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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/8/20)

The Great American Bash Night 2!

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NXT Great American Bash

Who will be a DUAL NXT champion!?

Adam Cole, the longest reigning NXT Champion in history. Keith Lee, the LIMITLESS North American Champion. But only one can be BOTH!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Street Fight: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae; LeRae wins.
  • Bronson Reed VS Tony Nese; Reed wins.
  • Johnny Gargano VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Gargano wins.
  • Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS Drake Maverick & Breezango; El Legado wins.
  • Santana Garrett VS Mercedes Martinez; Martinez wins.
  • NXT & NXT North American Championships Winner Takes All: Adam Cole VS Keith Lee; Lee wins and becomes dual NXT & NXT North American Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Street Fight: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae!

The Head Baddie in Charge and the Poison Pixie look to settle the score between them in historic fashion as NXT has its only second ever Women’s Street Fight! Who will be standing tall when it’s all said and done?

But before even making it down the ramp, Candice #LeSlay as the T-shirt says gets jumped! Mia is not going to go easy on Candice in the slightest! She kicks Candice down the ramp, to ringside, and then RAMS her into steel steps! The ref has Mia get this in the ring, but Mia immediately puts in props! A trash can and it’s lid, some kendo sticks and yes, plenty of chairs. The bell finally rings and the HBIC swings a kendo stick! Only for Candice to dodge, kick back and SMACK her with the stick! And again! And again! Mia blocks the next swing, then shoves Candice down. Mia gets the other kendo stick to SMACK away on Candice in return! Mia digs the stick into Candice’s stomach, then SMACKS her again!

Candice crawls to the bottom rope but Mia looks at what else she can use. Mia goes back outside to bring out a table! The crowd loves that! Mia gets the table in the ring but Candice dropkicks her down! Candice takes the table for her own and sets the table in the corner. Candice fetches Mia, brings her into the ring, but Mia fights back. Candice clubs Mia, but swings into a full nelson! Mia aims for the table but Candice slips down to kick Mia away! Mia rests on the table, Candice runs in, but Mia catches her! Candice victory rolls, Mia sits on it, TWO! Mia stomps Candice then brings her up. She tosses Candice out then goes out to grind her boot into Candice at the barriers. Candice crawls but Mia is on her. Mia whips but Candice reverses to POST her!

Candice hammers away on Mia then brings her up to YANK into the post! Mia manages to stay standing but Candice YANKS her in again! The crowd rallies for Mia and she blocks the yank to give the yank! Candice bounces off the post this time, and then Mia BOOTS her into barriers. Mia brings Candice around to bowl into the crowd! The prospects get even closer to the action now as Mia boots Candice further along. Candice throws things from the catering table at Mia! Chips and plastic plates fly but Mia bumps Candice off the table. And smacks her with a platter! Mia drags Candice up but Candice hits her with plastic cups! And even more cups! Mia throws the platter lid, but Candice SMACKS her with the platter!

Candice clears space, brings the table over, then puts Mia on the nearby platform. The crowd rallies as Mia clubs Candice back down. Candice uses a fire extinguisher! Mia sputters from the blast, Candice drags her up and over to the edge, but Mia resists the suplex! Mia pushes Candice and dropkicks her down through the table! Candice hits the floor and NXT goes picture in picture.

Both women are down and the crowd chants, “This is Awesome!” This match needs a winner, and Candice manages to sit up from the wreckage of catering. Mia hurries over to her, brings her back towards ringside, but Candice fights back. Mia clubs Candice down, gets her into the ring, covers, TWO! Mia grows frustrated and stands on Candice’s head! Candice flails, grabs a kendo stick, but Mia takes it from her and throws it away. Candice flounders against ropes, Mia uses the kendo stick herself to SMACK Candice down! Candice shields herself with a chair but it doesn’t do much as Mia breaks the stick off her back! Candice sits a chair up but Mia kicks Candice more as NXT returns to single picture.

Mia clubs Candice onto the seat of the chair then runs to the corner. But Candice drop toeholds Mia onto the chair! Mia flounders to the chair and takes a seat, but Candice runs and dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Mia survives but Candice keeps her focus as the crowd rallies up. Candice rains down haymakers from all sides, then grabs a chair. Candice digs the chair into Mia’s ribs, then JAMS them! The crowd boos as Candice adds on to the side of those ribs. Candice goes out to fetch even MORE chairs! Candice stomps Mia down before bringing her up. Mia hits back but Candice uses the trash can lid to SMACK away on her! The crowd boos more as Candice stomps Mia down.

Candice adjusts the table to be a shelf on the top rope. Mia grabs for chairs but Candice stops her to suplex. Mia resists to suplex Candice up and over! The crowd fires up as both women stand. Candice is up first, Mia blocks a kick but not the enziguri! But she comes back with a ROUNDHOUSE! Both women are down again and the crowd fires up more. Candice sits up in a daze while Mia checks her head. They both stand, Mia counter punches Candice, then fires off forearms and a corner clothesline! Mia CHOPS Candice, then brings the trash can over. Mia puts the can over Candice’s head, then runs in to BOOT Canned-dice down! And then a CAN-NONBALL! Mia drags Candice out, high stack covers, TWO!! Candice survives and Mia can not believe it.

But wait! Mia has an ace in the hole! A pair of BRASS KNUCKLES! Is this approved by William Regal? Doesn’t matter, it’s still legal. Mia goes to punch but Candice uses a chair as a shield! And then to SMACK Mia down! And again! Candice puts Mia on the chair pile, then puts a layer of chairs on Mia. It’s a chair sandwich! Candice goes up top, and the table is a platform for her to stand on. But Mia gets out of the chairs and ROCKS Candice! Candice is prone on the table, Mia prepares the chair pile in a new arrangement, then climbs up to join Candice. That’s a risky move. Candice fights Mia, wrenches the arm and takes the brass knuckles from her! Mia throws hands fast, stands up on the wobbly platform, but Candice ROCKS her with the knuckles! And then MRS. LERAE’S WILD RIDE onto the tables!! Candice just manages to cover with a hand, Candice wins!!

Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall

The Johnny Gargano Way wins as Mrs. Wrestling snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! But with Tegan Nox the #1 contender, how long will Candice have to wait to have her championship opportunity?

 

WWE legends weigh in on NXT’s Winner Takes All match.

Mark Henry says that whether you love him or hate him, Adam Cole has been THE NXT Champion for over a year. “That’s gotta count for something.” But Keith Lee can fight like a Cruiserweight but hits like a truck. Champion VS Champion, Henry gives the edge to Keith Lee.

 

NXT goes picture in picture on the aftermath of the Street Fight.

Mia is still down, and though Candice may have won, she has barely moved either. Johnny Gargano hurries out to check on his wife, and raises her hand in victory since no one else has. Gargano waves bye to Mia as he carefully rolls and carries Candice away. Johnny laughs at Mia but it’s not like Candice is in good shape. Mia manages to stand on her own, and the crowd cheers that. Mia takes a seat in a chair again, still feeling good about herself in the end. She kicks the chair away then heads out on her own. Will Mia be able to recover in the rankings despite that literally heavy fall?

 

Bronson Reed VS Tony Nese!

NXT’s Auszilla and the Cruiserweight Division’s Premier Athlete clashed the moment they met. A big factor in that is how they each treated Leon Ruff in their respective matches. Will Reed show Nese what happens when you don’t show respect?

The bell rings and Nese circles with Reed. Nese points out his eight pack compared to the thickness of Reed. Reed shrugs that off and ties up with Nese. Reed shoves Nese away and makes a point about Aussie Strong Style. Nese shrugs that off as the crowd rallies. The two tie up again, Reed wrenches the arm, shoulder breaker to wristlock. Reed clamps onto the shoulder, then chinbars Nese to another wrench. Nese endures, pulls Reed’s ear to get him in a corner. The ref counts, Nese hits low! Nese whips, Reed reverses, but Nese stops and elbows Reed away. Nese goes up and over and shows off with jumping jacks. Reed runs, Nese ducks and drops, but jumps into a shove from Reed! The crowd cheers as Reed trophy lifts and drops Nese, for the THICC BOI SENTON!

Nese bails out but Reed fetches him up to CLUB him down! Reed headbutts Nese and follows him around the way. Reed clubs Nese more, puts him in the ring, but Nese uses the apron skirt to blind Reed, and then basement dropkicks him back! Reed flounders into the ring but gets furious fists for it! Nese fires up but the crowd boos. Nese kicks reed against ropes, throws body shots and stomps, but Reed CHOPS. Nese fires off forearms, but Reed hits back! Reed walks into a low headbutt! Cradle, TWO! Nese keeps his cool and basement dropkicks again! Reed still gets up and Nese grows frustrated. Reed hits back with body shots but Nese back kicks. Nese brings Reed up, but Reed blocks the bulldog hotshot to bounce Nese off the ropes!

Reed rocks Nese with forearm after forearm, then a BIG Atomic Drop and Bionic Elbow! Nese goes to the corner, Reed runs in for the corner splash! Reed whips Nese the other way but Nese boots him away. Nese hops up, leaps, but into Reed’s arms! Reed pops Nese up, Nese lands on his feet and throat chops! Nese hits the hotshot bulldog! And the PREMIER TRIANGLE! Cover, TWO! Reed survives and Nese grows further frustrated. Nese goes to a corner while Reed flounders. Nese goes up top, leaps over Reed, but Reed LARIATS Nese inside out! Reed puts Nese in a drop zone and goes up top, for the AUSZILLA SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

That’s the power of sportsmanship, and the thickness! Will Reed win even bigger matches to finally gain some ground?

 

Mercedes Martinez speaks.

“NXT. The center of hopes and dreams. Not anymore.” Mean Ms. Mercedes is here tonight, but who will “welcome” her back?

 

The Robert Stone Brand has an announcement.

Robert Stone says “Big things!” We’re about to witness history! Stone and Aliyah walk over to Shotzi Blackheart? They want to recruit the “beautiful green haired girl,” because has she seen the brand? It’s on fire! Wanna join in? Well, it is on fire. Like a dumpster fire. Hey, does she want to join or not? Look what he’s done for Aliyah. No, she doesn’t want to be part of his brand. She does things her way. Stone is not taking no for an answer, and his drink splashes… Killian Dain!! Big Damo grabs tone and throws him into trunks! And Shotzi runs Stone’s feet over with her tank! That’s what he gets! NXT goes picture in picture as Aliyah tries to drag Stone out from under Shotzi’s ride.

It takes referees and crew to lift the tank! Is it really that heavy? Stone apparently can’t walk on that leg anymore and he demands something be done about Shotzi and Dain. Will Aliyah have to step up for her manager again?

 

NXT is still picture in picture as The Undisputed Era arrives.

Adam Cole has his NXT Championship, and he high fives Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish. But then the other passenger door opens and… Kyle O’Reilly is back! The Era is back at 100%! Will Kyle’s moral support be the key to Cole making history?

 

Johnny Gargano VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!

#TheJohnnyGarganoWay has beef with the Fliest in the Room, all because Swerve was trying to stop Mia and Candice from brawling backstage last week. Johnny has all heart and no soul, but will any of that matter when he steps into whose house? Swerve’s House!

The bell rings and Gargano circles with Swerve. Gargano gets the arm and brings Swerve down to a wristlock then hammerlock. Gargano traps the other arm, turns Swerve to a cover, ONE! Swerve gets away and Gargano says this is his house now. The crowd boos as Gargano and Swerve circle. Swerve and Gargano feel out the grapple, Gargano drop toeholds and waistlocks to then facelock. Swerve endures, rolls, but Gargano stays clamped on. Swerve fights up but Gargano traps an arm, Gargano grabs the other and has a wristlock. Swerve shifts weight but Gargano brings him down to the mat again. Gargano shifts around, wrenches, but Swerve spins and drop toeholds back. The two fight for wrist control but Gargano uses legs to bring Swerve down.

Gargano sits up and twists the wrist all around. Swerve endures but Gargano double knuckle locks for a cover. ONE, so Gargano adds a chinlock. Swerve endures this modified crossface, the crowd jeers with “Johnny Sucks!” and Swerve pops out. Swerve stands on Gargano’s legs, then rolls him over to a waistlock. Gargano slips out the back, things speed up, Gargano huricanranas but Swerve handsprings through! The crowd cheers as Gargano rushes Swerve. Swerve side steps and sends Gargano out, then sweeps Gargano’s legs on the apron. Gargano avoids the mule kick and even the slingshot stomps! Gargano slingshots but Swerve dodges. Swerve avoids a superkick, Gargano avoids the boot, but Swerve goes Matrix to avoid a clothesline! The two stand off showing strikes, and the crowd cheers this exchange!

The ring count passes 5 so both men rush to the apron. But Gargano stays out to slingshot in, NO Final Beat just yet! Swerve tosses Gargano, goes Eddy Gordo and headscissors Gargano out. Swerve runs and FOSBURY FLOPS! Down goes Gargano and the crowd fires up! Swerve glares intently as NXT goes picture in picture.

Gargano staggers up and around the way but Swerve is in pursuit. Swerve puts Gargano in, stalks him to a corner, then wraps the arms against the ropes to CHOP! Gargano flops down hard but scrambles to another corner. Swerve throws uppercuts, arm-drags Gargano down, rolls with him and ties up an arm. Swerve uses a chinbar but Gargano gets the ropebreak. The ref counts, Swerve lets off, but then comes back to trap the arm again. Swerve pulls on the other arm but Gargano resists. Swerve clubs Gargano and even fish hooks to get Gargano to turn. Gargano resists as best as he can but Swerve still pulls the arm for a modified ghost pin. TWO, and Gargano gets to another corner.

Swerve throws forearms then rams in his shoulder. The ref counts as Swerve digs in, but Swerve lets up to wrench and whip. Gargano reverses and runs Swerve over with an elbow! Gargano throws Swerve into buckles hard! Swerve is dazed but Gargano stands on his head! The ref reprimands Gargano and he lets off, and NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Gargano spins Swerve around to a backbreaker and gourd buster! BUZZSAW! LARIAT! Cover, ONE! Gargano drags Swerve up, suplexes, but Swerve slips out to waistlock. Gargano standing switches, reels Swerve in but Swerve breaks free to ROCK Gargano with a right! Swerve runs in to uppercut, then snapmares and leaps for the falling uppercut! Gargano bails out as the crowd fires up again. Swerve aims from the apron to BOOT Gargano down! Swerve puts Gargano in, watches him stagger about, and then bobs ‘n’ weaves with Gargano to throw body shots. He backs Gargano down with those fast hands and the crowd fires up again. Swerve rolls Gargano, somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!

Swerve grows frustrated but he stays focused as Gargano goes to a corner. Swerve runs in but is put on the apron. Swerve rocks Gargano again, goes up and around but so does Gargano. Gargano slingshot SPEARS Swerve down! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and sputters but Gargano drags him up. Gargano CHOPS Swerve in the corner, then climbs up to rain down left hands. The ref counts, Swerve slips out to grab the legs. Gargano mule kicks Swerve away, but then misses the superkick! Swerve throws Gargano down, rolls him and DEAD LIFT BRAIN BUSTERS! The crowd is thunderous as Swerve goes for but misses the House Call! Swerve avoids Gargano’s grasp to waistlock and lift, but Gargano elbows out. Swerve EuroUppers, then goes Matrix to dodge the rebound! Gargano fakes Swerve out to mule kick a leg!

Gargano grabs a leg, Swerve steps through to KNEE Gargano away! Gargano ENZIGURI, HOUSE CALL OUTTA NOWHERE! But both men are down as the crowd fires up! Swerve stirs but Gargano rolls away. Gargano crawls, Swerve rises and the crowd rallies again. Swerve brings Gargano up, wants a full nelson, but Gargano standing switches and tries the full nelson himself. Swerve breaks free, but Gargano hooks the leg for a takedown! STF meets GargaNO Escape! Swerve endures, pops free to a cover, TWO!! SUPERKICK! Gargano runs, but Swerve tilt-o-whirls him. Gargano uses that to try for a takedown but Swerve stays up. Swerve ducks Gargano’s roundhouse, double pump handle and flip to a gut wrench, but Gargano grabs ropes! Gargano can’t hold forever, CONFIDENCE BOOST! Cover, TWO!?!

Swerve has fury and shock in his eyes and the crowd argues, “That Was Three!” Swerve heads to the corner and climbs up to use the classic. Gargano bails out and hurries to anchor Swerve’s feet. Swerve clubs Gargano but Gargano punches back. Gargano gets space and runs back, into a mule kick! Gargano flops to the floor and Swerve adjusts, SUPER KILL- No! The stomps miss and Swerve jams his leg! Gargano POSTS Swerve, POISON-RANA TO THE FLOOR! Gargano drags Swerve up and in, takes his time going to the apron, and says “This is MY house!” ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Gargano wins!

Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall

The Garganos sweep the night in two huge matches tonight! Will Johnny and Candice fulfill their vows to reign together?

 

NXT looks at the coming Women’s Championship battle.

“Tegan Nox… We are very similar.” She and Io Shirai both worked very hard to get to this moment, earned respect to chase a dream. This is Tegan’s comeback story. Tegan wants the narration to stop there. She is done with the perception of being the comeback kid. She’s been here all along, and is fed up with the pity. Tegan is going to prove why she is here. She is the #1 contender and soon to be THE NXT Women’s Champion. But Shirai tells Tegan that there is one thing that separates them: Tegan cannot do it alone. She has always needed support. But her so-called friends have all betrayed her. The only one Shirai relies on now is herself, because she is the only thing she needs is the title.

How can friends be a weakness? And Shirai did this by herself, except for last week when Asuka helped her against Sasha Banks and Bayley. But Shirai is right, maybe it is a weakness. They’ve been on similar journeys. They left their home countries for America and NXT, all for the same goal. Tegan has never trained harder for anything in her life. This is an opportunity eight years in the making. She’s come to fight. She is faster, stronger and shinier than ever before. But Shirai says Tegan is not Shirai. This is Shirai’s NXT Women’s Division, and she is at the top of her game. If Tegan believes this is destiny, then she’ll win next week. Shirai will be waiting. Will the Shiniest Wizard truly shine brighter with the championship gold? Or will she be dragged down into the darkness by the Evil Genius?

 

Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS Drake Maverick & Breezango!

Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza are on a mission to remake the Cruiserweight Division and all of lucha libre in their image. They keep beating down Rockstar Spud, but that’s one underdog that doesn’t give up so easily. Will Tyler Breeze and Fandango be able to even the odds and help Maverick redeem himself with a victory?

But speaking of remakes and makeovers, the fashion forward friends are now fashion luchadors! It’s like Los Conquistadores had trendy sons! But it’s time to get serious, and trios sort out. Maverick says he wants after Escobar, but it’s Wilde that starts. Wilde taunts the “chihuahua,” but he gets the Lord of the Dance instead. They tie up, Fandango headlocks, Wilde powers out but Fandango runs him over. Things speed up, Wilde hurdles and hip tosses! Fandango kicks Wilde away to arm-drag him down! Fandango cranks on the arm, Wilde gets up but Fandango wrenches and hammerlocks for a Half Hatch suplex! Cover, TWO!

Fandango keeps on Wilde with a facelock and then hangs him out to dry. Tag to Breeze, they make it rain with double BOOTS! Cover, TWO! Breeze keeps on Wilde but Wilde power shim to the corner. Mendoza tags in, they mug Breeze, then Mendoza CHOPS Breeze to ropes. Mendoza whips, Breeze holds ropes and kicks back! Breeze spins Mendoza around for a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Breeze keeps on Mendoza. Tag to Maverick and he mugs Mendoza. Maverick glares at Escobar and dares him to step up. Mendoza CHOPS but Maverick decks him! Maverick whips, Mendoza reverses, but Maverick holds ropes and kicks back. Then Maverick enziguris Mendoza down! Maverick glares at Escobar again but Escobar just smirks.

Maverick tags Breeze in and Breeze brings Mendoza out for a whip. Mendoza slips out, enziguris back then steps in to clobber Breeze down. Tag to Escobar and he tags Wilde in. El Legado double whip Breeze, elbow him down, then Wilde runs for the hip toss splash! Cover, TWO! Wilde stops Breeze down and drags him around in a facelock. Wilde whips and elbows Breeze down, then stomps his face! Cover, TWO! Wilde keeps Breeze down with an armlock, but Breeze endures as the crowd rallies up. Breeze jawbreakers free, hot tag to Fandango! Fandango hits Wilde, leaps up and knees him down! Mendoza flies into an uppercut! Wilde runs into a kick and FALCON ARROW! Escobar runs in but Maverick does, too, and Escobar bails out!

El Legado regroups on the outside and the crowd fires up. Fandango lifts and THROWS Maverick to take out El Legado! Fandango adds on with the springboard senton! Fandango hobbles as he puts Wilde in. Mendoza RAMS Fandango into steps! Maverick checks on him but has to get back to the corner. Wilde puts Fandango in, stomps him around, then grinds him in a facelock. Fandango endures but Wilde clubs him to a corner. Wilde stomps Fandango, then CHOP clothesline combos! Wilde drags Fandango to a snapmare and jams a knee into his back. Wilde stomps the bad leg, clamps onto an arm, but the crowd rallies.

Escobar tags in and clubs Fandango down. Maverick wants in but Escobar elbows Fandango to ropes. Escobar brings Fandango up but Fandango hits back with haymakers! Escobar runs and chop blocks the leg out! Escobar puts Fandango in a grounded cobra twist and clubs away on the ribs. Fandango endures but Escobar grabs the bad leg to lace it over. Fandango endures, works out of the hold, but Escobar clubs him again. Escobar goes after the knee again, then tags in Mendoza. Mendoza stomps Fandango’s bad leg, drags him around and twists Fandango to STOMP the knee! Mendoza keeps Fandango from his corner with clubbing forearms, but Fandango keeps fighting. Mendoza CLOBBERS Fandango and drops a leg on the leg!

Fandango CHOPS back but Mendoza kicks and clubs him back down. Mendoza drags Fandango again and puts the leg on the ropes. Mendoza springboards to drop down on it! He stomps and springboards to drop down again! Mendoza keeps on the bad leg, the ref counts, but Fandango kicks Mendoza out of the ring! The crowd fires up as Fandango crawls, only for Mendoza to grab the leg again! Fandango BOOTS Mendoza hard into barriers! Fandango crawls, Breeze keeps Wilde away, but Mendoza gets in to tag Escobar. Hot tag to Maverick! Maverick and Escobar fire off fast hands! Maverick rocks Escobar and CLOBBERS him! Maverick will not slow down! THESZ PRESS! Fast hands!

Escobar gets up, Maverick wheelbarrows to a BULLDOG! Breezango intercepts Mendoza and Wilde and it is chaos on the outside! Maverick climbs but Escobar SUPERKICKS the legs out! Escobar drags Maverick in, fireman’s carries, PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, El Legado wins!

Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall

So much fury from Maverick and yet it is all for naught! Escobar and his crew head out victorious, is it only a matter of time before they completely take over?

 

Backstage interview with Johnny and Candice.

The Great American Bash was rough but still a positive for both of them with their wins tonight. Candice defeated Mia Yim- Could she say that again? Candice defeated Mia Yim- One more time? Candice defeated Mia Yim… And Johnny defeated Swerve. What is next? Tonight we celebrate great Americans! These two are a great American power couple! Wait, no! The GREATEST power couple in the WORLD! The universe even! But what would’ve happened if Finn Balor didn’t get in Gargano’s way? Gargano would beat Cole and be double champion. Gargano says that if you slight him, he doesn’t forget. Candice doesn’t forget, either. They have some wrongs they need to right. But first, they’re going to set off some fireworks, if you catch Johnny’s drift.

 

Drew McIntyre predicts Winner Takes All.

The WWE World Champion is honestly envious of Cole and Keith tonight. Keith has been on the run of his life, but realistically, Cole has overcome the odds for over a year. Cole always finds a way, so he feels Cole is going to win again.

 

Santana Garrett VS Mercedes Martinez!

Two names from the inaugural Mae Young Classic finally meet as the merciless Mercedes returns to action. Will she make Santana wish she’d stayed away?

The bell rings and Mercedes kicks and clubs Santana to a corner. She throws heavy forearms even as Santana sits down, but Mercedes stands her up for more forearms and a CHOP! Mercedes eggs Santana on as she gets up. Mercedes runs back in, Santana goes up and over, but Mercedes blocks the roll up. Mercedes goes to stomp but Santana avoids that and wrenches to yank on the arm. Santana steps over and goes for an arm, but Mercedes powers up out of the Octopus. Santana sunset flips but Mercedes drags her up and tosses her to a corner! Mercedes runs in, only gets buckles, and Santana handspring back elbows! But Mercedes BOOTS right back!

The crowd boos as Mercedes rains hands from all sides, then keeps smashing Santana with forearms. Santana flounders as Mercedes soaks up the heat. Mercedes clubs Santana, drags her into the butterfly underhooks, but Santana resists the lift. Santana fights back with forearms but Mercedes shoves. Santana gets around, Mercedes bucks the O’Conner roll off, but Santana comes back with BIG forearms! Mercedes stays up but Santana SUPERKICKS! Mercedes rebounds to LARIAT! Mercedes mean mugs the crowd as she drags Santana back up. Mercedes fisherman BUSTERS! Cover, Mercedes wins!

Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by pinfall

Mercedes is back and here to stay! Will she solidify her career with a path right to the women’s championship?

 

Damian Priest speaks.

“Cameron Grimes!” The self-proclaimed #1 contender. That trip to the moon is cancelled. Being #1 contender? Not going to happen. Grimes has a date with infamy. Priest told Grimes he’d regret messing with his car, attacking him in the parking lot and taking advantage of it in the ring. Priest questions what type of man Grimes is, and gets his answer next week. Grimes gets the beating Priest has promised, and we will all see Grimes “is a little b*tch.”

 

More WWE legends make their Winner Takes All picks.

The hardcore legend Mick Foley sees this match as going in one of two directions. Either Keith Lee comes out strong with overwhelming force, or Cole survives past 10 minutes and is guaranteed the edge. HBK says you can’t bet against the longest reigning NXT Champion of all time, but you also can’t discount the skyrocket trajectory of Keith Lee. He has to go with Adam Cole, though a part of him thinks otherwise. Two legends covering their bases, but who is it that hits the home run?

 

NXT & NXT North American Championships Winner Takes All: Adam Cole VS Keith Lee!

The moment is here. Adam Cole’s historic reign and unmatched ego. Keith Lee’s historic rise and limitless power. Only one man keeps going forward with both those things, and both of these titles. Who puts the exclamation point on both their career and this brand’s history tonight?

The introductions are made, the title belts are raised, and this COMMERCIAL FREE instant classic begins!

The crowd already sings “Oh Bask in His Glory!” as Keith stares down with Cole. Cole still smirks as he and Keith circle. They approach, Cole gets around and headlocks, but Keith just stands up to lift Cole. Cole grinds on the headlock, Lee lifts him with one arm, but Cole grinds harder again. Cole taunts Keith but Keith powers up to put Cole on a corner. Cole pushes off buckles to bring Keith around, “You’re messing with the wrong guy!” Keith still powers up and pries the hold apart. Keith wristlocks and knuckle locks to torture Cole with one hand. Cole gets to ropes and Keith waits until 4 to YANK Cole back in! Keith keeps on that wrist, then lifts Cole up over his head! To then drop him down and let him suffer more.

Cole endures as Keith keeps cranking the wrist. Cole forearms free, kicks and forearms more, but Keith stays up. Keith blocks the boot, then runs Cole over with a shoulder! Cole bails out, Keith heads out to pursue. Keith asks if we remember what he did to Gargano a few weeks ago. Keith runs at Cole and Cole clearly remembers, and dodges, sending Keith BLASTING through the Plexiglas! Keith slumps down against railing and Cole grins as he leaves Keith behind. Cole refreshes the count, bumps Keith off steel steps, then BOOTS him! Keith staggers, Cole throws forearms, but then has to refresh the count again. Cole goes to throw Keith at steel steps again but Keith stops himself. Cole clubs Keith for it then brings him around for EuroUppers.

The ring count reaches 5 but Cole refreshes it again. Keith powers Cole away, gets in the ring, and Cole follows. The crowd rallies as Cole brings Keith up for a neckbreaker! Cole says Keith isn’t so big anymore, and he brings Keith up for more forearms. Keith rebounds off ropes into more forearms and another BOOT! Keith slumps against the ropes and Cole drags him up. Cole hits another neckbreaker, covers, ONE!? Cole keeps on Keith with knees to the back, then wraps on a headscissor hold. Keith endures the squeeze and the crowd rallies up for him. Cole wants Keith to quit but Keith won’t. Keith pries the hold apart, but Cole clubs and punches him in the head! Cole lets Keith off and taunts Keith, “You’re nothing, you hear me?”

Keith grabs Cole in a choke grip! Cole fights free, BOOTS again, then hits a third neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Keith won’t go down that easy, but Cole still says Keith is a nobody. “You could never win the big one.” Cole brings the knee pad down but Keith grabs his hands! Keith glares, counter punches Cole and decks him over and over! Keith whips and ROCKS Cole in a corner! Keith runs but Cole ducks to BOOT yet again! Cole runs, into a scoop! POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Keith keeps his cool. Cole goes to a corner, Keith runs in but blocks the boot this time. GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Keith dumps Cole down then goes up the corner. “I must break him.” But Cole SUPERKICKS the legs out! DRAPING BACKSTABBER!! Keith writhes and Cole crawls to a cover, TWO! Cole can’t believe it!

The crowd rallies up, Cole goes to the apron and then the corner. Keith swipes at Cole but Cole hits back. Cole climbs but Keith elbows him down! Keith climbs, drags Cole up, and DEAD LIFTS, to the SUPERPLEX! The crowd loves “NXT! NXT!” as Keith crawls to the cover! TWO!! Cole survives, he hasn’t reigned for 403 days for nothing. Keith rises up and looms over Cole. Keith drags Cole up but Cole is dead weight. Cole revives, gets under and enziguris! He fakes Keith out to mule kick a leg! Cole runs, but Keith catches him! Cole fights back but still gets a SPIRIT BOMB! Cover, ROPEBREAK by a finger!! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as Cole keeps himself alive. Keith goes to get Cole again but Cole flops out of the ring.

Keith still reaches for Cole, but Cole enziguris him back in! Cole hurries in, runs at Keith, but Keith goes the other way to POUNCE Cole down! And then POP-UP SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Keith drags Cole to a drop zone but he’s tiring out, too. Keith still smirks as he gets back up and to the corner. He climbs as the crowd sings, second rope MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!?! Cole survives but is in a daze while Keith gasps to breathe. The crowd rallies up as Keith rises. Cole finally stirs but Keith looms over him. Keith drags Cole up, fireman’s carries, BIG BANG- NO! Cole lands on his feet to SUPERKICK! Keith stays up, powers up, but walks into another SUPERKICK! Keith still stays up!? And roars, into a mule kick! Cole kicks again, then LAST SHOT!! Cover, TWO?!? Cole is in shock!

Cole grits his teeth and tells himself Keith is not better. Cole aims as the crowd is thunderous for “Keith Lee! WOOP WOOP!” Keith slowly sits up, Cole runs again, but into a LARIAT! Cole lands on his head but Keith can’t cover as he flops over! The crowd reaches a fever pitch as Cole rolls to a corner. Keith stirs, spots Cole, and powers up again. Cole manages to stand, and he mule kicks a leg out! Cole goes up, leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?!? And again Cole is in shock! The crowd loves “NXT! NXT!” for this main event! Cole drags himself to ropes and dares Keith to get up again. He gets in Keith’s face about it, Keith grabs at Cole but Cole pushes him away. Cole aims again, SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!!! Cole is beside himself!

Keith clutches his face. The damage done by Gargano around TakeOver: In Your House is still present. Cole brings that knee pad down now, runs once more, LAST SHOT!! But he won’t let that be it! Cole goes back to the corner, wanting Keith to get up. Keith does rise, Cole leaps at him again, PANAMA- NO!! SPIRIT BOMB!! But then the flip, Keith roars as he fireman’s carries, and BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith wins!!!

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

403 drops to ZERO! Keith Lee ends Adam Cole’s historic championship reign to begin one of his own! Will all of NXT #BaskInHisGlory now that he holds both belts? But Karrion Kross and Scarlett Bordeaux watch from the shadows. Is the end of history already this near?


My Thoughts:

Another amazing NXT! Reed VS Nese was out of nowhere, and it was an interesting move to use what was clearly a dark match to motivate story there, but it was a really good match. Reed winning shows NXT is putting an investment into him, so who knows what Reed does next. Mercedes Martinez had a good return but of course she wins. There’s a lot going on in the NXT Women’s Division, she might have to wait. It’s great that we’re getting the NXT Women’s Championship next week, and the vignette of Tegan and Shirai was another great one. That match is going to be really good but I can’t be sure Tegan wins. Shirai can still do a lot with her reign so I don’t think she hands this title over just yet.

Mia VS Candice was incredible, really above my expectations. Gargano VS Swerve was also above expectations, and it makes a lot of sense for #TheJohnnyGarganoWay to win 2-0 on the night. Gargano calling out Finn was an interesting move, so maybe we revisit their feud now that the roles have reversed. The Six Man Tag was pretty good, Maverick was definitely determined to get at Escobar so naturally that doesn’t really happen until the end of the match. El Legado wins because revenge can never be that easy. I hope next time, Jake Atlas and Kushida get to be Maverick’s teammates as they were the Block A Triple Threat in the tournament. Priest VS Grimes next week is going to be great, and I loved Dain and Shotzi getting to put Stone in his place. I actually don’t want a Mixed Tag there, let Stone suffer at the hands of Dain separate from Shotzi getting one over on Aliyah.

The Winner Takes All match was amazing! I loved that icons gave us their picks a la Backlash’s Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. I also liked that HBK and Foley couldn’t actually choose. And I’m actually glad The Undisputed Era and Karrion Kross had nothing to do with the decision. Kross watches from the upper level to make it clear he will be coming after Keith soon enough, but he lets a historic moment happen to make it all the sweeter. It is great that Keith Lee is the one to be dual champion, he has truly earned it with everything he’s done in the last year. The Undisputed Era can even move on to Raw or SmackDown (probably more SmackDown at this point, there are too many factions forming on Raw). Keith VS Kross is going to be an insane feud, mostly because both are already at such a power level where it’s a shame if one loses clean. But surely NXT can figure out how to do it right.

My Score: 9.5/10


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Andrew’s TNA Against All Odds Results & Match Ratings: 6.14.2024

Broken Matt attempts to procure the Championship of the World! Joe Hendry faces Frankie Kazarian! Jordynne issues an open challege, all at Against All Odds!

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I’ll be honest, since the lead up hasn’t exactly sparked much excitement from me, I can’t really tell what might get relegated to Countdown and what will be on the main show aside from major title stories. So with that being said, I’ll cover the Countdown this time around, because well…who knows what will be on it.

Let’s hope that the bit of momentum with the WWE working relationship and the stories coming out about the locker room being seemingly happy with the direction of things; have to hope that will start to equate to a product that makes some damn sense.

Ratings:

  • Countdown to Against All Odds: Jonathan Gresham vs Sami Callihan: Sami wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/4
  • Countdown to Against All Odds: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles: DeMALISH (Masha Slamovich & Alisha Edwards) (c) vs The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay): DeMALISH retain via Steinerizer – ** 3/4
  • Mike Santana & Steve Maclin vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz): Tri State Exchange wins via Assisted Spin the Block – ****
  • PCO vs Rich Swann w/AJ Francis: PCO wins via PCO-SAULT – **
  • TNA Tag Team Championships: The Nemeth Bros (Ryan & Nic Nemeth) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) (c): The System retains via Boston Knee Party – ** 3/4
  • Joe Hendry w/Ace Steel vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via Loaded Fist – ** 1/2
  • X Division Championship: Trent Seven vs Mustafa Ali (c): Ali retains via Scorpion Deathlock – *** 3/4
  • Josh Alexander & Eric Young vs The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey): ABC wins via The Fold – *** 1/2
  • TNA Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Tatum Paxley: Jordynne retains via Juggernaut Driver – *** 1/4
  • BROKEN RULES – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Broken Matt Hardy: Moose retains via Lights Out – *** 1/2

 

 

Results:

Countdown to Against All Odds: Jonathan Gresham vs Sami Callihan

Callihan attacks The Octopus on the outside before the bell rings. A few chops around the ring and bounces Gresham’s face off the post twice. Sami goes for the Cactus Driver on the outside, but Gresham rotates all the way through to grab the ropes and counter Sami. Gouges Sami’s face, breaks fingers Pentagon style, and Sami retreats to a different side of the outside of the ring. Octopus chases and keeps working on the hand, but Sami counters and starts going for a few more Knife Edge Chops. Sami tries to Lawn Dart Gresham into the post, but Gresham slips and shoves Sami into the post. Now Octopus back to working on the left hand and arm. Arm Wringers and Uppercuts right into the elbow.

Sami gets some control back, rolls Gresham into the ring and now the match can officially start…OR NOT! Gresham rolls back out and heads under the ring so Sami goes hunting for Octopus. Gresham grabs the left arm from under the ring, uses a chair since the ring obscures the referee’s vision, and then slowly they head back in the ring. Soccer Ball kick to the injured arm, and Gresham continues to try and work on the arm, but Sami is fighting back. Sami tries to Irish Whip, but the sells the left arm! Callihan adjusts his offense and tries to use his legs and only the good right arm. But as soon as he goes for a Cactus Driver, the arm sell happens again.

Gresham rips the mask off the referee, Kushida shows up in a Doc Brown gimmick and with a mask. He attacks Gresham while the ref is distracted to swab out the ink and place it into a vial. Sami connects with the Cactus Driver ’97 and wins.

Insanely gimmicky, extremely stupid. Feels like a dumbass thing that would happen on DDT, not an American program. So they made Gresham talk last night, which ruins the essence of a evil character, and now they have him lose with Kushida trying to do science on what the ink is. I can’t properly express how many brain cells I feel like I lost. 

Countdown to Against All Odds: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles: DeMALISH (Masha Slamovich & Alisha Edwards) vs The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay)

Marti and Alisha start, Marti uses Alisha’s face like a speed bag, tags in Allysin, quick tandem work gives The Hex a nearfall. Alisha manages to run to make the tag, and Masha comes in, but immediately starts dominating Masha. Tandem Snapmare, Fun Splash, Senton, PK, for another near fall from The Hex. Allysin tries to shoot Masha across, Masha gets the Arm Wringer, drives Allysin into her corner, but a Boot stops Masha. Allysin tries to get out and Alisha grabs Allysin by the hair to pull her back.

Alisha gets in a few quick shots, Allysin tries to fight back, but the Eye Rake evens the score. Alisha tags out, Hip Attack from Masha into repeated Snapmares with the hair into a near fall. Short Arm Lariats, Masha connects on two, Allysin counters the third, they both hit the ropes, stereo Clothesline spot into the simultaneous tags. Marti beats on Alisha in the corner, Double Knees into a two count. SAVAT KICK from Masha to level Marti, Allysin takes out Masha, Delish from Alisha, Marti hits The Stroke, and all four are down for a few moments. Rolling Forearm into Saito Suplex for another near fall on Alisha. Hex Marks the…nope Alisha slips the move, Masha gets in things breakdown into a sloppy fight, Alisha tries to shove Allysin into Marti but hits Masha. HEX MARKS THE SPOT, Masha makes the save, barely! Dual spots in corners, Alisha fights off Allysin with the Avalanche Powerbomb, Masha Electric Chairs Marti, STEINERIZER! DeMALISH retain.

Mike Santana & Steve Maclin vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz)

Rascalz try to utilize their speed and teamwork advantage with a tag out the gates as Trey distracts Santana, Wentz runs in, and they match each other. Counters, dodges, really fun equal footing but different styles opening. Simultaneous tags Trey and Maclin are in, Maclin quickly takes advantage of Trey, tags in Santana and they go for a Dual Suplex, but Wentz catches Trey and then takes out Maclin. Santana gets surprised by Trey, Body Scissors into a Double Stomp, then Trey tags in Wentz and a quick Tandem kick. Santana tries to fight back against Wentz, but Wentz eats a few chops and then turns it around. Tag out to Trey, Trey connects with a low single leg Dropkick for a near fall. Kick Rush from Rascalz, Wentz tries to punctuate with a Stomp on the back of the head but Santana dodges and Double Lariats The Rascalz. Maclin tags in and starts stacking up the Rascalz and beating them like they owe him money. Maclin tries a SCUD but Wentz catches him with a Cutter in the ropes, shortcut double team offense.

The ref was distracted with Santana trying to get in to stop the double team, so Maclin kicks out easily because of a slow start to the count. Trey with a cheap choke, then he tags in, goes for a disrespectful Half Crab and Santana just kicks Trey in the back. Rascalz find interesting ways to keep working over Maclin, Trey goes for a Popping Meteora, but Maclin stop it, turns it into an Electric Chair style counter and tags in Santana. Santana with the hot tag, takes out both Rascalz, stacks them interestingly to pull off a tandem DDT. Maclin and Santana work together, Maclin kicks Santana to send him into his Rolling Buck Fifty, Maclin then connects with a Busaiku Knee, and only 2 since Trey breaks it up! Rascalz finally get the best of things, a tandem Rope Assisted Pedigree with a Swanton from Wentz, but Maclin kicks out.  MACLIN EATS THE CHELSEA GREEN FUCK YOUR FACE IN THE CORNER DROPKICK SPOT!  Rolling Double Stomp! Santana rolls in to make the save, Hot Fire Flame attempt but Maclin gets the knees up. Cradle attempt, but they push off Maclin into Santana. Superkick Party on Maclin, Buckshot Lariat from Santana wipes out Trey, Enzuigiri from Santana. They set each other up, Caught in the Crosshairs , Spin the Block! Santana and Maclin win.

This is the first objectively smart thing TNA has done in the post-Scott era. Maclin and Santana were amazing together. This is a pairing that people will want to see again, and if they double down on it being a “one off”, it will make people want to see it again. Damn good stuff here.

PCO vs Rich Swann w/AJ Francis

Swann runs around tries to get frisky, but PCO grab him, Boots him, chucks him into the corner, Hesitation Dropkick to the back of Rich’s head for a near fall. AJ tries to pick the ankle, PCO kinda cares, but then eats a Superkick that does nothing. PCO charges, Rich hits the Low Bridge and PCO crashes to the floor. 450 from the apron, and Rich throws him back in and starts kicking PCO and hits a Bronco Buster.PCO fires back up, levels Rich, drapes him over the bottom rope and hits the Guillotine Leg Drop, driving Swann’s face into the mat. AJ grabs Rich’s foot and puts it on the bottom rope, then faceplants PCO on the apron. Rich takes too long to capitalize, PCO trips Swann, Lungblower from the corner spot, PCO Dives on AJ to try and equal the playing field. PCO-SAULT, 1-2-3, PCO wins.

SDL’s music hits, she walks out smiling and looking like a snack. Asks for the mic, and SDL plays with the crowd about different ways to say yes or no. Her answer is: OUI! 

TNA Tag Team Championships: The Nemeth Bros (Ryan & Nic Nemeth) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) (c)

Brian Myers starts with Ryan, Ryan gets a quick advantage, they go for a tandem Arm Wringer/Neckbreaker combo. Myers tags out, Nic tries to throw a Superkick but Lish grabs the foot. WAIT DIRTY DANGO shows up out of nowhere and rats out Alisha?! We haven’t seen him in months since they punked out Oleg Prudius and him against Josh Alexander. So Lish gets ejected but The System jumps on Nic and tries to get in a few quick shots to try and end this quickly now they don’t have insurance.

Belly to Back Suplex from Myers after Eddie uses the ropes for a cheap choke, Eddie officially tags back in, and just quick tags and snappy offense from The System. Myers goes for the Manhattan Drop but Nic gets away from him, tags out to Ryan and a few quick attacks into a Rude Awakening for a near fall. Myers checks Ryan with a Boot to the gut, Eddie tags in, Eddie bounces off the ropes and Body Checks Ryan, while Myers connects with the Spear, but Nic makes the save! Myers shoves Ryan into their corner, Ryan tries to fight out to get to Nic, but a Drop Toe Hold puts a stop on the surge. Ryan counters with a Sunset Flip, but Myers manages to make the tag before falling over, so the pinfall doesn’t count and Eddie starts laying into Ryan. We get an “Ooo fuck Eddie Edwards” chat that pops up. Eddie goads the crowd a bit and tags in Myers. Headlock on Ryan, Ryan tries to Elbow out, but Myers stays in control and the crowd keeps talking shit to Eddie even though he’s not the legal man “fuck your fo-hawk”. Myers poses, Ryan hits a Reverse X Factor, simultaneous tags. Nic is on fire, laying everyone out, Jumping Leg Drop on Eddie for 2. Fame-ASSER! But only another 2 count.

Moose is down at ringside now, Eddie and Myers with their System Overload combo of Backpack Stunner and Elbow Drop for 2! Ryan grabs Eddie to stop Boston Knee Party, Superkick, into their Highway to the Danger Zone finish! 1-2-SOMEONE PULLS THE REF! Moose points at Dango, the ref is confused, Nic dives on Moose, Dango shows his true colors and clocks Ryan Nemeth. Boston Knee Party, The System retains the gold!

Joe Hendry w/Ace Steel vs Frankie Kazarian

Frankie Kazarian getting compared to Antonio Banderas and then calling him the dad from Spy Kids is fantastic. 

Hendry and Kaz Shoulder Tackle each other, trade a couple shots and then Hendry lifts him for the stalling suplex. Kaz tries to break it with punches to the body, but Hendry holds strong and connects with the Vertical Suplex. Kaz powders to the apron, Hendry tries to collect him but gets caught with the Guillotine Leg Drop. Kaz throws a few moves together, including his Side Russian Leg Sweep for a near fall. Scoop Slam from Kaz, Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop for 2! Kaz tries to cinque in the Body Scissors and Headlock, but Hendry powers through and turns it into a Suplex to break Kaz’s momentum.

Kaz gets whipped into the corner, gets the boot up, tries a Crossbody but Hendry catches him and his the Sack of Shit into the kip up! Kaz tries the Chicken Wing to slow down Hendry trying to keep momentum, a flurry of strikes with a big PK to give Kaz some space. Fade to Black attempt, but nope, Hendry tries a Powerbomb but Kaz slips it and connects with a Back Stabber! Runs the ropes and Kaz gets caught in a Pop-Up Powerbomb for 2! Kaz tries to bait in Hendry to the apron, Hendry grabs a roll of quarters from his tights, Hendry connects with an outside in Belly to Back Suplex, but Kaz pops him with the loaded fist and gets the win!

Post match, Kaz goes for a Chicken Wing to add insult to injury, Ace Steel finally comes all the way out and clocks Kaz. 

X Division Championship: Trent Seven vs Mustafa Ali (c)

Trent said the tape machines kept rolling, they show post-interview footage where Mustafa says the X Division title is a prop, he doesn’t even live in Chicago, and just freaking out. Mustafa charges Trent, Trent dodges and Mustafa bounces his face off the buckles, SEVEN STAR LARIAT! 1-2-Kick out! That was nearly a quick loss. Ali slows down Trent a few times, and the crowd is dumb and gives the “we still love you” to Ali. Ali with a Jumping DDT, then a Dive on Trent, but Trent shoves Ali into the apron and then a Dragon Suplex onto the floor. Back in the ring, Trent goes for the Corkscrew Senton but misses everything and grabs his leg.

Shotgun Dropkick into the corner from Ali, Trent absorbs and follows with a Lariat, Ali reverses Trent for another Dropkick, goes for a third but Trent catches him and Powerbombs him into the middle of the ring for a near fall. Birminghammer attempt, but Eye Gouge from Ali, Trent with an open hand Chop but Ali baits him into the corner, Gamegiri into the Rolling DDT for 2. Ali with some hammering Forearms, but Trent with a Flowsion out of nowhere to get some separation. Fighting Spirit spot, Ali does my favorite thing! He doesn’t fall for the Bop and Bang and just Roundhouse Kicks Trent in the face. Too bad Ali falls for it like 2 moves later. Ali DDTs the leg, then tries another Rolling DDT, but Trent connects with a Dragon Suplex into the Sitout Powerbomb for two. X Plex attempt, but Ali shoves Trent and the ref cowers in the corner almost bumped, Low Blow into in a Lariat for a near fall!

Ali heads to the top, Trent cuts him off, Ali flips forward out of it, Superkick rocks Trent, Ali runs up the ropes for a Superplex but AVALANCHE FLOWSION! Only 2. Birminghammer attempt, Eye Gouge again, Birminghammer attempt again, but Ali grabs the ropes, throws off Trent, slips out and then Dragon Screws the leg into the apron. Ali goes to the top, Trent meets him, they fight in the corner, Headbutt from Trent and they both crash down into the apron and bounce off to the outside. 10 Count starts, Ali decides to climb the corner, Trent slides in at 9 and eats a 450 to the back for a 2 count. Ali goes to get his belt, the referee stops him, Trent hits a Low Blow as the ref is putting the belt back, BIRMINGHAMMER! 1-2-NO!

Mustafa tries to bail, grabs the ring apron as Trent pulls him back, Chops him in the back a few times, crotches him in the corner, Avalanche BIRMINGHAMMER? Eye Gouge fights back, kicks out the leg, and then 450 to the injured legs into a Scorpion Deathlock! Trent taps out.

Josh Alexander & Eric Young vs The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey)

Early on we get the typical watered down Japanese tag style of a few fancy counters like La Magistral Cradles and Suplex counters and stuff, but nothing really worth typing about. Which is smart since the last match was pretty hot, so you want to start simple and build. ABC start going for a few higher risk moves with Tandem Shoot Ins for Jumping High Kicks and Back Head Kicks. EY Up and Overs Bey, whips him into the opposite corner and tags in Josh. Josh goes for his locomotion Shoulder Tackles, Bey tries to counter it and go for an Art of Finesse, but Josh catches him and Release German Suplexes him. Teamwork from Josh, Gutbuster and Elbow Drop combination for a 2. Ace tries to get involved and Josh and Bey go for THE OLE DICK TWIST! I’m not really sure what I’m looking at beyond a meme and it’s Chicago…so I’m not surprised. But just…why.

Things break down a little everyone’s doing stuff, Josh perches Ace for the Low Crossbody but Ace dodges it! Then Ace does his Handstand dodge, Josh just grabs his Ankle though. Ace tries to hold onto the ropes to he doesn’t completely fall, Bey dives over Ace and lays out Josh but then EY flies and takes out Bey. Ace posts EY, Josh walks back in the ring and calls Ace in. Josh goes for an Avalanche Death Valley Driver, Ace fights it off, Ace hits the Flipping Outside In Headscissors. Goes for an Overhead Spin Kick, but Josh catches the foot. Ace fights out, ABC try to team up on Josh but a Suplexes both and tags out to EY. Discus Lariat into a Spicolli Driver on Ace! Bey kicks him, Ace tries something, but EY stacks them on his shoulders, they both slip him, Dual Roundhouse Kicks! But only a 2 count.

Everyone doing things in the ring, a cameraman gets taken out literally, the camera looks like scrambled porn in the 90s. Powerbreaker from Josh for 2! Rolling Senton into the Macho Elbow, but Ace makes the save. EY accidentally lays out Josh, EY tries to Piledriver Bey but Ace jumps over the world and hits The Fold on EY! Bey with the Jacknife cover and ABC win!

TNA Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Tatum Paxley

Personal concierge shows up after Tatum makes her entrance, ASH by Elegance will show up…to watch the match, as per usual. 

Things start a little slow, Tatum brings that quirky unhinged Hot Topic girl energy, and Jordynne is Thicc Mama Pump. Okay Tatum counters Jordynne’s rope run by very suggestively enticing her to come into full mount. Jordynne manages to grab her foot and get her to stand up to just Reverse Side Slam her and go for the Camel Clutch. Tatum gets out of it with biting her hand, and then heads under the ring. ASH is actually telling her where she is, Jordynne tries to grab her, but Tatum pulls her into the steel ring frame. She tries to Suplex her, but Jordynne blocks a few times, so Tatum just drives her into the post.

Tatum pulls off the old Lance Storm counter into the Half Crab, but Jordynne gets out of it. Back Kick from Jordynne, Jordynne tries the Vader Bomb, but Paxley cuts her off first, tries a Rope Hung Neckbreaker, but Jordynne holds on. Hits two Vader Bombs only for near falls. Juggernaut Driver attempt, but Tatum stops it, Jordynne hits the Rolling Fent Back Elbow. They fight in the corner, Uppercut from Jordynne, KINNIKU BUSTER! We know that won’t finish the match, Tatum tries a slide and we go into a Locomotion Cradles. Paxley connects with a Spear that she rolls through beautifully, but both women have counters for counters for counters. Tatum is perched in the corner, they’re fighting on the middle rope, AVALANCHE LOBOTOMY, 1-2-NOPE! Tatum starts clawing at the ears since she had the stitches after the Roxxane Perez match. Tatum with a Seated Head and Neck Choke, but Jordynne fights through and they start slapping each other. Jordynne goes for a lazy cover, and Tatum tries to surprise her with a Guillotine Choke! Grace stands up, Jackhammer for 2!

Jordynne clubs with a few Vader Hammers, Tatum tries to counter, Grace goes for the Sp inning Backfist but Tatum ducks it the first time, but not the second. Death Valley Driver into Juggernaut Driver, and Jordynne retains!

ASH attacks Jordynne after the match but Jordynne fights her off. Covers ASH in her bottle of champagne, then takes a swig herself and walks off victorious while ASH and concierge are slipping and looking like dorks.

BROKEN RULES – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Broken Matt Hardy

The Nemeth Fuschnikens show up and take out The System! Only Lish is now left. 

Matt takes advantage of the early distraction, Twist of Fate attempt but Moose spins out but Matt turns it into the DDT. Side Effect from Hardy on the apron, then he hits the Twist of Fate on the outside. Moose sells dead weight well, Matt finally rolls him in, then Moose keeps rolling. Moose and Lish find weapons, and Moose hits Matt with a trash can lid and Baking Sheet. Moose takes one of many chairs, and just lays into Matt a handful of times. Moose barks at the camera that he’s “Gonna end his damn career”, so he fishing out a ladder from under the ring.

Moose smacks Matt with a few more chair shots and then makes a Ladder + Chair ramp contraption. Jacknife attempt from Moose, Hardy drops to his knees and Upper Cuts Moose’s balls! Then Matt starts using a chair of his own. Moose powders, Matt follows and they take this throw the crowd and goes somewhere…the camera work is a little useless. It’s like N.E.W. Indy level of “we can’t see”. I’m just assuming moves were attempt, looks like maybe a Jacknife that Matt counters and goes up high, just to do a Delete chant. I want a Balcony Level Extreme Leg Drop! But they head back to the ring, so at least now we can see, and Matt bounces Moose’s face off the post and rolls Moose in. Vertical Suplex from Matt, then he goes to the second rope, Elbow Drop for 2! Matt sets up for Twist of Fate, Moose pushes off and URANAGE counter! 1-2-kick out! Moose wanders out to find more weapons and drags out a table, as the peasants rejoice.

Propping the table in the corner, we see Moose trying to set up Matt for the Spear. they both dodge attempting to be put through the table, so Moose Sabu’s Matt with a chair. Moose sets up a pile of chairs, grabs Senor Hardy and they go up the turnbuckle Superplex into the chairs, only for 2! Alisha is also yelling at this very audible annoying Chicago fan. Moose goes for a second Chair spot, but Matt slips the Suplex and Avalanche Powerbomb into the chairs! Matt goes for the cover, but Moose kicks out! Hardy goes under the ring for a…. CARDBOARD BOX! A PARCEL OF CHIPBOARD! Moose decks Matt, opens the box and it’s Moose’s throwback Patriots Helmet. Moose puts his old helmet on, charges Matt Hardy and Matt Back Drops him into the Chekov’s Ladder+Chair. Matt goes for a table and another ladder. Is Matt gonna go for another crazy bump? OH Hardy gets a Bears helmet. Now it makes sense why it was a throwback Patriots helmet, because of the 1985 Bears Super Bowl. Matt clocks Moose with the Bears Helmet, the crowd chants “CTE”, Matt puts Moose on the table, EXTREME LEG DROP from the ladder!

Hardy puts the chair around Moose’s head, TWIST OF FATE into the chair! Goes for the cover and Alisha brings out Kendra and lights up Matt. REBY COMES OUT! She takes her earrings off and someone else is holding her baby! Spanish girl serious fighting 101! Reby hits the Twist of Fate on Lish and tries to help out Matt. Moose sees Matt coming and pulls Reby in the way! Matt spears his wife through the table and then Moose hits LIGHTS OUT!

 

Overall Score: 7.75/10

Well admittedly the first half of the show had a good bit of gimmicky extra bodies overbooking. Kushida, Dango and Jeff Hardy being back is definitely a positive thing with Slammiversary next up. Nic Nemeth hopefully picks up a little more steam, because early splitting time with New Japan stifled his initial impact, now with two title losses in like 4 months of activity is a little silly. Hendry getting a hold over rivalry to slow roll his rise in popularity could be ok. I think they’re not on a large enough scale to benefit more from a slow burn as opposed to cashing in now. But it’s wrestling, you never know. Plus if he gets some shine in NXT, it could be better to ride that exposure wave as well.

The card had overall solid action, even if booking was suspect at moments through the night and the audio for the Ali tape was awful…ruined the intended effect. Jordynne with the opening challenge and an at home annoyance is a good angle. System will probably get into a feud with The Hardys, ya know, while neither is injured. Moose has Hendry looming, but again, not sure how they’re gonna play that card. Also for personal reasons I wanna see if Xia continues to be SDL’s love council bestie type character now that she agreed to date PCO.

So yeah, pretty good show all things considered. The end of the show sends people home happy with Jeff Hardy returning to stand tall with Reby, Matt, Joe Hendry and the Nemeths. There’s a lot to play out. Even if somethings sound super stupid right now (looking at you Octopus and Doc Kushi). But, at least there different levels of storylines to figure out. So when it comes down to the bare bones, the show did its job and was a pretty enjoyable watch.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/14/24)

Toni Storm is on a Rampage!

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The Leading Lady “rehearses” for The Forbidden Door.

The AEW Women’s World Champion knows Mina Shirakawa wants her spotlight, but Toni Storm must first test her mettle against “Titanium” Alex Windsor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor; Storm wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez; The Cage of Agony wins.
  • Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino; Shota wins.
  • Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo; Satnam wins.
  • PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; Pac wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor!

The Leading Lady knows her beloved, budding protege’s past partner is coming for her prized possession, but she is looking to send a message tonight. Will Mina Shirakawa hear that message loud and clear? Or will Titanium Alex be nobody’s tune-up?

Speaking of, Alex doesn’t even wait for the bell, she goes after Toni the moment she’s in a corner! The fans boo but the bell rings and the ref reprimands. Alex fires off haymakers on Storm, then bumps her off buckles. Windsor soaks up the heat, whips Storm back in, then runs up to CHOP! Windsor soaks up more heat, then runs back in, but into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fast hands, then fires up! The fans are with her and Storm gives Windsor a point-blank HIP ATTACK! And then another! And then another! Storm winds up, the fans fire up, and BOOM, another hip attack! Windsor tumbles out while the fans cheer.

Storm runs side to side to HIP ATTACK Windsor off the apron! Storm calls Mariah over, nuzzles her, then goes after Windsor. Storm CLUBS Windsor, drags her up, then reels her in. Windsor fights the suplex, throws body shots, and then swings, but Storm DECKS her first! Storm goes to the ring but Windsor gets her for a wheelbarrow! Windsor SMASHES Storm off the apron! Windsor KICKS Storm, gets her back up, and hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Storm flounders, Mariah is concerned but Windsor gets in her way. Windsor CLUBS Storm, HAMMERS away, then soaks up the heat. Windsor slides into the ring and Mariah checks on Storm.

Windsor taunts Storm, then goes back out to fetch her. But now Luther stands in Windsor’s way to keep her from getting at Mariah. Windsor drags Storm up, whips her, and POSTS her! Storm staggers around, Windsor runs up to CLUB her again, then throws body shots! Windsor CLUBS Storm, soaks up more heat, but Storm RAMS Windsor into barriers! The fans fire up as Storm rolls into the ring. The fans rally as Windsor drags Storm to a corner, to SLAM the legs into the post! And again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands, but Windsor YANKS Storm out to CLUB her down. Windsor rolls into the ring while fans rally behind Storm.

Luther & Mariah check on Storm, but Windsor goes out again. Luther says to stay back, but Windsor SHOVES Luther into Mariah, which sends Mariah into Storm! The fans boo but Windsor stomps away on Storm, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Windsor drags Storm up and ROCKS her with a forearm! Storm sputters and staggers around the way, but Windsor stalks after her. Windsor has Storm against barriers to CLAW the eyes! Windsor puts Storm in the ring, drags her to a cover, TWO! Storm is tougher than that, and Mariah scowls at Windsor. Windsor fires forearms on Storm, ROCKS her, then whips Storm to ropes to run her over! Cover, TWO! Windsor grows frustrated but she drags Storm up for a cravat. Storm endures the neck wrench, but Windsor throws in knee after knee!  Storm throws body shots but Windsor whips her to a corner.

Windsor runs in but Storm dodges! Rampage returns to single picture as Storm blocks boots, puts Windsor in ropes and hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Windsor writhes, Storm goes to the far end, and the fans fire up for the close up! Storm runs in to SWEET HIP MUSIC! And then the fisherman SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm storms around. She drags Windsor up and reels her in, but Windsor wrenches out to HEADBUTT! Storm HEADBUTTS back! Storm runs, but Windsor clothesline at ropes! And again! And then a RIGHT ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Storm survives and the fans rally up!

Windsor drags Storm up but Storm drags her into a cradle! TWO, SHINING WINDSOR! Cover, TWO!! The fans rally for Storm again but Windsor snarls. Windsor storms up on Storm, drags her up, short arm- NO, Storm dodges the lariat, runs, and smothers the pop-up to STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

Storm breaks through Iron Will Windsor, and revels in the praise of her adoring public. She also holds Mariah close, but will she still have both once she passes through The Forbidden Door? Or will the Fighting Gravure Idol steal more than just the spotlight?

 

Backstage interview with Harley Cameron.

Arkady Aura is with The Outcasts’ crazier component, and says she’s a bit surprised to see Harley without Saraya, considering the big win last week. Yeah, yeah, who cares? Saraya is not here as a form of protest! All these women are all declaring for the Women’s Owen Hart Tournament. Oh~, declaring~! What are we? Royal subjects? Oh, a royal decree from the king! Or maybe we’re more old Southern women, “Oh, I do declare!” The only one who should be declaring anything is Saraya. Because the winner gets a world title shot at All In. And who was it that won last year at Wembley Stadium? Saraya! What a declaration!

And with that said, Saraya’s done it before, and she will do it again. And now Harley declares this interview over, goodbye. Then from Harley’s mouth to the world’s ears, will Saraya make sure she is the one crowned the 2024 Queen of Harts before crowning herself champion once again?

 

AEW hears from Thunder Rosa and Deonna Purrazzo.

La Mera Mera tells “Deonna, you might’ve been a little bit busy, but there were some flashing news. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of Collision. And as a tradition, Thunder Rosa always likes to pick a fight. And who else than you?” But The Virtuosa asks back, what does Rosa not understand here? Rosa’s selfishness has forced Deonna to embrace her own. But La Mera Mera isn’t owed anything. From where Deonna comes from, those who want respect must show respect. And those who refuse get respect beaten into them. Saturday Night Collision, Rosa VS Deonna, NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! And Deonna asks what Rosa thinks happens when her head collides with a chair.

Rosa says nothing will stop her from showing Deonna the real respect of a warrior. No disqualifications, no problems. Happy Anniversary, Collision! But who will celebrate by standing over the other’s battered body?

 

Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have broken away from Swerve’s House to do things their way. So far, so good, for them. But will their opponents wish it’d been another three sent into The Cage of Agony?

The trios sort out, Tupu starts against Kaun, and the two circle. Liona distracts Tupu and Kaun DROPKICKS Tupu into the corner! Kaun CHOPS, then fires off forearms! The ref counts, Kaun bumps Tupu off buckles to then fire off more forearms. Kaun CHOPS, the ref has him back off, and Kaun runs in. Tupu goes up and over, keeps moving, and Gutierrez tags in. Kaun CLOBBERS Tupu but Gutierrez kicks low! Gutierrez whips but Kaun reverses. Gutierrez ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Liona sneaks a tag. Gutierrez hurdles but turns around into a BOOT! Liona CLOBBERS Gutierrez! Liona looms over Gutierrez, drags him up, then BODY SHOTS!

Liona BODY SHOTS again, and again! Gutierrez falls, but Liona drags him up again, to LARIAT! The fans rally as Liona drags Gutierrez over and tags in The Machine. Gutierrez fires haymakers on Liona, but they do nothing! Liona SPINEBUSTERS Gutierrez! Cage smirks, Marston tags in, and Marston ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a BIG back drop! Cage drags Marston up, reels him in, puts one out, an d gives Marston a POWERBOMB! Cage then tags to Kaun, Liona steps in with him. Tupu runs in, dodges The Gates, but Cage SUPERKICKS him! Then the Gates get Tupu up to CLOSE THE GATES!

Cage drags Marston over, and the trio TRIPLE SLAMS him! Kaun covers, The Cage of Agony wins!

Winners: The Cage of Agony, by pinfall

This dangerous trio is only more dangerous now that they’re the ones in charge! Will they be right on the heels of the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions?

 

Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino!

It’s another Forbidden Door appetizer as Azucar “welcomes” The Roughneck back to AEW! #SHOOTER has learned a lot from Jon Moxley over the past four years, will he show all those lessons have paid off? Or will Rocky make it clear Shota’s still got a lot to learn?

The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship here. The fans cheer, the two tie up, and Shota wrenches to a wristlock. Rocky rolls, slips around, facelocks and cravats. Shota swim moves to wrench and wrangle Rocky to the mat. Rocky stands, Shota wrenches and wristlocks, but Rocky pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Rocky wrenches through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Shota endures, powers out and throws Rocky down. Shota has the toehold, then digs a knee into the knee. Rocky turns over, stands up, clinches, and they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Rocky slowly lets off, and then CHOPS!

Shota just stares Rocky down! The fans fire up, and Shota winds up to CHOPS! Rocky staggers and sputters, Shota fires forearms! Shota spins, Rocky ducks the elbow, but runs into a scoop and DROP! Then a basement dropkick! The fans cheer and Shota does a dance similar to Mercedes Mone’s! Shota stomps Rocky around, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Shota CLUBS Rocky again, but Rocky grits his teeth. Shota ROCKS Rocky against ropes, then has him in a corner. Shota stomps and UPPERCUTS, then he stalks Rocky. Shota stomps Rocky, UPPERCUTS again, then whips to ropes. Rocky holds ropes to BOOT back!

Shota runs up but Rocky DUMPS Shota out! Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Shota’s head hits the desk and the ref checks him out while Rampage goes picture in picture.

It seems Shota is okay so the ref goes back to the ring. Rocky stands, fires up, and gives us some Latino Heat. Rocky puts Shota in the ring, drops a knee into the back, then stomps Shota before dropping a knee on the chest! Cover, TWO! Shota toughs it out but Rocky drags him up. Rocky KICKS the bad arm, wrenches it, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Shota goes to ropes, Rocky puts him through ropes, to KICK again! Rocky goes up a corner, gives some more Latino Heat, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota flounders, Rocky covers, TWO! Rocky argues the count but the count was fair, so Rocky clamps onto Shota with a cobra clutch!

Rocky thrashes Shota around but Shota endures. Shota fights up, throws elbows, but Rocky CLUBS him on the back. Rocky TOSSES Shota out, then aims from the apron! CROSSBODY, but Shota catches him! Shota pops Rocky up but Rocky slips free, so Shota SHOTGUNS him down! Both men are on the floor on the outside and the fans rally up. Shota rises up, fetches Rocky, and puts him in the ring. But Rocky DROPKICKS Shota back! Shota is down in the corner and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Rocky clotheslines Shota in a corner! Rocky keeps going, and clotheslines again! Then he keeps going, but Shota DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Shota pounds the mat. The fans rally behind Shota and he aims at Rocky at the ropes. Slingshot, APRON DDT! The fans fire up again as Rocky flops to the floor! Shota puts Rocky in, then goes up a corner. Shota aims as Rocky flounders, MISSILE DROPKICK! Shota hurries to clinch, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Rocky survives but Shota stays focused. Shota waits on Rocky to rise up, then runs in, IGNIT- NO, Rocky makes it a backslide!

Shota rolls through the cover, blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! Shota staggers to a corner, Rocky runs in. Shota dodges, runs in, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! Rocky goes up and up and TORNADO DDTS! Rocky pounds the mat, the fans rally behind him now, and he aims from a corner. Shota rises, Rocky runs in, SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and Rocky roars! The fans are torn as Rocky drags Shota up. Rocky fires forearms, but Shota just eggs him on! The fans like that, so Rocky fires more forearms! Shota roars, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! And cravat, for the SLICED- NO, Shota poops free!

Shota POP-KNEES, then IGNITION!! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives but Shota takes aim from the corner now! A shoutout to Ospreay here with his BLAZE BLADE!! And then PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Shota wins!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Roughneck does indeed prove that what he learned from his senpai, his upperclassmen, have indeed made him into a great wrestler! But will he become one of the greatest wrestlers as he continues to battle all around the world?

 

Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo!

The One in a Billion is a big, big man, but he still has a lot to prove if he wants to be the best of the best. Will he finally start building on a win streak? Or will Rosario overcome this mountain of a man?

The bell rings, and Satnam offers a handshake? Rosario takes it, but Satnam won’t let go! Rosario kicks and kicks and CHPOS and CHOPS, but Satnam’s grip is too strong! And speaking of, he grabs Rosario by the neck, to PO-UP BEARHUG!! Satnam ragdolls Rosario! Rosario is OUT, Satnam wins!

Winner: Satnam Singh, by pinfall

Satnam TOSSES Rosario aside, having made quick work of the mere mortal. Sonjay Dutt gets in the ring with a mic to say, “Hey hey hey hey hey! Bubba (Jay Lethal), tell ’em, what’re you gonna do?” Lethal takes the mic to say ladies and gentlemen, Satnam Singh is on a freakin’ roll! Satnam just squashed Grillo in record time, and Lethal is so impressed that not only will he beat his opponent tonight, but he and Sonjay have a little side bet that Lethal can do it even faster than what Satnam just did. Satnam chuckles and Lethal says he’s done waiting! Bring that poor shmuck out here! Did Lethal not read the match card? Lethal’s up against THE BASTARD!!

Fans fire up as Pac makes his entrance out here. Pac already said he was in a bad mood on Dynamite, and surely Lethal taking him lightly isn’t helping things. Will Pac make sure Sonjay wins that side bet with Lethal?

PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!

The bell rings, Pac dodges Lethal to flying-mare! Pac has the headlock, Lethal puts him in a corner, and the ref counts. Pac lets go but Lethal stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Lethal stops and walks it off. Sonjay knows he’s already won the side bet but he still wants Lethal to win the match. Lethal tosses Pac out, but Pac lands on the apron. Pac RAMS into Lethal, slingshots up and over, then comes back, only for Lethal to hip toss! Lethal cartwheels but Pac kips up! Pac SUPERKICKS Lethal, Lethal bails out, so Pac runs to FLY! Direct hit and Pac stares through the camera into the souls of the AEW roster!

Pac drags Lethal up, but he’s wary of Satnam. Pac puts Lethal in, goes up, and fans chant “HE’S OUR BASTARD!” Lethal rises, but Sonjay distracts the ref! Pac hops down, BOOTS Lethal, but Satnam trips Pac! And YANKS him out! The ref saw that one! The fans cheer as the ref EJECTS Satnam! Team Triple J is freaking out, but Lethal rains down fists on Pac. The ref counts, Lethal lets off but the fans sing ‘Hey hey hey! Goodbye~!” to Satnam. Lethal whips Pac hard into railing, then RAMS him into the POST! Lethal then runs to DROPKICK Pac down! Sonjay mockingly asks if Pac’s hurt, but the ref tells him to back off!

Lethal tells Sonjay to cool it so he doesn’t get kicked out. Lethal drags Pac up and into the ring while Sonjay mouths off to fans. Lethal drags Pac up, but Pac fires body shots. Lethal TOSSES Pac out, builds speed, and Lethal fakes the dive to Fargo Strut instead. The fans “WOO~” with Lethal and he smiles. Sonjay says Lethal’s the man! Lethal then goes out to fetch Pac, but Pac whips! Lethal reverses, Pac hits steel steps! Sonjay mocks Pac again with a fake apology, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lethal leaves Pac behind, and he counts along with the ring count. Pac is still down at 5 of 10, but he drags himself up with the apron. Pac flounders in at 8, but Lethal stomps him down! Lethal drags Pac up, bumps him off buckles, then stomps a mudhole. Lethal RAMS Pac into the corner, snapmares him into a chinlock, and he grinds Pac down. Pac endures, pries at the hold, and fights up. The fans rally as Pac breaks free! Pac ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Pac whips Lethal, Lethal reverses then TOSSES Pac out! Lethal wants the ring count again, but that’s just all distraction so Sonjay can stomp away!

The fans boo and try to point Sonjay out, but he scurries away. Lethal gets the ref to finally count, and then joins in. Pac is still down at 5, drags himself over, and Lethal grows anxious. Pac rises up and drags himself in at 9! Lethal runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Pac survives by a literal foot but Lethal drops elbow after elbow on that leg! Lethal just keeps going with elbow after elbow, then soaks up some heat before dropping a knee on the knee! Cover, TWO! Pac toughs it out but Lethal covers again, TWO! Lethal argues the count, the ref says it is a fair count, so Lethal drags Pac around by the leg.

Lethal stomps away on Pac’s leg, and Rampage returns to single picture as Lethal steps through. Pac kicks but Lethal blocks that, and now Lethal steps through on that leg. Pac kicks again, Lethal blocks again, but then Pac kicks Lethal away! Lethal comes back, trips Pac, and steps through, but into a cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, gets around, back suplex! Pac lands out, so Lethal handsprings, but Pac SHOTGUNS Lethal while he’s upside-down! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sonjay coaches Lethal but the fans rally for Pac. A standing count starts, Pac drags himself up with ropes to stand at 5.

Pac storms up, blocks a shot to ROCK Lethal! Pac ROCKS Lethal again and again, then SOBATS! KICKS! SOBATS! Pac runs, to SHOTGUN BOOT! Lethal is dazed and Sonjay is worried as Pac goes up a corner. Pac watches like a hawk, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Lethal stays in this and Sonjay coaches him again. The fans rally for Pac as he watches Lethal rise again. Pac waistlocks but Lethal fights the lift. Lethal trips Pac, powers through, but Pac kicks and kicks and kicks! Lethal lets go, but he KICKS Pac’s leg out! Lethal drags Pac up, for a SHIN BREAKER! Then DRAGON SCREW! Then Lethal steps through, for the FIGURE FOUR!!

Pac endures, Sonjay tells him to quit, but the shoulders are down! ONE as Pac tilts to the side! Pac reaches out for ropes but Lethal thrashes and pulls on that leg! Pac fights over to the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go, the ref checks with Pac, but Pac says he’s still in this. Lethal rains down fists, then goes to a corner. The fans boo as Lethal climbs, and Lethal calls his shot. But Pac goes up to get a leg! Lethal CLUBS away on Pac, then drags him up top. Lethal reels Pac in, but Pac fights the lift! Pac back drops Lethal away! The fans fire up and Pac adjusts. Sonjay stresses out as Pac aims, but Sonjay gets on the apron!

Pac hops down, runs up and BOOTS Sonjay down! The fans cheer, but Lethal is lurking! Lethal runs in, Pac dodges, but Lethal switches to SNAP GERMAN! Lethal handsprings, but Pac sidesteps to run! But Lethal still hits a CUTTER! But that wasn’t lethal enough, so Lethal handsprings again! LETHAL- NO, Pac dodges to LARIAT!! And then, BRUTALIZER!! Lethal is caught, he QUITS, Pac wins!!

Winner: Pac, by submission

Pac makes Lethal suffer a few seconds longer before letting go. That’s what Lethal gets for calling The Bastard a shmuck! Pac is going to be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament, will he win it all to go All In for the AEW World Championship?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage here, even with an extra squash match for the fun of it. Cage of Agony are definitely rolling, not sure they’ll be going for the trios titles while a Heel faction like Bang Bang Gang has them, but Cage, Kaun & Liona would definitely be a tough challenge for them. And I really liked that they segued from Satnam’s squash win to Lethal’s great main event with Pac. Great win for Pac to build momentum towards the Owen Hart Cup, I do like the possibility of Pac being in the main event of All In. Whether Pac is facing Ospreay or Swerve for the world title, he’ll give us great promos in the build and an awesome match in Wembley.

Great match from Rocky and Shota, and a great win for Shota. There might be something in the works for Forbidden Door, but I don’t see Shota getting in on title stories in AEW. Really good promo from Deonna and Rosa, and their No DQ match is going to be awesome stuff. That match can really go either way, but something tells me that Deonna wins. As it stands, we’ve got two Face champions in the Women’s Division, and that won’t change after Forbidden Door, so Deonna is a very strong Heel to go after Storm or Mone. And speaking of, great opener out of Storm VS Windsor, which I clearly thought was gonna be the main event but oh well. Still a good showing for Windsor and a good win for Storm, and Storm has momentum going to Forbidden Door, though she surely isn’t losing.

My Score: 8.7/10


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