Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/19/22)
The Man comes around!
Becky wants some big time payback on Damage CTRL!
Bayley cost Becky Lynch a chance at the Raw Women’s Championship but then Becky returned the favor! Now they battle 1v1 for the first time in FOUR YEARS! Will The Man be the real role model here tonight?
- The Street Profits w/ Akira Tozawa VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ The Judgment Day; The Profits win.
- Akira Tozawa w/ The Street Profits VS Rhea Ripley w/ The Judgment Day; Rhea wins.
- Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson w/ The OC VS The Alpha Academy; Gallows & Anderson win.
- Winner Takes All the Money Ladder Match: The Miz VS Dexter Lumis; Miz wins and gets all the money.
- AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn; Zayn wins.
- Becky Lynch VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL; Bayley wins.
- The Usos VS Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins; Kevin & Rollins win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Paul Heyman opens Raw!
“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night Raw. My name is Paul Heyman. And I serve as Special Counsel and the Wise Man to your Tribal Chief, the reigning, defending, Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion… Roman…! Reigns…!” And then we pan over to see Roman sitting in the armchair! Roman says, “Monday Night Raw, the Home of Kevin Owens… The Home that Kevin Owens continues to leave, and continually tries to crash the gates of the Island of Relevancy. And he’s not by himself, oh no no. Who’d he go to get? John Cena. Kev, you gonna need way more than that.
“As a matter of fact, you’re going to need the entire Raw locker room. You’re going to need them all to have your back. Because you’ve interfered in my business a little too much, so now’s the time we returned the favor and showcased the resources we have, the juice that we’ve got. Because we’re not going anywhere. We’re going to torture you, we’re going to make your life a living hell, until you understand the fact, and everyone in that locker room, and everybody in the audience… acknowledges the Bloodline.” Fans sound torn, but then we transition to where The Usos have commandeered a camera!
The Usos are filming as Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn are mugging Mustafa Ali! The Bloodline is just getting started! They beat up the security guards that try to stop them, and then they drag Ali up! Solo CLOBBERS Ali with a Samoan Spike! The Bloodline is in the building with more work to be done! YEET! Are Sami, Solo & The Usos going to make this a red Christmas?
The Street Profits w/ Akira Tozawa VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ The Judgment Day!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have the Stamina Monster as back-up, but will they be able to overcome how Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio are backing up The Prince & The Punisher? Or will there be nothing but judgment for the holidays?
The teams sort out and Priest starts against Ford. They circle, tie up, and Priest wrenches to a wristlock. Ford endures, rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Priest knees low, whips Ford to ropes, but Ford leaps over! Fans fire up as Ford avoids the boot to mule kick, front kick and CHOP! CHOP! CHOP! Ford fires off fast hands! Priest shoves Ford away but Ford DROPKICKS back! Ford runs, but Priest DECKS him with a forearm! Priest TOSSES Ford to the corner, throws haymakers and stomps, then he tags Finn. Finn drags Ford up to RAM into Ford again and again!
Raw goes picture in picture to show that the Bloodline have found Elias and NXT’s Andre Chase! They’re beating those two down like they did Ali earlier! As for the match, Finn CHOPS Ford in a corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs corner to corner to CHOP! Finn snapmares Ford and throws down an elbow to wrap on a chinlock! Jey grabs a guitar and hands it to Solo. SMASH HIT on The Drifter with his own guitar! The Bloodline is loving it! Raw returns to single picture as Ford fights up in the headlock. Ford powers Finn to ropes, Dawkins tags in and Ford powers out. They run Finn over!
Dawkins drags Finn up, wrenches, tags in Ford, and Ford climbs up to AX HANDLE the arm! Ford tags Dawkins back in, Dawkins goes up and he AX HANDLES the arm! Dawkins wrenches, tags back to Ford, and the Profits hand off the wrench to double whip. Finn KICKS Dawkins, dodges Ford, hot tag to Priest! Priest CLOBBERS Ford, BELL CLAPS and COMPLETE SHOTS Dawkins! Priest tosses Ford out and then SUPERKICKS Dawkins! Ford gets up, Priest runs in but into a GAMANGIRI! Ford goes up, leaps, but into a BIG forearm! Priest runs to POUNCE Ford up and out! The Punisher roars while fans boo, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Finn has Ford in a chinlock. Finn grinds Ford down, leaning on the hold with all his weight. Ford endures, fights up, and Ford throws body shots. Finn knees low, whips, but Ford floats around to a DDT! Hot tag to Dawkins! The Curse of Greatness is unleashed as he rallies on Judgment Day! Finn gets around, ROCKS him, whips him, but Dawkins hurdles to FLYING ELBOW! Dawkins dodges Priest’s kick to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up with Dawkins, CYCLONE SPLASH in the corner, then ENZIGURI! Finn falls out, the Judgment Day gathers! Dawkins builds speed, to tag Ford, but Priest catches Dawkins! SOUTH OF HEAVEN!
FROM THE HEAVENS OUTTA NOWHERE!! But Finn Oklahoma Rolls Ford! TWO!! Ford escapes but Finn stomps him around! Finn throws body shots, CLUBS Ford around, and he soaks up the heat., But Ford ENZIGURIS back! DOm distracts, Finn CLUBS Ford and then Finn back suplexes! Ford lands on his feet, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but so does Finn! SLINGBLADE! Finn snarls and takes aim, SHOTGUN sends Ford into buckles! Ford goes down, Finn climbs, but Tozawa storms over with a red Solo cup! Rhea tells Tozawa to not even try it! But he does! Rhea ducks, and Dom gets splashed with drink! Ford rolls Finn up! PROFITS WIN!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
Two weeks in a row, Dom is blinded! But what really stings is the defeat! Rhea storms up to Tozawa and tells him he’s a piece of crap! Then she DECKS him! Rhea wants a match with Tozawa!? Is that allowed?! Fans want to see it, the Profits say Tozawa can’t let Rhea just hit her like that, so they head back to the ring! Is there going to be a co-ed match here on Raw?!
Raw returns, the Profits give Tozawa a pep talk, and the bell rings! Fans bark with the Profits, Tozawa roars, and he slides in! The match is on!!
Akira Tozawa w/ The Street Profits VS Rhea Ripley w/ The Judgment Day!
Tozawa ducks Rhea’s boot, then her slap! Rhea kicks low, CLUBS Tozawa, then back suplexes! Tozawa lands on his feet, but he hesitates to punch her! Rhea dares him to try, fans want to see it, but then she swings! Tozawa ducks, waistlocks, but Rhea elbows free. Rhea runs and BOOTS Tozawa down! The Judgment Day laughs, Rhea covers, TWO! Tozawa survives and crawls away but Rhea drags him back up. Rhea bumps Tozawa off buckles, stomps a mudhole into him, but lets off as the ref counts. Rhea soaks up the cheers and jeers, then drags Tozawa up again. Rhea whips Tozawa corner to corner hard, and Tozawa bounces off buckles!
Rhea throws down hands, then digs Tozawa’s face into the mat while she throws down forearms! Rhea grinds an armlock but Tozawa endures. Rhea dribbles Tozawa off the mat then SLAPS him back down! Rhea eggs the Profits on, drags Tozawa up, but Tozawa fights the suplex! Rhea throws hands, but Tozawa suplexes Rhea! He can’t get her up and over, she suplexes Tozawa! Cover, TWO! The Profits coach Tozawa but Rhea tells them to shut up. Rhea drags Tozawa into a chinlock and grinds him down. Tozawa endures, fans rally, and Tozawa fights up. Rhea throws Tozawa down by his hair!
Rhea stalks Tozawa to a corner, whips him corner to corner, but Tozawa goes up, over, keeps moving, but Rhea scoops! Rhea pops Tozawa to a fireman’s carry but he sunset flips! TWO, and Tozawa ducks ‘n’ dodges, goes up and over, but Rhea drags him into a lift! Tozawa tries to rana free, Rhea double clutches, but Tozawa RANAS Rhea out of the ring! Ford and Dawkins mock Dom as he checks on “Mami,” but Tozawa builds speed! Finn trips Tozawa! The fans boo but the Judgment Day get away with that one. But then the Profits DOUBLE TOPE onto Finn & Priest! Fans fire up as the Prince and Punisher pay for that!
Rhea hurries back in, she pump handles Tozawa, but Tozawa slips free! Tozawa goes to a corner, Rhea runs in, but Tozawa POSTS her! BOOT for Dom! Tozawa sees Rhea is down in the drop zone! He climbs up the corner! SUPER SENTON FLOPS as Rhea moves! Rhea drags Tozawa up into the RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
Tee Eradicator avenges her little “Dom Caliente” as well as her team! Will Rhea continue to dominate on her way back to the top?
Adam Pearce is making a phone call.
He just keeps getting Heyman’s voicemail, so he leaves another message. This is the THIRD time! Yes it’s Monday, we all know Heyman knows, and Pearce would like to have a professional conversation. At Heyman’s earliest convenience, call Pearce back! Cathy Kelley is on standby to say that before addressing The Bloodline’s rampage backstage, she wants to get his comment on the latest between him and Bobby Lashley. Pearce says that with all due respect, the issue between him and Lashley is between them. They had a conversation in private and at WWE Headquarters. It isn’t “if” but “when” Lashley comes back to work.
But then MVP storms up. “Speaking of Bobby Lashley, do you have a moment for a word?” Pearce says yes, but then a ref rushes over saying it’s urgent. Of course! Pearce heads off that way, but what business concerning The All Mighty does Montel Vontavius Porter wish to discuss?
Raw returns and there’ve been more victims!
The Bloodline have left Dolph Ziggler, Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin down and out! Pearce is yelling at Heyman on his phone, and though Cathy asks what happened, Ziggler says it’s obvious: The Bloodline happened. When will the rampage stop?
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson w/ The OC VS The Alpha Academy!
The OC is back at 100% with the Machine Gun back! Will he and Doc Gallows, put some nerds in their place? Or will Chad Gable & Otis SHOOOOSH the Good Brothers?
Raw returns as Gable & Otis make their entrance. The teams sort out and Gable starts with Anderson. They circle, tie up, and Gable waistlocks to snapmare Karl down. Gable facelocks, gator rolls, and then floats on Anderson to waistlock and roll. Another facelock gator roll and Gable brings Anderson down to a cover. ONE, but Gable headlocks. Gable hits the takeover, and says “A THANK YEW~!” as he grinds Karl down. Karl fights up, slips out the back and he headlocks back! Gable powers out, Karl runs Gable over, and things speed up. Karl turns hip toss into hip toss! But Gable kangaroo kicks back!
Gable arm-drags, Karl arm-drags, and Karl has the armlock! Fans cheer as Karl grinds the arm. Tag to Gallows, the Good Brothers double whip and double shoulder Gable down! Gallows puts Gable in the corner, fires off heavy hands, and UPPERCUTS Gable down! Gable crawls, Gallows stands him up and ROCKS him! Gallows knees low, whips Gable to the OC corner, then back elbows! Tag to Karl, he wrenches an arm and grinds the shoulder. Gable pulls Anderson back by his waistband, puts him in the Alpha Academy corner, but the ref counts. Gable lets off, Karl avoids the haymaker and arm-drags Gable back into an armlock!
Karl grinds Gable down again but fans chant “We Want Otis!” Karl wrenches Gable to tag Luke. The Good Brothers mug Gable, Gallows ROCKS Gable then whips. Gable holds ropes to avoid the boot! Gable tells everyone to “SHOOOOSH!” but Gallows shouts “NERRRD~!” Gallows ROCKS Gable with a right! Gable staggers away, Otis tags in! Iowa fires up as Otis and Gallows RAM! Gallows runs in, misses, and Otis SPLASHES Gallows in the corner! Gallows BOOTS Otis, runs, and FLYING SHOULDERS! Otis falls down and out of the ring! Karl jumps in as Gable runs in, and Karl TOSSES Gable out onto Otis! Fans fire up while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Gable has Karl tied up in the ropes! Then he hits a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Gable drags Karl out of the ropes, to DRAGON SCREW again! Then a stepover TOEHOLD! And then a YANK to the bad leg! Gable has a standing toehold but fans rally up. Karl kicks at Gable with his free leg! Gable lets go, Karl crawls, but Gable keeps Karl from Gallows. Gable whips, Karl reverses, but Gable goes up and over to leap! Karl back drops but Gable sunset flips! Gable doesn’t cover, though! He gets the ANKLE LOCK! Karl endures as Gable leans on the bad leg! Karl turns over, kicks Gable away, then dodges Gable to hot tag Gallows!
The Big LG rallies on the Alphas! UPEPRCUT for Gable, then a BOOT! Gallows roars and whips Gable to ropes. Gable ducks, Otis tags in, Gallows back drops Gable! Otis runs, to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up with Otis and he stalks Gallows. Otis runs in to SPLASH! Tag to Gable, Otis scoops Gallows and positions himself as Gable climbs. Gable LEAPS to add on to the WORLD’S HEAVIEST SLAM! Cover, Karl breaks it in time! Otis drags Karl up to throw him to a corner. Otis runs in, Karl moves and Otis POSTS himself! Gable kicks Karl out, tells everyone to SHOOSH, and then he climbs the corner.
Gable MOONSAULTS, but Gallows moves! YAKUZA KICK! Tag to Karl, and the Good Brothers give Gable MAGIC KILLER! Cover, Good Brothers win!
Winners: Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows, by pinfall
Now that was Too Sweet! Styles & Mia celebrate with Karl & Gallows, will the entire OC be rolling towards big things in the New Year?
Wait! THE BLOODLINE attacks!! Sami TOSSES Styles while the Usos go after Gallows & Anderson! Fans boo but Karl gets hit with the ONE AND DONE! Sami stands Gallows up, and feeds him to a ONE AND DONE!! Fans boo but the Bloodline hold up the fingers. #WeTheOnes wreaking havoc, but Pearce and security rush out! Is the Bloodline’s rampage done here?
Raw returns and Pearce is shouting at the Bloodline.
Pearce wants them all to leave the ring but fans are chanting for “SAMI USO!” The Bloodline have mics, and Jey says, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says, “Check this out, Pearce! And everybody in this building, open up your ears! When it comes to the Bloodline, this family right here, standing in the middle of this ring, we run this business!” Sami asks Pearce something: “What’s your problem? You’re the only one angry here! Guess what? These people don’t have a problem with what we’re doing! These people love to hear Sami Uso!” Fans cheer because that’s true. Sami says the fans love the Uceologist, the Honorary Uce!
And frankly, Sami doesn’t appreciate Pearce rushing his dawgs. They are the longest reigning tag team champions. When they come here with a message, they’re gonna deliver that message. Pearce tells them to wrap it up then. But Sami says it is the same as when Kevin Owens called John Cena. What we’ve seen tonight is just a small example of what happens to Kevin and Cena on December 30th when they take on the Honorary Uce and the Tribal Chief! But it’s fine, they’re done here anyway. “Iowa, we out. Jey, hit ’em with it.” “Everyone in that locker room, they the twos! And WE! THE! ONES!!”
The Bloodline exit the ring and Pearce has everyone else stand down. The Bloodline go to the back, but then AJ STYLES attacks! He gets at Sami, they brawl, security separates them! The Bloodline is furious and Sami calls Styles out for that sucker punch! Will the Phenomenal One and the OC become new problems for The Bloodline after tonight’s rampage?
Styles and Pearce argue backstage!
Pearce understands Styles is upset but he has to think what he’s got to deal with. Does Styles want a match then? Hell yes he does! With any one of them! Pearce will do him one better and make it Sami Zayn! The match is made, will the Phenomenal One personally handle The Honorary Uce?
Byron Saxton sits with Alexa Bliss and Bianca Belair.
He starts by congratulating Alexa on winning last week’s #1 contender’s match. But can she explain what happened right after? Bianca has been wondering that herself. Right now, she doesn’t trust Alexa. Alexa isn’t sure how to explain what’s going on right now. But she’ll talk about what’s gotten her to this point. Alexa was abducted by Bray Wyatt, brainwashed into this “dark, evil version,” and then he just left her “broken with abandonment issues.” He took everything from her and she was alone. Everyone said she was crazy, so she went to therapy, but all that did was turn her into this shell of her former self that she doesn’t even recognize.
Alexa will say that her friendship with Asuka and Bianca showed her that she’s stronger than she knew. And if she has nothing to lose, then she has everything to gain. That starts with the title. Bianca says she hears all that, sympathizes with all that, but she can’t honestly believe Alexa doesn’t know what was going on last week. That she has no explanation for that change of character. Bianca knows what Alexa is capable of, what Bray is capable of, but- Alexa stops her there. Bianca’s making this about Bray when this is really about Alexa. Bray isn’t the threat, Alexa is.
And maybe Bianca forgot that Alexa was winning titles way before Bianca walked through the door. Alexa says she can do it again. Then come do it then. Byron says we’re all looking forward to their match. But then the White Rabbit glitches onto the screen behind them! Alexa SMASHES Bianca with a glass vase!! The dark side came back out! What are we to believe with just TWO WEEKS to wait for that title match?
Winner Takes All the Money Ladder Match: The Miz VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano!
The saga of Hollywood A-Lister and Tortured Artist has escalated to this! TWO giant bags of money hang high overhead, and only one man can have them! Will Miz continue to be the villain in this WWE Christmas story? Or will Lumis save the day by hitting the jackpot?
Raw returns as Lumis makes his entrance, Johnny Wrestling by his side. The bell rings and Miz hurries to get a ladder! Lumis slithers out then DECKS Miz! Lumis brings Miz up to whip but Miz reverses! Lumis stops before he hits a ladder, he elbows Miz then RAMS him into the ladder! Lumis stalks Miz, puts him in the ring, then gets a ladder. Lumis puts that ladder in the ring, but Miz DROPKICKS it into Lumis! Miz goes out to drag the ladder into the ring, and he looks up at the money bags. But Lumis SMACKS the ladder into Miz’s hands! Miz staggers away, Lumis slides in, and now they tug-o-war for the ladder!
Lumis RAMS Miz into the corner, then sets the ladder down on its side. Miz crawls, Lumis drags Miz up, and Lumis UPPERCUTS! Miz staggers to ropes, Gargano gives thumbs up. Lumis sets the ladder in the ropes, then he clinches Miz. Lumis whips Miz into the ladder! Miz falls and ends up under the ladder. Miz drags himself up, he’s in the gap! Lumis RAMS the ladder in! And again! And again! Lumis then climbs up onto the ladder, drags Miz up from the gap, and he SUPERPLEXES Miz off the ladder! Fans fire up while Miz writhes! Miz crawls away to a corner, Lumis brings the ladder out of the corner and stands it up.
Lumis positions the ladder under the bags, but then he sees Miz down in the corner. Miz shakes his head, but Lumis tips the ladder over! The ladder falls safely between Miz’s legs. But then fans chant “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” and Lumis DROPKICKS the ladder in! If they weren’t tiny before, they are now! Miz flops out of the ring, Lumis moves that ladder aside, and Lumis goes to fetch a new ladder. Lumis puts that ladder in the ring, stands that ladder up, and he climbs up. Fans cheer as Lumis reaches the top, but Miz climbs up the other end! Miz throws hands to stop Lumis! Miz grabs at the bags! Lumis throws body shots!
Lumis ROCKS Miz, sends him down the rungs, and grabs the money! But Miz throws body shots! Fans fire up as Lumis stares into Miz’s eyes! Miz throws more hands but Lumis catches Miz in a clinch! Miz fights free, but they’re both falling! They HOTSHOT off the top rope!! Both men are down and fans rally up while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns, the ladder is back up, and Miz is back up at the top! Miz grabs at the money bags! But Lumis returns to throw body shots! Lumis SMACKS Miz off the top of the ladder, then grinds his face into it! Lumis grabs at the money but Miz throws body shots! Miz climbs up to grab at the whole thing! Lumis throws shot after shot and Miz loses his grip! Miz goes down the rungs, Lumis throws more haymakers! Lumis punches Miz right off the ladder! Lumis grabs at the money again, but Miz tips the ladder over! Lumis HOTSHOTS off ropes again! Miz hurries to stand the ladder back up!
Miz climbs again, grabs the clip, but Lumis shakes the ladder! Miz loses grip and Lumis drags him back down! Into the SILENCE!! Miz flails, grabs ropes, slips through ropes, and he pries free to then DRAPING APRON NECKBREAKER!! Lumis flops to the floor and fans boo Miz! Gargano coaches Lumis up but Miz staggers back over. Miz grabs another ladder, and he drags it over just to SLAM it down on Lumis! Miz SLAMS the ladder down again, and again! Miz then opens the ladder to put Lumis inside! LADDER NUTCRACKER! Miz does it again and again! And then he tips another ladder onto it! And then he throws chair after chair down!
Miz pushes the timekeeper aside to toss an ARMCHAIR down on Lumis! Miz isn’t done, he grabs chairs from under the ring to bury Lumis with! Miz and Gargano glare at each other, and Iowa says, “We Want Tables!” Miz goes looking, and he finds a TABLE! Fans cheer, but then Miz puts it back to troll them all. Miz shoves Gargano aside but Gargano grins. Gargano runs in but the ref is used as a shield! Miz BOOTS Gargano, then rains down fists! Miz moves a ladder out of the way, almost hitting a ref! Miz drags Gargano up to RAM into the LED barriers! Miz then aims a ladder to BATTERING RAM Gargano over the barriers!
Miz soaks up the heat from the fans, but Lumis is free!! URENAGE on a ladder!! Miz writhes while fans chant for “TABLE! TABLE!” Lumis sees the announce desk, Corey Graves begs him not to, but he clears it off! Lumis drags Miz over, puts him on the desk, and then goes to a nearby ladder! Fans fire up as Lumiz positions the ladder. Lumis climbs to the top of the ladder, fans fire up more, and Lumis SUPER LEG DROPS!! But Miz moves! Lumis crash lands all alone and fans lose their minds! Miz clutches his ankle but he’s okay to continue. Miz drags himself up and into the ring, then goes for the ladder!
Miz stands the ladder up! Miz hobbles and climbs! Fans boo but Miz reaches the top! But LUMIS rises?!? Lumis climbs the ladder and fires off body shots! He SMACKS Miz off the top again, then SHOVES Miz down! Lumiz grabs the money, but BRONSON REED is here?!? Auszilla returns to the WWE and he drags Lumis down! Bronson RAMS Lumis into the ladder, then CLOBBERS him with a full body press! The Top Dog, the Colossal One, drags Lumis to a drop zone! For the TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Reed sets the ladder back up, then goes to fetch Miz! Miz has himself a mighty mercenary! Reed helps Miz get up the ladder! Miz climbs, he unhooks the bags, and wins!
Winner: The Miz
The rich stay rich as Miz has a huge ace up his sleeve! Reed screws Lumis and helps Miz, will this be a very Mercy Christmas at the Mizanin home?
Seth Rollins looks at his new merch shirt.
“Iowa’s Own,” with “Sing My Song” on the back, Rollins is impressed. But will he be even happier when his wife, Becky Lynch, humbles Bayley in tonight’s main event?
AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn!
The Phenomenal One is looking to add revenge to his wish list! Will he get even with the Honorary Uce and make the holidays Too Sweet? Or will Sam have everyone feeling Ucey for Christmas?
Raw returns and Sami makes his entrance. Fittingly, it seems Solo & The Usos are banned from ringside so this can be a fair fight. The bell rings and Styles ties right up with Sami! They end up in a corner, Sami turns it around on Styles but Styles turns it back to CHOP! Styles fires off haymakers, he stalks Sami to another corner to then bump him off buckles. Styles throws more hands, whips Sami to ropes, and he scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Sami writhes and fans are torn as Sami goes to ropes. Styles storms up but into a kick! Sami throws haymakers in return, then a knee and an elbow. Sami whips, but Styles reverses to elbow!
Styles throws more elbows, he pump handles, and hits a GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Styles drags Sami up, reels him in, but Sami gets away from The Clash! Sami bails out, the ref starts a count, but Styles SLINGSHOT FOREARMS Sami down! Styles puts Sami back in the ring, aims from the apron, but Sami goes to the ropes on the far side. Styles sighs, storms over to Sami, but Sami FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS him down! Sami suckers Styles in, then rains down fists! Styles does his best to guard but Sami lets off to pace around. Sami drags Styles up, fans rally and duel, but Sami bumps Styles off buckles.
Sami climbs up the corner, waits on Styles to stand, and he drops a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!! Sami is annoyed but the ref defends his count. Sami puts Styles on the ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Sami lets off to do a dance, and fans rally for “SAMI USO!” Sami throws hands on Styles again, then he stands Styles up. Sami DECKS Styles, goes to the corner, and leaps, into an STO BACKBREAKER! Sami flounders, Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT, then SLIDING FOREARM! Sami goes to a corner, Styles runs in to clothesline! And then a fireman’s carry, but Sami slips off! Sami kicks low, to suplex, only for Styles to counter!
Styles suplexes, lets Sami land on his feet, so he can hit a NECKBREAKER! Sami crawls away to the outside, but Styles slingshots out! Sami avoids Styles, but the SLIDING KNEE takes him down! Fans rally and duel as Sami stands, and Styles MOONSAULTS off the apron, to get a REVERSE DDT to the floor! Styles drags Sami back into the ring, takes aim from the apron, and fans fire up as Styles springboards, only for Sami to hit the ropes! Styles gets tripped up and he falls to the floor! Sami catches his breath while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Sami staggers. Styles climbs a corner, but Sami ROCKS Styles first! Sami climbs up, CLUBS Styles down, then drags him back up. Sami throws more hands, stands Styles up, but Styles slips out of the suplex to torture rack! TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but he is dazed as he flops over. Styles drags Sami up, reels him in and calls his shot! But Sami fights the Clash! Sami heel kicks Styles away, but Styles elbows in return! Styles goes up, reels Sami in, but Sami denies the tornado to BOOT and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and shocks Sami!
Fans rally up and Sami gets to ropes. Sami staggers back over to Styles, fans duel, and Sami says Styles is messing with the Bloodline! Sami throws haymakers, but Styles still stands up! Sami fires off more shots, Styles fires off another Phenomenal Blitz! Sami BOOTS Styles, Styles PELES Sami! Both men go down and Iowa fires up! Styles crawls to a corner, Sami sits up and heads that way. Sami runs in but Styles elbows him away again. Styles goes up the corner, MOONSAULT, but no DDT this time! CORNER EXPLODER! Sami goes to the far corner, fans fire up as he takes aim, and Sami runs in! HELLUVA- NO! Styles rolls Sami! CALF CRUSHER!!
Sami flails and reaches out as Styles pulls back on the leg! Sami crawls over, ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go at 4, but then someone is coming out from the crowd! It’s SOLO! The Enforcer doesn’t care about management’s orders! But the distraction allows Sami to roll up Styles! TWO! Styles reels Sami in but Sami hits a JAWBREAKER! Sami runs in, but into BOOTS! Styles goes to the apron, he ROCKS Sami, but he intercepts Solo at the barriers! Sami runs in to CLOBBER Styles! But Styles SMACKS Sami off the steps! And off the desk! Styles puts Sami in but Solo CLOBBERS Styles! Solo feeds Styles to Sami, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Sami wins!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall
There’s always a plan for The Bloodline! But Pearce is pissed! He tells Sami and Solo to get the hell out of here! The damage is done, will The Bloodline continue to do what they want for the holidays?
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
Iowa’s Own is here and the fans are loving it! They sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins swaggers to the ring in a maroon sequined suit. Rollins has a mic to say, “DES MOINES, IOWAAA~! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins~!” Fans chant, “Welcome Home! Welcome Home!” Rollins says he’s back and better than ever! “And what a night it has been! The Bloodline is in the house, in case you didn’t know. And they’ve been jumping everybody, except for me. HAHAHAHA! I’m not saying The Bloodline are scared at all, but uh… If they don’t wanna find me, I’ve got a message for them little Ucey boys to deliver to the Tribal Chief.
“Roman. Mondays don’t belong to you. They belong to the Visionary! They belong to the Revolutionary! They belong to Seth!” “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” But then Austin Theory makes his way out! The United States Champion says he’s The Now of the WWE, and he’s here now to go to the ring. Theory gets a mic of his own, but fans boo as he steps to Rollins. Fans also chant, “You Suck!” at him. Theory shrugs that off, Rollins makes sure who sucks. Theory sucks, right? “YES~!” Theory tells Rollins that nothing belongs to him! And Rollins was the one who said that the US Championship was THE title on Monday Night Raw.
So then putting that in perspective, that can only mean one thing: The Champ is Here! And deep down, whether we like it or not, the Theory Era is forever, and this is just the beginning. And whether Rollins likes it or not, he will pass the torch to Theory. And if he doesn’t, Theory will just take it from Rollins’ cold, legendary fingers. Rollins says “Merry Christmas to you, too, kid.” Just keep your cool. We don’t want Theory ending up like Lashley, AHAHAHA! Funny. Because the only reason Rollins is standing here is cuz Lashley took his frustrations out on referees and officials and not Rollins.
But it makes sense the way Rollins got out of that. It’s like Rollins’ entire career: he’s been lucky! Oh, is that so? Theory just doesn’t understand. Why is he so angry? He has it all and is everything he says he is: he’s young, in great shape, looks phenomenal, and honestly, while he does suck… Fans chant “You Suck!” again but Theory just holds up the title. Rollins says here’s the thing: Theory has grown up. He isn’t Mr. Selfie, he isn’t Daddy’s Little Boy. He is the United States Champion. The problem is, as much as that title means, there is one thing that means more, and it is something Theory knows deep down in his soul!
When Theory goes to bed or wakes up in the morning, he knows he will never be or ever have so long as Rollins is around, Theory will never be Rollins. Theory is NOT on Rollins’ level. The fans sing and Rollins says that eats Theory up inside. But Theory says he sees through Rollins. How many times has the WWE given Rollins the ball and he fumbled it? Kinda like the Bears. But the thing is, Seth Freakin’ Rollins has seen the mountaintop. But what he fails to realize, that is just a peak. Theory is coming for Everest! When Rollins falls off the peak, he’ll go home and realize he was just the third most successful member of The Shield.
Fans boo but Rollins says he has been to the mountaintop. He’s seen it. But Theory has it wrong! Rollins IS the mountain! He IS Everest! The title doesn’t make the man, the man makes the title! Let’s find out what kind of man Theory is, and what kind of champion he is, HERE AND NOW!! Fans fire up as Rollins wants Theory to take his shot! The jackets come off, but then the Bloodline returns! Rollins says he and Theory can worry about their beef later. Rollins and Theory wait on the Usos, and the Usos get right on the apron. But then Theory bails! Guess this answers Rollins’ question: Theory is still just a kid.
But Rollins doesn’t go anywhere, he fires off on the Usos! He holds off the 2v1 but only for so long! Fans boo as the Usos stomp away, but here comes KEVIN! The Prizefighter finally makes his presence known, and he storms up to the ring! Jimmy runs out but into haymakers! Kevin RAMS Jimmy into barriers, then he goes after Jey! Jey CLUBS away but Rollins turns things around! Rollins fires off hands, and he DECKS Jey! Then Rollins and Kevin DECK Jimmy together! Pearce and security rush out and Rollins says it’s nice to see Kevin again. Rollins & Kevin wait on the Usos, fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but Rollins asks Kevin if he’s thinking what Rollins is thinking.
Kevin says he is! Des Moines wants to see Rollins & Kevin kick some Usos ass!! Let’s do it! Kevin Owens & Iowa’s Favorite Son VS Jimmy & Jey, here tonight!! Pearce says it’s official! Will Kevin and his other frenemy make it work against the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions?
Becky Lynch speaks.
“Bayley. We’ve been playing a cat ‘n’ mouse game ever since I came back. But it hasn’t been that simple, has it? You send your lackeys, they beat me up, I beat them up, repeat.” But Becky’s bored of that. She wants to face the best version of Bayley. And the best version of that is a solo act. Becky and Bayley are alike: they’ve been underestimated, underappreciated, but they’ve risen up to change the game. When it’s all said and done, they’ll both have careers they’re very proud of, but also have done things they’re not so proud of. But the difference between them is that Becky did all of it by herself.
She understands the game, and she understands that what you do is you take out the ones that pose a threat. So what upset Becky the most about Bayley taking her out for four months was that Bayley didn’t have the decency to do it by herself. If you stab someone in the back, have the decency to be the one holding the knife. Tonight, Becky asks what it’ll be? 1v1 or 1v3? Either way, Becky will be ready, because she’ll die on her own sword. Bayley can’t say the same, can she? The battle of The Man and the Role Model happens NOW!
Becky Lynch VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL!
Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. Kai & Sky are ringside, so Bayley clearly ignored Becky’s challenge. The bell rings and Becky circles with Bayley. Fans rally for Becky and she does a bit of a Bernie lean. They tie up, Becky waistlocks but Bayley headlocks to escape. Bayley wrenches to a wristlock but Becky slips through to wrench back. Becky has the wristlock, fans rally behind her, but Bayley steps through the ropes to wrap Becky’s arm on ropes. The ref counts, Bayley lets off but she CLUBS Becky on the back. Fans boo, Bayley headlocks, but Becky powers out. Bayley runs Becky over, but Becky gets to a corner.
Bayley and Becky reset, circle and tie up again. Bayley kicks low, whips Becky to a corner, but Becky goes up, under, around, knuckle locks and steps over to hook an arm. Becky baits Bayley, hops over her then slides under. Bayley goes for a leg but Becky steps over to roll her up! TWO, and Becky SLAPS Bayley! Fans fire up as Becky taunts Bayley. Bayley is upset, she runs in but Becky dodges to arm-drag! Becky flexes, grinds the arm, and steps over. Bayley throws Becky into the ropes! Bayley distracts the ref, Sky takes a swipe! But Becky blocks the slap! The ref notices, Bayley throws Becky by her hair!
The ref reprimands Sky & Kai but Bayley stomps Becky in the corner. Becky throws body shots, Bayley shoves her away but Becky kicks her! Becky CLOBBERS Bayley, clotheslines her, then whips her to ropes. Bayley reverses but Becky wrenches to whip. Becky redirects to BOOT Bayley out! Becky goes to the apron, FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up with Becky while she taunts Kai & Sky. Becky puts Bayley in but Bayley rolls out the other side. Becky pursues, Bayley swings but Becky clinches! Bayley throws elbows to get free, then she BUCKLE SHOTS Becky! Both women hit the floor but DMG CTRL cheers Bayley on while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Bayley has Becky down with a chinlock. Fans rally, Becky fights her way up, and Becky throws body shots. Bayley kicks low, whips Becky to a corner, then snap suplexes on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Bayley stomps Becky, Becky throws body shots! Bayley CLUBS, Becky throws body shots! They throw shots, Bayley gets the edge then runs, but into a CALF KICK from Becky! Kai & Sky are worried but fans rally up for Becky! Becky and Bayley slowly sit up, and Bayley storms up to throw forearms! Becky throws haymakers in return! They go back and forth, shot for shot, but then Becky gets the edge!
Fans fire up as Becky UPPERCUTS, SOBATS and runs! But Bayley swings! Becky dodges to JUMP KICK! Down goes Bayley and fans fire up! Bayley staggers, into a BECKSPLODER! Bayley flounders to a corner, Becky runs in to whip her into buckles! KICK and LARIAT! Becky then drags Bayley into a drop zone, goes up and up and LEG DROPS! Cover, TWO! It wasn’t a top rope leg drop, and Becky keeps her cool. Fans rally up and Becky goes after an arm! Bayley whips Becky away, runs in, but only gets buckles! Bayley blocks one kick but not the next kick! But Bayley trips Becky to jackknife! ONE and Becky sunset flips! TWO!!
Bayley gets around, SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Bayley grows frustrated, as does Kai & Sky! Bayley and Becky hook arms, they stand, Becky backslides, TWO! Bayley tries now, but Becky resists! Bayley mule kicks a leg out then BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Bayley clinches, but Becky slips out! Becky waistlocks, Bayley switches, but Becky switches back to dragon sleeper! REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives, Kai & Sky are relieved, but Iowa rallies for Becky! Becky puts Bayley in the ropes to UPPERCUT, SOBAT, and then bring to the corner. Becky goes up the corner, GUILLOTINE- NO, Bayley moves! Bayley brings Becky into the ropes but Becky slips away!
Becky drags Bayley out along the ropes, but Bayley gets in to BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Bayley is furious! Fans rally behind Becky but Bayley pushes her around. Bayley dares Becky to get up and fight! Becky SLAPS Bayley! Bayley hooks Becky up, but Becky fires off hands! ANGLE SLAM! Both women are down and fans rally up again! Becky crawls to a corner, Bayley storms over, but Becky elbows her away! Becky goes up but Bayley ROCKS her! Bayley climbs up, Becky throws body shots! Becky shoves Bayley away, BOOTS her, and reels her in, DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, TWO!!
Kai & Sky are stressing out as Bayley survives Becky pulling out something deep in the moveset. Becky runs at Bayley, but Bayley trips her! High stack, but with feet on the ropes! The ref notices and cancels the count! Bayley is furious, but she swings into a clinch! Kai & Sky drag Bayley out of the Manhandle Slam! But Becky runs to WRECK Bayley with a dropkick! Becky watches each of them, and she grabs a monitor from the announce desk! Kai & Sky stay back, but the ref EJECTS them! Kai & Sky are stunned! Iowa says “Nana na na, hey hey hey, good bye~!” Kai argues with the ref on the apron, so Becky BLASTS her!
Becky stomps away on Kai, the ref backs her off, but Bayley CLOBBERS Becky with the monitor!! ROSE PLANT!! Cover, Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
Becky should’ve known better! Bayley used Damage CTRL as the pawns to defeat her! Will Becky make sure to be more careful the next time she goes after The Role Model?
Next week’s Raw will review the ABSOLUTE BEST of 2022!
That’s right! Next week is WWE’s year in review special! Relive the matches and moments dating from January 1st to, well, maybe even tonight!
Kevin Owens talks with Seth Rollins backstage.
To think these two would be back at it, teaming together. It has been a long time, hasn’t it? They were really good, but why’d they stop? Oh, that was cuz Rollins tried to steal Kevin’s WrestleMania moment, remember? What? Yeah, Kevin wanted to have a WrestleMania KO Show with Stone Cold and Rollins tried to do some kind of show of his own. Really? That doesn’t ring a bell for Rollins. No, Kevin is pretty sure it was Rollins. He was wearing a really bright suit. A bright suit? Since when does Rollins do that? Kevin is 98% sure it was Rollins. So there’s a 2% chance it wasn’t? No, Kevin was 100% sure, he just said 98 to be nice.
Kevin says Rollins looked marvelous back then, but still. Yeah, Rollins did look good them, huh? GOT YOU! AW…!! But Kevin says it’s fine. That’s all moot. And y’know why? Tonight is about one thing: beating the hell out of the Bloodline. And these two can do that very well together. Rollins likes where Kevin’s head is at. Rollins heads out, and Kevin is still unsettled by the laugh.
The Usos VS Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins!
The Bloodline has been running roughshod all over Raw tonight, but they might’ve picked the wrong fight! Will the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions be the ones getting beat down? Or will they be the ones to solve all the Bloodline’s problems?
Raw returns and Kevin makes his entrance, followed by Rollins’ entrance. The teams sort out and Rollins throws his jacket at Jey! The brawl is on and fans fire up! Kevin fires off haymakers on Jimmy, Rollins fires off on Jey, then Kevin throws Jimmy out! Rollins ROCKS Jey, Kevin ROCKS Jimmy, and then Rollins bumps Jey off buckles! And off more buckles! The bell rings and this is official as Rollins climbs up to rain down fists on Jey! Fans count all the way to nine, but Rollins winds it up for TEN! Rollins brings Jey around but Jey headlocks. Rollins powers out, things speed up, and Rollins CLOBBERS Jey!
Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins drags Jey up, tags Kevin, and they mug Jey. Kevin wrenches Jey, reels him in and atomic drops to then LARIAT! Kevin taunts Jimmy, goes back to Jey, and he ROCKS Jey with a haymaker! Jey checks his jaw, Kevin DECKS him! Kevin asks where Sami went, “Where’s your dawg?” Kevin whips, Jey reverses, but Kevin holds ropes. Kevin BOOTS Jey but Jimmy KICKS Kevin in the back! Jey BOOTS Rollins down and fans boo as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Jimmy RAMS into Kevin at the corner. Jimmy RAMS again and again, then holds up the finger #WeTheOnes. Jimmy goes to the far corner, runs in, but Kevin avoids the splash! Jimmy hits off the post, Kevin hits a DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kevin and Jimmy crawl for their corners, hot tags to Jey and Rollins! Iowa is fired up as Rollins rallies on Jey! Rollins redirects to SLINGBLADE! Jey goes to a corner, Rollins runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Rollins whips again but Jey reverses, only for Rollins to reverse into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins is a bit surprised but the fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!”
Rollins goes to the corner, he conducts the Iowa choir, but Jey avoids the curb stomp! UPPERCUT! Hot tag to Jimmy but Rollins dodges to SUPERKICK! Rollins runs at Jey but is put on the apron! Rollins DECKS Jey, goes up top, and CROSSBODIES them both! Tag to Kevin! Kevin climbs up now, Jimmy is in a drop zone, but Rollins and Jey go after each other on the outside! Jey SUPERKICKS Rollins down! Kevin still FROR SPLASHES Jimmy! Cover, TWO!! Kevin hurries back up top, to SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Jimmy saves himself at the last moment! The fans fire up as all four men are down all around the arena!
Kevin crawls to a corner and drags himself up with ropes. Jimmy goes to the other corner, but here comes Solo! Kevin staggers and brings Jimmy up but Jimmy UPPERCUTS! Wait, the Good Brothers intercept Solo! They’re getting payback for Styles! Solo ROCKS Karl, fires off hands on Gallows, but Gallows ROCKS Solo back! Jey FLIES onto the Good Brothers! But Rollins FLIES out onto Jey & Solo!! Fans are thunderous as Rollins roars! Solo stands up, runs in, but Rollins POSTS him! CURB STOMP for Jey to the floor!! Jimmy brings Kevin around to ROCK him with forearms! Jimmy puts Kevin up top!
Kevin resists, throws body shots, but Theory CLOBBERS Rollins from the crowd!! The “kid” continues to be a chicken! Kevin HEADBUTTS Jimmy but Jimmy rains down fists! Kevin still resists the superplex, he throws more body shots, and another headbutt! Jimmy staggers back, Kevin runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and the team is still in this! Jimmy snarls but “This is Awesome!” Jimmy says he’s gonna finish this and he climbs up the corner. USO SPLASH but Kevin moves! STUN- NO, Jimmy powers out! Kevin blocks a superkick to give a SUPERKICK! And then a whip for the POP- NO, Jimmy slips free!
Jimmy swings, Kevin dodges, now the POP-UP BOMB!! Cover, Kevin & Rollins win!!!
Winners: Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins, by pinfall
Everything from tonight came to a head, but in the end, it is the Prizefighter standing tall! Kevin is telling Roman Reigns he better beware because he isn’t going away! But wait, Sami gets in the ring! Kevin sees him, and the two former friends stare down. Kevin takes off his wrist tape, but Sami then takes his leave. Is the Honorary Uce just playing mind games with the man he knows so well? Or will the man who knows him so well be the one standing tall to end 2022?
A great Raw here as a somewhat go-home to all the holiday “festivities” happening the next couple weeks. For one, next week is just a highlight show. But with three hours, you can bet there will be some big time PPV matches played mostly in full to fill time. I already bet we get SummerSlam’s Roman VS Lesnar Last Man Standing match because of that tractor moment. Anyway, great threat throughout the night of The Bloodline just beating up people. They might even be setting up future feuds with going after The OC and the OC going after them. Great match out of Styles VS Sami, but of course Solo was a distraction to help Sami win.
For that matter, I think HHH needs to change things up. I know we have a lot of factions, especially Heel ones, but between all three brands of the WWE, we need to stop Heels getting help from their teams. At least, letting them win that way. We got an awesome tag main event tonight with Kevin and Rollins reuniting, and things were overbooked, but the fact Kevin still came out on top through it is great. Kevin and Sami having a stare down to end the show was also good. The story is building, we’re going to have an awesome moment between them on the New Year’s Eve edition of SmackDown, this is still going very well.
Good promo from Rollins and Theory to get at each other, and of course Theory chickens out facing the Usos to then go after Rollins later. Makes me think Rollins wins the title on January 8th. We only got a little bit on the Bobby Lashley story since Pearce was logically distracted by the Bloodline’s path of destruction. MVP asking about Lashley was an interesting move, too. Maybe MVP will let bygones be bygones and he’ll be Lashley’s manager again? Maybe the Hurt Business will be revived once again? We did see Cedric and Shelton again, and they could keep Omos around as the midcard guy so Lashley can go up to the top of the card again.
Great stuff from Profits VS Judgment Day, and I do appreciate that Dom ended up a distraction that cost his team. Rhea then going after Tozawa and them actually having a coed match was wild. I figured Rhea was going to win, though, more because of the push she’s got going for her. Though at the same time, part for part, Rhea’s done more in the Women’s Division than Tozawa’s gotten to do in the Men’s Division, so she probably does have a higher power level. And this is all pushing things towards Bianca eventually feuding with Rhea so that she can even things between the factions.
Speaking of Bianca, good promo from her and Alexa. I really liked how Alexa related what happened to her in normal terms, not just in the supernatural. But I just knew that with a TV screen behind everyone, something White Rabbit was gonna happen. A glass vase isn’t, though, that was pretty wild. I hope that they use the footage from this very scene to pick apart why Alexa did that. Byron should really use that “WWE Investigates” idea for this, it just makes sense to me. And we got a pretty good ladder match out of Lumis and Miz, but I feel like the fans didn’t care about it until the end when Miz really went nuts. To be fair, that was when the match got good, since Miz isn’t one to go “extreme.”
But what a wild surprise that Bronson Reed is back! He was in NJPW as Jonah Rock and doing great stuff, but I guess when HHH called with that WWE money, Bronson couldn’t give that up. This was quite the way to return, too, helping Miz. I just hope this means Gargano gets wrestling again. Miz & Reed VS The Way could make for some great stuff. And with HHH behind him, Reed really could get going on Raw on a level similar to what he was doing in NJPW. The Miz might even end up with a faction of his own if you count Maryse, and who knows, a call-up from NXT might latch onto Miz to get started on Raw.
Becky had a very good promo calling Bayley out on the very thing the Heels are doing in using back-up to help her. Ironically, that is what happens in the match and that is why Bayley won. I feel like Becky might need some back-up, but then that’s just copy-paste from when Bianca recruited Asuka and Alexa. Becky is kinda stuck, but if anyone can fight back against a 3v1, it’s The Man.
My Score: 8.6/10
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Andrew’s IMPACT Match Ratings & Results: 3.23.2023
The Go Home to Sacrifice! PPV this week, Mania weekend special next week! Fun times for Impact!
It’s the Go Home to Sacrifice! I think there’s definitely more than a 33 1/3% chance that I’ll at least tolerate the episode. But with all of the fun pairings with Sacrifice participants we get the potential for a ton of story beats. We also might get a clearer picture of whatever the endgame is for The Design (doubtful though).
With all that, let’s hop into the show and kick off with how Kenny King and Eddie Edwards are exactly feeling about their Frankenstein problem.
.@KennyKingPb2 and @TheEddieEdwards want @PCOisNotHuman "On Ice"!#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/blVnhWPv4p
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
- The Design (Deaner, Kon, Angels w/Callihan) vs Time Machine (Alex Shelley, Kushida, Chris Sabin): Kushida wins via Hoverboard Lock – *** 1/4
- Savannah Evans w/Gisele Shaw & Jai Vidal vs Deonna Purrazzo: Deonna wins via Crucifix Bomb – ** 1/4
- Masha Slamovich & Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer & Mickie James: Bully wins via Piledriver – ** 1/4
- Dirty Dango & Joe Hendry vs Brian Myers & Moose: Myers wins via Roster Cut – ** 1/2
The Design (Deaner, Kon, Angels w/Callihan) vs Time Machine (Alex Shelley, Kushida, Chris Sabin)
Well Kushida does enjoy mixing it up with Heavyweights…and he starts against Kon. Kushida tries to chop down the tree, gets stifled, Shelley tags in to try and assist but they both meet the brick wall of Kon. Kon tags in Deaner and Shelley is getting worked over. Blind tag from Sabin, Deaner gets spun around and kicked in the face for a quick near fall.
All six mix it up a bit before Time Machine gets the best of it, they post Angels in the corner, Hesitation Dropkick from Sabin while Angels is retrained and we get a quick tag bringing Shelley back in to work over Angels left arm. I guess you can see they made him a…one winged angel – okay no more FF7 references. I feel dirty. Kushida lays in the grounded Bow and Arrow Liger Style, and Angels is just get rocked.
Eventually Angels manages to get away from Sabin and tag in Deaner, then The Design start quick tags and stomping away on Sabin in their corner. The Design tries to set up a tandem move, Sabin manages to escape and tag in Kushida. Hot tag with a few quick spots, Running Crossbody, Pele Kick, and then Shelley comes in. They go for some Time Splitters action but Angels interrupts it, so he receives the Time Splitters tandem offense of the PK to the Arm and Kon stunned on the apron eating a Back Handspring Kick, big Dive from Kushida puts an exclamation point on the Time Machine momentum.
Commercial break, we come back to Kushida and Shelley going for the Enzuigiri/Shotei combination, but Deaner moves and Shelley kicks Kushida. Angels gets tagged in and we see The Design put some stuff together. After a Spine Buster/Frog Splash combo, they set up a Double Doomsday and finally the MCMG portion of Time Machine come in for the save. Things start breaking down into signature spams, Angels looks to have the advantage until her stumbles just a little and the triple team starts.
They look for Outatime, but Deaner breaks it up, then Callihan slides in to just protect Deaner. He even stands there and asks the Guns to hit him. So Callihan gets rocked and Kushida flies in with the Hoverboard Lock for the win.
There was a vignette for The Coven, which checks that weird IMPACT spin since they love to play in the Shadow Realm. Not bad, just not work showing in the article.
JESUS H CHRIST – they are rebranding Raj Singh as Champagne Singh? I hope this is a short lived attempt at relevance, because he is talentless. Raj was the worst part of the Desi Hit Squad and somehow he’s stuck around the longest. I don’t get it…he’s cringe, can’t cut a promo and wrestles like trash.
Savannah Evans w/Gisele Shaw & Jai Vidal vs Deonna Purrazzo
Deonna takes the offense right to Savannah, which is dumb; but Deonna does love to be the female Minoru Suzuki. By that I mean, just fighting the opponents fight for a little bit until the gameplan eventually kicks in. So it looks dumb, but let’s see if it continues to be dumb.
The match has been fairly basic, but not awful, hence why its hard for me to really highlight anything. Savannah hits some nice power moves, Jai and Gisele tend to jaw and be petty distractions but never physically get involved. Deonna tries to fire up with a few quick Chops, but Savannah puts the brakes to the that and hits a great Snap Suplex. Deonna absorbs some offense, tries to use a little bit of join manipulation and momentum to give herself a few openings. Savannah stops Deonna, goes for a Backbreaker, but Deonna counters.
Deonna runs the ropes, hits a few big Knee Lifts, Russian Leg Sweep, float over, Fujiwara…but Savannah grabs the ropes. Savannah stalls Deonna’s offense attempts, catches her with a beautiful Northern Lights Suplex Hold for 2. Full Nelson Slam attempt, Deonna drops down, rolls through, tries to use the ropes to her advantage, but Gisele and Jai finally makes their presence really felt. Deonna hits the ropes, Jai grabs her, Savannah swings, misses Deonna and wipes out Jai, Gisele eats a Pump Kick from Deonna. Deonna flies through the attempts slam, Crucifix Bomb from Deonna, and Deonna gets the pinfall.
Post match 3 on 1 beatdown begins! Deonna has no friends left, so she eats a Full Nelson Bomb and Denouement, and she’s left laying.
Flashback Moment: Sacrifice 2010, Team 3D vs Beer Money vs MCMG, #1 Contender for the TNA Tag Team Championship Match
Masha Slamovich & Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer & Mickie James
Dreamer and Bully circle a little, Bully tries to take a swipe at Mickie and then goads her to tag in. Bully keeps talking crap but Masha demands to be tagged in. So Masha and Mickie start off, while Mickie is trying to keep her eyes peeled for Bully while getting the best of Masha early after a Thesz Press, Sole But, Flapjack, Kip Up. But Mickie allows herself to be distracted a little, Masha returns the Sole Butt and clocks Mickie to drop her and tag in Bully. Bully talks too long before the Elbow Drop, so Mickie rolls away and Dreamer tags in. So the babyfaces are getting the best of the early going until Bully grabs Mickie’s hair as she runs the ropes while the ref is distracted.
Bully cheap shots Dreamer, tries to grab the Kendo Stick and threaten Mickie but the referee stops him. Bully starts man handling Mickie, tags Masha back in and Masha is literally whipping her around by her hair. Same time Lariats give Mickie the chance to tag out, simultaneous tags on the guys and Dreamer is doing…as hot of a tag as he can. 10 Count Punches, Bites his head, Cutter, but Masha breaks the pin. Flip, Flop and Fly in stereo, Dreamer calls for a WAZZUP, Mickie does a Diving Polish Hammer to Bully’s balls. Then Dreamer shoves Mickie and tells her to get the tables.
Masha does one of the ugliest dives I’ve ever seen on Mickie, but its effective. Bully hits a Low Blow while the referee is messing with the table, Piledriver from Bully and the Bully wins it for the team.
Masha tells Bully to set up the table after the match. Bully is about to Powerbomb Mickie, but Jordynne Grace hits the ring with a Kendo Stick. Bully turns, Jordynne hits the ropes for a Spear but Bully moves and Jordynne cuts Mickie in half.
Is @SteveMaclin getting into the heads of #RichSwann, @FrankieKazarian, and @Walking_Weapon?#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/1iDn0ehHMx
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) March 24, 2023
Next week is going to be more of a hype show for Mutiverse United. There will be a few never broadcasted matches, but since its WrestleMania Weekend, that takes precedence.
Dirty Dango & Joe Hendry vs Brian Myers & Moose
Joe Hendry’s doing his usual promo after his music, but Dango also grabs a microphone which throws off Hendry a little. So when Hendry says “Say the only two words that matter” – Dango interjects with SUCK IT. Fun ways to tap dance around trademarks.
Hendry and Myers start off which actually plays nicely into the story. Hendry invoked Myers’ rematch clause, so of course he wouldn’t be opposed to mixing it up before the PPV. Dango gets tagged and tries to get Moose to dance. Moose’s leg shakes a little like he has to fight the urge to dance, and then charges at Dango. Little things like that reminds everyone that Moose is a likable performer, he’s just a heel right now, so he’s trying to ignore his fun side. Myers comes back in, Arm Trap Suplex, Tornado DDT where he kicks off of Moose who’s trying to interrupt. They wipe out Moose and Myers, Hendry puts his hands in the air for the wave, but Dango thinks it should be something else. Moves Hendry’s hands a little and then does a SUCK IT.
Off the commercial, Falcon Arrow from Dango, he tries to go to the top but Moose distracts Dango and Myers throws him off the top rope to the outside. Dango tries for the Cradle Counter Roll, but Myers blocks long enough to tag Moose. So Moose blindsides Dango before the 1 count even happens. Myers Knee Lift, holds onto Dango’s ankle and reaches to tag in Moose. So Dango is just getting totally singled out. Dango kicks Moose away, Moose tries for Go To Hell, but Dango keeps swinging, rocks Moose a little and then the Diving European Uppercut gives Dango the space he needs for the tag.
Simultaneous tags, Myers gets caught mid Crossbody, Sack of Shit from Hendry and then Joe Kips Up. Hendry tries a Trust Fall, Myers slips it, Enzuigiri, but then Hendry hits the Pop-Up Powerbomb for 2. Moose is in, Dango is in, Dango gets dumped out, Moose hits the Lights Out on Hendry. Roster Cut from Myers, 1-2-3.
Josh Alexander walks out to the ring after the Maclin/Swann shenanigans. Josh punctuates his promo with saying Maclin is afraid of failure, afraid of being a man without a purpose, afraid of being a Forgotten Son. Maclin’s music hits and he chuckles at the line and gives Josh a little kudos.
Maclin is cutting a perfect heel promo since he’s validating everything Josh said, and even presents video evidence of how much scouting he’s doing to avoid failure. However, through his validation he’s also poking holes in Josh’s confidence. Josh tries to say it changes nothing and he’s a fighting champion and tries to challenge Maclin now…because now Josh is scared. Like Frankie said, Maclin is doing it “My Way”. So he says no to the challenge and that he wants to take it in Josh’s home town.
Overall Score: 7.25/10
Now I usually get bored with promos to close a show, but they both played their parts perfectly. Josh with the strong babyface opening trying to discredit the opponent as just another victim of circumstance; but Maclin bringing the receipts like he just walked into H&R Block was beautiful. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Maclin’s run in IMPACT, but this is the cherry on the top. He NEEDS to win the title, he’s perfect since you could see in Josh’s face and body language his confidence is a little shaken.
I also appreciated a few of the little storytelling beats, like in Hendry’s match. Opening against Myers plays into the story, and then Moose hitting the Lights Out and then walking out of the ring just watching his handy work as Myers hits the Roster Cut for the win. Proves everything both men said leading up through this story. Deonna also being the best wrestler in the Knockouts division, but still not capable of beating a 3 on 1 with no friends played well towards something. It’s either going to culminate in Mickie and Deonna burying the hatchet frenemies style, or we’ll see Deonna having to evolve into a more straight forward babyface since she can’t play the heel or tweener with no friends.
The Twitter feed didn’t have the segment with The Death Dollz, but potentially writing off Taya by bringing Su Yung/Susie/Susan back works well since it gives JesSICKa a chance at an angle, Su could always side with The Coven, they can play in the paranormal nicely for a few more months. I just really hope they don’t return JesSICKa to Havok. Havok got stale and pathetic, whereas JesSICKa is entertaining both in and out of the ring.
But hey, tomorrow is Sacrifice, so watch your Steiner Math promos and strap in for the PPV!
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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/23/23)
Who answered the Open Challenge?
In a big return to ROH, Cheeseburger challenges Samoa Joe for the World Television Championship! But will Burger survive the King of TV?
- Mark Briscoe VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods; Briscoe wins.
- Six Man Tag: AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik VS The Trustbusters; Fox, Blake & Metalik win.
- Skye Blue VS Lady Frost; Skye wins.
- Rush & Dralistico w/ Jose the Assistant VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams; Rush & Dralistico win.
- Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS Darius Martin w/ Dante Martin; Taven wins.
- Brian Cage w/ The Embassy VS Tony Deppen; Cage wins.
- Silas Young VS Shane Taylor w/ JD Griffey; Shane wins.
- Billie Starkz VS Miranda Alize; Starkz wins.
- Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
- ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Cheeseburger; Joe wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mark Briscoe VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!
While Samoa Joe is defending that title in the main event, the Sussex County Chicken says the ROH World TV title is his destiny! But standing in his way is Mark Sterling and his stuck up stable! Will Briscoe be representing against the Premier Athlete? Or will his destiny be derailed again?
But Nese attacks right before the bell! Fans boo as Nese stomps a mudhole in, but Nese lets off to soak up heat. Nese fires forearms, whips, but Briscoe ducks ‘n’ dodges to BOOT Nese! And then he unleashes a Redneck Kung-Fu UPPERCUT! And a CHOP! And some forearms! Fans rally for #DemBoys as Mark ROCKS then DECKS Nese! Nese bails out, Mark pursues, and Mark keeps Nese from running away. Mark CHOPS, ROCKS and stalks Nese, to then CHOP again! Mark scoops and SLAMS Nese to the floor! Fans fire up as Mark goes to the apron, and Mark fires up to “BANG BANG!” FOLEY ELBOW DROP!
Fans fire up more as Mark drags Nese up and into the ring. Nese bails out again but Mark pursues. Sterling gets in Briscoe’s face, and that distracts so Nese can POST Briscoe! Fans boo but Nese soaks it up. Nese CHOPS Briscoe, has him against the apron, and CHOPS again! Nese puts Briscoe in the ring, high-fives Woods, but Mark fires off haymakers! But Nese YANKS Mark and throws him out of the ring! Woods is there but Mark hits him with the CHOP first! Mark steps in, but Nese kicks the ropes to jam him up! The ref is busy with Sterling, Woods snap suplexes Briscoe down! Fans boo but Nese just soaks it up again.
Nese drags Mark up as fans chant, “YOU SUCK!” Nese says he doesn’t suck, and he CHOPS again! Nese puts Mark in the ring again, stomps him to a corner, then stomps him more. Fans continue to boo but Nese drags Mark up. Nese puts Mark in the Tree of Woe, gets space, and he runs in to… Do crunches ‘n’ kicks! Fans boo but Nese says this is how he has his 8 pack. Nese drags Mark out of the Tree but Mark fires forearms in return! Nese knees low! Nese whips corner to corner, Mark goes up and over and rolls to come back and BOOT! Fans fire up and Mark brings Nese in. Mark underhooks, but Nese fights the lift!
Nese back drops, Mark sunset flips! Nese rolls through to SOBAT Mark in the face! Cover, TWO! Nese wraps on body scissors to keep Mark down. Fans rally while Mark endures the squeeze. Mark fights up, and rains down REDNECK-FU CHOPS! Nese lets go of the body scissors to have a bearhug! Fans rally, Mark fights up and throws elbows. Mark is free, but Nese throat chops! Nese then brings Mark around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Fans boo as Nese flexes on ’em, then Nese goes to the ropes, but Mark avoids the Premier Triangle! Mark swings, Nese dodges but Mark CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS!
Mark has Nese in a corner but Nese blocks the whip. So Mark fires off palm strikes! Mark CHOPS Nese, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Mark puts Nese up top, powers up, REDNECK UPPERCUT! Mark crosses the arms, ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives and fans rally up. Mark clinches, Nese fights with elbows, but swings into the EXPLODER! Mark powers up and fans fire up, Mark runs in, into a BOOT! Nese runs in, into a kick low! Mark turns Nese into the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nese is still in this but the fans still rally. Mark reels Nese in, Canadian Rack but Nese slips free!
Nese goes Matrix to dodge the haymaker to kick, KICK, KICK and SUPERKICK! Mark staggers into a facelock, but Mark suplexes first! Fans fire up again while Sterling and Woods are furious! Mark drags Nese up, underhooks, but Nese wrenches free. Nese waistlocks, Mark switches, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Nese lands on his feet! DOUBLE STOMP! Mark flounders to a corner, Nese brings down the kneepad. Nese runs, but into a LARIAT! Fans are fired up as Mark fireman’s carries! ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, and then Mark goes up top! FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, Mark wins!
Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall
The roll continues! Mark even shakes Nese’s hand to keep the Code of Honor. Supercard of Honor is waiting, will Mark be ready to take on Samoa Joe for the title?
Six Man Tag: AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik VS The Trustbusters!
When All Heart & The King of the Ropes needed a third man, the Whole Fox’n Show answered the call! Will this three man air force be what finally shuts up Ari Daivari, Slim J & Jeeves Kay?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though the Trustbusters do it with some snark. The trios sort out and Fox starts against Jeeves. Fans rally for Fox and he storms up on Jeeves, but Jeeves stays back. They tie up, Fox wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Jeeves wrenches through to headlock. Fox wrenches out to hammerlock then headlock for the takeover. Jeeves headscissors but Fox kips free. Fans applaud the opening, and Jeeves offers another handshake. Fox catches the cheap shot! Fox kicks, whips, but Jeeves slides under to RANA! And DROPKICK! Fans boo but Jeeves soaks it up. Jeeves whips Fox, but Fox reverses to mule kick and BOOT!
Fox JAWBREAKERS then NECKBREAKERS! Fox kips up and fans fire up, then Fox tags Blake. Blake kicks Jeeves, wrenches, but Jeeves knees low! Jeeves headlocks Blake, tags in Daivari, and the Trustbusters mug Blake. Daivari CHOPS, whips, but Blake ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ redirects to trip and DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Blake runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Blake comes back with a FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Blake CHOPS, CHOPS again, and Daivari sputters. Blake snapmares Daivari and wraps him up in a ground cobra! Blake air-guitars Daivari’s arm, then shifts to a facelock.
Daivari powers up and he RAMS Blake into the corner! Daivari RAMS Blake, but distracts the ref as he backs off. Slim and Jeeves mug Blake! Daivari tags in Slim, Slim drags Blake by his legs to rockabye him into a POWERBOMB! Slim drags Blake up to DECK him! Tag to Jeeves, the Trustbusters mug Blake more, but fans chant “SLIM J SUCKS!” Jeeves snapmares Blake, goes up, FALLING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Jeeves drags Blake back, tags Daivari, and the mugging continues. Daivari stands Blake up, taunts Fox and Metalik, but Blake slips out of the back suplex to give a back suplex!
Both men are down and the fans rally up! Blake and Daivari crawl, hot tag to Metalik! Metalik dodges Daivari, RANAS him out, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! Metalik puts Daivari in and the fans fire up more. Metalik climbs the corner, tightrope walks, and SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Metalik is a little frustrated but he drags Daivari into the drop zone. Metalik goes up again, to MOONSAULT! He has to bail out as Daivari moves, but then he dodges and comes back, sunset flip with a twist, TWO! Daivari escapes but Metalik whips him to ropes. Daivari reverses to send Metalik out.
Metalik fights off Jeeves, ROCKS Daivari, but Jeeves YANKS Metalik down! Fans boo as the ref misses that one! Daivari goes out to fetch Metalik and Sterling protests that Fox is just checking his teammate. Daivari RAMS Metalik into the apron, then he high-fives Sterling. Sterling says money money money as Daivari puts Metalik in the ring. Daivari anchors Metalik, tags Slim and Slim drops an elbow. Slim drags Metalik up, snapmares, and double stomps right into an ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Tag to Jeeves, the Trustbusters mug Metalik with heavy body shots, and then an UPPERCUT! Jeeves soaks up heat before he clamps on a chinlock.
Fans boo, especially as Jeeves pulls at the mask. Metalik endures, fans rally up, and Metalik fights up! Jeeves CLUBS Metalik, scoops, SLAMS and SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Jeeves rains down fists in frustration, then he drags Metalik up. Jeeves UPPERCUTS Metalik but Metalik CHOPS! Jeeves ROCKS Metalik, whips him to ropes, but Metalik handsprings to BACK ELBOW! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Hot tag to Daivari, and he drags Metalik back for another ELBOW DROP! Daivari CHOPS, whips, but Metalik springboards to BACK ELBOW again! Now Metalik and Daivari are down as fans rally up!
Metalik crawls, as does Daivari. Hot tag to Slim, he runs to BLAST Fox and Blake! But Metalik back drops Slim! Daivari tags back in, he drags Metalik away. Metalik hops up to ENZIGURI! Daivari flops down, Metalik crawls, but there’s no one in the corner! Daivari runs in, and only gets buckles! Metalik scoops to BACKBREAKER! Daivari writhes but he and Metalik are both down. Metalik crawls around, as does Daivari, hot tags to Fox and Jeeves! Fox rallies on Jeeves, ELBOWS in the corner, then snapmare rolls to the CUTTER! Slim and Daivari attack Fox! Fans boo, they double whip, but Fox crisscrosses them!
Fox puts Daivari in the corner and hits the A-LIST LARIAT! Slim runs in, into an ELBOW! Fox skins the cat to DROPKICK Daivari and DOUBLE STUNNER on Slim & Jeeves! Daivari runs in, Fox avoids the Penalty Kick to STUNNER him, too! Fans are thunderous for “A R FOX!” and he stomps Jeeves’ hand! Fox knuckle locks, goes up and up and jumps around, to then SUPER CANNONBALL Daivari & Slim! Jeeves builds speed, but runs into a GAMANGIRI! Blake is in, he throws Jeeves right out! Fans fire up as All Heart climbs up, and SUPER TWISTING CROSSBODIES The Trustbusters!
Fans are thunderous, “This is Awesome!” as Fox puts Jeeves in. Fireman’s carry, but Sterling distracts! fox goes after Sterling, but Jeeves runs in! Fox dodges and Jeeves almost hits Sterling! Fox runs in, Jeeves moves and the BOOT hits Sterling! Jeeves SUPERKICKS Fox and BLOODY SUNDAYS!! Cover, TWO!!! Jeeves is shocked but he tags in Daivari! Only for Metalik to GAMANGIRI Daivari up top! Slim CLUBS Metalik down, so Blake GAMANGIRIS Slim! Blake has Slim but Jeeves CLUBS Blake! Jeeves climbs up, but Metalik joins in, too! SUPER SPANISH FLY SUPERPLEX!??! Daivari leaps, into a CUTTER!!! Fox goes up top, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Fox and team wins!!
Winners: AR Fox, Blake Christian & Metalik, by pinfall
But wait, The Embassy attacks! Brian Cage & The Gates of Agony know Fox and team want their ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships, so they are beating them down for it! Fans boo but The Machine, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona stand tall here. Will these three tanks be able to shoot down the three fighter jets coming for their titles?
Skye Blue VS Lady Frost!
The bright future of this young wrestler has been a bit cloudy already. Toni Storm rained on Skye’s parade, and now she’s facing a cold front! Will Skye stay sunny even after facing Lady Frost?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and these two tie up. They go around then break, and reset. They tie up again, and Frost wrenches to a wristlock. Skye rolls, handsprings, and wrenches to a wristlock. Fans duel, Frost uses the ropes to flip through the wristlock and wrench Skye back. Skye cartwheels, wrenches and wristlocks again. Frost rolls, cartwheels and arm-drags free. Fans applaud the exchange, but Skye comes back. Frost jumps over, keeps moving, so Skye hurdles. Frost leaps over, blocks the arm-drag, but Skye goes to the other side to arm-drag after all! Then wheelbarrow arm-drag!
Fans fire up but Frost takes a second to cool off. Frost respects Skye’s ability, and the two go again. They feel out a knuckle lock, but Frost kicks low! Frost bumps Skye off buckles, stomps a mudhole in, but lets off at 4. Frost runs in to GAMANGIRI! “She’s out of the corner.” Frost then spins, but Skye avoids the kick! Skye full nelsons, Frost switches and shoves Skye away, SCREW HIGH KCIK! Skye falls into the corner, Frost handsprings to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Frost grows frustrated but fans rally up. Frost stalks Skye, mocks the applause, but Skye throws body shots. Frost throws Skye by her hair!
Frost handstands to drops knees on Skye’s back! Frost gives toying kicks but the fans rally up. Skye rises, Frost bumps her off buckles, and Frost CHOPS! Fans want one more, so Frost says kiss this instead. Frost runs in but Skye slips out to ROCK Frost! And SUPERKICK! Skye goes up but Frost GAMANGIRIS! Skye falls to the floor, Frost goes to the apron, and Frost CANNONBALLS to the floor! Frost mocks the applause while the ring count climbs. Frost drags Skye up into the ring, then covers, TWO! Skye is hanging tough, and fans rally up again. Frost drags Skye up to throw knees. Skye swings, misses, and Frost kicks a leg out!
Skye ducks the buzzsaw but the HEEL KICK hits! Only for Skye to spring up and SUPERKICK! Both women are down and fans fire up again! Skye crawls her way to a corner while Frost stands. Frost runs in, but into an ELBOW! Skye goes to another corner, Frost runs in but into a BOOT! Skye goes up to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Skye and she runs in to SHINING WIZARD at the ropes! Snapmare, but Frost blocks the superkick! BASEMENT ENZIGURI hits! Cover, TWO! Frost is still in this but Skye full nelsons! Only for Frost to drop and victory roll! TWO, and Skye runs in, but falls for the feint! QUESTION MARK KICK!
Frost cartwheels into the Alabama Lift, AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Frost is shocked! Frost drags Skye into a drop zone, goes up the corner, but Skye CLUBS her first! Skye CLUBS away on Frost, brings her around and then ROCKET LAUNCHES her to the mat! Fans fire up, Skye goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Frost is still in this and Skye grows frustrated. Fans rally up, Skye takes aim, and she runs in to get around, backslide, TWO! Facelock, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then full nelson, lift, SKYE FALL!! Cover, Skye wins!
Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall
The Outcasts may have knocked her down, but Skye got back up! And she shows Frost respect by upholding the Code of Honor. Will Skye be reaching for the stars in the ROH Women’s Division?
Rush & Dralistico w/ Jose the Assistant VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams!
All the tag teams in ROH want to #ReachForTheSky, including these two teams. Will La Faccion Ingobernable keep things tranquilo? Or will The Professional and the Hot Sauce be just a little too much for LFI?
The Code of Honor is NOT upheld, so the brawl is on! The bell rings, the forearms fly fast and furious, and the former ROH Tag champs get the edge! They run, but into DOUBLE SHOTGUNS! LFI builds speed, only to double tranquilo! Fans are torn, but Tracy SHOTGUNS Rush back! Rhett goes after Dralistico but gets thrown out. Double CHOPS sandwich Tracy, then Dralistico CHOPS again! Rush CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rush sends Dralistico in to clothesline, Rush SPLASHES, then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICKS hit! The ref reprimands, LFI lets things cool off, and Dralistico brings Tracy up.
Dralistico whips, Tracy reverses but runs into a BOOT! ROUNDHOUSE! SOBAT! Front KICK and SCREW HIGH KICK! Fans fire up for the kick combo and Dralistico stomps Tracy. Tag to Rush, Dralistico BLASTS Rhett, and then LFI mugs Tracy. Rush CHOPS, then eggs Tracy on. Tracy CHOPS, but Rush CHOPS! Rush fires forearm after forearm, then he tags Dralistico. Rush puts Tracy in the ropes, holds him in place while Dralistico climbs. KICK and GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Tracy hangs tough but Dralistico stomps him. And KICKS! And eggs him on. Tracy ROCKS Dralistico!
Dralistico ROCKS Tracy! Tracy ROCKS Dralistico! Dralistico CHOPS! The forearms fly back and forth again, Dralistico shoves then swings, but into a SAIDO! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tags to Rhett and Rush! Rhett fires off with Rush, forearm for forearm! Rhett gets the edge! Fans fire up, but then Rush fires all those back! Rush CHOPS, whips, but Rhett reverses to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up again as Rhett aims from a corner. Rhett runs in to BOOT Rush! Rhett DECKS Dralistco, BOOTS Rush, and feeds to Tracy’s ELBOW! DROPKICK! ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!!!
Draslitico gets in to attack but Tracy throws him out! Rush sends Tracy into a ROUNDHOUSE then GERMAN SUPELXES! Dralistico adds a FLYING CODE BREAKER! Rhett spins Dralistico, NECKBREAKER! Rush CLOBBERS Rhett! Fans fire up, Rush runs at Tracy, but Tracy SPEARS first!! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous for “R O H! R O H!” Rhett drags himself up, Rush roars, Rhett runs in! Rush OVERHEAD suplexes Rhett into buckles! Dralistico FLIES out onto Tracy and Jose! Rush stomps around, aims at Rhett, “When you mess with the bull!” BULL’S HORNS!!! Cover, LFI wins!
Winners: Rush & Dralistico, by pinfall
La Faccion Ingobernable is on a win streak, but Supercard of Honor is coming. Will LFI be the NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions?
Caprice Coleman sits with Eddie Kingston and Claudio Castagnoli.
Caprice is with The Mad King and the Swiss Superman to talk about the last few weeks. Eddie challenged Claudio for the ROH World Championship, and Claudio denied it, saying Eddie is a man without honor. Can Claudio explain that? Well, it should be self-explanatory. But Claudio does want to apologize. Eddie does have honor, in his own way. Eddie has pride, something that has gotten in his way many times, but Eddie has honor. Claudio admits to being wrong on that. But he will still stand by his statement that someone like Eddie should not be ROH World Champion.
How does Eddie respond to that? Caprice knows all the years he’s put into wrestling, and knows that ROH is a prestigious title. Can Eddie shoulder that responsibility? Eddie says Claudio’s opinion doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is beating Claudio for that title. A title that mentors of Eddie’s have held. Low-Ki. Xavier. Homicide. That lineage belongs to Eddie, the underdog, the fighter. Claudio’s not a fighter, not an underdog, he knows that, because they know each other. They’ve lived with each other, met each other’s families. Claudio’s a coward for not doing business, so Eddie will force his hand. And Mox can’t stop this.
Interesting that Eddie would use the words “underdog” and “fighter.” Eddie always sees himself as an underdog, as a victim. When it comes to being a fighter, who is the one who always quits? Yeah, they used to live together, but also train together. Who ran off when things got hard? Claudio stayed, worked every single day that Eddie didn’t while throwing a pity party. Guess who put the work in? Guess who is champion right now because of that? Yeah, for now. Talk tough all you want, Eddie, you don’t walk the walk. Oh, word? Well, Eddie promised not to get up and punch Claudio, it’ll stay civil.
Claudio says Eddie is always a tough talker, always loud, that’s fine. Claudio isn’t afraid of Eddie, he’s afraid for Eddie. Eddie cannot beat Claudio, he cannot reach Claudio. Never did, never will. Then prove it! Prove it by giving Eddie his shot! Claudio says that if Eddie wants the shot, he’s got it! But Claudio will tell us all what’s gonna happen, think of this as a spoiler. Claudio will beat Eddie and outclass him. Then Eddie will blame everyone but himself for the loss. He’ll throw a tantrum then quit and run away to implode. Claudio tells Caprice that this man, Eddie, is the biggest waste of potential Claudio’s seen in his life!
Claudio saw Eddie when he was young, he saw the fire in his eyes, and that Eddie could’ve had it all. But then he threw himself a pity party and threw it all away. So mark Claudio’s words. After he retains his title at Supercard of Honor, this will happen again. Because Eddie can’t handle it! Caprice says it is official for March 31st in Los Angeles. Eddie VS Claudio, sign, sealed and delivered. But who will fight and who will run when all is said and done?
Matt Taven w/ The Kingdom VS Darius Martin!
Mike Bennett lost to Angel Dorado, so The Kingdom took it out on him just last night on Dynamite! That screwed Top Flight out of becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions. But will Air Wolf screw The Trend out of going to Supercard of Honor and the tag title ladder match?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and then Taven pie faces Darius! Darius pie faces then arm-drags! Kicks and KICKS, but Taven kicks low. Things speed up and Darius DROPKICKS Taven out of the ring! Fans rally up while The Kingdom regroups. Darius goes out after Taven, Taven hurries into the ring, then he drop toeholds Darius! Taven runs to drop an elbow! Taven then runs in at the corner but only gets buckles! Darius arm-drags once, but Taven blocks the next. Darius headlocks, Taven powers up but Darius uses that to whip Taven away. Then Darius pie faces Taven! Taven is furious, he runs but into a drop toehold! DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!
Darius keeps cool and he brings Taven up. Fans rally, Darius wrenches and UPPERCUTS the arm. Taven whips Darius out of the ring, but Darius BOOTS him away! The ref is busy with Taven, Mike rushes in but Darius goes up and over to ROUNDHOUSE! But now Maria anchors Darius! KICK OF THE KING! Taven soaks up the heat while the ring count starts. Fans chant “TAVEN SUCKS!” but Taven is amused. Taven distracts the ref, Mike whips Darius but Darius reverses, only for Mike to rebound and CLOBBER Darius! Taven goes out to put Darius back in the ring, and then Taven whips Darius to a corner.
Darius bounces off buckles, into a BACKBREAKER! Taven then gut wrenches, underhooks, and TIGER BACKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Taven clamps onto Darius with a motorcycle stretch. Darius endures, fans rally, and Darius fights up. Darius swings, but into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Taven runs to SPRINGBOARD SENTON but Darius moves! Taven flounders, runs in at Darius but into a BOOT! Darius ELBOWS Taven, runs, but Taven waistlocks. Darius bucks the O’Conner, sunset flips, but Taven rolls through! JUST THE- NO, Darius ducks the knee to roll Taven up again, TWO!
Darius stands, into a HEEL KICK from Taven! Fans cheer and jeer but definitely more jeer. Taven taunts Darius, kicks him around, but the fans rally up. Darius throws body shots, but Taven bobs ‘n’ weaves to kick, kick and facelock. Darius powers out but runs into a BOOT! Taven goes up, but leaps into an atomic drop! Darius fires off haymakers! Taven shoves Darius but gets the People’s Haymaker! Darius whips, Taven reverses but Darius slides out to the apron. Darius shoulders in, GAMANGIRIS, then steps in for the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Taven is still in this, there’s a reason he’s an ROH Grand Slam winner.
Darius drags Taven up, suplexes, but Taven slips out to headlock. Darius powers out, ducks the roundhouse, but Taven avoids the sweep to BOOT! Darius rebounds, sends Taven to ropes, SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO and into a ghost pin! TWO!! DOUBLE ENZIGURIS!! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! A standing count starts, fans rally up but Taven rises first. Darius follows, both men bump into each other, and Taven RAMS Darius into a corner! Taven puts Darius up top but Darius CLUBS Taven! Sunset flip, but Taven rolls through again, JUST THE TIP!! Taven goes up top, to FROG SPLASH onto knees!! Cover, TWO!!
Darius sidesteps Taven to SNAP GERMAN! Taven flops out of the ring, Mike checks on him, but Darius builds speed! Darius DIVES but gets only Mike! Taven is back in the ring, Darius hurries, but Maria trips him up! CLIMAX!!! Cover, Taven wins!
Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall
Top Flight and The Kingdom are 1-1 in the singles series, and Taven mockingly upholds the Code of Honor. But the Kingdom isn’t done, they want Darius to get up to get clobbered. But DANTE is here! Dante chases them off, but the Kingdom still acts tough hiding behind Maria. Will either of these teams #ReachForTheSky in LA?
Brian Cage w/ The Embassy VS Tony Deppen!
We saw the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions beat down their future challengers, but The Machine looks to do some damage all on his own. Deppen finds himself in the deep end, will he make it out alive?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. Cage shoves Deppen away but Deppen comes back. Cage shoves him away again, and Deppen gets mad! Deppen SLAPS Cage! Bad move, Deppen! Cage TOSSES Deppen to a corner, runs in but Deppen goes up and over. Deppen keeps going, rolls off Cage’s back, and SLAPS again! Cage whips Deppen out, but Deppen gets right back up to GAMANGIRI! Deppen steps in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cage drags Deppen up at the corner, and he deadlift SUPERPLEXES! Cage flexes but fans boo. Cage then drags Deppen up to bump him off buckles.
Fans chant “BRIAN SUCKS!” but Cage ROCKS Deppen. Cage soaks up the heat, brings Deppen up and whips corner to corner hard! Deppen bounces off buckles and falls in a heap, and Cage asks, “Who sucks now, huh?!” Cage scoops and SLAMS Deppen, to then drop a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!! But Cage just does push-ups. Cage drags Deppen up but Deppen throws body shots. Cage BOOTS Deppen, then hauls him up to RAM into him in the corner. Cage puts Deppen up top to ROCK him! Then Cage climbs up, soaks up the heat, but Deppen slips out! Deppen mule kicks the legs out! DRAPING BACKSTABBER!
Fans fire up with Deppen as he goes to the apron. Deppen steps in, CODE BREAKER! Cage flops out of the ring! Fans fire up, Deppen builds speed, and he SOMERSAULT TOPES!! Fans are thunderous as Deppen takes out Cage! Deppen puts Cage in, springboards, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cage ends up in a corner and Deppen roars! METEORA! Deppen has Cage in the drop zone then climbs up top! DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!!! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Deppen can’t believe it! Fans rally up, though, and Deppen goes to a corner. Deppen aims, runs in, but Cage ducks to rol lhim up!
Deppen slips free, dodges the lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! Cage says it’s done! But Deppen cradles!! TWO!!! Cage escapes, but the JUMP KNEE hits! Cage roars, spins, ROLLING- HEADBUTT!! Deppen runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cage drags Deppen up to suplex, DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
Deppen came close but not close enough, and now the Embassy is mugging him for it! Kaun rains down fists, Liona drops a HEABUTT of his own! Deppen sputters and spasms, but the fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” The Gates of Agony drag Deppen up, but here comes Fox, Blake and Metalik! They have pipes and chains!! They clobber the Embassy! Liona takes one pipe shot, then ANOTHER! Nana wants his team to fall back and regroup! The Embassy is furious, but will they be blown away by these high-flying kings of heart?
Silas Young VS Shane Taylor w/ JD Griffey!
Believe it or not, these two have never met in 1v1 competition! Despite being two of the best ROH World TV Champions, only one can prove they are THE best. Will it be the Last Real Man in Professional Wrestling? Or will it be big bad Shane T?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two tie up, Shane shoves Sials away then eggs him on. They tie up again, go around the ropes and Silas ends up in control. Silas lets off with pats on the shoulder, but Shane shoves him! Shane talks trash, so Silas SLAPS him! Shane swings on Silas but Silas ducks ‘n’ dodges, only for Shane to run him over! Fans rally behind Shane as he stalks Silas to ropes, but Silas HOTSHOTS! Silas throws hands, but Shane blocks the whip. Silas kicks low, but Shane still blocks that whip. Shane whips Silas to then CLOBBER him in the corner! Fans fire up, Shane runs, but Silas ROCKS him!
Silas talks trash but Shane ROCKS him! Silas ROCKS Shane, eggs him on, so Shane DECKS Silas! Silas falls right out of the ring! Shane goes out after Silas, puts him in the ring, and then on the apron. Shane climbs up and takes aim, but Silas avoids the leg drop! Silas KNEES Shane off the apron! Fans boo but Silas goes out after Shane. Silas puts Shane back in the ring, then slingshot DOUBLE STOMPS! And DOUBLE STOMPS again and again! Fans boo, but Silas mocks them before he SENTONS! Cover, but Shane makes it a ghost pin! TWO!! Shane runs in, Silas puts him on the apron and TRIANGLE JUMP LARIATS! Silas drags Shane in to cover, TWO!
Silas snarls but fans taunt him, “SILAS SUCKS!” Silas still BOOTS Shane down, then drops an ELBOW! And another ELBOW! And another ELBOW! Silas says he can do this all day! ELBOW after ELBOW, then a BIG elbow! Cover, ONE!!! Fans fire up and Silas is stunned! Silas says okay, Shane wants to be a man. Then get up and fight! Shane swings, Silas dodges, but the SOUTHPAW clobbers Silas!! Fans rally up behind Shane as he rises. Silas flounders at the ropes, and Shane CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him again! Silas goes to a corner, Shane SPLASHES! But Silas dodges the lariat, only to get a KNEE!
Shane brings Silas up, SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Fans argue the count but Shane just keeps going. Shane drags Silas up, turns him a la Briscoe, but Silas powers out to kick and KNEE!! And then TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives but he looks dazed. Fans rally up again as Shane and Silas rise. Silas brings Shane around, fireman’s carries, but Shane sips free. Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Then he ripcord URENAGES! Run and SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Silas survives and fans argue the count again. But then the fans rally up behind Shane as he looms over Silas. Shane drags Silas up, tucks him in, but Silas wrenches out.
Silas BOOTS Shane, but Shane swings, into the full nelson and SMASH! Fireman’s carry!? ROLLING SENTON!! Silas goes up the corner, headstand, PEEWEE- NO, Shane dodges! Shane blocks the boot, Ace Ten Mao! And then PACKAGE PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Shane wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
The baddest man in ROH was and still is Shane Taylor! And he also shows respect by keeping the Code of Honor. But will Shane Taylor Promotions be going for gold after Supercard of Honor?
Billie Starkz VS Miranda Alize!
The young rising star has shown great promise, but she’s about to meet the returning #LuchaBaddie! Will Alize reestablish herself quickly in ROH? Or will Starkz still have a bright future?
The Code of Honor is NOT upheld as Alize slaps the hand away. The bell rings, she and Starkz circle, and fans are on Billie’s side. Billie and Alize tie up, go around, go along the ropes, and then into corner after corner after corner! They go back to center, break, and fans applaud. The two tie up again, Alize arm-drags to a cover. ONE, Billie has the cover, ONE and Alize bails out. Fans boo but Billie is patient. Alize scowls and storms back in. Billie calls for a knuckle lock, and Alize accepts, but she BITES Billie’s hand! Fans boo but Alize kicks Billie low! Alize whips, Billie reverses and follows to then get around, HALF ‘N’ HALF!
Fans fire up while Alize bails out. Billie builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up with Billie and the ring count starts. Billie drags Alize up and into the ring, then she climbs up the corner. Billie leaps but Alize avoids the double stomps! Billie runs in, Alize dodges again, then runs in. Alize blocks boots, puts Billie in the ropes and throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands, Alize drags Billie to a corner, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Fans rally for Billie but Alize bumps her off buckles. Alize BITES the hand again! The ref reprimands, Alize stops and she drags Billie back up to throw heavy body shots!
Alize snapmares Billie, mocks the fans clapping, and Alize runs to build speed, just to pie face Billie! Alize talks trash, drags Billie up, but Billie ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Billie roars, runs, but into an ELBOW! Billie flops to the apron but Alize drags her back in. Fans rally, Alize whips her to ropes, and then Alize follows, tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER into the MIRANDA RIGHTS!! Billie is stuck in the crossface and reaches out, but Alize drags her back from the ropes! Billie powers to a roll-up, TWO!! Billie blocks a kick to KNEE back! Alize goes to a corner and fans rally up again. Alize stands, she runs in at Billie, but only gets buckles!
Billie ELBOWS Alize, goes to another corner, and Alize runs in. Billie BOOTS Alize, goes up, but Alize blocks the boot! Billie ENZIGURIS, then spins Alize for a KNEE SMASH and HEEL KICK! Fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Alize survives but Billie snarls. Billie brings Alize up, Alize cravats but Billie powers out. Billie runs in but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Alize goes to the apron, shoulders in then SPIKE-RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Billie survives and Alize grows frustrated. Alize drags Billie up, spins her around, but Billie suplexes, GHOSTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Alize survives, but Billie goes up, SWANTON- FLOP as Alize dodges! Alize spins Billie, for a CUTTER! Alize runs in, but Billie ducks the Drive-By to roll Alize up! TWO!!! Alize escapes, tilt-o-whirls, but into a TOMBSTONE!!! Cover, STARKZ WINS!!
Winner: Billie Starkz, by pinfall
A massive win over a veteran, Billie just put herself on the map! Will the 18 year old upstart find herself in the title scene for the summer?
Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS Aussie Open!
Former ROH World Tag Team Champions are reunited and they are as good as they’ve ever been. But they’re up against the original NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions! Will the Fallen Angel & Third Eye be able to survive? Or will the Aussie Arrow & Dunkzilla conquer ROH for the United Empire?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the teams sort out. Sydal starts, and he tries to make the chant, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! MATT SYDAL!” Kyle Fletcher thinks that’s funny, and the two circle. They tie up, Fletcher puts Sydal in a corner but Sydal slips away fast. Fletcher keeps Sydal at a distance with his long legs, then comes back. They circle, feel things out and tie up. Fletcher cravats, Sydal fights the snapmare but Fletcher powers through. Sydal handsprings through, but Fletcher runs him over! Fletcher scoops, Sydal slips free, then runs. Sydal tilt-o-whirl RANAS, then he taunts Fletcher into a rolling cradle! TWO!!
Sydal facelocks, tags Daniels, and they double whip Fletcher to trip and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Daniels as he wrenches to a wristlock, but Fletcher scoops and SLAMS fast! Tag to Davis, he runs in but Daniels dodges. Daniels headlocks, Davis powers out and runs Daniels over! Davis drags Daniels up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daniels sputters while fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Davis obliges, and he CHOPS again! Fans fire up with Davis, then he drags Daniels up. Davis whips Daniels away, runs in, but Daniels drop toeholds Davis into buckles! Daniels kicks a leg out then runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT!
Fans rally up as Daniels stands Davis up. Daniels wrenches, tags in Sydal, and they double whip. Davis cartwheels, BOOTS Daniels, but Sydal blocks one! DOUBLE LEG SEWEP! Sydal back suplexes Daniels for the SPLASH! Then he adds the MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Sydal PENALTY KICKS Davis in the back! Tag to Daniels, Sydal wrenches so Daniels can kick low. Daniels whips Davis, but Davis blocks! Daniels JABS Davis, but Davis still blocks the whip. Daniels JABS again, Davis staggers away but Daniels kicks low. Daniels JABS, JABS and JABS! Fans fire up as Daniels whips, but Davis reverse.
Daniels slips under Fletcher trying to be sneaky! Daniels trips Fletcher, ROCKS him, then shoulders into Davis! Slingshot sunset flip, but Fletcher tags in! Davis rolls through, wrenches, Aussie Open double whips to DOUBLE CHOP! And then PENALTY KICK to a SENTON! Sydal slingshots, but into an UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Fletcher fetches Daniels and Davis has Sydal. Aussie Open meet around the way, SPINEBUSTER SANDWICH! Fans fire up as they put the crowns up! Aussie Open regroups and they put Daniels in the ring. Fletcher covers, TWO! Fletcher slaps Daniels around, stands him up and scoops to SLAM!
Fans rally and Fletcher stomps Daniels down. And he springboard stomps Daniels at the ropes! Fans rally, “FALLEN ANGEL! OI OI OI!” Fletcher tags Davis, and Davis DECKS Daniels! Davis roars and barks, then he suplexes to hold Daniels up! Tag to Fletcher and Fletcher takes the handoff, only for Daniels to cradle! TWO!! Fletcher CLOBBERS Daniels! Fans rally, Sydal coaches Daniels, but Fletcher tags Davis back in. Fletcher BOOTS Sydal, then Davis drags Daniels up. Davis clamps onto the arm and shoulder but Daniels endures the armlock. Fans rally up, Daniels fights to his feet, and he throws forearms! Davis scoops Daniels to SLAM him down!
Fletcher tags in, Aussie Open brings Daniels up and fans rally. Davis scoops, but Daniels slips off to shove him into Fletcher! Daniels then BOOTS Davis and goes up, to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Fans rally up as Daniels and Aussie Open are all down. Hot tag to Sydal! Sydal dodges Fletcher to HEEL KICK! Sydal dodges Davis to WHEEL KICK! Sydal fires off KICK after KICK on Fletcher, then the JUMP SOBAT! POP-UP RANA! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives but fans fire up! Sydal has Fletcher in a corner, hoists him up top, and he climbs up to join him! Fletcher shoves Sydal away, but Sydal jumps, SUPER STEINER! Ghost pin, TWO!!
Sydal keeps cool, he puts Fletcher in the drop zone. Sydal climbs up, but Davis hurries up! Davis anchors Sydal, and Fletcher GAMANGIRIS! Sydal is stuck up top, and Aussie Open coordinates. They drag Sydal back up, climb up after him, but Daniels runs in. Davis shoves Daniels away, runs after him, but is sent out! Daniels CLUBS Fletcher and brings him around! Sydal helps out, METEORA BOMB!! Cover, DAVIS BREAKS IT! Fans chant “This is Awesome!” “R O H!” Davis rushes Daniels, Daniels dodges one lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Davis swings on Sydal, Sydal dodges both north and south to JUMP KNEE!
Fletcher runs in, dodges the roundhouse to HALF ‘N’ HALF! But Daniels hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! All four men are down and fans are thunderous again! Daniels and Fletcher stir, the teams regroup, and Daniels runs at Davis. Davis TOSSES Daniels out! Davis sees Sydal, he gets the legs, Close Your Eyes- RANA!! Sydal KICKS Fletcher, KICKS Davis, repeat! Davis blocks one, fireman’s carries, AUSSIE DENTAL PLAN! LAWN DART CUTTER!! Cover, Daniels breaks it!! Davis runs in, into a COMPLETE SHOT! “This is (still) Awesome!” as Daniels drags Sydal to a corner and tags in.
Daniels JABS Fletcher, JABS Davis, repeat! Then MEETING OF THE MINDS! Daniels runs, dodges double lariats and gives DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans are thunderous again, Daniels hits Fletcher with BLUE THUNDER! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives but Daniels says it’s time. Daniels drags Fletcher up, underhooks, but Davis returns. Fletcher send Daniels into the BOOT! SUPERKICK! Fireman’s carry! But Daniels denies the dental plan to SMACK Davis! Sydal dodges Fletcher to KNEE Davis! Fletcher scoops Sydal for GRIMSTONE!! But Daniels hits the URENAGE! And he goes to the corner!
But Fletcher drags Daniels down! Daniels sits on the cover, TWO!! Fletcher runs into a kick, Daniels underhooks, but Davis ENZIGURIS! Fans are thunderous for “R O H!” as the elbow pads come off. DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Double pump handles, COREALIS!!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall
The future is now! Aussie Open wins big, and the veterans look to leave, but think better of it. They all uphold the Code of Honor and fans cheer. Fletcher & Davis take down the classic combination of Daniels & Sydal, but will they #ReachForTheSky to bring gold to the Empire?
ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Cheeseburger!
The King of Wrestling Television is going to get a helping of Sussex County Chicken at Supercard of Honor, but he’s having quite the appetizer! Will Joe tear into the all beef body of Cheeseburger? Or will this be the biggest upset in ROH history?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is headed for the Supercard of Honor!
The bell rings and Joe fires off knees and JABS on Burger! Joe says, “You remember, Mark! You remember what you’re getting in the ring with: ME!!” Fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” but Burger still fires body shots and forearms! Burger runs, into a LARIAT! Joe asks if Mark remembers. “I’m gonna remind you.” Joe drags Burger up, hoists him up top, HEADBUTTS him, then tucks him in! MUSCLE BUSTER!!! Cover, Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (still ROH World Television Champion)
Forget biggest upset ever, this was the fastest ROH World TV Championship match ever! But Joe isn’t done! He drags Burger back up, for a SECOND MUSCLE BUSTER!! Joe then snatches Bobby Cruise’s chair away! Referees rush out to reprimand Joe, but here comes BRISCOE! Mark is here with a chair of his own! Mark runs Joe off, but the clock is ticking! Will Mark finally fulfill his destiny by dethroning Joe? Or will the King of Wrestling TV only shine in Hollywood?
A really good ROH here, lots of development towards Supercard of Honor, and surprisingly, only one promo. That one promo was a very good promo as Eddie and Claudio get at each other and make an official ROH World Championship match for the PPV. There’s a lot of continuity to call upon from AEW here, can’t wait to see which way this one goes. Given how much the Blackpool Combat Club is still doing in AEW, this would be a pretty good opening for Kingston to win and let Claudio focus on AEW for a minute. Eddie can then have all sorts of great matches with ROH stars both old and new as ROH reestablishes itself.
Good women’s matches tonight, with Skye Blue getting a great win off Lady Frost and Billie Starkz with the surprising win over Alize. Athena VS Yuka Sakazaki is set for the PPV but I don’t see Athena losing. That means there must be plenty of strong Faces ready to challenge her. Skye is also still part of story in AEW, so maybe after we see The Outcasts VS Team AEW Homegrown play out, Skye devotes time to ROH and challenges for the title. Really good stuff out of Taven VS Darius, but of course The Kingdom helps Taven win that. Top Flight and The Kingdom should both be in that Reach for the Sky ladder match to both settle their feud and perhaps crown one team the champs.
Great interweaving of stories when it comes to the ROH Six Man titles. Fox, Blake & Metalik win against Trustbusters to shut them up and be clear next challengers, which is also made clear by The Embassy jumping them. Great showing from Deppen against Cage but I figured Cage would win. And then great retaliation from Fox, Blake & Metalik, which are going to need an official trio name if they’re gonna stick together. It really is three big hosses against three lighter high-flyers, this clash of styles is going to make for great stuff, but I can’t be sure the Faces dethrone the Embassy.
Really good stuff from tag teams tonight, such as LFI VS Rhett & Tracy and Aussie Open VS Daniels & Sydal. LFI and Aussie Open each winning makes sense, both factions are going strong in ROH but also other companies (AEW for LFI and NJPW for Aussie Open), these teams should also get in on the ladder match. Not to be mean to Aussie Open, but they’re already set for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, they don’t necessarily need the ROH titles. LFI would be a strong choice for the next ROH Tag Team Champions, and should think about bringing Preston Vance into ROH so they can really start to dominate a promotion.
Really good match from Silas VS Shane, both guys have been great mainstays of ROH, and great win for Shane. Depending how the titles go, I would love if Shane went after the world title in the next phase. I mostly say that because the fans really like Shane, and it’d be a shame if Shane had to face another fan favorite. Though that said, fan favorite Cheeseburger got squashed in a title match main event just so Joe could prove a point to Mark Briscoe. Mark had a great win to open tonight, and he made the save to close the night, I kinda hope Mark finds a way to get that TV title to “fulfill destiny” on the same night ROH honors the Briscoe tag team legacy with that ladder match.
My Score: 8.7/10
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