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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Final Part

This is it, we’re now at the final days of All Japan’s Champion Carnival.

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This is it, we’re now at the final days of All Japan’s Champion Carnival.

On the April 25th show, Kento Miyahara won A Block by defeating Yuji Okabayashi as he’ll now go to the finals on April 29th. But now who will be the one to fight him in the finals? That’s what we’re going to find out now as we have four matches and six possible winners to see who will make it to the final.

We’ll also be covering the final match in our articles so you can get a perspective from the two of us. The time has come to see who will fall and who will rise as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

4/28/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Daichi Hashimoto vs. Sam Adonis

Review: Our first match-up is between Daichi Hashimoto and Sam Adonis. Daichi is one of the people that are currently in first place and has a chance to advance to the finals with ten points but in order for that to happen, he has to defeat Sam. Sam has already been eliminated from the tournament but that doesn’t mean that he can’t make sure Daichi doesn’t win either. Will Daichi be able to be one step closer or does Sam take him down with him?

That moment when Sam slightly performed better than Daichi in this match, guess it’s a good thing too since it just points out his flaws as a competitor. The match itself wasn’t anything special and they both did try with what they worked within the match with their styles and just how they both are. Sam isn’t the greatest but he was still able to keep things entertaining in the tournament while Daichi needs more work done despite being in this business for eight years, he has the potential but definitely lacking something and it showed here. Daichi would hit a Shining Wizard into the corner and he attempts another Shining Wizard when he was down but Sam blocked it just in time before it could connect. Sam was able to trip him down and apply the Cattle Mutilation and Daichi doesn’t tap when his foot was on the rope. Daichi would hit a PK and a DDT for a two count before he went to attempt another Shining Wizard, but Sam caught his leg to pick him up to hit the Death Valley Driver. Daichi as out as Sam wastes no time to hit a Frog Splash off the top rope and gets the three count victory, eliminating Daichi. Their time is over and good luck to them.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Takashi Yoshida vs. Yoshitatsu

Review: Our next match is Takashi Yoshida taking on Yoshitatsu. Since Daichi is now eliminated, Yoshi now has a chance to advance to the finals if he can defeat Yoshida. Takashi is another one that is already eliminated from the tournament but he can also stop him dead in his tracks with a victory over here. Will Yoshitatsu get a chance to move on or will he suffer the same fate as Daichi?

I like how Yoshi just kinda mocks his opponents for a little bit and did so at the beginning until Yoshida had enough of his crap and did a dirty tactic by kicking the ropes with him in-between to knock him down a peg. I’m not a fan of Yoshida but I will say that I have enjoyed his time in All Japan away from Dragon Gate and R.E.D showing that he can be a decent powerhouse if used correctly. Yoshitatsu has been a pleasant surprise and I really hope he takes all this momentum with him outside of the carnival and maybe more opinions of him would change. Yoshida would deliver a couple of Lariats into the corner and would go up to hit a Diving Elbow Drop for a two count. Yoshida could attempt the Kong Lariat but Yoshi quickly catches him for a takedown and applies the Koji Clutch and locks it in tight as the referee checks on him but Yoshida is still alive. Yoshi looks to hit the Codebreaker of Jericho as Takashi catches him and throws him into the corner and hits the Kong Lariat to get the victory, eliminating Yoshitatsu.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Joe Doering

Review: Our next match is Jake Lee taking on Joe Doering. With both Yoshitatsu and Daichi Hashimoto eliminated, both of these two have one less thing to worry about when it comes to making it to the finals. Both of them are already tied, meaning that only one of them will have a chance to advance while the other is going have to be left behind. Which of these two will be able to advance to the final round?

Joe really wasted no time as he would charge at him right out of the gate since he knows how close he is to win the tournament and doesn’t wanna lose right here. Joe would even hit an impressive Dropkick in the match and would just work on Jake’s back whenever he slammed him down. Hey Whatculture, if you think Joe is terrible, then you’re an idiot and failed to see what Joe has done as it clearly shows in your mediocre articles. Jake had some bit of him when he punched Joe in the face and would deliver a couple of kicks to his face from the corner before actually lifting him up for a Gutwrench Suplex. Jake delivered a few kicks to the chest and ran at him only for Joe to catch him with a Spinebuster and quickly applied the Boston Crab as Jake was able to grab the ropes in time. Jake would somehow deliver a knee to the chest and tops it off with a Jumping DDT but Joe kicked out. Jake would attempt the Ko-Oh but Joe would catch him for a Fireman’s Carry Slam and a Lariat as Jake kicked out again. Joe would go for the Diving Body Press but Jake ducked for Joe to hit the ropes and Jake would quickly hit the Backdrop to pin the giant as Jake is now in the lead! Joe, you did great in the tournament.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Suwama vs. Naoya Nomura

Review: Our final match of B Block is Suwama taking on Naoya Nomura. Since Jake is currently in the lead with ten points, he has to worry about either one of them winning since they both defeated him earlier. The only way Jake can advance is if the two of them end in a time limit draw to make them only have one point so that they would lose by one. Both Suwama and Nomura aren’t going to let that happen since both of them want to win to fight Kento Miyahara again. Will Jake be able to get lucky or will one of these two win it all?

Mind-blowing, that is all I can say about this match, I mean wow. Suwama was able to tell a great story in his last two matches since his opponents were Jake Lee and now Naoya Nomura as he’s pretty much telling them if they really are the future of All Japan, prove it when you fight me since he wants to see it for himself. So in a way, it reflects all three of them since you have the former ace going up against two people who are the future and the winner to fight the new ace of the company. Nomura is officially one of my favorites in 2019 after seeing this match and his performances in the past four months as the kid has so much fire in him that he makes his matches much more exhilarating. Despite Suwama controlling most of the match and even caught him for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex to the outside, Nomura would still find a way to get back up even if it kills him.

Suwama hits Nomura with a German Suplex as Nomura got up right away to deliver one to him also and happened again until the two were down on the mat. Nomura would hit him with a Forearm to the ropes and would then apply the Nomura Lock onto him and it looked like Suwama would be able to tap out but Suwama answered the referee, leading Nomura to try and pin him for a two count to stay in the game. Nomura rushed towards Suwama for Suwama to deliver a Dropkick, a Lariat to the corner and hits another Lariat for another two count. Suwama hits another German Suplex as Nomura got back up again as Suwama attempts a Lariat but Nomura ducked to hit him with a Spear and rolled him up for another two count! Nomura is bursting with energy now as he wailed Suwama with a bunch of Forearms before picking him up to drop him on his head for a two count but he quickly got up to deliver a Death Valley Driver as Nomura got the pinfall and victory! It looks like Nomura is the winner of B Block since he’s tied with Jake and did defeat him on day one but wait, it looks like there’s going to be a match to decide the actual winner as it happens right now! Fantastic match and another mountain for them to climb.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and three quarters

 

Champion Carnival B Block Decision Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Jake Lee

Review: Our new final match for B Block is between Naoya Nomura and Jake Lee. Yeah, I’m just as shocked as you are right now since I still didn’t expect this to happen. They usually go with the winner of when they encounter when it came to someone being tied, but it looks like they don’t want to end it that. Both of these men are tied for first with ten points each and the winner of this match will go on to win the block and advance to the finals. Which one of them will fight Kento the next day?

Soon as that bell rang, the two charged at each other with forearms back and forth as the two are still hurt but pumped up from their previous matches before this one. Nomura would even hit a Spear quickly to roll him up but Jake was able to kick out. The amount of energy the two of them and the crowd had was amazing as Jake had more rest meaning he was able to get more of an upper hand on Nomura during the match. Nomura had more of the crowd behind him when he defeated Suwama, so he used that support to stay in the game due to the amount of momentum he had. For a match made last minute, the two of them were definitely able to deliver and that’s why they’re future stars of the company.

Jake had Nomura in a Sleeper Hold as Nomura looked to be knocked out but didn’t tap out as Jake would try to pin him a few times but kicked out. Nomura was able to lock in the Nomura Lock again as that was what he used to defeat him on the first day but Jake doesn’t tap out this time around and rolls him up for a pin but Nomura kicked out. Nomura would hit Jake with a Spear to get the both of them down and would attempt a Splash but Jake had his knees up to stop him and would deliver a few knees to the chest but Nomura kicked out. Jake would pull his kneepad down as he’s ready to finish it with the Ko-Oh but Nomura would just beat him down with multiple forearms until Jake was down on the mat and Nomura quickly hits two Splashes off the top rope but Jake would still kick out! Nomura had him up for the Death Valley Driver but Jake reversed it into the Backdrop and quickly hits the Ko-Oh to pin Nomura and Jake wins B Block! Jake was able to redeem his loss to Nomura earlier and is now set to fight the winner of A Block, Kento Miyahara!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

4/29/2019
Champion Carnival Final Match
Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee

Rating: It is now time to conclude the tournament as we have our final match set. We have our A Block winner and current Triple Crown Champion, Kento Miyahara taking on the winner of B Block, Jake Lee. Kento was able to make it to the finals last year but he lost to Naomichi Marufuji and he says he won’t make the same mistake twice. This is Jake’s first time in the finals as well as he wants to win to defeat someone he has been failing to overcome. Who will win the finals? Will Kento win as the champion or will Jake finally defeat him?

Their chemistry in each match they have has been some of the best and they raised the bar right here with this match as I feel like this was Jake’s best match in his career so far. Jake really went all out with Kento in the beginning and even did his knee to the chest on the outside of the ring to mess up his breathing a little bit and it did work for the most part until Kento delivered some headbutts to fight back. Kento is still showing why he’s still the best in his craft and still the best All Japan has to offer but guys like Jake Lee, Naoya Nomura, and Yuma Aoyagi aren’t too far off either as those are your next top 4 for the future of All Japan right here. Loving the story of Jake trying to overcome his biggest obstacle with wanting to defeat Kento Miyahara as he keeps on losing whenever they fight each other.

Kento hits Jake with a Blackout to the corner and Jake ran towards him to hit a Helluva Kick to the face and would also deliver a PK for a two count. Kento hits another Blackout and hits a German Suplex Hold as Jake would kick out of it before getting up to hit the Shutdown German Suplex Hold, but Jake would break out of it and hits another knee to the chest as both go down. Both of them looking down at each other and Jake starts to deliver a few more knees to the chest and hits one more for good measure and Kento kicked out at two. Jake would quickly get him up to hit the Backdrop and this looks like it could be over but Kento barely kicked out of it and I really thought that was the end right there! Jake doesn’t know what to do anymore but he rolls his kneepad down as he looks to hit the Ko-Oh but Kento runs at him with a Blackout and a German Suplex Hold as Jake kicked out at two! Kento would hit another Blackout and Jake kicked out again but Kento quickly sets up for the German Suplex Hold as Jake was struggling this time to make sure his hands wouldn’t connect, but he failed as Kento would hit it and pins to win the Carnival!

That’s right, Kento Miyahara was able to win it all for the first time while still the Triple Crown Champion and I don’t recall when the last time the champion won the Carnival, but still a fantastic moment regardless. Jake Lee looked fantastic in the match and is definitely a star win or lose and the day that he finally beats Kento, it’ll be a moment we’ll never forget. Now that Kento won, it looks like his next title defense will be against one of the people that defeated him in the block matches, Shuji Ishikawa. That match is going to be amazing if you’ve seen their battles before. Great way to end the Carnival and can’t wait until next year.

Rating: Jim Cornette

 

Overall: Except for one match, the rest delivered on a big scale with great matches along with some performances. The final is a MOTY contender for sure just like the finals last year and I can’t wait to see what All Japan does going forward. Fantastic tournament and excited to see what’s to come.

Favorite Match: Kento Miyahara vs. Jake Lee

Least Favorite Match: Daichi Hashimoto vs. Sam Adonis

Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (6/12/24)

AEW loves gold~!

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Who’s going to Long Island?

The Forbidden Door card isn’t set in stone, but it is covered in gold! Will Ospreay and Mercedes Mone each defend their AEW titles, but will they keep them?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Dustin Rhodes VS Jack Perry; Jack wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • Rush VS Deonn Rusman; Rush wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly & Mark Briscoe VS Roderick Strong, Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita; Roddy, Fletcher & Konosuke win.
  • Samoa Joe & Hook w/ Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe & Hook win.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Zeuxis; Mone wins and retains the title.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Nick Comoroto w/ Jacoby Watts; Garcia wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Rey Fenix; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Swerve Strickland is here!

The fans fire up as the AEW World Champion and Prince Nana make their way down to the ring. Nana gets a mic for Swerve, and Swerve asks Des Moines, Iowa if they’re ready for Dynamite tonight. Better yet, are they ready for Forbidden Door in a couple weeks? The fans cheer and Swerve says they should be. Because in one corner, it is The Billy Goat, the International Champion, Will Ospreay! And in the other, THE AEW World Champion, The Mogul, the history maker, Whose House? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” And it is for Swerve’s AEW World Championship. Two absolute bona fide stars, the best of this generation, collide for the gold. Two absolute killers-

Well. More like  one killer, because Swerve told Ospreay about 10 years ago that once Ospreay develops that killer instinct, there’s nobody in this industry that can stop him. That has been true. Let’s go back to Forbidden Door last year. Ospreay VS Omega, and Swerve saw a killer, an assassin, get the job done. Fast forward to Revolution 2024, Ospreay VS Takeshita, and again, the Assassin got the job done. Then Dynasty in April, Ospreay VS Danielson, The Assassin got the job done. Double or Nothing? Hmm, not quite. Didn’t really see The Assassin. Because when it comes to Swerve, he is not a target you want to hesitate on.

Swerve got the nickname “Killshot” for a reason. If you don’t pull the trigger, she sure as hell will. But that doesn’t mean Swerve doesn’t respect Ospreay. No, no, Ospreay is International Champion, defending night in, night out. Hell, he’s defending it tonight, against Rey Fenix! That’s a fighting champion, unlike some EVPs that have yet to defend those belts ever since winning them. But then someone comes out here to stop Swerve. It’s Kazuchika Okada! The Rainmaker tells Swerve to stop as he, said EVPs, and The Scapegoat all walk out on stage. And Okada mockingly asks, “Whose house?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!”

Okada says no, it’s his house, B*TCH! Nicholas tells Okada to relax, and he apologizes to Swerve. Okada gets very defensive of his friends. But The Elite is here to address some business that Swerve is part of, but that’s in a minute. Nick wants to talk about how DOMINANT The Elite has been! They took out Kenny Omega! They broke Eddie Kingston’s leg! And at Anarchy in the Arena, they DESTROYED “Team AEW!” Half this roster is gone because of THEM! And it feels pretty damn good. All the trolls and the bots online doubt them. Even the wrestlers in the back don’t think they’re violent enough!

WELL GUESS WHAT! The EVPs challenge AEW’s best in the most violent match in AEW: BLOOD & GUTS!! And Matthew says this is where Swerve comes into the picture. The Elite step to the ring, and they tell him that they don’t exactly love what he’s said about them, and admittedly, they didn’t get off on the right foot. But The Elite digs Swerve, they dig his style, he is cool. Swerve is young and a champion, just like all of them. So The Elite is here to ask him a question: Does he wanna stand side-by-side with winners? Side-by-side with champions? Matt wants to ask if Swerve wants to #ChangeTheWorld.

Swerve, traditionally, Blood & Guts is 5v5, and there’s only four of The Elite. So will he be their fifth man? The fans say no but Matt says to make it official, he’s always wanted to see Swerve in their sneakers. Matt offers his own pair of Young Bucks Reeboks to Swerve. Swerve says first off, he doesn’t wear size nines. Second, pear necklaces? Matt, no one wears those anymore. Third of all, he’s a businessman, he does his own stuff. Fourth of all, he’s also a philanthropist, so Nana, if you would. Nana TOSSES the Reeboks to the crowd! Free size nines for someone! The fans cheer the charity but Matt has The Elite calm down.

But see? What’s that buzzing around? Oh, it’s an injury bug. And it just landed on the champ! The Elite and Swerve all get ready to fight, but here comes THE ACCLAIMED! Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Billy Gunn look just as ready to fight! The Elite bails out, and then Christopher Daniels hurries out here, too! The Fallen Angel turned Interim EVP says normally, he’d let a brawl like this go on all night long, but tonight is a full show of wrestling! Tonight, there’s TWO big title matches, and our opening contest is a qualifier for the TNT Championship Ladder Match! That means everyone out of that ring and to the back right this minute!

Well, except for Jack Perry. Because he’s having his match right now, against this man! DUSTIN RHODES! The fans cheer as The Scapegoat no longer has all the time in the world to prepare! Will it only be natural that Dustin Rhodes makes Jack Perry choke on that silver spoon of his?

AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Dustin Rhodes VS Jack Perry!

The bell rings and Dustin fires hands on Jack! Dustin CHOPS Jack in a corner, stalks him to another, but Jack CLAWS Dustin’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Jack CLUBS Dustin. Jack CHOPS, fires forearms, then whips. Dustin CLOBBERS Jack on the return! Jack flounders, Dustin is right on him, and CHOKES Jack with his T-shirt! Dustin drags Jack up by his hair, but Jack grabs a buckle pad! The ref counts, Dustin CLUBS Jack, but the buckle pad comes free! Jack ELBOWS Dustin, TOSSES him out of the ring, then AX HANDLES from the apron! Dustin hits back with body shots, then scoops, but Jack slips free to POST Dustin!

Jack brings Dustin around, RAMS him into steel steps, then starts pulling up the floor mat! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Jack scowls as he goes back for Dustin. Jack drags Dustin up, CLUBS him, reels him in, but Dustin fights the lift! Dustin back drops Jack onto the concrete! We see Dustin is still busted open from hitting that post, and the ref checks him while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Dustin seems alright to continue, and he storms over to Jack. Dustin puts Jack in the ring, storms in, but Jack CLUBS him down! Jack rains down forearms, lets off so the ref can check Dustin, and Dustin crawls to ropes. Jack storms up on Dustin to CHOKE him on the ropes! The ref counts, Jack lets off at 4, but then he CHOKES Dustin again! The ref counts again, Jack steps away, and Dustin sputters, that crimson mask starting to match his face paint. Jack goes out of the ring, and is he putting something in his boot or taking something out? Either way, Jack then brings a chair over to the ring!

Dynamite returns to single picture, the ref sees that chair and takes it right away from Jack, but Jack CLUBS Dustin! Jack CHOKES Dustin, and he is fiddling inside his boot again! The ref counts, Jack lets off, and then mocks Kenny Omega with the finger gun! BANG and Jack runs, into a SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up as Dustin finally gets back at Jack! The fans rally up, Dustin slowly sits up, and Jack follows. Jack stands but into an UPPERCUT! Jack ROCKS Dustin, but Dustin eggs him on! The fans fire up and Jack fires forearm after forearm! Dustin kick slow, RHODES UPPERCUTS, then runs to BOOT!

Dustin keeps going, and he hits a BULLDOG! Jack flounders around, Dustin storms after him in a corner. Dustin climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans count along and Dustin goes all the way to TEN! Dustin lets off, flips Jack off, then puts the legs in the ropes! Jack’s wide open and the ref reprimands. Dustin says fine, he’ll get the chair! The ref says no, no chair! The ref takes the chair away, and Dustin hits SHATTERED DREAMS! The fans cheer, and Dustin gets Jack in the dragon sleeper. Jack snapmares free, but Dustin blocks the superkick! Dustin spins Jack to JAB! JAB! JAB! And then flip, flop, fly and dirty bird! BIONIC ELBOW!

The fans fire up as Dustin gets Jack up and in, for the CROSS RHODES! Cover, TWO!!! Jack survives and Dustin is beside himself! Dustin pounds the mat, the fans rally up, and Dustin rises up! Dustin gets fired up, and he brings Jack up and in. Dustin suplexes, but Jack wrenches out to KNEE low! Jack RAMS Dustin into the bare buckle! Dustin goes down, Jack pushes him out and heads for the bare concrete! DDT on the cement!! Jack leaves Dustin behind, letting the count handle this. The fans boo but the count climbs while Dustin is down. Dustin reaches out at 4 of 10, sits up slowly at 5, and then flounders at 7.

The fans rally as hard as they can, and Dustin stands at 9! Dustin slides in at 9.9 and Jack is stunned! But then Jack laughs at Dustin still trying to get up. The fans rally for Dustin as he drags himself up with the ropes. Dustin pushes the ref aside to run up on Jack, but Jack LOW BLOWS Dustin!! Payback behind the ref’s back, and Jack paints himself with Dustin’s blood. Jack then lines up the shot, “We all have to sacrifice, Dustin.” Dustin flips Jack off! Jack KNEES Dustin down!! Cover, Jack wins!

Winner: Jack Perry, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

The Scapegoat just made Dustin the sacrifice needed for him to qualify. Jack gives a smile as he looks at the TNT Championship, will he be the final piece to a new Golden Elite?

 

Backstage interview with Orange Cassidy, Mark Briscoe & Kyle O’Reilly.

Renee Paquette is with this eclectic trio as they are teaming together tonight to face some common enemies. However, it was only just last Saturday on Collision that Cassidy and Kyle were opponents. How are they gonna make this work tonight? Kyle says hold on, they’re all pros. They can be against each other on Saturday and tag on Wednesday just fine, and now they’ve got Mark Briscoe with them! Renee says okay, then let’s address the elephant in the room. Kris Statlander put her hands on Orange, Trent’s go this own issues with him, the entire Don Callis Family is now coming for him, what is he going to do about this situation?

Cassidy says it looks like there are a few people who have his back. But there is one person he definitely knows does, and in walks Willow Nightingale. Mark asks if he could say something real quick. Now, Renee, you’re bringing up last week, but that’s things in the past. You don’t get where you’re going by looking in the rearview mirror. Today is today, and the word of the day is: conglomeration! This is a conglomeration of dangerous individuals right here in these three men, who are in dire straits! Roddy Strong, Kyle Fletcher, Konosuke Takeshita, they’re coming for you boys!

Mark has Kyle O’Reilly right here! What he gonna do? He’ll snatch your leg off and kick you in the face! YES! That’s the answer! He’ll do it all! And then we have the mighty man with a plan, with his hands in his pockets! But watch your jaw cuz he gonna rock it! OC, Orange Cassidy! They comin’ for you! You got three bad boys, but these are the three most dangerous, most unpredictable men in pro-wrestling right here! Tonight, you boys are in trouble! There’s only one thing you can do, and that’s get your asses whooped! It’s going down in Des Moines, Iowa! Let’s get it! RARARARAR! Mark is fired up, it has Kyle motivated, and Willow sure loves it!

Renee says wow. Cassidy asks how Renee’s doing. Great now. How’s Cassidy? He’s okay. One wild and wooly trios match is on its way, will The Chicken, Violent Artist & Freshly Squeezed make sure Roderick Strong & The Don Callis Family feel every bit of that fire?

 

Rush VS Deonn Rusman!

El Toro Blanco told off Maxwell Jacob Friedman last week in regards to the hypocrisy and bias from the fans. Will Rush show everyone, but especially MJF, that Rush runs things now?

The bell rings, Rush and Rusman circle, and then Rush CLOBBERS Rusman! Rusman flops out of the ring, Rush goes out and CHIPOS him! Rush whips Rusman hard into railing, then hard into more railing! Rush THROWS Rusman into railing, CLUBS away on him with haymakers, and the ref reprimands. Rush lets off, soaks up the heat and tells MJF that this is coming for him! Rush CHOPS Rusman, puts him in the ring, and then stalks Rusman to a corner. Rush CHOPS, CHOPS, then sits him down to stomp away! The ref counts, but Rush goes corner to corner! BULL’S HORNS!! Cover, Rush wins!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

Rush just destroyed Des Moines’ own, but it seems he’s not done. He goes up to Justin Roberts, snatches the mic, and tells Iowa to shut up! Rush drags Deonn around, steps on his head, and then laughs! “Typical American, like all of you. WEAK!” Rush drags Deonn back into the corner, stomps away on him, and then goes corner to corner, but here comes MJF! The fans fire up as The People’s Scumbag still stands up to bullies! MJF takes the jacket right off, and he runs right down to the ring! MJF and Rush brawl! They go haymaker for haymaker, security hurries out here, but Rush and MJF DECK them one at a time! Rush HEADBUTTS the last guy!

Rush and MJF snarl, and they see they’re alone with each other. The fans are thunderous for MJF, and the brawl is on again! Christopher Daniels is back out here, shouting at them to stop, but MJF BITES Rush’s forehead! Rush gets away, but he drags MJF out of the ring! Rush sends MJF into railing, then runs him down, but MJF turns it around! MJF TOSSES Rush up and over barriers! The fans fire up as the brawl continues out in the crowd! Rush SMACKS MJF off railing! Rush and MJF continue fighting in the bleachers! Security does what it can, MJF CLAWS Rush’s face then throws him down! Des Moines is all fired up for MJF!

MJF CHOPS Rush, brings him to the stage and then around the back! MJF throws headlock punches as he keeps going, but Rush sends MJF into a road case! And then throws a crate at MJF! Daniels keeps shouting at them to stop but MJF SPINEBUSTER Rush through a table!! MJF rains down fists, CHOKES Rush, but Rush CHOKES MJF! They both separate, but then Rush throws a trash can! The locker room hurries over to separate these two, but Rush and MJF are far from through with each other! How much wilder can this get?

Well BREAKING NEWS from Tony Khan! MJF and Rush will have it out next week to OPEN Dynamite, in a COMMERCIAL FREE match! What won’t these two do to take the other out?

 

Six Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Kyle O’Reilly & Mark Briscoe VS Roderick Strong, Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita!

We heard from Freshly Squeezed, Violent Artist & Sussex County Chicken earlier, now it’s time to see them in action! Will they tear down The Savior of the Backbreaker, the Aussie Arrow & The Alpha? Or will the combined forces of The Undisputed Kingdom & Don Callis Family be too much for even this all-star conglomeration?

The teams sort out and Callis joins commentary while Cassidy starts against Roddy. This is a rivalry revisited, but then Cassidy looks over to Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle is staring daggers at Roddy, so Cassidy tags him in! But then Roddy tags out to Kyle Fletcher! Fletcher’s a bit annoyed but now we get Kyle and Kyle circling. O’Reilly gives a kick, Fletcher gives a forearm, and they go back and forth! Fletcher kicks low, headlocks, but O’Reilly powers out. Fletcher runs O’Reilly over then keeps moving, but O’Reilly kitchen sink knees! O’Reilly gets Fletcher’s arm, wrenches, and tags in Mark! Mark CLUBS Fletcher’s arm, wrenches, and puts him in a corner.

The fans cheer as Mark CHOPS, whips, but Fletcher reverses. Mark goes up and around to DECK Fletcher! Fletcher falls back, and Konosuke tags in. Mark eggs Konosuke on, so Konosuke fires a forearm! Mark give sit back, they go back and forth, until Konosuke CLAWS Mark’s eyes! Konosuke whips, Mark gets under the boot to BODY SHOT! Mark bumps Konosuke off buckles, CHOPS him, then tags Cassidy! Cassidy goes up to CROSSBODY, but Konosuke catche shim! Konosuke SMACKS Mark with Cassidy, BOOTS O’Reilly, then hits a LANDSLIDE! Konosuke runs to SLIDING KNEE! Konosuke stomps away on Cassidy, then rains down fists!

Callis admits on commentary that he told Konosuke to just hurt Cassidy for being a turncoat. Fletcher tags in, the Family double whips Cassidy, but Cassidy ducks the lariats to DOUBLE RANA! The fans fire up as Konosuke tumbles out of the ring! O’Reilly FLYING KNEES Konosuke down! But then Roddy WRECKS O’Reilly with a dropkick! Mark runs up to dodge Fletcher, then DIVE onto Roddy! Cassidy is stunned seeing that, but then Fletcher DIVES onto Mark! Cassidy sees Kyle and Kyle brawl, then Konosuke and Mark join in! Roddy does, too, then Cassidy SPRINGBOARD CANNONBALLS! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous!

Cassidy then stares down Trent. Trent and Cassidy argue, but Konosuke DECKS Cassidy! Trent says that’s what happens! The Don Callis Family high-fives and stands tall with The Kingdom while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Konosuke stands on Cassidy, Fletcher stomps him, and then they put Cassidy in the ring. Fletcher hurries in to whip Cassidy to ropes. Fletcher ELBOWS Cassidy down, covers, TWO! Fletcher drags Cassidy over, bumps him off buckles, and Roddy tags in. Roddy CHOPS Cassidy, brings Cassidy around to scoop and BACKBREAKER, then he tags Takeshita. Konosuke stays between Cassidy and his team while taunting him. Cassidy slowly rises, and he fires a chop. There isn’t much to it, but Cassidy throws more and more and starts getting some force behind the shots! So Konosuke DECKS him! Konosuke stalks Cassidy as he flounders, then tags in Fletcher.

Fletcher & Konosuke double whip Cassidy to run him over! Then they BLAST O’Reilly & Briscoe! Fletcher soaks up the heat, then drags Cassidy up by his arm. Fletcher scoops to SLAM Cassidy, then soaks up the heat. Tag to Takeshita and he stomps Cassidy. Konosuke snapmares Cassidy, goes up a corner, and soaks up heat before the SUPER SENTON! Konosuke then deadlifts Cassidy in a waistlock! Konosuke goes for the full nelson, but Cassidy reaches for his pockets! Konosuke shoves Cassidy to ropes, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl, but Konosuke blocks the DDT! Konosuke then HOTSHOTS Cassidy off ropes!

Konosuke runs to LARIAT Cassidy down! Cover, TWO! Konosuke CLUBS away on Cassidy, tags Roddy in, and Roddy goes for legs! Cassidy fights the turn, reaches for his corner, but Roddy YANKS Cassidy back! Dynamite returns to single picture as Roddy BLASTS Briscoe! O’Reilly avoids the cheap shot and he glares at Roddy. Cassidy rolls Roddy up! TWO, and hot tag to O’Reilly! O’Reilly rallies on Roddy with kicks and forearms and knees! O’Reilly whips, Roddy stops himself and tags in Fletcher! But O’Reilly BOOTS Fletcher, and he DRAGON SCREWS Konosuke in the ropes! Fletcher returns to kick but O’Reilly kicks back!

O’Reilly fires off strikes, SWEEPS the leg, but Konosuke returns! Konosuke BOOTS O’Reilly, whips corner to corner, but O’Reilly goes up and over! Fletcher runs in but is sent into Konosuke! O’Reilly blocks Fletcher’s kick, hands it to Konosuke, then he gets Konosuke’s leg! CHAIN DRAGON SCREW! Roddy is back and he KNEES O’Reilly low! OLYMPIC- NO, O’Reilly slips free, ELBOWS Roddy, and hot tags Mark! The ROH World Champion dodges Roddy to BOOT the ROH Television Champion! O’Reilly ROCKS Roddy, fires off, and Mark fires off on Fletcher! The fans fire up as Mark sets Fletcher up for O’Reilly’s BOOT!

Mark now brawls with Roddy while O’Reilly waistlocks Fletcher. Fletcher elbows free, Roddy CHOPS Mark, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! Roddy runs, but Mark ROCKS him! Mark CHOPS Fletcher, CHOPS, then ROLLING ELBOWS! Roddy storms up but Mark blocks to REDNECK KUNG-FU UPPERCUT! The fans fire up as Mark hits the crane stance! Roddy blocks the kick, half nelsons, but Mark breaks free to PELE! The fans fire up with Mark, he runs in, but into a BOOT! Roddy goes up but Mark UPPERCUTS him down! The fans fire up, Mark builds speed and Cassidy tags in. Mark WRECKS Roddy with a dropkick!

Mark avoids Konosuke’s leg sweep, and O’Reilly JUMP KICKS Konosuke down! Mark CANNONBALLS Fletcher down! Mark calls to Cassidy and puts Fletcher in for him. Cassidy is up top and Fletcher stagger sup, into the DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!?! Fletcher survives and shocks everyone! Cassidy throws off his elbow pad and the fans fire up! Cassidy aims, but Konosuke anchors his feet! Fletcher runs up, GAMANGIRI! SNAP HALF ‘N’ HALF! O’Reilly is back but Fletcher ducks the roundhouse! SUPERKICK! Fletcher runs, into a KNEE! Roddy gets O’Reilly, BACKBREAKER! But Mark gets Roddy, spin and FISHERMAN BUSTER!

Konosuke runs up, Mark kick shim and reels him in. Mark underhooks but Konosuke wrenches out for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cassidy runs up, but turns Blue Thunder into a tilt-o-whirl DDT! Fletcher runs up, Cassidy gets around! Fletcher switches and shoves, but Cassidy tilt-o-whirls! Fletcher says no to the DDT, suplexes, but gets STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy holds Fletcher down so O’Reilly can AX & SMASH! Then with Cassidy, SHOTGUN HIGH LOW!! Cassidy hurries up the corner, but Roddy is there to anchor him! Kyle SWEEPS Roddy’s legs! But Kyle GAMANGIRIS Cassidy!

Fletcher goes up, but Mark sneaks a tag! TURNBUCKLE BRAINBUSTER for Cassidy!!! Fletcher covers but the ref tells him it’s not Cassidy! FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, RODDY BREAKS IT!! But O’Reilly clamps on with a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Roddy puts O’Reilly in a corner, the ref is busy with them as Mark underhooks Fletcher. Des Moines declares “This is Awesome!” as Fletcher fights the lift! Konosuke returns, Mark dodges him once, but the ALPHA ELBOW hits the mark! And then the POWER DRIVE KNEE!! Fletcher gets Mark up, PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Family & Kingdom win!!

Winners: Roderick Strong, Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

The conglomerate could not keep up with the chaos, and now the ROH Television Champion has pinned the ROH World Champion! Will the Protostar look to take Briscoe’s belt for his own? And wait, Trent is going after Cassidy on the outside! Konosuke stomps away on Briscoe, and Fletcher joins in! Meanwhile, The Kingdom keeps Kyle O’Reilly isolated, saying this isn’t his fight! The fans boo as Trent sends Cassidy into steel steps! But here comes The Babe with The Power! BUT WAIT! Kris is attacking her in the tunnel!! Kris throws Willow down, stomps her, and Stokely has the mic to say wake up, Willow.

Well, he tried. But hey, when she watches this back, there’s a message for her. The next time Willow gets in the business of Kris & Stoke, they won’t be dragging her on stage. They’ll be dragging her to the ER! The fans boo but Big Stoke takes a pic of this for posterity. Is there any hope for Cassidy and Willow with enemies all around them?

 

Backstage interview with Rey Fenix.

Renee Paquette is now with The Immortal Firebird ahead of his main event match, where he has the opportunity to become a two-time International Champion. His first run was cut short due to injury, but he has been an AEW World Tag Team and AEW World Trios Champion, as well as champion all around the world. Earlier, he told Renee that of course he knows just how good Ospreay is, but Fenix is one of one. Then will that one of one become the two-time two-time International Champion? Or will the Firebird be taken down by an Ospreay?

 

AEW hears from Shingo Takagi!

“My time is coming! TOKI GA KITA! I’m Shingo Takagi, The Rampaging Dragon, The NEVER Openweight Champion. The AEW Owen Hart Tournament? I’m ready. Now, The Japanese Dragon is in America. That’s all I wanted to say.” Is the Owen Hart Cup about to go through a Forbidden Door of its own?

 

Christopher Daniels speaks.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m back. And I’ve got some news regarding The Elite. Now Matthew & Nicholas Jackson, Kazuchika Okada, next week, Tony Khan has decided that you will wrestle in Eliminator matches. Matches where if your opponents win, they will earn title shots for the World Tag Team Championships and Continental Championship respectively. Now Okada, you’re used to having all seconds barred from ringside, but Matthew, Nicholas… Tony Khan has decided that your match next week will have all seconds barred from ringside! NO outside interference! And we’ll get a chance to see how elite you really are.”

The Fallen Angel lays down the law on behalf of TK, but then who will get themselves some golden opportunities at The Elite’s treasure?

 

Samoa Joe & Hook w/ Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

The Samoa Submission Specialist told the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil that they would handle Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari on their terms, and they did just that last Saturday night! Now they take that fight from locker room to ring, will Joe & Hook humble the pompous Premier Athletes? Or will Nese & Daivari prove they’re not just big muscles and big bank accounts?

While Nese & Daivari are making their entrance, we cut to the “Shibata Cam” as Joe & Hook prepare on their side of gorilla. Joe has a theory why Taz loves orange so much. They’re from New York, Syracuse is known for orange, boom. Hook says nah, Taz hates Syracuse. Figures. Okay, quick stretch, and let’s go. Joe & Hook storm out the tunnel and CLOBBER The Premier Athletes from behind! The fans fire up and Sterling panics as Joe & Hook beat Nese & Daivari down! Hook keeps Daivari on the ramp while Joe sends Nese into the LED! Shibata’s cam catches Joe storming up on Sterling. Joe says WORLDSTAR~!

Joe drags Nese down the ramp, Sterling is furious, but Joe puts Nese in the ring. The fans are singing “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” and the bell rings. Nese stomps and kicks at Joe, then runs, but Joe ELBOWS him down! The fans fire up, Joe waits on Nese, and then JABS! JABS! BODY BLOW! JAB! Repeat! Joe fires off in the corner, RIDGE HANDS Nese down, then tags in Hook. Joe drags Nese up, he and Hook double whip, then Joe clotheslines Nese in the corner. Feed to Hook’s LARIAT, and the fans fire up! Hook drags Nese up, but Nese TACKLES Hook! Tag to Daivari, the Premier Athletes mug Hook!

The fans boo, the ref counts, and the Premier Athletes let off. Daivari tags Nese, and they stomp away on Hook! The ref counts, Sterling says they have ’til five! Nese lets off, tags Daivari back in, and they stomp away on Hook again. The fans boo, the ref reprimands, and Nese steps out. Daivari bumps Hook off buckles, pushes him out, then goes up the corner. Daivari CROSSBODY FLOPS as Hook learns from Joe’s style! Nese runs up, Hook gets around, T-BONE! The fans fire up and Hook runs, but Sterling trips him up! The fans boo but Daivari CLOBBERS Hook! Daivari & Nese stomp Hook, but Shibata runs up to DECK Sterling!

The fans fire up as The Wrestler doesn’t let the ambulance chaser turned manager get away with one! Nese swings on Joe but gets caught into a SLEEPER! Daivari drags Hook up, wrenches an arm, but Hook ducks the Lion’s Lariat to get the REDRUM!! Body scissors, and then Daivari TAPS! Joe & Hook win!

Winners: Samoa Joe & Hook, by submission

OH, Shibata’s had Sterling in a sleeper this whole time! No wonder Sterling wasn’t protesting! But while Nese & Daivari are Premier Athletes, we know Joe, Hook & Shibata are some dangerous men! Will this trio take over AEW by putting all their opponents to sleep?

 

AEW hears from Stephanie Vaquer.

La Primera says, “Mercedes, I will give you props. You are one of the best. And now, you are coming for the title that was ‘supposed to be yours?’ Hmm. Your arrogance is just plain offensive. I work hard every day, all over the world, instead of just sitting around and walking on red carpets. This belt is mine, and it’s not going anywhere. At Forbidden Door, Stephanie Vaquer is going to become the first-ever NJPW Strong AND TBS Double Champion. Because I am La Primera.” To be the best, you gotta beat the best, so will Vaquer prove she’s truly THE best when she dethrones The CEO?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Zeuxis!

Well speaking of The CEO, she’s now in action against Vaquer’s CMLL Women’s Tag Team Championship partner, the very title Vaquer wants being on the line! Will Mone prove she’s not just a fighting champion, but that she’s got what it takes to stay champion? Or will La Diosa Guerrera use her Puerto Rican Power to make her and Vaquer into a Two Woman Power Trip?

The introductions are made, the TBS title is raised, and we see who will walk through The Forbidden Door!

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Zeuxis puts Mone on ropes, then pulls hair! The ref counts, Zeuxis lets off, and Mone is annoyed already. Zeuxis eggs Mone on but the fans rally behind The CEO. Mone and Zeuxis tie up, Zeuxis waistlocks, spins Mone, then gets around again, to flying-mare! Zeuxis chinlocks and grinds Mone down, but Mone fights up fast. Zeuxis shifts to a headlock, Mone powers out, but Zeuxis runs her over! Things keep moving, Mone drops but Zeuxis rolls. Zeuxis sidesteps Mone, hurdles, then drops down but Mone rolls! Mone does her dance, the fans cheer, but Zeuxis kicks low!

Zeuxis mocks the dance, CLUBS Mone, then whips. Mone tilt-o-whirls, just manages the second time, and DEJA VU RANAS! Mone then waits on Zeuxis, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Zeuxis is tougher than that but Mone keeps cool. Mone CHOPS Zeuxis, knuckle locks, then goes up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! The fans fire up with Mone, she runs up at Zeuxis, but Zeuxis rolls her up, with a bridge! TWO!! Mone escapes that, but Zeuxis ROCKS her, then ROUNDHOUSES her! Mone drops to her knees, Zeuxis BOOTS her, then runs. Mone runs and trips Zeuxis, then drags her out! Mone uses the desk to FLYING ARM-DRAG again!

The fans fire up with Mone, then storms up on Zeuxis. Mone puts Zeuxis in, drags her up, but Zeuxis fights the suplex! Zeuxis ROCKS Mone, SWEEPS the leg, then SHOTGUNS her off the apron! Mone tumbles, Zeuxis builds speed, and Zeuxis DIVES! Direct hit with the tope suicida, and then Zeuxis RIPS a fan’s sign for Mone! The fans boo but Zeuxis soaks it up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref checks Mone and she’s okay to continue, so Zeuxis drags her up. Zeuxis puts Mone in the ring, then CHOKES her on ropes! The ref counts, Zeuxis lets off, and she argues with the ref. Zeuxis then drags Mone up, whips her corner to corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Mone sits down, Zeuxis swaggers back to the far side, and then runs in to METEORA! Cover, TWO! Mone’s tougher than that and Zeuxis grows frustrated. Zeuxis drags Mone back, hooks up the legs, and then pulls on the arms! Right up into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Mone endures, so Zeuxis drops her, but keeps the legs hooked. Mone turns things over and goes for Zeuxis’s arms!

Mone pulls, pulls and pulls into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Zeuxis endures, Mone drops her hard, and is finally free of the leg hook. Mone storms up, drags Zeuxis up, but Zeuxis ROCKS her! Zeuxis TOSSES Mone by her hair, then soaks up more heat. Zeuxis goes over to Mone, drags her around, and clamps on a CAMEL CLUTCH! Zeuxis makes Mone smile with fishhooks, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Zeuxis then ties up Mone’s legs and pulls her into the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Dynamite returns to single picture as Mone endures being bent back! Mone manages to pop free and cover, TWO! Zeuxis and Mone both rise, and Mone blocks a kick!

Mone KNEES Zeuxis, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Mone survives and Zeuxis is seething! Zeuxis vows to end this, and she drags Mone up. Zeuxis fireman’s carries, but Mone turns pop-up into RANA! Cover, TWO!! Zeuxis escapes, and she RAMS Mone into a corner! Zeuxis RAMS in again and again, then SLAPS Mone! The fans boo but Mone BOOTS Zeuxis back! Mone goes up, leaps, sunset flip, but Zeuxis rolls through! POINT-BLANK METEORA! Cover, TWO! Mone survives again and Zeuxis scowls. Zeuxis wheelbarrows, but Mone makes it a BULLDOG! The fans fire up as both women are down!

Mone rises, Zeuxis is in a corner. Mone runs in to DOUBLE KENE! Zeuxis sits down, so Mone METEORAS! Snapmare and Mone goes up top! METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Zeuxis survives and Mone is shocked! Mone brings Zeuxis up to snap suplex, and that’s Una Amiga! Then another for Dos Amigas! Zeuxis blocks the third, wrenches and reels Mone in, underhooks for a TIGER LUNG BLOWER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Mone survives and Zeuxis is beside herself! “This is Awesome!” as Zeuxis climbs up, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Mone moves! Mone runs, rolls, slips around, and Gory Especials for the MONE MAKER!! Cover, Mone wins!

Winner: Mercedes Mone, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

The CEO got more than she bargained for out of Zeuxis, but nothing she couldn’t handle! Will Mone make sure that she not only holds onto this gold, but adds the NJPW Strong Women’s Championship to the collection?

 

AEW hears from Mina Shirakawa.

The Fighting Gravure Idol says, “AEW, you love me~!” Mariah May helps read the résumé: a FIVE-TIME Stardom Champion; singles, tags, trios, she’s done them all! Mariah always knew Mina was special, and that America would fall in love with her. Mina says she used to be a model, but wanted to put on a big show. Her entrance is colorful, exciting, energetic, and of course, sexy! Mina & Mariah founded Stardom’s Club Venus, won the tag titles together, and Mina has always been like a big sister. They love wrestling and being together.

Mariah assures us, when that switch flips, she goes from “kawaii Mina-chan” to one of the most dangerous women Mariah’s ever seen. And that’s why Mariah’s glad they’re friends. Mina says she’s come to America and AEW to take over! She wants all the matches, all the gold! You want Mina? She wants everything~!

Cut to Mariah by Toni Storm’s side.

The protege snuggles up with her mentor, The AEW Women’s World Champion, and we also have Luther and Renee Paquette. Renee says we just saw the video package from Mina, and while Mina is a very credible opponent, she is also very… close with Mariah. Toni says that was hardly a video worth watching. Mariah thanks “Miss Storm” for getting her into the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she will not let Storm down. Storm knows. And secondly, Mariah is happy that Mina is coming back next week! Sigh. And? She wants to do a contract signing with Storm, face to face. Storm scowls but Mariah says she will host it to keep everyone on the same page.

Renee says before that, Storm does have a match on Rampage against Alex Windsor. Oh what a tangled web we weave when everyone wants a shot at the “wide load that holds the gold!” Nevertheless, Storm’s chin is lifted, her tits have persevered, and you ALWAYS watch for the shoe! Come, Mariah, time for a waxing. They head out, Luther shrugs and follows. Will the Leading Lady use “Iron Will Windsor” as a mere warm-up for the real attraction? Will Mina behave herself when she and Storm are face to face next Wednesday night?

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

“The Redwood” welcomes us all to TV Time with The Learning Tree, Chris Jericho. “If there is one thing that Chris has taught me, it’s that it’s never too late to start learning, and it’s never too early to start winning. Am I right? This guy knows what I’m talking about!” With that in mind, here he is! The Socrates of Pro-Wrestling, The Guru of Giving Back, The Michael Jordan of Michael Jordans! The Learning Tree, Chris Jericho! Jericho makes his entrance, “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith following behind as the tron now says Jericho’s been “For The World” Champion for 53 days. Jericho waves hi to everyone as he steps into the ring.

Jericho gets his own mic and says, “Hi, guys~! Hi, everybody~! Who wants more TV Time? You know I do! I also wanna says thanks to all the Branches, this new Learning Tree T-shirt just came out 15 minutes ago on Shop AEW, already one of the fastest selling shirts in AEW history. Thanks, everybody~! Who wants one? Who wants one?” The fans cheer, but Jericho doesn’t throw the shirt. Jericho also wants to add that he was eating some corn backstage at catering, and he knows it was grown right here in Des Moines, Iowa. He’s gotta say, it was a little bit ripe and here’s why, because he knows a little bit about farming.

You need to grow corn in fertile, well-trained soil with a pH level of 6 to 6.8. This corn was about a 7, and that doesn’t work for Jericho, brother. So next time, please fortify the soil with more compost if you wanna make better corn. Jericho smiles and Keith says unless you wanna grow some lame ass corn, RESPECT Chris Jericho! And speaking of respect, Jericho knows they all respect each other here. The Learning Tree respects all of his Branches in the Jericho Vortex, both out here in the arena, at home watching on TV, and the wrestlers in the back. And there are a couple youngsters who need a little advice to reach the next level.

Let’s bring ’em out right now. Everyone give it up for Marq Quen & Isiah Kasisdy, Private Party! The fans do cheer as Quen & Zay make their way out, Big Bill vibing to the theme song. Private Party steps into the ring, and Jericho says if they’re gonna do shots, make sure they have a designated driver. But also, Jericho wants to say they have been doing great work. Right, everybody? Private Party’s high-flying is off the charts, next level, and they’ve done great things. The one thing they haven’t been doing lately, though, is winning matches. The reason for that is that their basics just aren’t up to snuff. Jericho doesn’t know who trained them, but he wasn’t very good.

And since Jericho was trained by the late, great Stu Hart over 33 years ago in the Hart Dungeon in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jericho knows a thing or two about doing the basics properly. Headlocks, running the ropes, proper takedowns. He saw them fly off the top rope, but they don’t even do that properly! It’s technically unsound, guys. Zay says well, how about he teaches them? Zay wants to see it. Quen wants to see it! And pretty sure everyone in Iowa wants to see it! In fact, Jericho is a legend, an OG. Some might even call him… The Caitlin Clark of AEW. Iowa likes that shoutout! Kevin says respect.

Jericho says yeah, he might even throw a three-pointer! He’ll show them how to climb a corner, just as the late, great Owen Hart, one of the greatest high-flyers of all time, showed him. Jericho shows you put a foot here on the bottom rope, then the second, then the very top. See? That easy. And then you stand and do a move. Makes sense? yes, thanks for this lesson. Did they learn from The Learning Tree? Yes, they did. But here’s a lesson from them! Zay TRIPS Jericho up! Jericho gets stuck on the top, Keith runs up but Quen TOSSES him! Bill’s too busy making sure people are admiring Jericho to know what’s happened!

Bill turns around, sees what happened, and then he runs up! Private Party DUMPS Bill out, then they build speed to DOUBLE DIVE! Down go Bill & Bryan! The fans fire up as Zay uses that lesson to climb, and SWANTON BOMB! Quen does the same, so he can hit a SHOOTING STAR! Bill & Bryan run back in but Private Party gets outta there! Quen & Zay just taught us that Jericho’s arrogance makes him gullible. But will the Redwood & Bad Apple make sure Quen & Zay pay for their disrespect?

 

The Forbidden Door has an IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match set!

After Jon Moxley retained the title in a wild Lumberjack match, he dared anyone to step up to the plate. And who stepped up? Tetsuya Naito did! Moxley took the title from Naito in Chicago, so now Naito looks to return the favor in Long Island! Naito’s a big baseball fan, will he knock this one out of the park? Or will Moxley strike him out, for good?

 

Bullet Club Gold speaks.

Bang Bang Gang has so many title belts, they’re using them as weights for a good pump. Austin Gunn says it is the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Collision, and all they keep hearing about is how badass The House of Black is. But what? Are they returning? In action? Sitting all crisscross applesauce? What do they even do?! Colten knows! Lights off. Lights on. OOOH~!! How scary~! The House of Black call themselves “the reapers of the trios division,” but three-quarters of the trios champs say otherwise. All they reap is GOLD~! Juice Robinson says ooh~, House of Black~! They want some action on Saturday night?

Then how about some action with the Bang Bang Gang? They ARE the Collision Cowboys! Collision is the House The Bang Bang Gang Built! And in Youngstown, Ohio, this town ain’t big enough for the both of ’em! The House’s asses are getting kicked! DO YOU GET IT!? Juice smacks #Cardblade, and Austin says if they’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Will the Bang Bang Gang really shoot down Malakai, Brody & Buddy? Or will they all regret it in The End?

 

Daniel Garcia VS Nick Comoroto w/ Jacoby Watts!

The Red Death has gotten back on track as he chases down the International Championship, but he still needs more. Will he get more than enough out of the Wrecking Ball that stands before him? Or will the teachings of HE, Jacoby, finally lead Comoroto to a bright future?

The bell rings and Comoroto runs up, but Garcia dodges! Garcia fires off fists int he corner, lets off, then stomps away! The ref counts, Garcia digs his boots in, but lets off to runs side to side. BOOT WASH! The fans fire up, Jacoby is upset, and we see Will Ospreay watching this. The Aerial Assassin may have Fenix to worry about in the main event, but seems he’s keeping an eye on Garcia. Garcia goes corner to corner at Comoroto, but Comoroto scoops and trophy lifts! Garcia slips free, reels Comoroto in, and hits a SAIDO! We also see MJF watching this now, hand wrapped in an icepack. Could the Wolf of Wrestling be interested in Garcia’s future, too?

Garcia drags Comoroto up, into a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Comoroto flails but that grip is tight! Comoroto fades, but Garcia gives him the RED CROSS! Cover, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by pinfall

The fans are all fired up with Garcia, and he raises his fists, to do his dance! Garcia made quick work of a big opponent, but will he be going after bigger and better soon enough?

In fact, Renee walks over to Ospreay and notes Garcia’s made it very clear he wants a shot at the International Championship. In moments, Ospreay puts that title on the line against Fenix, but how is his body holding up after all these defenses against all these different wrestlers? Well, the body is fine. He’d love to stay and talk about how sick a wrestler Garcia is, but he does have to focus on Fenix. His mind is elsewhere because of Forbidden Door. So uh, he’s got a match to deliver, and a contract as well. See you soon. Ospreay heads out, will he still have his gold when he arrives in Long Island?

 

PAC speaks.

“What a triumphant return to the company. Loss after loss, failure after failure. I have been extorted and trodden on by every Tom, Dick & Harry going, and I’ll be honest with you… It’s humiliating. I’m supposed to be a bastard, but I feel like a bitch. But good news? The good news is, that ends now. I am done with apathy. I’m angry, I’m angry again! And I am at my very best when I’m angry. So here’s what’s gonna happen. I will be entering the Owen Hart Cup. I will be winning the Owen Hart Cup. And I will go on to claim my AEW World Championship opportunity at Wembley Stadium.

“Because I will be DAMNED if a talent of my caliber never gets his Wembley moment. And I will be DAMNED if a talent of my caliber never wins the biggest prize in this industry! This will be my redemption story. Oh, and one more thing. Bang Bang Billy Gang? Don’t you dare for one second think that Death Triangle has forgotten what you did to us. We don’t forget.” The Bastard’s sinister smile surely means bad things for all who stand in his way. Will Pac take the Cup to then go All In on the world title?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

On top of it being the one-year anniversary, we will see another Forbidden Door appetizer as The Blackpool Combat Club is in another 8 Man Tag! They’re taking on Rocky Romero, Lio Rush and the NEW Undisputed NJPW Tag Team Champions, TMDK’s Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls! Will Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta keep up the momentum from last week? Or will Azucar, The Bad Child & The Mighty score an early victory for NJPW?

 

AEW Blood & Guts 2024 is official!

While The Elite want to fight the best of the best, we still don’t know who is stepping inside the double-ring, double-cage! However, we know that it will all go down on Wednesday, July 24th, in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena! Who will be brave enough to face Jack Perry, Kazuchika Okada & The Bucks on that brutal battlefield?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

Speaking of facing The Elite, Christopher Daniels has found contenders to take on the champions in the Title Eliminators! First, The Young Bucks have had beef with The Acclaimed, so now they’ll settle this in a match! Can Max Caster & Anthony Bowens earn some golden tickets to the tag titles? And then

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Rey Fenix!

We know The Aerial Assassin is ready, we know The Immortal Firebird is ready, so all that’s left is to do the damn thing! Ospreay drops off his signed title match contract to Nana & Swerve as they sit ringside, will he still be golden stepping into The Forbidden Door? Or will Fenix lighten his luggage on the way to Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who flies high, and who crashes and burns!

The bell rings and the fans fire up as these two stare down. The fans already cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for making this one possible. Fenix and Ospreay step up, and the forearms start flying! The fans cheer as they go forearm for forearm, neither man backing down! They do hit harder, and Ospreay ROCKS Fenix! Then CHOPS! Then whips, but Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges to tiger feint rewind! Ospreay ducks the heel kick, Fenix ducks the hook kick! Fenix kicks low, whips, but Ospreay handsprings! Fenix dodges to handspring, and Fenix hits a LETHAL INJECT- NO, Ospreay handstands out of the cutter!

Fenix avoids Ospreay’s Buzzsaw kick, then kips up! Both men stand off and the fans are thunderous already! Iowa cheers “Both These Guys! Both These Guys!” and Ospreay blocks Fenix’s superkick. Ospreay ROCKS Fenix again, CHOSP again, then whips again. Fenix ducks ‘n’ dodges again, then RANAS! Ospreay tumbles out of the ring and the fans fire up! Fenix goes up and up and tightrope walks, but Ospreay avoids the kick to BOOT! Fenix CHOPS! Fenix blocks a boot, puts that leg in ropes, but Ospreay just slips inside. Ospreay ROCKS Fenix, builds speed, and BOOTS Fenix down! The fans fire up and Ospreay gets that energy to build!

Ospreay aims, PLANCHAS, but Fenix slides in! Fenix BOOTS Ospreay, steps out, and FLYING RANAS! Fenix then gets Ospreay back in, to springboard FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Fenix frowns, but the fans rally as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Fenix clamps onto Ospreay, traps an arm, and then pulls on the other. Fenix learned this one from Penta, but Ospreay fights it off! Fenix CLUBS Ospreay, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Fenix CHOPS, then stalks Ospreay to another corner. Ospreay ROCKS Fenix, ROCKS him again, then ROCKS him again! Fenix CHOPS back! And ROCKS Ospreay in return! Fenix fires off in the corner, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Fenix wrenches to WRING Ospreay out, into an omoplata, and RINGS OF SATURN! Ospreay endures, even as Fenix digs an elbow into the ribs! Ospreay fights around, but Fenix CLUBS him again and again!

Fenix drags Ospreay up to run and basement DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!! Fenix BUZZSAWS Ospreay! Ospreay writhes and Fenix fires up. Fenix goes to the far side, comes back as Ospreay stands, and CLUBS him to a corner. Fenix CHOPS, and CHOPS, and Swerve seems mildly impressed. Fenix snapmares Ospreay, traps an arm, then pulls on the other. Ospreay fights but Fenix has the double wristlock. Fenix CLUBS the arm, pulls on it, but Ospreay fights free. Ospreay ROCKS Fenix, but Fenix CHOPS Ospreay! Fenix eggs Ospreay on, so Ospreay fires another forearm. Fenix CHOPS again, and that fires Ospreay up!

Ospreay CHOPS, and CHPOS, but Fenix knees low! Fenix CLUBS and HAMMERS Ospreay, Dynamite returns to single picture, and then Fenix says “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix whips, Ospreay reverses but Fenix tilt-o-whirls, into the IRON OCTOPUS! Ospreay endures, fights up and THROWS Fenix away! The fans fire up again as Ospreay goes to a corner. Fenix runs in, Ospreay BOOTS him away, then Ospreay goes up and out to springboard, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Swerve is still only mildly impressed as Ospreay kips up. Ospreay drags Fenix up but Fenix fires a forearm. So Ospreay fires a flurry!

Ospreay whips, Fenix reverses, but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Ospreay hurries to cover, TWO! Fenix stays in this but Ospreay stays cool as the fans rally up. Ospreay brings Fenix around, reels him in and underhooks, but Fenix back drops free! Ospreay staggers up, Fenix runs in, but into an elbow! Ospreay goes up, Fenix somersaults to SHORYUKEN! Fenix climbs up after Ospreay, but Ospreay fires forearms in return! Fenix drops back, comes back, and JUMP SOBATS! Ospreay wobbles, Fenix goes to the apron, and then Fenix climbs up. Ospreay fires forearms in return, then ROCKS Fenix!

Ospreay HEADBUTTS Fenix, Fenix sits on the rope, but then Fenix jumps up to SUPER DUPER STEINER!! Only for Ospreay to land on his feet!! He’s done stuff like that before, but it’s still amazing every time he does! As such, Des Moines is thunderous as Ospreay dusts himself off. Ospreay runs up, dodges Fenix, and then tilt-o-whirl DDTS! But Fenix handsprings through!? Now that’s wild! Ospreay is just as stunned as the fans, but then things speed up again. Tiger feint rewind, HEEL KICK! HOOK KICK! Ospreay loads up, HIDDEN- NO, Fenix dodges! Osprey ducks a roundhouse, Fenix blocks a roundhouse, but then DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES hit!!

Both men wobble, Fenix SOBATS! Fenix whips, Ospreay reverses, and SPANISH- NO, Fenix smothers that, only for Ospreay to lift Fenix up! AIR RAID BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives that modification and the fans are thunderous again! Fenix and Ospreay slowly stir, “This is Awesome!” as Dynamite goes picture in picture again!

Ospreay waits on Fenix, then calls his shot! But Fenix falls over! Ospreay stops his jump, Fenix rolls out of the ring and to the floor. Ospreay keeps cool, letting the ring count handle this. Fenix is still down at 5 of 10, but he rises up at 7. The count is 9, but Fenix slides in at 9.5! Fenix staggers but he hasn’t given up! Ospreay eggs him on, so Fenix fires forearm after forearm! Ospreay DECKS Fenix with just one! The ref checks Fenix while Ospreay paces. Fenix is still in this so Ospreay sits him up. Ospreay gives Fenix Kawada Kicks! Ospreay tops it off with a KICK, and Fenix flops back over! Ospreay waits on Fenix, and Fenix rises again.

Ospreay eggs Fenix on, then CHOPS him back down! Fenix reaches out, sits back up, and Ospreay brings him around. Fenix CHOSP, but Ospreay CHOPS! Fenix falls back over, Ospreay gets Des Moines fired up again, and Fenix flounders. Dynamite returns to single picture again, and Fenix CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOSP! Ospreay DECKS Fenix again! Ospreay stands Fenix up, DECKS him again, then stands him back up. Ospreay ROCKS Fenix, but Fenix suddenly tilt-o-whirls into an IRON OCTOPUS!! The fans fire up as Ospreay endures, powers up again, but into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Ospreay escapes, and Fenix hurries to a corner. Ospreay runs up, Fenix ELBOWS back, then goes up and QUEBRADAS! Ospreay gets under, only for Fenix to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Ospreay escapes again and the fans fire back up! Fenix stands Ospreay up to fireman’s carry, but Ospreay slips free to underhook! STORM- NO, Fenix somersaults through to a cover, TWO!! Fenix BOOTS, whips, but Ospreay reverse to TIGER WALL KICK, ENZIGIRI, and then springboard! OSCUT- NO! Fenix turns that into a back suplex! Ospreay lands out, dodges the elbow, and springboards again! OSCUTTER!!

Both men are down and the fans are fired up again! Ospreay crawls to a cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” as neither man is done yet! Ospreay rises, he pulls off the elbow pad, and he takes aim from the corner. Fenix sits up, into the HIDDEN- SOMERSAULT RANA! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay stands up, into Fenix’s SUPERKICK! Ospreay goes to a corner, Fenix says “ANIMO!!” Somersault and- HIDDEN BLADE!!! Ospreay isn’t done there, he goes to the corner. Swerve actually looks intrigued as he sees Ospreay climb up. Ospreay looks over at Swerve and now Swerve stands up. Does Ospreay dare do what it looks like he’s gonna do?

Ospreay says this is HIS house! Swerve takes off the sunglasses in indignation, as Ospreay steals the KILL STOMPS!! Fenix flounders, Ospreay reloads, HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Aerial Assassin continues to show his arsenal is endless, and that he can even use someone else’s weapon just as masterfully! Swerve storms up to the ring, and now the champions both stare down. Ospreay smiles and offers a handshake, but Swerve says Ospreay thinks this is a game. Does Ospreay think Swerve’s playing with him? This is LIFE they’re playing with! This title changes your LIFE! Swerve’s the one standing in between Ospreay and that! Ospreay is still that immature little child Swerve met 10 years ago! Ospreay wants to keep having these matches? Then keep doing that week after week, because he can’t hold the world on his shoulders! He’s not strong enough!

But then Ospreay SNATCHES the belt right out of Swerve’s hands! The fans are going nuts as Ospreay looks at both belts, and then puts them both on his shoulders! Swerve scowls as Ospreay says it looks like he is strong enough. The fans chant “OSPREAY TWO BELTS!” Swerve steps closer, and says Ospreay’s lucky they’re still friends. Anybody else does this, he puts them in a grave. Swerve takes his title back, and Ospreay points to the Forbidden Door sign in the rafters. Will we see Ospreay Two Belts become a reality? Or will AEW still be Swerve’s House?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite here, a lot of great wrestling, but I wouldn’t say this was a full show of wrestling as Daniels said. That first hour was definitely much more wrestling than talking, but then like hitting a speedbump, there was TV Time with Chris Jericho. Now, that was probably on purpose, because that’s the gag. Jericho continues to be this obnoxious and disingenuous locker room leader that does things like a kids show host talking down to grown adults, and it’s hilarious to me. Especially put alongside Bill constantly bringing up these sayings that I doubt Jericho actually taught him, and Bryan demanding respect on Jericho’s behalf. But at the same time, of course Private Party showed Jericho up, and now we’ll get Private Party VS Bill & Bryan for like Rampage or Collision.

Great opening promo segment here, we got a LOT out of it. For one, Blood & Guts is coming back, The Elite VS some other form of Team AEW, which has at least Swerve and what looks like Acclaimed & Daddy Ass. I kinda wouldn’t mind if they just kept this at 4v4 but there’s a lot of potential for finding a fifth man for each side. And y’know what? Hangman Page needs to be in this match. Hangman has his beef with Swerve, but he might also dislike how The Bucks have handled things, so he could pull a swerve and turn on The Elite to help Team AEW. I also like that instead of the tradition of shirts, The Elite is using Reeboks as the recruiting item.

Another thing was it gave a great segue into Dustin Rhodes VS Jack Perry. Should’ve figured Dustin would bleed, and that he would lose. Jack Perry gets his shot at the title he was gonna be gifted, and depending on who else gets in on this match, there’s still a very good chance Jack wins just to rub this in everyone’s faces. Now, Daniels making Title Eliminators, Acclaimed VS Bucks, there’s a good chance The Acclaimed finds a way to win so that they’ll force a tag title match at Forbidden Door or some point along the way, but certainly before Blood & Guts in late July. And they’re probably still working on who is facing Okada, to try and make it someone who stands a chance.

Great squash win for Rush, and great brawl with MJF. I don’t know why AEW needs to make Rush “foreigner who talks trash on America” when he could just talk trash on MJF directly, but whatever, great brawl with MJF and great move giving us a commercial free grudge match next week. Great promo segment from Cassidy, O’Reilly & Briscoe, Mark Briscoe is a highly underrated promo guy because everything he said felt so natural, off the top of his head, and it had such great energy. Kyle’s face during that was basically my face, I was loving it all. Great Six Man Tag, and I suppose the Heels winning makes sense, especially with all the extra guys on the outside. And of course Kris gets her shot on Willow. Definitely gonna need a Mixed Tag/Mixed Six/something big for this story’s blowoff(s).

Great stuff from Joe & Hook just punking out The Premier Athletes, hilarious even with how Shibata had another camera and then got after Sterling. Not sure why Josh Woods hasn’t gotten involved yet but maybe they wanted to keep this from being a trios thing just yet. Good promo from Bang Bang Gang to call out The House of Black, and if not for Edge’s leg injury, I feel like he’d be leading The House in fighting Bang Bang Gang for the Unified Trios AND TNT Championships, so that one faction would have (for whatever goofy reason) TEN belts to carry around. In fact, they could’ve been the Blood & Guts match instead. But instead, I fear The House of Black is being fed to Bang Bang Gang to help build them up now that Juice is back.

Pac had a very good promo to put his comeback in perspective. Maybe Pac gets in on the TNT Championship story to be the one guy other than Jack Perry who could win. And then maybe we get Death Triangle having a feud for all those belts instead of House of Black? Hard to say, but something has to go right for Pac at some point. Very good promos from Mina, Mariah and Storm, especially with Mariah trying to be peacekeeper. Shingo Takagi having a quick message to say he’s getting in on the Men’s Owen Hart Cup is great stuff. The Rampaging Dragon is a great wrestler, has a great attitude, he’ll make the tournament a lot of fun.

Great match from Mone VS Zeuxis, both women looking great. But naturally, Mone was gonna win that so that we stay on track towards Mone VS Vaquer. Very good promo from Vaquer, and while it’s all kayfabe, I like her telling Mone is horribly arrogant to think any belt was made for her. I said before that it’d be awesome if Vaquer actually won and that angered Mone into becoming a Heel that then goes after the women’s world title. At the same time, Vaquer being a CMLL talent, she probably loses to let Mone be the one going between AEW and NJPW. As wild as it would be for Vaquer to hold four belts at one time, that’s a lot of work, so it’s more reasonable for Mone to be doing double duty and let Vaquer focus on her CMLL belts.

Garcia got quite the quick win over Comoroto, which certainly serves his story of being title worthy. Ospreay watching made all the sense in the world but MJF’s is an intriguing one. MJF is from Long Island, Garcia is from Buffalo, could there be a New York connection going? And of course Ospreay VS Fenix was an awesome main event, it wasn’t gonna be anything less, even if the title wasn’t on the line. Swerve being ringside was good for that final moment where Ospreay uses Swerve’s move just to add on to his own stuff. Great closing confrontation, and it seems Ospreay’s story is mostly that wrestlers who’ve been here just a few years more than him still look down on him on some level.

Now, I’m still thinking Ospreay will pull double duty on Forbidden Door, which could be him trying to earn that respect from Swerve by retaining one title while going for another, but it might just upset Swerve that Ospreay thinks he can win twice on one night. All the more reason Swerve will retain at Forbidden Door, but they probably won’t do that. Ospreay might end up losing the belt before Forbidden Door, proving Swerve is right that Ospreay can’t do it all. There’s a lot of variables here, and that does make it pretty fun to see how it goes.

My Score: 9/10


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So, Orlando… Whaddya wanna talk about?

Battleground was big, but tonight might be bigger! THE WWE Champion, Cody Rhodes, is showing up on NXT to talk with an “old friend.”

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mia Yim VS Jaida Parker; Mia wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Wes Lee & New Catch Republic VS Gallus; Gallus wins.
  • Brinley Reece w/ Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Wendy Choo; Wendy wins.
  • Singapore Cane Match: Lexis King VS Dante Chen; Lexis wins.
  • Eddy Thorpe VS Tavion Heights; Eddy wins.
  • Shawn Spears VS Je’Von Evans; Spears wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kelani Jordan is here!

The inaugural NXT Women’s North American Champion gets the big introduction, then walks out here with the belt around her waist. The fans cheer as she holds the belt over her head, then she gets the mic. “Thank you guys so much. This is so surreal to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” The fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Kelani says she won many championships in gymnastics the past 18 years, but nothing compares to being the first ever Women’s North American Champion! But she’ll also be the first to say that the six women at Battleground were battling! Bodies were flying, risks were taken, souls were snatched!

Everyone got beat up, but when Kelani climbed the ladder and brought down this title, that is a moment she will remember for the rest of her life. It is an honor to be the first. But being the first means no lineage to live up to, no prestige to uphold. It is all on her to create the importance to this title. There are a lot of talented women in that locker room, but she will prove day in and day out that in this ring, no one does it like Lani. But wait! Jaida Parker makes her way out here! Jaida says the only thing Kelani proved is that she can climb a ladder like a squirrel. All this noise about bringing prestige to the title, it ain’t gonna last long.

Because tonight, Jaida will handle Michin, and then all we hear is “AND THE NEW-” MIA ATTACKS! Kelani shrugs, this is what Miss Parker gets. Mia whips, Jaida stops herself and elbows back! Jaida SMACKS Mia off the apron but Mia throws hands! Mia then throws Jaida in the ring, the ref hurries in, and fans are dueling already! Will the Head Baddie In Charge humble Miss Parker something fierce?

Mia Yim VS Jaida Parker!

The bell rings and Mia dodges to CHOP! And forearm! And repeat! Mia trips Jaida, rains down fists, but Jaida pushes her down to throw hands in return! Mia turns things around again to HAMMER away on Jaida! There’s also hair pulling so the ref counts. Mia lets off, Jaida runs up to TACKLE Mia into a corner! Jaida RAMS into Mia again and again, then brings Mia out to scoop and SLAM! Jaida talks smack, but Mia SMACKS Jaida! Mia SOBATS then PELES! Jaida flounders to a corner, Mia storms up, and Mia CHOPS! The fans fire up, Mia HEADBUTTS Jaida over and over, but lets off as the ref counts.

Mia goes corner to corner, runs back in, and CANNONBALLS! Cover, TWO! Jaida is still in this but Mia stalks her. Mia clamps on a chinlock but Jaida fights up. Jaida pries at the hold, backs Mia down into buckles, but Mia still holds on! The ref counts the ropebreak, but Jaida RAMS Mia into buckles again! Jaida flails, the ref counts, but Jaida RAMS Mia in again! Jaida gets free, but Mia dodges her on the return! Mia waistlocks, Jaida switches, but Mia elbows free to switch and GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up and Jaida flounders to another corner. Mia runs up, but Jaida moves, cannonball hits buckles!

Jaida gets Mia up to POST her! Jaida brings Mia out to put her in the ropes. Jaida CHOPS Mia, then runs to DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT! The fans fire up while Mia writhes and Jaida says Mia can’t handle her! Jaida says this is HER ring, but NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Jaida runs Mia over! Jaida drags Mia up to run her over again! Jaida drags Mia up again, but Mia rolls her up! TWO, and both women stand, Mia DROPKICKS Jaida down! Jaida gets up to wrench Mia, for an ARM BREAKER! Then she runs Mia over again! Cover, TWO! Jaida grows frustrated but she clamps onto Mia for a chicken wing. Mia endures, fights the crossface, and the fans are dueling! Mia bends Jaida’s fingers to pull the crossface away, then stands up. Jaida whips Mia to a corner, runs up, but Mia ELBOWS her away! Mia goes up to RANA! Jaida staggers up but Mia LARIATS!

Mia YAKUZA KICKS, then SHOTGUNS Jaida into buckles! The fans fire up and Mia runs back in, but Jaida dodges! Jaida blocks a kick, Mia blocks a punch! Mia ROCKS Jaida, then uses the corner for a TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Jaida survives and Mia grows frustrated. Mia storms back up on Jaida, wrenches an arm, but Jaida refuses to eat da feet! Jaida kicks and suplexes, GOURD BUSTER! Then Jaida runs, for the TEARDROP!! But the hip attack sends Mia out of the ring!! The Good Brothers hurry out here to check their sister, but Jaida has them back off. Jaida gets Mia into the ring, covers, TWO!!

Mia survives and Jaida is shocked! The fans rally and duel, and Jaida tells Machine Gun to back off. Jaida then brings out a chair!? The fans fire up as Jaida slides in, but Gallows distracts the ref! Karl snatches the chair away! Jaida is upset, but Mia rolls Jaida up! MIA WINS!!

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

Michin literally spanks Miss Parker as she gets that W! Will The OC show OTM who really runs these mean streets?

 

New Catch Republic speaks.

Tyler Bate says Gallus is up to their old tricks again. Now, he has been in Wes Lee’s position before, and Wes is Bate’s mate. He won’t stand here and watch one of his mates get bullied. Pete Dunne says time to prove it! Gallus Boys On Top? Shut it. Will The Big Strong Boi & Bruiserweight help The Cardiac Kid give Joe, Mark & Wolfgang the payback their deserve?

 

There’s an argument going on at Chase U!

Riley Osborne, Duke Hudson, Ridge Holland & Professor Chase himself are all shouting about last week, how Riley & Duke said one thing but then did another and how that messed up Thea Hail’s match. Ridge has them all stop for a second. Ridge thought they squashed this beef, and so does Mr. Chase. Duke says sorry, just a bit hard to trust Ridge. Riley says yeah! Ridge isn’t part of Chase U! Name one thing that’s went right since Ridge showed up! Ridge says those two told the rest that they weren’t gonna be out there! Riley says they didn’t feel like it until later, when Duke insisted. Then they should’ve just been a unit and went out all at once!

The arguing starts up again, and Thea storms in. STFU and sit down! Yes, ma’am… Chase wonders where Thea got that from. Thea says if the issue is Ridge is an outsider, then guess what? Riley was an outsider once and they let him in. Chase says they should all take a step back and realize this is really all because of Jacy Jayne. Thea asks “Andre” if she needs to remind everyone that he almost gambled the school away. Oh, wait, he DID. And as for DUKE…! Everyone thought Duke was gonna stab Mr. Chase in the back, but he didn’t, because Chase U gave him a chance. Chase U gives everyone a chance, so Thea is over this arguing!

They need to get on the same page. They are ALL Chase U, and that’s not a #TeachableMoment, that’s the truth! Theta heads out and all four men are humbled. They see Thea’s point, but will they still be able to make it work as a team?

 

Six Man Tag: Wes Lee & New Catch Republic VS Gallus!

The Cardiac Kid didn’t win the North American Championship Triple Threat, but he didn’t exactly lose that match either, with Joe Coffey taking the pin. But the Iron King and his cohorts were still furious, so they attacked Wes backstage, spurring on Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne to stand up for their friend. Will Wes, Bate & Dunne put these bullies in their place? Or will it still be Gallus Boys On Top?

The teams sort out and Bate starts against Wolfgang. They circle, tie up, and Wolfgang knees low! Wolfgang CLUBS Bate, UPPERCUTS him, then tags in Mark. They mug Bate, then Mark hits a headlock takeover. Cover, TWO as Bate gets an arm up> Mark pushes it down, cover, TWO! Bate and Mark rise with knuckle locks, and Bate drops to then headscissor hold Mark. Bate brings Mark to a corner, waves hi to the fans, then RANAS Mark away! Bate clamps onto an arm, tags Dunne, and Dunne goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! The fans rally for Dunne as he wrenches Mark, wrangles him, and drops knees on the arm!

Dunne pulls on Mark’s other arm, bends the fingers, and the fans cheer as Dunne tortures Mark’s hand! Dunne pushes the arm down, floats to get the legs, and he hooks those up. Dunne pulls on Mark’s ears! Then Dunne fishhooks Mark, before he STOMPS the knees! Dunne gets the arm again, bends and twists the arm to isolate it, and STOMP it! The fans cheer as Dunne mocks Gallus. Joe runs in, Dunne dodges to GAMANGIRI Wolfgang! Joe blocks a kick but Dunne SLAPS him then ENZIGIRIS him! Dunne kicks Mark, tags in Wes, and they DOUBLE STOMP the hands! They DOUBLE BUZZSAW, and then Bate tags in!

Bate fireman’s carries Mark, Wes SUPERKICK-starts the AIRPLANE SPIN! Wes DIVES out onto Joe! Dunne runs in, ROCKS Mark, then PLANCHAS onto Wolfgang! Bate just keeps the spin going! The fans fire up as Bate goes around and around and around, way past TEN before the SLAM! Mark staggers out of the ring, Bate kips up, and Wes poses with New Catch Republic while NXT goes picture in picture.

Gallus regroups on the outside, then they huddle up. They talk strategy, and then Mark hurries back in. Mark runs up on Bate but runs into a headlock takeover! Bate grinds the hold, Mark fights up to his feet, but Bate BOPS him with his foot! And again! And again! Mark fires body shots, back suplexes, but Bate lands out! Bate headlocks, Wolfgang tags in as Mark powers out, and Wolfgang FLAPJACKS Bate off ropes! Wolfgang DECKS Bate, rains down fists, then drops a knee on Bate’s head! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang drags Bate over to the Gallus corner, tags Joe in, and they mug Bate with heavy hands!

The erf reprimands and counts, Gallus lets off, and Joe taunts the fans. But Bate hits back with haymakers! Bate backs Joe down, but Joe knees low! And KNEES again and again and again! Joe fires body shots, then whips Bate hard into a corner! Then he whips Bate back in! Then scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Bate is in the drop zone, Joe runs to VADER ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Bate up, clamps onto an arm and grinds the shoulder. Bate endures, reaches out, crawls forward, but Joe keeps him away from Wes! Joe traps the arm, then drops a knee on it! Joe drags Bate into a neck wrench, then ELBOWS him in the head!

Joe clamps on a rear bearhug and squeezes tight. Bate endures, fights up, and he throws elbows. Bate is free but Joe CLUBS him in the back! Joe HIP DROPS Bate down, then CLAWS Bate’s back! The ref reprimands but Joe drags Bate into another rear bearhug. Joe then shifts up to a full nelson as NXT returns to single picture. Bate fights, slips down and victory rolls, TWO! Bate runs up, but Joe catches him! Joe FLAPJACKS Bate, then DECKS Wes! Joe whips Bate in, then hits another BACKBREAKER! Tag to Wolfgang and he SENTONS! Cover, Dunne STOMPS it apart! The fans fire up but Wolfgang snarls.

Wolfgang tags Mark, they whip and POP-UP, but Bate RANAS Wolfgang! Mark whips Bate but Bate hits the REBOUNDER! The fans are thunderous as Bate crawls! Mark also crawls, hot tag to Joe and he uses a GLASGOW SENDOFF to take Dunne down! Joe roars and aims at Bate now, runs in but into a BOOT! Bate runs up, but into a back drop! Bate lands on his feet!! Hot tag to Wes! Wes baits Joe in, UPPERCUTS him, then BOOTS Wolfgang! ENZIGIRI for Wolfie, ELBOW for Joseph! Wes sees Markus running up, so he uses Wolfie as a step for a RANA! Wes then dodges Wolfgang, SUPERKICKS Joe, and fires off on Wolfgang!

TIGER WALL KICK TORNADO DDT COMBO!! Wes then RANAS Joe into a cover! Mark breaks it! Bate tags in, Bop up but Mark DECKS Bate! So Dunne CHOPS Mark! Mark puts Dunne on the apron, but Dunne gets that arm! SNAP go the fingers!! Bop up, BANG takes Mark down! Dunne avoids Joe while he ASAI MOONSAULTS onto Wolfgang! Bate DIVES onto Mark! METEORA from Wes to Joe! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and the fans are thunderous again! Wes goes to a corner and climbs, but Joe runs up! Wes LEAPS and takes out everyone else! Wes then resets on the corner, handspring and- NO, Joe dodges, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS!! Cover, GALLUS WINS!!

Winners: Gallus, by pinfall

The numbers were even so there’s nothing Wes can say about this one. While they stumbled at Battleground, will nothing stop Gallus from making NXT their kingdom?

 

OTM regroups backstage.

Jaida is upset, obviously. Michin beating Miss Parker? Make it make sense! Bronco Nima says it don’t! If not for The Good Brothers, Jaida would’ve had Mia’s ass beat and she knows it! Nima says Michin knows nothing, and Lucien Price says that loss is on them because they should’ve known better. Jaida says it ain’t even like that. They go out there with her then head back because they know she’s got this. But Michin… If this is how she wants it, then so be it. Jaida will handle Mia and run her outta NXT. Miss Parker is all fired up, will she burn Michin for this one? Or will The OC make NXT Just Too Sweet?

 

Brinley Reece prepares backstage.

The energy’s high, she’s feeling good. Malik Blade & Edris Enofe are there, pumping Brin up. They know Brin will get this one, but just promise them she’ll be careful. Duh. Edris says Brin doesn’t need to promise anything. Malik says there’s just something in the air. Edris agrees, it doesn’t feel right. Brin says she loves the concern, but Wendy Choo? She’s a freakin’ sweetheart! This is gonna be such a fun time! Can’t wait! Malik and Edris confirm with each other that they’ve got a bad feeling about this, but could it just be paranoia? Or will Wendy not be so comfy cozy this time around?

 

Brinley Reece w/ Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS Wendy Choo!

#BrinEnergy is always positive, and usually so is the Queen of Comfy Style. However, something seemed… different about Wendy in that last little video of hers. Wendy makes her entrance, and she has some rather spooky make-up on. Will it turn out that Malik & Edris were right about tonight? Or is this just Wendy going through a goth phase?

The bell rings and Wendy TACKLES Brin! Wendy fires off fists, Brin gets free and then scrambles to a corner! Wendy runs up to SPLASH, then she throws Brin down! Wendy laughs before the SLEEPY ELBOW! Brin scrambles away, completely confused! Wendy scurries up on Brin, grabs a leg, but Brin BOOTS free! Wendy just turns aright around to HEADBUTT! Wendy runs, SLIDING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Brin survives and Wendy has a sinister smirk. Wendy runs up, Brin dodges, but Wendy comes back. Brin ELBOWS Wendy, gets around, ducks an elbow and KNEE SMASHES! Wendy staggers, and Brin LARIATS!

Brin fires up, LARIATS again, then scoops to SLAM! The fans fire up with Brin, but Wendy’s right up! Wendy gets around, hammerlock and PEPSI TWIST!! Then into a COBRA CLUTCH STRAITJACKET!! Brin starts to fade, she taps out! Wendy wins!!

Winner: Wendy Choo, by submission

Brin was dreaming of a fun time in the ring, but went to sleep with a nightmare! Will Wendy Choo haunt everyone in NXT now that she’s back?

 

Ava Raine tweets.

After Oro Mensah’s third attack on Ethan Page, she has no choice but to suspend Oro Mensah this week to ensure the safety of both men. Will Main Man Mensah’s rage only grow worse for this?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

Byron Saxton finds the NXT Women’s Champion as she arrives “fashionably late,” and she tells him to just hurry up and ask. Byron says she is scheduled to give a “States of the Women’s Division” address, could she give a hint as to what that entails? Roxie says yeah, he saw her Match of the Night at Battleground. She was in an impossible situation against perhaps the most dominant woman in wrestling today, and here she stands, still champion. So yes, she will be addressing where she plans on taking this division- But then Robert Stone walks in. He asks Roxie what’s going on. He just wants to say congrats on the win, but also on behalf of Ava, what’s Roxie gonna talk about tonight?

Oh, does she wanna know? Roxie had to find out about her opponent when the world found out, so go tell your boss that she can wait to hear what Roxie has to say the same way. Roxie storms off, just what will The Prodigy have planned for her NXT Women’s Division?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

The NXT Arena fires up for The American Nightmare and they sing along with the song, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets the mic while the fans cheer, and Cody says it is magical here, isn’t it? And it is well known that there is a magic here in NXT, and perhaps Cody needed to be here today, to feel said magic as he heads towards Clash at the Castle, towards Scotland, and towards a WWE Championship defense against AJ Styles. “AJ Styles has been a lot of things. He was the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion, the WWE Champion. He was PWI’s Wrestler of the Decade.

“But for sure, one thing that you can add to that list after this Saturday is that AJ Styles… is going to look at all of Scotland, he is going to look at our referee, and he is going to look me in the eyes, and he is going to say… ‘I QUIT!'” The fans cheer that, and then they fire up more as Trick Williams makes his way out here! The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” as THE NXT Champion is here to stand alongside THE WWE Champion! Trick says first thing’s first, we got Cody Rhodes in NXT! Everybody make some noise! The fans cheer, and Trick says he was on his way here, but then he saw Cody so he had to hold up and let Cody do his thing.

Now, Cody, Trick feels like they’ve had similar journeys. With all due respect, Cody’s at the top, Trick is doing his thing, they’re both champions. But they both had huge mountains to climb, had chips on their shoulders, all to get right here where they are today. The fans applaud that. Trick is jsut trying to say, now that they’ve both got their titles, now that they’re both on top of the mountain, it all feels different now. Instead of having something to chase, something they’ve wanted for so long, they’ve got it and people are attacking them. So Trick just wants to ask: How does Cody deal with all of this?

Cody rephrases that as, “How do you go from being the hunter to being the hunted?” Well, on the other side of that wall, all of their peers are watching Trick and Cody, and not going, “Oh man, go get ’em, Trick!” They are judging the champions, thinking they can wear the NXT title better than Trick and the WWE title better than Cody. But one thing to keep in mind, champ, is even though they’ve conquered the mountain, there’s always another mountain to climb. The fans like the tease, but Cody says let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The fans chant “Two Champ Trick!” but Cody says he has been granted the authority tonight by Ava.

Cody wants to let Trick now who his next challenger is going to be. That next challenger for the NXT Championship will be decided next week on NXT, in a 25 Man Over The Top Battle Royal! The fans like the sound of that! Cody says Trick may know some of them, but some might be from other locker rooms. The fans REALLY like the sound of that! Cody tells Trick, “Good luck, my friend.” Trick says hold on, Cody. There’s one more thing Trick’s gotta ask Cody. And it is very, very serious. With Fourth of July around the corner, and on behalf of all Trick’s people, they all wanna know… Is Cody coming to the cookout?

The fans cheer and Trick asks if they wanna see Cody come to the cookout. “YES! YES! YES!” Cody says YES, he is coming to the cookout! Trick is all fired up, he and Cody do the secret handshake and they hug it out. Trick says play Cody’s music. Cody and Trick raise their belts, but that battle royal is going to be huge! Are we going to see a star studded field fighting for a chance to #WhoopDatTrick?

 

Backstage interview with Dante Chen.

Sarah Schreiber finds the Singapore Warrior, Singapore cane already in hand, as he heads for gorilla. She asks says his rivalry with Lexis King is coming to a head tonight with their Singapore Cane match. How is Dante feeling? Dante says he is ready. Lexis can dismiss Dante’s other two victories, but tonight, Dante leaves a lasting impression on him when he tattoos Lexis’ body with cane shots. Dante SMACKS away on spare railing, and he says his cane shots will bring discipline. Tonight, Dante ends things on his terms. Dante heads out, will he strike The Drama King right on the crown?

 

The NXT Women’s Division talks Battleground.

Kelani Jordan: history maker! They’re so excited that she won. Oh, Wendy, hi! Great to see you back, and great win out there. This is Carlee Bright, she’s new to NXT and- Oh… Wendy’s spooky smile stops Carlee in her tracks. Wendy leaves and Carlee asks if she said something wrong. Isn’t Wendy supposed to be the nice one…?

 

Singapore Cane Match: Lexis King VS Dante Chen!

As Dante said, The Drama King would not accept his previous losses with dignity, so it came to this! Nothing is going to hold these two back from unleashing all their frustrations, but who will withstand it all to stand tall?

Well, why wait? Dante SMACKS Lexis right at the ramp! The fans fire up as Dante snarls and SMACKS Lexis again! And again! Dante swings again, Lexis ducks and the cane hits post! Lexis gets int he ring, Dante follows, the bell rings and Dante TACKLES Lexis! Dante rains down fists, the fans fire up, but Lexis gets free. Dante kicks low, whips, and back drops! Lexis flounders, Dante grabs another cane! Lexis has one, too, and he SMACKS Dante back! Dante SMACKS Lexis in return! Lexis wobbles, SMACKS, but Dante SMACKS! They go back and forth, Dante gets the edge as he SMACKS Lexis again and again!

Lexis CHUCKS the cane into Dante’s face! Lexis then SUPERKICKS Dante, rains down fists, and the fans boo. Lexis lets off to talk trash, and he gets another cane. Lexis gathers up canes, in fact, and piles them together at the center of the ring. Lexis goes for Dante but Dante kicks back. Lexis BOOTS Dante, CHOPS him, then whips to back drop! Dante narrowly avoids the canes, but Lexis KICKS him in the back! Lexis SMACKS Dante with a stick, puts it back on the pile, then scoops Dante for a SLAM onto the canes! Cover, TWO! Lexis is annoyed, he CHOKES Dante with the cane, then JAMS it into the throat!! Then he SMACKS Dante on the back!

That cane is broken so Lexis uses another. Dante hits back but Lexis SMACKS him! Lexis CHOKES Dante in a corner, and digs his boots in! The fans boo but Dante fights free. Lexis grabs another cane, but Dante ROCKS him first! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Dante and Lexis fight over the cane, but Lexis HEADBUTTS! Lexis CLOBBERS Dante, then SMACKS him! Cover, TWO! Lexis grinds the cane into Dante’s face while putting on the chinlock. The fans rally for Dante as he fights up, but Lexis thrashes Dante around! The fans still rally, and Dante still fight sup. Dante pries the stick away, to turn things around on Lexis!

Lexis flails as he’s in a cane choke hold, but he RAMS Dante into buckles! Lexis snapmares free and CROWNS Dante with the blindside knee! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives and Lexis is furious! Lexis SMACKS away on Dante, then he rips up that cane so he can wedge it into a corner! Lexis brings Dante up but Dante ELBOWS, UPPERCUTS, but Lexis SUPERKICKS and CHOPS! Lexis whips, Dante reverses, and Lexis runs into the stick! It gets Lexis real low, too! Dante snarls, grabs another cane, and Lexis begs for mercy. He only gets SMACK after SMACK after SMACK instead! The fans are thunderous as Dante breaks the cane on Lexis’s body!!

Dante gets another cane, whisp Lexis, and SMACKS him right down! And SMACKS him again! And again! Dante runs to CANE KICK COMBO!! Cover, TWO!! The fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” and Dante gets up. Dante has stripes on him but he still pushes Lexis. MONKEY FLIP! Lexis gets up, Dante clotheslines him up and out! Dante has the cane, runs to builds speed, CANE TOPE SUICIDA!! The fans are thunderous, and Dante just gets more canes! Dante SMACKS Lexis on the back, SMACKS him int he ribs, then SMACKS him on the back again! But Lexis LOW BLOWS using his walking cane! The fans boo as Lexis puts Dante in the ring!

Lexis CLOBBERS Dante with his “scepter,” then CLOBBERS Dante again! And using the scepter, CORONATION!! Cover, Lexis wins!

Winner: Lexis King, by pinfall

The fans are not happy, but Lexis King doesn’t care. He stands tall over Dante after stooping to new lows. Will Lexis make sure he’s the only one to reign over NXT?

 

Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx talk backstage.

Jacy wonders what happened to her, but Jazmyn says she looks fine, really. Cody walks over and says just the person he was hoping to see. He has some things he wants to give Jacy. Really? Yes. He brings out his old Dashing Cody Rhodes face mask! Jazmyn & Jacy are actually honored to have this piece of history. Will Jacy use this so she can have a clear path back to the top of NXT?

 

Mia Yim leaves Ava’s office.

Michin thanks the GM, and The Good Brothers are there to ask what’s up. Mia says the next time Jaida wants to bring weapons into a match, that ass whooping will be unreal. However, W’s get rewards, so guess who is the first challenger for Kelani’s North American Championship? Now that’s Too Sweet! Mia says they don’t even need to worry about four others, it will be 1v1. And though she’s part of a group, she is the HBIC, and the NEW NA Champion. Anderson says this is it. AJ Styles will win the WWE Championship at The Clash, Mia will taste the gold. Too Sweet, baby! Is The OC about to take over all of the WWE?

 

Wait, someone is going after commentary!

Who was that? Didn’t this happen a week ago? What is going on in NXT?

 

Eddy Thorpe VS Tavion Heights!

The Alpha Wolf meditated, and he is now motivated to carry on the legacy of the great Native American superstars of the past. Will Eddy reach those new heights? Or will he fail to get past these Heights his first night back?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, fans duel, but Eddy wrenches Tavion to a wristlock. Tavion powers through to SPINEBUSTER, then he floats to facelock. Tavion floats to waistlock, but Eddy slips out to hammerlock. Tavion switches that onto Eddy then facelocks, but Eddy goes to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Tavion lets off in frustration, and he eggs Eddy on. Eddy ROCKS Tavion! Tavion takes a swing, Eddy ducks and CROSSBODIES! Tavion gets back up but Eddy hits a kitchen sink knee! Eddy storms up to KICK, KICK and KICK in the corner! Eddy reels Tavion in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE!!

Tavion scrambles to ropes but Eddy fires hands. Eddy whips, Tavion reverses but Eddy ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ does it again, but Tavion still OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Tavion storms around, runs up, and CLUBS Eddy down! Tavion gets Eddy up, whips him into the corner, then storms up to fire forearms. Tavion whips Eddy back into the corner, then fireman’s carries. Tavion storms around but Eddy fires elbows! Eddy hammers away, but Tavion powers back up! Tavion TOSSES Eddy, then gut wrenches for a GUT WRENCH PLEX! Cover, TWO! Tavion grows frustrated but he facelocks. Eddy fights up and throws body shots.

The fans rally as Eddy throws more hands, but Tavion hits a THROW! DRAGON SLEEPER! Eddy endures and the fans rally up but Tavion pulls on the hold! Eddy reaches up to throw knee after knee! Eddy is free, and he CHOPS! And ROCKS! And ROCKS again! Eddy CHOPS, CHPOS and whips, to then ELBOW Tavion down! Eddy rallies with forearms, body shots, UPPERCUTS, and a BOOT! GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Eddy and he storms around. Eddy runs for the TOMAHAWK ELBOW! Then Eddy drags Tavion up, IMPACT DDT! Cover, Eddy wins!

Winner: Eddy Thorpe, by pinfall

The Alpha Wolf makes a victorious return, will his warpath lead him to the top of the mountain?

 

The No Quarter Catch Crew watches this backstage.

Damon Kemp has his beef against Eddy Thorpe, but Charlie Dempsey is more focused on Tavion Heights. Myles, go get him and bring him here. Wait, what? What for? Myles, just go get Tavion. GO. GET. HIM. Myles says okay, right. Charlie says there is strength in numbers, they might try expanding the crew. Kemp isn’t sure, they’re barely able to figure Dempsey out. Right? Heh. Dempsey asks if that’s so. Does Kemp think he’s funny? Because maybe if Kemp didn’t drop two straight to Tony D, they’d have the Heritage Cup back. Now look where they are. Don’t you dare question Dempsey. Now Myles, go get Tavion! Okay, okay!

Myles hurries out, but will the crew going back to four really help them turn things around?

 

Ava Raine talks with Robert Stone.

They’re back in Orlando, and they’re still dealing with Roxie. Speaking of, Stone brings up his talk with her earlier, and she wouldn’t say anything about it. Ava says that’s alright, Roxie’s a bit unpredictable. Stone just feels bad because Roxie’s gonna get her time to get at Ava- but then in walks Stevie Turner. She says hello to Lady Ava and Mr. Stone. But were they just talking about Roxie? Because Stevie overheard Roxie is gonna call out Ava for an apology. Oh, Roxie thinks she’s getting one? Good thing she doesn’t get paid for thinking. But thanks, Stevie, Ava appreciates the heads up. Oh, Ava has to take this call. Can she have the room?

Stevie and Stone exit, and Ava talks with…? Well, it must be important business, so will there be big things in the near future for NXT?

 

Shawn Spears VS Je’Von Evans!

The Chair Man tried to make himself the mentor to the young minds of the NXT locker room, but the Young OG wasn’t having it. Will Evans prove that Spears can take his advice somewhere else? Or will there be more “truth” brought painfully to light?

The bell rings and Spears throws his hood at Evans! Then he fires off hands! Evans turns things around to CHOP and CHOP and whip. Spears reverses but Evans ducks ‘n’ dodges, only for Spears to THESZ PRESS! Spears throws down hands then he stomps Evan’s in the head! Evans staggers up, Spears brings him around and back suplexes, only for Evans to land out! Evans ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Spears goes to a corner, Evans runs in and CHOPS! The fans fire up as Evans goes up, but Spears carries him off the corner, to FLAPJACK off ropes! Evans sputters and coughs, but Spears stomps him back down.

Spears brings Evans up, CHOPS him down, then shakes out his hand. Evans crawls to ropes, but Spears CHOKES him! The ref counts, Spears lets off at 4, and the ref warns him. Spears storms back up on Evans to CHOP again! Evans sputters, but he also gets mad! Evans ROCKS Spears, fires off forearms, but Spears put shim in the corner. Spears RAMS into Evans, CHOPS him again, then stalks him along ropes. Spears whips, Evans kicks back! And then DROPKICKS! Spears bails out, Evans WRECKS him with a dropkick! The fans fire up as Evans aims, runs up, and PENALTY KICKS Spears down! The fans fire up more as NXT goes picture in picture.

Evans stalks Spears, drags him up, and CHOPS him! Spears goes to barriers, kicks low, then swings, but Evans dodges to ROCK Spears! Evans follows Spears to the desk, throws hands, then follows him around the way. They go into the ring, Evans storms up in the corner, but Spears kicks low! Spears HEADBUTTS Evans, Evans staggers, and Spears storms up to HEADBUTT again! Spears drags Evans up, but Evans CHOPS! Spears bails right out while the fans fire up. Evans follows Spears out, puts him back in, and then aims from the corner. Spears storms up, Evans DECKS him, then slingshots to go up, but Spears trips him up!

Evans is stuck in the Tree of Woe, but Spears sits him up to CHOP him on the back! Spears then climbs up to scoop Evans, for a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Evans tumbles to the apron then the floor while Spears wants the count out! The count begins, but it isn’t fast enough, so Spears goes out to RAM Evans into barriers! And then into the apron! Evans crawls, Spears stalks him, and Spears puts Evans in. Spears storms up on Evans as NXT returns to single picture, and he drops a knee on Evans! Cover, TWO! Spears grabs Evans’ legs, turns him over, and has the HALF CRAB! Evans endures and the fans rally up.

Evans reaches out, crawls forward, but Spears drags him from ropes! Evans still fights, still claws at the mat, and he still gets the ROPEBREAK! Spears holds until the ref counts 4, and the fans boo. Spears argues with the ref about the count, then Spears drags Evans up. Spears CHOPS and Evans sits down. Spears drags Evans up by his hair, CHOPS him again, but Evans snarls! The fans fire up with Evans but Spears CHOPS! Evans HEEL KICKS! Evans then gets Spears up, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Evans crawls and rises, and Spears goes to the other corner.

Spears storms back up but Evans fires hands! Evans ROCKS Spears again and again, CHPOS, then DECKS him! Spears gets up so Evans DECKS him again! Evans ducks ‘n’ dodges and rebounds, NEURALIZER KICK! Then a kip up! The fans fire up and Evans goes to a corner. Evans aims from the apron, but Spears gets away before the springboard. Evans hurries over, Spears puts him on the apron, and SUPERKICKS him down! Spears SLINGSHOTS Evans into a DRAPING DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives and the fans fire up again! Spears is frustrated, but “This is Awesome!” Spears drags Evans up, fireman’s carries, but Evans fights fee!

Evans O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Evans goes up and up and OG CUTTER!! But Spears tumbles out of the ring! Evans is frustrated, but he builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Spears! Evans sees Spears go around the way, so he goes up the barriers! CANNONBALL! Another direct hit and the fans are thunderous! Evans puts Spears in the ring, clotheslines him right back out, then goes to the apron. Evans springboards, but only gets desk!! Spears laid the trap and now he gets Evans into the ring! Spears fireman’s carries for the C4!! Cover, Spears wins!

Winner: Shawn Spears, by pinfall

Spears knew all about Evans’ athletic ability and used that against him! Will The Chair Man continue to prove why NXT should follow him?

 

Nathan Frazer & Axiom show off their Vegas pictures.

Good stuff, they sure had some fun. Tyler Bate says Frazer should cheer up, though. They beat the Good Brothers at Battleground! No, man, he can’t celebrate any more than they did that night. Aw, of course he can! But then in steps The D’Angelo Family. Tony says check out the party animals! To be honest, Tony didn’t think they had that in them. Axiom says yeah, they’re full of surprises. The Don is riding high, too, retaining the Heritage Cup. But he thinks these gents could use a refresher in the heritage of the Cup. Dunne says Tony’s not about to lecture him and Bate on the history of British wrestling, is he?

Bate points out his name is on that cup. Axiom says yeah, and his best friend A-Kid, and Frazer, too. Speaking of, Frazer is staring at the cup. Tony has Frazer snap out of it. Axiom admits that’s true, Frazer needs to remember they’re tag team champions. Stacks says yeah, for now. Tony has his Underboss stand down. They’ll give them all a lesson, later. The D’Angelo Family leaves, and Axiom wants Frazer to remember: tag team champions. Frazer knows that. He just misses the Cup. Well, he can’t possibly do both, can he? Frazer says of course he can. Frazer’s motto may be #NeverSlowDown, but is it wise to divide his attention?

 

Shawn Spears finds Cody Rhodes backstage.

The Chair Man tells The American Nightmare that Cody won the Royal Rumble and got his. Now Spears is gonna win the battle royal and get his own. Cody believes that. Ethan Page walks over and says he’s in the battle royal, too. Is Cody not gonna wish him luck? And then Lexis King says HE will win that battle royal. Cody says it seems these guys are all in a good place now. Cody leaves, and it seems there’s some elite competition coming for Trick Williams. But who survives the battle royal to head for Heatwave in Toronto?

 

Roxanne Perez heads to the ring!

The fans are torn as The Prodigy makes her way out, the red carpet and some plants set up for her State of the Women’s Division Address. Roxie gets a mic to say, “And still~ your NXT Women’s Champion, The Prodigy, Roxanne Perez. Here I stand at the top of the greatest women’s division in all of wrestling today! And I told you guys that I was gonna protect this title. But not only did I do that, at Battleground, I proved to everyone that there truly is levels to this. And no one in this world is on mine.

“But it’s okay! Don’t feel the need to thank me all at once to make sure that this championship stays in NXT. You all are just finding out what I’ve always known. But um, there is one woman who does need to come out here and thank me. So Ava, why don’t you come on out here. I don’t think you wanna make the champ wait.” The NXT General Manager does make her way out here, and Ava says she had a feeling this would happen. And she assumes Roxie wants congratulations for her win. So congrats! But Ava isn’t sure what Roxie wants Ava to thank her for. This is just part of being a great champion.

We all know it isn’t about what you say but what you do. It’s about who you face and who you defeat, how you carry yourself and- Roxie says of course, of course, Ava! That’s why you’re just the perfect GM! Ava always finds a way to make this all about herself. But get this: Whoever Ava arranges for Roxie, whoever she puts in line, Roxie will always find a way to win. There is not one woman who can take this title from her! But then wait! Here comes Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx! Are Jacy’s ears deceiving her, or is Roxie taking credit for the entire locker room? Jazmyn says no, that’s what it sounds like to her, too.

These two get in the ring and tell Roxie that eve since she won the title, it seems Roxie lost her sweet and innocent side. And she damn sure lost her memory! Because long before Roxie ever signed here, Jacy was one of the main reasons everyone tuned in to NXT! Before Roxie’s little Breakout Tournament win and all her title reigns, Roxie couldn’t even reference the NXT Women’s Division without talking about Jacy! Jazmyn says Roxie must’ve forgotten that the biggest threats to her title are the ones under this roof. Roxie says okay, okay, so this is where the line starts? But then “SKRRRRR~!” Lash Legend & Jakara Jackson make their way out!

And Lash tells “Bat Girl & Robin” to slow down. While Jacy was out getting that beak fixed and Jazmyn is trying to be a wannabe Kim K wannabe, Meta Four was actually making headlines and making moments. Jakara says that’s right! And with Lash just inches from that Women’s North American Championship and bringing gold back to Meta Four, they’ll still go after Kelani. But uh, since Roxie’s taking credit for everybody’s work, it’s on sight! Roxie finds herself surrounded, but wait! Here comes Lola Vice! And she says no, Roxie can’t talk about Battleground without bringing up NXT Underground.

But yeah, we get it. Roxie proved she’s different. But so did Lola. These fists don’t lie. Lola storms in to join everyone, and says it is only a matter of time before it’s her time. And she knows this look. They all want what Roxie has, but Roxie’s on another level. A level only matched by Lola. So now, this conversation is only between the champion, and the next champion. Jakara tells Lola to shake her happy ass right outta here. Lola ROUNDHOUSES Jakara down! Lash DECKS Lola! Jacy & Jazmyn go after Lash but she pushes them both down! They come back to DOUBLE LARIAT Lash out! Lola & Roxie DUMP Jacy & Jazmyn, then they TOSS Jakara!

The fans fire up as Lola stands alongside Roxie, but there are a lot of bad, bad women ready to fight for the gold! Who will prove to be the baddest of them all when NXT turns up the heat in Toronto?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT to follow up Battleground but also pivot right towards Heatwave. Great appearance by Cody tonight with a really good promo with him and Trick. That 25 Man Battle Royal being open to more than just NXT is great stuff, and I also liked Cody meeting up with the other former AEW talent backstage. But seeing as how Ethan just had his shot, I don’t think he’s winning. The Singapore Cane match was great stuff, but I should’ve figured Lexis would win since he was already 0-2. And Spears VS Evans was a great main event match, Evans looked great, but it made sense for Spears to win out. But even, then, I don’t see Spears and Evans winning the battle royal, either.

Good opening promo from Kelani, and good segue into Mia VS Jaida. Good stuff with Good Brothers getting involved to stop Jaida, and Mia VS Kelani next week will be a solid first defense for Kelani. Good return match for Wendy as she puts on this hybrid persona. Reminds me of when Alexa Bliss was being a hybrid of herself and spooky Alexa that was with The Fiend. This new character might be just what Wendy needs to get up to a title opportunity herself. For that matter, that closing segment sure brought out a lot of Heels to go after the already Heel champion. But Roxie definitely stepped in it saying no one woman can beat her. There’s a very good chance she’ll have to face Lash, Lola and even Jacy in a big title match, thereby protecting Roxie if she were to lose.

Great stuff with Chase U, with Thea getting all the guys to listen to reason. At the same time, it might not last long if the team can’t start winning things again. Good return win for Eddy, and it is intriguing that Dempsey is looking to recruit Tavion. Tavion being a collegiate wrestler does fit the NQCC’s style, and maybe he and Kemp form a tag team so the crew can get back in the tag title scene. Speaking of, good promo from the tag champs with New Catch Republic and The D’Angelo Family. I feel like there should be some kind of deal struck: Tony will give Frazer a shot at the Cup if Frazer & Axiom give Stacks & Luca another shot at the tag titles. And there’s a good chance that Stacks & Luca make good on the tag title shot, even with Frazer saying he can be a good double champion.

And really good Six Man Tag of Wes & New Catch Republic VS Gallus. I’m rather surprised Gallus won, but I suppose it makes sense when they’re the unit that’s been together a long time while this was the first time Wes teamed with Bate & Dunne. I would think Wes and Joe Coffey get in on that battle royal, and it’d be pretty awesome if Wes won to officially move him up to the top title scene. At the same time, not sure they’d pit two fan favorites against each other like that. Maybe Gallus makes sure one of their own wins, they challenge and fail at Heatwave, and we see Wes build up in the background while others go after Trick.

My Score: 8.8/10


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