Does Bianca Belair finally kick Becky’s lass?
Raw is golden as it OPENS with Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship! Is tonight finally The Man’s comeuppance?
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair; Lynch wins and retains the title.
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Austin Theory; Theory wins, by disqualification.
- Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. VS Queen Zelina Vega & Carmella; Vega & Carmella win.
- Finn Balor VS Chad Gable w/ Otis Dozovic; Balor wins.
- The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs; The Dirty Dawgs win.
- No Disqualifications: Damian Priest VS T-Bar; Priest wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Meditation Misfire: Reggie retains the title.
- Big E VS Kevin Owens; Big E wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
SummerSlam was the 26 second defeat and the start of a heated rivalry. Is this the night it comes to a head? Bianca will be the first to say she wasn’t prepared for Becky Lynch, because she prepared for Sasha Banks and then saw Carmella was the substitute. And yes, Becky was someone Bianca really liked so when Becky stepped up to challenge her, Bianca thought that was really cool. But 26 seconds later, Bianca’s sitting there with no championship, wondering what is going on. But she will never regret those mistakes. Those are opportunities to make her stronger.
And Becky has completely lost sight of what it takes to be a champion. Becky doesn’t even see the threat that is the EST of the WWE. Becky only tries to play down Bianca’s accomplishments, which Bianca is used to hearing from the sidelines. And that is exactly where Becky was when Bianca had her rise to the top, and Becky couldn’t stand it. But Bianca has always shown up and shown out in every match. The Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, and now the biggest match tonight, because there is no match bigger than for the Raw Women’s Championship. The EST heads out and Raw’s kicking off with the biggEST rematch!
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair!
Becky Lynch is now interviewed backstage and asked to respond to Bianca. Bianca absolutely did rise to the top, but that’s because Becky wasn’t around to stop her. What did anyone think what Becky was doing while she was out? Just eating bonbons like some regular person? No! The day after she gave birth, she did 24 push-ups. She would’ve done 25 but… Well, anyway, do you think it’s easy to come back and get in shape like Becky did? Better than ever, like she did! People don’t realize how hard it is to be Becky, and to balance being champion and mother. That is why Becky is noticing a lack of appreciation for her, and maybe even some boos.
But it is alright. All that motivates Becky, and it will motivate her to beat Bianca again. The Man makes her entrance, the introductions are made, and the belt is raised. Now Raw kicks off with a golden grudge match!
Becky and Bianca circle, tie up, and Becky tries but can’t push Bianca back. Bianca pushes Becky back just fine but Becky turns it around in the corner using the ponytail! Becky shoves Bianca, then shoves her again while talking trash. Bianca gets mad and shoves Becky down! “Don’t push me!” Becky gets up to SLAP Bianca! “This is why I’m the champ!” Bianca glares at Becky and she runs away! But Bianca gets Becky at the ropes, drags her back in and spins in the waistlock before the SLAM! Becky fights up, pries at the waistlock but Bianca SLAMS her down again. Becky fights back up, elbows free, but Bianca ducks to SLAP Becky back And then runs her over with a shoulder!
Bianca runs, handsprings, and hits the MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Bianca smirks and keeps cool while Becky bails out. Bianca goes out to fetch Becky but Becky hits a JAWBREAKER! Becky puts Bianca through the corner and pulls on the braid, but Bianca uses it to YANK Becky into the post! Bianca then drags Becky through the corner, and dead lifts her for a suplex to the floor! The champ is in trouble as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Bianca throws counter punches and forearms on Becky! Bianca runs, Becky picks the leg and gets up to trip her! Becky gets the dragon sleeper, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Becky goes to a corner, starts to untie a buckle pad but Bianca rolls her up! TWO and Becky CLOBBERS Bianca! Cover, TWO! Becky grows annoyed and fans rally and duel. Becky pie faces Bianca around and talks trash, but Bianca blocks a kick! Becky rolls to bring Bianca down! Omoplata then she pulls on the other arm! Bianca endures, moves around but Becky makes it a cover! TWO, and Bianca gets up to get Becky for a suplex! But Becky makes it a cradle, TWO!!
Becky CALF KICKS Bianca down! Fans fire up but Bianca dodges the leg drop! Becky still whips Bianca to a corner but Bianca goes up and over then handsprings to rally on Becky! Dropkick after dropkick and Becky flounders to ropes! Fans fire up as Bianca whips, but Becky reverses and reels Bianca in, but Bianca suplexes! And rolls through to suplex again, and holds Becky up! The blood rushes to Becky’s head before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bianca still smiles, because she knows Becky is this tough. Becky gets to a corner, she kicks but Bianca blocks to elbow back. Bianca whips, Becky reverses again but runs into buckles!
Bianca waistlocks, Becky switches and O’Conner Rolls, TWO and Becky hits buckles! Becky comes back into a tilt-o-whirl GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Becky survives and crawls to the apron but Bianca storms over. Becky ducks the clothesline to HOTSHOT Bianca away! Becky gets in, Bianca ducks, dodges, Becky avoids the braid but the sobat is blocked! Chicken wings but Becky victory rolls through! TWO and Bianca has it, TWO! Becky schoolgirls, TWO! Becky wants the arm! Bianca resists so Becky DROPS on her! Becky still wants the arm, but Bianca powers up and has Becky on her shoulders! But Becky headscissors Bianca and herself out to the floor!! Fans fire up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Becky reverses another whip, but Bianca gets her for another suplex! Becky counters again, cradle to ARMBAR! Bianca clasps hands, flails around, high stack, then dead lifts! Becky fights the bomb to RANA! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in the armbar but she deadlifts again to POWERBOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Becky survives and frustration creeps in for Bianca. She calms down, gets back up and drags Becky to a scoop. Becky slips out, dragon sleepers, but Bianca walks up the corner to flip through and shove Becky into buckles. Becky BOOTS back, hops up but Bianca ROCKS her with a right!
Bianca snarls, trophy lifts Becky off the top, and carries her to center to DORP her! Bianca handsprings but onto knees! Becky rolls Bianca, TWO! Becky catches Bianca to the MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Bianca survives and shocks Becky! Now Becky feels some panic, even as Bianca falls out of the ring. Becky wants the ring count to climb but Bianca is up at 5. Becky runs and slides, but Bianca catches her for an ALLEY-OOP to the announce desk! Bianca gets Becky up, puts her back in, covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Bianca keeps her focus and Becky is on the apron. Becky KICKS Bianca, goes up top, and leaps but Bianca ducks under!
Becky comes back, into a trip-up, and chicken wings! Glam-EST Slam!! Cover, TWO!! Bianca goes up top and leaps, but she has to bail out of the splash as Becky moves! Bianca comes back but Becky sends her into the corner! JUMP KICK blocked! Bianca pops Becky into the torture rack! Becky holds ropes, holds the buckle pad, the padding comes off! Becky shoves Bianca into bare buckles! Roll up with tights, BECKY WINS!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)
Bianca is beside herself with this defeat. Becky holds onto the belt and kisses it like it’s her baby, will The Man do anything and everything to stay the champion?
Backstage interview with Rey & Dominik Mysterio.
How is Rey approaching his match with Austin Theory? Theory is talented but disrespectful. Rey loves how Dom stepped up to Theory last week. Before Rey can say more, Theory walks in and says it is an honor to be in the ring with him. Rey is a hero to him, but it just sucks that they never got that selfie. But Theory will get that tonight after he beats Rey, like he did his son. Dom wants Theory to show some respect, but Rey says he’s been doing this a long time. Theory’s not the first to try and make a name at Rey’s expense. But Rey’s going to teach Theory why those names faded away, and the Mysterio name still rings loud.
Theory takes a quick selfie with Kevin Patrick while Rey makes his entrance. Will this be picture perfect for the King of Lucha Libre? Or will Theory get one over another living legend?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Austin Theory!
Raw returns as Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings and Rey circles with Theory. They tie up, Theory powers Rey to a corner but lets off with a pat on the shoulder and pinch of the cheek. Rey swipes at Theory but they circle again. Rey gets around to a waistlock, but Theory pries free and headlocks. Rey powers out, Theory runs him over with a shoulder! Rey flounders right out of the ring, and Theory mocks Latino Heat. Rey gets in and fires off hands! The ref counts, Theory kicks low and headlocks again. Rey powers out, drops down and then follows to tilt-o-whirl and headscissor! Rey does Latino Heat right and then throws hands on Theory in a corner.
Rey climbs up to rain down rights but Theory stops that at 4. Theory spins but Rey uses that to headscissor again! Rey brings Theory up but Theory knees low and hard. Theory throws forearms, whips corner to corner and then runs in to clothesline, getting to the apron in the same move! Theory throws Rey down, slingshots in to STOMP Rey in the chest, then deadlift FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Theory talks some smack on Dom as he looms over Rey. Theory drags Rey up to throw forearms and Rey goes to ropes. Theory whips Rey to ropes but Rey kicks back! Rey runs, tilt-o-whirls but into a torture rack!
Theory bends Rey back and stares Dom down, before hitting a BACKBREAKER! Theory dares Dom to do something, then slingshots in to somersault SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Theory brings Rey up, scoops him, but Rey slips out to waistlock. Theory switches but Rey runs to sling Theory out! Rey brings Theory up to whip but Theory reverses and sends Rey into barriers! The ring count climbs, Dom checks on Rey but Theory pushes him aside. Theory scoops Rey and brings him to the ring, but Dom gives Rey a push-start for a TORNADO DDT! The ref warns Dom, but Theory is down and the Mysterios stand tall as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Theory squeezes Rey with a rear bearhug. Dom and the fans rally and Rey fights up to fight free. Rey goes to run but Theory reels Rey in for a BACKBREAKER! Theory brings Rey up, puts him on the top rope and throws forearms. Theory climbs up to join Rey, stands on the very top, but Rey resists the superplex and throws body shots! Rey slips underneath Theory and trips him up! Theory hits buckles, Rey comes back to RANA him into the post! Theory falls back, Rey goes to the apron. Rey climbs up, leaps, SEATED SENTON! And then he springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Dom and fans still rally and Rey gets Theory at the apron. Theory shoulders into him, slingshots in and SHOTGUNS again! But Rey comes back to basement dropkick Theory! Fans fire up as Rey and Theory both stand. Theory shoves, Rey wheelbarrows but into a BIG back suplex! Theory WRECKS Dom with a dropkick just because! Theory brings Rey up, but Rey fights the bomb and RANAS Theory onto ropes! Dom gets a cheap shot in before the 619!! SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, but the ref shouts at Dom! The ref has had it, he calls a disqualification!
Winner: Austin Theory, by disqualification
Dom and Rey argue about this, Theory smiles and gets another selfie. Will Theory continue to build a list of top names in his timeline?
Tribute to the Troops will be on Fox this year!
And to honor the US Armed Forces, it will be Sunday, November 14th, after NFL coverage!
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Architect is once again a #1 contender, and he shows off the contract in hand as he swaggers his way out. What will he have planned for his title match with Big E? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rollins says, “You guys know me. And you know that I’m not the kind of person to come out here and toot their own horn. I have come out here tonight with a purpose! But while I’m here, let me tell you that I am on top of the world!” Rollins is on cloud 9 after that grueling ladder match where he defeated THREE former top champions to earn his opportunity at the WWE Championship. And it feels good! It feels right, doesn’t it? This is HIS show, right? Monday Night Rollins! He was drafted here to be the face of Monday nights! The only thing missing is the title around his waist.
“Fortunately for all of us, this contract right here basically guarantees that you are looking at your NEXT WWE Champion!” Rollins hoots and hollers and then gets to business. He wants to look at the fine print, but here comes Big E! And Big E has a mic of his own to say, “Seth, Seth, Seth. Seth, last week, I came out here to congratulate you on winning one heck of a #1 contender’s ladder match. But instead of shaking my hand like a normal man, you laughed in my face and slinked off like you were the Pink Panther or something.” It bothered E a little, so he talked to his aunt, and she said, “Baby, don’t let that man bother you. There is something deeply, deeply wrong with his mind. That boy’s touched.”
Oh, “touched,” nice one. But that’s not how Rollins remembers it. He remembers coming out here and challenging Big E for a match, and Big E said Rollins had to go earn it. Rollins had to prove himself?! Like Big E didn’t know this is SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS?! And then after Rollins won, Rollins came to shake Big E’s hand and Big E didn’t accept it. So as someone who Rollins had a lot of respect for, Rollins lost some o fit. Big E has been a fine champion, really. Quality win over Bobby Lashley, quality win over Drew McIntyre, and Rollins is a big fan of a good Money in the Bank cash-in. But Rollins hates to be the one to break this to him… “You are not on my level.”
Rollins means no disrespect, but sooner or later, they’re going to fight for the title and Big E doesn’t want the responsibility of being a champion. Rollins can take the title off him, and Big E can go back to being a joke with his friends. King Woods is a joke. And what a joke KofiMania turned out to be! First off, respect the King. Second, Big E will be damned if Rollins will disrespect one of the greatest moments in WWE history. But y’know what? What Big E will do is offer Rollins everything he claims to want. Why don’t they do this? Big E VS Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship… TONIGHT!! Fans are loving that but Rollins says “Whoa whoa whoa, slow it down, back it up.”
Rollins says the fans don’t want that. But the fans say they do! Wait, wait, hold on. He wants to get this straight. Fans really want to see Big E defend his title against Rollins here tonight? “YES! YES! YES!” Oooooh, GOOD FOR YOU~! Of course you do! You all know, just like Big E knows, Rollins is not 100% after that match last week and Hell in a Cell before that! Rollins isn’t falling into a trap! There is no chance that match happens tonight! They do this on Rollins’ terms, when he says and when he is 100%. You got that?! Fans boo but here comes Kevin Owens! Rollins wants Kevin to shut up already. Rollins can deal with Big E interrupting him, but not Kevin!
Kevin says okay, and he’s sorry to interrupt. Okay that’s not true, Kevin doesn’t care how Rollins feel. But Kevin hears talking about who the Face of Monday Night Raw is. Big E has a very strong claim being THE WWE Champion, and a great one at that. Rollins will think he is because he’s a delusional dumbass. And the proof is that suit right there! But it isn’t just then. Bianca says she’s the face of Raw, a very strong claim. Oh, The Man, Becky, Rollins knows her. She says she’s the face. And again, all valid points. But there’s someone everyone is forgetting. The face that represents Raw is this face right here! This handsome face full of charm and integrity should be the face of Raw!
And the reason why is that while Rollins became #1 contender, and that’s great, but Kevin hates to burst his bubble. Fans weren’t talking about Rollins winning. They were talking about Kevin’s performance in that match! Every time Kevin gets in the ring, he gives his absolute best and leaves it all in the ring! It didn’t work out last week, and hasn’t really worked out in a while. Kevin can’t remember the last time it did, but that doesn’t matter. When he says, “Just keep fighting,” that isn’t a catchphrase, that is his belief! He does it every week! No matter what, he gets back up, dusts himself off and comes back to keep fighting!
And maybe it is only for three more months or three more years, it doesn’t matter. Because what matters is every single time Kevin’s on Raw, he will do everything he can to give the WWE Universe something to remember! If Rollins won’t fight Big E tonight, get out of the ring! Kevin says there is something everyone will remember, and that’s Big E VS Kevin for the first time ever, right here tonight! Rollins likes that idea, too, but Big E and Kevin tell him to shut up. But he was on Kevin’s side! Well, there can only be one, like in Highlander. This isn’t Mount Rushmore, but Kevin makes a hell of a point. They’ve never gone 1v1.
So then, Kevin Owens VS Big E, “It’s on, sucka!” Everyone, even Rollins, likes that! Will we see the Prizefighter take down the Powerhouse of Positivity?
Carmella and Queen Zelina talk backstage.
Mella says no one rocks a crown like #QueenZ, honey. Zelina (with her fake British accent) thanks her, and wishes she could rock a mask like Mella does. But Mella shouldn’t have to hide her beautiful face. But then they come across Nikki A.S.H. and “you” (Rhea Ripley). Zelina compliments Nikki’s cute mask. Where’d she get it? Nikki made it herself, to show the fans they can be whatever they want to be. Oh, that’s so admirable. It really compliments Nikki. Mella and Zelina move on and then talk trash about the mask, but they’re still in earshot. Rhea turns Mella around and Nikki says it doesn’t matter what anyone says. Her mask is beautiful.
This isn’t high school, and Rhea won’t let their pettiness hurt Nikki’s feelings. Oh, is that a threat? What if it is? Then they’d be mistaken if the Queen and Mella would be threatened by women clearly beneath them. Them, Liv Morgan, Doudrop, the entire women’s division! If they think the tag team champions are beneath them, then they’d have no problems facing them tonight. Challenge accepted! Will the Queen and the WWE’s Most Beautiful Woman get a royal ass whooping from #SuperBrutality?
Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. VS Queen Zelina Vega & Carmella!
Raw returns as Vega and Mella enter together. The teams sort out but Mella needs her mask. Even Vega is a bit surprised at this, but Vega ends up starting against Rhea. Rhea gets face to face with Vega and there’s a clear height advantage. Vega doesn’t care, she shoves Rhea. Rhea smirks, shoves Vega and then runs her over with a shoulder! Rhea brushes herself off, Vega tags Mella, and Mella circles with Rhea. Mella says she’s not afraid of the Nightmare, and she SLAPS Rhea! “That’s how you do it, honey!” Rhea scowls, that’s how you piss her off! Rhea HEADBUTTS Mella! And then throws body shots and a forearm! Snapmare and basement dropkick!
Mella is down, Rhea dead lifts her and the rest of the Raw Women’s Division is watching and enjoying this. Nikki tags in to wrench and whip, but Mella reverses. Nikki dropkicks a leg out, Vega gets in but Nikki brings her around to feed to Rhea’s BOOT! Vega bails out, Nikki dropkicks Mella out, and fans fire up! Nikki fires up and CROSSBODIES them both down! Rhea and Nikki are fired up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Mella has Rhea in a sleeper. Rhea gets up but Mella throws her down! Cover, TWO! Mella wraps on a new sleeper and she squeezes tight. Rhea endures, fans rally up and Rhea fights up. Mella becomes a backpack, Rhea RAMS her into the corner! Zelina tags in, anchors Rhea’s feet, and Mella STOMPS Rhea down! Zelina gets in to wrap on a sleeper of her own! Nikki and the fans rally more for Rhea as she fights up to her feet. Vega is a backpack, Rhea throws her off! Hot tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies on Vega and Mella! Dropkick sends Vega to a corner! Nikki puts Vega up top, climbs up and rains down fists! Fans count all the way to 10 for Nikki!
Nikki strikes a pose, then SWINGING NECKBREAKERS! Cover, FABULOUS KICK breaks it up! Rhea gets in, Mella is scared. Mella dumps Rhea out, Rhea grabs at her! Rhea has Mella on her shoulders but Mella slips down to POST Rhea! And then throws Rhea into barriers! But Nikki gets Vega up, only for Vega to waistlock. Nikki bucks the O’Conner Roll, avoids the Fabulous Kick and grabs at Mella, but Zelina hops on to CODE RED! Cover, Mella & Vega win!!
Winners: Queen Zelina Vega & Carmella, by pinfall
Vega gets her crown back while Mella takes her mask off. But with this win, are these two going to get a chance to take those belts off Rhea and Nikki?
Big E prepares backstage, but someone walks over.
Can he help them? It’s the Alpha Academy! Chad Gable says no, he can’t help them. But they can help him! Seth was right, Big E doesn’t have what it takes to be the face of Monday Night Raw. Not yet, at least! If you choose to accept Gable’s help, they can make his reign mean something. If the plan is to make him into a walking thumb like Otis, then no thanks. Hey! Gable just graduated from Full Sail University with a Masters, okay? But he was valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA! Look what he’s done with Otis! He’s become a focused competitor, not just some entertainer. Gable could’ve done the same for Big E.
But fine, keep doing what you’re doing. Just don’t cry to Gable when Big E becomes a footnote and this is Monday Night Rollins all over again. And if Big E wants proof of what Gable can do, watch what he does to Finn Balor tonight. Watch what happens when the Master, Chad Gable, turns a Prince into a peasant. Gable heads out, Big E asks what happened to Otis’ face. But will Gable back up his grade point average against an extraordinary individual?
Veer Mahaan is ready.
Aggression, speed, and a million dollar arm. Veer is ready, but is the rest of Raw ready for Veer?
Finn Balor VS Chad Gable w/ Otis Dozovic!
Raw returns and the Alpha Academy make their entrance. The bell rings, Gable and Finn tie up. They go around, Finn waistlocks but Gable wrenches and wristlocks. Finn rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks to spin Gable to a snapmare. Finn has a chinlock but Gable slips out to hammerlock. Finn fights up, slips through and spins Gable around, but Gable headlocks, spins, drop toeholds and floats to a facelock! Finn slips through to hammerlock Gable on the mat! Gable fights up, Finn wrenches, Gable rolls and bridges to handspring, spin, break free and throat chop! Then he waistlocks to SLAM Finn down! “For the Academy!”
Gable whips Finn to ropes, Finn reverses but Gable sunset flips only for Finn to roll through and basement dropkick! Finn arm-drags Gable around then has the armlock on the mat. Gable endures, fights up, gets a leg, but Finn blocks with a facelock. Gable gets a SHIN BREAKER! Then a KNEE JAMMER! And another! And then he YANKS the leg! Otis says, “How’s that, boy? How’s that?” Gable has a spinning toehold, then a standing toehold. Finn endures, fights with his free leg, but Gable comes back for another SHIN- NO! Finn fights with elbows, goes around and gets a cobra twist! Gable powers out with a hip toss! Finn is in a corner but he BOOTS back, then CHOPS!
Finn trips Gable to DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up and Finn hits a SLINGBLADE! Finn aims from a corner, but Gable avoids the shotgun to jackknife bridge, TWO! But Gable gets an ANKLE LOCK! Finn reaches out, Gable drags him back, Finn is close but he refuses to quit! Gable drops back but Finn stands up and slips around to an ARMBAR! Gable fights up, Finn powers back but Gable uses that to get the ANKLE LOCK! Finn endures, rolls, victory roll to a DOUBLE STOMP! Gable sputters, Finn hobbles, but Finn CHOPS Gable to a corner. And CHOPS again! Finn whips corner to corner but Gable reverses, only for Finn to reverse and duck.
Gable powers out of the dragon sleeper to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through and switch to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gable keeps focus, goes to a corner, up top and MOONSAULT onto knees! Finn hobbles but fires up. Otis warns Gable but it doesn’t help, SHOTGUN! Finn powers through the pain to get to the corner. Finn climbs but Gable gets up there to join him! SUPERPLEX! ROLL to a cradle! FINN WINS!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
Otis rushes in but Finn gets away! Gable says that should’ve been his pin, but Finn’s shoulders were up! Will Gable be able to live down not backing up his word?
Matt Riddle scoots around backstage.
But the Dirty Dawgs find him. He tells them he’s a huge fan of dogs. Do they have dog spirit animals? Big Bob is probably like a Great Dane-gerous. Get it? Tough crowd. And Ziggler is like this dog Riddle saw leading a bobsled team- Enough, Riddle! Shut up. They don’t have time for whatever this is. The Dawgs have a match with the Street Profits tonight. Aw, Riddle thought they were bonding. He sure thinks a lot of things. But the Dawgs know that RKBRO will be on commentary, so maybe pay attention. If Riddle can do that. Because last week was a fluke when Riddle pinned Ziggler. The Dawgs had that match earlier in the night, Riddle got lucky.
They’ve had a week to recover and they’re going to beat the Street Profits again. And then RKBRO can kiss the titles good-bye. They are the Dirty Dawgs, and “We… Want the smoke.” The Dawgs mock the Bro and the Profits at once then head out, but Riddle figures those two have never heard of Ruff Ruff Pack. Either way, will Ziggler & Roode or the Profits redeem themselves tonight in 2v2 action?
The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns as the Show-Off and “Big Bob” make their entrance. But RKBRO cut in, and they debut their brand new mash-up of Voices and “Bro…” Fans are fired up for the Viper and the Stallion but Ford starts against Roode. They circle and tie up, Roode gets a headlock. Ford powers up but can’t power out as Roode holds tight. Ford powers up again, powers out the second time but Roode runs him over. Roode fires up but fans boo as things speed up. Ford hurdles, hurdles and hip tosses Roode down hard! Ford mocks Roode’s pain, then tags Dawkins in. The Profits whip, Dawkins runs Roode over, then back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO!
Roode hits low and CLUBS Dawkins on the back, then tags in Ziggler. The Dawgs double whip, Dawkins kicks Ziggler away. Dawkins rallies, Ziggler rolls Dawkins up, TWO! Ziggler facelocks and fisherman’s to a cradle, ONE! Ziggler dropkicks Dawkins down and Ziggler doesn’t care that fans want Randy! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dawgs mug Dawkins and Roode whips Dawkins. Dawkins reverses, reels Roode in and EXPLODERS! Roode goes to a corner, Dawkins CYCLONE SPLASHES! Dawkins keeps going but Roode puts him on the apron! Dawkins shoulders but into a kick! Roode mocks Orton with Dawkins in the ropes, but Dawkins slips out to back drop Roode out of the ring!
Roode knocks Riddle’s scooter over, Dawkins goes out to fetch him. Ziggler slithers up but Ford LEAPS in to take him down! Ford stands Riddle’s scooter back up for him as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Roode throws hands but Dawkins throws counter punches. Roode knees low, turns Dawkins and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roode taunts Dawkins, stomps him down, then drags him up. Tag to Ziggler, the Dawgs mug Dawkins again, and Ziggler rakes Dawkins’ eyes. The ref reprimands, Ziggler taunts Dawkins then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Ziggler lets off at 4 and argues with the ref but Roode chokes Dawkins! Roode gets away with it, Ziggler brings Dawkins up and tags Roode back in. They shove Dawkins into the ring, Roode whips Ziggler in to SPLASH! Then a feed to a kick and another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO!
Roode argues the count, but he drags Dawkins up and over. Tag to Ziggler, they mug Dawkins more, and Ziggler stomps Dawkins down. Ziggler talks trash to Ford, aims at Dawkins, but Dawkins blocks the superkick and spins Ziggler to the underhooks! SILENCER! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tag to Roode, he stops Dawkins with a facelock! Roode gets Dawkins up but Dawkins suplexes him away! Hot tag to Ford! Ford goes up and leaps to CROSSBODY Roode! Ford DECKS Ziggler, Roode kicks and whips but Ford reverses, dodges and FLYING LARIATS! Ford does push-ups and hip thrusts before he fires off kicks!
Roode back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet to kick more! ENZIGURI! Riddle wants to know how many and Orton says that was about five or six. Ford hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler whips Ford but Ford throws Ziggler out! Roode rolls Ford up, TWO! Ford gets a ghost pin, TWO! Roode is in a corner, he elbows Ford away! Ziggler sneaks a tag, Roode ducks the enziguri! Catapult into the SATELLITE DDT! Cover, Dawkins breaks it in time! Riddle loses his mind on commentary! Dawkins DECKS Roode, but Ziggler runs in! Dawkins throws Ziggler out, gets Roode up but Roode trips Dawkins and brings him out! The Dawgs POST Dawkins!
But Ford FLIES in over the corner!! Even Orton has to stand up for that one! Ford gets Ziggler in, but here comes OMOS! The Mountain of a Man is heading for the ring but refs hurry to stop him! Ford turns around into a SUPERKICK! Ziggler covers, the Dawgs win!!
Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall
Omos grins because the damage was still done just by him being here. But Dawkins goes right at him! Omos throws Dawkins into a cameraman! Omos goes to the ring, Ford PLANCHAS, but into Omos’ hands! Omos shouts, “You want me to put him down?!” Omos SLINGS Ford into barriers! Riddle wants to do something, Orton wants him to stop! Riddle runs in and fires off kicks! Omos fireman’s carries and gets Riddle up to SLAM him on the apron! Orton says this is what he tried to stop Riddle from doing, and Orton is furious as he stares down with Omos! Orton throws off his jacket, but will the Viper be able to do a thing to the towering Omos?
Backstage interview with Damian Priest.
Can he explain just what happened last week? We’ve never seen that side of Priest. Priest says that side’s always been there, he’s just been able to keep it controlled. Once that side shows its face, people get hurt. Priest gives respect but also expects it in return. Priest had no issue with T-Bar until he threw an armchair at him. If you want to throw hands, Priest is fine with it. But if you disrespect him, he takes you to a dark place. Last week was an introduction. Tonight is No Disqualifications. Now T-Bar can get very acquainted with the “Damian in me.” Will T-Bar survive the darkest parts of the Archer of Infamy?
No Disqualifications: Damian Priest VS T-Bar!
Raw returns and T-Bar makes his entrance. The bell rings, Priest throws hands! T-Bar hits back but Priest fires off kick after kick then a ROLLING ELBOW! T-Bar stays up so Priest clotheslines T-Bar and himself out of the ring! Priest bumps T-Bar off the apron, ROCKS him with a right, but T-Bar knees low and bumps Priest off the apron in return! And then off the desk! T-Bar whips but Priest reverses and sends T-Bar into the barriers! Priest goes looking under the ring and brings out a TABLE! Fans are loving this already as Priest puts that in the ring. But T-Bar BOOTS Priest down! T-Bar snarls, gets Priest up and RAMS him into the barriers!
T-Bar puts the table Priest brought out on the apron, sets it up at ringside, then goes back for Priest. Priest LEAPS off the steel steps and CANNONBALLS T-Bar down! Priest sees the table, brings T-Bar over and choke grips! T-Bar breaks free and ELBOWS Priest! T-Bar CLUBS away on Priest’s back, brings him around and reels him in, but Priest fights off the powerbomb! Priest boots but misses, T-Bar POSTS Priest! T-Bar goes into the ring, drags Priest up to the apron and brings him around to ROCK with a forearm. Priest staggers closer to the table, T-Bar hits him again. T-Bar lines up a shot but Priest dodges the boot to ROUNDHOUSE T-Bar down!
Priest climbs up the corner, but T-Bar SUPERKICKS him first! T-Bar climbs up, fireman’s carries Priest for a SUPER SAMOAN DROP! Priest writhes as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and T-Bar throws hands and stomps Priest in the ring. Priest hits back but T-Bar CLUBS and hammers Priest down! Cover, ONE! T-Bar drags Priest up and talks trash but Priest breaks free to ROCK T-Bar with forearm after forearm! Priest fires off fast hands, then ROUNDHOUSES T-Bar to a corner! Priest runs in to back elbow, then keeps moving, ducks the clothesline to WHEEL KICK! T-Bar staggers up into a BELL CLAP! Suplex for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest drags T-Bar back up, T-Bar shoves him to a corner but Priest elbows him away. Priest goes up but T-Bar choke grips! SUPER CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!!
T-Bar is furious, but he stalks Priest to ropes. T-Bar traps Priest’s arms in the ropes! T-Bar stomps away, runs and BOOTS! Fans rally and duel as T-Bar goes out to bring out chairs! He tosses them into the ring, then brings out a kendo stick! T-Bar goes into the ring and he tells Priest this is what he gets. T-Bar SMACKS Priest in the stomach! “You asked for this!” ANOTHER SMACH! And another, and another, until the kendo stick breaks apart! The welts are red, but T-Bar wants blood! He aims the jagged bamboo, but Priest boots T-Bar away! Priest gets free, dodges T-Bar and the stick goes flying! Priest LARIATS T-Bar down! Both men are down and fans rally up!
Priest snarls and sees the chairs T-Bar brought in. Fans want tables but Priest’s wild look returns! Priest has the chair and he SMACKS away on T-Bar’s back! Chairshot after chairshot sends T-Bar rolling to the ropes but Priest keeps on him, then SLAM DUNKS the chair on T-Bar! T-Bar gets to the apron, Priest drags him up to a choke grip! CHOKE SLAM through the TABLE!! Fans are thunderous as the wood explodes under T-Bar’s body! Priest unleashes his inner Damian as he drags T-Bar from the wreckage and into the ring! Priest goes in, snarls and fans want more! Priest drags T-Bar by an arm, drags him up to the dragon sleeper, for THE RECKONING!! Cover, Priest wins!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall
Priest’s rage subsides, and he celebrates this victory! Will T-Bar and the rest of the Raw roster learn not to get on Priest’s bad side?
Wait, here comes Apollo Crews! He has Commander Azeez with him, and Apollo says, “What a match that was! That was a proper mangling! The United States Champion. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Apollo Crews.” Priest says okay. Does that matter? Apollo introduces Azeez, as well, and they have come to breathe new life into Monday Night Raw. “But Damian, don’t you worry, huh? You and I will be closely acquainted soon enough, and the time will come where you will have the privilege and honor to meet me in combat and lose the United States Championship!” The Pride of Nigeria laughs at the prospect of having this title back, but after what Priest just did to T-Bar, is he getting ahead of himself?
John Morrison meditates backstage.
Reggie asks him what’s up. How is that search for chi going? It’s going great! Morrison is on the verge of a breakthrough! He can almost reach out and obtain that goal. Uh, okay, Reggie isn’t sure what any of that means, but good luck. R-Truth gets a waistlock and wants Reggie to wish him luck. Reggie switches, throws Tozawa into Truth, then goes up onto the shelving. Reggie rubs in that he’s been champ for 100 days. Truth says that ain’t funny. He’ll get the last laugh! Truth and Tozawa argue but Morrison says they need to align mind and body to obtain their goal. Well then Tozawa’s body ain’t aligning with Truth’s mind!
Tozawa says it’s the other way around, and then they both blame Drake Maverick. Maverick says they’re not following his plans! His plans aren’t working because they’re not good! Team Maverick is on edge, will they ever get this right?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Sarah congratulates Becky but wants to address the nefarious tactics. Oh, Sarah, you are better than this. Becky used what was available. There is a bigger issue we’re not addressing: Even though Becky tore the house down, half the audience booed her! And do you know why? They’re fickle! They’re the same people cheering her on the rise, and now they can’t relate. They don’t know what it’s like to be a success. There is nothing wrong doing whatever it takes to stay champion. Becky proved Bianca was way over her head while The Man is in a league of her own. Someone new needs to come up. And Liv Morgan steps in! Becky shrugs and then leaves. Does this mean Liv will do as Becky’s next challenger?
Seth Rollins finds Kevin backstage.
And he assures Kevin he comes in peace. He just wants to make a deal. They don’t have to like each other to work together. Big E is trying to make a fool out of Rollins, and Rollins doesn’t appreciate it. What about a little “you scratch my back, I scratch yours” kind of deal? Rollins will be on commentary for the match, maybe he helps Kevin get the W. Then when Rollins beats Big E to become champion, Kevin gets the first opportunity~! OMG really? Rollins would do that for him~? How nice~! And Kevin enjoys a good back scratch. But uh, he has to say, Rollins wants to come out there and see in person why Kevin should be the Face of Raw, that’s fine.
But if Rollins even thinks for a second about trying to interject himself in the match, especially wearing that, what is wrong with him? But then it’s no longer just Rollins’ business, it is Kevin’s business. And Rollins won’t like how Kevin handles business. Alright, that’s fine. Kevin does his thing, Rollins will do his. Oh what’s Kevin’s thing again? #JustKeepFighting? Right. That worked out really well on SmackDown, and even last week when he lost. So yeah, just keep fighting. Rollins will just keep winning. Rollins laughs his way out, but will Kevin be the one smiling at the end of tonight?
Big E VS Kevin Owens!
Raw returns and Kevin makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around and Big E shoves Kevin to a corner. Kevin comes back, he and Big E tie up, Kevin rolls Big E up, ONE! Big E gets right up but Kevin backs away with a smirk. They go again, tie up, Kevin trips Big E and drops onto a headlock. Big E endures, fights up, and gets a headlock of his own. Kevin powers up and out then drops down to CLOBBER Big E with an elbow! “And that’s why this is my show!” Kevin says he’s the face of Raw, things speed up and Big E hurdles to CLOBBER Kevin in return! “That’s why I’M the face of Raw, and don’t you ever forget it!”
Big E scoops, Kevin slips out, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Kevin stomps Big E, drives elbows into Big E’s head, then sets Big E down to drop a leg! Cover, ONE! Kevin argues the count but it was clearly just a one. Big E gets up, Kevin CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And throws forearms! Kevin RAMS into Big E but Big E CLUBS back. Big E ROCKS Kevin, Kevin knees low! Kevin whips, Big E reverses but Kevin BOOTS back! Kevin hops up, leaps, and missile dropkicks Big E down! Fans fire up, Big E bails out, and Kevin builds speed, but runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Big E gets Kevin again, another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Kevin fights the third, throws headbutts and kicks, but no Stunner! Big E runs in but Kevin dumps him out! But Big E trips Kevin before he can run! Big E CLUBS Kevin on the apron, goes up and aims, for an APRON SPLAHS that misses as Kevin gets in! Big E bounces off the edge, Kevin goes up and CANNONBALLS! Direct hit and down goes the world champion! Kevin hobbles up to drop another BACK SENTON! And now Seth Rollins heads to the ring! The Visionary still wants to watch this up close, but will he screw Kevin over now rather than help him? We’ll see, after the break.
Raw returns once again and Kevin has Big E up top. Kevin throws elbows, brings Big E up and Rollins watches from an armchair as Big E resists. Kevin still gets the SUPERPLEX and Rollins loves it! Fans rally up as Big E rises, and Kevin throws hands. Big E hits back, Kevin throws another elbow. Kevin gets the edge with windmilling haymakers, then runs to LARIAT! Big E stays up!? Big E shakes his head, he goes forehead to forehead with Kevin, and the SLAPS start flying! Kevin returns to forearms but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men stay up, Big E runs< Kevin kicks! Big E denies the stunner, they both run and Big E CLOBBERS Kevin! SIDE BELLY2BELLY!
Big E runs and runs to BIG SPLASH FLOP! Kevin avoids it to SUPERKICK Big E down! Kevin aims from a corner, goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL! Rollins winces for that one as Kevin puts Big E in a drop zone. Kevin goes up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO! Rollins is surprised to see that! Kevin gets Big E up, whips him to ropes, but Big E slips out of the pop-up to throw Kevin out! Big E runs but Kevin KNEES him down! Kevin gets in, but runs into an Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E drags Kevin up and puts him in a corner. Fans clap, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” as Big E puts Kevin up top. Big E climbs up now but Kevin throws hands! Kevin headbutts Big E off the top!
Kevin adjusts as Big E is back in a drop zone! SWANTON onto knees! Both men are down and Rollins winces again. Kevin goes to the apron, Big E builds speed and SPEARES Kevin off the apron!! Fans fire up with Big E and even Rollins applauds! Big E puts Kevin in, claps it up and scoops Kevin, but Kevin slips off to RAM Big E into buckles! But Big E knocks into Kevin, head to head! They both go down, Kevin sits up in a daze. The ref is busy checking Kevin, Rollins CLOBBERS Big E off the ropes! Kevin saw that clear as day, even though the ref missed it! Kevin can’t let this opportunity go, though! Cover, TWO and Big E has a ghost pin! BIG E WINS!
Winner: Big E, by pinfall
Rollins can’t believe it! He served the champ up to Kevin but Big E still came out the winner! Big E asks if Rollins and Kevin worked together on that but Kevin gets a mic. “E, wait a minute. Dude, no, I know how that looked. But look, I don’t know what happened. I didn’t know what happened.” Kevin says he was half knocked out by that head knocker. But this is all Rollins’ fault, the stupid SOB. Rollins best this is real funny. How about Kevin VS Rollins next week? “We’ll see who’s laughing then, bitch!” Kevin wants Big E to understand, and he apologizes. Big E says he doesn’t care and is still sure Kevin saw what happened. Kevin still apologizes, but Big E scoops him for the BIG ENDING!
The champion says he knows better when it comes to Kevin and when it comes to Rollins! Will Kevin get the fight with Rollins he wants? Will Big E get the fight with Rollins he wants? Or will Rollins play everyone else against each other and pick his spot to take Big E’s spot?
A pretty good Raw right here, with a lot going on and in a good way. Opening with the women’s title match felt like it was going to lead to shenanigans, but it didn’t. Granted, Becky has a dirty win, but it was a great match and this feels much more definitive of a finish to the feud. Liv Morgan stepping up to be next is great, this could really give Liv some shine that the Mella feud clearly did not. Speaking of, I do like that Mella and Vega are being a team, that felt pretty obvious from how they were working together even on SmackDown. As such, they of course find a way to win against the tag champions and are going to get the title shot Nox & Shotzi should’ve gotten months ago. Speaking of, Nox and even Mia Yim need to show up on Raw already.
Theory gets another big win under his belt, even if it was a disqualification thanks to Dom. I wonder if the Draft changed the plans for the Mysterios. I’m not seeing any dysfunction at the moment, though tonight’s result could change that. Maybe they stick together to give the Raw Tag Division more teams? Because honestly, we just saw them all at once during Profits VS Dawgs. Omos either doesn’t like the Profits or is helping the Dawgs. Styles and Omos teaming up with Dawgs would be interesting. And at some point, Omos should test the singles waters, and Styles should go back for the world title.
Veer getting a last name is lowkey great stuff. Many times someone with two names gets cut down to just one, and Veer came in with just one name, so WWE giving him a “full name” is actually really interesting. Either way, I’m pretty sure he’ll get the usual WWE push: squash jobbers and look great, eventually feud with bigger names and then go for the midcard title. Priest VS T-Bar was a badass No DQ match, and that table spot was awesome because that table broke in a way you don’t usually see these days. Now, while I liked Priest giving us just a bit of “Oh, I’ve had that inner rage all along,” I still cringe when Corey Graves has to say Priest is the “embodiment of the internal conflict of man” because you know Vince fed it to him here like he did last week. Just let the story speak for itself, will ya?
Balor VS Gable was very technical, very exciting and fairly short. This was probably just so one, Gable can introduce his new “I have a Master’s Degree” character detail, and so Balor can get a solid win to keep afloat. Maybe Balor gets his title feud after Survivor Series and on the road to WWE Day One. Morrison embracing being the Guru of Greatness and “meditating” is fine, but I kinda wish he won the 24/7 Championship off Reggie somehow. And Maverick’s plans need to be more Wile E. Coyote. These 24/7 title segments continue to just be “Reggie auditions for Ninja Warrior,” which are not as exciting anymore.
Everything with the world title is great stuff. Rollins, Big E and Kevin had a good promo segment together, and it seems the concept of “The Face of Raw” is going to be just as crucial as who is world champion for this stretch of the year. Big E VS Kevin 1v1 was great stuff, as was how Rollins played them against each other. Kevin surely has a part to play in the world title scene building towards Survivor Series. I would love if there was a Triple Threat to play up more of the drama in “Who faces Roman at the PPV?” Rollins VS Big E would be great on its own but you could almost have Big E parallel Roman as he stacks and double pins Rollins and Kevin.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/6/22)
Big fights tonight on Dynamite!
The Maniac takes on a monster!
The AEW TNT Championship in a Street Fight, and the Interim World Championship in a battle of badasses, what a way to follow Blood & Guts!
- AEW TNT Championship Street Fight: Scorpio Sky w/ Dan Lambert VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
- Swerve in Our Glory VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny; Swerve in Our Glory wins.
- Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Rush; Rush wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club VS Fuego Del Sol & Ruffin’ It; The Acclaimed & Gunn Club win.
- Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir; Thunder & Storm win.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brody King; Moxley wins and retains the interim title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW TNT Championship Street Fight: Scorpio Sky w/ American Top Team VS Wardlow!
The Closer is finally 100%, and he’s ready to go all out just to prove he IS the Face of TNT! But will he be able to hold onto “Genie” when there’s nothing holding the Maestro of Mayhem back? Or will Scorpio win this war?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Mr. Brodie Lee smiles down upon in a battle for this title.
Scorpio and Wardlow circle, Scorpio fires off testing punches and kicks, but Wardlow TOSSES him to a corner! Wardlow rushes in but Scorpio dodges to fire off body shots. Wardlow choke grips Scorpio and backs him down, but Scorpio fights free. Scorpio fires off knees and a KICK, then runs, only to get run over! Fans fire up with Wardlow as he stalks Scorpio. Wardlow whips Scorpio but Scorpio reverses, only for Wardlow to block and reverse! But Scorpio LOW BLOWS right on the rebound! No disqualifications but that’s just dirty! Scorpio runs, but into a clinch! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Wardlow seethes and he storms up and Scorpio to TOSS him across the way! Wardlow storms up on Scorpio in the corner to then TOSS him back the other way! Wardlow soaks up the cheers from the fans but Scorpio bails out. Wardlow takes a moment to catch his breath after Scorpio’s low blow, and then Wardlow goes out to fetch Scorpio. Dan Lambert suddenly grows a pair and smacks Wardlow on the back. Wardlow scowls at Lambert but Lambert shrinks behind his wall of MMA fighters. Wardlow dares one of them to bring it, but then Scorpio RAMS Wardlow into the steel steps! Wardlow tumbles over, then American Top Team swarms him!
The trained fighters all stomp Wardlow like goons but Scorpio has them clear out. Scorpio says he’s got this, and he stalks Wardlow back into the ring as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Wardlow gets up in a corner but Scorpio KICKS him in the leg. Wardlow shoves Scorpio away and goes to another corner but Scorpio rams into him. Wardlow clubs Scorpio but Scorpio knees low, snapmares Wardlow down and clamps on a chinlock. Wardlow endures the grind and fans rally up. Scorpio leans all his weight but Wardlow fights up and RAMS Scorpio into a corner! And again! And again! Wardlow backs off to run in, but Scorpio sends him into buckles! Scorpio fires off haymakers until Wardlow sits down, then Scorpio flexes. Ethan Page is fired up for his tag partner, but Wardlow gets up to CLOBBER Scorpio!
Wardlow shakes out the arms as he gets back up and he CLOBBERS Scorpio again. Wardlow is getting mad now, and he CLUBS Scorpio on the back. Wardlow puts Scorpio in a corner, RAMS into him, and then uppercuts! Scorpio sits down and Ethan talks trash but Wardlow gives it back. Wardlow stands Scorpio up to RAM into him again. Scorpio claws Wardlow’s eyes! Scorpio kicks Wardlow’s leg and has him in a corner for more haymakers. Scorpio whips corner to corner but Wardlow reverses. Wardlow runs in but Scorpio dodges, Wardlow hits POST! Dynamite returns to single picture as Scorpio climbs up to rain down fists on Wardlow!
American Top Team coach Scorpio on and he bumps Wardlow off buckles. Fans cuss out Lambert as Scorpio drags Wardlow to the top. Wardlow resists the superplex and shoves Scorpio down! Wardlow adjusts, and SWANTON BOMBS! Fans are thunderous for Wardlow as he looms over Scorpio. Wardlow says it’s time, and he drags Scorpio up and reels him in! Lambert sends his men in, but Wardlow CLOBBERS and BOOTS and DECKS and CLOBBERS and CLOBBERS and TOSSES them all out! Wardlow hauls one up to trophy lift and TOSS onto the pile! Fans fire up but Scorpio has the belt! Wardlow turns around into a BELT SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
No one can believe Wardlow survives the screw job! Lambert tells Scorpio to keep after him, and Scorpio pretends the straps are down. Scorpio reels Wardlow into a fireman’s carry, but Wardlow slips off and shoves Scorpio into Lambert! Down goes the fat head and now Wardlow hits a SPINEBUSTER on Scorpio! The straps actually come down, and fans are thunderous again! Wardlow drags Scorpio up, reels him in, points to the belt, and hits a POWERBOMB! Wardlow grins and fans are thunderous for just the first verse! The second one is going to be the same, a POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
The Men of the Year and American Top Team could not withstand the War Dog, the War Machine, the War Hammer, THIS IS WARD~LOW!! The confetti flies and Wardlow holds the belt up high, will the new champion blaze a path of destruction through the roster?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“A lot of people have tried to make a name off of me. A lot of people have lost a lot of money betting against me. And tonight, those people are licking their lips. They’re watching me and waiting for me to be caught off guard, and hope that one day, somebody’s gonna come along and surprise me and put a beating on me that I never recover from. They think tonight, Brody King is gonna surprise me, they think he’s gonna catch me off guard, they think I don’t know exactly what kind of monster I’m dealing with in Brody King. But maybe y’all forgot exactly what kind of monster you’re dealing with in me.
“Ten days ago, I took a man I deeply respect and admire in Hiroshi Tanahashi, and I beat his face in. A few days after that, I was carving dudes’ faces up like hamburger in a steel cage! For fun! Blood & Guts is like golfing on a Sunday for me. And then a few days after that, I signed on the dotted line to defend the AEW World Championship against Brody King. Yeah, I know exactly who Brody King is. Y’all think I didn’t do my homework? I’ve seen him in NJPW, I’ve seen him in ROH, I know his friends, I know his enemies. Only one question left: How big is his heart? Does he have a monster sized heart beating in that chest?
“We’re gonna find out because he’s gonna be swimming in the deep waters with the biggest shark in this game, the AEW World Champion, Jon Moxley. When you step into the ring with anybody from the Blackpool Combat Club, we find your limits and we push them. We find out just how bad you want it! Being made for the BCC, being world champion, it ain’t for everybody. But it’s what I do every day. Step up or get stepped on.” The Maniac gives his ultimatum, how will the House of Black’s hulking beast respond?
Mark Sterling and Tony Nese speak.
Smart Mark asks if the camera is rolling. It is, and it seems Sterling wants us to see them get a very big signature on their petition. Keith Lee is walking up, and Sterling says this is “The People Against Swerve Strickland” to remove Swerve from the roster. Swerve is untrustworthy, he stabs people in the back, just like Keith! Sterling thinks Keith should sign it. Keith says greetings to Mr. Sterling and Mr. Nese. And yes, he has trust issues with Swerve, but they are still a tag team, and they are still winning. Unlike Nese and Sterling. Keith heads out and Nese tries to figure out what Keith meant by that. But will Swerve only prove Sterling right tonight?
Christian Cage & Luchasaurus are here.
Captain Charisma and his brainwashed behemoth are in Rochester, New York, and fans boo because of how they’ve both betrayed Jungle Boy. Christian has a mic to say, “Here we are, on the heels of Blood & Guts, and I am the Cage that everybody is talking about. Now, you ignorant pieces of crap think that you deserve to know the reason why I turned my back, and said and did the things that I did to Jungle Boy and his family, are now demanding answers, wanting to know why Luchasaurus decided to remain aligned with me.” Fans boo but that is technically true, we do want to know why.
But wait! MATT HARDY is here! And he has a mic to tell Christian, “You are unreal. You’re like the Michael Jordan of being an asshole. Every time I don’t think you can top yourself again, you somehow do.” Hardy will be honest, JB was his friend. Hardy got to know JB well these last few months. JB trusted and respected Christian, and Christian screwed him over! No one, let alone JB, deserved what Christian did. Hardy gets up at the ring but Christian wants to get this straight. “You’re going to sit here and pretend you’re suddenly buddy-buddy with Jungle Boy, like you know him the way that I know him? Or the way that Luchasaurus knows him?
“Here’s the thing, Matt. You’re starting to make your brother sound like the sober one.” No one can believe Christian went there! The fans double down on calling Christian an A-Hole. Hardy sees what’s going on here with Luchasaurus now. Hardy and Christian have been at this a long time, and in the last few years, Christian is just using Luchasaurus to make as much money as he can. But Hardy can’t be a hypocrite, he did the same. He took advantage of Private Party, Butcher & Blade, and he used them. But he hates himself for that and regrets that time so badly. And in a twist of fate, his last month has been upside-down, it’s been a mess.
Hardy says maybe he deserves that, it’s karma coming to get him. But right now, Hardy won’t let another be taken advantage of. Not Luchasaurus or anyone else. Christian says no, Hardy is here because of his ego! We all know Matt Hardy is a clout chaser, which is why he can’t stand when his name isn’t in the headlines for more than two seconds. Right? He’ll use everyone around him! His kids, his wife, his father-in-law, his dog Sparky, his Aunt Jenny, a dilapidated boat, a lawnmower, and hell, he’ll even turn a blind eye to his own brother’s issues just to ride his coattails for one last run!
Hardy says Christian is delusional, but Christian says Hardy is here under the guise of caring for Jungle Boy, when the fact is, Hardy realized that Christian is the most influential star in AEW and Hardy needs to be near him. That is embarrassing, Matt, it really is. But what’s even worse, Matt’s screw-up brother isn’t the most embarrassing part of his family, MATT is! Hardy wans to throw down but Luchasaurus steps in his way. And Christian cheap shots Hardy! Hardy chokes Christian but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Hardy out of the ring! Luchasaurus goes out and RAMS Hardy into the steel steps!
Christian tells Luchasaurus to finish Hardy, but Hardy fires forearms back! Luchasaurus UPPERCUTS Hardy, digs his head into the post, and then BOOTS him against the steel! But this isn’t enough, Christian has Luchasaurus clear the timekeeper’s table! Luchasaurus then choke grips to CHOKE SLAM Hardy through the table!! Christian then sits by Hardy to say, “There you are. Your name is in the headlines. Enjoy your relevance.” Christian leaves with Luchasaurus, will they continue to stoop to new lows in order to rise up the ranks?
AEW has the aftermath of Blood & Guts.
A bloody Matt Menard says that the only reason the others agreed to such as match is because of Chris Jericho. And if the Jericho Appreciation Society got anything out of that night, it’s that they stole the privilege of seeing Eddie Kingston make Jericho tap! Menard was the one who gave up when Claudio Castagnoli had the Sharpshooter on, sparing Jericho from Eddie’s stretch plum. William Regal says that after 39 years in this business, he has never ever witnessed such horror as Blood & Guts. Ortiz says he wants more! More blood, more guts, just MORE! Regal says that is what the Blackpool Combat Club is all about.
Claudio says you can call him The Mailman now, because he always delivers! Menard says if you want big money, you gotta do that “big boy sh*t.” Angelo Parker, as bloody as he ended up, vows that the JAS will not stop until Eddie Kingston is in a grave!! Will there be no end to the war of JAS VS BCC? Speaking of…
Tony Schiavone interviews Claudio and Jake Hager backstage.
Not just that, but it’s the parking lot. Schiavone says this may not be the best place for this, but he is here with two giant men who know each other well. They’ve both signed a waive, No Physicality. Hager says that’s right, no physicality here tonight. The 16 THOUSAND people at Forbidden Door cheered Claudio on, and that may have him thinking he’s tough, but deep down inside, he knows he’s not as tough or as hard as Jake Hager. Claudio knows he’s not a world champion like Hager. Claudio was never world champion in ROH or in WWE, and he won’t be one here in AEW. Hager is an UNDEFEATED MMA pro-fighter, and it is about time he got some respect.
Claudio tells Hager that everyone who says, “I want my respect,” doesn’t deserve respect! Claudio beat Zack Sabre Jr, one of the best technical wrestlers, in his first match here. And then Claudio went on to lead his team to victory against Hager’s team- Oh, sorry, Hager just carries the bags for Jericho, right? But while Hager got his arm wrapped, Claudio got his raised, and it’ll happen again next week when they go 1v1. Hager may be undefeated in MMA, but Claudio is undefeated in AEW, where rankings matter. And next week, Claudio is going to go 3-0! Will the Swiss Cyborg dismantle Rock Hard Hager when they meet man to man once again?
Swerve in Our Glory VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny!
Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland are still trying to smooth things out, but they at least have common enemies to focus on tonight. Will their Limitless House still stand? Or will the mercenaries help stick that knife in Keith’s back for Swerve?
The teams sort out and Blade steps against Keith. Fans rally up for Keith but Blade talks trash as he conducts the singing. “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLORY~!” Blade SLAPS Keith, but Keith HEADBUTTS Blade! Butcher tags in and fans fire up to see him tie up with Keith. They are in a deadlock, break, and go again. Keith powers Butcher to a corner, Butcher goes up the corner, but Keith TOSSES him away! Keith stalks Butcher but Butcher bails out to get a chair! Blade wants Butcher to calm down but Swerve is backing Keith up. Butcher cools off and puts the chair down to get in the ring. Butcher tags Blade and Keith tags Swerve.
Fans rally as Swerve and Blade go around. Blade wants a leg but Swerve counters with a chinbar. “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve headlocks but Blade pries free. Blade headlocks, Swerve powers out and things speed up. Swerve hurdles but not high enough and he basically hip drops onto Blade’s head! Blade drags himself up the ropes, Swerve storms up but Blade throws elbows. Blade runs, but he fakes Swerve out then dodges. Swerve trips Blade to headlock, but Blade pulls hair. the ref reprimands, Blade waistlocks but Swerve tags in Keith! Keith pulls Swerve and Blade into the corner, Swerve switches to O’Conner Roll, and Keith CLOBBERS Blade!
Swerve steps in to basement SHOTGUN Blade, then Keith hauls Blade up. Keith bumps Blade off buckles, tags Swerve back in, and Swerve holds Blade in for the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Swerve then stalks Blade as he staggers, but Blade JAWBREAKERS back! Blade runs in but Swerve TOSSES him out. Swerve goes out, Blade staggers, but Butcher is lurking. Bunny gets in the way and Swerve hesitates. Butcher CLOBBERS Keith off the apron, then runs at Swerve! Swerve holds the ropes down and Butcher takes a tumble! Swerve aims at Blade but Blade sweeps the legs! Swerve crashes down and Bunny laughs at his pain while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Blade drags Swerve up to turn him for a NECKBREAKER to the floor! Swerve crawls away but Butcher and Blade drag him up. Blade puts Swerve in the ring, drags him over and tags in Butcher. The mercs mug Swerve, Butcher HEADBUTTS him, and then CHOPS Swerve in the corner. Butcher digs his forearms into Swerve at the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and Butcher whips Swerve hard into the corner! Swerve falls and Blade tags in to drag Swerve into ropes. Blade CHOKES Swerve, lets off as the ref counts, but Bunny CHOKES Swerve now! The ref misses that but Keith protests. Bunny frolics while Blade drags Swerve up.
Butcher tags in and the mercs hit a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Butcher sits Swerve up to KNEE him in the back again and again! Butcher CLUBS Swerve, Swerve kicks and CHOPS back. Butcher CHOPS Swerve, Swerve kicks back but Butcher throws haymakers and CHOPS! Tag to Blade and they mug Swerve in the corner. Blade digs his boots in but the ref counts. Bunny mocks Swerve and Butcher CLUBS Swerve against the apron. Butcher shoves Swerve in for Blade to drag him. Butcher tags in, the mercs mug Swerve more, and then Butcher puts Swerve up on the top rope.
Butcher climbs up after Swerve as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve resists the superplex and wrenches an arm! Swerve bends and BITES fingers, but the ref reprimands. Swerve ROCKS Butcher with forearms, then DECKS him off the ropes! Swerve adjusts, leaps, and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Swerve crawls to hot tag Keith! Keith rallies on Blade, ROCKS Butcher, and then SPLASHES in the corner. SPLASH for Blade, too! Butcher runs in but Keith SWATS him! Then Keith TOSSES Blade at Butcher! Both men fall over and fans fire up with Keith!
Keith stalks Blade, ROCKS him to the corner, and he tags Swerve. Swerve goes up, Keith brings Blade out but Butcher goes after Keith! The ref reprimands, Butcher fires off forearms but Swerve slingshots and somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT on Butcher! Keith fireman’s carries Butcher for a pop-up, ROLLING ELBOW SCREW HIGH KICK COMBO! Keith runs while Swerve staggers over to Blade, Blade pulls Swerve into the way! Keith POUNCES Swerve!! Keith freak out but turns around into a STUNNER! Butcher LARIATS Keith! Swerve BOOTS Butcher, hops up, but Butcher TOSSES him into a KNEE from Blade!
And then Butcher runs to LARIAT Swerve!! Cover, Keith breaks it just in time!! Bunny freaks out and the New York fans wanted their guys to win that one! Blade & Butcher focus on Keith but Keith fires off hands on them! That’s still 2v1, but Keith powers up! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but then Blade KNEES Keith! Swerve gives Butcher a HOUSE CALL! Blade RAMS Swerve into a corner and puts him up top! But Keith SPLASHES Blade into Swerve’s knees! Keith keeps Swerve up and they fist bump. Pop-up and SWERVE BOMB!! Cover, Swerve & Keith win!!
Winners: Swerve in Our Glory, by pinfall
Somehow, someway, Keith & Swerve pull it out! But Team Taz barges out to say this is really starting to piss them off! Will Hobbs says the fans can feel it. “You think we’re going to allow you two to still come out here and disrespect us? What you have in front of you is two grown ass men, trick ass bitch!” Ricky Starks has Hobbs hold the FTW Championship so he can have the mic. They’ve been playing real nice right now, because they could’ve ended Keith’s & Swerve’s careers online and on the mic. If you don’t believe them, ask their former teammate!
But if Swerve & Keith wanna act like they’re somebody, when every time they’ve stood in the ring against Team Taz, every time they try to get on the mic against them, Team Taz has proven there are levels to this, and Swerve & Keith are NOT on their level! They are levels below them! Starks says that just because of where they came from, Swerve & Keith think they can get a shot at them! Well if you want to talk about it, Starks will beat their asses right now! But if we’re talking about who the best tag team is, then- “SUPERKICK! PARTAAAY~!” The AEW World Tag Team Champions, the YOUNG BUCKS, are here!
Matt Jackson has the music cut, and he says Starks may as well have just been in the back to cue up their music for them. That was pretty sweet. And gentlemen, sorry to interrupt- Or, no, the Bucks don’t have to apologize for anything, they started this damn company! But hey, great match from Keith & Swerve, they have been killing it. All the teams in the back have been killing it, this whole AEW Tag Division is on fire! “Everyone is eating well. But let us not forget who set the damn table in the first place.” Nick takes the mic to say no disrespect here, because these two teams are very good.
In fact, at Double or Nothing, Team Taz and Swerve in Our Glory “had one hell of a match. It was four and a half stars, that’s unbelievable. But that’s an off-night for the Young Bucks!” And they couldn’t even get the job done, Jurassic Express won. But then look who beat Jurassic Express a few weeks later. “Read it and mother effin’ weep it! WE did!” Now there is a proposal here. How about it’s Triple or Nothing? Next week, a TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH…! Team Taz, Swerve in Our Glory, and though the fans chant for FTR, Nick says, “We’re better than them, and you guys know that, come on.”
But the point is, it will be Team Taz VS Swerve in Our Glory VS “The best damn tag team of all time…! THE YOUNG BUCKS!” Another big opportunity for the #AbsolutePowerhouses in Hobbs & Starks, as well as the Limitless House of Keith & Swerve! Will this Triple Threat finally be a chance for one of those teams to shine with gold? Or are Matt & Nick just taking out two birds with one stone?
The House of Black speaks.
Malakai says, “I envy you, Jon. I envy you for the decisions that you made, and the violence that you inflicted on yourself. We didn’t get the luxury of your decisions. No, our violence is by design. But what I truly envy is the experience that you’re about to have. You think you know pain? You think you know anger? You think you know violence? No, you don’t. But I’ll make sure that Brody King will eave his mark on you. Because the House will make sure that anything that you experience tonight goes far beyond the physical realm of pain. I envy you, Jon.” Just how much brutality will Brody King unleash upon Jon Moxley?
Eddie Kingston is here!
The Mad King goes to the ring where Tony Schiavone is waiting. Schiavone reminds us that a week ago, it was Blood & Guts, and we all saw what happened. But there is still a name on Eddie’s hit list and that is Chris Jericho. Eddie says that before we get to that, please, hold the mic up like a professional, thank you. Eddie says before getting to Jericho, he congratulates Wardlow on tonight’s win. And two, congratulations to everyone that was on the winning team of Blood & Guts, even Claudio. See? Eddie’s a nice guy, he’s maturing. Pbbt. But anyway, here’s the real deal why he’s out here.
“Chris Jericho. You made me a liar. I didn’t taste your blood, you didn’t bleed. SO, I’m gonna get you again, and I’m gonna make you bleed, and I’m gonna taste your blood!” But Chris Jericho, as well as Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti, shout at Eddie via the titantron. They want him to pay attention. Eddie wants to taste Jericho’s blood? Eddie wants to get crazy? You’ll see how crazy Jericho can get. The camera pans over and Tay has been beating up Ruby Soho! There’s an open car door, and Tay has Soho stagger into the gap, to SLAM the door on Soho’s arm!! Soho drops to the floor, clutching her arm!
“Watch yourself Kingston, or this will happen to you!” The JAS rushes off before security rushes in. They call for a medic, has the JAS just broken Soho’s arm just to get at Eddie?
The Dark Order is here!
Fans cheer as Negative One leads the way for Evil Uno, Preston Vance, Alex Reynolds, John Silver & Anna Jay to the ring here in Rochester. Fans cheer for “BRODIE! BRODIE!” to honor Negative One’s father, and Silver has the mic to say, “The Dark Order is in Rochester! And Rochester is Dark Order Country!” Uno takes the mic to say that is why it is very important they’re here today. They have very important news for everyone, and everyone here should here it because they have followed the Dark Order since the beginning, and they made the Dark Order what it is today. Uno wants to personally thank all the fans for showing up and supporting them.
And that is why it is so important that Uno gets to say this. “The six of us… Are here to stay!” Fans cheer as Uno says Dark Order is forever! A new chapter begins, and that begins with a proclamation, and he knows just who should say it. Negative One is given the mic! Fans cheer but then QT Marshall comes out to ruin everything. He doesn’t know how long AEW has to put up with the “charity case” for. Until he’s 18 or something? Fans boo but QT says he gets it. Negative One’s dad was from right here in Rochester. “But you ain’t your father! Your father’s a legend in AEW! He beat me within five minutes in his first match ever here.”
Uno has to hold Negative One back as QT continues to say that Negative One takes after his MOM! QT says that he didn’t bring his friends out here. So Negative One can get his friends out of here to face QT man to man! Or else QT will go to his private locker room and grab each and every one of his action figures to rip their heads off! But wait, here comes HANGMAN PAGE! The Cowboy is still a friend of the Dark Order, and that means he is a friend of Negative One! QT freaks out, but then turns around for Uno to ROCK him with a forearm! Hangman ROCKS QT back, and then they both toss QT into the ring!
Fans fire up as Vance whips QT into a corner for Silver to GAMANGIRI! Silver feeds QT to Reynolds’ ROLLING ELBOW! ENZIGURI! STUNNER! GERMAN SUPLEX! QT flounders from the Beaver Boy Blitz, but then he’s fed to the DISCUS from Vance! Brodie would be proud of that one! Uno has Brodie Jr. tell ’em! “QT, QT, QT. I would pin you right now, but y’know what? I’m gonna wait until I’m 19.” Negative One makes a promise about a decade in the making, will he follow in his father’s footsteps and whoop QT’s ass in his AEW debut?
Good ol’ JR joins commentary!
Jim Ross lends his analysis to the second hour, and it’s going to be a slobber knocker!
Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes & Rey Fenix VS Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernale!
Death Triangle is looking for revenge on #LFI, and that begins with the clash of #CeroMiedo and El Toro Blanco! Will Penta look to bury the White Bull under the cover of night? Or will Rush go on a stampede and start towards the top of AEW?
The bell rings and fans rally behind Penta. Rush rushes in but Penta dodges to CHOP! Rush CHOPS and it’s a CHOP fight already! Fast and furious, back and forth, CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Penta spins to CHOP, then he runs, but Rush follows to CHOP! Penta jumps up but Rush denies the rana. Penta still fires off fists, then hooks the arms,. Rush slips out to throw a body shot, and he suplexes, only for Penta to cradle counter! TWO, and Penta SUPERKICKS Rush down! Rush bails out but Penta builds speed as fans rally. Penta slides but Rush dodges to waistlock. Penta switches but Rush elbows out hard!
Rush whips but Penta stops from hitting steps. Penta elbows Rush back, then whips him at the steps. Rush stops himself, but Penta goes up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Fans fire up while Jose fans Rush off. Penta stands Rush up to CHOP again. Penta gets back in the ring, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta builds speed but Rush gets in to DECK Penta! Rush mocks Cero Miedo and then he soaks up the heat. Rush stands on Penta’s head, drags him up and throws body shots. Rush whips corner to corner and clotheslines, then he whips the other way for a SPALSH! And then a snapmare and basement dropkick! Rush does push-ups just to show off before the cover, TWO!
Rush is annoyed but he drags Penta up. Fans rally but Rush is after the mask! The ref reprimands, but Penta KICKS Rush! Penta runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges to SLINGBLADE! And then another SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up and Rush flounders out. Penta builds speed again to FLY! Direct hit on Rush at the ramp and fans fire up with Penta again! Jose storms over with his tablet of doom, but Alex snatches that away and SPEARS Jose! Alex fires off hands but Jose hits back, and then Fenix and Andrade El Idolo get involved and the ref tries to restore peace while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Fenix and Andrade get Jose and Alex to separate, but then Alex rushes back in! They brawl up the ramp, which is fine because the ref is EJECTING them! Andrade is confused but Fenix tells Alex to keep after Jose! The sidekicks fight all the way backstage while Penta puts Rush in the ring. Penta climbs up a corner while fans fire up, then leaps, but into Rush’s anti-air dropkick! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Rush is upset but the ropes are the ropes. Rush drags Penta up to wrap on a chinlock, but again Penta gets to the ropes. Rush drags Penta away and turns him from the ropes while leaning on the hold. Penta still endures as Rush grinds him down.
Rush drags Penta up to put him on the top rope backwards, then he climbs up behind him. Rush is after the mask again! Penta resists, so Rush drops him into the Tree of Woe! Rush then BUZZSAWS Penta out of the Tree! Rush dusts off his hands and takes a bow as he soaks up the heat. Rush then goes back for Penta to kick and stomp him in the corner. Rush digs his boots in, the ref counts and Rush lets off. The ref reprimands but Rush paces while Andrade talks some trash. Rush drags Penta up, brings him to center and throws a heavy body shot. Rush chinlocks, then digs at the mask! The ref counts but Rush lets off.
Penta throws body shots but Rush KNEES Penta down! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally for Penta. Rush brings Penta up but Penta CHOPS again. Rush CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, Rush eggs Penta on! Penta throws forearms but Rush gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Penta dodges the haymaker to hit a BACKSTABBER! Penta then runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rush is annoyed but Andrade says to keep on him. Rush whips Penta but Penta goes up and over to hit another BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Rush survives and gets to a corner but fans rally up. Penta stomps Rush down but lets off as the ref counts.
Penta pie faces Rush and eggs him on before throwing haymakers. Rush gets mad and choke grips Penta, but Penta CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, they keep going! Penta fires forearms, runs, but Rush HEADBUTTS! Penta wobbles, but he HEADBUTTS back! DOUBLE HEADBUTTS!! Penta’s mask almost comes off from that, but he SUPERKICKS! JUMP KNEE from Rush!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count starts, Penta and Rush stir. Penta gets to a corner, Rush goes to the opposite. Rush runs in but Penta dodges! Rush hits buckles and Penta CHOPS him! And CHOPS!
Rush turns things around to CHOP, CHOP, but Penta CHOPS and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, CHOPS, sweeps the legs then stomps away! The ref counts, Rush stops at 4, and then he goes out to the apron. Rush slashes his throat, climbs up top, but Penta ROCKS Rush! Rush HEADBUTTS Penta away, then adjusts to leap and missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this but Rush wants to end it! Rush drags Penta to a drop zone and then goes up the corner. Fans boo but Penta SUPER SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives, but Rush hurries to ROCK him with a forearm! Penta sits in a corner, Rush runs corner to corner, but into a SOMERSAULT STUNNER!
SUPERKICK! Penta reels Rush in, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tuck and FEAR FACTOR!! Cover, but Andrade puts the foot on the ropes! The ref sees the ropebreak but Fenix points out it was Andrade! Too late to make a difference now, Rush is still in this. Penta goes back to Rush while the ref is reprimanding Andrade, and Rush LOW BLOWS Penta!! AND snatches the mask!! Insult to injury before the cradle, RUSH WINS!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall
The White Bull pulled off some major bull, that’s for sure! But will both Lucha Brothers get their revenge on Rush & Andrade soon enough?
Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh speak.
They’re all very happy, and Sonjay says they’re celebrating already because “Samoa Joe decided to crawl out of that hole that he’s been hiding in.” It is official for July 23rd, Death Before Dishonor, and the ultimate celebration begins when Sonjay’s best friend in this entire world, Jay Lethal, pins Samoa Joe to become the NEW ROH World TV Champion! And Lethal says he will tell us God’s honest truth, “I know that this is not going to be an easy fight.” Samoa Joe is one tough champion. But that’s why Lethal isn’t taking him lightly. But they are taking his championship. They all share a laugh, and Singh adds that Lethal will be the new champion! Will Lethal be able to back up all those words? Or will the Samoan Submission Specialist make Lethal suffer?
Tony Nese & Mark Sterling are still looking for signatures.
They go to the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta & Orange Cassidy, saying they’re the last signatures the petition needs to remove Swerve Strickland from AEW. After all, Swerve backstabbed Cassidy during the Royal Rampage. Cassidy says he never reads anything without his lawyer present. He has a lawyer? Yes, it’s DANHAUSEN! He has the paperwork right here. Nese says forget asking, he is going to make Cassidy sign. Chuck & Trent step up to push Nese back but Sterling has everyone just hold on a second. There is money to be made here. Nese VS Cassidy for Rampage! Wait, Danhausen has a better idea! Cassidy VS Nese on Rampage! That’s the same idea!
But anyway, if Nese wins, Cassidy has to sign the petition. Danhausen says objection sustained, and Cassidy says he will allow it. Overruled. What? No, Sterling’s the real lawyer, HE allows things! Hearsay! Sterling grumbles and storms off with Nese, but the deal is struck. Will Cassidy win and strike down this frivolous lawsuit?
8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club VS Fuego Del Sol & Ruffin’ It!
It’s rather surprising that Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and the Ass B- er, Austin & Colten Gunn, are agreeing to team up again after the heated argument that happened last time. But will they be able to let cooler heads prevail and get another win for the team? And of course, Caster has a rap! “Acclaimed & The Gunns-” GASP! Austin snatches the mic from Caster?! Caster is upset but Bowens keeps him from going after Austin. No disses this week, will the Acclaimed Gunn Club hold it together?
The bell rings and Fuego starts against Austin. Austin turns around into a kick and facelock! TORNADO- NO, Austin FLAPJACKS Fuego away. Tag to Colten and he CLOBBERS Fuego! Colten is fired up but fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” as he stomps Fuego in the corner. Bowens tags in and he drags Fuego out to CLUB away on him. “EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” Bowens then DECKS Bear Boulder, ELBOWS Ruff and DECKS Bear Bronson! Fuego kicks Bowens and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans fire up as Fuego crawls, and Bronson is back! Hot tags to Austin and Bronson! Bronson rallies on the Gunn Club, and even Caster!
Bronson breaks through the line to DOUBLE LARIAT the Gunn Club! Fans fire up with Bronson and he clotheslines Colten out! Austin staggers into choke grip, SIT OUT SPINEBSUTER! Cover, Caster breaks it! Ruff goes after Caster but Caster TOSSES him! Austin crawls, tag to Bowens! Bowens ELBOWS Bronson, CHOPS him and SUPERKICKS him! Bronson wobbles but Bowens hits a LEAP FROG FAMOUSER! They’re doing Daddy Ass proud as Bowens tags Caster. Caster goes up, but then Austin tags in!? MIC DROP, and then Austin snipes the cover! Acclaimed Gunn Club still wins!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club, by pinfall
Billy is upset that his boys aren’t getting along with his sons again, and Bowens shoves Austin! Austin and Colten CLOBBER The Acclaimed! Billy gets in, and he throws Austin away! And the same to Colten! Billy keeps telling them to cut it out, but then he CLOBBERS Caster! The Ass Man sides with his Ass Boys and Bowens doesn’t understand. What happened to scissor fingers? Billy kicks him low for a FAMOUSER! The Gunn Family sticks together, but will they finally get up to the top where they want to be?
“Malakai Black… We are different kind of men. You collect the weak, I dispose of them. You stab their backs, while I break them. Don’t you understand? You, a man who preys on the flawed, have enraged a man who is flawless! I, who rattles the gates of Heaven, will destroy the gates of Hell! So go ahead and buy yourself a bag of coins, because when I’m done with you, the House of Black will have many eyes to cover. Because the Redeemer is coming, enraged!!” Will Miro’s wrath wreak havoc on Malakai and his entire house?
Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir!
La Mera Mera and the Lightning From Down Under are forces of nature to be sure, but the Native Beast & The Problem have brought their umbrellas. Will these Vicious Vixens be safe from the #ThunderStorm? Or will they still be blown away by the AEW Women’s World Champion and the #1 contender?
The teams sort out and Shafir storms up on Storm to BOOT her down! Nyla gets after Rosa and throws her out while Shafir fires off knee son Storm! The ref reprimands but Shafir whips Storm to ropes. Storm tilt-o-whirls to RANA Shafir! Storm drop toeholds, then runs to basement dropkick! Storm whips Shafir into the corner, where Rosa adds a BOOT! Rosa tags in, fires off body shots on Shafir, then tags Storm back in. Storm stomps Shafir, EuroUppers, then tags Rosa. Rosa runs to DECK Nyla, then she comes back to elbow Shafir! Rosa whips Storm in to uppercut Shafir, then Storm sets up as a step! LA MERA MERA IN MOTION!
Fans fire up and Rosa brings Shafir around to cover, TWO! Rosa keeps on Shafir with a facelock and Storm tags in. They double suplex Shafir, then Storm covers, TWO! Storm keeps on Shafir with a facelock and grinds her down. Fans rally, Shafir endures, and Shafir fights up but Storm bumps her off buckles. Tag to Rosa and Rosa snapmares Shafir for a KICK to the back! Cover, ONE! Shafir grits her teeth but Rosa clamps onto her with a chinlock. Shafir slips out, wrenches an arm to a double wristlock, but Rosa has a leg to trip Shafir to a cradle! ONE, Rosa powers Shafir to a lateral press, ONE!
Rosa keeps on Shafir with the facelock but Shafir fights up. Storm tags in, she stomps Shafir down, and Storm brings Shafir up to CHOP! Storm snapmares and HIP ATTACKS Shafir, then tags Rosa. Rosa CHOPS Shafir, then CHOPS her! Then GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Tag to Storm and she brings Shafir out. Shafir throws body shots and KICKS the leg! Shafir DECKS Storm, then DECKS Rosa! Storm ROCKS Shafir back with forearms then runs, but the ref is busy keeping Rosa out of the ring, so he misses Nyla SMACK Storm with the umbrella! Nyla shrugs and Shafir fireman’s carries for a WASTELAND SLAM!
Tag to Nyla and Nyla stomps Storm while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Nyla drags Storm up to snap suplex, then roll through to a GOURDBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Storm from Rosa, drags her around and Shafir tags in. They mug Storm, Shafir CLUBS Storm down, then has her on ropes. Shafir chicken wings the arms, drags Storm around, and she taunts Rosa. Storm fights but Shafir spins her for a SAYANAGI! Shafir taunts Rosa more while she paces between her and Storm. Shafir drags Storm up to tag in Nyla and they mug Storm more. Storm hits back, brawls with Nyla, but Nyla throws Storm down by her hair!
Nyla stomps Storm at the ropes and then drags her away. Tag to Shafir, they continue to mug Storm, and then Nyla gives Shafir a boost for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Shafir snarls while fans rally up. Shafir grabs Storm’s hand to bend the fingers and drag her to the corner. Tag to Nyla and she gets Storm’s legs to drop an elbow on the knee. Nyla runs to SPLASH down! Cover, TWO! Rosa rallies the fans but Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla scoops and SLAMS Storm, then drags her up again for another scoop. Storm slips off and RAMS Nyla into a corner! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm O’Conner Rolls Nyla back!
Nyla rolls through but Storm is on her with a SLEEPER! Storm becomes a backpack but Nyla THROWS her off! Storm crawls, fans rally, hot tag to Rosa! Fans fire up as Rosa goes up top and leaps, CROSSBODY! She bounces off Nyla to then HIP ATTACK Shafir! Rosa CHOPS and forearms over and over and fans fire up! Rosa roars and ROCKS Nyla again! Rosa whips but Nyla blocks by holding ropes! Rosa keeps trying but Nyla swings on her. Rosa dodges, drop toeholds Nyla to ropes, and then stomps away! The ref counts, Rosa runs side to side to DROPKICK! Rosa says una mas, and she runs again, to DROPKICK!
Nyla flounders but fans fire up with Rosa. Still one more, but Nyla reels Rosa into an URENAGE! Tag to Shafir and she hurries after Rosa. Rosa kicks at Shafir but Shafir cartwheels through to get an arm. Shafir pump handles Rosa and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, Storm breaks it! Nyla BOOTS Storm and reels her in but Storm SATELLITE DDTS! Storm ducks the roundhouse to GERMAN SUPLEX Shafir! Fans fire up as Storm fires up and hits the HIP ATTACK in the corner! Storm goes up for Rosa to drag Shafir out. Rosa scoops Shafir, Storm is ready on the corner, THUNDERSTORM DRIVER!! Cover, Thunder & Storm win!!
Winners: Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm, by pinfall
And with that, #ThunderStorm wins! Will we see these two continue on as a team? What about the chances of them clashing for the AEW Women’s World Championship once again?
Tony Schiavone is backstage with The Baddies.
Jade Cargill, the still undefeated TBS Champion, tells Tony to “cut the sh*t,” then she asks Stokely Hathaway, “What the hell was that last week?” He says hold on, listen! If a wrestling company can have an Interim World Champion, then they can have an Interim Baddie! Leila Grey walks in and offers a handshake to Jade. Jade refuses, but what about Kiera Hogan? Nope, still rejected. Stokely knows the world wants to know what exactly he said to Leila last week, and he’ll tell us! $1100, because that is what it cost to get Leila to step up.
Stokely knows his math, and he knows 3v2 is better than 2v2. “And it takes a special type of finesse to get someone to go from wanting to beat your ass, to saving your ass.” And you know what they say, “Trust the process.” Stokely goes to put his arm around Leila but she shrugs that off. Jade says if Leila fails to deliver, then that’s Stokely’s ass. Jade and Kiera head out, but Stokely asks if Leila trusts him while offering a fist bump. She doesn’t respond, but he says they’ll talk later. Will Leila prove she can be a true Baddie through and through?
Tony Schiavone now interviews Daniel Garcia.
Garcia requested this time to call out Wheeler Yuta. “Hey, Yuta, last week on Dark, I put my foot on your neck and I held your title above my head, and there wasn’t a damn thing you could do about it. Last week at Blood & Guts, I spent an hour with you in the ring. I felt all that you could give me, you had my blood on your hands. But I’ve determined that you don’t strike an ounce of fear into my heart whatsoever. You’re not scaring nobody with that fake tough guy act, let me tell you.” And at Death Before Dishonor, don’t be scared, Yuta. Give Garcia that shot for the ROH Pure Championship, and whether he’s a pro-wrestler or a sports entertainer, you damn sure will call him the best.
Cash Wheeler says, “So we call ourselves ‘7 Star FTR,’ the living legends. We are the current AAA, IWGP and ROH Tag Team Champions, and I can stand here before you and comfortably say that no match has ever taken more out of us than when we won these at ROH Supercard of Honor.” But uh, we’re just a few weeks away from Death Before Dishonor and the PPV return of ROH. And despite the fact that they beat the Briscoes for the ROH titles, despite the fact that they’re on the run of a lifetime, there are still some people who doubt they’re the best in the world, and that doesn’t sit right with them.
Dax Harwood says, “That’s the beauty of professional wrestling. You can think whatever you want, believe whatever you want, but you can also be wrong. If ROH wants to sell a PPV, they gotta put on the rematch of the decade. So I’m telling you right now, Briscoes VS FTR II, one last time to prove who is the absolute best tag team on this planet! Briscoes, if you want to be a king, you got to kill a king. And we ain’t dead yet.” #TopGuys out. FTR is calling out Jay & Mark Briscoe, will Death Before Dishonor 2022 be one for the ages?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brody King!
The Best in the World is away, but the Maniac vows to prove he is the rightful owner of that title. But will he be able to remind everyone that he’s also the scariest monster in wrestling today? Or will the House of Black soon shine in the shadows with gold on the mantle?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and even if this is for the interim title, this fight is going to be legit!
Fans are thunderous already as Moxley and Brody stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and Brody puts Mox in a corner. The ref counts, Brody lets off to CHOP, and Moxley staggers away to the opposite corner. Fans fire up as Brody watches Moxley get back up. Moxley gets in Brody’s face, and right up in there! Brody and Moxley talk some smack and then Moxley fires forearms and CHOPS! Brody ROCKS Moxley, eggs him on, and Moxley throws a forearm back, only for Brody to ROCK Moxley again! Moxley rebounds but Brody throws him out. Brody then pursues, CLUBS Moxley to the timekeeper’s area, then CLUBS him again.
Brody whips Moxley into railing! Fans fire up, Brody stands Moxley up to CHOP him, and the ring count climbs. Brody ROCKS Moxley, follows him around the way, and then runs in, only to be sent into steel steps! Fans fire up and Moxley brings Brody up to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP into the railing! Moxley refreshes the ring count, headlocks Brody and brings him around the way, then throws knees. Moxley even fishhooks Brody and brings him around, only for Brody to back drop him onto the ramp! Moxley writhes and Brody shakes out the stars. Brody drags Moxley up to whip him into the timekeeper’s area! Moxley tumbles with the table while the ring count climbs!
Brody storms up to Moxley to CHOP him against railing! Brody then puts Moxley back in the ring at 6 of 10, only for Moxley to dropkick the legs out! Moxley throws knees, gets the leg and DRAGON SCREWS! Moxley steps through to have a FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Fans “WOO~!” while Brody endures. Brody clubs Moxley’s legs, pries at the hold, but Moxley keeps the hold on. Brody keeps clubbing, but Moxley lets off. Moxley shoots in to get the leg but Brody CLUBS him. Moxley trips Brody to drop an elbow on the leg, and then another. Brody clamps on with a chinlock to keep Moxley down but Moxley fights free.
Moxley turns Brody over as fans rally, and Moxley hooks the leg. DEATH LOCK SNAPPER! Brody clutches his leg and gets to ropes but Moxley is after him. Moxley stands Brody up but the forearms start flying again. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, Moxley gets boxing elbows going, but runs into a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Moxley survives and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Brody shakes out the bad leg while Moxley crawls to the apron. Brody storms over that way, BLASTS Moxley off the apron and Moxley crashes into the railing! Brody goes out after Moxley and drags him up to scoop and SLAM on the floor! Moxley writhes but Brody KICKS him in the back. Brody paces around, drags Moxley up, and CHOPS him again! Moxley gets into the ring but Brody pursues. Brody clamps onto Moxley with a neck wrench, and even digs his forearms in. Moxley endures, Brody shifts to a cobra twist and he CLUBS away on Moxley’s chest! Cover, TWO! Brody keeps cool and he kicks Moxley against ropes.
Brody scrapes Moxley, CHOKES him against the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally, Brody throws forearms but Moxley CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Brody just CHOPS Moxley right off his feet! Moxley flops over onto his face but Brody stands him back up to CHOP again. Moxley staggers around and falls into a corner, but Brody storms right up after him. Brody drags Moxley up, CHOPS him again, and Moxley is frozen in place! Brody CHOPS him again, and CHOPS him again! Moxley falls down and Brody eggs the fans on as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans boo as Brody eggs Moxley on, then fireman’s carries.
Moxley fights with elbows, Brody starts to drop, but then Brody stands back up! The elbows keep coming, Brody powers up again, and he runs for a corner! Moxley slips off, Brody hits buckles, and Moxley gets to the opposite corner. Brody runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL into buckles! Moxley avoids disaster and Brody crashes ‘n’ burns! Fans fire up and the standing count starts while both men are down. Moxley and Brody stir, and Moxley runs in to clothesline! Moxley hoists Brody up, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then climbs up after him. Moxley CLUBS and CLAWS Brody’s back, but Brody throws body shots.
Moxley BITES Brody’s forehead! Then SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as Moxley puts on the SLEEPER! Brody fights up to fight off the Bully Choke and he snapmares free. Moxley shoots around to full nelson and DRAGON SLEEPER! Cover, TWO!! Brody is still in this but Moxley shouts out Bryan Danielson with DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley then drags Brody up, reels him in, but Brody fights the lift. Moxley ROCKS Brody, Brody ROCKS Moxley, but Moxley ROLLING ELBOWS! Brody stays up, Moxley runs to LARIAT! Brody still stays up! Brody swings, Moxley dodges, but then the LEFT LARIAT takes Moxley down!
Brody drags Moxley up into a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Moxley but Brody clamps on with a SLEEPER! Is he going to put Moxley out like he did Darby Allin? Moxley RAMS Brody into buckles, but Brody holds on! Brody climbs the corner, HANGING SLEEPER!! The ref counts, Brody lets Moxley go and Moxley flops down! Brody goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley barely gets out of that, but Brody scoops! Moxley slips out to CLUB Brody but Brody throws a back elbow! Brody runs, but Moxley follows to forearm Brody at the ropes! Moxley runs but Brody follows, only to miss in the corner! Roll-up, TWO!!
Moxley hurries to wrench and reel Brody in, PARADIGM SHIFT!! But Moxley has to push Brody over, so Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Brody withstands those so Moxley goes for the Bully Choke! Brody stands up, it’s a BACKPACK SLEEPER! Brody is fading, but he drops back, BACKPACK SENTON! But Moxley rises to SLEEPER HOLD! Brody moves around but ends up in the BULLY CHOKE!! Brody is fading, the ref calls it! Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)
It was a fight to be sure, but Moxley holds onto the title! Who will step up to him next while we await CM Punk’s return? As for Brody King, fans cheer his valiant effort, and Malakai Black walks out. Malakai looks Brody in the eye, and pats him on the back. But then DARBY ALLIN AND STING appear?! The #RelentlessIcons show Brody King respect! Darby says Brody kicked his ass last week, and it doesn’t matter what anyone says! Brody EARNED his spot here. Darby offers a handshake, but Brody leaves Darby hanging. The House of Black doesn’t do anything for respect, but will they take on Darby & Sting for supremacy in AEW?
A great episode for Dynamite, but they sure stretched that first hour. Only two of the six matches happened before Jim Ross joined commentary at the halfway point, and I would’ve liked if they’d tried to split things up a bit more evenly. But even with that, we got a great opener with the TNT Championship. It was obvious the Street Fight would bring out a bunch of American Top Team scrubs for Wardlow to throw around like nothing and then he wins the title. This is still great for Wardlow, but maybe it would’ve been more powerful if he’d won this title sooner, or if it was just Scorpio VS Wardlow 1v1 in a real epic match, not a Heel using all his resources to protect himself.
So apparently Mark Sterling, having been fired by Jade Cargill and not having MJF around, has resorted to filing frivolous lawsuits as his gimmick. It’s pretty funny, though, as he fails to convince Faces to side with him, a Heel. The promo with Best Friends and Danhausen was really funny with Danhausen just spouting legal terminology. Nese VS Cassidy will surely go Cassidy’s way so he can keep building momentum towards a title. Pac defends his All-Atlantic Championship at Rev-Pro’s event this weekend, but I’m pretty sure Pac retains, and then maybe we can get Pac VS Cassidy for this title at All Out.
That’s made even more likely by how Miro is going after Malakai Black. Miro had a very good promo as always, and he’s going to have an awesome match with Malakai. We got quite the promo segment with Christian, Luchasaurus and Matt Hardy. Hardy’s line about the “Michael Jordan of A-Holes” was really good, and of course Christian stoops to bringing up what happened with Jeff Hardy. A bit cheap, but of course Luchasaurus demolishes Matt Hardy. Sounds like this is setting up a tag match where Jungle Boy joins Matt Hardy to take on Christian & Luchasaurus, and we’ll see if JB can turn Luchasaurus back to the light side or if Luchasaurus stays Heel. Honestly, Luchasaurus could probably benefit most from his Heel turn.
We got a good Blood & Guts aftermath promo where a few different guys got to say their piece, and of course we’re getting more Eddie VS Jericho. Tay Conti hurting Ruby Soho could be a way to give us a Mixed Tag before the final blow-off. And adding Claudio VS Hager to things, that match is going to be great, and I would think Claudio wins to stay hot in AEW. We got a very good tag match out of Keith & Swerve VS Butcher & Blade, and I did like that they at least teased the “accidental attack misunderstanding.” Swerve totally understood the Pounce was an accident, and they finished off Butcher & Blade. Hobbs & Starks had a very fired up promo, and the Bucks had a good on to set up another Triple Threat for the titles. I would think the Bucks win that, just as Jurassic Express did.
FTR had a good promo to call out the Briscoes, and you can bet that match will be added to the Death Before Dishonor card. That will be a great match, and FTR will win so they can move on to face Young Bucks at All Out. Garcia had a good promo to call out Yuta, their ROH Pure Championship match will be great stuff, and that could probably go either way. I think Joe VS Lethal for the ROH World TV Championship could go either way, too, because Lethal has Singh and Sonjay on his side to overbook that match. Maybe after DBD, Tony Khan and other executives find a way to put on an ROH TV show, but no idea if I’ll be able to cover it if it happens.
We got a very fun segment out of The Dark Order and QT Marshall. Great to see Hangman join up with Dark Order again, and though not delivered with quite the stank it should have, Negative One at least got through his line about sparing QT more humiliation until he’s an adult. It would be amazing if 10 years from now, we do see Negative One/Brodie Lee Jr. face an old man QT and win in five minutes like his father. And moreover, it was good that Evil Uno assured us that the members of Dark Order we have left are going to stay in AEW one way or another. It’s a shame the faction ran out of steam like it did, but maybe they can rebuild.
We got a pretty good tag match out of #ThunderStorm VS Nyla & Marina, and of course the Faces win. Rosa and Storm can easily have another title match as part of the July themed episodes, like Fyter Fest or Fight for the Fallen. Stretching this to All Out in September would just seem odd to me, so maybe someone comes out of another story primed to face Rosa. Jade not accepting Leila Grey is a natural move for their story, but who knows where it goes from here. Leila could prove herself worthy, because I don’t see Stokely being fired by Jade so soon, and then we could have that Six Woman Tag I expected but Leila in for Red Velvet.
We got a pretty good 8 Man Tag, with the dysfunction finally adding something to the match. The Gunn Club turning on The Acclaimed was quite the surprise, though, but I had a feeling Billy was going to find a reason to be proud of his sons. And this could be the Face turn for The Acclaimed, and that is going to be great because fans love them. Penta VS Rush was awesome stuff, especially with how Alex and Jose got in on it. A Six Man Tag of La Faccion Ingobernable VS Death Triangle where Jose and Alex are the third men would be pretty fun.
And of course, we got an awesome main event out of Moxley and Brody. Moxley was of course retaining, but we all know Brody is badass, and it was cool for Darby to show him respect. Even with Miro coming for Malakai, we need to get House of Black VS Darby & Sting first. Miro could even go after Malakai after the match, regardless of who wins. I don’t know if it has to be a full Face turn for Miro, but he will come off the Face against Malakai since fans still love Miro. As for Mox, the possibilities really are endless for who he can face for the Interim title at All Out. Personally, whether or not Joe wins against Lethal at DBD, give me some Mox VS Joe!
My Score: 8.9/10
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.179 ~ 6TH JULY 2022
GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship Postponed
Due to Chris Ridgeway being unable to get a Visa in time for the Nippon Budokan event on July 12th, the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship match has been postponed. Therefore, Yoshinari Ogawa and Yuya Susumu will team together against Eita and Kotaro Suzuki. Susumu says he knows he cannot replace Ridgeway, but will fight with him in mind.
Seiki Yoshioka attacks HAYATA (repeatedly)
Following his GHC Junior Heavyweight challenge to HAYATA, Seiki Yoshioka turned the tension up a notch by fighting with HAYATA after the match in Fukushima on the 2nd (HAYATA had made him bleed) and introducing him to his new superkick, and then intruding on the match in Yamagata on the 3rd, which got the match thrown out. Poor HAYATA had been kicked in head quite a few times over the course of the two days, and so was not in any position to speak. Seiki Yoshioka was though, he had taken the belt backstage, and holding it up the camera announced that he was putting everything on the line to win, and he would knock HAYATA out again at The Budokan. Yuya Susumu later posted on his Twitter that he felt he had to apologize for how Yoshioka was behaving.
Speaking of STINGER (HAYATA, Yoshinari Ogawa & Yuya Susumu) came out wearing the green NOAH baseball shirts in Yamagata for the match against Perros Del Mal De Japon (Kotaro Suzuki, NOSAWA Rongai & Super Crazy). They never explained why they were wearing green, and fans were left to speculate that either they were showing their solidarity as NOAH Juniors to Perros, or it was an Ogawa mind game to remind Kotaro where he came from and who he belonged with. The singles match between Kotaro and Ogawa on July 2nd was naturally ruined by Perros who got the match thrown out by intrusion. Given NOSAWA’S comments backstage to Kotaro about “trying harder”, I am wondering how long Kotaro is going to put up with this.
Kenoh, Kojima (and Kobashi)
Following two frustrating pre matches in which neither the champion or the challenger won over the other, and an escalation in “competition” where Kenoh did press ups backstage next to a fallen Satoshi Kojima in Fukushima, and Kojima demonstrated Lion press ups to Kenoh in Yamagata (who comically appeared in front of him and then attacked him screaming about “The Mark of The Lion” and how if he missed it so much he should wear his new t-shirt), Kenoh sought advice from the master of the lariat, Kenta Kobashi by making a first visit to his gym. Lariats are not something Kenoh has used before, so it will be interesting to see if the teaching he got from Kobashi was how to throw them or how to withstand them.
GHC Heavyweight Tag Champion Humiliation
Satoshi Kojima might have had a frustrating stalemate, but at least Kojima was spared the humiliation that the GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions endured, when again they lost via Masa Kitamiya submitting to Hideki Suzuki in Yamagata. Suzuki had said he was doing a kind of scouting mission as he wanted to know their strengths and weaknesses and the strengths and weaknesses of their techniques. Timothy Thatcher was given a firsthand look, when the champions demonstrated their new tandem move, a double powerbomb, to win the match.
Go Shiozaki & Shuhei Taniguchi miss events
Go Shiozaki was absent from the 2nd and 3rd July weekend events due to being a close contact with someone with Coronavirus. This necessitated a card change as it was almost last minute. What was last minute (as in about seven minutes before the event started) was Shuhei Taniguchi being withdrawn from the event due to mild heatstroke.
Yoshiki Inamura’s Fire Festival 2022
Although Yoshiki Inamura did not defeat Masato Tanaka, his Fire Festival opened with a time limit draw at thirty minutes. Inamura didn’t feel that he had approached Tanaka with this, but has sworn to beat everyone else and return to NOAH with the sword.
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– Tadasuke is wondering why there has been no comeback from the NOAH Junior Regulars regarding his banishment of Haoh (who seems to have vanished off the face of the earth). I think Tadasuke will get his answer when NOAH are back in Tokyo.
– Alejandro greeted the Yamagata crowd as the Fukushima one, to be scolded by Hajime Ohara for his mistake.
– Kenoh’s Michinoku Pro rival, Fujita “Jnr” Hayato, made his return to the ring following a five year absence due to cancer. He named two people he wanted to fight, Hiromu Takahashi and of course, Kenoh. Kenoh says that he should fight Hayato first. Not only did Hayato mention him first, but even by the Japanese (gojūon) syllabary Kenoh (i.e. KE) comes first. Kenoh then returned to his preoccupation that seems to be obsessing him these days, “The Lion Mark” (New Japan logo).
– Kenoh grumbled that he preferred the sea to rivers just before he posted a video of himself doing Lion Push ups by one.
EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS
- SUNNY VOYAGE 2022
Fukushima Big Palette (Saturday, July 2nd)
- Yamagata Big Wing (Sunday, July 3rd)
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Satoshi Kojima
Challenger: Kenoh, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin
Challengers: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher), “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
Challengers: Perros Del Mal De Japon (Eita & Kotaro Suzuki), Postponed, replacement date to be advised
- GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
- YOSHIKI INAMURA FIRE FESTIVAL 2022
Friday, July 8th: vs Hide Kubota
Sunday, July 10th
Venue: Fujisan Messe, Shizuoka
Time: 13:00 JST
Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (event will not be streamed live)
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