Is the Rainmaker going to go easy on the Headhunter?
The G1 Climax takes an interesting route as Chaos meets Chaos! Will Kazuchika Okada pull his punches against Yoshi-Hashi or just hit him harder?
- Taichi VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Evil wins.
- SANADA VS Chase Owens; Sanada wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Tanahashi wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS YOSHI-HASHI; Okada wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
Kazuchika Okada: 2-0, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 2-0, 4 points
Taichi: 2-0, 4 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 1-1, 2 points
Tama Tonga: 1-1, 2 points
SANADA: 1-1, 2 points
EVIL: 1-1, 2 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 0-2, 0 points
Chase Owens: 0-2, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-2, 0 points
Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
Zack Sabre Jr. is doing the Dangerous Tekkers proud, but can the Sliest Wrestler in the World keep pace? Or will Darkness Fall and bring down the Holy Emperor?
The entrance attire is put away, Miho of course helping Taichi with his large robe. Fans rally for Taichi and his dancing pecs already but then they argue about Dick’s presence and his infamous habit of helping out. Taichi BOOTS Dick, Evil kicks and CLUBS Taichi! The bell rings and this is on the record as Taichi BOOTS Evil down! Taichi chases Evil to the outside, CLUBS him at the railing then whips. Evil reverses but Taichi reverses and Evil hits more railing! Fans rally as Taichi chokes Evil with the camera cable! But Dick attacks from behind! Taichi just glares at Dick and chases him into the ring. The ref reprimands but Evil CLOBBERS Taichi with a clothesline!
Evil drags Taichi up, throws him out of the ring then goes out after him. Evil RAMS Taichi into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san suffers again! Evil and Dick Too Sweet while Miho and the Young Lions help out. Evil then snatches the ring hammer! The ref stops Evil there and takes the hammer back. Evil drags Taichi up to rake the eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil stops and leaves Taichi behind as he goes into the ring. The ring count starts, Taichi gets up as fans rally, and Miho helps him steady himself. Taichi gets in at 10 of 20 but now Evil wants Taichi’s mic stand! The ref takes that away, too, so Evil digs his boots into Taichi at the corner.
The ref sees that and counts, Evil lets off at 4. Evil smirks as he paces but fans rally up. Taichi kicks from below, Evil eggs him on then rakes Taichi’s eyes again! The ref counts, Evil stops at 4 and stands Taichi back up. Evil wrenches and whips Taichi into the BARE buckles! Dick undid the blue buckle pad when we weren’t looking! Evil covers, the ref says no because of the shenanigans. Seems refs are learning from Red Shoes’ courage. Evil tortures Taichi’s arm but Taichi is in the ropes! Dick distracts the ref but he sees what’s going on soon enough. The ref counts, Evil lets off to then get Taichi up and whip. Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK!
Fans rally up while both men are down. Taichi gets up first and paces as Evil sits up. Taichi stands Evil up but Evil swings on him, into a CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Taichi drives Evil down. Dick gets on the apron, so Taichi storms over and CHOKES him, too! Dick falls off the apron but Evil crawls away to the far side. Taichi runs over to BOOT Evil, into Abe-san! The timekeeper’s area can’t catch a break during Evil’s matches! Taichi goes out after Evil and drags him up by his hair while the timekeeper’s area is fixed again. Taichi dares Evil to get up, and then he kicks, but Evil blocks! Evil gives the foot to the ref to mule kick Taichi down!
Fans rally up as Evil and Taichi slowly rise. Evil stands first and drags Taichi up. Evil reels Taichi in but Taichi fights the fireman’s carry. Taichi KNEES Evil low, then goes to a corner. Evil runs in but only gets buckles and a GAMANGIRI! Taichi powers up and runs but into a fireman’s carry! DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and Evil is furious, but the fans fire up again! Evil stands, slashes his throat and drags Taichi back up. But Taichi fights the STO and RAMS Evil into the bare buckles! Evil suffers his own strategy but he fights the saido with fingers to the eyes! The ref counts, Evil stops and runs but into an AX BOMBER!
Fans fire up as OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi powers up and aims from the corner as Evil flounders up. But Evil blocks the superkick to spin Taichi! Taichi switches, Evil switches, Taichi PELES! Fans fire up with Taichi again as he aims from the corner. But Evil ducks the kick this time and shoves the ref at Taichi! Taichi shoves the ref away to block the low blow! And he LOW BLOWS in return! But Dick distracts as Taichi gets the Gedo Clutch! Miho shouts to the ref to pay attention but Taichi storms over. Taichi moves the ref aside but Dick dodges! But DOUBLE AX BOMBERS take out Evil and Dick! Alabama lift, but Evil fights free! Evil baits Taichi into the bare buckles!
EVERYTHING- NO! Taichi blocks the STO to GAMANGIRI again! Fans fire back up as Taichi catches his breath. Taichi drags Evil up, reels him in, DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives but fans rally for “TA-I-CHI! TA-I-CHI!” Taichi powers up again but wait! Dick is messing with Miho! That’s low even for them! But speaking of low, LOW BLOW!! Evil gets Taichi from behind and Dick leaves Miho alone! Evil drags Taichi back up, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! But Evil doesn’t cover, he gets the SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Dick again grabs Miho by her hair to keep her back! Taichi is OUT, the ref calls it!!
Winner: EVIL, by submission (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)
The King of Darkness is more like the King of Scum as he and Dick stand on Taichi and Miho! They ruin Taichi’s run in the G1, will they continue to do even worse in the remaining rounds? As for Taichi, he revives with true RAGE! He wants to lash out on the Young Lions and pursue Evil, but he doesn’t have the energy. Will he be able to rebound next round?
SANADA VS Chase Owens!
The Cold Skull is only doing a little better than the Crown Jewel but that could change right here! Will Chase drag Sanada down to his level? Or will he end up 0-3 after a Skull End?
The bell rings and fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” but Chase doesn’t let that bother him. They circle, approach and feel out the grapple. Chase slips through to a waistlock but Sanada wrenches to a switch. Chase wrenches back to a wristlock, but Sanada spins, wrenches and has the wristlock now. Chase rolls, breaks free then cravats for a neck wrench. Sanada endures, clubs free and wrenches to a hammerlock then headlock and takeover. Chase headscissors, Sanada kips free and wants the legs but Chase kicks him away. Chase headlocks, Sanada powers out but Chase holds ropes to avoid the hurdle cycle. Chase trips Sanada up and wants to steal Paradise!
Sanada kicks Chase away and they both kick at the same time, but both block them! They each tell the other to let go, but then they agree to do it at the same time. They both set the other’s foot down, but Chase tricks Sanada! Chase trips Sanada and perfectly– No, wait, Sanada slips right out of Paradise while Chase is gloating. Sanada has the fans fire up more and Chase thinks it’s for him, but then he backs up into Sanada. Chase feels around and realizes who it is and grumbles, “Damn it!” Chase turns around into a kick and Sanada throws him out of the ring. Sanada then builds speed, but Chase moves. Sanada tumbles up and out and Chase trips him off the apron!
Chase stomps Sanada on the ground, drags him back up and whips him hard into railing! Sanada staggers and falls over while Chase goes back into the ring. The ring count starts and is already 5 of 20 while fans rally “SA-NA-DA!” Sanada sits up at 12, stands at 15, and gets in at 17, only for Chase to stomp and rain down fists! Chase chokes Sanada, the ref reprimands and he lets off. Chase stands on Sanada’s neck now but again lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally as Chase stands Sanada up, whips him to a corner hard, and Sanada bounces off buckles before falling over. Chase taunts the fans then drops knee after knee into Sanada’s back. Chase ties Sanada up for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow!
Sanada endures as Chase bends him back against his knees. Sanada pops out to a cover, ONE! Chase stomps Sanada but he sits up. Chase stands Sanada up but Sanada throws forearms. Sanada whips, Chase counters with a cravat knee smash, then mule kicks to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally for Sanada as Chase clamps on with a chinlock. Chase cranks the hold, leans on Sanada, then digs an elbow into the shoulder. Chase gives toying kicks but Sanada gets up. Chase ROCKS Sanada with a right, then another. Sanada stays up, Chase throws more forearms. Sanada CHOPS and forearms in return but Chase knees low! Chase whips but Sanada dropkicks his legs out!
Sanada kips up and fans fire up again! Sanada aims from a corner, Chase stands and Sanada rallies with forearms and arm-drags! Then a BIG atomic drop! Sanada trips Chase and shows him how to tie up the Paradise Lock! Sanada stands on Chase and gives thumbs up to Milano Collection, who returns the thumbs up reluctantly cuz he’s still a fan of Chase’s. But Sanada dropkicks Chase out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more as Sanada stands Chase up to fireman’s carry. Chase fights free, shoves Sanada away but Sanada elbows from the corner. Sanada Quebrada but Chase gets under, only to turn around into a RANA!
Chase bails out, Sanada takes aim, and Sanada PLANCHAS, only for Chase to get clear! Chase RAMS Sanada into the railing, but not quite Abe-san, and then gets in to roll into a facelock and GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Chase keeps his cool. Chase hobbles to a corner while Sanada goes to the other. Chase runs corner to corner to forearm smash then reel him in for a short arm lariat! Cover, TWO! Chase drags Sanada back up, fireman’s carries but Sanada fights free. Sanada kicks low, whips Chase to a corner but Chase reverses. Sanada goes up and out and springboards in to missile dropkick! Chase flounders up into a fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, TWO!
Fans still rally behind Sanada as he goes up top. ROUNDING BODY- NO, he has to roll through as Chase dodges. Sanada runs in, tilt-o-whirl to a dragon sleeper! Chase reaches, hits back, but Sanada cranks back on the hold! Fans rally as Chase endures, and he rolls through as Sanada drops down! Chase ends up in a corner, Sanada runs in but is put up top for a GAMANGIRI, to SUPER SNAPMARE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Chase keeps moving, SHINING WIZARD! Fans fire up as Chase stands Sanada up, wrenches and JEWEL- NO! Sanada ducks the clothesline to waistlock, but Chase grabs the ref as they go to the ropes! The ref is down as Sanada gets the O’Conner Bridge!
Sanada sees the ref is out and lets Chase go. Sanada checks on the ref but Chase gets him for a half nelson. Sanada arm-drags out of the slam and ROCKS Chase with a forearm! Sanada spins but Chase boots the rolling elbow away! Chase spins to BOOT! Sanada ROLLING SOBATS! Chase JEWEL TRIGGERS point blank! Sanada is down and Chase fires up, as do the fans! Chase drags Sanada up, reels him in, tucks the arms, but Sanada RANAS out of the driver to a cover! TWO!! Chase gets up, Sanada sidesteps but Chase switches. Chase O’Conner Bridge, TWO! SKULL END!! Chase endures but Sanada has the body scissors in!
Chase throws hands and gets his head free, but Sanada just gets him in the dragon sleeper again! Back to SKULL END!! Chase is fading, Sanada lets him go and goes to the corner for ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, Sanada wins!
Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (gains 2 points, Chase earns 0)
Sanada succeeds and the Crown Jewel is still only worth zero points! Will Chase ever get a W in his G1 debut? As for Sanada, will he keep his chances alive and return to the finals?
Hirooki Goto VS Jeff Cobb!
The NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions are all struggling, but perhaps the Fierce Warrior can be the one to #TurnItAllAround! Will Goto conquer Cobb? Or will he end up on a Tour of the Islands in Tokyo?
The bell rings and fans rally up already as Goto and Cobb stare down. They slowly circle, then approach to tie up. They’re in a deadlock so Cobb breaks it. Goto and Cobb reset, tie up again, and again they’re in a deadlock. Cobb breaks through to put Goto on the ropes, but he lets off cleanly. Cobb then swings but Goto dodges to kick and fire forearms! Goto headlocks, Cobb tries to power out but Goto holds on tight. Cobb throws body shots, powers out of the headlock and the two ram shoulders. Cobb rebounds to RAM Goto down! Fans cheer the showing of power as Goto goes to ropes. Cobb runs in but Goto boots him! Cobb tries again but Goto dupms him out!
Goto goes out to CLUB Cobb, wrench him to a hammerlock and POST the shoulder! Goto CLUBS the arm now, then whips Cobb into railing! Goto gets the arm again and wraps it around the railing! The ref counts, Goto BOOTS the ram as he lets off. Goto stalks Cobb, kicks him then puts him in the ring. Fans cheer as Goto stands Cobb up. Goto wrenches the arm, YANKS it then grinds it down with a mounted armlock. Cobb gets the ropebreak with a foot but Goto holds on until the ref counts. Goto stomps Cobb, stands him up and CHOPS him in the corner. Goto whips corner to corner, runs in and MURA- NO! Cobb catches and TOSSES Goto away!
Fans cheer and rally while both men are down. Cobb stands up and stomps Goto. Cobb stands Goto up but Goto throws forearms and haymakers! Goto whips corner to corner but Cobb comes back to RAM Goto down! Fans fire up as Cobb catches his breath and paces around. Cobb sits Goto up to knee him over and over in the back. Cobb adds a basement uppercut and Goto writhes. Cobb stands Goto up again, scoops him and KNEES him in the side before tossing him away! Cobb again paces, then has a one hand cover. TWO, so Cobb tires a lateral press. TWO! Cobb is annoyed but he drags Goto up to whip him to a corner.
Cobb runs in to clothesline, then he hauls Goto up to RAM him into another corner! Then corner to corner! Then back again! Then a fourth time! Fans cheer the strength and stamina of Cobb as he CHOP LARIAT combos! And again! And again! Goto falls over while fans cheer Cobb. Cobb claps along but Goto anchors his leg before the moonsault. Cobb clubs Goto, stands him up but Goto one-two combos! Cobb shoves and reels Goto in for a LARIAT! Cobb sets up, GACHIMUCHI flops! Goto avoids being smashed by the moonsault and fans rally back up. Cobb drags himself up the ropes and then drags Goto up to throw hands.
Cobb whips Goto corner to corner then runs in, but Goto dodges the back elbow! Goto comes back to clothesline! Fans rally more and Goto grits his teeth as he throws forearm after forearm! Goto whips corner to corner, runs in and MURAMASA! Direct hit this time, and Goto adds the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally as Goto stands Cobb back up. Goto tries to fireman’s carry but Cobb is too big. Cobb clubs Goto, kicks low and uppercuts! DROPKICK! Fans cheer Cobb showing off his agility while both men are down. Goto crawls to one corner, Cobb goes to the opposite. Cobb runs in to BACK ELBOW! Cobb then hauls Goto up for a RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!
GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up again as Goto survives, but Cobb grins as he gets back up. Cobb drags Goto up in a deadlift waistlock, but Goto fights free. Goto hits Cobb with forearms but Cobb hits back. Fans rally up as they pick up speed and go back and forth! Cobb ROCKS Goto but he stays up, so Cobb ROCKS him again. Goto fires up to fire off a string of forearms! Goto runs but Cobb ROCKS him! Cobb runs but Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Both men are down but fans rally back up! Goto drags himself to a corner, Cobb goes to the opposite again. Goto roars and both men run at the other, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES!
Neither man falls, they go again, DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Cobb fires up to reel back, but Goto blocks, dodges and DISCUS LARIATS! Fans fire up with Goto as he gets Cobb back up, dragon sleeper! But Cobb slips through to suplex! Goto slips out, waistlocks, but Cobb throws elbows. Goto holds on, Cobb keeps trying but ends up in a clinch. Cobb holds off Goto’s belly2belly, but Goto shifts to OVERHEAD suplex! Cover, TWO! To an ARMBAR! Goto has the arm but Cobb gets a ropebreak! Goto holds on until the ref counts, and fans rally again. Goto stomps Cobb, drags him up, clubs the arm again and again, then wrenches.
But Cobb throws a body shot then ROCKS Goto with a forearm! SUPERKICK! Both men are down again but Cobb already rises as fans rally. Cobb hobbles over, drags Goto up and runs, but Goto follows! Cobb dodges, scoops, RAMS into the corner but Goto avoids the Stampede! SLEEPER! But Cobb lifts Goto for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Cobb then waistlocks and deadlifts for a GERMAN! Cobb powers up again and fans fire up with him! Cobb gets Goto up, whips him to ropes and scoops, TOUR OF- NO! Goto slips out to get a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, to a ROLLING CLUTCH! TWO!! Cobb narrowly escapes but Goto fires up! Fans are thunderous as Goto and Cobb slowly rise.
Cobb swings on Goto but he catches the arm! Facelock to REVERSE GTR! Goto keeps going, and he LARIATS Cobb down! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives but Goto drags him back up. Dragon sleeper but Cobb fights! Goto spins Cobb to HEADBUTT! Goto keeps Cobb on his feet but Cobb HEADBUTTS back! Cobb then DEADLIFTS Goto into the TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Goto earns 0)
The Hawaiian Hulk snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! The Fierce Warrior could not overcome the United Empire’s biggest and baddest, will Goto ever get on the board? As for Cobb, can he keep pace with Great-O-Khan and make this a UNITED G1?
Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
The Ace has broken even between the first two rounds and the Good Bad Guy is primed to bring him back down. Will the IWGP US Championship owe a title match to more than just the Rainmaker? Or will love and energy see him through again?
Jado gives Tama a last pep talk while fans cheer as Tanahashi shows off the muscles. Fans already rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as the bell rings. Tama is annoyed but he circles with Tanahashi. They approach, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Tanahashi manages some leverage to put Tama against ropes but lets off cleanly. Fans cheer and rally again as Tanahashi and Tama reset. They go again, Tanahashi gets a waistlock but Tama wrenches that apart to a wristlock. Tama twists the wrist more and keeps Tanahashi from ropes. Tanahashi endures the hold, spins through and wrenches back to bring Tama to his knees! Tama endures the wristlock, wants a timeout, but there’re no timeouts here!
Tanahashi puts more pressure on the wristlock, makes it a hammerlock then a headlock and fans cheer. Tama pulls hair but stops as the ref reprimands. Tama powers up but Tanahashi holds tight on the headlock! Tanahashi thrashes but Tama endures. Tama fights up, Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover but Tama turns that around to a headlock of his own. Tanahashi headscissors, Tama kips free and fans cheer as the two stand off. Tama catches his breath as fans rally up more. Tanahashi encourages the fans to get louder with “Let’s Go, Ace!” as he and Tama circle again. They tie up again, are in another deadlock, but Tama pulls hair to put Tanahashi on ropes!
The ref reprimands, Tama stops pulling hair and lets off for a clean break. Tama applauses but then swings on Tanahashi! Tanahashi dodges, fires off fast hands, then throws forearms. Tanahashi whips, Tama reverses but runs into a back elbow! Tanahashi goes up for a CROSSBODY! Tanahashi air guitars and fans cheer, but Tama stalks up to GUN- NO! No cutter as Tanahashi shoves Tama away! Tanahashi runs in but Tama spins him around, only for Tanahashi to again stop the Gun Stun! Tanahashi wants a full nelson but Tama elbows free. Tama throws haymakers then whips, but Tanahashi hits back with flying forearms! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he stands over Tama.
Tanahashi drops an elbow, a sunset senton, then covers! TWO, to a ghost pin! TWO, Tama staggers up but Tanahashi puts him on the apron. Tama hotshots Tanahashi down, then takes his time returning while Tanahashi is down. Tama shows off his muscles as he takes off the vest. Tama drops a big elbow in return, then rains down rights on Tanahashi. The ref reprimands about the closed fists so Tama lets off. Fans still rally for The Ace but Tama paces around him. Tama drags Tanahashi up, puts on a neck wrench and then throws in elbows. Tama CLUBS Tanahashi with more forearms and elbows, then paces around in frustration.
Tanahashi slowly rises but Tama is after him. Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but into a SLEEPER! Tama squeezes tight and brings Tanahashi down to the mat. Fans rally as Tanahashi endures Tama thrashing him around. Tama brings Tanahashi all the way down and has a partial body scissor, but Tanahashi still endures. Tanahashi fights up but Tama claws his face! The ref reprimands, Tanahashi continues to fight up and he throws body shots! Tama holds tighter but Tanahashi elbows free! Tanahashi throws forearm after forearm but Tama THROAT STABS! Tama is using his father, Haku’s, move, but Tanahashi fights free with palm strikes!
Tama goes back for the throat! The ref reprimands, counts, but Tanahashi breaks free to fire off fast hands! Tanahashi blocks Tama’s kick, and gives back the THROAT STAB! The ref reprimands, Tama breaks free and runs in, but Tanahashi blocks the kick! DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally up as Tanahashi stalks Tama to a corner. Tanahashi kicks the bad leg, scoops and SLAMS Tama to the drop zone, then goes up the corner! SUNSET SENTON! Tanahashi drags Tama around by a leg and ties the legs up. Tama resists the Texas Clover Hold, drags Tanahashi down and THROAT STABS! The ref reprimands but Tama gets up to his feet to put Tanahashi in a corner!
The ref keeps counting, keeps telling Tama to stop, but Tama finally lets go after a final warning. Fans rally for Tanahashi as he sputters in the corner, but Tama just gets angrier. Tama runs corner to corner to miss and hit buckles! Tanahashi runs, but Tama gets around Slingblade to TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi survives and fans are thunderous for the Ace! Tama stalks Tanahashi as he rises, then runs to SLINGBLADE! Tama fires up as he continues to copy Tanahashi! Tama goes up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!?! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives the Good Bad Guy’s near perfect duplicate and fans are thunderous again!
Tama slithers around like The Viper and waits for Tanahashi to stand. Tanahashi turns around into GUN- NO! Tanahashi blocks to facelock. But Tama fights off the neckbreaker! Tanahashi fights off the Tongan Twist to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs for SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Now Tanahashi goes to the corner and up top to show Tama how it’s done! HIGH FLY ATTACK! Then he goes back to the corner and back up top! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS! Tama runs in, GUN STUN!! Tama is so fired up he doesn’t even cover yet! Jado tells him to go for the pin but Tama has to crawl over now, having tired himself out. Cover, TWO!! Into ghost pin! Tanahashi wins!!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tama earns 0)
In his arrogance, Tama let this one slip through his fingers! You can never count the Once in a Century Talent out, will he find a way up to the top of NJPW once again?
Kazuchika Okada VS YOSHI-HASHI!
Chaos clashes with Chaos as Rainmaker faces Head Hunter in a Korakuen Hall main event! But if Okada is to keep his promise, will he make sure Hashi can’t #GetBackUp?
The jackets are put aside and fans rally up for “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” as the two allies stare down. The bell rings and they still stare down from their corners. Hashi is the first to approach but he and Okada slowly circle. They tie up, Hashi waistlocks, but Okada wrenches out to a wristlock. Hashi spins through, wrenches back, and has the wristlock, as well. Okada rolls, trips Hashi and has a toehold but Hashi pries him off to go for an armbar. Okada powers up to a rear mount but Hashi switches. Okada breaks free and the two stand off, which fans cheer. Hashi and Okada reset in neutral corners to circle again. They feel things out, Okada shoots in and trips Hashi up.
Hashi pushes Okada to a press, then a facelock. Hashi has a headlock but Okada fights up and pries at the hold. Hashi powers up to keep the headlock on tight. Okada tires again, but again Hahsi powers him down. Fans cheer but Okada still works on his escape. Okada pries at the headlock one more time, pops out the back and gets a headlock of his own! Hashi endures the grind now but fights up and pries the hold. Okada returns the favor by powering it on harder. Okada hits a takeover, Hashi goes for headscissors but Okada fights that off. Hashi kicks around, gets up to his feet and they end up on ropes. Okada has Hashi up against them, but he lets off, but Hashi hits before the fakeout!
Hashi throws forearms, headlocks again, and grinds Okada to his knees. Okada fights up, pushes Hashi and powers out but they ram shoulders! Neither falls and the two stare down. Fans cheer as Hashi runs again but they again ram shoulders! They start talking trash and shoving each other. Hashi runs, dodges the boot and CHOPS Okada down! Fans fire up, perhaps for “YO-SHI-HASH!” now. Hashi elbows and whips but Okada reverses, then ROCKS Hashi on the return! Okada runs but Hashi runs him over! Hashi makes sure his bad shoulder is working, and he stomps Okada. Hashi stands Okada up to snapmare him down and clamp on a chinlock, with knee in the back.
Okada endures, Hashi pulls back harder, and fans rally up. Okada kicks around, shifts position and fights out of a headlock with body shots. Hashi throws a forearm, Okada gives it back, and they go back and forth! Okada ROCKS Hashi, ROCKS him again, then runs, but Hashi follows to slide and trip him up! Hashi drags Okada out to RAM him into railing! Fans fire up as Hashi catches his breath. Hashi drags Okada up, CHOPS him, and whips him at railing. Okada stops himself, but turns around into a CHOP! Hashi stands Okada up but Okada fights the neckbreaker to kick and DDT! Hashi writhes on the floor but Okada is down, too, as fans rally back up.
A ring count starts and Okada sits up at 3 of 20. Okada gets in the ring at 7 but Hashi is still down at 10. Hashi stands at 11, Okada goes out at 12 and DDT’s him again! Red Shoes checks on Hashi but Hashi won’t let it end here. Okada gets up and walks around the way to get back in the ring. The ring count starts again and Hashi is still down at 10 of 20. Fans rally up for him and Okada waits, and Hashi rises at 15! Hashi stands at 18 and gets in at 19! Okada walks over and brings Hashi to center. Hashi’s dead weight but still stirring as Okada brings him up again. Okada puts Hashi in a corner, throws back elbows, then gives Hashi space as he goes to the red corner.
Fans rally up, Okada runs in and LEAPING back elbows! Kick and a SPIKE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives that nasty headstand but Okada keeps his cool. Okada drags Hashi up but again he’s dead weight. Fans still rally, Okada gives Hashi toying kicks, and that gets Hashi to stand again. Hashi and Okada egg each other on, then forearms start flying! Okada EuroUppers, Hashi CHOPS, but Okada CLUBS Hashi down. Okada whips, Hashi reverses and dodges to then HEADHUNTER! Both men are down from that high speed Blockbuster and fans are fired up! Okada rolls to a corner, Hashi aims and runs in, to CHOP!
Hashi whips to CHOP Okada again, then LARIAT! Mule kick and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hashi keeps his cool and the fans stay fired up as he gets to his feet. Hashi drags Okada up, hangs him out to dry, but Okada fights that and throws forearms. Hashi dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada hops off the apron and fans rally as Hashi takes aim again. PLANCHA! Direct hit and Hashi fires up! Hashi puts Okada back in the ring, climbs a corner and aims, BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi keeps his cool, this is the Rainmaker he’s in here with. Hashi reels Okada in but Okada fights the bomb lift. Fans rally up as they fight for control, and Hashi CLUBS Okada on the back.
Hashi tries again but Okada still resists. Okada back drops Hashi away! Fans rally up as Hashi and Okada stand, Okaad uppercuts Hashi! Okada whips, Hashi reverses and drags Okada down to the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Okada endures and fans rally as Hashi leans on the hold! Okada scoots and reaches out but Hashi cranks the arms more. Okada is almost to ropes but Hashi turns him away from them! Okada uses his foot for the ROPEBREAK! Hashi lets go but brings Okada up to fisherman. Okada fights the suplex, Hashi wrenches but swings into a snapmare and MONEY CLIP! Okada has Hashi endure a submission now!
Fans rally, Hashi endures and moves around, but Okada keeps him from ropes now with an arm-drag! Okada gets the MONEY CLIP again! Hashi endures, but he’s starting to turn red! Okada wants Red Shoes to check as Hashi sputters! Is he out? He’s turning purple! Okada puts more pressure on, but Hashi gets a second wind to get the ropebreak! Fans cheer Hashi’s heart and determination as he survives! Okada gets Hashi back up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs, MACHO ELBOW! But he’s not done there, as he gives us the RAINMAKER POSE! Fans cheer and Okada drags Hashi back up.
Okada wristlocks, ripcords but Hashi dodges! Okada blocks the lariat but not the CHOP! Hashi kicks but Okada blocks. Okada ROCKS Hashi, whips but Hashi reverses to drag him down! Okada gets up to short arm LARIAT! No more butterflies as Okada reels Hashi in for another short arm LARIAT! Okada drags Hashi up, waistlocks and wristlock ripcords, but Hashi LARIATS first!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Okada sits up in a daze while Hashi pushes himself up. Hashi stalks up behind Okada, waistlock to full nelson, but Okada breaks that to throw elbows. Hashi staggers away but Okada gut wrenches, only for Hashi to slip out! DRAGON SUPLEX!
Hashi has the fans rallying again as Okada slowly sits up. Hashi powers up, throws forearms and body shots then a CHOP! Hashi whips, Okada reverses but Hashi avoids the dropkick to BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO! Hashi fires up again and fans are right there with him! Okada stands, Hashi runs but into a boot! Hashi rebounds into another boot, but he keeps trying! Okada ducks but Hashi LARIATS again! Hashi gets Okada up, fisherman to the KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Hashi shows no slowing! BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Fans rally as Okada now endures! Hashi cranks as hard as he can but Okada scoots towards ropes! Hashi turns him away!
Fans rally, Okada refuses to quit and he grits his teeth, even as Hashi leans more weight on him. Okada powers up, reaches out, but Hashi shifts to a SLEEPER! Hashi leans on Okada, drags him away from ropes, then hits a BACKSTABBER! And back to the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Okada still endures, refusing to give in! He flails, reaches out, scoots backwards, but Hashi changes things to a CHICKEN WING, then a SLEEPER! Hashi leans all his weight on Okada but now Okada gets a second wind to stand up. Hashi squeezes tighter and he brings Okada to the mat! Red Shoes checks but Okada wags his finger. Okada gets a third wind, only for Hashi to get the pump handle!
No Karma as Okada powers up to SPINNING TOMBSTONE!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down! Okada stirs, Hashi rolls away. Okada runs out from the corner, but Hashi avoids the shotgun! Hashi runs in at Okada now, for a BIG corner clothesline! Hashi hurries to get Okada up, scoop and SLAM, and Hashi goes to the corner! Hashi climbs, aims, SWANTON FLOPS as Okada moves! Fans build up to another rally as Okada watches Hashi flounder. Okada dropkicks Hashi in the back! Okada whips Hashi for another dropkick! Fans fire up with Okada as he get Hashi back up. Wristlock and ripcord but Hashi dodges to pump handle! Karma CRADLE! TWO!!!
Okada is surprised he escaped, too! But he reels Hashi in, DISCUS- SUPERKICK!! Hashi stops the rain there and he hurries to get Okada back up. Half nelson, pump handle, but Okada gut wrenches for a SIT-OUT PILEDRIVER! Ripcord and RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)
Three up, three down, and the Rainmaker stands atop the block! Are the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions simply cursed in this G1? Or are the fields just that good this year?
As for Okada, he once again gets to close out B Block on the mic. “KORAKUEN! Thank you so much for your passionate and enthusiastic support tonight. Even though this was a fight between teammates, it was a hot fight, worthy of the G1.” Okada has won three in a row, and asks if the fans are getting tired of this. “Some of you must already be thinking that you’re tired of seeing this strong Okada. But I’m not done yet.” Fans cheer for that! Okada will keep on giving us the strong Okada through the rest of the G1.
As of right now, both blocks are through the first three rounds. That means we’re already one-third of the way through the tournament. That of course means there’s still two-thirds to go. “Doesn’t that sound crazy as hell?” But NJPW wants the fans to keep enjoying this “hot autumn” they’re making, and it’s all thanks to the Rainmaker standing in the middle of this ring! They get it, don’t they? So long as he is in this ring, there is one thing that will be falling. “Well, G1, B Block, see you next time, in Hamamatsu.” Okada promises to keep this autumn a scorcher, thanks the fans for tonight, and vows to keep it raining on the G1! Will the Rainmaker blaze a trail back to the top?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Kazuchika Okada: 3-0, 6 points
Jeff Cobb: 3-0, 6 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 2-1, 4 points
SANADA: 2-1, 4 points
EVIL: 2-1, 4 points
Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
Tama Tonga: 1-2, 2 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 0-3, 0 points
Hirooki Goto: 0-3, 0 points
Chase Owens: 0-3, 0 points
An awesome round three for B Block and another great night for NJPW and the G1! Taichi VS Evil was very good but was mostly shocking on Dick Togo going after Miho like that. I suppose that was a different way of cheating that Evil hadn’t done yet, but wow. He now has the tiebreaker on Taichi so that if they move up in the block, Evil still gets ahead of him now. Sanada VS Chase was a lot of fun on character work, and people trying to steal the Paradise Lock is a great bit of that. I figured Sanada was winning, he’s also keeping pace with Evil so that their match in the G1 can determine quite a bit of things. Goto VS Cobb was great, too, and of course Cobb stays strong.
Tanahashi VS Tama was very good, and Tama stealing Tanahashi’s moves was some great stuff. But as Tanahashi is the IWGP US Champion, he isn’t going to lose too much until the latter half of the G1. I definitely think that regardless of who wins the block or the tournament as a whole, we’re seeing Tanahashi VS Okada for the US title at Power Struggle in November. And Okada VS Hashi was awesome stuff, especially for Hashi getting to look really good against Okada. But it again seems the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions are here to take losses, until they can defend and maybe even lose their titles to Bullet Club after the G1. Okada goes 3-0, I think he goes 4-0 with Goto being his next opponent and him not being main event for Hamamatsu.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/6/22)
Big fights tonight on Dynamite!
The Maniac takes on a monster!
The AEW TNT Championship in a Street Fight, and the Interim World Championship in a battle of badasses, what a way to follow Blood & Guts!
- AEW TNT Championship Street Fight: Scorpio Sky w/ Dan Lambert VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
- Swerve in Our Glory VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny; Swerve in Our Glory wins.
- Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Rush; Rush wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club VS Fuego Del Sol & Ruffin’ It; The Acclaimed & Gunn Club win.
- Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir; Thunder & Storm win.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brody King; Moxley wins and retains the interim title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW TNT Championship Street Fight: Scorpio Sky w/ American Top Team VS Wardlow!
The Closer is finally 100%, and he’s ready to go all out just to prove he IS the Face of TNT! But will he be able to hold onto “Genie” when there’s nothing holding the Maestro of Mayhem back? Or will Scorpio win this war?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Mr. Brodie Lee smiles down upon in a battle for this title.
Scorpio and Wardlow circle, Scorpio fires off testing punches and kicks, but Wardlow TOSSES him to a corner! Wardlow rushes in but Scorpio dodges to fire off body shots. Wardlow choke grips Scorpio and backs him down, but Scorpio fights free. Scorpio fires off knees and a KICK, then runs, only to get run over! Fans fire up with Wardlow as he stalks Scorpio. Wardlow whips Scorpio but Scorpio reverses, only for Wardlow to block and reverse! But Scorpio LOW BLOWS right on the rebound! No disqualifications but that’s just dirty! Scorpio runs, but into a clinch! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Wardlow seethes and he storms up and Scorpio to TOSS him across the way! Wardlow storms up on Scorpio in the corner to then TOSS him back the other way! Wardlow soaks up the cheers from the fans but Scorpio bails out. Wardlow takes a moment to catch his breath after Scorpio’s low blow, and then Wardlow goes out to fetch Scorpio. Dan Lambert suddenly grows a pair and smacks Wardlow on the back. Wardlow scowls at Lambert but Lambert shrinks behind his wall of MMA fighters. Wardlow dares one of them to bring it, but then Scorpio RAMS Wardlow into the steel steps! Wardlow tumbles over, then American Top Team swarms him!
The trained fighters all stomp Wardlow like goons but Scorpio has them clear out. Scorpio says he’s got this, and he stalks Wardlow back into the ring as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Wardlow gets up in a corner but Scorpio KICKS him in the leg. Wardlow shoves Scorpio away and goes to another corner but Scorpio rams into him. Wardlow clubs Scorpio but Scorpio knees low, snapmares Wardlow down and clamps on a chinlock. Wardlow endures the grind and fans rally up. Scorpio leans all his weight but Wardlow fights up and RAMS Scorpio into a corner! And again! And again! Wardlow backs off to run in, but Scorpio sends him into buckles! Scorpio fires off haymakers until Wardlow sits down, then Scorpio flexes. Ethan Page is fired up for his tag partner, but Wardlow gets up to CLOBBER Scorpio!
Wardlow shakes out the arms as he gets back up and he CLOBBERS Scorpio again. Wardlow is getting mad now, and he CLUBS Scorpio on the back. Wardlow puts Scorpio in a corner, RAMS into him, and then uppercuts! Scorpio sits down and Ethan talks trash but Wardlow gives it back. Wardlow stands Scorpio up to RAM into him again. Scorpio claws Wardlow’s eyes! Scorpio kicks Wardlow’s leg and has him in a corner for more haymakers. Scorpio whips corner to corner but Wardlow reverses. Wardlow runs in but Scorpio dodges, Wardlow hits POST! Dynamite returns to single picture as Scorpio climbs up to rain down fists on Wardlow!
American Top Team coach Scorpio on and he bumps Wardlow off buckles. Fans cuss out Lambert as Scorpio drags Wardlow to the top. Wardlow resists the superplex and shoves Scorpio down! Wardlow adjusts, and SWANTON BOMBS! Fans are thunderous for Wardlow as he looms over Scorpio. Wardlow says it’s time, and he drags Scorpio up and reels him in! Lambert sends his men in, but Wardlow CLOBBERS and BOOTS and DECKS and CLOBBERS and CLOBBERS and TOSSES them all out! Wardlow hauls one up to trophy lift and TOSS onto the pile! Fans fire up but Scorpio has the belt! Wardlow turns around into a BELT SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
No one can believe Wardlow survives the screw job! Lambert tells Scorpio to keep after him, and Scorpio pretends the straps are down. Scorpio reels Wardlow into a fireman’s carry, but Wardlow slips off and shoves Scorpio into Lambert! Down goes the fat head and now Wardlow hits a SPINEBUSTER on Scorpio! The straps actually come down, and fans are thunderous again! Wardlow drags Scorpio up, reels him in, points to the belt, and hits a POWERBOMB! Wardlow grins and fans are thunderous for just the first verse! The second one is going to be the same, a POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
The Men of the Year and American Top Team could not withstand the War Dog, the War Machine, the War Hammer, THIS IS WARD~LOW!! The confetti flies and Wardlow holds the belt up high, will the new champion blaze a path of destruction through the roster?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“A lot of people have tried to make a name off of me. A lot of people have lost a lot of money betting against me. And tonight, those people are licking their lips. They’re watching me and waiting for me to be caught off guard, and hope that one day, somebody’s gonna come along and surprise me and put a beating on me that I never recover from. They think tonight, Brody King is gonna surprise me, they think he’s gonna catch me off guard, they think I don’t know exactly what kind of monster I’m dealing with in Brody King. But maybe y’all forgot exactly what kind of monster you’re dealing with in me.
“Ten days ago, I took a man I deeply respect and admire in Hiroshi Tanahashi, and I beat his face in. A few days after that, I was carving dudes’ faces up like hamburger in a steel cage! For fun! Blood & Guts is like golfing on a Sunday for me. And then a few days after that, I signed on the dotted line to defend the AEW World Championship against Brody King. Yeah, I know exactly who Brody King is. Y’all think I didn’t do my homework? I’ve seen him in NJPW, I’ve seen him in ROH, I know his friends, I know his enemies. Only one question left: How big is his heart? Does he have a monster sized heart beating in that chest?
“We’re gonna find out because he’s gonna be swimming in the deep waters with the biggest shark in this game, the AEW World Champion, Jon Moxley. When you step into the ring with anybody from the Blackpool Combat Club, we find your limits and we push them. We find out just how bad you want it! Being made for the BCC, being world champion, it ain’t for everybody. But it’s what I do every day. Step up or get stepped on.” The Maniac gives his ultimatum, how will the House of Black’s hulking beast respond?
Mark Sterling and Tony Nese speak.
Smart Mark asks if the camera is rolling. It is, and it seems Sterling wants us to see them get a very big signature on their petition. Keith Lee is walking up, and Sterling says this is “The People Against Swerve Strickland” to remove Swerve from the roster. Swerve is untrustworthy, he stabs people in the back, just like Keith! Sterling thinks Keith should sign it. Keith says greetings to Mr. Sterling and Mr. Nese. And yes, he has trust issues with Swerve, but they are still a tag team, and they are still winning. Unlike Nese and Sterling. Keith heads out and Nese tries to figure out what Keith meant by that. But will Swerve only prove Sterling right tonight?
Christian Cage & Luchasaurus are here.
Captain Charisma and his brainwashed behemoth are in Rochester, New York, and fans boo because of how they’ve both betrayed Jungle Boy. Christian has a mic to say, “Here we are, on the heels of Blood & Guts, and I am the Cage that everybody is talking about. Now, you ignorant pieces of crap think that you deserve to know the reason why I turned my back, and said and did the things that I did to Jungle Boy and his family, are now demanding answers, wanting to know why Luchasaurus decided to remain aligned with me.” Fans boo but that is technically true, we do want to know why.
But wait! MATT HARDY is here! And he has a mic to tell Christian, “You are unreal. You’re like the Michael Jordan of being an asshole. Every time I don’t think you can top yourself again, you somehow do.” Hardy will be honest, JB was his friend. Hardy got to know JB well these last few months. JB trusted and respected Christian, and Christian screwed him over! No one, let alone JB, deserved what Christian did. Hardy gets up at the ring but Christian wants to get this straight. “You’re going to sit here and pretend you’re suddenly buddy-buddy with Jungle Boy, like you know him the way that I know him? Or the way that Luchasaurus knows him?
“Here’s the thing, Matt. You’re starting to make your brother sound like the sober one.” No one can believe Christian went there! The fans double down on calling Christian an A-Hole. Hardy sees what’s going on here with Luchasaurus now. Hardy and Christian have been at this a long time, and in the last few years, Christian is just using Luchasaurus to make as much money as he can. But Hardy can’t be a hypocrite, he did the same. He took advantage of Private Party, Butcher & Blade, and he used them. But he hates himself for that and regrets that time so badly. And in a twist of fate, his last month has been upside-down, it’s been a mess.
Hardy says maybe he deserves that, it’s karma coming to get him. But right now, Hardy won’t let another be taken advantage of. Not Luchasaurus or anyone else. Christian says no, Hardy is here because of his ego! We all know Matt Hardy is a clout chaser, which is why he can’t stand when his name isn’t in the headlines for more than two seconds. Right? He’ll use everyone around him! His kids, his wife, his father-in-law, his dog Sparky, his Aunt Jenny, a dilapidated boat, a lawnmower, and hell, he’ll even turn a blind eye to his own brother’s issues just to ride his coattails for one last run!
Hardy says Christian is delusional, but Christian says Hardy is here under the guise of caring for Jungle Boy, when the fact is, Hardy realized that Christian is the most influential star in AEW and Hardy needs to be near him. That is embarrassing, Matt, it really is. But what’s even worse, Matt’s screw-up brother isn’t the most embarrassing part of his family, MATT is! Hardy wans to throw down but Luchasaurus steps in his way. And Christian cheap shots Hardy! Hardy chokes Christian but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Hardy out of the ring! Luchasaurus goes out and RAMS Hardy into the steel steps!
Christian tells Luchasaurus to finish Hardy, but Hardy fires forearms back! Luchasaurus UPPERCUTS Hardy, digs his head into the post, and then BOOTS him against the steel! But this isn’t enough, Christian has Luchasaurus clear the timekeeper’s table! Luchasaurus then choke grips to CHOKE SLAM Hardy through the table!! Christian then sits by Hardy to say, “There you are. Your name is in the headlines. Enjoy your relevance.” Christian leaves with Luchasaurus, will they continue to stoop to new lows in order to rise up the ranks?
AEW has the aftermath of Blood & Guts.
A bloody Matt Menard says that the only reason the others agreed to such as match is because of Chris Jericho. And if the Jericho Appreciation Society got anything out of that night, it’s that they stole the privilege of seeing Eddie Kingston make Jericho tap! Menard was the one who gave up when Claudio Castagnoli had the Sharpshooter on, sparing Jericho from Eddie’s stretch plum. William Regal says that after 39 years in this business, he has never ever witnessed such horror as Blood & Guts. Ortiz says he wants more! More blood, more guts, just MORE! Regal says that is what the Blackpool Combat Club is all about.
Claudio says you can call him The Mailman now, because he always delivers! Menard says if you want big money, you gotta do that “big boy sh*t.” Angelo Parker, as bloody as he ended up, vows that the JAS will not stop until Eddie Kingston is in a grave!! Will there be no end to the war of JAS VS BCC? Speaking of…
Tony Schiavone interviews Claudio and Jake Hager backstage.
Not just that, but it’s the parking lot. Schiavone says this may not be the best place for this, but he is here with two giant men who know each other well. They’ve both signed a waive, No Physicality. Hager says that’s right, no physicality here tonight. The 16 THOUSAND people at Forbidden Door cheered Claudio on, and that may have him thinking he’s tough, but deep down inside, he knows he’s not as tough or as hard as Jake Hager. Claudio knows he’s not a world champion like Hager. Claudio was never world champion in ROH or in WWE, and he won’t be one here in AEW. Hager is an UNDEFEATED MMA pro-fighter, and it is about time he got some respect.
Claudio tells Hager that everyone who says, “I want my respect,” doesn’t deserve respect! Claudio beat Zack Sabre Jr, one of the best technical wrestlers, in his first match here. And then Claudio went on to lead his team to victory against Hager’s team- Oh, sorry, Hager just carries the bags for Jericho, right? But while Hager got his arm wrapped, Claudio got his raised, and it’ll happen again next week when they go 1v1. Hager may be undefeated in MMA, but Claudio is undefeated in AEW, where rankings matter. And next week, Claudio is going to go 3-0! Will the Swiss Cyborg dismantle Rock Hard Hager when they meet man to man once again?
Swerve in Our Glory VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny!
Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland are still trying to smooth things out, but they at least have common enemies to focus on tonight. Will their Limitless House still stand? Or will the mercenaries help stick that knife in Keith’s back for Swerve?
The teams sort out and Blade steps against Keith. Fans rally up for Keith but Blade talks trash as he conducts the singing. “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLORY~!” Blade SLAPS Keith, but Keith HEADBUTTS Blade! Butcher tags in and fans fire up to see him tie up with Keith. They are in a deadlock, break, and go again. Keith powers Butcher to a corner, Butcher goes up the corner, but Keith TOSSES him away! Keith stalks Butcher but Butcher bails out to get a chair! Blade wants Butcher to calm down but Swerve is backing Keith up. Butcher cools off and puts the chair down to get in the ring. Butcher tags Blade and Keith tags Swerve.
Fans rally as Swerve and Blade go around. Blade wants a leg but Swerve counters with a chinbar. “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve headlocks but Blade pries free. Blade headlocks, Swerve powers out and things speed up. Swerve hurdles but not high enough and he basically hip drops onto Blade’s head! Blade drags himself up the ropes, Swerve storms up but Blade throws elbows. Blade runs, but he fakes Swerve out then dodges. Swerve trips Blade to headlock, but Blade pulls hair. the ref reprimands, Blade waistlocks but Swerve tags in Keith! Keith pulls Swerve and Blade into the corner, Swerve switches to O’Conner Roll, and Keith CLOBBERS Blade!
Swerve steps in to basement SHOTGUN Blade, then Keith hauls Blade up. Keith bumps Blade off buckles, tags Swerve back in, and Swerve holds Blade in for the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Swerve then stalks Blade as he staggers, but Blade JAWBREAKERS back! Blade runs in but Swerve TOSSES him out. Swerve goes out, Blade staggers, but Butcher is lurking. Bunny gets in the way and Swerve hesitates. Butcher CLOBBERS Keith off the apron, then runs at Swerve! Swerve holds the ropes down and Butcher takes a tumble! Swerve aims at Blade but Blade sweeps the legs! Swerve crashes down and Bunny laughs at his pain while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Blade drags Swerve up to turn him for a NECKBREAKER to the floor! Swerve crawls away but Butcher and Blade drag him up. Blade puts Swerve in the ring, drags him over and tags in Butcher. The mercs mug Swerve, Butcher HEADBUTTS him, and then CHOPS Swerve in the corner. Butcher digs his forearms into Swerve at the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and Butcher whips Swerve hard into the corner! Swerve falls and Blade tags in to drag Swerve into ropes. Blade CHOKES Swerve, lets off as the ref counts, but Bunny CHOKES Swerve now! The ref misses that but Keith protests. Bunny frolics while Blade drags Swerve up.
Butcher tags in and the mercs hit a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Butcher sits Swerve up to KNEE him in the back again and again! Butcher CLUBS Swerve, Swerve kicks and CHOPS back. Butcher CHOPS Swerve, Swerve kicks back but Butcher throws haymakers and CHOPS! Tag to Blade and they mug Swerve in the corner. Blade digs his boots in but the ref counts. Bunny mocks Swerve and Butcher CLUBS Swerve against the apron. Butcher shoves Swerve in for Blade to drag him. Butcher tags in, the mercs mug Swerve more, and then Butcher puts Swerve up on the top rope.
Butcher climbs up after Swerve as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve resists the superplex and wrenches an arm! Swerve bends and BITES fingers, but the ref reprimands. Swerve ROCKS Butcher with forearms, then DECKS him off the ropes! Swerve adjusts, leaps, and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Swerve crawls to hot tag Keith! Keith rallies on Blade, ROCKS Butcher, and then SPLASHES in the corner. SPLASH for Blade, too! Butcher runs in but Keith SWATS him! Then Keith TOSSES Blade at Butcher! Both men fall over and fans fire up with Keith!
Keith stalks Blade, ROCKS him to the corner, and he tags Swerve. Swerve goes up, Keith brings Blade out but Butcher goes after Keith! The ref reprimands, Butcher fires off forearms but Swerve slingshots and somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT on Butcher! Keith fireman’s carries Butcher for a pop-up, ROLLING ELBOW SCREW HIGH KICK COMBO! Keith runs while Swerve staggers over to Blade, Blade pulls Swerve into the way! Keith POUNCES Swerve!! Keith freak out but turns around into a STUNNER! Butcher LARIATS Keith! Swerve BOOTS Butcher, hops up, but Butcher TOSSES him into a KNEE from Blade!
And then Butcher runs to LARIAT Swerve!! Cover, Keith breaks it just in time!! Bunny freaks out and the New York fans wanted their guys to win that one! Blade & Butcher focus on Keith but Keith fires off hands on them! That’s still 2v1, but Keith powers up! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but then Blade KNEES Keith! Swerve gives Butcher a HOUSE CALL! Blade RAMS Swerve into a corner and puts him up top! But Keith SPLASHES Blade into Swerve’s knees! Keith keeps Swerve up and they fist bump. Pop-up and SWERVE BOMB!! Cover, Swerve & Keith win!!
Winners: Swerve in Our Glory, by pinfall
Somehow, someway, Keith & Swerve pull it out! But Team Taz barges out to say this is really starting to piss them off! Will Hobbs says the fans can feel it. “You think we’re going to allow you two to still come out here and disrespect us? What you have in front of you is two grown ass men, trick ass bitch!” Ricky Starks has Hobbs hold the FTW Championship so he can have the mic. They’ve been playing real nice right now, because they could’ve ended Keith’s & Swerve’s careers online and on the mic. If you don’t believe them, ask their former teammate!
But if Swerve & Keith wanna act like they’re somebody, when every time they’ve stood in the ring against Team Taz, every time they try to get on the mic against them, Team Taz has proven there are levels to this, and Swerve & Keith are NOT on their level! They are levels below them! Starks says that just because of where they came from, Swerve & Keith think they can get a shot at them! Well if you want to talk about it, Starks will beat their asses right now! But if we’re talking about who the best tag team is, then- “SUPERKICK! PARTAAAY~!” The AEW World Tag Team Champions, the YOUNG BUCKS, are here!
Matt Jackson has the music cut, and he says Starks may as well have just been in the back to cue up their music for them. That was pretty sweet. And gentlemen, sorry to interrupt- Or, no, the Bucks don’t have to apologize for anything, they started this damn company! But hey, great match from Keith & Swerve, they have been killing it. All the teams in the back have been killing it, this whole AEW Tag Division is on fire! “Everyone is eating well. But let us not forget who set the damn table in the first place.” Nick takes the mic to say no disrespect here, because these two teams are very good.
In fact, at Double or Nothing, Team Taz and Swerve in Our Glory “had one hell of a match. It was four and a half stars, that’s unbelievable. But that’s an off-night for the Young Bucks!” And they couldn’t even get the job done, Jurassic Express won. But then look who beat Jurassic Express a few weeks later. “Read it and mother effin’ weep it! WE did!” Now there is a proposal here. How about it’s Triple or Nothing? Next week, a TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH…! Team Taz, Swerve in Our Glory, and though the fans chant for FTR, Nick says, “We’re better than them, and you guys know that, come on.”
But the point is, it will be Team Taz VS Swerve in Our Glory VS “The best damn tag team of all time…! THE YOUNG BUCKS!” Another big opportunity for the #AbsolutePowerhouses in Hobbs & Starks, as well as the Limitless House of Keith & Swerve! Will this Triple Threat finally be a chance for one of those teams to shine with gold? Or are Matt & Nick just taking out two birds with one stone?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “I envy you, Jon. I envy you for the decisions that you made, and the violence that you inflicted on yourself. We didn’t get the luxury of your decisions. No, our violence is by design. But what I truly envy is the experience that you’re about to have. You think you know pain? You think you know anger? You think you know violence? No, you don’t. But I’ll make sure that Brody King will eave his mark on you. Because the House will make sure that anything that you experience tonight goes far beyond the physical realm of pain. I envy you, Jon.” Just how much brutality will Brody King unleash upon Jon Moxley?
Eddie Kingston is here!
The Mad King goes to the ring where Tony Schiavone is waiting. Schiavone reminds us that a week ago, it was Blood & Guts, and we all saw what happened. But there is still a name on Eddie’s hit list and that is Chris Jericho. Eddie says that before we get to that, please, hold the mic up like a professional, thank you. Eddie says before getting to Jericho, he congratulates Wardlow on tonight’s win. And two, congratulations to everyone that was on the winning team of Blood & Guts, even Claudio. See? Eddie’s a nice guy, he’s maturing. Pbbt. But anyway, here’s the real deal why he’s out here.
“Chris Jericho. You made me a liar. I didn’t taste your blood, you didn’t bleed. SO, I’m gonna get you again, and I’m gonna make you bleed, and I’m gonna taste your blood!” But Chris Jericho, as well as Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti, shout at Eddie via the titantron. They want him to pay attention. Eddie wants to taste Jericho’s blood? Eddie wants to get crazy? You’ll see how crazy Jericho can get. The camera pans over and Tay has been beating up Ruby Soho! There’s an open car door, and Tay has Soho stagger into the gap, to SLAM the door on Soho’s arm!! Soho drops to the floor, clutching her arm!
“Watch yourself Kingston, or this will happen to you!” The JAS rushes off before security rushes in. They call for a medic, has the JAS just broken Soho’s arm just to get at Eddie?
The Dark Order is here!
Fans cheer as Negative One leads the way for Evil Uno, Preston Vance, Alex Reynolds, John Silver & Anna Jay to the ring here in Rochester. Fans cheer for “BRODIE! BRODIE!” to honor Negative One’s father, and Silver has the mic to say, “The Dark Order is in Rochester! And Rochester is Dark Order Country!” Uno takes the mic to say that is why it is very important they’re here today. They have very important news for everyone, and everyone here should here it because they have followed the Dark Order since the beginning, and they made the Dark Order what it is today. Uno wants to personally thank all the fans for showing up and supporting them.
And that is why it is so important that Uno gets to say this. “The six of us… Are here to stay!” Fans cheer as Uno says Dark Order is forever! A new chapter begins, and that begins with a proclamation, and he knows just who should say it. Negative One is given the mic! Fans cheer but then QT Marshall comes out to ruin everything. He doesn’t know how long AEW has to put up with the “charity case” for. Until he’s 18 or something? Fans boo but QT says he gets it. Negative One’s dad was from right here in Rochester. “But you ain’t your father! Your father’s a legend in AEW! He beat me within five minutes in his first match ever here.”
Uno has to hold Negative One back as QT continues to say that Negative One takes after his MOM! QT says that he didn’t bring his friends out here. So Negative One can get his friends out of here to face QT man to man! Or else QT will go to his private locker room and grab each and every one of his action figures to rip their heads off! But wait, here comes HANGMAN PAGE! The Cowboy is still a friend of the Dark Order, and that means he is a friend of Negative One! QT freaks out, but then turns around for Uno to ROCK him with a forearm! Hangman ROCKS QT back, and then they both toss QT into the ring!
Fans fire up as Vance whips QT into a corner for Silver to GAMANGIRI! Silver feeds QT to Reynolds’ ROLLING ELBOW! ENZIGURI! STUNNER! GERMAN SUPLEX! QT flounders from the Beaver Boy Blitz, but then he’s fed to the DISCUS from Vance! Brodie would be proud of that one! Uno has Brodie Jr. tell ’em! “QT, QT, QT. I would pin you right now, but y’know what? I’m gonna wait until I’m 19.” Negative One makes a promise about a decade in the making, will he follow in his father’s footsteps and whoop QT’s ass in his AEW debut?
Good ol’ JR joins commentary!
Jim Ross lends his analysis to the second hour, and it’s going to be a slobber knocker!
Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes & Rey Fenix VS Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernale!
Death Triangle is looking for revenge on #LFI, and that begins with the clash of #CeroMiedo and El Toro Blanco! Will Penta look to bury the White Bull under the cover of night? Or will Rush go on a stampede and start towards the top of AEW?
The bell rings and fans rally behind Penta. Rush rushes in but Penta dodges to CHOP! Rush CHOPS and it’s a CHOP fight already! Fast and furious, back and forth, CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Penta spins to CHOP, then he runs, but Rush follows to CHOP! Penta jumps up but Rush denies the rana. Penta still fires off fists, then hooks the arms,. Rush slips out to throw a body shot, and he suplexes, only for Penta to cradle counter! TWO, and Penta SUPERKICKS Rush down! Rush bails out but Penta builds speed as fans rally. Penta slides but Rush dodges to waistlock. Penta switches but Rush elbows out hard!
Rush whips but Penta stops from hitting steps. Penta elbows Rush back, then whips him at the steps. Rush stops himself, but Penta goes up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Fans fire up while Jose fans Rush off. Penta stands Rush up to CHOP again. Penta gets back in the ring, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta builds speed but Rush gets in to DECK Penta! Rush mocks Cero Miedo and then he soaks up the heat. Rush stands on Penta’s head, drags him up and throws body shots. Rush whips corner to corner and clotheslines, then he whips the other way for a SPALSH! And then a snapmare and basement dropkick! Rush does push-ups just to show off before the cover, TWO!
Rush is annoyed but he drags Penta up. Fans rally but Rush is after the mask! The ref reprimands, but Penta KICKS Rush! Penta runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges to SLINGBLADE! And then another SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up and Rush flounders out. Penta builds speed again to FLY! Direct hit on Rush at the ramp and fans fire up with Penta again! Jose storms over with his tablet of doom, but Alex snatches that away and SPEARS Jose! Alex fires off hands but Jose hits back, and then Fenix and Andrade El Idolo get involved and the ref tries to restore peace while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Fenix and Andrade get Jose and Alex to separate, but then Alex rushes back in! They brawl up the ramp, which is fine because the ref is EJECTING them! Andrade is confused but Fenix tells Alex to keep after Jose! The sidekicks fight all the way backstage while Penta puts Rush in the ring. Penta climbs up a corner while fans fire up, then leaps, but into Rush’s anti-air dropkick! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Rush is upset but the ropes are the ropes. Rush drags Penta up to wrap on a chinlock, but again Penta gets to the ropes. Rush drags Penta away and turns him from the ropes while leaning on the hold. Penta still endures as Rush grinds him down.
Rush drags Penta up to put him on the top rope backwards, then he climbs up behind him. Rush is after the mask again! Penta resists, so Rush drops him into the Tree of Woe! Rush then BUZZSAWS Penta out of the Tree! Rush dusts off his hands and takes a bow as he soaks up the heat. Rush then goes back for Penta to kick and stomp him in the corner. Rush digs his boots in, the ref counts and Rush lets off. The ref reprimands but Rush paces while Andrade talks some trash. Rush drags Penta up, brings him to center and throws a heavy body shot. Rush chinlocks, then digs at the mask! The ref counts but Rush lets off.
Penta throws body shots but Rush KNEES Penta down! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally for Penta. Rush brings Penta up but Penta CHOPS again. Rush CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, Rush eggs Penta on! Penta throws forearms but Rush gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Penta dodges the haymaker to hit a BACKSTABBER! Penta then runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rush is annoyed but Andrade says to keep on him. Rush whips Penta but Penta goes up and over to hit another BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Rush survives and gets to a corner but fans rally up. Penta stomps Rush down but lets off as the ref counts.
Penta pie faces Rush and eggs him on before throwing haymakers. Rush gets mad and choke grips Penta, but Penta CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, they keep going! Penta fires forearms, runs, but Rush HEADBUTTS! Penta wobbles, but he HEADBUTTS back! DOUBLE HEADBUTTS!! Penta’s mask almost comes off from that, but he SUPERKICKS! JUMP KNEE from Rush!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count starts, Penta and Rush stir. Penta gets to a corner, Rush goes to the opposite. Rush runs in but Penta dodges! Rush hits buckles and Penta CHOPS him! And CHOPS!
Rush turns things around to CHOP, CHOP, but Penta CHOPS and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, CHOPS, sweeps the legs then stomps away! The ref counts, Rush stops at 4, and then he goes out to the apron. Rush slashes his throat, climbs up top, but Penta ROCKS Rush! Rush HEADBUTTS Penta away, then adjusts to leap and missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this but Rush wants to end it! Rush drags Penta to a drop zone and then goes up the corner. Fans boo but Penta SUPER SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives, but Rush hurries to ROCK him with a forearm! Penta sits in a corner, Rush runs corner to corner, but into a SOMERSAULT STUNNER!
SUPERKICK! Penta reels Rush in, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tuck and FEAR FACTOR!! Cover, but Andrade puts the foot on the ropes! The ref sees the ropebreak but Fenix points out it was Andrade! Too late to make a difference now, Rush is still in this. Penta goes back to Rush while the ref is reprimanding Andrade, and Rush LOW BLOWS Penta!! AND snatches the mask!! Insult to injury before the cradle, RUSH WINS!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
The White Bull pulled off some major bull, that’s for sure! But will both Lucha Brothers get their revenge on Rush & Andrade soon enough?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh speak.
They’re all very happy, and Sonjay says they’re celebrating already because “Samoa Joe decided to crawl out of that hole that he’s been hiding in.” It is official for July 23rd, Death Before Dishonor, and the ultimate celebration begins when Sonjay’s best friend in this entire world, Jay Lethal, pins Samoa Joe to become the NEW ROH World TV Champion! And Lethal says he will tell us God’s honest truth, “I know that this is not going to be an easy fight.” Samoa Joe is one tough champion. But that’s why Lethal isn’t taking him lightly. But they are taking his championship. They all share a laugh, and Singh adds that Lethal will be the new champion! Will Lethal be able to back up all those words? Or will the Samoan Submission Specialist make Lethal suffer?
Tony Nese & Mark Sterling are still looking for signatures.
They go to the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta & Orange Cassidy, saying they’re the last signatures the petition needs to remove Swerve Strickland from AEW. After all, Swerve backstabbed Cassidy during the Royal Rampage. Cassidy says he never reads anything without his lawyer present. He has a lawyer? Yes, it’s DANHAUSEN! He has the paperwork right here. Nese says forget asking, he is going to make Cassidy sign. Chuck & Trent step up to push Nese back but Sterling has everyone just hold on a second. There is money to be made here. Nese VS Cassidy for Rampage! Wait, Danhausen has a better idea! Cassidy VS Nese on Rampage! That’s the same idea!
But anyway, if Nese wins, Cassidy has to sign the petition. Danhausen says objection sustained, and Cassidy says he will allow it. Overruled. What? No, Sterling’s the real lawyer, HE allows things! Hearsay! Sterling grumbles and storms off with Nese, but the deal is struck. Will Cassidy win and strike down this frivolous lawsuit?
8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club VS Fuego Del Sol & Ruffin’ It!
It’s rather surprising that Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and the Ass B- er, Austin & Colten Gunn, are agreeing to team up again after the heated argument that happened last time. But will they be able to let cooler heads prevail and get another win for the team? And of course, Caster has a rap! “Acclaimed & The Gunns-” GASP! Austin snatches the mic from Caster?! Caster is upset but Bowens keeps him from going after Austin. No disses this week, will the Acclaimed Gunn Club hold it together?
The bell rings and Fuego starts against Austin. Austin turns around into a kick and facelock! TORNADO- NO, Austin FLAPJACKS Fuego away. Tag to Colten and he CLOBBERS Fuego! Colten is fired up but fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” as he stomps Fuego in the corner. Bowens tags in and he drags Fuego out to CLUB away on him. “EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” Bowens then DECKS Bear Boulder, ELBOWS Ruff and DECKS Bear Bronson! Fuego kicks Bowens and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans fire up as Fuego crawls, and Bronson is back! Hot tags to Austin and Bronson! Bronson rallies on the Gunn Club, and even Caster!
Bronson breaks through the line to DOUBLE LARIAT the Gunn Club! Fans fire up with Bronson and he clotheslines Colten out! Austin staggers into choke grip, SIT OUT SPINEBSUTER! Cover, Caster breaks it! Ruff goes after Caster but Caster TOSSES him! Austin crawls, tag to Bowens! Bowens ELBOWS Bronson, CHOPS him and SUPERKICKS him! Bronson wobbles but Bowens hits a LEAP FROG FAMOUSER! They’re doing Daddy Ass proud as Bowens tags Caster. Caster goes up, but then Austin tags in!? MIC DROP, and then Austin snipes the cover! Acclaimed Gunn Club still wins!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club, by pinfall
Billy is upset that his boys aren’t getting along with his sons again, and Bowens shoves Austin! Austin and Colten CLOBBER The Acclaimed! Billy gets in, and he throws Austin away! And the same to Colten! Billy keeps telling them to cut it out, but then he CLOBBERS Caster! The Ass Man sides with his Ass Boys and Bowens doesn’t understand. What happened to scissor fingers? Billy kicks him low for a FAMOUSER! The Gunn Family sticks together, but will they finally get up to the top where they want to be?
“Malakai Black… We are different kind of men. You collect the weak, I dispose of them. You stab their backs, while I break them. Don’t you understand? You, a man who preys on the flawed, have enraged a man who is flawless! I, who rattles the gates of Heaven, will destroy the gates of Hell! So go ahead and buy yourself a bag of coins, because when I’m done with you, the House of Black will have many eyes to cover. Because the Redeemer is coming, enraged!!” Will Miro’s wrath wreak havoc on Malakai and his entire house?
Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir!
La Mera Mera and the Lightning From Down Under are forces of nature to be sure, but the Native Beast & The Problem have brought their umbrellas. Will these Vicious Vixens be safe from the #ThunderStorm? Or will they still be blown away by the AEW Women’s World Champion and the #1 contender?
The teams sort out and Shafir storms up on Storm to BOOT her down! Nyla gets after Rosa and throws her out while Shafir fires off knee son Storm! The ref reprimands but Shafir whips Storm to ropes. Storm tilt-o-whirls to RANA Shafir! Storm drop toeholds, then runs to basement dropkick! Storm whips Shafir into the corner, where Rosa adds a BOOT! Rosa tags in, fires off body shots on Shafir, then tags Storm back in. Storm stomps Shafir, EuroUppers, then tags Rosa. Rosa runs to DECK Nyla, then she comes back to elbow Shafir! Rosa whips Storm in to uppercut Shafir, then Storm sets up as a step! LA MERA MERA IN MOTION!
Fans fire up and Rosa brings Shafir around to cover, TWO! Rosa keeps on Shafir with a facelock and Storm tags in. They double suplex Shafir, then Storm covers, TWO! Storm keeps on Shafir with a facelock and grinds her down. Fans rally, Shafir endures, and Shafir fights up but Storm bumps her off buckles. Tag to Rosa and Rosa snapmares Shafir for a KICK to the back! Cover, ONE! Shafir grits her teeth but Rosa clamps onto her with a chinlock. Shafir slips out, wrenches an arm to a double wristlock, but Rosa has a leg to trip Shafir to a cradle! ONE, Rosa powers Shafir to a lateral press, ONE!
Rosa keeps on Shafir with the facelock but Shafir fights up. Storm tags in, she stomps Shafir down, and Storm brings Shafir up to CHOP! Storm snapmares and HIP ATTACKS Shafir, then tags Rosa. Rosa CHOPS Shafir, then CHOPS her! Then GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Tag to Storm and she brings Shafir out. Shafir throws body shots and KICKS the leg! Shafir DECKS Storm, then DECKS Rosa! Storm ROCKS Shafir back with forearms then runs, but the ref is busy keeping Rosa out of the ring, so he misses Nyla SMACK Storm with the umbrella! Nyla shrugs and Shafir fireman’s carries for a WASTELAND SLAM!
Tag to Nyla and Nyla stomps Storm while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Nyla drags Storm up to snap suplex, then roll through to a GOURDBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Storm from Rosa, drags her around and Shafir tags in. They mug Storm, Shafir CLUBS Storm down, then has her on ropes. Shafir chicken wings the arms, drags Storm around, and she taunts Rosa. Storm fights but Shafir spins her for a SAYANAGI! Shafir taunts Rosa more while she paces between her and Storm. Shafir drags Storm up to tag in Nyla and they mug Storm more. Storm hits back, brawls with Nyla, but Nyla throws Storm down by her hair!
Nyla stomps Storm at the ropes and then drags her away. Tag to Shafir, they continue to mug Storm, and then Nyla gives Shafir a boost for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Shafir snarls while fans rally up. Shafir grabs Storm’s hand to bend the fingers and drag her to the corner. Tag to Nyla and she gets Storm’s legs to drop an elbow on the knee. Nyla runs to SPLASH down! Cover, TWO! Rosa rallies the fans but Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla scoops and SLAMS Storm, then drags her up again for another scoop. Storm slips off and RAMS Nyla into a corner! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm O’Conner Rolls Nyla back!
Nyla rolls through but Storm is on her with a SLEEPER! Storm becomes a backpack but Nyla THROWS her off! Storm crawls, fans rally, hot tag to Rosa! Fans fire up as Rosa goes up top and leaps, CROSSBODY! She bounces off Nyla to then HIP ATTACK Shafir! Rosa CHOPS and forearms over and over and fans fire up! Rosa roars and ROCKS Nyla again! Rosa whips but Nyla blocks by holding ropes! Rosa keeps trying but Nyla swings on her. Rosa dodges, drop toeholds Nyla to ropes, and then stomps away! The ref counts, Rosa runs side to side to DROPKICK! Rosa says una mas, and she runs again, to DROPKICK!
Nyla flounders but fans fire up with Rosa. Still one more, but Nyla reels Rosa into an URENAGE! Tag to Shafir and she hurries after Rosa. Rosa kicks at Shafir but Shafir cartwheels through to get an arm. Shafir pump handles Rosa and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, Storm breaks it! Nyla BOOTS Storm and reels her in but Storm SATELLITE DDTS! Storm ducks the roundhouse to GERMAN SUPLEX Shafir! Fans fire up as Storm fires up and hits the HIP ATTACK in the corner! Storm goes up for Rosa to drag Shafir out. Rosa scoops Shafir, Storm is ready on the corner, THUNDERSTORM DRIVER!! Cover, Thunder & Storm win!!
Winners: Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm, by pinfall
And with that, #ThunderStorm wins! Will we see these two continue on as a team? What about the chances of them clashing for the AEW Women’s World Championship once again?
Tony Schiavone is backstage with The Baddies.
Jade Cargill, the still undefeated TBS Champion, tells Tony to “cut the sh*t,” then she asks Stokely Hathaway, “What the hell was that last week?” He says hold on, listen! If a wrestling company can have an Interim World Champion, then they can have an Interim Baddie! Leila Grey walks in and offers a handshake to Jade. Jade refuses, but what about Kiera Hogan? Nope, still rejected. Stokely knows the world wants to know what exactly he said to Leila last week, and he’ll tell us! $1100, because that is what it cost to get Leila to step up.
Stokely knows his math, and he knows 3v2 is better than 2v2. “And it takes a special type of finesse to get someone to go from wanting to beat your ass, to saving your ass.” And you know what they say, “Trust the process.” Stokely goes to put his arm around Leila but she shrugs that off. Jade says if Leila fails to deliver, then that’s Stokely’s ass. Jade and Kiera head out, but Stokely asks if Leila trusts him while offering a fist bump. She doesn’t respond, but he says they’ll talk later. Will Leila prove she can be a true Baddie through and through?
Tony Schiavone now interviews Daniel Garcia.
Garcia requested this time to call out Wheeler Yuta. “Hey, Yuta, last week on Dark, I put my foot on your neck and I held your title above my head, and there wasn’t a damn thing you could do about it. Last week at Blood & Guts, I spent an hour with you in the ring. I felt all that you could give me, you had my blood on your hands. But I’ve determined that you don’t strike an ounce of fear into my heart whatsoever. You’re not scaring nobody with that fake tough guy act, let me tell you.” And at Death Before Dishonor, don’t be scared, Yuta. Give Garcia that shot for the ROH Pure Championship, and whether he’s a pro-wrestler or a sports entertainer, you damn sure will call him the best.
Cash Wheeler says, “So we call ourselves ‘7 Star FTR,’ the living legends. We are the current AAA, IWGP and ROH Tag Team Champions, and I can stand here before you and comfortably say that no match has ever taken more out of us than when we won these at ROH Supercard of Honor.” But uh, we’re just a few weeks away from Death Before Dishonor and the PPV return of ROH. And despite the fact that they beat the Briscoes for the ROH titles, despite the fact that they’re on the run of a lifetime, there are still some people who doubt they’re the best in the world, and that doesn’t sit right with them.
Dax Harwood says, “That’s the beauty of professional wrestling. You can think whatever you want, believe whatever you want, but you can also be wrong. If ROH wants to sell a PPV, they gotta put on the rematch of the decade. So I’m telling you right now, Briscoes VS FTR II, one last time to prove who is the absolute best tag team on this planet! Briscoes, if you want to be a king, you got to kill a king. And we ain’t dead yet.” #TopGuys out. FTR is calling out Jay & Mark Briscoe, will Death Before Dishonor 2022 be one for the ages?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brody King!
The Best in the World is away, but the Maniac vows to prove he is the rightful owner of that title. But will he be able to remind everyone that he’s also the scariest monster in wrestling today? Or will the House of Black soon shine in the shadows with gold on the mantle?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and even if this is for the interim title, this fight is going to be legit!
Fans are thunderous already as Moxley and Brody stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and Brody puts Mox in a corner. The ref counts, Brody lets off to CHOP, and Moxley staggers away to the opposite corner. Fans fire up as Brody watches Moxley get back up. Moxley gets in Brody’s face, and right up in there! Brody and Moxley talk some smack and then Moxley fires forearms and CHOPS! Brody ROCKS Moxley, eggs him on, and Moxley throws a forearm back, only for Brody to ROCK Moxley again! Moxley rebounds but Brody throws him out. Brody then pursues, CLUBS Moxley to the timekeeper’s area, then CLUBS him again.
Brody whips Moxley into railing! Fans fire up, Brody stands Moxley up to CHOP him, and the ring count climbs. Brody ROCKS Moxley, follows him around the way, and then runs in, only to be sent into steel steps! Fans fire up and Moxley brings Brody up to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP into the railing! Moxley refreshes the ring count, headlocks Brody and brings him around the way, then throws knees. Moxley even fishhooks Brody and brings him around, only for Brody to back drop him onto the ramp! Moxley writhes and Brody shakes out the stars. Brody drags Moxley up to whip him into the timekeeper’s area! Moxley tumbles with the table while the ring count climbs!
Brody storms up to Moxley to CHOP him against railing! Brody then puts Moxley back in the ring at 6 of 10, only for Moxley to dropkick the legs out! Moxley throws knees, gets the leg and DRAGON SCREWS! Moxley steps through to have a FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Fans “WOO~!” while Brody endures. Brody clubs Moxley’s legs, pries at the hold, but Moxley keeps the hold on. Brody keeps clubbing, but Moxley lets off. Moxley shoots in to get the leg but Brody CLUBS him. Moxley trips Brody to drop an elbow on the leg, and then another. Brody clamps on with a chinlock to keep Moxley down but Moxley fights free.
Moxley turns Brody over as fans rally, and Moxley hooks the leg. DEATH LOCK SNAPPER! Brody clutches his leg and gets to ropes but Moxley is after him. Moxley stands Brody up but the forearms start flying again. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, Moxley gets boxing elbows going, but runs into a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Moxley survives and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Brody shakes out the bad leg while Moxley crawls to the apron. Brody storms over that way, BLASTS Moxley off the apron and Moxley crashes into the railing! Brody goes out after Moxley and drags him up to scoop and SLAM on the floor! Moxley writhes but Brody KICKS him in the back. Brody paces around, drags Moxley up, and CHOPS him again! Moxley gets into the ring but Brody pursues. Brody clamps onto Moxley with a neck wrench, and even digs his forearms in. Moxley endures, Brody shifts to a cobra twist and he CLUBS away on Moxley’s chest! Cover, TWO! Brody keeps cool and he kicks Moxley against ropes.
Brody scrapes Moxley, CHOKES him against the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally, Brody throws forearms but Moxley CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Brody just CHOPS Moxley right off his feet! Moxley flops over onto his face but Brody stands him back up to CHOP again. Moxley staggers around and falls into a corner, but Brody storms right up after him. Brody drags Moxley up, CHOPS him again, and Moxley is frozen in place! Brody CHOPS him again, and CHOPS him again! Moxley falls down and Brody eggs the fans on as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans boo as Brody eggs Moxley on, then fireman’s carries.
Moxley fights with elbows, Brody starts to drop, but then Brody stands back up! The elbows keep coming, Brody powers up again, and he runs for a corner! Moxley slips off, Brody hits buckles, and Moxley gets to the opposite corner. Brody runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL into buckles! Moxley avoids disaster and Brody crashes ‘n’ burns! Fans fire up and the standing count starts while both men are down. Moxley and Brody stir, and Moxley runs in to clothesline! Moxley hoists Brody up, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then climbs up after him. Moxley CLUBS and CLAWS Brody’s back, but Brody throws body shots.
Moxley BITES Brody’s forehead! Then SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as Moxley puts on the SLEEPER! Brody fights up to fight off the Bully Choke and he snapmares free. Moxley shoots around to full nelson and DRAGON SLEEPER! Cover, TWO!! Brody is still in this but Moxley shouts out Bryan Danielson with DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley then drags Brody up, reels him in, but Brody fights the lift. Moxley ROCKS Brody, Brody ROCKS Moxley, but Moxley ROLLING ELBOWS! Brody stays up, Moxley runs to LARIAT! Brody still stays up! Brody swings, Moxley dodges, but then the LEFT LARIAT takes Moxley down!
Brody drags Moxley up into a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Moxley but Brody clamps on with a SLEEPER! Is he going to put Moxley out like he did Darby Allin? Moxley RAMS Brody into buckles, but Brody holds on! Brody climbs the corner, HANGING SLEEPER!! The ref counts, Brody lets Moxley go and Moxley flops down! Brody goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley barely gets out of that, but Brody scoops! Moxley slips out to CLUB Brody but Brody throws a back elbow! Brody runs, but Moxley follows to forearm Brody at the ropes! Moxley runs but Brody follows, only to miss in the corner! Roll-up, TWO!!
Moxley hurries to wrench and reel Brody in, PARADIGM SHIFT!! But Moxley has to push Brody over, so Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Brody withstands those so Moxley goes for the Bully Choke! Brody stands up, it’s a BACKPACK SLEEPER! Brody is fading, but he drops back, BACKPACK SENTON! But Moxley rises to SLEEPER HOLD! Brody moves around but ends up in the BULLY CHOKE!! Brody is fading, the ref calls it! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
It was a fight to be sure, but Moxley holds onto the title! Who will step up to him next while we await CM Punk’s return? As for Brody King, fans cheer his valiant effort, and Malakai Black walks out. Malakai looks Brody in the eye, and pats him on the back. But then DARBY ALLIN AND STING appear?! The #RelentlessIcons show Brody King respect! Darby says Brody kicked his ass last week, and it doesn’t matter what anyone says! Brody EARNED his spot here. Darby offers a handshake, but Brody leaves Darby hanging. The House of Black doesn’t do anything for respect, but will they take on Darby & Sting for supremacy in AEW?
A great episode for Dynamite, but they sure stretched that first hour. Only two of the six matches happened before Jim Ross joined commentary at the halfway point, and I would’ve liked if they’d tried to split things up a bit more evenly. But even with that, we got a great opener with the TNT Championship. It was obvious the Street Fight would bring out a bunch of American Top Team scrubs for Wardlow to throw around like nothing and then he wins the title. This is still great for Wardlow, but maybe it would’ve been more powerful if he’d won this title sooner, or if it was just Scorpio VS Wardlow 1v1 in a real epic match, not a Heel using all his resources to protect himself.
So apparently Mark Sterling, having been fired by Jade Cargill and not having MJF around, has resorted to filing frivolous lawsuits as his gimmick. It’s pretty funny, though, as he fails to convince Faces to side with him, a Heel. The promo with Best Friends and Danhausen was really funny with Danhausen just spouting legal terminology. Nese VS Cassidy will surely go Cassidy’s way so he can keep building momentum towards a title. Pac defends his All-Atlantic Championship at Rev-Pro’s event this weekend, but I’m pretty sure Pac retains, and then maybe we can get Pac VS Cassidy for this title at All Out.
That’s made even more likely by how Miro is going after Malakai Black. Miro had a very good promo as always, and he’s going to have an awesome match with Malakai. We got quite the promo segment with Christian, Luchasaurus and Matt Hardy. Hardy’s line about the “Michael Jordan of A-Holes” was really good, and of course Christian stoops to bringing up what happened with Jeff Hardy. A bit cheap, but of course Luchasaurus demolishes Matt Hardy. Sounds like this is setting up a tag match where Jungle Boy joins Matt Hardy to take on Christian & Luchasaurus, and we’ll see if JB can turn Luchasaurus back to the light side or if Luchasaurus stays Heel. Honestly, Luchasaurus could probably benefit most from his Heel turn.
We got a good Blood & Guts aftermath promo where a few different guys got to say their piece, and of course we’re getting more Eddie VS Jericho. Tay Conti hurting Ruby Soho could be a way to give us a Mixed Tag before the final blow-off. And adding Claudio VS Hager to things, that match is going to be great, and I would think Claudio wins to stay hot in AEW. We got a very good tag match out of Keith & Swerve VS Butcher & Blade, and I did like that they at least teased the “accidental attack misunderstanding.” Swerve totally understood the Pounce was an accident, and they finished off Butcher & Blade. Hobbs & Starks had a very fired up promo, and the Bucks had a good on to set up another Triple Threat for the titles. I would think the Bucks win that, just as Jurassic Express did.
FTR had a good promo to call out the Briscoes, and you can bet that match will be added to the Death Before Dishonor card. That will be a great match, and FTR will win so they can move on to face Young Bucks at All Out. Garcia had a good promo to call out Yuta, their ROH Pure Championship match will be great stuff, and that could probably go either way. I think Joe VS Lethal for the ROH World TV Championship could go either way, too, because Lethal has Singh and Sonjay on his side to overbook that match. Maybe after DBD, Tony Khan and other executives find a way to put on an ROH TV show, but no idea if I’ll be able to cover it if it happens.
We got a very fun segment out of The Dark Order and QT Marshall. Great to see Hangman join up with Dark Order again, and though not delivered with quite the stank it should have, Negative One at least got through his line about sparing QT more humiliation until he’s an adult. It would be amazing if 10 years from now, we do see Negative One/Brodie Lee Jr. face an old man QT and win in five minutes like his father. And moreover, it was good that Evil Uno assured us that the members of Dark Order we have left are going to stay in AEW one way or another. It’s a shame the faction ran out of steam like it did, but maybe they can rebuild.
We got a pretty good tag match out of #ThunderStorm VS Nyla & Marina, and of course the Faces win. Rosa and Storm can easily have another title match as part of the July themed episodes, like Fyter Fest or Fight for the Fallen. Stretching this to All Out in September would just seem odd to me, so maybe someone comes out of another story primed to face Rosa. Jade not accepting Leila Grey is a natural move for their story, but who knows where it goes from here. Leila could prove herself worthy, because I don’t see Stokely being fired by Jade so soon, and then we could have that Six Woman Tag I expected but Leila in for Red Velvet.
We got a pretty good 8 Man Tag, with the dysfunction finally adding something to the match. The Gunn Club turning on The Acclaimed was quite the surprise, though, but I had a feeling Billy was going to find a reason to be proud of his sons. And this could be the Face turn for The Acclaimed, and that is going to be great because fans love them. Penta VS Rush was awesome stuff, especially with how Alex and Jose got in on it. A Six Man Tag of La Faccion Ingobernable VS Death Triangle where Jose and Alex are the third men would be pretty fun.
And of course, we got an awesome main event out of Moxley and Brody. Moxley was of course retaining, but we all know Brody is badass, and it was cool for Darby to show him respect. Even with Miro coming for Malakai, we need to get House of Black VS Darby & Sting first. Miro could even go after Malakai after the match, regardless of who wins. I don’t know if it has to be a full Face turn for Miro, but he will come off the Face against Malakai since fans still love Miro. As for Mox, the possibilities really are endless for who he can face for the Interim title at All Out. Personally, whether or not Joe wins against Lethal at DBD, give me some Mox VS Joe!
My Score: 8.9/10
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.179 ~ 6TH JULY 2022
GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship Postponed
Due to Chris Ridgeway being unable to get a Visa in time for the Nippon Budokan event on July 12th, the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship match has been postponed. Therefore, Yoshinari Ogawa and Yuya Susumu will team together against Eita and Kotaro Suzuki. Susumu says he knows he cannot replace Ridgeway, but will fight with him in mind.
Seiki Yoshioka attacks HAYATA (repeatedly)
Following his GHC Junior Heavyweight challenge to HAYATA, Seiki Yoshioka turned the tension up a notch by fighting with HAYATA after the match in Fukushima on the 2nd (HAYATA had made him bleed) and introducing him to his new superkick, and then intruding on the match in Yamagata on the 3rd, which got the match thrown out. Poor HAYATA had been kicked in head quite a few times over the course of the two days, and so was not in any position to speak. Seiki Yoshioka was though, he had taken the belt backstage, and holding it up the camera announced that he was putting everything on the line to win, and he would knock HAYATA out again at The Budokan. Yuya Susumu later posted on his Twitter that he felt he had to apologize for how Yoshioka was behaving.
Speaking of STINGER (HAYATA, Yoshinari Ogawa & Yuya Susumu) came out wearing the green NOAH baseball shirts in Yamagata for the match against Perros Del Mal De Japon (Kotaro Suzuki, NOSAWA Rongai & Super Crazy). They never explained why they were wearing green, and fans were left to speculate that either they were showing their solidarity as NOAH Juniors to Perros, or it was an Ogawa mind game to remind Kotaro where he came from and who he belonged with. The singles match between Kotaro and Ogawa on July 2nd was naturally ruined by Perros who got the match thrown out by intrusion. Given NOSAWA’S comments backstage to Kotaro about “trying harder”, I am wondering how long Kotaro is going to put up with this.
Kenoh, Kojima (and Kobashi)
Following two frustrating pre matches in which neither the champion or the challenger won over the other, and an escalation in “competition” where Kenoh did press ups backstage next to a fallen Satoshi Kojima in Fukushima, and Kojima demonstrated Lion press ups to Kenoh in Yamagata (who comically appeared in front of him and then attacked him screaming about “The Mark of The Lion” and how if he missed it so much he should wear his new t-shirt), Kenoh sought advice from the master of the lariat, Kenta Kobashi by making a first visit to his gym. Lariats are not something Kenoh has used before, so it will be interesting to see if the teaching he got from Kobashi was how to throw them or how to withstand them.
GHC Heavyweight Tag Champion Humiliation
Satoshi Kojima might have had a frustrating stalemate, but at least Kojima was spared the humiliation that the GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions endured, when again they lost via Masa Kitamiya submitting to Hideki Suzuki in Yamagata. Suzuki had said he was doing a kind of scouting mission as he wanted to know their strengths and weaknesses and the strengths and weaknesses of their techniques. Timothy Thatcher was given a firsthand look, when the champions demonstrated their new tandem move, a double powerbomb, to win the match.
Go Shiozaki & Shuhei Taniguchi miss events
Go Shiozaki was absent from the 2nd and 3rd July weekend events due to being a close contact with someone with Coronavirus. This necessitated a card change as it was almost last minute. What was last minute (as in about seven minutes before the event started) was Shuhei Taniguchi being withdrawn from the event due to mild heatstroke.
Yoshiki Inamura’s Fire Festival 2022
Although Yoshiki Inamura did not defeat Masato Tanaka, his Fire Festival opened with a time limit draw at thirty minutes. Inamura didn’t feel that he had approached Tanaka with this, but has sworn to beat everyone else and return to NOAH with the sword.
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– Tadasuke is wondering why there has been no comeback from the NOAH Junior Regulars regarding his banishment of Haoh (who seems to have vanished off the face of the earth). I think Tadasuke will get his answer when NOAH are back in Tokyo.
– Alejandro greeted the Yamagata crowd as the Fukushima one, to be scolded by Hajime Ohara for his mistake.
– Kenoh’s Michinoku Pro rival, Fujita “Jnr” Hayato, made his return to the ring following a five year absence due to cancer. He named two people he wanted to fight, Hiromu Takahashi and of course, Kenoh. Kenoh says that he should fight Hayato first. Not only did Hayato mention him first, but even by the Japanese (gojūon) syllabary Kenoh (i.e. KE) comes first. Kenoh then returned to his preoccupation that seems to be obsessing him these days, “The Lion Mark” (New Japan logo).
– Kenoh grumbled that he preferred the sea to rivers just before he posted a video of himself doing Lion Push ups by one.
EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS
- SUNNY VOYAGE 2022
Fukushima Big Palette (Saturday, July 2nd)
- Yamagata Big Wing (Sunday, July 3rd)
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Satoshi Kojima
Challenger: Kenoh, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin
Challengers: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher), “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
Challengers: Perros Del Mal De Japon (Eita & Kotaro Suzuki), Postponed, replacement date to be advised
- GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
- YOSHIKI INAMURA FIRE FESTIVAL 2022
Friday, July 8th: vs Hide Kubota
Sunday, July 10th
Venue: Fujisan Messe, Shizuoka
Time: 13:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (event will not be streamed live)
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