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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (8/13/21)

The Summer of Cena continues!

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

The Tribal Chief looks to confront John Cena!

After swiping the Universal Championship opportunity from Finn Balor then being away a week, JOHN CENA returns to SmackDown, and Roman’s looking for him!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews w/ Azeez VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs; Nakamura wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
  • The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Street Profits win.
  • The Mysterios VS The Dirty Dawgs; The Mysterios win.
  • $1000 or No More Begging: Kevin Owens VS Baron Corbin; Kevin wins and Corbin MUST STOP begging.

PLAY BY PLAY

JOHN CENA is here!

He says it’s “A very important night tonight!” and goes to the ring. And he welcomes Tulsa to SmackDown! The contract was signed, sealed and delivered, the match is ON for SummerSlam! Schools are back up and running, too, so this is a great occasion to give Roman Reigns his report card. Cena says Roman is a D. And below average, too. D-Head, D-Bag, and above a D-isappointment. Because for TEN YEARS, the WWE has been selling the fans Roman. And judging by the numbers, the only one buying it is Roman Reigns. That’s why Cena’s back, with a very specific agenda. Cena is gonna give Roman an F. That is to say, at SummerSlam, Roman Reigns gets an F from John Cena.

But… Cena wants to hear what Tulsa feels about this. Tulsa seems pretty fired up hearing this. Cena has a pop quiz and the fans start chanting, “CENA! CENA!” Well, what a lively class! So here’s the question: “Do you think Roman Reigns will beat the hell out of me at SummerSlam?” Fans mostly boo. Okay, now, class, this is your chance to stand up and be heard. Do you think Roman Reigns will beat the hell out of Cena at SummerSlam? They boo even harder! Cena does still have his doctorate in Thugonomics, so here’s the answer to the question: Roman Reigns will beat the hell out of me at SummerSlam; but Cena also knows Roman will still lose and there’s nothing he can do about it!

But speaking of, here comes the Tribal Chief! The WWE Universal Champion takes his time walking out with Paul Heyman in toe. The title is handed over, Roman holds it up, and here’s the pyro! Roman takes his time going to the ring, so SmackDown takes a break.

SmackDown returns as Roman finally enters the ring. He holds the belt up again, and more pyro goes off. Fans chant, “Roman Sucks!” and Cena says here he is, pyro, Paul and all, ROMAN REIGNS! This is a lively bunch tonight, so thanks for joining them. Heyman hands Roman the mic and he tells Cena not to waste time and just get to it. Cena says he’s not wasting time, but he will wait for one week from tomorrow to embarrass Roman on the “biggest stage of them all.” Fans cheer and Roman just asks, “Is that it? That’s all you got?” Cena says, “Roman, that’s all I need.” When he looks in Roman’s eyes [a KFox14 flash flood warning gets in the way here] and fans agree.

Cena continues to say Roman thinks we all have to play by his rules. And that this is his company. Everybody knows it belongs to the fans. Yes, Roman wants to throw up in his mouth thinking about that because he’s “so far above” everyone else. That’s why Cena’s back. He’s the only one who can shut Roman up. See, the WWE has been pushing Roman for a decade now, failure after failure, after failure, and Roman is still here “because you’re the best chance they got.” Roman built such a layer of protection over himself that no other WWE superstar even has a chance in there with him.

But this is where Cena comes in. They asked Cena to come back, because Roman needs a big ol’ piece of humble pie and he’s gonna get one when Cena beats Roman’s ass at SummerSlam. Fans cheer big for that one! Cena wants Roman to see that the fans know. It’s starting to build! There’s one week left to choose: Team Reigns (which gets lots of boos), or Team Cena (which gets lots of cheers). Well, seems Tulsa has chosen. Roman’s table seems pretty small right now, huh? SummerSlam is gonna be history, count on that! Roman wants to talk but fans chant for Cena. Cena said this was their show, didn’t he?

Roman says he thought there’d be something original and fresh, but instead Cena makes D jokes, penis jokes, all the same stuff about beating his ass. This is all stuff we heard before. Where’s something good? Hit Roman with the good stuff. Cena will. He won’t beat Roman’s ass. Roman’s gonna beat Cena’s ass. Yes, real good stuff. Spear after Spear, big strong punch named for that DC Comics superhero, and another one. Hypeman Slimey in the corner, holding up the title-aka Paul Heyman-and Roman will be kicking Cena’s ass at SummerSlam! Cena doesn’t need to prove himself to Roman, though. That’s what is so historic about this. Cena just needs to pin Roman, 1-2-3.

See, if Cena can hold onto a world title just one more time, that’d make it 17 times for Cena. Fans like the sound of that! And then in the halls of immortal achievement, that’d make Cena the most decorated champion of all-time. That match would make history! All Cena needs to do is 1-2-3. As fun as that would be, it’s really all about Roman. Cena is here to help Roman. That’s how good Cena is, huh? Heyman jokingly suggests he say, “Thank you.” He’s here to help Roman, the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table. But Roman isn’t like Cena. He isn’t going to bury his opponent then go say he’ll out there and beat a bum, no.

Roman respects Cena and is sophisticated about this. This is compelling story telling here. This is JOHN CENA, arguably the greatest of all time! “Underappreciated, not enough respect on this man’s name.” Cena’s done things that nobody’s done before. Fans start to “WHAT?!” Roman here as he says Cena is almost a 17-time world heavyweight champion, and nobody else can say that! That is incredible! Cena is the best, Mount Rushmore of the WWE, all the spots. Roman’s just proud to say that he could beat John Cena, that’s how good Cena is! Even good enough to juggle Hollywood and WWE at the same time! Wow! There’s not enough time here to promote all Cena’s movies!

Wait, doesn’t he have like four movies out right now? Cena’s good. His career says so, it’s on the wall. Cena’s good enough to be in this ring and verbally joust with anybody, that’s not Roman’s game. Cena’s good enough to main event SummerSlam with the Tribal Chief. Cena’s so good enough to… To win the WWE Championship. But not good enough to win the Universal Championship. And see, John, 20+ years of missionary might’ve been good enough for Cena, but it wasn’t good enough for Nikki Bella. Ooooof! Roman will smash Cena, retain the title, pack Cena up on a private jet and send him back to Hollywood. But Cena should enjoy this.

Roman wants Tulsa to know, this might be the last time we ever get to see John Cena again. OOOH! So take this home, “kid.” No problem! If Roman wants a compelling story, and to hypocritically criticize Cena for being in Hollywood and (is there a mute censor problem here or something?) but Roman hasn’t been embarrassed. He’s been protected! The pretty face, the giant bars of soap for teeth, and the Shield. Roman almost ruined Seth Rollins, ran Dean Ambrose out of the WWE- OH!! And then 10 whole years, FIVE Mania main events, Heyman in the corner, two lackeys to do his dirty work, the protection of the system, and it still isn’t working! Roman needs to be embarrassed!

Fans want a compelling story at SummerSlam, right? YES! They want to be on the edge of their seats, wanting to know what will happen! SummerSlam will be compelling, and Cena will go to a Hollywood movie set, and Roman will smash Cena, but Heyman knows better than anybody how much punishment Cena can take, and never quit. Cena’s been against the odds his whole life, he helped build Suplex City, and he just needs to hang in there 1-2-3, and Roman is again the biggest failure in WWE history. Roman has to shine! Roman has to smash, and bash and overachieve while Cena just needs 1-2-3.

Roman is then the answer to a trivia question: Who did John Cena beat to become 17 time champion? WA WA WAA! Roman will show up all full of himself and put on one hell of a show, but Cena will hang in there for 1-2-3. Then Cena will take that title, jump the barricade and run out of the Allegiant Stadium as fast as he can, and might even blow Roman a kiss good-bye. This is what Roman doesn’t get yet, though: it is inevitable. No one can protect Roman anymore. At SummerSlam, the champ… is GONE. 1-2-3. Mic drop. Roman smirks and the fans cheer as Cena takes his leave. Roman still holds up the title, but is his reign just a week away from ending?

 

Nakamura and Boogs rock out backstage.

They’re getting ready as King Shinsuke is getting ready to take on the Pride of Nigeria! Will the King of Strong Style regain that title and add it to his golden collection?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Apollo Crews w/ Azeez VS Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs!

SmackDown returns as Nakamura makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and a king sees if he can dethrone a prince in Oklahoma!

Apollo and Nakamura circle, tie up, and Apollo kicks and CLUBS Nakamura down. Apollo snap suplexes, covers, ONE! Apollo gets Nakamura by his hair, whips to ropes but Nakamura ducks, dodges and DYNAMIC DROPKICKS! Nakamura goes to the corner to give Apollo GOOD VIBRATIONS~! Fans are fired up for Nakamura as he snapmares Apollo and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Azeez gets on the apron but Nakamura kicks at him. Azeez gets away, Nakamura turns around into Apollo’s dropkick! Apollo gets Nakamura up, whips him to ropes and then elbows him down! Apollo paces, Azeez smirks and fans rally up.

Apollo sits Nakamura up to ROCK him with a right. Nakamura throws body shots, Apollo CLUBS him down, then Apollo drags Nakamura up to whip to a corner. Apollo runs in but into a knee! Nakamura puts Apollo up for the TOP SHELF KNEE! Then Nakamura positions Apollo and climbs up top. Apollo throws body shots, then headbutts Nakamura down! Apollo gets up but Boogs rocks out! Fans like that but Apollo doesn’t. The ref reprimands and Boogs acts like he doesn’t know what’s going on. The ref EJECTS Boogs?! And in this distraction, Azeez tries to sneak in, but he’s too big to be stealthy! The ref sees him and EJECTS him, too!! At least now it’s fair again as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns as Nakamura covers, TWO! The fans are fired up as Nakamura goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans fire up as he climbs, but Apollo ENZIGURIS Nakamura first! Apollo gets Nakamura up, climbs up, brings Nakamura to the top, but Nakamura resists! Apollo powers through to SUPERPLEX Nakamura! Apollo crawls to a cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and fans are fired up! Apollo gets up and drags Nakamura up, but Nakamura gives a strike fest! Apollo avoids the ax kick, kicks low and reels Nakamura in for a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO but into a SIT-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up even more but Apollo is furious!

Apollo drags Nakamura to a drop zone, goes up top, FROG SPLASH onto knees! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Nakamura aims from a corner, “YAO~!” But Apollo ENZIGURIS Nakamura first, then rolls him up, with the ropes?! Cover, the ref notices just as Nakamura kicks out! The ref reprimands Apollo, Apollo says it doesn’t matter anyway since Nakamura kicked out. Apollo GERMAN SUPLEXES Nakamura, covers, TWO!! Nakamura survives again and Apollo is seething. Apollo stands up, wants Nakamura to get up, and Nakamura slowly rises. Apollo OLYMPIC- Nakamura arm-drags out of the slam! Apollo ducks one kick but not the WHEEL KICK!

Apollo staggers, Nakamura fireman’s carries to an AVALANCHE DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Apollo survives but Nakamura is right on him with an INVERTED EXPLODER! Fans fire up again as Nakamura goes to a corner and aims… KINSHASA!!! Cover, Nakamura wins!!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall (NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Now king AND champion, he holds the belt up high with pyro going off, and Boogs is back to rock out along with his king! Oh and Pat McAfee gets in on it, too. Will this second time with the title be even bigger than the first?

 

The Street Profits talk backstage.

Kayla Braxton walks up and asks Montez Ford about the recap package just shown, recapping how his ribs were injured by Otis’ massive splash. Is there any concern going into tonight’s match that Otis will do the same or even worse? Oh, Kayla. Last time Ford and Otis fought, it was one of the most painful experiences of Ford’s life. Laying in bed, ribs on fire, not being able to sleep or laugh. Do you know how dark life is when you can’t even laugh, for two months? Ford was laying in bed, he had one thing in mind: “When I get on these toes, I’m gonna throw these balls.” Now that he’s recuperated, rejuvenated, rehabilitated, Ford ain’t concerned. He’s EXCITED.

Dawkins says Ford is more than just his tag partner. They’re brothers, family. Dawkins hope the Alpha Academy enjoyed their time, because now with Tez fully healed, the Street Profits are once again up! AND WE WANT THE SMOKE!! The music plays and we’re about to get one fired up grudge match!

The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!

We just heard from Tez and Dawks, but now it’s time for actions to speak louder than words! Will Chad Gable & Otis regret ever thinking there was something they could help the Profits with?

SmackDown returns as Gable & Otis make their entrance. The teams sort out and Ford starts with Gable. They circle and tie up. They go around, Ford wrenches to a wristlock, Gable spins through to wrench back and wristlock. Ford rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks. Gable drops to a knee, rolls, bridges, then handsprings to slips through and back drop to an armlock. Ford moves around but Gable digs a knee into Ford’s shoulder. Ford headscissors to bring Gable down but Gable kips free. Gable headlocks, spins to a headlock then a drop toehold. Gable has a mounted chicken wing and hopes Otis is taking notes.

Ford gets up, Gable whips him to a corner but Ford goes up and over and shows off that agility! Fans fire up as Ford eggs Gable on. Gable runs in but into an arm-drag. Gable gives it back, Ford steps up and around to roll up, ONE! Gable hurries to get a leg, ankle pick but no lock as Ford stands. Ford flips back and ENZIGURIS Gable! Gable staggers all the way to his corner and Otis tags in! Ford fires himself up as Otis approaches. Dropkick! Otis stays up so Ford mule kicks, front kicks, but Otis shoves him. Dawks tags in, but Otis POP-UP STRONGEST SLAMS Ford?! Dawkins dodges, returns and back elbows!

Otis staggers, Dawkins CYCLONE SPLASHES but Otis denies the bulldog! Otis then hauls Dawkins up for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Otis gets up as Gable shouts, “For the Academy!” Gable tells Otis what to do, and Otis RAMS into Dawkins in the corner. Gable tags in, he gets Dawkins with more shoulders, then Otis tags in again. Otis rams his shoulder in again and again, then Gable tags in. Gable rams in again and again, then Otis tags in! Gable holds a towel in front of Dawkins to say “TORO! TORO!” Otis runs in and RAMS into Dawkins! Gable pats Otis on the shoulder and tells him Otis is his number one guy, but the ref also says that counts as a tag!

Gable argues with the ref, but the ref tells Gable to get in. Gable tries to explain but Dawkins RAMS Gable into Otis! Dawkins has Gable while Ford FLIES OUTTA NOWHERE! Direct hit on Otis and yet Otis only leans over into the announce desk! But Dawkins hits the CASH OUT! Cover, the Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

But Otis TOSSES Ford into the barriers and then rushes into the ring! Dawkins gets out, regroups with Ford, and The Dozer can only seethe! Is the Payback Season only starting #ForTheAcademy?

 

Seth Rollins rants at production.

He knows they know what he needs, so why are they just staring at him for? Do your jobs, guys, get this done! But what is it Rollins is even talking about? We’ll see, after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and Rollins goes to the ring!

The Architect’s drip has reached a new level but that’s not really the point. He revels in his own song as well as the various reactions from the fans before he gets the mic. “Yes! Tulsa, you have been on fire tonight!” But Rollins hates to play the role of “party-pooper,” but his sources have told him that Edge will not be here tonight. Hey, now, c’mon. He’s just as disappointed as they are, because he’d love nothing more than to put his fist in Edge’s face for all the “misinformation” and lies that Edge spread about Rollins last week! Fans chant, “WE WANT EDGE!” and Rollins explains he wants Edge, too. But according to Edge, you’ve got the next best thing in “Edge Lite,” Seth Rollins.

Rollins says Edge had the nerve to say Rollins is “Edge Lite.” “If that is not the most narcissistic, egotistical thing” Rollins has ever heard, but it makes perfect sense! Because Edge is a Hall of Famer, he’s done EVERYTHING there is to do in the WWE, and he can’t stand that [another Flash Flood Warning from KFox 14] Rollins’ resume is better than his, and that everything Edge has done, Rollins has just done better. Hey, this isn’t just Rollins’ opinion, there is verifiable, documented video proof! Rollins has taken the liberty of putting together a “career retrospective” of Rollins and Edge, to show you the truth. Roll the footage.

The Rollins-Edge comparison video package begins. “Over his storied career, Edge has led the blueprint for a legendary career. But the Architect has improved upon it at every step, blazing a trail to even greater heights. When Edge arrived in the WWE, he began his career as a member of infamous factions and achieved a modicum of success. But when Seth Rollins burst onto the scene, he led The Shield, the most dominant faction in WWE history.” The commentary snippets are of course to put The Shield over, but also to make it seem like Rollins was in charge, while showing the many times Rollins did something big as a member of the trio.

“Edge made history as the first to cash-in his Money in the Bank Briefcase on the WWE Championship. But that footnote has been forgotten compared to Seth Rollins’ glorious cash-in at WrestleMania 31, The Heist of the Century. Edge has won two Royal Rumbles, including this past year’s, only to fall short at WrestleMania (37). But after Seth Rollins’ 2019 Royal Rumble victory, who could ever forget the epic moment when Seth Rollins became The Beastslayer.” This was also the moment Rollins became a WWE Grand Slam Champion.

Yes, Edge may claim to have done it all first in the WWE, but when it comes to Seth Rollins, Edge will always be beneath him. “I don’t need to be you, because I am better than you.” We return to reality- er, the present, and Rollins sees no likes. The footage doesn’t lie, but the fans say, “YOU SUCK!” Rollins wants to share that as he was watching the video, he had a bit of a revelation. Hear him out. Rollins realized that Edge should be thanking Rollins! Not just Edge, but all of the fans should be thanking him. Hear him out, listen! If Rollins had stomped Edge back in 2014, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation!

This, this uh… Dream Match, at SummerSlam, Edge VS SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS, wouldn’t even be on the table. All of those moments, from Edge’s epic comeback at the Royal Rumbles, the main event at Mania, none of that would’ve happened back in 2014! Edge’s acting career? POOF, gone. Edge wouldn’t be able to even push his little girls on their little swing set at home “because THEY’D be pushing him in a damn wheelchair!!” Rollins takes a moment to think while fans continue to say, “WE WANT EDGE! WE WANT EDGE!” Rollins tells them no, Edge has pushed Rollins too far. Rollins is saying things he doesn’t want to say and thinking things he shouldn’t think.

Rollins says Edge is making Rollins into a person he doesn’t want to be. But Edge has been the guy between Rollins and the Universal Championship too many times. That is compromising Rollins’ future and the future of Rollins’ family. He wants the camera to come in close. “Edge, this… This is not 2014 anymore. Times have changed, I’ve changed, and at SummerSlam, I will not hesitate. I will not hold back. I will… stomp your head… into this mat… And if that puts you out for good… Then so be it.” The fans boo at those horrible and horrifying words. But will the Savior of SmackDown go to a place that is more than just Rated R to win?

 

Rey and Dominik Mysterio talk backstage.

Father reminds son that they’re going for the SmackDown Tag Team titles, but getting back up from Dominik’s loss is making this harder. Dom nods as Rey tells him no more mistakes. Dom says for sure, and he’s not even worried. They won the first time to get the titles, they have the Usos’ number! Rey wants his son to understand, you can’t have that mentality. Stay humble and hungry, especially after a loss. No overconfidence. Just do it for Rey, okay? Let’s go and take care of business. That’s the Mysterio way. Dom says he’s got this, and the Mysterios head to the ring!

The Mysterios VS The Dirty Dawgs!

While Rey & Dom are getting their title shot at SummerSlam, the Show-Off & GLORIOUS One will surely want to ruin things for them here tonight. Will Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode make sure the lucha libre familia fails big time?

SmackDown returns as the Dawgs make their entrance. Rey wants Dom to watch closely as he starts with Roode. The bell rings and Roode kicks Rey right in the stomach! Roode bumps Rey off buckles, throws body shots then whips corner to corner. Roode runs in but into a boot! Rey runs to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Roode down! Ziggler creeps in but Rey runs him over. Rey turns around into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Roode boots Rey down, catches his breath, then gets Rey in a corner. Roode whips Rey corner to corner, tags Ziggler then whips Ziggler in for the SPLASH! Ziggler feeds Rey to the atomic drop, SHOTGUN BOOT RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!

Ziggler stays between father and son then wraps on a chinlock. “You ain’t going nowhere!” Ziggler thrashes Rey around as the fans and Dom rally up. Rey fights up, Roode gets in so the ref won’t see Ziggler dig fingers into Rey’s eyes! Ziggler puts Rey in the corner, Roode tags in, and Roode stomps Rey. Roode hoists Rey up top, throws hands, then tags Ziggler. Rey kicks Roode, fires off hands on Ziggler then adjusts to FLYING SEATED SENTON! Hot tag to Dom and he goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Dom dodges to NECKBREAKER! Dom DECKS Roode, blocks the superkick from Ziggler to roll him, TWO! FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!

Ziggler drags Dom up, whips him to ropes but Dom kicks back. Ziggler blocks that kick but Dom ENZIGURIS! The Usos are on the tron! Jimmy & Jey talk trash and do sarcastic commentary to distract Dom. “Go~ Dom, Go~!” Rey tells Dom to ignore that and Roode tags in. Rey sees it, gets Dom out of the way, and Roode hits buckles! Rey says Dom needs to pay attention! Roode DECKS Rey, Dom victory rolls Roode, the Mysterios win!

Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall

Now that is some veteran savvy beyond Dom’s years! He refocused quickly and quickly got the win! The Usos still taunt the Mysterios, saying that win must’ve felt real good. But in one week, they’re stepping inside the ring with the SEVEN TIME TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, the Usos! See you there, Uce. Nos vemos at SummerSlam! Rey and Dom encourage each other that they’re going to get those belts back. Will the Mysterios hit the jackpot in Vegas?

 

Baron Corbin walks out on stage.

Fans boo as the even more disheveled Lone Wolf walks by and he just can’t understand why. Apparently this will be Baron Corbin’s “last plea” for help, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Corbin has made it to the ring. He has a mic and says, “As all of you may already know, I’ve really been down on my luck lately. The sad part is, it’s so much worse than that. If things don’t turn around quickly, I’m gonna have to file… bankruptcy.” Fans jeer and there’s a set of signs in the crowd that read: “Corbin stole my lunch money,” “Corbin owes me $20,” and “Hey Corbin, you left your tent in our backyard!” Corbin says that this is what’s wrong with society today. When someone like Corbin falls, they want to keep that person down, don’t they? So this is why this is his last public plea to any of the fans.

Look, Corbin is used to a very certain way of life, so he really needs each and everyone here to contribute a minimum of $1000. WHAT?! Now he’ll make it very easy: He has a credit card scanner attachment for his phone. McAfee asks, “How the hell did this bum get a credit card scanner?” But here comes Kevin Owens! The fans are fired up for the Prizefighter and Corbin says Kevin has to be here for the right reasons: to contribute. Now, this may not work with Canadian credit cards, but- Kevin stops Corbin there and says he’s NOT here to help. Kevin’s here to say Corbin needs to STOP begging people for money and embarrassing himself.

Kevin reminds Corbin of how he tried to help Corbin a few weeks ago, because Kevin thought Corbin was more like Kevin. Kevin thought Corbin was someone who made mistakes in the past and was learning from them, but he’s not. This is that Corbin is just trying to use sympathy to his advantage. Just look the last few weeks: Ruining Finn Balor’s title contract signing just so Corbin could get the high paying championship match; oh and then on Monday Night Raw, when Drew McIntyre seemed kinda sorta interested in trying to help, Corbin asked for $100,000! Who begs for a HUNDRED THOUSAND? Someone who NEEDS a hundred thousand!

Corbin asks Kevin for his spare change. For that matter, Corbin isn’t leaving this arena until Kevin gives him a minimum of $1000. Kevin says “Y’know what? I will give you $1000! Should I give him $1000?” The fans say NO so Kevin will give him $1000. But to do that, Corbin just has to beat him in a match RIGHT NOW. You win the match, you get 1000 bucks. But one more thing, if Corbin loses, this all stops now. No more begging people for help, no more embarrassing the WWE by constantly the WWE Universe for help, and Corbin helps himself. What’s Corbin say? Corbin thinks it over and fans chant “YES! YES!”

Corbin agrees but he wouldn’t be in this situation if Kevin wasn’t such *finger poke* a *finger poke* cheap *finger poke* piece *finger poke* of- STUNNER! Kevin and the fans are fired up, and he’s already got Corbin in the red! Will the match still happen now?

 

Sasha Banks swaggers around backstage.

The Boss is ready for the contract signing to make her WrestleMania rematch at SummerSlam official! Will she and the EST be able to keep things peaceful tonight?

 

$1000 or No More Begging: Kevin Owens VS Baron Corbin!

Corbin is finally back on his feet, in the literal sense, but he’s still sputtering. Kevin dares him to get back in the ring for their high stakes bet! Will the Lone Wolf get $1000 the hard way? Find out, after the break.

SmackDown return and the bell rings. Corbin wants more time, his neck is still bothering him from the Stunner. But that’s to lull Kevin into a false sense of security! Corbin rolls Kevin up, ONE, and Kevin throws forearms! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Kevin brings Corbin around but Corbin turns suplex into cradle! TWO, and Kevin kicks Corbin to CLUB him down. Kevin CHOPS, then he reels Corbin for a short arm clothesline! BACK SENTON! Cover, ONE! Corbin sits up but Kevin looms over him. Kevin bumps Corbin off buckles, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again. Kevin asks the ref hold on a moment with the count, then DECKS Corbin.

Kevin whips Corbin corner to corner but Corbin reverses. Corbin runs in, slides out, slides in but into a SUPERKICK! Corbin is in the corner, Kevin CANNONBALLS! Cover, TWO! Kevin gets to the corner, climbs up, but Corbin choke grips Kevin! Kevin throws hands, bumps Corbin off buckles then rock shim. Kevin slingshots into a BIG right hand! Corbin wants the count out and Kevin stands at 5 to get in at 6! Corbin throws hands, stomps Kevin down, then rains down fists. Corbin covers but he’s in the ropes. Corbin adjusts, ONE! Corbin and the ref argue, Kevin CHOPS Corbin! And CHOPS! But Corbin ROCKS Kevin and Kevin flounders in the ropes.

Corbin goes out to the apron and kicks Kevin low. Corbin reels Kevin in, but Kevin blocks the suplex. Kevin throws body shots, suplexes but Corbin blocks. They brawl, Kevin ROCKS Corbin then reels him in, but Corbin resists to back drop Kevin on the apron! Kevin writhes and Corbin wants a count out but SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Kevin climbs a corner while Corbin pushes himself up. Corbin ROCKS Kevin at the top, then climbs up to join him. Corbin gets Kevin up but Kevin resists the superplex. Kevin throws body shots, then headbutts! Corbin falls down into the drop zone, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Kevin stands back up. Kevin drags Corbin up, whips him to ropes, but Corbin holds ropes and boots back. Corbin shoves Kevin to ropes but Kevin bucks the O’Conner Roll. Kevin runs in as Corbin rolls back to his feet, choke grip to CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and Corbin is losing his cool.

Corbin drags Kevin up, reels him in but Kevin throws forearms first! Kevin HEADBUTTS, runs, but into a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Still no big money but Corbin tries again, TWO! Double leg cover, TWO!! Corbin is beside himself with and he gets to a corner. Corbin runs corner to corner, slides out then in as Kevin evades, but is ready for the Superkick this time! Corbin POSTS Kevin, roll up with ropes, TWO!! Corbin is upset about the count but that was a fair count. Kevin dodges to kick, but Corbin shoves the Stunner away. Kevin dodges again, sunset flips, Kevin wins!

Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall (Corbin MUST stop begging)

As if the Lone Wolf couldn’t feel any lower! Though this was deserved. And so is this STUNNER! Kevin doubles down on Corbin and fans are fired up for the Prizefighter! Will Corbin

 

Big E helps Bianca Belair practice her signature.

The board has an example of her name, “Bianca,” and she recreates it letter for letter, trying to make hers match up as bEST she can. Will her signature be the cleanEST on the contract?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

Kayla asks him, “So what now?” He can’t even say anything, but then he spots someone. It’s Big E! And while Big E is distracted, Corbin SNATCHES THE MITB BRIEFCASE!! Corbin just got the golden ticket, but will Big E hunt him down and get the briefcase back?

 

Sonya Deville presides over the SmackDown Women’s Championship contract signing.

“When Bianca Belair faced off with Sasha Banks in the main event of WrestleMania, they made history! And when Bianca defeated Sasha in one of the greatest matches that I’ve ever seen, they made memories that would last a lifetime. And once this contract is signed, Sasha Banks is officially gonna get her championship rematch at SummerSlam!” And with all that said, please welcome the challenger, the Blueprint, the Standard, the Legit Boss, Sasha Banks! Sasha makes her way to the ring, then Sonya introduces the SmackDown Women’s Champion, the EST of the WWE, Bianca Belair! Bianca makes her entrance while Sasha scoffs and rolls her eyes.

Bianca takes her seat now and Sonya presents the contract. Bianca says, “Sasha girl, you ready? Or are you gonna run away again? Or, should I turn my back so you can Backstab me again?” Look at her rolling her eyes. Sasha’s still petty, still jealous, but Bianca should’ve known better. Bianca should’ve known Sasha would do that. “But gurrrl… If you wanted your WrestleMania rematch, all you had to do was ask.” Sasha repeats “Ask?” Bianca, you only won by using that “stank braid” against Sasha! Then there was literally a scar that kept her away for months. And yet Bianca’s out here, expecting them to be friends? “Get real, B*TCH!”

Sasha and Bianca start arguing and Sonya tells them to stop! They are not doing this again! Contract signings are going haywire lately, so both of them just need to sign the contract now. Bianca dares Sasha to sign it. Sasha has Bianca give her some space and then takes the pen to… tease signing. “Hold up, wait, wait, wait.” Before Sasha signs it, she needs some “witnesses.” Carmella and Zelina Vega both head to the ring! Despite things last week, it seems these three are all in this together since it’s about being against Bianca. The rookie didn’t see that coming, did she? Sasha is always two steps ahead. Sasha quickly signs her name, and Bianca gets impatient.

Bianca gets a pen, signs her part, and then she throws the contract at Sasha! Bianca’s ready for the other two, too, and she DECKS Vega and THROWS the arm chair! Mella dodges, and Bianca handspring seated sentons onto Sasha! Bianca rains down fists and forearms, Mella grabs at her but Bianca DECKS her! Vega returns but Bianca bumps her off buckles then stomps a mudhole in! Mella goes after Bianca again but Bianca throws her right out! But Sasha hits a BACKSTABBER! Sasha hammers Bianca, Vega and Mella join in, and Sasha has them let off so she can finish this. Sasha drags Bianca back up to SMACK off the table, then drag her out by her ponytail, to KNEE her face!

Speaking of face, Sasha dribbles Bianca’s face off the SmackDown Women’s Championship itself over and over again! Sasha takes the belt and holds it up high, as she stands on the table and over Bianca. Then Sasha uses Bianca’s own braided ponytail in the Bank Statement! “See you at SummerSlam!” Sasha laughs as she keeps torturing the EST in perhaps the nastiEST form of the crossface yet! SmackDown fades out before anyone stops Sasha, will Bianca be passing out off the air?


My Thoughts:

A very good SmackDown, though it seemed like this was already the go-home episode for SummerSlam. The contract signing, for one, had a good closing shot just now, and you can bet Sasha will “try” to recreate this for the title match only to have that be why she fails. And the fact Vega and Mella were willing to work with Sasha was a decent surprise. Enemy of my enemy is my friend type stuff, and they could probably kayfabe it as Sasha promising each of them a title match after SummerSlam.

Kevin VS Corbin was a really good match, and so I suppose it worked out for the “main event match.” I almost feel like Corbin could’ve won this one since it’d be kayfabe money anyway, and then he starts literally fighting people for money for a few weeks. But I suppose it is becoming his thing to be the “contract swiper” since he stole Big E’s MITB briefcase. Big E VS Corbin, a match for the briefcase, is a bit Miz VS Otis from last year, but hopefully Big E gets the briefcase back and keeps it. Also I’m realizing that Corbin’s character is based on those stories you hear about the ungrateful beggars where they feel someone refusing their insane request is offensive.

I like that there’s this tension slowly building between Rey and Dom in their promos. I am still hoping, though they missed the window in their feud with Corbin, that Dom is becoming more his Guerrero side than his Mysterio side. The Mysterios still win off the Dawgs to get momentum for facing the Usos, but the Usos had a good promo in their attempt to distract as well as hyping up the match. That tag title match could go either way, and I’m thinking the Usos win in a way that pushes Rey and Dom to the point where Dominik Guerrero emerges to again put a positive spin on the “Who’s Your Papi?” story from years ago.

The Profits VS The Academy was really good and it was a great win for the Profits to get now that they’re back up as a tag team. I’m sure the Profits will be waiting on the other side of SummerSlam to take on the Usos. The match with the biggest impact tonight was the Intercontinental Championship match. Nakamura VS Apollo was very good, and was oddly the opener but I suppose it was to make sure they got it in before all the other segments that needed room to breathe. Nakamura winning this title on a SmackDown is a great move just on the surprise, and I can’t wait to see what champion #Kingsuke and Boogs will do now.

Seth Rollins had a great promo and vignette to give both a heavily biased comparison of himself and Edge, and to sound incredibly scary at the same time. Edge VS Rollins has already been a highly anticipated match, this made it even higher than that. And of course, the first segment being a promo battle of Roman and Cena, of course we were going to get great stuff. Roman’s improved but Cena is still Cena and he did a great job showing that he didn’t even need to take digs at Roman. In a clever move, he didn’t attempt to bury Roman since Roman (and a lot of Cena’s past feud opponents) claimed that’s all Cena does. Cena was just stating fact over and over in such a way that it was to get on Roman’s nerves. And even though he laughed it off, Roman surely got annoyed by it.

Cena had that great line in reference to CM Punk, but I guess there was something about “dipshit” blah blah blah that wasn’t appropriate and got muted? I went over it a few times to make sure it wasn’t KFox or my own hearing. And unfortunately, just the timing of El Paso facing insane levels of flooding in the streets, the news did in fact have to post those warnings, I just wish there was a way I could’ve still heard those lines that got covered up.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 10.6.2022

The GO HOME to Bound for Glory! What kind of last minute changes (if any) happen tonight?

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Well we’ve got the GO HOME for Bound For Glory! It is definitely a little odd for the biggest PPV in the company to be two weeks after Victory Road; but hey the matches look pretty damn good.

Kaz gets a tune up match before his title shot, but you have to think if Kenny King can get a win; he’d make the title match a Triple Threat. As well as a Maclin vs Moose showdown with Sami Callihan as referee.

So we get to see how they hype the PPV and how the rest of the PPV shakes out!

Ratings:

  • Kenny King vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via Chicken Wing – ***
  • Gisele Shaw vs Mia Yim: Yim wins via Eat Defeat – ** 1/2
  • Special Referee: Sami Callihan: Moose vs Steve Maclin: Maclin wins via Callihan’s Revenge – ***
  • Swingerellas w/Zicky Dice & Johnny Swinger vs Taya & JesSICKa w/Rosemary: JesSICKa wins via SICK-ishi Driver – N/A
  • Matt Taven w/Mike & Maria vs Alex Shelley w/Chris Sabin: Shelley wins via Shellshock – *** 1/4

 

Results:

Kenny King vs Frankie Kazarian

Collar and Elbow/Headlock tie ups start the match before the Rope Run Shoulder tackle spots. A lot of World of Sport style counter wrestling, different take overs, cradles and eventually Kaz takes advantage of an opening with a big Lariat combo.

Kenny baits Kaz into trying his Guillotine Leg Drop on the apron, but pulls his head back in and then Planchas on his head. Leg Lariats, Leg Drops, Rising Knee Strikes, all great offense from King before Kaz tries a few reversals to catch a breath. King charges and Kaz does an Overhead Belly to Belly toss into the corner.

Scoop Slam into the Springboard Guillotine from Kaz for 2. Kaz tries for the Chicken Wing, but rams Kaz face first into the turnbuckle. T-Bone Suplex Hold from King for 2. Royal Flush attempt from Kenny, Eddy Gordo kick into Tiger Driver…only 2! Royal Flush again, but Kaz grabs the ropes and falls back into a Chicken Wing. The Heavy Metal Rebel gets the submission win!

Gisele Shaw vs Mia Yim

Mickie James comes out on commentary to scout Yim a little going into their Bound For Glory match.

Gisele and Mia start off in mostly a stalemate, but Gisele still jaws over at Mickie. After a little counter play, Mia hooks in a Front Neck Choke, but Gisele powers up and slams Mia into the corner. Mia tries an Outside-In Enzuigiri, Gisele blocks it, Stun Guns and then wipes out Mia with a Tornillo.

Commercial break comes back with Gisele leaving her feet when throwing Mia into the corner and then mocking Mickie James. Mia tries to fight back, Final Cut from Gisele for 2. Gisele goes for a stomp, misses, Buzzsaw Kick, misses, and Mia lights her up with Knife Edge Chops. Spinning Rope Assisted Enzuigiri into a Green Killer puts an end to Mia’s offense. Rope run strikes leads to Gisele hitting a great Step Over Dragon Kick but Mia responds with a Headbutt as they’re both down for a second. John Woo Dropkick from Mia, Senton in the corner for 2, Mia tries to set up and Eat Defeat, but Gisele throws her into the ropes. Backbreaker/Flatliner combo gives Gisele a 2, Mia retreats to the corner a little, Gisele chases and then gets caught with an Eat Defeat.

Impact Flashback Moment: TNA PPV #28: 1.22.2003 Raven attacking Jeff Jarrett

Special Referee: Sami Callihan: Moose vs Steve Maclin

Moose comes out all taped up, hits ribs and his mid section. While Maclin looks fine and Sami has a black eye. I like the setup since Moose being banged up before the Gauntlet lends more reason to him not winning yet nit getting hurt by a loss.

Early on, the action in the ring is secondary to Sami Callihan hamming it up. He turns his back on corner strikes, stops counts and chants “WRESTLING” at the crowd. He’s really just letting things go, I think even Red Shoes would even think this is a little too rules light.

Sami’s very sarcastic and campy delivery of checking on wrestlers and starting occasional counts is great. He also congratulates people on big haymakers with the sarcastic “GOOD JOB”. The wrestling is a pretty good slugfest so far, but Sami takes away from the action with his antics; but that’s also the role he’s purposefully playing. Callihan plays into their desire to beat on each other, but the satire of the “Ref Machine” isn’t something I could tolerate often.

Standing 10 count, Sami stops at 4 and tells them to “GET YOUR ASS UP”. Which starts a chant, of course. Maclin hits the Crosshairs, and then Sami is hamming it up and takes his sweet time starting a count. Moose hits Go To Hell, but Sami got bounced and started talking to the crowd instead of counting. Light Out miss, KIA miss, round-a-bout, Lights Out, 1-2-FUCK YOU. Cactus Driver ’97 on Moose and Maclin. Sami puts Maclin on Moose and counts 3.

I am so happy this was a Joe Hendry vignette. 

Swingerellas w/Zicky Dice & Johnny Swinger vs Taya & JesSICKa w/Rosemary

JesSICKa has such great intro music. I’m glad they repackaged her into something somewhat entertaining since Havoc was not worth anything anymore.

JesSICKa throws the one in the corner, Taya hits her with the Seeing Shadows Knees in the corner, Rope Hung Sliding German Suplex and then Jess comes in and hits the SICK-ishi Driver.

It was a squash match, but trying to build JesSICKa is solid.

Matt Taven w/Mike & Maria vs Alex Shelley w/Chris Sabin

A little talking and then Taven lights up Shelley. They start some counter wrestling, Taven grabs Shelley, almost hits The Climax; but Shelley counters it into a Border City Stretch attempt, and Taven powders.

Coming back in, Shelley has control with a Headlock, followed by a soccer kick to the shoulder blades. Shelley tries to speed up, Taven keeps up well and drops Shelley with a Dropkick. Bennett trips Shelley and then Sabin trips Taven in a classic eye for an eye tweener style the Guns love.

After some outside the ring antics, Shelley comes back in, charges Taven in the corner and connects. Tries to follow up but a little over aggression and admonishment from the ref gives Taven a few opportunities. Commercial break and Taven hits a nice Backbreaker for a near fall, into a Bow and Arrow stretch, Side Russian Leg Sweep into Lion Sault from Taven – no one’s home!

Slow crawl to their feet, a quick back and forth, Soccer kicks, Border City attempt, but no. Shelley keeps wrist control locomotion chops, arm breaker into – Taven’s Leg Lariat. Lion Sault from Taven for 2. Drop Toe Hold into the turnbuckle, Tornado DDT from Shelley. Bennett gets involved, Sabin equals things out, Superkick into Shiranui and Maria  puts the foot on the ropes. Ref sees Maria, but still breaks his count anyway. A little back and forth, Kick of the King into Aurora Borealis, knees up, pinfall counters…only 2! Penalty Kick, Shellshock attempt, Bennet attacks as the referee is distracted. Just the Tip from Taven, Shellshock from Shelley and Shelley wins!

Jordynne doesn’t speak well and Scott did carry a lot of the early speaking parts of the contract signing. Masha stayed silent, so hearing the champ/babyface having to brag about their resume is a little corny. Masha only says one thing really, and that’s “Masha’s Gonna Kill You” and literally flips the table onto Jordynne. 

The cliché contract brawl expected and the fact that Masha hit the Russian Death Device through the table, makes you think Jordynne will retain. 

Overall Score: 6.5/10

Solid in ring work, the video packages were good and got the point across for the bigger matches. Alisha and Eddie kinda mirroring Gisele and Tom Brady is pretty hilarious as well. The finish to the show did hurt it a little. The crowd peaked at the Sami antics, everyone loves when the Guns are in action as tag or singles…and then a color by numbers contract signing is meh.

A few of the fun story beats with Killer Kelly and Tasha, Joe Hendry and Swinger drama is a great way of showing how to weave in lower card stories without a big name or title involved; and to keep it intriguing.

Do I think this would’ve helped someone on the fence decide to purchase Bound for Glory? No, I don’t. But at this point, Impact has a niche audience so at least the card looks promising.


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/5/22)

Happy Dynamite Anniversary!

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AEW Year 4

AEW Dynamite starts on Year 4!

AEW celebrates the Dynamite Anniversary in a big, BIG way! Perhaps biggest of all, Daniel Garcia teams with Bryan Danielson to take on Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • MJF VS Wheeler Yuta; MJF wins.
  • Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal; Darby wins.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana; Wardlow wins and retains the title.
  • Six Woman Tag: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena w/ Saraya VS Jamie Hayter, Serena Deeb & Penelope Ford w/ Britt Baker; Storm, Nightingale & Athena win.
  • Hangman Page VS Rush w/ Jose; Hangman wins.
  • Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Fuego Del Sol; Luchasaurus wins.
  • Daniel Garcia & Bryan Danielson VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara; Jericho & Guevara win.

PLAY BY PLAY

MJF VS Wheeler Yuta!

Maxwell Jacob Friedman is poised to go after the AEW World Championship whenever he wants, but he may have gone and upset the wrong one. The Blackpool Combat Club’s Decoder looks to prove MJF is not better than anyone, but will that be the case? Or will the Devil of AEW have another trick up his sleeve?

The bell rings and Yuta dares MJF to make a move. Fans rally behind Yuta and MJF is upset. MJF approaches, but then dodges Yuta to strut. MJF dusts himself off as fans duel, and then MJF and Yuta tie up. MJF pulls Yuta’s hair and pushes him backward into a corner. The ref counts, MJF lets off slowly, but Yuta avoids the sucker punch to ROCK MJF over and over! Yuta stomps away, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. MJF reverses, Yuta goes up and over and arm-drags MJF around! Yuta fakes MJF out on the third to do his own strut! Fans cheer, MJF rushes in but into a DROPKICK!

Yuta wrenches MJF around into an OLYMPIC SLAM! Fans fire up as Yuta climbs a corner! But MJF slow rolls away to the far corner. Yuta hops down, storms up but MJF uses ropes as a defense. Yuta pushes past the ref but MJF YANKS him into the buckles! MJF stomps away now, but lets off as the ref counts. MJF scowls while fans duel and MJF drags Yuta up. MJF whips corner to corner to WRING Yuta out into the buckles! MJF then soaks up the cheers and jeers. MJF mocks a fan in the crowd then goes back to Yuta. MJF CLAWS Yuta’s back, then KNEES Yuta in the back. MJF clamps on a chinlock but Yuta endures.

Fans rally and Yuta pries at the hold. Yuta fights up, throws body shots, then an elbow. Yuta waistlocks but MJF mule kicks a knee. Yuta JAWBREAKERS back! Yuta runs but MJF scoops for a BACKBREAKER to a gut wrench and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans duel while MJF argues the count. The ref defends that two is two as AEW goes picture in picture.

MJF CHOKES Yuta! The ref reprimands but MJF lets off. Yuta sit sup and gets to ropes. MJF CHOKES Yuta on the ropes! The ref counts, MJF lets off again, and Yuta sputters to a corner. MJF drags Yuta up, whips him corner to corner, and MJF back drops Yuta! MJF poses and fans duel, but then MJF tells them all “Up yours!” MJF whips Yuta to ropes, and he back drops Yuta again! MJF paces around, scowls at the fans, then he drags Yuta up in a corner. MJF whips corner to corner hard and Yuta bounces off the buckles. The ref checks but Yuta refuses to stop here. MJF whips Yuta hard into the other corner!

Yuta falls to the mat again while MJF tells DC off. MJF then storms over to Yuta and digs his boot in at the corner. The ref counts, MJF lets off at 4, and then he drags Yuta up. Yuta ROCKS MJF! And again! And again! Yuta fires off forearm after forearm, but then MJF throws Yuta down by his hair! The ref reprimands but MJF scowls again. MJF drags Yuta up again, bumps him off buckles, stares down the fans again, then he wrenches Yuta to whip corner to corner. Yuta reverses as Dynamite returns to single picture and MJF hits buckles hard! Both men are down, a standing count begins, and fans rally up.

MJF stands and he storms over, but Yuta cradles! TWO! MJF kicks low, whips Yuta to ropes, but Yuta kicks back! Yuta waistlocks, MJF flails and grabs the ropes. Yuta drags MJF from the ropes, and he avoids MJF stomping his feet! And again, and again! MJF elbows free, whips Yuta, but Yuta rewinds and gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta holds on and drags MJF back up, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Yuta drags MJF up again, for the THIRD GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! #SuplexYuta drags MJF up again, for a FOURTH GERMAN! Fans fire up as Yuta kips up! Yuta roars and he hurries to a corner.

Yuta goes up top, but MJF rolls away again. Fans are torn but Yuta runs in this time, but into an elbow! MJF goes up and DOUBLE STOMPS Yuta’s arm! MJF grabs the bad arm, but Yuta switches around to waistlock! MJF fights the German, slips an arm in and wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! MJF whips, Yuta ducks ‘n’ dodges to whip, but MJF blocks. MJF whips, dodges, but Yuta jumps! MJF blocks the rana into a POWER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Yuta survives the powerbomb backbreaker fusion and MJF is beside himself! Fans rally and William Regal criticizes MJF for sulking rather than pouncing.

MJF kicks Yuta and slaps him around. Fans duel as Yuta eggs MJF on. MJF slaps so Yuta SLAPS! And ROCSK! And CHOPS! And repeat! ROLLING- NO, MJF kicks first, but Yuta blocks it! But then MJF pokes Yuta in the eye! The ref reprimands but MJF runs, into Yuta’s ENZIGURI! MJF wobbles and sits back and fans fire up with Yuta. Yuta shakes out his bad arm, CLAWS MJF’s face, then stands him up to CHOP! Yuta whips, MJF sunset flips, TWO! Yuta sits on the cover, TWO! MJF sunsets again, TWO! Yuta sits, ONE! MJF sunsets, ONE! Yuta, ONE! MJF, ONE! Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat! Fans are loving this!

MJF has the sunset again, TWO! Yuta jackknifes, TWO as MJF bridges! MJF spins things around to hook the arms, but then swings Yuta out into a gut wrench! But Yuta fights it to turn that around! MJF fights it back again! But then Yuta victory rolls, TWO! MJF has it, TWO! Yuta has it back, TWO! MJF has it again, with crossed legs! TWO!! Yuta escapes, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! DC is thunderous for this one, and this is just the first match! They cheer for “A E DUB!” as a standing count begins. The count passes 5 of 10, then reaches 8! Yuta and MJF stir, sit up at 9, and they both stand at 9.5!

Yuta is in the corner, MJF runs in, but Yuta slips out! Yuta DECKS MJF, drags himself up top, but MJF gets up to trip him up! MJF sits Yuta up and hops up to join him, to then cravat! MJF drags Yuta onto his shoulder and then into the gut wrench! But Yuta kicks his heels together to fight that! Yuta slips back, and he CLAWS MJF’s face! Yuta then adjusts position, tightrope walks to SUPER STEINER! MJF flounders away and out of the ring, but Yuta DIVES! Direct hit and MJF moves the railing back! The fans are thunderous again as Yuta puts MJF in! Yuta hurries up top, but MJF starts rolling! And he flips Yuta off! YUTA STILL DIVING SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Fans are thunderous and Yuta can’t believe MJF survives! Yuta drags MJF up but he’s dead weight. “This is Awesome!” as Yuta gives MJF HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! MJF is a bobblehead, and then Yuta shifts him around into the SEAT- NO! MJF slips out to get SALT OF THE EARTH!! Yuta endures as MJF pushes that arm! Yuta shifts around, reaches out, but MJF drags Yuta away! OVER-THE-BACK FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Yuta taps, MJF wins!

Winner: MJF, by submission

Fans are torn, but one thing that’s rather surprising here: MJF did things fair and square! Yuta gets up and he turns MJF around! Yuta wants MJF to acknowledge the fans on this one. Yuta offers a handshake! MJF isn’t sure, but Yuta says MJF can be a man here and shake Yuta’s hand. MJF is conflicted, but he reaches out… Only for Lee Moriarty to attack from behind! The Firm’s #TAIGASTYLE strikes, but MJF is mad?! MJF tells Moriarty that he did NOT order that. This is Moriarty going against MJF’s orders! Stokely Hathaway comes out, eating a pear, and he holds out MJF’s Dynamite Diamond Ring. MJF says he doesn’t want it like this, but Stokely tells him to just do it!

MJF takes the ring, puts it on, and Moriarty sits Yuta up. Fans boo but here comes Regal! Regal puts on the BRASS KNUCKLES! Stokely and Moriarty bail as fans chant for Regal. Regal gets in the ring with MJF, dares him to use the ring on him. Fans tell MJF that “YOU F’D UP!” MJF tells Regal he’s not gonna do this, and he storms off. Was this a moment of MJF having a change of heart? Is that even possible?

 

AEW looks at the THREE YEARS of history behind tonight’s main event.

Chris Jericho brought together a group known as The Inner Circle: himself, Santana, Ortiz, Jake Hager, and Sammy Guevara. The young Spanish God has been Jericho’s protégé since the beginning of Dynamite. On the other side, Daniel Garcia came in with “2Point0,” Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker, while The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson, came in alone to shake up the foundation of AEW. Bryan told Jon Moxley, “What if we took someone like Wheeler Yuta under our wing? What if we took someone like Daniel Garcia away from 2Point0?” That was the beginning of the Blackpool Combat Club.

As for Jericho, his Inner Circle soon fell apart, because Santana & Ortiz didn’t “appreciate” Jericho. But Hager and Guevara stayed by Jericho’s side in the Jericho Appreciation Society, which took in Garcia & 2Point0. Then cut to Anarchy in the Arena, the bloodiest faction warfare in AEW history, and perhaps in all of professional wrestling. Or perhaps, in sports entertainment. The JAS came out the winners as Jericho and Hager took Bryan out together. But Bryan didn’t stay away long, and he had a battle with Garcia. This started planting a seed in Garcia’s head, and Jericho questioned Garcia’s loyalties.

Bryan VS Garcia II went the American Dragon’s way and that infuriated Jericho. Garcia didn’t appreciate Jericho ruining the moment, but then Garcia had his own moment by taking Wheeler Yuta’s ROH Pure Championship. Jericho would do the same to Claudio Castagnoli and the ROH World Championship, but in a far less honorable way. Bryan made one more plea to Garcia that he could be BCC, but Jericho told him to shut up! Jericho has vowed to “desecrate” ROH and what it stands for. Will he do just that as he takes on the pro-wrestlers, Bryan Danielson & Daniel Garcia?

 

Backstage interview with The Jericho Appreciation Society.

Tony Schiavone says that showdown of BCC VS JAS is in tonight’s main event. Matthew Menard shouts at the camera, “Daniel Garcia! After everything we have been through together, you wanna spit in our face and team with Bryan Danielson? No problem! But you take a gift, a gift that this man (Chris Jericho) gave you, that hat, and throw it on the ground?!” Hager sure likes the hat. Angelo Parker says they walked into AEW together. 2Point0 loves Garcia. He is family! But it seems Garcia has lost his way.

Jericho says Garcia is a petulant child who sticks his finger in the light socket even though he’s been told not to. But that’s okay. It is that rebellious nature that brought him to the JAS. But Garcia needs to remember that every trick he was taught, he was taught by them. They taught him how to be a great sports entertainer. Schiavone says, “You’re talking about systematic cheating, right?” To-may-to, to-mah-to, Schiavone. Lessons will be taught, lessons will be learned, and Jericho just hopes Garcia makes the right decision. Sammy shouts, “And if you don’t…! We’re gonna end you.”

Jericho says, “Speaking of ending, Bryan, tonight is gonna be a taste of what you’re gonna get in Toronto. I’m gonna desecrate the legacy of ROH. I’m gonna leave Toronto as the Ring of Jericho Champion, and still be the Ocho.” Jericho has issued his title match challenge to Bryan Danielson, but will he end up losing here tonight?

 

Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal!

The Relentless One dared this former ROH World Champion to do things truly 1v1 with no one in their corners, and surprisingly, the challenge was accepted! Will Darby prove he is worthy of gold in time for Full Gear? Or will it be a Lethal Injection that puts the rising star down?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Lethal and Darby tie up, Lethal gets around to a waistlock but Darby switches. Lethal switches back, Darby switches again, Lethal switches again, but then Darby slips away. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. Darby and Lethal tie up, Darby headlocks, but Lethal slips through and wrenches into a headlock of his own. Darby pries free, headlocks back and hits the takeover. Lethal headscissors, Darby moves around to get free and get the headlock back, but Lethal back suplexes. Darby lands on his feet, Lethal arm-drags him down, but Darby shifts around to get the headlock back!

Lethal fights up as fans rally, and Lethal wrenches free. Lethal wrenches, wrenches, hammerlocks, but Darby reaches back. Fans rally and duel, Darby hammerlocks, but Lethal spins. Darby spins with him to keep the hammerlock, and then again! Lethal runs to ropes to throw Darby out. Darby hurries back in as Lethal slides out, and Darby eggs Lethal on. Lethal rushes in but Darby sidesteps. Lethal hooks Darby to whip, but Darby goes up, steadies himself and springboards for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up as Darby sweeps and covers, ONE! The two stand off again and fans cheer. Darby smirks and he offers a handshake.

Lethal considers it, but he kicks low! Lethal whips Darby to a corner, runs in but Darby goes up and over. Darby comes back to monkey flip but Lethal handsprings through. Lethal comes back to monkey flips but Darby lands on his feet! Darby stops from running into the ref, only to turn around into a dropkick to the legs! Lethal looms over Darby, drags him around by the bad leg, and isolates the leg to stomp the knee! And then springboard STOMP it! Darby clutches his leg and crawls away but Lethal KICKS Darby’s leg into the corner. Lethal drags Darby up for a SHIN BREAKER! Darby hobbles back but Lethal stands him up.

Lethal whips corner to corner but Darby falls over halfway! Fans rally and duel as Lethal stalks Darby. Darby kicks out Lethal’s legs! Lethal falls right into the GUILLOTINE! Darby pulls on the head but Lethal fights up. Darby body scissors to add on but Lethal CLUBS away on the back leg! Lethal suplexes, but Darby slips around to a REVERSE DDT! Not quite a Scorpion Death Drop but still effective! Darby crawls to a cover, TWO! Fans rally as AEW goes picture in picture.

Darby and Lethal slowly rise, and Darby fires off forearms! Lethal wobbles, Darby runs the ropes, but Lethal CHOP BLOCKS Darby off the ropes! Darby crashes down and Lethal paces. Lethal grabs the leg, drops elbow after elbow on the knee, and then keeps dropping more elbows! Lethal lets off after TEN elbows, and fans fire up. Lethal looms over Darby, covers, TWO! Lethal looms over Darby again, drags him up, and suplexes, only for Darby to cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, and he CLOBBERS Darby! Lethal catches his breath, drags Darby by the bad leg and puts that leg on the ropes. The ref reprimands, so Lethal drags Darby from the ropes.

Lethal drops another elbow on the knee! Darby claws at Lethal but Lethal pulls back on a toehold! Darby endures while AEW goes to break.

Dynamite returns and the ref counts as Lethal digs his boot into Darby’s leg. Lethal lets off at 4, goes to the far corner, and he waits on Darby to get up. Fans rally, Darby drags himself up and Lethal runs in. Lethal blocks Darby’s boots, hooks the bad leg in the ropes, and STOMPS the leg down! Darby hobbles, Lethal reels him in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Darby writhes and clutches his leg again but fans still rally. Lethal puts Darby up top, CLUBS the bad leg again and again, then climbs up to join Darby. Fans duel, Darby throws body shots, and then he ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! Darby stands up, but Lethal grabs the bad leg.

Darby CLUBS away on Lethal, but Lethal SUPER DRAGON SCREWS! And then gets the legs, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! Darby endures and fans “WOO~!” as Lethal puts on the pressure. Darby swipes at Lethal but can’t reach. Darby reaches for the ropes now, fans rally as he crawls and drags Lethal with him, but Lethal drags Darby away! Lethal puts on as much pressure as he can, but Darby turns things over and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets off in frustration and Darby goes to a corner. Lethal runs in, but into an elbow! Darby hops up the corner to get a boost, but Lethal denies the Throwback!

Darby’s leg jams and he hobbles, Lethal runs to handspring! LETHAL- NO, Darby table tops the Injection! Lethal sits up, Darby hops on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Lethal survives and fans fire up again. But wait, there’s Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh! They honored the request until now, and now they’re storming down to ringside! Darby climbs a corner but sees Sonjay, and then Lethal trips Darby up! Sonjay cheers but Lethal tells him and Satnam to go to the back. Lethal says he has this 1v1, but then Darby runs in to RANA! Darby has the cover, TWO! Lethal sunsets but Darby rolls through to come back with a prawn hold! Lethal rolls through that, but Darby sunsets!

Lethal rolls through the sunset to push Darby to one, only for Darby to roll through and step through! LAST SUPPER! DARBY WINS!!

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

Sonjay & Satnam showed up, and maybe that cost Lethal! Lethal is frustrated, but Darby wants him to hold on. Darby is telling Lethal that he’s better than Sonjay & Satnam. Darby wants to shake hands on this, and fans chant “YES! YES!” Lethal is conflicted but Darby gives him a shove. Lethal shakes Darby’s hand! The only ones not happy about it are Sonjay & Satnam! But will they just have to accept that Lethal actually has some honor?

 

AEW looks closely at The Embassy.

Prince Nana says, “The day has come, my friends.” Originally under Tully Blanchard Enterprises, Prince Nana bought the managing rights to the Gates of Agony, Toa Liona & Kaun, and The Machine, Brian Cage. The Embassy is back, and the GOA will come after every single piece of gold in every single tag team division! And as for the TNT Championship… Brian Cage keeps hearing that this is somehow his comeback. It’s not a comeback, this is his arrival! And while Wardlow has had a hell of a year, that changes tonight, because he faces The Machine, the Swolverine!

And after tonight, Cage adds one more name to the list: The NEW AEW TNT Champion. “The answer to the question, ‘Who’s better than Brian Cage?’ is still, ‘Nobody.'” Nana tells everyone that you know the song: We in the money~! We in the money~! But will they be singing that song all the way to the bank?

AEW TNT Championship: Wardlow VS Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana!

The Clash of the Titans will have nothing on this! The Maestro of Mayhem has been conducting Powerbomb Symphonies week in and week out, but now he runs into a man very much his physical equal. Will the Machine not survive the war that’s coming? Or will this be the night the music died?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and in DC, THIS IS WAAAR~!

Fans rally up for “WARD~LOW!” as he stares down with Cage. Cage ROCKS Wardlow, powers him back and fires off in the corner! Cage RAMS his shoulder in again and again, then lets off to soak up the heat. Wardlow shakes out the cobwebs to then grab Cage and put him in the corner! Wardlow fires off body shots and RAMS his shoulder in again and again! Wardlow lets up, whips corner to corner, but Cage comes back to LARIAT! Wardlow stays up! Wardlow LARIATS, but Cage stays up! They stare down again and fans fire up as the haymakers start flying! Wardlow and Cage go back and forth, but Wardlow gets the edge.

Cage KNEES low, whips Wardlow to ropes, but Wardlow ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Fans fire up from that insane agility, and Wardlow runs, only for Cage to duck and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Wardlow ends up on ropes, Cage dials it up!? 619- NO!! Wardlow blocks the call, for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Fans are fired up for Wardlow, but Nana is shouting at Cage to get up! Wardlow says it is time, and he drags Cage up. Wardlow reels Cage in, but Nana distracts Cage and the ref on the apron. The ref reprimands, but Cage Alabama Lifts Wardlow, for a SIT-OUT ALABAMA SLAM! Wardlow goes to a corner and Nana says to finish this!

AEW goes picture in picture and Cage goes to Wardlow. Cage digs his boot in, the ref counts and Cage lets off. Cage mocks the fans clapping for Wardlow, and he runs in side to side for a BOOT WASH! Cage then drags Wardlow up, scoops him, and carries him around to do bicep curls! And then FALL AWAY SLAM, without falling! Cage flexes while soaking up the heat. Cage drags Wardlow up but Wardlow throws body shots. Cage BOOTS Wardlow back down! Wardlow sees Nana talking smack and takes a swing, but Cage stomps Wardlow down. Cage digs his boot in, lets off at 4, and then drags Wardlow up again.

Cage scoops Wardlow to SLAM him, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, ONE!! Cage clamps onto Wardlow with a chinlock to keep him down. Wardlow endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Cage KNEES low again, then has Wardlow in a corner for a BIG haymaker! Cage whips but Wardlow reverses, but Cage goes up and over to roll Wardlow. Wardlow slips free but Cage basement BOOTS him down! Nana cheers that agility and Cage soaks up the heat. Cage drags Wardlow up but Wardlow throws body shots. Cage knees low again, ROCKS Wardlow with a right, then HEADBUTTS him into a corner.

Cage KICKS away on Wardlow in the corner, soaks up the heat, and then storms up on Wardlow. Wardlow throws hands as Dynamite returns to single picture, and he backs Cage down! Cage JUMP KNEES back! Wardlow staggers, Cage storms up in the corner to wrench and whip. Wardlow goes up and up and hits WHISPER IN THE WIND?!? No one can believe it but that’s what happened! Cage staggers up but into Wardlow’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Cage staggers up again, but into another GERMAN SUPLEX! Nana is freaking out as Wardlow waistlocks again. Cage throws elbows, but ends up in an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Fans fire up as Wardlow has Cage in a drop zone! Wardlow climbs up a corner, but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Wardlow goes to the apron, Cage climbs up and he brings Wardlow up! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow survives and Nana is pissed! The ref defends the count but Cage looms over Wardlow. “This is Awesome!” as Cage says this is it! Suplex and- NO, Wardlow slips out to shove Cage to ropes, POP-UP SPINEBSUTER on the return! Cover, TWO!! Wardlow is frustrated but Nana rallies for Cage. Wardlow brings Cage up, winds up, but Cage ducks to fireman’s carry! F5!! Cover, TWO!!

Nana can’t believe it! He thought it was over already! Cage roars at Wardlow, brings him up, and reels him in. Fans boo as Cage wants to steal the Symphony! But Wardlow slips out to HEADBUTT! Cage roars, spins, but into another HEADBUTT! Wardlow shakes it off, winds up and LARIATS! Fans fire up as the straps come down! Nana is even more panicked, Wardlow brings Cage up and in, for the POWERBOMB! But Wardlow is just getting going, fans want it “ONE MORE TIME!” Wardlow conducts the DC choir and drags Cage back up! POWERBOMB THE SECOND! Wardlow is feeling it now, and he brings Cage up “ONE MORE TIME!”

Wardlow reels Cage back in, for POWERBOMB THE THIRD! And roll through to the FOURTH!! Cover, Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The Machine pushed the War Dog, but not far enough! Wait! The Gates of Agony attack! The Embassy will not let Wardlow enjoy his victory! But here comes SAMOA JOE! The ROH World TV Champion gets in the ring to HEADBUTT Kaun and RAM him into the buckles! Fans are thunderous as Joe fires off JABS and haymakers! Cage and Toa go after Joe, then Cage goes back for Wardlow. This is 3v2 in the Embassy’s favor, and even Nana gets a shot in! But here comes FTR!! The ROH World Tag Team Champions storm right up to the ring, and now The Embassy bails out! Things are even now, and that’s not good for them!

Nana wants Toa & Kaun to stand down but fans are thunderous for Cash & Dax. The Embassy retreat, but will the Gates of Agony look to take away those ROH belts from the three-belt champs?

 

Britt Baker speaks.

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, as the Face of the AEW Women’s Division but most importantly, as a Role Model, I feel morally obligated to answer the question that everybody’s been asking. And the answer is no, Saraya will NOT be wrestling in AEW. The doctors have NOT medically cleared her to compete. So let’s ship her off in some bubble wrap and send her on her way. But I guess that officially makes this my house now, right? Yours Truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.”

 

Six Woman Tag: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena w/ Saraya VS Jamie Hayter, Serena Deeb & Penelope Ford w/ Britt Baker, Rebel & Kip Sabian!

A revolution has come to the AEW Women’s Division, and with the backing of the former WWE Diva’s Champion, the Interim AEW Women’s World Champion leads another battle against the Forces of Britt Baker! But will having Saraya’s support help Storm, Willow & Athena win the night? Or will someone score themselves a shortcut to a title match instead?

The trios sort out and Willow starts against Hayter in a rematch from last week’s Rampage. They circle, fans rally for both, but then Hayter tags out to Mrs. Superbad. Willow tags to Athena so Athena and Ford circle. Things speed up, Athena hurdles then drops but Ford leaps over. Ford comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor, but Athena handsprings through! Fans cheer as Athena and Ford reset. Ford runs in but into a sweep! Athena SHOTGUNS Ford down, then drags her up. Athena wrenches, whips, but Ford goes up the corner to BOOT back. Ford leaps but Athena catches her for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Athena drags Ford up with a facelock but Ford RAMS her into the corner. Ford RAMS again, lets off, and both Hayter and Deeb hold Athena in place for the handspring back elbow! Tag to Deeb and fans cheer the Professor of Pro-Wrestling. Deeb EuroUppers, takes Athena off her feet, then fires up. Deeb whips Athena to ropes, Athena ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Tag to Storm, and she SHOTGUNS Deeb down! Storm drags Deeb up and TOSSES her across the way! Storm wrenches, CLUBS away on Deeb, and fans are torn. Britt protests, Saraya tells her to shush, and Storm runs to BOOT Deeb down!

Storm drags Deeb up, whips her to a corner, then runs in to uppercut! Storm holds Deeb in place, Hayter protests but the ref is busy with her so Athena gets in to forearm smash! Willow gets in to back body block! Storm HIP ATTACKS! Storm then drags Deeb up to reel her in. Hayter distracts again but Storm DECKS her, then DECKS Ford for good measure. But Deep CHOP BLOCKS Storm! Deeb rains down fists and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture.

The ref reprimands but Deeb lets off. Deeb glares at Athena and takes a swipe, then stands Storm up. Deeb EuroUppers, Storm staggers, and Deeb brings her around to bump off buckles. Deeb stomps a mudhole into Storm, then tags Ford. Ford pushes Storm back in to stomp a mudhole of her own! Tag to Hayter and she stomps away on Storm! The ref counts, Hayter lets off to drag Storm up into a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Hayter hurries to keep Storm from her team and bumps her off buckles! Storm is down, Hayter tags Ford, and Ford drags Storm up to put on ropes. Ford CHOKES Storm and thrashes around, but lets off as the ref counts 4.

Ford argues with the ref but this is a distraction so Britt can CHOKE Storm! Britt lets off before she’s caught, and then Ford YANKS Storm into the ropes! Storm falls over, Ford drags her up again and wrenches to a wristlock. Tag to Hayter, she goes up and drops AX HANDLES on the bad arm! Hayter drags Storm up, tags Ford back in, and Ford goes up to drop AX HANDLES! Ford brings Storm around, tags Deeb, they mug Storm and Deeb brings Storm around to snapmare. Deeb wraps Storm up in a straitjacket stretch as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally and Storm fights up to arm-drag free!

Storm stands to fire forearms on Deeb! Deeb goes low to get the takedown, and GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Storm clutches her leg while Deeb DECKS Willow! Athena avoids a shot, but Deeb hooks up Storm’s legs in a deathlock. Athena runs in, Deeb kicks her first, but Athena fights the suplex. Willow runs in but so does Hayter, and Hayter kicks Willow. STEREO SUPLEXES with the SNAP LOCK on the side! Fans cheer, they acknowledge that was good stuff. Deeb tags Ford, she drags Storm away, but Storm kicks her away! Ford tags Deeb ack in, and Deeb grabs Storm’s leg! Storm ENZIGURIS Deeb, hot tags to Hayter and Willow!

Fans fire up as Willow dodges and LARIATS Hayter! And ELBOWS! And BOOTS! Willow snarls, drags Hayter up to whip, and she hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, Deeb breaks it! Deeb stomps Willow, drags Hayter over and tags in. Deeb brings Willow up to throw uppercuts! Deeb CHOKES Willow on the ropes but the ref counts. Deeb lets off, Rebel talks trash and brings out a crutch! But Saraya snatches it! And then she swings on Rebel and Britt! Fans fire up, Deeb is distracted, and Willow cradles her! TWO! Deeb runs, Willow gets around to push and POUNCE! Fans fire up with Willow but Deeb tags Ford!

Ford runs in but into a scoop! Ford slips off to HEEL KICK! Willow goes down, but Athena reels Ford in for a Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER CODE BREAKER! Deeb SPEARS Athena! Storm SHOTGUNS Deeb! Hayter runs in, for an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER to Storm! Willow rises to SUPERKICK Hayter! Ford returns, goes Matrix to doge and CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Willow survives! Ford drags Willow up, runs to handspring, but Willow SHOTGUNS her while upside-down! Willow hauls Ford up, gut wrenches and DOCTOR BOMBS!! Cover, WILLOW’S TEAM WINS!

Winner: Toni Storm, Willow Nightingale & Athena, by pinfall

But Britt gets in to ruin the celebration because she gets in Saraya’s face. Britt keeps talking trash about if Saraya ain’t cleared, she doesn’t need to be here. But Saraya ROCKS Britt! Fans fire up as the brawl is on!! Hayter, Deeb, Ford and even Rebel get in, the brawl explodes! DC is loving this! Saraya TOSSES Britt out, and now she has Rebel all to herself! Rebel begs for mercy, but she gets a BOOT instead! Saraya shouts, “This is MY house!” Will Saraya prove to Britt that she can still go?

 

Backstage interview with Rush, Jose & Private Party.

Tony Schiavone notes that El Toro Blanco is taking on The Cowboy, Hangman Adam Page tonight, but it seems Jose The Assistant has “called the troops together.” And he did so because while Private Party showed up for work tonight, they haven’t been showing up in the ring. Jose has clips to prove it. Last week, Rush and Hangman brawling, but NO Private Party backing Rush up. Then the week before that, when Rush led The Butcher & The Blade in that blindside of Hangman, still no Private Party! Jose promises that Rush will blast Hangman again tonight. Rush tells Private Party to “do the right thing tonight!”

Jose lets Private Party know that they know Matt Hardy’s been talking with them. They better choose the right side in this. Jose and Rush leave, but will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy do what’s right? Or will they do what La Faccion Ingobernables wants?

 

The Acclaimed head to the ring!

Fans are fired up as there’s balloons and a podium. Max Caster has the mic, so “Yo! Listen! Acclaimed on the mic, what I’m saying is hot. Even in the senators are insider trading our stock. We will never be approved like a home loan. We did it on our own cuz we homegrown! Even Joe Biden is lovin’ it. He said, ‘Scissor me timbers,’ and didn’t even stutter it! Yo, we put ’em away. Hands up cuz it’s National Scissoring Day!” Bowens gets the mic to say, “WASHINGTON DEEEE CEEEEE! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! Fans fire up and sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” as the champs go to the podium.

Bowens says he is glad they’re singing that, cuz Daddy loves to scissor! But Washington, D.C, welcome to the very first ever National Scissoring Day celebration! It is a very special night, unlike anything in our great sport’s history, and it is brought to you by The Acclaimed, the most popular team in ALL of professional wrestling! Caster adds, “That’s right!” The winningest team in AEW! That’s right! The best damn homegrown team in AEW history! THAT’S RIGHT! And today, it was made official thanks to every single fan. The “Scissor Me Daddy Ass” T-Shirt is the NUMBER ONE BEST SELLER IN 2022!!

Bowens says most importantly, The Acclaimed, your #ForeverChamps, have brought home gold! That means AEW no longer stands for All Elite Wrestling. No, it stands for ACCLAIMED EVERY WEDNESDAY! But now, this is cause for celebration, and the Acclaimed celebrate by scissoring. Bowens knows a thing or two about that. They used to Babe Ruth the Sultan of Swat, so you can call Anthony Bowens the Sultan of Scissors! And there may be a few of you tuning in for the very first time tonight because National Scissoring Day was trending all day long. Let’s break it down for you. Scissoring is a handshake, a sign of friendship, and a sign of true teamwork.

The Acclaimed understand that the people want to be represented by a real team. “Not two dudes who were thrown together like Keith Lee and Sneaky Swerve.” Fans boo to support that point. Bowens says “Sneaky Swerve” would like us to believe that he and Keith deserve to be AEW Tag Team Champions. Sneaky Swerve would like us to believe that he and Keith are the most popular tag team in the industry. But they’re WRONG! EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! “Swerve, this isn’t your house.” Billy Gunn takes over here and says, “This is Daddy Ass’s house! Now for everybody in the building, and the millions…” “AND MILLIONS!” “… of people at home, it’s National Scissoring Day!”

That said, Billy was sent down to City Hall today, because he’s a big deal, and he was asked to present The Acclaimed with this. Billy brings out a big package wrapped in gold. Could it be…? The Acclaimed unwrap the package and… it’s the SCISSORS TO THE CITY! Y’know, like you see when someone has to cut a big ribbon. Bowens is all fired up, but he’s running with scissors! Billy tells him don’t do that. Bowens apologizes, and Caster goes to the podium. “Folks, at this point in the service, we’d like everybody to turn to your right and your left to offer a sign of peace to your neighbor via scissoring. Peace be with you, Anthony.” The Acclaimed scissor finger and the fans join in!

“And as National Scissoring Day comes to a close, I wanna talk about greatness. Yeah, guys, I wanna talk about greatness. About 40 years ago, here in this city, Washington DC, greatness was achieved when Washington won the Super Bowl. Yeah. Super Bowl 17. A lot of people here probably don’t remember that. I wasn’t even born yet, but it means a lot to me, because my dad was on that championship team.” Fans cheer for that, and Billy even hugs Caster. Caster continues to say, “And his Super Bowl ring is his prized possession. He wears it proudly to this day. And he achieved greatness here all those years ago, just like The Acclaimed achieved greatness when we won the AEW Tag Team titles.

“But this city represents, also, the ugly side of America, the division in our country. But one thing we can agree on is that everyone loves The Acclaimed.” Fans cheer that! So put your scissors up right now! Cuz it’s their duty to bring everyone together. Today, there is no Left or Right, no blue or red. “The Acclaimed wears pink, and everyone looks good in pink, baby! We are the People’s Choice, we are the People’s Voice, and we’re gonna make history here tonight. We’re gonna do the first-ever bipartisan scissor to unite this country. Let’s do it!” Fans fire up as the trio puts up the fingers… “Whose House?” Swerve Strickland is here to rain on the parade!

Fans boo but Swerve has a mic to say, “This is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever seen. Oh, congratulations on your whole number one selling T-shirt on AEWShop.com. Congratulations, Billy. Now some more kids can go to school and get suspended again in this decade like they did two ago. These are your tag champ role models you want for your children? These guys, right? Y’know what? Those two tag team championships shouldn’t even be on your shoulders, they should both be on Billy’s, because if it wasn’t for you, Swerve In Our Glory would still be tag team champions.”

Fans boo but Swerve says that for him and Keith to get back to what they do, they gotta get back to business. That means taking Billy out. So next week, in Toronto, it’ll be “Daddy Ass” himself, Billy Gunn stepping into whose house? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” And it’ll be one-on-one. And don’t even think about bringing those two fingers up in Swerve’s face. You do that, Swerve will make sure Billy never uses that hand again. Because we all know rock beats scissors every day. Swerve even has a rock in his hand! But wait, Mark Sterling is storming out here? Sterling says, “I don’t wanna say I told you so, but I told you so! Paper covers rock, pal!”

Sterling brings back his petitions and says he’s been calling out Swerve for being a jerk for months! No one was listening, but Sterling expects that from the “idiots” in the crowd and watching at home. But the Acclaimed should wanna hear him out. They need Sterling. Fans boo that. But Sterling says they need him to beat Swerve because they can’t do it themselves. We saw Grand Slam, there was some controversy. So let’s all join together so Sterling can represent them in the fight against Swerve, and seal the deal tonight! Let’s give the people what they want, and that is the three of them scissoring Sterling! What?

Sterling turns around into a CHOP! And then Billy scoops to SLAM Sterling! Caster and Billy open Sterling up for SCISSOR ME TIMBERS!! Swerve rolls his eyes and leaves but Billy says wait! Before Swerve leaves, Billy ACCEPTS! Next week, Toronto Dynamite, Swerve VS Billy! But okay, Swerve can leave now, because The Acclaimed has just one more thing to do. They… SCISSOR!! But will Swerve Strickland crush Daddy Ass when Dynamite goes north?

 

AEW looks at The Dark Order VS Death Triangle!

Alex Reynolds says that this Friday will be bittersweet. It’s the second anniversary of Mr. Brodie Lee’s last ever match, but also the night that the Dark Order beats Death Triangle to become NEW AEW World Trios Champions! But PAC responds by telling Dark Order that while their “recipe” is fine, Death Triangle’s “ingredients are just a little bit more premium.” Preston Vance says, “What better way to win the Trios Championships than on the anniversary of Brodie Lee’s last match.” Penta El Zero Miedo says Death Triangle is the best trio in the universe, because they have CERO MIEDO!

John Silver mocks Pac’s accent when he says The Dark Order is coming for the Trios Championships! Not bad. But will it really be the Dark Order’s time to shine when Death Triangle is on a Rampage?

 

Backstage interview with Madison Rayne & Skye Blue.

Schiavone introduces the coach of the AEW Women’s Division, and she says it has been great being here. In the few months she’s been here, she’s seen endless potential in the division, particularly in Skye. Skye is truly a rising star and she’s becoming quite the wrestler. But TayJay, Tay Melo & Anna Jay “A S,” walk over and say this is a joke. Madison, as Skye’s coach? What Skye really needs is a sports entertainment coach, to give Skye charisma, personality and flair. Skye says for once, TayJay might be right. She could work on her “charisma” while they can work on their wrestling. But uh, there’s two and two, and then Rampage this Friday. What do they say?

Tay says that’s perfect! Because as Jericho always says, sports entertainer always beat pro-wrestlers. TayJay head and Madison copies Matthew Menard by saying, “It’s gonna be enter-tening.”

 

Hangman Page VS Rush w/ Jose!

The Cowboy and El Toro Blanco were the last two in the Golden Ticket Battle Royal, and in the end, Hangman won the prize. But things are far from settled between these two, will Hangman also avenge John Silver? Or will he get the horns before ever making it to the title match?

The bell rings and fans are thunderous already for “COWBOY S*IT!” Rush rushes in, Hangman dodges and fires hands. Rush gives them back, they brawl and fans fire up! Rush ROCKS Hangman but Hangman comes back to CHOP! Rush CHOPS, Hangman CHOPS, and now it’s a CHOP fight! Rush fires up and eggs Hangman on so Hangman CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hangman shakes out his hand, runs, but Rush blasts past, gets around and waistlocks. Hangman switches but Rush switches back to shove Hangman away. Hangman goes up and out to the apron but Rush rolls back to tranquilo!

Jose anchors Hangman’s foot! Rush then rushes in to DECK Hangman! Rush goes out after Hangman to drag him up and RAM him into railing! Rush brings Hangman around to SMACK off the chair in the corner, then he drags Hangman up again. Jose distracts the ref so Rush can use the camera cable to LASH Hangman! And then CHOKE him! The ref sees something’s up and reprimands, Rush lets off at 4. Rush soaks up the heat then drags Hangman up to RAM into more railing! Rush keeps on Hangman as AEW goes picture in picture.

Rush RAMS Hangman into steel steps! The ref reprimands, Rush puts Hangman in the ring and he soaks up more heat. Rush gets in as Hangman goes to a corner, and Rush looms over him. Rush drags Hangman up, CHOPS him, then ROCKS him with a forearm. Rush whips corner to corner, runs in and KNEES Hangman, then snapmares him down for a basement dropkick! Hangman writhes but Rush tranquilos again. Rush soaks up more heat from DC, then stalks Hangman to another corner. Hangman CHOPS back, so Rush CHOPS. Hangman CHOPS, Rush CHOPS, the CHOP fight is back!

Rush ROCKS Hangman with a right, sits Hangman down in the corner and digs his boot in. The ref counts, Rush lets off and “apologizes,” but Jose CHOKES Hangman behind the ref’s back! Rush pretends he can’t hear the ref, and Jose lets off before he gets caught. Rush stomps Hangman more, then drags him up to slingshot suplex! Rush CHOKES Hangman but the ref counts. Rush lets off and “apologizes,” but then he tells the fans to shut up. Rush goes back to Hangman, kicks him around, but Hangman throws body shots! Rush KICKS Hangman down, then stomps him more! Rush pretends to take Hangman’s head off and kick it into the crowd.

Dynamite returns to single picture, and Hangman throws hands! Rush ROCKS Hangman, whips him to ropes, but Hangman reverses. Rush ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY, but into Hangman’s FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman fires up with the kip up! Fans fire up, but Rush kips up to ROCK Hangman! Rush soaks up the heat, and MJF is backstage with his poker chip. Rush KICKS Hangman, whips him corner to corner, but Rush runs in to be put on the apron. Hangman triangle jump LARIATS! Fans fire up as Hangman then aims to PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Rush! Fans fire up as Hangman drags Rush up and into the ring.

Hangman catches his breath and fans rally up behind him. Hangman slides in, Rush runs in but Hangman dodges! Rush leaps, into a fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Rush is still in this but fans rally behind Hangman. Rush goes to a corner, Hangman storms over and he gives scuffing kicks. Hangman eggs Rush, Rush gets up and Hangman CHOPS! Rush choke grips Hangman but Hangman throws forearms. Rush doesn’t budge and he eggs Hangman on, so the forearms come in! Rush ROCKS Hangman back! Hangman sits in the corner, Rush stomps away on him, then stands on his shoulders! The ref counts, but Hangman powers up!

Hangman lifts Rush as he stands on the shoulders! Hangman then gets Rush in position, POWERBOMB! Hangman goes right into the jackknife bridge, TWO!! Rush survives again but fans rally for Hangman. Hangman snarls and goes to the apron. He throws off the elbow pads, but Rush runs in! Hangman ROCKS Rush first, but Jose anchors Hangman again! Hangman kicks Jose away, slingshots, BUCK- HEADBUTT! JUMP KNEE! And then the tuck, for a STRAITJACKET PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Hangman survives and shocks Rush! But Rush tastes his own blood coming from a busted nose, and he revels in it!

Hangman goes to a corner, Rush takes aim and goes corner to corner! Rush runs in, but Hangman LARIATS! Hangman reloads, slingshots, BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

The Cowboy puts the bull away and is heading to Cincinnati with momentum! But wait, Private Party heads out! Are they going to do “the right thing?” Wait! Here comes MOXLEY! The AEW World Champion isn’t gonna let Quen & Kassidy rough up his challenger. Moxley gets a mic and gets in the ring as Private Party backs away. Moxley and Hangman go forehead to forehead, and Moxley says, “I’ve been waiting for this for three years. Three years of AEW Dynamite. Three years of watching you, three years of studying you because I knew this was coming. Three years of us circling each other. Between the two of us, we’ve beaten just about everybody there is to beat here in AEW. Except each other.

“On October 18th, at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, my home arena, the arena I literally grew up in… For real, I used to smoke and drink under the bridge outside.” But on that Tuesday night, Moxley and Hangman will be one last man standing here in AEW. In 13 days, Cowboy, Moxley leaves his house, walks down the street, shows up at Heritage Bank Center, and will break Hangman’s face. Moxley will choke Hangman until he turns blue, because he is in the way of Moxley being the one true top guy in AEW, of being the world champion, and of being THE best in the world!

“And I’ve all the respect in the world for your abilities, I have all the respect in the world for your talents. I admire you as a person. But when that bell rings, with the world championship on the line, I ain’t got any gaddamn respect for anything.” Hangman takes the mic and says, “If you’ve been waiting for this so long, where the hell are you going right now?” Fans like the sound of that! Moxley gets back in the ring, fans chant for “COWBOY SH*T!” but Moxley says, “You’re a sweet kid. And like a lot of kids around here, you say a bunch of bulls*it and your mouth gets you in trouble. I’m gonna let you off the hook just once. But this is your final warning. You’ve got 13 days. You watch your damn mouth.”

Moxley leaves, having put it in simple terms. But MJF is smiling as he watches this backstage. Whether it’s Maniac or Cowboy, will The Devil come to collect from the winner?

 

Backstage interview with Willow Nightingale.

Schiavone says that was a big win tonight as Willow got the pin, her career is on the upswing. Willow thanks Schiavone for that, she is stoked! But she’s more than just “happy to be here,” she is on a roll! At Battle of the Belts, she wants to challenge for the AEW TBS Championship! Uh, what? The Baddies barge in and give Willow trash. Willow shoves Leila & Kiera back, but Jade says, “What? I already beat you like, twice.” Singles and tag! So it seems Willow just wants to be #39. Willow says Jade may have beaten her twice, but how about a third? Jade’s sure confident that she’ll go 39-0, but no one is undefeated forever! So what if Jade actually does go 38-1, and it’s Willow who is “The One!?”

Willow looks at the title then takes her leave. Will she be the one to leave with that title on Friday? Or will Willow’s roll hit a wall?

 

Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Fuego Del Sol!

Captain Charisma leads the way for his own personal kaiju, both of them having battered and bruised Jungle Boy after their betrayals. Will Luchasaurus continue to demolish all put in his path? Or will the Fire of the Sun burn down the towering tyrant lizard?

The bell rings, Fuego rushes in, but Luchasaurus catches him with a choke grip! For the CHOKE SLAM! But that’s not enough for Christian, and Luchasaurus drags Fuego up again. Straitjacket, torture rack, EXTINCTION!! Cover, Luchasaurus wins!

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

Christian is all smiles, but he still wants Luchasaurus to take out the trash. Luchasaurus gut wrenches Fuego to a Crucifix, but HERE COMES JUNGLE BOY! He has a chair and he JAMS Luchasaurus with it! Fuego is spared but JB SMACKS Luchasaurus on the back! Luchasaurus falls out of the ring but is right back up! Christian keeps Luchasaurus from rushing back in at the angry Jack Perry! JB gets a mic to say, “Look at me, you traitor! You were my best friend in the entire world. You were my BEST FRIEND! And after everything that we have been through together, you chose him. And you broke my heart.”

JB takes a moment before he continues. “But now, I am going to break your fingers. I am going to break your nose. I am going to break your arm! I am going to break you piece by miserable piece until I break YOU! You pick the time and you pick the place, I’ll be ready.” Christian snatches the mic to say, “I told you not to come back this week, Jungle Boy. And it’ll be just as easy for us to step into this ring, drop you, and leave you in a pool of your own piss and blood. But y’know what? You got me thinking here. You said we pick the time and place? Well we’re in your nation’s capital of Washington, DC. And apparently I’m the only honest person in Washington, DC, because I can tell you right now, that match will not be happening in this cesspool in front of these losers!”

Fans boo but Christian says the time is next week on Dynamite! The place is Christian’s hometown of Toronto! Will Jungle Boy finally get his revenge in front of Christian’s hometown crowd?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Friday Fight Night!

On top of the AEW World Trios Championship match of Death Triangle VS Dark Order, the match of Skye Blue & Madison Rayne VS TayJay is official! Plus, the AEW Tag Team Championship contenders race heats up as Smart Mark’s stable of Tony Nese & Josh Woods will take on the Varsity Blonds. Then, after the tense confrontation earlier, Jon Moxley brings the Blackpool Combat Club’s Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli with him to take on Rush & Private Party!

Plus, Battle of the Belts just gets better! First, Jade VS Willow for the AEW TBS Championship is now official! Will Willow become the one in 38-1? And after their own tense confrontation, FTR will defend their ROH World Tag Team Championships against The Embassy’s Gates of Agony, Toa Liona & Kaun! And of course, win or lose from Rampage, Pac defends his All-Atlantic Championship against Trent Beretta! Will #JustTrent be facing a two-belt or one-belt Bastard to close out the night? Speaking of which…

AEW looks closer at PAC VS Trent!

The Bastard says, “Trent Beretta. You’re upset that I hurt your little buddy, are ya? Your ‘best friend.'” Trent says “Pac calls himself a Bastard. I guess it’s cuz he talks in a fake scary voice and he makes mean faces. And he needs to use a hammer to win matches and hurt our friend.” Pac says Cassidy blindsided him and yet Pac’s the bad guy. Trent says this Friday, he gets revenge. And he won’t need a hammer to hurt someone. But Pac says, “I’m a bastard, what did you expect? But at Battle of the Belts, I’ll have no problem hurting you, as well.” Trent says, “NEW All-Atlantic Champ. Hands in, boys.” Chuckie T is there to join in, but will Best Friends be celebrating a vengeful victory?

 

Daniel Garcia & Bryan Danielson VS Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara!

The ROH Pure Champion has been torn between the influence of his hero in The American Dragon and his mentor in The Wizard. He has also been torn between the definitions of a “professional wrestler” and a “sports entertainer,” and which one fits him best. But one thing is for sure, Garcia wants some respect from Jericho, not cheap gifts and cheap tactics! Will Garcia and his hero humble the ROH World Champion and the Spanish God? Or will the Jericho Appreciation Society just sports entertain their way to another cheap victory?

The teams sort out and Garcia starts with Jericho, student against mentor and ROH Pure Champion VS ROH World Champion! Fans chant, “F YOU SAMMY!” while Jericho wants to uphold the Code of Honor. Garcia hopes he’s honest, and shakes Jericho’s hand. Jericho doesn’t try any tricks, they circle, and tie up. Jericho arm-drags Garcia fast and then holds up his hands in victory. Sammy rallies Jericho but Jericho and Garcia tie up. Garcia denies the arm-drag and wags his finger. Jericho rushes in, Garcia gets around to trip Jericho up, floats all over him, and mounts! Fans cheer but Jericho is upset.

Garcia gator rolls Jericho around, floats around again and slaps away on Jericho’s head! Garcia kicks dirt at him, too! Jericho is upset more, and he CHOPS Garcia! Garcia CHOPS back! Jericho CHOPS, Garcia CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Jericho reverses, and Sammy trips Garcia up! Sammy pretends he didn’t but fans boo. Sammy tags in while Jericho seems hesitant, and Sammy rains down fists! Fans boo but Sammy stops to taunt Bryan. Sammy goes back to Garcia, he drags Garcia up and CLUBS Garcia. Sammy suplexes, Garcia slips out and shoves to dropkick the legs out!

Sammy crawls but Garcia tags Bryan! Bryan dodges Sammy to DROPKICK Jericho! Bryan fires off on Sammy with haymakers, then he EuroUppers Sammy hard in the corner! Bryan KICKS away in the corner, whips Sammy corner to corner, but Sammy reverses, only for Bryan to go up and over! Bryan keeps moving, he ducks Sammy to DIVE onto Jericho! Bryan sees Sammy coming and ROCKS him out of the tope! Bryan goes up top and fans fire up as AEW goes picture in picture!

Sammy staggers, into Bryan’s MISSILE DROPKICK! Bryan kips up and fans fire up. Bryan waits on Sammy to sit up, to give him a KICK! And a KICK! And a KICK! Sammy sits up but into more KICKS! Then the BUZZ- NO, Sammy ducks to roll Bryan up! TWO, into the omoplata! LEBELL LOCK!! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Bryan! The ref reprimands but too late, Jericho tags in. But Bryan drop toeholds Jericho to get the arms! CATTLE MUTILATION! Jericho endures but Bryan tips over to then chicken wing Jericho for a TIGER- NO, Jericho victory rolls through and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!!

Bryan endures now as Jericho sits deep! Garcia gets in but Jericho lets off. The two stare down, but Bryan rolls Jericho up! TWO, and Bryan CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers! Bryan fires off more uppercuts, whips Jericho to ropes but Jericho reverses and CLOBBERS Bryan! Jericho then DECKS Garcia with a sucker punch! Jericho seems conflicted after he did it, but he turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Sammy tags in, goes up top and leaps, but Bryan catches him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Sammy ends up in a corner, Bryan fires up and runs in, to DROPKICK! Sammy wobbles, into Bryan’s BUTTERFLY SUPLEX!

Dynamite returns to single picture, Excalibur assures us that is the final commercial break, and Bryan climbs up top! Jericho trips Bryan up, Sammy GAMANGIRIS! Sammy goes up top after Bryan, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans rally up, but Sammy rains down fists. Sammy snarls and fires up, and he sits Bryan up for a chinlock. Sammy then pushes Bryan down to stomp. Sammy tags Jericho, they double whip and double shoulder Bryan over! Sammy spins and poses with Jericho, Le Sex Gods are back at it. Jericho drags Bryan up, tags Sammy back in, and Jericho CHOPS!

Jericho and Sammy mug Bryan with haymakers and CHOPS, then Sammy whips. Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges as fans bring back “F YOU SAMMY!” DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both men are down, fans rally up and both men crawl, hot tags to Garcia and Jericho! These two stare down and fans fire up more. But Sammy jumps in, only for Garcia to DECK him outta the sky! Garcia and Jericho stare down again, and the brawl is on! Fans are thunderous as Garcia gets the edge! Garcia stomps a mudhole, the ref counts but Garcia won’t let off so the ref backs him down! Garcia is fired up and so are the fans.

Jericho stands, Garcia choke grips but Jericho breaks that, only for Garcia to ROCK him with a right! And then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up as Garcia goes again, but Jericho trips him! But Garcia turns Walls into a DRAGON SLAYER!! Jericho endures Garcia’s take on the Sharpshooter, fans fire up, but Sammy gets in to SUPERKICK Garcia down! Then Sammy FLIES to take out Bryan! Sammy says he’s the best, but fans chant, “You Still Suck!” Jericho covers Garcia, TWO! Jericho drags Garcia up to CHOP him. Garcia grits his teeth, Jericho CHOPS again.

Jericho CHOPS but Garcia glares at him. Jericho CHOPS, Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, but Jericho avoids the dropkick! LIONSAULT onto knees! Jericho hurries to tag Sammy and Sammy hurries up top. Sammy leaps, but into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Sammy flails, Garcia shifts to a CROSSFACE!! Bryan intercepts Jericho, to get a CROSSFACE!! Fans are thunderous for the double crossfaces, but Sammy and Jericho move around. So Bryan and Garcia shift position for STEREO HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan dumps Jericho out and he helps Garcia put Sammy in a corner.

Bryan hauls Sammy up top, then he and Garcia both climb up. They bring Sammy up for a DOUBLE SUPER BACK SUPLEX! But Sammy lands on his feet!! Sammy wags his finger, and SCREW HIGH KICKS Garcia! Sammy dodges Bryan to then STANDING SPANISH FLY! Sammy reels Garcia in, back suplex KICK! Cover, TWO!! Garcia is still in this and Sammy is furious! Fans say “You Still Suck!” as Sammy torture racks Garcia. GO TO- NO, Garcia blocks the knee to SLAP Sammy, and SPIKE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Jericho drags Garcia off! But Bryan FLYING KNEES Jericho down! Garcia pushes Sammy but Sammy fires off forearms!

Sammy roars, runs, but into a BOOT! Garcia runs, into a SUPERKICK! Garcia rebounds to LARIAT Sammy inside-out! Both men are down in the ring, Bryan EuroUppers Jericho outside! Bryan runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER on the timekeeper’s table! Jericho drags Bryan up to suplex Bryan through the table!! They’re down on the outside now while fans lose their minds! Garcia sits up, he gets Sammy’s arms and drags him up. Garcia turns but Sammy fights free to JUMP KNEE! Torture rack, GO TO HOSPITAL!! Garcia is down but Sammy isn’t done, he rains down fists! Sammy wants to hurt Garcia for leaving the JAS!

Sammy goes to the corner, goes up top, SHOOTING STAR onto knees!! Garcia has the legs, for the DRAGON SLAYER!! Sammy endures as Garcia sits deep, but Jericho CLOBBERS Garcia with the ROH title belt!! Fans boo but the ref missed it as she was checking on Sammy! Sammy crawls himself to cover Garcia, the JAS wins!!

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

Another cheap trick and the sports entertainers win! The rest of the JAS comes out to celebrate with them, and of course SamTay kiss. Jericho still seems torn having to do this to his protégé, but is this all the more reason for Garcia to leave the JAS and join the BCC? Can Bryan redeem himself and ROH by taking the world title away from Jericho? Or is the future of ROH nothing but the OCHO?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for AEW to celebrate the Dynamite Anniversary while also serving as a go-home to “Friday Fight Night.” However, with that, the elephant in the room needs to be addressed. After getting at it via Twitter, Sammy and Andrade couldn’t help but throw down backstage in person. Tony Khan sent Andrade home when Sammy’s been the instigator the whole time, but Sammy was scheduled for tonight’s main event so oF CoUrSe SaMmY sTaYs~! I agree with a fan sign I saw tonight: HIRE HR EXPERTS. This shouldn’t be happening to a company that is meant to be the positive alternative to what WWE was under Vince. Ironically, while scraps happened (Jericho oddly being a part of a few), it never went like this with Vince.

But some credit must be given to Tony Khan, him pivoting from the hyped up Mask VS Contract of Vance VS Andrade to a fun AEW World Trios Championship match was good thinking. The Dark Order sadly won’t win, despite it being the anniversary of Brodie Lee’s last match and by proxy, a night to remember his memory, but Vance was likely losing his mask anyway so a bit of a silver lining. Pac and Trent also have a good promo vignette for their 1v1 title match, but I think Pac is sweeping the night. And I think after Pac wins, Ethan Page needs to call him out since that was the story set up weeks ago when Ethan said he wanted that All-Atlantic title.

We got an awesome opener from MJF and Yuta, and of course MJF wins to have momentum for his inevitable cash-in. However, I am really intrigued by how The Firm took initiative and did the Heel stuff for him. MJF didn’t want it that way because perhaps deep down, he really does respect Yuta given their history from before AEW. Regal stepping up was also really cool, and I guess we’ll see how this goes. MJF watching Hangman VS Rush was also a nice touch. Hangman VS Rush was an awesome match, too, and LFI putting the screws to Private Party is really good stuff. Moxley defending Hangman to preserve their match is good stuff, and they had a great promo interaction. BCC is definitely winning against LFI by pinning Private Party and that’ll push #HardyParty VS LFI/AFO.

Great match from Darby VS Lethal, and I should’ve figured Sonjay & Satnam would still show up at some point. We got a similarly intriguing moment where Darby got Lethal to show some respect, and maybe Lethal is on his way to changing things. Great TNT Championship match, Wardlow and Cage are guys who both defy expectations for their musculature, but I had a feeling Wardlow would retain. Great brawl as The Embassy goes after Wardlow, only to bring out Samoa Joe and FTR. FTR VS GOA is going to be good stuff, but FTR will surely retain. And of course Luchasaurus wins his match, it wouldn’t have mattered who that was. JB showing up was a great surprise, and now we’re getting JB VS Luchasaurus in Toronto, that’ll be great stuff.

Great Six Woman Tag, and it really was great that Willow got the pin. Willow going after the TBS Championship was a bit of a surprise, but I suppose Face VS Heel dictates this match-up. I’m a little surprised this is happening when we got a tease of Jade VS Nyla last week, but I guess they just want to get Jade to 40 already. Jade will beat Willow, she’ll probably beat Nyla, and then who knows, maybe the 41st match is where Jade finally loses. As for Storm, I feel like they definitely need to push Hayter since fans love her, too.

At the same time, they are definitely teasing Saraya’s return to the ring and she’ll definitely have a match with Britt, either 1v1 or a tag match so it isn’t all on Saraya in case there’s ring rust. Skye & Rayne VS TayJay will be a decent match for Rampage but that promo was not the best. On one hand, TayJay may have a point that Skye is still green in presenting a personality. But Skye saying TayJay, each part having proven themselves in the ring these last three years, is bad. To me, Tay and Jay could each believably take down Rayne, because I still don’t see “it” in Rayne.

National Scissoring Day was hilarious stuff, and was proof that fans really do love The Acclaimed. But while I expected the Gunn Sons to interrupt because of how they’ve been talking crap, it was whose house? SWERVE’S HOUSE! Swerve VS Billy is going to be great, but I would think Swerve wins. Maybe Keith & Swerve have to beat Austin & Colten to get that rematch? Or do we get a Triple Threat again to clear out multiple teams at once? I did like that Sterling just expected The Acclaimed to side with him against their common enemy of Swerve, only for Sterling to take the hit.

I will say, for the backstage crap that went down between Sammy and Andrade, we still got a good group promo from the JAS, a great vignette to hype up the main event, and a great main event match. Unfortunately, Sammy’s nuclear heat detracted from the story that was going on, maybe they should’ve just called an audible and put Hager or one of the 2Point0 boys in there. And in the end, the JAS cheats again because duh, they’re Heels. But with Jericho VS Bryan III for the ROH World title is going to be great stuff next week. With Jericho getting the win here tonight, I would think Bryan wins next week, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I also totally expect Garcia to have a match with Jericho to decide his fate: join BCC as a pro-wrestler, or be stuck in JAS as a sports entertainer.

My Score: 8.8/10


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