Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/10/21)
New Japan Cup, day 5!
The New Japan Cup’s opening round finishes here!
Will Yoshi-Hashi #TurnItAllAround against the Tokyo Pimp? Will we all Breath with the Switchblade as Jay White takes on the Hammerhead, Toa Henare?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: David Finlay VS Chase Owens; Finlay wins and advances.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yoshi-Hashi wins and advances.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Toa Henare VS Jay White; White wins and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: David Finlay VS Chase Owens!
The Flamboyant One is out thanks to Kenta, so it’s up to Finlay to carry on for his team! But will the Texas Heavyweight Champion spill the FinJuice and move on to round two?
The bell rings and Finlay circles with Chase as fans build to a rally. They feel out the grapple, each avoid the other’s leg shoot, but then Finlay gets in, only for Chase to block. Chase facelocks, Finlay slips to a waistlock but Chase switches to hammerlock. Finlay spins through to hammerlock then headlock. Chase tries to power out but Finlay holds on tight. Chase pulls hair but Finlay throws him with a headlock takeover. Chase turns that right into his own headlock, and Chase shrugs off the headscissor attempts. Finlay gets up, powers out and drops to dropkick! Fans cheer as Finlay smiles and brings Chase right up, for a suplex! Cover, TWO!
Finlay keeps his cool while he brings Chase up. Chase shoves him to a corner, Finlay elbows him away and hops up, but Chase blocks the boot to YANK Finlay into the BACKBREAKER! Chase steadies himself while Finlay writhes, and Chase stomps him down. Chase drags Finlay up, whips him to a corner hard, and lets Finlay fall to the mat. Chase elbows Finlay in the back, clamps onto his arms and turns him to get the legs. Chase ties the legs up for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Fans rally as Finlay endures, but Chase lets him down to get more leverage. Chase lets Finlay go, Finlay throws body shots but Chase whips and elbows Finlay down. Chase runs for a BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO!
Chase gets annoyed but he stalks Finlay to ropes. Fans rally but Chase claws Finlay in the back! Finlay swings but into the Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Chase keeps on Finlay with a body scissors squeeze! Finlay endures, Chase pulls hair but the ref reprimands. Chase lets go of hair and lets Finlay free, and Finlay throws body shots. Chase knees low, kicks but Finlay blocks to hit a neckbreaker! Fans cheer as Finlay gets up slowly. Chase stands, Finlay throws forearms and EuroUppers! Finlay whips, Chase reverses but Finlay comes back with a leaping elbow! Chase bails out but Finlay PLANCHAS! Finlay drags Chase up and in and aims from a corner.
Chase goes to the other corner, Finlay runs in to uppercut! Finlay hops up, leaps, but Chase gets under. Chase comes back but into Finlay’s DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Finlay as he brings Chase up but Chase fights off the exploder. Chase throws Finlay out, builds speed and WRECKS Finlay with a dropkick! Finlay hits railing, Chase puts him in and climbs up top. Chase leaps, into Finlay’s arms, for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Finlay grits his teeth and fans rally up as he vows to finish this! Finlay puts on a cravat and heads for the corner, but Chase shoves him away. Finlay runs back in but Chase throws him into the corner! Finlay bounces off buckles and hits the mat!
Fans rally as both men are down, and Finlay gets back to the corner. Chase runs in to forearm smash, then short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Chase tries again, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A fourth cover, TWO!! Fans cheer while Chase grows annoyed. Chase stands, fans rally, and Chase fireman’s carries Finlay. Finlay fights free, waistlocks but Chase switches, only for Finlay to roll and get Chase to a cover, TWO! Chase has the ghost pin, TWO! Chase runs in but Finlay dodges, only for Chase to dodge the dropkick! Chase hits a SHINING WIZARD, then drags Finlay right up for a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Finlay survives and fans rally up again.
Chase grits his teeth as he gets back up. Chase mocks the Hulkster, wanting to hear the fans. Chase drags Finlay up, Finlay shoves him away, but Chase comes back with a forearm. Finlay forearms back, so Chase hits him again. Chase eggs Finlay on, Finlay throws another forearm! Chase forearms, Finlay forearms, repeat! Fans rally as both men speed up! Chase gets the edge, but Finlay gives it back, and adds a EuroUpper! Chase boots, Finlay forearms, Chase LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Finlay is still in this and fans still rally for him. Chase bails out and rips up the floor mats! The ref reprimands but he also has to keep Juice Robinson back. Chase gets his title belt and CLOBBERS Finlay!! Cover, TWO!!
Finlay survives the belt shot and Chase is furious! Chase drags Finlay back up, tucks him in but Finlay is dead weight. Chase drags Finlay up and says, “I’m going to kill you!” Chase SLAPS Finlay, but Finlay dodges the Jewel Trigger! Chase bucks the O’Conner roll and catches Finlay for a REBOUND BACKBREAKER! Chase keeps moving, and he hits a PSYCHO KNEE! Then he tucks Finlay in, for a- NO! Finlay ranas and covers, FINLAY WINS!!
Winner: David Finlay, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
The Crown Jewel tried to rob Finlay, but he gets robbed instead! NJCUP aside, does Finlay now have a shot at the belt Chase clobbered him with?
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi!
The Head Hunter may not be an IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion, but he’s still a NEVER Openweight Six Man Champion! Will Hashi #TurnItAllAround and head for the next round? Or will the Tokyo Pimp slap him down so hard he can’t #GetBackUp?
The bell rings and Yujiro BOOTS Hashi, then runs to BOOT him again! Hashi stays up, Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses. Hashi dodges the boot to shoulder and elbow him down! Yujiro gets up but Hashi scoops and SLAMS him! Fans cheer as Hashi stomps Yujiro then drags him up. Yujiro pulls Hashi’s hair and Red Shoes reprimands, but then Yujiro rakes Hashi’s eyes! Yujiro runs but Hashi trips him, drags him out and RAMS him into railing! Hashi whips Yujiro into more railing, but Yujiro gets his pimp cane! Hashi stalks around the way, Yujiro JAMS Hashi with the cane! Yujiro brings Hashi around and whips him into railing!
Red Shoes sees the pimp cane and reprimands but Yujiro pushes him aside to bring Hsahi to the ramp. CANE SHOT! Red Shoes reprimands and Yujiro leaves Hashi behind to go into the ring. Fans rally for Hashi as the ring count starts. Hashi slowly rises but doesn’t stand until 10 of 20. Hashi gets in at 13 but Yujiro rains down forearms. Yujiro lets off to stomp Hashi, then paces about. Yujiro drags Hashi up, fans rally, and Hashi headbutts low! Yujiro still snapmares Hashi to drop a leg, drop an elbow and drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Yujiro keeps his cool as he looms over Hashi. Yujiro drags Hashi up, scoops him and SLAMS him!
Hashi sits up and clutches his back, Yujiro drags him into a chinlock. Yujiro lets off to basement boot Hashi in the back! Cover, ONE! Yujiro gets annoyed and he paces around. Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in and back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Yujiro kicks at Hashi, slaps him around, but Hashi gets up and in Yujiro’s face. Hashi throws forearms but Yujiro knees low! Yujiro knees again, and avoids Hashi’s spinning kick to basement boot! Cover, TWO! Yujiro drags Hashi back up, fisherman but no suplex as Hashi suplexes back. Yujiro slips out, mule kicks and reels Hashi in, but Hashi hits the suplex first! Fans rally up as Hashi gets to his feet.
Yujiro stands, Hashi throws forearms and body shots, then CHOPS! Hashi whips, Yujiro reverses but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up as Hashi runs in and CHOPS Yujiro at the corner! Hashi brings Yujiro around but Yujiro elbows the neckbreaker away. Hashi dodges Yujiro’s clothesline and comes back with the HEAD HUNTER! Yujiro staggers up and Hashi CHOPS him at ropes! Hashi hangs Yujiro out to dry, then runs to dropkick him down! Hashi keeps moving to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Hashi looms over Yujiro and brings him up. Hashi reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro blocks the lift and BITES the hand!
Red Shoes reprimands, Yujiro lets go, and then STUN GUNS Hashi! Yujiro runs to BOOT Hashi, throw him down and cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Hashi stays in this but Yujiro grows frustrated. Yujiro brings Hashi back up, Hashi fires off forearms! Yujiro forearms back, Hashi forearms again, and fans rally as the two build speed! Yujiro gets the edge, SLAPS Hashi, then slaps him again! Hashi SLAPS back! Yujiro blocks the superkick, trips Hashi and runs, into a LARIAT! But Yujiro is right up to LARIAT Hashi back! Fans rally as both men are down and stirring. Hashi crawls to a corner but Yujiro runs in, to BOOT Hashi!
Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses, Yujiro comes back but Hashi CHOPS him! Hashi powers out but Yujiro reels him in for an INCOLLE SLAM! Yujiro fires up as he drags Hashi from a corner. Yujiro hoists Hashi up top, climbs up, and hits a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Yujiro isn’t done, he gets Hashi up for another FISHERSMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and fans fire up! Yujiro is furious and he drags Hashi back up. Fans rally, Yujiro fires up and reels Hashi in, but no Pimp Juice! Hashi shoves Yujiro to hit the spinning mule kick! Yujiro staggers into the SUPERKICK! Hashi fires up, drags Yujiro into a full nelson and spin, but Yujiro spins out to fireman’s carry! MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO!!
Hashi shocks Yujiro and he loses his cool! Fans rally up as Yujiro drags Hashi back up. Yujiro reels Hashi in, but still no Pimp Juice as Hashi slips out! Yujiro falls back hard and clutches his head while Hashi crawls to the other side. Hashi drags himself up, fires up, and runs at Yujiro! LARIATS collide but Hashi keeps moving! Yujiro BOOTS and ROCKS Hashi, then runs, but Hashi gets under to FULL NELSON SUPLEX! Hashi keeps going, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Hashi keeps on Yujiro with the full nelson, spin to pump handle, but Yujiro blocks the lift! Yujiro elbows but Hashi throws headbutts!
Hashi throws Yujiro into the corner, then runs in to clothesline! And NECKBREAKER! Hashi heads up top and fans fire up, for the SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!? Yujiro lives and Hashi can’t believe it! Hashi hurries onto Yujiro with the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Yujiro endures, fans rally, Hashi pulls him from ropes and leans harder on the hold! Yujiro keeps fighting, moving around, but Hashi leans harder on the hold! Fans keep rallying as Hashi changes up his grip. Yujiro almost gets free but Hashi gator rolls him,, to the full nelson, pump-handle, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!
Winner: YOSHI-HASHI, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
The Head Hunter managed to grind Yujiro down and finish him off! Will Hashi continue on and finally be at the top of NJPW?
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Toa Henare VS Jay White!
One way or another, Hiroshi Tanahashi waits in the second round! Will it be his new protégé, the Hammerhead, or the new thorn in his side that is the Switchblade that meets The Ace?
After White and Gedo Low Sweet, and White shows off the muscles, the bell rings. Henare does his Haka dance to fire up and egg White on, but White just applauds with the fans. White circles with Henare, but White stays by the ropes for defense. Henare has to stay back until White returns, and they tie up. Henare puts White on the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, and Henare lets off cleanly. White and Henare go again, tie up, and Henare puts White in a corner now. Red Shoes calls for the break but White turns it around! White lets off but stomps away on Henare! White throws forearms, stomps more, then lets off just a moment before giving another stomp.
White whips, Henare reverses but White slides out. Henare pursues, but White catches him with stomps on the return. White forearms and stomps Henare to a corner, whips him corner to corner, but then dodges the return to headlock. Henare powers out but White bails out again, mockingly applauding. Henare rushes the ropes but White wants Red Shoes to keep him back. Henare backs off, White gets on the apron and ducks the punch to hotshot Henare away! White hits a headlock takeover, and Gedo cheers. He’s the only one. White asks the fans why they don’t cheer, but fans rally up for Henare.
Henare fights up, White throws him back down with another takeover, and grinds Henare. Henare still fights up, blocks the takeover this time, and gets White up. White holds off the back suplex, Henare powers him away and White comes back with a forearm! Henare doesn’t budge, then he DECKS White with a forearm back! Fans fire up, Henare runs and runs White over! Henare stalks White to a corner, bumps him off buckles, then again, then CHOPS White! Gedo complains but Henare puts White in another corner to CHOP again! White is stinging as he sits down but Henare is on him with stomps!
Henare fires up, White bails out but Henare is after him and whips him into railing! And then into more railing! And then back the other way into railing! Fans fire up with Henare while Gedo protests. Henare drags White up, puts him in the ring, and fans cheer as Henare glares at Gedo. Henare paces, drags White up, and headbutts him. Henare scoops and SLAMS White, then strikes a pose before he runs, for a LEAPING AX HANDLE DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Henare stalks White and drags him from the apron. White kicks Henare away, then catches Henare to EXPLODER him out of the ring! Henare hits hard and Red Shoes checks on him, but he’s okay to continue.
Fans rally up and Henare rises. White goes out to fetch him, drags him up and RAMS him into the apron! And then RAMS him into railing! And then the apron, then back into railing! Jado is on commentary and likes what he sees as White drags Henare back and throws him into the apron. Henare falls over in a slump as Jado says “Bravo!” White refreshes the ring count then puts Henare back in. Cover, but Red Shoes refuses to count because of the antics outside. White stomps Henare, covers, ONE!! White is a bit stunned by that but he drags Henare up to scoop and SLAM him! Cover, TWO! White grows annoyed with Henare and he jams knees into Henare over and over!
White gets a leg and turns Henare for a HALF CRAB! White flexes for a moment while he digs his knee in. Gedo taunts Henare but Henare reaches out to get the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, White holds on until 3. Henare gets to a corner, White stalks over and drags him up to put into the corner. White RAMS his forearm into Henare over and over, then brings him around to snapmare. White digs his knee into Henare while pulling on the chinlock. Henare endures, fans rally up and Henare throws body shots. White throws Henare by his hair! White mocks the clapping for “HE-NA-RE!” then kicks Henare to ropes.
White drags Henare up, stomps him, mocks the clapping more, but Henare blocks the whip! White ROCKS Henare with forearms, whips but Henare blocks again! White KNEES Henare low, and again, then whips him corner to corner. Henare reverses and White hits the corner hard! White is in a daze as he rolls but Henare is after him with forearms! Henare CHOPS White against ropes, whips him to ropes but Henare comes back with a FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Henare drags White back up, reels him in and suplexes. White tries to fight free of the stall but Henare keeps him up! Henare powers through White’s attempts to then SLAM White down! Cover, TWO!
Henare fires up and fans rally with him. Henare storms in but White boots him away! White boots again, but Henare comes back, into more boots! White runs but into a DOUBLE CHOP! Henare whips, White reverses but Henare reverses back to fireman’s carry. White slips free, spins Henare and SPIKE DDT’s! Gedo cheers White but fans rally for Henare. Henare is in a corner, White runs in and uppercuts! White brings Henare around but Henare blocks the suplex to suplex! White slips out, kicks low, and CORNER HALF HATCHES! White drags Henare right up to BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Henare survives and Gedo is mad but White keeps his cool.
White stands on Henare’s neck and flexes but Henare pushes him away. White mocks the clapping as he stands on Henare’s face. White drags Henare up, reels him in, but Henare blocks the urenage. White throws knees but still Henare blocks the urenage. White throws even more knees, then kicks Henare in the face! White stomps Henare, drags him up for forearms, but Henare fires up! White throws even more forearms but Henare DECKS him with one! Fans fire up as both men go down again! Henare runs, but White blocks the lariat, and catches Henare for a COMPLETE SHOT! And then a DEAD LIFT GERMAN!
Gedo goes nuts and White double guns, and then White brags to the Young Lions, “Am I good or what?” White slaps Henare around as fans rally, and White stand Henare up to slap him. Henare swings, but into the URENAGE! White double guns again, pushes Henare out of the ring, and says, “He shouldn’t be in here with me!” White wants the ring count to end this, so Red Shoes starts a count. Fans rally as Henare stirs, and Henare rises at 7 of 20. Henare crawls to the ring, gets up and in at 12. White stomps Henare, scrapes him back out, and wants the ring count again. The count restarts, Henare growls as he rises again, and he’s in at 8 this time!
White stomps Henare, kicks him back out, and again the ring count begins. Henare refuses to stay down, and is in at 4! White goes out to drag Henare out and whips him into railing! And then again! White puts Henare back in, asks Gedo what to do, and Gedo says Kiwi. White drags Henare up, fisherman to the KIWI KRUSHER!! Cover, TWO!! Henare survives and shocks White! White sits Henare up to wrap on a sleeper, but Henare fights it and gets to a corner. White RAMS into Henare’s back over and over, then brings him into a SAIDO! Henare flops across the ring and White grins as he heads over.
White brings Henare up, hoists him up top, throws forearms, then climbs up to join him. Henare blocks the suplex so White goes to the very top. Henare still resists, throws body shots, then forearms White down! Henare adjusts but White throws forearms back! White climbs, throws more forearms, but Henare HEADBUTTS him down! Henare adjusts again, fans fire up, and Henare leaps for a DIVING SHOULDER!! Gedo freaks out as White flounders up in the corner. Henare runs in and clotheslines, then fireman’s carries, for the RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up with Henare as he runs at White, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!
White survives and Henare is surprised, but he brings White back up. White fights off Henare’s clinch with elbows, but Henare still powers up! White elbows free, gets around, throws fast hands, but Henare blocks to Tomahawk elbow over and over, to then BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up while White flounders. Henare runs, White ducks the clothesline, but Henare comes back to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?! White survives and Henare can’t believe it! Henare aims from a corner as White slowly rises. Gedo shouts at White, and White drops before Henare can run in. Henare drags White up, White reels Henare in, but Henare powers out of Blade Runner to TOA BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!
White survives again and Henare can’t believe it! Fans rally up as Henare fires up, “AOH! AOH!” Henare aims from a corner, but White grabs at Red Shoes while Gedo has his brass knuckles! Gedo swings but Henare blocks to CLOBBER him instead! White gets Henare, Henare slips out and shoves, but White dodges! Henare comes back with the RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives but Henare is fired up! Fans rally hard as ever as Henare drags White up. Henare fisherman lifts, but White fights that off, only for Henare to HEADBUTT! Henare says he’ll end it, and he gets White up, but White slips out to SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Both men are down but fans rally again.
White finds Henare and heads over. White drags Henare up, reels him in, but Henare fights off the Triple S! White comes back, gets around, TRIPLE S!! And then a lift to the BLADE RUNNER!! Cover, White wins!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
The Switchblade wins, and then demands Henare be removed from “his” ring! White gets a mic and tells the “Young Boys” to get him ice. Stop wasting it on the loser, give it to him! If they don’t, he’s coming out after them. White tells “Gabe” to give ice to his senpai. Gabriel Kidd does as told, and White shouts, “How about Henare, huh?” No, no, don’t clap for Henare. Clap for the winner, Jay White! Hear that, Henare? White doesn’t care about Henare, get him out of here! White said Henare’s moment would come and go, and there it was. Henare takes his leave from ringside, and White says Henare doesn’t matter any more than the Young Lions! White matters! This is the New Jay-pan Cup!
And he says he is coming for Kota Ibushi! Ibushi is trying to erase WHITE from NJPW’s history! White won’t let that happen. But he’s up against Hiroshi Tanahashi next? Wow, he got a bye, huh? Well if there’s anyone who needed it, it’s Tanahashi. Tanahashi can have all the time he wants but it won’t matter against White! White tells “Tana” that he’ll do him a favor. When White wins the Cup and takes those belts, or perhaps singular belt, off Ibushi, he’ll split them back apart into the Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships. White will cement his legacy in NJPW.
So then, White knows that Tanahashi won’t win, and certainly wouldn’t win the Cup anyway. So Tanahashi should just lie down, White covers, they both go home unscathed so that White can keep everyone’s names protected from that “psychopath.” But until then, Kyoto~! Henare, Gabe, Yuya, Tsuji, Tana and everyone else in this tournament, you are looking at the REAL winner! And you will Breathe with the Switchblade, and the RRRRREEEAL Era!! White drops the mic and waits for Jado to join him and Gedo in the Low Sweet. Bullet Club is moving on, and White may pretend he’s being noble by preserving the traditional titles and their lineage, but will the Ace make sure White is nowhere near the top title(s) in NJPW?
A pretty good event, but I clearly skipped the first half. Evil got the win for Bullet Club, Jeff Cobb got the win for the United Empire, as they have been all week because of their coming match-up, so what was there to really see? But in another Chaos VS LIJ 8 Man Tag, it was very clever for Bushi to get the win off Sho, and with a La Magistrol, not a finisher. This keeps things even between Goto and Takagi going into the second round of match-ups, and perhaps can feed into the Junior Heavyweight Championship race. Finlay VS Chase was a good match, and it was very interesting that another quick pin was the finish, not a finisher. Maybe Finlay VS Chase for the apparent Texas Heavyweight Championship happens after Finlay is out of the tournament, and that has a definitive finish.
Hashi VS Yujiro certainly looks on paper like Chaos’ bottom tier VS Bullet Club’s bottom tier. But the match itself was good, and Hashi winning is very interesting. NJPW seems to be finally giving him some shine, but we know he won’t get to the semifinals. He might beat Finlay so that we can get the Texas Heavyweight title match sooner, but Hashi won’t beat The Ace or Jay White. White VS Henare was a really good match but of course White won. It was clear we weren’t going to get HenarACE facing themselves, so White VS Tanahashi was a given. That will be a really good match and could go either way.
I also liked White’s promo. He’s claiming the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship somehow erases the lineages of the separate titles, instead of unifying them a la WWE combining WWE Championship and #BigGold into the current WWE World Championship. I haven’t kept up with NJPW’s statements on said IWGP World Heavyweight title, but I would think they could easily just say, “No, the lineages continue in this title.” But it makes for an interesting point, and could be motivation for White to make it to the finals.
My Score: 8.8/10
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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (6/8/23)
ROH is NJPW Strong!
The Babe with the Power is a fighting champion!
Willow Nightingale continues her win streak in ROH by once again defending her NJPW Strong Women’s Champion! Will she still be to hot to handle?
- Kyle Fletcher VS Christopher Daniels; Fletcher wins.
- Matt Sydal VS “The Reality” Zack Clayton w/ Cole Karter; Sydal wins.
- Willie Mack VS Dralistico w/ Jose the Assistant; Dralistico wins.
- NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Rachel Ellering; Willow wins and retains the title.
- ROH World Six Man Proving Ground Match: The Mogul Embassy VS Cheeseburger, Eli Isom & Marcus Kross; The Mogul Embassy win and deny Burger, Isom & Kross a title match.
- Mercedes Martinez VS Vertvixen; Mercedes wins.
- Lee Moriarty VS Griff Garrison; Moriarty wins.
- Kiera Hogan VS Robyn Renegade; Kiera wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Shane Taylor & The Workhorsemen; The Dark Order wins.
- Six Man Tag: Action Andretti, AR Fox & Darius Martin VS The Trustbusters; Action, Fox & Darius win.
- The Kingdom w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS El Cobarde & El Dragon; The Kingdom wins.
- Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Gravity; Fenix wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Kyle Fletcher VS Christopher Daniels!
The Aussie Arrow is running solo while Mark Davis is out with injury, but he’s ready to aim from the top! Will Fletcher shoot down the Fallen Angel? Or will Daniels start on his journey back to a title?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally as these two circle. Fans chant “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” and Kyle appreciates that. The two circle, knuckle lock, but Daniels wrenches to a wristlock. Daniels then hits an ELBOW BREAKER, wrenches again, but Kyle rolls and wrenches back to ELBOW BREAKER Daniels! Kyle hammerlocks, Daniels reaches back to headlock, and he powers Kyle off the hammerlock. Daniels grinds Kyle but Kyle powers up, only for Daniels to hold tighter! Kyle fights up, fans rally, and Kyle throws body shots. Kyle powers Daniels away then runs him over!
Fans fire up as Kyle flexes, and things speed up. Kyle runs Daniels over again and keeps going, but Daniels drops to drop toehold! Daniels runs, RAMS Kyle but Kyle stays up. So Daniels kicks a leg, kicks Kyle’s gut, then runs, and RAMS Kyle again! Kyle rebounds to run Daniels over! Fans fire up and Kyle shakes out the legs. Fans start up the “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” again as Kyle brings Daniels up. Kyle ROCKS Daniels, whips, but Daniels slides under to then arm-drag! Fans cheer as Daniels grinds Kyle’s arm, but Kyle fights up. Kyle whips, but Daniels arm-drags back! And arm-drags again!
Daniels has the armlock and he grinds Kyle down. Kyle endures, fights up, and he throws forearms! Daniels wobbles, Kyle whips and scoops to SLAM! “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” returns again as Kyle paces around Daniels. Kyle drags Daniels up, scoops and SLAMS! Cover, TWO! Kyle keeps cool and fans rally up again. Kyle stands Daniels up to ROCK him with a forearm! The fans start to duel, “FALLEN ANGEL!” “OI OI OI!” Kyle whips corner to corner, runs in, but Daniels kicks back! Daniels runs to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! And then another SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Fans rally as Daniels stands up.
Fans cheer as Daniels goes to Kyle at the ropes. Daniels drags Kyle up, CLUBS him, then CLUBS him again! And again! Daniels cravats to crank Kyle’s neck, then he snapmares for a KNEE DROP! Daniels then sits Kyle up, to CHOP him on the back! And TWIST the neck! Daniels CHOPS Kyle on the back again! Fans rally, Daniels TWISTS Kyle’s neck again! Kyle goes to ropes but Daniels brings him up to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Daniels looms over Kyle. Daniels drags Kyle up, wrenches, hammerlocks, and then turns Kyle for a modified abdominal twist! Kyle endures a hammerlock and chinbar combo!
Fans rally, Kyle gets an arm free and elbows Daniels’ leg! Kyle then wrenches to ROCK Daniels, but Daniels ROCKS Kyle in return! Daniels stands Kyle up to CLUB away on that neck, then he runs, but into a forearm! Kyle reels Daniels in, but Daniels fights the suplex! Kyle’s neck hurts him, he staggers around, and Daniels kicks low to reel him in. But Kyle suplexes Daniels up and over! Fans rally while both men are down. Kyle clutches his neck while Daniels sits back up. They both stand, Kyle fires off forearms and he ROCKS Daniels! Kyle whips, Daniels reverses but Kyle CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up with Kyle!
Kyle runs corner to corner to forearm smash! And then a wrench and BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Daniels goes to ropes, and Kyle aims. Kyle runs, but Daniels CALF KICKS him down! Kyle goes to a corner, Daniels runs in, but Kyle goes up and over! Kyle then scoops Daniels for a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Daniels survives but Kyle keeps his cool. Fans duel, Kyle goes corner to corner, but Daniels BOOTS him! Daniels goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Cover, TWO!! But into a KOJI KLUTCH!! Kyle endures as Daniels pulls tight! Kyle reaches out, but he’s fading!
Kyle gets a last gasp to get the ROPEBREAK! Daniels lets go in frustration as Kyle survives. Fans rally up and Daniels stalks Kyle as he sputters. Daniels drags Kyle up, reels him in, and CLUBS that neck! And again! And again! Daniels runs, but Kyle dodges! Daniels dodges, both men keep moving, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans say “This is Awesome!” as a standing count begins. Kyle and Daniels stand at 5, and Kyle throws a forearm! Daniels throws it back! Kyle staggers, but throws another forearm! Daniels wobbles, but he JABS! Daniels shakes out his own hand, but Kyle fires another forearm!
Daniels JABS, Kyle forearms, and forearms, and forearms! Kyle swings a chop but Daniels ducks it to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Kyle roars to his feet to HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Daniels roars as he rises up, SAIDO!! Fans fire up as Kyle writhes again. Daniels says he’ll end it, and he brings Kyle up. URE- NO, arm-drag! Kyle then GAMANGIRIS in the corner! And then a gut wrench, but Daniels slips down to a victory roll, TWO! Daniels mule kicks, underhooks, but Kyle fights the lift and back drops Daniels away! Daniels is up, Kyle dodges him, hammerlock and scoop, GRIMSTONE!! Cover, Kyle wins!
Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall
The Aussie Arrow takes down an ROH Grand Slam winner! And despite the frustration, Daniels shows Kyle respect with the Code of Honor. Aussie Open is one of the best tag teams today, will Kyle Fletcher prove he’s one of the best singles wrestlers today?
Matt Sydal VS “The Reality” Zack Clayton w/ Cole Karter!
The Third-Eye just saw his tag partner fall in the opener, and now he steps into the ring. Will he be able to avoid defeat? Or will Clayton give him a Reality Check?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but Clayton still talks trash on Sydal being shorter. Sydal says size doesn’t matter, but Clayton shoves him! And then shoves him again! Fans chant “Jersey Sucks!” and Sydal KICKS Clayton in the leg! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Clayton goes to a corner but Sydal KICKS him more! Sydal whips, Clayton reverses but runs into a BOOT! Sydal runs to RANA Clayton! Clayton staggers up, into a JUMP SOBAT! Cover, TWO! Sydal KICKS Clayton around, but Clayton throws an elbow! And an uppercut! Sydal SOBATS, runs, but into Clayton’s LARIAT!
Clayton runs but Sydal dodges this time to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sydal sees Karter creeping and tells him to back off. Sydal drags Clayton around to STANDING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up and Sydal goes to the corner. Karter gets on the apron, the ref tells him to back off, and Sydal leaps, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Sydal survives, Clayton is mad, and he rains down forearms! Fans boo but Clayton lets off to talk trash. Karter also talks trash and soaks up the heat. Fans chant “You Still Suck!” Clayton drops a knee on Sydal, puts him up top, and then climbs up after him. Clayton brings Sydal up but Sydal fights back!
Sydal pushes Clayton back, jumps up an dover, but runs into a kick! Clayton scoops, but Sydal makes it a DDT! Clayton sits up, and Sydal BUZZSAWS! Clayton is down, Sydal goes up the corner, and Sydal METEORAS!! Cover, Sydal wins!
Winner: Matt Sydal, by pinfall
The reality of that match is that size doesn’t matter, ability does! Sydal showed he has great ability, but he gets the mic to say, “How fun was that? Zack Clayton, he’s twice my size, and I cut through him like a buzzsaw! I am the best in ROH, and I wanna be your TV Champion! So Samoa Joe, if you wanna call yourself the King of Television, you’re gonna have to stop Matt Sydal first!” He is calling out the Samoan Submission Machine, will he like the response?
Willie Mack VS Dralistico w/ Jose the Assistant!
It’s the Return of the Mack after a loss to rival Brian Cage, will Mack get back on track with a win? Or will La Faccion Ingobernable’s Prince of Silver & Gold make him tranquilo?
Mack offers the Code of Honor handshake but Dralistico is reluctant. Dralistico’s hand shakes, and then he flips Mack off! The bell rings and Mack sighs, but Dralistico dropkicks him out of the ring! And then FLIES to take Mack out at the ramp! Dralistico whips Mack hard into the steel steps! Mack writhes, Dralistico drags him back into the ring, and he gets fans to chant for him. Dralistico then springboards to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Dralistico argues the count but the fans rally for Mack. Mack crawls to ropes and Dralistico stomps him. Dralistico whips corner to corner, SPLASHES, then snapmares and basement dropkicks!
Fans cheer the impressive speed, and Dralistico stomps Mack. Dralistico drags Mack up, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS! Dralistico fires off forearms, sits Mack down, then runs side to side to fake Mack out, and SUPERKICK! Dralistico then tranquilos on the top rope and fans are torn. Dralistico then hops down to drag Mack up. Dralistico whips corner to corner, but Mack goes up to headstand and shake it! Dralistico is hesitant to approach, but he eventually does, and Mack goes up and over! Mack keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges to LEG LARIAT! Fans fire up as Dralistico flops out and Mack builds speed! Mack FLIES and takes out Dralistico AND Jose!
Fans fire up as Mack breaks it down and brings Dralistico up. Mack puts Dralistico in, but Jose grabs at him! Mack kicks Jose away, but Dralistico kicks Mack in the ropes! Dralistico then goes to the apron, springboards and DOUBLE STOMPS! Mack falls, Dralistico covers, ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Mack survives. Dralistico argues with the ref but the ref says the count is fair. Dralistico drags Mack up, eggs him on, so Mack CHOPS! Dralistico says okay, and he winds up, to CHOP Mack! Mack just makes the pecs dance. Mack then CHOPS Dralistico! Dralistico roars, and he CHOPS back! And SOBATS!
Dralistico runs but Mack ROCKS him! Mack runs, but into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Dralistico runs but into a WHEEL KICK! Fans are thunderous as both men are down! They rally for “WILLIE! WILLIE!” as a standing count starts. Mack stirs, the count is 5 of 10, and Mack goes to ropes. Mack drags himself up, he stands at 7. Dralistico rises, Mack storms up to SLAP him! Mack whips Dralistico to a corner, runs in, blocks a kick but Dralistico ENZIGURIS! SOBATS! KNEE LIFTS! SUPERKICKS! And runs, into a POP-UP! Mack fireman’s carries Dralistico to a SAMOAN DROP! Fans fire up, and Mack stirs again.
Mack kips up! And STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Mack is shocked but the ref says his count’s still fair. “This is Awesome!” as Mack goes to a corner. Mack climbs, FROG SPLASH but onto knees! Dralistico drags Mack up, ripcord KNEE! And then a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Mack survives and fans are fired up! Dralistico grits his teeth and shakes his head as he drags Mack back up. Dralistico reels Mack in, underhooks, but Mack wrenches out to shove and pop-up, HAYMAKER! Fans fire up as Dralistico sputters! Mack drags Dralistico up, says he’s finishing this, and he scoops, but Jose gets on the apron!
Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Dralistico escapes Mack’s grip to LOW BLOW!! And INCINERATOR KNEE!! Cover, Dralistico wins!
Winner: Dralistico, by pinfall
The assist goes to the assistant, Jose made sure Dralistico got this one! Will Jose be pivotal in Dralistico also getting a title match here in ROH?
Tony Khan is here!
Fans cheer as the AEW & ROH owner and General Manager walks out on stage. “It’s great to be here today at Universal Studios. I’d like to confirm officially to all of you, that next week, right here at Universal Studios, Orlando, it will be Matt Sydal VS Samoa Joe for the ROH World Television Championship!” Fans like the sound of that! Tony says that here in ROH and AEW, Tony has a lot of responsibilities. He is matchmaker in both promotions, and he will continue to be so, working with the fans every week to try and produce great matches. But there is a lot going on in the back beyond just making matches.
There is a lot of talent relations, administrative work, operations work, and he decided that maybe it would be good to form an ROH Board of Directors. This group can work together and basically have carte blanche. He will still have final say, but this group will be the authority around here. Allow him to introduce the ROH Board of Directors. First, a great manager in the wrestling world, Stokely Hathaway! Fans cheer as Stokely walks out and tells Tony that he loves AEW and ROH, and he most importantly loves Tony. They hug it out, and Stokely says he also loves the beaut- Uh, well, Stokely can’t lie. But he loves these fans!
What a great start already! Secondly, it is an ROH legend, a former ROH World Champion, it is JERRY LYNN! Fans cheer as Jerry walks out and shakes everyone’s hands. He thanks Tony for this opportunity, and he will not be disappointed. Tony says this is great! It’s fantastic! Thank you, everyone. And remember, Samoa Joe VS Matt Sydal for the ROH World TV Championship! ROH is doing big things, how will the future look under new management?
NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Rachael Ellering!
The Babe with the Power continues to be a fighting champion, but she might be meeting her match against the Queen of Strong Smile! Will Willow hold onto the gold? Or will Rachael’s smile be even stronger after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly NJPW Strong!
The Code of Honor is skipped as the bell rings. The two tie up, Rachael waistlocks but Willow wrenches out to wristlock. Rachael steps through, wrenches and wristlocks back to wrangle Willow down. Willow rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Rachael fights her way through to wrench back. Rachael headlocks, hits a takeover, but Willow headscissors. Rachael kips free but the roles reverse as Willow headlocks for the takeover. Rachael headscissors, Willow kips free, and then roles reverse again as Rachael headlocks for another takeover. Rachael makes it a cover, TWO! Willow avoids the arm-drag! And SENTONS!
Fans rally, Willow drags Rachael up and scoops to SLAM! And then SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Willow brings Rachael up. Willow suplexes, Una Amiga! Willow suplexes again, Dos Amigas! And then fisherman for the PERFECT PLEX! Cover, TWO! Well, not quite perfect, but fans rally up for Willow. Willow drags Rachael up, but Rachael wrenches, ROCKS and CHOPS! Rachael throws off the armbands to CHOP again! Rachael runs, but Willow clotheslines in the corner! Willow runs but Rachael follows to clothesline! And STO! And then a double jump LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Rachael paces around Willow. Rachael brings Willow up to ROCK her, then CLUB her! Willow writhes, but Rachael brings her back up. Rachael wrenches to WRING the arm out! Willow sits up, Rachael runs to basement dropkick! And SENTON! Fans rally but Rachael shakes her head. Rachael drags Willow up but Willow throws body shots. Rachael CLUBS Willow right back down! Fans rally for Willow but Rachael shakes her head. Rachael brings Willow up, bumps her off buckles, and then CHOPS! Willow sputters, and Rachael CHOPS her again! But Willow turns things around to CHOP back! And CHOP again!
Willow CHOPS more, then whips corner to corner. Rachael reverses, Willow handsprings and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Willow runs corner to corner, to back body block, and a lariat! Willow throws Rachael down, goes up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! High stack, TWO!! Rachael survives but Willow keeps focus. Willow drags Rachael up, fireman’s carries, but Rachael fights free! Rachael fireman’s carries but Willow fights out! Willow short arm LARIATS! Then another short arm LARIAT! Willow drags Rachael up again, but Rachael gets around to shove, scoop, BIG BOSS SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Willow survives but Rachael grows frustrated. Rachael storms up on Willow, ROCKS her with a forearm, and ROCKS her again! Then BOOTS her! Willow sputters, Rachael runs, but Willow goes the other way to POUNCE!! Rachael ends up in a corner, Willow CANNONBALLS!! Cover, TWO and into a ghost pin! TWO!! Willow CLOBBERS Rachael! Willow roars and fans fire up with her! Willow drags Rachael up, whips, and SPINEBUSTERS! Then the CAMEL CLUTCH!! Rachael taps, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by submission (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)
Willow busts out a new part of her arsenal and it gets her the win! Will Willow be going to Japan for the Summer’s NJPW Strong Independence Day?
ROH World Six Man Proving Ground Match: The Mogul Embassy VS Cheeseburger, Eli Isom & Marcus Kross!
From one champion to three, Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have been dominant in the Six Man Tag Division, and they must be getting bored to have this match. Will they maul this new take on the Shinobi Shadow Squad? Or will the trio of underdogs shock everyone tonight?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though reluctantly by The Embassy. Eli starts against The Machine, and fans rally up. Eli and Cage tie up, Cage knees low, and then he wrenches to a back suplex. Eli lands on his feet, waistlocks, but Cage elbows free. Cage whips Eli to a corner, Eli goes up and over, but Cage ELBOWS him! Cage runs up but into a BOOT! Eli runs in but is put on the apron. Eli blocks the punch to shoulder low, and then he climbs up to leap, CROSSBODY is caught! Cage curls Eli, pops him around, but Eli slips free to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Eli runs, dodges, but into a FLAPJACK! And SUPERKICK!
Nana cheers his team on as Cage tags Liona. Liona storms up on Eli, keeps him from the corner, and HEADBUTTS him to an open corner. Liona elbows, then RAMS Eli, then RAMS in again! Liona lets off to yell at the ref, and then he drags Eli up. Liona whips corner to corner, runs in and SPLASHES, then he TOSSES Eli across the way! Fans rally, but Liona sucker punches Kross! Eli hits Liona back, but Liona shoves him. Eli sunset flips but Liona stays up. Eli avoids the fist drop, to then JAWBREAKER! Liona stays up, he runs in at Eli, but Eli sends him into buckles! Liona staggers, Eli tags in Burger!
Burger fires off forearms on Liona, but Liona shoves him away. Burger ducks one but not the SOUTHPAW lariat! Liona drags Burger, whips him to a corner, tag to Kaun. Liona whips Kaun in to SPLASH! Liona and Kaun fire each other up, and Kaun whips Liona in to back body block! Then a feed to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Burger but Kaun drags Burger up. Kaun knees Burger low then CHOPS Burger in the corner! Kaun then stands Burger up to CHOP him again! Fans are all stinging from that, and yet chant “ONE MORE TIME!” Kaun grins as he stands Burger up, but he pokes Burger in the eye!
Fans boo mostly because Kaun didn’t do what they wanted. Kaun then digs his knees in, but the ref counts. Kaun lets off at 4, drags Burger back up, and he whips Burger corner to corner. Kaun runs in but Burger sends him into buckles! Kaun grabs Burger, Burger elbows free, and hot tags Kross! Kross runs in, dodges Kaun, and FLYING SHOULDERS! Kaun stays up, Kross FLYING SHOULDERS again! And again! Then ducks ‘n’ rolls of Kaun’s back, to come back and RANA! Kaun ends up in a corner, and Kross runs in, but now Kross only gets buckles! Kaun comes back to LARIAT Kross inside out!
Fans fire up as Kaun drags Kross and hoists him up top. Kaun climbs up, Cage intercepts Eli with a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cage then deadlifts Eli to BUCKLE BOMB him while Kaun gives Kross a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Liona gives Kross an APRON SENTON! And then he CLOBBERS Burger!! Fans are going nuts as the Embassy puts Kross in the ring. They get Kross up, rock him like a baby, right into the POWERBOMB from Kaun!! Cover, The Embassy wins!
Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (denies Burger, Eli & Kross a title match)
This isn’t an anime, so the underdog Shinobi did not win. Will any trio ever be able to stop Cage, Kaun & Liona?
Mercedes Martinez VS Vertvixen!
Ahead of Rampage’s Fatal 4 Way #1 contender’s match, The OG Badass is in action! Will Mercedes be cruising into Colorado Springs? Or will she simply help the Gamer #LevelUp?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, Mercedes powers Vert back but Vert powers Mercedes back. Vert arm-drags then dropkicks! Vert handsprings, but Mercedes just BOOTS her down! Fans cheer and Mercedes storms up to CLUB Vert down. Mercedes sits Vert up to CHOP, then hooks the arms for a seated Cobra Twist! Mercedes CLUBS away on Vert, and clamps on the abdominal stretch! Vert endures, even as Mercedes grinds her forearm in her face. The ref reprimands Mercedes for that, but Mercedes powers Vert to a cover, ONE! Vert gets up but Mercedes is on her with a suplex!
Vert slips free, spins Mercedes and ROCKS her with forearms! Vert fires off but Mercedes fires palm strikes in return! But Vert knees low! Vert runs, into a FOREARM! Mercedes brings Vert around, SAIDO! Vert flounders out to the apron while fans fire up. Mercedes storms over, she drags Vert up, but Vert trips Mercedes! Vert drags Mercedes to the apron to CLUB her in the chest! And again! And again! Vert shoves Mercedes in, gets on the apron, and she slingshots in, to somersault and STUNNER! And then a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Mercedes survives and Vert snarls.
Vert drags Mercedes up in a facelock as fans rally. Vert says game over, fireman’s carries, but Mercedes fights free with elbows! Mercedes gets around, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans fire up as Vert ends up in a corner. Mercedes runs in to ROCK her with a forearm! Mercedes brings Vert up to the top rope, for a DRAPING ANARCHY!! Cover, TWO!! Vert survives and no one can believe it! Mercedes runs as Vert rises, BLINDSIDE FOREARM! And then, Mercedes hooks up the legs, gets the arms, BRASS CITY SLEEPER! Vert taps, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by submission
A big fight and a big win, and both women still show respect with the Code of Honor. The OG is 3-0 since her return to ROH, will she use this momentum to win that golden ticket to #ToniTime?
Lee Moriarty VS Griff Garrison!
#TAIGASTYLE is coming off a hard fought loss to Katsuyori Shibata, but that’s nothing to feel bad about. Will he feel much better with a rebound win? Or will the returning Ivy League MVP be the one scoring the W tonight?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans chant, “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” and Griff appreciates that. Griff and Lee circle, the two tie up, and then Griff shoves Lee down. Fans cheer as Griff flexes, and Lee mockingly applauds. The two reset, the two circle, and they tie up. Lee waistlocks, trips Griff, then mocks the Heisman. Things speed up, Griff ducks, Lee hurdles and Lee mule kicks! Lee tells Griff to pump the brakes, then runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up for Griff and he flexes more. Griff stalks Lee, torture racks him, but Lee fights to the apron. Lee HOTSHOTS an arm!
Griff crawls away, Lee hobbles back in and wrenches the arm to hammerlock, and RAM Griff into buckles! Lee stomps away on Griff at the ropes, the ref counts, and Lee shifts to raining down forearms! Lee roars and fans are torn, but Lee stands on Griff’s hands. Lee drags Griff up, wrenches, and ELBOW BREAKERS! Lee wrenches again, wristlocks, and traps the arm to TWEAK it! Cover, TWO! Griff clutches his arm but Lee goes after it. Lee wrenches Griff, hammerlocks and RAMS him into buckles again! Fans rally, Lee goes corner to corner but Griff BOOTS him away! And BOOTS him again!
Griff runs to LARIAT! And LARIAT again! Griff scoops to SLAM Lee, and fans fire up again! Lee goes to a corner, Griff runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Griff headlocks, but to bring Lee out and LARIAT! Fans fire up more as things speed up again. Lee leaps, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Lee survives but Griff keeps his focus. Lee stands, Griff runs corner to corner, but Lee BOOTS him first! Lee spins Griff around, suplexes, but Griff slips free and shoves, to then RANA! Lee staggers up into a ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and Griff can’t believe it! Fans rally as Griff shakes out the bad arm.
Lee sits up, Griff storms up and reels him in to a torture rack. But Lee fishhooks Griff’s face! Lee pushes Griff down, pump handle O’Conner Roll Bridge! Lee wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by pinfall
Griff came out of the gates with fire, but Lee found a way to put it out. They still uphold the Code of Honor, but will TAIGASTYLE win by any means necessary all the way to the top?
Kiera Hogan VS Robyn Renegade!
Even though she lost to the Fallen Goddess, the fire has not been put out in Kiera Hogan’s heart! Will she burn even brighter as she chases another chance? Or will this Renegade stomp out the embers?
The Code of Honor is upheld, but reluctantly by Robyn. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Kiera gets around, waistlocks, headlocks, but Robyn powers out to run Kiera over! Fans boo but Robyn soaks up the heat. Robyn runs in but into a drop toehold! Robyn is on ropes, Kiera runs to HIP ATTACK her! Kiera then yanks Robyn off the ropes, runs and step-up LEG DROPS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Kiera runs in at Robyn to SPLASH! Kiera keeps going, but Robyn elbows her away! Robyn then POSTS Kiera, brings her around and stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, but Robyn pulls Kiera’s arm around ropes!
The ref reprimands and counts more, but Robyn lets off at 4. Robyn drags Kiera up, whips her corner to corner, and Kiera staggers forward. Robyn wrenches the arm to WRING Kiera out! Fans boo but Robyn drops knees on the arm! Robyn mocks Kiera and the fans, but Kiera throws body shots. Robyn CLUBS Kiera, and clamps on a top wristlock. Fans rally as Kiera endures and fights up. Kiera reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Robyn lets off and she argues with the ref. Then Robyn KICKS the bad arm! Robyn swaggers as she soaks up the heat and Kiera goes to a corner. Robyn drags Kiera up to CHOP!
Robyn stands Kiera up to talk trash, and CHOP again! Robyn puts some stank on it, but Kiera dodges! Kiera CHOPS, but Robyn comes back to CHOP again! Both women snarl, Robyn takes a swing but Kiera catches her to spin her and fire off forearms! Fans fire up with Kiera as she runs and rallies with big forearms! Kiera then bumps Robyn off buckles, stomps away on her in the corner, and fans cheer as she goes corner to corner, for the HIP ATTACK! Kiera then goes Around the World for a BOOT WASH! Robyn flops out of the ring, and her sister Charlette appears! The Renegades try to pull sister magic, but Kiera WRECKS Charlette with a dropkick!
Fans cheer, the ref reprimands the Renegades, but Kiera brings them up for a meeting of the minds! SMACK! Charlette falls, Kiera puts Robyn in, and Kiera gets Robyn up, but Robyn fires off elbows! Robyn fireman’s carries, but Kiera fights free! Kiera says “EAT IT!” ROUNDHOUSE! And then SUPERKICK! Cover, Kiera wins!
Winner: Kiera Hogan, by pinfall
That’s all, period! Will Kiera blaze a trail back towards- OH WAIT! Athena CLOBBERS Kiera from behind! Fans are torn as Athena has a kendo stick, too! Athena swings, Kiera dodges, the stick hits ropes and comes back to SMACK Athena! Kiera gets the stick now, and she SMACKS Athena! And again! And again! Kiera fires off on Athena again and again and fans are loving it! Athena scrambles away as the kendo stick starts breaking! The Fallen Goddess tried to get the jump on Kiera, but will Kiera make her pay for it by taking that title?
Six Man Tag: The Dark Order VS Shane Taylor & The Workhorsemen!
Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & John Silver may not know what to make of Stu Grayson joining The Righteous, but they still have to focus on what they can control. Will they win big and move up in the Trios Division? Or will Big Shaney T and his new pals in JD Drake & Anthony Henry climb up those ranks instead?
The Code of Honor is upheld, but then Henry throws a forearm at Reynolds, so the brawl is on! Silver ROCKS Shane, then has him in a corner as he throws more forearms and even some KICKS! Fans fire up as Silver KICKS and KICKS, but Shane SWATS one, ROCKS Silver, and whips him to ropes. Silver ducks ‘n’ dodges to UPPERCUT! Shane ends up in the Dark Order corner, and the Dark Order mugs him! The ref reprimands, all three back off, but then they TRIPLE BOOT Shane! Fans fire up as Silver tags Reynolds and he fires off on Shane in another corner. Shane shoves Reynolds away, but Reynolds comes back to clothesline!
Reynolds fires off more forearms, Shane shoves him again, and Shane catches Reynolds to a choke grip! But Reynolds ROCKS Shane, DROPKICKS, then runs. Reynolds ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Shane catches the crossbody! Shane pops Reynolds around but Reynolds fights free! Reynolds BOOTS Shane, but Henry sweeps the legs! The ref missed it, and Shane KNEES Reynolds down! Shane tags Henry in, they drag Reynolds up and they mug him. Fans boo as Henry mocks the #JoinDarkOrder claw. Reynolds ROCKS Henry but Henry knees him low! Henry rains down fists, drags Reynolds up, and whips him to the corner.
Henry forearm smashes, tag to JD, NECK TWIST to slingshot SENTON! JD mocks the Dark Order claw, then gives a thumbs up. Fans rally up for Reynolds but JD stands him up. Reynolds throws body shots, JD CLUBS and CHOPS Reynolds in return. JD brings Reynolds up again but Reynolds CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD kicks low, CHOPS back, and then runs in to SPLASH in the corner! Tag to Shane, Belly2Belly and a SPLASH! Cover, Uno breaks it! Shane is furious but Uno saves the match. Reynolds fights back with big forearms, but Shane DECKS him! Shane tags JD, JD BLASTS Uno and Silver, then CANNONBALLS Reynolds!
Fans rally, Shane coordinates with the Workhorsemen. They drag Reynolds up, JD helps Shane with the assisted LONDON TOWER! Henry goes up top and tags in, to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Reynolds survives and fans fire up! Henry stands on Reynolds’ leg, then he clamps on a chinlock. Reynolds endures, fights up, and fans fire up as Uno reaches out. Reynolds arm-drags free, Henry runs in but into an elbow! JD and Shane grab Reynolds, but Reynolds STUNNERS Shane! Reynolds dodges Henry, hot tag to Uno! Player One rallies on Henry & JD! CHOP and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP!
Henry kicks low, he and JD whip, but Uno comes back to BOOT JD, dodge Henry and SLAP him! Henry ends up in the corner, Uno stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Uno lets off at 4, but the fans fire up with him! Uno then runs corner to corner to LARIAT Henry! And then SPLASH in the corner, to a short arm LARIAT! Uno brings Henry back up, suplex, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, but Shane breaks it! Shane saves the match now, and he tags in. Uno CHOPS Shane! Shane ROCKS Uno! Uno shakes his head, CHOPS again, and eggs Shane on. Shane ROCKS Uno, Uno CHOPS Shane, repeat! Uno wags his finger!
Fans fire up as the two circle, Uno CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Shane JABS!! Uno stays up, spins, but into a HAYMAKER! Shane looms over Uno, tags in JD, and they coordinate. JD runs, Shane whips but Uno reverses, so the SHOTGUN BOOT hits Shane! Uno then ROLLING ELBOWS JD! Silver runs in to DIVING STOMP Shane from the apron! Uno hits a SKY HIGH on JD! Henry ENZIGURIS Uno, suplexes, but Uno wrenches out, STOMPS the hands and DECKS Henry! Tag to Reynolds, he and Uno get Henry up and Silver runs back in! PENDULUM BOMB!!
Reynolds sees JD running in, and sends him into a corner! They start up and complete the WOMBO COMBO!! Cover, Dark Order wins!!
Winners: The Dark Order, by pinfall
The fans cheer as these three stick together and win big! Will Players One, Three & Four not need Player Two to succeed?
Backstage interview with The Righteous & Stu Grayson.
But speaking of, Dasha is with Vincent, Dutch and the former Dark Order member. They saw that match just now, what are their thoughts? Dutch says “Their cruelty and brutality, that don’t impress me much. But y’know what? What’s been happening within The Dark Order for the past week or so, HAH! That’s my favorite sitcom!” Dutch asks what Stu thinks. Stu agrees, he wasn’t impressed by The Dark Order tonight. Stu knows how they are, and what they are. And right now, they are NOT the Dark Order who is willing to kick doors down.
And Vinnie says that what he thinks is, “What you gentlemen did was interesting, dig what I’m saying? But it wasn’t interesting enough to make me smile. And I can sense a little aggression in the Dark Order lately. But if you think what you did this week was bad. Please, please, gentlemen, please, I ask you, man… Tune in next week. Dig what I’m saying?” Is Vincent promising us that The Righteous, now with Stu by their side, will terrorize the Trios Division?
Six Man Tag: Action Andretti, AR Fox & Darius Martin VS The Trustbusters!
More trios hoping to climb the ranks are popping up and doing battle! The Sight to See, the Whole Fox’n Show and the Air Wolf assemble as a powerful air force, but will they be able to fly high over Sonny Kiss, Slim J & Jeeves Kay?
The trios sort out, Fox and Slim J uphold the Code of Honor, and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Slim wrenches and wristlocks but Fox handsprings out, handsprings in, then arm-drags Slim away! Fox fireman’s carries but Slim arm-drags free! Things speed up, Fox RANAS but Slim handsprings through. Things keep moving, Slim blocks a hip toss to RANA Fox out of the ring! Fans rally, Fox gets back in and he shoves Slim. Slim shoves back, they tie up, and Slim monkey flips to an ARMBAR! But Fox rolls back, gets free, keeps moving, and fakes out the hurdle to BOOT Slim! Then he suplexes, ANARCHY! Cover, ONE!!
Fox tags Darius, the two get Slim up to double back suplex, but Slim lands on his feet! Tag to Jeeves and he runs in, but Fox goes Matrix and Darius ENZIGURIS! Fox PELES, Action tags in, Darius UPPERCUTS Jeeves in the corner and Action GAMANGIRIS! They snapmare Jeeves, Fox KICKS him in the back and Action basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Jeeves survives the string but Action brings him up. Jeeves rakes Action’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Jeeves runs in but Action dodges the boot! Action SHOTGUNS Jeeves into buckles! Fans fire up and Action jumps up, SPLIT LEG- NO, Jeeves moves, but Action lands on his feet.
Action runs back in but Sonny pulls outta the way! Action POSTS himself! Jeeves then CLOBBERS Action on the return! Jeeves CHOKES Action, drags him up and tosses him to the apron. Jeeves has Action in the ropes to HOTSHOT him down! Tag to Sonny and fans fire up as Sonny drags Action back in. Sonny CLUBS away on Action, whips him to a corner, then goes corner to corner to handspring and SLAP! Fans fire up as Sonny swaggers, and then says “LOSER!” But Action BOOTS back! Action goes up, Sonny GAMANGIRIS back! Sonny trophy lifts! Fans cheer the strength and Sonny DROPS Action! Then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!
Sonny argues the count, then wraps on a chinlock. Sonny thrashes Action around, but fans rally as Action endures. Action fights up, throws body shots, but Sonny throws Action down by his hair! Sonny swaggers, runs, and SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Sonny argues the count again, then tags Slim. Slim CLOBBERS Action, then fires haymakers! Slim whips Action to the Trustbuster corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Action hits everyone with forearms, then rolls off Slim’s back to hot tag Darius! Fans fire up as Darius atomic drops Slim, fires off haymakers, then whips him to ropes.
Slim reverses but Darius CLOBBERS him in return! Darius blocks a kick, spins Slim around to pump handle FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Slim survives but fans rally behind Darius. Darius suplexes Slim, Slim slips free and has an inverted cravat! Slim tags Sonny, but then Darius JAWBREAKERS free! Sonny hits a SCREW HIGH KICK! Tag to Jeeves and the Trustbusters work together. Sonny & Jeeves lift Slim, and give Slim the boost into a SLICED BREAD! Jeeves goes up, FROG SPLASH! Cover, Fox breaks it! Fans fire up, Slim goes after Fox and whips. Fox springboards to FLYING CUTTER!
Sonny runs in but Fox ducks the Penalty Kick, and gives her a CUTTER! Jeeves is in the corner, Darius runs in to UPPERCUT! Tag to Action, he runs in to RAM into Jeeves! Darius ENZIGURIS, then Darius & Action double whip Jeeves, to scoop and DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Action’s team wins!
Winners: Action Andretti, AR Fox & Darius Martin, by pinfall
And that’s a wrap! Will Action, Fox & Darius soon find themselves aiming at the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions?
The Kingdom w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS El Cobarde & El Dragon!
Matt Bennett & Matt Taven are still fighting to prove they define ROH, but they still need to prove they’re worthy of a tag title opportunity. Will they get a shot at the Lucha Brothers by defeating these lucha amigos?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Taven starts against Cobarde. They circle, the two feel things out, and then Taven knees low. Taven whips Cobarde, Cobarde reverses but Taven handsprings over. Taven runs to springboard and arm-drag! But Cobarde comes back, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then handsprings and rolls. Taven gets annoyed, things keep going, Cobarde handsprings through the hip toss to DROPKICK! Taven scrambles away to the OGK corner and he tags Mike in. Dragon tags in and shows off with a fancy entrance and handspring. Fans cheer, but Mike says NO! That stuff’s for the kiddies! Mike wants Dragon to hit him like a man!
Dragon says okay, and he CHOPS! Mike nods, CHOPS in return, and fans “WOO~!” Dragon CHOPS, Mike CHOPS, they CHOP back and forth! Then they fire off forearms back and forth! Dragon gets the edge, SOBATS, and he stalks Mike to a corner. Dragon drags Mike up, but Mike is busted open! Mike staggers, Dragon whips, but Mike uses that to BLAST Cobarde! The ref checks Mike, but Taven uses that to CLOBBER Dragon! The Kingdom drag Dragon up, whip him to ropes, but Dragon jumps the lariats, and the sweep, to DOUBLE RANA! Fans fire up as the OGK bail out! Maria freaks out as Dragon TORNILLOS!
Taven takes the hit, Mike rebounds off ropes, BOSTON BAYONET! But then Cobarde FLIES to take Mike out! Fans fire up but Maria is shocked! The luchadores get Mike back in the ring, bloody as he is, and Dragon whips. Mike reverses, Taven returns to SUPERKICK! Mike ROLLING ELBOWS, Taven PURPLE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Dragon survives, Mike has a mask of his own with that blood, and he SUPERKICKS Cobarde down! Mike drags Dragon up, Taven climbs, BRAINBUSTER to FROG SPLASH FLOP! Dragon avoids the “Aurora Borealis” and he hot tags Cobarde!
Cobarde CFROSSBODIES Taven, DECKS Mike, and BOOTS Taven! Cobarde runs, Taven alley-oops him up and over, but Dragon tags back in! They dodge Taven, to double leap frog, drop and roll-up, into a shove and FLAPJACK CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Taven survives the Tres D and Dragon can’t believe it! Maria shouts to Mike to get up as Dragon brings Taven over. Tag to Cobarde, they stomp away and whip Taven corner to corner. Dragon runs in but Taven puts him on the apron. Taven dodges Cobarde’s splash to CLOBBER Dragon! Mike fireman’s carries Cobarde, DEATH VALLEY, and JUST THE TIP!!
But the OGK isn’t done there! They get Cobarde up, coordinate, PROTON PACK! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
Mike grins through the blood as he again says they are THE best tag team in ROH! If so, will the Kingdom get those titles off Pentagon y Rey Fenix?
The ROH Board of Directors walk back out.
Fans cheer as Tony, Stokely & Jerry return, and Tony says he has to say, in a matter of minutes, since first announcing this Board of Directors, things are going incredibly well. In a matter of minutes, Stokely came up with great cost saving ideas to save ROH a lot of money. Tony can’t implement most of them, such as the mass layoffs, that’s never a good idea. Stokely says those ideas are supposed to be confidential. But Tony does say there is a great idea in what he has planned for The Embassy. Could he elaborate more here?
Stokely says backstage, Andretti was popping off about how he beat Chris Jericho, as he always does. But because he is so confident, because he thinks he’s the man, next week we get Action Andretti VS The Mogul Embassy. And Stokely means ALL of them! Action VS Cage, Kaun, Liona, Nana, Nana’s cousins, what’s Tony say? Jerry whispers to Tony, and Tony says he thinks that is a great idea. But what about here next week in Orlando, it is the Embassy defending their ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions against Action, Darius & Fox! Stokely says that was the rest of his idea! You didn’t let him finish! Of course that’s where he was going with that.
Tony says okay, but there were some other interesting ideas. Like, no more luchadores on the show ever again. Hey, man, everyone has hits and everyone has misses, okay? That was a miss. Right, right, there is a book full of other great ideas. Stokely & Jerry are already great additions to the team, and Tony is excited for what they’re doing. And speaking of luchadores, a former ROH World Champion in Bandido’s brother is here, he is GRAVITY! And his opponent for tonight in a special main event, perhaps one of the best in the world, and one of the ROH World Tag Team Champions, it’s REY FENIX!
Fans fire up as the Firebird makes his way out, will he represent for the Lucha Brothers? Or will a brother of a luchador snatch himself a great win in his ROH debut?
Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Gravity!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and fans rally. The two circle, tie up, and Fenix wrangles Gravity right down into a Fujiwara! Then Fenix grabs the other arm, turns Gravity over for a backslide but Gravity slips free to cradle! TWO, and Fenix facelocks. Gravity fights up and trips Fenix to a cover, ONE! Fenix trips to cover, ONE! The two stand off and fans cheer. Fenix and Gravity circle, knuckle lock, and then Fenix kicks low to roll back and hook Gravity’s arms with his legs. Fenix makes Gravity do a headstand into the Humiliator Stretch, but Gravity pops free to a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Fenix sunset flips! TWO and the two stand off again!
Fans cheer as Fenix and Gravity reset. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock, but then Fenix trips Gravity! Things speed up, Gravity hurdles, Fenix leaps but Gravity kips up! Fenix runs in, Gravity dodges, but then goes slow-motion moon walk. Fenix runs in but Gravity dodges and arm-drags! Things keep moving, Gravity turns hip toss into RANA! Fenix flounders out of the ring while fans fire up, and Gravity builds speed. Fenix slides in to DROPKICK Gravity! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Fenix brings Gravity up and puts him in a corner. Fenix CHOPS and Gravity sits right down! Fans cheer and want that again!
Fenix nods and he brings Gravity up. Fenix bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS Gravity again! Gravity again sits right down and Fenix basement dropkicks him! Fenix drags Gravity to center, covers, TWO! Fenix SLIDING KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fenix drags Gravity into a body scissor, a ground octopus, but Gravity rolls! Fenix sits on Gravity’s arm to trap it and Gravity’s head, and then he has an ANKLE LOCK! Gravity endures, claws at Fenix, but Fenix shifts to a wristlock! Gravity flails, fights up, and Fenix CHOPS Gravity against the ropes! Gravity flops over and fans fire up again. Fenix drags Gravity up, suplexes, but Gravity cradle counters, TWO!
Fenix SUPERKICKS Gravity to a corner! Fenix storms up on Gravity to CHOP! Fenix whips corner to corner, runs in, but blocks Gravity’s boots. Fenix puts Gravity in the ropes but Gravity slips out to the apron to BOOT Fenix after all! Fans fire up as Fenix staggers, and Gravity slingshots up and around to then arm-drag Fenix out of the ring! Fans fire up and Gravity runs, goes up the ropes, and FLIES! The crossbody hits at the ropes and fans fire up for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Gravity and Fenix rise, Gravity puts Fenix in the ring, and then he goes up a corner. Fans rally, Gravity aims as Fenix stirs, but Fenix gets up first!
Gravity jumps up and over Fenix, Fenix comes back but into a POWERSLAM! Gravity kips up and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fenix is still in this but Gravity keeps on him. Gravity reels Fenix in but Fenix shoves him away. Fenix wrenches, Gravity switches and torture racks, for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and fans rally up. Fenix crawls to one corner, Gravity goes to the opposite. Gravity runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Gravity comes back but Fenix dodges and comes back to JUMP SOBAT! Fenix snapmares Gravity, runs, tilt-o-whirls, and he has an IRON OCTOPUS!
Gravity endures, Fenix shifts around, BOW ‘N’ ARROW RACK! Spin and FACEBUSTER! Into the ghost pin, TWO!! Fenix can’t believe it but the fans rally up again. Fenix goes to a corner, Gravity rises, and Fenix somersaults. Gravity catches Fenix in a waistlock! Fenix fires elbows, breaks free to switch, but Gravity fights the lift now! Gravity victory rolls, TWO! Fenix has it now, TWO! Both men get up, Fenix rolls Gravity up, TWO! Fenix keeps moving, Gravity ducks the roundhouse to roll him up! TWO! But Gravity holds on, to deadlift Fenix up, for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and fans fire up again!
Gravity goes to ropes and the fans rally. Gravity goes to a corner, Fenix rolls to the other end. Gravity storms over to climb up that corner, then DIVING FLOPS! Fenix avoids disaster, then TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Gravity survives and fans fire up again! Fenix drags Gravity up, wrenches and fireman’s carries, but Gravity CRUCIFIX DRIVERS!! Cover, TWO!??! Gravity almost had Fenix, but fans know “This is Awesome!” Gravity and Fenix rise again, and Gravity BUZZSAWS! He eggs Fenix on and BUZZSAWS again! Fenix CHOPS in return!! Fans fire up again and Fenix eggs Gravity on now.
Gravity CHOPS, but Fenix CHOPS! Gravity CHOPS, and Fenix sputters. Fenix CHOPS again! Fenix fires forearms, shouts “ANIMO!” but Gravity fires forearms in return! Gravity runs, into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER!! Fenix hurries to fireman’s carry, BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! Cover, Fenix wins!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
A red hot main event of luchadores, and The Immortal Firebird defied Gravity to pull off the win! Fenix sees Leon St. Giovanni in the timekeeper’s area and shakes his hand before he shakes Gravity’s hand to keep the Code of Honor. Will Gravity and his brother, Bandido, look to be another pair of lucha brothers fighting in the ROH Tag Division? Will Fenix and his brother continue to dominate?
A great ROH here, and I do appreciate that they’re managing to keep ROH at that two hour mark. Consistency is the first step to elevating ROH past Elevation. And really, we only got two matches that were just because. Willie Mack VS Dralistico was great stuff, and I was a little surprised Mack lost. But I think Dralistico won because LFI needs momentum to stay alive in AEW and ROH after their other losses, such as the Texas Tornado Tag on Dynamite last night. Moriarty VS Garrison was also a great match, especially Griff getting a good showing in his return. But Moriarty winning makes sense, he’s been doing well in ROH and deserves to keep doing well.
Good opener from Fletcher VS Daniels, good win for Fletcher. Good following match from Sydal VS Clayton and of course Sydal won. Of course Sydal called out Joe, and of course that match gets made. Joe will win, of course, to further his TV Champion VS TV Champion story with Zack Sabre Jr. Really good stuff in the Trios Division tonight. Good win from The Dark Order, and good promo from The Righteous & Stu to call them out. But this booking is already feeling like Tony Khan brand backwards, just as he’s done with Starks VS JAS and Starks VS Bullet Club Gold. But I guess that means one day, we’re getting Dark Order VS Stu & Righteous the rematch.
Meanwhile, of course the Embassy wins the Proving Ground match, and we got a great match out of Action, Fox & Darius VS Trustbusters. And I suppose it makes a lot of sense for Action, Fox & Darius to now step up and challenge The Embassy for the titles. I don’t think Action, Fox & Darius win, but it would be awesome if they did because that’d show us ROH TV matters. Titles changing hands on weekly TV shows us weekly TV matters. I mean, fans are paying to watch this on Honor Club, so technically, this is PPV programming and that should mean cool things like title changes happens.
Now, as I say that, obviously Willow wasn’t losing her title. That’s a NJPW title, it isn’t changing hands unless it’s on a NJPW show. But Rachael Ellering got a great showing tonight, maybe she’ll get a push in ROH. Good match from Mercedes and Vert, and Mercedes wins because one, she’s building momentum in her return to ROH, and two, she now has momentum going into Rampage’s Fatal 4 Way match. Mercedes isn’t winning that Fatal 4, it’s going to be Britt Baker to go after Toni Storm per the Outcasts VS Homegrown story. And Kiera got a good win over Robyn, and as made clear by Athena attacking her, we’re getting a rematch of those two. Can’t be sure Kiera wins, she touched the belt and that’s usually a jinx.
I’m a little surprised Tony Khan is taking ROH down the on-air management road, but maybe Stokely and Jerry are going to actually take ROH off Tony’s workload. They did have a funny bit in their second promo, though, with Stokely quickly being established as the greedy corporate Heel who doesn’t understand what the fans like and dislike, just what he likes and dislikes. But great matches to wrap up the show with all the lucha libre. Kingdom wins, of course, to stay strong in the tag division, but WOW did Mike get bloody. And great stuff out of Fenix and Gravity, though they had an awful cut to the crowd when Gravity hit that facebuster. That particular part of the crowd did not care, it was obvious on their face, and how did they not edit that out?
My Score: 8.6/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/7/23)
On the road to Collision!
Dynamite brings out the gold!
AEW Dynamite lands in Colorado Springs, and Kris Statlander defends her TBS Championship against Anna Jay A.S! Will Kris still be the Galaxy’s Greatest?
- AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Swerve Strickland; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
- Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Chaos; The BCC wins.
- Texas Tornado Tag: #JungleHook VS La Faccion Ingobernable; JungleHook wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Daman Ace; Takeshita wins.
- AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Anna Jay A.S; Kris wins and retains the title.
- Ricky Starks VS Jay White; White wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Swerve Strickland w/ The Mogul Embassy!
The Freshly Squeezed fighting champion survived Double or Nothing’s 20 VS 1 odds, but now he has to deal with The Mogul 1v1! Will Cassidy still be carrying the gold in his backpack? Or will that title be going to whose house? Swerve’s house!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Cassidy survives once again!
The bell rings and the fans rally for Freshly Squeezed. Swerve is annoyed by that, but he and Cassidy circle. Swerve tells Cassidy to go ahead, do what you do. Cassidy puts his hands in his pockets! Then he dodges a boot, but Swerve reels him in. Cassidy ducks the elbow to no-hands arm-drag! But Swerve handsprings through! Fans fire up and then things speed up. Cassidy hurdles, Swerve blocks the flip to drag Cassidy up. Cassidy fights the nelson with elbows, runs, but Swerve side steps and ducks the leap! Fans fire up as swerve kips up and stares Cassidy down. Cassidy stays by the ropes and Swerve is annoyed.
Swerve eggs Cassidy on, Cassidy comes back, they tie up, and Swerve trips Cassidy. Cover, ONE, but Swerve facelocks. Cassidy rolls, covers, TWO, and Swerve headscissors. Cassidy is down, ONE, and Swerve chinlocks. Cassidy scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, but then Swerve hooks Cassidy’s legs away! Swerve rolls Cassidy to a mounted armlock! Fans rally, Swerve wrenches that arm, but Cassidy fights up. Cassidy reaches for ropes but Swerve keeps him from them. Swerve cranks the wristlock but Cassidy rolls, stays put, then rolls back to roll and wrench and hook Swerve up into a Lazy Octopus!
Fans cheer while Swerve endures and fights his way to ropes. But Cassidy goes after the arm now! Cassidy bends the fingers, but Swerve fights to reach for ropes. Cassidy pops around to RANA Swerve, and he runs, to tilt-o-whirl but no DDT! Swerve and Cassidy stare down, Swerve runs in, and Cassidy dumps him out! Fans fire up, but Swerve mocks Cassidy by putting hands in “pockets!” Cassidy runs up but Swerve CLOBBERS him! Swerve TOSSES Cassidy into railing, and then high-fives Prince Nana. Swerve drags Cassidy up, gets the bad arm and SLAMS it against the post! And again! Cassidy clutches his hand while Nana applauds.
Swerve pushes Cassidy into the ring, CLUBS him, ROCKS him, then drags him up. Swerve whips corner to corner, UPPERCUTS him, and Cassidy falls! Fans are torn between the two as Swerve drags Cassidy back up. Swerve whips corner to corner, Cassidy goes up, but Swerve catches him to an Electric Chair! But Cassidy uses that to RANA Swerve out, only for Swerve to hold on! But then Cassidy RANAS again and Swerve hits railing! Fans are thunderous for Cassidy as he gets back into the ring! Cassidy builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into railing! Cassidy puts Swerve back in, fans rally up, and he climbs the corner!
Cassidy leaps, CROSSBODY, but he bounces off the cover. Cassidy goes to run but Swerve reels him back, but then Cassidy keeps Swerve from running. Swerve breaks free with a leg, and ROCKS Cassidy with a right! Swerve drags Cassidy up, whips him to a corner, but Cassidy tumbles up and out! Cassidy blocks a punch but Swerve blocks a buckle bump. Swerve CHOPS Cassidy, climbs up the ropes and drags Cassidy up to join him. Fans rally as Swerve throws haymakers. Cassidy counters, but Swerve counters back! They fight for control, and they both HOTSHOT off the top buckle! Fans fire up while Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Nana coaches up Swerve, but both he and Cassidy stir. Both men rise, they storm up to each other, and Cassidy RAMS Swerve into railing! Cassidy brings Swerve around, and he RAMS Swerve back into the railing! Nana is furious but Cassidy brings Swerve up and into the ring. Swerve distracts the ref so Nana can yank Cassidy down! Cassidy glares at Nana and Nana backs off, but Swerve BOOTS Cassidy down! Swerve goes out after Cassidy, puts him in the ring, and climbs up the corner, for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Swerve cocky covers, TWO! Swerve scowls, stalks Cassidy to a corner, and CLUBS him on the back!
Swerve drags Cassidy from the corner, drops an ax handle, then clamps on a chinlock. Cassidy endures as Swerve leans on him and chicken wings an arm. Swerve chinbars, as well, but Cassidy fights the hold. Fans rally as Cassidy fights up to his feet, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Swerve throws a body shot! Swerve half nelsons, Cassidy throws elbows! Cassidy is free, and he ROCKS Swerve! And ROCKS him again! And again! Nana claims closed fist but Swerve BOOTS Cassidy! Swerve talks trash, pie faces, rolls, but into a SUPERKICK! Cassidy goes for an Alabama Lift but the back hurts him!
Swerve WRINGS Cassidy, gator rolls him and suplexes, but Cassidy STUN DOG MILLIONAIRES! Swerve wobbles, rebounds, HOUSE- NO, Cassidy avoids the House Call! Cassidy runs, but Swerve somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Cassidy and Swerve stir as the fans rally up. They flounder towards each other, Swerve drags Cassidy up, and Swerve throws body shots. Swerve talks trash, but Cassidy “hits” back. Swerve says okay, and he fires off more hard body shots! Swerve talks more trash but Cassidy fires more “heavy” hands. Swerve swings, into a backslide! TWO!!
Cassidy reels Swerve in, gets around him, and tilt-o-whirls to DDT! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but Cassidy goes to the corner. Cassidy climbs, but Swerve bails out of the ring. Cassidy sighs, adjusts position, but Swerve throws a body shot! Fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Cassidy writhes, Swerve goes up the corner, and Swerve takes aim… But Cassidy scoots away! Fans cheer but Swerve hops down to storm up, but into a BOOT from Cassidy! And another! And a SUPERKICK! Swerve wobbles, Cassidy runs in, DDT to the floor!! Cassidy drags Swerve up and in while fans lose their minds!
Swerve flounders, Cassidy climbs, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives another drop but Cassidy shakes his head. Fans fire up as Cassidy throws off the elbow pad! Cassidy loads up, runs in, but Swerve pops Cassidy up, only for Cassidy to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy’s bad hand kept him from holding that cover! Nana distracts Cassidy and the ref, fans boo, but Cassidy loads up. Swerve runs in, but Cassidy dodges to send him into Nana! Down goes Nana, ORANGE PUNCH for Swerve! BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO?!? Swerve survives and no one can believe it! Swerve flops out of the ring while Cassidy thinks of what to do.
Cassidy grits his teeth, “This is Awesome!” as he builds speed to DIVE! But Swerve catches him, to suplex, BRAINBUSTER to the floor!! Cassidy flops against the apron but Swerve puts him into the ring. Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for this amazing opener! Swerve aims, runs in, but still no House Call! Ghost pin! TWO!! Cassidy rises, Swerve fakes him out to kick the legs out, then HOUSE CALL!! Swerve hurries up top, for the KILL STOMPS!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Cassidy survives and Colorado Springs is electric! Swerve is going out of his mind but he drags Cassidy back up! Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but Swerve half nelsons!
Swerve lifts, J- NO, victory roll! Swerve rolls it back with pants! TWO, and Cassidy has the victory roll again, also with tights! CASSIDY WINS!
Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)
Swerve is completely at a loss! He tried to cheat but it comes back to bite him! But The Mogul Embassy rushes into the ring to beat up on Cassidy! Fans boo as Nana, Liona, Kaun & Cage all stomp away, and even CHOKE Cassidy! Wait, the lights just went out! Because it’s STIIIIIING! And Darby Allin, too! The Relentless Icons are in the ring, the Embassy is on the retreat! Will Darby & Sting help Freshly Squeezed get past the Mogul Embassy’s numbers game?
AEW hears from tonight’s main eventers.
Jay White tells Ricky Starks, “Let me be honest with you. You have a lot of things going for you. You’re charismatic, you have everything it takes to reach the top of this business. That’s coming from me, so you know that those words mean something.” But The Absolute tells The Switchblade, “Whatever you did in the past doesn’t matter tonight. I’m gonna expose you for who you are.” White says that Starks has to look past his own ego that has grown out of control, to see that the man standing across from him in the ring tonight is going to show him just how out of his depth he is tonight.
Starks says he IS Absolute, and that is what White is gonna get and gonna understand. Starks is a man without boundaries! But White says this is absolutely still the Switchblade Era. With no one else allowed ringside, will these two finally settle the score once and for all?
Bryan Danielson is here!
The American Dragon already has big plans for Forbidden Door as he challenged The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada! AEW has a highlight reel of the “once in a lifetime” professional wrestler that is Okada, and replays some of Bryan’s promo from NJPW Dominion. “For the last 10 years, I’ve heard people talk about how great you are. How you’re the best wrestler of this generation. And I’ve also heard in interviews, that you said you wanna wrestle me. […] You wanna wrestle Bryan Danielson?” Okada’s response is that at Forbidden Door, we will see who is the REAL best in the world. Bryan says, “You’re good. I know you’re good. But I am the litmus test of ‘great.'”
Bryan says Okada calls himself the Rainmaker, but “When you step in the ring with me, you’re going into the EFFING DESERT! And there ain’t gonna be no rain.” Bryan now joins commentary as it is announced officially: Bryan VS Okada at Forbidden Door 2023! Okada was called a “once in a lifetime” wrestler in that video, but Bryan is also once in a lifetime! What happens when these two generational talents collide in Canada?
Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Chaos!
Speaking of Bryan and Okada, each of their allies are battling here tonight! Will Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta use #DeathJitsu to destroy Trent Beretta, Chuck Taylor & Rocky Romero?
As soon as the BCC hops the railing, Chuck CHUCKS a chair at Moxley! And then Rocky CROSSBODIES Claudio from the corner! Chuck kicks Yuta, CLUBS away on him, he and Rocky put Yuta on the corner for Trent! Trent gets Yuta up to SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up and the bell rings, Chuck goes after Yuta! Bryan is actually impressed, because “this is what you have to do against us.” Chuck hits a PILEDRIVER! Cover, Claudio breaks it! Claudio stomps Chuck, Moxley storms in to also stomp, and then Moxley throws Chuck by his hair! The ref reprimands, Moxley and Claudio go to the corner, Yuta tags Claudio in.
Claudio fires off forearms on Chuck while Moxley talks trash. Claudio stomps Chuck down, tags Moxley back in, and they hoist Chuck up, but Trent trips Yuta to RAM him into railing! That throws Moxley off, Rocky DROPKICKS Moxley! Chuck fights free, Claudio ROCKS him with a forearm while Rocky FLYING KNEES Moxley! Chuck throws Claudio out to then FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! The fans are thunderous as Chaos regroups, and they all HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Moxley returns, but Trent feeds him to an UPPERCUT! SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! And then Chuck fires off hands!
Chuck ROCKS Moxley, runs, but Yuta hooks a leg! The ref reprimands but Moxley hits a CUTTER! Moxley tags Claudio, then Claudio tags Yuta. Yuta and Claudio coordinate, for a HART ATTACK, to DOUBLE STOMPS! The BCC flexes, Yuta covers but the ref is busy with Trent. TWO, and Yuta is upset, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Yuta keeps Chuck down with a knee in the back and pulling on the arms. Chuck endures the motorcycle stretch, but Yuta shifts it to a full nelson. Yuta pushes Chuck to the corner. Claudio tags in, and they mug Chuck. Claudio stomps Chuck, grinds him down, and Moxley tags in to stomp Chuck. Moxley throws forearms, runs in to clothesline at the corner, then he CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Chuck ROCKS and CHOPS in return! Molxey pokes Chuck in the eyes! The ref reprimands but Moxley brings Chuck up to tag in Yuta. HALF HATCH to SENTON! Yuta covers, TWO! Yuta clamps onto Chuck and wrenches an arm.
Yuta grinds the arm, Chuck fights up and throws forearms. Chuck runs but Yuta CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! Claudio tags in to clamp onto Chuck with a chinlock. Claudio keeps Chuck from the Chaos corner, grinds Chuck down with a half nelson, but Chuck fights up. Chuck stands up, throws body shots, and reaches for his corner. But Claudio gut wrench SUPLEXES! Tag to Yuta, he taunts the fans, then swings on Chuck, only for Chuck to COMPLETE SHOT! Fans rally as Dynamite returns to single picture. Chuck reaches out, Yuta reels him in, but Chuck elbows Yuta away! Yuta rewinds, gets around, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!
Chuck goes to a corner, Yuta runs in, into a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! Hot tags to Trent and Moxley! Trent SPEARS Moxley and rains down fists! They get up, Trent gest around, SAIDO! Moxley flounders up but Trent CHOPS him! And ROCKS and CHOPS, repeat! Trent whips, Moxley KICKS back! Rocky tags in, goes up, and CROSSBODIES! Direct hit but Yuta is in! Rocky dodges, RANAS Yuta, but Claudio CLUBS Rocky! Claudio fires forearms, whips, but Rocky RANAS Claudio, too! Moxley runs in to kick low! Moxley runs, but Trent returns, DOUBLE JUMP KNEE from RPG Vice! Trent puts Moxley on the ropes for Rocky to GUILLOTINE STOMP!
Trent runs to SLIDING KNEE! Rocky covers, TWO!! Moxley survives but Bryan says that cover wasn’t gonna work anyway. RPG Vice coordinate, Alabama Lift and Rocky goes up. But Yuta yanks Rocky down! Moxley turns things around on Trent, GOTCH PILE- NO, Trent fights it! Chuck goes up, STRONG ZERO!!! Cover, Claudio breaks it! Claudio UPPERCUTS Chuck, but Trent dumps Claudio out! Rocky tags back in, SOBATS Moxley, then cravats. SLICED- NO, Moxley powers out! Rocky RAMS Moxley to a corner, DIABLA ARMBAR!! Claudio hurries up but Trent CLOBBERS him!
Trent goes up, aims, ASAI MOONSAULT into an UPPERCUT!! Claudio takes out Trent, Moxley fights out of Rocky’s armbar to BULLY CHOKE!! Chuck runs in but Yuta intercepts with a BUSAIKU KNEE! And then HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Moxley shifts, REAR NAKED CHOKE! Rocky taps, the BCC wins!!
Winners: Blackpool Combat Club, by submission
Yuta keeps firing down elbows!! The ref tells him to stop but the BCC says keep going. Yuta lets off finally, all fired up, and the BCC applauds their young protégé. Will The BCC soon tear up everyone in AEW, ROH and NJPW at the Forbidden Door?
The Elite are backstage.
Specifically, Hangman Page & The Young Bucks. Matt Jackson asks Brandon Cutler if they’re live, and yes they are. Okay, so everyone can see them on the big screen, right? And Bryan, hey, since you’re on commentary, “Wassup, pricks?” Hangman tells BCC that was a great, great match. Didn’t see it, but it sounded great. And not to be sentimental, but they’re going to be in Washington, DC next week, the place where Dynamite began. “And speaking of beginning, if you thought Anarchy in the Arena was the end of us, it was only the beginning.” They’re making a challenge for a trios match! Can they do it without Bryan and Takeshita? The choice is yours.
Bryan says the BCC never runs from a fight. Challenge accepted! DC was the first ever AEW Dynamite, it was the first time The Elite was on live weekly television. So guess what? Next week in DC, it will be their last. Will DC be the last ride of The Elite?
AEW looks at another Forbidden Door dream match.
Kenny Omega once told Will Ospreay, “364 days a year, you’re a better wrestler than me. But it only takes one to be a champion.” Highlights from WrestleKingdom earlier this year show Kenny Omega winning back the IWGP United States Championship as he dethroned the Commonwealth Kingpin. Will Ospreay said this is about sacrifice, and he has sacrificed more than enough to get where he is today. “Do I have to effing sacrifice more?” Ospreay fought his way through a #1 contenders tournament in Japan to become Omega’s next challenger, and he wants Omega to remember him. Ospreay is back for revenge!
Omega doesn’t lose big matches, but Ospreay is not settling for anything less than getting back that US Championship for himself. Who will leave Toronto with that title?
MJF is here!
Colorado Springs cheer and jeer the AEW World Heavyweight Champion, who has just now hit day 200 in his title reign. MJF of course has them cut his music, and he is sure the people here in “Crapshoot, Colorado” have smoked their brains out by now, but when a champ is holding the mic, you druggies keep your mouths shut! When MJF was told he was contractually obligated to show up here, he almost offed himself. There is not a more boring place in the world! Colorado sucks! Fans boo but he reminds them. he’s talking, it’s not that complicated. Fans still boo. “But if anybody knows about being bored, it’s me. Because there is no competition for me in this company!”
That is because- Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but MJF says their mamas swallow. “NOBODY is on the level of the Devil!” But here comes Adam Cole! Fans fire up as the Undisputed One heads to the ring, “BOOM!” MJF smirks as Cole gets in the ring, and then he cuts the music off before the BAYBAY. Fans boo MJF more, but Cole smirks now. Fans call MJF a POS, and then MJF says, “Well if it isn’t Adam Cole Baybay. Y’know what? I’m not even gonna lie to you, I’m excited. I don’t know about you people, but finally! Some worthy competition for the champ, huh?” Fans do cheer that.
MJF isn’t even being facetious, because he really is a big fan of Adam Cole’s. No, seriously! Seriously! Guys, again, he’s holding the mic, c’mon. But when CM Punk up and left MJF when he was a kid, he thought his fandom of pro-wrestling was over. But then he turned on TV, flipped the channels a bit, and he came across some little show called “Ring of Honor.” Do people know about ROH? Fans boo so MJF takes that as a no, as opposed to them not liking his mockery of ROH. Well, MJF isn’t gonna lie, he agrees that ROH sucks. “It was filled with a bunch of indie jabronies that had no right being on my TV.
“And just as I was about to change the channel again, out walked a guy with slick, jet black hair, icy blue eyes, cool jacked tan, calm, cool, collected. Incredible in the ring, perfection on the microphone. And that man was you, Adam Cole. I was instantly hooked. I mean, genuinely, instantly hooked. And when I started training to become a pro-wrestler I got as much of your tape as I could get my hands on. I watched you all the way to your days in CZW, where you won championship gold. I watched you go to every single top independent and become the hottest free agent in the world. And then, I watched you go down to Florida, and shock the system.”
MJF says Cole was so good, he was Shawn Michaels’ handpicked guy! He was so good, he became the greatest world champion in the history of that company, and that is undisputed. Get it? Fans chant “MARK! MARK! MARK!” at MJF but he’ll proudly take it! He was a mark for Cole! Because Cole was that good! MJF followed in Cole’s footsteps! He went to CZW, where he won gold. He became a top name in the indies, and then he signed to AEW. Deep down, MJF knew Cole would make the jump, and when he did, they’d have the rivalry of a lifetime. Two generational talents: MJF VS Adam Cole BAYBAY!
But then… this guy shows up. “What happened to you, man? You used to be the Panama Playboy. Now, you’re the Panama Gameboy. You sit at home behind your computer, playing Twitch, hiding from the sun, looking like a virgin Gollum… Meanwhile, Britt Baker keeps leaving the house with your balls firmly in her purse. And to make matters worse, bud, didn’t you used to have the body and the physique of a world champion? Now, no offense, you’re so frail, you make crack whores jealous.” Fans boo but MJF says Cole isn’t hitting the same way he used to. He sees what they all say online: It’s not Cole’s fault, the company is simply not showcasing him properly.
To those people, MJF says you don’t have a gaddam clue what you’re talking about! This company has done everything in its power to make Cole cool: lights, music, shirts, matches, Britt, their own reality show! Y’know what they do to make MJF cool? They ring the freakin’ bell! Cole smirks as MJF asks, “Sound familiar?” MJF recaps his matches: greatest singles dog collar match of all time; greatest Ironman match of all time; greatest Fatal 4 Way of all time; the world champion, the best pro-wrestler on God’s Green Earth! MJF has beaten every single top guy the fans thought were on his level. What makes Cole think he’ll be any different?
And before Cole answers that, MJF read a “nasty little rumor” about Cole online. MJF read that the reason Cole made the jump here was because a certain individual at the top didn’t think Cole had top guy potential. And that individual was Vince McMahon. Fans boo Vince, rightfully so, but MJF says he’s a big fan of that guy. MJF heard that rumor, he thought the old man had finally lost his marbles. How could you not see “top guy” in Adam Cole? But to be honest, now that he’s eye to eye with Cole in his ring, MJF has to admit… Vince was right! Fans boo but Cole still smirks back at MJF.
Cole takes a step back to get a mic of his own. Fans cheer and Cole says, “Really? Was that the best you’ve got? This is the great MJF, the guy who verbally destroys people on the microphone. Instead, you’re coming off like a toxic social media troll. Now, there’s a ton of things I could comment on. First and foremost, I’m gonna brush over the Britt part, because I’m pretty sure she can beat the hell outta you. But what exactly is your obsession with other people’s relationships? Like, first it was Bryan, now it’s me. I understand your fiancée left you, and you can’t hold a relationship like your life depended on it, but c’mon.”
And truth be told, Cole finally figured it out: MJF is world class, at being a douchebag. Fans echo “DOUCHEBAG! DOUCHEBAG!” And oh wow, how could we not talk about Cole’s body? Like he’s never heard that before. Y’know why MJF brings that up? Because of Cole’s body of work. The matches he’s had, the interviews he’s done, the world title reigns he’s had. Max, get real, you can’t touch Cole. But! If MJF really, really wants to go down this road, here’s an idea. Let’s both go backstage, piss in some cups, and we see who is natural and who’s not. OH, you don’t wanna do that? Yeah, Cole thought so.
Cole understands MJF studied Cole’s career, but they are nothing alike! For 15 years, Cole has traveled the world, shared locker room after locker room, this one included, and those boys ‘n’ girls in the back respect Cole. Cole knows that he’s been a bad guy in the past, but as a wrestler and a man, they all respect him, the human being that is Adam Cole. MJF on the other hand, Cole isn’t sure how to make this any more clear. Cole swears on his life that there is not a single person back there who does respect MJF. If MJF asked if they respect him, they’d laugh in his face! They all think he’s selfish, conceited, lazy, does the bare minimum to collect a paycheck and hold onto that title.
Max, Cole speaks for himself, everyone else on the roster, and a whole hell of a lot people in the audience when he says, NO ONE respects you! MJF frowns and fans chat “NO RESPECT! NO RESPECT!” MJF says, “Oh, no! You guys don’t respect me? How about I cry into all my money about it? By the way, that’s an awful lot of tough talk coming from Keith Lee’s manager.” Cole laughs because there it is! Of course MJF has to create a false narrative to hide from how he’s such a coward of a champion. If MJF were a real champion, he’d tell Cole to shut his mouth and fight. But MJF isn’t doing that, because he IS a coward!
Fans chant “COW~ARD! COW~ARD!” now, and Cole says it isn’t worth it. Cole knows he is wasting his breath. All of this will go over MJF’s head. So if MJF remembers anything from tonight, remember this: “You won’t fight me, because I’m better than you, and THEY know it!” MJF is pissed and he keeps Cole from leaving! You don’t turn your back on MJF!! MJF will wrestle Cole any day of the week and beat his ass!! Fans fire up and Cole smiles again. “Atta boy, champ. Looks like we got ourselves a match.” Cole tops it off with the BAYBAY, because he just got MJF to take the bait. Will MJF finally see who is really the best in AEW?
The Hardy Party speaks backstage.
Matt Hardy says these events must be documented! Everyone knows the OG Hardy Party, but please welcome their newest member, and Matt’s new employee, Ethan Page. All Ego walks in and Jeff says Ethan is a talented man. He just needs to use his ego for good. A few weeks ago, Ethan talked about him and Kassidy as #TheMoanEvent, Jeff was hooked. Matt says speaking of, Ethan owes Kassidy an apology. Really? Right now? Yes! You hurt Kassidy, apologize to him. Ethan says, “Sorry.” Matt wants him to be more genuine. Ethan says he is sorry, and he offers a handshake. Kassidy accepts.
Matt says when The Firm had him under contract, they made his life hell. But that is not what Matt is going to do. he is going to make Ethan into a better man. He sees potential in Ethan, they just have to get rid of that ego. Ethan has a wife and kids, and so much talent. When it is all said and done, he will be a better man. Kassidy says it’ll also be a lot of fun. AHN~! Will Ethan be able to find redemption thanks to the Hardy Boyz?
Texas Tornado Tag: #JungleHook VS La Faccion Ingobernable!
So what if this is Colorado? Things are about to get Wild Wild West as this Texas Tornado throws out the need to tag in or out, and it throws out all the other rules! Will Jack Perry and the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil throw out Dralistico & Preston Vance like trash? Or will LFI no longer wait for opportunities and take matters into their own hands?
Speaking of not waiting, LFI attacks while JungleHook finishes their entrance! The bell rings, the brawl is on, and Vance puts Hook in the ring while Dralistico RAMS JB into steel steps! Vance drags Hook up, Dralistico puts JB in, but JB JAWBREAKERS and Hook drop toeholds! JB dropkicks Vance, SPLASHES Dralistico, and then feed to Hook’s SAYANAGI! JungleHook high-five and fans fire up. JB drags Dralistico up, but Jose throws in the green cable and even has a steel chain! Hook storms up to Jose to back him down while JB throws hands on Dralistico. Jose baits Hook in and Vance CLOBBERS Hook!
Fans boo as Perro Peligroso raises the LFI fist. JB is distracted, and Darlistico LASHES JB with the green cable! And then Vance gets the chain! Dralistico keeps LASHING JB, and then he CHOKES him! Vance wraps his fist in the chain, runs up on Hook, but Hook dumps him out over the railing! Hook goes out after Vance to fire off haymakers! JB endures being choked while Hook mugs Vance in front of the back section! Fans count along as Hook CLUBS away on Vance’s chest! Dralistico stops choking JB, Hook shoves Vance over, and now JB CHOKES Dralistico! And he rips at the mask!
Vance CLOBBERS Hook! JB stomps Darlistico, Dynamite goes picture in picture as Vance CHOPS Hook!
JB LASHES Dralistico in return! Then drags him up to whip him corner to corner. Dralistico reverses to then SPLASH JB in the corner! Hook brawls with Vance, gets the edge with a flurry of forearms, and Dralistico runs to SUPERKICK JB in the corner! Hook KNEES Vance low, and again, and then SMACKS him with a trash can! Dralistico brings out a TABLE while Hook puts the trash can on Vance. Hook then SMACKS the can with a chair! Jose helps Dralistico set up the table ringside, and Vance RAMS Hook into barriers! Vance fires off hands and stomps, then brings Hook along the way.
JB fights Dralistico, but Dralistico CLUBS JB down. Dralistico CHOPS JB against railing! Hook fights back against Vance and JB turns things around to CHPO Dralistico! Dralistico turns things back around to CHOP JB! Hook and Vance brawl up the bleachers! Anyone getting flashbacks to Anarchy in the Arena? Dralistico and Jose set up another table! Vance RAMS Hook into a handrail! JB CLUBS Dralistico, CLUBS him more, and even he can see Vance and Hook going to the upper deck! Vance CHOPS Hook against railing! But JB suplexes Dralistico for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Jose throws a shirt at JB, but JB chases the assistant off. Vance and Hook start making their way down the bleachers now, and JB drags Dralistico up. Dralistico kicks, KNEES, and SCREW HIGH KICKS! JB ends up in ropes, Dralistico ROCKS him! JB is now stuck in the ropes, and Dralistico goes up the corner. Dynamite returns to single picture as Dralistico aims, leaps, APRON WOE STOMPS!! Vance brings Hook back to ringside, CHOKING him with the chain! But Hook TOSSES Vance over railing! Now Hook has that chain! Hook wraps that around his fist, leaps in, FULL METAL HAYMAKER! Fans are thunderous and Hook soaks it all up.
Hook stalks Vance, brings him to the tables, and Vance is busted open! Blood pours on Hook as Vance ELBOWS away on him! Vance RAMS Hook into railing, then into more railing! And then JB DIVES, but Vance catches him! Vance whips, JB reverses, and Vance hits railing! Dralistico goes up to CROSSBODY JB! LFI regroups, Vance with a crimson mask already, and LFI double whip Hook into railing! Fans are losing their minds over just how much is pouring from Vance’s face, but Vance keeps raining down fists on Hook! Vance and Dralistico stand Hook up, bring him around, but Hook fights back!
Hook hits an EXPLODER to send Dralistico flying! Vance leans against railing while Hook puts Dralistico in the ring. Hook comes back, but Vance DISCUS LARIATS Hook down!! Vance grabs the steel chain that busted him open to CHOKE Hook with it, and then drag him into the ring. Vance stands Hook up on the apron to CHOKE him more!! Fans rally for Hook as he endures, but he’s fading! Vance steps out to the apron to join Hook, but JB runs in to SMACK Vance with the chair!! And Hook T-BONE SUPLEXES Vance through the tables!! Both men are down and fans lose their minds all over again!!
JB has Dralistico in the ring, DDT on the chair!! Cover, but Jose breaks it! Jose throws off his shirt, feeling like a real tough guy right now. But JB glares at Jose, and Hook slides in behind him! Jose bumps into Hook and gets caught in REDRUM!! Dralistico runs in, drop toehold into SNARE TRAP!! Dralistico taps, JungleHook wins!!!
Winners: JungleHook, by submission
This Texas Tornado Tag got even wilder than expected, but JB & Hook win out. Will LFI think twice before pushing these two young studs? Will JungleHook be sticking together to take over AEW?
Tony Khan speaks backstage.
“Hi. It’s great to be here tonight in Colorado Springs. We have a lot of exciting things happening in AEW, it’s such an exciting time as we approach Forbidden Door on PPV, June 25th, live in Toronto. And before that, we launch a new series: AEW Collision starts June 17th, every Saturday night, 8 PM Eastern, 7 PM Central, on TNT. I’m here tonight to talk about the first-ever main event, live at the United Center, June 17th. In the main event of the first-ever AEW Collision, Switchblade Jay White, Juice Robinson, and Samoa Joe will take on the AEW World Tag Team Champions, FTR… and CM Punk.” A huge battle between top guys, will Punk make sure he is once again the Best in the World?
Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Daman Ace!
Going from excitement to a buzzkill, there is no music but the chorus of boos as “Turncoat Takeshita” and “Dirty Don” make their way out. Will Takeshita prove Callis right by becoming better than the greats?
The bell rings and Takeshita CLOBBERS Daman, then rains down fists! The ref checks, those aren’t closed fists, but the fans still boo. Takeshita smirks as he drags Daman up, puts him in a corner by pulling hair, and then he gives a HEADBUTT! And then KNEE after KNEE after KNEE! Daman sits down, the ref counts, and Takeshita lets off. Fans boo but Takeshita just smiles. Takeshita drags Daman up but Daman throws hands! Fans rally for Daman but Takeshita DECKS him! Takeshita keeps Daman sitting up, to BLINDSIDE FOREARM! Fans boo the tron playing highlights of Callis betraying Omega.
Konosuke doesn’t end Daman here, he aims from the corner, to POWER DRIVE KNEE!! Cover, Tatkeshita wins!
Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall
The fans boo more as Callis gets in the ring with a mic and raises Takeshita’s hand in victory. Callis wants to talk but the fans just keep going. Callis then says, “I’ve got something to say! And unlike last week, I will be heard!” Fans boo louder, but Callis lets Takeshita speak. Takeshita, in Japanese, tells fans that they will listen! Takeshita calls out Kenny Omega, saying that Omega will see who is truly the best! Callis says we fans may not want to hear it, but he is going to tell us the truth about Kenny Omega! Everything Omega has had in life is because of Callis! And this is all Kenny’s fault! Everything The Elite has was because of Callis!
Kenny beat Ospreay because of Callis! Kenny has been like a cancer in Callis’ body! “And what do you do with cancer? You cut it out!” And now, Callis’ family is going to cut The Elite out of AEW for good! Callis drops the mic, pats Takeshita on the back, but will The Elite look to be the ones that cure AEW of the real toxic element?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage.
Alex Marvez is outside Captain Charisma’s locker room as he requested time to speak tonight, but it sounds like something is going on in there. Alex knocks on the door, the door opens up, and Christian steps out. What is going on in there? Christian tells us that at Double or Nothing, Arn Anderson cost him the TNT Championship. Christian was at the top of the ladder, belt within his grasp, and Arn tips the ladder to send Christian into the waiting arms of Wardlow. Christian is the uncrowned TNT Champion. Arn took something from Christian, so now he takes something from Arn.
Christian knocks on the door, Luchasaurus opens it and we can see someone is behind him, beaten up and on the floor. Christian tells Arn that his son, Brock, got him a very nice Father’s Day present. BROCK ANDERSON just got brutalized! Alex calls for medics, what will The Enforcer and the Maestro of Mayhem do to get back at Christian and his Right Hand of Destruction?
AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Anna Jay A.S w/ Matthew Menard!
The Galaxy’s Greatest has already shown she’s a fighting champion by defeating Nyla Rose last week, but she’s not slowing down. Will she go 3-0 since her return at Double or Nothing? Or will the Queenslayer choke her out?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly the star of the show!
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, the two tie up, and Kris headlocks. Kris hits the takeover, but Anna keeps her shoulders up and moves around. Anna headscissors, but Kris rolls back, pops free, and she powers her way to a headlock. Anna fights up, pops free to headlock, but Kris blocks the takeover! Kris pries the hold open, headlocks back, and hits another takeover. Anna moves around, headscissors, and Menard applauds. Kris kips free, gets around, waistlock and DSLAM! Kris facelocks, Anna fights up, and Anna throws body shots. Anna slips around to headlock but Kris powers up to a BIG back suplex!
Kris kips up and fans fire up! Kris smiles, flexes, and says, “Mama’s home!” Kris runs, Anna drops, then bails out. Fans boo but Kris storms out after Anna. Anna slides back in to troll Kris more, but Kris slides in. Anna bails out, the cat ‘n’ mouse continues, but Menard blocks Kris’ path. He dares her to do something about it, but then Anna goes to the apron. But Kris block the kick to trip Anna up! Kris pushes Anna in, to ROUNDHOUSE! Kris runs, to run Anna over! Cover, TWO! Kris drags Anna up, whips her to a corner, and runs in, but Anna dodges. Anna comes back to HEEL KICK Kris into buckles!
Anna DECKS Kris, stomps away, and Menard soaks up the heat while fans boo. The ref counts as Anna stands on Kris’ neck at the ropes, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Anna steps off at 4 but then Menard gets on the apron to soak up even more heat. Anna stands Kris up to dig her boot into Kris’ neck. The ref counts, Anna lets off, and Kris crawls. Anna stomps Kris, bumps her off buckles, and then Anna ROCKS her with a right! Anna whips corner to corner hard and Kris bounces off buckles! Anna takes a bow while Kris writhes. Anna stomps Kris, stands on her neck, but the ref counts. Anna steps off, Kris sputters, and Anna drags Kris onto the ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts again, Anna steps off at 4, and Menard talks trash right at Kris. Anna storms up but Kris throws forearms!
Kris runs, but Anna ducks the discus to wrench and HOOK KICK! Cover, TWO! Kris grits her teeth and Anna is frustrated, but Anna CLUBS Kris back down. And again! Anna drags Kris up, throws her by her hair, but the ref reprimands. Anna covers, TWO! Anna keeps her focus as she drags Kris back up. Anna turns Kris for a neckbreaker stretch! Kris endures, fights up, but Anna just hits a NECKBREAKER! Anna drags Kris back up, but Kris JAWBREAKERS back! Kris fires forearms, but Anna ROCKS her back! Kris fires another forearm, so Anna gives it back! Kris fires off a flurry!
Kris has Anna in a corner, and she CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Dynamite returns to single picture, fans fire up and Kris runs to UPPERCUT! Kris goes side to side, to KNEE Anna, then scoop to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Menard is relieved, and we see Taya Valkyrie once again watching backstage. La Wera Loca is still upset that Kris is champion instead of her, but Kris drags Anna to a drop zone. Menard distracts Kris as she climbs, and fans boo, but Anna ROCKS Kris! Anna TOSSES Kris, then hooks her up, GORY BOMB! Cover, TWO!! The shoutout to Tay Melo wasn’t enough and Anna is beside herself!
Fans rally as Anna drags Kris up. Anna clamps on the QUEENSLAYER!! She even hops on as a backpack! But Kris RAMS Anna into buckles! Kris runs back in, but into a BOOT! Anna runs, Kris dodges, DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up but Menard gets on the apron again. The ref tells him to get down but Menard eggs Kris on. Kris swings, misses, and Anna O’Conner Rolls, then drops into the QUEENSLAYER!! Kris endures, fights up to her feet, and fans fire up as Kris THROWS Anna right off! Kris roars, runs and STO BACKBREAKER! And then a gut wrench and TOMBSTONE!! Cover, Kris wins!
Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Taya is even more upset that Kris is still champion right now, but Kris is earning these wins. Will Taya just have to fight her way to a match with The Galaxy’s Greatest?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!
After all the back and forth in the Blackjack Battle Royal, we see The Lucha Brothers & Bandido take on Ethan Page, Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey! Will Matt Hardy’s “better man” training already show results in that match? Or will Ethan be firmly All Ego? Plus, “Powerhouse” Hobbs is back in action, wanting to get back to some gold! And in another trios match, we see The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn take on the full Spanish Announce Project. Will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass bounce back from Double or Nothing?
And then, a star-studded Fatal 4 Way will see Britt Baker, Sky Blue, Mercedes Martinez and Nyla Rose compete for a AEW Women’s World Championship opporutnity! Speaking of…
Toni Storm & Ruby Soho speak.
The champion says Friday on Rampage, we’ll see a Fatal 4 Way match, the winner facing Toni Storm for a title match next week on Dynamite. Now it will be in the same building and the same city as the very first Dynamite, where the first-ever women’s champion was crowned. Ruby says this is gonna be special. What a lucky girl that’ll be to face Toni. Ruby tells the four contenders that The Outcasts will be watching. Storm says the winner of that match will be facing the greatest AEW Women’s World Champion that ever lived. Soho gets chills, but who gets the shot at the gold in DC?
BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!
On top of the Women’s World Championship match, as well as the Six Man Tag of the BCC VS Hangman & The Bucks, there will be a massive 8 Man Tag as Swerve and the entire Mogul Embassy will take on the unlikely quartet of Orange Cassidy, Darby Allin, Sting and Keith Lee! Will all scores be settled at once? Plus, after the verbal confrontation between Cole and MJF, we will see Adam Cole VS MJF in a World Title Eliminator match! If Cole wins, he is guaranteed a title shot, but if MJF wins, Cole is crossed off the list! Will Cole prove he IS on the level of The Devil?
Ricky Starks VS Jay White!
Finally, truly, hopefully, The Absolute and The Switchblade go 1v1, with a ringside ban keeping Cash Wheeler, Dax Harwood and Juice Robinson from getting involved. Can Bullet Club Gold be trusted in not stacking the deck on Starks? Or will Starks still need to have his head on a swivel?
But Starks doesn’t wait for White to get in the ring! He rushes White at the ramp and fires off! They brawl, Starks gets the better of White, and he stomps away! Starks stands White up to ROCK him, then follow him down to the ring. Starks puts White in, the bell rings, and White wants time, but Starks clotheslines him up and out! Starks RAMS White into railing, brings him up again, and puts him against railing to CHOP! The ring count climbs, Starks kisses the lady’s hand in the front row, then SMACKS White off the apron. Starks mocks the finger guns then puts White in at 6 of 10. White rolls out the other side, so Starks just goes around the way.
Starks CLOBBERS White, the ref wants this back in the ring, but Starks refreshes the count. Starks CHOPS White, pushes him back into the ring, then goes up to the apron. White swings but Starks blocks to counter punch! Starks storms in, dodges White, and then back drops him! Fans fire up with Starks and he looms over White. Starks goes out to look under the ring and fans rally up. Starks keeps looking but White bails out the side, so Starks stomps him down. Starks continues the search, and he settles for moving the steel steps around. Starks turns them upside-down, but White is going up the ramp!
Starks hurries after White, and CLOBBERS him on the stage! White hits back, KNEES low, the ref reprimands them but White suplexes. Starks fights, wrenches and knees low in return. Starks CLUBS White, brings him up, throws body shots, and then aims at the edge! White fights the whip to throw hands, and rake eyes! White hurries back down the ramp but Starks CLOBBERS him! White flops to ringside but Starks is after him again. Starks keeps White from crawling away, but White elbows him back. Fans rally, White SMACKS Starks off the apron, and then White sees the steps. White pounds the steps and brings them around.
The ref reprimands, White puts the steps back in place. White grins as he trolls the fans, then he refreshes the count. But Starks snap suplexes White to the floor! Fans rally while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Starks stalks White, drags him up, and pushes him into the ring. Starks looks under the ring again, and he finally finds a chair. Starks hits the post to test it, but the ref tells Starks no. The ref takes the chair away, and White BLASTS Starks off the apron! Starks hits railing, then White goes out after him. White APRON GOURD BUSTERS Starks! White shoves Starks in, covers, TWO! White is annoyed but he stalks Starks to ropes. White TOSSES Starks out, then argues with the ref about going back out there. White goes out after Starks, CHOPS him, then smirks as he brings Starks around the way.
White CHOPS Starks against railing, and he throws up the finger gun. White refreshes the ring count, then he RAMS Starks into railing! The ring count starts again but White slides in. White gets up on the corner to taunt Starks, then goes out after him, and CLUBS away on his back! White puts Starks back in, Starks scrambles to a corner, and White storms up on him. White RAMS into Starks, and RAMS him again, and again! White whips corner to corner hard and Starks bounces off buckles. Dynamite returns to single picture as White mocks Starks. Fans boo as White watches Starks rise back up in the corner.
White aims his finger gun, then CHOPS! Starks staggers, White pushes him to another corner, and CHOPS again! White stands Starks up to CHOP again! Starks sputters, clutches his chest and throat, but White grins as he stands Starks up again. White CHOPS again! Starks ROCKS White with forearms! And again and again! Starks whips, runs in, and TORNADO- NO, White puts Starks up top! White CHOPS again! Starks wobbles up top while White catches his breath. White then climbs up after Starks, and he brings Starks up for a SUPERPLEX!! Both men writhe and fans fire up! White crawls to the cover, TWO!!
White is frustrated as Starks survives! Fans rally up, White paces around, and White drags Starks up. White aims his finger gun, clinches, but Starks throws haymakers! White fishhooks Starks! White KNEES low, whips him to a corner, but Starks dodges to come back, LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as White flounders to a corner. Starks runs in to back elbow! And then TORNADO DDT! High stack cover, TWO!! White survives, but there’s a reason he’s a NJPW Grand Slam Champion! Fans still rally behind Starks, he drags White up but White shoves him away. But Starks catches White to an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!
Starks is frustrated but he throws off the elbow pads. Fans rally as Starks slashes his throat! Starks drags White up, but White fights the underhooks! Starks gets White up, but White wrenches out, clinches, URENAGE of his own!! Cover, TWO!! Starks survives but White sits him up into a sleeper. Starks fights with elbows! White spins Starks to CHOP! Starks SLAPS White! White CHOPS Starks! Starks CHOPS White! White CHOPS, but Starks kicks low! Starks fires off hands, but White kicks back! White CHOPS, clinches, but Starks snapmares free and runs! Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges, but White KICKS the Spear down!!
White drags Starks up, clinches, but Starks spins around to suplex! White slips out, shoves, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR!! Fans are thunderous, Starks underhooks White, Canadian Rack, but White’s feet hit the ref! ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, but there’s no one to count!! And wait, what’re Austin & Colten Gunn doing here?! Granted, the ringside ban wasn’t about them, but still! The fans boo as the Ass Boys slither into the ring, and hit Starks with 3:10 TO YUMA!!! The Gunns run away into the night, and White sees Starks is down! He calls to the ref, crawls to Starks and drags him up! BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
Austin & Colten screw Starks, but what for? And then Juice comes out to celebrate with White, as well as rub it in Starks’ face! Are The Gunns joining up with Bullet Club Gold? Will Bullet Club Gold and Samoa Joe tear down FTR and the returning CM Punk? Or will the Top Guys stand tall?
A great Dynamite amid what Tony Khan himself said was an exciting and busy time for AEW. Though, was that really Tony Khan? Between how his announcements are written and how he delivers them, he is starting to sound AI generated. But anyway, while I figured we were getting Bullet Club Gold VS FTR next, I suppose throwing them and then Joe and Punk into a Six Man Tag is a logical move. FTR gets along with Punk, a tag match like that will help take all the pressure off Punk in his return, and Punk can just come in for the finish so he gets credit for the win. And Chicago will eat it up because it’s CM Punk.
Awesome opener for the International Championship, and Swerve came so close. But Cassidy winning again isn’t that big of a surprise, he’s just been amazing his entire reign. But the Embassy attacking and then Sting & Darby making the save was good stuff. Keith Lee joining up in the announced 8 Man Tag makes sense, though this still isn’t quite the blowoff anyone was hoping for. But maybe, just maybe, something like Cassidy VS Darby or Cassidy VS Keith Lee, or even Cassidy VS Darby VS Keith in a Triple Threat for the International Championship comes out of this. All those possibilities would be amazing.
Great video for AEW to announce Bryan Danielson VS Kazuchika Okada, as well as one for Kenny Omega VS Will Ospreay. Bryan VS Okada could go either way, but I feel like something causes Omega to lose the title to Ospreay. Omega hasn’t really been able to defend the IWGP US Championship stateside so Ospreay should take it back to have it on NJPW programming again. And also, Callis & Takeshita are definitely going to be why Omega loses. Takeshita of course wins his match, though Callis kinda repeats what he said last week. Really good Six Man Tag from BCC VS Chaos, but I figured BCC would win. Hangman & Bucks have a good promo to call them out, and BCC VS #HungBucks next week is going to be good stuff.
Really good stuff for Rampage, too. Each of the Six Man Tag matches will be good. Pretty sure Acclaimed & Daddy Ass win so they have momentum going into their rematch with House of Black. And after a good promo from Hardy Party and Ethan, I feel like Ethan’s team is going to lose because Matt’s “better man” training conflicts with his Heel instincts. Good promo from Ruby & Toni ahead of that Fatal 4 Way contenders match. But clearly, Britt is winning that because she’s the one with the most beef against The Outcasts. I kinda wish Shida was in there instead of Skye Blue, but I think Skye is in there just to take the pin.
Really good TBS Championship match between Kris and Anna, but I figured Kris would win to extend the reign. I feel like Taya could’ve come out after that match to call Kris out, but maybe that happens after Kris’ third defense. We got a great Texas Tornado Tag, but WOW, Vance got really bloody. I would hope that wasn’t worked bleeding, because it just means AEW is getting dicey with how badly they cut their guys. Vance was painted with his own blood so quickly, it was rather shocking. But of course JungleHook won. And just like last week, I thought JB was a moment away from turning on Hook. Maybe we get a “friendly” match between JB and Hook for the FTW title that then gets chippy and causes them to be at odds.
Christian Cage had a good promo, and I figured Luchasaurus was beating someone up. This just gives me more credence to think Brock Anderson and Brian Pillman Jr. should join up with Arn and Wardlow to counter Christian and Luchasaurus. Great main event match from Starks VS White, but I did not expect The Gunns to be the ones helping White win. I thought BCG was going to bring in another “former” Bullet Club member, but there isn’t really anyone that would work given what NJPW is doing with Bullet Club right now. So I guess Gunns using Starks as a proxy to get at FTR is the connection here?
And great promo out of MJF and Adam Cole to start their feud. Like Cole, I felt it was both clever yet cliché at the same time for MJF to copy-paste Cole’s promo on Karrion Kross. And of course MJF brought up the rumored Keith Lee and Adam Cole wrestler-and-manager combo, as MJF is Mr. Low Hanging Fruit. But Cole basically put MJF in his place, we’re getting a great match next week, and I would think Cole wins to earn a title match rather than be crossed off the list so soon. Then we’ll get an even more amazing match for the title, maybe at All In London so that MJF has time to razz on Cole more, as well as pull his usual attempts of removing Cole before ever needing to defend the title.
My Score: 8.8/10
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