Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly take on the NXT Tag Team Champions, together!
Though the Men’s and Women’s Dusty Cups continue, the Prince looks to cut down Pete Dunne’s back-up! Will Finn and Kyle hold together long enough to settle things with Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch?
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: MSK VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; MSK wins and advances.
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Aliyah & Jessi Kamea w/ Robert Stone; Gonzalez & Kai win and advance.
- Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Dante Rios; Rust wins.
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Grizzled Young Veterans VS KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff; Grizzled Young Veterans win and advance.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado Del Fantasma VS Curt Stallion; canceled.
- Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
- Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Balor & O’Reilly win.
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Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: MSK VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!
The quarterfinals begin and the newest team in Nash Carter & Wes Lee takes on perhaps the most functionally dysfunctional one in the Rockstar Spud and Belfast Beast! Will MSK get another big win to follow up their shocking debut?
The teams sort out, Dain lets Maverick start against Lee. They tie up, Maverick waistlock slams Lee down and flips him over for a cover, TWO! Maverick headlocks, grinds Lee down, but Lee fights up. Lee puts Maverick on ropes, the ref calls for the break, and it is clean. Dain’s a little disappointed, he wanted Maverick to show some aggression there. Maverick and Lee circle, approach, Lee waistlocks now and slams Maverick back. Maverick slips around to facelock but Lee fights up. Maverick cranks on the facelock, Lee wrenches out and clamps onto the arm, but Maverick fights up. Lee whips Maverick to a corner, runs in but is put on the apron!
Carter tags in, Lee swings in, and it’s a fake-out to a BRONCO BUSTER! Carter bounces around, lets off and drags Maverick to a cover, ONE! Carter keeps Maverick down, tags Lee back in, slingshot senton! Lee tags Carter back in for another slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Carter keeps his cool, brings Maverick up, and ROCKS him! Maverick fires back but Carter ROCKS Maverick again! Carter whips, Maverick holds ropes to deny the dropkick, but Carter trips Maverick as he heads for his corner! Maverick gets away and tags Dain in anyway! Dain throws Maverick at Carter! Then Dain DECKS Lee, and goes after Carter with fast hands in the corner!
Dain CLUBS Carter to the corner, tags Maverick in, and then whips Carter to use Maverick as a speed bump! Carter falls, Dain drops the back senton! Dain scoops Maverick to SLAM him on Carter! Cover, TWO! Maverick clamps onto Carter with a chinlock and grinds him down. Dain tags in, taunts Lee, then runs in to back elbow Carter! Dain puts Maverick on the apron, and they meet in the corner with the enziguri BOOT combo! Cover, TWO! Lee was ready to break the cover but Dain glares at him. Dain drags Carter up, fireman’s carries, but Carter slips out to tag in Lee! MSK go after Dain with fast strikes, enziguri to DOUBLE STOMPS!
Fans fire up but Dain is furious! Lee throws haymakers but Dain just tanks them! Lee goes up but Dain shoves him down! Lee crashes down and Carter checks on him! Maverick keeps Dain calm, or at least tries to, as NXT goes picture in picture.
Dain refuses to stay away and he pursues Lee outside. Carter backs off, Dain drags Lee up and CHOPS him against barriers! Dain puts Lee in the ring, stalks him, then drags him back up to bring him to the corner. Tag to Maverick, Dain digs his knee into Lee but Maverick wants him to let off. Maverick drags Lee to a cover, TWO! Maverick keeps Lee at the ropes, Dain tags in but Lee rams Maverick back. Dain kicks Lee in the ribs, brings him around but Lee throws body shots! Dain shoves Lee, Lee hits Maverick but Dain splashes Lee! Maverick tags in and he drops elbows on Lee, then a leg drop! Cover, TWO!
Maverick drags Lee back up, wraps on a chinlock and thrashes Lee around. Lee endures, Maverick cranks harder on the hold, but Lee fights his way up. Maverick headbutts low, throws elbows and puts Lee in the corner. Tag to Dain, Dain stomps Lee, then drags Lee up only for Lee to jawbreaker back! Lee leaps but Dain catches him! Carter can’t reach before Dain RAMS Lee into the other corner! Dain glares at Carter, goes back to Lee and drags him up. Tag to Maverick, and they mug Lee in the corner. Maverick brings Lee up for body shots, then snapmares him to a back senton of his own! Cover, TWO!
Maverick tags Dain and keeps Lee down for Dain to step on him! Dain drags Lee up to clamp on a neck wrench! Lee endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally up. Dain shoves Lee to an open corner and hits a corner splash! Dain drags Lee up but Lee throws a haymaker! Dain DECKS Lee for it! Dain scoops Lee to SLAM him and drop another BACK SENTON! Tag to Maverick, Maverick covers Lee, TWO! Maverick keeps Lee down with a facelock but Lee works towards the MSK corner. Maverick shifts position to a headlock but Lee keeps fighting! Maverick kicks Carter’s hand away, shifts position again but Lee tosses him! Tag to Carter!
Carter rallies on Maverick, fires up and throws knees and a kick! Maverick switches the waistlock to shove Carter to a corner but Dain wants in! The ref keeps Dain back as Carter hits a GAMANGIRI on Maverick! Carter snapmare rolls Maverick and PENALTY KICKS! Carter dropkicks Dain down and fires up! Tag to Lee and fans fire up with MSK as they focus on Maverick! PUSHING MOONSAULT! Cover, but Dain breaks it! Dain drags Carter out to throw him out, but Carter kicks back! Lee dropkicks Dain out! Carter goes up to MOONSAULT onto Dain at the ramp! Lee sees that but Maverick rolls him up! TWO!!
Maverick keeps on Lee but Lee slips under and UPPERCUTS! Tag to Carter, he scoops Maverick, BLOCKBUSTER HART ATTACK! Cover, MSK wins!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)
Carter and Lee are bringing the fight to the NXT Tag Division, and will meet Lucha House Party or El Legado del Fantasma in the next round! Will MSK shock even those experienced teams in the Dusty Cup?
The Kings of NXT arrive.
Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan are fired up but Pete Dunne is stone cold as always. Will the One Two represent for the team tonight?
NXT profiles tonight’s Women’s Dusty Rhodes Classic match-up!
For Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, “One year ago, an unbreakable bond was created.” And a trail of broken bodies have been left in its wake. History is just three victories away as one team looks to win the first-ever Women’s Dusty Cup! But Robert Stone speaks for his brand, saying Aliyah and Jessi Kamea have been waiting for a breakout opportunity. That starts tonight, then ends at TakeOver when they win this historic tournament. Will #CobraKai and #BigMamiCool crush the dreams of the newly redesigned Robert Stone Brand?
NXT shares an exclusive interview with Curt Stallion.
McKenzie Mitchell sits with the Lonestar and asks what the fans need to know about him. “You ever drive 19 hours straight one way by yourself?” She has not. Well that’s fine. Stallion has more times than he cares to remember. But the reason why was because he had to make it from West Texas to Chicago, Illinois. He looked outside his window to see tumbleweeds blowing around so he looked up at the sky to see shooting stars. He followed those stars with his eyes, and at the end of the skyline is the brightest star he’s ever seen. And that was when he realized he is THE Lonestar Stallion.
“That road I’m traveling down, it represents the life that I want to live. It represents freedom, and to maintain that freedom here in the WWE, I’m gonna strap the proverbial rocket to my back.” That rocket is the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. When he straps that bad boy on, the Lonestar becomes a super star. Then best of luck tonight. Stallion finally gets his shot at Santos Escobar, will he hit his target?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai VS Aliyah & Jessi Kamea w/ Robert Stone!
Ricky Desperado crushed Rhea Ripley in their New Year’s Evil Last Woman Standing match, but with a little help from Captain Kota. Now the devious duo looks to take the Women’s Dusty Cup for their own! Will the Robert Stone Brand be a mere stepping stone to history?
The teams sort out, Raquel starts with Aliyah. Raquel dares Aliyah to bring it, they tie up, and Aliyah can’t even push Raquel back! Raquel swings and TOSSES Aliyah away! Aliyah scrambles up, Jessi tags in, and she goes after a leg. Raquel pries Jessi up to a Canadian rack and even pulls hair! Jessi fights free, sunset flips but Raquel breaks that. Jessi avoids the elbow drop to then dropkick Raquel to a corner! Jessi runs in and hits a BIG forearm! Jessi cravats, Raquel powers out and Dakota takes a swing, but Jessi avoids that only to get CLOBBERED! Tag to Dakota, she throws hands on Jessi and CLUBS her, then pushes her around.
Dakota pie faces but Jessi dodges the clothesline to scoop and SLAM! And springboard elbow drops! Cover, ONE! Jessi scowls, tags in Aliyah, and the Brand drags Dakota up to double whip. They both do the splits, Jessi hurdles Dakota for Aliyah to ROCK her, then Aliyah talks some smack. Aliyah runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Aliyah keeps on Dakota, drags her up and whips her to a corner but Dakota reverses. Aliyah goes up and over and runs back in to BOOT Dakota down! Aliyah talks more smack but Dakota gets out of the ring. Aliyah builds speed to slide but Raquel saves Dakota, and Dakota BOOTS Aliyah! Dakota puts Aliyah in, covers, TWO!
Dakota drags Aliyah up, tags in Raquel, and they mug Aliyah in the corner. Raquel drags Aliyah around to CLUB her down, then taunts her and Jessi to tag. Raquel KICKS Aliyah down, brings her up to scoop and swing for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel drags Dakota up, whips her to a corner hard then tags in Dakota. Dakota runs in to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Dakota snarls, clubs Aliyah down, then brings her up. Aliyah hits back, Dakota clubs her again, then bumps her off buckles. Dakota digs her boot in as Raquel tags in, and Raquel stomps then RAMS into Aliyah! Raquel lets off to taunt Jessi, then she bumps Aliyah off more buckles.
Raquel throws hands, tags Dakota back in, and whips Aliyah for a BIG hip toss! Then Raquel gives Dakota a boost on the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Aliyah survives but Dakota cravats to grind Aliyah down. Stone coaches Aliyah as she fights up, and Aliyah throws body shots. Dakota kicks but Aliyah blocks, only for Dakota to throw Aliyah down by her hair! Aliyah gets up, runs and hits a SATELLITE DDT! Both women are down, Aliyah and Dakota crawl, hot tags to Jessi and Raquel! Raquel CLOBBERS Jessi! Raquel drags Jessi up, fisherman and DESPERADO BOMB! Cover, Raquel & Dakota win!
Winners: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)
The unbreakable bond might’ve just broken The Brand! Will Dakota and Raquel do the same to KC Squared in next week’s semifinal?
Backstage interview with The Way.
McKenzie congratulates Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell on their win in the Women’s Dusty Cup. As if there was any doubt! Ever since William Regal announced this tournament, Candice knew the cup was as good as theirs. And Indi says they do not care who they face, they always find a way to succeed. Nice. Meanwhile, does Johnny Gargano have any comments on Regal discussing the North American Championship with the man who has beaten Gargano twice in Kushida? NO! Don’t say his name! Someone else talk to her. Gargano storms off, Candice follows, and Austin Theory says we do not say “Kushida” around Gargano. It’s like The Curse.
Gargano comes back having cooled off, and Theory lets him know he talked to McKenzie about Kushida. STOP! Don’t you know now to say that! About Kushida or The Curse? SHH! Both! All of it! It doesn’t matter if he has two fluke victories over Gargano, he is not getting the title. And most importantly, you don’t say his name! Gargano storms off again and Theory apologizes again about Kushida. DON’T SAY THE NAME!! The Way leaves, and WOOSH! Dexter Lumis appears from behind the curtain!! Does the Tortured Artist have his eyes on a new subject?
Scarlett Bordeaux reads the tarot cards.
“Foolishness tempts the course of fate. The Hierophant’s goal: pass on his wisdom, elevate his followers. Such conviction leads to… obliteration. Stay on your journey, or he will alter his.” #FallAndPray.
NXT shares Brie Larson’s workout, as coached by Tegan Nox!
Captain Marvel has the Shiniest Wizard guiding her fitness journey with upper body exercises! Check out the full routine on Brie Larson’s official YouTube channel, under the series, “Training Captain Marvel!”
Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Dante Rios!
Bivens says last week’s loss to Bronson Reed was the smallest speedbump on the journey to the top. This week, Rust has an opponent more his own size. Will Rust get back on track against an opponent Bivens picked personally?
The bell rings, they circle and tie up. Rust waistlocks and slams Rios, brings him back up to slam him again, then step all over him. Rust isn’t so sure Bivens chose a worthy opponent but Rios sneaks up to waistlock! Rust switches, Rios pries at the hold but elbows free! Rios runs, sunset flips, ONE! Rust runs into an arm-drag but then fakes Rios out! Rust headlocks, Rios powers out and hurdles then drops, but Rust fakes out the next hurdle to DECK Rios! Rust shakes out his arm, drags Rios back up and wrenches the arm from wrist to elbow to KICK! And KICK! Rust drags Rios up to stomp him down, then he hammerlocks the arm to STOMP it!
Rios writhes and shakes out his bad arm, but Rust is after the arm with a wristlock. Rust brings Rios up, clubs the arm, then wrenches to an elbow breaker! Rust hoists Rios up with the arm and spins around to then WRING Rios out! The ref checks on Rios but he’s okay to continue, and Bivens cheers Rust on. Rios throws body shots and forearms but Rust DECKS him! Rust snarls as Rios goes to a corner, and Rust runs in, only for Rios to get around and roll him up! TWO, Rios CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Rust shoves, Rios gets around to backslide, TWO! BACK HAND! Rios fires up, runs, ducks and tilt-o-whirls, to a GUILLOTINE!
Rust endures, powers up by going after the bad arm and he RAMS Rios into a corner. Rios BOOTS Rust, hops up and leaps, into an UPPERCUT! Rios wobbles into a BOOT! Cravat, for the FLIPPING SLAM! And then the roll into short arm scissor, omoplata, DOUBLE ARM BUTTERFLY!! Rios verbally taps, Rust wins!
Winner: Tyler Rust, by submission
Bivens made the right call, and he takes his phone out for a celebratory selfie standing over the fallen Dante Rios! Will the Diamond in the Rust start to shine soon enough?
NXT profiles tonight’s other Men’s Dusty Rhodes Classic match-up!
The Grizzled Young Veterans say they’re not here to be a runner up again. They’re here to win the whole damn thing! Leon Ruff and Kushida are two excellent singles competitors, but they won’t stand in the way of GYV proving they are THE BEST tag team of this generation. But Ruff responds by saying the game plan is simple: survive and advance. Both he and Kushida believe they can compete with any team in the tournament. Kushida says, in Japanese, that “The Dusty Cup represents everything great and prestigious about our business.” He vows that he and Ruff punch their tickets to the semifinals tonight! Who will SSSOON be recognized as the next team into the next round?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor!
What are his thoughts about tonight’s tag team match with Kyle O’Reilly? Before he can answer, in walks Kyle himself. Is Finn ready? Always ready. Then can Kyle trust him? What does Kyle think? Well, Kyle doesn’t have to trust Finn so long as they’re on the same page. Then see you out there. Will these two men, who put each other through Hell, stay united and put Lorcan & Burch through even worse?
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Grizzled Young Veterans VS KUSHIDA & Leon Ruff!
Zack Gibson & James Drake were the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions, and they want their shot at THE NXT Tag Team Championships! Gibson has the mic and says, “Another wannabe team who want to take a shot at the GYV.” Kushida in jeans and the “One Hit Wonder” in Ruff! “Lads, what makes you think your five MINUTES of tag experience can match up with our 15 YEARS?! At the end of this tournament, the nameplate on that trophy will read one thing and one thing only: The Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSOON to be recognized as Dusty Classic winners!” Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem hit the ring, but will they have to hit the brakes against the Super Junior and NXT’s ultimate underdog?
The teams sort out, Kushida starts with Gibson and they circle. They tie up, Gibson gets Kushida in a cobra twist, drags him down to a body scissor clutch and rolls him around. Kushida slips out the back, drags Gibson down to an armbar but Gibson uses legs to hook legs and shift to a headlock. Kushida slips out the back again to hammerlock an arm, but Gibson slips around to trip Kushida, only for Kushida to headscissor back. The two stand off and fans cheer. Gibson swings, Kushida dodges to kick, CHOP and CHOP! Kushida throws haymakers, kicks Gibson to the corner and throws elbows. Kushida whips corner to corner but Drake saves Gibson from buckles, and Gibson knees Kushida low!
Gibson puts Kushida in the corner, tags in Drake, and Drake runs in to back elbow! Gibson hits a clothesline and feeds Kushida to Drake’s windmill kick! Cover, ONE, but Drake keeps on Kushida with haymakers! Drake brings Kushida around, suplexes but Kushida blocks! Kushida wrenches out, headlocks, and Ruff tags in as Drake powers out. Drake ducks but Kushida hurdles and Ruff sweeps the legs! Ruff KICKS the leg and Drake hobbles, but Ruff KICKS him to a corner. Ruff runs but is put on the apron, to ROCK Drake! Ruff goes up and around and under to then dropkick again! Ruff grabs Drake to wrench the arm and tag in Kushida.
Kushida and Ruff double wrench and double elbow breaker! And double knee smash! And double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO Kushida keeps on Drake’s arm and wrenches it, then tags in Ruff. Ruff climbs up to DUMDUM STOMP the arm! Ruff wrenches, steps over and jams Drake’s arm, then wrenches again to another elbow breaker! And another! And another! Ruff brings Drake up again to PELE the arm, then knuckle locks to CHOP! Ruff goes up the corner, hops around and HURICANRANAS! Drake flounders, Ruff headlocks then facelocks and keeps Drake from Gibson. Ruff throws knees, Drake blocks the suplex and wrenches out to WRING Ruff’s arm!
Drake DECKS Kushida, then tags in Gibson. GYV coordinate on Ruff with a double suplex, but Kushida saves Ruff to ROCK Drake! Kushida dodges Gibson, Ruff goes up for a FLYING CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! GYV almost got caught there as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Drake has Ruff’s arm but Ruff fights back! Ruff reaches for Kushida, throws more forearms on Drake, but Drake hauls Ruff up! Ruff sunset flips, Drake flails but eventually topples over, TWO! Drake CLOBBERS Ruff! Ruff gasps but Drake drags him up by his hair to ROCK him with a forearm! Drake tells Ruff to #GritYourTeeth and then DECKS him! Tag to Gibson, GYV coordinate for the PLANCHA BACKBREAKER! GYV taunt the fans then Gibson puts Ruff back in the ring. Gibson stays between Ruff and Kushida, drags him up, and scoops him, but Ruff slips out to hit a neckbreaker! Fans fire up as both men are down!
Gibson and Ruff crawl for their corners, hot tag to Drake and he drags Ruff away. Drake taunts Kushida but Ruff slips under! Drake gets the leg and anchors Ruff, then drags him back into a waistlock. Ruff elbows out hard, and tags in Kushida! Kushida goes up, leap sand ax handles! Kushida rallies with more forearms, then atomic drops to a whip and hip toss! Handspring basement dropkick! Fans fire up for Kushida as he aims at Drake and runs in to dropkick the arm! Kushida drags Drake back up, reels him in, hammerlock and underhook but Drake blocks! Gibson tags in, GYV mugs Kushida in the corner!
Gibson brings Kushida up, but Kushida slips out of Helter Skelter to ROCK Gibson! Kushida clamps on for an IRON OCTOPUS! Gibson endures, pries free and rolls Kushida to then throat chop! The ref reprimands but Gibson tags Drake. GYV coordinate again, Electric Chair and Drake climbs, GRIZZLED DOOMSDAY DEVICE! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and shocks GYV! Drake drags Kushida up to rain down fists, then tags in Gibson. Gibson drags Kushida up, whips him to Drake for a scoop but Kushida fights out! Gibson and Drake keep Kushida away from Ruff, double whip but Kushida handsprings for double back elbows! Hot tag to Ruff!
Ruff climbs and leaps to missile dropkick Gibson! Ruff builds speed to DIVE onto Drake! Drake hits announce desk, Ruff gets back in and runs to go up, up and FLIES onto Gibson! Fans fire up for Ruff as he puts Gibson back in! Kushida coaches Ruff on as Ruff runs, twists and rebounds to LARIAT! Ruff keeps going, goes back up top, and leaps for a SWANTON FLOP! Drake saves Gibson again! Tag and Drake DROPKICKS Kushida down hard! GYV coordinate, gut wrench and TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV win!!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall (advance to the semifinals)
The Ticket to Mayhem is also the ticket to the semifinals for Gibson & Drake! Will GYV repeat as Dusty Cup finalists? Will they break through to be the tournament winners and then contenders to the titles?
And to add insult to injury on Kushida and Ruff, Gargano and Theory rush out to attack them! Gargano stomps Kushida while Theory tosses Ruff! Kushida fights back with haymakers! Gargano SUPERKICKS Kushida down! Ruff gets up but Theory DECKS him, then goes out after him to DECK him again! Gargano stomps Kushida more as Theory drags Ruff up. Theory makes Ruff watch as Gargano gives Kushida ONE FINAL BEAT! Gargano holds his NXT North American Championship up in Kushida’s face, but what Theory doesn’t see is that Lumis has appeared behind him!! Theory looks over and freaks out!
Theory gets in the ring to warn Gargano, but Gargano says they have nothing to fear from “the freak.” Johnny Wrestling may not have to worry about the Timesplitter, but what about the Tortured Artist?
NXT finds Curt Stallion down backstage!
Someone attacked the Lonestar right before his title match! He knows it’s Legado, but what does this mean for the Cruiserweight Championship match tonight?
Backstage interview with El Legado del Fantasma.
It was decided over commercial that, given Stallion is in no shape to compete tonight, the Cruiserweight Championship match has been canceled. Santos Escobar says that’s really, really unfortunate, because he was going to teach “that punk” a lesson. But then Regal barges in and is just as adamant that Legado did this! Escobar says that’s not true, he has been in his room all night. Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza confirm the alibi, but that isn’t good enough for Regal. Next week, Escobar will defend his title against Stallion. And if Stallion “mysteriously” gets attacked again, all three members of Legado will face serious consequences. The ultimatum has been issued, but Legado just laughs it off.
Wait, what’s this in Escobar’s bag? The Hierophant tarot card…?! Scarlett dealt that earlier tonight! Escobar, Wilde and Mendoza are all a bit spooked, this is a bad omen. The end is near? The end is near?! Not! Legado doesn’t take any of these threats seriously, but will they have no choice when time is up?
Toni Storm is here!
The Lightning from Down Under gets the mic and she calls out Io Shirai! “When I want something, I don’t just wait my turn. I make it happen.” When Toni wanted to be NXT UK Women’s Champion, she took it from Rhea Ripley. When Toni wanted to win the Mae Young Classic, she did, and it was against Shirai that she did it! Now, Toni wanted to be one of the first women to win the Women’s Dusty Cup, but Shirai took that from her. So now, Toni wants to hurt Shirai and ruin her. But more than anything else in the world, Toni wants to take the NXT Women’s Championship from Shirai! Toni doesn’t have to wait any longer, Shirai is here!
The Evil Genius storms right to the ring, Toni eggs her on, but Shirai snatches the mic away! “I’ll fight you anywhere. I already made it clear. Toni, I don’t like you!” Toni trips Shirai and throws down fists! Shirai turns things around to give those fists back! They scrap back up to their feet, Toni shoves Shirai but Shirai dropkicks Toni down! Toni flounders out of the ring and Shirai eggs her on! But Mercedes Martinez BLINDSIDES Shirai! And then hits the TWO HAND CHOKE SLAM! Mercedes grins as she picks up the NXT Women’s title, but Toni gets in to take it from her. They argue over who gets it first, but Shirai dropkicks them both out! SHOTEI for Mercedes!
Shirai runs in, SHIKANSEN for Mercedes! And then Shirai goes up, only for Toni to trip her up! Toni drags Mercedes out, just so she can RAM her into the apron! Then Toni looks at the title before she HIP ATTACKS Shirai, and then HIP ATTACKS again! And again! Toni gets the hat trick, and then she picks up the belt. Toni wants a new #ShinyShiny, will she get what she wants?
Backstage interview with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.
Why did Swerve get in Bronson Reed’s minutes before his match last week? Get in his face? Are we pointing fingers now? Swerve had a “conversation” with Jake Atlas, Bronson got in Swerve’s face about it. But when Swerve decides to get in Bronson’s face, he’s the bad guy. Swerve is starting to understand how things go in NXT, but also how things always go. Everyone’s always blaming Swerve. So here’s an experiment: Point the finger, McKenzie. She does, at Swerve, and then he looks at the hand. How many fingers is she pointing back at herself? Get it? But no more putting the blame on anyone, Swerve’s House has a Colossal visitor, after the break!
Alexander Wolfe begins by saying “Imperium stood together on American soil,” and at Worlds Collide, they showed everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with. “Then everything changed.” Marcel Barthel says they were isolated in different parts of the world for the last year! And while they’ve been apart, Walter still rules as NXT UK Champion. Barthel and Fabian Aichner held the NXT Tag Team Championships, but that was not enough. Aichner says “Imperium’s power is in its unity.” Their unity will restore global domination. Wolfe’s return to NXT is only the beginning. Will a refocused and reunited Imperium regain the gold?
Backstage interview with The Undisputed Era.
What are Adam Cole’s and Roderick Strong’s thoughts on their quarterfinal Dusty Cup match against the newly formed team of Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher? Nobody knows Ciampa like the Era does. They’ve gone to war with him more times than they can count, and they know how tough Ciampa is. As for Thatcher, if the tag match is anything like the Fight Pit, they have their hands full. But they’ve had their hands full ever since they came to NXT. Ciampa and Thatcher are experienced, tough men, but as a team, Cole & Strong are tougher. And as a team, Cole & Strong have more experience. There is no way “those two dorks” are going to stop the UE from becoming two-time Dusty Cup champions. And you know what that is? That is Undisputed.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Bronson Reed!
The issues between Swerve and Atlas were spilling over backstage so Auszilla thought he’d put an end to it. But instead of squashing the beef, he just redirected Swerve’s attention to himself. Will Reed squash this beef by crushing Swerve’s House underneath him?
The bell rings and Swerve circles with Reed. Reed gets Swerve to a corner, the ref counts and Reed lets off, but Swerve KNEE TRIGGERS back! Swerve fires off hands but Reed powers Swerve to a corner! Reed gives those fists back, then tosses Swerve out! Swerve handsprings off the apron to land on his feet! Reed grabs Swerve and drags him back up! Swerve body shots and BOOTS Reed off the apron, the BOOTS him from the apron! Swerve drags Reed up and lines up another shot, but Reed blocks the boot to FLIP Swerve! Swerve tumbles hard and Reed drags him up into the ring. Reed stalks Swerve to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES!
Swerve flounders to ropes, Reed clotheslines him back out, then Reed DIVES?!?! Direct hit at the ramp and fans are going nuts as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Swerve has Reed down with an armlock. Swerve throws down forearms as he cranks on the shoulder, but Reed fights up. Swerve knees low, wrenches to a hammerlock and he RAMS Reed into buckles! Swerve keeps on the arm, hooking it with his leg. Swerve drives elbows into Reed’s head and then he pulls on the fingers. Reed fights up, Swerve headlocks, but Reed reaches out to get the ropebreak! Swerve holds on as the ref counts, and he even sneaks in some claws to Reed’s face! Swerve brings Reed up for heavy body shots and then pushes him to slingshot and somersault, only for Reed to SWAT him down!
Swerve staggers up, Reed runs him over! And again! Reed whips, and he uses a FULL BODY ATTACK! Then he drops a back senton! Swerve is gasping for air as he crawls to ropes! Reed drags him up, suplexes him, and holds Swerve up to then shift to a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives but Reed keeps his focus. Reed drags Swerve up, choke grips, and lifts, but the bad arm gives up! Swerve smirks as he runs in at Reed in a corner but Reed BOOTS him! The legs still work as Reed hops up, but Swerve EDDY GORDO KICKS! Swerve CHOPS Reed, climbs up, goes after the arm but throws more elbows.
Swerve cranks on the arm, for a SUPER ARMBAR DDT! HOUSE CALL! Swerve goes up, up and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives and Swerve is furious! Swerve sits Reed up and tells him to his face, “Never get in my business ever again!” Reed gets up, Swerve SLAPS him, and SLAPS him, so Reed HEADBUTTS! And LARIATS! Reed goes right up top, TSUNAMI!! Cover, Reed wins!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
Reed crushes Swerve’s House again, will it be Swerve who never gets in Reed’s face again?
Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“I’ve been doing this thing for 16 years now. There are the fights you win, the fights you lose, but then there’s the fights you remember.” Timothy Thatcher pulls up a seat next to Ciampa as Ciampa says there are the fights that command respect. Thatcher says the Fight Pit changes a man both physically, mentally, and even changes his vision going forward. “Out of anguish and struggle, respect grows. That’s why I accepted the offer.” The Dusty Cup represents opportunity. Next week, against the Undisputed Era, “it’s gonna be a war.” Will this tandem of tough as nails superstars tear down even the strong combination of Cole & Strong?
Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
William Regal told The Prince to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. But with no friends to turn to anymore, the NXT Champion had no choice but to turn to a rival. Will the fact they have a common enemy in the Kings of NXT help Balor and O’Reilly stay on the same page?
NXT returns as Balor makes his entrance. He and Kyle stare down but they have to remember their teammates tonight, not opponents. The NXT Tag Team Champions make their entrance now, and they hold their belts up to remind us who they are. The team sort out, Oney starts against Balor and fans fire up as they tie up! Balor headlocks, Oney powers out but Balor runs him over! Cover, ONE! Balor arm-drags Oney right to an armlock! Oney gets up but Balor wrenches and tags in Kyle. Oney gets away and Burch tags in. Fans rally as Kyle and Burch circle, tie up, and Kyle headlocks. Kyle grinds Burch but Burch keeps off the mat. Burch powers out, but Kyle runs him over!
Kyle arm-drags Burch around, has the armlock, and fans fire up as Kyle shows no pain in his jaw. Kyle wrenches Burch, reaches out to Balor but Burch brings Kyle away with a headlock. Oney tags in, the One Two double wrench and double CHOP! Kyle throws a forearm but Oney EuroUppers Kyle off his feet! Tag to Burch, they hand off the wrench and Burch throws a EuroUpper of his won! Burch hits a headlock takeover and maybe now Kyle feels pain in his jaw. Burch throws short palm strikes, but Kyle rolls to a cover, ONE! Fans rally up, Kyle tries to headscissor but Burch shrugs that off.
Kyle fights up, Burch holds onto the headlock, but Kyle throws body shots. Burch scoops Kyle, Kyle slips off and wrenches to tag in Balor. Balor kicks the arm, clubs away on it, wrenches again and tags Kyle back in. Kyle CLUBS the arm, YANKS on it, then rams shoulders with Burch! Kyle wrenches, tags Balor and Balor hops up to drop ax handles! Balor wrenches, clamps on, Kyle tags back in and Kyle goes up to drop an ax handle of his own! Oney runs in but gets double back elbows from Balor and Kyle! Kyle and Balor double whip Burch to double elbow! Balor and Kyle stare down again as NXT goes picture in picture.
Oney and Burch regroup outside, Kyle waits in the ring for them to come back. The tag champs take their time returning and Burch gets in. Burch ties up with Kyle but kicks low! Burch headlocks, Oney tags in, Kyle powers out but Burch dodges the roundhouse and Oney BLASTS Kyle with the running EuroUpper! Oney rains down fists on Kyle, taunts Balor, then drags Kyle up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper! Tag to Burch, the champs mug Kyle in their corner, then Burch pushes Kyle against ropes and chokes him! Burch even fish hooks the jaw! The ref counts, Burch lets off and Kyle clutches his chin.
Burch brings Kyle up to ROCK him with another EuroUpper! Burch snapmares, drops knees, then covers, TWO! Burch keeps Kyle from Balor with a facelock, tags in Oney, and Oney wrenches to snapmare Kyle into a keylock. Kyle endures as Oney thrashes him around, then fights his way up. Oney cranks on the hold, Kyle throws forearms and NXT returns to single picture as Oney ROCKS Kyle with another EuroUpper! Oney half nelsons but Kyle snapmares out of the Half ‘n’ Half, hot tag to Balor! Balor rallies on Oney, hits Burch for good measure, then trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Oney down! Fans fire up as Balor stomps away on Oney at the ropes!
The ref counts, Balor stops at 4, and he sees Burch slide in so he stomps Burch down! Oney runs up to half nelson but Balor swings, only for Oney to put him in the corner! Burch tags in, Balor fights back but the One Two mugs him. Burch wrenches the arm but Balor throws forearms back! Oney tags back in, he gets Balor’s arm for an armbar DDT! Oney rains down rights, fans boo but Oney looms over Balor. Oney drags Balor up, CHOPS him, and Burch taunts Balor as he tags in. Burch ROCKS Balor, drags him up to wrench and YANK the arm, then ROCKS him with a right. Burch keeps on the arm but fans rally as Balor endures.
Balor fights up, throws more forearms, but Burch wrenches and YANKS the arm again! Balor goes to a corner, Burch runs in to clothesline! Cover, TWO! Burch drags Balor up and chinbars to then tag in Oney. Balor fights back again with forearms and CHOPS but Oney ROCKS Balor! The tag champs double atomic drop, to a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Oney keeps Balor down with a half nelson and then shifts to a keylock. Fans rally and Balor endures as Oney leans on the hold. Balor fights up, Oney knees him low and drags him back down! Oney keeps the arm hooked with a leg then pulls on the other! Balor endures but Oney YANKS on the arm!
Fans rally but Oney drags Balor up for another EuroUpper! Balor wobbles, Oney eggs him on, then throws another EuroUpper! Balor reaches for Kyle but Oney EuroUppers, Balor PELES! Both men are down and fans are thunderous as the two crawl! Oney grabs at Balor to keep him away but Balor throws forearms! Balor keeps reaching, as does Kyle, but Oney whips Balor to the corner! Balor BOOTS back, elbows Burch then SLINGBLADES Oney! Fans fire up as Balor rises and tags in Kyle! Burch tags in but Kyle BOOTS him down! And ROUNDHOUSES! And again! KNEE for Oney! Kicks and palm strikes and knees for Burch! Leg sweep and Kyle fires up!
Burch gets to a corner, Kyle runs in to forearm smash! Kyle wrenches to an elbow breaker, then goes after a leg, but Burch SMACKS Kyle in the jaw! Kyle just fights through that to trip the leg! Burch BOOTS the jaw! Kyle runs in but into another boot! Burch goes up, missile dropkick caught to a KNEEBAR! Burch taps, Kyle and Balor win!!
Winners: Finn Balor & Kyle O’Reilly, by submission
The Undisputed Era’s three-time tag team champion helps the two-time NXT Champion put away the current tag team champions! But wait, here comes Pete Dunne! But while they’re distracted, Oney drags Kyle out to RAM him into the boards! The Bruiserweight and Balor brawl! But Oney gets in and goes after Balor, too! Kyle returns to fight but Burch is in, the 3v2 advantage goes the way of the Kings of NXT! Oney and Burch grab Balor for Dunne to BOOT down! The Kings stomps away, then drag Balor back up, so Dunne can bend the fingers! But here come Strong & Cole! Dunne SNAPS and runs!
The UE run off the Kings of NXT but the damage has been done! Balor and the Era boys stand together against Dunn, Lorcan & Burch! But what will it take to finally settle things between the warring factions?
A great episode for NXT on the road to TakeOver: Valentine’s Day. One thing that’s a bit disappointing but in a way intriguing is what happened with the Cruiserweight Championship. Just as we think Stallion is going to finally get his time on NXT, we get a bait ‘n’ switch and it’s somehow a way to shift things to Escobar VS Kross. Escobar namedropping Kross was a subtle indication this could happen, but I’m still surprised it has. Will Kross cost Escobar his title next week so they can feud without it? I was also genuinely surprised by Lumis popping out of the curtain after The Way had a promo. I have a feeling that with Kushida & Ruff out of the Dusty Cup, Lumis becomes Kushida’s new tag partner to go after The Way, leading into Gargano VS Kushida at TakeOver.
Speaking of, GYV VS Kushida & Ruff was a great match, but it seems a tradition now for Kushida’s team to put the other team over. Last year when Kushida & Alex Shelley reunited, they lost to GYV to send GYV into the finals, now it’s happened for the semifinals. At the same time, GYV is up against either Undisputed Era or Thatcher-Ciampa so maybe GYV does even worse this year. And with Ciampa’s promo, I just knew Thatcher would pull up a chair to join in. UE VS Thatcher-Ciampa could go either way, because there are many story reasons. Thatcher and Ciampa did well against Daivari & Nese on 205 Live but that could fall apart. But at the same time, we know UE has story still with The Kings of NXT, so Oney and Burch could try to screw UE over.
Balor & O’Reilly VS Lorcan & Burch was a great main event. I’m glad there was no dysfunction in Balor and Kyle, they were focused on the opponents, but I do find it odd that NXT continues the WWE trend where two great singles guys still beat a great tag team. The great tag team should’ve still found a way to win, but I suppose that would’ve made Kyle the fall guy, and they can’t do that if Kyle is still to be rolling towards a potential third NXT Championship match. The episode closing with Balor and the UE standing together was a really great image, but perhaps this adds to the math that UE loses the Dusty Cup match.
Imperium had a great promo, but don’t expect Walter to show up. I’m still surprised they got Wolfe out of the UK to the US but maybe the time he was gone on NXT UK was used for quarantine protocol. Depending on how things go with the North American and Tag Team Championships, I feel like Wolfe will go after the former while Barthel & Aichner obviously go after the latter. Swerve has a good promo but he still loses to Reed, so I’m not sure the point yet. Will Sore Loser Swerve return and he goes after Reed like he did Atlas? We got a great segment with Toni, Shirai and Mercedes, I’m starting to think we’re getting a Triple Threat at TakeOver: Valentine’s, just to help get through the amazing contender’s list.
MSK beats Maverick & Dain because MSK is the hot hand coming in debuting in the tournament. Lucha House Party VS El Legado could go either way, and either will make a great match-up with MSK, but does that make MSK a finalist? That’d be surprising, but perhaps in a good way. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez VS Robert Stone Brand 3.0(?) was good but naturally Kai & Gonzalez win. And while Kai & Gonzalez look like the favorites against Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, I feel like that’s reason enough for KC Squared to make it to the finals. Gonzalez is herself waiting in the wings to face Shirai, and it makes for great story if KC Squared are one match away, only to lose to The Way, Candice & Indi.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Revolution Results & Report! (3/7/21)
This is going to be an EXPLOSIVE Revolution!
AEW’s Revolution returns for 2021!
The Revolution returns and AEW is raising the stakes! Who will survive the EXPLODING BARBED WIRE DEATHMATCH to be World Champion!?
- Buy-In: Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker &
RebelMaki Itoh; Baker & Itoh win.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Y2MJF w/ Wardlow; The Young Bucks win and retain the titles.
- Casino Tag Team Battle Royal: Death Triangle wins and will challenge for the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Ryo Mizunami; Shida wins and retains the title.
- Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy; Miro & Sabian win.
- Big Money Match: Hangman Page VS Matt Hardy; Hangman wins and will receive Hardy’s Q1 earnings.
- Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes VS Penta El Zero M VS Scorpio Sky VS Max Caster VS Lance Archer VS ???; Scorpio wins and will challenge for the AEW TNT Championship.
- Street Fight: Team Taz VS Sting & Darby Allin; Sting & Darby win.
- AEW World Championship Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Jon Moxley; Omega wins and retains the title.
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It’s the Revolution Buy-In!
Sting’s return is nostalgic, historic, and shocking! He saw something of himself in Darby Allin, but why is he in AEW? Sting did not leave under his own terms a few too many times, and he won’t do that ever again. Darby doesn’t just remind Sting of himself with the paint, but the aura and the way he thinks. Team Taz thinks Darby is obsessed with Taz, but it has been the other way this whole time. Team Taz claims their number game is playing fair, but Sting and Darby having baseball bats and skateboards is dirty. So to get dirty, it’s going to be a STREET FIGHT! There’s respect but no fear here. “It’s all about survival.” Who survives when civility is thrown to the curb and the only rule is to win?
Aneki was on the edge of retirement when AEW Double or Nothing 2019 called to her. First wrestling for AEW left her wanting to come back for more. She has won the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, and she won’t let this chance pass her by. With a reinvigorated passion, she won the Japanese Bracket by beating one of her greatest rivals in Aja Kong, and then she brought all that emotion and tension to win the whole thing against Nyla Rose. Hikaru Shida remembers first meeting Mizunami in 2010, and her bragging that even if Shida wrestled for 100 years, she could never beat Mizunami. They’ve faced off three times, and have gone to DRAWS three times!
But now, 11 years later, we’ll see if someone can finally win! Mizunami didn’t retire all so she could beat Shida! Shida has been a fighting champion for half a year now, and has built a bridge between Japan and the world, and vows to be the one to cross it! Will Shida prove she’s the best Women’s Champion in the WORLD?! Or will she have to admit Aneki is still too great.
Young Bucks and two singles wrestlers as a team? “Here we go again.” Revolution 2020 was the Bucks VS Hangman & Omega, and the Bucks lost. Is that in the back of their minds? Of course! They don’t want to repeat history. They’ve changed tag team wrestling in the world, but took longer than expected to get the AEW World Tag Team Championships. It felt a lot like the independents in some ways. But after what Y2MJF have down to them and their family, “two egomaniacs who think they can do whatever they want,” the Bucks are sick of it. Is the bond of Y2MJF real? Who knows. What hasn’t Jericho done? What can’t Jericho be? But then there’s MJF, “a piece of shit.”
Jericho sings the praises of MJF, who is only 24 and is already a top name in pro-wrestling. MJF has only done that after being on TV for just over a year! But they’re so alike, will that only cause them to break apart? The Bucks say this could’ve just been standard pro-wrestling war of words, but Y2MJF went and made it personal. Attacking their friends, attacking them, attacking their FATHER, Y2MJF have gone too far! MJF asks if there is a right and wrong when it comes to winning. That move alone will do damage to the Bucks more than any wrestling move could. But will this emotional attack only motivate the Bucks to go from beating to hurting Y2MJF?
Big Money Matt was upset that he couldn’t outsmart the Cowboy, and now is trying to make him pay for it! But a win and a loss aren’t just on the line, a massive amount of revenue is, too! The loser’s 2021 first quarter financial earnings will be given to the winner! Hardy threatens to hurt Hangman Page both directly and indirectly, but will Hardy morally bankrupt himself first?
To be the Face of the Revolution, you have to take risks. And there’s little riskier in wrestling than a Ladder match! But the reward is worth the risk, because only one can go after the TNT Championship! It is just as important to AEW as the world title is, because of the Open Challenge legacy and the memory of Brodie Lee. Every man has something to prove, from Scorpio Sky wanting his breakthrough, Cody Rhodes who wants to recapture former glory, to Platinum Max Caster wanting to prove the worth he already feels he has, to Lance Archer wanting what should’ve been his all along, to Pentagon showing what Cero Miedo is truly about! But there is a wild card left to be revealed! Who will lead the way as the Face of the Revolution?
“You can only roll the dice so many times.” Moxley knew something would happen at some point. As many challengers as he took on in 2020, he knew he’d get caught up. But the way for it to happen just left a bad taste in his mouth. Don Callis says those who live moment to moment can’t understand how he and Kenny Omega planned this out. This wasn’t just a few weeks or a few years. This was all being worked towards for 27 YEARS! The Invisible Hand has guided Omega from the shadows, and so the “insects” are of course unable to grasp this. There’s no such thing as family in the business, but there is between Callis and Omega.
Callis and Omega think on another level. Callis’ plan has made Omega the Michael Jordan of wrestling, as he should be! And the Good Brothers are his powerful back-up. Moxley doesn’t care if it’s AEW, NJPW, Impact, everyone’s trying to take him out. Good luck, because you’re not the first, and won’t be the last. Callis says Moxley is a cockroach, but this Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch will be his extermination! Moxley and Omega have already raised the bar on intensity and violence, but this is a legendarily lethal stipulation! And Omega says it will be so humiliating for Moxley to look himself in the mirror and say that not only couldn’t he outwrestle Omega, but outdo him in something right up his alley!
Moxley knows this is all designed to destroy him, but it is his responsibility to take Omega out. If this is the end, then Moxley can’t think of a better way to go. Will barbed wires, explosions, and whatever the hell else these two bring to the fight be enough to end it?
Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker & Rebel!
The former NWA Women’s World Champion teams with the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion to silence a common enemy! But will the Dentist and her assistant be the ones smiling at the end of this kickoff?
Britt has a mic but no Rebel? It seems she’s excused her sidekick from this match because of the “brutal” attack from Nyla Rose! But Tony Khan and Britt got a second opinion, and Rebel hobbles out with a crutch! Rebel can’t compete, so Britt has a replacement! This is the perfect substitute for tonight, it’s… MAKI ITOH!! The Cutest in the World, the Fired Idol, has joined Britt in battle! But will Itoh-chan outshine even the Face of the AEW Women’s Division?
Thunder Rosa & Riho VS Britt Baker & Maki Itoh w/ Rebel!
The teams sort out and Riho starts with Britt. they tie up, go around, Britt spins Riho to full nelson and snapmare, but Riho turns that around to a wristlock. Britt gets up, wrenches and snapmares but Riho slips back out to the wristlock! Britt throws body shots, gets to ropes and steps through. The ref counts, Riho lets go at 4, and fans boo as Britt takes a second to shake her arm out. Britt returns, kicks Riho low, then throws forearms. Britt whips, Riho handsprings through and dropkicks Britt down! Things speed up, Riho dropkicks again! Riho whips Britt, Britt reverses but Riho tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Britt down!
Riho drags Britt up, brings her over, but Britt gets away. Rosa and Itoh tag in and fans are fired up! Rosa isn’t amused by Itoh’s double dirty birds, but they tie up. Rosa waistlocks, Itoh pries free and wrenches to a hammerlock. Itoh headlocks, fans rally for Rosa and she gets an arm to drag Itoh down. Rosa flips Britt off as she puts Itoh in a facelock. Itoh switches, headlocks, but Rosa powers out. Itoh rams Rosa but Rosa stays up and flexes. Itoh runs but Rosa rams her! Itoh gets frustrated but she throws forearms, Rosa forearms back! They go harder, and Rosa ROCKS Itoh! Itoh forearms back, Rosa fires off and ROCKS Itoh again!
Itoh cries?! Rosa asks what the heck. Itoh stomps Rosa’s foot! She suckered Rosa in! And then flips her off! Itoh runs, but Rosa runs her over! Rosa drags Itoh up, whips her but Itoh reverses. Itoh runs in and hits a back elbow! Itoh whips, follows and hits a bulldog to her knees! Itoh fires up and does a pose, “Who’s the cutest in the world? ITOH-CHAN~!” She rains down fists, but Rosa turns it around to an Electric Chair SNAKE EYES! Itoh staggers and Rosa brings her over to tag in Riho. Rosa snap suplexes Itoh for Riho to run, wheelbarrow with Rosa and SPLASH on Itoh! Cover, TWO!
Riho drags Itoh up, wrenches and drop toeholds her to ropes, then dials it up! 6 1 9 connects! Cover, TWO!! Itoh survives but Riho drags her over to bump off Rosa’s boot! Tag to Rosa, she snapmares Itoh to a cover, TWO! Rosa keeps on Itoh with a short camel clutch, and Riho DECKS Britt! Riho runs to basement dropkick Itoh, Rosa covers, TWO! Rosa brings Itoh up, tags Riho, but Itoh throws a forearm! Riho hits back, but so does Itoh! They go back and forth, even leaning into the shots! Riho knees Itoh then runs, but Britt trips Riho up! Fans boos Britt throws Riho into railing! Rosa protests but the ref is distracted, and Rebel helps Britt get Riho in! Rebel isn’t hurt at all!
Itoh fires up her head and runs, but the Kokeshi FLOPS! Itoh tags to Britt and she drags Riho up for forearms! Britt cravats, fans rally for Riho but Britt throws knees! Britt flips Rosa off then drags Riho around to stomp her! Britt drags Riho up, and hits a half hatch suplex! Cover, TWO! Britt is annoyed but she drags Riho to ropes and stands on her! The ref counts, Britt lets off at 3 but Rebel swipes Riho with a shirt! Itoh tags in and mugs Riho to then snapmare and clamp on with a camel clutch! Riho endures as fans rally, and Riho reaches out with legs for the ropebreak! The ref counts, Itoh lets off at 3, and then she stomps Riho down.
Itoh brings Riho up to bump off buckles and whip her corner to corner. Itoh runs in but Riho dodges! Riho hotshots Itoh! Riho hurries up top, leaps, and crossbodies! Cover, TWO!! Itoh survives again but Riho goes to her corner. Hot tags to Rosa and Britt! They brawl, Rosa runs and CLOBBERS Britt! Rosa fires up more and runs in to A-LIST LARIAT Britt down, for the SWINGING METEORA! Rosa rolls and runs and BASEMENT DROPKICKS! Rosa drags Britt up again, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Rosa still isn’t done, she sets Britt up for a big back senton! Cover, TWO! Rosa grows annoyed but she vows to finish Britt!
Rosa drags Britt up, suplexes but Rosa slips off to waistlock. Itoh tags in as Britt puts Rosa in the corner, and then Britt whips Itoh in for an elbow! Itoh feeds Rosa to Britt’s SLINGBLADE! Itoh fires up that head, and hits the FALLING KOKESHI! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives and Itoh sighs. Itoh drags Rosa up, flips her off, but Rosa kicks for a STUNNER!! Hot tag to Riho and she DECKS Britt again! Riho KNEES Itoh, but Britt SUPERKICKS her! Rosa enziguris Britt, Itoh kicks and whips Rosa! Itoh runs but into a boot! Rosa runs but into a spin and TORNADO DDT! Rosa bails to the apron but Itoh drags her back in and goes to a corner! Itoh climbs, for the SUPER KOKESHI, but she FLOPS!
Riho runs in to KNEE, but into a HALF CRAB?! Itoh has Riho caught!! Riho endures, and she gets the ropebreak! Itoh lets go in frustration but fans are fired up! Itoh drags Riho back up, throws another forearm but Riho hits back! Itoh forearms again, Riho returns it, and they’re fast and furious! Riho gets the edge, but Itoh HEADBUTTS the forearm! Itoh HEADBUTTS again! Both women stagger, Itoh hot tags to Britt! Britt gets Riho for an AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, Rosa breaks it in time! Britt grabs at Riho but Riho ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Rosa! Rosa runs at Britt, crucifix to sunset flip, TWO! Britt cradles Rosa then rolls her and rolls her to a backslide, TWO!
Britt reels Rosa in for a DDT! Cover, TWO to the ghost pin, TWO!! Rosa mule kicks Britt down! Rebel gets on the apron to distract but Rosa grabs her arm! Britt runs in but Rosa sends her into Rebel! Rosa fireman’s carries and DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Cover, but Itoh breaks it!! Rosa throws Itoh out and Riho LEAPS down onto her! Rosa scoops Britt but Britt slips out to SUPERKICK! Britt shoves Rosa at the ref, Rebel CRUTCH SMACKS Rosa!! Britt rolls Rosa, Britt and Itoh win!!
Winners: Britt Baker & Maki Itoh, by pinfall
That crutch wasn’t a crutch but an ace in the hole! Will this help Britt get past her issues with Rosa? Or will Rosa only want to double down and go for broke the next time she gets her hands on Britt?
AEW mourn the loss of Jim Crockett Jr.
AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Young Bucks VS Y2MJF w/ Wardlow!
Dysfunction in the Inner Circle may have cost them Sammy Guevara, but somehow, someway, the combination of Chris Jericho & MJF came out as THE team to face the champions! Will Matt & Nick make the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla and Salt of the Earth regret thinking they could ever be a better tag team?
Fans sing Judas for Jericho, the introductions are made, and the belts are raised. Teams sort out, and the Revolution begins with gold!
Jericho and Nick start and Nick tackles Jericho to rain down fists! MJF gets in but Matt tackles him! The Bucks rain down fists but Y2MJF run away! Matt clubs MJF, throws haymakers, and Nick does the same to Jericho! They brawl and Jericho tries to flee into the crowd of wrestlers! Nick drags him back and ROCKS him with rights! Matt ROCKS MJF, MJF rakes Matt’s eyes! Jericho whips Nick into railing, MJF does the same to Matt on the other side! They trade dance partners to whip the Bucks into each other! Fans boo but Jericho CLUBS Matt and MJF rakes Nick’s eyes! Y2MJF put the Bucks in the ring but then the Bucks run to DIVE! They take Y2MJF down and fire off hands!
Matt and Nick put Y2MJF in, then shoulder into them to slingshot and double sunset flip, to DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTERS! Y2MJF endure, and grab each other’s hands to stop them from tapping out! The Bucks let MJF go, Jericho gets a ropebreak but Nick stomps him down. Nick tags Matt, the Bucks whip Jericho but he reverses. Nick goes up and over and Matt SPEARS him down! Matt gets MJF with headscissors, and Nick dropkicks MJF down! Fans fire up while Wardlow checks on his boss. Nick tags in, Matt sets Jericho up, and Nick hits the DRAPING SWANTON! Cover, MJF breaks it!
Nick ROCKS MJF, throws him out, then handsprings, only for MJF to anchor a foot! Jericho triangle dropkicks Nick down! Jericho scrapes Nick off the apron and distracts the ref so MJF and Wardlow can mug Nick! Fans boo but MJF plays innocent. MJF puts Nick in for Jericho and he gets Nick up for a back suplex! Jericho looms over Nick, tags MJF back in, and Y2MJF double whip to double FLAPJACK Nick! MJF steps on Nick and so does Jericho, and then they mock the Bucks’ pose! Nick crawls for Matt but MJF clubs Nick down. Y2MJF double back suplex but Nick lands on his feet, dodges them both, and tags in Matt!
Matt rallies on the challengers and fires off endless haymakers and CHOPS on MJF! Matt fakes MJF out to hit a DDT! MJF says he’s hurt, Matt runs but Wardlow dumps him out! Jericho snap suplexes Matt, Wardlow BOOTS him down! Fans boo as Wardlow gets away with that. Jericho mockingly claps for Matt and MJF stands on Matt’s hand. MJF talks trash to fans then stomps Matt’s arm! MJF struts around then clubs Matt. MJF chokes Matt, tags Jericho, and Y2MJF mug Matt. Jericho suplexes Matt high and hard, then drags him up to whip him into the corner. MJF tags in and they mug Matt.
Y2MJF double suplex Matt and hold him up for a count of 10, to flip fans off while slamming Matt down! Cover, TWO! MJF wraps on a chinlock and grinds Matt down but fans rally up. Matt fights up, throws body shots, but MJF throws him down by hair! MJF smirks and he storms over but Matt boots him! Matt elbows Jericho away but MJF drop toeholds to a facelock! Fans rally, Matt fights his way up, and Northern Light Suplexes MJF away! But Jericho trips Nick off the apron! MJF WRINGS Matt into buckles! Cover, TWO! A close call, but MJF drags Matt up, MJF bumps Matt off Jericho’s boot then tags Jericho in.
Jericho throws hands, tags MJF back in, and they double whip to double- NO! Matt DOUBLE DDT’s the flapjack! Fans rally, Matt crawls, hot tag to Nick! Nick rallies with haymakers on Y2MJF, then kick, ROUNDHOUSE, front kick, SPIN KICK! SHINING WIZARD for MJF, dirty bird BULLDOG CLOTHESLINE for Y2MJF! Nick keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS Jericho from the apron! Nick slingshots at MJF for the FACEBUSTER! Then the cartwheel moonsault for Jericho! Slingshot DESTROYER for MJF!! Cover, TWO!? MJF is tough, you have to give him that! Nick puts MJF in the corner, MJF fights back but Matt tucks him in for CHEEKY NANDOS!
The Bucks tag, and they shout out Motor City Machine Guns with the SLICED BREAD BOMB! Cover, TWO!!? MJF is even tougher than expected! Matt keeps his cool as he drags MJF up. MJF headlocks and punches Matt! Tag to Jericho and he runs in, into Matt’s LARIAT! Matt rains down fists on Jericho, then runs, but into Jericho’s takedown! Jericho wants the Walls! But Matt reels Jericho in for a cradle, TWO!! Jericho blocks the superkick, spins Matt but Matt SUPERKICKS Judas Effect! Tag to Nick but MJF anchors Nick! Jericho reverse the gut wrench to a TOMBSTONE! Nick springboards but misses, and Jericho gets him in the WALLS OF JERICHO!!
Nick endures as Jericho sits deep! Fans rally and duel, Nick drags himself over, Matt tags in! Matt SUPER- NO! Jericho trips Matt to get the WALLS OF JERICHO again!! Matt endures, turns, and throws hands on Jericho! Matt throws Jericho away, brings Jericho around and CHOPS him! Jericho goes to bulldog but Matt puts him in the corner! MJF tags in and backslides Matt, TWO!! Matt shoves MJF and leaps, but into a POWERBOMB! cover, TWO!! MJF is furious, but “This is Awesome!” MJF seethes as he looms over Matt and gives him toying kicks. Fans boo but MJF soaks up the heat. “SUCK IT!” MJF kicks, then shouts “SUCK IT!” again!
MJF keeps kicking and telling Matt to “SUCK IT!” MJF winds it up but Matt scoops him! Jericho gives Nick a CODE BREAKER before the Meltzer Driver! MJF victory rolls, TWO!!! Matt narrowly escapes but he ‘s put on the apron. Matt aims but Wardlow distracts so Jericho can use FLOYD THE BAT! MJF hits the HEATSEEKER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Y2MJF can’t believe Matt survives but the fans are thunderous! MJF drags Matt up, bumps him off Jericho’s boot, then tags Jericho in. Y2MJF mug Matt, then shout at him to stay down. They double whip Matt corner to corner, Jericho runs in but Nick KICKS him down! MJF gets dumped out, hot tag to Nick!
Nick climbs up and Matt goes to another corner. Matt LEAPS at MJF and Nick CROSSBODIES Jericho! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Nick is frustrated. Nick throws hands on Jericho over and over, but Wardlow grabs at Nick! Nick dodges, JUDAS EFFECT hits Wardlow! Nick rolls Jericho, TWO!! Nick runs but Jericho throat chops him! LIONSAULT into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! B T E TRIGGER!!! Cover, MJF breaks it?!? The Bucks dodge his punch to SUPERKICK PING PONG!! MJF is drooling, as he takes a DOUBLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Jericho! Tag back to Matt and the Bucks vow to end this!
Matt gut wrenches Jericho, Nick aims from the stage and springboards, MELTZER DRIVER!! Cover, the Bucks win!!
Winners: The Young Bucks, by pinfall (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
The challengers may have been a new team, but they were a strong team, just not the best team! Now the Bucks will watch the Casino Tag Team Battle Royal very closely! Who will be stepping up to face Matt & Nick next?
Casino Tag Team Battle Royal!
Speaking of, two teams will start this match, and every 90 seconds, a new team will be thrown in at random. A team is only eliminated when both members are gone, so even one person left could win it for their partner! The first two teams are… Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall, the Natural Nightmares, and The Dark Order’s 5 and 10, Alan Angels & Preston Vance! But will either of these two teams be standing at the end of it all?
The bell rings and the clock is counting! The Nightmare Family and Dark Order have buried the hatchet, but then QT ROCKS Vance! Angels ROCKS QT and Dustin CHOPS away on Vance! They brawl, Vance CHOPS Dustin, Angels KICKS away on QT! QT turns things around to ROCK Angels while Dustin whips Vance. Vance goes up and over and builds speed, into Dustin’s POWERSLAM! Dustin kicks, but Vance sees the uppercut coming and BOOTS him away! Angels rains down five fists but QT puts him in the apron! WT BOOTS Vance but Angels KICKS QT! Angels slingshots for a CODE BREAKER, then SHOTGUN FALL AWAY SLAMS with Vance! MOONSAULT onto QT!
Fans fire up but Dustin DOUBLE BULLDOGS the Dark Order! The countdown is done and out come… PROUD ‘N’ POWERFUL, Santana & Ortiz! And they rush the ring to rally on the Nightmares! They kick and chop and CHOP! QT comes back to ROCK Santana while Ortiz stomps the Dark Order. Santana fireman’s carries QT, Ortiz joins in, NECKBREAKER DEATH VALLEY! PNP get Angels but he escapes the double team. He throws kicks, dodges Santana and ENZIGURIS! Angels keeps moving but Ortiz follows, only for Vance to BOOT Ortiz! Ortiz is on ropes, Angels runs to CROSSBODY him against them!
QT gives Angels a CUTTER! And then throws and ELIMINATES Angels! But then Vance throws QT over! QT holds on, the countdown is done and next is… The Sydal Brothers! Matt & Mike BOOT PNP, slingshot in and Mike dropkicks! Mike enziguris Santana for Matt’s FLYING METEORA! The Sydals fire up and go Matrix to avoid Vance! They KICK and KICK and KICK and KICK, then QUESTION MARK KICK Vance! The Sydals hit the DOUBLE LIGHTNING SPIRAL! QT is after Ortiz, Mike is after Santana, Dustin throws Vance up and over but Vance holds on! Vance survives while Santana fights the Sydals.
The Sydals CHOPS away on Santana, Dustin bumps Ortiz off buckles, and the countdown is done! The next team in is… MORE Dark Order, it’s Uno & Stu! They rally on the Nightmares, and RAM Dustin to then BOOT him! Matt Sydal runs into a BIG Urenage! Mike gets fed to Uno’s TWISTING COMPLETE SHOT! PNP mugs the OG, and then throw Mike out to ELIMINATE him! The Dark Order brawls with PNP, Stu KNEES Santana! Ortiz CHOPS and CHOPS but then gets fed to the Electric Chair toss POWERBOMB! Vance joins in to SPINEBUSTER Ortiz! Santana BOOTS and SUPERKICKS and CLOBBERS them all in return!
Dustin is after Stu with a BIG back suplex, the countdown is done again, and we get the GUNN CLUB! Austin & Colten are repping for Papa Billy and the Nightmares Family, and they rally on everyone that isn’t Dustin or QT! Colten whips Austin to uppercut Uno! Austin whips Colten to DUNK ON Stu! Colten dropkicks Uno, Austin hits the QUICK DRAW on Stu! Vance SEPARS Austin, Matt fires off on Colten! Ortiz whips Mike Sydal out, Santana BOOTS him down! The Sydal Brothers are DONE! PNP go after the Nightmares, the Dark Order go after whoever else, and the countdown is done again. The next team in is… Cezar Bononi & “Pretty” Peter Avalon!
The Pretty Boys run in and rally on the Gunn Brothers! Then they ROCK Uno! Avalon is fired up but Bononi did most of the damage. Avalon jawbreakers and enziguris Austin, then Bononi scoops and SLAMS Colten for Avalon’s basement dropkick! Avalon keeps on Austin while Bononi bumps Colten. QT saves Dustin from PNP and throws uppercuts. Uno and Vance go after Ortiz, Dustin CLAWS Bononi’s back! Bononi throws haymakers in return, Uno and Vance scoop Ortiz. The countdown finishes and the next team is… the Varsity Blondes! Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. hit whoever, and they CHOP and SPLASH Bononi! They double suplex, but he double suplexes them right back!
Coltsen powers Bononi to a corner. Austin gives Avalon a FAMOUSER! Then Austin ELIMINATES Avalon! He and Colten celebrate bot Bononi goes after them! Bononi whips, Austin dodges and clips Bononi’s leg! Colten hits a FAMOUSER! The Gunn Brothers get BOnoni, but QT DUMPS the Gunns out?! The Gunns are DONE, but Dustin says the Nightma reFamily was supposed to work together! QT gets mad at Dustin and he ELIMINATES himself!? What is going on with QT?! But the countdown is done and out comes BEAR COUNTRY! Bronson & Boulder storm in and spin BPJ for a SPINEBUSTER! Griff gets a kick and Uno is scooped, for the POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO! Fans fire up for Bear Country as they roar!
The Bears go after Stu but he DOUBLE PELES! Stu tries to torture rack Boulder?! He gets him up bot Bronson saves his partner! Boulder BOOTS, and throws Stu out to ELIMINATE him! Dustin attacks Bronson, Boulder digs knees into Griff! Vance CHOPS Bononi, Griff goes after Dustin. The countdown is done and the next team is… Jurassic Express! Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus get in, JB RAANAS Ortiz then dropkicks Santana! Luchasaurus DOUBLE CHOKE SLAMS the Blondes’! The Dark Order go after Luchasaurus, Santana and Ortiz give JB the back suplex, but JB double headscissors them! JB clotheslines and ELIMINATES Ortiz!!
Bononi DECKS JB, but he turns around into Luchasaurus’ TAIL WHIP! Luchasaurus clotheslines and ELIMINATES Bononi, the Pretty Boys are DONE! Griff fires off on Luchasaurus but Luchasaurus tosses him to ELIMINATE him! Santana goes after JB but JB body scissors and ELIMINATES him! PNP are DONE! Uno runs in but is put on the apron! Stunt helps out to RANA Uno into a post and ELIMINATE him! But here comes The Butcher & The Blade! The wolves are ready to hunt and they hit Vance and BPJ! Vance fires back but BPJ gets ELIMINATED! No more Blondes, and then JACK EVANS helps ELIMINATE Vance?! No more Dark Order at this point!
The Bears, the wolves, Dustin and Jurassic Express are still battling! Boulder throws Dustin out but he survives! Dustin hits back but Blade & Butcher are after him! Dustin holds on, throws hands, but they club him down! Bunny Allie helps out and they ELIMINATE Dustin! No more Natural Nightmares! BUt here comes PRIVATE PARTY! Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have new gear to go with their new attitude thanks to Matt Hardy. They go after JB, JB rocks Kassidy but Quen throw shim out! JB slingshots in, rebounds but misses, the Party mug him with DOUBLE ENZIGURIS! Quen stomps Boulder, Kassidy is after JB but Luchasaurus CLUBS Quen.
Butcher & Blade focus on Bronson, Private Party is after JB, but JB holds on with help from Stunt! The countdown is done again, and here comes SCU~! Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels take the fight to Private Party! They double hip toss and POWERBOMB NECKBREAKER to Kassidy! Bronson attacks back but Kaz ROCKS him, SCU hits a HIGH LOW! SCU CHOPS Luchasaurus and double whip, but Luchasaurus fights them off! HEADBUTTS all around, then a double choke grip! but SCU slip out of the slams, Bear Country work together to ELIMINATE Luchasaurus! But then Butcher dumps and ELIMINATES Bear Country!!
But the Bears drag Butcher out to mug him! They put Butcher back in for Daniels to go after, and the next team is… DEATH TRIANGLE!! PAC & Rey Fenix rush in, Blade gets a BOOT and a FOREARM! Everyone gets SUPERKICKS and DROPKICKS! They each throw out one, Quen and Blade are ELIMINATED! Butcher LCOBBERS Death Triangle but SCU goes after Butcher! SCU tries to throw Butcher out but Butcher fights them off. Daniels BOOTS Butcher, Kaz ROCKS Pac, Fenix runs in to fire hands with Daniels! STO for Fenix! Daniels throws Fenix to ropes but Fenix goes Spider-Man! The countdown is done and in comes… the last of the Dark Order!
Alex Reynolds & John Silver fire up and fire off on SCU! Silver BOOTS Daniels at the ropes, then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! Reynolds gets JB to TOMBSTONE him onto Daniels! The Dark Order give Quen a combo then the DARK DESTROYER! They whip Kassidy out and ELIMINATE him! Butcher CLOBBERS the Dark Order, but SCU dumps him out and ELIMINATES him! No more Fam! SCU, Death Triangle, Dark Order, and JB alone all brawl! JB ends up in a 2v1 for that reason while Fenix takes it to Daniels and CHOPS him! Fenix knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and Daniels trips him, only for Fenix to body scissor and ELIMINATE Daniels!
Reynolds puts JB on the apron but JB drags him out to join him! They brawl, Reynolds BOOTS JB but JB pops Reynolds up an dover a post to ELIMINATE him! Pac ROCKS Kaz, Kaz throws hands back! They brawl, Kaz mule kicks but Pac gets around to back suplex Kaz up and out! SCU is DONE!! Death Triangle stands together while Silver and JB are left for their teams. And the brawl is on again! Fenix CLUBS JB down, Silver ROCKS Pac. Fenix uses a camel clutch to grind JB down then throws him out, but JB holds on! Silver fights back as Pac puts him on the apron, and he enziguris Pac down! Fenix ROCKS Silver but he holds on for dear life!
JB whips Fenix, Fenix reverses but JB dodges the sobat! JB dumps Fenix out but he lands on the apron to enziguri JB away! Fans rally up for all these fan favorites as Silver and Pac fires off forearms! They go back and forth, over and over, and Silver KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! And KICKS, KICKS, KICKS! Silver runs, but Pac dodges to SNAP GERMAN! Pac whips, Silver reveres but Pac reverses back! Silver clings to the ropes! Pac runs, but Silver BOOTS him! Fenix tightrope walks and KICKS Silver to ELIMIANTE him! NO MORE DARK ORDER!! And now Death Triangle stand together against JB!
Fans rally for JB but Fenix and Pac mug him! JB tries to fight back but Pac back kicks, front kicks and back kicks again. JB avoids the dropkick and dumps Pac out to ELIMINATE him!! Things have changed and now JB stands with the Firebird! Fans are thunderous as these two CHOP back and forth! CHOP for CHOP for CHOP but JB gets the edge! JB kicks, hops up and spins to body scissor and arm-drag! JB keeps moving but he slides out the bottom. Fenix DIVES through the middle! Fenix almost breaks his own ass on the railing!
Fenix puts JB in and the refs argue what was top and what was middle! Fenix is still in this, and he springboards, into JB’s SUPERKICK! JB whips, Fenix reverses, JB REBOUND LARIATS! JB hits a POISON RANA!! Fans are fired up as JB gets Fenix up and throws him, but Fenix goes Spider-Man to HEEL KICK! Fenix clotheslines JB out and ELIMIANTES him!! Death Triangle wins!!
Winners: Death Triangle (NEW #1 Contenders to the AEW World Tag Team Championships)
The Bastard and the Firebird are headed for the Young Bucks! Will Penta El Zero M complete the triangle in tonight’s ladder match?
Backstage interview with Paul Wight.
Any hints for who AEW is singing tonight? Well everyone has been asking, but the only ones who know are him, Tony Khan, and the person themselves. Wight is going to really elevate AEW with Dark Elevation, so in the spirit of teamwork, here’s a hint: No one can outwork this talent. Who could that be?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Hikaru Shida VS Ryo Mizunami!
The Full Metal Warrior has been waiting for this moment, but so has Aneki! Mizunami won the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, but will she win the title? Or will Hikaru Shida break the streak of draws to win 100 years earlier than Mizunami’s claim?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this rivalry turned Revolution begins!
Shida and Ryo stare down as fans rally up. Shida offers a handshake, Ryo takes it, but Shida is ready for the forearm this time! Ryo respects that and the two circle. They tie up, Ryo powers Shida back but Shida waistlocks then headlocks. Ryo switches, Shida powers out but Ryo runs her over! Shida kips up and Ryo likes that. Shida speeds up, redirects and comes back, but Ryo runs her over! Ryo fires up and so do the fans as she runs in to forearm Shida in the corner! Ryo CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, and machine gun CHOPS! Kojima would be proud! Ryo powers up but Shida turns things around to bump her off buckles!
Shida fires off machine gun forearms! Shida powers up but Ryo puts Shida in the corner to CHOP and CHOP again! Another round of machine gun chops, and Ryo lets off to power up and do a dance, to CHOP again! Fans fire up, Ryo powers up and does her pantomime, but Shida hits a RANA! Shida smirks as she goes back to whip Ryo corner to corner. Shida runs in and KNEES Ryo down! Shida puts Ryo on the apron and CLUBS her, then gets space to run in and KNEE her back in! Fans fire up with Shida, Ryo staggers around but Shida gets a chair! Shida stands the chair up, runs in and launches, but Ryo blocks the knee to TOSS Shida into the crowd of wrestlers!
Ryo swaggers about while the ref checks on Shida. Shida drags herself up and Ryo drags her back to ringside. Ryo puts Shida in, and drops a leg to the back! But Shida powers up to try a stretch muffler, only for Ryo to FAMOUSER! Ryo runs to drop a leg, brother! And another, brother! And a third, BROTHER! Cover, TWO! Ryo pulls Shida into the half camel clutch! Shida endures, moves around and gets a ropebreak! Ryo stomps Shida, drags Shida up, but Shida thrwos forearms! Ryo swings but Shida spins her, but Ryo blocks the hip toss! Ryo kicks low, whips Shida corner to corner, but Shida goes up to mule kick and KNEE back!
Shida climbs, headscissors and hits DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Shida climbs again, Ryo stands, Shida missile dropkicks Ryo down! Cover, TWO! Shida grits her teeth, drags Ryo up and reels her in. Ryo blocks the suplex, throws forearms, and runs in to clothesline Shida to the ramp! Shida gets up, KICKS Ryo back, and then bumps Ryo off buckles! Shida climbs up, brings Ryo up, but Ryo resists Shida’s suplex! Shida hops down to throw forearms, then fireman’s carries, but Ryo slips around! Shida blocks the sunset flip to CRUNCHIE Ryo to the ramp!! Fans chant “Holy Shida!” as the champ leaves challenger behind!
The ring count gets to 5 of 10 but Ryo crawls over. Shida is there to leap up and drag Ryo to the corner, DEAD LIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Ryo is still in this and Shida is furious! Shida toys with Ryo a bit, but Ryo gets fired up! Ryo stands and forearms away on Shida! Shida takes it to DECK Ryo with one! Shida drags Ryo back up but Ryo double clutches the arms for a HEADBUTT! And another! Machine gun headbutts?! Shida ROCKS Ryo, Ryo CHOPS and LARIATS! And then LARIATS again!! Ryo runs to LARIAT a third time! Ryo fireman’s carries to hit a DEATH VALLEY PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO?!? Shida survives and Ryo is furious!
Ryo drags Shida up, reels her into another fireman’s carry, but Shida slips off to roll and ROCK her! Shida runs to TAMASHI!! But Ryo is right up to LARIAT again!! But Shida is right up to TAMASHI AGAIN!! Both women are down and fans are thunderous! Fans rally as a standing count begins, but it’s not until 5 that either stirs. Ryo and Shida crawl for each other at 7, and they sit up. The count is done, Shida throws a forearm but Ryo returns it! They both grin as they keep throwing BIG forearm shots! Ryo eggs Shida on and Shida ROCKS her again! Ryo forearms, Shida forearms and Shida gets the edge, only for Ryo to ROCK Shida again!
Ryo keeps hitting, she powers up and Shida wobbles and falls! Ryo drags Shida up again, and clinches for an URENAGE EXPLODER! Shida stands up and Ryo SPEARS! Ryo fires up again, and she goes to the corner! Ryo climbs up, takes aim, and hits the SUPER LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!?!? Shida survives and Ryo is beside herself! Fans again chant “Holy Shida!” but Ryo drags her up. Ryo brings Shida up to scoop, but Shida victory rolls the driver away! Shida can’t hold the cover and Ryo gets to a corner. Fans rally and duel, Ryo runs but into Shida’s knee and enziguri! Shida tries the suplex, Ryo slips out but into a STRAITJACKET GERMAN! But Ryo is right up, to BLINDSIDE LARIAT!!
Fans fire up again as Ryo drags Shida, but Shida hits a FALCON ARROW!! Shida can’t cover but she kips up and runs, to TAMA- NO! Ryo blocks but Shida knees and ROCKS and BLINDSIDE TAMASHIS! Then the FALCON ARROW!! Cover, TWO!?!? Shida keeps moving, but Ryo LARIATS her again! Both women go to opposite corners, run at each other, but the KNEE hits first! Ryo staggers up and Shida runs in to get around the lariat, and eye poke! INSIDE CRADLE, TWO!! TAMASHI! But Ryo cradle counters the cover?! TWO!! Shida ENZIGURIS Ryo! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!”
Shida drags Ryo up, reels her back in, to suplex and SIDE SLAM! Shida wants one more, and gets another TAMASHI!! Cover, TWO?!?!? How is Ryo doing this!? Shida “draws her sword,” to SPINNING KNEE! High stack cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Shida finally defeats one of her greatest rivals and retains the title! But Nyla Rose runs in to attack! Vickie Guerrero laughs as Nyla stomps Ryo, too! But Shida attacks Nyla back! Shida and Ryo stand united against Nyla but here come Britt and Itoh! They attack Shida and Ryo! Rebel gets in with the crutch but Nyla stands in Britt’s way. Nyla laughs, she’ll allow this. Rebel CRACKS Shida, and Britt stomps Shida! But here comes THUNDER ROSA! Rosa runs off Nyla and Itoh and especially Britt! Will Rosa help Shida and Ryo get revenge on these Vicious Vixens and wily weasels?
AEW Double or Nothing 2021 is coming!
May 30, in Jacksonville, Florida, AEW raises the stakes again!
Backstage interview with Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy!
They’re ready for their battle with Miro and Kip Sabian, but they go after them first! Kip slams Cassidy on a road case, and Miro SMASHES Chuck’s face into GLASS!! “Play my music!”
Miro & Kip Sabian w/ Penelope Ford VS Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy!
The Best Man drags the Kentucky Gentleman out to the ring, forcing him to have this match on Miro’s schedule! Chuck is bleeding from getting glass to the face, and Kip talks trash as Miro throws Chuck’s denim jacket away. They throw Chuck into the ring and Miro gets a mic to egg “Charles” on. Chuck has a way out of this but he keeps saying no! Miro could’ve brought Chuck with him to the moon, but Chuck keeps saying no! Miro can make this stop if Chuck just says the words. Chuck asks Miro to wait, and Miro sits him up. Chuck says, “Ring the damn bell!” And then he SLAPS Miro! The bell rings, and Miro CLOBBERS Chuck!
Miro puts Chuck in the corner, he stomps away on Chuck, then reels him in to CLOBBER him again! Miro is furious as he rains down rights on Chuck’s bloody wound! The ref reprimands and Miro lets off, and he enjoys having Chuck’s blood on him. Tag to Sabian, and he springboards into missile dropkick Chuck down! Sabian taunts Chuck, bumps him off buckles and stomps away! The ref counts, Sabian lets off, and Miro talks more trash. “You had a chance!” Sabian digs his knee into Chuck, tags Miro in, and Miro chokes Sabian! The ref counts, Miro lets off at 4, then seethes as he ROCKS Chuck with a haymaker! And then stomps away on Chuck in the corner!
Tag to Sabian, and Sabian runs corner to corner to dropkick Chuck down! Chuck is bloody, but he BOOTS Sabian back! Sabian is steamed, but he runs into the SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Chuck reaches but there’s no one to tag after what happened to Cassidy! Fans rally, but here comes Cassidy! Sore as he is, and as slow as he is before, Cassidy ends up crawling on the stage. Miro heads that way, but the Sloth was playing possum! ORANGE PUNCH for Miro! Chuck DECKS Sabian, and tags in Cassidy! Cassidy fires up to run in, but Sabian avoids the punch! Cassidy standing switches and DIVES! Direct hit into railing, then Cassidy puts Sabian in for the DEEP IMPACT FLYING DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally for Cassidy as he drags Sabian back up. Alabama lift but the back denies the rest! Sabian ROCKS and pop-up KNEES Cassidy, to the GUTBUSTER DROP! Sabian seethes then PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives but Sabian hits the FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Miro slowly rises on the outside but Sabian drags Cassidy up. Fans rally as Sabian gets Cassidy up for a torture rack! Cassidy lands on his feet out of the flip, Chuck tags in and Cassidy tilt-o-whirl DDT’s! Sabian staggers and Cassidy gets Sabian up. Chuck climbs, STRONG ZERO, BEACH BREAK STYLE!! And then the AWFUL WAFFLE!! Cover, but Miro breaks it in time!
Fans boo as Miro gets up, but Cassidy stares him down! Penelope distracts the ref, Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Miro laughs at the shin kick attack! Penelope keeps distracting the ref over Kip, but then Cassidy dodges! ORANGE- NO! ROUNDHOUSE! Miro suplexes but gets STUN-DO GMILLIONAIRE! Penelope will not leave the re falone and Cassidy hits an ORANGE PUNCH! Miro stumbles, Penelope is in Orange’s way! Miro shoves Cassidy into Penelope?! Miro doesn’t even care, he ROUNDHOUSES Cassidy, and scoops him for a BEST SLAM! Chuck BOOTS Miro but Miro CLOBBERS Chuck! The ref warns Miro that he isn’t legal!
Miro throws Sabian in, tags in, but Chuck gets a cradle! TWO!! ROUNDHOUSE for Chuck! And the BEST KICK! Miro shouts and stomps Chuck, for GAME OVER!! Chuck taps, Miro and Sabian win!!
Winners: Miro & Kip Sabian, by submission
The Best Man has made Chuck and Cassidy suffer, and now he is a winner! But does Sabian even understand what Miro did to Mrs. Superbad? Does
Backstage interview with the Inner Circle.
No tag titles for Y2MJF, no title shot for Proud ‘n’ Powerful, what is next after they failed tonight? Failed!? Does Marvez want to get his ass kicked!? The Inner Circle SHOULD be tag team champions and the Bucks know it! But look how depleted they are! But they’re an army, and like any great army, they’ll change their battle plans. The Inner Circle War Council will give us some changes, and we’ll hear about them this Wednesday. MJF agrees, and has been thinking about this. It is time for a change, and that will make the Inner Circle that much better. But what does that all entail come this week’s Dynamite?
Big Money Match: Hangman Page VS Matt Hardy!
The Cowboy knew not to trust “Big Money Matt,” the greedy, conniving “carny” that he is. But Hangman’s fast one got turned around on him, and now it’s an all or nothing bet! Who gets ALL of the loser’s the 2021 Q1 profits along with the last laugh?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, end up in a corner, and Hardy lets off, but Hangman avoids the sucker punch! Hangman fires off haymakers and CHOPS and stomps! Fans fire up as Hangman backs off, but Hangman whips only for Hardy to reverse. Hardy gets a sleeper but Hangman back suplexes him down fast! Hangman brings Hardy up to CHOP! And CHOP! Hardy pulls hair to ROCK Hangman with a haymaker, but he runs into a FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up, aims from the apron, but Hardy bails out! Fans boo but Hangman just hops down to pursue. Hangman storms up to kick Hardy and then TOSS him over the railing!
Hangman hops the rail, brings Hardy up and hits a SNAKE EYES On the next rail! Hangman climbs the guard rail to LEAP and hit a double ax handle! Hardy is down but fans fire up for Hangman! Hangman tosses Hardy back to ringside, follows him, and puts him in the ring. Hardy bails out as Hangman slides in, but Hangman keeps his cool. Hangman goes back out but Hardy throws body shots! Hangman throws forearms, but Hardy sends the forearm into the post! Hardy gets the arm and wraps it around the crossbar! Hardy pulls on the fingers, the ref counts, and Hardy lets go. Hardy BITES the fingers, then JAMS them into the post!
Hardy brings Hangman up the steel steps the SMACK the hand, then SMACK Hangman’s head! Hangman’s hand is stuck in the gap, Hardy BOOTS the steps!! Hangman clutches that arm as Hardy gets back in the ring. Hardy refreshes the count, goes back out and drags Hangman in by his bad fingers. The fans rally and duel as Hardy knuckle locks and wrenches the wrist! Hardy grinds Hangman down, and then he BITES more fingers! The ref counts, Hardy stops at 4 to then step over and wrench the arm again. Hangman endures, fights up and throws headbutts and body shots! Hardy clubs Hangman to bump him off buckles and RAM him in!
Hardy ROCKS Hangman with a right, whips but Hangman resists. Hardy clubs the hands, then whips Hangman hard into the other corner! Hangman bounces off buckles and hits the mat while Hardy soaks up the heat. Hardy taunts Hangman, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Hangman comes back to ELBOW Hardy down! Hangman uses ax handles and a whip, but Hardy reveres. Hangman gets around to ROCK Hardy, but that was the bad hand! Hangman fights through the pain, but runs into a SIDE EFFECT that he makes a crucifix! TWO!! Hangman fireman’s carries Hardy for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and duel as Hangman goes to the apron. Hangman shakes out the bad hand, Hardy runs over but into a boot! Hardy ROCKS Hangman with a haymaker, then suplexes Hangman in. Hangman slips out to throw Hardy to the apron. Hardy stands into Hangman’s TRIANGLE LARIAT! Hangman aims and PLANCHAS, but Hardy dodges! Hardy kicks low and hits a TWIST OF FATE to the floor! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Hardy gets in the ring, and he’ll let the count take care of Hangman now. The count climbs to 5 before Hangman sits up. Hangman stands at 8, and gets in at 9.5! Hardy stomps Hangman then stands on his head! The ref counts, Hardy stops at 4.
Hardy drags Hangman up, puts him through ropes and pulls him back! The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 4, and he brings Hangman around for elbows. Hardy whips Hangman corner to corner, runs in, but Hangman boots him! Hangman goes up the corner, but Hardy clubs him down! Hardy pulls but Hangman holds the ropes! Hangman’s bad hand can’t, and Hardy hits the SUPER GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Hardy grows annoyed but he drags Hangman up. Hardy cravats, Hangman endures, and Hangman throws body shots. Hardy CLUBS Hangman, brings him up and whips him to ropes, but Hangman dodges. Hardy dodges Hangman, both run, and both LARIAT!
Neither man is down so they LARIAT again! Hangman hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Hardy staggers to ropes, Hangman runs, and he clotheslines Hardy and himself out of the ring! Hangman goes to the corner, climbs up, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and both men go down! The ref checks but Hangman drags Hardy into the ring. Fans rally for “A E DUB!” as Hangman climbs again. Hardy stands, Hangman leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Hardy survives and crawls to a corner. Hangman gets up and runs in to clothesline! Hangman rolls Hardy and runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Fans fire up with Hangman as he drags Hardy up. Alabama lift, but Hardy avoids Dead-Eye!
Hardy ELBOWS Hardy, and hits a modified NECKBREAKER! Fans rally up as Hardy goes to the corner and climbs up. Hardy powers up too long and Hangman goes up to clinch! Hardy fights with body shots, slips under to CLUB Hangman, then drags Hangman into the crucifix for a SIT-OUT RAZOR’S EDGE! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and duel, but Hardy calls for his shot! Hangman slowly rises, Hardy kicks but Hangman blocks and spins! Hardy blocks the lariat to kick again, but no Twist! Alabama to the DEADEYE!! But Isiah Kassidy distracts the ref! Quen is also there and he’s calling to Hardy! Hangman runs Kassidy off but sees Quen. Quen gets away, too, and Hardy rises.
Hangman goes to Hardy, but Hardy swings on him. Hangman dodges to DECK Hardy! Kassidy gets in, Hangman CLOBBERS him! Hangman BOOTS Quen, then DIVES to take Kassidy out! Slingshot, into a SIDE EFFECT!! And TWIST OF FATE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hangman survives and shocks Hardy! Hardy tells Quen to go up top, but here comes the DARK ORDER! They rush Private Party! They keep Hardy’s party down, Hangman BOOTS Hardy, but is put on the apron! The Dark Order is there to catch Hangman when he falls! BUCK SHOT!!! Cover, Hangman wins!!
Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall (Hardy owes Hangman his Q1 earnings)
And the Dark Order is there to celebrate with Hangman! Hangman brings it in for a group hug! Colt Cabana even has beer! Hangman cracks them open and takes a sip. That must taste good! But will the Cowboy be rolling in the green like Scrooge McDuck now that he has Big Money Matt’s dough?
Face of the Revolution Ladder Match: Cody Rhodes VS Penta El Zero M VS Scorpio Sky VS Max Caster VS Lance Archer VS ???
The American Nightmare was the first to hold the TNT Champion, but that doesn’t mean he’s the one who represents the revolution that is AEW. Will Cero Miedo, SCU’s Closer, Platinum Max or the Murderhawk Monster take the brass ring into their own hands? But wait, who is the mysterious sixth entry? It’s #AllEgo, ETHAN PAGE!! Will Ethan make the biggest impact in his debut?
The bell rings, everyone is wary of everyone else, but Archer and Cody go after each other! Scorpio is after Ethan while Penta chases Caster! Ethan stomps Scorpio, chokes him, then lets off. Archer digs his boot into Cody, Ethan stomps Scorpio and Caster stomps Penta. Ethan throws Scorpio into railing, Penta turns things around on Caster and POSTS him! Archer CLOBBERS Cody out of the ring, then goes out to CLUB him! Archer bumps Cody off the stage floor, Scorpio throws hands on Ethan. Ethan ROCKS Scorpio, Penta KICKS Caster’s leg! Archer has a ladder and he RAMS Cody in the bad shoulder! And then TOSSES the ladder at Scorpio and Ethan!!
Archer goes out to throw Penta around and BOOTS Caster down! Archer goes back to the ring, stands the ladder up just to RAM it into Penta! And RAM it again! And then Ethan, and then Penta again! Archer stands the ladder up but Penta SUPERKICKS It into him! And then hits a SLINGBLADE with the ladder included! Penta has the ladder now and he runs at Scorpio! Scorpio gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Penta and ladder away! Caster gets in, blocks the German to arm-drag and dropkick Scorpio! Fans boo as Caster calls for reinforcements! Jack Evans has the boombox, but Vance gets out there to SPINEBUSTER Evans on the ramp! That’s payback for Dynamite!
Vance leaves Evans down but Caster still gets the boombox, Cody hits a DISASTER KICK! Ethan stands the ladder up! Ethan climbs, Cody chases after! Archer pushes the ladder, choke grips Cody and Ethan but Cody kicks and Rhodes uppercuts! Ethan BOOTS Archer, he and Cody whip Archer into the ladder! Cody shakes hands with Ethan but Ethan kicks him low! Ethan RAMS Cody with the ladder! Caster uses the boombox to SMACK Ethan! And BASH Scorpio! Caster goes out to SMACK Cody with the boombox! And then LEAPS to SMASH it down on Cody’s bad arm! Penta returns to the ring slowly and he has the ladder to himself.
But Penta sees targets on the outside, and he runs up the ladder to LAUNCH! Direct hit onto Caster and Cody! Archer gets in and sees targets, too. He dropkicks Penta back down, then goes for the ladder. But Ethan steps in to CUTTER Archer to the ladder! Ethan drags Archer over and puts him in the ladder to SLAM it closed on him over an dover and over! Scorpio gets in and sneaks up on Ethan to fireman’s carry! Ethan slips off, scoops Scorpio, and SLAMS him down! Then he crucifix lifts to SPLASH MOUNTAIN Scorpio onto ladder and Archer!! That ladder might be broken, and same goes for Scorpio and Archer!
Ethan fetches a new ladder, brings it over, moves the busted one aside and then sets up the new one. Cody gets up but Ethan DECKS him! Ethan climbs, Archer tips the ladder, and Penta hits Ethan with a BACKSTABBER! Penta hurries to climb the ladder now but Cody hurries in with a springboard missile dropkick! Direct hit sends Penta down! Cody drags Penta up but Penta SUPERKICKS first! Penta has Cody on the outside where a ladder bridge has been set up! Cody fights out of the driver to fireman’s carry, but Penta fights out of that! Penta brings Cody to the ladder bridge, CERO MIEDO for a LADDER DESTROYER!!!! Fans lose their minds as Penta perhaps breaks Cody’s arm and himself!
Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as medics check on Cody and Penta. Ethan goes to suplex Scorpio at a ladder but Scorpio suplexes Ethan to the floor! Caster climbs the ladder because no one else is around! Scorpio hurries in and knocks Caster down! Cody has to be taken to the back, Caster throws Scorpio out, and then Caster climbs again. Scorpio gets a new ladder in but Caster stomps Scorpio. Scorpio YANKS Caster off the ladder! Scorpio climbs, Cody takes a moment at the entrance but medics tell him to go to the back. Caster brings a bigger ladder up and he climbs! Scorpio reaches for the literal brass ring but Caster brawls with him!
Caster and Scorpio wobble, Archer climbs up to join them! Archer choke grips each of them but Ethan CLUBS Archer! Ethan goes up the other side and everyone is grabbing for the ring! They brawl, Scorpio SMACKS Archer off the ladder, as does Caster, and Ethan! Ethan and Caster brawl, Scorpio is after the goal! Scorpio ROCKS Caster with haymakers, then BOOTS him down! Scorpio adjusts, reaches, but Penta CLUBS Scorpio! Scorpio hops off, Penta stalks up behind him and throws more forearms! And a SUPERKICK! Fans rally for Penta and he feeds off it as he starts to climb! Scorpio hurries after and CLUBS Penta!
Scorpio climbs, throws haymakers then BITES Penta through the mask! Scorpio gets Penta for a SUPER NECKBREAKER! Ethan returns! He climbs a ladder, pushing the other out of the way! Caster climbs up the other end to intercept Ethan! They brawl, Caster rakes Ethan’s eyes! Caster climbs up higher and sunsets over for a SUPER SUNSET BOMB!! Ethan is a heap in the corner but Scorpio and Caster hurry around. Scorpio clears space, hits Caster, then hurries up the ladder. Caster drags Scorpio down but Scorpio ROCKS him! And then THROWS him into the ladder! Scorpio resets the ladder, sets it down, then SLAMS Caster on it!
Scorpio hobbles to a corner and fans rally up as Scorpio climbs. Jake the Snake lurks but the ref keeps him back. Scorpio FROG SPLASHES Caster and ladder!! Fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” as Scorpio fights through the pain to get back up! Scorpio stands the ladder back up, Archer gets in but Scorpio fires off hands! Archer trips Scorpio and CATAPULTS Scorpio, but he uses that to get up higher!! Archer drags Scorpio back down, then runs in but into a BOOT! Scorpio goes up, but Arc her KNEES him and Scorpio lands through a ladder bridge!! Penta SUPERKICKS Archer, pops Ethan up top, SUPERKICKS Archer again, then mugs Ethan.
Caster runs in but is SUPLEXED onto Ethan! SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADE takes Archer down! Penta is alone and he stands the ladder! Penta climbs, Ethan flounders after and they brawls at the top! Ethan reaches, Penta ROCKS him then pokes his eye then bumps him off buckles! CERO MIEDO- Ethan pulls the mask! Ethan shoves Penta, and CODY returns?! Cody has his weight belt! He SMACKS Caster, he SMACKS Ethan, and then RAMS Ethan into the ladder! Cody fires off with the good arm! Arn Anderson says this is reckless but Cody hits a CROSS RHODES on Ethan!! Cody stands the ladder in a corner, climbs up, and with Ethan in the drop zone, Archer intercepts!
Archer fires off hands on the bad arm! Cody holds on with the good arm, but Archer brings Cody along for a SUPERPLEX! Caster is up top and he hits the MIC DROP on the bad arm! Caster fires up, gets a ladder up under the brass ring, and he climbs! Penta hurries up to fire haymakers but Caster hits back! They brawl, Penta bumps Caster’s head off the ladder again and again! CERO! MIEDO! But Caster kisses the hand, only for Archer to SHOVE the ladder over! Caster and Penta hit ropes! Archer gets Ethan for a CHOKE SLAM! Cody runs in, for a CHOKE SLAM!! Penta gets a CHOKE SLAM!!! Caster is back and SLAPS Archer, only to get a choke grip. Caster SLAPS him again, so Archer DECKS Caster!
Archer drags a ladder in place, picks Caster up, and BLACKOUT BOMBS him on the ladder!!! Fans are thunderous as Archer is alone with a ladder! Jake the Snake is pumped as Archer stands the ladder up and climbs! But Ethan clubs Archer. Archer barely felt that! Archer hops down just to DECK Ethan! Archer climbs again, but Ethan is back?! LOW BLOW!! Now DQ in a ladder match, and Caster hits SPLASH MOUNTAIN! But Jake the Snake reels Ethan in for a SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE!! Fans go nuts but Penta SUPERKICKS The Snake! Penta climbs now, but Cody returns!
Cody CLUBS Penta, throws haymakers and bumps Penta off the ladder. Cody goes up and up and SUPER CODY CUTTERS!! Cody climbs, Penta crawls about, and Penta gets a CHAIR! Penta SMACKS Cody with the chair! Wait did Arn give Penta that chair?! Penta drags Cody off the ladder and climbs it. But Scorpio gets the chair to SMACK Penta! And then SMACK the legs! Penta falls, clutching his foot! Scorpio hurries up, but Cody follows from the other end! Fans rally and duel, the two meet and Scorpio grabs for brass ring but Cody ROCKS Scorpio with haymakers! Cody keeps throwing hands, grabs the brass ring, but Scorpio SLAMS the bad arm on the ladder!
Scorpio rises, and tells Cody he’s NOT the Face of the Revolution! Scorpio shoves Cody down, reaches up, and grabs the brass ring off the hook!! Scorpio wins!!
Winner: Scorpio Sky (NEW #1 contender to the AEW TNT Championship)
The Closer finishes this off and he’s THE Face of the Revolution! Scorpio was able to #ReachForTheSky, but will he cash this in to have the title? We find out this Wednesday on Dynamite!
AEW presents their newest signee!
We count down to the big moment, and the wrestler who comes out is… CHRISTIAN CAGE! Captain Charisma is All Elite! And the All Elite Peeps are happy to hear it! Christian takes the contract and the pen, soaks in the moment, and signs on the dotted line! Will Christian #OutworkEveryone and turn that #OneLastMatch into #OneMoreTitleReign?
Street Fight: Team Taz VS Sting & Darby Allin!
Ricky Starks & Brian Cage are #AbsoluteMachines, and are ready to do damage to the Icon and the Relentless TNT Champion! Will things finally be settled between the scorned Taz and the underdog Darby?
Speaking of Taz, he’s stuck on commentary because Tony Khan wants to keep things fair. We go to the undisclosed location where this fight is going down. Starks walks out, decked out in vest and jeans and he joins Cage in his lime green sports car. They drive on to a vacant lot, and walk over to the abandoned warehouse. They find a ring set up, so they step inside that. But while there’s a referee, where are…? Wait, the lights go down, Darby’s music plays, and a small army of Stingers lead the way! Darby skateboards along, and a truck drives down the road. The “hoodlums” patiently wait for their generals, and Darby hitches a ride from Sting’s truck!
Sting and Darby arrive, having mixed and matched face paint designs. The bell rings, the hoodlums fire up, and t Sting whips Darby at Cage! Sting fires off on Starks. Cage puts Darby in a corner but Darby gets up, and springboards to bounce off the wall! Cage catches Darby to TOSS him onto hoodlums! Team Taz mugs Sting now. Cage stomps Sting to a corner and Starks joins in. Cage goes out to find Darby but he throws tires at the hoodlums to clear them out! And then he throws hoodlums! One takes an APRON BOMB! Darby rushes back in but Cage RAMS him into the post!
Cage hauls Darby around with one hand, and hits a SNAKE EYES off railing! Cage uses his shirt to CHOKE Darby, and they leave Starks and Sting behind in the ring. Starks fires off hands on Sting, but Sting reverses the whip to CLOBBER Starks! Cage RAMS Darby around into pillars and posts, but Sting hits a STINGER SPLASH on Starks! Sting military presses for a SNAKE EYES! Back to Cage and Darby, Cage CLUBS Darby towards hard wood floors. Cage hauls Darby up but Darby fights off the bomb to CHOP BLOCK a leg! Darby fires off hands, Cage shoves him and fireman’s carries, to RAM Darby into a wall! Cage military presses and TOSSES Darby into double doors!
Darby crawls but Cage hauls him up into this dark room off to the side. Sting hits Starks with another STINGER SPLASH, and then he CLOBBERS Starks out of the ring! Starks staggers and retreats but Sting follows behind him. Sting SMACKS glass with the bat to let Starks know he’s coming for him! Starks tries to get away but String THROWS the bat him! Starks avoids it, but he tells Sting he’s NOTHING without the bat. So Sting tosses the bat to kick and throw Starks around! Sting dribbles Starks off the wall then rains down rights and lefts! Sting stomps Starks down, then stands him up to SLAM him against the wall!
Sting leaves Starks behind to go find Darby and Cage. Cage throws Darby along as they go up the steel staircase. Cage suplexes Darby and holds him up while walking up the stairs! Cage SLAMS Darby into a trash can! “Who better than Cage, Darby, huh!?” Cage kicks Darby along and Darby crawls, but Cage stands on Darby’s head! Cage grins, digs his boot in harder, but Sting turns Cage around to throw into ladder! And Darby dropkicks Cage into rusty wall! Sting and Darby mug Cage 2v1! Taz gets worried but the mugging just gets worse! Starks returns to SPEAR Darby into another room! Starks comes back to throw hands on Sting!
Starks has a pipe and he JAMS Sting! Then shoves a barrel into him! Starks keeps after Sting and uses the barrel to CHOP BLOCK Sting! Sting falls against a bunch of spare filing cabinets! Starks SLAMS Sting against them, but Sting hits Starks low! Cage runs in but Sting dodges and the trash can lid hits Starks! Sting throws hands on Cage, Cage knees low, but Darby returns to hop on Cage! Darby has a sleeper, Sting throws hands on Cage, but Cage hits back! Cage shoves Sting into a crate, then RAMS Darby into one! Cage brings Darby up and reels him in, but Sting uses the fire extinguisher! Darby SMASHES a glass bottle on Cage’s head!
Sting and Darby drag Cage up and DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER him through a table! But Starks has a 2×4 to SMACK Sting! Darby and Starks brawl with big slapping haymakers! Darby fires off, backs Starks down, but Starks knees low! Starks runs but Darby sends him into a post! Darby climbs the post to SUPER COFFIN DROP through a palette! But POWERHOUSE WILL HOBBS attacks! Hobbs BOMBS Darby into the post, and then calls in Hook! Hook throws Darby with a sayanagi! Sting rises but so does Cage! Cage stalks up behind Sting and kicks him low, to then RAMS him into a wall! And CLUB him down!
Team Taz regroups and they mug Darby 3v1! Hook talks trash to Darby, Hobbs holds Darby up and Cage throws body shots. The two behemoths swing Darby into and through spare window frames!! Team Taz leaves Darby for dead and Hook KICKS Sting! Hook drags Sting up to throw hands, and now Sting is taking a 3v1 mugging! Starks rises and does his best to follow after. Cage uses a snow shovel to SMACK Sting! And SMACK him again! Darby rises?! And he has Sting’s bat! Darby tosses the bat to Sting! Sting uses the bat to SMACK away on Team Taz! He even BREAKS the bat on Cage’s back!! Sting picks up the shovel and BASHES Cage!
Darby takes aim and he SUPER MACHO ELBOWS Cage through the flooring!! Sting looks over and lets what happens happen. Sting goes back to find Starks in the ring but Starks elbows Sting away! Starks dodges the Stinger Splash, and it’s BARE BUCKLES to Sting’s chest! Starks runs and dodges and SPEARS! Cover, TWO!?! Sting survives and Starks can’t believe it! Starks gets up to throw slapping palm strikes on Sting but Sting ROCKS Starks with a right! Starks low blow mule kicks Sting, gets Sting up, but Sting fights the powerbomb to sunset flip! TWO!! Sting and Starks slowly rise, and Sting walks over. Starks elbows but into the SCORPION DEATH DROP!! Cover, Sting and Darby win!!
Winners: Sting & Darby Allin, by pinfall
Taz can’t believe that his team lost! But is Darby even in any shape to fight and defend his title for Dynamite?!
AEW World Championship Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch: Kenny Omega w/ Don Callis VS Jon Moxley!
Three sides are barbed wires. There are explosives set to go off if the barbed wires are pushed far enough. There are three “Triple Hell” spots that go off on contact! And if the match isn’t over after 30 minutes, ALL explosives go off! This match could end the Cleaner’s title reign, but could it end someone’s career?!
AEW isn’t risking anything, the ref is even wearing a fireproof hazard suit and plastic face shield just in case. Moxley wears a jacket that is in tribute to Atsushi Onita, and then has a sip of liquid courage to help him to the ring. Omega wears a shirt that already commemorates this moment in history, and Callis joins commentary to guarantee he has overseen all of this. This is a “special send-off” for Moxley. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Moxley finishes off that flask as we see what gives first: title reign or wrestling career!
Fans are thunderous already as Moxley and Omega stare down. “This is Awesome!” already as Omega and Moxley slowly circle. The clock is ticking on that 30 minutes but these two don’t seem to be in any hurry. They tie up, and Omega tries to push Moxley to barbed wire! Moxley holds firm but Omega claws at Moxley’s face and hair! Moxley turns things around! Omega fights back now by clawing at Moxley’s face and hair! They go the other way and are dangerously close, but Moxley tries to pull Omega in! Omega pushes Moxley, Moxley headbutts Omega! Omega throws a haymaker and now it’s a brawl! Omega CHOPS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat!
Omega kicks low, headlocks, but Moxley tries to push him back. Omega brings Moxley around but has to stop himself from going into the other ropes! Moxley gets close but Omega cranks on the headlock. Moxley hits a back suplex! Omega holds on with the headlock and thrashes Moxley around! Moxley sits up, Omega clubs him, and throws a forearm! Omega BITES Moxley’s forehead! Omega whips but Moxley stops himself! Moxley dodges and Omega has to stop himself! Moxley kicks Omega and suplexes but Omega fights that off! Omega ROCKS Moxley, whips him but Moxley reverses!
Omega hits the corner panel, which is safe, but he runs into a fireman’s carry! Moxley goes to throw Omega but Omega gets away! Fans cheer as the two stand off and reset. Omega and Moxley slap some nerve into themselves and the fans rally up. Moxley and Omega throw JABS back and forth, then forearms! Omega rakes Moxley’s eyes! Omega runs to the safe ropes to rebound and BOOT! Moxley stays up, Omega BOOTS, then runs again, but Moxley clothesline him out to the ramp! Moxley pursues, gets a chair and tosses it in the ring! And then a kendo stick, and then a chair wrapped heavily in barbed wire!
Moxley has Barbie the Baseball Bat and SMACKS Omega with it! The barbed wire gets Omega in the stomach, then Moxley brings it around on Omega’s face to hit a Russian Leg Sweep to the stage! Moxley gets the kendo stick back and he SMACKS Omega on the back! And again! Omega gets back to the ring but Moxley has both bat and kendo stick! Moxley dual wields ! But Omega is dumping out some POCKET SAND!! Moxley swings wild but Omega taunts him. Omega kicks Moxley low, and whips Moxley to barbed wire, BANG! The first explosion goes off and fans lose their minds! Callis thinks that’s it but Moxley still breathes! Omega covers, TWO!!
Omega has the kendo stick and he SMACKS Moxley down! And again! And then SMACKS a leg! Moxley writhes but Omega has a trash can. Omega SMASHES the can on Moxley’s head! Omega stands the can up, gets Moxley’s leg, and hits a SHIN BREAKER to the can! Moxley writhes again and Callis is loving this! Omega gets the kendo stick and he uses it to choke Moxley! Moxley fights but Omega SMACKS him, then KOTARO KRUSHERS to the can! Cover, TWO! Omega goes after the bad leg and yanks on it, then drops down with a FIGURE FOURE! Moxley endures the leg hold but his face is bleeding! The ref checks, Moxley refuses to quit, and Moxley reaches around.
Moxley grabs the barbed wire wrapped chair! He grinds it on Omega’s legs like razor sharp sandpaper!! Omega lets Moxley go to check his legs and even hands. No blood, and Omega ducks the barbed wire bat attack! Omega full nelsons but Moxley breaks free! Moxley runs but Omega THROWS him into the barbed wire board and BREAKS IT!! If Moxley wasn’t bleeding before, he is now! A crimson mask is about to have sleeves to match as Moxley is prying himself. Omega drags Moxley around, but has to carefully climb the ropes to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Omega says that’s alright, he gets the kendo stick to SMACK Moxley over an dover! And then SMACKS him on the back of the head!
The count is 20 minutes left before the big explosion. Omega wants the figure four but Moxley boots him at ropes! BANG!! Omega staggers, into a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! BANG!!! If explosions were scores, Moxley is up by one! Fans lose their minds again and say “This is Awesome!” Omega crawls, Moxley follows, but Omega drags Moxley up first. Moxley gets an EXPLODER! Omega is down while Moxley peers through his crimson mask! Moxley drags Omega up, has both wrists, and reels him into a pump handle! Omega fights the suplex off and elbows Moxley, to full nelson! Moxley blocks the Dragon Suplex to throw Omega off! EXPLODER through the other barbed wire board!
Both men are down, but Omega is not stuck in the wires like Moxley’s. Moxley sets the chair up and has to wipe blood away from his face so he can see again. Omega slowly rises, Moxley tells him bang bang, and reels him in for underhooks. Omega fights free, and ROLLING ELBOWS Moxley, to then Electric Chair! Moxley escapes to GERMAN SUPLEX Omega onto the can! Moxley gets up, reels Omega into a SIDEWALK SLAM onto the barbed wire chair!! The jeans are hooked in the wires for a moment but Omega frees his legs. Moxley rips part of the wire off the chair?! Flashback to his I Quit match with Eddie Kingston, Moxley has the barbed wire arm!
Fans are calling Moxley a “Sick F*ck!” as he aims at Omega! Omega fights back with forearms! Moxley wobbles but power sup, Omega BOOTS him! Moxley spins around to LARIAT with the left hand! Moxley aims with the dangerous right, but Omega ducks to SNAP DRAGON! Omega drags Moxley back around for another SNAP DRAGON! Moxley is right up!? V-TRIGGER! BARBED WIRE LARIAT!!! Fans are still thunderous as Moxley and Omega rise. Moxley fires up and he reels Omega in, but no Paradigm Shift! Omega shoves Moxley and himself to ropes! BANG!!! That explosion might’ve been the biggest yet! The ref calls for water to wash Omega’s eyes out!
Omega and Moxley crawl out from under the ropes, blood and smoke and light all reasons why their vision is impaired. They both stand on the edge, fans rally and duel, and Omega JABS! Moxley JABS, Omega JABS, then CHOPS! Omega CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley throws forearms. They brawl, Moxley rakes Moxley’s eyes and bloody wound! Omega brings Moxley around but Moxley resists the hip toss to hell! Omega clubs away on Moxley, Moxley hits back, and BITES Omega’s head! Moxley headlocks then KNEES Omega! Omega wobbles, Moxley brings him in, throws more knees, and then underhooks! DEATH RIDER TO HELL!!! They crash on the “mines” and BOOM!
Moxley writhes but he’s in the worst spot! Omega is ironically safe from the wires because he took that header. Moxley makes sure no blood is from his arms. He is clean, but he carefully frees himself from the wires. Omega is now bleeding from the forehead and fans are thunderously dueling. Moxley and Omega lock eyes from across hell, and Moxley gets a LONG strand of barbed wire for his own. Moxley hurts himself just to bend the wires around to a shape he can wield. Moxley then puts Omega in the ring, stalks after him, and sits him up to BARBED WIRE PUNCH him! And again! And again! Omega manages to stay seated upright, but we get a FINAL COUNTDOWN~!
Moxley hurries to get Omega up, and hits a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?! Omega is still in this, Moxley covers again, TWO!! How much longer do they have?! Moxley drags Omega up again, underhooks, but Omega drops and LOW BLOWS! Omega brings Moxley in, brings him up and POWERBOMBS! High stack, TWO!! Moxley flounders about, moves things out of his way, and Omega grabs at the ref?! Moxley stands, Omega steadies himself and V-TRIGGERS! Moxley is still up, for another V-TRIGGER from Omega! Omega Electric Chair lifts Moxley, for a ONE WINGED ANGEL!! Cover, BANG because of the ropebreak!! Moxley survives the match only because he risked his life!
Moxley gets the barbed wire bat! Omega writhes as the flash blinded him again! Moxley roars and rises, fans are thunderously dueling again, but here come the GOOD BROTHERS! Karl Anderson gets in but gets SMACKED by the bat! Luke Gallows gives Omega an extra thicc Barbie, for him to HOMERUN! It had an explosive inside?! Callis says THAT was their secret trump card! Cover, TWO!?!? Omega is furious with the ref and tears off a sleeve of the hazmat suit! The Biz Cliz set Moxley up, as well as a chair! Five minutes left before the explosion, ONE WINGED ANGEL to the chair!! The chair crumbles, as does Moxley, and Omega covers, Omega wins!
Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall (still AEW World Champion)
Callis laughs and says this was all strategy! Callis declares Omega not just God of Wrestling, but the God of Deathmatches! But it was only because of Gallows & Anderson that Omega survives with his reign intact! Callis warns his guys that there’s still a countdown in progress! Biz Cliz doesn’t care, they throw the ref away and mug Moxley more! Omega throws things out of the ring and at the ref! Gallows & Anderson handcuff Moxley! They stomp Moxley, Omega says this is what Moxley wanted and this is what he got! Anderson makes sure Moxley’s forehead wound keeps bleeding! But the clock is ticking, are they going to leave Moxley for dead?!
Omega uses his Extra Thicc Barbie to DIG Moxley’s forehead open! Two minutes left, the Biz Cliz needs to get going! Omega SMASHES Moxley in the stomach with the bat, then SMASHES him on the back! Fans boo but Omega isn’t done adding insult to injury! They make us look at Moxley’s bloody face! Wait, wait, wait! NOW we get a final countdown! ONE MINUTE AND COUNTING! Callis says it should be fine, but he’ll be going over here just because. RUN, BIZ CLIZ, RUN!! Moxley is stuck in the ring with only 30 seconds left!
Wait, Eddie Kingston and The Fam are here?! Kingston still cares about Moxley! He tries to get Moxley out but his Fam leaves him behind!! HURRY, KINGSTON!! NOOOO~! Kingston covers Moxley- Oh, what? Sparklers and firecrackers? Was Callis trolling? Or was his “Moxley Extermination Chamber” a dud? Kingston doesn’t want to leave Moxley. Is he actually out cold or is he just being dramatic? Point is, Moxley is in awful shape. Will he ever be able to compete again?
I know we just saw an underwhelming finish as far as the “final explosion,” but this was still another incredible AEW PPV. The Buy-In match’s surprise of Maki Itoh was awesome, because I was oddly wondering if anyone else from the Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament Japan bracket made the trip. The Buy-In match itself was great stuff, too, but of course Britt cheats to win. Then later, after the awesome Women’s Championship match, I’m a little disappointed it wasn’t Big Swole who attacked Shida after her great promo on AEW Dark. I suppose setting up a great Six Woman Tag is good, and I suppose Swole will crash the match to start beef with Shida, but I would’ve preferred if actual story was put first.
Not to be mean, but for the hype we got over the last few days, talking about a WWE Hall of Fame contender and then tonight’s line about “they can outwork anyone,” I was not picturing Christian at all. And not just because I was hoping WWE would do more with Edge & Christian once Mania season is over. Christian is great on the mic, but from what I remember, only good in the ring. I just feel like this is a little too “Instant Classic” Christian Cage back when he went to TNA Impact, or even when he returned to WWE in 2009 and ended up their ECW Champion. He could probably be a TNT Championship contender, but I’m not seeing world title potential.
The tag title match was a great opener, and for just a second I thought Y2MJF were going to cheat those belts away from the Bucks, but it is much better for THE tag team to win this time. Plus, we’re going to see an “Inner Circle War Council” segment happen on Dynamite, and I bet MJF starts to suggest replacements for the “weaker” parts of the faction. I am surprised Santana & Ortiz didn’t win the Casino Tag Battle Royal but that could feed into the “war council” and the suggested substitutions. Death Triangle winning is great, but I wish they’d been able to make it the Lucha Brothers in this case. Penta didn’t win the ladder match, so what’s he going to do now? Or will Death Triangle use Freebird rules?
The ladder match was also great stuff, and that was pretty big for Ethan Page to debut through that match. Max Caster had a scathingly good rap this time (which I couldn’t get written down because B/R Live doesn’t allow pausing or anything), I hope that turns up somewhere. I appreciate that they did everything to make us think Cody was going to swipe this from the others, since that was what we were all thinking anyway. But in the end, Scorpio Sky winning this a great move, and Scorpio is going to have a great match with Darby. Though, I guess that means Darby lived, we did see him fall into the abyss with Cage…
Speaking of, that Street Fight cinematic was great, but the moment before Darby tosses the bat to Sting so clearly was just an edited shot of Sting in like a green screen moment. I should’ve figured Sting would not only be on the winning side but get the win himself. We may criticize WWE for their use of part-timers and returning legends, but Sting is the one case where he’s gotten raw deals wherever he goes, so maybe AEW can be where he properly retires, whenever that will be. I wouldn’t be surprised if his partnership with Darby continues as more of a mentor, but then is his tag partner when needed.
Miro’s attack before the grudge match was a good touch, it makes sense he’d do something like that. I’m a little disappointed Trent didn’t come out to be Chuck’s tag partner, but I guess if Miro was meant to win this, they’d want to save Trent’s heroic return for another time. I hope Miro shoving Cassidy in Penelope and Sabian being a bit upset about that is the cracks in the foundation. Miro and Sabian have had their time as a team, they should both be back to singles competitors, and it could be because Miro is selfishly reckless and putting both Sabian and Penelope in harm’s way.
The Big Money match was really good, and I’m surprised Hangman won, but it was great for Dark Order to counter Private Party. I wonder where things go from here, especially with Hardy not having big money anymore. Will he desperately try and get Private Party to do things so that the money they make becomes the money he makes? Though, I suppose Hangman could point out that he will get 100% of the 30% Hardy is taking from Private Party, and then Big Money Matt is left broke. And then Hangman and the Dark Order can throw big money parties to rub it in Hardy Party’s face.
Then holy crap and a half that Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. We got a great detail in the ref wearing the safety gear, we got some good references back to the Lights Out Match from Full Gear, though a little disappointed there was no barbed wire wrapped broom. There was a great reference back to the I Quit match with the barbed wire forearm and knuckles, and I liked that the explosions were used so Moxley could survive a One Winged Angel without really surviving it. The One Winged Angel is a properly protected finisher in an era where false finishers are the standard way of upping a match’s star level and a wrestler’s power level.
Omega got great Heel heat for needing the Good Brothers to help. It kinda sucks that they did that but clearly Omega was meant to win so how else would he do that? I liked that Kingston hurried out to save Moxley because deep down, they’re still friends. It makes sense that The Fam stayed Heel because they didn’t care enough to help, and that could also cause tension in that group. To me, Kingston no longer needs to be in charge of them and they don’t need to listen to him, that story kinda ran its course by the time Pac returned to reunite with the Lucha Brothers.
Now yes, the final explosion was not anywhere near what was promised by, well, anything. Callis said he accounted for everything so the dud should be pinned on him, and a lot of the next phase of the story should branch from that. Callis should admit that he didn’t let the final, “end it all” explosion be as big as it could have just in case all the screw job tactics screwed up and it was Omega left for dead. Then with Kingston and Moxley, it’d be a bit too comedic for them to say Kingston passed out from the heightened drama and fear for his life, but that’s the only way to salvage his sell. We all know the sparklers and such were NOT dangerous at all.
And in reality, we know Tony Khan couldn’t go as big on the ring explosion as even just the pyro they do on stage. As great as it would’ve been to see a lot more fire, and then maybe the ring falls apart with Kingston and Moxley riding it out, we have to remember there are surely going to be AEW Dark matches recorded tonight for Tuesday’s broadcast, and rebuilding a demolished ring would just add too much time onto their busy night. Speaking of which, I hope the Dark After Revolution isn’t that many matches. A lot of people were on tonight’s card, we might only need half a dozen or so matches to get the handful of people left off their ring work for the week.
My Score: 9.6/10
Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/7/21)
New Japan Cup, day 3!
Will the United Empire start to rule over NJPW?
Will Ospreay wants to prove he is the best in NJPW, and that means becoming IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! But first, he must win the Cup! Will the Commonwealth Kingpin get through Tenzan to do just that?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Zack Sabre Jr VS Gabriel Kidd; ZSJ wins and advances.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
In perhaps the biggest shock of the NJCup, the Dragon slayed the Rainmaker! But can Kazuchika Okada at least get some revenge with High Voltage, the Stone Pitbull and the Fierce Warrior by his side? Or will having Death Mask, Cold Skull and the Uncontrollable Charisma help Shingo Takagi roll into his match with Hirooki Goto?
The teams sort out and Ishii stares down with Sanada. The ref has Ishii give Sanada space, and after the LIJ fist bump, it will be Goto starting against Takagi! We’re getting a preview of NJCUP’s second round and fans rally up! Goto and Takagi circle, tie up, and Goto headlocks. Takagi powers out, rams Goto but both men stay up. Takagi runs, rams but Goto fires forearms! Takagi gives them back, they go fast and furious back and forth and fans rally up! Goto gets the edge, runs and rams Takagi, but Takagi rebounds to run him over! Goto avoids the back senton to hit a headlock takeover. Takagi headscissors, Goto kips free and they tie up again.
Goto puts Takagi in the Chaos corner and Sho tags in. Goto and Sho stomp Takagi, Ishii gets a shot in, and Sho wrenches Takagi to a wristlock and elbow breakers! Sho wrenches more, hits more elbow breakers, then whips Takagi to ropes. Sho elbows Takagi down, covers, TWO! Sho is right on Takagi with a double wristlock! Fans rally, Takagi gets up and gets the ropebreak. Sho lets off but tags in Okada, and Chaos hits the LIJ corner! Okada goes after Takagi, and Chaos gets in for quadruple hammering! Fans rally with “O-KA-DA!” “TA-KA-GI!” Okada drags Takagi up to forearm. Okada whips, Takaig reverses, Bushi gets a cheap shot in, and then LIJ hits Chaos back!
Takagi clamps onto Okada with a chinlock while Ishii and Sanada brawl. Sanada rakes Ishii’s eyes while Takagi shifts to a motorcycle stretch on Okada. Bushi tags in and LIJ mugs Okada. Takagi CLUBS Okada, and Bushi uses his shirt to choke him! LIJ goes after Chaos and the ref is busy with all of them! Bushi stomps Okada, lets go and gets his shirt out of the way. Bushi chinlocks and claws at Okada’s face but the ref reprimands and counts. Naito tags in and both Naito and Bushi stomp Okada down. Naito gets the legs and turns Okada, but Okada resists and gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Bushi tries to break Okada’s grip, but Naito lets go first. Naito drags Okada up to CLUB him!
Bushi and Naito double whip Okada, then double elbow him down! Basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO! Naito drags Okada up as fans rally, and Sanada tags in. LIJ mugs Okada, Sanada CLUBS Okada, and fans continue to rally. Sanada throws forearms and has Okada in a corner. Sanada clubs Okada but Okada hits back! Sanada knees low, whips Okada corner to corner but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into Sanada’s boot! Sanada runs but into Okada’s BOOT! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada tags in Ishii! Ishii dodges a boot, Sanada dodges a clothesline, and Sanada shoves Ishii to a corner. Sanada runs in but Ishii dodges. Ishii runs in but Sanada dodges.
Sanada runs back in but Ishii boots him! Ishii runs but into Sanada’s boot! Sanada whips, Ishii reverses, but runs into Sanada’s boot! Sanada runs but into a forearm! Ishii whips, Sanada reverses, but Ishii rebounds and runs him over! Bushi runs in but Ishii sends him into Sho’s knee! Takagi runs in but Sho and Ishii both kick him. They double whip Takagi but Takagi DECKS Goto! Takagi runs back but into double shoulders! Naito runs into double hip tosses, and a KICK sandwich! Ishii has Sanada while Chaos keeps LIJ out. Ishii CHOPS Sanada, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Ishii talks trash to Sanada but Sanada CHOPS Ishii! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Ishii eggs Sanada on then CHOPS him back down! Ishii whips corner to corner, Sanada elbows then QUEBRADA, but Ishii gets under! Ishii runs into a fireman’s carry, that Sanada throws into the dragon sleeper! But Ishii slips out to suplex, only for Sanada to slip out. Ishii elbows Sanada but runs into a basement dropkick! Both men are down and fans rally up! Sanada drags Ishii up, but Ishii blocks the back suplex! Ishii elbows free, gets around and waistlocks but Sanada elbows him. Ishii puts Sanada in a corner to clothesline! Ishii whips but Sanada goes up and out to springboard missile dropkick! Fans fire up as both men are down again!
Sanada and Ishii crawl for their corners, hot tags to Goto and Takagi! Fans fire up as Goto fires off on Takagi! Goto whips, Takagi reverses but Takagi blocks the boot, and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes Goto up and over, covers, TWO! Takagi keeps his cool and fans rally. Takagi sits Goto up for elbows to the shoulder, then runs, but Goto ducks the sliding lariat! Goto kicks, whips, and runs in to clothesline! Goto keeps going, but clotheslines collide! And again! Takagi fires up but Goto follows, only for Takagi to dodge, but Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Goto tags in Sho, and Sho DECKS Bushi!
Sho aims at Takagi in a corner, runs in and clotheslines! Sho whips, Takagi reverses, but Sho comes back to LARIAT! Takagi stays up, Sho dodges and runs to SPEAR! Cover, TWO! Sho keeps his focus and brings Takagi up. Takagi resists the lift out of the waistlock but Sho CLUBS him to the corner. Sho whips Takagi corner to corner, runs in but Takagi dodges! Naito hits the rocket kick! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! LIJ hits Chaos’ corner and then Bushi enziguris Sho! Takagi picks Sho up, he and Bushi combine for a BACKSTABBER SPINEBUSTER! Takagi sits Sho up, runs, and hits a SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans fire up with Takagi!
Takagi drags Sho up, pump handles and fireman’s carries. But Goto kicks Takagi down! Bushi spins Goto to a DDT! Okada CLOBBERS Bushi, Naito runs in to dropkick Okada! Ishii gets Naito with a back suplex, but Sanada dropkicks Ishii! Sanada and Takagi double whip Sho but Sho SPEARS Sanada! Takagi fires boxing elbows, but Sho comes back with boxing elbows of his own! Sho runs but Takagi clotheslines him at the rope! Takagi runs but into a KNEE! Takagi elbows, JABS, but Sho gets around to waistlock! Sho feeds Takagi to Okada’s EuroUpper! Okada DECKS Naito then leaves it to Sho! DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Sho takes aim with the bow, and reels Takagi in to double pump handle, but Takagi back drops free! Takagi winds up but Sho swats the clothesline! Sho runs, into the elbow, and LEFT LARIAT! Fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi builds speed, PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Takagi brings him back up! Pump handle fireman’s carry, LAST OF THE DRAGON! Cover, LIJ wins!!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
And the Dragon keeps on slaying! Will he do the same against Goto? As for Ishii and Sanada, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when Stone Pitbull collides with Cold Skull!
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Zack Sabre Jr VS Gabriel Kidd!
The Submission Master won the 2018 NJCUP but has yet to truly reach the top! Will he make this Young Lion #JustTapOut and look to repeat history?
The bell rings and ZSJ circles with Kidd. They feel out the grapple and tie up, and ZSJ wrangles Kidd down with a wristlock. Kidd gets up, wrenches, but ZSJ rolls free fast. They go again, tie up with knuckle locks, and Kidd has power to bend ZSJ back. ZSJ bridges and rolls and wrenches, but Kidd spins and wrenches through to wrangle ZSJ down! Kidd has the wristlock, ZSJ fights up, rolls and hooks a leg, but Kidd wrangles him down with strength! Kidd bends the fingers, the elbow, but ZSJ slips out to get a hammerlock. They end up on ropes, Red Shoes wants them to break but they both keep fighting for control. ZSJ backs off and fans cheer the exchange.
Kidd and ZSJ reset, feel out a new grapple, and ZSJ gets Kidd into a straitjacket stretch! Kidd endures, moves around, and powers the straitjacket onto ZSJ! Kidd digs his knee and then his forehead into ZSJ’s back, but ZSJ powers up, bridges and puts the straitjacket back on Kidd! ZSJ bends Kidd against his knees but Kidd flips up and over to put the straitjacket back on ZSJ! ZSJ fights up, wriggles free, wrenches and wrangles Kidd with a wristlock. Kidd reaches up to get a headscissor takedown! Kidd is after an ankle but he keeps on the headscissors. ZSJ moves around, pops free and has Kidd’s legs in a butterfly deathlock!
Kidd tries to fight back but ZSJ digs his elbows into Kidd’s knees! Kidd keeps his shoulders up, throws ZSJ off, and fans cheer as the two stand off. Kidd and ZSJ circle, fans rally again, and the two feel out another grapple. Kidd and ZSJ tie up, Kidd gets a wristlock but ZSJ counters with a chinbar. ZSJ shifts to get a facelock but Kidd gets a leg takedown. Kidd has a standing toehold and cranks the foot, but ZSJ endures and rolls to roll free! ZSJ and Kidd circle, they tie up again, and Kidd puts ZSJ against ropes. ZSJ pushes back with forearms, Kidd clinches, but Red Shoes calls for a break. Kidd and ZSJ keep fighting for control but Kidd backs off.
ZSJ and Kidd tie up again, are in a deadlock, but ZSJ gets a wristlock and drags Kidd down into headscissors! Kidd pops free, rolls, but ZSJ holds onto the wrist. Kidd rolls, slips through, wrenches and shovels ZSJ up and over! Kidd wrenches, clamps onto the arm and has a chinbar! ZSJ endures but Kidd wrenches to a wristlock, then a one-armed lift and SLAM! Kidd is right back on the arm and he bends the fingers. ZSJ reaches up for headscissors but Kidd twists the wrist to fight that off. ZSJ kips up, wrenches, reaches down to trip Kidd, but Kidd boots ZSJ away. Things speed up, ZSJ stops to roll Kidd to a full nelson! Kidd breaks free, ZSJ snapmares but Kidd gets a leg for a toehold!
ZSJ rolls but Kidd cartwheels through. ZSJ dodges Kidd’s dropkick and traps Kidd’s head for a NECK CRANK! Fans cheer that technical exchange while Kidd holds his neck. Fans rally up as ZSJ stalks Kidd. ZSJ brings Kidd up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper, and another, and another! ZSJ BOOTS Kidd down, then stands on him in the corner. ZSJ gets a leg and pulls it against ropes! Red Shoes counts, ZSJ lets go at 3, and he paces around. ZSJ kicks Kidd, kicks more, but Kidd eggs him on. Kidd gets up, ZSJ pie faces but Kidd throws big forearms! ZSJ gets the arm and wrenches Kidd down to a double wristlock in the ropes! Red Shoes reprimands and counts but ZSJ lets go at 3.
Kidd gets out of the ring, Red Shoes goes out to check on him, but ZSJ patiently waits inside. A ring count starts, Kidd is in at 5 of 20, but ZSJ is on him with a cravat. ZSJ grinds Kidd down, fans rally up, and Kidd endures. Kidd fights his way up, scoops ZSJ, but ZSJ fights that to snapmare Kidd back down! ZSJ cranks on the cravat, but Kidd fights up and throws body shots. Kidd tries to power out but ZSJ just hits another snapmare! ZSJ taunts Kidd while cranking on the cravat. Kidd fights up, throws body shots and scoops to SLAM ZSJ! Fans fire up as both men are down. Kidd gets fans to rally with “OI! OI! OI!” but ZSJ headbutts low.
ZSJ headlocks, Kidd powers out, dodges ZSJ and runs him over! Fans fire up with Kidd as he runs corner to corner at ZSJ for a big clothesline! Kidd snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Kidd grits his teeth as he EuroUppers ZSJ! ZSJ EuroUppers back, then steps over to go for a leg but Kidd sits on the cover! ONE as ZSJ sunset flips but Kidd rolls through! Kidd gets the legs and goes to turn ZSJ, but ZSJ drags Kidd down! Kidd gets back up, tries again, but ZSJ gets a leg free to kick and kick! Kidd eggs ZSJ on, then turns him to the HALF CRAB! ZSJ endures, scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Kidd lets go at 4, but he drags ZSJ up.
Kidd reels ZSJ in, waistlocks, but ZSJ resists the lift. ZSJ double wristlocks but Kidd rolls him over! TWO, and Kidd ROCKS ZSJ with a forearm! ZSJ walks that off but Kidd ROCKS him again! ZSJ pushes Kidd with a shoulder so Kidd forearms ZSJ again. ZSJ eggs Kidd on, Kidd EuroUppers! Kidd throws more forearms but ZSJ EuroUppers back! Kidd forearms, eggs ZSJ on, but ZSJ EuroUppers again! Fans rally as Kidd ROCKS ZSJ again! ZSJ throws a forearm, Kidd returns it, and things get fast and furious! Fans fire up as the forearms fly and ZSJ ROCKS Kidd, only for Kidd to DECK ZSJ! Kidd fires up and he drags ZSJ up again. Kidd throws forearms over and over on ZSJ in the corner!
ZSJ falls down and fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” again. Kidd drags ZSJ up, but ZSJ SLAPS Kidd! Kidd grits his teeth but ZSJ SLAPS him again! ZSJ drags Kidd up but Kidd SLAPS ZSJ down! Kidd drags ZSJ up again to suplex but ZSJ slips out and drags Kidd to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Kidd endures, ZSJ hops on for a mounted armbar! Kidd moves around as ZSJ cranks the arm more, and Kidd still gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go but PENALTY KICKS Kidd down! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ grows annoyed but he kicks Kidd in the back! ZSJ toys with Kidd, eggs him on but Kidd eggs ZSJ on! ZSJ PENALTY KICKS again! ZSJ runs, Kidd gets up to dropkick ZSJ down! Cover, TWO!
Kidd drags ZSJ to a waistlock but ZSJ counters to a guillotine! But Kidd powers through that to a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up for Kidd as he and ZSJ slowly rise. Kidd has ZSJ in a waistlock, drags him up, but ZSJ elbows him, Kidd holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Kidd keeps firing up with “OI! OI! OI!” and he underhooks ZSJ. ZSJ drops to drag Kidd into a sunset but Kidd counters to a prawn hold! TWO!! ZSJ uppercuts into underhooks! Kidd gets ZSJ up but ZSJ slips out, to get the COBRA TWIST! Kidd reaches for ropes but ZSJ grabs at that arm. Kidd pops free to hip toss ZSJ down! But ZSJ gets Kidd for a TRIANGLE HOLD!
Kidd tries to dead lift but ZSJ drags him down! ZSJ double guns as he squeezes tighter with just legs! Kidd taps, ZSJ wins!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (advances to the next round)
ZSJ holds on to make Kidd suffer, and other Young Lions have to pry ZSJ off Kidd! The Submission Master gives mocking head pats to the Kidd, but will he be able to make the rest of the tournament #JustTapOut?
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Will Ospreay!
Ikari no Mogyu has led “the resistance” against the United Empire, but now he faces their leader! Will Tenzan chop down the “Commonwealth Kingpin” and head for revenge on the rest? Or will Ospreay join Jeff Cobb and Great-O-Khan in glory?
Before the bell, the two get in each other’s face and start shoving. The bell rings and they fire off forearms! Fans rally already as the two go back and forth. Ospreay knees low, runs but gets run over! Tenzan unleashes Mongolian Chops! Ospreay flounders away, Tenzan runs and clotheslines Ospreay out of the ring! Ospreay flounders up but Tenzan is there to club Ospreay! Ospreay CHOPS and ROCKS Tenzan back, then brings him up to reel in. Tenzan avoids the piledriver by back dropping Ospreay! Tenzan sees Ospreay’s Rev-Pro British Heavyweight title and picks it up, but he decides not to use it. Tenzan stomps Ospreay around the outside and even rake Ospreay’s eyes!
Red Shoes reprimands, Tenzan puts Ospreay in but Ospreay catches him at the ropes with a kick! DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Tenzan writhes while Ospreay grits his teeth. Ospreay drops a knee, grinds it down for a cover, TWO! Master Wato rallies with the fans as Ospreay throws Tenzan out. Ospreay goes out to whip Tenzan into railing! Ospreay uses a cravat to bend Tenzan back against railing! Red Shoes reprimands, Ospreay lets off and he drags Tenzan up. Ospreay throws clubbing elbows, but Tenzan hits back. Ospreay clubs Tenzan and puts him on the apron! Ospreay goes up, for a GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Ospreay shoves Tenzan in, covers, TWO!
Fans rally up, Ospreay looms over Tenzan. Ospreay drags Tenzan up, bumps him off buckles, and throws forearms. Tenzan eggs Ospreay on so Ospreay throws forearms into the gut! Ospreay clubs Tenzan, digs his boot in, but lets off as Red Shoes counts. Fans rally and Tenzan kicks Ospreay low! Tenzan kicks Ospreay again, throws a haymaker, but Ospreay CHOPS! Ospreay turns Tenzan for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ospreay clamps on with a chinlock but Tenzan endures. Fans rally up, Tenzan fights to his feet, and Tenzan elbows, only for Ospreay to clamp on with a cravat! Tenzan endures, grabs at Ospreay’s face, but Red Shoes reprimands.
Tenzan throws body shots, Ospreay CLUBS him, but Ospreay runs into the WHEEL KICK! Tenzan fires up, and unleashes more Mongolian Chops! Ospreay goes to a corner, Tenzan stomps him and throws a headbutt! Tenzan whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! And headbutts again! Tenzan goes out and climbs up! Fans fire up as Tenzan drags Ospreay up, and hits the FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Tenzan CLUBS Ospreay, and calls his shot, for the BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Tenzan grows annoyed, and he stomps Ospreay around. Ospreay throws a forearm but Tenzan gives it back! They go back and forth, Tenzan kicks low then whips.
Ospreay reverses, runs in, but Tenzan puts him on the apron. Ospreay ROCKS Tenzan then PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay reels Tenzan in for a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Ospreay grows annoyed but fans fire up again. Tenzan rises, Ospreay brings him to a fireman’s carry but Tenzan fights it off. Ospreay fires forearms and ROCKS Tenzan with the last, to run and BOOT! Tenzan stays up, Ospreay runs, but into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Tenzan runs, but into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up again as Ospreay grits his teeth. Ospreay goes to the corner, aims and springboards, but Tenzan HEADBUTTS Pip Pip Cheerio down! Then he FALLING HEADBUTTS! Cover, TWO!
Tenzan gets Ospreay for the ANACONDA VICE! Ospreay endures as Tenzan thrashes him about! Ospreay fights, reaches, but Tenzan turns him away from ropes! Ospreay keeps fighting and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Tenzan lets go fast and fans rally up. Tenzan brings Ospreay up, scoops, but Ospreay slips out to COBRA CLUTCH SUPLEX! Ospreay aims from a corner, Tenzan rises, ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is furious, he even put some extra spin on the discus! Ospreay reels Tenzan in, underhooks, but Tenzan resists the lift! Ospreay hits some Kowata Kicks and then runs, but Tenzan swings! Ospreay gets around to HOOK KICK!
Ospreay fires up, but runs into a BIG LARIAT from Tenzan! Fans fire up as Ospreay stumbles about, into Tenzan’s scoop! T T D!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Tenzan wants the Anaconda Vice again! Ospreay flails and reaches as Tenzan thrashes around again. Ospreay fights up, but Tenzan hits the ANACONDA BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives again but Tenzan heads up top! Ospreay anchors a leg but Tenzan clubs at him! Ospreay tucks Tenzan in! CHEEKY NANDOS! And then Ospreay gets Tenzan up for a LAST RIDE! Cover, TWO!?! Tenzan survives and fans fire up, but Ospreay calls his shot!
Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tenzan survives and no one can believe it! Ospreay gets up, reels Tenzan in, underhooks and gets Tenzan up, but Tenzan slides off to headbutt! MONGOLIAN CHOP! And again! Tenzan fires up, scoops but Ospreay resists! Ospreay elbows away on Tenzan, scoops him, and pops him up to a fireman’s carry, for a SIT OUT SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Tenzan survives but Ospreay takes off the armband! Ospreay brings Tenzan up, around, and hits a DREAM CRUSHER ELBOW! Ospreay keeps going, underhooks and lifts, for STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
And the United Empire has swept their first round opponents! Is there no stopping them taking over NJPW? Ospreay gets the mic and says, “Oi, Yamana-shy~!” He perhaps got Yamanashi wrong on purpose, but he mocks the fans for cheering and knowing where they come from. “Tenzan, guys like me, and I’ve said it before, think that your best days are behind you, my friend! But after tonight’s performance, I see you’ve still got some more fight in you, Tenzan-san.” Ospreay says that he is the Kingpin, the Billy Goat, the British Heavyweight Champion, and the best bet for winning the entire NJCUP!
So Ospreay will say this: “Tell me the best! Show me the best! But until they step in the ring with me, you all need to be reminded I am Will Ospreay, and I am on another level!!” The Commonwealth Kingpin and leader of the Empire has said his piece, but will win the whole damn thing?
A very good installment for the New Japan Cup, though yes I skipped the entire first half this time. But the 8 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and Takagi continuing his momentum from the biggest win yet makes sense. Takagi is rolling towards his match with Goto, and as I said the other day, I’m very certain Takagi wins. There is great character interaction between Ishii and Sanada, that match is going to be great stuff, too. ZSJ VS Kidd tripped me out, I thought my player accidentally got into 1.5 speed, but that’s just how fast those two were going. Kidd is showing promise with being able to keep up with ZSJ, but naturally ZSJ wins as Kidd is still a Young Lion.
Tenzan VS Ospreay was also really good, but I had a feeling Ospreay would win. Cobb VS Evil, Khan VS Yano and Ospreay VS ZSJ will all be really good one way or another, and honestly can all go any number of ways. However, because I don’t see Empire VS Empire happening, even though this is a tournament arc, if Evil wins, Khan wins. If Cobb wins, Yano finds a way to beat Khan. Ospreay could be the member that goes the farthest, because he really needs to be given the opportunities to prove he’s in the uppercard now. He lost to Okada at WrestleKingdom but now Okada has lost to Takagi, so maybe Ospreay can even rub all this in Okada’s face the next time they meet.
My Score: 9/10
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