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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/16/23)

ROH is a Proving Ground!



ROH Wrestling 2023

The Blackpool Combat Club defends their gold!

While Clark Connors challenges Wheeler Yuta for the ROH Pure Championship. Claudio Castagnoli takes on Willie Mack in a Proving Grounds match!


  • ROH World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Claudio Castagnoli VS Willie Mack; Claudio wins and denies Mack a title opportunity.
  • Mike Bennett w/ The Kingdom VS Dante Martin w/ Darius Martin; Dante wins.
  • The Trustbusters w/ Mark Sterling VS Metalik & Blake Christian; Metalik & Blake win.
  • Eddie Kingston VS Jeeves Kay w/ Slim J; Eddie wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Hyan; Athena wins and denies Hyan a title opportunity.
  • Silas Young VS Marcus Kross; Silas wins.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dalton Castle & The Boys; The Embassy wins and retains the titles.
  • Trish Adora VS Madison Rayne; Adora wins.
  • Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS The Outrunners; Daniels & Sydal win.
  • ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Clark Connors; Yuta wins and retains the title.


ROH World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Claudio Castagnoli VS Willie Mack!

The Swiss Superman is looking for competition, but is blatantly ignoring the Mad King, Eddie Kingston. Instead, it is the return of The Mack! Will Willie prove himself worthy of a title opportunity?

The bell rings and we’re on the clock. Claudio and Mack circle, tie up, and Claudio grabs an arm. Claudio wrenches to a wristlock, but Mack spins, wrenches back, and hammerlocks to headlock. Claudio powers Mack down, pries free of the headlock and grinds the arm. Mack fights up, rolls, and slips through to wrench and hammerlock again. Claudio works on an escape but Mack toys with him a bit. Claudio reaches down, rolls Mack, TWO! Mack tackles Claudio, then runs. Things speed up but Mack trips Claudio’s hurdle! Claudio gets under the leap frog but Mack comes back to arm-drag! Claudio bails out and fans fire up as Mack builds speed!

Claudio steps aside, so Mack rolls back and drops it like it’s hot! Fans rally for “Willie! Willie!” but Claudio shoulders into him. Claudio CLUBS and BOOTS Mack, then eggs Mack on. Mack comes back, dodges and RANAS! Cover, TWO! Mack brings Claudio up, but Claudio blocks the suplex! Mack keeps trying, but Claudio suplexes Mack up and over! Fans fire up and Claudio drags Mack back up. Claudio ROCKS Mack, whips him to ropes, but Mack ducks ‘n’ dodges and LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mack brings Claudio up as fans rally, but Claudio fights the clinch. They end up in a corner, the ref counts, and Claudio lets off, to then ROCK Mack!

Claudio fires elbows and UPPERCUTs and body shots! The ref counts, fans boo but Claudio lets off. Mack goes to another corner, Claudio storms up on him and underhooks, but Mack fights the lift! Fans rally and duel, then Mack powers out! Mack ROCKS Claudio, whips him, but Claudio LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Claudio underhooks again and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Claudio keeps on Mack with a chinlock and he grinds Mack down. Claudio shifts his grip to add an arm, but Mack fights up. Fans rally, Mack throws elbows, then shoves Claudio away to a fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP!

Fans fire up while both men are down! The standing count starts, the clock is ticking, and the count reaches 5 of 10. We reach 7 of 10, Claudio stirs, but Mack kips up at 9! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS onto Claudio! Cover, TWO! Claudio goes to a corner but Mack clinches him to EXPLODER! Mack covers, TWO! Fans fire up more, Mack drags Claudio up but Claudio ROCKS him! Mack ROCKS Claudio! The forearms go back and forth, Mack gets the edge, and then he winds up, but Claudio blocks! Claudio ROCKS Mack, runs, but into a POP-UP SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives but fans fire up for Mack!

Mack climbs up, he aims at Claudio, but Claudio moves! Mack rolls through, but turns around into an UPPERCUT! Cover, Claudio wins!!

Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (DENIES Willie Mack a title match)

The Swiss Superman beats Mack in under ten minutes, he is still without a challenger! But he does show Mack respect with the Code of Honor handshake. But who then will get their shot at Supercard of Honor in two weeks?


Mike Bennett w/ The Kingdom VS Dante Martin w/ Darius Martin!

With Mark Briscoe vacating the ROH World Tag Team Championships, everyone is getting to #ReachForTheSky! Will Miracle Mike represent for The Kingdom on to road to Supercard? Or will the #INHUMAN fly high on behalf of Top Flight?

Dante and Mike uphold the Code of Honor, though maybe reluctantly for Mike. The bell rings, fans rally for Dante as he and Mike circle. They tie up, Mike wrenches to a wristlock but Dante rolls, kips up and wrenches back. Mike rolls, wrenches, but Dante uses that to headlock! Mike powers out, Dante runs him over! Fans fire up while Mike backs off. Maria coaches Mike and Taven watches Darius. The two reset, they tie up, and Dante wrenches to a hammerlock. Mike switches that onto Dante, Dante fights it, and he wrenches through to a wristlock. Mike breaks free and CHOPS! Maria likes that but Dante just CHOPS back!

Mike grins and CHOPS! Dante CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Fans fire up as Dante gets the edge! Dante ROCKS Mike, but Mike knees low. Mike hushes the crowd then runs, but into the DROPKICK! Fans fire up again and Mike bails out, Dante PLANCHAS! Dante rains down fists, drags Mike up and RAMS him into steel steps! Fans fire up more as Dante slides into the ring. Maria shields Mike but the ref tells her to back off. Dante drags Mike up, whips him at the ring, but Mike rebounds off ropes to CLOBBER Dante! Taven tells Dante he’s an idiot, and Mike drags Dante up, PILEDRIVER on the ramp!!

Mike hurries away while Darius coaches his brother. The ring count is climbing, 7 of 20, and Dante finally stirs. Dante crawls his way back to ringside but we’re at 10 of 20. Dante staggers, falls, and Darius continues to coach him up. Dante gets to the steel steps at 13, sits up at 15, and slides in at 19! Mike is furious, he pushes Dante to a cover, ONE!! Mike drags Dante up to wrench and UPPERCUT the arm, but Dante SLAPS him back! Mike wrenches the arm, UPPERCUTS it again, but Dante SLAPS him again! Mike hammerlocks for the DDT! Dante writhes and fans boo but Mike taunts Darius.

Mike watches Dante rise, he runs in, but Dante jumps up and over! ROUNDHOUSE! Mike falls over and the Kingdom freaks out! Mike hurries after Dante, gets the arm, but Dante arm-drags free. Things speed up, Dante CLOBBERS Mike with one good arm! Mike blocks the whip, sends Dante into the corner, but Dante slips out and up and around to GAMANGIRI! Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dante hurries to drag Mike up, tucks him in, PACKAGE POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Mike survives but Darius coaches Dante to keep his focus. Dante and Mike stir, they both go to corners.

Mike storms up, in to a CHOP! Mike CHOPS, but Dante CHOPS! The CHOP fight continues, then they go to forearms! Dante CHOPS, Mike BOOTS! Dante BOOTS, Mike BOOTS! Dante ROCKS Mike with a forearm, Mike boots but Dante dodges! Things speed up again, Mike SPEARS Dante! And then fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! But Mike has the top wristlock! SHANGLY GATES!! Dante endures, reaches out, fights forward, and gets the ROPEBREAK!! Mike lets go in frustration, but the fans fire up! Mike drags Dante up the corner, but Dante breaks free to ROCK Mike with haymaker after haymaker!

Fans fire up as Dante just windmills off on Mike! Then GAMANGIRIS! Mike wobbles, Dante goes to the apron. Dante climbs up, but Mike throws body shots! Mike fireman’s carries Dante, but Dante pops free to SUPER STEINER!! A bit double-edged but both men stand up. Mike runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Dante goes right up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Mike survives but fans are thunderous for Dante! The Kingdom panics but Darius coaches Dante. Dante half nelsons Mike as he stands him up, but Mike switches, shoves, and reels Dante in! But Dante back drops! Mike sunset flips, but Dante slips free, into Mike’s KIMURA!!

Dante bridges over! TWO!! Mike lets Dante go in time, spins, but into a BOOT! And the half nelson SIDE SLAM!! Cover, DANTE WINS!

Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall

But Taven CLOBBERS Dante! Darius goes after the sore loser and throws him out of the ring! The Kingdom regroups and runs away, will they fail to #ReachForTheSky with Top Flight in their way?


The Trustbusters w/ Mark Sterling VS Metalik & Blake Christian!

Ari Daivari & Slim J found that they’re strongest as a duo, and it’s easier to cheat that way, too. But will they only cheat themselves thinking they can keep on winning? Or will they be able to take down the King of the Ropes and All Heart to head for Supercard of Honor?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the teams sort out. Blake starts against Daivari and fans rally for All Heart. They tie up, Daivari headlocks, but Blake powers out. Daivari runs Blake over, flexes, but Blake stands up. Daivari throws him down by his hair, but Blake kips up! Daivari headlocks, wrenches, wristlocks, but Blake rolls, cartwheels and wrenches back. Tag to Metalik and fans rally as he takes the handoff. Metalik wrenches, Daivari knees low and CLUBS Metalik. Fans rally for Metalik as he reverses the whip. Metalik runs in at the corner, is put on the apron and GAMANGIRIS! Then springboard CROSSBODIES!

Metalik keeps moving, he scoops Daivari to a BACKBREAKER! Daivari scrambles to a corner but Metalik CHOPS him! Sterling protests, but now Daivari reverses a whip. Daivari runs, into a BOOT! SLING-DOG! Metalik goes up and goes along the ropes to springboard MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Metalik drags Daivari up, fireman’s carries, but Daivari slips free. Daivari shoves Metalik but Metalik BLASTS Slim first! Only for Daivari to CLOBBER him! Daivari rains down fists as fans boo. Daivari drags Metalik over, tags in Slim, and Slim rains down fists now! Fans boo more, and chants, “Slim J Sucks!”

Slim tells them off, stands Metalik up and DECKS him! Fans boo more but Slim has Metalik on the ropes. Tag to Daivari, the Trustbusters double suplex Metalik high and hard! Cover, TWO! Daivari praises himself, stands Metalik up, and CLUBS away on the back! Daivari back suplexes, but Metalik lands on his feet! Tag to Blake! Blake dodges Daivari to BLAST Slim, then he gets around to scoop, BACKBRAEKER and ENZIGURI Daivari! 619!! And then springboard to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up, Slim runs in, but into an Alabama Lift! ALABAMA SLAM, and a CTAPULT! Slim flies out of the ring!

Blake KNEES Daivari out of the ring! Blake runs, but Slim trips him up! Slim fires off forearms while fans boo, but then Slim scoops and SLAMS Blake on the floor! Slim rips off his A-shirt while Daivari BLASTS Metalik! Slim puts Blake in the ring, Daivari stomps him, then Daivari tags Slim. Slim stomps Blake, drags him up, but Blake throws body shots! Blake swings, but into a clinch! Slim fires off point-blank lariats! Then Slim knuckle locks, goes up and springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Tag to Daivari, the Trustbusters mug Blake, then Daivari bumps Blake off buckles. Daivari brings Blake around for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Daivari KNEES Blake in the back and clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally as Blake endures and fights up. Blake JAWBREAKERS free! Daivari wobbles, fans fire up, but Daivari catches Blake’s leap! Daivari RAMS Blake into the corner! Daivari RAMS him again and again, then tags Slim. Slim CHOKES Blake, the ref counts, but Slim lets off at 4. Slim storms up on Blake, drags him up and snapmares, then kicks to ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO! Slim drags Blake up to snap suplex! Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues, and Daivari drags Blake up. Daivari CHOPS and Blake falls against the ropes.

Daivari brings Blake up, whips him to ropes, but Blake handsprings to NEURALIZER! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Blake and Daivari crawl, hot tags to Slim and Metalik! The King of the Ropes springboards, Slim gets under to kick and whip, but Metalik reverses. Slim holds on, headscissors, and he runs in at the corner, Metalik elbows Slim, goes up, but jumps into a DRPOKICK! Cover, TWO! Slim is shocked, but he goes up top MOONSAULT, but he FLOPS! Metalik goes up, MOONSAULT hits! Cover, Daivari breaks it! Blake goes after Daivari, but Daivari whips. Blake goes up, to the side, and then springboards to DOUBLE STOMP!

Fans fire up as Daivari falls out. Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Slim swings, misses, and Metalik SUPERKICKS! Fireman’s carry, spin and METALIK DRIVER! Cover, Metalik & Blake win!

Winners: Metalik & Blake Christian, by pinfall

The Kings of All Heart are victorious! Will this duo stick together to Reach For The Sky?


Mark Briscoe speaks.

“I don’t know if y’all remember, but it’s been many years and years now that I’ve been saying the same thing: The ROH World Television title is my destiny, baby! My destiny! And just last week, the challenge was accepted. Samoa Joe, long time brother, it’s me and you at the PPV, baby! Destiny will be fulfilled. But for now, I’ve got something else on my mind. Mark Sterling! I show up in AEW, I come here, make my brother proud, and the first time I show up, you interrupt me! Well let me tell you something, buddy! I am now making it my personal mission to bust the ass of every man you represent! First Josh Woods, now Tony Nese! It’s your turn, buddy!

“You understand what I’m saying? Next week, Mark Briscoe, Tony Nese, Honor Club! You’re in for a whole world of hurt, boy! You understand what I’m saying, Tony Nese? I hope you’re ready for this ass whooping, because it’s coming!” Will the Premier Athlete be beat down by the Sussex County Chicken?


Eddie Kingston VS Jeeves Kay!

The Mad King wants after the Swiss Superman, but it seems he has to fight his way to that spot. The Trustbusters are feeling pretty sore, will their butler end up feeling even worse?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for Eddie. Eddie and Jeeves tie up, Eddie waistlocks, but Jeeves wrenches out. Eddie wrenches back, and wait! Claudio makes his way out to watch from the crowd. Eddie hits a headlock takeover, shrugs off the headscissors, and he grinds Jeeves down. Jeeves fights up, but Eddie holds onto the headlock. Jeeves fights to ropes, Eddie lets off, but Jeeves throws a sucker punch! Eddie doesn’t budge! Jeeves runs away, Eddie chases after and fires hands! Eddie grins at Claudio and whips Jeeves into the railing! The railing knocks Claudio over, and Claudio spills his drink on his nice white shirt!

Fans fire up as Eddie laughs at Claudio’s misfortune. Eddie dares Claudio to do something about it, but Claudio says he’ll just go change his shirt. And then Jeeves DIVES onto Eddie! Jeeves puts Eddie in the ring, hurries up the corner, and he FROG SPLASHES! Cover, ONE!!? Jeeves is shocked but the fans are loving it! Jeeves drags Eddie up, fireman’s carries, but Eddie slips off to SAIDO! Jeeves is dazed and Eddie says it’s time! STRETCH PLUM!! Jeeves TAPS, Eddie wins!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission

Eddie shakes Jeeves’ hand to keep the Code of Honor, but he also signals he wants that belt! Fans like that! Will the Swiss Superman have no choice but to meet the Mad King in LA?


Backstage interview with The Trustbusters.

Lexi Nair is with Mark Sterling, Daivari, Slim and Jeeves, and notes they just took tough losses tonight. Sterling says it’d be a tough loss if they loss fair and square. There were some tags in that match that were NOT legal! Sterling has served an injunction to get this match thrown out to keep Slim & Daivari undefeated. Secondly, the good news is that we did see a moral victory as Jeeves “went to the limit” with Eddie Kingston. That was Jeeves’ best match ever! Daivari has sterling stop there. This is not the time for thinking, this is the time for action! So Metalik, Blake, you wanna be proud of that BS win?! Then give them another shot!

They want a Six Man Tag! Daivari, Slim & Jeeves VS Blake, Metalik, and a third, which they won’t find because they have no other friends in this company! The Trustbusters head out, will they get the trios match they want?


ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Hyan!

The Fallen Goddess is still champion after beating down Willow Nightingale, but now that means she needs challengers, too. Will the returning Hyan be just what Athena needs? Or will she not last the round?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe mockingly. The bell rings and we’re on the clock. Hyan and Athena step up, and then Athena DECKS Hyan! Athena celebrates, then she fires off on Hyan in the corner! Fans boo but Athena lets off as the ref counts. Athena snapmares and KICKS Hyan, then asks if the fans want one more. Fans do, but Athena just covers. TWO, but Athena drags Hyan up. Athena hooks Hyan up and clamps on a neck wrench. Hyan endures, fans rally, and Hyan throws elbows. Hyan rolls Athena up, TWO! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Hyan UPPERCUTS Athena down and fans fire up!

Hyan runs to PENALTY KICK! And PENALTY KICK! Hyan fires up, HAT TRICK!! Athena is down and fans fire up, Hyan covers, ONE!! Athena toughs it out, but Hyan CLUBS away. Hyan runs, but into a BLACK HOLE SLAM! Athena then dribbles Hyan off the mat! Athena CHOKES Hyan, but she lets off as the ref counts. Athena and the ref argue, but Athena calms down. Hyan sits up, Athena drags her up, but Hyan shoves her away. Athena BOOTS Hyan down! Fans rally and duel, Athena clamps on a chinlock. Athena claws at the eyes, but the ref reprimands. Athena shifts to a chinbar, but Hyan arm-drags free!

Athena is furious, she runs in, but into a BOOT! Hyan runs to CROSSBODY! Hyan fires up, rallies with clotheslines, then she fireman’s carries. WASTELAND! Fans fire up with Hyan, and she drops a leg, brother! Cover, ONE!! Athena is still in this but Hyan hurries to a corner. Hyan climbs, but Athena ROCKS her! Athena bumps Hyan off buckles, goes out to the apron, and then SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS her to the floor!! Fans are shocked but Athena grins. The ref wants Athena to get this back in the ring, so Athena drags Hyan up, to RAM her into steel steps! Athena puts Hyan back in the ring, covers, TWO!?!

Hyan is still in this, but Athena clamps on the CROSSFACE! Hyan taps, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by submission (DENIES Hyan a title match)

But Athena just makes Hyan suffer more! The ref counts, Athena lets off, and she gets in the ref’s face. The Fallen Goddess shows no mercy, and she sets the belt down. She drags Hyan up, fans boo but Athena SMASHES Hyan off the belt!! Athena laughs at Hyan, but fans chant, “YOU SUCK!” Athena just gets more upset, she shoves Hyan out of the ring and shouts at the fans that she’s the champ! Will anyone stop Athena’s reign of terror?


Backstage interview with Metalik & Blake Christian.

Lexi notes their big win over the Trustbusters, and Metalik says he is very happy in ROH’s new era. Blake says not only is he happy that Metalik is here, he’s happy to be here, and that they are here together. That’s why they beat the Trustbusters. But it seems they’re just running their mouths again. They want a third man, do it again in a Trios match, and Blake called up a buddy. He got A R FOX! Fox walks in, high-fives with everyone, and he says a new trio is born! Not only has a new trio been born, but this is what they need! In fact, the Six Man Tag Team titles are on the line tonight, so let’s keep a close eye on that. Will this amazing high flying combination soon be headed for gold?


Silas Young VS Marcus Kross!

The Last Real Man is back in ROH! And he’s up against the former DBZ cosplayer now looking for a new look. Will Silas show that no matter the era, he’s still surly?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, Silas wrenches to a hammerlock and he wrangles Kross to the mat. Kross fights up, moves around, rolls and wrenches back. Silas rolls, kips up and cartwheels to break free and CHOP! Silas headlocks, Kross powers up but Silas holds tight! Silas talks some trash, Kross throws body shots, powers out, but Silas pulls hair! Silas throws knees, then suplexes! Silas holds Kross up but Kross makes it a cradle, TWO! Silas sweeps the legs and covers, ONE! Kross sweeps the legs but Silas goes Matrix to Oklahoma Roll, TWO!

Kross jumps to wheelbarrow and victory roll, TWO! Silas and Kross stagger up, but Silas CLOBBERS Kross! Fans fire up and Silas mockingly applauds. Silas stomps Kross, Kross goes to a corner and Silas drags him up. Silas CHOPS Kross, follows him to another corner, and he whips corner to corner. Kross hits hard and bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO!! Kross survives that whiplash but Silas clamps on a motorcycle stretch. Kross endures, fans rally up, and Kross fights up. Silas knees low, whips Kross again, but Kross reverses. Silas hits buckles, Kross runs in but Silas put shim on the apron. Kross ROUNDHOUSES!

Kross goes up top, and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up, Kross kicks, kicks and roundhouses, but misses! Silas full nelsons to KNEE SMASH, and then fireman’s carry! ROLLING SENTON! Silas goes up the corner to headstand and PEEWEEGEE PLUNGE! Cover, Silas wins!

Winner: Silas Young, by pinfall

The Last Real Man continues right where he left off, and he gets the mic to say, “What’s the matter, Bobby? No congratulations? No ‘Job well done’ for your friend, Silas? It has been over ONE YEAR since I’ve stepped foot in an ROH ring. When you think about ROH, you think Silas Young! When you think about the greatest wrestling on the planet, you think about the Last Real Man! And when you think about the men who’ve come before and since myself, and represented ROH as the ROH World Television Champion, there isn’t a single guy in that locker room who measure sup tot he Last Real Man! Cuz when it comes down to it-”

Wait! Here comes SHANE TAYLOR! Fans fire up seeing Shane and he tells Silas, “You must’ve bumped your head if you’re saying something like that, homey. Because anybody who’s been a fan of those three letters knows that the greatest of all time is Shane Taylor.” Fans agree with that. “And if you need correction to that fact, then I say next week, Silas Young goes one on one with Shane Taylor, and I prove to you why I am Shane T. Boy, the baddest champion you have ever seen, boy!” Silas nods and that means challenge accepted! Who proves they’re the baddest man in ROH?


Backstage interview with Athena.

Lexi says that was a big win for Athena tonight, but what is next? Athena takes the mic because she can do this job better than Lexi. Here are some real questions. Where is Yuka Sakazaki? Lexi doesn’t know. Well Athena will say where: in Japan seeking medical attention. So why is Yuka still wrestling matches in Japan? Lexi doesn’t know. Athena says that’s because Yuka is afraid of Athena! She’s afraid! And why? Because Athena put Yuka’s leg in the steps and hurt her worse than anyone ever has. And now Athena has to see Yuka wrestling all over Japan because she’s too scared to come and face Athena.

So Yuka, Athena will tell you this loud and clear. Athena is ready to whoop Yuka’s ass all over LA! Supercard of Honor, if Yuka has the “lady balls” to show up, Athena challenges her to fight for the ROH Women’s World Championship. And don’t worry about magic. If Yuka does show up, Athena will be the one to make her disappear. The Fallen Goddess calls out the Wrestling Magical Girl, will this be a showdown of good and evil in Hollywood?


ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dalton Castle & The Boys!

This is a rematch a long time coming! Brian Cage, Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun took these titles off The Peacock and the Tate Twins, but now the Peacock and the Tate Twins have come back for revenge! Will Dalton find a way for him and the Boys to be golden again? Or will they simply be crushed by The Machine and the Gates of Agony?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if three Davids can defeat three Goliaths!

The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe a little painfully from the Gates of Agony. The teams sort out and fans rally as Castle starts against Kaun. Fans rally as Castle and Kaun circle. They feel things out, tie up, and go around. Castle gets away but Kaun gets up in his face. Castle shoots in to get the leg and takedown! Castle waistlocks, he rolls Kaun around, brings him up, but Kaun elbows free. Kaun swings, into an EXPLODER! Kaun scowls but Castle is on him again. Tag to Brandon, tag to Brent, they send Kaun to the corner, The Boys double whip Castle to SPLASH, then he feeds to double shoulders, and double LARIATS! Brent covers, ONE!!

Kaun RAMS Brent into the Embassy corner! Tag to Liona, the Gates mug Brent, and then Kaun SLAPS Toa to fire him up! SPLASH and then Liona just shoves Brent down. Cover, TWO! Liona HAMMERS away on Brent, CHOKES him, but lets off at 4. Nana likes what he sees but the fans boo. Liona soaks up the heat, drags Brent up, and he whips Brent to ropes. Brandon tags in, GAMANGIRI, and then a do-si-do to a FLYING FOREARM! Liona stays up, he whips Brandon to a corner, but Brandon dodges! The Boys mug Liona, Castle tags in and he ROCKS Liona! The Boys dropkick the legs out to DOUBLE COMPLETE SHOT!

Castle SPLASHES down, covers, TWO! Castle hurries to facelock. Liona fights up, UPPERCUTS, and he runs in, but into a BOOT! Castle fights back but Kaun HOTSHOTS the arm! Liona runs in, Castle dodges! Tag to Cage and Brandon! Brandon jumps, into a POWERSLAM! Cage flexes and fans are torn. Cage then CLOBBERS Castle! Liona runs over to RAM Castle into steel steps! Cage RAMS Brandon into a corner, RAMS him again, then CHOPS! Cage stalks Brandon, brings him up and whips, to CLOBBER Brandon! And then KICK him in the back! Cage clamps onto Brandon to throw down CROSSFACE FOREARMS!

Fans boo but Cage swaggers and flexes. Cage drags Brandon over, tags in Kaun, and they mug Brandon. Kaun scoops Brandon to walk him, into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kaun clamps onto Brandon with a chinlock! He grinds Brandon down, Brandon fights up, and Brandon throws body shots. Brandon runs, sunset flips, TWO! Kaun CLOBBERS Brandon in return! Cover, TWO! Brandon hangs tough and fans rally up. Kaun drags Brandon up, CHOPS him, then hoists him up top. Kaun CLUBS Brandon, climbs up after him, and hits a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER!! Brandon falls and Liona tags in.

Liona tags Cage, then he APRON SENTONS Brandon! Cage goes up the corner, deadlifts Brandon into the SUPERPLEX! Cage and the Gates soak up all the heat then Cage covers, but Brent breaks it! Brent slips away but Cage is annoyed. Cage whips Brent into the corner hard, then he tags Liona. Fans rally but Liona brings Brandon out. Liona scoops and SLAMS Brandon, then clamps on a claw into the shoulder! Brandon endures, fights up, fights free, and runs, into a POP-UP SPINEBUSTER! Liona covers, TWO!! Liona is shocked, but he scoops Brandon to SLAM him down again!

Liona clamps onto the shoulder again but Brandon fights up again. Fans rally, Brandon stomps Liona’s feet! And then JAWBREAKERS free! Brandon is in the corner, Liona runs in, but Brandon moves! Liona POSTS himself! Kaun tags in, gets a leg, but Brandon BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Castle! The Peacock rallies on the Embassy with elbows and boots! EXPLODER for Cage! EXPLODER for Kaun! Castle BOOTS Liona down! Fans are thunderous as Kaun fights the German Suplex. Kaun runs, Castle follows and ELBOWS him! Then SLING-DOGS! Cover, TWO! Castle goes to a corner, Cage storms in, but Brent intercepts!

Cage scoops but Brent slips free, but Cage SUPERKICKS! Castle runs in, but into a foreman’s carry! F5!! Brandon returns he ducks, rolls and headscissors, Brent DROPKICKS! the Boys rwench, SOLE FOOD and ENZIGURI! Then ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Fans fire up, but Liona storms in to fireman’s carry and SAMOAN DROP Brandon! Brent runs in, dodges Liona, but Kaun CLOBBERS Brent! Nana says it’s time, and the Gates drag Brandon up. DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Brent goes up top, he leaps, but into Liona’s arms! Kaun helps with the ATOMIC SLAM onto Brandon! Cover, the Embassy wins!

Winners: The Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)

But they’re not done! Liona TOSSES Castle at the steel steps! Castle hits his knees, but Liona rains down fists! Liona BITES Castle’s forehead! Cage CLOBBERS Brandon, Kaun DECKS Brent! Castle is sent back into those steps! But wait! Here comes AR Fox and his new team! They snatch the belts! Fox, Blake & Metalik told everyone they want to go for gold, will the Embassy be under attack from above?


Trish Adora VS Madison Rayne!

The Afro-Punk had a great win in her return to ROH, but she’s still hungry for more. Will she get more than her fill against the veteran Queen Bee? Or is she biting off more than she can chew?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Adora powers Rayne to a corner. Rayne goes up the ropes, jumps and arm-drags Adora away. Rayne goes to arm-drag again but Adora blocks and whips. Rayne arm-drags to a cover, TWO! Rayne headlocks, but Adora switches around. Rayne switches back, Adora bucks her, and swings. Rayne dodges, comes back, crucifix, but Adora powers up! Rayne uses that to roll the other way, TWO! Adora hurries to waistlock, then she shoves Rayne right into buckles! Adora ELBOWS, and ELBOWS and ELBOWS and ELBOWS!

The ref counts, Adora lets off at 4, and she says, “No problem.” Adora stands Rayne up to whip corner to corner. Adora runs in, but Rayne BOOTS her! Rayne trips Adora, rolls her, and runs, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rayne keeps moving, but Adora CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Adora drags Rayne up. Adora NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rayne escapes but Adora has the wrist again. Adora Alabama Lifts, tucks, REVERSE NECKBREAKER, into an INVERTED OCTOPUS! Rayne endures, slips free, but Adora wrenches. Rayne kicks low to DDT!

Fans fire up while both women are down and the standing count begins. Rayne sits up first but Adora follows. They both stand, Rayne dodges the haymaker to ROCK with a left! Rayne BOOTS the lariat, fires off more forearms and CHOPS, but Adora blocks to spin Rayne. Rayne ENZIGURIS through! Fans rally, Rayne drags Adora up and wrenches to waistlock. Ripcord, CLOUD CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Adora goes to a corner. Rayne runs in but Adora gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Rayne and Adora rise up again, and Adora powers out. But Rayne crucifix DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!!

Rayne is shocked, but she hurries to facelock. Rayne dragon sleepers, but Adora powers free! Fireman’s carry, but Rayne fights off! Rayne shoves, Adora comes back but into a kick. Rayne runs, misses the boot, but she avoids the backhand! LARIAT TUBMAN!! Cover, Adora wins!

Winner: Trish Adora, by pinfall

Rayne gets wiped out! Adora shows her respect with the Code of Honor, but will Adora create her own women’s championship legacy?


Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexi says Dante & Darius seem to be building a saga with The Kingdom, as now Darius faces Matt Taven next week. Dante just came from the doctor’s, had his neck stretched and popped, all because of a tag team they thought they were done with! So Kingdom, Top Flight settles things next week! Step up or take flight! And correct Darius if he’s wrong, but we just saw what The Kingdom will do. The Coldest Tag Team in the Game has been on fire lately. Darius will light Taven’s ass up! This Kingdom is theirs for the taking!


Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS The Outrunners!

It’s hard to say which team is a bigger throwback. The Fallen Angel and the Airborne reunite after years apart, but Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd are definitely trying to be like the teams of yesteryear. Will Daniels & Sydal open those third eyes and ascend to new heights?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Daniels starts against Turbo. Fans rally for Daniels, he and Turbo circle, but then Truth slips in! The Outrunners mug Daniels, deck Sydal, and then DOUBLE SCOOP SLAM Daniels! Fans boo but the Outrunners soak up the heat. Turbo bumps Daniels off buckles, elbows him, then BULLDOGS! Truth runs in to NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! The Outrunners are upset already, but Turbo DECKS Sydal! Turbo drags Daniels up, tags Truth, and they send Daniels to a corner. Truth whips Turbo in but Turbo gets as BOOT! Truth runs in but only gets buckles!

Hot tag to Sydal! HEEL KICK for Turbo! Sydal runs to RANA Truth! Fans fire up, Truth staggers about, into a KICK fest! SOBAT sends Truth to ropes! Sydal whips, Truth reverses but Sydal WHEEL KICKS! Sydal brings Truth up to fisherman BUSTER! Roll to a cover, but Turbo breaks it! Daniels runs in, Turbo fires hands! Turbo stomps Daniels, Truth mugs Sydal. The Outrunners whip, Sydal reverses, then he and Daniels send Truth into Turbo! STO for Turbo, QUESTION MARK KICK for Truth! Daniels kicks Truth low, underhooks, ANGEL’S WINGS! Sydal adds on the LIGHTNING SPIRAL! Cover, Sydal & Daniels win!

Winners: Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal, by pinfall

The inaugural ROH World Tag Team Champions win together again, will they bring back the glory days in this new era?

Wait, wait, here comes Aussie Open! Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis are still in town, and Fletcher has a mic to say, “Christopher Daniels, the Fallen Angel, and Matt Sydal, it is a pleasure to see you back in the ROH ring, baby! The two of you, integral to the beginning of ROH. To the history of ROH. 2006, you were ROH Tag Team Champions together, when I was a mere 7 years old. But now, it is ROH 2023 and there is no better tag team int he world this year than AUSSIE FREAKIN’ OPEN!!” What Aussie Open wants is the ROH World Tag Team Championships. And there’s no better way to put their names in the hat than beating former champions.

So whenever, wherever, Aussie Open will see them and beat them, as they have- Fans chant “NOW! NOW! NOW!” Davis says it isn’t 2006, those two aren’t spring chickens, they’re gonna get time to rest so they can step to Aussie Open at their best! And at their best, no one beats Aussie Open. Fletcher & Davis run the world! Daniels gets a mic to say, “Okay, I guess surprises happen, even here in the new ROH. That young pimply faced man was right, Matt Sydal & Christopher Daniels were ROH Tag Team Champions in 2006. But let me tell you, the only difference between 2006 Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal and 2023 Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal is damn, we’ve got a lot of experience, and we’re still damn good looking.

“So Aussie Open, if you’re looking for a couple of gentlemen to kick your asses in a ROH ring, I know two silver foxes ready to get that job done.” The challenge is accepted, but when and where will we see this generational battle?


ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Clark Connors!

The Decoder was so cocky after defeating Timothy Thatcher, he talked a lot of trash on NJPW’s LA Dojo and Young Lion system. Yuta rolls with three of the greatest, but will he get rolled by the Wild Rhino? Or will being #ForgedInCombat prove to be superior to what Connors has been through?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and wrestling philosophies clash over the gold!

The judges ringside are Colt Cabana, BJ Whitmer & Dean Malenko, they will be important should this go the time limit. The Code of Honor is upheld, though with a glare. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, Connors shoots in but Yuta gets around. They trade facelocks, Connors headlocks then facelocks. Yuta rolls but Connors stays with him. Yuta makes it a cradle, ONE! The two reset, feel things out and knuckle lock. Connors headlocks, Yuta powers out but Connors runs him over! Fans fire up, things speed up, and Yuta hurdles to kick low. Yuta forearms and CHOPS, runs, but gets run over!

Yuta is mad, he CHOPS, but Connors doesn’t flinch! Connors UPPERCUTS Yuta down! Fans fire up, Connors brings Yuta up and CHOPS! Yuta snarls, but Connors CHOPS again! Connors eggs Yuta on, so Yuta CHOPS again! And again! And again! Connors likes that, and he swings, but into a takedown! Armlock and chinbar! Connors reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets off, but that’s one of three for Connors. Connors stands but Yuta CHOPS him! Fans rally, Connors DECKS Yuta! That was a forearm, so it’s okay. Connors suplexes but Yuta blocks. Yuta wrenches out, UPPERCUTS, but Connors ducks the enziguri!

Connors deadlifts, Yuta fights to switch but Connors switches and snap suplexes! Fans fire up, Connors covers, TWO! Connors hurries back to a corner and waits on Yuta. Yuta stands, Connors runs in, into a KICK! Yuta hooks Connors up into an IRON OCTOPUS! Connors endures, Yuta grinds the shoulder, but Connors fights his way over. Fans rally, Connors falls into the ROPEBREAK! Connors has burned through his second, he’s in a bad spot. Yuta stomps Connors but Connors throws body shots. Yuta throws his wrist tape away to distract the ref, so he can headlock punch Connors! Fans boo as Yuta gets away with cheating!

Yuta drags Connors up, fisherman’s suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect, but Yuta wrenches the arm to top wristlock, and STOMP it! Fans boo and chant “YUTA SUCKS!” but Yuta hammerlocks the arm, to RAM it into the buckles! Yuta pushes Connors to a cover, TWO! Connors hangs tough but Yuta waistlocks. Connors fights the lift, fans rally, and Connors arm-drags Yuta away. Yuta rewinds, but into the POUNCE! Fans are thunderous as Connors goes to the corner. Yuta goes to the other, Connors runs in to ELBOW! Connors whips, RAMS Yuta in the corner, then back drops him away!

Fans fire up as Connors runs to BASEMENT BOOT! Fans fire up, Connors aims again and Yuta rises. Connors runs in, but drop toehold sends him into buckles! Yuta then atomic drops, ENZIGURIS, and Connors goes to a corner. Yuta runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Connors staggers out, Yuta goes up, FLYING LARIAT! Yuta kips up and fans fire up but also boo. Yuta deadlifts Connors for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Connors staggers up, but he SPEARS Yuta down!! Fans rally and duel while Connors and Yuta stir. Connors and Yuta sit up, and Connors throws a forearm! Yuta throws another forearm!

The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up. The two stand, the forearms keep flying, Connors gets the edge then PPERCUTS! Connors whips, but Yuta SHOTGUNS him down! Yuta HAMMERS the bad arm, grabs the legs and ties those up, and then he twists the arm! Fans boo as Connors endures the torture. Connors SLAPS Yuta, SLAPS him again, and SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS! Yuta eggs Connors on but Connors says F it and DECKS Yuta! That’s the warning for the closed fist, but Connors is free all the same. Yuta flounders to a corner, but he comes back with a BLINDSIDE LARIAT!

Fans boo but Yuta tells them to shut up. Yuta DECKS Connors! That’s his warning, so Yuta again bends the rules to his advantage. Yuta sits Connors up and clamps on, for HAMMER ‘N- NO! Victory roll! TWO! Connors crucifix to sunset, ONE into the ANKLE LOCK! Fans fire up as Connors shouts out Ken Shamrock and Ryusuke Taguchi! Yuta endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! That’s one, but then Connors GERMAN SUPLEXES Yuta! And whips, to then POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with Connors, and he drags Yuta back up! TROPHY- NO, Yuta slips free and wrangles Connors by the bad arm! ARMLOCK CHINBAR!!

Connors endures, crawls forward, reaches out, but Yuta gets that arm! SEATBELT! Yuta wins!!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)

The Decoder got Connors to play right into his hand! Yuta still upholds the Code of Honor, and then he gets the mic again. “Well, well, well. Still your ROH Pure Champion, Wheeler Yuta. Now two weeks ago, I told everyone that the Blackpool Combat Club has the best training in the world. And not only did I just beat Timothy Thatcher, I just beat Clark Connors. Clark Connors, who comes from the LA Dojo, which is also supposed to be one of the greatest schools in the world. But seeing as I’m no longer a student, I think it might be time to, uh, go for the teacher. Which means I will not rest until I defeat for this ROH Pure Championship, Katsuyori Shibata!”

Yuta sits cross-legged just like Shibata, and here comes Claudio to applaud Yuta’s guts! Will Yuta keep the BCC golden? Or will he come to regret calling out The Wrestler?

My Thoughts:

A great episode for ROH here, really stacked with the titles and story progress. Opening with the world title Proving Grounds match was good stuff, Mack looked real good but it’s a shame they only get 10 minutes or less in those kinds of matches. Eddie Kingston of course squashes Jeeves, but great touch having him embarrass Claudio with that coffee spill spot. I’m thinking next week, we officially set up Claudio VS Kingston, the go-home on March 30th would be too late. Good Proving Grounds match for Hyan, though again of course Athena wins. Good promo from Athena to call out Yuka Sakazaki, though a rather random choice. That’ll still be a great match, but I feel like Athena will still win.

Good stuff out of Bennett VS Dante, I am a little surprised Dante won that, but naturally it brings out Taven VS Darius. Decent promo from Top Flight, but I think this doesn’t settle until we get the tag team match. At the same time, maybe we get both teams in Reach For The Sky, two birds one stone of settling the feud but also getting close to the titles. Really good match from Trustbusters, Metalik & Blake, and good win for Metalik & Blake. Escalating to a Six Man Tag was a bit surprising, but it helps bring AR Fox back into ROH. Fox has been teaming with Top Flight on AEW, maybe we get a big faction of flyers with all five of those guys.

Great ROH Six Man title match, but since Castle didn’t get to throw The Boys at the Embassy, I knew they were going to lose. Fox, Blake & Metalik are clearly going to get at the champions after beating the Trustbusters, but I don’t feel like they’re going to win the titles. ROH need a few more Trios, but I can’t be sure who they could bring in that could defeat the Embassy. Great win for Daniels & Sydal, and a bit surprising Aussie Open was back again, but that’s gonna be an awesome match because Aussie Open is an awesome team. As of right now, Mark Davis is in the New Japan Cup, but perhaps destined to lose to Evil. Aussie Open could definitely make it to Supercard of Honor to be in Reach for the Sky.

Good win for Adora against Rayne, but I must say again that Madison Rayne matches feel like they’re at half speed. Not that they’re plotting and slow on purpose, but like, if you sped the footage up, it’d look like a good match. Good win for Silas Young, and good promos from him and Shane Taylor. That is going to be a great match that could set up the next challenger for the ROH World TV Championship. Briscoe had a good promo to call out Joe, as well as Sterling’s stable. Briscoe VS Nese will be a good warm-up going into Supercard of Honor, and I feel like it’d be a great moment if Briscoe wins the title to finally achieve his “destiny.”

And great main event for the Pure title. Great stuff with Connors and Yuta both taking advantage of the closed fist rule. But of course Yuta uses more sneaky tactics, and that was a very clever finish to use the ropebreak rule to trap Connors. Yuta calling out Shibata, though, wow. He’s gonna get his ass kicked but he probably still uses the rules of the Pure title to survive. But a big title match like that on Supercard of Honor in LA as ROH takes advantage of WrestleMania Weekend would be a great way for Shibata to make progress in his comeback.

My Score: 8.7/10

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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/31/23)

The hand has been dealt!



AEW Coverage Lasers

Why, Konosuke, Why?

Another Double or Nothing in the books, and after their betrayal of The Elite, we hear from Don Callis and Konosuke Takeshita!


  • Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido; The BCC wins.
  • Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta; Swerve wins.
  • Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana; Darby & Cassidy win.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose; Kris wins and retains the title.
  • Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker; Cole & Britt win.


Six Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS The Lucha Brothers & Bandido!

Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, along with Bryan Danielson, were victorious at Double or Nothing in Anarchy in the Arena II, but they had some help at the end. We’ll hear from dirty Don and turncoat Takeshita later, because right now, the BCC want to unleash #DeathJitsu on the ROH World Tag Team Champions & The Most Wanted! Will the Maniac, the Swiss Superman and the Decoder prove they’re ready for more violence?

Fans are fired up for the Lucha Bros & Bandido but the BCC isn’t amused. The trios sort out but then everyone starts shoving. Then they start brawling! The ref reprimands but the BCC have the luchadores on the ropes. They triple whip but the luchadores all reverse to TRIPLE SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with “CERO! MIEDO!” The luchadores build speed and TRIPLE DIVE into forearms and lariats! Moxley drags Penta out to the floor to throw him at the timekeeper’s area! Wheeler RAMS Bandido into steel steps! Claudio SNAKE EYES Fenix off the railing, then tosses him OVER the railing! Then he goes out after him in the crowd!

Moxley has an ANKLE LOCK on Penta, while Yuta throws Bandido into railing! And then more railing! The ref reprimands, but Moxley runs in, only for Penta to toss him into the crowd! Yuta puts Bandido in the ring, the bell finally sounds, and this is finally a match. Fans cheer as Yuta stomps Bandido and Claudio TOSSES Fenix back to ringside. Yuta drags Bandido up but Bandido throws body shots. Bandido clotheslines in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but Yuta goes up and over. Bandido runs back in but into a scoop SLAM! And Claudio clotheslines Fenix back up and over the railing!

Yuta SENTONS on Bandido, covers, TWO! Yuta scowls but Bryan is at least impressed with Yuta using a “fundamentally sound” cover. Yuta drags Bandido up, suplexes, but Bandido blocks! Fans rally up, Bandido suplexes Yuta! And holds him up! Uno! Dos! Tress! But then Mox rushes in! Fenix SUPERKICKS him first! Penta sees Claudio and SUPERKICKS him first! Then they SUPERKICK again! Bandido goes past TWENTY, and then the Lucha Brothers each grab Moxley and Claudio to hammerlock arms. DOUBLE SACRIFICE ARMBARS!! Bandido makes it to THIRTY but he isn’t done!!

Bandido makes it to FORTY, and then FIFTY!! Yuta’s head is almost as red as Bandido’s outfit as we get to SIXTY, and the SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Yuta survives and Bryan is proud of his student again. But tag to Penta, Fenix goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Yuta slips free, only for Penta to SUPERKICK! TIGHTROPE WALK KICK! But Moxley CUTTERS Penta! Fenix SCREW HIGH KICKS Mox, but Claudio CLOBBERS Fenix! Penta SUPERKICKS, whips, Claudio reverses but Penta goes up and over, BACKSTABBER!! Fans are thunderous and Bryan has to admit, the lucha trio is incredible.

Penta crawls, as does Yuta, hot tag to Bandido! He HOTSHOTS Yuta, springboards but Yuta moves! Bandido FLOPS, then distracts the ref! Claudio & Moxley drag Bandido out to ASSISTED PILEDRIVER to the floor!! Bryan loves it while fans boo, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Yuta snap suplexes Bandido up and over, then drags Bandido back up. He fists bumps Claudio, puts Bandido in the ring, then tags Moxley. Moxley keeps Bandido from the corner with a facelock, but fans rally up. Bandido fights to his feet, only for Moxley to HALF HATCH! Moxley then tags Claudio in, they stomps Bandido, then Claudio grabs an arm to grind it down. Bandido endures, fights to the ROPEBREAK, but Claudio brings him up. Bandido throws body shots but Claudio chinbars to keep him from the corner. Claudio whips and CLOBBERS Bandido, then flexes. Tag to Moxley and the BCC stomp Bandido again.

Moxley gets the legs to stomp Bandido int he stomach. Moxley then turns Bandido with a HALF CRAB! Bandido reaches out, Yuta tries to keep the rope from him but the ref reprimands. Fans rally up, Bandido gets the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go to bring Bandido up and he throws knee after knee. Moxley whips, Bandido sunset flips, but Moxley rolls through to KNEE Bandido down! Cover, TWO, but Moxley gets the arms for DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley drags Bandido to a cover, TWO! Moxley grabs an arm to hammerlock it and grind Bandido down. Bandido endures while Dynamite returns to single picture.

Fans rally but Moxley chinbars Bandido into a chinlock. Bandido still endures, but Moxley wraps Bandido arms around for a straitjacket stretch. Bandido still fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Moxley runs in to clothesline at the corner! And again! Moxley talks trash on Bandido, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido BOOTS him! And UPPERCUTS! And goes up top for a TORNILLO! Direct hit and fans are thunderous! Both Bandido and Moxley crawl, hot tags to Claudio and Fenix! Fenix waistlocks, Claudio fights it and elbows free to then whip. Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges, tiger feint rewind but Claudio dodges the heel kick!

Fenix still SUPERKICKS! Yuta runs in to BOOT Fenix! Fans foo, but Yuta runs in and only gets the buckles! JUMP SOBAT! Snapmare and tag to Penta! UNO, DOS, TRES! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Claudio returns, Penta dodges and SLINGBLADES! Penta goes to a corner, Claudio runs in but Penta pops him up into a headstand, to SUPERKICK him down! Penta then uses Claudio to victory roll and jump, DDT for Moxley! Claudio LARIATS in return!! Fans fire up again as Claudio stirs. Claudio drags Penta back but Penta kicks him away. Hot tags to Yuta and Bandido! Yuta and Bandido fire forearms back and forth!

The fans are on Bandido’s side but Yuta ROCKS him! Yuta eggs Bandido on, and the forearms go back and forth again! Bryan says Yuta’s technique is the advantage, but Bandido starts using speed! The forearms keep going and the fans fire up! Yuta BITRES Bandido’s forehead! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Bandido throws off the shirt and fans are thunderous again! Bandido whips, pops Yuta up, CUTTER!! Bandido goes up, the Lucha Brothers get in. “CERO! MIEDO!” The Lucha Brothers DOUBLE TOPE to take out Mox & Claudio! FROG SPLASH for Bandido! Cover, TWO!!! Bryan says this is what he was talking about!

Fans boo but Bandido drags Yuta up to gut wrench and Canadian Rack. Torture rack to KNEE STRIKE! Bandido has Yuta on the ropes, he runs, but Moxley anchors Yuta out of the 21 Plex! The ref reprimands, Penta ENZIGURIS Moxley! Yuta sends Bandido to ropes, Claudio UPPERCUTS Bandido! Yuta BUSAIKU KNEES, to the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!!! Bryan calls ever shot, and then Yuta shifts into the SEATBELT! The BCC wins!

Winner: The Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall

Bryan celebrates with his guys, though the fans aren’t as happy about it. Will the BCC soon look to take over AEW one division at a time?


Backstage interview with The Elite.

Alex Marvez is with Hangman Page and the Young Bucks while Matt Jackson is having his foot taped up. Anarchy in the Arena II was perhaps one of the most brutal matches in AEW history, what is the status of Matt and the rest of the team three days later? Matt says a long time ago, he told Hangman that he brings out the good in them. Safe to say, after Sunday, the BCC bring out the worst in them. Never thought the day would come where Matt would try to melt the face of another man with an explosive sneaker, and alas, here we are.

Nick, a big bandage on his forehead, recounts Hangman saying that they are the heart, the soul and the spirit of AEW. Not one setback is gonna keep them down! Hangman says they are still standing, still swinging, and still breathing! To be a group that prides themselves on being the best, the BCC sure love to use numbers. But the truth is- Wait, in walks the Dark Order. They tell Hangman, “Good to see you.” Oh, did Matt hurt his foot? Silver says Hangman is with his new-old best friends, they should probably just go. Sorry about that. Hangman wants to respond to that, but Marvez has one more question.

It has been said, rumored, that Kenny Omega has left the country and gone home to Canada based on everything that’s happened the last few weeks. Any word on that? Hangman says Kenny is hurt, he is pissed, and yes he is out of the country, but he’s not in Canada. Hangman excuses himself to chase after The Dark Order, what is the status of that friendship? What is the status of The Cleaner after further betrayal by men he once called friends?


Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

Double or Nothing is in the rearview mirror, and he welcomes out two men who were very active that night, Jay White & Juice Robinson, Bullet Club Gold! The Switchblade & Rock Hard make their way out, and White says the money’s here! Schiavone says their issue with Ricky Starks seems never ending. They get in close and he says they attacked Starks backstage! White starts by saying that Double or Nothing was a great night. Fans cheer and White applauds, too. But White bets Starks feels he’s on top of the world after he eliminated Jay & Juice from the battle royal.

But as a reminder to everyone, especially to Ricky Starks, he’s not the International Champion. he lost that battle royal just like he lost to White. And Juice says that brings them to FTR! BCG wants to know, WHY, Dax & Cash, did you come to the aid of “sweet boy” Ricky? It doesn’t make sense! There’s no way FTR are friends with Ricky Starks, because we all know Ricky Starks ain’t got no friends! White says we also know FTR are “a couple of Southern boys,” so maybe they’re a little bit slow. And they look dumb, too, have you seen them? You heard them talk? They sound pretty dumb, too!

White just didn’t actually think they were dumb enough to get in the Bang Bang Gang’s business! But wait, here comes FTR! Dax & Cash are still AEW World Tag Team Champions after Mark Briscoe saw who were his real friends on Sunday night. The champs get in the ring but White uses Schiavone as a shield. Seems FTR are that dumb. Juice says keep this cordial. This isn’t them being dumb, they’re here to apologize! White isn’t so sure, but maybe Juice is on to something. Maybe they’re also here because they wanna join BULLET CLUB GOLD~! Yeah? Huh? White says FTR are ready to be some Gold members!

So do they wanna join the top shelf gunslingers? Top Shelf Top Guys! If they wanted to join, all they had to do was ask. Just make sure you do it politely. White holds out the mic to Dax, then drops it as he reaches out. Fans boo and Dax glares at White. But then Juice sucker punches Dax! FISTFUL O’ SILVER DOLLARS!! Cash TACKLES Juice, but White goes after Cash! The BCG mug Cash while Dax writhes, clutching his jaw! Juice drags Dax up, JUICE IS LOOSE!! “Take that!” White gets Cash for a BLADERUNNER!! “That’s what you get!!” But here comes Starks! Starks runs BCG off and grabs the mic.

“Hey you two cowards! I’m sick of you two every single week! So how about this? You keep that jabroni ass freak in the back, and you and me, Jay, we finish it next week on Dynamite! YOU PUNK ASS B*TCH!!” The Absolute throws out the ultimatum, will he and King Switch finally put an end to this?


Tony Khan has an announcement for AEW Collision.

“It’s great to be here tonight in San Diego. The last few weeks, we made some announcements regarding the debut of AEW Saturday Night Collision, starting June 17th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. I’m here tonight to give you a little more information about the debut of AEW Collision. I’m here to announce that AEW Collision, beginning June 17th, will feature… CM Punk!” Fans go wild hearing that! The Best in the World, the polarizing Plus Delta of AEW, is making his return in his hometown! What kind of collision are we going to say for that debut episode?


Triple Threat: Swerve Strickland VS “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Trent Beretta!

The Blackjack Battle Royal was a bust for everyone hoping to take the title off Orange Cassidy, but there was a lot of beef between these three men during all the chaos. Who scores a much easier win under 33% odds versus the one in 21?

The bell rings and Swerve bails out so Bill can’t get him. Fans boo but then Bill turns his attention to Trent. Fans fire up and Bill storms up on Trent. Trent slips away to not be cornered, then he CHOPS Bill! Bill scowls and dusts himself off. Bill storms up again, Trent slips away again and headlocks. Bill powers up but Trent holds on. Bill powers out, Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges and DIVES onto Swerve on the outside! Fans fire up as Trent puts Swerve in the ring saying “You’re turn!” He wants Bill to get at Swerve and Bill’s fine with that. Swerve wants Bill to hold on, but then he swings on Bill!

Bill blocks the punch, so Swerve kicks a leg. Swerve goes to whip but Bill blocks that, too! Bill whips, Swerve goes up and around and BOOTS Bill! Trent returns to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Bill just choke grips back! Bill BOOTS Swerve, then shoves Trent to a corner. Bill SPLASHES Swerve, SPLASHES Trent, and repeat! Bill clotheslines Swerve up and out! Trent ducks ‘n’ dodges but Bill FLAPJACKS Trent then BOOTS him down! Fans fire up with Bill while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Bill watches as Trent crawls back in. Bill kicks Trent, drags him up, and CLUBS him back down. Bill then steps out to go after Swerve. Fans fire up as Bill stalks Swerve around the way, then UPPERCUTS him! Swerve CHOPS, Bill TOSSES him to the ramp! Swerve writhes, Trent goes out after Bill and throws body shots. Bill ROCKS Trent with a haymaker! Then he SMACKS Trent off the steps! Trent falls and Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers. Bill stalks Swerve on the ramp, drags him up, and brings him around to SMACK him off the apron! And then CHOPS him against the apron! Swerve sputters and drops to his knees.

Bill gives a toying kick to Swerve, but Swerve comes back with a CHOP! Bill ROCKS Swerve with a right hand! Bill then kicks Trent down. Bill soaks up the cheers and jeers as he brings Swerve around the way, to scoop, but Swerve lips off! Swerve POSTS Bill, Trent SPEARS Bill! Fans fire up but then Swerve RAMS Trent into the railing! Swerve puts Trent on the apron, goes up after him, and fireman’s carries. Trent fights free, but Swerve CHOPS him! Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent and Dynamite returns to single picture, right as Trent ROCKS Swerve! Swerve ROCKS Trent back so the shots keep going!

Fans fire up but Swerve knees low! Swerve fireman’s carries, Trent slips off again, but Swerve fights the half nelson! Swerve throws elbows, Bill gets in the ring and runs that way, Trent pulls Swerve into the path of the BOOT! Down goes Swerve, then Trent SHOTGUNS Bill off the apron! Fans fire up as Trent goes up a corner, to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes Bill! Fans fire up with Trent but now Swerve goes up to BOOT from the apron! Swerve drags Trent up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up. Trent is in a drop zone, Swerve goes up the corner. But Bill choke grips him! Swerve fights the arm but Bill CHOPS him!

Bill climbs up to join Swerve, choke grips again, but Trent hits Bill low! Trent climbs up, but Bill grabs him, too! But then both Trent & Swerve throat chop! Fans boo, but Trent & Swerve work together to DOUBLE SUPERPLEX Bill!! All three men are down and fans are thunderous! Bill goes to a corner, Swerve and Trent throw forearms again! They go back and forth, Swerve throws body shot after body shot! Swerve runs, but Trent gets around, HALF ‘N’ HALF! Swerve tumbles out, Trent builds speed, but Bill scoops! BIG BOSS MAN SLAM!!! Cover, Swerve HOUSE CALLS! Cover on Bill, TWO?!?!

Bill survives but Swerve rolls to COMPLETE SHOT Trent! Trent sits up, Swerve goes up, KILL- NO, Trent avoids the stomps! To BUSAIKU KNEE!! Trent reels Swerve in, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, BILL BREAKS IT! Bill stalks Trent to the apron and fans fire up. Bill drags Trent up but Trent CHOPS! Bill doesn’t budge, so Trent CHOPS again! Bill clamps onto Trent’s throat, CHOKE SLAM into the ring! But Swerve APRON KILL STOMPS Bill!!! And then roll-up on Trent, Swerve wins!!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

The Mogul takes advantage and gets a huge win! Will Swerve soon be aiming for another title shot?


Kris Statlander speaks.

“Today’s date is May 28th, 2023. It’s the PPV, Double or Nothing, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I am officially cleared. I am your NEW TBS Champion. It’s been a long time coming, and this whole time, I was never really sure if I deserved it. Not sure if I was someone deserving of this moment. It just really shows me how much not only does this place mean to me, but how much I mean to AEW. It’s just so nice to physically hold something to feel like you deserve it for once. Not only am I gonna prove to everyone that they were right, but I’m gonna prove to myself that this is my time. And I’m gonna have the best damn title reign anyone’s ever seen.” But she’s already putting the title on the line, will her time be short?


Renee Paquette is on stage.

“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass.” Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn are here, and Renee says that unfortunately, thing didn’t go their way in that AEW World Trios Championship match. They asked for this time, so the floor is theirs. Billy says Renee is right, things did not go quite the way they’d planned. But that’s okay! Because anyone can get beat at any given time. Billy’s biggest regret is that he let his guys down. Caster says that Billy shouldn’t blame himself. They win as a team and lose as a team. They won a lot as a trio, undefeated until facing House of Black.

And see, Caster is the best wrestler alive, Bowens is the Five Tool Player, and Billy is the legend! They ARE The Acclaimed, they are the People’s Choice. Bowens says that is right. And their goal remains the same. A few months ago, Acclaimed were screwed outta tag team gold. Fans boo that, but the Acclaimed want gold back! “And this man, this legend, after over 30 YEARS of giving his all to the business, of giving his all to each and every one of you, giving his all to us, this man deserves to hold gold one more time!” Fans love the sound of that! They chant for “DADDY ASS! DADDY ASS!”

Bowens says do not worry about it, Billy, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So the goal remains the same, and the three SCISSOR FINGER~! Will they cut down the House of Black one way or another? Or will the House always win?


Tony Schiavone is back in the ring.

The bile rises in his throat as he has to say these names. “Here comes… Don Callis! And… Konosuke Takeshita.” Fans boo as Callis & Takeshita walk their way out to no music, but with highlights of Callis helping the BCC cheat the Elite. Callis & Takeshita go to the ring to join Schiavone, and Schiavone says, “Sunday night, Double or Nothing, not so sure. We talked to Bryan Danielson, whose side are you on? Whose side are you with? One thing we know for sure, you apparently have yourself a new protégé.” Callis grins but fans boo, and Callis says he sincerely hopes that such boos are for Kenny Omega! No, they’re for Callis.

Callis continues to say he is the REAL victim here! He has done everything for Kenny Omega! The booing gets louder! And they’re even flipping Callis off! Callis says Kenny only had what he had because of Callis! The AEW World Championship? All Callis! Kenny chose his friends. Every morning, Callis has to get up and look at the scar on his head! 23 stitches! And Callis blames it all on Kenny! Kenny destroyed Callis’ family! And maybe Callis lost a nephew, but he gained a son in Konosuke Takeshita! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Callis says Takeshita is the best athlete he has ever seen in wrestling! 6’3″, 240 pounds, and you know who he’s better than?

Konosuke is better than Rikidōzan! Better than Antonio Inoki! Better than Keiji Mutoh! And yes, better than Kazuchika Okada! But you know who else he’s better than? We’ll see it very soon, too! Konosuke is better than Kenny Omega! Konosuke gets the mic to tell everyone Japanese that they’re all stupid! Kenny Omega is nothing! And they all know it! Then in English, “We will destroy the Elite! We will destroy Kenny… Omega!” Callis tells Kenny that he destroyed his family so Callis is building a new one! And that new family will cut the Elite out of All Elite Wrestling! Fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before, but will that not stop what Callis is planning for Kenny Omega?


Arn Anderson & Wardlow speak.

The Enforcer says that before Double or Nothing and the ladder match, he cut through all the BS and asked Wardlow one question: What are you willing to do to Christian Cage? Everyone’s giving Arn a bunch of hoopla about biting that giant lizard’s thumb. But Wardlow got manhandled, and when you snatch Arn by the neck, what you think’s gonna happen? Wardlow says Luchasaurus found out not to get involved with their business. Arn wants to know what Wardlow’s willing to do, and he answered that. There are no more limits! If Luchasaurus wants to be next, Wardlow will be more than happy to finish the job!


Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin VS The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana!

Freshly Squeezed is still the AEW International Champion after facing the steepest odds possible, while the Relentless One could not overcome MJF, Sammy Guevara & Jack Perry all at once to become AEW World Champion. But will this unlikely duo keep going against even this daunting duo in front of them?

The teams sort out, but Bishop Kaun shoves Darby off the corner! And Toa Liona goes after Cassidy with clubbing forearms! The bell rings, Kaun keeps after Darby on the outside, and Cassidy just gets his jacket and shirt off. Kaun CHOPS Darby, Liona pushes Cassidy down, then Liona drags Cassidy up to whip corner to corner. Cassidy tumbles up and out, baits Liona in and shoulders into him. Cassidy bumps Liona off buckles, but Liona just glares at him! Liona drags Cassidy up and into the ring to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kaun scoops Darby, but Darby slips free to POST Kaun! Darby tags in!

Fans fire up as Darby, bad shoulder all taped up, has the fans behind him. Darby SLAPS, RAMS, and runs, but Liona rushes in! Darby dodges but then runs into a BODY CHECK! Liona roars, fans boo, but Liona drags Darby up. Liona puts Darby in the corner, tags Kaun, and the Gates fire each other up! Kaun whips Liona in but Darby dodges! Darby BOOTS Kaun away, springboards, but Liona POUNCES the Coffin Splash! Kaun drags Cassidy in, GUT BUSTER DROP! Nana, Cage and Swerve return to ringside, they wanna watch this in person. Kaun has Darby up to CHOP him in the corner!

Kaun drags Darby up and over, tags Liona in, and the Gates mug Darby in the corner. Liona paces, the ref reprimands, but Kaun digs his boots into Darby! The fans rally up for Darby but Liona drags him up. Liona smirks, whips Darby to the corner, but Darby BLASTS Kaun! But then Liona SPLASHES Darby int he corner! But Darby boots from below! Liona gets the legs, yanks Darby up but Darby slips to the outside! Darby HOTSHOTS Liona, but Kaun trips Darby to RAM him into the railing! And then apron! And then railing! And then apron! And then a whip into the railing! Liona rushes around the way to CLOBBER Cassidy!

Fans boo but The Mogul Embassy is pleased while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Kaun drags Darby but he’s deadweight. Kaun gets Darby up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Kaun rains down fists on Darby, lets off to soak up the heat, and then he drags Darby back up. Kaun fishhooks the nose but the ref reprimands. Kaun lets go, Darby goes to a corner, but Kaun fires off on him. Darby hits back, but Kaun kicks and whips to then kitchen sink knee! Kaun stands on Darby for a cover, ONE! Kaun drags Darby over, tags in Liona, and the Gates stomp Darby at the ropes. The ref counts, Liona steps off, then drags Darby back up.

Liona scoops Darby, SLAMS him, then SPLASHES! Darby writhes while Liona looms over him. Liona CLUBS Darby in the side, drags him up and pushes him into the corner. Kaun tags in, Darby is in the ropes, and Kaun kicks him to the floor. Kaun taunts Cassidy, then goes out to stomp away on Darby. Darby scrambles into the ring but Kaun is after him. Kaun stands on Darby’s hands to keep him from reaching Cassidy! Kaun stomps the hands, puts him in the Gates’ corner, then CHOPS him! Darby sputters, drops to a knee, and Kaun taunts Cassidy. Fans rally as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Kaun puts Darby up on the top rope, climbs up behind him, and then scoops for a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Darby writhes on the apron, Liona hits an APRON SENTON! Liona then BLASTS Cassidy, drags Darby up, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Darby is hanging tough and fans fire up! Tag to Kaun and the Gates circle Darby. Fans rally up but The Gates drag Darby up and high five, but then Darby flops over. The Gates laugh, and Swerve smirks seeing his old rival suffer. But Darby fights back with CHOPS! Liona doesn’t budge! Liona choke grips Darby, he and Kaun throw him to the corner!

Darby comes back, leaps but the Gates catch him to throw him back! Kaun runs in but Darby dropkicks his leg out! Liona runs in, but Darby BOOTS him down! Darby goes up and sunset flips, but Liona stays up! Darby stands up and baits Kaun in, sending him into Liona! Hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy gets in, raises his hands, and fans fire up as they go in his pockets! Cassidy dodges Liona, dodges Kaun and sends him into Liona, then he dodges Kaun again to send him into buckles! Cassidy SHOTGUNS Liona to the other corner then kips up! Fans fire up, Kaun runs in but Cassidy dodges, Kaun’s SHOTGUN hits Liona!

Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kaun survives but Cassidy keeps his focus. Cassidy throws off the elbow pad and takes aim from the corner. Kaun rises, Cassidy runs in, ORANGE- NO, Kaun dodges! Liona fireman’s carries, SAMOAN DROP! The Gates drag Cassidy up, high five, and SHUT THE GATES! Cover, Darby breaks it!! Liona TOSSES Darby, Swerve is getting annoyed, but Liona goes back to the corner. Liona tags in, fans rally up for Cassidy, but the Gates reset. DOUBLE- RANA!! Cassidy hot tags Darby! Darby COFFIN SPLASHES Liona! And again! then one for Kaun! Another for Liona!

Darby fires up a la Sting, dodges Liona and Liona hits buckles! Darby puts Liona outside, CLUBS him and CLAWS him! Liona stands up, grabs Darby, but gets an ORANGE PUNCH! Darby then DIVES to take Liona out!! Kaun ELBOWS Cassidy down! Kaun suplexes, but gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And a boosted CODE RED! Cassidy DIVES to take out Liona! Darby is up top, COFFIN DROP!! Cover, Darby & Cassidy win!

Winners: Orange Cassidy & Darby Allin, by pinfall

But the rest of the Mogul Embassy makes their way to the ring! Swerve & Cage glare right at Darby & Cassidy, and Liona & Kaun both get up. But wait! Here comes STIIIIING! The Icon is back, and he has his baseball bat! Fans are thunderous as Sting steps into the ring and the Embassy backs off. Will Swerve’s house have to worry about the showtime?


MJF speaks.

“AEW fans, AEW fans! Oh my God, clock’s ticking and you’re running out of competition. Darby Allin, you sweet, sweet little emo b*tch. Once again, you found yourself victim to a maneuver as simple as a headlock takeover. Now if that’s not telling about my competition around here, I don’t know what is! You are running out of gladiators for me to slay, you are running out of people you could possibly claim that are better than me. And you know it. Once again, it has been made abundantly clear, and this time, in Sin City, that nobody is on the level of the Devil!” Will anyone ever exorcise MJF away from the AEW World Championship?


Tony Schiavone is once again in the ring.

He welcomes us back, and thanks San Diego for being part of this great night. But wait, here comes Hook! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, the undefeated FTW Champion, steps in the ring. Schiavone says Hook once again helped the Hardy Boyz against Ethan Page at Double or Nothing. But then, what is next for Hook? But wait, someone interrupts. It’s Jose of La Faccion Ingobernable! He has Dralistico y Preston Vance with him, and he “apologizes” for interrupting Hook’s time, but this is the only way LFI is gonna get TV time here! There are two studs here who have never been given opportunities the way Hook has.

Fans boo but Jose says they know it’s true. Rush is too dangerous to be on TV, so he isn’t here right now. Salud, Rush. But where are the fans when they need LFI? When LFI is looking for chances and they get NONE? But they’re gonna start taking opportunities! Show this perro what LFI is about! Dralistico & Vance mug Hook, but here comes JUNGLE BOY! Jack Perry has helped Hook out before, and he’s here again, with a chair! JB JAMS Dralistico, JAMS Vance, and then he SMACKS them both down! Jose sneaks up, but JB sees him first. Jose runs away into the ring, but that’s where Hook is!

Hook clinches to hit the EL CAMINO! Jose flops out of the ring, JB joins Hook in the ring, and they fist bump. Will #JungleHook reunite to shut LFI up?


Backstage interview with The Outcasts.

Renee is with Saraya, Ruby Soho, and the NEW AEW Women’s World Champion, Toni Storm. How does it feel this time around to be champion? Oh, c’mon, look at her! She’s having a great time! She has the world title, the world’s best friends, and she couldn’t be doing any better. A lot of people say she’s just very lucky, but luck’s got nothing to do with this. Toni’s been wrestling since she was 13 years old, a child really! Over half her life! That’s because she’s been all over the world, carrying everyone’s bags and doing everything she can to get to this point.

The Outcasts look around this locker room, and they see no one who could carry Toni’s bags. Ruby says Toni is being very humble. No one anywhere could match Toni’s work ethic. Toni is gracing the AEW fans with her presence during the House Rules live shows. And she’ll even defend this title. That is what a fighting champion does! Oh so humble! Saraya loves Toni so much. But really, there is really no one worthy of carrying Toni’s bags. Not at all. But they’ll keep looking out. And as for “luck,” the only lucky ones are the fans. Who will be “lucky” enough to have some #ToniTime this summer?


AEW TBS Championship: Kris Statlander VS Nyla Rose!

The Galaxy’s Greatest made perhaps the greatest return possible, answering the open challenge of the cocky Jade Cargill. Not only did she end Jade’s reign, she ended the undefeated streak! But will Kris regret putting it all on the line so soon? Or will she start her own incredible reign?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Mama Statlander holds onto her baby!

The bell rings and fans rally as the two tie up. The two are in a deadlock, but then they break. Kris shoves Nyla, they tie up again, and they go around. Nyla puts Kris in a corner, the ref counts, and Nyla lets off. Kris dodges the cheap shot to fire off forearms! Nyla dodges to get some air, but Kris SHOTGUNS Nyla down! Fans fire up, Kris is after Nyla but the scoop doesn’t work. Nyla scoops Kris but she slips free to scoop again! Nyla is still really big, and she scoops Kris to SLAM her! SENTON flops as Kris moves! Kris wraps on the body scissors! Nyla endures, those knee braces are right in the ribs!

Nyla scrambles, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Kris lets go. Kris storms up but Nyla shoulders into her! And bumps her off the buckles! Kris falls and Nyla stalks her. Nyla kicks Kris around, drags her up, and brings her over to ropes. Kris fights the suplex and tries to suplex Nyla! Nyla CLUBS Kris, CLAWS her back, but Kris fights with body shots! Fans rally and Kris still tries a suplex. Nyla knees low, brings Kris around, and snap suplexes her into buckles! We see Taya Valkyrie is watching backstage, surely upset that she didn’t get the TBS title off Jade. Nyla grins as she soaks up the heat and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nyla taunts Kris, drags her up, and then bumps her off buckles. Nyla stomps Kris, digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Nyla has Kris on the apron before she lets off. Nyla then puts Kris on the ropes to CHOKE and even bend back! Nyla puppets Kris’ mouth, but lets off as the ref counts. Kris flounders, Nyla brings her up to suplex! Cover, ONE!! Nyla grows frustrated, but she stands on Kris before getting a leg. HALF CRAB! Kris endures, reaches out, but Nyla talks trash while she CLUBS away on the knee! Kris crawls, ROPEBREAK! Nyla lets go, Kris goes to a corner, but Nyla RAMS into her!

Nyla pulls the leg against ropes! The ref counts, Nyla lets off and Kris hobbles to another corner. Nyla is after her in the corner with body shots! Nyla then goes corner to corner to ELBOW Kris, and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Kris down with a chinlock. Kris endures the knee in the back, fans rally up, and Kris fights, only for Nyla to CLUB her in the chest! Nyla clamps onto the arms to keep Kris down, but still Kris fights. Fans rally, kris throws body shots and elbows, but Nyla CHOP BLOCKS! Kris falls, Nyla gets that leg, and has a modified Half Crab! Kris endures, so Nyla stomps away on the leg before going back to the Crab!

Dynamite returns to single picture as Kris fights with her free leg. Nyla lets go, Kris kips up, but Nyla CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO!! Kris is still in this but Nyla runs, only to miss the splash! Kris runs to DISCUS LARIAT! Nyla stays up to Kris LARIATS again, ROCKS Nyla and ROUNDHOUSES her! Fans fire up with Kris and she runs in at the corner, UPPERCUT! Kris goes side to side, KNEE! Nyla staggers, Kris brings her in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Kris is surprised! But Kris pounds the mat and fans rally with her. Kris drags Nyla to a drop zone and climbs up the corner.

Kris reaches the top but Nyla trips her up! Kris hits the buckles on the way down! Nyla runs in to SPLASH! Kris sits down, Nyla calls her shot and runs again, but Kris bails out! Nyla stops the cannonball to go tot he apron, CANNONBALL to the floor! Nyla grins and she brings Kris up to RAM her into railing! Fans boo but Nyla runs in to CANNONBALL against the railing! Nyla puts Kris back in the ring, stalks her, and catches Kris’ haymaker into a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kris survives and now Nyla is surprised! Nyla drags Kris up but Kris JAWBREAKERS! Kris puts Nyla in the drop zone and goes up again!

Fans fire up as Kris aims, to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Kris wins!

Winner: Kris Statlander, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

The Galaxy’s Greatest has her first win as champion in the books! Taya is not amused, though. Will La Wera Loca get one more shot at that title? Will the third time be the charm? Or will things not go her way now that Mama’s home?


BREAKING NEWS for Rampage!

It’ll be regularly scheduled, 10 PM Eastern on Friday night, but it’s gonna be a CHAMPIONSHIP Friday! The AAA Mega Championship is on the line as El Hijo Del Vikingo defends against Dralistico AND Komander in a Triple Threat! Will the numbers spell disaster for Vikingo in San Diego? And in her first defense, Willow Nightingale puts up the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship against The Queen of Joshi, Emi Sakura! Will the Babe with the Power be too sweet to be sour? Plus, the NJPW World Television Championship makes its AEW Rampage debut as Zack Sabre Jr. defends against Action Andretti!

But that’s not all! Assuming he defeats Alex Coughlin on ROH TV this week, Katsuyori Shibata will defend the ROH Pure Championship against #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty! Will The Wrestler still be the champion after this week is over?


BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

Ricky Starks put out the challenge, and Jay White accepted! In a match where Juice Robinson and FTR are all banned from ringside, The Absolute and the Switchblade will finally settle things 1v1! Plus, after big wins from both men tonight, Orange Cassidy defends the AEW International Championship 1v1 against Swerve Strickland! Will the Mogul Embassy grab up even more gold?


Mixed Tag: Chris Jericho & Saraya VS Adam Cole & Britt Baker!

It would seem the Unsanctioned Match at Double or Nothing was not enough for anyone to end this! The Wizard & The Knight called out the Undisputed Couple for this match, and they obliged! Will Jericho & Saraya be the ones standing tall with a fireball? Or will San Diego be all about The Boom?

Fans sing Judas for Jericho, but Saraya still calls them all losers. The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Cole. Cole and Jericho fire off hands right at the bell! Jericho gets the edge, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Cole fires back, Jericho ROCKS him, then puts him in a corner, Jericho ROCKS Cole again and again, whips corner to corner, and Jericho clotheslines! Fans are torn but Saraya says they better cheer! Jericho goes back to Cole, but Cole turns things around to ROCK Jericho with forearm after forearm, then he CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS, Cole CHOPS, they CHOP back and forth!

Jericho gets the edge with those CHOPS, but Cole rakes the eyes! Saraya complains but Cole stalks Jericho. Cole stomps Jericho, digs a boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Jericho pokes Cole in the eyes! Jericho then throws Cole out, goes out after him, and fans fire up as Jericho whips Cole into railing! Jericho puts Cole back in, stalks him to a corner and CHOPS again! Jericho whips, Cole comes back and he CLOBBERS Jericho! Jericho hurries away, Cole dares him to come back, but Jericho tags out to Saraya. Saraya dares Cole to do something, but fans fire up as Britt steps in! And she fires off on Saraya!

Saraya shoves, Britt dodges and SLINGBLADES! And NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Britt CLUBS Saraya, brings her up to Alabama Lift, AIR RAID CRASH! Britt revels in the cheers and spells it out, “D! M! D!” Britt then sits Saraya up, runs, but Saraya distracts the ref so Jericho can trip Britt! Fans boo but Cole rushes Jericho! Saraya stomps Britt, the ref keeps Cole from getting at Jericho, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Saraya covers Britt, shouts at the ref, and the ref returns, TWO! Saraya drags Britt up to HEADBUTT her down! Saraya paces around Britt, drags her up, and throws her down. Saraya points to Jericho, they “tag,” and then Jericho eggs Britt on. The ref tells Jericho to get out, that’s not the kind of match this is. Saraya taunts Cole while Jericho exits, and Saraya stomps Britt. Saraya drags Britt around, puts her in the ropes, then goes to the apron to fire off knee after knee! The ref counts, Saraya lets off to step back inside and they argue. Jericho talks trash on Britt but she swipes at him! Cole protests but Saraya stomps Britt down.

Saraya drags Britt up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Saraya argues with the ref but the count was fair. Saraya drags Britt into a chinlock stretch but Britt endures. Fans rally, Britt fights up, but Saraya CLUBS her back down! Saraya brings Britt around, CLUBS her, then Saraya “tags” Jericho again. Jericho spells it out, “D! M! D!” then signals the fans can shove it! Saraya stomps Britt, Jericho shouts at Britt, and the ref keeps Cole back. Saraya stands on Britt’s hair, pulls on the arms, but lets off as the ref counts. Dynamite returns to single picture as Saraya tosses Britt out. Saraya then goes out, Cole and Jericho shout at each other and the ref is distracted.

Saraya waves to the ramp, and out come the Outcasts! Ruby & Toni stomp away on Britt! Fans boo, Saraya drags Britt into the ring, and they get away with all of that! But HIKARU SHIDA is here! She SMACKS the Outcasts around with the kendo stick and fans fire up! Saraya is furious, but Britt rolls her up! TWO!! Saraya escapes and CLUBS Britt down! Jericho storms in and shouts at Britt, but Britt glares at him. Britt SLAPS Jericho, DECKS Saraya, and tags in Cole! Fans fire up as Cole rallies on Jericho with forearms! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but Cole CLOBBERS him! And ELBOW! And BOOT!

Cole rains down fists, just like at the end of their Unsanctioned match! Jericho pushes Cole away, CHOPS him, but, Cole PELES! Cole whips, Jericho holds ropes and avoids the dropkick! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Jericho scrambles away, hot tag to Saraya! That allows Britt to run in and rally on Saraya! Fans fire up and Britt hits a NECKBREAKER! Britt then hauls Saraya up but Saraya wrenches out to kick low! Saraya whips Britt to a corner, storms up, but into a BOOT! Britt goes up, Saraya runs back in to ROCK Britt! Saraya climbs up after Britt, but Britt resists the superplex!

Britt SHOVES Saraya down, adjusts, and fans fire up! But Jericho scurries over and asks for mercy! He even shields Saraya? Britt FROG SPLASHES them both!! Cover on Saraya, TWO!! Saraya survives but Britt tags Cole in! Cole BOOTS Jericho, hits a BACKSTABBER, and goes to the corner. Cole climbs up, aims, and Jericho stands, PANAMA- NO, Jericho trips Cole! Cole resists as Jericho tries to turn him! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans fire up, Saraya BLASTS Britt!! Cole endures, powers up, crawls forward and reaches out, but Jericho drags him back from the ropes! Fans fire up more as Jericho sits deep!

Wait! Britt gets her glove! Britt puts the glove on, steps into the ring and she fishhooks Jericho!! Jericho lets Cole go and fans fire up! Britt puts Jericho in the Rings of Saturn! LOCKJAW!! Saraya STOMPS Britt! The ref reprimands everyone, but Saraya goes to her corner. Cole tunes up the band as he aims at Jericho. Jericho stands, Cole rushes in, CODE BREAKER hits first!! Cover, TWO!!! Cole survives and Jericho can’t believe it! Jericho and Cole throw forearms back and forth and fans rally up. They stand, CHOP and forearm on repeat, and Cole gets the edge! Cole whips, Jericho reverses but DOUBLE LARIATS collide!

Saraya and Britt shout for Jericho and Cole, both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Saraya and Britt jumps in! Britt and Saraya fire off forearms! Saraya hits low, whips, but Britt holds ropes to then reel Saraya in! Saraya wrenches out, HOOK KICK to the GOOD KNIGHT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Britt survives and shocks Saraya! Jericho has Floyd the Baseball Bat! He aims, swings, but Britt doges and Cole SUPERKICKS! Then Britt SUPERKICKS Saraya! Then they DOUBLE SUPEKRICK Jericho!! Fans are thunderous, Cole goes to the corner and Britt tags him in! Cole drops the kneepad, takes aim, “I told you!”

Jericho sits up, into the BOOM!! Cover, Cole & Britt win!

Winners: Adam C0le & Britt Baker, by pinfall

The Undisputed Couple stands tall! The power of love, but also just all that pent up frustration, wins out in the end, while Jericho throws a fit! Cole dares Jericho to keep fighting then! Jericho throws in a chair, and even the ring bell! Cole and Britt grab those for themselves, and that makes Jericho back off. Can Cole & Britt finally move on from The Wizard and his schemes to go get themselves some gold?

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/30/23)

It’s about to get TOXIC!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Tonight: Jacy Jayne, Gigi Dolin, and a WEAPONIZED STEEL CAGE!

NXT returns from the Battleground, but another battle is about to begin! The Toxic War between Gigi and Jacy ends, inside a cage, the walls lined with weaponry! Who will be left standing as the Toxic Victor?


  • Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne; Gigi wins.
  • Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine; Wes & Bate win.
  • Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo; Joe wins.
  • Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile; Cora wins.
  • NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson; Melo wins and retains the title.


Weaponized Steel Cage: Gigi Dolin VS Jacy Jayne!

What was once one of the most dominant duos in the NXT Women’s Division was torn apart by ambition and pride. Where one thought they were closer than sisters, the other only saw herself as the star and everyone else as a side character. This is going to end one way or another, but will it be the Toxic Avenger or the Toxic Traitor that comes out on top?

But wait! Jacy attacks Gigi during her entrance! And then RAMS her into the steel! And then into steel steps! Fans boo but Jacy takes Gigi’s jacket from her, throws it at her, then throws Gigi into the steel again! Jacy says it’s all about her, and she SMACKS Gigi off more steps, and Gigi’s head also hits the underside of the door! Jacy makes Gigi take a seat, to SLAM the door shut on her! And again! And again! Jacy howls but fans boo, and Jacy drags Gigi into the cage. Jacy then closes the door, the bell rings, and Jacy stalks Gigi. Jacy has a duffel bag, and she brings out a LEATHER STRAP! She LASHES Gigi!

Jacy LASHES Gigi more and more, then howls again. Gigi writhes, Jacy gets a chair, but Gigi gets a trash can lid! Gigi kicks Jacy low, SMACKS her on the back, and now Jacy writhes. Gigi runs, but Jacy drop toeholds her onto the chair! Jacy drags Gigi through the chair, runs, but Gigi avoids the ax kick! Gigi comes back with a ROUNDHOUSE! Jacy takes a seat, Gigi CROSSBODIES her down! Gigi drags Jacy up, RAMS her into the steel, then RAMS her into the other side! Gigi gets that strap for herself now, and she LASHES Jacy! And again! And again! And again! Then she just throws the strap at Jacy before getting a trash can lid.

Gigi brings the can around, puts it on Jacy, and then Kawada Kicks away on it! Jacy falls over, Gigi takes the can off her, and fans fire up. Gigi has Jacy against ropes, digs the can into her, and says this is what Jacy wanted! Gigi SLAPS Jacy, runs, and dropkicks the can into Jacy! Cover, TWO! Jacy is still in this, and Gigi snarls. Gigi looks for something else to use as fans rally behind her. Gigi gets the strap and CHOKES Jacy with it! Gigi says Jacy ruined everything! They were like sisters! Gigi lets Jacy go, gets more trash cans, and she sets one down. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but Gigi gets the bat! It has a rose on it!

Gigi JAMS Jacy with the baseball bat, then DIGS the thorn covered side into her! Gigi climbs up to CHOKE Jacy with the bat and again shouts that Jacy ruined everything! Gigi then takes aim, waits on Jacy to get up, but Jacy avoids the homer to SPINEBUSTER Gigi on the can! Fans are shocked while NXT goes picture in picture.

Jacy talks trash on Gigi, stalks her, and brings her up. Jacy RAMS Gigi into steel, then RAMS her into more steel! Jacy then grinds Gigi into the chain link like it’s a cheese grater! Jacy lets off to revel in the moment, then she steps back in through the ropes. Jacy talks trash on the fans and on Gigi, and then stalks her to ropes. Jacy KICKS Gigi in the face! Jacy gets a chair, wedges it in a corner, and then goes back for Gigi. Jacy brings Gigi up to whip, but Gigi stops herself! Gigi ELBOWS Jacy, runs and BOOTS her down! Gigi then gets another trash can, and she wedges that in another corner.

Gigi goes to Jacy, kicks her low, and whips, but Jacy reverses! Gigi blocks, Jacy kicks low, then blocks a kick to LARIAT Gigi down! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gigi is still in this but Jacy rains down fists on her! Jacy eggs Gigi on, taunts fans, then gets a steel chain! Jacy wraps that around her first, gives it a kiss, and FULL METLA BODY SHOTS! And then another! And another! Gigi falls over while Jacy swings the chain. Jacy grinds as she sits Gigi up, and wraps the chain around Gigi’s face! Gigi can only endure as the chain digs into her nose and mouth! NXT returns to single picture as fans rally back up.

Gigi fights, powers up, and swings Jacy into the steel chair! Jacy goes down and fans fire up! Jacy staggers up, Gigi roars, and Gigi ROCKS Jacy, KICKS her and KNEES her! Ripcord and STO! Cover, TWO!! Gigi is frustrated but she pounds the mat. Fans rally up, Gigi gets another chair, and she puts that down at center. She gets that chair from the corner, and another chair, and another chair, and she piles them together. Gigi brings Jacy over, half nelsons, but Jacy fights! Jacy whips, spins Gigi, and then NECKBREAKER on the chair pile!! Both women writhe but Jacy covers, TWO!! Gigi survives and Jacy is beside herself!

Fans rally up, Jacy clears the chairs out of the way and she throws a forearm on Gigi. Gigi comes back with a haymaker! Jacy throws a forearm back! Gigi throws a forearm of her own! Fans rally, Jacy throws another forearm but Gigi fires a flurry! Gigi wrenches, hooks Jacy up, but Jacy dosidos her into the TRASH CAN! And then SUPERKICKS! Just like the night she betrayed Gigi! Jacy runs in, CANNONBALL into the trash can! Cover, TWO!!! Gigi survives again and Jacy is at a loss for words. But then Jacy just grins and rains down fists on Gigi! Fans chant “We Want Tables!” and Jacy drags the table out!

Fans actually chant, “Thank You, Jacy!” and she says shut up, she’s not doing it for them! Jacy sets the table up near a corner, and she goes back to Gigi. Jacy suplexes but Gigi blocks! Gigi throws body shots, turns things around, but Jacy blocks the suplex! Gigi CLUBS Jacy, KNEES her low, and then drags her up to whip. Jacy reverses and sends Gigi into the steel! Jacy then brings Gigi up, bumps her off buckles, and brings her up the corner! Fans fire up as Jacy dribbles Gigi off buckles and the steel! Jacy says this is all about HER, and she reaches the very top rope. But Gigi HEADBUTTS in return!

Jacy wobbles, Gigi SMACKS her off the steel again and again! Jacy stays on the top rope but Gigi clinches, CHOKE SLAM THROUGH THE TABLE!! High stack, Gigi wins!!

Winner: Gigi Dolin, by pinfall

The Toxic Avenger finally ends the Toxic War! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” What is next for Gigi now that she’s gotten past her past?


Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie Mitchell is with the North American Champion and notes we’re just 48 hours removed from his win in a Triple Threat. He is now the longest reigning North American Champion, with TEN successful defenses. Has it sunk in yet? Now that she says it, yes! He is PUMPED! But he’s also sore. Comes with the territory. Back when he won the title at Halloween Havoc, he had no idea how this ride was gonna go. But through the multiple multi-mans, the open challenges and the unforeseen odds- “Sunday’s victory proved nothing!” The Dyad storms in to say Joe Gacy wants to send a reminder.

Wes says okay, he’ll bust them all! But then Tyler Bate steps up to say that if they want to fight Wes, they fight him, too! The Dyad backs off, and Bate tells Wes that as he said on Sunday, that was all business. He still has Wes’s back, if he’ll have him. Wes says he appreciates that. They fist bump, but will Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed still try to send that “message” from The Schism?


Tony D’Angelo gets his mug shot.

He isn’t happy about it, either. But what will happen should The Don have to go to court?


Gallus talks backstage.

They’re of course happy to be NXT Tag Team Champions, but Wolfgang admits, The Creed Brothers are tough. But no one can stop Gallus! They never stop. The Creeds are done, so who steps up to their kingdom next? Well, Tony D and Stacks had next, but uh, Tony can’t do too much with his hands cuffed. “It wasn’t me, officer! I swear! I’m a nice guy!” Fogedaboutit! But Stacks storms in! He knew it was them! They ratted on Tony! Don’t get the wrong idea, Stacks, it wasn’t them. But what is he gonna do without his daddy? Better question: Ever heard that snitches get stitches?

Stacks fires off on Gallus, but he gets mugged 3v1! The refs rush in, but Gallus still throws Stacks into shelfs! The refs tell Gallus they are EJECTED from the building! Gallus is fine with that, they did the damage. But who is going to be next if The Family is busy with their own problems?


Carmelo Hayes is here!

Fans cheer as Trick Melo Gang heads to the ring, because the NXT Champion is still HIM! Trick gets the mic to get to business. They went to Melo’s hometown, Melo went to Battleground, and he left still champion. Fans cheer that, and Melo says he did that. Now listen, Battleground was exactly that: a battle. So he will paint a picture: Melochussetts was going crazy! Bron VS THOUSANDS! Big Spear, Melo still alive. Nothing But Net, #AndStill! And one thing everyone needs to realize, sometimes you gotta take shots to make shots. When it comes to this NXT Championship, Melo don’t ever miss!

Trick says Melo don’t lie, either! Battleground is another brick in the foundation of the HIM Dynasty. But wait, NOAM DAR is here? Dar and his squad walk out, and Dar tells Melo, “Well done! Congratulations! You  managed to escape your hometown still champion. And Melo, you weren’t the only one to retain their championship.” Fans boo as Dar says HE defended HIS NXT Heritage Cup, “the most coveted prize in NXT.” But Melo only just managed to beat Bron. Dar beat Dragon Lee not once, but twice. Thank you.

Trick tells “Mr. Supernova” that we don’t have time to talk about how it took four of them to cheat Dragon Lee. Fans cheer that! But there is time to talk about Dar coming out to interrupt Trick Melo Gang. Interrupting Trick Melo Gang is a super no-no. Melo says he saw that match, Dar really is like that. But there’s levels to this. That trophy puts Dar on a high level, but this NXT Championship puts Melo on the HIGHEST level. Dar may’ve “beat” Dragon twice, but Melo bets he couldn’t even beat Melo once. And that’s all it is, and that’s all it- NO NO NO NONONO! SHH! The adults are talking, Trick.

Fans boo as Dar tells Melo that that almost sounded like a challenge. Is Melo challenging Dar, even though that’d be the biggest mistake of his life? If Melo is building a dynasty, then step up! Put the NXT Championship on the line TONIGHT! Trick says whoa, whoa, wait a minute. Dar is trying to take advantage of Melo while he’s tired. DUH! Well done, Captain Obvious. But hey, straight up, what does Melo say? Oh, wait, Lash was right! Melo is just counting the minutes, making it easy, because he doesn’t have what it takes to compete at the highest level night in and night out, like Dar.

But actually, it must be hard to miss when he has… What’s Lash calling it? Low management! No, no, if Dar wants it, then he’s got it! TONIGHT! Fans fire up, but did the Supernova Squad just get the better of HIM?


Cora Jade talks with the other women in the locker room.

They all saw her match with Lyra in the tournament, right? Lyra headbutted her right in the eye! Cora was basically blind half the match! And if she could’ve seen, SHE would have gone to Battleground, and SHE would be NXT Women’s Champion. Literally everyone else goes, “Um…” Cora says fine, but the only one to be celebrated is HER! Her accomplishments, her star power. But nooo~, we all let Cora get screwed over. She deserves to be champion! But in walks Ivy Nile. We’ve all had it with the whining. Injuries are part of the game, so suck it up and get over it. Everyone would’ve loved to have been in that tournament, too.

Cora tells Ivy not to give her attitude just cuz her guys couldn’t get the job done and Ava whipped her ass. Ivy says at least they were all in that fight. Where was Cora on Sunday? Just sitting here bitching about it. Cora says she’s not scared of Ivy, but does anyone believe that?


Axiom watches footage on his phone.

Reggie walks over and says, “What’s up, Ax? Tell me you’re watching Battleground.” Axiom says yes, but then sees who he’s talking to. Axiom stands right up but Reggie tells him to chill, he means you no harm. Then what does he want? See, “Reggie!” Everyone always calls him that, and that is his given name, but growing up, a lot of people called him “Scrypts.” Who? His family? And why “Scrypts?” Definitely not his family. And he won’t get into it right now, that’s a story for another day. Then what does Scrypts want? He appreciates what Axiom did for him. Wait, what? When he took the mask off! It opened Scrypts’ eyes!

It was like Scrypts was living in a cave, watching shadows on the wall. But now, he is living in the sunlight, seeing what is meant to be seen. And Dabba-Kato trying to take Axiom out after their match last week, Scrypts couldn’t stand by. He jumped into action to help Axiom since Axiom helped him. And Scrypts just wants to thank him. Scrypts/Reggie leaves, and Axiom says, “Any time.” Is Scrypts going to go from a would-be archenemy to a new ally?


Wes Lee & Tyler Bate VS The Dyad w/ Ava Raine!

The Cardiac Kid & Big Strong Boi are standing together again against Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed. The Schism isn’t done with Wes, but will their tree get chopped down?

NXT returns as Bate makes his entrance, followed by Wes. The teams sort out and Reed starts with Bate. They circle, tie up, and Reed wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Bate rolls, rolls back, then uses a leg to get free and knuckle lock. Bate whips and WRINGS Reed out, then wrenches the arm again. Reed pulls hair to put Bate in the corner and Rip tags in to ROCK Bate! Rip ROCKS Bate again, puts him in a corner, but Bate boots then KNEES back! Bate goes up to FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up and Bate wrenches Rip to tag in Wes. Wes slingshots to sunset flip! TWO! Rip gets Wes in the face with that kickout, then he ROCKS Wes!

Rip scoops, Wes slips off but Rip bucks the O’Conner. Things speed up, Wes slides and headscissors! Wes runs in, tilt-o-whirl CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Wes facelocks Rip, tags Bate, and Bate goes up to AX HANDLE the arm! Bate wrenches the arm, tags Wes back in, but Rip shoves Bate into Wes! Rip CLUBS Bate, tags Reed, and the Dyad brings Bate up to whip to the corner. Reed runs in but into a BOOT! Bate goes up and over Rip, under Reed, and baits them in for Wes’s FLYING ARM-DRAG HEADSCISSOR COMBO! Fans fire up as Wes & Bate DOUBLE DROPKICK The Dyad out!

Fans fire up as The Dyad get back in and the four stare down. But then Wes & Bate see MUSTAFA ALI in the perch!? The Beacon is here, but why!? Ali heads down to ringside while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns as Jagger grinds Bate down with a chinlock. Fans rally up, Bate fights up, and we see Ali is on commentary now. Bate powers the hold open but Reed KNEES him in the back and tags Rip. They double suplex and hold Bate up but Bate throws knees! Bate knees and knees and DOUBLE KNEES, to then get free! Bate DOUBLE RANAS The Dyad! Fans fire up, Bate dodges Reed but Rip ROCKS him! The Dyad set Bate up but Bate BOOTS Reed away! He ends up in the corner with Rip, Wes tags in to rally on The Dyad! SUPERKICK for Reed, ELBOW for Rip, BOOT for Reed, and a flurry of fists for Rip!

Wes snapmares and DROPKICKS Rip and fans fire up! Reed storms up but Wes elbows him away. Victory roll and jump, DDT for Rip! Reed runs in but Wes ducks the enziguri to wrench and fire off fast strikes! DOUBLE STOMP on Reed’s back! Rip runs in but is sent into the corner! ENZIGURI, then snapmare! Wes flips but Rip dodges! THROAT CHOP! Fans boo but Ava cheers, and Reed tags in. Reed and Rip aim, but Bate gets up, Rip DECKS Bate, but Wes fires off haymakers and CHOPS on The Dyad. The Dyad kicks back, double whips, but Wes ducks ‘n handsprings to DOUBLE PELE!! Tag to Bate!

Bate and Wes each have a corner, they each aim at a Dyad, for DOUBLE TORNILLO!! Wes then FLIES to take out Rip! Bate gets Reed for the TYLER DRIVER 97!! Cover, Bate & Wes win!

Winners: Wes Lee & Tyler Bate, by pinfall

That was definitely a big strong victory, and then Ivy gets at Ava!! The Creed Brothers rush out, but The Dyad goes after them! It is a chaotic brawl, more refs rush out to stop this, but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” And then Gacy gets in to CLOBBER Wes and Bate! Gacy stomps away on Wes, but Ali jumps in! Ali DECKS Gacy! Fans fire up as Ali DECKS Gacy again! Ali TOSSES Gacy out hard, and he throws off his jacket! The Beacon stands with Bate and Wes, will they join forces to chop down The Schism’s tree?


Drew Gulak & Charlie Dempsey lead another Chase U class.

The Philly Stretcher says, “The name of the game is leverage.” Collar ‘n’ elbow, let’s go. Then you get the headlock. Thea Hail watches closely but Duke Hudson tells her that while he’s all for pushing yourself, but Gulak was the one who made her cry. She doesn’t have to take this class, he can give her a pass. No, she has to do this for herself. She never wants to feel that way again! They think she’s weak, but she’s not! She wants to prove it! She wants to get in there! Let her go! LET HER GO!! Thea, let HIM go! Yeesh. But okay, give ’em hell. Okay okay okay! She jumps in, Gulak tells the one guy, “Submission wrestling is the backbone of success. Good job.”

Dempsey taps Gulak’s shoulder and says, “Speaking of success. Look who decided to join.” Well, so nice of Thea to join in. But no crying this time or running away, okay? Loud and clear, sir. She can do this. Alright. Everyone done. She circles with Dempsey, what will her grade be in this test?


Tiffany Stratton heads to the ring.

The Center of the Universe is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion, and given all the pictures of herself in the ring, this “Tiffybration” is only about herself. Tiffany gets the mic to say, “Raise your hands if you’re not surprised that Tiffany Stratton is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion~!” She knows she isn’t. This Sunday, she claimed her rightful spot at the “Tiffy top” of NXT. Fans do cheer, and Tiffany says this title has been held by future hall of famers: Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Bayley, Rhea Ripley, the list goes on and on. And tonight, she shows everyone what it means to be a true champion.

Fans cheer that, and Tiffany says “Honestly, when I think of what a champion is, it is me! Nobody in that locker room can do what I can do. And when I look in the mirror, I think to myself, I am the epitome of what a true WWE Superstar is! So to continue on in my Tiffybration, I would like to invite up the entire NXT Women’s locker room so they can all recognize me as their Women’s Champion. Ladies?” No one comes out. Fine, no one wants to know who her first opponent is gonna be. Do the fans do? “YES!” “Aww, you guys actually think I care what you think.” Tiffany asks the locker room to come out, and finally they all walk out.

Tiffany says she knows they’re all starstruck, and that they all have the same question: “What is next for Tiffany Stratton? Who will I give my first title defense to? And to be honest, as everyone is out here, I can’t help but think to myself that I’m gonna be champion for a long, long time. I mean, I might as well retire as champion. Nobody can sit with me. Not you, not you, and I don’t even know why you’re out here,” Thea. Oh, and it is DEFINITELY not Lyra. Sorry not sorry. This is getting so awkward, she invited them all out here. Hah, JK! Luckily for them, on her way home, she had a Tiffany Epiphany!

She thought to herself, she should give them all an opportunity at the #TiffyTitle! So next week, there will be a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal to determine her challenger. Good for you all. “But TBH, it doesn’t matter who’s gonna win, because I’m gonna beat all of you to it. I am gonna beat all of you to it, because as far as I know, and for as long as I want, it is Tiffy Time.” Tiffany raises the belt, and confetti and balloons fall. But then Thea gets in to SLAP Tiffany! Fans fire up, and then both Roxie and Fallon get in! They pinball Tiffany with forearm shots! And SOBATS! Lyra gets in, too, but Tiffany scurries away!

But Lyra WRECKS her with a dropkick! Tiffany is furious but she’s the one who just turned the entire roster against her. Who will have their moment and get their shot at the Center of the Universe?


Trick Williams is on the phone backstage.

He says it is going down, but Melo will be alright. They’ll pull up afterward. Just keep the bottles on ice and the jacuzzi hot. Lash, Jakara & Oro walk over. Lash says they call him Trick Willy. Well, you heard that right. Then your boy is about to get whooped by Dar. A shame, though, cuz they kinda cute. Kinda? Hey, now! They may disagree on the match, but in the looks department, Trick Melo don’t miss. And y’all can leave, button your lips, move your hips, he’ll holler. Oro wants Trick to understand what the ladies are saying: Melo should’ve taken the night off.

Trick recognizes Oro. He saw that match, Oro was in Dar’s corner, this must’ve all be his plan. Oro’s a real shyster, y’know that? And Miss Jackson the Distraction, and Lash is a distraction herself. Bet they’d like to hit Trick with a bucket. Trick would like that, huh? Trick says he’s watching all y’all! Don’t try him! Will Trick Melo Gang be ready for everything the Supernova Squad is bringing?


Dani Palmer is in the ring.

“I cannot leave, I cannot leave this ring, until I find out who this attacker is! Whoever’s been wreaking havoc in this division said that they’d reveal themselves TONIGHT! You attacked me, and you attacked my best friend, Sol, and now she’s out for a year! I’m done waiting. I’m not going anywhere until you show your face!!” The attacker is on the tron, watching the footage of her handiwork. Nikkita Lyons, Wendy Choo, Sol Ruca, Dani Palmer, Roxanne Perez. Dani gets anxious, but the person is RIGHT BEHIND HER!! She attacks Danni, drags her up, and suplexes for a FALCON ARROW!!

IT’S BLAIR DAVENPORT! The Top Gaijin is back, and she gives Dani a KAMI-GOYE!! Targets of the Heir, beware! Who will be next on the list for Blair?


NXT shares footage from after the show last week.

Eddy Thorpe returned backstage and encountered Malik Blade & Edris Enofe. They congratulated him on the great effort against Tyler Bate. It’s tough, but so are you. And if Bate were to win the title, he could be looking at Eddy as next. Eddy says that’s nice of them to say, but he wishes he had that one back. Nah, they all feel down after a loss. You learn more after a loss than you do a win. But Damon Kemp gives a sarcastic clap. Kemp was watching, and he has to admit, he was impressed. But Eddy can’t win without cheating, huh? Eddy rushes Kemp but Kemp gets away, will the Alpha Wolf get back at the Golden Gopher in their rematch?


Joe Coffey VS “Stacks” Channing Lorenzo!

Gallus was poking fun at The Don, and the Underboss wasn’t going to stand for it! Mark Coffey & Wolfgang were sent home, but will the Iron King still be on top? Or will Stacks make Joe fogedaboutit?

The bell rings and Stacks SHOTGUNS Joe! Stacks stomps Joe in the corner, the ref counts and Stacks lets off. Joe gets up to CLUB Stacks in the back, and throw body shot after body shot! Stacks still tackles Joe and rains down forearms! Stacks headlocks, but Joe fights up, only for Stacks to KNEE Joe again, and again, and again! FIST DROP! Cover, TWO! Stacks clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Joe, but Joe fights up. Stacks hits a headlock takeover, Joe keeps his shoulder up but Stacks pushes the arm down, TWO! Stacks throws hands, Joe is down again, TWO! Joe rolls Stacks to a cover, TWO!

Stacks still has the headlock, but Joe fights up. Joe powers out and hip tosses Stacks hard! Stacks staggers up to ropes, but Joe runs in to fire haymakers. Fans rally and Joe whips Stacks corner to corner hard! Stacks bounces off buckles, Joe drops knees on his back! And then an elbow on the ribs! Cover, TWO! Stacks is hanging tough but Joe drags him up. Stacks throws body shots but Joe knees low. Joe ROCKS Stacks, RAMS him, then HIP TOSSES! Stacks flounders to ropes but Joe digs his laces into Stacks’ face. Stacks throws body shots, ROCKS him, and wrenches an arm to HIP DROP it! Cover, TWO!

Stacks keeps cool, he brings Joe up but Joe scoops to SLAM! Stacks writhes, Joe shakes out the arms and checks his ears. Joe runs in but Stacks put shim on the apron! Stacks DROPKICKS Joe off the apron! Fans fire up and Stacks eggs Joe on. Joe tells Stacks that HE’s the rat, but Stacks goes out to ROCK him! Stacks has Joe on the defense as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Joe has Stacks in body scissors. Stacks powers back to a cover, TWO and Joe keeps on the squeeze. Fans rally as Stacks endures, and Stacks pries at the hold. Stacks pushes back again, ONE, and now Stacks is free! Stacks gets the legs but Joe kicks him away! Joe and Stacks stagger up, Stacks rushes in but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Joe drags Stacks up to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Stacks up but Stacks throws hands! Stacks ROCKS Joe, brings him in, DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Stacks rises, Joe crawls, and Stacks runs in to rally with haymakers!

Fans fire up as Stacks dodges Joe to UPPERCUT him down! Joe staggers around, Stacks runs in at the corner to UPPERCUT again! Joe staggers out of the corner, Stacks gets him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The Iron King is hanging tough but Stacks tells him vaffanapoli! Stacks goes up the corner, but Joe UPPERCUTS him first! Joe climbs up, clinches, SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Stacks survives and fans fire up! Joe is furious and he drags Stacks up. Joe whips, Stacks reverses, but Joe goes up and around, but into a back drop! Fans fire up, Stacks runs in and clotheslines Joe and himself out of the ring!

Fans fire up while both men are down on the outside. A ring count starts, both men stand at 3 of 10. Stacks runs in to UPPERCUT Joe against the apron! We’re at 7, Stacks runs in, but is sent into the steps!! Joe drags Stacks up and in, aims from the corner, GLASGOW SENDOFF!! Joe keeps moving, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Cover, Joe wins!

Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall

Stacks fought hard to protect Tony D’s honor, but The Iron King still crushes him. Will NXT still be Gallus’ kingdom?


NXT shares more footage from after last week’s show.

Robert Stone asked Von Wagner, “What the hell was that, man?!” What the hell was what? Luca deserved everything he got out there! That’s not what Stone meant. Von got disqualified! He wants to get suspended? Fined? Have his free agency status revoked? That could happen if you keep acting like this! Von says Luca was running his mouth the last two weeks, on Von and on Stone. Von finally just shut it! Then don’t take what Stone’s about to say the wrong way. But whatever went on in Von’s past, he has anger issues. If Von isn’t gonna listen to Stone, then it is time to talk to a therapist.

A therapist? What the hell is that gonna do? So that they can take Von’s hard earned money? No, look, Stone can pay for it. He’s just asking Von do this for him. Von thinks about it, pats Stone on the shoulder, and says he’ll still think about it. Is Vicious Von going to finally get past his past?


NXT shares footage of Ilja Dragunov.

It was before Battleground on Sunday that he called home and assured his son, Constantine, that he’ll make it home in one piece. He made sure Constantine know he loves him. “Is it the pain that keeps searching for me? Or am I the one who searches for pain? Or maybe, I am the pain. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Because tonight, the world shall know pain.” Dragunov put on his gear, brought back the red contact lenses, and prepared for the war that was ahead of him. Last Man Standing with Dijak was truly the definition of pain. And in the end, Dragunov stood tall. The Czar will return next week, what will he be searching for when he does?


Cora Jade VS Ivy Nile!

Selfish, arrogant, entitled. Sound familiar? The Generation of Jade may have a black eye, but as she sees it, she’s still the most important part of NXT. Will she prove herself right? Or will the Diamond Pitbull make her see she’s just a punk?

NXT returns as Ivy makes her entrance. She already got into a scrap with Ava Raine, maybe that was just a good warmup. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Cora claims Ivy touched her bad eye! But then she ELBOWS Ivy! Cora laughs at Ivy but Ivy grabs that finger! Cora kicks low, headlocks, but Ivy powers out. Things speed up and Ivy goes to hip toss but Cora turns it around. Ivy blocks that to CLOBBER Cora! Ivy grabs an arm, steps through, drags Cora down, cover, ONE! Ivy wrenches Cora to an ELBOW BREAKER, and then she YANKS the arm. And YANKS it again!

Ivy WRINGS Cora out again, then brings her up to a fireman’s carry. Cora fights free with elbows and throws Ivy down by her hair! The ref reprimands, Cora laughs at Ivy, then runs to ELBOW her against ropes! Cover, TWO! Cora kicks Ivy around, taunts her, then throws her down by her hair again. Cora gives more toying kicks, CLUBS Ivy, then brings her around to TOSS her out to the apron. Fans duel as Cora brings Ivy in to CLUB her! Ivy is in the ropes, Cora puts some stank on the CHOP! It gets Ivy in the face!! Cora runs to SHOTGUN Ivy down! Ivy flops down, Cora covers, they’re in the ropes so Cora has to pull Ivy away. Cover again, TWO!

Cora is upset but she throws Ivy down by her hair again. Cora clamps on a chinlock and she squeezes tight. Ivy endures, fans rally up, and Ivy arm-drags free! Cora comes back but into a roll-up, TWO! Cora swings, Ivy blocks to KICK! KICK! And ROUNDHOUSE! Cora staggers, Ivy whips her to a corner. Ivy runs in around the way, CALF KICK! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Ivy drags Cora back up to fisherman, but Cora cradle counters! TWO!! Ivy escapes but Cora kicks low. Cora wrenches the hair to throw Ivy back down! Fans rally, Cora runs, IMPLODER- NO, Ivy dodges the stomps and Cora jams a knee!

Ivy gut wrench SLAMS Cora! But here comes AVA! Ava grabs Ivy while the ref checks Cora! But Ivy gets the DIAMOND DRAGON on her! But Cora SHINING WIZARDS from behind! Cora gets Ivy up, FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, Cora wins!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

Ivy is feeling rather #Jaded after that, but that’s more because Ava came back for more. Will the Generation of Jade look to go after the gold during #TiffyTime?


Hank ‘n’ Tank talk backstage.

Hank is sorry but how is the shoulder? Better every day. How’s Hank’s wrist? Better every day. But in all seriousness, they crushed it. Tank says Hank deserved that win, though. And at the end of the day, it worked! They’re tighter than ever! There’s this energy going back and forth! That connection! That’s what Hank was gonna say. Whoa, there’s the connection! Okay, let’s test it. First word that comes to mind, no thinking. Favorite food? On three- Wait, wait, “One two, go,” or “one two three, then go?” After three. Okay, okay. Favorite food. One, two, three, CHICKEN PARM! GASP!

Favorite animal? One, two, three, HONEY BADGER! Whoa… Favorite sauce on your wings. One, two, three, BUFFALO!! YES!! Edris & Malik walk over and say if they’re talking sauces, ya boi could eat. Bro, they just did eat! All they’re talking about is, ever since Tank ‘n’ Hank beat the tar outta each other, they’re like this! Fingers crossed. Tight. Oh, okay, after one match. It takes a bit longer than that, y’know that right? Oh, really? Watch this. Best movie of all time. One, two, three, JAWS! Okay, okay, they can do that. Edris & Malik go with “favorite day to work out.” One, two, three, MONURDAY. Monday VS Saturday.

No, try this. Pizza topping. One, two, three, PINEAMI! WHAT? Pepperoni VS Pineapple! Hank ‘n’ Tank let them argue this out, but Edris says they’re not gonna fight. But Malik says that could help them! Will each of these tag teams figure out their synchronicity over the Summer?


Backstage interview with Diamond Mine.

McKenzie finds Ivy & The Creeds, and she says there was just another altercation between Ivy and Ava. Ivy says yeah, and she’s sick of this crap! Ava, if you wanna be part of the game, step up! And for that matter, the Creeds tell The Dyad they can get it, too! Four roots, one stupid tree! But speaking of, Ava & The Dyad storm over! Refs rush in already as everyone is shouting, will the Diamond Mine look to crush The Schism once and for all?


NXT Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Noam Dar w/ Oro Mensah, Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson!

Two champions triumphant at Battleground now collide to see who is truly at the very top. Will the Melobration continue into the Summer? Or will Supernova 11 have double swagger when he has double the championships?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Dar can beat HIM!

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Dar wrenches and wristlocks but Melo rolls, wrenches and wrangles Dar down. Fans rally, Dar rolls and stands to clinch and put Melo on the ropes. The ref counts, Dar swings but Melo dodges to CHOP! Melo headlocks, he grinds Dar down, but Dar fights up. Dar brings Melo down to a knee, pops out the back, and he wrenches to a wristlock. Dar shouts he’s the champ, then SLAPS the hand! Melo kips up, wrenches back, and arm-drags to an armlock! Fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” as Trick makes the motion. Dar powers up and out to headlock, but Melo powers out of that.

The two RAM shoulders, neither falls, so Dar kicks a leg then KICKS Melo down! Dar talks more trash but fans boo. Melo swings, Dar gets around but Melo ELBOWS him away! Melo runs and springboards, FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up but Dar bails out to regroup with his group and NXT goes picture in picture.

Melo dares Dar to get back in but Oro, Lash & Jakara all coach Dar. Dar gets up, catches his breath, tells Melo to be patient, and takes his time returning. Dar slithers in, circles with Melo again and they tie up. Melo arm-drags Dar to a corner and then storms up. Melo CHOPS Dar, Dar staggers but Melo bumps him off buckles. Melo follows Dar to another corner, and CHOPS him down! Dar goes to the apron, Melo drags him up and SLINGSHOT SUPLEXES Dar in! Melo does crunches in the ropes while Dar writhes. Melo then goes to Dar to snap suplex low and hard! Cover, TWO! Dar’s team cheers him but Melo drags him up.

Dar wrenches to sweep the leg! Melo clutches a knee and Dar rains down fists! Dar grabs the arm to stomp it! Dar taunts Trick, follows Melo to a corner and fires off hands. Dar RAMS into Melo, the ref counts, and Dar wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Dar snapmares Melo, gets the legs and ties them up, but Melo boots him away! Melo arm-drags to another armlock. Melo digs his knee into Dar’s face and Dar endures. NXT returns to single picture as fans chant “LOCK IT IN~!” Dar fights up, tries to arm-drag but Melo smothers it. Dar ROCKS Melo, whips him, but Melo reverses. Melo runs in to ROCK Dar!

Melo whips corner to corner, runs in, blocks boots and puts Dar in the ropes to ENZIGURI! FADE AWAY! Cover, TWO! Dar is still in this but Melo brings him up. The corner teams argue, Dar elbows Melo! Melo whips, Dar reverses, they dosido and Melo goes out to the apron. Dar swings but Melo blocks. Dar ducks to sweep the legs again! Dar runs to SHOTGUN Melo off the apron! Fans fire up, Dar goes out and taunts Trick while he puts Melo in. Cover, TWO! Dar aims from a corner, Melo sits up, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Melo is still in this but Dar’s team coaches him again.

Dar drags Melo up, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Dar grows frustrated but he drags Melo back up. Melo throws body shots, ROCKS him, ROCKS him again, but Dar ducks to step and SUPER FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Melo survives but Dar argues with Trick. Dar brings Melo up, throws knees, but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar UPPERCUTS! Melo rebounds to tilt-o-whirl, FACEBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Dar and Melo slowly rise, and Dar swings. Melo counter punches! Dar KICKS a leg, Melo CHOPS! Melo CLOBBERS Dar, and CLOBBERS him again!

Melo spins Dar, KNEE SMASH and a LARIAT! And a SUPERKICK! Dar staggers around, Melo runs to BOOT him down! Melo brings Dar up, whips, but Dar reverses to wrench. Melo ducks the kick, pump handle and SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but Melo fires up. But Lash AND Jakara bark at him in the corner! Trick tells the ladies to stop that, but they get in Trick’s face now. But then Oro runs up, so Trick DECKS him!! Fans fire up but the ref tells Trick he’s EJECTED! Fans boo, he didn’t even start nothing! Trick still accepts the decision, though Team Dar rubs it in his face.

Dar sneaks up but Melo rolls Dar up! TWO, and Dar boot fents to BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Into CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR!! Melo powers up to stand and he rains down fists! Melo is free, and he grabs the arm! CROSSFACE!! Dar crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Melo lets off fast to drag Dar back. Dar kicks the leg out, then stands. Melo ROCKS Dar, but Dar ROCKS Melo! Melo ROCKS Dar again, Dar ROCKS Melo again! Melo gets the edge but Dar kicks the leg! Melo blocks a kick but Dar ELBOW JABS! Dar spins, Melo ducks the heel kick but the BACKHAND connects!

Dar reels Melo into the facelock, but Melo SUPLEX CUTTERS! Dar flops over, Melo goes to the corner! Fans fire up as Melo climbs, but Lash distracts! Oro trips Melo! Fans boo as Team Dar keeps at it, but here come NATHAN FRAZER & DRAGON LEE! They got screwed by Team Dar so they go after Oro! Fans fire up but Dar tells them to back off! But Melo goes up, SUPER CROSSBODY on Dar and Oro! Fans are thunderous as Melo puts Dar in! Melo goes up, aims, NOTHING BUT NET!!! Cover, Melo wins!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

An assist off the bench from Frazer & Dragon, Melo dunks on Dar! Put that on a poster, but who will- WAIT! BARON CORBIN?!? Corbin is back in NXT and he CLOBBERS Melo on the ramp! Corbin puts Melo in the ring, rains down fists, and fans boo as hard as they’ve ever booed before! But Corbin hits Melo with END OF DAYS!! Will the Lone Wolf look to bring an end to the HIM Dynasty?

My Thoughts:

A great episode of NXT, especially for an aftermath episode. They didn’t have quite the “Aftermath Syndrome” Raw was falling into, they were able to take things from Battleground and build upon them, not just recap them. I really liked that Dragunov vignette for the Last Man Standing match, and I look forward to what he’ll have to say next week. And while I was wondering what was next for everyone else, we got that for pretty much all the titles.

Wes Lee & Tyler Bate have a very good match with The Dyad, and of course there’s story overlapping with Schism and Diamond Mine, but I love that Mustafa Ali is part of the next “callback” (a main roster star coming back to NXT for a minute). Wes VS Ali would be amazing, but feels like something they’re gonna put on free TV. And Gacy clearly wants another shot, maybe he and Wes have a 1v1 feud going towards Great American Bash in late July. Wes has hit the record for defenses and apparently days as champion, so maybe he’s soon to drop the title so he can eventually move up. And I would hope we’re getting another Mixed Tag blowoff involving Dyad & Ava, but this time against Diamond Mine.

Also in connection to the Diamond Mine story, Ava attacking Ivy gives Cora a good rebound win after losing in the tournament. Cora is definitely nailing her Heel persona, but she’s gonna have to wait until a Face is champion again. Tiffany’s celebration being ruined was of course going to happen, and the contender battle royal will be really good. But after Gigi won that awesome cage match, I’m thinking she’s a frontrunner for challenging Tiffany. And while Dani Palmer called out the attacker and then got attacked, I feel like it should be Roxanne Perez or maybe a returning Nikkita Lyons should have the real feud with Blair Davenport. Nikkita would count as Blair’s first victim, it’d make make the most sense for her to want revenge.

Good promo from Gallus, Mark Coffey does an excellent Italian American/New Yorker impersonation. Stacks of course points the finger at Gallus, it’s kinda who I thought it was. But that would be too easy, so it’s not them. Stacks VS Joe Coffey was great stuff, Stacks is really coming into his own, but I figured Joe was winning that. Joe Coffey himself should really get in on like the North American Championship story, he hasn’t held anything in his WWE career, so he’s gotta get something. And since he has Gallus, Wes’s loss could be protected cuz Gallus helps Joe cheat and win the belt. Though that feels like how they might play Gacy getting the belt, if he gets the belt.

Good promo from Axiom and Reggie/Scrypts, and obviously last week established Reggie wants to be Axiom’s friend now. Him insisting he’s still Scrypts is an interesting choice, though. Good backstage promos that were “last week.” We’re of course getting Eddy VS Kemp round 2, and I liked Hank ‘n’ Tank having mind sync. Good stuff from Von and Stone, and I do like that Von’s story is starting to turn into a sort of PSA for normalizing therapy and taking care of mental health and emotional stability. But as I see it, either the therapy has no effect and Von stays a rage monster, or therapy makes Von too much of a pacifist and Stone tells him to unleash the righteous fury so he can win against bullies.

Great combining of stories with Dar stepping up to Melo here tonight. Great match, but I figured Melo was going to retain the title. I also figured Dar’s new little group was going to do everything they could to help him, and in turn we would see Dragon and Frazer turn things around on them. I would think Frazer gets next on Dar with Dragon as the cornerman now. And after Ali already made a splash, I did NOT think we were getting a second callback in the form of Corbin. Corbin and Ali do have a thing in common that they never held titles while in NXT, so maybe Corbin thinks he can tear down Melo to finally have the NXT Championship. But it’s not happening, Melo is definitely beating Bum Ass Corbin to make it through to Great American Bash.

My Score: 8.6/10

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