Chicago is the point of pro-wrestling convergence!
AEW and NJPW combine their powers to give the world an incredible super card! Who steps through the Forbidden Door and enters into history?
- Buy-In: QT Marshall & Aaron Solo VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Goto & Hashi win.
- Buy-In: Lance Archer VS Nick Comoroto; Archer wins.
- Buy-In: Swerve in Our Glory VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado; Swerve in Our Glory wins.
- Buy-In: 8 Man Tag: Max Caster & Gunn Club VS Alex Coughlin, Kevin Knight, The DKC, & Yuta Uemura; Caster & Gunn Club win.
- Blood & Guts Advantage Six Man Tag: Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Minoru Suzuki VS Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta & Shota Umino; Jericho, Sammy & Suzuki win and JAS has the man-up advantage.
- IWGP Heavyweight & ROH World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat, Winners Take All: The United Empire VS FTR VS Roppongi Vice; FTR wins and are the dual IWGP Heavyweight & ROH World Tag Team Champions.
- Inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Championship Fatal 4 Way: PAC VS Malakai Black VS Miro VS Clark Connors; Pac wins and becomes the inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Champion.
- Six Man Tag: The Young Bucks & El Phantasmo w/ Hikuleo VS Sting, Darby Allin & Shingo Takagi; Sting, Darby & Takagi win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa VS Toni Storm; Rosa wins and retains the title.
- IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay VS Orange Cassidy; Ospreay wins and retains the title.
- Zack Sabre Jr. VS Claudio Castagnoli; Castagnoli wins.
- IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4 Way: Jay White VS Adam Cole VS Hangman Page VS Kazuchika Okada; White wins and retains the title.
- Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Hiroshi Tanahashi; Moxley wins and becomes the Interim AEW World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
Buy-In: QT Marshall & Aaron Solo VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Factory opens the action in Chicago, and won’t let the fact this is just the Buy-In stop them from establishing themselves here tonight. But will they be able to stop the power of #BISHAMON? Or will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter always #GetBackUp?
The teams sort out and Chicago rally for Hashi as he starts with Solo. They circle, knuckle lock, but Solo kicks low. Fans chants “QT SUCKS! QT SUCKS!” and that annoys Solo, but Hashi kicks him back. Hashi CLUBS Solo on the back, then headlocks. Solo pulls hair but Hashi grinds the hold. Solo powers up, but can’t power out as Hashi holds tight. Solo does keep pulling hair, though, even as the ref reprimands, and he gets free of the headlock. Solo laughs as he pulls Hashi’s hair more, but Hashi breaks free to ROCK, body shot and CHOP Solo! Hashi runs, but Solo dropkicks him down! QT cheers but he’s the only one.
Solo gets Hashi up in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Hashi comes back to run him over! Fans fire up with Hashi, but Solo tags QT. Fans boo QT while Hashi tags Goto. QT hears the fans chanting at him, “QT SUCKS!” but he just shrugs it off. QT and Goto tie up, Goto waistlocks but QT wrenches to a wristlock. Goto rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks, and headlocks. Fans rally for Goto but QT powers out of the hold. Goto runs QT over and fans cheer! Things speed up, QT drops but Goto avoids the hurdle to then CHOP! QT falls back on his butt! Tag to Solo, and he circles with Goto, to then slap Hashi!
QT cheap shots Goto and fans boo as The Factory double whip Goto to a corner. QT whips Solo in but Goto dodges! Solo hits buckles, Goto runs QT over! Fans fire up but Solo rakes Goto’s eyes. Solo runs, but Hashi gets in and Bishamon run Solo over with double shoulders! Hashi runs the ropes, hip toss senton combo! QT gets in but Bishamon kicks him and hammers away! Fans fire up for the war drums, and Solo gets some hammering! Bishamon fires up with Chicago, and Goto kicks Solo at the ropes. Goto elbows Solo, whips him ropes, but Solo reverses. QT trips Goto up! Solo DECKS Hashi!
QT gets in and builds speed to QT SPECIAL!? Not the cleanest but it hits Bishamon down! QT puts Goto in and Solo is up top for the DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Goto survives and fans rally up. Solo drags Goto up and over to the corner, and then backs away. Solo distracts the ref and QT CHOKES Goto! Solo tags QT, The Factory double whip Goto to double elbow him down! QT covers, TWO! QT tags Solo and The Factory mugs Goto. Fans rally as Solo reels Goto in, and Goto blocks the suplex! Solo keeps trying, Goto still blocks, and Goto suplexes Solo up and over! Fans rally, Solo tags in QT, and QT intercepts Goto!
QT mocks Goto, runs, but Goto follows to CLOBBER QT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs at QT in the corner, to CHOP! And then a whip, CHOP, and sobat! Hashi turns QT but QT elbows out of the neckbreaker. QT runs, into a back drop! Hashi runs back in at the corner to clothesline! QT staggers, Hashi goes up the corner, for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, Solo breaks it! Goto whips Solo but Solo throws Goto out! Solo builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Bishamon! Solo puts Hashi in for QT and QT calls his shot. DIAMOND- NO, Hashi denies QT his cutter, so QT handsprings for a NEURALIZER!
Solo gets in, SCREW HIGH KICK! QT with the DIAMOND CUTTER!! Cover, Goto breaks it in time! Fans fire up again as Goto brings QT up. QT throat chops Goto down! QT drags Hashi over, tags Solo in, and then QT goes up top. Fans boo as QT 450’s, but he FLOPS as Hashi moves! Solo goes up top and leaps, but Hashi dodges the attack! Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up and Hashi crawls to his corner, hot tag to Goto! Goto brings Solo up but Solo fires forearms first! Solo runs, into a fireman’s carry! Solo slips off but Goto backs him into a corner. Hashi runs in and Goto moves, corner clothesline! Hashi then feeds Solo to Goto’s fireman’s carry!
Solo slips off, but runs into HIDDEN GAP! The superkick takes Solo down and Bishamon focuses on QT. FIERCE FLASH, the SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI! Then Bishamon has Solo! Fans are thunderous for the SHOUTO! Cover, Bishamon wins!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall
The former NEVER Openweight Six Man and former IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions get a big opening win! Will this Forbidden Door momentum help Bishamon get back to some gold?
Buy-In: Lance Archer VS Nick Comoroto!
The Murderhawk Monster himself is a bridge between AEW and NJPW, as he is still Suzuki-Gun to his core! But will he make sure the Factory keeps on losing? Or can the Freak Beast Wrecking Ball get a massive win under his belt?
Comoroto rushes Archer at the apron but Archer ROCKS him! Archer goes up the ropes to then CANNONBALL Comoroto down! A rough landing even for Archer, but the bell rings and this match is on record. Archer throws hands on Comoroto in the corner, then CHOPS him! Fans “WOO~” and cheer for that one! Archer laughs but Comoroto avoids the chop to CHOP back! Archer choke grips, Comoroto fights free but Archer ROCKS him! But even so, Comoroto trophy lifts Archer! Archer fights free to BOOT Comoroto to a corner. Fans fire up, Archer runs corner to corner, but Comoroto puts him on the apron.
Archer swings but Comoroto dodges to HOTSHOT Archer by his murderhawk! Comoroto then runs to BLAST Archer off the apron and into the railing! Comoroto gets Archer up and CLUBS him, then SLAMS him on the apron, face first! Comoroto snarls, drags Archer up and into the ring, then runs to drop a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!! Archer grits his teeth but Comoroto is just as angry. Comoroto pie faces Archer, but Archer ROCKS him again and again! Archer whips, Comoroto reverses and Archer bounces off buckles. Archer staggers into Comoroto’s scoop and BACKBREAKER! Comoroto KNEES Archer in the back, then again!
Fans rally for Archer but Comoroto says Archer’s got nothing! Archer snarls but Comoroto throws clubbing forearms. Fans rally as Comoroto throws more hands. Archer eggs him on, and Comoroto ROCKS him again! Comoroto throws more haymakers, but Archer just starts powering up! Comoroto knees low, ROCKS Archer again, and fans boo. Archer shoves Comoroto but Comoroto reels him in. Archer wrenches out of the facelock to choke grip, and CHOKE SLAM! Fans fire up while both behemoths are down! Archer snarls, fans rally up, and Archer throws off the shirt! Archer hits Comroto with a forearm, Comoroto gives the forearm back!
Archer laughs as he throws another forearm! Comoroto gives it back again, but Archer just throws more! Fans fire up as the forearms keep going back and forth! The shots go faster and faster, but Comoroto knees low. Comoroto whips Archer to a corner, but Archer bounces off buckles to LARIAT! And then another LARIAT! Comoroto staggers up but Archer whips him to a corner. Comoroto reverses, but runs into a BOOT! Archer reels Comoroto in, goes up the corner and fans fire up as Archer goes Old School! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Comoroto survives but Archer just snarls. Archer puts Comoroto up on the corner and ROCKS him!
Archer wants the inverted crucifix but Comoroto CLUBS away on him. Archer staggers, runs back in, but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Archer survives but Comoroto drags himself to a corner. Comoroto skins the cat to the top!? Comoroto adjusts but Archer STEP UP KNEES! Archer wants the inverted crucifix, has to get Comoroto positioned just right, and he hits the BLACKOUT BOMB!! Cover, Archer wins!
Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall
A big win over a big man, and the Murderhawk Monster may have just put the entire G1 Climax field on notice! Will Archer prove the old saying, “The bigger you are, the harder you fall,” is 100% true?
Buy-In: Swerve in Our Glory VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado!
Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland both admit they’re not on the same page right now, but they both know winning takes care of everything. Will they get a big win here and be back on track? Or will Suzuki-Gun’s former four-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions just add to the dysfunction?
The teams sort out and fans sing for Keith, “OH~ Bask in His Glory~!” Keith has the Heel Master wait while he conducts the Chicago chorus. Kanemaru just plugs his ears so he won’t hear. The fans shift to “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” while Kanemaru tries to big league Keith with chest bumps! But Keith is no Junior Heavyweight, and he dares Kanemaru to go for the test of strength. Kanemaru knows there’s a height difference, so he gets up on a corner’s top rope! Fans applaud the cleverness and Keith even has to nod and smile. Keith accepts the challenge and walks over, but then Kanemaru kicks him in the chest!
Kanemaru leaps, but Keith catches him in a bearhug! Kanemaru BELL CLAPS, then kicks a leg! Keith just gets mad and starts throwing hands, but Kanemaru bobs ‘n’ weaves! Kanemaru kicks the leg again, but Kanemaru clamps on an IRON CLAW and he shoves Kanemaru down! Keith brings Kanemaru up, wrenches the arm, and he brings Kanemaru over. Swerve tags in, but Kanemaru gets away to tag Desperado. Fans fire up as Swerve and the Rogue Luchador circle now. Desperado runs, RAMS Swerve, but Swerve stays up and talks some trash. Fans chant again, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
Swerve makes sure Desperado hears the chanting, but then Desperado flicks him on the nose. Swerve is annoyed but then Desperado speeds things up. Swerve drops, hurdles, but Desperado chooses not to leap so he can get a leg for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Swerve endures, reaches, and gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Desperado lets off at 4, and Swerve is on the apron. Swerve shoulders into Desperado, slingshots to sunset flip, but Desperado holds onto the ropes. The ref reprimands, Swerve goes Matrix to get back up, and he shoves Desperado out! Swerve goes up and out to kick, only for Desperado to block and then trip him! STRETCH MUFFLER!
Swerve endures as Desperado thrashes the leg! Fans fire up but the ref counts as this is out of bounds, and Desperado dumps Swerve on the floor. Desperado puts Swerve in, but Swerve goes to the apron on the other side. Desperado storms over but Swerve throws a body shot! Swerve bumps Desperado off buckles, then steps in to SHOTGUN dropkick! Fans fire up, Swerve talks trash on Kanemaru then gets Desperado up. Tag to Keith, Keith holds Desperado in place for Swerve to run side to side. But Desperado gets free and Swerve’s dropkick hits Keith! Desperado tags Kanemaru and he runs in to kick Swerve and toss him out!
Desperado gets Keith’s leg to GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Kanemaru bumps Swerve off the apron before going back to his corner, and Desperado drops knees on Keith’s knee. Keith gets to ropes and Desperado tags Kanemaru in. Kanemaru storms over to stomp away on Keith’s bad leg! Kanemaru then drops an elbow on the knee, and again, before stomping the leg again. Kanemaru drags Keith but he’s big, so Kanemaru YANKS the leg! Desperado gets in to sucker punch Swerve, and Kanemaru kicks Keith to ropes. Suzuki-Gun double whips Keith but Keith blocks! They keep trying, but Keith resists, so they kick at his bad leg!
Keith still manages to GRIZZLY MAGNUM Kanemaru! Even Desperado is stinging from that! Keith choke grips Desperado, shoves him down, then he pops Kanemaru up! Kanemaru RANAS, but Keith blocks it! Keith swings Kanemaru into Desperado, then gets Kanemaru back up! But Desperado dropkicks Keith’s bad leg! Keith wobbles, and Kanemaru shifts to hit a DDT! Fans fire up while all three men are down! Desperado gets back to his corner while Kanemaru covers. TWO, and with power! Kanemaru tags Desperado, and Desperado stomps away on Keith! Desperado YANKS the bad leg, but Keith BOOTS him away from below!
Keith crawls, hot tag to Swerve! Swerve rallies on Desperado, then BOOTS Kanemaru! Desperado is in a corner, Swerve runs in and uppercuts! Snapmare and then Swerve goes up, DIVING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Swerve drags Desperado back up. Desperado fights the suplex, but so does Swerve! They fight for control, Desperado suplexes but Swerve slips out and waistlocks. Desperado elbows free, runs but Swerve dodges the boot to throw Desperado down! Swerve then rolls to reel Desperado in, deadlift BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Swerve keeps his focus. “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”
Swerve brings Desperado up with a half nelson, but Desperado arm-drags free! Cover, TWO!! Swerve escapes, BOOTS Desperado and runs, but into an elbow! Desperado runs, but Swerve follows, and Swerve uppercuts! Swerve runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! Kanemaru gets in to go after Swerve, then feeds him to Desperado’s scoop! SHOTGUN BACK SUPLEX COMBO! Cover, TWO! Swerve survives but Suzuki-Gun coordinates. Desperado hooks Swerve up but Keith gets on the apron. Keith steps in but Desperado lets Swerve go to kick the ropes! The ropes jam Keith up, and Kanemaru SHOTGUNS Keith back out!
Desperado says they’re very smart. Desperado drags Swerve up and reels him in to underhook the arms. Swerve fights Pinche Loco, wrenches out and CHOPS! Desperado CHOPS back! Swerve BOOTS, so Desperado boots, but Swerve blocks and gets around, BACKBREAKER! Swerve runs, into a LARIAT! But he springs back up to COMPLETE SHOT Desperado down! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Keith rises again as Swerve and Desperado crawl. Hot tags to Kanemaru and Keith! Keith hurries in, but into Kanemaru’s dropkick to the leg! And another dropkick to the leg!
Kanemaru whips but Keith blocks and reverses. Kanemaru dropkicks the leg again! And again! Keith falls, Kanemaru hurries to step through, FIGURE FOUR! Desperado intercepts Swerve, for a STRETCH MUFFLER! Swerve endures, moves around, Keith grabs Desperado with a choke grip! Swerve gets free and Keith throws Desperado onto Kanemaru! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Kanemaru crawls to a corner and Keith hobbles up. Keith runs in, but Kanemaru dodges! Keith hits buckles and Kanemaru runs to sunset flip! Keith stays up and he drags Kanemaru RIGHT UP to position!
Swerve goes up top, but Desperado hurries after him! Desperado shoves Swerve off the top! Kanemaru rakes Keith’s eyes! The ref reprimands Kanemaru, but Desperado grabs Keith’s foot! The ref reprimands Desperado now, but he misses Kanemaru taking a swig of whiskey! Kanemaru gets in and turns Keith around, WHISKEY MIST!! Roll-up, TWO!! Kanemaru dropkicks Keith down, then dropkicks him again! Swerve gets in and steps off Keith to FLYING HOUSE CALL! Swerve trips Desperado on the apron, and SUPERKICKS! Desperado dangles from the ropes, Swerve slingshot KILL STOMPS!!
Fans are thunderous as Keith drags Kanemaru up to a fireman’s carry! BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith & Swerve win!!
Winners: Swerve in Our Glory, by pinfall
The Limitless House has won! But wait! Team Taz interrupts from a VIP skybox! Will Hobbs “congratulates” Keith & Swerve on a win, but says they’re trotting around AEW, calling themselves “Shaq & Kobe!” But since we’re in Chicago, you can call Hobbs & Starks, “Jordan & Pippin.” Fans boo, but Starks says he’s glad they got the reference. And what’s really funny to him is that Keith & Swerve think they’re the best tag team in AEW. That’s funny, because Swerve looks like the cinnamon stick from the Apple Jacks cereal commercials, and Keith looks like he a broke ass Skrilla Banks. Meanwhile, Hobbs is a stud, and Starks is one debonair, suave, handsome mother shut your mouth!
Starks tells Keith & Swerve will never compare because they can’t compete! But if Keith & Swerve are Shaq & Kobe while Team Taz is Jordan & Pippin, they can’t be the best unless they beat the best! Swerve says Starks should stop talking and give them a match. Will we finally see these four settle the score as the Summer heats up?
Buy-In: 8 Man Tag: Max Caster & Gunn Club VS Alex Coughlin, Kevin Knight, The DKC, & Yuta Uemura!
According to “Daddy Ass,” Billy Gunn’s influence convinced Tony Khan to get him and his boys this big Buy-In match. Will Austin, Colten and Max do their papa proud? Or will the LA Dojo All-Stars make the most of this Chicago excursion?
But of course, Caster has a diss rap on deck! “Acclaimed & The Gunns got ’em interested. We puttin’ four more guys on the injured list! And I’ma make you call me senpai. Y’all probably in the dojo watchin’ hentai! Y’all’re not hot at all, you were too busy washing Shibata’s balls! So I’ma teach you on the mat, boys. You’re gettin’ schooled by Acclaimed and the Ass Boys!” Austin still doesn’t approve, but he gets the mic. “TOKYO DOOOME~!” No, they went over this, they’re still in the US! Colten handles this. “GREEN BAAAY~!” Well, closer, but still very wrong. Bowens gets the mic to fix it. “CHIIICAAAGOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived!!”
Bowens wants Chi-Town to join in, “Lemme hear ya say ‘ASS~ BOYS~!'” “ASS~ BOYS~!” With that, the teams sort out, but wait! Danhausen is on the tron! “Ass Boys, behold! It is I, giant Danhausen. I can squish you and squash you. But anyways, Danhausen has a gift for you. Hope you’re not too busy so you can enjoy it. Okay, see you later.” But what’s the gift? A theme song! “We’re~ the Ass Boys~! *Dun dun* The Ass Boys!” Austin & Colten rush to the back to hunt down Danhausen, but that leaves Billy and Caster alone, 4v2! The Dojo attacks! The bell rings to get this on record, but has Danhausen just cursed The Acclaimed & Gunn Club?
The ref wants the teams to sort out, and while Knight, Yuya and DKC clear out with Caster, Coughlin scoops Billy! And then FALL AWAY SLAMS! Fans chant for the “ASS BOYS~” even though they’re in the back. Knight hurries around while the others feed Caster to Coughlin, and Knight POSTS Billy! Coughlin gut wrench suplexes Caster! Billy is sent into steps while Coughlin covers Caster, TWO! Coughlin waistlocks Caster, tags in Knight, and Knight fires off on Caster with boxing body shots. Knight whips corner to corner, runs in and hits a BIG splash! Knight scoops and SLAMS Caster, covers, TWO!
Knight brings Caster up and fans rally. Knight EuroUppers Caster, tags Yuya, and fans fire up as the Young Lions fire off on Caster. They double whip, double elbow Caster, then Yuya drops an elbow! Knight hits a SLIDING UPPERCUT, then together they hit a SPLASH ELBOW DROP COMBO! Yuya covers, TWO! Yuya CLUBS Caster, but Caster throws body shots. Yuya CHOPS Caster, fires forearms in the corner, then runs to hit Billy! Billy stays up but the ref keeps him from getting in the ring. Yuya runs in but Caster BOOTS him! Caster throws off his shirt, DECKS Coughlin, DECKS Knight and DECKS DKC!
Caster gets Yuya up to fire off forearms but Yuya gives them back! Yuya whips Caster to a corner, runs in and CROSSBODIES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Caster sputters but he’s aimed in the wrong direction. Fans rally, Yuta tags DKC but Caster fires off hands on DKC! DKC knee slow, CHOPS Caster, and he stalks Caster to a corner. DKC CHOPS, karate chops, CHOPS, repeat! The ref counts, DKC lets off, but then fires off karate chops over and over! DKC whips corner to corner then runs in to back body block! DKC snap suplexes Caster, then drops an AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! DKC CLUBS Caster, then tags Knight.
Knight stomps, uppercuts, repeat, then he stomps away! Tag back to DKC, fans chant, “We Want Ass Boys!” but the Young Lions double whip. Caster reverse to yank them into each other! DKC storms up but Caster BACKHANDS him! Knight kicks Caster, runs, but Caster back drops him! Fans fire up as Caster crawls, hot tag to Billy! Daddy Ass rallies on the Young Lions, BOOT for Yuya! Kick to Knight but Knight dodges to DROPKICK Billy! Billy gets up as Knight runs, and Billy scoops Knight for a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Coughlin gets in, Billy gets around to give him the COBRA CLUTCH SLAM!
Billy fires up, kicks DKC and reels him in, “SUCK IT!” FAMOUSER!! Tag to Caster, he goes up top, for the MIC DROP! Cover, Acclaimed Gunn Club wins!
Winners: Max Caster & Gunn Club, by pinfall
Austin & Colten weren’t needed, though they might’ve made this easier for their dad and brother in arms. But will Caster and the Ass Boys keep kicking ass up and down the road?
Blood & Guts Advantage Six Man Tag: Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Minoru Suzuki VS Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta & Shota Umino!
The Jericho Appreciation Society prepares for a 6v6 war against the Blackpool Combat Club and friends this Wednesday on Dynamite, and this match will go a long way towards victory. Will the Meanest Man in the World help #LeSexGods win the man-up advantage? Or will the Mad King, Decoder and #SHOOTER start to turn the tide here in Chicago?
Fans get to sing along to Judas and “KAZE NI NARE!” so Chicago is loving this already. The teams sort out and Eddie dares Jericho to step up. But we start with Sammy and Yuta, the young pillars of their factions. But then Jericho tags in because he knows it’s not Eddie! Jericho mocks Yuta, but fans are chanting for Yuta already. Jericho pie faces Yuta! Bu then Yuta SLAPS and SLAPS and ROCKS Jericho, and fans are fired up again! Yuta whips, Jericho reverses but Yuta gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! #SuplexYuta hits a third German! And then a fourth! And a FIFTH!
Jericho reaches out desperately but Yuta hits a SIXTH! Yuta isn’t stopping yet, he ripcords Jericho into an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives but Yuta has the CROSSFACE! Sammy gets in and KICKS Yuta, then all hell breaks loose as Suzuki gets in, as well as Eddie and Shota! Shota throws Suzuki out, Eddie throws Sammy out, and Jericho bails out. Sammy brawls with Eddie, Yuta hits Suzuki back on his way to hitting Jericho! Fans are fired up for the brawling as Suzuki knees Shota and Jericho ROCKS Yuta. Jericho sends Yuta into steel steps! Sammy does the same to Eddie! Shota and Suzuki fire off forearms back and forth!
Fans cuss out Sammy while Jericho puts Yuta in the ring. Jericho calls Sammy over and tags him in. Le Sex Gods mug Yuta, and Sammy soaks up the heat from Chicago. Sammy taunts Eddie, flips him off, then goes back to Yuta, only for Yuta to arm-drag him down! And then Eddie rushes in to give Sammy some ground ‘n’ pound! The ref backs Eddie off, Sammy goes after Eddie, but Yuta goes after Sammy! Eddie finally lets off and exits, and Yuta whips Sammy. Sammy reverses, hurdles, flips and dropkicks! Sammy kips up smooth and fans boo as he takes a bow. Yuta is in a corner, Sammy runs in but Yuta goes up and over.
Yuta scoops to SLAM Sammy, then SENTON! Cover, ONE!! Yuta drags Sammy up to tag in Shooter! Fans fire up, they double whip Sammy, drop toehold and a basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Shooter stares Jericho down. Shota stomps Sammy, drags him up, but Sammy rakes eyes! The ref reprimands but Sammy tags Jericho. Jericho CLUBS Shota, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS him! Shota staggers away but Jericho grins as he throws forearms. Jericho CHOPS again, but Shota ROCKS Jericho! And again, and again, and again! Fans fire up as Shota fires off in the corner! The ref counts, Shota digs his boots in until 4!
Shota drags Jericho up, bumps him off buckles, and he tags in Eddie! Fans are thunderous and Jericho is afraid! Eddie dares Jericho to step to him. Jericho says Eddie’s gonna get it, and he tags in Suzuki! Fans are even louder now as Eddie brings down the straps as he stares down Suzuki! Suzuki and Eddie step to each other, and Suzuki CHOPS! Eddie snarls, puts some stank on it, and CHOPS! Suzuki likes that! Suzuki CHOPS Eddie, and Eddie wobbles a moment, but he’s back up to CHOP again! Suzuki CHOPS, then eggs Eddie on. Eddie CHOPS, Suzuki CHOPS, repeat! It’s another classic Suzuki CHOP fight!
Eddie CHOPS, then CHOPS, then CHOPS again! Eddie backs Suzuki down to a corner, for the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! But Suzuki doesn’t care?! Eddie reloads for more CHOPS but Suzuki is leaning into them! Then he DECKS Eddie with a forearm! Fans are thunderous again for this display of brutality! Suzuki looms over Eddie and fans chant his name. Suzuki nods and brings Eddie up by his nose! The ref reprimands but Suzuki bumps Eddie off buckles. Tag to Jericho and the two legends stomp away on Eddie! The ref reprimands but Jericho stands on Eddie! Suzuki taunts Yuta and Shota, the ref is busy with them, and Jericho keeps on Eddie.
Jericho brings Eddie out to center to whip him to ropes. Eddie kicks Jericho back then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Jericho can’t lean into them like Suzuki, so here come the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Eddie sees Sammy mouthing off so Eddie CHOPS him off the apron! Eddie goes after Suzuki but Suzuki grabs that arm for a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref reprimands and counts, and Suzuki lets go at 4. Eddie staggers into Jericho’s ARMBAR DDT! Jericho talks trash, SLAPS Eddie around, then steps over on the bad arm. Eddie endures, even as Jericho rains down elbows! Eddie gets the ROPEBREAK and Jericho lets off.
Jericho drags Eddie over, tags Suzuki, and Suzuki stomps Eddie. Suzuki drags Eddie up, snapmares him, then runs to BOOT Shota! And BOOT Yuta! PENALTY KICK for Eddie! Cover, TWO! Suzuki keeps cool and keeps on Eddie with knees. Eddie CHOPS back! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Eddie whips, Suzuki reverses and hooks him up, IRON OCTOPUS! Sammy intercepts Yuta with a takedown, into a CROSSFACE! Jericho gets Shota for a COBRA TWIST! Fans boo as Eddie’s team endures TRIPLE submissions! Eddie endures, and more or less falls into the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki, Jericho and Sammy let go, but Suzuki stomps away on Eddie.
The ref reprimands, Suzuki stops stomping to drag Eddie up. Fans rally but Suzuki tells them to shut up about Eddie. Suzuki ROCKS Eddie, tags Sammy, and Jericho gets his shots in before the snapmare. Sammy is up top, but Eddie stands. Sammy leaps, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up again and Eddie hits an STO! Both men are down, fans fire up and Shota is back! Sammy and Eddie crawl, hot tag to SHOOTER! Shota DECKS Jericho, fires uppercuts on Sammy, then scoops for a TOSS! Shota gets moving, BASEMENT EUROUPPER! Shota DECKS Jericho again, then goes back to Sammy. Suzuki CLUBS Shota!
Suzuki fires off forearms, runs, but Shota CLOBBERS him! And basement dropkicks! Fans fire up with Shota and he has Sammy in the corner. Shota whips corner to corner, runs in and uppercuts! Then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Jericho breaks it! Jericho fires off on Shota, but Shota dropkicks him back! Jericho bails out, Shota goes out to CANNONBALL! Fans fire up, but Sammy is up top! Sammy leaps to SHOOTING STAR PRESS ATTACK Shota down!! Fans may not like Sammy but they love that! But then Yuta FLIES and takes Sammy out!! Yuta sets Sammy up for Eddie to DIVE! Direct hit and fans are thunderous!
Wait, Suzuki’s in the ring? Suzuki builds speed?! But then he stops and laughs. Shota gets in to get at Suzuki but Suzuki DECKS him! Yuta drags Suzuki out to whip him into railing! Yuta then hurries to the corner, and tags in! Yuta is up top to CROSSBODY on Sammy! Cover, TWO as Yuta lets off, Jericho elbow drops Sammy by mistake! Yuta dropkicks Jericho out! Sammy waistlocks, Yuta switches, O’Conner BRIDGE! TWO!! Yuta runs and dodges Sammy, Eddie tags in before Sammy hits a SPANISH FLY on Yuta! Eddie is in to SAIDO Sammy!! Fans are thunderous, Tay Conti is panicking, Eddie puts on a STRETCH PLUM!
Suzuki gets in and BOOTS Eddie! Eddie lets Sammy go as Suzuki fires off. Suzuki runs, into an URAKEN!! But Jericho GERMAN SUPLEXES Eddie! Shota SHOTGUNS Jericho! Sammy goes up and up and hits a FLYING CUTTER!! But Yuta is up top to SPLASH!! All six men are down and Chicago is electric for “A E W!” “This is Awesome!” as Eddie and Sammy crawl. Eddie tags Shota, and Shota brings Sammy up. Sammy JUMP KNEES Shota, then tags in Jericho! Jericho gets the legs, Shota flails and resists! Shota tosses Jericho off the Walls! But runs into a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous as Shota survives! Jericho rains down fists and knees! Jericho then goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans boo but then Shota ROCKS Jericho! Shota climbs up after Jericho, scoops him onto his shoulder, and he hits a SUPER POWERSLAM!! Cover, but Suzuki and Sammy break it! Yuta goes after Sammy, Eddie drags Suzuki out! Shota kicks Jericho around, Tay threatens Yuta with Floyd the Baseball Bat! Yuta dares her to do something, it’ll be a disqualification. But then Sammy CLOBBERS Yuta! Jericho kicks Shota low, but not a low blow, and Jericho runs to CODE BREAKER! Sammy gives Yuta a G T H!!
Jericho runs to the ropes, but Eddie ROCKS him first! Shota covers off that, TWO!!! Jericho survives, and Suzuki has Eddie in a SLEEPER! Shota hurries to drag Jericho up, he fires off boxing elbows for 10 in all, then runs, into the BAT SHOT!! The ref didn’t see it?! Shota staggers into JUDAS- NO, Shota ducks it! Then Shota kicks Jericho and reels him in, TORNADO DDT!! Shota gets Jericho up, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jericho survives and Shota can’t believe it! But fans are electric as Shota fires up! Shota stalks Jericho, brings him around, and steals WALLS OF JERICHO!! Chicago is electric as Jericho endures his own hold!
Sammy gets in, and he BOOTS Shota! Shota holds on?! Suzuki gets in as Sammy SUPERKICKS Shota, and Shota wobbles! Suzuki stands Shota up to HEADBUTT him down! But Eddie URAKENS Suzuki! Suzuki shots around to SLEEPER, and GOTCH PILEDRIVER!! Sammy and Suzuki stomp away on Shota while fans boo and the ref reprimands. Suzuki and Sammy get Shota up, but Shota fires off forearms on them both! Shota DECKS Sammy, DECKS Suzuki, but JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, Jericho’s team wins!
Winners: Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara & Minoru Suzuki (JAS has man-up advantage)
Fans are torn on Jericho snatching victory and revenge away from Shooter! But in the end, the Jericho Appreciation Society is going into Blood & Guts with the advantage! Will they make the most of it against the extended BCC? Or will Bryan Danielson’s mystery substitute tip the scales back?
IWGP Heavyweight & ROH World Tag Team Championships Triple Threat, Winners Take All: The United Empire VS FTR VS Roppongi Vice!
Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan are two-time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood are dual ROH and AAA World Tag Team Champions. And Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta are starving for gold! Only one team can win, who walks out the Forbidden Door with the biggest jackpot in tag team wrestling perhaps ever?
ROH’s Bobby Cruise makes the introductions, one belt each is raised, and we see just who are the #TopGuys of tag team wrestling today!
The teams sort out, and in this kind of Triple Threat, only two teams are active. Fans are thunderous for “FTR! FTR!” already as Dax steps up with Trent, leaving the Empire on the outside. Dax and Trent circle, tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. They break, tie up again, are in another deadlock, so they break again. Fans rally, they go again, and Dax headlocks. Trent powers up and out, but Dax runs him over! Dax headlocks for a takeover, Trent headscissors, Dax kips free. Roles reverse, Dax headscissors but Trent kips up, and the two stare down. Fans fire up as the two get in each other’s face, but they cool off a bit.
Dax and Trent circle, but Cobb tags in off Trent! Cobb is coming off a win over Cash, maybe he wants to sweep FTR. Cobb tells Rocky to chill and he ties up with Dax. Fans rally, Cobb puts Dax in a corner but lets off as the ref calls for the break. Dax avoids the haymaker to CHOP! Cobb puts Dax in the corner, but Dax dodges again to CHOP! Cobb whips, runs in and uppercuts at the corner! Cobb keeps moving, Rocky tags in off Cobb right before Cobb runs Dax over! Rocky tells Cobb to shoo and Rocky stomps Dax. Rocky CHOPS Dax, whips him to ropes, but Dax reverses to CLOBBER Rocky! Dax tags Cash and FTR DOUBLE HEADBUTT Rocky!
Cash brings Rocky up to EuroUpper hard, then he CHOPS just as hard! Tag to Dax, they whip Rocky, drop toehold and elbow drop! Dax may have hurt his own arm with that impact but he manages to cover, TWO! Fans rally for FTR but Dax has to tag out to Cash. Cash checks on Dax, as does the medic. Cash gets in, Rocky kicks him and CHOPS him to the open corner. Rocky whips Cash into the RPG Vice corner, and he starts on the FOREVER CLOTHESLINES! Once! Twice! Thrice! But Cash dodges, only for Rocky to RANA! Rocky clotheslines Cash against ropes, and Dax is taken to the back! Bad sign for FTR!
Rocky aims at Cash and builds speed, but Khan KNEES Rocky in the back! The ref reprimands but Khan tags in off Rocky. Khan Mongolian Chops Rocky down! Khan kicks Rocky out, Cobb brings Cash up to ROCK him! Khan DECKS Trent, Cobb fires off on Cash, and Khan strikes the Empire pose. Cobb brings Cash up, but he fakes fans out and puts Cash in the ring instead. Khan pushes Cash to a cover, ONE! Khan drags Cash up and whips him hard into the buckles! Khan keeps Cash cornered and he CLUBS away! The ref reprimands and counts but Khan digs his boots in. Khan lets off at 4, puts Cash back in the corner, and sits on Cash’s head!
Cash is bleeding from the mouth but he’s also Khan’s throne! Fans fire up as Khan grinds his cheeks in! Cash throws hands but Khan hops off to CLUB Cash down. Tag to Cobb, Cash CHOPS Cobb! Cash hits Khan but Cobb CLUBS Cash! Cobb short arm LARIATS Cash, then stomps him to the ropes! Cobb uses Cash as a surfboard! Cash has the ROPEBREAK, but Khan grabs that arm to keep Cash anchored! The ref counts, the Empire lets Cash go at 4, and then Cobb drags Cash up. Cobb whips Cash into the corner hard, then reels Cash in for the ATHLETIC PLEX! Tag to Khan, Cobb sits on Cash now, and Khan DECKS Trent!
Trent gets up and is pissed but the ref keeps him out. Khan scoop SLAMS Cash, then taunts him! Khan wants Cash to kiss his boot! Cash resists with all his might and the fans rally up! Cash pulls Khan’s ponytail, then reels him in for a HEADBUTT! Fans fire up and Cash crawls to the only corner he can! Tag to Trent! Trent CHOPS Khan, then ROCKS him, CHOPS and ROCKS! HELL STAB from Khan, but he runs into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Khan flounders and Trent snarls as he runs in to back elbow! Then TORNADO DDT! Khan flops right out of the ring but Cobb gets in to throw a big body shot! Trent staggers, Cobb runs in at the corner, but Trent dodges!
Trent reels Cobb in, but Cobb blocks the Tornado! To hit a RUNNING SUPLEX! The ref reprimands Cobb, he isn’t legal so he needs to exit. Cobb runs in at Trent but Trent BOOTS him! Rocky is up top and he FLYING RANAS Cobb down! Fans fire up and Rocky goes out to get Khan. Trent is after Cobb with forearms, but Khan clamps on an IRON CLAW on Rocky! APRON ELIMINATOR SLAM! Trent CHOPS Khan, ROCKS him, CHOPS again, but Khan ROCKS Trent! Cobb scoops Trent but Trent slips off and shoves him. Rocky hits a FLYING KNEE on Cobb! Rocky then dodges Khan, and Trent SPEARS Khan down!
Fans fire up for RPG Vice and they get Khan in. Rocky hustles to the top rope while Trent brings Khan up! Trent hangs Khan out to dry, Rocky missile dropkicks Khan down! SLIDING KNEE from Trent! Cover, Cash struggles to get in, TWO!! Khan gets out of this himself but fans rally up. Trent brings Khan up and reels him in, but Khan fights the piledriver! Khan back drops free, Cash tags in off Trent! Cash stomps Khan, DECKS Cobb, CLUBS Khan, ROCKS Cobb, and then fires off uppercuts and CHOPS! Cash is on fire, until Khan catches him for the HITSUJIGOROSHI! Cobb DECKS Rocky, then helps Khan for Fubuki, to MARINE!
Cobb DECKS Trent, Rocky returns but Khan POUNCES him back out! The Empire loom over Cash while fans rally up. Khan and Cobb kick Cash around, daring him to go to his empty corner. Cash CHOPS them, but Cobb HEADBUTTS Cash down! Khan Mongolian Chops! Wait, is Dax returning?! Dax has his arm taped up and fans are going nuts! Cobb fireman’s carries Cash but sees Dax coming! Khan wants Dax to watch this, and he runs the ropes, only for Cash to slip off! Cash shoves Cobb at Khan, they stop themselves from colliding, but Cash dodges again to finally shove Cobb into Khan! HOT TAG TO DAX!
Fans are thunderous as Dax JABS and JABS and JABS Cobb, then starts throwing haymakers on Cobb and Khan! Dax CHOPS Cobb then uppercuts and CHOPS on repeat! Khan runs in but Dax dodges and Khan clotheslines Cobb by mistake! Dax then ROCKS Khan! Dax whips, Khan reverses but Dax reverses and wrenches to LARIAT! Khan stays up so Dax LARIATS again! Khan dodges the next but Dax LARIATS on the return! Cobb rushes in but Dax gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Dax keeps holding on, for another GERMAN! Dax is still holding on, but Cobb rams him into buckles!
Cobb is free, runs in, but Dax dodges! Cobb elbows Dax, goes up the corner, but Dax ROCKS Cobb first! Fans are thunderous for FTR as Dax climbs up after Cobb. Dax brings Cobb up, but Cobb resists. Dax CLUBS Cobb, and Trent joins in! They have Cobb together, and Cash manages to tag in before the DOUBLE SUPERPLEX!! Cash is up top on the adjacent corner, to FLYING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Cobb survives that super sized Power & Glory combo, and fans are loving this! Trent ROCKS Dax but Dax ROCKS Trent! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm! Khan gets in, he gets DOUBLE FOREARMS!
Trent fires off, then CHOPS Dax off his feet! Khan hits a SAYANAGI on Trent, and a BOOT on Dax! Cash is up but Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW! Khan uses that to put Cash up top in the RPG Vice corner, and Rocky tags in off Cash! Rocky gets Khan’s arm to HOTSHOT it! Khan staggers away, Cash leaps over him as he returns. Rocky ROCKS Khan, Cash kicks and gets Khan up! Rocky joins in, MIND BREAKER! But then SLICED BREAD for Cash! Rocky tags Trent, they go after Cobb! Cobb fires off throat chops! Cobb runs, into DOUBLE JUMP KNES! Rocky PLANCHAS onto Cash! Trent brings Cobb into the Alabama Lift!
Khan YANKS Rocky off the top rope! Cobb turns things around on Trent for a POWERBOMB! Khan gets in and intercepts Dax for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cash runs in but Khan breaks the clothesline for a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Rocky is back but Cobb CLOBBERS him, to the GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Khan hauls Trent up as fans are thunderous again, and Khan picks Trent up to atomic FACEBUSTER! IRON CLAW, ELIMINATOR GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!?! Trent survives and no one can believe it! Cobb drags Trent up, “This is Awesome!” as Cobb fireman’s carries.
But Rocky tags in off Trent! The Empire coordinates, but Dax trips Khan and Rocky saves Trent! Rocky DIVES onto Khan and Dax! Cobb hurries over, into a GAMANGIRI! Trent Alabama Lifts, Rocky’s up top, STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Cash breaks it in time!! All six men are down and fans are electric again! Dax returns, and he manages to tag in off Cobb. Dax goes after Rocky, suplexes, but Rocky slips out and O’Conner Rolls, to the BRIDGE! TWO!! Dax narrowly escapes with the one good arm, and he reels Rocky in to scoop, CRADLE from Rocky! TWO, Rocky trips and jackknifes Dax, TWO as Dax bridges up!
Dax turns Rocky around but the bad arm holds back the backslide! Rocky hits an ELBOW BREAKER and KICK to the bad arm! Dax blocks the next kick, ducks the enziguri but the HEEL KICK hits! Cash slides in, Rocky runs, into the BIG RIG!! Cover, FTR WINS!!!!
Winners: FTR, by pinfall (DUAL ROH & IWGP Tag Team Champions)
Fans wanted #7StarFTR, and they got it! Cash & Dax have captured their seventh different tag title as a team, they truly ARE #TopGuys! Will the world of tag team wrestling soon belong to FTR?
Backstage interview with Jay White & Juice Robinson.
Despite both men having belts, Tony Schiavone is with the current IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, and the former IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion. But Juice stops Tony right there. “Not only am I Rock Hard, I am the true International Wrestling Grand Prix United States Champion.” The match of Ospreay VS Cassidy is merely a #1 contender’s match for Juice’s title, “the champions’ championship!” Juice’s opinion is obviously not how NJPW sees it, but moving on, Schiavone asks the Switchblade about tonight’s Fatal 4 Way for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.
White says it is time! “We made it here to Forbidden Door at the United Center. And we all saw when this man (Juice Robinson) won that championship and he has still not lost. We saw him on that same night, at the same time, defeat Will Ospreay, Jon Moxley, and The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi. All at the same time! And tonight, I look to live up to that same feat, Juicy, when I beat my good friend, Adam Cole, Hangman Adam Page, and the Rainmaker, Ka-zu-chi-ka Okada, in the same night, at the same time, and I will still be IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! Because this is the Switchblade Era, and those three men will Breath with the Switchblade, and that… is Too Sweet~!”
Who will be the official IWGP US Champion after tonight? And when and where will they get that belt from Juice? And will White keep his word and pull off an incredible defense? Or will the odds be against him and bring about the winds of change in the Windy City?
Inaugural AEW All-Atlantic Championship Fatal 4 Way: PAC VS Malakai Black VS Miro VS Clark Connors!
The IWGP World Heavyweight Championship isn’t the only wild title match! The Bastard beat Buddy Murphy, the Dark Father beat Penta Oscuro, and the Redeemer made a powerful return and defeated “Johnny Elite,” John Morrison! But while the Stone Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii, had won the right to be the fourth man, it was a pyrrhic victory. Now the Wild Rhino gets a chance at glory! Will Connors be able to stampede through three modern icons? Or is this belt fated to stay within All Elite Wrestling?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, Forbidden Door crowns a new champion!
The bell rings and Pac BOOTS Malakai! Pac stomps away and Connors stays back as Miro throws Pac. Pac dodges Miro to clothesline Malakai out! Miro goes after Pac but Malakai has him first, throwing Pac into railing! Malakai KICKS Pac while Connors CHOPS Miro! Miro doesn’t even flinch! Malakai KICKS Pac more, Connors CHOPS again but Miro still doesn’t budge. Connors runs, but Miro runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Miro ROCKS Connors with forearms and kicks. Miro throws hands in the corner then whips Connors corner to corner. Connors BOOTS back, then CHOPS again! Miro felt that one!
Connors CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Miro scoops and SLAMS him! Miro stomps Connors, kicks him to a corner and stomps away. Malakai gets in but Miro CLUBS him down! Connors goes up, throws hands, then leaps, into Miro’s arms! Malakai BOOTS Pac, Miro pops Connors up but Connors slips off! Connors runs and RAMS Miro, and Miro tumbles out of the ring! Connors aims to PLANCHA, but again Miro catches him! Miro SLAMS Connors on the floor! Connors writhes, Miro snarls, and Miro goes back to the ring. Malakai BOOTS Miro back out, then spots Pac on the other side. Malakai storms over, into a ROUNDHOUSE!
Pac goes up top but Malakai STEP-UP KICKS him first! Malakai climbs to join Pac, but Pac resists the superplex. Pac throws body shots, CLUBS Malakai and adjusts, to SUNSET FLIP POWER- NO, Malakai backflips through! Malakai eggs Pac on, then sweeps the legs! Malakai runs, SLIDING KNEE! Miro returns but Malakai dodges to KICK and KICK! Miro blocks a kick, ROCKS Malakai, then uppercuts! Miro stomps Malakai, drags him up and fans are torn as Miro whips. Malakai dodges to QUEBRADA! Direct hit, but Malakai boasts too long and Connors waistlocks. Malakai switches, Connors throws elbows, then runs, into a KNEE!
Malakai hooks and rolls Connors’ legs, for a KNEEBAR! Connors flails, reaches, endures as Malakai grapevines the leg, but then Miro drags Connors out by his hair! Miro RAMS Connors into railing while Pac CLUBS Malakai! Pac and Malakai are in opposite corners, but Miro gets in to back body block Malakai! Pac BOOTS Miro, then goes to the apron. Pac springboards, into Miro’s arms! Miro snarls and FALL AWAY SLAMS Pac! Fans fire up and Connors is back! Connors fires forearms but Miro just glares at him. Connors fires off more shots, then whips. Miro blocks, reverses, but Connors ducks and doges to leap, into a SWINGING SLAM!
Miro is the one man standing and fans are thunderous! Miro finally covers Connors, TWO! Malakai is on the apron but Miro BOOTS Malakai down. Miro whips Connors to a corner hard and Connors bounces off buckles. Miro drags Connors up, to LARIAT him right back down! Miro wants someone to get up, and Connors stirs. Fans rally up as Miro stands Connors up to LARIAT him again! Miro watches the outside but brings Connors up again. BIG gut wrench suplex! Cover, TWO! Malakai slips back in, BOOTS Pac first, then stomps him down. Miro tosses Connors out, and he stomps Pac with Malakai!
Fans boo as Miro pushes Malakai aside so he can stomp Pac more. Malakai pushes Miro back and he stomps Pac some more. Miro pushes Malakai to drop an elbow on Pac! Malakai and Miro stare down and fans fire up to see these two. Malakai and Miro say they have a common enemy in Pac, so they should work together. But then they disagree on where to put Pac. They toss Pac aside and get in each other’s face! Fans fire up again, and Malakai fires the first forearm! Miro gives it back, they go back and forth, shot for shot! Miro gets the edge then EuroUppers Malakai down! Miro runs but Pac shoulders into him!
Pac slingshots up and over and keeps moving, but runs into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Miro is annoyed but the count is the count. Miro fires himself up and fans fire up with him. Miro stomps the mat and watches Pac rise. But Pac SUPERKICKS first! Connors returns, but Pac TOSSES him out! Pac then builds speed, to FLY onto Malakai! Direct hit at the ramp and fans are thunderous! Pac goes to the apron, and he BOOTS Connors down! Pac then aims at Miro from the top rope, for the BIG missile dropkick! Pac kips up smooth and fans fire up with The Bastard! Malakai returns, but Pac gets him for a SNAP GERMAN!
Pac runs, but into a JUMP KNEE! Connors SNAP GERMANS Malakai! Miro swings, but into a waistlock! But Miro’s too much for Connors to suplex, and Miro slips out to CLOBBER Connors! Malakai BOOTS Miro down! Malakai hurries to cover, ONE!! Miro is seething and Malakai is shocked! Malakai goes out and fans rally up. Malakai decides to up the ante and he brings out a TABLE! Chicago is loving Malakai for this one! Malakai sets this table up on the outside, and sets it against railing. Fans move aside so the table isn’t in their face, and Malakai brings Miro out! Miro stops the whip, throws body shots and haymakers, but Malakai blocks the whip!
They brawl, and Miro smacks Malakai off the steps! Pac PLANCHAS, but Miro catches him! Miro aims, but Pac slips off to POST Miro! Malakai ROCKS Miro, Connors SPEARS Miro through the table!! Chicago is losing their minds for the Wild Rhino! Connors puts Malakai in, fires up, and throws forearms! Malakai blocks, he and Connors trade shots, Malakai fires off strikes but runs into a LARIAT! And another! Connors walks into an elbow, but he POWERSLAMS! Pac gets in to SOBAT, KICK and SOBAT again! Pac runs, into a SPEAR!! Connors hurries to get Pac up, TROPHY KILLER!!! Cover, Malakai breaks it!!
Chicago is electric as all four men are down, three of them in the ring! Connors gets Malakai up and throws him out, with Chicago rallying behind him! Connors fires up and gets Pac up again, TROPHY- NO, Pac slips out this time! Pac SUPERKICKS Connors down! Fans fire up as Connors is in the drop zone and Pac goes up top! But Malakai trips Pac up! Malakai goes up after Pac, but Connors is up now! Connors joins Malakai, but then Miro adds on to get them all! TOWER OF DOOM!! Then Miro TOSSES Connors, TOSSES Malakai, and he aims at Pac! Pac writhes, manages to stand, BEST KICK!! “GAME! OVER!” And just like that, the GAME OVER CLUTCH!!!
Pac endures, reaches out, but Miro keeps tucking the arms back in! Pac somehow crawls forward, little by little, but Miro lets off to drag him away! Another stomp, and GAME OVER CLUTCH!!! But Malakai is back! BLACK MIST FOR MIRO!! BLACK MASS FOR MIRO!! Connors gets in, grabs Malakai, but Malakai throws him down into an ARMBAR!! Connors flails around, moves around, and somehow Pac is climbing?! 450 SPLASH for Malakai!! Pac locks onto Connors, BRUTALIZER!! Connors TAPS, Pac WINS!!!
Winner: Pac, by submission (INAUGURAL AEW All-Atlantic Champion)
The Bastard is now a champion! The FIRST All-Atlantic Champion there will ever be! Chicago can’t believe it but they are loving it! The belt is given to Pac, and he holds it high! “You Deserve It!” but how long will he have it with so many wanting after this prize?
Six Man Tag: The Young Bucks & El Phantasmo w/ Hikuleo VS Sting, Darby Allin & Shingo Takagi!
Matt & Nick Jackson return to the Bullet Club for one night only! Will they and the Headbanga be Too Sweet against the “Dudes with Attitude?” Or will the Icon and the Relentless One be soaring through the sky with The Dragon of Los Ingobernables de Japon?
Wait, where is Sting? His music is playing but there’s no sign of him. And then the Bucks make their entrance, combining their theme with the Bullet Club theme as ELP and Hikuleo follow them out. But wait, the lights go out. And from the rafters, it’s STIIING! And then he magically appears behind the Bullet Club, to CROSSBODY all of them down! Darby hurries to reinforce Sting by hitting Hikuleo with his skateboard! Shingo even hurries over to ROCK the Bucks with haymakers! Fans are losing their minds as the Dudes with Attitude bring everyone to ringside. Takagi RAMS ELP into the apron, then fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES!
Sting sends the Bucks into railing while Takagi puts ELP in. The bell rings and this is official as Sting again sends the Bucks into railing. Takagi brings ELP around to whip and knee, then runs to run ELP over! Fans fire up as Takagi brings ELP up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Takagi keeps on ELP with an armlock, then double armlock. Takagi wrenches, tags in Sting, and fans fire up as #Stingobernables double whip and double shoulder ELP down! Takagi drops an elbow, then Sting drops an elbow! Takagi SENTONS, then Sting SENTONS! Sting even joins in the fist bump! Fans are thunderous and Takagi gives a thumbs up!
Tag to Darby, and Darby brings ELP up. ELP knees low, scoops but Darby slips off. Darby whips, ELP reverses, and Matt tags in before Darby goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Matt runs in, stops Darby mid-throwback, and ELP helps put Darby in a Canadian Rack. Nick tags in, climbs up, DOUBLE STOMP DOMINATOR! Then they and ELP BLAST Sting and Takagi off the apron! Matt WRECKS Darby, holds the ropes, and Nick FLIES to take Darby out! Fans fire up as Nick throws up the Too Sweet with ELP. Nick puts Darby in for Matt, and Matt drags Darby up to Too Sweet Darby in the eye! The ref reprimands but Matt CLUBS Darby down.
Tag to Nick, the Bucks coordinate, and Nick gives Darby a GUTBUSTER before Matt runs in for the NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER! Nick does his best Macho Man, then he drags Darby up to bump off buckles. Tag to ELP, he DECKS Sting and DECKS Takagi! Nick holds Darby for ELP as long as he can, and ELP somersaults, rolls, rolls, rolls, handsprings, drop steps, and CLAWS Darby’s back! ELP strikes a pose while fans cheer and jeer. ELP drags Darby up, he tags Matt in, and ELP holds Darby. Matt handsprings around, taunts Sting, goes back the other way, and then more cartwheels, and even some flip, flop ‘n’ fly, before the CLAWS!
Fans are fired up and Matt is dizzy so he takes a moment. Fans chant, “YOU SICK F***” at Matt but Nick says, “That was Awesome!” Matt mugs Darby with ELP’s help but the ref reprimands. Matt tags ELP, ELP brings Darby up and into the Tree of Woe! The Bucks go to adjacent corners, ELP mocks Sting’s chest beating, and then all three meet for a TRIPLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! And as if that wasn’t enough, ELP jumps up to stand on Darby’s groin! The ref counts, ELP steps off, but Darby sits up to SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX ELP away!! The Bucks are shocked, fans are thunderous, and both Darby and ELP are far from their corners.
Nick gets in the ring and the ref is distracted with him, allowing Hikuleo to trip Sting off the apron! Takagi protests but it doesn’t matter as Hikuleo whips Sting into railing! ELP runs in but Darby BOOTS him! Darby sunset flips, ELP stays up, but Darby avoids the fist drop! Darby hops back on, CODE RED! Both men are down and fans fire up as Takagi returns! ELP flounders the wrong way! Hikuleo redirects ELP but Darby crawls, hot tag to Nick and Takagi! The Dragon rallies on the Bucks, SLAMS Matt then blocks Nick’s boot to LARIAT! Takagi fires up, fans fire up, Takagi JABS and CHOPS Nick on repeat!
Matt rushes in, whips Takagi but Takagi reverses to clothesline! Then clothesline for Nick! Matt swings, Takagi gets around, Matt standing switches and full nelsons, but Takagi boots Nick and breaks the hold! Takagi sends Nick into Matt, then runs. Nick dodges, but runs into the ELBOW, JAB and YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up as Nick flounders, and Takagi suplexes, for the TWIST SNAP! Cover, TWO! Takagi says he’s just getting started! Takagi sits Nick up, runs, but Nick avoids the sliding lariat to kip up and mule kick! Nick runs but into an elbow! Takagi runs, into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Nick runs, into a POP-UP DEATH VALLEY!
Hot tag to Sting! Matt tags in but the Icon rallies on both Bucks! Just hands and backhands! ELP CLUBS Sting, but that just incurs his wrath! Fans say ELP F’d up, but ELP goes for the PURPLE NURPLES! It doesn’t affect Sting?! Sting CLUBS ELP, then BOPS his nose! Sting SPLASHES ELP in a corner, then SPALSHES Matt! Nick runs in but Sting dodges, so Nick SPLASHES Matt! Sting then runs corner to corner to DOUBLE STINGER SPLASH! Sting tosses Nick out, gets Matt for the SCORPION- Hikuleo gets on the apron! ELP rushes in to LOW BLOW PUNCH! That affected Sting!
ELP says BANG, runs side to side, but Darby gets in and around, THROWBACK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from the Bucks! The Bucks dodge Takagi to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Sting returns, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! But he stays up!? Sting fires up and DOUBLE LARIATS the Bucks!! And then Sting falls! Fans are thunderous all over again as all six men are down! “This is Awesome!” “STING! STING!” Sting rises, and he tags in Darby! Matt is in the drop zone, Darby is up top, COFFIN DROP onto knees! Nick BOOTS Sting, Matt gets Darby up! MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! And then ELP adds on, THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, Takagi breaks it!!
Nick tosses Takagi and the Bucks build speed, to DOUBLE DIVE! They take out Takagi and Darby! ELP goes up and sees the group, to tightrope ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Takagi and Darby, but then Sting DECKS the Bucks! He can’t be…! He is! Sting builds speed, into TRIPLE SUPERKICKS!! Fans boo but the Bucks get Sting up! B T E – NO, Sting ducks and knees collide! Sting gets the Bucks together, DOUBLE SCORPION DEATH DROP! ELP celebrates, thinking his guys did something! ELP turns around and is stunned! Sting gives ELP the PURPLE NURPLES! Hikuleo gets on the apron, Darby YANKS him down, and Sting LOW BLOWS ELP!
Sting looms over ELP, Darby sends Hikuleo into steel steps, then Darby tags Takagi. COFFIN DROP onto Hikuleo! Takagi has ELP up, for boxing elbows! Takagi goes all the way to 10, then 20! ELP SLAPS Takagi! Takagi JABS and HEADBUTTS! Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives but Takagi isn’t done! “OI! OI! OI!” Fans fire up with Takagi and he drags ELP back up. Darby keeps the Bucks out while Takagi hits MADE IN- Wait, he pops ELP up to the rack! LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, the Dudes win!!
Winners: Sting, Darby Allin & Shingo Takagi, by pinfall
The Dragon slays the Headbanga, and he fist bumps with Sting and Darby. Will Takagi use this to prime his #G1Mode? Will the #RelentlessIcons use this to go after those AEW World Tag Team Championships?
AEW returns to New York this Fall!
On Wednesday, September 21st, AEW brings back the GRAND SLAM! Both Dynamite and Rampage will be in the Arthur Ashe Stadium! Be ready for AEW to go big in the Big Apple once again!
Backstage interview with Shota Umino.
Tony Schiavone checks in with #SHOOTER while a medic checks him. The opening bout saw a star-making performance for young Shota Umino, but before Schiavone can ask anything more, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker barge in. They tell the medic to take a hike, then they tell Umino to listen up. Jericho walks over, and he tells Umino he did a great job tonight. He earned Jericho’s respect. Menard adds that was a hell of a performance, nothing but respect for him. Parker says on behalf of the JAS, nothing but respect. And then a FIREBALL!!! “Respect THAT, Umino!!” The Wizard talks out of both sides of his mouth, but will the BCC kick his ass even harder for that?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Thunder Rosa VS Toni Storm!
La Mera Mera and the Lightning From Down Under both have issues with common enemies like Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter, but they finally cleared out the field so that they could have this match. Thunder and Storm clash in the Windy City, but who is the one that gets blown away?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see which way the winds of fortune blow!
Fans rally up as Storm and Rosa approach. They shake hands to show there is respect and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Rosa and Storm tie up, go around, and Storm wrenches an arm. Rosa wrenches back, fans duel, and Rosa headlocks to a takeover. Storm headscissors, Rosa kips free, and the two reset. They tie up with knuckle locks, and Storm drops to wrench and wrangle Rosa. Rosa bridges, headscissors, Storm kips free now and they stand off. Fans cheer as the two reset again. They tie up, Rosa waistlocks, but Storm switches, wrenches, and wristlocks. Rosa rolls but Storm keeps on the hold.
Rosa wrenches out, rams shoulders, then wrenches again. Rosa rams shoulders again, wrenches again, then RAMS Storm harder. Fans rally, Rosa whips but Storm reverses, only for Rosa to hip toss and lateral press! TWO and Storm has the ghost pin! TWO, and both women stand up. Rosa wrenches Storm, snapmares then runs, but Storm ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Rosa! TWO, Rosa avoids the boot then kicks back. Rosa SMACKS Storm and takes a deep breath. Rosa dodges Storm again and CHOPS her! And CHOPS again! Rosa says “Uno mas?” Fans say, “Uno mas!” So Rosa CHOPS Storm again!
Rosa whips Storm to ropes but Storm BOOTS her down! Cover, ONE, but Storm keeps on Rosa. Storm reels Rosa in to snap suplex! Cover, ONE, but Storm has the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Fans rally and duel, Rosa endures and fights her way up. Storm CLUBS Rosa down, then clamps on to suplex. Rosa cradle counters, TWO! Storm SLAPS Rosa! Rosa snarls and SLAPS back! Fans fire up as Rosa talks some trash. Storm CLUBS Rosa, Rosa ROCKS Storm! Storm CLUBS Rosa, Rosa wags her finger and CHOPS! Storm CHOPS! Rosa and Storm throw forearms, Storm gets the edge, and she DECKS Rosa!
Storm brings Rosa up but Rosa shoves, kicks and STUNNERS! Fans fire up with Rosa and she runs corner to corner, A-LIST LARIAT! Storm sits down, Rosa goes up to SWINGING KNEES! Fans fire up, Storm is on the ropes and Rosa runs to dropkick her on the back! Rosa fires up, runs in again, dropkick to the front! Rosa then hits a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Rosa brings Storm up to scoop and- NO, Storm slips off to waistlock, but Rosa wheelbarrows and victory rolls! Cover, TWO, to DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover again, TWO! Rosa is annoyed but fans fire up as she goes back to Storm.
Rosa drags Storm around, omoplatas the one arm, and she gets the legs! Storm flails and kicks for the ropes, ROPEBREAK! Rosa lets off, but she drags Storm up to ROCK her! Rosa whips, Storm holds ropes to stop, and then she sends Rosa out! Storm goes to the apron, TORNADO- NO! Rosa stops that to NORTHERN LIGHTS to the floor! Rosa puts Storm back in, but Storm BLASTS Rosa off the apron! Storm goes up the corner, but Rosa SHORYUKENS! Rosa then fireman’s carries Storm, but Storm slips off! APRON GERMAN SUPLEX! Storm then brings Rosa around, TORNADO DDT to the floor! Fans fire up while the ref checks on Rosa.
Rosa is okay to continue so Storm drags her up and into the ring. Fans duel, Storm puts Rosa in a corner, and fans fire up as Storm tells Rosa to kiss this! Storm runs corner to corner for the HIP ATTACK! Storm drags Rosa up, reels her in, TORNADO DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Rosa survives and Storm can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Storm gets Rosa up and she throws a EuroUpper! And another! Rosa ends up in a corner but Storm brings her around to tuck her in, but Rosa slips out to ARM CODE BREAKER! Rosa runs to SLIDING KNEE! Then DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fans fire up with Rosa and she gets Storm for the scoop, FIRE THUNDER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Rosa and Chicago do not believe it!! How did Storm survive that?!? Rosa snarls, sits Storm up and stomps away on the shoulders! Rosa KICKS Storm, KICKS her again, and roars! Rosa KICKS more but Storm just grits her teeth! Rosa aims from a corner, but Storm blocks the Penalty Kick! Storm shoots around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Storm gets Rosa back up, tucks her in, but Rosa blocks the driver to WRING the arm out! Rosa drags Storm back up and fans fire up, FINAL RECKONING! Cover, Rosa wins!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
A shout out to The Natural wins this one for Rosa! But Rosa does sit with Storm to show her respect. The fans cheer as Storm shakes Rosa’s hand. When and where will it be #ToniTime again? As for Rosa, who is next to take on her reign?
Jim Ross joins commentary!
The Hall of Famer, Good Ol’ JR, finally joins Taz, Excalibur and Kevin Kelly as we enter the final four matches on the card!
IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay w/ Aussie Open VS Orange Cassidy!
Despite what Juice Robinson thinks, says or does, this match IS for the IWGP US title. The Commonwealth Kingpin won this going against former champion, Sanada, someone who also never lost this title. Will Ospreay prove to everyone, especially Juice, that he is the rightful champion? Or will Freshly Squeezed get serious and throw a real wrench into the works?
The introductions are made, there’s no title to be raised, but the belt’s ownership will be determined here tonight!
Ospreay puts his hands in his pockets even before the bell! And he still dodges Ospreay’s shotgun! Things speed up, Cassidy runs Ospreay over, but Ospreay kips right up! Ospreay brushes himself off, smirks at Cassidy, then knees low. Ospreay runs, rolls off Cassidy’s back but he snapmares. Cassidy is back up, Ospreay sweeps the legs and covers, ONE! Cassidy sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Ospreay is annoyed, he handsprings but Cassidy ducks under! Ospreay hits the superhero landing while Cassidy no-hand kips up! Fans fire up and Cassidy takes his hands out so he can copy Ospreay’s hero pose, with a thumbs up added.
Ospreay grabs Cassidy’s hand and bends the fingers! Cassidy slips around, wrenches a couple times then whips, but Ospreay reverses. Cassidy ducks and dodges, then tilt-o-whirls twice for the DEJA VU HEADSCISSORS! Ospreay bails out, but gets away as Cassidy builds speed. Cassidy stops at the ropes, rolls backwards, and strikes the superhero pose! Cassidy raises his hands again but Ospreay gets in fast! Ospreay fireman’s carries, SNAKE EYES to the ropes, then Ospreay runs to BOOT Cassidy down! Fans are torn while Bullet Club is watching from the skybox. Ospreay throws Cassidy out and goes out the side.
Fans rally as Ospreay builds speed going around the way, and he even gets a boost from Aussie Open to RAILGUN DROPKICK Cassidy into railing! The ref starts the ring count, and Ospreay drags Cassidy up and into the ring. Ospreay wants fans to hush but they boo instead. Ospreay drags Cassidy up to CHOP him down! Ospreay “squeezes” the orange, then he drags Cassidy up to whip him corner to corner hard! Cassidy hits the mat, and Ospreay does sit-ups to show off. Fans boo but Ospreay grins. Ospreay drags Cassidy up, scoops him, and hits the SPIN-OUT BACKBREAKER! Cassidy writhes but Ospreay covers, TWO!
Ospreay is amused and he stalks Cassidy to ropes. Ospreay kicks Cassidy around, drags him up and ROCKS him with a forearm. Cassidy goes to a corner, Ospreay digs his boots in. Ospreay mocks the fans and wonders why they’re upset. Ospreay tells them to “SUCK IT!” and then he drags Cassidy up. Ospreay whips Cassidy hard again and Cassidy bounces off buckles. Cover, TWO! Aussie Open mocks Cassidy while Ospreay gives him toying kicks and slaps. Fans boo and Ospreay brings Cassidy up to whip. Cassidy reverses, Ospreay reverses back, for a cobra twist! Cassidy endures, and Ospreay puts his hand in Cassidy’s pocket!
Ospreay “finds” something in Cassidy’s pocket, and it’s the MIDDLE FINGER! Fans are torn as Ospreay flips them off, but Cassidy fights out of the cobra twist to hip toss Ospreay down! Ospreay kicks Cassidy and whips him again, but Cassidy goes up and out and avoids Ospreay’s clothesline! Cassidy bumps Ospreay off buckles, then off more buckles. Ospreay blocks, Cassidy ducks and bumps Ospreay after all! Cassidy goes up, CROSSBODY! He rolls off, keeps moving, dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but Ospreay TOSSES him! Cassidy crashes down and Aussie Open cheers. Ospreay whips, Cassidy reverses, but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!
Fans fire up as Ospreay knocks Cassidy down with the kick. Aussie Open wants Ospreay to finish this and Ospreay climbs up a corner. Cassidy stands, Ospreay leaps, BLINDSIDE PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!! Cassidy survives and now Ospreay is annoyed. Ospreay drags Cassidy up, pats him on the head, and pulls on the elbow pad. Ospreay aims from the corner, but Cassidy flops forward! There’s no Hidden Blade without a target. Ospreay drags Cassidy back up, gives him Kowata Kicks and fans boo. Ospreay shrugs and then stands on Cassidy’s neck while throwing up the Empire hands. But Cassidy fights up!
Fans fire up as Cassidy keeps rising! Ospreay gives Cassidy more Kowata Kicks! But Cassidy gets mad!! Cassidy puts his hands up, then in his pockets! Ospreay smirks and SLAPS Cassidy! Ospreay runs, into a SHOTGUN! Both men are down, fans rally and the ref starts a standing count. Fans chant for “Freshly Squeezed!” and Cassidy kips up! Cassidy hobbles over, he grabs Ospreay’s head, and gives him Sloth Kowata Kicks! Opsreay is angry and he ROCKS Cassidy! Cassidy SUPEERKICKS! And then real KOWATA KICKS! Cassidy runs from the corner, but Ospreay SWATS the lariat, HOOK KICKS, and springboards! OS-
NO! Cassidy just steps out of the way! O’Conner Bridge!! TWO!! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl D- NO, Ospreay blocks the DDT, suplexes Cassidy up, but Cassidy hits STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! Ospreay staggers, Cassidy scoops for a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Aussie Open starts to worry! Fans rally while both Cassidy and Ospreay are down, “This is Awesome!” Ospreay gets to a corner, Cassidy hobbles up and runs corner to corner, but Ospreay ducks! Cassidy jumps up but Ospreay tucks him in! CHEEKY- MULE KICK! Cassidy QUEBRADAS for a TILT-O-WHIRL DDT!
Ospreay bails out but Cassidy builds speed! Cassidy DIVES, then puts Ospreay back in the ring with one fluid motion! Ospreay distracts the ref and Aussie Open grabs at Cassidy! Cassidy kicks Kyle Fletcher away and into Mark Davis! Cassidy then SPRINGBOARD MARIPOSAS! Direct hit on both Aussie Open, and Cassidy hurries up top! DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and Cassidy is shocked! Cassidy goes to a corner and aims as fans rally up. Ospreay rises, Cassidy runs in, but into a SPANISH FLY! Both men are down again but Ospreay wags his finger. The standing count starts, and both men stir.
Cassidy gets to ropes, Ospreay crawls after him. Ospreay puts Cassidy up top backwards, tucks him back in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Cassidy flops to the mat but Ospreay goes up! Cassidy anchors a foot but Ospreay throws down hands. Cassidy still climbs, and now Ospreay resists! Ospreay throws elbows down, but Cassidy grabs Ospreay’s hair! Cassidy SMACKS Ospreay off the corner post cam! What a perspective that was! Fans fire up and Cassidy sits Ospreay back up. Ospreay elbows Cassidy away, but Cassidy just rests. Cassidy pretends to be out of it and Ospreay sees he has an opening! Ospreay shakes out the cobwebs, to MOONSAULT!
Cassidy moves, but Ospreay MOONSAULTS again! Cassidy dodges again, only for Ospreay to STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Ospreay hurries back up, CORKSCREW MOONSAULT onto knees! Cassidy covers, TWO!! Ospreay gets up, Cassidy runs in but Ospreay slips around him to lift. Cassidy slips out of the bomb to BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Chicago refuses to see that as anything less than three! Cassidy snarls and he throws off the elbow pad! Cassidy aims at Ospreay, runs in, but into a CUTTER! Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO!?! Now Ospreay is in shock!
Ospreay hurries to prepare his own elbow pad! He aims from a corner as Cassidy sits up, HIDDEN- NO! Cassidy ducks, ORANGE- NO, Ospreay gets Cassidy in the underhooks! Canadian rack, STORM- RANA?! Cover, TWO!??!? Still not over?! Ospreay LARIATS Cassidy, HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!! Fans are electric but Ospreay gives Cassidy the STORMBREAKER!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still IWGP US Heavyweight Champion)
The Commonwealth Kingpin denies us Orange VS Juice in the near future, as he retains the title! Juice shouts from the skybox that he has the belt, so HE is the champion. Will Rock Hard have to get back in the ring to prove it? Or will he do whatever he can to avoid Ospreay’s arsenal?
But the Empire isn’t done with Cassidy! They go after his pockets and then stomp away on him! Fans boo as Ospreay tells Fletcher & Davis to get Cassidy up. Aussie Open drag Cassidy up, into the double pump handles. But here comes RPG Vice! Rocky and Trent attack Aussie Open and Ospreay, but that’s 3v2! Aussie Open toss Trent, Ospreay smothers Rocky. Aussie Open toss Rocky, too, then drag Cassidy over. But wait! That music! KATSUYORI SHIBATA?!? Aussie Open rush out after him, and he DECKS Fletcher, then DECKS Davis! Fans are losing their minds as Shibata gets in the ring! Ospreay CLUBS Shibata, runs, but into a BOOT!!
Shibata bumps Ospreay off buckles, fires off fierce forearms and elbows, and fans are thunderous as Shibata BOOTS Davis back out! Shibata runs in at Ospreay, HESITATION DROPKICK! Ospreay flounders and Shibata wraps on the SLEEPER!! Aussie Open saves Ospreay from the Rear Naked Choke, so Shibata just sits cross-legged in the ring! Is Shibata throwing his name into the running for the US title? Cassidy stands up, he and Shibata lock eyes. Cassidy brings out his sunglasses, but he puts them on Shibata! Fans love it as Cassidy poses with Shibata and gives a thumbs up. Shibata wants Cassidy to hold on and stick around so he can give him a round of applause. Will The Wrestler’s return be freshly squeezed soon enough?
Zack Sabre Jr. VS ???
The Submission Master of NJPW wanted to prove to everyone, especially to Bryan Danielson, who is truly the best technical wrestler in the world today! But the American Dragon is injured and has to take time away from the ring. However, Bryan promises his substitute here tonight, who will also join the Blackpool Combat Club in Blood & Guts this Wednesday, will deliver both an astounding technical clinic, as well as a lesson in lethal, brutal violence! ZSJ doesn’t “give a toss” who Bryan found, but just who is it? The music hits and the tron plays, it’s CLAUDIO CASTAGNOLI!! Fans erupt as now the Swiss Cyborg has joined the BCC! Will Claudio take ZSJ for a swing?
The bell rings and Claudio EUROUPPERS ZSJ right down! Claudio then quickly brings ZSJ up, reels him in, Gotch lift, NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives but what a start from Claudio! Fans are thunderous as ZSJ bails out and the fans chant for “CLAUDIO! CLAUDIO!” Claudio gets ZSJ up to whip him into railing, then run in and EuroUpper again! Claudio makes sure the fans in the front row are all good, and fans join in with the pumping arms! Claudio drags ZSJ up to whip him into more railing, then run in, only to miss the uppercut! Claudio shakes that off, ZSJ gets in the ring and Claudio hurries after him.
ZSJ wrenches an arm, uppercuts it, but Claudio just uppercuts with that arm! ZSJ goes to the apron, Claudio drags him up but ZSJ wrenches the arm again. Claudio resists but ZSJ ELBOW BREAKERS! And ELBOW BREAKERS again! Claudio BOOTS ZSJ, drags him up and suplexes! Claudio holds ZSJ up for a count of 10, and holds on even as ZSJ tries to fight free! Claudio SLAMS ZSJ, covers, TWO! ZSJ bails out and fans taunt him with, “Go beat him!” ZSJ shouts back, “I’m trying!” and he hobbles up on the apron. Claudio runs in, but his boot is caught to a HANGING LEGLOCK! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off at 4.
Claudio hobbles, and ZSJ gets the leg under the ropes for a HANGING LEGLOCK! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off at 4 again. The ref tells ZSJ to listen to the count and win this in the ring. ZSJ mockingly bows and apologizes, then gets in. ZSJ shoots for a leg but Claudio blocks! Claudio powers up but ZSJ fights the gut wrench off. ZSJ wrenches the arm, fans sing Seven Nation Army style for “OH~ ZACK SABRE JUNIOR~” as he uses his own forehead for leverage in the wristlock. Cesaro endures, powers out of the double wristlock, but ZSJ brings him to a knee. Claudio scoops but ZSJ slips off and gets the other arm!
ZSJ steps over and he bends the fingers! Claudio endures, even as ZSJ SNAPS finger joint after finger joint, then ARM TWISTS! ZSJ flexes and mocks the pumping arms. ZSJ gives toying kicks to Claudio and then some sharper kicks. Claudio gets up and EuroUppers ZSJ to a corner! Claudio runs in but ZSJ dodges, and Claudio POSTS himself! ZSJ runs in, tilt-o-whirl for MYSTICA! ZSJ stomps the bad arm, isolates and STOMPS the arm again! NECK TWIST! Then cover, TWO! ZSJ is annoyed but fans rally up as Claudio grits his teeth. ZSJ brings Claudio up into a facelock and he goes after the arms!
Claudio endures as ZSJ bends those arms way back, then shifts to a cobra twist. Fans rally, ZSJ shifts angle to get arm and headlock but Claudio headscissors. ZSJ slips out and has the leg to twist the foot! Claudio endures that standing toehold, but ZSJ stomps the knee! Claudio gets up, ZSJ wrenches his arm, then wristlocks. ZSJ pushes the elbow then EuroUppers, but Claudio just glares at him. ZSJ EuroUppers, and EuroUppers, then wrenches the arm, only for Claudio to reel him in! IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! And another IRISH CURSE! Claudio shoves ZSJ into the corner, and EUROUPPERS! Cover, TWO!
Claudio gets ZSJ up in a torture rack, but ZSJ grabs at Claudio’s face! ZSJ sits up to victory roll, into the ARMBAR! Cesaro endures, reaches out, manages to clasp hands and stack ZSJ, ONE! ZSJ has the TRIANGLE HOLD, and fans chant “This is Wrestling!” Claudio deadlifts ZSJ, but ZSJ uses that to headscissor Claudio out of the ring! Claudio holds on but so does ZSJ! Claudio shifts around in the Triangle Hold, fans rally up and Claudio deadlifts again! Claudio carries ZSJ around the way, go up the steps, and POWERBOMB ZSJ back into the ring!! Fans are thunderous while Claudio shakes out his arms.
Claudio gets in, “This is Awesome!” and Claudio gets the legs! Fans are electric for this, because here comes the- NO, ZSJ squirrel monkeys up into a GUILLOTINE! Cesaro is purple but he powers out of the hold into a suplex, and he drops ZSJ on the top of the corner! ZSJ lands on those dangerous tekkers, and fans fire up as Claudio climbs up. Claudio brings ZSJ up but ZSJ has the arm! And then an ELEVATED IRON OCTOPUS!! The ref counts, ZSJ barely lets go before 4! ZSJ pats Claudio on the head, then fires EuroUppers! Claudio tumbles back, but gets right up! SHORYUKEN EUROUPPER!!
Claudio climbs up after ZSJ again, for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Fans are loving this as Claudio stalks ZSJ. Claudio EuroUppers ZSJ off his feet! And he gets the legs! ZSJ scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets off, and waits on ZSJ to get back up. Claudio runs in to EuroUpper! Then whip corner to corner to EuroUpper! Back the other way, but ZSJ dodges! Claudio hits buckles, ZSJ runs in, “F U!” EuroUpper! But Claudio just shrugs it off! Claudio EuroUppers ZSJ down again, and covers! TWO, but fans want the “SWING! SWING! SWING!” Claudio hears them, and he calls for it!
Claudio trips ZSJ, has the legs, for the SWISS SWING! The fans count, but Claudio’s arm can only hold it for 5! Claudio apologizes to the fans and wants to continue. Claudio steps through but ZSJ kicks the Sharpshooter away. ZSJ goes to ropes but Claudio YANKS him back! SHARPSHOOTER!! But ZSJ twists to have the HEEL HOOK!! Claudio endures, and he BOOTS ZSJ with his free leg! ZSJ holds on, but Claudio BOOTS him again! And again! But ZSJ traps that leg! ZSJ even puts his grip behind his back! Claudio endures, his shoulders are down, TWO as Claudio sits up! Fans rally, Claudio pries free, and he has ZSJ’s legs now! SHARPSHOOTER!!
ZSJ rolls again, grabs at arms, but Claudio DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Claudio keeps cool and fans again say, “This is Wrestling!” ZSJ slaps Claudio’s hands away, but Claudio clamps onto him. ZSJ EuroUppers! But again, Claudio isn’t impressed. Claudio EUROUPPERS ZSJ down! ZSJ gets up, Claudio EUROUPPERS ZSJ down again! Claudio goes for another, but ZSJ catches it to hook the arms. Claudio holds off the backslide so ZSJ uses it to spin ZSJ around. ZSJ dodges the uppercut to run, but into a POP-UP! But ZSJ uses that to get a SLEEPER!! ZSJ is a backpack, then he shifts around to get a LEG HOOK NELSON!
Claudio moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! ZSJ pulls on arms, but lets off at 4! The ref is getting frustrated with ZSJ but fans rally up. ZSJ KICKS Claudio in the chest, but Claudio dusts it off. ZSJ KICKS again, but Claudio eggs him on! ZSJ KICKS, and KICKS, and KICKS! They’re “NO” Kicks if you go by the fans. ZSJ says who cares, but then Claudio blocks, uppercuts and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! But Claudio gets ZSJ up, reels him in, but ZSJ uses that to slide, pump handle, trip and EURO CLUTCH!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio escapes in time, ZSJ ducks and dodges, but runs into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!
Claudio hits a DISCUS!! And then he reels ZSJ in, tucks the arms, RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, Claudio wins!!
Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall
The Swiss Cyborg shows ZSJ just who the better wrestler is here tonight! Will he do all of this all over again to the Jericho Appreciation Society in Blood & Guts?
IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4 Way: Jay White VS Adam Cole VS Hangman Page VS Kazuchika Okada!
Just when The Switchblade thought he wouldn’t have to do any hard work on Forbidden Door, he ended up with the biggest match of his career! Will the Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling find that he should’ve just given someone a match while he had the chance? Or will he be able to defeat the Panama City Playboy, the All Elite Cowboy and the Rainmaker in one go?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if the numbers spell disaster for King Switch!
Fans are thunderous already and White is getting annoyed. All four men stare down, each getting a corner. Okada gets fans to cheer even louder, and this is a standing ovation just to start! White says he is the reason for all that, and all four men approach. But then White bails out, and Cole is confused. And then Cole’s scared so he gets away before Hangman or Okada can get him. Fans fire up as Hangman and Okada shake hands and circle. But then Cole drags Hangman out of the ring! Hangman ROCKS Cole first, but White blindsides Okada! White CLUBS Okada, stomps him, and then grins as he looms over him.
Outside, Hangman gives Cole SNAKE EYES off railing. Inside, White brings Okada up and runs, but into Okada’s BOOT! Okada eggs White on, Hangman gets in, and together they double whip White to CLOBBER him with elbows! Fans fire up as Cole drags White out to save him. Cole says he and White have to work against Okada and Hangman, but Hangman and Okada go after them first! Okada CLUBS White, Hangman ROCKS Cole, and they all go around the way. Okada CLUBS White more, Hangman ROCKS Cole again. Fans chant for “COWBOY SH*T!” but Cole kicks back. Cole puts Hangman in but Hangman comes back and DIVES! Direct hit!
Okada scoops White but he slips off to RAM Okada into the apron! And then apron GOURD BUSTER! Okada flops to the floor while Hangman stalks Cole to the ramp. Hangman reels Cole in, but White CLOBBERS Hangman first! White stomps Hangman, he and Cole coordinate and get Hangman up. They DOUBLE SUPLEX and hold Hangman up, to SLAM him onto the LED ramp! A rough landing for all three but mostly Hangman. Fans rally up, Cole leaves Hangman behind and White follows. White CLOBBERS Okada, and Cole gets in the ring. White feeds Okada to Cole, and Cole rains down fists! Fans boo but Cole lets off as White gets in.
Cole brings Okada up, turns him and hits a NECKBREAKER! White likes the look of that, and Cole sits Okada up for White. White Too Sweet CHOPS Okada! Hangman rolls his way back to ringside, White Too Sweet CHOPS Okada again. White whips Okada hard into a corner, then White and Cole soak up the heat together. White goes out to CLUB Hangman down, then whips him, only for Hangman to reverse! White crashes into steel steps! Cole BOOTS Hangman off the apron, but Okada fires off forearms! Okada gut wrenches but White saves Cole from the Tombstone! Cole and White mug Okada and fans boo.
Hangman returns and he ROCKS Cole, ROCKS White, repeat! Fans fire up but Cole kicks low. Cole and White whip Hangman to a corner, but Hangman puts White on the apron and BOOTS Cole! TRIANGLE JUMP LARIAT for White! Cole CROSSBODIES, but into Hangman’s arms! FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up to PLANCHA White! Then he goes right up top to FLYING LARIAT on Cole! Cover, TWO! Cole gets to a corner and Hangman storms over. Hangman CHOPS Cole, follows him to another corner, and he CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Cole drops to his knees but Hangman brings him to the fourth corner, for another CHOP!
Hangman follows Cole as they go back to the other corner. Hangman whips Cole corner to corner but Cole reverses. White runs in but Hangman elbows him away. Cole runs in, Hangman BOOTS him! Hangman goes up to MOONSAULT, but into a SUPERKICK! Hangman is taken out of the air, but Okada returns! Cole and White stare him down and fans fire up! Okada fires off forearms on Cole, on White, and repeat! Cole CLUBS, whips, but Okada CLOBBERS him! White runs in, into a FLAPJACK! Cole runs in but is sent into the corner. Okada puts Cole up top to DROPKICK him to the floor!
Fans are thunderous as Okada goes out to join everyone else. Okada fetches White, brings him over to join the others, and has fans move. Fans move, and Okada RAMS White into railing! And then BOOT White over the railing! Okada TOSSES Cole onto White! Fans fire up as Okada gets space, and he uses that track & field ability to run and CROSSBODY both of them down!! Fans are thunderous as they get to be right there with Okada! Okada tosses Cole back over and fans cheer Okada on. Cole gets to the ring, Okada is after him, with the MONEY CLIP! Cole endures, White gets back in, and White drags Okada up.
Okada elbows but White hits the SAIDO! White helps Cole but Hangman gets White with a CHOP! And another CHOP! Then a forearm! Then a CHOP! Over and over again, than Hangman whips White corner to corner. White reverses, Hangman rebounds but into a COMPLETE SHOT! White then waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN, but Hangman lands on his feet! Hangman trip and jackknifes but Cole MULE KICKS it apart! Cole checks on White and he’s okay. White and Cole coordinate again and they want to get rid of the others so it can just be them. They Too Sweet on it, but then Cole hits a BACKSTABBER! How appropriate!
Cole gets White up, GHOSTBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! White survives and Cole may have just burned the bridge too soon. Cole says White tried to embarrass him in front of the world, so this is what he gets! Cole runs, but White ducks the Boom! URENAGE! Both men are down but White crawls over to Cole. White sits Cole up and wraps him up, but Cole elbows free of the sleeper! White CHOPS Cole down, but Cole fireman’s carries! White slips off, SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Okada runs in, SNAP SLEEPR SUPLEX for him! Hangman runs in, he fights free of the sleeper, and even the Bladerunner! But then SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!
Cole hits THE BOOM on White! But Okada SHOTGUNS Cole! DISCUS from Hangman to Okada! And fans are thunderous as all four men are down! Another standing ovation because “This is Awesome!” Cole heads for ropes, as does Okada on the other end. White, Hangman, Cole and Okada manage to stand. Cole and White ROCK Okada and Hangman, but Okada and Hangman ROCK them back! Another forearm from Cole and White each, but the same from Okada and Hangman! And again, and again! Okada and Hangman get the edge, but Cole and White rake eyes! White then CHOPS Cole, so Cole ROCKS White!
White CHOPS Cole again, but Hangman and Okada come back with haymakers! Okada uppercuts Cole, Hangman CLUBS away on White. Okada whips corner to corner, runs in but Hangman BOOTS him! ROLLING ELBOW for Cole, POP-UP POWERBOMB for White! Cover, TWO!!! White barely gets his shoulder up! Hangman goes to the apron, he takes aim at White, but Cole lurks. Cole anchors a foot, Hangman kicks him away! Hangman goes up top to ARIHARA MOONSAULT Cole and Okada! Hangman then reloads and aims at White, but GEDO anchors Hangman’s foot! Hangman pulls Gedo up by his beard!
Hangman DECKS Gedo, then BOOTS White! Slingshot, BUCK- NO, White ducks to BLADE- NO! Hangman slips out, Alabama Lift, DEADEYE! Hangman reloads on the apron, to slingshot and BUCKSHOT!! Cover, Okada breaks it in time!! Fans are thunderous as Okada snarls and saves this match-up. Fans hope they all “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Hangman and Okada stare down, get to their feet, and stare down. Fans fire up again as the forearms start flying! Okada, Hangman, repeat, harder and harder! Okada wobbles but shakes his head, and he UPPERCUTS Hangman!
Okada gut wrenches, Hangman slips off to kick and whip! Okada reverses but Hangman avoids the dropkick to jackknife into the Alabama Lift! But Okada slips off and ROLLING- NO, Hangman ducks the lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Okada roars, but into the DISCUS! Hangman goes to the apron, but Cole yanks him down and POSTS him! Cole gets in to 52 Fake Out! Cole goes up, PANAMA- NO, Okada blocks the sunrise into an AIR RAID CRASH! Fans fire up again and Okada brings Cole up. Okada scoops and SLAMS Cole, then goes up top. MACHO ELBOW!! And the Rainmaker Pose! Fans are electric again!
Okada brings Cole up, ripcords, but Cole ducks the lariat! Hangman slingshots, but Okada avoids the Buckshot! Okada ripcords Hangman, but Cole SUPERKICKS Okada! And SUPERKICKS Hangman! Cole brings Okada up to SUPERKICK again! And then ROCK him with a forearm! Cole whips Okada to SUPERKICK again! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives the onslaught and Cole is frustrated. Cole brings Okada up, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada brings Cole up, ripcords, RAIN- NO, Cole ducks to PELE! Okada drops, Cole SUPERKICKS! Hangman slingshots, into a SUPERKICK! Cole runs, but into another DROPKICK!
Okada hurries to get Cole back up, scoop and LANDSLIDE! Okada gets Cole up again, for the RAIN- NO, Cole drops! White gets in, clinches Okada, BLADERUNNER!! But White covers Cole?! White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)
Adding insult to injury, White snipes Okada and pins his supposed good friend! Is the Switchblade Era unstoppable? Or will the G1 Climax find the one who can stop him?
As for Adam Cole, the Undisputed Elite, aka Kyle O’Reilly and the Young Bucks, come out, and White complete ignores them on his way to the back. Will this be the end of the friendship between them and Bullet Club?
Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Hiroshi Tanahashi!
The Best in the World, CM Punk, is out with injury, but is still considered AEW World Champion. This match was first made to simply have someone carry AEW’s banner in Punk’s absence. But then, the Maniac solidified his spot as #1 contender, and the Once in a Century Talent rose up out of NJPW. And in the end, a dream match three years in the making finally happens! Was Tanahashi ducking Moxley? Was Moxley simply not on Tanahashi’s level? Those questions don’t really matter anymore, because we’re about to finally see who is the better man!
The introductions are made, the interim copy is raised, and we see which ace awaits the return of CM Punk!
Tanahashi and Moxley stare down as the fans fire up again. The two circle, tie up, and then Tanahashi waistlocks. Mox switches, Tana switches back, then Mox switches back. Fans duel, Tanahashi wrenches, but Moxley wrenches back to wristlock then hammerlock. Tanahashi drop toeholds, floats to a headlock, but Moxley fights up. Tanahashi hits a headlock takeover but Moxley keeps his shoulders up. Moxley powers Tanahashi to the ropes, but lets off cleanly. Fans applaud and the two reset. Moxley and Tanahashi tie up again, Tanahashi headlocks. Moxley powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight.
Moxley throws body shots, shoves Tanahashi to a corner, but Tanahashi goes up and CROSSBODIES Moxley down! Fans fire up for the air guitar and Moxley is mad. Moxley gets in Tana’s face, pie faces and flips him off, so the forearms start flying! They go back and forth, Moxley eggs Tanahashi on and ROCKS him! Tanahashi ROCKS Moxley, they go back and forth more, and then Moxley kicks low. Moxley whips but Tanahashi dropkicks legs out! And again! Tanahashi gets the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up for the exchange as Tanahashi stands tall. Tanahashi gets Moxley’s leg and stomps.
Tanahashi drops an elbow onto the leg, then ties up the legs into an INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Fans rally as Moxley endures and Tanahashi puts on pressure. Moxley drags himself back, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go at 4, and he checks with the ref on the count. Moxley hits a CUTTER! Moxley hobbles but he drags Tanahashi back up. Tanahashi throws a forearm so Moxley throws them back! Moxley CHOPS, Tana CHOPS, they have a CHOP fight now! Moxley fires boxing elbows, whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Moxley puts Tanahashi up top, then hurries up after him.
Tanahashi resists the suplex so Moxley CLUBS and CLAWS Tanahashi! BUTTERFLY SUPERPLEX! Moxley drags Tanahashi up, reels him in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives and fans pay attention to someone who F’d up in the crowd. Moxley drags Tanahashi to center and digs his knee into Tanahashi’s chest while pulling him in, aka the Chin Crusher! Tanahashi endures, Moxley throws him down to get the wrists, and shout out to Bryan with the DANIELSON STOMPS! Moxley then gets the legs, to steal the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Tanahsahi endures his favorite hold as Moxley sits deep!
Tanahashi crawls, moves around, but Moxley shifts to an STF! Tanahashi still endures and gets the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets off and he eggs Tanahashi on. Moxley drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi fires a forearm! Moxley gives it back, they brawl again and fans duel. Moxley kicks and whips but Tanahashi hits FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up with The Ace and he fires off fast hands! Tanahashi scoop SLAMS Moxley and goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps focus and he runs, SLING- NO, Moxley tosses Tanahashi! But Tanahashi skins the cat! But Moxley clotheslines Tanahashi all the way out!
Moxley goes out to get Tanahashi and whip him into railing! Moxley tells the timekeeper to clear out and he clears off the table! Moxley brings Tanahashi over, to URENAGE Tanahashi through the table! Fans fire up and Moxley gets in the ring. Tanahashi gets out of the wreckage slowly, and the ref and medic both check on him. A ring count starts but Tanahashi is stirring. The count reaches 5 of 10 and Tanahashi manages to crawl his way towards the ring. The count is 7, Tanahashi gets to the corner at 8, but he springs in at 9! Moxley can’t believe it! Moxley waits on Tanahashi while fans chant, “GO ACE!”
Moxley says HE’s the ace here, and he KICKS Tanahashi in the chest! Tanahashi growls, Moxley KICKS him again! Tanahashi eggs Moxley on, then blocks the kick into a DRAGON- NO, Moxley stops the screw part way and drops down onto the ARMBAR! Tanahashi fights and clasps his hands! Tanahashi moves around, wanting to stack, but Moxley keeps his shoulders up. Fans rally as Tanahashi has the arms to DANIELSON STOMP Moxley! Tanahashi unleashes his brutality and fans fire up! Moxley gets up, but Tanahashi dodges to SLINGBLADE! Moxley bails out and he’s busted open!
Tanahashi hurries out and climbs up, for the ACES HIGH FLY FLOW!! Direct hit and down goes Moxley at ringside! The ref checks and Moxley is somehow okay to continue. Moxley sputters and gets to the apron, but the count begins. Moxley is dazed but Tanahashi throws hands! The count is 5 of 10 and Tanahashi pushes Moxley in. Fans rally as Moxley goes to a corner. Moxley tries to stop the bleeding while blinking out the blood. Tanahashi storms over, but into a kick! Moxley underhooks, Tanahashi fights it, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Then a wrench, but Moxley gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX!
Tanahashi roars and gets up, but swings into the PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cradle cover, TWO!!! Tanahashi survives, but Moxley doesn’t hesitate to shift into HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! Tanahashi is a rag doll as Moxley gets him back up, but Tanahashi fights free to HEADBUTT! KAMI-GOYE!!! Tanahashi shouts out Kota Ibushi! Fans fire up and Tanahashi goes up the corner! Moxley stands, Tana hits HIGH FLY ATTACK! Tanahashi goes back up top while Moxley is down, HIGH FLY FLOW!!! But he can’t cover right away! Tanahashi crawls back, TWO!! And into the BULLY CHOKE!! Tanahashi endures, Moxley pushes back as much as he can, and fans are thunderous!
Tanahashi fights up to his feet, but Moxley HEADBUTTS him! And then underhooks! Tanahashi trips Moxley first, jackknife, TWO!! Moxley shoots around, SLEEPER! Tanahashi uses the buckles to push back and roll to a cover, TWO!!! Moxley lets go just in time to get free! They both stand, Moxley LARIATS, but Tanahashi stays up! SHOTEI! SHOTEI! And then SLING- LARIAT!!! Cover, ONE?!?!?!? Fans are losing their minds and Moxley is shocked! But Moxley hurries with more HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! He isn’t gonna stop until Tanahashi is out! Fans boo, but then REAR NAKED CHOKE!!!
Tanahashi is fading, but the fans chant “GO ACE!” Tanahashi gets a second wind and he manages to move around! Moxley shifts to the BULLY CHOKE!!! Tanahashi fights up to his feet again, but Moxley still has the SLEEPER! Tana is fading again, so Moxley hits the DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, Moxley wins!!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (INTERIM AEW World Champion)
The Maniac is wearing a crimson mask, and holding up #PrettyPlatinum! It was brutal, but that’s how Moxley loves it! And best of all, Moxley and Tanahashi show each other the respect they both earned. But will Molxey still have this belt when the Best in the World returns to AEW? And will Moxley be able to recover from this to take on the Jericho Appreciation Society in Blood & Guts?
Wait, sepeaking of, Daniel Garcia and Chris Jericho attack Moxley and Tanahashi! Jericho says this should’ve been his match, not Moxley’s! Fans boo as Red Death and the Wizard beat these two down, but here comes EDDIE KINGSTON! He tackles Jericho but Garcia’s after him right away! Jericho stomps Mox, Garcia and Eddie scrap, and then Jericho CLUBS Eddie. But here come Yuta, Santana & Ortiz! They go after Jericho and Garcia, and then here come the rest of the JAS! Hager, Menard, Parker and Sammy tip the scales back Jericho’s way, but here comes CLAUDIO! The Swiss Cyborg brawls with Jericho!!
Claudio whips, pops Jericho up and EUROUPPERS! EuroUpper for Garcia! For Sammy! For Hager! For Menard! For Parker! Then for Garcia again! William Regal walks out, smirking as fans fire up for Claudio. Claudio gets Parker for the SWISS SWING! And this time, he goes to 10, to 15, to 20! Claudio lets Parker go and he regroups with Moxley and Yuta. The only one not happy about this is Eddie! The JAS are in retreat but they have the man-up advantage, will they show that even Sports Entertainers have Blood & Guts?
What an awesome, awesome night for both AEW and NJPW. Sure, some predictable outcomes, but I don’t think I can really criticize anything that harshly. The Buy-In alone could’ve been its own episode of Rampage or something and it would’ve been great stuff. They added Archer VS Comoroto rather last minute but it still worked out really well, and of course Archer won. And I did like the twist of the 8 Man, Caster & Gunn Club VS LA Dojo turned into a 4v2 Handicap and the team of Caster & Billy still won. I think the AEW Women’s Championship was the shortest match of them all, and we could get on AEW for not trying to do more with the women’s division, but that was still a great match between Rosa and Storm, we were lucky to get that.
Great to see that it was Claudio (Cesaro) as the opponent for ZSJ, and their match was incredible stuff. I was actually a touch surprised ZSJ won, but Claudio does need to come into AEW strong if he’s going to join the Blackpool Combat Club. Moxley VS Tanahashi was an awesome main event, but as we all figured going into this, an AEW wrestler was going to be AEW’s Interim Champion. Having that brawl close the show (maybe even fill for time that AEW had reserved) was an odd move to me. It made this feel like we went from PPV to go-home, when we should’ve just closed on Moxley getting to celebrate. I guess there needed to be a quick bit of how there is still dysfunction in BCC & Friends because of history between Eddie and Claudio. Could’ve been a promo to open Dynamite this week, but whatever, people were getting their money’s worth here.
I think one of the best parts of tonight was that in the All-Atlantic Championship match, it wasn’t Miro that won. Though, perhaps because of how much it felt like Miro was going to win, that was exactly why he didn’t. To be a great moment, it had to be a surprise, and how awesome for it to be Pac that won. Pac can use this belt in his feud with Malakai, Miro can still use this for his feud with “His God,” and it’ll all be a great start to this title’s history. Also Clark Connors got to look like a badass, that is big stuff for him.
And I do want to note that FTR winning the tag match was expected, but also the perfect choice and an amazing moment. FTR is the only team to do what they’ve done. They’re TRIPLE Champions with the AAA, ROH & IWGP titles at the same time, and just as fans were pointing out, they have held seven major tag titles in their careers: WWE’s Triple Crown of NXT, Raw & SmackDown, the AEW titles before, and now the three they have. They are truly the greatest tag team of all time, and I would think they’re a shoe-in for the AEW titles again come All Out this year.
My Score: 9.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (1/31/23)
Orlando stays Dark!
Universal Studios is still the AEW Dark Arena!
As they prepare to go after the AEW World Trios Championships, AR Fox & Top Flight reunite to take on The Wingmen: Peter Avalon, Ryan Nemeth & Cezar Bononi!
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox & Top Flight VS The Wingmen; Fox & Top Flight win.
- Red Velvet VS Sofia Castillo; Velvet wins.
- Zack Clayton VS Fulton; Clayton wins.
- Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. w/ Arn Anderson VS Rosario Grillo & Dean Alexander; Anderson & Pillman win.
- Skye Blue VS Renee Michelle; Skye wins.
- Shane Taylor Promotions VS Mr. G & Dante Casanova; Shane Taylor Promotions wins.
- Yuka Sakazaki VS Avery Breaux; Yuka wins.
- The Workhorsemen VS Liam Gray & Adrian Alanis; The Workhorsemen win.
- Angelico w/ Serpentico & Luther VS Konosuke Takeshita; Konosuke wins.
A solid line-up, and I like that we’re getting to see Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr. in action together after a backstage promo on Elevation not too long ago. Not sure what the team name is but two second generation stars together is a logical combination. Angelico VS Konosuke, that is going to be a great match, but I give the win to Konosuke. Red Velvet is in action again after also being on Elevation, she’s definitely building momentum towards taking on Jade Cargill for Jade’s 50th match. And good to see Shane Taylor Promotions in action here. They’ll be a strong part of the ROH Tag Team Division, even after having lost to Keith Lee after Swerve abandoned Keith.
And good to see AR Fox & Top Flight in action, and against The Wingmen. For one, good to see Avalon, Nemeth & Bononi teaming all together again. And this will be a good match to build momentum for Fox & Flight.
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- Red Velvet VS Billie Starkz; Velvet wins.
- Alex Reynolds & John Silver VS The Workhorsemen; Reynolds & Silver win.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Brian Pillman Jr; Rush wins.
- Athena & Diamante VS Skye Blue & Yuka Sakazaki; Skye & Yuka win.
- Top Flight VS Ari Daivari & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling; Top Flight wins.
- The Kings of the Black Throne w/ Julia Hart VS Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum; The Kings of the Black Throne win.
- ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Blake Christian; Claudio wins.
A pretty good line-up, and I think Athena will end up in a program for her ROH Women’s Championship coming out of that tag match. Good tune-up match for Top Flight going into their AEW World Trios Championship program with the Elite, that should be a good win. And Blake Christian is going places. He’s had good stints on NJPW Strong, he’s in ROH and AEW, he’s going to give Claudio a great match. Claudio will still win, this is mostly to get things going towards Supercard of Honor on March 31st, but Blake could easily find himself going for a midcard title like the ROH Pure Championship or AEW All-Atlantic Championship.
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