Who is heading to TakeOver: In Your House?
NXT STARTS with Kyle O’Reilly VS Johnny Gargano VS Pete Dunne in a #1 Contender’s Triple Threat! Who will punch their ticket for THE NXT Champion, Karrion Kross?
- NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Kyle O’Reilly VS Johnny Gargano VS Pete Dunne; No Contest.
- LA Knight VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS Carmelo Hayes; Kushida wins and retains the title.
- Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Zoey Stark & Zayda Ramier; LeRae & Hartwell win.
- NXT Tag Team Champions: MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma; MSK wins and retains the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Kyle O’Reilly VS Johnny Gargano VS Pete Dunne!
A main event caliber match is OPENING tonight! Karrion Kross thwarted the Prince, but that doesn’t mean the end is near! Will it be #CoolKyle, Johnny Freakin’ TakeOver, or the Bruiserweight that looks to cancel the apocalypse?
The bell rings and Kyle BOOTS Dunne then tackles Gargano! Kyle grounds ‘n’ pounds but Dunne gets him up to brawl with forearms! Gargano joins in to brawl with Kyle, but then Dunne cuts in. Kyle clinches to knee over and over but Gargano cuts in. Kyle throws Gargano out, but Dunne DECKS Kyle with that forearm! And basement dropkicks him in the head! Dunne gets an arm, twists it from wrist to elbow, and bends the fingers! Dunne hammerlocks then double wristlocks but Kyle back drops to an ARMBAR! Dunne scrambles, Gargano stomps in, but gets caught to a HEEL HOOK! Dunne gets Kyle’s arm for an ARMBAR!
Gargano gets free of Kyle, Kyle pushes Dunne to ropes, and Gargano throws Kyle out! Gargano hobbles and Dunne pounces on that leg! Dunne floats to a headlock and grinds Gargano down. Gargano chinbars, gets up, throws body shots and powers out. Dunne runs Gargano over, things speed up and Dunne side steps but Gargano RANAS! Dunne dodges the arm-drag, hooks up the legs, and fish hooks Gargano’s face! Dunne hammers Gargano, gets the arms, but Kyle returns to KICK Dunne down! Kyle gets Gargano up, Gargano ROCKS him but runs into a BIG knee! Kyle gets Gargano up to wrench and YANK the arm, then wrenches again. Gargano ROCKS, Kyle wrenches, repeat!
Kyle has the arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Kyle throws down hammering elbows and rams his knee into Gargano’s side. Dunne slithers in and gets Kyle’s arm! Dunne has both men stacked, for a DOUBLE FAR ARM STRETCH! He bends both men’s fingers way back, then stacks the hands to STOMP them both! Fans fire up as Gargano and Kyle go to opposite corners. Dunne runs and forearms Kyle, then runs to forearm Gargano. Dunne heads back for Kyle but Kyle dodges. Gargano dodges Kyle to ROCK Dunne! Kyle dodges Gargano to ROCK Dunne! Kyle dodges Gargano again and Gargano uppercuts Dunne! Kyle gets Gargano’s leg, then Dunne’s, DOUBLE DRAGON SCREW!
Gargano bails out so Kyle gets Dunne’s leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Dunne rolls to drag Kyle down, for an ANKLE LOCK! Kyle rolls to throw Dunne out, Gargano DECKS Dunne! Gargano aims at Kyle, GAMANGIRI, ONE FINAL- Dunne stops Gargano by grabbing his rope side arm! Dunne bends the fingers, Kyle gets Dunne’s leg, DRAGON SCREW and HOTSHOT combo! Gargano comes back, he dropkicks Dunne while giving Kyle a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Kyle is still in this as NXT goes picture in picture!
Gargano gets the bad leg moving as he and Kyle are alone in the ring. Gargano drags Kyle up to a cravat, snapmares and basement dropkicks him in the back! Dunne grabs at Gargano but Gargano kicks him away. Gargano covers Kyle, TWO! The delay might’ve helped Kyle, but Gargano gets him up in a facelock. Kyle blocks the suplex but Gargano throws body shots, to then snap suplex! Gargano goes at Dunne but Dunne shoulders into him! Things speed up, Dunne hurdles then drops then CLOBBERS Gargano! Gargano flounders out and now Dunne is alone with Kyle. Dunne drags Kyle around, digs his face into the mat, and bends the arm way back!
Kyle endures as Dunne twists his wrist and digs into the shoulder! Dunne puts the arm back down and stands on it, but Gargano is there. Dunne DECKS Gargano and kicks him down, then goes back to Kyle! Dunne arm-drags to a wristlock, then headscissors for a squeeze! Kyle endures but Dunne throws elbows. Dunne gets Kyle’s hand and again bends fingers! Dunne lets off the scissors to hammerlock and KICK the arm! Dunne sees Gargano getting up so he goes out to RAM him into boards! Dunne goes back to Kyle but Kyle is up and throws forearms! Dunne DECKS Kyle all the same! Dunne KICKS Kyle in the side, and drops knees on his stomach!
Kyle sits up and sputters but Dunne stands on his hand. Dunne hooks Kyle’s face, stands him up and throws knees. NXT returns to single picture as the knees keep hitting! Gargano is back again and baits Dunne to the ropes. Kyle gets Dunne with a kitchen sink knee! Kyle BOOTS Gargano, ROUNDHOUSES Dunne, then fires off a strike fest on Gargano! Leg sweep and fans fire up with Kyle! Kyle runs at Dunne to forearm smash against ropes! Kyle wrenches the arm, hits an elbow breaker, but Dunne throws forearms. Kyle knees low and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES, but holds on, for another! Gargano runs in, he gets a BUTTERFLY SLAM onto Dunne! Kyle covers Dunne, TWO!
Gargano stays by ropes but Kyle KNEES Dunne out of the ring! Kyle runs to SLIDING KNEE Gargano in the ribs! Kyle goes out but Dunne ROCKS him! Kyle fights the X-Plex, goes to the apron, and hits Dunne with a FLYING KNEE! Gargano DIVES onto Kyle outta nowhere! Gargano gets back in to DIVE out onto Dunne! And then does it again to DIVE on Kyle into the boards! The fans are rallying and dueling as Gargano puts Kyle in. Gargano aims, slingshots and SPEARS! Cover, TWO! Kyle keeps this alive and Gargano grows frustrated. Gargano hobbles, gets Kyle up and CHOPS him in a corner! And CHOPS him again!
Fans want that “One More Time!” but Gargano tells them nope. Gargano puts Kyle up top, has the inverted crucifix lift, but Kyle slips off to try a backslide! Gargano holds it off, Dunne KICKS their legs out! Dunne BUZZSAWS Kyle and basement SHOTGUNS Gargano! Dunne STOMPS Kyle’s hands, and another BUZZSAW! Dunne gets Kyle up, LIGER BOMB! Cover but Gargano BOOTS it! Kyle has a prawn hold cover, but Gargano mule KICKS him! Gargano drags Dunne up, but Dunne hits the X-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and all three men are down as the CWC fires up! “NXT! NXT!” knows how to open a show!
Dunne has Kyle’s arm and wrenches it to a BODY SCISSOR KIMURA! Kyle uses his own tights to block, and then Gargano CLOBBERS Dunne! Kyle CATAPULTS Dunne out! But Gargano rolls Kyle, with tights! TWO, school boy kick into a HEEL HOOK! Kyle twists Gargano’s leg but Dunne BOOTS him! Dunne drops knees on Gargano’s arm! Pump handle, BITTER- DDT!! Gargano scoops Dunne, to LAWN DART him into Kyle! Kyle falls out of the ring as Gargano covers Dunne, TWO!! Dunne survives but Gargano is too tired to be frustrated. The CWC hopes these guys “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow!
Gargano and Dunne brawl on the mat, forearms and CHOPS and jabs and elbows! Dunne gets the edge, Kyle returns to fire off KICKS on both men! KICK for Dunne, KICK for Gargano and back again! Gargano ducks the next kick, rolls Kyle, SCHOOL BOY BUZZSAW COMBO on Kyle’s head! Dunne STOMPS Gargano’s hands but Gargano ducks the buzzsaw to ENZIGURI! Kyle gives Gargano AX ‘N’ SMASH! Dunne ENZIGURIS Kyle! Kyle rebounds into a SUPERKICK! But Kyle just rebounds again to DOUBLE LARIAT! All three men are down and the CWC are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” but not over yet!
Gargano goes to the apron, slingshots, but Kyle catches for a GUILLOTINE! Kyle squeezes tight but Dunne gets Kyle for a SLEEPER! Kyle is already fading, and he lets Gargano free! Kyle fights, but Gargano runs in! Tilt-o-whirl and takedown, GargaNO Escape on Dunne!! Dunne flails, claws at Gargano’s fingers and gets free to SNAP them! Dunne gets Gargano up to pump handle, BITTER END! But Kyle climbs to KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Fans are thunderous again as Kyle and Dunne brawl on the apron. They boot back and forth, but Gargano DECKS Kyle! Dunne DECKS Gargano, goes after Kyle but DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES take both men down!
All three men are down again but only Gargano is in the ring. Dunne crawls for the ring, Kyle stands up, ADAM COLE attacks Kyle with a CHAIR! And then he SMACKS Dunne! Gargano DIVES but Cole THROWS the chair into him! Cole rains down fists on Kyle, then DECKS the ref! Dunne gets Cole with a guillotine, but Cole RAMS Dunne into the ref! The ref hits boards and flops over, Cole gives Dunne a BRAINBUSTER to the ramp! And a LAST SHOT to Kyle! Gargano sits up in the ring, Cole gives him a LAST SHOT! Cole just wrecked all three men but William Regal storms in with security!
Cole says he’ll leave, because he already did what he wanted. He tells Regal and the guards to back up and give him space. But then he SUPERKICKS Kyle again! Cole says now he’s going, but he wants Regal to understand NXT needs Cole. What is going to happen to this Triple Threat? We’ll see, after the break.
NXT returns, and Cole still hasn’t left?
Regal and Cole keep arguing, but Ember Moon storms past them to go to the ring! Security drags Cole to the back while Ember gets on the mic to tell Raquel Gonzalez, “Get your big ass out here! You think what you did to Shotzi was funny?! I am not gonna let that slide!” Ember will hold the show hostage if she has to! The NXT Women’s Champion makes her entrance but Regal tells her to stay back. she won’t, and the brawl is on in the ring! Ember SUPERKICKS, front kicks and SUPERKICKS again! ROLLING ELBOW!! Raquel tumbles out but is right back up! Regal keeps this from going any further, but the fans want to “Let Them Fight!”
Raquel says Ember called her out so she’s gonna get what she gets! And that’s DAKOTA KAI from behind! Kai fires off Kowata Kicks on Ember’s face with those Timberlands! And then a BOOT from those boots send Ember tumbling! Regal realizes the bait ‘n’ switch and now tells both Raquel and Kai to get out of here! Now on top of the NXT Championship, what’s going on with the NXT Women’s Championship?
NXT hears from El Legado del Fantasma.
Santos Escobar says, “Familia is everything. And that’s what we are.” Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza were there for him a year ago when he became Cruiserweight Champion. He will be there for them when they take what is rightfully theirs in the NXT Tag Team Champions. Mendoza says a true warrior doesn’t back down and isn’t afraid of bleeding, especially to become campeones. Wilde says tonight is their coronation, and tonight they follow in Escobar’s footsteps by becoming Leaders of Leaders, Champions of Champions! They will do what they do best: take what’s theirs. But will MSK let them take over so easily?
LA Knight speaks.
“It’s that night of the week! The greatest wrestler alive! Hit that LA jam, dummy!” Knight makes his way to the ring for the LA Knight Show, “let me talk to ya! Live and in living color, everybody’s got a price! And who drew the short stick this week, but the one man that defeated Cameron Grimes two weeks ago. I think his name is Jake Atlas.” But Knight has it on good authority that Ted DeBiase will be watching backstage as Knight drops “this cross-eyed halfwit on his head,” just like he did to Grimes! This is the Mega Star and the only man to carry the Million Dollar Legacy! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! Will Knight put his money where his mouth is against Atlas after the break?
NXT shares what happened earlier today.
As seen on WWE’s YouTube and other social media, Drake Maverick was simply arriving but Ever-Rise gets in his face about last week. But then Hit Row rolls up and the Ever-Rise boys tease “The Dollar King” and the “Music Boy.” B-Fab teases them back as the “runts,” and Swerve says they’re the clowns of NXT. Adonis wants them to pause, rewind and watch their mouths. Top Dolla says these boys are drinking their own Kool-Aid. Swerve asks what Maverick is laughing at. Well they called him a clown, so Maverick will make them laugh: Swerve needs a new dentist. Swerve says Maverick should run and get help. No need to run, Killian Dain walks up right behind Maverick.
Dain tells Swerve that if he has a problem with Maverick, he has a problem with Dain. Dolla says if Dain’s feeling froggy, then jump. Maverick jumps in but he can’t stop this. Swerve tells Dain to check his little buddy, or they’ll both end up on the hit list. The Hit Row moves on, because they’re here to get money, not mess around with dorks. “Let’s blow this popsicle stand.” Ever-Rise doesn’t get what that line’s about, but will these teams be lining up to take shots at Hit Row?
LA Knight VS Jake Atlas!
NXT returns to the ring and Atlas is already here. The bell rings, Atlas dares Knight to bring it on. Fans are on Atlas’ side as he and Knight tie up. Knight arm-drags but then brags, only for Atlas to roll him up! TWO, and Knight kicks low! Knight throws hands, whips Atlas to ropes, but Atlas gets around to arm-drag Knight back! And dropkick him down! Atlas keeps moving, and springboard arm-drags! Cover, TWO! Atlas keeps on Knight with an armlock, and SLAMS the arm down! Atlas gets Knight up, is after the arm again, and WRINGS Knight out! Cover, ONE! Atlas keeps on Knight’s arm but Knight endures as Atlas CLUBS it!
Atlas hooks the leg to drop a knee! Knight gets up, Atlas CHOPS him then arm-drags! Atlas grinds the arm, Knight fights up and pulls hair! The ref counts, Knight whips but Atlas reverses. Knight sunset flips but Atlas sits on it, TWO! Knight kicks but Atlas blocks to BOOT back! Atlas reels Knight in but Knight wrenches out. Atlas knees and uppercuts first! Atlas gets Knight up, Knight throws hands but Atlas hits back! Atlas runs but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Knight hits a LEAPING NECKBREAKER! Fans taunt Knight, “You Still Suck!” but here comes the Million Dollar Man! DeBiase is here to see this in person as Knight says he’ll shut Atlas up.
Atlas fires off hands, but Knight ROCKS him! Knight says this is chump change! But then Atlas catches him by surprise with a springboard sunset flip! High stack, TWO! Knight almost got caught, but he scoops Atlas for a FALLING SLAM! Knight gets his ego back as he hits a Million Dollar Fist Drop! Atlas gets to a corner, Knight chokes him on the ropes! Knight lets off as the ref counts, but he KICKS Atlas in the ribs! Knight drops knees, gets the legs and grins as he STOMPS Atlas in the gut! Knight drags Atlas up but fans rally for Atlas as Knight chokes him on ropes again! The ref counts, Knight lets off and KNEES him back down!
Knight slingshots for a FLYING SHOULDER! DeBiase seems mildly impressed, but Knight still has to win. Will Knight do just that after the break?
NXT returns and Knight battles with Atlas for suplex control. Knight knees Atlas low, reels him back in and suplexes, but Atlas slips out! Atlas suplexes but Knight lands on his feet for a NECKBREAKER! DeBiase does like that as Knight gets back up. Knight has Atlas in a waistlock and wants a nelson but Atlas RAMS him into buckles! Atlas flounders up but Knight is after him again! Knight wants the Million Dollar Dream but Atlas arm-drags him away! Atlas runs, ducks and dodges and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Atlas fires up and fires off forearms! Atlas whips, Knight reverses and then throws Atlas WAY out of the ring! Atlas hits the ground hard, right in front of DeBiase.
Knight gloats and soaks up heat on the top rope. A ring count climbs and Knight says this is what the Million Dollar Legacy looks like! Atlas gets up at 7 and in at 9 of 10! Knight stomps Atlas, CLUBS him down, but fans chant “To The Moon!” for Grimes. Knight is annoyed and he rains down fists on Atlas. Knight goes to the corner, climbs up and tells the incels to watch this. Knight leaps into Atlas’ body shot! Fans fire up and DeBiase seems disappointed in Knight there. Knight runs at Atlas but gets a JAWBREAKER! Atlas waistlocks and spins Knight for a LARIAT! Atlas fires off haymakers, and here comes Grimes!
Grimes talks up up DeBiase as Atlas KNEES and ROLLING ELBOWS Knight! BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Grimes says DeBiase should reconsider and let him have the Million Dollar Legacy. Atlas aims at Knight, brings him around and fireman’s carries but Knight slips free to cravat knee! Atlas stays up, and turns Knight’s clothesline into a fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! PENALTY KICK, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Grimes says that was close! Is DeBiase sure Knight is the right guy? Atlas goes up, but Knight ROCKS him first! Knight climbs, but Atlas ROCKS him! Knight comes back, leaps to the top, and grins but Grimes distracts!
Atlas trips Knight up! Knight lands on his pawn, Atlas aims and CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, ATLAS WINS!!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
Grimes laughs at Knight’s loss, but it isn’t quite the Million Dollar Laugh. Knight glares at Grimes and Grimes says he’ll wait DeBiase’s call. DeBiase leaves without Knight and Knight desperately flounders after. Has Knight just missed out on a major endorsement?
Kyle, Gargano and Dunne are all in the trainer’s room.
Oney Lorcan checks on Dunne while Austin Theory talks with Gargano. Oney tells the camera to get out of here. All we need to know that if not for Cole, Dunne would be #1 contender already. Austin hears that and says that it would be Gargano a #1 contender! Because that’s the way it is! They start fighting now! Security keeps these two apart, but the bigger question is, what happens with the NXT Championship match?
Backstage interview with Ted DeBiase.
He just saw Knight lose, so who is he considering for the Million Dollar Legacy now? Well, Knight dropped the ball. Grimes showed that it takes not only mind but brawn together. Cole storms past DeBiase to go right to gorilla! What is he doing back in the building?! And what the hell is he going to do now!?
Next week, Poppy returns!
The Grammy nominee is ready to rock NXT again next Tuesday!
NXT returns and Cole is in the ring with a mic.
“Two years ago to the day, I became the NXT Champion! And whether NXT wants to admit it or not, whether Regal wants to admit it or not, you’re looking at the REAL #1 Contender!” Cole’s been gone two months, and for those two months, he watched as everyone tried to live up to his legacy! Surprise surprise, everyone’s failed! Cole took out THREE of NXT’s best, in one night! So what does that mean, boys ‘n’ girls? Ol’ Adam Cole BAYBAY wants the title back!
Which brings him to Karrion Kross. People think Kross is a monster but Cole sees through him: He’s a big, overrated muscle head who doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring as him! You think it was a mistake Cole had the title for 403 DAYS? You think that- Wait, here comes Kross and Scarlett! Kross goes right to the ring, gets himself a mic, and tells the “little man” that his motives tonight are understandable. But the title isn’t Cole’s. And no matter what he says, Cole will never change things in the grand scheme. Because when Kross signed with NXT, Cole was no longer special and he knows that. We can talk about it here.
But hey, humor Kross! Tell him a story, entertain him, Mr. Cole! Oh Cole would happy to, Mr. Overrated! But the truth is, Kross is never going to be Adam Cole BAYBAY. This brand has done everything in its power to make KROSS feel special! Cool music, the lights, the fog, the girl. But what do they do to make Cole feel special? They ring the freakin’ bell!! Even on Kross’ best day, he couldn’t lace Cole’s boots! Kross can’t hang with Cole and isn’t on Cole’s level! And anyone who watches pro-wrestling can see it! If we are talking special, Kross is NOT special, COLE is special. Kross is just someone who has Cole’s property!
Regal walks out and tells Cole that he knows what’s going on and it won’t work! Cole won’t weasel his way into a 1v1 for that title! But Kross tells Regal to shut up! Kross doesn’t care what Regal thinks, or what Cole thinks. This is about what Kross wants. And what he wants at TakeOver… is EVERYONE!! WHAT?! Kross wants Kyle, Gargano, Dunne AND “this gas station weasel” Cole!! Kross promises that no matter what Cole thinks he can do until then, he’s not avoiding disaster. Cole says Kross will regret it. He’s a different animal. The fans want this match, Regal is smirking already, and the match is made!! Cole leaves the ring, to tear up the desk!
“I RUN THIS SHOW, KROSS!” Kross can kiss the title good-bye, because Cole runs this! Always has, always will! And then he throws water at Kross and Scarlett. “See you soon, punk!” Things were heated before tonight, it is about to get downright explosive at TakeOver! The biggest match ever for this title, but who comes out the most powerful champion NXT has ever had?
Backstage interview with The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell.
Indi is wearing noise cancelling headphones while McKenzie notes the major news we just heard: Poppy’s back! And then there’s- Whoa, whoa, whoa, McKenzie. The NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions are right here, but you want to talk about that idiot, Kross, who of course is going to lose to Gargano, by the way. And Poppy? Really? Why do we keep bringing her back? To pull a Bad Bunny? Pff, grow up, kids. Right, Indi? Indi? Candice takes the headphones off. The music playing is an 80’s power ballad? Let’s go, Indi. C’mon. The song is hard to hear but clearly it relates to the pain in Indi’s heart. Is there still hope for #InDex?
NXT hears from Christian Casanova, now Carmelo Hayes.
Hayes impressed so much at the WWE Performance Center, that NXT is allowing him to answer Kushida’s Open Challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship! “Walking in the door and being given this opportunity, it’s humbling.” But he’s going to make an impression on the world, and why he is THE Generational Talent. You won’t ever see another him. His ability is once in a lifetime, and in his humble opinion, we’re looking at the NEXT NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Hayes may have gotten people to notice him, but will he be able to make NXT acknowledge him?
NXT hears from Tian Sha.
Xia Li tells Mercedes Martinez, “Something I will never forget is how you tried to embarrass me.” It as the Mae Young Classic, and Xia’s first match ever. Mercedes tried to bring shame to her name and disgrace her family! She feels sick thinking back to that. She’s been waiting for this moment for FOUR YEARS! “Now I am a true warrior, and you stand in the way of my destiny!” Mercedes, at TakeOver: In Your House, Xia will HURT YOU! For the glory of Tian Sha, will Xia Li slay her dragon?
Those headphones are still playing the power ballad playlist.
But someone comes by to pick them up. It’s DEXTER LUMIS! He listens to what Indi was listening to. And he starts to tear up! Is #InDex still possible?!
BREAKING NEWS for TakeOver!
Not only has the Fatal 5 been approved, but Cameron Grimes VS LA Knight is happening! Will this Million Dollar Grudge Match help DeBiase decide who to pass the legacy on to?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS Carmelo Hayes!
NXT returns to the ring as Hayes makes his entrance. This is quite the debut for this young and insanely confident superstar, but will he learn the difference between him and the Super Junior?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the Time Splitter puts the new kid to the test!
Fans rally as the two stand off and slowly circle. They tie up, Hayes gets around to roll Kushida up, ONE! Hayes says he’s taking the title, but Kushida just keeps focus. They circle. Kushida calls for a test of strength, and Hayes accepts. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, and Kushida pushes Hayes down. Hayes tries a monkey flip but Kushida prevents it. Kushida gets Hayes up but Hayes goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO, but Hayes gets Kushida in a headlock. Hayes hits a headlock takeover, Kushida fights up and powers out. Things speed up, Kushida hurdles but Hayes leaps and hurdles to mule kick! Hayes arm-drags Kushida around then dropkicks him down!
Fans duel as Hayes looms over Kushida. Kushida hits back, CHOPS and has Hayes in a corner. Kushida CHOPS again, whips him, but Hayes reverses. Hayes runs in but Kushida boots him! Kushida swings but Hayes gets around to roll and EDDY GORDO! Fans cheer that move as Hayes covers, TWO! “Melo! Melo!” has fans but Kushida has just as many. Hayes gets Kushida up but Kushida wrenches and headlocks. Hayes tries but can’t power out as Kushida holds on tight. Kushida grinds but Hayes powers up to power out. Kushida handsprings and back elbows Hayes down! Kushida powers up and watches Hayes, then runs in at the corner.
Hayes dodges and ducks the boot to put Kushida in ropes for an ENZIGURI! Kushida is in the ropes, Hayes springboards for a DRAPING LEG DROP! Kushida is in a daze as Hayes drags him to a cover, TWO! Hayes grows frustrated but he still has the champ reeling as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns as Hayes throws haymakers on Kushida. Hayes KNEES him low and hard, bumps him off buckles, then paces around him. Hayes gets Kushida up to whip him, but Kushida holds ropes. Kushida puts Hayes outside, runs and handspring kicks him down! Hayes hits boards! Kushida aims from the apron, Hayes gets up, Kushida FLYING KNEES the arm! Kushida drags Hayes up and around to put in the ring. Kushida climbs the corner, Hayes gets up again, and Kushida FLYING- NO! Hayes dodges to SUPERKICK! Kushida stays up but Hayes fireman’s carries. TKO KNEE SMASH! Hayes runs, springboards, FLYING SLINGBLADE! Hayes has to crawl to the cover, TWO!!
Kushida survives the #SpringBlade and the two slowly sit up. They throw forearms back and forth, Hayes CHOPS, but Kushida snarls. Hayes CHOPS but Kushida stays up! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS but Hayes eggs him on, to get a SHOTEI! Kushida powers up, but Hayes dodges again, to tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up while Hayes tries to figure out what he has to do. Hayes says he NEEDS this, and he runs, but Kushida turns the tilt-o-whirl into a hip toss! Cartwheel basement dropkick! FAST BALL! PENALTY- NO! Hayes avoids the kick, waistlocks, they trade standing switches, but Kushida gets the arm!
Hayes grits his teeth and shakes his head. He wrenches, dodges a clothesline, and springboards, into a FAST BALL! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida gets Hayes’ arm for the HOVERBOARD!!! Hayes endures, flails, reaches, but he taps! Kushida wins!!
Winner: Kushida, by submission (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
What a debut for the newest recruit to the Cruiserweight Division! Kushida shows his respect to Hayes, Hayes shows respect back. Who will be next for the Time Splitter and the title? Will Hayes climb his way back up to try again some day?
MSK talks backstage.
Wes Lee tells Nash Carter that Legado been talkin’. Talking about warrior spirit, giving up blood, sweat and tears to get an opportunity at MSK’s NXT Tag Team Championships. But honestly, when have they been doing it? They just use backhanded tactics to get MSK’s attention! Just like in that Six Man! Exactly. That isn’t happening tonight. Tonight, MSK gonna beat the brakes off these boys! Odale, vato, Lee is feeling it! Because no matter what Legado does, MSK is NOT walking out without the titles. Everyone will hear, “And still! NXT Tag Team Champions, M! S! K!” That’s all night, and all day! The Must-See Kids are fired up for this must-see main event!
Franky Monet finishes up with the make-up department.
The reviews for her world premiere last week are in! “The Franky Monet debut was perfect!” YAAASS~! “Franky Monet picks up a quick win in impressive debut, I’m hyped.” YASS~! “Franky Monet killed her debut, welcome to the La ERA of Franky Monet!” Gurrrl~! Oh, and she’s just getting started.
Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Zoey Stark & Zayda Ramier!
The Way is feeling great, as they are the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions and are hoping Gargano gets THE NXT title back in the near future. But first, Candice & Indi Wrestling are taking on a new duo. Will they put #ZNZ to sleep? Or will this be a happily ever after for the two upstarts?
The teams sort out, Indi and Zayda start and tie up. Indi throws Zayda down then drops an elbow! Indi scoops Zayda, SLAMS her, and tags Candice so she can NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! Candice is already annoyed and gets Zayda up to bump her off buckles. Tag to Indi, but Zayda fights back. Indi stomps her then puts her through ropes to ROCK Zayda with an uppercut! Candice tags in before Indi BOOTS Zayda down! Candice covers, TWO! Candice sits Zayda up for a neck wrench but fans rally up. Zayda fights, gets to her feet, but Candice throws her down! Cover, TWO! Candice wraps on a sleeper and grinds Zayda down.
Zayda gets up, rolls Candice up, TWO! Candice CLOBBERS Zayda then tags Indi. Indi BOOTS Zayda down before she can reach Stark! Indi gets in Stark’s face, drops elbows on Zayda, but Zayda gets up to ENZIGURI! Both women are crawling, hot tag to Candice! Candice drops elbows on Zayda! Then sucker punches Stark! Zady gets up to fire off on Candice, but Candice shoves her away. Zayda SUPER WOMAN PUNCHES Candice down! Hot tag to Stark! Stark rallies on The Way with big lariats! HEEL KICK to Indi! Stark fires up, handsprings and ENZIGURIS Candice! Cover, TWO! Stark tags Zayda, they combine for a wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, Indi breaks it in time!
Indi gets up and dumps Stark out hard! Zayda runs but Candice CLOBBERS her again! Tag to Indi, The Way coordinates, WICKED STEP SISTER and IMPRESSIVE ELBOW! Candice DIVES to take out Stark while Indi covers, The Way wins!
Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell
That was a #WickedSavage combination, and are rolling towards TakeOver! But who will meet them In Your House for a golden opportunity?
Mercedes Martinez speaks.
“So Tian Sha wants to mark me as their next victim. News flash! I’ve been a marked woman my entire career! Xia, you’re not the same girl I faced at the Mae Young Classic. You’re more badass, you’re dangerous, and I get it, but so am I. You say I’m standing in your way of your destiny? No, you’re standing in MY way back to the women’s title. So listen real close, chaquita.” Mercedes beat Xia at MYC, so she’ll run THROUGH her at TakeOver! Is there no fear as Mercedes and the frightening Xia are headed for a collision course?
The Diamond Mine is opening soon!
This is they key to realize your potential. Pressure makes diamonds, but who will shine in NXT?
Backstage interview with Ember Moon.
How is she feeling after the confrontation earlier tonight? How is she supposed to feel? Happy and jumping for joy? No, she’s livid. But what she can’t wrap her head around is that Raquel is one of the most dominant women’s champions in NXT history, and yet consistently uses her lackey, Dakota, to fight for her! But Ember says that’s fine. She will get Raquel where it hurts her the most. Ember gets revenge on the insurance policy, and then goes In Your House to take what matters most to Raquel and become a TWO-TIME NXT Women’s Champion! Raquel thinks she’s unstoppable, but hell hath no fury like Ember’s Law! Will #CobraKai regret riling up the Evolved Shenom?
NXT Tag Team Champions: MSK VS El Legado del Fantasma!
Lee & Carter made an impact debuting and WINNING the Dusty Cup and eventually taking these titles for their own. But Escobar accompanies the “technical assassin” and “death from above” to the ring. Will his presence be a factor in this big money main event?
The introductions are made, the titles are raised, and we see if MSK can deny Legado their crowning achievement!
The teams sort out and Lee starts with Wilde. Wilde and Lee circle, show off some agility, and tie up. Lee waistlocks, Wilde pries the hold, but Lee SLAMS Wilde down. Lee gets Wilde up but Wilde arm-drags him! Lee sweeps, covers, ONE! Wilde sweeps but Lee handsprings through to headlock! Wilde gets up, but he can’t power out as Lee holds tight! Lee rolls to get back to a better vantage point, but Wilde back suplexes! Lee lands on his feet, headlocks again, but Wilde throws him by his hair! Wilde drags Lee but Lee BOOTS him to the corner! Lee runs in, is put outside but Carter tags in! ENZIGURI, then Carter runs in, but Wilde slides out of the way!
Carter bronco busts buckles, Wilde CLOBBERS Lee! Legado fires up and the fans are dueling as Wilde bumps Carter off buckles. Tag to Mendoza, they stomp mudholes into Carter and Escobar is very amused! Mendoza CHOPS Carter, then BOOTS him down! Tag to Wilde, Legado double whips Carter to double back elbow! Mendoza uses Wilde as a weapon, GOURD BUSTER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Wilde gets Carter up to DECK him with an uppercut! Wilde scrapes his soles off Carter, runs and BASEMENT CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Wilde keeps on Carter with a chinbar and armlock. Fans rally, duel and Carter fights up to JAWBREAKER free!
Hot tag to Lee, he runs in and MSK fires off strikes on Wilde! Kick to ENZIGURI to DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, but Mendoza breaks it! Carter KNEES Mendoza down, Wilde RAMS Carter into buckles! Wilde does his dance, but into Lee’s HANDSPRING PELE! All four men are down and the CWC fires up! The ref checks on everyone, but here come the Grizzled Young Veterans! These two claim they’re here to watch, but Ciampa & Thatcher get to them first! Ciampa clubs away on Zack Gibson while Thatcher is after James Drake’s EYE! These four go up the ramp and to the back while the teams in the ring reset.
Lee dodges Wilde and dumps him out of the ring! Lee BOOTS Mendoza at Carter and Carter dumps Mendoza out! Carter goes up and out and up again to MOONSAULT Mendoza down! Lee FLIES to hit Wilde! Fans go wild as NXT goes picture in picture!
MSK puts Wilde in, Lee climbs up top and leaps! Lee has to bail out of his 450 as Wilde moves, but Wilde returns for Lee to arm-drag him down! Lee grinds the armlock, Wilde claws at him but Lee digs a knee into Wilde’s head. Wilde gets up to throw hands but Lee just cranks the arm harder! Wilde endures, Lee steps through to La Magistrol! TWO, and Lee arm-drags again! Wilde seethes as he endures another armlock. Wilde fights up, pulls Lee’s hair, and uses that to whip, only for Lee to wrangle Wilde back down. Wilde fights up, glares at Lee and throws more haymakers. Lee grinds the arm even more, then KICKS it! And DECKS Wilde!
Lee gets Wilde to the MSK corner, tags Carter, and Lee snapmares Wilde for Carter’s slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Wilde crawls for his corner but Carter stops him with a facelock. Carter shifts to go after the arm and continue where Lee left off. Carter drops knees on Wilde’s arm, then whips him to the corner for a EuroUpper! Tag to Lee, MSK mugs Wilde and Lee keeps Wilde cornered for more body shots and a BOOT! Lee brings Wilde around but Wilde throws Lee into buckles! Wilde bumps Lee off more buckles, tags Mendoza, and Mendoza RAMS his shoulder in again and again! Mendoza snapmares Lee to stomp him down, then sits him up for a cobra clutch!
Lee endures now as Mendoza leans on the hold. Carter and fans rally up as Lee fights. Lee throws hands, NXT returns to single picture, and Mendoza knees low and hard. Mendoza bumps Lee off buckles, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Mendoza runs in but Lee BOOTS him back! Lee hops up, Mendoza handspring GAMANGIRIS! Lee tumbles and Mendoza drags him into the ring to cover, TWO! Legado is frustrated but Mendoza stomps Lee down. Mendoza drags Lee up, bumps him off buckles and tags Wilde. Legado double whip Lee to double SPINEBUSTER! And split the wishbone, to basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO!!
Wilde fires off on Lee with furious fists! Escobar likes that as Wilde taunts Lee. Wilde gets Lee up, snapmares him, and KNEES him in the back. Wilde clamps on a chinbar and armlock but Lee endures. Mendoza talks trash from the corner but Lee fights up. Lee throws body shots and even punches Wilde’s legs. Lee throws forearms, runs, but Wilde CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Wilde covers, TWO! Wilde pushes Lee to the ropes, tags Mendoza, and Mendoza slingshot sentons. Mendoza stomps Lee, tags Wilde back in, and Wilde slingshot SPLASHES! And hits a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Legado is furious but the CWC is fired up!
Tag to Mendoza, he digs his boot into Lee, but lets off as the ref counts. Mendoza CLUBS Lee down, taunts Carter, and drags Lee up. Mendoza gets Lee up but Lee turns bomb into DDT!! Both men are down, fans are dueling, and both men crawl. Hot tags to Wilde and Carter! Carter rallies on Wilde, headbutts and uppercuts then KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Wilde flounders, Carter fires up and SHINING WIZARDS in the corner! Snapmare roll, SUPERKICK for Mendoza and PENALTY KICK for Wilde! Tag to Lee, MSK coordinates, PUSH SAULT! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and duel as Escobar stresses. Lee gets Wilde up but Wilde JAWBREAKERS!
Wilde runs in but only gets buckles! Mendoza sneaks a tag, Lee ENZIGURIS Wilde to then BACK SUPLEX! Mendoza tightrope MISSILE DROPKICKS! Mendoza gets Lee up for ANARCHY!! Cover, TWO!!? Lee survives and no one can believe it! Mendoza powers up and “This is Awesome!” Mendoza sucker punches Carter, runs and clotheslines Lee! Wilde tags in and clotheslines! Mendoza tags in and clotheslines! The cycle continues, Wilde tags back in and puts Lee up top! Mendoza tags back in, Wilde climbs, SUPER STEINER POWERBOMB COMBO!! Cover, TWO??!?! How does Lee keep doing this?!
Mendoza rains down furious forearms to make Lee pay for defying them! Lee hits back, but Mendoza ROUNDHOUSES Lee out of the ring! The ref check son Mendoza and his mask, Escobar RAMS Lee right into steel steps! Escobar gets away with it as he goes back to his sat, and Wilde tags. Legado coordinates for the GAMANGIRI LEG SWEEP! Cover, but Carter breaks it in time!! Escobar is furious! But Bronson Reed shows up outta nowhere to SQUASH Escobar against boards!! Fans are fired up but Legado is in shock! MSK hits Mendoza with the RAILGUN DROPKICK! Wilde runs into the MUST-SEE HART ATTACK!! Cover, MSK wins!!
Winners: MSK, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
That wasn’t just must-see, that was colossal! Escobar tried to screw over the champions to help his team, but that only got him steamrolled by the North American Champion! Will Reed make sure Escobar gets more than that when they finally meet 1v1? And while MSK still have the tag titles, will they still reign In Your House?
Another great NXT, but what a twist on that opener! I thought the Triple Threat was first just so it had time to breathe, but it was really to set up Cole’s return and him screwing them all over, not just Kyle. Cole and Kross having that confrontation felt like a worked shoot. They might not like each other that much backstage, and a Fatal 5 Way helps make it so they don’t always have to fight each other. Plus, this is just a huge match to really get a lot out of the way at once. Cole and Kyle can battle to settle their grudge, but Cole of course doesn’t have a lot of kayfabe love for Gargano or Dunne, either. And I assume Cole loses so that he can move on to RawDown (hopefully SmackDown not Raw).
Kross won’t completely clear out his contenders since he’d have to pin just one, and I bet that’s Cole to send him off. Then he can use the rest of the year to go through the list, from Dunne to Kyle to Gargano. Actually, the order might have Kyle go last so that his 1v1 match with Kross could be Kyle’s crowning achievement where he finally gets the NXT Championship. Also, it’s of note that the segment with Lorcan and Theory, I almost thought we were going to get a weird proxy Triple Threat, Lorcan VS Theory VS Fish to represent Kyle. Fish could two birds one stone by going after Lorcan and helping out his friend.
There was a lot of great chaos at the opening, too, going from Cole attacking to Ember calling out Raquel. Dakota of course is the one to attack, she’s like a weird gatekeeper for Raquel right now. Ember is definitely beating Dakota to face Raquel at TakeOver, I bet Dakota gets involved but then Shotzi goes after Dakota, and Raquel uses all that to win. Raquel is still building her reign so she isn’t going to lose for quite some time, and adding Ember to the list of accomplishments is going to be big for her. Sarray is still building her strength, she’ll probably be ready for an NXT Women’s Championship match by year’s end, and she will at least take Raquel to her limits.
LA Knight VS Atlas with DeBiase and Grimes having a part to play was a good segment. I almost thought DeBiase was going to consider Jake Atlas for the Million Dollar Legacy. Honestly, that’s still not out of the realm of possibility, even with Grimes VS Knight happening for TakeOver now. The winner will think he’s earned the legacy, but then DeBiase swerves them and says Atlas is the Million Dollar Muscle of El Monte or whatever. Speaking of swerve, Swerve and Hit Row had a good segment with Ever-Rise, Maverick & Dain. If Hit Row had a fourth male superstar, I could see a big 8 Man happening, but maybe Dain stands down so it’s a 3v3, then Dain takes Swerve on 1v1.
Mercedes VS Xia being on TakeOver is big. I really thought that match was going to be something to make the go-home bigger, but this makes the feud bigger. That could go either way, but I’m leaning towards Tian Sha/Mei Ling having a part to play so that Xia wins and the feud extends over the summer. The Way VS Zayda & Zoey was a good match, but of course The Way wins to stay strong. #InDex having their moment with the headphones was nice. I have a feeling whatever tag title match is happening next, Dexter shows up with a big, romantic picture of him and Indi, that distracts her and costs The Way the titles.
The NXT Cruiserweight Championship being defended tonight was a great surprise, and it’s extra surprising that it was a brand new superstar to step up to Kushida. Carmelo Hayes definitely had a great showing, and he has a bright future ahead of him, but naturally Kushida wins. At some point, 205 Live needs to be integrated into NXT better so that other new guys (Ari Sterling, Asher Hale and Ikemen Jiro) get a chance to get some real attention from fans. Hell, we hardly get much of August Grey on NXT anymore, why not let Retro AG answer an open challenge? I bet he could give Kushida a good match.
I’m a little confused, though. The Diamond Mine is still not here yet, but is it a faction or a place? “Opening soon” would mean the latter, but then who runs it? That person or people would still have to debut. And it honestly sounds like a knockoff of Thatcher’s Thatch As Thatch Can class, which I feel like could’ve kept doing even though he’s Face alongside Ciampa. Thatcher & Ciampa stopping GYV was great stuff to add to the tag title main event, which was awesome all by itself. The CWC still love Legado, but MSK keeps the belts. I like that Reed showed up to counteract Escobar and further their North American Championship build, and MSK is open to face GYV or Ciampa-Thatcher next.
I’m thinking the go-home announces that match on top of a lot of others still not accounted for. Though we’re already at five matches with Grimes VS Knight, Mercedes VS Xia, and the three major titles (NXT Champion, NXT Women’s Champion, NXT North American Champion), so maybe this is where it stays. NXT is good about keeping TakeOvers to a manageable length of time, so two grudge matches and the three title matches works for a good three-hours-or-less special, especially with that Fatal 5 being a massive match by itself.
My Score: 9.3/10
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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