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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/9/21)

The last spots must be filled!

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

Will Money in the Bank have a king or a Baron?

SmackDown has two more spots open in the Men’s Money in the Bank match, and they will be filled! But will it be Nakamura or Corbin? Rollins or Cesaro?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Match: Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Baron Corbin; Nakamura wins and advances to the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Natalya & Tamina VS ???; Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox win.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Match: Seth Rollins VS Cesaro; Rollins wins and advances to the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Paul Heyman is outside Roman Reigns’ room.

Jimmy Uso walks up and says hey, but Heyman won’t let him in the room? Heyman wants Jimmy to understand that the Tribal Chief has so much on his plate, and Roman’s about to go handle something, but that’s not as important to him as Jimmy. Jimmy deserves Roman’s full attention, and Heyman promises Jimmy will get it tonight. Really? Yes, Heyman assures him. Jimmy nods and heads back to his room, but what exactly will Roman have for Jimmy later tonight?

 

Roman Reigns heads to the ring!

Just as Heyman said, the Head of the Table, with Heyman by his side of course, holds up the Universal Championship to cue the pyro. Then they go to the ring, Roman again holds up the belt, and again pyro goes off. Heyman then holds onto the title for Roman as he takes a moment to think. The ThunderDome chants “Roman Sucks!” but Heyman hands Roman the mic so he may speak. “I know a lot of you at home didn’t like the fact that I wasn’t present last week. There’s a lot about last week I didn’t like, either.” But one thing that stuck out, one thing that Roman will not stand for is a liar like Edge coming out here and saying that Roman fears him. That Edge is in Roman’s head.

Roman is an honest man so he will tell the truth. “In our main event WrestleMania match, maybe for like one moment, and you ask any fighter, ask Brock, they’ll all tell you, fear can sometimes happen.” So maybe 10, maybe 20 seconds, in that crossface with the bar in his mouth, there was a little fear. But what did that fear do? It propelled Roman! Like every bit of adversity, Roman fought through it and what happened? Smashed ’em, stacked ’em and pinned ’em, then made a sure about it! So don’t come out and say you’re in Roman’s head, that’s not true. Edge only got to Roman not because of fear, but because of Roman’s split focus!

Roman has so much to deal with, from Jey to Jimmy, that he wasn’t even thinking about Edge! Edge wasn’t a worry in Roman’s mind! But if we’re talking family, this might be a good point to handle some business. Heyman agrees there. Roman waits, and here comes Jimmy. Jimmy goes to the ring and stands with Roman, the moment Heyman mentioned happening now. “Yo, Uce, why do you think I got in Edge’s face last week? It wasn’t for me. It was for us, just like you said, Uce.” Jimmy doesn’t remember seeing Roman. Roman must’ve been on vacation. Jimmy showed up. First off, when did Roman say anything about doing this for them? To make decisions for them?

And secondly, vacation? Roman laughs at that idea. If anyone earned a vacation, it’s Roman, but he doesn’t take vacations! Roman was busy doing what Jimmy couldn’t! And by that, he means here’s JEY! Both Usos are back on the show again, and Jey joins his family. “Yes, sir. Uce, I’m back. But not for you, not for anyone of us, but for all of us.” Jey the Right Hand Man is back! As for Jimmy, Jey always has his back. They going through these hard times now, but just keep your head up, and they can get back to work doing what they do. And that means becoming seven time WWE tag team champions, Uce! The Usos hug it out and Roman smiles.

Roman’s been saying this all along. This is al he’s ever wanted. They choose what they want to hear but Roman’s been saying it. Seven time tag team champions! Universal Champion for however long he wants to be! And the way they do it is together. On the same page, all of them working together. No one can touch them, if they do it Roman’s way. Roman has the Usos come in for a big family hug. Has Roman finally united the tribe under his banner? Is there any stopping the Bloodline now?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

Kayla Braxton knows it’s been a long road, and considering the history he has with King Nakamura, what can he tell us about that match? Corbin says he needs this. His life is a mess right now! He’s trapped in a box, he’s lost his money, his crown, his car, and even some payments on his house, and the bank is starting to call. Corbin has to win, needs to win, wants to win. Corbin’s won the Money in the Bank ladder match before, he can do it again, and he must do it again. That championship opportunity is the only opportunity he has to turn his life back around. Things are dire for the former Wolf King, but will this hunger propel him back to the top?

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Match: Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Baron Corbin!

Corbin comes out and doesn’t even have music? Can he not afford to change it to something that doesn’t remind him of his days as king? Will Corbin go for broke and redeem himself? Or will he just end up broken?

SmackDown returns and Big E makes his entrance? The Powerhouse of Positivity is already in the Men’s MITB match, but he seems like he wants to watch this grudge match for the golden ticket in person. Big E invites Pat McAfee to join him in the lounge of positivity, too, so it seems like Big E is rubbing this in. Wait, video footage plays of earlier today, Boogs and Nakamura arriving in a Mercedes Benz! The same make and model as Baron Corbin’s, too! Wait, they won this at auction? IT IS Corbin’s Mercedes!! What of Corbin’s isn’t going to go to the King of Strong Style? And then, the rockin’ bard plays his electric guitar and gives Nakamura his introduction!

Corbin goes after Nakamura at the ramp! Corbin stomps Nakamura, Boogs throws Corbin into barriers! Boogs helps Nakamura up and to the ring as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Corbin mugs Nakamura in a corner. Corbin whips Nakamura corner to corner, runs in but Nakamura dodges to KICK back! Nakamura goes up, leaps, but into a choke grip, to a half nelson GUTBUSTER! Corbin snarls as he paces, CLUBS Nakamura down, then paces more. Big E says he enjoys frivolity and nonsense as much as anyone, but this is a big moment for everyone involved. MITB can change your career and your life. Corbin stands on Nakamura’s head, lets off as the ref counts, then gets mad at the ref. Corbin drags Nakamura up, suplexes and hangs him out to dry! Nakamura falls to the mat, Corbin covers, ONE!!

Corbin keeps on Nakamura with clubbing forearms, puts him on ropes and throws heavy forearms into ribs! The ref counts, Corbin lets off and whips Nakamura to ropes. Nakamura ducks and dodges and DYNAMIC DROPKICKS! Both men are down but fight up. Big E knows how devastating that foot can be. Nakamura fires off strikes, Corbin blocks but Nakamura ENZIGURIS! Nakamura hits a forearm in the corner, puts Corbin on the rope, and runs to TOP SHELF KNEE! Nakamura gets Corbin for a BACKSTABBER, then a SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Corbin survives but Nakamura keeps his focus.

Corbin gets up as Nakamura runs in, but Corbin turns Kinshasa into takedown and HALF CRAB! Nakamura endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Corbin lets go and drags Nakamura up for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is tough and Corbin’s frustration grows. Big E says he wouldn’t mind seeing Corbin spiral a bit. Corbin waistlocks, Nakamura elbows free and ENZIGURIS him out of the ring! Boogs fires up for Nakamura but Corbin DECKS him! Nakamura leaps in but is caught! Nakamura fights free but Corbin gets him for a suplex to the announce desk! Corbin hurries away and the ring count climbs as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Corbin throws hands on Nakamura in a corner. Corbin whips corner to corner hard, then runs in, but Nakamura moves! Corbin POSTS himself and Big E laughs as he says, “Hate to see it!” Nakamura gets Corbin in a sleeper but Corbin throw shim off! Corbin ducks one kick but not the LEFT! Nakamura fires up, runs, but into a DEEP SIX! And very deep at that! Cover, TWO!! Corbin grows frustrated, storms over after Nakamura, and gets him up on the apron for a suplex back into the ring! Cover, TWO! Corbin seethes, he gets Nakamura back up, and he hoists Nakamura up top.

Corbin climbs but Nakamura throws forearms! Nakamura grabs Corbin for an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN, into the TRIANGLE! Corbin endures, powers up, and POWERBOMBS Nakamura down! But Nakamura holds on!? Nakamura squeezes tighter, Corbin fades, but Corbin gets a second wind! Corbin fights up but Nakamura drags him back down! Corbin uses his leg to get a ropebreak! Nakamura lets go but makes it a cover, TWO!! Big E thought this was over but Nakamura aims form the corner! “YAO~!” Nakamura runs in, but into a LARIAT!! Both men are down again and McAfee is stunned by that one! Corbin looks to the briefcase as inspiration, but Nakamura kicks back!

Nakamura kicks and knees Corbin, then aims from a corner. “YAO~!” KINSHASA!! Cover, Nakamura wins!!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall (advances to the Men’s MITB Ladder match)

Boogs celebrates with his guitar, because the King is in! Will Nakamura leave Houston as the King in the Bank? And just how much lower will Corbin fall after this?

 

The Usos talk backstage.

Jey and Jimmy are happy to be back together. Jimmy apologizes for what he said but Jey says it’s alright. They fight and make up, ever since they were kids. A common enemy like Edge will bring a family together. But Jey asks Jimmy if he wants to handle some business so Roman doesn’t have to. Really? For the family. Just think about it, Uce. What does Jey mean? Does it mean something bad for the Rated R Superstar?

 

Natalya & Tamina VS ???

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions have been called out by a brand new team making their debut! Will the Queen of Harts & Daughter of Superfly be ready for whoever is coming?

SmackDown returns and Natty has a mic to say, “So we were told before we even got out here that we have a tag team match. But not for the titles. But with two women that nobody’s ever seen before on SmackDown, Tamina.” Big surprise, they want after the tag team champions! Tamina says she knows, this is a lot of ish and gall. Whoever they are, they better get out here so this can be done already. Wait, it’s NXT’s Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox?! Normally, Shotzi teams with Ember Moon, but either way, these two look ready to run wild on SmackDown! Will they #TCB, Take Care o’ Business, against the second generation superstars?

The teams sort out and Nox starts with Natty. They tie up, Natty wrenches but Nox wrenches, bridges, handsprings and wristlocks. Natty waistlocks to slam Nox, but Nox kips up to arm-drag! Nox wrenches, Shotzi tags in, they double whip and trip Natty for a camel clutch and basement dropkick! Shotzi then body scissors to a clutch, TWO! Shotzi facelocks, brings Natty over, and Nox tags back in. Shotzi whips Nox out then in to uppercut Natty down! Shotzi tags back in, Nox gives her a boost into the CANNONBALL! Cover, Tamina breaks it! Tamina is fuming but Natty gets a waistlock. Shotzi switches, Natty bucks her off and Tamina tags in!

Natty throws Shotzi into the ropes, then Tamina BOOTS her down! Cover, ONE!! Tamina keeps on Shotzi, whips her into a corner and clotheslines her! Tamina reels Shotzi in for a BIG clothesline! And then she drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Tamina gets mad but she brings Shotzi back up to choke on ropes. The ref counts, Tamina lets off and CLUBS away on Shotzi’s back. Tamina throws Shotzi down, sucker punches Nox, then tags in Natty. Natty catapults Shotzi into the SUPERKICK! Cover, Tamina intercepts Nox, but Nox slips off to break up the pin! Nox BOOTS Tamina and CANNONBALLS! Natty runs in to DISCUS Nox, but Shotzi CLOBBERS Natty!

Shotzi gets Natty in the drop zone, goes up top, and SUPER SENTONS!! Cover, Shotzi & Nox win!!

Winners: Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox, by pinfall

Welcome to the Ball Pit, SmackDown! These upstarts from NXT just won against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Will they use this to get a second round and take the gold?

 

Backstage interview with Edge.

The Rated R Superstar is here and Megan asks if he has anything to say about Roman and the Usos reuniting. He does, actually. But he will save it for when goes out to the ring and once again calls Roman out. Edge is interested to see if Roman has a “big enough set of jewels to come out by himself, or if he needs Dumb & Dumber with him.” Either way, the family reunion won’t be a happy one. And that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. Edge is ready to turn the tables on the Head of the Table once again, but will giving that much away only come back to bite him?

 

Sonya Deville heads to the ring.

Sadly, Bayley got injured during training and will be out at least nine MONTHS! Sonya must now figure out who challenges Bianca Belair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Money in the Bank! We’ll hear who she chooses, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Sonya says this is the kind of announcement she hoped she’d never have to give. It is true, Bayley has sustained an injury and be out for nine months at least. She will not be competing at Money in the Bank, but she did have words for the WWE Universe. Footage plays of Bayley sitting in her Hall of Bayley, and she knows some out there feel this sucks. They wanted to see her, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion in history, regain what was rightfully hers when she beat Bianca Belair once and for all. But she’s hurt. And now that she thinks about it, that’s NOT what fans are thinking! Because fans don’t care!

The fans don’t care that Bayley did this while trying to get better for MITB, to be the best she can be, and be there for us. This is OUR fault! She doesn’t care who is put in her place, they’re not as good as her! Sonya says the WWE wishes Bayley a speedy recovery, and with that all said, there has to be something done about this situation. Obviously, the stipulation will be changing, and after careful consideration, Sonya has chosen that Bianca will NOT be defending her title at MITB. Instead, Bianca will be defending it next Friday on the first-ever SmackDown back in front of a live audience! And her opponent for that match is a former champion, a two-time MITB winner, it will be… Carmella!

Carmella makes her entrance and gets a mic to say fans are just mad that she’s hot and we’re not. But she thanks Sonya for this overdue and much deserved honor. Once again, Sonya forgot to add something to the introduction. On top of being a two-time MITB winner and the next SmackDown Women’s Champion, she is the most beautiful woman in ALL the WWE! Wait, here comes Liv Morgan! “Are you kidding me?!” Liv just doesn’t understand! Sonya just appoints people? First Mella is appointed to the MITB match, and then Mella is appointed as Bayley’s replacement? Mella hasn’t earned anything! Talk about favoritism! You can’t just do this!

Mella thinks Liv is obsessed, but Liv tells her if she keeps talking, Liv’s gonna slap the smile right off her pretty little face. Again. Liv gets in the ring now and asks Sonya how many times Liv has to beat Mella to get her opportunity!? This is blatant favoritism, it is absurd, and she’s sick of it! Sonya tells Liv that next time, she should wait and listen to everything Sonya has to say. Because while she was giving Mella next week’s title opportunity, Sonya was going to appoint Mella’s replacement in the Women’s MITB! And it’s Liv. Mella is out, Liv is in, now she has 30 seconds to get out of here before Sonya changes her mind and makes it so Liv never gets another opportunity in the WWE! Understood? Yes.

Before she goes, Liv tells Mella, “I hope you win the title next week. Because when I win Money in the Bank, I’m cashing in on you!” An ultimatum has been issued, but here comes Bianca Belair to respond to it all! Bianca sees Liv on the ramp, and Liv points to the briefcase. Bianca likes that and lets her move on. Bianca then tells Mella that she’ll gladly accept this change. But Bayley, is this injury real? If it isn’t, shame on her for stooping this low. But if it is, then Bianca respects the competitive skills. She doesn’t like Bayley, but she respects her, and looks forward to finishing this when Bayley’s back. Bianca then holds up the belt and tells Mella, “I’ll see you next week.”

The first SmackDown back in front of fans might be the greatEST in a long, long time! Will Bianca make it the BEST SmackDown when she retains? Or will Mella be a three-time SmackDown Women’s Champion for the summer?

 

Roman Reigns sits in his room.

Heyman walks in and says they may have a problem. It’s Edge. “Edge intends on going out to the ring tonight and pulling your punk card, calling your bluff, and… calling you out to the ring tonight.” What else did Edge say? Heyman sighs as he apologizes. Edge also questioned Roman’s manhood… Roman starts to scowl, but how will he respond to the Rated R Superstar’s disrespect?

 

SmackDown, there’s a storm on the horizon!

It’s NXT’s Toni Storm that’s coming soon! Will the Lightning From Down Under look to shock SmackDown this summer?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Match: Seth Rollins VS Cesaro!

The Architect is another former Mr. MITB winner and perpetrated the #HeistoftheCentury with the contract. However, the Swiss Superman is hungrier than ever before, especially after the nail-bitingly close loss at Hell in a Cell. Will Cesaro be back on the upswing with one more win in the ThunderDome? Or will Seth Freakin’ Rollins look to #BurnItDown one more time?

SmackDown returns and Cesaro makes his entrance. Kevin Owens has joined commentary much like Big E did earlier, he says these two here are two of the best. Even if Rollins is a jerk. But Kevin has beaten Rollins, too, and at WrestleMania. Cesaro and Rollins tie up at the bell, Cesaro waistlocks and slams Rollins then  rolls to a cover. ONE, Cesaro tries again, ONE! Rollins gets up, fights the waistlock, gets a headlock, but Cesaro powers up to back suplex. Rollins lands on his feet, rolls Cesaro, ONE! Rollins tries an Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Cesaro headlocks, Rollins powers out but Cesaro runs him over! Cover, ONE!

Cesaro headlocks again but Rollins endures the grind. Rollins fights to a cover, ONE, but Cesaro holds on. Rollins fights up, powers out, things speed up and Cesaro catches Rollins for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro runs in at the corner but Rollins puts him on the apron. Cesaro ROCKS Rollins with a right, then climbs up the corner. Rollins runs over, springs up top but Cesaro knocks him back down! Cesaro CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Cesaro reels Rollins in, Rollins slips under and out of the ring! Rollins throws a fit, Kevin says be careful with the desk. “What an attitude problem. Yeah, stomp the thing, that’ll help.” Rollins is furious but SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Cesaro fires EuroUppers in a corner! Cesaro whips, Rollins kicks back, but Cesaro clotheslines Rollins out of the ring! Cesaro fires up while Rollins gets up. Cesaro goes out after him but Rollins gives him a Complete Shot to the desk! Rollins RAMS Cesaro into steel steps, then drags him up into the ring at 6 of 10. Rollins pushes Cesaro to a cover, TWO! Rollins grows annoyed with Cesaro but he cravats for a neck wrench. Rollins snapmares, KICKS and then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Cesaro gets to a corner but Rollins storms in to whip him to ropes. Rollins KNEES Cesaro low, then whips to KNEE him again. Then he WRINGS Cesaro’s arm out! Cover, TWO!

Rollins keeps on Cesaro with a fish hook to the face and a chinlock to grind him down. Cesaro endures, fights up, and Kevin lists the gripes he has with both current champions, Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley. Kevin also does take possible champions into consideration, such as Edge and Kofi Kingston. Cesaro throws EuroUppers but Rollins tries a backslide! Cesaro blocks, turns things around, and he backslides, but Rollins flips through! Rollins kicks low, runs, BOOMERANGE HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Cesaro goes back to a corner, Rollins keeps his cool, but Rollins digs his boots into Cesaro! The ref counts, Rollins stomps as he lets off, and Rollins “apologizes” to the ref.

Rollins tells the ref, “Do you know how much this contract means to me?” Rollins goes back to Cesaro but Cesaro fires EuroUppers! Rollins throws forearms, Cesaro EuroUppers, repeat! Cesaro throws uppercuts from all sides, then whips to a corner for another uppercut! And then back the other way! Cesaro runs the ropes but Rollins ducks the discus to turn, but no elbow! Torture rack, POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro goes to the apron and climbs up the corner. Rollins stands, gets up top in a flash, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Roll through to Cesaro’s suplex, and the FALL OUT OF THE RING!! Both men crash and burn as SmackDown goes to another break!

SmackDown returns yet again, and Cesaro has Rollins in the swing! A dozen rotations, then the SHARPSHOOTER! Rollins scrambles to the ropebreak! Cesaro turns it around, but Rollins gets a cradle! TWO, and Cesaro pops Rollins up for an uppercut! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Kevin says this IS for the last spot, so that explains how hard they’re fighting. Cesaro gets Rollins up, reels him in and has the Gotch hold, but Rollins back drops! Cesaro sunset flips, ONE! Cesaro wants the legs, Rollins drags himself up the corner, but Cesaro YANKS him into a POWEBOMB!  The ref is distracted by how a buckle pad came flying off! He finally counts the cover, TWO!!

Cesaro is annoyed, kicks the pad out of the ring, then drags Rollins’ dead weight back up. Cesaro wants the Neutralizer but Rollins back drops free! Cesaro dodges, springboards, but into a BIG forearm! Both men are down and Cesaro is in a daze! Rollins gets to a corner, takes aim, and runs in, but into another pop-up, but Rollins huricanranas and sends Cesaro into the bare buckle!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins tries another cover, and even has ropes! TWO!!! Cesaro isn’t giving up, but he is busted open! And then Rollins hits the DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!! Cover, TOW?!?! Cesaro flops out of the ring, but how is he still in this?!

Rollins is furious, and he storms out after Cesaro. Rollins whips Cesaro hard into barriers! And then bounces him off the desk! Rollins leaves Cesaro behind this time, the ring count climbs, but somehow Cesaro crawls over! Cesaro gets up and in at 7! Rollins is after him again, another DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!! Cesaro flops out of the ring and Rollins wants the count to be faster! It isn’t good enough for him, he goes out to get Cesaro to the ramp, for a DDT!! Bloody head to steel panel, and Rollins leaves Cesaro behind! The ring count restarts, Cesaro still moves?! Cesaro is at ringside at 8, and in at 9.99!! Rollins is beside himself, runs in, but Cesaro rolls him up! TWO!!

SHARP- NO, Rollins BOOTS free! But Cesaro ROCKS him with a EuroUpper! CURB STOMP!!! Cover, Rollins wins!!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (advances to the Men’s MITB Ladder Match)

The Savior of SmackDown shouts, “I TOLD YOU!” He is back in the MITB match, but look at how much it took just to stop the Swiss Superman! Will Rollins be able to do enough to overcome seven opponents at once?

 

The Usos find Edge’s dressing room.

They’re ready, but Jey doesn’t want Jimmy knocking on the door. Wait for Edge to come out, then they jump him! Jimmy sees what Jey means, and they wait. Will the Rated R Superstar be on the bad end of an ambush?

SmackDown returns, the Usos still wait, but Jimmy is getting impatient. He just barges in, Jey follows, but Edge isn’t in here anyway. Well he’s lucky he ain’t in here! The Usos start a search for Edge, but will they get him before he gets Roman?

 

Seth Rollins celebrates backstage.

“I DID IT!” Kayla comes over and he hugs her. She congratulates him, and he thanks her for it. Congratulations are in order, but knew that that idiot, “that nincompoop, Zazaro,” didn’t stand a chance! Rollins admits Cesaro put up a hell of a fight, he is a great competitor, but he’s just not on Rollins’ level! Rollins is the present and future Mr. MITB! And the last time he did that, who did he cash in on? Oh that’s right! The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the current Universal champion, Roman Reigns! And last time, Rollins waited and waited, bided his time, and waited for the perfect moment. Maybe this time, Rollins won’t wait? Maybe when Rollins wins this time, he’ll cash in AT MITB!

It is all a formality, anyway! He should just be competing against Roman at MITB for the title, because he earned it! Wait, Edge sneaks up behind him! Edge smiles as Rollins turns around. Edge heard this nasally whine and was wondering where it was coming from. Seems Rollins hasn’t changed since 2014. Or did Rollins forget? The difference between them is that Rollins bitches, moans and complains, while Edge just takes his shot. So Edge is going to go out to the ring an call Roman out. Edge leaves Rollins behind, but will Rollins get after Edge with the MITB briefcase?

 

The Alpha Academy talks backstage.

Chad Gable says, “There’s something beautiful about a demolition video, isn’t there? Especially when it features my prized pupil, my number one guy, the human wrecking ball, Otis.” It doesn’t matter if it’s Montez Ford, Angelo Dawkins, Big E, Edge or even Roman Reigns. You step to the Alpha Academy, the result is the same. Otis says he will destroy anyone. Will he get to do just that as the WWE returns to the road?

 

Edge goes to the ring!

The Rated R Superstar is doing as he promised, but will Roman respond in kind? Or will the Uso Penitentiary show up to put Edge on lockdown? We’ll see, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Edge has the mic. “So I guess congratulations are in order. Roman reunited his family. They came out here, they had a nice group hug. Bless your hearts. Are you guys registered anywhere? Maybe I can get you matching leis.” But the thing is, Edge doesn’t care how many minions Roman has brainwashed, because he’s “exposed the cracks in the table.” At MITB, Edge promises to take the Universal Championship. And anyone who gets in his way will end up like this: the picture of Roman AND Jimmy taking the crossbar to the mouth while in the crossface. “The eyes don’t lie, and those eyes, they scream fear.”

Roman, Heyman and the Usos are watching from the private suite as Edge says he feeds off their fear. Edge vows to take the title at MITB, and without that title, Roman’s island isn’t relevant anymore! Can Roman deal with that? Edge will roam inside Roman’s head until the job is done. So it’s real simple: Edge is throwing down the punk card! Get your ass out here, Roman!! Edge paces, and Roman stands up from his chair. He tells the Usos to stay here so he can handle this on his own. The Usos nod and Roman heads out, Heyman right behind him. Edge gets impatient and shouts, “Where you at?!” Roman arrives at gorilla, and then stops. He has Heyman hold onto the belt, and then he goes through the curtain.

Edge smiles as he sees Roman on stage. Roman takes his time, the Usos watch from the suite, and Jey says something doesn’t feel right. He and Jimmy sense a trap, so they go out there, despite what Roman told them. Roman and Edge stare down as Roman makes it to ringside. The Usos make their entrance, and that upsets Roman. Roman tells them to stay put, “What’d I say? He’s calling me out one-on-one, I’m going to handle this.” The Usos accept, Roman walks up to the ring and takes off his tracksuit jacket. Edge is ready as Roman gets on the apron, and Edge even gives Roman space to enter. Roman does enter, and the two get face to face.

Edge throws the first punch but Roman responds! They’re fast and furious with the haymakers, but Edge gets the edge! Edge has Roman in a corner, and here come the Mysterios! Rey and Dominik come in from the crowd side and have chairs! They SMACK away on Jimmy & Jey!! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Dom down, Edge bumps Roman off buckles! Edge throws hands, forearms, then more. Rey JAMS Jimmy, Roman headbutts Edge! Rey sets the chair up but Jey SUPERKICKS him down to save Jimmy! Edge escapes a powerbomb to hit an IMPALER! The Usos mug the Mysterios then look to the ring. Edge aims from a corner but they grab at him! SUPERKICK!!

Rey gets in to RANA Jimmy onto ropes! Dom trips up Jey to add him on! Rey holds the Usos for Dom to dial it up, 619! SPEAR from Edge to Jey!! The Rated R Superstar sees Roman has run away to the ramp, so Edge gets himself some chairs! Rey and Dom keep Jey down and Edge breaks off another crossbar! Edge wants to complete the trifecta! Roman stays away as Edge creeps up on Jey! “Watch, Roman!” CROSSBAR CROSSFACE!!! Roman seethes but he doesn’t rush back to help Jey! The Tribal Chief lets his pawn take the pain again, and Edge finally lets Jey go. Edge glares at Roman, and Roman talks some smack, but that isn’t doing anything to help the Usos.

Edge even puts Jey BACK in the CROSSBAR CROSSFACE! Then he switches to put Jimmy in it, just like last week!! And then back to Jey!! Roman just leaves!! Is this proof that Roman fears the Rated R Superstar?!?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode for SmackDown, especially as their own good-bye to the ThunderDome. Obviously, Raw has the final episode in the ThunderDome, and it has been confirmed that 7/12/21 has been taped. Though from what they were advertising, it all feels like go-home filler. Exciting filler, but still filler. SmackDown tonight was not filler, and it works almost like a go-home to both MITB and to next week’s return to live fans. Though Bianca threw some kayfabe shade on it, Bayley’s injury is certainly legit. Not even her Heel persona would give up a chance at the title like this. It’s a bit of a bummer that the title won’t be on PPV, but this does work to make next week’s SmackDown a great return to live fans and the road, and fans will have a lot of fun seeing Bianca retaining against Mella.

The rest of the segment with Sonya, Mella and Liv was also really good. Yes, Mella is just being named the challenger but in return, Liv is being named the MITB replacement, Sonya still gets to use her authority arbitrarily as we’ve seen, and she might even have her first authority VS superstar feud with Liv at this rate. There’s still one spot, who knows who that goes to, but with them bringing in some NXT superstars to SmackDown, maybe it’s Toni Storm? Toni did put Raquel Gonzalez, the NXT Women’s Champion, on notice, but maybe she has that match with Sarray after all, and then Toni loses to move over to SmackDown.

When Natty & Tamina were taking on surprise opponents, I knew it’d be a duo from NXT, I just didn’t see it being Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox. Or as the graphic and ring announcer said, “Shotzi & Nox.” I already hate this, because 1) Shotzi usually teams with Ember Moon in NXT, 2) Vince is already doing the name shortening garbage and 3) we literally just saw Nox make her return and go after Candice LeRae. The only saving grace would be if they got Kevin Owens deals where they can do double-duty for a time. He did it, why can’t these two do it? I do like that they’re going right after the titles so that Shotzi can be the first woman history to have held both women’s tag titles for for Nox to get her first title period, but this seemed more out of desperation than a well-made plan.

We did get really good MITB qualifier matches for the men tonight, though. I said this last week but they sure love piling on Corbin. His repossessed car is now Nakamura’s, and now Nakamura is in the MITB and Corbin isn’t. Nakamura does make a great addition to the MITB match and so far, they have done a good job of writing Corbin becoming this sad, disheveled form of himself, so the next bit should be really good, too. Rollins VS Cesaro was awesome stuff, they really pulled out all the stops for it. It has been quite some time since I’ve seen “suplex falls out of ring” spot, let alone someone in WWE get busted open by a bare buckle.

Rollins winning makes sense, the MITB match needs more Heels, and with how things are developing between Rollins, Edge and Roman, Rollins might try and recreate the Heist of the Century during Roman VS Edge. I could see that backfiring, and that is how Roman retains. Especially after what happened to the Usos tonight. Great stuff from them and Roman with their reunion, but also with the Usos not really listening to Roman since they went out there at the end. At the same time, they did have a point, because the Mysterios returning to attack the Usos was the trap. I also think they realized there was time to fill, which is why Edge kept going after the Usos with the crossface.

There can definitely be a big Six Man Tag for the go-home in front of the live fans, but I guess things with Jimmy in real life haven’t really affected story too much. I still couldn’t be sure if today’s episode was live or taped as the coming Raw is going to be, because wouldn’t you think Jimmy would be kept off TV as punishment? Or was getting another crossbar to the mouth the punishment? I would think that at the very least, this means the Usos lose to the Mysterios when they fight for the titles.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/6/22)

Big fights tonight on Dynamite!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

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!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?

 

Miro speaks.

“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.

 

FTR speaks.

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?


My Thoughts:

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


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NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.179 ~ 6TH JULY 2022

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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)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Yamagata Big Wing (Sunday, July 3rd)

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

  • 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
    Challenger: TBA

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(July 2022 schedule)

  • YOSHIKI INAMURA FIRE FESTIVAL 2022

Friday, July 8th: vs Hide Kubota

July 9th: Road to Nippon Budokan special autograph session

Sunday, July 10th

Venue: Fujisan Messe, Shizuoka

Time: 13:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (event will not be streamed live)

LINKS

“Fire Festival 2022” Press Conference B Block – Yoshiki Inamura comments

I AM NOAH Ring Announcer

Keiji Mutoh Final Countdown Series

BOOK CORNER

Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)

GIF taken from NOAH Official Twitter & NOAH Official YouTube


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