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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/14/20)

It’s the Nightmare Before TLC!



WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

Raw prepares for a hardcore holiday celebration!

‘Twas the Raw Before TLC, and all over tonight, grudges are stirring, and everyone wants to fight! Will AJ Styles send Drew McIntyre a message through his match with Sheamus?


  • AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin VS Sheamus; Styles wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Jeff Hardy & The New Day; The Hurt Business wins.
  • Lana VS Nia Jax; Lana wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap: The Miz & John Morrison VS Keith Lee; Miz & Morrison win.
  • Mace w/ Retribution VS Ricochet; Mace wins.
  • Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax VS Dana Brooke; Brooke wins, by disqualification.
  • MVP VS Matt Riddle; Riddle wins.


Raw presents an all new episode of The Dirt Sheet!

The Miz and his Mr. Money in the Bank contract sit in the ring, and says “Dirt Sheet Productions” proudly presents The Nightmare Before TLC. A tale so violent and tantalizing, the world may not be ready for it. But also, Miz and John Morrison are prepared for their 2v1 Handicap match with Keith Lee later tonight, because they know how to give us what we want. And what we want is the story of two superstars set to compete in a TLC match for THE WWE World Championship. “let’s begin, shall we?”

‘Twas the nightmare before TLC, and all through the ThunderDome, everyone was excited to hear Miz read this awesome poem. First, the challenger, the greatest hero for miles and miles, the protagonist of this story, the Phenomenal AJ Styles! Next, the champion, and honestly our second choice- Oh, don’t forget Styles’ friend with the deep and mighty voice. Oh, right, Omogbehin. He wasn’t forgotten, just cut for time. Sorry. But where was Miz? Oh yes, who would be brave enough to face these foes? That’s where this gets interesting! Because we all know Drew McIntyre is the bravest of all! So strong and so tall! Morrison is playing the part of McIntyre, though. “They’ll never take my freedom~!” Don’t improv, John.

Sunday will start with a bang and a whack, as Styles hits a chair over McIntyre’s back! AYE, ME BACK! Then Styles will smash McIntyre through tables until he’s half dead, and will make visions of TLC dance through his head. McIntyre may pull out an illegal sword in the fight, but Styles isn’t afraid to the wannabe knight. Styles dodges and proclaims, “Chivalry’s dead, just like your title reign!” And after the dramatic death scene, can Miz continue the story!? “And after all this chaos, there arose such a clatter. AJ Styles will climb to the top of the ladder.” He’ll climb up, prove he has one, and prove he is the NEW WWE World Champion!

But… If Styles should fail and McIntyre does reap the glory, then Miz attacks and enters the story! The champ is out cold, expressionless and blank! It’s time for The Miz to be Mr. Money in the Bank! Cash in the contract, pins Styles, 1-2-3, and Miz is once again champion of all WWE! That is not in the book Styles gave him! It was aa creative liberty to make the story better. But here comes Sheamus to shut this all down! He thought he’d seen it all, but clearly he hasn’t. While this “community performance theater” was slightly entertaining, he and Styles have a match tonight. And while these lads like to run their mouths and play with their swords, Sheamus is prepared to fight with fists.

Styles tells Sheamus that if he’s not going to be part of the solution, he’s just part of the problem. Solution, problem, yeah, okay. Sheamus doesn’t mind being a problem. Styles wants Sheamus to wait, their match was for later. Back off. CHRISTMAS TREE ATTACK! Sheamus withstands that attack, to throw the gift box at Styles’ head! Omos shields Styles a little too late! Will what was meant to wait go down after the break?


AJ Styles w/ Jordan Omogbehin VS Sheamus!

It will! Raw returns as the bell rings and Styles fires off on Sheamus! Sheamus ROCKS Styles, CLUBS him down, then brings him up to scoop and SLAM! Sheamus drops a knee and covers, ONE! Sheamus wraps Styles up in a cobra clutch but Styles gets up, only to be put in the corner. Sheamus throws body shots, European Uppercuts, but Styles hits back. Sheamus ROCKS Styles again, rains down fists and stomps, but lets off as the ref counts. Styles gets out, Sheamus follows, but Styles gets back in. Sheamus gets on the apron but Styles kicks him down! Styles stomps Sheamus then brings him up through the ropes.

Styles bumps Sheamus off buckles, RAMS his shoulder in and again, then lets off to whip Sheamus corner to corner. Sheamus reverses and Styles hits hard off buckles! Sheamus keeps his eyes on Omos, then he goes back to stand on Styles’ head! The ref counts, Sheamus stops at 4, then drags Styles up to snapmare and KICK in the back! Styles writhes, Sheamus digs a knee into his head, but Styles keeps shoulders up, so Sheamus drops the knee! Sheamus throws EuroUppers but Styles KICKS a leg! And KICKS it again! Sheamus shoves Styles, clinches, but Styles throws an uppercut of his own! Styles whips but Sheamus reverses, Styles rolls off his back but runs into a back drop!

Sheamus seethes as he looms over Styles. Sheamus stalks Styles to ropes, chinbars and armlocks and leans on the holds. Styles endures, fights up, but Sheamus hooks his face! The ref reprimands, Styles gets the ropebreak and Sheamus lets go at 4. The ref warns Sheamus, but Styles throws Sheamus out! Sheamus gets up and back in and shoulders into Styles! Styles KICKS back, then drags Sheamus through ropes to KNEE him and throw heavy hands! And CHOPS! The ref backs Styles off but Styles runs in and KNEE TRIGGERS Sheamus down! Styles lets the ring count climb, but Sheamus gets up at 5 of 10.

Sheamus climbs up to the apron but Styles catches him! Sheamus powers through, suplexes Styles and TOSSES him! Sheamus drags Styles back up, for another suplex and TOSS! And then another, but Styles fights back. Sheamus throws body shots, Styles throat chops! And dropkicks! Sheamus goes out near Omos but the ref warns him. Omos stays back, Styles slingshots but Sheamus moves! Sheamus CLUBS Styles, Styles resists the Electric Chair, so Sheamus shifts around, but Omos saves Styles from the bomb! Sheamus and Omos stare down as the ring count climbs, but Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Styles has a toehold! He cranks on the leg, then KNEE BREAKERS! Sheamus tries to fight back as Styles pulls on the toehold again! Sheamus pulls hair, the ref reprimands and counts and Sheamus lets go at 4. And he throws elbows instead! He clobbers Styles off the leg! Sheamus crawls away but Styles stalks him, and KICKS the leg! Styles frowns as he goes after the leg and puts it on the ropes! Styles stands on the leg and stomps it! Sheamus clutches his knee as he goes to the apron but Styles claws at his face. The ref reprimands, Styles backs off and brings Sheamus up but Sheamus CHOPS! Styles kicks, Sheamus kicks back! Styles kicks the bad leg and stomps it!

Sheamus scrambles to a corner as Styles catches his breath. Sheamus kicks but Styles KICKS the leg! Styles drags Sheamus up, whips him corner to corner, but Sheamus reverses to get the IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! But it’s on the bad leg so it’s a bit double-edged for Sheamus! Both men slowly rise, Sheamus CLOBBERS Styles with double ax handles! Sheamus scoops Styles for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Styles ends up in a corner, Sheamus walks on the bad leg into a BOOT! Styles runs into a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Sheamus is too sore to be frustrated. Styles flounders to ropes, Sheamus stalks over, but Styles throws Sheamus out! Omos is there again and the ref warns him not to do anything!

Sheamus gets up o the apron, counter punches Styles, and gets him for the Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus goes up top now, but the bad leg slows him down. Sheamus leaps, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus grits his teeth and hobbles over, fireman’s carries Styles, but Styles elbows free! Styles gets around, gets the leg, but they’re in the ropes. Styles moves it away to CALF CRUSHER!! Sheamus shouts as he endures the pain, and he moves around to find ropes! ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, and Sheamus clutches his leg as he gets to the corner. Styles heads over, drags Sheamus up, and reels him in. Styles fireman’s carries out of the Clash to WHITE NOISE! Cover, TWO!!

Both men are down and Omos coaches Styles on. Sheamus gets up first but Styles is in the corner. Fans clap on their ThunderDome screens as Sheamus basically drags his bad leg. Sheamus throws body shots and brings Styles up to another fireman’s carry. Sheamus climbs the corner?! Styles slips out and then sweeps the legs! High stack cover, Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

The Phenomenal One is fired up as he gets the best of the Fella! If Styles can chop down a big bad Celtic Warrior, can he do the same to the Scottish Warrior in Drew McIntyre?

Styles talks smack but Sheamus goes after him! Omos saves Styles and drags Sheamus into the ropes! Sheamus’ leg is stuck, Styles kicks away on Sheamus in the Tree of Woe position! Omos fetches Styles a CHAIR! Styles SMACKS away with the chair! He’s chopping the Tree of Woe down, and he SMACKS the leg, too!! And again!! “I think the message was sent.” That might be an understatement! But will Styles not like McIntyre’s response?

Sheamus is still stirring, Styles SMACKS him even more!! The ref finally gets Styles and Omos to leave! “You can talk to your friend when you’re in the hospital together.”


The Hurt Business arrives!

They find catering, and see someone getting a snack. What is that? It’s a bronutt! Organic, homemade donuts made by Matt Riddle. No, MVP meant the hat. On, the Original Bro hat? Just free with the bronutts. Want one? The Hurt Business pushes the guy around, and then pats him on the shoulder. Y’know what goes good with donuts? Milk. Bobby Lashley dumps an entire carton of milk on the guy’s head! It’s organic, too. Now get out of here!

Sarah wants to interview but she tries to reconsider. But she asks MVP about his match with Riddle, who is focused after Lashley. Riddle, focused? “I think you mean ‘brocused.'” MVP says Riddle can barely put a sentence together, but he’s focused on something? Riddle is a great athlete, but he’s not MVP. MVP will teach Riddle about respect. And right here, he’ll teach Sarah about journalism. She should’ve asked about the unstoppable team that is The Hurt Business, who will send The New Day limping into TLC, and send Jeff Hardy limping to whatever circus will have him. The clowns belong together, and be put in their own world of hurt.


Speaking of, The New Day and Jeff Hardy meet backstage.

They’ve color coordinated blues and yellows, right to Hardy’s face paint. Riddle heads over and realizes they have a match. Can he run an idea by them real quick? Xavier Woods has told him this already: G4 is not going to make a quiz show called “Riddle Me This.” No, no, not that. Riddle knows the New Day misses Big E, so why not have “Bro E” in your corner? Well alright, as Kofi Kingston likes to say, “The enemy of the Butt Hurt Business is a friend of ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~!” So then, the #HardyBros are gonna join forces with the Raw Tag Team Champions to thwart a common enemy!

Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Jeff Hardy & The  New Day w/ Matt Riddle!

Cedric Alexander, Shelton Benjamin and the All Mighty CEO are going to represent, but their opponents for TLC have a different plan! Will the Charismatic Enigma and the equally charismatic W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS~ get some major momentum before Sunday?

Raw returns as the Hurt Business makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Woods starts with Lashley. They circle, tie up, and Lashley gets around and wants the Hurt Lock! Woods slips away and Lashley says it was that close. Woods and Lashley tie up again, Woods headlocks but Lashley powers out to run Woods over! Lashley then drags Woods back up, puts him in an open corner, and whips corner to corner. Woods goes up but gets caught! Woods fights free and mule kicks! Tag to Kofi, they double wrench and double CHOP! Kofi runs but Lashley trophy lifts him! Lashley TOSSES Kofi and Alexander tags in! Lashley didn’t approve that! But Alexander runs into an arm-drag and cover, TWO!

Kofi keeps on Alexander’s arm, but Alexander puts Kofi on the ropes. Alexander whips but Kofi reverses to monkey flip! Cover, ONE, and Kofi drags Alexander up. Kofi wrenches, tags in Hardy and Hardy clubs the arm! Hardy bumps Alexander of buckles, then runs him to another corner for more buckles! And then back the other way! Hardy wrenches and clubs the arm but Alexander wrenches back to mule kick! Tag to Benjamin and he throws haymakers on Hardy. Benjamin keeps on Hardy in a corner but the ref counts. Benjamin stops, whips, but Hardy stops himself to SLING BLADE back!

MVP coaches Benjamin and he blocks the Twist! Benjamin runs in but is put on the apron. Hardy DECKS Benjamin, BLASTS the Hurt Business corner, Alexander gets in to get Kofi’s dropkick! Riddle joins in as the team dances it out! The Hurt Business regroups and cools off as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kofi fires off strikes on Benjamin! Benjamin tackles Kofi to a corner and rams a shoulder in! Benjamin throws haymakers, whips Kofi, but Kofi goes up and over and runs, to LEAPING LARIAT! Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ BOOM DROP! Kofi claps it up but Alexander distracts the ref, and Lashley drags Kofi out and TOSSES him! Woods and Riddle protest but MVP says nothing. Benjamin puts Kofi in, covers, TWO! Benjamin tags Lashley and they mug Kofi. Lashley taunts Kofi as he stays in his way, and then snap suplexes him! Lashley dares woods and Hardy to do something, then he goes back to Kofi.

Tag to Alexander, the Hurt Business mugs Kofi more, and Alexander KICKS Kofi! Alexander waistlocks, dead lifts and SLAMS Kofi down! MVP coaches Alexander as he elbows away on Kofi’s side! Alexander puts on a smothering chinlock and he grinds Kofi down. Kofi sits up but Alexander digs a knee into his back. Kofi keeps fighting up and he throws body shots. Alexander throws Kofi by his hair! Alexander drags Kofi to a cover, TWO, into an armbar! Tag to Benjamin and Benjamin stomps Kofi. Benjamin scoops and SLAMS Kofi, then drags him back up. Benjamin scoops and SLAMS him again! Cover, TWO!

Benjamin keeps Kofi down and puts him on the ropes. Benjamin bends Kofi back while Alexander mockingly asks, “What’s wrong?!” Kofi hits back, Benjamin drags him up and over, tag to Lashley. The Hurt Business mugs Kofi, Lashley RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then he gets in Woods’s and Hardy’s face. Kofi hits back but Lashley puts him in a corner for elbow after elbow! Lashley digs his boot in but the ref counts. Lashley stops, drags Kofi up but Kofi kicks back! Lashley digs his hands into Kofi’s face! The ref counts, Lashley lets off and drags Kofi over to bump off buckles. Tag to Benjamin and the mugging continues.

Tag to Alexander, he and Benjamin stomp away! Alexander taunts Woods then drags Kofi up to dig fingers into his face! The ref counts, Alexander stops at 3, tags Benjamin, and they just keep mugging Kofi. Benjamin snapmares Kofi, chinlocks, digs a knee in and Kofi endures. Hardy and Riddle rally with the ThunderDome screens as Kofi fights up. Benjamin CLUBS Kofi down, then sucker punches Woods! Benjamin brings Kofi up, puts him in a corner and whips corner to corner, but Kofi comes back to STOMP him down! Both men are down and Kofi crawls, hot tag to Hardy!

Hardy rallies on Benjamin with forearms and haymakers, then whips! Benjamin reverses but Hardy CLOBBERS him! Hardy hits the atomic drop, trips Benjamin for the leg-splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick and a splash, cover, TWO! Hardy whips Benjamin, Benjamin reverses and Alexander tags in to KNEE Hardy down! Cover, TWO! Alexander covers again, TWO! Alexander rains down rights, drags Hardy up by his hair and swings, but into Hardy’s Russian Leg Sweep! Leg hook cover, TWO!! Benjamin also kicks Hardy, but Woods dropkicks Benjamin! Lashley hits a COMPLETE SHOT on Woods, Kofi missile dropkicks Lashley out!

Kofi builds speed and FLIES to take Benjamin down! Woods PLANCHAS but Lashley catches him, and THROWS him into barriers! Then Lashley CLOBBERS Kofi! Hardy WRECKS Lashley with a dropkick! Alexander sneaps up to cradle Hardy, TWO!! Alexander rolls Hardy, has tights, TWO!! Alexander backslides, TWO!! Hardy flounders, Alexander drags him up but there’s a switch! Tag to Lashley! Hardy gives Alexander a TWIST OF FATE! But Lashley gets the half nelson! Hardy fights off the rest, and then dodges Lashley to POST him! Hardy goes up fast, but Alexander trips him up! Lashley drags Hardy into the HURT LOCK!! Hardy flails, he taps! The Hurt Business wins!!

Winners: The Hurt Business, by submission

Alexander is the most pumped up, even though it was Lashley that finished this off. Alexander declares he and Benjamin will be the new Raw Tag Team Champions, but is he getting ahead of himself?


Asuka talks with Lana backstage.

TLC, them VS Nia and Shayna, and Lana feels like she and Asuka really could be Women’s Tag Team Champions. Their confidence and strength is big, but Lana has to face Nia alone now. She is afraid. But Asuka says while Nia is scary, Lana will still go out there and face her! And that alone makes Lana the bravest person Asuka knows! Asuka is proud to be Lana’s tag partner! Now go out there and BEAT Nia! Lana has Asuka’s support, but will that be enough to overcome the Irresistible Force?

Lana VS Nia Jax!

Raw returns and Nia makes her entrance. To make it somewhat fair to Lana, Shayna Baszler stays in the back. But also, Nia of course doesn’t feel she needs back-up for the Ravishing Russian. The bell rings and the two tie up. Nia throws Lana down hard and Lana gets to a corner. Nia taunts Lana and Lana comes back, but Nia just shoves her to a corner. Nia runs in and corner splashes! “This is what you wanted!” Nia shoves Lana down! Asuka watches backstage and cheers as Lana throws body shots, but Nia just knocks Lana back down. Nia scoops Lana, trophy lifts her but Lana RANAS! Lana stomps Nia, hurries up top, but Nia headbutts her down!

Nia scowls as she climbs up and hoists Lana up into a fireman’s carry! But Lana slips around to a sunset flip! Nia holds on, Lana KICKS a leg out! Nia is stuck in a Tree of Woe and Lana STMOPS her down! Cover, LANA WINS!?

Winner: Lana, by pinfall

“The impossible has happened! Lana has beaten Nia Jax one-on-one!” But Shayna ambushes Asuka! The Queen of Spades takes the Empress of Tomorrow out and Nia CLOBBERS Lana! Nia is a sore loser as she thrashes Lana around on the mat! Shayna joins in and they drag Lana around. Nia hits a leg drop! And then sets Lana’s arm up for Shayna to STOMP!! “When are you gonna learn?!” Shayna grabs a leg and Nia slaps Lana around! “This is what you wanted!” Shayna stomps away mercilessly on Lana’s leg! And then strips the boot away to get right at the foot itself! Lana is begging for mercy but gets none from Shayna’s toehold! Nia DROPS A LEG ON THE LEG!! AND AGAIN!!

Asuka drags Shayna out and throws her away! CODE BREAKER for Nia, hip attack for Shayna! ROUNDHOUSE sends Nia rolling but the damage was already done! Lana clutches her leg and Asuka defends her, but they may have already lost the Women’s Tag Team Championship match before it’s begun! Is Lana’s spirit broken after the champions tried to break her body?


Ladies and gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter introduces himself, plays his electric guitar, and says, “This is Jaxson Ryker.” Whoa, the formerly Forgotten Son is back? Elias’s loyal fans saw that Symphony of Destruction match, and saw Elias be electrified! His body seized up, he could barely breathe, and all he saw was blinding light! The doctors say voltage of that level would’ve killed an ordinary man, but Elias is not ordinary. In fact, this is the EXTRAORDINARY Elias! He was baptized by lightning and he gained so much. Elias had visions of his purpose, and of Ryker. Ryker is a man who knows the universal truth: WWE stands for WALK WITH ELIAS! Ryker makes sure to say that loud and proud.

“Elias’s music has changed me. I have been reborn by hearing the universal truth.” Elias is a visionary, and for far too long, he has been interrupted, disrespected and attacked. Ryker is going to stop that. Thank you, Ryker. Now, Elias would love to demonstrate his musical healing power, so he dedicates this to Lana. Wait, R-Truth barges in? Truth doesn’t want to interrupt, but he wants to apologize for the last time he interrupted on WWE Main Event. Truth is not an interrupter, that’s not him. But you’re interrupting now. Oh… What does Truth have to say for himself? Does he have anything to say? No, he doesn’t want to interrupt this time. Okay then, Elias will get on with the song.

But then the 24/7 chase is here! Truth gets out of the ring, he ducks Lince Dorado as he FLIES, and Drew Gulak takes the hit! Erik throws Gran Metalik into the ring and Ryker CLOBBERS him! Then Erik throws Akira Tozawa in, only for Ryker to lift and TOSS Tozawa onto all of them! Ryker isn’t done with Metalik, he CHOKE BOMBS him while Truth runs away! Elias leaves it at that. Perhaps we’ll hear his music next time. But with Ryker being his bouncer, will Elias no longer have to worry about interruptions?


The Miz and Morrison talk backstage.

Miz says he feels like Styles is trying to get on his good side, but he doesn’t appreciate Styles being pushy about the MITB cash-in all because he thinks he can beat Miz easier than he can McIntyre. Yeah, that’s messed up. But Styles has a point. What? Well think of it this way. Even if Styles wins, cash-in on him! That’s easier than beating McIntyre. Keith Lee comes by and says he has an idea. He wants what happened to Sheamus to happen to him? Something like that.

Keith has a coin, and says he’ll do a coin toss. Miz calls heads. No you have to wait until he tosses! No you don’t! Keith tosses, Miz quickly says “heads” again, and it’s… HEADS! Boom! Miz wins! But Keith says congratulations. This is the only win they’re getting tonight. Will the Limitless One make sure the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century doesn’t even make it to TLC?


2v1 Handicap: The Miz & John Morrison VS Keith Lee!

Raw returns as the entrances are made. Keith Lee is out first, followed by Miz and Morrison. Will the Hollywood A-Lister and Guru of Greatness soon #BaskInHisGlory?

The bell rings and the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century go after Keith at the same time with kicks and hands! Keith ends up in a corner but he dumps them both to the apron! Keith clobbers Miz but Morrison slides in to throw forearms! Keith just scowls. Morrison is wary, he bobs ‘n’ weaves and gets around, but Keith swats away kicks. Morrison forearms again but still nothing! Keith blocks a kick to SOBAT! Miz ax handles in outta nowhere! Miz fires off haymakers and kicks in the other corner, but the ref reprimands. Miz runs corner to corner but Keith puts him up top! Miz boots back, leaps again, but into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Keith glares at Miz as Miz rolls out but Morrison attacks from behind! Morrison kicks away on the legs and then SWITCHBLADE KICKS, to a SHINING WIZARD! Morrison brings Keith up but Keith shoves him, and FLAPJACKS on the rebound! Morrison gets up, Keith POUNCES him out and over into Miz! The Greatest Tag Team isn’t feeling so great as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns, and Keith TOSSES Morrison across the way! Miz throws body shots but Keith throws knees into him! Then he throws Miz into Morrison! Keith DECKS Miz, watches him roll away, then runs at Morrison, but the drop toehold sends him into buckles! Morrison throws body shots, Miz runs in for the A-List Lariat! Morrison SUPERKICKS! Cover, ONE?!? Miz BOOTS Keith down, Morrison SHINING WIZARDS! Cover, TWO! Morrison drags Keith up, he and Miz have Keith for a DOUBLE GUT BUSTER! Basement DDT! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Keith is still in this and the Greatest Tag Team gets frustrated!

Miz and Morrison stalk Keith to ropes, Miz hooks Keith’s face! Keith has the ropes but Morrison kicks his hand away. Morrison gets Keith up, they double whip but Keith holds ropes! Keith throws Miz out, then Morrison! Morrison lands on the apron and kicks back then throws forearms. Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS back! Keith brings Morrison up to suplex him up and in, but Miz trips Keith so Morrison can crossbody! Cover, TWO! Keith survives but Morrison has a chinlock on! Miz gets the legs for a Half Crab! Keith endures double the submissions so the Greatest Tag Team lets go to stomp Keith down.

Morrison and Miz bring Keith back up, double suplex, but Keith blocks! Keith double suplexes THEM! All three men are down and fans rally on their screens! Miz and Morrison get to adjacent corners, Keith starts clobbering them! corner splash for Miz! Corner splash for Morison! Keith TOSSES Morrison into Miz! Keith dares one of them to get up, and Morrison is first. Keith pops him up but Morrison fights it off! So Keith just swings Morrison into Miz! Morrison pops out the back, Miz BOOTS, Morrison FLYING CHUCK! BOOT, springboard, CHOP BLOCK! DOUBLE COVER, the Greatest Tag Team wins!!

Winners: The Miz & John Morrison, by pinfall

Keith got out at 3.1 but that’s still too late! Will this be the boost Miz and Morrison need to be ready for a cash-in on whoever it is that wins at TLC?


Raw presents an all new Firefly Fun House!

But it’s not in the fun house! Bray is heading to the ring! Yowie wowie, that Fiend themed Christmas sweater! And he isn’t alone, of course! The puppets have front row seats at the barriers! Mercy, Ramblin’ and Huskis are having a great time! “Hello, fireflies~!” It is so great to see the fans’ smiling faces in the WWE ThunderDome! He means it. It warms his soul. But before all the fun stuff, Bray has an apology to make. “Randy Orton, I’m sorry. I’m sorry, Randy, I really am sorry.” They were having a great time last week, and things get out of hand and now look! What happened was all just “one giant misunderstanding.” Because Bray knows that sometimes, “he” has a very sad, sick, deranged, twisted mind of his own.

But anyway, Bray knows that there are things he has to fix about himself. He really wishes he and Orton finished what they started. Because Sunday, after Orton takes “him” on at TLC, Bray’s not sure what’s going to be left of Orton! “And there shall be no fun and games at TLC! Instead, all there’s gonna be is sadness and pain.” But y’know what? YOWIE WOWIE that’s splendid! So then, Bray will celebrate! TLC will be no laughing matter, so tonight will be! In honor of this “field trip,” Bray has prepared jokes for The Viper. And they will be hiss-sterical! He’s laughing already! Okay, hold on, Bray will take his list of jokes out.

First! “What’s the best way to measure a viper? Inches, because they don’t have any feet!” HOO HAHAHA! The puppets like that one! Second! “What do snakes use to clean their car windows? Windshield vipers!” BADUM TSH! Another zinger! Bray is woozy he’s laughing so hard. But Orton interrupts on the titantron. Orton is NOT laughing, and he wants Bray to pay attention. “Last week, I said that when the time comes, I’d look the Devil in the eye and tell him that the most evil son of a bitch has come home.” But Orton didn’t think Bray and The Fiend would give him the chance. After Orton put Bray down with the three deadliest letters in sports entertainment, Bray changed and “he” appeared #outtanowhere.

Orton doesn’t often say this, but for the first time in a long time, he was outmaneuvered by “him.” That won’t happen at TLC or tonight! Orton knows how much Bray loves to play games, and that he can’t help himself. So Orton thinks Bray should extend this “field trip” and visit Orton tonight. How about playing a game tonight? A little bit of hide ‘n’ seek. Bray laughs and says he can’t resist a game! So he accepts! Then come find Orton. OoOo~! Bray will find you, Orton~! “Let the games begiiiin~!” Bray begins the hunt, but is this just a trap being set by the Viper?


Mace w/ Retribution VS Ricochet!

While Mustafa Ali is furious with Slapjack and Reckoning for not wrecking Ricochet and Dana Brooke, perhaps the monolithic Mace can! Will the One and Only finally become one of Retribution?

Raw returns and Mustafa has joined commentary. Ricochet makes his entrance, the bell rings and Ricochet slides under but gets caught! He avoids Mace’s boot, kicks away on the leg, but Mace catches him. Ricochet SLAPS but Mace just TOSSES Ricochet to a corner and back body blocks! Mace rolls Ricochet, and LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mace clamps onto Ricochet and clubs away, then cranks on the neck! Ricochet endures, Mustafa rants on the disrespect shown to the group, but Ricochet kicks back. Mace CLUBS Ricochet, throws him to another corner, but Ricochet goes out and then springboard missile dropkicks in!

Mace flounders, Ricochet is up, and he dodges Mace to fire off kicks and haymakers! Mace shoves, Ricochet kicks back! Then springboards to crossbody! Ricochet STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps his cool as he catches his breath. Ricochet glances back at Ali but Ali sends Slapjack! Slapjack gets on the apron, Ricochet jumps over then triangle BOOTS him down! T-Bar is next, but Ricochet handspring kicks him away! But Mace DOUBLE HAND CHOKE SLAMS! Cover, TWO!?! Ricochet survives and Ali is furious! Mace fires up, Ali tells him to “Shut him down!” Mace obeys, fireman’s carries and spins, for the SIDE SLAM! Cover, Mace wins!

Winner: Mace, by pinfall

Retribution gets a win because they all helped Mace on that one! Ali has his men sit Ricochet up, and Ali says, “This doesn’t end until I say it ends! And it ends when you join Retribution!” Then T-Bar and Mace SLAM Ricochet down again! Will


Bray Wyatt is seeking while Orton is hiding.

Oh hey! Does Matt Riddle know where Orton is? Sup, bro! No, it’s Bray. Well, Riddle hasn’t seen Randy, but he’s seen the future. The future is BRONOUNS! Bros and people who talk are the perfect blend. Bronouns would be great for Firefly Fun House! Yes, good idea, but Bray’s kinda busy. Alright, have fun! Riddle is about to get ready for his match, but then Ramblin’ Rabbit says sup! Whoa, Ramblin’ reminds him of Baby Yoda. Riddle will call Ramblin’ #BabyBroda. Riddle’s rabbit, Skipper, is a big fan. Could you sign this carrot for him? Ramblin’ obliges, but will Riddle be ready for MVP?



Lana has been taken to a “local medical facility,” and while the full extent of her elbow and knee injuries are not yet known, it is already clear that she will NOT be cleared for TLC this Sunday. What does this mean for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match?


Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax VS Dana Brooke!

The Queen of Spades is on top of the world after she and Nia all but sidelined Lana. Will she celebrate by doing the same to the Flex Appeal?

Raw returns as Dana makes her entrance. The bell rings and Dana fires off on Shayna! This is for Mandy! But Shayna spins Dana, swings her around and hits a backbreaker! Dana goes to a corner, Shayna KNEES her down! Cover, ONE! Shayna drags Dana by her arm and tortures it! She wants to do what she did to Mandy Rose! The hammerlock, hair down, and the- NO! Dana dodges the stomp, then baits Shayna into a corner! Shayna knees the buckles, Dana handsprings in to back elbow! But Shayna has the sleeper! Dana elbows hard, then runs to ENZIGURI!

Dana fires off and LARIATS Shayna down! Dana is all fired up as she stomps Shayna and goes to a corner. Dana climbs up, but Nia shoves her down!!

Winner: Dana Brooke, by disqualification

Nia doesn’t care about rules, she wants to hurt someone else! She puts Dana back in, Shayna drags Dana up and clubs her down! And then KICKS a leg! Mandy Rose is back!! Mandy has a kendo stick and she SMACKS Shayna! And then SMACKS Nia! And fires off! Shayna gets in, gets the stick and KNEES Mandy down! Shayna looms over Mandy but ASUKA returns! Asuka kicks away on Shayna, and then Mandy ROCKS Shayna! Back kick, KNEE FROM A ROSE! SLIDING KICK for Nia! Asuka and the #SexyMuscleFriends stand tall as the tag champions regroup! But if Lana is out, will someone sub-in for that tag title shot?


R-Truth talks with someone backstage.

Truth says he has a PS6 because the PS5 already sold out everywhere. But his nephew wanted the PS5, and did five minutes in detention for excessive loitering. Truth wants to help his cousin out. What’s Huskis think? He looks like he’s done time in the pen. Bray finds Huskis and says, “What have I said about talking to strangers?” Truth says that’s true. Huskis should listen to his dad. Huskis is Bray’s son, right? What a beautiful family. Bray heads off to continue the hide ‘n’ seek, but who else will he and the puppets run into?


Raw returns and Bray is still seeking.

Oh Randyyyyy~! AHA! No… No Randy there. “Come out, come out, wherever you are~!” Bray thinks he’s found something. A dark room, with a rocking chair in it… Bray heads that way, but something isn’t right here. Bray takes a seat, like the good ol’ days. And Orton appears from the shadows! BAM! Orton gets Bray down and rains down fists! Orton drags Bray back up and throws him into a crate! And bounces him off it before throwing uppercuts! Orton opens the crate but Bray hits back! Orton throws Bray into the garage door, then again! And then he shoves him in the crate! Orton stomps Bray until he stays inside, and then he closes the lid, to lock it!

But Orton isn’t done there. Orton references his past with a jug of LIGHTER FLUID!! He pours it all over the crate, until the jug is empty! And then, he ignites a lighter, and throws it onto the crate! It goes up in flames!! Orton says the games are over! But the FIEND bursts out!? MANDIBLE CLAW!! Orton can’t get free, and The Fiend RAMS Orton into the garage door! He smothers the Viper all over again! And laughs while he does it! Orton is OUT! “LET ME IN!” Will Orton even make it to TLC now?!


MVP VS Matt Riddle!

Montel Vontavius Porter wants to put “the clown” in his place and sweep the night for the Hurt Business! But with the power of Bronutts fueling the fire, will Riddle get the better of MVP?

The bell rings, MVP dodges a knee and throws off haymakers! MVP CLUBS Riddle down but Riddle gets to a corner. MVP throws more haymakers but Riddle hits back. MVP throws knees, Riddle flounders and MVP fires off forearms and an uppercut! Riddle gets to another corner, MVP runs in but Riddle moves! The boot hits buckles, Riddle hits a FINAL FLASH! Riddle goes up top, for a FLOATING BRO! Cover, Riddle wins!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

But the Hurt Business rushes out! Riddle slips away, Bronutts and all! The Bro’s sweet victory leaves a bitter taste in Bobby Lashley’s mouth, will the Rocky Mountain Machine do something to solve this Riddle?


Tom Philips presides over the TLC Ascension Ceremony.

As such, there are tables, ladders and chairs set up all around the ring, just as they will be for the WWE World Championship match at TLC. First out, the challenger, AJ Styles! With Omos, of course. And then, the champion, Drew McIntyre! With claymore sword, of course! McIntyre gets a mic and so does Styles, and Philips explains that the belt will be put on the hook and raised high above the ring. Then McIntyre and Styles will be able to address each other one last time. But Styles says McIntyre doesn’t need to address him, but address the WWE Championship. This will be the last time he’ll have it around his waist.

Styles will tell the world that he and McIntyre have never gone 1v1 ever, anywhere. So Styles dove deep into who McIntyre is, studied and researched who he was. Styles was shocked that it took McIntyre 19 years to climb this mountain and be champion! How is that possible?! All the accolades, the physical attributes, how did it take 19 years? Well McIntyre showed us a month ago after losing to Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell. Styles says McIntyre can’t handle the pressure. That is what got to McIntyre so many times. Yes, McIntyre beat Orton to get the belt back, but it changed him. McIntyre is making mistakes and taking too many risks. He is the WWE Champion, so why would he do that?! When was the last time McIntyre volunteered for a TLC Match? Never!

Styles, on the other hand, defended the world title in a TLC match and won! Styles knows what it takes to be a champion. So if Styles has to use ever table, ladder and chair in the arena, break and bend them on McIntyre’s back, then Styles will do that. So kiss the WWE Championship good-bye, because it will look phenomenal on Styles’ waist. McIntyre says that is quite the compelling speech. But McIntyre presents the facts as he sees it. Yes, they’ve never faced each other. And this is a match McIntyre has always wanted. Fans always wanted to see this, too. The answer to when it finally happens is this Sunday.

But yes, the match is TLC. As Styles pointed out, McIntyre hasn’t been in one and Styles has won in the past. McIntyre has lost the title and regained it. McIntyre thought his goal was just to become the champion, but losing it showed him that the real goal is to keep it. It’s one thing to get to the top of the mountain, but it’s a whole different game to stay at the top. “Who is McIntyre?” Styles should know like the back of his hand, but McIntyre will tell him: “I am the champion that led the WWE through uncharted waters throughout 2020.” He is the champion that doesn’t crack but thrives under pressure! He is a diamond! That journey made him this way! And he is the champion that will tear Styles apart this Sunday!

Here’s a quote that you can read between the lines on. “Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.” This Sunday, McIntyre will do whatever it takes to himself and to Styles to remain WWE Champion. So ask yourself, Styles: Are you willing to do the same? With that, McIntyre puts the title on the hanger, and it is hoisted up above the ring. Styles says McIntyre has it all together. He is ready to face Styles in this match. Good for McIntyre. But uh, what if it isn’t just Styles he has to face at that match? MIZ AN DMORRISON GET IN! They shove the ladder over on McIntyre! It’s a 3v1 mugging! They kick McIntyre to a corner, fire off forearms and stomps, and then Styles has Morrison fetch the ladder.

McIntyre fights back! He throws Styles out, and CLAYMORES Miz down! Morrison freezes up, CLAYMORE INTO THE LADDER! Styles returns, but he gets a GLASGOW KISS!! McIntyre tosses the ladder out and over the barriers!! McIntyre dares Styles to get up, but Omos throws in the steel steps!? Omos stares McIntyre down, and Styles CHOP BLOCKS a leg out! Styles aims, springboards in, and PHENOMENAL FOREARMS McIntyre down! Styles adds stomps, then has Omos fetch him a new ladder. Omos obliges, putting a ladder in for Styles. Styles brings that ladder around, aims at McIntyre and RAMS him in the ribs! And then RAMS him in the head! And then SLAMS the ladder on McIntyre’s back!!

Omos hands Styles a chair now! CHAIRSHOT to the back! And again! Styles wedges a chair in a corner, brings McIntyre around, and RAMS him into the chair! Omos gets Styles a table! The third and final element of this match type is added, but Styles also sets up the ladder! Styles sets the table up nearby, drags McIntyre over and punches him onto the wood. Styles climbs the ladder now, and MACHO ELBOWS McIntyre through the table! Then Styles finishes it off by climbing up and grabbing the belt! Will this happen all over again at TLC?!

My Thoughts:

A great Raw for the go-home to TLC! There was a lot of last minute developments, but I am a bit confused by a certain one. Lana being “injured” by Shayna and Nia was a natural move but it happening tonight to take her out of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships match wasn’t exactly the good kind of surprise. For one, there goes making it a Tables match to fit story. Asuka still has her spot in that match, and then we got Shayna VS Dana that was clearly just a way to bring about the mention of a substitute. Mandy Rose just came back from her “injury,” so I’m thinking it’s Dana. I still don’t know if that changes anything, but it would be interesting if Dana wins a belt without Mandy, and Mandy feels left out and starts to feel like how she (kayfabe) made Sonya Deville feel.

Another interesting development: Jaxson Ryker is back as Elias’ bouncer sidekick! He got to wreck Cruiserweights that were chasing after R-Truth, so that’s an easy way to reintroduce him. I wonder if he ends up getting the 24/7 Championship off Truth at some point. Or at least helps Elias get it off Truth and then defends Elias from all challengers. I was hoping one of Bray’s puppets was going to roll Truth up to get the belt, but oh well. Bray’s “field trip” wasn’t quite what I expected, but he and Orton did have a great segment backstage with the darkened room, the rocking chair, etc. A lot of great references to both Bray’s past and Orton’s, but with The Fiend standing tall again, is he really losing to Orton? I suppose that would help propel things towards a Firefly Fun House match in the future.

Hurt Business had a great night with their various rivals, even if they broke even on the night. The Six Man Tag was really good, and Alexander continuing to get so pumped up over these wins is a great story within the group. The tension with the group can be heightened win or lose for a great story going forward. And while MVP is great, I did honestly wonder during the match what was taking Riddle so long to finish him off, and then Riddle goes and puts him away quickly so it worked out. There will probably be a US Championship match announced, but I feel like it’d work out better for everyone if they stretch the build out to the Royal Rumble. That Raw Tag Team Championship match is going to be great stuff, though.

Mace VS Ricochet turned out a better segment than expected, especially with Ali on commentary. He had a great line to Joe about sitting in Mace’s seat because wink wink, nudge nudge, Made is Dio Maddin, who was on commentary until Brock Lesnar wrecked him, and then he was just replaced. Still hoping the endgame for Retribution is to finally have Keith Lee interacting with them. Speaking of Keith, I’m a little torn on him losing to Miz and Morrison. Miz and Morrison are meant to still be a capable tag team, even if they haven’t been booked that way against McIntyre. Given how McIntyre’s been tossing them around, them beating Keith feels bad for Keith. I wonder if Retribution fails to recruit Ricochet only to get Keith Lee instead.

And of course, The Miz and Morrison had a good part to play in the world title story. “The Nightmare Before TLC” was rather cheesy, but still fairly fun. Sheamus VS Styles was a great match, but naturally Styles wins to stay strong. Though, I think Styles just killed his chances in the final segment. Even though McIntyre wrecks Miz and Morrison back, Styles still has Omos, and Omos helps Styles finish McIntyre off. But with Styles doing all of that, and then literally taking the belt down for a “foreshadowing” of the win, that means he isn’t winning. Plus, all the talk Styles did hyping McIntyre up, I think the only way McIntyre doesn’t leave TLC with the title is if Miz cashes in successfully, and what better time to do that than after a match like a TLC?

My Score: 8.5/10

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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)




AEW Quake

Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?

Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?


  • Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; Darby wins.
  • Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; LFI wins.
  • Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Starks wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; Cargill wins and retains the title.
  • Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; Moxley wins and retains the title.


Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King!

The Relentless One wants the House of Black’s behemoth to remember who brought him into AEW, but Brody wants to quite truly bury Darby and take his spot! Will the Coffin Drop one last time? Or will it be the House that falls?

Darby attacks Brody in the dark! The bell rings and fans are thunderous as Darby fires off on Brody in a corner! Brody shoves him away, runs in but into BOOTS! Darby gets his skateboard covered in tacks and SMACKS Brody with it! And again! Fans fire up more as Darby DIGS the tacks into Brody’s forehead! Brody fights it off, but he’s bleeding already! Darby stalks Brody while fans lose their minds! Brody bails out, Darby runs in but Brody ducks the board strike to DECK Darby! And then Brody TOSSES Darby over the timekeeper’s table! Brody BREAKS Darby’s board! But then Darby CLOBBERS Brody!

Darby dribbles Brody’s head off railing! Then off the steel steps! Brody’s blood is replacing his face paint! Darby BITES Brody but Brody shoves him away. Brody gets in the ring, Darby climbs up, but Brody choke grips! Darby DIGS his fingers at the eyes and then hops on top, SUPER CODE RED!! Fans are thunderous again as Brody flops away to the far side. Darby scurries over to push Brody off the apron and to the floor. Darby drags Brody by his arms but that’s some serious dead weight. Brody picks Darby up to RAM him into railing! Darby clutches his ribs, Brody CHOPS him off his feet! There’s a lot of blood painting ringside and it’s all from Brody!

Brody drags Darby up and runs him into more railing! The front row ends up moving back a bit from that one! Brody has to wipe his blood away, then he drags Brody up to whip him into more railing! Darby goes up and over while Brody roars and AEW goes picture in picture.

Brody stalks after Darby into the crowd, drags him up and gorilla presses, to TOSS Darby back to ringside! Brody then drags Darby up to CHOP him against the apron! Brody stalks Darby, scoops him and SLAMS him! Brody then gets a lot of space, for the SENTON! Brody storms around, looks under the ring, and finds a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that! Brody gets the table in the ring, then goes back to fetch Darby. Brody drags Darby up to RAM him into even more railing! And then he gets another TABLE! Brody sets this table up outside the ring and drags Darby up off the floor. Brody CHOPS Darby towards the table, then gets a THIRD TABLE!

Brody sets this table up next to the second, but the leg breaks off! Brody throws that defective table aside while AEW returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby on the one table, then climbs up the corner! SUPER SPLASH through the table but NOT Darby! Darby avoids certain destruction and the fans fire up behind him. Darby drags himself up with the apron skirt and then the ropes. Brody crawls around and Darby has a wild look in his eyes, but then the lights go out! The lights come back on and it’s Malakai Black AND BUDDY MATTHEWS! Darby doesn’t care how many targets there are, he still builds speed! But Julia Hart trips him up! The FULL House is here!

Buddy CHOP BLOCKS Darby! Buddy stomps away while fans boo and Malakai gets in the ring. POP-UP KNEE from Buddy, and he gives Darby MURPHY’S LAW! Malakai walks over, crouches by Darby and Buddy steps up the table in the corner. Malakai puts Darby up against the table and Brody barks from the corner. Brody runs in, to CANNONBALL through the table! And this time, Darby IS part of the crash! Fans chant for Sting as Buddy and Malakai drag Darby from the wreckage, and then Buddy opens the coffin. But inside, it’s STIIIIING! Sting has his baseball bat, and he JAMS, and CRACKS and SMACKS Buddy!!

Sting whips Buddy hard into steel steps! Buddy tumbles over and Sting gets in the ring,. Malakai sits down, Brody stagger sup, Sting CLOBBERS Brody with it. Sting throws the bat to Malakai?! Sting is daring Malakai to try something, but Malakai thinks better of it. Fans boo as Malakai walks away, and he tells Brody he has to finish this. Sting slowly follows Malakai as he leaves, not letting this one go! Fans fire up, and Darby DIVES! He hits Brody towards the coffin but into the lid! The coffin closes and Darby opens it back up. Brody throws body shots and then RAMS Darby into more railing! Brody scoops and SLAMS Darby on the steel steps!

Brody closes the coffin, moves it around, then opens it back up. Brody drags Darby up and scoops him onto his shoulder. Brody goes up the steps, then to the apron. Darby fights back! Darby slips off and grabs Brody’s steel chain! Brody drags Darby into the SLEEPR, but Darby ROCKS Brody with the STEEL CHAIN FIST! And then he CHOKES Brody with the chain!! Brody suffers the hangman’s sleeper, and then Darby lets him go! Brody tumbles right into the coffin and it closes! DARBY WINS!

Winner: Darby Allin

The coffin didn’t drop, but it did slam shut! Darby survives this quite horrific battle with Brody, but will things only escalate with Buddy Matthews back and Sting going after Malakai?


Jon Moxley speaks.

“Y’know, I was thinking. Since y’all’re coming at me with your ‘interim’ just about every two seconds, and we already have the FTW belt, just for fun, what if we called this the FYI belt? Just an idea. This was forged in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Piccadilly. And just like the famed Hart Dungeon in Calgary, this championship is about pain and how much you can endure. For over two decades, we have watched the last survivor of the Dungeon, ‘Lionheart’ Chris Jericho, and we have watched his fighting spirit on full display. Tonight, I’m going to test it. And I am going to push it to its breaking point. And Chris, if your fighting sprit doesn’t break, your body will.”


Chris Jericho responds!

“After two and a half years, tonight, Chris Jericho takes back what’s rightfully his. Tonight, I will become the new AEW World Champion! I’m gonna beat ya, Moxley, and I’m gonna tell ya why. You wanted to face Lionheart Chris Jericho. You wanted to face the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Well be careful what you wish for, Mox! Cuz Stu wasn’t some kind of loveable old man, no. He was vicious! He was violent! He was a sadist! And the pain he put me through is something I never wanted to think about again. Until tonight.

“You talk about painting the canvas red with blood and scattering teeth across the ring. Well you can fix a tooth. You can heal a cut. But what I’m gonna do to you isn’t so easily fixable. I’m gonna twist you, Mox. I’m gonna turn you, and wrench the sh*t outta you tonight! I was the first AEW World Champion, and tonight, Lionheart Chris Jericho, the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon, will be the NEXT AEW World Champion! I guaran-effing-tee it!!”


Next week, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament begins!

Culminating with the final at All Out on September 4th, 2022, the opening round will be: Death Triangle VS Will Ospreay & Aussie Open! The House of Black VS The Dark Order! Best Friends VS The Trustbusters! And La Faccion Ingobernable, now adding DRAGON LEE to the team, against the Young Bucks, and whoever they choose to join them. But who will that be? We’ll have to wait and see!


Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable!

Speaking of all those great trios, Death Triangle’s Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix are taking on Andrade El Idolo & Rush in an unbridled battle of lucha libre! Will Penta & Fenix show everyone the power of #CeroMiedo? Or will LFI make AEW tranquilo?

The bell rings and since no one needs to tag, Penta and Andrade get in each other’s face. Rush and Fenix stare down, too, and the brawl just fires off! They haymakers fly, Fenix knees Rush and Andrade DECKS Penta. Rush whips Fenix to a corner to clothseline, then he and Andrade stomp the brothers. Fans are torn as Andrade fires up. Penta yanks ANdrade back to GAMANGIRI! Rush runs in to DECK Penta! Fenix SOBATS Rush, then runs corner to corner, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Andrade rusn now, but into a SLINGBLADE from Penta! Rush tears off his shirt and throws it at Penta!

Fans fire up as Penta and Rush circle. Penta goes to headlock but Rush shoves him away. Things speed up, Rush CHOPS on the run! Penta CHOPS back! Rush fires up, Penta runs, but into a ROLLING ELOW! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Rush bails out and regroups with Andrade. Penta builds speed but Andrade and Rush split up. Penta chooses Rush but Andrade trips him up! Fenix watches Andrade to then DIVE onto Rush! Direct hit into railing and Fenix puts Rush in. Penta gets Rush up but Fenix DIVES to take out Andrade at the ramp! Penta half nelsons, pump handles KARMA!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous with “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix climbs up and Penta tucks Rush in, but Andrade shoves Penta over to thwart the driver! Fenix jumps into a DROPKICK! But Penta SUPERKICKS Rush! Only for Rush to POWERSLAM Penta! Fenix KICKS Rush, then runs and jumps, but into a double hip toss SLAM onto Penta! Rush and Andrade double cover the brothers, TWO!! Both Penta and Fenix kick out and fans rally up. Andrade rains down fists on Penta, and Rush CHOPS Fenix out of the ring. Fans rally as LFI fist bump then DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on both brothers at the ramp and fans fire up!

AEW goes picture in picture as Andrade puts Penta in the ring. Rush RAMS Fenix into railing while Andrade covers, TWO! Penta keeps his team in this and he goes to the apron. Rush CHOPS Fenix against railing, then drags him up to whip into more railing! Rush snampares Fenix and uses camera cable to LASH him! Andrade hits a DDT onto a chair! Rush CHOKES Fenix with the cables! Andrade leaves Penta behind to bring Fenix up and into the ring. LFI kick Fenix around, fans rally behind “CERO! MIEDO!” but LFI go out after Penta! They mug Penta, stomp him down, then Rush grabs a chair! Andrade has Rush hold on, that’d be a disqualification.

Andrade puts Penta in the ring and he boots Penta down! Andrade clamps onto Penta with an armlock while Rush snapmares Fenix into a neck wrench. Rush is digging at Fenix’s mask! Andrade sits Fenix up and has Rush run, and he basement dropkicks Fenix down! AEW returns to single picture as Andrade puts Penta in a corner and CHOPS him! LFI double whips Penta corner to corner, then Rush runs in. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK Andrade, GAMANGIRI Rush, then wheelbarrow victory roll, FLYING DDT on Rush! Fans fire up as Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Andrade to go up and up and FLYING RANA Rush!

Penta swings on Andrade but Andrade ducks. Andrade shoves Penta to a corner and follows him, but Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! But Penta and Fenix wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rush runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Fenix runs in to get a boost from Penta, BIG SPLASH on Rush! Cover, Andrade breaks it! LFI regroups while fans are thunderous! The brothers say uno, dos, tres! SUPERKICKS! LFI bails out and fans shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Now the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They return the favor and the fans fire up for the Latino Heat!

Fenix puts Andrade in and fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Fenix climbs, to FROG SPLASH onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Andrade is frustrated. Rush returns and fans rally up. LFI drags Fenix up and they set him up, but Fenix ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Rush! Andrade hurries to reel Fenix in but Fenix fights the hammerlock! Penta SUPERKICKS Andrade! Rush SHOTGUNS Penta! Andrade pounds the mat and fans fire up! Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES for Penta! But Fenix JUMP SOBATS Andrade! Rush shoves Fenix to a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up and up, and leaps into a POWERBOMB!

But Penta SOMERSAULT CUTTERS Rush! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down on the mat! A standing count starts, someone has to stand up! We’re at 5 of 10, then 7! Penta is on the apron with Andrade but Rush rushes in, into a GAMANGIRI! Penta reels Andrade in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But it isn’t a package piledriver, it’s a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as Penta and Fenix get Rush on the apron. Penta reels Rush in and hooks him up but Rush fights! Penta CLUBS away on Rush, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, but Andrade trips up the tightrope walk! Rush KNEES Penta down!

LFI goes after Fenix, but Fenix ROCKS Andrade! Rush HEADBUTTS Fenix! Fenix wobbles but stays on his feet, so Andrade ELBOW DROP DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Rush intercepts Penta with another knee and then ties the tail of his mask to the ropes! Andrade helps tie a double knot, and fans boo as LFI uses Penta’s lucha tradition against him! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Andrade! Only to turn around into Rush’s SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! Rush drags Fenix up and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, PENTA LEAVES HIS MASK TO BREAK IT!!! His brother is more important than his mask!

But then Alex Abrahantes slides a spare mask in for Penta! Penta grabs for it, but Andrade stands on Penta’s hand! Andrade snatches the mask and grins. Jose CLBOBERS Alex and Andrade throws the mask away! Rush drags Penta up to TOSS Penta, but Fenix rolls Andrade! Rush breaks it!! Andrade whips Fenix into the corner and stomps away! Fans chant to someone to “THROW IT BACK!” in reference to Penta’s spare mask. Rush takes aim, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Fenix up and feeds him to Andrade! LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, LFI wins!

Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall

There was no saving Fenix & Penta from tranquilo! Will adding Dragon Lee only make LFI even more dangerous in the coming Trios Championship tournament?


The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.

Matt & Nick Jackson have Brandon Cutler follow them because they need to get this on tape. The Bucks visit the Dark Order and Hangman Page. Sorry to barge in, but they mean no disrespect. They just wanted this on camera. John Silver says that’s fine, they have a BTE bit to film later anyway. Evil Uno asks Hangman and the Bucks if the rest of them should step out for this. No, no, it’s fine. The Bucks want the whole world to know this: They thank Hangman for saving them last week when he didn’t have to. Word on the street is, The Undisputed Elite are going to be around for a long time, and Hangman didn’t have to run them off.

The world has seen how the Bucks have treated Hangman, from what they’ve said to what they’ve done. They’re not proud of that and would take it all back if they could. So, Matt has been thinking and reminiscing. His favorite, most fun time of his career was when the three of them and The Elite were together, runnin’ and gunnin’ and doing this. They were building the revolution that became AEW. The friendship, the camaraderie, but then after AEW became a reality, things just got really weird. Matt knows Hangman felt that, too. Maybe it was the money, the TV time, the fame, but the Bucks got weird and selfish and if they could take it all back, they would.

So Matt just wants to say he is sorry. He means it. And… They’re here in this building, the very building Hangman won the AEW World Championship. Matt stood from afar and was so proud of Hangman, but he couldn’t even man up and say it! Hangman became a superstar! He wasn’t that other guy in The Elite, he WAS the Elite that night. Matt is so proud of Hangman, and wished he had enjoyed the journey over the destination. They can never get that time back. And Matt isn’t sure who he is anymore. He looks in the mirror and wonders if the internet trolls are right that he and Nick are awful. Maybe those people are on to something! Maybe they’re bad people.

But Matt knows one thing: when they’re around Hangman, he brings out the good in them. That is why Cutler’s camera is right here. The Bucks want to ask Hangman here and now: Will he be their third man in the trios tournament? The Hung Bucks can take on anyone! What does Hangman say? Huh? One last time! Hangman knew this would happen. He’d love to, guys, but he can’t. He knows Matt just said he was so proud of Hangman winning the world title and all that, but… The Bucks didn’t, The Dark Order did. These guys have been there for Hangman for those years The Bucks weren’t.

And in this AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Hangman feels this is The Dark Order’s chance. He feels he should have their backs the way they’ve always had his. He won’t be in the tournament at all, the Dark Order guys will be the team. So Hangman can’t be in their corner and in the Bucks’ corner at the same time. Hangman is sorry, but the Bucks get that. Hangman does know the Bucks should find someone who would never turn their backs on them. The Bucks get that. It’s fine. They can talk later. Good luck, Dark Order! Cutler asks The Bucks if they think Hangman meant him for the tournament. SHUT UP, BRANDON!


Jungle Boy is here!

Fans swing their arms and sing along while the pyro goes off! Jungle Jack is joining commentary for this one, but he doesn’t feel it’ll be that long. Because it’s LUCHASAURUS!

Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!

Jurassic Express is united, but JB is letting the wrestling dinosaur run his own course. Will Luchasaurus go all Godzilla on one half of the Workhorsemen?

The bell rings and Henry rushes in with forearms, but Luchasaurus TOSSES him to a corner! And then clotheslines! Luchasaurus hauls Henry up to pop him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Henry flounders, JD coaches him up, but Luchasaurus storms up on him. Henry ENZIGURIS, but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Henry down! Luchasaurus hauls Henry back up, for the FOSSILIZER! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

JB knew he wouldn’t be here long. But wait, Christian Cage is applauding from the back. “Impressive win, Luchasaurus. Now, Jungle Boy, I was gonna go out there and rip that headset off your head and slap the s*it outta you, right here, right now, but I decided the people of Minneapolis, they don’t deserve to see me in person.” JB throws off the headset as Christian says he is having way too much fun- OH NO! JB found Christian but security stops him from tearing into Christian! Captain Charisma runs off, Luchasaurus CLOBBERS the security! CHOKE SLAM onto a trunk! AEW producer Pat Buck rushes in, but gets a HEADBUTT for it!

JB tells Luchasaurus to take it easy, and make sure Pat’s okay. JB goes off to hunt down Christian, will he finally get his hands on the sleazy legend?


Miro speaks.

“Malakai. You’ve put me through changes, dragged me into the dark, but then I saw Hell was empty. Because all the devils are here.” Julia Hart walks over?! She tells Miro, “Embrace the gift. Give into it like I did.” Miro removes Julia’s hand from his face, and says there is only one woman who can touch The Redeemer, and Julia is not her. Tell the Pagans that he accepts their gift, and that he will own it so that he may use it to destroy them. “My warpath to my God is clear now. And it leads directly through The House of Black. These are the words of the Redeemer!” Will Miro join Sting and Darby in their fight against Malakai and his minions? Or is he going to destroy them on his own?


Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.

Mark Henry asks Hobbs if it is safe to assume, that after what happened last week, that he is done with Ricky Starks? Hobbs chuckles, but before he can answer, QT Marshall & The Factory walk over. QT tells Mark that this isn’t Will Hobbs, it’s POWERHOUSE Hobbs. And is he done with Starks? Hobbs left some crumbs, but tonight, Aaron Solo and The Factory sprinkles those crumbs around like parmesan cheese on mama’s spaghetti. And Hobbs doesn’t need to worry about a guy like Starks. Look at him! QT sees a world title in Hobbs’ future. The Factory can handle Starks, “because nobody says no to The Factory.”

Hobbs tells QT, “Don’t let your problem become mine.” Hobbs then leaves and Mark looks to QT. Will The Factory take Hobbs’ warning seriously? Will Starks make an absolute fool out of QT when he takes on Solo tonight?


Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are here!

They go to the ring, all fired up and dressed to the nines. Sonjay gets a mic to say he’s on a high! Did the fans see Battle of the Belts last Saturday? They did to Wardlow the unthinkable. “Nobody has done to Wardlow what we did last Saturday night. Satnam Singh, One in a Billion, 7’4″, he choke slammed Wardlow right through a table! Wardlow was like 20 feet high up in the air!” Satnam rocks! But Wardlow, you may think that they’re done with you, but they’re not done by a long shot! Lethal gets the mic to say that last Saturday, they sent a message. The message is A) Defend the TNT Championship against Lethal one more time, or B) they come find him and just take the title!

Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and wouldn’t you know? Here comes Wardlow! Wardlow says Lethal wants another shot? Then he’s got it! But for tonight, eh whoops all three of their asses! And wait! Following behind are the TOP GUYS! F T R!! Fans are fired up for Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, draped in gold from ROH, NJPW and AAA! This unofficial Pinnacle reunion storms its way to the ring, so Lethal and his boys bail out! Sonjay looks for something under the ring, but there’s nothing good. Cash dares someone to get in the ring, but Lethal’s group flanks them. Lethal rushes in, but Wardlow blocks hi and ROCKS him, into the BIG RIG!

Lethal bails back out and Sonjay checks on him. Lethal’s crew retreats for now, will Wardlow and FTR stay Top Guys in AEW?


Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard and Anna “Jay AS” but Parker has him shush. Menard says he can feel it! The world can feel it! Daddy Magic’s lucky red jacket is here, and history will be made tonight! Moxley, it’s been a hell of a run, but it comes to an end TONIGHT! Because tonight is the Jericho Championship Appreciation Party! Did you see the spread?! There’s hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, even a fondue fountain! And Schiavone, you are NOT invited! But best yet, they’ve got A Little Bit o’ the Bubbly! It’s time for the AEW Galaxy to APPRECIATE US!

And while talking about appreciation, you know who should appreciate Garcia? Bryan Danielson. Bryan got another paid vacation with his family and that garden. Garcia put Bryan to sleep and owns him now. He is the Dragonslayer! Anna then shouts at a random stage hand and says if they don’t believe Garcia is the Dragonslayer, she’s gonna choke them out!! And then she does!! Will the JAS be celebrating with Le Champion after tonight’s main event?


Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory!

The Absolute may be without his FTW Championship and without Team Taz, but he is not about to pay for protection or join up with QT Marshall’s mockery of a mafia. Will Starks prove to his other former tag partner that he’s still a dangerous man? Or will Solo show him the power of The Factory?

Solo rushes Starks the second he’s in the ring but Starks dodges! The bell rings and Starks fires off hands with Solo! Fans fire up but Solo ROCKS Starks. Solo whips Starks to a corner but Starks comes back to CLOBBER Solo! Starks then dodges Solo to back drop him, and strike his pose! Fans fire up, and Starks whips Solo. Solo reverses, Cole Karter trips Starks up, and Solo CLOBBERS Starks! But the ref saw that and EJECTS Karter! So much for his two dimes in this match. Solo is mad and he storms up on Starks but Starks CHOPS him! Solo ROCKS Starks, fires off hands in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in.

The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and he talks trash on Starks while fans rally behind Starks. Solo stands Starks up, throws hands and then SLAPS Starks! Solo grins but Starks scowls. Solo and Starks clinch, Starks shoves Solo away and the hands start flying! Starks ROCKS Solo again and again then whips, but Solo reverses. Starks JAWBREAKERS, then dodges Solo to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Starks runs to BOOT Solo! Starks reels Solo in, strikes his pose, and underhooks to lift, but Solo RANAS free! Solo kicks but Starks blocks and side steps, then ducks the Screw High Kick to SPEAR Solo on the return!! Cover, Starks wins!

Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall

That was an absolutely exciting finish to the match! QT sends the Freak Beast to the ring, with a chair! Starks sees him coming, dodges that chair shot, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Starks calls out Hobs with that one! And then he underhooks Comoroto, only for Solo to CLOBBER Starks from behind! Comoroto gets the chair back, but Starks sends Solo into Comoroto! Starks bails, but he sees QT and Ogogo storming down the ramp! Starks goes up and over the railing, QT tumbles as he tries to follow, and Starks gets away! Hobbs is in the back, and he rips the TV off the mount and slams it down! Powerhouse is pissed that Starks survives, will he have to handle Starks himself?


Backstage interview with Gunn Club.

Billy is telling his boys to toughen up, but Lexi Nair asks them about how they’re feeling after the Dumpster Match loss. Funny she should bring that up, because they were just going over that. Billy was trying to figure out how, in one night, these two could RUIN the only match Billy made famous! This is what makes Billy miss The Acclaimed. But wait, Stokely Hathaway walks in? He tells “Grandpa Ass” that it’s time to go to bed, it’s after 8 PM! They’ve got some Ensure in catering, maybe Billy can go get himself a bottle. As for the Gunn boys, they can start taking their careers a little more seriously.

Billy grabs the card away from Stokely. “The jokes are old and funny, but you’re about to have a really bad day.” Stokely says alright, that’s fine. Stokely leaves, and Billy says to make it up to Austin & Colten, they have a match for Rampage. But then Danhausen walks in! He and “the big bearded fellow” will see the Ass Boys this Friday. Don’t touch them! Get away. Who is Danhausen talking about for his tag team partner? Trent?


Backstage interview with Best Friends.

Speaking of Trent, Schiavone is with Trent, Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy because they had something they wanted to show everyone. Cassidy high-fives Trent and Chuck, is this what he was talking about? But then the Trustbusters, Ari Daivari, Slim J & Parker Bourdeaux, walk over. Ari has Slim J get the mic to hold it for him. Ari says he’s been trying to get a hold of Cassidy all week! But Cassidy hasn’t answered any of Ari’s texts, calls or emails! Now that the trust has kicked in, Ari is investing in the best talent in AEW. He wants to bring Cassidy to superstardom, and all he’s gotta do is ditch the morons right here!

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cassidy doesn’t know what Ari’s talking about, but whatever his question is, the answer is no. Trent & Chuck back him up. Is that it? The final answer is no? Alright, that’s fine. They’ll learn first hand what happens to people who say know to Daivari Dinero! Will the Trustbusters beat the Best Friends right out of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament? Or will it be more like the other way around?


AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne!

The undefeated streak and inaugural title reign continue as #ThatBitch is 35-0! But she’s up against a FIVE-TIME Women’s World Champion and THREE-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champion. Will Madison reign in AEW? Or will the storm that’s coming make Madison quake by the lake?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Madison is the one, or just another one.

Jade and Rayne get face to face and fans rally up. Jade shoves Rayne down but Rayne is right back up! Jade applauds Rayne, kisses her on the forehead, pats her on the top of her head, then offers a handshake. Rayne fires off forearms instead! Rayne whips, Jade blocks, then reels Rayne in for a knee! Jade CLUBS Rayne, storms up and kicks her low, and Rayne goes to a corner. Jade runs in but Rayne goes up! Jade hits buckles and Rayne hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Jade bails out and Kiera fans her off. Rayne goes to the apron, Jade avoids the Penalty Kick to Electric Chair! Jade pops Rayne around, but Rayne throws hands to RANA Jade away!

Rayne stalks Jade, SHOVES her into railing, then fires up! Fans fire up with Rayne but Jade gets in the ring. Rayne gets on the apron, and the ref watches Kiera! Rayne tells her not to even, and Kiera backs off. Rayne gets in, Jade SPEARS her outta nowhere! And then kips up! Fans fire up as Jade flexes, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Rayne crawls to the apron but Jade storms over. Rayne shoulders into Jade, Jade ROCKS Rayne, then suplexes Rayne up and into the ring! A hard landing and both women are down! Kiera coaches Jade up but Rayne gets to the corner. Jade runs in and fires off forearms! Jade then TOSSES Rayne across the way! Jade says taht’s why she’s 35-0! Jade does push-ups and fans cheer her on. Jade then storms up on Rayne to stomp her in the corner. Jade TOSSES Rayne the other way now, then dribbles, into a BOOT! Rayne goes up again, but Jade ROCKS her first! Jade trophy lifts Rayne off the corner and carries her around, to then DROP her!

Fans fire up for Jade’s power and Kiera says that’s right! Jade looms over Rayne, stomps her around, kicks her around, and talks trash. Jade pie faces Rayne but Rayne throws body shots! Jade CLUBS Rayne, drags her up and DCKS her! Rayne goes to a corner, Jade drags her up and ROCKS her again. Jade whips Rayne corner to corner hard and Rayne falls down. Jade mocks Rayne’s pain then stomps Rayne more. Jade dribbles and runs corner to corner to DUNK on Rayne! Jade keeps dribbling and she drags Rayne back up. Rayne throws body shots again but Jade CLUBS her down. Jade drags Rayne up to suplex and hold her up!

AEW returns to single picture as Jade still has Rayne in the stalling suplex, with one arm! Then the SLAM! Jade covers, TWO! Kiera is upset, and she tells fans to shut up about the two! Jade drags Rayne up, but Rayne JAWBREAKERS! Jade staggers, Rayne gets up and throws forearms! Fans rally, Rayne CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Jade spins Rayne but Rayne kicks low. Then ENZIGURIS! Jade staggers again, Rayne reels Jade in, turns Jade and hits a NECKBREAKER! Rayne fires up and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Rayne climbs, and Jade staggers up into the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Rayne drags Jade back up, Jade throws body shots, but Rayne has a GUILLTOINE! Jade powers Rayne up, but Rayne makes it a SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and Rayne is shocked! Rayne sees Kiera on the apron and grabs her by her hair! Jade rushes in, Rayne dodges and the BOOT gets Kiera! Rayne rolls Jade up, TWO!! Rayne kicks but misses, Jade BOOTS Rayne down! Jade drags Rayne up, chicken wings her, but Rayne switches to knee low! CROSS- NO, Jade slips through to chicken wing! JADED! Cover, Jade wins!

Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

THIRTY-SIX! Jade has one 36 singles matches in a row, no losses anywhere on her record, and she just crossed off a big name. But wait! That Baddie fan in the crowd hops the railing, and it’s ATHENA! The Fallen Goddess was in disguise, and Jade turns around into a HAYMAKER! Athena fires off on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Kiera helps Jade get away! Fans boo but Athena snatches up the TBS Championship! Will Athena be the one to finally dethrone #ThatBitch?


Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.

Schiavone says it was a big week for #ThunderStorm last week, from that tag team defeat to the successful AEW Women’s World Championship defense at Battle of the Belts III. But a big announcement here: Kris Statlander is injured and cannot compete, making Toni Storm the #1 contender once again. Rosa says in this sport, this happens all the time, and they have to rise to the occasion. This isn’t what Rosa wanted but it is what it is. Storm agrees, she didn’t see it going down like this, either. But next week, Storm will be in action and plans to keep the momentum going. And Storm’s main goal is to be AEW Women’s World Champion.

Rosa says she wishes Storm luck in her match, but they’ll talk about a possible title match after that. Will #ThunderStorm be torn apart by the gold?


AEW has more for Rampage’s Quake by the Lake!

After being called out again and again by Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson will make his return to address his status! Plus, we’ll hear(?) from the FTW Champion, the Handsome Devil, HOOK! And it turns out, Danhausen’s “big bearded guy” is none other than ERICK REDBEARD!! It will be the debut of #Beardhausen in a match with the Gunn Club! And ahead of their Trios match with Best Friends, Ari Daivari sends out his heavy hitter, Parker Boudreaux, against the returning Sonny Kiss! Plus, Ari Daivari himself is in action, against Orange Cassidy! Will Daivari get to personally show Cassidy why it was a bad move to reject him?

Then, after their big Street Fight win just last Friday, Swerve in Our Glory is back to speak on the state of the AEW World Tag Team Championships! And lastly, #SamTay, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti Melo, bring the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to AEW, and defend them against Dante Martin & Skye Blue! Will the newlyweds lose their gold to Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul?


BREAKING NEWS for next week!

As part of the Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon crossover, it will be Dragonslayer VS American Dragon! Daniel Garcia VS Bryan Danielson, the REMATCH! And it will be BEST TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS!! Will Red Death get the better of Bryan again? Or will Bryan be the one doing the slaying this time?


Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho!

As far as The Maniac is concerned, there is nothing “interim” about what he’s been doing! He says he IS the AEW World Champion, no matter when or where CM Punk returns in the future. Likewise, Jericho vows to become the new AEW World Champion here tonight, because he’s bringing out the Lionheart! He even uses the classic theme and some NJPW highlights! Will this be more than a nostalgia trip for everyone tonight? Or will Moxley refuse to lose the belt he’s fought so hard to get back?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a Wild Thing can tame a Lionheart!

Fans are fired up already with the bell, Jericho flips Moxley off! Moxley just flips Jericho off in return! They circle, tie up, and Jericho arm-drags! Moxley is mad already as Jericho grins. The two reset, slowly circle, and they tie up again. Jericho arm-drags again and now Moxley is getting frustrated. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers and circles with Moxley again. They knuckle lock, go for a test of strength, and fans duel. Jericho powers Moxley back, headlocks, but Moxley pries free to headlock and hits the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Moxley kips free and fans cheer the new standoff.

Jericho and Moxley tie up again, Moxley shoots in, around and headlocks. Jericho powers out, Moxley rams shoulders, and neither man falls. Jericho shouts at Moxley, then runs, to ram Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Jericho, so Jericho SLAPS back! Moxley kicks low and underhooks but Jericho trips Moxley up! Jericho has the legs, but Moxley resists the turnover and spins to throw Jericho away! Both men get up, Jericho wrenches and hammerlocks to then drag Moxley down for a Mexican Jave armbar! Jericho throws elbows into Moxley’s neck, fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” and Jericho shifts from that hold to a leglock clutch!

Moxley endures as Jericho keeps him hovering off the mat! Moxley fights and squeaks out, to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHPOS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley eggs Jericho on then forearms to a snapmare and KICK! Moxley flips Jericho off again, then dares him to getup. Jericho stands, kicks and snapmares to KICK in the back, and neck wrench! Jericho pulls on Moxley’s earring! AND RIPS IT OUT!! Fans can’t believe how vicious Jericho is! Jericho drops the earring while Moxley gets to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Moxley is hit and tumbles to the floor! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.

Jericho shows off the earring again, Moxley writhes on the outside, and the ref reprimands about the earring. Jericho flips everyone off and goes out to put the earring on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho storms up on Moxley, throws elbows into the earlobe, and it is bleeding! Moxley staggers away, Jericho follows after and has him sit in the corner. Jericho rains down fists on that ear, then he RAMS Moxley into the railing! Jericho then soaks up the heat before going back to Moxley. Jericho drags Moxley up, puts him back in the ring, and Moxley staggers away while clutching his ear. Jericho stomps away on Moxley in the corner, focusing on the ear!

The ref reprimands, counts, and Jericho backs off at 4. Jericho drags Moxley back into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Fans rally while Moxley endures, and Jericho lets Moxley go. Jericho taunts the fans and they cheer and jeer. Moxley gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho has his cocky cover, ONE! Jericho grins and paces around, then brings Moxley up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho then runs to BOOT Moxley down! Jericho continues to soak up the heat as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho flips fans off, taunts the jeering and booing, but then turns around into a LARIAT from Moxley!

Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley, still trying to stop his ear from bleeding, fires off hands on Jericho, Jericho hits back, Moxley fires off forearms and kicks and uppercuts! Moxley runs, but into a spin and underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jericho runs to LARIAT Moxley down! Jericho then LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Cover, TWO, and Moxley gets Jericho’s arm for an ARMBAR! Jericho flails, moves around, clasps hands, but Moxley fights the grip by BENDING the fingers! ARMBAR!! Jericho fights around, throws down elbows, again focusing on the ear!

Jericho steps over, INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Moxley endures his arms being bent back, uses that to hook a leg and trip Jericho, for an ANKLE LOCK!! Jericho endures, rolls, kicks Moxley away, but Moxley shoots in and around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho’s right back up! Jericho gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley! Moxley stands up but staggers about, the blood a crimson mask on that left side of his face. Jericho runs in to clothesline in the corner! And again, and again, and again! Jericho hoists Moxley up top to CHOP, then climbs up after him for the SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jericho chases Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!

Jericho doesn’t bother being frustrated with Moxley’s toughness, he just goes outside to YANK Moxley into the post! And SLAM the legs against the steel! The ref reprimands but Jericho SLAMS the legs into the post again! Jericho then ties those legs up, shouts out The Hitman with the HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! The ref counts, Jericho lets go at 4! Moxley crawls and hobbles away but Jericho stalks him. Moxley catches the haymaker into a FUJIWARA, then the CROSSFACE! Jericho endures but Moxley pulls him way back! Jericho fights, but Moxley just keeps pulling back! Jericho pries at the hands, clubs at them, then rolls through to get the legs!

Moxley fights but Jericho works to turn him over! Fans fire up as Jericho keeps trying, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep on the hold but Moxley endures! Fans are thunderous and dueling, and Moxley is fading! Moxley stays conscious as AEW goes picture in picture!

Moxley pushes up, fades again, but he gets a second wind! Moxley pushes up, crawls on his elbows through the bloodstains he himself has left on this mat, but his body starts giving out again! Jericho keeps sitting on the hold, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley fights forward again, manages to tuck and roll, and he throws haymakers from below! Jericho stomps Moxley in return! And then turns him again, back into the WALLS!! Moxley endures and fans are thunderous! Moxley keeps fighting, this is maybe his third or fourth wind, but he’s still so far from the ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Jericho shouts for Moxley to just quit!

Moxley crawls, and claws, and scratches, and reaches the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets off, and he again argues with the ref that he won! Bu the didn’t, that was the ropebreak! Jericho stomps away on Moxley in frustration, then lets off as he tries to think what he has to do. Moxley stands, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMPS but Moxley tosses him to the floor! Moxley gets back in the ring, hobbles with his bad back and massive blood loss, and he gets up the corner! SUPER DIVING AX HANDLES! Then a ground ‘n’ pound at the ramp!! Fans fire up as Moxley just fires off! Moxley drags Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as this returns to the ring.

Moxley climbs the corner again, leaps, into a CODE BREAKER!! Jericho shoots Moxley down, covers him, TWO!!! Even after everything, Moxley is still in this! Jericho stands and Moxley sits up, and Moxley eggs Jericho on! So Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho rains down fists on Moxley, tells him to stay down, then he rips off a buckle pad! The ref reprimands and tries to fix that one, but Jericho just rips off another one! Again, the ref reprimands and tries to fix the buckle pad, but Jericho calls to someone. Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat in, but WAY over Jericho’s head! Sammy Guevara’s in the crowd and realizes how bad he did.

Jericho chases to get Floyd, then rushes in to CLOBBER Moxley! The ref was too busy with buckle pads to see it! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives the Sammy screw job?! Jericho gets the legs, but Moxley makes it a cradle, TWO! Jericho swings, into a SLEEPER!! Moxley squeezes tight, Jericho claws at the hold, but pushes Moxley into bare steel!! Moxley staggers into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?! Moxley survives the unstoppable Judas Effect elbow!! No one can believe it and Jericho is furious! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!

Jericho hurries outside, he grabs the AEW title belt, and brings it into the ring. The ref tries to stop him but Jericho just pushes past and swings on Moxley! Moxley avoids the belt shot to send Jericho into bare steel! Jericho tastes karma, and then the SLEEPER!! Jericho is fading as Moxley squeezes him into the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley rains down elbows and fists, then cranks the hold! But Jericho slips out and rains down elbows of his own! And then, LIONTAMER!!! Moxley endures Jericho’s original submission hold, but Moxley turns it around and drags Jericho down! Moxley rains down forearms to the back of Jericho’s head before the SLEEPER!!

Jericho endures, but he is bleeding from the buckle shot! Moxley traps Jericho’s arm and legs with the body scissors, fans are thunderous as Jericho keeps reaching out, BUT JERICHO TAPS!! Moxley wins!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)

Lionheart fought his heart out, and did bring out quite a few tricks in his book, but Moxley still holds onto the title! But wait, here comes Sammy and Jake Hager! They CLOBBER Moxley and stomp him down! Fans boo as Jericho’s most faithful lieutenants mug Moxley! But wait, here comes the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as Ortiz and Eddie Kingston! Claudio Castagnoli CLOBBERS Sammy, Ortiz CLOBBERS Jericho, then Claudio hands Sammy off to Yuta so that he and Kingston can go after Hager and Jericho! Fans are thunderous, the bell is ringing, the rest of the JAS rush out! Parker, Menard and Garcia go after the BCC, they have the numbers advantage!

Jericho grabs the AEW world title, Menard sets Moxley up, but wait!! C M PUNK is here!!! The Best in the World storms out to the ring, he CLOBBERS Parker, DECKS Garcia, then dodges Sammy to RAM him into steel steps! Punk dumps Hager out, dodges the belt shot and DECKS Jericho! And again! And then Punk clotheslines Jericho up and out! Fans are electric as Punk storms around, but Moxley grabs the AEW title belt. And even with everything that just happened, it is clear that the question is now: Who is THE AEW World Champion? Punk and Moxley stare down and fans lose their minds! Moxley flips Punk off, then bumps him on the way out!

Will Moxley prove HE is the Best in the World? Or will Punk, now 100%, go all out to prove that he is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?

My Thoughts:

This was another awesome event for AEW, though they didn’t do much in the way to put a theme on this. “Quake by the Lake” was a clever name but they didn’t have props to fit the theme, like camping tents or a campfire. But anyway, the Coffin match was a great opener, though I should’ve known the House of Black would get involved. Great to see Buddy is back, and great use of the lights going out to sneak Sting into the coffin. Sting VS Malakai is coming, but I wonder if they’re going to have Miro join Sting and Darby in a brutal Six Man Tag of some kind after that promo he had. Miro says as much that he’s not joining the House of Black, so that’d be a logical move to me.

I really like the bracket we’re getting for the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament. Really good interaction between Best Friends and Trustbusters to set up matches for Rampage and to give some heat to their match in the opening round. I would think Best Friends win in the tournament, as I see Parker Boudreaux beating Sonny Kiss, and Ari Daivari possibly cheating to beat Cassidy. And great to see that NJPW is sending the United Empire’s Ospreay & Aussie Open, though I don’t see them getting through Death Triangle. After that awesome Tornado Tag where LFI wins, I think they get through the Bucks and their mystery third man.

Speaking of which, great promo from Bucks, Hangman and Dark Order. This all fits within Hangman’s larger story perfectly. He can’t just go back to the guys who left him out in the cold, but he is at least back out of the tournament entirely to let whatever three of the Dark Order try to win. I have a feeling the Bucks will have no choice but to use Cutler, and then Cutler takes the lose to LFI. LFI and Death Triangle then meet in the semifinals for an awesome 3v3 version of what we got tonight. And who knows who they face in the finals, but it’ll be an awesome match at All Out. Personally, would love if it comes down to Best Friends VS Death Triangle, I still want that feud to start again.

Great squash match win for Luchasaurus, and great brawl backstage. Christian of course avoids the fight, and Luchasaurus might get (kayfabe) fined and/or suspended for headbutting Pat Buck. What is it about Pat Buck that he gets beat up by talent? Great little bit from Lethal’s group and then Wardlow and FTR. Wardlow VS Lethal 2 is going to be great, not sure if there will be a Six Man Tag as the go-home to it, because it’s so obvious Sonjay would take the loss on that one. At some point, some team from somewhere has to beat FTR for one of those three titles they hold, and I feel like it’ll be a team from AAA to get those AAA belts since FTR has had those the longest.

Good little promo from Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm getting to the tension Britt Baker was bringing up. That title match could definitely be part of All Out, but I wonder if Britt tries to take the #1 contender spot in the last few weeks before then. Good interaction from Hobbs and The Factory, but QT is making it a little too obvious they’re just copying Tony D’Angelo from NXT. Great match from Starks and Solo, and Starks makes The Factory all look like dorks. Hobbs is mad, but we know Hobbs and Starks are going to have it out between now and All Out. Good stuff from Gunn Club and Danhausen, #Beardhausen is going to be a really fun team for Rampage.

Really good match from the TBS Championship, but I will say like I did for Rampage last week, Madison Rayne doesn’t actually seem that exciting or skilled of a wrestler. She’s somehow become a multiple time champion, but nothing about what we got out of her and Jade really thrilled me. And even then, we all knew Jade was winning. But a great little ambush from Athena, I really hope Athena gets the match for All Out, and I also hope Athena gets the title. Jade’s already set an incredible bar for a singles champion in AEW, and even if she loses at All Out, Jade can easily pivot to the world title to finish out 2022.

Great group promo from the JAS to hype up the main event as well as their own stuff, and I love that we’re getting 2 outta 3 falls for Garcia VS Bryan. Awesome main event for the title, practically PPV worthy, and of course there was blood. But WOW, ripping out the earring. A little disappointing but of course Jericho cheats with help from the JAS, but in the end, Moxley still wins. Great brawl and great return from CM Punk, was not expecting him so soon. But that means they’re going to set up Punk VS Moxley for the title at All Out because duh, it’s in Chicago again. No offense to Chicago, but one day, All Out should be somewhere else. But hey, they’re getting their hometown hero there, no idea if he wins to be Undisputed AEW World Champion or not.

My Score: 9.1/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/10/22)

C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!



NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?

We’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Hiroshi Tanahashi still lead C Block? Or will Hirooki Goto trump the Ace?


  • Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Ishii & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Great-O-Khan; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor; Okada wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.


Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points


G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo!

The Rebel leads the block while the Headbanga is technically last. But ELP still has this match and another until his run is done, can he turn the block upside down? Or will Finlay shock ELP just like he did so many others in the block?

Fans rally up and ELP encourages them to get louder. The bell rings and ELP has the fans settle down. ELP and Finlay circle and the fans clap again, “RE-BE-RU!” “E L P!” Finlay shoots in but ELP keeps his distance. They tie up, Finlay gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Finlay spins and wrenches to wristlock again. Finlay grinds the arm down but ELP rolls and trips Finlay. ELP turns Finlay over to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Finlay pops out to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud the exchange, then ELP handsprings up. Fans applaud that, and ELP stomps, stomps, claps to get fans on that We Will Rock You rhythm.

ELP and Finlay tie up, Finlay wrenches to a hammerlock but ELP switches it onto Finlay. Finlay switches it onto ELP but ELP switches it back. Finlay switches it back again, but ELP switches it again. Finlay steps through the ropes and back in to wrap ELP’s arm around ropes. The ref counts, Finlay cranks the hold but lets off, to kick the ropes! The rope jams ELP’s arm, ELP swings on Finlay but into an arm-drag that Finlay then turns into a ghost pin, TWO! ELP scrambles away and fans fire up. Finlay and ELP reset and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and ELP headlocks. Finlay endures the grind, powers up and out, but ELP runs him over!

ELP flexes and fans applaud. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but ELP shoves and follows to RANA! Finlay ends up in a corner while ELP kips up and fans applaud. Fans also rally up as ELP struts around. ELP springboards to backflip and strike his pose. Fans applaud and ELP bets Finlay can’t do that. Finlay and ELP circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock this time. ELP headlocks but Finlay powers out to get his own headlock, and the takeover. ELP headscissors, Finlay kips free but roles reverse as ELP headlocks to the takeover. Finlay headscissors, ELP kips free and sweeps the leg. Cover, ONE!

Finlay goes to sweep but ELP jumps and body scissors to a cover, ONE! Finlay sits on ELP for a cover, ONE! ELP has the cover back, ONE! Finlay has the cradle, TWO!! ELP escapes and scrambles away while fans fire up. Finlay says it was that close. Fans rally again, ELP and Finlay reset and circle. ELP wants a handshake? Finlay kicks that away and shoves ELP. ELP throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back. ELP throws another, Finlay returns it, and fans rally as they speed up! ELP knees low, CHOPS Finlay, and then runs, into a dropkick! ELP bails out, Finlay slingshots, but ELP avoids the plancha. ELP gets in the ring to HOTSHOT Finlay down!

Fans fire up as ELP builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up again as ELP stands. ELP stomps Finlay, Finlay throws body shots, but ELP KICKS Finlay’s arm! ELP brings Finlay around to smack off the apron, then he climbs up the apron. Fans rally and ELP takes aim, but Finlay anchors ELP’s foot! ELP CLUBS Finlay, throws hands, then mule kicks him away! ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit again and fans fire up! ELP drags Finlay up and into the ring, then climbs the ropes to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay is still in this. ELP drags Finlay up, throws forearms, but Finlay kicks low.

ELP ROCKS Finlay and fires off more shots in the corner! The ref counts, ELP lets off to whip Finlay corner to corner. Finlay bounces off buckles into the atomic drop! ELP scoops and SLAMS Finlay, then he goes up the corner. Fans fire up as ELP aims, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP stomps Finlay into the corner. ELP digs his boots in, then claws at Finlay’s face! The ref counts and ELP lets off. Finlay kicks from below but ELP stomps him down. ELP reels Finlay in, flexes and brings Finlay up, but Finlay RANAS free! ELP ends up on ropes, Finlay clotheslines him up and out! Then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in return!

Fans fire up with Finlay and he drags ELP up. Finlay puts ELP in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Finlay then hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as ELP is still in this and Finlay eggs ELP on. ELP throws a body shot but Finlay CHOPS him down! Finlay drags ELP up, ELP fights the back suplex and throws headlock punches. Finlay still back suplexes but ELP lands on his feet to roll Finlay up! TWO, and ELP dodges Finlay to springboard CROSSBODY! Then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down! ELP snarls and he BENDS Finlay’s fingers! ELP drags Finlay up to straitjacket,

ELP torture racks, spins around, but Finlay slips off and clinches, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then a shove and scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up as Finlay says he’s gonna bring him around! Finlay drags ELP up, cravats, ACID DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Finlay puts ELP in a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Finlay reaches the top, but ELP trips Finlay up! Finlay lands on his shillelagh, ELP ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. But Finlay throws body shots and shoves ELP away! ELP backflips to land on his feet! Then steps up to ENZIGURI Finlay!

Fans fire up as Finlay dangles from the top rope. ELP climbs up after him, drags Finlay up to the very top, and SUPER STEINERS! Then ELP goes right up for the THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! Finlay survives and the fans are thunderous! ELP and Finlay both sputter but ELP drags himself up the ropes. ELP drags Finlay up and reels him in. ELP tucks the arms, but Finlay slips out to cradle! But then rolls through, but ELP slips out of Trash Panda to INVERTED SUPLEX, but Finlay slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Finlay coms back to jackknife, TWO! ELP has the cover, TWO! Finlay has it but ELP turns it right around, AND WINS!!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Finlay earns 0)

The Headbanga is still alive! And he may have just won the biggest two points in the block! Will ELP finish strong in the final round? Or will Finlay slam the door shut when he faces Yoshi-Hashi?


G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Great-O-Khan!

The Good “Bad” Guy is on his way up, but the Dominator is out of the running. Tama still has Jay White in the final round, will he go in red hot? Or will Khan’s Eliminator all but eliminate Tama from the Climax?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, clinch, and then Khan waistlocks. Khan trips Tama to get a back mount but Tama slips around to use a leg guard. Khan lets off and the fans applaud this opening exchange. Tama and Khan reset and circle again, then Khan shoots in. Tama avoids the leg pick to throw Khan with arm-drags! Tama keeps on an armlock and fans applaud again. Khan endures, fights up, but Tama wrenches to wristlock. Tama wrenches again and keeps on the wrist, but Khan pulls on an ear! The ref reprimands but Khan puts Tama in the corner. Khan CHOKES Tama, then TOSSES Tama across the way!

Fans applaud the showing of strength, and Khan stalks up behind Tama. Khan throws Tama out of the ring, then tells Jado to stay back. Khan drags Tama up to whip hard into railing! Tama falls down and fans rally up, but Khan stands on Tama’s head. Khan shakes the railing as he digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Khan goes into the ring and Tama sputters on the floor. The ring count starts and Khan stands at the center of the ring. Tama gets in at 7 of 20 but Khan is right on him for a scoop SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Khan stalks Tama. Tama throws body shots but Khan CLUBS him down.

Khan wrenches an arm, bumps Tama off buckles, then CLUBS him. Khan hops up to sit on Tama’s head! Fans applaud as Khan pulls Tama’s arms back. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, and Tama falls over. Khan eggs Tama on while giving him toying kicks. Tama crawls but Khan goes to make him kiss his boot! Tama fights it as the fans rally up, but Khan CLUBS Tama! Tama fires up but Khan CLUBS him again! And again! Tama just gets powered up! Tama fires off haymakers on Khan! Tama whips, Khan reverses but Tama bounces off the buckles, into a back elbow! But Tama says F that, and he LARIATS Khan down!

Fans fire up while both Tama and Khan stir. Tama sits up first but Khan follows. Tama runs in to rally with clotheslines and elbows! Khan swings, Tama dodges, and he DROPKICKS Khan down! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he paces around. Khan is in a corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jado coaches Tama to keep going and fans rally back up. Tama drags Khan up, elbows him down, then clamps on to back suplex. Khan fights that off with a headlock, and an IRON CLAW! Khan then fireman’s carries but Tama fights free to the dragon sleeper!

But Khan IRON CLAWS from below! Snap suplex! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Tama crawls away to a corner, Khan storms over and brings him up. Khan fires off forearm after forearm and he sits Tama down. Khan drags Tama back up to whip corner to corner and clothesline! Khan then clamps onto Tama to dribble his head off the buckles! Khan then SLAM DUNK- NO, Tama fights that off and HEADBUTTS back! Tama dribbles Khan now! Khan blocks the Slam Dunk now! Khan elbows Tama, then Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up as Khan SLAM DUNKS Tama after all! Khan then waits on Tama to stand up, and he runs, into an uppercut!

Khan BOOTS back but Tama ENZIGURIS! Khan HELL STABS! Tama leaps but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Khan crawls his way over to Tama and drags him up. Khan throws a forearm, but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another forearm but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another, Jado coaches Tama and Tama hits back again. Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster and faster! Khan gets the edge, then he DECKS Tama! Khan fires up and fans rally! Tama gets up, Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! Jado coaches Tama, he stands up, and Khan Mongolian Chops again!

Fans rally as Tama gets up again. Khan Monogolian Chops him back down! Khan eggs Tama on, Tama throws fast hands! SUPERMAN- MONGOLIAN CHOP! Khan intercepts Tama, to then MONGO- Fireman’s carry! SRC! Fans fire up and Tama roars! Tama goes to the corner and climbs up, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and fans are thunderous! Tama grins and pounds the mat! Fans clap along, Tama watches Khan rise at the ropes, and Tama rushes in to GUN- NO, Khan blocks it! To IRON CLAW! And then IRON RACK! Khan spins out for the NECKBREAKER! Fans are thunderous again as Khan roars!

Khan drags Tama up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Tama endures the Sheepkiller and throws hands! Khan CHOPS Tama, scoops him, and swings for a BACKBREAKER! HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Tama endures again but the fans still rally! The ref checks, Tama’s hand drops once. And then it drops twice. But Tama gets his second wind! But Khan IRON CLAWS for the ELIMI-NO, COUNTER GUN STUN!! Fans are thunderous as Tama crawls to the cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The Dominator falls again, and the Good Bad Guy still has a shot! Can Tama reload and shoot down the Switchblade before the semifinals?


G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Submission Master is second in the block while the King of Darkness could be a wild card. Both lost to The Ace, who is in action later on, who here will be poised right behind Tanahashi with a win tonight?

For whatever reason, ZSJ is wearing a mask, and a hat that says “I AM ZSJ.” Evil attacks ZSJ at the ramp, but surprise! It’s a Young Lion in disguise! The Submission Master just tricked the trickster, but the Young Lion takes the beating for him! Dick goes looking for the real ZSJ, but gets caught into an armlock! ZSJ grins, brings Dick around and gets Evil in a headlock! ZSJ drags them both to ringside! Dick hits low, Evil smacks ZSJ off the apron, and EVIL says this is what ZSJ gets for tricking them! Evil lines up his shot, but ZSJ stops from being rammed into railing! ZSJ turns it around with a headlock, and he has Abe-san move! Then he RAMS Evil into railing!

Fans applaud as ZSJ gives Evil another taste of his own medicine, then ZSJ wrenches an ear! ZSJ puts Evil in the ring, the ref rings the bell, and ZSJ drags Evil up. ZSJ wrenches and twists a wrist but Evil throat chops! Evil whips ZSJ to a corner, but he stops from hitting bare buckles! Dick already brought the Bullet Club Special into play! Evil runs in, but ZSJ dodges! Evil hits bare steel! ZSJ rolls Evil up, TWO!! Evil survives but ZSJ EuroUppers! ZSJ runs, but Dick grabs his leg! ZSJ uses that to TWIST Dick’s arm! But then Evil shoves the ref at ZSJ! ZSJ stops the ref, and has him duck when Evil swings a clothesline!

ZSJ pushes the ref away, and blocks Evil’s low blow! ARM TWIST! Fans applaud as ZSJ bests Evil’s plot again! ZSJ scoops, but Evil slips out! Evil spins ZSJ around, EVERY- NO, ZSJ slips around to trip Evil up! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! ZSJ WINS!!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)

That was the fastest win in this year’s G1! The Submission Master thwarted all the tricks and the House of Torture had no chance to spring other traps! Has ZSJ just secured himself a spot in the semifinals? Or will it still come down to his battle with Naito next week?


G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs!

The Top Dog crushed both the Rainmaker and The Filthy One with Death From Above, but neither run has been torpedoed just yet. Will Okada rebound before the finish line? Or will this one get filthy?

Being clever, Royce Isaacs brings an umbrella to shield them from the rain. Fans rally up already, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor makes sure Okada hears it. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Lawlor shoots in for a leg but Okada blocks. Lawlor still trips Okada up, goes for a press, ONE. The two reset, grapple Lawlor waistlocks and drags Okada down to a leg lock. Okada fights before Lawlor can lock in anything more dangerous, grabs to Lawlor’s leg back, and the two stand. Okada facelocks, Lawlor gets around to a waistlock, but Okada throws him over. Lawlor headscissors and fans applaud the exchange.

Lawlor twists Okada’s wrist but Okada reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off and fans continue to clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Lawlor and Okada circle. Okada waistlocks and ripcords, but Lawlor twists Okada’s arm to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Okada reaches out to another ROPEBREAK, and Lawlor lets go again. Okada bails out and Lawlor spins around, OFF COME THE SHORTS! Lawlor of course has his denim tights on, but he uses the shorts to wrangle Okada. Lawlor wrenches and SLAMS the arm against the apron, then POSTS Okada! Okada falls and the claps shift to “O-KA-DA!” Lawlor drags Okada up to CHOP him!

Lawlor brings Okada around, puts him in the ring, and the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” claps return. Lawlor stomps Okada’s hand, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Okada staggers, Lawlor CHOPS him again. Okada scowls this time but Lawlor CHOPS again. Okada still scowls so Lawlor throws a forearm! And another forearm! Okada still frowns, so Lawlor wrenches the arm again! Lawlor whips Okada to ropes, ducks Okada’s elbow and BOOTS the bad arm! Lawlor runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada shakes out the bad arm and fans rally. Lawlor gets to his corner but Okada storms over.

Okada fires forearms, whips Lawlor to ropes, but Lawlor reverses. Okada CLOBBERS Lawlor with an elbow! Fans fire up and Okada whips Lawlor to a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow! Then he kicks low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans to clap, clap, clap, stomp but Lawlor blocks the Alabama Lift. Lawlor CLUBS Okada, wrenches his arm and EuroUppers! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” runs corner to corner but Okada dodges! Okada puts Lawlor up top to DROPKICK him to the floor! Fans fire up while Lawlor tumbles to the railing! The “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clap returns as Lawlor crawls. Okada goes out to fetch Lawlor, and he whips Lawlor hard into railing!

Okada runs in to BOOT Lawlor over the railing! Okada moves railing back to drag Lawlor back up, and he drapes Lawlor out! Lawlor WRENCHES the arm! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK over the railing, and then through it! Lawlor BOOTS the railing to jam Okada’s arm! Fans rally and Lawlor hobbles his way back to ringside. Lawlor drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up more. Lawlor slingshots in to get the ARMBAR! Okada clasps hands to block that, and he moves around, only for Lawlor to make this a TRIANGLE HOLD! With a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Okada endures this hybrid hold but he’s turning red!

Okada moves around, sputters and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off in frustration while fans applaud. Isaacs coaches Lawlor up and he drags Okada from the ropes. Lawlor twists the wrist, cravats and throws knee after knee after knee into Okada’s head! Lawlor lets off, fans rally up and he runs the ropes, but he fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, Lawlor runs in and dodges the haymaker to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Lawlor tries again, but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up even more with both men down! Lawlor is dazed as he and Okada stir. Okada stands up, and he brings Lawlor around.

Okada wrenches for the MONEY CLIP, but Lawlor powers through to waistlock! Okada throws elbows, but Lawlor ENZIGURIS! Okada staggers to a corner but he comes back with a SHOTGUN! Lawlor hits buckles then falls down! Fans rally up again and Lawlor reaches out in another daze. Okada stands, he drags Lawlor up and Alabama Lifts for the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada then goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” as Okada reaches the top, MACHO ELBOW INTO THE ARMBAR!! Okada clasps hands but Lawlor slaps them to the beat! Lawlor uses a LEG CRAVAT to add on! Okada scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!!

Fans fire up and Lawlor lets Okada go. Lawlor beats his chest to the rhythm, and he drags Okada back up. Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! But Lawlor ROCKS Okada back! Okada throws another forearm, but Lawlor gives it back! Okada, then Lawlor, faster and faster and fans fire up! Okada ROCKS Lawlor again, and again, and then UPPERCUTS! Lawlor grins and grabs the bad arm to UPPERCUT it! And UPPERCUT again! Lawlor then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another ELBOW BREAKER! Lawlor then wrenches the arm, hammerlocks it, and he fires off forearms to the beat! “TOM! LAW-LOR! TOM! LAW-LOR!”

Lawlor roars, spins, but Okada SWATS the lariat! But that hurts Okada’s arm, too! ROLLING ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Lawlor drags Okada up, has the bad arm, ARMBREAKER DDT! And then a omoplata, into the RINGS OF SATURN!! Lawlor shows savage innovation on par with ZSJ! Okada endures and fans rally up, but Lawlor pulls way back on the arms! Okada reaches with his leg for another ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but Lawlor lets off in frustration. Fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again and he waits on Okada to get up. Okada slowly rises, Lawlor gets his arms!

But Okada intercepts the knee for a scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up with Okada and he drags Lawlor up to ripcord, but the bad arm can’t hold on! Okada has to crawl over to Lawlor and drag him up again. Lawlor ducks the lariat to URENAGE! Lawlor roars and fans fire up with the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” rhythm. Lawlor drags Okada up by the bad arm, then gets the other, for KAMI-GOYE to the arm! And then KAMI-GOYE to the head! Then then the straitjacket! Okada fights it off with his good arm, steps forward and reaches out, but Lawlor gets a LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lawlor feels the energy building!

Lawlor copies the Rainmaker Pose!! The clapping continues, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” gets the straitjacket, for the- WAIT, Okada victory rolls! TWO! Lawlor runs in but Okada ducks the Penalty Kick to roll-up! TWO, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY KICK the bad arm! Lawlor then gets that arm for a STANDING ARMBAR! Then a hammerlock, and tornado into the body scissors! Okada power sup to back drop, and he sits on the cover! OKADA WINS!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lawlor earns 0)

Okada snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! And though he didn’t need the lariat, the Rainmaker still washes away The Filthy One! Okada is back on top of the block, but can he hold onto that top spot in the final round?


G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!

The Ace leads the block after beating Zack Sabre Jr, who beat the original block leader, the Fierce Warrior! Now Tanahashi and Goto meet, the top spot still up for grabs! Will Tanahashi solidify his rank before the end? Or will Goto create a rock-paper-scissors situation?

As always, Tanahashi shows off the muscles and the fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi circles with Goto, they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Goto finds a point of leverage and powers Tanahashi to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and Goto lets off with a pat on the shoulder. They circle and tie up again, and are in another deadlock. Goto powers Tanahashi back but Tanahashi turns things around to put Goto on the ropes. Tanahashi lets off with a pat on the shoulder, but then he throws a body shot! Tanahashi headlocks, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches back.

Tanahashi endures as Goto twists the wrist, and he drops to get a leg pick! Tanahashi ties up the legs and fans applaud the exchange. Tanahashi shifts to a headlock and grinds, but Goto pries the hold. Tanahashi powers the hold on again, but Goto powers up. Goto can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans rally as Goto endures the grind and fights up. Goto tries again but still can’t power out! Tanahashi grinds Goto down, but Goto fights his way back up. Goto throws body shots, then powers up and out, to put Tanahashi in a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange as now Tanahashi endures the grind.

Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, powers out, but Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! Goto runs and runs Tanahashi over! Fans fire up and Goto stomps Tanahashi down. Goto drags Tanahashi up to CLUB him, whip him to a corner, and run in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up for the air guitar! Fans rally and Tanahashi waits on Goto to stand. Tanahashi then runs, but Goto sidesteps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on, but Goto slides out before he can skin the cat! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot! Goto brings Tanahashi around to CLUB and put in the ring.

Fans applaud as Goto stomps Tanahashi. Goto CLUBS and kicks Tanahashi while the fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Goto whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in, but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Goto bails out but Tanahashi pursues to put Goto in! Tanahashi says this is ending in the ring, and Tanahashi stomps a leg. Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then drops an elbow! Tanahashi has the toehold but Goto tries to fight back with a chinlock. Tanahashi cranks the leg, then stands to stomp it. Tanahashi drops another elbow, then ties up Goto’s legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Goto endures, CHOPS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi holds on!

Tanahashi puts more pressure on the knees but Goto drags himself back! Goto reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets off while fans applaud. Tanahashi paces, stomps Goto more, then brings him up. Fans rally but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tanahashi kicks the bad leg, then kicks it again. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows! Tanahashi dodges the lariat, but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally as Goto and Tanahashi sit up. Tanahashi gets to a corner but Goto drags him up. Goto fires forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Goto keeps his focus while Tanahashi is still in this. Goto drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi blocks the fireman’s carry with elbows. Goto powers through, but Tanahashi slips out! Goto fireman’s carries again but Tanahashi slips off, SLING-DOG! Fans fire up and Tanahashi fires up, too! Tanahashi drags Goto by his legs, ties those up, but Goto kicks Tanahashi away! Tanahashi grabs the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then an INVERTED GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi ties the legs up for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Goto endures and fans rally up! Goto crawls, reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him away from ropes!

Goto endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Goto still reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, almost too tired to hold on. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi stomps Goto. Goto goes to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Tanahashi grabs at the bad leg and brings it in, but Goto fires off forearms! Tanahashi lets the leg go, and Goto bumps him off buckles! Then LARIATS him down! Fans fire up and Goto drags himself over to a corner. Goto climbs up and fans rally! But Tanahashi rises to throw a body shot! Tanahashi climbs up after Goto but Goto throws body shots. Tanahashi and Goto brawl up top and fans fire up!

Goto gets the edge with forearm after forearm, then he HEADBUTTS Tanahashi! Goto adjusts, but Tanahashi throws more body shots! Tanahashi SUPERPLEXES Goto down!! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi gets the legs, but Goto uses that to drag Tanahashi down! Goto omoplatas one arm, then grabs the other, SHORYU KEKKAI!! Tanahashi endures and moves around while fans rally, but Goto pulls back on the arm more! Goto pulls Tanahashi back into a crossface modification!! Tanahashi endures, moves around, and reaches out for a ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Goto lets go, and fans rally up as Goto rises.

Goto drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes and Goto roars! Goto drags Tanahashi up again, dragon sleepers, but Tanahashi spins it around to wrench. Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi drops to his knees and Goto roars again! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi back! Tanahashi ROCKS Goto, Goto ROCKS Tanahashi, and fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster! Tanahashi fires off a flurry, but Goto gives those back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto HEADBUTTS! SHOTEI from Tanahashi!!

And then Tanahashi falls over, into Goto’s groin! That was an incidental low blow but the damage is done all the same! Tanahashi gets and roars! He wants Goto to stand, and Goto downs, into the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi hurries to go up the corner! Goto stands again, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi goes back up! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS as Goto moves!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Red Shoes helps Goto with some blood in his mouth, and then Goto gets himself to a corner. Tanahashi stands, runs in, but Goto dodges! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Goto then clamps on to make it a cradle, GOTO SANSHIKI! TWO!!! Tanahashi escapes by nanoseconds and shocks everyone! The fans are electric and rallying again. Tanahashi roar, runs in, but is sent into the ropes! Goto has Tanahashi for the DRAPING SHOUTO!! But he can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired! Fans are electric and Goto manages to crawl to the ropes. Goto drags himself up the ropes, he roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW!! Tanahashi staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi slips into a cradle! TWO!!! Tanahashi holds onto Goto for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Goto suplexes for SHOUTEN KAI!!

Fans are electric all over again as Goto’s mouth has even more blood coming from it! But Goto still dragon sleepers Tanahashi for the G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)

This might have been the hardest fought match in the G1! Goto literally tastes his own blood, but it is Tanahashi who tastes bitter defeat! Is there still a chance for The Ace to take the block?

As for the Fierce Warrior, he catches his breath, checks his bloody mouth, and gets his NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt. Goto then gets the mic to say, “There’s one match left in my G1 Climax. I’m barely hanging on, but I’m alive!” Fans applaud that, and Goto vows he will win his next G1 match, “and shine the light of hope through all the darkness in the world!” Fans applaud Goto’s subtle calling out of Evil. Goto then says, “Finally, to my son at home, watching on NJPW World, Daddy’s damn tough! I will live! I will survive! I will thrive!” Fans applaud as Goto has one more battle on the 16th! Will that be the moment Goto takes the C Block?


Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for G1, and it definitely puts a lot of great pressure on the last few rounds coming up. ELP gives Finlay the shocking upset, and now technically, everyone outside of Juice is a viable winner of the D Block. Tama VS Khan was great stuff, but I figured Khan would lose. He’s already out and Tama could take the block if he beats Jay White in the last round, putting the spotlight on next Tuesday, 8/16. I figured ZSJ would beat Evil, but it was amazing and hilarious how he did it. I never expected ZSJ to use a Young Lion as a decoy, and then wins in under five minutes! ZSJ is leading the block, but as I said just yesterday, it all comes down to ZSJ VS Naito, also on 8/16.

Okada VS Lawlor was great stuff, Lawlor showing off a great amount of his technical ability. But to bring drama into the last few A Block rounds, Okada had to win here. Lawlor and Yano are both facing Jeff Cobb this weekend, if even one of them can beat Cobb, Cobb is done. Okada just has Archer on 8/16, and that is “win and you’re in.” Even if Jonah beats Fale, he’ll only be 4-2 to either Okada’s 5-1, or Archer’s 4-2 with the tiebreaker from that count-out win. And then we got awesome stuff from Tanahashi VS Goto. It wasn’t a shocker that Goto won, but that is still great for Goto to win. If ZSJ beats Naito, that’s it, ZSJ is in. But if ZSJ loses to Naito, Goto has to beat Evil to get in. Naito only gets in if he beats ZSJ AND Evil beats Goto. Tuesday is going to be a huge, I can’t wait!

My Score: 8.9/10

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