The Elimination Chamber will determine the Road to WrestleMania!
Drew McIntyre defends his WWE World Championship inside, while Roman Reigns waits for a challenger to emerge from the Elimination Chamber!
- Kickoff Match – WWE United States Championship Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: John Morrison VS Mustafa Ali VS Ricochet VS Elias; Morrison wins and joins the title match Triple Threat later tonight.
- Elimination Chamber: Kevin Owens VS Daniel Bryan VS Cesaro VS Sami Zayn VS King Corbin VS Jey Uso; Bryan wins and will challenge Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship tonight.
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Daniel Bryan; Reigns wins and retains the title.
- WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Matt Riddle VS John Morrison; Riddle wins and is the new WWE United States Champion.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
- WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber: Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus VS Randy Orton VS Kofi Kingston VS Jeff Hardy VS AJ Styles; McIntyre wins and retains the title.
- WWE World Championship MITB Cash-In: Drew McIntyre VS The Miz; The Miz wins and is the new WWE World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!
Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting the action for tonight, both in and out of the sadistic steel structure!
Keith Lee cannot compete tonight from the injuries suffered at the hands of Bobby Lashley, so there will be a huge Fatal 4 Way in the kickoff show! John Morrison, Mustafa Ali, Ricochet and Elias will compete, but who will join Bobby Lashley and Matt Riddle in the Triple Threat for the US Championship?
Backstage interview with Cesaro!
The Swiss Cyborg has significant momentum, could tonight be a turning point for him? To answer it this way, Cesaro’s favorite drink is espresso. It is simple, reminds him of home, but it’s not just another coffee. It isn’t made, it is extracted. And it takes time and practice to get that just right. Cesaro will have the perfect shot tonight as he wins the Elimination Chamber match and then extract the title from Roman. And it will be oh so sweet, just like the perfect espresso.
MVP joins the panel via video call.
Who does he think will fill Keith Lee’s spot in the US Championship Triple Threat tonight? Or does it matter? To borrow The Rock’s saying, “IT DOESN’T MATTER!” Lashley isn’t just a combat athlete, he’s a force of nature! Lashley is Godzilla! You can call the Defense Force but you should call FIMA to clean up after him. JBL wants Rosenberg to get pumped out talking to MVP, but then Billie Kay offers Mr. MVP her headshot and resume. She has many business qualifications so she could be a great addition to the Hurt Business. Yes, her voice sure does hurt his ears. But he’ll consider her application and keep in touch. Is that just a nice way of saying, “No?”
Sonya Deville joins the panel!
Dapper Deville is back and she’s loving it already. JBL gets on Booker for not doing his dance moves with Bad Bunny but Booker says the check wasn’t big enough. Charly asks Sonya about the Women’s Tag title match tonight. Sonya says first, Shayna & Nia are a well-oiled machine and dominant team, but all that said, Bianca Belair is a rising star, Sasha Banks is a seasoned vet, this is tough to call. However, Sasha doesn’t play well with others. Just look at Bayley. So the advantage of course goes to Shayna-Nia.
Charly brings up the interesting origins of this match. Despite Sasha and Bianca not being a team for much at all, they and Reginald pulled off the win. Reggie the sommelier got a little over his head but he had back-up from Sasha & Bianca, and together they turned the whole thing around on Nia. As great as they could be as a team, Booker doesn’t see Bianca and Sasha thinking that way. Bianca still has a WrestleMania decision, a championship decision, tonight’s match doesn’t even matter. WrestleMania checks are huge! They all agree on Bianca taking on Sasha, but here come the Street Profits!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins say hello to the legends and Rosenberg, and then trying to be polite about business, they ask Sonya about tag titles. They don’t understand why there’s all this dipping and dodging for a rematch. Did they think this was the right time? Well when was the time? Sonya says she has an office now so they should go there. This is rude. And she WAS considering them but why reward this behavior? Well for 312 days, they- Alpha Academy is showing promise. Profits beat them! Oh well, sure but…
The Profits reconsider, this is definitely rude of them. They will visit her during office hours. And a quick compliment to her fashion sense. The Profits head off, but will they get their rematch on the Road to WrestleMania? Sonya makes sure everyone else on SmackDown understands, if you want to talk business with her, respect her authority and step into her office. There are other teams worthy of their shot, she will determine whose turn it is.
Kickoff Match – WWE United States Championship Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: John Morrison VS Mustafa Ali w/ Retribution VS Ricochet VS Elias!
The Guru of Greatness, the leader of Retribution, the One and Only or the Drifter! They all are benefitting from Keith Lee’s misfortune, but who will grab their own golden ticket to join Bobby Lashley and Matt Riddle?
The bell rings and Ricochet dropkicks Ali right away! They still have beef but Morrison and Elias go after Ricochet while Ali bails out. Morrison and Elias mug Ricochet, whip him corner to corner, but Elias runs in only for Ricochet to go up and over and BOOT Morrison! Elias back suplexes but Ricochet lands out to dropkick-flip! Ricochet aims at all his opponents but Ali gets in to yank him down and roll him up! TWO, Ricochet gets a crucifix takedown, TWO! Ricochet trips Ali to fire off fists! Morrison and Elias get in to hit both Ali and Ricochet, then divide into pairs. Ali and Ricochet hit back but so do Elias and Morrison. Then Elias and Morrison trade partners but the brawl goes all over the ring!
Ali CHOPS Ricochet, Elias throws hands on Morrison, Ali hits Elias, Elias knocks him down, COHPS Ricochet and BOOTS Morrison! Elias whips Ali to clobber him with an elbow, then he goes after Ricochet with stomps in a corner! Elias drags Ricochet up, CHOPS him again, then whips him corner to corner. Ricochet reverses, Elias goes up but Ricochet catches him, only for Elias to boot him away! Elias drags Ricochet up for a dragon sleeper, but Morrison reels Elias into one, too! Ali somersaults in to neckbreaker Morrison, and the chain creates DOUBLE INVERTED DDT’S! Ali crawls to cover Ricochet, TWO!!
Ali keeps on Ricochet with Retribution lurking outside. Ali CHOPS Ricochet, CHOPS him again, but Ricochet gets powered up! Ricochet throws haymakers, whips Ali but li reverses. Ricochet sunset flips, Ali rolls through and fakes Ricochet out to kick him low! Ali hits a BIG back suplex, covers deep, TWO!! Elias returns to stomp them both then he drags Ali up. Ali fights back, Elias ROCKS him then whips him to KNEE him down! Cover, but Slapjack drags Elias off! Not a disqualification in a Fatal 4 but Elias probably wishes Jaxson Ryker was here to watch his back. Ricochet rolls Elias up, TWO and Ricochet mule kicks Elias down!
Morrison runs in at Ricochet but is put on the apron for an ENZIGURI! Ricochet turns around into Elias’ SIT OUT CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, but Ali breaks it! Elias shoves Ali out hard, then goes back to Ricochet. Elias drags Ricochet up, reels him in, but Morrison returns with a FLYING CHUCK! Morrison watches Ricochet flounder up, and brings him in, MOONLIGHT DRIVE! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives again but Morrison looms over him. Morrison drags Ricochet to a drop zone, STARSHIP PAIN FLOPS! Ricochet and Morrison are both down, as is Elias, but Ali is floundering back in.
Every man has a corner and Ali runs in at Ricochet. Ricochet boots then somersault shotguns Ali down! Ricochet dodges Elias, throws hands, KICKS Ali, KICKS Elias, CHOPS and runs, DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Morrison runs in but gets a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Bridging cover, but both Elias and Ali break it!! Retribution rallies for their leader as all four men slowly stir. Ali elbows Elias then leaps up to hit a TORNADO DDT! But Ricochet 450’s outta nowhere!! He flounders to a cover, but ALL of Retribution saves Ali this time! Ricochet can’t believe it, but he should’ve known from his battles with them. So Ricochet FLIES, but is caught by T-Bar and Mace!!
Ricochet fights but he gets a DOUBLE POST BOMB!! Retribution celebrate but Morrison rolls Ali up!! Morrison wins!!
Winner: John Morrison, by pinfall (joins the WWE US Championship match)
The Sultan of Sexy pulls one over on the horde! Will he be able to do something similar to the Bro and the Rocky Mountain Machine?
“Every journey has its obstacles.”
Distress, doubt, disbelief. Some obstacles are built up to break you down. Whatever fear that’s inside, the hunger to win must overcome. Every thing worth fighting for is on the other side. If you want to continue on the Road to WrestleMania, you must survive this night! Star-studded sets of six step inside the steel structure. They will face that danger, take those risks, and endure the pain to escape so that they can stand atop the mountain! This is ELIMINATION CHAMBER!!
Elimination Chamber: Kevin Owens VS Daniel Bryan VS Cesaro VS Sami Zayn VS King Corbin VS Jey Uso!
This is just the first step for these six men! Whether it be the Prizefighter, the GOAT, the Swiss Cyborg, the Great Liberator, the Wolf King of the Ring, or Roman Reigns’ own cousin, they will still have to battle the WWE Universal Champion later tonight! So who will #JustKeepFighting and say #YESYESYES to a shot at the Reigning, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, Universal Heavyweight Champion of the WWE?
The first ones into the cell are Kevin, Sami (who taunts his long time frenemy but then protests his private camera crew being ejected), Corbin, and Jey, meaning Cesaro and Bryan start this match by default. Will one of these two men pull off an ironman performance in order to prove to the Head of the Table what it means to be a wrestler?
The bell rings and this match finally gets underway! Cesaro and Bryan tie up, Cesaro headlocks but Bryan powers out. Cesaro runs Bryan over, cover, ONE! Cesaro headlocks again, Bryan powers out but Cesaro runs him over again. Cover, ONE, and Cesaro is back on the headlock. Bryan powers out again, drops down, jumps up but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps cool and keeps on Bryan. Cesaro brings Bryan up, throws a hard EuroUpper and Bryan ends up in a corner. Cesaro walks over and stares Corbin down before he whips Bryan corner to corner. Bryan goes up, over, runs and dodges to hit the leaping lariat!
Bryan gives Cesaro some Yes Kicks from all sides, then some EuroUppers of his own. Cesaro gives EuroUppers, they brawl like this, but then Bryan sends Cesaro out! Cesaro tries to land on his feet but hits chain wall! Bryan goes up for a FLYING KNEE! Bryan knocks Cesaro down, shakes out his legs, then puts Cesaro back through ropes. Bryan climbs again to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Bryan keeps his cool as Cesaro goes to a corner. Bryan kicks away in the corner, then hoists Cesaro up top. Bryan climbs, but Cesaro denies him the Super Steiner! Cesaro swings Bryan back up but Bryan STEINERS after all!
Bryan aims, runs but into a LARIAT! Both men are down but Cesaro crawls over to Bryan. Cover, TWO! The others are getting antsy in their pods and Kevin is even pointing out a weakness in Bryan’s leg. Cesaro goes after said weakness, drops elbows on the leg and hooks it in a toehold. Bryan endures, counters with a neck wrench then a headscissor to the armbar! Cesaro resists, moves around, makes it a cover, TWO! Cesaro dead lifts Bryan but Bryan spiders around back to the ARMBAR! Bryan is pulling hard but Cesaro fights back up! Cover, ONE, and Cesaro is free! Bryan throws EuroUppers but that only fires Cesaro up. Bryan KICKS, Cesaro glares and gives EuroUppers!
Bryan falls over, Cesaro shakes out his arms, and Cesaro drags Bryan up for another EuroUpper! Bryan falls back down, Cesaro drags him up and suplexes! Cesaro holds Bryan for a count of 10, then walks around for a few more counts, to then SLAM Bryan down! Cover, TWO! The countdown reaches zero, the first pod is released! Joining the match is… CORBIN! Cesaro goes to intercept but Corbin RAMS him into Jey’s pod! Corbin rains down fists, Bryan goes after Corbin with EuroUppers! Corbin ROCKS Bryan and throws him into chains! Corbin digs Bryan’s head into those chains then DECKS him with a haymaker!
Corbin drags Cesaro and Jey eggs him on to “beat his ass.” Corbin TOSSES Cesaro into the ring! Corbin throws more hands on Bryan and gets him in between the ropes, too. Corbin brings Bryan around, whips him into a corner, then runs in, Bryan dodges to dropkick Cesaro! Then dropkick Corbin! Then back to Cesaro, only to miss! Cesaro EuroUppers Corbin! And EuroUppers Bryan! And back to Corbin, then back to Bryan! Cesaro goes back for Corbin but gets a DEEP SIX! And a DEEP SIX for Bryan! Corbin covers Bryan, TWO!! Cover on Cesaro, TWO!! Corbin couldn’t finish these two but he keeps his cool.
Corbin drags Bryan up, throws elbows, then dumps Bryan out of the ring. Corbin drags Bryan up on the outside, hoists him up, and gives him a SHINBREAKER to Sami’s pod! Corbin and Sami talk trash, and Corbin dares Bryan to quit already. Cesaro throws EuroUppers on Corbin but gets RAMMED into Sami’s pod! Sami protests, but Corbin gives Bryan ANOTHER SHINBREAKER to Jey’s pod! Corbin wraps Bryan’s leg around the ring post and pulls! Bryan fights with his good leg but Corbin stands on Bryan’s head! Corbin tells Jey he’s gonna get some of this, too! Corbin RAMS Cesaro into steel chains then throws haymakers, and DECKS Cesaro!
Corbin walks around as he watches Bryan crawl. Bryan gets up but Corbin picks him up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated and now Cesaro returns. Cesaro throws body shots and haymakers, then EuroUppers, but Corbin knees low and hard, until he sends Cesaro back out! Corbin snarls as he drags Bryan up and puts him in a Tree of Woe! The countdown is ticking down, and the second pod is released! It’s… Sami Zayn! And Sami protests already! Corbin storms over but Sami shuts the door on his pod. Sami refuses to take part in this, and Bryan KNEES Corbin into the pod door! Sami taunts Corbin, “That’s what you get!”
But Cesaro comes in from the other side, and that’s open!! Cesaro dribbles Sami all around inside his own pod!! Cesaro throws EuroUppers to stagger Sami, then RAMS him into Jey’s pod! Bryan keeps on Corbin as Sami RAMS Cesaro into Jey’s pod! Bryan KICKS Sami against ropes, then throws him into the chains! And again! And again! And again! Corbin comes around to CLOBBER Bryan! Corbin drags Bryan up just to DECK him, but then Sami shoves Corbin into Plexiglas! Sami crawls after Bryan in the ring, stomps Bryan, then follows him to a corner of the Chamber. Bryan dodges and Sami HELLUVA KICKS pod! Sami clutches his leg and Kevin smirks at his familiar foe.
Bryan goes after Corbin with EuroUppers, throws him into the ring, then climbs up. Corbin hits Bryan first, then climbs up to join him. Corbin SUPERPLEXES Bryan down! Bryan rolls away from Corbin, and Sami gives Cesaro a TORNADO DDT on the outside! Cover, TWO!! Sami is furious and he stomps Bryan and Corbin to vent. Sami then runs at Cesaro, but Cesaro puts him on top of Jey’s pod! Cesaro climbs up after Sami, Sami kicks at Cesaro but Cesaro comes back from the other side. They brawl up top, Cesaro’s EuroUpper rocks Sami, but Sami tries to walk the chain wall! Cesaro throws MORE EuroUppers, Sami climbs onto steel for dear life, and bumps Cesaro off the frame!
Sami retreats along the chains but Cesaro pursues! Cesaro bumps Sami’s face off chains again and again! Cesaro adjusts position, uses the top like monkey bars, and he BOOTS Sami to the floor!! Cesaro shows off by doing some pull-ups with the ceiling, and then climbs down. But Corbin is there to catch him! Corbin RAMS Cesaro into steel chains, then SNAKE EYES and a LARIAT! Bryan leaps at Corbin but into a CHOKE SLAM! Corbin drags Cesaro up but Cesaro throws EuroUppers! Corbin forearms and whips but Cesaro ducks and dodges to springboard, but into a choke grip! Cesaro elbows free and POSTS Corbin! Cesaro climbs, aims, leaps, FLYING EUROUPPER!
Cesaro doesn’t cover, he takes Corbin for a SWING! Cesaro gets about 10 rotations in, steps through and puts on the SHARPSHOOTER! Corbin TAPS, Cesaro ELIMINATES Corbin! And just in time as another pod is released! This time it’s… Kevin Owens! And he is ready! Sami wants mercy from Kevin, and then… He suggests they team up for old time’s sake?! Sami says “they” don’t want him or Kevin, the anti-poster boys, in this match, so why not do this together? Kevin whips Sami into a pod! And then into another! And back again, to then CLOBBER him! Bryan and Kevin brawl now, Kevin gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX!
Cesaro EuroUppers Kevin but Kevin forearms back! They brawl like this, Cesaro fires off fast hands but uppercuts into a backslide! He rolls through but Kevin enziguris! Bryan boots Kevin and hops on for a sleeper hold with body scissors! Kevin holds on to BACKPACK SENTON onto Cesaro! Cover on Cesaro, TWO! Cover on Bryan, TWO! Kevin sees Sami up top and intercepts with a haymaker! Then a CHOP! Kevin climbs up, Sami hits back, and BITES Kevin’s shoulder! Sami headbutts and elbows Kevin but Kevin headbutts back. Sami throws more elbows, Kevin falls down, and Sami leaps! Kevin gets under to SUPERKICK!
Sami flounders to a corner, Bryan and Cesaro are in the others. Kevin sees his targets, and he gives Cesaro a CANNONBALL! Then a CANNONBALL for Bryan! CANNONBALL for Sami! Kevin looks past Sami to tell Jey he better watch this. Kevin runs but Sami boots, only for Kevin to block! Sami gets around to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cesaro POP-UP UPPERS Sami! KNEE PLUS for Cesaro, but Bryan runs into Kevin’s POP-UP BOMB!! All four men are down, fans fire up on their ThunderDome screens, and Kevin manages to stand first. Cesaro is outside on one end, Bryan is outside on the other. Sami begs for mercy but Kevin drag shim up for a HEAD SHOT NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Kevin hauls Bryan up, pump handle USHIGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Kevin grows frustrated. Kevin drags Cesaro up, fireman’s carries, and the countdown returns! Cesaro fights free to EuroUpper Kevin and Kevin forearms. Jey is finally in this match, as if by design! And Kevin storms over to him to throw hands! They brawl, Kevin RAMS Jey into steel chains, then does it again! Jey holds his face and Kevin mockingly asks what’s wrong. Kevin digs Jey’s face into the steel! Kevin then whips Jey into the pod! Kevin stalks Jey around the way, and throws him inside a pod! The back wall pops loose as Kevin digs his boot into Jey!
Kevin opens the door, pushes Jey out the other side, and Cesaro brawls with Bryan nearby. Kevin ROCKS Jey, Sami ROCKS Kevin! Sami throws Kevin aside but Cesaro hits Sami. Bryan hits Jey into steel, Jey uppercuts back! Sami brawls with Cesaro but Kevin is climbing a pod?! HUGE MOONSAULT bowls everyone else over!! Kevin fires up and shakes the chains, to give Bryan a STUNNER! And Cesaro gets a STUNNER! Kevin sees Sami coming, dodges the boot to STUNNER!! Cover on Sami, Kevin ELIMINATES Sami! One old foe done, now for the other! Kevin stalks Jey, drags him up, but Jey claws Kevin’s eyes! Kevin is in the doorway, Jey SLAMS the door closed on Kevin’s arm!!
Referees shout at Jey to stop but Jey doesn’t want to! Jey wants to break Kevin’s arm, and he SUPERKICKS and SUPERKICKS and SUPERKICKS! Jey finally lets Kevin’s arm out of the door, then SUPERKICKS Kevin into the ring! Jey climbs up top, USO SPLASH!! Cover, Jey ELIMINATES Kevin!! Now the Head of the Table’s Right Hand Man only has two men left to deal with. Bryan fires off EuroUppers, he blocks a kick but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Jey CHOP BLOCKS Bryan! Jey paces around, builds speed and FLIEs, into Cesaro’s EuroUpper! Cesaro goes up top, MACHO ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!!
Cesaro snarls as he watches Jey crawl to the outside. Cesaro SLINGSHOT STOMPS Jey down! Cesaro then gets the legs to swing Jey into the steel! And again and again! Bryan leaps but into Cesaro’s arms! Cesaro FALL AWAY SLAMS Bryan into the ring! Cesaro climbs again, leaps, but into a YES KICK! All three men are down, but Bryan is firing himself up! Bryan and Cesaro sit up and brawl on their knees with EuroUppers! They fight up to their feet as they hit back and forth! Cesaro fires off fast hands, shoves Bryan, and pops him up, but Bryan catches him to a backslide! TWO, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!
Bryan fires up again, gets his bad leg moving, and drags Cesaro by his arm. Cesaro resists so Bryan gives him Danielson Stomps! Bryan hobbles off to aim from a corner and he powers up with the Yes Fingers! Fans do the same on screen, but Bryan runs into the tilt-o-whirl, to a torture rack! Bryan rolls through, TWO, BUZZSAW again! Bryan goes to a corner, climbs up again, but his bad leg slows him down a bit. Cesaro EuroUppers first! Cesaro throws another EuroUpper and Bryan wobbles up top! And then Cesaro fires off EuroUppers from all sides! Cesaro climbs up, fireman’s carries Bryan, and he hits a SUPER GUTBUSTER!!
Cesaro gets the legs, pulls on one for a Half Crab SWING!! Bryan’s bad leg takes all that damage but Jey SUPERKICKS Cesaro down! Jey climbs, USO SPLASH to Cesaro!! Cover, Jey ELIMINATES Cesaro!! One ironman down, another left! USO SPLASH onto Bryan!! Cover, TWO!?! Jey is shocked but Bryan is still in this! Jey climbs up to the top of a pod now! Bryan is still in a drop zone, SUPER USO SPLASH onto knees!! Bryan saves himself and now he fires up! Jey staggers into the KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan wins!!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall (will challenge Roman Reigns later tonight)
Fans give the Yes Fingers because yes, yes, yes, Bryan is getting his shot at the Universal Championship! But can the #IronGOAT recover fast enough to take on the perfectly rested Tribal Chief?
Wait, Roman Reigns is heading to the ring NOW! Well, a few minutes does count as “later” in some respects… Will the Head of the Table just pick the bones of Daniel Bryan?
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Daniel Bryan!
Bryan crawls his way to a corner as Roman hands his belt over to his Special Counsel. The introductions are skipped but Heyman raises the belt. Bryan says to hell with it, let’s do this! The bell rings, and he catches the Spear?!?! YES LOCK!!!! Roman is freaking out at how he got caught!! Roman pries at the hold, gets free of the crossface, and rolls Bryan over just to rain down furious fists! Bryan can’t guard he’s that exhausted from the Chamber match! Roman finally lets off, just to dead lift and POWERBOMB Bryan down! Roman is seething because of how quickly he could’ve lost, and he rains more forearms down on a defenseless Bryan!
The ref wants Roman to let off and Roman glares at him. Roman drags Bryan up, to the GUILLOTINE!! Bryan is already out as it is, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by submission (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief wins a veritable farce of a title defense! “All night long, huh?! All night long?!” Roman is of course referring to the words Bryan said on Talking Smack just a week ago, and clearly it wasn’t anywhere close to that. Will WrestleMania- WAIT! EDGE SPEARS ROMAN!!! Edge points to the WrestleMania sign as he glares down at Roman! And Edge seems to repeat what Roman told him back to him now! Does this mean the Rated R Superstar has made his decision!? Is it going to be Spear VS Spear for the Universal Championship!?
Sonya Deville talks with Bad Bunny backstage.
First off, congratulations on becoming WWE 24/7 Champion. And he was cracking her up on Saturday Night Live last night. All very impressive. Anything he needs, she’ll- The Miz walks over and says he saw SNL. Congrats. Miz would’ve preferred if he and Morrison were there singing “Hey Hey, Ho Ho,” but what can you do? What’s Bunny doing here? Well, he IS 24/7 Champion so… What is Miz doing here? Is he a champion? Is he even on the card tonight? Miz shoves Bunny, Bunny SLAPS Miz! And Miz turns around, to see Damian Priest by Bunny’s side.
Miz seethes but he stands down. Will Miz worry more about his Money in the Bank plans? Will Priest help Bunny keep that 24/7 belt through the night?
WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Matt Riddle VS John Morrison!
Plans change but the show must go on! The Chief Hurt Officer ended up being why the Limitless One can’t compete here tonight, but joining him and The Bro is the Guru of Greatness! Will Lashley take this change in stride and still come out golden? Or will a Triple Threat still be what spells his downfall?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this slightly adjusted match begins!
Lashley fires off on Riddle and bumps him off buckles while Morrison hangs back. Lashley stomps Riddle, digs his boots in, then lets off just to stomp some more! Morrison sneaks in to get his shots on Riddle, adding forearms and elbows. Lashley doesn’t like someone taking his prey and he tosses Morrison to another corner. Lashley RAMS Morrison, throws more hands and stomps Morrison down! Riddle jumps on Lashley with a sleeper but gets thrown off! Lashley clotheslines Riddle out but Morrison hits a FLYING CHUCK on Lashley! Morrison hits a spinning Eddy Gordo, then runs in at the corner. Lashley puts him on the apron, ROCKS him, then runs to BLAST Morrison to barriers!
Lashley paces as the only man in the ring, then he goes out to fetch Morrison. MVP sings Lashley’s praises as Lashley RAMS Morrison back into barriers! Lashley hauls Morrison up to a torture rack, and then POSTS Morrison! MVP looms over Morrison and high-fives Lashley, but Riddle LEAPS in! Lashley catches him to TOSS him, too! MVP shouts, “Do you think it’s a game?!” Lashley drags Riddle up and puts him in the ring to then run in at the corner, to RAM into Riddle! Lashley drags Riddle out to hit a neckbreaker! Lashley starts to smile as he starts to enjoy this.
Lashley drags Riddle up, suplexes, but Morrison slingshots in to tip that over! Riddle lands on his feet, and together he BOOTS Lashley with Morrison! Lashley still runs Morrison over and CLOBBERS Riddle! Not even working together can they stop Lashley! MVP tells Lashley to keep the game plan in mind, and Lashley waits for someone else to get in. Morrison and Riddle discuss a plan, and they flank Lashley! Morrison fakes Lashley out and Riddle fires off! Morrison adds on and they’re beating Lashley down in the corner! Riddle runs side to side to forearm smash! Morrison goes corner to corner, into the MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley gets Riddle in the DOMINATOR!!
Lashley dares someone to stand up! He runs and RAMS into Riddle in the corner again! MVP applauds and tells Lashley to punish them. Lashley runs at Riddle but gets caught to a headscissors! Riddle Penalty Kicks from the apron, them Morrison FLIES and takes Lashley out! Riddle adds on, SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO! But then Morrison POSTS Riddle! No more alliances as Morrison puts Riddle in to cover, TWO! Morrison keeps his cool as he ground ‘n’ pounds Riddle! Morrison brings Riddle up but Riddle throws body shots and forearms of his own! Morrison blocks, wrenches, fireman’s carries, but Riddle slips around!
Riddle gets a takedown, Morrison slips out but Riddle fires off more strikes! Morrison ducks the roundhouse to GERMAN, but Riddle lands on his feet! Riddle ducks a kick to spin Morrison for a PELE! Riddle runs in to forearm smash, then he goes side to side to forearm smash again! BROSPLODER! Riddle runs but Morrison ducks the Penalty Kick and avoids the moonsault! Riddle still hits the BROTON, then finally gets that PENALTY KICK! Riddle drags Morrison up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Lashley returns and he swings, but into Riddle’s ripcord, FINAL FLASH!! Riddle climbs up, for a TRUE FLOATING BRO! But Morrison SHINING WIZARDS!!
Morrison hits STARSHIP PAIN on Lashley!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives two moves and Morrison can’t believe it! MVP talks trash, “You really thought that was going to pin the All Mighty?” Morrison tells MVP to shut up. They both act like the other just acts tough, but Morrison takes MVP’s crutch! MVP wants him to take it easy, but Morrison swings on Lashley! Lashley catches Morrison to a HURT LOCK! Riddle hurries as Morrison endures, and the CRUTCH SMACKS Lashley! And again!! Riddle broke the crutch on Lashley, and he hits Morrison with BRO DEREK! Cover, Riddle wins!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)
Riddle just broke the bank and took the title from the Hurt Business! Is this his golden ticket to WrestleMania? Will Lashley find a way to make Riddle pay for this?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair!
Though they have the #RavishingGlow, Lana & Naomi, waiting for them on Raw, and though they want to face Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez on NXT, the Irresistible Force and the Queen of Spades will take on the Boss and EST of SmackDown! Will the most dominant duo in the Women’s Tag Division make it through the SmackDown Women’s Champion and Women’s Royal Rumble Winner to then continue down the Road to WrestleMania?
Kayla Braxton interviews the challengers before they make their entrance! Bianca still has a decision to make on which champion she’ll challenge for WrestleMania, and Sasha is her partner tonight. How will they coexist- Wait, here comes Reginald. Reggie says these two will seize this opportunity and be new tag team champions. After all, Bianca is the EST, and “someone as beautiful as Sasha should be draped with as much gold as possible.” Reggie will get his best bottle and chill it just for them. Bianca says they can toast to Bianca’s decision, too. With that, the #LegitEST duo make their entrances!
The introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and this golden showdown begins!
The teams sort out, Nia starts with Bianca and Nia talks some trash. They tie up, are in a dead lock but Nia pushes Bianca away. Bianca sees what Nia’s got, and they tie up again. Bianca wrenches the arm, but Nia scoops Bianca. Bianca slips out and gives Nia a kick to the butt! Nia is offended and rushes Bianca. Bianca dodges, goes up the ropes and tells Nia to kiss this! Bianca then jumps over Nia, dropkicks her, and kips up to tag in Sasha! Sasha fires off on Nia, wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Tag to Bianca, Sasha runs but Nia scoops her! Nia military presses and tosses Sasha, but Bianca catches her! Bianca uses Sasha’s boots to ROCK Nia, then they double dropkick Nia!
Shayna tags in but she runs into Bianca’s dropkick! Bianca kips up, handsprings but Shayna dodges! Shayna rolls to trip Bianca up, gets the short arm scissor but wants the armbar! Bianca makes it a cover, ONE, but Bianca runs Shayna over! Tag to Sasha, BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO! Sasha drags Shayna up, knuckle locks and CHOPS her, then goes up the corner, Shayna trips Sasha up to hotshot her! Tag to Nia and Nia CLOBBERS Sasha on the apron! Nia drags Sasha into the ring, drags her up, and tags in Shayna. They mug The Boss, Shayna wrenches and twists the arm to SLAM Sasha down! Cover, TWO!
Shayna gets a leg, drags Sasha away from Bianca and stands on Sasha to twist the arm even more! Sasha shouts in pain as she endures, but Shayna hammerlocks the arm and stands on it! She STOMPS it! Many women in the WWE know how that feels and now Sasha clutches it as she retreats to a corner. Shayna toys with Sasha, covers her, TWO! Shayna is after Sasha’s arm again, keylocks it high and leans on the arm, but Sasha endures. Bianca coaches Sasha, fans clap on screen, and Sasha manages a jawbreaker! Then a victory roll, TWO! Shayna CLOBBERS Sasha and covers, TWO! Shayna grows annoyed but she goes right back to the arm for even more torture!
Shayna drags Sasha with a keylock, Nia tags in, and they mug Sasha in the corner. Nia reels Sasha in to scoop and SLAM her down! Cover, TWO! Nia keeps on Sasha with a cobra clutch and leans hard on her. Sasha refuses to quit, fights up and throws elbows but Nia shoves her to the corner. Nia runs in but Sasha goes up and over! Nia POSTS herself, but Shayna tags in to stop Sasha’s retreat! Sasha rolls but that sends Shayna into Bianca! Sasha O’Conner rolls, TWO! Sasha goes up and crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps moving, gets around, rolls Shayna again, ONE, but to an Oklahoma Roll! TWO, Sasha gets around to backslide, TWO! Shayna sits up into Sasha’s KNEE!
Sasha drags Shayna back up, Shayna rams her to a corner, but Bianca tags in! Sasha waistlocks, Shayna fights out of that but Bianca gets her to chicken wings. Shayna still boots Sasha down, and then counters the GlamEST to a victory roll! Bianca slips out but Shayna gets the KIRAFUDA! Sasha tags in to save Bianca and Bianca throws Shayna off! Bianca gets those chicken wings, Sasha goes up top, GlamEST Slam to the FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Shayna survives and the challengers are a bit shocked! Sasha hurries to drag Shayna over and tag Bianca in. They coordinate, KNEE to torture rack! KISS OF DEATH! Cover, but Nia drags Bianca off and out!
Nia tags in, she hurries after Bianca and puts her back in. Bianca kicks Nia back, fires off furious hands, then manages a fireman’s carry!? But not for long as Nia fights out! Nia shoves Bianca, pops her up, to hit a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, but Sasha breaks it! Shayna whips Sasha but Sasha reverses to send Shayna out! Nia grabs Bianca and hauls her up to a fireman’s carry, but Sasha manages to tag in! SAMOAN DROP for Bianca, but Sasha hits a METEORA on Nia! Cover, TWO!! Another close call and Sasha can’t believe it! Reggie comes out, but he’s early! He cheers Sasha on as she runs and tilt-o-whirls to the CROSSFACE!!
Nia endures, crawls, reaches, ROPEBREAK! Sasha holds on until 4 and lets off. Reggie offers Sasha the bottle to use as a weapon!? Sasha doesn’t do that! The ref takes the bottle, Nia CLOBBERS Sasha! Fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP!! Cover, Nia & Shayna win!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Reggie messed Sasha up by throwing off her routine! He tries to apologize but Sasha and Bianca aren’t going to hear it. As for the champions, are they going to be able to run the gauntlet of challengers on their Road to WrestleMania?
MVP is talking backstage with The Miz?
We can’t hear what they’re saying but it looks like Miz is heavily considering what MVP is saying. Is there a deal in the works between the Hurt Business and Mr. Money in the Bank?
WWE World Championship Elimination Chamber: Drew McIntyre VS Sheamus VS Randy Orton VS Kofi Kingston VS Jeff Hardy VS AJ Styles!
The Scottish Warrior has the worst odds of getting out of this match still THE WWE Champion, but his former friend, the Celtic Warrior has the best! That’s because Sheamus won the right to be THE last man released from his pod on Raw! Will the Fella cash in on those odds or will McIntyre defy them yet again? And what if Miz’s MITB ultimatum?
Perhaps by good fortune, McIntyre is one of the first four out, so that he won’t have to fight the entire time. Along with him and Sheamus, the Phenomenal One and #KofiMania get to be in pods. That means the Charismatic Enigma and the Viper are starting us off! These two are familiar foes in their own right, will either of them make it to the end of tonight?
The bell rings and the two circle. Hardy rallies up fans but Orton kicks him low and clubs him down! Orton scrapes laces off Hardy’s face, gives him stomps all over, then throws him out through the ropes! Orton goes out after Hardy to throw EuroUppers, then he RAMS Hardy into McIntyre’s pod! Orton looms over Hardy, glares at Styles and McIntyre, but Hardy hits back! Hardy throws haymakers, backs Orton down, and has him right in front of Styles’ pod! Styles eggs them both on as Hardy basement dropkicks Orton into the corner! Orton pokes Hardy in the eye! Orton then pushes Hardy into the ropes and the ring.
Orton stalks Hardy, sits him up and wrenches the neck. Hardy endures, Orton wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight, but fans rally on their screens. Hardy fights up, fights back, and fights free! Hardy whips Orton a corner but Orton dodges! Hardy bumps off buckles and falls down! Orton paces around Hardy, gets the legs, and stomps Hardy in the stomach! Orton digs his boot in, walks it off, then covers, TWO! Orton drags Hardy back by his hair and wraps on another chinlock. Hardy endures again as Orton grinds him down. Hardy fights up, fights out again, but Orton knees low!
Orton whips, Hardy forearms Orton down, and then brings him around to atomic drop! Leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick! Hardy splashes down, covers, TWO! Hardy and Orton slowly rise, Hardy clubs Orton then whips him to a corner, but Orton reverses. Orton runs in but into boots! Hardy goes up and leaps, for a another SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The countdown is here, and the first pod is opened! Joining this match as Orton escapes a Twist of Fate is… Drew McIntyre! The WWE Champion goes right after Orton! Orton knees low, whips but McIntyre reverses only for Orton to kick him., McIntyre rallies with big clotheslines on Orton, then an OVERHEAD SUPLEX for Hardy!
McIntyre rams Hardy into Orton then OVERHEAD SUPELXES him again! Orton runs at McIntyre but McIntyre dodges to hit the neckbreaker! McIntyre kips up, brings Orton back up and throws him out of the ring. McIntyre then RAMS Orton into the steel chains! And whips him into them, then digs him into them! Orton can only suffer as McIntyre pushes him down. McIntyre storms after Hardy now, throws him out of the ring, and brings him up to suplex him to the hard chamber floor! McIntyre drags Hardy back up, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS him into Kofi’s pod!! The cameraman almost ends up a casualty and McIntyre says he told him to move.
McIntyre goes to the ring, Orton gets McIntyre in the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool as he grinds and stalks McIntyre to a corner. Orton stomps away on McIntyre, digs his boots in, then lets off to go out after Hardy. Orton digs his boots into Hardy’s neck, Hardy gasps and sputters as Orton lets off. Orton goes back to McIntyre but McIntyre throws haymakers! McIntyre whips, Orton reverses and gets McIntyre with the back2backbreaker! Cover, TWO! McIntyre sputters now and the countdown is here! Orton brings McIntyre through ropes again for another DRAPING DDT! The next man to enter is… Kofi!
Kofi slingshots into Orton and they brawl! Another old rivalry here fires up but Orton knees and CLUBS Kofi down! Orton drags Kofi up but Kofi rolls him with a bridge, KOFI ELIMINATES ORTON!? But Orton RKO’s Kofi out of anger! And RKO to Hardy! AJ Styles wants to capitalize, and Omos RIPS the pod open?! Styles uses the open door to get in as Orton gets out, but this can’t be right! Styles hurries to cover Kofi, TWO!! Styles covers Hardy, TWO!! Orton’s dirty work doesn’t pay off for Styles, so he stomps away on McIntyre! Adam Pearce runs out here and EJECTS Omos! Maybe they should’ve done this earlier?
Styles and Omos are upset but Omos reluctantly accepts Pearce’s orders. Styles turns around into Kofi’s TORNADO DDT to the Chamber floor! McIntyre and Hardy brawl in the ring, then McIntyre CHOPS Hardy to a corner. McIntyre whips Hardy corner to corner, but Hardy elbows him away! Hardy goes up but McIntyre shoves him into a pod! Kofi gets McIntyre with SOS! Cover, TWO!! Styles kicks Kofi, bumps him off buckles, and clubs him on the back. Styles RAMS Kofi into the corner, goes corner to corner to stomp McIntyre, then hauls McIntyre up to toss out of the ring. Styles KICKS Kofi, throws heavy forearms, then brings Kofi around for a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Styles kicks McIntyre, hotshots him on ropes, then goes back to Kofi. Styles whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up to headscissor. Styles blocks that to toss Kofi back to the outside! Styles drags Kofi up to aim at steel chain, but Kofi blocks to hit Styles back! Kofi MONKEY FLIPS Styles into steel! Styles is down in a heap, Kofi mule kicks McIntyre and throws forearms. McIntyre hits back, reels Kofi in but Kofi slips around to a guillotine! But McIntyre powers out to suplex and SLAM Kofi down! Sheamus knows his time is coming and he seems to be getting into a different headspace. McIntyre covers, Kofi, TWO, so he brings him outside.
Kofi fights off another suplex but McIntyre throws body shots to suplex Kofi into the chains! Kofi flops to the floor, and McIntyre puts him back in the ring. McIntyre drags Styles up, whips him to ropes and hits a HUGE back drop! Styles writhes while McIntyre seethes. McIntyre finds Hardy and drags him up to SLAM into the steel! And then McIntyre brings Hardy into the ring, turns him, and glares at Sheamus as he hits the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! The final countdown is here and we all know who is next! Sheamus and McIntyre stare down, and then the fists start flying! Things are fast and furious and they go around the ring!
Sheamus gets body shots in, McIntyre clubs and then throws knees! McIntyre CLUBS SHeamus, Sheamus runs to RAM McIntyre! Sheamus runs in and fires off on Mcintyre more! Kofi and Hardy join in and fists fly all over! McIntyre tosses Hardy, Sheamus tosses Kofi, and they go after each other again! McIntyre shoves Sheamus, clotheslines collide but neither falls! Sheamus runs again to run McIntyre over! Sheamus whips McIntyre but McIntyre kicks Sheamus, tot hen clothesline Sheamus and himself out! Kofi goes after Styles and they brawl off to the side! Kofi headbutts Styles then ROCKS him with a haymaker!
Kofi back hands, Styles haymakers, then Styles RAMS Kofi into steel chains. Sheamus digs McIntyre’s head into the steel with his boot! McIntyre can only suffer from the pain in his healed jaw! Styles and Kofi keep throwing hands, Kofi headbutts and forearms back! Styles throws more haymakers, McIntyre CHOPS Sheamus! Kofi goes up a corner to LEAP onto the Celtic & Scottish Warriors! Those three are down, but Kofi gets up to KICK Sheamus! Styles leap sin but Kofi body shots him out of the air! Kofi and Sheamus each kick each other, Sheamus CLUBS Kofi around, then he knees Kofi against ropes! Sheamus throws EuroUppers then whips. Kofi slides out then ENZIGURIS back!
Kofi hurries up top, but Sheamus ROCKS him with a haymaker first! Sheamus climbs up to join Kofi, clubs him some more, but Kofi fights him off! Kofi boots Sheamus off the top, then goes up the pod! Sheamus hurries after Kofi, McIntyre goes after Sheamus! McIntyre anchors Sheamus but Sheamus scuffs him away. McIntyre comes back to trip Sheamus up! Sheamus just landed on his pot o’ gold! McIntyre throws haymakers but Sheamus manages to hit back! McIntyre headbutts Sheamus, Styles hits McIntyre but McIntyre CHOPS Styles off his feet! McIntyre climbs up to join Sheamus and throws haymakers! McIntyre gets Sheamus up, Styles adds on again, and so does Hardy!
Hardy and Styles have McIntyre while McIntyre has Sheamus, TOWER OF DOOM!! The Double Powerbomb Superplex leaves all four men down on the mat! Styles and Hardy cover Sheamus and McIntyre respectively, TWO!! Styles sits up, Hardy hobbles, they both bring up Sheamus and McIntyre, but Kofi is at the top of a pod! Kofi SUPER DUPER TRUST FALLS!! Now all five men are down but Kofi covers Sheamus! TWO! Cover on Hardy, TWO! Cover on McIntyre, ONE?! Styles is too far away so Kofi can’t cover him, he’s run out of options. Kofi drags Sheamus up to CHOP him! Sheamus gives heavy body shots, Kofi CHOPS Sheamus again!
Kofi CHOPS Sheamus to a corner, CHOPS him in the corner, Sheamus shoves him away but Kofi comes back to ROCK him! Kofi whips, Sheamus reverses but Kofi goes out and enziguris back! Kofi goes up, TRUST FALL- But Sheamus catches to back suplex! Kofi lands on his feet, BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus ELIMINATES Kofi! So far the Fella has fulfilled prophecy and he is after Hardy to keep going! Sheamus drags Hardy around, whips him, but Hardy reverses to TWIST OF FATE! TWIST OF FATE for McIntyre! Cover on McIntyre, TWO!! Styles gets Hardy but Hardy gets him with a TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws off the shirt and goes up top! To the top of a POD!?
Styles moves so Hardy aims at Sheamus and McIntyre, SUPER WHISPER IN THE WIND!! Hardy hurries to dropkick Styles down and then he goes up top! SWANTON BOMB! But CLAYMORE outta nowhere! Cover on Hardy, McIntyre ELIMINATES Hardy! Sheamus goes after McIntyre and they brawl again! McIntyre kicks low, but no Future Shock as Sheamus thumbs McIntyre in the eye and KNEES him down! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus is furious but he just takes it out on McIntyre anyway! Seated Beats of the Bodhrain for McIntyre, stomps for Styles, then back to McIntyre!
Sheamus hauls McIntyre up to a fireman’s carry but McIntyre fights out, GLASGOW KISS! But Sheamus still gives McIntyre WHITE NOISE! Both men are down and Styles takes advantage! SPRINGBOARD SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Styles drags McIntyre to a drop zone and goes back to the outside. Styles springboards again, 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre still lives and Styles is furious! Sheamus CLUBS Styles, drags him up to CLUB him more, then CLUBS him again! The Fella gets in Styles’ face before throwing body shots and then throws him out! Sheamus stands Styles up for Beats of the Bodhrain! Styles flops down and Sheamus RAMS him into steel chains!
Sheamus tosses Styles back into the ring, climbs up top, and leaps for a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Sheamus points at McIntyre that he’s next, but first Sheamus aims at Styles. Styles gets up but McIntyre intercepts Sheamus with a FUTURE SHOCK! Now McIntyre fires up and aims at Sheamus. Sheamus stands, McIntyre runs in, BROGUE hits first! But a PHENOMENAL FOREARM hits Sheamus!! Cover, Styles ELIMINATES Sheamus!! The Fella’s prophecy has been foiled by the Phenomenal One! And now it’s just Styles and McIntyre! Styles aims as McIntyre flounders up. The forearm is ready, Styles springboards, but into a CLAYMORE?!? Cover, McIntyre WINS!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)
Styles didn’t finish it off, but that finish was still phenomenal! The Scottish Warrior overcomes the biggest obstacle he’s ever faced, making all of the suffering worth it! But then BOBBY LASHLEY SPEARS McIntyre?!? The former US Champion furiously attacks McIntyre and TOSSES him from the ring!! Lashley then goes out to whip McIntyre into barriers! And keeps on him, POSTS him, and even brings him over to dribble off the announce desk! The Rocky Mountain Machine isn’t done, he puts McIntyre back in the ring to drag McIntyre up for a HARD Complete Shot! And then a dead lift into the HURT LOCK!! McIntyre flails, but Lashley Full Nelson SLAMS McIntyre down!
And then Lashley looks to the ramp. THE MIZ makes his entrance! With a referee! Lashley moves aside, The Miz cashes in!!
WWE World Championship MITB Cash-In: Drew McIntyre VS The Miz!
The ref checks on McIntyre, McIntyre is somehow conscious and able to sit up, but can he even stand? McIntyre flounders to a corner, Miz is raring to go, the bell rings! Miz kicks McIntyre, hits a BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives and Miz is furious! But Miz drags McIntyre back up, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!!! Cover, The Miz wins!!!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Champion)
And so now, the Hollywood A-Lister pulls off the infamous cash-in! Strange how the Rated R Superstar once did a post-Chamber cash-in. Is Miz going to continue to parody Edge in his own Road to WrestleMania?
This was a great WWE PPV, and perhaps the best Elimination Chamber PPV in some time. The card was pretty stacked on paper, and it was wild and even outdid expectations in execution. I was really surprised that the opening Elimination Chamber match was the SmackDown/Universal Championship one, especially with how it all played out. I think it was all obvious that Roman Reigns was going to face the winner immediately after, but the SmackDown Chamber going first at least gives the impression that there might’ve been some reprieve for the winner. Instead, Roman wanting after the winner right away is now a bit of a surprise, and puts that Heel heat back on him.
The SmackDown Chamber match was great, I had a feeling Jey Uso would be the last entry, and it can totally work to think of this as Roman and Heyman pulling strings. And therefore, that is reason why Jey doesn’t take out everyone else, so that someone can actually give Roman a fight. I was saying this whole time it should’ve been Cesaro to also bring in Rollins, but Bryan almost getting Roman with the Yes Lock was still a good move. Of course Roman retains given the situation, we all knew that, but it was a great move to have Edge spear him outta nowhere. Roman VS Edge, Spear VS Spear, is now happening, and though I still felt Raw needed it for ratings, this is still a great choice.
Though the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match was added to the card as a substitution for the Raw Women’s Championship match being canceled, it was all still great action and story. Reggie being why Sasha loses was a fairly good move, because it keeps Sasha and Bianca strong in a situation where we knew the champs were going to retain. Now Nia and Shayna will take on Dakota & Raquel on NXT, 3/3/21, and I am thinking Lana & Naomi at Fastlane, 3/21/21. As for Reggie, Sasha & Bianca, I think this could lead to a twist in the story with Mella where it’s all an act, Reggie and Mella are sabotaging Sasha while pretending to be on the rocks. Drink pun not intended.
I am a little disappointed that, though the match was substituted for, the story of the Raw Women’s Championship wasn’t even included tonight. Asuka should’ve been allowed to react to the fact she doesn’t get to defend her title now. She should be happy for Lacey but disappointed, too. Asuka should come out at some point on Raw and demand a challenger, and then we can get perhaps a call-up like Rhea Ripley, or just a semi-squash against like Peyton Royce. Either way, the CHAMPION shouldn’t just be some vehicle for another superstar’s story, she should be a major player in the story.
On the other hand, I really liked the intertwining of stories for Raw and the two singles titles there. To make up for Keith Lee not making it (because of COVID concern clearance), we got a really good Fatal 4 in the Kickoff Show, and where I thought Ricochet being the one Face in the mix would win to keep the ratio for the Triple Threat, we got quite a great surprise that Morrison snatches the win from Ali. I think that was the reason MVP reached out to Miz later, after Riddle won a great Triple Threat to finally win the title.
The world title Elimination Chamber was a great match, and McIntyre retains but of course The Miz cashes in. Lashley helping out is clearly the deal struck between MVP and Miz: Lashley helps Miz cash in and win, Lashley gets a title shot. Pretty sure Lashley wins that, and then we can get Lashley VS McIntyre at WrestleMania, where McIntyre could possibly become a three-time champion already. Part of how Miz will lose to Lashley could be from that exchange we saw with Bad Bunny and Damian Priest. There’s a lot that can still change in the last month and a half, it’s a bit of a mess, but it might still be a lot of fun.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)
MOX VS JERICHO 2!
Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?
Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?
- Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; Darby wins.
- Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; LFI wins.
- Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake; Luchasaurus wins.
- Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; Starks wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; Cargill wins and retains the title.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; Moxley wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King!
The Relentless One wants the House of Black’s behemoth to remember who brought him into AEW, but Brody wants to quite truly bury Darby and take his spot! Will the Coffin Drop one last time? Or will it be the House that falls?
Darby attacks Brody in the dark! The bell rings and fans are thunderous as Darby fires off on Brody in a corner! Brody shoves him away, runs in but into BOOTS! Darby gets his skateboard covered in tacks and SMACKS Brody with it! And again! Fans fire up more as Darby DIGS the tacks into Brody’s forehead! Brody fights it off, but he’s bleeding already! Darby stalks Brody while fans lose their minds! Brody bails out, Darby runs in but Brody ducks the board strike to DECK Darby! And then Brody TOSSES Darby over the timekeeper’s table! Brody BREAKS Darby’s board! But then Darby CLOBBERS Brody!
Darby dribbles Brody’s head off railing! Then off the steel steps! Brody’s blood is replacing his face paint! Darby BITES Brody but Brody shoves him away. Brody gets in the ring, Darby climbs up, but Brody choke grips! Darby DIGS his fingers at the eyes and then hops on top, SUPER CODE RED!! Fans are thunderous again as Brody flops away to the far side. Darby scurries over to push Brody off the apron and to the floor. Darby drags Brody by his arms but that’s some serious dead weight. Brody picks Darby up to RAM him into railing! Darby clutches his ribs, Brody CHOPS him off his feet! There’s a lot of blood painting ringside and it’s all from Brody!
Brody drags Darby up and runs him into more railing! The front row ends up moving back a bit from that one! Brody has to wipe his blood away, then he drags Brody up to whip him into more railing! Darby goes up and over while Brody roars and AEW goes picture in picture.
Brody stalks after Darby into the crowd, drags him up and gorilla presses, to TOSS Darby back to ringside! Brody then drags Darby up to CHOP him against the apron! Brody stalks Darby, scoops him and SLAMS him! Brody then gets a lot of space, for the SENTON! Brody storms around, looks under the ring, and finds a TABLE! Fans fire up to see that! Brody gets the table in the ring, then goes back to fetch Darby. Brody drags Darby up to RAM him into even more railing! And then he gets another TABLE! Brody sets this table up outside the ring and drags Darby up off the floor. Brody CHOPS Darby towards the table, then gets a THIRD TABLE!
Brody sets this table up next to the second, but the leg breaks off! Brody throws that defective table aside while AEW returns to single picture. Brody puts Darby on the one table, then climbs up the corner! SUPER SPLASH through the table but NOT Darby! Darby avoids certain destruction and the fans fire up behind him. Darby drags himself up with the apron skirt and then the ropes. Brody crawls around and Darby has a wild look in his eyes, but then the lights go out! The lights come back on and it’s Malakai Black AND BUDDY MATTHEWS! Darby doesn’t care how many targets there are, he still builds speed! But Julia Hart trips him up! The FULL House is here!
Buddy CHOP BLOCKS Darby! Buddy stomps away while fans boo and Malakai gets in the ring. POP-UP KNEE from Buddy, and he gives Darby MURPHY’S LAW! Malakai walks over, crouches by Darby and Buddy steps up the table in the corner. Malakai puts Darby up against the table and Brody barks from the corner. Brody runs in, to CANNONBALL through the table! And this time, Darby IS part of the crash! Fans chant for Sting as Buddy and Malakai drag Darby from the wreckage, and then Buddy opens the coffin. But inside, it’s STIIIIING! Sting has his baseball bat, and he JAMS, and CRACKS and SMACKS Buddy!!
Sting whips Buddy hard into steel steps! Buddy tumbles over and Sting gets in the ring,. Malakai sits down, Brody stagger sup, Sting CLOBBERS Brody with it. Sting throws the bat to Malakai?! Sting is daring Malakai to try something, but Malakai thinks better of it. Fans boo as Malakai walks away, and he tells Brody he has to finish this. Sting slowly follows Malakai as he leaves, not letting this one go! Fans fire up, and Darby DIVES! He hits Brody towards the coffin but into the lid! The coffin closes and Darby opens it back up. Brody throws body shots and then RAMS Darby into more railing! Brody scoops and SLAMS Darby on the steel steps!
Brody closes the coffin, moves it around, then opens it back up. Brody drags Darby up and scoops him onto his shoulder. Brody goes up the steps, then to the apron. Darby fights back! Darby slips off and grabs Brody’s steel chain! Brody drags Darby into the SLEEPR, but Darby ROCKS Brody with the STEEL CHAIN FIST! And then he CHOKES Brody with the chain!! Brody suffers the hangman’s sleeper, and then Darby lets him go! Brody tumbles right into the coffin and it closes! DARBY WINS!
Winner: Darby Allin
The coffin didn’t drop, but it did slam shut! Darby survives this quite horrific battle with Brody, but will things only escalate with Buddy Matthews back and Sting going after Malakai?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“Y’know, I was thinking. Since y’all’re coming at me with your ‘interim’ just about every two seconds, and we already have the FTW belt, just for fun, what if we called this the FYI belt? Just an idea. This was forged in Cincinnati, Ohio, in Piccadilly. And just like the famed Hart Dungeon in Calgary, this championship is about pain and how much you can endure. For over two decades, we have watched the last survivor of the Dungeon, ‘Lionheart’ Chris Jericho, and we have watched his fighting spirit on full display. Tonight, I’m going to test it. And I am going to push it to its breaking point. And Chris, if your fighting sprit doesn’t break, your body will.”
Chris Jericho responds!
“After two and a half years, tonight, Chris Jericho takes back what’s rightfully his. Tonight, I will become the new AEW World Champion! I’m gonna beat ya, Moxley, and I’m gonna tell ya why. You wanted to face Lionheart Chris Jericho. You wanted to face the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon. Well be careful what you wish for, Mox! Cuz Stu wasn’t some kind of loveable old man, no. He was vicious! He was violent! He was a sadist! And the pain he put me through is something I never wanted to think about again. Until tonight.
“You talk about painting the canvas red with blood and scattering teeth across the ring. Well you can fix a tooth. You can heal a cut. But what I’m gonna do to you isn’t so easily fixable. I’m gonna twist you, Mox. I’m gonna turn you, and wrench the sh*t outta you tonight! I was the first AEW World Champion, and tonight, Lionheart Chris Jericho, the last survivor of Stu Hart’s Dungeon, will be the NEXT AEW World Champion! I guaran-effing-tee it!!”
Next week, the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament begins!
Culminating with the final at All Out on September 4th, 2022, the opening round will be: Death Triangle VS Will Ospreay & Aussie Open! The House of Black VS The Dark Order! Best Friends VS The Trustbusters! And La Faccion Ingobernable, now adding DRAGON LEE to the team, against the Young Bucks, and whoever they choose to join them. But who will that be? We’ll have to wait and see!
Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
Speaking of all those great trios, Death Triangle’s Penta El Zero M & Rey Fenix are taking on Andrade El Idolo & Rush in an unbridled battle of lucha libre! Will Penta & Fenix show everyone the power of #CeroMiedo? Or will LFI make AEW tranquilo?
The bell rings and since no one needs to tag, Penta and Andrade get in each other’s face. Rush and Fenix stare down, too, and the brawl just fires off! They haymakers fly, Fenix knees Rush and Andrade DECKS Penta. Rush whips Fenix to a corner to clothseline, then he and Andrade stomp the brothers. Fans are torn as Andrade fires up. Penta yanks ANdrade back to GAMANGIRI! Rush runs in to DECK Penta! Fenix SOBATS Rush, then runs corner to corner, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into the corner! Andrade rusn now, but into a SLINGBLADE from Penta! Rush tears off his shirt and throws it at Penta!
Fans fire up as Penta and Rush circle. Penta goes to headlock but Rush shoves him away. Things speed up, Rush CHOPS on the run! Penta CHOPS back! Rush fires up, Penta runs, but into a ROLLING ELOW! Rush runs, into a SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Rush bails out and regroups with Andrade. Penta builds speed but Andrade and Rush split up. Penta chooses Rush but Andrade trips him up! Fenix watches Andrade to then DIVE onto Rush! Direct hit into railing and Fenix puts Rush in. Penta gets Rush up but Fenix DIVES to take out Andrade at the ramp! Penta half nelsons, pump handles KARMA!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous with “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix climbs up and Penta tucks Rush in, but Andrade shoves Penta over to thwart the driver! Fenix jumps into a DROPKICK! But Penta SUPERKICKS Rush! Only for Rush to POWERSLAM Penta! Fenix KICKS Rush, then runs and jumps, but into a double hip toss SLAM onto Penta! Rush and Andrade double cover the brothers, TWO!! Both Penta and Fenix kick out and fans rally up. Andrade rains down fists on Penta, and Rush CHOPS Fenix out of the ring. Fans rally as LFI fist bump then DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on both brothers at the ramp and fans fire up!
AEW goes picture in picture as Andrade puts Penta in the ring. Rush RAMS Fenix into railing while Andrade covers, TWO! Penta keeps his team in this and he goes to the apron. Rush CHOPS Fenix against railing, then drags him up to whip into more railing! Rush snampares Fenix and uses camera cable to LASH him! Andrade hits a DDT onto a chair! Rush CHOKES Fenix with the cables! Andrade leaves Penta behind to bring Fenix up and into the ring. LFI kick Fenix around, fans rally behind “CERO! MIEDO!” but LFI go out after Penta! They mug Penta, stomp him down, then Rush grabs a chair! Andrade has Rush hold on, that’d be a disqualification.
Andrade puts Penta in the ring and he boots Penta down! Andrade clamps onto Penta with an armlock while Rush snapmares Fenix into a neck wrench. Rush is digging at Fenix’s mask! Andrade sits Fenix up and has Rush run, and he basement dropkicks Fenix down! AEW returns to single picture as Andrade puts Penta in a corner and CHOPS him! LFI double whips Penta corner to corner, then Rush runs in. Penta dodges to SUPERKICK Andrade, GAMANGIRI Rush, then wheelbarrow victory roll, FLYING DDT on Rush! Fans fire up as Fenix knuckle locks and CHOPS Andrade to go up and up and FLYING RANA Rush!
Penta swings on Andrade but Andrade ducks. Andrade shoves Penta to a corner and follows him, but Penta goes up and over and BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO! But Penta and Fenix wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rush runs in, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Fenix runs in to get a boost from Penta, BIG SPLASH on Rush! Cover, Andrade breaks it! LFI regroups while fans are thunderous! The brothers say uno, dos, tres! SUPERKICKS! LFI bails out and fans shout, “CERO! MIEDO!” Now the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! They return the favor and the fans fire up for the Latino Heat!
Fenix puts Andrade in and fans chant “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Fenix climbs, to FROG SPLASH onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and Andrade is frustrated. Rush returns and fans rally up. LFI drags Fenix up and they set him up, but Fenix ducks and the SUPERKICK hits Rush! Andrade hurries to reel Fenix in but Fenix fights the hammerlock! Penta SUPERKICKS Andrade! Rush SHOTGUNS Penta! Andrade pounds the mat and fans fire up! Andrade runs corner to corner, CIEN KNEES for Penta! But Fenix JUMP SOBATS Andrade! Rush shoves Fenix to a corner but Fenix BOOTS back! Fenix goes up and up, and leaps into a POWERBOMB!
But Penta SOMERSAULT CUTTERS Rush! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down on the mat! A standing count starts, someone has to stand up! We’re at 5 of 10, then 7! Penta is on the apron with Andrade but Rush rushes in, into a GAMANGIRI! Penta reels Andrade in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But it isn’t a package piledriver, it’s a DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous again as Penta and Fenix get Rush on the apron. Penta reels Rush in and hooks him up but Rush fights! Penta CLUBS away on Rush, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, but Andrade trips up the tightrope walk! Rush KNEES Penta down!
LFI goes after Fenix, but Fenix ROCKS Andrade! Rush HEADBUTTS Fenix! Fenix wobbles but stays on his feet, so Andrade ELBOW DROP DDTs! Cover, TWO!! Rush intercepts Penta with another knee and then ties the tail of his mask to the ropes! Andrade helps tie a double knot, and fans boo as LFI uses Penta’s lucha tradition against him! But Fenix SUPERKICKS Andrade! Only to turn around into Rush’s SHOTGUN MISSILE DROPKICK! Rush drags Fenix up and tucks the arms, STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, PENTA LEAVES HIS MASK TO BREAK IT!!! His brother is more important than his mask!
But then Alex Abrahantes slides a spare mask in for Penta! Penta grabs for it, but Andrade stands on Penta’s hand! Andrade snatches the mask and grins. Jose CLBOBERS Alex and Andrade throws the mask away! Rush drags Penta up to TOSS Penta, but Fenix rolls Andrade! Rush breaks it!! Andrade whips Fenix into the corner and stomps away! Fans chant to someone to “THROW IT BACK!” in reference to Penta’s spare mask. Rush takes aim, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Fenix up and feeds him to Andrade! LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: La Faccion Ingobernable, by pinfall
There was no saving Fenix & Penta from tranquilo! Will adding Dragon Lee only make LFI even more dangerous in the coming Trios Championship tournament?
The Young Bucks are on the Cutler Cam.
Matt & Nick Jackson have Brandon Cutler follow them because they need to get this on tape. The Bucks visit the Dark Order and Hangman Page. Sorry to barge in, but they mean no disrespect. They just wanted this on camera. John Silver says that’s fine, they have a BTE bit to film later anyway. Evil Uno asks Hangman and the Bucks if the rest of them should step out for this. No, no, it’s fine. The Bucks want the whole world to know this: They thank Hangman for saving them last week when he didn’t have to. Word on the street is, The Undisputed Elite are going to be around for a long time, and Hangman didn’t have to run them off.
The world has seen how the Bucks have treated Hangman, from what they’ve said to what they’ve done. They’re not proud of that and would take it all back if they could. So, Matt has been thinking and reminiscing. His favorite, most fun time of his career was when the three of them and The Elite were together, runnin’ and gunnin’ and doing this. They were building the revolution that became AEW. The friendship, the camaraderie, but then after AEW became a reality, things just got really weird. Matt knows Hangman felt that, too. Maybe it was the money, the TV time, the fame, but the Bucks got weird and selfish and if they could take it all back, they would.
So Matt just wants to say he is sorry. He means it. And… They’re here in this building, the very building Hangman won the AEW World Championship. Matt stood from afar and was so proud of Hangman, but he couldn’t even man up and say it! Hangman became a superstar! He wasn’t that other guy in The Elite, he WAS the Elite that night. Matt is so proud of Hangman, and wished he had enjoyed the journey over the destination. They can never get that time back. And Matt isn’t sure who he is anymore. He looks in the mirror and wonders if the internet trolls are right that he and Nick are awful. Maybe those people are on to something! Maybe they’re bad people.
But Matt knows one thing: when they’re around Hangman, he brings out the good in them. That is why Cutler’s camera is right here. The Bucks want to ask Hangman here and now: Will he be their third man in the trios tournament? The Hung Bucks can take on anyone! What does Hangman say? Huh? One last time! Hangman knew this would happen. He’d love to, guys, but he can’t. He knows Matt just said he was so proud of Hangman winning the world title and all that, but… The Bucks didn’t, The Dark Order did. These guys have been there for Hangman for those years The Bucks weren’t.
And in this AEW World Trios Championship tournament, Hangman feels this is The Dark Order’s chance. He feels he should have their backs the way they’ve always had his. He won’t be in the tournament at all, the Dark Order guys will be the team. So Hangman can’t be in their corner and in the Bucks’ corner at the same time. Hangman is sorry, but the Bucks get that. Hangman does know the Bucks should find someone who would never turn their backs on them. The Bucks get that. It’s fine. They can talk later. Good luck, Dark Order! Cutler asks The Bucks if they think Hangman meant him for the tournament. SHUT UP, BRANDON!
Jungle Boy is here!
Fans swing their arms and sing along while the pyro goes off! Jungle Jack is joining commentary for this one, but he doesn’t feel it’ll be that long. Because it’s LUCHASAURUS!
Luchasaurus VS Anthony Henry w/ JD Drake!
Jurassic Express is united, but JB is letting the wrestling dinosaur run his own course. Will Luchasaurus go all Godzilla on one half of the Workhorsemen?
The bell rings and Henry rushes in with forearms, but Luchasaurus TOSSES him to a corner! And then clotheslines! Luchasaurus hauls Henry up to pop him around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Henry flounders, JD coaches him up, but Luchasaurus storms up on him. Henry ENZIGURIS, but Luchasaurus doesn’t budge! Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Henry down! Luchasaurus hauls Henry back up, for the FOSSILIZER! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!
Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall
JB knew he wouldn’t be here long. But wait, Christian Cage is applauding from the back. “Impressive win, Luchasaurus. Now, Jungle Boy, I was gonna go out there and rip that headset off your head and slap the s*it outta you, right here, right now, but I decided the people of Minneapolis, they don’t deserve to see me in person.” JB throws off the headset as Christian says he is having way too much fun- OH NO! JB found Christian but security stops him from tearing into Christian! Captain Charisma runs off, Luchasaurus CLOBBERS the security! CHOKE SLAM onto a trunk! AEW producer Pat Buck rushes in, but gets a HEADBUTT for it!
JB tells Luchasaurus to take it easy, and make sure Pat’s okay. JB goes off to hunt down Christian, will he finally get his hands on the sleazy legend?
“Malakai. You’ve put me through changes, dragged me into the dark, but then I saw Hell was empty. Because all the devils are here.” Julia Hart walks over?! She tells Miro, “Embrace the gift. Give into it like I did.” Miro removes Julia’s hand from his face, and says there is only one woman who can touch The Redeemer, and Julia is not her. Tell the Pagans that he accepts their gift, and that he will own it so that he may use it to destroy them. “My warpath to my God is clear now. And it leads directly through The House of Black. These are the words of the Redeemer!” Will Miro join Sting and Darby in their fight against Malakai and his minions? Or is he going to destroy them on his own?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Mark Henry asks Hobbs if it is safe to assume, that after what happened last week, that he is done with Ricky Starks? Hobbs chuckles, but before he can answer, QT Marshall & The Factory walk over. QT tells Mark that this isn’t Will Hobbs, it’s POWERHOUSE Hobbs. And is he done with Starks? Hobbs left some crumbs, but tonight, Aaron Solo and The Factory sprinkles those crumbs around like parmesan cheese on mama’s spaghetti. And Hobbs doesn’t need to worry about a guy like Starks. Look at him! QT sees a world title in Hobbs’ future. The Factory can handle Starks, “because nobody says no to The Factory.”
Hobbs tells QT, “Don’t let your problem become mine.” Hobbs then leaves and Mark looks to QT. Will The Factory take Hobbs’ warning seriously? Will Starks make an absolute fool out of QT when he takes on Solo tonight?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh are here!
They go to the ring, all fired up and dressed to the nines. Sonjay gets a mic to say he’s on a high! Did the fans see Battle of the Belts last Saturday? They did to Wardlow the unthinkable. “Nobody has done to Wardlow what we did last Saturday night. Satnam Singh, One in a Billion, 7’4″, he choke slammed Wardlow right through a table! Wardlow was like 20 feet high up in the air!” Satnam rocks! But Wardlow, you may think that they’re done with you, but they’re not done by a long shot! Lethal gets the mic to say that last Saturday, they sent a message. The message is A) Defend the TNT Championship against Lethal one more time, or B) they come find him and just take the title!
Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” and wouldn’t you know? Here comes Wardlow! Wardlow says Lethal wants another shot? Then he’s got it! But for tonight, eh whoops all three of their asses! And wait! Following behind are the TOP GUYS! F T R!! Fans are fired up for Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood, draped in gold from ROH, NJPW and AAA! This unofficial Pinnacle reunion storms its way to the ring, so Lethal and his boys bail out! Sonjay looks for something under the ring, but there’s nothing good. Cash dares someone to get in the ring, but Lethal’s group flanks them. Lethal rushes in, but Wardlow blocks hi and ROCKS him, into the BIG RIG!
Lethal bails back out and Sonjay checks on him. Lethal’s crew retreats for now, will Wardlow and FTR stay Top Guys in AEW?
Backstage interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Tony Schiavone is with Daniel Garcia, Angelo Parker, Matt Menard and Anna “Jay AS” but Parker has him shush. Menard says he can feel it! The world can feel it! Daddy Magic’s lucky red jacket is here, and history will be made tonight! Moxley, it’s been a hell of a run, but it comes to an end TONIGHT! Because tonight is the Jericho Championship Appreciation Party! Did you see the spread?! There’s hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouche, even a fondue fountain! And Schiavone, you are NOT invited! But best yet, they’ve got A Little Bit o’ the Bubbly! It’s time for the AEW Galaxy to APPRECIATE US!
And while talking about appreciation, you know who should appreciate Garcia? Bryan Danielson. Bryan got another paid vacation with his family and that garden. Garcia put Bryan to sleep and owns him now. He is the Dragonslayer! Anna then shouts at a random stage hand and says if they don’t believe Garcia is the Dragonslayer, she’s gonna choke them out!! And then she does!! Will the JAS be celebrating with Le Champion after tonight’s main event?
Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory!
The Absolute may be without his FTW Championship and without Team Taz, but he is not about to pay for protection or join up with QT Marshall’s mockery of a mafia. Will Starks prove to his other former tag partner that he’s still a dangerous man? Or will Solo show him the power of The Factory?
Solo rushes Starks the second he’s in the ring but Starks dodges! The bell rings and Starks fires off hands with Solo! Fans fire up but Solo ROCKS Starks. Solo whips Starks to a corner but Starks comes back to CLOBBER Solo! Starks then dodges Solo to back drop him, and strike his pose! Fans fire up, and Starks whips Solo. Solo reverses, Cole Karter trips Starks up, and Solo CLOBBERS Starks! But the ref saw that and EJECTS Karter! So much for his two dimes in this match. Solo is mad and he storms up on Starks but Starks CHOPS him! Solo ROCKS Starks, fires off hands in the corner, then stomps a mudhole in.
The ref counts, Solo lets off at 4, and he talks trash on Starks while fans rally behind Starks. Solo stands Starks up, throws hands and then SLAPS Starks! Solo grins but Starks scowls. Solo and Starks clinch, Starks shoves Solo away and the hands start flying! Starks ROCKS Solo again and again then whips, but Solo reverses. Starks JAWBREAKERS, then dodges Solo to TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Starks runs to BOOT Solo! Starks reels Solo in, strikes his pose, and underhooks to lift, but Solo RANAS free! Solo kicks but Starks blocks and side steps, then ducks the Screw High Kick to SPEAR Solo on the return!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
That was an absolutely exciting finish to the match! QT sends the Freak Beast to the ring, with a chair! Starks sees him coming, dodges that chair shot, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Starks calls out Hobs with that one! And then he underhooks Comoroto, only for Solo to CLOBBER Starks from behind! Comoroto gets the chair back, but Starks sends Solo into Comoroto! Starks bails, but he sees QT and Ogogo storming down the ramp! Starks goes up and over the railing, QT tumbles as he tries to follow, and Starks gets away! Hobbs is in the back, and he rips the TV off the mount and slams it down! Powerhouse is pissed that Starks survives, will he have to handle Starks himself?
Backstage interview with Gunn Club.
Billy is telling his boys to toughen up, but Lexi Nair asks them about how they’re feeling after the Dumpster Match loss. Funny she should bring that up, because they were just going over that. Billy was trying to figure out how, in one night, these two could RUIN the only match Billy made famous! This is what makes Billy miss The Acclaimed. But wait, Stokely Hathaway walks in? He tells “Grandpa Ass” that it’s time to go to bed, it’s after 8 PM! They’ve got some Ensure in catering, maybe Billy can go get himself a bottle. As for the Gunn boys, they can start taking their careers a little more seriously.
Billy grabs the card away from Stokely. “The jokes are old and funny, but you’re about to have a really bad day.” Stokely says alright, that’s fine. Stokely leaves, and Billy says to make it up to Austin & Colten, they have a match for Rampage. But then Danhausen walks in! He and “the big bearded fellow” will see the Ass Boys this Friday. Don’t touch them! Get away. Who is Danhausen talking about for his tag team partner? Trent?
Backstage interview with Best Friends.
Speaking of Trent, Schiavone is with Trent, Chuck Taylor and Orange Cassidy because they had something they wanted to show everyone. Cassidy high-fives Trent and Chuck, is this what he was talking about? But then the Trustbusters, Ari Daivari, Slim J & Parker Bourdeaux, walk over. Ari has Slim J get the mic to hold it for him. Ari says he’s been trying to get a hold of Cassidy all week! But Cassidy hasn’t answered any of Ari’s texts, calls or emails! Now that the trust has kicked in, Ari is investing in the best talent in AEW. He wants to bring Cassidy to superstardom, and all he’s gotta do is ditch the morons right here!
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Cassidy doesn’t know what Ari’s talking about, but whatever his question is, the answer is no. Trent & Chuck back him up. Is that it? The final answer is no? Alright, that’s fine. They’ll learn first hand what happens to people who say know to Daivari Dinero! Will the Trustbusters beat the Best Friends right out of the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament? Or will it be more like the other way around?
AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne!
The undefeated streak and inaugural title reign continue as #ThatBitch is 35-0! But she’s up against a FIVE-TIME Women’s World Champion and THREE-TIME Women’s Tag Team Champion. Will Madison reign in AEW? Or will the storm that’s coming make Madison quake by the lake?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Madison is the one, or just another one.
Jade and Rayne get face to face and fans rally up. Jade shoves Rayne down but Rayne is right back up! Jade applauds Rayne, kisses her on the forehead, pats her on the top of her head, then offers a handshake. Rayne fires off forearms instead! Rayne whips, Jade blocks, then reels Rayne in for a knee! Jade CLUBS Rayne, storms up and kicks her low, and Rayne goes to a corner. Jade runs in but Rayne goes up! Jade hits buckles and Rayne hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Jade bails out and Kiera fans her off. Rayne goes to the apron, Jade avoids the Penalty Kick to Electric Chair! Jade pops Rayne around, but Rayne throws hands to RANA Jade away!
Rayne stalks Jade, SHOVES her into railing, then fires up! Fans fire up with Rayne but Jade gets in the ring. Rayne gets on the apron, and the ref watches Kiera! Rayne tells her not to even, and Kiera backs off. Rayne gets in, Jade SPEARS her outta nowhere! And then kips up! Fans fire up as Jade flexes, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Rayne crawls to the apron but Jade storms over. Rayne shoulders into Jade, Jade ROCKS Rayne, then suplexes Rayne up and into the ring! A hard landing and both women are down! Kiera coaches Jade up but Rayne gets to the corner. Jade runs in and fires off forearms! Jade then TOSSES Rayne across the way! Jade says taht’s why she’s 35-0! Jade does push-ups and fans cheer her on. Jade then storms up on Rayne to stomp her in the corner. Jade TOSSES Rayne the other way now, then dribbles, into a BOOT! Rayne goes up again, but Jade ROCKS her first! Jade trophy lifts Rayne off the corner and carries her around, to then DROP her!
Fans fire up for Jade’s power and Kiera says that’s right! Jade looms over Rayne, stomps her around, kicks her around, and talks trash. Jade pie faces Rayne but Rayne throws body shots! Jade CLUBS Rayne, drags her up and DCKS her! Rayne goes to a corner, Jade drags her up and ROCKS her again. Jade whips Rayne corner to corner hard and Rayne falls down. Jade mocks Rayne’s pain then stomps Rayne more. Jade dribbles and runs corner to corner to DUNK on Rayne! Jade keeps dribbling and she drags Rayne back up. Rayne throws body shots again but Jade CLUBS her down. Jade drags Rayne up to suplex and hold her up!
AEW returns to single picture as Jade still has Rayne in the stalling suplex, with one arm! Then the SLAM! Jade covers, TWO! Kiera is upset, and she tells fans to shut up about the two! Jade drags Rayne up, but Rayne JAWBREAKERS! Jade staggers, Rayne gets up and throws forearms! Fans rally, Rayne CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Jade spins Rayne but Rayne kicks low. Then ENZIGURIS! Jade staggers again, Rayne reels Jade in, turns Jade and hits a NECKBREAKER! Rayne fires up and goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Rayne climbs, and Jade staggers up into the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Rayne drags Jade back up, Jade throws body shots, but Rayne has a GUILLTOINE! Jade powers Rayne up, but Rayne makes it a SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Jade survives and Rayne is shocked! Rayne sees Kiera on the apron and grabs her by her hair! Jade rushes in, Rayne dodges and the BOOT gets Kiera! Rayne rolls Jade up, TWO!! Rayne kicks but misses, Jade BOOTS Rayne down! Jade drags Rayne up, chicken wings her, but Rayne switches to knee low! CROSS- NO, Jade slips through to chicken wing! JADED! Cover, Jade wins!
Winner: Jade Cargill, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
THIRTY-SIX! Jade has one 36 singles matches in a row, no losses anywhere on her record, and she just crossed off a big name. But wait! That Baddie fan in the crowd hops the railing, and it’s ATHENA! The Fallen Goddess was in disguise, and Jade turns around into a HAYMAKER! Athena fires off on Jade, whips her to ropes, but Kiera helps Jade get away! Fans boo but Athena snatches up the TBS Championship! Will Athena be the one to finally dethrone #ThatBitch?
Backstage interview with Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm.
Schiavone says it was a big week for #ThunderStorm last week, from that tag team defeat to the successful AEW Women’s World Championship defense at Battle of the Belts III. But a big announcement here: Kris Statlander is injured and cannot compete, making Toni Storm the #1 contender once again. Rosa says in this sport, this happens all the time, and they have to rise to the occasion. This isn’t what Rosa wanted but it is what it is. Storm agrees, she didn’t see it going down like this, either. But next week, Storm will be in action and plans to keep the momentum going. And Storm’s main goal is to be AEW Women’s World Champion.
Rosa says she wishes Storm luck in her match, but they’ll talk about a possible title match after that. Will #ThunderStorm be torn apart by the gold?
AEW has more for Rampage’s Quake by the Lake!
After being called out again and again by Daniel Garcia, Bryan Danielson will make his return to address his status! Plus, we’ll hear(?) from the FTW Champion, the Handsome Devil, HOOK! And it turns out, Danhausen’s “big bearded guy” is none other than ERICK REDBEARD!! It will be the debut of #Beardhausen in a match with the Gunn Club! And ahead of their Trios match with Best Friends, Ari Daivari sends out his heavy hitter, Parker Boudreaux, against the returning Sonny Kiss! Plus, Ari Daivari himself is in action, against Orange Cassidy! Will Daivari get to personally show Cassidy why it was a bad move to reject him?
Then, after their big Street Fight win just last Friday, Swerve in Our Glory is back to speak on the state of the AEW World Tag Team Championships! And lastly, #SamTay, Sammy Guevara & Tay Conti Melo, bring the AAA World Mixed Tag Team Championships to AEW, and defend them against Dante Martin & Skye Blue! Will the newlyweds lose their gold to Angel Dorado & Cielo Azul?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
As part of the Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon crossover, it will be Dragonslayer VS American Dragon! Daniel Garcia VS Bryan Danielson, the REMATCH! And it will be BEST TWO OUT OF THREE FALLS!! Will Red Death get the better of Bryan again? Or will Bryan be the one doing the slaying this time?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho!
As far as The Maniac is concerned, there is nothing “interim” about what he’s been doing! He says he IS the AEW World Champion, no matter when or where CM Punk returns in the future. Likewise, Jericho vows to become the new AEW World Champion here tonight, because he’s bringing out the Lionheart! He even uses the classic theme and some NJPW highlights! Will this be more than a nostalgia trip for everyone tonight? Or will Moxley refuse to lose the belt he’s fought so hard to get back?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a Wild Thing can tame a Lionheart!
Fans are fired up already with the bell, Jericho flips Moxley off! Moxley just flips Jericho off in return! They circle, tie up, and Jericho arm-drags! Moxley is mad already as Jericho grins. The two reset, slowly circle, and they tie up again. Jericho arm-drags again and now Moxley is getting frustrated. Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers and circles with Moxley again. They knuckle lock, go for a test of strength, and fans duel. Jericho powers Moxley back, headlocks, but Moxley pries free to headlock and hits the takeover. Jericho headscissors, Moxley kips free and fans cheer the new standoff.
Jericho and Moxley tie up again, Moxley shoots in, around and headlocks. Jericho powers out, Moxley rams shoulders, and neither man falls. Jericho shouts at Moxley, then runs, to ram Moxley! Moxley just SLAPS Jericho, so Jericho SLAPS back! Moxley kicks low and underhooks but Jericho trips Moxley up! Jericho has the legs, but Moxley resists the turnover and spins to throw Jericho away! Both men get up, Jericho wrenches and hammerlocks to then drag Moxley down for a Mexican Jave armbar! Jericho throws elbows into Moxley’s neck, fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL! SKOL!” and Jericho shifts from that hold to a leglock clutch!
Moxley endures as Jericho keeps him hovering off the mat! Moxley fights and squeaks out, to CHOP! And CHOP! Jericho CHPOS, Moxley CHOPS, repeat! Moxley eggs Jericho on then forearms to a snapmare and KICK! Moxley flips Jericho off again, then dares him to getup. Jericho stands, kicks and snapmares to KICK in the back, and neck wrench! Jericho pulls on Moxley’s earring! AND RIPS IT OUT!! Fans can’t believe how vicious Jericho is! Jericho drops the earring while Moxley gets to the apron. TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Moxley is hit and tumbles to the floor! Jericho soaks up the cheers and jeers while AEW goes picture in picture.
Jericho shows off the earring again, Moxley writhes on the outside, and the ref reprimands about the earring. Jericho flips everyone off and goes out to put the earring on the timekeeper’s table. Jericho storms up on Moxley, throws elbows into the earlobe, and it is bleeding! Moxley staggers away, Jericho follows after and has him sit in the corner. Jericho rains down fists on that ear, then he RAMS Moxley into the railing! Jericho then soaks up the heat before going back to Moxley. Jericho drags Moxley up, puts him back in the ring, and Moxley staggers away while clutching his ear. Jericho stomps away on Moxley in the corner, focusing on the ear!
The ref reprimands, counts, and Jericho backs off at 4. Jericho drags Moxley back into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Fans rally while Moxley endures, and Jericho lets Moxley go. Jericho taunts the fans and they cheer and jeer. Moxley gets up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Moxley runs, but into a DROPKICK! Jericho has his cocky cover, ONE! Jericho grins and paces around, then brings Moxley up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho then runs to BOOT Moxley down! Jericho continues to soak up the heat as AEW returns to single picture. Jericho flips fans off, taunts the jeering and booing, but then turns around into a LARIAT from Moxley!
Fans fire up while both men are down, and Moxley, still trying to stop his ear from bleeding, fires off hands on Jericho, Jericho hits back, Moxley fires off forearms and kicks and uppercuts! Moxley runs, but into a spin and underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jericho runs to LARIAT Moxley down! Jericho then LIONSAULTS! He’s still got it! Cover, TWO, and Moxley gets Jericho’s arm for an ARMBAR! Jericho flails, moves around, clasps hands, but Moxley fights the grip by BENDING the fingers! ARMBAR!! Jericho fights around, throws down elbows, again focusing on the ear!
Jericho steps over, INVERTED MOTORCYCLE STRETCH! Moxley endures his arms being bent back, uses that to hook a leg and trip Jericho, for an ANKLE LOCK!! Jericho endures, rolls, kicks Moxley away, but Moxley shoots in and around to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho’s right back up! Jericho gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX Moxley! Moxley stands up but staggers about, the blood a crimson mask on that left side of his face. Jericho runs in to clothesline in the corner! And again, and again, and again! Jericho hoists Moxley up top to CHOP, then climbs up after him for the SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up as Jericho chases Moxley down! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho doesn’t bother being frustrated with Moxley’s toughness, he just goes outside to YANK Moxley into the post! And SLAM the legs against the steel! The ref reprimands but Jericho SLAMS the legs into the post again! Jericho then ties those legs up, shouts out The Hitman with the HANGING FIGURE FOUR!! The ref counts, Jericho lets go at 4! Moxley crawls and hobbles away but Jericho stalks him. Moxley catches the haymaker into a FUJIWARA, then the CROSSFACE! Jericho endures but Moxley pulls him way back! Jericho fights, but Moxley just keeps pulling back! Jericho pries at the hands, clubs at them, then rolls through to get the legs!
Moxley fights but Jericho works to turn him over! Fans fire up as Jericho keeps trying, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Jericho sits deep on the hold but Moxley endures! Fans are thunderous and dueling, and Moxley is fading! Moxley stays conscious as AEW goes picture in picture!
Moxley pushes up, fades again, but he gets a second wind! Moxley pushes up, crawls on his elbows through the bloodstains he himself has left on this mat, but his body starts giving out again! Jericho keeps sitting on the hold, but Moxley flips him off! Moxley fights forward again, manages to tuck and roll, and he throws haymakers from below! Jericho stomps Moxley in return! And then turns him again, back into the WALLS!! Moxley endures and fans are thunderous! Moxley keeps fighting, this is maybe his third or fourth wind, but he’s still so far from the ropes! AEW returns to single picture as Jericho shouts for Moxley to just quit!
Moxley crawls, and claws, and scratches, and reaches the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets off, and he again argues with the ref that he won! Bu the didn’t, that was the ropebreak! Jericho stomps away on Moxley in frustration, then lets off as he tries to think what he has to do. Moxley stands, Jericho TRIANGLE JUMPS but Moxley tosses him to the floor! Moxley gets back in the ring, hobbles with his bad back and massive blood loss, and he gets up the corner! SUPER DIVING AX HANDLES! Then a ground ‘n’ pound at the ramp!! Fans fire up as Moxley just fires off! Moxley drags Jericho up, “This is Awesome!” as this returns to the ring.
Moxley climbs the corner again, leaps, into a CODE BREAKER!! Jericho shoots Moxley down, covers him, TWO!!! Even after everything, Moxley is still in this! Jericho stands and Moxley sits up, and Moxley eggs Jericho on! So Jericho BOOTS him down! Jericho rains down fists on Moxley, tells him to stay down, then he rips off a buckle pad! The ref reprimands and tries to fix that one, but Jericho just rips off another one! Again, the ref reprimands and tries to fix the buckle pad, but Jericho calls to someone. Someone tosses Floyd the Baseball Bat in, but WAY over Jericho’s head! Sammy Guevara’s in the crowd and realizes how bad he did.
Jericho chases to get Floyd, then rushes in to CLOBBER Moxley! The ref was too busy with buckle pads to see it! Cover, TWO!?!? Moxley survives the Sammy screw job?! Jericho gets the legs, but Moxley makes it a cradle, TWO! Jericho swings, into a SLEEPER!! Moxley squeezes tight, Jericho claws at the hold, but pushes Moxley into bare steel!! Moxley staggers into the JUDAS EFFECT!! Jericho crawls to the cover, TWO!?!?! Moxley survives the unstoppable Judas Effect elbow!! No one can believe it and Jericho is furious! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!
Jericho hurries outside, he grabs the AEW title belt, and brings it into the ring. The ref tries to stop him but Jericho just pushes past and swings on Moxley! Moxley avoids the belt shot to send Jericho into bare steel! Jericho tastes karma, and then the SLEEPER!! Jericho is fading as Moxley squeezes him into the BULLY CHOKE! Moxley rains down elbows and fists, then cranks the hold! But Jericho slips out and rains down elbows of his own! And then, LIONTAMER!!! Moxley endures Jericho’s original submission hold, but Moxley turns it around and drags Jericho down! Moxley rains down forearms to the back of Jericho’s head before the SLEEPER!!
Jericho endures, but he is bleeding from the buckle shot! Moxley traps Jericho’s arm and legs with the body scissors, fans are thunderous as Jericho keeps reaching out, BUT JERICHO TAPS!! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
Lionheart fought his heart out, and did bring out quite a few tricks in his book, but Moxley still holds onto the title! But wait, here comes Sammy and Jake Hager! They CLOBBER Moxley and stomp him down! Fans boo as Jericho’s most faithful lieutenants mug Moxley! But wait, here comes the Blackpool Combat Club, as well as Ortiz and Eddie Kingston! Claudio Castagnoli CLOBBERS Sammy, Ortiz CLOBBERS Jericho, then Claudio hands Sammy off to Yuta so that he and Kingston can go after Hager and Jericho! Fans are thunderous, the bell is ringing, the rest of the JAS rush out! Parker, Menard and Garcia go after the BCC, they have the numbers advantage!
Jericho grabs the AEW world title, Menard sets Moxley up, but wait!! C M PUNK is here!!! The Best in the World storms out to the ring, he CLOBBERS Parker, DECKS Garcia, then dodges Sammy to RAM him into steel steps! Punk dumps Hager out, dodges the belt shot and DECKS Jericho! And again! And then Punk clotheslines Jericho up and out! Fans are electric as Punk storms around, but Moxley grabs the AEW title belt. And even with everything that just happened, it is clear that the question is now: Who is THE AEW World Champion? Punk and Moxley stare down and fans lose their minds! Moxley flips Punk off, then bumps him on the way out!
Will Moxley prove HE is the Best in the World? Or will Punk, now 100%, go all out to prove that he is the UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
This was another awesome event for AEW, though they didn’t do much in the way to put a theme on this. “Quake by the Lake” was a clever name but they didn’t have props to fit the theme, like camping tents or a campfire. But anyway, the Coffin match was a great opener, though I should’ve known the House of Black would get involved. Great to see Buddy is back, and great use of the lights going out to sneak Sting into the coffin. Sting VS Malakai is coming, but I wonder if they’re going to have Miro join Sting and Darby in a brutal Six Man Tag of some kind after that promo he had. Miro says as much that he’s not joining the House of Black, so that’d be a logical move to me.
I really like the bracket we’re getting for the AEW World Trios Championship Tournament. Really good interaction between Best Friends and Trustbusters to set up matches for Rampage and to give some heat to their match in the opening round. I would think Best Friends win in the tournament, as I see Parker Boudreaux beating Sonny Kiss, and Ari Daivari possibly cheating to beat Cassidy. And great to see that NJPW is sending the United Empire’s Ospreay & Aussie Open, though I don’t see them getting through Death Triangle. After that awesome Tornado Tag where LFI wins, I think they get through the Bucks and their mystery third man.
Speaking of which, great promo from Bucks, Hangman and Dark Order. This all fits within Hangman’s larger story perfectly. He can’t just go back to the guys who left him out in the cold, but he is at least back out of the tournament entirely to let whatever three of the Dark Order try to win. I have a feeling the Bucks will have no choice but to use Cutler, and then Cutler takes the lose to LFI. LFI and Death Triangle then meet in the semifinals for an awesome 3v3 version of what we got tonight. And who knows who they face in the finals, but it’ll be an awesome match at All Out. Personally, would love if it comes down to Best Friends VS Death Triangle, I still want that feud to start again.
Great squash match win for Luchasaurus, and great brawl backstage. Christian of course avoids the fight, and Luchasaurus might get (kayfabe) fined and/or suspended for headbutting Pat Buck. What is it about Pat Buck that he gets beat up by talent? Great little bit from Lethal’s group and then Wardlow and FTR. Wardlow VS Lethal 2 is going to be great, not sure if there will be a Six Man Tag as the go-home to it, because it’s so obvious Sonjay would take the loss on that one. At some point, some team from somewhere has to beat FTR for one of those three titles they hold, and I feel like it’ll be a team from AAA to get those AAA belts since FTR has had those the longest.
Good little promo from Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm getting to the tension Britt Baker was bringing up. That title match could definitely be part of All Out, but I wonder if Britt tries to take the #1 contender spot in the last few weeks before then. Good interaction from Hobbs and The Factory, but QT is making it a little too obvious they’re just copying Tony D’Angelo from NXT. Great match from Starks and Solo, and Starks makes The Factory all look like dorks. Hobbs is mad, but we know Hobbs and Starks are going to have it out between now and All Out. Good stuff from Gunn Club and Danhausen, #Beardhausen is going to be a really fun team for Rampage.
Really good match from the TBS Championship, but I will say like I did for Rampage last week, Madison Rayne doesn’t actually seem that exciting or skilled of a wrestler. She’s somehow become a multiple time champion, but nothing about what we got out of her and Jade really thrilled me. And even then, we all knew Jade was winning. But a great little ambush from Athena, I really hope Athena gets the match for All Out, and I also hope Athena gets the title. Jade’s already set an incredible bar for a singles champion in AEW, and even if she loses at All Out, Jade can easily pivot to the world title to finish out 2022.
Great group promo from the JAS to hype up the main event as well as their own stuff, and I love that we’re getting 2 outta 3 falls for Garcia VS Bryan. Awesome main event for the title, practically PPV worthy, and of course there was blood. But WOW, ripping out the earring. A little disappointing but of course Jericho cheats with help from the JAS, but in the end, Moxley still wins. Great brawl and great return from CM Punk, was not expecting him so soon. But that means they’re going to set up Punk VS Moxley for the title at All Out because duh, it’s in Chicago again. No offense to Chicago, but one day, All Out should be somewhere else. But hey, they’re getting their hometown hero there, no idea if he wins to be Undisputed AEW World Champion or not.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/10/22)
C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!
Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?
We’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Hiroshi Tanahashi still lead C Block? Or will Hirooki Goto trump the Ace?
- Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Ishii & Yano win.
- Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
- G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Great-O-Khan; Tama wins.
- G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
- G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor; Okada wins.
- G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current standings!
- Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
- JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
- Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
- Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
- Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
- Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
- Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
- Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
- SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
- Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
- Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
- Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
- Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
- Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
- EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
- KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
- Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
- Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
- YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
- Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points
G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo!
The Rebel leads the block while the Headbanga is technically last. But ELP still has this match and another until his run is done, can he turn the block upside down? Or will Finlay shock ELP just like he did so many others in the block?
Fans rally up and ELP encourages them to get louder. The bell rings and ELP has the fans settle down. ELP and Finlay circle and the fans clap again, “RE-BE-RU!” “E L P!” Finlay shoots in but ELP keeps his distance. They tie up, Finlay gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Finlay spins and wrenches to wristlock again. Finlay grinds the arm down but ELP rolls and trips Finlay. ELP turns Finlay over to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Finlay pops out to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud the exchange, then ELP handsprings up. Fans applaud that, and ELP stomps, stomps, claps to get fans on that We Will Rock You rhythm.
ELP and Finlay tie up, Finlay wrenches to a hammerlock but ELP switches it onto Finlay. Finlay switches it onto ELP but ELP switches it back. Finlay switches it back again, but ELP switches it again. Finlay steps through the ropes and back in to wrap ELP’s arm around ropes. The ref counts, Finlay cranks the hold but lets off, to kick the ropes! The rope jams ELP’s arm, ELP swings on Finlay but into an arm-drag that Finlay then turns into a ghost pin, TWO! ELP scrambles away and fans fire up. Finlay and ELP reset and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and ELP headlocks. Finlay endures the grind, powers up and out, but ELP runs him over!
ELP flexes and fans applaud. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but ELP shoves and follows to RANA! Finlay ends up in a corner while ELP kips up and fans applaud. Fans also rally up as ELP struts around. ELP springboards to backflip and strike his pose. Fans applaud and ELP bets Finlay can’t do that. Finlay and ELP circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock this time. ELP headlocks but Finlay powers out to get his own headlock, and the takeover. ELP headscissors, Finlay kips free but roles reverse as ELP headlocks to the takeover. Finlay headscissors, ELP kips free and sweeps the leg. Cover, ONE!
Finlay goes to sweep but ELP jumps and body scissors to a cover, ONE! Finlay sits on ELP for a cover, ONE! ELP has the cover back, ONE! Finlay has the cradle, TWO!! ELP escapes and scrambles away while fans fire up. Finlay says it was that close. Fans rally again, ELP and Finlay reset and circle. ELP wants a handshake? Finlay kicks that away and shoves ELP. ELP throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back. ELP throws another, Finlay returns it, and fans rally as they speed up! ELP knees low, CHOPS Finlay, and then runs, into a dropkick! ELP bails out, Finlay slingshots, but ELP avoids the plancha. ELP gets in the ring to HOTSHOT Finlay down!
Fans fire up as ELP builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up again as ELP stands. ELP stomps Finlay, Finlay throws body shots, but ELP KICKS Finlay’s arm! ELP brings Finlay around to smack off the apron, then he climbs up the apron. Fans rally and ELP takes aim, but Finlay anchors ELP’s foot! ELP CLUBS Finlay, throws hands, then mule kicks him away! ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit again and fans fire up! ELP drags Finlay up and into the ring, then climbs the ropes to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay is still in this. ELP drags Finlay up, throws forearms, but Finlay kicks low.
ELP ROCKS Finlay and fires off more shots in the corner! The ref counts, ELP lets off to whip Finlay corner to corner. Finlay bounces off buckles into the atomic drop! ELP scoops and SLAMS Finlay, then he goes up the corner. Fans fire up as ELP aims, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP stomps Finlay into the corner. ELP digs his boots in, then claws at Finlay’s face! The ref counts and ELP lets off. Finlay kicks from below but ELP stomps him down. ELP reels Finlay in, flexes and brings Finlay up, but Finlay RANAS free! ELP ends up on ropes, Finlay clotheslines him up and out! Then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in return!
Fans fire up with Finlay and he drags ELP up. Finlay puts ELP in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Finlay then hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as ELP is still in this and Finlay eggs ELP on. ELP throws a body shot but Finlay CHOPS him down! Finlay drags ELP up, ELP fights the back suplex and throws headlock punches. Finlay still back suplexes but ELP lands on his feet to roll Finlay up! TWO, and ELP dodges Finlay to springboard CROSSBODY! Then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down! ELP snarls and he BENDS Finlay’s fingers! ELP drags Finlay up to straitjacket,
ELP torture racks, spins around, but Finlay slips off and clinches, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then a shove and scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up as Finlay says he’s gonna bring him around! Finlay drags ELP up, cravats, ACID DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Finlay puts ELP in a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Finlay reaches the top, but ELP trips Finlay up! Finlay lands on his shillelagh, ELP ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. But Finlay throws body shots and shoves ELP away! ELP backflips to land on his feet! Then steps up to ENZIGURI Finlay!
Fans fire up as Finlay dangles from the top rope. ELP climbs up after him, drags Finlay up to the very top, and SUPER STEINERS! Then ELP goes right up for the THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! Finlay survives and the fans are thunderous! ELP and Finlay both sputter but ELP drags himself up the ropes. ELP drags Finlay up and reels him in. ELP tucks the arms, but Finlay slips out to cradle! But then rolls through, but ELP slips out of Trash Panda to INVERTED SUPLEX, but Finlay slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Finlay coms back to jackknife, TWO! ELP has the cover, TWO! Finlay has it but ELP turns it right around, AND WINS!!
Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Finlay earns 0)
The Headbanga is still alive! And he may have just won the biggest two points in the block! Will ELP finish strong in the final round? Or will Finlay slam the door shut when he faces Yoshi-Hashi?
G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Great-O-Khan!
The Good “Bad” Guy is on his way up, but the Dominator is out of the running. Tama still has Jay White in the final round, will he go in red hot? Or will Khan’s Eliminator all but eliminate Tama from the Climax?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, clinch, and then Khan waistlocks. Khan trips Tama to get a back mount but Tama slips around to use a leg guard. Khan lets off and the fans applaud this opening exchange. Tama and Khan reset and circle again, then Khan shoots in. Tama avoids the leg pick to throw Khan with arm-drags! Tama keeps on an armlock and fans applaud again. Khan endures, fights up, but Tama wrenches to wristlock. Tama wrenches again and keeps on the wrist, but Khan pulls on an ear! The ref reprimands but Khan puts Tama in the corner. Khan CHOKES Tama, then TOSSES Tama across the way!
Fans applaud the showing of strength, and Khan stalks up behind Tama. Khan throws Tama out of the ring, then tells Jado to stay back. Khan drags Tama up to whip hard into railing! Tama falls down and fans rally up, but Khan stands on Tama’s head. Khan shakes the railing as he digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Khan goes into the ring and Tama sputters on the floor. The ring count starts and Khan stands at the center of the ring. Tama gets in at 7 of 20 but Khan is right on him for a scoop SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Khan stalks Tama. Tama throws body shots but Khan CLUBS him down.
Khan wrenches an arm, bumps Tama off buckles, then CLUBS him. Khan hops up to sit on Tama’s head! Fans applaud as Khan pulls Tama’s arms back. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, and Tama falls over. Khan eggs Tama on while giving him toying kicks. Tama crawls but Khan goes to make him kiss his boot! Tama fights it as the fans rally up, but Khan CLUBS Tama! Tama fires up but Khan CLUBS him again! And again! Tama just gets powered up! Tama fires off haymakers on Khan! Tama whips, Khan reverses but Tama bounces off the buckles, into a back elbow! But Tama says F that, and he LARIATS Khan down!
Fans fire up while both Tama and Khan stir. Tama sits up first but Khan follows. Tama runs in to rally with clotheslines and elbows! Khan swings, Tama dodges, and he DROPKICKS Khan down! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he paces around. Khan is in a corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jado coaches Tama to keep going and fans rally back up. Tama drags Khan up, elbows him down, then clamps on to back suplex. Khan fights that off with a headlock, and an IRON CLAW! Khan then fireman’s carries but Tama fights free to the dragon sleeper!
But Khan IRON CLAWS from below! Snap suplex! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Tama crawls away to a corner, Khan storms over and brings him up. Khan fires off forearm after forearm and he sits Tama down. Khan drags Tama back up to whip corner to corner and clothesline! Khan then clamps onto Tama to dribble his head off the buckles! Khan then SLAM DUNK- NO, Tama fights that off and HEADBUTTS back! Tama dribbles Khan now! Khan blocks the Slam Dunk now! Khan elbows Tama, then Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up as Khan SLAM DUNKS Tama after all! Khan then waits on Tama to stand up, and he runs, into an uppercut!
Khan BOOTS back but Tama ENZIGURIS! Khan HELL STABS! Tama leaps but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Khan crawls his way over to Tama and drags him up. Khan throws a forearm, but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another forearm but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another, Jado coaches Tama and Tama hits back again. Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster and faster! Khan gets the edge, then he DECKS Tama! Khan fires up and fans rally! Tama gets up, Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! Jado coaches Tama, he stands up, and Khan Mongolian Chops again!
Fans rally as Tama gets up again. Khan Monogolian Chops him back down! Khan eggs Tama on, Tama throws fast hands! SUPERMAN- MONGOLIAN CHOP! Khan intercepts Tama, to then MONGO- Fireman’s carry! SRC! Fans fire up and Tama roars! Tama goes to the corner and climbs up, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and fans are thunderous! Tama grins and pounds the mat! Fans clap along, Tama watches Khan rise at the ropes, and Tama rushes in to GUN- NO, Khan blocks it! To IRON CLAW! And then IRON RACK! Khan spins out for the NECKBREAKER! Fans are thunderous again as Khan roars!
Khan drags Tama up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Tama endures the Sheepkiller and throws hands! Khan CHOPS Tama, scoops him, and swings for a BACKBREAKER! HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Tama endures again but the fans still rally! The ref checks, Tama’s hand drops once. And then it drops twice. But Tama gets his second wind! But Khan IRON CLAWS for the ELIMI-NO, COUNTER GUN STUN!! Fans are thunderous as Tama crawls to the cover, Tama wins!!
Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)
The Dominator falls again, and the Good Bad Guy still has a shot! Can Tama reload and shoot down the Switchblade before the semifinals?
G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Submission Master is second in the block while the King of Darkness could be a wild card. Both lost to The Ace, who is in action later on, who here will be poised right behind Tanahashi with a win tonight?
For whatever reason, ZSJ is wearing a mask, and a hat that says “I AM ZSJ.” Evil attacks ZSJ at the ramp, but surprise! It’s a Young Lion in disguise! The Submission Master just tricked the trickster, but the Young Lion takes the beating for him! Dick goes looking for the real ZSJ, but gets caught into an armlock! ZSJ grins, brings Dick around and gets Evil in a headlock! ZSJ drags them both to ringside! Dick hits low, Evil smacks ZSJ off the apron, and EVIL says this is what ZSJ gets for tricking them! Evil lines up his shot, but ZSJ stops from being rammed into railing! ZSJ turns it around with a headlock, and he has Abe-san move! Then he RAMS Evil into railing!
Fans applaud as ZSJ gives Evil another taste of his own medicine, then ZSJ wrenches an ear! ZSJ puts Evil in the ring, the ref rings the bell, and ZSJ drags Evil up. ZSJ wrenches and twists a wrist but Evil throat chops! Evil whips ZSJ to a corner, but he stops from hitting bare buckles! Dick already brought the Bullet Club Special into play! Evil runs in, but ZSJ dodges! Evil hits bare steel! ZSJ rolls Evil up, TWO!! Evil survives but ZSJ EuroUppers! ZSJ runs, but Dick grabs his leg! ZSJ uses that to TWIST Dick’s arm! But then Evil shoves the ref at ZSJ! ZSJ stops the ref, and has him duck when Evil swings a clothesline!
ZSJ pushes the ref away, and blocks Evil’s low blow! ARM TWIST! Fans applaud as ZSJ bests Evil’s plot again! ZSJ scoops, but Evil slips out! Evil spins ZSJ around, EVERY- NO, ZSJ slips around to trip Evil up! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! ZSJ WINS!!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)
That was the fastest win in this year’s G1! The Submission Master thwarted all the tricks and the House of Torture had no chance to spring other traps! Has ZSJ just secured himself a spot in the semifinals? Or will it still come down to his battle with Naito next week?
G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs!
The Top Dog crushed both the Rainmaker and The Filthy One with Death From Above, but neither run has been torpedoed just yet. Will Okada rebound before the finish line? Or will this one get filthy?
Being clever, Royce Isaacs brings an umbrella to shield them from the rain. Fans rally up already, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor makes sure Okada hears it. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Lawlor shoots in for a leg but Okada blocks. Lawlor still trips Okada up, goes for a press, ONE. The two reset, grapple Lawlor waistlocks and drags Okada down to a leg lock. Okada fights before Lawlor can lock in anything more dangerous, grabs to Lawlor’s leg back, and the two stand. Okada facelocks, Lawlor gets around to a waistlock, but Okada throws him over. Lawlor headscissors and fans applaud the exchange.
Lawlor twists Okada’s wrist but Okada reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off and fans continue to clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Lawlor and Okada circle. Okada waistlocks and ripcords, but Lawlor twists Okada’s arm to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Okada reaches out to another ROPEBREAK, and Lawlor lets go again. Okada bails out and Lawlor spins around, OFF COME THE SHORTS! Lawlor of course has his denim tights on, but he uses the shorts to wrangle Okada. Lawlor wrenches and SLAMS the arm against the apron, then POSTS Okada! Okada falls and the claps shift to “O-KA-DA!” Lawlor drags Okada up to CHOP him!
Lawlor brings Okada around, puts him in the ring, and the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” claps return. Lawlor stomps Okada’s hand, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Okada staggers, Lawlor CHOPS him again. Okada scowls this time but Lawlor CHOPS again. Okada still scowls so Lawlor throws a forearm! And another forearm! Okada still frowns, so Lawlor wrenches the arm again! Lawlor whips Okada to ropes, ducks Okada’s elbow and BOOTS the bad arm! Lawlor runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada shakes out the bad arm and fans rally. Lawlor gets to his corner but Okada storms over.
Okada fires forearms, whips Lawlor to ropes, but Lawlor reverses. Okada CLOBBERS Lawlor with an elbow! Fans fire up and Okada whips Lawlor to a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow! Then he kicks low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans to clap, clap, clap, stomp but Lawlor blocks the Alabama Lift. Lawlor CLUBS Okada, wrenches his arm and EuroUppers! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” runs corner to corner but Okada dodges! Okada puts Lawlor up top to DROPKICK him to the floor! Fans fire up while Lawlor tumbles to the railing! The “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clap returns as Lawlor crawls. Okada goes out to fetch Lawlor, and he whips Lawlor hard into railing!
Okada runs in to BOOT Lawlor over the railing! Okada moves railing back to drag Lawlor back up, and he drapes Lawlor out! Lawlor WRENCHES the arm! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK over the railing, and then through it! Lawlor BOOTS the railing to jam Okada’s arm! Fans rally and Lawlor hobbles his way back to ringside. Lawlor drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up more. Lawlor slingshots in to get the ARMBAR! Okada clasps hands to block that, and he moves around, only for Lawlor to make this a TRIANGLE HOLD! With a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Okada endures this hybrid hold but he’s turning red!
Okada moves around, sputters and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off in frustration while fans applaud. Isaacs coaches Lawlor up and he drags Okada from the ropes. Lawlor twists the wrist, cravats and throws knee after knee after knee into Okada’s head! Lawlor lets off, fans rally up and he runs the ropes, but he fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, Lawlor runs in and dodges the haymaker to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Lawlor tries again, but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up even more with both men down! Lawlor is dazed as he and Okada stir. Okada stands up, and he brings Lawlor around.
Okada wrenches for the MONEY CLIP, but Lawlor powers through to waistlock! Okada throws elbows, but Lawlor ENZIGURIS! Okada staggers to a corner but he comes back with a SHOTGUN! Lawlor hits buckles then falls down! Fans rally up again and Lawlor reaches out in another daze. Okada stands, he drags Lawlor up and Alabama Lifts for the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada then goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” as Okada reaches the top, MACHO ELBOW INTO THE ARMBAR!! Okada clasps hands but Lawlor slaps them to the beat! Lawlor uses a LEG CRAVAT to add on! Okada scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!!
Fans fire up and Lawlor lets Okada go. Lawlor beats his chest to the rhythm, and he drags Okada back up. Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! But Lawlor ROCKS Okada back! Okada throws another forearm, but Lawlor gives it back! Okada, then Lawlor, faster and faster and fans fire up! Okada ROCKS Lawlor again, and again, and then UPPERCUTS! Lawlor grins and grabs the bad arm to UPPERCUT it! And UPPERCUT again! Lawlor then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another ELBOW BREAKER! Lawlor then wrenches the arm, hammerlocks it, and he fires off forearms to the beat! “TOM! LAW-LOR! TOM! LAW-LOR!”
Lawlor roars, spins, but Okada SWATS the lariat! But that hurts Okada’s arm, too! ROLLING ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Lawlor drags Okada up, has the bad arm, ARMBREAKER DDT! And then a omoplata, into the RINGS OF SATURN!! Lawlor shows savage innovation on par with ZSJ! Okada endures and fans rally up, but Lawlor pulls way back on the arms! Okada reaches with his leg for another ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but Lawlor lets off in frustration. Fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again and he waits on Okada to get up. Okada slowly rises, Lawlor gets his arms!
But Okada intercepts the knee for a scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up with Okada and he drags Lawlor up to ripcord, but the bad arm can’t hold on! Okada has to crawl over to Lawlor and drag him up again. Lawlor ducks the lariat to URENAGE! Lawlor roars and fans fire up with the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” rhythm. Lawlor drags Okada up by the bad arm, then gets the other, for KAMI-GOYE to the arm! And then KAMI-GOYE to the head! Then then the straitjacket! Okada fights it off with his good arm, steps forward and reaches out, but Lawlor gets a LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lawlor feels the energy building!
Lawlor copies the Rainmaker Pose!! The clapping continues, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” gets the straitjacket, for the- WAIT, Okada victory rolls! TWO! Lawlor runs in but Okada ducks the Penalty Kick to roll-up! TWO, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY KICK the bad arm! Lawlor then gets that arm for a STANDING ARMBAR! Then a hammerlock, and tornado into the body scissors! Okada power sup to back drop, and he sits on the cover! OKADA WINS!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lawlor earns 0)
Okada snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! And though he didn’t need the lariat, the Rainmaker still washes away The Filthy One! Okada is back on top of the block, but can he hold onto that top spot in the final round?
G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!
The Ace leads the block after beating Zack Sabre Jr, who beat the original block leader, the Fierce Warrior! Now Tanahashi and Goto meet, the top spot still up for grabs! Will Tanahashi solidify his rank before the end? Or will Goto create a rock-paper-scissors situation?
As always, Tanahashi shows off the muscles and the fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi circles with Goto, they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Goto finds a point of leverage and powers Tanahashi to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and Goto lets off with a pat on the shoulder. They circle and tie up again, and are in another deadlock. Goto powers Tanahashi back but Tanahashi turns things around to put Goto on the ropes. Tanahashi lets off with a pat on the shoulder, but then he throws a body shot! Tanahashi headlocks, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches back.
Tanahashi endures as Goto twists the wrist, and he drops to get a leg pick! Tanahashi ties up the legs and fans applaud the exchange. Tanahashi shifts to a headlock and grinds, but Goto pries the hold. Tanahashi powers the hold on again, but Goto powers up. Goto can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans rally as Goto endures the grind and fights up. Goto tries again but still can’t power out! Tanahashi grinds Goto down, but Goto fights his way back up. Goto throws body shots, then powers up and out, to put Tanahashi in a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange as now Tanahashi endures the grind.
Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, powers out, but Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! Goto runs and runs Tanahashi over! Fans fire up and Goto stomps Tanahashi down. Goto drags Tanahashi up to CLUB him, whip him to a corner, and run in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up for the air guitar! Fans rally and Tanahashi waits on Goto to stand. Tanahashi then runs, but Goto sidesteps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on, but Goto slides out before he can skin the cat! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot! Goto brings Tanahashi around to CLUB and put in the ring.
Fans applaud as Goto stomps Tanahashi. Goto CLUBS and kicks Tanahashi while the fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Goto whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in, but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Goto bails out but Tanahashi pursues to put Goto in! Tanahashi says this is ending in the ring, and Tanahashi stomps a leg. Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then drops an elbow! Tanahashi has the toehold but Goto tries to fight back with a chinlock. Tanahashi cranks the leg, then stands to stomp it. Tanahashi drops another elbow, then ties up Goto’s legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Goto endures, CHOPS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi holds on!
Tanahashi puts more pressure on the knees but Goto drags himself back! Goto reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets off while fans applaud. Tanahashi paces, stomps Goto more, then brings him up. Fans rally but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tanahashi kicks the bad leg, then kicks it again. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows! Tanahashi dodges the lariat, but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally as Goto and Tanahashi sit up. Tanahashi gets to a corner but Goto drags him up. Goto fires forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Goto keeps his focus while Tanahashi is still in this. Goto drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi blocks the fireman’s carry with elbows. Goto powers through, but Tanahashi slips out! Goto fireman’s carries again but Tanahashi slips off, SLING-DOG! Fans fire up and Tanahashi fires up, too! Tanahashi drags Goto by his legs, ties those up, but Goto kicks Tanahashi away! Tanahashi grabs the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then an INVERTED GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi ties the legs up for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Goto endures and fans rally up! Goto crawls, reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him away from ropes!
Goto endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Goto still reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, almost too tired to hold on. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi stomps Goto. Goto goes to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Tanahashi grabs at the bad leg and brings it in, but Goto fires off forearms! Tanahashi lets the leg go, and Goto bumps him off buckles! Then LARIATS him down! Fans fire up and Goto drags himself over to a corner. Goto climbs up and fans rally! But Tanahashi rises to throw a body shot! Tanahashi climbs up after Goto but Goto throws body shots. Tanahashi and Goto brawl up top and fans fire up!
Goto gets the edge with forearm after forearm, then he HEADBUTTS Tanahashi! Goto adjusts, but Tanahashi throws more body shots! Tanahashi SUPERPLEXES Goto down!! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi gets the legs, but Goto uses that to drag Tanahashi down! Goto omoplatas one arm, then grabs the other, SHORYU KEKKAI!! Tanahashi endures and moves around while fans rally, but Goto pulls back on the arm more! Goto pulls Tanahashi back into a crossface modification!! Tanahashi endures, moves around, and reaches out for a ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Goto lets go, and fans rally up as Goto rises.
Goto drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes and Goto roars! Goto drags Tanahashi up again, dragon sleepers, but Tanahashi spins it around to wrench. Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi drops to his knees and Goto roars again! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi back! Tanahashi ROCKS Goto, Goto ROCKS Tanahashi, and fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster! Tanahashi fires off a flurry, but Goto gives those back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto HEADBUTTS! SHOTEI from Tanahashi!!
And then Tanahashi falls over, into Goto’s groin! That was an incidental low blow but the damage is done all the same! Tanahashi gets and roars! He wants Goto to stand, and Goto downs, into the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi hurries to go up the corner! Goto stands again, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi goes back up! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS as Goto moves!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Red Shoes helps Goto with some blood in his mouth, and then Goto gets himself to a corner. Tanahashi stands, runs in, but Goto dodges! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
Goto then clamps on to make it a cradle, GOTO SANSHIKI! TWO!!! Tanahashi escapes by nanoseconds and shocks everyone! The fans are electric and rallying again. Tanahashi roar, runs in, but is sent into the ropes! Goto has Tanahashi for the DRAPING SHOUTO!! But he can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired! Fans are electric and Goto manages to crawl to the ropes. Goto drags himself up the ropes, he roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW!! Tanahashi staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi slips into a cradle! TWO!!! Tanahashi holds onto Goto for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Goto suplexes for SHOUTEN KAI!!
Fans are electric all over again as Goto’s mouth has even more blood coming from it! But Goto still dragon sleepers Tanahashi for the G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)
This might have been the hardest fought match in the G1! Goto literally tastes his own blood, but it is Tanahashi who tastes bitter defeat! Is there still a chance for The Ace to take the block?
As for the Fierce Warrior, he catches his breath, checks his bloody mouth, and gets his NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt. Goto then gets the mic to say, “There’s one match left in my G1 Climax. I’m barely hanging on, but I’m alive!” Fans applaud that, and Goto vows he will win his next G1 match, “and shine the light of hope through all the darkness in the world!” Fans applaud Goto’s subtle calling out of Evil. Goto then says, “Finally, to my son at home, watching on NJPW World, Daddy’s damn tough! I will live! I will survive! I will thrive!” Fans applaud as Goto has one more battle on the 16th! Will that be the moment Goto takes the C Block?
Here are the NEW standings!
- Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
- Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
- JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
- Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
- Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
- Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
- Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
- SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
- Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
- Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
- Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
- EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
- Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
- Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
- YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
- El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
- Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Another great event for G1, and it definitely puts a lot of great pressure on the last few rounds coming up. ELP gives Finlay the shocking upset, and now technically, everyone outside of Juice is a viable winner of the D Block. Tama VS Khan was great stuff, but I figured Khan would lose. He’s already out and Tama could take the block if he beats Jay White in the last round, putting the spotlight on next Tuesday, 8/16. I figured ZSJ would beat Evil, but it was amazing and hilarious how he did it. I never expected ZSJ to use a Young Lion as a decoy, and then wins in under five minutes! ZSJ is leading the block, but as I said just yesterday, it all comes down to ZSJ VS Naito, also on 8/16.
Okada VS Lawlor was great stuff, Lawlor showing off a great amount of his technical ability. But to bring drama into the last few A Block rounds, Okada had to win here. Lawlor and Yano are both facing Jeff Cobb this weekend, if even one of them can beat Cobb, Cobb is done. Okada just has Archer on 8/16, and that is “win and you’re in.” Even if Jonah beats Fale, he’ll only be 4-2 to either Okada’s 5-1, or Archer’s 4-2 with the tiebreaker from that count-out win. And then we got awesome stuff from Tanahashi VS Goto. It wasn’t a shocker that Goto won, but that is still great for Goto to win. If ZSJ beats Naito, that’s it, ZSJ is in. But if ZSJ loses to Naito, Goto has to beat Evil to get in. Naito only gets in if he beats ZSJ AND Evil beats Goto. Tuesday is going to be a huge, I can’t wait!
My Score: 8.9/10
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