Toxic Attraction is in action!
Io Shirai and KC Squared are aiming for the NXT Women’s and Women’s Tag Team Champions, Toxic Attraction, all in one Six Woman Tag match!
- Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Io Shirai, Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter; Toxic Attraction wins.
- Kay Lee Ray VS Sarray; KLR wins.
- Boa VS Joe Gacy; Gacy wins, by disqualification.
- The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS Jacket Time; The Creed Brothers win.
- Cameron Grimes VS Ru Feng; Grimes wins.
- Triple Threat: Solo Sikoa VS Grayson Waller VS LA Knight; Sikoa wins.
- Elektra Lopez VS Erica Yan; Lopez wins.
- Pete Dunne VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams; Dunne wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Medical update on Zoey Stark.
As she tweeted out herself today, she tore her ACL and meniscus in Toxic Attraction’s backstage attack. But the bad news for them is that Stark’s surgery went great and she’s already starting rehab. She vows to be back better and stronger, with those three as her prime targets. But for now, she’s cheering on the trio of Shirai, Kacy & Kayden! Speaking of which…
Six Woman Tag: Toxic Attraction VS Io Shirai, Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter!
Mandy Rose leads the way as she, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne show off their titles. But will the new champions find themselves on their heels when the Evil Genius and the TikTok sensations come knocking?
The trios sort out and Mandy starts against Kayden. These two circle, tie up and Mandy waistlocks to SLAM Kayden down. Kayden gets up, shakes that off and fans are dueling hard. They tie up again, Kayden wrenches, trips Mandy and talks some smack to the champ! Mandy shoves her away, they go again, and then break. Mandy sucker punches Shirai just because! The ref is busy with Shirai, but Kayden waistlocks Mandy. Mandy elbows out hard, brings Kayden around and tags Gigi. They mug Kayden, whip and Gigi forearms! Gigi whips, forearms Kayden again, then snapmares her down to KICK her in the back.
Gigi swaggers, mocks Kacy and Shirai, then throws more forearms. Gigi runs, RANAS Kayden to ropes, Jacy tags in and KNEES Kayden down! Jacy slingshots in to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jacy mockingly says, “Oh, it’s a party?” She brings Kayden up but Kayden spins through to SLAP her! And CHOP her! Kayden facelocks, Jacy powers out and ENZIGURIS! Kayden goes to ropes, boots back, and Shirai tags in to scoop and SLAM Jacy down! Fans fire up as Shirai handstands to a knee drop! Cover, TWO! Shirai keeps cool as she drags Jacy up, underhooks but Jacy slips out to ROCK her with a forearm! Shirai blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW Jacy down!
Jacy crawls to enemy territory and Shirai back elbows in! Tag to Kayden, she tags Kacy and they double whip to trip and basement BOOT Jacy! Kacy slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Kacy brings Jacy up but Jacy powers her to the Toxic corner! Jacy rams in, tags Mandy, and Mandy kicks Kacy to then scoop. Kacy slips out, shoves and runs to til-o0whirl and headscissor Mandy out! Mandy flounders on the outside, Kacy TORNILLO PLANCHAS! Direct hit and Toxic Attraction hurries to help their leader. Kacy helps Kayden get up for a SUPER CROSSBODY! Down go the tag champions, Shirai spots Mandy on the other side! Shirai runs but Mandy gets in to SPINEBUSTER!
Mandy soaks up the heat as fans boo, and NXT goes picture in picture. Mandy drags Shirai up but KC Squared gets in to stop her. Gigi & Jacy get in but they get double dropkicks! Toxic Attraction regroups on the outside again, fans are all fired up! Things calm down, Kacy dares someone to get in. Mandy does, Kacy gets around her to waistlock but Mandy switches to CLUB Kacy down. Mandy brings Kacy around, wrenches and wristlocks then tries to whip. Kacy digs her heels in to block that, then she gets away! Hot tags to Shirai and Gigi! Shirai drags Gig right down to a CROSSFACE! Gigi endures, flails, claws her way over, but Shirai kicks the rope to roll it back!
Gigi endures, slips out, but Shirai rolls her up, TWO! Gigi gets up but Shirai kicks her low. Shirai throws forearms and a double CHOP! Then another forearm, another CHOP, and she trips Gigi up to dig both boots in, then hit a SWINGING DOUBLE KNEE! Tag to Kacy, she brings Gigi up and goes for the arm. Gigi resists, endures as Kacy grinds the shoulder, and powers up to a waistlock. Kacy switches, Gigi bucks her off, but runs into a drop toehold! Kacy gets a headlock, Gigi fights up and spins Kacy around and around to a facelock. Kacy trips Gigi up to a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Kacy is staring down Jacy! Gigi CLOBBERS Kacy from behind!
Gigi chokes Kacy on the ropes while Jacy talks trash. The ref counts, Mandy tags in and they mug Kacy. Mandy talks trash and puts on a body scissors to squeeze Kacy! Kacy endures, Mandy thrashes her around, and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Mandy adds a chinlock but Kacy still endures. Kacy fights, powers back to a cover, ONE! Mandy lets Kacy go but gets a foot! Kacy hops, Mandy reels her in for an inverted gut wrench suplex! Cover, TWO! Mandy wraps on a body scissors squeeze again but Kacy endures. Fans rally and duel, Kacy pries at the hold, and she throws elbows! Mandy keeps hold with the legs but Kacy keeps throwing elbows!
Kacy gets free again, hops on one foot, but lands on her feet out of the suplex! She scurries under, kicks Mandy away, hot tag to Shirai! Gigi tags in but Shirai rallies on her with big shoulders! Shirai scoops and SLAMS Gigi down, then stomps her to a corner. Fans fire up as Shirai stomps a mudhole into Gigi! Shirai drags Gigi back up, but Gigi hits a STUNNER! Tag to Mandy but Shirai rallies on her with shoulders now! And a FLAPJACK! Shirai watches Mandy flounder to a corner, goes corner to corner, SHINKANSEN! Cover, TWO! Gigi hits Shirai just because! The ref reprimands, Shirai goes to the corner, OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Jacy breaks this one!
KC Squared throws Gigi & Jacy out! Fans fire up, Mandy and Shirai crawl around. Shirai reaches out, Mandy anchors a foot. Mandy drags Shirai back, Gigi tags in. Gigi goes for a senton but misses as Shirai moves! Hot tag to Kayden! Kayden rallies on Gigi now, lariats and a DROPKICK! Jacy mouths off but gets kicked down! Kayden whips Gigi into Jacy at the corner, then she hits them with a BIG forearm smash! DYNAMIC KICK for Jacy! Kayden whips Gigi, Gigi reverses but Kayden wheelbarrows to a SUPERKICK! Then a wrench and hook up to a BLADE RUNNER! Gigi is in a daze, Kayden goes up top! But Jacy distracts her! Kacy CLOBBERS her, then Shirai DECKS Mandy!
But Gigi arm-drags Kayden off the top! Wrench and hook up, COBRA TWIST DRIVER! Cover, Toxic Attraction wins!
Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall
The numbers game still works out, as Gigi finds a way to win it for her team! Will the Toxic Era of the NXT Women’s Division continue on and heat up the winter?
Backstage interview with Pete Dunne.
McKenzie wants his thoughts on Tony D’Angelo’s comments. If Tony wants to make a name for himself, he knows where to find Dunne. When Tony’s ready, he can come chat with the Baddest Man in NXT. Trick Williams & Carmelo Hayes walk in, and Trick doubts Dunne’s the baddest man in NXT. But he is the baddest man on Twitter. Melo & Trick are in Dunne’s face, calling him a bum, his mama a bobblehead, and his daddy a boot licker. If you want to fight, strap up the boots and make the ring talk. They’re #BoutItBoutIt. What is he on about? Melo says that maybe Dunne will understand The A Champion better.
What part didn’t he understand? Where Melo said he doesn’t care what Dunne thinks? Or where Dunne can kiss Melo’s ass? How about the part where Dunne breaks their fingers. Go on, get outta here. Trick & Melo head out, will Dunne prove he’s worthy of the A Championship to the A Champion’s face?
MSK’s journey continues.
But they’re tiring out. Wes Lee asks if they’re there yet. Nash Carter knows they’re close. He can sense it. Look look look! “I have moved. You can find me at…” Wait what?! They have to go even further now?! Carter tries to get Lee to accept they still have to see the guru. Fine, fine. But they are NOT walking. Okay, they can get scooters. No way, this place is 420 miles away. They’re flying. Alright, Carter’s fly. Okay no more supplies for him. They also gotta shower, and get changes of clothes. Meet back at airport. Does that mean they join the Mile High Club? Is that what that means? Uh, only one way to find out!
Kay Lee Ray VS Sarray!
Toxic Attraction lingers on the ramp to enjoy their victory, but the Scary Queen of Scots blows right past them. Will KLR use the Warrior of the Sun as a stepping stone towards that NXT Women’s Championship?
NXT returns and Sarray has made her entrance. The bell rings and Sarray offers a handshake. KLR takes it, only to reel her in for a lariat! KLR stomps Sarray around and fans boo. KLR forearms Sarray to a corner, whips her corner to corner and runs in to corner clothesline! KLR laughs as she looms over Sarray, then stands on Sarray’s head! KLR lets off to bring Sarray up and whip. Sarray blocks, slips around and springboard arm-drags! KLR flounders up, Sarray wheelbarrows and rolls to DOUBLE STOMPS! And then BUZZSAWS! KLR gets up, Sarray throws forearms but KLR throws forearms back! KLR winds up to DECK Sarray! Cover, ONE as Sarray goes Matrix!
KLR throws Sarray down by her hair! KLR stands on Sarray’s head again, then kicks her to the corner. KLR drags Sarray up to whip corner to corner. Sarray reverses, runs in and back elbows! Sarray brings KLR around to whip to the corner, but KLR dodges the elbow this time to stomp her! KLR goes up , and hits an ELEVATED DDT! Cover, TWO! KLR sneers and drags Sarray up to throw forearms. Fans rally and duel as KLR stomps Sarray down, whips her to ropes, but Sarray ducks and dodges to roll KLR up! TWO! But Sarray has a leg for the DEEP HALF CRAB!! KLR is more like a scorpion right now as she reaches for the ropes! KLR drags herself forward to the ROPEBREAK!
Sarray keeps cool as she stomps KLR down. Sarray brings KLR around and fires up to PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! KLR survives but Sarray keeps after her. Sarray stands KLR up, reels her in but KLR fights with elbows. KLR then SUPERKICKS Sarray to ropes! Sarray comes back to HEEL KICK! KLR is down, Sarray goes to the ropes, but KLR dodges the Sunray Dropkick! KLR BOOTS Sarray out of the ring, goes out after her, reels her in to Gory Especial, and KLR BOMB to the desk!! Fans fire up, KLR drags Sarray back into the ring, and she hooks Sarray for another KLR BOMB!! Cover, KLR wins!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall
The vicious streak is still intact, will it lead KLR to another women’s title reign?
Backstage interview with Joe Gacy.
We saw Boa going through “some issues,” but why did Gacy want this match with him? “Every single one of us has to go through changes. We all hide our true feelings by hiding behind a mask.” Gacy sees what Boa is going through, and his heart goes out to him. It just seems that Boa feel she needs to hide his true self. That is a genuine tragedy. No one should have to hide, and hopefully through their match, Boa can see that. The same goes for Harland. Harland shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable in his own skin. Gacy knows Harland is out there. Wherever he is, he should reach out to Gacy. Gacy is doing this for “us.” Will Gacy break through to Boa in their match? Or will Boa just break Gacy?
Bron Breakker speaks on being part of the WWE UK Tour.
It was an honor for him to perform in England. The fans all around the world made this the greatest time of his life. It was his first performance in front of a large scale crowd, and he got to talk and learn from a lot of big names from Raw and SmackDown. He’s getting that PhD Ciampa was talking about, and is planning on kicking Ciampa’s ass to become champion!
Boa VS Joe Gacy!
Xia Li has moved on to SmackDown, and Mei Ying has suddenly disappeared. Boa is the last piece of Tian Sha standing, but will Gacy’s message of inclusion show him he doesn’t have to do this all alone?
The bell rings, Gacy tries to reason with Boa but Boa kicks his handshake away. Boa kicks more, Gacy dodges, headlocks and holds tight as Boa tries to power out. Boa powers up to power Gacy to ropes, and Gacy lets go. Gacy then sucker punches Boa! Boa scowls, runs in but is put on the apron! Gacy storms over, Boa ROCKS him with a forearm then shoulder sin. Boa slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Boa dropkicks Gacy down! Gacy wants Boa to wait, but Boa shows no mercy! So Gacy throws him into ropes! And scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gacy throws hands on Boa, then EuroUppers. Gacy drags Boa up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO!
Gacy clamps onto Boa with a neck wrench but fans rally behind Boa as he endures. Boa fights up, fans rally, and Boa powers Gacy into a corner! Gacy clamps on again but Boa rams him into buckles then arm-drags him away! Boa blocks the clothesline, then blocks the kick to spin Gacy and KICK him down! Boa clinches to throw knees, then whips Gacy to ropes for a KNEE! And then back the other way for another knee! Boa wrenches, reels Gacy in, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Boa roars and brings Gacy up. Boa whips, Gacy reverses, but Boa BOOTS back! Gacy is down, fans rally for Boa, but then the lights start flickering?
Boa raises a hand, and the power of Tian Sha is building! He choke grips Gacy and has him at the ropes! The ref counts, Boa won’t stop! The ref calls for the bell!
Winner: Joe Gacy, by disqualification
Boa lets Gacy go, and then leaves the ring without a word. Gacy smiles, because he and Harland did it. If by surviving, then yes, he did survive. But what exactly is going on with Boa? Will anyone be brave enough to find out?
NXT shares a Halloween Havoc interview with Kushida & Jiro.
While dressed up as amateur wrestlers to mock the Creed Brothers, they told McKenzie that they are more than ready to “CRUSH the Creed Brothers!” Jiro had a great idea! Since they’re both Japanese wrestlers, their team name should be “Japanese Japanese!” No no no, Kushida doesn’t like that idea. He is about time travel, Jiro is about jackets. They are therefore #JacketTime!
The Diamond Mine is watching this interview while training.
At this point, Malcolm Bivens is furious and he has them turn the video off. “Look at these Milli Vanillies impersonating world class athletes! While these dweebs were pretending to be at ComicCon, the NXT Cruiserweight Champion was beating Odyssey Jones as if Odyssey owed him money.” And maybe he does. But Julius & Brutus, you need to bring that same energy tonight against Jiro & Kushida. Because it’s Diamond Mine FOREVER. Will Jacket Time be over before it barely begins?
Backstage interview with Solo Sikoa.
A huge debut for him last week, but then Grayson Waller walks in to interrupt. Does Solo remember his debut at Halloween Havoc? Grayson gave him the intro but then Solo threw him out. Well Grayson heard LA Knight talking trash, saying Solo’s called that cuz he gets no girls. LA Knight walks in now and says Grayson’s spreading lies. Knight knows everyone knows that if he says something, he says it to your face! He’ll call out Grayson for wearing a jacket four sizes too big to the ring, and that Solo should put on shoes. Solo says he’s from the streets, where they handle issues like men. Three men enter, one man leaves.
Wait, three? Grayson got dragged into this by Knight, but Knight says this is Grayson’s fault! But will they both lose to the Street Champion of the Island?
The Creed Brothers w/ Diamond Mine VS Jacket Time!
Julius & Brutus already ruined the in-ring debut of this team over on 205 Live, but now it’s time for some payback! Will the Time Splitter and Handsome One make this their time to shine?
The teams sort out, Jiro and Julius start. Julius shoots in, picks Jiro up, spins around and TOSSES him down! Julius rains down hammering hands but Jiro gets a leg guard up. Julius drags Jiro over and tags in his brother. Julius feeds Jiro to Brutus for a SPINEBUSTER! Brutus stalks up to Jiro, waistlocks again, but Jiro drops and trips and handsprings to show off the jacket. Brutus gets mad, he gets another waistlock but Jiro headlocks. Brutus powers out, the two ram shoulders, Jiro ducks the punch to return with a shoulder tackle! Brutus doesn’t budge! Jiro counters to a wrench and wristlock, tag to Kushida for an ax handle on the arm!
Kushida wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Brutus shoots in to fireman’s carry takedown! Brutus brings Kushida up, tags Julius, and Julius scoops for an EXPLODER! Julius brings Kushida around for a HALF HATCH! Julius tags Brutus in, they double whip Kushida to ropes, but he handsprings to DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Hot tag to Jiro! Jiro unleashes JACKET PUNCHES on Brutus! Then the DISCUS JACKET PUNCH! Julius storms in but into a JACKET PUNCH! Kushida gets in, he and Jiro handspring kick the brothers down! Fans fire up as Jacket Time stands tall and NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Kushida hits an AX HANDLE on Julius! Kushida KICKS and KICKS and whips, Julius reverses but Kushida CROSSBODIES! Brutus runs in but into a WHEEL KICK! FAST BALL for Julius! Then PENALTY KICK to the arm! Fans fire up as Kushida gets the arm but Julius powers him to ropes. Jiro tags in, Jacket Time double whips and handspring basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Jiro goes up to SWANTON! Cover, Brutus breaks it! Kushida throws Brutus out, Jiro powers up and runs in, but Julius ducks the slash! And throws the jacket at Kushida! But Jiro DECKS Julius! Jiro runs but Strong holds the ropes down! Jiro tumbles out to the floor!
Jiro staggers back up and into the ring, Julius gets him up for a GUT WRENCH POWERBOMB! Cover, The Creed Brothers win!
Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall
Diamond Mine works together, but ODYSSEY JONES goes after Strong! He throws Strong into the ring, gets in and fights alongside Jacket Time! They clear out Strong and the Creed brothers and fans are fired up! Jones may be too big to be a Cruiserweight Champion, but will he at least make sure things are fair and square from now on?
NXT Media catches up with Toxic Attraction.
The champions are heading out but they already know what this is about. They want to congratulate the champs on their win tonight, right? If not, then get used to it, because they will be holding the titles for a very long time. You’ll have to pry them off their hot, dead bodies. Toxic Attraction is THE attraction. And KLR, if you think that stare down intimidates Mandy, think again. And if you think you’re next in line, take a number. As far as the tag champs, no one is next because no one on the roster is even worthy- Wait, who is this pulling up? Raquel Gonzalez! She tells Mandy to keep that title warm for her, she has something else to take care of first.
Raquel Gonzalez pulls into the arena!
Big Mami Cool storms right into the ring and gets a mic. “While Mandy is holding onto my title, I came out here tonight because I have one thing on my mind. DAKOTA KAI! Get your ass out here!!” Dakota does as asked, and is laughing as she does! “It felt so good to hit you with that shovel. Watching you lay there, motionless-” BLAM! Cora Jade is after Dakota! She has her own vendetta given how Dakota almost crushed her! Raquel walks up as refs separate the two, and Dakota scurries away. Cora almost swings on Raquel, and Raquel says she gets it. They both want a piece of Dakota, but Raquel goes first. Cora says alright. They fist bump on it, but will there even be anything left of #CobraKai after Ricky Desperado gets through with her?
Chase University is back in session.
Andre Chase welcomes another class to talk about mental toughness. “Two words that can mean the difference between success and failure.” From the classroom to the ring to even real-life, Chase U makes winners. Show of hands, who in here is a winner? EVERYONE should get their hands up. Everyone needs to visualize success and have mental toughness. Anything can throw you off at any time. Once you lose your mental toughness, you’ve lost the game. A student speaks up, and asks if that mic issue took Chase off focus and things went south? Another student defends that Chase was just trying to teach us how to show guts. He was doomed from the start, really.
Chase walks up to the second student, and says this guy has it right! He was going to say that very thing to the first student, Gabriel, the “dumbass.” How dare you come in here, half asleep with your head up your ass and question CHASE’S mental toughness. Get out of here! Quit lollygagging! And thank you, other student. Any further questions?
The Grizzled Young Veterans are on a trip of their own.
James Drake asks Zack Gibson where they’re even going. He’s starving! So he’s hungry, yeah? Good! That’s why they’re here. Gibson leads the way and they’re going to start urban training? Drake pretends to be hurt, they wait for someone to come along and help. Gibson asks to borrow their phone to make a call, but instead accesses the chump’s money app and then order some food, boom! Free lunch for them! Yeah, good idea. And it works out, too! But what does this have to do with training? If you can distract a complete stranger, you can distract a ref. Cheers, lads! Will GYV have many good days ahead with their #ScammyWham?
Cameron Grimes VS Ru Feng!
The Carolina Cash Money Caveman may have even more money now after his big win in Duke’s Poker Room. But will he win big again against his towering opponent?
The bell rings, they circle, and fans chant “TO THE MOON!” Grimes gets a leg, Feng kicks him away but Grimes ducks under the roundhouse to snapmare Feng down. Grimes taunts him with, “You can kiss mah grits~!” Feng gets up in a huff but Grimes ROCKS him, CHOPS him, then whips him to ropes. Feng kicks back, sobats Grimes off his feet, and strikes a martial arts pose. Feng whips Grimes to a corner hard and Grimes bounces off buckles. Feng clamps on a cobra twist and digs a claw into Grimes’ ribs. Duke Hudson walks out to watch Grimes, but Feng gets just as distracted. Grimes hip tosses out, gets to a corner, and goes up and over to dodge Feng!
Grimes rallies with big forearms! Fans fire up with Grimes, he hits a JUMPING BOOT in the corner! Feng staggers, Grimes goes up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! But Grimes ain’t done there! He stares Duke down, smiles and shouts, “TO! THE! MOON!” CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
That’s another winner’s check for Grimes, but Duke steps closer to the ring. Duke tells Grimes, “Last week, you came into my poker room. You sat at my poker table. Played with my chips, my cards. The whole time, you were in your own little word, not even paying attention.” Grimes was flirting with the ladies and playing with his beard. Duke doesn’t know how but Grimes won. Was it dumb luck? Or did he dupe Duke? What? Grimes laughs and says yeah, he did won. Duke was there, Grimes was there, everyone saw it. Grimes beat Duke! “Wasn’t it so much fun?” No it wasn’t! You stupid little hick! Duke lost a lot of money!
But never again, will Duke lose to “someone who looks like an ugly, filthy, rotten troll living under a bridge!” Hey, what’s with the name calling? First easy money, and then hick and toll! But that’s okay, Grimes has been called a hick before. Maybe because he’s a little hairy. Maybe because he’s a little smelly. And maybe because he’s a little grimey. But Cameron Grimes holds it down! IT doesn’t matter if it’s in the ring or at the poker table. And it doesn’t matter if it’s at Wall Street! Grimes holds it down! Now, Grimes may like to play dumb, but last week, he played Duke. SO it was a hustle?!
Duke says no one out hustles him! He will NOT let this go! Grimes has no idea what losing to someone like him does to someone like Duke! So therefore, next week, in the ring, in front of all these fans, Duke Hudson VS Cameron Grimes, Poker Showdown. Grimes says, “You’re on!” Another round of cards? Will Grimes sweep Duke 2-0 now that both men are taking the game seriously?
Triple Threat: Solo Sikoa VS Grayson Waller VS LA Knight!
The Street Champion of the Island caught both the 21st Century Success Story and the Million Dollar Megastar off guard for Halloween Havoc, and now he’s looking to show both of them up again! Will that work out in his favor? Or will two opponents at a time be too much for Solo?
The bell rings, Knight and Waller argue with each other. Solo gets impatient and ROCKS Waller with an uppercut! Knight says that’s what Waller gets, but then Solo uppercuts Knight! Solo throws hands, Waller hits Solo from behind! Waller and Knight end up working together as they stomp Solo, and then they bring him up to double whip. Solo ducks their clotheslines to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE back! Solo rains down fists on Waller, then runs to drop a headbutt! Waller flounders, Solo brings him up and Waller JABS! Solo runs, Waller ducks then hurdles, then dodges but Knight dumps him out! Knight DECKS Waller, smirks, but Solo gets Knight by his hair!
Solo drags Knight up to hip toss him into the ring! Knight staggers, Solo clinches for knees, then whips him to ropes, Waller dumps Knight out now and smirks, but Solo grabs onto Waller! Waller hotshots Solo, gets in and brings Solo around, but Solo blocks to suplex! Knight hits Solo down! Knight gets Waller to work with him again to DOUBLE SUPLEX! Knight rains down fists, fans duel for Solo and Waller but leave Knight out. Waller rains down fists, Knight runs to drop an elbow! Waller won’t be outdone, he shows his elbow drop! Fans chant “LA SUCKS!” but Solo ROCKS Waller! Knight splashes Solo, Waller adds a clothesline! Knight runs in but Waller puts Solo up top.
Knight pulls Waller down, but Waller returns the favor. They argue, but sort it out and both go up after Solo. Solo slips down to get them both for SUPER POWERBOMBS! Fans fire up with Solo, and Solo ROCKS Waller, CLOBBERS Knight, then fireman’s carries Waller. He BOOTS Knight down then hits the SAMOAN DROP! Knight and Waller end up in opposite corners, Solo HIP ATTACKS Waller! Then HIP ATTACKS buckles as Knight moves! NECKBREAKER! Knight fires up but fans boo. Waller gets Knight for cravat knees! Mule kick to Solo but Solo throws Waller out. Knight CLOBBERS Solo! Waller gets in with the SLINGSHOT STUNNER!
But Solo SUPLEXES Waller out of the ring!! Solo goes up top to FLYING SPLASH onto Knight! Cover, Solo wins!
Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall
That was a big win for Solo, but he acts like that was expected of him! Will Solo defy all expectations and head for a title?
Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta.
These two were so close to winning the tag titles, but what’s next? Persia says they were fingertips from the titles, as was Indi. She touched the titles like she does Sexy Dexi. No, pull back. Too much. Tony D’Angelo walks in and tells “Mrs. Lumis” he was hoping to find her hubby. But seems he and the “bahdest man,” Pete Dunne are all ducking Tony like his cousin, Andy, ducks metal detectors. But sorry to say this, but when he’s done pummeling Dexter next week, Indi will be back on the market. Speaking of, he got this at the docks today. A gift for Dexter. He’ll get the message. You ladies take care of the kids. Wait, a dead fish? Will Lumis have a message of his own to send to Tony?
El Legado Del Fantasma is heading to the ring.
And Elektra Lopez hopes Xyon Quinn is watching. She’s in action after the break, who will she look to break to get ahead in the women’s division?
Tommaso Ciampa was also part of the WWE UK Tour.
Ciampa defended the NXT Championship and won against Sami Zayn and Bron Breakker. That is the responsibility, that is the job, and there is no better man than to represent this brand than him. He’s looking around at some of the best young stars today, and then he sees Bron Breakker. Breakker is growing, learning, getting better. But there is nothing that Bron Breakker or anyone else can do to make up for 17 years of experience. It isn’t sink or swim, jumping into the deep end. You’re in there with Tommaso Ciampa! Will Ciampa be the one true measuring stick in NXT?
Elektra Lopez VS Erica Yan!
Legado Del Fantasma’s leading lady takes on newcomer Erica Yan, who we saw debut on 205 Live. Will Elektra make it so Erica wants to stay on 205 Live?
The bell rings, they tie up, Lopez powers Erica right to a corner! Erica turns it around, but lets off cleanly. Lopez smirks, but runs into an arm-drag! She blocks the next one, brings Erica up to throw her down! Erica gets up but Lopez LARIATS! Lopez stomps away on Erica, drags her up by her hair, talks trash and then puts her in the ropes to choke her! The ref counts, Lopez lets off to go outside and talk some smack. She SLAPS Erica down, then gets in to bring Lopez up and suplexes hard! Float over and then a wrench, to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Lopez wins!
Winner: Elektra Lopez, by pinfall
Fast and furious to say the least, Lopez gets another win for Legado. She then gets the mic to say, “What La Madrina wants, La Madrina gets. And what I want right now… is Xyon Quinn.” The Fighting Gentleman obliges and heads right to the ring. He stands face to face with Legado, and Lopez says he turned a lot of heads last week. Especially hers. He was very impressive. How would he like to join Legado Del Fantasma? Fans are divided on that, but Quinn gets the mic. “Elektra. You really are amazing. But I just can’t get down with Legado. I’m sorry.” Wilde gets mad, shoves Quinn, and then Quinn CLOBBERS Wilde and Mendoza!
Quinn throws off his jacket, DECKS Wilde right out of the ring! Mendoza runs in but is TOSSED out onto Wilde! Quinn is left with Lopez, blocks both her slaps, and then twirls her around! Lopez shakes free of his embrace, and then keeps Legado from going after him. Will La Madrina have to accept some things just don’t go her way? Or will she find a way to make Quinn join up?
NXT WarGames is coming!
Sunday, December 5th! Get ready for it!
Backstage interview with Kyle O’Reilly.
McKenzie points out his loss to Legado last week, but also the controversy of the ref not seeing Wagner’s feet in the ropes. Well, that was a mistake, but that’s okay. Kyle’s made mistakes in his career. And things are uncertain. Should he stay a singles competitor or go all in with Von Wagner? Well, there’s something special here, so they’ll go for the tag team titles. But speaking of, Imperium walks in and are chuckling at the idea of Kyle wanting the tag titles again. But then Wagner walks up and asks if they have a problem. With them? Not even on their best day. Imperium backs down, but will Kyle & Von force their hand?
Pete Dunne VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams!
The Bruiserweight may not have Ridge Holland by his side, but he doesn’t mind proving what he can do on his own. Will he break it to Carmelo that he isn’t the top guy in NXT?
NXT returns once again as the North American Champion and his best bud make their entrance. The bell rings, Dunne goes right at Melo and BLASTS him into the corner! Dunne stomps a mudhole in, lets off as the ref counts, but Melo comes back ot kic klow. Dunne powers out of the headlock and CLOBBERS Melo with a clothesline! Melo takes a moment ot catch his breath and even Trick is stunned. Dunne hammerlocks, chinbars and wrangles Melo down to the mat to stomp away on his head! Dunne then bends the pinkie! And the rest of the fingers! Then he isolates the arm to STOMP the hand!
Dunne drags Melo up, whips Melo to ropes but Melo rolls off his back to mule kick, front kick and dodge to spinrgobard lARIAT! Fans fire up as Melo rains down hands. Fans chant, “Whoop That Trick!” even though this is Melo and Dunne, and Melo KICKS Dunne’s arm! Dunne wrenches Melo to KICK the arm in return! Melo writhes, Dunne gets the arm again and wrenches. Melo pulls hair, pushes Dunne away, but runs in to be put on the apron. Dunne gets the arm to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER! Melo drops and Trick checks on him, but Dunne slingshots in! Dunne goes for the arm but Melo SMACKS him off the apron!
Melo brings Dunne around, but Dunne blocks to APRON X-PLEX! Trick is freaking out for Melo as Dunne looms over him. But wait! Lumis appears outta nowhere! And he’s… joining commentary?! What will Lumis have to say, if anything at all, while NXT goes picture in picture.
Dunne DECKS Melo and he flops to the ropes. Dunne goes after Melo but Melo bails out. Dunne pursues, and SMACKS Melo off the announce desk! Dunne and Lumis stare down but neither says a word. Melo CHOPS Dunne, Dunne CHOPS Melo and put shim on the apron to CLUB him in the chest! Dunne slides in, stalks Melo, gets the legs, and hooks Melo up to then pull on Melo’s hair. The ref reprimands, Dunne goes for the arms, and he wants the surfboard. Dunne pulls back, and again, but can’t get Melo up so he just STOMPS the knees. Dunne then turns Melo back over, ties up the legs, but Melo crawls to a ropebreak. So Dunne KICKS that arm!
Dunne drags Melo up, CHOPS him, but Melo grabs at Dunne’ s leg. So Dunne wrenches the arm and pulls back on it! Trick coaches Melo but Dunne pulls on the other arm! Dunne pulls on the fingers, traps the arm, and has Melo in a modified Rings of Saturn! Melo endures so Dunne lets him go to STOMP his head! Dunne drags Melo back up, Melo throws body shots then forearms, but Dunne DECKS him again! NXT returns to single picture and Dunne again traps Melo’s arms. Fans rally for the Bruiserweight, Melo endures, and then Dunne gets a leg. Dunne SMASHES the knee into the mat again and again and again!
Dunne lets Melo go just to loom over him, then KICK him in the side! Melo kicks back from below but Dunne eggs him on with a glare. Dunne drags Melo up to kick, run and KNEE Melo down! Melo flounders, Dunne aims from a corner, but Melo dodges the boot to CODE BREAKER! Both men are down and fans fire up! Melo crawls to a cover, TWO! Dunne gets to ropes, “This is Awesome!” as Melo rises. Melo runs in but Dunne BOOTS back. Dunne runs, Melo slips under and fireman’s carries, TKO KNEE SMASH and a LARIAT! Melo fires up, Dunne crawls to a corner. Melo whips, Dunne reverses but Melo ducks under the roundhouse to pump handle and back suplex! Cover, TWO!
Fans argue the count on Melo’s behalf but Dunne was a long-time United Kingdom Champion for a reason. Melo runs in but misses in the corner, Dunne GAMANGIRIS him down, then drops knees on the bad arm! RUNNING FOREARM! Dunne reels Melo in, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Melo is showing his own toughness and Trick coaches him up. Fans fire up, Dunne watches Melo rise. ENZIGURI! Melo rebounds to BOOT! Dunne checks his chin, Melo springboards again, into the HEAVY RIGHT! Dunne fire sup, but Melo suplexes to a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Dunne is still in this and Melo grows frustrated!
Trick coaches Melo up again, Melo fires himself up, and he drags Dunne up to throw a forearm! Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” as Melo throws more forearms. Dunne SLAPS Melo, but Melo tilt-o-whirls for a fast takedown, into a GargaNo Escape?!? Melo’s copying Johnny’s over the shoulder chicken wing, but Dunne fights free of that! He JAMS Melo’s fingers into the mat! Dunne has blood in his mouth, drags Melo around for Kowata Kicks, then stands him up. Melo ROCKS Dunne with a forearm, but Dunne waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Trick slithers in but Dunne STMOPS his hands! STOMPS for Melo, BUZZSAW! But Melo whips Dunne into the ropes!
Dunne sputters, the ref keeps Melo back, but Trick has his shoe! But Lumis DECKS Trick! No more cheating for Trick! But Johnny Gargano slithers up from under the ring! He spooks Melo, Dunne gets him for a BITTER END! Cover, Dunne wins!!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall
The Way just helped the Bruiserweight get one over on Melo! And Gargano gives Lumis a thumbs up on the teamwork. But will this only complicate the title picture for the A Championship? Will Melo wish he’d miss just this once?
This was a pretty great NXT here, especially for the 2.0 era. The Six Woman Tag being the opener was a surprise, but I suppose it was fine. Shirai is a great wrestler, Kacy & Kayden are getting there, but Toxic Attraction clearly only have the titles for story reasons and Vince reasons. Mandy is doing well in the wrestling style she’s using, and Gigi probably just needs reps with these opponents because she was good as Priscilla Kelly. Jacy Jayne is certainly eager, but she keeps trying moves she’s not ready for. Her tope botch before Halloween Havoc, her sloppy slingshot this match, she’s the weak link of Toxic Attraction.
Raquel had a great bit that played off Toxic Attraction, though, and I like that both she and Cora want after Dakota Kai. I don’t see Dakota getting a teammate, but I feel like this is leading to Cora hanging around Raquel. After all, WWE cut her boyfriend, Trey Baxter, so she doesn’t have that story anymore. KLR also had a good match with Sarray, but again I’ll say Sarray has been pushed out of the way because of 2.0. Mandy calling out KLR definitely nods to those two being the title match, and I really hope they don’t do KLR dirty. KLR really should follow behind Rhea Ripley in being a woman who was both NXT UK and NXT Prime women’s champion.
I like that MSK’s journey continues just to make a nod that they need to go 420 miles. At this rate, it has to be someone like Rob Van Dam as their guru. GYV having their own on-the-town promo was pretty funny. It’s definitely a nod back to the bad reputation Liverpuddlians have, and plugs how they are going to get even sneakier as Heels now. Kyle O’Reilly is continuing to drop off from where he was just before 2.0 Era, I really don’t feel he and Wagner should be the ones to dethrone Imperium. Creed Brothers VS Jacket Time was good, but it should’ve been obvious Strong was going to help them cheat. Jones joining in sets up a big Six Man Tag, that’ll probably be Diamond Mine’s loss.
I find it interesting that this was where NXT looked to do both Boa’s story and Gacy’s story in one go. Boa apparently has the powers of Tian Sha, I have no idea where they’ll go with it but maybe he recruits people to make up for losing Mei Ying and Xia Li. As for Gacy, I do think the concept of him losing but gaining strength is fitting of this gimmick. I hope Chase University becomes a faction, too. That mysterious student who defended Chase and Chase accepted definitely needs to be a member, and they can add some more as they go, even if they become a jobber squad. Grimes gets a good win, but I’m a bit disappointed they’re having a poker rematch. I thought the next step would be a match, but maybe they’ll try and do this new card game more serious and dramatic.
I like that we got some video promos from Bron and Ciampa since NXT was part of the UK Tour. Still doesn’t seem to make NXT the third brand on par with RawDown but whatever. Solo Sikoa is building pretty fast, taking down Knight and Waller all by himself. Xyon Quinn is clearly starting something with Legado, but I don’t think we need more strange romance angles in NXT. With WarGames returning, I have a feeling Quinn gets allies to take on Legado. Hell, let’s go 3v3v3. Walter shows up, he and Imperium take on Legado and then Quinn, Wagner & Kyle. There can even be tag title contender stakes on the line at the same time, even if it’s unofficial.
Meanwhile, I am very happy they’re building the North American Championship scene back up again. Melo loses to Dunne but Lumis and Gargano were involved, and then we have Tony D’Angelo calling out Lumis. You could definitely make a big Six Man Ladder Match for that title like back in the day. Melo, Dunne, Gargano, Lumis, D’Angelo, maybe even Trick in there as Melo’s insurance, or one of the other fast rising stars like Solo or Gacy, that would be a pretty good match right there. There’s hope for 2.0 yet, if they can just iron things out and use this influx of new talent properly.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
Will the United Empire continue to conquer?
World Tag League finally goes again, and round four might be bad luck for the top of the block! Will Aussie Open continue to lead as an undefeated duo?
- Tomoaki Honma & Ryohei Oiwa VS Yuto Nakashima & Oska Leube; Nakashima & Leube win.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Clark Connors & Kosei Fujita VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
- World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer; Suzuki & Archer win.
- World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls; Shane & Mikey win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Yano & Tanahashi win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 3-0, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-1, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-1, 4 points
Suzuki & Archer: 2-1, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-1, 4 points
The Mighty: 2-1, 4 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Chase & Fale: 1-2, 2 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-3, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-3, 0 points
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The #MechanicalBulls are barely holding on, but so are the General’s Jewels! Who gets a grip and claws their way back up before it’s too late?
The teams sort out and Kidd starts against Chase. Fans rally as the two circle, and they’re able to cheer “KIDDU! KIDDU!” The two tie up with knuckle locks, break, then go again. Chase waistlocks, but Kidd pries free to wrench. Chase spins and wrenches back to top wristlock. Kidd slips around, spins Chase and snapmares, then sits him up to a chinlock. Chase fights up to get in the ropes. The ref counts the break and Kidd counts along to let go at 4. Chase is annoyed but Kidd says it’s okay. Kidd and Chase approach, Chase kicks the knuckle lock away to tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Chase puts Kidd in a corner, the ref counts, and Chase lets off.
Chase CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd DECKS Chase! Kidd fires up and fans applaud. Chase stands up and resets with Kidd, they tie up, and Chase claws Kidd’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Chase headlocks but Kidd powers out. Chase runs Kidd over and tells him, “SUCK IT!” Things speed up, Kidd hurdles but Chase stomps the monkey flip with a stomp! Chase headlocks but Coughlin tags in as Kidd powers out. Kidd drops down and Coughlin scoops Chase to SLAM! Kidd drops a SENTON, then the Mechanical Bulls flex. Coughlin deadlift gut wrenches for the SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Coughlin runs in, but Chase dodges!
Chase CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Coughlin just frowns at him. Coughlin puts Chase in the corner, but Chase blocks the chop with knees! Coughlin shapes out the arm and Chase storms up on him, but Coughlin picks Chase up to RAM him in the corner! Coughlin UPPERCUTS, CHOPS, and roars! Fans fire up with The Android as he drags Chase up. Coughlin tags Kidd, whips Chase, then kicks Chase low. Kidd knee lifts, Coughlin CHOPS, and Chase falls for Kidd to drop an elbow! Fale gets in but Coughlin kicks him first. The Mechanical Bulls mug Fale then double whip, but Fale runs them both over! Fans fire up as the Rogue General stomps Kidd.
Fale drags Kidd up, whips him corner to corner, and Chase stomps a mudhole in. Chase drags Kidd up to scrape his face on the ropes! Tag to Fale, and Chase pushes Kidd down for him and Fale to stand on his back! The ref counts but Chase & Fale salute. Bullet Club steps away at 4, and Fale drags Kidd to a cover. TWO, and Fale is upset with the ref. Fans rally for Kidd but Fale stomps him down. Fale drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fale throat chops back! Kidd sputters and Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up, he and Fale double whip, and they body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up for Kidd but Chase taunts Coughlin. The ref stops Coughlin from getting in as Chase brings Kidd up. Kidd swings but Chase dodges to BELL CLAP! Chase throws Kidd down for the NECK TWEAK! Kidd writhes and Chase tags Fale. Bullet Club whip Kidd to a corner, then Fale runs in, only for Kidd to dodge! Chase runs in but Kidd dumps him out! Fans rally up but Fale stomps Kidd down. Fale drags Kidd up, scoops him, but Kidd slips off! SUPERKICK! Fale staggers away and fans fire up! Kidd crawls for his corner, hot tag to- NO, Chase trips Coughlin! Chase wags his finger, and Fale SPLASHES Kidd in the corner! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Kidd sputters, but Fale tags Chase. Chase drags Kidd up and calls his shot! Chase suplexes, but Kidd blocks! Kidd throws body shots, but Chase blocks his suplex. They fight for control and fans rally up. Chase gets Kidd up, but Kidd fights back down to TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Kidd fires up as fans fire up, and both men crawl to their corners. Hot tags to Coughlin and Fale! The Android dodges the General to RAM shoulders! Coughlin fires off forearms then scoops! But Fale’s too big! Or is he?! Fale CLUBS Coughlin before he’s off the ground too far! Fale scoops Coughlin to a fireman’s carry, but Coughlin fights free!
Coughlin fires off more forearms, he ROCKS Fale, then tries the scoop! Fans rally but Fale resists! Coughlin knees low, CHOPS, and fires up! “LET’S GO!!” Coughlin runs but Fale CLOBBERS him! Fale then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Coughlin is still in this. Tag to Chase, Bullet Club double whip to FLAPJACK and SLIDING BOOT! Cover, but Kidd breaks it! Fans fire up as Kidd fires off forearms on Bullet Club! Kidd forearms, CHOPS, repeat! Kidd roars, runs, but Chase gets around to waistlock and lift! Fale runs in, GRENADE LAUNCHER! Fale whips Coughlin corner to corner, Chase runs in and forearm smashes!
Fale runs in to SPLASH! Fale then scoops Coughlin and Chase goes up, but Coughlin slips free! Coughlin shoves Fale into Chase, and Chase falls onto his crown jewels! Fale staggers, into a SCOOP SLAM!! The Android roars and fans fire up! Coughlin clinches Chase, for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Coughlin drags Chase up. But Chase BOOTS, C-TRIGGERS, and tucks Coughlin in! PACKAGE DRIVER!! Cover, Chase & Fale win!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
Chase turns things around in the blink of an eye, and he and Fale survive the Mechanical Bulls! Can they survive until the end of the league to be a finalist? As for Coughlin & Kidd, is their run already over at 0-4?
World Tag League 2022: Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare VS Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer!
The All United Empire Finals is still possible, but only if the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon continue to dominate! Will they keep their hopes alive? Or will even the Empire see that #EverybodyDies?
As always, The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here to give the Empire’s introductions. As for the Murderhawk Monster, he storms over the railing to get right up to commentary! Milano Collection AT and Master Wato ask for mercy, they don’t wanna get hit. Then Suzuki makes his entrance and Archer chases Gideon! Gideon runs all the way to the back row, and Archer pushes Young Lion Oskar Leube out of his way. Fans all join in on “KAZE NI NARE!” and then Suzuki-Gun attacks the Empire! Archer kicks Henare and throws him out while Suzuki himself is after Khan! Suzuki throws Khan out, stomps him at ringside, and the bell rings!
Suzuki stands Khan up to knee him low, then kick him down! Archer chases a cameraman off, but then Henare dodges his boot into the post! Henare comes back to ROCK Archer! Khan and Suzuki trade forearms, then Suzuki kicks low. Suzuki whips, Khan reverses and Suzuki hits railing! Suzuki slumps down and Khan is after him. Khan shakes the railing while choking Suzuki with his foot! Khan lets off to CLUB Suzuki but Suzuki throws body shots. Khan CLUBS Suzuki again, puts him in the ring, and then drags him around to CHOKE! The ref counts, Khan lets off and brings up all the stuff Suzuki was doing.
Suzuki kicks at Khan from below, but Khan stomps away on Suzuki! Khan CHOKES Suzuki again, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Fans rally up as Khan drags Suzuki up. Khan puts Suzuki in the corner, CLUBS him, then hops up onto his throne! Fans applaud but Suzuki snarls as Khan pulls back the arms! Henare talks trash right to Suzuki’s face while the ref manages to keep Archer back. Suzuki SPITS at Henare! Khan hops off, Henare CLUBS Suzuki, then Khan tags Henare in. The Empire mugs Suzuki but he fights back with CHOPS and palm strikes! But the Empire still mugs Suzuki with clubbing arms.
Henare ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm in the corner, then digs his boots in! The ref counts and Henare lets off, but Suzuki stands right up! Henare KICKS, KICKS and ROCKS Suzuki! Fans fire up, and Suzuki hits back! Suzuki wrenches an arm, brings Henare to ropes, then HOTSHOTS the arm! Henare swings on Suzuki but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Archer runs to BLAST Khan off the apron! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and drags Henare out to whip him hard into the railing! Suzuki ELBOWS Henare in the head and Henare drops to the floor. Archer stomps Khan around outside to keep him down.
Archer apparently takes offense to Khan’s ponytail being a braid, it’s too much like Archer’s murderhawk braid. Anyway, Suzuki stands Henare up, slaps him around, and he bumps Henare off the apron. The ring count climbs but Suzuki puts Henare in at 5 of 20. Tag to Archer, and Suzuki-Gun stands on Henare’s head! The ref reprimands, Suzuki-Gun steps away, and Archer drags Henare back up. Archer puts Henare in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, laughs and stomps some more. Archer digs his knee in but the ref counts. Archer lets off at 4, then Suzuki gets a shot in. Suzuki returns the trash talk from earlier as he slaps Henare around.
Archer stands Henare up and Henare throws a body shot. Archer fires up and throws his shirt off, egging Henare on. Henare throws forearms, then a CHOP! Archer laughs and dares him to do that again. Henare CHOPS, so Archer DECKS him! Fans fire up while Archer looms over Henare. Archer drags Henare up and to the corner to tag in Suzuki. Suzuki-Gun mugs Henare with body shot after body shot! Suzuki hits Henare one more time and he falls over! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Suzuki drags Henare up. Henare throws a forearm, but Suzuki gives it back! Suzuki eggs Henare on so Henare throws another forearm!
Suzuki ROCKS Henare with a shot, fans rally up, and Henare fires off a flurry! Suzuki kicks low! Suzuki runs, but Henare blocks the kick to step-over WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare stirs, hurries over, hot tag to Khan! Khan throws hands on Suzuki then the Mongolian Chop! Khan whips Suzuki to a corner and clotheslines from behind! Khan dribbles Suzuki’s head off the buckles! The ref reprimands but Khan SLAM DUNKS Suzuki! Suzuki staggers around, Khan runs, and he runs Suzuki over! Cover, ONE!! Suzuki is still a tough old bastard and Khan drags him up.
Fans rally up as Khan whips Suzuki corner to corner. Suzuki reverses and BOOTS Khan! Then Suzuki dribbles Khan off the buckles! Fans rally, Suzuki snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Suzuki seems to prefer soccer to basketball. Cover, TWO! Suzuki stomps Khan, slaps him around, but Khan stands as fans rally. Khan ROCKS Suzuki, but Suzuki ROCKS Khan! The forearms go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster, and fans rally with each shot! Khan ROCKS Suzuki, ROCKS him again, but Suzuki just laughs! Suzuki ROCKS Khan right back! Khan wobbles and drops to a knee! Suzuki eggs Khan on, so Khan Mongolian Chops!
Khan Mongolian Chops again! Khan roars, runs, but Suzuki kitchen sink knees him down! Tag to Archer! Archer stalks Khan, and clamps on an IRON CLAW! But Khan clamps on HIS IRON CLAW! The fans rally for the battle of iron claws! Khan and Archer go back and forth, but Archer breaks free to full nelson! Khan breaks free of that to drag Archer down to a KNEEBAR! Archer flails and crawls and reaches out as Khan grapevines the leg! Khan has a HEEL HOOK, then shifts the angle! Archer keeps moving and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Khan lets off to tag Henare. Khan still anchors the leg, then he and Henare stomp Archer down.
Henare drags Archer up to throw body shots in the corner. Henare & Khan double whip Archer corner to corner, then Khan runs in to clothesline! Henare runs in to add a clothesline! Henare feeds Archer to the HITSUJIGOROSHI, then grabs at the legs. But Suzuki runs in to CLUB Henare and stop the Fubuki! Suzuki CHOPS Henare, CHOPS Khan, repeat! HEADBUTT for Henare, HEADBUTT for Khan! Henare swings but Suzuki gets around to shove Henare into Khan! Suzuki runs but into SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Fans fire up and Khan runs at Archer in the corner, but into a BOOT! Henare runs in, but Archer dodges!
Archer puts Khan in a corner, and he sees he has two targets! Fans fire up as Archer runs to back elbow Henare! And runs corner to corner to back elbow Khan! Back to Henare, but then Khan dodges! Archer kicks Khan, runs, but into a chicken wing and PONYTAIL CHOKE! The ref reprimands but Khan feeds Archer to Henare’s HEEL KICK! Khan puts on HITSUJIGOROSHI, Henare gets the legs for FUBUKI, then MARINE!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives and fans fire up again! Henare calls the shot, and he fireman’s carries Archer. Khan runs, but Suzuki slips in to catch Khan with a SLEEPER HOLD!
Archer slips free to choke grip Henare! But Henare throws a HARD body shot! Henare roars and runs in, to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Henare shoves Archer out, goes up, but Archer blocks the “brain chop!” Archer STEP-UP KNEES Henare, and has the inverted crucifix! BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!
Winners: Lance Archer & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
The Suzuki Army just conquered the United Empire! Did they just kill the hopes of an All United Empire Finals? Or can Khan & Henare find new live in the next round?
World Tag League 2022: Aussie Open VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
Speaking of the Empire, Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher are leading the pack, hoping to carve their names in history! Will “Dunk-Zilla” and the “Aussie Arrow” still be riding high? Or will the King of Darkness & Tokyo Pimp bring them down by any means necessary?
Gideon Grey returns, safe from Archer, to give Aussie Open their introductions. Then the House of Torture makes their entrance, with Dick Togo already accompanying them outright. Who knows where Sho is lurking, but surely he’s here, too. Aussie Open don’t sweat Evil or Yujiro as they taunt them during the introductions. Fletcher tells Dick to shoo, “See you later, bucko.” But then the House of Torture attack 3v2! Evil claws Fletcher’s eyes while Dick and Yujiro mug Davis. Dick even DECKS Gideon! Yujiro throws Davis out while Evil throws Fletcher out. The bell rings to put this on record as the brawling continues outside.
Evil and Yujiro whip Aussie Open but Aussie Open reverse to send Evil and Yujiro into railing! Then Aussie Open pick them up, run around the way, and SANDWICH them at ramp side! Fans fire up and Fletcher helps Gideon back up. Fletcher CLUBS Evil, Davis puts Yujiro in, and Fletcher goes in after Yujiro. Fans rally up as Aussie Open double whip the Pimp to double sledge, PENALTY KICK and SENTON! Fans fire up as Davis covers, TWO! Davis glares at Dick then drags Yujiro up to ROCK him with a forearm. Tag to Kyle, Aussie Open mugs Yujiro, and Yujiro staggers around. Fletcher reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro wrenches and BITES Fletcher’s hand!
The ref reprimands, Yujiro stops and he kicks Fletcher low. Yujiro whips, Fletcher reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Fletcher runs in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Evil BLASTS Davis and goes out after him! Dick ROCKS Fletcher while Evil brings Davis around. Evil RAMS Davis into the timekeeper! Davis and Abe-san both flop down on the other side of the railing! The ref reprimands and Young Lions hurry to help Abe-san. Evil kicks Fletcher around, pulls his hair, then puts him in the ring for Yujiro. Yujiro drags Fletcher to a cover and the ref returns to count, ONE! Fans rally but Evil is already annoyed with the count.
Yujiro bumps Fletcher off buckles, tags Evil, and Evil has the ref check Davis But this is so Evil can CHOKE Fletcher with his shirt! Fans boo but Evil gets away with that and covers, TWO! Evil is upset again but the ref defends his count. Tag to Yujiro and he drags Kyle up. Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Fletcher as Evil argues the count. Yujiro drags Fletcher up, fans rally and cheer for Aussie Open. Yujiro ROCKS Fletcher, brings him around, and ROCKS him again. Evil holds Fletcher in place so Yujiro can CHOKE him with a boot! The ref has to keep Davis back so the House of Torture gets away with that.
Evil taunts Davis, then he drags Fletcher up into a cobra twist. Yujiro and Dick link up with Evil to link to the railing for leverage! Fans boo and Gideon storms over, but Dick kicks him first! Dick then makes Gideon part of the chain! Fletcher endures even more before the ref notices! The ref counts, the House lets off and Fletcher crawls away. Evil keeps him from Davis but taunts Davis to reach out. Evil brings Fletcher around but Fletcher fires off forearms! But Evil knees low! Evil suplexes but Fletcher blocks! Fans rally as Fletcher keeps fighting, and he wrenches out to get around and SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up with Fletcher and he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Davis! Dunk-Zilla blasts through Yujiro to corner clothesline Evil! Then Davis CHOPS Yujiro, and corner clotheslines Evil again! Another CHOP for Yujiro, another corner clothesline for Evil! Davis goes for another but Yujiro dodges the chop to kick low. Evil & Yujiro double whip Davis, but Davis handsprings and comes back to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis as he storms up to Evil in a corner. Davis CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS! And CHOP-LARIATS again! Davis drags Evil up to fireman’s carry, but Evil slips around to a waistlock.
Davis elbows free but Dick swipes at him! Dick plays innocent, and Davis turns around into an EYE RAKE! Evil whips Davis into bare buckles! The fans boo the Bullet Club Special but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro & Evil stomp Davis, then Yujiro drags Davis up. Yujiro stands Davis against ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro then brings Davis out to FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Aussie Open but Yujiro brings Davis up. Davis fights the Incolle Slam, but Yujiro kick slow! Yujiro whips, Davis reverses and runs in, but Yujiro dodges! Yujiro runs in but Davis catches him to BUCKLE SHOT!
Davis runs side to side to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Davis runs to BLAST Evil! But Dick grabs Davis! Fletcher runs in to SHOTGUN Dick down! Aussie Open brings Yujiro up, POP-UP KICK! And then the scoop, to the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, but Evil breaks it! Fletcher CLUBS Evil and throws him out! Fletcher hurries back to the corner, Davis tags him in! Fans rally as Aussie Open calls for the finish, but here’s SHO! Sho distracts everyone by brandishing his wrench! The ref tells Sho to get down so he does, but this allows Evil to shove Aussie Open into each other, and the ref!
Fans boo as Dick gets in to JAM Davis with a chair! And again! The House of Torture mugs Aussie Open 4v2! Fans boo harder, then they rally up for Aussie Open. Gideon gets in to block Sho from using the wrench! But Evil CLUBS Gideon! But here comes GREAT-O-KHAN! He BOOTS Sho down and DECKS Dick! He Mongolian Chops Evil, dodges Yujiro and hits the RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans roar and the Empire fires back up! Aussie Open aim at Evil, SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Evil goes down, Yujiro staggers, and he has his pimp cane! The ref stops Yujiro from using it, and then Gideon gets in to LOW BLOW Yujiro!
Fans fire up and Aussie Open give Yujiro COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Evil & Yujiro earn 0)
The House of Torture can’t seem to figure it out! Will they ever get on the board at this rate? As for Fletcher & Davis, is it only a matter of time before they conquer the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Tetsuya Naito & SANADA VS Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls!
It was Lights Out for the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull last round, but The Mighty did not kneel! Will Shane & Mikey stay standing? Or will Los Ingobernables de Japon make them tranquilo?
Naito takes his time with his entrance attire as always, which mildly annoys The Mighty. Shane mocks Sanada’s dancing pecks with butt flexing. The teams sort out and Mikey wants Naito to step up. LIJ fist bumps, fans cheer, and Naito obliges. Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” at the bell. Naito and Mikey circle slowly, feel things out, then Naito toys around with the step forward and the step back. Mikey gets annoyed but they tie up. Mikey waistlocks but Naito wrenches out to a wristlock. Mikey rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Naito rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks. Mikey reaches back to headlock, but Naito powers out, only for Mikey to run him over!
Naito gets up, Mikey runs him over again! Mikey wrenches and whips Naito to ropes, but Naito whips the back drop away. Mikey comes back to turn Naito’s back drop into a suplex! Mikey holds Naito up and fans rally! Mikey keeps Naito for over TEN before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Mikey drags Naito up. Mikey puts Naito in the corner, tags Shane, and the Mighty stomp away. Shane snapmares to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Naito’s arm with a knuckle lock. Shane KICKS Naito in the back, wrenches the arm and YANKS it. Shane wrenches and YANKS again, then tags Mikey.
The Mighty mugs Naito, double whips him, but Naito ducks the double clothesline to shove Mikey into Shane! Shane falls out of the ring and Naito whips Mikey to ropes. Sanada trips Mikey and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans rally up as Mikey flops out of the ring. Naito goes out after Mikey and whips him hard into railing! Sanada bumps Shane off the apron, then Naito whips Mikey into more railing! The ring count starts, Mikey drags himself up and in at 9 of 20. Naito headlocks Mikey and claws his eyes! The ref reprimands, Naito lets off, but then he just claws Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and tags Sanada in.
LIJ mugs Mikey, Sanada wrenches and CLUBS the arm. Sanada YANKS, wrenches, but Mikey throws big forearms! Sanada waistlocks, hammerlocks, then twists the arm. Mikey throws elbows to back Sanada up into a corner. Mikey whips but Sanada reverses. Sanada runs in, he blocks the boot, and he CLUBS the leg! Mikey falls, Sanada tags Naito, and Naito whips Mikey to another corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses, and he taunts Shane. Naito drags Mikey up but Mikey throws a haymaker. Naito returns it so Mikey throws another. They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans fire up!
Mikey ROCKS Naito, ROCKS him again, then ROLLING ELBOWS! But Naito just rakes Mikey’s eyes! The ref counts, Naito lets off and whips corner to corner. Naito runs in but Mikey UPPERCUTS! Mikey runs but into a kick! Naito whips, runs in, but Mikey LARIATS Naito down! Fans fire up as both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Shane! Shane CLOBBERS Naito, BLASTS Sanada then ELBOWS Naito! Shane whips Naito corner to corner to UPPERCUT him down! Sanada gets in, kicks Shane low and whips him to ropes. Shane reverses to wrench and SAIDO! Fans fire up, Shane KICKS, BOOTS and INVERTED EXPLODERS Naito! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Shane stalks Naito. Shane drags Naito up, hoists him up top and ROCKS Naito with a right. Shane climbs up after Naito but Naito CLAWS Shane’s eyes! Shane staggers away but Mikey rushes in to ROCK Naito! Mikey climbs up but Naito fires off forearms! Mikey drops back but he gives Shane a boost! Shane gets Naito, SUPERPLEX POWERBOMB COMBO! Mikey drags Shane onto the cover but Sanada breaks it! Mikey CLUBS Sanada and throws him out. Shane and Naito stir, Mikey whips Sanada but Sanada reverses! Mikey hits railing hard! Shane drags Naito up, reels him in, but Naito blocks the lift!
Naito wrenches out to throw ELBOW after ELBOW! Shane avoids an elbow to UPPERCUT, then he whips only for Naito to reverse it, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito crawls as fans rally, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada runs in at Shane and blocks a boot! Shane kicks free, but Sanada dropkicks the legs, then dropkicks Shane out of the ring! Sanada hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada drags Shane back up, puts him back in, and fans rally again. Sanada springboards but Shane gets under! Shane comes back, but into a fireman’s carry! Shane slips off, Sanada elbows him away, but Mikey sneaks a tag.
Shane wrenches Sanada but Sanada fights the back suplex. Sanada swings at Mikey but into the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Mikey runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Mikey snarls. Fans rally, Mikey drags Sanada up and fireman’s carries, only for Sanada to slip off! Sanada ducks the back elbow but right into a DDT! Fans rally back up while both men are down, and Mikey roars! Mikey drags Sanada up to scoop, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey into Naito’s atomic drop! ENZIGURI! Fireman’s carry and T K O! Cover, Shane breaks it! Naito throws Mikey out and fans fire up as Sanada climbs the corner!
ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada has to land out as Mikey moves! Shane gets in to BROKEN ARROW! Naito dropkicks Shane’s legs out! Mikey storms up into Naito’s ELBOW! Mikey roars, Naito dodges his lariat and comes back to dropkick the legs! Naito runs, CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Mikey blocks Destino and Shane runs in, LAWN DART DDT! Fans fire up and Mikey drags Sanada up. Shane hops up, Mikey scoops, but Sanada slips off to shove Mikey at Shane! Sanada O’Conner BRI- NO, Mikey stops the bridge and shoves Sanada into Shane’s ROUNDHOUSE! Mikey scoops Sanada again, TANK BUSTER!! Cover, The Mighty win!!
Winners: Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Naito & Sanada earn 0)
The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they find a way to win! Will Shane & Mikey find an outside way into the finals? Is the pressure to make it to WrestleKingdom going to break Naito before the league is out?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Joker & The Ace finally got on the board, but the winstreak of one win might already end against the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter. Can the trickster bring himself to pull any tricks on his friends in Chaos? Or will Bishamon turn out the lights on Yano & Tanahashi?
The teams sort out and Yano grows impatient. He doesn’t even take note of Tanahashi taking off his jacket to show off the muscles. Goto steps up and Yano fires up. The bell rings and fans rally and duel. Yano squats and talks some smack, but Goto squats with him! Goto gives back the trash talk, Hashi steps in to back Goto up, and even smooshes Goto’s face up to make it more menacing! Yano says enough jokes, but Goto blocks Yano’s kick! Hashi runs to dropkick the leg! Goto BLASTS Tanahashi, then Bishamon brings Yano up to drum away! Tanahashi rushes in, but Bishamon kicks him to drum him, too! Fans fire up as Bishamon stands tall.
Goto stomps Yano to a corner, fires forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Yano reverses, then hurries to untie a buckle pad! Yano fires up but turns around into a kick! But the pad shielded Yano! Fans boo and Goto can’t believe it! Yano throws the pad to Goto and SLAPS him! Yano whips and Goto hits the buckles! Hashi runs in, Yano kicks him and whips him into bare buckles, too! Tag to Tanahashi and Yano throws Hashi out. Tanahashi drags Goto up, throws him out, and the bad boys bring Bishamon around to whip into railing! Fans rally and cheer as Tanahashi drags Goto back up to put him in the ring.
Tanahashi stomps Goto’s leg then YANKS it! Fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi drags Goto up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Yano, and he bumps Goto off the bare buckles! And again! Fans fire up while Red Shoes keeps Hashi back. Yano whips Goto into the bare buckles now! Goto hobbles and fans fire up. Yano kneels on Goto for a cover, but Red Shoes says it’s a choke! Yano says no, it’s just up high! Yano stomps Goto, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Tanahashi, and the bad boys whip Goto to ropes. They run him over, then they squat! Tanahashi drags Goto up, but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Tanahashi throws body shots, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi ELBOWS Tanahashi down, BLASTS Yano, then storms up on Tanahashi. Tanahashi kicks low, whips Hashi to the padded corner, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks and turns Tanahashi for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Hashi runs in again, to CHOP Tanahashi against ropes! Hashi hangs Tanahashi out to dry, runs side to side, and he DROPKICKS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Hashi stalks Tanahashi.
Fans rally, “GO ACE! GO ACE!” but Hashi brings Tanahashi up. Hashi reels Tanahashi in but Tanahashi fights the lift. Hashi keeps trying, but Tanahashi wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi ROCKS Hashi! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans rally up! Tanahashi gets the edge, but Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi aims but Tanahashi blocks the superkick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally while both men are down! Hashi and Tanahashi crawl, hot tags to Goto and Yano! Yano dodges Goto, claws his eyes and whips him, but Goto reverses! Yano hits the bare buckles, then Goto hits MURAMASA, and the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally, Goto fireman’s carries but Yano fights with elbows! Yano runs, Goto follows but Yano ducks! Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Goto and he drags Yano up, but Yano ROCKS him! Goto ROCKS Yano back, the forearms start flying back and forth, faster and faster! Fans rally as Goto gets the edge, but Yano rakes the eyes! But Goto SLAPS Yano! Goto whips, Yano reverses and throws Goto by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs in to forearm smash, then he feeds Goto to an atomic drop! Trip and CATAPULT into the bare buckles! Tanahashi runs but Goto denies the Slingblade!
Goto shoves Tanahashi into Yano, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up as all three men are down! Goto crawls, fans rally up, and Goto hot tags Hashi! Hashi runs the ropes but Tanahashi blocks the lariat! Hashi spins to CHOP! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest! But both men roar! Hashi fires off his own strike fest and CHOPS! SUPERKICK! Tanahashi stays up, Hashi runs to LARIAT him down! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he brings Tanahashi back up. Hashi fisherman’s but Tanahashi fights the suplex to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, to SLINGBLADE! Cover, but Goto breaks it!
Yano throws Goto back out! Tanahashi fires up and he goes up the corner! HIGH FLY FLOW onto Hashi’s knees!! Hashi cradles, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives the sudden turnaround and fans are thunderous! Fans rally with “GO ACE! GO ACE!” as Tanahashi and Hashi stir. They both sit up, head for each other, and Tanahashi throws a forearm. Hashi throws it back! Tanahashi throws another forearm, but Hashi throws it back! They stand, egg each other on, and the forearms fly faster and faster! Fans rally, SHOTEI rocks Hashi! Tanahashi runs, but into Goto’s fireman’s carry! Tanahashi slips off but Goto powers him into the corner!
Hashi runs in and Goto moves, Hashi CHOPS Tanahashi! Hashi feeds Tanahashi to the fireman’s carry but he slips off again! Tanahashi full nelsons but Goto breaks that and ducks, HIDDEN GAP! Fireman’s carry again, FIERCE FLASH! Fans fire up more as Bishamon says it’s time! They drag Tanahashi up, hook him up, but Tanahashi kicks Hashi away! Yano drags Hashi out while Tanahashi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Yano puts Hashi back in, drags Goto out, and Tanahashi runs, into a CHOP! Hashi runs, dodges Tanahashi once, but the SLINGBLADE comes back around!! Fans fire up as Tanahashi climbs the corner!
Goto anchors Tanahashi’s legs! Tanahashi CLUBS Goto but Hashi ROCKS Tanahashi! Hashi climbs up, but Yano LOW BLOWS Goto! Yano slips in and grabs Hashi for the ONIGOROSHI BOMB!! Tanahashi adjusts, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! Direct hit!! Cover, Ace & Joker win!!
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Goto & Hashi earn 0)
The World Tag League 2021 winners have fallen to 2-2! Are their chances of back-to-back wins in jeopardy?
As for Yano & Tanahashi, Tanahashi gets the mic to thank the fans for coming tonight. “Hey, Toru, it’s great to hear the cheers, huh?” Fans cheer because it’s great TO cheer! Tanahashi says he wants to have this every day, “so make sure you stay safe and healthy so that happens! Thank you for today!” Fans cheer for that, and they want the air guitar! Tanahashi borrows one from a fan on the east side, that he passes to Yano! Yano’s happy to be part of a rare air guitar duet! Master Wato even has his on commentary, so now it’s a trio! “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “SHIZUOKA~!” “OSU~!” “LET’S ROCK!” The jam session is on!
Fans clap along as Yano is a natural! Fans cheer but they want the “EN-CO-RU! EN-CO-RU!” Tanahashi is never one to disappoint the fans, and Yano gets his chair guitar! They jam out again, and Yano can truly do it all! But he’s not gonna throw the chair to the fans, that’s dangerous. But the fans want another encore! Tanahashi says, “LAST ONE! Yano takes a seat in his chair for air DRUMS! Now it’s a real jam session! Big finish and…! Fans cheer the great performance, and Tanahashi gets the mic back. “Toru and Hiroshi are going for the trophies, so keep supporting us! And keep supporting NJPW! Finally, people of Shizuoka… ASHITEMASU~!”
Will love, energy and comedy propel the Joker & the Ace to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 4-0, 8 points
The Mighty: 3-1, 6 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-1, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Goto & Hashi: 2-2, 4 points
Naito & Sanada: 2-2, 4 points
Khan & Henare: 2-2, 4 points
Chase & Fale: 2-2, 4 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-4, 0 points
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-4, 0 points
Another really good event and a really good round for World Tag League. I’m a little surprised Coughlin & Kidd haven’t gotten a win yet, but they always look solid in their matches. Great stuff back to back for the United Empire, even though Khan & Henare did lose. Khan helping Aussie Open was good stuff, though, and of course the House of Torture keep losing big time. Also, Naito & Sanada losing again puts the pressure on them, they could have an even stronger showing in the second half of this tournament. Tanahashi & Yano winning to close was a bit of a surprise, but they’re a great team and huge fan favorites, I would love to see them be a team for more than just World Tag League.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/30/22)
The truth shall be revealed!
The Devil of AEW reveals all!
Fans have been waiting, and now, the NEW AEW World Champion, MJF, returns to explain just how he convinced William Regal to screw over Jon Moxley!
- Dax Harwood VS Bryan Danielson; Bryan wins.
- AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS AR Fox; Joe wins and retains the title.
- Ricky Starks VS Ari Daivari; Starks wins
- Willow Nightingale VS Anna Jay “A S”; Nightingale wins.
- AEW World Trios Championships Best of 7, Match 3: Death Triangle VS The Elite; The Elite wins and the series is now 2-1, in favor of Death Triangle.
PLAY BY PLAY
Jon Moxley is here!
The Maniac came dangerously close to annihilating Lord William Regal last week given how angry he was over the Full Gear screwjob. And that anger hasn’t exactly lessened since. But as fans chant for him, he’s here tonight to say, “I grew up about 90 miles from here. When I first started, I used to wrestle here in Indianapolis all the time, down in the old Fountain Square at the Salvation Army Gym.” Fans cheer for that shoutout. “That was a long time ago. This has been a crazy ass ride. You never know what’s around the corner. But there are three constants in this world, three certainties: death; taxes; and Jon Moxley.” Fans also cheer that!
Moxley says “There is nobody that can outwork me, out hustle me, out wrestle me, out fight me, out bleed me or out sweat me! Today, nothing’s really changed. Nothing’s really changed since day one in AEW. I am at THE top of the food chain! I do what I want and I say what I want. This AEW ring belongs to me! And you can bet your ass there is not a man in that locker room, there isn’t a man in this building, there isn’t a man within 100 miles that has the balls to come out here, look me in the eyes and tell me any different.” But here comes HANGMAN! Adam Page is back and Indianapolis can’t believe it!
Hangman storms down to the ring, not yet cleared to compete but clearly not caring! And he gets right in the face with the man who concussed him in Moxley! Fans are ready for “COWBOY SH*T!” but Moxley smirks. “You sure you wanna do this, man, after what happened last time? Oh, I’m sorry. Do you not remember last time?” Hangman DECKS Moxley, proving he does! Hangman keeps after Moxley as they go outside the ring and he fires off! Moxley RAMS Hangman into railing but Hangman DECKS him again! Hangman wants after Moxley but security and referees rush out! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Moxley gets loose, only for Hangman to CLOBBER him!
Hangman rains down fists, Moxley gets back up, and Moxley dares Hangman to try that again. Hangman storms up and he DOES hit Moxley again! Fans are loving it but even MORE refs rush out to stop this! Fans still want to “Let Them Fight!” and Moxley breaks loose! Moxley takes a spill off the ramp, but he gets up again! They scrap, but the security and refs pile on top of them to smother this fight. Moxley goes out one tunnel, Hangman goes out the other, what will keep these two from fighting backstage!?
Dax Harwood w/ Cash Wheeler VS Bryan Danielson!
FTR acknowledged that they have had perhaps the best year possible as a tag team, but Dax the Ax wants to prove himself worthy against THE BEST WRESTLER in the world! The American Dragon accepted that challenge, and now we see if Dax is right. IS Bryan Danielson the best in the world? Or will Dax take that title and add it to his collection?
The bell rings and fans fire up already. Dax and Bryan circle, tie up, “This is Awesome!” already for Indy as the two break. Bryan and Dax circle, tie up again and Bryan headlocks and hits a takeover. Dax headscissors but Bryan moves around. Bryan headstands, turns Dax over, bridges and hooks the legs up. Dax avoids the headlock to facelock, but Bryan puts Dax on the ropes. The ref counts, Bryan lets off, but Dax ducks the kick! Dax and Bryan stare down and fans cheer this opening exchange. Bryan and Dax tie up again, Dax headlocks but Bryan powers out. Dax runs Bryan over, keeps moving, but Bryan drops.
Dax slide sunder the haymaker but swings into a takedown! Dax slips free to step through the legs! Bryan scrambles around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Dax tries to let off but Bryan is the one holding on with a leg scissor. The ref reprimands them both, Bryan lets off but then kicks Dax under the chin! So Dax stomps Bryan in return! Bryan scrambles out of the ring while Dax checks his chin. Fans rally up and the ring count starts. Bryan stands on the apron and has Dax back up. Bryan steps in, he and Dax tie up, and Bryan puts Dax in the corner. Bryan CHOPS, but Dax turns things around to CHOP back!
Dax stands Bryan up to CHOP again! And UPPERCUT! Bryan turns things around to CHOP, and KICK, and CHOP, and KICK, repeat! Bryan whips corner to corner but Dax reverses, only for Bryan to go up and over. Things keep moving, Bryan ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a waistlock. O’Conner Roll, TWO! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dax CHOPS Bryan again! Dax whips, Bryan reverses but Dax KICKS the back drop! Dax runs in but Bryan whips him out! Dax hits the apron hard, Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Dax ends up in the front row! Fans fire up and Bryan drags Dax up. Bryan ROCKS Dax but Dax CHOPS!
Dax ROCKS Bryan but Bryan fights back, they’re brawling right in front of the fans as AEW goes picture in picture! Dax finds the corner of the railing but Bryan is on him! They throw haymakers and CHOPS, Dax ROCKS Bryan and suplexes him up and over the railing! They crash down right in front of more fans! Indy is loving having the action right at their feet, but the ref checks both men. Dax and Bryan stir, sit up, and Dax fist bumps fans as he returns to ringside. Bryan is slower to stand, crawls his way to the ring, and Dax goes out to meet him. Dax eggs Bryan on, goes back into the ring, and Bryan slowly gets to the apron.
The count is 5 of 10 but Bryan gets in. Dax storms up to Bryan and Bryan eggs him on. Dax ROCKS Bryan, brings him around and CHOPS! And then CHOPS again! Bryan staggers to another corner but Dax follows him over to UPPERCUT! Dax UPPERCUTS again, then CHOPS again! Dax even hurt his hand on that one! Dax drags Bryan up again, to whip corner to corner. Dax runs in but Bryan BOOTS him back! Bryan ROCKS Dax with a forearm, CHOPS back, CHOPS more and more, then spins, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds on as Dynamite returns to single picture, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another!
Fans fire up with both men down on the mat. Dax stands up, climbs the corner, but Dax hops down to stalk Bryan. Dax drags Bryan up but Bryan switches. Dax switches, Bryan switches, repeat, but then Dax fakes Bryan out! Dax reels Bryan in but Bryan back drops the driver away! Dax makes that a sunset flip but Bryan rolls through, rolls Dax, and then ducks the haymaker. Dax ducks the roundhouse, then feints a haymaker to reel Bryan in! PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Dax can’t believe it! But fans rally up as Dax goes to the corner and climbs up. Dax DIVING HEADBUTTS but FLOPS as Bryan dodges! La Magistrol, TWO!!
Bryan hurries to the apron and Dax runs in, but Bryan jumps over! FLYING KNEE! Direct hit and both men are down on the outside! The ring count climbs, Dax and Bryan stand. Bryan CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Bryan puts Dax in, climbs up the corner himself, and fans rally back up. But Dax ROCKS Bryan first! Dax climbs up, brings Bryan up, but Bryan throws body shots. Bryan slips out to trip Dax up! Dax lands on his ax, Bryan climbs up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! The corner came gets a close-up look as those shots hit again and again! Bryan then stands Dax up for a SUPER BACK- CROSSBODY!! Dax turns it but Bryan rolls it! TWO!!!
Fans are thunderous while Bryan and Dax are both down on the mat! A standing count starts, both slowly rise, and they crawl to each other. Dax gives a junkyard dog headbutt, but Bryan gives it back! Dax headbutts again, but Bryan HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS as he stands up! Bryan whips, Dax reverses and wrenches and short arm LARIATS! But Bryan stays up and shakes his head! Dax LARIATS again, but Bryan still stays up! Dax swings again, Bryan dodges and LARIATS! But Dax stays up! Bryan LARIATS again, but Dax just eggs him on! They DOUBLE LARIAT, and DOUBLE LARIAT and DOUBLE LARIAT again!
Fans fire up as the lariats turn to haymakers, and then both men drop to their feet! Indy hopes they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Dax CLOBBERS Bryan point blank!! But Bryan gets up to LARIAT Dax! Dax and Bryan DOUBLE LARIAT again, and they both flop to the floor! Indy gives a standing ovation, and a standing count starts. “This is Awesome!” as Bryan stands. Bryan’s chest is almost as red as his tights, but then he BUZZ- NO, Dax blocks! Dax JABS, then gets Bryan up for a SLINGSHOT- NO, Bryan RANAS it! But Dax sunset flips that! TWO!! BUZZSAW!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up as both men are down again. A standing count, Bryan and Dax slowly sit up. Bryan stands up to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! Dax ducks the buzzsaw to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Bryan lands on his feet! Bryan ducks, dodges, BUSAIK- NO! Dax blocks the knee to SLINGSHOT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! But Dax has the legs and ties them up! SHARPSHOOTER!! Bryan endures, turns slightly, but Dax uses Bryan’s own kneepad for extra leverage! Bryan still reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Dax lets Bryan go and he drags Bryan away from ropes. Dax steps through but Bryan blocks to drag Dax into a cradle! TWO, Dax has the cradle, TWO!
Bryan has the cradle back, TWO! Dax has it again, TWO! Bryan, TWO!! Dax, TWO!! Bryan shifts to LEBELL LOCK!! Fans fire up as Dax endures! Dax reaches out but he’s so far away, he TAPS! Bryan wins!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission
Dax tried to slay the American Dragon, but he could not! Bryan may very well be the best wrestler in the world, but he nods and applauds the valiant effort of Dax Harwood. Will Dax still be in the conversation of greatest of all time?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
The Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal is back! But this time the prize is a match with MJF for the ring, and the Diamond Ring contender can name the time and place they face him for it! Matt Hardy, Brian Cage, Ethan Page, Jungle Boy, Dalton Castle and Captain Shawn Dean are among the known participants, but who comes out on top to go after MJF’s other precious possession?
Backstage interview with Ricky Starks.
Tony Schiavone brings up next week’s special Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal. The Absolute is the #1 contender to MJF’s AEW World Championship, and he’s in action later tonight to warm-up for Winter is Coming. Starks says that’s right, but he would like to make “an absolute announcement.” Starks is entering IN that battle royal! Starks is going to make a judgment call right now: Starks will WIN that battle royal! Why? Because Starks is coming for everything MJF has! The title, the diamond ring, and his spot at the top! Everything MJF has is owed to Starks as well. He is Absolute for a reason, he proves it tonight, next week and ultimate proves it at Winter is Coming! Will Ricky Starks single-handedly change the AEW landscape to close out the year?
Hangman Page is being escorted out by security.
But then he spots Moxley! The brawl is back on!! Who could’ve guessed?! They ditch the couple of security guards, and Hangman TOSSES Moxley into a garage door! Security rushes back in with reinforcements, but Moxley throws them aside to get at Hangman! Security and refs pry these two apart for what feels like the hundredth time already, what will it take for these two to wait for a match?
Renee Paquette holds a special sit-down interview with the Jericho Appreciation Society.
Renee is live in Nashville with Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker and thanks them for this time. She also has the Blackpool Combat Club’s Wheeler Yuta & Claudio Castagnoli here. She thanks them for being here, and thanks them all for agreeing to no physicality. Renee starts with Claudio, but then Menard speaks up! When Claudio loses to Chris Jericho next week and has no choice but to be in the JAS, “The beautiful thing about being a sports entertainer, Claudio, is you can be anything you want! You like yodeling? You can be a yodeler!” Renee has the JAS calm down, she hadn’t even asked a question.
The JAS oblige, and Renee says that at ROH Final Battle, in the main event, it will be Claudio VS Jericho for the ROH World title. What would it mean to Claudio to regain that title and bring it back to professional wrestling? It would mean a whole lot. That was his first world title anywhere. It would silence the doubting voice in his head that says he can’t win “the big one.” He needs to prove that, and vows he will prove that. Hager speaks up to just say, “I like this hat!” Then he takes out a matching bucket hat from his fanny pack, and he offers it to Claudio! Deep down, Claudio the Sports Entertainer will love the hat. They can be a great tag team again!
Claudio says he is sick of this! He is sick of the JAS, of sit-down interviews, and being on stage with microphones. He came to AEW to prove he is the best WRESTLER! He does that at Final Battle when he beats Jericho! Claudio throws his chair away but the JAS laughs like hyenas. Garcia says the BCC is falling apart! Yuta says Garcia shouldn’t talk about stuff he knows nothing about! Garcia says alright, here’s what he does know: he made the right choice staying with the JAS! Because that little combat club is falling apart! They’ll prove it next week on Dynamite by “beating up some pro-wrestling dorks!” Hager & Garcia VS Claudio & Yuta!
Yuta says he is done with the JAS, the stupid hat, the stupid nicknames, and those suspenders with a belt. What the hell are you doing, Parker? The only reason Garcia isn’t just dead to Yuta is because Yuta wants that ROH Pure Championship! So yeah, tag match challenge accepted. But at Final Battle, Garcia puts the Pure title on the line and they end this. Garcia says okay then. Yuta storms off now, will the BCC reclaim gold and honor to end their 2022?
AEW TNT Championship: Samoa Joe VS AR Fox!
Sure, Wardlow wants his belt back, but #TwoBeltsJoe is already ready to move on. Will Joe stay the Double Television Champion? Or will the newest high-flyer to go #AllElite start off with a bang?
The introductions are made, the AEW title is raised, and we see just who is The Face of TNT!
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Fans sing “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” as the two tie up. Joe powers Fox to a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Joe then throws a body shot, JAB, JAB, JAB, JAB, and HEAD CHOP! Fans fire up, Joe stomps Fox and drags him up. Joe DECKS Fox, then mockingly applauds. Joe brings Fox up but Fox throws hands! Joe HEADBUTTS Fox, runs, but Fox goes Matrix to duck the lariat! Fox PELES Joe and Joe tumbles out of the ring! Fans fire up as Fox builds speed and FLIES! But Joe moves aside! Only for Fox to roll through and stand back up! Joe turns around into a BOOT!
Joe gets in the ring, Fox follows and CLUBS away! Joe sweeps the legs! Fox lands on his face, Joe lands on Fox with a SENTON! Joe snarls at Fox as AEW goes picture in picture.
Joe covers, TWO! Joe sits Fox up to CHOP him to ropes, then stands him up. Joe bumps Fox off buckles, then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Joe storms up to Fox, drags him up, but Fox throws body shots! Fox runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Joe snarls, stalks Fox and then covers, ONE!! Fox is showing toughness and that amuses Joe. Joe drags Fox up, snapmares him and clamps on a hard neck wrench! Fox endures as Joe leans all his weight on the twist! Fox fights up as fans rally, and Fox throws body shots. Joe throws Fox down by his head! The ref reprimands, and Fox sits up, into a MULE KICK! Cover, TWO!
Now Joe is frustrated as Fox sticks around. Joe stalks Fox to ropes, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Joe CLUBS away on Fox’s back with big forearm shots, then CHOPS him on the back! Fox slumps down and Joe smirks as he digs his boot in. The ref count, Joe lets off, and then Joe paces around. Joe drags Fox back up, HEADBUTTS him, but Fox kicks back! Joe throws a forearm, Fox kicks, repeat, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Fox runs, but Joe scoops to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Fox barely bridges up for that, and Joe taunts him. Joe puts Fox in a corner, hoists him up top, but Fox throws forearms!
Joe CHOPS Fox back! And then climbs up after Fox, but Fox throws body shots! Joe steps back, Fox FLYING DDTs! Fans fire up and Fox MULE KICKS, BUZZSAWS, but then Joe ducks the heel kick, only to get a BASEMENT CUTTER! Fox hurries up top, 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and shocks Fox! Fans fire up as Fox pounds the mat. Fox has some blood in his mouth but he just goes back up top. Fox leaps, but Joe moves aside. This time Fox crashes and burns! Joe runs to POUNCE Fox into the ropes! Joe hoists Fox up top, tucks him in, MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)
A strong first defense, he gets both belts on his shoulders, and then he gets a mic. “Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to welcome you to a new and glorious era! For I am the One True King of Television!” But Wardlow is on the tron! “Hey, self-proclaimed King of TV. Wow, that’s almost as good as the last nickname you came up with in War Joe. Listen, I hope you enjoyed playing the role, because I’m coming for what’s mine! Cuz Joe, this ain’t your world, this is WARDLOW’S WORLD!” Wardlow has the fans chanting his name, will Joe have to watch his back from now on?
“Powerhouse” Will Hobbs continues his homecoming journey.
Still in Oakland, California, Hobbs says, “I walk along these streets… I’ve been bullied, I’ve been beaten up. It’s only made me tougher.” The guys on the street rolling dice spot him and give him space. They all wonder who that was, but know not to mess with him. Hobbs continues to narrate, “I’m going to let each and every one of you feel the pain, the hurt, the happiness. I’m taking what belongs to me.”
AEW presents a new Technique By Taz.
We review Hook’s match with Lee Moriarty in defense of the FTW Championship. Taz points out that Hook’s escape from the Border City Stretch was all about breaking wrist control and sitting out to shift and pop free. Then Hook gets the half nelson and cross choke for the Redrum. Moriarty may be a submission savant, but Hook might be a prodigy. Will the Cold-Hearted, Handsome Devil continue to make his father proud in defending that title?
William Regal is here!
Indianapolis boos as “this snake, this coward” (Excalibur’s words on commentary) makes his way to the ring. Moxley is no longer in the building so Regal doesn’t have to hide. He walks down the Burberry carpet and into the ring where something is on a pedestal under a cover. Regal gets a mic while fans boo more, and he says, “Ladies and gentlemen… Your new AEW World Champion… Maxwell Jacob Friedman!” MJF makes his entrance, here as promised last week. Fans are torn as MJF swaggers his way out, belt around his waist and Burberry scarf around his neck. MJF goes to the ring, mic already in hand.
MJF and Regal hug, and MJF says, “I know you people aren’t very bright, but when The Best Wrestler on God’s Green Earth is holding a microphone, you keep your hillbilly mouths shut.” Fans boo more as MJF says, “I would now like to tell you people how my and Mr. Regal’s unholy union-” Fans tell MJF to STFU and that gives him pause. “How uncouth.” But MJF finishes his thought by saying, “Not too long ago, Mr. Regal sent me an email and it was right after The Firm had attacked me, and that email reads as follows.
“Maxwell, I watched on as The Firm attacked you. It’s become very clear you’ve grown weak. I see all the potential in you to not just become a villain, but the greatest villain of our time. However, as I’ve said previously, you have much to learn. I’m willing to help you reach your true potential, but if you want to get the world title around your waist, this time you mustn’t grab the Dynamite Ring. Instead, you must grab the brass one. Yours Sincerely, Sir William Regal.” It was after that that MJF and Regal secretly met, and MJF is not afraid to admit that Regal is a genius.
MJF was more than apt to listen when Regal said to not use the diamond ring, but the brass knuckles. Regal didn’t want MJF to just beat Moxley, no no. He wanted MJF to leave Moxley with a lesson in the form of an emotional scar so that Moxley will never forget the day that he was outsmarted by MJF. “Now let’s talk about The Firm, shall we?” MJF knows everyone wants to know what he’s going to do to The Firm, “and to be honest, eh. I kinda respect The Firm. They saw a weakness in me, and like sharks smelling blood, they attacked, and I would’ve done the exact same thing.
“And let’s be fair, even if I did harbor some resentment, Mr. Regal, do I really seem like the type to chase anyone down?” Regal says no. MJF says that’d take effort. And as Indy knows oh too well, effort is for poors like all of them! See, MJF is above that. And speaking of things MJF is above, let’s talk about the belt, shall we? When MJF became our AEW World Champion, he made a promise to himself that he’d make changes around here. Out with the old, in with the new, and so looking at this belt, he wants to vomit in his mouth. And that’s not just from being in Indiana.
Fans boo more but MJF says, “It’s because it desperately needs an upgrade. This belt is tacky, it lacks class, and to make matters worse, it reminds me of all the men who held it previously. And if we’re being honest with ourselves, yeah, sure, they were all talented in their own rights, I guess. But I think we can all agree none of them are on my level. And that is specifically why this version of the title, much like all of you, is garbage.” MJF throws down Pretty Platinum! And then Regal unveils the BURBERRY STRAPPED AEW World Championship! MJF introduces to the world, the new and improved AEW World Championship, “Triple B: The Big Burberry Belt!”
Fans boo but MJF says this is now the most important, prestigious and prolific world title in all of pro-wrestling, and that’s because MJF is the one holding it! “No one, and I mean no one, deserves to be recognized as world champion except for me! Not any of your over-hyped, overrated pieces of trash you guys constantly push for. Fake tough guys like Eddie Kingston…” Fans start chanting for “Eddie! Eddie!” MJF says they can chant all they want, Eddie will NEVER be world champion. MJF calls out other fake tough guys like Ricky Starks. Starks is a fake star is what he is!
And speaking of fakes, let’s talk about the worst of the worst, the middest of the mid, fake wrestlers like Bryan Danielson! Fans boo but MJF says, “No offense, in comparison to me, Bryan Danielson couldn’t wrestle his way out of a gaddamn paper bag. No offense, Mr. Regal, you tried everything you could. Some people just can’t be helped.” MJF tells Indy to pipe down, but speaking of people who can’t be helped, here’s a message to everyone on HIS show, in HIS locker room and on HIS roster. “So long as I’m in this company, you will never know what it feels like to be on top, because I am going to be world champion for a very long time. All the way, in fact, until the bidding war of 2024!”
At that time, Triple B will be a bargaining chip to get the biggest money contract in the history of the business! MJF will make more money in a day than any of these white trash hicks in their miserable lives! “I just pray to God the right Khan foots the bill, and Lord knows I ain’t talking about Tony.” MJF grins at the camera because he’s talking about “Mah boi, jolly ol’ Saint Nick! And my other boy, The Game, Trips. And if I’m being completely transparent here, Mr. Regal, come January 1st, 2024, I don’t even know if a wrestling company wins the bidding war, because quite frankly, I am getting sick and tired of having to look at disgusting, grotesque professional wrestling fans on a weekly basis. Maybe Hollywood wins!”
MJF grins as fans boo more. But MJF isn’t deaf. He knows there is an interesting amount of fans who were over the moon for him to become champion! Okay, to those fans, fantastic. But call him “Mystic Max,” because their happiness will soon turn to resentment, because those fans are fickle! “Pretty soon, you’ll be saying stuff like, ‘I am sick of MJF! He’s so boring! He’s so repetitive! All he does is talk! He never wrestles. He’s a coward!’ There it is!” Fans chant “BORING~!” as MJF continues to predict the rants about making opponents jump through hoops. But to those people, MJF says, “Great.”
Because y’know who keeps tuning in, praying to God that someone takes Triple B off MJF? YOU! MJF says during his long and illustrious reign, Triple B will be defended very rarely, and he will wrestler very rarely, because unlike everyone else, he’s a special attraction. “In order for you discussing poors to see me defend my title, nine times outta ten, you will have to reach into your pockets for that small amount of money that you have, and buy a PPV in hopes to see someone dethrone me. Newsflash: they won’t. I am about to have a world title reign that will make Hulk Hogan, JBL and Jeff Jarrett seem short and sweet!
“I am about to have a world title reign that is gonna make that shmuck, Bruno Sammartino, roll in his shitty little grave!” Fans boo as MJF stoops to new lows in his insults. MJF says we are now in the Era of MJF, and his reign of terror has only just begun. Fans boo as he holds up Triple B, but then MJF remembers something! He knows fans are confused by all this, but hold on. MJF brings the brass knuckles out and says without these, and without Regal, none of this is possible. The fans might’ve booed when Regal came out here, but everyone still respects him, both fans and wrestlers alike. Because for 40 YEARS, Regal, has given blood, sweat, tears, and sacrificed so much to the business!
MJF gets fans to cheer Regal because Regal loves the business. So that’s why MJF wanted to say from the bottom of his heart, SUCKER PUNCH WITH THE KNUCKLES!!!! Fans boo as hard as ever as MJF walks over and squats by Regal’s prone body. “It’s funny. You said I had much to learn, and yet you’re the one who made a deal with The Devil. So allow me to leave you with the words you left me seven long years ago. ‘Will, the game has changed. MJF exclusive hires top talents and top world class athletes. When you’re of them, send me your stuff. Yours Sincerely, the World Champion, Maxwell Jacob Friedman.'”
MJF drops the mic, brings Triple B with him, and leaves through the crowd. Bryan hurries to Regal’s side, along with the medics. Regal wanted to make the greatest villain of all time, but he have just created the worst monster of all time! Did MJF cross a line no one should ever cross?
AEW returns as Regal is loaded into an ambulance.
He has a neck brace and backboard as he is on the stretcher. Bryan is there, he’s going to ride with Regal to the hospital. Will Lord Regal be alright? Will someone avenge him by ruining all of MJF’s plans for his future?
Ricky Starks VS Ari Daivari!
Speaking of, the Absolute #1 contender plans to ruin the holidays for MJF by taking both world title AND diamond ring! Will Starks be red hot going into the battle royal? Or will Daivari Dinero already ruin Ricky’s own run?
Before the bell, Stokely Hathaway walks out to have everyone wait. He also has Ethan Page and Matt Hardy with him, and Hardy steals the spotlight by getting the fans cheering for V1 and “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Stokely tells Hardy to get his ass to the back! Hardy smiles, but Ethan tells him to not forget that The Firm owns his ass! And in that Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal, Hardy’s gonna help Ethan win it all, because Ricky took away that #1 contendership away from him! So Ethan vows to take the battle royal from Starks. AND, Ethan is calling his shot right now!
At Winter is Coming, after MJF whoops Starks’ ass around the whole arena defending the world title successfully, Ethan will whoop MJF’s tired ass! Then Ethan will be the one with the diamond ring, and Starks will just watch and cry. IF he makes it to Winter is Coming. Daivari CLOBBERS Starks in the corner! The ref rings the bell, Daivari stomps a mudhole, then he fires off hands. Daivari whips, Starks ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR! Fans fire up with Starks and he drags Daivari up! Underhooks, gut wrench, ROSHAMBEAUX!! Cover, Starks wins!
Winner: Ricky Starks, by pinfall
Starks looks at Ethan and Stokely as they’re already eating their words. Will All Ego be deflated in that battle royal? Will Starks win big again to then go for BOTH of MJF’s prizes?
Backstage interview with Jamie Hayter, Britt Baker & Rebel.
Tony Schiavone is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, the Doctor, and the Doctor’s Assistant and brings up last week how Britt & Hayter won big in tag team action. Britt wants Tony to keep “Doctor” in how he addresses her. And also, she shouts out the big win by her Pittsburgh Steelers right here in Indianapolis. But let’s talk about what is really concerning: The coming sit-down interview Renee has with Saraya. Hayter has a great idea! Why not a sit-down interview with THE Women’s World Champion! A little chat even. And he will, next week. Renee can sit her ass at home! It’s settled, yours truly, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.
Willow Nightingale VS Anna Jay “A S” w/ Tay Melo!
Things are getting fierce in the invigorated AEW Women’s Division, and the always positive powerhouse is positively gonna pummel the Star of the Show! Will Willow keep the energy going to the top of the rankings? Or will the Queenslayer choke her out?
The bell rings and Anna smirks as she circles with Willow. Anna avoids Willow but Willow clamps onto an arm! Anna whips free but Willow runs her over! Fans fire up as Willow runs, rolls then runs Anna over! Willow flexes, drags Anna up and short arm LARIATS! And short arm LARIATS again! Anna ELBOWS back but swings into a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as Willow runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Anna goes to a corner, fans rally for Willow and she runs in to back body block! Willow does a dance, whips Anna corner to corner, then runs in to back body block again! Anna dodges the lariat to ROCK Willow, run and HEEL KICK!
Anna shoves Willow down, goes up the corner, and leaps for a BLOCKBUSTER! Anna mocks Willow before the cover, ONE!! Anna is upset as AEW goes picture in picture.
Willow gets to ropes but Anna CHOKES her! The ref counts, Anna lets off and paces about. Willow throws body shots but Anna CLUBS her down. Anna CHOKES Willow, the ref counts, but Tay is also talking trash. Anna lets off and Tay gets a cheap shot in! Willow swipes at Tay but she gets away, and then Anna bumps Willow off buckles. Anna stalks Willow, CLUBS her down, then shouts at the fans to shut up. Willow kicks Anna, Anna ROCKS Willow, and Anna whips Willow corner to corner. Anna runs in to back elbow Willow down! Anna talks more trash, covers, TWO! Fans rally but Anna bumps Willow off buckles.
Anna ROCKS Willow again, whips her to ropes, then CLOBBERS her with an elbow! Anna soaks up the heat while Willow crawls. Anna CHOKES Willow on the mat, the ref counts and Anna lets off to then cover, ONE!! Anna is annoyed at Willow’s toughness, and she CLUBS Willow down. Anna bumps Willow off buckles, digs her boots in, then lets off at 4. Tay applauds as Anna snapmares Willow for elbows! Anna clamps on a chinlock and she squeezes tight. But Willow endures and fans rally up. Willow fights up, only for Anna to wrangle her down. Willow fights up again, throws body shots, and AEW returns to single picture.
Willow ROCKS Anna, but Anna ROCKS Willow. Willow ROCKS Anna, so Anna ROCKS Willow! Fans rally as the shots go back and forth, and Willow CHOPS and ROCKS and CHOPS! Anna KNEES low, whips, but Willow reverses. Willow runs in to back body block in the corner, and LARIAT! Snapmare, run and BOOT! Fans fire up with Willow and she whips Anna to ropes, for a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO!! Anna survives but Willow drags her back up. Willow fireman’s carries, Anna slips off to waistlock but Willow elbows free. Willow runs, into a spin and wrench and HOOK KICK! Then a Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Willow survives and upsets TayJay! Fans fire up and cheer Willow on as she rises up. Anna shouts she’s gonna choke her out! QUEENSLAYER!! But BACKPACK SENTON turns that round! Willow drags Anna up and gut wrenches, but Tay gets on the apron! Willow DECKS her for it! Anna reels Willow in but Willow fights the clinch with elbows! Gut wrench, but Anna hooks a leg to roll! Cradle, TWO!! Anna hurries but Willow BOOTS and LARIATS! Fans fire up and Willow drags Anna back up! Gut wrench, DOCTOR BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall
No weeping Willow here! She’s all smiles as she gets another great win! Will Willow will her way to a title opportunity in time for the holidays?
But wait! TayJay aren’t done having a bad time, cuz RUBY SOHO Is back! Tay thinks she’s coming from the ramp, but nope! Ruby slips in from the crowd! Tay turns around, and Ruby tackles her! Ruby rains down fists! Anna returns but Ruby DECKS her! Tay ROCKS Ruby, but Ruby just grins! Ruby chases Tay out of the ring and brings her around to HEADBUTT! Tay wobbles, Ruby brings Tay around again, into DESTINATION UNKNOWN to the ramp! Ruby sits with Tay and gives her a kiss on the forehead. Is the Runaway going to run through the Brazilian Goddess?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai himself says, “Before this week is done, you will have seen more of us making less of them.” The House is back from the dead, what does this mean for AEW?
Backstage interview with QT Marshall and Orange Cassidy.
Schiavone notes we all saw The Factory and Best Friends fall victim to the return of Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews. They agreed to this time to talk it out. QT wants to talk directly to Cassidy since he keeps getting interrupted. QT wants a shot at the All-Atlantic Championship. Cassidy says no problem. Oh, yeah, okay. Then this Friday on Rampage, it won’t just be a normal match! QT wants a Lumberjack match! Yeah, love it, great. See you then. QT can’t stand that, though he got what he wanted, Cassidy kept talking over him. But since he got what he wanted, will QT get the title? Or will he just get what he deserves?
The Baddies are here!
And it is a celebration for the still undefeated AEW TBS Champion! Jade Cargill is 42-0, has the physical belt back, and has Red Velvet back, though she kicked Kiera Hogan to the curb. That aside, they and Leila Grey go to the ring, Velvet and Leila in magenta to contrast with all the green and gold. The confetti cannons go off with red, while Jade has the mic to say, “Now we all know why we’re here tonight: because of me, and my big ass celebration! But before we begin, let me address something and set the record straight. I made the Baddies, I say who stays and who goes. Now you see, I got rid of the trash last week. So I’m so confused as to why you two were chilling with her this past weekend!”
Velvet shrugs, Leila rolls her eyes, but Jade says she is done playing games! Jade got her belt back from Nyla Rose at Full Gear! Understand that to stand next to Jade is a blessing. So either you two get in line, or they can step. Because they are eating on her dime, making names off of her, and this whole company is eating off of her! SHE is the brightest star the company has! Stand her next to any wrestler in the back, and every consumer knows she’s the star! No one has Jade’s face, Jade’s body, or Jade’s aura. NOBODY! Leila and Velvet seem to agree with that since they’re staying right there in the ring.
Jade then asks the fans, “So you tell me what we’re gonna do about that. And you all can play, but I put asses in seats!” Plenty of the fans agree with that. “I wrestle for bad bitches. Now cameramen, do your job and get my Baddies.” The cameras do in fact find the Indy Baddie Section as Jade continues. “I am the real deal! I am nothing but real. And like I said, I create careers. And speaking of careers, Lil’ Bow Wow is a joke! Is a total joke!” But wait, Bow Wow is on the tron! And he says, “Jadey, baby, you deserve all the flowers in the world. Congratulations on your little win. It was cute, really cute.”
But to get to business, time is money and Bow Wow is all about money. He’s done with his tour, has a lot of time on his hands, so what does that mean? “See you soon. Real, real soon.” Jade doesn’t understand what the hell is going on with Bow Wow, but she and the Baddies storm out of the ring. Who, if anyone, will ever dethrone #ThatBitch?
The Acclaimed speak.
Billy Gunn is with Max Caster & Anthony Bowens backstage, and he’s like a drill sergeant with his trainees. He asks, “Why is there a camera in our face?” Bowens answers, “Because AEW stands for Acclaimed Every Wednesday.” Billy asks, “Why do you two not have a match on Dynamite?” Caster answers, “Because Everyone Loves the Acclaimed, and no one wants to fight us, Daddy Ass.” Billy asks, “And what are you two going to do about it?” Bowens says, “I have an idea, Daddy Ass.” Then would he like to let us all know? Bowens says this Friday on Rampage, they give a tag title opportunity to the best tag team in AEW!
How can that possibly be when THEY are the best team in AEW?! Caster says Bowens meant the second best team, Daddy Ass. Sorry. Okay. Then there’s only one thing left to do: SCISSOR FINGER~!!! Who is the second best team in AEW? AKA the #1 contenders? We’ll see this Friday when Rampage returns to its regular time of 10 PM Eastern!
AEW World Trios Championships Best of 7, Match 3: Death Triangle VS The Elite!
PAC, Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M ruined the return of Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks with a bell hammer. Then they cheated the second match with another bell hammer. Will there be THREE hammers in this third match? Or can the Best Bout Machine and his boys finally get on the board?
The fans sing Carry On My Wayward Son for The Elite, and then the introductions are made. But then The Elite attack Death Triangle on the ramp! Omega is after Fenix, Matt Jackson is after Pac and Nick Jackson is after Penta! Fans fire up as the brawl goes from ramp to stage, but then also down the ramp. Indy fires up for “THE! ELITE! THE THE ELITE!” as Omega and Nick mug Fenix. Matt ROCKS Penta, the ref reprimands everyone, but Penta runs, into a back drop to the ramp! Nick kicks Fenix, runs to get a boost from Matt, the RANA sends Fenix down the ramp! Omega RAMS Pac into part to the tunnel, to hit a KOTARO KRUSHER to the stage!
The Bucks check on Omega, that elevated bulldog really hurts the tailbone and hip. Nick CLUBS away on Pac, drags him up, and Matt walks Pac with Nick down the ramp. They head for ringside, Omega walks off the pain, and the Bucks set Pac up. Omega runs down the ramp to build up speed, for a SUPERKICK from Pac!! The Lucha Brothers then somersault down the ramp, DOUBLE STUNNERS!! Death Triangle turns things around on Elite and this still isn’t even on record as AEW goes picture in picture!
Fenix CLUBS Omega, ROCKS him and they end up going around the ramp. Matt and Nick hobble, Penta and Pac keep on them. Omega and Fenix brawl just offstage in front of fans. Fenix UPPERCUTS, Penta CLUBS and KICKS Nick to send him along the pyro grate. Nick hits Penta back and TOSSES Penta off onto Fenix and Omega! Pac and Matt brawl at center stage while Nick LEAPS to AX HANDLE Penta back down! Matt KICKS Pac towards that side of the stage, reels him in, but Pac blocks the suplex. Matt keeps trying but Pac throws body shots. Matt throws those shots back, then punches away on Pac’s forehead!
Matt gets space, runs but Pac BOOTS him away! Then Pac says what the hell, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS onto Nick, Omega and the Lucha Brothers!! Death Triangle then drags Nick and Omega up, but Matt SUPER CROSSBODIES them all down! Omega helps Matt up and the Elite drag Death Triangle up. The brawling continues, going back to the ramp and then to ringside. Omega sends Penta into railing while Nick sends Pac into the apron. Fenix whips but Matt reverses to send Fenix into barriers! Matt mocks Fenix’s pain then kicks him down! Matt then brings Fenix around to have him join the others ringside.
Dynamite returns to single picture, Brandon Cutler is vlogging this for The Elite as they set up Death Triangle. They all put one out, but the ref wants this to finally get in the ring. Omega says fine, and he puts Penta in the ring. The bell finally sounds and NOW this is a match! Then Omega kicks Penta out of the ring, the Bucks DOUBLE APRON POWERBOMB Fenix and Pac! Omega then brings Penta around, but Penta fights that bomb off to CHOP Omega! And CHOP Matt! And tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER Nick! Omega rushes back in, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Penta as he shouts, “CERO! MIEDO!”
But then Penta moves, Matt WRECKS the ref with that wrecking ball dropkick!! And Alex Abrahantes sneaks a bell hammer to Penta! Penta hurries, hiding that hammer in his waistband. Penta then sets that down in a corner, and builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on The Elite! Penta puts Omega in, grabs said hammer, and fans are torn! Fenix gets in and he tells Penta NO! They’ve already done this enough for his liking! Penta tells him to shut up and just watch! But then Fenix grabs the hammer from Penta! V-TRIGGER hits Fenix!! Fenix flops out of the ring, Penta kicks Omega and tucks! But Omega slips out, the Bucks DOUBLE SUPERKICK Penta!
Omega hurries to SNAP DRAGON! Penta flounders, the ref is finally up, and fans are thunderous as Omega drags Penta back up. POWERBOMB, flip over and V-TRIGGER!! Cover, but Pac breaks it! Nick kicks Pac and sends him out. Omega goes corner to corner but Penta BOOTS him away! Nick runs in but is put on the apron! Matt runs in, but he’s also put on the apron. Omega runs back in but Penta dodges so Omega takes the DOUBLE ENZIGURI! Penta SUPERKICKS Omega! Fenix SUPERKICKS Matt! Pac BOOTS Nick! Death Triangle sets Omega up in a drop zone, Death Triangle all climb the same corner!
Fans fire up as Death Triangle takes aim at an Elite each! Penta DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS while Fenix and Pac DOUBLE ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Penta hauls Omega up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tuck and FEAR FACTOR!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Penta cannot believe it! Tag to Pac and “This is Awesome!” as Pac goes up top. Nick runs in to get Omega to safety! Nick then ducks under Pac’s leap and SUPERKICKS him on the return! Nick aims at Penta but Penta blocks his superkick! Fenix SUPERKICKS Nick! Matt SUPERKICKS Fenix! And SUPERKICKS Penta! Matt hits NORTHERN LIGHTS on Penta, and starts up the Polar Express!
But Fenix LEAPS in, only for Matt to catch him! DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans are thunderous as Pac BOOTS Matt down! Omega staggers to a corner, Pac runs in, and he BOOTS Omega! Pac puts Omega up top, climbs up after him, and then stands Omega up. Omega fights the superplex to fire off forearms and elbows! Pac clings to the ropes to stay up! They get forehead to forehead, but Omega fires off forearm after forearm! Pac just keeps taking those shots! Pac HEADBUTTS Omega in return! The brace might’ve helped in that! Pac stands Omega up, for a SUPER FALCON ARROW!!! Cover, TWO!!!
Omega survives again and fans are thunderous as AEW goes picture in picture.
Fenix CLOBBERS Matt on the outside, Pac and Omega slowly sit up in the ring. Nick coaches Omega, but Pac drags him to the Death Triangle corner. Pac stomps Omega, kicks him, then drags him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Fenix, he snapmares Omega and BUZZSAWS! Pac KICKS, Penta KICKS, and then Death Triangle TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Jackknife cover, but Nick breaks it! Fenix bumps Omega off buckles, CLUBS him, then tags Penta. Penta turns Omega around to CHOP! Omega staggers but Penta brings him back. Tag to Pac, he CHOPS Omega down! Pac paces while Omega is stinging.
Pac eggs the fans on, taunts the Bucks, but he turns around into a CHOP from Omega! Omega CHOPS but Pac kicks out a leg to BOOT Omega down! Pac then BOOTS Nick down for good measure! Pac kicks Omega around, taunts him, then ROCKS him! Omega ROCKS Pac back! Pac ROCKS Omega, Omega ROCKS Pac, and they go back and forth! Pac fires off a flurry and Omega wobbles! Pac pushes Omega around, Omega throws body shots but they’re a bit weak. Dynamite returns to single picture as Pac eggs Omega on. Omega fires stronger body shots now, so Pac SOBATS! Pac runs, but into a V-TRIGGER!
Pac wobbles against ropes, Omega runs in but Pac dodges to SNAP GERMAN! But Omega is up to LARIAT Pac down! Fans are thunderous and their teams are chomping at the bit! Omega and Pac crawl, reach out, hot tags to Fenix and Nick! They DOUBLE LARIAT, and again, then Fenix shoves, but Nick dodges the rolling sobat! Nick runs in, whips Fenix, but Fenix tiger feint rewinds! Nick ducks the heel kick to SUPERKICK! But Fenix kips up, only for Nick to block that superkick to SCREW HIGH KICK! Fenix stays up so Nick wheelbarrows into a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Fenix is still in this but Nick tags Matt.
The Bucks drag Fenix up, double whip, but Fenix ducks and springboards, but the Bucks catch his crossbody! Nick helps Matt position Fenix in the gut wrench, then Nick goes to the apron! But Fenix RANAS Matt into Nick! Fans fire up as Fenix somersaults, but Matt catches him to a fireman’s carry! Nick goes up the corner, MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! The full combo of rolling senton, 450 splash and moonsault connects! Cover, but Penta SUPERKICKS it apart! Nick throws Penta back out and fans fire up! Nick and Matt sit Fenix up, B T E- SUPERKICKS from Pac & Penta! Omega ROCKS Pac, ROCKS Penta, CHOPS Pac then CHOPS Penta!
Omega fires off hands on Penta and he drops! Pac swings, into a full nelson! Pac breaks that so Omega waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES, only for Pac to land on his feet! Fenix somersault CUTTERS Omega! Fenix tags Penta, Penta tags Pac. Penta drags Matt up, “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix is up top, Penta tucks Matt in, DOUBLE STOMP FEAR FACTOR!! Fenix then DIVES onto Nick and Omega! Tag to Pac and he climbs up! Penta goes up and up to ESCALERA SPLASH! 450 SPLASH from Pac! Cover, TWO!!! Matt survives and Pac is fuming! Matt flounders to a corner, Pac runs in and UPPERCUTS! Pac reels Matt in to BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!!
The Bastard is furious as Matt survives again. Pac drags Matt back into the drop zone then climbs up. BLACK ARROW, into Matt’s knees!!! Cradle, THE ELITE WIN!!!
Winners: The Elite, by pinfall (the series is now 2-1, in favor of Death Triangle)
FINALLY, The Elite score one on Death Triangle! But they’ve still got a long way to go in this Best of 7! Omega gets the mic to say, “There was never gonna be a sweep, as long as The Cleaner’s in town. We’re bringing this back, it’s gonna be a reverse sweep. And boy, this is the first time in awhile I’ve been able to close a show. So without any further adieu, I must bid you all a good bye, mwah! And good night, BANG! Now play that song again, would ya?” Fans sing Carry On again as Dynamite goes off the air. Will The Elite come back from being down two to win this in six? Or will Winter is Coming cool them off so that Death Triangle can get hot again?
Great Dynamite here to pave more of the road for Winter is Coming. For one, a very creative change to the Dynamite Diamond Ring Battle Royal since the current ringbearer is also the current AEW World Champion. I had a feeling Starks would want in on that on top of being #1 contender to the world title. Starks squashed Daivari, he really should win the battle royal so he can make Winter is Coming a Winner Takes All situation. At the same time, that does seem a shame to have Starks lose both prizes, so maybe Starks calls for a double header? He may not win the belt but he can win the ring and take MJF’s ace in the hole.
And speaking of the battle royal, I do like that Ethan wants to force Hardy to help him, but I bet Hardy finds a way to mess that up for him. Then maybe that starts things towards Hardy liberating himself and Private Party from The Firm. #HardyParty has been building up wins on Dark and Elevation, they could be Trios contenders on the other side of Elite VS Death Triangle, and that could be all the more reason The Firm will want to keep them under contract as long as possible.
Great opening segment from Moxley and the surprise return of Hangman! Of course it turns into a brawl that happens again backstage, and that will definitely be a match for Winter is Coming. And I think we will get the proper finish there we were meant to see in the title match. Amazing first match of the night in Bryan VS Dax tonight. Dax has definitely proven himself as a great wrestler, no matter what division we’re talking about. He loves being a tag guy with Cash, but maybe before calling it a day, Dax will win a midcard title. Perhaps the All-Atlantic Championship since Cassidy loves putting that thing up.
QT and Cassidy had a hilarious little promo to set up a match for Rampage, but a Lumberjack Match is just tailor made for the House of Black showing up and wrecking everyone ringside. I’m pretty sure Cassidy retains the title either way, and he’ll likely defend it against Malakai 1v1. Acclaimed have a good promo to set up a tag title match, but I don’t see FTR stepping up to them on a Rampage. It’ll probably be whoever is second on the contender’s list. And whichever that team is, they’re losing to The Acclaimed. FTR and Gunn Sons have to set up something for Final Battle, it’s what makes sense.
Speaking of other things that were set up for Final Battle and that make sense, great sit-down interview promo from JAS and BCC, especially with Claudio being fed up with the constant interviews. Hager bringing out a second purple bucket hat is hilarious, too. Hager & Garcia VS Claudio & Yuta will be a great tag match, Garcia VS Yuta will be a great Pure title match since we’ve seen it a couple times already. But I cannot be sure where the titles go. Of the two, I see Garcia losing, but then that means Claudio will be forced to sports entertain. A part of me would love seeing what happens with that, though.
The celebration for The Baddies wasn’t much of a celebration, and they didn’t even get to have the clearly red velvet cake. But Jade really amped up her arrogance saying Jade is AEW. I almost thought this was the moment she turned off Velvet and Leila for good, but guess not. And Bow Wow either has a proxy to dethrone Jade, or he is such a distraction that Jade loses. I can’t be sure who Bow Wow introduces in the first idea, while that second idea feels a bit cheap. I suppose it does keep Jade strong in her first loss ever, but Jade is so good as a character that she deserves to be beat by someone straight up so there’s no excuse.
Good match for Willow VS Anna and a very good win for Willow. But since she’s lost multiple times to Jade, she probably has to wait until Jade loses it so she can go after the new champ. And a great return for Ruby in her hometown, she and Willow can both build momentum taking the fight to TayJay. Good promo from Hayter and Britt to keep the “hate-on” for Saraya. Nice return of Technique by Taz, and I really liked the orange filter. No idea who is next for Hook, or who dethrones him, but Hook is finally facing people that challenge him, so that’s good.
Another great vignette for Hobbs. He really should be TNT Champion, but it is nice to get some real depth for his character. He’ll definitely be the next TNT Champion after Wardlow VS Joe. Joe VS Fox was a great match, too, and it’s great for Fox to be somewhere higher profile. MJF continues to be great on the mic, but he should be pissed at whoever made that belt for him. The Big Burberry Belt just looks like a Big Brown Belt because of how muted those colors ended up on the leather. But you do have to appreciate MJF has picked up the mantle of “AEW’s HHH Parody” with Cody Rhodes in WWE.
And just as things were starting to drag on, MJF turns it all around with that sucker punch to Regal! Bryan was devastated, but he’ll surely return with rage, wanting after MJF, and I wonder if Tony Khan already shoots down MJF’s “PPVs only” stipulation by making MJF face Bryan at like Holiday Bash or New Year’s Smash to see if MJF even makes it to 2023 as champion. Also, lots of people are talking about Regal going back to WWE but not going back to WWE, I don’t know which will happen, but this is of course a way to write him off for a moment and give him a great return moment to screw MJF over.
And lastly, what a great main event for the trios titles. I feel like half of the segment wasn’t even officially a match. These two teams keep busting out great stuff, and the Death Triangle story with the hammer continues. It more or less cost them tonight, but the Elite had to get on the board somehow. They take a week off from this series next week to come back at Winter is Coming, but I bet there will be a promo where Fenix argues with Penta about the hammer. This is all leading to The Elite getting the belts at the end of the series, and then Death Triangle might fall apart. I don’t really want that, the Trios Division needs trios as great as them, but if even The Dark Order can fall apart, then any trio can.
My Score: 8.8/10
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