Will a Demon dethrone the Tribal Chief?
WWE may belong to Roman Reigns, but will the Universal Championship after tonight? Finn Balor once again becomes The Demon, will he finally reign again?
- Kickoff Show– Liv Morgan VS Carmella; Morgan wins.
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles & Omos; The New Day wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Alexa Bliss; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
- WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Damian Priest VS Sheamus VS Jeff Hardy; Priest wins and retains the title.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins by disqualification, Lynch retains.
- WWE Universal Championship Extreme Rules Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS “The Demon” Finn Balor; Reigns wins and retains the title.
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It’s the Extreme Rules Kickoff show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in analyzing, discussing and predicting all of tonight’s action!
Sonya Deville joins the panel.
Kayla cuts right to the quick and asks Sonya what her problem is with Naomi. Sonya can’t believe everyone makes it like this is something personal she has against Naomi. If you disrespected Sonya the way Naomi did, she would still have the same issue. It is important in this company to set ground rules and uphold standards. Sorry if Pearce takes that inappropriate behavior, but she doesn’t. She has set a precedent for males, females, Raw and SmackDown stars. JBL agrees with that, and Kayla thanks Sonya for giving an answer.
They move things to the SmackDown Women’s Championship match, Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair in a SummerSlam rematch. Sonya says Becky is setting an awesome example for women around the world, being a new mother and coming back to win the title on her return. Peter says people were freaking out over Bianca losing in 26 seconds, but he says there’s something new he’s seeing out of her. Peter asks Booker if there’s something to be learned from a loss like Bianca suffered. Booker says no, because you have to always be ready. But he’ll also say that the first person to throw a punch is the first one who ran out of ideas.
Now, Becky threw the first punch as a calculated tactic so Bianca better have everything in order. JBL says there’s never an advantage, he agrees with Book. It can take things to a new level, but this is the game Becky’s playing. Bianca was more than ready, Becky said no and made her wait. But then is Becky in a league of her own? Too big for Bianca’s britches? Booker says Becky had nine months to think on how she’d come back. She called her shot and hit it out of the park. JBL says Bianca is a once in a generation performer but she got took. Bianca is all that and a bag o’ chips, but will she be bigger and better than Big Time Becks tonight?
Backstage interview with The New- AJ Styles & Omos?
The Phenomenal One wants to know why the WWE isn’t talking about him and his colossal friend but the New Day come in and are laughing at Styles & Omos. Why would anyone talk to someone not on the show? But then BOBBY LASHLEY jumps Big E! Omos and Styles go after Kofi and Woods, then security rushes in to stop the brawling! Adam Pearce shouts for them all to stop this, this is NOT happening here! Lashley wants after Big E and Big E wants after Lashley, but will they have to wait until Monday for this big meaty battle?
The Street Profits arrive.
Montez Ford knows Angelo Dawkins had a good weekend while things didn’t go Ford’s way Friday. But Ford swears tonight is different. They have no intentions of leaving without the SmackDown Tag Team Championships. So if there are any other motives, let him know right now. Dawkins has Ford’s back. Secret handshake, and Dawkins says it was real funny for Bloodline to jump Ford 3v1. But they can’t pull that tonight. The Profits want the smoke, but will they get the gold?
Sonya Deville is back.
She talks the Raw Women’s Championship match and how Charlotte is fed-up with the antics of Alexa Bliss. The Queen wants athletic competition, but Alexa’s antics are still very successful. Sonya would be concerned because this is a very different opponent for Charlotte. They went hit for hit on Monday, but Alexa’s taken minds over. Charlotte has determination and focus, but Alexa is still a great wrestler in her own right. They haven’t faced each other in three years, Survivor Series 2018, this could be something. Sonya says this is the most intense she’s seen Alexa, too. Charlotte’s “humanized” Alexa, wanting Mean Girl rather than Twisted Bliss.
JBL and Booker both know that The Undertaker was a powerful competitor but had the added layer of the supernatural. Even if you can strip away the mystique, you still have to deal with someone who can beat you up. Will Charlotte be able to strip away Alexa’s mind games? Or will Alexa strip Charlotte of that title?
Kickoff Show – Liv Morgan VS Carmella!
Columbus is ready to #LivMore! Will Liv be to fight ugly and humble the self-professed Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE?
Mella gets a mic to say, “Oh my gosh~! Liv, do you even realized what you could’ve done to me by lodging my face into the turnbuckle? I mean, look at me, honey!” She is THE most beautiful woman in the WWE, and her face is her greatest asset. It opens doors, pays the bills and gets her anything she wants. And no one can relate! No one knows what it is like to be this beautiful. Mella’s face separates her from “nasty people like you.” And Liv can’t stand it! That’s why she viciously attacked Mella’s face! She should be ashamed! But let’s face it, Mella’s hot, Liv’s not. Mella laughs but then Liv ATTACKS!
The ref pulls Liv off Mella and Mella is furious. The bell rings and Liv goes back on the attack! Mella uses ropes as a defense then kicks Liv away. Liv goes Matrix to then arm-drag but Mella kicks low. Mella whips but Liv reverses to then back body block in the corner! Liv comes back, only gets buckles but then turns things around! WING SNAPPER, but Mella is ready for the buckle shot. But then Liv SHOTGUNS Mella out of the ring! Fans fire up, Liv runs in but Mella avoids the dropkick. Liv drags Mella up by her hair but Mella trips Liv on the apron! Liv tumbles down, Mella soaks up the heat and gloats about how gorgeous she is. Then a FABULOUS KICK floors Liv!
Mella puts Liv in the ring, covers, TWO! Mella keeps on Liv by putting her in the corner for elbow after elbow! Then one more to top it off. Liv sits down, Mella gloats and runs in, FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mella clubs away on Liv in frustration, “I’m hot, you’re not!” Mella drags Liv up, snap suplexes then covers, TWO! Mella wraps on a chinlock. Liv endures, fans rally up and she fights up, only for Mella to throw her down. Mella adjusts her gear, mocks the fans and then digs Liv’s face into the mat. “You wanna ruin my face?!” She dribbles Liv then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally up again and Liv fights, even as Mella squeezes tight.
Liv gets a second wind and fights up to her feet. Liv throws body shots, fights free, then scoops, only for Mella to slip out, EDGE-O-CUTION! Cover, TWO! Liv still lives but Mella just shakes her head. Mella ties Liv’s hair to the bottom rope then stomps away on her! The ref counts, Mella stops at 4 and Liv is freed from the ropes. Mella says Liv isn’t on her level, so Liv SLAPS back! They scrap, Liv throws forearms and haymakers but Mella shoves her. THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Liv runs at Mella in the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Liv whips, Mella reverses but Liv rolls and returns, ENZIGURI! Liv shrieks and fans fire up as she goes up and up, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!!
Liv grows frustrated as Mella survives, but she still has moves to try. Fans rally behind Liv as she gets Mella up but Mella throws her into buckles! Liv staggers into a cradle, TWO! Mella gets up, Liv rolls her up, TWO! Mella runs in again, bucks the O’Conner Roll and avoids Oblivion to SLAM Liv down! Cover, TWO! FABULOUS KICK! Cover, TWO! Mella can’t believe it but the fans fire up! Mella argues with the ref but the count was fair. Mella drags Liv up, but Liv hits back with a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Mella survives and now Liv is growing frustrated! Mella crawls to a corner, Liv takes aim as fans rally up but Mella BOOTS her!
Mella goes up, Liv runs into the HANGING TRIANGLE! Mella lets go at 4 and then drags Liv through the ropes. Liv swipes but Mella ROCKS her! Mella puts Liv on the apron to club away, then dump her down. Fans rally behind Liv again but Mella takes aim. FABU- NO! Liv turns that into a WING SNAPPER and boot into the table! Liv puts Mella in, runs and hits OBLIVION! Cover, Liv wins!
Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall
And that is how you humble the most arrogant woman in the WWE! But will this win help Liv make her way towards the gold?
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
The Demon looked strong on Friday, but is Roman Reigns taking Balor more seriously now? Heyman asks who hired Sarah for this job. That is the stupidest question he’s been asked ever. Even KAYLA has the sense not to ask that question! Maybe Kayla is why Sarah is the one asking that dumb question. Or Rosenberg won’t get off his butt and interview Heyman, either. But how should he answer? OMG Roman’s been unworthy for almost 400 days because they overlooked The Demon~! Roman’s been eating burgers all weekend! “Future ex-champion” should just be in the graphic! Is that what they wanted?
C’mon, be real. The winner, and still Universal Heavyweight Champion, and going on to Crown Jewel to face Brock Lesnar AS CHAMPION… Roman. Reigns. And that’s not a prediction. That’s a spoiler. But will Balor spoil the spoiler and all of Roman’s plans?
“In this kingdom… Extreme rules.”
No one ever said the rules were fair. A Queen takes on a Twisted Lil’ Fury. A Tribal Chief isn’t facing a Prince, but a DEMON! The Man and the EST run it back from SummerSlam to head into the Fall. “Tonight, we’re gonna push everything to the extreme. No holding back. No limits.” There’s one shot to take the titles. This night only comes around once a year. Tonight, anything goes!
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Bobby Lashley, AJ Styles & Omos!
After the backstage brawl, all this beef is going to open the show! Will Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods show the Rocky Mountain Machine, the Phenomenal One and the Mountain of a Man why NEW! DAY ROCKS? Or will they be the ones rocked to the core on the night when WWE gets extreme?
The trios sort out and Styles starts against Woods. Woods and Styles circle as fans rally up already. “NEW! DAY ROCKS! NEW! DAY ROCKS!” as Woods and Styles tie up. Styles kicks low, CLUBS Woods down, then grins as he brings Woods up with a suplex. Woods slips out to CHOP and CHOP, then bump Styles off buckles. Woods CHOPS Styles in the corner, then runs him corner to corner to ram him off buckles! Woods whips Styles to the ropes, Styles reverses, tilt-o-whirl but Styles avoids the leg sweep to a CALF CRUSHER! Woods gets the ropebreak and scrambles to the New Day corner. Styles talks trash but Woods tags Kofi.
Fans fire up as Kofi and Styles meet again. They circle, approach, and Kofi gets around to mule kick, kick and spin! Styles ducks Trouble but Kofi lands on his feet out of the back suplex! Styles returns the favor then CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Kofi gets away now and Styles says he’ll take everybody’s legs! Big E shakes his head, and Kofi tags him in! Fans fire up for the NEW WWE World Champion as he circles with Styles. Styles rushes in but into a LARIAT! Big E drags Styles up, whips him to the corner, and dares Lashley to get in! Lashley drags Styles up so he can tag, and fans are thunderous for this one! They throw hands and then Lashley knees and mule kicks!
Lashley runs to CLUB, then LARIAT Big E down! Fans boo but Lashley says this is why HE’s the real champion! Lashley puts Big E in a corner, runs corner to corner but Big E dodges! Big E comes back with big hands! Lashley facelocks, Big E RAMS him into the New Day corner! And rams him over and over, then throws more hands! “Time! To! Turn! Up!” Stampede stomps begin! Big E, then Woods, then Kofi, and Kofi gets some with interest! Tag to Woods, he gets one more before Kofi whips. Lashley bails out and Woods stops, but tag back to Kofi so he can PLANCHA! Lashley catches Kofi! Woods jumps on to dropkick Lashley down!
The New Day fires up and fans rally with them. Big E and Woods keep Styles and Omos back as Kofi puts Lashley in. Kofi talks some trash to Styles but he gets in and Lashley ROCKS him! Lashley clinches, TOSSES Kofi, then snarls at Big E. Lashley storms over to Kofi and RAMS into him in return. Lashley runs side to side to RAM into Kofi again! Lashley glares at Big E as he clamps onto Kofi with an armlock. Lashley SLAMS Kofi’s arm on the mat, then tags in Omos! Lashley stands Kofi up in the corner for Omos to clothesline down! Omos sneers as he drags Kofi back up, then reels him in for a CLUBBING forearm! Kofi crawls to the enemy corner but he throws body shots in return.
Omos KNEES Kofi and Kofi flounders to ropes. Kofi kicks and punches back but Omos DECKS him with an uppercut! Kofi is dazed as he sits up, Omos drags him back up and reels him in. Omos suplexes Kofi and holds him up for a count of 10 before a GOURD BUSTER! Omos steps on Kofi for the cover, TWO! Tag to Styles and he kicks Kofi around. Styles grins as he drags Kofi up and wraps on a chinlock. Kofi endures the grind, fans rally up but Styles leans on the hold. Kofi fights up, reaches out, but has to throw body shots to get free. Styles CLUBS Kofi back down then stalks him to a corner. Fans rally but Styles brings Kofi up, to then sucker punch Woods!
Styles gets mad, the ref was in his way for that moment! But Styles turns around into DOUBLE STOMPS from Kofi! Both men are down, fans fire up and clap along, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi crawls but Styles tags in Lashley! Lashley runs in but is dumped back out! Only for Lashley to go after Big E! Lashley throws Big E around ringside and into steel steps! Kofi is alone as Lashley returns and gives him a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi is still in this and Lashley is frustrated. Lashley paces while Kofi slowly sits up. Lashley taunts Kofi then brings him around for a gut wrench. AK- NO! Kofi lands on his feet for a PENALTY KICK!
Kofi KICKS Lashley in the side, rains down fists, but Lashley is in his corner. Lashley RAMS Kofi into buckles, CLUBS him in return, then pushes him around. Lashley scoops Kofi but Kofi slips off and shoves Lashley away! Hot tag to Woods! Woods ducks and dodges then slides to ROLLING ELBOW! Lashley rebounds but Woods dropkicks him! Woods hits a forearm in the corner, then climbs up to rain down fists! Lashley shoves Woods at 7, but Woods SHOTGUNS! Lashley comes back, Woods slips around but no DDT. Lashley runs in but into buckles! Woods forearms then GAMANGIRIS, then GET OVER HERE! DDT hits, Woods covers, TWO!
Woods keeps cool as he brings Lashley back up to throw hands. Woods runs but Lashley scoops him into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Lashley looks to his corner then brings Woods back up. Lashley throws hands, hoists Woods up top and then climbs up. Woods fights back, Lashley throws more hands to ROCK Woods, then Lashley eggs fans on as he sits Woods up. Woods throws body shots and shoves Lashley away! Woods adjusts, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Fans fire up because Big E is back on the corner! Hot tags to Styles and the world champion! Big E gets Styles for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Big E punches Omos, then OVERHEAD suplexes Styles again!
Big E ROCKS and BOOTS Omos down! Styles swings but into the SIDE Belly2Belly! Big E swivels the hips, runs side to side and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps along with the fans and he waits for Styles to rise. Styles is up, he throat chops then Phenomenal Blitz! Big E blocks but Styles PELES! Styles runs in, into a NASTY Urenag-E!! Cover, TWO! Big E isn’t done, he hauls Styles up to the top rope. Big E climbs to join him but Styles resists the superplex. Styles fights back with body shots, slips under and trips Big E up! Big E staggers, Styles runs, but Big E sends Styles out then runs to- NO! Styles guillotine leg drops then sunset flips! TWO!! ENZIGURI!
Big E ends up in the corner, Kofi blind tags and Big E pops Styles up! GAMANGIRI, then a DOUBLE STOMP BOMB COMBO!! Cover, Lashley breaks it! Lashley drags Styles to their corner, tags himself in, then goes right after Kofi. Gut wrench to Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives but Lashley is seething. Lashley aims as Kofi flounders up, but Kofi hurdles the Spear! Lashley tumbles out of the ring and hobbles from his banged up legs. Styles runs in but is sent out to join him! Tag to Big E, and he gives Kofi a boost to FLY!! But Omos SWATS Kofi out of the air!! Styles leaps to CLOBBER Woods! Lashley hits Big E with a COMPLETE SHOT!
Fans boo as Lashley grins and watches Big E. But then Styles tags himself in!? Lashley doesn’t like that but has to accept it as Styles springboards, but then Lashley tags back in! Big E dodges one, Lashley comes in, SPEAR into Styles!! Big E scoops Lashley for a BIG ENDING!! Cover, New Day wins!!
Winners: The New Day, by pinfall
Ya bois are still on top! Will this be the beginning of Big E, Kofi & Woods all standing tall on Monday Night Raw?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Street Profits!
Just like Roman Reigns, Jimmy & Jey are on top of the blue brand because they are Bloodline! But will blood prove weaker than smoke when Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins come to tear it all down this #TakebackSeason?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Profits can pull off a miracle on Sunday!
The teams sort out and Dawkins starts with Jimmy. They circle, tie up, and go around. Dawkins puts Jimmy in the corner, Jimmy turns it around but Dawkins turns it back. Dawkins headlocks, Jimmy powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Jimmy backs off and smiles as Dawkins talks some smack. Jimmy has Dawks back off and they go again. They tie up, Dawkins powers Jimmy back but Jimmy headlocks. Dawkins powers out, ducks and hurdles to then whip Jimmy for a dropkick! Dawkins gets Jimmy back up, whips again and POUNCES him! Cover, TWO! Dawkins stays on Jimmy but Jimmy hits an uppercut! Tag to Jey but Dawkins runs him over!
Dawkins pushes Jey to the corner, tags Ford and they whip Jey for a dropkick from Ford! Dawkins dropkicks Jimmy as he gets in, then the Profits double clothesline the Usos out of the ring! Fans fire up as Ford snarls and fetches Jey into the ring. Fans chant “We Want the Smoke!” as Ford stalks Jey. Ford KICKS Jey in the side, brings him up to CLUB him on the back, then he tackles him down for ground ‘n’ pound! Jey shoves Ford away but Ford is right back on him. Jimmy tags in, Jey whips and Ford jumps but Jimmy KICKS the ribs! Ford drops to his knees, Jimmy shoves him out to stomp him on the apron! The ref counts but Jimmy goes out to RAM Ford into the apron!
Jimmy puts Ford back in, covers, TWO! Jimmy tags Jey and the Usos double suplex to hang Ford out to dry! Ford flops off from his bad ribs hurting him and Jey goes out to tear at the tape! Jey gives Ford a back suplex to the floor! Jey gloats as he looms over Ford and then removes the last of the tape. Jey puts Ford in the ring and looms over Ford as Ford crawls. “We the ones! Damn right!” Jey waistlocks for a BIG back suplex! Dawkins coaches Ford but Jey stays between the Profits. Jey wraps on another waistlock for a rear bearhug. Ford endures and fans rally up for him. Ford fights up to his feet, reaches out but Jey keeps him anchored!
Ford throws forearms but Jey holds onto his other arm! Ford has to throw more forearms but he’s still fingertips away! Jey ROCKS Ford with a forearm and tells fans to hush. Jey back suplexes, Ford lands on his feet then dodges in the corner! Jey POSTS himself, and now both men are down! Jey and Ford crawl, hot tags to Dawkins and Jimmy! Dawkins rallies on the Usos with big forearms and clotheslines! BIG leaping uppercut for Jimmy, FLAPJACK for Jey! CYCLONE SPLASH for Jimmy, CYCLONE SPLASH for Jey! BIG bulldog for Jey and fans fire up with the Curse of Greatness! Jimmy throws Dawkins out and ENZIGURIS him down!
Jimmy builds speed to DIVE, into Dawkins’ arms! For an EXPLODER! Jey runs in but into a forearm! Dawkins RAMS Jey into barriers, goes back after Jimmy and dumps him out. Jimmy ROCKS Dawkins, climbs up top, but Dawkins ROCKS Jimmy! Dawkins climbs up to join Jimmy, gets him up and hits a SUPERPLEX! Roll through to the CASH OUT! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives but Dawkins keeps his focus. Tag to Ford and Dawkins gets Jimmy up. Ford does his best to climb up the corner as Dawkins has the Electric Chair. BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY!! Ford crawls to the cover, TWO!! Ford winces as he clutches ribs but he brings Jimmy up.
Jimmy headbutts the ribs! Dawkins tags in and gets Jimmy, but Jimmy HEADBUTTS! Tag to Jey, Jimmy swings on Dawkins but Dawkins runs into a DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins still lives but Jey shakes his head. Jey says this is it, and he stalks Dawkins back to the corner. Jey dares Dawkins to get up and then he throws haymakers! Jey runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Ford tags in fast as Jey gloats, Jey runs back in and Dawkins moves! GAMANGIRI! ANOINTMENT! FROM THE HEAVENS but onto knees!! Cover, TWO!?! Deja vu from Friday! Ford gets a ghost pin, TWO! SUPERKICK, FRONT KICK, ENZIGURI!!
Dawkins tags in, he gets Jey up and Electric Chair lifts Jey. Ford is back up top but slowly. Jey slips off to shove Dawkins into Ford! Ford hits buckles with ribs! Jey SUPERKICKS Dawkins, tag to Jimmy! USO SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Dawkins barely survives and no one can believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Jimmy crawls over to his corner. Dawkins slowly flounders up as Jey tags in. The Usos both run in but are both dumped out! Ford tags in again before the Usos drag Dawkins out to RAM him into barriers! Ford CANNONBALLS onto them both!! Ford gets Jey in, climbs up top, and leaps FROM THE HEAVENS!! But the ribs! Ford flounders to a cover, JIMMY BREAKS IT!
All four men are down and the fans are loving this! Jimmy drags himself back to the Uso corner as Jey sits up. Ford gets up but his ribs keep him down. Jey tags Jimmy, the Usos regroup again and they aim at Ford. But Dawkins saves Ford to take the DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Ford throws Jey out, sunset flips on Jimmy, TWO!! SUPERKICK to the ribs! Tag to Jey, the Usos both aim, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Tag back to Jimmy and each Uso takes a corner! DOUBLE UCE SPLASH!! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
Even as beat up as Ford was, he and Dawkins almost had the titles back around their waists! But “almost” isn’t enough, The Usos can still say #WeTheOnes at the top of the SmackDown Tag Division! Is there any stopping the Bloodline’s dominance on the blue brand?
Bobby Lashley is furious backstage.
“Big E, you’re a coward!” From winning the world title with the MITB cash-in to tonight’s Six Man, Big E is a chicken SH*T! He dares Big E to fight him 1v1 like a man! He dares Big E to put the title up on the line on Raw! Lashley wants the title back!! But will all his rage be enough to take it back?
Raw Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Alexa Bliss!
The Queen doesn’t play with dolls and she doesn’t play other people’s mind games. But will Twisted Lil’ Bliss (and Lily) show that this isn’t just a game when she ruins all of Charlotte’s fun?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and win or lose, it’s playtime for evil little Lexi!
Charlotte and Alexa slowly circle and stare down while the fans rally up. Charlotte won’t stand for fans chanting, “Let’s Go, Bliss!” The two tie up, Charlotte shoves Alexa down then gloats. Fans boo but Alexa slithers and crawls. Alexa dodges Charlotte, tilt-o-whirls for a headscissor then a dropkick! Alexa hurries to get a facelock but Charlotte slips out of the DDT! Charlotte runs in but the boot is put on the ropes! Alexa kicks Charlotte out of the ring, goes to the apron and CANNONBALLS Charlotte down! Alexa then stands on the steel steps to smile as Ohio cheers their hometown hero. Charlotte gets in the ring, Alexa follows to then dodge and spider-woman in the ropes.
Alexa then leaps but into Charlotte’s arms! BACKBREAKER to a SLAM! Charlotte dribbles Alexa off the mat, then she puts Alexa on the ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off at 4 then backs off to bring Alexa around. CHOP, CHOP and- Alexa ducks! Charlotte tilt-o-whirls for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Charlotte stomps Alexa towards a corner, then stands on her back while pulling on her arms! Alexa endures but Charlotte sits Alexa up to dig her boot in deeper. Fans rally, Alexa grits her teeth and fights to her feet! Alexa twists under to kick Charlotte in the leg! JAWBREAKER! Charlotte stays up to kick Alexa down, then she gets an inverted Gory Especial!
Alexa endures being upside-down and stretched back! Alexa gets her hands free to throw elbows, then she sits up to punch! Charlotte turns Alexa around, but Alexa RANAS her into buckles! Both women are down but the fans fire up! Charlotte sits up, Alexa runs in but into a BACKBREAKER and BUCKLE SHOT! Charlotte turns things back around but she isn’t done there. She shakes her head as she climbs up top, but Alexa trips her up! Charlotte hits buckles again, then Alexa SHOTGUNS her out of the ring! Alexa keeps moving but Charlotte catches the baseball slide into a swinging SLAM into the barriers! Alexa is down in a heap as a ring count climbs.
Charlotte mocks the fans booing her, so they just boo harder. Charlotte puts Alexa in the ring at 5 of 10, covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! A high stack, TWO! Alexa still lives and frustrates Charlotte. Fans rally behind Alexa and Charlotte is furious. But Alexa gets her in a cradle! TWO, and Charlotte CLOBBERS Alexa! Charlotte drags Alexa around, steps on her on the way to the corner, then climbs up again. Charlotte steadies herself for a MOONSAULT! Alexa moves so Charlotte STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte slithers and stalks Alexa, NATURAL- NO! Alexa slips out to ROCK Charlotte with a forearm! ROLLING SENTON! Cover, TWO into ghost pin! TWO!
Charlotte rolls Alexa gain, TWO to a dead lift POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! The Queen is beside herself as Alexa still lives! Charlotte goes up again, MOONSAULT into boots! Alexa hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Alexa almost had Charlotte and is frustrated with how far she still has to go! Alexa shoves Charlotte to a drop zone and she goes up top now. Alexa sees Charlotte crawling over so she stomps her down. Alexa puts Charlotte back in the zone, goes back up, and TWISTED BLISS FLOPS!! Charlotte gets the legs but Alexa gets the cradle again, TWO!! Alexa reels Charlotte in, DDT!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Alexa was close to the win but too close to the ropes!
Alexa huffs and Charlotte grabs Lily!? Alexa is stunned Charlotte would do that! Charlotte throws Lily then BOOTS Alexa down! But Charlotte isn’t done, she POSTS Alexa then throws her down! NATURAL SELECTION!! Cover, Charlotte wins!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)
Charlotte didn’t play around but she still touched Alexa’s toys! Charlotte kicks Alexa out to join Lily, then she grabs Lily again! The Queen wants to add insult to injury as she tears an ARM off Lily! And then the LEGS! And lastly, the HEAD! Lily is little more than an empty cloth with stuffing all over the floor! But Alexa jumps on and attacks! Alexa’s fury clubs away on Charlotte then KICKS her out! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Charlotte kicks her away to then RAM her into the apron! And TOSSES her over the announce desk! Fans want a table spot but Charlotte washes her hands of this, so to speak. Will the Queen continue to reign over Raw and ruin everyone else’s fun?
As for Alexa, she drags herself up and over the desk. She sees what’s left of Lily and roars in anger! She throws off her hair ties and flips the lid off the desk. Alexa goes to pick up the pieces of Lily and does her best to put her back together. Will Alexa make Charlotte pay for what she did to her best imaginary friend?
Heyman is on the phone backstage.
He is happy to be on the same page for the 2021 WWE Draft. It’ll be the biggest draft yet and- Oh, Kayla is here. She wants to know who he’s talking to. Heyman says he’ll call them back in two, er, maybe one minute? Okay, thanks. SO who was that? Oh sorry Mommy, does he need permission to use the phone? Is it jealousy that it’s another journalist? Does she think he’s talking to other women on the phone? She probably thinks it’s Lesnar, right? So what if it is? Is he not allowed to? He is Special Counsel, shouldn’t he cover all the bases? There are deals to negotiate at all times!
Usos come by to say hey, and Heyman says he has to go. Call you later. Will Heyman be able to keep playing all sides until it all falls apart?
WWE United States Championship Triple Threat: Damian Priest VS Sheamus VS Jeff Hardy!
The Archer of Infamy is really rolling the dice on this one! He has two targets in this match who can both hit him first! Will the Fella regain the US title in this extra large fight? Or will the Charismatic Enigma pull off a shocker to finally get some gold again?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Priest can #LiveForever with the odds not in his favor!
Fans are fired up for Hardy but Sheamus KNEES him down at the bell! Sheamus wants him and Priest to be 1v1 so Priest fires off forearms and body shots! Priest bumps Sheamus off buckles then winds up for a BIG uppercut! Priest whips, Sheamus reverses but Priest dodges to KICK and KICK and ROLLING ELBOW! Priest clotheslines Sheamus and himself out of the ring! Priest gets up to RAM Sheamus into barriers! Sheamus staggers away but Priest follows after and ROCKS him with uppercuts and forearms! Priest throws more hands, CLUBS Sheamus down, then stomps him against the barriers! Fans fire up with Priest as he gets Sheamus up again.
Sheamus throws body shots, Priest ROCKS Sheamus again, but Hardy LEAPS in! Hardy hits Priest into the barriers but Sheamus DECKS Hardy! Sheamus RAMS Hardy into barriers then catches his breath. Sheamus gets Hardy up, fireman’s carries but Hardy fights free. Hardy is on the apron, he boots Sheamus away and LEAPS! Down goes Sheamus! Hardy fires up and fans fire up with him as he bumps Sheamus off barriers, then off the apron. Sheamus hits back, Priest FLIES in outta nowhere! Down go both Sheamus and Hardy, then Priest puts Hardy in the ring. Priest stomps Sheamus down and clubs away on him for good measure before returning to the ring himself.
Priest runs corner to corner to back elbow Hardy, then keeps going to back elbow Sheamus! Back to Hardy, then Priest BROKEN ARROWS! Cover, Sheamus breaks it! Sheamus EuroUppers Priest, Priest whips him out of the ring. Fans want tables but Sheamus drags Priest out. They brawl again, Priest spins but into Sheamus’ scoop! Sheamus LAWN DARTS Priest into a post! Sheamus seethes and he goes back to the ring. Hardy attacks Sheamus in the ropes, whips but Sheamus reverses to scoop and IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! The Fella soaks up the heat while Hardy flounders to a corner. Sheamus stomps Hardy, drags him back up and reels him in for a short arm clothesline!
Priest returns but Sheamus KNEES him back out of the ring! Sheamus tells Hardy that the fans love him, but Hardy throws body shots. Hardy whips, Sheamus reverses but Hardy kicks back! Hardy runs but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Sheamus shouts, “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?” Fans boo but Sheamus sees Priest on the apron. Sheamus CLUBS Priest, then turns him around for forearms to the back. Priests resists but Sheamus still gives him Beats of the Bodhrain. Priest blocks at 5, elbows and turns things around. Priest staggers, but he kicks a leg out. Priest hits Beast but Sheamus HOTSHOTS him away! But Hardy SHOTGUNS Sheamus outta nowhere!
Hardy gets up, Sheamus throws hands but Hardy counter punches! Hardy whips, Sheamus reverses but Hardy knocks him down! Atomic drop, leg trip to leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick and a SPLASH onto knees! Sheamus knew that one well and gets a cover, TWO! Sheamus scoops, Hardy slips out, Russian Leg Sweep! Leg hook clutch! Cover, Priest breaks it! Priest runs in but Hardy elbows him away. Sheamus runs in but gets a forearm! Hardy goes up, DOUBLE WHISPER IN THE WIND! Hardy hurries to cover Sheamus, TWO! Hardy keeps his cool, he runs in and basement dropkicks Sheamus in the corner! Sheamus gasps, Hardy goes up for the HARDYAC- BOOT!
Sheamus aims, runs in and Alabama lifts for an ALABAMA SLAMA! Sheamus’ mask even flew off! Cover, TWO!! Hardy is still in this but Sheamus goes after the legs! CLOVERLEAF! Hardy endures but reaches around. Hardy crawls over, ROPEBREAK! No disqualifications so Sheamus doesn’t have to let go, though! Priest drags Sheamus off with a chinlock to the bad nose! Sheamus throws body shots, Priest ROCKS him with a right! Priest runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Priest dodges the forearm to ROUNDHOUSE back! Tornado- WHITE NOISE! Cover, but Hardy dropkicks things apart! TWIST OF FATE!!
Sheamus falls out, Priest dodges the spinning back kick to BELL CLAP! THE RE- NO! Hardy drags Priest into a dragon sleeper! Priest gets up but gets a TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws off the shirt and fans fire up with the extreme legend! Hardy goes up top, aims, but Sheamus SHOVES him off! Hardy gets nothing but ropes! Fans boo as Sheamus gloats and then climbs up. Sheamus leaps, mocking all of Hardy’s moves, for a KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Sheamus hurries to kick Hardy back out. Sheamus mocks the applause and says it’s time for it! Sheamus runs in but Priest dodges the Brogue! Priest runs, but into boots from the corner!
Sheamus skins the cat and still gloats, “I still got it!” But Priest choke grips for a SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN SLAM!! Cover, Hardy is up top to SWANTON it apart!!! Fans are thunderous for Hardy and he just has to choose a target! Hardy throws hands on Priest but Priest gives them back. Hardy counter punches, kicks and throws more hands but Priest fires a flurry! Hardy ducks the heel kick to give a kick but no Twist! ROUNDHOUSE! Priest gets Hardy up and springboards, but Sheamus comes in to KNEE Priest out of the air! Hardy shoves Sheamus out to cover Priest! TWO!!! Sheamus gets Hardy up but Hardy sunset flips, TWO!! BROGUE!! But Priest rolls Sheamus up, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
The Celtic Warrior and the Charismatic Enigma came within inches of the goal, but it is Priest who keeps the gold! Priest shows respect to Hardy and Hardy shows it back but Sheamus seethes on the ramp. Will the Archer and the Fella run it back again down the road? Or will the Draft have different plans in mind?
Big E responds to Lashley’s challenge!
Lashley’s lost his mind but Big E will help him find it! He doesn’t hide behind anyone! And Lashley should be ashamed talking about bad knees during a cash-in. “Yo ass better get ready when I stand in that ring Monday night, that’s tomorrow,” and DEFENDS the world title! So in other words, Big E has ACCEPTED the challenge! Will the Powerhouse of Positivity show Lashley isn’t All Mighty anymore?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair!
Whether anyone likes it or not, The Man came back and defeated The EST in 26 seconds her very first night back from her maternity leave. But is Bianca about to give us the strongEST, the fastEST and the greatEST comeback from a loss yet? Or will #BigTimeBecks continue to be unapologetic at the top of the SmackDown Women’s Division?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see what the over-under is on revenge!
Becky and Bianca circle and the chants for “E S T!” get on Becky’s nerves already. Becky offers a handshake but Bianca’s seen this before. Bianca swings but Becky gets her in the clinch! But Bianca elbows out hard to torture rack! Becky flails free and bails out fast! Bianca smiles as she waits on Becky and Becky rushes up to the apron at 5 of 10. Becky slowly steps inside as fans rally and duel now, and Bianca blocks her kick! Bianca spins Becky, gets a headlock, and grinds Becky down. Becky fights up, pulls hair then whips Bianca away, only for Bianca to run her over! Bianca keeps moving, Becky drops but Bianca handsprings and sidesteps, but hurdle turns into FLAPJACK!
DISARM- NO, Bianca rolls Becky! TWO and Becky knees low. Becky is mad now but Bianca blocks her whip. Bianca whips Becky hard to a corner, then whips her hard the other way! Bianca scoops Becky for a SLAM, then runs to BIG splash! Cover, TWO! Bianca waits on Becky as she gets up at the ropes. Becky staggers into a corner, fans rally and duel and Bianca bumps Becky off buckles. Bianca bumps Becky off more buckles, but Becky stops the hattrick to turn things around. Becky stomps a mudhole, then brings Bianca out to whip. Bianca goes up and tells Becky to kiss this! Becky seethes, Bianca goes over her and dropkicks her out! Fans are fired up again as Becky fumes at the desk.
Becky tells commentary to shut up about her own thoughts, she has a plan. The ring count climbs, Bianca dares Becky to come back but she refuses. So Bianca goes out and RAMS Becky with a shoulder! Bianca bumps Becky off the apron then puts her in the ring. Becky scrambles away and back to the ropes. Bianca swings but misses, HOTSHOT with help from the ponytail! Becky gets in, NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! Becky gets frustrated but she thinks of another move. She stomps Bianca, KICKS her in the back, and paces about as she fires herself up. “I’m Becky Lynch! I’m the best!” Bianca hits back but Becky CLUBS her down!
Fans rally and duel again as Becky stomps a mudhole into Bianca in a corner. Becky lets off and argues with the ref, then she drags Bianca up to snapmare. Becky runs to drop the leg, brother! And then an elbow drop! Becky taunts the fans, runs again but Bianca avoids the second leg drop! Becky hobbles up and Bianca gets her with a gut wrench! Becky fights free and uses the ponytail to throw Bianca down! Cover, TWO! Becky fumes again and tells fans to shut their faces. Becky CLUBS Bianca, demands fans cheer for the champ, and then she chokes Bianca on the ropes! The ref counts, Becky lets off at 4 and argues with him again.
Becky drags Bianca up, Bianca throws body shots and hits a JAWBREAKER! Becky comes back, Bianca dodges and tilt-o-whirls but Becky goes for an arm! Bianca shoves her away but misses in the corner! Rocket kick, front kick then BECKSPLDOER! Becky hurries to cover, TWO! Becky is surprised but Bianca still writhes on the mat. Becky drags her into a camel clutch but Bianca gets her arms free. Becky thrashes Bianca in the chinlock and stretches her back. Bianca endures, fights up as fans rally and duel again, and Bianca backpacks Becky to RAM her into buckles! Becky holds on, Bianca pops her around to a suplex! Both women are down and a standing count begins.
The count is 5 of 10 before either woman sits up. Bianca and Becky go to opposite ends and drag themselves up the ropes at 7. Becky runs in but into an elbow! Then into a corner! Bianca comes back to run Becky over with shoulders, then forearms and dropkicks! And dropkicks again! Bianca whips Becky, Becky reverses but Bianca goes up and over again to handspring and spin Becky around! Snap suplex, roll through and a STALLING SUPLEX! SLAM and kip up! Fans fire up with Bianca as she goes up to rain down rights! Becky guards as best she can, then slips out before 10 to get the ponytail! It’s a tug-o-war, Bianca uses that to reel Becky in for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up while both women are down again. Becky crawls away to a corner as Bianca slowly sits up. The dueling continues and Bianca goes in. Becky goes up, leaps but Bianca rolls the crossbody through to a dead lift FALL AWAY SLAM! Becky flounders to ropes, Bianca covers, ROPEBREAK!! Bianca feels frustrated much like Alexa was earlier tonight, but that’s the ring general savvy of Big Time Becks. Becky is on the apron but Bianca storms over. Becky suckers her into a KICK, KICK, then climbs up top. Bianca goes up after Becky but Becky shoves her away. Bianca comes back to SHORYUKEN! Bianca then trophy lifts Becky off the top and fans fire up, only for Becky to slip out!
Rolling ghost pin, TWO, DISARM-HER!! Bianca scrambles, reaches, and gets her own ROPEBREAK! Becky holds on until 3, and now feels some frustration of her own. Becky hobbles over to Bianca on the apron and drags her up by the ponytail. Becky wants to bring Bianca in but Bianca uses the ponytail to yank Becky out to join her! Bianca gets Becky with chicken wings, but Becky wheelbarrows Bianca into the steps! Becky shoves Bianca into the ring, goes up top, to drop the MAN’S LEG! Cover, TWO!! Becky can’t believe it but Bianca isn’t the toughEST for nothing! Becky drags Bianca up again, throws her through ropes and then fires off forearms and uppercuts!
Becky kicks Bianca, goes back to the corner, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Again, thoughEST! Becky works to stay calm as Bianca sits up. Becky stands her up, reels her in, but Bianca slips out of the urenage to reel Becky in! Suplex but Becky rolls it to the ARMBAR! Bianca scrambles, clasps hands, turns it to a cover, TWO!! ARMBAR!! Becky wants that arm but Bianca moves around to another high stack! TWO, and a dead lift into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack and it’s deep, TWO!!! Becky survives and Bianca is feeling the frustration! Fans are loving this as both women are down, exhausted from how hard they’ve fought so far.
Bianca gets up first and she drags Becky up to ROCK her with a forearm! Becky snarls but Bianca hits her again. Becky hits back now, but Bianca comes back with a third forearm. Becky hits Bianca, Bianca hits again and again and again! Bianca fires off, Becky shoves her but runs into a O’Conner Roll! TWO, Becky has it with tights! TWO! Bianca runs into a MAN- NO! Roll up, TWO! DISARM-HER!! Bianca flails and scrambles again, but Becky drags her from ropes! Bianca fights to stay up, then turns the armlock into a dead lift torture rack! But is that SAHSA BANKS?! Sasha attacks Bianca!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by disqualification; Becky Lynch retains the title
The Boss saves The Man and stomps away on the EST! Sasha was supposed to be the SummerSlam opponent all along, but she gives Bianca a METEORA! Then a BOOT WASH! The Legit Boss just pulled off the most legit screw job, and her fellow Four Horsewoman gives her a thumbs up. But are things all good between them? NOPE! Sasha tackles Becky because she wants that belt! Bianca comes back but Sasha SLAPS her! BACKSTABBER!! But then Sasha blocks Becky’s kick to KNEE and BACKSTABBER! Is it #BossTime on SmackDown again? Or will Sasha have to make sure the Draft works with her, not against her?
WWE Universal Championship Extreme Rules Match: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS “The Demon” Finn Balor!
The Head of the Table, the Tribal Chief, the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion says he fears no man, but the irony is that he isn’t up against a man tonight. Finn Balor resurrected his dark side in order to humble Roman, but will The Demon be exorcised through extreme measures? Or will Balor relive the past and completely throw off the title’s future?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see what happens on any given Sunday when anything goes!
The fans are fired up as Demon Balor stares down the Tribal Chief. Roman is stoic but Balor is seething already. Roman circles around Balor but Balor keeps his eyes on Roman. They tie up, Roman shoves Balor away but Balor rolls right up to his feet. Balor keeps his eyes on Roman as they circle again. They tie up, Roman powers Balor to a corner but Balor slips out to throw body shots and kicks to the leg. Roman ROCKS Balor with one but Balor stands right up. Roman ROCKS Balor, Balor hits back! Roman keeps hitting but Balor gets stronger! He throws hands but Roman knee slow. Roman scoops, Balor rakes eyes and fish hooks his nose!
Roman drops to a knee, Balor CLAWS him on the back! And KICKS the leg again. Balor KICKS but Roman ROCKS him with an uppercut! Roman checks his face, Balor checks his jaw. Roman fireman’s carries to a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Balor grits his teeth, sits up and Roman seems unsure what to make of this. Fans still want tables but Roman kicks and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Roman goes out and looks under the ring. Roman brings out a kendo stick! Roman says he’ll get what he wants to get, but then wait. Where’d Balor go? Balor rises from the corner, and he has a DEMONIC KENDO STICK! They get in and Balor SMACKS Roman first! And again! And again!
Balor fires up and fans fire up, too! Balor puts down his demon sword to CHOP! Roman doesn’t flinch and he turns things around to point-blank clothesline again and again! Roman gets 5, brings Balor around and throws him out. Roman tells fans that there won’t be tables. Roman goes out, Balor trips him up! Roman’s stuck in the apron skirt and Balor stomps away! Fans fire up, Roman gets free but Balor PENALTY KICKS Roman down! Balor goes looking under the ring now, he finds a TABLE! Fans fire up but Roman LEAPING LARIATS Balor down! Roman says everyone’s a bunch o’ dumbasses. NO table as he puts it away under the ring.
Roman drags Balor up and into the ring, then tosses the demon kendo stick aside. Fans want tables, Roman brings out chairs. Roman JAMS Balor then JAMS him on the mat! And again! And again! Roman taunts fans with the chair because it’s not a table, then he takes aim. Balor trips Roman and DOUBLE STOMPS the chair into Roman’s ribs! Roman bails out, Balor goes out to CHOP Roman, then RAM him into steel steps! The steps pop apart but Balor rains down rights on Roman. Balor brings Roman around to RAM into barriers, then he goes back to find… THE TABLE! Fans are thunderous to finally get what they want as Balor puts the table in the ring.
DRIVE-BY from Roman and Balor hits post! Roman gloats and raises his finger, #HeTheOne who just did that. Roman drags Balor back up, TOSSES him over the timekeeper’s area, then has Heyman hand him something. Is that a mask? Balor flounders, Roman storms over to throw hands! Roman wears the mask so he doesn’t have to worry about contamination as he bounces Balor off the Plexiglas kickoff desk! And then TOSSES him onto it! Balor tumbles back off it as Roman wants Ohio to #AcknowledgeHim! Balor gets up, Roman brings Balor around to put him back on the Plexiglas. Roman climbs up to join Balor but Balor grits his teeth.
Balor stands, Roman reels him in, but Balor fights the Urenage! KOWATA KICKS! Roman hops off the desk but Balor LEAPS! They go CRASHING through a table! Fans get what they wanted one way or another! Balor stands up and drags Roman back up. Balor punches Roman back towards ringside, and even CHOPS him! Roman staggers to the timekeeper’s area and Balor bumps him off barriers. Balor brings Roman around and puts him into the ring. Balor stalks Roman as he crawls, but he sets up the table he brought out before. Roman goes after Balor but gets caught into the ELBOW DROP DDT! Balor still wants to use the table and he stands it up!
Balor brings Roman over but Roman gets him for an URENAGE through the table!! Cover, TWO!! Roman may be the Head of the Table but breaking one didn’t win it for him! Both men are down and writhing as the fans say, “This is Awesome!” Roman stands first, hobbles over to the corner and starts firing himself up. Roman locks ‘n’ loads and takes aim at Balor. Balor stands, Roman runs in, but Balor ducks to CHOP! Balor fires off haymakers, closed fists and all! Roman ROCKS Balor with an uppercut but Balor PELES! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Cover, TWO! Roman is annoyed but Heyman coaches him. “Show him! Make him acknowledge you!”
Roman says “All day, every single day!” Fans rally and duel as Roman pumps up and Balor rises. Roman lets out the battle cry, but runs into a BOOT! Balor runs in to SLINGBLADE! Roman staggers, Balor takes aim with finger guns, but he runs into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?!? AND A LOW BLOW! Taste your own medicine, Roman!! Balor gets in Roman’s face and nods that he did that on purpose! SHOTGUN sends Roman out of the ring! Balor builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Roman! Balor hurries to get Roman into the ring and in a drop zone! Balor goes up top and… COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, but the USOS drag Balor out! The Usos mug the Demon!!
The Usos RAM Balor into barriers, then DOUBLE SUPERKICK him against the barriers! The Usos clear the wreckage from earlier to bring out a third table! The Usos set that up real quick, move the demon sword aside and haul Balor up. The Usos shout out the Shield but Balor fights back! FLAPJACK for Jimmy, SLINGBLADE for Jey! Balor drags Jey up and looks at the announce desk. POWERBOMB through the table!! The Usos are down but Roman SPEARS Balor through the timekeeper’s area!!! Fans are losing their minds as Balor, Roman and the Usos are all down at ringside!! Wait, that heartbeat. Balor spasms, the lights turn red, and Balor stands right back up!!
Balor drags Roman up, POSTS him, then gets chairs! Balor SMACKS Roman and SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS! Roman staggers into a SHOTGUN that puts him through the table!! Balor’s music is playing like an anime fight scene!! Balor puts Roman in, climbs up the corner, COUP! DE! Wait, did the corner just collapse?! Did HEYMAN have something to do with that?! Balor clutches a leg and hobbles back up as Heyman shouts to Roman! SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still WWE Universal Champion)
The Tribal Chief continues to survive by the skin of his teeth! Roman feels a higher power may have just saved him from The Demon, but is he really blessed? Or will he feel anything but facing The Beast at Crown Jewel?
Up until the very end there, this was a surprisingly great PPV. Extreme Rules still doesn’t get as extreme as WWE pretends it will, but we still got some great matches. Even Liv VS Mella was allowed to be on the level I had hoped for, in that Mella wasn’t as concerned about her looks and gave Liv a good fight. Liv winning was a given, of course, but this is still great for her. This was at least treated as the top midcard story for the SmackDown Women’s Division, but Liv might still have to wait her turn on titles. Unless the Draft moves her to Raw, and she could step up to Charlotte to finally bring their story full circle.
WWE also did a pretty decent job of setting up a bonus match with the backstage brawl turning into a great Six Man Tag. New Day wins for a great crowd pleasing opener to the main card, and Big E VS Lashley to OPEN Monday Night Raw is big stuff. Yes, it’s also a ratings grab since Vince knows Monday Night Football is happening and wants to give fans who are both into NFL and WWE a reason to watch his show. Big E VS Lashley is also probably so Lashley gets his rematch in, loses, and then could have a fresh start on SmackDown with the Draft moving him over. Lashley could go for Intercontinental Champion for some great stuff with Nakamura, or we could finally get some WWE Heel VS Heel in Lashley VS Roman.
Usos VS Profits was another top level classic tag match and it was a valiant effort with Ford’s bad ribs. But as I said with SmackDown last Friday, it was also pretty clear that Usos were moving on to take on American Alpha. At the same time, the Draft means teams from Raw could move over to challenge the Usos, too, for a fresh start in the Fall. Maybe the Viking Raiders, as they’ve had the Raw Tag Team Championships and aren’t likely to get them back for some time. Then we got a great Raw Women’s Championship match, Charlotte and Alexa definitely sticking to the actual in-ring competition, no tricks from Lily other than she being the major distraction. Charlotte tearing up Lily might send Alexa into an even darker space and we get closer to a Women’s Firefly Fun House match. If only Halloween wasn’t on a Sunday…
The Triple Threat was a great match but I wish they’d chosen to bring out at least kendo sticks or chairs. There were No Disqualifications, they should use it on the PPV named Extreme Rules! But as also expected, Hardy takes the pin in Priest’s win, Sheamus is strong so that if he stays on Raw, he can have one more go at the title. Or if he does move to SmackDown, he at least hasn’t dropped in power level so he can go after Nakamura and the Intercontinental Championship, possibly completing his Grand Slam. In fact, we can even get McIntyre getting the US title on Raw, Sheamus the IC title on SmackDown, the Scottish and Celtic Warriors meet again through Survivor Series’ brand VS brand matches.
Becky VS Bianca was an awesome match, especially with the character work from Becky, and what a surprise that Sasha returned to “ruin” things. Bianca stays strong because it was a controversial end, Sasha returns strong, and Becky is the fortunate and almost cowardly Heel, as WWE tries to make her. I expect that we get something big on Friday as they play up the drama of the Draft moving people around. I would really hope SmackDown gets to keep all three, they make a strong core unit in the title scene. And as I’ve said before, if Nia Jax is moved over with the Draft to join The Bloodline, they can even revisit the origins of The Man.
THE Extreme Rules match was 90% awesome and 10% “DAMN YOU VINCE” but you really taste the last 10%. I recall my analogy of pizza with mayo and grape jelly thrown on it at the last second, and that was Rollins VS The Fiend in Hell in a Cell where attempt at murder was a disqualification. Vince did that, but through his using “divine intervention” or whatever this is to save Roman. How much more protected can Roman be, and how much more arrogant and blasphemous can Vince get? Vince is the storywriter and therefore “god” of the WWE Universe, OF COURSE he watches out for the Tribal Chief. A desk breaking under Ford’s weight, a turnbuckle breaking under Balor’s, and yet I am NOT rooting for Lesnar at Crown Jewel just to stop this farce. They build the Demon up with his “second life” and The Fiend lighting, yet he gets crapped on just like The Fiend was.
My Score: 8.5/10
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.
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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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