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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/13/21)

The All Mighty speaks!

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Will Bobby Lashley be part of Day 1?

After ambushing the WWE Champion and challengers on last week’s Raw, Bobby Lashley will be here this week to explain exactly what he wants!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Otis wins.
  • Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Nivens; Bianca wins.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 1: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Kevin Owens; Lashley wins and advances to part 2.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Tis the Season: Dana Brooke retains the title.
  • Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS The Dirty Dawgs; The Dirty Dawgs win.
  • Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H. VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella; Vega wins.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 2: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins by disqualification.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 2.5, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins and advances to part 3.
  • All Mighty Gauntlet part 3, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Big E; Lashley wins and joins the WWE Championship match at Day 1.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bobby Lashley heads to the ring!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is in a red suit as he and MVP strut out in front of the St. Paul crowd. Lashley and MVP get mics, and Lashley starts by saying, “Last week, I showed these guys exactly what happens when you disrespect the All Mighty.” MVP adds that Lashley is the single most terrifying man in the entire WWE. And MVP knows that because people are terrified to even say his name. It’s like the Candyman! But instead of three times, you just say his name once and he shows up, and bad things happen. But there is an issue of respect in this generation of superstars. Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins come out, complain and backstab to get into a WWE Championship match.

But do you know who doesn’t complain? Bobby Lashley. Do you know who doesn’t whine Bobby Lashley. And he made a statement! Not just to Big E, Rollins and Kevin, but also to management. It is imperative that Lashley be added to that WWE Championship match at Day 1 on New Year’s Day. There is no better way to start off the new year than with this man as your ALL MIGHTY WWE Champion! Fans boo but then here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a mic, and he says, “You’re out here talking about how I’m disrespectful?” Kevin hasn’t even paid attention to Lashley the last two years. Until last week when Lashley saw fit to attack everyone from behind!

And now Lashley is weaseling into Kevin’s title match. As much as Kevin doesn’t want to, he gives credit to Rollins for earning his way to the match. Just like the greatest superstar in this industry, Kevin Owens, did! But Lashley hasn’t earned anything! In 19 days, Kevin NEEDS to become WWE Champion so he can give the fans a champion they can be proud of! He’s doing this as a good example to the fans! Lashley has no place in the match! It is already tough against two top tier superstars. Lashley doesn’t belong, Kevin is going to talk to Pearce & Sonya- But here comes Seth Rollins!

The Visionary is in lavender and says we can’t start this show without the STAR! And the star is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! Now, while Rollins admires Lashley’s suit game tonight, and as much as Rollins despises Kevin, Rollins has to agree with Kevin. Lashley should NOT be in Rollins’ match, just like Kevin shouldn’t be! Kevin earned it! MVP says these two are terrified! Lashley says they can come in here and do something about him. They can talk or they can get in the ring! Kevin and Rollins are agreeing right now, so they should agree to work as one against Lashley. Lashley can’t take them both. Rollins agrees here, too! So deal! Rollins first then.

Wait, why Rollins first? He’s in a suit. But Rollins is faster. MVP says Lashley will hit Rollins and Kevin will run. Kevin and Rollins pretend they didn’t hear that. Should they rock-paper-scissors? But here comes Big E! The WWE Champion has his own mic, and he says, “Well, if it isn’t my favorite collection of idiots.” Rollins and Kevin are quaking in their boots at the mere idea of being in the ring with Lashley, Big E will remind us all that he beat Lashley to become champion! While injured, but sure. Big E tells Lashley to hush cuz Big E won inside a steel cage, and has no problem doing it one more time!

Rollins and Kevin argue but Pearce & Sonya appear to stop this. If anyone touches anyone, there will be severe consequences. Pearce & Sonya are not afraid to deal out fines or suspensions. Sonya says they’ve heard everything and have decided: A Fatal 4 Way sounds like a great idea! But with that being said, Lashley will be officially added to Day 1! MVP and Lashley like that! But wait, MVP, they aren’t finished. Lashley will be added, IF Lashley can defeat, in no particular order, Big E, Kevin Owens AND Seth Rollins. Simple: If Lashley beats them all in a GAUNTLET, he’s in! MVP says Lashley ACCEPTS! Is the Rocky Mountain Machine going to steamroll the field to go to Day 1?

 

Matt Riddle inspects the blazers.

Randy Orton asks why these are still here. Well Riddle was a little distracted. There’s a lot of sentimental value. And Riddle’s been watching tape. There’s ideas flowing. Then Orton hopes he means he was watching his potential opponents, and not just wearing blazers and watching literal tape. Riddle says he’s been watching all the different versions. Riddle, your broadcasting career was over before it began. And your number one priority needs to be these tag titles. Right. Next move: podcasters! Pat McAfee is raking it in! They could be swimming in cash like Scrooge McDuck. Or they could be shamans to give advice to people!

No, no podcasts, no shamans, and no more Jackass guys. But it was pretty sweet hanging out with them. And imagine if Riddle was in a movie like that! Orton says Riddle is on to something. He is a jackass and could’ve been in that movie. But Riddle’s reality is that he’s facing Otis, the human wrecking ball. Focus on Otis tonight, get that done, and then one day, in the distant future, Orton will allow Riddle to wear the blazer. YES! Riddle is so focused! Will the Bro be able to shut down the Dozer? Or is Otis going to win one #ForTheAcademy?

 

Update on the RKBRO-nament.

Injuries suffered by the Street Profits and the Mysterios make both teams unable to compete, so the #1 contender’s match finals will be postponed!

 

Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Big E talk with Sonya and Pearce backstage.

Rollins shouts that no one wants Lashley at Day 1! Sonya says that’s why it’s only if Lashley beats them all tonight. That means even one loss is enough to eliminate him. But since Kevin was last one added, he’s first one up. What?! Why!? But then Rollins grumbling makes Kevin fire up. Kevin beat Rollins so he can beat Lashley. Rollins sarcastically says he believes Kevin. Kevin storms off, and Rollins goes to get dressed. Big E understands adding Lashley makes it harder to retain, but whether Triple Threat or Fatal 4, he will STILL walk out champion. Big E heads out, will Big E and Rollins even be needed if Kevin gets the job done?

 

Matt Riddle w/ Randy Orton VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!

Raw returns as the Alpha Academy makes their entrance. The bell rings, Otis and Riddle circle while Gable gets a seat by commentary. Otis ties up with Riddle then throws him to a corner! Otis eggs Riddle on, they tie up, and Riddle jumps on to get an arm! But Otis scoops and SLAMS Riddle down! Gable says, “That’s my number one guy!” Otis swings on Riddle in the corner but Riddle dodges to fire off KICK after KICK! Otis shoves Riddle but Riddle runs to forearm smash! Riddle runs again but Otis CLOBBERS him! Otis then drags Riddle up to throw him out of the ring. The ref wants Otis to stay in, but Orton keeps Gable back.

Otis goes out after Riddle after all, and CLUBS him right in front of commentary. Otis puts Riddle in, Gable cheers him on, but Riddle hits a FINAL FLASH knee! Then he jumps to the apron, but Otis yanks Riddle down to RAM him into the barriers! Gable is fired up and so is Otis as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Riddle fights out of a chinlock, only for Otis to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Otis drags Riddle up while Orton coaches him up. Otis has a neck wrench and he leans on Riddle. Orton gets the fans to fire up, and Riddle fights up with body shots. Otis CLUBS Riddle, whips him to the corner, but Riddle goes up and over and Otis POSTS himself! Riddle goes out to the apron to KICK Otis back from the corner! Riddle goes up and CROSSBODIES, into Otis’ arms! But Riddle slips out to fire off palm strikes! Otis shoves, Riddle FINAL FLASH KNEES! Then FLYING CHUCKS! Riddle powers out but Otis blocks the roundhouse to shove Riddle.

Riddle elbows Otis away, goes up top, FLOATING BRO takes down Otis! Fans fire up and so does Orton! Gable panics as Riddle hears voices in his head, bro! Otis staggers up, but he blocks the RKO to pop-up and POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis wins!!

Winner: Otis, by pinfall

The Dozer just crushed Riddle! Orton gets in, Otis denies the RKO so Orton RKO’s Gable! But then Otis CLOBBERS Orton with the back elbow!! The Alpha Academy’s top student just demolished RKBRO! Will Gable & Otis have their shot at the gold even outside of the RKBRO-nament?

 

Bianca Belair VS “Doudrop” Piper Nivens!

The EST gets a rematch with Doudrop, who literally walked away from the fight to avoid the loss last week. Will Bianca make sure Piper doesn’t slip through her fingers this time so that we get an actual finish?

Raw returns as Doudrop makes her entrance. The bell rings and fans rally up for the EST. Bianca and Piper approach, tie up, and are in a deadlock in the power game until Piper shoves Bianca away. Piper says Bianca isn’t the strongEST anymore! They tie up again, Bianca pushes Piper back slowly, but Piper pushes back and has Bianca in a corner! Bianca goes up the buckles to then arm-drag Piper! Bianca waistlocks, Piper bucks the O’Conner Roll, and then Piper scoops. Bianca slips out, waves hey, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to shove and hurdle! Bianca tells Piper to kiss this, then eggs her on. Piper runs in, Bianca sidesteps and gets around to redirect again and again, to then dropkick!

Piper stays up but Bianca brings her in. Bianca tries to scoop but can’t, Piper’s too big! Piper scoops and SLAMS Bianca! Cover, TWO! Piper stomps Bianca to a corner, stands her up and CLUBS her in the chest, then runs in to SPLASH! Piper CLUBS Bianca again, then again. Fans rally behind Bianca but Piper CLUBS her more in the corner. Piper brings Bianca around, whips her to a corner, then runs in again, only to get a BOOT! Bianca goes up to RANA Piper into the ropes! Piper tumbles out of the ring, a ring count starts but Bianca hurries to get Piper up. Bianca fires BIG forearms, but Piper ROCKS Bianca back! Piper rings Bianca to the corner but Bianca bumps Piper first!

Bianca runs and handsprings, but Piper catches the legs to have them against the ropes! The ref counts as Piper pulls the legs and KICKS Bianca in the head! Piper pushes Bianca down, then step-in ELBOW DROPS! Piper sneers as Bianca falls out of the ring and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Bianca fires back forearms and a dropkick! Bianca kips up and runs in to RAM Piper in the corner! Bianca clubs up to club away but Piper slips out. Bianca kicks Piper away and leaps, but Piper catches her and moves her around. Bianca slips off, shoves, but Piper holds ropes. Piper back elbows, then scoops Bianca again, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Piper is seething all over again but fans rally for the EST. Piper crawls and stalks Bianca, “This is Awesome!” as Piper drags Bianca up. Piper tells Bianca she ain’t better than her! Piper slaps Bianca around while mocking the EST chants.

Piper has Bianca by her jaw, but Bianca blocks the slap to ROCK Piper! But Piper wrenches, reels Bianca in, SAIDO! Bianca writhes to a corner, Piper crawls and covers, TWO!! Bianca barely gets out of that one and Piper is fuming again. Piper looms over Bianca, drags her to a drop zone and then climbs up the corner. But Bianca BUMPS Piper off the buckles! And then gets in to SUPER POWERBOMB Piper down!! Fans are fired up as Bianca climbs! EST 450! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

That was perhaps the hardEST match Bianca has had in a long time, but she came out the winner! Is Bianca moving on to bigger and better now? Wait, Piper attacks Bianca at the ramp! It seems Doudrop is the saltiEST in the WWE, will she crush Bianca and take away that spotlight?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

Kevin Patrick wants a word before his match with Lashley. How about, “Trash?” This whole thing is trash! Lashley adding if he wins is trash, Kevin going first is trash, and St. Paul is trash! But the good news is Kevin going first means he can just end this here and now, and then go on to win the WWE Championship at Day 1. And that is no lie. But will the Prizefighter end up trashed by the Rocky Mountain Machine?

 

Gable Steveson is in the crowd!

The Olympic Gold Medalist and future WWE superstar is here to watch how it’s done in the squared circle. When and where will the WWE’s second-ever gold medalist wrestler finally get between the ropes?

 

All Mighty Gauntlet part 1: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Kevin Owens!

Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance. Lashley fist bumps Steveson, then gets in the ring with Kevin. The bell rings, Kevin jumps Lashley while he’s talking to MVP! The ref counts as Kevin fires off in a corner, and he headlocks. Lashley powers out, they ram shoulders, then things speed up. Lashley runs Kevin over and Kevin flounders to a corner. Lashley brings Kevin up to fire off haymakers, then he reels Kevin in to “take him for a ride,” as MVP says. Stalling suplex and SLAM! Lashley high-fives MVP, then takes aim. Kevin dumps Lashley out to avoid the spear! Lashley gets up but Kevin hotshots him down! Kevin aims from the apron, to CANNONBALL and WHIFF!

Lashley says that’s one, and he gets in the ring. Kevin writhes on the floor, Lashley lets the ring count climb to 6 before he goes out and CLOBBERS Kevin! Kevin leans against barriers, gets back in the ring, but Lashley gets in, for a SUPERKICK! Kevin hurries to get Lashley up and POST him! Kevin goes corner to corner and CANNONBALLS! Rollins is watching backstage, he’s surely worried, but Kevin drops a SENTON! Cover, ONE!! Big E is watching and taking notes as fast as he can as Kevin throws forearms. Lashley whips Kevin away, runs in but into a BOOT! Kevin goes up and reels Lashley in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!

MVP says Kevin is disrespecting Lashley, an Lashley gets up. Kevin CHOPS him in the corner, but Lashley gets mad! Kevin kicks and whips but Lashley reverses and Kevin tumbles up the corner to fall down hard! Lashley drags Kevin up, RAMS him in the corner again and again, then runs corner to corner to RAM into him again! Lashley brings Kevin around to NECKBREAKER! Lashley looms over Kevin, Kevin stands up but Lashley counter punches! Lashley gut wrenches Kevin to the Canadian rack and DOMINATOR! Lashley says it’s done, and he gets a half nelson! Kevin rolls Lashley up, TWO!! Kevin kicks and- NO, no stunner! MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!!

Lashley stalks Kevin, and clamps on the HURT- Wait, Kevin taps before the full nelson!?

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (advances to the next match)

Kevin spared himself the pain, and Lashley still moves on to round two! Kevin couldn’t stop Lashley, and Rollins is furious! But Sonya lets Rollins know that he’s next. She wishes him luck, but will he need far more than that to shut down the Rocky Mountain Machine?

 

Veer Mahan is coming.

The lion is the king of the jungle, but the lion must hunt its prey, kill it, and eat it. But in Veer’s case, it’s just for fun. When and where will the million dollar arm strike down its first target?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The Man comes around to St. Paul still Raw Women’s Champion after holding the ropes and keeping Liv Morgan down. But what’s next for Big Time Becks? We’ll hear from her after the break.

Raw returns and Becky welcomes us to the big time! It is a big night for St. Paul with Becky in the building. A lot of the fans thought it was going to be a big night for Liv Morgan. And it was! First-ever championship match for her, and what a match it was! But Becky’s still here as our champion, just as she said she would. Some fans are happy, a lot of them wish Liv would’ve won. But say on the off chance Liv did win, if she was here with the title tonight, the fans would find every reason to doubt the same woman who got them to believe in her. Is Becky wrong? No, she’s never wrong! Fans don’t know what they want! Remember when they wanted Becky back? “We Want Becky!”

And then Becky came back and a lot of them had opinions about how she does her job, even though they’ve never stepped foot in the ring or changed the game or broke down barriers to become the biggest thing in the industry! No one ever left their careers and then came back better than ever! They never had to evolve. If you don’t evolve, you get left behind and disappoint all the fans, just like Liv! Becky has the new “Miz girl” with the girl from last week! All the Liv fans can get used to that face. Becky will be holding onto the title for a very long time. But speaking of, here comes Liv! Liv says she’s not getting used to anything, and St. Paul is sick and tired of Becky’s broken record.

Becky keeps saying people would doubt Liv if she were champion. But the only person that’s doubting Liv is Becky! And y’know what? Becky doubting Liv is the exact thing why Becky almost lost, and why she had to cheat to win! Liv’s prepared her own little photo to prove it! Becky holding the ropes during the cradle! Becky should be so proud of herself. But y’know what? Becky is the best, at cheating to win. Liv cried a little last week after that match, but not because she’s weak. It’s because she’s human, and because she was disappointed. She was disappointed, but snapped out of it, because she knows she can beat Becky! Just like that #LivGirl, Liv believes in herself!

So does Becky think the photos would embarrass Liv? No. It just reminded Liv why this isn’t over! Liv won’t give up until she makes the title to mean something for everyone, just like that little girl! And if Becky’s really big time, then she’ll accept a rematch at Day 1! Becky says no. She didn’t do that because she had to, but because it was easy. Don’t blame Becky for grabbing ropes, blame yourself for not doing it first! Blame yourself for not being ready for it! If Liv were ready, she’d know Becky would pull that, but Liv isn’t ready. Liv’s just proven she has no killer instinct. Instead, Liv’s doing the same thing she always does: NOTHING.

Liv rushes the ring! And dodges the punch to THESZ PRESS! Liv fires off hands, gets up and kicks low to then KICK and ENZIGURI! Liv roars, chases Becky out and goes after her by the commentary. But then Becky RAMS Liv into steel steps! Becky puts Liv’s hand in between steps and post and stomps away on the arm! Then Becky BOOTS the steps! And again! Liv can’t get her arm out so Becky stomps away on it! Refs appear and tell Becky to back off! Becky leaves Liv crying in pain as she gets the mic. “Oh no, Liv. Looks like you went and injured yourself. Well if you still want that match, you’re on!

“And now, seeing as there are no other able bodied women to challenge me for my title, I’m gonna go home, I’m gonna train, I’m gonna hang out with my hot husband and my beautiful baby. Maybe you should put some ice on that.” Becky holds her belt up as she struts away, but will she still make 2022 big time?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

Styles & Omos haven’t been working as well as they used to. They’ve gone from tag team champions to having dysfunction, does he care to comment? Well, he admits they were at odds last week, but it was disrespectful for Omos to walk out on him, but Styles hasn’t given up on the team. Omos’ raw talent, Styles’ guidance, you can’t give up on that. This is just growing pains. We’ve seen them at their best, so Styles won’t give up. He’s been in the business a long time and has never seen anyone like Omos. Things go off the rails, that’s on Styles. He’s the one having to show Omos how to do things the right way.

Styles bringing in Omos wasn’t to boost Styles’ career, but an investment. Styles knows Omos is a good kid and wants to see him succeed in the business. Omos then walks over and says they’re good. Styles says he’s not giving up on the team, and neither is Omos! Will the Phenomenal and the Colossus still make it work?

 

Reggie and Dana Brooke walk around St. Paul.

Reggie is a sucker for the holidays. Dana is, too! She appreciates that he helped her last week. He’s just happy to have been of help. he was 24/7 Champion for over 100 days, and he’d pass on what he learned. If she wants. Maybe over some hot cocoa? She’d like that, and would love to hear any advice. A snowman sneezes and a tree says gesundheit. It’s R-Truth and Tozawa in disguise! They’re supposedly spreading cheer for the holidays, fa la la la. Dana, run! But then Tamina’s there! Dana ROCKS Tamina but Tamina waistlocks! Dana elbows free, kicks and fires off forearms! Tamina staggers and Dana runs for it! Dana JUMPS into a snow pile, then Reggie launches in after her!

Every time! Tamina says Truth and Tozawa messed it up! Stay outta her way! Truth says Tamina meant Tozawa. No, she meant Truth. No, you! NO, YOU! Will anyone get the title off Dana with Reggie watching her back?

 

Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS The Dirty Dawgs!

The Prince joins the Archer of Infamy in taking on some common enemies in Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode. Will Finn & Priest be able to work together despite their history in NXT? Or will the Show-Off & the Glorious One be able to divide and conquer?

Raw returns and Priest makes his entrance. The Dawgs are already in the ring and the teams sort out. Priest starts against “Big Bob” and they circle. Roode kicks low, bumps Priest off buckles and throws haymakers! The ref counts, Roode lets off, and he brings Priest up. Priest ROCKS Roode, Roode kicks back! Roode brings Priest over but Priest powers up to head for his corner! Roode digs in his heels, CLUBS Priest then DECKS Balor! Fans boo but Priest dodges Roode to WHEEL KICK him down! Ziggler gets in but gets a BELL CLAP! Priest ripcords and FLAPJACKS Ziggler! Fans fire up and Priest runs in to back elbow Ziggler! Then he runs to back elbow Roode!

Priest goes back to hit Ziggler, then he BOOTS Roode out of the ring! Priest dumps Ziggler out to join Roode, and then fans fire up as Priest goes outside. Priest runs to leap off the steps, and he CLOBBERS the Dawgs! Fans fire up with Priest as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Priest CLOBBERS Roode! Both men are down and fans fire up! Priest and Roode crawl, hot tags to Ziggler and Finn! Finn rallies, whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Finn DECKS Roode, he trips Ziggler and DOUBLE STOMPS! Fans fire up with Finn and he CHOPS Ziggler in a corner! Finn whips, Ziggler reverses but Finn reverses ack to ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, Roode breaks it! Priest drags Roode out to choke grip! Roode slips out to SPINEBUSTER Priest! “That’s why I’m Big Bob!” Finn clotheslines Ziggler out, then he FLIES to take out the Dawgs! Fans fire up with Finn and he gets Ziggler back in the ring!

Finn aims from a corner, SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Ziggler hits buckles, falls to a drop zone, but Austin Theory shows up to get a selfie! Finn CLOBBERS Theory, Ziggler hits a ZIGZAG!! Cover, Dirty Dawgs win!!

Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall

Theory cost Finn that win, and then gets himself another selfie! Priest rushes in to run Theory off, but will this be enough to impress Vince McMahon?

 

Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H meet up backstage.

Nikki says Rhea’s got this! She’ll make Zelina Vega pay! It’s what she does best. Unlike Nikki… What? Nikki barely slept because of what happened last week. She was so close and yet she lost. She’s really trying her best but she keeps letting Rhea down. Nikki, snap out of it. Rhea is her tag partner because of Nikki’s fire. Nikki beat seven other competitors to win Money in the Bank and she cashed in on Charlotte! Nikki beat Charlotte 1v1, something not even Rhea’s done. Rhea wants that Nikki back. Nikki appreciates Rhea trying to cheer her up. Nikki has Rhea’s back. Good. Because it’s time to shut these Muppets up and get those tag titles back!

 

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Rhea Ripley w/ Nikki A.S.H. VS Zelina Vega w/ Carmella!

The Nightmare takes on the Queen of the Ring, will she avenge Almost a Super Hero and their tag title defeat? Or will Zelina continue to be a royal pain in the butt?

Raw returns as the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, Carmella, makes her entrance. She wants fans to take off their “cheap, tacky earmuffs” to pay attention to her. For we are about to be graced by the presence of Her Majesty, QUEEN~ ZELINA~! Zelina makes her entrance now, with a new, regal remix of her song. Zelina thanks the fans and her “glamorous and glorious partner” for that introduction. And as our queen, Zelina feels it is her royal duty to grace the frozen tundra with her presence. She will accept applause now. She gets boos instead so she tells them to shut up. Guess they’ve chosen sides, huh? Low class trash sides with low class trash!

Zelina calms down and apologizes to her loyal subjects. For as sorry as she feels for Rhea carrying the deadweight in Nikki, it will be her duty to show why while some deserve to be on top, others deserve to be buried in the snow in a “flyover state” like Minnesota. Zelina gets in the ring, has someone take her scepter, cape and crown, then the bell rings. Rhea and Zelina approach, Zelina dodges and bows. Rhea dropkicks her down! Rhea drags Zelina up, scoops and carries her. Mella tells Rhea to put Zelina down, so Rhea SLAMS Zelina down! Nikki chases Mella, they end up in the ring! FABULOUS KICK for Nikki!

Rhea chases Mella out, checks on Nikki, but gets a METEORA to the back! Roll up, Zelina wins!!

Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall

Is that an upset!? Rhea is definitely upset by it, but Nikki seems to see it as her fault. Will Nikki ever get her head right?

 

Rollins thinks about how to fight Lashley.

He’s faster and- Wait, what is Kevin doing here? What does he want?! Rollins has to do what Kevin couldn’t and defeat Lashley! Kevin doesn’t understand why Rollins is yelling and raising his blood pressure. Rollins has to calm down. They have to handle this. Kevin will go out to help Rollins since Lashley has MVP. No, Rollins doesn’t want Kevin anywhere! Kevin tapped out before he even got put in the hold! Well everyone knows there’s no escape from the Hurt Lock, so Kevin wasn’t going to let Lashley lock on the Hurt Lock and potentially get hurt by the Hurt Lock before his match at Day 1! Hurt Lock.

Kevin is smart, so he should be there with Rollins. Rollins doesn’t get what’s in Kevin’s stupid little brain but Kevin’s plans don’t work for Rollins. Rollins will figure this out on his own. Bye. That’s a mistake! Kevin keeps talking as Rollins walks away. Is Kevin right? Should Kevin be in Rollins’ corner to cancel out MVP?

All Mighty Gauntlet part 2: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

Lashley heads back out to the ring, and he looks like he’s got plenty left in the tank! Will he make it through this round to go after the WWE Champion? Or can the Visionary see a way to defeat the All Mighty and deny him a part in the title picture?

Raw returns as Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Rollins waistlocks, headlocks, but Lashley powers up to lift and SLAM Rollins down! Rollins bails out and Lashley is already annoyed. Lashley grabs at Rollins but Rollins grabs at Lashley’s foot. Rollins then DECKS Lashley, drags him out and fires off haymakers! Lashley fireman’s carries but Rollins slips off to POST Lashley first! Rollins then brings Lashley around to POST him again! Rollins gets in the ring at 6 of 410, but MVP coaches Lashley up. Lashley gets in at 9, Rollins CLUBS him down! Rollins turns Lashley, ROLLING ELBOW! And then DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!

Lashley flounders, Big E is taking more notes, and Rollins aims from a corner. Rollins runs but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley gets Rollins for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly, then the COMPLETE SHOT! MVP says the angrier he gets, the stronger Lashley gets! “BOBBY SMASH!” But Rollins bails out to avoid the Dominator! Rollins catches his breath, but Kevin comes out to DECK Rollins! And stomp away! That’s a disqualification!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification

Wait, doesn’t that mean Lashley doesn’t get to complete the gauntlet?! Rollins gets it now! Kevin gives thumbs up, and now Day 1 STAYS a Triple Threat! Wait, Sony and Pearce see through that. It was clever, they’ll give Kevin that. Rollins did win, but not fair to St. Paul. So we’re going to restart this match, and it’ll be NO DISQUALFICATION! Ring the bell!

All Mighty Gauntlet part 2.5, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!

Rollins turns around, into a SPEAR!!! Cover, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (advances to the final round)

And now Lashley is one step closer! Big E’s got an even harder challenge on his hands, will he be the one to stop the Rocky Mountain Machine’s momentum?

 

Vince McMahon meets with Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez.

The Chairman promises these two that Raw will be seeing a lot more of them in the ring. Theory barges in and hopes Vince saw what happened. Finn sure didn’t expect the unexpected! Wanna see? Vince excuses Crews & Azeez, and is in fact impressed by the selfie. NOT. Did Theory think he was going to get something for that? Like a pat on the back? Or a trophy or something? Anything! Oh, well then maybe something really important, like an autograph on a doily. Uh… Okay? No. Well, then maybe if Theory had a match, he could show Vince what he’s really capable of. Well, Theory did barge in during an important meeting like they’re friends or something. Theory wants that, right?

Theory just thought that if he followed Vince’s lessons- SHUT UP! Vince and Theory are not friends. Vince has no friends, because he doesn’t want any. Theory hasn’t impressed Vince yet. And he doesn’t know what to say, right? What Vince will do, and he doesn’t really want to, but he’s in the frame of mind to… use one of his most deadly weapons in the world. Huh? Vince brings out a PENCIL! Wait, a pencil? Yes, a pencil. Not the lead, but the eraser. Theory still isn’t quite sure what Vince is getting at, but will it be very bad for him?

 

Maryse heads to the ring!

And that’s because tonight, she is the special guest for tonight’s Miz TV!

Raw returns and she welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and says tonight is a very special edition. That’s because she’s the host! Oh? Yes, it is very interesting looking out at St. Paul. They’re not really quite used to seeing a woman like her around here. And that they don’t know what a real man looks like, so let’s get to it! Ladies and gentlemen welcome her husband, the father of her children, and the Most Awesome Human on Earth, THE MIZ! Miz makes his entrance, and Miz says Maryse looks astonishing. Only someone as hot as Maryse can make a cold Minnesota night feel like paradise.

Miz & Mrs. have a kiss, and Miz says you don’t get the finer things in life without being proactive. Miz wants to be proactive and formally endorse the first, headlining name in the 2022 Hall of Fame class! This person has done so much in and out of the ring, so influential to future generations, and so for your consideration, “the most must-see inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame is…” MIZ! “His unprecedented journey” could not be stopped. “A stratospheric rise” and an A-lister darling of Hollywood. But how can you make the best even better? What do you give a man that already has it all? “A legend in the ring, a global icon, a true role model,” and now a WWE Hall of Famer!

Miz and Maryse are emotional over the video package they surely put together themselves. Let’s raise a glass or whatever you might have, “Here’s to beating Edge at Day 1, and sending him back into retirement, highlighting my resumé once again.” And hopefully this time, Edge’s retirement will be permanent. But speaking of, here comes Edge! Fans fire up for the Rated R Superstar, and Edge goes to the ring. “Sometimes, the squeaky wheel doesn’t get the grease. It just squeaks and squeaks and squeaks, and squeaks and squeaks and squeaks, and squeaks and squeaks,” so on and so on.

Is he done?! Oh did he find that annoying? YES, VERY! Good. Then Miz knows how we all feel when he opens his mouth. Miz, you’d get all the pats on the back and praise and so on that he craves, if he would just shut up! Edge knows Miz is good, but he knows why Miz acts the way he does. Oh, Edge thinks he knows Miz. Well played. But yes, Edge does. Miz broke through, but Edge has seen so many like him crash and burn. The layers of BS and “me first” is all to hide insecurities. Face it, Miz, you’re afraid. Oh he’s afraid? Of Edge? Old Edge? Sure! But this old Edge, meh.

Edge knows Miz has been told he’s not good enough so often, he deep down believes it and overcompensates by being an obnoxious, overbearing jagoff. But the thing is, Edge knows Miz IS a future hall of famer. Edge isn’t taking this match lightly. But Miz, at the end of the day, Edge will have to teach Miz a lesson. Miz says Edge didn’t hep him enough, and maybe he didn’t. Edge will show Miz he still has lessons to learn, and knock that stupid, constipated look off his face. That one right there. Miz throws champagne in Edge’s face and fires off hands! Edge shoves Miz back, kicks low and hits the IMPALER! Edge throws the director’s chairs out, tips the table, and aims from a corner!

But Maryse ends up a shield for Miz! Miz BOOTS Edge, then hits the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Fans boo that Miz would do that just to get one over on Edge! Even Maryse pulls away from Miz for that. Miz says it’s fine, Edge wasn’t going to hit her. She was where she was supposed to be! Maryse is still upset, and she SLAPS Miz! Maryse storms off, Miz hurries after to try and talk to her.

 

Kevin and Rollins find Big E backstage.

They’re giving him a pep talk of sorts because he’s their last hope. Look, you idiots! Don’t come anywhere near the ring. He doesn’t want nor need their help. He can and will, will, WILL beat Lashley without them. If they want to keep this a Triple Threat, just stay far, far away. But they have a plan! STAY FAR AWAY! Kevin has a PowerPoint to show him, though! Rollins and Kevin argue about this but Big E is ready. Will he be the one to keep the Rocky Mountain Machine out of Day 1?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley & MVP.

Lashley’s successfully won against Kevin and Rollins, but this final match will be No Disqualifications. MVP says what Lashley has already done tonight, not even an extraordinary individual could do that. This was a Herculean task, but Hercules has nothing on Lashley! When they make it three for three, there will be no denying we’re in the All Mighty Era! No DQ just means Lashley is free to inflict as much pain and damage as he wants. The new year’s resolution for everyone will be to bow down to their new champion!

 

All Mighty Gauntlet part 3, No Disqualifications: Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Big E!

This is it! Either the All Mighty completes the sweep and ups the Triple Threat to a Fatal 4 Way, or he’ll have to wait until after Day 1 to go for the gold. Will Lashley succeed? Or will he feel~ the power~ in St. Paul?

Raw returns as Lashley once again makes his entrance. The bell rings, they tie up and Big E fires off clubbing forearms! Big E throws body shots then he CLOBBERS Lashley! Lashley bails out so Big E slips out the side. Big E decides to bring the No DQ stipulation up first, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans are loving that, and Big E props the table up. But Lashley CLOBBERS Big E! Lashley RAMS Big E into barriers, then RAMS him into more barriers around the way. Lashley puts Big E in the ring, MVP puts the table away! Fans boo, but Lashley runs into an Urenag-E! Cover, TWO! Big E goes out and walks past MVP to bring the table back out!

Big E gest the table in the ring, he CLUBS and stomps Lashley down, then he sets the table up in a corner. Big E CLUBS and scoops Lashley, but Lashley slips off! Big E stops himself, only to turn around into a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley goes out and looks under the ring, and MVP points out the chairs! Lashley brings a chair into the ring, wedges the chair in a corner, and hen he goes to Big E, But Big E hits him for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And another! And then he doges for the SIDE Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as Big E swivels them hips! Big E runs side to side to BIG SPLASH but flop! Lashley gets Big E up to whip, but Big E reverses and Lashley CRASHES into chair!!

Lashley tumbles out of the ring and MVP checks on him as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Lashley drags Big E up. The table is set up on both legs, Big E resists the suplex, to suplex Lashley away! Big E covers, TWO! Big E drags Lashley out to the apron, CLUBS away on his chest all the way to nine, then winds up for TEN! Then Big E gets on the apron, for an APRON SPLASH! Lashley flounders into the ring, then to the other apron. Big E goes out after Lashley, only for Lashley to fireman’s carry! Big E slips off, Lashley elbows him, cameraman is down! Lashley fireman’s carries and POSTS Big E! Fans boo but Lashley soaks up the heat. Lashley leaves Big E behind to go looking under the ring. He brings out another TABLE!

Big E gets in the ring as MVP also gets a table! Lashley sets his table up by ringside, goes up the steps and brings Big E up at the ropes. Big E resists the suplex and throws body shots! Big E ROCKS Lashley with a forearm, then ROCKS him again! And a third time! Lashley wobbles, Big E builds speed! Lashley KNEES Big E away, to get in and MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER Big E through the table!! Cover, TWO!! Big E survives and Lashley can’t believe it as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, Lashley stalks Big E on the outside as they go around the corner. Lashley whips Big E, Big E reverses and Lashley hits steel steps! Big E pulls the steps apart, drags Lashley up and scoops, to SLAM him on the base steps!! Lashley writhes but Big E gets Lashley up to put in the ring. Lashley crawls, fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and Big E scoops again. Lashley slips off to go for the nelson! Big E resists, arm-drags free, and then gets up, into a SPEAR!! Lashley has to crawl to a cover, but here come Rollins and Kevin! They attack and take advantage of the No DQ stipulation! Big E didn’t want their help but they’re doing this for themselves!

Big E goes after Rollins and Kevin to win this his way, so they mug him now! But Lashley gets up and he attacks Rollins and Kevin in return! It’s become a 2v2 brawl! Kevin kicks Big E out and RAMS him into barriers! Rollins has Lashley down, Kevin brings Big E around, but Big E resists the powerbomb! Big E gives Kevin an URENAGE through the table! Lashley kicks Rollins to SPEAR him through the table!! Lashley does his best to get out of the wreckage as Big E gets in the ring. Fans are thunderous as Big E wants Lashley to get up! Lashley rises, Big E says they can end this! Lashley stands, MVP CLUBS Big E with his cane!! Lashley SPEARS Big E down!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (joins the WWE Championship match at Day 1)

Even with Rollins and Kevin “helping,” it was Montel Vontavius Porter that becomes Lashley’s ace in the hole! Now we have a FATAL 4 WAY for the title on New Year’s Day! Have Big E’s chances of winning now dwindled to almost nothing? Or can he prove he’s mightier than the mightiest when he defeats three top opponents in one match?


My Thoughts:

Once again, when WWE has to make a change and adlib stuff, they actually give us some great stuff. Granted, the way the world title story went tonight could’ve still gone this way even if the RKBRO-nament continued, but I feel like making it one match per hour was to fill time. Great stuff from all of them, and Lashley having three matches in one night was definitely a great feat in itself. I like that Kevin pulled the “attack the other guy” move, and I have to give them credit for also seeing through that by giving Lashley a second try against Rollins. Lashley VS Big E could’ve just been the one match and tonight would’ve still been great.

I feel like Big E was being too Face here, but I suppose it is a point of pride that he defeats Lashley himself. Which he doesn’t because he forgot MVP is there. But I figured as much last week that WWE wants to make Day 1 be a big deal so they gotta go bigger with the WWE World Championship. And as I also figured, WWE is going to have Big Time Becks on the card. She and Liv had a good promo segment, though maybe Liv was a bit weaker than Becky. Kinda hard with a diehard Becky fan who is also a little kid right there… But Becky going after Liv’s arm in the steps was pretty hardcore, and I hope this leads to something big for Becky VS Liv at Day 1, like a No DQ stipulation.

Riddle VS Otis tonight was also something that was probably going to happen even if we got more RKBRO-nament. Otis winning was quite the shocker, though. Maybe with the RKBRO-nament pushed back, we’ll see Alpha Academy get a “Championship Contenders Match” to see if Alpha Academy can just skip the line and get a shot anyway. Then, I’m a little torn on Styles and Omos making up as a team already. I was hoping there’d be a little bit more to that tension, but at least there’s still another team in the tag division. Then Balor & Priest VS Dirty Dawgs was a decent tag match but it turned out to be just about Theory getting at Balor.

Theory and Vince had a decent segment this time, and Vince using the pencil was a visual metaphor for how he’s in charge. He could take Theory out of stuff as easily as he could put him into stuff. Maybe this is just the meta of Vince pushing Theory. Still no idea where it’ll go, outside of Theory VS Finn, and maybe Theory wins to move on to the US Championship. We also got a decent segment for the 24/7 Championship, and I like that it was another on-location one. But it was so obvious Reggie and Dana had a trampoline to jump into the snow. I kinda hope Tamina just bulldozes Truth, Tozawa and Reggie to get to Dana and get the title.

Bianca VS Piper rematch tonight was great stuff, and I am glad it had a real finish, but I guess Bianca had to win for Piper to be a sore loser Heel and escalate things for another match. I feel like Piper should win the third one, because the only next step from this feud would be the Raw Women’s Championship. Bianca already faced Becky, and I feel like Becky could just pivot to Face in order to have a match with Piper. The WWE Women’s Tag title story is very clearly isolated to Raw, and it should’ve been clear that Vega was going to win in part thanks to Mella and Nikki being a distraction. I still hope with that loss, and with the promo Rhea and Nikki had before, Nikki goes back to being Nikki Cross, and her SAnitY appearance so that she and Rhea can go heavy metal hog wild on Mella & Vega.

We got quite a great bit from Miz, Maryse and Edge here to build their story. Maryse “hosting” Miz TV to welcome Miz, and then they had a very well made video package to show, in all honesty, Miz’s great career. Edge pointing out Miz (the character) has just been this heat magnet was great stuff, too, and just when I thought this was where Beth Phoenix was going to appear, we instead get quite a twist with Maryse getting mad at Miz over the human shield bit. I’m intrigued in how they’ll use that for the story, and we’re going to have a very good match out of Edge VS Miz with this growing heat.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 10.6.2022

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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Kenny King vs Frankie Kazarian

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

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

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

Gisele Shaw vs Mia Yim

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

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

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

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

Special Referee: Sami Callihan: Moose vs Steve Maclin

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

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

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

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

I am so happy this was a Joe Hendry vignette. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6.5/10

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

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

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


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

Happy Dynamite Anniversary!

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AEW Year 4

AEW Dynamite starts on Year 4!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

MJF VS Wheeler Yuta!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: MJF, by submission

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Jericho Appreciation Society.

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

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

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

 

Darby Allin VS Jay Lethal!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Darby Allin, by pinfall

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

 

AEW looks closely at The Embassy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Britt Baker speaks.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Rush, Jose & Private Party.

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

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

 

The Acclaimed head to the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

AEW looks at The Dark Order VS Death Triangle!

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Madison Rayne & Skye Blue.

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

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

 

Hangman Page VS Rush w/ Jose!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Willow Nightingale.

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

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

 

Luchasaurus w/ Christian Cage VS Fuego Del Sol!

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

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

Winner: Luchasaurus, by pinfall

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

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Friday Fight Night!

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

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

AEW looks closer at PAC VS Trent!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Chris Jericho & Sammy Guevara, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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