Dark keeps pace with Elevation for another big week of AEW action!
#WardlowWeek continues on AEW as the Pinnacle’s powerhouse is on Dark! Will he keep his promise and choke out his competition tonight?
- Ethan Page w/ Scorpio Sky VS Danny Limelight; Ethan wins.
- Dante Martin VS Sonny Kiss; Dante wins.
- Nyla Rose w/ Vickie Guerrero VS Charlette Renegade; Nyla wins.
- Evil Uno & Stu Grayson w/ The Dark Order VS Shane Mercer & KTB; The Dark Order wins.
- Wardlow VS Chandler Hopkins; Wardlow wins.
- Cezar Bononi w/ The Wingmen VS Dillon McQueen; Bononi wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Jake Tucker; Kazarian wins.
- KiLynn King VS Valentina Rossi; King wins.
- Gunn Club VS Chaos Project; Gunn Club wins.
- Tay Conti VS Willow Nightingale; Conti wins.
- The Acclaimed VS Colt Cabana & Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; The Acclaimed win.
Ethan being the opener to Dark makes sense. Scorpio was Elevation’s main event, they probably went right into taping Dark, and with Ethan and Scorpio already there, they just had to reset and go out again. Ethan VS Limelight was also a great opener either way, when is Limelight going to get a TNT Championship match? But of course Ethan wins, as I said he would last night. The Men of the Year need momentum going into their Handicap match with Darby Allin, that one will be good.
Kiss VS Dante was also a great match, very technical but also agile, as both men are. Kiss not hitting the Rabid Kiss Missile slap when he could have was a nice detail. It fits how Kiss said he was going to take things more seriously. Dante’s somersault Throwback stunner is an awesome finisher, and his win helps keep him hot while also keeping Kiss’ story of struggling to get that win going. Janela waiting until after Kiss’ match to have a promo clearly means he cares even less about being around when Kiss is on the card and more about the Bad Boy Summer he’s having. It’s hilarious that he tries to sell Marvez out, but Kiss sees right through it. Not how I would’ve had them break up but it’s creative at least.
Nyla and Vickie being back so soon hurts everyone’s ears. Not sure what Vickie giving the ref a $10 bill is about. Maybe to look the other way as Nyla destroys her opponent, which she does to the sister of Robyn Renegade. Here’s hoping the Renegade sisters have better luck in AEW’s unofficial women’s tag division. Evil Uno tagging with Stu was a good way to rebound after losing to Miro, and John Silver on commentary was fun. Mercer and KTB had a very good showing, they could really be something someday, but of course The Dark Order wins. I know Santana & Ortiz are going to go after the tag titles after they settle things with FTR, but the Dark Order really should try and get close to the tag titles themselves.
Wardlow promised to knock out Hotch last night, and he did that. He promised to choke out Hopkins, and after throwing him around and roughing him up, he did that, too! Wardlow VS Hager in the MMA style cage match is going to be some great stuff. Bononi not pulling Avalon on the heart sled was a good choice, he needs to save his energy for the match. McQueen immediately regrets slapping Bononi and Bononi is definitely the muscle in the faction where you’ve got the Blue Collar Badass and Hollywood Hunk. Bononi VS Cassidy on Friday is going to be fun, but definitely Bononi’s to lose given Cassidy is super over with fans.
Kaz debuts his new titantron and song here, and has a really good match with the debuting Tucker to get momentum going into the trios match this Friday. King has a good match with Rossi, who shows a lot of good character work already. King wins and builds up, she might make it to the top five. Gunn Club has a good, fun match with Chaos Project, and good to see Gunn Club keeps winning. The Gunn Club is still undefeated in tag and trios competition, even without Austin, and can use that momentum once Austin is back to get going in the tag division.
Conti winning in the second to last match is great, it shows she is moving up the ranks both in kayfabe and in the company. Nightingale has a good showing but of course Conti wins. I wonder, though: Will Conti ditch the DD-Tay since it is a hammerlock DDT, like Andrade’s WWE finisher? Or will Andrade use something else so as to leave the WWE behind him? The Acclaimed being in the main event is awesome for them, they are the biggest stars on tonight’s card. Max Caster has another good diss rap, The Acclaimed has another great match, and Angels and Cabana make a fun combination. But Cabana might truly be Number 8 because 8 + 5 = 13 and that’s bad luck, The Acclaimed win to stay strong in the tag division.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/8/22)
Columbus gets Elevated!
Elevation has CERO MIEDO!
Before AEW Dynamite: Quake by the Lake and their Tornado Tag match, the Lucha Brothers tune up against The Wingmen in a standard 2v2!
- Ruby Soho & Skye Blue VS Megan Myers & Nikki Victory; Soho & Blue win.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ Ari Daivari VS Casey Carrington; Boudreaux wins.
- Athena VS Queen Aminata; Athena wins.
- Kiera Hogan & Leila Grey w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Freya States & Alice Crowley; Kiera & Leila win.
- John Silver & Alex Reynolds VS T.U.G Cooper & Lord Crewe; Silver & Reynolds win.
- The Lucha Bros w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Wingmen; The Lucha Bros win.
One thing to note is that Parker Boudreaux has Ari Daivari in his corner. I wonder if the Trust Busters is becoming a trio, Parker joining Daivari and Slim J. Then in Kiera and Leila teaming up, this is the one time where “Can they coexist?” should be a thing since The Baddies still haven’t fully accepted Leila. And of course, the Lucha Brothers will beat The Wingmen to get momentum going into their Lucha Rules Tornado Tag with Rush & Andrade.
Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report (8/6/22)
THREE title fights on a Saturday night!
Battle of the Belts 3 means three battles for the belts!
AEW returns to Saturday Fight Nights on TNT with the AEW TNT, AEW Women’s World and ROH World Championships on the line! Will there be a change to the golden landscape?
- AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa w/ Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel; Rosa wins and retains the title.
- ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Konosuke Takeshita; Claudio wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!
The Maestro of Mayhem stepped up over Lethal and his cronies bullying Best Friends, and now he’s willing to put up the title if it means teaching the bullies a lesson! Will “WARD~LOW!” still be the Face of TNT? Or will Lethal turn Wardlow’s World upside-down?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we kick off BOTB 3 with a bang!
The bell rings and Lethal bails right out. Fans boo as Lethal regroups with Satnam and Sonjay. Lethal then gets back in the ring and hears the fans chant, “WARD~LOW!” Sonjay distracts Wardlow and Lethal CLOBBERS him from behind! Lethal CLUBS away on Wardlow, stomps him in the corner, then reels him in to snap suplex! Wardlow gets right back up! Wardlow just scowls and BOOTS Lethal down! Wardlow whips Lethal to a corner, Lethal comes back but into a back drop! Fans fire up as Lethal stands up and Wardlow cltoheilnes him out! Fans fire up more while Sonjay checks on Lethal.
Wardlow goes out, drags Lethal up and into the ring, then tells Sonjay to back off. But now Satnam stands in Wardlow’s way! Sonjay has Satnam step aside before Champion’s Advantage comes into play. But even then, Lethal WRECKS Wardlow with a dropkick! Wardlow is still standing, though, so lethal CHOPS him! Lethal puts Wardlow in the ring, CHOPS and stomps and haymakers! Lethal bumps Wardlow off buckles, then whips him to ropes. Wardlow reverses, Lethal ducks ‘n’ dodges, slides under the boot and ENZIGURIS! Wardlow staggers, Lethal pie faces and runs, into a tilt-o-whirl SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Wardlow is annoyed, and he clamps onto Lethal’s neck! Wardlow drags Lethal up, fireman’s carries, but Lethal elbows free! Lethal dropkicks, but Wardlow doesn’t budge! Another dropkick staggers Wardlow, but Lethal clutches his foot. Did he hurt himself hitting Wardlow? Wait it was a trick! Lethal rolls Wardlow up, TWO!! Wardlow runs in but Lethal POSTS him! Wardlow tumbles out after hitting steel, and Lethal DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Lethal struts around, “WOO~!” and then Lethal goes after Wardlow to put him in the ring. Lethal drags Wardlow to the post, to CLUB the leg, then SLAM it into the post!
Fans rally for Wardlow while he writhes, but Lethal smiles at the camera. Lethal drags Wardlow by his leg to SLAM it into the post, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Lethal struts, then high-fives Sonjay and Satnam. Wardlow drags himself from the corner, Sonjay and Satnam high-five, and Lethal sits Wardlow up. Lethal stomps Wardlow, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Wardlow back to center. Lethal drops an elbow on the knee, then another! Lethal then stomps the leg, drops another elbow, and keeps on the leg with a toehold. Wardlow endures, CLUBS Lethal, but Lethal lets off to dig his knees into the knee. Lethal stalks Wardlow to a corner, stomps the leg more, then drags Wardlow back out for more stops. Lethal jams his knee into the knee, and again, to then “WOO~!” as AEW returns to single picture.
But Wardlow boots Lethal away! Lethal comes back, jackknifes, TWO! Lethal has the leg again, steps through, but Wardlow kicks him away again! Lethal jackknifes again, but Wardlow uses that momentum to stand back up! POWER- NO, Lethal fights off the bomb and KICKS the bad leg! Lethal KICKS the leg again, then calls his shot., Lethal handsprings, LETHAL- NO, Wardlow blocks, brings Lethal around, but Lethal slips away. Wardlow clamps onto Lethal and reels him back in, but again Lethal tries to get away! Lethal slides under, but Wardlow clamps on with both hands around the neck!
Wardlow pops Lethal up, but Lethal fires off hands! Lethal is free, Wardlow staggers, but he HEADBUTTS Lethal back! Lethal wobbles, Wardlow winds up, BIG LARIAT!! Fans fire up while Sonjay and Satnam panic! Wardlow pulls down the straps and says it’s coming! Wardlow drags Lethal up, reels him in, brings him up, and POWERBOMBS him down!! Cover, Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
But Sonjay attacks! Sonjay stomps Wardlow, and Satnam gets in the ring! Sonjay flexes on Wardlow but Wardlow shoves him away! Satnam stands on Wardlow and Wardlow can’t get up! Wait! He starts bench pressing that huge foot, but Lethal stomps Wardlow down! Satnam stands on Wardlow again, while Lethal puts on the FIGURE FOUR! Wardlow suffers both the foot in his chest and the leglock on tight, and even Sonjay talking trash right in his face. Satnam and Lethal let off, but that’s not the end! Lethal drags Wardlow up, but Wardlow ROCKS Lethal with a right! And DECKS Sonjay with one, too!
Wardlow DECKS Lethal this time, but Satnam clamps on a giant hand! Btu Wardlow breaks free to LOW BLOW those giant balls! Fans are thunderous, and Wardlow reels Satnam in! But Lethal CLOBBERS Wardlow, and Satnam back drops him! Fans boo as Satnam stands over Wardlow, and Lethal gets a TABLE! Lethal and Sonjay put the table in, set it up, and Satnam clamps onto Wardlow’s head! CHOKE SLAM through the table!! A slam dunk from the former basketball player, and Sonjay puts the title on Lethal’s shoulder. Will these three be back again to try and take that title for real?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa w/ Toni Storm VS Jamie Hayter w/ Britt Baker & Rebel!
#ThunderStorm lost to the Doctor and her assistant on Wednesday, with the #1 contender taking the pin. That makes Hayter the contender, so now Rosa must defend the gold! Will La Mera Mera keep her reign going? Or will Hayter go all out for this one?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Thunder can strike back!
But Hayter strikes first as Rosa is on the corner! The bell rings, Hayter stomps away on Rosa, then rains down fists from all sides! Rosa guards but Hayter drags her up to bump her off buckles. Hayter stomps a mudhole in her, then digs boots into Rosa’s face. the ref counts, Hayter lets off to argue with her, but that’s so that Britt can choke Rosa! Rosa swipes at her but Britt gets away. Hayter CLUBS Rosa, CHOKES her on ropes, but lets off as the ref counts again. Rosa kicks Hayter but Hayter hauls her up to snap suplex hard! Hayter stomps Rosa, Britt talks more trash on Rosa, and then Hayter stands on Rosa at the ropes!
The ref counts, Hayter steps off, and Rosa winces as she sits up. Hayter mocks the fans chanting for Rosa, and then she drags Rosa up to bring her around. Hayter CHOPS Rosa against ropes, but Rosa CHOPS back! Hayter SLAPS Rosa, then CHOKES her in the corner! Hayter lets off as the ref counts, and Rosa sputters to the ropes. Hayter whips her and runs her over, then paces around. Rosa shoves Hayter, Hayter CLUBS Rosa, but Rosa DROPKICKS back! Hayter gets up into a SHOTGUN dropkick! Hayter bails out, Toni rallies the fans, and Rosa fires up! Rosa builds speed to DIVE into a forearm! Hayter brushes herself off as Rosa flops to the floor!
Hayter tells the ref to hold on with that count. Hayter then brings Rosa around to run and RAM her into railing! The ring count climbs, Hayter gets in the ring while Toni coaches Rosa up. Hayter fetches Rosa but Rosa kicks back! Rosa CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Hayter CLUBS Rosa, then suplexes, but Rosa blocks! Rosa wrenches out to DDT to the floor! Fans fire up with Rosa and she drags Hayter up. Rosa puts Hayter in the ring, covers, TWO! Hayter is daze but Rosa climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Rosa aims but Britt has the belt! Britt distracts Rosa with it, and then Hayter CLOBBERS Rosa off the top! Rosa’s leg gets caught up while she tumbles down!
Britt shrugs and walks away as Hayter fetches Rosa. Hayter hauls Rosa up to URENAGE onto the steel steps! Britt and Hayter high-five while AEW goes picture in picture.
The ref checks on Rosa but she sits up. Toni coaches Rosa as she goes to the railing. Hayter storms over to CLUB Rosa, then put her in the ring. Hayter stomps Rosa, CLUBS her down, then kisses the biceps. Hayter drags Rosa up by her hair, brings her onto the ropes and CHOKES her again. Hayter then runs to DOUBLE KNEE Rosa against ropes! Rosa flops down, Hayter covers, TWO! Hayter drags Rosa up but Rosa throws body shots and a CHOP! And another CHOP! Hayter turns it around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Hayter paces around, says she’s gonna have that belt, then she snap suplexes Rosa to center!
Hayter clamps on a chinlock and she traps an arm. Rosa endures as Hayter leans on the hold. Rosa fights up to her feet, but Hayter throws her down by her hair! Hayter wags her finger then stands on Rosa’s head. The ref reprimands, Hayter lets off and puts Rosa on rope again. Hayter talks trash while she CHOKES Rosa, but lets off at 4. Rebel chokes Rosa now! And Britt even puts Rosa’s cowgirl hat on her! Rosa swipes at them but Rebel and Britt smile. Storm storms over and chases them off! Hayter still puts Rosa in a sleeper and squeezes tight, and AEW goes to break.
AEW returns again as Rosa ROCKS Hayter with a right! Hayter staggers but ROCKS Rosa right back! Rosa comes back to ROCK Hayter! Hayter staggers, so does Rosa, Hayter ROCKS Rosa again! Rosa fires off a flurry! Fans fire up as Rosa NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Hayter is still in this but she flounders to the corner. Fans rally, Britt mocks the fans, but Rosa fires up! Rosa runs in to DROPKICK! Rosa sends herself through the ropes, and then Hayter flops out after! Rosa goes to the apron, to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and fans fire up with Rosa again! Rosa grits her teeth, drags Hayter into the ring, and goes up the corner.
Fans rally, Hayter stands and Rosa CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Hayter is still in this and Rosa grows frustrated. Rosa drags Hayter up, reels her in, but Hayter fireman’s carries! But Rosa slips off, waistlocks, but Hayter bucks the roll! IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives but Hayter drags Rosa up! BRAINBUSTER!! Both women are down, Hayter crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Rosa survives and even Britt is shocked! Hayter drags Rosa up, whips her into the corner, then stomps away! Hayter fires off forearms, the ref backs her off, Britt CHOKES Rosa! Storm finally goes after her! They brawl ringside!
SUPERKICK from Britt takes out Storm! Britt spells it out, “D! M! D! This is MY Division!” Hayter drags Rosa up, Storm gives Britt a TORNADO DDT to the floor! Hayter sees that and is distracted, Rosa sunset flips! TWO, so Rosa tries an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Wheelbarrow, victory roll, ROSA WINS!!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Hayter couldn’t block that roll, Rosa snatches this one away! La Mera Mera keeps going forward, will she go all the way to All Out and beyond?
ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Konosuke Takeshita!
At Death Before Dishonor, The Swiss Cyborg finally won a world title, so he isn’t going to give this belt up without a fight! Will this title still belong to Claudio Gaddam Castagnoli? Or will the Future of DDT be the Now of ROH?
Bobby Cruise makes the introductions, the belt is raised, and we see this memorable first-ever close out the Battle of the Belts!
The Code of Honor is upheld, but then Claudio rushes in at the bell! Konosuke avoids that EuroUpper, but then Claudio blocks a boot! Claudio headlocks, Konosuke powers out then drops down to spring up, but into Claudio’s arms! Konosuke slips out, waistlocks, but Claudio fights the German Suplex! Claudio runs to ropes to buck Konosuke away, and the two stand off. Fans fire up as the two reset and circle again. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Konosuke gets in to clinch then waistlock. Claudio uses a leg to trip Konosuke up, and then knuckle locks for a cover. ONE as Konosuke gets an arm up, but Claudio shifts right to a headlock.
Konosuke fights up, pries free, but Claudio slips around to headlock back. Claudio wrenches, wristlocks, then wrangles Konosuke with a chinbar. Konosuke endures and Claudio knuckle locks for a cover. ONE as Konosuke gets the other arm up, so Claudio knuckle locks that for a cover. ONE as Konosuke bridges up! Claudio keeps trying to push him down but Konosuke stands right up! Claudio powers him right back down but Konosuke bridges again! Claudio sweeps the legs to get the cover back, TWO as Konosuke bridges! Another sweep, another cover, TWO as Konosuke pushes his arms up! Claudio pushes those back down, ONE as Konosuke just bridges again!
Claudio hops on but Konosuke uses that to monkey flip! Konosuke rolls back but Claudio blocks and monkey flips in return! Fans fire up as Konosuke goes flying! William Regal’s on commentary and he says this exchange makes him proud to be in pro-wrestling! The fans applaud, they’re also loving this! Claudio and Konosuke smile and reset. They shake hands again and go again. Claudio hooks a leg to trip Konosuke to a cover, ONE! Konosuke trips Claudio, drops an elbow on the leg, “This is Awesome!” Claudio headlocks and grinds but Konosuke stands up. Konosuke powers Claudio back, goes to hip toss, but Claudio counters with a clinch!
Konosuke powers Claudio back and then gets the HIP TOSS! Konosuke waits on Claudio, and the two knuckle lock. Claudio gets a facelock, Konosuke wrenches out to facelock back. Claudio powers up but Konosuke holds on. Claudio wrenches free, clamps onto a headlock and hits a takeover! Claudio also fights off the headscissors, Konosuke rolls him to a cover, ONE! Claudio holds on, Konosuke fights up and powers out. Claudio runs Konosuke over, covers, TWO! Claudio’s back on the headlock but Konosuke fights out again. Things speed up, Claudio blocks the hip toss to waistlock and SLAM Konosuke down!
Claudio reaches down for Konosuke but Konosuke kips up and arm-drags back! Then the bypass to a CALF KICK! Claudio bails out and fans fire up! Konosuke PLANCHAS, but Claudio moves! Konosuke lands on his feet but Claudio EuroUppers! Konosuke comes back to ROCK Claudio with a forearm! Konosuke puts Claudio in, hurries after him, but Claudio whips and ROCKS him in the back! Then an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! then the shove, tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up while Claudio covers, TWO, and AEW goes picture in picture.
Claudio keeps his focus as he looms over Konosuke. Claudio drags Konosuke up, EuroUppers hard, then has Konosuke in a corner. Claudio RAOCKS Konosuke with a forearm in the back, then back suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Claudio keeps on Konosuke with a knee in the back. Claudio ties up the legs, grabs at Konosuke’s arm and bends him back! Konosuke endures, fights up, but Claudio uses that to get a dragon sleeper! Konosuke endures a whole new hold, and Claudio then shifts again to a half straitjacket! Konosuke still endures, still reaches out for ropes, and he fights to get his legs free.
Claudio brings Konosuke away from ropes but Konosuke throws body shots! Claudio clamps onto a facelock but Konosuke blocks the suplex! They each throw body shots, Konosuke blocks the suplex, and Claudio throws more body shots. Konosuke suplexes, but Claudio blocks! They fight for control, and Konosuke gets Claudio up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Claudio gets up first, Konosuke follows, but Claudio dodges the clothesline to BOOT Konosuke down! Claudio drags Konosuke back up, scoops him and hits a BACKBREAKER! Claudio bends Konosuke against his knee, but Konosuke fights!
Claudio smothers Konosuke, bends him back, but Konosuke throws forearms! Konosuke is free, he ROCKS Claudio, but Claudio EuroUppers HARD! Claudio then gets the chicken wings and drags Konosuke up, to HEDDBUTT him in the back! Claudio pulls on the arms as AEW returns to single picture, and Konosuke fights to turn things around. Claudio holds on so Konosuke elbows him,. Claudio CLUBS Konosuke, and again, then stalks him to a corner. Claudio BOOTS Konosuke, BOOTS him again, then EuroUppers! Claudio whips corner to corner, but Konosuke elbows back! Konosuke goes up, BOOTS Claudio away, then FLYING RANAS!
Fans fire up as Konosuke rallies with elbows. Claudio whips, Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING LARIAT! Fans are thunderous as both men are down! Konosuke hauls Claudio up but Claudio CLUBS Konosuke. Claudio ROCKS Konosuke, runs in but Konosuke dumps him out! And FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up more, Konosuke puts Claudio in the ring, and Konosuke climbs up! But Claudio SHORYUKENS! Claudio climbs up to join Konosuke, for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke shows toughness but Claudio is not deterred. Fans fire up and Claudio calls for it! Claudio waits on Konosuke, trips him up, and SWISS SWINGS!
Fans count it out, Claudio swings Konosuke around for 10 revolutions before the TOSS! Cover, TWO!! Konosuke is still in this but Claudio is ready. Konosuke staggers around, Claudio runs in to EuroUpper! Claudio whips corner to corner, EuroUpper! Then back, but Konosuke reverses to BOOT! Konosuke whips, Claudio reverses but Konosuke comes back, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Close yet no cigar! Konosuke gets Claudio up, “This is Awesome!” and Konosuke whips. But Claudio BOOTS back! Konosuke falls to the apron and Claudio hurries after! Claudio drags Konosuke up but Konosuke bumps him off buckles!
Konosuke climbs up the corner but Claudio ROCKS him first! Claudio goes up top to fire off forearms! Konosuke throws a body shot! Konosuke reels Claudio in, SUPER DDT to the buckle!! Claudio flounders away, Konosuke goes up to FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio survives and rolls away to the corner. Konosuke runs in again, but Claudio blocks the V-Trigger! Claudio EuroUppers but into the hooks! Claudio powers out but Konosuke ducks ‘n dodges, FLYING- EUROUPPER! Claudio stops the flying clothesline and covers, TWO!! Claudio gets the legs, to the SHARPSHOOTER!! Konosuke endures as Claudio sits on it, but he still reaches out!
Claudio shifts to get a CROSSFACE! Konosuke rolls, but Claudio holds on! Claudio pulls way, way back, but Konosuke rolls it to a cover! TWO, and Claudio kicks Konosuke! And again! Konosuke scowls as Claudio kicks again. Konosuke eggs Claudio on so Claudio EuroUppers! And again! But Konosuke gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Claudio’s right up to LRAIT! Konosuke’s right up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are up, LARIAT from Konosuke!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans give a standing ovation!! Konosuke drags Claudio up to fire off forearms, ROLLING- EUROUPPERCT! Claudio shoves, pops up, but Konosuke backslides! TWO!!
V-TRIGGER!! And then a BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Claudio survives and no one can believe it! Fans are electric as Konosuke throws off the elbow pads! ROLLING ELBOW!! Claudio wobbles, Konosuke reels him in! But the back won’t let him lift Claudio! Claudio back drops, Konosuke sunset flips! TWO, and Claudio BASEMENT UPPERCUTS! And DOUBLE STOMPS! Claudio hauls Konosuke up, ties up the arms, RICOLA- RANA!! Konosuke has a cover, TWO?!?!?! How did Claudio escape that one?!? Konosuke shrugs that off to get Claudio up with a waistlock. Claudio elbows free, then elbows more.
Konosuke dodges the discus, both men run, Konosuke leaps, but into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Claudio almost gave Konosuke an F5 there! Both men are down, a standing count starts, and both men sit up at 5. Claudio and Konosuke get up, they fire off forearms and fans rally up! Konosuke gets the edge, but Claudio dodges to SPRINGBOARD UPPERCUT! And the DISCUS! And then, HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a Blackpool Combat Cub signature! Claudio tucks the arms, RICOLA BOMB!!! Cover, Claudio wins!!
Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)
Regal says that was an amazing showing from Konosuke, and he admits how close that was to a win for Konosuke! But if this is as good as Konosuke is now, just how more amazing will he become in the coming years? And as for the winner, the Swiss Superman is still the champion, how much harder will he fight to keep this reign going?
An awesome hour of wrestling right here, with just the wrestling! Bonus points to me for calling the order of matches from the start. The TNT Championship was an awesome opener, with Wardlow getting a great win off a great star like Lethal. At the same time, I should’ve figured the Heels would beat Wardlow down after that match. They might even be able to swing this to where Lethal gets another shot at Wardlow at All Out for an even better match. The AEW Women’s World Championship match was great, and of course Britt and Rebel get involved here and there. Rosa gets the win with a quick pin so it’s not like Hayter looked weak there. But maybe they’ll swing this to give us another match of Rosa VS Britt for the title at All Out.
And what an awesome match from the ROH World Championship with Claudio VS Konosuke. That was perhaps one of the more competitive examples of a first title defense and a first title challenge in a long time. I feel like that place would’ve exploded if Konosuke actually pulled this one off, but it made a lot of sense for Claudio to retain. Claudio is going to carry the banner for ROH as a returning classic name, much like with Samoa Joe. And Konosuke can now believably be in just about any title scene with this performance, I’m pretty sure.
My Score: 8.8/10
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GGP and Doc talk Andor news, the Ahoska & Mando double trailer and more on the New Force Order!
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It's a golden Monday night!
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Columbus gets Elevated!
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Will Jonah rock the Rainmaker?
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G1 continues to raise the stakes!
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THREE title fights on a Saturday night!
DWI Podcast #335: The Tape
With DP out on assignment, the rest of the crew covers Summerslam along with TRIVIA and of course, The Tape!
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (8/5/22)
Jon Moxley's on a Rampage!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (8/5/22)
We're on the road to Cardiff!
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ACE VS KING!