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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (11/26/18)

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Bobby Roode & Chad Gable challenge AoP for their tag titles and Seth Rollins holds an Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge, both on tonight’s Raw!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; restarted as…
  • No Disqualifications: Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; Lashley wins.
  • Lucha House Rules: Lucha House Party VS The Revival; Lucha House Party wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable; The Authors of Pain win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Ember Moon w/ Curt Hawkins VS Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers; Moon wins.
  • Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox & The Singh Brothers VS No Way Jose; Mahal wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Baron Corbin VS Finn Balor; changed to…
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre; Corbin & McIntyre win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Acting Raw General Manager, Baron Corbin, is in the ring.

The Constable is also joined by Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley, who also has Lio Rush with him. Corbin welcomes Milwaukee and thanks them for their “warm” welcome back. He’s sure everyone had a great Thanksgiving and shoved their mouths full of “disgusting carbs”. These three don’t eat that “garbage”, they keep their bodies in peak physical condition. It’s why they’re superstars and fans aren’t. Corbin is thankful for himself and his great run as GM. Lashley is thankful for the “betas” who waste their lives away while Lashley takes what he wants. McIntyre is thankful for the “brutal, savage, extended and well-deserved beating” these three gave to Braun Strowman. Corbin and Lashley agree. That moment will go down in history, but he plays the footage for those who missed it.

Strowman was the last man on his team in a Six Man Elimination Tag last week, but that’s when Corbin’s team stopped caring about winning. They instead got themselves disqualified and beat Strowman down every which way they could think of. They threw him into steel steps, hit him with steel chairs, and then finally combined the two to shatter Strowman’s elbow! The Monster Among Men is meant to have a TLC Match at the TLC Pay-Per-View, but he doesn’t look likely to make it after that. Corbin knows fans are wondering about Strowman. He assures them Strowman won’t be showing up for a “long, long, long time.” But he has some pull around here, so he made it possible for a camera crew to visit Strowman in Alabama before his surgery.

Strowman told them and the WWE Universe that he’s moments from having surgery on his bruised and broken elbow. “But I would much rather be in Milwaukee” so that he could take care of the spineless cowards who did this to him. Doctors think Strowman will be out for a long time given the state of the injury, and the size of Strowman’s arm. Is he worried? Maybe. But Strowman vows to be back and he’ll make that attack last week and the surgery right here look like paper cuts compared to what’s coming for Corbin and crew. He hopes they enjoy their holidays, because when he gets back, they’ll #GetTheseHands!

Corbin is annoyed by the chants, but he and the others aren’t afraid. They doubt Strowman will even be able to use both hands after what they did. Corbin is confident that Strowman will not be cleared for TLC, which is too bad because that match is still on. Strowman will surely forfeit and then Corbin will stay Raw GM. Everyone else needs to decide what side of history they’re on, because Corbin’s inauguration is coming. He’ll remember who stood with him and who stood against him, because- Wait what happened to the lights?! It’s ELIAS!

The Drifter introduces himself, and says he could no longer just sit back and listen to Corbin’s annoying voice. Elias plays his favorite rift, and says he’s been around the world, with the truth following him. But for some reason, Corbin’s crew can’t get it through their skulls. It’s that WWE means “Walk With Elias!” Elias sees Corbin talking about becoming permanent GM, and can’t think of anything worse. Anyone would be better, even Lio Rush, despite violating child labor laws. Drake Maverick pissed himself and he’s a GM! But that’s not what tonight is about, Elias has a match with “Bobby Trashley.” Elias has a song for Lashley and will sing it. So please silence phones, hold applause, and Corbin please shut your mouth.

Elias begins playing, “If this was body building, you’d be top of the class. But why you always bending over with Lio pointing at your ass?” If you’re ever done on your luck, just remember: you could be Bobby Lashley, and Bobby Lashley sucks. Fans sing along and the point is made clear. Elias heads down to the ring now, and it’s time for a match, after the break.

 

Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush!

Raw returns as Corbin and McIntyre also join the Hype Man of the Hour in the corner of the Rocky Mountain Machine. Fans chant “Lashley Sucks!” as Elias and Lashley tie up. Lashley puts Elias in a corner, then backs off as the ref counts. Lashley taunts Elias, so Elias CHOPS away! Elias runs but into a big knee! Lashley puts Elias in another corner and rams his shoulder in again and again. Lashley brings Elias out for a neckbreaker, covers, TWO! He keeps on Elias with a chinlock but fans rally up for Elias. Elias gets up but Lashley switches to a waistlock and throws Elias down. Fans boo as Lashley knocks Elias down again. Lashley wraps the chinlock back on, but Elias works against it. Fans again chant “Lashley Sucks!” as Elias fights out.

Elias runs but Lashley jumps over him. Elias throws Lashley out, then Elias wrecks him with a dropkick! Lio coaches Lashley up, and McIntyre tells him to go beat Elias’ arse. Fans sing for Elias as he gets Lashley, but Lashley flapjacks and hotshots Elias! Lashley clubs Elias down then stomps away. Lashley keeps on Elias at the ropes, then scrapes a boot into him on the mat. The ref backs Lashley down but Lashley comes back to bring Elias up for a big clothesline. Cover, TWO! Lashley and his allies grow frustrated, but Lashley puts Elias back in a chinlock. Fans rally up and Elias feeds off their energy. Elias gets up but Lashley puts him in a corner. Lashley runs into an elbow, and then Elias blasts him with a dropkick!

Elias keeps on Lashley with chops around the corner. Lashley yanks Elias out, and McIntyre is there. The referee tells McIntyre to back off, and McIntyre obeys. Elias returns to the ring but Lashley rams him into a corner post! Elias slumps to the floor and is surrounded by rabid trash talk while we go to break.

Raw returns as Elias boots Lashley away! Elias rallies and Lio panics. Corbin is worried, too, as Elias stomps and punches away on Lashley in a corner. The ref backs Elias up but he’s ready for Lashley with a knee strike! Elias heads up top quickly as fans sing for him. He aims at Lashley, and leaps for the Macho Elbow! It hits! Cover, but Lio yanks the ref off?! The ref yells and rings the bell.

Winner: Elias, by disqualification

But Corbin shouts it down! He “forgot” to say this is a No Disqualification match! We’re starting over!

No Disqualifications: Elias VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush, Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre!

Lashley pounces on Elias! He stomps and punches and again, Corbin abuses his power. Lashley rams his shoulder into Elias, then looms over him as he flexes. Fans boo and jeer, but Elias back drops Lashley! Corbin drags Elias out but Elias fires off hands! McIntyre runs in but is sent into the post! Elias grabs his guitar, taking advantage of Corbin’s “forgetfulness”. But then Corbin clobbers Elias from behind! Fans boo and jeer again but Corbin grins and applauds himself. Fans now say “Corbin Sucks!” but Lashley stomps the guitar to pieces. McIntyre enters and Corbin has a chair, to SMACK Elias! Corbin continues to SMACK Elias until Elias falls out of the ring.

McIntyre rams Elias into the barriers, into the apron, and then feeds him to Lashley for more barriers! Lashley gives Elias to Corbin and Corbin throws Elias around all the same. Corbin then feeds Elias to McIntyre’s CLAYMORE! “How do you like that?!” McIntyre rains down rights, and Lashley prepares the steel steps. This trio looks to recreate what they did to Strowman last week as they keep Elias down. McIntyre hauls Elias up for the inverted Alabama Slam on the steel steps!! But Corbin still has more for Elias. “Let’s do this one for Braun Strowman!” Lashley takes off around the ring, much like Strowman would, and he SPEARS Elias! Corbin and his crew are the only ones enjoying this as they go back into the ring. Lashley takes his time to flex, then finally covers Elias, and wins.

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall

Lio makes the announcement for the “Almighty” Lashley. Lashley, McIntyre and Corbin look to make Raw their show one way or another, but that TLC match is still coming. Will Strowman make a miraculous return to stop the tyranny before it completely takes over?

 

Baron Corbin chews out a stage hand.

How dare he turn the lights off just for Elias! The stage hand says it wont’ happen again, but Corbin says it won’t because he’s FIRED!! Alexa Bliss comes over. That was impressive. That guy was dead weight, always facetiming. Who does that? He doesn’t anymore. Alexa says he’s doing a great job, and if there’s anything he needs, don’t hesitate to ask. Well actually, as GM elect, he has a lot on his plate. And as a successful captain, Alexa Bliss is now chief overseer of the Women’s Division. Alexa thanks Corbin for the honor. The Goddess now has true power over the other women of Raw, will she look to abuse it the same way Corbin does?

 

Dean Ambrose visits the doctor’s office.

The Lunatic Fringe wasn’t going to the “toxic dump” of Milwaukee. Seth Rollins is surely disappointed, but he’s also relieved and feeling safe. Rollins is holding his Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge, so of course he feels safe. But Ambrose will be there next week, after getting this flu shot. He won’t stand for catching a cold from such “vermin” as the fans or Rollins. Ambrose has become a germaphobe because of the fans. He shows us the different injections he’s gotten as a precaution. Ambrose isn’t going to Houston without rabies. The next shot is a bit bigger, so Ambrose drops his pants. Ambrose says Rollins can’t take a shower hot enough to wash away his shame and his sins. There is no medicine to cure the sickness in Rollins’ soul. Ambrose will do the merciful thing for Rollins, and put him down.

 

Lucha House Party VS The Revival!

Kalisto, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik have had some quick success on Raw, supported by their impressive run on 205 Live. They got the better of the #TopGuys thanks to “lucha house rules”, but will that trick work twice?

Raw returns as Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson explain they were “appalled” by what lucha house rules is. It’s meant to always be 2v2, but those three don’t respect rules at all, do they? These three don’t know anything like that. The fans need to show some respect, not shouting things like “Lucha! Lucha”! Fans chant that back at them, and that proves Dawson’s point. But the reason they asked for this rematch is that “if you can’t respect tradition, you don’t belong in The Revival’s division.” But again, it’s Lucha House Rules! Metalik starts with Dash, Dash whips but trips up the handspring. But Metalik keeps going, and handspring arm-drags!

Metalik dropkicks Dash then drags him over, tag to Lince. Lince tags Kalisto, and the splash party begins! Kalisto gets the boost from Lince and Lince adds his plank! Then Metalik springboards for the missile dropkick! Kalisto covers, TWO! Dash powers Kalisto over, tags Dawson, and then Dawson gets Kalisto with a torture rack drop! Dawson drops legs and elbows, and even a headbutt. Cover, TWO! Dawson keeps on Kalisto and tags in Dash. Dash lifts Kalisto and uses the Gory Special! Dash bends Kalisto back but fans rally up. Kalisto works against the hold and arm-drag sout. Dash tags Dawson but Kalisto evades both of them. The Revival corner him but he goes up and over! Lince flies in with a crossbody! Then Metalik springboards in! Lucha House Rules!

Kalisto swing kicks Dawson then hits Salida Del Sol! Metalik hits the swanton! Lince the shooting star! Cover, Lucha House Party wins again!

Winners: Lucha House Party, Lince pinning

That’s 2-0 for Lucha House Party under Lucha House Rules! Will Dash & Dawson figure out how to play by these rules? Or will they only keep complaining?

 

Lars Sullivan is on his way.

The Leviathan of NXT has decimated many opponents in many different ways, and has both Stephanie and Shane McMahon clambering to put him on their brand. Who will win the bidding war to get this new monster on their roster?

 

Nia Jax and Tamina head to the ring!

The Samoan Dynasty has been dominant itself, but it will be the #FaceBreaker Game Changer getting her shot at the title at TLC. Fans boo and jeer because of what she did to Becky Lynch, but Nia reminds us there’s a lot to be thankful for this year. Raw must be thankful for Nia. Nia was the sole survivor of her team that won at Survivor Series. But even more than that, Nia is thankful for breaking Becky’s face. That and putting Becky on the shelf. Seems “The Man” was no match for Nia. Ronda wanted her match with Becky, but Nia took that from her. And Nia promises to take the title from Ronda, too. Ronda was on top of the world when she arrived, but she’s gone downhill since. And it started after facing the Irresistible Force.

Nia has footage from Money in the Bank play to show us how she was moments from defeating Ronda with her overwhelming strength. Nia takes credit for being the unbeatable that sent Ronda down this path. The next part of Ronda’s downfall was facing Charlotte Flair at Survivor Series. Footage of that plays, as Charlotte went wild on Ronda, and even used a chair on Ronda’s neck. Nia mocks Ronda, she sure took a beating like a champion. That’s what true champions do, right? They stand atop the mountain and faces anyone that comes after them. They fight against sickness and health, and win by disqualification while getting the crap kicked out of them. Well, maybe not. Nia really liked “A true champion is the best even on her worst day.”

Ronda’s worse day wasn’t Survivor Series, it’ll be TLC. Because Nia’s been on a roll! Nia won the Evolution Battle Royal, she broke Becky’s face and then won Survivor Series! So the top of the mountain, is Nia’s! But wait, here comes Ronda Rousey! Ronda is all smiles looking at the fans, but she isn’t all smiles looking at Nia and Tamina. Ronda does give Nia credit, because Nia has done a lot of stuff lately. But with fans still on her side, Ronda says it wasn’t luck that won Nia a title shot. Nia is lucky to be from a warrior culture with punches heard around the world. And Nia is lucky that the receiver of that punch was a woman who changed the history of WWE and was so famous, Nia only became the #FaceBreaker because of her.

“But that’s where your luck has run out.” Ronda stands guard on her mountain, and will rip Nia’s arm off to slap Charlotte across the face with it! But if Nia wants to fight, Ronda is ready. Unless she and the “monolithic mute” have a hot double date. How about that title match here and now?! Milwaukee wants it, but Nia is content to wait. Nia could beat Ronda tonight, but she just got finished watching Becky’s blood off her knuckles, and y’know what, the cousins do have hot dates! Don’t make excuses, Nia! These aren’t excuses, she’s just stalling for time.

Tamina moves into position behind Ronda, but wait, here comes Natalya! Only for the Riott Squad to ambush her! Ronda goes to save Natty, but the damage is done. Ronda helps Natty up but the battle lines are drawn. Will Ronda be able to make it to TLC with these many enemies gunning for her?

 

Drake Maverick speaks.

He’s sure the fans had a laugh over Survivor Series. But 99% of the WWE Universe have ever experience real fear! Most people have never been grabbed by the throat with their life flashing before their eyes staring down a “seven foot giant”! And if they ever did, they would’ve lost control of their bodies, too. Maverick vows to have Bobby Roode & Chad Gable experience that same fear. “Laugh now, cry later.” Will the Authors of Pain leave anything left of the Ready, Willing & GLORIOUS duo?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable!

There’s no more time for jokes, now is the time to get serious! Akam & Rezar are always aggressive, but now they’re angry on behalf of their mastermind manager. Will they write the Last Chapter on the GLORIOUS streak Roode & Gable have been on?

Before heading out, Roode & Gable have an interview with Charly Caruso. This is their biggest opportunity yet, any thoughts? Gable says last week was last week. He loves a good laugh, but this kind of opportunity is exactly why he asked Roode to team with him. They teamed up to be champions, and to make the entire Tag Team Division #AbsolutelyGlorious. Roode & Gable make their entrance and we begin!

Roode puts his robe away to start with Akam. Maverick wants the robe? This is a distraction so Akam can hit Roode and Gable! Maverick has confiscated the robe while Akam whips Roode corner to corner. Akam runs but misses in the corner. Roode chops and chops, then whips. Akam reverses but Roode sunset flips. Akam drags Roode up and puts him in another corner. Roode fights back with haymakers and chops, but Akam blocks the whip. Akam reverses, Roode goes up and over, but Akam catches him. Roode slips out but Maverick distracts him with his own robe. Gable tags in and leaps at Akam for missile dropkicks!

Rezar tags in but Gable fires off hands. Rezar clubs Gable down then puts him in a corner. He puts Gable on the top rope but Gable gets him in a hanging armbar! Gable lets go at 4, then leaps over. Roode tags back in, tilt-o-whirl headscissors sends Rezar for a loop. Gable and Roode work together to double suplex, but Rezar is too strong. Rezar double suplexes the challengers! Maverick takes the robe with him onto the stage, to mock GLORIOUS! Roode is seething, but Maverick runs away while we go to break.

Raw returns and Akam shoves Gable away. Akam then runs Gable over with a back elbow! Roode grows worried as Rezar tags in. Rezar goes out to fetch Gable, but Gable gets him with a DDT! Fans rally up while Maverick shows off the robe in the locker room. Tags to Roode and Akam! Roode rallies, bobs ‘n’ weaves, then kicks away on Akam’s leg. He chops and whips, but Akam reverses. Roode dropkicks Akam’s leg out, then dropkicks Rezar out. Fans fire up with Roode as he rams a shoulder into Akam. Roode goes for a neckbreaker but Akam powers out. Akam stops the boot, but not the other one. Roode hops up, but is caught! Akam throws Roode with a Fall Away Slam!

Tag to Rezar, and the AoP look to end this. They double whip Roode, but Roode dodges Rezar’s boot! He dumps Akam out, then hits Rezar. Roode calls for Gable, but Maverick still gloats in the robe. But it’d be a shame if something happened to it. Like, it got pee on it! Maverick puts the robe in the toilet, then unzips! Maverick pees on the robe!! Roode is devastated emotionally, but is then devastated physically when Rezar blats him into Gable! Tag to Akam, neckbreaker powerbomb! Cover, AoP wins!

Winners: The Authors of Pain, Akam pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions

There’s no more laughter, only pain. Akam and Rezar continue to dominate with help from Maverick, will they continue to rain on all of Raw’s parade?

 

Bayley and Sasha Banks talk backstage.

They had so much fun at WWE Starrcade over the weekend, but Alexa Bliss comes in to ruin it. They’ve had their issues in the past, but The Goddess is now in charge of the Women’s Division thanks to them. And Alexa realizes the reason these three haven’t gotten along is because they haven’t gotten to know each other. Sasha and Bayley know all about Alexa, so go oversee yourself out of the room. Alexa says Sasha doesn’t have to be rude all the time. But let’s put egos aside. Alexa is giving them a chance to hold an open forum with the fans. Bayley isn’t falling for another “This is Your Life” kind of trap. Alexa assures them this isn’t a trick. It’s a way for the WWE Universe to get to know them better. Is Alexa being genuine? Or is she being her usual self?

 

Finn Balor speaks.

“Earlier tonight, Baron Corbin asked the Raw Roster if they wanted to stand on the right side or wrong side of history.” And then he went and abused his power to help his friend. Finn gets the message loud and clear: if you don’t stand with Corbi, there will be consequences. Surely some people will think Finn is jeopardizing his career to stand up against “a self-obsessed, megalomaniacal blowhard”, but as Finn sees it, he’s jeopardizing his career if he doesn’t. Finn fights for the real right side of history, but will he still lose because of it?

 

Ember Moon w/ Curt Hawkins VS Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers!

With #Mahalicia having made it into the Mixed Match Challenge Season 2 Playoffs, they have a chance to go for it all and win the 30th spots in both Women’s and Men’s Royal Rumbles. However, the War Goddess still stands in their way, even if she’s going from the Monster Among Men, to the man with the worst losing streak in wrestling today. But that’s for Tuesday, will Monday bring another Eclipse?

The bell rings and Curt gives Moon some tips, but Moon gets booted! Foxy covers, TWO! Foxy tries again, TWO! Alicia gets frustrated, so she runs a rolling neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alexa watches backstage as Alicia wraps Ember in a chinlock. Alicia is a friend of hers, so she must be on Foxy’s side. Curt rallies the fans up for Ember and Ember feeds off the energy. Ember fights out but Alicia hops on for a sleeper hold and body scissors! Ember throws Alicia off hard, then hurries to a corner. Alicia runs in but into a forearm! Then an uppercut! Ember climbs up and grabs Alicia for the tornado snap suplex! Ember hurries back to the corner and takes aim, ECLIPSE! Cover, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall

Curt celebrates a little too hard for Ember, but that’s only because he’s so unfamiliar with winning. Will he get a true taste of victory when he and Ember start in the Mixed Match Challenge Playoffs?

Wait, is that No Way Jose?! He’s gonna help them celebrate with the conga line! Ember is a bit confused, but she gets into it. Will Jose be dancing after his own match with the Modern Day Maharaja up next?

 

Jinder Mahla w/ Alicia Fox & The Singh Brothers VS No Way Jose!

Raw returns with the bell, but Mahal is right on Jose in a corner. Mahal stomps but calms down with Shanti. Jose hits back with big forearms, but Mahal knees low. Mahal whips Jose corner to corner but Jose goes up and over. Jose baits Mahal in for a dropkick! Mahal kicks back, then scoops Jose. Jose slips out, rolls Mahal, TWO! Mahal roundhouses Jose down! Mahal is seething over how close Jose got with that roll-up. He drops knees on Jose then grinds him against the ropes. Mahal backs off at 4, then drags Jose up to club him back down. Mahal wraps on a half nelson chinlock, but fans rally up for Jose. Jose gets up, and fights back with body shots. Mahal shoves Jose and runs him over! Mahal stomps Jose and drops more knees.

The ref counts as Mahal grinds in his knee, and Mahal backs off at 4. The Singhs mock Jose, his conga line isn’t here to help him. Mahal snap suplexes Jose then covers, TWO! Mahal drives elbows into Jose’s head then knees into Jose’s back. He wraps on another chinlock and Jose endures again. Jose gets up but Mahal yanks him back down. Mahal grinds Jose but Jose refuses to give up. Jose stands and fights out again. He counter punches Mahal then boots him away. Jose hops up and leaps for a big crossbody! He rolls off the cover but gets up again to rally with lariats and elbows! Jose dodges Mahal, and hip tosses into a neckbreaker! Fans fire up but Mahal hotshots Jose into the Kallas! Cover, Mahal wins!

Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall

The fiesta is over, but the Shanti continues. #Mahalicia breaks even between both partners, can they go up again in the Mixed Match Challenge?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???

The Architect has a match with the Lunatic Fringe at TLC for this very title, but he might not have it if he loses it here. Rollins says “What up, Milwaukee?! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins!” He hasn’t been himself lately because Ambrose had him running around like he was lunatic. Fans deserve better than that and Rollins is better than that. And so that means getting back to being a fighting champion! Rollins is done chasing Ambrose, and Ambrose can vaccinate himself all he wants, he won’t be immune to Rollins. Ambrose promises to be here next week, but not tonight. Ambrose is a liar and a coward, so Rollins will be watching out for him. But honestly, it doesn’t matter, it’s time to throw down the gauntlet! Who answers this challenge? DOLPH ZIGGLER!

The Show-Off and Rollins have gone back and forth for this title, and Ziggler is glad to see Rollins wants to be his old self again. Ever since Ambrose betrayed Rollins, Rollins hasn’t been himself. But if he wants to be “Seth Freakin’ Rollins”, he’ll do what he really does best: lose to Ziggler. Because Ziggler gets to be The Best in the World. And then he’ll go back to being Intercontinental Champion. We get this match one more time, who wins this epic rematch?

The bell rings and these two rivals circle. They tie up and Rollins gets the waistlock. Ziggler gets the ropes, and Rollins lets him go. They go again, and tie up. Ziggler lunges in but Rollins sprawls. Rollins gets around and goes for a full nelson but Ziggler resists. Rollins wrenches the arm to a hammerlock but Ziggler hits out. Ziggler puts on a headlock, but Rollins endures. Rollins powers out and things speed up. Rollins hip tosses Ziggler then clotheslines him out! The fans fire up while we go to break.

Raw returns and Rollins is down from taking buckle to face. Ziggler stands up and grinds Rollins into ropes. Ziggler trash talks Rollisn as he brings him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Ziggler wraps Rollins up in a sleeper hold and body scissors. Fans rally and Rollins endures the squeeze. Ziggler shifts out of the body scissors to add weight to the sleeper. Rollins gets up but Ziggler wrangles him down by his hair. Fans continue to rally and Rollins feeds off the energy. Rollins jawbreakers free, then runs but into a dropkick! Ziggler covers, TWO but Ziggler gets Rollins again. TWO, and Ziggler goes after the eyes! The ref counts and Ziggler backs off, only to pull Rollins against the ropes. Ziggler backs off again and Rollins staggers away. Ziggler bumps Rollins off buckles then wraps him in the sleeper and scissors again.

Fans rally again while Rollins endures. Rollins fights his way up again and throws body shots. Rollins is free and whips Ziggler. Ziggler reverses and dropkicks Rollins again! Cover, TWO! Ziggler feels how close he is, but he still has a ways to go. He stalks Rollins and wraps on another sleeper. Rollins resists but Ziggler uses his forearm to grind Rollins’ face. Fans continue to rally and Rollins lifts Ziggler. Ziggler wiggles out of the suplex, then slips out. Rollins runs in but is tossed up and out! Rollins lands hard and is in trouble as we go to another break.

Raw returns and now both men are down. Rollins stirs and fires himself up. He goes after Ziggler and counter punches. The two brawl, Rollins chops and punches. Rollins whips Ziggler but Ziggler reverses, only for Rollins to hit a slingblade! Ziggler runs into a boot, but dodges the blockbuster, only for Rollins to Pele! Ziggler is down but Rollins fires up again. Rollins aims at Ziggler and runs in, but Ziggler puts him on the apron. Rollins punches Ziggler away, then springboards in for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps his cool as he drags Ziggler into the drop zone. Rollins climbs up, but Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler climbs to join Rollins, saying “Now we’re done!”

Ziggler wants the superplex but Rollins resists. Rollins shoves Ziggler away, then adjusts. Ziggler’s back up but back down quick, Rollins Frog Splash FLOPS! FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives his own mistake! Both men are down again, but fans rally. Rollins stands first, and Ziggler follows. Ziggler’s ZigZag is denied, as is the satellite DDT! Rollins powers Ziggler up but Ziggler small packages, TWO! Ziggler ducks the kick to leap on for another sleeper hold! Rollins flails and runs around but starts to fade. He gets a second wind to backpack senton Ziggler! Rollins then SUPERKICKS and covers, TWO!! Ziggler is just as tough as Rollins, or else he wouldn’t be a former champion in his own right. But Rollins still has more to give, and it’s time to “Burn It Down!”

Rollins aims at Ziggler, mule kick but Ziggler dodges the stomp. Ziggler dodges it again, ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again! Ziggler is beside himself as both he and Rollins rest on the mat. Fans know “This is Awesome!” but Ziggler wants to end it. Ziggler tunes up the band as he aims at Rollins. Rollins doesn’t move and Ziggler grins. Ziggler drags Rollins up, questioning Rollins’ guts. “You don’t have it anymore!” But Rollins small packages, TWO!! Satellite DDT! But Ziggler isn’t through with Rollins, as he heads to a corner. Ziggler climbs, but Rollins springs up there for a SUPERLEX! Roll through to FALCON ARROW! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Championship

Beer City gives a standing ovation for The Architect! Rollins managed to focus on his match and keeps his title. He’ll have to prepare for the Lunatic now, will there be plan he can make for the unpredictable Ambrose? Or will Ambrose be the one to #BurnItDown at TLC?

 

Alexa Bliss heads to the ring!

The Goddess of Raw is now overseer of Raw’s Women’s Division, and is using her new authority to give two former enemies a forum to talk with the fans. She’s doing this because she wants us to know the stars, and says there are no limits to what they want to ask. Charly Caruso stands by to help with the mic, and Alexa introduces the special guests. The Boss & Hug Connection make their way to the ring, but are still skeptical. Alexa welcomes them and then asks who has a question. Many fans do, but Alexa already knows many of them: yes, she does look better in person. But to a question about Sasha & Bayley… Right up front in the Rousey shirt! “If either of you could change the Raw Women’s Division, what would you do?”

Bayley is proud of the Division, she’s not sure what she’d change. She’d just hope that they’d all be given fair chances. Alexa likes that. Sasha’s turn. Sasha has one thing she’d change: Alexa Bliss would be back on SmackDown. Sick burn! But she shouldn’t talk to someone in charge. And are you sure you mean Alexa? Bayley’s the one dragging you down from the title. You’re now just a tag team. Sasha says they’re great together. Alexa wonders if Bayley gets to talk. Bayley disagrees. Alexa wouldn’t be sent to SmackDown. She’d be sent back to Hell where she came from! Another burn! But wait, Alicia Fox and Mickie James and even Dana Brooke attack! There’s the trap Alexa set.

But Sasha and Bayley fight back! Dana is the last one standing, but even she’s thrown out. The #LegitHuggable BFF’s won’t let Alexa get between them! What more will Alexa do to abuse her new power?

 

Baron Corbin VS Finn Balor!

The Constable has drawn a line in the sand and dares anyone on Raw to stand on the opposite side. The one to dare is the Extraordinary Man! Finn knows who’s really right and right here, but will that help him win? Or will Corbin continue to abuse his power against one of his longest running rivals?

The bell rings, and Finn goes right at Corbin! Finn throws furious hands but Corbin shoves him away to run him over. Corbin rains right hands on Finn but fans chant “Corbin Sucks!” Corbin wraps Finn in a half nelson and chinbar. Finn endures and gets up, but Corbin wrangles him back down. Corbin continues to wrench Finn but Finn gets back up. Corbin knees low but runs into a dropkick! Finn keeps on Corbin but Corbin powers him to a corner. Finn slips out to chop and whip, but Corbin reverses. Corbin misses as Finn goes up and over and then Finn kicks Corbin down. Finn stomps away on Corbin until Corbin bails out. Finn gets on the apron and liens it up, Penalty Kick! Corbin’s down while we go to one more break.

Raw returns once more, and Corbin knees Finn low. Corbin tosses Finn out then goes out to ram him into barriers! Finn writhes while Corbin smirks. Corbin drags Finn up and brings him around the corner to ram Finn into more barriers. Corbin refreshes the ring count then returns to Finn. He throws Finn into barriers face first this time, then leaves him on the outside. Fans boo and jeer as Corbin smugly counts along. Finn gets in at 8, but Corbin stomps away! Corbin throws Finn out but Finn is on the apron. Finn shoulders back in, but slingshots into a haymaker! Corbin drags Finn in to cover, TWO! Corbin keeps his cool and drives in elbows. He wraps Finn back up in the half nelson chinlock.

Finn endures and fans build to a rally. Finn fights out but Corbin pushes him to a corner. Corbin runs but Finn dodges, so Corbin slides out and in to clobber Finn! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but fans tell him “Corbin Sucks!” He pretends not to hear them as he stomps away on Finn again. Corbin drags Finn back into a chinlock, then bends him back. Finn endures again, and fans rally again. Finn feeds off the energy, but Corbin shoves him again. Corbin runs into boots, but kicks Finn back. Corbin powerbomb lifts but Finn slips out to trip Cirbin up, double stomps! Both men are down, but Finn crawls to ropes. Fans build to another rally as Finn and Corbin stand. Finn counter punches Corbin and then whips. Corbin reverses but Finn blasts him down!

Finn runs at Corbin for a chop! Then hits the slingblade! Finn runs in again, but into Deep Six! Cover, TWO!! Corbin can’t believe that Finn survives. He drags Finn back up and reels him in, but Finn turns the End of Days into a DDT! Then he hits the shotgun dropkick! Corbin is down and Finn climbs up! Coup de Grace misses as Corbin bails out. Corbin grabs a mic, and says he wants this match to be a Handicap Match! Finn VS Corbin and DREW MCINTYRE!

Handicap Match: Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre!

Well Finn still hits Corbin, and then FLIES onto McIntyre! Finn runs around the corner to blast Corbin with a dropkick! But McIntyre clobbers Finn from behind! And drops him on the barriers! McIntyre hauls Finn up and into the ring, then takes aim from a corner. Finn slowly stands, to get a CLAYMORE! Cover, Corbin and McIntyre win!

Winners: Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre, McIntyre pinning

But it’s not just them, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush return! And Lashley hauls Finn up for the Dominator! Then he feeds Finn to the End of Days! McIntyre tells Finn he’s “a boy in a man’s world!” Corbin and Lashley stand Finn up, for another Claymore! The three towers of power stand tall, the 24 year old piece of gold looking on. If Braun Strowman fails to stop Corbin at TLC, will this be how every Monday ends?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was definitely a shaky night for Raw. There was still good stuff that happened, but there was also a lot of bad. The good was the ongoing story of Corbin abusing his power in order to ensure he keeps it. The bad was a lot of the other stuff.

It was bad that The Revival loses to Lucha House Party in another misuse of what “lucha house rules”. They are making it as if the Lucha Hose Party are the Heels because they’re the ones using numbers against The Revival! Vince needs to stop misinterpreting things and reduce this to 2v2, unless he plans on bringing in more 205 Live talent to even things up. It was also bad that what could’ve been an amazing Raw Tag title match was reduced to Maverick peeing on Roode’s robe. Granted, it was good of Maverick to use pee as a proper weapon now, but the match could’ve been so much more before resorting to that. Another disappointment is that Roode didn’t turn on Gable after they failed, which has been an expected outcome the entire time these two have teamed together.

There was some good and some bad in everything connected to the Women’s Division. Alexa Bliss is promoted to being a sub-manager to the Division, a sign that she really is going to retire from in-ring action. But this will be good as she is still great on the mic. However, her little trap for Bayley & Sasha wasn’t good as it was expected. The same goes for her trying to turn the two of them against each other before, that’s cliche by now. In similar fashion, Nia talking trash on Ronda and Becky was only so good, and mostly fueled by the fan heat she has on her. Ronda’s response was much better, but I was surprised to see the Riott Squad helping Nia & Tamina go after Ronda and Natty.

The Intercontinental Championship match of Rollins and Ziggler was another example of both good and bad. It was a great match with all the action, but we’ve seen this match-up before so it’s hard for some to get behind it. If McIntyre wasn’t part of Corbin’s crew, he might’ve challenged Rollins instead and we would’ve gotten some fresh action. Rollins mostly needed this match to keep himself strong while Ambrose chooses to do nothing but talk. Sadly, Ambrose is not a lunatic, he’s just a guy who likes using visual metaphors for his promos. Hopefully their match gets a stipulation to make it worth the slow burn build.

As for Corbin, Strowman, and everyone attached to it, Elias and Finn getting beat down like this surely means they’ll stick by Strowman at TLC. The three of them working together is two birds with one stone: Corbin won’t be GM to ruin Raw, and Strowman gets to go after Lesnar at the Rumble. Fans have to remember that while villains winning leaves a bad taste in your mouth, you can’t let it ruin the show for you. Surely the story will take a turn to give us a happy ending, and that’ll be at the end of TLC’s TLC match.

My Score: 7.9/10


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Andrew’s TNA Against All Odds Results & Match Ratings: 6.14.2024

Broken Matt attempts to procure the Championship of the World! Joe Hendry faces Frankie Kazarian! Jordynne issues an open challege, all at Against All Odds!

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I’ll be honest, since the lead up hasn’t exactly sparked much excitement from me, I can’t really tell what might get relegated to Countdown and what will be on the main show aside from major title stories. So with that being said, I’ll cover the Countdown this time around, because well…who knows what will be on it.

Let’s hope that the bit of momentum with the WWE working relationship and the stories coming out about the locker room being seemingly happy with the direction of things; have to hope that will start to equate to a product that makes some damn sense.

Ratings:

  • Countdown to Against All Odds: Jonathan Gresham vs Sami Callihan: Sami wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/4
  • Countdown to Against All Odds: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles: DeMALISH (Masha Slamovich & Alisha Edwards) (c) vs The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay): DeMALISH retain via Steinerizer – ** 3/4
  • Mike Santana & Steve Maclin vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz): Tri State Exchange wins via Assisted Spin the Block – ****
  • PCO vs Rich Swann w/AJ Francis: PCO wins via PCO-SAULT – **
  • TNA Tag Team Championships: The Nemeth Bros (Ryan & Nic Nemeth) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) (c): The System retains via Boston Knee Party – ** 3/4
  • Joe Hendry w/Ace Steel vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via Loaded Fist – ** 1/2
  • X Division Championship: Trent Seven vs Mustafa Ali (c): Ali retains via Scorpion Deathlock – *** 3/4
  • Josh Alexander & Eric Young vs The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey): ABC wins via The Fold – *** 1/2
  • TNA Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Tatum Paxley: Jordynne retains via Juggernaut Driver – *** 1/4
  • BROKEN RULES – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Broken Matt Hardy: Moose retains via Lights Out – *** 1/2

 

 

Results:

Countdown to Against All Odds: Jonathan Gresham vs Sami Callihan

Callihan attacks The Octopus on the outside before the bell rings. A few chops around the ring and bounces Gresham’s face off the post twice. Sami goes for the Cactus Driver on the outside, but Gresham rotates all the way through to grab the ropes and counter Sami. Gouges Sami’s face, breaks fingers Pentagon style, and Sami retreats to a different side of the outside of the ring. Octopus chases and keeps working on the hand, but Sami counters and starts going for a few more Knife Edge Chops. Sami tries to Lawn Dart Gresham into the post, but Gresham slips and shoves Sami into the post. Now Octopus back to working on the left hand and arm. Arm Wringers and Uppercuts right into the elbow.

Sami gets some control back, rolls Gresham into the ring and now the match can officially start…OR NOT! Gresham rolls back out and heads under the ring so Sami goes hunting for Octopus. Gresham grabs the left arm from under the ring, uses a chair since the ring obscures the referee’s vision, and then slowly they head back in the ring. Soccer Ball kick to the injured arm, and Gresham continues to try and work on the arm, but Sami is fighting back. Sami tries to Irish Whip, but the sells the left arm! Callihan adjusts his offense and tries to use his legs and only the good right arm. But as soon as he goes for a Cactus Driver, the arm sell happens again.

Gresham rips the mask off the referee, Kushida shows up in a Doc Brown gimmick and with a mask. He attacks Gresham while the ref is distracted to swab out the ink and place it into a vial. Sami connects with the Cactus Driver ’97 and wins.

Insanely gimmicky, extremely stupid. Feels like a dumbass thing that would happen on DDT, not an American program. So they made Gresham talk last night, which ruins the essence of a evil character, and now they have him lose with Kushida trying to do science on what the ink is. I can’t properly express how many brain cells I feel like I lost. 

Countdown to Against All Odds: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles: DeMALISH (Masha Slamovich & Alisha Edwards) vs The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay)

Marti and Alisha start, Marti uses Alisha’s face like a speed bag, tags in Allysin, quick tandem work gives The Hex a nearfall. Alisha manages to run to make the tag, and Masha comes in, but immediately starts dominating Masha. Tandem Snapmare, Fun Splash, Senton, PK, for another near fall from The Hex. Allysin tries to shoot Masha across, Masha gets the Arm Wringer, drives Allysin into her corner, but a Boot stops Masha. Allysin tries to get out and Alisha grabs Allysin by the hair to pull her back.

Alisha gets in a few quick shots, Allysin tries to fight back, but the Eye Rake evens the score. Alisha tags out, Hip Attack from Masha into repeated Snapmares with the hair into a near fall. Short Arm Lariats, Masha connects on two, Allysin counters the third, they both hit the ropes, stereo Clothesline spot into the simultaneous tags. Marti beats on Alisha in the corner, Double Knees into a two count. SAVAT KICK from Masha to level Marti, Allysin takes out Masha, Delish from Alisha, Marti hits The Stroke, and all four are down for a few moments. Rolling Forearm into Saito Suplex for another near fall on Alisha. Hex Marks the…nope Alisha slips the move, Masha gets in things breakdown into a sloppy fight, Alisha tries to shove Allysin into Marti but hits Masha. HEX MARKS THE SPOT, Masha makes the save, barely! Dual spots in corners, Alisha fights off Allysin with the Avalanche Powerbomb, Masha Electric Chairs Marti, STEINERIZER! DeMALISH retain.

Mike Santana & Steve Maclin vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz)

Rascalz try to utilize their speed and teamwork advantage with a tag out the gates as Trey distracts Santana, Wentz runs in, and they match each other. Counters, dodges, really fun equal footing but different styles opening. Simultaneous tags Trey and Maclin are in, Maclin quickly takes advantage of Trey, tags in Santana and they go for a Dual Suplex, but Wentz catches Trey and then takes out Maclin. Santana gets surprised by Trey, Body Scissors into a Double Stomp, then Trey tags in Wentz and a quick Tandem kick. Santana tries to fight back against Wentz, but Wentz eats a few chops and then turns it around. Tag out to Trey, Trey connects with a low single leg Dropkick for a near fall. Kick Rush from Rascalz, Wentz tries to punctuate with a Stomp on the back of the head but Santana dodges and Double Lariats The Rascalz. Maclin tags in and starts stacking up the Rascalz and beating them like they owe him money. Maclin tries a SCUD but Wentz catches him with a Cutter in the ropes, shortcut double team offense.

The ref was distracted with Santana trying to get in to stop the double team, so Maclin kicks out easily because of a slow start to the count. Trey with a cheap choke, then he tags in, goes for a disrespectful Half Crab and Santana just kicks Trey in the back. Rascalz find interesting ways to keep working over Maclin, Trey goes for a Popping Meteora, but Maclin stop it, turns it into an Electric Chair style counter and tags in Santana. Santana with the hot tag, takes out both Rascalz, stacks them interestingly to pull off a tandem DDT. Maclin and Santana work together, Maclin kicks Santana to send him into his Rolling Buck Fifty, Maclin then connects with a Busaiku Knee, and only 2 since Trey breaks it up! Rascalz finally get the best of things, a tandem Rope Assisted Pedigree with a Swanton from Wentz, but Maclin kicks out.  MACLIN EATS THE CHELSEA GREEN FUCK YOUR FACE IN THE CORNER DROPKICK SPOT!  Rolling Double Stomp! Santana rolls in to make the save, Hot Fire Flame attempt but Maclin gets the knees up. Cradle attempt, but they push off Maclin into Santana. Superkick Party on Maclin, Buckshot Lariat from Santana wipes out Trey, Enzuigiri from Santana. They set each other up, Caught in the Crosshairs , Spin the Block! Santana and Maclin win.

This is the first objectively smart thing TNA has done in the post-Scott era. Maclin and Santana were amazing together. This is a pairing that people will want to see again, and if they double down on it being a “one off”, it will make people want to see it again. Damn good stuff here.

PCO vs Rich Swann w/AJ Francis

Swann runs around tries to get frisky, but PCO grab him, Boots him, chucks him into the corner, Hesitation Dropkick to the back of Rich’s head for a near fall. AJ tries to pick the ankle, PCO kinda cares, but then eats a Superkick that does nothing. PCO charges, Rich hits the Low Bridge and PCO crashes to the floor. 450 from the apron, and Rich throws him back in and starts kicking PCO and hits a Bronco Buster.PCO fires back up, levels Rich, drapes him over the bottom rope and hits the Guillotine Leg Drop, driving Swann’s face into the mat. AJ grabs Rich’s foot and puts it on the bottom rope, then faceplants PCO on the apron. Rich takes too long to capitalize, PCO trips Swann, Lungblower from the corner spot, PCO Dives on AJ to try and equal the playing field. PCO-SAULT, 1-2-3, PCO wins.

SDL’s music hits, she walks out smiling and looking like a snack. Asks for the mic, and SDL plays with the crowd about different ways to say yes or no. Her answer is: OUI! 

TNA Tag Team Championships: The Nemeth Bros (Ryan & Nic Nemeth) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) (c)

Brian Myers starts with Ryan, Ryan gets a quick advantage, they go for a tandem Arm Wringer/Neckbreaker combo. Myers tags out, Nic tries to throw a Superkick but Lish grabs the foot. WAIT DIRTY DANGO shows up out of nowhere and rats out Alisha?! We haven’t seen him in months since they punked out Oleg Prudius and him against Josh Alexander. So Lish gets ejected but The System jumps on Nic and tries to get in a few quick shots to try and end this quickly now they don’t have insurance.

Belly to Back Suplex from Myers after Eddie uses the ropes for a cheap choke, Eddie officially tags back in, and just quick tags and snappy offense from The System. Myers goes for the Manhattan Drop but Nic gets away from him, tags out to Ryan and a few quick attacks into a Rude Awakening for a near fall. Myers checks Ryan with a Boot to the gut, Eddie tags in, Eddie bounces off the ropes and Body Checks Ryan, while Myers connects with the Spear, but Nic makes the save! Myers shoves Ryan into their corner, Ryan tries to fight out to get to Nic, but a Drop Toe Hold puts a stop on the surge. Ryan counters with a Sunset Flip, but Myers manages to make the tag before falling over, so the pinfall doesn’t count and Eddie starts laying into Ryan. We get an “Ooo fuck Eddie Edwards” chat that pops up. Eddie goads the crowd a bit and tags in Myers. Headlock on Ryan, Ryan tries to Elbow out, but Myers stays in control and the crowd keeps talking shit to Eddie even though he’s not the legal man “fuck your fo-hawk”. Myers poses, Ryan hits a Reverse X Factor, simultaneous tags. Nic is on fire, laying everyone out, Jumping Leg Drop on Eddie for 2. Fame-ASSER! But only another 2 count.

Moose is down at ringside now, Eddie and Myers with their System Overload combo of Backpack Stunner and Elbow Drop for 2! Ryan grabs Eddie to stop Boston Knee Party, Superkick, into their Highway to the Danger Zone finish! 1-2-SOMEONE PULLS THE REF! Moose points at Dango, the ref is confused, Nic dives on Moose, Dango shows his true colors and clocks Ryan Nemeth. Boston Knee Party, The System retains the gold!

Joe Hendry w/Ace Steel vs Frankie Kazarian

Frankie Kazarian getting compared to Antonio Banderas and then calling him the dad from Spy Kids is fantastic. 

Hendry and Kaz Shoulder Tackle each other, trade a couple shots and then Hendry lifts him for the stalling suplex. Kaz tries to break it with punches to the body, but Hendry holds strong and connects with the Vertical Suplex. Kaz powders to the apron, Hendry tries to collect him but gets caught with the Guillotine Leg Drop. Kaz throws a few moves together, including his Side Russian Leg Sweep for a near fall. Scoop Slam from Kaz, Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop for 2! Kaz tries to cinque in the Body Scissors and Headlock, but Hendry powers through and turns it into a Suplex to break Kaz’s momentum.

Kaz gets whipped into the corner, gets the boot up, tries a Crossbody but Hendry catches him and his the Sack of Shit into the kip up! Kaz tries the Chicken Wing to slow down Hendry trying to keep momentum, a flurry of strikes with a big PK to give Kaz some space. Fade to Black attempt, but nope, Hendry tries a Powerbomb but Kaz slips it and connects with a Back Stabber! Runs the ropes and Kaz gets caught in a Pop-Up Powerbomb for 2! Kaz tries to bait in Hendry to the apron, Hendry grabs a roll of quarters from his tights, Hendry connects with an outside in Belly to Back Suplex, but Kaz pops him with the loaded fist and gets the win!

Post match, Kaz goes for a Chicken Wing to add insult to injury, Ace Steel finally comes all the way out and clocks Kaz. 

X Division Championship: Trent Seven vs Mustafa Ali (c)

Trent said the tape machines kept rolling, they show post-interview footage where Mustafa says the X Division title is a prop, he doesn’t even live in Chicago, and just freaking out. Mustafa charges Trent, Trent dodges and Mustafa bounces his face off the buckles, SEVEN STAR LARIAT! 1-2-Kick out! That was nearly a quick loss. Ali slows down Trent a few times, and the crowd is dumb and gives the “we still love you” to Ali. Ali with a Jumping DDT, then a Dive on Trent, but Trent shoves Ali into the apron and then a Dragon Suplex onto the floor. Back in the ring, Trent goes for the Corkscrew Senton but misses everything and grabs his leg.

Shotgun Dropkick into the corner from Ali, Trent absorbs and follows with a Lariat, Ali reverses Trent for another Dropkick, goes for a third but Trent catches him and Powerbombs him into the middle of the ring for a near fall. Birminghammer attempt, but Eye Gouge from Ali, Trent with an open hand Chop but Ali baits him into the corner, Gamegiri into the Rolling DDT for 2. Ali with some hammering Forearms, but Trent with a Flowsion out of nowhere to get some separation. Fighting Spirit spot, Ali does my favorite thing! He doesn’t fall for the Bop and Bang and just Roundhouse Kicks Trent in the face. Too bad Ali falls for it like 2 moves later. Ali DDTs the leg, then tries another Rolling DDT, but Trent connects with a Dragon Suplex into the Sitout Powerbomb for two. X Plex attempt, but Ali shoves Trent and the ref cowers in the corner almost bumped, Low Blow into in a Lariat for a near fall!

Ali heads to the top, Trent cuts him off, Ali flips forward out of it, Superkick rocks Trent, Ali runs up the ropes for a Superplex but AVALANCHE FLOWSION! Only 2. Birminghammer attempt, Eye Gouge again, Birminghammer attempt again, but Ali grabs the ropes, throws off Trent, slips out and then Dragon Screws the leg into the apron. Ali goes to the top, Trent meets him, they fight in the corner, Headbutt from Trent and they both crash down into the apron and bounce off to the outside. 10 Count starts, Ali decides to climb the corner, Trent slides in at 9 and eats a 450 to the back for a 2 count. Ali goes to get his belt, the referee stops him, Trent hits a Low Blow as the ref is putting the belt back, BIRMINGHAMMER! 1-2-NO!

Mustafa tries to bail, grabs the ring apron as Trent pulls him back, Chops him in the back a few times, crotches him in the corner, Avalanche BIRMINGHAMMER? Eye Gouge fights back, kicks out the leg, and then 450 to the injured legs into a Scorpion Deathlock! Trent taps out.

Josh Alexander & Eric Young vs The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey)

Early on we get the typical watered down Japanese tag style of a few fancy counters like La Magistral Cradles and Suplex counters and stuff, but nothing really worth typing about. Which is smart since the last match was pretty hot, so you want to start simple and build. ABC start going for a few higher risk moves with Tandem Shoot Ins for Jumping High Kicks and Back Head Kicks. EY Up and Overs Bey, whips him into the opposite corner and tags in Josh. Josh goes for his locomotion Shoulder Tackles, Bey tries to counter it and go for an Art of Finesse, but Josh catches him and Release German Suplexes him. Teamwork from Josh, Gutbuster and Elbow Drop combination for a 2. Ace tries to get involved and Josh and Bey go for THE OLE DICK TWIST! I’m not really sure what I’m looking at beyond a meme and it’s Chicago…so I’m not surprised. But just…why.

Things break down a little everyone’s doing stuff, Josh perches Ace for the Low Crossbody but Ace dodges it! Then Ace does his Handstand dodge, Josh just grabs his Ankle though. Ace tries to hold onto the ropes to he doesn’t completely fall, Bey dives over Ace and lays out Josh but then EY flies and takes out Bey. Ace posts EY, Josh walks back in the ring and calls Ace in. Josh goes for an Avalanche Death Valley Driver, Ace fights it off, Ace hits the Flipping Outside In Headscissors. Goes for an Overhead Spin Kick, but Josh catches the foot. Ace fights out, ABC try to team up on Josh but a Suplexes both and tags out to EY. Discus Lariat into a Spicolli Driver on Ace! Bey kicks him, Ace tries something, but EY stacks them on his shoulders, they both slip him, Dual Roundhouse Kicks! But only a 2 count.

Everyone doing things in the ring, a cameraman gets taken out literally, the camera looks like scrambled porn in the 90s. Powerbreaker from Josh for 2! Rolling Senton into the Macho Elbow, but Ace makes the save. EY accidentally lays out Josh, EY tries to Piledriver Bey but Ace jumps over the world and hits The Fold on EY! Bey with the Jacknife cover and ABC win!

TNA Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Tatum Paxley

Personal concierge shows up after Tatum makes her entrance, ASH by Elegance will show up…to watch the match, as per usual. 

Things start a little slow, Tatum brings that quirky unhinged Hot Topic girl energy, and Jordynne is Thicc Mama Pump. Okay Tatum counters Jordynne’s rope run by very suggestively enticing her to come into full mount. Jordynne manages to grab her foot and get her to stand up to just Reverse Side Slam her and go for the Camel Clutch. Tatum gets out of it with biting her hand, and then heads under the ring. ASH is actually telling her where she is, Jordynne tries to grab her, but Tatum pulls her into the steel ring frame. She tries to Suplex her, but Jordynne blocks a few times, so Tatum just drives her into the post.

Tatum pulls off the old Lance Storm counter into the Half Crab, but Jordynne gets out of it. Back Kick from Jordynne, Jordynne tries the Vader Bomb, but Paxley cuts her off first, tries a Rope Hung Neckbreaker, but Jordynne holds on. Hits two Vader Bombs only for near falls. Juggernaut Driver attempt, but Tatum stops it, Jordynne hits the Rolling Fent Back Elbow. They fight in the corner, Uppercut from Jordynne, KINNIKU BUSTER! We know that won’t finish the match, Tatum tries a slide and we go into a Locomotion Cradles. Paxley connects with a Spear that she rolls through beautifully, but both women have counters for counters for counters. Tatum is perched in the corner, they’re fighting on the middle rope, AVALANCHE LOBOTOMY, 1-2-NOPE! Tatum starts clawing at the ears since she had the stitches after the Roxxane Perez match. Tatum with a Seated Head and Neck Choke, but Jordynne fights through and they start slapping each other. Jordynne goes for a lazy cover, and Tatum tries to surprise her with a Guillotine Choke! Grace stands up, Jackhammer for 2!

Jordynne clubs with a few Vader Hammers, Tatum tries to counter, Grace goes for the Sp inning Backfist but Tatum ducks it the first time, but not the second. Death Valley Driver into Juggernaut Driver, and Jordynne retains!

ASH attacks Jordynne after the match but Jordynne fights her off. Covers ASH in her bottle of champagne, then takes a swig herself and walks off victorious while ASH and concierge are slipping and looking like dorks.

BROKEN RULES – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Broken Matt Hardy

The Nemeth Fuschnikens show up and take out The System! Only Lish is now left. 

Matt takes advantage of the early distraction, Twist of Fate attempt but Moose spins out but Matt turns it into the DDT. Side Effect from Hardy on the apron, then he hits the Twist of Fate on the outside. Moose sells dead weight well, Matt finally rolls him in, then Moose keeps rolling. Moose and Lish find weapons, and Moose hits Matt with a trash can lid and Baking Sheet. Moose takes one of many chairs, and just lays into Matt a handful of times. Moose barks at the camera that he’s “Gonna end his damn career”, so he fishing out a ladder from under the ring.

Moose smacks Matt with a few more chair shots and then makes a Ladder + Chair ramp contraption. Jacknife attempt from Moose, Hardy drops to his knees and Upper Cuts Moose’s balls! Then Matt starts using a chair of his own. Moose powders, Matt follows and they take this throw the crowd and goes somewhere…the camera work is a little useless. It’s like N.E.W. Indy level of “we can’t see”. I’m just assuming moves were attempt, looks like maybe a Jacknife that Matt counters and goes up high, just to do a Delete chant. I want a Balcony Level Extreme Leg Drop! But they head back to the ring, so at least now we can see, and Matt bounces Moose’s face off the post and rolls Moose in. Vertical Suplex from Matt, then he goes to the second rope, Elbow Drop for 2! Matt sets up for Twist of Fate, Moose pushes off and URANAGE counter! 1-2-kick out! Moose wanders out to find more weapons and drags out a table, as the peasants rejoice.

Propping the table in the corner, we see Moose trying to set up Matt for the Spear. they both dodge attempting to be put through the table, so Moose Sabu’s Matt with a chair. Moose sets up a pile of chairs, grabs Senor Hardy and they go up the turnbuckle Superplex into the chairs, only for 2! Alisha is also yelling at this very audible annoying Chicago fan. Moose goes for a second Chair spot, but Matt slips the Suplex and Avalanche Powerbomb into the chairs! Matt goes for the cover, but Moose kicks out! Hardy goes under the ring for a…. CARDBOARD BOX! A PARCEL OF CHIPBOARD! Moose decks Matt, opens the box and it’s Moose’s throwback Patriots Helmet. Moose puts his old helmet on, charges Matt Hardy and Matt Back Drops him into the Chekov’s Ladder+Chair. Matt goes for a table and another ladder. Is Matt gonna go for another crazy bump? OH Hardy gets a Bears helmet. Now it makes sense why it was a throwback Patriots helmet, because of the 1985 Bears Super Bowl. Matt clocks Moose with the Bears Helmet, the crowd chants “CTE”, Matt puts Moose on the table, EXTREME LEG DROP from the ladder!

Hardy puts the chair around Moose’s head, TWIST OF FATE into the chair! Goes for the cover and Alisha brings out Kendra and lights up Matt. REBY COMES OUT! She takes her earrings off and someone else is holding her baby! Spanish girl serious fighting 101! Reby hits the Twist of Fate on Lish and tries to help out Matt. Moose sees Matt coming and pulls Reby in the way! Matt spears his wife through the table and then Moose hits LIGHTS OUT!

 

Overall Score: 7.75/10

Well admittedly the first half of the show had a good bit of gimmicky extra bodies overbooking. Kushida, Dango and Jeff Hardy being back is definitely a positive thing with Slammiversary next up. Nic Nemeth hopefully picks up a little more steam, because early splitting time with New Japan stifled his initial impact, now with two title losses in like 4 months of activity is a little silly. Hendry getting a hold over rivalry to slow roll his rise in popularity could be ok. I think they’re not on a large enough scale to benefit more from a slow burn as opposed to cashing in now. But it’s wrestling, you never know. Plus if he gets some shine in NXT, it could be better to ride that exposure wave as well.

The card had overall solid action, even if booking was suspect at moments through the night and the audio for the Ali tape was awful…ruined the intended effect. Jordynne with the opening challenge and an at home annoyance is a good angle. System will probably get into a feud with The Hardys, ya know, while neither is injured. Moose has Hendry looming, but again, not sure how they’re gonna play that card. Also for personal reasons I wanna see if Xia continues to be SDL’s love council bestie type character now that she agreed to date PCO.

So yeah, pretty good show all things considered. The end of the show sends people home happy with Jeff Hardy returning to stand tall with Reby, Matt, Joe Hendry and the Nemeths. There’s a lot to play out. Even if somethings sound super stupid right now (looking at you Octopus and Doc Kushi). But, at least there different levels of storylines to figure out. So when it comes down to the bare bones, the show did its job and was a pretty enjoyable watch.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/14/24)

Toni Storm is on a Rampage!

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The Leading Lady “rehearses” for The Forbidden Door.

The AEW Women’s World Champion knows Mina Shirakawa wants her spotlight, but Toni Storm must first test her mettle against “Titanium” Alex Windsor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor; Storm wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez; The Cage of Agony wins.
  • Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino; Shota wins.
  • Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo; Satnam wins.
  • PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; Pac wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor!

The Leading Lady knows her beloved, budding protege’s past partner is coming for her prized possession, but she is looking to send a message tonight. Will Mina Shirakawa hear that message loud and clear? Or will Titanium Alex be nobody’s tune-up?

Speaking of, Alex doesn’t even wait for the bell, she goes after Toni the moment she’s in a corner! The fans boo but the bell rings and the ref reprimands. Alex fires off haymakers on Storm, then bumps her off buckles. Windsor soaks up the heat, whips Storm back in, then runs up to CHOP! Windsor soaks up more heat, then runs back in, but into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fast hands, then fires up! The fans are with her and Storm gives Windsor a point-blank HIP ATTACK! And then another! And then another! Storm winds up, the fans fire up, and BOOM, another hip attack! Windsor tumbles out while the fans cheer.

Storm runs side to side to HIP ATTACK Windsor off the apron! Storm calls Mariah over, nuzzles her, then goes after Windsor. Storm CLUBS Windsor, drags her up, then reels her in. Windsor fights the suplex, throws body shots, and then swings, but Storm DECKS her first! Storm goes to the ring but Windsor gets her for a wheelbarrow! Windsor SMASHES Storm off the apron! Windsor KICKS Storm, gets her back up, and hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Storm flounders, Mariah is concerned but Windsor gets in her way. Windsor CLUBS Storm, HAMMERS away, then soaks up the heat. Windsor slides into the ring and Mariah checks on Storm.

Windsor taunts Storm, then goes back out to fetch her. But now Luther stands in Windsor’s way to keep her from getting at Mariah. Windsor drags Storm up, whips her, and POSTS her! Storm staggers around, Windsor runs up to CLUB her again, then throws body shots! Windsor CLUBS Storm, soaks up more heat, but Storm RAMS Windsor into barriers! The fans fire up as Storm rolls into the ring. The fans rally as Windsor drags Storm to a corner, to SLAM the legs into the post! And again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands, but Windsor YANKS Storm out to CLUB her down. Windsor rolls into the ring while fans rally behind Storm.

Luther & Mariah check on Storm, but Windsor goes out again. Luther says to stay back, but Windsor SHOVES Luther into Mariah, which sends Mariah into Storm! The fans boo but Windsor stomps away on Storm, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Windsor drags Storm up and ROCKS her with a forearm! Storm sputters and staggers around the way, but Windsor stalks after her. Windsor has Storm against barriers to CLAW the eyes! Windsor puts Storm in the ring, drags her to a cover, TWO! Storm is tougher than that, and Mariah scowls at Windsor. Windsor fires forearms on Storm, ROCKS her, then whips Storm to ropes to run her over! Cover, TWO! Windsor grows frustrated but she drags Storm up for a cravat. Storm endures the neck wrench, but Windsor throws in knee after knee!  Storm throws body shots but Windsor whips her to a corner.

Windsor runs in but Storm dodges! Rampage returns to single picture as Storm blocks boots, puts Windsor in ropes and hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Windsor writhes, Storm goes to the far end, and the fans fire up for the close up! Storm runs in to SWEET HIP MUSIC! And then the fisherman SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm storms around. She drags Windsor up and reels her in, but Windsor wrenches out to HEADBUTT! Storm HEADBUTTS back! Storm runs, but Windsor clothesline at ropes! And again! And then a RIGHT ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Storm survives and the fans rally up!

Windsor drags Storm up but Storm drags her into a cradle! TWO, SHINING WINDSOR! Cover, TWO!! The fans rally for Storm again but Windsor snarls. Windsor storms up on Storm, drags her up, short arm- NO, Storm dodges the lariat, runs, and smothers the pop-up to STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

Storm breaks through Iron Will Windsor, and revels in the praise of her adoring public. She also holds Mariah close, but will she still have both once she passes through The Forbidden Door? Or will the Fighting Gravure Idol steal more than just the spotlight?

 

Backstage interview with Harley Cameron.

Arkady Aura is with The Outcasts’ crazier component, and says she’s a bit surprised to see Harley without Saraya, considering the big win last week. Yeah, yeah, who cares? Saraya is not here as a form of protest! All these women are all declaring for the Women’s Owen Hart Tournament. Oh~, declaring~! What are we? Royal subjects? Oh, a royal decree from the king! Or maybe we’re more old Southern women, “Oh, I do declare!” The only one who should be declaring anything is Saraya. Because the winner gets a world title shot at All In. And who was it that won last year at Wembley Stadium? Saraya! What a declaration!

And with that said, Saraya’s done it before, and she will do it again. And now Harley declares this interview over, goodbye. Then from Harley’s mouth to the world’s ears, will Saraya make sure she is the one crowned the 2024 Queen of Harts before crowning herself champion once again?

 

AEW hears from Thunder Rosa and Deonna Purrazzo.

La Mera Mera tells “Deonna, you might’ve been a little bit busy, but there were some flashing news. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of Collision. And as a tradition, Thunder Rosa always likes to pick a fight. And who else than you?” But The Virtuosa asks back, what does Rosa not understand here? Rosa’s selfishness has forced Deonna to embrace her own. But La Mera Mera isn’t owed anything. From where Deonna comes from, those who want respect must show respect. And those who refuse get respect beaten into them. Saturday Night Collision, Rosa VS Deonna, NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! And Deonna asks what Rosa thinks happens when her head collides with a chair.

Rosa says nothing will stop her from showing Deonna the real respect of a warrior. No disqualifications, no problems. Happy Anniversary, Collision! But who will celebrate by standing over the other’s battered body?

 

Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have broken away from Swerve’s House to do things their way. So far, so good, for them. But will their opponents wish it’d been another three sent into The Cage of Agony?

The trios sort out, Tupu starts against Kaun, and the two circle. Liona distracts Tupu and Kaun DROPKICKS Tupu into the corner! Kaun CHOPS, then fires off forearms! The ref counts, Kaun bumps Tupu off buckles to then fire off more forearms. Kaun CHOPS, the ref has him back off, and Kaun runs in. Tupu goes up and over, keeps moving, and Gutierrez tags in. Kaun CLOBBERS Tupu but Gutierrez kicks low! Gutierrez whips but Kaun reverses. Gutierrez ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Liona sneaks a tag. Gutierrez hurdles but turns around into a BOOT! Liona CLOBBERS Gutierrez! Liona looms over Gutierrez, drags him up, then BODY SHOTS!

Liona BODY SHOTS again, and again! Gutierrez falls, but Liona drags him up again, to LARIAT! The fans rally as Liona drags Gutierrez over and tags in The Machine. Gutierrez fires haymakers on Liona, but they do nothing! Liona SPINEBUSTERS Gutierrez! Cage smirks, Marston tags in, and Marston ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a BIG back drop! Cage drags Marston up, reels him in, puts one out, an d gives Marston a POWERBOMB! Cage then tags to Kaun, Liona steps in with him. Tupu runs in, dodges The Gates, but Cage SUPERKICKS him! Then the Gates get Tupu up to CLOSE THE GATES!

Cage drags Marston over, and the trio TRIPLE SLAMS him! Kaun covers, The Cage of Agony wins!

Winners: The Cage of Agony, by pinfall

This dangerous trio is only more dangerous now that they’re the ones in charge! Will they be right on the heels of the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions?

 

Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino!

It’s another Forbidden Door appetizer as Azucar “welcomes” The Roughneck back to AEW! #SHOOTER has learned a lot from Jon Moxley over the past four years, will he show all those lessons have paid off? Or will Rocky make it clear Shota’s still got a lot to learn?

The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship here. The fans cheer, the two tie up, and Shota wrenches to a wristlock. Rocky rolls, slips around, facelocks and cravats. Shota swim moves to wrench and wrangle Rocky to the mat. Rocky stands, Shota wrenches and wristlocks, but Rocky pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Rocky wrenches through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Shota endures, powers out and throws Rocky down. Shota has the toehold, then digs a knee into the knee. Rocky turns over, stands up, clinches, and they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Rocky slowly lets off, and then CHOPS!

Shota just stares Rocky down! The fans fire up, and Shota winds up to CHOPS! Rocky staggers and sputters, Shota fires forearms! Shota spins, Rocky ducks the elbow, but runs into a scoop and DROP! Then a basement dropkick! The fans cheer and Shota does a dance similar to Mercedes Mone’s! Shota stomps Rocky around, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Shota CLUBS Rocky again, but Rocky grits his teeth. Shota ROCKS Rocky against ropes, then has him in a corner. Shota stomps and UPPERCUTS, then he stalks Rocky. Shota stomps Rocky, UPPERCUTS again, then whips to ropes. Rocky holds ropes to BOOT back!

Shota runs up but Rocky DUMPS Shota out! Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Shota’s head hits the desk and the ref checks him out while Rampage goes picture in picture.

It seems Shota is okay so the ref goes back to the ring. Rocky stands, fires up, and gives us some Latino Heat. Rocky puts Shota in the ring, drops a knee into the back, then stomps Shota before dropping a knee on the chest! Cover, TWO! Shota toughs it out but Rocky drags him up. Rocky KICKS the bad arm, wrenches it, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Shota goes to ropes, Rocky puts him through ropes, to KICK again! Rocky goes up a corner, gives some more Latino Heat, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota flounders, Rocky covers, TWO! Rocky argues the count but the count was fair, so Rocky clamps onto Shota with a cobra clutch!

Rocky thrashes Shota around but Shota endures. Shota fights up, throws elbows, but Rocky CLUBS him on the back. Rocky TOSSES Shota out, then aims from the apron! CROSSBODY, but Shota catches him! Shota pops Rocky up but Rocky slips free, so Shota SHOTGUNS him down! Both men are on the floor on the outside and the fans rally up. Shota rises up, fetches Rocky, and puts him in the ring. But Rocky DROPKICKS Shota back! Shota is down in the corner and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Rocky clotheslines Shota in a corner! Rocky keeps going, and clotheslines again! Then he keeps going, but Shota DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Shota pounds the mat. The fans rally behind Shota and he aims at Rocky at the ropes. Slingshot, APRON DDT! The fans fire up again as Rocky flops to the floor! Shota puts Rocky in, then goes up a corner. Shota aims as Rocky flounders, MISSILE DROPKICK! Shota hurries to clinch, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Rocky survives but Shota stays focused. Shota waits on Rocky to rise up, then runs in, IGNIT- NO, Rocky makes it a backslide!

Shota rolls through the cover, blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! Shota staggers to a corner, Rocky runs in. Shota dodges, runs in, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! Rocky goes up and up and TORNADO DDTS! Rocky pounds the mat, the fans rally behind him now, and he aims from a corner. Shota rises, Rocky runs in, SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and Rocky roars! The fans are torn as Rocky drags Shota up. Rocky fires forearms, but Shota just eggs him on! The fans like that, so Rocky fires more forearms! Shota roars, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! And cravat, for the SLICED- NO, Shota poops free!

Shota POP-KNEES, then IGNITION!! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives but Shota takes aim from the corner now! A shoutout to Ospreay here with his BLAZE BLADE!! And then PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Shota wins!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Roughneck does indeed prove that what he learned from his senpai, his upperclassmen, have indeed made him into a great wrestler! But will he become one of the greatest wrestlers as he continues to battle all around the world?

 

Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo!

The One in a Billion is a big, big man, but he still has a lot to prove if he wants to be the best of the best. Will he finally start building on a win streak? Or will Rosario overcome this mountain of a man?

The bell rings, and Satnam offers a handshake? Rosario takes it, but Satnam won’t let go! Rosario kicks and kicks and CHPOS and CHOPS, but Satnam’s grip is too strong! And speaking of, he grabs Rosario by the neck, to PO-UP BEARHUG!! Satnam ragdolls Rosario! Rosario is OUT, Satnam wins!

Winner: Satnam Singh, by pinfall

Satnam TOSSES Rosario aside, having made quick work of the mere mortal. Sonjay Dutt gets in the ring with a mic to say, “Hey hey hey hey hey! Bubba (Jay Lethal), tell ’em, what’re you gonna do?” Lethal takes the mic to say ladies and gentlemen, Satnam Singh is on a freakin’ roll! Satnam just squashed Grillo in record time, and Lethal is so impressed that not only will he beat his opponent tonight, but he and Sonjay have a little side bet that Lethal can do it even faster than what Satnam just did. Satnam chuckles and Lethal says he’s done waiting! Bring that poor shmuck out here! Did Lethal not read the match card? Lethal’s up against THE BASTARD!!

Fans fire up as Pac makes his entrance out here. Pac already said he was in a bad mood on Dynamite, and surely Lethal taking him lightly isn’t helping things. Will Pac make sure Sonjay wins that side bet with Lethal?

PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!

The bell rings, Pac dodges Lethal to flying-mare! Pac has the headlock, Lethal puts him in a corner, and the ref counts. Pac lets go but Lethal stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Lethal stops and walks it off. Sonjay knows he’s already won the side bet but he still wants Lethal to win the match. Lethal tosses Pac out, but Pac lands on the apron. Pac RAMS into Lethal, slingshots up and over, then comes back, only for Lethal to hip toss! Lethal cartwheels but Pac kips up! Pac SUPERKICKS Lethal, Lethal bails out, so Pac runs to FLY! Direct hit and Pac stares through the camera into the souls of the AEW roster!

Pac drags Lethal up, but he’s wary of Satnam. Pac puts Lethal in, goes up, and fans chant “HE’S OUR BASTARD!” Lethal rises, but Sonjay distracts the ref! Pac hops down, BOOTS Lethal, but Satnam trips Pac! And YANKS him out! The ref saw that one! The fans cheer as the ref EJECTS Satnam! Team Triple J is freaking out, but Lethal rains down fists on Pac. The ref counts, Lethal lets off but the fans sing ‘Hey hey hey! Goodbye~!” to Satnam. Lethal whips Pac hard into railing, then RAMS him into the POST! Lethal then runs to DROPKICK Pac down! Sonjay mockingly asks if Pac’s hurt, but the ref tells him to back off!

Lethal tells Sonjay to cool it so he doesn’t get kicked out. Lethal drags Pac up and into the ring while Sonjay mouths off to fans. Lethal drags Pac up, but Pac fires body shots. Lethal TOSSES Pac out, builds speed, and Lethal fakes the dive to Fargo Strut instead. The fans “WOO~” with Lethal and he smiles. Sonjay says Lethal’s the man! Lethal then goes out to fetch Pac, but Pac whips! Lethal reverses, Pac hits steel steps! Sonjay mocks Pac again with a fake apology, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lethal leaves Pac behind, and he counts along with the ring count. Pac is still down at 5 of 10, but he drags himself up with the apron. Pac flounders in at 8, but Lethal stomps him down! Lethal drags Pac up, bumps him off buckles, then stomps a mudhole. Lethal RAMS Pac into the corner, snapmares him into a chinlock, and he grinds Pac down. Pac endures, pries at the hold, and fights up. The fans rally as Pac breaks free! Pac ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Pac whips Lethal, Lethal reverses then TOSSES Pac out! Lethal wants the ring count again, but that’s just all distraction so Sonjay can stomp away!

The fans boo and try to point Sonjay out, but he scurries away. Lethal gets the ref to finally count, and then joins in. Pac is still down at 5, drags himself over, and Lethal grows anxious. Pac rises up and drags himself in at 9! Lethal runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Pac survives by a literal foot but Lethal drops elbow after elbow on that leg! Lethal just keeps going with elbow after elbow, then soaks up some heat before dropping a knee on the knee! Cover, TWO! Pac toughs it out but Lethal covers again, TWO! Lethal argues the count, the ref says it is a fair count, so Lethal drags Pac around by the leg.

Lethal stomps away on Pac’s leg, and Rampage returns to single picture as Lethal steps through. Pac kicks but Lethal blocks that, and now Lethal steps through on that leg. Pac kicks again, Lethal blocks again, but then Pac kicks Lethal away! Lethal comes back, trips Pac, and steps through, but into a cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, gets around, back suplex! Pac lands out, so Lethal handsprings, but Pac SHOTGUNS Lethal while he’s upside-down! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sonjay coaches Lethal but the fans rally for Pac. A standing count starts, Pac drags himself up with ropes to stand at 5.

Pac storms up, blocks a shot to ROCK Lethal! Pac ROCKS Lethal again and again, then SOBATS! KICKS! SOBATS! Pac runs, to SHOTGUN BOOT! Lethal is dazed and Sonjay is worried as Pac goes up a corner. Pac watches like a hawk, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Lethal stays in this and Sonjay coaches him again. The fans rally for Pac as he watches Lethal rise again. Pac waistlocks but Lethal fights the lift. Lethal trips Pac, powers through, but Pac kicks and kicks and kicks! Lethal lets go, but he KICKS Pac’s leg out! Lethal drags Pac up, for a SHIN BREAKER! Then DRAGON SCREW! Then Lethal steps through, for the FIGURE FOUR!!

Pac endures, Sonjay tells him to quit, but the shoulders are down! ONE as Pac tilts to the side! Pac reaches out for ropes but Lethal thrashes and pulls on that leg! Pac fights over to the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go, the ref checks with Pac, but Pac says he’s still in this. Lethal rains down fists, then goes to a corner. The fans boo as Lethal climbs, and Lethal calls his shot. But Pac goes up to get a leg! Lethal CLUBS away on Pac, then drags him up top. Lethal reels Pac in, but Pac fights the lift! Pac back drops Lethal away! The fans fire up and Pac adjusts. Sonjay stresses out as Pac aims, but Sonjay gets on the apron!

Pac hops down, runs up and BOOTS Sonjay down! The fans cheer, but Lethal is lurking! Lethal runs in, Pac dodges, but Lethal switches to SNAP GERMAN! Lethal handsprings, but Pac sidesteps to run! But Lethal still hits a CUTTER! But that wasn’t lethal enough, so Lethal handsprings again! LETHAL- NO, Pac dodges to LARIAT!! And then, BRUTALIZER!! Lethal is caught, he QUITS, Pac wins!!

Winner: Pac, by submission

Pac makes Lethal suffer a few seconds longer before letting go. That’s what Lethal gets for calling The Bastard a shmuck! Pac is going to be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament, will he win it all to go All In for the AEW World Championship?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage here, even with an extra squash match for the fun of it. Cage of Agony are definitely rolling, not sure they’ll be going for the trios titles while a Heel faction like Bang Bang Gang has them, but Cage, Kaun & Liona would definitely be a tough challenge for them. And I really liked that they segued from Satnam’s squash win to Lethal’s great main event with Pac. Great win for Pac to build momentum towards the Owen Hart Cup, I do like the possibility of Pac being in the main event of All In. Whether Pac is facing Ospreay or Swerve for the world title, he’ll give us great promos in the build and an awesome match in Wembley.

Great match from Rocky and Shota, and a great win for Shota. There might be something in the works for Forbidden Door, but I don’t see Shota getting in on title stories in AEW. Really good promo from Deonna and Rosa, and their No DQ match is going to be awesome stuff. That match can really go either way, but something tells me that Deonna wins. As it stands, we’ve got two Face champions in the Women’s Division, and that won’t change after Forbidden Door, so Deonna is a very strong Heel to go after Storm or Mone. And speaking of, great opener out of Storm VS Windsor, which I clearly thought was gonna be the main event but oh well. Still a good showing for Windsor and a good win for Storm, and Storm has momentum going to Forbidden Door, though she surely isn’t losing.

My Score: 8.7/10


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