in wresting history! We’ll do this forever if we want to!” They’re great, everyone else sucks, cheers.
A great NXT here, and studded with gold! Opening with the NXT North American Championship was great, but I will say, I was expecting something a bit different. Perhaps Ghost Face would be the one given the match, and then they parody Finger Poke of Doom and Gargano gets the easy win. Plus, Ghost Face would reveal themselves and it’d be like Austin Theory or something. Instead, a rigged wheel, a cocky Gargano getting what he deserves and Leon Ruff officially going down as a champion in NXT was a way better move. I didn’t think they’d do that when it was Ruff, but that’s what makes it even better. Gargano is great as this current Heel iteration, certainly his best work from a comedic standpoint, and I have a feeling he’ll have to get through Priest to get at Ruff.
Meanwhile, it seems NXT did go through with Indi Hartwell being Ghost Face as far as Candice’s side of things works. Shotzi had a very strong promo, Candice VS Toni was a strong match, and Candice winning with cheating surely means Toni continues to have a part in this story. I still think there were two different people posing as Ghost Face for Halloween Havoc as a nod to Scream, but many times in wrestling, ideas are scrapped for reasons we may never truly know. Candice and Indi VS Toni and Shotzi is going to be a lot of fun, but it’d mean even more if WWE would put those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on all shows, regardless of who is holding them.
We didn’t get Raquel VS Xia, and I suppose it really is for story reasons or else various dirt sheets and news groups would be talking about COVID concerns returning. This thing with the dragon and the mysterious old man is an interesting move. It was also fun to see Raquel beating up Boa all around ringside. Prime Target was pretty good, but not quite on the usual level. It’s also odd that they’d do one for something that isn’t TakeOver. Shirai VS Ripley next week is going to be amazing, and could again be very indicative of someone possibly going to Raw or SmackDown. And if that’s true, I feel like things lean more towards Shirai retaining. Rhea has already done so much between both NXT and NXT UK, I think Rhea needs to start blazing her trail on Raw to give Asuka some fresh competition.
The Cruiserweight Championship match caught me by surprise but it was a pretty good one. A much better match, and clearly it shows that Atlas is getting better in all parts of pro-wrestling. It is still early for him so he wasn’t going to win, and at least it wasn’t another dirty win for Escobar. I’m still hoping it’s Escobar VS Devlin to crown an undisputed Cruiserweight Champion, because I don’t see anyone else in the current division stepping up and dethroning either man. Good to hear that we’ll be hearing from Balor, I hope it’s good news. Ciampa has a good promo about toughness, so I wonder if we’re getting Balor VS Ciampa sooner rather than later.
Thatcher going after Grey only to end up in a match with Lumis was good, and their match was great, even with Grimes getting involved. Grimes’ logic of essentially blindfolding Lumis was pretty good, too. I wonder if they use that as part of the rematch from Halloween Havoc. Breezango have a good promo, and their match with Lorcan and Burch was a great main event. I’m glad Maverick got to join in as an attempt at revenge for what they did to Dain. I actually would’ve thought it’d be great if it did help Breezango win, but I suppose the comeuppance for “The Kings of NXT” has to come solely at the hands of the Undisputed Era. But a Six Man of Dunne, Lorcan & Burch VS Maverick & Breezango definitely has to happen, along with Dain coming back for revenge. That foursome can hold their own for a moment, but then we can see the triumphant return of the UE, and that is how we get to McAfee shouting, “WarGames?!”
My Score: 9/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT Match Ratings & Results: 3.23.2023
The Go Home to Sacrifice! PPV this week, Mania weekend special next week! Fun times for Impact!
It’s the Go Home to Sacrifice! I think there’s definitely more than a 33 1/3% chance that I’ll at least tolerate the episode. But with all of the fun pairings with Sacrifice participants we get the potential for a ton of story beats. We also might get a clearer picture of whatever the endgame is for The Design (doubtful though).
With all that, let’s hop into the show and kick off with how Kenny King and Eddie Edwards are exactly feeling about their Frankenstein problem.
.@KennyKingPb2 and @TheEddieEdwards want @PCOisNotHuman "On Ice"!#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/blVnhWPv4p
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- The Design (Deaner, Kon, Angels w/Callihan) vs Time Machine (Alex Shelley, Kushida, Chris Sabin): Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – *** 1/4
- Savannah Evans w/Gisele Shaw & Jai Vidal vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Crucifix Bomb – ** 1/4
- Masha Slamovich & Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer & Mickie James: Bully wins via Piledriver – ** 1/4
- Dirty Dango & Joe Hendry vs Brian Myers & Moose: Myers wins via Roster Cut – ** 1/2
The Design (Deaner, Kon, Angels w/Callihan) vs Time Machine (Alex Shelley, Kushida, Chris Sabin)
Well Kushida does enjoy mixing it up with Heavyweights…and he starts against Kon. Kushida tries to chop down the tree, gets stifled, Shelley tags in to try and assist but they both meet the brick wall of Kon. Kon tags in Deaner and Shelley is getting worked over. Blind tag from Sabin, Deaner gets spun around and kicked in the face for a quick near fall.
All six mix it up a bit before Time Machine gets the best of it, they post Angels in the corner, Hesitation Dropkick from Sabin while Angels is retrained and we get a quick tag bringing Shelley back in to work over Angels left arm. I guess you can see they made him a…one winged angel – okay no more FF7 references. I feel dirty. Kushida lays in the grounded Bow and Arrow Liger Style, and Angels is just get rocked.
Eventually Angels manages to get away from Sabin and tag in Deaner, then The Design start quick tags and stomping away on Sabin in their corner. The Design tries to set up a tandem move, Sabin manages to escape and tag in Kushida. Hot tag with a few quick spots, Running Crossbody, Pele Kick, and then Shelley comes in. They go for some Time Splitters action but Angels interrupts it, so he receives the Time Splitters tandem offense of the PK to the Arm and Kon stunned on the apron eating a Back Handspring Kick, big Dive from Kushida puts an exclamation point on the Time Machine momentum.
Commercial break, we come back to Kushida and Shelley going for the Enzuigiri/Shotei combination, but Deaner moves and Shelley kicks Kushida. Angels gets tagged in and we see The Design put some stuff together. After a Spine Buster/Frog Splash combo, they set up a Double Doomsday and finally the MCMG portion of Time Machine come in for the save. Things start breaking down into signature spams, Angels looks to have the advantage until her stumbles just a little and the triple team starts.
They look for Outatime, but Deaner breaks it up, then Callihan slides in to just protect Deaner. He even stands there and asks the Guns to hit him. So Callihan gets rocked and Kushida flies in with the Hoverboard Lock for the win.
There was a vignette for The Coven, which checks that weird IMPACT spin since they love to play in the Shadow Realm. Not bad, just not work showing in the article.
JESUS H CHRIST – they are rebranding Raj Singh as Champagne Singh? I hope this is a short lived attempt at relevance, because he is talentless. Raj was the worst part of the Desi Hit Squad and somehow he’s stuck around the longest. I don’t get it…he’s cringe, can’t cut a promo and wrestles like trash.
Savannah Evans w/Gisele Shaw & Jai Vidal vs Deonna Purrazzo
Deonna takes the offense right to Savannah, which is dumb; but Deonna does love to be the female Minoru Suzuki. By that I mean, just fighting the opponents fight for a little bit until the gameplan eventually kicks in. So it looks dumb, but let’s see if it continues to be dumb.
The match has been fairly basic, but not awful, hence why its hard for me to really highlight anything. Savannah hits some nice power moves, Jai and Gisele tend to jaw and be petty distractions but never physically get involved. Deonna tries to fire up with a few quick Chops, but Savannah puts the brakes to the that and hits a great Snap Suplex. Deonna absorbs some offense, tries to use a little bit of join manipulation and momentum to give herself a few openings. Savannah stops Deonna, goes for a Backbreaker, but Deonna counters.
Deonna runs the ropes, hits a few big Knee Lifts, Russian Leg Sweep, float over, Fujiwara…but Savannah grabs the ropes. Savannah stalls Deonna’s offense attempts, catches her with a beautiful Northern Lights Suplex Hold for 2. Full Nelson Slam attempt, Deonna drops down, rolls through, tries to use the ropes to her advantage, but Gisele and Jai finally makes their presence really felt. Deonna hits the ropes, Jai grabs her, Savannah swings, misses Deonna and wipes out Jai, Gisele eats a Pump Kick from Deonna. Deonna flies through the attempts slam, Crucifix Bomb from Deonna, and Deonna gets the pinfall.
Post match 3 on 1 beatdown begins! Deonna has no friends left, so she eats a Full Nelson Bomb and Denouement, and she’s left laying.
Flashback Moment: Sacrifice 2010, Team 3D vs Beer Money vs MCMG, #1 Contender for the TNA Tag Team Championship Match
Masha Slamovich & Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer & Mickie James
Dreamer and Bully circle a little, Bully tries to take a swipe at Mickie and then goads her to tag in. Bully keeps talking crap but Masha demands to be tagged in. So Masha and Mickie start off, while Mickie is trying to keep her eyes peeled for Bully while getting the best of Masha early after a Thesz Press, Sole But, Flapjack, Kip Up. But Mickie allows herself to be distracted a little, Masha returns the Sole Butt and clocks Mickie to drop her and tag in Bully. Bully talks too long before the Elbow Drop, so Mickie rolls away and Dreamer tags in. So the babyfaces are getting the best of the early going until Bully grabs Mickie’s hair as she runs the ropes while the ref is distracted.
Bully cheap shots Dreamer, tries to grab the Kendo Stick and threaten Mickie but the referee stops him. Bully starts man handling Mickie, tags Masha back in and Masha is literally whipping her around by her hair. Same time Lariats give Mickie the chance to tag out, simultaneous tags on the guys and Dreamer is doing…as hot of a tag as he can. 10 Count Punches, Bites his head, Cutter, but Masha breaks the pin. Flip, Flop and Fly in stereo, Dreamer calls for a WAZZUP, Mickie does a Diving Polish Hammer to Bully’s balls. Then Dreamer shoves Mickie and tells her to get the tables.
Masha does one of the ugliest dives I’ve ever seen on Mickie, but its effective. Bully hits a Low Blow while the referee is messing with the table, Piledriver from Bully and the Bully wins it for the team.
Masha tells Bully to set up the table after the match. Bully is about to Powerbomb Mickie, but Jordynne Grace hits the ring with a Kendo Stick. Bully turns, Jordynne hits the ropes for a Spear but Bully moves and Jordynne cuts Mickie in half.
Is @SteveMaclin getting into the heads of #RichSwann, @FrankieKazarian, and @Walking_Weapon?#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/1iDn0ehHMx
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
Next week is going to be more of a hype show for Mutiverse United. There will be a few never broadcasted matches, but since its WrestleMania Weekend, that takes precedence.
Dirty Dango & Joe Hendry vs Brian Myers & Moose
Joe Hendry’s doing his usual promo after his music, but Dango also grabs a microphone which throws off Hendry a little. So when Hendry says “Say the only two words that matter” – Dango interjects with SUCK IT. Fun ways to tap dance around trademarks.
Hendry and Myers start off which actually plays nicely into the story. Hendry invoked Myers’ rematch clause, so of course he wouldn’t be opposed to mixing it up before the PPV. Dango gets tagged and tries to get Moose to dance. Moose’s leg shakes a little like he has to fight the urge to dance, and then charges at Dango. Little things like that reminds everyone that Moose is a likable performer, he’s just a heel right now, so he’s trying to ignore his fun side. Myers comes back in, Arm Trap Suplex, Tornado DDT where he kicks off of Moose who’s trying to interrupt. They wipe out Moose and Myers, Hendry puts his hands in the air for the wave, but Dango thinks it should be something else. Moves Hendry’s hands a little and then does a SUCK IT.
Off the commercial, Falcon Arrow from Dango, he tries to go to the top but Moose distracts Dango and Myers throws him off the top rope to the outside. Dango tries for the Cradle Counter Roll, but Myers blocks long enough to tag Moose. So Moose blindsides Dango before the 1 count even happens. Myers Knee Lift, holds onto Dango’s ankle and reaches to tag in Moose. So Dango is just getting totally singled out. Dango kicks Moose away, Moose tries for Go To Hell, but Dango keeps swinging, rocks Moose a little and then the Diving European Uppercut gives Dango the space he needs for the tag.
Simultaneous tags, Myers gets caught mid Crossbody, Sack of Shit from Hendry and then Joe Kips Up. Hendry tries a Trust Fall, Myers slips it, Enzuigiri, but then Hendry hits the Pop-Up Powerbomb for 2. Moose is in, Dango is in, Dango gets dumped out, Moose hits the Lights Out on Hendry. Roster Cut from Myers, 1-2-3.
Josh Alexander walks out to the ring after the Maclin/Swann shenanigans. Josh punctuates his promo with saying Maclin is afraid of failure, afraid of being a man without a purpose, afraid of being a Forgotten Son. Maclin’s music hits and he chuckles at the line and gives Josh a little kudos.
Maclin is cutting a perfect heel promo since he’s validating everything Josh said, and even presents video evidence of how much scouting he’s doing to avoid failure. However, through his validation he’s also poking holes in Josh’s confidence. Josh tries to say it changes nothing and he’s a fighting champion and tries to challenge Maclin now…because now Josh is scared. Like Frankie said, Maclin is doing it “My Way”. So he says no to the challenge and that he wants to take it in Josh’s home town.
Overall Score: 7.25/10
Now I usually get bored with promos to close a show, but they both played their parts perfectly. Josh with the strong babyface opening trying to discredit the opponent as just another victim of circumstance; but Maclin bringing the receipts like he just walked into H&R Block was beautiful. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Maclin’s run in IMPACT, but this is the cherry on the top. He NEEDS to win the title, he’s perfect since you could see in Josh’s face and body language his confidence is a little shaken.
I also appreciated a few of the little storytelling beats, like in Hendry’s match. Opening against Myers plays into the story, and then Moose hitting the Lights Out and then walking out of the ring just watching his handy work as Myers hits the Roster Cut for the win. Proves everything both men said leading up through this story. Deonna also being the best wrestler in the Knockouts division, but still not capable of beating a 3 on 1 with no friends played well towards something. It’s either going to culminate in Mickie and Deonna burying the hatchet frenemies style, or we’ll see Deonna having to evolve into a more straight forward babyface since she can’t play the heel or tweener with no friends.
The Twitter feed didn’t have the segment with The Death Dollz, but potentially writing off Taya by bringing Su Yung/Susie/Susan back works well since it gives JesSICKa a chance at an angle, Su could always side with The Coven, they can play in the paranormal nicely for a few more months. I just really hope they don’t return JesSICKa to Havok. Havok got stale and pathetic, whereas JesSICKa is entertaining both in and out of the ring.
But hey, tomorrow is Sacrifice, so watch your Steiner Math promos and strap in for the PPV!
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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/23/23)
Who answered the Open Challenge?
In a big return to ROH, Cheeseburger challenges Samoa Joe for the World Television Championship! But will Burger survive the King of TV?
- Mark Briscoe VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods; Briscoe wins.
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik VS The Trustbusters; Fox, Blake & Metalik win.
- Skye Blue VS Lady Frost; Skye wins.
- Rush & Dralistico w/ Jose the Assistant VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams; Rush & Dralistico win.
- Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS Darius Martin w/ Dante Martin; Taven wins.
- Brian Cage w/ The Embassy VS Tony Deppen; Cage wins.
- Silas Young VS Shane Taylor w/ JD Griffey; Shane wins.
- Billie Starkz VS Miranda Alize; Starkz wins.
- Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
- ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Cheeseburger; Joe wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mark Briscoe VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!
While Samoa Joe is defending that title in the main event, the Sussex County Chicken says the ROH World TV title is his destiny! But standing in his way is Mark Sterling and his stuck up stable! Will Briscoe be representing against the Premier Athlete? Or will his destiny be derailed again?
But Nese attacks right before the bell! Fans boo as Nese stomps a mudhole in, but Nese lets off to soak up heat. Nese fires forearms, whips, but Briscoe ducks ‘n’ dodges to BOOT Nese! And then he unleashes a Redneck Kung-Fu UPPERCUT! And a CHOP! And some forearms! Fans rally for #DemBoys as Mark ROCKS then DECKS Nese! Nese bails out, Mark pursues, and Mark keeps Nese from running away. Mark CHOPS, ROCKS and stalks Nese, to then CHOP again! Mark scoops and SLAMS Nese to the floor! Fans fire up as Mark goes to the apron, and Mark fires up to “BANG BANG!” FOLEY ELBOW DROP!
Fans fire up more as Mark drags Nese up and into the ring. Nese bails out again but Mark pursues. Sterling gets in Briscoe’s face, and that distracts so Nese can POST Briscoe! Fans boo but Nese soaks it up. Nese CHOPS Briscoe, has him against the apron, and CHOPS again! Nese puts Briscoe in the ring, high-fives Woods, but Mark fires off haymakers! But Nese YANKS Mark and throws him out of the ring! Woods is there but Mark hits him with the CHOP first! Mark steps in, but Nese kicks the ropes to jam him up! The ref is busy with Sterling, Woods snap suplexes Briscoe down! Fans boo but Nese just soaks it up again.
Nese drags Mark up as fans chant, “YOU SUCK!” Nese says he doesn’t suck, and he CHOPS again! Nese puts Mark in the ring again, stomps him to a corner, then stomps him more. Fans continue to boo but Nese drags Mark up. Nese puts Mark in the Tree of Woe, gets space, and he runs in to… Do crunches ‘n’ kicks! Fans boo but Nese says this is how he has his 8 pack. Nese drags Mark out of the Tree but Mark fires forearms in return! Nese knees low! Nese whips corner to corner, Mark goes up and over and rolls to come back and BOOT! Fans fire up and Mark brings Nese in. Mark underhooks, but Nese fights the lift!
Nese back drops, Mark sunset flips! Nese rolls through to SOBAT Mark in the face! Cover, TWO! Nese wraps on body scissors to keep Mark down. Fans rally while Mark endures the squeeze. Mark fights up, and rains down REDNECK-FU CHOPS! Nese lets go of the body scissors to have a bearhug! Fans rally, Mark fights up and throws elbows. Mark is free, but Nese throat chops! Nese then brings Mark around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Fans boo as Nese flexes on ’em, then Nese goes to the ropes, but Mark avoids the Premier Triangle! Mark swings, Nese dodges but Mark CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Mark has Nese in a corner but Nese blocks the whip. So Mark fires off palm strikes! Mark CHOPS Nese, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Mark puts Nese up top, powers up, REDNECK UPPERCUT! Mark crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives and fans rally up. Mark clinches, Nese fights with elbows, but swings into the EXPLODER! Mark powers up and fans fire up, Mark runs in, into a BOOT! Nese runs in, into a kick low! Mark turns Nese into the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nese is still in this but the fans still rally. Mark reels Nese in, Canadian Rack but Nese slips free!
Nese goes Matrix to dodge the haymaker to kick, KICK, KICK and SUPERKICK! Mark staggers into a facelock, but Mark suplexes first! Fans fire up again while Sterling and Woods are furious! Mark drags Nese up, underhooks, but Nese wrenches free. Nese waistlocks, Mark switches, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Nese lands on his feet! DOUBLE STOMP! Mark flounders to a corner, Nese brings down the kneepad. Nese runs, but into a LARIAT! Fans are fired up as Mark fireman’s carries! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, and then Mark goes up top! FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, Mark wins!
Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall
The roll continues! Mark even shakes Nese’s hand to keep the Code of Honor. Supercard of Honor is waiting, will Mark be ready to take on Samoa Joe for the title?
Six Man Tag: AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik VS The Trustbusters!
When All Heart & The King of the Ropes needed a third man, the Whole Fox’n Show answered the call! Will this three man air force be what finally shuts up Ari Daivari, Slim J & Jeeves Kay?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though the Trustbusters do it with some snark. The trios sort out and Fox starts against Jeeves. Fans rally for Fox and he storms up on Jeeves, but Jeeves stays back. They tie up, Fox wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Jeeves wrenches through to headlock. Fox wrenches out to hammerlock then headlock for the takeover. Jeeves headscissors but Fox kips free. Fans applaud the opening, and Jeeves offers another handshake. Fox catches the cheap shot! Fox kicks, whips, but Jeeves slides under to RANA! And DROPKICK! Fans boo but Jeeves soaks it up. Jeeves whips Fox, but Fox reverses to mule kick and BOOT!
Fox JAWBREAKERS then NECKBREAKERS! Fox kips up and fans fire up, then Fox tags Blake. Blake kicks Jeeves, wrenches, but Jeeves knees low! Jeeves headlocks Blake, tags in Daivari, and the Trustbusters mug Blake. Daivari CHOPS, whips, but Blake ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ redirects to trip and DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Blake runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Blake comes back with a FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Blake CHOPS, CHOPS again, and Daivari sputters. Blake snapmares Daivari and wraps him up in a ground cobra! Blake air-guitars Daivari’s arm, then shifts to a facelock.
Daivari powers up and he RAMS Blake into the corner! Daivari RAMS Blake, but distracts the ref as he backs off. Slim and Jeeves mug Blake! Daivari tags in Slim, Slim drags Blake by his legs to rockabye him into a POWERBOMB! Slim drags Blake up to DECK him! Tag to Jeeves, the Trustbusters mug Blake more, but fans chant “SLIM J SUCKS!” Jeeves snapmares Blake, goes up, FALLING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Jeeves drags Blake back, tags Daivari, and the mugging continues. Daivari stands Blake up, taunts Fox and Metalik, but Blake slips out of the back suplex to give a back suplex!
Both men are down and the fans rally up! Blake and Daivari crawl, hot tag to Metalik! Metalik dodges Daivari, RANAS him out, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! Metalik puts Daivari in and the fans fire up more. Metalik climbs the corner, tightrope walks, and SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Metalik is a little frustrated but he drags Daivari into the drop zone. Metalik goes up again, to MOONSAULT! He has to bail out as Daivari moves, but then he dodges and comes back, sunset flip with a twist, TWO! Daivari escapes but Metalik whips him to ropes. Daivari reverses to send Metalik out.
Metalik fights off Jeeves, ROCKS Daivari, but Jeeves YANKS Metalik down! Fans boo as the ref misses that one! Daivari goes out to fetch Metalik and Sterling protests that Fox is just checking his teammate. Daivari RAMS Metalik into the apron, then he high-fives Sterling. Sterling says money money money as Daivari puts Metalik in the ring. Daivari anchors Metalik, tags Slim and Slim drops an elbow. Slim drags Metalik up, snapmares, and double stomps right into an ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Tag to Jeeves, the Trustbusters mug Metalik with heavy body shots, and then an UPPERCUT! Jeeves soaks up heat before he clamps on a chinlock.
Fans boo, especially as Jeeves pulls at the mask. Metalik endures, fans rally up, and Metalik fights up! Jeeves CLUBS Metalik, scoops, SLAMS and SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Jeeves rains down fists in frustration, then he drags Metalik up. Jeeves UPPERCUTS Metalik but Metalik CHOPS! Jeeves ROCKS Metalik, whips him to ropes, but Metalik handsprings to BACK ELBOW! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Hot tag to Daivari, and he drags Metalik back for another ELBOW DROP! Daivari CHOPS, whips, but Metalik springboards to BACK ELBOW again! Now Metalik and Daivari are down as fans rally up!
Metalik crawls, as does Daivari. Hot tag to Slim, he runs to BLAST Fox and Blake! But Metalik back drops Slim! Daivari tags back in, he drags Metalik away. Metalik hops up to ENZIGURI! Daivari flops down, Metalik crawls, but there’s no one in the corner! Daivari runs in, and only gets buckles! Metalik scoops to BACKBREAKER! Daivari writhes but he and Metalik are both down. Metalik crawls around, as does Daivari, hot tags to Fox and Jeeves! Fox rallies on Jeeves, ELBOWS in the corner, then snapmare rolls to the CUTTER! Slim and Daivari attack Fox! Fans boo, they double whip, but Fox crisscrosses them!
Fox puts Daivari in the corner and hits the A-LIST LARIAT! Slim runs in, into an ELBOW! Fox skins the cat to DROPKICK Daivari and DOUBLE STUNNER on Slim & Jeeves! Daivari runs in, Fox avoids the Penalty Kick to STUNNER him, too! Fans are thunderous for “A R FOX!” and he stomps Jeeves’ hand! Fox knuckle locks, goes up and up and jumps around, to then SUPER CANNONBALL Daivari & Slim! Jeeves builds speed, but runs into a GAMANGIRI! Blake is in, he throws Jeeves right out! Fans fire up as All Heart climbs up, and SUPER TWISTING CROSSBODIES The Trustbusters!
Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” as Fox puts Jeeves in. Fireman’s carry, but Sterling distracts! fox goes after Sterling, but Jeeves runs in! Fox dodges and Jeeves almost hits Sterling! Fox runs in, Jeeves moves and the BOOT hits Sterling! Jeeves SUPERKICKS Fox and BLOODY SUNDAYS!! Cover, TWO!!! Jeeves is shocked but he tags in Daivari! Only for Metalik to GAMANGIRI Daivari up top! Slim CLUBS Metalik down, so Blake GAMANGIRIS Slim! Blake has Slim but Jeeves CLUBS Blake! Jeeves climbs up, but Metalik joins in, too! SUPER SPANISH FLY SUPERPLEX!??! Daivari leaps, into a CUTTER!!! Fox goes up top, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Fox and team wins!!
Winners: AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik, by pinfall
But wait, The Embassy attacks! Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony know Fox and team want their ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships, so they are beating them down for it! Fans boo but The Machine, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona stand tall here. Will these three tanks be able to shoot down the three fighter jets coming for their titles?
Skye Blue VS Lady Frost!
The bright future of this young wrestler has been a bit cloudy already. Toni Storm rained on Skye’s parade, and now she’s facing a cold front! Will Skye stay sunny even after facing Lady Frost?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and these two tie up. They go around then break, and reset. They tie up again, and Frost wrenches to a wristlock. Skye rolls, handsprings, and wrenches to a wristlock. Fans duel, Frost uses the ropes to flip through the wristlock and wrench Skye back. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks again. Frost rolls, cartwheels and arm-drags free. Fans applaud the exchange, but Skye comes back. Frost jumps over, keeps moving, so Skye hurdles. Frost leaps over, blocks the arm-drag, but Skye goes to the other side to arm-drag after all! Then wheelbarrow arm-drag!
Fans fire up but Frost takes a second to cool off. Frost respects Skye’s ability, and the two go again. They feel out a knuckle lock, but Frost kicks low! Frost bumps Skye off buckles, stomps a mudhole in, but lets off at 4. Frost runs in to GAMANGIRI! “She’s out of the corner.” Frost then spins, but Skye avoids the kick! Skye full nelsons, Frost switches and shoves Skye away, SCREW HIGH KCIK! Skye falls into the corner, Frost handsprings to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Frost grows frustrated but fans rally up. Frost stalks Skye, mocks the applause, but Skye throws body shots. Frost throws Skye by her hair!
Frost handstands to drops knees on Skye’s back! Frost gives toying kicks but the fans rally up. Skye rises, Frost bumps her off buckles, and Frost CHOPS! Fans want one more, so Frost says kiss this instead. Frost runs in but Skye slips out to ROCK Frost! And SUPERKICK! Skye goes up but Frost GAMANGIRIS! Skye falls to the floor, Frost goes to the apron, and Frost CANNONBALLS to the floor! Frost mocks the applause while the ring count climbs. Frost drags Skye up into the ring, then covers, TWO! Skye is hanging tough, and fans rally up again. Frost drags Skye up to throw knees. Skye swings, misses, and Frost kicks a leg out!
Skye ducks the buzzsaw but the HEEL KICK hits! Only for Skye to spring up and SUPERKICK! Both women are down and fans fire up again! Skye crawls her way to a corner while Frost stands. Frost runs in, but into an ELBOW! Skye goes to another corner, Frost runs in but into a BOOT! Skye goes up to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Skye and she runs in to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Snapmare, but Frost blocks the superkick! BASEMENT ENZIGURI hits! Cover, TWO! Frost is still in this but Skye full nelsons! Only for Frost to drop and victory roll! TWO, and Skye runs in, but falls for the feint! QUESTION MARK KICK!
Frost cartwheels into the Alabama Lift, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Frost is shocked! Frost drags Skye into a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Skye CLUBS her first! Skye CLUBS away on Frost, brings her around and then ROCKET LAUNCHES her to the mat! Fans fire up, Skye goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Frost is still in this and Skye grows frustrated. Fans rally up, Skye takes aim, and she runs in to get around, backslide, TWO! Facelock, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then full nelson, lift, SKYE FALL!! Cover, Skye wins!
Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall
The Outcasts may have knocked her down, but Skye got back up! And she shows Frost respect by upholding the Code of Honor. Will Skye be reaching for the stars in the ROH Women’s Division?
Rush & Dralistico w/ Jose the Assistant VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams!
All the tag teams in ROH want to #ReachForTheSky, including these two teams. Will La Faccion Ingobernable keep things tranquilo? Or will The Professional and the Hot Sauce be just a little too much for LFI?
The Code of Honor is NOT upheld, so the brawl is on! The bell rings, the forearms fly fast and furious, and the former ROH Tag champs get the edge! They run, but into DOUBLE SHOTGUNS! LFI builds speed, only to double tranquilo! Fans are torn, but Tracy SHOTGUNS Rush back! Rhett goes after Dralistico but gets thrown out. Double CHOPS sandwich Tracy, then Dralistico CHOPS again! Rush CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush sends Dralistico in to clothesline, Rush SPLASHES, then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICKS hit! The ref reprimands, LFI lets things cool off, and Dralistico brings Tracy up.
Dralistico whips, Tracy reverses but runs into a BOOT! ROUNDHOUSE! SOBAT! Front KICK and SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up for the kick combo and Dralistico stomps Tracy. Tag to Rush, Dralistico BLASTS Rhett, and then LFI mugs Tracy. Rush CHOPS, then eggs Tracy on. Tracy CHOPS, but Rush CHOPS! Rush fires forearm after forearm, then he tags Dralistico. Rush puts Tracy in the ropes, holds him in place while Dralistico climbs. KICK and GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Tracy hangs tough but Dralistico stomps him. And KICKS! And eggs him on. Tracy ROCKS Dralistico!
Dralistico ROCKS Tracy! Tracy ROCKS Dralistico! Dralistico CHOPS! The forearms fly back and forth again, Dralistico shoves then swings, but into a SAIDO! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tags to Rhett and Rush! Rhett fires off with Rush, forearm for forearm! Rhett gets the edge! Fans fire up, but then Rush fires all those back! Rush CHOPS, whips, but Rhett reverses to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up again as Rhett aims from a corner. Rhett runs in to BOOT Rush! Rhett DECKS Dralistco, BOOTS Rush, and feeds to Tracy’s ELBOW! DROPKICK! ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!!!
Draslitico gets in to attack but Tracy throws him out! Rush sends Tracy into a ROUNDHOUSE then GERMAN SUPELXES! Dralistico adds a FLYING CODE BREAKER! Rhett spins Dralistico, NECKBREAKER! Rush CLOBBERS Rhett! Fans fire up, Rush runs at Tracy, but Tracy SPEARS first!! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous for “R O H! R O H!” Rhett drags himself up, Rush roars, Rhett runs in! Rush OVERHEAD suplexes Rhett into buckles! Dralistico FLIES out onto Tracy and Jose! Rush stomps around, aims at Rhett, “When you mess with the bull!” BULL’S HORNS!!! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: Rush & Dralistico, by pinfall
La Faccion Ingobernable is on a win streak, but Supercard of Honor is coming. Will LFI be the NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions?
Caprice Coleman sits with Eddie Kingston and Claudio Castagnoli.
Caprice is with The Mad King and the Swiss Superman to talk about the last few weeks. Eddie challenged Claudio for the ROH World Championship, and Claudio denied it, saying Eddie is a man without honor. Can Claudio explain that? Well, it should be self-explanatory. But Claudio does want to apologize. Eddie does have honor, in his own way. Eddie has pride, something that has gotten in his way many times, but Eddie has honor. Claudio admits to being wrong on that. But he will still stand by his statement that someone like Eddie should not be ROH World Champion.
How does Eddie respond to that? Caprice knows all the years he’s put into wrestling, and knows that ROH is a prestigious title. Can Eddie shoulder that responsibility? Eddie says Claudio’s opinion doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is beating Claudio for that title. A title that mentors of Eddie’s have held. Low-Ki. Xavier. Homicide. That lineage belongs to Eddie, the underdog, the fighter. Claudio’s not a fighter, not an underdog, he knows that, because they know each other. They’ve lived with each other, met each other’s families. Claudio’s a coward for not doing business, so Eddie will force his hand. And Mox can’t stop this.
Interesting that Eddie would use the words “underdog” and “fighter.” Eddie always sees himself as an underdog, as a victim. When it comes to being a fighter, who is the one who always quits? Yeah, they used to live together, but also train together. Who ran off when things got hard? Claudio stayed, worked every single day that Eddie didn’t while throwing a pity party. Guess who put the work in? Guess who is champion right now because of that? Yeah, for now. Talk tough all you want, Eddie, you don’t walk the walk. Oh, word? Well, Eddie promised not to get up and punch Claudio, it’ll stay civil.
Claudio says Eddie is always a tough talker, always loud, that’s fine. Claudio isn’t afraid of Eddie, he’s afraid for Eddie. Eddie cannot beat Claudio, he cannot reach Claudio. Never did, never will. Then prove it! Prove it by giving Eddie his shot! Claudio says that if Eddie wants the shot, he’s got it! But Claudio will tell us all what’s gonna happen, think of this as a spoiler. Claudio will beat Eddie and outclass him. Then Eddie will blame everyone but himself for the loss. He’ll throw a tantrum then quit and run away to implode. Claudio tells Caprice that this man, Eddie, is the biggest waste of potential Claudio’s seen in his life!
Claudio saw Eddie when he was young, he saw the fire in his eyes, and that Eddie could’ve had it all. But then he threw himself a pity party and threw it all away. So mark Claudio’s words. After he retains his title at Supercard of Honor, this will happen again. Because Eddie can’t handle it! Caprice says it is official for March 31st in Los Angeles. Eddie VS Claudio, sign, sealed and delivered. But who will fight and who will run when all is said and done?
Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS Darius Martin!
Mike Bennett lost to Angel Dorado, so The Kingdom took it out on him just last night on Dynamite! That screwed Top Flight out of becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions. But will Air Wolf screw The Trend out of going to Supercard of Honor and the tag title ladder match?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and then Taven pie faces Darius! Darius pie faces then arm-drags! Kicks and KICKS, but Taven kicks low. Things speed up and Darius DROPKICKS Taven out of the ring! Fans rally up while The Kingdom regroups. Darius goes out after Taven, Taven hurries into the ring, then he drop toeholds Darius! Taven runs to drop an elbow! Taven then runs in at the corner but only gets buckles! Darius arm-drags once, but Taven blocks the next. Darius headlocks, Taven powers up but Darius uses that to whip Taven away. Then Darius pie faces Taven! Taven is furious, he runs but into a drop toehold! DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!
Darius keeps cool and he brings Taven up. Fans rally, Darius wrenches and UPPERCUTS the arm. Taven whips Darius out of the ring, but Darius BOOTS him away! The ref is busy with Taven, Mike rushes in but Darius goes up and over to ROUNDHOUSE! But now Maria anchors Darius! KICK OF THE KING! Taven soaks up the heat while the ring count starts. Fans chant “TAVEN SUCKS!” but Taven is amused. Taven distracts the ref, Mike whips Darius but Darius reverses, only for Mike to rebound and CLOBBER Darius! Taven goes out to put Darius back in the ring, and then Taven whips Darius to a corner.
Darius bounces off buckles, into a BACKBREAKER! Taven then gut wrenches, underhooks, and TIGER BACKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Taven clamps onto Darius with a motorcycle stretch. Darius endures, fans rally, and Darius fights up. Darius swings, but into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Taven runs to SPRINGBOARD SENTON but Darius moves! Taven flounders, runs in at Darius but into a BOOT! Darius ELBOWS Taven, runs, but Taven waistlocks. Darius bucks the O’Conner, sunset flips, but Taven rolls through! JUST THE- NO, Darius ducks the knee to roll Taven up again, TWO!
Darius stands, into a HEEL KICK from Taven! Fans cheer and jeer but definitely more jeer. Taven taunts Darius, kicks him around, but the fans rally up. Darius throws body shots, but Taven bobs ‘n’ weaves to kick, kick and facelock. Darius powers out but runs into a BOOT! Taven goes up, but leaps into an atomic drop! Darius fires off haymakers! Taven shoves Darius but gets the People’s Haymaker! Darius whips, Taven reverses but Darius slides out to the apron. Darius shoulders in, GAMANGIRIS, then steps in for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Taven is still in this, there’s a reason he’s an ROH Grand Slam winner.
Darius drags Taven up, suplexes, but Taven slips out to headlock. Darius powers out, ducks the roundhouse, but Taven avoids the sweep to BOOT! Darius rebounds, sends Taven to ropes, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO and into a ghost pin! TWO!! DOUBLE ENZIGURIS!! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! A standing count starts, fans rally up but Taven rises first. Darius follows, both men bump into each other, and Taven RAMS Darius into a corner! Taven puts Darius up top but Darius CLUBS Taven! Sunset flip, but Taven rolls through again, JUST THE TIP!! Taven goes up top, to FROG SPLASH onto knees!! Cover, TWO!!
Darius sidesteps Taven to SNAP GERMAN! Taven flops out of the ring, Mike checks on him, but Darius builds speed! Darius DIVES but gets only Mike! Taven is back in the ring, Darius hurries, but Maria trips him up! CLIMAX!!! Cover, Taven wins!
Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall
Top Flight and The Kingdom are 1-1 in the singles series, and Taven mockingly upholds the Code of Honor. But the Kingdom isn’t done, they want Darius to get up to get clobbered. But DANTE is here! Dante chases them off, but the Kingdom still acts tough hiding behind Maria. Will either of these teams #ReachForTheSky in LA?
Brian Cage w/ The Embassy VS Tony Deppen!
We saw the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions beat down their future challengers, but The Machine looks to do some damage all on his own. Deppen finds himself in the deep end, will he make it out alive?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. Cage shoves Deppen away but Deppen comes back. Cage shoves him away again, and Deppen gets mad! Deppen SLAPS Cage! Bad move, Deppen! Cage TOSSES Deppen to a corner, runs in but Deppen goes up and over. Deppen keeps going, rolls off Cage’s back, and SLAPS again! Cage whips Deppen out, but Deppen gets right back up to GAMANGIRI! Deppen steps in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage drags Deppen up at the corner, and he deadlift SUPERPLEXES! Cage flexes but fans boo. Cage then drags Deppen up to bump him off buckles.
Fans chant “BRIAN SUCKS!” but Cage ROCKS Deppen. Cage soaks up the heat, brings Deppen up and whips corner to corner hard! Deppen bounces off buckles and falls in a heap, and Cage asks, “Who sucks now, huh?!” Cage scoops and SLAMS Deppen, to then drop a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!! But Cage just does push-ups. Cage drags Deppen up but Deppen throws body shots. Cage BOOTS Deppen, then hauls him up to RAM into him in the corner. Cage puts Deppen up top to ROCK him! Then Cage climbs up, soaks up the heat, but Deppen slips out! Deppen mule kicks the legs out! DRAPING BACKSTABBER!
Fans fire up with Deppen as he goes to the apron. Deppen steps in, CODE BREAKER! Cage flops out of the ring! Fans fire up, Deppen builds speed, and he SOMERSAULT TOPES!! Fans are thunderous as Deppen takes out Cage! Deppen puts Cage in, springboards, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cage ends up in a corner and Deppen roars! METEORA! Deppen has Cage in the drop zone then climbs up top! DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!!! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Deppen can’t believe it! Fans rally up, though, and Deppen goes to a corner. Deppen aims, runs in, but Cage ducks to rol lhim up!
Deppen slips free, dodges the lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! Cage says it’s done! But Deppen cradles!! TWO!!! Cage escapes, but the JUMP KNEE hits! Cage roars, spins, ROLLING- HEADBUTT!! Deppen runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cage drags Deppen up to suplex, DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
Deppen came close but not close enough, and now the Embassy is mugging him for it! Kaun rains down fists, Liona drops a HEABUTT of his own! Deppen sputters and spasms, but the fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” The Gates of Agony drag Deppen up, but here comes Fox, Blake and Metalik! They have pipes and chains!! They clobber the Embassy! Liona takes one pipe shot, then ANOTHER! Nana wants his team to fall back and regroup! The Embassy is furious, but will they be blown away by these high-flying kings of heart?
Silas Young VS Shane Taylor w/ JD Griffey!
Believe it or not, these two have never met in 1v1 competition! Despite being two of the best ROH World TV Champions, only one can prove they are THE best. Will it be the Last Real Man in Professional Wrestling? Or will it be big bad Shane T?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two tie up, Shane shoves Sials away then eggs him on. They tie up again, go around the ropes and Silas ends up in control. Silas lets off with pats on the shoulder, but Shane shoves him! Shane talks trash, so Silas SLAPS him! Shane swings on Silas but Silas ducks ‘n’ dodges, only for Shane to run him over! Fans rally behind Shane as he stalks Silas to ropes, but Silas HOTSHOTS! Silas throws hands, but Shane blocks the whip. Silas kicks low, but Shane still blocks that whip. Shane whips Silas to then CLOBBER him in the corner! Fans fire up, Shane runs, but Silas ROCKS him!
Silas talks trash but Shane ROCKS him! Silas ROCKS Shane, eggs him on, so Shane DECKS Silas! Silas falls right out of the ring! Shane goes out after Silas, puts him in the ring, and then on the apron. Shane climbs up and takes aim, but Silas avoids the leg drop! Silas KNEES Shane off the apron! Fans boo but Silas goes out after Shane. Silas puts Shane back in the ring, then slingshot DOUBLE STOMPS! And DOUBLE STOMPS again and again! Fans boo, but Silas mocks them before he SENTONS! Cover, but Shane makes it a ghost pin! TWO!! Shane runs in, Silas puts him on the apron and TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS! Silas drags Shane in to cover, TWO!
Silas snarls but fans taunt him, “SILAS SUCKS!” Silas still BOOTS Shane down, then drops an ELBOW! And another ELBOW! And another ELBOW! Silas says he can do this all day! ELBOW after ELBOW, then a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!!! Fans fire up and Silas is stunned! Silas says okay, Shane wants to be a man. Then get up and fight! Shane swings, Silas dodges, but the SOUTHPAW clobbers Silas!! Fans rally up behind Shane as he rises. Silas flounders at the ropes, and Shane CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him again! Silas goes to a corner, Shane SPLASHES! But Silas dodges the lariat, only to get a KNEE!
Shane brings Silas up, SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Fans argue the count but Shane just keeps going. Shane drags Silas up, turns him a la Briscoe, but Silas powers out to kick and KNEE!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives but he looks dazed. Fans rally up again as Shane and Silas rise. Silas brings Shane around, fireman’s carries, but Shane sips free. Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Then he ripcord URENAGES! Run and SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Silas survives and fans argue the count again. But then the fans rally up behind Shane as he looms over Silas. Shane drags Silas up, tucks him in, but Silas wrenches out.
Silas BOOTS Shane, but Shane swings, into the full nelson and SMASH! Fireman’s carry!? ROLLING SENTON!! Silas goes up the corner, headstand, PEEWEE- NO, Shane dodges! Shane blocks the boot, Ace Ten Mao! And then PACKAGE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Shane wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
The baddest man in ROH was and still is Shane Taylor! And he also shows respect by keeping the Code of Honor. But will Shane Taylor Promotions be going for gold after Supercard of Honor?
Billie Starkz VS Miranda Alize!
The young rising star has shown great promise, but she’s about to meet the returning #LuchaBaddie! Will Alize reestablish herself quickly in ROH? Or will Starkz still have a bright future?
The Code of Honor is NOT upheld as Alize slaps the hand away. The bell rings, she and Starkz circle, and fans are on Billie’s side. Billie and Alize tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and then into corner after corner after corner! They go back to center, break, and fans applaud. The two tie up again, Alize arm-drags to a cover. ONE, Billie has the cover, ONE and Alize bails out. Fans boo but Billie is patient. Alize scowls and storms back in. Billie calls for a knuckle lock, and Alize accepts, but she BITES Billie’s hand! Fans boo but Alize kicks Billie low! Alize whips, Billie reverses and follows to then get around, HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up while Alize bails out. Billie builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up with Billie and the ring count starts. Billie drags Alize up and into the ring, then she climbs up the corner. Billie leaps but Alize avoids the double stomps! Billie runs in, Alize dodges again, then runs in. Alize blocks boots, puts Billie in the ropes and throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands, Alize drags Billie to a corner, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Fans rally for Billie but Alize bumps her off buckles. Alize BITES the hand again! The ref reprimands, Alize stops and she drags Billie back up to throw heavy body shots!
Alize snapmares Billie, mocks the fans clapping, and Alize runs to build speed, just to pie face Billie! Alize talks trash, drags Billie up, but Billie ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Billie roars, runs, but into an ELBOW! Billie flops to the apron but Alize drags her back in. Fans rally, Alize whips her to ropes, and then Alize follows, tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER into the MIRANDA RIGHTS!! Billie is stuck in the crossface and reaches out, but Alize drags her back from the ropes! Billie powers to a roll-up, TWO!! Billie blocks a kick to KNEE back! Alize goes to a corner and fans rally up again. Alize stands, she runs in at Billie, but only gets buckles!
Billie ELBOWS Alize, goes to another corner, and Alize runs in. Billie BOOTS Alize, goes up, but Alize blocks the boot! Billie ENZIGURIS, then spins Alize for a KNEE SMASH and HEEL KICK! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Alize survives but Billie snarls. Billie brings Alize up, Alize cravats but Billie powers out. Billie runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Alize goes to the apron, shoulders in then SPIKE-RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Billie survives and Alize grows frustrated. Alize drags Billie up, spins her around, but Billie suplexes, GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Alize survives, but Billie goes up, SWANTON- FLOP as Alize dodges! Alize spins Billie, for a CUTTER! Alize runs in, but Billie ducks the Drive-By to roll Alize up! TWO!!! Alize escapes, tilt-o-whirls, but into a TOMBSTONE!!! Cover, STARKZ WINS!!
Winner: Billie Starkz, by pinfall
A massive win over a veteran, Billie just put herself on the map! Will the 18 year old upstart find herself in the title scene for the summer?
Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS Aussie Open!
Former ROH World Tag Team Champions are reunited and they are as good as they’ve ever been. But they’re up against the original NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions! Will the Fallen Angel & Third Eye be able to survive? Or will the Aussie Arrow & Dunkzilla conquer ROH for the United Empire?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the teams sort out. Sydal starts, and he tries to make the chant, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! MATT SYDAL!” Kyle Fletcher thinks that’s funny, and the two circle. They tie up, Fletcher puts Sydal in a corner but Sydal slips away fast. Fletcher keeps Sydal at a distance with his long legs, then comes back. They circle, feel things out and tie up. Fletcher cravats, Sydal fights the snapmare but Fletcher powers through. Sydal handsprings through, but Fletcher runs him over! Fletcher scoops, Sydal slips free, then runs. Sydal tilt-o-whirl RANAS, then he taunts Fletcher into a rolling cradle! TWO!!
Sydal facelocks, tags Daniels, and they double whip Fletcher to trip and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Daniels as he wrenches to a wristlock, but Fletcher scoops and SLAMS fast! Tag to Davis, he runs in but Daniels dodges. Daniels headlocks, Davis powers out and runs Daniels over! Davis drags Daniels up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daniels sputters while fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Davis obliges, and he CHOPS again! Fans fire up with Davis, then he drags Daniels up. Davis whips Daniels away, runs in, but Daniels drop toeholds Davis into buckles! Daniels kicks a leg out then runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT!
Fans rally up as Daniels stands Davis up. Daniels wrenches, tags in Sydal, and they double whip. Davis cartwheels, BOOTS Daniels, but Sydal blocks one! DOUBLE LEG SEWEP! Sydal back suplexes Daniels for the SPLASH! Then he adds the MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Sydal PENALTY KICKS Davis in the back! Tag to Daniels, Sydal wrenches so Daniels can kick low. Daniels whips Davis, but Davis blocks! Daniels JABS Davis, but Davis still blocks the whip. Daniels JABS again, Davis staggers away but Daniels kicks low. Daniels JABS, JABS and JABS! Fans fire up as Daniels whips, but Davis reverse.
Daniels slips under Fletcher trying to be sneaky! Daniels trips Fletcher, ROCKS him, then shoulders into Davis! Slingshot sunset flip, but Fletcher tags in! Davis rolls through, wrenches, Aussie Open double whips to DOUBLE CHOP! And then PENALTY KICK to a SENTON! Sydal slingshots, but into an UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Fletcher fetches Daniels and Davis has Sydal. Aussie Open meet around the way, SPINEBUSTER SANDWICH! Fans fire up as they put the crowns up! Aussie Open regroups and they put Daniels in the ring. Fletcher covers, TWO! Fletcher slaps Daniels around, stands him up and scoops to SLAM!
Fans rally and Fletcher stomps Daniels down. And he springboard stomps Daniels at the ropes! Fans rally, “FALLEN ANGEL! OI OI OI!” Fletcher tags Davis, and Davis DECKS Daniels! Davis roars and barks, then he suplexes to hold Daniels up! Tag to Fletcher and Fletcher takes the handoff, only for Daniels to cradle! TWO!! Fletcher CLOBBERS Daniels! Fans rally, Sydal coaches Daniels, but Fletcher tags Davis back in. Fletcher BOOTS Sydal, then Davis drags Daniels up. Davis clamps onto the arm and shoulder but Daniels endures the armlock. Fans rally up, Daniels fights to his feet, and he throws forearms! Davis scoops Daniels to SLAM him down!
Fletcher tags in, Aussie Open brings Daniels up and fans rally. Davis scoops, but Daniels slips off to shove him into Fletcher! Daniels then BOOTS Davis and goes up, to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Fans rally up as Daniels and Aussie Open are all down. Hot tag to Sydal! Sydal dodges Fletcher to HEEL KICK! Sydal dodges Davis to WHEEL KICK! Sydal fires off KICK after KICK on Fletcher, then the JUMP SOBAT! POP-UP RANA! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives but fans fire up! Sydal has Fletcher in a corner, hoists him up top, and he climbs up to join him! Fletcher shoves Sydal away, but Sydal jumps, SUPER STEINER! Ghost pin, TWO!!
Sydal keeps cool, he puts Fletcher in the drop zone. Sydal climbs up, but Davis hurries up! Davis anchors Sydal, and Fletcher GAMANGIRIS! Sydal is stuck up top, and Aussie Open coordinates. They drag Sydal back up, climb up after him, but Daniels runs in. Davis shoves Daniels away, runs after him, but is sent out! Daniels CLUBS Fletcher and brings him around! Sydal helps out, METEORA BOMB!! Cover, DAVIS BREAKS IT! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” “R O H!” Davis rushes Daniels, Daniels dodges one lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Davis swings on Sydal, Sydal dodges both north and south to JUMP KNEE!
Fletcher runs in, dodges the roundhouse to HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Daniels hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! All four men are down and fans are thunderous again! Daniels and Fletcher stir, the teams regroup, and Daniels runs at Davis. Davis TOSSES Daniels out! Davis sees Sydal, he gets the legs, Close Your Eyes- RANA!! Sydal KICKS Fletcher, KICKS Davis, repeat! Davis blocks one, fireman’s carries, AUSSIE DENTAL PLAN! LAWN DART CUTTER!! Cover, Daniels breaks it!! Davis runs in, into a COMPLETE SHOT! “This is (still) Awesome!” as Daniels drags Sydal to a corner and tags in.
Daniels JABS Fletcher, JABS Davis, repeat! Then MEETING OF THE MINDS! Daniels runs, dodges double lariats and gives DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans are thunderous again, Daniels hits Fletcher with BLUE THUNDER! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives but Daniels says it’s time. Daniels drags Fletcher up, underhooks, but Davis returns. Fletcher send Daniels into the BOOT! SUPERKICK! Fireman’s carry! But Daniels denies the dental plan to SMACK Davis! Sydal dodges Fletcher to KNEE Davis! Fletcher scoops Sydal for GRIMSTONE!! But Daniels hits the URENAGE! And he goes to the corner!
But Fletcher drags Daniels down! Daniels sits on the cover, TWO!! Fletcher runs into a kick, Daniels underhooks, but Davis ENZIGURIS! Fans are thunderous for “R O H!” as the elbow pads come off. DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Double pump handles, COREALIS!!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall
The future is now! Aussie Open wins big, and the veterans look to leave, but think better of it. They all uphold the Code of Honor and fans cheer. Fletcher & Davis take down the classic combination of Daniels & Sydal, but will they #ReachForTheSky to bring gold to the Empire?
ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Cheeseburger!
The King of Wrestling Television is going to get a helping of Sussex County Chicken at Supercard of Honor, but he’s having quite the appetizer! Will Joe tear into the all beef body of Cheeseburger? Or will this be the biggest upset in ROH history?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is headed for the Supercard of Honor!
The bell rings and Joe fires off knees and JABS on Burger! Joe says, “You remember, Mark! You remember what you’re getting in the ring with: ME!!” Fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” but Burger still fires body shots and forearms! Burger runs, into a LARIAT! Joe asks if Mark remembers. “I’m gonna remind you.” Joe drags Burger up, hoists him up top, HEADBUTTS him, then tucks him in! MUSCLE BUSTER!!! Cover, Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (still ROH World Television Champion)
Forget biggest upset ever, this was the fastest ROH World TV Championship match ever! But Joe isn’t done! He drags Burger back up, for a SECOND MUSCLE BUSTER!! Joe then snatches Bobby Cruise’s chair away! Referees rush out to reprimand Joe, but here comes BRISCOE! Mark is here with a chair of his own! Mark runs Joe off, but the clock is ticking! Will Mark finally fulfill his destiny by dethroning Joe? Or will the King of Wrestling TV only shine in Hollywood?
A really good ROH here, lots of development towards Supercard of Honor, and surprisingly, only one promo. That one promo was a very good promo as Eddie and Claudio get at each other and make an official ROH World Championship match for the PPV. There’s a lot of continuity to call upon from AEW here, can’t wait to see which way this one goes. Given how much the Blackpool Combat Club is still doing in AEW, this would be a pretty good opening for Kingston to win and let Claudio focus on AEW for a minute. Eddie can then have all sorts of great matches with ROH stars both old and new as ROH reestablishes itself.
Good women’s matches tonight, with Skye Blue getting a great win off Lady Frost and Billie Starkz with the surprising win over Alize. Athena VS Yuka Sakazaki is set for the PPV but I don’t see Athena losing. That means there must be plenty of strong Faces ready to challenge her. Skye is also still part of story in AEW, so maybe after we see The Outcasts VS Team AEW Homegrown play out, Skye devotes time to ROH and challenges for the title. Really good stuff out of Taven VS Darius, but of course The Kingdom helps Taven win that. Top Flight and The Kingdom should both be in that Reach for the Sky ladder match to both settle their feud and perhaps crown one team the champs.
Great interweaving of stories when it comes to the ROH Six Man titles. Fox, Blake & Metalik win against Trustbusters to shut them up and be clear next challengers, which is also made clear by The Embassy jumping them. Great showing from Deppen against Cage but I figured Cage would win. And then great retaliation from Fox, Blake & Metalik, which are going to need an official trio name if they’re gonna stick together. It really is three big hosses against three lighter high-flyers, this clash of styles is going to make for great stuff, but I can’t be sure the Faces dethrone the Embassy.
Really good stuff from tag teams tonight, such as LFI VS Rhett & Tracy and Aussie Open VS Daniels & Sydal. LFI and Aussie Open each winning makes sense, both factions are going strong in ROH but also other companies (AEW for LFI and NJPW for Aussie Open), these teams should also get in on the ladder match. Not to be mean to Aussie Open, but they’re already set for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, they don’t necessarily need the ROH titles. LFI would be a strong choice for the next ROH Tag Team Champions, and should think about bringing Preston Vance into ROH so they can really start to dominate a promotion.
Really good match from Silas VS Shane, both guys have been great mainstays of ROH, and great win for Shane. Depending how the titles go, I would love if Shane went after the world title in the next phase. I mostly say that because the fans really like Shane, and it’d be a shame if Shane had to face another fan favorite. Though that said, fan favorite Cheeseburger got squashed in a title match main event just so Joe could prove a point to Mark Briscoe. Mark had a great win to open tonight, and he made the save to close the night, I kinda hope Mark finds a way to get that TV title to “fulfill destiny” on the same night ROH honors the Briscoe tag team legacy with that ladder match.
My Score: 8.7/10
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