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WWE Crown Jewel

WWE returns to Saudi Arabia for a second PPV event! Who wins the World Cup to prove they’re the Best in the World? Who will be the NEW Universal Champion?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show: WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Rusev; Nakamura wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • WWE World Cup, SmackDown Bracket: Randy Orton VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins and advances.
  • WWE World Cup, SmackDown Bracket: Jeff Hardy VS The Miz; Miz wins and advances.
  • WWE World Cup, Raw Bracket: Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; Rollins wins and advances.
  • WWE World Cup, Raw Bracket: Kurt Angle VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre; Ziggler wins and advances.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bar w/ The Big Show VS The New Day; The Bar wins and retains the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
  • WWE World Cup, SmackDown Bracket: The Miz VS Rey Mysterio; The Miz wins and advances.
  • WWE World Cup, Raw Bracket: Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre; Ziggler wins and advances.
  • WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe; Styles wins and retains the WWE Championship.
  • Vacated WWE Universal Championship: Braun Strowman VS Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman; Lesnar wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
  • WWE World Cup Finals: The Miz VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre; rescheduled as…
  • WWE World Cup Finals: Shane McMahon VS Dolph Ziggler; McMahon wins and is crowned Best in the World.
  • The Brothers of Destruction VS Degeneration-X; Degeneration-X wins.

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It’s the Crown Jewel Kickoff!

Jonathan Coachman, David Otunga and Booker T are live in WWE Studios to get us ready for this massive event!

 

Kickoff Show: WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Rusev!

The King of Strong Style has wanted challengers worthy of him, and perhaps the Bulgarian Brute is that challenger! Can Shinsuke return still Champion of the United States of Nakamerica? Or will Rusev Day have its Crown Jewel in another title reign?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans are already rowdy as the two men circle. Nakamura gives a testing kick but Rusev isn’t bothered. They tie up and Nakamura goes for legs. Rusev sprawls to block, and gets Nakamura in a corner. Rusev fires off heavy hands, but backs off at 4. He brings Nakamura to another corner for shoulders into the stomach. Rusev lets off at 2, to suplex Nakamura! Cover, ONE, but Rusev keeps his eyes on Nakamura. Rusev kicks Nakamura while he’s down, and fans chant “Rusev Day!” as he throws more hands. He brings Nakamura up but Nakamura fights out. Nakamura kicks out a leg and gives a backstabber! Nakamura gets up to stomp Rusev, but Rusev keeps getting up.

Fans duel as Nakamura kicks Rusev around. Rusev blocks a kick, but gets the enziguri. Nakamura comes back with the dynamic dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rusev gets to ropes but Nakamura is right on him with a facelock. Nakamura squeezes but Rusev works against the hold. Nakamura brings Rusev down for knees to the shoulders, then puts the facelock back on. Fans rally up and Rusev gets up. Rusev fights with body shots, but Nakamura holds on. Nakamura pulls back and Rusev starts to fade. Fans rally up again and Rusev gets a second wind. Rusev feeds off the “Rusev Day!” chants and he powers Nakamura off! Both men are down while Rusev catches his breath. Rusev stands but Nakamura follows.

Nakamura swnigs but Rusev counter punches. Rusev throws more hands but Nakamura knees low. Nakamura whips but Rusev reverses for big lariats! Rusev roars as Nakamura is in a corner. Rusev runs in for the shoulder, then the spinning heel kick! Nakamura is down, but Rusev fires up with the fans. Rusev stomps the mat as he takes aim. He runs in, but Nakamura dodges to give a strike fest. Nakamura runs but Rusev reels him in. Nakamura slips out of the supelx, swings a kick but gets Rusev’s roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Rusev grows closer, but he still needs more. Fans continue to chant as Rusev stomps away. Rusev brings Nakamura up to whip, but Nakamura holds ropes. Rusev catches the kick but gets the heel! Sliding knee! Cover, TWO! Rusev survives and Nakamura grows frustrated.

Fans continue to chant for “Rusev Day!” as Nakamura gets to a corner. Rusev gets to the opposite corner, but Nakamura runs in, only to be put on the top rope. Nakamura kicks Rusev away, then leaps, into a MACHKA KICK! Cover, TWO!! So close! Rusev roars again and prepares to CRUSH! He stomps, but Nakamura scrambles to the ropes. Rusev has to let Nakamura go, but then Nakamura hotshots Rusev. And roundhouse to the back! Nakamura climbs, aims, and hits a flying knee! Rusev is down, but under the ropes. Nakamura adjusts for the cover, TWO! Nakamura takes aim from a corner and fires up. Fans anticipate it as Rusev stands. Rusev sees it and drop toeholds, into ACCOLADE!!

Nakamura is caught, but he won’t give in. He uses his long legs to push towards ropes. He gets an arm free but Rusev drags him away! But then Nakamura gets up, but his head “accidentally” low blows Rusev. Nakamura grins, KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champion

Whether it was cheating or taking advantage, the King of Strong Style gets away with his title. Will anyone ever take that gold away from the Rockstar? Or will everyone get a #Knee2Face?

 

There lies a treasure sought by the strong.

Who will be worthy of a title? Beast meets Monster, but who will #GetTheseHands? Who will be worthy of being Best in the World? Eight elite athletes compete in a one-night tournament. Who will be worthy of writing the ending? The Phenomenal and the Destroyer go one more time to finally settle their story. Who will be worthy of a legacy? Two historic teams clash for the first time, and possibly the last time. Who will by worthy of the Crown Jewel?

 

Introducing tonight’s host, WWE Hall of Famer, HULK HOGAN!

The Immortal Hulkamania is here to kick off the main show! Arabia is excited to see one of the biggest names in professional wrestling history as he picks up the mic. Hogan says “Let me tell you something, brother!” It feels great to be out in front of the WWE Universe and his Hulkamaniacs again. But even better than that, is that after flying half way across the world, he realized the power of Hulkamania was stronger than ever at Crown Jewel! He’s happy to see everyone and loves being back as tonight’s host. And that show starts now! So what you gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild on you, brother? The Immortal Hulkster has this crowd ready for action, so action’s what they’ll get!

 

WWE World Cup, SmackDown Bracket: Randy Orton VS Rey Mysterio!

The Viper and the King of Lucha Libre are familiar foes over their storied careers, and both have the championship resume to be in this match. Who will be the first SmackDown star to move forward in this inaugural tournament to crown the Best in the World?

The bell rings and we begin! Orton and Mysterio circle, and fans already chant “619!” Mysterio hears them out but Orton tunes them out. The two tie up, and Orton throws Mysterio down. He drags Mysterio up but Mysterio kicks and punches. Orton knees low, then whips. Mysterio slides under and kicks Orton again. Mysterio whips but Orton holds ropes, to then put Mysterio on the apron. Rey shoulders and kicks back, then springboards in, but gets a dropkick! Orton grins as he takes his time covering. TWO, but Orton stalks Mysterio around the ring. Orton hangs Mysterio up on the ropes, then dumps him off. He drags Mysterio around to stomp away on the stomach.

Orton taunts Mysterio and the fans before bringing Mysterio back up. He puts Mysterio on the top rope and clubs him on the back. Orton clibms up to join Mysterio, and goes after the mask! Mysterio fights back with back elbows, and Orton tumbles back. Mysterio turns around but gets a right hand. Orton climbs back up, but Mysterio resists the superplex. Mysterio fights back with body shots, and he headbutts Orton down again. Mysterio leaps, seated senton! He keeps moving, springboard crossbody! Mysterio keeps on Orton but Orton shoves him. Mysterio comes back with a kcik, springboard wheelbarrow bulldog! Cover, TWO! Orton is tougher than that, but Mysterio has control now. Mysterio gets the fans calling “619” as he kicks away.

Orton blocks a kick but gets an enziguri, and ends up on the ropes! Mysterio dials it up, 619 BLOCKED! Orton drags Mysterio out, draping DDT! Fans duel now between “619!” and “RKO!” as Orton again stalks Mysterio. Orton soaks up the heat, and hears the voices in his head. He waits for Mysterio to stand, but Mysterio counters with a sunset flip! Cover, MYSTERIO WINS!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall; advances to the next round

RKO OUTTA NOWHERE! Orton lost the match, and lost his cool as he attacks Mysterio. And that RKO isn’t enough for him, the Apex Predator wants to make Rey pay. Fans boo and jeer as Orton stalks Mysterio. Orton drags Mysterio up, to throw him right out of the ring! He looks to leave, but Orton still wants more. Orton drags Mysterio over towards the World Cup itself, as he gives Mysterio a back suplex facebuster onto the announce desk! The Viper makes Mysterio easy pray for whoever faces him next, does Mysterio even have a chance of winning this tournament?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

The Hollywood A-Lister prepares for his match up next but he saw what happened to Mysterio. How is the Most Must-See WWE Superstar is feeling going against Jeff Hardy? He feels like there is no stopping him now from proving he’s Best in the World. Miz will walk through Hardy here, then he can just step over a broken Mysterio, so how is he feeling? “I feel AWESOME!”

 

WWE World Cup, SmackDown Bracket: Jeff Hardy VS The Miz!

The Charismatic Enigma wishes to paint his master piece tonight, but the Hollywood A-Lister wants his box office smash. Who will move on to take on the King of Lucha Libre in the next round?

The bell rings and we big as fans rally behind Hardy. Hardy and Miz tie up, Miz gest the headlock. Hardy powers out but Miz runs him over. Miz already says he’s the best in the world, but fans boo and jeer. Miz goes back to circling with Hardy, and fans cheer for “Brother Nero!” They tie up again and Hardy gets the headlock. Miz powers out but Hardy runs him over. THings speed up and Hardy blocks a hip toss to give a hip toss. Hardy htis the spin kick and has Miz in the corner. He stomps and whips corner to corner but Miz dodges. Miz wants the Finale but Hardy silps down to a victory roll. TWO, Jawbreaker rocks Miz. Hardy brings Miz back up and bumps him off buckles, “DELETE DELETE DELETE!”

Miz is dazed as Hardy runs back in for the swinging dropkick, but Miz boots it away. He takes his time steadying himself, and he brings Hardy up for a knee in the back. Miz wraps on a chinlock but fans cheer for Hardy. Hardy gets up and fights back, but Miz gets him in the A-List combination! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool as he watches Hardy closely. Miz drags Hardy up for buckle bumps, then goes corner to corner. He hits the dropkick, copying Daniel Bryan as always. Miz hits another, then soaks up the heat as he runs back in. Hardy clobbers Miz with a clothesline! Both men are down and fans fire up. Hardy sits up first but Miz follows.

Hardy counter punches Miz, then whips. Miz reverses but Hardy hits the forearms. And then the atomic drop to leg splitting leg drop! Dropkick added, cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his cool as fans continue to cheer. Hardy kicks but Miz denies the Twist. Miz runs into an elbow, Whisper in the Wind hits! Cover, TWO! Hardy grits his teeth as he catches his breath. Miz gets to the apron while fans declare “This is Awesome!” Hardy drags Miz up but Miz hotshots Hardy. Miz gets in while Hardy goes to a corner. Miz runs in but blocks the boot to kick the leg. He drags Hardy out, trips him up, and wants the Figure Four. Hardy small packages, TWO! Miz narrowly avoids the loss, but Hardy throws him out of the ring. Hardy builds speed to hit a dropkick.

Miz is down and now Hardy walks the barriers, for a leaping lariat! Hardy brings Miz down, but gets him in the ring. Hardy hurries up top, taking off the shirt. Miz rolls out of the drop zone, and wants mercy? He yanks Hardy into buckles, roll up, but the ref sees him use the ropes! The ref stops the count, but Miz thinks he’s won. Hardy rolls Miz up, TWO! Twist of– FINALE!! Cover, Miz wins!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall; advances to the next round

It wasn’t a walk like he thought, but The Miz did make it through the first round like he said. Miz has Mysterio up next, will that be as easy as Miz thinks? Or will Mysterio’s heart see him through?

 

WWE World Cup, Raw Bracket: Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush!

The Architect holds both the Intercontinental and Raw Tag Team Championships, but he has to put his problems with the Lunatic aside if he wants to be the Best in the World. Meanwhile, the Heavyweight That’s Back to Dominate has his Hype Man of the Hour helping him climb up the rankings. Who will be the first Raw superstar through to the semifinals?

The bell rings and Rollins ties up with Lashley. Lashley shoves him down fast, then flexes. Rollins gets back up and avoids Lashley to give chops and haymakers. Lashley knees low then whips Rollins, but Rollins kicks him back. Rollins enziguris Lashley out, then runs, but into Lashley’s SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lashley looms over Rollins while Lio hypes him up. Lashley clubs away and rakes the face into a cover. ONE, but Lashley gets Rollins in a seated cobra clutch. Fans rally as Rollins gets up. Rollins fights out of the hold, but runs into a knee. Lashley bumps Rollins off buckles, then whips him corner to corner. Lashley rams his shoulder into Rollins then hits a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Lashley wraps a chinlock on but fans still rally.

The cobra clutch returns but Rollins fights it, so Lashley gets a full nelson. Rollins endures as fans rally up. Rollins gets up but Lashley thrashes him around in the hold. He still pries free and throws hands, but then Lashley hits a complete shot! Lio cheers Lashley on but he’s the only one. Lashley drags Rollins up, for the Vertigo Suplex! Rollins is up there a long time, but he fights out! Rollins dodges and clotheslines Lashley out! He builds speed to DIVE! But Rollins keeps going, for another DIVE! Lashley goes down but Rollins hits barriers, too. They’re both down as a ring count begins. Rollins gets up first and puts Lashley in at 5.

Rollins climbs up but Lashley stops him. Lashley climbs up, but Rollins resists. Rollins fights back with body shots and headbutts, to sunset flip! Lashley holds on, but Rollins gets him away, for a bomb attempt. Lashley slips out and tackles Rollisn in the back. Gut wrench into Canadian rack, but Rollins slips out. Rollins leaps over Lashley to send him to a corner. School boy, CURB STOMP! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; advances to the next round

The Kingslayer is also the victor as he focuses on what matters: winning! He moves on in the tournament, who will meet him in the semifinals?

 

Backstage interview with Kurt Angle!

The Olympic Gold Medalist returns to the ring to prove he’s still as good as he once was. Now he can prove he’s Best in the World. The butterflies are back in a good way. Many have doubted his return, but many doubted he could win with a “broken freakin’ neck.” Angle isn’t putting a punctuation on his career, but a whole new chapter. “Oh it’s true. It’s DAMN true!”

 

WWE World Cup, Raw Bracket: Kurt Angle VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre!

The Hall of Famer is ready, but so is the Show-Off. Angle could return to former glory, Ziggler could shock the world, but will the Scottish Terminator standing by have a part to play?

The bell rings and the two stellar mat wrestlers approach. Angle sprawls to block Ziggler’s takedown and then throws him off. The two go again, and Angle goes for a leg. Ziggler gets a headlock then gets a leg, then a waistlock. Angle standing switches and throws Ziggler down. Angle shifts to a facelock but Ziggler slips out to a hammerlock. Ziggler gets around for the sleeper hold, but Angle gets up and powers out. ZIggler runs Angle over, but things speed up, and Angle throws Ziggler with a belly2belly! Angle watches Ziggler closely, and gets a German Suplex! Angle waits for Ziggler to stand, for another German! Ziggler is dazed, but holds ropes to deny a third. Angle lets go at 4, and Ziggler gets to the apron. McIntyre coaches Ziggler up but has to back off.

Angle goes outside, and wants to throw Ziggler off the apron! Ziggler holds on for dear life, and manages to pull them both back up. He elbows Angle away and Angle falls to the floor. Ziggler whips Angle at the steel steps! The ring count passes 5 as Ziggler brings Angle up into the ring. Fans are on Angle’s side but Ziggler stomps Angle. ZIggler grinds Angle against the ropes, but backs off at 3. He brings Angle out for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Ziggler wraps Angle up in the sleeper and body scissors. Fans rally and Angle endures the hold. Angle fades slowly, but he gets that second wind. He gets out of the body scissors, then stands. Angle elbows out, but Ziggler gets around to jump back on! Ziggler is a backpack, and Angle fades a bit more.

Fans rally up again, and Angle gets his third wind, to back Ziggler into buckles! Angle throws Ziggler off, but Ziggler runs in, into a boot! Angle gets a third German suplex! He holds on, for a fourth! And then a fifth, completing that hat trick. Cover, TWO! Angle gets up and watches Ziggler. Ziggler stands up, but slips out of the Angle Slam to arm-drag and satellite DDT! Cover, TWO! Angle survives and Ziggler grows frustrated. Ziggler keeps his cool and grins, because he has Angle where he wants him. He kicks a leg, but misses the Famouser, there’s the Angle Slam! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is relieved but Angle is shocked. Angle fires up and takes the straps off! He grabs a leg but Ziggler pushes him away. Ziggler runs in, Famouser hits! Cover, TWO!! Angle survives and now Ziggler is frustrated.

Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand up. Ziggler aism at Angle, leaps, but Angle bucks him off. Things speed up, sunset flip but Angle gets the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Ziggler endures, reaches, crawls, but Angle drags him back! Ziggler works to roll over, but Angle rolls him back! But Ziggler throws Angle off with a roll forward. He hobbles to a corner, but dodges Angle to throw him into a post. Then ZIGZAG! Cover, Ziggler wins!!

Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall; advances to the next round

Perhaps it was an upset, perhaps it was inevitable. Either way, the Show-Off gets the win. Angle looked good, but Ziggler was just a touch better. How will Ziggler fair against familiar foe in Seth Rollins?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bar w/ The Big Show VS The New Day!

Awwww~ Crown Jewel! The Giant changed sides again, and that helped the Swiss Cyborg & Celtic Gladiator hold on to the Blue Brand’s belts. But now, ya bois are ready for all the tricks in the book as they go for a sixth reign! Will Woods, Kingston & Big E grab the treasure? Or will Cesaro & Sheamus not just set the bar but continue to BE The Bar?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we go with the standard formation of Kofi & Big E. Big E starts against Sheamus with the bell, and Sheamus gets a headlock. Big E puts Sheamus in a corner but they break. They go again, and now Big E gets a headlock. Sheamus powers out but Big E runs him over! The hips swivel and Big E dares Sheamus to come for him. Sheamus kicks low and gets a headlock. Big E powers out and things speed up. Sheamus blocks a hip toss but so does Big E, to cltohesline! Cover, TWO! E tags Kofi and Kofi climbs up. Kofi leaps for double stomps on Sheamus’ arm. Kofi brings Sheamus up but Sheamus powers him back. Tag to Cesaro and Cesaro stomps Kofi.

Cesaro whips Kofi corner to corner, then runs in, for a big monkey flip! But Kofi lands on his feet! KOfi dances while Woods plays the trombone. Cesaro runs in, but into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kofi powers out of a headlock and things speed up again. Cesaro catches Kofi in a waistlock but Kofi standing switches. Cesaro elbows out but Kofi tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Kofi leaps, jumps and crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Cesaro rocks Kofi with a big European Uppercut! Tag to Sheamus while Big Show talks trash. Sheamus stands Kofi up for body shots and stomps. Cesaro gets a cheap shot in, but the ref keeps Big E back. Big Show chokes Kofi, too, then Cesaro tags in. The Bar mug Kofi, then Cesaro wrenches Kofi’s neck.

Fans rally up for New Day and Kofi fights out. Cesaro tags Sheamus, and Sheamus kicks Kofi. The Bar double whip Kofi for the Bar Lariat! Cover, TWO! Sheamus drags Kofi around for a chinlock, then clubs away on Kofi’s chest. He shifts to a high keylock but Kofi endures. Kofi feeds off the fan energy, and fights out to CHOP Sheamus. Kofi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! He leaps but Sheamus keeps him away, to kick him back down. Tag to Cesaro, and Cesaro covers, TWO! Cesaro pulls Kofi back against the ropes, but stops at 3. Big Show trash talks Kofi right in the face, before Cesaro gut wrench suplexes Kofi! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps right on Kofi with the cobra clutch. Fans rally again and Kofi endures. Cesaro thrashes Kofi around, but Kofi fights his way back up.

Kofi lifts Cesaro as he makes his way to his corner. Cesaro pushes him back but Kofi pushes forward. The two struggle for control, but Cesaro knees low. He swings on Big E, but gets a back drop! Fans rally as both men crawl. Cesaro tags Sheamus, and Sheamus hits Big E down. Kofi ducks under but no one to tag. Sheamus carriers Kofi all the way back! Cesaro tags in and uses a EuroUpper, then back drop into suplex! Cover, TWO! Big Show is frustrated for The Bar, and Cesaro argues the count. The ref says it’s two, so The Bar has to accept that. Cesaro stalks Kofi as Woods and Show coach them up. The Bar soak up the heat, but Kofi fights back! Cesaro tags Sheamus, back suplex but Kofi slips out. Kofi sends Sheamus to the corner, and Big E returns!

Kofi crawls, but Sheamus tags Cesaro first. Hot tag to Big E! Belly2belly for Cesaro! And another, and then another! Big E swivels the hips, runs, and hits a Big Splash, but onto knees! Cesaro tags Sheamus in, but Big E gives him a uranag-E! Cover, TWO! Sheamus crawls to the apron, but Big E builds speed… But runs into a knee! Sheamus runs in for the step-up knee! Sheamus throws punches in the corner, but Kofi distracts him. Kofi tags in as Big E hauls Sheamus out. Dumdum stomps powerbomb! Cover, but Cesaro breaks it! Cesaro gets a rolling sabat kick! Kofi tags in Big E, and E helps Kofi FLY! DOwn goes Cesaro, and down come the straps.

Big Show distracts, but Sheamus still misses the Brogue! Roll up, TWO! Big Show distracts as Sheamus slips out of the Big Ending. Sheamus shoves Big E that way, the ref ducks and doesn’t see Big Show’s KO PUNCH!! Then BROGUE! Cover, The Bar wins!

Winners: The Bar, Sheamus pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions

The numbers were even but the size advantage was on The Bar’s side. Show helps his new friends hold onto the gold, will he be a big part of their own reign as five-time tag champions?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

He made it to the semifinals as promised and now faces Rey Mysterio. “I told you so.” Miz got a kick to the throat and surely the fans are happy, but Miz still won. Miz will pick the bones of Mysterio, and what better Hollywood ending of the “plucky underdog” trying only to be decimated by a real hero. Tonight isn’t about happy endings, but about Miz proving he is the Best in the World!

Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.

Orton beat Mysterio down for winning, but being the best isn’t about making excuses. You could be at far than less than 100%, but no one can put a number on your pride. Miz has all sorts of plans, but let him use them. Mysterio has been underestimated by bigger and better, and it’ll make this win all the better.

 

WWE World Cup, SmackDown Bracket: The Miz VS Rey Mysterio!

The A-Lister thinks he’s AWESOME enough to end the King of Lucha Libre’s return already. But Mysterio has proved himself to be far tougher than this, can he again defy the odds to be one of the World Cup finalists?

The bell rings and Miz runs in. Mysterio dodges and gives a kick before backing away. The two approach and Miz gets a waistlock. Mysterio fights out and standing switches. Things speed up, Miz sunset flips, Mysterio rolls through but Miz ducks to roll him up. TWO, Mysterio blocks a boot and rolls Miz up. Miz rolls through, sunset flip, Mysterio rolls through to kick Miz! Cover, ONE! Mysterio brings Miz up but Miz knees low. Miz throws Mysterio out but Mysterio rolls right onto his feet. Mysterio dodges Miz, then dropkicks him away. Mysterio builds speed, to low-pe splash! It’s a bit rough on Mysterio, too, given what Orton did to his ribs. Mysterio catches his breath and walks it off, but the ring count passes 5. He comes back to Miz and puts him in.

Miz gets to a corner and Mysterio is on him with forearms and corner punches. Mysterio gets all ten, then whips Miz corner to corner. Miz reverses but runs into a boot. Mysterio runs out, roll but into a reverse bomb from Miz! Miz smirks as he stalks Mysterio. He stomps and grinds his boot on Mysterio. Mysterio gets away, but Miz is on him with shoulders to the stomach. Miz rolls Mysterio out to then hit the low boot. Cover, TWO! Miz keeps on Mysterio with a Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! He bends Mysterio across the legs, stretching out those bad ribs. Fans rally up and Mysterio pops out to a cover. TWO! Mysterio throws punches and kicks, then whips. Miz reverses to knee Mysterio low! Miz circles Mysterio like a shark with blood in the water. He drags Mysterio into body scissors.

Mysterio endures the squeeze while fans rally up. Mysterio works against the hold but Miz goes after the mask! The referee reprimands him, but then Mysterio bites Miz’s hand! Mysterio gets free and runs, but is slid out to the floor! Miz lets Mysterio stay out there a moment, but then goes out to fetch him. He rams Mysterio’s ribs into the apron edge, then into barriers. Miz puts Mysterio back in, covers, TWO! Miz grows frustrated, but he keeps on Mysterio with an abdominal stretch. Mysterio endures the pain in his ribs as Miz grinds in an elbow. Miz jams his elbow in, then clamps his fingers into Mysterio’s side. Mysterio refuses to quit, and fans rally up for him. Mysterio fights back as he elbows Miz’s leg. Miz pumphandles Mysterio up, but Mysterio makes it a DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up again.

A ten count begins, but Mysterio crawls to a corner. Mysterio drags himself up with the ropes to get up at 6. Miz follows slowly, and throws a haymaker. Mysterio gives one back, but Miz kicks. Mysterio kicks, Miz punches. They go back and forth like this, and Mysterio gets an edge. Miz shoves, Mysterio dodges, springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO!! That was close, but Mysterio keeps on Miz. Mysterio goes acrobatic for a headscissors, and Miz ends up in a corner. Mysterio throws forearms and whips, but Miz reverses. Rey goes up and over, headscissors send Miz into buckles. Then Mysterio baits Miz in for a shoulder, an dslingshot headscissor. Miz is in place, Mysterio dials it up, but Miz is ready. He sends Rey into buckles! Then FINALE! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio survives and Miz is shocked.

Miz thinks on what to do now, but fans know “This is Awesome!” Miz copies the Yes Kicks, but fans say “NO! NO!” Mysterio ducks the buzzsaw, sunset flip, TWO!! Miz runs in but is dropkick’d to ropes! 6 1 9!! Mysterio hurries to a corner as fast as he can, and hits a frog splash! But on knees! Miz covers, Miz wins!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall; advances to the World Cup Finals

The A-Lister pulls out a victory at the last moment! Mysterio wasn’t 100%, but he won’t make excuses. Will Miz have any excuses going against the Raw Bracket finalist? Or will he truly prove he’s the Best?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Architect overcame big Bobby Lashley, but now shifts to Dolph Ziggler. The winner isn’t the best because it’s easy. Rollins doesn’t want this to be easy, and everyone is facing some sort of adversity. But Rollins does his best when the pressure’s on.

 

WWE World Cup, Raw Bracket: Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler!

The Kingslayer and the Show-Off know each other well from their many matches for the Intercontinental Championship. However, a bigger prize is on the line tonight, who meets The Miz in the finals?

The bell rings and the two circle. Rollins knows to keep an eye on McIntyre, too. They tie up, and Rollins gets a leg. Ziggler sprawls and gets away, and the two circle again. Ziggler goes for a leg but Rollins sprawls to get a leg. They go around and fight for control, Ziggler gets away again. He and Rollins circle again, and Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler punches Rollins down then elbows the neck. He throws Rollins with a headlock takeover. Rollins keeps his shoulders up even as Ziggler pulls on his head. Ziggler traps an arm and pulls harder. Rollins endures as fans rally, and he gets back up. Rollins powers out and things speed up, and Ziggler leaps, only to be caught for a scoop slam! Ziggler gets to ropes, Rollins clotheslines him out.

Rollins goes out to fetch Ziggler and chops him. He brings Ziggler around the corner to throw him into buckles. Rollins CHOPS Ziggler, then throws him into the ring. McIntyre blocks Rollins’ path, but he can’t do anything or else Ziggler gets disqualified. Rollins dares him to, but then he runs into the satellite DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler goes after Rollins but the ref keeps him back. Ziggler still stomps Rollins as fans rally up. He brings Rollins up to grind his face on the ropes! Rollins punches back, but Ziggler kicks a leg out. Ziggler gives Rollins a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Rollins with a chinlock, almost making it a standing bully choke. Fans rally and Rollins fights up. Ziggler wrangles him back down, and Rollins endures the squeeze. Rollins endures as fans now duel.

Ziggler keeps his weight on Rollins, but Rollins still gets up to throw him off. Rollins runs but misses the corner splash. Ziggler covers, TWO! Rollins supports himself on the ropes but Ziggler trash talks him. Ziggler pulls Rollins against the ropes but lets go at 3. Fans rally and duel, Ziggler throws hands. Rollins counter punches, and backs Ziggler down. He chops Ziggler to a corner, then whips corner to corner. Ziggler reverses to hit a leaping back elbow. Cover, TWO, but Ziggler keeps his cool. Ziggler grins as he stalks Rollins, egging him on. Ziggler toys with Rollins, getting cocky. Rollins gets a leg, trips Ziggler, but Ziggler pushes him away. Rollins his buckles, then Ziggler hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ziggler’s frustration grows, but he wraps Rollins in a sleeper hold and body scissors.

Ziggler traps an arm as he wrenches Rollins’ neck. Fans rally again, and Rollins pries his way out. They both stand and Ziggler wants another neckbreaker, but Rollins reverss to a backslide! TWO, Ziggler leaps but ROllins blocks to scoop. Ziggler rolls out, rolls up, TWO! Rollins has Ziggler, TWO! Fireman’s carry but sunset filp, Rollins sits on it! TWO, Ziggler sunset, TWO! Rollisn stakc, TWO, Ziggler sunset, TWO, deadlift but sunset flip!! TWO!! Ziggler’s kick blocked, Revolution Knee hits!! Cover, TWO!! That was so close but it was still two. Fans know “This is Awesome!” like all the rest. Rollins grits his teeth as he stands up, and stomps for “Burn It Down!”

McIntyre distracts but gets a punch. Rollins blocks Ziggler to catapult him out! Rollins builds speed to DIVE on them both! He puts Ziggler in, then climbs up. Springboard but Ziggler dodges, FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Another close call but it’s not over yet! Ziggler gets up and decides to go up top. He usually doesn’t, but Rollins leaps up to SUPERPLEX! Roll through, but Ziggler slips out, ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!? How?! It doesn’t matter, because “This is Awesome!” Both men slowly stand, and Ziggler runs in. Rollins bucks him off, SUPERKICK! DIVE on McIntyre just in case! Rollins climbs up fast but Ziggler’s there now! But Rollins shoves him away, Ziggler exaggerates a bad ankle so that McIntyre can shove Rollins down! SUPERKICK! Cover, Ziggler wins!

Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall; advances to the World Cup Finals

Give the assist to the Scottish Terminator as the Show-Off steals this win! Ziggler meets The Miz, the Best in the World comes from Cleveland no matter what!

 

On-stage interview with Dolph Ziggler.

The decision is final, but this doesn’t seem fair to Rollins. Does Ziggler feel this win was an upset? Oh, really? Ziggler has been saying this for 13 years, that no one in the WWE Universe has ever given a damn about Ziggler! But the next time Ziggler’s in that ring, he’ll be holding the trophy, because he IS the Best in the World. Ziggler and Miz meet later on, who will hold that trophy?

 

WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe!

The Phenomenal One was going to face Daniel Bryan here, but both men couldn’t wait to settle things between each other. That title match happened on SmackDown, and though Styles retained, the Destroyer staked his claim. Joe wants that title by any means necessary, but this isn’t a reward for his actions. Styles wants to again punish Joe for getting in his face. Will this time could be the final time, whose happy ending will it be?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Joe and Styles go right at each other, but Styles backs Joe down with haymakers. Joe turns things around but gets a kick to the bad leg. They circle, and Styles keeps on that bad leg. They approach, Joe blocks a kick but gets a chop block. Styles stomps Joe to a corner, then kicks away on the legs. He rams his shoulder into Joe’s stomach, then backs off. Joe CHOPS Styles back. Styles rocks Joe with a haymaker and Joe rolls out of the ring. Styles goes out and around the corner, but Joe dodges the knee. Joe walks into a mule kick but ducks the moonsault to scoop Styles. Styles slips out and throws Joe to a post. Styles refreshes the ring count, but then Joe flapjacks him on the barriers!

Joe walks off the leg pain and refreshes the count himself now. He brings Styles over to bump him off the apron. Styles staggers while fans cheer him on. Joe gets in the ring, waits for Styles to return, only to knock him back down. The ref reprimands Joe, but he builds speed to DIVE! He blasts Styles into the announce desk! Fans chant “Joe! Joe!” as he looms over Styles. Joe puts Styles in the ring, covers, TWO! He keeps on Styles with a chinlock, trapping an arm. Styles endures and gets up to power Joe to a corner. Styles throws forearms and bumps Joe off buckles. He whips Joe corner to corner but Joe reverses. Joe hits the back elbow, and the Pele! Cover, Ropebreak! Styles survives, but Joe keeps his cool.

Joe drags Styles around to headbutt him down, then brings him up for another. Fans continue to cheer Styles on, but Joe is on him. Styles elbows Joe but Joe CHOPS Styles off his feet! Joe puts on a neck wrench and Styles endures. Styles gets to his feet and fights out. Joe hits Styles back and now it’s a brawl. They go back and forth, Joe CHOPS Styles, then headbutts him. Joe swings away on Styles, who can barely cover up. Styles ducks to enziguri Joe down! Both men are down as fans continue to make noise. Styles sits up but Joe follows. Styles chops Joe, then chops again. Joe chops back, and the brawl is back on!

Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, and a forearm in the corner. He brings Joe out, wants the Clash, but Joe shoves him away. Joe runs into an elbow, Styles hops up and springboards for the moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Styles as Joe rolls out. Styles aims and slingshots, the forearm connects! Styles puts Joe in the ring, then takes aim from the apron. Joe stands, Styles jumps in but Joe gets clear. Styles runs into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Joe grows frustrated, but he drags Styles up. Styles slips out of the suplex to kick the leg. Styles runs, but into a BIG clothesline! Cover, TWO! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous.

Styles sits up first again, but Joe follows. Joe goes to Styles in the corner, but Styles rolls him! Calf Crusher! Joe’s leg hurts but Joe reaches to get the ropebreak. Styles lets him go, but he’s not done. He kicks the leg more, but ducks the enziguri. Roll up, TWO, Coquina Clutch!! Joe has Styles trapped, but Styles goes after the bad leg! Styles uses the toehold against Joe, Joe has to get the ropes. Styles lets Joe go again, but he goes after the leg more .Joe hits Styles back, but has to fight off the Calf Crusher. He elbows Styles’ neck, then knees him in the face. PELE! Joe goes down but both men work to stand back up. Styles runs in, but Joe puts him on the apron. Styles hits Joe back, then springboards, Phenomenal Forearm! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; still WWE Champion

The Phenomenal One wins two title matches in one week, and his career continues towards its one year anniversary! Will Styles make it one of the best title reigns in WWE history?

 

Acting Raw General Manager, Baron Corbin, heads to the ring.

The Constable has the Universal Championship in hand. He is here to personally present that belt to whoever wins this next match, as the belt is currently vacant. Roman Reigns gave up the belt because he has a real fight on his hands with the returning leukemia. With the Big Dog having to leave The Yard, there will be a guaranteed NEW champion! But will it be The Beast of Suplex City? Or the Monster Among Men?

Vacated WWE Universal Championship: Braun Strowman VS Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised by Corbin, and we begin as Corbin smashes Strowman! He wants the bell to ring, so it does! Lesnar F5’s Strowman!! Cover, TWO!! Strowman won’t be screwed over so easily! Lesnar lifts Strowman again, for a second F5! Cover, TWO!? Heyman and Lesnar cannot believe this! Strowman sputters but he survives two F5’s in a row. Lesnar lifts him again, for an unprecedented THIRD F5! Cover, TWO!?! We knew Strowman was more than human, but this is something else! Fans want “One More Time!” so Lesnar will go for it. He reels Strowman in for a fourth fireman’s carry, to dump him out of the ring!!

Strowman is down, and a count out will give Lesnar the title anyway. Fans lose their minds over the manhandling, and the count passes 5. But Strowman gets up?! And in at 9! Lesnar gets mad now, and the gloves literally come off. Heyman shouts for Lesnar to end this, and Lesnar walks over to the dazed Strowman. A fifth fireman’s carry but Strowman slips out. Strowman boots, but turns into a FIFTH F5!! Cover, Lesnar wins!

Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion

The Beast wins, but give a huge assist to Corbin clobbering Strowman. Strowman still survived far more than anyone ever expected, but five F5’s ended it. Lesnar holds up the belt, how long will he hold onto the belt this time?

 

SmackDown Commissioner, Shane McMahon, heads to the ring.

Shane O’Mac wants to be present for the World Cup Finals, because he will make good on that ultimatum to his roster. If The Miz fails, he’ll be booted out of the Blue Brand.

WWE World Cup Finals: The Miz VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre!

The pressure is on for the A-Lister, will he be able to avoid defeat? Or will the Show-Off steal the show when he finally proves he’s the Best in the World?

The introductions are made, but the referee tells McIntyre he can’t be ringside. This is more important than just the other matches, the referee insists on it being fair. McIntyre reluctantly goes, but he knows Ziggler beat Rollins and Angle, so he can beat “This punk.” Miz clobbers Ziggler and stomps away! The ref pulls Miz back, but for only a moment. Miz throws hands, but the ref pulls him away. Miz still throws Ziggler out of the ring, then cools off. Corbin protests, but then Miz goes out. Miz flounders, having taken a bad step off the apron. Ziggler hits Miz back, and now he gives Miz back what he gave. Ziggler whips but Miz reverses to send him into the steps. Both men are down, and the referee checks on them.

Miz refuses to let this end before it even begins. He gets Ziggler in the ring, but that leg really bothers him. Shane checks on his guy, but Miz says he’s fine. Miz wills himself up, but it’s hard to balance on that bad leg. The referee calls for help, and advises that Miz can’t compete. Shane and Miz talk, Miz insists he’ll do it. He’s never been injured and he’s not gonna let this stop him now. Miz shouts at the refs to back away while the head referee talks to the ring announcer. The decision is made, this match is going to be called off, but Shane interrupts! Shane will not let his guy lose without actually competing. It’s the FINALS, they cannot just call it.

Everyone tells Shane Miz can’t continue, but Shane pulls rank. Shane tells everyone that he’ll compete for SmackDown?! Can he do that? Shane doesn’t care if he can, he’s going do that! Miz doesn’t want it and neither does Corbin, but the announcement is made!

WWE World Cup Finals: Shane McMahon VS Dolph Ziggler!

This is far from what anyone expected, and barely what Corbin and Ziggler wanted, but it’s happening!

Shane throws off the jacket and watch while referees help The Miz to the back. Ziggler and Corbin protest as hard as they can but they can’t stop it. The bell rings, Shane fires off on Ziggler! Ziggler gets to a corner but Shane keeps on him. The ref backs Shane O’Mac off but Shane keeps going. Shane whips and hits a big back elbow. Corbin trips Shane! The referee argues with Corbin, and EJECTS him! Everyone protests, but then Ziggler ZIGZAGS! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives and Ziggler can’t believe it.

Ziggler fires off hands and rakes Shane’s eyes. Ziggler throws more elbows and stomps, and even headbutts. Shane hits Ziggler back with body shots, but Ziggler throws haymakers. Fans enjoy it either way as Shane hits Ziggler more. Shane fires up, and hits a DDT! He drags Ziggler up, to catapult him into buckles! Ziggler is down, so Shane goes to a corner. Shane climbs up and aims, for COAST2COAST!! It hits! Cover, Shane wins!!

Winner: Shane McMahon, by pinfall; wins the World Cup Tournament

Wait, Shane is the Best in the World?! Well, at least no SmackDown star is being exiled… But, will this really stand once things return to normal?

 

The Brothers of Destruction VS Degeneration-X!

The #LastTimeEver of the Undertaker and Triple H at Super Show-Down only applied to singles competition. There is no more respect between these two sides, and there will be no mercy. Will this #FirstTimeEver be another #LastTimeEver? Will the Brothers of Destruction make DX #RestInPeace? Or will DX tell them to #SuckIt?!

Fans are thunderous before the match even begins. HHH stares down with Taker, but the teams eventually sort out. The referee reminds them only one at a time, so Kane starts for the Brothers. Fans already know “This is Awesome!” as HHH stays for DX. The bell rings, and HHH slowly circles with the Big Red Machine. HHH taunts Taker but Taker has to stay back. Kane and HHH approach and the Game talks trash. He sucker punches Kane, but it barely makes him budge. Kane grabs HHH and puts him in a corner. HHH gets out of the way, but gets an uppercut before he could crotch chop! Kane throws more hands, then whips HHH. He hits a big corner clothesline and lets HHH fall.

Kane brings HHH around to yank the arm. Kane reaches but HHH denies the tag to Taker. HHH brings Kane around, tag to HBK! Fans fire up again as HBK hits the ax handles. HBK wrenches Kane but Kane grabs him by the throat! Kane puts HBK in a corner but HBK gets out and chops back. Kane whips HBK but HBK gets him with a neckbreaker! HBK celebrates his first big move, but Kane sits up! HHH shouts to HBK, but Kane gets him. HBK gets free to chop and chop. He whips but Kane reverses, HBK sunset flips. Kane stays standing, and yanks HBK up. Kane scoops but HBK slips out. HBK shows the kick but Kane backs off. HBK teases that he was close. But now, Taker tags in!

Fans are even more thunderous than before as Taker and HBK meet in the ring again. And HBK stands his ground. Taker slashes the throat, so HBK says “SUCK IT!” HBK chops and chops and chops Taker, then runs, but into a boot! Taker looms over HBK, and drags him up. He wrenches the arm, and brings HBK around for shoulder collisions. Taker wrenches the arm again, and goes up to the top rope! Taker wants to go Old School but HHH interferes! Kane rocks HHH in return, and now it’s a brawl. Taker whips HBK corner to corner, and HBK ends up in the Tree of Woe! Kane still brawls with HHH, but then whips HHH into HBK! HHH tumbles out, Taker gets HBK with a two handed toss! Then Taker throws HBK out to join HHH.

The Brothers of Destruction wait for DX to return while fans continue to chant. DX gathers themselves, and rush the ring! But they run into double choke grips! DX fights out with punches and chops. HHH sends Kane out, HBK sends Taker out. But they land on their feet! And they drag DX out to throw into the barriers! Taker rocks HBK with right hands while fans duel. He puts HBK in the ring and brings him up. Taker wrenches the arm, climbs the corner, and goes Old School! HBK writhes from the shoulder pain. Fans still know “This is Awesome!” as Taker brings HBK up in another corner. Taker chokes HBK with one hand, but lets up at 4. Taker glares at the ref, but runs back in to get only buckles! HBK tags to HHH, and he goes after Taker with chops.

HHH whips but Taker reverses, but HHH kicks him. Taker doesn’t budge, he knocks HHH back down. Taker wrenches HHH’s arm and brings him over. Tag to Kane and the Brothers mug HHH in their corner. Kane drives an elbow into HHH, then brings him out for a scoop slam. Kane runs but misses the elbow drop! Both men are down but they get up. Kane throws a punch, HHH chops. Kane punches, HHH chops, and repeat. They brawl back and forth, HHH gets an edge. HHH runs, avoids a scoop, and hits a DDT! Both men are down, and HHH heads for his corner. Hot tag to HBK! HBK chops away on Kane, but Kane reverses the whip. They collide, but HBK kips up!

Kane sits up, too, but HBK gets the atomic drop and more chops. Another atomic drop, a shot for Taker, but HBK can’t lift Kane. Kane lifts HBK but HBK slips out. HHH helps out, DX double suplex Kane! HHH cues HBK as he climbs, HBK hits the elbow! And then HBK tunes up the band! Fans know what this means. Kane slowly stands, and blocks Sweet Chin Music to Choke Slam HBK! Both men are down, but Kane tags in Taker. HBK gets up but Taker is on him with big hands and elbows. Taker throws more hands in the corner, and a headbutt. He doesn’t let up, and whips HBK corner to corner. Snake Eyes! And the boot! Then a leg drop! Cover, TWO! HBK survives but Taker isn’t done with him.

Taker calls for his choke slam, but has to hit HHH first. HBK SWEET CHIN MUSIC!! Taker falls but HBK can’t cover. Everyone is down but the fans are still fired up. Taker flops back into the ring, and sits up! He goes to HBK, drags him up and throws him out. He follows, and clears off not one but both announce desks! Fans already anticipate something crazy as Taker puts HBK on one. Taker climbs up to bring HBK up, and scoops him. HHH saves HBK, but Kane comes over. HHH kicks Kane low and throws him to steel steps. Taker and HHH run with each other into barriers. HHH runs at Kane, but is caught, Choke Slam through a table!! Fans lose their minds over that monitor busting impact!

Taker returns and fetches HBK. He puts HBK on the apron, and keeps him there with a boot. Taker walks up the steps to return to the apron. Taker takes aim, and hits the guillotine leg drop! HBK slumps to the floor and Taker glares at HHH. Fans have not slowed in dueling chants. Taker puts HBK in the ring, covers, TWO!? HBK survives, but Taker tries again. TWO, so Taker grinds his fist into HBK’s face. Taker drags HBK around, tag to Kane. The Brothers stomp HBK, and Kane whips HBK to a corner. Kane rams his shoulder in, then stomps a mudhole into HBK. HBK is all alone with HHH still down in the rubble. Kane drags HBK up to give him a knee to the back. Kane drops knees, covers, TWO! Tag to Taker, and the Brothers mug HBK.

Taker punches HBK down, then brings him up for a suplex. Cover, TWO! Taker grinds his forearm into HBK but lets up at 3. Fans rally up but Taker throws hands on HBK. Taker drives in knees, too, then puts HBK in a chinlock. HBK endures as Taker tags in Kane. Kane kicks HBK in the chest, then punches him back down. Kane clubs HBK and covers, TWO. He puts HBK in the corner but HBK fights back! HBK knocks Taker away but walks into a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! HBK still has life, but Kane climbs the corner. HBK stops him, and Kane falls to the mat. Everyone is down, but HHH finally shows signs of life. HBK wills his way back up, but Taker drags him out! Taker scoops, but HBK sends him into a post.

HBK wills himself back up but Kane is there. Kane powers HBK to the corner, then hoists him up top. Kane climbs up to join HBK, but HBK fights back. HBK clubs away, knocking Kane’s mask off! HBK adjusts, but not to get in the ring. He aims at both Brothers, for a SUPER MOONSAULT!! HBK wipes them both out as he works to turn back time! Fans lose their minds over that one, but they know “You Still Got It!” HHH rises onto the apron, and now HBK wills himself back to the DX corner. HBK crawls but Kane gets up and pursues. Hot tag to HHH! HHH rallies on Kane with chops, then whips. Kane reverses but HHH gives him the knee to face. HHH keeps moving and hits his jumping knee. Taker comes in but gets the Spinebuster!

HHH fires up, Taker sits up, but HHH kicks. Taker back drops the Pedigree away, but HHH blocks the Choke Slam. Taker scoops but HHH slips out. HHH kicks, underhook, PEDIGREE! But Kane is there, so HHH takes time throwing him out. HHH turns back to Taker, but gets reeled into Hell’s Gate!! Taker chokes HHH with the brutal hold, but HBK returns. Kane intercepts, but HBK slips out, Sweet Chin Music! Kane falls on Taker and frees HHH! All four men are down and fans are again thunderous. Both Brothers sit up! Taker and Kane slowly stand, and they wait for DX. The Brothers scoop HHH & HBK, but HBK goes after Kane’s eyes. HHH kicks Taker’s leg, Sweet Chin Music again! Then one for Kane! Pedigree!! Cover, DX wins!!

Winners: Degeneration-X, HHH pinning

The first time these two teams meet, and DX wins! All four men gave it their all, but in the end, The Game & the Heartbreak Kid survived death together. DX celebrates their win, as well as HBK’s first match since retiring eight years ago. Will this just be the first of many victories for Shawn Michaels now that he’s back?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Skipping arguments of whether WWE should’ve done this event, the event itself was pretty good given that it focused on the action. Nakamura VS Rusev was pretty great for a last minute addition, and I almost thought Rusev was going to win the belt. However, Nakamura still wins because he found a new way to get that low blow. Hopefully something changes, as both Rusev and Nakamura are great talents that deserve a bit more from booking. Maybe after Survivor Series and on the way to TLC, there will be something major announced for the United States Championship. But assuming nothing changes, Nakamura will likely face the Intercontinental Champion at Survivor Series. Whether it’s Rollins or Ambrose is to be determined.

I shouldn’t have been surprised that The Bar wins, and with Big Show’s help. The New Day has had those tag title belts so often and for so long, it’s fine that another team has them. The Bar will move on to face the Raw Tag Team Championships, but obviously something in the Rollins-Ambrose story has to figure that out. I’m thinking that if Face VS Heel dynamic is thrown aside for Survivor Series, we can get The Authors of Pain VS The Bar for some really heavy hitting action. And maybe a funny moment of Drake Maverick distracting Big Show so that AoP can win. As for contenders, I’m not sure who there is for The Bar to defend their titles against other than The Usos, or SAnitY if SmackDown would figure out how to use them.

What was surprising today was that Ambrose didn’t show up to interfere with any of Rollins’ World Cup matches. But with Renee Young on commentary, perhaps Ambrose was here for her sake. I was surprised to see Rollins beat Lashley, but then lose to Ziggler. For that matter, it was really surprising to see Ziggler beat Angle, but the ending makes sense. Miz makes his way through a healthy Hardy and a battered Mysterio to be the SmackDown Finalist. Miz deserves an award for selling his jammed knee, but I did not expect Shane McMahon to take over. In kayfabe, it makes sense in some way, because Shane is his father’s son, and a McMahon will always go for the spotlight. I bet this leads to something for Survivor Series to actually give the traditional 5v5 stakes.

I was surprised neither WWE World or Universal Championships were the main event, but it made sense after it was all done. Styles retains and that’s great, but now I’m not sure who challenges him since Joe was beaten again. Maybe Bryan will get another shot since the controversy of Crown Jewel is past us. In kayfabe, I’m pissed Corbin screwed Strowman over, so I hope Strowman breaks him and Angle can get his job back to correct this. In reality, I’m pissed at Vince who can’t let anyone outside of The Beast or The Big Dog hold that belt. What does he have against Strowman who is big as a house, strong as Lesnar, and actually likes competing regardless of paycheck? Plus, Lesnar VS Styles again at Survivor Series? The hell is that?

The main event being the dream tag team match was actually a lot more fun than I expected. Granted, all these guys are very old, so the pacing was slower, but the match managed to be fun. As strong as the Brothers of Destruction looked, it made sense for DX to win given it was HBK’s first match back. This story can continue with HBK and Taker having their own #LastTimeEver, or HBK going on his dream match world tour against any number of today’s current superstars. Maybe fans will get HBK VS AJ Styles after all.

My Score: 8.5/10


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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (4/13/24)

The Don Callis Family is out for blood!

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Will the Blackpool Combat Club survive this Collision?

Before the Dynasty dream match of Ospreay VS Danielson, the Don Callis Family wants to not just beat the American Dragon, but to destroy him!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal; The House of Black wins.
  • Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Garcia wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay; Storm wins and denies AZM a title match.
  • Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher; Bryan & Claudio win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Bryan Danielson says BIG week for BCC. Jon Moxley is the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, a huge accomplishment. And on Wednesday, Claudio Castagnoli takes on Will Ospreay, then Bryan faces Ospreay at Dynasty. But there’s tonight first. Claudio says Don Callis gave Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs this motivational speech that they don’t even need to beat BCC, they just have to hurt BCC. How weird. But it’s easier to beat them than to hurt them, and what kind of faith does that show Callis has in Ospreay? Not much, it seems. Not sure what Callis is thinking. But Claudio has faith that all three of those guys could beat BCC.

But hurt them? People have been trying to hurt Claudio and Bryan for 20 years. Because they see the spotlight, they see how successful BCC is, and they see BCC all over the world. Bryan couldn’t be stopped by a broken orbital bone nor a broken arm. And Claudio’s been fighting week after week after week, consistently like Swiss clockwork for over 15 YEARS. Because it’s not about the work and the talk here in front of the camera, but the work behind cameras, the stuff you don’t see, that goes into making this look so easy at the level they are at. Bryan agrees there, and tells Don Callis that he wants his guys to hurt them, to hurt Bryan and to hurt Claudio.

Guess what?! That’s not gonna fly tonight! Because Bryan goes out there every single night to hurt people! That’s what BCC does! Violence is their specialty! DCF will not only see that tonight, but on Wednesday and in St. Louis. The American Dragon is all fired up, but will he and the Swiss Superman burn down the Powerhouse and the Protostar?

 

Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal!

Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews are preparing for the coming war with Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston, but they’re taking on three men who are much different from Copeland, Briscoe & Kingston. Will grounding high-fliers make the House ready for those brawlers? Or is this where the House will fold?

The trios sort out and the fans bark as Buddy starts against Action. The fans rally as the two circle, feel things out, and tie up. Buddy wrenches an arm to a wristlock, YANKS it and grinds the arm down. Action fights up, Buddy wrenches again, but Action rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Action wristlocks, but Buddy rolls, handsprings and wrenches again. The fans cheer the technical exchange, and Action rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Buddy powers Action back to whip, but Action holds onto the wristlock. Action twists the wrist but Buddy spins, headlocks and hits the takeover. Action moves around but Buddy keeps him down.

Action pushes Buddy to a headscissor, but Buddy kips free! Buddy gets around, waistlocks, but Action bucks the O’Conner. Action goes up and over as Buddy runs in, then DROPKICKS! The fans are torn but Action tags Sydal. Buddy TOSSES Action but Sydal schoolboys and bridges! TWO, Buddy knees low! Buddy ROCKS Sydal, CLUBS him, then tags Malakai! But Sydal arm-drags and SOBATS! Sydal KICKS Malakai, tags in Dante, and they coordinate, MONKEY FLIP and SWANTON CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Tag to Action, he ROCKS Malakai and whips. Malakai reverses, Dante gives Action the boost up and over!

Dante catches Malakai to a facelock, but Malakai wrenches out to BOOT Action! Malakai blocks Dante’s kick to STO! Action kicks low, whips, but Malakai stops himself to stare Action down. The fans cheer, Malakai dodges a shot and Brody tags in. BOOT to SHOULDER TACKLE! Dante and Sydal run in but they get run over! The fans fire up with Brody, but then Dante and Sydal DOUBLE DROPKICK! Brody returns to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans bark for Brody, he gets Action up and CHOPS him to a corner. And CHOPS again! Action sputters, Brody whips him to ropes, but Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to go up, but Brody catches him!

Action fights, but Buddy distracts the ref while Malakai jumps in. Brody gets Action in wheelbarrow position, ROUNDHOUSE into the GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up for The House while Action tumbles out. Buddy tags in and Brody DIVES onto all three opponents! The fans fire up again as Brody roars, and he puts Action in for Buddy. Buddy aims from a corner as Action rises, and Buddy runs in to BOOT in the corner! Snapmare and cover, TWO!! Action survives but Buddy stays focused. Buddy drags Action up, suplexes, but Action knees free! Action waistlocks, Buddy ELBOWS Action then sucker punches Sydal!

Buddy storms up on Action, Action slides under and reaches out! Buddy has a leg, he reels Action in to back suplex, but Action lands on his feet! Action ducks under an elbow, reaches out again, but Buddy has the tights! Action ENZIGIRIS, hot tag to Sydal! JUMP KICK! Sydal ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Buddy tumbles, comes back, but into a WHEEL KICK! Malakai runs up to CLUB Sydal, but Sydal JUMP KNEES back! QUESTION- NO, Malakai blocks the Question Mark Kick to ROUNDHOUSE Sydal! Sydal staggers to ropes, Brody storms in, but Sydal DUMPS Brody out! Buddy runs up, into a BOOT!

Sydal ELBOWS Malakai, runs up, but into a POP UP, POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER COMBO!! The fans fire up and Buddy covers, TWO! Sydal is still in this while Collision goes picture in picture.

Buddy looms over Sydal, drags him up and whips to JUMP KNEE! Sydal tumbles out and Brody tags in. Brody goes after Sydal to whip him hard into railing! Sydal writhes, Brody drags him back up, and Brody whips Sydal hard into more railing! The fans bark for Brody again as he stands Sydal up and CHOPS! Brody puts Sydal in the ring, looms over him, then drags him up. Brody CHOPS Sydal to the corner, tags Buddy, and then Brody scoops Sydal to SLAM him! Buddy slingshot SENTONS right in! Tag to Malakai and Buddy snapmares Sydal for Malakai to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Sydal down into a KIMURA!

Sydal endures the double wristlock as Malakai twists the elbow! Malakai drags Sydal back, Buddy tags in, and they mug Sydal. Buddy snapmares Sydal to KICK him down! Buddy drags Sydal back up, clamps onto the arm, and Collision returns as Buddy whips Sydal hard into a corner! Buddy BOOTS Dante off the apron for the hell of it! Buddy snapmares Sydal to KNEE him in the back, and KNEE again! Buddy mockingly holds Sydal’s hand out to Action, then KICKS Sydal in the back! And KICKS him again! The fans rally but Buddy drags Sydal right up to an Electric Chair Lift! But Sydal uses that to POISON-RANA!

Buddy flops right out of the ring and the fans rally up! Sydal crawls, The House shouts to Buddy, and the ring count is 5 of 10! Brody hurries to toss Buddy back in, hot tags to Malakai and Dante! Dante fires off on Malakai, then whips. Malakai reverses, runs up, but Dante slips out, goes up and around, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! But Malakai rolls through it to suplex and GOURD- NO, Dante lands out! POP-UP RANA! Dante hurries up a corner while Malakai is down! The fans fire up but Dante has to leap away as Brody rushes over! Dante comes back to SHOTGUN Brody down!

Malakai waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dante lands on his feet! Dante dodges Malakai to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Dante runs and FLIES out onto Brody! Dante hurries back in, the fans fire up, and Dante stalks Malakai, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Action hurries to tag in, he torture racks but Malakai lands out! Malakai knees low, whips, but Action ducks ‘n ‘dodges to DIVE onto Buddy! Action snarls but Malakai hits him with a TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Malakai puts Action in, BOOTS him to ropes, then ROUNDHOUSES! Malakai brings Action over, tags Brody, and then Buddy joins in. The fans bark as the House surrounds Action.

DANTE’S- NO, Sydal and Dante save Action! Then they TRIPLE SUPERKICK in return! And then TRIPLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICK! TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! The fans fire up but Buddy POP-UP KNEES Dante! Sydal goes up to METEORA! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Sydal, Action springboards to FLYING LARIAT Malakai! Brody DISCUS LARIATS Action down!! Cover, but Dante MAMBA SPLASHES it apart!! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup. Sydal BUZZSAWS Brody! Dante SUPERKICKS! Action joins in, TRIPLE KICK! Dante then SENTONS!

Action 450 SPLASHES! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are barking while Action can’t believe! Tag to Sydal, METE- NO, Brody catches Sydal, throws him back and SPLASHES in a corner! The fans bark more, The House all coordinate, CEREBERUS ATTACK!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

That was surely a fast ‘n’ furious fight just to open the night, and Malakai wants to make sure Adam Copeland was watching. The House vows that Dynasty will be The End. Will the House soon take the head of the Face of TNT?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm, Mariah May & Luther.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as her protege and her butler, and says we saw a lot on Dynamite. Kissing, champagne, and- “Yes, we did see a lot, didn’t we, darling? Get used to it. Because we saw a Champion’s Champagne Celebration that made an Italian woman curse, and turned Lightning Daffodil into a diddling do-how! And as for the kissing… There has been no greater love than this.” Storm turns to Mariah, but Lexi interrupts by saying she meant the kiss Mariah had with Mina- Mariah cuts Lexi off there. Can’t Lexi see Toni has a lot on her plate right now?

Toni has a title defense on a PPV coming soon, AND a match against AZM tonight. Plus, Anna Jay’s all serious~ right now. Yes, yes, Azumi-san. You want her to kiss your bottom? Well, that makes you and a thousand other perverts! Toni will give AZM a beating so intense, it’ll be featured in a fetish periodical! And the name of that publication? Chin up, tits out, and watch for the shoe…! The leading lady leads the way out, will she send AZM crying back to Stardom?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Chris Jericho found Taz backstage to talk with him about the Six Man Tag. We all saw what happened, and Jericho just wants to explain himself to Hook. Jericho is just trying to do what’s right for Hook but Hook won’t listen. Hook won’t answer his phone or his texts, but Taz knows his son better than anyone. Can Taz please ask Hook if he’ll talk to Jericho? Taz says he’ll try, a lot of the time he doesn’t really hear from Hook, Hook’s his own man. Of course, of course. Taz says Jericho may have pissed Hook off. And when Hook gets pissed, it’s… Well, Taz will try.

Jericho appreciates that, and as it turns out, this coming Wednesday, Taz will broker a face to face! Will #LionHook still make it work? Or will this Jericho only #SendHook into a stronger rage?

 

Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

The Wrestler got caught by #TAIGASTYLE all because Lionheart Jericho couldn’t get out of his own way. Will Shibata be able to handle things much better on his own? Or will Moriarty sink his fangs into Shibata one more time?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Lee and Shibata circle, Ogogo joins commentary to say the “skull cracking, jaw jacking Gov’nah is back in AEW.” Shibata and Lee clinch, go around, and Shibata waistlocks. Lee moves around, Shibata finds a lateral press, ONE! Shibata has the legs, goes around to cover, ONE! Lee uses a leg guard, gest Shibata’s leg, but Shibata sits on the toehold. Lee tries to waistlock at the same time but Shibata wristlocks. Lee scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, and fans applaud as Shibata lets off. The two reset, feel things out, and then Lee kicks low. Lee cravats, snapmares, and stomps Shibata!

Lee runs to roll things into a chinlock! Shibata pushes back to a cover, ONE! Lee holds onto the hold but Shibata fights the body scissors. Shibata uses his leg as leverage for breaking the chinlock, then he wrenches an arm. Lee rolls, Shibata wrangles him back down, but Lee fights up again. Lee slips around, wrenches, but Shibata waistlocks. Lee wrenches, wrangles, but Shibata trips Lee. Shibata has Lee’s legs, knees on Lee, but Lee fights free to kick. Shibata steps over and has the FIGURE FOUR! Lee blocks the main leg but Shibata powers through that! The fans rally, Lee drags Shibata along as he reaches out, but Shibata puts on the pressure!

Lee endures, fights and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, but then lee kicks Shibata away. Lee bails out, Ogogo coaches him from commentary, but Shibata goes out to CLUB Lee! Ogogo gets off commentary, gets up in Shibata’s face, and Shane distracts the ref so Ogogo can feint high to BODY BLOW! Lee slips away to the ring and sits cross-legged to mock Shibata! The fans boo while Ogogo rejoins commentary and the ring count begins. Lee mockingly applauds and Ogogo pretends not to know what happened. The count is 8! 9! Shibata springs in at 9.9! But Lee CLOBBERS Shibata, covers, TWO!!

Lee clamps right onto Shibata, steps over, and SNAP LOCKS the short arm scissor while Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee turns Shibata over, keeps the one arm trapped in a hammerlock, then pulls on the other arm. Shibata endures as Lee tortures the fingers and twists the wrist! Lee pushes the arm around for a RECLINER ARMLOCK! Shibata endures, Lee sits up and hooks the arm with a leg. Lee uses that to hook Shibata to a cover, TWO! Shibata escapes but Lee stalks him to ropes. Lee drags Shibata up but Shibata CHOPS! Lee comes back but Shibata ROCKS him! Lee comes back again, ROCKS Shibata, and Shibata falls over! Lee digs his boots in at the ropes, scrapes Shibata out of the ring, then soaks up the heat.

Lee goes out after Shibata, RAMS him into railing, then taunts everyone while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shibata gets back in the ring after having wrecked Lee on the outside. But then Lee wrenches Shibata. Shibata ROCKS Lee, Lee wrenches, repeat! Lee CHOPS Shibata, but Shibata doesn’t budge! Lee CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Lee CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Shibata is leaning into the shots! Shibata backs Lee down even though Lee CHOPS again and again! Shibata eggs Lee on, Ogogo coaches Lee, and the CHOPS keep going. Shibata ROCKS Lee with a forearm! Lee flops in a corner, Shibata fires more forearms on him! Shibata UPPERCUTS, then JABS, then COHPS! JAB CHOP JAB CHOP!

Lee sits down, Shibata COHPS and CHOPS and runs, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up for Shibata’s signature and STP looks upset! Shibata snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Lee stays in this and both men catch their breaths, but Shibata gets Lee up. Lee switches around to COBRA TWIST! The fans rally as Shibata endures, and Shibata pries at the grip. Shibata switches the Cobra Twist onto Lee! Lee endures now, marches his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! But Shibata KNEES Lee low! Shibata reels Lee in to SAIDO! Shibata runs up, but Lee ducks the kick! Lee kicks, Shibata blocks but the KNEE hits!

Lee runs, BOOTS, but Shibata stays up! Shibata fires up and runs, to BOOT Lee! Lee wobbles, roars, and runs to BOOT! Shibata runs to BOOT! Lee rebounds, into a BOOT! Shibata waistlocks, Lee fight sit to switch, facelock and suplex, but Shibata fights out! Lee catches Shibata, wrenches, and THE- NO, Shibata avoids the Fang to SLEEPER! Ripcord PALM STRIKE! Then PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

Moriarty put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to win. So Shane Taylor attacks from behind! The fans boo as Shane stomps Shibata at the ropes then talks trash! But here comes HOOK! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil won’t let Shane beat up his friend like that! Lee runs up but Hook catches him for an EL CAMINO! Shane stares Hook down, their FTW Championship match set for later tonight on Battle of the Belts. But given that, Shane stands down and STP regroups. They’ll look to handle this later, but it be rumble, bad man, rumble?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexi Nair is in her Minion In Training Letterman’s jacket as this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting! She is with the ROH Women’s World Champion AND ROH Women’s Television Champion, and Athena defends her title against Red Velvet in the main event of Battle of the Belts! The main event, ON TNT, LIVE! Athena deserves this because she is that damn good! Billie agrees, but says Red is really good. She made it really far in the Women’s TV Title tournament. Yes, but Billie won that, right? She did! So Athena knows Red Velvet is a top star, Red Velvet is a threat, but Athena is the TOP champion! The BEST champion in wrestling today!

Athena is the Minion Overlord, the Fallen Goddess, the REAL Alpha, the Forever Champion, and tonight, Athena makes an example out of Velvet to show the world what they’ve been missing. Will Athena be the one serving L’s to The Chef tonight?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Kingdom.

Collision returns as Lexi is now with Roderick Strong, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven and says as of late, they’ve had a lot of success. Would they attribute any of that success to Wardlow? “LEXIII~! How dare you. How dare you give credit to anybody but me.” Roddy is a fighting champion, a giving champion. Do you not see the opportunity Roddy is giving to these gentlemen who do not even deserve it? He is making them earn it because they do not deserve it. How dare she? But hey, Roddy has been doing it on his own, just like Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle inspires Roddy.

But enough about that, let’s talk tonight. Tonight, Roddy puts on a show. What’s the show called? The Beating of a Lifetime! That’s the Kingdom’s favorite show! But will Rocky Romero cancel that show to make it The Azucar Hour?

 

Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!

The Dragonslayer has been getting back up with win after win, and he doesn’t plan on stopping now! Will he turn it up a notch as we get closer and closer to Dynasty? Or will the South African Stud prove he’s still worthy of some opportunities, too?

The bell rings, the fans rally and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a hammerlock. Angelico spins Garcia, wristlocks, but Garcia pries the hold open to wrench back. Angelico spins, slips through, spins Garcia, then slips around again to arm-drag! Garcia gets up fast but Angelico does his own dance. The fans boo but Garcia keeps cool. The two tie up, Garcia waistlocks, spins, snapmares, ghost pin, TWO! Angelico is up but Garcia clinches to to arm-drag! Leg-sweep, cover, ONE! Angelico puts a leg guard up as he calls for a timeout! The fans cheer as Garcia shows sportsmanship and lets Angelico get up.

Angelico and Garcia reset, knuckle lock, then Angelico trips Garcia. Angelico rolls Garcia, whips, but Garcia reverses. Angelico rolls off Garcia’s back, Garcia jumps the leg sweep, but not the EDDY GORDO KICK! Angelico wrenches, steps over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, but Angelico stomps Garcia around. Angelico drags Garcia by an arm but Garcia kicks him. Angelico stomps Garcia, but Garcia CHOPS! Angelico JABS Garcia, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Angelico drags Garcia up, hits a BIG back suplex, then grabs legs. Angelico steps over, but Garcia kicks him away to trip him! Garcia steps through to FIGURE FOUR!

The fans fire up as Angelico endures! Angelico’s shoulders are down, ONE as he sits back up. Garcia puts on the pressure but Angelico turns things over! Garcia endures now, but he fights it back over! Angelico endures again, stays off the mat, and turns things over again! Garcia turns it back! Then Angelico, then Garcia! Angelico has it! Garcia has it! Angelico has it again, Garcia has it back, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as the two kick at each other while the hold is undone. They both stand, Garcia kicks but Angelico kicks back. Garcia kicks, Angelico kicks, repeat! Garcia kicks more and more, runs, but the leg bothers him!

Angelico DECKS Garcia! Angelico hauls Garcia up to suplex, but Garcia slips free and kicks! Then TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia beats his leg into working, the fans rally behind him, and he stands. Garcia counter punches Angelico, then does it again! Garcia then wrenches and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! The fans fire up as Garcia runs in at the corner to forearm SMASH! Garcia climbs up, rains down fists, and goes to nine before he puts up his dukes, to DO HIS DANCE! The fans fire up as Garcia hops down and runs corner to corner, HAYMAKER! Garcia runs up again, choke grip!

Angelico breaks free, Garcia CHOPS and SAIDOS! Garcia storms around, gets the legs, KNEEBAR!! Angelico flails, reaches out, but TAPS, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission

A great fight leads to a great win for Red Death! Will this momentum help Garcia be primed for a title match on the other side of Dynasty?

 

Pac speaks.

“Kazuchika Okada. Believe it or not, bonny lad, I would like to thank you. Not only for accepting my challenge, but also for walloping me around the head with a big dirty lump of steel. That was very brave of you, wasn’t it, huh? And now, as a result, I have a perpetual headache that serves as motivation to remind everybody of exactly who I am. Now I may not be tall and handsome, I am not a Japanese superstar, I do not own a Ferrari, and I’m certainly not flavor of the month. Okada, you may think you’re God’s gift to professional wrestling, but you’re not! You’re CRAP! And what I am is better than you!

“And next Sunday, at AEW Dynasty, live from St. Louis, Missouri, I am going to relish the opportunity to prove it in front of the entire world. You understand me, hm? Good.” The Bastard is ready, will he violently end The Rainmaker’s reign?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay!

The leading lady of AEW knows her next big picture will have “Lightning Daffodil” starring against her, but she has to be careful not to take tonight’s performance too lightly. Will Storm strike down AZM here in Kentucky? Or will the Highspeed Superstar find her way into the Dynasty picture?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. The two circle, feel things out, and then tie up. Storm throws AZM down then laughs at her, but AZM gets right up. They reset, circle again, and tie up. They go around, Storm puts AZM on ropes, then sits her down! Storm poses and the fans cheer, but AZM is right up to fire forearms! The fans rally, Storm just shrugs those off! AZM runs to RAM Storm but Storm still laughs! AZM runs and RAMS Storm again, Storm chuckles this time. AZM fakes a punch to stomp Storm’s foot! AZM runs, but Storm follows and runs AZM over! The fans cheer but then AZM kips right up!

AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges, trips Storm then keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Basement dropkick! The fans fire up as AZM kips up again! AZM pushes Storm around, steps on her, and the ref counts. AZM steps away at 4, the fans rally up, and AZM runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, ONE!! Storm toughs it out and the fans rally as AZM goes to the apron. AZM climbs, Storm DECKS her! Storm then runs to HIP ATTACK AZM to the floor! AZM tumbles away to the ramp, but Anna gets Mariah in a QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Mariah RAMS Anna into railing! Mariah and Anna fight now, the fans fire up, and AZM gets outta the way!

Storm is flabbergasted as Anna and Mariah brawl their way to the back! Storm fetches AZM but AZM whips her into steel steps! Then AZM pushes Storm around, goes up the apron, and fans fire up for the PENALTY KICK! Storm is dazed but the fans fire up as Collision goes picture in picture.

AZM shoves Storm in, goes up top, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Storm flounders all the way across the ring! AZM storms over to drag Storm up, but Storm HOTSHOTS her! AZM flounders, Storm stomps her, and then Storm CHOPS AZM down! Storm pushes AZM around, flexes, then brings AZM up. Storm whips AZM, BOOTS AZM down, then flexes again. Storm drags AZM back up, bumps her off buckles, then fires off CHOPS! Storm TOSSES AZM by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm steps on AZM in the corner! The ref counts, Storm steps away, and she then scuffs AZM against ropes. The ref counts, Storm lets off again.

Storm drags AZM up, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this but Storm grabs arms to put AZM in a motorcycle stretch. AZM endures, so Storm shifts to a chinlock, but AZM still fights! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets go at 4, and she paces around AZM. Storm stomps AZM, drags her up, and Collision returns to single picture as Storm stomps AZM in a corner. Storm pie faces AZM, taunts her, but AZM rises. The fans fire up as AZM fires forearms! Storm ROCKS AZM in return! AZM fires another forearm, Storm ROCKS her again! AZM fires more forearms, then blocks a kick to ROUNDHOUSE!

AZM runs, but Storm HEADBUTTS! But AZM returns to LA MYSTICA! Then BUZZSAW! Both women are down and the fans fire up! AZM sits up first, brings Storm up, and then runs, but Storm CHOKES her! AZM fights free, blocks a kick, LEG TRAP GERMAN! AZM puts Storm in a drop zone while the fans are dueling! AZM goes up top, takes aim, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and AZM can’t believe it! AZM fires herself back up, reels Storm in, but Storm wrenches out to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Storm throws a fit then storms around. Storm drags AZM up, waistlocks, but AZM fights!

AZM grabs ropes, Storm drags her back, but AZM arm-drags free! Step over, and AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Storm escapes, blocks the buzzsaw, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!! AZM tumbles and flounders into a corner, and Storm takes aim! She’s ready for her close-up! SWEET HIP MUSIC~! STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (denies AZM a title opportunity)

That was certainly fast and furious, but you can’t beat a classic like Timeless Toni! Mariah returns from backstage with a couple glasses of the bubbly. Mariah and Toni link arms while they drink up, and Storm brings Mariah to her bosom. Storm cuddles Mariah, then shoves her, then drags her back up to bring her away. Will nothing and no one take the spotlight away from the AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Red Velvet.

Lexi Nair is now with The Chef and brings up tonight’s title match with Athena. How is Velvet feeling about such a high profile match? High profile? Red Velvet IS high profile! And she saw what Lexi’s “boss,” Athena had to say, really stirring up the pot. But Athena, you wanna stir it up? They can stir it up? In BOTB’s main event, Red Velvet will knock you out! Red Velvet is not a stranger to main events, title pictures or high profile matches. Tonight, Velvet makes an example out of Athena, and shows everyone why it was a mistake for Athena to step into Velvet’s kitchen! Will The Chef make Athena eat crow while serving up that L?

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

He says Dynasty is coming, and a big match on that card is the AEW Women’s World title, Timeless Toni Storm VS the former champion, Thunder Rosa! The fans cheer as La Mera Mera makes her way out and joins Schiavone on stage. Schiavone says we saw what happened on Dynamite when Storm hit her with champagne and smudged her face paint. But the fact is, Rosa never lost her title. She has a chance to redeem herself and get the title back. Rosa says that is right. Before that, she wants to address something else. See all these people here? She wants to thank all of them for making this comeback so special for her.

And of course, thank you to everyone watching at home seeing them on TBS, TNT and all over the world! Without you, we wouldn’t have made all these wonderful memories the last five years. Without you, we wouldn’t have made AEW what it is today. The fans cheer that, and Rosa says she is here for a reason. That is to remind people that she doesn’t need help. And she means you, too, Deonna Purrazzo. Rosa wants to remind everyone that she’s done a lot on her own. When she earned her college degree, she earned her US citizenship, she helped a lot of people as a social worker, and won all those matches even before AEW, and especially when she won the AEW title.

But most importantly, Rosa fought so hard here to be in AEW, and she’s still here in AEW, because it is where the best wrestle! And “Antonia,” Rosa thought you believed the same things. What happened to you, homegirl? Weren’t they together in the ring? Weren’t they #ThunderStorm? When did Storm go completely crazy!? Rosa was so proud of being a champion, even though her body couldn’t carry her as far as her passion. Rosa had to heal. Then that day, something died inside of her. But Rosa has a chance, another opportunity, and it is important that Toni knows it will happen in St. Louis.

Rosa wants to humble Toni, to remind her that Rosa didn’t leave because she “couldn’t carry” the weight of that title. At Dynasty, Rosa carries more than that title. She will carry the pride of HER people, of her family, and if she has to break every single bone in her body to uplift and empower the women of this locker room fighting for just one opportunity and respect, because they also believe in AEW… Then Antonia, kiss your little clone goodbye. You made a big mistake on trying to erase Rosa’s mask. You don’t wanna see what’s underneath. You can’t kill what’s already dead! And on Sunday, Rosa comes for Storm, for the title, and to drag Storm’s soul to HELL!!

La Mera Mera is all fired up, and she smears her own face paint to make her point. Will she smash that spotlight and leave the leading lady in the dark?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, if you don’t want my help, that’s fine. I’ll help myself. When I staked my claim at the AEW Women’s World Championship, it wasn’t personal. It’s because frankly, I don’t think Toni Storm embodies what it means to be a world champion. But I do. I’m a workhorse, I’m a thoroughbred, I am the Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo. And I could stand here, make excuses about why I’m not the AEW Women’s World Champion right now, or I could do something about it. It seems if I can’t get one Toni Storm, I might as well get the other. So next week, Mariah May VS The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo, and I’m gonna break your arm.”

The message has been sent, will Deonna make sure the leading lady’s understudy won’t make it to Dynasty to support Toni Storm?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

To raise the stakes on this match, The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4, it will be a LADDER MATCH! No pinfalls or submissions, only the team that can literally rise above will become the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions! But is this still playing right into the EVPs’ hands? Or can Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood find a way to come out on top?

 

The Don Callis Family speaks.

Kyle Fletcher says tonight in the main event, he and Will Hobbs are on a mission for the Don Callis family. That is to protect the golden goose. This Wednesday Night Dynamite, Claudio will end up a cakewalk for Ospreay! And Dynasty, Bryan will be the exact same thing, all thanks to DCF. Hobbs says not to worry about next week, let’s just focus on tonight. Tonight, they got Claudio and Danielson, and tonight the DCF expects a hefty fine. Bryan might as well just expect not to walk out on his own. One last message has been sent, but now it’s time to put up or shut up! Will the Protostar & Powerhouse pulverize the BCC?

Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher!

The teams sort out but then the DCF just attack! The bell rings, the fans fire up and the brawl is on! Claudio fires off on Hobbs but Kyle TOSSES Bryan out. Hobbs and Claudio fall out of the ring while Kyle stalks Bryan. Kyle ROCKS Bryan, Hobbs HEADBUTTS Claudio! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, Bryan whips Kyle into railing! Claudio UPPERCUTS again, Bryan sits Kyle in a corner then runs side to side, to DROPKICK against the railing! The fans fire up as Claudio throws more UPPERCUTS to keep Hobbs moving up the ramp! Then Claudio whips Hobbs down the ramp and into the LED apron!

The fans fire up as Bryan CHOPS and KICKS Kyle against railing again and again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Claudio drags Kyle up for Bryan, and Bryan DROPKICKS Kyle again! The fans fire up and high-five with BCC! Hobbs sits up, into a KICK from Bryan! Claudio keeps Hobbs up so Bryan can KICK again! Claudio puts Hobbs in, storms after him, and Bryan whips Kyle hard into railing! Kyle tumbles up and over into the front row! Hobbs throws hands on Claudio, CLUBS him, but Claudio hits back! They go forearm for forearm, Hobbs ROCKS Claudio! Claudio rebounds to ROCK Hobbs, Hobbs rebounds to ROCK Claudio!

Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs runs, but Claudio scoops! Claudio SLAMS Hobbs, runs, and then DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans fire up, Claudio brings Hobbs up, but Hobbs blocks the suplex! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, suplexes, and he hangs Hobbs out to dry! Tag to Bryan and he goes up to DIVING KNEE! The fans fire up and Bryan paces. Hobbs sits up, Bryan drags him around by the legs, and then hooks those legs up. Bryan SLAPS Hobbs to go for the arms! Bryan tries but Hobbs is so big, Bryan just STOMPS the knees! Tag to Claudio, and Claudio helps Bryan split the wishbone!

Claudio drags Hobbs up, reels him in, but Hobbs suplexes instead! BIG slam, and the fans fire up while both men are down! Hobbs drags Claudio over, tag to Kyle, and Kyle stomps Claudio down! Kyle puts Claudio in a corner, CHOPS, then ROCKS, then repeat! Kyle whips, Claudio reverses and UPPERCUTS! The fans rally, Claudio climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans count and Claudio goes to nine, then kisses his fist before TEN! But then Kyle TOSSES Claudio up and out! Claudio sees Hobbs storming up, but so does the ref. The ref has Hobbs stop, but then Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio with a kick!

The ref reprimands Kyle, they argue, and that lets Hobbs CLOBBER Claudio after all! The DCF is standing tall while Collision goes picture in picture.

Hobbs soaks up heat, then steps back as Kyle goes out to fetch Claudio. Kyle whips Claudio hard into railing, then taunts Bryan. Kyle drags Claudio up, puts him in the ring, then brings Claudio up. Claudio ROCKS Kyle, but Kyle RAMS him into the corner! Kyle RAMS in again and again, then tags Hobbs. Hobbs CLUBS Claudio from the outside, and CLUBS him again and again. Hobbs storms into the ring, stays between Claudio and Bryan, then fires knees and body shots. Hobbs brings Claudio up for a facelock, but Claudio fights his way forward! Claudio lifts Hobbs one step at a time! Hobbs lets off to BLAST Bryan, then he CLOBBERS Claudio!

Hobbs drags Claudio up, brings him over, tag to Kyle. The DCF mugs Claudio while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, both Claudio and Kyle are down, and the fans rally up. Kyle clamps onto Claudio with a SLEEPER, and even body scissors! Claudio flails around, Bryan rises back up, but Kyle keeps Claudio away. The fans rally, Claudio rises and has Kyle as a backpack! Kyle thrashes but Claudio steps forward! But then Claudio drops to a knee! Claudio is fading but Bryan coaches Claudio on. Claudio gets a second wind and he rises up again! Claudio powers Kyle around into a gut wrench and SUPLEX! The fans fire up as both men crawl! Kyle grabs a leg to anchor Claudio! Claudio BOOTS Kyle away, hot tag to Bryan!

The fans fire up as Bryan goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Then he DROPKICKS Hobbs off the corner! Bryan UPPERCUTS Kyle, UPPERCUTS again and again, then whips. Kyle reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Duck ‘n’ dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Bryan and he goes to a corner. “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan KICKS Kyle, and KICKS, and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Then the BUZZ- NO, Kyle duck sit, shoves, but Bryan WRECKS Hobbs first! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Kyle, runs and PLANCHAS, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs SLAMS Bryan on the apron! And SLAMS him again!

Hobbs then pops Bryan around, but Bryan slips free to POST Hobbs! Bryan goes to the apron to FLYING KNEE! But Kyle comes in to BOOT Bryan into security! But Claudio UPPERCUTS Kyle into railing!! The fans are thunderous as Claudio stands up on the timekeeper’s table! The BCC regroups, “This is Awesome!” as Claudio whips Hobbs into railing! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs up and over railing!! But Kyle SMACKS Bryan off the desk! Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio in the crowd! Kyle sends Claudio into railing! But Bryan LEAPS into the fray! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Hobbs while Claudio has Kyle, and Collision goes picture in picture!

BCC DUMPS Kyle back to ringside, then they hurry to get him in the ring. Claudio drags Hobbs back over, whips, but Hobbs sends Claudio into railing! Bryan KICKS Kyle, brings him up and whips him corner to corner. Kyle reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Then suplex for the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Kyle is fuming! Kyle rains down fists and elbows, then lets off to pace around. Kyle seethes, mocks the fans, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan slips out of the ring but Kyle follows. Kyle CHOPS Bryan against railing! Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan staggers away, but Kyle pursues to CHOP again!

Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan goes into the ring, and Kyle taunts Claudio now. Kyle goes up the steps, and he DIGS his fingers into Bryan’s face! He wants to do Callis’ idea of eye gouging! Collision returns to single picture, and Kyle peels the floor mats away! The fans fire up while the ref reprimands, but Kyle drags Bryan out of the ring. Hobbs makes sure the mats stay outta the way for Kyle to reel Bryan in. The mats aren’t behaving, but then Bryan back drops free! The fans fire up, but then Hobbs RAMS Claudio into railing for good measure! Bryan gets in the ring but he’s isolated! Hobbs gets Kyle up and into the ring at 9!

Kyle mocks the ref’s good counting, then drags Bryan up. Kyle puts Bryan in the corner, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. Kyle brings Bryan to the very top, but Bryan resists! The fans fire up as Bryan slips under and trips Kyle up! Kyle lands on his Aussie arrow, and the fans rally as Bryan rises! Bryan climbs up after Kyle, but then Hobbs Electric Chair Lifts Bryan! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs! Bryan returns to the corner, Claudio UPPERCUTS then LARIATS! Hobbs stays up, the uppercuts keep going! Hobbs dodges to then LARIAT Claudio and himself outta the ring! Bryan still hits a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Bryan crawls to the cover, TWO!!

But into the LEBELL LOCK!! The fans are thunderous as Kyle endures, but Hobbs returns to CLOBBER Bryan! The fans boo but Kyle signals to Hobbs. Hobbs goes to the corner, tags in then storms back in after Bryan. Hobbs scoops Bryan, but Bryan slips free! Bryan shoves Hobbs into Kyle and Kyle falls outta the ring! The fans rally, Claudio rises, and Bryan crawls over, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Hobbs, but lets off as the ref counts. Then Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! Kyle gets in, but he gets an UPPERCUT! Claudio fires UPPERCUTS from all sides! Claudio then shrugs and runs in at Hobbs, UPPERCUT!

UPPERCUT for Kyle! UPPERCUT for Hibbs! Claudio LARIATS Kyle up and out! Hobbs staggers and Claudio trips him! The fans fire up for the GIANT SWING! Hobbs goes around and around and around, the fans counting along! Claudio goes to TEN, then he steps through! SHARPSHOOTER! Hobbs endures as Claudio sits deep! But Kyle returns to KICK Claudio! Claudio holds onto Hobbs! Kyle KICKS again, but still not enough! Bryan goes up top, leaps in, into a SUPERKICK! Claudio does let Hobbs go to POP-UP UPPERCUT Kyle! Only for Hobbs to SPINEBUSTER Claudio! Cover, TWO!! The fans again say “This is Awesome!” as it’s still not over!

The teams crawl and regroup, and the fans cheer on “B C C!” The forearms fly, as do CHOP! Bryan CHOPS Kyle, Kyle CHOPS Bryan! Hobbs and Claudio keep throwing forearms while the other two CHOP! Kyle gets the edge with forearms, then so does Hobbs! Kyle whips Bryan, Bryan stops himself, then Bryan DUMPS Kyle out! Bryan dodges Hobbs to then DIVE! Kyle is sent into railing! Claudio gets Hobbs in a fireman’s carry!? DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and the fans can’t believe it! But Claudio powers back up, waits on Hobbs, and then runs in, to LARIAT! But Hobbs stays up!

Claudio runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Claudio blocks a lariat to UPPERCUT, run, and LARIAT! Hobbs falls down! Cover, TWO!! But Claudio doesn’t hesitate, he drags Hobbs up. But Kyle RAMS Bryan into railing! Hobbs back drops free, but Claudio lands on his feet! Claudio ducks ‘n’ dodges but Kyle trips him! Hobbs LARIATS Claudio, then scoops him! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, BRYAN BREAKS IT! Kyle gets Bryan up to TOSS him, then he tags in, Hobbs goes out to get a chair! Hobbs threatens Bryan, but the ref grab the chair! Bryan KICKS away on Hobbs! “YES! YES! YES!” But Kyle DIVES onto Bryan!

Kyle fires hands, then he clears the desk! Hobbs helps out, time to forget winning and time to start hurting BCC! Kyle feeds Bryan to Hobbs but Bryan slips free of the spinebuster! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs onto the desk! Claudio ELBOWS Kyle, then goes up onto the desk so he can FLYING RANA! Kyle is sent into the apron, then Claudio puts him in the ring! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

The DCF isn’t done, though, because KONOSUKE TAKESHITA attacks! He and Hobbs brutalize Bryan and Claudio! The mission doesn’t end with the match, and they TOSS Bryan out of the ring! The fans cheer for Moxley but he might not be here after being in Chicago last night. Konosuke suplexes Bryan, BRAINBUSTER on the ramp! Kyle says Bryan should’ve listened, and this is what happens! Claudio gets a chair and he runs off the DCF, but the damage has been done! Will the American Dragon be able to recover in time for Dynasty?


My Thoughts:

Really good Collision, though half of it was a go-home to BOTB X with it being on right after this. Good promos from Athena and Billie, from The Undisputed Kingdom, and Red Velvet, but yeah, no titles are changing hands, even if it is the tenth BOTB special. Good promo from Mark Briscoe to add hype to the coming Six Man Tag, and of course The House of Black won tonight’s Six Man Tag. Good promo from Storm and Mariah ahead of Storm’s match with AZM that Storm of course won, but also good stuff with Anna and Mariah fighting. Good promos from Rosa and Deonna to add to the build, and maybe Rosa beats Storm at Dynasty, but hard to say with a week still to go.

Good promo from Jericho and Taz to set up this whole “meeting” with Hook, and I have a feeling that is where #LionHook really falls apart and we get Jericho VS Hook for the FTW Championship at Dynasty, or maybe Double or Nothing at the latest. Really good match from Shibata and Moriarty, and good save from Hook after to add a little more to the FTW Championship match scheduled for BOTB. Great match from Garcia VS Angelico though it was just for the sake of having a great match. I think I said before but Garcia really should get at a title after Dynasty, just not sure what title that’ll be.

Pac has a good promo to call out Okada, and then quite the big move for the tag title match to now be a ladder match. If feel like that’s just them telegraphing that The Bucks are winning because ladder matches are certainly more their thing than FTR’s. And good promos from both BCC and DCF, though the latter wasn’t needed other than to fill time. We know what Kyle & Hobbs were gonna go for after Callis’ promo, we didn’t need them doubling down on it. And while BCC of course won the match, the DCF then of course attacked after. The math here is a bit of a wash, Claudio surely loses to Ospreay, and then Ospreay and Bryan go in more or less even so it could be anyone’s win at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.7/10


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