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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/24/21)

What will Regal choose for Cole and Kyle?

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NXT Coverage 2021

NXT’s journey to TakeOver is moving through rough waters!

After last week’s chaos, the NXT Tag Team Championship have to be VACATED, and William Regal will determine the fate of Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly! What is TakeOver: Stand & Deliver going to look like now?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Kai & Gonzalez win.
  • LA Knight VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
  • Oney Lorcan VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.
  • Walter VS Drake Maverick; Walter wins.
  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS The Robert Stone Brand; Blackheart & Moon win and retain the titles.
  • Jordan Devlin VS KUSHIDA; Devlin wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!

The NXT Women’s Champion and #BigMamiCool will #Stand&Deliver on night one of TakeOver! But before then, Shirai teams with the impressive newcomer while Gonzalez has #CapKota by her side! Where will the momentum be going into that high stakes showdown?

The teams sort out and Stark steps up to Gonzalez. Fans rally as the two circle and tie up. Gonzalez shoves Stark away but Stark keeps her cool. They go again, and Stark manages to power Gonzalez back! Gonzalez gets mad and puts Stark in the corner. Stark comes back but Gonzalez gets her arm and wrenches. Gonzalez cording holds, cranks on Stark’s shoulder, but Stark handsprings through and wrenches back! Fans rally up as Stark yanks on the arm, kicks a leg, but Gonzalez pulls hair. Gonzalez whips, Stark RANAS! Fans fire up with Stark as she runs in to elbow Gonzalez! Stark goes corner to corner but is put on the apron. Stark counters the punch with a knee!

Stark slingshots in to KNEE, then runs, but Gonzalez CLOBBERS her! Tag to Kai and Gonzalez gives her a boost for the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Kia brings Stark up to SLAP her! Stark just smirks and SLAPS Kai back! Stark eggs Kai on then hits a Thesz Press! Stark rains down fists, drags Kai up and bumps her off buckles. Tag to Shirai and she CHOPS and forearms Kai, repeat! Shirai scoops but Kai slips off to shove. Shira follows Kai, handsprings then goes Matrix to roll Kai! ONE, but Shirai basement dropkicks Kai down! Kai scrambles, Shirai stomps her in a corner, then sweeps the legs. Shirai digs her boots in, lets off then hits the METEORA!

Gonzalez gets in to argue with Shirai but Kai rolls Shirai up, TWO! Shirai sits on the cover, TWO! Kai ghost pins, TWO! Shirai steps to Magistrol, TWO! Kai waistlocks to an O’Conner Roll, TWO! Kai bumps into ropes, Shirai elbows her in the corner! Tag to Stark and Stark gets in to run side to side for a BIG uppercut! Stark pushes Kai down, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Kai survives but Stark stays on her with a fireman’s carry. Kai fights out, throws Stark down by her hair and tags out to Gonzalez. Gonzalez whips Stark, Stark goes up but gets caught, only to headscissor Gonzalez to ropes! Stark KNEES, KICKS, but Gonzalez blocks!

Gonzalez ducks the enziguri, gets the legs but Stark boots her away! Stark runs, Gonzalez scoops and Kai tag sin! ASSISTED ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO!! Kai grows frustrated but NXT goes picture in picture.

Kai drags Stark up to club her down, then drags her in a chinlock to get the camel clutch! Stark endures, pries at the fingers, but Kai dribbles her off the mat! Cover, TWO! Kai grows further frustrated, but she brings Stark up. Stark fires off body shots, rolls Kai up, TWO! Kai BOOTS Stark down! Cover, TWO! Stark is still in this but Kai keeps her from Shirai. Kai bumps Stark off buckles, tags Gonzalez, and Gonzalez RAMS into Stark! She digs her shoulder in, lets off as the ref counts, but Stark kicks back! Gonzalez CLUBS Stark down, bumps her off buckles, and talks trash to Shirai before she stomps Stark. Stark shoves back but Gonzalez throws hands.

Gonzalez scoops Stark for a FALLING SLAM! Cover, TWO! Gonzalez is annoyed but she looms over Stark, drags her away, and tags in Kai. Gonzalez drags Stark up, whips her into the corner, and Kai goes corner to corner for the BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kai stomps Stark down, taunts Shirai, but then puts Stark in the corner. Kai stomps away, the ref counts but Kai tags Gonzalez. Gonzalez gets in to drag Stark to a high stack cover, TWO! Gonzalez is on Stark with a chinlock and grinds her down. Stark fights up, Gonzalez knees low, and then reels her in to Canadian rack. Stark endures a backbreaker rack! But she fights out to sunset flip! Gonzalez stays up, drops an elbow, but Stark evades!

NXT returns to single picture as Gonzalez wants Stark’s leg again. Stark enziguris Gonzalez away! Hot tags to Kai and Shirai! Shirai rallies on Kai, dodges but Gonzalez tags in before the FLAPJACK! Shirai runs to victory roll and STMOP Gonzalez! Shirai blocks a kick to send it into Gonzalez, then SHOTEIS Kai! Gonzalez is in a corner, Shirai hits SHINKANSEN! Next stop, Kai! Shirai has Gonzalez in place, dials it up and hits a 619! Stark tags in as Shirai climbs up, and Shirai missile dropkicks Gonzalez down! Stark gets in with a springboard missile dropkick! Gonzalez and Kai end up on the outside, so Stark PLANCHAS! She only gets Gonzalez as Kai runs away!

Kai runs back in, Stark dodges the boot and POSTS Kai! Stark dodges Gonzalez and Gonzalez POSTS herself! Shirai is up top, and she ARIHARA MOONSAULTS Gonzalez down! Stark drags Gonzalez up and in as fans are fired up! Stark climbs up top again, and 450- No! Gonzalez dodges, gets Stark up, DESPERADO BOMB! Both women are down but Gonzalez is rising first. Gonzalez glares at Shirai and tells her this is what’s coming. Gonzalez drags Stark back up, sets her up again, and BOOTS Shirai before hitting ANOTHER DESPERADO BOMB! Cover, Gonzalez wins!

Winners: Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai, by pinfall

That was a message to the champion and the entire Women’s Division! If Gonzalez can finish off a tag match like that, will she do even worse to Shirai 1v1? Shirai gets back up and returns the trash talk, but Kai slides in. Shirai DECKS Kai but Gonzalez BOOTS Shirai back down! And Gonzalez isn’t done there, she hauls Shirai right up, for a DESPERADO BOMB on the announce desk!! Is there no strategy the Evil Genius can come up with to deal with the sheer power of Gonzalez?

 

Things have only escalated between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly!

While O’Reilly was training at the Gracie Barracks Brazilian Jiujitsu dojo, Cole stormed in and went right at him! But Cole was not ready for Kyle to tackle him and go after him! The other trainees had to break this up, and this only adds to why William Regal must come up with a solution!

 

Backstage interview with Kyle O’Reilly.

Things have gotten very intense, but what are his thoughts on Regal’s coming decision? Before Kyle can answer, Roderick Strong walks over. Roddy knows Kyle has a lot going on, but after everything Cole did to them, they both need to kick his ass. Kyle appreciates that, but there is no “us VS Cole,” this is just about Cole and Kyle. Strong gets upset at Kyle and says both he and Cole can go to hell. Does that answer the question? Kyle heads out, is he already past the point of no return?

 

NXT, let LA Knight talk to ya!

“Tonight’s~ the night~! Yeah~! Why is that? Because Bronson Reed decided, well, he wanted to go into my locker room, he wanted to invade my personal space and put his hands on my property.” Guess what? Knight’s hands will get on Reed and it won’t be pleasant! Whose game is it? L A Knight’s game! The Ruler is here, and Bronson will find out just like that! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life, yeah!

 

Jordan Devlin speaks.

“I’m not sure why I’m even sitting in this chair right now, because I know my match tonight doesn’t need any promoting. I know this is one of the biggest matches in NXT television history. I mean, look at what you’re dealing with here. We’re talking about a world class professional athlete applying his trade around the world. Japan, Europe, America. Universally respected. And tonight, he’s going 1-on-1 with Kushida.” Devlin respects Kushida, maybe even likes him. But he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time, because he’s becoming an example to Santos Escobar right before Stand & Deliver. Is the Irish Ace going to trump the Super Junior tonight?

 

LA Knight VS Bronson Reed!

We heard “The Ruler” say his part, but now we’re going to see how he measures up to the Colossal! Will Reed rip up Knight easier than he did Knight’s favorite jacket?

The bell rings and Knight gets in Reed’s face. “You wanna be me? Well you gotta learn!” Knight is poking Reed in the forehead, so Reed CHOPS Knight, then CHOPS him again! Reed breaks through Knight’s clothesline and CLOBBERS him! Reed drags Knight up, whips then back drops Knight high and hard! Knight gets up to a corner, boots Reed back, then hops up to leap, into a POWERSLAM! Reed gives back those forehead pokes and clamps on a neck wrench, then shifts to a chinlock. Reed grinds Knight, Knight fights up, fights back and fights free. Knight runs but Reed CLOBBERS him again! Fans fire up for Reed as he headbutts Knight down!

Reed stalks Knight, throws an elbow into Knight’s head, then stands him against ropes. Reed CHOPS Knight, Knight is stinging as he goes to a corner, but Reed snapmares Knight into a motorcycle stretch. Knight endures the knee in his back and arms being pulled, so Reed clamps on a rear bearhug! Knight fights up, Reed CLUBS him on the back, then Reed brings Knight around to suplex. Knight flails free but Reed elbows him to the apron! Reed pursues, drags Knight up but Knight hotshots Reed! Knight slingshots to SHOULDER Reed down! Knight gets the legs, stomps Reed in the stomach and clubs away on him! Fans boo as Knight paces around.

Knight drops knees on Reed, sits him up and CLUBS him in the chest! “L! A! KNIGHT!” brags about himself again as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Knight grinds Reed down with a seated cobra twist. Reed endures, fans rally, and Reed fights up. Knight throws hands, rams into Reed in the corner over and over, but lets off as the ref counts. Knight smirks as he comes back but Reed shoves him away. Reed runs but Knight kicks the legs out! Knight runs to KNEE Reed down! Knight CLUBS Reed, chokes him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Knight runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Reed flops, Knight is after him with big haymakers! Reed goes to a corner, Knight storms over but into elbows and forearms! Reed swings a chop but Knight dodges to stomp and JAB!

Knight brings Reed out of the corner to ROCK with a EuroUpper! Knight throws more hands, but Reed eggs him on! Reed then gets under Knight to RAM him into a corner, whip him corner to corner, but Knight dodges the corner splash to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Knight is furious already but then he cools himself off. Fans fire up as Reed stands and Knight runs corner to corner, but Reed CLOBBERS him with another elbow! Knight flounders on ropes, Reed whips him but Knight kicks back! Reed just gets mad! Reed DECKS Knight with forearm after forearm, then brings him around to whip again. Reed BODY BLOCKS Knight and fans fire up!

Reed fires up, Knight goes to a corner, and Reed runs in to SPLASH! Reed choke grips, but Knight pops out to cravat, knee, but swing into a spin! Reed FALLING CHOKE SLAMS! Reed has Knight in a drop zone and fans fire up again! Reed goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Knight trips him up! Knight ROCKS Reed with a haymaker before climbing up top. Knight brings Reed up but Reed fights back. Reed headbutts Knight away! Knight comes back to leap right up, only for Reed to shove him right back down! Reed adjusts for the TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, REED WINS!!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

For all of Knight’s talk, he just got made to look a fool! The Colossal is a big first loss for Knight, will Knight ever recover?

 

The NXT Tag Team Championships are up in the air!

After last week’s NXT and the tag title match against Finn Balor & Karrion Kross, Danny Burch suffered a shoulder injury which turned out to be a separated shoulder. This will keep him out of action for roughly six months, and as such, he and Oney Lorcan must vacate the titles. We hope Burch has a speedy recovery, but now we must know who will be the new champions! As such…

BREAKING NEWS for Stand & Deliver!

On the first night of this year’s NXT TakeOver, the NXT Tag Team Championships will be on the line in a TRIPLE THREAT! MSK are getting their title shot, but joining them are Grizzled Young Veterans and El Legado Del Fantasma! Will Nash Carter & Wes Lee still get what they were owed from winning the 2021 Men’s Dusty Cup? Or will another team snipe that golden rite of passage from them?

 

Oney Lorcan VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!

And speaking of Burch’s injury, it’s natural his tag partner would want revenge on the man responsible! Will the Boston Fury make Mr. Doomsday pay? Or will he just be a tune-up for Kross’ golden opportunity on night two of Stand & Deliver?

The bell rings and Oney fires off on Kross! Kross grabs Oney by his head and puts him in a corner, but Oney dodges to fire off more hands! Kross choke grips, throws Oney to a corner, but again Oney dodges to fire off hands! Kross throws Oney out of the ring hard! Oney steadies himself, Kross goes out and throws him right into Plexiglas boards! The ref starts the ring count, Kross stands Oney up to DECK him! Oney gets in at 5, Kross pursues at 7. Kross grins as he stomps Oney but Oney gets out. Kross pursues again but Oney kicks low! Oney tries to suplex but Kross snap suplexes instead! Kross looms over Oney, stomps him down, and the count is climbing again.

Kross puts Oney in at 7, follows at 8, Scarlett taunts Oney’s pain as Kross RAMS into Oney! Kross stalks Oney but Oney CHOPS him! Kross grits his teeth but Oney CHOPS again! But Kross throws Oney back out! Kross goes out after Oney but Oney RAMS him into the apron! Oney gets back in the ring, Kross pursues, but Oney comes back with a dropkick! Oney keeps moving, corner back elbow! Oney keeps going, but Kross CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! Kross is seething but NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Kross grinds Oney with a headlock. Oney gets out to a corner but Kross RAMS into him again! Kross rams Oney more, lets off at the ref’s count then digs his boot into Oney’s head! The ref backs Kross off, he drags Oney up, and snap suplexes again! Cover, TWO! Oney is still in this but Kross wants the ARMBAR! Oney gets a leg on ropes, Kross lets go and runs in to clotheslines, elbow and clothesline again! Kross roars in Oney’s face then throws him with an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Kross laughs and looms over Oney. Kross dares Oney to get up, and then drags him around to look at Scarlett. “About your boy, Danny? I don’t regret it. In fact, I loved it!”

Oney gets pissed and fires off EuroUppers! Kross shoves Oney to a corner, runs in but Oney moves and POSTS him! Scarlett gets worried now and Oney gets the arm for the ARMBAR DDT! Kross is furious that Oney is going after his arm! Oney CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he grabs Kross by his jaw to slap, slap, SLAP! Kross wings but Oney gets around to chop block! Oney runs to EuroUpper! And then another! Oney keeps moving but Kross dodges the blockbuster to BOOT Oney down! Kross drags Oney up, DOOMSDAY SAIDO! Kross is furious, and he hits the DOOMSDAY FOREARM! Cover, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

Scarlett keeps Kross calm, but his body shows the marks of this fight with Oney. Will Kross have to do much more to again become NXT Champion against The Prince? Kross gets a mic and says, “I’d like to take a moment right now to address the actions of Mr. Balor from last week.” Kross tells Balor that his actions had malice and intention. Kross actually appreciates that. He was giving respect who didn’t appreciate it. Balor doesn’t deserve it. Despite the fact Balor is champion, when Kross held his little neck in his hands, “it felt just like anybody else’s.” You see, when the fuse is lit, there’s no stopping what’s coming next, which is- Balor interrupting Kross!

Balor has a mic of his own, but he looks down at Oney at the ramp first. “Last week, Kross, you took your best shot. And the Prince is still standing.” Balor literally steps over Oney to get to the ring. “But what you’d really done last week, was you showed me your weakness.” Balor steps into the ring now and says, “When a man’s young, he fights with emotion. Uncontrollable emotion. Some people call it demons, but really, it’s just emotion.” It wasn’t until Balor learned to control his emotions, and be cold, that he became untouchable. Kross still fights with emotion. Everything is a reaction. And in those moments, he’s sloppy. In those moments, he’s vulnerable.

At Stand & Deliver, Balor will push Kross to the point where he’ll only have two options: One, he surprises everyone and masters his emotions; or two, what Balor believes will happen is a repeat of last week, and Kross’ emotions control him. And when they do, Balor drags him into the cold, deep water. And with no emotion, Balor will drown Kross. Will TakeOver end with the Prince having conquered the apocalypse?

 

William Regal speaks.

He has decided who will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship at Stand & Deliver! There is an incredibly talented line-up, so he wants to extended this opportunity to as many as possible. Therefore, there will be a 12 Man Battle Royal, and it will go until only six are left! Those six will then be in a Gauntlet Eliminator, but the battle royal will continue to determine order of entry in the gauntlet! In other words, the last man left will be in the best position to win! And whoever wins the Gauntlet Eliminator will face Gargano at TakeOver!

The 12 men chosen are: Leon Ruff, Austin Theory, Tyler Rust, Jake Atlas, Cameron Grimes, Kushida, Bronson Reed, LA Knight, Roderick Strong, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Dexter Lumis and Pete Dunne! Best wishes to them all in the battle royal!

 

Kushida speaks.

“Jordan Devlin, you’re an incredible competitor, and your performances on NXT UK have been very impressive.” Kushida even claps for Devlin. “That’s why I answered your open challenge.” For Kushida, it’s all about competition, and Devlin is one of the best. For the past year, he’s been taking down every NXT superstar that’s stepped in the ring with him. And now Devlin will find out what happens when he faces the best technical wrestler in NXT today! Kushida vows to break Devlin, but will he be the one to bust against the Irish Ace?

 

Walter w/ Imperium VS Drake Maverick!

After Imperium reached out to Killian Dain, the Belfast Beast hasn’t been seen or heard from, and Rockstar Spud confronted them about it! However, that only got him on the Ring General’s radar! Is the NXT UK Champion about to make Maverick into mashed potatoes tonight?

The bell rings and Maverick rushes right at Walter! But Walter scoops and SLAMS him down! Walter looms over Maverick, stalks him to ropes, brings him around and hits the WALTER BOMB! Then he puts on a HALF CRAB!! Maverick isn’t even conscious, the ref calls it!

Winner: Walter, by referee stoppage

Imperium stands over Maverick, but here comes Tommaso Ciampa! Ciampa’s own tag team partner, Timothy Thatcher, disappeared not too long after Imperium showed their interest in him. Ciampa storms up to the ring, unafraid of being outnumbered 3v1. Ciampa has a mic and says, “A couple of weeks ago, I said that you intrigue me. I misspoke. That intrigues me.” Ciampa points at Walter’s UK Championship! So to cut to the chase, Walter knows what Ciampa wants, the fans know what Ciampa wants, so what does Walter say? Walter VS Ciampa, TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, FOR the NXT UK Championship!!

Walter says no. Ciampa hasn’t earned it. So Ciampa CHOPS Walter! Aichner & Barthel go after Ciampa and mug him 2v1! Then they drag him up for Walter, and Walter snatches Ciampa’s necklace away! Ciampa goes after him to get it back, but Imperium mugs him again! Walter CHOPS Ciampa down! Fans boo but Ciampa gets the pendant back. Walter asks if it’s the title Ciampa wants, then he will see him at TakeOver! Is Ciampa going to be what ends Walter’s 720+ day reign? Or will he just be one in a long line of dominant defeats?

 

Pete Dunne speaks.

“Two weeks ago, I said I’m the best technical wrestler in the world and dared anybody step up and prove me wrong. Nobody did, so next week, I’ll show the locker room first hand.” Dunne vows to dominate the battle royal and then get gold again. At Stand & Deliver, the Bruiserweight becomes the NXT North American Champion! But will Dunne even make it to the end of the 12 Man Battle Royal?

 

Robert Stone tried to get an old client back.

He and Aliyah try to recruit Mercedes Martinez back into the group, offering her a shot at the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Jessi Kamea got hurt, so Aliyah needs a partner. Mercedes can team with her tonight and make history! Alright, how much money are we talking, though? They hand over an envelope, and Mercedes says this is now just half. Get the other half after the match. Y-Yeah, perfect! Stone and Aliyah are happy about the partnership but he’s gonna be out of money! Will they at least get the gold to make some of that cash back?

 

Johnny Gargano visits Regal’s office.

But he hesitates a moment before barging in. He then asks what’s going on. Regal isn’t sure, and then asks Gargano back if he wears the title everywhere. Yes, of course! He’s the champion! He wears it everywhere! But please explain to him the situation. So there’s going to be a 12 Man battle royal? Yes. And then the final six guys go to a Gauntlet Eliminator on night one of Stand & Deliver? Yes. And then the winner of that faces Gargano on night two for the title? Yes. Gargano says with all due respect, is Regal cuckoo bananas?! You can’t do that to Gargano! He’ll only have 24 hours to prepare! He needs to game plan, strategize, watch tape! He can’t stay up all night cramming! Johnny TakeOver deserves better!

Well if he’s Johnny TakeOver, then this isn’t a problem. Between then and now, study all the competitors. But that’s like a million people! Gargano storms out and isn’t slamming the door just to stick it to Regal. But will the variables be too much for Gargano to figure out before Stand & Deliver?

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon VS The Robert Stone Brand!

The wild child and evolved Shenom are only the second-ever team to hold these titles, but they got them off the original champions on night one! Will their reign end almost as quick now that mercenary Mercedes is on Stone’s limited payroll? Or will they be howling to the moon and all the way to TakeOver?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the champions can #TCB!

Ember and Mercedes start and they tie up. They go around, Mercedes sweeps the leg then stomps Ember down! Stone likes what he sees as Mercedes whips, but Ember dodges and redirects to tilt-o-whirl to a FACEBUSTER! Tag to Shotzi, Ember clubs Mercedes then feeds her to Shotzi’s hanging headscissor! Ember runs in to CLUB Mercedes down, then Shotzi goes up top and leaps for a SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up but Stone and Aliyah distract! Stone is throwing off his shoes and jacket, but that gives Mercedes time to BOOT Shotzi down! Mercedes drags Shotzi from Ember, ROCKS her with a right, then drags her away again.

Mercedes fireman’s carries, tags Aliyah, and they work together for a GUTBUSTER to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Aliyah is furious already but she brings Shotzi up to RAM her into the corner! Aliyah fires off, shrieks in anger, but Shotzi fires off forearms and elbows to get free! Shotzi hurries for her corner but Aliyah BOOTS Ember first! Aliyah then BOOTS Shotzi down, drags her over by her hair, and tags Mercedes in. Mercedes drags Shotzi into a wheelbarrow, and Aliyah adds a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives but Mercedes drags Shotzi back up. Shotzi hits a jawbreaker, but Aliyah tags in to drag Shotzi away! Shotzi boots Aliyah, and tags Ember!

Ember dodges Aliyah, DECKS Mercedes then rallies on Aliyah! SUPERKICK to front kick to ENZIGURI! Ember howls and fires up and fans are with her! Ember runs in to back body block then whip, to a pop-up BOMB! High stack but Mercedes KNEES Ember away! Mercedes gets Shotzi into a scoop, but Shotzi spins it to a DDT! Mercedes bails out, Ember puts Aliyah in, and tags! Ember goes up, for the ECLIPSE!! Cover, the champs win!

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The Robert Stone Brand is going bankrupt fast as his mercenary doesn’t pay off! Will Shotzi & Ember continue to bring these titles along to Stand & Deliver and beyond?

 

Cameron Grimes talks with Roderick Strong backstage.

“Tough couple of weeks, man.” Grimes thinks he’s taking it just as bad as Strong is. The Undisputed Era did so much for the business, it’d be a shame for it to end. Y’know what? It doesn’t have to end! All the intellectual property the Era has, if Grimes buys that from him, he can take it to new heights! Think of it! The new shirts, the new logos, the new socks and armbands! Just think of this: Undisputed Grimes, to the moon! Strong DECKS Grimes and storms off. Grimes shouts, “That’s not how you do business, Roddy!!” Will Grimes make Strong pay for that in the battle royal?

 

Backstage interview with Shotzi & Ember.

How does it feel to successfully defend their titles? How do you think it feels? It feels GREAT! They totally #TCB thanks to Ember’s Law! But then The Way’s Indi Hartwell & Candice LeRae walk in, applauding the victory. Congratulations on a title defense. But maybe it was a bit easy since it was just Aliyah & Mercedes. If they want real competition against a real team, look this way. Shotzi laughs and Ember says what she’s trying to say is, they’ve done it before and they’ll do it again. This time, these two are going to show The Way the way to the FIREPIT! Candice says next time, things will go their way, on their time and on their stage. Oh is that how it is? Don’t be jelly~! But will Candice & Indi find a way to take over the NXT Women’s Tag Division?

 

NXT sets the Stand & Deliver schedule!

For night one, it will be: the NXT Women’s Championship, Shirai VS Gonzalez as the main event; the NXT UK Championship, Walter VS Ciampa; the NXT Tag Team Championship Triple Threat, MSK VS GYV VS Legado; and after we see which six last in the battle royal, it will be the NXT North American Championship #1 contender’s Gauntlet Eliminator!

For night two, that of course means it’ll be: THE NXT Championship, Balor VS Kross as the main event; the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Unification, Santos Escobar VS Jordan Devlin; and the North American Championship, Johnny Gargano VS the winner from night one!

 

Jordan Devlin VS KUSHIDA!

The Irish Ace defended his title successfully against the slimmer Trent Seven, and is ready to prove he’s been the rightful Cruiserweight Champion all along! But will the Time Splitter prove he should be in the conversation this close to TakeOver?

The bell rings and fans are fired up already as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Kushida gets a leg and trips Devlin up to have a standing toehold. Devlin endures, rolls, and gets free. They circle, tie up again, and Devlin has the arm to whip. Kushida reverses, Devlin goes up and over and rolls to then dodge and get Kushida for an URENAGE and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, ONE!! Kushida gets up but Devlin wrenches and whips to elbow Kushida down! Devlin brings Kushida up as fans duel, and Kushida wrenches to headlock, Delvin powers out, things sped up, Kushida blocks a hip toss to hit a hip toss! Cartwheel and basement dropkick catches Devlin!

Kushida gets Devlin’s arm, hammerlocks it and TWISTS! Devlin clutches the arm, Kushida stalks him to a corner and KICKS him in the back! And KICKS him in the arm! Devlin sits down, Kushida brings him up and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Devlin hits a jawbreaker in return! Devlin scowls, runs but Kushida puts him on the apron! Kushida forearms, runs but Devlin jumps over to MOONSAULT and take Kushida down at the ramp! Fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture!

Both men are down on the outside and the ring count is climbing! Devlin gets up, drags Kushida up and JABS him! Kushida goes around the way, Devlin refreshes the count then RAMS Kushida into the apron! Devlin puts Kushida back in but Kushida CHOPS him! Kushida is after Devlin in a corner with more CHOPS, but Devlin turns it around, only for Kushida to dodge and CHOP! Devlin goes to another corner, Kushida CHOPS him again and again, and Devlin flops down! Kushida drags Devlin up, but Devlin claws Kushida’s eyes! The ref reprimands but the damage is done and Kushida clutches his face.

Devlin drags Kushida up, scoops and slams him, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Devlin gets annoyed, but he drags Kushida back up. Devlin snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Devlin stalks Kushida, clamps on with a chinlock and digs his knee in. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Kushida endures, fans rally up, and Kushida fights up. Kushida fights back, Devlin CLUBS him, but Kushida forearms and enziguris! Both men are down, fans fire up and Kushida fires up, too! Kushida rises, Devlin follows, and Kushida fires a forearm! Devlin gives it back, they go back and forth, but Kushida gets the edge! Kushida whips, Devlin reverses, but Kushida handspring back elbows!

Kushida winds up, FAST BALL! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida clamps on for an armbar BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Kushida takes aim. Devlin slowly rises, Kushida runs in and goes after the arm! Devlin gets the ropes to hold off the wristlock, but Kushida lets off to KICK the arm! Kushida reels Devlin in, hammerlocks, but Devlin blocks and spins out, only for Kushida to jump after the arm! Devlin makes the takedown a cover, TWO!! Kushida lets Devlin go, runs in but misses in the corner! Devlin slingshots in for a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and and Devlin is shocked! Devlin gets his bad arm going as fans rally and duel again.

Devlin drags Kushida up, gives a thumbs down, but the bad arm holds back the ripcord! Devlin storms after Kushida with forearms and then hoists him up top! Devlin forearms, climbs up top, but El Legado stands on the stage to distract him! Kushida slips away and HANDSPRING KICKS Devlin! Devlin sits on the top rope, Kushida climbs up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! But he rolls through for the FALCON ARROW to ARMBAR!! Devlin endures, reaches around, and gets the ropebreak with a foot! The ref counts, but Legado drags Devlin out of the ring! The ref is busy with Kushida, but then sees Wilde & Mendoza! He warns them to stand down but Escobar is also there. Devlin is surrounded, but he dodges to get back in! Kushida runs in but is sent into Legado! O’Conner roll and bridge, Devlin wins!!

Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall

Kushida is upset so he goes after and FLIES onto Legado!! Kushida fires off hands on Wilde and Mendoza, then throw Mendoza into Wilde! Kushida gets space to build speed and FLY off the stage!! Down go Wilde and Mendoza, but Escobar is ready to pick Devlin’s bones by himself. Devlin knows Escobar is here to get at him before TakeOver, but wait! Is that HBK!? Shawn Michaels is here!! But why?! He makes it obvious by bringing out a ladder!! Just as HBK and Razor Ramon did for the Intercontinental Championship, it is clear what HBK is turning the Unification Match into!

Devlin and Escobar accept that and raise up their belts! But who will bring down both titles to be the one true Cruiserweight Champion?!

 

Adam Cole heads to gorilla position.

On his way there, he crosses paths with HBK, who is making his way back from the ring. HBK gives him a nod, is that a sign as to what to expect for Regal’s announcement?

 

NXT returns with Regal, Cole, Kyle, and security all on stage.

Regal presides over what will be a contract signing between the former Undisputed Era brothers-in-arms. “Gentlemen, thank you for joining me here tonight. Now it’s obvious that the situation between the two of you has got out of control, has reached a boiling point. In fact, it got the bloody police involved!” Regal will not have them embarrass this company that so many people have worked so hard to create! What Regal has here is a solution to the situation. This is a contract for Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole in a co-main event of Stand & Deliver Night Two! Kyle is not medically cleared, so this match can only take place with both men have signed, and acknowledge that NXT is NOT liable for what happens! That’s right, it will be an UNSANCTIONED MATCH!!

Cole takes the contract first, takes the mic to say he wants to tell us a little story first. Cole wants us to imagine being born blind, and then one day you wake up and see everything! That’s called a revelation, and Cole had one. Cole realized he didn’t need the Era, the Era was holding him back! And what made him realize that was Kyle! Cole bought into the BS that maybe the Era was about brotherhood! But it was never about that. Cole sat back and watched Kyle challenge for the NXT Championship not once but twice, and fail both times! And then Kyle tries to befriend Balor?! He wanted Balor to join them!? Had Kyle lost his mind?!

But then it made sense. Deep down in Kyle’s core, he is nothing more than a lapdog! Kyle is a sidekick, a person comfortable being on the sidelines, and that is NOT Adam Cole! Cole is the “Greatest NXT Champion there has ever been,” and he is NOTHING like Kyle! Kyle lost sight of what this was and what the Era was. It was never about friendship or brotherhood, but about being the best! And you are lookin g at the best! Kyle should thank Cole for everything! Does Kyle think he would’ve made it to the WWE, let alone be successful in it, without Cole? Does he think the UE works without Cole?

COLE is the one who led the charge! COLE is the one who main-evented! COLE is the one with the legendary title run! COLE is the one who sold the merchandise! Without him, Kyle is NOTHING! Cole cannot wait to fight Kyle at TakeOver, and you wanna know why? Because Cole already knows who wins, and so does the world. The only one who doesn’t is “the pathetic lapdog sitting across this table.” Cole then signs his part, and passes the contract over to Kyle. Kyle gets his mic to respond. “We’ve known each other for a long time. At least I thought we did.” When they first go there, they didn’t care who they stepped on to succeed.

They were “four hungry pitbulls were taking spots at the top of the card where they belonged! You could say they shocked the system, but they were making a statement, and didn’t give a damn who was footing the bill. Cole does realize that the UE will forever have heat with the GM and locker room full of guys, right? Kyle grew up and started to take accountability. “You look a man in the eyes before you kick his teeth in. No more sneak attacks, no more 4v1 beatings or BS. But since coming to NXT, they’ve become better wrestlers, better fighters, champions and stars. But only one of them became a better person. But “Adam Cole is just the same asshole that walked into this place three and a half years ago!”

Kyle keeps forcing himself to really, truly believe that the last three and a half years meant nothing. That the Era meant nothing. Kyle is forcing himself to do that because if any part of him thinks for a second that they could be friends again, that they could go for a beer together, Kyle can’t do what is necessary to put Cole down for good! Kyle sold his soul to the Era but he wants it back! Cole is “an insecure prick that used his best friends, and that is so, so cold and somehow,” Kyle isn’t surprised. But Kyle tells Cole this: “Not one single person is going to be surprised-” LOOK AT HIM, COLE!!!

“Not one single person will be surprised after I beat you into a pulp, and for the first time in damn near four years, I sleep like a baby.” Kyle signs his part, and Cole says “attaboy.” Sign your death warrant. Kyle does, and says he just signed Coles, too! They go right at each other but the security keeps them apart!! Cole and Kyle vow to end the other, but just how will their final battle end?!


My Thoughts:

What a great episode! A lot of stuff set up for TakeOver: Stand & Deliver and it’s all going to be great. We’re getting a big set-up to a North American Championship match with a star-studded battle royal that then leads to an equally star-studded Gauntlet Eliminator at TakeOver, then the title match on night two. I have a feeling with Theory and Lumis in the Battle Royal, Lumis and Theory make it to the Eliminator, and they might be the last two so that it comes down to Lumis breaking through to Theory so that Theory joins him against Gargano. But there are also a lot of other rivalries in that Battle Royal, so the Eliminator will get them all out on TakeOver at the same time.

Knight VS Reed was a good match but the bigger shock was that Reed won! Knight gets his first loss out of the way, but I bet he gets revenge on Reed in the battle royal by eliminating him. Similarly, Grimes trying to buy the rights to the Undisputed Era IP and angering Strong will be hashed out in the battle royal. I’m surprised Dunne didn’t pick up on Kushida calling himself the best technical wrestler, but that can be part of the battle royal and beyond. With so little on Night 2 right now, I hope Kushida VS Dunne is a grudge match opener to it. Mercedes being a mercenary is a good way of reintroducing her, but of course Shotzi & Ember won the tag title match. Shotzi & Ember VS The Way is definitely happening for Night 2, as well, and could go either way.

The opening Women’s Tag was really good, but Gonzalez wins it for her team to get herself great momentum going towards the title match. That match could go either way but it’d be quite the moment for Gonzalez, winning the title in the main event of night one on USA Network. Oney VS Kross was pretty good because Oney still got to do some damage, but of course Kross wins to head strong for TakeOver. Kross and Balor had good promos, and Balor saying the word “demon” probably isn’t a tease about bringing Demon Balor back but more saying without saying it that he doesn’t need Demon Balor anymore. But still, skeleton pirate Demon Balor would be pretty awesome…

And while it sucks for Burch to get hurt legitimately and then lose the titles he and Oney waited so long to have, I like that we’re getting a big match for crowning new champions. MSK VS GYV VS Legado del Fantasma is going to be a strong match, really bringing the NXT Tag Division back to where it was just a couple years ago. At this point, it’s basically just Legado taking the pin so that we can later get MSK VS GYV properly. Walter VS Maverick went even more squash than expected, but that made it even better. I bet Thatcher and Dain being absent along with Wolfe is a sign that they’re being converted to Imperium.

Ciampa going after Walter, and then getting his title match for TakeOver is all great stuff, and that match is going to be about as close to Walter VS Dragunov as NXT USA can give us. But between Walter VS Rampage Brown at NXT UK Prelude, and then Walter VS Ciampa on TakeOver, Walter is going to look like the strongest champion ever, and he basically is. That reign is hitting the two year mark and going beyond until perhaps Ilja Dragunov rises back up. Devlin VS Kushida was great stuff, even with Legado interfering. Kushida taking out Wilde & Mendoza was awesome, I hope Kushida circles back to the Cruiserweight title chase.

HBK suggesting the ladder stipulation was awesome! That makes Escobar VS Devlin way better than before. I just hope it doesn’t help Escobar win because Legado can interfere without it being a disqualification. I get that there are (presumably) more fans that watch NXT USA than NXT UK, but Devlin is a better champion than Escobar. If Devlin can be back in the states, he should be allowed to have the belt and represent the division in both the US and UK and Escobar can do something else. And then, the stipulation for Cole VS Kyle was of course going to be Unsanctioned, but I was hoping they’d add “Loser Leaves NXT” to it. Their promos for the signing were great stuff, that match is going to be amazing, but I feel like it has to go to Kyle so that he can move past Cole and the Era to be a contender again.

My Score: 9.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/7/22)

The Super Jr. Tag League penultimate round!

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NJPW WTL X Super Jr.

The Super Juniors are so close, they can almost taste it!

NJPW continues on and the Super Jr. Tag League is almost done! Is it inevitable that Ace Austin & Chris Bey are finalists in the tournament? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Yuto Nakashima & Ryohei Oiwa VS Oskar Leube & Kosei Fujita; Leube & Fujita win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma & Master Wato VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira; TJP & Akira win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush; Yoh & Lio win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo; Douki & Kanemaru win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán; Bushi & Titán win.
  • Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 5-2, 10 points
TJP & Akira: 5-2, 10 points
Yoh & Lio: 5-2, 10 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-6, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS TJP & Francesco Akira!

The Time Jet may be out of the running, but they could use this moment to turn it all around! Will Kushida & Knight find #Time2Fly? Or will Catch 2/2 not be denied their spot in the finals?

The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. The teams sort out and fans applaud as Knight starts against TJP. Fans rally as the two circle. TJP avoids Knight’s rush at the legs, gets around to a waistlock, but Knight switches. TJP sits, pries at the hold, but Knight brings him up to SLAM him down! Knight floats to a facelock, TJP rolls but Knight stays with him, but TJP slips away. Fans applaud this opening exchange and the two reset. Knight and TJP circle, knuckle lock, and TJP spins to wrench and wrangle Knight with a top wristlock.

Knight rolls, stands, TJP wrenches his arm again. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud while TJP works on a return. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, but Knight stops the headscissors to CHOP! Fans applaud as TJP staggers to ropes. Knight CHOPS TJP again, then whips TJP to ropes. They RAM shoulders but neither man falls. Knight flexes and fans applaud. TJP runs, they RAM shoulders again and Knight stays up. Knight says TJP doesn’t have it, but TJP kicks low! TJP runs, but Knight hurdles over! TJP rebounds, and he blocks the hip toss into a cobra twist! Fans applaud while Knight endures.

TJP drops for a ground cobra cradle, TWO! Knight whips, TJP stops himself and comes back to tie Knight’s one arm up, and he YANKS Knight’s other arm back! Fans applaud while TJP drags Knight away. Tag to Akira and Catch 2/2 mug Knight. They double whip but Knight DOUBLE FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES them down! Fans fire up as Knight brings Akira up. Knight wrenches Akira, tags Kushida, and he hands off the wrench. Kushida wrenches to a wristlock, then tags Knight back in. They hand off the wrench again, tag, and then hand it off again! Kushida CLUBS Akira’s arm, wrangles him down, and traps the arm to TWIST!

Fans applaud as Kushida drags Akira up to wrench again. Tag to Knight, they hand off the wrench again and again and again! Then they double snapmare to double knee drop both arms! Fans applaud but TJP runs in! Into a drop toehold and PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida & Knight secret handshake, then they double whip TJP to a corner. Then they double whip Akira into TJP! Kushida runs in to back elbow sandwich the champs! Knight runs in to STINGER SPLASH SANDWICH the champs! Knight pushes Akira aside to whip TJP corner to corner. TJP goes up and over, Akira returns for a RAILGUN DROPKICK!

Fans rally as Akira drags Knight up to CLUB him on the neck. Akira stomps Knight in the corner and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Akira stops at 4, then tags TJP. Catch 2/2 drag Knight up, they double whip him to ropes, and SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! TJP sits Knight up to KNEE him in the back! TJP drops knees on the arm, then on a leg. Then TJP has the leg for a standing toehold. Knight endures, even as TJP twists the ankle! Fans rally, Knight fights up and stands. TJP stays clear of the haymakers but Knight breaks free. Knight kicks with the other way but TJP blocks it!

TJP slips around, but Knight ENZIGURIS TJP down! Fans rally, Akira grabs Knight’s legs but Knight kicks him away. But TJP runs past Knight to BLAST Kushida! Knight run sin but TJP goes up and over to get a TARANTULA! Akira intercepts Kushida at the apron for a TARANTULA! Fans fire up for the double shoutout to Tajiri, and Catch 2/2 lets off as the ref counts. Akira returns to his corner, TJP stalks Knight and fans rally up. TJP drags Knight up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot SENTON! Tag to Akira, and he runs to go up the Electric Chair! “Take Picture!” But Knight JET FLIGHT DROPKICKS Akira down!

Fans fire up while all three men are down! Knight crawls, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida climbs up and AX HANDLES TJP down! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Akira, then whips him to ropes. Akira reverses but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Kushida dodges to PELE! TJP kicks Kushida, runs, but into a hip toss! Cartwheel, basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Kushida and he winds up, but Akira blocks the Buzzsaw! Akira whips Kushida to ropes, but Kushida reverses. Akira sunset flips but Kushida stays up! Kushida has the arm, for an ARMBAR! The fans fire up as Kushida pulls back, but Akira rolls to the ROPEBREAK!

Kushida lets go quickly and fans rally up. They clap for “KU-SHI-DA!” as he wrenches Akira’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kushida aims, but Akira dodges the Penalty Kick! Akira CHOPS, but Kushida ROCKS! Akira SUPERKICKS, but Kushida SHOTEIS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kushida crawls, hot tag to Knight! Knight hurries after Akira, brings him up and whips him to a corner. Knight runs in and Kushida runs in from the apron, SPLASH ENZIGURI COMBO! Knight hoists Akira up top, climbs up after him, but TJP gets in! TJP Electric Chair Lifts Knight, but Kushida HANDSPRING KICKS Akira!

Knight fights free of TJP while Kushida has a KIMURA on Akira! TJP lets Knight go to go after Kushida! TJP has the Electric Chair Lift, but Kushida fights free to get the HOVERBOARD KIMURA! Knight jumps to SUPER STEINER Akira! Fans fire up and Knight leaps, SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TJP SLAMS Kushida onto it! Fans fire up while Kushida throws TJP out. Knight drags Akira up, fans clap “TIME TO FLY!” They double suplex but Akira fights it. Akira ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat! But Knight knees low! Time2Fly double whip but Akira shotguns the clothesline apart! And TJP runs in to DOUBLE BULLDOG!

Fans fire up and TJP blocks a kick to spin around, LEG CAPTURE BACK SUPLEX for Knight! Kushida DECKS TJP! Akira GERMAN SUPLEXES Kushida! Knight SLIDING SHOULDERS Akira down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Knight sits up, he brings TJP up but TJP throws a forearm. Knight forearms back, so TJP forearms again. The forearms keep going, then TJP UPPERCUTS! Knight UPPERCUTS in return! The forearms return, Knight gets the edge! Knight runs, into a ROLLING SOBAT! TJP runs, ducks a lariat and SUPERKICKS! TJP runs, into a DROPKICK! Knight kips up and fans fire up again!

Knight runs corner to corner at TJP, but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Knight is still in this and fans are thunderous! TJP drags Knight to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Knight is up! Knight springs up to join TJP, he throws body shots, but TJP hits back. Fans rally as TJP slips under and trips Knight! Knight is in a Tree of Woe, TJP helps Akira walk the tightrope, for a MISSILE WOE DROPKICK! Knight is down in another drop zone and TJP goes back up! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida CLUBS Akira, CLUBS TJP, then BUZZSAWS Akira! Kushida runs, but into an ALLEY-OOP!

Fans fire up as Catch 2/2 sit Knight up! 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 win!

Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)

That’s two more points for a dozen total! Will the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions prove they are THE best tag team in the division?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS YOH & Lio Rush!

The Wild Hips haven’t had much luck in the league, but they’re not giving up! Will Taguchi & Connors stampede through Direct Drive & The Bad Child? Or will the Men of the Hour still have time on the clock?

Taguchi and Connors reach into their bags, and they have beer again! Fans applaud, and the Wild Hips offer some to Yoh & Lio. Really? Right now? Sure! Think of it like a party. Fans applaud but Yoh & Lio aren’t sure, they’re technically working. Yoh and Lio take a can each, Connors & Taguchi crack theirs open and drink. Fans applaud, it’s now or never for Lio & Yoh. They argue it out, but Lio says his stomach doesn’t feel good. Connors understands and fans applaud. The beers are put aside for now, and the teams sort out. Lio starts with Connors and fans rally up at the bell. Lio and Connors circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock.

Connors shoots in but Lio sprawls and facelocks. Connors slips out to facelock and then waistlock then back to a facelock. Lio slips out to waistlock, they stand up, and Connors pries free to switch. Connors drags Lio down, goes back for a facelock, but Lio switches that onto Connors. Connors fights back up, throws a knee, and fans applaud as Connors headlocks. Lio powers up and out but Connors runs him over! Fans applaud again and Connors runs the ropes. Lio drops, then redirects to whip Connors. Connors redirects, too, and then again! Lio handsprings to dodge, then he mule kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Lio covers, TWO!

Lio has the fans rally up, and Lio wrenches Connors’ arm. Tag to Yoh, they double whip Connors and double kick. Yoh whips Lio but Connors avoids the scissor kick! Lio whips Yoh now but Connors avoids Yoh to rebound and run them both over! Fans fire up with Connors and he calls to Taguchi. Taguchi hops in, Connors EuroUppers Yoh. Yoh is in one corner, Lio is in the other and the Wild Hips combine. WHIP HIP into Lio! WHIP HIP into Yoh! And then another for Lio! And another for Yoh! Then Taguchi WHIP HIPS Connors into Lio, and then WHIP HIPS him into Yoh! Fans fire up as the Wild Hips butt bump.

Taguchi sets up on the corner and Connors brings Yoh around. But Yoh reverses and sends Connors into the Funky Weapon! Lio returns to LARIAT Connors down! Taguchi hops down and runs at Yoh, but Yoh atomic drops the hip attack! Yoh scoops and SLAMS Taguchi, then he and Lio hook Taguchi’s legs into the ropes! Not quite a Tree of Woe, more a Bush of Woe. Fans rally as Lio and Yoh fire up. They hook up, ROLLING DIVING HEADBUTT into the Bush! Fans fire up while Taguchi flops over. Yoh drags Taguchi to the apron, and he uses the ropes in a Paradise Lock!? Yoh learned a form of Paradise!

Connors returns but Yoh kicks him down. Yoh drags Connors up to ROCK him with a forearm, and then stomp him in the corner. Tag to Lio, he and Yoh double whip Connors to DOUBLE ELBOW! Then Lio runs to get a wheelbarrow boost from Yoh, WHEELBARROW SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Lio taunts Taguchi then clamps onto Connors with a sleeper and body scissors! Yoh plays defense, but Taguchi can’t get free anyway. Connors fights up with Lio as a backpack, and he RAMS Lio into the corner! Yoh tags in, Connors hurries to his corner, but he can’t tag Taguchi like that! Lio whips Connors to the corner, Yoh & Lio mug him!

Yoh & Lio drag Connors up again, throw forearms and haymakers, then Yoh has Connors on ropes. Yoh throws more forearms, puts him back in the corner, but Connors fights back with forearms and elbows! Fans rally, Connors crawls, but Lio drags him up for a BIG back suplex! Fans rally, Yoh & Lio drag Connors up and double whip. Connors ELBOWS Yoh away but Lio kicks him low. Lio runs, Connors drops and POUNCES Lio into Yoh, and Yoh falls on Taguchi! Taguchi’s free from Paradise! Fans fire up as Connors hurries over, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi fires up, and he HIP ATTACKS Yoh at the ropes! Then HIP ATTACKS Lio at the ropes!

Taguchi keeps going, another HIP ATTACK for Yoh! Another HIP ATTACK for Lio! Baseball slide and APRON HIP for Yoh! Fans fire up and Taguchi takes aim from the apron. Springboard and MISSILE HIP! Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi drags Yoh up but Yoh swings, into a waistlock. Yoh elbows free, runs, but Taguchi follows! Yoh catches the hip attack into a waistlock, but Taguchi elbows free. Taguchi fakes Yoh out into running into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs side to side! PEOPLE’S T-BAG!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives and fans fire up. Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!”

But Lio gets in the way, and offers the beer! He wants to have the drink now? Lio gets the fans to applaud for it, and they crack open the beers. They drink, and Lio hits a STUNNER on Taguchi! Lio laughs at Taguchi falling for it, then he HAANDSPRING KICKS Connors off the apron! Lio hurries to get another drink of beer, then he builds speed! But then Lio feels queasy! Connors runs in to SPEAR Lio down! Fans fire up, Connors drags Yoh up but Yoh throws forearms! Yoh ROCKS Taguchi, UPPERCUTS Connors, but runs into DOUBLE HIP ATTACKS! The Wild Hips combine their powers, take a drink, and show the RED UNDIES! CROSS HIPS!!! Cover, Lio breaks it!!

Fans fire up and Connors throws Lio out. Taguchi stands back up and fans rally. Taguchi stands Yoh up, to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Taguchi drags Yoh up into chicken wings! But Yoh wheelbarrows and victory rolls, only for Taguchi to sit on it! TWO!!! But Taguchi has OH MY GAH ANKLE!! Yoh flails, reaches out, moves around, and Connors keeps Lio on the outside! Yoh scrambles to get a BEER! Yoh stands up to make Taguchi drink!! Taguchi chugs, Yoh shakes him up!! Taguchi is dizzy now, but he SPITS the beer! He’s gone from The Rock to The Game! Taguchi kicks low, runs, but into 3K!!!! Cover, the Men of the Hour win!!

Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taguchi & Connors earn 0)

It’s all about the game and how you play it, but the Wild Hips got beat at their own game! Will Yoh & Lio close in on that outside shot to the finals?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO & Dick Togo!

Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master got the biggest win they could by beating the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions! Will that momentum help them finish strong? Or will the House of Torture ruin things for them right before the end?

Both sides argue about the other needing to be thoroughly checked. After all, Douki has the pipe and Kanemaru has the whiskey, but the Murder Machine has a wrench and the Spoiler has his choker. But for now, the teams sort out and Dick starts against Kanemaru. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Dick powers Kanemaru to ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Kanemaru dodges the sucker punch and tells the ref that’s what he was talking about! Dick apologizes, and offers a handshake. Kanemaru says don’t even bother with that. Dick shakes Sho’s hand and Sho hops in to shake the ref’s hand. Dick also shakes the ref’s hand.

Douki steps in and the House of Torture offers him a handshake, too. Douki & Kanemaru reach out to accept, but then they block the cheap kicks! Douki throws Sho’s foot into Dick, then he throws Sho out while Kanemaru rolls Dick up! TWO!! Dick escapes, Douki goes out after Sho while Kanemaru stalks Dick to the corner. Dick pokes Kanemaru in the eye! Dick then whips corner to corner but Kanemaru reverses. Dick BOOTS Kanemaru, runs, but into a dropkick to the legs! Tag to Douki, Suzuki-Gun SMASH both knees! Cover, TWO! Douki stomps Dick around, then puts the leg on the ropes for a HIP DROP!

Fans rally while Douki drags Dick up. Douki kicks low, whips Dick to ropes, then runs in, only to be put on the apron. Dick swings but Douki shoulders into him. But Sho trips Douki up! Dick BLASTS Kanemaru, Sho stomps Douki around by commentary. Sho drags Douki up, brings him all the way to the back wall, rakes the eyes, and then goes into the rear stage area! Sho sends Douki into the wall! Dick keeps after Kanemaru while Sho whips Douki at the edge! Douki keeps from falling, he turns around and Sho BOOTS him off the stage! Fans applaud as Sho stands tall. Sho stomps Douki in front of the back row, then says to turn our attention back to ringside.

The ring count starts while Dick waits on Douki. Sho wants the count to go faster, and then he touches the Super Jr. Tag League trophy. Fans rally as Douki stands, and he hurries up the aisle! We’re at 12 of 20, Sho gets on the mic to shout that this is over! Sho rings the bell himself! The ref tells Sho no, but Sho makes the ref raise his hand in victory. Doukik returns! But Sho and Dick mug him! The ref reprimands them, counts, but both Sho and Dick let off at 4. Douki fights up but Dick fights off the scoop. Dick throws body shots and he CLUBS Douki down! Dick scoops and SLAMS Douki down! Dick then clamps onto Douki’s arms for a motorcycle stretch!

Fans rally as Douki endures and reaches out. Douki gets the ROPEBREAK, and Dick lets off. Dick scrapes his sole on Douki’s face, then he tags Sho. Sho runs to BLAST Kanemaru, then he and Dick mug Douki. Douki hits back but Sho rakes the eyes! Sho shoves Douki down, brings him back up, and throws him out of the ring. Sho distracts the ref so Dick can ROCK Douki! Dick puts Douki back in for Sho to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cover, the ref refuses because of shenanigans. Sho stomps Douki then covers, TWO! Fans fire up while Sho is upset with the ref. Sho drags Douki back up but Douki throws forearms! Sho rakes the eyes!

The ref reprimands but Sho grins as he brings Douki up again. Douki blocks the suplex and fans rally. Sho powers Douki up but Douki fights it. Douki powers Sho up, but Sho bends Douki’s fingers! Sho suplexes but Douki slips out! Douki waistlocks but Sho elbows free. Sho runs, but into a FLYING HEADBUTT! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Sho and Douki crawl, hot tag to Kanemaru! Kanemaru stomps on Sho then BLASTS Dick! Kanemaru whips, Sho reverses but Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru drags Sho up, SHIN BREAKER and then a  dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru steps through for a FIGURE FOUR!

Sho endures the leglock and Kanemaru trashes about! Dick gets in to stomp away on Kanemaru! The hold is undone but the ref reprimands Dick. Kanemaru drags Sho around, stomps the legs, but Sho bends the fingers! So Kanemaru rakes Sho’s eyes! The ref reprimands them both, Kanemaru kicks Sho and runs. But Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho then runs but now Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Kanemaru kicks low, ELBOWS Sho in the head, then runs, but Dick gets a cheap shot in! Sho SPEARS Kanemaru down! Tag to Dick and the House of Torture stomps away on Kanemaru. They whip him corner to corner, then Sho runs in.

Kanemaru dodges Sho, kicks Dick and sends him into Sho! ENZIGURI for Dick! Fans fire up while all three are down! Douki calls out and Kanemaru heads that way! Hot tag to Douki! Douki goes up to CROSSBODY! Dick staggers up, Douki dodges him to springboard BACK ELBOW! Douki drags Dick into the drop zone, for a RUNNING DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Douki drags Dick up and hooks him up! But Dick fights the Gory Especial to snapmare and ghost pin! TWO! CROSSFACE!! Fans rally while Douki endures! Douki reaches out, claws his way over, but Dick rolls him way!

But Douki slips out to waistlock! He baits Dick into a double pump handle and he flips Dick over! Douki then rolls Dick into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans fire up while Dick endures! But then Sho drags the ref out! Sho gets in to stomp away on Douki! The Young Lions check on the ref while Sho gets his wrench! But Douki gets his PIPE! Fans fire up as Douki’s is bigger! Sho still swings but Douki dodges! Douki swings but Sho dodges! Douki blocks the wrench attack and Sho drops it! Douki JAMS Sho with the pipe, then CHOKES him with it! But Dick slides in to use the SPOILER CHOKER! But Kanemaru takes a swig!

Yujiro & Evil rush out from the back! But Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Yujiro! Then he KICKS the ropes to hit Evil down low! Then Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS Dick! But Sho LOW BLOWS Kanemaru! Everyone falls at the same time! Fans fire up and rally as the ref returns! The ref can’t make heads or tails of what happened, but Dick and Douki stay in the ring. Dick drags Douki up, underhooks, but Douki blocks the Pedigree! Dick CLUBS Douki down, drags him back up and tries again. But Douki wrenches out! Dick rakes the eyes! Dick gets the whiskey and tags a swig!? But Douki HELL STABS! The whiskey spews into the air!

Douki drags Dick back down, ITALIAN STRETCH #32!!! Dick verbally quits, Suzuki-Gun wins!!

Winners: Douki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by submission (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)

Incredible! Douki the underdog has gotten his team to three wins in this latter half of the tournament! Is this a sign that things are finally clicking for Japones Del Mal?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS BUSHI & Titán!

The Flying Tigers may not have a shot at the finals, but they can shoot down another team’s chances! Will the Sniper of the Sky and the Junior Heavyweight legend eliminate LIJ? Or will the Black Mask y El Inmortal stay alive for one more round?

The teams sort out, Eagles calls out Titan, so LIJ fist bumps. Fans applaud as Titan and Eagles circle. They tie up, Eagles wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Titan rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Eagles endures the wristlock now, but he uses the ropes to flip through and wrench back. Titan endures now, rolls, kips up and bridges to then handspring and wrench back! Fans rally as Titan wrenches again. Titan whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but Titan goes up and over to handspring away. Fans cheer and things keep moving. Titan jumps over, whips Eagles but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! But Titan handstands walks!

Titan rolls, handsprings, and fans fire up as things keep moving. Titan hurdles, Eagles counters the arm-drag to a takedown, and then he handsprings to basement dropkick! Fans cheer the opening exchange as Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles keeps on Titan, brings him over, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tiger and he KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Titan down! Tiger stomps Titan, brings him up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Tiger runs but Titan DROPKICKS him in return! Fans rally and Titan rolls to tag in Bushi! Bushi stomps Tiger, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! And CHOPS again!

Bushi pushes Tiger out, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi goes after Tiger’s mask! The ref reprimands, Bushi stops going after the laces to pull at the chin! The ref reprimands and counts, Bushi stops at 4. Bushi stomps Tiger down, then he tags in Titan. Titan climbs while Bushi drags Tiger up. Bushi wrenches an arm and Titan DOUBLE STOMPS it! Titan kicks Tiger around, then mule kicks him. Titan snapmares Tiger to PENALTY KICK! Fans rally and Eagles coaches Tiger, but Titan stands Tiger up. Tiger throws body shots, then throws KICK after KICK! Titan blocks a kick but Tiger SPIN KICKS him away!

Fans rally, Tiger rolls and hot tags Eagles! Eagles springboards up and over Titan, BLASTS Bushi, then RANAS Titan! Fans fire up as Eagles WHEEL KICKS Titan and kips up! Titan bails out, Eagles builds speed, but Bushi trips Eagles up! Titan mule kicks Tiger, CLUBS him down and gets back in the ring. Titan KICKS Eagles while he’s down, then he tags Bushi. Fans rally as LIJ mug Eagles, then double whip him corner to corner. Bushi runs in to back elbow Titan, and then sets up for INMORTAL IN MOTION! Feed to a lift, DROPKICK SPINEBUSTER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Titan BLASTS Tiger!

Fans rally up as LIJ loom over Eagles. They kick Eagles around, drag him up and double whip again. Eagles reverses to send Bushi away and then he knees Titan low. Bushi returns and Eagles sends him into Titan! Titan falls, Eagles mule kicks Bushi then runs, BASEMENT DROPKICK BLINDSIDE LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Eagles crawls for his corner, hot tag to Tiger! Tiger goes up top and CROSSBODIES Bushi down! Titan CLUBS Tiger, holds him up, but Tiger BOOTS Bushi and KANGAROO KICKS Titan! Bushi returns, into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Tiger brings Bushi back up. Tiger underhooks Bushi but Titan runs in! Tiger mule kicks Titan, Eagles runs in to KICK, and then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take Titan down! Fans fire up and Bushi fires forearms on both Flying Tigers! Bushi fires off on Tiger, but Eagles SOBATS Bushi! Eagles cravats Bushi and Tiger gives him a boost into the ASAI DDT! Roll and feed to the underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Titan breaks it! Eagles throws Titan out and Tiger goes to a corner. But Titan POSTS Eagles! Tiger reaches the top but Titan attacks him first! Titan ROCKET LAUNCHES Tiger off the corner!

Bushi crawls to the LIJ corner, hot tag to Titan! Titan roars, fans fire up, and Titan springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in and suplexes for the GOURD BUSTER, to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Tiger is still in this and fans rally up. Tiger goes to a corner, Titan powers up and runs in, LOCO- NO, Tiger BOOTS Titan away! Then crucifix takedown! TWO!! Into the REVERSE DOUBLE ARMBAR!! Titan endures, flails, Eagles intercepts Bushi into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! But Titan gets the ROPEBREAK! The Flying Tigers let LIJ go and Eagles kicks Bushi out.

Eagles rallies the fans and he joins Tiger in bringing Titan up. The Flying Tigers double whip Titan to a corner, Eagles goes to the apron. They both run in, ENZIGURI ROUNDHOUSE COMBO! Fans fire up as Tiger brings Titan up to the top rope. Bushi rushes in but Eagles springboards and missile dropkicks the legs out! Tiger climbs up after Titan, underhooks the arms, and fans rally up! SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives, but Tiger has a KIMURA! Titan endures as Tiger also traps his head! Bushi barrels through Eagles to break it up! Fans rally as Bushi fires forearms on Eagles.

Eagles knees low, Bushi ducks a roundhouse to spin Eagles into a DDT! Tiger fires off on Bushi, knees low and SOBATS! Tiger runs, but into a DROPKICK! Bushi runs to BLAST Eagles! Then Bushi builds speed to DIVE onto Eagles! Fans fire up and Titan roars! Titan drags Tiger up, reels him in to a fireman’s carry, and spins for the LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Tiger survives again and fans fire up! Bushi returns as Tiger goes to a corner. Titan runs in, LOCO LARIAT! Bushi hits the CODE BREAKER! Titan springboards, but slips! Angel Inmortal is more a diving headbutt botch! Bushi hurries to get Titan back up and Titan resets.

Bushi watches Eagles while Titan COAST2COAST dropkicks Tiger!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Bushi & Titán, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective! LIJ stay alive for another round, will they make the Super Jr. Tag League finals tranquilo?

 

Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!

The #GLEATSAUCE holds their fate in their own hands! If they win, they take over the top spot! If they lose, their bubble bursts right before the end! Can Zayne & Lindaman stop the Inevitable? Or will Ace & Bey keep things Too Sweet?

The teams sort out, Zayne steps up and calls out his former friend, Ace. Ace & Bey Too Sweet and then point finger guns at Zayne. Lindaman says, “Boo~!” but Ace starts against Zayne. The fans rally as the two stare down, but then Ace tags out to Bey. Bey & Ace laugh at Zayne thinking he was going to get his way. Zayne and Bey circle, fans rally up again, and the two tie up. They go around, Zayne puts Bey on ropes but he stares Ace down. Red shoes counts the break, Zayne lets off with a pat on Bey’s shoulder. Bey acts like he’s gonna punch, but he just hands Red Shoes some of his gold chains that’re coming loose.

Zayne and Bey reset as fans rally up, and Bey gets around to waistlock. Zayne works on the hold but Bey shifts to a headlock. Zayne throws body shots, then elbows, then he powers out, only for Bey to pull on Zayne’s beard! Bey laughs and flexes while Red Shoes reprimands.

 

Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!

Austin & Bey: 6-1, 12 points
Bushi & Titan: 6-2, 12 points
TJP & Akira: 6-2, 12 points
Yoh & Lio: 6-2, 12 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 5-2, 10 points
Taguchi & Connors: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Sho & Dick: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (12/7/22)

The best tag teams collide!

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AEW Year 4

Will The Acclaimed hold onto their forever reign?

In an epic clash, The Acclaimed defend their AEW World Tag Team Championships against the THREE BELT CHAMPIONS, FTR! Will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood move up to FOUR belts tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal: Ricky Starks wins and will challenge MJF for the Dynamite Diamond Ring.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin; Joe wins and retains the title.
  • Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta; Claudio & Yuta win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan; Jade & The Baddies win.
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR; win(s) and

PLAY BY PLAY

Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal!

Another year, another battle for that coveted $150,000 diamond ring! But things are a little different, as Maxwell Jacob Friedman, our NEW AEW World Champion, has the prerogative to not participate in this match. Instead, think of this more as a #1 contender’s battle royal with the winner getting to choose when and where they face MJF for that ring. Ricky Starks vows that when he wins this match, he’ll make next week’s title match into a Winner Takes All! Will this be an Absolute Victory for Ricky Starks? Or will someone else in this crowded field take that diamond ticket instead?

Fans go wild as Starks makes his entrance, and then they go wild as “Jungle Boy” Jack Perry makes his entrance. We already have Brian Cage, The Butcher, The Blade, Orange Cassidy, Captain Shawn Dean, Matt Hardy, Ethan Page,  Lee Moriarty, W. Morrissey, Kip Sabian, Dalton Castle and The Boys at ringside, but wait! Here comes The Natural, Dustin Rhodes! Fans fire up for the hometown hero, the bell rings, and everyone rushes into the ring! Well, almost everyone as Kip plays things a bit more shrewdly, and even Castle & The Boys wait as things sort out. Cassidy takes his time because that’s just the way Freshly Squeezed rolls.

The Butcher brawls with Dean, The Blade is after JB and Dustin is on Hardy while The Firm’s All Ego and #TAIGASTYLE mug Starks. Castle slides in to help Starks out, and Kip yanks Cassidy out under the bottom rope, wanting to continue things from Rampage’s All-Atlantic Championship Lumberjack Match! Kip RAMS Cassidy into railing! Ethan bumps Castle off buckles and Starks turns things around on Moriarty. Ethan CHOKES Castle while The Boys protest. Castle hits Ethan back, Moriarty turns things around on Starks to rain down fists. Starks stops that and hits an atomic drop! Hardy helps Ethan by going after Castle.

Dustin digs his boots into Ethan while Hardy dribbles Castle off buckles. Kip throws Cassidy around ringside, Dustin bumps Ethan off buckles. Dustin CHOPS Ethan, Cassidy turns things around on Kip but Kip sends Cassidy into the apron! Fans rally for Starks, Castle gives Hardy a raspberry? Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Dean throws hands on Cage. Kip and Cassidy are finally in the ring and Cassidy bounces Kip off buckles. And again! And again! Butcher CLUBS Cassidy down! Butcher and Kip work together on Cassidy but he kicks at them. Cassidy gets free, dodges Kip, and runs in at Kip, only for Kip to send him up and out!

Cassidy holds onto the ropes, but Kip BITES one of Cassidy’s hands! Cassidy still skins the cat to headscissor Kip! Kip resists, pushes Cassidy away, but Cassidy hits him back! Blades sucker punches Cassidy and drags him off! Blade ELIMINATES Cassidy, then POSTS him! Fans boo but the damage is done and Kip is all smiles. Dustin runs at Kip and hits a DESTROYER! Dustin clotheslines Kip up and out to ELIMINATE him! Fans fire up but then Butcher CLUBS Dustin! Butcher fires off hands but Dustin gives them back! They brawl with haymakers but Butcher knees low! And again! Butcher fireman’s carries but Dustin fights free!

Dustin is on the apron, he throws hands on Butcher while fans go nuts over Starks narrowly avoiding elimination at the hands of Matt Hardy! Dustin ROCKS Butcher, Hardy kicks at Starks. Moriarty is after Castle in a corner while Butcher rakes Dustin’s eyes! Butcher CLOBBERS Dustin and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Blade high-fives with Butcher while staying safe on the outside. Butcher fires off on Dustin, Cage throws Castle out! Cage KNEES Castle off the apron, but The Boys catch him! Cage ROCKS Castle again, the Boys keep Castle up again! And again! They carry Castle to safety on the other side of the ring!

But Cage is there! Cage swings, Castle ducks to ROCK Cage back! Castle gets in safe, but Cage scoops him! Cage TOSSES Castle out onto the Boys and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but JB DROPKICKS Cage out of the ring! Cage  stays on the apron, he ROCKS JB in the ropes, suplexes him, but JB slips out to waistlock! Cage elbows JB away, but JB SUPERKICKS Cage! Meanwhile, Starks is fighting off both Hardy and Ethan Page! He gets them to back off, before he DOUBLE AX HANDLES them both down! JB goes up a corner, he leaps at Cage, APRON METEORA! JB ELIMINATES Cage! Prince Nana is furious but fans are fired up as AEW goes picture in picture!

JB checks his leg as he gets in the ring. Moriarty is right on JB by pulling his hair! Moriarty UPPERCUTS JB, has him in a corner, and digs his boots in! Ethan stomps Dean while Hardy rushes Butcher. Butcher dumps Hardy but Hardy holds the ropes! Hardy fights his way back in, he CLUBS Butcher down, and Ethan applauds. The Firm give Hardy thumbs up as Hardy picks Butcher up and works to dump him out! Butcher holds on while Moriarty stomps Starks and Ethan keeps on Dean. Butcher fights off Hardy, then catches his breath leaning against ropes. Ethan makes Starks look at the camera before he CLUBS him down!

JB CLUBS Ethan! Moriarty full nelsons JB but JB elbows him away. JB digs a boot into Ethan and Starks joins in! They let off, drag Ethan up, and they work together to pick Ethan up! Ethan fights and Hardy helps Ethan for The Firm. Hardy bumps Starks off buckles again and again and again! JB fights Ethan off while Hardy shouts, “DELETE! Dean turns things around on Moriarty JB stomps Ethan then CLUBS Butcher. Dean scoops and SLAMS Moriarty while Hardy tries to throw Starks out again. But Starks drags Hardy up and over instead! Hardy dangles but so does Starks! Dynamite returns to single picture as Ethan hurries to save Hardy!

Starks fights Hardy but Ethan HOTSHOTS Starks! Starks sputters, Hardy gets in safe. Butcher fights off JB and Dean, but Dean fights him with forearms. The Firm all mug Starks, but fans rally up behind Starks. Starks fires off on Butcher while he can but Butcher ROCKS Starks! Starks runs to BLAST and ELIMINATE The Butcher! But then The Firm jumps right on him! Moriarty throws Starks out but Starks stays safe on the apron. Starks ROCKS Moriarty, JB runs in to RANA Moriarty up and out to ELIMINATE him!! But Morrissey BOOTS JB while he’s hanging on, and that ELIMINATES JB!!

Fans boo, Morrissey isn’t even really in this match! But Moriarty & Morrissey aren’t done with JB, either, as they drag him up, APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Hardy meanwhile hits Dean with a SIDE EFFECT! The refs reprimand, Moriarty and Morrissey back off, leaving Ethan, Hardy, Starks and Dean as our final four. Hardy drags Starks up to give him a SIDE EFFECT! Fans boo, but then Ethan tells Hardy to stop doing his V1 and raise Ethan’s hand in victory. But Ethan hasn’t won yet! Hardy says, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and then Ethan tells him to get Starks up. Hardy does as told, The Firm mugs Starks, and then they put him on the ropes.

Starks holds on as both Hardy & Ethan lift, but Dean makes the save! Dean fires off hands on Ethan! Hardy goes after Dean, but Dean fires off hands on Hardy! Dean UPPERCUTS Hardy but Ethan CLUBS Dean! Ethan whips Dean, Dean gets around, FLOAT-OVER DDT! Dean kips up and fans fire up! Stokely is upset but Dean drags Ethan up to throw him up and over! Ethan holds on desperately and Hardy kicks Dean! TWIST OF FATE! Ethan shouts to throw Dean out and Hardy tells Ethan to do it. Ethan says fine, he drags Dean up and tosses Dean to ELIMINATE him! Fans are thunderous as now Starks is 2v1 against The Firm!

Ethan tells Hardy to do his job and help him win. Hardy shouts, “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” But he BLASTS Starks! The Firm mugs Starks and fans boo hard as ever! Ethan feeds Starks to the facelock, TWIST OF- NO, Starks shoves Hardy up and out to ELIMINATE him! Ethan fires off on Starks, it’s just the two of them now! Starks wrenches and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans are thunderous as Starks is electric! He runs in but Ethan dodges the Spear! ROUNDHOUSE! Ethan snarls, he drags Starks up, fireman’s carry, but Starks RANAS Ethan out! STARKS WINS!!

Winner: Ricky Starks (#1 contender to the Dynamite Diamond Ring)

But to rain on the parade already is MJF! The AEW World Champion and #TripleB, the Big Burberry Belt, are here with a mic as fans boo hard as they can. The fans then cheer on Starks and MJF smirks. MJF tells Starks, “I’ll be with you in one second.” MJF then says, “Bryan Danielson, a little birdy told me you didn’t wanna show up tonight, and I think I know the real reason why. The real reason why is because you’re terrified of me. And I don’t blame ya, bud. After what I did to your boy, Willy Reegs, I’d be scared, too.”

Fans boo but MJF says, “Because I’m a bad, bad man. And that’s why in a week from now, I’m gonna be a FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, FOUR-TIME, F-F-F-FOUR-TIME beautiful Dynamite Diamond Ring Champion. And I will still be the holder of the grandest prize of ’em all, the Triple B, baby! Now Richard, people seem to really like you around here, huh?” Fans cheer Starks on again, and MJF says “They talk about you like you’re some underutilized god of professional wrestling. And trust me, you are very talented, you really are. But you wanna know the truth, bud? Here’s the truth, Absolute.” Fans tell MJF to STFU but he just shrugs that off.

MJF says the truth is that in comparison to MJF, Starks is the Absolute drizzling sh*t! Or should MJF say, “You’re a roody poo candy ass!” After all, Starks stole literally everything else from that guy. But no offense, Richard, you’re just “a Dollar Store Dwayne.” So MJF will call Starks “The Pebble.” So here’s what happens next week in the main event of Dynamite, little Pebble. Fans chant for the “PEBBLE~! PEBBLE~!” MJF says he’s gonna put The Pebble in his pocket, hop in his brand new Porsche, because unlike all the “simple-minded humanoids” of Austin, MJF is rich. MJF will drive Pebble to the nearest body of water, take him out of his pocket, and skip “your scrawny little pigeon-toed ass all the way back to Billy Corgan’s NWA so you can wrestle on YouTube where you belong!”

Fans boo but Starks just smirks. MJF says “Facts don’t care about your feelings, Texas!” But MJF doesn’t care that Starks is Absolute, because MJF is a Generational Talent, and his Reign of Terror has only just begun. MJF soaks up the heat and then Starks pushes right past him to get a mic of his own. Fans cheer on Starks but MJF tells them all to shut up. Starks tells “Maxi Pad”, which fans now chant at MJF, that he should’ve expected a fifth-rate Roddy Piper to come out here and try to steal the spotlight. Oh~, he trashed the city! OH~! He trashed the fans! How much more shtick does MJF got? Cuz the low hanging fruit is running dry!

Starks says every week, MJF walks out here smelling like paint thinner and ass, having spray tanned his eczema to where if he took his shirt off, his back would look like he laid on an ant colony for seven hours. MJF has his crappy shoes, pants that are never ironed, a shirt that is too small, that stupid scarf, and that even dumber haircut, and he acts like he’s better than Starks?! Give us a break!! Fans are fired up hearing that! “Everything about you screams, ‘Cheap.’ The cheap suits, the cheap shoes, the cheap heat. Oh my God, and you are our new AEW Champion, huh? Well here’s the thing. With that AEW Championship comes a big responsibility that you know nothing about!

“The difference between you and me is that when these people got behind me, I gave them a reason to keep going. When they put faith in you, you let them down. When Regal put faith in you, you let him down. But brother, when it comes to Ricky, I delivery on time, every time, every night, every week, every month! And you can take your little ass to Greece for three months because oh~, you didn’t get paid enough! Oh~, you got out politicked by somebody smarter than you! But the fact remains is that I’ve been here, busting my ass. You wanna talk responsibility? Let’s talk about the fact that you avoid responsibility! You avoid any type of pressure.

“I show up to sign meet ‘n’ greets, where you, you don’t care! You just blow it off because hey! Everybody hates Max, so he has nothing to lose, right? Yeah, well, guess what, buddy? There comes a lot of responsibility when it comes to people actually liking you. And beside your nose being a lot darker than the rest of your body, me on the other hand, I live with dignity, I live with respect. You know nothing about that! When I lived in my car in South Austin, guess what I was doing? I was grinding! I knew the responsibility of taking care of myself! When it comes to that woman right there, it’s MY responsibility to get her a car, to get her a house.

“And you think because you paid people, because you kissed ass, that Maxwell ‘I’m better than you,’ you can get whatever you want? Please, gimme a break.” Fans are all fired up! Starks tells MJF that next week is a BIG deal. Starks is putting up and shutting MJF up for once in his miserable, narcissistic, punk-ass little life! MJF doesn’t deserve the title but Starks does! Wrestling on YouTube? Guess what? Been there, done that, busted his ass to get here! He never needed a name to make it here, and he doesn’t need one to beat MJF’s ass! He is Ricky Starks, he is stand ten toes down right here.

Next week, Starks smacks that mole of MJF’s neck, stomps a new hole right into MJF, and then he takes that title! Fans are thunderous for Starks as he says he’s doing MJF a favor he’s never had done in his life: Starks takes the responsibility off this “little boy’s” plate. MJF LOW BLOWS Starks! Fans boo as MJF takes off the belt, the scarf, and brings out the Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF puts the ring on, takes aim, and fans shout “F YOU MAX!” But Starks dodges to SPEAR!! Fans are THUNDEROUS as MJF falls out of his shoes and then falls out of the ring! Starks holds up the world title, will he be holding that and the Dynamite Diamond Ring at the end of Winter is Coming?

 

Darby Allin speaks.

“May 12th, 2021 was when I lost the TNT Championship. From that time ’til now, I feel like a lot of people have all said to me, ‘Darby Allin is being slept on. Darby Allin is forgotten about.’ Well it’s up to me to wake everyone up, and I’m gonna win that TNT Championship. I said that this crowd chants one thing, ‘Joe is gonna kill~ you.’ Well Joe, you’re gonna have to bury me with that TNT Championship, because I am not leaving Austin, Texas without it.”

Samoa Joe responds.

“Darby Allin, the curious little dead boy. I know exactly what you see when you look at me. You see a crucible that you wanna put yourself through. You see the violence that I inflict and you say to yourself, ‘That is a trial I can endure.’ Well, Darby, tonight you’re gonna learn that curiosity has a price that is about to get real expensive.” Will the Relentless Underdog put it all on the line just to get back that title? Or will he fail to dethrone the King of Pro-Wrestling Television?

 

Jon Moxley speaks.

“You think last week got a little outta hand? I don’t. In fact, I’m starting to really, really like The Cowboy, Hangman. Because he fell off his horse, dusted himself off, and got right back in the saddle, and he did his talking with his fists. There’s not enough of that around here. There’s too much talking. This is All Elite Wrestling, not All Elite Talking. There is no Blackpool Microphone Club. This is COMBAT! This is the sport of kings! Tonight, myself, Wheeler, Claudio, this Weekend at Final Battle, this Friday night on Rampage, we bring back 100 proof, in-your-face, ass-kicking wrestling! Jericho Appreciation Society. I’m so over the Jericho Appreciation Society.

“I’m gonna be out there tonight, just to make sure there’s no sports entertainment shenanigans. And this weekend, we put the JAS in our rearview mirror for good! Hangman Page, you want another piece? You know where to find me.” The Maniac heads out, but will he be able to focus on the JAS with the Cowboy coming for him?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS Darby Allin!

#TwoBeltJoe has been intimidating and brutal even when he’s had no belts. How much more vicious will he become in order to keep his throne as King of TV?

The introductions are made, the TNT title is raised, and we see if Darby wins, or even survives!

The bell rings and fans rally as Darby and Joe stare down. Fans do sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Joe steps up to Darby, daring him to do something. So Darby fires off fast hands! Joe puts Darby in a corner, but Darby dodges him to fire off hands again! Joe shoves Darby away, but Darby SHOTGUNS Joe out of the ring! Darby keeps moving to DIVE, but Joe casually moves aside and Darby crashes into railing! Joe grins as he goes back for Darby while fans lose their minds. Joe CLUBS Darby, drags him up, and sits him on the apron to then SWING him into the railing! And SWING into the apron! And back into railing!

Fans are torn but Joe soaks it all up. Joe goes back for Darby, and he tears up the floor mats! Joe drags Darby up and smacks him off the apron. Darby flounders around in a daze, but Joe drags him back up. Joe puts Darby in the ring, just to drag him out after refreshing the ring count. Joe then hits Darby with a BIG back suplex to the floor! Darby writhes, but at least that was a padded part. Joe refreshes the count himself now, and he drags Darby back up. Joe brings Darby to the bare patch now, and fans boo while the ref counts. Darby fights the lift but Joe still gets Darby up! Darby bends Joe’s fingers to get free!

Darby runs in, but Joe POWERSLAMS Darby to the bare concrete!! Joe shouts at Darby, “Do you wanna die, Darby?! HUH!?!” The ref checks Darby while AEW goes picture in picture.

Joe leaves Darby behind while he clutches an arm and his ribs. Joe returns, having refreshed the count, and he puts Darby in the ring. Joe stalks Darby, mockingly applauds, and then drags Darby up. Joe CHOPS Darby and he flops down into a corner. Joe stands on Darby’s neck, the ref counts, and Joe lets off at 4. Joe smirks as he paces around. Darby drags himself up in a corner but not very far. Joe drags Darby up but Darby throws body shots! Darby runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Joe is fired up and he drags Darby into a neck wrench! Darby endures, even as Joe looms over him. Joe throws Darby down but fans rally up.

Darby flounders about and it amuses Joe. Darby kicks back, manages to kick harder, and he BOOTS Joe away! Darby stands to throw more body shots, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe snarls, he drags Darby back up, and he dumps Darby to the apron. Joe drags Darby up as Dynamite returns to single picture. Joe JABS Darby, and then runs him side to side to POST him! Fans lose their minds again and Joe pretends he can’t see where Darby went. Doc Sampson checks Darby and the ring count starts. Fans count along while Joe just strolls around the ring and flexes. Darby is somehow okay to continue, and he crawls his way over at 5 of 10.

Darby flounders up at 7 and in at 8! Fans cheer but Joe is annoyed. Joe asks Darby what more has to happen. Joe kicks him around, Darby gets mad. Darby SLAPS Joe and it staggers him! Darby runs, gets around, but Joe hits an atomic drop! And then runs to BOOT Darby down! Then he SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Darby is still in this though he goes to the apron, and Joe can’t believe it! But then Joe builds speed! But Joe has to bail out as Darby slides back in! Darby PLANCHAS, but into a fireman’s carry! Darby fights free to RAM Joe into steel steps! Darby then goes up the corner for a SUPER COFFIN DROP!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!”

Darby staggers about, but he pushes Joe into the ring. Darby keeps moving, COFFIN- NO, the splash is caught to a SLEEPER! But Darby drops to KICK Joe away! Darby slips around, THROWBACK STUNNER!! Joe stays up so Darby hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!!! Joe survives but Darby has new life! Fans are giving a standing ovation as Joe and Darby rise. Joe goes to a corner, Darby runs in but into the URENAGE! Joe drags Darby up and puts him on the top rope. But Darby claws Joe’s face! Joe CHOPS Darby, climbs up after him, and hoists Darby up. But Darby BITES Joe’s forehead!! Joe falls back, Darby adjusts, COFFIN DROP!! Into the COQUINA CLUTCH!!!

Darby flails, he reaches out, but the sleeper and body scissors squeezes tight! Darby has a wild look in his eyes, until those eyes roll back! Darby is OUT, Joe wins!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (still AEW TNT Champion)

Darby fought his heart out, but we are still in the #TwoBeltJoe Era! Darby manages to stand up again, and he says he’s not dead! Joe has to put him down for him to stop! Darby dares Joe to keep fighting, but Joe HEADBUTTS Darby down! Joe grabs Darby’s own skateboard and he brings it over. Fans boo as Joe scares off the ref with the board! Joe then drags Darby up, puts the board down wheels up, and he puts Darby on the corner. Joe tucks Darby in! MUSCLE BUSTER on the wheels!!! Darby isn’t even moving, but Joe still puts the COQUINA CLUTCH back on!! The ref reprimands, more refs rush out but HERE COMES WARDLOW!!

Wardlow rushes to the ring and Joe runs away! Fans cheer on “WARD~LOW! WARD~LOW!” as he reminds Joe that they’re not through with each other! Joe moves on to ROH Final Battle to defend his ROH World Television Championship against Juice Robinson, will Joe make it through The Booster only to find Wardlow’s World waiting for him?

 

Backstage interview with Kip Sabian and Orange Cassidy.

Tony Schiavone says there is a No Physicality Agreement in place as these two are here to talk. What is on Cassidy’s mind? Cassidy doesn’t know what Kip is doing, but he doesn’t need to do this. If he wants a title shot, just ask. Kip says, “How convenient, my sweet little Clementine. You wait until an unprovoked attack by Dustin Rhodes. I’m hurt. You just don’t want me at my best.” Cassidy says if Kip isn’t gonna fight this Friday on Rampage, then find someone who can. Kip ponders the idea, and heads out. Cassidy asks Schiavone if that’s a yes. Seems so. Then who will crazy Kip find as a Superbad proxy to take on the All-Atlantic Champion?

 

Chris Jericho speaks.

“Initially, what started out as a deliberate desecration of the legacy of ROH has now led me to become the greatest ROH Champion of all time. Oh, the irony. Claudio, you don’t have the belief that you can beat me when it counts and become the ROH World Champion once again. Isn’t that true? That is why I’m gonna beat you at Final Battle, and it is why you’re gonna have to join the Jericho Appreciation Society. But Claudio, I am telling you this right now, it is going to be the best thing for you. I am looking so forward to taking you under my wing, and most importantly, I am looking so forward to beating you at Final Battle. I’ll see you then, Claudio. All Honor The Ocho.”

 

Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia w/ Sammy Guevara VS Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta w/ Jon Moxley!

Speaking of the war between JAS and BCC, another battle happens here in Austin! Will “Rock Hard” Hager & the “Dragonslayer” use sports entertainment to gain the momentum before the Final Battle? Or will the Swiss Superman & Decoder use a pro-wrestling solution on their JAS problem?

The teams sort out and Yuta starts against Garcia in a preview of their ROH Pure Championship rematch set for Saturday. They circle, then Garcia tags to Hager. Hager and Yuta circle, but then Hager has everyone hold on. Because he’s brings out the purple bucket hat, and throws it to Claudio! Hager says Claudio needs to get used to wearing that. Claudio considers it, he holds the hat up, but then he PUNTS the hat to the crowd! Hopefully Austin likes that hat. Hager KNEES Yuta, CLUBS him, then back suplexes! Yuta lands on his feet, CHOPS Hager, but Hager swings. Yuta dodges but Hager CLOBBERS Yuta!

Hager drags Yuta up, bumps him off buckles and tags Garcia in. The JAS mugs Yuta with a CHOP and some stomps. The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in but he lets off at 4. Yuta gets up to COHP and forearm and repeat! Garcia CHOPS, Yuta CHOPS, repeat! Yuta whips, Garcia reverses and runs in but Yuta goes up and over. Yuta scoops Garcia to SLAM him, then SENTON! Cover, TWO! Yuta keeps on Garcia with a pull of the ear, then he tags Claudio. BCC double whip and DOUBLE BOOT! Garcia scrambles away, tags Hager, but Hager runs into a drop toehold! Claudio facelocks then armlocks while fans chant, “WE THE PEOPLE!”

Claudio chinbars then goes after an arm, but Hager throws elbows. Hager ROCKS Claudio with rights, whips him corner to corner, but Claudio goes up and over. Claudio hip tosses then covers, ONE!! Claudio keeps on the arm, tag to Yuta, and Yuta climbs up to AX HANDLE the arm! Yuta wrenches, but Hager shoves him to a corner. Hager runs in but into a BOOT! Yuta hops up, leaps and MISSILE DROPKICKS Hager down! Garcia runs in but Yuta slips around, OLYMPIC SLAM! Garcia bails out, Yuta builds speed and Yuta DIVES to take out both Hager and Garcia! Fans fire up as Yuta puts Hager in.

Yuta climbs up, but Sammy distracts! Garcia shoves Yuta off the top and Hager catches him! Claudio protests but Moxley grabs a chair! Hager SLAMS Yuta down while Moxley storms after Sammy. Hager runs to the corner for the HAGER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives, Moxley backs away from Sammy, but Hager tags Garcia in. Garcia and Hager mug Yuta, Garcia throws EuroUppers and forearms. Yuta fights back with forearms and elbows of his own! Garcia kicks low then CHOPS Yuta down! Garcia fishhooks Yuta’s face, pushes him down, then argues with the ref. Garcia storms after Yuta, but then sucker punches Claudio!

Yuta headbutts Garcia low! Garcia suplexes, Yuta turns it around to suplex and he puts Garcia up top. Yuta climbs up after Garcia, brings him up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Both men are down and fans fire up while AEW goes picture in picture! Garcia and Yuta crawl, Moxley coaches Yuta up, but Garcia tags Hager! Hager runs in to BLAST Claudio! Hager bumps Yuta off buckles and digs his boot in! The ref reprimands and counts, Hager lets off, and Garcia CHOKES Yuta while the ref is busy with a protesting Moxley. Sammy also gets a shot in before Garcia lets Yuta go. Hager looms over Yuta, drags him up and chicken wings the arms.

Yuta endures as Hager grinds a shoulder, but fans rally up. Yuta fights up, reaches out, but Hager whips him away from Claudio. Yuta holds ropes then he dumps Hager out! Hager hurries back up to drag Yuta out! Hager RAMS Yuta into railing! And then Hager puts Yuta back in to cover, TWO! Hager hauls Yuta up, tags Garcia in, and the JAS mug Yuta again. Garcia grinds his forearm into Yuta’s face, fishhooks Yuta’s nose, and he talks trash to the fans. The ref counts, Garcia lets off, and he snapmares Yuta to then mock Claudio’s cannon arms. Garcia wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Yuta down. Yuta endures while Garcia pushes up for added pressure.

Moxley and Claudio coach Yuta as he fights his way up. Garcia clinches but Yuta JAWBREAKERS free! Dynamite returns to single picture as both men crawl. Yuta reaches out, but Garcia drags him away! Yuta slips under to ROCK Garcia! Garcia BOOTS Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and slips around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and both men crawl again. Hot tags to Hager and Claudio! Fans fire up as Claudio rallies on Hager with EuroUpper after EuroUpper! Claudio whips Hager to a corner for a BIG uppercut! Then he whips Hager corner to corner for another BIG uppercut! Claudio fires off more EuroUppers, but the ref counts.

Claudio lets off at 4, then jukes to EuroUpper again and again and again! Claudio puts Hager up top, EuroUppers again, then climbs up to join him. Claudio stands on the very top, for a SUPER STEINER! It wasn’t the cleanest but it worked! Cover, TWO!! Hager survives but clutches a shoulder. Claudio trips Hager to have the legs! Fans fire up but Garcia hops on with a SLEEPER! Claudio stays up, Yuta climbs, and Claudio SLAMS Garcia down for Yuta’s DIVING SPLASH! Fans fire up, but Hager trips Claudio to an ANKLE LOCK! But Claudio turns, BOOTS Hager, only for Hager to lift! Claudio sunset flips through, to get the SWISS SWING!!

Fans count along, Hager goes around and around and around for TEN! Sammy is freaking out as Hager staggers, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Hager is still in this but Claudio drags him up. Claudio reels Hager in, Gotch Lifts, but Hager back drops! Claudio lands on his feet, dodges, but Sammy stops the springboard! The ref reprimands, but Moxley trips Sammy off the apron! Moxley DECKS Sammy and fans fire up! Claudio finishes the leap, but into a SPINEBUSTER from Hager! Hager has the leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Claudio endures, reaches out, but Hager drags him from ropes! Garcia runs in to intercept Yuta!

Garcia has Yuta’s legs for the DRAGON TAMER!! The JAS have double submissions and fans boo! But Claudio rolls to send Hager into Garcia! EUROUPPER! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall

Fans fire up and Moxley joins his brothers in the club to celebrate! Tony Schiavone joins them all to interview them. He knows they just got a big win ahead of a big night on Saturday, but they have to talk about what happened at Full Gear. Here is an interview Schiavone did with William Regal a few weeks back that might explain some things.

The footage plays and Schiavone talks with his “long time friend,” Regal. Regal says it will be 30 years in January. Full Gear was unbelievable, but Schiavone wanted to know about how all that transpired. Regal told Schiavone before that “people are only going to see this if something bad happens to me. And when you’re somebody like me, and spent your life being as horrible as I have, you’re always expecting something bad to happen.” Schiavone says Regal is the Villain of Villains. Well, Regal took great exception to what MJF did to Schiavone. And MJF seems to be made about emails and this and that, so Regal just gave MJF what he wanted.

MJF is world champion now. But do you know that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?” Because now, everyone in the company will be chasing MJF. Regal realized a few months ago that the three veteran members of the Blackpool Combat Club don’t need Regal around anymore. He’s “surplus to requirements.” But he knew they wouldn’t let him go, either. But he needed to show them why they don’t need him, and why they can teach Wheeler Yuta how to become the greatest professional wrestler in the world, because they’ve all got that capability. “But you have to lead by example.”

So hopefully, and Regal knows he will, because Moxley is a very calculating man, Moxley will understand this. “The reason I did what I did, and to lead by example, was to teach you the final thing that I could ever teach you. Always stay one step ahead, and make sure you always keep eyes in the back of your head. I’m Blackpool Combat Club ’til the day I die. Fellas, it’s been emotional.” Lord William Regal’s message ends, and Schiavone says that was two weeks ago, before what MJF did. He knows they’re all a bit speechless, but does anyone have a comment?

Moxley takes the mic to say, “All I know is one thing for sure. The three men in this ring live and breathe for the sport of professional wrestling! You can call us whatever you want, but December 10th, ROH Final Battle, this war with the Jericho Appreciation Society is OVER! These men make a statement. This Friday night on Rampage, I make a statement! I’m gonna challenge any wrestler in the world to come right here in this ring and find out just where you stand on the food chain. This Friday on Rampage, I make a statement! At Final Battle, they make a statement! Pro-wrestling is about to make a serious statement!”

The fans fire up hearing that from Moxley, but who will step up to his Open Challenge? And can Claudio and Yuta both take back the ROH titles to restore that honor to those championships?

 

The House of Black speak.

Malakai says, “This company has allowed itself to be corrupted. Corrupted by people that point fingers at others while still holding the shovel in their hands that they used to dig the graves for others. And now, it is sick and it is dying. And perhaps it is time for myself and the House to… put down this corruption. Ms. Hart, what is the crime?” Julia steps out from the shadows to say, “The crime is treason.” Malakai asks “Mr. Matthews, what is the verdict?” Buddy walks out from the shadows to say, “Verdict: War.” “And Mr. King, what is the sentence?” Brody walks out to say, “It as if you throw a side of beef to a pack of wild dogs. We will tear the meat from the bone. The sentence is extermination.”

Malakai says it has been decided. “To anyone that has an issue with what we have done over the past two weeks, or anything that’s been said here, well next week Wednesday, come one, come all.” The House of Black drifts into the shadows, who will be the first to be torn apart?

 

AEW returns with Jamie Hayter’s sit-down interview.

Tony Schiavone sits with the undisputed AEW Women’s World Champion, and he notes that last week, she asked the question, “Why not a sit-down interview with me?” Well, here we are, and the floor is hers. Hayter says Saraya got a sit-down, cool. Toni Storm got one, alright. But not with Hayter? That baffles her. So no, Schiavone, you ask her something. What does he wanna know? Well, Schiavone notes the AEW Women’s Division has been blossoming. Great competitors are showing up, and this week on Rampage, we will see Hikaru Shida VS The Bunny for Shida’s Regina di Wave Championship. What are Hayter’s thoughts on the division?

Hayter says it is getting “interesting.” But unfortunately for everyone else, Hayter is on top now. And everyone is trying to grind their way to the top to get her title. She will do her duty as champion to be both reigning and defending. Hayter will have a very, very close look at that Regina de Wave title match on Rampage. “Thing is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to the AEW Women’s World Championship, does it?” Schiavone says nothing does, and Hayter agrees. This is AEW. But Hayter will “give one of those girls the opportunity of a lifetime. Whoever wins that match, they get to wrestle me for the AEW Women’s World Championship, if they dare.”

Schiavone says Hayter’s going to be a fighting champion and she says that’s right. She is a fighting champion, “and a bloody good one at that.” Who will be the Regina di Wave Champion after Rampage? And will they accept Hayter’s challenge to them?

 

Six Woman Tag: Jade Cargill & The Baddies VS Madison Rayne, Skye Blue & Kiera Hogan!

The UN-DE-FEA-TED AEW TBS Champion got her belt back but got rid of the weak link, as she puts it. Red Velvet is back, Leila Grey is still around, but Kiera Hogan got kicked to the curb! Will Kiera get revenge on #ThatBitch with help from the Coach & Student? Or will Jade be undefeated even in trios action?

The teams sort out, Jade starts against Skye. The fans rally up but Jade says no, she’s above Skye. Tag to Velvet and Velvet gets her return to action already. Velvet and Skye tie up, they go around, and Velvet wrenches to a wristlock. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks back. Then she slips around to hook, but Velvet blocks the arm-drag. Velvet brings Skye up but Skye shifts sides to arm-drag Velvet from the other arm! Velvet staggers up and fans fire up. Skye and Velvet tie up again, Velvet headlocks but Skye snapmares free. Skye steps over an arm, and wraps Velvet up for a creative take on La Magistrol, TWO!

Velvet has a cover now, TWO! Skye has it back, ONE! Velvet has the cover again, TWO! Fans fire up for that exchange, and Velvet has to admit that was good. Velvet offers a handshake, Skye accepts, and then Skye turns to her partners. But Velvet throws Skye down by her hair! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Velvet bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Grey, the Baddies double whip to double CHOP! Grey covers, ONE!! Fans rally, Grey drags Skye up to whip her to a corner. Grey runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Grey then headlocks but Skye denies the bulldog to kick the legs out! Grey blocks a superkick but Skye spins through to KICK Grey down!

Fans fire up as Skye drags Grey back up, tag to Rayne. Skye & Rayne double whip, trip and basement dropkick Grey! Rayne covers, ONE!! Rayne drags Grey up to bump her off buckles! Tag back to Skye, Rayne snapmares but Grey scrambles away to tag in Velvet! Velvet ducks Skye’s clothesline to come back, but Skye dodges to SUPERKICK! Velvet flops to the outside and fans rally as Skye builds speed. Skye falls into the apron skirt trap! Velvet fires off on Skye! The ref reprimands, Velvet lets off, then she climbs over Skye to stand on the apron while AEW goes picture in picture.

Velvet stirs it up and has a taste while Skye flops out of the skirt. Velvet puts Skye back in the ring, clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Velvet bumps Skye off buckles, tags in Grey, and Grey taunts Rayne and Kiera while Velvet uses Skye as a boxing bag! Jade also talks trash on Skye while the ref reprimands Grey and keeps Kiera back. Grey hurries over to pull Skye’s hair! The Baddies mug Skye, then Grey tags in. The Baddies double suplex Skye high and hard! Jade applauds her team while Grey covers, TWO! Grey is annoyed but she rains down fists on Skye. Grey wraps on a headlock and she grinds Skye down.

Fans rally as Skye endures. Grey stands over Skye while pulling on the hold, but Skye still fights her way up. But Grey wrangles Skye back down! Grey grinds the hold, Skye keeps her shoulders up, and fans rally again. Skye fights up a second time, she throws body shots, and then she JAWBREAKERS! Grey staggers away, tag to Velvet, and she runs to BLAST Rayne! Velvet stands Skye up to mule kick, then she covers, TWO! Dynamite returns to single picture as Velvet tells the ref something’s in her eye, while choking Skye with a knee! The ref notices the choke, she counts and Velvet steps off at 4. Velvet talks trash to Rayne, covers Skye, TWO!

Velvet drags Skye up but Skye breaks free. Velvet mule kicks, brings Skye around and- NO, Skye slips out of the Final Slice! DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans fire up as Skye and Velvet crawl. Velvet grabs Skye’s leg to keep her from her team, but Skye fights up to stand up. Velvet throws the leg down, but they both SUPERKICK! Both women go down again and fans fire up! Skye crawls, as does Velvet, hot tags to Kiera and Jade! Jade storms up, Kiera dodges and Kiera fires off forerams and CHOPS! Jade shoves back but Kiera SHOTGUNS Jade! Kiera sees Grey coming and tosses her out! Kiera goes side to side to BOOT WASH Jade!

Velvet runs in but Kiera sends her out now! Fans fire up with Kiera while Rayne DECKS Grey! Kiera runs in but Jade blocks the boot for a SPINEBUSTER!! Jade taunts Kiera, drags her up to chicken wings, but Kiera switches out! Hot tag to Rayne! Rayne dodges jade, ENZIGURIS, then reels her in! Ripcord, RAYNE- NO, Jade ROCKS Rayne first! Then chicken wings, for the JADED! Cover, The Baddies win!

Winners: Jade Cargill & The Baddies, by pinfall

Just as Kiera was on fire, she let off to see if Rayne could stop Jade. Jade was not stopped, she is 43-0 overall now, and still TBS Champion. Will The Baddies continue to dominate AEW?

 

Backstage interview with Saraya.

Tony Schiavone is with The Revolution on a very festive set. Schiavone congratulates Saraya on her return to action and the win, and she thanks him for that. Saraya is actually surprised Britt isn’t- Oh, wait, here she is. Britt says no one needs to worry now. And Britt also congratulates Saraya on “the biggest win” of her entire career. It will never happen again. Also, Britt was thinking about something Saraya mentioned to her. Something about everything being handed to her on a silver platter. But Saraya came to AEW, and her first match was a PPV match against “the biggest star in the Women’s Division.”

So here’s one more thing handed to Saraya: Tickets to the Kia Forum, for the January 11th edition of Dynamite. Saraya can be front row and watch Britt be the star that she is, or maybe she can step in the ring again. Saraya tells “Baby girl,” she would love to beat Britt again. Of course! Round two! Uh, no, Britt didn’t say it’d be against her. Saraya forgot that Britt has the AEW Women’s World Champion, Jamie Hayter, with her at all times. Except right now. But it will be a tag match, Britt & Hayter VS Saraya and whoever Saraya can find to tag with her. But good luck, Saraya will never beat Britt & Hayter.

Britt heads out and Saraya asks Schiavone if he wants to get in the ring. Britt brings Schiavone with her so Saraya accepts that she’ll have to find someone. She has a little over a month, who will The Revolution invite to her house?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

Jon Moxley’s open challenge has been answered by THE FUTURE! Konosuke Takeshita is stepping up to take on The Maniac, will Konosuke be the one to make a statement? Plus, we see Moriarty & Morrissey of The Firm in action, we hear from Ruby Soho and Tay Melo about their renewed feud, and we hear from Athena ahead of her ROH Women’s World Championship match against Mercedes Martinez!

 

AEW World Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed VS FTR!

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens want to prove they’re the best, so that means facing the best! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood have been AEW World Tag Team Champions before, but they want to make history be becoming FOUR BELT CHAMPIONS! Will FTR stand for #FourTitleReigns? Or will Platinum Max & the Five Tool Player prove they are AEW’s Forever Champions?

 


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