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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/28/19)

Rollins warms up against Rowan before arriving in Riyadh!

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Raw revs things up just days before Crown Jewel!

In order to prepare for his rematch with The Fiend, Seth Rollins uses Erick Rowan to test out Falls Count Anywhere! Will Rollins burn down the Redwood?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Becky Lynch VS Kairi Sane w/ Asuka; Lynch wins.
  • R-Truth VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins.
  • Ricochet w/ Hulk Hogan VS Drew McIntyre w/ Ric Flair; Ricochet wins, by disqualification.
  • The Viking Raiders VS Rizzo & Bryant; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Sin Cara w/ Catalina; Almas wins.
  • Charlotte Flair & Natalya VS The IIconics; Flair & Natalya win.
  • Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins VS Erick Rowan; Rollins wins.
  • Humberto Carrillo VS AJ Styles w/ The OC; Styles wins.

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Paige returns to Raw!

The Glampire is in St. Louis to welcome us all to the show! Some may know that she advises a “very special tag team.” She is proud to be even just a small part of their success. So she introduces the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Asuka and Kairi Sane, the Kabuki Warriors! The Empress of Tomorrow and the Pirate Princess come out in robes, masks and Kairi even has a parasol. They’ve been back and forth with The Man and The Queen, and it was thanks to a green mist assist that Kairi pinned Becky Lynch. The trio stands in the ring, and Paige recalls how six months she introduce these two as a team. She took two former NXT Women’s Champions, one benig the Mae Young Classic winner and a Women’s Royal Rumble winner, and put them together. They’ve gelled as a team and are tag team champions.

Asuka snatches the mask from Paige to talk in Japanese that they are the champions! Paige takes the mic back but Kairi takes the mic from her to have a laugh. Paige tries to take the mic back but Kairi drops it. Asuka sprays Paige with mist!! The Kabuki Warriors have turned against their manager! Referees and medics hurry to get Paige a towel and some water to flush her eyes out, as well as help her out of the ring. Fans boo Asuka and Kairi, but they just laugh. But before anything worse can happen, The Man comes around! The Raw Women’s Champion gets the Kabuki Warriors’ attention, and then goes right after Kairi!! She rains down rights and kicks Kairi out of the ring! Fans rally for Becky as the Kabuki Warriors regroup. Becky gives chase and fights them both! But that proves too much, and the Kabuki Warriors start clubbing Becky down.

But Becky fights back again! Becky tosses Asuka over, then focuses on Kairi, who is her opponent anyway. They get in the ring but Kairi bails out and a ref works to restore order. This Champion VS Champion match will happen after the break!

 

Becky Lynch VS Kairi Sane w/ Asuka!

Raw returns as Kairi returns to the ring. The referee makes sure she and Becky are ready, and then sounds the bell. Becky stares Kairi down but Kairi fakes a bad stomach from that brawl. Kairi asks for help, and Becky walks over. But she sees the sucker back hand coming and gets Kairi with forearms! She puts Kairi in a corner to stomp a mudhole! Asuka protests and Becky backs off, but comes back to scoop Kairi. Kairi fights out and bails out to regroup with Asuka. Fans duel as Becky watches the Kabuki Warriors talk. Kairi still fakes a bad stomach and sucker Becky into a high kick! Kairi goes after Becky in the corner with swift strikes! Then she stands on Becky to stomp away! The ref counts, Kairi lets up at 4 to soak up some heat.

Kairi has Becky up to throw her into buckles! And then another corner’s buckles! Becky blocks the third to hit back and give Kairi a bump! And then another! Becky hits a bulldog! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! But Becky dropkicks Kairi hard into a corner! Becky runs in but is put on the apron. She hits Kairi first, then climbs up, but Kairi trips her up. And yanks her off! Kairi covers, TWO, but she drags Becky up by her hair. Kairi puts some stank on her CHOP! And then CHOPS more! She brings Becky out for body shots  but misses her ax kick! Becky throws Kairi down and arm-drags her around! Becky has the arm in a hammerlock, then bridges through! Kairi endures but Becky lets up to bring Kairi up. Kairi throws hands but Becky whips her to a corner. Kairi goes up but gets a kick! Cover, TWO!

Becky keeps her cool while Asuka shouts for Kairi to get up. Becky drags Kairi up to yank on Kairi’s arm, and then again. Fans fire up as Becky steps through, but Kairi trips her up. Kairi bails out again, but Becky builds speed. Asuka distracts on the apron but gets away as Becky swipes at her. But where’d Kairi go? Kairi runs around the way, leaps, but into a lariat! Asuka talks trash at Becky but Becky gives it back. Becky goes to Kairi, but gets shoved into steel steps! The Man is down while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Kairi has Becky in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow hold! She bends the champion way back, but fans rally as Becky endures. Becky works on an escape, and she pops out to then hop on Kairi, TWO! Kairi knees Becky right down! Kairi laughs as she brings Becky up. She toys with Becky, giving slaps from all sides. Becky fires body shots and haymakers back! Kairi throws her down by her hair! Cover, ONE as Becky goes Matrix to mule kick. Becky is in a corner but she dodges Kairi to hit the rocket kick! And then rallies with lariats! And a calf kick! Becky rolls and fans rally. Kairi is in the corner and Becky hits the Firearm! Then a back kick and BECKSPLODER! Cover, TWO! Asuka coaches Kairi up but Becky stands first. Becky goes after Kairi’s arm but Kairi whips out to roll back, cross-leg Boston Crab! Becky endures as Kairi bridges back. Becky slips out and around to get a cover, TWO!

Kairi and Becky brawl, Kairi boots but Becky rebounds and forearms! Asuka shouts at Kairi while both women are down. The standing count begins and fans rally for Becky. Becky is up but Kairi cradles, TWO! Becky boots Kairi down then hauls her up for a suplex. Kairi fights out, DDT counter! Cover, TWO!! Asuka is frustrated for Kairi, and Kairi throws a small tantrum. Kairi drags Becky to a drop zone and decides to weigh anchor! She heads up top, but Becky revives to hit back! The two brawl as Becky climbs, and Becky grabs Kairi. Kairi hits back, Becky is in the Tree of Woe! Kairi adjusts but Becky slips out again! Becky TOSSES Kairi down! Becky hops up now, and hits The Man’s Leg Drop! Cover, TWO!! Kairi survives and shocks Becky! But Asuka is fired up for her kouhai, her junior partner!

Becky tells Asuka this is what you get, as she hauls Kairi back up. Kairi turns things around to send Becky out, but runs into a kick! And another! Asuka comes by but gets a flying forearm! Becky hurries back in, has Kairi, but Kairi hits the BACK HAND! Cover, TWO!! Kairi screams in frustration, but then drags Becky up by her hair. But Becky suddenly get her arm! DISARM-HER! Kairi taps, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission

The Man gets even with the Joshi royalty! Becky offers a handshake but Kairi just kicks at her, so Becky tells her off with that same hand. Will Becky be rolling through the roster once again? Or will a challenger rise up before the holidays?

 

R-Truth VS Buddy Murphy!

He may not be the current WWE 747 7/11 24/7 European Television Champion, but that won’t stop Truth from bringing the energy to Raw! But will he learn that #WhatsUp is the Best Kept Secret?

Raw returns and Charly Caruso joins Truth in the ring for an interview. Truth face Buddy Murphy, but Murphy is not Truth’s buddy. No, that’s his name. Yeah he knows. But anyway, to the WWE 24/7 Championship, and how Sunil Singh took the title from him, thanks to his brother, Samir. Truth knew it! He needed his eyes checked so he went to Lenscrafters. They had a sale on bifocals. Truth puts his glasses on and fans cheers Truth having all four eyes on the prize. When Truth sees Rajin Singh and pins him, he will become a 52-time 48/7, 7/11, 24/7 European- Buddy Murphy interrupts with his introduction, and Murphy takes the mic. Truth is so focused on that 24/7 title and those who have it, except on Australia’s Finest. Truth may not know who he is yet, but after tonight, no one will forget him. Murphy drops the mics and Truth takes off his glasses, and this match finally begins.

Murphy and Truth tie up, Murphy waistlocks and Truth standing switches. Murphy switches back, but so does Truth, only to get a sharp back elbow! Murphy bumps Truth off buckles and then stomps away! The ref counts and Murphy lets up, tot hen throw haymakers! Murphy brings Truth out but Truth ROCKS him with a right! And another! Truth keeps throwing hands, whips Murphy but Murphy reverses. Truth tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Then does the splits! Only to run into a BOOT! Truth tries again but Murphy goes up and over to then run, into the Lie Detector elbow! Cover, TWO! Truth waits for Murphy to stand and fans rally up. Murphy gets up, Truth kicks low then runs, but he misses the scissor kicks! Murphy fires off a strike fest! Truth dodges the knee to hit a calf kick! Cover, TWO!!

But then the 24/7 Championship chase overflows into the arena! Now Truth knows what it’s like to see this from the outside. The Singh Brothers run away from No Way Jose, Eric Young, Curt Hawkins, Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder. Truth wants his baby back! But wait, Truth, Sunil is first so just turn around! The ring count climbs past 5, so Truth gets back in. AUSSIE-GOYE!! Cover, Murphy wins!!

Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall

The Bollywood Boys bail out of the arena and their challengers keep up the chase. Truth realizes what just hit him, and hurries after the 24/7 Championship. Will Truth get his 21st reign tonight? Will Murphy find his own way to a bigger prize?

 

The Authors of Pain speak.

Akam and Rezar know that the other tag teams “find it disconcerting” that Akam and Rezar speak in their native tongues. Rezar lets them in on a little secret: The AOP want everyone to feel uncomfortable. The AOP knows warfare is as mental as it is physical. If they don’t know how the AOP are going to come at them, then they will not survive. Every language, style and discipline will be used so that the AOP own Raw’s Tag Team Division. “Victory for the sake of our legacy. Violence for the sake of violence. That is all you get to know this week about the Authors of Pain.”

 

The Street Profits are here!

Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins get St. Louis to join the party as they make their way through the crowd. They make their way to the ring and get some mics before hugging it out. And then again. Ford and Dawkins hear the fans cheering, “We Want the Smoke!” and that pumps them up more. “I must say that not only did we make our Monday Night Raw debut last week, but we showed up and we showed out!” You always remember your first. It may not have been in lovely St. Louis, the OC still felt the blues. With a stunning assist from Kevin Owens. They even kissed a baby. Speak for yourself, Fam. Dawkins was at the after party kissing on this honey named… Wait, who was she again? Dawkins, focus. Right, right. “To all the superstars that want to throw down with the Street Profits like the OC, y’all done messed up, fam.” The Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke!

Wait, what was that? Did Ford stutter? We Want the Smoke! We Want the Smoke! The Profits head out through the crowd now, and keep the party going! But will the Profits be partying all the way to the tag titles?

 

Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan are in the ring!

They and Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart stand together as Raw returns, talking trash already. Hogan signals for it, and the One and Only makes his entrance! Ricochet heads down the ramp and slides in, but now Flair calls for his Celtic Colossus!

 

Ricochet w/ Hulk Hogan VS Drew McIntyre w/ Ric Flair!

The King of Flight may have been grounded by the Scottish Terminator, he gets a second chance at gaining some momentum. With Hulkamania and the Nature Boy ringside, who will this Crown Jewel preview rematch go?

But before any bell, Ricochet DIVES out onto McIntyre! Ricochet puts McIntyre in, the match begins and Ricochet fires off! McIntyre kicks but misses and Ricochet PELES! McIntyre basil back out, and Ricochet FLIES! Direct hit takes both men out, but those bad ribs bother Ricochet. The lasting effects from last week won’t stop Ricochet from putting McIntyre back in. McIntyre is up but walks into a shoulder. Ricochet slingshots but into McIntyre’s hands! McIntyre hotshots Ricochet by the ribs! The ref checks on Ricochet but McIntyre comes out to kick Ricochet in the ribs! McIntyre then hauls Ricochet up, to bearhug and overhead suplex! Fans rally as McIntyre drags Ricochet up, to CHOP! Flair is proud of his fifth man as McIntyre puts Ricochet in.

McIntyre stomps away on the bad ribs and puts Ricochet against ropes. The ref counts but McIntyre still bends Ricochet back until the count of 4. Ricochet writhes and Hogan is worried but McIntyre drags Ricochet up again. McIntyre tosses Ricochet overhead again, and across the ring! Ricochet sits up while McIntyre smirks. He looms over Ricochet then hauls him up. Ricochet throws a body shot but McIntyre SLAPS him down! The ref checks on Ricochet but he refuses to quit here. McIntyre drags Ricochet up, Ricochet SLAPS and CHOPS back! But McIntyre BOOTS Ricochet down, to drop the leg, brother! McIntyre even gets in Hogan’s face! Hart tells Hogan to hold back but McIntyre promises this will be settled at Crown Jewel.

McIntyre has Ricochet up in a cobra twist to torture the ribs! Ricochet endures and fans are thunderous, but McIntyre thrashes Ricochet about. Ricochet fights out with elbows and hands, but McIntyre just hip tosses him away! McIntyre drags Ricochet up for a suplex TOSS! Ricochet writhes again but McIntyre is on his arm with a high armlock. McIntyre uses leverage to bend and stretch the ribs, but fans rally up. Ricochet fights his way up with body shots, but McIntyre whips. Ricochet rolls off McIntyre’s back, keeps moving, and hits a tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Then springboards, but into McIntyre’s arms! McIntyre tosses Ricochet up, but Ricochet lands on his feet, only to run into a back drop! McIntyre drags Ricochet over, even as dead weight. McIntyre stares Hogan down before hoisting Ricochet up. Crucifix BUCKLE BOMB! McIntyre laughs as he then mocks the Hogan flexing!

Fans boo but McIntyre doesn’t care. He just brings Ricochet up and tosses him out of the ring like a sack of potatoes. McIntyre stands Ricochet up to CHOP! Ricochet CHOPS back! But McIntyre DECKS him with that right! McIntyre hauls Ricochet up to snake eyes off barriers! St. Louis is all fired up as they see McIntyre bring Ricochet right up to Hogan to punch him down! Hogan and Hart protest and coach Ricochet up but McIntyre puts Ricochet in. McIntyre stalks Ricochet to a corner and Flair likes what he sees. McIntyre whips Ricochet corner to corner, but he runs into boots! Both men are down and stirring as the legends and fans rally. Ricochet stands to CHOP and punch McIntyre! Then whip corner to corner, only for McIntyre to reverse. Ricochet goes up but gets kicked out of the air! Cover, TWO!! Flair’s ferocious fifth man is in control as we go to break.

Raw returns and McIntyre stomps away on Ricochet. He dares Ricochet to stand before stomping him more. McIntyre taunts Ricochet while soaking up the heat. He dead lifts Ricochet to the Canadian Rack but Ricochet sunset flips! TWO, and Ricochet goes up and over in the corner. But McIntyre tosses him into buckles! And then clubs him hard on the back! McIntyre crucifies Ricochet again, but Ricochet huricanranas McIntyre into buckles! Hogan and St. Louis rally behind Ricochet while Flair looks upset. McIntyre hurries over but Ricochet throws haymakers and chops! McIntyre kicks low and reels Ricochet in, but Ricochet slips around to dropkick-flip and enziguri! Both men are down again but Hart and Hogan keep St. Louis fired up. Ricochet jawbreakers McIntyre then boots from a corner! Somersault shotgun dropkick!

McIntyre is in the corner, Ricochet runs and rams his shoulder in. Ricochet springboards, flying clothesline! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again, but Ricochet has McIntyre up. McIntyre fireman’s carries, Ricochet slips out and kicks back! Ricochet tries to get the fireman’s carry, but can’t hold it! Ricochet elbows McIntyre away, but the boot doesn’t work! McIntyre elbows through the guard, and then has Ricochet, for a REVERSE ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!? Ricochet survives and Hogan coaches that it’s now or never. “This is Awesome!” and Ricochet counters Future Shock to a jackknife cover! TWO, Glasgow Kiss headbutt, DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet still lives! Hogan says it’s time to dig deep, and Ricochet reaches for ropes.

McIntyre stands up and hauls Ricochet up. McIntyre fireman’s carries and puts Ricochet on a corner. McIntyre CHOPS, then climbs up top, but Ricochet fights back! Ricochet ROCKS McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits up to SUPLEX Ricochet! The Scottish Terminator fires up, but runs into a CALF KICK! Ricochet has McIntyre in the drop zone and hurries up top! St. Louis reaches a fever pitch for the 630 SENTON! But he has to roll through, RANDY ORTON RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!

Winner: Ricochet, by disqualification

St. Louis’ own and the captain of Team Flair is here! Ric Flair had an ace in the hole and here it is! The Viper fires up the Scottish Terminator and Flair has the last laugh on Hogan! They dump Ricochet out at Hulkster’s feet, and McIntyre shouts, “YOU, are screwed!” But in the end, McIntyre couldn’t put Ricochet away on his own. Will Team Flair be able to put Team Hogan away when it’s finally 5v5?

 

The OC come across Humberto Carrillo.

They’re not sure what to make of Ultimo Ninja. But this is the kid that tore it up with Seth Rollins. Styles was impressed, and so were the Good Brothers. It wasn’t that long ago that Styles was a rookie. And now he’s an inspiration! One of the most well-liked veterans in the WWE today. And last week, Carrillo’s debut against Rollins, that was cool. “But amigo!” If Carrillo wants to prove himself against the top champion, he picked the wrong one. If Carrillo wants to try his luck against the best, step into the ring with Styles tonight. Too Sweet, peace out. Will Carrillo catch Styles off guard 1v1 tonight?

 

The Viking Raiders VS Rizzo & Bryant!

It may not be Halloween, but the Chicago Cubs cosplayers are going to be getting something far from a treat. Will they even make it out of St. Louis against the Raw Tag Team Champions?

The teams sort out and Rizzo starts with Erik. But then Rizzo tags out to Bryant. Bryant runs in but is thrown down by Erik! Erik sees Rizzo coming and rocks him with knees and a forearm! Tag to Ivar, and the Vikings take Bryant for the seated senton! Ivar runs and hits a bronco buster on Rizzo! Fans fire up as Ivar rips the jersey off Bryant to slap him with it! Tag to Erik, Ivar scoop slams Bryant, and then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Bryant! Rizzo staggers up, but gets Ace Ten Mao! Erik roars at Rizzo before tagging Ivar back in. They each take one Cub, and then stack them up on Erik for a powerslam powerbomb combo! Does that count as a double play? Anyway, Ivar and Erik then bring Bryant up, for THOR’S HAMMER! Ivar covers out of the slam, the Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning

The warpath isn’t stopping here! Erik and Ivar are in the Crown Jewel Tag Team Turmoil as the most decorated tag team in wrestling today! Will they add the accomplishment of “Best Tag Team in the World” to their resume?

 

Bobby Lashley sits with Lana.

The Ravishing Russian looks worried about having to confront Rusev later. What will happen when she and her husband air out their dirty laundry on The King’s Court?

 

Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Sin Cara!

El Idolo is on a roll, with a lot of credit going to La Muneca. But the Man with No Face knows he had Almas’ number. Two can play this game, because Sin Cara has Catalina! Catalina says in Spanish that there is nothing Vega can do to stop her man from winning this time!

The bell rings and Vega snarls at Catalina. Almas rushes Sin Cara but Sin Cara dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Then Sin Cara hops up, but Almas shoves him down! Vega mocks Sin Cara with Tranquilo while Almas soaks up the heat. Almas fetches Sin Cara up for a CHOP, and then puts him in the ring. Almas drags Sin Cara up and gut wrenches to a Canadian rack for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Almas wraps on a grounded cobra twist! Sin Cara endures the stretch while Vega grins. Catalina coaches Sin Cara up and fans rally up. Sin Cara fights his way up to throw body shots. Almas knees low and Sin Cara drops! Almas drags Sin Cara up and whips him to a corner. He runs in to hit a BIG knee smash! Cover, TWO! Catalina coaches Sin Cara up more but Almas whips Sin Cara to another corner. Sin Cara dodges and Almas crashes and burns! Almas holds his knee as he hits the ground.

Sin Cara climbs up, and TORNILLOS! Direct hit wipes Almas out! St. Louis rallies as Sin Cara puts Almas in. Sin Cara runs in but is pops up, only for him to SPIKE-RANA! Vega distracts on the apron, but Catalina does her job of yanking her back. Vega huricanranas, but Catalina blocks! To swing Vega into barriers! But Almas rolls Sin Cara up and uses the ropes! Almas still wins!!

Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall

It didn’t go how Vega planned, but it worked out in the end! El Idolo wins, but La Muneca is furious. Will they come back for a third time just so Vega can get back at Catalina?

 

Charlotte Flair & Natalya VS The IIconics!

The Queens of Raw team up, but will they make Peyton Royce and Billie Kay bend the knees? Or is the future still IIconic for these two best-friends-forever?

The teams sort out, and Peyton starts against Charlotte. Charlotte and Peyton circle and tie up, and Charlotte trips Peyton! Peyton avoids the Figure Four but gets those Flair CHOPS instead! And many of them! Charlotte lets out a “WOO~” to whip, and she catches Peyton’s crossbody! Charlotte mocks Peyton calling for Billie before throwing Peyton with a Fall Away Slam! Charlotte kips up to style and profile, then tags in Natty. The Queens have Peyton for a double suplex! And they hold Peyton for a count of 5 before dropping her down! Cover, TWO! Natty drags Peyton up to scoop but Peyton slips out to throw her down by her hair! Tag to Billie, and the IIconics double kick and mule kick! Billie covers, TWO!

Billie keeps on Natty with an armlock, and claws at the face! The ref reprimands but Billie keeps on the arm. Billie talks trash while Natty endures, then throws a knee to throw Natty to the apron. Billie throws more knees then tags in Peyton. The IIconics tangle Natty up in the ropes, Motorcycle Stretch and some clawing swipes! Peyton lets up but Natty crawls for Charlotte. Peyton intercepts, but Natty cradle counters, TWO! Spinning heel kick knocks Natty down! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious, but Peyton drops elbows and wraps on a thrashing sleeper. Natty fights up and out but Peyton throws her by her hair! Tag to Billie and the IIconics work together for the bulldog special! Charlotte drags Billie off the cover! Then BOOTS Peyton!

Billie is furious but the ref backs Charlotte off. Charlotte mocks Billie’s shrill shouts, but Billie swings on her! The ref keeps Charlotte back but Natty gets Billie in the sharpshooter! Peyton runs into Charlotte’s SPEAR! Billie taps, the Queen and Queen win!

Winners: Natalya & Charlotte Flair, Natty by submission

This royal combination puts away the BFFs, but is this just the beginning of a powerful friendship?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Universal Champion is fired up for his Falls Count Anywhere, and he has to cut Charly off. He’s got Erick Rowan in a big fight in St. Louis. The former Wyatt Family, big bad muscle, but why would he do it so close to Crown Jewel? Here’s why: this is what he does! Rollins fights and fights and fights every night to prove himself! Bray Wyatt will take it to another level, because Rollins took it to a new level after burning down the Fun House. He knew it wouldn’t be gone forever, but that makes The Fiend even more dangerous. If Hell in a Cell wasn’t enough, then the only way to end this is to beat Bray and keep the title, and he does that when he burns it down! Will Rollins get through big bad Big Red? Or will Rowan show how dangerous all the branches of the old Wyatt Family are?

 

Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins VS Erick Rowan!

This match can go anywhere in St. Louis tonight! But will The Architect be leaving St. Louis still confident in his chances at Crown Jewel?

The bell rings and Rollins dropkicks Rowan right away! Rowan stays standing so Rollins throws haymakers. Those barely budge Rowan so Rollins runs and hits a forearm. Still nothing, so Rollins tries again. Rowan pops Rollins up to a suplex, but Rollins escapes. Rollins boots from a corner, then again. He hops up and leaps, BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, ONE and with power! Rollins is a bit surprised, but he throws big haymakers. Rowan staggers and Rollins whips corner to corner, but Rowan reverses hard. Rowan runs in but Rollins sends him out! But Rowan drags Rollins out to give a big headbutt! Rowan brings him around to throws Rollins into barriers! And then more barriers! Rowan has Rollins up and throws him face first into the ramp-side barriers! And then boot him down! Cover, TWO!

Rowan glares at Rollins as he gets back up. He throws big haymakers to send Rollins around the way, and CHOPS him into barriers! Rowan them dumps Rollins over and things move into the crowd! The ref pursues as Rollins CHOPS back! They brawl right in front of the bleachers and head for the stage! Rowan clubs Rollins on the back as ST. Louis shouts and rallies. Rowan headbutts Rollins right into the seats! Rowan pursues and they start brawling up the stairs! Rollins has Rowan’s beard to hold him in place, but Rowan rakes eyes. They keep going up and Rowan bounces Rollins off railing. Rollins hurries up top but Rowan keeps hitting him. They reach the top of the stairs and exit the arena to the pavilion area. Rollins and Rowan brawl in front of more fans. Rollins uses a security post to smash Rowan! Rowan blocks to hit back!

Rowan brings Rollins around to then whip into the merchandise wall! Rowan dumps it over onto Rollins, and then CHOKE SLAMS Rollins through the table! Fans are loving this as Rowan covers, TWO!! Rowan is trying to use Rollins’ body to break it down as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and the two have returned to ringside! Rollins narrowly avoids a senton and hurries back into the ring. Fans rally up as Rollins build speed, to DIVE! Direct hit but Rollins wants more! Rowan staggers around and Rollins runs again, to DIVE again! Another hit, but Rowan is still up. Rowan goes around the way, Rollins runs a third time, for a third DIVE, into a scoop! But Rollins slips out to shove Rowan into steel steps! Rollins hurries drags Rowan up to throw into the other steel steps! Fans fire up as Rollins gets in the ring again. Rollins still wants the hat trick, but he DIVES into steel steps! Rowan gets Rollins back and then squashes him in a corner! And dropkicks him out of the ring! Rowan goes out to come around the way and BODY CHECK Rollins down! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Rowan grits his teeth.

Fans rally with “Burn It Down!” but Rowan brings Rollins up and pops him up for a powerbomb into the post! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Rowan grows frustrated. Rowan drags Rollins up and into a fireman’s carry. He brings Rollins to the ramp, and then up to the stage! Rollins starts fighting out and gets free! Rowan CLOBBERS Rollins down! “Are you trying to embarrass me?!” Rowan is angry that his Raw debut isn’t going so smoothly, so he clears off the announce desk! Rowan goes to fetch Rollins, and brings him over to the desk. Rowan clamps on the claw! IRON CLAW- No, Rollins slips out to SUPERKICK back! Then CURB STOMP against the desk!! Rowan is down and Rollins scrambles over to cover, TWO!! Rowan survives and slides off the stage! Rollins is furious, but he hops back up on the desk, to LEAP ONTO ROWAN! They crash into the production area but Rollins rises in a fury!

Rollins stalks Rowan and clubs him in the back. Rollins grabs a chair on the way to SMACK Rowan from behind! They end up back stage and Rollins keeps throwing chair shots! Rowan staggers and Rollins wants him to get back up. Rowan blocks the chair this time, to swing Rollins into pipes! The pipes clatter down, but Rowan throws Rollins at a trunk! Rowan grabs a road case, but Rollins avoids it! Rollins may have just saved his own life! Rollins has a ladder to ram and SLAM it into Rowan! And then, CURB STOMP to the ladder!! Rowan is under a forklift’s, well, lift! Rollins keeps him there, and wants someone to help him run the lift! “Get your ass in there! Turn it on!!” Rollins wants to use the lift to crush Rowan!?! And he does!! And covers, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

Rowan is left stuck under the lift, but Rollins leaves him behind to hold his title up high! If that is what it took to keep Rowan down, what will it take to keep The Fiend from becoming Universal Champion?

 

Raw checks back in with Bobby Lashley and Lana.

The Rocky Mountain Machine knows Lana is still nervous about The King’s Court, so he offers to be with her in the ring. Lana appreciates that, but she feels she has to do this alone. Lashley encourages her with a kiss. Will Rusev have something to say about that when he finally gets a chance to talk with his wife?

 

Aleister Black speaks.

“The definition of madness is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome.” All the outcomes have been the same, but Aleister doesn’t want that to change. So if Aleister is not a madman, then what is he? The next time he goes to the ring, one of two things will happen: Aleister makes sure whomever he faces has an “intimate relationship with fear” right before he kicks their head off; and they will come running to knock down his door to pick. A fight. With him!

 

Humberto Carrillo VS AJ Styles w/ The OC!

The Phenomenal One dared Ultimo Ninja to take on the real top champion of Raw, and the challenge was accepted. Will Carrillo impress again? Or will Carrillo learn first hand why Styles is #JustTooSweet?

Raw returns as Carrillo makes his entrance. The bell rings and Carrillo circles with Styles. They tie up and Carirllo headlocks. Styles powers out but Carrillo goes up and over in the corner, and then shows off the agility. Styles runs into an elbow, then Carrillo runs to springboard arm-drag! Carrillo runs in but misses in the corner and gets CHOPS for it! But Carrillo CHOPS back! Carrillo whips, Styles reverses, but Carrillo goes up and LEAPS for a flying headbutt! Cover, ONE but Carrillo has a facelock. Styles resists and escapes the suplex to waistlock. He O’Conner rolls, TWO, and Carrillo mule kicks to knee lifts! Carrillo hits a springboard enziguri! Cover, TWO! The Good Brothers rally for Styles but fans are on Carrillo’s side as he somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO!

Carrillo brings Styles up to whip and dropkick Styles down! Styles hurries out to regroup with The OC, but Carrillo waits for him to return. Styles gets up on the apron only to hop back down. Styles gets up again, but Carrillo knocks him down! Carrillo runs, slides, but Styles avoids to pop Carrillo up. Carrillo mule kicks from the apron, then Asais, but Styles gets under to ram Carrillo into barriers! Styles then uses the barriers for a tornado DDT! Styles takes down the upstart while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Styles has Carrillo in a chinlock. Carrillo endures and fights his way up to throw body shots. Styles CHOPS Carrillo back, but then Carrillo rolls to kick. Styles blocks it and laughs as he spins Carrillo around. Styles avoids the dragon whip but not the enziguri! Both men are down and St. Louis fires up! The Good Brothers coach Styles as he and Carrillo crawl to corners. Styles runs in but Carrillo pushes him away to then shotgun dropkick! Carrillo runs back in but Styles dodges. Styles misses as Carrillo slips out and climbs up. Carrillo leaps for a big missile dropkick! Carrillo drags Styles to a drop zone and headstands, AZTEC PRESS! Cover, TWO!! Styles shocks Carrillo, but Carrillo won’t stop. He goes up again, MOONSAULT, but has to roll through as Styles evades. Styles scoops to an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO!! Now Styles is shocked!

Styles is frustrated with Carrillo, and he goes to the apron. Styles prepares the arm and takes aim. Carrillo stands, and trips Styles up! Then he goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Carrillo is beside himself! Carrillo shoves Styles into a corner and runs back in, but Styles puts him on the apron. Carrillo slingshots back in but into a shoulder attack! Styles has the leg, CALF CRUSHER! Carrillo taps, Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by submission

The Phenomenal One snatches victory from the jaws of defeat against this young star! But now the OC decide they should “shake his hand” to show some respect. Carrillo isn’t so sure, but he does reach out for it. Styles leaves him hanging, so Carrillo ROCKS him with a right! Styles gets mad and KICKS the leg out! STYLES CLASH!! Styles calls the Good Brothers in and they add on with- No! The Street Profits return to save Carrillo! There’s still beef here, and the Profits send the OC out with clotheslines and a POUNCE! Styles keeps Gallows and Anderson from going back for more, but there is surely more where this came from. Will Carrillo join the fam and shut down The Club?

 

Raw presents The King’s Court!

Jerry Lawler welcomes us to a special edition of the show, as it might as well become Divorce Court. Is divorce the only option left to this couple? The King first welcomes the Bulgarian Brute, Rusev! Rusev manages a smile and a wave to the fans as he joins King in the ring. King reluctantly welcomes the still legally-wed-to-Rusev, Lana. The Ravishing Russian is certainly able to smile as she makes her way to the ring. Rusev is still nice enough to hold the ropes open for her as she joins him and King in the ring. Lana and Rusev each grab a mic as King thanks them both for being here. Rusev still wears his wedding ring in hopes he and Lana can reconcile differences. Lana says that she didn’t want to do this publicly, but the truth is, Lana is stuck with the WWE Universe being very hurtful towards her. She will tell everyone the truth here and now, but the fans will not stop booing. Do they not want the truth!?

Lana calms down and says that their marriage was only about Rusev’s wants, and all he wanted from Lana was sex. Rusev says, “Well can you blame me?” No, Lana means all the time. Morning, afternoon, evening, in the kitchen, in the arena, in a locker room! Rusev has a sex addiction! Rusev can’t believe Lana would say this. Lana knows fans want to be loved and accepted and wanted, but this was never about wanting or loving. It was about Rusev wanting to put a baby in her! Rusev knew more about her monthly cycle than she did! All he wants is “Machka brats” running around the house. Rusev says he never insisted on that. He wants to grow their family because he loves her. Rusev never listens. Lana has her career to think about! No designer will dress Lana if she has stretch marks! She makes money from being ravishing, not Mama Rusev!

So all this is about is because of kids? No, there’s more to it. Rusev cheated first! WHAT?! Rusev is shocked to hear this. Lashley said so. Oh so she’s going to believe him first? He’s just talking shit! That never happened! But here comes Lashley himself! And dressed to fight! Rusev gets ready to fight, too! Rusev gets Lashley first with boots! And clubbing forearms! Rusev throws Lashley into posts then clubs him against the apron! Fans rally with “Rusev Day!” as Rusev sends Lashley into steel steps! And then into the ring, to keep on him with haymakers! Lashley turns things around to throw haymakers of his own, and then hit a Complete Shot! Lana cheers Lashley as Lashley takes aim. Rusev rises, to MACHKA KICK! And then fireman’s carry, to a Samoan Drop! Rusev snarls at Lashley and glares at Lana. Rusev still has the ring on his finger, and he takes it off! “Is this what you want?!” He shoves the ring down Lashley’s mouth and then rains down rights!

Lana has a kendo stick and SMACKS Rusev on the back! But it doesn’t even bother him! He just keeps punching Lashley! He finally look sat Lana, and blocks the stick. “Why are you doing this?!” Lashley LOW BLOW uppercuts Rusev! And Lana SLAPS Rusev, into Lashley’s low blow kick! That takes Rusev down, as it would any man. Lashley rains down rights and then Lana brings him in for a deep kiss on the lips. They make-out over Rusev, but will Rusev ever get over what just happened?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Well, that was quite the wild go-home for Crown Jewel. First, let’s worry about the developments with the Raw Women’s Division. I loved seeing the Kabuki Warriors go even more Heel on Paige. They’re showing that they’re in charge, no longer needing someone to hold their hands. Fans may not understand their promos in Japanese but they don’t care, Asuka and Kairi are honey badgers ready to tear into anyone. Kairi and Becky have a great match, including Asuka’s occasional distraction. I almost expected Charlotte to go after Asuka on Becky’s behalf, but The Man held her own and won with an actual finisher. Asuka isn’t the dominant force she used to be but Becky is on a roll like no other. And as we saw, Charlotte had plans with Natty, and they do very well against the IIconics in the IIconics’ return to television. I almost thought we were going to get double submissions, but maybe that’ll be later. On one hand, I’m sensing Asuka VS Becky next week, and on the other, I’m sensing the Kabuki Warriors recruit a third *cough* Io Shirai */cough* so they and Becky-Natty-Charlotte can fight for all the titles on Raw. Also Paige has to come back for revenge and to help her old PCB teammates.

R-Truth is great as always on the mic, but it’s a little bit of a shame his match with Murphy was only to give Murphy a quick win while the 24/7 Championship scene on Raw runs by. I still really hope things lead to Truth invading 205 Live to go after the Singh Brothers in their “Bollywood Studio.” Murphy meanwhile will be in an interesting spot. He isn’t at a Universal Championship level so he can’t challenge Rollins, but if he’s still Heel, he can’t challenge Styles for the US Championship. As if Viking Raiders VS “Rizzo” and “Bryant” wasn’t already an obvious squash match, dressing the jobbers up as Chicago Cubs baseball players, an enemy of the St. Louis Cardinals, definitely confirmed it. The Viking Raiders are probably going to win the Tag Team Turmoil, if not come very, very, very close. I really thought Catalina (whoever she really is) was going to be Sin Cara’s equalizer, but Almas found a way to cheat on his own to win again. But given what went down with Vega and Catalina, I want to see a mixed tag match so they can settle things as much as Sin Cara and Almas.

We got a great match of Styles VS Carrillo, and then a nice brawl with Carrillo and Street Profits. If this was planned, I don’t know why Profits needed their promo segment in the ring, other than to make us think that was their only segment. In the moment, that just seemed like a really dumb choice, so I still wouldn’t have done it. OC VS Carrillo & Profits next week maybe? Carrillo might win that Crown Jewel battle royal to face Styles later in the show, so he can get his shot out of the way and Kevin takes Styles on before/during Survivor Series. Ricochet VS McIntyre was definitely match of the night, as far as the fans go. They were very into it, perhaps in part because Flair and Hogan were there, but mostly because Ricochet and McIntyre raised the bar from their match last week. And then that RKO with Ricochet’s sell, what a great moment. This muddies the math, as Team Flair stands tall but Team Hogan gets a win. I said for SmackDown that Team Hogan has to be winning, the Saudi fans surely want that, so I keep that here.

That Falls Count Anywhere was great. The reason it wasn’t the main event segment was so that there would be plenty of time to get everything they wanted into this. That was a great spot with the fork lift, a direct yet still very subtle reference to something Mick Foley did with The Rock. There have been plenty of parallels in this overarching story of Rollins and Bray Wyatt to what Foley has done in his career, so this was another nice one. I can’t wait to see how this “Can’t Be Stopped” Falls Count Anywhere is going to go. And then the final segment, I don’t think it should’ve been the final segment, but I certainly appreciate them trying to spin this so that Lana isn’t the villain. Obviously there are “Jerry Lawler? More like Jerry Springer!” jokes all around, and fans were really into Rusev beating down Lashley. To somewhat add to the Crown Jewel math but also to this feud in itself, Lashley stands tall so that Rusev can get revenge in the end. I said last week and I’ll say again, this has to end with Lashley beating Rusev down so bad, Lana realizes she still cares for Rusev and goes to his side. The match aside, Rusev has to win the girl in the end.

My Score: 8.4/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

The Don Callis Family is out for blood!

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Will the Blackpool Combat Club survive this Collision?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm, Mariah May & Luther.

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

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

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

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

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

 

Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

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

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

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Kingdom.

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

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

 

Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission

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

 

Pac speaks.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Red Velvet.

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

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

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

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

The Don Callis Family speaks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.7/10


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