Raw is Phenomenal and Limitless, Bro!
Drew McIntyre sits down for an exclusive interview while Keith Lee, AJ Styles and (Matt) Riddle battle for the right to challenge him! Who becomes the WWE World Championship’s #1 contender?
- Symphony of Destruction: Jeff Hardy VS Elias; Hardy wins.
- Ricochet VS Slapjack w/ Retribution; Slapjack wins.
- Asuka & Lana VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Asuka & Lana win.
- Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS Cedric Alexander w/ The Hurt Business; Alexander wins.
- WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Keith Lee VS Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin; Styles wins and will challenge Drew McIntyre for the title at TLC.
- Dana Brooke VS Reckoning w/ Retribution; Dana wins.
- Drew McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Miz & John Morrison; McIntyre & Sheamus win, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with A Moment of Bliss!
Alexa has her new set all set up, with a doll trapped inside a cage…? Alexa says her guest needs no introduction, but she’ll give him one anyway! This is the 14-time world champion, the Viper, the Legend Killer, “and my favorite superstar,” Randy Orton! Orton makes his entrance and goes to the ring, despite his last Moment of Bliss not going so well for him. Orton picks up the mic from the chair but doesn’t sit. “Somebody’s in a foul mood.” But Alexa gets it. She wouldn’t feel so phenomenal if this happened to her last week. Footage replays of The Fiend making his presence known and making sure Orton didn’t beat AJ Styles in their contender qualifier match.
In the present, Alexa giggles before she says, “I cannot believe he did that to you.” But has Orton ever asked himself why Bray’s doing this? Alexa doesn’t know Bray as well as Orton does, but maybe just ask yourself, “Self, why would The Fiend do that to me?” Orton tells her that he’s known Bray a long time and knows him very, very well. But The Fiend has not formally introduced himself. But Alexa has. Fiend is one of her best friends. Well the truth is, Orton and The Fiend have a lot in common. The one difference, though, is that Fiend’s pain and suffering, he wears it on his exterior. Orton has all his pain and suffering bottled up, tucked away deep down, so that he can blend in.
“Now the voices. I hear voices. And the Fiend hears voices, too.” But the voices The Fiend hears are Orton’s. Well that’s not what Fiend told Alexa. Well he didn’t tell her everything. He didn’t tell her how years ago, Orton had to make a choice. Orton had to figure out what Bray’s weakness was. Orton found it, and burned it to the ground. “So now, I know what I need to do. I need to find The Fiend’s weakness.” And y’know what? Orton’s looking at her. Alexa chuckles, and asks if that’s what the voices in Orton’s head are telling him. Is that what he hears? Or are they lying to him? Alexa gets serious as she asks, “Who’s manipulating who?”
The lights start to go out, and Orton says, “See what I mean?” Alexa says, “See what I mean?” Either way, The FIEND appears, as Orton has Alexa in his arms! It’s a stand off as Fiend approaches slowly. Fiend holds his arms out, and Orton hands Alexa over, then bails out! Orton asks The Fiend, “Who’s laughing now?” The Viper is playing a dangerous game with Bray, but does he have what it takes to win it?
Symphony of Destruction: Jeff Hardy VS Elias!
This is an extreme encore of the back and forth between the Charismatic Enigma and the Drifter! Elias still thinks Hardy was the man behind the hit ‘n’ run, but will he finally open his ears to the truth as these two make painful music together?
Raw returns and Hardy makes his entrance, followed by Elias’. The bell rings and Hardy circles with Elias. Elias runs in and kicks but Hardy hits back! They brawl with haymakers and body shots, Elias knees low. Elias whips, Hardy kicks him back then clotheslines Elias out! Hardy swings to dropkick Elias to the ramp, then goes out to fetch a fiddle. Hardy gets some space to run and leap, but into Elias’ KNEE! Elias drags Hardy up to bump him off the apron, then Electric Chair lift, for a TOSS to the apron! Hardy crashes and burns but Elias drags him up to bump him off the grand piano! Wait, the piano is doing something on it’s own? Elias knocks and opens it up, it’s R-Truth!?
Truth kicks free of the piano, his hiding spot has been ruined! Erik, Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak run down! Hardy back drops Gulak, Gran Metalik runs in and Elias CLOBBERS him! The 24/7 Championship chase has moved on as Lince Dorado comes by, but Elias SMACKS Lince with a guitar anyway! Hardy SMACKS Gulak for good measure! Hardy and Elias stare down after that Fender bender and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Elias drags Hardy up to throw forearms in the ring. Hardy counter punches, backs Elias down and whips, but Elias reveres, only for Hardy to run him over! Atomic drop, leg splitting leg drop, basement dropkick! Then a splash! Cover, TWO! Hardy fires up and claps to rally fans. Hardy kicks but no Twist just yet! Elias gets the dragon sleeper but Hardy slips out! Elias switches out of the waistlock to RAM Hardy into a guitar wedged in the corner! Hardy goes down, Elias drags him to a cover, TWO! Hardy survives that power chord but Elias keeps his cool.
Elias brings out guitar picks, and puts them in between his fingers like claws! Hardy sits up, Elias drags him up to PICK PUNCH him! And again! Hardy flounders while fans give thumbs down, but Elias digs the picks into Hardy’s face! Hardy goes reeling but Elias stomps him out. Elias follows after and brings Hardy around to bump off the drums! And again, and then he plays a quick rim shot to BASH Hardy off the cymbals! Elias stalks Hardy to the announce desk but POSTS Hardy first! Elias watches Hardy flounder, and then he runs in, but Hardy moves! Elias’ knee gets the GONG!
Hardy clubs Elias to the desk, then throws him into the drum set! Hardy stomps Elias into the barriers, drags him up and puts him in the ring. Hardy sees there’s one more guitar and picks it up. Elias gets up and kicks Hardy first! Elias POSTS Hardy, then reels him into another Electric Chair! Hardy spins around to huricanrana Elias away! But Elias has the guitar! Hardy boots Elias, WHISPER IN THE- GUITAR!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Elias tries again, TWO!! Hardy flounders out of the ring, Elias takes the rest of the guitar apart, and has just the neck. Elias shouts, “You wanna try and end my career? That’s exactly what I’m gonna do to you!” Elias has the splintered end aimed, but Hardy moves, Elias JAMS into the speakers! Elias gets a bit of a shock!
Hardy gets up, grabs the CELLO and SMASHES Elias down! Hardy then bumps Elias off steel steps, puts him on the table as he clears off instruments, and then makes sure Elias has a few fiddles. Hardy then goes up the steps, up the corner, and onto the post! SUPER SWANTON THROUGH THE STRINGS!! Cover, Hardy wins!!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall
Hardy has the tambourine to shake it out, and he heads on to leave Elias singing the blues! Will Hardy be on to bigger and better now?
Matt Riddle finds Keith Lee backstage.
Sup, bro? How excited is he for tonight’s Triple Threat? One of them faces Drew McIntyre for THE WWE Championship! Riddle is nervous. He barfed up breakfast! But imagine if one of them became champion! It’d be a dream come true. Keith had his chance but Riddle hasn’t faced McIntyre at all. “But bro, he seems like such a chill dude,” and Riddle wants McIntyre to say that line from Austin Powers. “I’m dead sexay~!” Okay, bad accent. How’s Keith’s Scottish- Oh, he’s gone. Riddle shrugs it off, but will it be him, Keith, or AJ Styles that faces the champion after tonight?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
“Ricochet, why can’t you see what I see? Why can’t you see that you’ve been pushing the same boulder up the same mountain, only to fall back down to the ground week after week?” Why can’t Ricochet see what is happening to him has already happened to each member of Retribution? Why can’t Ricochet see that the promises are turned into lies, and then everyone is discarded and forgotten? Why can’t Ricochet see that he should be with them? Slapjack used to be blind, but Ali saw the corruption. Ali showed Slapjack was “left a husk of a man.” While the world rejected Slapjack as a joke, Ali saw him as a weapon.
Ali says Ricochet has made his decision not to join. So tonight, Slapjack makes Ricochet face the consequences. Maybe, just maybe, Ricochet will see what they see.
Ricochet VS Slapjack w/ Mustafa Ali!
The One and Only was definitely all alone against Mustafa Ali, and because the Beacon had his cohorts ringside, he caught Ricochet in the Koji Klutch. But will Ricochet be the one to make Retribution see that they’re the ones seeing things the wrong way?
Raw returns as Retribution makes their entrance. Slapjack gets in the ring, but conspicuous by their absence are the other members, Mace, T-Bar and Reckoning. Perhaps Ali wants to show Ricochet it won’t take numbers this time. The bell rings, Ricochet rushes Slapjack, gets around and springboards to crossbody! Ricochet throws haymakers, throws body shots, then CHOPS! Ricochet keeps Slapjack cornered, whip shim corner to corner, then runs in for an elbow! Ricochet throws more forearms, tells Ali to back off, but Slapjack ROCKS him with a right! Slapjack puts Ricochet in the corner but Ricochet BOOTS him! And rocks him with an elbow!
Ricochet goes up, but Slapjack yanks him down! And then runs to CANNONBALL! Ali grins as Slapjack covers, TWO! Slapjack seethes as he stomps Ricochet then digs him into the mat. Slapjack digs his fingers into Ricochet’s head as he wrenches the neck. Ricochet endures, powers up, and throws body shots. Ricochet forearms but Slapjack RAMS him into a corner! Ricochet boots Slapjack away, somersaults and shotgun dropkicks! Both men are down but Ricochet is up. Ali shots at Slapjack but Ricochet throws more haymakers. Ricochet whips, Slapjack reverses but Ricochet clobbers him with forearms! Ricochet fires off fast hands and knees to put Slapjack in a corner.
Ricochet rams in, goes out and springboards to flying clothesline! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Ali calls in reinforcements! Now T-Bar and Mace appear, but Ricochet sends Slapjack out at them! Ricochet builds speed and FLIES to bowl everyone over! Ricochet drags Slapjack back up, put shim in the ring at 5, then follows. Ricochet aims from the corner, Slapjack slowly rises and Ali warns him. But Dana Brooke shows up? She SLAPS Ali! Dana wants to know where Reckoning is! Slapjack rolls Ricochet, TWO! Ricochet ROUNDHOUSES Slapjack, triangle dropkicks T-Bar and enziguris Mace!
Ali distracts Ricochet, avoids Ricochet’s swipes, and Slapjack reels Ricochet in for a TORNADO SAIDO!? Cover, Slapjack wins!
Winner: Slapjack, by pinfall
What a unique move! About as unique as Slapjack. Will Retribution keep piling it on until Ricochet cracks under the pressure?
Raw presents Miz TV!
The Hollywood A-Lister and Guru of Greatness welcome us back to the Most Must-See Talk Show in WWE. As the star of his own reality show on USA Network, Thursdays, and the #FaceofUSA, Miz was able to make some phone calls and get an exclusive interview with one of their opponents. “He’s big, he’s Irish, he loves fighting and hates tanning,” and before he teams with McIntyre tonight, he’s here! It’s the Celtic Warrior, SHEAMUS! Sheamus makes his way out and joins them in the ring. Miz welcomes Sheamus and asks about Thanksgiving. Is he a turkey guy? Or does he go straight for sides? How about Sheamus hit them up-side their heads if they don’t get to the point?
Whoa, now, Fella! They’re opponents tonight, but this is a friendly interview. This is about getting to know Sheamus. “Know thine enemy, know thyself.” Are they done wasting time? Look, Sheamus. This isn’t about Sheamus, this is about McIntyre. And there it is. What do they want to know about him? Well… Two weeks ago, Sheamus made one of the most heartfelt gestures by helping return McIntyre’s family chest from Scotland. Major feels. But what has Sheamus gotten in return? No sword? Sheamus got shafted. Miz says there’s more than meets the eye. “Hey, John.” “Yeah?” “Why do you think Drew forgot about Sheamus?” “He had something better to do?” Correct! And success has gone to his head. CORRECT. Or maybe that Sheamus would be #BeJealous of McIntyre! COOOOOOOOOORRECT!
Just from him to them, Sheamus doesn’t give someone a gift expecting something. They were McIntyre’s heirlooms. They’re like brothers, they go way back. Oh how nice. Save the sappy stuff. McIntyre has something Miz wants, and something Sheamus wants: The WWE Championship. And if they’re really brothers, or friends, or whatever, then McIntyre would give Sheamus a title shot. As soon as Miz cashes in his Mr. Money in the Bank contract, becomes WWE Champion once again, Morrison is first in line. That is what real friends do. So how about this, Fella? Sheamus cashes in years of resentment and Miz cashes in the MITB contract!
Sheamus laughs. People don’t think much of Miz but he has his moments. That was hilarious. Miz asks how it feels to be an afterthought. To know that McIntyre is up top and Sheamus is at the bottom. When was the last time Sheamus even tasted world championship gold? Five years ago? And for what? Two months? Sheamus was the top of the heap, but now his best friend is there and he let it happen! If Sheamus wants to laugh, laugh at his career, because that’s the joke! Sheamus gets up and so do Miz and Morrison. Sheamus takes off the jacket, sets it aside, and tells Miz “that’s the difference between me and you.” Miz talks his mouth, but Sheamus will just use his hands. And the fight is on!
Sheamus DECKS Morrison, tosses Miz, but Morrison jumps on! Sheamus throws him off, stomps him down and throws more hands! Miz returns to SMASH Sheamus with the briefcase! And again! And again! Miz and Morrison have fired the first shot, but will McIntyre make sure to fire back harder when they have their tag match?
Asuka & Lana VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler!
Before making their entrance, the Empress of Tomorrow and Ravishing Russian discuss backstage. It’s mostly in Japanese from Asuka but Lana just nods and agrees. They fire up and Asuka heads out first! Sarah asks Lana about that strategy talk, but Lana says we wouldn’t understand. Just know that they’re about to beat the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions again! Will they find a way to do that twice in two weeks against two angry and powerful opponents?
Raw returns as Lana makes her entrance. Sarah interviews Nia and Shayna now, asking about that loss last week, their first as a team. How confident are they in this rematch? Nia says, “First of all, ew. Second of all, last week was a fluke.” They made a mistake, Lana and Asuka got lucky. Shayna says she did her part. Nia was busy not putting Lana through a table! So this is Nia’s fault?! This is what Shayna has to deal with. “As an athlete, losing to Asuka, that’s one thing. But Lana? Are you serious?!” Nia says no mistakes. Tonight is their A Game, bringing Asuka to her knees and smashing Lana through the table again. The tag champions make their entrance and this second try begins!
Shayna starts with Lana and they tie up. Shayna sweeps the legs and tells her to get up. Lana does, Shayna waistlocks and slams her down. Lana gets away, Shayna waistlocks again but Lana blocks the lift to drop toehold, and facelock! Lana holds on as Shayna rolls, then Lana Oklahoma Rolls, ONE! Shayna CLOBBERS Lana, then tells Nia she’s got this. Lana kicks Shayna then tags Asuka! Asuka dropkicks Shayna down, Nia runs in but Asuka baits her in and Lana dumps her out! Lana and Asuka run to double baseball slide, but they get caught! The tag champs double SWING them into the barriers, and again, and again! Shayna and Nia dump Lana and Asuka down, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Nia scoops Asuka, but Asuka slips out to tag Lana! Lana gets in, fires off kicks and hands, but Nia fireman’s carries. But Lana shifts to a sleeper hold! Nia throws Lana off, but Lana is up again! Nia blocks the slap and ELBOWS Lana down! Nia kicks Lana around, drags her up and shouts, “Who do you think you are?!” Nia chokes Lana on the ropes until the ref counts 4, and then throws her away! Nia drags Lana back up, TOSSES her across the way, and Lana flounders to the corner. Nia runs in and corner splashes! Lana is down, Asuka shouts for her to get up and Nia dares Lana to try. “You’re pathetic!”
Lana hits back but Nia pushes her down to tag in Shayna. The champs mug Lana and Nia shoves Lana down. Shayna gets a leg and pulls on it with the toehold. Lana endures, reaches for Asuka, clubs Shayna but Shayna just turns her over to isolate the ankle! Shayna STOMPS Lana’s foot! Lana crawls but Shayna drags Lana up to whip her out of the ring! Lana tumbles down, Nia tags in and slaps Lana around. She throws Lana into barriers! “You think you can hang with us?!” Nia drags Lana up and scoops her to then aim for a post. Lana slips off to POST Nia!! The ring count is 7, Lana gets in! Nia gets in at 9.9 and tags in Shayna!
Shayna grabs Lana, but Lana still tags Asuka! CODE BREAKER for Nia! Hip attack for Nia! Shayna runs into an elbow, and then a boot! Asuka goes up, missile dropkicks Shayna down, then adds a hip attack! Cover, TWO! Asuka fires up to fire off kicks! Asuka runs but Shayna dodges! DOUBLJE ROUNDHOUSES take both women down! But Lana tags in! Lana goes up top, bad leg and all, to LEAP, for a crossbody! But Shayna rolls through! And pops Lana into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Nia yanks Asuka down, Shayna drags Lana away, but Asuka fights Nia off and gets in to save Lana! Lana covers, Lana and Asuka win!!
Winners: Lana & Asuka, by pinfall
Nia can’t believe it! The Raw Women’s Champion and Ravishing Russian have beaten the tag team champions again! They get out of there as fast as Lana can limp, will there be a third time around, with gold on the line?
Drew McIntyre finds Sheamus backstage.
McIntyre asks if it’s alright. Oh is it somehow funny? Miz using that briefcase? Well a little. But Miz was right: that was must-see TV. Sheamus admits there was some fun in that. But thanks for (not) coming out there to help him. If the roles were reversed, Sheamus would do the same. See? This is why they get along so well. Now is he ready to knock the heads off those two muppets? Of course! That was the appetizer. The match will be the main course!
Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS Cedric Alexander w/ The Hurt Business!
With the controversy in the Raw Tag Team Championships match, things continued, and ended up going the New Day’s way anyway! Will Alexander help the Hurt Business make up for those losses?
Raw returns and Kofi says that just because Thanksgiving has moved on doesn’t mean they stopped being thankful! In fact, they’re very thankful that Xavier Woods, aka Austin Creed, is a pivotal part in the revival of the greatest video game television network, G4! Woods says being in the WWE is great, being the future King of the Ring, oh it’s happening, that’s great. But this is also great, because video games are his happy place. They’re where he comes from, it’s where his people are, so he wants to thank everyone who has ever even been in an UpUpDownDown video, ever watched an UpUpDownDown video or even bought something from UUDD Shop! If you’ve supported him in any way, thank you and it means more to him than you’ll ever know. #CreedForG4!
But to practice the new hosting responsibilities, Woods will give us a recap of how the Hurt Business failed to take the W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, Championships~! Not once, not twice, but TREE TIMES, brotha! And it all started just two weeks ago! Flashback transition for the footage. Alexander took the Daybreak in part one, then there was some cheating in “part deux.” It cost Hurt Business because of the count-out! And in that same night, part three was the restarted match, Woods sunset flips Benjamin! Hurt Business must be hurting! But speaking of Hurt Business, they make their entrance to interrupt!
“You clowns are in desperate need of a wake-up call from this ridiculous dream sequence that your in.” MVP says the math is off. It is 2-2, because the referees raised their hands when New Day got counted out. But that’s okay! Next time the New Day puts the titles up, their historic reign will all seem like a distant memory. Because Hurt Business just won’t take the titles, they will hurt the New Day. This ends with the New Day sent into the next dream sequence. Alexander says it was “pure, dumb luck” that helped Woods pin Benjamin. That luck runs out against Alexander! Alexander will show them why they’re the Hurt Business! Woods better make that G4 job a dream come true, because Alexander’s going to be his nightmare!
Woods hands Kofi his trombone, and Alexander attacks! He pulls the title belt off Woods and says this is going to be his whether we like it or not! The ref tries to restore order as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Woods fires off furious fists on Alexander! Woods then CHOPS Alexander, bumps him off buckles, and throws body shots and more CHOPS! Woods wrenches, clubs the arm, then wrenches again. Alexander ROCKS Woods back and knocks him down! Alexander runs, Woods stays down then clobbers Alexander with an elbow! Alexander bails out, Woods WRECKS him with a dropkick! Woods puts Alexander in, GET OVER HERE gets blocked! Alexander hangs Woods out to dry on the ropes! Alexander KICKS Woods down, finally takes his shirt off, and SMOTHERS Woods with it! The ref reprimands and Alexander stops, to then club away on Woods’ back!
Alexander wraps on a rear bearhug, digs his elbows then pulls on a leg. Woods endures, Alexander drags him into a chinlock. Woods fights up, throws body shots, and throws Alexander away. Alexander comes back but misses in the corner, and Woods CHOPS! Alexander just grits his teeth and headlocks again. Woods arm-drags free, CHOPS again, then CHOPS again! Alexander throws body shots and clamps on another chinlock. Woods uses a jawbreaker to get free! Both men slowly rise, Kofi rallies for Woods while MVP coaches Alexander. Woods CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! And chops chops chops chops! Woods whips, Alexander reverses but Woods slides under to ROLLING ELBOW!
Woods rallies, LEG LARIATS, and fires up as Alexander flounders! Mule kick and Woods puts Alexander on the ropes, for the running slide attack! Kofi is fired up for Woods as he gets in, HONOR ROLL! Cover, TWO! MVP coaches Alexander as Woods drags him up and reels him in. Alexander resists the lift but Woods clubs him. Woods gets Alexander up, Alexander slips out to BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Alexander grits his teeth while Kofi keeps clapping and MVP keeps shouting. Alexander kicks Woods at the ropes, and again, and again, and again! The ref counts, Alexander stops at 4, but he has Woods on the apron. Alexander brings Woods up, Woods resists and the two fight for suplex control.
Alexander mule kicks and shoves Woods to barriers, then he DIVES! But Woods sends Alexander into barriers! The ring count climbs again, Woods puts Alexander in at 6! Woods gets in at 8, clutches that back, but Alexander hits LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
MVP and Benjamin are relieved that their young associate just scored big! He is a bit too fired up though as he goes up the ramp without them. Is Alexander going into business for himself?
AJ Styles talks with Jordan Omogbehin backstage.
Styles is considering a gold chain of his own, but then Riddle comes by to talk with “Skipper.” What does he want? Big match tonight, y’know. The “Sudden Death” Triple Threat. This is serious. Yeah it is! The winner gets a title match! Riddle’s never had the world title. Styles had the title, but he lost it, and hasn’t had it back since. Well that will change when Styles wins tonight’s match. Well hop out of the way, Skipper, this stallion is getting the carrot tonight. Omogbehin laughs, and Styles asks why. Because Skipper is also the name of Riddle’s pet bunny. How does he know that?
Never mind! It doesn’t matter about that. Plus, rabbits don’t skip, they hop. Name your rabbit “Hoppy.” Can’t, that’s his turtle’s name. Also, Styles reminds Riddle about Skipper the rabbit: he’s got great ups; is very furry; and is pretty cute. Styles shoves Riddle. Is that cute?! Whoa, what’d he do? Styles has no time for this! He and Jordan heads out but Riddle says he’ll get them back. Because that match is NEXT!
WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Keith Lee VS Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin!
The Limitless One beat Bobby Lashley, the Original Bro beat the Fella, and though he had help from The Fiend, the Phenomenal One did beat The Viper. But who wins this star-studded match to take on Drew McIntyre at TLC?
Raw returns as Styles and “Omos” head to the ring, followed by Riddle’s entrance. The bell rings and Riddle runs at Styles! Style avoids the knee but drags Riddle out. Riddle throws Styles into barriers, but goes up for Keith to DECK him! Styles gets up, Keith knocks him off the apron, then Keith builds speed! Keith sees Riddle and Styles run away, so Keith goes out to pursue Styles. They go around the way, get back in and Styles stomps Keith down. Riddle returns to throw forearms on Styles! And kicks! Riddle throws more forearms, whips Styles but Styles reverses to throat chop! Styles stomps Riddle, Keith grabs Styles! Keith also grabs Riddle, and shoves them both to then HURDLE them both!? Riddle KICKS Styles, Keith CROSSBODIES Riddle! Cover, TWO!
Keith looms over Riddle, drags him up and CLUBS him to ropes! Keith drags Riddle back up to put him in a corner and throw body shots! Keith sees Styles coming, kicks him first and then RAMS him into Riddle! Keith whips Styles and pops him up for a BIG back drop! Styles flounders, Keith ROCKS Riddle with a running forearm! Riddle flounders, Keith brings Riddle around but Riddle fires off CHOP after CHOP! Keith knees low, CLUBS Riddle down, and Riddle writhes! Keith looms over Riddle, stands on a hand, and then lets off to bring Riddle up. Riddle fires off body shots and forearms! Keith DECKS Riddle with a left!
Riddle sits up, Keith drags him up again, and then Keith throws more heavy hands! Keith swings again but Riddle gets around to boot Keith to the apron! Riddle runs into a choke grip and Keith bumps Riddle off buckles! Keith DECKS Riddle, but Styles bumps Keith off the apron! Keith shoves Styles at Omos, and Omos pops Styles up to the apron to KNEE Styles! Riddle triangle enziguris Styles! Riddle goes to the apron, SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! Riddle has bowled both opponents over and is fired up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Riddle KICKS Styles, KICKS Keith, BROTONS Styles then KICKS Keith down! And drops a BROTON! And another! Cover, ONE!? Styles gets up but Riddle gut wrench suplexes him! And drops a Broton onto boots! Riddle goes flying and now Styles and Keith get up. Styles throws forearms but Keith throws Styles! Keith whips Styles corner to corner, Styles tries to slide but he still clips the post! Riddle is in a corner and Keith runs in to corner splash! Keith TOSSES Riddle across the way! Riddle ends up in the other corner, for another corner splash from Keith! And another TOSS, too!
Keith keeps his focus as he looms over Riddle. Keith drags Riddle up, but Riddle throws more strikes! Keith HEADBUTTS! Riddle wobbles, Keith pops him up, but Riddle fights off the bomb! Riddle has an arm, tries to drag Keith down, but Keith stays up! Styles gets in and Keith swings Riddle into him! Riddle still has the arm but he can’t pull Keith down! Keith uses that one arm to pull Riddle up, but Riddle keeps trying! Keith gets Riddle up and off, Riddle ROUNDHOUSES! Riddle forearms Styles, runs to forearm Keith, and back to Styles! BROSPLODER! Riddle runs at Keith, but Keith POUNCES him!
Keith wobbles, Styles and Riddle both flounder, Keith covers Riddle, TWO! Keith grabs Styles, throws knees then scoops. Styles slips off, fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, and an enziguri! FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Styles keeps his cool as he drags Keith to a drop zone. That alone takes a lot, but Styles goes to the corner. Styles goes up top, but Keith rises to HEADBUTT! Keith climbs up to join Styles, but Riddle adds on! Riddle clubs Keith, gets underneath, and has him for a powerbomb, but the back gives out! Keith TOSSES Riddle, Styles crossbodies! Cover, TWO and Styles lands on Riddle for a cover! TWO!!
Styles drags Riddle up, reel shim in, but Keith disrupts the Clash! Styles elbows free, Riddle ROUNDHOUSES Keith! Styles hits Riddle with the Blitz but ducks a roundhouse! Riddle spins Styles for his PELE! Riddle gets Styles for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Keith waistlocks Riddle, GERMANS, but Riddle lands on his feet! Riddle runs into a fireman’s carry but slips off, Keith ROCKS him with a forearm! Riddle SLAPS back! Keith Grizzly Magnums! Riddle FINAL FLASH! Riddle hits another FINAL FLASH! PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE World Championship)
The Phenomenal One found a phenomenal window of opportunity, and now HE has the golden opportunity at TLC! Will Styles make sure he has the most phenomenal end to the year by becoming a three-time world champion?
Backstage interview with The Miz & Morrison.
They just saw Styles become #1 contender, but Charly Caruso wants to ask them about earlier tonight on MizTV. They like watching that again, but Charly says their plan to stir the pot only backfired. Do they have a new strategy? Is that a real question? Do they look like idiots? Of course they have a plan! They set their eyes on Orton, and boom! The title is now on McIntyre. We just saw a new #1 contender be named in Styles, so McIntyre will have to worry about that. And then there’s tonight’s tag match, with Sheamus, who you can’t trust. And of course, Miz has THE MITB briefcase. CHA-CHING!
Charly is hearing all this, but it sounds like a bunch of facts and no real plan. Wait, Morrison has an idea! Let’s leave! They go, but will they be able to cook up a strategy for Sheamus and McIntyre?
Dana Brooke VS Reckoning w/ Retribution!
The Flex Appeal was blindsided by Retribution’s lone female superstar and it kept Dana from being part of Survivor Series! Dana wants revenge, will she get it by ruining Reckoning’s Raw in-ring debut?
Raw returns and Reckoning is in the ring. The bell rings and Reckoning shotgun dropkicks Dana! Then she runs in, but Dana dodges the boot to fire off haymakers! The mask comes off and Dana CLOBBERS Reckoning! Dana rains down hands, covers, TWO! Another cover, ONE! Dana drags Reckoning up, puts her in the corner to whip corner to corner, but Reckoning comes back to CLOBBER Dana! Reckoning shoves Dana to a corner and CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! Reckoning CHOPS and JABS and CHOPS and JABS over and over! The ref counts, Reckoning stops at 4 to snapmare and KICK Dana!
Reckoning clamps onto Dana with a chinbar, then a motorcycle stretch. Dana endures the knee in her back but Reckoning goes back to the chinbar. Dana fights her way up, throws body shots and then jawbreakers free! Dana is back in the corner, and she BOOTS Reckoning away! Reckoning runs into an elbow, then Dana rallies with clotheslines! Dana runs in at the corner, handspring back elbow and a snapmare! Dana stays fired up but Ali distracts! Ali gets away, Dana sees the boot coming and rolls Reckoning up! Dana wins!!
Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall
The Retribution tactics didn’t work out and Ali is furious! Ali says Reckoning is embarrassing him! There is NO failure in Retribution! Will Reckoning take that to heart and make sure Dana pays for this?
Styles and Omos talk more backstage.
Miz and Morrison come by and applaud that “phenomenal performance.” What better way to celebrate than with pie? It’s peach because Styles is from Georgia. Okay cut the crap, you two. Styles knows how hard it’ll beat to beat McIntyre cashing in, so they want Styles’ help. And he’ll do it! Wow, really? They didn’t think he’d be so willing. Wait, why is he so willing? They haven’t figured it out? Styles would have an easier time beating Miz at TLC than McIntyre. Morrison agrees. Sorry. But Styles says, “I’ll see you out there, champ.” Oh, and he’ll accept the pie after all. Look at that pie, baby! Peach pie is good pie. Omos says that’s not a pie, that’s a cupcake. Is it just cuz he’s so big? Anyway, will Styles get an even easier time at the PPV when Mr. MITB becomes THE WWE World Champion?
MVP finds Riddle backstage.
What happened, bro? His opportunity died a sudden death. Well losing sucks. But at least Riddle had the opportunity, unlike Lashley because MVP cost him. What did he say? Hey, c’mon, they now have a bunch of free time for his business shoots. So he wants to pitch MVP now? No, Riddle’s not really a baseball fan. But Riddle does love gardening. And y’know what’s hard about gardening? Weeding. You can hire Lawn Bros to make your place weed-less! Then if you and your bros get the munchies from all the weed, Riddle can team up with Dunkin’ to form “Bronuts!”
MVP is already tired. These ideas are dumb, Riddle is ridiculous, and MVP is glad Riddle lost. MVP pie faces Riddle and Riddle gets riled up! But then Lashley shows up to ram Riddle into trunks and put him in the HURT LOCK! Riddle flails but fades and Lashley throws him down. “Pleasure doing business with you, bro.” The Hurt Business CEO just put the hurt on Riddle, but will he come to pay for it?
Sheamus and Keith Lee meet backstage.
What does Keith want? Keith says it’s none of his business, but some of the fellas think Sheamus is going to turn on his friend. Well they’re right: it’s none of their business. Sheamus is going to go out there and “turn” on his tag partner.
Charly Caruso is in the ring.
She welcomes her special guest, Drew McIntyre! The Scottish Warrior makes his entrance, complete with kilt, claymore sword and pyro! Charly says McIntyre has been very busy lately, but just take us back to when he beat Orton to become a two-time world champion, and his all-out war with Roman Reigns. McIntyre says it feels “damn good” to once again be WWE Champion. And sometimes, you have to get knocked on your arse to figure out who you are. McIntyre said he’d Claymore Orton’s head off, pin him and get the title back. What happened? He Claymore’d Orton’s head off, pinned him, and got the title back. McIntyre is a man of his word.
McIntyre also told Roman he’d humble him, knock him off his pedestal, and bring that “arrogant bastard” down to Earth. It did happen, too. You can tell a lot looking in a man’s eyes. Roman started the match confident as could be. And why not? Roman is great as he says he is, 99% of the time. But then things turned to confusion and frustration after McIntyre kicked out of every Spear! Then the part that upsets McIntyre, cousin Jey had to interfere and Roman won! “Roman, you know what I’m about now. Our paths, they’re gonna cross again.” Roman won the battle but McIntyre will win the war, #BelieveThat. But let’s look to the future and TLC!
Charly agrees, and we know tonight that the title will be defended against AJ Styles. How does McIntyre keeps his eyes on that while worrying about Miz and the MITB contract? There’s no beef with Styles. Everyone wants the title. And that match is a treat for the fans because it will be phenomenal. But the only thing keeping Miz relevant IS that briefcase, so Miz shouldn’t cash it in. If he does, McIntyre will have to take Morrison, fold him up, shove him inside the briefcase, and then stick that “where the sun don’t shine.” Get it? Got it? GOOD! Time for the tag match!
Drew McIntyre & Sheamus VS The Miz & John Morrison!
The Celtic Warrior joins the Scottish Warrior, and it’s time to go to war with the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century! *stare off into the distance* But will McIntyre be able to keep his eyes on the prize when even Styles wants Miz to cash in tonight?
Raw returns and speaking of Styles, he and Omos have appeared on commentary! Miz and Morrison make their entrance, the teams sort out, and Miz starts with Sheamus. Sheamus tackles Miz into the corner, fires off hands then hits Morrison, too! Sheamus brings Miz up for a Fall Away Salm! Miz gets out., McIntyre puts him back in and Sheamus CLOBBERS Miz! Sheamus throws Miz to the corner and dares Morrison to tag in. Morrison does, he spins to kick, but goes Matrix to avoid the clothesline! Morrison kips up, but Sheamus comes back to clobber him! Sheamus puts Morrison in the corner, stomps a mudhole in, McIntyre tags in. Sheamus says he wasn’t ready but McIntyre says it’s fine.
McIntyre TOSSES Morrison to a corner, but Morrison blocks the chop to spin and get a headlock. McIntyre powers out, and then BLASTS Morrison with a shoulder! Morrison goes flying, staggers up and gets run over again! Tag to Sheamus, the warriors double whip, McIntyre body shots and Sheamus knee lifts! Morrison tumbles out, Sheamus drags Morrison up on the apron for beats of the Bodhrain! Miz swings but Sheamus catches him for some beats! Sheamus gives Miz all 10, then turns around to pick Morrison up! Fireman’s carry and ROLLING SENTON! Sheamus sees Miz stagger up, scoops him, ROLLING SENTON onto Morrison!
Sheamus taunts Styles to join in on the fun, or is he too scared? Is that why he hides behind Omos? Styles gets off commentary to talk trash back and Sheamus goes out to get up close. Miz runs up, Sheamus DECKS him! Sheamus turns around to see Omos and thinks better of it. Sheamus is on the apron, Morrison dropkicks him onto the announce desk! Styles taunts Sheamus as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Sheamus throws body shots on Morrison. Sheamus whips, Morrison reverses but Sheamus kicks back. Morrison kicks him back, tags Miz in, and they drag Sheamus up for the basement DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz taunts McIntyre, drags Sheamus up and rams knees in. Sheamus endures the chinbar but Miz claws at his face! The ref reprimands and counts, Miz stops at 4 and tags in Morrison. Morrison runs to SHINING WIZARD! Miz runs to BOOT! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Morrison keeps Sheamus down and kicks him around then clubs him to the corner. Morrison keeps Sheamus down with body scissors as Sheamus tries to reach McIntyre!
Sheamus fights and McIntyre reaches while fans clap on their screens. Sheamus fights up, fights out with body shots, but Morrison hits low! Morrison kicks, Sheamus ducks and KNEES Morrison down! Both men are down and McIntyre shouts to Sheamus! Miz shouts at Morrison, too, hot tags to Miz and McIntyre! McIntyre rallies with big clotheslines, and a whip to an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! And another! Morrison springboards but McIntyre catches him, for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX of his own! Miz swings, into McIntyre’s neckbreaker! McIntyre kips up and says it’s time for some fun!
McIntyre aims from the corner but Sheamus wants in! McIntyre goes over but Morrison drags Sheamus down to POST him, and TOSS him over barriers! Styles springboards in to PHENOMENAL FOREARM McIntyre!!
Winners: Drew McIntyre & Sheamus, by disqualification
The plan is coming together! Styles sets McIntyre up for the cash-in! Miz is too angry about the tag match but Morrison says he’ll add on! STARSHIP PAIN!! Miz and Morrison drag McIntyre up, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Omos fetches the briefcase for Styles, and he hands it to the ref. The Miz snatches the case from the ref, this is not Styles’ case! But Morrison and Styles both convince Miz to do this! Miz says cash in, but McIntyre throws Morrison out! CLAYMORE to Miz! No cash-in this time, and McIntyre glares at Styles. Styles says he can explain. But instead, Styles bails out and has Omos get him out of there!
Styles says this is Omos is saving McIntyre. Styles says McIntyre won’t survive when these two face off! “You’re the luckiest man alive!” McIntyre says Styles can go ahead and piss him off. Who cares about “Jackass the Beanstalk?” But will Styles continue to conspire with Miz and Morrison to create openings for the MITB briefcase?
A really good episode of Raw with a lot of great action. The opening with the new twisted Moment of Bliss was a quick way of escalating things for Orton VS Fiend. Orton teased the moment he RKO’D Stacy Kiebler back in the day by subtly threatening Alexa, and that’s obviously the point of him holding onto Alexa when The Fiend showed up. The Fiend didn’t want Orton hitting Alexa with a powerslam or somehow getting her into an RKO, and it seems to show that is the one sliver of good inside Fiend. I don’t know how this will affect the match they will end up having, but maybe if it turns into a Firefly Fun House, they actually do bring up the Kiebler RKO to make a point of how dangerous Orton can be.
Retribution returning turned out alright, it didn’t really drag anything down because they kept it all pretty concise. Slapjack wins because of a numbers like Ali did before, but I already love that sidewinding back suplex! But then on the flipside, Ali tries to help Reckoning and Dana still manages to win, not sure if that’s how they should’ve done that. The mask fell off pretty easy, too, Mia Yim may have to reassess what she wears for her character. Too bad no one on commentary just quickly said, “Wait, doesn’t she look familiar? I swear I’ve seen her somewhere before.” Maybe there’s an alliance of Ricochet, Dana and someone else against Retribution?
The Symphony of Destruction was pretty fun, until Jeff Hardy almost did himself like Matt Hardy did at AEW All Out. Do the Hardy boys just not think the math through on their high risk spots? Move the steel steps out of the way before doing that insane Swanton off the corner to the table! Hardy winning might finally end this story, but who knows. We got amazing stuff from New Day and Hurt Business tonight. Alexander was on fire, he gets a huge win, and that detail of him praising himself while leaving the others behind could be a sign of ego and dysfunction in the group already. I suppose that’s fine, but hopefully there’s no breaking up already because this group has been strong.
The Triple Threat being given a nickname is dumb, and you could tell they justified it by making jokes about it tonight. The Triple Threat itself was amazing, and it makes sense for Styles to win. Riddle has stuff with Hurt Business now as Lashley went after him and this will clearly set up a title match of Lashley VS Riddle at TLC. I’m both amused and disappointed that Riddle’s new character trait is being that overly talkative kind of annoying. He annoyed Keith into leaving, and obviously he annoyed Styles, and it’s part of why MVP didn’t want to do actual business with Riddle. Lashley VS Riddle is definitely a great match because both men are legit, and is a match where they won’t need any of the TLC related stipulations to make it better. Those guys just need a solid 20 minutes to do whatever they want.
Asuka & Lana VS Nia & Shayna was a good segment, and it made it more obvious that instead of a Raw Women’s Championship match, we’re getting a WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match like last year. I have a feeling that with titles on the line, and perhaps a stipulation added on, that could at least make it seem like Lana has a chance of finally having a title, only for the champs to retain. Because while it’s great for Lana to be winning things out of good fortune, I don’t think she and Asuka need to be connected by the belts, even if only for a little bit.
Then, with Styles winning the Triple Threat, I like how he’s immediately agreed to help Miz and Morrison because of the obvious logic that yes, McIntyre is tougher than Miz. Them trying to turn Sheamus on McIntyre is also a smart detail, because it’s what some fans even expected. I honestly hope Sheamus stays a friend of McIntyre’s and he works to keep Miz from cashing in, but chances are if a betrayal is what we’re expecting, that’s what Vince is going to do. I do like Styles acting like “Omos” getting him out of there is them sparing McIntyre. I feel like the cash-in should happen at TLC, after McIntyre and Styles are deep into a TLC match.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???; No Contest.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; win(s).
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???; win(s) and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???
But wait! Moxley attacks the Premier Athlete on the stage! And then he CLOBBERS Smart Mark! Then Moxley storms to the ring and grabs the mic! “C M PUNK! I’ve been waiting too damn long for you to come back, I’m sick of waiting! You wanna unify these belts? I say let’s do it right now! Let’s get this sh*t over with!” Fans are ready for that, too! Moxley throws off his hoodie and waits, and here comes Punk! But officials and security try to stop him before he gets to ringside! Moxley rushes out to meet him at the ramp! Fans fire up as they brawl but again they are separated! Moxley returns to the ring, Punk pursues, and the security swarm in again!
Fans boo as Punk is dragged away from the ring. The BCC’s Claudio and Yuta even show up to hold Moxley back. As much as Moxley and Punk want this fight, everyone else in AEW is doing their best to delay this until All Out! Moxley storms off through the crowd and the BCC follow, will this grudge even wait for September?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Schiavone has Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker, and Chris Jericho himself, and brings up what we saw at the end of Bryan VS Garcia. Is there possibly some dissention in the ranks? Jericho says he is giving “Danny” a pass for tonight, that was hell of a match. Maybe after getting dropped on his head, he’s a little fuzzy and didn’t realize what he was doing putting his hands on Jericho. Maybe Garcia is wavering back and forth between Bryan and Jericho, but we need to know for sure. Next week, live on Dynamite, Jericho wants to talk with Garcia, face to face, in the ring, man to man! Whose side is Garcia on? Garcia better make the right choice.
But then Ricky Steamboat walks in! He tells Jericho that he’s watched Garcia. And that young kid is coming into his own. Jericho agrees, but then Steamboat says Garcia doesn’t need Jericho or Menard & Parker. Jericho is the same guy Steamboat knew 14, 15 years ago. The same hair, same get up and go. If anyone should mentor Garcia, Steamboat says Bryan is the better choice. Oh, really? Is that what you think, Steamboat? Typical goody-two-shoes Steamboat! Jericho hasn’t liked Steamboat for those same 15 years, so he better keeps his hands off Jericho and stay out of his business! Jericho storms off, and Parker tells Steamboat to stay out of their business!
Parker tells Steamboat to look at him when he’s talking! Stay out of- BOP! Steamboat’s still got a hard right! Will that teach the JAS not to anger The Dragon?
Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!
Austin & Colten lost in the Dumpster Match but they did beat #Beardhausen. And yet, Daddy Ass is still not happy with how his sons are competing. Will they finally get Papa Gunn’s approval? Or will Brian Pillman Jr. & Griff Garrison expose them as the Ass Boys they are?
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)
And then there were four!
The G1 Climax’s Final Four face off!
A VS B and C VS D, the biggest G1 Climax in NJPW history reaches its semifinals! Will Tetsuya Naito make Will Ospreay trainquilo? Will Kazuchika Okada make it rain on the Good Bad Guy?
- 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
- Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Tito & Jonah win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, David Finlay & KUSHIDA VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida win.
- G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga; Okada wins and advances to the finals.
- G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances to the finals.
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G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
It’s A Block VS B Block, Rainmaker VS Good Bad Guy! And in G1 Climax 31, Okada lost to Tama! Will history repeat itself? Or will Tama have to fall back to the golden ticket he got from beating Jay White?
The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two circle. Tama and Okada shake hands to show there’s respect here and fans cheer more. Okada and Tama tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada uses his height as leverage. Okada puts Tama on the ropes and the ref calls for the break. Okada lets off, pats Tama on the shoulders, but Tama rushes in. Okada kicks low, headlocks, but Tama powers up and out. Okada runs Tama over and fans fire up. Okada runs, Tama gets up to arm-drag Okada around! Then Tama dropkicks Okada down! Fans fire up more as Tama brings Okada up. Tama CLUBS Okada and follows him to a corner.
Tama throws body shots, but Okada throws forearms! Tama knees low, Okada throws body shots but Tama CLUBS Okada down. Fans rally as Tama whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Tama runs at Okada but into the FLAPJACK! Fans applaud while Okada catches his breath. Jado coaches Tama while fans rally up. Okada drags Tama up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and Tama goes to ropes. Okada brings Tama around to CLUB him on the neck. Okada puts Tama in a corner and throws a back elbow. And then another! And then another! The ref counts and Okada lets off.
Fans rally, Jado coaches Tama, but Okada brings Tama up. Tama throws body shots but Okada knees low. Okada turns Tama for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Okada sits Tama up for a chinlock. Tama endures while Okada squeezes tight. The fans rally up more as Okada turns and twists Tama. Tama fights up to his feet, throws elbows, but Okada knees low. Okada throws Tama out of the ring then follows after. Tama staggers up into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Tama behind while fans rally up. Jado coaches Tama while the ring count climbs. We’re at 5 of 20 but Tama is still down.
Tama pushes up off the floor at 10 of 20 and crawls his way over, and he drags himself up at 16, only to fall! Tama springs up and in at 19! Okada walks over and kicks Tama around while the fans rally up. “O-KA-DA!” eggs Tama on, so Tama fires off forearm after forearm! Okada eggs Tama on, Tama keeps throwing hands, but Okada DECKS Tama with one! Okada whips Tama to a corner, but Tama comes back to CLOBBER Okada! Fans fire up and rally again as Tama drags himself up the ropes. Tama rushes Okada to LARIAT, and ELBOW, and scoop SLAM! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he claps, “TA-MA! TA-MA!”
Okada is in the corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! And then a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally as Tama paces around. Tama brings Okada up to CLUB him down, then he throws body shots. Tama dragon sleepers but Okada fights free! Tama throws a body shot, an uppercut, and then whips. Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Tama with an elbow! Fans rally and Okada whips Tama into a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, then kicks and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” as Okada watches Tama stand. Tama staggers into the Alabama Lift! But Tama fights it off with body shots!
Okada ROCKS Tama, but Tama ROCKS Okada. Okada EuroUppers but Tama EuroUppers back! Okada swings but into the TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up again as Okada bails out of the ring. Tama goes out after Okada and brings him up, but Okada throws body shots! Okada whips Tama into railing, and Tama bounces off into a scoop! But Tama fights that to a TONGAN TWIST to the floor! A bit of payback from earlier! Fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Both men are able to continue and Tama stands first. The ring count starts and Tama drags Okada up at 5 of 20 to put him in at 6. Fans cheer as this match continues.
Tama stalks Okada while the fans clap. Okada stands, Tama rushes in, VENENO! Cover, TWO! Tama paces around then brings Okada back up. Tama fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free and spins Tama. ROLLING- NO, Tama ducks the lariat to fireman’s carry! S R C! Tama heads for the corner and fans fire up! SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Tama grows frustrated, but Jado calls the shot! Tama and Jado pound the mat, and fans clap along. Tama watches Okada rise, then he rushes in, GUN- NO, Okada turns that into the BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP!!
Tama endures and fans rally up! Tama reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans fire up more. The fans continue to rally, “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” Okada drags Tama up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs up and fans rally for the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Tama up, wristlocks, but Tama throws back elbows. Okada CLUBS Tama, EuroUppers and runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Tama takes Okada down! Tama drags Okada up, but Okada fights off the suplex to shove and DROPKICK Tama in return!
Okada drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks to slips around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shoutout to the Prince! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Tama just reloads and brings him back up! Double underhooks, but Okada fights free to LARIAT! Not quite the Rainmaker but Okada holds onto the wrist! Fans rally as Okada slowly rises back up. Okada drags Tama up, for a short arm LARIAT! Okada fires up and the fans follow suit! He drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks and runs, into a DROPKICK! But he gets back up! Tama is roaring, fans are fire dup, but Okada scoops for the LANDSLIDE!!
Okada then ripcords Tama, GUN STUN!!! But Tama can’t make the cover! Jado shouts to Tama, he crawls over to Okada, pushes Okada over for the cover, TWO!!! Okada survives because of the delay! Fans are thunderous while both men are still down! Tama rises and he drags Okada back up. Tama reels Okada in, underhooks the arms, but Okada fights the lift! Tama CLUBS Okada, CLUBS him again, and fans rally as Tama CLUBS Okada one more time. Tama brings Okada up, reels him in again, but Okada back drops and sits on the cover! TWO!! Tama swings, but into a waistlock! Tama fights the suplex, throws elbows, and then whips.
Okada reverses but Tama dodges the dropkick! And he hurries to underhook, but Okada slips out! GUN- NO, Okada holds it off this time, to then get the wristlock! Ripcord, GUN- NO!! Okada turns it into a MONEY CLIP!!! Fans rally as hard as ever, and Tama turns clip into cradle! TWO!!! Okada escapes, BOOTS, but Tama PELES! Tama reloads fast and waits on Okada to stand! Okada is up, Tama runs in, GUN- NO!!! Okada fights it again, to ENZIGURI! And then pump handle scoop, POWERSLAM!! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Tama put up one hell of a fight, truly worthy of the biggest G1 Climax ever, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Rainmaker! Will Okada not stop until he has that Right to Challenge briefcase once more?
G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay w/ Great-O-Khan!
It’s C Block VS D Block, Uncontrollable Charisma VS Commonwealth Kingpin! We know Okada awaits in the finals, will he be facing one of his great rivals in Naito? Or will it be one of his great enemies in Ospreay?
Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Ospreay takes his time with his coat and two title belts. Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” “O-SU-PREAY!” and the bell rings. Ospreay encourages the fans to get louder so they do, and Naito says that’s nice. The two then circle, Naito goes back and forth to toy with Ospreay, but then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ospreay finds a point of leverage. He puts Naito on the ropes and Red Shoes counts. Ospreay pats Naito but Naito turns things around. Naito has Ospreay on the ropes, but then pats Ospreay on the shoulders. To then kick low and CLUB him on the neck! And again!
Red Shoes reprimands but Naito whips Ospreay. Ospreay reverses, Naito holds ropes and BOOTS Back, to then RANA! But Ospreay handsprings through! Naito ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the Standing Moonsault, then arm-drags Ospreay! Naito ducks a roundhouse and tranquilos! Ospreay smirks while Naito bails out. Fans rally up while Naito stares Khan down. Khan keeps his distance and Naito takes a walk around the ring. Khan tells Naito to get back in so Naito does. Naito and Ospreay circle, feel out a knuckle lock, then circle some more. Ospreay blocks Naito’s kick! Naito tries to reach Ospreay but he can’t!
Ospreay ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then another! Ospreay whips, atomic drops and CHOPS Naito down, for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Khan cheers Ospreay on. Ospreay drags Naito up, ROCKS him again, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS Naito in the corner, then stalks him to another corner. Ospreay CHOPS again and Naito staggers. Ospreay whips him but Naito reverses, only for Ospreay to go up and over. Naito dodges, blocks a kick and puts Ospreay in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then whips Ospreay to ropes for a hip toss! And basement dropkick! Naito keeps going, NECKBREAKER!
Fans fire up while Ospreay clutches his neck. Fans rally up and Naito brings Ospreay into a chinlock. Naito grinds Ospreay down with an almost bulldog choke but Ospreay endures. Fans rally up more, Ospreay pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito lets off to snapmare Ospreay into a headscissor hold! Naito pushes up to put pressure on the neck but Ospreay endures. Ospreay rolls around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Khan protests, and Naito lets off. Fans rally up as Naito brings Ospreay around. Naito ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay ROCKS Naito, repeat! Naito then CLUBS Ospreay on the neck!
Naito CLUBS away on Ospreay in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cabron! Fans fire up as Naito poses, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Naito stomps Ospreay around. Naito brings Ospreay up to cravat and neck wrench! Ospreay endures, drops to a knee, and fans rally again. Ospreay fights back up, throws body shots, but Naito ROCKS him again. Naito whips, Ospreay reverses but Naito reverses again. Naito swings into a full nelson, but he arm-drags free! Naito dodges and whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!
Fans fire up while both men are down. Ospreay sits up and grits his teeth. Ospreay waits on Naito to get up, but Naito is slow. Ospreay fireman’s carries to then SNAKE EYES and BOOT! Ospreay goes to the apron and fans fire up with him. Ospreay aims at Naito, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but fans continue to rally. Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito resists the lift. Ospreay keeps trying but Naito flails. Ospreay CLUBS Naito, throws a quick Kowada Kick, then CHOPS Naito off his feet! Naito gets up but Ospreay reels him in, only for Naito to fight the bomb!
Naito ducks the lariat to BACKBREAKER into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Naito slaps Ospreay around but Ospreay still endures. Ospreay moves around, but Naito drags him from ropes! Fans rally, Naito puts on more pressure, but Ospreay kicks his way around! ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Red Shoes counts, and Naito lets Ospreay go. Fans rally as Naito stands and Ospreay drags himself up the ropes. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Ospreay fights off the lift! Naito ripcords but Ospreay ducks the elbow. Naito CLUBS Ospreay, dodges a haymaker, then ROCKS Ospreay! Naito runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! But Naito rebounds, into a SPANISH FLY!!
Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Ospreay and Naito sit up, talk some trash, and then get forehead to forehead. Naito throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back. Naito grins and forearms Ospreay again! Ospreay ROCKS Naito back! Ospreay eggs Naito on so Naito ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay roars and fans fire up, and Ospreay throws another forearm! Naito gives another, and they go back and forth! Fans rally up as the speed picks up! Ospreay fires off a flurry, then CHOPS!! Naito staggers and Ospreay waits on him. Naito comes back to SLAP Ospreay! Ospreay grins and fans fire up!
Ospreay blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but Naito dodges Hidden Blade to TORNADO- NO! Ospreay blocks to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! But Ospreay holds on, brings Naito back up, suplexes but Naito RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes in time but Naito gets him for the TORNADO DDT! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down. Naito and Ospreay stir and Naito sits up first. Naito crawls his way over, drags Ospreay up, and throws heavy back elbows! Ospreay drops to a knee, but Naito brings him up for more heavy elbows! Ospreay drops again but he grabs at Naito. Naito brings Ospreay up for even more heavy elbows!
Ospreay falls over backwards, and the tape on his shoulders is coming off! Naito hammerlocks, half nelsons, and hits GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but Naito is still smiling. Naito brings Ospreay up again, wrenches the arm, but Ospreay RAMS him into the corner! Ospreay runs in but Naito alley-oops him into the corner! Naito then sits Ospreay up on the top rope backwards, and climbs up behind him! Naito goes up to SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous! Naito aims from the corner as Ospreay rises, then he runs in to CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Ospreay blocks Destino!
But Ospreay also holds Naito up! Ospreay ties up the legs, MAGIC CROSS DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Ospreay aims from the corner! Naito sits up, Ospreay rushes in, HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Ospreay isn’t satisfied with that, he drags Naito up! Underhook and lift, STORM- DESTINO!!! Naito turns things around but both men are down! The fans are electric as both men stir on the mat! Naito crawls over to Ospreay, drags him up, but Ospreay BOOTS! Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito scoops but Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Naito ducks the OsCutter! SPINEBUSTER!!
Naito hauls Ospreay up to wrench and- NO, Ospreay turns it, CHELSEA GRIN!! Fans fire up as Ospreay aims again! Ospreay runs in, but Naito ducks the blade! CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay survives and no one can believe it!! Naito roars, drags Ospreay up, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO!! Ospreay slips out to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Maybe 2.999!! The fans can’t believe it, Khan can’t believe, commentary can’t believe it! But Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in and underhooks, for STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
After fighting back from an 0-2 start, after fighting his heart out here, Naito falls before the Climax! If this is truly Naito’s last G1 Climax, if this is truly his last year with NJPW, has it all ended here and now? Or can Naito find another path to Wrestle Kingdom?
As for Ospreay, he holds up his IWGP US Heavyweight Championship and Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship high as he stands over Naito, and then again as he stands on the corner. Khan waves the banner of the United Empire, then brings the mic to Ospreay. The fans applaud, but Ospreay says, “Louder, Budokan! Louder!! Motto! Gentlemen, I said MORE! I want more!” Fans applaud louder, and Ospreay is happy. “Naito, good showing. One more, onegaishimasu. This doesn’t get spoken about enough. In May, I nearly died! I had a kidney infection that nearly killed me! And in three months, three months! After saying I could’ve died, I’m in the G1 Final!”
Fans applaud that heart, and Ospreay says his opponent “is a man who seemingly, I can’t beat on my own. In the seven matches Ospreay and Okada have had, Okada has one SIX of them. SIX. Everyone is now doubting me, because they think I can’t beat Okada. I’ve seen it done with my own eyes! I have seen AJ Styles beat Okada. I have seen Tanahashi beat Okada. I’ve seen NAITO beat Okada! Hell, I’ve even see Jay White dethrone Okada. Know what makes me different? I know in my heart, I know I’m better than all those guys! I know I’m the best wrestler in the world today!!” Fans applaud that, he has a case for it.
Ospreay lists off his accomplishments: Best of the Super Juniors; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship; the New Japan Cup; the British Heavyweight Championship; the NEVER Openweight Championship; the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship; and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! There’s just one more to go! “And believe me. Believe me when I say this. Believe me, I’m not gonna lose. I will beat Okada! I will lead NJPW out of the Dark Ages, and I will bring it back tot he light! Okada, matta ashita <I’ll be waiting tomorrow.> See you at the top!” The Kingpin vows to go from Grand Slam to ULTIMATE Champion in NJPW, will he succeed?
A great event as the penultimate night of the G1 this year. Yes, I skipped a lot of matches, and I wish I had time to see that 8 Man with Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida, because it saw the return of the Good Brothers to Japan. But Tanahashi’s team won thanks to some sneaky moves from Yano. I wonder if anyone from Tanahashi’s team will go after Karl Anderson’s NEVER Openweight Championship. Any one of them would be a great opponent for Anderson, but especially Tanahashi.
But we got awesome G1 matches, as to be expected. Tama has been running strong, but it sure seems like everyone knows how to counter the Gun Stun… It makes sense that Okada wins, he could potentially go back-to-back as the G1 Climax winner. But given that, I don’t think he will. Ospreay VS Naito was a great choice to be the main event between the two semifinal matches, and honestly I didn’t think Naito was going to lose. This is supposed to be his last year, so I thought he’d get to the finals before losing and having to worry about what’s next.
Ospreay has a great promo and he does make a great argument for winning the finals. Ospreay’s checked off almost everything to do in NJPW as a singles wrestler, even more than what Okada has done. Ospreay getting the honor of being the first to check everything off the list would be huge.
My Score: 9/10
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