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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/18/20)

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The las SmackDown before TLC will be golden!

Before Tables, Ladders & Chairs, SmackDown will have gold and awards! Will the Street Profits still be tag team champions for the holidays? And who wins at the first-ever SAMI Awards?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; The Street Profits win and retain the titles.
  • The Riott Squad VS Billie Kay & ???; The Riott Squad wins.
  • Otis Dozovic w/ Chad Gable VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Cesaro; Otis wins.
  • Bayley VS Bianca Belair; Bayley wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kevin Owens heads to the ring!

It doesn’t matter that he brawled with Jey Uso and then got blindsided by Roman Reigns, the Prizefighter is still here because he will #JustKeepFighting! Kevin says he has been waiting all week and won’t wait a minute longer! He wants Roman to get out to the ring and have it out! Or is Roman not ready yet? That’s fine, because Kevin needs to say something. Roman sent a message to the Owens family, and Kevin heard that message loud and clear. Kevin did have a talk with his family, but what he told them was not to watch the Universal Championship match at TLC. Not because Kevin is afraid of what will happen to him, but he’s afraid of how the family will think of him after what he does to Roman!

Is Roman still not ready? Speaking of what kids might think, Kevin remembers Roman tell Jey that Roman cares how their sons look at them. Bad news, Roman: If Roman’s kids judge him based on his actions lately, they already know that their dad “is nothing but a hypocrite.” Roman says he’s the head of the table but had to jump Kevin from behind and used Jey as a pawn! “And that is absolutely pathetic.” Kevin knows how Roman looks at himself in the mirror. Roman knows deep down he’s just a coward. Heyman gets on screen instead and tells Kevin to just stop. Are we going to do this dance again? Roman doesn’t come out on Kevin’s time but on his own time.

Heyman confesses that he made a mistake about Kevin. Last week on Talking Smack, Heyman said Kevin should “marinate in the mindset of being mutilated” because Heyman thought Kevin was a masochist. To come back after what happened, he must be! But that’s fine, because Roman is a sadist. Especially when it comes to put a beating on Kevin. But that is what Heyman got wrong. Kevin isn’t a masochist but a martyr, willing to pay any price for the cause of being champion. That makes him very dangerous. So mutilation won’t stop Kevin, which leaves elimination, eradication.

Yeah well none of that is happening! Kevin has had it with the BS coming out of Heyman’s face. If Roman won’t meet Kevin, Kevin is going to go find Roman! The hunt is on again! But will Kevin get the drop on Roman this time? Or will we see a repeat of last week?

 

SmackDown returns and Adam Pearce is talking and walking with Kevin Owens.

Obviously Pearce on behalf of management doesn’t want Kevin to go after Roman like this. Not this close to TLC. Kevin can just wait two days and have his match! Just think about this, Kevin! Kevin goes to Roman’s door, but it’s locked. And Roman is already heading to the ring! It seems Roman circumvented Kevin completely! Kevin can only scowl at the television screen as the Universal Champion and his Special Counsel stand amidst the tables, ladders and chairs at ringside. Heyman fetches a mic for the Tribal Chief, and he tells “KO, I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t want to hurt your family. But you’re running around here, and you’re telling the whole world that I’m a bad guy.”

Roman isn’t a bad guy. He’s just doing what you have to in order to be THE Guy. It’s something above Kevin’s paygrade, so Kevin should just stay in his lane. In fact, Roman will show he’s a good guy by giving Kevin the same chance that he gave his own flesh and blood. “Acknowledge me as your Tribal Chief.” But Kevin storms from the television and back to gorilla! If Kevin acknowledges Roman’s authority, then it’s all good. But if Kevin doesn’t, or just can’t accept that, “I’m going to end you.” Kevin won’t even make it out of the ThunderDome tonight. Kevin needs to get down to the ring and apologize, and say what Roman wants him to say.

Kevin does return and storms down the ring! He doesn’t look like he’s going to apologize. But JEY attacks from behind! Jey and Kevin scrap at the ramp but Roman goes out and knocks Kevin down! The Bloodline stomps Kevin and rains down rights! They keep after him like sharks with blood in the water! Roman digs Kevin’s face into the ramp as he rains down furious forearms! Fans give thumbs down on their ThunderDome screens as Jey taunts Kevin, “Where you going?” Referees and officials hurry out but the mauling continues! Roman and Jey glare at them, then Roman RAMS Kevin into barriers!

Heyman comes over, gives Roman his belt, and Jey says that was just round one. Roman leads the way up the ramp but Kevin flounders after. Kevin can barely stand, but will he even be in one piece after TLC’s TLC match?

 

The Bloodline talks backstage.

Jey says “If he don’t know, he know now!” Kevin’s getting the message now! Roman says Kevin doesn’t get it yet. “I know his kind. He’s not gonna listen, he’s not gonna stop.” Roman wants Jey to end him so that we never see him again. Jey heads out to do Roman’s bidding, but will it really be so easy?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have lost to the GLORIOUS One and the Show-Off a few times lately, though with controversy. But all the more reason to finally settle this with the titles on the line! Will the “Dirty Dawgs” bring the Profits down and once again be tag team champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this title showdown begins!

Roode and Dawkins start, circle, but Ziggler distracts! Roode sucker punches Dawkins then throws more haymakers. Tag to Ziggler, they double whip but Dawkins kicks Ziggler and ROCKS Roode! Tag to Ford and the Profits double dropkick the Dirty Dawgs! Cover on Ziggler, TWO! Ford keeps his eyes on Ziggler and he KICKS him in the side! Ford stalks Ziggler, kicks but misses, and Ziggler rolls him! TWO, Ford ducks a clothesline to get a back suplex! And a kip up to a standing moonsault! But Ford doesn’t cover, he sees Roode creeping! Ford DECKS Roode, then goes to a corner! Ziggler stops him with a haymaker!

Ziggler drags Ford down, drags him onto the ropes and suplexes, but Ford blocks! Ziggler throws haymakers, but Ford KICKS back! Ziggler is down, Ford goes up but Roode SHOVES Ford off! Ford crashes into barriers and clutches his ribs as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Ziggler rolls Ford to a cover, TWO! Ziggler stomps Ford, brings him up and whips him to a corner hard! Tag to Roode and Ziggler whips Roode for Roode to whip Ziggler for a SPLASH! Then a feed to the KNEE! Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Roode keeps Ford down with haymakers and stomps! The ref counts as Ford gets to ropes but Roode digs a knee in! The ref counts again, Roode stops at 3, and Ziggler taunts Ford. Roode brings Ford up, CHOPS him in the corner, then bumps him off buckles! Tag to Ziggler, they stomp Ford, then Ziggler taunts Ford to do something. Ford swings wild but misses, and Ziggler dropkicks him in the stomach! Cover, TWO!!

Ziggler wraps Ford in a rear bearhug, and clearly the Dirty Dawgs remember Survivor Series’ match of Profits and New Day. Roll to a cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps on Ford with the gut wrench bearhug. Ford drags himself towards the Profits’ corner, fans rally on their screens, but Ziggler rakes eyes! Ziggler puts Ford in the corner, tag to Roode! They mug Ford, Roode brings Ford around to suplex and GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated, tags Ziggler, and Ziggler taunts Ford, “Reach for your side!” Ziggler says no one is laughing now as he puts on another bearhug! Another roll to a cover, TWO!

Ziggler keeps Ford close with the bearhug but Ford pries free, only for Ziggler to MULE KICK him in the ribs! Tag to Roode and they whip to whip, but Ford puts Ziggler on the outside! Ziggler falls, Ford dodges Roode! Ford crawls but Roode anchors a foot! Ford kicks Roode away and then hot tags Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Roode, dodges and LEAING ELBOWS! ZIggler runs into a FLAPJACK! Dawkins scoops Roode for an EXPLODER! The Curse of Greatness is on a roll as he CYCLONE SPLASHES Roode! Then one for Ziggler! Dawkins keeps moving, Roode dodges but Dawkins gets him with the BUTTERFLY ANARCHY! Cover, TWO!!

Dawkins stalks Roode and he gets him in the ANOINT- NO! Roode blocks but no Glorious DDT! Dawkins rams Roode into buckles but Roode BOOTS back! Ziggler tags in, GLORIOUS FAMOUSER!! Cover, TWO?!? Dawkins survives and the Dirty Dawgs don’t believe it! Ziggler aims from a corner but Dawkins blocks the kick! Ziggler elbows, runs, but into the ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford and he climbs up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! But the ribs!! Ford drags himself back to a cover, Roode elbows the back to break it! Ziggler floats over Ford to tag Roode, and Roode O’Conner rolls, TWO, to a roll-up! WITH TIGHTS! The Profits win!!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Championships)

The gold stays with the Profits! Turnabout’s fair play from when the Dirty Dawgs did them dirty! Ziggler and Roode protest and explain what happened, but the ref says he did his job! Otherwise, these two are suspended! Roode and Ziggler cool off, but will they get revenge?

 

Once again, Pearce walks and talks with Kevin.

Pearce and a referee try to reason with Kevin. He just has to wait 48 hours and he’ll have Roman in the TLC match! But then Jey SMACKS Kevin from behind with a chair! And then again! Jey tells KO to stay down, or else he’ll have to get ‘im! Jey leaves the chair behind as he storms off, but still Kevin drags himself up to his feet! Pearce again tries to reason with Kevin, but will Kevin stubbornly refuse?

 

Kayla Braxton interviews Bianca Belair!

The EST faces her biggest challenge in facing Bayley, but Bayley says Bianca is overrated. What will a win tonight against the Role Model mean to Bianca? Is Kayla really going to say “Bayley” and “Role Model” in the same conversation? Uh-uh. A role model is someone you aspire to be. Bayley is someone you intend to beat. But Bianca has wanted to face Bayley since coming to SmackDown because Bayley is a measuring stick. But the thing is, Bayley always has something to say! Bianca will do what she does best, and the EST will S-H-I-N-E!

 

The Riott Squad VS Billie Kay & ???

Ruby and Liv already beat the Femme Fatale and her previous mystery partner, Natalya. But Billie isn’t leaving it at that! She wants a second try, but who has she recruited to her cause this time? Billie tells Greg Hamilton that she can introduce her tag team partner herself. A second generation superstar, there’s nobody meana than TAMINA! Will the Daughter of Superfly help Billie soar above the Squad?

The teams sort out and Tamina starts with Liv. They go around, Tamina puts Liv in a corner then TOSSES her across the ring! Liv flounders to a corner, Tamina stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Tamina stops at 4, then runs back in. Liv dodges and tags in Ruby! The Squad hit Tamina with a back body block kick combo! Cover, TWO! Ruby wrenches Tamina but Tamina whips her away to then CLOBBER her! Billie is happy to see that as Tamina covers, TWO! Billie doesn’t like seeing that! Ruby throws body shots but Tamina headbutts her down! Tamina taunts Liv, and then mockingly asks Ruby, “Are you good?”

Tamina pushes Ruby around, Billie mocks Ruby but Ruby hits Tamina back! Tamina powers Ruby to a corner, blocks a kick and fireman’s carries! Billie tags in before the SAMOAN DROP! Tamina didn’t know about the tag and has to hurry out as Billie covers, but Liv breaks it! Billie is upset, but she drags Ruby up by her hair. Billie scoops but Ruby slips out and shoves her away! Liv tags in, the Squad dodge Billie to double dropkick Tamina! They catch Billie for a MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, the Riott Squad wins!

Winners: The Riott Squad, by pinfall

Another win for the best friends, and another loss for Billie! Will Billie ever find a combination that can be just as iconic as the original?

 

Carmella heads to the ring!

Though she won the SmackDown Women’s Championship match last week, she did not win the title itself because Sasha Banks got disqualified. There will be a rematch at TLC as that was the plan all along. Mella says “Tis the season to drink bubbly, falala lala, lala la la.” Her assistant has set up a table and brought champagne so that she may have a toast for her impending victory at TLC! There are those of us sitting at home saying it is too early to celebrate, but that’s why we’re all home sitting on gross futons while she drinks champagne where the price tag has more digits than a phone number.

Was that burn a little too far? Mella doesn’t care, because she’s better than us! And she knows better than us. And she knows Sasha Banks doesn’t have what it takes to be a champion. Physically, sure. Sasha is quick, agile, ferocious. But mentally, where it counts, she is weak. Mella isn’t throwing shade, those are facts! And the fact is, this is the longest Sasha’s ever held a title! She’s in uncharted water! Sasha is so over her head she is drowning. And not in the champagne Mella smashed on her back! Sasha is drowning in the pressures of her own expectations and is lashing out! She felt that title slipping away so she intentionally got disqualified! And that right there is the very reason why Mella knows she already has Sasha beat! And that is why Mella is celebrating tonight!

Sasha’s entire existence is based on being the very best! The Boss, the standard, the blueprint! This is why Sasha HAS to prove she’s better! But she’ll still be so angry, lose control and want to rip Mella apart. Sasha has to fight her instincts while fighting Mella! “And that is a fight no one, not even Sasha Banks, can win.” So on Sunday, when Mella beats Sasha, Sasha will fall into this deep, dark turmoil, she might break. Because who is Sasha if she isn’t The Boss? Who is Sasha if she isn’t the best? And sadly, that’s a question not even Sasha can answer. That is why Sasha comes so unglued around Mella! That is why Sasha is so desperate!

It’s sad, really. Mella needs that pick-me-up, and nothing lifts her spirits better than a fine glass of champagne. She snaps her fingers and is served- Ugh, what is that This is cheap and frantic. Kind of like Sasha! But speaking of, here Sasha comes! The assistant hurries to the ramp to intercept, but Sasha’s coming from the other side of the ring! Sasha has herself a sip, says it’s better than Mella said, and then SPALSHES Mella with the rest! Sasha tackles Mella, hammers away, then puts on a BANK STATEMENT! The assistant returns but Sasha SLAPS him down! But Mella SMASHES another bottle on Sasha’s back!! The Untouchable Princess of Staten Island again gets the better of The Boss, but will Sasha lose everything when she loses the title?

 

Kevin Owens gets checked by the trainer.

Kevin doesn’t want to be checked, but it’s protocol. And Jey attacks again!! Jey throws hands then RAMS Kevin into a wall! And then SLAMS him through a table! Roman’s orders said to take Kevin out, has Jey finally done just that?

 

Otis Dozovic w/ Chad Gable VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Cesaro!

The Alpha Academy’s first, best (and only) student has much to learn according to Coach Gable, but even losing is a lesson. Will the Blue Collar Brawler use what he has learned to overcome the King of Strong Style?

The bell rings and Otis rushes in but Nakamura waistlocks. Otis powers out and wrenches to a wristlock but Nakamura throws forearms. Nakamura cartwheels, wrenches back to a wristlock, but Gable coaches Otis. Otis scoops and SLAMS Nakamura, then runs for a falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! Nakamura gets to the apron, Otis drags him up but Nakamura kicks him down! Nakamura drags Otis to the apron and runs for a KNEE! Cesaro applauds and Nakamura goes in to throw knees into shoulders and ribs! Nakamura scuffs Otis then KICKS him in the chest! But Otis just powers up!

Nakamura kicks more but Otis dares him to keep hitting! Otis then runs Nakamura over and FLAPJACKS him down! Gable cheers Otis on as Otis hits a RUNNING DISCUS! Otis fires up, runs at Nakamura in the corner for a splash! Nakamura is in the drop zone and Otis pumps it up! Gable gets on the apron and says NO Caterpillar! Use a suplex! Cesaro tells Gable to get down, Otis drags Nakamura up but Nakamura cradles! TWO!! Otis blocks the kick to EXPLODER! Now that’s a suplex! Otis goes up the corner for the VADER BOMB! Cover, Otis wins!!

Winner: Otis Dozovic, by pinfall

Gable’s tip actually worked out, sorta! But it could’ve easily gone the wrong way, does Gable really know what he’s doing?

 

Sami Zayn prepares backstage.

It’s almost time for the first-ever Sami Awards. He checks with a production assistant that they have everything, from the trophies to the envelopes to the sound cues. Wait, are the trophies polished? No… IDIOT! If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself! Sami hurries to get polish, and Big E comes by to do a final check of his own. Is Big E gonna make sure the first-ever Samis go smoothly?

 

Otis and Gable are fired up backstage!

Gable knew Otis would do it! But he asks why Otis didn’t go through with the Caterpillar when Nakamura was set up? But Otis thought it was another test. It was! Gable quotes a great philosopher as he says, “Don’t do what I say, do what I mean. You know what I mean?” Not really. Otis will. But for now, rehydrate. Training resumes tomorrow, alpha style! Otis likes the sound of that.

 

SmackDown presents the First Annual Sami Awards!

Sami sets up at his podium with his Intercontinental Championship and a Sami! On further inspection, isn’t that just a Sami Zayn action figure painted gold, and then glued to a tin can painted black? But Sami, hair styled and suit pressed, says the 2020 WWE Slammy Awards are coming on 12/23/2020, on both the WWE Network and all available social networking platforms, but lately the Slammys have taken a dive. Not since Jack Tunney have they mattered. But now the Slammys are just for highlighting corporately selected moments, and that is not what the SAMIS are going to be about. These will be about the will of the people.

Now before getting to the first Sami Award, Sami himself says 2020 has been a “wild” year for all of us, especially the WWE. Let us take a quick look back at WWE’s 2020, “Year in Review!” Narration by Corey Graves says “In a year of turbulence, one man- Nay, one LIBERATOR, thrived.” This is all about Sami!! Sami calling AJ styles a fraud, calling Jeff Hardy a fraud, and then finding a way to cheat them out of the Intercontinental Championship. And then doing the same to Apollo Crews, Big E, and somehow representing the best in humanity. “Oh my goodness, what a year it’s been!”

Now, to the first Sami Award: Comeback of the Year. What stiff competition! Edge, Roman Reigns, and maybe even Sami himself. But the winner is… Drumroll and… “The Sami goes to… SAMI ZAYN~!” What a “surprise” that Sami won the award named for himself. It feels great to be recognized, though, doesn’t it? Thank you, fans, for this honor! But on to the second Sami Award: Match of the Year! The one everyone wants to win in this category! Every week, another contender pops up. And the Sami goes to… SAMI ZAYN, for the Triple Threat Ladder Match at Clash of Champions! OH MY~! Sami will not lie, he wanted that one more than anything.

But on to the third and final, perhaps the truly biggest one. It’s Superstar of the Year! The greatness of what the Samis are all about. And the Sami goes to… BIG E?!? Big E moves Sami aside and shouts, “MAMA, I MADE IT~!” First of all, Big E has to thank his therapist, Marvin Sims. He also needs to thank Notre Dame in advance for covering the spread this weekend. Pull through for E, guys. Sami protests, there was a mix up with the cards! So Big E BODY SHOTS Sami! Big E bumps Sami off the tables! And then throws him down the ramp! Sami reaches all the way to the bottom! Big E says thank you, and takes his Sami, to SPIKE it! Will the real Sami earn actual praise when he gives Big E another match?

 

Kayla Braxton interviews Bayley.

The Role Model responds to Bianca saying she is just a measuring stick. It was refreshing to hear someone say something nice about her. But Bayley isn’t going to take it easy on Bianca. Bianca is the strongest, fastest and all that, but compared to what? Just because she ran track in college? Bayley did that, too, in Cross Country. And she was the CAPTAIN of her high school basketball team. You don’t see Bayley bragging about the old days. Bianca has all the potential in the world, but if Bayley were her, she’d be more humble. Instead of picking a fight, she’d just be picking Bayley’s brain. But Bayley will put Bianca, on *clap* the *clap* mat. Can Bayley do that with her match with Bianca up next, after the break?

Bayley VS Bianca Belair!

SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance. The bell rings and Bayley ties up with Bianca, but Bianca scoops her. Bayley slips out, but Bianca is too strong for the roll up! Bianca handsprings back and eggs Bayley on. Bayley stomps a foot! Bayley talks smack but Bianca stomps the foot back! Bayley shoves, wrenches and laces Bianca through ropes! The ref counts, Bayley lets off at 3, and Bianca smirks. Things speed up and Bianca runs Bayley over! Bianca handsprings over Bayley again, eggs her on, then hurdles! Bayley ends up on the apron, and she baits Bianca in to hotshot her! Bayley says to kiss this, but Bianca sweeps the legs! Cover, TWO!

Bianca looms over Bayley, dares her to get up, then brings her up to whip to a corner. Bayley reverses, Bianca goes up and over and handsprings all the way to the other end, tot ell Bayley to kiss this. Bianca then leaps over Bayley to dropkick her down! Bianca kips up, fans cheer on their screens, and Bianca handsprings, but Bayley trips her up! Bayley SLAMS an arm on the apron! Bianca flops out while clutching her arm, and Bayley drags her up to hammerlock and RAM her into barriers! The ring count is climbing while Bayley leaves Bianca behind, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Bayley clubs Bianca to then throw her back out. Bayley goes out to talk some smack again, “I’m the ER! I’m better!” Bianca rams Bayley into steps! The ring count is up at 8 but Bayley gets in at 9! Bianca and Bayley run at each other but they both DECK the other! Bayley flounders up with the ropes but Bianca is after her. Bianca counter punches, fires off forearms and has Bayley in a corner! Bianca rams her shoulder in, the ref counts and Bianca lets off to bring Bayley up! Bianca holds Bayley and does squats before the SLAM! Bianca kips up, says kiss this again, then drags Bayley up to yank on the arm! And again! And again!

Bianca wrenches, wrings Bayley out, then handspring splashes! Cover, TWO! Bayley gets to the apron, slides under Bianca and runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! Bianca holds on, carries Bayley around, and GUT BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Bianca goes to a corner and climbs up, but Bayley throws a forearm! Bayley drags Bianca out on ropes, does some squats, but Bianca gets down to snap suplex Bayley away! Bianca runs in but into a flapjack onto buckles! Bayley hobbles, runs back in, but Bianca flapjacks Bayley! Bianca picks Bayley up for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives and Bianca grows frustrated.

Bianca pounds the mat but manages to shrug it off, only to walk into a boot! Bayley trips Bianca, high stack, but the ref sees her put her feet on ropes! Bianca pops Bayley to a cover, TWO!! Bayley kicks low, reels Bianca in, but Bianca blocks! So Bayley rolls Bianca, but Bianca rolls Bayley! TWO, to a high stack, TWO! Bianca DEAD LIFTS Bayley, but Bayley rakes eyes! ROSE PLANT!! Cover, Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

There is one thing Bayley is more than Bianca: Bayley is the sliest wrestler on SmackDown! But will Bianca learn to be more wary of the Role Model next time?

 

Roman Reigns returns to the ring!

The Tribal Chief, the Special Counsel, and #MainEventJey are all together, and Roman is going to deliver one final message before TLC! We’ll see and hear what that is, after the break!

SmackDown returns once more, and once more, Heyman fetches a mic for Roman. “For the life of me, I’ve been trying to understand this.” Roman is trying to understand why, if you have the opportunity to be in the ring with Roman, “to be on the Island of Relevancy” in the main event of a PPV and in a championship match, “why would you blow it?” This is the moment your kids’ kids’ kids’ kids’ kids’ kids’ kids will talk about! A moment that elevates your career to the next level, and to get a payday th- Kevin is back!? Somehow, Kevin is walking his way to the ring! And Jey intercepts! But Kevin grabs a chair to JAM and SMACK Jey down!

Roman rushes Kevin but Kevin throws hands! Roman shoves Kevin, Kevin kicks but Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin before a stunner! Roman runs and SPEARS Kevin down! Jey fetches things for Roman as Roman gives CHAIR SHOTS to Kevin over and over! Jey has put in several more chairs, and a couple tables, as Roman digs the chair into Kevin’s head! Jey sets the tables up for Roman while Roman tells Kevin he should’ve just stayed away. ANOTHER chair shot to the back! And another! The tables are set, Roman drags Kevin up and around, to feed to Jey to SPINEBUSTER through a table! Just like backstage! But there’s one table left, and Roman wants to use that one now.

Jey positions things for Roman, then drags Kevin for him. Roman tells Kevin to just take the payday. It’s not worth all this. Kevin still tries to get up but Roman says Kevin has pissed him off! Fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP through the table!! But that’s not enough! Jey fetches a THIRD table while Roman uses the wreckage of the others to beat Kevin’s body! Wait, Jey also puts in a FOURTH table, and even fetches a ladder! Roman buries Kevin with the wreckage while Jey fetches a second ladder. Roman uses the new tables to bury Kevin, and then SLAMS a ladder onto him! Jey puts chairs onto the pile and Roman SLAMS the second ladder onto Kevin!

Jey adds more chairs, and Roman SMACKS the pile with a chair! Jey joins in, it’s not even clear if they’re hitting Kevin anymore! For all intents and purposes, Roman and Jey leave Kevin dead and buried under the tables, ladders and chairs in the ring. Will the same thing happen again at TLC? Will Kevin even be at TLC?

Kayla asks Roman on his way out for a word. Roman says she gets one question. Wait, Kevin dug himself out?! And is sitting himself up in a chair, with the mic Roman left behind! “ROMAN! Roman…! Nothing you or your family do to me can keep me down. At TLC, I’m going to take the Universal title, or I’m gonna die trying.” Kevin gave his own ultimatum, but will he be able to #StunTheWorld against the Tribal Chief?


My Thoughts:

What a rather wild go-home from SmackDown! Pretty scant on the matches, but the matches we got did matter towards story. The SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was very good, and I like that they referenced Survivor Series and how New Day worked on Ford’s midsection. I almost thought that was going to be the reason why “The Dirty Dawgs” were going to win, but Profits giving them a taste of karma was good. I don’t know if they need to schedule a rematch at the last minute for TLC, I think this would be better served as a build towards the Royal Rumble.

Speaking of rematches at TLC, obviously we were getting that for the women’s title but Mella made sure to plug it during her segment. Mella had an okay promo, but I feel like they were trying to play off crowd reaction when it’s just ThunderDome screens and piped in noise, not a good move. Mella stands tall against Sasha tonight so clearly that means Sasha wins at TLC. I was hoping Natty was going to be around ringside for Bayley VS Bianca since she was partially involved in the story. Maybe Natty can circle back around, since Bayley had to cheat to win, but it was still a very good main event for Bayley and Bianca.

Riott Squad VS Billie & Tamina was good, and fits exactly what I thought was going to happen last time. I can’t see this going much longer unless someone new is brought up, or Chelsea Green’s hand is 100% healed. I think Gable is trying to gaslight Otis just to ruin things for him more. But it works that Otis still won despite Gable trying to make him change his style. I’m thinking Gable tries to make training even harder on Otis as a passive aggressive way of punishing him. The Sami Awards were actually pretty good, and of course Sami was going to use them to praise himself. But Big E pulling some hijinks was great, and this clearly means we’re getting Sami VS Big E for the Intercontinental title.

And once again, the Roman Reigns story is the best part of SmackDown, and better than most of Raw. While the show opened with recap, and then a promo segment with Kevin and Heyman that wasn’t even 10 minutes, everything that followed was worth it. Kevin getting tricked, getting jumped, getting the crap kicked out of him, and then literally getting buried, none of it stopped him! Now, I don’t think Kevin is winning the title in the TLC match at TLC, but he is going to give Roman the best fight since Roman returned, and that in itself is a prize.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (8/18/22)

Big Strong Boy VS Scum of the Earth!

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The NXT UK Championship Tournament rolls on!

It’s a double shot of the NXT UK Championship Tournament, as Mark Andrews takes on Joe Coffey, and Tyler Bate faces Kenny Williams!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey; Coffey wins and advances.
  • Amale VS Nina Samuels; wins.
  • Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward w/ Thea Hail VS Eddie Dennis & Saxon Huxley; win.
  • Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Tyler Bate VS Kenny Williams; wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Vacated NXT UK Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey!

South Wales Subculture and Gallus clash once again, but it’ll be the High Fiving, Stage Diving, Skateboarding Rockstar taking on the Iron King! Will #MANDREWS head for singles gold? Or is this Joe’s chance to finally strike gold?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally as the two shake hands. They tie up, Joe arm-drags Andrews but Andrews gets right up. They tie up again, Joe whips Andrews to ropes but Andrews holds ropes to stop. Andrews comes back to headlock, and he holds on as Joe tries to power out. Joe back suplexes but Andrews lands on his feet! Andrews headlocks again but Joe powers out to run him over! Fans cheer as Joe speeds things up. Andrews hurdles an arm-drags, but Joe blocks it! Joe brings Andrews up to whip but Andrews RANAS, only for Joe to block it! Joe brings Andrews up, Andrews pops free but leaps into Joe’s scoop SLAM!

Fans fire up for Joe as he stalks Andrews to a corner. Joe throws body shots, then whips Andrews. Andrews holds ropes to stop that, and he ELBOWS back hard! Andrews goes up, leaps, and RANAS! Fans fire up and Andrews keeps moving, but Joe pops Andrews up for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps cool and he drags Andrews up. Fans rally as Joe whips Andrews hard into the corner, then doe sit again! Joe scoops Andrews for a BACKBREAKER! Andrews writhes but Joe brings him up. Andrews throws body shots and forearms and CHOPS, but Joe hits a heavy body shot! Joe suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO!

Joe paces around Andrews and fans rally up. Joe half nelsons and even clamps onto the other shoulder. Andrews endures while fans rally up again. Joe thrashes Andrews around but Andrews throws body shots! Andrews tries to arm-drag but Joe holds on! Joe snapmares Andrews, covers, TWO! Joe drops an elbow but Andrews avoids it! Andrews throws heavy body shots in return but Joe throws them all back! Joe then clamps back onto the half nelson! Joe digs his knuckles into Andrews’ shoulder, but the fans rally as he endures. Andrews fights up, Joe wants the full nelson, but Andrews clasps hands!

Joe spins Andrews to EuroUpper! And again! Joe EuroUppers but Andrews hooks the arms! Joe fights the backslide, but Andrews still brings him down! Joe powers back up! Joe swings Andrews around but Andrews rolls him up, TWO!! Joe gets up but Andrews DROPKICKS him! Andrews runs to dropkick the legs out! Andrews keeps moving but Joe HEADBUTTS! Andrews falls down and Joe yanks him up! Andrews dodges the lariat and pops up to SATELLITE DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Andrews and Joe stir, Andrews runs in and ROCKS Joe! Joes wings, misses, and Andrews ROCKS him again! Andrews runs to CLOBBER Joe!

Fans fire up with Andrews and he throws forearms and CHOPS on Joe! Joe throws a body shot, shoves Andrews to ropes, but Andrews slides under the lariat to PELE! Joe ends up tumbling out of the ring, and his feet hook the bottom rope! Joe dangles over the floor and Andrews goes out to WOE STOMP him down! Fans fire up as Joe sputters and writhes! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” as Andrews brings Joe up. Joe shoves Andrews away, gets in the ring, and Andrews GAMANGIRIS him! Andrews springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe survives but fans fire up behind Andrews!

Joe goes to a corner, Andrews runs in and DOUBLE- NO! Joe blocks the knees! Andrews CLUBS Joe but Joe throw shim away, BOOTS him, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Fans rally back up for Joe as he crawls to the cover, TWO! Joe snarls, he drags Andrews up and suplexes, STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Andrews has Joe wobbling and he hurries to a corner! Andrews springboards again, but into an UPPERCUT! Joe runs corner to corner for the GLASGOW SENDOFF! Joe runs to give Andrews ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! Cover, Joe wins!!

Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

And with that, the Iron King is in the semifinals! Will he finally make NXT UK his kingdom by taking the top title?

 

 


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

American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!

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AEW House of the Dragon

Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

CM Punk is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1

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

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

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

Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.

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

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

 

Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS ???

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

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

 

Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds!

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

The teams sort out and Austin starts with the Ivy League MVP. Fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” and Griff adds on. Austin frowns as he circles with Griff, but then he SUCKER PUNCHES BPJ! Then he CLOBBERS Griff! Colten tags in, he CLOBBES Griff, then LARIATS him! Colten reels Griff up, and hits the COLT 45!! Cover, Gunn Club wins!!

Winners: Gunn Club, by pinfall

Quick on the draw and that gets Austin & Colten the win! Fans boo but Billy gets the mic. “Hold on, hold on. That right there is what I’ve been trying to tell you for the past couple weeks. That’s what you have to do. That’s what gets things done. Just to know that I am super proud of you. I have been hard on you, but I am proud of you.” And Billy says he has done a lot of really great things in his career. But the one thing that has been able to work is these two right here, that is a fact. The Gunns hug it out and fans boo. But then here comes Stokely Hathaway! Is he still trying to recruit the Gunn sons? WAIT, AUSTIN ATTACKS BILLY!

Billy staggers from the blindside, then Colt DECKS him!! The fans can’t believe the sons are turning on their father! They’re raining down fists and choking him out! But here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster & Anthony Bowens slide in to run the Ass Boys off! Bowens gets the mic, and fans fire up as he and Caster look to Billy. Bowens offers the scissors! “SCISSOR ME, DADDY ASS!!” And they do~! Will Billy and his boys take out Stokely and Billy’s sons?

 

AEW shares exclusive footage from last week.

Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh were fuming over Wardlow & FTR running them off! Sonjay thought Wardlow was a big man who could do it all! Wardlow could take out Sonjay, Lethal and Satnam all at once! But no, he can’t do nothing! He needed back up in Cash & Dax! So how ’bout this?! Trios match! Wardlow & FTR VS Lethal, Sonjay & Satnam, the biggest show of the year, ALL OUT! Sonjay swears to punch them in the face! Lethal says that they beat Wardlow down so bad, FTR noticed and felt bad for him, that’s why they came to help him. But now FTR’s made an enemy out of the three of these guys! Lethal doesn’t respect FTR!

Satnam dares Wardlow to try and powerbomb him. Will Lethal and company be the ones regretting challenging the faction formerly known as The Pinnacle to a fight?

 

Death Triangle speaks.

Pac is back from his All-Atlantic Championship defense tour, and he calls out the United Empire’s Aussie Open and “William Ospreay.” Or rather, “Billy.” And “Billy” apparently likes to parade around the industry like the very best Britain has ever produced. “Well I beg to differ. And me and you, bonnie lad, we have unfinished business. So let’s just say, I’m looking forward to next week. Very much so.” And with his brothers beside him, his familia, they’re an unstoppable unit built for this tournament! And if you haven’t heard just how dangerous they are, well you must’ve had your head in a box. “Gentlemen, we’ll see you in Cleveland. I hope you’re ready.” Will Penta, Fenix and the Bastard be the ones conquering the Empire in The Land?

 

Jungle Boy is here!

Charleston loves seeing Jungle Jack Perry and his pyro! JB goes to the ring and gets a mic while fans sing along with his theme song. Fans chant his name and JB says, “Thank you, thank you. A couple weeks ago, I came out here with a special T-shirt on. And it actually got me in a lot of trouble. I was asked, ‘Please, never wear that shirt on television again ever.'” Fans boo the censorship and JB agrees, but it was fair. “But boy, oh boy, did that shirt hit the nail on the head. Because for weeks now, I have tried to hit Christian Cage every chance I got. I tried to hit him with my  hands, I tried to hit him with a chair, I even tried to hit him with a car.”

And Christian has done absolutely nothing in return! Like, JB personally, he’d never just take that, but that’s him. So the way JB sees it, either he can continue to chase Christian as long as he has to until he gets his hands on Christian, which he will. Or… Christian can man up and face JB at ALL OUT!! Fans like the sound of that! Unless, of course, that shirt was right, and Christian Cage is just too big of a- Wait! Here comes Captain Charisma after all! Christian says hold on a second here! “So Jungle Boy, you’re challenging me to a match at All Out, huh? Well, my answer… is NO!” Fans boo because they knew he’d say that!

Christian says this isn’t for why they all think. We saw last week that Luchasaurus plowed through security, and then got himself suspended for headbutting an official in the head! This is getting out of hand! Christian wants JB to know that at the end of the day, Christian is proud of him. JB is confident now, speaking for himself, when a little over a year ago, it was like he was from right here in Charleston and couldn’t formulate a sentence. Fans boo again, but Christian says he had to go home after last week and had to do some reflecting. So this is what Christian came up with. Christian says he’s just going to get in the ring so he can talk to JB more directly.

Christian says obviously, frustrations boiled over when JB lost the tag titles. They both said some things and did some things that neither of them really meant. JB got a bit personal with Christian, but he understands. Now listen, hold on. Christian doesn’t wanna fight JB, he doesn’t wanna wrestle JB, he wants to fix this. He wants to fix this, Jack. He wants to go on another run like they had, and Christian promises to take JB to “The Promised Land.” JB doesn’t get what Christian is getting at, and fans chant, “BULL SH*T!” Christian says these people have never accomplished anything in their lives so they don’t know what Christian’s talking about.

Christian says he’s talking about championships for JB. At the end of the day, they’re family, and Christian loves JB. JB is like a son to him. So come back home. Christian offers a hug, but fans boo. JB thinks about it, asks if Christian means all that, and Christian nods. JB TACKLES Christian! And rains down fists! Then CLOBBERS him again! For more fists! Christian scrambles away but can’t get away! JB drags him in and CLOBBERS him again! Christian shoves JB away and crawls out of the ring but JB pursues! LOW BLOW!! Christian RAMS JB into railing! Captain Charisma shouts, “I hate your guts, you piece of crap!”

Christian drags JB up to SMACK off the apron, then brings him around to whip, but JB reverses! Christian hits steel steps hard! JB drags him up to dribble him off the steps! JB says Christian is not his family, or his friend! He stands up on the steps, stands on Christian’s arm, and then STMOPS it!! Fans fire up for JB showing his edge, and he tells Christian is a POS! He dribbles Christian against steps more, but referees and security rush out! They drag JB off Christian, will Christian even be able to wrestle JB at this point?

 

FTR & Wardlow speak.

Cash Wheeler says last week, we saw the return of “7 Star FTR” to AEW and they stood and fought side-by-side with the War Dog. Make no mistake, Wardlow doesn’t need help, he didn’t ask for it, but there was no way in hell FTR was going to let Wardlow get jumped by those three clowns. So if Lethal and company have a problem with that, come find them. If they want a Trios match, all they had to do is ask. Nobody messes with The Pinnacle. And Wardlow tells “big man” Satnam Singh, “I don’t care how big you are. Anybody and everybody gets powerbomb’d.”

Dax Harwood says that at one time, Jay Lethal was the best wrestler in the world. Some may still do that today. But Dax will say this much. In his mind, today on August 17th, “Dax the Ax” is the new best pro-wrestler on this planet, and he says that with as much humility as he can muster up! If Lethal has a problem with the three of them, then next week, Dax the Ax VS Jay Lethal, 1v1! What does Lethal say? #TopGuysOut!

 

Toni Storm VS KiLynn King!

The Lightning From Down Under is once again #1 contender, mostly in part because Kris Statlander goes down with injury. But will Storm be able to hold onto that position? Or will the King of Krazy snatch all that momentum away in her return to Dynamite?

The AEW Women’s World Champion, and Storm’s tag team partner, Thunder Rosa is watching this in the back, both to support a friend and also to keep an eye on her potential challenger. The bell rings, Storm and King circle, then tie up. Fans rally, the two go around, and King waistlocks to SLAM Storm! But Storm goes after a leg! King spins through, rolls Storm up, ONE! Storm Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Storm headlocks but King endures the grind. King pries the hold, but Storm cranks it on! King headlocks back, hits a takeover, and she grinds Storm into the mat. Fans rally for Storm and she fights up to power out.

Storm runs, King ducks but Storm redirects herself! King dodges the basement dropkick, then drop toeholds Storm! King runs, but Storm avoids the basement dropkick to hit the basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Storm runs in at the corner, only for King to put on the apron! King elbows Storm, then hops up and up to FLYING KNEE Storm down! Fans fire up and King builds speed, but Storm avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! Storm then uses the apron for the TORNADO- NO! King blocks the DDT to RAM Storm into the apron! And then RAM her into railing! Fans fire up while Storm falls over, and AEW goes picture in picture.

Storm writhes while the ring count starts and King stomps Storm. King puts Storm in at 4 of 10, has her in a corner, and stomps her down. The ref counts, King drags Storm up to CHOP back down! King backs off but says she’ll do that one more time. King stands Storm up to CHOP her again! Storm staggers away to another corner and King storms up on her. King stands Storm up but Storm ducks the chop to CHOP ack! And again, and again, and again! Storm fires up, runs in, but King goes up and over to mule kick! And then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Storm is still in this but King keeps her cool.

King sits Storm up, hooks her up in a grounded abdominal stretch, and even adds a top wristlock. Storm endures and fans rally up, but King SLAPS Storm in the side! And again! And then rains down forearms! King drags Storm up, whips her to a corner, and run sin, but into a BOOT! Storm elbows King then goes up the corner! King hurries to ROCK Storm first! And CLUB her down onto the top rope! King hammers away but lets off as the ref counts! King goes corner to corner, to TOP SHELF KNEE! Storm is still stuck up top and King turns her around. King climbs up behind Storm to CLUB her down, but Storm throws elbows!

King CLUBS Storm then stands her up, for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Storm turns it just in time but that landing is still a rough one! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up, AEW returns to single picture, and Storm stands at 5 of 10. Storm throws counter punches on King, then forearm after forearm after forearm! King wobbles, Storm kicks low and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! It was good but it wasn’t perfect. Storm drags King up but King throws her away to SOBAT! King runs, BOOTS Storm, and Storm goes to a corner. King runs in corner to corner but blocks a boot!

King hauls Storm up for a ELEVATED SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Storm survives and King can’t believe it! King drags Storm up, CLUBS her, then pump handles and half nelsons. Storm slips out of the lift to GERMAN SUPLEX! King flounders to a corner and Storm goes to the opposite end. Fans fire up as Storm runs in, HIP ATTACK! The “Sweet Cheeks Music” is a hit, and Storm hits a TORNADO DDT! King flounders, Storm drags her up, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

The #1 contender stays the #1 contender, and Rosa applauds, though not that excitedly. Will Rosa wish someone else was her challenger? Or will she welcome the rematch with Storm?

 

AEW hears from The Trustbusters and Best Friends.

Ari Daivari says, “The more gold around your waist, the more green in your bank account.” But Chuck Taylor calls them out. The Trustbusters think they can win the Trios Tournament going against Best Friends? Trent says that trio is only together because Ari pays them. These guys are real-life best friends! But Sonny Kiss says no one cares about Orange Cassidy or his dorky friends. Trent says their unit is strong, while Trustbusters are weak AF. Ari says this Friday, the Trustbusters take one step closer to becoming the inaugural AEW World Trios Champions! Best Friends put their hands in, Trios titles on three. One, two, three, RAMPTRIO- Wait. Trios Tournament.

 

But there’s even more on Rampage!

On top of the Trios Tournament continuing, and on top of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, we will see the televised return of Penelope Ford as she takes on the Fallen Goddess and #3 ranked contender, Athena! Plus, we will hear from ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli on what is next for his title, and Hook will have his first defense of the FTW Championship against “The Reality,” Zack Clayton!

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week!

It seems that since Punk and Moxley are not waiting, neither is AEW! The Best in the World and the Blue Eyed Battler put it all on the line! We will have an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion before All Out! Who will leave with gold in The Land to head for the Windy City?

 

AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???

To make their trio complete, Andrade and Rush bring in Rush’s own brother, Dragon Lee! However, last we knew, Matt & Nick Jackson were at a loss for who would be their partner. Hangman Page turned them down so that he could support The Dark Order, and The Undisputed Elite cut ties with them completely, so who do the Bucks have left?

Brandon Cutler does follow the Bucks out there, but that’s always part of the entrance since he’s vlogging for them. Is the cold spray supplying cameraman their partner by default? He’s unzipping his tracksuit jacket and he tells the ring announcer to read this note. Justin Roberts unfolds the full page and says, “And now… He has held frankly an unbelievable amount of singles titles.” WAIT! Can it be?! “He is a two-time NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champion, and two-time KOD Six Man Tag Team Champion.

“He had the longest reign of 346 days as AEW World Champion. He is a PWI Top 500 #1 ranked wrestler, Wrestling Observer Wrestler of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Wrestler of the Year. While he sometimes uses the airport in NOOORTH~ CAROLINA~, his only go-to candy bar is always the Charleston Chew. He weighed in at 224 pounds to wrestle in his first match tonight in 277 days. He is… KENNY! OOOOOOOOOMEEEEGAAA~!” IT IS!! The Cleaner, the Best Bout Machine, the OmegaMan, IS BACK!! Darn it, so is Don Callis… But we’ll take the good with the bad, can THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE! Take over the entire tournament?

The trios sort out and fans are already thunderous! They chant “Welcome Back!” for Omega, but Nick starts against Dragon Lee. The two circle, Lee shakes Omega’s hand to show respect, but Matt chooses not to. Nick and Lee shake hands, fans rally up for Lee but Andrade is upset that he showed respect. Lee and Nick circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and then Lee knees low! Lee CLUBS Nick, runs then runs Nick over! Things speed up, Nick hurdles and Lee leaps, but Nick knuckle locks and CHOPS! Nick goes up and up to “LUCHA LIBRE~” FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up and even Omega applauds.

Nick tags Matt and The Bucks whip Lee corner to corner. Nick runs in to forearm smash, then he and Matt BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! Andrade gets in but he gets kicks. Matt gives Nick a boost to RANA Andrade away! Rush gets in but Matt dropkicks him down! Fans fire up and Matt drags Lee up. Matt wrenches Lee and wristlocks, and Omega reaches out! Fans fire up and Matt tags Omega in! Fans are thunderous already as Omega springboards to AX HANDLE! Omega’s first move in 10 months and everyone loves it! Omega wrenches Lee’s arm, wristlocks it, and fans chant for “KENNY! KENNY!”

Omega CHOPS Lee, brings him around, and CHOPS again! Omega bumps Lee off buckles, climbs up top and has the fans join in for the fists! The fans count all the way to 10, and Omega hops off! Fans fire up and Omega storms back in to wrench and fireman’s carry. Fans chant “You Still Got It’! as Omega marches around! “YOU! CAN’T! ESCAPE!” ROLLING SENTON, but he’s still rusty there. Tag to Nick, who then tags to Matt, and the Bucks bring Lee up to double whip. Matt drop toeholds Lee into a GUTBUSTER from Nick, and Omega runs to KOTARO KRUSHER GUTBUSTER COMBO! Then Matt runs in, ROLLING NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO!

Fans fire up but Rush shouts to his brother, Lee. Matt drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles, then throws body shots and haymakers! Tag to Omega, he drags Lee up to ROCK him with haymakers. Omega CLUBS Lee, headlocks him, and put shim in the corner to CHOP him! And CHOP again! Omega brings Lee out but Lee fires forearm sand knees low! Tag to Andrade and Andrade pushes Omega. El Idolo wants to test himself against, as Don Callis says so often, “The God of Pro-Wrestling!” Omega likes that, and they circle. But then Jose distracts Omega on the apron! The ref tells Jose to get down, but Rush runs in to SUCKER PUNCH Omega!

Fans boo as LFI stomp away on Omega! Andrade eggs on the Bucks then tattles on them to the ref! The ref keeps the Bucks back while AEW goes picture in picture.

Andrade soaks up the heat, then kicks Omega to a neutral corner. Andrade whips Omega corner to corner hard, and Omega bounces off buckles! Andrade mockingly applauds, then he drags Omega up with a facelock. Tag to Rush and they mug Omega. Rush snapmares Omega, runs and basement dropkicks! Rush clamps on a chinlock but Omega gets the ROPEBREAK right away. Rush lets off, to stomp Omega down! Rush drags Omega to the LFI corner and Lee tags in. Lee goes up to AX HANDLE Omega! Andrade rushes to BLAST the Bucks while Lee wrenches, kicks, wrenches and kicks Omega again and again.

Lee wristlocks, KICKS and then grinds Omega down while the rest of his team whip the Bucks into railing! Lee has the arm in an almost Fujiwara Armbar but Omega endures. Lee then shifts to a CROSSFACE! Rush SUPERKICKS Cutler! Omega endures the crossface so Lee lets him go to stomp him down. Fans rally but Lee drags Omega into a motorcycle stretch. Omega endures, Rush ROCKS Matt by the ramp, and Lee lets go to drop an elbow! Rush holds up one of the Trios Championship belts, let’s hope he’s not jinxing his team. Lee drags Omega to the LFI corner and tags in Andrade. They mug Omega again then Andrade CHOKES Omega on the ropes!

The ref counts, Rush adds his boot to the mix, but the ref just reprimands them both! Andrade and Rush let off at 4, and Andrade soaks up the heat from the fans. Andrade drags Omega up but Omega ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! Andrade hits Omega back with forearms, then undoes Omega’s shoulder brace! Andrade CHOPS Omega in the LFI corner, Rush holds Omega in place, but the ref counts. Omega BOOTS Andrade, elbows Rush y Lee, then goes up and over to hot tag Nick! AEW returns to single picture as Nick CROSSBODIES Andrade! Rush gets in but Nick knuckle locks, CHOPS and FLYING ARM-DRAG RANA COMBOS!

Rush & Andrade flounder, Matt tags in, and Matt runs at Andrade, only to get a BOOT! Lee tags in, goes up and CROSS- NO! Matt catches Lee for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! The Polar Express gets going, another NORTHERN LIGHTS, then Rush runs in! Matt gets him, DOUBLE- NO, Lee & Rush CLUB away on Matt to stop the double, to then double suplex back. But Nick saves Matt, and the Bucks go to double suplex Rush & Lee! But Andrade stops that! LFI sets up but then Omega CLUBS Andrade! The Elite TRIPLE SUPLEX LFI!! Fans are thunderous and Nick takes aim. He goes up and up and ESCALARAS LFI down!

Fans declare “This is Awesome!” as Nick puts Lee in the ring. Nick whips Lee to ropes but Lee holds ropes to stop himself. Nick rushes in but is put on the apron. Omega rushes in but into a BOOT! Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Nick springboards to DOUBLE STOMP on top! And Matt is up top to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, Andrade & Rush break it! Nick whips Andrade but Andrade reverses to send Nick out. Rush ROCKS Matt, then whips him corner to corner. Andrade whips Omega into the LFI corner while Rush runs in and SPLASHES Matt! Then Rush and Andrade sit Matt and Omega down.

Nick returns to ROCK Rush! And run in, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the Elite corner! Lee SWINGING DROPKICKS Omega, Andrade runs to give Matt CIEN KNEES! Andrade drags Matt out for Lee to cover, TWO!! Matt keeps The Elite in this but Lee drags Matt over. Tag to Andrade, he tags Rush, and then they double whip Matt to the open corner. Rush sends Lee in to clothesline! Andrade adds his own clothesline, then Rush adds a SPLASH! Snapmare and LFI TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans boo as LFI all tranquilos together and AEW goes picture in picture.

Andrade kicks Omega off the apron, goes back to Matt and stomps him down. Andrade stalks Matt, KNEES him into the corner then stomps him down! Andrade scrapes Matt out but Rush is there to RAM him into railing! Rush snapmares Matt to KICK him in the back! Andrade keeps the ref busy with Nick while Rush puts Matt in the ring. Cover, but Nick stomps it apart! The ref reprimands but Andrade rallies the fans. Andrade blows snot at Nick! Then he KNEES Matt into the open corner! Andrade stomps away on Matt while the ref has to keep Nick back. Andrade soaks up more heat, then he tags Lee.

Lee storms up on Matt to trip him and turn him for a HALF CRAB! Matt endures as Lee bends him back! Lee drags Matt away to tag in Rush, and they stomp away on Matt. Rush then BOOTS Omega back off the apron! Matt throws body shots but Rush HEADBUTTS Matt back down. Rush CHOPS Matt and he falls against ropes. Rush drags Matt up, tags Andrade, and they double whip Matt for Rush to POWERSLAM! Rush sits Matt up and Andrade runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Matt still toughs it out for his team! Fans rally up but Andrade puts Matt in a neutral corner. Matt throws body shots in return, but Andrade BOOTS Matt down!

Andrade stomps a mudhole into Matt, then sucker punches Omega! Tag to Rush, Rush tags Lee, and then Rush aims from the corner. AEW returns to single picture again as Rush fires up and runs corner to corner, to stop and KICK Matt! Then Rush rolls back to tranquilo again. Nick gets in to KICK Rush in the face! Lee rushes in to CLOBBER Nick, but Matt gets up to SUPERKICK Lee! All the brothers are down and fans are thunderous! Matt and Lee crawl, but Lee anchors Matt’s foot! Andrade gets in, but Matt boots Lee into Andrade! Hot tag to Omega! Omega rallies on Andrade with big POLISH HAMMERS! But Andrade ducks the discus to kick low!

Andrade & Rush double whip, but Omega KICKS Rush away! Omega blocks a shot, but Andrade ducks, the ENZIGURI gets Rush! Omega ducks Andrade’s haymaker to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! SNAP DRAGON for Rush! Lee runs in, Omega dodges the knee to SNAP DRAGON Lee! Fans are thunderous after the hattrick, and Omega tags Nick back in. Nick tags Matt back in, the Bucks drag Andrade and Rush up. They whip Rush and Andrade to opposite corners, then Omega runs down the middle to back elbow Lee! Matt and Nick run corner to corner to clothesline Andrade and Rush, respectively! Then back the other way!

Omega whips Lee corner to corner, then Matt & Nick do the same, only for Andrade & Rush to reverse it! The Bucks do-si-do and SUPERKICK IN STEREO! Omega runs at Lee again, but Lee puts him on the apron! Nick runs in, Lee also puts him on the apron. But then Matt runs in, Lee BOOTS him away! Matt wobbles, Lee runs out to RAN- NO! Matt brings Lee up, BUCKLE BOMB DOUBLE GIRI COMBO!! Matt keeps moving, CANNONBALL DOUBLE GIRI!! Fans are thunderous as The Elite all coordinate, TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! Cover, Andrade AND Rush break it up! LFI stays alive but Nick throws Andrade out while Matt throws Rush out.

Matt tags Omega back in, The Bucks aim at Rush and Andrade, STEREO PLANCHAS! Direct hit on both ends and Omega has Lee all to himself. Fans rally up and Omega kneels! The Terminator Drums are back after 10 months! Omega builds speed, but Lee trips him up! Lee stomps Omega, hauls him up, back suplex! But Omega lands on his feet! Omega throws Lee back out, resets, and the drums start again! Omega runs, but his legs are tiring out! Omega orders his legs to move, and he builds speed, only for Jose to trip him up! The ref missed it from a distraction by Rush, and Jose mocks Omega with finger guns.

Lee gets in while Rush & Andrade drag Omega out. They prop Omega up on top of the railing, Lee mocks the Terminator Drums and builds speed! Andrade holds the ropes open for Lee to DIVE, into the front row!! Fans lose their minds as Omega and Lee land at their feet! Rush & Andrade drag Omega up while helping Lee. “This is Awesome!” as Rush & Andrade help Omega and Lee into the ring. Lee covers, TWO!! Omega survives but Lee tags Andrade! Andrade stomps Omega, climbs up the corner, but fans boo. Nick anchors Andrade’s foot! Andrade elbows him away and Lee FLYING RANAS Nick to the floor!!

Andrade MOONSAULTS, Omega moves, but Andrade STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! LFI is learning why Omega is a multiple time champion! Andrade drags Omega up, hammerlocks an arm, LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Rush intercepts Matt, but Matt powers through to break the cover! And just in time! Andrade tags Lee, he hurries in after Omega, but Omega V-TRIGGERS!! Lee falls over, Omega staggers around, but he puts Lee on the ropes. Omega says “BANG!” and runs, to V-TRIGGER again!! Omega drags Lee back in, manages the Electric Chair, and the Bucks intercept Rush and Andrade! ONE WINGED ANGEL!!! Cover, THE ELITE WINS!!

Winners: The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

The Cleaner has returned, and what an epic first match back! Omega shows his respect to LFI before leaving with the Bucks, will they be the ones holding those trios titles in the end?

As for LFI, Andrade helps Lee up, even loosening his mask for the sake of his head. Rush holds his brother’s hand up, showing respect to the valiant effort, only to feed Lee to LA SOMBRA!!! They SNATCH his mask away!! Does LFI not respect anyone?!


My Thoughts:

What an awesome episode for Dynamite, though they didn’t really go that strong into the Game of Thrones cross branding. But in some ways, that’s fine, because I’m pretty sure it would’ve been really cheesy. Punk opening with that promo was wild stuff. I won’t say that was a Heel turn, but he was definitely shooting hard with those references to his long storied WWE career. Moxley had a great response, they had a great confrontation and a great couple of brawls. Them having the Undisputed AEW World Championship match next week is wild, but also a big indicator there will be shenanigans at some point. They can’t not have the world title on All Out, so something’s gotta happen in Cleveland.

Bryan VS Garcia as the opening match was a great choice. It allowed the match to breathe, and it was all great. I almost thought the piledriver was legit rough, that was very close to flush. But Bryan winning makes a lot of sense given the story they’re building. I said it before that Garcia should leave the JAS to join BCC, and I’d love it if that happened at All Out. Jericho gave an ultimatum, so there’s gotta be a match that happens at the PPV for the fate of Garcia. And good promo from Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory. They’re going to have a very good match on Rampage, but I would think Swerve & Keith retain to get their first defense out of the way.

Good promo from Will Hobbs to call out Ricky Starks and The Factory, but it’d be really interesting if The Factory somehow becomes the reason Hobbs & Starks work out their differences and unite as a team again. Gunn Club squashing the Varsity Blonds was nuts, but it was even more nuts that they turned on Billy to join Stokely. The Acclaimed saving Billy and teaming up with him is pretty cool, and I wonder how these teams are going to escalate from that Dumpster Match. And good promos from Lethal’s group and the reunited Pinnacle, that is going to be a very good trios match.

Good promo from Best Friends and Trustbusters, especially the purposefully jumbled and messy team moment from Best Friends. I’m pretty sure Best Friends win on Rampage to move forward, as they made a good point about being a trio for longer, and built on friendship, not finances. Great promo from Death Triangle to call out The United Empire, and I got it scrambled in my head somehow that United Empire had to be here this week. They’re showing up next week, after the G1 Climax has resolved, and who knows if Ospreay will be coming in with momentum or not. But either way, Ospreay and Pac interacting is going to be awesome as each man has gold and we could get some great title feuds between them outside of the trios titles.

Very good promo segment from JB and Christian Cage, and Christian does have a point that JB has improved in terms of his confidence, and thereby improving his promo skills. Great little brawl, and even though JB smashed up Christian’s arm, I’m sure there will be something for this feud come All Out. We got a very good match from Storm and King, especially with this being King’s return to TV in almost half a year. Maybe King can join Athena against The Baddies while Kris Statlander is out, as King also has history with Red Velvet and the other Baddies. As for Storm, Storm VS Rosa is going to be a great match for All Out.

Then in the best thing of the night, it was everything with the Trios Tournament in the main event. Great to see Omega return to action, and I’m surprised he did as much as he did, especially that huge tope suicida spot at the railing. Though I suppose that was more on Lee than on Omega. Omega being the third man of course meant The Elite was going to win, but I had fully expected to see Death Triangle VS LFI in the next round. Rush turning on his own brother was a shocker, too, but I suppose Rush & Andrade are going to pile on the Heel heat for themselves. As for The Elite, I wonder if Cole & reDRagon cost them next round against whoever they face. That way, we get OG Elite VS Undisputed Era set up, and then I’m thinking Death Triangle VS Best Friends at All Out for the titles.

My Score: 8.8/10


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