Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/7/22)
It’s a Tag Title Triple Threat!
Who has a path to WrestleMania open for them?
The Alpha Academy knows they only have a 33.33% chance of retaining their Raw Tag Team Championships, but can they beat the odds? Or will new champions be crowned a month out from WrestleMania?
- Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens; RKBRO wins and becomes the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke w/ Reggie VS Tamina w/ Akira Tozawa; Brooke wins and retains the title.
- Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa VS The Dirty Dawgs; Breakker & Ciampa win.
- Omos VS Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez; Omos wins.
- Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega; Ripley & Morgan win and join the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania.
- Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Balor wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO VS Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens!
Chad Gable & Otis tried to deny Randy Orton & Matt Riddle this opportunity through the Alpha Academy Academic Challenge, but failed. And then the Visionary and Prizefighter got in just on their star power! Will Gable & Otis be able to win even though their odds drastic go down?
Before the match, Rollins and Kevin get the mics. “Hello, Cleveland and welcome to Monday Night Rollins! Oh yeah, oh yeah, and I am fired up!” Rollins and Kevin are just moments away from becoming the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions~! Kevin says it seems like almost every week, they’re always this close to securing a spot at WrestleMania but then something got in the way. Day One, Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, over and over, the deck has been stacked against them! But tonight, their luck finally changes! They’re taking the tag titles and going to WrestleMania, BABY!
They were this close, and imagine what WrestleMania would be like without Kevin and Rollins? NO WAY! Kevin can’t imagine it, won’t imagine it, can’t believe it. But he also can’t believe that once they win the tag titles, they go to Mania and compete in the dump known as Dallas, Texas! But y’know what? It is a sacrifice they have to make. The only thing that makes it bearable is that Kevin will be there with his best friend, Seth Freakin’ Rollins! That’s right, baby! Dreams do come true! And Rollins wants to take a trip down memory lane. Let’s see how we got here! It was that they took RKBRO down in a tag match!
That was two weeks ago! What was even better was last week when they did the same to The Alpha Academy! Two weeks in a row for this team, over the #1 contenders and the champions, c’mon! You watch that, it is undeniable that momentum is on their side! Kevin and Rollins are undeniable! Just like how it’s undeniable that tonight, they punch their tickets to WrestleMania and that Dallas sucks! And just like how Shorty G & Otis suck! And that RKBRO suck! “SHOOOOSH! Shoosh please.” Here come the champions! That win last week was erroneous! And for the dummies in Cleveland, that means it was a joke! A fluke!
Gable says he was still reeling from the Stunner in that little talk show. Gable is an Olympian and he has a Master’s Degree! That alone means if anyone should go to WrestleMania, it’s Master Gable! And his number one guy, OTIS! Look at that face! So tonight, we finish this crap! The Academy waltz onto the Grandest Stage of Them All to defend their titles! A THANK YEW~! But RKBRO is fired up backstage. Kevin Patrick asks them about those strong words, any last words from them? Riddle has a pretty good vocabulary, and tonight will be tubular. But when the gears get going, Riddle thinks tonight is the most important night in their entire tag career!
Riddle won’t let their stupendous journey end. Hey Randy, do you got any big words, bro? Does Orton have big words? Well, let’s see… Here’s one big word! That word is WIN! Win by any means necessary! they’ve come too far and worked too hard to not go out there and kick everyone’s ass to take those titles back!! Riddle is fired up and RKBRO heads out! Will the Stallion & Viper make good on those big words? We’ll see, after the break!
Raw returns and the belts are raised. In this kind of Triple Threat, a member from each team is active, so Riddle starts with Rollins and Gable. Rollins SUPERKICKS Gable, dodges Riddle, but Riddle dodges Rollins to fire hands. Things speed up, Rollins hurdles and redirects to SLINGBLADE! Cover, ONE!! Kevin argues it was three but not even close. Rollins drags Riddle over, tag to Kevin, and they double whip. Riddle gets run over, then Kevin drops a SENTON! Kevin tells Otis to “SUCK IT!” then he drags Riddle up. Riddle fires KICKS in return but Kevin blocks to stomp Riddle’s other foot! DDT! Cover, TWO!
Kevin drags Riddle up, CHOPS him, then ROCKS him with a forearm. Kevin CHOPS again, whips, but Riddle holds ropes. Riddle elbows Kevin, Gable drags Riddle out for an EXPLODER to the floor! Gable gets up and HOTSHOTS Kevin! Gable gets in to waistlock but Kevin elbows free. Kevin fireman’s carries but Gable slips down to waistlock. Kevin bucks Gable and ENZIGURIS Gable away! Kevin puts Gable in a drop zone for a VADER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kevin CHOPS Gable, tags Rollins, and Rollins whips Gable to drop toehold. Kevin drops a SENTON! Rollins covers, TWO! Rollins drags Gable up to suplex, but Gable slips out!
Gable waistlocks, Rollins switches and RAMS Gable into a corner! Gable is stuck in the ropes, Rollins run sin to forearm smash from behind! Riddle adds hi sown! But then Rollins back suplexes, only for Riddle to land on his feet! Riddle puts Rollins on the apron but Rollins ROCKS Riddle! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Tag to Kevin and he DECKS Otis while Rollins DECKS Orton! Rollins gets Riddle BUCKLE SHOT! Kevin CANNONBALLS Riddle, but Gable waistlocks Rollins. Kevin SUPERKICKS Gable, Rollins PELES, and then Kevin throws Gable out. Fans fire up as Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit onto Gable and Riddle!
Rollins puts Gable in as Kevin goes up top! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Master Gable survives and that frustrates Kevin and Rollins, but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle KICKS Gable, then KICKS away on Rollins! Otis tags in to CLOBBER Riddle! nd DISCUS Rollins! Kevin gets in to get the WRECKING ELBOW! Otis scoops Rollins to TOSS him out! Otis roars but fans boo. Otis whips Riddle to a corner hard and Riddle bounces off buckles. Otis drags Riddle around to stand on Riddle’s stomach! Otis lets off and fans rally up for the “BRO! BRO! BRO!” Otis runs to SPLASH! Cover, but Otis lets off at two?! Otis drags Riddle over, tag to Gable, and Otis feeds Riddle to Gable’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Gable gives Riddle toehold KNEE JAMMERS, then YANKS the leg!
Tag to Otis, they hold the leg out to stomp it! Otis sees Rollins return and he DECKS him! Riddle crawls, but Otis stops him from tagging Orton! Otis snapmares Riddle and clamps on the neck wrench. Fans rally as Riddle endures, fights up, but Otis CLUBS him down! Otis taunts Orton and Gable cheers as Otis SPLASHES Riddle in the corner! Otis says that’s it, and he goes up for a VADER FLOP! Fans are thunderous as Riddle crawls, hot tag to Orton and Gable! Orton rallies on Gable with big lariats, then dodges to POWERSLAM! Rollins returns, but he gets a POWERSLAM! Orton DECKS Kevin, too!
Orton drags Gable through the ropes but Rollins hurries over. Orton kicks Riddle and adds him to it! DOUBLE DRAPING DDTS! Fans are loving this as Orton hears the voices in his head! Orton watches Gable but Gable trips Orton! Orton kicks Gable away before the leg lock, and he avoids a curb stomp to RKO Rollins!! Cover, but Kevin drags Orton out of the ring! Orton gets Kevin for a DESK BACK SUPLEX! Then one for Gable! Orton gets Otis, but he’s way too big! Riddle CLUBS Otis, RKBRO works together! DOUBLE DESK BACK SUPLEX!! The desk somehow stays standing and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again, and Riddle brawls with Gable! Gable gets the edge, runs, but into a forearm! Riddle runs but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Gable chicken wings, but Riddle victory rolls! TWO, and Riddle gets around to ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Gable is dazed, Riddle gets him to a drop zone. Riddle goes up to FLOATING BRO!! Cover but Kevin breaks it! Kevin scoops but Riddle slips out to hop on for a SLEEPER! Kevin endures, and BACKPACK SENTONS onto Gable! Orton tags in to fire off on Kevin but Kevin hits back! They brawl, Orton gets the edge! Kevin knees low, runs, but Orton gets around to hit a BACK2BACKBREAKER!
Orton drags Kevin to a cover, TWO! Orton gets up but Otis scoops him for a POWERSLAM! Riddle runs in, but Otis has him for an URENAGE! The Academy regroups, Otis tags in. Otis drags Riddle to a drop zone and tags back to Gable. Otis climbs and VADER BOMBS! Gable goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, Rollins breaks it! Otis hurries to get Rollins up and put him in a corner. Rollins dodges and Otis POSTS himself! Otis slumps out of the ring but Gable is up top! Rollins trips Gable up! Rollins then CHOPS Gable, throws haymakers and then another CHOP! Rollins climbs, Gable CLUBS him back!
Gable CLUBS Rollins more, fires forearms, then headbutts him down! Gable adjusts but Rollins springs right up! Gable still fights, and he HOTSHOTS Rollins down! Gable climbs up but Kevin gets in. Kevin helps Rollins against Gable, but then Otis adds on! TOWER OF DOOM!! Double Powerbomb Superplex!! All four of those guys are down, so RKBRO hurries back in! Kevin regroups with Rollins and they go after Orton while the Academy is after Riddle! Then they all brawl and mix around, then spill out of the ring! Rollins is after Orton, Gable is after Riddle, Kevin is after Otis, and Raw goes to another break!
Raw returns once again, and all six men are down by the ramp! Replay shows it was from Kevin’s SUPER SWANTON to the cluster! Gable and Riddle get in, Riddle fireman’s carries, BRO TO SLEEP! But Gable flounders out of the ring! Riddle hurries to the corner, but Rollins trips him up! Riddle is in the Tree of Woe so Rollins goes up, WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Rollins can’t believe it! Rollins looks longingly at the WrestleMania sign, that is what he wants! Rollins aims at Riddle, runs in, but Riddle catches the elbow into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Rollins flails and high stacks, but Riddle bridges to bend the arm!
Gable DIVING HEADBUTTS outta nowhere! Orton gets in, but Gable gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Gable waistlocks Rollins, rolls him, CHAOS THEORY!! And then CHAOS THEORY for Riddle!! “FOR THE ACADEMY!” Gable drags Riddle back up, EXPLODER! Gable goes to the corner, climbs up top, but Orton RKOS the MOONSAULT!!! But Kevin SUPERKICKS Orton away! SUPERKICK for Otis! Another SUPERKICK for Otis! He’s still up so DOUBLE SUPERKICKS send him out! Kevin gets Gable up, he helps Rollins with the BUCKLE BOMB! Then a STUNNER!! And CURB STOMP!!
But Riddle tosses Rollins! Cover, RKBRO WINS!!
Winners: RKBRO, by pinfall (NEW Raw Tag Team Champions)
Talk about outta nowhere! Orton and Riddle get that massive win, and neither Kevin or Rollins can believe it! Does this mean WrestleMania will be without the Prizefighter and the Visionary?
Kevin Patrick interviews the NEW champions, and asks what this win means to them. This means that they’re going to WrestleMania, bro! Orton says he has been doing this for more than 20 years now and he’s never had this much fun as he is with his teammate, Riddle! Orton means that from the bottom of his heart, and he’ll say the F word. Not a word he’s said in 20 years. Riddle is Orton’s FRIEND, and he wouldn’t be out here other than him! Truth be told, he doesn’t have any other friends. But they’re going to Mania, ladies and gentlemen! But RKBRO knows they’ll have to defend these belts, so who will step up to challenge them?
Kevin sits alone backstage.
Kevin is seething, because he can’t put anything he’s feeling into words. Where is Rollins right now? Are these two no longer friends after the dream’s been crushed?
WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke w/ Reggie VS Tamina w/ Akira Tozawa!
Cleveland’s own Flex Appeal is ready to defend her title! Well, she’s always ready because it’s the 24/7 Championship, but will she be able to hold onto it when she can’t run away? Or will the Daughter of Superfly get some gold on the Road to WrestleMania?
Raw returns and Tamina makes her entrance, accompanied by Tozawa. Despite their kiss last week, Tamina still hasn’t softened up towards him. The introductions are made, the belt is raised and Tamina finally has a fair shot at the gold!
Tamina and Dana rush each other and Tamina CLOBBERS Dana! Tamina hammers away on Dana, lets off as they end up in the ropes, and Tamina taunts Dana. Tamina TOSSES Dana, but Dana dodges in the corner! Cleveland cheers for their hometown girl as she hits a handspring back elbow! But Tamina comes back to CLOBBER Dana! Tozawa cheers Tamina on as she stomps Dana and then gets the legs for a BOSTON CRAB! Dana endures, reaches out, and Reggie rallies the fans for Dana! Dana crawls but Tamina drags her away and sits deep! Dana continues to endures, powers up and turns it around to a cover! Dana wins!
Winner: Dana Brooke, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)
Reggie plays defense but Tozawa says Dana cheated! The winner should be “the love of my life,” Tamina! Tozawa offers up a comforting hug, but Tamina puts his arms down. Tamina walks past Tozawa, but then stops at the ropes. She looks back at Tozawa and fans chant, “KISS HIM! KISS HIM!”Tamina blows a kiss to Tozawa and he smiles. Tozawa follows after Tamina, will this oddest of odd couples find a way to take that title from Dana?
Seth Rollins looks off into the distance.
Kevin Patrick asks him about the loss tonight. Rollins doesn’t respond. Kevin Patrick knows this must be devastating, does he have a comment? Still nothing. If anything, Rollins is getting angry. Kevin Patrick hurries away before things boil over, will Rollins and Kevin regroup and figure this out?
The Miz heads to the ring!
The Hollywood A-Lister is here in his hometown, and he’s holding a homecoming with his WrestleMania tag partner, Logan Paul! And let’s not forget their legendary guest, the King of Cleveland, Jerry Lawler! Will this be must-see TV? We’ll see, after the break.
Raw returns and Miz has the mic to say, “Cleveland… I’m home!” Fans cheer for that, and then chant for Miz! “You hear that? That is respect!” Fans cheer and chant, “Miz is Awesome!” but Miz says Cleveland is awesome! And Miz says that last week, we saw the Mysterios learning what it’s like to eat Skull Crushing Finales! Because of what the Mysterios said about him and his tag team partner. Did you hear that disrespect from Dominik towards two hometown boys? Miz introduces the millionaire mogul who will help him defeat the Mysterios, LOGAN PAUL! Logan makes his way out, Miz dances to the theme, and fans boo.
Logan joins Miz in the ring and gets a mic to say, “What’s up, CLEEEEEVELAAND? It is good to be home!” Logan is honored to be Miz’s tag partner at WrestleMania, and to be back home! But it sounds like everyone knows he grew up here. West Lake High, represent! Logan was a high school wrestler, fifth in the state, and he’s got nothing but respect for his city. Cleveland made Logan into the man he is today! Miz says Logan doesn’t need to be modest. Logan made himself. Cleveland didn’t get him a hit YouTube channel. If Miz followed his dad’s footsteps, he’d be flipping burgers at Mr. Hero.
But Dom’s dad got him a WWE contract before he was ready. Now don’t get Miz wrong, Rey is a legend. And being the first-ever father-son tag team champions is incredible. Rey has earned the right to be beloved. But hasn’t Miz earned it? Miz has done everything Rey has, but he is booed. Not here, though, because Cleveland gets Miz. The Mysterios have only beat Miz cheating. Who would you rather see? A father-son tag team losers? Or the pair of future pop icons standing before you? Logan says Rey is a legend, and Dom is just riding the coattails. But that’s not what Cleveland does. Cleveland steps up, steps out, and KICKS ASS!
Miz says someone else who shares that point of view is their next guest. Get out of your seats for this legend born and raised here in Cleveland, the WWE Hall of Famer, JERRY “THE KING” LAWLER! Fans cheer to see Lawler with his crown and Browns jersey. Lawler joins Miz and Logan and shakes their hands. Lawler then gets a mic as fans chant for “JERRY! JERRY!” Lawler says he can’t begin to tell you how awesome that is. Miz, Logan, you guys have history here, but Lawler goes way back. Anyone heard about Lorain, Ohio? Or perhaps Vermillion, Ohio? But Lawler was in Amherst, Ohio for about 8 years, too.
Lawler says he wore this jersey tonight because he was in Cleveland in 1964 when they won the NFL Championship! So exciting to be here for Miz’s homecoming. And Lawler just realized, he’s looking at Miz beneath the WrestleMania sign, and thinking, “How would it be if WrestleMania was right here in Cleveland?” Fans love that idea! What does Miz think? Logan says that’s an awesome idea! Miz asks, “Really?” He isn’t so sure. But Miz was just singing the city’s praises! Yes, Miz loves the city of Cleveland, but it isn’t really a WrestleMania city.
Don’t boo him for that! Let’s be real! The pyro alone would be too much for this city. The only pyro this city can afford is when the lake catches on fire! And Miz doesn’t even live here anymore. No one really lives here. Once you get an ounce of success, you leave! Like when the Browns went to Baltimore to become the Ravens, and the Ravens won the Super Bowl! And then Odell Beckham Jr did the same! LeBron James won a title and left. The same reason Cleveland will never host a Super Bowl is the same reason they won’t host a WrestleMania. It’s time for Miz and Logan to go to Mania, defeat the Mysterios, because winners leave Cleveland! Buh-bye!
Miz goes to the ropes and Logan does follow, but Logan seems a little confused by Miz’s attitude. Miz tells Logan all about the logic, but will Logan see things his way?
Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa and Bron Breakker.
The Psycho Killer and NXT Champion are here, and this is Bron’s first night on Raw. Bron’s still taking it all in, he is excited if you can’t tell. Now, on NXT Roadblock, they’re going to face off against each other and with Dolph Ziggler over the title. But tonight, they will team up again against the Dirty Dawgs. Any concerns over Ziggler & Roode having homefield advantage? Bron says this is a dream come true! He is so grateful to be here on Raw representing NXT and making the most out of this to get at Ziggler and that “goon,” Roode.
Ciampa says Ziggler talks a big game and has earned that right given he’s held almost every title possible. Except for the NXT title. But Ciampa & Bron beat the Dawgs before, they’ll do it again here on Raw. The NXT stars head out, will they give a repeat performance from just last Tuesday?
The Street Profits are backstage.
But Sarah asks them about the “most stupendous” WrestleMania being less than four weeks away, and as of right now, much like Rollins, Kevin and the Alpha Academy, there isn’t a clear spot on the card for them. Sarah, they thought they were closer than that. But four weeks is time enough to sprinkle some magic to make their way to Mania. Let us remind everyone, last week, ya bois, the Profits, pinned the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions, RKBRO! So if anyone is first in line for a shot, it’s ya bois, the Street Profits! YESSIR! Besides, Otis & Gable are at the back of the line, hit the books, get a crash course on pyramid schemes. Otis, Gable’s stealin’ your money.
Seth and Kevin are moping like they’re rich kids who got cut off from a trust fund. “I need money, honey!” So if anyone is next, Sarah, it’s the Profits! In fact, anything in the future involving Raw Tag Team gold, it better have the Profits’ name on it! Tell ’em why, Dawks! “Because the Street Profits are up, and WE WANT THE SMOKE!” Will Orton & Riddle have to worry about Ford & Dawkins putting pedal to the metal on the Road to WrestleMania?
Bron Breakker & Tommaso Ciampa VS The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns as Ciampa makes his entrance, followed by Bron. The teams sort out and Bron starts against Roode. They circle, tie up, and Roode headlocks. Bron powers up and powers out, then things speed up. Bron hurdles, then gets Roode for a gator roll and stalling suplex! Bron holds until 10 before the SLAM! Bron kips up and he drags Roode up. Ciampa tags in, they mug Roode, and then Ciampa puts Roode in the corner to CHOP! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Roode reverses but Ciampa stops to come back and CLOBBER Roode! Cover, TWO! Ciampa keeps Roode down with a chinlock!
Roode endures, fight sup, and he puts Ciampa in the corner. The ref counts, Ciampa counter punches Roode then elbows Ziggler! Ciampa fires hands, gets around Roode and ROLLING ELBOWS! Then he BOOTS Ziggler! But Roode hits a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down, but Ziggler tags in. Bron avoids the sucker punch, and he gets Ciampa out to safety. Ziggler wants after them but Team NXT cools things off while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ziggler waits on Ciampa to get up. Ziggler then dropkicks Ciampa back down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler throws a fit and Roode complains about the count. Roode tags in, the Dawgs double whip Ciampa to ropes, then they double elbow him down! Roode drops a knee, covers, TWO! Roode keeps between Ciampa and Bron and tells Bron that Ziggler’s the future champion. Roode tells Ciampa he’s in the big leagues now, but Ciampa JUMP KNEES Roode down! Both men are down and they crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Ziggler and Bron! Bron rallies on Ziggler with big shoulders, DECKS Roode, then CLOBBERS Ziggler!
Bron shoves Ziggler to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then he CLOBBES Roode! Bron drags Ziggler up, but Ziggler kicks low! Ziggler whips, Bron catches him for a SPINEBUSTER! The straps come down and Bron aims from the corner. Bron runs in, into a KNEE! Ziggler staggers and Bron CLOBBERS him in return! Bron steadies himself, drags Ziggler up, and trophy lifts! Roode gets in so Bron runs him off first. Ziggler rolls Bron, TWO!! Bron runs in but only gets POST! ZIGZAG!! Cover, Ciampa breaks it! Roode gets in but Ciampa throws him out and KNEES him down! Ciampa gets to the corner and calls to Bron.
Ziggler slaps sense into himself, but Bron blocks the superkick! Bron trophy lifts Ziggler to BREAKKER SLAM! Cover, Bron & Ciampa win!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker, by pinfall
Ciampa helps Bron up and hands him the belt. But while they won together, Ziggler gets the mic to tell Born got one over on the Dirty Dawgs. Ziggler loves how theses two worked together so well. But tomorrow, on NXT, there is a Triple Threat for the title! And the second that Bron turns his back on Ziggler to look at Ciampa, that is when Ziggler strikes! And that is when Ziggler becomes NEW NXT Champion while Bron will be stuck with his whole world crumbling around him! Ziggler will be there in all his glory with one more trophy for his big ass case! See you tomorrow, kids! The Show-Off just had to get the last word in, but who has the last laugh?
Backstage interview with Omos.
His in-ring interview was last year at WrestleMania. Since then, he has been dominant, but is he worried that he won’t have a place on the show this year? “How many victims do I have to dominate to get my WrestleMania moment, huh? I have annihilated everyone for one reason. I am not waiting for my WrestleMania moment, I am taking it! Even if I have to punish and dominate every single superstar until there’s none left!!” Omos storms out to the ring, will he leave the WWE with no choice but to put him on the Most Stupendous WrestleMania ever?
Omos VS Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez!
Raw returns and Apollo makes his entrance. The bell rings and Apollo steps up to Omos. Omos says after he beats Apollo, Azeez is next. But Apollo dropkicks him! And fires off hands! Omos shoves Apollo away then BOOTS him down! Omos roars and then circles around Apollo. Omos clamps both hands on Apollo’s shoulders, then gets both arms for a motorcycle stretch! That’s one big motorcycle! Apollo endures, but Omos lets him go. Apollo gets away while Omos stares Azeez down. Omos goes to drag Apollo up from the apron, and he DECKS Apollo to the floor! Azeez wants to go help Apollo but Omos is that scary.
The ring count is climbing, but Omos goes out to fetch Apollo. Omos puts Apollo in the ring, gets back in, and then TOSSES Apollo to a corner! Omos roars and runs in, but Apollo dodges! Omos hits buckles, Apollo ENZIGURIS! Apollo gets up, leaps, but into Omos’ hands! MOUNTAINTOP SLAM!! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
The dominance continues! He towers over Apollo, then he sees Azeez get in. Omos did promise to make Azeez next… Azeez is almost as massive, but Omos smirks and leaves. Will Omos make Azeez look like any other man when the time comes for them to face off?
EDGE is here!
He stands under a single spotlight, in a suit, and walks down the ramp as everything is bathed in an eerie light. The Rated R Superstar dared someone to step up, and AJ Styles did just that. However, in trying to bring out the Phenomenal Pitbull, Edge ended up bringing out the monster inside himself. Edge takes his time getting a mic while fans boo and jeer. The spotlight returns to cast its eerie light on Edge, and then he speaks. “You think you know me? Clearly you don’t, AJ. And I know that you’re at home right now, so I’m going to speak directly to you. But put the kiddos to bed. Mama probably doesn’t wanna see this, either.”
Edge says what he did to Styles last week, he did for Styles! Edge did that to help Styles. Styles wants to face Edge at WrestleMania, so Edge needs the best AJ Styles. Edge needs that flesh-tearing Pitbull AJ Styles. And Edge helped Styles. Ironically, it also helped Edge, too. It was like Edge’s brain cracked open and finally let out the real Edge to fly again. “And it felt so good. It was a me that I’ve never met before, it is a me that I have fallen in love with!” Fans boo because they sure don’t like this new Edge. Edge says he finally feels in control in the ring, of everything that’ll ever happen in the ring, and that’ll ever happen in the industry!
Edge continues to say that he is standing on the mountain of omnipotence, and the view is phenomenal. Edge then drops the mic and stares right into the camera. He might even be staring right into AJ Styles’ soul. But will Styles even be able to make it back to face down this new, darker Edge?
Kevin paces backstage.
Kevin Patrick asks him about the loss in the Triple Threat Tag. They no longer have a path, so what is going on in KO’s mind? KO looks at KP and says he isn’t as distraught as Rollins because that feeling Kevin had at the end of the match when they lost, he never wants to feel that again. But Kevin won’t have to. Y’know why? He just had an epiphany. Do you know what an epiphany is? It’s when you have an idea so brilliant, no one else can have it. Kevin has an idea, and that idea will change his entire Mania future. Will he share that idea? No, not yet. Kevin has to iron out the details, but he has a plan. Kevin will share that plan later tonight. What was the Prizefighter’s WrestleMania epiphany?
Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Queen Zelina Vega!
Even though SmackDown’s Sasha Banks & Naomi have their WrestleMania match with the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, the Nightmare and the Living End might get one of their own! Will Rhea & Liv make a brand new winning combination and join everyone at WrestleMania? Or will the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE and the Queen of the Ring not fall into the same trap as Alpha Academy?
Raw returns and the Women’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance. Mella gets her mask on before she starts with Liv. They tie up, Mella powers Liv to a corner by pulling hair. The ref counts, Mella lets off and knees low. Mella whips Liv but Liv reverses and runs in to back body block! Liv slaps Mella around, brings her over and tags in Rhea. Liv hits an STO, Rhea hits a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rhea smirks at Vega and drags Mella up. Mella swings but Rhea spins her and cravats for knee strikes! Rhea knees Mella down but she scrambles away to tag Vega! Rhea swings, Vega dodges and DECKS Liv! But then Rhea kicks low!
Rhea reels Vega in, suplexes, and holds her up! Mella gets in but Rhea BOOTS her down! Vega kicks free of the suplex but Rhea keeps her from the corner! Vega dodges to tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Tag to Mella and she aims at Rhea, FABULOUS KICK and Rhea ends up hitting steel steps! Mella celebrates with Corey Graves while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Vega has Rhea in a MUTA LOCK! Rhea fights free of the leglock but Vega shifts to have a straitjacket stretch! Rhea still endures, so Vega SLAMS Rhea down! Vega bumps Rhea off buckles, JUMP KICKS, then tags Mella! Mella BOOTS Rhea into the post! Cover, Liv breaks it! Mella is frustrated but she dribbles Rhea off the mat! Mella clamps on a chinlock and grinds Rhea down while stretching her back. Rhea endures again and Liv rallies the fans. Rhea fights up, throws body shots, then scoops Mella, only for Mella to slip out and hit an EDGE-O-MATIC! Mella taunts Liv, but Rhea gets up to KICK Mella down!
Rhea and Mella are both down and fans fire up! Rhea crawls, as does Mella, hot tags to Vega and Liv! Liv dodges then ENZIGURIS Vega! Vega goes to ropes, Liv dropkicks her down! Liv then runs in to SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and Liv goes up and up to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Liv drags Vega up but Vega JAWBREAKERS! Liv dodges the lariat with a Matrix bridge and she rolls Vega up! TWO, and Vega DECKS Liv! But Mella isn’t there to tag, she’s being comforted by Corey! Vega shouts to Mella but Liv waistlocks! Vega bucks the O’Conner Roll, but runs into a CODE BREAKER!
Liv tags Rhea in and Rhea storms right up to Vega! Pump handle and RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea & Liv are in!
Winners: Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan, by pinfall (joining the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match)
Another Triple Threat for tag titles is happening! Mella is upset, but maybe she needs to focus less on her looks and more on her matches! Will we be guaranteed to see new champions on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Vader is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame!
The late great Mastodon redefined what it was to be a big man in wrestling, and what it was to be a wrestler in the world of entertainment! He joins Undertaker in this year’s class, what other big names will join them?
Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!
The Prince is the NEW WWE United States Champion after defeating Damian Priest, but he’s lucky to be standing after Priest lost his cool. At the same time, Finn has a chance to get back at Vince McMahon’s protégé for everything that went down between them. Will Finn make the Road to WrestleMania rrrrreeeeal? Or will he have to “expect the unexpected” all over again?
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings and Finn fires off on Theory! The ref counts, Finn lets off, then he headlocks and grinds Theory down. Theory powers out and runs Finn over, then talks trash. Theory stomps Finn, Theory bumps Finn off buckles, then RAMS his shoulder in! The ref counts, Theory snapmares Finn and stomps him down again! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on a chinlock and digs a knee in. Finn endures, fights up, pries the hold open but Theory knees low. Theory ROCKS Finn with a forearm, then puts him against ropes to CLUB him in the back. Theory talks trash because he’s going to Mania!
Theory CLUBS Finn again, then whips. Finn reverses but Theory sunset flips, only for Finn to roll through and basement dropkick! Finn KICKS Theory, but Theory gets out to avoid the stomp! Theory bumps Finn off the apron, then fireman’s carries. He talks too much trash, Finn slips off to SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes while Finn gets in the ring and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Theory whips Finn corner to corner, Finn reverses but runs into a drop toehold and hits buckles! Theory then slingshot SHOTGUN dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on a chinlock and grinds Finn down. Finn fights up as fans rally, and Theory knees low. Theory puts Finn in a corner but Finn BOOTS back! Finn rallies with forearms, whips but Theory reverses, only for Finn to FLYING FOREARM! Finn trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Finn then runs in and CHOPS at the corner! Theory blocks the whip to kick back, but Finn wheelbarrows for a victory roll and STOMPS!
The ref counts as Finn stomps away at the ropes. Finn lets off at 4, then drags Theory up. Finn suplexes, but Theory blocks! Theory throws body shots, shoulders into Finn, then throws Finn down by his hair! Slingshot STOMP! Theory then DEADLIFT FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Theory snarls and drags Finn up. Theory grins as he fisherman’s but Finn wrenches out. Theory ELBOWS Finn, gets the leg again, AOI SHOUDO! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives and Theory is furious! Theory calms himself down, looks to the WrestleMania sign, and says it’s A-Town Down! He fireman’s carries but Finn slips out, ELBOW DROP DDT!
Finn runs and SHOTGUNS Theory into the buckles! Theory is down, Finn goes up top! But DAMIAN PREIST appears! He grabs Finn and TOSSES him for a hotshot!
Winner: Finn Balor, by disqualification
Damian Priest ruins things for Theory but he just wants Finn for himself! Priest reels Finn in, Canadian rack and RAZOR’S EDGE! Fans boo but Priest no longer cares what they think. Will the Archer of Infamy be aiming for the US title at WrestleMania? As for Theory he gets Finn up to hit the A T L! And now he takes the victory selfie. Will Theory’s ego explode if he wins at the most stupendous WrestleMania ever?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.
Kevin Patrick asks The EST if she’ll be using that hair of hers as a weapon at WrestleMania. Bianca says she has one simple rule for her opponents: do not touch the hair! She doesn’t need to use her hair to win, though. She and Becky Lynch are WrestleMania main eventers, they should do it with respect. But since Becky wants to use the hair against Bianca, she got what she deserved. And that scar may last forever, but what won’t last forever is Becky’s title reign. Bianca is going to put the EST back in WrestleMania and walk out NEW Raw Women’s Champion.
Kevin Owens heads to the ring!
He promised to share his plan for WrestleMania, so he’s heading back out to do just that. But just what was this most stupendous epiphany? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Kevin has a mic. “Okay, so uh, it’s official. I don’t have a match at WrestleMania. But y’know what? I can accept that now because I think I found a way to get there, and it depends on the answer to the challenge I’m about to issue. I want to have the biggest, most stupendous KO Show in history, and I want to do it at WrestleMania. And I’ve been thinking about who my guest could be, and obviously because of where WrestleMania is being held, I know it has to be some lowlife from Texas.
“And there’s a few people that fit the bill, right? I could invite, uh, oh! I could invited that blowhard bag of wind, JBL! But let’s be honest, the horns on the hood of his limo would make a more interesting guest. So JBL, no thanks. Who else? Oh, Booker T! Booker T went on social media and called me a liar, but I don’t think I’m the one lying about how I feel about Texas, because Booker, you are from Texas, yet you spent most of your career in a tag team called Harlem Heat! And then you were King Booker and you spoke in a horrible British accent! So Booker, there’s no room for hypocrites on the KO Show, so no thanks!
“And then, there’s the one and only Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels. A legend no doubt, one of the greatest of all time, and a proud Texan. But Shawn, I am a proud Canadian, and with that in mind, it would be sacrilegious to have you on the KO Show. So out of respect for Hitman Hart, you’re not invited.” Kevin says he could humiliate any of them easily, but he wants to invite someone who embodies Texas like no one else. That’s because he is a broken down shell of his former self living on former glory. Since we last saw this guy, he’s probably let himself go. He’s probably drinking beer all day and all night like the redneck he is!
Kevin says his knees are so shot, he needed knee braces just to get through his matches! And if he accepts Kevin’s invite, what will this guy need to get down the ramp? A walker? It’s a long ramp! Nothing would make Kevin happier than to beat the hell outta this guy in his home state and at WrestleMania and “give him a Stunner the world would talk about for years! And then pour a nice cold glass of milk over his lifeless body.” Kevin knows that guy is watching, and that guy doesn’t have the guts to show up. But the bottom line is… Kevin is calling out STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN!! Fans fire up to hear that one! Will the Prizefighter regret asking the Texas Rattlesnake to come back?
A pretty good Raw here, but the best stuff was at the beginning with that awesome Tag Team Triple Threat. And it was pretty great that RKBRO got these belts back, Orton had a great promo to celebrate and call Riddle his friend. The Profits had a good promo, as well, to hype up that they’re coming for those belts. As for Kevin and Rollins, I like that Kevin decided to call out Stone Cold, as we all figured would happen. Didn’t make the biggest impact as the final segment of the night, but it was still great that he went there. I’m pretty sure Austin will show up for the WrestleMania edition of the KO Show, and that he will be giving out the Stunner.
Hooray for Dana Brooke winning as WWE hardly ever has hometown heroes win. Tamina’s growing relationship with Tozawa seems to be the biggest development out of this 24/7 Championship feud, but I’m hoping we get more out of this title for WrestleMania. The “homecoming” for Miz, Logan Paul and Jerry Lawler was a good segment, and I do like that there’s this sense of conflict over how Miz doesn’t like Cleveland. It’d be really weird if Logan has a Face turn during the match with the Mysterios because Miz turns out to be the even bigger jerk. Leave it up to The Miz to actually make a story with Logan Paul interesting.
Edge had a great promo to frame this newest Heel persona and why he attacked AJ Styles so ferociously, but a great part you have to see for yourself is that lighting they were using. It made Edge look like a monster, because that’s what he’s becoming for this feud. We get a good rematch of Bron & Ciampa VS Dirty Dawgs, but much like Ciampa’s other matches on Raw, it was all an advertisement for NXT. The NXT Championship Triple Threat for “NXT: Roadblock” is going to be a really good one, but I don’t know why Vince thinks Raw needs to help NXT when Vince is the reason for NXT’s problems.
Poor Apollo Crews. It looked like he had a new lease on his WWE career, but Vince brought him over to Raw to do nothing with him. And of course he’s fed to Omos. Now, Omos VS Azeez looks interesting, but the way Azeez and Omos interacted, it just felt like Omos already squashed Azeez without even having a match. And I refer you back to last week when I said Omos already has a ceiling on him because he hasn’t taken any real bumps. And speaking of ceilings put on them, the WWE Women’s Tag Division! Tonight’s match was better than most these days since it lasted past a commercial break, but it was still quick. Rhea & Liv win and get in, I really hope we get news champs at Mania.
Finn VS Theory was a pretty good match, up until Damian Priest “ruins” it with his attack. But at the same time, Priest was going to do something like this to move towards a title rematch at WrestleMania. And then Theory adds Heel heat by picking the bones. I hope one of these weeks, Pat McAfee shows up on Raw to mess Theory up in return for Theory’s visit to SmackDown. Bianca had a good promo, and as Becky Lynch posted herself on social media, Becky’s voice box is damaged right now. Becky won’t be talking but I am sure there will be plenty of social media posts to be her promos. And she’ll be back for Mania, so Becky VS Bianca is still on and still going to be great.
My Score: 8.3/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT x NJPW Multiverse United Results & Match Ratings: 3.30.2023
Late start times, card changes and special opponents! WrestleMania weekend blesses wrestling with some weird stuff. Multiverse United NJPWxIMPACT!
So the IMPACT! episode was just the pre-show plus some talking and never televised matches, thus not really worth discussing. I really don’t love the show starting at 11pm est on a Thursday, but yeah I know, ‘first world problems’ OR ‘now you know how EU feels’. I never said it was worse, I don’t want you to put it in perspective, I just wanted to complain.
Either way, I’m not really invested in most of these matches except KENTA vs Suzuki and Tanahashi vs Bailey. I can only hope some of these matches add to a few stories since injuries mixed up a lot of IMPACTs plans; and of course I hope a few of them are good enough to justify being up so late.
Now let’s just get to the show!
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— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 31, 2023
- X Division Championship: 6 Man Scramble: Rich Swann vs Trey Miguel (c) vs Kevin Knight vs Frankie Kazarian vs Clark Connors vs Rocky Romero: Trey retains via Pinfall – *
- 8 Man Tag: Eddie Edwards, Tom Lawlor, JR Kratos & Joe Hendry vs Callihan, Fred Rosser, Alex Coughlin & PCO: PCO wins via PCO-Sault – ** 1/2
- Jeff Cobb vs Moose: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands – *** 1/4
- Knockouts #1 Contender 4 Way: Gisele Shaw vs Deonna Purrazzo vs Masha Slamovich vs Miyu Yamashita: Deonna wins via Queen’s Gambit – ***
- IMPACT Tag Team Championships: Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) (c) vs Motor City Machine Guns vs Aussie Open vs TMDK: Bullet Club retain via ABC 1-2-Sweet – *** 1/2
- Lio Rush vs Kushida: Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – *** 3/4
- NJPW Strong Open Weight Championship: KENTA (c) vs Minoru Suzuki: KENTA retains via Cradle w/Feet on Ropes – *** 1/4
- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Speedball Mike Bailey: Tanahashi wins via High Fly Flow – ****
X Division Championship: 6 Man Scramble: Rich Swann vs Trey Miguel (c) vs Kevin Knight vs Frankie Kazarian vs Clark Connors vs Rocky Romero
Trey kicks things off by just verbally berating everyone, so they dog pile on the dipshit. Then we get a Human Centipede of Headlocks, which is a little dumb but it was the opening goofball spot; and then we get the stupid simultaneous 5 way Dropkick, ugh. After the leg pick, Trey comes in, drops everyone, gets cocky and then gets dropped. Rocky Lariats Kaz out of the ring and then Knight and Swann double team Connors.
We’re just going through a few greatest hits spots. Each guy is going to get moments of doing something cool, then there’s a pinfall scramble on Kaz after Knight catches him mid Leg Drop. This definitely is just spots and a little comedy, so its a weird combination of a Japanese Rumble and stupid Indy show. Oh look a Tower of Doom spot, I’m so shocked, no one has ever done that before *glances at Indy Garbage Multi-Man Bingo Card* – Yeah that’s a Bingo.
Oh Forever Lariats start Rocky’s time in charge but its cut short by Connors just Spearing everyone into tomorrow. Knight tries to dodge the Spear and keep Connors in the corner, but when he tries to jump up and pluck him off the perch, Connors hits an Avalanche Spear. Trey runs in, pushes Connors out of the ring and steals the pinfall.
Shit match, spots for spots sake, at least the finish was a little clever.
8 Man Tag: Eddie Edwards, Tom Lawlor, JR Kratos & Joe Hendry vs Callihan, Fred Rosser, Alex Coughlin & PCO
Well these teams make no damn sense. So it should be interesting who eats the pin (I’m assuming Coughlin), and if this goes anywhere.
Callihan and Eddie start off, no baseball bats in sight, but they start with a Hockey Fight. Callihan with a T-Bone Suplex, tags in PCO and Eddie retreats and tags in Lawlor. Lawlor wants Rosser though, and PCO obliges. Rosser drops Lawlor early, but Lawlor gets the advantage and tags in Hendry. Tags are quick, Rosser does some moronic short hammers that Hendry absorbs and just looks stupid as hell. Coughlin gets tagged in, tries to fight Hendry with power, fails and Kratos comes in.
Kratos is winning early until Kratos tries a Corner Splash, and Coughlin literally catches him and then a Overhead Belly to Belly, flinging Kratos across the ring. Alex tags in PCO and now we get a monster fight. PCO hits the Avalanche Frankensteiner and then the match breaks down. Everybody in, throwing hands and Callihan/Lawlor decide to stick in the ring. Car crash spots with Planchas, Suplexes onto the apron, PCO tosses Eddie over, wants to Dive, but Kratos cuts him off with a Pounce. Kratos looks outside, decides to fly himself. PCO comes back to life, PCO Sault onto the pile of people on the outside.
Somehow we boil back down to PCO and Kratos, who were actually the legal wrestlers. Rosser and Eddie decide to pick up the pace a bit in the ring. A weird corner combination and successive Hip Attacks into a Northern Lights Suplex Hold for 2. Rosser tries for a submission, Shining Wizard from Lawlor to break it up, Coughling comes in and suplexes both of men at the same time. Hendry is in, scoops Rosser and Coughlin, stacked up Sack of Shit, but then Callihan pops in, throwing hands but the Lawlor team gets the best of things for now.
JR Kratos gets tagged in, looks to try and put away Rosser but Rosser gets out of it and tags in PCO. Stare down of the big boys and then strike exchange. Scorpion Death Drop from PCO, into PCO-Sault and that’s the match!
Jeff Cobb vs Moose
All I will say is, my boots.
They go for the classic big guy thing of Shoulder Tackle trades, then he Leap Frog’s Cobb, and connects with the Okada Dropkick. Cobb does take Moose off his feet, and Moose powders. He gets back in, they tie up and then start trading chops in the corner until Cobb finally cuts off Moose with a Dropkick of his own, following up with the Gachimuchi Sault for 2.
Cobb mocks Moose as he’s face down and Cobb does the Moose chant while standing on him like a surf board. Moose reverses the offense, throws him into the corner follows with a Dropkick and then a Hesitation Dropkick. Moose charges, Cobb gets the foot up, climbs the ropes, GO TO HELL – for 2. Moose sets up for Lights Out, Cobb dodges and Moose goes shoulder first into the turnbuckle.
Climbing the corner, Cobb collects Moose and goes for the Outside-In Avalanche Vertical Suplex. After a 2 count, they both are slow to get up and throw stumbling and haggard punches. Moose tries to punctuate things with the Rolling Forearm, Cobb sneaks him tries for his own Rolling Elbow but Moose catches him. They mirror one another’s offense, Lariats, Kip Ups and then a big crash in the middle that sends both falling out of opposite sides of the ring.
Once they get in, they both start throwing hands again. Cobb tries to scoop him up, Moose slips it, pushes him into the corner, goes up top. Cobb pushes him back, Moose leaps to the top and finally pays back the Superplex from earlier. Moose tries for Lights Out, Cobb moves but Moose stops himself this time. Cobb tries to hit the ropes, Moose with the Pump Kick, into the Escalera Backflip for 2, as Cobb rolls through and lifts up Moose from the mat. Moose is getting manhandled a bit but manages to slip away at first, Rolling Forearm…but he’s caught by Cobb and Cobb turns it into a Tour of the Islands for 3!
Knockouts #1 Contender 4 Way: Gisele Shaw vs Deonna Purrazzo vs Masha Slamovich vs Miyu Yamashita
The crowd cheers on Masha, Miyu and Deonna, but Boos Gisele.
Gisele powders before the tie up, Masha gets thrown out at first and then its Deonna and Miyu. They actually shake hands and there’s some respect. Miyu tries the power with the Shoulder Tackles but Deonna doesn’t budge. Miyu gets frustrated, throws a kick, Deonna ducks and takes Miyu off her feet. Gisele picks the leg on Deonna and drops her to have a little bit of a kick battle with Miyu. Miyu gets the best of that, Deonna hits them both with a Baseball Slide, Masha with a middle rope Crossbody. Gisele climbs the corner and a Corkscrew Splash into the pile on the outside.
As Gisele is trying to work over Deonna in the ring, Masha comes out of nowhere with a Waterwheel Kick to drop Gisele. Deonna turns the tide with a Headscissors and Moonsault from Deonna. Miyu tries the Mochizuki Triangle Kick but Masha ducks. So Miyu starts running between all three just looking for something to connect. Big kicks from all four women end up dropping all of them at some point. All four women do different rope run cut off spots.
Deonna hits another Headscissors and looks for the Fujiwara on Masha. Masha rolls to try and turn it into a pinfall but over rotates. So the lack of needing to break the pin threw off Miyu and Deonna’s timing. So the Triangle Kick spot is a little weird looking. Gisele drops Miyu, Masha hits an Avalanche Russian Destroyer on Gisele but Deonna goes after Masha.
Skull Kick from Miyu, Denouement from Gisele, Powerbomb into Queen’s Gambit, Deonna wins!
Sloppy towards the end, but generally decent and entertaining with logical spots.
IMPACT Tag Team Championships: Bullet Club (Ace & Bey) (c) vs Motor City Machine Guns vs Aussie Open vs TMDK
Shane Haste and Alex Shelley start off the match. Haste feigns a lock up and tries a quick kick, as Tito sneak attacks, so the Guns and TMDK start exchanging. Aussies try to get cute but MCMG deposits them with TMDK. Bullet Club try a cut off but MCMG dump them on the other side. Quick Dive on the stacked side as MCMG try for Skull and Bones on Shane, but he gets out of it, Tito also makes sure to help out a bit, Shane hits a huge corner Cannonball as he tags in Tito. Tito Slingshot Senton and Shelley is getting worked over.
Quirky offense from Shane is weird but effective. He tags in Tito, who looks like he’s gonna do an avalanche move but hops down and just punches Alex. Tito drops Sabin, goes to the top, misses his Splash as Alex looks around, sees no Sabin but Chris Bey offers his hand and Alex begrudgingly takes it. Fluid offense from Bey, Code Red really gives him momentum until Aussies blind tag Tito and start clearing the ring. Fletcher does the pass off Stalling Suplex to Davis after the tag and a cocky tag from Davis is only 2. Bey is trying to fight through the tandem work from Aussie Open, manages to tag in Ace and he opens with the Triangle Kick that Fletcher ducks but he connects with Davis. Ace with his okey doke on the apron as he dodges all of TMDK, ABC 1-2-Sweet attempt but Sabin breaks with a tag. MCMG with some classic tandem offense on Aussie Open. 5 Hole Dive from the Guns, then Bey with a Tope con Hilo after a blind tag. Davis stops the tandem attempt by just Avalanche Powerbombing them both, Pendulum on Bey for 2.
Corealis attempt, but Ace stops it, signature spam time! High Speed Dirt from MCMG, Davis stops the tandem attempt with a Double Lariat, Bullet Club also tries but Davis won’t be stopped. Shane Haste makes a valiant effort but it looks like Haste is about to get finished until Tito sends Fletcher flying off the tope rope. Tito tries to take out Bullet Club but ABC 1-2-Sweet retains!
Lio Rush vs Kushida
I mean, Kushida can’t lose this when he’s got a title shot at Rebellion. No one wants to see Lio Rush make the title match a Triple Threat.
Kushida goes to the ground doing the Inoki taunt. Kushida wants to try and neutralize the high flying stuff. Lio plays a little keep away and then slides through Kushida’s legs and does the Full Guard Inoki kind of smarmy taunt. Back and forth, Tanaka Punch from Kushida but Lio with a Matrix dodge and they keep exchanging strikes. Lio tries to keep things quick but the Handspring Heel Kick sends Rush to the floor, little Liger style Muscle Pose and Rotate before Lio turns things around a little once Kushida follows him to the outside.
Rush is trying to stay under the bottom rope but Kushida isn’t really giving much space. He continues to step on and twist the different arms and the referee is letting it play a little. Kushida twists both Rush’s wrists and then tried to turn it into a Cradle before Kushida drops down basically with a Figure Four on the arms. Kushida is putting huge and almost vicious focus on the arms. What happen to our happy little Time Splitter?
Lio connects with Kushida, tries to hit the ropes with a Handspring but Kushida just PKs either his face or one of the arms, just simple, violent and effective. Rush starts just using his body as a weapon and throws himself into Kushida to try and find some space. Rush tries to go to the top, Kushida meets him, hunts for the Hoverboard but Rush fights him off twice. Frog Splash but Kushida moves, Rolling Elbow from Kushida, responded by a Pele Kick, they start swinging and as they’re falling to their knees big swings clock both at the same time.
Kushida starts absorbing Lio’s attacks, as he sells the arm damage, Rush goes for a Naciente, but Kushida stop the momentum and goes for the Hoverboard. Lio gets out of it, Back to the Future attempt countered into a Cradle for 2. A few strike attempts, swings and missed, Lio connects with a kick. Goes to try and collect Kushida but he finally hits Back to the Future…for 2! Arm Breaker, PK to the arm attempt, but Lio moves, Poison Rana, Springboard Low Rope Stunner (a little sloppy) but still gets a 2. Lio goes for a Frog Splash, Kushida catches him coming down and sinks in the Hoverboard Lock for the win!
I’m not a fan of Lio, but that was much better than I expected.
NJPW Strong Open Weight Championship: KENTA (c) vs Minoru Suzuki
KENTA toys with Suzuki a little early, not really committing fully to a lock up, rubs his head and then retreats into the ropes pretending to stretch. Suzuki finally gets frustrated with the rope break play and kicks KENTA in the ass, literally. Hanging Arm Bar from Suzuki as he has to break because its illegal, and then Suzuki starts exploring the outside of the ring with KENTA’s face. KENTA turns around the Whip, and then rolls Suzuki in for a second to break the count as he then pulls him back out to throw strikes.
Strikes, Eye Rakes, just rough tactics from both men. KENTA stomps down on Suzuki as he starts coming back in, turns his back on Suzuki and Suzuki kicks him. KENTA paintbrushes him a few times disrespectfully, as Suzuki starts staring him down. Eye Gouge, Rude Awakening, and now PK’s to his back and Suzuki is just getting agitated. Suzuki stands up, and KENTA tells him to hit him. So they trade a little and then the Eye attacks continue, which is great story since KENTA is annoyed when Suzuki went after his face a few weeks ago. So its turnabout being fair play…to a degree.
Snap Mare from KENTA, stomps to the face, KENTA lowers the knee pad, feigns the Knee Drop but stops and wipes his boots on Suzuki’s face. Again, pissing off Suzuki. KENTA connects with about a dozen kicks as Suzuki rises and gets more annoyed. Punishes KENTA in the corner with big Elbows, chokes him a little with the boot, Knee Lift, Irish Whip, Yakuza Kick into Snap Mare and a PK of his own. Suzuki went for short Hamstring Kicks to drop KENTA and sink in a Heel Hook. KENTA rolls to the ropes and gets the submission break.
Murder Grandpa is now in control, not quite Garvin Stomps but KENTA is being stepped on. Jawbreaker from KENTA into an old school Jake Roberts style DDT. Avalanche Lariat for 2. KENTA speeds up a little and Figure Four! Suzuki gets to the ropes, KENTA tries to German Suplex, but Suzuki blocks. *looks at watch* OH it’s Fighting Spirit O’Clock. Suzuki wins the strike exchange, takes a little bit to take in the crowd reaction, as they now trade Big Boots. KENTA cuts off Suzuki’s Boot with his own, hits a second one and Suzuki retreats to the corner. Busaiku Knee in the corner, Hesitation Dropkick, Double Footstomp…for 2! KENTA calls for Go 2 Sleep, Suzuki fights out causing KENTA to crumble down and Suzuki sinks into a Sleeper Hold. Rope runs, end around, Sleeper almost, and again, but KENTA throws the referee, Low Blow on Suzuki, Cradle with feet on the ropes for the win!
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Speedball Mike Bailey
Tanahashi has an amazing ability to help create matches around his limitations; he also does well in clash of styles matches. This could be surprisingly really good.
Bailey offers the handshake, Tanahashi is suspect at first but eventually concedes to do it and its clean from both of them. Tana starts with the Top Wristlock, Bailey does the back and forth rolls, takes down Tana and manages to wrestle him into the corner. Tana turns things around in the corner, Bailey tries to look for a clean break but Tanahashi takes a small liberty with a body shot. Tanahashi then sends him into the corner and hits his Twisting Crossbody nicely. Bailey with his Naomi Kicks (if you will), punctuated with an Enzuigiri to send Tanahashi to the outside. Bailey stays on top of the living legend, a few strikes and a Running Kick as he sends Tanahashi back in.
After missing a High Risk move, Tanahashi slides in with a Low Dropkick, and he starts working on Bailey’s left leg. Stomps, Punches, playing air guitar on Bailey’s leg and then going back to working on the knee. Bailey tries to fight back from the corner but Tana responds with a big ole bitch slap. Bailey gets a head of steam, drops Tanahashi, Sole Butt, Sweep, Standing Shooting Star Press for 2. Bailey fights through the left leg pain to try a Buzzsaw Kick, but misses as Tanahashi comes off the ropes with the Flying Forearm. Big shots, Scoop Slam, Avalanche Senton for 2. High Fly – no – Bailey cuts him off, Gamengiri and pulls Tana down. Bailey tries to charge at him while he’s on the apron, but Tanahashi catches his foot, Dragon Screw through the ropes and the same when he tries to reenter the ring.
Bailey jumps over the Baseball Slide and spring right into the HUUGE Asai Moonsault which barely misses the guardrail and catches enough of Tanahashi as we get to 19 with the 20 count. Crawling up into the kneeling position, Forearm Strikes ensue. A few kicks from Bailey, then Tana catches him and wants to Dragon Screw, but Bailey twists into a Double Leg Cradle but Tana kicks out. Standing Double Knees into a heavily hampered well sold Buzzsaw Kick…again only 2.
Tornado Alley…but Tanahashi charges and counters with a Slingblade! Tana goes to the top for High Fly Flow but Bailey pops up as fast as he can so Tana waits. They start fighting on the top turnbuckle, Tana clocks him and Bailey’s upper half drops to the mat, but he starts pulling himself up before Tana can do anything. Avalanche Frankensteiner, a few powered through Side Kicks, Torando Alley connects! Ultima Weapon – MISSES! Knees into canvas, Bailey has no knees left at this point. Tanahashi charges with the clothesline, Backslide counter, 2.9 – Cradle attempt but Twist and Shout triplicate counters. Sling Blade off the ropes, High Fly Flow attempt again, connects for 3!
Overall Score: 7.25/10
Well aside from the X Division pancake flipping marathon of trash; the card was pretty solid. Yes the outcomes were basically “LOL NJPW wins” (I swear if anyone tries to say Deonna was a win, don’t be dumb. Miyu is from TJP, which is owned by CyberFight the people that own NOAH and DDT, so NJPW had no stakes in that) – but at least the last half of the show pretty much delivered. Much like a Japanese card, the less interesting matches got out of the way early. I would’ve loved to see Miyu in the Rebellion title match, but between any AEW commitments she may still have and TJP, maybe she just couldn’t do an extended run with IMPACT.
Kushida starting to develop and edge is nice given who he’ll be facing in 2 weeks, KENTA and Suzuki probably still has fuel for Strong episodes, Bailey got a dream match and Ace & Bey are standing to put a stamp on their title reign. So all in all, for a little crossover event, they did fairly well adding a few wrinkles into matches and storylines, as well as, potentially setting up new ones. Like the first one to come to mind for me is: What are they going to do with Moose? Arrogance has been his gimmick for the last 4 or 5 years, but he keeps choking in big opportunities. So is he gonna spiral out but stay heel; or are they trying to break down his arrogance for a potential face run?
So, not a bad show with at the very least, Tanahashi vs Bailey being the match to watch.
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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/30/23)
It’s a golden go-home!
The champions of ROH prepare for the Supercard!
Before defending their titles in Los Angeles, the many champions of ROH are in action! Will Wheeler Yuta, Athena and The Embassy be ready for Friday?
- Aussie Open VS Tony Nese & Ari Daivari w/ Mark Sterling; Aussie Open wins.
- Miyu Yamashita VS Shazza McKenzie; Miyu wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS JD Griffey, Dak Draper & Arjun Singh; The Embassy wins.
- Metalik & AR Fox VS The Infantry; Metalik & Fox win.
- ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Emi Sakura w/ Mei Suruga & Baliyan Akki; Athena wins and retains the title.
- 8 Man Tag: Top Flight & The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Rush, Dralistico & The Kingdom w/ Jose & Maria Kanellis; Rush, Dralistico & The Kingdom win.
- ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Leon Ruffin; Yuta wins and retains the title.
- El Hijo del Vikingo VS Blake Christian; Vikingo wins.
- Eddie Kingston VS Christopher Daniels; Eddie wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Aussie Open VS Tony Nese & Ari Daivari w/ Mark Sterling!
Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis are ready to #ReachForTheSky at Supercard of Honor in LA, but the Varsity Athletes want to spoil things for them in St. Louis. Will this be a trap game for the Aussie Arrow & Dunkzilla? Or will the United Empire soon conquer ROH on top of NJPW?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the teams sort out. Fletcher starts against Daivari and fans rally up for Aussie Open. Daivari tells them to shut up but the fans boo. Fletcher and Daivari tie up, Fletcher headlocks and grinds the hold. Daivari powers up and wrenches out to a hammerlock then headlock. Fletcher pries free to wrench back, to an ELBOW BREAKER! Fletcher keeps on the wristlock but Daivari rolls, wrenches and wristlocks. Fletcher rolls, wrenches, waistlocks and SLAMS Daivari! Daivari flounders and fans fire up. Daivari stands up, talks trash, then tags Nese. Nese flexes on Fletcher but fans boo.
Fletcher says those are so-so. But then he tags in Davis and the big man steps up. Nese says what he has is muscle, and Davis just has meat. Nese runs, RAMS Davis, but Davis stays up. Fans fire up but Nese runs again. They RAM again, but Davis just roars and flexes! Sterling says one more time, but N ese dropkicks the legs out. Fans boo, Nese runs, but Davis runs him over! Fans fire up and Nese flounders, Daivari tags in. Davis CHOPS Daivari off his feet! Tag to Fletcher, Aussie Open double whip Daivari to double CHOP! PENALTY KICK! SENTON! Fans fire up, Nese runs in but is put on the apron, SLINGSHOT UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more as they throw the crowns up. Aussie Open set up in opposite corners, but Sterling anchors Davis! Fans boo, but Nese drags Fletcher out to POST him! The ref tells Davis to let Sterling go so Davis obeys. But Daivari RAMS Fletcher into the apron! Daivari stomps Fletcher, puts him in the ring, and fans boo as he drops knees. Daivari chants, “Aussie Aussie Aussie! SUCK IT!” Tag to Nese, and the Varsity Athletes mug Fletcher. Nese keeps Fletcher from Davis, whips him to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Nese drags Fletcher up, tags Daivari in, and the mugging continues!
The ref counts as the Varsity Athletes throw double haymakers, but they let off. Daivari drags Fletcher up, turns him and hits a NECKBREAKER! Daivari goes to a corner, climbs up, and FLYING SPLASH FLOPS as Fletcher moves! Tag to Nese, Nese drags Fletcher from Davis and puts him in the corner. But Fletcher goes up and over, hot tag to Davis! Davis runs through Nese, SPLASHES Daivari, CHOPS Nese, repeat! Nese dodges, the Varsity Athletes double kick and double whip, but Davis cartwheels to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up with Davis and he brings Nese up. Davis CHOP LARIATS, then again!
Davis keeps on Nese with the CHOP LARIATS, then he brings Nese out. Wrench and torture rack, but Nese fights free! Throat chop! Nese runs, but into a pop-up POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Tag to Fletcher and fans rally up. Aussie Open stand Nese up but Daivari makes the save! The Varsity Athletes fire off haymakers, double whip, but Aussie Open both KICK back, and LARIAT on top! Fans fire up, Aussie Open hooks Nese up! But Sterling gets on the apron! The fans boo, Aussie Open drops Nese, but then Nese dumps Davis out! Daivari attacks Fletcher from behind, throws hands, and whips. Fletcher reverses, but misses in the corner!
Daivari GAMANGIRIS Fletcher, puts him up top, and Nese runs in to SHORYUKEN! Then ICONOCLASM CUTTER! Fans boo but Nese goes up top! PREMIER 450! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives and fans fire up! The Varsity Athletes can’t believe it! They BLAST Davis off the apron, run in at Fletcher, but Daivari gets a BOOT! Nese blocks a boot, but not the SUPERKICK! Davis is back, AUSSIE DENTAL PLAN! Daivari runs in, into a scoop, LAWN DART CUTTER! Davis and Fletcher go out and get the Varsity Athletes. They flank Sterling, he gets out of the way of the SPINEBUSTER SANDWICH!
Fans fire up, BOOT SUPERKICK for Sterling!! Sterling will wanna sue for that, but Nese gets the LARIAT SANDWICH! And the COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall
This was a big win, because Fletcher & Davis are the future of tag team wrestling! But will they be the future ROH World Tag Team Champions in Los Angeles?
Miyu Yamashita VS Shazza McKenzie!
One of Tokyo Joshi Pro’s shining stars, a big part of DDT Pro and Joshi wrestling in general, Miyu came so close to winning the AEW Women’s Championship back when she battled Thunder Rosa. The Rose Pink Nightmare is still hungry for gold, will she get closer to the ROH title? Or will the current World Series Wrestling Women’s Champion look to add to her collection?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. Fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Miyu waistlocks but Shazza wrenches and switches. Miyu wrenches back but Shazza rolls, breaks free and wrenches back. Miyu rolls and wrings Shazza, to KICK Shazza in the back! Cover, TWO! Miyu KICKS Shazza more and more, putting her on the ropes. Miyu whips, Shazza reverses but Miyu blocks to SOBAT! Miyu runs but Shazza trips her, puts her on the apron and BOOTS her back into the ring! Shazza then springboard BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Shazza keeps her cool, facelocks and brings Miyu up to whip.
Shazza KNEES Miyu at the ropes, whips again and KNEES her on the other side! Fans rally up, Shazza whips and KNEES Miyu again! Shazza reels Miyu in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Miyu gets out of that tight arching suplex, but Shazza rains down some elbows. Fans rally up, Shazza AX KICKS Miyu! Shazza hooks Miyu up in a low Cobra Twist, but Miyu fires up! Miyu stands, throws Shazza right off, and then goes to a corner. Shazza runs in but into a BOOT! Shazza comes back, Miyu dodges and ROUNDHOUSES! Then TRIANGLE JUMP ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO! Shazza gets up to throw forearms!
Miyu fires forearms in return, runs in and ROCKS Shazza! Shazza falls over, Miyu covers, TWO! Miyu drags Shazza up and around, ROCKS her with another forearm, then again. Waistlock, but Shazza switches. Miyu bucks the O’Conner, runs in and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Shazza survives that goal, but Miyu runs back in. She only gets buckles, and Shazza kicks the legs out. Shazza ties Miyu up in the ropes, to KICK away on Miyu! Shazza BOOTS Miyu down, then goes up the corner. Miyu stands, Shazza leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO and Miyu rolls it to a cover of her own, TWO! Miyu stands but Shazza ROCKS her!
Shazza cravats, Miyu powers out to low kick and HEEL KICK! Cover, Miyu wins!
Winner: Miyu Yamashita, by pinfall
A big win in her return to ROH, the Ace of Tokyo Joshi is rolling! Will Miyu be waiting on the other side of Supercard to challenge the champion?
Six Man Tag: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS JD Griffey, Dak Draper & Arjun Singh!
The Machine and Gates of Agony are heading to LA for Supercard, but they’re still hungry for action. Will they tear into the competition tonight before going after the All Heart Airforce?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though with a lot of tension. The trios sort out and Brian Cage starts against the 2019 Top Prospect. They circle, tie up, and Cage powers his way to a waistlock. Dak switches, headlocks, but Cage powers out. Things speed up, Cage hurdles but so does Dak. Cage scoops for a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Cage brings Dak up to throw forearms. Cage brings Dak around, whips him to ropes, but Dak springboards to back elbow, only into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Dak flounders up, JD tags in, and Toa Liona wants in. Cage obliges with a tag, and Liona circles with JD.
Fans rally, JD throws kicks but Liona stays up. Liona rushes in, JD dodges to fire off fast hands and body shots! JD bobs ‘n’ weaves, JUMP KNEES, then SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Liona stays up, blocks a kick, and he just takes the forearms! Liona TOSSES JD away, and Singh tags in. Singh UPPERCUTS, mule kicks, ROLLING ELBOWS, and runs, into a BODY CHECK! Fans fire up with Liona and he tags in Kaun. The Gates fire up, Kaun SLAPS and whips Liona to SPLASH Singh! Liona feeds Singh to a LARIAT! Kaun drags Singh away, JD runs in but into an elbow! Cage gets in, he BLASTS Dak while the Gates SANDWICH JD!
Kaun stands Singh up to CHOP! Kaun CLUBS Singh into the corner, puts him up top and tags in Cage. Kaun picks Singh up, TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Singh flounders to the apron and Liona SENTONS! Liona drags Singh up to hand him off to Cage for the deadlift SUPERPLEX! Cover, The Embassy wins!
Winners: The Embassy, by pinfall
Nana is proud of his three headed monster! Nana mockingly shakes Singh’s hand, then Liona tosses Singh out. Will this trio of titans be unstoppable at Supercard?
Metalik & AR Fox VS The Infantry!
Speaking of the ROH World Six Man Tag Team titles, two of the challengers are in action tonight ahead of that big time match. Will the King of the Ropes and the Whole Fox’n Show be muy caliente? Or will Captain Shawn Dean and Carlie Bravo bring them down to the ground?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and we start with The Captain and Metalik. Fans rally up as the two circle, and the two tie up. Dean headlocks, Metalik throws hands and powers out. Things speed up, Metalik drops, hurdles but Dean jumps over. Metalik dodges the clothesline, mule kicks and CHOPS! Dean ends up in a corner, Metalik CHOPS again. Metalik whips, Dean reverses, but Metalik BOOTS back. Metalik runs to SLING-DOG! Metalik keeps moving, he goes up and along the ropes to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Fox so Metalik drags Dean over to tag Fox in.
Fox and Metalik mug Dean, double whip him to a corner, and Metalik sends Fox in for a back elbow! Fox whips Dean to Metalik and Metalik tilt-o-whirl scoops, but OW, rough landing for The Captain! Fox drags Dean to a cover, TWO! Fox drags Dean, stomps him, then tags Metalik. Fans rally, Metalik kicks Dean around and fireman’s carries. Dean fights free, CLUBS Metalik and tags Bravo! Bravo dodges Metalik, spins him around and ROLLING ELBOWS! Metalik goes down and Carlie shakes out his arm. Carlie whips Metalik to the corner but Metalik goes up, only to get caught! Dean tags back in before the SNAKE EYES! NECKBREAKER!
Carlie KNEES Fox down, Dean stomps Metalik. Fox gets up and protests, but Dean stomps a mudhole into Metalik. Tag to Bravo, he drags Metalik up to throw hands. Fans count along and Carlie gets to TEN! Dean tags in, he gives Carlie an Electric Chair Lift! Fans fire up as they spin around and around, and they use that momentum so Carlie can whip Dean in to RAM Metalik! Dean then FLAPJACKS Metalik! Fox runs in but into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! Carlie and Dean get the legs, then trade, to crisscross split the wishbone! Fox flounders away, Dean drags Metalik up, and Dean bumps Metalik off buckles.
Fans rally and duel, Dean tags in Carlie, and they snapmare Metalik. PENALTY KICK, SENTON, ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Carlie drags Metalik up and snap suplexes! Cover, Fox breaks it! The ref reprimands but Carlie puts Metalik in the corner. Carlie digs his boot in, Dean tags in and he runs in to BIG back elbow! Tag to Carlie, he RAMS in, then tag back to Dean! Carlie fakes Metalik out, HAYMAKER, and feed to the SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Metalik survives and Dean is stunned. Dean tags Carlie back in, they bring Metalik up and put him on the top rope. Carlie climbs, Metalik fights back, the two brawl!
Metalik CHOPS Carlie, tucks him in, and SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS! Both men are down, but Dean gets in to drag Metalik back! Metalik hops up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Fox! Fans fire up as Fox rallies on Carlie with big clotheslines! Fox goes Matrix to dodge, then he PELES! Carlie staggers away but Dean full nelsons. But Fox spins through to hit an ANARCHY! Carlie BOOTS Fox, but Fox BOOTS back! Carlie kicks, KICKS, but Fox ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up, Fox runs back in, and back elbows! Fox snapmare rolls and CUTTERS! Cover, TWO! Dean almost had the break-up, but he goes after Metalik.
Dean whips Metalik to the apron. Dean runs in, but Metalik jumps over the slide to ASAI MOONSAULT in one go! Fans fire up, and Fox cravats Carlie. Carlie powers out, but Fox puts him on the ropes. Carlie HOTSHOTS back, slingshots and somersaults, to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Fox survives and Carlie can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Carlie aims and runs in, into a BOOT! Metalik tags in, Fox dodges Carlie, but Carlie BOOTS back. Carlie runs in, kicks and kicks and kicks, but the ref missed the tag! Fox BOOTS back, whips Carlie to the corner, but Carlie BOOTS! Fox goes up to ARABIAN FLY! Metalik tags in and he tightrope walks, LIMIT BREAKER! Cover, Metalik & Fox win!!
Winners: Metalik & AR Fox, by pinfall
A truly high-flying, hard fought fight, and now two thirds of the challengers are fired up! Will Blake Christian keep pace with his teammates later tonight?
ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Emi Sakura w/ Mei Suruga & Baliyan Akki!
The Fallen Goddess called out the Magical Girl, Yuka Sakazaki, for Supercard of Honor, but is risking a lot with this title defense! Will Athena still go on to LA? Or will the Queen of Joshi rock her and take her crown?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the queen of ROH!
The Code of Honor is barely upheld, and the bell rings. They throw forearms and Emi gets the edge! Emi CHOPS Athena off her feet, then laughs. Fans fire up, Emi runs at the ropes to BODY CHECK Athena off the apron! Athena flounders to the ramp and Emi taunts her. Athena rushes back up but Emi brings Athena around by her hair. Athena POSTS Emi, and hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Emi staggers away while Athena scowls. Athena stalks Emi, throws her down by her hair, and then she goes for the steel steps. Mei won’t let Athena do that, Emi rushes up, but Athena pulls hair to SMACK Emi off the apron!
Athena goes up the ramp, comes back, and she SHOTGUNS Emi into the apron! Fans fire up as Athena shouts, “This is MY show!” The ref checks Emi and Mei leaps off the steps! But Athena catches her! Mei begs for mercy but Athena pops her up to SLAM her down! Athena grins, mocks Mei, but Emi CHOPS Athena down! Fans fire up with Emi, and she runs in, BODY CHECK into the steps! Fans fire up as Emi laughs and now the ref checks Athena. Emi stands on Athena, then drags her up and HEADBUTTS! Athena flounders, Emi HEADBUTTS again! The ring count climbs but Emi mocks the champion, before another HEADBUTT!
Emi puts Athena in the ring, brings her back up, and Akki gets fans to rally for “EMI! EMI!” Emi climbs the corner, but Athena trips her up! Athena then drags Emi back into the Tree of Woe, for KICK after KICK after KICK to the back! Athena CLUBS Emi, then PENALTY KICKS her out of the Tree! Fans fire up, Athena drags Emi up and CLUBS her down. Emi sits up to throw body shots but Athena just CLUBS away on Emi! Athena then dribbles Emi off the mat! Fans fire up more as Athena scowls and stalks Emi. Emi grabs the ropes but Athena drops an elbow on her! Athena drags Emi up to whip her to a corner and clothesline!
Athena whips corner to corner to back body block! And then she whips Emi corner to corner again, soaks up the cheers and jeers, to then handspring- CHOP from Emi! Emi brings Athena up, underhooks, for a stalling BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Emi drags Athena into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and fans rally up for Her Highness! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Athena survives and Emi can’t believe it! Athena shakes out her leg, that’s where Emi landed. Fans rally up as Emi eggs Athena on. Athena stands, Emi ROCKS her! Athena says okay, and she ROCKS Emi back! Emi comes back to ROCK Athena!
Fans rally, Athena scowls and ROCKS Emi again! Emi ROCKS Athena! Athena SLAPS, Emi SLAPS, now it’s a SLAP fight! And a CHOP fight! Fans are thunderous as the shots go back and forth! Athena gets the edge, but Emi responds in kind! Fans are loving “ROH! ROH!” for this one! Emi CHOPS again, then SOUTHPAW LARIATS! But Athena kips up!? But Emi dragon sleepers! TWIST- NO, Athena cartwheels out! BOOT!! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives and now Athena is shocked! “This is Awesome!” as Athena rises again. Athena climbs a corner, Emi stands, O- NO!! Emi holds it off to dragon sleeper! TWISTER!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Emi fires up, the fans fire up, and Emi stands Athena up! Underhooks and BUTTERFLY BOMB! Athena makes it a cradle!? TWO!!! Emi escapes Athena’s sudden counter and fans are thunderous! Emi powers up, says she will be champion, and she SLAPS! SLAPS! SLAPS! Emi windmills the palm strikes, KICKS out the legs and DOUBLE CHOPS Athena down! Emi runs, but into a FOREARM! Athena reels Emi in, Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER! Into the CROSSFACE!! Emi flails, moves around, but Athena shifts to a deeper sleeper! Emi can’t get any ground, so she TAPS!! Athena wins!!
Winner: Athena, by submission (still ROH Women’s World Champion)
The Fallen Goddess did not fall, and she is going on to Supercard! She is going to get the match she wanted with Yuka! But wait, Athena is going after Emi’s leg! Athena drops knees on the knee! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Athena says, “I told you!” LEG DDT! Athena drags Emi to the apron! Then to the corner! Athena puts the leg in between steps and post! Mei jumps on to stop Athena! But Athena TOSSES Mei away! And DECKS her! WAIT! YUKA IS HERE! Yuka runs down to CLOBBER Athena!! Yuka puts Athena in the ring, she fires off hands and forearms! Fans fire up but security rushes out!
Fans boo, “LET THEM FIGHT!” Athena DECKS a guard, and jumps onto Yuka!! Yuka hits Athena back, the security drags Athena out of the ring! Athena just beats them down now! Yuka climbs the corner, for a MAGICAL GIRL SPLASH!! Yuka wipes out EVERYBODY! Fans are thunderous for Yuka as she holds up the belt, will the Magical Girl take that title for her own?
8 Man Tag: Top Flight & The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Rush, Dralistico & The Kingdom w/ Jose & Maria Kanellis!
Aussie Open already won big, they’re ready to #ReachForTheSky. With that match being every team for themselves, will either of these quartets be able to coexist?
The Code of Honor is skipped, the teams sort out, and Dante Martin starts against Matt Taven, but Taven wants someone else. Fans rally up, Taven stays in the ropes and calls out Penta. Fans rally “CERO! MIEDO!” so Penta tags in. Penta and Taven step up, Taven says purple is HIS color. Penta tells Taven listen: CERO! MIEDO! Taven shoves Penta, so Penta takes off his glove. Penta tosses it to Alex and it is a touchdown! Taven mocks Penta by taking off his glove, and he SLAPS Penta with it! So Penta SUPERKICKS Taven! Mike Bennett gets in to DECK Penta! Fenix runs in, dodges Mike and SCREW HIGH KICKS!
Rush gets in to DECK Fenix! Dante springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS Rush! Dante kips up as Dralistico gets in to SCREW HIGH KICK him! Darius runs in and dodges Dralistico to DROPKICK! The Kingdom attacks Darius, double whip him, but the Lucha Brothers DOUBLE SUPERKICK The Kingdom! LFI rush in, the Lucha Bros dodge and Top Flight hurdle over! Top Flight DOUBLE DROPKICK LFI out! Fans fire up, Top Flight build speed but The Kingdom trips them! The Lucha Bros build speed, and DIVE into forearms from LFI! Fans boo but LFI drags the Lucha Bros out, Rush sends Fenix into barriers!
Rush and Dralistico stomp Fenix, The Kingdom GOURD BUSTER and BLINDSIDE ROLLING ELBOW Penta! Fenix rushes in but into a kick. Mike whips, Fenix tiger feint rewinds, but Mike blocks the heel kick! Mike trips Fenix, CATAPULTS him into Taven’s KICK O’ THE KING! And then Fenix falls back, Taven ELBOW DROPS him onto Mike’s knees! Cover on Penta, TWO! Taven drags Penta up, tags in Rush but LFI both hop in. Rush ROCKS Penta! Dralistico CHOPS Penta, LFI mocks Cero Miedo, and they double whip. Penta KICKS Rush, dodges Dralistico and SUPERKICKS him down! Hot tag to Dante!
Dante runs in but into a kick! LFI mugs Dante, snapmares and stomps away! Fans boo but LFI soaks up the heat. LFI mug Dante in the corner with CHOPS, then double whip. Dralistico clotheslines, Rush SPLASHES, and LFI snapmare to DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Rush takes a bow as he soaks up the heat. Dralistico drags Dante away, he and Rush stomp away. Fans rally for Dante but LFI pretend to field goal kick Dante. Rush drags Dante over, tag to Taven and tag to Mike. The Kingdom double whip Dante to the corner. Taven whips Mike in to ROCK Dante! Taven SPLASHES, then feeds Dante to a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!
Taven runs, Dante sits up for JUST THE TIP! Mike covers, TWO!! Dante survives, but Mike tags Taven. The Kingdom coordinates, but Datne back drops free! Taven hurries after Dante, but he dodges to hot tag Penta! Penta tags Fenix, the Lucha Brothers mule kick and, “UNO! DOS! TRES!” DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! LFI run in, they get DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Penta and Fenix coordinate, WHEELBARROW VICTORY SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Taven survives but Fenix goes corner to corner, only for Taven to dodge! KICK O’ THE KING! Mike gets in, he drags Fenix up and puts him up top.
The Kingdom coordinates, but Penta SUPERKICKS Taven! Fenix slips free of Mike’s clinch to feed the SLINGBLADE! Taven and Fenix hot tag Rush and Dante! Rush runs in but Darius tags in before the up ‘n’ over! SUPERKICK! STEP-IN COMPLETE SHOT! Dralistico rushes in, but into a SUPERKICK! Dante whips, Dralistico reverses, Darius pops Dante up and over, then Top Flight work together to TORNADO DDT Dralistico! Fans fire up as Top Flight goes after Rush. Rush shoves Dante away into Dralistico’s GAMANGIRI! Dralistico goes up to springboard, FLYING CODE BREAKER!
Darius rushes up but into a waistlock. Darius BOOTS Rush, elbows Dralistico, but Rush sends Darius to ropes. Darius rebounds into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dralistico adds a springboard DESTROYER!! Darius flops out of the ring and fans rally up. Rush runs corner to corner, BULL’S HORNS!! Rush drags Darius to the cover, LFI & The Kingdom win!
Winners: Rush, Dralistico & The Kingdom, by pinfall
Top Flight & Lucha Brothers regroup on the outside, finding themselves on the ropes. But while El Toro Blanco, The Prince of Gold & Silver, Miracle Mike and #TheTrend are rolling into Supercard, who will #ReachForTheSky and bring home the titles?
Mark Briscoe is here!
Fans are all fired up to see the Sussex County Chicken ahead of Supercard and his ROH World Television Championship match. The ROH World Tag Team title he holds now will be high above the ring in LA, but he holds onto it for one more night as he gets the mic. “Yeah, baby! St. Louie, what’s good, baybay? I come to you tonight representing the Baddest Tag Team in the History of Time and Space, Dem Boys, the Briscoe Brothers.” Fans chant “DEM BOYS!” for the Briscoes, and Mark says tomorrow, in Cali, “it ain’t about tag team action. It’s the biggest singles match of my career.” Mark Briscoe VS Samoa Joe, for the ROH World TV title.
“And this one, let me tell you. This one’s a little bit different. This one’s hitting just a little bit personal, if you know what I mean.” Mark doesn’t just win this for himself. He wins it for his wife and kids, for his brother Jay and Jay’s wife and kids. He wins it for the family, for his mom and dad, for everyone home in Delaware, and everyone worldwide who rode with #DemBoys! “This is bigger than you’d ever know, you know what I’m saying?” But Mark wants Joe to listen. They’ve known each other a long time. Joe’s put some whoopings on Mark’s ass, Mark’s put some whoopings on Joe’s ass.
“But tomorrow night, the difference is, this time, I’m gonna win that title, because it’s my destiny.” Fans cheer for that! But then Joe is on the tron! “Mark! Your destiny? It’s your destiny to take the championship from me? You know what, you don’t need to worry about your destiny, you need to worry about the reality. And the reality is, I cannot believe the disrespect I’m seeing right now!” Mark is talking about destiny, dreams, what he’ll accomplishment instead of talking about survival and what he’s gonna do to beat Joe! Because Mark, you’ve forgotten the man Joe is, so Joe will remind you.
This is Samoa Joe! He is the ROH World Television Champion, the GREATEST ROH World Champion of all time! Samoa Joe is violence made flesh and ruthlessness manifest! Come Supercard of Honor, Joe will remind Mark of that. Joe is seething, Mark is pacing, and fans are fired up! What happens when destiny collides with brutality in Los Angeles?
Backstage interview with Jay Lethal.
Dasha Gonzales says Lethal requested this time, but it’s a bit surprising he’s alone since he’s usually with Jeff Jarrett, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh. Yes, he did request this time because in a few moments, Mark will be coming around that corner, and there’s something Lethal needs to say to him alone, without Jarrett, Sonjay or Satnam. This has nothing to do with Triple J, this has to do with his personal relationship with Mark. Mark does walk over, and Lethal gets his attention. Lethal says that he needs to tell Mark, that with everything they’ve been through, they’re like family. So Lethal wants to be the first one to wish Mark luck at Supercard against Joe.
And Lethal knows there’s a lot on Mark’s shoulders, that this is a big moment for Mark and his family, because we’re all waiting for Mark to bring that belt home. Lethal says this has nothing to do with Triple J, this has everything to do with their history in ROH. Bring home that title, man! Mark shakes Lethal’s hand and Lethal heads out. Mark nods and appreciates that. Will Mark do it for the family, friends and fans all wanting to see destiny realized?
ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Leon Ruffin!
The Blackpool Combat Club has been ripping their way through both AEW and ROH rosters, and The Decoder is going to get his wish at Supercard of Honor. He will take on The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata! But will he be bringing the belt? Or will the ultimate underdog be the one living the dream of becoming champion?
On stage are the judges, BJ Whitmer, Dean Malenko and Jerry Lynn, and Leon makes sure to shake each of their hands on the way to the ring. Yuta also shakes the judges’ hands, then joins Leon in the ring. The introductions are made, the newly redesigned and very shiny belt is raised, and we see if Yuta is worthy of it.
The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe sarcastically from Yuta. The bell rings, the match is on the clock, and the two tie up. They go around, Yuta wrenches and CLUBS the arm, then bends the elbow. Yuta wristlocks, Leon rolls but Yuta wrangles him back down. Leon rolls and rolls, but Yuta wrangles him again. Leon rolls again, flips but Yuta wrenches to CHOP Leon down! Fans “WOO~” while Yuta gets a leg. Yuta drags Leon around into the HALF CRAB, then shifts to tie up the legs! Yuta fishhooks, then pulls Leon into the BOW & ARROW! But Leon pops free to a cover, ONE! Both men hurry up and Yuta knees low.
Yuta CHOPS Leon in the corner and fans “WOO~!” Yuta whips corner to corner, Leon goes up and out and catches Yuta for a HOTSHOT! Leon goes up and around, Yuta waistlocks, Leon hammers away on the grip, but Yuta still GERMAN SUPLEXES! Yuta flexes while fans are torn. Yuta stalks Leon to ropes, drags him up and has the wristlcok. Yuta wrenches, hooks Leon up and fans duel, “Let’s Go, Yuta!” “YUTA SUCKS!” Yuta shifts from Cobra Twist to IRON OCTOPUS! A message sent to Shibata but Leon endures and fights his way towards the ROPEBREAK! That’s the first, Leon has two more, but Yuta mocks Leon about that.
Leon goes to a corner, Yuta drags him up to throw him down by his hair. The ref reprimands but Yuta stalks Leon. Leon throws an elbow but Yuta ROCKS Leon! Yuta scoops, SLAMS and SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Yuta grabs a leg, steps through for a toehold, then ties up the legs. Yuta taunts Leon, Leon throws forearms, but Yuta DECKS Leon! Yuta stands and bridges to put on pressure! Fans are torn, Yuta mockingly applauds while he maintains the bridge. Yuta then crosses his arms, another message to Shibata. Leon fights to get the bridge undone, and he crawls his way around. Yuta stands to bridge again!
Leon endures, he reaches out, ROPEBREAK! That’s the second, he only has one left. Yuta smirks, this is playing right into his game plan. Yuta drags Leon up with a waistlock but Leon throws elbows. Leon is free, he ELBOWS Yuta again, then goes to a corner. Yuta runs in but only gets buckles! Leon ENZIGURIS then NECKBREAKERS! Fans fire up as Leon goes to the apron. Yuta runs in, into a GAMANGIRI! Leon springboards, goes around, and around, and under! Leon runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS Yuta down! Fans fire up with Leon and he brings Yuta up! Yuta powers out of the Bulldog, but Leon springboards, into a FOREARM!
Yuta rains down forearms to Leon’s head, throws crossface forearms, then HAMMERLOCK CROSSFACES!! Leon taps, Yuta wins!
Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by submission (still ROH Pure Champion)
Yuta didn’t need a single ropebreak, and he didn’t even need six minutes. He mockingly shakes Leon’s hand to uphold the Code of Honor, then gets the mic. “Well, well, well… Mr. Ruffin, I applaud your efforts, but they just weren’t enough tonight. Just like Clark Connors’ efforts weren’t enough. Like Timothy Thatcher’s efforts weren’t enough. And like Katsuyori Shibata’s efforts will not be enough at Supercard of Honor against Wheeler Yuta.” Yuta sits cross legged just like Shibata, but with a big, smug grin. Wait! That music! SHIBATA IS HERE! Fans go wild and Yuta looks annoyed and surprised.
Shibata slides into the ring to look at Yuta, and Yuta stands up. Fans are losing their minds, and Yuta says he didn’t think Shibata would show up here. “Shibata, I want you to know how important this is to me.” Shibata wants the mic but Yuta says no, he’s still got something to say. Shibata used to be one of the most lethal strikers in pro-wrestling history. Shibata used to be- Shibata SNATCHES the mic away! And he gets in Yuta’s face! Fans fire up as there’s no more talking. Yuta backs away first, will he be the first to find there’s no “used to be” with Shibata? Will Shibata snatch away that title like he did that mic?
El Hijo del Vikingo VS Blake Christian!
While Supercard of Honor is an ROH event, the AAA Mega Champion is going to defend his title in LA! Will the greatest luchador of this new generation shine bright in St. Louis? Or will All Heart prove he’s worthy of the gold?
Fans are already losing their minds seeing EHDV. The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and Blake arm-drags, sweeps and covers. ONE, Blake avoids the sweep and kicks low. Blake whips EHDV to ropes, EHDV reverses, drops, and Blake handsprings. EHDV arm-drags, sweeps, covers, ONE! DOUBLE DROPKICKS but those cancel out! Both men kip up and fans fire up! Blake and EHDV shake hands again to show there is sportsmanship here and fans fire up. The two go again, testing the waters. They tie up, Blake waistlocks but EHDV pries free. Blake snapmares, EHDV handsprings through!
EHDV arm-drags, things speed up again. Blake hurdles then drops, but EHDV avoids the dropkick! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! EHDV arm-drags again and he grinds Blake down. Fans applaud these fast and furious exchanges, and Blake fights up. EHDV whips Blake to a corner, Blake reverses but EHDV reverses back to HEEL KICK! Blake wobbles, EHDV handsprings, goes up the corner, Blake runs in but into boots! EHDV takes a moment to steady himself, before going up and around and FLYING RANA! Blake flounders out of the ring while fans fire up! EHDV aims and goes up the ropes, to jump and IMPLODER CANNONBALL!
Fans lose their minds again with both men are down at the ramp! EHDV brings Blake up and puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! All Heart hangs tough but EHDV keeps focus. EHDV BOOTS Blake down, CLUBS him, then brings him back up. EHDV ROCKS Blake with a forearm, then ROCKS him again! Blake leans on ropes and shakes out the stars going around his head. EHDV SOBATS, whips, but Blake ducks ‘n’ dodges and trips EHDV to basement dropkick! EHDV ends up on ropes, Blake runs in to basement TIGER FEINT! EHDV flounders back, Blake springboards, but EHDV gets under, only for Black to HANDSPRING PELE!
Fans fire up as EHDV bails out. Blake builds speed and FLIES! Fosbury Flop hits at the ramp and fans fire up again! Blake fetches EHDV, “This is Awesome!” as Blake puts EHDV in the ring. Blake covers, TWO! Blake brings EHDV up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and scoops to SLAM! Blake steps on EHDV to STANDING IMPLODER SENTON! Blake brings EHDV up to snap suplex! Fans rally, Blake nods while EHDV crawls to ropes. Blake drags EHDV up, snapmares, and clamps on a chinlock. Blake grinds EHDV but fans rally for “VIKINGO! VIKINGO!” EHDV endures, but Blake traps an arm to keep him down.
EHDV kicks around, reaches out, fights up to his feet, but Blake facelocks. EHDV throws body shots but Blake knees low. Blake whips, EHDV rebounds and gets around into SCREW HIGH KICK! EHDV then whips Blake to a corner, but Blake stops himself to elbow back! Blake goes up, leaps, but EHDV catches him! EHDV swings to SIDE SLAM! And then a roll to SUPERKICK! EHDV puts Blake near the ropes, goes up those ropes, and fans fire up for the INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Blake survives because he is All Heart! EHDV keeps his focus, he stomps Blake into the corner and digs his boots in.
Fans rally, EHDV climbs, but Blake trips him! Blake Electric Chair Lifts to SNAKE EYES, and then GERMAN SUPLEX! EHDV stumbles and falls and fans fire up again. Blake storms up to EHDV, brings him out to the apron, and stands him back up. Blake Electric Chair Lifts again! But EHDV fights to APRON POISON RANA! A rough landing for both men but Blake definitely took the worse of it. EHDV shakes out the cobwebs, fans fire up as he builds speed, and goes up, only for Blake to get away. EHDV goes to the apron instead, leaps, but Blake avoids the cannonball! EHDV turns around, into a STANDING SPANISH FLY!
Blake holds on to drag EHDV up and put him in the ring! Springboard 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! EHDV survives and shocks Blake! “This is Awesome!” as Blake waits on EHDV to rise. Blake stands EHDV, but EHDV fires hands. Blake knees low, suplexes, but EHDV slips free to back suplex, to put Blake on the top rope! ENZIGURI! Fans rally again as EHDV climbs up behind Blake. EHDV stands Blake up, for a SUPER INVERTED- WAIT! Both men land on their feet!! They stare down, EHDV grins, but Blake LARIATS! Blake drags EHDV up, reels him in, POWER- RANA! Cover, EHDV wins!
Winner: El Hijo del Vikingo, by pinfall
Just when All Heart thought he had it, the AAA Mega Champion snatches it away from him! Fans give a standing ovation and even bow to the lucha libre prodigy. And best of all, Blake upholds the Code of Honor and even raises EHDV’s hand. With how great this non-title match was, will EHDV and Komander put on an instant classic on Supercard?
Backstage interview with Blake Christian.
Dasha knows that was a heartbreaking loss to Vikingo just now, but tomorrow is the ROH World Six Man Tag title against The Embassy. Blake says it would’ve been great to go in with a win, but- Prince Nana walks over. “Heartbreaking? Heartbreaking? HA! Heartbreaking is an understatement for what just happened out there, my friend. Take the night off tomorrow. The Embassy is a realistic and one of the most brutal teams you could possibly face. Take the night off tomorrow, okay? Do yourself a favor, Blake. How about that?” Blake asks Nana if he understands who Blake is.
Does Nana think Blake got the nickname, “All Heart,” for backing down? Nana says he does understand. Then the answer to Prince Nana’s idea is “Nah, nah.” Nana says that’s a good one. But is Blake sure about this? He’s positive. Then no problem. Oh, boys…! LIONA ATTACKS! He sends Blake into spare seating and then the wall! Metalik & Fox rush in, but Nana has his team stand down. This will be settled tomorrow. Blake may be All Heart, but will his body be able to carry him through? Or will there be more than hearts broken on Friday?
Eddie Kingston VS Christopher Daniels!
The Mad King was deemed unworthy by the Swiss Superman, but between winning his way up and getting in Claudio’s face, the champion couldn’t let it go. Eddie gets his shot at the ROH World Championship, but will he make it through the ROH Grand Slam winner?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and fans rally for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Eddie and Daniels circle, fans duel, and the two tie up. Daniels headlocks, Eddie powers out and they RAM shoulders. They stay up, Eddie headlocks, but now Daniels powers out. They RAM shoulders again, but neither falls. Daniels shakes out the arm, he dodges Eddie’s chop and runs to RAM Eddie again! Eddie stays up, and the two men nod. They circle, tie up, and Eddie headlocks. Daniels powers Eddie down to a knee, pops out the back and he headlocks in return. Eddie fights up and powers out, then things speed up.
Eddie drops then CLOBBERS Daniels with an elbow! Daniels goes to a corner, Eddie runs in to KNEE Daniels, then BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, ONE!! Daniels is hanging tough but Eddie stays right on him. Eddie brings Daniels up, for a SAIDO! Fans rally, and Eddie prepares the fist! Daniels rises, but he ducks the backhand! Eddie fights off the clinch, runs in at the corner, but into a BOOT! Daniels runs to SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Eddie goes to ropes, Daniels CHOPS him on the back! Daniels stands Eddie up to bend him against the ropes! The ref counts, Daniels lets off at 4, and then he puts Eddie in the corner.
Daniels climbs up to rain down fists on Eddie! Fans duel, Daniels lets off at TEN, and he CHOPS Eddie again! Daniels whips Eddie corner to corner hard, and Eddie drops to his knees. Daniels soaks up the cheers and jeers then brings Eddie back up. Daniels CLUBS Eddie on the neck, CLUBS him more and more and more! Daniels runs, to STO! Cover, TWO! Eddie is tough and Daniels grows frustrated. Daniels brings Eddie up but Eddie throws shots to the legs! Eddie fires body shots, CHOPS, then runs, to BOOT! Daniels wobbles, but he clinches for a COMPLETE SHOT! Into the KOJI KLUTCH!
Fans rally as Eddie endures and reaches out! Eddie gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Daniels lets off at 4. Eddie sputters but Daniels grows further frustrated. Daniels CLUBS Eddie, CLUBS him again, but Eddie throws body shots. Daniels CLUBS Eddie, Eddie throws a body shot, repeat. Eddie stands to fire a forearm but Daniels gives it back. They go back and forth with shots, Daniels knees low, and Daniels reels Eddie in. Daniels underhooks but Eddie fights the lift! Eddie back drops Daniels away! Fans fire up and Eddie goes to a corner. Daniels stands up, into a CHOP! And another! Daniels snarls, and brings down the straps!
Fans fire up and Daniels CHOPS! Eddie eggs Daniels on so Daniels CHOPS! Now Eddie brings down the straps! Eddie CHOPS, Daniels CHOPS, this is a CHOP fight! Fans “WOO~” again and again with every CHOP! Fans fire up, they’re thunderous as these two finally take a breath. Then Eddie roars! Eddie CHOPS, Daniels CHOPS, Eddie ENZIGURIS! Daniels staggers, Eddie hits an atomic drop! Eddie runs to BOOT Daniels down! Cover, TWO! Daniels is hanging in there, but Eddie clinches to EXPLODER! Daniels flounders to a corner and fans fire up. Eddie loads up, to MACHINE GUN CHOP! But Daniels BOOTS back!
Eddie shakes out the arm, Daniels CLUBS him down! Daniels scowls, his chest is stinging, so he puts the straps back up. Daniels drags Eddie up, headlocks and elbows away. Daniels runs, into a BOOT! But Daniels CHOPS in return! Eddie bobs ‘n’ weaves and ENZIGURIS! URAKEN! Daniels wobbles, into another URAKEN!! Cover, Eddie wins!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall
The Fallen Angel falls to the Mad King! And Eddie bows in respect, and helps Daniels stand. Fans cheer the sportsmanship, and Daniels says Eddie has what it takes. If Eddie beat a Grand Slam Champion, will he be able to beat THE champion, Claudio Castagnoli? Wait, speaking of, here comes Claudio! The Swiss Superman has the redesigned and shined up new ROH World Championship on his belt, and he walks down to the ring with it. Claudio stands in the ring to stare Eddie down, and he holds up the belt. Wait, Eddie wants to do this now?! Claudio puts the belt down, and he takes his jacket off!
Claudio has the mic to say he doesn’t wanna wait! They’re doing this now! The ref gets back in the ring and fans fire up! Claudio takes off his shirt, but he’s in slacks! Oh, Claudio gets the belt back and slips away. Claudio says they do this on HIS time, which is also the scheduled time of Supercard. Daniels slides the mic back to Eddie so he can say, “Well… Ladies and gentlemen, what’s a diamond upside-down?” Fans know, and Eddie says he didn’t have to say it so he won’t be fined by HR. Eddie says he’ll wait until Friday. “And everyone here, I promise you this. If you don’t buy the PPV, you will feel like sh*t.”
And here’s why: Eddie NEEDS to be world champion! Eddie NEEDS to fulfill his destiny that he said he’d be when he was nine years old! Eddie told his mom that the reason why she doesn’t have a daughter-in-law, a grandkid, because Eddie cannot concentrate on that until he is world champion. Claudio talks trash but Eddie tells him to shut up, he’s not the one with the mic. And Claudio knows Eddie’s mom, he met her and Eddie’s family. Claudio shook Eddie’s father’s hand and kissed Eddie’s mom, and told them that he loves Eddie. But here’s a little inside look. When it was time for Claudio to do business, he ran to be a sports entertainer. Eddie stayed to fight.
Claudio can say he fought all day, but Eddie remembers when Claudio dressed up like an EFFING CLOWN over there! Don’t tell Eddie nothing! Go back to the circus, because ROH is about competition! Or maybe Claudio should get in the ring? Eddie will smack fire outta Claudio’s ass! Claudio leaves, Eddie tells the fans to buy the PPV, because Eddie will fight until he is dead in the ring. Eddie won’t stop, because of men like Christopher Daniels, men like Bryan Danielson–even though Eddie doesn’t like Bryan but he respects him–and his mentors, Homicide, Xavier–may he rest in peace–and the inaugural ROH Champion, LowKi.
Eddie lives through them, stands on their shoulders, and WILL BE ROH World Champion!! Also, tip your waitresses, try the veil. Eddie vows to give his life for ROH and pro-wrestling, will he finally live his life’s dream of being world champion?
A great episode of ROH, especially as a go-home. Now, ROH has only just returned to weekly programming, so they didn’t need a ton of video packages, and didn’t really have enough material for a ton of video packages. At the same time, they weren’t going to use up time for those because they need to get as much down in two hours as possible. Miyu VS Shazza was really the only filler match, and it was still a pretty good match that can still help build Miyu in the ROH Women’s Division. And having title matches here on a go-home is wild, even though neither title was going to change here tonight.
Athena VS Emi was an awesome match, Emi still looking strong even in losing. And it was great to see Yuka show up to brawl with Athena. Yuka stands tall, so she’s definitely not winning on Supercard. And then the ROH Pure Championship match was as close to a squash match as a Pure Rules match can be. Yuta taunting Shibata only to get Shibata was awesome! Yuta and Shibata side by side, it’s almost like Yuta is nWo/wannabe Shibata. Yuta will probably bend rules to keep the title, as Shibata’s first title since coming back should be in NJPW, not ROH.
Really good stuff in the various tune-up matches. Aussie Open had a great opener against The Varsity Athletes, and a great 8 Man Tag from the other four teams. I was a bit surprised the Heels won that, but it was LFI with the win so they’re going into the ladder match with momentum. Aussie Open won’t win, they’re going to be more focused on the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles in NJPW. LFI probably won’t win because they stand tall, but who knows, they could defy the math. I would think the Lucha Brothers win the titles to be Face champions that truly continue where The Briscoes left off.
Speaking of the Briscoes, great promo from Mark Briscoe, from Samoa Joe, and from Jay Lethal. Lethal shrugged off his Heel behavior from AEW to be kinda real here with Mark. There’s a very good chance Mark wins the TV title to give us a feel good moment at Supercard in the wake of losing Jay Briscoe. And then, chances are, Lethal shows his Heel side again by wanting the first title match against Mark. And I like that we’re seeing Dasha here, she doesn’t get to do as much onscreen in AEW, and it allows Lexi Nair to not do double duty between the companies.
Good squash match win for The Embassy, though a bit of a shame for JD Griffey to be stuck on that team. Great win for Metalik & AR Fox over The Infantry, though I think Metalik was trying to go too fast, hence that tilt-o-whirl botch with Dean. Amazing match from El Hijo del Vikingo and Blake Christian. Looking at what Blake’s been able to do, it just makes WWE releasing him during the NXT 2.0 era a bad move. Though at the same time, NXT 2.0 was gonna make him into a superhero character, but in a lame way, not in the sorta cool way Axiom is now.
But anyway, it made sense for EHDV to win, he is gonna go into that AAA Mega title match with momentum, and it’s anyone’s guess if he beats Komander or we get a new champion in LA. And of course, Embassy beat down Blake backstage. Pretty sure this is go-home math for Blake, Fox & Metalik finding a way to beat the big bad hosses. Supercard of Honor should at least have one title change, and if the Six Man titles are the ones, then that’s fine. The Gates of Agony can get in the ROH Tag Division and Brian Cage can get back in the singles division.
And we got a great main event from Eddie VS Daniels. Eddie winning makes sense because he needs momentum going into the world title match. We got a good interaction from Eddie and Claudio, as well as a really good promo from Eddie to call out Claudio. That match is going to be great stuff, but I can’t be sure if Eddie wins. Again, ROH TV only just came back and there are many possibilities for Claudio to face as we move into the summer, but the same goes for Eddie should he win.
My Score: 8.8/10
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