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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/25/21)

It’s the Raw Season Premiere!

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Coverage Raw 2021

Raw has its new roster!

Big E is still WWE World Champion after Crown Jewel, but there are new stars coming to Raw! Who will be the first to go for his gold?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat Tag: The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs VS The Alpha Academy; The Dirty Dawgs win and will challenge RKBRO for the titles later tonight.
  • Zelina Vega VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Vega wins.
  • Damian Priest VS T-Bar; Priest wins, by disqualification.
  • Carmella VS Liv Morgan; Carmella wins.
  • Keith Lee VS Cedric; Lee wins.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs; RKBRO wins and retains the titles.
  • WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Ladder Match: Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens; Rollins wins and will challenge Big E for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Big E is here!

Houston is ready to feel the power as the Powerhouse of Positivity walks out, still WWE World Champion! Big E gets the mic and he welcomes, “Ladies and gentlemen, boy sand girls, cats and dogs, welcome to the season premiere of Monday Night Raw! And what better town to host a season premiere than a town that gave us DJ Screw, a town that gave us those incredible Mitchell & Ness Oilers throwbacks, and a town that has a Pappadeaux’s on damn near every corner!” He is talking about HOUSTON, TEXAS~! Fans chant for the Astros and Big E lets them show the love. He wishes the Astros luck, and continues.

Big E would be remiss if he didn’t mention the oh so gracious and brand new KING OF THE RING, Xavier Woods! Big E also tips his cap to Drew McIntyre, “a man who pushed me, a man who sharpened my iron, a man who is the reason that I am better today than I was a week ago.” There is no rest for the weary, though, and there is an influx of talent from SmackDown to Raw. He therefore asks who (Who who who?) Wait! Here comes SETH ROLLINS! The Visionary has his white coat with black trim and swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins gets a mic and has a good laugh, then says, “You already know why I am out here.” Big E says Rollins lost to Edge so…

Rollins shouts, “He’s not here, but I am! And I want that title around your waist as soon as possible!” But, Rollins lost to Edge. That means Rollins is at the back of the line. Rollins says he’s had a long week, going through hell on Thursday. And for the past year on SmackDown, he earned his stripes. But the Universal Champion is too afraid to give Rollins his opportunity, so here he is asking Big E. Does Big E want to be like Roman Reigns? Or does he want to be a fighting champion? C’mon, E! This is the season premiere! What better way to start it off than Big E VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins for the WWE Championship?! C’mon, think about it.

But here comes REY MYSTERIO! Rey tells Rollins, “Clearly your vision is impaired after getting your head bashed in by Edge.” It’s been a minute since they’ve seen eye to eye, but if anyone deserves a title shot, it’s Rey. And Rey believes his resume speaks for itself. A former US Champion, Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and a former WWE Champion. Rey is willing to do whatever it takes to win that championship one more time. Rollins wants Big E to ignore Rey, but here coms FINN BALOR!

The Prince says, “Hey, Rey-Rey. You know I’ve got nothing but love for ya. But with all due respect, I am a two-time NXT Champion. I am a two-time Intercontinental Champion. And Seth, I was the first-ever Universal Champion.” But there’s one title he’s yet to hold, and now that he’s here on Raw, he wants the WWE Championship. Rollins wants Big E to understand he is the most qualified, but here comes KEVIN OWENS! “I don’t want to be that guy, but if we’re going to come out here and talk about our accolades, I wanna play, too.” Former NXT Champion, former three-time US Champion, former two-time Intercontinental Champion, and there’s something about the first time that he won that title. Oh yeah! It was right here in Houston!

But wait! Kevin says there’s something coming to him. What else happened in Houston? Oh right! He became Universal Champion in this very building and correct him if he’s wrong, but the person he beat that for was “Cruella Deville,” Seth Rollins! Rollins’ head was about where Big E’s standing, and his legs were where Rey’s standing- Rollins attacks Kevin! And DECKS Rey Then brawls with Balor ! Balor BOOTS back, Kevin kicks but Rollins avoids the Stunner! Kevin chases Rollins tot he stage but Sonya Deville comes out to stop this before it gets too chaotic. If these guys want a shot at the title, they’re in luck! Later on tonight, it’ll be a Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match!

Rollins argues that this shouldn’t happen, and it should just be his opportunity! But Sonya says let’s raise the stakes a bit for the season premiere. Let’s make it a LADDER MATCH!! Rollins is even more upset, but will he be able to take out all his anger on his opponents? Or will someone else “steal” this chance from him again?

 

Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat Tag: The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs VS The Alpha Academy!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are ready to bring the smoke to Houston, but they’re up against some familiar foes. Will they be able to get past, Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler, Chad Gable and Otis Dozovic to get a shot? Or will another team get their shot at RKBRO?

Raw returns as the Dirty Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Alpha Academy makes their entrance, and in this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active. Ford and Gable start, they tie up, go around, and Gable puts Ford in the open corner. Ford slips away and hits a headlock takeover. Gable headscissors, Ford kips out but Gable hits a headlock takeover. Ford headscissors, Gable kips free, Ford wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Ford grinds the arm, wrenches to a wristlock but Gable rolls, bridges, and handsprings to wrench and headlock then spin and drop toehold! Gable has the armlock and shouts, “For the Academy!”

Gable keeps on the armlock, then shifts to a facelock. Ford fights up, Gable clinches and headlocks but Ford powers out, only for Gable to run him over! Things speed up, Ford hurdles and jumps, but into a waistlock! Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Ford lands on his feet to dropkick Gable down! Ford taunts Otis by dusting off his hands, then he brings Gable up to tag in Dawkins. The Profits whip then run Gable over, but Roode gets in. He gets double hip tosses, then Ziggler runs in to get a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Otis gets in and the Profits go after him! He shoves them away but they double dropkick him out! The Profits are fired up and RKBRO is watching as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Roode suplexes Ford and holds him up for 5 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Roode does push-ups to show off then he stomps Ford. “Big Bob” brings Ford around to whip him into the corner. Ford elbows back, then ROCKS Ziggler! Ford fights the Dawgs, Roode spins Ford but Ford ENZIGURIS! Roode tumbles out, Ford crawls for his corner but Ziggler gets Roode in. Ziggler tags, anchors Ford, and ducks the enziguri! But Ford turns Famouser into a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! But he can’t make the cover! Otis gets in to drag Ziggler to the Academy corner! Otis tags in and he gets Ford to throw him into the Academy corner! Otis runs in but Ford doges and Otis POSTS himself!

Gable tags in, he gets Ford’s legs and drags him back, but Ford kicks him away! Hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Gable, Roode, but Gable throat chops! Gable whips, Dawkins hurdles and FLYING ELBOWS! Roode gets in but gets a FLAPJACK! Gable gets an EXPLODER! Ziggler gets a T-BONE SUPLEX! Dawkins fire sup, spins Gable, SILENCER! Cover, Roode breaks it! Roode whips but Dawkins reverses to throw Roode out. Dawkins runs at Gable but Otis makes the save! Otis and Gable mug Dawkins, then Otis runs, DISCUS LARIAT GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Ford FROM THE HEAVENS breaks it!!

Otis runs at Ford but he gets dumped out! Ford ENZIGURIS Otis down, but Roode tags in! Roode attacks Ford, whips him to ropes but Ford dodges to FLY out onto Otis! Dawkins pops Roode up for the ANOINTING! Dawkins crawls towards the Profits’ corner but Ford looks back to see Omos storming up! Ford LEAPS but Omos catches him to THROW him into barriers! Roode and Ziggler coordinate while Omos DECKS Dawkins! GLORIOUS ZIGZAG!! Cover, the Dirty Dawgs win!!

Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall (will challenge RKBRO later tonight)

The Show-Off and the Glorious One get the win thanks to the Mountain of a Man, and now they just have to wait for later tonight. Will the Dawgs be able to win the gold without help? Or will the Viper and the Stallion knock them down, too?

 

The ring crew prepares the red carpet.

After the break, we have our first ever Queen of the Ring coronation! Who will celebrate with Queen Zelina here in Houston?

Raw returns and Zelina Vega makes her entrance.

The first true Queen of the WWE waves to her subjects, already wearing the cape and holding the scepter. But she is already upset with the ring announcer. “How dare you introduce me like that, Mike Rome. I’m not just some superstar, okay? I am the first-ever Queen’s Crown Tournament Winner! You are talking about royalty here. So try it again with some actual bravado, like we rehearsed.” Mike Rome says, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Your Majesty, your one and only official Queen of WWE, QUEEN ZELINA!” She then puts the crown upon her head and sits upon the throne. She is satisfied, and says she is no longer underappreciated for her greatness.

Zelina told us all that she is the only woman fit to be queen. Her ascension to the throne was always her destiny. “None of those other girls in the locker room ever had a chance.” But they’re watching backstage… Zelina says we will all bow down to THE Queen! She thanks them, then says the question still remains. What kind of a queen will she be? A generous queen? A beautiful queen? A cruel queen? A queen to be loved or to be feared? The answer is simple: All of the above! Piper Niven stops watching as Zelina says “If you are not the most powerful woman in the room, then you are nothing.” And Zelina will prove that as she defeats Piper again!

This crown proves she is best of the best! We will talk of her reign as years to come! She will be as iconic like Nefertiti, as ruthless as Cleopatra- No, better! All Hail Queen Zelina! But speaking of, here comes Piper Niven! Will Doudrop overthrow Zelina in a rematch from Crown Jewel?

Zelina Vega VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

Raw returns and the bell rings. Zelina wants Piper to bow down and kiss her boot, but Piper takes the scepter and reels Zelina in for a LARIAT! Piper then throws double ax handles and TOSSES Zelinan around! Piper drags Zelina up and TOSSES her again! Zelina flounders to ropes, Piper scoops her and SLAMS her! Piper runs and hits a BACK SENTON! Zelina is gasping and crawling but Piper drags her from ropes. Piper scoops, Zelina slips out and pulls hair to shove Piper. Piper scowls and Zelina wants mercy, but Piper corners her. Zelina throws Piper into buckles then stomps away! The ref counts as she digs boots in and Zelina lets off at 4.

Zelina runs in to JUMP KICK! And then she shoves Piper down, hops up the corner, leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Zelina is shocked and hurries to another corner. She unties a buckle pad! The ref sees that but she’s already undone the pad. The ref goes to put it back but Zelina gets her scepter! Zelina CLOBBERS Piper with it! Cover, Zelina wins!

Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall

The queen defends her honor by resorting to tricks. Will Piper look to get her revenge for this one? Or will another show up La Muneca Reina?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The title swap on SmackDown, tense as it was, has now restored The Man as the Raw Women’s Champion, and she is here to make this season premiere big time! What will the “new” champion have to say now that she’s full-time on Mondays? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Becky has the mic to say, “The Man and the new Raw Women’s Champion and the new face of Monday Night Raw has come around to Houston! Oh, it feels good to have this title back on this shoulder. The title that I never lost. The title that I won at WrestleMania 35 and no one has been able to beat me for since.” And Becky will pick up where she left off. She only came back two months ago but she’s made headlines ever since. In a history making, groundbreaking, earthshaking Triple Threat match, she overcame insurmountable odds to send Sasha Banks off and Bianca Belair packing with her little braid between her legs.

“Because as the Man of the People, I know you don’t want to see Bianca Belair anywhere near this title.” There is a whole new crop of women wanting a taste at the big time. You wanna see Becky beat Rhea Ripley! Liv Morgan! But they will all learn, just like Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair learn, that you can’t always get what you want. Unless you’re Becky, she always gets what she wants. But here comes Bianca after all! Houston cheers for the EST as she swaggers down the ramp and then has a mic of her own. “Becky, with you, it’s always something something very much something.”

Bianca left Crown Jewel with a lot of feelings, but shame wasn’t one of them. Because Becky didn’t pin Bianca. Or should she say, she wasn’t the one Becky cheated? Don’t think Bianca didn’t see the rope trick. But if anyone should be ashamed, it’s Becky. Becky only thinks she gets what she wants because she hasn’t faced adversity. She’s found every single way to slip away, but all of that’s about to change. Bianca beat Sasha at Mania, Bayley at Hell in a Cell, and last week she beat Charlotte Flair. So technically, Bianca has a rematch for the Raw Women’s title, which just so happens to be Becky’s. So that 26 seconds of fame is up and so is the title reign.

But there is one thing Becky’s right about: the NEW Face of Raw has arrived, and that is no one other than the E S T! Well, Becky figured Esther would have something to say so she prepared something. Here is her face after triumph at Crown Jewel. What a lovely face. And here is Bianca’s face after losing at Crown Jewel. Aww, so sad, so grumpy. That’s not the face of Raw but the face of a loser. And not facing adversity? Becky faced it, overcame it and slapped the head off it to become a hero to the people! Bianca, on the other hand, has had a straight shot to the title. She won the Royal Rumble, won in the main event at Mania, beat the best women in the WWE, but only because Becky wasn’t around. And since then, it’s been nothing but disappointment for Bianca.

Bianca says the only thing she’s disappointed is that she hasn’t smacked the goofy smile of Becky’s face to show everyone who she really is. Let’s be real: the only thing Becky’s done since coming back is hiding how hurt her feelings really are. Because Becky really thought everyone would be so happy to see Big Time Becks again that they’d forget about lil’ ol’ Bianca. But they keep rooting for her, and that bothers Becky. Becky might have the title but she still seeks validation. So behind that forced smile, the catchphrases, the ego and the title, Becky has nothing. Having the title is a beautiful thing. But if you’re not enough with it, you’re not enough without it. We all know it

Bianca has shown who she is without the title, she is still the EST. But Becky, at the end of the day, she will never be the storngEST, the fastEST or the smartEST because Bianca sees right through her! SO either shut up or run up because Bianca wants her match for the title right here tonight! Oh she wants to act tough, wants to act like she’s better than Becky? One more time to see who the best woman is? “Well look at my face. It says, ‘Get to the back of the line, b*tch.'” But Bianca ROCKS Becky then stomps away in the corner! Fans fire up and Bianca gives Becky a SPINEBUSTER! Becky bails out, Bianca pursues and TOSSES her over the announce desk!

Bianca is furious but Becky comes back with a kendo stick! But Bianca blocks it, takes it from Becky, and runs her back into the ring! Bianca SMACKS away on Becky’s back! Becky ducks to mule kick then gets the stick again. But Bianca gets Becky’s arm! Torture rack, but Becky claws Bianca’s eyes! Becky gets the stick and uses it in a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Becky holds up the belt then runs off. Becky gets another mic and says, “You want your match? You got it! Just not tonight!” Big Time Becks does things on her time, but when will she and the EST go around one more time?

 

Kevin Owens finds Finn Balor backstage.

Big match, big opportunity. They’ve known each other a long time and there are few people Kevin respects as much as Finn. But Kevin has to win this. Every man for himself. That’s just the way Finn likes it. See you out there. How far will the Prince and the Prizefighter each go to be the one going after Big E and the title?

 

Damian Priest VS T-Bar!

The WWE United States Champion has new music and tron but the same mission: #LiveForever. Will he continue to do that as he defeats the towering T-Bar? Or will he feast his eyes on defeat instead?

Raw returns and T-Bar makes his entrance. The bell rings and T-Bar circles with Priest. They approach, T-Bar kicks low and throws heavy hands. T-Bar whips, Priest wrenches, dodges and BELL CLAPS! Dragon sleeper but T-Bar manages to pick Priest up for SNAKE EYES! T-Bar runs to CYCLONE BOOT! Cover, TWO! T-Bar snarl and stomps Priest, then drags him up. Priest throws body shots, dodges a boot and choke grips, but T-Bar breaks free to BACK ELBOW! Priest fires back with kick after kick, but spins into T-Bar’s choke grip! CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! T-Bar goes to a corner, goes up top, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, ONE?!?

T-Bar drags Priest up by his hear and says he’s taking that title. Priest ROCKS T-Bar with forearm after forearm, then fires off more fast hands! T-Bar goes to a corner, Priest runs corner to corner, BIG leaping elbow! And then the BROKEN ARROW! T-Bar flounders up, Priest runs in to clothesline him out of the ring! T-Bar staggers to the announce desk, Priest goes out after him. T-Bar THROWS the armchair at him!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by disqualification

But Priest doesn’t fall, he’s enraged! He CLOBBERS T-Bar with a lariat! And then SLAMS the armchair down on him! And he rains down furious fists and stomps! Priest hammers away on T-Bar at the announce desk, then RAMS him into the barriers! He drags T-Bar up again and THROWS him at the post! T-Bar tumbles down the steel steps, but Priest drags him back up to put him back in the ring. Priest drags T-Bar up to the dragon sleeper, for the RECKONING! The Archer of Infamy has rage to spare, will all of Raw feel his wrath soon enough?

 

Carmella admires her safety mask.

“The only asset more valuable than this custom designed, diamond coated carbon fiber mask is my beautiful face. I’m like the diamond of WWE. So precious, so rare, so expensive, honey. Which makes me the perfect fit for the red brand.” She can’t help others are insecure around her, like Liv Morgan, a jealous hater following her here from SmackDown to deny the WWE Universe her beauty! But Mella always has a plan. With the mask protecting her money maker, no one can stop her influence over Raw as the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE! But will she back up all her words in one more rematch with Liv Morgan?

Carmella VS Liv Morgan!

Raw returns and Mella’s team has put on the protective mask. Liv makes her entrance and she’s showing off her Chucky inspired Halloween costume already. The bell rings, Mella ROCKS Liv with a forearm! Mella puts Liv in a corner to fire off wild hands, then dares Liv to mess her face up now. Mella throws back elbows, lets off to say, “I’m hot! You’re not!” Then she runs in to FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, ONE! Mella drags Liv up but Liv throws forearms! Liv runs in to back elbow in the corner, then runs, into BOOTS! Mella shoves Liv to a cover, TWO! Mella wraps on a chinlock and grinds Liv down. “You’re so jealous of me!”

Liv fights up, throws elbows but Mella knees her down. Mella says Liv is jealous but Liv kicks and kicks and ENZIGURIS! Mella staggers, Liv runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Liv whips Mella corner to corner but runs into another boot. Mella checks her mask, runs at Liv but Liv puts her in the ropes to CLUB her into a draping position. SPRINGBOARD STOMP! Cover, TWO! Mella bails out, Liv goes out and spins Mella to WING SNAPPER! Mella stops from being sent into the desk and elbows Liv away, but then Liv BULLDOGS Mella off the hood! Liv congratulates Corey on the engagement, though.

Liv puts Mella in the ring, runs at the ropes but Mella dodges to backslide! But Liv rolls through to make it a cradle! TWO! Mella runs and tilt-o-whirls into the FACEBUSTER! Cover, Mella wins!

Winner: Carmella, by pinfall

Off comes the mask and the celebration begins! But will anyone ever humble the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE?

 

Keith Lee VS ???

The Limitless Bearcat is ready to tear his way through the roster and towards titles! Who will simply be the next stepping stone on the road to gold?

Raw returns and Keith’s opponent is Cedric Alexander! Shelton Benjamin is in Alexander’s corner, but will the Hurt Business learn what getting hurt really feels like? The bell rings and Keith rushes Alexander, puts him in a corner, then TOSSES him across the way! Alexander bails out, Benjamin checks on him and Keith dares Alexander to get back in the ring. The ring count is climbing, Benjamin has Alexander use up most of it, and then Alexander gets in at 8. Alexander kicks at Keith’s leg but Keith just stands there. Keith swings on Alexander, Alexander gets around but Keith shoves him away! Then runs in, but Alexander slips to the apron to GAMANGIRI!

But Keith is just angry! Alexander springboards into a claw, and Keith STO’s Alexander down hard! Keith drags Alexander up to throw a HEAVY body shot, then clamps on claws to CLOBBER Alexander with a crossface forearm. Alexander flounders to a corner, Keith runs in to SPLASH, then he shoves Alexander back down. Keith smirks as he runs in to the corner, but misses again! Alexander kicks away on the leg, runs, and dropkicks the leg! Keith staggers, Alexander handsprings but Keith follows to POUNCE Alexander down! Keith hauls Alexander up to short arm LARIAT! Keith drags Alexander up, fireman’s carries and growls as he hits the BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall

Ferocious dominance from the Bearcat, but Benjamin sneaks in. Keith sees him before he can make a move, so the Gold Standard backs away slowly. Will Benjamin test Keith’s limits soon enough?

 

Dominik helps his father prepare backstage.

He gets Rey some water and asks what else he needs. No, Rey is good. He just has to get in the zone. It’s been a minute since he was in a ladder match and with three opponents. But whoever wins is #1 contender. Dom has trust in his father, but then Austin Theory walk sin asking if they know where the towels are. And then he realizes he’s looking at THE Rey Mysterio, “King of the 619!” Theory says Rey is his hero. Can they get a selfie? Uh, sure. Oh, but uh, maybe Dom can take it for them? No, he isn’t a photographer and this isn’t Theory’s locker room. Then how about they “take a selfie,” in the ring?

Dom accepts the challenge. Rey respects his son’s guts, and Dom says Rey doesn’t have to worry, he’s got this. And that battle of young up and comers is coming up next!

Dominik Mysterio VS Austin Theory!

Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings and Dom circles with Theory. They tie up, Theory knees low then throws big forearms. Theory whips Dom corner to corner but Dom reverses. Theory goes up and over to dropkick Dom down! Theory mocks Latino Heat and fans boo! Dom scowls and fans rally up behind him as he circles with Theory. They tie up, Dom knuckle locks, ROCKS Theory with a forearm, then goes up and up and hits a FLYING arm-drag! Dom dropkicks Theory to ropes, and shows the proper way to do Latino Heat! Dom whips, Theory reverses and kicks low. Theory whips but Dom ducks and dodges to RANA!

Theory flounders, Dom storms over but Theory throws hands. Theory suplexes, Dom slips out and wheelbarrows but Theory blocks to a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Theory mocks Latino Heat again, as well as the fans cheering Dom. The fans boo Theory as he brings Dom up, suplexes, but Dom turns it into a cradle! TWO, and Dom gets to a corner to boot. Theory blocks but Dom ENZIGURIS! Theory runs in, Dom dodges and comes back to back elbow! Dom goes up and reels Theory in, SUPER BULLDOG! Theory stagers, Dom runs in but the monkey flip is made into a FLAPJACK! Then fireman’s carry, ATL! Cover, Theory wins!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall

And Theory gets his phone for the victory selfie. The ref reprimands but Theory gets one with the ref, too. Theory leaves, but will he be this cocky #AllDay? Or will someone bring him back down to earth?

 

RKBRO talks at gorilla.

C’mon, Randy. So many cool ideas for Halloween! Two-headed Viper! Mario & Luigi! Orton can even be Luigi cuz green makes his eyes pop. Or, they could be those two creepy twins from The Shining. What size dress does he wear? Riddle, take a breath, stop talking, and focus. Tonight, Orton promises they can talk about Halloween until they’re both blue in the face, but they need to retain their titles first. Ziggler & Roode are former champions and are here to prove something. Does Riddle understand? Yes! Let’s clean those Dirty Dawgs up! Get it? Cuz they’re dirty!

Riddle scooters out and the champions make their entrance. But will this oddball stable still have these titles through the holiday season? Or will DZ and “Big Bob” pull off a victorious double duty tonight?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and the challengers make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Dirty Dawgs can win twice in one night!

The fans chant for RKBRO already as the teams sort out. Ziggler starts with Riddle and they circle. They feel it out, Riddle gets a leg and picks Ziggler up but Ziggler sunset flips, ONE! Riddle rolls Ziggler to a ghost pin, ONE! Ziggler makes it a press, ONE! Ziggler eggs Riddle on but then tags to Roode. Riddle points to Orton and fans cheer for “RANDY! RANDY!” Riddle tags Orton in and Orton circles with Roode. They tie up, Roode gets a waistlock but Orton pries at the hold and hooks a leg to get the switch. Roode tries the same trick but then he elbows out! Orton goes to a corner, Roode CHOPS him! Roode climbs up and rains down fists! “I’m Big Bob!” Roode flexes, Orton pokes him in the eye!

Orton throws EuroUppers, whips Roode corner to corner but Roode reverses. Orton dodges, but Roode narrowly avoids an RKO! Roode bails out and fans fire up. Orton tells Roode how close that was as fans chant for “RKO! RKO!” Roode takes his time returning, but Orton kicks him low and brings him around for a EuroUpper! Roode falls down so Orton stomps him down. Orton stomps the limbs, tags Riddle, and positions Roode for the Assisted Floating Bro! Cover, TWO! Roode gets to ropes, Riddle storms over and throws forearms and kicks in the corner! The ref counts, Riddle lets off and even Orton applauds.

Roode bails out, Riddle goes up and out, but Roode trips him up! Riddle crashes and burns on the apron and is in a daze as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ziggler has Riddle in a sleeper. Roode distracts the ref and Ziggler pulls hair to keep Riddle from Orton! Tag and Ziggler throws hands. Roode bumps Riddle off buckles and he CHOPS! Roode whips corner to corner and then runs in, but Riddle falls and Roode dropkicks only buckles! Both men are down, fans fire up and Roode anchors Riddle, but he still gets the hot tag to Orton! The Viper rallies, dodges and POWERSLAMS! Orton puts Roode on the apron, drags him through the ropes, but Ziggler distracts Orton. Orton swipes on Ziggler, Roode HOTSHOTS Orton down! Roode drags Orton out to whip him hard into the timekeeper’s area!

A ring count starts, Ziggler tags in and he drags Orton back to the ring. Ziggler puts Orton in at 7 of 10, covers, TWO! Ziggler clamps onto Orton with a Crossface but Orton blocks the grip! Orton powers up, throws elbows but Ziggler CLUBS Orton down. Tag to Roode, the Dawgs mug Orton, then Roode clamps on a sleeper of his own! Orton endures, reaches out but Roode keeps him from Riddle. Orton keeps fighting towards his corner and fans rally up. Orton powers up to back suplex Roode down! Orton and Roode crawl for their corners, hot tags to Riddle and Ziggler! Riddle spins Ziggler and PELES but misses! FINAL FLASH for Ziggler! FINAL FLASH for Roode!

Riddle runs to forearm smash Ziggler then BROSPLODER! Then the same for Roode! BROTON for Ziggler, BROTON for Roode! Riddle keeps moving, PENALTY KICK for Ziggler! Cover, but Roode breaks it! Orton gets in, RKO for Roode! SUPERKICK for Orton! But Riddle clamps on, crucifix takedown, TWO! Ziggler rolls to a cradle, TWO! Ziggler wants a leg but Riddle drags him to a splayed cradle! RKBRO wins!!

Winner: RKBRO, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)

It wasn’t an RKO but it was still outta nowhere! The #Splaydle wins it for the Viper and the Stallion, but who will they run into next on the road to Survivor Series?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Kevin Patrick asks about the Fatal 4 Way Ladder match just days after his grueling Hell in a Cell match. Does Rollins have a target on his back? “Of course I have a target on my back! I am without question the biggest threat to the WWE Champion. The champion knows it, and every single person in this Fatal 4 Way ladder match knows it!” Kevin said it but doe she understand what Rollins has been through? Rollins has suffered, and he shouldn’t have to deal with a Fatal 4 Way! But it doesn’t matter. Rollins will put that all behind him, win the match, and why is that, Mike? Because he is the Visionary! He is the revolutionary! He is THE Seth Freakin’ Rollins! And he is your next WWE Champion. Rollins manages to laugh now, but will someone else have the last laugh tonight?

 

Bobby Lashley has a message.

He tweeted out earlier today that when he returns to Raw, “There will be no one more focused, no one more vicious, no one who can TOUCH the All-Mighty!!! This is STILL. MY. SHOW!!!”

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Becky said Bianca would get her match, and now it’s happening next week! Will The Man still be the champ after one more round with The EST?

 

WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Ladder Match: Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens!

Each man said their part but now they have to prove themselves worthy! Will the Visionary, the King of Lucha Libre, the Prince or the Prizefighter literally get their hands on the shot at the top of the WWE?

Kevin, Rey and Finn make their entrances, but Raw goes to break. Raw returns as Rollins makes his entrance. He tempts fate by walking under a ladder before going into the ring. The bell rings, Rey KICKS Rollins in the leg and throws hands. Finn adds on, Rey KICKS Rollins gain, then Kevin wants a Stunner! Rollins bails out again but Kevin pursues to ROCK Rollins wand THROW him into barriers. Finn and Rey brawl, Finn KICKS but Rey KICKS back. Kevin SLAMS Rollins off barriers in the background as Rey sunset flips. Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn goes out to get a ladder while Rollins and Kevin are busy. But Rollins sees Finn and CLUBS him down!

Rollins bumps Finn off barriers, Rey drags Rollins up tot he apron, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Rey down! Kevin throws Rollins back into barriers! Kevin moves the ladder into the ring but Rollins gets another one. Rollins runs at Kevin but Kevin snatches that ladder away to RAM Rollins, RAM Finn, then RAM Rollins again! Rey PLANCHAS but into a LADDER SHOT! Kevin says this is HIS show but Big E is watching backstage. Kevin stands the ladder up but Finn CLUBS Kevin from behind. The ladder falls over, Finn drags Kevin up into a dragon sleeper. Kevin slips around and suplexes but Finn slips out. But Kevin kicks low to POWERBOMB Finn into the ladder!

Rollins leap sin, Kevin dodges and SUPERKICKS! Rollins lands on the ladder, and Kevin goes to a corner! Fans fire up as Kevin climbs, to SWANTON onto only ladder! Rollins avoided disaster and Kevin writhes as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Rollins RAMS Kevin in a corner with the ladder. Then he RAMS Rey down in the other! Finn staggers over but Rollins RAMS him down, too! Rollins aims at Kevin again and RAMS him down! Rollins holds up the ladder triumphantly and says, “I shouldn’t even be in this match!” Finn trips Rollins and DOUBLE STOMPS the ladder into him! Kevin gets Finn but Finn BACK DROPS Kevin onto the ladder and Rollins! Finn drags himself to the taller ladder, stands it up, climbs it, but Rey follows from the other side! Finn has his hands on the contract but Rey grabs his other hand! Rey throws haymakers, but Finn hits back!

Kevin tips the ladder and both men get HOTSHOTS! Kevin GERMAN SUPLEXES Finn then runs at Rey. Rey BOOTS Kevin, leaps, but into Kevin’s arms! Kevin swings Rey and AIR RAID CRASH! Kevin fires up, stands the ladder up and climbs! Fans fire up as he paws at the contract but Rollins drags him down! BUCKLE BOMB! But Kevin SUPERKICKS right back! Kevin steadies himself, goes to the ladder and climbs. Kevin gets his hand on the hook that holds the contract up, but Rey drags him back down! Kevin whips Rey into the ladder! Rey goes down, the ladder falls over, but Kevin goes out after Rey.

Kevin THROWS Rey into barriers! Then RAMS Finn down with another ladder! Kevin RAMS Rey, then goes around the way to RAM Rollins! Fans rally and duel as Kevin goes around the way. Kevin brings out a TABLE! Kevin sets it up but Rollins slithers into the ring. Finn gets Kevin with haymakers, Rollins DIVES out onto them both! Rollins gets back up but so does Rey. They both go into the ring and Rollins throws hands. Rollins whips but Rey wheelbarrows to BULLDOG! Kevin gets back in to whip Rey, but Rey turns bomb into rana and puts Kevin on ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins trips him up! Fans boo Rollins but he gets in to whip. Rey reverses and sends Rollins out!

Kevin stands a ladder up on the outside, Rey 619’s the ladder into him! Rey then climbs up and uses the ladder to FULL METAL SEATED SENTON onto Kevin!! Fans go nuts as Rey puts the ladder on the apron. Rollins stops Rey, they fight over the ladder and then start brawling! Finn runs to FLY out and take them both down! The Prince is fired up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more and Kevin BOOTS Rollins from a corner. Rollins throws hands, Kevin hits back and fires off forearms! Rollins kicks low to hit a DDT! But Rey is up on the ladder! Rey reaches but Rollins tips the ladder! Rey gets another hotshot! Rollins staggers, folds the ladder up and tells everyone to shut up. Rollins props the ladder up in the corner, kicks Rey out of the ring, then digs his boot into Kevin. Rollins goes after Finn and whips him corner to corner into the ladder! Fans boo but Rollins runs into a SLINGBLADE! Kevin SUPERKICKS Finn, but Finn gets up to SHOTGUN Rollins! Kevin SUPERKICKS again, Finn PELES! Rey leaps in, SEATED SENTON!

Rey keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl but Kevin blocks to a FACEBUSTER! All four men are down and fans are loving this! Rollins throws a fit ringside as he tosses a small ladder aside to get another tall one! This might be the biggest ladder of them all! Finn CLUBS Rollins and throws him into the timekeeper’s area! Finn makes a bridge out of the tall ladder but Rollins comes back to scoop! Finn slips off to SLINGBLADE Rollins down! Finn gets in to stop Rey at the top of the ladder! Finn throws hands, grabs at the contract himself now, but Kevin drags him down! STUNNER!! Kevin hurries and gets Rey for an Electric Chair. But Rey headscissors Kevin out!

Rey aims at the apron, leaps, but Kevin catches him to POWERBOMB him through the table!! Kevin goes back into the ring, climbs up the ladder, he has the hook! But Rollins grabs at Kevin’s foot to drag him down again! Rollins brings Kevin around but Kevin fights the bomb to get Rollins up! Rollins fights free of the bomb to back drop Kevin out onto the ladder bridge!! Kevin goes crashing, but Finn is climbing! Finn’s bad leg slows him down and Rollins drags him down to CURB STOMP! Rollins hurries up the ladder while everyone is down! Rollins unhooks the contract and is the winner!!

Winner: Seth Rollins (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE World Championship)

After going through hell and losing to the Rated R Superstar, Rollins is the one with his shot at the title! And Big E walks out on stage to stare down his next challenger. Big E applauds, Rollins laughs. “All’s fair in love and war.” Rollins says fair is fair and offers a handshake. Big E doesn’t take it so Rollins walks past him. Rollins says his time is coming, but will he be proven wrong in a big way?

Backstage interview with Rollins.

He won a title opportunity on his first night back. “Do you know why I call this show Monday Night Rollins? Because this is MY show! And I’m back, baby, and better than ever!” And more importantly, he is the next WWE Champion, because he is the Visionary, the revolutionary, Seth Freakin’ Rollins!


My Thoughts:

So, a pretty good Raw. Certainly better than the post PPV SmackDown. But at the same time, too many short matches to fill between the opener and the last hour. Couldn’t we have gotten a little bit more out of either woman’s match? This was the umpteenth time Liv and Mella had a match, why can’t they get past three paragraphs? Why couldn’t they be separated by the draft and instead of a team like Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox? I did like Liv mentioned the engagement of Corey Graves and Carmella, but if their feud is to matter, the matches need to be longer than what we’ve gotten. Same goes for Zelina and Piper Niven. I get Zelina cheated to win, but why not give us a match that’s better than their Crown Jewel match before that?

Becky and Bianca had good promo stuff tonight, and they’re getting one more title match next week, but hopefully this is to finish things off and move on. Of course, I have no idea who Becky would move on to next. Zelina is Heel, though I’m sure Becky could find a way to still feud with her, and there’s still the entire WWE Women’s Tag Division debacle where Vince used the Draft to break up all the other teams. It’s a damn train wreck unless they fast track Tegan Nox or Mia Yim. Again I say, Vince is dragging the WWE Women’s Division to before the (R)Evolution. I don’t even know what could force Vince’s hand to doing things better at this point.

Priest VS T-Bar was alright, because at least T-Bar isn’t being forgotten without Mace around. I would’ve liked a better match, but no, Vince is making Priest into the kind of guy with a berserker rage, using his name “Damian Priest” to denote the conflict of good and evil within him. He was doing just fine as The Archer of Infamy but Vince is going to do what Vince is gonna do. I hope Priest VS Keith happens, though. Keith looked great squashing Alexander, Benjamin is obviously next, maybe Lashley is after that so Lashley VS Keith can happen at some point. Dom VS Theory as a short match is alright, it built off the main story of the night, and it’s clearly Theory’s thing to go against the veterans and legends and somehow come out the winner.

We got a great Triple Threat Tag contender’s match, but I was surprised to see Omos interfere at all when it wasn’t going to get him and Styles the title match tonight. Dawgs winning is fine, it was clear RKBRO was going to retain tonight and the Dawgs take all sorts of losses to the bigger names. I would’ve loved if it was Otis & Gable who won tonight, that makes for a unique match-up with RKBRO, but maybe that’ll be part of the Survivor Series build. And the world title story was great stuff. Big E has plenty of contenders, so it was great to see them all interact. The Fatal 4 Way Ladder match was awesome stuff, I just wish there were less commercials, or they used picture in picture.

Rollins winning was of course the plan, Big E is Face and Rollins was the only Heel in that ladder match. Big E VS Rollins will be a lot of fun, both in the build and the match, but I would think Big E retains. Rey will fall back to a story with Theory, Balor could also get in on the US Championship, Kevin… I’m not sure. There’s still talk of Kevin leaving WWE or he could find someone to get along with and go for the tag titles, but I wish it was still Sami Zayn.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 10.6.2022

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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Kenny King vs Frankie Kazarian

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

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

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

Gisele Shaw vs Mia Yim

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

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

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

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

Special Referee: Sami Callihan: Moose vs Steve Maclin

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

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

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

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

I am so happy this was a Joe Hendry vignette. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6.5/10

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

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

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


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

Happy Dynamite Anniversary!

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AEW Year 4

AEW Dynamite starts on Year 4!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

MJF VS Wheeler Yuta!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: MJF, by submission

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

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

 

AEW looks closely at The Embassy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Britt Baker speaks.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Rush, Jose & Private Party.

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

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

 

The Acclaimed head to the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

AEW looks at The Dark Order VS Death Triangle!

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Madison Rayne & Skye Blue.

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

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

 

Hangman Page VS Rush w/ Jose!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Willow Nightingale.

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

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

 

Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Fuego Del Sol!

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

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

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Friday Fight Night!

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

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

AEW looks closer at PAC VS Trent!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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