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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/22/20)

It’s a GOLDEN Monday Night Raw!

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

Raw puts FOUR championships on the line!

It’s a veritable gold rush as the WWE 24/7, WWE Women’s Tag, Raw Tag Team and Raw Women’s Championships are ALL ON THE LINE! Who holds the gold at the end of the night?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders; The Street Profits win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair; Asuka wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Ninja Nightmare: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas; Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Natalya VS Liv Morgan; Natalya wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The IIconics; Bayley & Banks win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • Apollo Crews VS Shelton Benjamin; Crews wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!

The WWE World Champion already had his own #ChampionshipMonday last week when he ended up having to defend his title in a tag team match alongside R-Truth. Claymore Country still holds the gold, so now McIntyre is finally able to celebrate his win from Backlash. “Welcome everybody to Monday Night Raw!” Or as McIntyre heard, Championship Monday. It was just last week that Truth hastily accepted that #WinnerTakesAll tag match. Wrap your head around that. But with the future in Truth’s hands, McIntyre is still champion. But that was the past, now we look to- Dolph Ziggler?! The Show-Off is now Raw thanks to that trade between brands!

Ziggler goes to the ring and McIntyre did not see this coming. He’s excited, though. Ziggler knows, this is a great surprise. But a lot of people know that AJ Styles went back to SmackDown, so in return, Raw gets The Show-Off and… The GLORIOUS Robert Roode! Raw got the better end of the deal. No one is happier to see McIntyre as world champion than Ziggler. Ziggler would hate to see McIntyre lose that title, before he gets what he’s owed. And what is Ziggler owned? Oh did McIntyre forget his own comeback story? C’mon! McIntyre was in the WWE and got fired. He should’ve been done, and he would’ve, if not for Ziggler.

Ziggler picked McIntyre up off the ground, dusted him off and put him on Raw. These two went on to be dominant Raw Tag Team Champions because of Ziggler! And now, McIntyre is the dominant WWE World Champion… Because of Ziggler. And McIntyre needs a challenger for Extreme Rules, so all Ziggler is asking for is what he is owed: a WWE World Championship title match. The crowd boos in disagreement. McIntyre sees Ziggler is taking responsibility for McIntyre’s success. Nice revisionist history. But let’s see Ziggler’s half of their break up. Not smooth sailing, huh? No Big Daddy Claymore means Ziggler was losing a whole lot. And SmackDown to Raw as a 2 for 1 special, huh? McIntyre wants Ziggler to listen to this: It’s not that Ziggler isn’t talented, far from it. “But buddy! You’ve become exactly what we used to despise. You’ve become an entitled jackass.”

McIntyre says Ziggler thinks the world owes him stuff. But McIntyre does need an opponent. And these two have so much history together. Ziggler called McIntyre the Scottish Psychopath for what he’s capable of. So could you imagine what McIntyre is capable of with the title on the line? What he’ll do and how far he’ll go. Does Ziggler really want that match? He does. Well okay then! Let’s make it official! Extreme Rules, McIntyre VS Ziggler for THE WWE World Championship! An incredible announcement! Will these former dogs of war tear each other apart to have the golden prize?

 

Nia Jax heads to the ring!

The Irresistible Force isn’t scheduled for this time, but she’s forcing Raw to make time for her. She makes a crew member give her a chair, and she takes it into the ring to have a seat. Is she waiting for something? We’ll find out after the break.

Raw returns and Nia has a mic now. “It must be Monday. Because Charlotte Flair got exactly what she wanted, whether she deserved it or not. She went ‘Woo~’ and was granted the title match versus Asuka tonight,” when Nia was cheated at Backlash AND last week on Raw, by a BIASED referee! Where is the fairness in that? But wait, here comes R-Truth! The WWE 24/7 Champion asks “What’s Up?” as he heads down the ramp to the ring. Nia shakes her head, not in the mood for fun. He gets in the ring as he raps, then he does the splits! He apologizes to Nia and says she is confused. Truth’s match with “the evil leader of a ninja clan,” Akira Tozawa, for the 24/7 48-7 7/11 I-95 South European “I Binged Episodes of Reno 911” Television Championship!

Oh but wait. Is SHE the real Akira Tozawa?! Everyone knows ninjas are masters of deception! TRUTH SHUT UP! She has no time for him to think she’s Tozawa. He has no time to be okie-doked! If she’s not Tozawa, who is she?! Tozawa appears behind commentary, laughing at Truth’s foolishness. Truth just thinks there’s two Tozawas. The ninjas appear but Truth runs away! The ninja give chase as Truth goes backstage. Nia can’t believe this. She is NOT leaving until- Here comes Flair! The Queen thanks the fans for the applause. Charlotte will explain to everyone what’s really going on: Nia squandered her opportunities and dropped the ball. Now she’s throwing a hissy fit! Oh so funny, Charlotte. We all know Charlotte gets what she wants cuz her daddy’s Ric Flair. Actually he’s now Charlotte Flair’s Dad, and he loves that.

But speaking of families, ahem. Oh wait, someone help her in by holding the ropes. A stage hand lowers the ropes for her to enter. Nia says if Charlotte’s father hasn’t helped her career, she’s delusional. Well maybe she is. Charlotte remembers that it was her dad who ended Asuka’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, and then beat Asuka twice in the last month. Well you know who she hasn’t beaten? Nia. The one time they went 1v1, Nia not only beat Charlotte, she dominated her. And since then, Charlotte’s been building her legacy off easy targets and avoiding Nia. We both know the one woman built to take the crown is Nia. Charlotte laughs then ATTACKS! The two dominant women brawl and referees hurry out!

The refs work to keep the Queen and the Irresistible Force apart but the crowd wants to “Let Them Fight!” Nia gets loose, but gets a BOOT from Charlotte! The brawling continues but the refs work to keep them apart again. Nia did damage to Charlotte’s arm but Charlotte left her mark on Nia, too. Will this fight be settled regardless of who has the title at the end of the night?

 

The Street Profits are hyped backstage!

“We are ready~!” Dawkins and Ford are ready to end the Anything You Can Do series! It all comes down to the tag team titles! The Viking Raiders, Erik & Ivar- They appear! Do they have a message for the Vikings? Well yes. The Vikings are the end of the road. This isn’t for life, it’s forever! They walk different, talk different, yet somehow, through it all, they have become friends. The Viking Profits even have a theme song! But this is a warning: friendship is put aside when the bell rings. The Profits are the champs and are willing to do whatever it takes to finally win. Well as friends, there’s nothing that will stop Erik & Ivar from reclaiming their gold. Bring the smoke! And see you in the ring, fam! Well okay then! As the two teams head out, Zelina Vega comes by. Who wins this ultimate tiebreaker? And will Vega’s stable swoop in like vultures on the winners?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders!

Through golf and ax throwing, through basketball and bowling, through the fire and the flames! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have kept pace with this pair of war machines and vice-versa. But now, in order to truly prove which dynamic duo is superior, we return to what started it all: wrestling! Will the Profits finally get a win over their rivals? Or will the streak started in NXT continue on #ChampionshipMonday?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s Dawkins starting against Ivar as this epic tiebreaker begins!

Ivar and Dawkins circle, tie up, and Ivar headlocks. Dawkins powers out and hurdles, then hurdles again to whip Ivar. They collide,  neither falls, and Ivar swats the dropkick away to HEEL KICK Dawkins! Tag to Erik, Ivar corner clotheslines and sends Dawkins into knees! Ivar hits Ford, then becomes the weapon, hip attack senton in the corner! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives but Erik drags him up to whip him to a corner. Dawkins stops himself to ROCK Erik, then tags in Ford! Ford runs in, dodges Erik and flips up and over to then hurdle and leap frog for a dropkick! Ford kips up and fires up as he shouts at Ivar.

Ford runs and FLIES out onto Erik, but Erik catches him!? And BOMBS him at Dawkins! Erik roars and Ivar comes over to roar with him! The champions are in trouble as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ivar grinds Ford’s arm down. Ford fights his way up but Ivar knees low. Ivar puts Ford in the corner and throws big hands! Tag to Erik and he whips Ivar into the corner. Ford goes up and over, hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on the Raiders! Cyclone splash for Ivar, elbows for Erik! Dawkins dropkicks Ivar out then hits a bulldog on Erik! Ford tags back in, Dawkins brings Erik up. “Anything you can do, we can do better!” THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, but Ivar breaks it! Ivar throws Ford out and returns to his corner. Ford brings Erik up and the crowd duels as Erik ROCKS Ford! Both men fall, but Erik tags in Ivar!

The Warbeard breaks through ford’s line to handspring back elbow! Ivar rocks Dawkins off the apron, then roars as he goes after Ford. Ford cartwheels, Ivar cartwheels, but Ford enziguris! Ivar stays up to BOOT Ford! Ford tags Dawkins, Erik tags in, and now these two do cartwheels! QUADRUPLE CARTWHEELS! But then the Profits swing into a double stack! POWERBOMB POWERSLAM! Tag to Ivar, and he goes up top, aimed at Dawkins! VIKING SPLASH but it FLOPS! Dawkins gets up, CASH OUT SPINE BUSTER! Tag to Ford and he goes up top. Dawkins SPEARS Erik while Ford flies in FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, the Profits win!!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)

FINALLY! The Profits have a victory over their rivals! But the Viking Profits are still friends, and they hug it out to show respect.  But then Angel Garza and Andrade Almas attack! El Latino y El Idolo are en la casa! They stomp down the Profits but run away when the Vikings return. Will the Profits get payback when they fight Angel and Almas straight up?

 

The disciples speak to the Monday Night Messiah.

Austin Theory and Buddy Murphy have been thinking, but Seth Rollins has them be silent. “Gentlemen, tonight I have a message for Rey Mysterio. Soon, all will be revealed.” What plans does The Architect have for the lucha libre legend?

Raw returns to Rollins again as he says, “Sometimes in life, we are destined for roles beyond our choices.” Rollins did not choose to be the Monday Night Messiah, nor did Mysterio choose to be a sacrifice. But the different between them is that Rollins has embraced and accepted his role for the greater good. Mysterio has been defiant. Defiance breeds suffering. The saddest part of it all is that Mysterio allowed his own son, Dominik, to get involved in this. Rollins wants Mysterio to know that whatever becomes of him and Dominik, from this moment forward, it is on Mysterio. The greater good is coming for them all, and there is nothing Mysterio can do to stop it. It has been said that legends never die. But they sure as hell can outlive their welcome.

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

The Queen just left the trainer’s room with tape on her shoulder. Has she thought at all about postponing the title match? Her arm is clearly hurt. The Queen never postpones. No one said wrestling is ballet. Her arm will be just fine once it’s holding up the title.

Charly Caruso then moves on to interview Garza and Almas, purposefully ignoring Zelina. Charly asks about the surprising attack where they worked together, but the question remains: what prompted the attack on the Profits? When you know what you want, you have to be willing to take risks. Like being with a beautiful woman, gazing deeply into her eyes, and then- Zelina interrupts and has Garza cool it. But Vega tells the WWE Universe that we are looking at a united front. Her clients have taken their differences and turned them into strengths. Soon, they will take a common prize in the Raw Tag Team Championships. El Idolo and El Latino want another shot at those titles, will they get them?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair!

Nia may complain, but The Empress of Tomorrow beat her whether she likes it or not. But now, Asuka goes up against someone she’s yet to beat in 1v1 competition! Empress VS Queen, Chapter 8, begins after the break!

Raw returns and Charlotte makes her return to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the epic eighth begins!

Asuka and Charlotte circle as Charlotte tests the bad arm. They tie up, Charlotte uses her leverage to get a headlock, then grinds Asuka down. Asuka throws body shots and powers out, but Charlotte runs her over! The bad shoulder seems fine enough for that, but things speed up. Charlotte sees Asuka drop down so she kicks her! Charlotte bumps Asuka off buckles then stomps away in the corner. The ref counts, Charlotte lets up at 4, and Nia is watching backstage as Charlotte stomps Asuka more. Charlotte whips, Asuka wrenches the arm and kicks the leg. Asuka goes after that bad shoulder but Charlotte avoids a takedown.

Charlotte throws forearms but Asuka wrenches to wring out the bad shoulder! The crowd is fired up as Asuka KICKS the bad arm! And kicks, then runs. Asuka hip attacks but Charlotte dodges to DECK Asuka! Asuka flops off the ropes to the mat, and Charlotte goes out to drag her back up. But Asuka hotshots the bad arm! Charlotte shakes it out as she paces around the outside. Asuka goes to the apron to SLIDING KICK Charlotte down! Asuka fires up and aims again, for a flying dropkick! But she hits the floor and Charlotte BOOTS her down! Charlotte drags Asuka up and into the ring then covers, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool as she gets back up.

Charlotte drags Asuka up into a headscissors squeeze, and she RAMS Asuka into the mat over and over. The crowd boos but Asuka endures the squeeze. The crowd rallies up, Asuka fights against the hold, but Charlotte goes after wrists. Charlotte headscissor throws Asuka then kips right up! Charlotte drags Asuka to a drop zone then climbs up top. MOONSAULT, but Asuka moves! Charlotte lands on her feet but misses in the corner. She still gets Asuka for the backbreaker to buckle shot! Asuka flops out of the ring as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Charlotte is choking Asuka at the ropes! The ref counts, Charlotte lets Asuka go at 4, then stalks her to a corner. Charlotte CHOPS and forearms and again, then again! The ref reprimands but Charlotte backs off long enough to run back in. But Asuka gets her for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down, Nia is still watching backstage, and Asuka kicks away on Charlotte’s bad arm. Charlotte gets up and blocks the back hand, but Asuka blocks the chop to ROUNDHOUSE! But Charlotte BOOTS back! Both women are down again but Asuka crawls to a corner. The crowd rallies as Charlotte lines up a shot. Charlotte runs in, but Asuka dodges to send her into buckles!

Charlotte clutches the bad arm, and turns around into the FLYING ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Asuka wants the good arm, but then shifts to the bad one! Charlotte clasps her hands, moves around, shouting as she endures the pain. Charlotte uses her long legs to get the ropebreak! Asuka lets go at 4, having done some damage. Asuka staggers up but Charlotte kicks a leg out! Then chop blocks it! Charlotte has her target, and SPEARS Asuka down! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Asuka saves herself and Charlotte is seething. Charlotte drags Asuka to the center of the ring, but Asuka cradle counters the Figure Four, TWO! ARMBAR!!

Charlotte clasps hands as best she can, but now it’s a triangle hold. Charlotte dead lifts and POWERBOMBS Asuka down! Cover, ONE, into the ASUKA LOCK!! Charlotte is trapped, Asuka cranks back, CHARLOTTE TAPS!! Asuka wins!!

Winner: Asuka, by submission (still Raw Women’s Champion)

FINALLY! For years, with EIGHT matches between them, Asuka finally wins one! The Empress finally avenges her undefeated streak and holds tight to her title! What does this mean for Charlotte now?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

After seeing that match, does she think her brawl with Charlotte affected the outcome? Do you know what Nia thinks? She thinks it’d be a real shame if someone kicked the Queen while she’s down. Nia leaves, but did she just give away her next move? Or is there nothing Charlotte can do about it?

 

Raw hears from Edge.

“So here we are, Randy. You won at Backlash. But I don’t think you lived up to your claim of being the better natural wrestler. You hit me with an RKO and tore my triceps off the bone. Another surgery. you did that. But i kicked out. I kept fighting.” Now, Orton can tell himself to make himself better that he was proving a point, but that’s BS. Edge saw it, felt it. The panic when Edge had the Anti-Venom. Orton hit Edge with an “accidental” low blow? Okay. But then Raw last week, Edge thought Orton isn’t calling himself the Greatest Wrestler Ever because he won the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. He’d be shouting it from the mountain tops or putting it on merchandise. Whatever Orton needs to do, since beating Edge meant that much. But beating Orton is what Edge expected. So Edge is disappointed he didn’t see that low blow coming, and that he didn’t do it first.

But Orton says Edge lit a fire inside him, that Edge reminded Orton what it was to be the Legend Killer. Well this injury, not being able to hold his daughters on Father’s Day. That showed that Edge needs to awake up a side of him that’s been asleep for far too long. The second Orton hit the punk kick, then questioned Jay’s (Christian’s) guts, his manhood when you KNOW he isn’t medically cleared, only to punt him, too. Christian and Edge have been best friends before 36 years! Long before the world knew who they were. They have walked through every trial and tribulation in life together! When Orton did that, he put the “PG Superstar” who was happy to be here, doing what he loves, to bed. And for that, Edge is thankful. Orton woke up the side of Edge that will sink to any level to get what he wants, and doesn’t care how many backs he steps on to get to the top.

Edge doesn’t care about winning anymore. He wants to embarrass, emasculate and make Orton wish his daddy fired blanks the night he was conceived. When Orton comes home, his kids will run up to him but see that look in his eyes and ask, “Daddy,a re you okay?” And he won’t be. When he hugs his wife at night, they can’t look each other in the eyes because they now what’s coming. Edge knows Orton has voices in his head, but Edge will scream louder than them all. Edge won’t sleep until every aspect of Orton’s life is affected. Edge will tear Orton’s life apart brick by brick. “You have no idea what you’ve done.” Orton woke up “the evil” that is The Rated R Superstar. “Get some sleep while you can, Randy.”

 

Backstage interview with Randy Orton.

He cuts Charly off to ask her if she knows what a snake does when it feels threatened. It’s like any other animal, really. You corner a snake and it will strike wildly. Sometimes blindly. That snake will do what nature intended for it to do, and that is to do what it has to to survive. Edge and Christian come back, try to have those comebacks at The Viper’s expense. He strikes wildly, but he does what he must to defend his family and his livelihood. He does what he must to survive. “It’s mother nature.” Now Orton wishes Christian and Edge full recoveries, and that they both happy, healthy, long lives as long as they do it far, far away from Orton. Now Orton has something to discuss with The Nature Boy.

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte.

The ice pack is pretty indicative of how she feels. How does she feel after losing to Asuka? Well she’s not happy! But she gives Asuka credit for targeting the arm. It was the only way Asuka was going to win. Nia attacks!! And she, too, goes after the bad arm! She POSTS Charlotte then looms over her. Nia says Asuka beat her, but Nia’s going to hurt her! She SMASHES Charlotte’s arm inside the lid of a dumpster! Nia mocks the “WOO~” before leaving Charlotte behind. Did the Irresistible Force just break The Queen?

 

WWE 24/7 Championship Ninja Nightmare: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas!

After Nia’s sit-in protest, this match had to be moved later on the card. But the 24/7 48-7 7/11 I-95 South European Television Championship is always on the line, so time is relative. Will Truth and Tozawa settle things from their Christmas caper across New York?

But wait! Here comes Bobby Lashley!? The Rocky Mountain Machine, and MVP behind him, head right for the ring given their beef with Truth! Lashley CLOBBERS Ninjas 1 and 2 while Tozawa ducks under the ring. MVP BOOTS Ninja 3 while Lashley RAMS Ninja 4 into barriers! Ninja 3 is fed to the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPINE BUSTER to the apron!! Lashley storms his way into the ring and Truth is 2v1! ALL MIGHTY FULL NELSON! Lashley thrashes Truth then drops him like a rag doll! MVP and Lashley feel they’ve made their point, and they take their leave. Will Lashley and MVP finally leave Truth alone?

As for Tozawa, he finally reemerges, and sees his has a chance! Cover, Tozawa wins!!

Winner: AKira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

The leader of the ninja clan has taken the title back! ANd all it took was the sacrifice of his pawns. Will Truth be able to get his baby back? Will he even regain consciousness?

 

Backstage interview with Natalya.

She feels so awful for Charlotte after what Nia did to her. With Becky Lynch “out on diaper duty,” and now The Queen possibly being shelved, what the Raw Women’s Division needs is Natty’s leadership. Asuka is a great champion, but “breaking news~!” She’s not the one to give motivational speeches to rally the roster. Also breaking news, they’re really dropping the ball. Sarah could’ve scheduled time with Natty for her important announcement. Care to elaborate? Well no but apparently we don’t have any more time. So wait just like everyone else after Natty’s match. Natty sure is catty. Will she deliver on this promise of big news tonight?

 

Natalya w/ Lana VS Liv Morgan!

The Queen of Harts got on the young superstar’s case over the tag team match they both lost last week. And now, she’s joined forces with the Ravishing Russian after she was removed from Team Lashley! Will these two become a combination to be reckoned with?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Liv gets a headlock. Natty powers out and runs Liv over with a shoulder then spins for the DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Liv gets up but Natty bumps her off buckles. Natty stomps a mudhole but the ref counts. Natty lets up at 4, argues with him, then storms over to Liv. Natty brings Liv up and tells the crowd to shut up, too! Natty gut wrenches Liv to a Canadian rack, but Liv gets a ropebreak! The ref counts, Natty dumps Liv to the apron and shoulders her to the floor. Lana cheers while the crowd is divided. Natty drags Liv up and into the ring but Liv skins the cat to headscissor Natty towards steel steps! The crowd fires up as Liv drags Natty up and into the ring.

Liv climbs up but Lana lurks close. The ref warns Lana, Liv shouts at Lana, but Natty chop blocks a leg! Natty drags Liv around to a Sharpshooter! Liv taps, Natty wins!

Winner: Natalya, by submission

The Queen of Harts makes Liv feel the pain before letting up. The new best buddies celebrate together, soaking up the heat from the crowd. Is this new partnership going to be what gets Natalya and Lana back on top of the world?

 

Backstage interview with The Big Show!

The Giant made such a memorable return, and has done so much over his career. Did he ever think he’d be fighting off ninjas with the Viking Profits? Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Raw gets taken over by ninjas. And a lot of them! Show just came by to say hi to old friends, and then an opportunity came up. It was Show’s pleasure to help lend Viking Profits a hand. Get it? Anyway, where else will you get this kind of stuff other than the WWE? And if you’ve been watching his show, The Big Show Show, on Netflix, that’s mostly what his career is focused on. He’s not here for his success, but for what happened to his friends.

Last week, Christian was taken out. People forget that Show isn’t all about fun. They forget that Show is also “one heartless, angry giant.” When that side comes out, he can do whatever he wants to whoever he wants, and there’s nothing anyone can do about that. The World’s Largest Athlete is going to the ring, as that heartless, angry giant. Will there be no stopping the Big Show’s wrath?

 

Ric Flair heads to the ring!

The Nature Boy is back and ready to “anoint” Randy Orton! Will the ceremony go through given what we just heard from Big Show? We’ll find out after the break.

Raw returns and Flair is in the ring with a mic. The crowd continues to “WOO~” as he waves to them. “First of all, earlier tonight, The Queen, my daughter,” was injured. Ric makes this short and sweet: Nia will wish she lived in another environment. It doesn’t matter how big and bad you are, when his daughter is on a mission, and she will be, Nia will be in trouble. But to the subject in hand, Randy Orton! Ric has been asked over and over, “Who is the best performer in the business today?” The word “arguably” doesn’t apply here. Everyone wants to be the best, but only one can be the best, and that is Orton! In 24 hours, he took the Hall of Famer Edge, and the icon Christian, and punted them back into retirement! The crowd boos that, but Flair says Orton is the Apex predator, the greatest ever, and wants to say so in front of millions!

Orton makes his entrance and joins Flair in the ring. Ric isn’t sure about us, but he’s been dying for this moment. Orton is THE most dominant, vicious performer in the WWE. “And that is a tough slot to sit on, control, manage and dictate from!” Ladies and gentlemen, the best performer in the HISTORY of the WWE. Flair is honored to be here with him. They shake hands and Orton thanks Flair for the words. It means al ot coming from Flair. How nostalgic for half of Evolution to be in the ring together. But sometimes, nostalgia can be confused with legacy. It was nostalgic last week when Flair showed the entire world that he IS the Dirtiest Player in the Game. It was nostalgic that Orton punted Christian as hard as he can as punishment for accepting #OneMoreMatch. And it was nostalgic for Edge at Backlash to step into the ring for the very last time.

The way Orton is feeling, this fire in his gut that has been reignited. This fire to be the Legend Killer once again is not nostalgia. It is Orton cementing his legacy. In the span of two days, Orton became the Greatest Wrestler Ever, and he “euthanized” the careers of Edge & Christian. The voices in Orton’s head, which are always disagreeing, are all united with Orton in the pleasure of being the Legend Killer. “Well…!” It’s the Big Show! He warned us about this! Show shouts “ENOUGH!” He storms into the ring to join Orton and Flair, because he won’t let them glorify everything Orton did. Edge and Christian are show’s friends, and Orton will pay for what he did to them. They’ve known each other a long time, and from day one, Show knew Orton was a “narcissistic parasite’ that feeds on anyone that can bring him to that next level. And that is someone Show used to respect in Flair.

Over and over, Orton latches on to others, like he did to Edge. He latched on to people that made him better, because Orton lacks the discipline and the motivation to do it himself! Orton doesn’t even care what he did, did he? He’s like every other parasite: when he gets what he wants, he leaves the host to die. But we both know that Edge isn’t done. And Edge will pay Orton back for everything. But it won’t be Edge’s satisfaction alone. Because this “pissed off giant” is going to break Orton’s body. Whoa, whoa, hold on! Show is not going to touch a hair on Flair’s head. Flair is the reason everyone here has their dream jobs! Show won’t go after Orton, either, because they’re friends who came up together. Show took Orton under his wing 20 years ago and Orton thinks the world of Show’s list of accomplishments. Show is indeed, and everyone agrees with this, a future Hall of Famer.

And y’know what else? Some might even say Show… Is a legend. The crowd cheers, but Orton wouldn’t have ever guessed kicking his friends’ heads off would piss Show off so much. And it would be a shame if Show suffered the same fate as them. Now the crowd boos, understanding where Orton is going with this. Show does, and he dares Orton to fight! Orton and Flair leave, because Orton says he gave Show his chance. Orton gave Show a shot to see what he’s capable of. Show knows what Orton is capable of when he puts his mind on it. Guess what? Orton is focused and motivated! And what happens next is on Show! The Viper and the Nature Boy leave, but when will Orton strike back?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The IIconics!

The #GoldenRoleModels have certainly been on a roll as of late. Winning the titles, retaining the titles at both Backlash and last Wednesday on NXT, and The Boss even beat Nikki Cross on SmackDown. Though, a lot of that came about because #BayleyDosStraps’ mouth wrote checks Banks had to cash. Will the best friends stay bound by gold? Or will Peyton Royce & Billie Kay make history from WrestleMania 34 repeat itself?

The introductions are made, the tag title belts are raised, and this newest battle of buddies begins!

There’s a lot of trash talking as the teams sort out, and Bayley volunteers Sasha to start off. Sasha is surprised by that, and then she turns around into Billie’s BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives Shades of Kay and Peyton tags in. Billie wheelbarrows Sasha and Peyton runs, but Bayley trips Peyton up and drags her out! Sasha arm-drags Billie while Bayley bounces Peyton off the desk! Sasha KNEES Billie then tags Bayley. They double whip, crisscross and ram Billie into buckles. Bayley bullies Billie and grinds on an arm. Billie fights up and pulls hair, but Bayley fights out of the IIconic corner. Peyton returns the favor, Billie clobbers Bayley, then Peyton tags in. Billie wheelbarrows Bayley through the ropes for Peyton to KNEE down! The IIconics are in control as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Billie brawls with Bayley! Billie knees low then clubs Bayley down as the crowd rallies. Billie talks smack and pushes Bayley around to then whip her into the corner. But Bayley decks Peyton, dodges Billie and rams into her with shoulders! Bayley mocks the IIconic pose before hitting the back elbow! Bayley goes again but Billie botos her away! Tag to Peyton and BIllie knees Bayley down. Billie feeds Bayley to Peyton’s PERFECT PLEX! Bridge, but Banks breaks it up! Billie goes after Sasha but Sahsa throws her out. Peyton throws Sasha out then goes to Bayley. Bayley throws hands and heads for Sasha but Peyton holds her back. Bayley ROCKS Peyton, tags Sasha, then whips Peyton into Sasha’s KNEE! Bayley and Sasha combine for the double SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sasha and Bayley are frustrated but Sasha brings Peyton around by her hair. Sasha suplexes Peyton once, uno amiga. Another suplex. dos amigas! But as she tires the thir,d Peyton siops out to shove her into Bayley! Peyton rolls Sasha up, TWO!! Sasha flounders into a back suplex, but she boots Billie away and drags Peyton down! BANK STATEMENT! Peyton claws at the hold but taps, Sasha and Byaley win!

Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The Boss cashes in the check and #BayleyDosStraps lives on! “Oh my God, we are good!” And that’s what happens when you’re the best! Right, sister? Sasha says she’s been thinking. Bayley talks about being #BayleyDosStraps. And Sasha can’t help but thinking, if Bayley has two titles, why not Sasha? Bayley is her best friend and Sasha loves seeing her happy, but Sasha wants to experience that, too. Sasha is just trying to say, that she wants a title match. The crowd chants, “YES! YES!” but Sasha says at Extreme Rules, she is officially challenging… ASUKA for the Raw Women’s Championship! She had Bayley going for a minute! But speaking of the Empress, she returns!

The Raw Women’s Champion is still feeling good after the war she went through with Charlotte. She gets in the ring and tells the Golden Role Models that, “You are not the boss of me.” But Asuka still accepts! And then Bayley DECKS Asuka! Asuka is in a 2v1 situation but she still fights back! Asuka fires forearms all over the place, but Sasha hits the BACKSTABBER, into the BANK STATEMENT! The Blueprint throws Asuka aside to pick up the Raw Women’s Championship belt. Will we have #BossyDoubleBelts after Extreme Rules?

 

MVP talks with Lashley backstage.

Sarah asks if Lashley was making a statement going after Truth. Going after Truth? Lashley should be WWE World Champion right now, but he’s not because of “that clown.” So rag dolling Truth was introducing the rest of the Raw roster to the “hurt business.” MVP says that Lashley is a man revitalized, free of distractions! This association has done wonders for Lashley’s career, and it can do the same for Apollo Crews. The referee may have missed the trick Crews used, but we didn’t. MVP was proud! Until Crews agreed to face Shelton Benjamin againtonight! Apollo is talented, but he doesn’t get the “business side” of being a champion. Once Apollo sits under MVP’s learning tree, MVP can help Apollo realize his potential as one of the most prolific WWE United States Champions since… Well, MVP. And if Apollo makes the wrong decision, that’s on him. It’s not personal, just business.

Speaking of, the Most Exclusive Nightclub on the Planet is about to kickoff, and MVP as the proprietor has other responsibilities. MVP and the would-be champion head out, ready to address some business. What will Apollo’s response to all this bed when he joins MVP in the VIP Lounge?

 

Ruby Riott finds Liv Morgan backstage.

Liv doesn’t want to deal with this right now, but Ruby tries to talk to her. Liv gets it, last week didn’t go her way, and neither did tonight. Nothing has gone her way, and she doesn’t need someone making her feel worse about that. Ruby lets Liv go, but perhaps Ruby wasn’t going to pour salt in the wound. Will the Riott Squad ever be whole again?

 

Raw returns to the VIP Lounge!

MVP is already in the ring and that once again means big things popping and little things stopping. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view. The VIP Lounge is for people like him, people who are better than all of you. The crowd boos that. But as the most exclusive club on the planet, MVP hopes his guest understands the privilege of being invited. Here is potentially MVP’s newest client, the WWE United States Champion, Apollo Crews! Apollo heads to the ring, joins MVP in the lounge, and MVP says “this just feels right.” The US Champion in the VIP Lounge, it’s organic. But last week, Apollo said that if he wasn’t a fighting champion, he wouldn’t be a champion. MVP respects that. And when Apollo beat MVP to get that Money in the Bank Ladder Match spot, Apollo also won a lot of respect from MVP.

But then, Apollo got recklessly hurt, forfeiting his spot in that very match! As MVP shook his head in disbelief, it was then that he realized Apollo needs someone to navigate those bad decisions. MVP has made those mistakes so that Apollo doesn’t have to. The WWE US Champion is a ticket to fame and fortune! It is the opportunity for Apollo to give his daughter the life he’s always wanted for her. Whoa, MVP, hold on. Before going further, Apollo says he got here without any of MVP’s help. Apollo fought and earned the title, even risking his career to do it. So as much as he appreciates the offer, Apollo must again turn MVP down.

Okay, okay, let’s keep it 100. If MVP wasn’t dropping gems, Apollo wouldn’t be out here listening. MVP sees the potential for Apollo to become one of the greatest WWE US Champions ever! Not as great as MVP, but still great. There’s no rule that says Apollo has to be here week in and week out, putting his body in harm’s way. If Apollo wants to stay champion, he can do it for a very long time. But he can’t do that without MVP in his corner. And why is that? Is MVP going to help Shelton Benjamin in the rematch tonight? Or is his boy, Lashley, gonna come get Apollo? Or is MVP going to try and take the title himself? The thing is, Apollo has been dealing with people like MVP his whole life. Whoa, whoa, people like MVP? Yes, those who want to change him. He won’t let anyone or anything do that.

Alright, check this. How long has Apollo been champion? Three weeks? Try being a champion 343 DAYS! A historic reign! MVP likes Apollo and wanted to do this the nice way. They tried this twice now, there won’t be a third. Whether Apollo likes it or not, that title is “coming home” where it belongs. Apollo gets in MVP’s face but here comes the Gold Standard! If Apollo isn’t joining the MVP stable, is Shelton? And before things get going, MVP wants one more moment to say something. Apollo is listening, and Benjamin blindsides Apollo! That’s what MVP was going for! Apollo falls out of the ring and Benjamin POSTS him! MVP tells Apollo that “Lesson number 1: never put yourself in a two-on-one situation, because it leaves your blindside vulnerable. That gem was free, the next one’s gonna cost you.” Has Apollo already paid the price for not selling out?

 

Apollo Crews VS Shelton Benjamin!

Raw returns as this match is already underway, and Apollo arm-drags free of Benjamin’s hold. Apollo throws haymakers on Benjamin then whips him. The bad arm holds him back and Benjamin whips Apollo into a corner. Benjamin blocks the boots, turns Apollo sideways, then slingshots out to ROUNDHOUSE Apollo in! Cover, TWO! Benjamin keeps on Apollo’s bad arm with a jam, then brings him back up. The crowd rallies but Benjamin sends the bad arm into buckles! Benjamin brings Apollo out but Apollo throws body shots. Apollo CHOPS and dropkicks as the crowd rallies up. Standing moonsault, but into an ARMBAR! Benjamin cranks on the arm but Apollo fights his way up to a cover. TWO, and Apollo dodges Benjamin to clothesline himself and Benjamin out!

Apollo slowly rises as the ring count climbs. Benjamin runs in but gets POST! Apollo puts Benjamin in, brings him up and enziguris him back down! Then he scoops Benjamin, for the CREWS MISSILE! Cover, Apollo wins!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall

The fighting champion fights through the pain, and MVP still applauds. Will Apollo prove he doesn’t need MVP’s help? But then Lashley comes up and gets Apollo in the ALL MIGHTY FULL NELSON! Lashley thrashes Apollo down to the ground, and then MVP picks up the belt. MVP places it on Apollo, but will Lashley be the one to take it from him?

 

Dominik and Rey meet up backstage.

The son asks his father, “Are you sure about this?” Rey says he is. And he wants Dominik to trust him on this one. They’re going to show the Monday Night Messiah what the Mysterio Family is made of. That confrontation happens after the break.

 

The Mysterio Family heads to the ring!

The crowd cheers as Rey and Dominik return, still hyped from seeing the son show off speed like his father to dupe Rollins and his disciples. Rey picks up a mic as he stands with Dominik in the ring. “One of the most terrifying things that can happen to one as a parent is not being able to get a hold of your child.” Last Monday, Rey felt that when he called Dominik many times and got no response. That scared the hell out of Rey. And trust Rey when he says that when he found out where Dominik was headed, he didn’t feel any better knowing Dominik was going to the PC to avenge Rey against Rollins. Even the most confident father doesn’t expect his son to get out of a 3v1 situation like that. But Dominik did. And for that, Rey is proud.

But Rey is also angry. He is angry because Dominik put himself at risk, and his mom was even more worried than Rey! Rey knows Dominik understands this business, the risks they take just getting in the ring. Rey is angry with Rollins for what he did, trying to blind him. Rey accepts that, though. He knows that Dominik is bigger, but Rey is still the father. No matter how big and strong Dominik gets, he is always Rey’s child. But since Dominik fought for Rey, Rey is going to fight for Dominik. “I’ve got this one, son. I need to get revenge on Seth Rollins. But I need to do it myself.” Dominik takes up the mic to say that while he understands where Rey is coming from, he isn’t going anywhere. Rollins will learn this is what a family looks like. And this family wants a fight!

Ask and you shall receive! Rollins makes his way out on stage, but where are his disciples? “So you want a fight?” Well, they’re putting their Messiah in a very difficult position. Rollins isn’t sure what to do. Does he go in and slaughter a father in front of his son? Or does he slaughter the son in front of his father? Rollins is conflicted, but it isn’t really up to him. This is fate, prophecy and destiny! It seems that since they’re both in the same place at the same time, two eyes are better than one. Rollins heads down the ramp, but he drops to his knees and… Out come Murphy and Theory!” It’s on you, Rey! This is your decision.” But Humberto Carrillo and Aleister Black attack first! Mysterio’s allies have his back!

A brawl breaks out ringside as Rollins runs away. Murphy is fed to Dominik to throw hands! Aleister finishes up with the strike fest! Theory is put in,. Carrillo roundhouses to ENZIGURI! Carrillo FLIES out to take out the disciples! The crowd is thunderous as Rollins is alone with four! He tries to reason with them, but Aleister and Carrillo keep him from going anywhere. Rollins goes to the apron, to get a 619! And then thrown into barriers! The Mysterios grab Rollins to bring him towards the steel steps!! Eye for an eye, after all! Rollins fights as long as he can, and the disciples make the save! They throw Carrillo down, knock Aleister aside, but the Mysterios almost have their revenge! Murphy BOOTS Rey down then Theory clubs Dominik! The disciples go after Rey together and hold him down while Rollins goes after Dominik!

Rollins drags Dominik up, drags him over, and Rey can only watch! Dominik is brought closer, but Carrillo and Aleister have chairs! They save Dominik and run Rollins off! The Monday Night Messiah and his disciples have a new war for the soul of Raw on their hands! Will Rey, Dominik and their friends free Mondays from the megalomaniac?


My Thoughts:

A really good Raw to start pushing things along towards Extreme Rules, though with a lot more recaps than I’d like. Opening with McIntyre interrupted by Ziggler was quite a surprise. At first it seems like Ziggler and AJ Styles were a 1:1 trade, but nope, Styles is worth Ziggler AND Robert Roode, which mathematically proves the WWE has wasted The Show-Off AND the Glorious One. The promo between Ziggler and McIntyre was good stuff, but I feel like Ziggler is getting the title shot at Extreme Rules in a story where they’re referencing their past because we can’t get that between McIntyre and Jinder Mahal. Mahal is again injured, so he won’t be back for some time, but Mahal and McIntyre can still revisit their 3MB history in the future. Needless to say, the match at Extreme Rules will be great, but it’ll still be McIntyre’s win.

There continues to be great interweaving of stories as Nia protests and technically gets in the way of R-Truth’s title defense, for a title that is always being defended. And when Truth finally does defend his title, MVP and Lashley cost him. Truth should’ve run for it when Lashley and MVP were beating up ninjas that were most certainly 205 Live roster members. I’m definitely confident Tony Nese and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott were among the four ninjas. But Tozawa becoming champion again is great, he’ll be able to put on some great comedy segments. As for Truth, he should actually respond by helping Apollo Crews against MVP and Lashley. Crews VS Lashley for the US Championship is a great way to bring back a story that had a lot of potential the last time they were both on Raw but with a very serious tone.

The Raw Tag Team Championship match was great stuff, and it was impressive for the Profits to steal the Viking Raiders’ finisher at one point. But as soon as Zelina appeared at the end of the promo segment between the Viking Profits, it was clear her team was going to attack the winners. Profits finally getting a win over the Vikings was great, and they’re going to have a great match with Almas and Garza that could go either way. We got great promos from Edge and Orton to lead up to the “anointing” of Orton by Flair. Big Show getting involved is actually a pretty great move while Edge is unable to wrestle because of his arm. Orton and Show are definitely having a match, but I have a bad feeling they’re going to give it Extreme Rules stipulation because it’s Orton and Show. The irony of Orton’s promo is that he was talking about nostalgia in a bad light but a match like this is all about nostalgia.

The segments with Seth Rollins and the Mysterios were all great. It almost felt like Rollins was going to establish some kind of event coming with how he talked about “the greater good” was “coming for them all.” Is there going to be something down the line like that? Where at a Big Four PPV like Rumble or Mania, something was going to happen? That aside, Rey had a great promo to go in line with this being the Raw after Father’s Day. And of course, a brawl breaks out, with Aleister and Carrillo coming to support Rey and Dominik. There is definitely going to be a Six Man of Rollins, Murphy & Theory against Aleister, Carrillo and I would think Rey. Dominik can be ringside, and things can get out of hand, but while a PPV would be pretty big for his first match, a tag match that big would help take some of the pressure off.

Natalya beating Liv in a match was basically filler as a vehicle to get two new stories going. Lana joins Natalya as, guess what? A manager! Though, I do expect Natty trying to teach Lana how to be a better wrestler, and the drama might come from whether or not Lana can improve. Ruby returns and naturally Liv assumes it’s all to make Liv feel worse, but clearly it is also to get back to the Riott Squad reunion Raw was paving the way for before the pandemic. I hope that means Sarah Logan is going to be hired back, too. Then, there was great stuff in the title pictures and adjacent. I did not expect the Raw Women’s Championship to be anything other than the main event, but it became clear through the night there was a reason. Nia and Charlotte are starting up a feud, which is might be a veiled way of punishing Nia since I would think Charlotte finds a way to win that.

Sasha & Bayley had a really good match with The IIconics but naturally they retained. That tease was pretty good, but it was clear Sasha wasn’t really challenging Bayley. If it wasn’t for this being Raw, I would’ve thought Sasha would challenge Io Shirai for her NXT Women’s Championship. But Asuka has traded off with all four of the WWE/NXT Horsewomen at one time or another, but with Sasha the least. Their match for Extreme Rules should be pretty good, and I can see the other brands trying to put obstacles in the #GoldenRoleModels’ way so that Bayley can’t support Sasha and vice-versa. Surely SmackDown establishes a #1 contender among the half dozen or so other stars they have. Of the SmackDown women left to challenge Bayley, my top guesses are Nikki Cross or Dana Brooke. Dana hasn’t had a shot, so that’d be big for her, but Nikki hasn’t really had a singles shot in some time, either, so it’s a toss up.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/23/24)

The G1 Climax awaits!

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Who moves on to Korakuen Hall?

A Block started their G1 Climax qualifier series, now B Block begins! Will it be Toru Yano or Boltin Oleg? Will it be TJP or Satoshi Kojima?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • El Desperado & Shoma Kato VS DOUKI & Yuya Uemura; Douki & Yuya win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuya Matsumoto VS Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma; Ishii & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • HENARE & Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Henare & Callum win.
  • Bishamon VS Chase Owens & Gedo; Bishamon wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg; Oleg wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima; TJP wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg!

While they’re once again NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions alongside The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, neither The Joker or The Rook was going to pass up this chance! Will Yano take it easy on Oleg here? Or will this tank from Kazakh steamroll his way through the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, then they tie up. They go back and forth on the clinch, but Oleg powers Yano back to the ropes. The ref counts the break, Oleg lets off slowly, and the fans applaud. Yano and Oleg reset, circle and feel things out. They go around, Yano slips away but comes back. Oleg avoids the takedown to get a leg, and they roll into the ropes. The ref counts, Oleg lets off and the fans applaud. They go again, clinch, and Oleg waistlocks. Yano slips away, they tie up again, but Oleg powers Yano back onto the ropes. The ref counts, both men let off slowly, but still joke for position.

The ref gets between the two, Oleg backs away, and the fans cheer as they reset. Oleg and Yano clinch, fight for control, then back up. They feel things out, Oleg gets around to a waistlock, and he has the gut wrench! Oleg brings Yano up but Yano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oleg lets off clean and Yano bails out. Yano is frustrated by how good Oleg is, and he splashes water everywhere! Yano gets his favorite red chair, the ref goes to stop him but Yano shoves him aside. Yano takes a seat on the ramp and dares Oleg to come get him! So Oleg goes out after him! Yano JAMS Oleg up, then SMACKS him on the back!

Yano drags Oleg up, and wraps him up with the apron skirt! That’s an extra large sushi roll! Yano shoves Oleg down, gets in the ring, and the ring count starts. Yano meanwhile unties a buckle pad! Oleg wriggles out of the wrap but he’s still down at 10 of 20! Oleg gets completely free by 15, and he slides in at 16! The fans cheer but Yano kicks low! Yano whips Oleg into the bare buckles! Yano tells fans to leave him alone, Oleg’s tough! Yano clamps onto Oleg’s shoulders, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Wait, the ref finds the bit of wrist tape Yano was using to choke Oleg! The ref reprimands but Yano pretends he has no idea how that got there.

Yano storms up on Oleg, brings him around and whips him back into the bare buckles! Oleg falls over, the ref reprimands but Yano kicks Oleg and eggs him on. Yano stands Oleg up to HIP TOSS! Cocky cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Yano stomps Oleg in frustration. Yano scuffs Oleg, eggs him on, then stands him up again. But Oleg fires a forearm! Yano CLAWS Oleg’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Yano whips, but Oleg reverses. Yano avoids bare buckles, then dodges to send Oleg back in! Yano runs, but Oleg runs him over! The fans fire up with Oleg, and he scoops Yano to SLAM! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Yano stays in this but the fans rally behind Oleg. Oleg drags Yano up with the gut wrench! Time to Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up! The fans fire up and Oleg storms over to Yano. Oleg whips, but Yano holds ropes and taunts Oleg! Oleg runs up but Yano sidesteps and clinches, for a BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg and Yano stir, but Yano is up first. Yano brings Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Oleg runs, but Yano atomic drops! Yano trips Oleg, has the legs, and CATAPULTS him into buckles! Oleg staggers up, Yano fires up and he fireman’s carries!

Yano gets Oleg up but Oleg fights free of the bomb! Oleg SHOTGUNS Yano away! The fans fire up as Yano goes to a corner, and Oleg runs in! STINGER SPLASH from the big man, then he scoops to SLAM! Oleg jumps over Yano to go up and up and VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but the fans are still with Oleg! Oleg drags Yano up, fireman’s carries, and KA- NO, Yano slips free to roll Oleg, TWO! Oleg runs up, but Yano hooks him to a backslide! TWO!! Oleg escapes, Yano swings, but Oleg gets around! Yano grabs the ref to LOW BLOW! And CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! Oleg stands, blocks the takedown, and he powers Yano into a PANCAKE! OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Yano tried all the tricks in the book but Oleg could not be stopped! There’s still respect between them, but will The Rook show what he’s really capable of against The Ace?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima!

Public Enemy just finished up a round robin in the form of the Best of the Super Juniors, but now he’s looking to go even bigger! But will he be able to conquer this qualifier for the United Empire? Or will things be real cozy here tonight?

The bell rings and the fans rally up and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “KO-JI-MA! KO-JI-MA!” The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Kojima digs his heels in and shoves TJP away, but TJP stands right up. The two go again, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Kojima wrenches out to wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, breaks free, but Kojima swats the dropkick away! The fans cheer as TJP handsprings back up. TJP and Kojima circle, feel things out, then tie up. TJP headlocks, but Kojima fires body shots. Kojima powers up and out, TJP RAMS him, but Kojima stays put! TJP runs again, RAMS Kojima, but he bounces off!

The fans rally up, and TJP stomps Kojima’s foot! TJP runs to run Kojima over! TJP keeps moving, but Kojima stay slow, then hip tosses TJP down! Kojima runs to run TJP over! TJP bails out and fans cheer Kojima’s dancing pecs! Kojima goes out to stomp TJP, then he CLUBS TJP. Kojima CLUBS TJP more, then brings him around to whip. TJP reverses and Kojima hits railing! TJP runs up to BOOT Kojima, then he fires haymakers. The ref reprimands, TJP CLUBS Kojima then puts him in the ring. TJP then drags Kojima up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! TJP CHOPS again, the fans rally up, and TJP uses the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans are torn but Kojima gets in TJP’s face! Kojima CHOPS TJP off his feet! The fans rally up, Kojima stomps TJP to ropes, then he CLUBS TJP on the neck. Kojima CHOKES TJP on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans cheer. Kojima drags TJP up, reels him in and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO! TJP toughs it out but Kojima stays focused. The fans rally, Kojima stomps TJP, then stands TJP up. Kojima ROCKS TJP, stomps him at the ropes, then fires hands. TJP goes to a corner, kicks back, then fires hands! TJP backs Kojima down, but Kojima body shots!

Kojima ROCKS TJP and TJP staggers to ropes. Kojima stomps TJP, brings him up and whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! Kojima runs in, TJP slips under to sunset flip, then he steps through to trap an arm! DARK SACRIFICE! Kojima clutches his arm as he bails out of the ring. The fans rally with TJP and he builds speed to go up and up and FLYING DROPKICK! Kojima staggers, the fans cheer, and TJP stands back up. CANNONBALL! Down goes Kojima and the fans rally again. The ring count starts, TJP catches his breath before he brings Kojima up at 8. But Kojima SWEEPS the legs and TJP falls on the apron!

Kojima goes up after TJP, reels him in, and APRON DDTS!! TJP flops down to the floor while the fans rally up again. Kojima is in the ring but a new count starts. TJP stirs at 8 of 20, slowly sits up, and uses railing to stand at 12. TJP stumbles, falls, and crawls over at 15. TJP stands at 17, flounders with the apron skirt, but is in at 19! Kojima stomps TJP to a corner then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima shows TJP how it’s done! The fans fire up as Kojima goes an extra round before he CHOPS TJP down! Kojima then whips TJP corner to corner, runs up and forearm SMASHES!

Kojima shoves TJP down, shouts that he’s coming after the bastard, but TJP DROPKICKS Kojima first! The fans rally, TJP goes corner to corner and ELBOWS! Kojima sits down and the fans rally up! TJP gives Kojima the scrubbing! TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and want it one more time! TJP obliges and gives more scrubs to Kojima’s face. TJP runs, but Kojima kicks him low! Kojima fires off forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW, a kick, and a DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima rises, he storms over to TJP and drags him up, then cravats. TJP fights but Kojima CLUBS him!

TJP powers up and slips through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Kojima endures, stomps his way forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go but the fans rally up again. TJP aims, springboards, and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again. TJP goes to a corner, pounds the mat and fans clap along. “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP runs up but Kojima blocks the knee! Kojima kicks low and COZY CUT- NO, TJP handsprings through the cutter! And basement dropkicks in return! The fans fire up and TJP goes to a corner! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again!

TJP points to a corner and calls his shot! TJP makes sure Kojima is in the drop zone, and he goes up top! MAMBA FLOP as Kojima moves! COZY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again! Kojima stays cool, and he powers up the arm! Off comes the elbow pad! Kojima runs, but into a BOOT! JUMP SOBAT! TJP runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again but Kojima drags him back up. The fans rally, Kojima suplexes, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is still in this and the fans fire up! Kojima powers up again, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kojima rebounds, but into a clinch, and MOUSE TRAP! TJP WINS!!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Even TJP is surprised that finished it! A major win over the Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, but even bigger is that TJP is one step closer to the G1! But will Public Enemy be able to take down The Holy Emperor in Korakuen Hall?

 

8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Now, don’t be confused, this match did happen yesterday, too. But now, Yoshinobu Kanemaru is swapped out for Dick Togo! Will he be a spoiler for Bushi, Titan, Yota y Naito? Or will things still be tranquilo in the Summer heat?

Wait, Sho gets the mic just like he did last night. He again talks trash on LIJ, and says he hates having to be here in Ibaraki. Sho then asks Young Lion Katsuya Murashima where he’s from. Right here in Ibaraki. The fans cheer but Sho says no wonder he’s a loser! And then The House beats up on Murashima! LIJ protests but poor Murashima already flops out of the ring. Sho says The House is gonna prove LIJ are loses, just like Murashima and Ibaraki! The teams finally sort out, and after LIJ fist bumps, Naito steps to Evil. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and that annoys The House, but Naito and Evil slowly circle.

The two feel things out, Evil knowing Naito’s tricks. But speaking of tricks, Dick jumps in to CLOBBER Naito! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands but Evil stomps away on Naito. Evil and Dick stand on Naito, Red Shoes reprimands more, but Evil tags Sho. The Murder Machine talks trash as he stomps Naito, then he DECKS Bushi! Sho stomps Naito more, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick low. Bushi gets in to RANA! The fans cheer, and Naito cravats Sho for a neck wrench. Naito brings Sho to the corner, Bushi tags in, and Bushi goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Sho down! And Bushirooni!

The fans fire up, Bushi runs in to ELBOW Sho! Sho takes a swing, but Bushi ducks and spins Sho to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi tags Titan and the fans rally up. Sho stands, Titan springboards in, CROSSBODY! But then Narita throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE Narita! Titan dodges Sho, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks, jumps, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can LASH Titan with his belt! Sho then shoves Titan down and Evil BLASTS Naito off the apron! The fans boo but The House goes after LIJ on the outside! Another LASH from Dick’s belt and Titan staggers!

Dick CLOBBERS Titan into No Man’s Land, Sho & Evil double whip Naito hard into railing, and Narita is after Yota in the crowd! The fans boo, but Evil RAMS Naito into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san and the fans boo more. Red Shoes reprimands Evil but he misses Sho & Dick CHOKING Titan at the ropes! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho lets off and brings Titan around to bump off buckles. Tag to Dick and he CLUBS Titan on the back. Dick bumps Titan off more buckles, then climbs up to go after the mask! The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but he’s busy stopping Evil as he has Dick’s belt! Dick almost has Titan’s mask off!

The cameramen are respectful enough to move so we don’t see any of Titan’s face, and then Red Shoes makes Dick stop. Titan gets his mask back on but Dick CLAWS Titan’s back! Dick then brings Titan around, tags Narita, and they mug El Inmortal. Titan drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Narita BOOTS Yota off the apron just because, and then he tags Evil. Evil CLAWS Titan’s back, then he brings Titan around to wrench and whip into the corner. Evil clotheslines Titan, tags Sho, and Narita distracts Red Shoes so Dick can climb! The fans boo but Titan still suffers the DICK CHOP! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the fans cheer. Evil stands on Titan’s head, talks trash, and the fans boo again. The fans rally for “L I J! L I J!” “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Evil fireman’s carries but Titan slips free. Evil kicks, whips, but Titan reverses then goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Titan hurries over, hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up and Yota fires forearms on Evil. Yota whips, Evil reverses but Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dick runs in but Yota dodges, to then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Yota BLASTS Narita, DECKS Sho, but Evil kicks low! Evil reels Yota in, but Yota suplexes first! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up with Yota and he brings Evil up. Yota fireman’s carries, but Evil fights free. Evil waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, but Narita is there with his pushup bar! Red Shoes reprimands Narita but Evil puts Yota in a corner. Evil blocks a boot, puts Yota in the ropes, then WOE STOMPS him down! Tag to Narita and he drags Yota up. Narita whips Yota to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS, then goes side to side to JUMP KICK! Narita doesn’t stop, he scrapes Yota’s face off ropes! Narita runs to BOOT Yota down! Cover, TWO! Yota is still in this and the fans rally up. Narita brings Yota up, Yota takes a swing, but Narita catches him to a SLEEPER!

The fans rally as Yota endures and reaches out. Narita pulls hair to bring Yota away from ropes. Yota breaks free to hit the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! The fans cheer again and Naito fires hands on Narita. Naito kicks, CLUBS and whips Narita, to then arm-drag! Narita comes back but into an ELBOW! Basement DROPKICK! Naito hauls Narita up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer as Naito poses, and he storms over to the corner. Naito hops up, brings Narita up, but Narita breaks free, so Naito BOOTS him!

Naito runs in, Narita redirects him into a cheap shot from Dick! Then Narita KNEE STAMPS Naito down! The House blasts LIJ, and Evil gets Naito to a corner. Evil and Dick double whip Naito to the corner, then Dick runs in to BACK ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Evil runs in to clohtesline! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! The fans fire up but Evil argues with Red Shoes. But this is all a distraction so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo but Naito powers out and arm-drags Dick! Yota drags Evil out! Naito ELBOWS Dick, atomic drops, then Bushi basement dropkicks! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!

Dick survives the combo but Naito wrenches him. Sho & Evil attack first! They whip Naito, but Naito stops himself! Titan springboards in to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Narita knees Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as Titan builds speed, and he FLIES out onto The House! Naito fires ELBOWS on Dick, then Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito tops it off with DESTINO! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The hot streak continues for LIJ, which also means the House of Torture keeps losing! Will they ever learn?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic like he did last night, and says “Buenas tardes, KAMISUUU~!” The fans cheer, and Naito notes that it has been one year since NJPW was last here. It makes him very happy to be competing in front of them again, here in the Kamisu Bousai Arena. And he is thankful that they all came out tonight to see them. Gracias, amigos! Naito then brings up that next Sunday, he will be in the United States to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Naito acknowledges that he was the one who lost the title and let it go overseas, so he vows to bring it back. The fans cheer that!

Naito knows he still has to beat Moxley, but he asks until then, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo. And of course, it is time to close. And Naito’s pretty sure this is the first time they’ve had a role call here in Ibaraki. Are they ready? The fans cheer! Then New Japan Soul here in Kamisu Bousai Arena can only end one way! “Bushi, Hiromu, Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is rolling, Naito is rolling, but will Naito rock New York and bring the title home?


My Thoughts:

Another solid night for New Japan Soul, and a great night for The United Empire as they sweep the card, while also getting TJP to the next round of the qualifiers. I personally would love seeing TJP get into the G1 Climax, really let him show what he’s got against the heavyweights. And great match from Yano VS Oleg, and I appreciate they gave Oleg the win here. Oleg VS Tanahashi is gonna be good stuff, too, but I feel like Tanahashi moves on to the B Block qualifier finals. And then another fun 8 Man Tag but of course Naito wins. Naito brings that momentum to Forbidden Door, Moxley probably has his own tune-up on Dynamite or something, and then as I said before, I would hope Naito wins the title back and brings it with him into the G1.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, then LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?

 

Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

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

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision, though stocked full of more action than I expected. Thankfully, it was less talky than usual, and what promos we got were fairly efficient. Well, I feel like there was a touch of redundancy to Lio interacting with Top Flight when we got that moment on Rampage. I guess AEW is worried not enough people are watching Rampage. Deeb sending out an Open Challenge for the Collision go-home next week was good, I’m sure we’ll get a great match of her and a visiting CMLL or Stardom talent. And after Jarrett’s very moving promo, I actually want to see him make it to the finals. I don’t see him winning the whole thing with Pac AND Bryan Danielson on the other side of the bracket, but for the sake of honoring Owen Hart’s memory, Jarrett at least has to get past the wild card.

Storm & Mariah VS Leyla & Frost was a good tune-up match for the Six Woman Tag set for Dynamite, but as such, The Outcasts likely win. As I said on Wednesday, if Mariah is going to beat Saraya in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she’ll have to lose out on Dynamite because that’s how the math works. Hechicero of course beat Daddy Magic, but that’s because MJF is going to win at Forbidden Door. And then of course The House of Black beat the St. Giovanni brothers. Their dismissive nature towards the interview was an interesting one, but I would think they will get their revenge on The Patriarchy soon enough.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang that helped feed into the various stories. The Patriarchy of course beat The Iron Savages, but Christian avoided doing work in an even more obnoxious way than I expected. I still think Pac should work with Malakai & Brody in an attempt to get revenge on The Bang Bang Gang together, but I guess that depends on if Pac goes to the Owen Hart Cup finals or not. Oddly, I’d love if The Bang Bang Gang did face The Patriarchy for some rare Heels VS Heels shenanigans. Christian will try to cheat at the same time Bang Bang Gang tries to cheat so it comes down to who can cheat better.

Though going by the other tag matches, the Joe-Hook-Shibata trio is a great team, and they naturally made quick work of The Premier Athletes. Then they logically went after Jericho’s group after that great match with Private Party. Jericho likely will still owe Hook an FTW Championship match, but it’d also be great if Joe-Hook-Shibata got their shot at the trios titles. We’d get some awesome promos between them and the Bang Bang Gang, as well as some fresh showdowns. And really good match of Okada and Ultimo Guerrero. It was a little sluggish, but I suppose between Ultimo and Okada needing to get a rhythm, and Ultimo being 52, it was still very solid stuff. But Okada winning was fine, it leaves him available for a different match-up for Forbidden Door weekend.

And just an awesome International Championship match for the main event. I did not think Cage was going to get as much offense in as he did, but I appreciate that they let him. Cage needs to be seen as a threat on some level so pushing Ospreay like this was a good way to do it. But of course Ospreay wins, because they’re continuing to tease Garcia VS Ospreay.

My Score: 8.9/10


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