SmackDown is in Knoxville and celebrates the EST!
Before battling for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Bianca Belair is back home in Knoxville, Tennessee! Will it be the greatEST homecoming ever? Or will The Man come ’round and rain on the parade?
- Big E & Finn Balor VS The Usos; Big E & Balor win.
- Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler; Boogs wins.
- Kevin Owens VS “Happy” Corbin; No Contest.
- Zelina Vega & Carmella VS Toni Storm & Liv Morgan; Storm & Morgan win.
- Dominik Mysterio VS Sami Zayn; Zayn wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Roman Reigns starts off SmackDown!
The Tribal Chief leads the Bloodline and Paul Heyman out as always, and they hold up the titles for the pyro. SmackDown recaps last week, with Heyman finding himself stuck between a Brock and a hard place as the Beast wants his shot at the WWE Universal Championship. The Bloodline saved their Wiseman but the Usos got brutalized for it, and to add to Roman’s stress levels, Finn Balor resurrected THE DEMON! And as was announced earlier today, should the Head of the Table exorcise the Demon at Extreme Rules, he’ll be defending his title against Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel!
But that is all Roman’s future. In the present, hem Heyman and the Usos have made it to the ring and they raise the belts for another round of pyro. The University of Tennessee is divided between cheers and jeers, but Roman asks Knoxville to #AcknowledgeMe. Then Roman has “Wiseman” educate the Volunteers on how to do that. “Ladies and gentlemen, I have acknowledged this man’s greatness since he was just a little boy. And even I am in awe at the greatness that stands before me.” For Roman takes no Sabbath day off, does not duck any man, and defends his title and his position as Head of the Table every single day, week, month and mega event after mega event! Ever microsecond of every day, Roman Reigns defends his position of being YOUR Tribal Chief!
And do you know why? Because Roman fears no man, no Beast and no Demon! “But they all fear Roman Reigns!” And don’t boo that when you all know it’s true! Balor fears Roman! If he didn’t, then why did he tap into his “inner demons” to challenge Roman for the Universal Heavyweight Championship? BRRROCK! LESNARRR! Fears Roman Reigns! Heyman has known Lesnar intimately and professionally even more than his own family these last 20 years and Heyman has never seen fear in Lesnar’s eyes. Not in the WWE ring, not in the #Brocktagon, not in the operating room. But last week in Madison Square Garden, Heyman saw- BIG E!?
Big E is back on SmackDown, even after cashing in on Raw and becoming the NEW WWE World Champion! Knoxville is fired up and so is Big E! Especially with him wearing Vols orange, white and black! Roman is amused, though, as Big E runs around and shows off his top title. Big E slides into the ring, holds his belt up, and then he smiles at Roman. Roman is handed his belt, fans chant “You Deserve It!” for Big E, but Roman holds the Universal title up. Big E nods and says, “All day.” But before the Usos can step, here comes Finn Balor! He’s the Prince for right now, but he’s still got eyes locked on The Tribal Chief as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and holla holla, we have a tag match!
Big E & Finn Balor VS The Usos!
The teams sort out and Balor starts against Jimmy. They circle, tie up, and Jimmy puts Balor in a corner. The ref counts, Jimmy lets off but Balor dodges to ram his shoulder in again and again! The ref counts, Finn lets off and he wraps a leg around the ropes. Finn pulls, lets off as the ref counts, but he sees Jey sneaking in. Jey backs off but Jimmy kicks low. Jimmy CHOPS then whips but Finn reverses. Jimmy sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO, but Finn rains down rights! Big E wants in, Finn wrenches Jimmy and tags Big E in! Fans fire up as Big E CLUBS Jimmy’s arm, then wrenches to reel him.
Jimmy elbows the cobra twist away, then headbutts! Tag to Jey, but Big E is ready and hurdles to back elbow! Fans fire up as Big E drags Jey to the apron. Big E CLUBS away on Jey’s chest, lets off to get on the apron, and fans fire up for the APRON SPLASH! Jey writhes and sputters, Big E puts Jey in to cover, TWO! Big E brings Jey up but Jey powers Big E into the corner! Tag to Jimmy and the Usos mug Big E! Fans boo and the ref counts, but Jey lets off and Jimmy ROCKS Big E with an uppercut! Jimmy digs his knee into Big E to choke him on the ropes, but lets off so Jey can get a cheap shot in! Fans boo but Jimmy says #WeTheOnes!
Tag to Jey, the Usos double suplex Big E! Cover, ONE!! Big E is still strong but Jey CLUBS him down then stomps him. Fans rally up for Big E as he rises, and Big E throws hands! Jey RAMS Big E into the corner, Jimmy tags in and the Usos mug Big E again. Jimmy stalks Big E to an open corner and ROCKS him with a right! Jimmy mocks the finger guns then runs at Big E, but only gets POST! Tag to Balor, Big E elbows Jimmy then Balor GAMANGIRIS! Balor trips Jimmy to DOUBLE STMOP! Finn DECKS Jey, CHOPS and whips Jimmy to CHOP again! Jey tags in before the whip, Jimmy reverses and Jey trips Finn up to drag him out!
Jey RAMS Balor into barriers, Jimmy DIVES and takes Balor down! The Usos are back in charge as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Jimmy keeps Balor away from Big E with a shove. Jimmy runs in but gets BOOTS! Balor then runs but into a fireman’s carry! Balor fights it but Jimmy RAMS Balor into buckles! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Balor survives but Jimmy wraps on a chinlock. Jimmy grinds Balor down but fans rally up behind Balor. Balor fights up to JAWBREAKER! Jimmy still keeps Balor from Big E but Balor throws forearms! Balor tries again, Jimmy forearms him, but Balor PELES! Both men are down, fans rally up with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” on behalf of Big E! Hot tags to E and Jey! And Big E OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Suplexes Jey all around!
Big E has Jey down, he swivels once and runs for the BIG- SAMOAN DROP! Jey was ready and he fires up now! Big E is in a corner, Jey runs into the Urenag-E! Jimmy runs into a LARIAT! Big E runs to BIG SPLASH Jimmy! Big E throws Jimmy out and sees Jey on the outside. Jey gets on the apron, Big E runs, into a BOOT! Jey climbs up and leaps, but Big E gets under! Big E runs back in, into a SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!! Jey is beside himself but he tags Jimmy. The Usos coordinate and aim, but Balor returns! Jimmy runs at him but gets POSTED! SLINGBLADE for Jey! Balor goes up top, Big E scoops Jimmy! COUP DE GRACE AND BIG ENDING!! Cover, Big E & Balor win!
Winners: Big E & Finn Balor, by pinfall
The new WWE World Champion gets another big win on SmackDown alongside the Prince! But after Extreme Rules, will Balor be Universal Champion, set on a Survivor Series collision course with Big E?
Roman Reigns watches backstage, and is disappointed.
Roman asks Heyman to sit with him. “Is there something you want to tell me?” Heyman says, “No, sir.” Is he sure that there’s nothing Roman needs to know? No, nothing. Then how about Roman knows that something. Heyman will just tell him again. Heyman says this with all the respect in his heart. Heyman knows what Roman is getting at, and Heyman defends he did NOT know Lesnar was coming to SummerSlam. Lesnar fears Roman, because why else would he make up such a preposterous false narrative? It is all a cover! A mask! For the first time in his life, Lesnar is dealing with fear, and he does that by lying about Heyman knowing! That is how Heyman knows Lesnar fears Roman.
Roman thinks on that, and asks if Lesnar will show up at Extreme Rules. Heyman says no, but how does he know? Heyman sputters as he says he is under the impression if Lesnar fears Roman, then he wouldn’t dare show up then. Roman doesn’t pay Heyman to be “under the impression.” Roman pays Heyman to know in advance. Then is Roman asking Heyman to talk to Brock Lesnar?
Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler!
The rockin’ bard still gives the King of Strong Style his rockin’ entrance, but it’ll be all on Boogs to defeat the GLORIOUS One tonight. Will Boogs sweep the Dirty Dawgs in back to back weeks? Or will he be the one getting rocked?
SmackDown returns as Roode is already in the ring. The bell rings and Boogs circles with Roode but Ziggler swipes at him. Roode CLUBS Boogs from behind, chokes him on the ropes then claws Boogs’ face! Ziggler talks trash as Roode lets off, then Roode knees Boogs in the corner. Roode bumps Boogs off buckles, CHOPS then throws haymakers and stomps. The ref counts, Roode lets off and he whips Boogs corner to corner. Boogs reverses, runs in but Roode BOOTS him! Roode hops up for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is annoyed but Roode dares Boogs to get up. Boogs stands, Roode kicks low but Boogs denies the DDT with a fireman’s carry!
Fans fire up as Boogs hits a squat to a SAMOAN DROP! Then Boogs clinches Roode for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly, then gets him again for an EXPLODER! Roode is in the corner, Boogs clotheslines then BULLDOGS! Boogs rocks and kicks Roode to pump handle. Boogs gets Rood up for the POWERSLAM! Cover, Boogs wins!
Winner: Rock Boogs, by pinfall
Nakamura and Boogs join the commentary desk and Pat McAfee rocks out with the champion and the undefeated Boogs! But then BLAM, Commander Azeez blindsides Nakamura! And he choke grips Boogs to throw Boogs into the steps! Apollo trophy lifts Nakamura to DROP him on the table! But he and Azeez aren’t done, they RAM Nakamura into the side of the table! Apollo picks up the Intercontinental Championship, looks at it, then drops it on Nakamura. It is very clear what the Nigerian Prince wants, but Azeez gives him a mic to speak. “Is this your king? King Nakamura, huh!? You have made a mockery of the Intercontinental Championship, and I am here to demand a rematch!”
Nakamura snarls as he sits up and looks at Apollo. Will the King of Strong Style give Apollo what he wants? Or just what he deserves?
Kevin Owens VS “Happy” Corbin!
Before heading out, Megan interviews Kevin about Corbin, but he stops her right there. He can’t stand another word about that guy. Kevin isn’t happy, he’s mad! He’ll even go so far to say he’s furious. A few weeks ago, Corbin was on Kevin’s show, invited his idiot friend and then got Kevin with a cheap shot. And Kevin hasn’t forgotten about that, or about how he was trying to help that trash. That all backfired, but Kevin will use that anger as fuel to beat the hell out of Happy Corbin. And that will turn Kevin’s frown upside down, and it’ll turn Corbin’s smile upside-down.
But what’s a good rhyme for smile? Eh, it doesn’t matter. After tonight, we’ll have something better than Happy Corbin: Happy Kevin! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting until Corbin’s humbled?
But as Kevin makes his entrance, Corbin ambushes Kevin on the ramp! Corbin rams him into barriers, then throws him into the LED apron! But Kevin hits back with forearms! Corbin knees low, choke grips and APRON CHOKE SLAMS Kevin down! Corbin dusts off his hat, grins and takes his leave, not caring about the match. Kevin gets up to his feet, when and where will he finally get even?
Paul Heyman walks around backstage.
Kayla Braxton again spooks him as she walks up and asks for a moment. He wants her to stop doing that, but she says sources are saying the WWE Draft could see Lesnar going to Raw. Is Lesnar aware of these rumors? And what are his thoughts if he is? Heyman isn’t sure what’s more laughable: Kayla thinking that he’s still Brock Lesnar’s Advocate, or the notion that she has legitimate sources! Did the sources tell her he’s NOT Lesnar’s Advocate anymore? Kayla has no sources! What she has is this sapiosexual lust in her heart for an old man like Heyman. Well she can’t be with The Wiseman so stop flirting! Stop poking and trolling him! LEAVE HIM ALONE!
But then Big E is there as Heyman turns around. Big E shows Heyman the world title, and Heyman says, “Congratulations. Of all people on the SmackDown brand to become the WWE Campion, you sir, are the one. And I applaud you, because you made the smartest decision of your entire life by realizing you would never have successfully cashed that briefcase in, that contract in, on Roman Reigns, and you went after a champion you knew would be vulnerable. Congratulations, Big E.” Big E says we’ll see when Big E faces Roman at Survivor Series. But, will Heyman’s guy be Roman, or Brrrrock, Lesnarrr? Or maybe, will the Demon ruin all the best laid plans because he was overlooked?
Big E laughs, but turns around into SUPERKICKS from the Usos! The Usos mug Big E, gets him up and THROW him into trunks! Then they go after him more! The mugging continues, talk trash, “You playing with the wrong ones!” WHAM into another trunk! The Usos continue to beat Big E down and then continue to bark at him. Roman then walks in as Big E sputters and writhes, and he leads the Usos away. Will Big E’s rage only build from now until November, waiting for the chance to get at the Tribal Chief?
Seth Rollins is here!
Despite being “conflicted” about what he did to the Rated R Superstar, he seems in a much better mood tonight in his all metallic silver suit and matching shoes. But will the Savior of SmackDown have any answers for what happened last week? Or will he simply answer for his actions?
SmackDown returns to the ring and Rollins has a mic. Rollins says that was unfortunate for Big E there, someone should’ve helped him. But on a more important note, last week, Rollins had one of the greatest matches of his career when he defeated WWE Hall of Famer, Edge, in Madison Square Garden. We’ve had time to process our feelings in regards to how it ended and if Rollins is being honest, that was all unfortunate, unsettling and even scary. What happened at the end to Edge was scary, when Rollins’ boot came down right around here, across the back of Edge’s neck. Rollins heard a pop, and he felt a crunch, and he isn’t sure how to describe that.
“Do you guys know when you step on a cockroach, and you’re not exactly sure what you stepped on, but you can feel it’s body break and you can hear that crunch underneath your boot? And you know when you pick up your shoe, there’s gonna be a lifeless body underneath?” A rather morbid visual… But Rollins wants us to watch the footage. The recap package shows Rollins cheating to get the low blow, and then hitting Edge with Superkick after Superkick until the Rated R Superstar was in position for the vicious and final Curb Stomp, as well as how distraught the MSG audience was seeing Edge be stretchered to the back and to an ambulance.
Back in the present, Rollins himself seems a bit unsettled. “Now I know that’s difficult to watch. It’s difficult for me to watch, as well. And I understand why you guys are booing, I really do.” But Rollins has a question that he’s been asking himself all week, and it’s very simple. “What did you think was going to happen?!” Seriously, what did we think!? Someone give Rollins an answer! That was one of the greatest wins in Rollins’ career, and he didn’t have even a second to enjoy it! The moment he’s backstage, everyone’s looking at him. He sees social media calling him a monster and going #WhySethWhy? This company even said what Rollins did was “unconscionable” and that he went too far!
Rollins asks the fans, did he go too far? “YES!” Oh, really? Because what Rollins did was use a legal move in a legal match and won it the same way he’s won matches for the majority of his career! So did he go too far? “YES!” No, the one who went too far was EDGE! EDGE went too far as a family man. Edge knew the risks and the consequences and still got in the ring! So who’s really to blame? Fans say “YOU! YOU!” but Rollins tells them to look around. Rollins says the FANS are to blame! This entire time, the fans goaded Edge into goading Rollins. If you don’t believe him, remember when Edge called Rollins “Edge Lite?” And what did the fans do? The fans CHEERED it!
What about when Edge dumped black gunk on Rollins’ head and ruined his suit? What’d they do then? Don’t be shy! You laughed at Rollins! Or what about when Edge beat Rollins at SummerSlam? What’d they do then? Cheer! So Rollins didn’t do anything wrong! If anything’s wrong, it’s everyone in this place and watching at home! But Rollins is the villain, oooh~! Well if you didn’t like that, you won’t like this. Rollins isn’t done with Edge, either! Not by a long shot. And here’s why: A few nights ago on NXT, Edge’s wife, Beth Phoenix, said that Edge was at home recuperating.
“So Edge, if you’re at home recuperating, I imagine you are watching right now. And I know what you’re thinking, because I would be thinking the exact same thing.” So Rollins asks Edge this question: “Are you physically capable of getting back in this ring? More importantly, are you emotionally capable of getting back in this ring?” Rollins saw the look in Edge’s eyes when he got loaded onto the stretcher and into the ambulance. And that look was fear. For just one second, just one single, solitary second… Rollins actually felt SORRY for him!! And that feeling is eating Rollins alive, and he cannot live with himself feeling sorry for someone like Edge! Rollins has to move on!
But Rollins can’t do that until he finishes Edge. So either Edge holes up in his cabin and Rollins storms over there to beat the life out of him in front of the family, or Edge crawls his way back into the ring and they go one more time. “For my own sanity, I have to finish you, one way or another.” The Architect has designs for the true ending of Edge’s comeback, but will he heartlessly dismantle the Hall of Famer in or out of the ring?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
The Man, the SmackDown Women’s Champion, is asked about Bianca Belair’s homecoming celebration and if it might give Bianca some momentum going into their title match. “So, momentum is a tricky thing, because it’ll keep going until it meets an opposing force.” Bianca had a lot of momentum before meeting Becky at SummerSlam, and the outcome at Extreme Rules will be the same. But tonight is Bianca’s night. Though, Becky’s never been to a homecoming. She might check it out. Is that the Man putting the EST on notice?
Zelina Vega & Carmella VS Toni Storm & Liv Morgan!
La Muneca and the (self-proclaimed) Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE seem to be sticking together as a duo. But will they both be struck down by the Lightning From Down Under and the LIVing End?
SmackDown returns as Liv and Toni are already in the ring. The teams sort out and Toni starts with Mella. The two circle, Mella sucker punches Liv and laughs! Liv is furious but the ref keeps her back. Mella talks trash on Liv but then she dodges Toni’s haymaker! Tag to Vega and she shoves Toni. Toni kicks but Vega blocks to CHOP! Vega dodges now but Toni BOOTS her this time! Toni runs at the corner but Mella distracts. Toni stops and Vega JUMP KICKS then shoves Toni down to KNEE her down! Cover, TWO! Vega brings Toni up, hammerlocks and hops on but Toni endures the hoverboard to throw body shots. Toni powers up to suplex Vega high and hard!
Vega crawls, tags to Mella, but Toni tags Liv! Fans fire up as Liv fires off forearms on Mella! Liv has Mella in a corner, whips her corner to corner but Mella reverses. Liv boots back, then wrenches to WING SNAPPER into the BUCKLES! Mella claims her nose is broken and shrieks as Vega checks it for her. The ring count is climbing, but Mella refuses to get in. But we don’t even see any blood! Mella is just giving up and the other team wins!
Winners: Toni Storm & Liv Morgan, by count-out
Liv is not satisfied and says, “Wow~, really? Oh my gosh, Carmella sweetie!” Did she do that? But y’know what? Liv isn’t sorry at all! And it’s because she’s tired of Mella running her mouth to then run away. Liv challenges Mella to a match at Extreme Rules! And if Mella accepts, then Liv will make Mella look as hideous on the outside as she is on the inside. Will Mella accept the challenge for this malicious makeover?
The Street Profits are fired up!
But why? Because they’re in Knoxville, Tennessee! The EST is H O M E so tonight they celebrate~! Everyone will be on the guest list for the after party! Shotzi & Tegan are even bringing the tank, big bank! But while they gonna eat good tonight, what they’re really hungry for is the gold. Because the Usos~ are scared. Running scared from the scary Profits. They distracted from the fact that they ’bout to lose their titles. Because the Profits are UP, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins burn the Usos down and make their seventh title reign go up in smoke?
WWE Medical checks on Mella’s nose.
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are there as she finally pulls her hands away. No blood, not even a dislocation, and Vega assures Mella, she’s just as beautiful as ever. Mella is still upset that “that little lowlife” tried to turn her into a 5 outta 10 like her. It’s one thing to be jealous, but it’s another to try and deface the most beautiful woman. So at Extreme Rules, Mella accepts that challenge! Even more so, Vega will take Liv on first. Will Liv gladly break The Doll before getting at the bratty Barbie on PPV?
Finn Balor speaks.
“Everyone wants to know where The Demon comes from. You see, unlike Roman, I wasn’t born into a wrestling family. I don’t have a bloodline. I was born into a family of railroad workers. I’m not supposed to be here. But this is what I chose. And I scratched and I clawed and I fought, and here I am. The Demon comes from inside. The Demon is a manifestation of everyone that’s ever told me no, or doubted me, or disrespected me. The Demon unlocks a rage inside of me that cannot be controlled. I don’t summon the Demon. The Demon summons me. Now Roman and his cousins, their disrespect is just adding fuel to the fire.
“But Roman will see that the fire that burns inside of me burns much brighter than the fires that burn all around me. You are looking at the face of Finn Balor, the challenger. At Extreme Rules, you will see the face of The Demon, the Universal Champion.” Things heat up and Balor transforms before our very eyes. Will Balor finally have vindication as he dethrones the Head of the Table?
Sonya Deville is on the phone, arguing with someone.
She wants Karen to notify her as soon as- Wait, Naomi walks over and demands Sonya get off the phone. Sonya hangs up and asks Naomi what’s wrong. Naomi has been more than patient and more than respectful, so where is her match? Sonya says there just isn’t that much time. They’ll try again next week. Naomi isn’t sure what this issue with her is, and she doesn’t care what it is, because she’s had it. Naomi has been here longer than Sonya, accomplished way more than Sonya, and feels Sonya acting like Naomi doesn’t belong is rather bizarre. Naomi is a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion, and one thing Sonya doesn’t know is that Naomi never quits.
So mark her words, one way or another, Naomi will get her match. Does Sonya feel that? Sonya stays quiet and Naomi walks away. Will SmackDown #FeelTheGlow in a whole new light?
Dominik Mysterio VS Sami Zayn!
The King of Lucha Libre promised his son to not be in his corner for this third chance, but Rey does show up for commentary. Will Rey respect his son’s wishes and simply watch as we see round three of Dominik VS Zayn?
SmackDown returns as The Great Liberator makes his way to the ring. The bell rings and Sami goes right out to get at Rey on commentary. Rey tells Sami to focus on his son. Dom falls for the cat ‘n’ mouse game and gets stomped as they go back into the ring. Rey says this is the stuff that Dom has to learn for himself, the things that are hard to teach. Sami whips and CLOBBERS Dom, covers, TWO! Sami throws crossface forearms as Rey defends that he isn’t being a “little league dad,” as Michael Cole puts it. Rey knows Dom will be even better than him one day, but Sami keeps on Dom. Dom blocks the bomb to wrench and forearm! And forearm again! And again!
Dom goes up and up and springboards to RANA Sami away! Sami gets to a corner, Dom runs in but into a BOOT! Rey stresses as Sami gets Dom up, knuckle locks and SLAPOS him! Sami goes up and up but Dom trips him up! Sami going lucha backfires and Dom dropkicks him down! Dom goes up and TRIANGLE CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and Rey fires up! Dom has control as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again as Sami throws hands on Dom. Sami brings Dom up but Dom blocks the back suplex. Dom elbows away on Sami’s head! Fans fire up for Dom as he runs, but Sami reels him in to BLUE THUNDER- RANA!! Dom counters and Rey is fired up! Cover, TWO!! Dom is in a corner, Sami runs in but into an elbow. Dom goes up to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Dom feels how close he is and he brings Sami back up. Dom dodges a clothesline to ENIZIGURI! Dropkick to put Sami on the ropes! Rey shouts GO, Dom dials it up to 619!! Dom hurries up top and Rey wants him to go faster! FROG SPLASH but onto knees! Cover, Sami wins!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall
The master strategist rubs it in that he is 3-0 against Rey’s son. “He’s not on my level. He’s not ready, Rey. You’re not the coach that you thought you were.” Rey may have to swallow his pride, but what will it take for Dom to finally get another win on his own?
Because of Naomi’s intimidation of Sonya, management is fining her under “insubordination.” Further details are available on WWE’s official website.
Plus, after the attacks seen tonight, some major matches are made! For next week, the WWE Intercontinental Championship will be on the line as Nakamura accepts Apollo’s challenge! Will the King of Strong Style still reign as a champion? And with the rising animosity between the Bloodline and Big E, Monday Night Raw will have a HUGE Six Man Tag! Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods ride again as the 100% New Day against Roman Reigns & The Usos! Will the Power of Positivity get payback on the Universal & SmackDown Tag Team Champions?
SmackDown shares footage from Bianca’s return to Knoxville.
The EST says this was a whirlwind day, but in a good way. Knoxville’s her pride, her home, where she feels safe and loved. Plus, it was great for her to go back to her high school while it’s homecoming week for them, too. The students were excited to see her, she is proud to be a #Knoxvillian, and that is who she will continue to be.
KANE is here!!
Well, he’s Glenn Jacobs right now, but that’s the same thing! And on top of all this, he gets to preside over the EST Homecoming, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Kane gives us one more flame burst from the ring for old time’s sake! Kane then has the mic to say, “That never gets old.” Fans cheer but as Mayor of Knox County, Kane says it is his honor to welcome back to her hometown, Bianca Belair! Bianca makes her entrance and Knoxville is thunderous for the EST Lady Vol! And of course, her family is right up front for it, too! Bianca is already emotional as Kane asks her how it feels to be back. It’s amazing~! There is no place like home and she’s so happy to see her family and friends here tonight. But they say that everything that happens in the past shapes your future. Knoxville made The EST.
It was right here with Daddy Belair that he told her that if someone starts something with you, you finish it. And Becky caught Bianca off guard at SummerSlam. Bianca’s always fought her way right back up to the top, so Extreme Rules will be where Bianca takes back that SmackDown Women’s Championship. Kane says, “Here’s the deal.” After Bianca wins that title back, she better come back to Knoxville for a HUGE celebration in her honor! But speaking of honors, it is Kane’s honor to also present Bianca with a Key to the County! Fans cheer and Bianca hugs Kane. She picks up the biggEST Key and fans chant “EST! EST!”
Bianca thanks them all so much. From her family to Austin East High to her alma mater, the University of Tennessee, she is proud to be Knoxville made! But enough about her. Time to celebrate Knoxville itself! And there’s only one way to do it: sing some Rocky Top! Here we go! One, two, three! Rocky Top~, you’ll always be, home sweet home to me~. But here comes Becky! She sings her own take on Rocky Top and says this is so awesome. Congratulations to Bianca for this, but uh, Kane’s lying to everyone thinking Bianca’s gonna take the title. But at least she can be Knoxville’s Champion. Not THE champion, but a champion.
Aw, these pictures are nice. So fast, so smart. Becky’s never been to a homecoming. Oh, and she got a key? Well Becky’s got the title on lock, so… Girl, Uh-Uh. Why you even here? Becky is standing here and she don’t even go here~! Fans chant that for Bianca, and Becky knows she doesn’t go here! She isn’t here to steal anyone’s thunder. But Bianca’s getting a lot of attention in Becky’s shadow. But hey, SummerSlam was Becky’s night. Extreme Rules will be Becky’s night, too. But tonight is Bianca’s night. She wanted to show Bianca some respect. Becky offers a handshake, points out all the kiddies looking up to Bianca, but she isn’t gonna shake The Man’s hand? Becky’s trying to be the “bigger man” here.
Bianca smiles, fans don’t trust this from Becky, but Bianca shakes. And then she’s the one who keeps Becky where she is! Becky takes a swing, but swings into a torture rack! Becky fights free, reels Bianca in, MANHANDLE SLAM! Becky smirks and takes her title with her as she leaves. Fans boo but Bianca gets back up. Will Becky be able to keep Bianca down a second time? Or will Bianca make this the extremEST match of Becky’s career?
This was a good SmackDown but things just felt backwards as far as the match card. All the excitement was in the first part, with Big E getting to essentially have his farewell to SmackDown match alongside Balor, in a really good tag match with The Usos. Big E and Balor win to get some momentum, both Big E as the new world champion and Balor as the next immediate challenger to Roman. And it’s pretty big that Raw is going to give us a Six Man Tag, The New Day VS The Bloodline, even though that totally uses up the idea I had for Survivor Series. I suppose this could be a sampler for separate World VS Universal Champion and Raw VS SmackDown Tag Team Champion matches at Survivor Series, though.
Now obviously, there’s a lot being set up for Roman all at once, with Balor at Extreme Rules, Lesnar already slated for Crown Jewel, and of course Champion VS Champion at Survivor Series. Balor’s backstage promo was alright, but I feel like his newest explanation of The Demon flies in the face of past ones. But whatever, Vince doesn’t expect any of us to remember that, since Vince doesn’t think continuity is important. And obviously there are many reasons, both socially and financially, as to why Crown Jewel wants the Tribal Chief VS The Beast over anything else, so we basically have the roadmap all figured out for us for the next eight weeks.
But at least Heyman’s part is still a lot of fun, with him almost getting heart attacks from Kayla surprising him, and his loyalties still being questioned. Still hoping Heyman just gives up working for either Roman or Lesnar and returns to being a sort of king maker and choosing the next Paul Heyman Guy as opposed to being bossed around. Then there was still some general excitement for Boogs having his match with Roode. Boogs wins quick again, but again the Dirty Dawgs are kinda the chumps of SmackDown right now, and then we get that title match set up. I’m thinking Nakamura retains and this is one last go of it for Apollo before the Draft moves him and Azeez to Raw.
Corbin making the match a No Contest is another clear sign that we’re getting something at Extreme Rules, and that probably includes Logan Paul being back for that. Sami’s beat Dom three times, can he move on from that and join Kevin in this so we can at least get Kevin & Sami back as a team again? Speaking of Dom, is he going to ever snap on his dad pressuring him? We need Rey grilling Dom on his mistakes as a promo, with it leading to Dom shouting and storming off. Dom isn’t going to get anywhere in kayfabe or with the fans if he doesn’t take a real stand and start to define himself. If they don’t want to make him Dom Guerrero, fine, but we just need to see who Dominik is.
I swear Vince trying to drag all his brands back into the past. Vega & Mella VS Liv & Toni felt like we were traveling back in time to the Land Before #GiveDivasAChance cuz that match was short, rusty and had a sad ending. Mella VS Liv is probably also going to be sad as a match they’re just throwing onto Extreme Rules with such a half-assed build where there was barely any fire or venom. Where are Shotzi & Tegan when it comes to being in the ring? Aren’t they SmackDown’s contenders for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships? I said this on Raw, I’ll say it here: those two need to roll up to whoever are champs after Natty & Tamina VS Rhea & Nikki and literally shoot their shot.
One of the better things tonight was Naomi getting in Sonya’s face. She gets a kayfabe fine for it, but I really expect The Bloodline’s influence to start kicking in here. If Jimmy finally came into the fold, so can Naomi. Whoever is champion after Extreme Rules, I can see Naomi being backed by the Bloodline going after the title. And speaking of that title, you can see that Bianca is a star in even the WWE’s eyes with them giving her the homecoming segment. Bianca is definitely someone who is worthy of the “You Deserve It!” chants, so this was truly a great moment overall. But of course, Vince doesn’t let hometown heroes stand tall in their hometowns, Becky gets her with the slam. But this could also be a way to get the math in Bianca’s favor so that Extreme Rules is a big victory for her. Maybe.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/6/22)
Big fights tonight on Dynamite!
The Maniac takes on a monster!
The AEW TNT Championship in a Street Fight, and the Interim World Championship in a battle of badasses, what a way to follow Blood & Guts!
- AEW TNT Championship Street Fight: Scorpio Sky w/ Dan Lambert VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
- Swerve in Our Glory VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny; Swerve in Our Glory wins.
- Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Rush; Rush wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club VS Fuego Del Sol & Ruffin’ It; The Acclaimed & Gunn Club win.
- Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir; Thunder & Storm win.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brody King; Moxley wins and retains the interim title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW TNT Championship Street Fight: Scorpio Sky w/ American Top Team VS Wardlow!
The Closer is finally 100%, and he’s ready to go all out just to prove he IS the Face of TNT! But will he be able to hold onto “Genie” when there’s nothing holding the Maestro of Mayhem back? Or will Scorpio win this war?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Mr. Brodie Lee smiles down upon in a battle for this title.
Scorpio and Wardlow circle, Scorpio fires off testing punches and kicks, but Wardlow TOSSES him to a corner! Wardlow rushes in but Scorpio dodges to fire off body shots. Wardlow choke grips Scorpio and backs him down, but Scorpio fights free. Scorpio fires off knees and a KICK, then runs, only to get run over! Fans fire up with Wardlow as he stalks Scorpio. Wardlow whips Scorpio but Scorpio reverses, only for Wardlow to block and reverse! But Scorpio LOW BLOWS right on the rebound! No disqualifications but that’s just dirty! Scorpio runs, but into a clinch! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Wardlow seethes and he storms up and Scorpio to TOSS him across the way! Wardlow storms up on Scorpio in the corner to then TOSS him back the other way! Wardlow soaks up the cheers from the fans but Scorpio bails out. Wardlow takes a moment to catch his breath after Scorpio’s low blow, and then Wardlow goes out to fetch Scorpio. Dan Lambert suddenly grows a pair and smacks Wardlow on the back. Wardlow scowls at Lambert but Lambert shrinks behind his wall of MMA fighters. Wardlow dares one of them to bring it, but then Scorpio RAMS Wardlow into the steel steps! Wardlow tumbles over, then American Top Team swarms him!
The trained fighters all stomp Wardlow like goons but Scorpio has them clear out. Scorpio says he’s got this, and he stalks Wardlow back into the ring as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Wardlow gets up in a corner but Scorpio KICKS him in the leg. Wardlow shoves Scorpio away and goes to another corner but Scorpio rams into him. Wardlow clubs Scorpio but Scorpio knees low, snapmares Wardlow down and clamps on a chinlock. Wardlow endures the grind and fans rally up. Scorpio leans all his weight but Wardlow fights up and RAMS Scorpio into a corner! And again! And again! Wardlow backs off to run in, but Scorpio sends him into buckles! Scorpio fires off haymakers until Wardlow sits down, then Scorpio flexes. Ethan Page is fired up for his tag partner, but Wardlow gets up to CLOBBER Scorpio!
Wardlow shakes out the arms as he gets back up and he CLOBBERS Scorpio again. Wardlow is getting mad now, and he CLUBS Scorpio on the back. Wardlow puts Scorpio in a corner, RAMS into him, and then uppercuts! Scorpio sits down and Ethan talks trash but Wardlow gives it back. Wardlow stands Scorpio up to RAM into him again. Scorpio claws Wardlow’s eyes! Scorpio kicks Wardlow’s leg and has him in a corner for more haymakers. Scorpio whips corner to corner but Wardlow reverses. Wardlow runs in but Scorpio dodges, Wardlow hits POST! Dynamite returns to single picture as Scorpio climbs up to rain down fists on Wardlow!
American Top Team coach Scorpio on and he bumps Wardlow off buckles. Fans cuss out Lambert as Scorpio drags Wardlow to the top. Wardlow resists the superplex and shoves Scorpio down! Wardlow adjusts, and SWANTON BOMBS! Fans are thunderous for Wardlow as he looms over Scorpio. Wardlow says it’s time, and he drags Scorpio up and reels him in! Lambert sends his men in, but Wardlow CLOBBERS and BOOTS and DECKS and CLOBBERS and CLOBBERS and TOSSES them all out! Wardlow hauls one up to trophy lift and TOSS onto the pile! Fans fire up but Scorpio has the belt! Wardlow turns around into a BELT SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
No one can believe Wardlow survives the screw job! Lambert tells Scorpio to keep after him, and Scorpio pretends the straps are down. Scorpio reels Wardlow into a fireman’s carry, but Wardlow slips off and shoves Scorpio into Lambert! Down goes the fat head and now Wardlow hits a SPINEBUSTER on Scorpio! The straps actually come down, and fans are thunderous again! Wardlow drags Scorpio up, reels him in, points to the belt, and hits a POWERBOMB! Wardlow grins and fans are thunderous for just the first verse! The second one is going to be the same, a POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
The Men of the Year and American Top Team could not withstand the War Dog, the War Machine, the War Hammer, THIS IS WARD~LOW!! The confetti flies and Wardlow holds the belt up high, will the new champion blaze a path of destruction through the roster?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“A lot of people have tried to make a name off of me. A lot of people have lost a lot of money betting against me. And tonight, those people are licking their lips. They’re watching me and waiting for me to be caught off guard, and hope that one day, somebody’s gonna come along and surprise me and put a beating on me that I never recover from. They think tonight, Brody King is gonna surprise me, they think he’s gonna catch me off guard, they think I don’t know exactly what kind of monster I’m dealing with in Brody King. But maybe y’all forgot exactly what kind of monster you’re dealing with in me.
“Ten days ago, I took a man I deeply respect and admire in Hiroshi Tanahashi, and I beat his face in. A few days after that, I was carving dudes’ faces up like hamburger in a steel cage! For fun! Blood & Guts is like golfing on a Sunday for me. And then a few days after that, I signed on the dotted line to defend the AEW World Championship against Brody King. Yeah, I know exactly who Brody King is. Y’all think I didn’t do my homework? I’ve seen him in NJPW, I’ve seen him in ROH, I know his friends, I know his enemies. Only one question left: How big is his heart? Does he have a monster sized heart beating in that chest?
“We’re gonna find out because he’s gonna be swimming in the deep waters with the biggest shark in this game, the AEW World Champion, Jon Moxley. When you step into the ring with anybody from the Blackpool Combat Club, we find your limits and we push them. We find out just how bad you want it! Being made for the BCC, being world champion, it ain’t for everybody. But it’s what I do every day. Step up or get stepped on.” The Maniac gives his ultimatum, how will the House of Black’s hulking beast respond?
Mark Sterling and Tony Nese speak.
Smart Mark asks if the camera is rolling. It is, and it seems Sterling wants us to see them get a very big signature on their petition. Keith Lee is walking up, and Sterling says this is “The People Against Swerve Strickland” to remove Swerve from the roster. Swerve is untrustworthy, he stabs people in the back, just like Keith! Sterling thinks Keith should sign it. Keith says greetings to Mr. Sterling and Mr. Nese. And yes, he has trust issues with Swerve, but they are still a tag team, and they are still winning. Unlike Nese and Sterling. Keith heads out and Nese tries to figure out what Keith meant by that. But will Swerve only prove Sterling right tonight?
Christian Cage & Luchasaurus are here.
Captain Charisma and his brainwashed behemoth are in Rochester, New York, and fans boo because of how they’ve both betrayed Jungle Boy. Christian has a mic to say, “Here we are, on the heels of Blood & Guts, and I am the Cage that everybody is talking about. Now, you ignorant pieces of crap think that you deserve to know the reason why I turned my back, and said and did the things that I did to Jungle Boy and his family, are now demanding answers, wanting to know why Luchasaurus decided to remain aligned with me.” Fans boo but that is technically true, we do want to know why.
But wait! MATT HARDY is here! And he has a mic to tell Christian, “You are unreal. You’re like the Michael Jordan of being an asshole. Every time I don’t think you can top yourself again, you somehow do.” Hardy will be honest, JB was his friend. Hardy got to know JB well these last few months. JB trusted and respected Christian, and Christian screwed him over! No one, let alone JB, deserved what Christian did. Hardy gets up at the ring but Christian wants to get this straight. “You’re going to sit here and pretend you’re suddenly buddy-buddy with Jungle Boy, like you know him the way that I know him? Or the way that Luchasaurus knows him?
“Here’s the thing, Matt. You’re starting to make your brother sound like the sober one.” No one can believe Christian went there! The fans double down on calling Christian an A-Hole. Hardy sees what’s going on here with Luchasaurus now. Hardy and Christian have been at this a long time, and in the last few years, Christian is just using Luchasaurus to make as much money as he can. But Hardy can’t be a hypocrite, he did the same. He took advantage of Private Party, Butcher & Blade, and he used them. But he hates himself for that and regrets that time so badly. And in a twist of fate, his last month has been upside-down, it’s been a mess.
Hardy says maybe he deserves that, it’s karma coming to get him. But right now, Hardy won’t let another be taken advantage of. Not Luchasaurus or anyone else. Christian says no, Hardy is here because of his ego! We all know Matt Hardy is a clout chaser, which is why he can’t stand when his name isn’t in the headlines for more than two seconds. Right? He’ll use everyone around him! His kids, his wife, his father-in-law, his dog Sparky, his Aunt Jenny, a dilapidated boat, a lawnmower, and hell, he’ll even turn a blind eye to his own brother’s issues just to ride his coattails for one last run!
Hardy says Christian is delusional, but Christian says Hardy is here under the guise of caring for Jungle Boy, when the fact is, Hardy realized that Christian is the most influential star in AEW and Hardy needs to be near him. That is embarrassing, Matt, it really is. But what’s even worse, Matt’s screw-up brother isn’t the most embarrassing part of his family, MATT is! Hardy wans to throw down but Luchasaurus steps in his way. And Christian cheap shots Hardy! Hardy chokes Christian but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Hardy out of the ring! Luchasaurus goes out and RAMS Hardy into the steel steps!
Christian tells Luchasaurus to finish Hardy, but Hardy fires forearms back! Luchasaurus UPPERCUTS Hardy, digs his head into the post, and then BOOTS him against the steel! But this isn’t enough, Christian has Luchasaurus clear the timekeeper’s table! Luchasaurus then choke grips to CHOKE SLAM Hardy through the table!! Christian then sits by Hardy to say, “There you are. Your name is in the headlines. Enjoy your relevance.” Christian leaves with Luchasaurus, will they continue to stoop to new lows in order to rise up the ranks?
AEW has the aftermath of Blood & Guts.
A bloody Matt Menard says that the only reason the others agreed to such as match is because of Chris Jericho. And if the Jericho Appreciation Society got anything out of that night, it’s that they stole the privilege of seeing Eddie Kingston make Jericho tap! Menard was the one who gave up when Claudio Castagnoli had the Sharpshooter on, sparing Jericho from Eddie’s stretch plum. William Regal says that after 39 years in this business, he has never ever witnessed such horror as Blood & Guts. Ortiz says he wants more! More blood, more guts, just MORE! Regal says that is what the Blackpool Combat Club is all about.
Claudio says you can call him The Mailman now, because he always delivers! Menard says if you want big money, you gotta do that “big boy sh*t.” Angelo Parker, as bloody as he ended up, vows that the JAS will not stop until Eddie Kingston is in a grave!! Will there be no end to the war of JAS VS BCC? Speaking of…
Tony Schiavone interviews Claudio and Jake Hager backstage.
Not just that, but it’s the parking lot. Schiavone says this may not be the best place for this, but he is here with two giant men who know each other well. They’ve both signed a waive, No Physicality. Hager says that’s right, no physicality here tonight. The 16 THOUSAND people at Forbidden Door cheered Claudio on, and that may have him thinking he’s tough, but deep down inside, he knows he’s not as tough or as hard as Jake Hager. Claudio knows he’s not a world champion like Hager. Claudio was never world champion in ROH or in WWE, and he won’t be one here in AEW. Hager is an UNDEFEATED MMA pro-fighter, and it is about time he got some respect.
Claudio tells Hager that everyone who says, “I want my respect,” doesn’t deserve respect! Claudio beat Zack Sabre Jr, one of the best technical wrestlers, in his first match here. And then Claudio went on to lead his team to victory against Hager’s team- Oh, sorry, Hager just carries the bags for Jericho, right? But while Hager got his arm wrapped, Claudio got his raised, and it’ll happen again next week when they go 1v1. Hager may be undefeated in MMA, but Claudio is undefeated in AEW, where rankings matter. And next week, Claudio is going to go 3-0! Will the Swiss Cyborg dismantle Rock Hard Hager when they meet man to man once again?
Swerve in Our Glory VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny!
Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland are still trying to smooth things out, but they at least have common enemies to focus on tonight. Will their Limitless House still stand? Or will the mercenaries help stick that knife in Keith’s back for Swerve?
The teams sort out and Blade steps against Keith. Fans rally up for Keith but Blade talks trash as he conducts the singing. “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLORY~!” Blade SLAPS Keith, but Keith HEADBUTTS Blade! Butcher tags in and fans fire up to see him tie up with Keith. They are in a deadlock, break, and go again. Keith powers Butcher to a corner, Butcher goes up the corner, but Keith TOSSES him away! Keith stalks Butcher but Butcher bails out to get a chair! Blade wants Butcher to calm down but Swerve is backing Keith up. Butcher cools off and puts the chair down to get in the ring. Butcher tags Blade and Keith tags Swerve.
Fans rally as Swerve and Blade go around. Blade wants a leg but Swerve counters with a chinbar. “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve headlocks but Blade pries free. Blade headlocks, Swerve powers out and things speed up. Swerve hurdles but not high enough and he basically hip drops onto Blade’s head! Blade drags himself up the ropes, Swerve storms up but Blade throws elbows. Blade runs, but he fakes Swerve out then dodges. Swerve trips Blade to headlock, but Blade pulls hair. the ref reprimands, Blade waistlocks but Swerve tags in Keith! Keith pulls Swerve and Blade into the corner, Swerve switches to O’Conner Roll, and Keith CLOBBERS Blade!
Swerve steps in to basement SHOTGUN Blade, then Keith hauls Blade up. Keith bumps Blade off buckles, tags Swerve back in, and Swerve holds Blade in for the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Swerve then stalks Blade as he staggers, but Blade JAWBREAKERS back! Blade runs in but Swerve TOSSES him out. Swerve goes out, Blade staggers, but Butcher is lurking. Bunny gets in the way and Swerve hesitates. Butcher CLOBBERS Keith off the apron, then runs at Swerve! Swerve holds the ropes down and Butcher takes a tumble! Swerve aims at Blade but Blade sweeps the legs! Swerve crashes down and Bunny laughs at his pain while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Blade drags Swerve up to turn him for a NECKBREAKER to the floor! Swerve crawls away but Butcher and Blade drag him up. Blade puts Swerve in the ring, drags him over and tags in Butcher. The mercs mug Swerve, Butcher HEADBUTTS him, and then CHOPS Swerve in the corner. Butcher digs his forearms into Swerve at the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and Butcher whips Swerve hard into the corner! Swerve falls and Blade tags in to drag Swerve into ropes. Blade CHOKES Swerve, lets off as the ref counts, but Bunny CHOKES Swerve now! The ref misses that but Keith protests. Bunny frolics while Blade drags Swerve up.
Butcher tags in and the mercs hit a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Butcher sits Swerve up to KNEE him in the back again and again! Butcher CLUBS Swerve, Swerve kicks and CHOPS back. Butcher CHOPS Swerve, Swerve kicks back but Butcher throws haymakers and CHOPS! Tag to Blade and they mug Swerve in the corner. Blade digs his boots in but the ref counts. Bunny mocks Swerve and Butcher CLUBS Swerve against the apron. Butcher shoves Swerve in for Blade to drag him. Butcher tags in, the mercs mug Swerve more, and then Butcher puts Swerve up on the top rope.
Butcher climbs up after Swerve as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve resists the superplex and wrenches an arm! Swerve bends and BITES fingers, but the ref reprimands. Swerve ROCKS Butcher with forearms, then DECKS him off the ropes! Swerve adjusts, leaps, and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Swerve crawls to hot tag Keith! Keith rallies on Blade, ROCKS Butcher, and then SPLASHES in the corner. SPLASH for Blade, too! Butcher runs in but Keith SWATS him! Then Keith TOSSES Blade at Butcher! Both men fall over and fans fire up with Keith!
Keith stalks Blade, ROCKS him to the corner, and he tags Swerve. Swerve goes up, Keith brings Blade out but Butcher goes after Keith! The ref reprimands, Butcher fires off forearms but Swerve slingshots and somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT on Butcher! Keith fireman’s carries Butcher for a pop-up, ROLLING ELBOW SCREW HIGH KICK COMBO! Keith runs while Swerve staggers over to Blade, Blade pulls Swerve into the way! Keith POUNCES Swerve!! Keith freak out but turns around into a STUNNER! Butcher LARIATS Keith! Swerve BOOTS Butcher, hops up, but Butcher TOSSES him into a KNEE from Blade!
And then Butcher runs to LARIAT Swerve!! Cover, Keith breaks it just in time!! Bunny freaks out and the New York fans wanted their guys to win that one! Blade & Butcher focus on Keith but Keith fires off hands on them! That’s still 2v1, but Keith powers up! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but then Blade KNEES Keith! Swerve gives Butcher a HOUSE CALL! Blade RAMS Swerve into a corner and puts him up top! But Keith SPLASHES Blade into Swerve’s knees! Keith keeps Swerve up and they fist bump. Pop-up and SWERVE BOMB!! Cover, Swerve & Keith win!!
Winners: Swerve in Our Glory, by pinfall
Somehow, someway, Keith & Swerve pull it out! But Team Taz barges out to say this is really starting to piss them off! Will Hobbs says the fans can feel it. “You think we’re going to allow you two to still come out here and disrespect us? What you have in front of you is two grown ass men, trick ass bitch!” Ricky Starks has Hobbs hold the FTW Championship so he can have the mic. They’ve been playing real nice right now, because they could’ve ended Keith’s & Swerve’s careers online and on the mic. If you don’t believe them, ask their former teammate!
But if Swerve & Keith wanna act like they’re somebody, when every time they’ve stood in the ring against Team Taz, every time they try to get on the mic against them, Team Taz has proven there are levels to this, and Swerve & Keith are NOT on their level! They are levels below them! Starks says that just because of where they came from, Swerve & Keith think they can get a shot at them! Well if you want to talk about it, Starks will beat their asses right now! But if we’re talking about who the best tag team is, then- “SUPERKICK! PARTAAAY~!” The AEW World Tag Team Champions, the YOUNG BUCKS, are here!
Matt Jackson has the music cut, and he says Starks may as well have just been in the back to cue up their music for them. That was pretty sweet. And gentlemen, sorry to interrupt- Or, no, the Bucks don’t have to apologize for anything, they started this damn company! But hey, great match from Keith & Swerve, they have been killing it. All the teams in the back have been killing it, this whole AEW Tag Division is on fire! “Everyone is eating well. But let us not forget who set the damn table in the first place.” Nick takes the mic to say no disrespect here, because these two teams are very good.
In fact, at Double or Nothing, Team Taz and Swerve in Our Glory “had one hell of a match. It was four and a half stars, that’s unbelievable. But that’s an off-night for the Young Bucks!” And they couldn’t even get the job done, Jurassic Express won. But then look who beat Jurassic Express a few weeks later. “Read it and mother effin’ weep it! WE did!” Now there is a proposal here. How about it’s Triple or Nothing? Next week, a TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH…! Team Taz, Swerve in Our Glory, and though the fans chant for FTR, Nick says, “We’re better than them, and you guys know that, come on.”
But the point is, it will be Team Taz VS Swerve in Our Glory VS “The best damn tag team of all time…! THE YOUNG BUCKS!” Another big opportunity for the #AbsolutePowerhouses in Hobbs & Starks, as well as the Limitless House of Keith & Swerve! Will this Triple Threat finally be a chance for one of those teams to shine with gold? Or are Matt & Nick just taking out two birds with one stone?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “I envy you, Jon. I envy you for the decisions that you made, and the violence that you inflicted on yourself. We didn’t get the luxury of your decisions. No, our violence is by design. But what I truly envy is the experience that you’re about to have. You think you know pain? You think you know anger? You think you know violence? No, you don’t. But I’ll make sure that Brody King will eave his mark on you. Because the House will make sure that anything that you experience tonight goes far beyond the physical realm of pain. I envy you, Jon.” Just how much brutality will Brody King unleash upon Jon Moxley?
Eddie Kingston is here!
The Mad King goes to the ring where Tony Schiavone is waiting. Schiavone reminds us that a week ago, it was Blood & Guts, and we all saw what happened. But there is still a name on Eddie’s hit list and that is Chris Jericho. Eddie says that before we get to that, please, hold the mic up like a professional, thank you. Eddie says before getting to Jericho, he congratulates Wardlow on tonight’s win. And two, congratulations to everyone that was on the winning team of Blood & Guts, even Claudio. See? Eddie’s a nice guy, he’s maturing. Pbbt. But anyway, here’s the real deal why he’s out here.
“Chris Jericho. You made me a liar. I didn’t taste your blood, you didn’t bleed. SO, I’m gonna get you again, and I’m gonna make you bleed, and I’m gonna taste your blood!” But Chris Jericho, as well as Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti, shout at Eddie via the titantron. They want him to pay attention. Eddie wants to taste Jericho’s blood? Eddie wants to get crazy? You’ll see how crazy Jericho can get. The camera pans over and Tay has been beating up Ruby Soho! There’s an open car door, and Tay has Soho stagger into the gap, to SLAM the door on Soho’s arm!! Soho drops to the floor, clutching her arm!
“Watch yourself Kingston, or this will happen to you!” The JAS rushes off before security rushes in. They call for a medic, has the JAS just broken Soho’s arm just to get at Eddie?
The Dark Order is here!
Fans cheer as Negative One leads the way for Evil Uno, Preston Vance, Alex Reynolds, John Silver & Anna Jay to the ring here in Rochester. Fans cheer for “BRODIE! BRODIE!” to honor Negative One’s father, and Silver has the mic to say, “The Dark Order is in Rochester! And Rochester is Dark Order Country!” Uno takes the mic to say that is why it is very important they’re here today. They have very important news for everyone, and everyone here should here it because they have followed the Dark Order since the beginning, and they made the Dark Order what it is today. Uno wants to personally thank all the fans for showing up and supporting them.
And that is why it is so important that Uno gets to say this. “The six of us… Are here to stay!” Fans cheer as Uno says Dark Order is forever! A new chapter begins, and that begins with a proclamation, and he knows just who should say it. Negative One is given the mic! Fans cheer but then QT Marshall comes out to ruin everything. He doesn’t know how long AEW has to put up with the “charity case” for. Until he’s 18 or something? Fans boo but QT says he gets it. Negative One’s dad was from right here in Rochester. “But you ain’t your father! Your father’s a legend in AEW! He beat me within five minutes in his first match ever here.”
Uno has to hold Negative One back as QT continues to say that Negative One takes after his MOM! QT says that he didn’t bring his friends out here. So Negative One can get his friends out of here to face QT man to man! Or else QT will go to his private locker room and grab each and every one of his action figures to rip their heads off! But wait, here comes HANGMAN PAGE! The Cowboy is still a friend of the Dark Order, and that means he is a friend of Negative One! QT freaks out, but then turns around for Uno to ROCK him with a forearm! Hangman ROCKS QT back, and then they both toss QT into the ring!
Fans fire up as Vance whips QT into a corner for Silver to GAMANGIRI! Silver feeds QT to Reynolds’ ROLLING ELBOW! ENZIGURI! STUNNER! GERMAN SUPLEX! QT flounders from the Beaver Boy Blitz, but then he’s fed to the DISCUS from Vance! Brodie would be proud of that one! Uno has Brodie Jr. tell ’em! “QT, QT, QT. I would pin you right now, but y’know what? I’m gonna wait until I’m 19.” Negative One makes a promise about a decade in the making, will he follow in his father’s footsteps and whoop QT’s ass in his AEW debut?
Good ol’ JR joins commentary!
Jim Ross lends his analysis to the second hour, and it’s going to be a slobber knocker!
Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes & Rey Fenix VS Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernale!
Death Triangle is looking for revenge on #LFI, and that begins with the clash of #CeroMiedo and El Toro Blanco! Will Penta look to bury the White Bull under the cover of night? Or will Rush go on a stampede and start towards the top of AEW?
The bell rings and fans rally behind Penta. Rush rushes in but Penta dodges to CHOP! Rush CHOPS and it’s a CHOP fight already! Fast and furious, back and forth, CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Penta spins to CHOP, then he runs, but Rush follows to CHOP! Penta jumps up but Rush denies the rana. Penta still fires off fists, then hooks the arms,. Rush slips out to throw a body shot, and he suplexes, only for Penta to cradle counter! TWO, and Penta SUPERKICKS Rush down! Rush bails out but Penta builds speed as fans rally. Penta slides but Rush dodges to waistlock. Penta switches but Rush elbows out hard!
Rush whips but Penta stops from hitting steps. Penta elbows Rush back, then whips him at the steps. Rush stops himself, but Penta goes up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Fans fire up while Jose fans Rush off. Penta stands Rush up to CHOP again. Penta gets back in the ring, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta builds speed but Rush gets in to DECK Penta! Rush mocks Cero Miedo and then he soaks up the heat. Rush stands on Penta’s head, drags him up and throws body shots. Rush whips corner to corner and clotheslines, then he whips the other way for a SPALSH! And then a snapmare and basement dropkick! Rush does push-ups just to show off before the cover, TWO!
Rush is annoyed but he drags Penta up. Fans rally but Rush is after the mask! The ref reprimands, but Penta KICKS Rush! Penta runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges to SLINGBLADE! And then another SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up and Rush flounders out. Penta builds speed again to FLY! Direct hit on Rush at the ramp and fans fire up with Penta again! Jose storms over with his tablet of doom, but Alex snatches that away and SPEARS Jose! Alex fires off hands but Jose hits back, and then Fenix and Andrade El Idolo get involved and the ref tries to restore peace while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Fenix and Andrade get Jose and Alex to separate, but then Alex rushes back in! They brawl up the ramp, which is fine because the ref is EJECTING them! Andrade is confused but Fenix tells Alex to keep after Jose! The sidekicks fight all the way backstage while Penta puts Rush in the ring. Penta climbs up a corner while fans fire up, then leaps, but into Rush’s anti-air dropkick! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Rush is upset but the ropes are the ropes. Rush drags Penta up to wrap on a chinlock, but again Penta gets to the ropes. Rush drags Penta away and turns him from the ropes while leaning on the hold. Penta still endures as Rush grinds him down.
Rush drags Penta up to put him on the top rope backwards, then he climbs up behind him. Rush is after the mask again! Penta resists, so Rush drops him into the Tree of Woe! Rush then BUZZSAWS Penta out of the Tree! Rush dusts off his hands and takes a bow as he soaks up the heat. Rush then goes back for Penta to kick and stomp him in the corner. Rush digs his boots in, the ref counts and Rush lets off. The ref reprimands but Rush paces while Andrade talks some trash. Rush drags Penta up, brings him to center and throws a heavy body shot. Rush chinlocks, then digs at the mask! The ref counts but Rush lets off.
Penta throws body shots but Rush KNEES Penta down! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally for Penta. Rush brings Penta up but Penta CHOPS again. Rush CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, Rush eggs Penta on! Penta throws forearms but Rush gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Penta dodges the haymaker to hit a BACKSTABBER! Penta then runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rush is annoyed but Andrade says to keep on him. Rush whips Penta but Penta goes up and over to hit another BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Rush survives and gets to a corner but fans rally up. Penta stomps Rush down but lets off as the ref counts.
Penta pie faces Rush and eggs him on before throwing haymakers. Rush gets mad and choke grips Penta, but Penta CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, they keep going! Penta fires forearms, runs, but Rush HEADBUTTS! Penta wobbles, but he HEADBUTTS back! DOUBLE HEADBUTTS!! Penta’s mask almost comes off from that, but he SUPERKICKS! JUMP KNEE from Rush!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count starts, Penta and Rush stir. Penta gets to a corner, Rush goes to the opposite. Rush runs in but Penta dodges! Rush hits buckles and Penta CHOPS him! And CHOPS!
Rush turns things around to CHOP, CHOP, but Penta CHOPS and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, CHOPS, sweeps the legs then stomps away! The ref counts, Rush stops at 4, and then he goes out to the apron. Rush slashes his throat, climbs up top, but Penta ROCKS Rush! Rush HEADBUTTS Penta away, then adjusts to leap and missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this but Rush wants to end it! Rush drags Penta to a drop zone and then goes up the corner. Fans boo but Penta SUPER SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives, but Rush hurries to ROCK him with a forearm! Penta sits in a corner, Rush runs corner to corner, but into a SOMERSAULT STUNNER!
SUPERKICK! Penta reels Rush in, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tuck and FEAR FACTOR!! Cover, but Andrade puts the foot on the ropes! The ref sees the ropebreak but Fenix points out it was Andrade! Too late to make a difference now, Rush is still in this. Penta goes back to Rush while the ref is reprimanding Andrade, and Rush LOW BLOWS Penta!! AND snatches the mask!! Insult to injury before the cradle, RUSH WINS!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
The White Bull pulled off some major bull, that’s for sure! But will both Lucha Brothers get their revenge on Rush & Andrade soon enough?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh speak.
They’re all very happy, and Sonjay says they’re celebrating already because “Samoa Joe decided to crawl out of that hole that he’s been hiding in.” It is official for July 23rd, Death Before Dishonor, and the ultimate celebration begins when Sonjay’s best friend in this entire world, Jay Lethal, pins Samoa Joe to become the NEW ROH World TV Champion! And Lethal says he will tell us God’s honest truth, “I know that this is not going to be an easy fight.” Samoa Joe is one tough champion. But that’s why Lethal isn’t taking him lightly. But they are taking his championship. They all share a laugh, and Singh adds that Lethal will be the new champion! Will Lethal be able to back up all those words? Or will the Samoan Submission Specialist make Lethal suffer?
Tony Nese & Mark Sterling are still looking for signatures.
They go to the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta & Orange Cassidy, saying they’re the last signatures the petition needs to remove Swerve Strickland from AEW. After all, Swerve backstabbed Cassidy during the Royal Rampage. Cassidy says he never reads anything without his lawyer present. He has a lawyer? Yes, it’s DANHAUSEN! He has the paperwork right here. Nese says forget asking, he is going to make Cassidy sign. Chuck & Trent step up to push Nese back but Sterling has everyone just hold on a second. There is money to be made here. Nese VS Cassidy for Rampage! Wait, Danhausen has a better idea! Cassidy VS Nese on Rampage! That’s the same idea!
But anyway, if Nese wins, Cassidy has to sign the petition. Danhausen says objection sustained, and Cassidy says he will allow it. Overruled. What? No, Sterling’s the real lawyer, HE allows things! Hearsay! Sterling grumbles and storms off with Nese, but the deal is struck. Will Cassidy win and strike down this frivolous lawsuit?
8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club VS Fuego Del Sol & Ruffin’ It!
It’s rather surprising that Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and the Ass B- er, Austin & Colten Gunn, are agreeing to team up again after the heated argument that happened last time. But will they be able to let cooler heads prevail and get another win for the team? And of course, Caster has a rap! “Acclaimed & The Gunns-” GASP! Austin snatches the mic from Caster?! Caster is upset but Bowens keeps him from going after Austin. No disses this week, will the Acclaimed Gunn Club hold it together?
The bell rings and Fuego starts against Austin. Austin turns around into a kick and facelock! TORNADO- NO, Austin FLAPJACKS Fuego away. Tag to Colten and he CLOBBERS Fuego! Colten is fired up but fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” as he stomps Fuego in the corner. Bowens tags in and he drags Fuego out to CLUB away on him. “EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” Bowens then DECKS Bear Boulder, ELBOWS Ruff and DECKS Bear Bronson! Fuego kicks Bowens and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans fire up as Fuego crawls, and Bronson is back! Hot tags to Austin and Bronson! Bronson rallies on the Gunn Club, and even Caster!
Bronson breaks through the line to DOUBLE LARIAT the Gunn Club! Fans fire up with Bronson and he clotheslines Colten out! Austin staggers into choke grip, SIT OUT SPINEBSUTER! Cover, Caster breaks it! Ruff goes after Caster but Caster TOSSES him! Austin crawls, tag to Bowens! Bowens ELBOWS Bronson, CHOPS him and SUPERKICKS him! Bronson wobbles but Bowens hits a LEAP FROG FAMOUSER! They’re doing Daddy Ass proud as Bowens tags Caster. Caster goes up, but then Austin tags in!? MIC DROP, and then Austin snipes the cover! Acclaimed Gunn Club still wins!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club, by pinfall
Billy is upset that his boys aren’t getting along with his sons again, and Bowens shoves Austin! Austin and Colten CLOBBER The Acclaimed! Billy gets in, and he throws Austin away! And the same to Colten! Billy keeps telling them to cut it out, but then he CLOBBERS Caster! The Ass Man sides with his Ass Boys and Bowens doesn’t understand. What happened to scissor fingers? Billy kicks him low for a FAMOUSER! The Gunn Family sticks together, but will they finally get up to the top where they want to be?
“Malakai Black… We are different kind of men. You collect the weak, I dispose of them. You stab their backs, while I break them. Don’t you understand? You, a man who preys on the flawed, have enraged a man who is flawless! I, who rattles the gates of Heaven, will destroy the gates of Hell! So go ahead and buy yourself a bag of coins, because when I’m done with you, the House of Black will have many eyes to cover. Because the Redeemer is coming, enraged!!” Will Miro’s wrath wreak havoc on Malakai and his entire house?
Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir!
La Mera Mera and the Lightning From Down Under are forces of nature to be sure, but the Native Beast & The Problem have brought their umbrellas. Will these Vicious Vixens be safe from the #ThunderStorm? Or will they still be blown away by the AEW Women’s World Champion and the #1 contender?
The teams sort out and Shafir storms up on Storm to BOOT her down! Nyla gets after Rosa and throws her out while Shafir fires off knee son Storm! The ref reprimands but Shafir whips Storm to ropes. Storm tilt-o-whirls to RANA Shafir! Storm drop toeholds, then runs to basement dropkick! Storm whips Shafir into the corner, where Rosa adds a BOOT! Rosa tags in, fires off body shots on Shafir, then tags Storm back in. Storm stomps Shafir, EuroUppers, then tags Rosa. Rosa runs to DECK Nyla, then she comes back to elbow Shafir! Rosa whips Storm in to uppercut Shafir, then Storm sets up as a step! LA MERA MERA IN MOTION!
Fans fire up and Rosa brings Shafir around to cover, TWO! Rosa keeps on Shafir with a facelock and Storm tags in. They double suplex Shafir, then Storm covers, TWO! Storm keeps on Shafir with a facelock and grinds her down. Fans rally, Shafir endures, and Shafir fights up but Storm bumps her off buckles. Tag to Rosa and Rosa snapmares Shafir for a KICK to the back! Cover, ONE! Shafir grits her teeth but Rosa clamps onto her with a chinlock. Shafir slips out, wrenches an arm to a double wristlock, but Rosa has a leg to trip Shafir to a cradle! ONE, Rosa powers Shafir to a lateral press, ONE!
Rosa keeps on Shafir with the facelock but Shafir fights up. Storm tags in, she stomps Shafir down, and Storm brings Shafir up to CHOP! Storm snapmares and HIP ATTACKS Shafir, then tags Rosa. Rosa CHOPS Shafir, then CHOPS her! Then GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Tag to Storm and she brings Shafir out. Shafir throws body shots and KICKS the leg! Shafir DECKS Storm, then DECKS Rosa! Storm ROCKS Shafir back with forearms then runs, but the ref is busy keeping Rosa out of the ring, so he misses Nyla SMACK Storm with the umbrella! Nyla shrugs and Shafir fireman’s carries for a WASTELAND SLAM!
Tag to Nyla and Nyla stomps Storm while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Nyla drags Storm up to snap suplex, then roll through to a GOURDBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Storm from Rosa, drags her around and Shafir tags in. They mug Storm, Shafir CLUBS Storm down, then has her on ropes. Shafir chicken wings the arms, drags Storm around, and she taunts Rosa. Storm fights but Shafir spins her for a SAYANAGI! Shafir taunts Rosa more while she paces between her and Storm. Shafir drags Storm up to tag in Nyla and they mug Storm more. Storm hits back, brawls with Nyla, but Nyla throws Storm down by her hair!
Nyla stomps Storm at the ropes and then drags her away. Tag to Shafir, they continue to mug Storm, and then Nyla gives Shafir a boost for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Shafir snarls while fans rally up. Shafir grabs Storm’s hand to bend the fingers and drag her to the corner. Tag to Nyla and she gets Storm’s legs to drop an elbow on the knee. Nyla runs to SPLASH down! Cover, TWO! Rosa rallies the fans but Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla scoops and SLAMS Storm, then drags her up again for another scoop. Storm slips off and RAMS Nyla into a corner! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm O’Conner Rolls Nyla back!
Nyla rolls through but Storm is on her with a SLEEPER! Storm becomes a backpack but Nyla THROWS her off! Storm crawls, fans rally, hot tag to Rosa! Fans fire up as Rosa goes up top and leaps, CROSSBODY! She bounces off Nyla to then HIP ATTACK Shafir! Rosa CHOPS and forearms over and over and fans fire up! Rosa roars and ROCKS Nyla again! Rosa whips but Nyla blocks by holding ropes! Rosa keeps trying but Nyla swings on her. Rosa dodges, drop toeholds Nyla to ropes, and then stomps away! The ref counts, Rosa runs side to side to DROPKICK! Rosa says una mas, and she runs again, to DROPKICK!
Nyla flounders but fans fire up with Rosa. Still one more, but Nyla reels Rosa into an URENAGE! Tag to Shafir and she hurries after Rosa. Rosa kicks at Shafir but Shafir cartwheels through to get an arm. Shafir pump handles Rosa and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, Storm breaks it! Nyla BOOTS Storm and reels her in but Storm SATELLITE DDTS! Storm ducks the roundhouse to GERMAN SUPLEX Shafir! Fans fire up as Storm fires up and hits the HIP ATTACK in the corner! Storm goes up for Rosa to drag Shafir out. Rosa scoops Shafir, Storm is ready on the corner, THUNDERSTORM DRIVER!! Cover, Thunder & Storm win!!
Winners: Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm, by pinfall
And with that, #ThunderStorm wins! Will we see these two continue on as a team? What about the chances of them clashing for the AEW Women’s World Championship once again?
Tony Schiavone is backstage with The Baddies.
Jade Cargill, the still undefeated TBS Champion, tells Tony to “cut the sh*t,” then she asks Stokely Hathaway, “What the hell was that last week?” He says hold on, listen! If a wrestling company can have an Interim World Champion, then they can have an Interim Baddie! Leila Grey walks in and offers a handshake to Jade. Jade refuses, but what about Kiera Hogan? Nope, still rejected. Stokely knows the world wants to know what exactly he said to Leila last week, and he’ll tell us! $1100, because that is what it cost to get Leila to step up.
Stokely knows his math, and he knows 3v2 is better than 2v2. “And it takes a special type of finesse to get someone to go from wanting to beat your ass, to saving your ass.” And you know what they say, “Trust the process.” Stokely goes to put his arm around Leila but she shrugs that off. Jade says if Leila fails to deliver, then that’s Stokely’s ass. Jade and Kiera head out, but Stokely asks if Leila trusts him while offering a fist bump. She doesn’t respond, but he says they’ll talk later. Will Leila prove she can be a true Baddie through and through?
Tony Schiavone now interviews Daniel Garcia.
Garcia requested this time to call out Wheeler Yuta. “Hey, Yuta, last week on Dark, I put my foot on your neck and I held your title above my head, and there wasn’t a damn thing you could do about it. Last week at Blood & Guts, I spent an hour with you in the ring. I felt all that you could give me, you had my blood on your hands. But I’ve determined that you don’t strike an ounce of fear into my heart whatsoever. You’re not scaring nobody with that fake tough guy act, let me tell you.” And at Death Before Dishonor, don’t be scared, Yuta. Give Garcia that shot for the ROH Pure Championship, and whether he’s a pro-wrestler or a sports entertainer, you damn sure will call him the best.
Cash Wheeler says, “So we call ourselves ‘7 Star FTR,’ the living legends. We are the current AAA, IWGP and ROH Tag Team Champions, and I can stand here before you and comfortably say that no match has ever taken more out of us than when we won these at ROH Supercard of Honor.” But uh, we’re just a few weeks away from Death Before Dishonor and the PPV return of ROH. And despite the fact that they beat the Briscoes for the ROH titles, despite the fact that they’re on the run of a lifetime, there are still some people who doubt they’re the best in the world, and that doesn’t sit right with them.
Dax Harwood says, “That’s the beauty of professional wrestling. You can think whatever you want, believe whatever you want, but you can also be wrong. If ROH wants to sell a PPV, they gotta put on the rematch of the decade. So I’m telling you right now, Briscoes VS FTR II, one last time to prove who is the absolute best tag team on this planet! Briscoes, if you want to be a king, you got to kill a king. And we ain’t dead yet.” #TopGuys out. FTR is calling out Jay & Mark Briscoe, will Death Before Dishonor 2022 be one for the ages?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brody King!
The Best in the World is away, but the Maniac vows to prove he is the rightful owner of that title. But will he be able to remind everyone that he’s also the scariest monster in wrestling today? Or will the House of Black soon shine in the shadows with gold on the mantle?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and even if this is for the interim title, this fight is going to be legit!
Fans are thunderous already as Moxley and Brody stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and Brody puts Mox in a corner. The ref counts, Brody lets off to CHOP, and Moxley staggers away to the opposite corner. Fans fire up as Brody watches Moxley get back up. Moxley gets in Brody’s face, and right up in there! Brody and Moxley talk some smack and then Moxley fires forearms and CHOPS! Brody ROCKS Moxley, eggs him on, and Moxley throws a forearm back, only for Brody to ROCK Moxley again! Moxley rebounds but Brody throws him out. Brody then pursues, CLUBS Moxley to the timekeeper’s area, then CLUBS him again.
Brody whips Moxley into railing! Fans fire up, Brody stands Moxley up to CHOP him, and the ring count climbs. Brody ROCKS Moxley, follows him around the way, and then runs in, only to be sent into steel steps! Fans fire up and Moxley brings Brody up to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP into the railing! Moxley refreshes the ring count, headlocks Brody and brings him around the way, then throws knees. Moxley even fishhooks Brody and brings him around, only for Brody to back drop him onto the ramp! Moxley writhes and Brody shakes out the stars. Brody drags Moxley up to whip him into the timekeeper’s area! Moxley tumbles with the table while the ring count climbs!
Brody storms up to Moxley to CHOP him against railing! Brody then puts Moxley back in the ring at 6 of 10, only for Moxley to dropkick the legs out! Moxley throws knees, gets the leg and DRAGON SCREWS! Moxley steps through to have a FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Fans “WOO~!” while Brody endures. Brody clubs Moxley’s legs, pries at the hold, but Moxley keeps the hold on. Brody keeps clubbing, but Moxley lets off. Moxley shoots in to get the leg but Brody CLUBS him. Moxley trips Brody to drop an elbow on the leg, and then another. Brody clamps on with a chinlock to keep Moxley down but Moxley fights free.
Moxley turns Brody over as fans rally, and Moxley hooks the leg. DEATH LOCK SNAPPER! Brody clutches his leg and gets to ropes but Moxley is after him. Moxley stands Brody up but the forearms start flying again. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, Moxley gets boxing elbows going, but runs into a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Moxley survives and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Brody shakes out the bad leg while Moxley crawls to the apron. Brody storms over that way, BLASTS Moxley off the apron and Moxley crashes into the railing! Brody goes out after Moxley and drags him up to scoop and SLAM on the floor! Moxley writhes but Brody KICKS him in the back. Brody paces around, drags Moxley up, and CHOPS him again! Moxley gets into the ring but Brody pursues. Brody clamps onto Moxley with a neck wrench, and even digs his forearms in. Moxley endures, Brody shifts to a cobra twist and he CLUBS away on Moxley’s chest! Cover, TWO! Brody keeps cool and he kicks Moxley against ropes.
Brody scrapes Moxley, CHOKES him against the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally, Brody throws forearms but Moxley CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Brody just CHOPS Moxley right off his feet! Moxley flops over onto his face but Brody stands him back up to CHOP again. Moxley staggers around and falls into a corner, but Brody storms right up after him. Brody drags Moxley up, CHOPS him again, and Moxley is frozen in place! Brody CHOPS him again, and CHOPS him again! Moxley falls down and Brody eggs the fans on as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans boo as Brody eggs Moxley on, then fireman’s carries.
Moxley fights with elbows, Brody starts to drop, but then Brody stands back up! The elbows keep coming, Brody powers up again, and he runs for a corner! Moxley slips off, Brody hits buckles, and Moxley gets to the opposite corner. Brody runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL into buckles! Moxley avoids disaster and Brody crashes ‘n’ burns! Fans fire up and the standing count starts while both men are down. Moxley and Brody stir, and Moxley runs in to clothesline! Moxley hoists Brody up, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then climbs up after him. Moxley CLUBS and CLAWS Brody’s back, but Brody throws body shots.
Moxley BITES Brody’s forehead! Then SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as Moxley puts on the SLEEPER! Brody fights up to fight off the Bully Choke and he snapmares free. Moxley shoots around to full nelson and DRAGON SLEEPER! Cover, TWO!! Brody is still in this but Moxley shouts out Bryan Danielson with DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley then drags Brody up, reels him in, but Brody fights the lift. Moxley ROCKS Brody, Brody ROCKS Moxley, but Moxley ROLLING ELBOWS! Brody stays up, Moxley runs to LARIAT! Brody still stays up! Brody swings, Moxley dodges, but then the LEFT LARIAT takes Moxley down!
Brody drags Moxley up into a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Moxley but Brody clamps on with a SLEEPER! Is he going to put Moxley out like he did Darby Allin? Moxley RAMS Brody into buckles, but Brody holds on! Brody climbs the corner, HANGING SLEEPER!! The ref counts, Brody lets Moxley go and Moxley flops down! Brody goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley barely gets out of that, but Brody scoops! Moxley slips out to CLUB Brody but Brody throws a back elbow! Brody runs, but Moxley follows to forearm Brody at the ropes! Moxley runs but Brody follows, only to miss in the corner! Roll-up, TWO!!
Moxley hurries to wrench and reel Brody in, PARADIGM SHIFT!! But Moxley has to push Brody over, so Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Brody withstands those so Moxley goes for the Bully Choke! Brody stands up, it’s a BACKPACK SLEEPER! Brody is fading, but he drops back, BACKPACK SENTON! But Moxley rises to SLEEPER HOLD! Brody moves around but ends up in the BULLY CHOKE!! Brody is fading, the ref calls it! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
It was a fight to be sure, but Moxley holds onto the title! Who will step up to him next while we await CM Punk’s return? As for Brody King, fans cheer his valiant effort, and Malakai Black walks out. Malakai looks Brody in the eye, and pats him on the back. But then DARBY ALLIN AND STING appear?! The #RelentlessIcons show Brody King respect! Darby says Brody kicked his ass last week, and it doesn’t matter what anyone says! Brody EARNED his spot here. Darby offers a handshake, but Brody leaves Darby hanging. The House of Black doesn’t do anything for respect, but will they take on Darby & Sting for supremacy in AEW?
A great episode for Dynamite, but they sure stretched that first hour. Only two of the six matches happened before Jim Ross joined commentary at the halfway point, and I would’ve liked if they’d tried to split things up a bit more evenly. But even with that, we got a great opener with the TNT Championship. It was obvious the Street Fight would bring out a bunch of American Top Team scrubs for Wardlow to throw around like nothing and then he wins the title. This is still great for Wardlow, but maybe it would’ve been more powerful if he’d won this title sooner, or if it was just Scorpio VS Wardlow 1v1 in a real epic match, not a Heel using all his resources to protect himself.
So apparently Mark Sterling, having been fired by Jade Cargill and not having MJF around, has resorted to filing frivolous lawsuits as his gimmick. It’s pretty funny, though, as he fails to convince Faces to side with him, a Heel. The promo with Best Friends and Danhausen was really funny with Danhausen just spouting legal terminology. Nese VS Cassidy will surely go Cassidy’s way so he can keep building momentum towards a title. Pac defends his All-Atlantic Championship at Rev-Pro’s event this weekend, but I’m pretty sure Pac retains, and then maybe we can get Pac VS Cassidy for this title at All Out.
That’s made even more likely by how Miro is going after Malakai Black. Miro had a very good promo as always, and he’s going to have an awesome match with Malakai. We got quite the promo segment with Christian, Luchasaurus and Matt Hardy. Hardy’s line about the “Michael Jordan of A-Holes” was really good, and of course Christian stoops to bringing up what happened with Jeff Hardy. A bit cheap, but of course Luchasaurus demolishes Matt Hardy. Sounds like this is setting up a tag match where Jungle Boy joins Matt Hardy to take on Christian & Luchasaurus, and we’ll see if JB can turn Luchasaurus back to the light side or if Luchasaurus stays Heel. Honestly, Luchasaurus could probably benefit most from his Heel turn.
We got a good Blood & Guts aftermath promo where a few different guys got to say their piece, and of course we’re getting more Eddie VS Jericho. Tay Conti hurting Ruby Soho could be a way to give us a Mixed Tag before the final blow-off. And adding Claudio VS Hager to things, that match is going to be great, and I would think Claudio wins to stay hot in AEW. We got a very good tag match out of Keith & Swerve VS Butcher & Blade, and I did like that they at least teased the “accidental attack misunderstanding.” Swerve totally understood the Pounce was an accident, and they finished off Butcher & Blade. Hobbs & Starks had a very fired up promo, and the Bucks had a good on to set up another Triple Threat for the titles. I would think the Bucks win that, just as Jurassic Express did.
FTR had a good promo to call out the Briscoes, and you can bet that match will be added to the Death Before Dishonor card. That will be a great match, and FTR will win so they can move on to face Young Bucks at All Out. Garcia had a good promo to call out Yuta, their ROH Pure Championship match will be great stuff, and that could probably go either way. I think Joe VS Lethal for the ROH World TV Championship could go either way, too, because Lethal has Singh and Sonjay on his side to overbook that match. Maybe after DBD, Tony Khan and other executives find a way to put on an ROH TV show, but no idea if I’ll be able to cover it if it happens.
We got a very fun segment out of The Dark Order and QT Marshall. Great to see Hangman join up with Dark Order again, and though not delivered with quite the stank it should have, Negative One at least got through his line about sparing QT more humiliation until he’s an adult. It would be amazing if 10 years from now, we do see Negative One/Brodie Lee Jr. face an old man QT and win in five minutes like his father. And moreover, it was good that Evil Uno assured us that the members of Dark Order we have left are going to stay in AEW one way or another. It’s a shame the faction ran out of steam like it did, but maybe they can rebuild.
We got a pretty good tag match out of #ThunderStorm VS Nyla & Marina, and of course the Faces win. Rosa and Storm can easily have another title match as part of the July themed episodes, like Fyter Fest or Fight for the Fallen. Stretching this to All Out in September would just seem odd to me, so maybe someone comes out of another story primed to face Rosa. Jade not accepting Leila Grey is a natural move for their story, but who knows where it goes from here. Leila could prove herself worthy, because I don’t see Stokely being fired by Jade so soon, and then we could have that Six Woman Tag I expected but Leila in for Red Velvet.
We got a pretty good 8 Man Tag, with the dysfunction finally adding something to the match. The Gunn Club turning on The Acclaimed was quite the surprise, though, but I had a feeling Billy was going to find a reason to be proud of his sons. And this could be the Face turn for The Acclaimed, and that is going to be great because fans love them. Penta VS Rush was awesome stuff, especially with how Alex and Jose got in on it. A Six Man Tag of La Faccion Ingobernable VS Death Triangle where Jose and Alex are the third men would be pretty fun.
And of course, we got an awesome main event out of Moxley and Brody. Moxley was of course retaining, but we all know Brody is badass, and it was cool for Darby to show him respect. Even with Miro coming for Malakai, we need to get House of Black VS Darby & Sting first. Miro could even go after Malakai after the match, regardless of who wins. I don’t know if it has to be a full Face turn for Miro, but he will come off the Face against Malakai since fans still love Miro. As for Mox, the possibilities really are endless for who he can face for the Interim title at All Out. Personally, whether or not Joe wins against Lethal at DBD, give me some Mox VS Joe!
My Score: 8.9/10
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.179 ~ 6TH JULY 2022
GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship Postponed
Due to Chris Ridgeway being unable to get a Visa in time for the Nippon Budokan event on July 12th, the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship match has been postponed. Therefore, Yoshinari Ogawa and Yuya Susumu will team together against Eita and Kotaro Suzuki. Susumu says he knows he cannot replace Ridgeway, but will fight with him in mind.
Seiki Yoshioka attacks HAYATA (repeatedly)
Following his GHC Junior Heavyweight challenge to HAYATA, Seiki Yoshioka turned the tension up a notch by fighting with HAYATA after the match in Fukushima on the 2nd (HAYATA had made him bleed) and introducing him to his new superkick, and then intruding on the match in Yamagata on the 3rd, which got the match thrown out. Poor HAYATA had been kicked in head quite a few times over the course of the two days, and so was not in any position to speak. Seiki Yoshioka was though, he had taken the belt backstage, and holding it up the camera announced that he was putting everything on the line to win, and he would knock HAYATA out again at The Budokan. Yuya Susumu later posted on his Twitter that he felt he had to apologize for how Yoshioka was behaving.
Speaking of STINGER (HAYATA, Yoshinari Ogawa & Yuya Susumu) came out wearing the green NOAH baseball shirts in Yamagata for the match against Perros Del Mal De Japon (Kotaro Suzuki, NOSAWA Rongai & Super Crazy). They never explained why they were wearing green, and fans were left to speculate that either they were showing their solidarity as NOAH Juniors to Perros, or it was an Ogawa mind game to remind Kotaro where he came from and who he belonged with. The singles match between Kotaro and Ogawa on July 2nd was naturally ruined by Perros who got the match thrown out by intrusion. Given NOSAWA’S comments backstage to Kotaro about “trying harder”, I am wondering how long Kotaro is going to put up with this.
Kenoh, Kojima (and Kobashi)
Following two frustrating pre matches in which neither the champion or the challenger won over the other, and an escalation in “competition” where Kenoh did press ups backstage next to a fallen Satoshi Kojima in Fukushima, and Kojima demonstrated Lion press ups to Kenoh in Yamagata (who comically appeared in front of him and then attacked him screaming about “The Mark of The Lion” and how if he missed it so much he should wear his new t-shirt), Kenoh sought advice from the master of the lariat, Kenta Kobashi by making a first visit to his gym. Lariats are not something Kenoh has used before, so it will be interesting to see if the teaching he got from Kobashi was how to throw them or how to withstand them.
GHC Heavyweight Tag Champion Humiliation
Satoshi Kojima might have had a frustrating stalemate, but at least Kojima was spared the humiliation that the GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions endured, when again they lost via Masa Kitamiya submitting to Hideki Suzuki in Yamagata. Suzuki had said he was doing a kind of scouting mission as he wanted to know their strengths and weaknesses and the strengths and weaknesses of their techniques. Timothy Thatcher was given a firsthand look, when the champions demonstrated their new tandem move, a double powerbomb, to win the match.
Go Shiozaki & Shuhei Taniguchi miss events
Go Shiozaki was absent from the 2nd and 3rd July weekend events due to being a close contact with someone with Coronavirus. This necessitated a card change as it was almost last minute. What was last minute (as in about seven minutes before the event started) was Shuhei Taniguchi being withdrawn from the event due to mild heatstroke.
Yoshiki Inamura’s Fire Festival 2022
Although Yoshiki Inamura did not defeat Masato Tanaka, his Fire Festival opened with a time limit draw at thirty minutes. Inamura didn’t feel that he had approached Tanaka with this, but has sworn to beat everyone else and return to NOAH with the sword.
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– Tadasuke is wondering why there has been no comeback from the NOAH Junior Regulars regarding his banishment of Haoh (who seems to have vanished off the face of the earth). I think Tadasuke will get his answer when NOAH are back in Tokyo.
– Alejandro greeted the Yamagata crowd as the Fukushima one, to be scolded by Hajime Ohara for his mistake.
– Kenoh’s Michinoku Pro rival, Fujita “Jnr” Hayato, made his return to the ring following a five year absence due to cancer. He named two people he wanted to fight, Hiromu Takahashi and of course, Kenoh. Kenoh says that he should fight Hayato first. Not only did Hayato mention him first, but even by the Japanese (gojūon) syllabary Kenoh (i.e. KE) comes first. Kenoh then returned to his preoccupation that seems to be obsessing him these days, “The Lion Mark” (New Japan logo).
– Kenoh grumbled that he preferred the sea to rivers just before he posted a video of himself doing Lion Push ups by one.
EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS
- SUNNY VOYAGE 2022
Fukushima Big Palette (Saturday, July 2nd)
- Yamagata Big Wing (Sunday, July 3rd)
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Satoshi Kojima
Challenger: Kenoh, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin
Challengers: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher), “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
Challengers: Perros Del Mal De Japon (Eita & Kotaro Suzuki), Postponed, replacement date to be advised
- GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
- YOSHIKI INAMURA FIRE FESTIVAL 2022
Friday, July 8th: vs Hide Kubota
Sunday, July 10th
Venue: Fujisan Messe, Shizuoka
Time: 13:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (event will not be streamed live)
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