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Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House Results & Report! (6/7/20)

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NXT TakeOver In Your House

NXT makes what’s old new again!

In an homage to an old tradition, NXT isn’t just taking over! NXT is In Your House! But who will reign supreme between Queen, Nightmare and Evil Genius?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Woman Tag: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart VS Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Yim, Nox & Blackheart win.
  • Finn Balor VS Damian Priest; Balor wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Johnny Gargano; Lee wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
  • NXT Championship Backlot Brawl: Adam Cole VS The Velveteen Dream; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.
  • Tommaso Ciampa VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlet Bordeaux; Kross wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley VS Io Shirai; Shirai wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the NXT TakeOver Preshow!

Join Scott Stanford, Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee in reliving, discussing and predicting all the action set for tonight as NXT honors the 25th anniversary! And none other than Todd Pettingill gives the introduction!

 

Todd Pettengill introduces us to the inaugural NXT TakeOver: In Your House!

The host of the original is back for this special night, 25 years in the making! NXT has laid out the welcome mat, but Tommaso Ciampa says “Daddy’s Home!” Will he pull the rug out from under Karrion Kross? Will Velveteen’s dream of becoming champion come to an end? But no, no one is winning a house tonight. “Welcome to OUR house!” Code Orange performs the official theme, Underneath!

 

Six Woman Tag: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart VS Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!

Just think of this as a Women’s Division civil war! The Head Baddie, the Shiniest Wizard and the Wild Child won’t let Mrs. Gargano remake NXT in her image! Will the resistance hold strong? Or will Candice, #CobraKai and the Daughter of the Desperado give them no other choice but to surrender?

The trios sort out and Mia starts with Candice. The crowd cheers “This is Awesome!” already, but Candice tags out to Raquel. Not that awesome but still a good start as the two tie up. Mia tries but can’t power Raquel back. Raquel pushes Mia down, but Mia gets up. Mia gets the waistlock but gets thrown off! Raquel is on Mia but Mia CHOPS away! Raquel blocks but Mia hops on for a guillotine! Mia tries to drag Raquel down, but Raquel powers out to a suplex and toss! Mia lands on her feet and Tegan tags in. Tegan dodges a boot to kick away on Raquel’s leg. Tegan runs, Raquel follows and rusn Tegan over! Tag to Dakota and she goes to kick Tegan. Tegan ducks, rolls Dakota, TWO! Tegan grabs Dakota with the choke grip, but Dakota breaks free! Dakota kicks but Tegan blocks and ROCKS her to a corner!

Tegan runs in, Dakota goes up and over to roll Tegan up, TWO! Dakota goes after Tegan fast with a whip, but Tegan slides under to sunset flip! TWO, and Dakota sits on the cover! TWO, and Tegan HEADBUTTS Dakota! Dakota flounders back, Tegan runs and uppercuts! Tegan sweeps the legs, for the CANNON-BOAR! Cover, TWO! Dakota survives but Tegan tags in Shotzi! Shotzi drags Dakota up and boots the punch away to hit a SLING-DOG! Dakota flounders, Shotzi runs, but her rope attack misses! Shotzi dodges the boot but not the scorpion kick! Dakota drags Shotzi in to cover, TWO! Dakota drags Shotzi over and tags Candice in. Candice hits the step-up but not the senton as Shotzi moves! Question Mark kick for Candice sends her out! Mia laughs as she looms close, but Raquel and Dakota protect her.

Shotzi DIVES but into Raquel’s arms! And a toss! But Mia DIVES to take Dakota and Raquel down! Candice scurries away to springboard and crossbody Mia and Shotzi! Tegan climbs up to top this off with a 450!! All six women go down but the crowd fires up for “NXT! NXT!” Shotzi finds Candice and puts her in the ring. Shotzi gets to the top rope again and she leaps to METEORA! Candice flounders, Shotzi runs, CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!! Candice lives but Shotzi fires up more. Shotzi drags Candice up, ducks the enziguri, and gets CATTLE MUTILATION!! Dakota gets in to KICK the hold apart! And Raquel sneaks in to drag Shotzi up for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives but Candice drags her away. Tag to Dakota and she stomps Shotzi down. Dakota taunts Shotzi reaching for Tegan and bumps her off buckles. Dakota grinds her boot in then lets off at the ref’s count.

Dakota drags Shotzi up to bump her off more buckles. Tag to Raquel and Raquel stomps and hammers away on Shotzi in the corner! She lets up at 4 but Dakota pulls Shotzi’s hair! Raquel tags Dakota in and Raquel whips Shotzi into the corner. Dakota taunts Mia and Tegan as Shotzi gets up. Dakota goes around the world but Shotzi gets clear! Raqauel and Candice get clear, too, but Shotzi hurries away! Dakota hurries after but gets double jawbreakers! Enziguri ends Dakota into her corner! Candice tags in and hammers Shotzi down! Candice talks trash but Shotzi slips under, tag to Mia! Mia rallies on the Poison Pixie with forearms, dropkick and a neckbreaker! The crowd fires up with Mia but the Pnealty Kick misses! Candice swings, into a DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Candice survives again but Mia rocks Raquel!

Mia drags Candice up, wrench, but Candice PUMP HANDLE SUPLEXES first! Both women are down but the crowd rallies up. Candice crawls and tags in Raquel, but Mia tags in Tegan! Tegan rallies on Raquel and fires off shots! Tegan clotheslines but Raquel stays up! Tegan stomps a foot, uppercuts, then runs, to be caught! Raquel pops Tegan up, Tegan lands and kicks the legs. Tegan goes up, but her huricanrana becomes a POWERBOMB! Matchbook cover, TWO!! Mia swings on Raquel but is sent out by Candice! Candice hammers away on the ramp but they brawl on the “lawn” and into the “garage” of the set! Raquel drags Tegan up and she tags in Dakota. Raquel scoops but Shotzi saves, and the BOOT rocks Raquel! Tegan has Dakota for the CHOKE SLAM! Shotzi gets some help for a SLICED BREAD! They dropkick Raquel one after the other, then SHINIEST WIZARD for Dakota! Cover, Tegan and team win!

Winners: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall

The brawling of the Head Baddie and Mrs. Wrestling still happens somewhere in the back, but Tegan and Shotzi finish this off with great team work! Will this end the war between them? Or is it only going to escalate from here?

 

Finn Balor VS Damian Priest!

When you come at the Prince, you better not miss! The Archer of Infamy wants to use Balor’s name as the foundation of his legacy, but will he #LiveForever or be buried instead?

Before there’s a bell, Balor BLASTS Priest with a dropkick! Priest gets up in a huff and the bell rings, but Balor kicks him and stomps him at the ropes! Priest pushes Balor away but Balor returns to CHOP him! Balor tackles Priest to a corner then whips, but Priest reverses. Priest runs in but misses his back elbow and Balor CHOPS! Balor chop blocks and stomps more! Priest gets out but Balor pursues from around the way. Balor runs to ROCK Priest with a forearm! The count begins but Balor whips Priest. Priest reverses to send Balor into the steel steps! Priest drags Balor up to ROCK him with a right! The count keeps going but Priest snake eyes Balor off the apron! Priest refreshes the count and throws steel steps around. Priest brings the base around, catches Balor’s Sling Blade and goes up the steps, for an APRON SIDEWALK SLAM!

Balor writhes into the ring but Priest takes his time stalking him. Balor stands up and Priest DECKS him! Priest mocks Balor as he looms over him. Priest kicks Balor while he’s down and the crowd duels. Priest ROCKS Balor again, then drags him up. Balor breaks free to throw forearms! Priest choke grips, shoves Balor, but runs into boots! Balor runs, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Priest grounds ‘n’ pounds then looms over Balor. Balor slowly sits up, Priest drags him back up, and Priest whips Balor for a LEAPING back elbow! Balor flounders to a corner and Priest stomps away! Priest stops at the ref’s count to drag Balor around. Cover, ONE, but Priest clamps on with a chinbar and half nelson. Balor endures as Priest taunts him. The crowd rallies up, Balor fights his way up, but Priest wrangles him back down.

Priest leans and grinds on the hold but Balor fights up again. The crowd rallies as Balor jawbreakers free! Priest wobbles but EAR CLAPS and BOOTS Balor away! Priest runs into more boots! Balor throws big forearms, then runs, ducks and forearms Priest down! Priest flounders to a corner now, Balor runs in to CHOP! Balor whips corner to corner but Priest blocks and reels Balor in. But Balor hits a suplex first! The crowd cheers as Balor gets up. Priest is on the apron, Balor dropkicks him off! Balor kicks Priest against the barriers and stomps away! The ref counts but Balor goes back in to refresh the count. Balor throws more forearms and then gets in the ring to build speed. But Priest returns to CLOBBER Balor! Priest drags Balor up, Canadian rack but Balor slips out! Balor has the dragon sleeper but Priest powers out to BROKEN ARROW! Priest drags Balor up again, but Balor trips him up to DOUBLE STOMP!

Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Balor grits his teeth as he gets up first. Balor throws forearms on Priest then kicks. Priest uppercuts, knees, kicks, kicks and ROLLING ELBOWS! But Balor returns with forearms! Priest ROUNDHOUSES, but Balor PELES! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” all over again. Balor stares at Priest as he gets to ropes. Priest stands, but Balor rocks him with a running forearm! And another! But Priest stops the third with the choke grip, pop up, but Balor victory rolls, TWO!! Balor clotheslines Priest out, then builds speed. But Priest leaps right up on the apron to ROUNDHOUSE! Priest drags Balor out to ram him into barriers! Priest reels Balor in, Canadian racks and lifts, CRUCIFIX BOMB TO THE APRON!! Priest puts Balor in, covers, TWO!?! Balor survives and Priest is beside himself.

Priest gets to his feet while Balor slowly gets to a corner. Priest runs in, for a BIG back elbow! He runs again, for a second! Priest wants the hat trick, but he runs into a SLING BLADE! Balor takes aim now, but runs into the SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! And then another! Priest reels Balor in, but no Final Reckoning, he gets Balor’s elbow drop DDT! Balor resets and aims, for the shotgun dropkick! Priest goes down and Balor goes up! But Priest grabs Balor first! Priest climbs up to join Balor, for a SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, TWO!?!? “This is Awesome!” because it’s not over yet! A standing count begins but both men stir. Priest and Balor go to ropes on adjacent ends. Priest sees the positioning of the steel steps and gets an idea. He promises Balor isn’t going to finish this match, and drags Balor to the apron.

Balor senses what’s coming, and fires off forearms! But he gets another ROUNDHOUSE! Priest reels Balor in, Canadian rack again, but Balor escapes again! Balor rocks Priest with a forearm, and Priest falls onto the steel steps!!! The referee checks on Priest as the crowd loses its mind. Priest manages to rise, gets in the ring, but Balor is up top! COUP DE GRACE! But that’s not enough, Balor goes up again! COUP DE GRACE DEUX! Cover, Balor wins!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

“Brutal” doesn’t even begin to cover it! The Archer of Infamy might #LiveForever just for that fall! Will Priest be able to rise again? Or is The Prince finally going to head back for the throne?

 

NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Johnny Gargano!

The Limitless One vows to show #TheJohnnyGarganoWay has already reached its limit. But #JohnnyRuthless won’t #BaskInHisGlory, he wants the title back! What happens to the heart and soul of NXT as these two icons do battle?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the gold is on the line In Your House!

Gargano and Keith circle, but Keith knows what Gargano is up to asking for a test of strength with the bad hand. Keith knuckle locks then TOSSES Gargano! Gargano gets up and goes again, but his headlock barely bothers Keith. Keith powers Gargano off but the bad eye is bothering him. Gargano puts up his dukes and circles with Keith again. Keith goes after Gargano but Gargano dodges the strikes. Keith blocks the kick and almost heel kicks Gargano’s head off! Gargano backs away to a corner while the fans cheer, “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Gargano runs at Keith but gets run over! Gargano bails out but Keith pursues. Gargano gets back in and dropkicks Keith away! Then he DIVES, but Keith catches him! Keith brings Gargano over to pop him up. But Gargano gets to the apron to MULE KICK the eye!

Gargano leaps, but Keith catches him! Keith pops Gargano back up, but Gargano goes after the eyes! Keith lets Gargano go, but avoids another step trap! Keith bumps Gargano off the apron then hoists him up and snake eyes him on the apron! Gargano tries to get away but Keith brings him back out to ROCK with a right! Gargano scurries away to the “front door,” and knocks? No one’s home, Gargano. Keith smiles as he heads over. Gargano pleads with whoever might be backstage, but Keith bumps him off the door! And GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS him! The crowd wants “One More Time!” but Keith TOSSES Gargano down the “lawn.” Keith stalks Gargano back to the ring and they get in. Gargano clubs and stomps and hammers away! Keith pushes Gargano away but Gargano comes back for more. Keith pushes Gargano away again but Gargano goes after the bad hand!

Keith puts Gargano in a corner, tosses him across the way, then brings Gargano up for knees and a HARD left. But that hurts Keith’s hand almost as much! Gargano gets up and enziguris Keith down! Gargano clubs Keith to a corner and only stops because of the count. Gargano stands on the bad hand then digs his forearm into the bad arm. Keith powers Gargano away but Gargano comes back to CHOP! Gargano climbs up to rain down palm strikes on the bad eye! Keith powers Gargano off but Gargano just keeps coming back for more! Gargano haymakers, wrenches the bad hand and knees the elbow, but Keith pushes him away. Gargano comes back to BOOT Keith to the corner! Gargano goes after the bad arm but the ref backs him off. Keith is seething but Gargano comes from the outside. He pulls Keith’s hand against the buckle’s crossbar!!

Gargano lets up at 4 but the crowd boos. Gargano says they’re lucky to watch him perform. Gargano goes back to Keith for a cover, ONE! Gargano wraps Keith up in a cobra clutch to go after both wrist and eye! Keith endures as the crowd rallies. Keith fights up but Gargano knees him in the back. Gargano wrangles Keith down and keeps on the bad eye. Keith continues to endure and fights up again. Gargano becomes a backpack and digs his palm into the bad eye! Gargano elbows Keith down! Gargano springboard stomps over and over then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Gargano seethes as Keith clutches his hand. The crowd rallies but Gargano stands on the bad hand and fish hooks the mouth. Gargano drags Keith up to throw hands into the eyes! Keith can only push Gargano away, but Gargano mocks the #BaskInHisGlory.

Gargano throws more palm strikes but the fans sing “Johnny Sucks!” to the tune of Darth Vader’s Imperial march. Gargano mocks Keith but the fans rally up. Keith throws punches but that’s still his bad hand. But his good hand grabs Gargano’s to keep him from running! Keith blocks punches to give forearms! Keith whips Gargano to a corner, runs in, but misses as Gargano moves. Gargano ducks, slips out and enziguris! Gargano slingshots into a CLUB! Keith brings Gargano up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gargano survives but Keith keeps his focus. Keith gets to his feet, brings Gargano up, but Gargano holds onto a leg to block the bomb. Gargano pulls on the fingers, slips under Keith to throw forearms from all sides. Keith DECKS Gargano with just one! Gargano gets up to fire off more, but Keith ROCKS him again!

Gargano bobs ‘n’ weaves to give more forearms, then runs, into a pop-up! But Gargano gets the arm for a hanging armbar! Keith stays on his feet to lift Gargano up with that one arm! But Gargano pulls the fingers! Keith endures, powers up, and SLAMS Gargano down. Keith blocks a punch but Gargano fires off clotheslines, only to spin into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Gargano may have no soul but he still has that superhuman heart! The crowd rallies as Keith looms over Gargano. Keith dares Gargano to get up, but he brings him up himself. Keith lifts, Gargano pulls the fingers! Gargano kicks away but Keith powers through! Gargano sunset flips through, TWO!! Keith just barely escapes but both men are down. Now the crowd sings “Gargano Sucks~” to the tune of, well, “John Cena Sucks.”

Gargano headbutts Keith down then kicks him over and over. Gargano sits Keith up but Keith pushes him away, tilt-o-whirl but Gargano goes for the arm! Keith whips Gargano away, Keith ducks to SUPERKICK! Keith HEADBUTTS, and fireman’s carries, for Big Bang- NO! Gargano rolls Keith up, TWO!! Keith barely escapes again, and he gets a BUZZSAW! Gargano runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! But Gargano flops to the bottom rope, and then out of the ring. The crowd rallies as Keith catches his breath. Keith fetches Gargano and puts him back in the ring. Keith grabs the rope to get back in, Gargano kicks the bad hand! And then Gargano DIVES, to TORNADO DDT! Gargano realizes Champion’s Advantage will be against him if he can’t get Keith back in. Gargano drags Keith but Keith is out cold!

The count is at 8, Gargano refreshes it desperately, and argues with the ref about it. Gargano goes back out, Keith has revived, and he POUNCES Gargano through the Plexiglas!! The crowd is going nuts as Gargano is down and out on the outside! The ref checks on Gargano but Keith still fetches Gargano. Keith drags Gargano by one hand back to the “lawn.” Keith scoops Gargano to carry him, but Candice returns? She was going to help Gargano, but then Mia is there and she fires off on Candice! Candice and Mia get in the ring and they brawl, all the way back out of the ring! Keith drags Gargano up, but Gargano has a KEY!! HE DIGS IT INTO KEITH’S OTHER EYE!! SLINGSHOT DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? The #OneFinalBeat didn’t beat Keith and Gargano is furious!

Gargano aims from a corner, to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Gargano SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Keith still has so much left and Gargano is furious! Gargano SUPERKICKS a third time! Cover, TWO!?! The crowd is loving this but Gargano is hating it! Gargano stands up as the crowd rallies for Keith. Gargano stomps the bad hand, then brings Keith up. Keith choke grips Gargano! Gargano tries to break free but Keith pops him up, for a SPIRIT BOMB!! Gargano flounders to a corner but Keith glares at him. Keith goes full power for a DEAD LIFT POWERBOMB! And then the fireman’s carry, BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith Lee wins!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

#TJGW did NOT get the W he wanted! Keith Lee is still limitless and still champion! Will NXT forever #BaskInHisGlory?

 

NXT Championship Backlot Brawl: Adam Cole VS The Velveteen Dream!

The longest reigning NXT Champion ever wants this to be the Undisputed END to the Experience! If Dream doesn’t win now, he’ll never get another shot so long as Cole is champion. But with this very special match type, who will shine brightest as THE champion of NXT?

Cole drives up in an Undisputed monster truck, while Dream drives up in the Lamborghini of everyone’s dreams. And Dream cosplays as Negan! Dream brings Lucille’s cousin with him while the rules are set: anything goes, but the match must end inside the ring. Regal told the ref to tell them, “Enjoy the spotlight.” The crowd in their cars are fired up as Dream gets to the ring. Cole talks trash but it’s hard to hear over the roar of the engines. Cole wants Dream to fight like a man, aka without the bat. Dream says, “Anything for you, Cole man.” Cole gets in the ring while Dream takes off the jacket and scarf. Dream throws the scarf at Cole, but Cole swings the belt! Dream rolls Cole up, TWO! The two stand off, Cole swings but into a backslide! TWO and Cole backs away again. Dream catches Cole to an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Cole scurries out, then into the ring, to BOOT Dream down!

Cole rains down right hands but Dream pushes him away. Dream flounders but Cole talks trash. Cole wants to take his belt and go home, but Dream hurries after. Cole grabs a car without a driver, but Dream brings back Lucille’s cousin! Dream starts swinging and breaks off rear view mirrors and dents the doors! Dream tells Cole to get out of the car, and Cole does, to go around and throws hands. Cole rocks Dream but Dream DECKS Cole! Dream pulls on Cole’s hair but another car pulls up. “Did somebody call for an Uber?” No but Cole and Dream end up fighting through the van! The ref tells the Uber driver to move on, and Dream goes after Cole. Dream says they’re just getting started, and he ROCKS Cole again! Cole tries to find a door he can get through but Dream clubs him down.

Dream throws Cole into trash cans then throws the trash can down! Cole avoids getting canned, and he suddenly begs Dream for mercy. Dream walks hover, but is yanked into a pole! Cole scurries away and still looks for shelter. Dream manages to follow Cole, bringing another trash can along. Dream throws the can and swings the lid, but where did Cole go? Dream starts looking for unlocked doors, and finds one. Only to get blasted with an extinguisher! Cole keeps smoking Dream then brings him up gasping for air. Cole clubs Dream down while bragging about being the best NXT Champion ever. Dream manages to make it back to the cars but Cole clubs him to ringside. Cole throws more forearms but Dream uppercuts. Cole kicks low and brings Dream around, for another BOOT! Dream staggers away towards the cars, but Cole throws uppercuts to send him further on.

“Why don’t you just quit, Dream? You won’t, because you’re stupid!” Cole hammers Dream’s face against the bumper of a truck but the crowd boos. Dream uses his shirt to choke Cole! Cole gets loose as the shirt tears, but Dream kicks him low and POSTS him! Dream goes to the apron, aims at Cole, and drops ax handles. Dream drags Cole up into the ring, covers, but Cole uses the ropes to pry Dream off him. Cole wants a time-out, but there are no time-outs in pro-wrestling. Dream climbs up and aims, to leap, into a SUPERKICK! Cole asks what he has to do to end Dream. Cole goes to the apron now, takes aim, and says night night. Cole leaps, into DREAM’S SUPERKICK! Dream wobbles as he brings Cole back up. He bumps Cole off the hood of a car! And then POWERSLAMS him onto one! Dream promises Cole will never forget this.

Dream produces a ladder and brings it over. Cole begs for mercy again but Dream hammers away instead. Dream sets the ladder up and starts climbing. But another car comes in with horns loud and lights bright. It’s the Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish! The distraction allows Cole to go after Dream, but then Cole brags too much. Dream shoves him OFF the ladder and Cole CRASHES Onto the windshield! Cole’s arm is bleeding and the Era goes after Dream! Dream fights as best he can, but that’s 2v1! The Era beats Dream down then checks on Cole. Cole tells them that they know what to do. Strong and Fish hurry to the Undisputed Monster Truck and they put in chair after chair after chair into the ring! ECW flashbacks, anyone? How many chairs did Cole load up on that truck!?

Strong fetches Dream but then something drags a chair under the ring? It’s DEXTER LUMIS! The “tortured artist” is here, and looks to make good on his artistic warning. Lumis gives chair shot after chair shot to Strong and Fish! Then uppercut after uppercut! Lumis clubs Fish and Strong over to an open trunk! He puts Strong in first, then tosses Fish onto him! The trunk is closed and Lumis has two captives! Lumis drives off into the night while Dream flounders his way into the ring. Cole sits up with his bleeding and possibly broken arm, and crawls his way to the ring. Cole drags himself up the apron, up the corner, and to the top rope. Cole aims at Dream, leaps, but into a DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Cole survives but Dream hurries to the corner now.

Dream flounders up to the top rope, Cole is sitting on the chairs, PURPLE RAIN MAKER ONTO THE CHAIRS!! Cover, TWO?!?! How did Cole survive?! Dream rips off his shirt, and says, “Every era is meant to end. BAYBAY, do you hear it? This is the sound of your dream coming to an end.” #DreamOver! But Cole LOW BLOWS Dream!! No disqualifications in the Backlot Brawl, and Cole heads up top! PANAMA SUNRISE ONTO THE CHAIRS!!! Cover, Cole wins!!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

372 days and counting for the Undisputed Era! The dream is over, but for Velveteen himself! What must Dream do to finally have the brightest spotlight of them all? Will anyone ever end Cole’s reign?

 

Todd Pettengill checks in with us.

What a night already! He’s still just now catching his breath. But we check in with some “viewers” on… AOL Chat? It’s Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Road Dogg! They don’t know how to computers, so they get frustrated. But while they figure that out, let’s move on with the action!

 

Tommaso Ciampa VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlet Bordeaux!

Ticktock, the Psycho Killer is on the clock. He and Mr. Doomsday promise to show each other something “special.” But labels aside, either #NoOneWillSurvive, or someone will #FallAndPray!

The bell rings and Scarlet is already enjoying this. The crowd rallies up already as the two stare down. Ciampa throws a forearm but Kross doesn’t flinch. Ciampa throws forearms and even boots, but Kross pushes Ciampa to a corner and BOOTS back! Kross drags Ciampa up, and TOSSES him! Ciampa bails out but Kross pursues around the way. Kross keeps Ciampa from getting back in the ring, but Ciampa elbows back and bumps Kross off steps! Scarlet checks on Kross, but Ciampa gets Kross between the ropes! No Willow’s Bell, but Ciampa denies the Exploder. Ciampa ROCKS Kross but Kross grits his teeth and comes back. Ciampa dodges and BOOTS, but Kross is up again! Kross powers Ciampa out hard and then continues after him. “You’re in my house now, Tommy boy!” APRON POWERBOMB! The surgically replaced neck is in danger after that one! But Kross and Scarlet just smile as Ciampa writhes and clutches his neck.

Kross tells the ref to move, then he drags Ciampa up and into the ring. Kross stalks Ciampa to the corner and kicks away. Kross knees low then reels Ciampa in, for another EXPLODER! Ciampa writhes but Kross just roars and revels in his ruthlessness. “How’s your neck holding up?!” Kross cranks on the neck then stomps Ciampa down. Kross brings Ciampa up again to put in a corner, and then use another EXPLODER! Ciampa is folded up but manages to get to a corner. Kross looms over him before ramming in his knee! And again, over and over! The ref counts, Kross backs off and Ciampa flounders up. Kross dares Ciampa to hit him, but Kross catches Ciampa for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through, LARIAT! Scarlet mocks Ciampa’s pain while Kross stalks him.

Ciampa slips away to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Kross grabs Ciampa’s neck but Ciampa fires off palm strikes! Ciampa enziguris Kross down, then runs to KNEE him out of the ring! Scarlet is worried now as Ciampa hits WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, TWO!?! Ciampa was so close and he knows it. But Ciampa aims to KNEE Kross down again! Kross gets up, only to get another KNEE! Ciampa drags Kross up, underhooks, but Kross powers out to an F10 TOSS!! Kross drags Ciampa into the KROSS-JACKET!! Ciampa flails, reaches, but he’s trapped! Ciampa fades out, Kross wins!!

Winner: Killer Kross, by submission

The end is near, and Ciampa has fallen! Scarlet raises Kross’ hand in celebration, will she follow Kross down the road to total dominance of NXT?

 

Renee Young is here!

What a fun retro vibe! But the party doesn’t stop with the show. Renee will interview the man behind NXT, Triple H, on Facebook Live!

 

NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley VS Io Shirai!

The Queen is back atop the division after dethroning the Nightmare at WrestleMania 36. And since then, “the hardest working woman in any industry” has made sure every woman in the WWE understands their place on the food chain. But after throwing the match against the Evil Genius, and ruining the match between Shirai and Rhea, it comes to this! Will Charlotte still reign when she has two opponents to worry about? Is Rhea going to again be the future of NXT? Or will Shirai drag them down into the darkness so that she can finally shine?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle for true dominance begins!

Shirai, Rhea and Charlotte stare down as the crowd rallies up. The three circle, but Charlotte bails out to let Rhea and Shirai have it out. Rhea is already annoyed, and the crowd chants, “You Don’t Go Here!” Charlotte shouts back, “I MADE here!” Shirai and Rhea do tie up, Rhea powers Shirai down, but Charlotte returns to throw Rhea down! Charlotte runs away, Shirai rolls Rhea, ONE! Rhea ROCKS Shirai, Charlotte kicks Rhea low! Charlotte bumps Rhea off buckles and then stomps away. Shirai runs over to pull Charlotte off, but Charlotte kicks her back. Charlotte scoops,. Shirai slips out and hits an Edge-o-matic! Shirai runs into Rhea’s BOOTS, but Rhea runs into Charlotte’s neckbrekaer! Charlotte catches Shirai’s leap for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and the crowd lets out a “WOO~!”

Charlotte says this is her house and the others are guests. She CHOPS her “guests” over and over, back and forth, then soaks up the heat. Charlotte brings Rhea and Shirai up and says they’re never leaving. But they both hit her with CHOPS! And fast hands! They stomp Charlotte to a corner but Rhea headbutts Shirai down. Rhea clubs Charlotte over and over, then whips her to a corner. Charlotte tumbles up and out, forearms Rhea away, but Shirai runs in. Charlotte shoulders Shirai away but Rhea trips Charlotte up. Rhea cannonballs from the apron but misses! Charlotte RAMS Rhea into barriers! Charlotte smiles but turns around into Shirai’s huricanrana! The crowd fires up with Shirai as she brings Charlotte up. Charlotte POSTS Shirai, then RAMS her into Rhea! The contenders are down and the Queen tells the crowd to kiss her ass.

Charlotte drags Shirai up to put her in the ring. Charlotte takes her time stalking Shirai and even toys with her. “You’re the best?!” Shirai fights back but Charlotte clubs her down. Charlotte drags Shirai up and whips, but Shirai hops up! Charlotte catches her, back suplexes but Shirai lands on her feet! Shirai runs, handsprings, dropkicks but into the BOSTON CRAB! Shirai endures as Charlotte sits deep! Shirai crawls for the ropes but Charlotte shifts to a Lion Tamer! Shirai kicks free and Rhea returns to LARIAT Charlotte! Rhea rallies on Charlotte, spins her and hits cravat knees! Rhea runs to BOOT Charlotte down! The crowd is fired up with Rhea as she hits the basement dropkick! Shirai runs in and flapjack dropkicks Rhea! Charlotte is on the ropes, she gets the Tiger Feint!

Shirai climbs up and leaps but Charlotte gets under. Shirai comes back, victory roll to STOMPS! Shirai keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives the onslaught but Shirai keeps her focus. Shirai fires up and goes corner to corner, but Rhea intercepts to O’Conner roll, and dead lift! Shirai elbows out, a HEADBUTT takes them both out! The crowd rallies up as all three women are down. Charlotte sees her contenders stirring and going after each other. Shirai and Rhea grab each other’s hair, but Charlotte SPEARS them both! Cover on Shirai, TWO! Cover on Rhea, TWO! Charlotte just grins as the match continues. Charlotte drags Rhea over to a corner and says “SUCK IT” a la DX. Charlotte places Shirai next to Rhea before going up top. She hit this before, and wants it again, MOONSAULT, but she gets KNEES!

Shirai rolls Charlotte, but Rhea rolls Shirai, to a pump handle and RIP- NO! Crossbody counter! Shirai tilt-o-whirls Charlotte to a CROSSFACE!! Charlotte endures, reaches out, but Rhea BUZZSAWS Shirai off! Charlotte BOOTS Rhea, covers, TWO! Rhea lives and Charlotte is losing her cool. “This is Awesome!” as Charlotte aims from a corner. Rhea sits up, but she avoids Natural Selection to SUPERKICK and Atomic SLAM! Shirai springboards to missile dropkick Rhea down! The crowd is thunderous as Shirai gives Rhea a corner METEORA! Charlotte hits NATURAL SELECTION on Shirai!! Cover, TWO!?! Shirai survives and Charlotte is shocked! Charlotte thinks of what she has to do, but Shirai ghost pins! TWO and Charlotte has the legs! Figure Four and the bridge, but Rhea drags Charlotte out! Rhea clubs and hammers away on Charlotte but Charlotte gives it back!

Charlotte bumps Rhea off steps, but Rhea kicks back. The two brawl towards the “lawn”, and Shirai DIVES! Direct hit on Rhea! The crowd is thunderous again but Charlotte clips Shirai! Charlotte throws Shirai THROUGH THE WINDOW! Rhea stalks up and SMASHES Charlotte with a potted plant! Charlotte tackles Rhea and the two scrap right by the “garage!” Rhea slaps Charlotte around while the ref says they need to end this in the ring. Charlotte slaps and clubs Rhea back, then smooshes her into the Plexiglas! Charlotte and Rhea keep brawling, but Rhea staggers. Charlotte aims from the door, but Shirai’s on the “roof!” “Please Don’t Die!” Rhea and Charlotte brawl more, and Shirai is like a cat as she drops in on them! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! All three wipe out and the crowd loses their minds!

Shirai gets up first and she puts Charlotte in the ring. Shirai hurries up to the corner and the top rope. Rhea rises and hurries over and she ROCKS Shirai with a right! Rhea gets in, Charlotte runs in but is sent into the POST! Charlotte flops out and Rhea goes after Shirai with CHOPS and haymakers! Rhea climbs up, brings Shirai up, but Shirai resists! Shirai fights Rhea back, slips under, and pushes Rhea into the buckles. Shirai climbs back up, clubs away on Rhea, then brings her up for a SUPER STEIN- NO! And Charlotte returns to BOOT Shirai down! Rhea BOOTS Charlotte, but Charlotte throws forearms and CHOPS! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and climbs again. Rhea resists and headbutts back! Rhea pump handles for a SUPER RIPTIDE!! Cover, but Shirai breaks it! That was so close!

The crowd is at a fever pitch but Rhea is furious. Rhea boots, misses, and the SHOTEIS land from all sides! Shirai runs, pops up, but the victory roll is blocked to the INVERTED CLOVERLEAF! Or as she calls it, the Prism Trap! But Charlotte has a kendo stick! Rhea spanks Shirai, Charlotte SMACKS Rhea! And then Shirai! And then Rhea again! And then Shirai more! Rhea, again! Charlotte says she’s going to beat Rhea again! She tosses the kendo stick away, and SPEARS Rhea again! Charlotte grabs the legs, Figure Four! Bridge to the Figure EIGHT!! Rhea endures, but Shirai ASAI MOONSAULTS RHEA!! Cover, SHIRAI WINS!!!

Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)

The Evil Genius found a brilliant solution to this problem! And finally, she has the title! The confetti rains down and the streamers fly! What does this change in power mean for the future of NXT?


My Thoughts:

An incredible night for what felt like a rather oddly placed TakeOver event. One odd thing was that we didn’t get a tag title match. I don’t remember them saying Imperium VS Breezango wasn’t for TakeOver, but maybe that’s why Indus Sher showed up at the end of last Wednesday’s NXT. There might be more build for that match before we get it, which would actually help things just a little bit. I still feel like it should’ve been Oney Lorcan and Imperium, but maybe that is being saved for what would’ve been TakeOver: Boston in a couple months. Instead, the Six Woman Tag opens and it was really good. I was surprised the Faces won, but it didn’t feel like the many feuds in that match are over. For one, Mia and Candice brawl during the North American Championship match, and I almost thought it was going to cost Keith the title.

Keith VS Gargano was great, with or without the brawling, but it makes a lot of sense for Keith to win. The Johnny Gargano Way can’t get its way just yet. He and Candice haven’t shown us enough just yet, and their goal of reigning together might make more sense if Gargano has the NXT Championship again. On top of no tag titles, I was surprised the NXT Championship was the middle of the show. Dream cosplaying Negan from The Walking Dead was a great surprise but that bat wasn’t much help. It barely dented the car Cole tried to escape in and didn’t come into play later. Lumis kidnapping Strong and Fish was a great bit, but it didn’t help Dream win. I’m rather surprised, I would’ve thought this was Dream’s time, but maybe WWE wants to give reason Cole to stay since there’s concern he might go to AEW. At the same time, this could mean Dream will help just about anyone in defeating Cole now, so as to undo the clause of being kept from future opportunities.

Finn Balor VS Damian Priest was an incredible match, definitely worth of a TakeOver. That steel step spot alone was so rough. I’m surprised Priest was able to get up after that. But I figured Balor would win, he needs to stay strong to head for a title story of his own. I hope Cole VS Balor is next, I don’t think we got a proper “Who is THE BEST NXT Champion ever?” story out of them. And it would be great if Balor got the NXT Championship back before going back after Walter and the NXT UK Championship. Having a truly undisputed champion in NXT might be a bit much, but someone of a Cole, Balor and Walter level is definitely worthy. Ciampa VS Kross definitely had a great match, but of course Kross was going to win. He dominated Ciampa here, but I preferred his character work from Lucha Underground as the White Rabbit. Either way, Kross definitely has a title in his future, and it might be the North American Championship.

And finally, for the first time in a long time, the women main event TakeOver! This match was amazing, above and beyond expectations, but with the outcome I was most hoping for. Io Shirai is finally on top of the NXT Women’s Division! She probably should’ve been champion sooner, but better late than never. Charlotte might be back to give us a proper match with Shirai, but I would hope Shirai retains in that match. And while Charlotte beat Asuka again on Raw, it was via count-out thanks to Nia. I’m sure Charlotte can come back around as I don’t see Nia winning at Backlash next Sunday, but I would hope Charlotte loses to Asuka. What would be creative for Charlotte is if she had to struggle and work harder than ever before, all the while giving us some dream matches between Raw and NXT.

My Score: 9.3/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/18/24)

Time to Man Up!

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Will the Ivy League MVP earn a title shot?

The NEW ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe, is here to step onto the Proving Ground with one of Maria Kanellis’ baby boys, Griff Garrison! Will Griff make Maria proud? Or will he reach for the sky?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo; Keith wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Lance Archer & The Righteous VS Jon Cruz, Savion Truitt & Damian Chambers; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Lee Johnson VS JD Drake; Lee wins.
  • Abadon VS Allysin Kay; Abadon wins.
  • The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson; The Infantry wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora; Kiera, Leyla & Adora win.
  • The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto; Mortos wins.
  • Lady Frost VS Marti Belle; Frost wins.
  • The Dark Order VS Zak Patterson & Frank Milano; The Dark Order wins.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis; Mark wins and denies Griff a title match.

PLAY BY PLAY

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?

 

Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo!

The Bounty Hunter is still looking for a prize, but he’ll gladly fight to earn his shot. Will Keith be heading for a golden opportunity on the other side of Dynasty? Or will Solo shoot first?

The Code of Honor is upheld with sarcastic enthusiasm by Solo, and Keith shoves him away. The bell rings and Solo SLAPS Keith! Keith TACKLES Solo and rains down fists! The fans  fire up, Solo gets away then knees Keith low. Solo ROCKS Keith, whips him to a corner, but Keith comes back to run Solo over! Keith scoops to SLAM Solo, then stands on Solo’s face! The fans fire up for the KNEE DROP! Keith then SLAPS Solo! The fans rally for “BK! BK!” Solo storms up but Keith kicks low. Keith reels Solo in, suplexes, and he holds Solo up! Keith marches around, then SLAMS Solo down! Solo bails out and the fans fire up as Keith aims.

Keith builds speed, slides, but Solo ducks! Solo sends Keith into steel steps! The fans boo as Solo leaves Keith behind. The ring count starts, fans chant “SOLO SUCKS! SOLO SUCKS!” Solo counts along but wants it to go faster. Keith stands at 8 of 20, slides in, but Solo stomps and HAMMERS away! The fans boo more, but Solo stands Keith up to bump him off buckles. Keith CHOPS in return! Then CHOPS again! The fans “WOO~,” then Keith ROCKS Solo with a forearm. Keith CHOPS in the corner, but then Solo dodges. Solo tries but Keith dodges the chop to CHOP Solo down! The fans fire up while Solo is stinging.

Keith whips Solo, Solo reverses and CLOBBERS Keith! Cover, TWO! Keith grits his teeth but Solo knees him in the back! And again! The fans rally, Solo taunts them, and then ELBOWS Keith in the head. Solo stalks Keith to a corner, digs his boots in, but again the fans chant “SOLO SUCKS!” Solo stomps away on Keith, digs his boots in again, but Keith fights up! The fans fire up as Keith fires forearms! Keith fires forearms again and again and again, winds up, but Solo dodges! Solo comes back, but Keith ROCKS him after all! The fans fire up as Keith runs in to BOOT! Solo sputters, Keith runs, but then Solo SUPERKICKS! Keith just roars!

Solo swings, but into a T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Keith keeps calm. Keith waits on Solo as fans rally behind him. Solo staggers into a fireman’s carry, but he fights free! Solo shoves, goes to a corner, but then Keith comes back. Solo ELBOWS Keith, whips, but Keith reverses! Solo goes up but gets caught, for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up again as Keith slashes his throat and aims his finger gun! Keith underhooks, but Solo fights the lift! Solo back drops, Keith sunset flips but Solo stays up to DOUBLE STOMP! Solo then runs up, catches Keith and hits a T-BONE! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up but Solo hurries to a corner. Solo climbs fast, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Keith survives that coup de grace and Solo isn’t sure what to do. Solo kicks Keith around, drags him up and reels him in to underhook. Keith fight that lift, Solo CLUBS away on him, but Keith Alabama Lifts! Solo grabs ropes so Keith lets him down, and ENZIGIRIS! But Solo SCREW HIGH KICKS! Solo goes up top, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he climbs! Keith reels Solo in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall

A big win for BK! And he gives back that sarcastic handshake. Will the Bounty Hunter be hot on the trail of a championship after AEW & ROH pass through the Gateway City?

 

Mark Sterling speaks.

“If you ask AI to create the perfect professional wrestler, it wouldn’t even come close to you. If wrestling is a body business, then you’re a multinational corporation. Biology defying symmetry, no fat, all muscle, no waste. As functional as you are aesthetic. High-flying? You got it. Ground ‘n’ pound? You got that, too. Striking, brawling, submission, technical, there is not a single style you have not perfected. For the last 20 years, you’ve been one of the most consistent and proficient wrestling specimens for any company that’s been willing to throw money at you and begged you to stay. And now, it’s time for them to beg for mercy.

“You are Tony Nese, and you are a Premier Athlete.”

Now Mark Sterling & The Premier Athletes are here in person.

They stand backstage, Sterling’s guys in matching tracksuits, and he says the last time he looked into the camera, he told everyone he had a plan. The very next day, they enacted that plan. Sterling took them off the road, they entered a professional fight camp. They got the best coaches, best trainers, best doctors, and these three started to do what they do best: go to work. Supercard of Honor, against two former ROH TV Champions, PA got an impressive victory. Fruits of their labor. Ariya Daivari is back better than ever. Josh Woods is bigger and better than he was when he won the National Championship. And Tony Nese is in the best shape of his life, which is saying something.

In fact, what’re we even talking about? These three are the most underappreciated athletes in the company. They walk like stars, they move like stars, they present themselves like stars, and by the end of this year, they will be champions. Supercard was just phase one of this plan. Phase two… starts tonight. Then just what happens when the Premier Athletes start making moves?

 

Lee Johnson VS JD Drake!

Even though he lost at Supercard, Big Shotty stays positive! He got close to the ROH World Television Championship, will he get back there for another shot? Or will Scrap Metal be another speedbump in Lee’s momentum?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, JD HIP TOSSES, and Lee scrambles to ropes. JD flexes and fans cheer, which surprises JD. Lee gets up, he and JD reset. They tie up, JD arm-drags, but Lee gets up. Lee keeps calm while JD talks some smack. They circle, tie up again, and JD scoops! JD carries Lee around, with one arm! Then SLAM! JD dusts off his hands and the fans fire up more. Lee is a bit frustrated, but he fires himself up. The fans rally with him, he and JD circle to tie up. Lee goes to hip toss, but JD blocks! JD tells Lee he knows that’s not gonna work!

JD goes to hip toss but now Lee blocks! Lee arm-drags, then he goes to feint, but JD blocks with a headlock. Lee shoves JD, tries another arm-drag, but JD blocks that. JD whips Lee, Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags again! The fans fire up as Lee tries to scoop, but JD’s too hefty! JD SLAPS Lee, ROCKS him, then whips him to ropes. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges again, shoves JD and hurdles! Lee drops, then DROPKICKS! JD staggers to a corner, Lee fires up, and the fans fire up with him! Lee runs up on JD in a corner to CHOP! JD barely flinches! JD puts his arms back and dares Lee to try again. Lee CHOPS, but JD puts Lee in the corner!

JD swings, Lee dodges and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Lee whips, JD reverses but Lee ELBOWS back! Lee runs up but into a lift, and FLAPJACK off buckles! Lee falls, the fans rally up, and JD dusts himself off. JD storms back up on Lee, brings him up, and the fans rally. JD ROCKS Lee, stands him up in the corner, and CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Lee sputters. The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Lee up. JD winds up, to JAB! The fans boo JD trolling them, but JD stands Lee up to CHOP him after all! Lee is stinging, but JD brings him up. Lee throws body shots but JD ROCKS Lee!

JD whips, Lee sunset flips! JD stays up, but Lee avoids the hip drop! Ghost pin, TWO! JD gets up, kicks low and whips, to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lee stays in this and the fans rally up. JD sits Lee up, KICKS him in the back, then paces around. The fans rally for Lee but JD pie faces him around. Lee rises, JD brings him up and Lee CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! JD throat chops! The ref reprimands, JD claims he jabbed to the chest. JD then scoops and SLAMS Lee, to then FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Lee is still in this but JD CHOKES him! The ref counts, JD lets off, claiming he was just checking the pulse.

JD clamps on a chinlock, digging his knee into Lee’s back. Lee endures, the fans rally up, and Lee fights to his feet. Lee throws body shots, but JD knees low! JD suplexes but Lee slips free! Lee ROCKS JD, ROCKS him again, but JD CHOPS! JD runs, but Lee SUPERKICKS! JD flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! The fans rally as Lee builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up even more! Lee puts JD in, climbs a corner, and JD stands. JD staggers around, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! JD stays in this but then bails back out. Lee thinks on what he has to do and the fans rally up.

Lee runs, to slide, but JD gets under! JD pops Lee up to CLOBBER him! JD puts Lee in, aims from a corner, and Lee goes to the opposite end. JD runs up, but Lee moves, CANNONBALL hits buckles! Lee hurries up while JD is down! The fans cheer as Lee aims, FROG SPLASH, but JD moves! Lee rolls through, runs back at JD but JD puts him on the apron. JD ROCKS Lee, goes up, and he brings Lee around. The fans fire up as JD brings Lee up, but Lee fires body shots! Lee GAMANGIRIS, then climbs! Lee sunset flips for the POWERBOMB! The fans fire up and Lee climbs back up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Lee wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, by pinfall

Big Shotty’s got range, and he hit the mark! Will Lee take this momentum and turn it into another chance at a championship?

 

Abadon VS Allysin Kay!

Speaking of second chances, The Living Dead Girl got screwed out of the ROH Women’s World Television Championship when Mercedes Martinez & Diamante conspired against her. And while AK Don’t Play, she knows the OG Badass well. Can Abadon prepare for revenge by taking down Martinez’s greatest rival?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but Abadon holds on, to BITE Allysin’s arm! Abadon then laughs, dodges Allysin to HEADBUTT low, HELL STAB, then mule kick! Abadon runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Allysin goes to a corner while the fans rally up and Abadon shrieks! But Allysin BOOTS Abadon down! Allysin rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Abadon sits up but Allysin brings her around to fireman’s carry. SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up, Allysin drags Abadon up to TOSS her to a corner! Allysin fires body shots, then she CHOPS! Allysin whips corner to corner hard and Abadon bounces off buckles!

Allysin takes a bow, puts pinkies up, and SPLASHES in the corner! Allysin CHOPS, whips, and runs up again, but Abadon BOOTS her! Abadon runs to BULLDOG! The fans rally as Abadon slithers out to the apron then climbs up the corner. Allysin crawls, Abadon aims, CROSSBODY! Abadon runs to KNEE Allysin back down! Abadon storms up on Allysin, reels her in, BLACK DAHLIA! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

Abadon smiles, then shrieks into the night! Will Mercedes Martinez make sure to stay far, far away from the frightening Living Dead Girl?

 

Backstage interview with Taya Valkyrie.

Lexi Nair is with La Wera Loca and brings up her trios match alongside Diamante and Leila Grey. But this is also the first time we’ve seen her since Supercard, where Johnny TV lost to Dalton Castle. The question is: where is Johnny? Uh, recovering from that vicious attack by Dalton Castle and his “special boy,” Paul Walter-Whatever! Taya is gonna call up Fran Dreischer to file a complaint! For someone so TV Ready, Castle and Paul sure don’t look it. So yes, Johnny is rehabbing. Wait he’s in rehab? Ew, no, who do you think they are? Johnny is rehabbing the abs! This is an aesthetics business so he has to look amazing!

So tonight, Taya will carry the weight of the TV Family in trios action. So run along, Lexi, Taya has things to do. Uh, this is Lexi’s interview space. Oh, well, her apologies. Taya bumps Lexi on the way out, but will Taya’s team win some major points in the title chase tonight?

 

The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson!

Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo may not be the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but they are not deterred. Will they get through the jacked ‘n’ juicy juggernauts to go after The Undisputed Kingdom once again?

The teams sort out, #BadNewsAndTattoos starts against Beefcake Boulder, and they keep the Code of Honor. They tie up, Bravo tries but can’t push Boulder back, but Boulder pushes Bravo back! Bravo resets with Boulder, beefs up, and they tie up. Bravo wrenches to wristlock, but Boulder WRINGS Bravo out! Boulder talks smack on Dean and Bravo, but Bravo pie faces. Boulder scoops Bravo, but Bravo slips free to DROPKICK! Boulder stays up, runs up, but Dean is there to GAMANGIRI! Bravo tags Dean while Boulder throws a fit, but DOUBLE DROPKICKS send him reeling! Bulk Bronson tags but runs into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!

The fans fire up as the Infantry crisscross and SPLIT the wishbone! Bravo gets fans going with “OORAH!” Dean runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Bronson bails out, Boulder is there to help him, and Dean builds speed, only for Jacked Jameson to stand in the way! He wants Dean to sip the Savage Sauce! Dean says no thanks, but in comes Bronson! EXPLODER! Bravo protests but Bronson drags Dean to a cover. The ref is busy arguing, he finally sees the pin, TWO! Bronson is annoyed, but he mocks Bravo’s air machine gun. Bravo then tags Boulder before he brings Dean up. The fans rally but the Savages still hit a SHOULDER TACKLE SUPLEX COMBO!

Bronson flexes, Boulder taunts Bravo, and then Boulder whips Dean to the corner. Boulder wraps Dean’s arms around ropes to HEADBUTT again and again and again! Tag to Bronson, he brings Dean around, and they visit #TIDDYCITY! But Dean reverses, it’s Bronson who dives in! Boulder panics, runs up, but Dean DUMPS him! Bronson swings, misses, hot tag to Bravo! Bravo rallies on Bronson with big forearms! Bravo whips, Bronson reverses, but the CARLIE CROSSOVER takes Bronson down! Boulder gets up, Bravo fakes him out to SCISSOR KICK! Bravo then kicks Bronson, and manages a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Bravo pounds the mat, but now Jameson wants Bravo to sip! Bravo says no, get outta here! Bronson runs up again, Bravo dodges, and Bronson barely avoids hitting Jameson! Bravo aims, Bronson dodges, the SUPERKICK hits Jameson! Jameson spews sauce! Boulder catches Jameson, Dean goes up, and Dean CROSSBODIES to wipe them both out! But Bronson rolls Bravo up! TWO, and Bronson grabs Bravo, only for Bravo to kick low! Bravo reels Bronson in, tags Dean, and TORNADO- NO, Bronson stops the DDT! Dean gets in, Bronson scoops, but Dean slips free! Feed to a SUPERKICK!

The Infantry coordinate, for BOOT CAMP! Cover, Infantry wins!

Winners: The Infantry, by pinfall

Dean & Bravo redeem themselves from Supercard and are ready to get back on track! But wait, The Premier Athletes make their way out here! Is this what Smart Mark was talking about for phase two? Daivari & Nese rush the ring and start throwing hands with The Infantry! Woods tips the scales as he DECKS Dean, then DECKS Bravo! But wait! Here comes Dalton Castle! The Peacock won’t stand for there to be bullies, and he takes off his sandals to weaponize them! The Premier Athletes dare him to, but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe, Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson! They run The Premier Athletes off!

Sterling shouts, “Who do you think you are?!” but he’s shouting at THE ROH World Champion and many other big names around here! Will The Peacock, the Chicken and the rest of ROH humble Sterling’s stable once and for all?

 

Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora!

The Cuban Diamond has staked her claim at challenging for the ROH Women’s World Television Championship, but so has The Hottest Flame. But let’s not forget The Last Baddie Standing, La Wera Loca, the LEGIT One and The AfroPunk! Billie Starkz still sees herself above all six of these women, but which trio takes the lead in the title chase with a win tonight?

The teams sort out, Taya starts against Kiera and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, the two tie up, and Kiera gets around to waistlock. Taya pries the hold, backs Kiera into a corner and throws elbows! Taya stomps away on Kiera, then says who’s the hottest now? Taya snapmares, covers, ONE!! Taya drags Kiera up, whips her to ropes, but Kiera holds ropes to BOOT back! Taya runs up again but Kiera drop toeholds her onto ropes! HIP ATTACK! Taya flounders, Kiera runs to step-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she brings Taya up, but Taya ROCKS Kiera then throws her by her hair!

Taya tags Diamante, they stomp Kiera, then Diamante sucker punches Leyla! Diamante runs in to DROPKICK Kiera, then drags her to a high stack cover, ONE!! Kiera is tougher than that but Diamante says it’s just a matter of time. Diamante runs, PLANKING SPLASH flops as Kiera moves! Hot tag to Leyla! Leyla gut wrenches Diamante to GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Tag to Adora, then Leyla wrenches so she can hand it off to Adora. Adora WRINGS Diamante’s arm, drags her up and wrenches again, but Diamante ROCKS her! Adora swings, Diamante dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Diamante snarls and pushes Adora down to rain down fists!

Diamante storms around, brings Adora up and CHOPS her on the back! Tag to Grey and she NECK SNAPPERS Adora! Cover, TWO! Adora is tougher than that but Grey rains down fists! Grey drags Adora up, bumps her off buckles, then tags Taya. Taya and Grey dig their boots in, then Taya stomps a mudhole. Taya sits Adora down to METEORA! Tag to Diamante and she stomps a mudhole! The ref reprimands but Diamante tags Taya back in. Taya steps over Adora and mockingly has Adora reach out to her corner. The ref has to keep Hirsch back so Grey gets shots in, then Taya drags Adora up.

Taya again mockingly holds out Adora’s hand but the fans rally up. Adora fights up, but Taya pulls her into the motorcycle stretch! Adora endures the knee in her back, fights up to her feet, and then arm-drags Taya away! Taya gets up, ducks ‘n’ dodges and mule kicks! But Adora ducks the buzzsaw to BASEMENT GERMAN! The fans fire up while both women are down! Adora and Taya crawl, hot tags to Kiera and Diamante! Kiera rallies on Diamante with big forearms, then a SUPERKICK! Turn and NECKBREAKER! Kiera goes up a corner while Diamante flounders around. Diamante stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK!

Diamante flounders, Grey tags in but Kiera dodges to fire off forearms! Grey shoves back, but Kiera returns to SHOTGUN! Grey flounders, Kiera fires up, and says kiss this! HIP ATTACK in the corner! She sits Grey back down to run and BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Grey to a cover, Diamante breaks it! Diamante gets Grey outta there, and Taya tags in. Taya runs up to mule kick, KNEE LIFT and wrench Kiera, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Leyla also gets in, she pushes Taya around. Leyla drags Taya up but Diamante runs in. Leyla gets around to SAIDO! Taya gets Kiera up but Kiera SUPERKICKS!

Kiera brings Taya over, tags Adora, and they feed Taya to the BUBBA BOMB! Body scissor and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Hot tag to Grey, she runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Grey is frustrated but she gets Adora up. Underhooks, but Adora breaks that to fireman’s carry! Adora storms over, tags Hirsch, but Grey slips free! Leyla dodges Leila and feeds her to Adora’s BOOT! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Hirsch tags Kiera. Kiera runs, but Taya trips her up! Diamante distracts so the ref misses that! But then Leyla DIVES onto Taya! Diamante CANNONBALLS Leyla!

LARIAT TUBMAN from Adora to Diamante! Kiera dodges Grey to ROUNDHOUSE! And then “That’s all, PERIODT!” FACE THE MUSIC!! Bridging cover, Team Kiera wins!

Winners: Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora, by pinfall

It was fast ‘n’ furious in the end there, but the Hottest Flame burns it down! Will she be first up to strike a match with Billie Starkz?

 

Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis, Griff Garrison & Cole Karter.

Lexi is with the First Lady of Wrestling and her baby boys, the Diamond in the Rough wearing the stolen mask from Serpentico. Lexi congratulates them on their win over Spanish Announce Project at Supercard, but it seems there might be some unfinished business. Are they ever going to give Seprentico his masks back? Karter takes the mask off to say hell no! Griff says Serpentico’s masks mean a lot to him and his lucha libre culture. But uh, they don’t care! It got them the attention that they deserve, and those wins have been a stepping stone in this company.

If Serpentico wants his masks back, he doesn’t need to trick them into a match. They’re happy to beat the crap outta him anytime, anywhere! Maria loves the confidence, and says Griff will need it in his Proving Grounds match against THE ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe. Griff is all fired up, will the Ivy League MVP pass the test with flying colors? Or will he fail to #ManUp?

 

The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto!

Black Taurus has evolved into something even more menacing than before, and he is looking to stampede all the way to the top of ROH! But Mr. Freak Beast has changed a lot about himself, too, in hopes of finding success. Whose transformation will prove to be for the better as these behemoths collide?

The Code of Honor is upheld reluctantly, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. The two tie up, go around, and Comoroto shoves Mortos down! Mortos gets up in a huff, gets in Comoroto’s face, but Comoroto pie faces him. So Mortos SLAPS Comoroto! Comoroto runs up, Mortos dodges, and they RAM shoulders! Mortos ducks ‘n’ dodges and jumps to RANA! Comoroto goes to a corner but Mortos runs in to UPPERCUT, CLOTHESLINE, and GAMANGIRI! Mortos wrenches and hits an ARMBAR CODE BREAKER! Comoroto staggers, but he blocks the whip! Comoroto shoves Mortos, runs up, but Mortos dodges to then roll off Comoroto’s back!

Mortos tries to hip toss but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto LARIATS Mortos down then rains down fists! Fans are torn as Comoroto huffs ‘n’ puffs and stomps Mortos around. Comoroto digs his boot into Mortos’ face, lets off to soak up heat, then he drags Mortos up. Comoroto scoops to SLAM, then he runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Mortos pounds the mat in frustration. Comoroto slashes his throat, but Mortos throws body shots. Comoroto CLUBS Mortos, Alabama Lifts, but Mortos sunset flips! Comoroto stays up, hauls Mortos up, but Mortos JAWBREKAERS, KNEES and ROCKS Comoroto!

Mortos goes to suplex but Comoroto’s a big guy, too! Comoroto suplexes Mortos, but Mortos knees free! Mortos goes to a corner, Comoroto runs in but Mortos dropkicks the legs out! Comoroto hits buckles, then Mortos runs in, CORNER 619! Comoroto staggers away and Mortos climbs, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Comoroto still has power to spare and he storms up on Mortos. Mortos UPPERCUTS first! Mortos goes to whip but Comoroto blocks again! Comoroto whips Mortos to a corner, runs up, but Mortos slips out to the apron! Comoroto hits buckles, Mortos goes up, and the fans rally! MORTOS TWISTER! Cover, Mortos wins!

Winner: The Beast Mortos, by pinfall

Comoroto is big and bad but this is a beast of a different breed! Will nothing stop the modern day minotaur from making ROH his domain? Will Jacoby Watts’ teachings ever pay off for Comoroto?

 

Backstage interview with Nick Comoroto.

Lexi is with Mr. Freakbeast as he returns backstage, and she asks him what his strategy will be moving forward after this tough loss. Jacoby Watts walks in to say, “Turn the page. Start a new chapter. Nothing changes if nothing changes, Nick. It’s a harsh reality. But I am your answer. Your beacon of hope in the darkness. Follow me and I will lead you into the light! For I am Jacoby Watts, the one and only, praise be to he, and he is me.” Watts waxes poetic while making himself the focus, but will Comoroto accept his guidance?

 

ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis!

The Sussex County Chicken won this title after a war with Eddie Kingston at Supercard, and those two are still going to be friends taking on The House of Black this Sunday! But will Mark be able to focus on tonight with Dynasty on the horizon? Or is this where Maria’s baby boys start building their kingdom?

Mark shows off the belt and its new camouflage patterned leather! The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans cheer on Mark as he circles with Griff. They tie up, Griff headlocks, but Mark powers up and out. Griff sunset flips, but Mark rolls through to drop on the headlock! Griff moves around, fights up, and powers up, but Mark holds tight! Mark hits the takeover, Griff headscissors, but Mark kips free. Roles reverse as Griff headlocks for the takeover, and Mark headscissors. Griff kips free, but Mark shows Redneck Kung-Fu stance and Griff scrambles away! The fans cheer but Maria coaches Griff back up.

Griff cools off, he and Mark reset, and the two circle again. They knuckle lock but Griff kicks low. Griff UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS again, then whips corner to corner. Mark goes up and out, SWATS the haymaker to REDNECK KUNG-FU UPPERCUT! Then Mark gets in to BOOT Griff down! Griff is on ropes, Mark runs in to BOOT WASH him right outta the ring! The fans fire up as Mark builds speed, and he DIVES onto Griff! Not the cleanest landing but Mark borrows a hat to put it on! The fans fire up with Mark, he gives the hat back, then drags Griff up to DECK him! Mark drags Griff up again, to scoop and SLAM!

Griff sputters, Mark goes to the apron, and the fans fire up as Mark takes aim. But then Karter and Maria stand in the way! The fans boo, Mark sighs and steps inside, and Maria coaches Griff up. Griff flounders up, the fans rally behind Mark but then Karter and Maria each get on the apron! The ref is busy arguing with Maria but Karter distracts Mark. Griff sneaks in to CLOBBER Mark! Griff fires forearms while the fans boo, but then Griff stomps a mudhole into Mark. The ref counts as Griff digs his boots in, but Griff lets off at 4. But then that lets Karter CHOKE Mark behind the ref’s back!

The fans boo as Karter gets away with one, and Griff drags Mark up. Griff UPPERCUTS, but Mark CHOPS! Griff sputters, Mark CHOPS again! Griff knees low, whips Mark to a corner, but runs into an ELBOW! Mark runs up, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Griff clamps onto Mark with a chinlock and he grinds Mark down. The fans rally as Mark endures and fights up. Mark throws body shots, then fires up to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Mark runs, but into the ROLLING ELBOW! Griff then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! High stack, TWO! Mark survives and Griff is frustrated but Maria coaches him up.

The fans continue to rally behind Mark as Griff aims again. Griff goes up but Mark REDNECK UPPERCUTS! Griff gets caught up in ropes, Mark lets him loose so he can fall to the floor. Karter hurries over, but Mark goes up to PLANCHA both baby boys! The fans are thunderous, and Mark cracks open a can of WOOOOO Energy! Mark chugs it, bangs the can against his head, then gets Griff in the ring. The fans fire up as Mark runs corner to corner, but Griff BOOTS him! Mark comes back to LARIAT! The fans fire up, Mark reels Griff in, but Griff wrenches out, only for Mark to LARIAT! Mark hauls Griff up again for underhooks!

Mark lifts, for the JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark wins!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall (denies Griff Garrison a title opportunity)

Maria is upset but there’s nothing she can do, her baby boy wasn’t man enough to stop the NEW ROH World Champion! Will Mark continue to carry on his brother’s legacy and become one of the best champions in ROH history?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of ROH for being 92 minutes. I still skipped some very clear filler, but Marti Belle got a good showing in her loss to Frost and The Dark Order got a good match out of Zak & Frank. Cruz, Damian & Savion got an okay showing but c’mon, they were against Archer & The Righteous, those guys have been running through everyone. It hasn’t really led them to anything yet, but maybe after we get undisputed AEW & ROH World Trios Champions after Dynasty, Archer & Righteous challenge the winners. And real good wins for Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson, each guy looking good towards midcard titles at some point.

Really good match from Infantry VS Savages, with the Savages being a bit more Heelish this time. Good win for Infantry, but I didn’t think The Premier Athletes would be going after them first. And I didn’t expect Faces like Keith, Lee and Briscoe to run out to get at them. Maybe the Premier Athletes can also position themselves to go after the trios titles after Dynasty. If The Acclaimed win, they’ll need Heel opponents. Archer & Righteous can play either side, but fans really like Archer so I kinda want him and Righteous to be Faces when facing Bang Bang Gang.

Good match and good win for Abadon over Allysin. Good win for Kiera, Leyla & Adora, though things got a little sloppy in the middle, Leyla’s timing wasn’t quite there. Athena & Billie are both Heels, so while Queen Aminata is in the mix, the champion she doesn’t choose still needs a good Face challenger so you can take your pick of the winners from tonight. Really good match from Mortos and Comoroto, and Mortos winning also helped serve Comoroto’s story with Watts. Watts keeps insisting he’s the answer, but this has to lead to Comoroto breaking free and beating Watts up for his arrogance.

Good promo from Maria, Griff & Karter, and they just kinda copy-pasted Mark Briscoe’s promo from Collision that same Saturday. Really good match for Griff against Mark but of course Mark wins. Mark getting involved with Premier Athletes, maybe Woods or Nese get a shot at Mark only to lose and be Mark’s solid first defense. Not sure who could be a more prolonged feud with Mark, but there are plenty of possibilities, and I’m just happy to see him showing up on ROH TV as the ROH World Champion should.

My Score: 8.5/10


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