London is Raw!
Raw goes big in the O2 Arena as we get a DOUBLE Contract Signing! Becky Two Belts meets with both Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair just a week before MITB!
- Roman Reigns & The Miz VS Bobby Lashley & Elias w/ Shane; Reigns & Miz win, by disqualification.
- Mojo Rawley VS Apollo Crews; Rawley wins.
- Ricochet VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
- Fatal 4 Way: Naomi VS Natalya VS Dana Brooke VS
Alexa BlissNikki Cross; Cross wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS Cesaro; Mysterio wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Drew McIntyre; changed to…
- Falls Count Anywhere: Braun Strowman VS Sami Zayn; Zayn wins and is in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with Miz TV!
The Most Must-See Superstar heads for Money in the Bank and a Steel Cage against Shane McMahon! And he’s been making sure Shane doesn’t forget! He attacked on both last week’s Raw and SmackDown, but The B Team saved Shane so he could give Miz several chair shots. But with a cage around them, Shane won’t be able to run or hide!
As for here in London, Miz kicks off his Most Must-See WWE Talk Show for an international edition! Miz reminds everyone that MITB is this Sunday, a once-a-year tradition PPV and match. The contracts are all but guaranteed championship reigns! Miz was a Mr. MITB so he knows that one man and one woman, who survives the fiercest of talent and competition, will have shots at a title anytime and anywhere. But Miz does have to bring up his own opponent, a man who thinks he’s the Best in the World, Shane McMahon. Both Miz and Shane will be in that steel cage! As much as Miz wants to talk about himself, Miz gets to his guest: the triumphant and inspirational Big Dog, Roman Reigns!
The Wild Card Rule allows Roman to make Raw and London his Yard a day early! Roman himself has to prepare for The Drifter, Elias, who has become buddy-buddy with Shane O’Mac and Vince since being drafted to SmackDown in the Superstar Shake-Up. Roman sits with Miz and Miz wants to know what we can expect from him this Sunday. “Elias is a lot of things. He’s young, he’s strong, he’s charismatic”, and fans love to sing about him. “Oh~ Walk With Elias~!” Well if you need someone for karaoke or a wedding singer, then you can #WalkWithElias. But what has he done since showing up on main roster? Nothing. And Roman’s bringing the big fight to him. Miz likes that. Now these two haven’t seen eye to eye but they’re starting to have things in common. Like being in movies! They should do a buddy comedy!
Roman disapproves. This sounds like old Miz, the one Roman once punched in the mouth. Roman wants new Miz, the guy that stands up and chases Shane with a chair. Where is that Miz? Do we need to remind Miz of that? Last week’s Raw, when Roman fought Drew McIntyre, Shane and Elias interfered! But then Miz did appear to run him off! So that’s the Miz Roman wants? That’s the Miz everyone wants. Miz asks the fans if that’s true, and they confirm with “YES! YES!” Well for two superstars who haven’t been on the same page, it took Shane to make Miz see why. It’s about earning respect.
After 13 years, Miz has earned the fans’ respect, but what has Shane earned? He’s a daddy’s boy with a silver spoon in his mouth. Miz may not be the biggest and baddest, but he knows how to fight and he knows how to win! Shane attacked Papa Miz and abused his power, but his power won’t matter in a cage! There will be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide! Shane will regret going after Miz and his family, and Shane will go down faster than his old man did to Roman’s Superman Punch! But speaking of, here comes Shane! Fans boo as Shane stands on stage. “Y’know, Miz and Roman, it’s quite flattering that you’re talking about me.” But what he didn’t hear is that he’s also their boss. And as such, Shane needs to inform them that Miz TV is now over.
Lashley SPEARS Roman and Elias clobbers Miz! Shane’s new posse get the better of the Big Dog and the A-Lister, but Shane has an idea. Don’t worry about leaving the ring, because they’re having a match! And it’s up next! The Miz and Roman will have to work together for the first time ever! Can they overcome the united Drifter and Rocky Mountain Machine?
Roman Reigns & The Miz VS Bobby Lashley & Elias w/ Shane!
Raw returns as the teams sort out, and we have The Miz starting against Elias.
Fans sing for Elias as he and Miz circle. Miz avoids Lashley’s swipe as well as Elias’ sucker punch. He kicks away on Elias and whips, but Elias holds ropes. Elias throws Miz out but Miz slides under to roll him up, TWO! Elias knees Miz low then CHOPS him off his feet! He drags Miz up for big hands, then whips. Miz reverses and hits the kitchen sink! Miz speeds up to knee lift and get Elias with an A-List Combination! Cover, TWO! Shane coaches Elias but Miz wrenches the arm. Roman wants in so Miz tags him in. Elias breaks free but Roman grins as he gets in. Elias goes all the way out and fans boo him being afraid of the Big Dog.
The ref counts but Elias takes his time returning. Elias gets in but tags right out to Lashley. Lashley is no stranger to Roman as they circle and tie up. Lashley puts Roman in a corner but backs off to flex. Then he throws a punch, only to get a punch! Roman runs but Lashley hurdles and runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Lashley grabs and gator rolls with Roman. Roman powers Lashley to a corner and rams his shoulder in over and over! Roman backs off at the ref’s count of 4, but he walks into an elbow. Lashley runs, but into a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Roman has Lashley in the corner and throws point blank lariats. Miz tags in and Roman gets 9, the A-List Lariat is the 10th! Lashley staggers into Roman’s BOOT, and then Miz elbows Elias down!
Miz sees both Elias and Lashley sit up, so he unleashes It Kicks on each of them! He kicks Elias then Lahsley then back again. Miz gears up, buzzsaw for Elias! He aims at Lashley, but gets blocked! Lashley lifts Miz but Miz pops out! Miz boots Lashley away but Elias hotshots him! Lashley gives Miz the complete shot! Cover, TWO! Miz lives but is in trouble as we go to break.
Raw returns and Elias chokes Miz on the ropes. He backs off but Shane gets in to choke Miz himself! Fans boo but Shane gets away with it! Elias covers, TWO! Elias drags Miz up and into a corner for buckle bumps. He whips and Miz hits hard into buckles. Elias keeps Miz away from Roman and climbs up. Elias goes old school an takes a long walk, for meteora! Cover, but Roman breaks it! The ref holds Roman back but Elias tags in Lashley. Lashley drags Elias up to whip him back into a corner. Lashley runs corner to corner to ram his shoulder into Miz. Then he suplexes Miz and holds him there with the Vertigo Suplex! Cover, TWO! Miz survives but Lashley keeps on him with clubbing forearms to the face.
Lashley tags Elias and they mug Miz with stomps. Elias drags Miz up to CHOP him into the corner. Elias throws hansd but Miz fights back! Miz hits Elias, then Lashley, then repeat, but Elias catches him on the run! Elias shoves and clubs Miz then goes after Roman, only to get a punch! Miz DDT’s Elias down! Fans fire up as Miz and Elias crawl. Hot tag to Lashley and he clobbers Miz down! Lashley whips Miz again, then runs corner to corner, only to get post! Miz crawls for his corner, but Shane trips Roman up?! And throws him into steel steps!
Winners: Roman Reigns & The Miz, by disqualification
Shane O’Mac still doesn’t have authority to stop the ref from ringing the bell, but it doesn’t matter. Elias attacks Miz and then so does Lashley. Shane even gets his own shots in before tossing Miz out. Elias and Lashley hit Miz more, then ram him into the apron. Shane gets shots, but then roman FLIES! Roman bowls everyone over! Fans fire up with The Big Dog, but Shane tackles Roman down! Shane puts Roman in the ring but Roman gets him back! Elias and Lashley have to save Shane from Roman, the numbers in their favor. But Miz has a CHAIR! Miz fires off with chair shots, then Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Elias! And SUPERMAN PUNCH for Lashley! Shane runs away again, but he will have to face the consequences! Will Miz leave Shane down and out in a steel cage on Sunday?
Raw profiles Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles.
The Architect has always had one goal in life: being the best pro-wrestler ever. And when his goal narrowed in on being a truly worthy champion, he accomplished it by doing the seemingly impossible: slaying The Beast, Brock Lesnar. But just as Rollins climbed back up the mountain, there’s someone who wants to knock him back down.
The Phenomenal One has gone around the world to prove himself worthy of that name, and then he proved himself all over again by making SmackDown The House That AJ Styles Built. But now they both meet on the same show, and Rollins has a title Styles wants. Destiny brings these two on a collision course at Money in the Bank. Will a legacy be cemented? Or will another be validated?
Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.
The Monster Among Men almost got Sami Zayn killed putting him in that dumpster. But Strowman only regrets Sami not coming out a compact cube. Strowman vows to become a two-time Mr. Monster in the Bank, but then someone informs Strowman that Shane needs to see him in his office. Is that so? Strowman storms off, but what will Shane have to say this close to Money in the Bank Sunday?
Raw returns as Sami talks with Shane.
The toxic nature of the fans makes superstars act recklessly! Strowman almost ended Sami’s career or worse! But the Monster acts like a Monster because fans cheer. Strowman barges in and sees Sami snitched. Sami’s lucky to be standing here! So the McMahon Family has to make it right. By taking Strowman out of the MITB Ladder match, to put Sami in! No, Shane can’t just give someone opportunities. Then Sami will fight him for it! Really? Yeah! Falls Count Anywhere even! That way Sami can put Strowman in a dumpster and see how he likes it. Well he was going to face Drew McIntyre, but surely there’s something else McIntyre can do. So the match is set! Winner goes to MITB! Strowman vows to eat Sami alive. Sami got what he wanted, but will he regret it?
Mojo Rawley VS Apollo Crews!
The man once known as the Hype Bro has completely changed. In fact, Mojo may have broken, given that new face paint. But will he be able to prove more than just his attitude has changed against Wild Card Rule user Apollo?
The bell rings and Mojo walks right into Apollo’s punches. Apollo stomps Mojo in a corner but backs off at 4. He wrenches and whips Mojo but Mojo reverses. Apollo goes up and over but hurts his leg! Mojo gets upset but he doesn’t let up, he chop blocks Apollo’s leg! Mojo laughs at Apollo before going side to side, Hype Arm! Then an Alabama Slam! Cover, Mojo wins!
Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall
Mojo returns and Mojo wins! He did take advantage of an unfortunate move for Apollo, but that doesn’t matter to him. Will Mojo finally live up to the potential he’s come to despise?
Alexa Bliss is on the phone backstage.
“Has everyone here lost their minds?!” Some D-List actress has a baby and The Goddess’ luggage goes missing?! That was all her gear and she has a match tonight! She is an American celebrity, so her luggage is the airline’s priority. Find it! She hangs up, and Nikki Cross appears. Is everything alright? No, it’s awful! How did Nikki grow up in the UK? It sucks. But thanks for asking. Not everyone is as nice as Nikki. It’s great to have someone to talk to. Nikki’s been here for a month, but it didn’t seem like anyone notice. Not at all! It’s just that things have been so crazy during the Superstar Shake-Up and now the Wild Card Rule. Alexa’s been meaning to get to know Nikki now that they’re both on Raw. But now, Alexa has no luggage.
Nikki offers to be a shoulder to cry on. Alexa smirks, because her plan worked. She vents about her bad shoes and luggage, and now she’ll be embarrassed on Raw all over again. Nikki suggests going to the McMahons to see if they can get a replacement. Oh, would she? Would she what? Take Alexa’s place in the Fatal 4 Way. Nikki would be honored but- Then it’s decided! Alexa will go tell Shane that Nikki volunteered. Nikki smiled, because she finally gets some spotlight! Will the once Loony Lass of SAnitY be able to start fresh with Raw London?
Raw returns and Michael Cole is in the ring!
Tonight is not just one contract signing, but two, and at the same time! Becky Lynch is the Champ Champ and is set to defend both belts in a double header at Money in the Bank. We get both contracts out of the way at once, so first out is the #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship, Lacey Evans! The Sassy Southern Belle struts her way out and takes her seat, and then the #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Charlotte Flair, makes her entrance! The Queen wants to be a nine-time Women’s Champion and even hopes that will become a new nickname for her. Charlotte goes to the ring and takes her seat next to Lacey. And now, we have The Man, the dual champion herself, Becky Lynch!
London cheers Becky Two Belts as she wears her Raw title while holding up her SmackDown title. And as she enters the ring, she makes sure both Lacey and Charlotte see both belts. Before signing, Cole asks Becky if her attitude has bit off more than she can chew. Fans cheer for Becky and she says it’s so nice to be back in London. As to his question, she knows her opponents are bigger, stronger and more athletic. It’s not about knowing the beating is coming, it’s that she doesn’t care. She might be under pressure, but the bright lights are gonna hit and Lacey will be the one to feel it. Becky knows Lacey will regret ever coming for a fight. Just ask “your twin sister” what it’s like to lose to Becky.
Charlotte says Becky never learns. Becky has everything she’s ever wanted, and yet still has to make jokes. But that big mouth got Becky in trouble before, and she’s in another no-win scenario. Lacey compliments Charlotte on her observation. And it’s nice to see someone else has the decency to show up dressed appropriately. This is a contract signing, not a barn fight. Well Lacey hasn’t been to one of these, has she? Fans even wonder, “Who are ya? Who are ya?” As for Charlotte, she has to face Becky made the history Charlotte felt she was owed. Charlotte was born into wrestling and groomed by the McMahons, but she hasn’t really been delivering. So at MITB, one of these dopes can’t afford to lose her first, and the other can’t afford to lose her millionth. Becky’s not the only one under pressure.
Fans continue to cheer but Charlotte shrugs it off. Becky had her story book ending by beating the Baddest Woman, and yet that’s not enough? Becky Two Belts built up her reputation to where she can’t live up to it. All of it will come crashing down, “and frankly, I find it hilarious.” Because not even two titles can hide Becky’s insecurities. At MITB, the only thing Becky will have to blame is her own stubborn pride. Becky will #BowDowntotheQueen. WOO~! Charlotte puts her mic down to sign her contract.
And Lacey says this is the point she’s been trying to prove: “The WWE deserves a legitimate lady to set the proper example as champion.” We’ve all heard to a “classless example”, and these young women are being led astray by Becky’s “confusing behavior.” But Lacey vows to class up the Raw Women’s Championship. Becky can pretend to swing what she doesn’t have, because she’s not taking down two real ladies. If you wanna see something swing, come a little closer! Lacey declines and simply signs her contract. Charlotte encourages Lacey to throw down but Lacey doesn’t want to get her dress dirty. Becky says she’ll gladly slap the blonde off both of them right now. Lacey shoves the table and goes after Becky!
Becky throws Lacey out but then has Charlotte to deal with! She holds her own! Becky throws knees and forearms as fans go nuts, but Lacey attacks from behind. Becky gets Lacey in the armbar, but Charlotte BOOTS Becky down! The Queen throws Becky into buckles, then prepares the table. Becky tries to fight back but Charlotte clubs her down. Lacey helps Charlotte lift and powerbomb Becky through the table! The Queen and the Southern Belle stand tall with Becky’s belts, but will this really be how MITB ends? Or will Becky have a harder time deciding who to beat down first?
Ricochet VS Baron Corbin!
Raw returns as the Lone Wolf has Mike Rome give the full introduction: former Raw GM, former Golden Gloves boxing champion, former WWE United States Champion, former Mr. Money in the Bank, and the man who defeated Kurt Angle in his Farewell Match, “London’s Favorite Son”, Baron Corbin. Corbin grins and fans boo, but now the One and Only makes his entrance! Will Ricochet wipe the smile of Corbin’s face and grab major momentum towards this year’s MITB Ladder match?
The bell rings and Ricochet circles with Corbin. London is on Ricochet’s side but Corbin knees him low. Corbin tosses Ricochet out but runs into Ricochet’s shoulder. Ricochet slingshots and forearms Corbin, then eggs him on. Things speed up and Ricochet rolls off Corbin’s back to dropkick him to a corner. Ricochet eggs Corbin on more and they tie up. Corbin powers Ricochet to a corner and knees low. Corbin bumps him off buckles then whips him corner to corner, but Ricochet goes up and over to forearm back. Ricochet whips Corbin but Corbin reverses. Ricochet goes up and over while Corbin slides out and in! But Ricochet sees it coming to moonsault over and springboard crossbody!
Corbin bails out but Ricochet builds speed, only to miss the dropkick. Corbin pops Ricochet up but gets a mule kick and moonsault! Ricochet fires up while Corbin gets back in the ring. Ricochet hits Corbin away then springboards, but Corbin gets under to clobber him! Corbin soaks up the heat while we go to break.
Raw returns as Corbin whips Ricochet. Ricochet handsprings, but into Corbin’s waistlock! Corbin lifts and tosses Ricochet down then covers, TWO! Corbin argues with the ref but two is two. Fans taunt Corbin with their singing, but he stomps Ricochet out at the ropes. Ricochet gets to the apron but Corbin walks over. Ricochet hotshots Corbin then uppercuts him away. Corbin runs in but slides out as Ricochet slingshots. Things speed up and Ricochet uppercuts Corbin again. Corbin pushes Ricochet to a corner but gets a boot and somersault shotgun dropkick! Fans rally as Ricochet and Corbin get to opposite corners. Ricochet runs in to ram his shoulder in then kick Corbin from the corner. Corbin staggers and Ricochet hits a springboard clothesline! Cover, TWO!
Ricochet keeps his focus as he and Corbin stand again. But Corbin grabs Ricochet for a lift. Ricochet pops out to a sunset flip, TWO! DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows angrier but fans continue to rally behind Ricochet. Corbin argues with the ref but the ref says his count is his count. The Lone Wolf goes back to Ricochet and reels him in, but Ricochet lips out! Ricochet tilt-o-whirls to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet knows he’s close, and he sees Corbin near a drop zone. Fans fire up as Ricochet climbs. Ricochet reaches the top rope and leaps, but has to bail out as Corbin evades. Corbin boots Ricochet then hops up, but Ricochet uppercuts Corbin back! Ricochet climbs up to join Corbin but Corbin shoves him to the side.
But Ricochet’s back up fast, SUPER STEINER! Standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO! Corbin survives but Ricochet isn’t done with him. Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls, but into End of Days!! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
Corbin pulls out a victory out of nowhere! He also pulls a ladder out from under the ring and gets it in the ring. Corbin sets the ladder up to and climbs, imagining it as the MITB Ladder match. But Ricochet shows Corbin what else could happen by tipping the ladder over! Will Corbin feel that all over again when it’s not just Ricochet but Drew McIntyre and the SmackDown superstars in the ring with them?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
The King of Lucha Libre knows Samoa Joe threatened his son, Dominique, in order to send a message. How does Mysterio feel about that this week? Joe crossed a line. What kind of a man does that to another man’s child? If anyone has anything to say to Mysterio, just say it to his face. But Cesaro comes over to say Mysterio is rude talking about Joe when Joe’s not around. Plus, when did Raw have a Bring Your Kid to Work Day? Cesaro doesn’t know it, but Dominique’s been training. Yeah, whatever. Dominique’s 6’2″ while Mysterio’s, what? 5′ nothing? Dominique looks more like Joe than Mysterio. Is Dominique really Mysterio’s son? Mysterio attacks Cesaro! They fight with luggage! Referees break this fight up, but will Mysterio show Cesaro and Joe what happens when you mess with family?
Raw takes a look at the Evolution of The Big Dog.
From FCW to NXT to The Shield to winning the Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns had a fast rise in just five years. He took on The Game, took the crown for his own, and reigned over his Roman Empire, even going through one of the greatest, John Cena! Roman even added his name to the short list of those who have defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Of course, his run wasn’t without struggle, as he’s gone back and forth with The Beast, Brock Lesnar. Roman took the Universal Championship from Suplex City, but then in October of 2018, Joe Anoa’i had to reveal the truth: Leukemia was back. Roman gave up his title and fought a different fight.
Fans poured out genuine concern for The Big Dog’s genuine life or death battle, but in a miraculous four months, he was back! And then in the Superstar Shake-Up, The Big Dog would make the Blue Brand HIS Yard with a Superman Punch heard around the world! And now, he can be on both shows thanks to the Wild Card Rule! But either way, Roman does what he wants when he wants, because he’s home.
Backstage interview with AJ Styles!
The Phenomenal One got the better of Seth Rollins the last couple of weeks, but people question his methods. People question a lot of things. The last Phenomenal Forearm that got Rollins was meant for Corbin, but that doesn’t mean Styles will stand for disrespect. But this is Monday Night Raw- Wait, Monday Night Rollins. This was Rollins’ show, until Styles showed up. Styles had a chip on his shoulder when he first arrived in WWE, and it’s still there. And now at MITB, Styles goes in a challenger, but will come out the new Universal Champion! Will Styles make that claim come true against the Architect?
Fatal 4 Way: Naomi VS Natalya VS Dana Brooke VS
Alexa Bliss Nikki Cross!
The Glow, the Queen of Harts and the underdog just looking for a chance all have a golden opportunity with the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match this Sunday! However, they were all expecting The Goddess to be part of this match like they will be at MITB. We already know Alexa lost her luggage but took advantage of Nikki’s new found nice side. Will Nikki be able to shine now that she’s stepped out of the shadows?
Raw returns as Dana Brooke makes her entrance next, followed by Natalya. Last but not least, Nikki Cross makes her entrance, still wild as ever! But Alexa Bliss still shows up and joins commentary. The bell rings, and Natty goes at Dana, but Nikki goes at Natty. Naomi goes at Dana and whips her at both Natty and Nikki. Dana dodges as Naomi runs in, leaving Natty and Nikki to get sandwiched. Dana rolls Naomi, ONE! Natty clotheslines Dana down but Nikki breaks the cover. Nikki throws Natty out but Dana throws Nikki out. Naomi gets Dana with backslide but Dana resists. Naomi turns it into a full nelson bomb! And she holds onto the hold to grind Dana down. But Nikki walks over both of them! Nikki drags Natty out, though, and into the apron skirt! Nikki fires off and London fires up!
Dana covers Naomi, TWO, but Naomi body scissor covers Dana. TWO, and Naomi throws forearms on Dana. She whips Dana but Dana uses that to wreck Natty and Nikki. Naomi slingshots out onto all three! The Glow fires up while we go to break.
Raw returns and Dana rallies on Natty! Dana handsprings but into Natty’s back elbow! Natty grabs Dana’s legs to hook them, then slaps Dana into giving up her arms. Natty rocks Dana back into a surfboard! But Nikki climbs up top to recreate something from NXT! Only for Naomi to dump her down! Naomi bulldogs Dana out of the surfboard then enziguris Natty down! Cover, but Nikki breaks it. Nikki throws Naomi but Naomi throws Nikki out. Naomi goes back to Natty but Natty kicks her. Dana helps Natty lift Naomi then drop her on her face! Nikki clobbers and rallies on Natty and Dana! She gives Dana a saido suplex then covers Naomi, TWO!
Alexa cheers Nikki on as Nikki puts Naomi in a Rings of Saturn! Naomi endures as fans rally. Naomi rolls Nikki to a cover, TWO! Nikki let Naomi girl, and now Naomi fights off everyone else. Rear View for Natty! Rear View for Nikki! Naomi drags Natty to a drop zone but has to roundhouse Dana! Naomi scoop slams Dana onto Natty then hits a moonsault! Cover on Natty, but Dana breaks it! Dana throws Naomi out then pursues. Dana remembers there are No Disqualifications in Fatal 4 Ways, so she brings out a ladder! She stands it up but Natty hits her off it! Natty takes ownership but Nikki SPEARS Natty from under it! Nikki rains down rights but Naomi shoves her out to do the same. But they don’t see Dana climbing! Dana aims and LEAPS to wipe everyone out!
London loves this match even as all four women are down. Dana fires up because she vows she belongs her! She stomps each opponent in turn then drags Natty up. But Natty throws Dana hard into barriers! Natty clobbers Naomi then puts Nikki in. Nikki shoulders back then drags Natty in, THE PURGE! Cover, Nikki wins!!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall
Alexa cheers “her girl”, and celebrates for her. But given it was Nikki who won, does Alexa even have momentum towards Money in the Bank?
Speaking of, Alexa and Nikki work together to put the ladder in the ring. They stand the ladder up and Alexa climbs. Fans are divided as The Goddess grabs the briefcase and holds it for her own. But will the same thing happen when Alexa has to fight for herself on Sunday?
Sami Zayn speaks.
“Why do I even bother checking social media?” All anyone says is that Sami won’t stand a chance against Strowman. But that’s projection because all those fans are losers. Sami will win because Sami fights for a cause, while Strowman is just the personification of our vicarious fantasies of wanting to be big and strong. But what’s better than being big and strong? Being right. That’s why Falls Count Anywhere will be how Sami finds a way to win against Strowman and get into the Falls County Anywhere match. But is Sami really going to do that? Or is he just in denial?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Y’know, Rey Mysterio. It seems that for a man of a diminutive size, you talk a big game when I’m not around.” Joe didn’t cross a line, no. Rey did when he brought Dominique around. Someone needs to teach Dominique how to be a man but it won’t be his dad. Joe will see Rey at MITB, and hopes to see Dominique, too.
Rey Mysterio VS Cesaro!
After that altercation in the locker room, obviously these two needed to settle things in the ring. Will the King of Lucha use the Swiss Cyborg as a warning back to the Destroyer?
Raw returns as Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Cesaro gets Rey with a waistlock slam. Rey hits back and kicks, then runs, but into Cesaro’s scoop. Rey slips out and dropkicks Cesaro down to a knee to then spike-rana him into the mat! Cesaro gets up and alley-oops Rey to a buckle, but Rey jumps back for headscissors! But Rey walks into Cesaro’s boot, then Cesaro whips Rey into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, ONE! Cesaro keeps on Rey with a whip and hip toss, but Rey wheelbarrows and pops up to throw punches. Rey then headscissors Cesaro out of the ring, but Cesaro keeps Rey on his shoulders! Cesaro brings Rey down but Rey wheelbarrow throws Cesaro into barriers!
Rey gets back in the ring and fans fire up as he builds speed. Rey slides to sunset flip but Cesaro rolls through to take Rey swinging! Cesaro slams Rey into the barriers, then drags him into the ring. Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as he drags Rey back to ropes. He goes to suplex Rey out but Rey holds on to ropes! Rey fights out and joins Cesaro on the apron. Cesaro boots Rey to a corner, but then Rey jumps over to send Cesaro into the post! Cesaro rolls into the ring and Rey climbs up top. Rey aims but Cesaro stops Rey with a European Uppercut! Cesaro then deadlifts Rey up for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Rey survives but is in trouble while we go to break.
Raw returns as Rey fights out of Cesaro’s chinlock. Rey runs and kicks Cesaro, then sunset flips. Cesaro rolls through again to go swinging again! But Rey curls up to hit a DDT! Both men are down but Rey crawls to a n apron. Rey springboard seated sentons, then runs to tilt-o-whirl bulldog! He rolls Cesaro in La Magistrol, TWO! Rey catches his breath before throwing forearms on Cesaro. Cesaro shoves Rey but Rey headscissors him to ropes! Rey dials it up, but 619 gets caught! Into a swing! Cesaro swings Rey about ten times then dumps him down! Cesaro waits for Rey to stand even though fans want “One More Time!” He throws EuroUppers, and Rey ends up onto he ropes! Fans want Cesaro to try, Cesaro dials it up! SWISS-1-9 MISSES! Rey kicks Cesaro away then shoulders back, to slingshot and DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!!
Cesaro survives but Rey keeps his focus. Rey climbs up top as fans rally. Rey leaps, but into a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!! Rey lives but Cesaro keeps on him! Gotch position, but Rey slips out to tilt-o-whirl, only for Cesaro to turn it around! Cesaro pops Rey up but Rey puts him on the ropes! Dial it up, 619! FROG SPLASH! Cover, Rey wins!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
The King of Lucha pulls it out! Mysterio moves on to Money in the Bank, but will he take the United States Championship from Joe? Or will Joe just put him to sleep?
Raw reviews the pranks The Usos have played.
First, Jimmy & Jey found The Revival shaving each other’s backs in the locker room, and caught it on camera. Then they decided to make the #TopGuys really hot with Ucey Hot. Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson really got burned on that one. Or rather, they suffered a burning sensation.
The Revival responds.
“What kind of weird voyeurs watch another man getting his anatomy shaved?” The Usos took it too far with that Ucey Hot. The balls- no, the ball is in the Usos’ court. They can be the skid marks on the Raw roster, but the embarrassment of the Revival stops. Will we finally see which of these teams is better in the ring?
Raw presents: another new episode of Firefly Fun House!
Bray Wyatt isn’t at the door, silly. No he’s not over there, either. Wait there he is! Yay~! And Rambling Rabbit is back in one piece! But Bray has a secret to share. Shhhh~! Well it better be good. Yeah, Mercy has stuff to do. Guys, c’mon… But it’s time to show the world what he’s really been working on. But he can’t do it alone. He needs all his fireflies to help. So who’s with him? YAY~! That warms Bray’s soul. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of darkness in his noggin. He’s learned to harness it. Control it. So does everyone want to see the secret?
Bray turns to the door, and his puppet pals are all nervous. We enter the dark playroom… “Let me in…!” Twinkle twinkle little star… How we wonder what you are. “Yowie wowie.” Bray has transformed!!
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!
The Universal Champion heard what AJ Styles had to say earlier tonight. But he’s way past the accidental Phenomenal Forearm. This has gotten personal very fast. They’re going 1v1 for the first time in WWE, but they had a match before this. Just one match 15 years ago, when Rollins was just starting out. It was the first time his family and friends started believing in his dream. Rollins grew up looking up to Styles, but on Sunday, he’ll be proving to himself and to Styles that he’s now Styles’ peer. Rollins proves he is the backbone of Raw and the WWE! 15 years ago, he looked up to Styles. But after the dust settles, Styles will be looking up to Rollins. Will the Beastslayer also add being Better Than Phenomenal to his accolades?
Falls Count Anywhere: Braun Strowman VS Sami Zayn!
The Monster Among Men has chased Sami all over the arena many times before, but now he can do it to solidify his spot in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match! Will Sami #GetTheseHands before Strowman gets his hands on the MITB contract for a second time? Or will Sami find a way to not just survive but defeat Strowman and take his spot?
Raw returns as Sami makes his entrance, kicking and dancing and climbing ladders. Sami takes a fan’s sign with Strowman on it, and wipes his feet on it! Sami takes his time getting into the ring, too. Strowman approaches but Sami backs off. The bell rings anyway, and Sami slowly enters the ring. Strwoman runs and the chase is on! They go around the ring, in the ring, and Strowman runs Sami over! Sami gets up but Strowman squashes him in the corner! And then again in the other corner! Fans sing for Sami but Strowman drags Sami up. Sami slips out of his jacket but Strowman pursues again! Strowman runs Sami over again! Then Strowman goes a full lap around the ring to run Sami over again!
Fans want “One More Time!” but Strowman puts Sami in the ring. Sami gets back out of the ring and then runs into the crowd. Strowman pursues because again, Falls Count Anywhere. The chase goes up the stairs! Strowman gets Sami and gives him a BIG uppercut! Sami crawls but Strowman follows as they go further up. Strowman uppercuts Sami again, but Sami grabs a fan’s drink to splash Strowman with it! Sami runs away but Strowman still pursues! They’ve made it to the top, and then backstage. Sami attacks with a trash can in the halls! Fans cheer as Sami continues to SMACK Strowman! But Strowman knees Sami low, to then throw him into a pillar! And again! And again! Strowman keeps bumping Sami off the pillar until Sami falls over. Cover, TWO!
Sami survives but Strowman doesn’t let up. Strowman drags Sami up to uppercut him again! Sami staggers to the far side, right to the edge of where the fans are. But then Baron Corbin attacks Strowman! There are No Disqualifications and Corbin wants to ensure Strowman is NOT in the MITB match! Sami covers, TWO! Strowman won’t be beat so easily! So Corbin keeps going after Strowman with trash cans! Corbin brings Strowman over, and back suplexes Strowman through the merchandise table! Sami covers, TWO!! The O2 loses its mind as Sami and Corbin work together to bring Strowman up. Strowman fights back and throws Corbin into the merchandise racks! The Monster still has fight while we go to break!
Raw returns once more, and Strowman chases Sami back down the stairs! Sami gets to the bottom and gets a chair! Sami SMACKS Strowman, and Strowman is now the one running away through the crowd. Fans duel and sing as Sami SMACKS Strowman again! Sami fires up and keeps up the chase, but Strowman takes the chair away from him this time! Strowman throws and punches Sami closer to the stage. Strowman sees the many ladders, and picks up the medium-sized one. Sami runs away so Strowman gives chase. They end up backstage in the locker room area. Sami throws whatever he can at Strowman but it doesn’t slow him down. Flashbacks to last week as Strowman clobbers Sami and throws him into a garage door!
Sami begs for mercy but Strowman drags him up. Here comes Drew McIntyre! The other man in the Men’s MITB wants to eliminate The Monster! McIntyre sets up a chair to DDT Strowman through it! Sami covers, TWO!! Strowman survives a second screw job and McIntyre is furious! McIntyre takes the chair to throw it, then drags Strowman back up. But Strowman throws McIntyre into televisions! Strowman lifts a cooler and tosses it down on McIntyre! Strowman throws more things around as he continues chasing Sami! Sami gets through gorilla position but Strowman stalks him back on-stage!
Sami crawls but Strowman clobbers him. Strowman BOOTS Sami down, then grabs that ladder to ram it into Sami! And then slam it on his back! And then on top of him! Strowman goes back for a second ladder and stacks it on Sami. And then another ladder, and then another ladder! But Corbin returns! Corbin blindsides Strowman, and then McIntyre shows up, too! They both fight Strowman but he fights them both off! They beat Strowman down and use a ladder to ram Strowman in the ribs! The ref reprimands them but there are no DQ’s! McIntyre props a ladder up against barriers, and then he and Corbin both go back. Strowman fights them, but they double suplex Strowman through a ladder!
But Strowman stands up? Only to get a CLAYMORE! Sami is free of the ladder pile and Corbin helps him cover, with McIntyre, too! They all cover Strowman, Sami wins!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall; replaces Strowman in the MITB Ladder match
The Monster Among Men is screwed out of his spot! Sami takes Strowman’s place, but that just means he’ll have to fight the men who helped him get in. Will Sami really be able to win when the Scottish Terminator and Lone Wolf are his enemies?
Strowman rises, and Corbin betrays Sami already! Corbin feeds Sami to Strowman’s wrath, and Strowman brings Sami to commentary! Strowman CHOKE SLAMS Sami through the announce desk!! Will Sami even be in shape to compete at MITB now?
I think Raw managed to save itself from the slump, if only for this week. This being the London episode, Raw airs on delay for Americans like myself, but I never care for spoilers and leaks. That aside, a lot of what I saw worked out tonight. Opening Raw with Miz TV and Roman is exactly what I was hoping for since Shane picked a fight with each of them. Their promos spoke to the full circle moment I was thinking of, and they even have a tag match together. The match itself was pretty good, and of course Shane has to interfere as the Heel. But Roman and Miz still stand tall, so who knows if the math goes their way now. Probably still goes Roman’s way more than Miz’s.
Good to see Mojo finally appear in his new form, but his win over Apollo Crews was more filler than anything just to finally get Mojo going. Good hype package for the Universal Championship, and great interview promos. As I’ve said, this first-ever in WWE will surely deliver, no matter who wins. Becky, Charlotte and Lacey did great in the double contract signing, and that went about as expected. Commentary was trying to tease that whoever goes second against Becky has the better odds, but WWE has also been advertising the Raw title first and SmackDown second, so how is that not the order? Charlotte is the bigger name so she should be the second match.
Rey Mysterio and Cesaro had a good backstage promo and a great match tonight. Cesaro should study up WWE history, he should know exactly who claimed to be Dominique’s real daddy. Or rather, his real papi. But at least Rey makes reference to Eddie when he wins with the Frog Splash. Samoa Joe has a great promo, too, and even with Rey winning here, their United States Championship match could go either way. It seems WWE is being very cautious with Alexa Bliss. She is still just coming back from her own concussion scare, which is why her only match was a quick one with Bayley. But at least they’ve spun it well, such as her using her bad luck to manipulate the slightly more sane Nikki Cross.
Nikki joining that Fatal 4 was a good move for her personally, she needed something big like this to stay afloat in the Women’s Division and in the eyes of fans. But it isn’t just kayfabe to say Alexa probably won’t win. I’m not sure the women of Raw win given the strength of the women from SmackDown in the MITB match. My money’s still on Bayley so she can cash-in and get Becky and/or Charlotte going after her over the Summer. I’m honestly surprised Corbin won against Ricochet, but I suppose I shouldn’t have been. Corbin seems to have Vince behind his booking. What I’m not surprised is that he and McIntyre help Sami screw Strowman. It was a clever move to do, given that in kayfabe, Strowman would be a shoe-in for back-to-back Mr. Monster in the Bank.
Strowman still stands tall and destroys Sami and the announce desk, but now he doesn’t have much to do. Makes you wonder how it would’ve gone if it was Luke Harper going against Sami instead of being punished by being kept under contract yet off television. But that’s a completely different subject for a completely different article. The wildest development tonight was Firefly Fun House. We all thought there’d be guest stars and weeks of teasing how dark Bray Wyatt still was despite the Fun House. But then we get that truly nightmarish transformation, and it’s somewhat worth the quicker pace of this story. In a perfect WWE, this still would’ve gone on at least until Extreme Rules so that this new form of Bray could have a No DQ match for his in-ring return, but maybe they’ll still build to that anyway.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/29/23)
The Continental Classic continues into week 2!
The Switchblade enters whose house?
The AEW Continental Classic continues here on Dynamite! Swerve Strickland and Jay White are both 1-0, but they go against each other for the top spot in Gold League!
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal; Moxley wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush; Rush wins.
- Wardlow VS AR Fox; Wardlow wins.
- Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party; Action & Top Flight win.
- AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura; Julia wins and retains the title.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
Fans cheer as the American Dragon, eyepatch on like a pirate, joins commentary to watch the Continental Classic competition in person.
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal!
The Maniac is 1-0 with three points, so he’s feeling pretty good batting lead for round two! Will he continue his momentum with #PureCarnage? Or will this be a lethal week two?
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on the 20 minute time limit. Moxley and Lethal circle, tie up, and Lethal headlocks for a takeover. Moxley headscissors, Lethal kips free but Moxley headlocks for a takeover. Lethal headscissors, Moxley kips free, and we go another takeover for another scissor. And another! Lethal then ROCKS Moxley with a right! Moxley ROCKS Lethal, Lethal ROCKS Moxley, and they go back and forth! Lethal kicks low, runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up but Lethal trips Moxley to step through, FIGURE FOUR! But Moxley rolls to the apron, and they fall to the floor!
Lethal and Moxley get up, Lethal throws body shots but Moxley clinches. Lethal RAMS Moxley into the apron, slides into the ring and he builds speed. Lethal DIVES and sends Moxley into the railing! Fans fire up, Lethal goes to the apron and struts, but Bryan says not to do that with Moxley. Lethal hops in, builds speed again, but Moxley slides in to deny the dive! Then Moxley DECKS Lethal, and he DIVES! Now Lethal is sent into railing! Moxley shakes out his leg after jamming it up a bit. Lethal CLUBS Moxley, CLUBS him more, but Moxley ROCKS Lethal back. Moxley puts Lethal in, runs in at the corner and clotheslines!
Moxley climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count, but Lethal slips away before five to kick at the legs! Then Lethal hoists Moxley for a SHIN BREAKER to a DRAGON SCREW! Moxley clutches his knee, Lethal storms up to stomp him! Lethal goes after that knee with more stomps, but Moxley hobbles to another corner. Lethal CLUBS the leg, CLUBS it again, and again! Moxley ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Moxley! They go back and forth, Moxley gets the edge with boxing elbows! Then he BITES Lethal! Moxley runs, Lethal ducks to handspring, but into a SLEEPER! Lethal JAWBREAKRS free, and hits another SHIN BREAKER! Then a SAIDO!
Lethal hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes, Lethal climbs, and he MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Moxley is still in this, but he sputters as he crawls to ropes. Moxley is on the apron, Lethal BLASTS Moxley to the railing! The front row has Moxley in their laps as Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Lethal waits while the ref checks on Moxley. Moxley drags himself up but Lethal goes out after him. Moxley drags himself over railing, and Lethal ROCKS him with a right hand! And again! Lethal then RAMS Moxley into the apron, then CLUBS away on the leg! Lethal SLAMS the leg into the apron, and Moxley scrambles into the ring. Lethal pursues, runs up and KICKS the leg out! Moxley crawls, Lethal grabs the leg, and he drops an elbow on the knee! And again! Lethal then has a toehold and he twists the foot. Moxley endures, Lethal stomps the leg, then drops another elbow! But Moxley uses that to get an ARMBAR!
Lethal clasps hands quickly, fights up to stack, TWO and Lethal knees the back of Moxley’s leg! Lethal bends the leg across his own knee, but Moxley endures. Lethal KNEES it again, pulls, and goes back to the standing toehold. Moxley endures, Dynamite returns to single picture, and the fans rally up. Moxley kicks away at Lethal, then gets up to hit a CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Moxley fires up, he drags Lethal up and in, but Lethal fights the piledriver! Lethal RAMS Moxley into the corner, hoists him up, and CHOPS! Lethal climbs for a SUPER DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes and Lethal says he’s gonna rip that leg off!
Lethal aims as Moxley slowly rises, but Moxley avoids the chop block! Moxley ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! And CHOPS him! Lethal fires a forearm but Moxley fires back! The fans rally, the forearms fly, and Moxley gets the edge! Moxley runs, but Lethal follows to UPPERCUT! Lethal runs, but Moxley follows to ELBOW! Moxley runs, baits Lethal in, to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Moxley and he drags Lethal up. Underhooks, but Lethal fights the Paradigm Shift, BACKBREAKER TO COMPLETE SHOT! Moxley is down after the Lethal Combination, and Lethal covers, TWO! Bryan says that wasn’t a great cover, a tournament like this is about the basics.
Lethal grabs Moxley’s leg to SMASH the knee against the mat again and again! Then he drags Moxley, steps through, but Moxley cradle counters! TWO!! Lethal rushes Moxley but Moxley POSTS him! And then rolls him up, TWO!! Lethal escapes again, and Moxley goes back to the corner. Moxley slaps the bad leg and the fans rally up. Lethal stands, he dodges Moxley, and he O’Conner Rolls! TWO and Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE! Lethal rolls back, TWO! Lethal gets the legs, FIGURE FOUR!! Moxley sits up but he endures the pain! Bryan coaches Moxley from commentary and Moxley fights his way around!
Moxley reaches out, Lethal pulls on that hold, but Moxley has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Lethal lets off and drags Moxley up. Lethal KICKS the leg, then calls his shot! Handspring, but Moxley falls! Lethal stops himself, but falls for it! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Moxley fires up, and he KING KONG LRAIATS Lethal inside out!! Then PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Lethal survives, but Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Lethal CLUBS Moxley’s leg, but then Moxley traps that arm! Lethal taps, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (gains 3 points; Lethal earns 0)
The Maniac is 2-0 with a strong six points, but it may have cost him a leg! Will he have to watch out next round with that target on his back?
AEW shares footage from after Saturday Night Collision.
Eddie Kingston asks them what they want him to say. He knew this was gonna be tough. Tony Khan didn’t put any scrubs in this tournament. Eddie just maybe got too cocky, thinking that since he put two belts in the pot, he was a given winner. No one deserves to win, everything is earned. Eddie has Bryan next but he’s behind the 8 ball. Eddie says he will not do this. He will not go backwards. Humble in victory and humble in defeat. Eddie has to go heal up, Epsom salt bath, all that good stuff. The Mad King vows he will be ready for the American Dragon.
Bryan Danielson responds.
Bryan says he was actually impressed by the confidence Eddie had to put up both his titles for the tournament. But now, one loss and Eddie feels he’s behind the 8 ball? Against Bryan? Bryan fractured his orbital bone, needed surgery in two places, and yet he is coming into this tournament on fire! He is NOT behind the 8 ball, he is NOT going to be humble, he is here to win this and be the first AEW Triple Crown! Will Bryan’s Blue League start be Eddie’s Blue League end?
Tony Schiavone is backstage.
He brings up that Sting’s final match is coming. AEW Revolution, Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. And when it comes to where they’ll have Sting’s final match, they thought of the many great venues across the world, but what better place for Sting’s final match than Greensboro, North Carolina and the Greensboro Coliseum? So many great Sting matches were held there, but one in particular that comes to mind is 1988, Sting VS Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship. So Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, get ready! Joining Schiavone now are those very legends, Sting and Ric Flair!
First off, 24-0, the longest win streak in AEW right now, what a fitting place for Sting to have his final match and maybe end on 25 than in Greensboro. Sting says yeah, wow, all those years ago, it was March 8th, 1988, his very first world title match against perhaps the greatest world champion of all time in The Nature Boy. Sting would’ve never guessed that night, 35 years later, we’d be here now. The memories, 45 minutes but a draw, commercial free, the first time in TV history that any sporting event even did that. But that’s not the real point of it. The big deal was being in there with Ric Flair. That was a make or break night, and so thank you, Ric, for putting Sting on the map.
Sting says yeah, that is a fitting place to end his career all these years later, Greensboro. Schiavone says so many great memories, and for him and Flair, forty years ago, does he remember? Oh, Flair knows. The words cannot be spoken to emphasize what is about to happen! Greensboro, where Sting, make no mistake, Ric didn’t make Sting a thing, Sting made himself! 45 MINUTES! Commercial free! With Flair! Unthinkable! Sting walked back there to 25 wrestlers going, “Jesus! You’re the man! You did it, Stinger!” He went out there and did it like a man! That’s what this business is all about.
Flair is 74 years old, standing next to the Icon, with his friend, Schiavone, and going back to Greensboro for what will be the greatest moment of his life, and God knows Flair’s had some good ones. He is honored to be there at Sting’s side! They shake hands, and Flair says the ACC Tournament and all that, nah, this is one for the ages! Highway 85 will be lined up from Richmond, all the way to Charlotte, like it always was! Sting, The Nature Boy, and AEW are coming to Greensboro! Let’s give it to ’em! “WOO~!” It’s the 80s all over again! Tickets on sale December 15th! IT’S SHOWTIME!
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush!
The Sussex County Chicken got beat by The Maniac but El Toro Blanco got cheated by the Switchblade! These animals are hungry for points, so who gets fed?
The bell rings and Rush rushes in! They RAM and then fire off forearms! The fans fire up, Bryan says this is what he was talking about! This isn’t going 20 minutes! The forearms keep flying, Rush ROCKS Mark, but Mark fires off forearms and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS back! Rush whips, runs in, and SPLASHES int he corner! Rush runs but Mark follows, JUMP KCIK! Mark gets Rush up, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Mark forearms and stomps away! The ref counts, Mark lets off, but Rush dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rush sits Mark down so he can stomp with both feet!
Rush scrapes Mark, goes to the far side, then runs in. Mark BOOTS back but Rush still clotheslines! Snapmare and KCIK! Rush stomps away, takes Mark’s “head” and kicks it! The kick is good for Rush but fans boo. Rush goes up a corner, but Mark CLOBBERS him! Rush falls to the floor and fans fire up as Mark builds speed! Mark WRECKS Rush with a dropkick! Mark then stomps away on Rush, then stands him up to CHOP! So Rush CHOPS back! Mark CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS again! Rush whips Mark hard into railing! Rush then whips Mark into more railing! And then back the other way! Rush goes into the ring to tranquilo and let the count handle Mark.
Mark hobbles up, so Rush goes out after him. Rush runs in, but Mark ducks and RAILING BACK SUPLEX! Rush writhes, the ring count starts again, and Mark gets on the apron. Fans fire up as Mark says BANG BANG! FOLEY ELBOW! Fans fire up again and Mark high fives the front row. Mark leaves Rush behind now as the count climbs. Rush drags himself up, drags himself in at 5 of 10, and Mark eggs him on. Rush snarls, and he CHOPS! Mark CHOSP! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Fans fire up as Rush shoves, and Mark BOOTS him! Rush wobbles, but he dodges Mark to SNAP GERMAN!
Mark wobbles up, Rush SUPERKICKS! Mark stays up to LARIAT in return! Both men are down and Minneapolis is thunderous! Mark sees his chewing gum on the mat and picks it back up while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Mark goes to ropes, then stomps Rush. Mark drags Rush up, ROCKS him, and Rush falls over! Mark digs his boots in at the ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off at 4. The ref checks Rush, he’s still in this and bails out. The ref has Mark stay back, the ref makes sure Rush is okay, but then Mark runs in to stomp away! Rush gets up, Mark CHOPS him in a corner, and then ROCKS him! Mark brings Rush around, but Rush whips and SPLASHES! Rush sits Mark down, stomps and ROCKS him, then hobbles away. Rush snarls, he runs back in, but Mark is up to CHOP him down! Mark drops an elbow! And another elbow! Cover, TWO!
Mark fishhooks Rush into a chinlock, but the ref counts. Mark lets off, stands Rush up, but Rush trips Mark and has a leg! Rush hooks that up into a TRAILER HITCH! Mark endures and Rush pulls on the legs! Fans rally, Mark crawls and drags Rush along. Dynamite returns to single picture and fans rally more. Mark reaches out, powers his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and the ref counts, but Rush lets go. Mark drags himself up, the fans rally again, and Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush gets in Mark’s face, eggs him on, so Mark CHOPS! Rush and Mark throw SLAP after SLAP!
Mark swings, Rush bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Rush hobbles back, but Mark is back up! Rush swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Mark stands again. Rush roars, Mark runs in, Rush hits an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY to send Mark into buckles! Rush snarls again, fans rally up and he aims. Rush runs in, but Mark SPEARS him!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Mark drags Rush up. Mark turns Rush for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rush is still in this but the fans fire up for Mark. Mark underhooks, but Rush swings. Mark clinches, waistlocks, but Rush throws elbows. Rush switches, Mark breaks free to PELE!
Rush falls out to the apron and Mark storms after him. They’re both on the edge, Mark fires forearms, but Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Repeat! Fans “WOO~!” for every CHOP! Mark GAMANGIRIS, Rush staggers back, but Rush gets Mark for another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Mark crashes on the floor and the ref checks him. The fans lose their minds but Rush snarls. Rush paces as the ring count climbs, and Mark is up at 5 of 10. Mark drags himself in at 6, but Rush storms right up on him. Rush hoists Mark up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. Mark fires off hands, and then REDNECK HELL STAB!
Fans fire up as Mark leaps, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives again but Mark has the underhooks! Rush powers up to back drop free! Rush aims from a corner now, Mark runs in again but into another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Rush runs up to DECK Mark! Then the BULL’S HORNS!!! Cover, Rush wins!!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Briscoe earns 0)
A true war right here, and now Rush is 1-1! Will this ungovernable one find a way to take over the league? As for Briscoe, he is down 0-2 with no points, is he already on the bubble?
RJ City interviews “Timeless” Toni Storm.
Madame Storm seems rather bothered by something. RJ gets her attention but she tells him to sit. And don’t be so loud. RJ does sit, and Mariah May takes the title for Storm. RJ wants to bring up the championship acceptance speech last week. Yes, and she was rudely interrupted! Yeah, that’s true. How is she feeling? Storm says they partied well into the night, spent some time at the compound, JFK or one of the Kennedys was there. But now she is very fatigued, dehydrated, and has a touch of the gout. Oh, wow. Well, he wants to inform her that she is scheduled to defend the AEW Women’s World Championship. But given her state, is she worried at all?
Worried? Was Fatty Arbuckle worried? Was Jean Harlow worried? Was Frances bloody Farmer worried? No, they all turned out fine, and so will she. Before she goes, take off her shoe, she’s feeling swollen. RJ does take off her shoes for her, but will Storm have to focus before someone takes the title off her?
MJF is here!
Fans cheer as the AEW World Champion walks out here with the help of his cane, mic in the other hand. He has them cut his music, he gets into the ring, and the fans cheer him on. MJF gets right to it as he says “December 30th, Nassau Coliseum, Worlds End, it will be Samoa Joe VS yours truly for the grandest prize of ’em all, The Triple B, the AEW World Championship.” Fans cheer that, and MJF wants to be honest, though. When it comes to Joe as a person, eeeeeeh MJF doesn’t like him. But when it comes to Joe professional, MJF respects him.
MJF respects what Joe has done for the industry, and most importantly, when Joe came into AEW, he didn’t come here to line his pockets, he came here because he believes in those three letters. Fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” and MJF says back in the early 2000s, MJF remembers getting a poster in his mailbox and it was for TNA Wrestling. And he remembers thinking, what even is this all about? He tuned in and couldn’t have been happier. He saw insane feats of athleticism, he saw a new cast of pro-wrestlers he’d never heard of before, but most of all, he saw one man among the rest, and that was the Samoan Submission Machine.
While Samoa Joe may’ve looked unconventional, he didn’t seem to care, and neither did any of the fans. Because every time Joe walked through the curtain, we knew he was the baddest man walking on God’s Green Earth. Now unfortunately, later on in his career, Joe’s talents were not recognized and he was not afforded the opportunity to be a world champion in the WWE. Fans boo, but MJF says what Joe did for this sport was bigger than that. “Joe proved you don’t have to be a massive male model bodybuilder to be a top guy in this sport. Samoa Joe broke the mold. Samoa Joe proved alternatives matter.
“And because of the road that Joe paved, it has allowed for a man like me to stand before you today. Without a guy like Joe, there may be no AEW. So Joe, very quickly, what I’d like to say, as much as this all pains me to admit, thank you.” Fans cheer that and join in, “Thank You, Joe! Thank You, Joe!” Yes, thank you, Joe! However… MJF has actually, though grateful to have gone down the road Joe paved, MJF isn’t too shabby himself, now is he? Fans cheer that. MJF managed to pave his own road, and built on a new alternative. He is AEW day one, and he has helped build this place brick by brick! Fans cheer “M J F! M J F!”
MJF says he did that by defeating some of the biggest names in this industry! Names like Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega. But of all the names MJF has had to face in this ring, the one name he looks back on, and not only was he lucky to win, he was lucky to survive, that is Joe. Samoa Joe is a wrestling legend. But December 30th is not about Joe’s legacy. It’s about MJF’s! December 30th is about answering the question, “Can Max Friedman outlast the Final Boss of this sport one more time?” So now, MJF is gonna make a promise. He promises to everyone watching at home and everyone here in this arena.
MJF promises that on December 30th, it doesn’t matter if his left knee keeps sliding in and out, if his right hip keeps popping in and out of socket, if his right shoulder is hanging on by a threat, or if Joe beats him within an inch of his life. Joe could be King Kong and Godzilla incarnate. Because MJF promises that on December 30th, he shows the world that it is not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog! And if you want to take what’s his… at Worlds End, you’ll have to put MJF down! MJF even breaks his cane!! Fans fire up with MJF, but then the lights go down.
Now there are lights blinking all over the place. MJF looks around, but THE DEVIL’S MINIONS ATTACK! Fans boo as one of them has a baseball bat!! But here comes Joe!! Joe said he’d have MJF’s back so here he is! He YANKS the big guy out, gets that bat, and he runs the rest off! Cameras have trouble here, but when things come back, a message types out on screen. “In the shadows, our game begins. Next week, MJF & Samoa Joe… will you face the unknown in a tag match? Are you a hero, Max?” The Devil has made his challenge to the champ! The fans chant “DO IT! DO IT!” and “He’s Our Scumbag!” Joe tries to get MJF to ignore all this, it’s what this Devil wants!
But MJF says “I’m so sick of your Scooby-Doo BS! LEMME EXPLAIN SOMETHING TO YOU! I am not dealing with your crap when I got that guy breathing down my neck at Worlds End. No no. I am going to take out all of your men, one by one. I am going to unmask you, you coward! And next week, you wanna tag match?! YOU’RE ON!!” Joe isn’t for it, but the challenge has been accepted. Will Joe just have to save MJF from himself?
Wardlow VS AR Fox!
Speaking of someone who wants to take everything away from MJF, the War Dog is on the warpath, just waiting for the right moment. After what we just saw, is MJF going to be served up on a silver platter?
But wait! Fox BOOTS Wardlow down off the apron! And then FLIES out! But Wardlow stays up! So Fox FLIES again! Direct hit but Wardlow is still up! Wardlow HEADBUTTS Fox, then whips him at the apron. Fox 619s on the apron to hit back! And then he goes up the corner to MOONSAULT, but Wardlow catches him! SLAM on the apron, and then Wardlow box jumps up to the apron. Wardlow storms in, fans rally up, and Wardlow drags Fox up for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Now with both men in the ring, the bell finally sounds and this is actually a match. Wardlow storms up on Fox in the corner, to then TOSS him across the way!
Fox flounders out of the ring and Wardlow is having fun now. Wardlow goes out to stalk Fox, CLUB him on the back, and the ring count climbs. Wardlow hauls Fox up to TOSS him back in! Fans rally, Wardlow storms back in, and Wardlow drags Fox up. Fox shoves Wardlow but Wardlow CLUBS him! Wardlow trophy lifts, but Fox slips free! Wardlow runs in, but only gets buckles as Fox slips out to the apron! Fox swings to dropkick, then he goes up to 450 SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Wardlow snarls and Fox is stunned! Fox runs in to BOOT! Wardlow doesn’t budge so Fox BOOTS him again! And again! Fox runs, but Wardlow pops him up for a SPINEBUSTER!
Wardlow winds up, to LARIAT Fox down! Wardlow then hauls Fox up, POWERBOMB! The symphony begins as fans want more! Wardlow drags Fox up, reels him back in, another POWERBOMB! And then Wardlow goes up the corner, to SWANTON BOMB!! Fans fire up and Wardlow still isn’t done! He reels Fox back in, to LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!!! The ref checks, Fox is OUT! Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
The remixed Powerbomb Symphony was too much for Fox, and Wardlow storms off. When and where will Wardlow sink his teeth into MJF?
Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party!
The Sight to See and the reunited Martin brothers are ready to be the Coldest Trio in the Game, but they’re taking on Isiah Kassidy and the legendary Hardy brothers! Will Action, Darius & Dante add themselves to the top of the trios rankings? Or will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay take them to the extreme?
The trios sort out and Minneapolis is happy to have Dante back. Action and Matt start, they tie up and Matt headlocks. Action powers out then DROPKICKS Matt down! Matt goes to ropes, Action runs in but is put on the apron. Action RAMS into Matt, slingshots up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Matt is up, Action kicks but Matt blocks! Matt flips Action, Action lands on his feet but Matt hip tosses! Tag to Jeff and the Hardys get Action up, atomic drop and the takedown, DOUBLE LEG DROP! Jeff covers, TWO! Jeff drags Action up, CLUBS him, and wrenches an arm. Jeff hammerlocks but Action switches it onto Jeff.
Fans rally up for Dante, Jeff elbows Action and runs, but Action trips Jeff! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Jeff moves! Action hits the superhero landing and stares the Charismatic Enigma down! Fans fire up, and they both back away, tag to Darius and Isiah. Fans rally up as Zay and Air Wolf tie up. Zay headlocks, Darius powers out but Zay runs him over! Zay pumps and bumps, things speed up, and Darius hurdles. Zay backflips over, but Darius arm-drags! Darius then sidesteps but Zay arm-drags! Darius trips Zay to cover, ONE! Zay trips Darius but Darius throws him away to then DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Darius mocks the Jeff Hardy dance. Zay is in the corner, Darius runs in to SPLASH and tag Dante! Fans fire up as Dante jumps, runs, and A-LIST LARIATS! Tag back to Darius, snap suplex and a slingshot senton! Fans fire up and Action tags in. Darius gets Zay up, wrenches an arm, and Action DOUBLE STOMPS the arm. Zay losses his durag and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Action whips Zay, Zay reverses but Action avoids the dropkick. Matt CLOBBERS Action while the ref is checking Zay! Zay gets Action up, RAMS him to the corner, and Zay fires off hands. Tag to Jeff, and they mug Action with some stomps. The ref counts, Jeff lets off at 4, and he brings Action up to snapmare. Jeff runs to NECK SNAP, then NECK SNAP the other way! And then another one! Action staggers up, Jeff kicks low and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jeff stays between Action and the Martins to show them how to do his dance. Jeff then CLUBS Action, tags in Zay, and Zay CLUBS Action’s arm.
Zay throws Action out, goes out and throws him into railing! Zay talks some smack, then he stomps away on Action! High five with the fans, then more stomps! Selfie! Zay then puts Action in the ring, CLUBS him down, then drags him back to the corner. Tag to Matt and he RAMS into Action. Matt ROCKS Action with a right, then bumps him off buckles. Matt dribbles Action off the buckles again and again and again! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and Dynamite returns to single picture. Matt ROCKS Action again, tags Jeff, but fans rally up for Top Flight. Matt CATAPULT GUILLOTINES, then Jeff hits a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Jeff drags Action into the ring, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more but Jeff bumps Action off buckles. Tag to Matt, the Hardys stomp a mudhole in, then dig their boots in. The ref counts, Matt lets off and he stands Action back up. But Action ROCKS Matt with haymakers! Matt shoves Action, Action comes back, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Action survives and fans fire up but Matt calls his shot. “DELETE! DELETE!” and Action stands. Kick and- NO, Action wrenches out of the Twist! But Matt ducks the haymaker to back suplex! Action lands on his feet to KICK, KNEE and ENZIGURI!
Both men are down and the fans fire back up! Action and Matt crawl, hot tags to Dante and Zay! Dante goes up and over Zay, CLOBBERS him, CLOBBERS him again, then whips. Zay reverses, Dante goes out and Zay hits buckles! Dante then goes right over the corner, GAMANGIRIS Zay away then jumps to avoid Jeff’s sweep! SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, Matt breaks it! Fans boo but Matt TWIST- NO, Dante powers out and Darius GAMANGIRIS! Dante ROUNDHOUSES, Darius steps in to COMPLETE SHOT! Zay is up and he shoves Dante into Darius! Roll up, TWO!! Zay LARIATS Dante back down, putting his all behind that one!
Fans fire up as both men crawl, but Jeff runs to BLAST Action! Darius ROCKS Jeff, but Zay uses Jeff as a step, PARTY IN MOTION wipes Darius out! Dante sees that, but then Matt sets up for Jeff! POETRY IN MOTION! The Hardy Boyz get Dante up top, Zay GAMANGIRIS him into a Double Electric Chair Lift! Zay springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY!! Cover, TWO!!! Dante survives but the Hardys go after Darius & Action! POETRY- INTERCEPTED as Darius jumps off Matt to CLOBBER Jeff!! Action kicks Matt, then QUEBRADAS off the railing! Zay suplexes Dante, but Dante knees free!
Dante runs, Zay dodges to mule kicks! But Darius is in, he and Action set up, but Zay fights the waistlock! Zay BOOTS Action, elbows Darius, but the still get the SHOTGUN GERMAN SUPLEX!! Zay flops into Dante’s half nelson, SIDE SLAM!! Cover, TOP FLIGHT WINS!
Winners: Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall
A powerful homecoming for Dante Martin, he and his team have a massive win! Will they soon fly high and go after the AEW World Trios Championships?
Backstage interview with Action & Top Flight.
Renee is with them and congratulates them on the big win. So good to see Dante back, how is that leg? But then Penta El Zero Miedo and Alex Abrahantes step in. Penta offers a fist bump, and Dante accepts. They’re all good given Penta was responsible for the broken leg in that Reach for the Sky Ladder match. But then Penta counts, one, two, three. Bring ’em in. Komander and El Hijo Del Vikingo join Penta, that makes one, two, three. And Cero Miedo! Dante nods, when and where will we see this top tier trios match go down?
AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura!
The Princess of the Black Throne successfully defended her gold on Collision against Lady Frost, but now she takes on the Queen of Joshi! And for this match, Dealer’s Choice says submissions can NOT win the match! Then if Julia can’t be Hartless, will she just have to be ruthless?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the House Always Wins!
The bell rings and fans rally up behind Julia. Julia soaks it up, but Emi laughs at it. Emi and Julia smirk as they stare down, then they approach. Emi dodges Julia and laughs some more, but then Julia grabs her by the face! Julia bumps Emi off buckles, fires off forearms and stomps, then whips corner to corner. Julia runs in, handsprings and clotheslines! Julia keeps moving, back body block! Julia snapmares Emi, KICKS her, but Emi just frowns. Fans fire up, and Emi stands up. Julia CHOPS but Emi CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Julia shrieks, but Emi pushes her around. Emi aims but Julia blocks the chop to WRING the arm!
Emi goes to ropes, the fans fire up as Julia CLUBS, HOOK KICKS then KICKS Emi down! Julia pushes Emi out of the ring, goes out after her, but Emi throws body shots. Julia whips, Emi reverses, and Julia hits steel steps! Per the House Rules, there’s a 20 count, not a 10, so Emi has more time to use. Emi runs in to SPLASH Julia against the steps! Fans fire up and the ref checks Julia as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Emi stands on Julia’s face, the ref reprimands, but Emi steps away. She has to be careful, part of House Rules is that disqualifications are strongly enforced. Emi then takes a seat on security’s lap before she storms up on Julia. Emi brings Julia around to CHOP against railing! Then Emi brings Julia over to send into more railing, and CHOP again! Emi puts Julia in the ring, drags her around and dragon sleepers! TWISTING DDT! Cover, TWO! Julia is still in this but Emi pushes her to a corner. Emi CHOPS, and Julia staggers away to another corner. Emi CHOPS her again! And again! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS!
Julia sits down, Emi digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Emi lets off, soaks up the heat, and then brings Julia up to whip corner to corner. Julia stops herself to ELBOW back! Julia storms up on Emi to throw hands, but Emi SLAPS Julia down! Julia checks her jaw, but Emi digs her knees into Julia’s neck! The ref counts, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Emi lets off. Emi watches Julia flounder around, and Julia sits up to throw body shots. Emi just laughs and brings Julia around to underhook. Stalling BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Emi waits on Julia to sit up, says she’ll be the champion, and then underhooks again!
Julia fights up and round, SLEEPER! Submissions won’t win but she just wants to make Emi suffer! Emi falls, flails, Julia has a headscissor squeeze! Emi rolls, pops out the back, and she hooks Julia’s legs up! ROMERO SPECIAL! Julia endures, then Emi THROWS her down! Emi drags Julia around, puts her in a drop zone, but fans still rally for Julia. Emi climbs, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Julia moves! Julia wraps on the HARTLESS LOCK!! But it won’t win! Emi flails, taps, but it doesn’t save Emi, either! Julia thrashes Emi, lets her go, and the ref has to remind Julia it’s her own rules. So Julia BLINDSIDE LARIATS!
Julia stomps Emi into the drop zone, then goes up the corner. MOONSAULT!! Cover, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Another defense in the books, Julia is still golden! Will she keep on winning with such unpredictable rules?
Backstage interview with Mariah May.
RJ City is with Miss May and says we saw her at Full Gear and last week, but we also know she’s here, hungry for more. Mariah says yes she is. She knows she’s the new girl and all, but she did just come from Stardom, and she had quite the run. She is dying to show us what she can do. So thanks for connecting her with Toni Storm. RJ says it’s nothing, he and Toni go way back, used to play squash together. No, really, RJ is quite the curator. And Mariah knows Toni likes him, so this means the world to her. No, no, Toni makes things happen. He’s just happy to help. Mariah seems a bit disappointed, but RJ says without further ado, go get ’em!
Mariah knocks on Tony Khan’s door, steps inside, and talks with the boss. Will this Tony be just as accommodating as Toni Storm?
Christian Cage is here!
The TNT Champion, the Patriarch, makes his way to the ring, security right behind him. Captain Charisma then gets a mic while the fans boo, and he says what he’d like to do right now is go ahead and invite the Rated R Superstar to this ring right now. Fans fire up for that, and Christian says he knows Edge is back there. Fans shout “ADAAAAM~!” and Christian says he just wants to talk about what Edge said on Collision. So if Edge doesn’t mind making his presence felt, Christian would appreciate it. But still no response? Did Christian make sure to do this when Edge isn’t here?
Christian waits, gets upset, and asks Adam “ADAAAM~!” that he’d like to speak with him in this ring. Please, someone, hit the mic, get Adam’s attention, something. Or should Christian go back there to speak with him? “You think you know him.” And here comes Edge!! Fans fire up as Edge storms into the ring, and of course the security becomes a wall in front of Christian. Edge paces and Christian says listen, management wanted this, not him. Fans boo that garbage, but Christian says they don’t need security. He asks these men to vacate the ring. They shrug and bail out, even though Edge looks ready to pounce.
Christian brings up that last week, Edge challenged him to a match for the TNT Championship on December 6th, Dynamite in Montreal. Christian is here to tell Edge that they won’t make it to Montreal. They get face to face and fans fire up. Christian says they won’t make it to Montreal because “I’m sorry.” What? Edge is also confused, and Christian says he knows what we’re all thinking. Christian is only sorry because he’s all alone, right? Fans confirm and they chant “BULL~ SHID!” at him! Christian asks them to understand. Edge took out “The Prodigy” Nick Wayne, he took out Killswitch/Luchasaurus, but that’s not why Christian’s sorry.
He won’t lie, he was pissed about what Edge did to Lucha- er, Killswitch, with not one but two Con-Chair-Tos. Christian was so mad, he jumped out of his house, got in his car and just drove around. He needed to think, needed fresh air. And somewhere during that trip, it turned into one of reflection. It turned into a roadtrip of soul searching, digging down deep, trying to understand why he became the person that he is, this guy who says and does such unsavory things. And then he remembered those times he and Edge would borrow Christian’s mom’s Ford Taurus. They nicknamed it “Toby the Taurus” because they took it everywhere when they were trying to make it.
They didn’t care where they went, they were broke, not a dime to their names, but they didn’t care. They were having the time of their lives! They knew they were gonna make it. They didn’t know how, but they knew they would. And dammit, did they ever make it, huh? They went on to become multiple-time tag team champions, and Christian will say it, the greatest tag team that ever lived! Fans do cheer that. Christian and Edge then became multiple time world champions, two of the greatest careers in this sport. But take the wrestling away, and it runs even deeper. Everyone knows Edge grew up with a single mom. Everyone knows that Edge didn’t have a father figure.
Fans boo, already sensing where this is going! Christian wants Edge to listen! Yes, he is the Patriarch of AEW, but in no way is he suggesting he’s Edge’s father. Christian is Edge’s brother. And in turn, Christian’s father became like Edge’s father. Edge went on family trips, sat at the dinner table, slept over! When Edge needed discipline, Christian’s dad treated him the same as his own kids. He picked Edge up, brushed him off, hugged him and cheered him on. To this very day, he is still Edge’s biggest fan. So listen, Christian will just say it. They weren’t just random guys thrown together. “I love you, man.” Fans boo that one!
Christian says they’re family. And listen, when Edge’s mom passed a few years ago, that was the hardest time of Edge’s life. Christian knows that. But some time before, she said, “What I wouldn’t give to see you guys in that ring, teaming one last time.” Christian started thinking, that they should do this for her! Let’s go on the journey together again, like Edge wanted! Edge & Christian, for Judy “Judemeister” Copeland! Let’s do it for her! Fans cheer for Judy, but Edge is conflicted. Christian drops the mic, holds the belt, and then rushes Edge! Edge LOW BLOWS Christian first!! Fans cheer as Christian leans on Edge in pain.
Christian slumps down and Edge lets him fall. Fans want that one more time, but Edge gets the mic. “Nice try, dumbass.” Edge tells him to sit up when he’s talking. Edge grabs the belt, tells Christian to shine it up real nice. Hell, sleep with it if he wants. Because next week, the title’s coming home with Edge! Oh, and one more thing, Edge almost forgot. G F Y!! Fans are thunderous as Edge takes his leave. Will Edge crush Christian’s spirit as payback for everything he’s said and done?
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland!
The Switchblade and the Realest are both 1-0 with three points, and now they are going to battle in what could be the decisive battle in this block! With no Juice Robinson, no Ass Boys, no Prince Nana or Brian Cage, who will prove to be the slipperiest snake in all of AEW?
The bell rings and fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White still throws guns up, but he and Swerve then tie up. They go around, Swerve puts White in a corner, but White turns it around. Swerve turns it back around, White pulls hair to turn it around again, then he RAMS into Swerve! And again! And again! White tosses Swerve out, then goes out to CHOP! White then RAMS Swerve into railing, mocks Nana’s dance, but Swerve throws hands! Swerve runs and RAMS White into railing! Fans fire up with Swerve and he stomps White down. Swerve then whips, but White reverses and Swerve hits railing so hard, he goes over into the front row!
Fans fire up and security helps Swerve, but then White drags him back in. White puts Swerve in the ring, mockingly asks, “Whose House?” and he stomps Swerve. White wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then CHOPS! White again mockingly asks, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White CHOPS Swerve, but Swerve BOOTS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Swerve whips, White holds ropes, then he dumps Swerve out. But Swerve pulls hair! White HOTSHOTS Swerve, builds speed and slides, but Swerve catches him to BACK SUPLEX White into the front row! Fans are getting a much more interactive experience than expected!
Swerve drags White back up, White grabs at fans desperately, but the fans can’t do anything for him as Swerve dumps White back over. Swerve pushes White around, goes up the apron, and then he FLYING STOMPS White down! Fans fire up, Swerve puts White in, and then aims from the apron. But White gets a leg in the ropes! Swerve claws at White, pushes him away, but White BOOTS Swerve, then DRAPING DDTS! Fans rally for Swerve but White drags Swerve up to CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
White sits Swerve up again, to CHOP him back down! White drags Swerve up again, goes up a corner, and mocks Swerve, to then hop back down and CHOP again! Swerve writhes, White drags him up, and White TOSSES Swerve out of the ring. White goes out after Swerve, but he CHOPS back! Swerve then clinches to hit a BACKBREAKER! White writhes, Swerve goes up to the apron again, and he BOOTS White back down! Fans rally up, Swerve drags White into the ring, and then clamps on a cording hold. White grabs ropes, the ref counts, Swerve takes a swing, but White EXPLODERS Swerve up and out!
White goes out after Swerve, hauls him up, and APRON GOURD BUSTERS! Swerve writhes and flounders but White refreshes the ring count. White then RAMS Swerve into steel steps! Swerve gets in the ring, White pursues and covers, TWO! White clamps onto Swerve’s bad arm, then traps the other, and he stretches Swerve out as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve fights up, but White throws him down by hair! White again mocks the chant, “Whose House?” Bryan commends Swerve on toughness. He had a brutal Texas Deathmatch with Hangman Page, and the only thing taped up is that arm.
Speaking of, White clamps onto the arms again, but Swerve endures. Swerve fights up, throws body shots, but White throws him down by his hair! Fans boo, Swerve gets up to SLAP White! Swerve CHOPS, White waistlocks, but Swerve swings elbows. White gets under to SAIDO! White then storms up to drag Swerve up, CORNER HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Swerve is still in this but White scuffs him. White mockingly says he needs his points. White knees Swerve low, and again, but Swerve blocks the chop! Swerve wrenches, gets around, HAMMERLOCK BACK SUPLEX! White writhes and fans fire up!
Swerve snarls, storms up on White, and he ROCKS him! Body shot! Forearm! Body shot! Repeat! Swerve snapmares, rolls, but White catches the Complete Shot, but then Swerve slips out of the Urenage! Swerve goes to a corner, White runs in but Swerve goes up and over to O’Conner and Eddy Gordo RANA! White tumbles, staggers, into the SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT! And then a gator roll into a deadlift suplex! Fans fire up as Swerve covers, TWO!! White survives and Swerve grows frustrated. Fans still rally up behind Swerve, and he grabs White’s wrist. White resists but Swerve still drags him up.
White reaches out, kicks Swerve’s legs, then gets free. White swings, Swerve dodges and comes back, COMPLETE SHOT from White! White then waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! White runs up, but Swerve DISCUS LARIATS! Fans are thunderous while both men are down and Bryan says, “How incredible are these two men?!” A standing count starts, both men stir, and White flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as White comes back, he and Swerve go forehead to forehead, and they trade junkyard dog headbutts. Swerve laughs, White throws hands! Swerve throws them back! They go back and forth, faster and faster!
Fans rally up as the shots keep flying, and Swerve DECKS White! Fans fire up, Swerve smiles, but White grabs at Swerve’s legs. Swerve grabs at White, White CHOP BLOCKS! White then gets the bad arm, clinches, and URENAGES! Cover, TWO!! Swerve is still in this, this isn’t anything compared to Texas Death! White clamps on with the sleeper, though, and he hauls Swerve up. Swerve throws elbows, but White wrangles him for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Fans fire up, Swerve endures, White CLUBS away on the bad arm and pulls! Swerve reaches out, fights around, but White keeps him from ropes by pulling hair!
Swerve and White roll together, but Swerve slips around to get White’s arms trapped! Swerve stands on that arm! Finger gun and BANG!! The arm goes back and the fans tell Swerve he’s sick! Swerve grins, storms up on White and drags him up again. But White fights the half nelson and puts Swerve in a corner. The ref counts, White arm-drags free, but then Swerve sends him at the ref! White stops himself, LOW- NO! Swerve blocks the kick, he was paying attention to last week! Swerve slips around and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Swerve runs to HOUSE CALL!! Then Swerve goes up and he takes aim!
White sits up, into the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!?! No one can believe it, least of all Swerve!! White survives Swerve’s best shots, but Swerve drags him up! Swerve’s bad arm holds him back, but then White clinches! BLADERUNNER!! But Swerve flops out of the ring!! White hurries out after Swerve, pushes him in, and hurries to clinch. Swerve fights up, fights the sleeper, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! But White still rolls Swerve up with his other arm! TWO! White storms up, Swerve trips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! BLADE- NO, Swerve slips free, but White fights the half nelson! And CHOPS!
Swerve CHOPS back! White CHOPS! We get the 15 minute mark, so time’s ticking away! Swerve CHOPS, White CHOPS, repeat! White kicks and CHOPS, then reels Swerve in. Swerve uses a leg to get free but White has him again, SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Then the clinch, BLADE- ARM-DRAG!! Cradle cover, SWERVE WINS!!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall (gains 3 points; White earns 0)
White is shocked that he got beat! The #Jay1 aside, these points go to The Realest! Will the Gold League soon be whose house?
A great Dynamite, with awesome Continental Classic matches. But also really good non-tournament matches, such as that Trios Match. Great return to action for Dante Martin, great win for him and his trio, and those three could really build themselves up into trios title contenders with matches like this. And really good TBS Championship match Julia and Emi, though they need to get better at bringing up how House Rules work. No Ropebreaks, the ring count is to 20, and there’s Dealer’s Choice. They just kinda threw out there that this was gonna be a No Submission Falls, which was honestly a brilliant move by Emi. But in the end, of course Julia wins, it’s still too early for her to lose this belt.
Wardlow squashing- heck, he demolished AR Fox, is fine for Wardlow but a shame for Fox. Wardlow is still staying strong as he waits for the right moment to go after MJF again, but maybe, just maybe, he’s been going after MJF all along as that big guy among the “gimp squad” that tried to get MJF tonight. Great promo from MJF to not just praise Joe but also bury Punk without having to actually reference Punk going back to WWE. Joe made the save as expected, and now they’re getting dragged into a tag match against any two of those goons, and who knows who they are really, but can’t wait to see how this all goes.
Awesome stuff from Christian and Edge tonight, a brilliant move for Christian to so blatantly play to Edge’s emotions just to save his own ass. But of course it was also brilliant for Edge to not fall for it at all and get the better of Christian. But uh, AEW needs to be better at live censoring their shows, that GFY got right past them. That aside, that TNT Championship match is going to be awesome stuff, could go either way, but I still want to see Luchasaurus betray Christian and finally become his own man-dinosaur. Not Jack Perry’s tag partner, not Christian’s henchman, but his own man doing his own stuff.
And as I said at the start, awesome Continental Classic matches. Bryan Danielson also being on commentary for these was a good move, that could easily be a thing he does after he retires, except I think part of retiring is staying home with the family. Anyway, Moxley VS Lethal was a great opening match, and I figured Moxley would win that. Maybe Lethal realizes he really has let Team Triple J weaken him with all their antics. Rush VS Briscoe then raised the bar, though with a somewhat scary moment where I thought Rush took a shot to the head but it was really a concern for his leg. Rush winning was a fair choice, and that puts pressure on a possible 0-2 VS 0-2, Lethal VS Briscoe in the next round. I say “possible” because Tony Khan doesn’t reveal the entire schedule at once.
And then just an awesome, borderline PPV level match of Swerve VS White. The fans were strongly behind Swerve, I was behind Swerve, so it’s great to see Swerve get to 2-0. Swerve’s becoming my top choice for Gold League and maybe even the entire thing. Swerve having the ROH World, NJPW Strong Openweight and the AEW Continental Championships, he could really do a lot with traveling between the three brands. Mogul Embassy is already in ROH given they’re ROH World Six Man Champions, and the Gates are in NJPW right now for World Tag League, so Swerve joining them pretty much everywhere, all four of them having belts, that’s great stuff to me.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (11/29/23)
B Block, round 4!
Will it be lights out for Bishamon?
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling despite being the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, will they finally gain some ground this round?
- Six Man Tag: The Gates of Agony & Yuto Nakashima VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Boltin Oleg; Kaito, Oiwa & Oleg win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club War Dogs; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Master Wato, YOH, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii; Wato, Yoh, Yano & Ishii win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Archer & Zayne win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Time Limit Draw.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-0, 6 points
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 3-0, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1, 4 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-1, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 1-2, 2 points
Bishamon: 1-2, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 0-3, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-3, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
Gene Blast & The King of the World took down the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions in last round’s main event, but now they’re up against the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who are starving for a win! Will the Rogue General & Red Commando finally get on the board? Or will they just have to tranquilo in the fourth?
Fale & Bonza Too Sweet, and then Tsuji & Zando attack! The bell rings and Zando fires off on Fale but Bonza turns things around on Tsuji. Fale CLUBS Zando, then bumps him off buckles. Bonza drags Tsuji up, Rogue Army whip but the amigos dosido and return to CLOBBER Fale & Bonza! Fans fire up as the forearms fly. Then Tsuji sends Bonza into Fale! Zando sends Tsuji in to UPPERCUT! Bonza falls out of the ring, Tsuji runs in to SPLASH Fale! Fale flops out of the ring and the fans rally up with Zando. He and Tsuji high five then DOUBLE DIVE! Direct hit into the railing and down goes the Rogue Army!
Fans fire up as Zando & Tsuji stand back up. The ring count starts so Tsuji puts Bonza in. Tsuji & Zando stalk Bonza, and Zando SMACKS Bonza on the head. They double whip then POP-UP KNEE! Bonza falls over, Tsuji covers, TWO! Fans cheer while Tsuji keeps cool. Tsuji kicks Bonza to ropes, CHOPS him, but Bonza pie faces. Tsuji kicks low and CLUBS away on Bonza! Bonza blocks the whip, but Tsuji knees low. Tsuji whips, Bonza reverses but Tsuji ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to run into a lift and FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fale DECKS Tsuji while Bonza BLASTS Zando! Bonza stomps Tsuji around, then pulls off his Bullet Club shirt, to CHOKE Tsuji with it!
Fale distracts the ref, Zando storms in but now the ref has to stop him. Bonza just keeps choking Tsuji, but Tsuji gets to the ropes. The ref reprimands and counts, Bonza lets off to cover, TWO! The fans rally up for Tsuji but Bonza stands Tsuji up. Tsuji fights the scoop, so Bonza CHOPS him down! Tag to Fale and he BLASTS Zando! Bonza stands Tsuji up for Fale to scoop SLAM! Fale drags Tsuji around, then stands on his back! He uses Tsuji as a surfboard! Tsuji endures, Fale steps off, and he flips Tsuji over for a cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Tsuji hangs in there. Fale tags Bonza in, and Bonza steps through to have the EDGE-UCATOR!
Tsuji endures, Zando coaches him, and Tsuji reaches out. Tsuji fights to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer but Bonza lets off in frustration, and BLASTS Zando for the hell of it! Bonza drags Tsuji up, suplexes, but Tsuji fights it! Tsuji tries to suplex, Bonza fights it! They fight for suplex control, and Tsuji gets Bonza up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tsuji crawls his way over, hot tag to Zando! Zando rallies on Bonza, CLUBS him, then whips. Bonza reverses, but Zando stops to drop knees on Bonza’s back! Zando says tranquilo, but Bonza rushes in. Zando catches his lariat to send him into the corner!
Zando runs in to clothesline, then he snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fale runs in but Zando drop toeholds him onto Bonza! Zando then runs to basement dropkick Fale! Fans rally up behind Zando, but Fale runs in aga. Zando dodges to DROPKICK Fale out! Bonza goes to a corner, Zando calls to Tsuji, and they both storm up on Bonza. They double whip, double hip toss for the DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Tsuji SPLASHES, then sets Bonza up as Zando climbs. MOONSAULT! Cover, Fale kicks it apart! Tsuji fires off on Fale, throws him back out, and fans rally up. Tsuji drags Bonza up, he and Zando hook him up, but Bonza fights the Anchor!
Bonza CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bonza fires up, runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up as Tusji & Zando set up, for the ANCHOR! Then Tsuji goes up top and stands on Zando’s shoulders. But Fale body shots Zando! GRENADE for Tsuji!! Bonza ELBOWS Zando, Fale SPLASHES him! Then feed to a BACKBREAKER, and ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROGUE ARMY WINS!
Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
Bullet Club blows it up and finally has a win! Is there still a chance for them in the World Tag League? Can Tsuji & Zando rebound and set sail next round?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado!
Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World have not been able to put together a win while the Headbanga & Young Guerrilla really only have that first round shocker to stand by. Will the murder grandpas finally score some points? Or will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions keep from owing more golden tickets?
ELP gets fans to cheer referee Marty Asami, and even Nagata and Suzuki. Suzuki gets annoyed and tells ELP to shut up. ELP winds up and high fives Leo, which fans cheer. Suzuki dares ELP to step up, and so that’s who starts. Fans rally as the bell rings, and ELP taunts Suzuki as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Suzuki circle, they feel things out, and then knuckle lock. Suzuki kicks, wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, but ELP spins back, wrenches free and wristlocks to then headlock. But Suzuki brings ELP to a knee to pop out and headlock back. ELP slips free and the fans cheer that opening exchange.
The two circle again, feel things out, and ELP gets a “SU-ZU-KI!” chant going. Suzuki storms up, ELP stays in a corner. The ref has Suzuki back up, and ELP comes back. They feel things out, ELP goes for a leg, then a waistlock. Suzuki wrenches at ELP’s arm, has the wristlock, then wrenches again. ELP rolls, handsprings, but Suzuki denies the wrench to then wrench again. Suzuki hammerlocks, headlocks, but ELP hits a BIG atomic drop! Suzuki hobbles away, ELP BLASTS Nagata, but Nagata runs in! Into an atomic drop! ELP hobbles his way over, saying his knee hurts from hitting those drops.
ELP storms up on Suzuki, but gets caught in a HANGING ARMBAR! Nagata runs to BLAST Leo! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, but Nagata sends Leo into railing! Suzuki drags ELP out to send him into railing, too! Nagata throws hands on Leo, whips again, as does Suzuki! ELP & Leo both hit railing hard! Suzuki stomps ELP, Nagata stomps Leo, and Jado can only protest. The ref reprimands, ELP hits Suzuki back with forearms, but Suzuki ROCKS ELP! ELP falls back, the ref starts the ring count, and Suzuki leaves ELP behind. The count reaches 10 of 20 while ELP crawls, and ELP staggers about at 11.
ELP steadies himself at 14, slides in at 15, and fans cheer. But Suzuki facelocks and he brings ELP over. Nagata tags in, the murder grandpas mug ELP, and then Nagata KNEES ELP against ropes. Nagata throws a heavy body shot! ELP doubles over, Nagata sits ELP up to KNEE him down again! Nagata drags ELP up for another body shot! ELP sputters and coughs his way to a corner, Nagata stomps him, then wrenches an arm. Suzuki tags himself in, and he kicks ELP low. Suzuki taunts Leo, then stands ELP up to ROCK him with a right! ELP wobbles, ROCKS Suzuki back, but Suzuki just glares. ELP throws more forearms but Suzuki just glares!
ELP apologizes to the murder grandpas, but Suzuki body shots then DECKS ELP! Suzuki gives Nagata a hard tag and fans rally up. Nagata drags ELP up to CLUB him on the neck! Nagata waits on ELP, to then KICK! And KICK! And KICK! ELP ends up in a corner, Nagata whips him corner to corner and BOOTS! Then clinch to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this and fans rally back up. Nagata drags ELP up, suplexes, but ELP slips free to waistlock! Nagata fights with elbows, ELP apologizes and wants time. But then he kicks! Nagata blocks that, only for ELP to ENZIGURI! Fans rally up while ELP and Nagata are both down!
ELP crawls his way over, rolls and hot tags Leo! Leo UPPERCUTS Nagata, BLASTS Suzuki, then swings on Nagata. Nagata dodges but Leo keeps moving to run Nagata over! Fans fire up with Leo and he runs in at the corner. Nagata dodges the splash, comes back, but into a scoop! SNAKE EYES and a BOOT! Fans fire up and Leo aims. Nagata rises, Leo clamps on the choke grip! But Nagata ROCKS Leo first! Nagata fires more shots, whips, but Leo reverses. Nagata rolls and fakes the enziguri to dropkick the leg out! Nagata gets up and Suzuki already tags in. Suzuki fires forearms on Leo! Suzuki eggs Leo on and Leo pounds the mat.
Leo choke grips! Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Leo again! Suzuki runs, but Leo scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down! Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP storms up on Suzuki and fires a forearm! Suzuki grits his teeth so ELP throws more shots! Suzuki just glares! ELP throws off his elbow pads to ROCK ELP! Suzuki smiles! ELP ROCKS Suzuki again and Suzuki ROCKS ELP in return! ELP wobbles then falls over! Suzuki drags ELP back up, whips him to a corner, and Nagata joins in. Suzuki BOOTS, Nagata SHINING WIZARDS! Then snapmare, and DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH!!
The rivals shove each other, fans fire up, but then Leo shoves Suzuki into Nagata! Leo then runs, to DOUBLE LARIAT them both down! Fans rally up, ELP rises and he helps Leo get Suzuki up. They double whip Suzuki to a corner, then they whip Nagata into him! ELP sends Leo in to DOUBLE SPLASH! Nagata falls, ELP ELBOWS Suzuki! Then feed to the POWER TRIP! Leo then sets Suzuki up for the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Suzuki survives and fans fire up again! ELP tunes up the band, SUDDEN- NO, Suzuki dodges! ELP kicks, runs, but Suzuki follows! Suzuki gets around to SLEEPER! Nagata grabs Leo for a CROSSFACE!
Fans fire up while ELP & Leo endure stereo submissions! ELP is turning red, ELP is fading! The ref checks, Suzuki lets off to cover, TWO!!! ELP survives and the fans fire up! Suzuki lets the fans rally up as he drags ELP up into another SLEEPER! And then a sin, but ELP jackknife bridges! TWO!! ELP BOOTS Suzuki, then SUPERKICKS! And then the tuck for C R 2!!! Cover, ELP & LEO WIN!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas fall short again! What is it that’s missing in their formula? As for the “Blue Sexy Boys,” will they continue to be NJPW Strong as the WTL rolls on?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
The Holy Emperor beat his mentor with help from Heat Storm, but now things get even hotter as Taichi faces a former Suzuki-Gun ally! In a battle of 3-0 teams, will Taichi & Yuya be able to survive? Or will they get burned by the Monster Sauce?
Archer’s back to beating up Young Lions, and Zayne just sighs with an “Oh, you” attitude. The teams sort out and Archer wants to face the KOPW Champion. Taichi and Yuya give thumbs, and fans cheer as the former Suzuki-Gun members start. Archer says Taichi is still his brother but this is about WTL, so #EverybodyDies, even Taichi! Archer pie faces Taichi, but Taichi CHOPS! Archer just smiles, so Taichi CHOPS again! Archer eggs Taichi on, Taichi CHOPS again! Archer ROCKS Taichi with a forearm! Fans rally up, Taichi and Archer circle, and they feel things out. Taichi KICKS and KICKS but Archer blocks one to choke grip!
Taichi breaks free, but Archer waistlocks! Taichi fights free to PELE! Taichi runs, Archer follows and BODY CHECKS Taichi! Archer eggs Taichi on, but Yuya tags in. Archer stares Taichi down but then he KNEES Yuya low! Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce double whip. Yuya gest around to shove Zayne into Archer and then arm-drag Zayne! Zayne gets up, Yuya DROPKICKS him! Yuya CHOPS Zayne, CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Zayne is in the corner, Yuya whips him corner to corner. Zayne reverses, runs in, but Yuya dodges and Archer ELBOWS him down! Zayne comes back ELBOW Yuya!
Archer then whips Zayne to scoop, so that Zayne can tilt-o-whirl RANA Archer into Yuya! Fans fire up while Archer laughs. Zayne covers, TWO! Zayne brings Yuya over, tags Archer, and Archer stomps around. Archer taunts Taichi, then Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Archer drags Yuya up and CHOPS him! Archer stands Yuya back up but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Archer eggs Yuya on, Yuya throws more CHOPS, but Archer DECKS him! Archer says it isn’t Yuya’s time, this is all about Monster Sauce! Fans cheer, Archer whips Yuya corner to corner hard, and Archer has a cocky cover, but Red Shoes doesn’t wanna count?
Archer tells him to count but Red Shoes says not until it’s a real cover. Archer snarls and he drags Yuya up. He dares Yuya to go tag Taichi, then he short arm LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Taichi was also there but Archer grins as he gives him a pie face. Red Shoes has Taichi back off, and Taichi coaches Yuya on. Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Zayne brings Yuya out to ROCK him! Yuya CHOPS! Zayne ROCKS Yuya again but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Zayne knees low, whips but Yuya reverses to reel Zayne in for a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Zayne and Yuya crawl, they reach out, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms in after Zayne to give him Kawada Kicks! Zayne goes to a corner, Taichi BOOTS him! Taichi snapmares to KICK Zayne, but Archer runs in to kick Taichi! Archer whips but Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! But Archer rebounds, only for Taichi to DUMP him out! Zayne kicks and whips Taichi to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up and Taichi gets them to get louder. And OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, but Zayne ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Taichi rolls through, but Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS!
Taichi stays up, GAMAN- NO, Zayne ducks the kick! Zayne ROLLING AX KICKS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Zayne and Taichi crawl, and Zayne is up first. Zayne drags Taichi up to wrench and scoop, but Taichi pulls hair! Taichi CLUBS away on Zayne, but Zayne swings. Taichi ducks to SAI- NO, Zayne slips free! Zayne reels Taichi in but Taichi fights the suplex! Taichi tries but Zayne fights the suplex! Zayne then suplexes to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this but Zayne tags Archer. Archer says he told Taichi this was coming! Archer suplexes and THROWS Taichi!
Fans fire up as Archer storms around, and he runs in to ELBOW Taichi in the corner! Archer says that’s one! He runs corner to corner again, but Taichi BOOTS him! Archer snarls, runs back in but Taichi dodges! GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taichi crawls to his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Zayne runs in but Yuya arm-drags him! And arm-drags him again! Archer runs up to choke grip! CHOKE- DROPKICK! Yuya then DROPKICKS again! Archer is still up, and he blocks the arm-drag to send Yuya to the corner! Yuya dodges the splash, but Archer still blocks the arm-drag! Choke grip, but Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS!
Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS again, but Archer kicks low. Archer runs, into an arm-drag! Fans fire up as Yuya dropkicks the legs! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Archer down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up, Yuya pounds the mat and he goes to the corner. Yuya climbs up, but Archer STEP-UP KNEES! Archer then brings Yuya up in the inverted crucifix! But Yuya fights free, rolls Archer up, TWO!! Archer swings, Yuya gets under and shoves Archer into a Taichi’s BOOT! DOUBLE CHOPS! SOBAT! Yuya goes up to FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, Zayne breaks it! Taichi kicks and throws Zayne out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya fires up and the fans are with him!
Yuya climbs a corner, takes aim as Archer stands, CROSS- NO, choke grip! But Yuya victory rolls! TWO!! Archer is up, Yuya blocks the boot to UPPERCUT! And DOUBLE CHOP! And ENZIGURI! Archer stays up so Yuya traps the arms! But Archer HEADBUTTS free! Yuya runs, into a scoop! ROLLING AX KICK SIDEWALK SLAM COMBO!! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Zayne dodges Taichi to scoop, BAJA BLAST!! And then Archer grabs Zayne, CHOKE SAULT! Fans fire up as Archer roars! Archer drags Yuya up, but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Zayne down, but Archer ROCKS him!
Yuya roars, but runs into the choke grip! CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Yuya survives and shocks everyone! But Archer drags him into the drop zone, then lifts Zayne up! BLACKOUT SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Monster Sauce wins!!
Winners: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
Archer said it’s all about Monster Sauce, and Monster Sauce just won big! They are the ONLY 4-0 team in ALL of World Tag League 2023, are they going to be the only option for B Block? Or will Taichi & Yuya still find a way to change everything?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
Though Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi are IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and former World Tag League winners, their road to the threepeat has not been easy. They’ve started to #TurnItAllAround, but can they keep it going? Or will the sons of lucha libre shine brightest here tonight?
The teams sort out and the luchadores offer handshakes. Bishamon accept and the fans cheer the sportsmanship. Hashi starts against Soberano and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and Soberano headlocks. Soberano grinds Hashi down but Hashi uses that to pop out the back and hammerlock. Hashi then headlocks, but Soberano fights up. Soberano throws body shots, trips Hashi with a leg takedown, then traps that leg. Hashi uses his free leg to pull Soberano down and goes after an arm. Soberano clasps hands, Hashi pries them apart and has the ARMBAR! Soberano shifts around, but Hashi pulls on the arm again!
Soberano turns Hashi over, and ties up the legs in a deathlock, then shifts to body scissors and roll! Cover, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Hashi and Soberano circle again, then they knuckle lock. Hashi wrenches, hammerlocks, and headlocks. Hashi hits a takeover, then grinds Soberano down. Soberano headscissors, Hashi fights around, but Soberano has the arms, too. It’s an inverted motorcycle stretch now! But Hashi powers his way out, floats to a headlock, but Soberano slips away. The fans cheer again, and Hashi tags Goto. Soberano says it was that close, and he tags Atlantis in.
Atlantis and Goto circle and the fans rally up. The two tie up, Goto puts Atlantis on ropes, and Red Shoes counts the break. Goto lets off with pats on the shoulder and fans applaud. Atlantis keeps cool, he and Goto circle, tie up, and Goto waistlocks. Atlantis reaches around, spins through and he facelocks. Goto wrenches out to hammerlock, and then headlocks. Atlantis slips out to waistlock but Goto gets the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Atlantis lets off with pats on the shoulder, and fans cheer again. Atlantis and Goto reset and feel things out. Atlantis wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then double wristlocks.
Goto powers through, hammerlocks, then headlocks for a takeover. Atlantis headscissors, Goto kips free, and the fans cheer. The two circle again, and then tie up. Goto headlocks, grinds, but Atlantis throws body shots. Atlantis powers out, Goto RAMS into him, but Atlantis rebounds to run Goto over! Fans fire up and Atlantis shakes his arm out. Atlantis stands Goto up to fire forearms and stomps, then runs. Hashi slides in, Bishamon runs Atlantis over! Then ZANMAI! Soberano runs in, Bishamon kicks him first! They HAMMER away on Soberano, then fans fire up as Bishamon flexes. They stomp Atlantis to a corner, and Goto digs his knee in.
Red Shoes counts, Goto lets off quickly, but then stomps Atlantis. Goto CLUBS Atlantis down, clamps on a neck wrench, but Atlantis endures. Goto bumps Atlantis off buckles and Atlantis falls back. Tag to Hashi, Goto stomps some more, but lets off for Hashi to stand Atlantis up. Hashi wrenches Atlantis, CLUBS the arm, then wrenches again. And again, and again! Hashi keeps Atlantis from ropes, CLUBS the arm, and then brings Atlantis around. Atlantis CHOPS, so Hashi CHOPS back! Atlantis falls, Hashi brings him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Goto and they wrench the arms. Bishamon double whips but Atlantis ducks the lariats to RANA Hashi!
Atlantis dodges Goto to arm-drag him! And DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Atlantis crawls for his corner, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up to CROSSBODY Goto! Cover, TWO! Soberano is a little annoyed with the count but he looms over Goto. Soberano stomps Goto, kicks him around and eggs him on. Goto blocks the punch to ROCK Soberano! And again! Soberano run sin, but Goto DECKS him! Fans fire up and Goto drags Soberano up. But Soberano DROPKICKS again! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Goto hangs in there but Soberano keeps his cool.
Soberano clamps onto Goto with shoulder claws, then a chinlock. Soberano snapmares Goto to then leg drop! Soberano keeps on Goto with a chinlock, and he pushes Goto out of the ring. Soberano brings Goto around to whip into railing! And then he clamps on a headlock to put Goto on the apron. APRON 619! Goto staggers back into railing and Soberano wants Red Shoes to be patient with him. Soberano drags Goto up, chicken wings him, and Atlantis kicks Goto low. Soberano then runs around to CLOBBER Hashi! Atlantis cranks Goto’s neck against railing! Soberano comes back for Goto and puts him in the ring.
Soberano “apologizes,” then he drags Goto up. Atlantis sticks his feet in, Soberano bumps Goto off the boots! Tag to Atlantis, and he ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Then a snapmare and chinlock. Atlantis squeezes tight, then shifts his grip so he can dig a knee into Goto’s back! Goto endures, Soberano runs in to BOOT! The luchadores stomp away on Goto, their frustration boiling up. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Goto but Atlantis stomps him more. Atlantis drags Goto up, bumps him off buckles, and stomps a mudhole. Goto kicks back but Atlantis CLUBS that leg. Then Atlantis sets the leg up as Soberano runs in, and Soberano KICKS Goto in the thigh!
Goto hobbles and falls over, fans still rally, but the luchadores taunt the fans. Cover, Soberano intercepts Hashi, TWO! Goto is still in this but Atlantis argues the count. Red Shoes defends his count, so Atlantis drags Goto up in a facelock. Tag to Soberano, the luchadores mug Goto, but Goto fires forearms in return! They just hit him harder! The luchadores beat Goto down, HEADBUTT him, and then Soberano looms over Goto. Soberano clamps on a chinlock but Goto fights up. Goto throws body shots, but Soberano BOOTS! Goto goes to a corner, Soberano whips him corner not corner. Goto reverses, runs in, but Soberano BOOTS again!
Soberano runs, but Goto follows. Soberano dodges, but Goto deflects the belt to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi fires up, and he runs corner to corner at Soberano to CHOP! Hashi whips to then CHOP again! And mule kick! Hashi turns Soberano, but Soberano fights free! Hashi still dropkicks the legs out! Hashi runs, to BLOCKBUSTER! The fans fire up as Hashi watches Soberano go to another corner. Hashi runs in again, to clothesline! And then a stalling suplex! Hashi holds on for EIGHT before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Soberano hangs in there but Hashi keeps cool. Hashi storms up on Soberano, drags him up, and ROCKS him! Soberano falls over, but Hashi stands him back up. Soberano ROCKS Hashi, eggs him on, so Hashi ROCKS Soberano! Soberano and Hashi go back and forth with forearms, and fans rally up as Soberano drops to a knee! Hashi fires off more forearms, then a CHOP! Soberano wobbles, but he shakes his head. Fans rally up, Soberano winds up to CHOP! Hashi sputters and Soberano eggs him on more. Hashi CHOPS back, but Soberano shakes his head. Soberano CHOPS again! Hashi winds up to CHOP again!
Soberano grits his teeth, fires himself up, and CHOPS! Soberano keeps egging Hashi on, so Hashi CHOPS again! Hashi gets in Soberano’s face so Soberano CHOPS! And CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Soberano goes to a corner, runs back in, but into a DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up with Hashi and he drags Soberano back up. Hashi reels Soberano in, hoists him up, but Soberano slips free! Hashi swings, Soberano gets around and RANAS! Fans fire up as Soberano runs, but Hashi ELBOWS him! Hashi runs, but Soberano BOOTS him! Hashi roars, runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Hashi and Soberano stir and crawl for their corners as we pass 20 minutes. Hot tags to Goto and Atlantis! Fans fire up as they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! And RAM again! Now they throw forearms! Atlantis gets the edge, roars and runs, but Goto runs him over! Fans fire up again and Goto drags Atlantis up. Goto whips Atlantis to a corner, runs in, and MURAMASAS! Then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives that solid landing but Goto drags him back up. Goto fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free. Atlantis shoves Goto to then POWERSLAM! And basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Goto is still in this and fans rally up!
Atlantis drags Goto up and whips him to ropes, but Goto slips free of the scoop! Goto waistlocks, Atlantis switches, but Goto RAMS him into a corner! Hashi returns and runs in, to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, but Atlantis slips free! Soberano BOOTS Hashi, Atlantis has Goto in a CROSSFACE!! Goto endures while Soberano sends Hashi into railing outside! Fans rally but Atlantis pulls on the neck! Goto reaches out, Hashi returns, he stomps Atlantis down! Hashi coaches Goto on but Atlantis kicks Hashi back out! Soberano then builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Down goes Hashi and fans fire up! And the CROSSFACE is back on!!
Goto endures, fans rally up, but Atlantis pulls way back!! Goto still fights, still reaches out, still crawls his way over, but Atlantis pulls even more!! Goto kicks and flails, ROPEBREAK!! The fans fire up as Atlantis lets off in frustration. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Goto back up. Atlantis puts Goto in the ropes and Soberano climbs! DRAPING MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!!! Goto survives and the fans fire up again! Atlantis is frustrated, and we’re at 25 minutes! Soberano coaches Atlantis up and time is ticking away. They hurry to get Goto up, then double whip him to ropes. Double hip toss into a cradle, but Hashi makes the save!
Hashi fires forearms and CHOPS! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi! The luchadores stomp away on Hashi, Soberano is like a jackhammer! Soberano and Atlantis then wait on Hashi to get up, kick and run to BOOT! But Hashi’s right up!? He LARIATS Soberano, but Atlantis DECKS Hashi! Atlantis kicks Goto, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Goto roars and he drags Atlantis up. Goto dragon sleepers, but Atlantis fights from below! Goto blocks that arm, but Atlantis ROCKS him with the other! Atlantis swings again, but Goto catches him for a BIG suplex! And we’re at the three minute warning!
Fans fire up as Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs, but Atlantis blocks the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! Atlantis rebounds, Hashi dodges the lariat to LARIAT Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Atlantis back up. Hashi has the leg, but Atlantis fights the fisherman suplex! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi, runs, but Hashi gets around to trap him! Goto BLINDSLIDE LARIATS! Two minute warning, Hashi SUPERKICKS! BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Goto catches Soberano, rolls him around, ARMBAR into SHORYU KEKKAI!! The luchadores endure stereo submissions! Atlantis fights around, ROPEBREAK!! Hashi lets him go and then coordinates with Goto.
Goto TOSSES Soberano, he and Hashi whip Atlantis to a corner. Goto clotheslines, then Hashi clotheslines! Then fireman’s carry and FIERCE FLASH! Final 60 seconds!! Bishamon drags Atlantis up, dragon sleeper and the legs, but Atlantis boots him! HIDDEN GAP! And then SHO- NO, Soberano busts it up! Final 30 seconds!! Goto CLOBBERS Soberano, Atlantis DECKS Goto! Hashi and Atlantis DOUBLE LARIAT and they’re both down!! Time is running out!! Someone has to do something! Hashi finds Atlantis to cover, Soberano breaks it!! FINAL TEN SECONDS!! Soberano tries to cover but he’s not legal! TIME IS UP!!
Time Limit Draw (both teams earn 1 point)
An incredible battle pushes both teams to their limits, but also pushes this to the time limit! The fans applaud both teams for giving it their all. And in the end, the teams shake hands again. But with no winners, there’s no closing address! The luchadores bow in thanks to all the fans, Bishamon wave good night, and they all head out. A draw is better than a loss, but will just getting one point this round come back to bite someone later on?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
A great round for B Block, with some real surprising results, too. Did not think Rogue Army would get their first win here, because I thought Tsuji & Zando were going to continue on pretty strong. Less surprised that Suzuki & Nagata still haven’t won, only because they were up against the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions. ELP & Leo can’t lose too much, they’d be owing title shots all over the place. Then great stuff with Monster Sauce getting a big win over Taichi & Yuya, and a great move in the main event. Going for a time limit draw on a half hour match is a bit tricky, though, because things dragged a little in the middle to drag it out. But a draw is also a great way to keep Bishamon from owing more title matches while still not winning so as not to hurt Team CMLL.
My Score: 8.8/10
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