NXT is back In Your House, with extra guests!
NXT’s newest tradition, In Your House, is even bigger this year! A FATAL 5 WAY determines who’s on top of the brand! Tick tock, TIME’S UP! But for who?
- Special Bonus Match – Sarray & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand; Sarray & Stark win.
- NXT North American & Tag Team Championships, Winners Take All: Bronson Reed & MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma; Reed & MSK win and retain the titles.
- Mercedes Martinez VS Xia Li w/ Tian Sha; Xia Li wins.
- Million Dollar Championship Ladder Match: Cameron Grimes VS LA Knight; Knight wins and becomes the new Million Dollar Champion.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Ember Moon; Gonzalez wins and retains.
- NXT Championship Fatal 5 Way: Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Pete Dunne VS Johnny Gargano VS Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole; Kross wins and retains the title.
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It’s the TakeOver Preshow!
Join Sam Roberts and Justin Barrasso in analyzing, discussing and predicting this nostalgia-filled throwback tradition!
Ted DeBiase arrives!
“Alright, gentlemen, let’s go.” He has extra security holding onto the briefcase that holds THE most lavish title in WWE history, the Million Dollar Championship! THE Million Dollar Man is ready to crown a new Million Dollar Champion with the proof of a true workhorse superstar. Who will win this priceless title and bring the most extravagant prize in pro-wrestling to NXT?
Kyle O’Reilly arrives at the Capitol Wrestling Center.
It’s a nice day for a fight, but then The Way interrupts. Things look to be starting early! Theory shoves Kyle, Kyle shoves Theory, Gargano shoves Kyle and Kyle shoves back! William Regal and security keep this from happening in the parking lot. Will #CoolKyle lose his cool and go after Johnny TakeOver at the bell?
Special Bonus Match – Sarray & Zoey Stark VS The Robert Stone Brand!
Cut for time on the original broadcast, this special deleted scene is part of the director’s cut! The Warrior of the Sun and the rising star team up to shine bright, but will they be able to overshadow Jessi Kamea & Aliyah?
The teams sort out and Aliyah starts with Sarray. Aliyah reaches out for a handshake but Sarray slaps it away! Aliyah swings a punch but Sarray blocks and ROCKS Aliyah back! Sarray whips Aliyah to ropes, but Aliyah throws Sarray down by her hair! Cover, TWO as Sarray slips out. Sarray dropkicks Aliyah down, then adds another! And another! Aliyah tags in Jessi and sics her on Sarray! Sarray and Jessi circle, Jessi pie-faces Sarray as fans duel. Sarray shoves back, Jessi shoves Sarray, but Sarray ROCKS her! Sarray whips, Jessi reverses but Sarray blocks the punch to springboard arm-drag! Sarray arm-drags Jessi again for an armlock!
Jessi fights up to her feet, Sarray wrenches to a wristlock, and Stark tags in. Stark and Sarray double whip Jessi for an assisted shotgun dropkick, and a double elbow drop! Fans fire up for Stark & Sarray, but Jessi knees Stark back! Jessi snapmares, Stark handsprings through then dodges to KICK and KICK and BUZZSAW Jessi down! Jessi avoids Stark’s knee and gets to an open corner. Stark runs in but Aliyah saves Jessi! Stark hits buckles and Jessi reels her in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO, and Jessi rains down rights! Jessi lets off to pace around, then she drags Stark up to whip her into the corner. Jessi hits a BIG splash, and tags in Aliyah!
Aliyah and Jessi work together, assisted HELLUVA KICK! Cover, TWO! Aliyah rains down rights on Stark, covers, TWO! Aliyah shrieks in frustration but Stone says she’s got control. Aliyah bumps Stark off buckles, tags Jessi, and they stomp away on Stark. Jessi drags Stark up, but Stark shoves her away! Jessi CLUBS and AX KICKS Stark! Jessi scoops Stark for a BIG slam! Jessi toys with Stark, waves to the fans and tells Stark to kiss this. Tag back to Aliyah, they work together, tilt-o-whirl SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Aliyah drags Stark to another cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Aliyah drags Stark to the corner. Stark RAMS Aliyah into buckles but Jessi tags in.
Aliyah KICKS Stark, Jessi KICKS Stark down! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Jessi drags Stark up, whips her to ropes, but Stark sunset flips! Cover, TWO! Jessi dropkicks Stark down! Cover, TWO! Jessi clamps onto Stark with an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally as Stark fights up, but Jessi wrangles her down to another cover! TWO, but Jessi is right back on the arm. Fans rally, Sarray reaches out, and Stark throws forearms! Stark reaches but Jessi holds on! Stark ROCKS Jessi, goes under and HEEL KICKS! Jessi falls over and is in a daze as she sits back up. Hot tag to Sarray! Sarray dropkicks Jessi, BOOTS Aliyah, then fires off on Jessi!
Sarray whips Jessi corner to corner but Jessi reverses. Sarray goes up and back to ROCK Jessi again! Sarray reels Jessi in, FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Jessi KICKS Sarray back, then hurries to tag Aliyah! Aliyah runs in and gets Sarray up, only to get a SOBAT! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Another bridging cover, but Jessi breaks it! Stone is fired up as his team saves itself! The ref reprimands, Jessi goes after Sarray but Sarray throws her out. Fans fire up as Sarray builds speed, Stone stands in Sarray’s way! Aliyah rolls Sarray, TWO and Aliyah bumps into Stone! Sarray BLASTS Stone off the apron with a dropkick and his shoes go flying as he falls over!
Sarray has Aliyah set up, and she builds speed again, DROPKICK OF THE SUN!! Tag to Stark as Aliyah staggers to her feet, SPEAR! Stark hurries while Sarray watches Jessi closely, GO TO STARK!! Cover, Stark & Sarray win!
Winners: Zoey Stark & Sarray, by pinfall
The “rising upstarts” are no rookies! They can hang with the best of ’em and beat all the rest of ’em! Will Stark & Sarray stick together to climb up and go after the best?
Arash Markazi interviews Bronson Reed and MSK.
All there have worked so hard to get the titles they have, so why accept a Six Man Winners Take All? Well Reed is feeling stronger than ever, and MSK backing him up makes him unstoppable. Legado del Fantasma have been around together for a year, but they’ve faced them before. Reed will make it hard for Legado to get away with their usual tactics. Santos Escobar has every right to be confident, but he should’ve stayed in his lane. This is Reed’s first defense, but what does it mean to be on the other side of things at TakeOver? Reed feels he represents both his home country but also all those who believed in him.
Then what does In Your House mean to them? And what will they do tonight? This will be bigger than the International Incident. This will be COLOSSAL, #AllNightAndAllDay! Go from kaiju claw to MSK fingers! Nice, Markazi! They might invite him to the beach next time. But will this be a Championship Summer for Reed, Lee & Carter? Or will Escobar, Wilde & Mendoza truly take over?
Markazi also interviews Legado del Fantasma.
One year after becoming a trio, and they’re facing a trio that is in their first match together. They aren’t just going for one title or two, but three. Escobar says his hermanos were there for him when he won the Cruiserweight Championship. They’ve been together on this crazy ride to become the most dominant faction on NXT. This should’ve happened a few weeks ago, but guess what/ Bronson Reed decided he should make a cameo for that match. How amazing that Legado fooled those three into this match. This isn’t a team, they’ve never worked together. But Legado is familia
In Your House means a lot to a lot of fans. What can we expect from Legado tonight? Tonight is a huge night. They will flip two divisions upside-down in one match! And they’ll do it for tradition, lucha libre and each other. The special is “In Your House,” but the champs are in THEIR house! Legado will always look good, but imagine how much better they’ll look with all the gold? Escobar couldn’t say it better himself. Sangre, tradicion, familia, legado. That is what Legado del Fantasma stands for. In Your House is the perfect scenario for them to cement that legado. But will it be so easy against the powerful combination standing before them?
Take a seat, put a seat up, and make yourself at home!
Back by popular demand, it’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House 2021! Big Mami Cool is on a mission to prove her reign is not a house of cards! The Million Dollar Legacy is on the line and hanging high above in a Million Dollar Ladder Match! Four years of bitterness comes to a head as Xia Li looks to “purge” the #RuggedNThugged Mercedes Martinez! It’s an all or nothing Winners Take All for the North American AND Tag Team Championships! And hopefully you have room for more, because it is a FATAL 5 over THE NXT Championship! Kross, Gargano, Dunne, O’Reilly or Cole! Who will be the one atop the mountain?
In the homestretch of these hard times, Dok Hendrix says they will do their jobs and entertain the WWE Universe! There’s no place like home, and there’s no show like In Your House! Naomi Fox hypes up the CWC crowd with the In Your House 2021 theme song! Todd Pettengill is here to host In Your House again, and welcomes the largest crowd in the CWC yet! Speaking of large…
NXT North American & Tag Team Championships, Winners Take All: Bronson Reed & MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma!
It’s just as it sounds and just how it looks! Wes Lee & Nash Carter are joining forces with Auszilla to defend two divisions at once! But will these #MustSeeKaiju be able to crush Escobar, Wilde & Mendoza under their feet?
The introductions are made, all three belts are raised, and the CWC is fired up already as the trios sort out for this colossal start!
Lee dodges Mendoza’s boot, headlocks but Mendoza powers out. Lee runs him over, cover, ONE, Mendoza sunset flips, Lee jackknife covers, TWO! Backslide but Lee slips out to headscissor! Mendoza handsprings through and both men stand off, to which the fans cheer. Things speed up, Mendoza headscissors but Lee handsprings through now! Things keep moving, Le waistlocks and shoves but is put on the apron. Carter tags in, MSK rally but Mendoza dodges to tag Wilde. Wilde runs but into a roll up, ONE! Carter runs into a waistlock and ripcord, Wilde clubs and CHOPS, then goes and handsprings on the top rope to arm-drag!
Wilde does his dance then runs in but Carter dodges to KNEE him, and snapmare roll for a kick. Wilde ducks it to roll Carter, JAWBREAKER! Wilde runs but into a dropkick! Tag to Escobar and fans fire up! Escobar calls out Reed! Reed tags in and Escobar fires up, just to tag out. Mendoza and Wilde even wonder what he’s doing but Escobar says Mendoza can handle Reed. Mendoza runs but into Reed’s tilt-o-whirl! Mendoza lands out, kicks but Reed doesn’t flinch. Reed whips, Mendoza goes up and out and springboard sin, but his clothesline doesn’t even budge Reed! Reed flexes, Mendoza runs and slides under the boot then ducks and dodges, to run into a LARIAT!
Reed looms over Mendoza, fireman’s carries but Mendoza fights free! Escobar tags back in and Mendoza sunset flips. Reed SITS on him but Escobar basement dropkicks! Escobar fires off on Reed, reels Reed in and scoops, but falls over under Reed’s weight! Reed says nice try. Escobar scrambles away and tags out to Wilde. Wilde is surprised like Mendoza was but Reed eggs Wilde on. Wilde runs into a gorilla press and DROP! Reed tags Carter, Carter slingshots to senton! Tag to Lee, Lee knee-boards for a senton! Cover, TWO! Tag back to Carter, Lee WRINGS Wilde out, Carter tags Reed. They give Wilde a HAMMOCK SENTON! Cover, TWO!!
Wilde survives but Reed tags Carter back in. Reed whips Wilde, Carter tags Lee then hops onto Reed. BACKPACK ATTACK to a COLOSALL LEAP FROG! Cover, TWO!! Wilde is somehow still in this but Lee gets him up to RAM him into buckles. Tag to Carter, he and Lee get Wilde up for a snapmare. Carter wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Fans rally as Wilde endures, and Wilde fights up to JAWBREAKER again! Wilde tags Escobar but Carter gets away to get around. Carter shoves, Escobar puts him on the apron then ROCKS him! Escobar builds speed but Carter trips him! Carter drags Escobar out, goes up and up and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!
Carter sees Legado in the ring, Mendoza gives Wilde a boost to FLY! Direct hit with the super crossbody! But then Lee FLIES onto Wilde! Mendoza FLIES to take out Lee! Escobar hurries over and REED takes aim!? Reed builds speed, and COLOSSAL TOPES EVERYONE!! Escobar hits desk, the CWC is thunderous and Carter gets back in the ring with Escobar. Carter runs in to uppercut Escobar, Lee tags in, but Legado stops the Railgun! Escobar BLASTS Lee while Legado RAMS Carter into barriers! The ref reprimands but Escobar drags Lee up. Escobar taunts Reed and CUBS Lee down. Escobar CHOPS Lee in a corner but Lee hits back!
Escobar clubs away and puts Lee in a corner to whip corner to corner. Escobar runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Escobar puts Lee up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Lee lives but Escobar scowls as he pulls on the arm and leg in a modified bow ‘n’ arrow! Lee endures, Escobar drags him up and tags Mendoza. Mendoza taunts Reed before running corner to corner to clothesline Lee! Tag to Wilde, he does the same! Escobar tags in to clothesline! The endless clotheslines continue! Escobar ends the cycle as he gets Lee up for a BRAIN BUSTER! Tag to Mendoza and he tags Wilde. Wilde runs, DOUBLE HIP TOSS SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!
Wilde fires off hands on Lee and wraps on a chinlock. Lee endures, fans rally up but Wilde CLUBS Lee down! Wilde whips but Lee denies the dropkick! Wilde trips Lee up before he could tag Reed! Lee kicks Wilde way, hot tag to Reed! Reed rallies on Wilde, whips him to ropes and BODY CHECKS him! Mendoza gets in but gets a BODY CHECK! Legado regroups in an open corner, Reed runs in to DOUBLE SPLASH! Reed puts Wilde up top then drags Mendoza over. A double stack for a DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP! Reed drags Wilde up and scoops him for a SWINGING SUPLEX! Reed glares at Escobar, and dares him to tag Wilde!
Fans rally for Escobar but he gets in without a tag! The ref stops him, Mendoza chop blocks Reed! NOW Escobar tags in, and he HITS A MICHINOKU DRIVER?!?! Cover but Carter mule kicks it apart! Wilde tags in, Carter tags in on his end! Carter dodges Wilde, fires off hands but misses the enziguri! Wilde reels Carter in, Carter standing switches. Wilde elbows Carter but runs into a knee! Wilde elbows again,. Mendoza tags in, LEGADO LEG SWEEP GMAANGIRI COMBO! Cover but Lee springboards in and breaks it up!! The fans are electric but Escobar is furious! Escobar grabs the North American Championship, but it isn’t his yet! Reed SPLASHES Escobar through the barriers!!
The straps are down as Lee tosses Wilde out! Carter KICKS Wilde, torture rack, Lee adds on< DOUBLE STOMP BURNING HAMMER!! Mendoza tightrope crossbodies into a SUPERKICK! MSK tags, MUST SEE BLOCKBUSTER!! Tag to Reed, and he climbs up, for the TSUNAMI!!! Cover, MSKAIJU WINS!!
Winners: Bronson Reed & MSK, by pinfall (still NXT North American & Tag Team Champions)
They trusted each other, and they stayed focused on taking out their common enemies! The champions roll on, but are they on to new challenges? Legado is left all over ringside, will they be in any shape to regroup and try again?
Todd Pettengill wants to watch back to the Mae Young Classic 2018.
Wait, he has the tape? McKenzie Mitchell does her best to explain VHS isn’t a thing anymore. The footage is just cued up from the truck. Mercedes beat Xia Li in the Mae Young Classic, and their careers diverged onto different paths. But now they meet again all these years later! Will Tian Sha’s human weapon get back at Mean Ms. Martinez?
Mercedes Martinez VS Xia Li w/ Tian Sha!
The bell rings and the two tie right up. They go around the ropes and FALL out of the ring! Xia is up fast to RAM Mercedes then fire off KICKS! Xia puts Mercedes in the ring, stalks behind her, and runs, but into a back drop! Mercedes roars and storms over to Xia to fore off forearms and CHOPS! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off to scoop Xia into a T-BONE SUPLEX! Xia flounders to the apron but Mercedes is after her. Xia hits back with forearms then turns Mercedes around to cobra clutch against the ropes! With body scissors! The ref counts, Xia lets off at 4, then drags Mercedes to the outside. Xia POSTS Mercedes!
Fans fire up and duel as Xia gets Mercedes back up. Xia RAMS Mercedes into the apron, pushes her into the ring, and then toyingly kicks her. Xia taunts Mercedes but Mercedes hits back. Xia stomps Mercedes into the corner! The ref counts, Xia tops it off with a JUMPING STOMP! Xia then goes outside to again bring Mercedes over. Xia pulls Mercedes into the post! The ribs take a lot of damage before Xia lets off. The ref has a ring count but Xia gets in at 3 of 10. Xia looms over Mercedes, talks more trash, but Mercedes hits her back. Mercedes gets up but Xia is on her again to RAM her into the buckles!
Xia RAMS Mercedes in another corner, then runs side to side to SHOTGUN DROPKICK Mercedes out of the ring! Xia goes out after Mercedes, Mercedes drags herself up but Xia aims. Mercedes dodges and the kick hits post! Xia falls over and clutches her leg! The ring count climbs and is at 5 of 10! Xia stands at 7, drags herself in and gets in at 9! Both women are down, Xia with a bad leg and Mercedes with sore ribs. Mercedes gets up but Xia is after her! Mercedes counter punches, Xia hits back low then KICKS her back! But the bad leg hurts her!
Mercedes fires off haymakers but Xia KNEES Mercedes low! Xia goes after an arm, pulls hair, and whips Mercedes, only for Mercedes to reverses! ROYAL BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Xia gets to a corner, Mercedes runs in but misses the splash! Xia runs in to go up, and ELBOW Mercedes down! Xia gets Mercedes into a PUMP HANDLE EXPLODER! Mercedes flounders to a corner while Xia grits her teeth and fights through the pain in her leg. Xia runs but Mercedes FLAPJACKS her onto buckles! Xia flounders up now and Mercedes CLUBS her on the back. Mercedes Electric Chair lifts Xia up top and CLUBS away on her back!
Mercedes has the Crucifix, to the AK 47!! Cover, TWO!! Xia survives the modified Cliffhanger, and fans are fired up! Mercedes gets Xia up for KNEE after KNEE after KNEE! Mercedes lines up a shot but Xia rolls under it! Mercedes avoids the roll-up to KNEE her down! But Boa bails Xia out! Mercedes goes out after them but Boa stands in her way. The ref tells Boa to move, but Xia runs in! Mercedes BACK DROPS her! Fans fire up again as Mercedes eggs Xia on! Mercedes gets Xia up and into the ring at 5 of 10! Mercedes drags Xia up and fireman’s carries, but Xia fights! Xia shoves Mercedes, to then SCREW HIGH KICK on the rebound! Cover, XIA WINS!
Winner: Xia Li, by pinfall
She has avenged her failure in the past! Xia tells Boa to get her something, and he brings out a chair! Boa hands the chair to Xia and Xia aims at Mercedes’ leg! Mercedes kicks Xia’s leg out! Mercedes avoids disaster, but will she go for revenge? Boa shouts to Xia as Mercedes gets the chair! Boa gets in, Mercedes SMACKS him! And then jams and SMACKS Xia! Boa gets back in but he gets another SMACK! Mercedes grins as she now has Xia cowering in a corner. “You wanna take me out? I’m gonna break your back!” Mercedes SMACKS Xia again! Xia crawls to the ramp, but Mei Ying’s anger stirs! Mercedes says she’s not scared! And she SMACKS Xia again!
But Mei Ying gets out of her chair! Mercedes says if she wants to go, then let’s go! Mercedes storms over, but Mei Ying meets her halfway. Mercedes stares Mei Ying down, fans are fired up, and then Mei Ying choke grips Mercedes! She has Mercedes down on her knees, but Mercedes hits back with the chair! Mei Ying stays up, and then choke grips Mercedes again! And TOSSES her into the barriers! Will Mercedes learn to fear the wrath of Tian Sha?
Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher speak.
TakeOver: In Your House is not how these two expected them to be represented. They wanted to be the NEW tag champions, but GYV took that away. This Tuesday, they break GYV’s limbs!! GYV wants to scrap in a Tornado Tag and show a side we haven’t seen? Well listen good! Take a look at them. Really look. You are looking at two grown ass men and in precisely 48 hours, they will show the world how dangerous they are at GYV’s expense! BOO! Toothless Timmy & Old Man Ciampa are ready, will Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem SSSSOOOOON be recognized as the team that could’ve been the world’s number one, but got ripped in two?
Million Dollar Championship Ladder Match: Cameron Grimes VS LA Knight!
Fortune, fame, status and the ability to get the job done no matter the cost. The man who holds this title embodies that and so much more! Will the Carolina Cash Money Caveman take this title #ToTheMoon? Or will this be both LA Knight’s Game and LA Knight’s Title?
Ted DeBiase walks out on stage with that Million Dollar Laugh, and he has his security bring the guest of honor, THE Million Dollar Championship belt, to the ring. Knight makes his entrance, followed by Grimes. The introductions are made, the belt and its clear briefcase are hoisted high above, and we see who climbs the literal ladder of success to carry on the Million Dollar Legacy!
Grimes and Knight talk trash but the fans chant, “LA SUCKS! LA SUCKS!” Knight shoves Grimes, they tie up and go around! They end up in a corner, then onto ropes and around the way. Knight headlocks, Grimes powers out but Knight runs him over! Fans boo but Knight just dismisses them with a wave of the hand. But Grimes gets a leg, shoves Knight down, and tells him to #KissMahGrits! Knight gets up, Grimes ROCKS him and CHOPS him and ROCKS him again! Grimes whips then CLOBBERS Knight! Knight gets to ropes, Grimes gets him up and KICKS him to a corner! Grimes KICKS Knight in the corner, too!
Grimes keeps Knights on the ropes with haymakers, then whips him to ropes. Knight kicks Grimes away, then grins, before he runs into a RANA! Knight bails out, Grimes has the fans fired up and on his side, but Knight gets a ladder! Knight puts it in, and Grimes is right there to put it aside. Knight shoves Grimes out and Grimes falls onto the ladder as he goes! Knight gets the ladder up and TOSSES it, but Grimes dodges! Grimes gets in, Knight BOOTS and LARIATS Grimes down! Knight soaks up the heat from the “incels” and he mocks the #ToTheMoon catchphrase! Knight gets Grimes up and throws him out of the ring.
Knight hurries to get the ladder again, and puts it in. Knight sets the ladder up, starts climbing, but Grimes meets him at the top! Grimes ROCKS Knight but Knight yanks Grimes down! Knight DECKS Grimes, but Grimes avoids the ladder SLAM! Grimes flounders, ladders tumble, and the two tug-o-war with the main ladder. Knight drags Grimes into the ring, rushes him, but Grimes sends him out! Grimes takes a moment to catch his breath before he sets this ladder up. Knight gets his own ladder, and now we have a ladder fight! They CLASH and CLASH, but both men drop their ladders! Knight gets his up, swings but misses! Grimes BOOTS Knight out and has the ring to himself!
Knight grabs the ladder Grimes wanted to use and we have another tug-o-war! Grimes RAMS Knight into the barriers with the ladder! Grimes goes to the apron and takes aim as Knight flounders up. Knight turns around into a PENALTY KICK! Knight goes down in a heap and fans fire up for Grimes! Grimes goes down to the floor to get another ladder into the ring. Knight grabs Grimes’ hair but Grimes elbows him away. Knight RAMS Grimes into the boards! Grimes flounders up now, Knight SWINGS the ladder into him! Grimes goes down in a heap and Knight grins as he soaks up the heat from the fans.
Knight stomps Grimes down, and then mocks the fans, “You wanna meet him?” He RAMS Grimes into the boards, then bounces Grimes off the steel steps! Knight tells DeBiase that Grimes is NOT Million Dollar material. Grimes gets up to RAM Knight into boards! Things are even now and fans fire up as both men are down on the outside! Grimes gets up, hurries after Knight but Knight pokes Grimes in the eyes! Knight whips Grimes hard into barriers on the far side! The barrier somehow stays up but Knight gets one of the tallest ladders yet! Knight brings it over, makes a ladder bridge, and then he sees Grimes floundering into the ring.
Knight goes in after Grimes, but Grimes counter punches him! Grimes shoulders into a KNEE! Knight aims, slingshots and SHOULDER TACKLES Grimes down! Knight grins, paces about, and fetches a ladder that was still in the ring. Knight leans the ladder up against a corner, then he stands on Grimes’ head on the ropes! There are no disqualifications so Grimes can only suffer! Knight gets Grimes up, but Grimes blocks a ladder smack. Knight body shots, but Grimes waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX Knight into the ladder! Grimes is glaring as he RAMS Knight with the ladder! Grimes says here we go, but Knight jumps the low ladder shot!
Knight waistlocks, Grimes elbows and switches but Knight returns the favor. Knight RAMS Grimes into the post, then hits a NECKBREAKER across the ladder!! Grimes’ back gets wrecked but it seems Knight’s arm took damage, too! Fans rally as Grimes stirs but Knight is up and looking for more ladders. Knight finds another towering one and brings that into the ring. Grimes crawls and feebly grabs the ladder but Knight stomps him away. Knight stands the ladder up under the briefcase, but Grimes kicks him from between the legs! Grimes swing kicks Knight, then throws forearms and uppercuts! Knight staggers but RAMS Grimes into the rungs!
Knight takes his tall ladder, leans it against ropes, then stomps Grimes. Knight sets the other ladder on the top rope so that it juts out precariously! Knight wants to take Grimes “to the moon,” and whips! Grimes reverses and Knight COLLIDES with the corner ladder!! Fans are thunderous for Grimes as he gets up and he KICKS away on Knight against the ropes! Again and again and again and again! Grimes is fired up and the fans are, too! Knight staggers but YANKS Grimes down by his hair! Grimes crawls, Knight runs, but Grimes BACK DROPS Knight onto his tall ladder! Knight flops down off the rungs and fans rally up!
Grimes whips Knight out and Knight CRASHES onto the ladder bridge! Grimes shouts, “I WANT THAT GOOOLD~!” He wants the gold LADDER! THE Million Dollar Ladder that’s on the stage! Grimes fetches it, brings that bad boy over to the ring, and wants to do this like the Million Dollar Man would! Fans are fired up as Grimes stands the ladder up, and starts to climb! But as he reaches for the briefcase, Knight climbs up to anchor him! Knight and Grimes brawl at the very top of this ladder, and Grimes bumps Knight off the top! Grimes shoves Knight off, but Knight shoves the ladder over! Grimes HOTSHOTS on the top rope! Knight runs at Grimes, but into a COLLISION COURSE!!
“This is Awesome!” and far from over! Grimes and Knight stir, and while Knight goes to the apron, Grimes goes for the gold ladder. Grimes uses it to stand up but Knight hurries over. Knight stomps Grimes down, gets one of the other ladders, and as Grimes goes to the ramp, Knight shoves the ladder through ropes. Knight then fetches another ladder to SLAM it on Grimes’ back! Knight stands this new ladder up on the ramp, and he brings his other ladder over to wedge it into the other. Knight has a nasty looking bridge, but Grimes DECKS him, then PENALTY KICKS him from the ramp! Knight stumbles all the way to the other side of the ring!
Grimes hurries after Knight, leaning against barriers as he goes. Knight hides behind DeBiase’s security to then sucker punch Grimes! Knight drags Grimes up, whips him, but Grimes climbs a ladder that was nearby! Grimes mule kicks Knight, climbs more, but Knight shoves the ladder over! Grimes leaps to the girder! Grimes climbs up a little more to then SUPER CROSSBODY Knight down!! Fans are electric again as Grimes stands up first! Grimes has the gold ladder, stands it up, and climbs! Grimes paws at the briefcase but Knight drags him back for a POWER- NO! Grimes RANAS Knight out of the ring, then skins the cat!
Grimes hurries over to the gold ladder, shouts, “TO THE MOON!” then climbs again! Grimes has the case, but Knight tips the ladder again! Grimes FALLS THROUGH KNIGHT’S LADDER BRIDGE!! Knight resets the gold ladder, climbs it and grabs the case! He unhooks it, and wins!!
Winner: LA Knight (NEW Million Dollar Champion)
Whose title is it? L A Knight’s title! DeBiase gives this match, and the man who won it, a standing ovation! DeBiase takes the belt out of the case and gives it a kiss before handing it over to Knight himself. DeBiase raises Knight’s hand in victory! Knight is the NEW Million Dollar Champion, and that’s not bragging, that’s just a fact of life, dummy!
Hit Row talk with Todd Pettengill.
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A fight is breaking out backstage!
The Bruiserweight and Mr. Apocalypse are fighting already! Regal separates Dunne and Kross, but will this only explode once the Fatal 5 is under way?
NXT Women’s Championship: Raquel Gonzalez w/ Dakota Kai VS Ember Moon!
Big Mami Cool has proven she can beat some of the best in Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley. The Evolved Shenom wants to show she is on par with some of the best, such as Charlotte Flair and Asuka. Raquel made sure to wreck Shotzi Blackheart first, but that only lit a fire under the Prophecy of Flame. Will Ember Eclipse the champion and hit her where it hurts? Or will Raquel do what she does best and dominate?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we’ll see what happens when Ricky Desperado fights Ember’s Law!
Ember dropkicks Raquel right away! Ember runs, ranas and has Raquel in a corner for a back body block! Ember fires off fast hands but Raquel shoves her away. Raquel swings, Ember dodges and boots back. Ember runs but gets SWATTED! Raquel seethes and Dakota cheers her on. Raquel gets Ember up, but Ember avoids the bomb to headscissor Raquel into the POST! Ember goes to the apron, Dakota distracts, and Raquel avoids the knee! Ember hits post, then Raquel BLASTS her into the barriers! Dakota taunts Ember then forearm bumps with Raquel as she fetches Ember. Raquel TOSSES Ember into barriers!
Raquel eggs Ember on, CLUBS her down, then refreshes a ring count. Raquel scoops Ember to put her in the ring, then goes in after her. Cover, TWO! Raquel taunts Ember, “You really think you’re gonna beat me?” Ember hits back but Raquel bumps her off buckles. Raquel throws knees, lets off as the ref counts, then whips Ember hard into the corner! Ember bounces off buckles but Raquel drags her up for a scoop. Ember slips out, tilt-o-whirls but the sunset doesn’t work! Raquel gets Ember up, puts her in a corner, but Ember boots back! Ember hops up, leaps, but the code breaker is TOSSED! Raquel snarls as she YANKS Ember up into a SIDEWALK SLAM!
Raquel steps on Ember, climbs up the corner, and TWISTING VADER BOMBS! Cover, TWO! Ember survives and Raquel is annoyed with her. Raquel looms over Ember, drags her up, and reels her in for a gut wrench. Raquel uses the Canadian rack to torture Ember but Ember endures being bent. Ember pries at Raquel’s grip but Raquel gets it back. Raquel flips and SLAMS Ember, then covers, TWO! Raquel says, “That’s how it’s gonna be?” She taunts Ember in Spanish to get up but Ember kicks back. Raquel gets Ember up, Ember fires body shots! Raquel shoves Ember down, storms over and gets Ember up. Ember kicks back, Raquel yanks her up, but Ember SUPERKICKS!
Ember fires off more kicks then ENZIGURIS! Raquel wobbles and Ember runs, but the lariat isn’t enough! Raquel reels Ember in but gets another SUPERKICK! ROLLING ELBOW takes Raquel down! Ember fires up and hops on, for a CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Ember gives shoutout to Shotzi but Raquel is too tough for that! Dakota coaches Raquel but Ember is after the leg! Modified figure four, and then a pull of the hair and hook of the face for a modified Queen Angelito stretch! Dakota helps with the ropes and Raquel gets the ropebreak! The ref reprimands but still counts Ember, and Ember lets go at 4.
Dakota gets Raquel out of the ring, but Ember builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Raquel hits desk!! Fans are thunderous for Ember as she scares Dakota off. Ember fetches Raquel up and bounces her off the desk! Ember glares at Dakota again, then gets Raquel into the ring. Ember runs and BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO!! Raquel lives but Ember keeps her focus. Ember climbs but Dakota distracts! The ref reprimands but Raquel gets up top in an instant! SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Raquel can’t believe it but Ember still lives! Raquel sits Ember up, brings her around, and hooks her up, CHINGAN- NO! Victory roll, TWO!!
Ember gets up and Raquel BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO!! Ember is still in this and fans rally up. Raquel fumes as she drags Ember back up. Raquel suplexes, holds Ember up but Ember hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Raquel wobbles after Ember, Ember ROCKS her with a forearm! Ember wants the corner but Raquel keeps her away. Ember hits a JAWBREAKER, climbs up the corner, and leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Ember hurries back to the corner, and to the very top! Raquel rises, Ember aims, ECLIPSE!!! Cover, Dakota puts Raquel’s leg on the rope!! The ref sees only the ropebreak but Ember knows better.
BUT SHOTZI IS HERE! Shotzi chase Dakota to RAM her into barriers! Shotzi fires off hands on Dakota, Dakota runs away to the ramp! Shotzi catches up to her, and they brawl right up to the house! Dakota gets tossed into the potted plants! Shotzi chases Dakota backstage while Ember stalks Raquel. Raquel kicks to avoid the leg lock, but Ember POSTS her! Ember goes out to join Raquel and climbs up top. Ember gets Raquel in position, for a TORNADO DDT TO THE RAMP! Ember drags Raquel’s dead weight to the ring but that is on easy task! Cover, TWO!! Raquel survives again, but Ember’s rage is boiling up.
Ember climbs a corner again, Raquel stands back up, ECLIP- NO!! Raquel shoves Ember away, scoops her, tilt-o-whirl, and back around, to SNAKE EYES! Ember staggers into a waistlock, pop-up, CHINGONA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!!
Winner: Raquel Gonzalez, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)
The “human insurance policy” that is Dakota Kai comes through again! Ember would’ve had this if not for her, and Raquel will have to make it up to her. Will anyone be able to get past #CobraKai to take this title from Big Mami Cool?
Todd Pettengill is having a hard night.
All the “you’re old” jokes and someone even took his Walkman! But at least he gets to play Karate Fighters! With Dexter Lumis? So, Lumis, how’s the love life lately? Not the thing to say, Todd! Lumis grabs Todd’s action figure and Todd declares Lumis the winner. Will Lumis do better in all things love and warfare?
The Great American Bash is coming back!
Get ready for Tuesday, July 6th, as the black ‘n’ gold celebrates the red, white ‘n’ blue!
NXT Championship Fatal 5 Way: Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Pete Dunne VS Johnny Gargano VS Kyle O’Reilly VS Adam Cole!
It doesn’t matter when the time is tolled, everyone pays the toll. So why waste time crossing off the defiant challengers one by one? Doomsday comes for FOUR contenders at once! But will Kross have to admit his time is up? Or can he thwart the Bruiserweight, Johnny TakeOver, #CoolKyle and Adam Cole BAYBAY all at once?
Gargano walks by the madness that is Shotzi and Dakota brawling, with Raquel standing with Dakota. He shrugs that off and makes his way to the ring. Then Kyle makes his entrance, followed by Dunne, then Cole, then lastly the champion himself, Karrion Kross. The introductions are made, THE belt is raised, and we see who will #FallAndPray!
The bell rings and all five men look to each other. Dunne spokes Cole and Kyle BOOTS him! Dunne and Gargano brawl, Kyle is after Cole on the outside! Dunne throws Gargano out and has Kross to himself now! They tie up, go around, Kross shoves Dunne away but Dunne KICKS his leg! And again! Kross blocks a kick, shoves, but Dunne leaps for a guillotine! Kross grins as he powers through to SNAP SUPLEX! Dunne rolls out of the ring and Kyle rushes in, having dealt with Cole. Kyle and Kross test the waters with kicks while feeling out the grapple. Kyle fires hands but Kross clinches to shove and BOOT Kyle! Kyle stays up to BOOT back!
Kyle kicks, Kross blocks and ROUNDHOUSES Kyle! Kross waistlocks, Kyle blocks to drop toehold! KNEEBAR!! Kyle has Kross caught but Kross powers up and pries Kyle off for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Kyle bails out, Gargano slingshots and kicks! Gargano taunts Kross, fires off boxing elbows, then tilt-o-whirls to go for the arm! Kross resists, powers up, and tosses Gargano, only for Gargano to chop block! Kross choke grips, Gargano kicks the leg and gets free to rolling elbow! Kross stays up but Gargano RANAS! Gargano runs in at the corner but Kross catches him for an EXPLODER! Cole gets in and dropkicks the leg out!
Cole fires off forearms on Kross then pie faces him. Cole talks trash, Kross waistlocks but Cole breaks free to PELE! Cole runs, Dunne trips him and traps him in the apron skirt! Dunne, Gargano and Kyle mug Cole! But Kross storms over to drag Cole up and TOSS him into the ring! Kross runs at Cole in a corner for a clothesline! And elbow! And DISCUS! But Kross turns around into Dunne’s forearms! Kross BOOTS Dunne, BOOTS Gargano, and BOOTS Kyle! Dunne gets up, but gets a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through, Dunne and Gargano work together, but Kross DOUBLE BACK DROPS them! Kross gets Kyle for a POINT-BLANK LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Kyle survives and every other challenger is down! Kross snarls as he drags Kyle back up. Kross reels Kyle in, Kyle slips out and fires off kicks! Kyle gets the leg, Kross blocks the takedown and hits a SAYANAGI! Kross gets Kyle up but Kyle escapes the bomb to fire off a strike fest! KICK after KICK, then leg sweep! Kyle BOOTS Dunne! And KNEES Gargano! And kicks Cole, to fire off knees! Kyle wants to hurt Cole as much as he does anyone, and he grounds ‘n’ pounds with elbows and palm strikes! Cole blocks the armbar, but Dunne gets Kyle for an ARMBAR! Cole gets away, Kyle rolls but Dunne hammerlocks!
Gargano gets after Dunne but Dunne adds him to the hold! FINGER TORTURE! But Kross gets Dunne up to POWERBOMB him into Gargano and Kyle! And then Kross shouts, “YOU!” at Cole! Cole dares him to bring it! They’re not done and they’re fighting on the ramp! Kross catches Cole and gets him up! Cole rakes eyes and escapes! Gargano CHOP BLOCKS, and Dunne PENALTY KICKS Kross! Kross goes after Gargano but Dunne BOOTS him! Gargano SUPERKICKS Kross, then Gargano and Dunne RAM Kross through the front door!! The CWC fans lose their minds as all three of those men are down!
Cole returns to the ring, and that means going after Kyle! Cole runs, SHINING WIZARD! Fireman’s carry, for an USHIGORISHI! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives and Cole smirks. Cole goes to a corner and climbs up. Gargano returns and Cole punches him away! Kyle ducks under the Sunrise but into a GAMANGIRI! Cole dodges Gargano to clothesline Kyle but Gargano ENZIGURIS Cole! Gargano has Kyle and Cole in the corner, the Tree of Woe trapping them both! Gargano stomps a mudhole, then goes corner to corner, into Dunne’s roll up! TWO, and Dunne shifts to pump handle! BITTER- FINAL BEAT!
Gargano scoops Dunne to LAWN DART him into Cole and Kyle!! Gargano covers Dunne, TWO!! Gargano can’t believe it as the Bruiserweight survives! The fans rally and duel in all sorts of directions as Gargano throws hands on Dunne. Gargano stomps and kicks Cole, no love lost there. Gargano calls upon the DIY powers but runs into a fireman’s carry! Cole BOOTS, Kyle CLOHTESLINES! Cole BOOTS Kyle, Dunne ENZIGURIS Cole but DOUBLE CLOTHELINES take out Kyle and Dunne! Cole crawls to cover Gargano, TWO!! The CWC is thunderous as all four men stand back up. Kyle and Cole brawl, Gargano DECKS Dunne!
Cole hits, Kyle hits back, repeat, faster and faster! 52 FAKE OUT! Then SUPER- NO! Kyle blocks to an ANKLE LOCK!! Cole kicks him away, Kyle yoyos into KROSS’ arms! Kross RAMS Kyle into the barrier, then gives Cole an EXPLODER! Kross tosses Cole so he can join Kyle, and then he CATCHES Gargano’s tope! TWO HAND SLAM on the apron! Dunne jumps but into Kross’ arms! Kross TOSSES Dunne onto Cole and Kyle! Kross puts Gargano in the ring, reels him in and scoops, for a pop-up to the fireman’s carry, and an F5 HUNDRED! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives! Kross is surprised by Gargano’s superhuman heart.
Cole returns but Kross ROCKS him! Gargano kicks and kicks Kross, and uses Cole to boost for the TORNADO DDT! Kross bails out, Cole is in a corner, and Gargano DIVES onto Kyle! Kyle hits announce desk, Gargano CANNONBALLS Kross from the steps! Gargano gets in to TOPE TORNADO DDT Dunne!! Fans love “Johnny Wrestling!” but Cole SUPERKICKS him! Then BLINDSIDE SUPERKICKS! Then LAST- NO! Gargano ducks the wizard to get the GargaNO Escape! Cole does escape, though, but Gargano boot shim away. Cole puts Gargano on the apron, Gargano slingshots into a SUPERKICK!
Cole goes up, PANAMA- NO!! Gargano makes it a CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans are loving this as all five men are down! Dunne rises and gets back in the ring, as does Kyle. Gargano is in the middle of the ring, he sees he has targets in the corners. Gargano runs to clothesline Dunne, then goes for Kyle. Kyle dodges, ROCKS Dunne, but Gargano schoolboys Kyle! DOUBLJE KICK from Gargano and Dunne but Dunne ENZIGURIS Gargano! Gargano and Cole get Dunne with a SUPERKICK POISON RANA! Kyle and Gargano get Cole with SUPERKICK FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Gargano STOMPS it apart! “This is Awesome!” and it’s still going!!
Kross returns and unleashes clotheslines on each and every corner! Kyle dodges and lariats but Kross stays up! Dunne tries, no. Cole tries, no. Gargano tries, YES! Everyone trades forearms, DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE for Cole! Kyle fires off on Gargano and Dunne, Dunne hits back, Kyle yoyos! Gargano SUPERKICKS, Kyle yoyos for a DOUBLE LARIAT! Kross runs in, runs through the roundhouse and CLOBBERS Kyle! Fans are electric as all five men are down! The rally builds and Kross stands first. Kross talks Kyle, reels him in and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Kyle flops away but Kross gets Cole for a GERMAN SUPLEX!
Kross stalks Gargano, GERMAN SUPLEX! Kross soaks up the heat as he embodies The Beast and he stalks Dunne! GERMAN, but Dunne lands on his feet to BUZZSAW! PENALTY KICK from Kyle! Kross bails out, Gargano SUPERKICKS Kross on the apron! Cole SUPERKICKS Kross, too! Kross leans on ropes, and though they’re enemies now, Cole and Kyle remember back to their Undisputed Era days! DOUBLE POWERBOMB onto the announce desk! The desk does not break but perhaps Kross’ back just did! Cole and Kyle join Gargano and Dunne in the ring, and the fists start flying!! Fast and furious all four ways, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS take out Gargano and Cole!
Kyle and Dunne get each man in a GUILLOTINE! Double submissions, who gives in first? Kyle and Dunne spare Cole and Gargano to fire off on each other! Fans duel as Kyle ROCKS Dunne! Kyle KNEES Dunne, gets him up, but Dunne turns suplex into BODY SCISSOR KIMURA!! Kyle throws body shots, gets free and drags Dunne down! Dunne turns that into a TRIANGLE! Kyle gets Dunne up, Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS them both!! Cole throws Gargano out, gets Kyle up, GHOSTBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kyle survives and Cole can’t believe it! Dunne returns, Cole gets him up, and he throws forearms. Dunne CHOPS back and we have a new brawl!
Cole blocks a kick but ducks and the ENZIGURI hits Gargano! Dunne goes up and up into DOUBLE USPERKICKS! Cole throws Gargano out again, covers Dunne, TWO!! ONE FINAL BEAT for Cole!! Gargano covers both Dunne and Cole, TWO!!! Wait, DOUBLE GargaNO Escape?!? But Kyle gets in to KNEE Gargano down! Kyle saves Cole and Dunne but also his own chances! Fans are hoping these guys “Fight Forever!” at this point but it has to end somehow. Kyle and Gargano brawl, Kyle KICKS but Gargano jumps the sweep to BUZZSAW! Gargano runs into a KNEE! Kyle KNEES Gargano again, gets him up, BRAIN BUSTER!!
Kyle roars and goes to a corner. Kyle climbs, Cole SHOVES him down! Cole climbs, aims, PANAMA SUNRISE!!! Cover, Dunne drags Cole off! For a BRAIN BUSTER to the FLOOR! But Kross rises?!?! Dunne dares him to get in the ring then! Fans are fired up for the Bruiserweight but Kross grins as he gets in. Dunne fires off fast hands from all sides! Kross puts up a guard, then gets under Dunne to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dunne gets back up?! And side steps to SNAP GERMAN! Pump handle, BITTER END!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Dunne doesn’t question it, he just puts on a TRIANGLE! And throws elbow after elbow after elbow!
Kross is fading, Dunne wants to keep on, but Cole, Gargano AND Kyle break it up! They save Kross just to save their own chances! “This is Awesome!” is an understatement as everyone resets. Dunne STOMPS hands, and BUZZSAWS Kyle, then BUZZSAWS Gargano! Cole goes to low blow but Dunne blocks it! Dunne has the fingers, but Kross has Dunn AND Cole! DOUBLE DOOMSDAY SAIDO!!! Cole stagger sup into the APOCALYPSE ELBOW!! Kross vows to end this now, and he has Dunne for the KROSSJACKET!! Dunne is fading, but he gets a second wind! Dunne has the fingers! Dunne SNAPS ‘EM!! But ONE FINAL BEAT FOR DUNNE!
Kross gets Gargano in the KROSSJACKET! Gargano fights, uses the corner, pushes back and has a cover!! TWO!?!? KROSSJACK- NO! Gargano is moving around, Kross is on him, but LAST SHOT SHINING WIZARD!! Kyle gives Cole AX ‘N’ SMASH!! Kyle aims at Kross as he climbs, KING KONG KNEE DROP!!! Cover, Cole SUPERKICKS Kyle!! And SUPERKICKS Gargano! And SUPERKICKS Dunne! Cole aims at Kyle, for- NO! Kyle ducks, trips Cole, HEEL HOOK! Cole kicks and kicks but Kyle just adds that other foot! DOUBLE HEEL HOOK!! Cole flails, shouts “NO!” and KROSS gets Kyle with a KROSSJACKET!!! Cole is still caught, Kyle could still do this! But Kyle is fading, too!!
Kyle lets Cole go and Kross smothers him!! Kyle is OUT, Kross wins!!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission (still NXT Champion)
Kyle falls right at the finish line and Kross takes the win! The chaos and the carnage was Kross’ bread and butter, and now he solidifies his place atop the NXT mountain! Is there no end to the apocalypse
Backstage interview with William Regal.
As he heads for the door, McKenzie wants Regal’s thoughts on In Your House 2021. Regal walks out to the parking lot. It has been seven years since he became GM of NXT, and he’d never seen such bedlam and madness. “I think it’s time for a change.” What? What does he mean by that? Where is Regal going?!
WHOOOOA! What an amazing TakeOver! Best one of the year so far, as far as I’m concerned. The only thing that would’ve made it better is if the Peacock didn’t suck from having no livestream pause and skip-back abilities. That Six Man Tag was amazing, but I am 111% sure I missed some details at the beginning because of no pausing or replaying. I am so glad that Reed & MSK won, and not just because Escobar’s Heel heat borders on Go Away Heat with me. Though c’mon, he literally used the chicken shit strategy in that match, how can you be okay with that? Reed annihilating him through a barrier was the best, though. Reed VS Escobar 1v1 has to happen next before Hit Row moves in.
Mercedes VS Xia Li was very good, and it makes sense for Xia to win. Mercedes beating her and Boa up is fine because then we got interaction between Mercedes and Mei Ying. I am definitely hoping Mei Ying’s first match, aka Karen Q’s return to the ring, is against Mercedes in a great match that doesn’t rely on the supernatural stuff. WWE Raw isn’t doing the best with supernatural characters fighting without their powers, so NXT can show them a thing or two here. The Million Dollar Ladder match was awesome stuff. Knight wins so that that the Face can chase, and Grimes proving he has the fortitude to come back will be great for his character over the summer.
We got a really good promo from Ciampa & Thatcher to hype up their tornado tag with Grizzled Young Veterans, though I feel like it could’ve been put in the preshow. That match is going to be great stuff, though. The many Todd Pettengill moments were great, though, especially with Hit Row and Dexter Lumis. We got another great Women’s Championship match in Raquel VS Ember, but I just knew Dakota would get involved and Shotzi would return to go after her. Shotzi VS Dakota has to be set for this Tuesday already. To be fair to my judgment of Escobar, I should question if Raquel really needed help to retain the title if she’s to stay strong. Maybe her next challenger can be someone she actually does defeat on her own.
Everything with the NXT Championship Fatal 5 tonight was great. The parking lot confrontation of Kyle and The Way, then the backstage one with Dunne and Kross all keeps with how the go-home was chaotic and tense. The Fatal 5 itself was an amazing match, really giving us every bit of story between the five, and I am really surprised Cole didn’t take the loss here. It was great drama for all the multi-submissions, and for Kross taking the win away from Kyle like that. I wonder if we’re getting reverse psychology: Kyle takes the loss so that he’ll be the one to take the title from Kross one day.
Regal implying he’s stepping down as GM is the big shocker, though. All the stuff tonight and last week does lend towards why his character would feel that way, but I’m not sure how to feel about that. Who could possibly replace Regal after seven years? Now that is an end of an era.
My Score: 9.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/6/22)
Big fights tonight on Dynamite!
The Maniac takes on a monster!
The AEW TNT Championship in a Street Fight, and the Interim World Championship in a battle of badasses, what a way to follow Blood & Guts!
- AEW TNT Championship Street Fight: Scorpio Sky w/ Dan Lambert VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
- Swerve in Our Glory VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny; Swerve in Our Glory wins.
- Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Rush; Rush wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club VS Fuego Del Sol & Ruffin’ It; The Acclaimed & Gunn Club win.
- Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir; Thunder & Storm win.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brody King; Moxley wins and retains the interim title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW TNT Championship Street Fight: Scorpio Sky w/ American Top Team VS Wardlow!
The Closer is finally 100%, and he’s ready to go all out just to prove he IS the Face of TNT! But will he be able to hold onto “Genie” when there’s nothing holding the Maestro of Mayhem back? Or will Scorpio win this war?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Mr. Brodie Lee smiles down upon in a battle for this title.
Scorpio and Wardlow circle, Scorpio fires off testing punches and kicks, but Wardlow TOSSES him to a corner! Wardlow rushes in but Scorpio dodges to fire off body shots. Wardlow choke grips Scorpio and backs him down, but Scorpio fights free. Scorpio fires off knees and a KICK, then runs, only to get run over! Fans fire up with Wardlow as he stalks Scorpio. Wardlow whips Scorpio but Scorpio reverses, only for Wardlow to block and reverse! But Scorpio LOW BLOWS right on the rebound! No disqualifications but that’s just dirty! Scorpio runs, but into a clinch! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Wardlow seethes and he storms up and Scorpio to TOSS him across the way! Wardlow storms up on Scorpio in the corner to then TOSS him back the other way! Wardlow soaks up the cheers from the fans but Scorpio bails out. Wardlow takes a moment to catch his breath after Scorpio’s low blow, and then Wardlow goes out to fetch Scorpio. Dan Lambert suddenly grows a pair and smacks Wardlow on the back. Wardlow scowls at Lambert but Lambert shrinks behind his wall of MMA fighters. Wardlow dares one of them to bring it, but then Scorpio RAMS Wardlow into the steel steps! Wardlow tumbles over, then American Top Team swarms him!
The trained fighters all stomp Wardlow like goons but Scorpio has them clear out. Scorpio says he’s got this, and he stalks Wardlow back into the ring as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Wardlow gets up in a corner but Scorpio KICKS him in the leg. Wardlow shoves Scorpio away and goes to another corner but Scorpio rams into him. Wardlow clubs Scorpio but Scorpio knees low, snapmares Wardlow down and clamps on a chinlock. Wardlow endures the grind and fans rally up. Scorpio leans all his weight but Wardlow fights up and RAMS Scorpio into a corner! And again! And again! Wardlow backs off to run in, but Scorpio sends him into buckles! Scorpio fires off haymakers until Wardlow sits down, then Scorpio flexes. Ethan Page is fired up for his tag partner, but Wardlow gets up to CLOBBER Scorpio!
Wardlow shakes out the arms as he gets back up and he CLOBBERS Scorpio again. Wardlow is getting mad now, and he CLUBS Scorpio on the back. Wardlow puts Scorpio in a corner, RAMS into him, and then uppercuts! Scorpio sits down and Ethan talks trash but Wardlow gives it back. Wardlow stands Scorpio up to RAM into him again. Scorpio claws Wardlow’s eyes! Scorpio kicks Wardlow’s leg and has him in a corner for more haymakers. Scorpio whips corner to corner but Wardlow reverses. Wardlow runs in but Scorpio dodges, Wardlow hits POST! Dynamite returns to single picture as Scorpio climbs up to rain down fists on Wardlow!
American Top Team coach Scorpio on and he bumps Wardlow off buckles. Fans cuss out Lambert as Scorpio drags Wardlow to the top. Wardlow resists the superplex and shoves Scorpio down! Wardlow adjusts, and SWANTON BOMBS! Fans are thunderous for Wardlow as he looms over Scorpio. Wardlow says it’s time, and he drags Scorpio up and reels him in! Lambert sends his men in, but Wardlow CLOBBERS and BOOTS and DECKS and CLOBBERS and CLOBBERS and TOSSES them all out! Wardlow hauls one up to trophy lift and TOSS onto the pile! Fans fire up but Scorpio has the belt! Wardlow turns around into a BELT SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
No one can believe Wardlow survives the screw job! Lambert tells Scorpio to keep after him, and Scorpio pretends the straps are down. Scorpio reels Wardlow into a fireman’s carry, but Wardlow slips off and shoves Scorpio into Lambert! Down goes the fat head and now Wardlow hits a SPINEBUSTER on Scorpio! The straps actually come down, and fans are thunderous again! Wardlow drags Scorpio up, reels him in, points to the belt, and hits a POWERBOMB! Wardlow grins and fans are thunderous for just the first verse! The second one is going to be the same, a POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
The Men of the Year and American Top Team could not withstand the War Dog, the War Machine, the War Hammer, THIS IS WARD~LOW!! The confetti flies and Wardlow holds the belt up high, will the new champion blaze a path of destruction through the roster?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“A lot of people have tried to make a name off of me. A lot of people have lost a lot of money betting against me. And tonight, those people are licking their lips. They’re watching me and waiting for me to be caught off guard, and hope that one day, somebody’s gonna come along and surprise me and put a beating on me that I never recover from. They think tonight, Brody King is gonna surprise me, they think he’s gonna catch me off guard, they think I don’t know exactly what kind of monster I’m dealing with in Brody King. But maybe y’all forgot exactly what kind of monster you’re dealing with in me.
“Ten days ago, I took a man I deeply respect and admire in Hiroshi Tanahashi, and I beat his face in. A few days after that, I was carving dudes’ faces up like hamburger in a steel cage! For fun! Blood & Guts is like golfing on a Sunday for me. And then a few days after that, I signed on the dotted line to defend the AEW World Championship against Brody King. Yeah, I know exactly who Brody King is. Y’all think I didn’t do my homework? I’ve seen him in NJPW, I’ve seen him in ROH, I know his friends, I know his enemies. Only one question left: How big is his heart? Does he have a monster sized heart beating in that chest?
“We’re gonna find out because he’s gonna be swimming in the deep waters with the biggest shark in this game, the AEW World Champion, Jon Moxley. When you step into the ring with anybody from the Blackpool Combat Club, we find your limits and we push them. We find out just how bad you want it! Being made for the BCC, being world champion, it ain’t for everybody. But it’s what I do every day. Step up or get stepped on.” The Maniac gives his ultimatum, how will the House of Black’s hulking beast respond?
Mark Sterling and Tony Nese speak.
Smart Mark asks if the camera is rolling. It is, and it seems Sterling wants us to see them get a very big signature on their petition. Keith Lee is walking up, and Sterling says this is “The People Against Swerve Strickland” to remove Swerve from the roster. Swerve is untrustworthy, he stabs people in the back, just like Keith! Sterling thinks Keith should sign it. Keith says greetings to Mr. Sterling and Mr. Nese. And yes, he has trust issues with Swerve, but they are still a tag team, and they are still winning. Unlike Nese and Sterling. Keith heads out and Nese tries to figure out what Keith meant by that. But will Swerve only prove Sterling right tonight?
Christian Cage & Luchasaurus are here.
Captain Charisma and his brainwashed behemoth are in Rochester, New York, and fans boo because of how they’ve both betrayed Jungle Boy. Christian has a mic to say, “Here we are, on the heels of Blood & Guts, and I am the Cage that everybody is talking about. Now, you ignorant pieces of crap think that you deserve to know the reason why I turned my back, and said and did the things that I did to Jungle Boy and his family, are now demanding answers, wanting to know why Luchasaurus decided to remain aligned with me.” Fans boo but that is technically true, we do want to know why.
But wait! MATT HARDY is here! And he has a mic to tell Christian, “You are unreal. You’re like the Michael Jordan of being an asshole. Every time I don’t think you can top yourself again, you somehow do.” Hardy will be honest, JB was his friend. Hardy got to know JB well these last few months. JB trusted and respected Christian, and Christian screwed him over! No one, let alone JB, deserved what Christian did. Hardy gets up at the ring but Christian wants to get this straight. “You’re going to sit here and pretend you’re suddenly buddy-buddy with Jungle Boy, like you know him the way that I know him? Or the way that Luchasaurus knows him?
“Here’s the thing, Matt. You’re starting to make your brother sound like the sober one.” No one can believe Christian went there! The fans double down on calling Christian an A-Hole. Hardy sees what’s going on here with Luchasaurus now. Hardy and Christian have been at this a long time, and in the last few years, Christian is just using Luchasaurus to make as much money as he can. But Hardy can’t be a hypocrite, he did the same. He took advantage of Private Party, Butcher & Blade, and he used them. But he hates himself for that and regrets that time so badly. And in a twist of fate, his last month has been upside-down, it’s been a mess.
Hardy says maybe he deserves that, it’s karma coming to get him. But right now, Hardy won’t let another be taken advantage of. Not Luchasaurus or anyone else. Christian says no, Hardy is here because of his ego! We all know Matt Hardy is a clout chaser, which is why he can’t stand when his name isn’t in the headlines for more than two seconds. Right? He’ll use everyone around him! His kids, his wife, his father-in-law, his dog Sparky, his Aunt Jenny, a dilapidated boat, a lawnmower, and hell, he’ll even turn a blind eye to his own brother’s issues just to ride his coattails for one last run!
Hardy says Christian is delusional, but Christian says Hardy is here under the guise of caring for Jungle Boy, when the fact is, Hardy realized that Christian is the most influential star in AEW and Hardy needs to be near him. That is embarrassing, Matt, it really is. But what’s even worse, Matt’s screw-up brother isn’t the most embarrassing part of his family, MATT is! Hardy wans to throw down but Luchasaurus steps in his way. And Christian cheap shots Hardy! Hardy chokes Christian but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Hardy out of the ring! Luchasaurus goes out and RAMS Hardy into the steel steps!
Christian tells Luchasaurus to finish Hardy, but Hardy fires forearms back! Luchasaurus UPPERCUTS Hardy, digs his head into the post, and then BOOTS him against the steel! But this isn’t enough, Christian has Luchasaurus clear the timekeeper’s table! Luchasaurus then choke grips to CHOKE SLAM Hardy through the table!! Christian then sits by Hardy to say, “There you are. Your name is in the headlines. Enjoy your relevance.” Christian leaves with Luchasaurus, will they continue to stoop to new lows in order to rise up the ranks?
AEW has the aftermath of Blood & Guts.
A bloody Matt Menard says that the only reason the others agreed to such as match is because of Chris Jericho. And if the Jericho Appreciation Society got anything out of that night, it’s that they stole the privilege of seeing Eddie Kingston make Jericho tap! Menard was the one who gave up when Claudio Castagnoli had the Sharpshooter on, sparing Jericho from Eddie’s stretch plum. William Regal says that after 39 years in this business, he has never ever witnessed such horror as Blood & Guts. Ortiz says he wants more! More blood, more guts, just MORE! Regal says that is what the Blackpool Combat Club is all about.
Claudio says you can call him The Mailman now, because he always delivers! Menard says if you want big money, you gotta do that “big boy sh*t.” Angelo Parker, as bloody as he ended up, vows that the JAS will not stop until Eddie Kingston is in a grave!! Will there be no end to the war of JAS VS BCC? Speaking of…
Tony Schiavone interviews Claudio and Jake Hager backstage.
Not just that, but it’s the parking lot. Schiavone says this may not be the best place for this, but he is here with two giant men who know each other well. They’ve both signed a waive, No Physicality. Hager says that’s right, no physicality here tonight. The 16 THOUSAND people at Forbidden Door cheered Claudio on, and that may have him thinking he’s tough, but deep down inside, he knows he’s not as tough or as hard as Jake Hager. Claudio knows he’s not a world champion like Hager. Claudio was never world champion in ROH or in WWE, and he won’t be one here in AEW. Hager is an UNDEFEATED MMA pro-fighter, and it is about time he got some respect.
Claudio tells Hager that everyone who says, “I want my respect,” doesn’t deserve respect! Claudio beat Zack Sabre Jr, one of the best technical wrestlers, in his first match here. And then Claudio went on to lead his team to victory against Hager’s team- Oh, sorry, Hager just carries the bags for Jericho, right? But while Hager got his arm wrapped, Claudio got his raised, and it’ll happen again next week when they go 1v1. Hager may be undefeated in MMA, but Claudio is undefeated in AEW, where rankings matter. And next week, Claudio is going to go 3-0! Will the Swiss Cyborg dismantle Rock Hard Hager when they meet man to man once again?
Swerve in Our Glory VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny!
Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland are still trying to smooth things out, but they at least have common enemies to focus on tonight. Will their Limitless House still stand? Or will the mercenaries help stick that knife in Keith’s back for Swerve?
The teams sort out and Blade steps against Keith. Fans rally up for Keith but Blade talks trash as he conducts the singing. “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLORY~!” Blade SLAPS Keith, but Keith HEADBUTTS Blade! Butcher tags in and fans fire up to see him tie up with Keith. They are in a deadlock, break, and go again. Keith powers Butcher to a corner, Butcher goes up the corner, but Keith TOSSES him away! Keith stalks Butcher but Butcher bails out to get a chair! Blade wants Butcher to calm down but Swerve is backing Keith up. Butcher cools off and puts the chair down to get in the ring. Butcher tags Blade and Keith tags Swerve.
Fans rally as Swerve and Blade go around. Blade wants a leg but Swerve counters with a chinbar. “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve headlocks but Blade pries free. Blade headlocks, Swerve powers out and things speed up. Swerve hurdles but not high enough and he basically hip drops onto Blade’s head! Blade drags himself up the ropes, Swerve storms up but Blade throws elbows. Blade runs, but he fakes Swerve out then dodges. Swerve trips Blade to headlock, but Blade pulls hair. the ref reprimands, Blade waistlocks but Swerve tags in Keith! Keith pulls Swerve and Blade into the corner, Swerve switches to O’Conner Roll, and Keith CLOBBERS Blade!
Swerve steps in to basement SHOTGUN Blade, then Keith hauls Blade up. Keith bumps Blade off buckles, tags Swerve back in, and Swerve holds Blade in for the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Swerve then stalks Blade as he staggers, but Blade JAWBREAKERS back! Blade runs in but Swerve TOSSES him out. Swerve goes out, Blade staggers, but Butcher is lurking. Bunny gets in the way and Swerve hesitates. Butcher CLOBBERS Keith off the apron, then runs at Swerve! Swerve holds the ropes down and Butcher takes a tumble! Swerve aims at Blade but Blade sweeps the legs! Swerve crashes down and Bunny laughs at his pain while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Blade drags Swerve up to turn him for a NECKBREAKER to the floor! Swerve crawls away but Butcher and Blade drag him up. Blade puts Swerve in the ring, drags him over and tags in Butcher. The mercs mug Swerve, Butcher HEADBUTTS him, and then CHOPS Swerve in the corner. Butcher digs his forearms into Swerve at the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and Butcher whips Swerve hard into the corner! Swerve falls and Blade tags in to drag Swerve into ropes. Blade CHOKES Swerve, lets off as the ref counts, but Bunny CHOKES Swerve now! The ref misses that but Keith protests. Bunny frolics while Blade drags Swerve up.
Butcher tags in and the mercs hit a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Butcher sits Swerve up to KNEE him in the back again and again! Butcher CLUBS Swerve, Swerve kicks and CHOPS back. Butcher CHOPS Swerve, Swerve kicks back but Butcher throws haymakers and CHOPS! Tag to Blade and they mug Swerve in the corner. Blade digs his boots in but the ref counts. Bunny mocks Swerve and Butcher CLUBS Swerve against the apron. Butcher shoves Swerve in for Blade to drag him. Butcher tags in, the mercs mug Swerve more, and then Butcher puts Swerve up on the top rope.
Butcher climbs up after Swerve as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve resists the superplex and wrenches an arm! Swerve bends and BITES fingers, but the ref reprimands. Swerve ROCKS Butcher with forearms, then DECKS him off the ropes! Swerve adjusts, leaps, and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Swerve crawls to hot tag Keith! Keith rallies on Blade, ROCKS Butcher, and then SPLASHES in the corner. SPLASH for Blade, too! Butcher runs in but Keith SWATS him! Then Keith TOSSES Blade at Butcher! Both men fall over and fans fire up with Keith!
Keith stalks Blade, ROCKS him to the corner, and he tags Swerve. Swerve goes up, Keith brings Blade out but Butcher goes after Keith! The ref reprimands, Butcher fires off forearms but Swerve slingshots and somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT on Butcher! Keith fireman’s carries Butcher for a pop-up, ROLLING ELBOW SCREW HIGH KICK COMBO! Keith runs while Swerve staggers over to Blade, Blade pulls Swerve into the way! Keith POUNCES Swerve!! Keith freak out but turns around into a STUNNER! Butcher LARIATS Keith! Swerve BOOTS Butcher, hops up, but Butcher TOSSES him into a KNEE from Blade!
And then Butcher runs to LARIAT Swerve!! Cover, Keith breaks it just in time!! Bunny freaks out and the New York fans wanted their guys to win that one! Blade & Butcher focus on Keith but Keith fires off hands on them! That’s still 2v1, but Keith powers up! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but then Blade KNEES Keith! Swerve gives Butcher a HOUSE CALL! Blade RAMS Swerve into a corner and puts him up top! But Keith SPLASHES Blade into Swerve’s knees! Keith keeps Swerve up and they fist bump. Pop-up and SWERVE BOMB!! Cover, Swerve & Keith win!!
Winners: Swerve in Our Glory, by pinfall
Somehow, someway, Keith & Swerve pull it out! But Team Taz barges out to say this is really starting to piss them off! Will Hobbs says the fans can feel it. “You think we’re going to allow you two to still come out here and disrespect us? What you have in front of you is two grown ass men, trick ass bitch!” Ricky Starks has Hobbs hold the FTW Championship so he can have the mic. They’ve been playing real nice right now, because they could’ve ended Keith’s & Swerve’s careers online and on the mic. If you don’t believe them, ask their former teammate!
But if Swerve & Keith wanna act like they’re somebody, when every time they’ve stood in the ring against Team Taz, every time they try to get on the mic against them, Team Taz has proven there are levels to this, and Swerve & Keith are NOT on their level! They are levels below them! Starks says that just because of where they came from, Swerve & Keith think they can get a shot at them! Well if you want to talk about it, Starks will beat their asses right now! But if we’re talking about who the best tag team is, then- “SUPERKICK! PARTAAAY~!” The AEW World Tag Team Champions, the YOUNG BUCKS, are here!
Matt Jackson has the music cut, and he says Starks may as well have just been in the back to cue up their music for them. That was pretty sweet. And gentlemen, sorry to interrupt- Or, no, the Bucks don’t have to apologize for anything, they started this damn company! But hey, great match from Keith & Swerve, they have been killing it. All the teams in the back have been killing it, this whole AEW Tag Division is on fire! “Everyone is eating well. But let us not forget who set the damn table in the first place.” Nick takes the mic to say no disrespect here, because these two teams are very good.
In fact, at Double or Nothing, Team Taz and Swerve in Our Glory “had one hell of a match. It was four and a half stars, that’s unbelievable. But that’s an off-night for the Young Bucks!” And they couldn’t even get the job done, Jurassic Express won. But then look who beat Jurassic Express a few weeks later. “Read it and mother effin’ weep it! WE did!” Now there is a proposal here. How about it’s Triple or Nothing? Next week, a TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH…! Team Taz, Swerve in Our Glory, and though the fans chant for FTR, Nick says, “We’re better than them, and you guys know that, come on.”
But the point is, it will be Team Taz VS Swerve in Our Glory VS “The best damn tag team of all time…! THE YOUNG BUCKS!” Another big opportunity for the #AbsolutePowerhouses in Hobbs & Starks, as well as the Limitless House of Keith & Swerve! Will this Triple Threat finally be a chance for one of those teams to shine with gold? Or are Matt & Nick just taking out two birds with one stone?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “I envy you, Jon. I envy you for the decisions that you made, and the violence that you inflicted on yourself. We didn’t get the luxury of your decisions. No, our violence is by design. But what I truly envy is the experience that you’re about to have. You think you know pain? You think you know anger? You think you know violence? No, you don’t. But I’ll make sure that Brody King will eave his mark on you. Because the House will make sure that anything that you experience tonight goes far beyond the physical realm of pain. I envy you, Jon.” Just how much brutality will Brody King unleash upon Jon Moxley?
Eddie Kingston is here!
The Mad King goes to the ring where Tony Schiavone is waiting. Schiavone reminds us that a week ago, it was Blood & Guts, and we all saw what happened. But there is still a name on Eddie’s hit list and that is Chris Jericho. Eddie says that before we get to that, please, hold the mic up like a professional, thank you. Eddie says before getting to Jericho, he congratulates Wardlow on tonight’s win. And two, congratulations to everyone that was on the winning team of Blood & Guts, even Claudio. See? Eddie’s a nice guy, he’s maturing. Pbbt. But anyway, here’s the real deal why he’s out here.
“Chris Jericho. You made me a liar. I didn’t taste your blood, you didn’t bleed. SO, I’m gonna get you again, and I’m gonna make you bleed, and I’m gonna taste your blood!” But Chris Jericho, as well as Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti, shout at Eddie via the titantron. They want him to pay attention. Eddie wants to taste Jericho’s blood? Eddie wants to get crazy? You’ll see how crazy Jericho can get. The camera pans over and Tay has been beating up Ruby Soho! There’s an open car door, and Tay has Soho stagger into the gap, to SLAM the door on Soho’s arm!! Soho drops to the floor, clutching her arm!
“Watch yourself Kingston, or this will happen to you!” The JAS rushes off before security rushes in. They call for a medic, has the JAS just broken Soho’s arm just to get at Eddie?
The Dark Order is here!
Fans cheer as Negative One leads the way for Evil Uno, Preston Vance, Alex Reynolds, John Silver & Anna Jay to the ring here in Rochester. Fans cheer for “BRODIE! BRODIE!” to honor Negative One’s father, and Silver has the mic to say, “The Dark Order is in Rochester! And Rochester is Dark Order Country!” Uno takes the mic to say that is why it is very important they’re here today. They have very important news for everyone, and everyone here should here it because they have followed the Dark Order since the beginning, and they made the Dark Order what it is today. Uno wants to personally thank all the fans for showing up and supporting them.
And that is why it is so important that Uno gets to say this. “The six of us… Are here to stay!” Fans cheer as Uno says Dark Order is forever! A new chapter begins, and that begins with a proclamation, and he knows just who should say it. Negative One is given the mic! Fans cheer but then QT Marshall comes out to ruin everything. He doesn’t know how long AEW has to put up with the “charity case” for. Until he’s 18 or something? Fans boo but QT says he gets it. Negative One’s dad was from right here in Rochester. “But you ain’t your father! Your father’s a legend in AEW! He beat me within five minutes in his first match ever here.”
Uno has to hold Negative One back as QT continues to say that Negative One takes after his MOM! QT says that he didn’t bring his friends out here. So Negative One can get his friends out of here to face QT man to man! Or else QT will go to his private locker room and grab each and every one of his action figures to rip their heads off! But wait, here comes HANGMAN PAGE! The Cowboy is still a friend of the Dark Order, and that means he is a friend of Negative One! QT freaks out, but then turns around for Uno to ROCK him with a forearm! Hangman ROCKS QT back, and then they both toss QT into the ring!
Fans fire up as Vance whips QT into a corner for Silver to GAMANGIRI! Silver feeds QT to Reynolds’ ROLLING ELBOW! ENZIGURI! STUNNER! GERMAN SUPLEX! QT flounders from the Beaver Boy Blitz, but then he’s fed to the DISCUS from Vance! Brodie would be proud of that one! Uno has Brodie Jr. tell ’em! “QT, QT, QT. I would pin you right now, but y’know what? I’m gonna wait until I’m 19.” Negative One makes a promise about a decade in the making, will he follow in his father’s footsteps and whoop QT’s ass in his AEW debut?
Good ol’ JR joins commentary!
Jim Ross lends his analysis to the second hour, and it’s going to be a slobber knocker!
Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes & Rey Fenix VS Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernale!
Death Triangle is looking for revenge on #LFI, and that begins with the clash of #CeroMiedo and El Toro Blanco! Will Penta look to bury the White Bull under the cover of night? Or will Rush go on a stampede and start towards the top of AEW?
The bell rings and fans rally behind Penta. Rush rushes in but Penta dodges to CHOP! Rush CHOPS and it’s a CHOP fight already! Fast and furious, back and forth, CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Penta spins to CHOP, then he runs, but Rush follows to CHOP! Penta jumps up but Rush denies the rana. Penta still fires off fists, then hooks the arms,. Rush slips out to throw a body shot, and he suplexes, only for Penta to cradle counter! TWO, and Penta SUPERKICKS Rush down! Rush bails out but Penta builds speed as fans rally. Penta slides but Rush dodges to waistlock. Penta switches but Rush elbows out hard!
Rush whips but Penta stops from hitting steps. Penta elbows Rush back, then whips him at the steps. Rush stops himself, but Penta goes up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Fans fire up while Jose fans Rush off. Penta stands Rush up to CHOP again. Penta gets back in the ring, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta builds speed but Rush gets in to DECK Penta! Rush mocks Cero Miedo and then he soaks up the heat. Rush stands on Penta’s head, drags him up and throws body shots. Rush whips corner to corner and clotheslines, then he whips the other way for a SPALSH! And then a snapmare and basement dropkick! Rush does push-ups just to show off before the cover, TWO!
Rush is annoyed but he drags Penta up. Fans rally but Rush is after the mask! The ref reprimands, but Penta KICKS Rush! Penta runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges to SLINGBLADE! And then another SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up and Rush flounders out. Penta builds speed again to FLY! Direct hit on Rush at the ramp and fans fire up with Penta again! Jose storms over with his tablet of doom, but Alex snatches that away and SPEARS Jose! Alex fires off hands but Jose hits back, and then Fenix and Andrade El Idolo get involved and the ref tries to restore peace while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Fenix and Andrade get Jose and Alex to separate, but then Alex rushes back in! They brawl up the ramp, which is fine because the ref is EJECTING them! Andrade is confused but Fenix tells Alex to keep after Jose! The sidekicks fight all the way backstage while Penta puts Rush in the ring. Penta climbs up a corner while fans fire up, then leaps, but into Rush’s anti-air dropkick! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Rush is upset but the ropes are the ropes. Rush drags Penta up to wrap on a chinlock, but again Penta gets to the ropes. Rush drags Penta away and turns him from the ropes while leaning on the hold. Penta still endures as Rush grinds him down.
Rush drags Penta up to put him on the top rope backwards, then he climbs up behind him. Rush is after the mask again! Penta resists, so Rush drops him into the Tree of Woe! Rush then BUZZSAWS Penta out of the Tree! Rush dusts off his hands and takes a bow as he soaks up the heat. Rush then goes back for Penta to kick and stomp him in the corner. Rush digs his boots in, the ref counts and Rush lets off. The ref reprimands but Rush paces while Andrade talks some trash. Rush drags Penta up, brings him to center and throws a heavy body shot. Rush chinlocks, then digs at the mask! The ref counts but Rush lets off.
Penta throws body shots but Rush KNEES Penta down! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally for Penta. Rush brings Penta up but Penta CHOPS again. Rush CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, Rush eggs Penta on! Penta throws forearms but Rush gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Penta dodges the haymaker to hit a BACKSTABBER! Penta then runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rush is annoyed but Andrade says to keep on him. Rush whips Penta but Penta goes up and over to hit another BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Rush survives and gets to a corner but fans rally up. Penta stomps Rush down but lets off as the ref counts.
Penta pie faces Rush and eggs him on before throwing haymakers. Rush gets mad and choke grips Penta, but Penta CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, they keep going! Penta fires forearms, runs, but Rush HEADBUTTS! Penta wobbles, but he HEADBUTTS back! DOUBLE HEADBUTTS!! Penta’s mask almost comes off from that, but he SUPERKICKS! JUMP KNEE from Rush!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count starts, Penta and Rush stir. Penta gets to a corner, Rush goes to the opposite. Rush runs in but Penta dodges! Rush hits buckles and Penta CHOPS him! And CHOPS!
Rush turns things around to CHOP, CHOP, but Penta CHOPS and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, CHOPS, sweeps the legs then stomps away! The ref counts, Rush stops at 4, and then he goes out to the apron. Rush slashes his throat, climbs up top, but Penta ROCKS Rush! Rush HEADBUTTS Penta away, then adjusts to leap and missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this but Rush wants to end it! Rush drags Penta to a drop zone and then goes up the corner. Fans boo but Penta SUPER SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives, but Rush hurries to ROCK him with a forearm! Penta sits in a corner, Rush runs corner to corner, but into a SOMERSAULT STUNNER!
SUPERKICK! Penta reels Rush in, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tuck and FEAR FACTOR!! Cover, but Andrade puts the foot on the ropes! The ref sees the ropebreak but Fenix points out it was Andrade! Too late to make a difference now, Rush is still in this. Penta goes back to Rush while the ref is reprimanding Andrade, and Rush LOW BLOWS Penta!! AND snatches the mask!! Insult to injury before the cradle, RUSH WINS!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
The White Bull pulled off some major bull, that’s for sure! But will both Lucha Brothers get their revenge on Rush & Andrade soon enough?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh speak.
They’re all very happy, and Sonjay says they’re celebrating already because “Samoa Joe decided to crawl out of that hole that he’s been hiding in.” It is official for July 23rd, Death Before Dishonor, and the ultimate celebration begins when Sonjay’s best friend in this entire world, Jay Lethal, pins Samoa Joe to become the NEW ROH World TV Champion! And Lethal says he will tell us God’s honest truth, “I know that this is not going to be an easy fight.” Samoa Joe is one tough champion. But that’s why Lethal isn’t taking him lightly. But they are taking his championship. They all share a laugh, and Singh adds that Lethal will be the new champion! Will Lethal be able to back up all those words? Or will the Samoan Submission Specialist make Lethal suffer?
Tony Nese & Mark Sterling are still looking for signatures.
They go to the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta & Orange Cassidy, saying they’re the last signatures the petition needs to remove Swerve Strickland from AEW. After all, Swerve backstabbed Cassidy during the Royal Rampage. Cassidy says he never reads anything without his lawyer present. He has a lawyer? Yes, it’s DANHAUSEN! He has the paperwork right here. Nese says forget asking, he is going to make Cassidy sign. Chuck & Trent step up to push Nese back but Sterling has everyone just hold on a second. There is money to be made here. Nese VS Cassidy for Rampage! Wait, Danhausen has a better idea! Cassidy VS Nese on Rampage! That’s the same idea!
But anyway, if Nese wins, Cassidy has to sign the petition. Danhausen says objection sustained, and Cassidy says he will allow it. Overruled. What? No, Sterling’s the real lawyer, HE allows things! Hearsay! Sterling grumbles and storms off with Nese, but the deal is struck. Will Cassidy win and strike down this frivolous lawsuit?
8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club VS Fuego Del Sol & Ruffin’ It!
It’s rather surprising that Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and the Ass B- er, Austin & Colten Gunn, are agreeing to team up again after the heated argument that happened last time. But will they be able to let cooler heads prevail and get another win for the team? And of course, Caster has a rap! “Acclaimed & The Gunns-” GASP! Austin snatches the mic from Caster?! Caster is upset but Bowens keeps him from going after Austin. No disses this week, will the Acclaimed Gunn Club hold it together?
The bell rings and Fuego starts against Austin. Austin turns around into a kick and facelock! TORNADO- NO, Austin FLAPJACKS Fuego away. Tag to Colten and he CLOBBERS Fuego! Colten is fired up but fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” as he stomps Fuego in the corner. Bowens tags in and he drags Fuego out to CLUB away on him. “EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” Bowens then DECKS Bear Boulder, ELBOWS Ruff and DECKS Bear Bronson! Fuego kicks Bowens and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans fire up as Fuego crawls, and Bronson is back! Hot tags to Austin and Bronson! Bronson rallies on the Gunn Club, and even Caster!
Bronson breaks through the line to DOUBLE LARIAT the Gunn Club! Fans fire up with Bronson and he clotheslines Colten out! Austin staggers into choke grip, SIT OUT SPINEBSUTER! Cover, Caster breaks it! Ruff goes after Caster but Caster TOSSES him! Austin crawls, tag to Bowens! Bowens ELBOWS Bronson, CHOPS him and SUPERKICKS him! Bronson wobbles but Bowens hits a LEAP FROG FAMOUSER! They’re doing Daddy Ass proud as Bowens tags Caster. Caster goes up, but then Austin tags in!? MIC DROP, and then Austin snipes the cover! Acclaimed Gunn Club still wins!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club, by pinfall
Billy is upset that his boys aren’t getting along with his sons again, and Bowens shoves Austin! Austin and Colten CLOBBER The Acclaimed! Billy gets in, and he throws Austin away! And the same to Colten! Billy keeps telling them to cut it out, but then he CLOBBERS Caster! The Ass Man sides with his Ass Boys and Bowens doesn’t understand. What happened to scissor fingers? Billy kicks him low for a FAMOUSER! The Gunn Family sticks together, but will they finally get up to the top where they want to be?
“Malakai Black… We are different kind of men. You collect the weak, I dispose of them. You stab their backs, while I break them. Don’t you understand? You, a man who preys on the flawed, have enraged a man who is flawless! I, who rattles the gates of Heaven, will destroy the gates of Hell! So go ahead and buy yourself a bag of coins, because when I’m done with you, the House of Black will have many eyes to cover. Because the Redeemer is coming, enraged!!” Will Miro’s wrath wreak havoc on Malakai and his entire house?
Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir!
La Mera Mera and the Lightning From Down Under are forces of nature to be sure, but the Native Beast & The Problem have brought their umbrellas. Will these Vicious Vixens be safe from the #ThunderStorm? Or will they still be blown away by the AEW Women’s World Champion and the #1 contender?
The teams sort out and Shafir storms up on Storm to BOOT her down! Nyla gets after Rosa and throws her out while Shafir fires off knee son Storm! The ref reprimands but Shafir whips Storm to ropes. Storm tilt-o-whirls to RANA Shafir! Storm drop toeholds, then runs to basement dropkick! Storm whips Shafir into the corner, where Rosa adds a BOOT! Rosa tags in, fires off body shots on Shafir, then tags Storm back in. Storm stomps Shafir, EuroUppers, then tags Rosa. Rosa runs to DECK Nyla, then she comes back to elbow Shafir! Rosa whips Storm in to uppercut Shafir, then Storm sets up as a step! LA MERA MERA IN MOTION!
Fans fire up and Rosa brings Shafir around to cover, TWO! Rosa keeps on Shafir with a facelock and Storm tags in. They double suplex Shafir, then Storm covers, TWO! Storm keeps on Shafir with a facelock and grinds her down. Fans rally, Shafir endures, and Shafir fights up but Storm bumps her off buckles. Tag to Rosa and Rosa snapmares Shafir for a KICK to the back! Cover, ONE! Shafir grits her teeth but Rosa clamps onto her with a chinlock. Shafir slips out, wrenches an arm to a double wristlock, but Rosa has a leg to trip Shafir to a cradle! ONE, Rosa powers Shafir to a lateral press, ONE!
Rosa keeps on Shafir with the facelock but Shafir fights up. Storm tags in, she stomps Shafir down, and Storm brings Shafir up to CHOP! Storm snapmares and HIP ATTACKS Shafir, then tags Rosa. Rosa CHOPS Shafir, then CHOPS her! Then GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Tag to Storm and she brings Shafir out. Shafir throws body shots and KICKS the leg! Shafir DECKS Storm, then DECKS Rosa! Storm ROCKS Shafir back with forearms then runs, but the ref is busy keeping Rosa out of the ring, so he misses Nyla SMACK Storm with the umbrella! Nyla shrugs and Shafir fireman’s carries for a WASTELAND SLAM!
Tag to Nyla and Nyla stomps Storm while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Nyla drags Storm up to snap suplex, then roll through to a GOURDBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Storm from Rosa, drags her around and Shafir tags in. They mug Storm, Shafir CLUBS Storm down, then has her on ropes. Shafir chicken wings the arms, drags Storm around, and she taunts Rosa. Storm fights but Shafir spins her for a SAYANAGI! Shafir taunts Rosa more while she paces between her and Storm. Shafir drags Storm up to tag in Nyla and they mug Storm more. Storm hits back, brawls with Nyla, but Nyla throws Storm down by her hair!
Nyla stomps Storm at the ropes and then drags her away. Tag to Shafir, they continue to mug Storm, and then Nyla gives Shafir a boost for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Shafir snarls while fans rally up. Shafir grabs Storm’s hand to bend the fingers and drag her to the corner. Tag to Nyla and she gets Storm’s legs to drop an elbow on the knee. Nyla runs to SPLASH down! Cover, TWO! Rosa rallies the fans but Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla scoops and SLAMS Storm, then drags her up again for another scoop. Storm slips off and RAMS Nyla into a corner! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm O’Conner Rolls Nyla back!
Nyla rolls through but Storm is on her with a SLEEPER! Storm becomes a backpack but Nyla THROWS her off! Storm crawls, fans rally, hot tag to Rosa! Fans fire up as Rosa goes up top and leaps, CROSSBODY! She bounces off Nyla to then HIP ATTACK Shafir! Rosa CHOPS and forearms over and over and fans fire up! Rosa roars and ROCKS Nyla again! Rosa whips but Nyla blocks by holding ropes! Rosa keeps trying but Nyla swings on her. Rosa dodges, drop toeholds Nyla to ropes, and then stomps away! The ref counts, Rosa runs side to side to DROPKICK! Rosa says una mas, and she runs again, to DROPKICK!
Nyla flounders but fans fire up with Rosa. Still one more, but Nyla reels Rosa into an URENAGE! Tag to Shafir and she hurries after Rosa. Rosa kicks at Shafir but Shafir cartwheels through to get an arm. Shafir pump handles Rosa and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, Storm breaks it! Nyla BOOTS Storm and reels her in but Storm SATELLITE DDTS! Storm ducks the roundhouse to GERMAN SUPLEX Shafir! Fans fire up as Storm fires up and hits the HIP ATTACK in the corner! Storm goes up for Rosa to drag Shafir out. Rosa scoops Shafir, Storm is ready on the corner, THUNDERSTORM DRIVER!! Cover, Thunder & Storm win!!
Winners: Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm, by pinfall
And with that, #ThunderStorm wins! Will we see these two continue on as a team? What about the chances of them clashing for the AEW Women’s World Championship once again?
Tony Schiavone is backstage with The Baddies.
Jade Cargill, the still undefeated TBS Champion, tells Tony to “cut the sh*t,” then she asks Stokely Hathaway, “What the hell was that last week?” He says hold on, listen! If a wrestling company can have an Interim World Champion, then they can have an Interim Baddie! Leila Grey walks in and offers a handshake to Jade. Jade refuses, but what about Kiera Hogan? Nope, still rejected. Stokely knows the world wants to know what exactly he said to Leila last week, and he’ll tell us! $1100, because that is what it cost to get Leila to step up.
Stokely knows his math, and he knows 3v2 is better than 2v2. “And it takes a special type of finesse to get someone to go from wanting to beat your ass, to saving your ass.” And you know what they say, “Trust the process.” Stokely goes to put his arm around Leila but she shrugs that off. Jade says if Leila fails to deliver, then that’s Stokely’s ass. Jade and Kiera head out, but Stokely asks if Leila trusts him while offering a fist bump. She doesn’t respond, but he says they’ll talk later. Will Leila prove she can be a true Baddie through and through?
Tony Schiavone now interviews Daniel Garcia.
Garcia requested this time to call out Wheeler Yuta. “Hey, Yuta, last week on Dark, I put my foot on your neck and I held your title above my head, and there wasn’t a damn thing you could do about it. Last week at Blood & Guts, I spent an hour with you in the ring. I felt all that you could give me, you had my blood on your hands. But I’ve determined that you don’t strike an ounce of fear into my heart whatsoever. You’re not scaring nobody with that fake tough guy act, let me tell you.” And at Death Before Dishonor, don’t be scared, Yuta. Give Garcia that shot for the ROH Pure Championship, and whether he’s a pro-wrestler or a sports entertainer, you damn sure will call him the best.
Cash Wheeler says, “So we call ourselves ‘7 Star FTR,’ the living legends. We are the current AAA, IWGP and ROH Tag Team Champions, and I can stand here before you and comfortably say that no match has ever taken more out of us than when we won these at ROH Supercard of Honor.” But uh, we’re just a few weeks away from Death Before Dishonor and the PPV return of ROH. And despite the fact that they beat the Briscoes for the ROH titles, despite the fact that they’re on the run of a lifetime, there are still some people who doubt they’re the best in the world, and that doesn’t sit right with them.
Dax Harwood says, “That’s the beauty of professional wrestling. You can think whatever you want, believe whatever you want, but you can also be wrong. If ROH wants to sell a PPV, they gotta put on the rematch of the decade. So I’m telling you right now, Briscoes VS FTR II, one last time to prove who is the absolute best tag team on this planet! Briscoes, if you want to be a king, you got to kill a king. And we ain’t dead yet.” #TopGuys out. FTR is calling out Jay & Mark Briscoe, will Death Before Dishonor 2022 be one for the ages?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brody King!
The Best in the World is away, but the Maniac vows to prove he is the rightful owner of that title. But will he be able to remind everyone that he’s also the scariest monster in wrestling today? Or will the House of Black soon shine in the shadows with gold on the mantle?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and even if this is for the interim title, this fight is going to be legit!
Fans are thunderous already as Moxley and Brody stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and Brody puts Mox in a corner. The ref counts, Brody lets off to CHOP, and Moxley staggers away to the opposite corner. Fans fire up as Brody watches Moxley get back up. Moxley gets in Brody’s face, and right up in there! Brody and Moxley talk some smack and then Moxley fires forearms and CHOPS! Brody ROCKS Moxley, eggs him on, and Moxley throws a forearm back, only for Brody to ROCK Moxley again! Moxley rebounds but Brody throws him out. Brody then pursues, CLUBS Moxley to the timekeeper’s area, then CLUBS him again.
Brody whips Moxley into railing! Fans fire up, Brody stands Moxley up to CHOP him, and the ring count climbs. Brody ROCKS Moxley, follows him around the way, and then runs in, only to be sent into steel steps! Fans fire up and Moxley brings Brody up to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP into the railing! Moxley refreshes the ring count, headlocks Brody and brings him around the way, then throws knees. Moxley even fishhooks Brody and brings him around, only for Brody to back drop him onto the ramp! Moxley writhes and Brody shakes out the stars. Brody drags Moxley up to whip him into the timekeeper’s area! Moxley tumbles with the table while the ring count climbs!
Brody storms up to Moxley to CHOP him against railing! Brody then puts Moxley back in the ring at 6 of 10, only for Moxley to dropkick the legs out! Moxley throws knees, gets the leg and DRAGON SCREWS! Moxley steps through to have a FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Fans “WOO~!” while Brody endures. Brody clubs Moxley’s legs, pries at the hold, but Moxley keeps the hold on. Brody keeps clubbing, but Moxley lets off. Moxley shoots in to get the leg but Brody CLUBS him. Moxley trips Brody to drop an elbow on the leg, and then another. Brody clamps on with a chinlock to keep Moxley down but Moxley fights free.
Moxley turns Brody over as fans rally, and Moxley hooks the leg. DEATH LOCK SNAPPER! Brody clutches his leg and gets to ropes but Moxley is after him. Moxley stands Brody up but the forearms start flying again. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, Moxley gets boxing elbows going, but runs into a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Moxley survives and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Brody shakes out the bad leg while Moxley crawls to the apron. Brody storms over that way, BLASTS Moxley off the apron and Moxley crashes into the railing! Brody goes out after Moxley and drags him up to scoop and SLAM on the floor! Moxley writhes but Brody KICKS him in the back. Brody paces around, drags Moxley up, and CHOPS him again! Moxley gets into the ring but Brody pursues. Brody clamps onto Moxley with a neck wrench, and even digs his forearms in. Moxley endures, Brody shifts to a cobra twist and he CLUBS away on Moxley’s chest! Cover, TWO! Brody keeps cool and he kicks Moxley against ropes.
Brody scrapes Moxley, CHOKES him against the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally, Brody throws forearms but Moxley CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Brody just CHOPS Moxley right off his feet! Moxley flops over onto his face but Brody stands him back up to CHOP again. Moxley staggers around and falls into a corner, but Brody storms right up after him. Brody drags Moxley up, CHOPS him again, and Moxley is frozen in place! Brody CHOPS him again, and CHOPS him again! Moxley falls down and Brody eggs the fans on as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans boo as Brody eggs Moxley on, then fireman’s carries.
Moxley fights with elbows, Brody starts to drop, but then Brody stands back up! The elbows keep coming, Brody powers up again, and he runs for a corner! Moxley slips off, Brody hits buckles, and Moxley gets to the opposite corner. Brody runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL into buckles! Moxley avoids disaster and Brody crashes ‘n’ burns! Fans fire up and the standing count starts while both men are down. Moxley and Brody stir, and Moxley runs in to clothesline! Moxley hoists Brody up, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then climbs up after him. Moxley CLUBS and CLAWS Brody’s back, but Brody throws body shots.
Moxley BITES Brody’s forehead! Then SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as Moxley puts on the SLEEPER! Brody fights up to fight off the Bully Choke and he snapmares free. Moxley shoots around to full nelson and DRAGON SLEEPER! Cover, TWO!! Brody is still in this but Moxley shouts out Bryan Danielson with DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley then drags Brody up, reels him in, but Brody fights the lift. Moxley ROCKS Brody, Brody ROCKS Moxley, but Moxley ROLLING ELBOWS! Brody stays up, Moxley runs to LARIAT! Brody still stays up! Brody swings, Moxley dodges, but then the LEFT LARIAT takes Moxley down!
Brody drags Moxley up into a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Moxley but Brody clamps on with a SLEEPER! Is he going to put Moxley out like he did Darby Allin? Moxley RAMS Brody into buckles, but Brody holds on! Brody climbs the corner, HANGING SLEEPER!! The ref counts, Brody lets Moxley go and Moxley flops down! Brody goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley barely gets out of that, but Brody scoops! Moxley slips out to CLUB Brody but Brody throws a back elbow! Brody runs, but Moxley follows to forearm Brody at the ropes! Moxley runs but Brody follows, only to miss in the corner! Roll-up, TWO!!
Moxley hurries to wrench and reel Brody in, PARADIGM SHIFT!! But Moxley has to push Brody over, so Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Brody withstands those so Moxley goes for the Bully Choke! Brody stands up, it’s a BACKPACK SLEEPER! Brody is fading, but he drops back, BACKPACK SENTON! But Moxley rises to SLEEPER HOLD! Brody moves around but ends up in the BULLY CHOKE!! Brody is fading, the ref calls it! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
It was a fight to be sure, but Moxley holds onto the title! Who will step up to him next while we await CM Punk’s return? As for Brody King, fans cheer his valiant effort, and Malakai Black walks out. Malakai looks Brody in the eye, and pats him on the back. But then DARBY ALLIN AND STING appear?! The #RelentlessIcons show Brody King respect! Darby says Brody kicked his ass last week, and it doesn’t matter what anyone says! Brody EARNED his spot here. Darby offers a handshake, but Brody leaves Darby hanging. The House of Black doesn’t do anything for respect, but will they take on Darby & Sting for supremacy in AEW?
A great episode for Dynamite, but they sure stretched that first hour. Only two of the six matches happened before Jim Ross joined commentary at the halfway point, and I would’ve liked if they’d tried to split things up a bit more evenly. But even with that, we got a great opener with the TNT Championship. It was obvious the Street Fight would bring out a bunch of American Top Team scrubs for Wardlow to throw around like nothing and then he wins the title. This is still great for Wardlow, but maybe it would’ve been more powerful if he’d won this title sooner, or if it was just Scorpio VS Wardlow 1v1 in a real epic match, not a Heel using all his resources to protect himself.
So apparently Mark Sterling, having been fired by Jade Cargill and not having MJF around, has resorted to filing frivolous lawsuits as his gimmick. It’s pretty funny, though, as he fails to convince Faces to side with him, a Heel. The promo with Best Friends and Danhausen was really funny with Danhausen just spouting legal terminology. Nese VS Cassidy will surely go Cassidy’s way so he can keep building momentum towards a title. Pac defends his All-Atlantic Championship at Rev-Pro’s event this weekend, but I’m pretty sure Pac retains, and then maybe we can get Pac VS Cassidy for this title at All Out.
That’s made even more likely by how Miro is going after Malakai Black. Miro had a very good promo as always, and he’s going to have an awesome match with Malakai. We got quite the promo segment with Christian, Luchasaurus and Matt Hardy. Hardy’s line about the “Michael Jordan of A-Holes” was really good, and of course Christian stoops to bringing up what happened with Jeff Hardy. A bit cheap, but of course Luchasaurus demolishes Matt Hardy. Sounds like this is setting up a tag match where Jungle Boy joins Matt Hardy to take on Christian & Luchasaurus, and we’ll see if JB can turn Luchasaurus back to the light side or if Luchasaurus stays Heel. Honestly, Luchasaurus could probably benefit most from his Heel turn.
We got a good Blood & Guts aftermath promo where a few different guys got to say their piece, and of course we’re getting more Eddie VS Jericho. Tay Conti hurting Ruby Soho could be a way to give us a Mixed Tag before the final blow-off. And adding Claudio VS Hager to things, that match is going to be great, and I would think Claudio wins to stay hot in AEW. We got a very good tag match out of Keith & Swerve VS Butcher & Blade, and I did like that they at least teased the “accidental attack misunderstanding.” Swerve totally understood the Pounce was an accident, and they finished off Butcher & Blade. Hobbs & Starks had a very fired up promo, and the Bucks had a good on to set up another Triple Threat for the titles. I would think the Bucks win that, just as Jurassic Express did.
FTR had a good promo to call out the Briscoes, and you can bet that match will be added to the Death Before Dishonor card. That will be a great match, and FTR will win so they can move on to face Young Bucks at All Out. Garcia had a good promo to call out Yuta, their ROH Pure Championship match will be great stuff, and that could probably go either way. I think Joe VS Lethal for the ROH World TV Championship could go either way, too, because Lethal has Singh and Sonjay on his side to overbook that match. Maybe after DBD, Tony Khan and other executives find a way to put on an ROH TV show, but no idea if I’ll be able to cover it if it happens.
We got a very fun segment out of The Dark Order and QT Marshall. Great to see Hangman join up with Dark Order again, and though not delivered with quite the stank it should have, Negative One at least got through his line about sparing QT more humiliation until he’s an adult. It would be amazing if 10 years from now, we do see Negative One/Brodie Lee Jr. face an old man QT and win in five minutes like his father. And moreover, it was good that Evil Uno assured us that the members of Dark Order we have left are going to stay in AEW one way or another. It’s a shame the faction ran out of steam like it did, but maybe they can rebuild.
We got a pretty good tag match out of #ThunderStorm VS Nyla & Marina, and of course the Faces win. Rosa and Storm can easily have another title match as part of the July themed episodes, like Fyter Fest or Fight for the Fallen. Stretching this to All Out in September would just seem odd to me, so maybe someone comes out of another story primed to face Rosa. Jade not accepting Leila Grey is a natural move for their story, but who knows where it goes from here. Leila could prove herself worthy, because I don’t see Stokely being fired by Jade so soon, and then we could have that Six Woman Tag I expected but Leila in for Red Velvet.
We got a pretty good 8 Man Tag, with the dysfunction finally adding something to the match. The Gunn Club turning on The Acclaimed was quite the surprise, though, but I had a feeling Billy was going to find a reason to be proud of his sons. And this could be the Face turn for The Acclaimed, and that is going to be great because fans love them. Penta VS Rush was awesome stuff, especially with how Alex and Jose got in on it. A Six Man Tag of La Faccion Ingobernable VS Death Triangle where Jose and Alex are the third men would be pretty fun.
And of course, we got an awesome main event out of Moxley and Brody. Moxley was of course retaining, but we all know Brody is badass, and it was cool for Darby to show him respect. Even with Miro coming for Malakai, we need to get House of Black VS Darby & Sting first. Miro could even go after Malakai after the match, regardless of who wins. I don’t know if it has to be a full Face turn for Miro, but he will come off the Face against Malakai since fans still love Miro. As for Mox, the possibilities really are endless for who he can face for the Interim title at All Out. Personally, whether or not Joe wins against Lethal at DBD, give me some Mox VS Joe!
My Score: 8.9/10
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.179 ~ 6TH JULY 2022
GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship Postponed
Due to Chris Ridgeway being unable to get a Visa in time for the Nippon Budokan event on July 12th, the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship match has been postponed. Therefore, Yoshinari Ogawa and Yuya Susumu will team together against Eita and Kotaro Suzuki. Susumu says he knows he cannot replace Ridgeway, but will fight with him in mind.
Seiki Yoshioka attacks HAYATA (repeatedly)
Following his GHC Junior Heavyweight challenge to HAYATA, Seiki Yoshioka turned the tension up a notch by fighting with HAYATA after the match in Fukushima on the 2nd (HAYATA had made him bleed) and introducing him to his new superkick, and then intruding on the match in Yamagata on the 3rd, which got the match thrown out. Poor HAYATA had been kicked in head quite a few times over the course of the two days, and so was not in any position to speak. Seiki Yoshioka was though, he had taken the belt backstage, and holding it up the camera announced that he was putting everything on the line to win, and he would knock HAYATA out again at The Budokan. Yuya Susumu later posted on his Twitter that he felt he had to apologize for how Yoshioka was behaving.
Speaking of STINGER (HAYATA, Yoshinari Ogawa & Yuya Susumu) came out wearing the green NOAH baseball shirts in Yamagata for the match against Perros Del Mal De Japon (Kotaro Suzuki, NOSAWA Rongai & Super Crazy). They never explained why they were wearing green, and fans were left to speculate that either they were showing their solidarity as NOAH Juniors to Perros, or it was an Ogawa mind game to remind Kotaro where he came from and who he belonged with. The singles match between Kotaro and Ogawa on July 2nd was naturally ruined by Perros who got the match thrown out by intrusion. Given NOSAWA’S comments backstage to Kotaro about “trying harder”, I am wondering how long Kotaro is going to put up with this.
Kenoh, Kojima (and Kobashi)
Following two frustrating pre matches in which neither the champion or the challenger won over the other, and an escalation in “competition” where Kenoh did press ups backstage next to a fallen Satoshi Kojima in Fukushima, and Kojima demonstrated Lion press ups to Kenoh in Yamagata (who comically appeared in front of him and then attacked him screaming about “The Mark of The Lion” and how if he missed it so much he should wear his new t-shirt), Kenoh sought advice from the master of the lariat, Kenta Kobashi by making a first visit to his gym. Lariats are not something Kenoh has used before, so it will be interesting to see if the teaching he got from Kobashi was how to throw them or how to withstand them.
GHC Heavyweight Tag Champion Humiliation
Satoshi Kojima might have had a frustrating stalemate, but at least Kojima was spared the humiliation that the GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions endured, when again they lost via Masa Kitamiya submitting to Hideki Suzuki in Yamagata. Suzuki had said he was doing a kind of scouting mission as he wanted to know their strengths and weaknesses and the strengths and weaknesses of their techniques. Timothy Thatcher was given a firsthand look, when the champions demonstrated their new tandem move, a double powerbomb, to win the match.
Go Shiozaki & Shuhei Taniguchi miss events
Go Shiozaki was absent from the 2nd and 3rd July weekend events due to being a close contact with someone with Coronavirus. This necessitated a card change as it was almost last minute. What was last minute (as in about seven minutes before the event started) was Shuhei Taniguchi being withdrawn from the event due to mild heatstroke.
Yoshiki Inamura’s Fire Festival 2022
Although Yoshiki Inamura did not defeat Masato Tanaka, his Fire Festival opened with a time limit draw at thirty minutes. Inamura didn’t feel that he had approached Tanaka with this, but has sworn to beat everyone else and return to NOAH with the sword.
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– Tadasuke is wondering why there has been no comeback from the NOAH Junior Regulars regarding his banishment of Haoh (who seems to have vanished off the face of the earth). I think Tadasuke will get his answer when NOAH are back in Tokyo.
– Alejandro greeted the Yamagata crowd as the Fukushima one, to be scolded by Hajime Ohara for his mistake.
– Kenoh’s Michinoku Pro rival, Fujita “Jnr” Hayato, made his return to the ring following a five year absence due to cancer. He named two people he wanted to fight, Hiromu Takahashi and of course, Kenoh. Kenoh says that he should fight Hayato first. Not only did Hayato mention him first, but even by the Japanese (gojūon) syllabary Kenoh (i.e. KE) comes first. Kenoh then returned to his preoccupation that seems to be obsessing him these days, “The Lion Mark” (New Japan logo).
– Kenoh grumbled that he preferred the sea to rivers just before he posted a video of himself doing Lion Push ups by one.
EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS
- SUNNY VOYAGE 2022
Fukushima Big Palette (Saturday, July 2nd)
- Yamagata Big Wing (Sunday, July 3rd)
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Satoshi Kojima
Challenger: Kenoh, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin
Challengers: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher), “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
Challengers: Perros Del Mal De Japon (Eita & Kotaro Suzuki), Postponed, replacement date to be advised
- GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
- YOSHIKI INAMURA FIRE FESTIVAL 2022
Friday, July 8th: vs Hide Kubota
Sunday, July 10th
Venue: Fujisan Messe, Shizuoka
Time: 13:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (event will not be streamed live)
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