SmackDown welcomes the WWE Universe back in a big way!
Money in the Bank Weekend kicks off with a stacked SmackDown, finally back in front of live fans! But will Bianca Belair still reign after facing Carmella?
- Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns & The Usos VS Edge & The Mysterios; Roman & The Usos win.
- Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox VS Natalya & Tamina; Shotzi & Tegan win and become the new #1 contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Carmella; Bianca wins and retains the title.
- Cesaro VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
- Fatal 4 Way: Big E VS Kevin Owens VS Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs; Rollins wins.
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For a year and a half, something’s been missing.
Superstars look at an empty arena, and highlights from the last 40 years of WWE play, and even of WrestleMania 37. What did all those classic moments, the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, have in common? THE FANS! So, WWELCOME BACK to the show!
Vince McMahon is here!!
The Chairman of WWE is opens the first SmackDown back in front of the WWE Universe, and a sold-out Toyota Center in Houston, Texas! And he asks, “Where the hell have you been?” Good night! Aw c’mon, really? Well, Mr. McMahon doesn’t want to overstay his welcome, because the Tribal Chief is here! Fans again get to give their mixed reactions to the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, Universal Heavyweight Champion on his 320th day as champion, Roman…! Reigns! Paul Heyman gives him the belt to hold up, and the pyro goes off from the new super titantron LED stage! Roman then hands the belt back to make his way down the ramp.
The Usos already wait for Roman in the ring, and Roman again raises the belt for even more pyro! Heyman and the Usos shake hands, and we’re about to open with a HUGE 3v3!!
Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns & The Usos VS Edge & The Mysterios!
While the Head of the Table defends his Universal Championship against the Rated R Superstar, Jimmy & Jey are once again going after the SmackDown Tag Team Championships! Will the Bloodline be strong going into Money in the Bank this Sunday? Or will Edge, Rey and Dominik make sure Roman does NOT get his way?
Houston comes alive for Edge’s entrance, and HIS pyro! Roman isn’t intimidated, despite Edge having put both him, Jimmy and Jey in a full metal crossface at one time or another since his return. The energy is already electric, but this opening match begins after the break!
SmackDown returns and the Bloodline takes their time plotting. They’ve flanked the ring, and Jey gets in to blindside Edge! The bell rings, fans boo as Jey stomps Edge, and Jey whips Edge to ropes. Edge reverses and FLAPJACKS Jey! Fans fire up as Edge glares at Roman. Edge gets Jey up, wrenches an arm, and tags Dom in! Dom is finally in front of fans, and he wrenches Jey, kicks low, then tags Rey. Rey drops ax handles on the arm! Rey wrenches but Jey DECKS Rey to tag Jimmy! Jimmy runs in but into an arm-drag! Edge tags in, Rey gets Jimmy up for Edge to kick the arm. Edge wrenches, hits an elbow breaker, then another, then wrenches again.
Edge wrenches, wristlocks, tags back to Rey, and Edge whips to get Jimmy up, for Rey’s springboard seated senton! Fans fire up again as Rey covers, TWO! Rey tags in Dom, Rey holds Jimmy for Dom to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO, but Dom arm-drags Jimmy right back down! Dom has the armlock and grinds the shoulder, but Jimmy fights up. Jimmy throws forearms, Dom throws them back! Dom fires off but Jey tags in. Jimmy whips Dom, Dom dodges but Jey GAMANGIRIS! Jimmy DECKS Dom with an uppercut, and Jey runs in to SPLASH Dom at the corner. Roman holds out a hand and Jey tags him in! Roman drags Dom out of the ring and THROWS him down!
Roman gets Dom up and into the ring now, facelocks and snap suplexes! Cover as Heyman holds up the belt, TWO! Roman shoves Dom out of the ring, goes out after him, and fans boo as the Usos fire up. Roman gets Dom up to bounce him off the desk! Roman refreshes the count to then fetch Dom, reel him in, and POWERBOMB him onto the desk! Rey rushes over in a fury but the ref has him stay back! Roman shouts at the crowd, “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” as we go to break!
SmackDown returns again and Dom climbs up. Dom boots Jimmy away, leaps and TORNADO DDT’s Jimmy down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Jey and Edge! Edge rallies on the Usos, swings on Roman, but has to FLAPJACK Jey again! Edge BOOTS him down, then WRECKS Jimmy and CLOBBERS Roman! Edge gets in, Jey fireman’s carries but Edge slips out! Rey tags in, Jey SUPERKICKS Edge, but Rey seated sentons Jey! Rey runs, tilt-o-whirls and DDT’s Jey! Cover, but Jimmy breaks it in time! Dom gets in, wheelbarrow tosses Jimmy out, then SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODIES him down! But Roman POSTS Dom!
Rey focuses on Jey but Jey ROCKS him with an uppercut! Rey RANAS Jey onto ropes! Rey dials it up and fans go nuts, but Roman intercepts the call to RAM Rey into apron! And then tosses him into the ring! Roman talks trash, but Edge SPEARS Roman down!! Fans are thunderous as Jey gets Rey up, but Rey switches, O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Rey gets a SUCKER PUNCH from Jimmy! Jey rolls Rey up with tights, and the Bloodline wins!!
Winners: Roman Reigns & The Usos, by pinfall
Jey attacks Rey to add on, and he POSTS Rey! Dom fires off on Jey but Jimmy CLUBS Dom down! The Usos mug Dom, but Edge gets in with a chair! Edge JAMS and SMACKS Jimmy, then JAMS and SMACKS Jey! Roman returns with a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Fans boo but Roman soaks up all the heat. Roman gets the belt to hold it up, and he walks all around Edge. Edge is still moving, and Roman sees the chair. Roman wants to cash in a receipt as he breaks off a crossbar! Roman picks it up, but turns around into a SPEAR!! Twice, Edge has gotten Roman with their shared signature move, and Edge gets the crossbar! Fans go nuts as Edge puts Roman in the CROSSBAR CROSSFACE!!!
Roman has the same look on his face as from WrestleMania 37!! Roman is TAPPING!! Edge lets Roman go, having made his point! But as Edge picks up the Universal Championship and holds it over head, will Edge give the world a repeat performance at Money in the Bank?
Edge, Rey and Dom regroup backstage.
They’re obviously still upset over the loss. First, Rey gets hit with a cheap shot, then the roll up with tights! Edge says it’s fine, they’ll get payback at MITB. Kayla Braxton comes by to interview Edge and the Mysterios say they’ll meet up again later. Kayla says that though his team lost, Edge is still one step closer to defeating Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. Well Edge wishes he could say that after “making Roman Reigns tap out like a bitch,” but this will not be easy. Edge has to go to a place he’s never gone before. He has to go to a part of his soul he hasn’t gone to before, and he isn’t sure if he wants to do that.
But in order to beat Roman, Edge has to become “the most selfish, manipulative son of a bitch,” and he will do that! Winning the Universal Championship is the one last thing he has to do in this industry- But then laughing as he enters is Seth Rollins in a literally star-studded suit. Rollins says Edge can’t beat Roman! Roman may be the most self-absorbed, megalomaniacal person he’s ever met, but Rollins says Roman has Edge’s number. But look, at Sunday, MITB, Rollins will be Edge’s biggest fan. Edge will be there with a “GO EDGE GO” sign. Rollins hopes Edge wins the title, because Rollins will do his job: go into the MITB match, climb the ladder, get the briefcase, and then finish what he started seven years ago when he had his boot on Edge’s neck.
Rollins sincerely hopes Edge becomes the new Universal Champion, because then Rollins will get to cash in on the man who made the match famous. “Good luck. HAHAHAHA!” Rollins is laughing now, but will someone else in the Men’s MITB match have the last laugh?
Sami Zayn is here!
The Great Liberator heads to the ring, but he tells all of the fans to stop! See that? Everyone is talking about the MITB match, but no one has the courage to talk about how Sami is PURPOSEFULLY being excluded! Fans boo but Sami says this is because “they” want us to focus on the happy things~! Oh~! Look! The fans are back! Look! Giant new titantron! All a distraction from the fact that for over a YEAR, there has been a conspiracy targeting Sami Zayn!! But that’s fine! Sami says tonight, for the first time in forever, he has something in his corner that he hasn’t had: the fans! Yes, the people! They’ve seen it all! They’ve seen the victimization and persecution!
So now, please stand up and make your voices heard to let “them” know that this will not stand! “Justice for Sami! Justice for Sami!” Fans do get into it. Well, not that many. But Sami says that’s not surprising. The Heehaws of Texas aren’t on Sami’s side. That’s fine, he doesn’t need you! He just needs JUSTICE! nd if there was anything like that in this world, Sami would be in the MITB match! No, better! The briefcase would be lowered to him right now and he’d be handed the contract on a silver platter! That would be justice. Sami will not let this show go on until- FINN BALOR is here?! The Prince is back on SmackDown and Sami is in shock!
Fans fire up as Balor stands in the ring with Sami, and Sami gives him an introduction for the very few who don’t know him. Sami welcomes Finn back, then swings on him! Finn gets Sami for an elbow drop DDT! And then a SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Sami flounders about and Finn goes up top! COUP DE GRACE! Fans are thunderous now that the Balor Club returns to the blue brand, but will Sami make him the new target for his tirades?
Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox VS Natalya & Tamina!
They defeated the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions last week, but the upstarts from NXT are back to TCB again! And this time, if Shotzi ‘n’ Nox win again, they’ll get a tag title match! Will the Queen of Harts and Daughter of Superfly make sure this time is the last time they have to worry about the new kids on the block?
SmackDown returns and the champions make their entrances. Breaking news on the Women’s MITB, too: Tamina has been named the final entrant for SmackDown! That said, Liv Morgan and Zelina Vega have appeared on commentary to watch this very closely. Liv is very confident she’ll win the contract this Sunday, but Zelina laughs at her. Meanwhile, the teams sort out and Tamina starts with Shotzi for this all or nothing rematch!
Tamina kicks Shotzi, fires off hands, then scoops her to slam her! Shotzi gets to a corner but Tamina drags her back up to throw her to the champs’ corner. Tamina shoulders Tegan off the apron, runs in and fires off on Shotzi, then tags in Natty. The champs double whip Shotzi hard into the buckles, and Natty stomps a mudhole into her! The ref backs Natty off, Natty gets Shotzi up to scoop but Shotzi slips out to roll her up! ONE, and Shotzi ENZIGURIS Natty right down! Shotzi keeps moving, she trips Natty and drags her around to welcome her to the ball pit! Leg splitting leg drop a la Jeff Hardy! Jackknife cover, TWO!
Shotzi gets Natty up, whips her to a corner, but Natty reverses. Natty runs in but into an elbow! Shotzi hurries up top but Tamina distracts her! Shotzi drops down but Natty clobbers her! Natty tags Tamina, the champs stomp away on Shotzi while Vega and Liv argue. Tag back to Natty, Natty gets Shotzi up for forearms. Fans rally for Shotzi as the ref backs Natty off. Shotzi kicks back, elbows Tamina then kicks Natty again. Shotzi goes under Natty, Natty CLOBBERS Shotzi! Natty grabs at Shotzi but she kicks Natty away! Hot tag to Tegan! Tegan fires off CHOPS and EuroUppers! Then she dropkicks Tamina, to then CANNONBALL her down!
Tegan dodges Natty, runs in to uppercut, and fans fire up as she goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL again! Tegan puts Natty in center, SHINIEST WIZARD!! Cover but Tamina breaks it! Tamina attacks Shotzi, the ref reprimands, but the arguing on commentary stops and it’s just a scrap! Liv and Vega are brawling and fans go nuts! Things end up in the ring? The ref is distracted, so is Natty, and Liv LEAPS to clobber Vega! Tegan rolls Natty, she and Shotzi win again!!
Winners: Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships)
The new kids have done it again! Tegan & Shotzi now have a title match in their future! Will they continue to Take Care o’ Business and take over the tag division?
Meanwhile, Tamina CLOBBERS Liv for costing her and Natty! Natty stalks Vega and drags her up! Natty feeds her to Tamina’s SUPERKICK! Tamina then runs at Liv but Liv dodges to send her into the steps! Liv bounces Natty off the desk, puts her in the ring, and fans fire up with her as she goes after Natty. Natty kicks back but runs into a CODE BREAKER! Liv points to the briefcase and fans are fired up, will we be living in Morgan’s world?
Bianca Belair is headed to gorilla position!
She’s ready to defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship, but the Dirty Dawgs see her passing by. Dolph Ziggler wants her to tell Mella they said hi. Yeah, no. Then can she at least ask if Mella has a sister? Bianca shrugs those two off and is ready for her match, will the EST prove there’s so much more to this than meets the eye?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Carmella!
The strongEST, the fastEST, the roughEST and the toughEST champion is going to take on the (self-proclaimed) Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE Today, in a match that came about after Bayley unfortunately injured herself while training. Will Mella be money even without the MITB contract? Or will she learn to never doubt Bianca’s bonafides?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the first title match back in front of fans since WrestleMania 37 looks to make this the hottEST SmackDown in a long time!
Mella and Biacna circle, but then Mella shoves Bianca. Bianca shoves Mella down! Mella gets up in a huff and SLAPS Bianca! Bianca chases Mella out of the ring, around the way, and back inside the ring. Mella runs and wheelbarrows, to arm-drag Bianca, only for Bianca to run her over! Bianca says kiss this, and she dropkicks Mella back down! Bianca kips up as Mella gets to a corner, but Mella boots back! Bianca comes back in but Mella dodges and digs Bianca into buckles. Mella fires off back elbows, lets off as the ref counts, but then adds one last elbow! Fans boo, Mella soaks up the heat, and hits a FABULOUS Bronco Buster! Cover, ONE!!
Mella keeps her cool, gets Bianca up, and whips her to a corner. Bianca goes up, over and handsprings to RAM back in! Bianca digs her shoulder in, rolls back, then returns, only for Mella to put her on the apron. Bianca DECKS Mella, gets her on the other side of the corner and brings her through. But Mella YANKS Bianca into the POST! Bianca falls to the ring, clutching her arm. Mella goes out to get Bianca and RAM her into barriers! Mella gets Bianca up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Mella is annoyed but she drags Bianca out to RAM her back into barriers! Mella throws Bianca around again, then soaks up the heat as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Bianca CLOBBERS Mella! Bianca fires up, and fires off CLUBBING forearms! Fans fire up as Bianca bumps Mella off buckle after buckle, then scoops her for a SLAM! Mella grabs at Bianca’s feet but Bianca kicks her away to handspring and moonsault! Mella even moved but couldn’t get away! Cover, TWO! Bianca drags Mella to a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Mella trips her up! Mella climbs up, throws elbows, then goes corner to corner to be denied her steiner! Bianca boots Mella, drags her up to reel her in, but Mella fights back. Mella clubs Bianca, gets up even higher, SUPER STEINER! Mella scrambles to get the cover, TWO!
Mella is beside herself but Bianca isn’t the toughEST for nothing. Bianca tries to get away but Mella gets her up. Fans rally for “E S T! E S T!” Mella swings but into Bianca’s chicken wings! Mella victory rolls through, TWO! Bianca has the cover, TWO and she’s sent into buckles! Mella runs in, guillotine! Bianca endures, stays up on her feet, reaches around, but she is fading! Fans rally as Mella drags Bianca down! But Bianca gets a second wind! Bianca powers up to stand, and pops Mella to a stalling suplex! She IS the strongEST for a reason, too! Cover, TWO!! Mella survives, still tough in her own right! Bianca keeps her cool but Mella gets to the apron.
Bianca swings but Mella grabs the ponytail! Bianca uses that to reel Mella in and DECK her! Bianca goes out, Mella dodges the hair whip! FABULOUS KICK! Mella puts Bianca in, covers, TWO! Mella is losing her cool but she drags Bianca around by the ponytail. She uses that to reel Bianca in for kicks! Bianca gets free, dodges Mella, and HAIR WHIPS!! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
The KOD seals the deal, and the EST is still the top woman on the blue brand! But with MITB on the horizon, will Bianca have the biggEST target on her back?
The Alpha Academy speaks.
Chad Gable says he teaches “the importance of all five senses.” When Otis and Gable walk through the locker room, they take it all in. They see grown men ducking in fear. They feel the tension and hear the whispers in awe, “Otis…” And Gable can already taste Otis’ win over Cesaro tonight! And Otis, what is that smell that they smell? “We smell fear.” But Cesaro walks in to say he smells a bunch of bull. Just like last week when Otis had a list of people he’d destroy. At least Gable didn’t make the bonehead mistake of having Cesaro on the list. Well, that’s because they weren’t thinking of him. But congrats, you have earned Otis’ full attention.
Otis sucker punches Cesaro! Then RAMS him into road cases!! The Dozer knocked the Swiss Superman over, but will Cesaro get up and uppercut Otis back with interest?
Toni Storm is on her way!
The Lightning From Down Under has been NXT UK Women’s Champion, but she’s ready to strike SmackDown! She’ll be here next Friday!
Cesaro VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
We just saw the Alpha Academy’s number one (and only) student try to punk out Cesaro backstage, but now it’s time to put up or shut up in the ring! Will an unstoppable force crash into an immovable object right here in Houston?
The bell rings and the two tie up right away. Otis powers Cesaro to a corner, rams into him, but lets off as the ref counts. Otis CLUBS Cesaro, CLUBS him again, and Cesaro is dazed! Otis has Cesaro against ropes and CLUBS him in the chest. Otis whips Cesaro, Cesaro ducks and dodges to EuroUpper! And again! And again! Gable freaks out, gets on the apron, but Cesaro swipes at him! Otis throws hard hands in the distraction! Then he scoops and hits a POWERSLAM! Fans boo as Otis snarls at Cesaro and runs in, Cesaro dodges to POST Otis! Cesaro then dropkicks Otis into the post! Otis falls out, but Gable gets in!? Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES Cesaro!!
Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification
Gable still shouts, “FOR THE ACADEMY!” despite him ruining this for Otis! But Gable says this is what happens, only for Cesaro to shove, pop-up and UPPERCUT Gable down! Fans fire up and want the swing! Cesaro obliges, and gets Gable for the SWING! They go around and around and around but Otis get sin, to CLOBBER Cesaro! Otis then RAMS Cesaro in the corner! “No swingin’ tonight!” Otis stomps Cesaro, goes up the corner, “FOR THE ACADEMY!” VADER BOMB!! Gable and Otis celebrate what they did to Cesaro, will they keep mowing down the SmackDown roster like a runaway bus?
Kayla goes to Roman Reigns’ private suite.
She knocks on the door but Paul Heyman answers. He says she’s overdoing the knock a little. Kayla asks about the situation with Edge, but Heyman cuts her off. “The situation with EdGe~, who sinned tonight against your Tribal Chief. Who will confess and atone for those sins, or this Sunday at Money in the Bank, eDgE~ will have those sins beaten out of him by the defending Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman… Reigns…!? That Edge? Don’t ask me about that Edge. Because what I just offered you is not a prediction.” AWWWW HEYMAAAN~! Big E is here, and says don’t you DAAARE be sour! CLAP, for the man who will WIN the Money in the Bank Contraaact… and FEEL~ the POWAAAH~! YES!
Oh, sorry, but there was something Big E wanted to talk with Heyman about. It appears that Edge has a hold of Roman Reigns. Get it!? He got hold with the hold! He put Roman in the deal! Big E would be SHOOK if he were Heyman! Big E heads for gorilla position, will he be gaining big momentum going into MITB?
Next week’s SmackDown will be it’s own historic event! For the first time in the brand’s history, action will emanate from TWO cities on ONE night! SmackDown will be live both in Cleveland, Ohio AND the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami, Florida!! What a way to heat up the summer!
Baron Corbin walks out on stage.
He is even more disheveled then he was last week, and the fans booing isn’t helping. He apparently has a request, and we’ll hear what he wants to ask, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Corbin has made it to the ring. He is forced to relive his failures with a quick recap package, and then he gets a mic. “Look, it’s no secret. Just look at me. These last few weeks have been the most difficult time of my life.” He’s lost his crown, his car, his investments and his savings. Now the bank is calling and threatening to foreclose on his house! Fans “WHAT?!” him, but Corbin says his two-year-old little girl is sick from eating spaghetti from a can and not with Wagyu beef meatballs. They had to fire the maids, the house is a mess, and if this continues the way it’s going… Corbin and the family might have to move in with the in-laws. Can you imagine that?
Fans are laughing at Corbin! And they chant, “You Deserve It!” for all the bullying he’s done. But Corbin says there is good news. All the fans here and those watching at home can help him out of his dark financial times. He’s started a GoFundMe website, the Corbin Fund. His target goal of $100,000 is just enough to pay a few bills and get back on his feet. So please, everyone, go to CorbinFund.com and donate today. Every little bit helps. Please, please, please, don’t tell him that everyone here in Texas is as cheap as everyone else in the world. Fans boo but Corbin pleads with the fans on bended knee! Corbin begs with us, please help him!
But instead, here comes Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter is so fired up to have fans in front of him again! Kevin sees Corbin still in the ring, and fans want to see him throw Corbin out! Corbin hopes Kevin is out here for the right reasons. Kevin must be here to help Corbin. Kevin has influence in the locker room, so maybe if Kevin and a few others throw their support behind Corbin, the fans will “fall in line.” Corbin and Kevin are the same. They have a heart, and Kevin sympathizes with the less fortunate. Kevin, Corbin knows Kevin has money. Just look at him! Do not take this the wrong way, but we know that Kevin isn’t spending that money on his clothing.
No, no, please! Find it in your- STUNNER! That’s what fans wanted! And now, Big E makes his entrance! The big Fatal 4 main event is about to begin!
Fatal 4 Way: Big E VS Kevin Owens VS Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs!
The four men representing the blue brand at MITB are about to throw down! But will it be the Powerhouse of Positivity, the Prizefighter, the Architect, or the One True KING of Strong Style that leads the way into Sunday?
SmackDown returns and the rockin’ bard is here to shred the guitar and introduce Shinsuke… NakamurAAAAAA~! The King makes his entrance, fans sing along, and then Seth Freakin’ Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and the four stare down. Rollins says the other three can fight it out, he’s going to leave and come back Sunday. But Big E SPEARS Rollins off the apron! Then Kevin FLIES to take out Big E! Nakamura FLYING KNEES Kevin down! Everyone is down on the outside, but Nakamura gets Kevin up and into the ring! The fans are fired up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Big E throws body shots. Big E whips and CLOBBERS Kevin, but Nakamura gets in to go after Big E. Big E whips Nakamura out, he throws hands on Kevin but Kevin ROCKS him back! Kevin climbs but Big E throws big hands! Big E and Kevin brawl, fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and Big E climbs up. But Kevin resists the superplex, and Nakamura gets up! Nakamura helps Big E to DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Kevin! But Rollins FROG SPLASHES, and FLOPS as everyone gets away! Nakamura fires a strike fest on Big E, then an ax kick! Rollins kicks and whips Nakamura to knee him in the corner.
Nakamura knees back, puts Rollins up top, and comes back with a TOP SHELF KNEE! Kevin kicks Nakamura, whips but Nakamura reverses. Kevin ducks one kick but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura gives Kevin an INVERTED EXPLODER! Nakamura fire sup, but he runs into Big E’s scoop for a BIG ENDING! Cover, Rollins breaks it! Rollins gets Big E up, throws him out, then soaks up the cheers and jeers as he goes for a ladder! No Disqualifications in Fatal 4 Ways, and this is becoming a true sampler of MITB! Rollins has the ladder and he RAMS Nakamura out of the ring! Rollins throws the ladder down, goes out after Nakamura, and then decides to clear off the desk!
Fans fire up as Rollins puts Nakamura on the table with haymakers! Rollins climbs a nearby ladder, but Kevin drag shim down! Kevin SMACKS Rollins off the ladder, then he climbs up! Kevin aims at Nakamura, for a SUPER MACHO ELBOW through the table!! The cameraman gets taken out by debris!! Fans are losing their minds but Rollins is after Big E in the corner! Big E CLOBBERS Rollins, scoops him, but Rollins rakes eyes! Rollins kicks a leg out, then CURB STOMPS Big E onto the ladder!! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Architect took advantage of all the openings and has a massive win in Houston! Then he sets the ladder up under the briefcase, to climb up in a teaser for MITB. Rollins grabs the briefcase and takes it off the hook, claiming it’s already his! But will this only be a curse upon his chances when it’s a field of eight?
What a great way for SmackDown to return to having fans in the live audience! And there was no tricks of the camera this time, the arena was legitimately sold out tonight. We fans may not like 100% of the product right now, but obviously, no one wanted to miss this one. And for the most part, it worked out for the best. I both like and am disappointed Vince didn’t stick around a little longer. On one hand, he leaves it to the show to speak for itself. But on the other, I feel like he could’ve done a good job of giving us an opening speech. Then the new set looks great, that titantron upgraded to like, a Galvatron. I hope Transformers fans at least appreciate that one.
Opening with the Six Man was quite the surprise, but at the same time, it was just the thing for fans to get fired right up. The Six Man was a great match, and while the cheating roll-up win might’ve bummed the crowd out, this and Edge attacking Roman works for the math on both matches. Rey takes the pin but that’s because he and Dom are surely winning in the MITB kickoff. Jimmy Uso’s punishment for his newest DUI is surely the loss on PPV, so the Bloodline gets the win here. Conversely, Edge gets to stand tall because he’s not winning at MITB. Rollins interacting with Edge could imply Rollins screwing Edge over one way or another, and they could have a match for SummerSlam.
Speaking of which, Rollins winning in that awesome but fast Fatal 4, then taking the contract down, all that means he’s not winning. I already pegged Raw as not winning the Men’s MITB because of who is on SmackDown’s side, and my frontrunners are Big E and Kevin Owens. They have so much going for them, especially towards a story with Roman Reigns. Kevin’s had his past matches with Roman where he’s been screwed out over and over, but that’s because Roman can prepare his contingency plans. Kevin with MITB will be unpredictable, so Roman either always has the Usos with him or he tries to get the briefcase off Kevin. Big E has been saying on Talking Smack that he’ll get to Roman one way or another by WrestleMania 38, but maybe Big E uses that as a fake-out to get a championship before then.
Honestly, everything they’re doing with Baron Corbin right now is hilarious and brilliant. His arrogant, selfish way of asking for help from fans and fellow superstars was exactly the right next step, though I wouldn’t have had those moments where Boogs was rubbing it in before. And turns out, that crowdfund site is REAL! I don’t think it lets you actually give money to anyone, but the dedication to kayfabe to get the URL is great. I hope they rub in that it gets nothing week to week, and then it can make Corbin even more desperate and depressed in this “ultimate first world problems” gimmick.
Finn Balor, back on RawDown? Aw hell. I’m 51-49 in favor of being very concerned. Why couldn’t Finn stay in NXT to go after the other titles he’s never had? Two-time NXT Champion, inaugural Universal Champion, and Intercontinental Champion, why not add the North American or Cruiserweight Championship for a unique resume all his own? At the same time, Finn VS Sami is going to be a great match, and since he seems to be keeping his Prince gimmick, seeing that Finn take on some old foes like Roman Reigns would be too sweet. Also, Otis was great tonight, but I wish we got a bit more out of that match. Cesaro VS Otis is lowkey a barnburner if they get to really let loose.
The Women’s MITB sure has had a sadder road to putting people in. Natty and Tamina get named to the match on social media, and it was barely a mystery since who else is even on SmackDown now? And to that point, Shotzi & Tegan had to win their right to a title match off the champions. They should’ve already had that from last week’s win, but at least now it’s official. And while Zelina Vega is great in the ring, her arguing with Liv Morgan on commentary just came off as awkward. Liv standing tall among the SmackDown four, I feel like that takes her out of the running now. If SmackDown wins the men’s, I’m pretty sure that means Raw wins the women’s again.
The SmackDown Women’s Championship match not being the main event was a bit of a surprise, but it was a great match. I figured Bianca would win, both here and even when it was the I Quit match at MITB with Bayley. If the plan is for the Raw Women’s Championship to have a same night cash-in, it’s fine that the SmackDown title wasn’t involved. Plus, it gave the fans live something great to see in person. Even without the MITB contract, I want to see Vega get a feud with Bianca. They can reference their history from being on Raw together and really give fans a look at what Vega can really do.
Also, I do need to say, trying a two city/site broadcast for SmackDown next week sounds great, but I really hope it doesn’t end up going as poorly as Raw’s 25th anniversary episode went. They were at both the Hammerstein Ballroom aka Manhattan Center and the Barclays Center. Though, being at a musical festival, the fans won’t be bored when there aren’t matches happening, but I just feel like they might not care about the matches happening between musical performances. And what about the fans in Cleveland when the matches in Miami are happening? Will they at least get good reception on the Galvatron?
My Score: 8.6/10
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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