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Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: XXX Results & Report! (8/22/20)

And your NEW NXT North American Champion…!

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NXT TakeOver: XXX

Will doomsday take over NXT?

NXT’s thirtieth TakeOver event could see the landscape change forever! Will the Limitless Keith Lee be made to Fall and Pray by Karrion Kross in their epic first-ever match for THE NXT Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Preshow – NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Breezango VS El Legado del Fantasma VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Breezango win(s) and will challenge Imperium for the titles.
  • Finn Balor VS Timothy Thatcher; Balor wins.
  • Vacated NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: Bronson Reed VS Damian Priest VS Cameron Grimes VS Johnny Gargano VS Velveteen Dream; Priest wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
  • Adam Cole VS Pat McAfee; Cole wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez; Shirai wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • NXT Championship: Keith Lee VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the TakeOver Preshow!

Join Scott Stanford and Sam Roberts in discussing, analyzing and predicting the action for tonight! Plus, special guest, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer, Booker T!

 

William Regal “greets” Pat McAfee and his crew.

Regal wants McAfee to remember that his match with Adam Cole is 1v1. McAfee tells Regal, “See this tan?” He’s not sweating it, and Regal doesn’t have to worry about a thing.

 

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Breezango VS El Legado del Fantasma VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!

The action starts already as these three incredibly talented teams battle to determine who moves on to face Imperium! Will it be the fun loving Prince Pretty and Lord of the Dance? The all business Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza? Or the BritAm Brawlers and their one two combination?

The teams sort out and in this Triple Threat, it’s one man each! Mendoza starts with Oney and Fandango, but Mendoza BOOTS Breeze off the apron! Fandango goes after Mendoza with fast hands and the two brawl. Oney waits as Mendoza enziguris Fandango to then throw Mendoza out. Oney hurries out but Mendoza bumps him off the apron. They end up on the apron while Wilde goes after Burch. Burch CHOPS Wilde away while Mendoza tries to suplex Oney. Oney holds the ropes, pushes back, but Mendoza enziguris! Mendoza gets in to CHOP Fandango in a corner then whip him. Fandango reverses, Mendoza slips out and hits Fandango back. Mendoza climbs up, Fandango shoves him down to the floor!

The crowd fires up as Wilde runs in, dodges one clothesline but not the LARIAT! Fandango drags Mendoza up, Crucifix BOMB to the outside! Down go El Legado and the One Two! Fandango paces as he waits for anyone to get in the ring. The crowd rallies as Oney is on the apron. Fandango brings Oney up but Oney hotshots! Oney lines things up and suplexes Fandango! Fandango holds the ropes to suplex Oney in. Oney slips out, O’Conner rolls, TWO! Fandango cradles, TWO! Fandango European Uppercuts but Oney gives it back! These two brawl, Fandango gets the edge but Oney fires up! Fandango swivels hips but Oney CHOPS and CHOPS! Oney runs, Fandango clotheslines himself and Oney out! They keep brawling!!

The crowd fires up as Fandango CHOPS again! Oney EuroUppers, Mendoza TRIANGLE TORNILLOS!! Mendoza takes Oney and Fandango out then puts Oney in. Mendoza tags in Wilde and Wilde stands on Oney’s hand. Breeze tags in and gets in, but Wilde sends him into Oney. Wilde neckbreakers Oney to DDT Breeze! Cover on Oney, TWO! Wilde covers Breeze, TWO! Wilde grows frustrated but takes it out on Oney and Breeze with stomps. Wilde shifts to clubbing forearms and dropkicks Oney! Burch tags in and rallies with big hands! Burch throws EuroUppers and a whip, but Wilde reverses. Burch boots back, hops up and missile dropkicks Wilde down! The crowd fires up as Burch hits Wilde with a corner clothesline and enziguri! GERMAN SUPLEX and a LARIAT!

The Govenah is fired up and he has Oney climb. Burch Electric Chairs Wilde but Wilde slips out. They standing switch, Wilde fights out and hits Oney. Wilde kicks and clubs Burch to fireman’s carry but Burch slips off to HEADBUTT! Tag to Oney, they combine, DRAPING DDT! Cover, Mendoza breaks it! Breeze tags Fandango as Mendoza snap suplexes Burch. Fandango CHOPS away on Oney, whips him corner to corner, but Oney goes up and over. Fandango SUPERKICKS Oney, then SUPERKICKS Mendoza out of the air! Breeze tags in, they combine for the Fashino Fopa! LEG DROP!! Cover but Wilde is right there to break it! Oney throws Wilde out, drags Breeze up but Breeze throws him out. Breeze goes after Mendoza but Mendoza fires off forearms!

Breeze kicks back, runs, but into the SPANISH FLY! Mendoza puts Breeze in the drop zone, Wilde tags in and climbs, 450 SPLASH! Cover, but Burch and Fandango both break it! The crowd is thunderous as all six men are down! Mendoza shouts to Wilde and Wilde is on Breeze. Breeze spins things around, Oney BLASTS Wilde with a EuroUpper! SUPER MODEL KICK!! Breeze covers, BREEZANGO WINS!

Winners: Breezango, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Championships)

This match was going a mile a minute and is over in the blink of an eye! Fandango and Breeze will have a chance at redemption against Imperium, will they make good on their second chance?

 

WE! ARE! NXT!!

Chicago, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, WarGames and beyond, the black and gold has grown bigger, stronger, and wilder. Dakota Kai says she’s in Io Shirai’s head, but will it be what’s in Dakota’s corner that wins for her? Pat McAfee wants to embarrass Adam Cole but will he just embarrass himself? Karrion Kross and Scarlett added literal fire to this already dangerous encounter. Can Keith Lee cancel the apocalypse?

 

Finn Balor VS Timothy Thatcher!

What better way to begin this milestone for NXT than with a man who himself set a milestone? The Prince and the Professor of Pain both wanted to be fighting for the North American Championship, but Dexter Lumis was a monkey wrench in those plans. Balor attacked Thatcher as a way of passing blame, but Thatcher attacked back to screw Balor over. Will the score be settled here as NXT enters a new era?

The bell rings and Balor goes right at Thatcher with fast hands! Thatcher tries to get a leg but Balor keeps hitting him. Thatcher manages a takedown and ground clinch then shifts to slap away on Balor. Balor puts up a guard, Thatcher goes after the arm! Balor sits up to go after Thatcher’s leg then get an arm! Thatcher moves to cover, ONE, and Balor continues to go after the arm. Thatcher fights free, pushes Balor and waistlocks. Balor counters with a wristlock but Thatcher clubs him. Balor keeps cranking on the arm but Thatcher gets a leg. Thatcher brings Balor down, digs into the knee but Balor uses his free foot to kick back. They knuckle lock, Balor drop toeholds to facelock. Thatcher pops out, facelocks back, and keeps a wide base.

Balor endures as the crowd rallies up. Balor gets up, Thatcher puts him on ropes to CLUB him! Thatcher facelocks again, Balor endures but Thatcher CLUBS him at the ropes again! Thatcher keeps with that facelock, Balor endures the grind and the crank and the crowd continues to rally. They end up on ropes again, Balor dumps Thatcher up and out! Thatcher gets back in but Balor kicks him while he’s down! Balor stomps away on Thatcher’s head! Thatcher gets the other foot and trips Balor up. Balor resists the toehold but Thatcher uses his own knee as a point of leverage! Thatcher cranks on Balor’s leg but Balor tries to chinbar back. Thatcher just cranks harder! Balor kicks with his free leg but Thatcher pulls on the foot! Thatcher shifts to a heel hook but Balor ropebreaks!

Thatcher lets go fast, to CLUB Balor down. Thatcher knees Balor in the side, laces up the legs, and fish hooks Balor’s face! The ref reprimands but Thatcher pulls Balor into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Balor endures, pops free and covers! TWO, and Thatcher kicks the leg he’s been after. Thatcher has the foot, stands on the other leg, and pulls! Balor endures being stretched apart as the crowd rallies. Balor kicks with his free foot but Thatcher KNEES him in the side! Thatcher KICKS Balor while he’s down, then looms over him. Balor gets right up to fire off fast hands! Thatcher puts Balor in a corner, Balor boots back! Balor trips Thatcher up and jackknifes but Thatcher rolls through! Thatcher gets the KIMURA!

Balor endures as Thatcher cranks on the arm! Balor turns over so it’s just a hammerlock, but Thatcher wants the free arm now! Thatcher pulls and twists from elbow to wrist to fingers! Balor endures as Thatcher slips in for the crossface, and a KNEE! Thatcher digs the knee in while he chinlocks. The crowd rallies as Balor endures. Thatcher knees Balor again then clubs him down! Thatcher clamps onto the left arm again but Balor resists. Thatcher clubs and knees again! Thatcher keeps Balor close with a facelock, and he wants the butterfly underhooks. Balor powers Thatcher up and over for a suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Thatcher still has the butterfly hold! But Balor back drops, Thatcher sunset flips, Balor rolls through to basement dropkick!

Both men are down and the crowd rallies back up. Balor stands first but Thatcher sits up in a daze. Balor throws haymakers but Thatcher forearms back. They brawl back and forth, Balor uses a run to add momentum to his forearm! Thatcher throws a EuroUpper, Balor hits back with haymakers and body shots! Thatcher grabs Balor’s jaw to SLAP! Balor PELES! Both men are down again and the crowd is fired up! Thatcher gets to a corner, Balor stands up and Balor runs in to CHOP! Balor whips corner to corner, and CHOPS again! Thatcher stays up as Balor runs in, no Sling Blade as Thatcher knees low! Thatcher underhooks, Balor trips Thatcher up for DOUBLE STOMPS! Balor grits his teeth as the crowd cheers.

Balor clamps onto Thatcher with a dragon sleeper and drags Thatcher up. Thatcher slips through to fireman’s carry and even pull on a hand. Balor slips off but Thatcher throws forearms. Thatcher waistlocks, Balor pops out but Thatcher wrenches free of the facelock. Balor rolls, drags Thatcher into a cobra twist! Thatcher endures, pries free, but Balor dragon sleepers for BLOODY SUNDAY!! Cover, TWO!! Thatcher survives but Balor keeps his cool. Balor aims, runs, shotgun dropkick sends Thatcher into buckles! Thatcher is in the drop zone and the crowd fires up! Balor climbs up top, takes aim, COUP DE G- NO! Thatcher moved and Balor’s bad leg gives out! Thatcher is like a shark with blood in the water as he goes after the leg!

Balor tries to fight but Thatcher gets him for a Half Crab! Thatcher pulls back with the heel hook but the crowd rallies as Balor endures! Balor powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Thatcher pulls Balor away from the ropes to try again. Thatcher KICKS Balor over and over, Balor kicks back! Thatcher goes after an arm now, Balor gets free to KICK back! Thatcher clutches his ribs while Balor gets back up. Balor brings Thatcher up, Thatcher enziguris! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Thatcher seethes as he grits his gnarly teeth. Balor stands up, they both go around wanting control, and Balor gets the twist back! GROUNDED COBRA, TWO! But Balor gets a seated cobra twist! Thatcher endures, pries at the fingers, and frees himself while bending Balor’s fingers! ANKLE LOCK!

Thatcher has a wild look in his eyes as he keeps Balor away, but Balor rolls forward! Thatcher’s down and Balor DOUBLE STOMPS him again! The crowd rallies up as both men slowly stand. Thatcher swings but Balor ducks it to hit the elbow drop DDT! Thatcher is down again, Balor heads up top again! COUP DE GRACE!! But Balor doesn’t cover, he wants Thatcher to pay! Balor drags Thatcher up for 1916!! Cover, Balor wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

A historic TWELTH win at TakeOver! The Prince certainly learned that Thatch As Thatch Can is a strong school of wrestling, but he still came out on top. Will Balor look to take on whoever is champion after tonight?

 

Vacated NXT North American Championship Ladder Match: Bronson Reed VS Damian Priest VS Cameron Grimes VS Johnny Gargano VS Velveteen Dream!

This title may have been vacated by the Limitless One, but the keyword here is “opportunity.” Many superstars were given an opportunity to get in on this furious five man match, but these were the five that rose above the rest. It was wild, it was incredible, and at times it was controversial. Will there be any question as to who is the NEW North American Champion after tonight?

The introductions are made, the belt is already high above the ring, and this Thicc Infamous Savage Heartless Experience begins!

The bell rings and Priest DECKS the Scott Steiner chain mail hood right off of Dream! Priest brawls with Gargano, Reed brawls with Grimes, and Gargano gets thrown out of the ring. Dream gets up but Priest hits him again while Reed stalks Grimes. Priest and Reed surround Grimes and start throwing haymakers, then Reed elbows Grimes down! Reed and Priest stare down and the crowd rallies up. But Dream shoves Reed into Priest! Garagano returns, school boy kick misses on Dream but the Famouser hits! Dream fireman’s carries Priest but Priest slips out. Priest lifts Dream but Dream lands on his feet to block that Complete Shot, into the Dream-DT!

Priest bails out and Dream SUPERKICKS Reed! Grimes returns, blocks the superkick and laughs, but he spins into Dream’s fireman’s carry. Grimes slips out, whips, Dream reverses to throw Grimes right out! Dream gazes up at the belt and hurries to fetch a ladder. But he looks for one under the ring and Grimes CLOBBERS him from behind! Dream crashes into steel steps and Grimes brings out… A step ladder? “Who put this here?!” Priest CLOBBERS Grimes and then brings out a big ladder. Grimes clubs Priest, runs but Priest moves, and Grimes runs up the ladder! Grimes is on the apron and he Penalty KICKS Priest away! Priest flounders as Grimes drags in the ladder. Gargano grabs the ladder and it’s tug-o-war. Gargano lets go and Grimes goes staggering away.

Grimes comes back into Gargano’s SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Gargano brings the ladder up but Priest is in and he ROCKS Gargano. Gargano hits back, runs, but into a BOOT! Priest brings Gargano up into the crucifix, but he has to BOOT Reed away first. Priest dumps Gargano and spins at Reed, but Reed catches Priest! Reed uses Priest to knock Gargano down! Then FALL AWAY SLAM for Priest! The crowd fires up for Auszilla as he intercepts Dream’s ladder. Reed pulls ladder and Dream in together! Dream wants Reed to calm down, but he baits Reed into dumping him out and over the ropes! Dream sets a ladder up, but so does Priest! They both climb, Grimes parts the ladders and sends them both flying!

Grimes resets the ladders and climbs them both, but Priest and Dream return. They split the Grimes as Reed walks under. Grimes hops down and Reed runs him over! But Dream and Priest ladder sandwich Reed! They both pick the ladders up, Reed gets away as they THROW the ladders! The ladders crash and almost hit Priest. Priest runs at Dream but Dream dodges to clothesline Priest out. Dream kicks Reed then kicks one ladder aside. Gargano and Dream grab the same ladder for another tug-o-war, Grimes runs in but gets run over by that ladder! Reed uses that ladder to knock both Gargano and Dream over! BACK SENTON!! Gargano and Dream are crushed but Reed isn’t exactly feeling the best. Reed drags the ladder up but Priest returns to throw haymakers!

Reed throws body shots and a rolling elbow! Grimes ROCKS Reed, whips but Reed reverses to LARIAT Grimes inside out! Reed picks the ladder up again and stands it up. Gargano climbs it but Reed pushes him away. Reed sets the ladder up, blocks Gargano’s huricanrana, but Gargano gets up and over to the ladder. Gargano kicks Reed away but Priest drags Gargano down. Priest choke grips, Gargano uses the lift to get up again. Reed clubs Gargano, brings him off, the two big men combine, but Gargano GERMAN SUPLEXES Priest and Dream chop blocks Reed! Gargano falls on Reed, but he takes a tumble. Grimes and Dream DOUBLE SUPERKICK Reed! Gargano gives them thumbs up, and they’ll get them together. Except Gargano tries to climb behind their backs!

Grimes and Dream stop that, so he folds that ladder up. Gargano and Dream use the ladders to RAM Priest and Reed over and over, then dig the ladders into the behemoths’ heads. Grimes brings in more ladders and he uses one on Priest. Dream sees Grimes’ betrayal coming and kicks first! Dream throws hands, goes to a corner and climbs up. But he doesn’t see Gargano throwing a ladder at him! Dream sits down, Priest RAMS into Gargano! Gargano is stuck between two ladders as Priest runs in to HIP ATTACK! Grimes smashes Priest with a ladder and now Priest, Gargano and Dream are stuck on that corner. Reed drags Grimes into an atomic drop! Grimes is the final layer as Reed runs, THICC BOI LADDER SANDWICH SPLASH!!

Grimes and Gargano are down, Priest spasms to a corner and the crowd cheers, “This is Awesome!” Reed has Dream on the top rope, climbs up and brawls with him. Priest clubs Reed and brings him down to then go after Dream himself. Dream wants mercy but Reed hits Priest. Dream hits back but Priest hits back. Grimes runs at Reed but Reed catches the Cave-In in bomb position! Grimes grabs at Priest fast, SUPER POWERBOMB GERMAN SUPERPLEX!! What an insane Tower of Doom!! The crowd is thunderous as those four are down! But Gargano sees he’s got an opening and gets a ladder back in. The crowd hopes they “Fight Forever!” but Gargano looks to end this. Gargano climbs but Reed stops him. They go around like cat ‘n’ mouse but Gargano kicks low.

Gargano hops on, Grimes gets around him but Reed uses Gargano as a weapon! Grimes falls and hotshots, then Reed FALL AWAY SLAMS Gargano! Priest takes the ladder now and climbs! Priest touches the belt but Dream clubs him! Dream brings Priest down to fire off big haymakers over and over! Dream hurries up the ladder, Priest springboards and kicks the legs out! Dream falls, Priest climbs! Grimes drags Priest away, but Priest kicks back. They brawl, Priest fires off kicks and kicks on Grimes and even Gargano. Priest springboards, Gargano SUPERKICKS him out of the air! Dream drags Gargano up to throw him out but Reed has the ladder! Reed RAMS Dream! And SMASHES Grimes! And swings on Gargano, but Gargano ducks. Gargano slingshots, ONE FINAL BEAT jams the ladder into Reed’s face!

Reed flops down, Gargano sets the ladder on the ropes. Gargano elbows Dream away then uses the ropes the sling it at Dream! Dream stays standing, picks the ladder up, but Gargano ducks as Dream CHUCKS the ladder!! The ladder hits Plexiglas and almost hits Priest!! Gargano dumps Dream out onto the ladders! Gargano DIVES and crashes Reed into the boards! The crowd fires up as Gargano runs around the way, but into Grimes’ COLLISION COURSE! Dream AX HANDLES Grimes outta nowhere! Dream has Gargano but Reed DIVES?!? Everyone is wiped out again and the crowd is loving it! Grimes is up first and he has the TALLEST ladder of them all! Grimes puts that in and stands it up but Priest returns.

Priest BOOTS the ladder into Grimes! Then Priest sees all those targets, and runs to go up the ladder and FLY!! Direct hit takes out Dream, Gargano and Reed but also Priest! The crowd loses their minds for that one, but all of this has been insane! Dream sits up in a daze but Reed gets to his feet. Candice LeRae comes out to check on Gargano, and then to stop Grimes’ climb!? There are no rules in a ladder match but this just isn’t fair. Candice pushes the ladder over and Grimes can only shout at her. Candice fires off on Grimes with fast hands! Candice runs, tilt-o-whirls but Grimes blocks! Gargano RAMS Grimes with the ladder!! Candice and Gargano coordinate, he helps her go up and up and tightrope HURICANRANA Grimes onto Dream and Priest!

Gargano has the ladder but he forgot about Reed! Reed is in as Gargano sets up a ladder, and Reed climbs up to join Gargano up top. Reed throws haymakers and knocks Gargano down, but Grimes returns. Gargano goes after Reed but Reed headbutts him down. Reed reaches for the ropes, but Candice returns to stop him! They’re both swatting at the belt, but Reed brings Candice with her for a MEGA TSUNAMI SPLASH!! The Wednesday Knight’s a crushed soda can at this point! Mr. & Mrs. Gargano flop out of the ring and Reed drags himself to the ladder. Reed does his best to climb, but Priest climbs on the other side. They fight, Grimes brings the taller ladder back. Grimes climbs his ladder but Reed chops him!

Priest bumps Reed off the ladder, Reed falls and topples Grimes’ ladder, but Grimes hops to join Priest! Grimes rocks Priest! Grimes climbs, Dream stops him! Dream yanks Grimes down, but Grimes dodges the boot! The boot gets stuck in the rungs, Grimes ROUNDHOUSES Dream! Dream and ladder fall, Grimes pulls the ladder off Dream to stand it back up. Grimes gets another ladder and he thrusts at Dream! Dreams dodges, the ladder gets stuck in the other ladder, and Dream ROCKS Grimes with a right! Dream keeps on Grimes with a BOOT, then goes back to complete a ladder bridge. Dream slithers under the bridge to ROCK Grimes again! Dream puts Grimes on that bridge and CHOPS him. Grimes is down, Dream stands up the tallest ladder.

Grimes stirs, Dream climbs, and Dream poses. But he smacks the ladder, and he just remembered what’s going on! Dream reaches for the belt, but now it’s swinging all around. Priest BELL CLAPS Dream! Dream is down but Reed brings Priest down. Priest bobs ‘n’ weaves, ROCKS Reed and CHOKE SLAMS him onto another ladder! Priest is all alone, but Grimes gets him with a CAVE-IN!! Grimes climbs up now but his legs are noodles! Grimes tries but Gargano returns!? Gargano disrupts the ladders, Grimes clubs him but kicks a ladder. Gargano gets up and SUNSET BOMBS Grimes onto the ladder bridge!!! OW!! Reed returns while the crowd is worried for Gargano and Grimes. It really does feel like these five will “Fight Forever!”

Priest moves ladders around while Gargano somehow stirs again. Priest has a new ladder bridge while Gargano sits up. Gargano grabs a ladder for himself. Gargano swings on Priest, Priest dodges but so does Gargano, and Gargano enziguris back! Gargano slingshots but Priest choke grips. Dream SUPERKICKS Priest but Gargano SUPERKICKS Dream! Gargano slingshots but Dream blocks! Dream has the fireman’s carry, Priest is on the ladder bridge, DREAM VALLEY DRIVER ONTO IT ALL!! The crowd continues to rally as Dream gets the tallest ladder back up. Dream climbs, Reed tips the ladder and sends Dream flying TO THE OUTSIDE! Dream crashes down on spare tables!!

The crowd loses their minds again and now Reed is all alone! Reed climbs, touches the belt, but Grimes THROWS the step ladder! That little ladder came in handy after all! Grimes climbs, grabs the belt, but Gargano is there! They brawl, Gargano swings the belt and Grimes dodges the first time, but it’s like a boomerang and smacks him in the back of the head! Gargano grabs the belt, but Priest grabs him! Gargano uses the belt again, the belt is loose! They’re both pulling on it and Priest kicks Gargano down! PRIEST WINS!

Winner: Damian Priest (NEW NXT North American Champion)

INCREDIBLE! Through all of the pain and punishment, it is the Archer of Infamy who wins! Does this mean Priest will truly, finally, #LiveForever?

 

Adam Cole VS Pat McAfee!

What started about two years ago as a jocular trash talking back and forth escalated rather quickly when The Panama City Playboy appeared on the NFL punter’s podcast. Then it escalated again as McAfee showed up on NXT to talk more trash and then kick a restrained Cole in the head! Now this finally becomes a fist fight, with no Undisputed Era or offensive line to back them up. Will McAfee embarrass “The King of NXT?” Or will Cole prove McAfee is out-kicking his coverage?

Before the match, McAfee fist bumps his boys before they leave, and McAfee hypes himself up. “I’ve kicked off Super Bowls! I’ve sold out buildings across this great country! But tonight is years in the making!” And wakey wakey, this will end with one kick from “the strongest leg in the history of humans, and the history of legs in general! Let’s do the damn thing. Hit my music.” McAfee makes his entrance and this grudge match a long time coming begins!

McAfee’s boys return to flank him to the ring. The ref has them stay off the apron, and McAfee fires himself up. The bell rings, McAfee and Cole tie up but break. McAfee flexes on Cole but they tie up again. Cole headlocks, grinds McAfree down, but McAfee powers up. McAfee can’t power out and Cole grinds him again. McAfee lifts Cole but Cole cranks on the hold. Cole talks trash to McAfee but McAfee pulls hair! The ref reprimands as they end up in a corner. McAfee lets up but whips Cole corner to corner. Cole reverses, McAfee goes up and over and hypes up again. McAfee starts to strut but Cole rushes him. McAfee goes to another corner and goes up, but Cole stays back. McAfee lands, turns around and Cole spooks him with a superkick tease!

McAfee backs away to a corner and calls for a time-out! Cole dares McAfee to get up, but McAfee gets water and a towel from his boys. McAfee comes back, ties up with Cole and headlocks. Cole tries but can’t power out of it as McAfee grinds tighter. Cole elbows free but McAfee runs Cole over with a shoulder! McAfee talks smack, things speed up and McAfee avoids the boot! McAfee regroups with his boys but Cole dares him to come back. The ref starts a ring count, McAfee waits it out, and says Cole better realize he’s a better human than Cole. McAfee and his boys mock the Undisputed Era hands, but here comes the rest of the Undisputed Era! Security rushes in to keep things from turning into a brawl, but McAfee slips into the ring. McAfee climbs up to LEAP!! McAfee bowls everyone over!!

McAfee is pumped up but realizes his boys are down and can’t high five. McAfee gets up and finds Cole to put him in the ring. Referees help security clear things up and McAfee throws hands on Cole! Cole shoves McAfee but McAfee throws hands back. McAfee stomps Cole over and over, but lets up at the ref’s count. Cole gets to ropes but McAfee pulls him back against them! McAfee lets up at the ref’s count and McAfee “apologizes.” McAfee brings Cole up, pulls Cole’s hair and DECKS him with a haymaker! McAfee mocks Cole and NXT as a whole, then runs to basement BOOT Cole down! Cole sits up and grits his teeth but McAfee stalks him. McAfee tells Cole he only had two weeks to prepare and he’s doing all this.

McAfee scoops Cole and does squats to show off before hitting the SLAM! Cover, TWO! McAfee is on Cole with a chinlock and grinds him down. Cole fights up as the crowd rallies, and Cole throws body shots. McAfee throws Cole by his hair! The ref reprimands McAfee and warns him. McAfee wraps Cole in a chinlock, grinds him down, but Cole fights his way back up. Cole elbows free, dodges McAfee’s clothesline but runs into a dropkick! McAfee hits the Heismann pose while Cole goes to a corner. Cole drags himself up and McAfee comes back to slap him. Cole SLAPS back! McAfee slaps, Cole SLAPS! Then they throw haymakers! It’s fast and furious and the crowd loves it! Cole DECKS McAfee, and turns things into a hockey scrum with the shirt over McAfee’s head!

Cole ROCKS McAfee then BOOTS him down! McAfee crawls, Cole drags him to a corner for a mudhole stomp! The ref counts, Cole lets up and is fired up! Cole waits for McAfee to get up to his feet, and fireman’s carries for the USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! McAfee survives but Cole nods some respect. Cole watches McAfee stir, and then takes aim. Cole runs but McAfee ducks the shining wizard, TWO! McAfee swings, Cole gets around him, BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! McAfee survives again and Cole feels a bit annoyed despite the smirk. Cole looms over McAfee who flounders in a daze. Cole goes to the corner, climbs up top, but McAfee trips him up! McAfee says he’s smarter than Cole, not because it was desperation.

McAfee taunts Cole, climbs up top, and brings Cole up. Cole resists, fights back and pushes McAfee away. McAfee back flips and lands on his feet?! And then springs right back to the top rope, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! McAfee almost shocks the system and the crowd is fired up! “This is Awesome!” as Cole goes to a corner. McAfee slides out and sees Cole’s head sticking out! McAfee runs, but Cole evades! The kick hits the steps! McAfee goes down as he clutches his foot and Cole smirks. Cole goes out, drags McAfee up and puts him in the ring. Cole gets in but McAfee wants a timeout. No such thing, and Cole gives McAfee 52 Fake Out! Mule kick to the knee! FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! McAfee fights but it’s still on!

McAfee’s shoulders are down and it’s a cover, ONE! McAfee has to stay up and endure the hold at the same time! Cole cranks as hard as he can, McAfee is down again, ONE! McAfee can’t sit up forever, ONE! McAfee tries to turn the hold, but Cole just turns it over again! McAfee manages a ropebreak, Cole holds on until the count of 4! Cole grows frustrated while McAfee hobbles to a corner. Cole glares at McAfee but McAfee says Cole is a punk. Cole BOOTS McAfee! Cole stomps away, the ref backs him off, but Cole jukes around, only to run into a LOW BLOW!! The ref missed it!! McAfee grins, runs and LARIATS Cole! McAfee lines up the shot, Cole stands just enough, TOUCHBACK KICK! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives the field goal attempt! McAfee can’t believe it!

The crowd rallies up for Cole but McAfee stands first. McAfee goes to a corner and climbs up top?! McAfee tears off the tank top and says, “McAfee, BAYBAY!” McAfee leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Cole glares at McAfee as he crawls over. Cole wants McAfee to get up so he can finish this! Cole brings the knee pad down, but gets a better idea. Cole goes to the corner, climbs up top, McAfee stands and… PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, Cole wins!

Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall

BAYBAY! McAfee gave Cole a bigger fight than he expected, but in the end, the “King of NXT” still rules, and that is Undisputed!

 

Drew McIntyre joins commentary!

The WWE World Champion returns to NXT, but he says this isn’t about him, it’s about TakeOver: 30! Of course, he knows he and Randy Orton have a match for SummerSlam, and says the “talented piece of crap” is going to get his arse kicked. And if he had to choose between Keith Lee and Karrion Kross tonight, McIntyre goes with the current NXT Champion.

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Io Shirai VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez!

#CobraKai thinks she’s in the mind of the Evil Genius, but the NXT Women’s Champion says that’s far from the truth. But Shirai did fall for Dakota’s trap and get a boot from the Daughter of the Desperado! Will Raquel come in handy again with the title on the line? Or will this still be Io Shirai’s NXT?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the moment of truth is here!

Dakota and Shirai rush each other but Shirai tackles Dakota and fires off fists! Dakota gets away to a corner but Shirai is on her with stomps! Shirai throws forearms but lets up at the ref’s count. Shirai runs back in but Dakota sends her into buckles! Dakota stomps and hammers back, then drags Shirai out to throw kicks. Shirai blocks, clubs back then handsprings! Dakota side steps and Shirai lands a bit awkwardly. Dakota goes after her but Shirai trips her up for a grounded dragon screw! Shirai kicks Dakota to a corner, stomps her down, then digs both boots into her, then swings to knee her down! Dakota flops out of the ring and hurries to Raquel’s side. Raquel is in Shirai’s way and Dakota gets around to POST Shirai!

Shirai clutches her shoulder but Dakota keeps on her. Dakota puts Shirai in, Raquel applauds as Dakota covers, TWO! Dakota grabs Shirai’s arm, cranks on a double wristlock, but Shirai clubs back. Dakota clubs Shirai to ropes, then wraps the arm around them to pull! The ref counts, Dakota lets go at 4, but Dakota runs at Shirai, only for Shirai to drop toehold her onto ropes! Shirai runs, but Dakota slips out before the tiger feint! Dakota trips Shirai, spins her and BOOTS her! Dakota drags Shirai up to wrap the arm on the ropes again, and make it a hanging triangle hold! The ref counts, Dakota lets go at 4 then BOOTS Shirai down! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated but she clamps onto the bad arm. Dakota wristlocks, Shirai reaches for ropes but Dakota covers fast, TWO!

The crowd rallies up as Dakota scowls at Shirai. Dakota stomps Shirai to a corner, drags Shirai up and wraps the arm onto the ropes again! The ref counts, Dakota lets up again to snapmare Shirai down. Cover, TWO! Dakota is frustrated again but she goes after the bad arm. Dakota digs her knee into the shoulder and pulls on the rest while Raquel tells Shirai to give up. Shirai refuses so Dakota clubs her down and covers, TWO! The crowd rallies behind Shirai but Dakota stomps her down. Dakota looms over Shirai, wraps Shirai up in a seated twist, but the crowd rallies again. Shirai fights up, rolls Dakota, TWO! Dakota CLOBBERS Shirai! Cover, TWO! Dakota smirks now, feeling confident as she pushes Shirai around. Dakota gets the arm again for a short arm scissor.

Shirai endures, moves around, and pushes back for a cover. ONE and Dakota cranks harder on the scissors. Dakota forces Shirai down, brings her around but Shirai arm-drags! Dakota boots but Shirai dodges to SHOTEI! The crowd rallies behind Shirai as she rallies on Dakota with forearms and shoulders! Shirai shoves and flapjacks Dakota! Dakota flounders, Shirai tiger feint kicks! Shirai springboards to missile dropkick Dakota down! Cover, TWO! Shirai keeps her cool and the fans keep rallying. Shirai drags Dakota up in a waistlock, Dakota resists the lift and standing switches. Dakota lifts but Shirai wheelbarrows to DOUBLE STOMP! Raquel felt that one! Shirai and Dakota slowly stand up, Shirai gets her bad arm moving. Shirai brings Dakota up, whips, but Dakota reverses.

Shirai slips out, Dakota follows and waistlocks! Shirai holds ropes for dear life, Dakota hops down to try a bomb! Shirai still holds on, swats and STOMPS Dakota! Dakota gets in the ring and Shirai grits her teeth. Cover, TWO! Dakota gets the arm for the armlock, then drags Shirai around. Dakota kicks Shirai in the face but Shirai just gets mad. Dakota kicks Shirai again, and again, but Shirai eggs Dakota on! Dakota kicks more and more but Shirai fires off forearms! Shirai rocks Dakota, runs, but Dakota SCORPION KICKS! Shirai flounders to a corner, Dakota runs Around the World, but Shirai dodges! Shirai gets around Dakota, Dakota backs Shirai down to school boy into buckles! Side to side for the boot, but it gets ropes as Shirai moves!

Shirai hits double knees, then more double knees! Then SHINKANSEN!! Shirai steps on Dakota, climbs up, but Dakota CLUBS her! Dakota climbs up, clubs Shirai then brings her around. Shirai resists and they club each other. Shirai trips Dakota and clubs her into the Tree of Woe! Dakota sits up, to get WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Raquel is relieved but Dakota is still in bad shape. Shirai and Dakota head for each other, Shirai brings Dakota in. Shirai underhooks, but Dakota resists and spins out to HEADBUTT! Dakota hits a SIDE BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! ARMBAR!! Dakota is after the bad arm but Shirai manages to turn and pry at Dakota’s grip!

The crowd rallies up, Shirai endures, Dakota pulls, Shirai reaches with a leg for the ROPEBREAK! Dakota lets go at 4 but is frustrated as Shirai gets to the apron. The crowd rallies up again as Dakota heads over. Dakota brings Shirai up but Shirai ROCKS Dakota! Shirai springboards but Dakota ROUNDHOUSES her first! Shirai blocks the buckle bump to give the buckle bump! Dakota ROUNDHOUSES again! Dakota drags Shirai out to a fireman’s carry, DRAPING GO TO KICK!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Shirai survives and Dakota screams! Dakota can’t believe she was that close yet that far! Dakota drags Shirai up, whips her around at the ref! Dakota goes side to side, Shirai moves, the REF takes the boot!! Shirai GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Shirai heads up top, DESCENT INTO DARKNESS! Cover, but the ref can’t count! Shirai would’ve won twice over! Shirai didn’t even realize what happened to the ref! Raquel ATTACKS! Raquel clubs, and hits the GIANT CHOKE SLAM! Raquel gets the ref up as Dakota covers, TWO!?!? Shirai survives and no one can believe it! Dakota composes herself, drags Shirai back up, fireman’s carries and GO- NO! Shirai gets a CROSSFACE!! Even with her bad arm, Shirai cranks back on Dakota! Dakota reaches with her leg but can’t get to ropes. They go around, Dakota rolls free but Shirai KAMI-GOYES! Raquel gets Dakota out but Shirai ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit on Raquel and Dakota! Shirai puts Dakota in, Shirai heads back up top, another DESCENT INTO DARKNESS! Cover, Shirai wins!!

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

The Over The Moonsault finally seals the deal and the Evil Genius is still on top! But Raquel CLOBBERS her for it! Raquel drags Shirai up, but here comes Rhea Ripley! The Mosh Pit Kid stands toe to toe with Raquel and the crowd loves this already! Raquel backs down but Rhea won’t let her leave so easy. The stare down lingers, but Dakota and Raquel still leave. Will Rhea be the Nightmare standing in Raquel’s way to Shirai? Who challenges the Evil Genius next?

 

NXT UK is ready for their return!

September 17, 2020. Are you ready?

 

Backstage interview with Damian Priest.

Firstly, congratulations to the new North American Champion. But if they want a comment, they need to stick around for the party! Priest celebrates with champagne, a hot tub, and two young ladies who are ready to party with him! Cheers!

 

NXT Championship: Keith Lee VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!

The Limitless One rose to the top to top off the Great American Bash, and was NXT’s first and only DOUBLE CHAMPION for just a short time. Keith let the North American Championship go to focus on this title, but Mr. Doomsday decided to focus on him. After doing things “the hard way,” is there only one way this ends? Will we #BaskInHisGlory or #FallAndPray?

The introductions are made, THE belt is raised, and the limits will be tested in TakeOver: XXX’s instant classic main event!

Keith runs Kross right over at the bell! Kross seems surprised as he gets up and Keith dares him to come back for more. The crowd is fired up for Keith, Kross runs and knees low but Keith throws big haymakers from all sides! Kross shoves but Keith counter punches him! Keith throws big body shots over and over! Keith digs his forearm into Kross to egg him on, and Kross hits back! Kross boots but Keith blocks it! Keith ROCKS Kross with that left! Keith keeps on Kross with shots from all sides! Kross staggers around the ring, comes back to clinch and put Keith on the ropes. Kross whips, Keith reverses and then follows to CROSSBODY! Kross bails out and to Scarlett’s side, but Keith smirks.

Keith goes out to grab Kross and bump him off the apron. Kross staggers, Keith follows but Kross kicks low. Kross throws haymakers and forearms but the ring count climbs. Kross brings Keith around the way to punch him against the boards. Kross refreshes the ring count to keep on Keith with more forearms! Keith moves, Kross punches the board, but neither man is phased. Keith SMACKS Kross off the boards, Kross ducks the back hand! The Plexiglas comes loose! Keith smirks again and Kross even grins. The brawl continues, but Kross baits Keith into the post! Kross sees Keith’s hand trapped between railing and boards and kicks the railing! Keith’s hand is crushed! The ref reprimands as Keith gets in the ring.

Kross stalks after Keith, stomps the bad arm over and over, then goes after it with a high keylock. Keith endures as Kross pulls back harder. The crowd rallies but Scarlett says it isn’t helping Keith. Keith fights up, even pulling on Kross’ ear. Kross CLUBS the bad arm over and over, but Keith keeps trying. Keith pries an arm off and fights to his feet, but Kross uses the one arm to pull harder. Keith whips free and the two collide! Keith stays standing but that was his bad arm. Kross wrenches and WRINGS the arm out! Kross covers, ONE!! Kross is surprised again but he stomps Keith’s bad arm more and more. Kross twists the wrist around and leans on the bad arm. Keith endures, fights up and reels Kross in for a scoop! Kross slips out, hammerlocks the bad arm and rams Keith into buckles!

Keith grits his teeth and swings a punch, but Kross gets around to hammerlock the bad arm again. Kross sends Keith back into buckles! Keith just swings a back hand, only for Kross to duck and POST Keith! Keith flops down, clutching the bad arm. Kross covers, TWO! Kross grows a bit annoyed but he uses the bad arm in the cover, ONE! Keith endures as Kross cranks on the arm. Another cover, ONE! Kross turns Keith over, pulls the bad arm again, but the crowd rallies up. Keith endures, even as Kross bends fingers and Scarlett calls Keith weak. Kross keeps cranking, Keith keeps enduring. Keith fights up, Kross is again surprised but Kross elbows Keith down. Kross throws haymakers but Keith throws body shots. Kross gets the arm for an armbar DDT!

Keith gets to ropes, Kross drags him away and grabs the arm again. Kross cranks on the hammerlock all over again but Keith still endures. Keith doesn’t give up so the crowd doesn’t give up on him. Kross pulls harder but Keith fights up to his feet. Keith shoulders Kross away then throws body shots with the good arm. Kross throws forearms, Keith staggers, but then he grabs Kross to shove him. Kross gets the bad arm for a rolling armbar takedown! Keith clasps hands, Kross pulls, but it’s a deadlock! Kross shifts position, pushes against the other arm, but Keith rolls it to a cover! TWO, and Kross still has the arm! But Keith gets his footing for a deadlift! POWERBOMB! Scarlett is worried as both men are down. The crowd rallies up, Keith grits his teeth as he and Kross slowly stand.

Keith throws haymakers before Kross can try! Keith uses his left elbow to ROCK Kross! The bad arm still has fight in it and Keith throws another left! Keith drags Kross up, whips him to a corner, then runs in for a splash! Kross staggers but Keith runs and ROCKS him with a left! Keith runs, dodges Kross’ clothesline and scoops for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kross grits his teeth as he survives and Scarlett is relieved. Keith gets up as the crowd sings, “Oh~ Bask in His Glory~!” Keith drags Kross up, Kross slips out and ROCKS Keith! Kross dodges Keith in a corner and sends him into buckles! Kross elbows Keith back, but Keith blocks the Doomsday Saido! Kross boots the punch away, BOOTS Keith then ROUNDHOUSES, to a DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Kross grows frustrated but the crowd is thunderous as Keith stirs. Kross drags Keith up, waistlocks, but Keith fights the saido off again! Kross keeps trying but Keith elbows him away. Keith HEADBUTTS Kross! Keith suplexes Kross up and over! Cover, TWO! Scarlett is relieved again but Kross is still in an unfamiliar position as he and Keith stand. Kross throws body shots over and over, then an uppercut! Keith KNEES Kross point blank! Kross grits his teeth through the pain but Keith drags him back up. Keith prepares to lift Kross but Kross fights free. Kross runs and builds up speed to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Kross can’t believe Keith survives! Kross looms over Keith as the fans sing again. Keith shakes his head as he sits up, and he throws body shots.

Kross clubs Keith, Keith fights up and throws haymakers. They brawl back and forth, neither backing down! They go forearm for forearm, Keith swings but Kross dodges to fire off forearm after forearm! Kross brings Keith to a knee, then runs, only for Keith to run and LARIAT back! Both men are down and Scarlett is beside herself! The crowd hasn’t stopped rallying as the two men stir. A standing count begins, Kross sits up at 4. Keith crawls at 5 and heads for a corner. They’re both up at 7 in opposite corners. Kross and Keith run at each other, Keith dodges the boot to throw a left! Kross boots anyway but Keith glares. Keith goes for the Grizzly Magnum but Kross dodge! DOOMSDAY SAIDO! Cover, TWO!?! Kross’ best didn’t work and Scarlett is in denial right now.

Kross gets back up to his feet and paces about. Kross calls for the end as Keith staggers up. KROSSJACKET! Keith flails but Kross drags him down! Kross just barely gets the body scissors and Keith starts to fade! The ref checks on Keith, Keith’s arm pops up! Kross can’t believe it as Keith comes back to life! Keith and Kross turn over, Kross rear mounts to put his full weight on Keith. Keith crawls and reaches, to get the ropebreak! Kross lets go, but Keith is still sputtering. Kross waits for Keith to get up, then turns him around, to get a GRIZZLY MAGNUM! And a HEADBUTT! Keith drags Kross back up, pops him right up, for the SPIRIT BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!? Keith is in shock now as Kross survives!

Keith drags Kross over to a drop zone and climbs up top. But Kross anchors Keith’s feet on the second rope! Keith choke grips Kross, Kross breaks free and kicks the legs. Keith choke grips again, Kross climbs up to join Keith and the two start brawling. Kross back hands, Keith CLUBS, and Keith adjusts his position. Kross gets under to SUPER DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Cover, Kross wins!!!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)

The Limitless One has fallen! Scarlett celebrates with Kross by both caressing him and slapping him. The end is here, and Kross just took over NXT! If not even Keith Lee could stop Karrion Kross, who can hope to ever dethrone him?!


My Thoughts:

A very strong TakeOver, but that’s practically a given since this was the 30th and NXT really wanted it to be worthy of the hype. Having a kickoff show match at all was an interesting choice, but the Triple Threat Tag was really good, really fast stuff. I felt like the story of El Legado and Breezango was going to continue and that meant Oney and Burch would get their second chance. Instead, NXT might be trying to revive the feud between the fashionable masters of disguise and the very serious Imperium. With the news of NXT UK coming back with new material in just under a month, I wonder if this is mostly just to get an NXT USA team to be champions so Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner can go back to UK and regroup with Walter and Alexander Wolfe.

Turns out Balor VS Thatcher did make it onto the TakeOver card and it was a really great opener. There was technical prowess, strong strikes and just a great back and forth. Balor is on a TakeOver win streak, but it is curious that he hasn’t “won the big one” again. Maybe we’re taking a long route back to Balor as champion. This year’s North American Championship Ladder match was perhaps even better than the original. There was a lot of great creativity, both with and without the ladders, and I don’t know why I didn’t expect Candice to show up and get involved. I almost thought she’d help Gargano win, but nope. Reed got the high spot of the splash with Candice as a backpack and Gargano as the target, but Priest got the win, and that’s pretty big for him, but also well deserved.

I think Cole VS McAfee blew just about everyone’s expectations out of the water, except for maybe these two themselves. McAfee really impressed with both the wrestling moves he pulled off, the moves he took, and just the athletic ability to leap up to the top rope! But of course Cole wins, he’s the wrestler here. But I also feel like McAfee sticks around for more. I don’t know if he doubles down on being Heel towards Cole or “humbles” himself to be Face. Either way, I bet he only gets better from here. The NXT Women’s Championship was a great match, though having Raquel get involved moderately takes away from Dakota. I feel like Dakota should’ve been given this chance to see if she can do it on her own, but at least we got a great stare down from Raquel and Rhea. Rhea and Raquel in a contender’s match would be pretty wild, too, and I’d love to see it in time for the Survivor Series TakeOver.

THE NXT Championship was a really good match, even though it wasn’t a fireworks show like we’ve gotten out of Keith VS Dijakovic or even Keith VS Cole. This match was heavy on the slugging and the story, both which were really well done. I liked the parts with the Plexiglas punching, how it showed both men are extra tough and basically on par with each other. The false finishes also worked to add to that, and it actually works to still keep Keith strong to say that a second rope version of Kross’ finisher is what it took to finally finish him. You’d get that out of any “big match” from the Raw-SmackDown PPV’s, so it really helps place Keith and Kross on a comparable level to an AJ Styles for this finish to be THE finish.

My Score: 9.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/15/24)

Happy Anniversary, Collision!

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Time sure flies when you’re having fun!

AEW Collision turns one year old tonight, and to “celebrate,” Thunder Rosa and Deonna Purrazzo battle under NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! What won’t these two do to settle the score?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS Rocky Romero, Lio Rush & TMDK; The BCC wins.
  • No Disqualifications: Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo; Deonna wins.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Dalton Castle; Hechicero wins.
  • TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lee Moriarty VS Dante Martin; Dante wins and advances to Forbidden Door.
  • Kyle O’Reilly VS Anthony Henry; Kyle wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Bang Bang Gang VS The House of Black; The House wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Christian Cage speaks.

“Welcome to Collision. Welcome to the one year anniversary of Collision. That’s right, it’s been 365 days since I singlehandedly put this show on the map when I won the TNT Championship int he very first episode, and went on a run with the TNT Championship that will never, ever be seen again. Now in the spirit of Christian Cage’s Collision, tonight, I guarantee you will see why AEW is where the best wrestle. And in the spirit of usual unpredictability, on the eve of the most important holiday of the year, Father’s Day, I guarantee you, Christian Cage’s Collision is going to end up being… very special.” Just what does The Patriarch have in mind for “his” show?

 

8 Man Tag: The Blackpool Combat Club VS Rocky Romero, Lio Rush & TMDK!

Jon Moxley is still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Wheeler Yuta is still ROH Pure Champion, and both Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli are still bad, bad men! The BCC is looking to still be the baddest group around, but will they be rolling on towards Forbidden Door? Or will Azucar, The Bad Child and the NEW Undisputed NJPW Tag Team Champions prove they’re just a little bit badder?

The teams sort out and The American Dragon starts against Lio. The fans rally for “B C C! B C C!” as Bryan and Lio circle. They feel things out, Lio ducks the roundhouse but Bryan blocks a kick! Bryan gets a SLEEPER, but Lio slips under to waistlock. Bryan switches, shoves, but Lio redirects! Bryan gets under the heel kick and the fans fire up for the standoff! Lio and Bryan reset, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Bryan kicks low, brings Lio around to UPPERCUT, then UPPERCUTS again. Bryan whips, Lio reverses to then go up and RANA! Bryan gets up, but Lio runs to wheelbarrow. Bryan powers Lio to the corner, Yuta tags in!

The fans fire up for Yuta but Lio dodges to whip. Yuta whips, Lio reverses, Yuta goes up and over. Lio handsprings under ot kick and ENZIGIRI! Lio brings Yuta over, tag to Rocky, but Yuta gets loose. Rocky and Yuta trade forearms, the fans fire up, and then the CHOPS fly! CHOP after CHOP after CHOP and the fans fire up more! Yuta fires a flurry of forearms, then whips. Rocky slides under, kicks, Yuta ducks the enzigiri but not the HEEL KICK! Yuta rewinds to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yuta floats to a facelock, tags Claudio, and the fans cheer as the Swiss Superman kicks low.

Claudio brings Rocky around to CHOP! Claudio whips, Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges to jump up and RANA! Tag to Mikey Nicholls but Shane Haste jumps in, too! Shane BLASTS the BCC corner while Mikey whips Claudio to a corner. Mikey runs in to clothesline! Feed to Shane’s UPPERCUT and snapmare, then Mikey SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mikey keeps on Claudio and tags Shane. TMDK double whip but Claudio crisscrosses them! Then he runs to DOUBLE BULLDOG! The fans fire up with Claudio and he tags Bryan. Bryan goes up, Shane stands, into the MISSILE DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Bryan as Shane tumbles to a corner!

Bryan runs in to DROPKICK! Bryan keeps going but Shane FLYING ELBOWS! Shane storms around, goes after Bryan, but Bryan drags him into the LEBELL LCOK! Shanes’ team runs in but BCC intercepts! Moxley & Yuta TOSS out Mikey and Lio, but Claudio has Rocky in a COBRA TWIST! Shane endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go while The BCC keeps beating on Mikey, Lio & Rocky! Moxley makes Rocky sit on the railing, Claudio BOOTS him down! Bryan KICKS Shane again and again, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan winds up to BUZZ_ NO, Shane ducks to shove Bryan! Mikey trips Bryan, Shane basement dropkicks!

Mikey spins Bryan around to UPPERCUT! The ref reprimands, The BCC storms up, and Collision goes picture in picture.

The ref has everyone back off, but Rocky gets cheap shots on Bryan! The ref reprimands, Rocky backs off, and Shane drags Bryan in to stomp him down. Shane drags Bryan up, cravats, then tags in Lio. They mug Bryan, and Lio fires off at the ropes! Tag to Rocky, he adds on with KICKS! Rocky stomps Bryan down, tags Mikey, and they mug Bryan some. Mikey then CHOKES Bryan on the ropes! The ref counts, Mikey lets off, and Bryan sputters as he reaches out. Mikey drags Bryan up to tag in Rocky, and the mugging continues! The ref has to keep The BCC back and that lets the whole team beat up on Bryan!

Rocky taunts Yuta, goes back to Bryan, and brings Bryan around to snapmare. Rocky clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Bryan down. Bryan endures, fights up, but Rocky becomes a backpack! Bryan still reaches out, steps forward, but Rocky lets go to whip Bryan to a corner! Collision returns to single picture, Rocky runs up to clothesline! Rocky keeps going, TWO-EVER! Then THREE-EVER! Rocky hoists Bryan up top, climbs up after him, and goes to the very top. Rocky swivels them hips, but Bryan grabs Rocky for a SUPER ATOMIC DROP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Rocky and Bryan crawl, hot tag to Shane and he BLASTS BCC!

Shane whips Bryan to a corner runs up, but Bryan dodges, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio BLASTS Lio, UPPERCUTRS Mikey, then UPPERCUTS Shane! Claudio fires off fast hands at the ropes, the ref backs him up, but Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! The fans fire up, Claudio whips, and he back drops Shane hard! Claudio just keeps going, he UPPERCUTS Rocky on the outside! Claudio brings a chair around the way, sets it up, and then uses it to LAUNCH into Mikey! Claudio then returns to the ring, runs up and DOUBLE STOMPS Shane! The fans fire up and Claudio gets the legs! But Mikey gets in to LARIAT Claudio down!

The fans boo but Yuta DROPKICKS Mikey! Mikey tumbles out, Yuta DIVES onto him, but is THROWN into railing! Shane fireman’s carries Claudio, but Moxley’s in to CUTTER! Moxley shouts to Claudio and Claudio rises up! The fans are thunderous for the hot tag! Moxley gives Mikey a CUTTER! Moxley then runs in to clothesline at the corner! Moxley whips corner to corner, for another clothesline! Moxley goes up to rain down fists! The fans count along as fast as they can, Moxley goes right to TEN, then he reels Mikey in! Stalling PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! But Moxley clamps on with the SLEEPER!

Mikey fights up, pries free and elbows Moxley. Moxley BOOTS back! Mikey rebounds, Moxley dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Lio tags in and he goes up! FINAL HOUR!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley’s not done yet and Lio is shocked! Lio says no, now it’s time! Lio goes up top again, for another FINAL- NO, Moxley moves and Lio rolls through! Moxley BOOTS Lio down! Then Moxley underhooks, for PARADIGM- NO, Lio slips out! TMDK is in, URENAGE BOMB!! Bryan runs in, but into the scoop! Bryan slips free, shoves Mikey into Shane, then BUSAIKU KNEE! Shane DROPKICSK Bryan!

Yuta gives Shane an OLYMPIC SLAM! Rocky hits SLICED BREAD! Claudio SPINEBUSTERS for the GIANT SWING! Azucar goes around and around and around, and the fans count to TEN, but Claudio just picks up speed! Claudio TOSSES Rocky at 15! Lio leaps on for a SLEEPER! Claudio powers Lio around to TOSS into the DEATH RIDER!! Cover, BCC wins!

Winners: Blackpool Combat Club, by pinfall

The BCC defend homefield in AEW, and we’re just two weeks away from Forbidden Door! Moxley then gets the mic to say, “Tetsuya Naito of NJPW is a survivor, but The Forbidden Door is the final conflict. This is it. This is your last chance. I’m not coming to beat you,  Naito. I’m not coming to defend the IWGP Championship. I’m coming to Forbidden Door to put an end to Tetsuya Naito once and for all! Naito, I’m coning to Forbidden Door to finish you, to finish your career, to put you in a pine box, to put you in the ground, and to BURY your ass once and for all!!” A powerful ultimatum with still two weeks to go, will the Maniac also be the man that retires Naito?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

Youngstown, Ohio, please welcome The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn! The fans fire up as Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass make their way to the ring. Schiavone lets Caster have the mic, and he says usually the Acclaimed comes out here with a rap, some punchlines, but tonight, if you didn’t see, but the “love” EVPs, the Young F’s…! Well, those guys issued a $5 THOUSAND FINE on them for disparaging company executives!? There was a tweet about it! Seems these EVPs are outta touch with the fans! Youngstown confirms!

Caster says the fans don’t want a couple of women’s business suit wearing a-holes! They want Platinum Max roasting everyone! They want Bowens & Billy hitting the scissor fingers, and you bet they want The Acclaimed to become the NEW AEW World Tag team Champions! And if Bowens was The Bucks, he wouldn’t focus the pettiness on raps and tweets, but on the fact that they will be face to face with The Acclaimed for the first time in four years. And this isn’t the same team they faced before in 2020. They are not an upstart! They have the same exact accolades as The Bucks do! Scissor King, Platinum Max, FORMER AEW World Tag Team Champions, FORMER AEW World Trios Champions, the WINNINGEST team in the history of AEW!!

And all they have to get the titles back is beat The Bucks twice. So do your worst! FINE them, but all they want is to get those titles back, get this company back, and prove that EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! In fact, forget fines! Take those fines, stick ’em up your virgin asses, because everyone here is gonna kick it old school for you! YO! YO! YO! LISTEN~! But then someone says NOOOO~! And it’s Brandon Cutler! He tells The Acclaimed to listen! This one year anniversary of Collision is to be a night of praise for the EVPs! They’ve carried this show since day one! But these limp noodles use their public platform to disparage!

So if they want a fine? FINE! Here’s a $10 THOUSAND fine! Then it’ll be $15- Christopher Daniels comes out here to stop Cutler. The Acclaimed had Daniels’ back, so here’s some good news. Tony Khan has REVERSED the fines, they get their money back! And Cutler, we don’t need to hear any more from you. But Cutler shows his clipboard to Daniels. Daniels SMACKS Cutler with the clipboard! Then DECKS him with his fist! Daniels TOSSES Cutler in for The Acclaimed to handle! They trip him up, hold him open, and Bowens goes up to say, SCISSOR ME TIMBERS~! Cutler crawls away in shame, but will The Bucks make sure The Acclaimed pay for that on Wednesday?

 

No Disqualifications: Thunder Rosa VS Deonna Purrazzo!

La Mera Mera tried to be an ally to The Virtuosa against their common enemy, but the only thing they had in common was that they wanted to be the one to take down Toni Storm. That made them into enemies, and it has escalated to this! With nothing holding these two back, who stops at nothing to make sure the other regrets ever showing up in AEW?

Deonna doesn’t wait, she attacks while Rosa’s on the corner! The bell rings and Deonna puts Rosa in the Tree of Woe. Deonna runs in, but Rosa sits up! Deonna slides out of the ring, and Rosa CROSSBODIES down onto her! Rosa fires off hands, then POSTS Deonna! The fans rally behind Rosa and she CHOPS Deonna against the apron. Rosa SMACKS Deonna off the steel steps, then off them again, and then again! Rosa stands on Deonna, Deonna pushes her away, and Rosa starts bringing out stuff from under the ring! A chain, a trash can, and the lid! Rosa SMACKS Deonna with the lid! And then pushes the lid into Deonna with a boot!

The fans want tables but Rosa runs up first. Deonna dodges, Rosa dropkicks the steps! Deonna drags Rosa up, puts an arm between steps and post, then BOOTS the steps! Rosa falls back, clutching the elbow! Deonna snarls, goes looking under the ring, and she brings out a kendo stick! Deonna throws that all the way over the ring, but she gets some chairs. Deonna wedges a chair in a corner, then gets Rosa up. Rosa reverses the whip but Deonna stops herself! Deonna kicks and whips, but Rosa stops. Rosa ELBOWS Deonna, fireman’s carries, then DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! Deonna stays in this but Rosa goes looking for more!

Rosa brings out a TABLE! Youngstown cheers as Rosa gets that big thing up, only for Deonna to DROPKICK it into her! The fans boo but Deonna soaks up the heat, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Deonna drags the table up for herself, and she puts that in the ring. Deonna drags Rosa up, wrenches, then kicks Rosa. Deonna hammerlocks an arm before she POSTS Rosa! And then she hammerlocks and POSTS Rosa again! Rosa clutches the side of her face, but there’s no blood, yet. Deonna gets Rosa in the ring, then drags her over to snapmare by the table. Deonna steps over Rosa to trap the arms, then turns her over so she can dribble Rosa’s head onto the wood! Deonna lets off and Rosa flops over. Cover, TWO! Rosa is tougher than that but Deonna keeps her cool as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and the two fight over a chair. Deonna JAMS Rosa up, takes a swing, but Rosa dodges! Rosa BOOTS the chair into Deonna! Then Rosa grabs the chair to JAM Deonna, and SMACK her on the back! And SMACK her again! Rosa brings Deonna around, fireman’s carries, and SAMOAN DROPS her on the folded table! Cover, TWO! Deonna is still in this but Rosa drags her around to put in a corner. Rosa hoists Deonna up top, goes up after her, but Deonna fights with body shots! Rosa CLUBS Deonna in return, but Deonna slips under! Rosa rains down fists, so Deonna YANKS her into the buckle! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Rosa falls into the Tree of Woe, Deonna runs up and this time, she RAMS into Rosa! Rosa falls out of the Tree, Deonna covers, TWO!! Rosa survives that Spear of Woe or whatever you’d call it, and the fans rally up. Deonna drags Rosa up, slashes her throat, and then Gotch lifts, but Rosa fights that! Rosa wrenches out to FULL METAL DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives hitting steel but Rosa won’t let up. Rosa brings Deonna over to a corner, and puts the trash can around her! The fans cheer as Rosa stomps away on Deonna! Deonna sits down, Rosa grabs the table and she brings that around. The fans cheer as it’s finally set up!

Rosa SMACKS the can with the chain! Then Rosa finishes setting the table up, to use it as a ramp! FLYING SHOTGUN into the trash can!! The fans are thunderous for that unique use of a table, and then Rosa covers Deonna, TWO!?!? Deonna survives the savage innovation, but Rosa won’t give up just yet. Rosa completely stands the table up now, but Deonna has a chair! She slide sit at Rosa, the table falls over, but Rosa JAMS Deonna up with it! Rosa reels Deonna in, underhooks, but Deonna fights the package to wrench out! Deonna reels Rosa in, for a KNEELING PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!!! Rosa lives and Deonna is stunned!

Deonna clamps onto the arm, FUJIWARA! Rosa reaches out, but ends up in the VENUS DE MILO!!! Rosa reaches with her legs, but Deonna HAMMERS away on her head! Deonna rolls past Rosa to then look around on the outside. She LOW BLOWS a staff member!? Just to CLOBBER Rosa with his camera!!! Deonna shows no mercy to anyone, and she puts Rosa in the ropes! MOTORCYCLE STRETCH IN THE ROPES! Rosa’s out cold, Deonna wins!!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by referee stoppage

That camera shot might as well have been a knockout! But Deonna still gets the win either way. Is Deonna going to move on from Rosa once and for all to then go after a title? Or will Rosa’s revenge not die with one loss?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Dalton Castle

Now this is a unique match-up! The Alchemist of Lucha is taking on The Peacock, and… wait are those The Outrunners being Castle’s substitute Boys? Well, uh, Turbo & Truth aside, will Castle be too hot to handle even for the man that summons fire? Or will Hechicero turn this Forbidden Door appetizer into sweet, sweet victory?

The bell rings and the fans fire up as these two get face to face. Hechi shoves Castle, Castle gets serious. They feel things out, tie up, and Hechi facelocks. Castle still powers Hechi to ropes, the ref calls the break, and the two let off clean. Castle gets fired up and eggs Hechi on. Hechi CHOPS, so Castle UPPERCUTS! They fire back and forth, CHOP for forearm, then Castle fires off a flurry! Castle runs, but HEchi follows to CROSSBODY! Hechi slips right into a SLEEPER at the ropes! Hechi shoves Castle away, goes up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Hechi kicks Castle around and eggs him on.

Hechi CLUBS away on Castle, runs, but Castle wrenches to LARIAT, KNEE, and DDT! The fans fire up as Castle gets a wild look in the eyes. Castle clamps on a half nelson, then CLUBS away on Hechi to get him up. Hechi fights with elbows of his own, but runs into an Alabama Lift! Castle spins, BANGAAA- NO, Hechi slips free, pops Castle up, and has the COBRA CLUTCH STRAITJACKET! Castle flails, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Hechi keeps the body scissors, wants the rear naked choke but Castle rolls. Hechi drags Castle up but Castle arm-drags free! Hechi BOOTS back, swings, but Castle blocks to ELBOW!

Castle snarls, runs, but Hechi follows to LARIAT in the corner! Hechi fires fast hands and a CHOP! Castle sits down, Kaun & Liona like what they see. Hechi powers up but runs into a clinch! EXPLODER! Castle and Hechi both rise, and the fans fire up with Castle! Hechi swings, but into another lift! Hechi sunset flips, TWO!! Castle just manages to escape, and he BOOTS Hechi! Hechi goes to a corner, Castle runs in but Hechi dodge! SHINING WIZARD! Hechi keeps going, LA MYSTICA LEG DROP! Cover, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by pinfall

That was some in-ring magic for sure! The Gates of Agony celebrate with their new ally, will they and The Machine, Brian Cage, soon take over AEW and CMLL? But then Hechi beats up on Castle, puts him in a corner, and Liona HIP ATTACKS! Kaun METEORAS! The fans boo, but The Outrunners run in! Only to get CLOBBERED by The Gates… Hechi then feeds Castle to the Gates for the LARIAT SANDWICH! And they CLOSE- NO! Daniel Garcia hurries out here, with a chair! He and Daddy Magic have Castle’s back as they run off Hechi & The Gates! Will even The Alchemist of Lucha fear Red Death?

 

Backstage interview with Dante Martin.

Arkady Aura is with Angel Dorado, as well as his teammates, Darius Martin & Action Andretti. She brings up Dante facing Lee Moriarty in the TNT Championship qualifier. However, everyone else is banned from ringside. Dante says that’s fine, because Top Flight is about friendly competition. He remembers a time when Lee Moriarty was once about that. Darius asks if Dante is running. He’s not. Is he scared? He’s not. Because this is one of the best high-fliers today! High-flying and redeye-ing! Action promises that at Forbidden Door, Dante will be the NEW TNT Champion! But in steps Lio Rush. He says what’s up, long time no see. Good to see he has some new friends.

Not sure if any of them knew this or not, but Lio and Action go way back. That’s true. So as far as Darius, nice to finally meet you. Darius knows who Lio is, and won’t shake his hand. Okay, that’s fine. Just wanted to wish Dante luck tonight. Maybe see them around. Lio heads out, Action says yeah, great seeing him again. Top Flight heads out, but will Dante book him and the boys some golden tickets to Long Island? Or will #TAIGASTYLE make sure Shane Taylor Promotions takes over New York?

 

The Patriarchy is in the ring.

And “Mother” Shayna Wayne asks for everyone’s attention. They boo her? They boo a mother?! How dare you! Shayna demands they all get on their feet right now and pay respect to “the greatest father to ever live,” THEIR Patriarch, Christian Cage. And with that, Captain Charisma makes his way out here. Christian takes the mic and sits in the fancy chair they have for him. “Well, I didn’t exactly have ‘spending the most important holiday of the year’ in The Rust Belt, but here we are.” The fans boo but Christian says Youngstown needs to sit down and shut their mouths while he conducts his business.

Now, he’d be remised if he didn’t acknowledge what today is. Today is the anniversary of his son, Nick Wayne’s biological father passing away. Christian says that can affect a child many different ways. You might wonder why the universe can be so cool. But in a strange way, Nick’s father dying was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to him, because it led him to Christian Cage. The fans boo but Christian says this veiled picture must of course be a gift for him. Did Nick commission this? Nick even has a card! Christian opens it up, and it says Happy Father’s Day. A homemade card from the heart? Should he read it?

“To Dad, You are the greatest TNT Champion in history,m and I can only dream of having half your tlanet, but I will keep striving to prove my worth. Love, Nick.” How thoughtful, Christian appreciates that. And uh, can we unveil the portrait now? Of course! The curtain is taken away, and it’s a failry impressive painting. Did Luchasaurus do this himself? Wow. Then uh, this is… Okay. But Nick’s card is unbelievable! He’s a wordsmith! It’s popping off the paeg! Christian has never been prouder, he will cherish this forever. And uh, Killswitch- The fans chant “LUCHASAURUS!” but he says shut up, he’s Killswitch! Killswitch, why can’t you be more like Nick?

Luchasaurus storms off! The fans cheer but Christian says he wasn’t excused! Get back in line! Christian has something important to say and everyone will want to hear this. Luchasaurus reluctantly stands back by the chair, and Christian says that’s a good looking guy in the picture either way. Now, it is no secret that Double Or Nothing was a couple weeks ago. And Christian clearly fell short in his quest to become AEW World Champion. But what you might not realize is that there is alternate footage clearly showing his shoulder was up! The EVPs want to do the right thing and show this footage, but he politely asked not to show it.

This family does not make excuses here! They just roll up their sleeves and get back to work! Christian vows to one day be World Champion, and that path starts with winning the Trios Championships! That’s right! Christian’s gift to his “sons” is that they will hold titles together. The fans still chant for Luchasaurus but Christian tells them to shut up! Now yes, it is uncommon for the father to give a gift to his children on Father’s Day, but that is what a good father would do. He would give anything to make his children smile. Hey, even Tony Khan’s dad gave him millions upon millions of dollars to start this company!

But here’s the thing, Tony Khan, this very instant, Christian Cage says this is HIS company! He is the greatest, most talked about and influential star in this sport! He will win every accolade until he goes down as THE greatest in history! So Tony, Christian is your father now. They are The Patriarchy, the next Trios Champions, the Faces of TNT, now and forever! Captain Charisma has spoken, but will his declaration become reality?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says it is the one-year anniversary of Collision, and they are the Collision Cowboys, the men who built this brick by brick! Juice broke his back carrying this place! Colten says that as such, they hold a lot of gold. There are a lot of teams gunning for them, but they can’t handle the pressure. House of Black tonight, and now The Patriarchy wants a shot? Yeah, it’s Father’s Day, but you don’t get special privilege. Get in line! Austin adds that House of Black, they’re not sure what’s going on, maybe they’ve been in the dark too long, but open your eyes, dilate the pupils, and uh, notice that Jay White isn’t here.

Tonight is NOT for the titles, but tonight is about proving whether or not if you can hang with the OGs! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP!

 

TNT Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Lee Moriarty VS Dante Martin!

As we heard from Dante, these two used to be friends, but ambition seems to have given #TAIGASTYLE a bit of a salty edge. Will Lee use that edge to clip Angel Dorado’s wings? Or will Dante prove that he not only does things the right way, but can win at the same time?

The bell rings, the fans rally as the two circle, and then Lee goes for a leg. Dante steps over, trips Lee, then speeds up. Lee drops, hurdles, but Dante stops to hurdle and drop. Lee handsprings, then shimmies and shakes. The fans cheer and the two reset. Dante and Lee feel things out, and the fans are behind Dante. Lee gives a testing kick, then the two knuckle lock. Lee wrenches, trips Dante, then GROUND DRAGON SCREWS! The fans are torn, but Lee drags Dante around by the leg< Dante kicks free, reaches up, and RANAS! The fans fire up, Dante speeds up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then jumps to RANA again!

Lee flounders, Dante stays by ropes,. Lee runs up, Dante goes up and over! Lee tumbles out of the ring, Dante builds speed! Dante FLIES, but lands safe as Lee moves aside! Lee thinks he’s safe, but then Dante uses the corner to DROPKICK Lee down! Dante copies the shimmy and then drags Lee up. Dante CHOPS Lee against the railing! The fans fire up for that one, and Dante puts Lee in the ring. Dante then jumps right up to the apron, springboards, but Lee trips him up! Dante tumbles back down and Lee grins. Lee claps and the fans applaud, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee waits on Dante, and Dante slides back in. Lee stomps Dante at the ropes again and again and again! Dante writhes, Lee drags him up, then KNEES low. Lee fires m ore knees, then shoves Dante to RAM into him. Lee reels Dante in to HALF HATCH! Roll back and cover, TWO! Lee keeps on Dante with a hammerlock, then traps that arm to go after the other. Dante endures, even as Lee pushes on the arm. Lee twists the fingers and wrist to bend the arm, and then use it as a recliner! Dante endures as Lee gives a thumbs up. Lee then sits back up, to stomp the arm down! Dante writhes, Lee stomps him around, then Lee drags Dante up.

Lee fires more knees into Dante, shoves him, but Dante leaps up and over to sunset flip! TWO, and Lee ROCKS Dante with fast hands! Dante blocks a kick but not the KNEE! Dante sits down, Lee basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Lee is annoyed but he clamps onto the arm again. Dante endures, Lee bends the fingers and wrist, to JAM the fingers into the mat! Dante still endures, but Lee clamps on, chinbars, and pushes on the joint. The fans rally, Dante fights, but Lee throws knees to keep him down. Lee pulls on the chinbar but Dante powers up. Collision returns to single picture, and the fans rally as Dante pries free!

Dante arm-drags Lee away, Lee runs up, but Dante BOOTS him! ROLLING ELBOW! Dante ROCKS Lee again, whips, but the bad arm jams up! Lee whips Dante away, runs up, but Dante slips to the outside! Dante ROCKS Lee, springboards to go up and around, but Lee grabs a leg. Dante kicks him away, jumps again and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Lee survives but Dante stays focused. The fans fire up with Dante as he rises, and Dante reels Lee in. Lee fights the half nelson, so Dante CLUBS away! Lee wrenches free of the waistlock, brings Dante to a knee, and he SNAPS the fingers! What a villain!

Lee gets Dante’s arms tired up, clinches, YOYO URENAGE! Into the BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Dante endures, reaches out, and he crawls with the one free arm! Lee kicks at that arm, but Dante uses a leg for the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Lee lets off, and then Lee brings Dante up! Lee suplexes into a SLAM, then covers, TWO!! Dante escapes that deep tuck and Lee is frustrated. Lee kicks at Dante while they’re both down, then Lee rises up. Lee aims, Dante rises, and Lee runs up, but Dante ducks the kick! JUMP KNEE! Lee wobbles, but he BOOTS back! Lee runs up, into a KNEE from Dante!

Dante goes up, METEORA! Lee is down and the fans fire up as Dante climbs a corner! MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, Dante wins!

Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall (advances to Forbidden Door)

And with that, the fourth spot is filled! Dante joins Mark Briscoe, Konosuke Takeshita & Jack Perry, but wait! Shane Taylor & Anthony Ogogo show up to mug Dante! The fans boo as STP are sore losers! BODY SHOT from Ogogo! But here come Darius & Action! They fight with STP but that’s 3v2! Shane DECKS Darius, Ogogo GERMAN SUPLEXES Action! URENAGE for Darius! The fans boo more but STP doesn’t care. Lio Rush hurries out here, he asks what this is all about. Shane dares Lio to bring his little ass in here! Lio does, and he slips under Shane to shove Ogogo into him! Then he schoolboys Ogogo to SPIN KICK!

Shane whips Lio but Lio stops himself at the ropes! Lio eggs Shane on, then DUMPS him out! Lee runs up but Lio TOSSES Him out, and HANDSPRING KICKS Lee into Shane! Lio stands tall with Top Flight, and refs hurry out to stop this from getting any wilder. Will Shane Taylor make sure Lio meets his final hour soon enough? As for Dante and Top Flight, they nod respect to Lio, but still no handshakes. Will Lio just have to give them all time to trust him?

 

Hikaru Shida speaks.

“I have been in AEW since day one. I am a three-time world champion. I am the longest reigning AEW Women’s World Champion. And I am officially entering the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. That tournament needs me. And Wembley Stadium needs me! And the Shining Samurai will go to Wembley Stadium to once again become Women’s Champion.” Will Shida shine all the way through the Summer to then go All In on an incredible fourth Women’s World Championship reign?

 

Kyle O’Reilly VS Anthony Henry!

The Violent Artist has been trying to do things on his own, but even now, Roderick Strong & The Kingdom tag along. They’re on commentary for this match, and BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite! It will be an “All-Star 8 Man” as Roderick Strong joins forces with Kyle Fletcher, Konosuke Takeshita and Zack Sabre Jr. VS Kyle O’Reilly, Orange Cassidy, Dante Martin & Mark Briscoe. Will the Savior of the Backbreaker still be able to support his “friend” here tonight knowing that now? Or will Roddy find himself rooting for the other guy?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, and tie up. Henry powers Kyle back but Kyle turns that around. They go around and around, Kyle waistlocks but Henry switches. Kyle switches and drags Henry down Henry blocks one kick but has to duck the other! The fans cheer as Henry backs off, and the two reset. Kyle and Henry feel things out, knuckle lock, and go shoulder to shoulder. They go around, Henry throws Kyle down but Kyle has the leg guard up. Kyle kicks one knuckle lock apart to trip Henry up. Henry uses a leg guard now, but Kyle stands. Henry uses body scissors to climb up and go for the arm!

Kyle moves around, back drops and ARMBAR! Henry scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go, KICKS at Henry, then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! This relentless Kyle is the kind Roddy likes. Kyle wrenches, whips, but Henry holds ropes! Kyle KICKS the leg, then hooks it. Henry turns that around to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Henry traps Kyle’s head to NECK TWIST! Henry holds on, grabs an arm, then gives some kicks. Kyle just gets mad! The fans rally for Kyle and Roddy also coaches Kyle. Kyle stands, Henry KICKS, but Kyle ROCKS Henry. They fire off forearms, henry fires a strike fest!

Kyle blocks a kick, gives a strike fest in return, then SWEEPS the legs! The fans fire up as Henry flounders to a corner. Kyle runs up to forearm SMASH! Then wrench and ELOBW BREAKER, to a KNEE, to a suplex and FALCON ARROW into the ARMBAR! Henry TAPS, Kyle wins!

Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by submission

Roddy says that’s because of his presence! Roddy says Kyle is clearly missing something, or someone, to help him get that edge. Will Kyle show Roddy plenty of that “edge” this Wednesday?

 

Six Man Tag: The Bang Bang Gang VS The House of Black!

We heard from Rock Hard Juice Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, and… Austin earlier tonight, but now is time to put up or shut up! Malakai, Brody & Buddy have been World Trios Champions before, but will they get one step closer to becoming Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions? Or will the House fold when facing the Collision Cowboys in their house?

The trios sort out, but then they all step to each other. The fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” but we get Juice and The Dark Father. Juice and Malakai circle, then tie up. Malakai headlocks, Juice powers out but Malakai runs him over! Cover, ONE and Juice arm-drags! Malakai headscissors, Juice kips free, but Malakai avoids the arm-drag to sit down. The fans fire up, so Juice lifts a leg a la dogs. Malakai stands up to KICK Juice down! Juice scrambles away, Austin tags in. Austin is all fired up, but then Brody tags in! Austin turns around and tags Colten! Colten says that’s fine, he can bark it up. Brody swings, Colten bobs ‘n’ weaves and ROCKS-

Er, well, no, Brody doesn’t seem too bothered. Brody runs Colten over, he runs Austin over, then runs them both over! The Gunns stagger up, Brody runs up to DOUBLE LRIAT them out! Juice runs in but Brody TOSSES him out onto The Gunns! The fans fire up as The House stands together, they all build speed, but the Bang Bang Gang gets in to say BANG! So the House DECKS them all! The House tosses everyone out and the brawl is on as Collision goes picture in picture!

Brody is after Juice, Malakai TOSSES Austin, and Buddy CHOPS Colten. Malakai BOOTS Austin into the crowd! Brody sits Juice in a corner to CHOP! Malakai joins in to mug Juice, and Buddy KNEES Colten. Brody brings Juice around to whip hard into railing! Austin returns but Malakai KNEES him down. Brody CLUBS Austin, the fans fire up, and Brody CHOPS Austin. Buddy brings Colten over to join in, and he UPPERCUTS Colten into a seat. Brody herds Austin and Juice that way, the Bang Bang Gang all take seats, and Malakai KICKS away on them all! The fans hoot and bark with Brody as he runs in, to TRIPLE CROSSBODY!

The fans cheer and high-five Brody as The Bang Bang Gang all slumps down. Brody drags Colten up to put him in, and then stalks Colten to his empty corner. Brody grins at Colten’s fear, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns again and Buddy tags Malakai. They mug Colten, then Malakai wrenches to tag Buddy. Buddy climbs up to DOUBLE STOMP Colten’s arm! Buddy taunts Austin, goes back to Colten and wrenches. Tag to Malakai and he KNEES the arm! Malakai wrenches but Colten throws him down by his hair! Tag to Austin and Austin stomps away on Malakai! The ref counts, Austin lets off, but Malakai BOOTS him! Austin runs up to CLOBBER Malakai! Austin throws hands, then tags in Colten. They whip Malakai, to BODY SHOT, KNEE LIFT, and DROPKICK! Juice tags in to SENTON! Cover, TWO!

Juice stands on Malakai, the Gunns YANK Buddy & Brody down! Juice whips Malakai hard into the corner! Juice stomps away on Malakai, argues with the ref, then drags Malakai back up. Juice snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Malakai is still in this and Juice is frustrated. Juice stands Malakai up to bump him off buckles, then he tags Austin in. They mug Malakai, Austin asks “Who’s the Ass Boy now?” “YOU!!” Austin frowns, then fires hands on Malakai. Tag to Colten, he stomps away on Malakai. The ref counts, Colten ROCKS Malakai but the fans rally up. Juice tags in, he stomps at Malakai, then eggs him on.

Juice HEADBUTTS, but Malakai ROCKS Juice, DECKS the Gunns, then fires off on Juice! Juice blocks a kick, to LEG LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Malakai is still in this and Juice is upset with the ref’s count! Juice clamps onto Malakai for a chinlock but Malakai endures. Malakai fights up as the fans rally, and Malakai KICKS the bad leg! Juice THROAT CHOPS back! Malakai falls into a corner, Juice goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Malakai crawls, as does Juice, hot tag to Colten! He CLOBBERS Malakai, then whips him away. Colten runs up, but only gets buckles! Austin tags in, grabs Malakai’s foot, but Malakai BOOTS him into Colten!

Hot tag to Buddy! The fans fire up as the Aussie Juggernaut fires off strikes and a BOOT to Austin! POP-UP KNEE for Colten! Austin runs up, into a tilt-o-whirl and LAWN DART into Colten! Buddy reels Austin in for the JACKHAMMER! Cover, Juice breaks it! The fans boo but Juice hurries to BLAST Brody! Juice goes back to Buddy to whip, but Buddy lands safe on the apron! Buddy GAMANGIRIS Juice, bumps him off buckles, then BOOTS him away! Buddy goes up, Juice staggers around, into the METEORA! Cover, TWO! Buddy’s bad knee is bothering him, but he hobbles up to tag in Brody. Brody storms in and the fans fire up as we go picture in picture again.

Buddy has medics check his knee, he may have taken himself out when he hit Juice. Brody does his best to focus on the match, and he puts Austin in a corner. Buddy is in some serious pain, though. Brody runs up to CLOBBER Austin in the corner! Brody hoots and barks and gets the fans back into this. Brody roars, runs, but Colten saves his brother! The Bang Bang Gang regroups on the outside, the medics are still checking on Buddy but it isn’t looking good. This is basically 3v2 now. Juice & The Gunns strategize, knowing they have the advantage now. The ref has Bang Bang Gang settle down a minute while Buddy is helped to the back.

The fans applaud as Buddy is doing his best to walk on the good leg, and Collision returns to single picture. But the Gunns jump on Brody, they and Juice mug him, and Malakai tries to help but is sent back out! The fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but the Bang Bang Gang doesn’t care! Tag to Colten and he stomps away on Brody. The ref counts, Colten tags Austin back in, and now Austin stomps Brody. Tag to Juice, he gets some stomps in! The fans still taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” but Juice blows boogers onto Brody! Then Juice CANNONBALLS! Direct hit and Juice covers, TWO! Brody stays in this and the fans fire up!

Austin tags in, then he tags Colten. The Gunns get Brody up, whip him to ropes, but Brody denies the 3:10 with a LARIAT! And another LARIAT! Juice runs up, but into a BOSS MAN SLAM! Brody is down and the fans fire up! Brody crawls, the fans hoot and bark, hot tag to Malakai! Malakai breaks through Colten’s lariat to BOOT Austin! Malakai dodges Colten, DECKS Austin, then ELBOWS Colten! A strike fest and a LEG SEWEP for Austin! SLIDING KNEE! The fans fire up, but Juice takes the QUEBRADA for Colten! Malakai still ROUNDHOUSES Colten and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Malakai snarls and the fans fire up! Colten rises, distracts the ref with talk of injury, and Juice grabs a leg! Malakai kicks Juice away, but Colten runs up, FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Colten’s shot doesn’t finish this but he tags to Austin. The Gunns get Malakai up, double whip, 3:10- NO, Malakai BOOTS Colten, BOOTS Austin, but Juice HOTSHOTS! FAMOUSER from Austin! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives and Austin is stunned! The Gunns reload, call their shot, and they coordinate with Juice! Juice goes up, but Brody is back! The Gunns dodge him, 3:10 TO YUMA!!! But they have to get Malakai down!

Austin turns Malakai, Juice finally aims, but PAC is here?! The Bastard spooks Juice, trips him up, then flips off Austin! Austin swings on Pac, but turns around into THE END!!! Cover, The House wins!!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

The Bastard told The Bang Bang Gang that he was not going to let what they did to Death Triangle slide! The House still gets the win, even with Buddy going down with a bad knee. But then The Patriarchy has to come in via the tron to ruin all the fun. Christian Cage says congratulations to The House. Congratulations on becoming the #1 contenders to the World Trios Championships. The only problem is, they’re not a trio anymore. The Patriarchy reveals they took out Buddy!! The Patriarchy leaves Buddy down and out, right as Malakai & Brody rush to the back! Will Christian Cage stoop to new lows just so he and his “sons” can rise up the ranks?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision for the anniversary episode, and I appreciate it was more rock, less talk. The only real talky stuff was everything Christian Cage did, but even that wasn’t so bad because he didn’t take forever getting to the point. He takes credit for all the good Collision content, heavily favors Nick Wayne over Killswitchasaurus, and then tries to hide his failure at Double Or Nothing by going for the trios titles, which he can totally just use Nick and Luchasaurus to win for him when the time comes. Really good promo from Bang Bang Gang in response, and great main event between Bang Bang Gang and House of Black.

If Buddy isn’t actually hurt, he was doing amazing acting tonight. And with how Christian “attacked” Buddy, it seems the story is the same either way: The House will need a new third man to challenge Jay White & The Gunns. Pac showed up to stick it to the Bang Bang Gang, so maybe The Bastard becomes an honorary member of The House of Black just to take the titles. And honestly, what better feud than Christian “Greatest Father Ever” Cage and “The Bastard” Pac, with how “bastard” also has the old definition of “a fatherless child.” And honestly, when is Luchasaurus going to break away from Christian? Should happen during the trios title match.

Really good 8 Man Tag, but I should’ve figured BCC would win, and that Moxley would again tell Naito that he’s done after Forbidden Door. It’s the same thing he’s been saying all week since Dominion last Sunday, he’ll probably keep saying it for those who weren’t paying attention, and I am starting to think that’s just because he’s going to lose in Long Island so Naito can have finish his last run with the world title. And good integration as Lio says hey to Dante before Dante has his match with Lee. Great win for Dante, and I figured he would because you need a true high-flyer in a ladder match. Lio helping fight off Shane Taylor Promotions is also interesting, can’t wait to see which way this splits. Could someone be leaving Top Flight to join STP?

Kyle VS Henry was a strange filler-not-filler, because at least we got the news of an 8 Man Tag happening for Dynamite. It’ll be a great match, with some Forbidden Door build involved as Cassidy will be facing Zack Sabre Jr. and now we’ll be seeing Mark Briscoe, Dante Martin, and Konosuke Takeshita in the ladder match. With that, feels like one of the Kyles takes a loss. Either Roddy purposefully costs O’Reilly or accidentally costs Fletcher. I’m thinking the former so that Roddy can insist O’Reilly still needs him to be relevant. Then they can take that feud through the Summer, maybe even into the Men’s Owen Hart Cup.

Really good promo from Shida, and she’ll be a great part of the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Probably won’t win it, though, with the potential story of Mariah May challenging Toni Storm, or with Willow looking to go back-to-back. Very good match from Hechicero VS Dalton Castle, and it was a rather clever move that The Outrunners were the pseudo-boys that failed to save Castle while Garcia & Menard succeeded. Add Angelo Parker to that and you’ve got an 8 Man Tag right there of Garcia, Menard, Parker & Castle VS Hechicero & The Cage of Agony. Very good No DQ match from Deonna VS Rosa, but as I said earlier in the week, I figured Deonna would win. She’s a Heel, the current champions are Faces, she will make a good challenger to maybe the TBS Championship for All In.

And a great promo from The Acclaimed to call out The Bucks for their continued abuses of power. Cutler being the scrub that takes beatings on behalf of The EVPs is a pretty silly recurring gag, but Daniels getting in on the fun was good stuff. The Acclaimed surely do find a way to win the Title Eliminator in order to force a title match that The Bucks probably cheat to win. This probably still leads to Acclaimed helping Swerve for Blood & Guts, as I sensed on Wednesday.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Clash at the Castle Results & Report! (6/15/24)

Scotland goes for gold!

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Will Drew McIntyre finally have his moment?

The Scottish Warrior won then lost the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, but redemption could be at hand here in Glasgow! Will today be Damian Priest’s judgment day?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Championship I Quit Match: Cody Rhodes VS AJ Styles; Cody wins and retains the title.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill VS Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn; Fyre & Dawn win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable w/ Otis & Maxxine Dupri; Sami wins and retains the title.
  • WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Piper Niven w/ Chelsea Green; Bayley wins and retains the title.
  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Damian Priest VS Drew McIntyre; Priest wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Clash at the Castle Countdown Show!

Join Michael Cole, Kevin Owens & Big E in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action going down in Glasgow!

 

Exclusive interview with Drew McIntyre.

Jackie Redmond sat down with The Scottish Warrior, she asked how he’s doing. Marvelous! Medically cleared in time for Clash at the Castle. How much does this event mean to him? Well, it wasn’t a thing growing up. There were no PLE’s in Scotland. It was all about making it to WrestleMania, did it. Won, that was cool. Won it again before getting screwed over, but main eventing the first PLE in Scotland? Beyond a dream come true. Then what does Scotland mean to him? McIntyre will sum it up with lyrics, Caledonia. Poetic name for Scotland. “Scotland, let me tell you that I love you, I think about you all the time. Caledonia, you’re calling, now I’m coming home.”

So when you think of Glasgow, what memories come to mind? What lessons did he learn before traveling the world? He spent four years there, at university. He can’t really talk about those lessons, not PG. But what he can share is to speak your mind, be passionate. If someone goes too far and runs their mouth, give them a “kiss” between the eyes. AKA the Glasgow Kiss. That tracks. And this isn’t his first Clash at the Castle. He was at the first, in Cardiff, and it didn’t go his way. Could he take us back to that night and how that felt?

McIntyre never felt that kind of emotion from a crowd. They were 100% in his corner, his family and friends were there, but “The Elders” had Solo Sikoa screw him over. That was a shot through Drew’s heart, through his family’s heart, through The UK’s heart, and he can’t let that happen again. Is he over that yet? Nope, absolutely not. Will he ever be? Nope. He didn’t think about it, pushed it down, but things flare it up. Ten months, still waiting for an apology, but people have such short term memory. Trauma doesn’t go away easily.

There is a lot the last year that has upset him, yet Drew’s renewed with the WWE? Why is it important to be here even though he gets upset? To be honest, he was thinking of taking time off. He was at the end of his contact, he’d just lost his sister in law, his wife’s sister, and she was struggling, the family was struggling. He went home to a wedding, got to see people he hadn’t gotten to see in so long. He wanted to think what was best for his future. But he and his wife talked, and they both agreed that it wasn’t time to walk away. You don’t walk away from the table when you’re on a heater. So they wanted to figure out what’d work for his career.

Thankfully, WWE was on the same page, they’ve gotten a situation figured out so McIntyre can give as much as he can to both family and career. He’s so obsessive with this business that it’s good to have that balance. Jackie likes that saying, “you don’t walk away when you’re on a heater.” WWE right now definitely feels like it has the heat, so what does he make of the state of the company? Everyone top to bottom is killing it, even interviewers like Jackie. We haven’t had a roster this talented in the ring and people who have found themselves. The matches are on a different level, just look at the numbers. BILLION dollar contracts!

Now it is up to the roster to get it done. The only thing that needs improving is the World Heavyweight Championship, and that means taking it from Damian Priest. More of this interview to come later on in the Countdown.

 

Backstage interview with The Alpha Academy.

Cathy Kelley is with Chad Gable, Otis & Maxxine Dupri ahead of Gable’s Intercontinental Championship match with Sami Zayn. Gable, in Montreal, you came up short- Er, didn’t win… So how is tonight going to differ? Gable says tonight, the family is in line. They are taking orders the right way. So you will see a whole different game play out tonight. They’re here, they know the plan, and they will help him win HIS championship, no matter what. Then Maxxine, you’re in a boot, how are you feeling physically and emotionally? Gable says she’s fine! Right? Tell her! She’s fine! Don’t worry about that.

What matters is that Sami’s reign ends tonight, at the hands of Gable’s family, Maxxine, Otis and- Wait, where’s Tozawa? Otis, you were supposed to keep track of him. Tozawa’s gonna pay for this on Monday. Gable storms off, Otis & Maxxine follow, but will this really go how Gable wants?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

Cathy Kelley is with the WWE Women’s Champion and “Michael Cole’s favorite,” and wishes her a happy birthday! Bayley thanks Cathy, and Cathy figures the celebration should be after Clash and a win tonight. Is Bayley concerned about Piper’s hometown advantage? Bayley knows how important it is to be in front of your hometown, and she has respect for Piper. Piper laid the foundation for how WWE is even here right now. But she is also the same person that has been attacking Bayley for the last month, and ran Bayley into the wall last night. Bayley is a champion who fights for what she believes in. So sorry, but she has to beat Piper in front of her loved ones tonight.

Cathy says they were going to send this back to Cole but she’ll let Bayley do the honors. Oh, of course. “Dear Michael Cole, back to you, you idiot!” Will The Role Model give herself the best birthday present possible by getting passed Piper Niven to head for SummerSlam?

 

Chelsea Green joins the panel.

She doesn’t like Cole telling everyone she’s the sidekick and valet to Piper. They’re like chocolate & vanilla. Okay, but what is all this “we” stuff? Sorry, does Cole not have experience in healthy relationships? They are going to win the title. Kevin Owens says there was a time when he won the Universal Championship with the help of a Canadian from Winnipeg, and they tried to say “they” won the titles, but that didn’t end well. Big E does bring up when Leyla & Michelle McCool did that as #LeyCool. Yes, and so it will not end terribly because it won’t end, Chelsea and Piper will be together forever.

Then how does Piper feel about her chances tonight? Oh, Miss P was born ready, so she is super confident, and she also has Chelsea in her corner so she’s absolutely ready. Then with all this pressure, can Piper pull it off? Big E says yes. Chelsea may have… unenviable qualities, but she is in Piper’s corner, and that support has helped Piper feel confident. Yes, Chelsea has feeling Piper feeling confident and pretty and rich and skinny and tanned, just like Chelsea, and that is why Piper will win. Okay, then can Chelsea go and help Piper get ready? Chelsea says Cole will be hearing from her later. But will the Hot Mess help Piper take the title from Bayley tonight?

 

Exclusive interview with Drew McIntyre, part 2.

What does McIntyre say to certain critics who look at his actions and his words, and says he’s a hypocrite? Well a lot of people have done that. Number one is Michael Cole. Using Cole’s position of power in a way that is irresponsible. He was shouting McIntyre’s praises during Pandemic Era, and while Cole said it was all McIntyre, McIntyre said that was a team effort. But McIntyre doesn’t like certain people. If that makes him a bad guy, then say hello to the bad guy. Speaking of Pandemic Era, he won the title, but no fans. And then this year, he wins in Philadelphia, but loses it right away. Has any of this made him bitter?

No, those didn’t make him bitter. It made him stronger. Others would’ve broken apart, fallen down the card, left the company, but not him. He wants the ball in his hands, the company on his back, and he can carry them both. He has then, he will now, he’s still that same guy. And this time, in Scotland, it will be absolutely perfect and all worth it. Then in order to do that, he must beat Damian Priest. What does he think of Priest? McIntyres’ seen Priest’s evolution since NXT. He knows Priest’s backstory, his struggle, and Drew respects that journey and that talent. But in some ways, Priest is just playing champion, trying to find his role.

Priest is trying to get the buzz, the cheap pop, he’s focused on the wrong things. McIntyre tried to say that but Priest just shrugged it off, tried to be Mr. Machismo. McIntyre was just trying to help. Priest has hit his potential. McIntyre has been doing this for 20 YEARS, and that will show tonight. McIntyre’s mind reads 10 miles long, Priest’s is more like a notepad. Then finish this thought: Priest VS McIntyre, for the World Heavyweight Championship at Clash at the Castle, will be… Epic. The Scots are proud of their own, and one of their own will win.

Jackie thanks McIntyre for his time, they shake hands, and he says no real need to thank him. Warrior physically, warrior mentally. But will McIntyre be champion both physically and mentally?

 

A fight’s coming to Scotland.

The Scottish Warrior said he told us it was. A good ol’ square go. A waylay. Sorry, that’s the Scottish way of saying, “A beating.” Brutal. Unflinching. Ferocious. Never ever underestimate your opponent. It’ll be the last thing you remember. The Scots are known for their temper, so let’s make a deal. You bring the crazy, they will bring the fight. This is Clash at the Castle, and this is gonna be good!

 

Undisputed WWE Championship I Quit Match: Cody Rhodes VS AJ Styles!

The American Nightmare had respect for The Phenomenal One, which is why he gave it his all back at Backlash in France. But when Styles pulled a Mark Henry style trap, the respect went out the window, and the rulebook has gone out with it! Both men can do whatever they want to the other in an effort to get those dreaded two words out of them, but who will give in and give up in Glasgow?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and so are the stakes, all just to see who is undisputed!

The ref reminds everyone the rules: no pins, no submissions, no ring counts, no disqualifications. The fans already sing “CODY! CODY RHOOODES~!” like they did just last night. The bell rings and the fans are thunderous! Cody and Styles approach, Cody kicks then RHODES UPPERCUTS! Cody fires off hands, whips Styles hard into buckles, and Styles falls back! The fans are thunderous again and Cody gets Styles up to bump him off buckles. Cody ROCKS Styles, but has to shake out that beat up h and. Cody whips, Styles reverses then runs in. Cody goes up and over, to SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans continue to sing as Cody rises up.

Styles rises, Cody springboards, BEAUTIFUL- ATOMIC DROP! Styles CHOPS, CHOPS and bumps Cody off buckles. Styles CHOPS again, then bumps him off buckles. The fans boo but Styles CHOPS again! Styles whips corner to corner hard and Cody staggers back. Cody drops to his knees, the fans taunt Styles, but Styles storms up on Cody. Styles scoops, Cody slips free to JAB, JAB and JAB! Flip, flop, fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Styles staggers to ropes, Cody pats the mat and the fans fire up. Cody runs, and he DROPKICKS Styles out of the ring! The ref checks but Styles says get outta his face. Cody shrugs and looks under the ring.

The fans fire up, because Cody brings out a TABLE! Cody puts that aside real quick to stomp Styles down, then he gets a second table! The fans are loving this even more, and Cody sets up that second table first. Cody sees Styles go around the way, so he pursues! Cody whips Styles into and over the steps! Styles doesn’t stop here, so Cody gets him up to whip him into and over barriers! The fans fire up with Cody as he goes up onto the barrier, then AX HANDLES Styles down! The fans are even closer to the action as Cody throws hands on Styles! Styles hits back, they go to the back section but Cody throws more hands!

Cody SMACKS Styles with someone’s drink! The fans cheer more, and Cody ROCKS Styles again. Cody CLAWS Styles’ back, then whips, but Styles reverses to send Cody into railing! Styles KICKS Cody, brings him around, and whips him into the fire exit door! The fans fire up as this goes backstage, and Cody brawls with Styles in the hallway! Cody SMACKS Styles off a wall, fires more hands, then ROCKS him again. They go further back, end up by the tech area, and Cody SMACKS Styles off a trunk. Styles ROCKS Cody, then CHOKES Cody with a cable! Cody endures, throws elbows, and then shoves him into another wall.

The brawl goes off into another part of the backstage area, and they reappear by the bleachers! The fans fire up as the brawl goes back down the runway! Cody climbs up on Styles to rain down fists! Fans count, Cody stops at eight to CLAW Styles’ face! Styles staggers away, the fans stay fired up as Cody CLUBS Styles on the back. Cody brings Styles around but Styles blocks the bump to ROCK Cody! The fans chant “AJ SUCKS! AJ SUCKS!” but Styles gets in the ring. Cody trips Styles, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Styles endures while the fans “WOO~!” Styles refuses to give up, and he drags himself around. Cody pushes on the leglock but Styles still endures!

Cody thrashes around, the fans are thunderous, but Styles goes to the ropes. The ropebreak won’t save him, but they do force Cody to let go from being scraped off. Styles rests on the apron but the fans continue to sing. Cody storms up on Styles, brings him up, but Styles fights the suplex! Styles then suplexes Cody and himself up and out of the ring and to the floor! A rough landing but the fans fire up again. Both men rise, and Styles fireman’s carries! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER on the desk! Cody writhes, Styles has a sinister grin, and he drags Cody off the desk, to suplex and BRAINBUSTER on the desk!!

Styles shouts, “Ask the champ now!” The ref asks, but Cody says NO! Soo Styles BOPS Cody with the mic! And TOSSES Cody into the timekeeper’s area! Cody may have even hit the ring bell! Styles finds Mama Rhodes and talks trash to her! She gives it right back that he’s all bark and no bite! Styles stalks Cody, who is busted open! Styles DECKS Cody, then throws down more fists! Styles says, “We’ve got a bleeder!” Styles drags Cody up and into the ring, then stalks him. Cody sits up, Styles soaks up the heat, but Cody fires body shots! Styles DECKS Cody, then stomps him! Styles says he’s gonna hurt everyone’s hero!

The fans boo but Styles drags Cody up. Styles fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cody writhes, the ref checks, but Cody says “Absolutely NOT!” Styles rains down fists on Cody, going right for that bloody forehead! Cody still says NO! Styles sighs, stalks Cody, and brings him up. Cody fires body shots! Cody ROCKS Styles, ROLLING ELBOWS, then runs, but into a DROPKICK! Cody falls and bails out while fans boo Styles. Styles grins, goes out after Cody, and SMACKS him off steel steps! Cody falls back but the fans tell Styles off. Styles soaks it up and throws the top steps away. Styles then drags Cody up to the base, like he did a couple weeks ago!

The fans boo as Styles reels Cody in, but Cody back drops free! The fans cheer and Cody rests for a moment. Cody then goes into the ring, rises up, and fires himself back up. The fans continue to sing as Styles gets in, and Cody ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Cody fires off more shots, then roars, but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Cody ducks the lariat to BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Cody roars, the fans cheer, and Cody grabs Styles for a dragon sleeper! But Styles KNEES free, then PELES! Cody wobbles, Styles reels him in, DDT right at center!

Cody sputters, but he still tells the ref, “NO!” The fans cheer so Styles fishhooks the mouth! Styles adds on a chinlock and says he will make Cody quit! Styles ELBOWS Cody in the head, then he goes out to search under the ring. Styles finds a chair, slides that in, and stalks Cody. The fans want tables but Styles KICKS Cody down. Styles then puts the chair around Cody’s head! Styles CHOKES Cody, throws down fists, then goes to the ropes. KNEE DROP on the chair!! Cody sputters, but how can he say the words when he can’t speak!? Cody still manages a “No!” and Styles is furious. Styles goes out again, and he finds a kendo stick!

Styles brings the stick in to SMACK Cody in the ribs! And SMACK him on the shoulder! And the leg! Styles says he’s gonna hurt Cody unless he quits. Styles SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS Cody, even while he’s down! Cody tries to sit up but Styles SMACKS him down again! Styles tells Cody to say it, but Cody shouts “HELL NO!” Styles is beside himself, and the fans continue to sing for “CODY! CODY RHOOODES~!” Styles takes off a belt to LASH Cody with it over and over and over again! Cody writhes, Styles says he’ll keep doing it unless he says those words! Styles then straps the belt around Cody’s head to pull him back!

Ironically, the blood makes the belt slip off, so Styles LASHES Cody with it. The fans tell Styles he messed up, but Styles goes for the STF! Styles wants Cody to say it, but even with Styles’ hands in his face, Cody says “NO!” The fans rally as hard as they can, and Cody pries at the hold! But is he fading out?! Blood loss, oxygen loss, Styles lets go! Styles thinks this is enough but this is an I Quit match. See Roman Reigns VS Jey Uso during Thunderdome Era. Styles is furious and says fine, he’ll wake Cody back up. Cody grabs some water, takes a swig, and brings the bottle in to splash Cody with it. Cody does wake up, and fans cheer for “H 2 O!”

Styles goes out, and he fetches a mysterious black bag! Styles says he knows what we’re thinking, but this is even better. Not tacks, but CUFFS! Styles grabs one hand and cuffs it, then gets the other! The fans say Styles is a “KINKY BASTARD!” but Cody’s hands are trapped behind him! Styles SMACKS away with the kendo stick, with no arms to guard! The ref checks with Cody, but Cody again says “NO!” Styles tells Mama Rhodes this is HER fault. Styles says Cody gets this from her! Mama Rhodes still says he’s all talk. Styles gets in her face, so she SLAPS him! And SLAPS him again!! AND AGAIN! That’s three!!

Styles grabs a chair!! Mama dares him to try! Styles backs off, but goes back to Cody, to SMACK him on the back! And again! Cody’s gotten his hands in front of him but now his back is the target! And wait, there’s more chain in the bag?! Styles wraps that chain around his arm, then goes to the apron. Styles aims, springboards in, but Cody has the chair! Cody CHUCKS it at Styles, Styles falls back and through the table!! A phenomenal crash and burn! Cody hurries to find the keys for the cuffs. Ah yes, right by the bag. The fans know “This is Awesome!” and Cody is free! Cody fires himself up and the fans are with him!

Styles crawls back into the ring, Cody CLOBBERS him with the cuffs! Styles is busted open, he runs in, but Cody dodges! Styles hits buckles, staggers, and Cody THROAT CHOPS! Then he fishhooks Styles, before a CODY CUTTER! The fans fire up again and the fans are electric!! Cody says Styles is gonna say it! CROSS RHODES!! But Cody isn’t done there, and the fans want him to keep going! Cody drags Styles back up, CROSS RHODES!! But the fans want that “One More Time! One More Time!” So Cody grabs the chair, places that down, and FULL METAL CROSS RHODES!! Styles sputters and fans chant “You Deserve It!”

Cody doesn’t want the ref to check just yet, he has more in mind. Cody has the chair, but then thinks of something else. Cody grabs the cuffs, and he puts them on Styles! The fans fire up as Cody drags Styles over, and cuffs him to the ropes! Styles can’t go anywhere now! Cody has a chair, and tells Styles to say it or else! JAM to the leg! SMACK to the back! SMACK to the front! And again, and again, and again! Cody tees off on Styles until he slumps down! The cuff keeps that one arm up, but Cody SMASHES Styles’ leg! The fans are thunderous, but Styles says “I… SCREW YOU, CODY RHODES!” The fans boo, but Cody can feel he’s close.

Cody JAMS Styles rather low with the chair, then goes out to grab the steel steps. Cody gets those steps in the ring with a toss, and Styles has moved to a corner. Cody lifts the steps back up, and holds them high over head! Styles says okay, okay! STYLES QUITS! CODY WINS!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes (still Undisputed WWE Champion)

Even Cody’s a bit surprised it ended there. Cody asks if Mama says this is good, and she says do it! STEEL STEP ATTACK! “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody made sure Styles was humbled, and Cody stands tall on the steps. Cody holds up the title, proving he doesn’t quit, he gets even! Will anyone be able to stop The American Nightmare now?

But wait! Solo Sikoa walks out on stage? He applauds Cody’s win, then smiles at him before staring him down. And then TAMA & LOA ATTACK! The fans boo as The Bloodline goes after Cody while he’s vulnerable! BUT HERE COMES ORTON! The Viper AND Kevin Owens go after The Bloodline, clearly nothing being over from last night! Now the numbers are even and the fans fire up! This brawl goes up and down the runway, then to the back! Will Nick Aldis have to figure this out for next Friday Night SmackDown?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Triple Threat: Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill VS Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn!

The StrongEST Duo has looked near unstoppable in their relatively short reign, but here in Glasgow, it’s bubble bubble, double the trouble! The Queen of Spades & Hunter were very close, while we’ve seen The Wicked Witches of Scotland hold titles before. Will Bianca & Jade be the ones that weather the storm? Or will there be new champions one way or another?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who defies the odds!

This kind of Triple Threat allows one member of each team active at a time, tagging only to their partners. The teams sort out, and we start with Shayna, Isla and Bianca. Shayna shoves Bianca, fires off on Isla but Bianca fires off on them both! DORPKICK for Shayna, but Isla whips. Bianca reverses to TOSS Isla but Shayna BOOTS Bianca! Shayna whips, Bianca goes up and over, then she runs in to RAM into Shayna. Bianca goes up, rains down fists, and the fans count all the way to TEN! Then Bianca goes to 13, before she flips up and over Isla! Isla runs into Shayna, Bianca scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Shayna back suplexes, Bianca lands out!

Bianca O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Bianca goes up, says kiss this, and then flips up and over Shayna. Bianca then gets Shayna for a BIG back suplex! Bianca runs, handsprings and MOONSAULTS! Cover, Isla breaks it! Bianca BOOTS Isla away but Alba tags in! The fans fire up as Zoey tags in as well, and then Jade tags in! The fresh members all run up, Jade dodges but gets pinballed between kicks! She fires off but gets more kicks for it! Zoey wrenches to a wristlock, Alba fires body shots! They both wristlock Jade and work to power her down! Jade bridges all the way back! The fans rally, and Jade fights her way back up!

Alba & Zoey push but Jade SHOVES them both away! Then DOUBLE LARIATS! Jade DECKS Isla for good measure! Jade THRWOS Alba to a corner, SPLASHES Zoey, then SPLASHES Alba! Another SPLASH for Zoey, then a short arm LARIAT! Alba BOOTS back, goes up, but Jade ROCKS Alba! Jade then trophy lifts Alba, fireman’s carries, and Zoey runs up! Jade catches her, too! FALL AWAY SAMOAN DROP COMBO! And a kip up on top! The fans are thunderous and Jade drags Alba up. Tag to Bianca, the champs have Alba for a double whip. They double hip toss into a DOUBLE SLAM! Isla runs up, into a scoop and SLAM!

Bianca and Jade coordinate, handspring and DOMINATOR SLAM! Zoey & Shayna run up, the champs dodge to DOUBLE BOOT! Then DOUBLE STALLING SUPLEXES! The fans cheer as we get a double kip up! Wakanda Forever, Black Girl Magic! The fans cheer as things cool off. The contenders all talk it out, and then Alba & Shayna run in. Bianca fires off on them but that’s 2v1! The contenders POST Bianca and she slumps down! Then the rest go after Jade! Jade fights them off but Shayna CLUBS her down! Fyre DIVES onto her! The fans fire up and then Shayna & Zoey DOUBLE SUPLEX Jade to the floor!

Isla runs up, METEORA onto Jade! The fans fire up for the lasses, then Shayna goes after Bianca. Shayna sits Bianca down, she tags ZOey and Fyre tags Isla. Isla HIP ATTACKS and says kiss that! Isla snapmares Bianca so Zoey can BOOT! Tag back to Shayna, Isla drags Bianca up, but then Zoey & Shayna sucker punch the lasses! The fans boo but this was gonna happen eventually. Shayna kicks Isla around, whips her to a corner, then runs in to KNEE! Tag to Zoey, Shayna sweeps the legs and Zoey slingshot SENTONS! Bianca is back up but Zoey LARIATS her down! Zoey tags Shayna back in. Shayna has Isla up and kicks a leg.

The fans rally for Isla but Shayna fires hands! Shayna whips, Isla reverses but Shayna dodges! Zoey sneaks a tag, Shayna sets Isla up, MISSILE DROPKICK! GUT WRENCH SLAM! Cover, TWO! Isla survives and the fans fire up! Shayna tags in, she and Zoey set Isla up. But Isla back drops Zoey away! Isla ROCKS Shayna, ELBOWS Zoey, hot tag to Fyre! Fyre dodges to fire forearms and SUPERKICKS! Wrench for Shayna, kick off Bianca, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up with Fyre as she TOSSES Zoey out! Then she DUMPS Shayna out to join her! The former NXT UK Women’s Champion has everyone fired up as she goes up and up and ESCALARA CANNONBALLS!!

Fyre rises and the fans are with her! Fyre puts Shayna in, goes up a corner, and leaps again, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, Bianca breaks it! Fyre stomps Bianca, drags her up, and TOSSES her out! Tag to Isla and they focus on Shayna. Isla reels Shayna in, but Shayna switches around to shove Isla into Fyre! Zoey CLUBS Fyre, goes up after her, and the two brawl! Shayna adds on, she and Zoey go up to grab Fyre. But Isla adds on! TOWER OF DOOM!! Shayna and Fyre writhe, but Zoey is still up top! Bianca ROCKS Zoey, goes up after her, but Zoey resists the lift! Bianca still powers through, to SUPERPLEX!

Both women have a rough landing and the ref checks. All five are down, but JADE rises up! The fans fire up as she calls to Bianca! Bianca hurries, hot tag to Jade! Jade springboards, but slips! She hurries back up to fire hands, then snap suplexes Shayna! Zoey runs up, into a SPINEBUSTER! SPINEBUSTER for Isla! Fyre leaps, but rana becomes a BOOT BOMB COMBO! But Shayna still KNEES the cover apart! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Jade is fading, is she tapping? The ref might’ve missed that! Shayna clamps on even tighter, Jade is still shaking but she rises back up! Only to fade back out! The ref checks on Jade as the fans rally again!

Bianca is up top though! 450 SPLASH onto them both!! Shayna writhes from the impact, but Zoey is back to springboard! Bianca BODIES her! Shayna is up, Bianca ducks a kick to shove her! Jade ELBOWS Shayna, BOOTS her to Bianca, then they get Shayna up! DDT to the STORM PLEX!! But Isla drags Jade off the cover! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cover on Shayna, ISLA & ALBA WIN!!!

Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

In a Triple Threat, it isn’t about doing the most damage, it’s about hitting at the right time! Scotland cheers for THEIR WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, will this celebration last all night long?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable w/ Otis & Maxxine Dupri!

The Great Liberator didn’t realize how deeply selfish “Master Gable” could be, but those true colors showed when Sami retained the title in Montreal. Things have gotten very personal, but can Sami show The Academy that they don’t need Gable’s abusive coaching? Or will The Academy do whatever it takes to finally bring Gable gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we’ll see just what it takes to win the big one!

There’s QR Code creepiness, something about we were told to prepare, and then the bell rings. The fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” for Sami as he circles with Gable. The two tie up, go around, and end up on ropes. They go along the ropes, off the ropes, back on the ropes, then in a corner. Sami has Gable, the ref counts, and Sami lets off slowly. The fans sing for Sami with a different song, “Sami, Sami Zayn! Sami Zayn! Sami, Sami Zayn! LALALALA!” Gable and Sami reset, tie up again, and are in a deadlock. Sami uses his height, but Gable puts Sami in the corner. Sami turns it around, but Gable turns it back around.

The ref counts, Gable grinds his forearms in, but lets off at 4. The fans boo, the two reset, and feel things out. They tie up, Gable waistlocks, but Sami wrenches to a wristlock. Gable rolls, spins, and headlocks. Fans chant for Otis but Sami endures the headlock grind. Gable hits the takeover, Sami headscissors, but Gable kips free. Roles reverses, Sami hits the takeover and Gable headscissors, but now Sami kips free. The fans rally while Maxxine looks worried. Gable and Sami feel things out, tie up, and Gable headlocks. Sami powers up and out, drops down, then hurdles. Sami arm-drags Gable, arm-drags again, but Gable avoids the third! AKNLE LOCK!

Sami scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Gable lets off slowly, the fans chant “YOU SUCK!” Gable gives a shove as he lets off, and Sami storms up. Gable gets around, goes back to the headlock, but Sami powers out. Sami drops down, then TOSSES Gable up and out! The fans fire up as Sami builds speed, but Gable moves, so Sami Arabian Presses back in! The fans cheer as Sami eggs Gable on. Gable talks with Otis & Maxxine, and tells them to remember what he said. Gable storms up to the apron, then backs down. Sami rushes out, but Gable slides in! The fans cheer for Sami and Otis as they lock eyes! Sami tells Otis he doesn’t need Gable and Gable knows it.

Sami then goes back to Gable in the ring, and the two reset. They feel things out, Sami asks why Gable’s like this. Gable SLAPS! So Sami SLAPS! Gable swings, Sami ducks then SLAPS! Sami hits a takeover but Gable slips out to have the ANKLE LOCK! Sami gets the ROPEBREAK, but Gable KICKS the arm! Gable goes after the arm with knee drop after knee drop, then he SLAMS the arm on the mat. The fans taunt Gable, Sami shakes out his bad arm and goes to a corner. Gable wraps the arms around ropes, then CHOPS! Gable CHOPS again, then pulls on the arm! The ref counts, Gable lets off at 4, and Sami clutches the elbow.

Gable drags Sami up, hammerlocks that arm, then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Sami is still in this but he shakes the arm out more. Gable storms around, drags Sami up by his arm and has a KEYLOCK! Sami endures, the fans rally, and Maxxine is even more worried than before. Sami fights up, claws at Gable’s face and throws body shots. Sami CLUBS Gable, whips him, but Gable reverses. Gable runs in but is put on the apron! Gable HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Sami falls down and the fans rally for Otis! Gable makes sure Otis has his eyes on the prize, then goes back into the ring.

Gable CHOPS Sami in a corner, climbs up and rains down fists! The fans taunt Gable as he pie faces Sami again and again. Gable CHOPS, ROCKS and fires off on Sami in the corner! The ref counts, Gable lets off and Sami sits down. Gable tells The Academy to watch, and then he runs in. Sami ELBOWS Gable! And BOOTS him! Sami goes up, leaps, AX HANDLE! The fans fire up as Sami goes up again, to AX HANDLE! The fans fire up more, and Sami CHOPS away on Gable! Sami rains down fists, the ref counts, so Sami lets off at 4. Sami shakes out the bad arm, drags Gable up and whips, but Gable reverses! Sami goes up and over, then clotheslines Gable up and out!

The fans fire up again and Sami goes to the apron. Sami mule kicks Gable, then ARABIAN PRESS SAULTS! Direct hit and down goes Gable! The fans fire up with Sami even more, and Sami drags Gable into the ring. Sami climbs up, leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! The fans rally again but Gable waistlocks and deadlifts! Sami fights with elbows, switches, but Gable fires more elbows! Gable runs, but into a scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Sami managed that with one arm but it wasn’t enough to stop Gable! Sami rises, brings Gable around, but Gable fights the back suplex! Sami CLUBS Gable, tries again, but Gable goes for the bad arm!

Sami stays on his feet as they goa round, but Gable reels him in! POWERBOMB! Gable goes to a corner, DIVING HEADBUTT!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and Gable is beside himself! Gable drags Sami up, Sami throws elbows, but Gable still GERMAN SUPLEXES! And then GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Gable holds on, but Sami fights with elbows again! Sami switches, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES! Sami drags Gable up, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Gable fights with elbows, switches, but Sami switches! They switch and switch and switch and then HALF ‘N’ HALF from Sami! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives and Sami is beside himself!

“This is Awesome!” as Sami and Gable both slowly rise. Gable and Sami grab each other by the hair, Sami HEADBUTTS! Gable fires a haymaker! They stand, the hands still fly, and Gable gets the edge! Sami fires back in kind! Gable fires another string of forearms but Sami gives back boxing elbows! But Gable grabs the arm! Takedown and CROSSFACE!! Sami endures and the fans rally up! Sami fights up, throws Gable off, and now has the CROSSFACE for his own!! Gable endures, the fans chant at him to tap, but Gable fights around! Gable grabs a leg, ANKLE LOCK!! Sami endures, reaches out, and the fans rally up!

Sami crawls forward, Gable tells fans to shut up, and Gable leans on the leg! Sami still fights, reaches out, and powers his way forward, but Gable drags Sami back! But Sami rolls to a somersault clutch, TWO!! Gable escapes and he storms back up on Sami! Gable gives crossface forearm after forearm! The fans sing for Sami but Gable nods to Otis. Gable goes out and he grabs the belt! The fans boo, the ref tells Gable to put that back. Gable says okay, okay, and he lets Maxxine hold the belt. Gable storms in, drags Sami up, and puts Sami on ropes. Gable CHOKES Sami, lets off, and this is the opening for The Academy!

The fans say don’t, and Maxxine hesitates! Maxxine can’t bring herself to do it! Gable gets mad at her now! Gable tells her to get over here! Maxxine steps forward, and Gable says they have talked about this over and over again. Sami goes to a corner, and he gears up! Sami runs in, Gable moves! Sami avoids hitting Maxxine! O’Conner, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, TWO!!! Sami escapes and Gable can’t believe it!! Gable is blaming Maxxine!? She almost got hit in all that! She apologizes all the same but Gable gets in her face! Maxxine pleads with Gable, but HERE COMES OTIS! Otis won’t let Gable get at Maxxine anymore!

The fans are thunderous as Otis is standing up to mean Gable, but then Sami FLIES! Gable pulls Otis into the way! Otis is down, Gable goes up! MOONSAULT onto Sami AND Otis!! Gable puts Sami in, having used his pawns! Gable goes up again, for a MOONSAULT, but Sami moves! CORNER EXPLODER! The fans are thunderous as Sami goes corner to corner and back again! But Gable bails out in time! The fans boo but Sami hobbles out after Gable. Sami SMACKS Gable off the desk, then whips again, but Gable reverses! Sami goes up, but Gable YANKS him down! ANKLE LOCK!! Sami flails, the ref reprimands, and Sami rolls to throw Gable, into Maxxine!!

Otis sees that, and is PISSED! The fans are thunderous and Gable says that wasn’t his fault! That was Sami’s! They gotta beat Sami! Gable slips into the ring, and he tells Otis to finish Sami! Otis hesitates, he knows Sami couldn’t have done that on purpose. And yet… Maxxine calls to Otis and tells him not to! But her leg gives out and so Otis goes to her side. The fans cheer as Otis does the right thing and gets Maxxine outta there. Gable is furious but Otis ignores his shouting. Gable is all alone, for a HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Gable’s grudge has pushed away everyone close to him, he only has himself to blame. And in the end, justice is served as Sami stands tall with the title! What is next for both of them now that this trilogy is over?

 

Backstage interview with Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn.

Cathy Kelley is with the NEW Women’s Tag Team Champions, and knows they are emotional after their big win. A career highlight to say the least, what does this mean to them? It means so much! They promised to win out, and they did. Those other four had zero chance when these two had ALL of Scotland behind them. And she means ALL of Scotland. No way were they letting anyone down tonight. And they plan on keeping these belts for a long, long time.

 

WWE Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Piper Niven w/ Chelsea Green!

The Role Model’s road back to the top this year started with the Royal Rumble, and ended with her dethroning Iyo Sky at WrestleMania 40. However, the Scottish Bonecrusher has been walking a much longer, much harder road just to get this moment. Will Piper add to Scotland’s wins tonight in front of her own friends and family? Or will Bayley show that not every hometown hero gets a happy ending?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the face of this women’s division!

The bell rings and the fans still sing for Bayley while she circles with Piper. They step up, the fans fire up more, and then Bayley shoves Piper. Piper fires off and Bayley hits back! The fans cheer, Bayley headlocks, but Piper powers out to run Bayley over! Bayley flounders to a corner, Chelsea talks smack, and Bayley gets back up. Bayley goes for a leg but Piper scoops Bayley to SLAM her! Bayley bails out, Piper distracts the ref, and Chelsea SLAPS Bayley! Chelsea talks more smack but Bayley storms up on her! Piper goes out to get in Bayley’s way, so Bayley fires forearms! Piper throws hands, then HEADBUTTS Bayley down!

The fans rally for Piper, she puts Bayley in, but Bayley comes back to waistlock. Piper runs to buck the O’Coner, then runs, but Bayley avoids the splash! Piper sits up, Bayley fires hands! Bayley CLUBS Piper, CLUBS her again, then CLUBS again! Bayley runs but Chelsea swipes at her! So Bayley STOMPS Chelsea’s hand! Chelsea protests to the ref but the ref says she shouldn’t be on the apron. Chelsea gets all mad at the ref, pushing and pulling at him, so the ref EJECTS Chelsea! The fans love that! Chelsea is furious but the fans sing “Hey Hey Hey~, Goodbye~!” Piper is upset but she runs up on Bayley. Bayley gets around, roll up, TWO!

Bayley SHOTGUNS Piper down and Piper goes to a corner. Bayley storms up, brings Piper out, but Piper scoops! Bayley slips to the apron, RAMS into Piper, then reels her into the ropes. Piper throws body shots in return, then HOTSHOTS Bayley! Bayley falls to the floor, the fans fire up, and Piper goes out to the apron. Piper lines up a shot, to CANNONBALL! The fans fire up with Piper and this Scottish steamroller storms back over to Bayley. Piper puts Bayley in, lines up another one, and KICKS Bayley in the side. Bayley flounders, but Piper SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives but Piper keeps her cool.

Piper looms over Bayley, Bayley fires body shots and forearms! Piper HEADBUTTS Bayley right down! Piper steadies herself, then she storms back up on Bayley. Bayley rises but Piper whips her to a corner. Piper runs up to SPLASH! Piper whips corner to corner, runs in and hits a BACK ELBOW! And a LARIAT! Bayley slumps in the corner, Piper whips her corner to corner again. Bayley manages to slips out and Piper hits buckles! Bayley bumps Piper off buckles, fires some HEADBUTTS in return, but Piper SMACKS Bayley off the corner! The fans rally up, Piper drags Bayley up, and suplexes her back in hard! Cover, TWO!

Bayley survives again but Piper seethes. Piper kicks Bayley around, drags her up, and the fans sing for Piper now. Piper reels Bayley in, suplexes, but Bayley fights that to a DDT! Piper tumbles out of the ring and the fans rally up again. Bayley builds speed and DIVES! Piper staggers then drops to a knee, but Bayley gets her up. Piper RAMS Bayley into the apron! Bayley slumps down again, Piper puts her in the ring, but Bayley gets Piper in the ropes! Piper still RAMS Bayley into a corner! Piper CLUBS Bayley, but Bayley powers Piper through ropes! Bayley kicks away on Piper, lets off as the ref counts, and then goes up for a GUILLOTINE HOTSHOT!

Piper flounders in the ropes, Bayley goes up again! GUILLOTINE ELBOW DROP! Piper falls into the ring, Bayley goes back up! CANNONBALL! Bayley pushes Piper into the drop zone, goes back up, and MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives and the fans fire up! Both women slowly rise, Piper staggers to a corner. Bayley runs corner to corner, but into an URENAGE! Piper then SENTONS again! Cover, TWO!! Bayley survives another flattening and Piper is beside herself! The fans fire up again and Piper rises. Piper drags Bayley into a drop zone, goes up the corner and has Glasgow behind her! But Bayley gets up first!

Bayley follows Piper up, CLUBS away, but Piper hits with elbows! Bayley falls back, Piper adjusts, but Bayley returns! SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY!! But both women are down and here comes NACHO CHELSEA! The ref knows it’s still THE Chelsea, but he misses Bayley make the cover! The ref sees it now, counts, TWO!! Bayley WRECKS Chelsea with a dropkick, then throws her into barriers! Bayley hurries to get Piper up, hooks her in, but Piper wrenches free! Scoop and PIPER VIPER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bayley shocks everyone but the fans are thunderous! Piper drags Bayley back to a drop zone and she goes up top!

But Bayley DRPOKICKS the legs out! Piper stumbles out, Bayley runs in, but into a SCRAPBUSTER to the floor!! The fans rally even harder as Piper gets Bayley back in the ring. Piper storms in after Bayley, to SENTON FLOP as Bayley moves! Bayley hurries to hook Piper up but Piper powers out to HEADBUTT! Bayley runs up, tilt-o-whirl, CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, BAYLEY WINS!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Champion)

Scotland can’t believe that Piper couldn’t pull it off! They’ve gone 1-1 tonight, will Drew McIntyre help them get back up? As for Bayley, she’s gonna head for SummerSlam now, will Nia Jax succeed where Piper failed?

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Damian Priest VS Drew McIntyre!

This is the moment of truth. The Punisher being Senor Money in the Bank took this title at WrestleMania 40 after The Scottish Warrior took his eye off the ball. But now, in his home country, McIntyre could have his fairytale ending, the perfect moment he could never have even dreamed of. And best of all, Judgment Day is banned from ringside, so it will be all about champion VS challenger! Will Priest prove he doesn’t need pawns to stay on the throne? Or will McIntyre finally make this HIS kingdom?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly championship material!

The bell rings and the fans are already singing for “OH~, Drew McIntyre~!” Priest and McIntyre stare down, the fans change up the song, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, go back and forth, and then McIntyre puts Priest in a corner. McIntyre then THROWS Priest away! The fans fire up as McIntyre flexes! Priest brushes that off, gets up, but McIntyre LARIATS! And LARIATS! Then dodges to clothesline Priest up and out! McIntyre builds speed to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Priest in a heap! The fans are thunderous as McIntyre rises up! McIntyre stands Priest up to CHOP, then clinches. Priest CLAWS the eyes!

Priest POSTS McIntyre, then brings him around to RAM into the barriers! The fans still rally for McIntyre but Priest soaks up the heat. Priest puts McIntyre in the ring, storms up the ropes, and FLYING FOREARMS! McIntyre staggers while Priest swaggers. Priest taunts the fans that this is their guy, then runs up to STINGER- NO! McIntyre catches Priest and brings him out! Priest throws elbows, but McIntyre CHOPS! And ROCKS! McIntyre whips, Priest reverses and ROKCS McIntyre! Priest runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Priest stays in this but McIntyre stays focused.

McIntyre looms over Priest, brings him up, and CHOPS! Priest is stinging but McIntyre ROCKS him! The fans continue to swing, but Priest clinches for a FLATLINER! McIntyre flounders to a corner, but Priest runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! Priest brings McIntyre in to suplex, BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! McIntyre stays in this and Priest is annoyed. Priest drags McIntyre up but McIntyre CHOPS! Priest knees low, ROCKS him with a right, then runs up on McIntyre, but McIntyre BOOTS! McIntyre goes up and out?! Priest gets under the leap, McIntyre rolls through, and then he scoops! MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!

Priest stays in this but McIntyre keeps calm. McIntyre watches Priest rise, then reels him in to underhook! But Priest fights free of Future Shock and bails out! The fans boo but McIntyre storms out after Priest! And SMACKS him off the desk! And then throws him into the hydration station! The fans cheer that, then McIntyre CHOPS! Priest leans against the steel steps but McIntyre promises more. McIntyre puts Priest in the ring, ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! GLASGOW- ROUNDHOUSE! Priest intercepts the kiss with a foot! Priest runs and LEAPS, but the ropes trip him up! Priest is stuck, so McIntyre fires off stomps!

The fans cheer as McIntyre is all fired up! The ref works to free Priest but McIntyre makes sure Cole knows how he feels. McIntyre goes up the apron, wonders what’s wrong, and steps inside. He can’t win the title like this! McIntyre drags Priest up, undoes the rope tangle, then CHOPS! Priest sits down, McIntyre drags him back up. Deadlift suplex! Cover, TWO! Priest stays in this, but McIntyre stays on him. McIntyre pulls on the ponytail, then CHOPS! Priest hobbles, McIntyre whips, but Priest holds ropes! Priest BOOTS back, shakes out the legs, then LARIATS! Priest snarls and brings down the straps, but fans boo.

Priest says he’ll end this now, and waits on McIntyre to stand. But McIntyre blocks the choke grip! McIntyre swings, Priest dodges, but then McIntyre POSTS him! Underhooks, FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but the fans fire up for McIntyre. McIntyre watches Priest sit back up then go to a corner. McIntyre runs up to CHOP! McIntyre whips corner to corner, but Priest BOOTS McIntyre down! Priest hobbles a bit more, shakes the bad leg out, then tells off the fans. Priest climbs a corner, but McIntyre rises to ROCK him first! And CHOP! The fans “WOO~!” and McIntyre climbs up to get Priest.

McIntyre fires hands, then tells Priest up his! But Priest slips out of the fireman’s carry to CLUB McIntyre! Priest gets the crucifix, and on one leg, RAZOR’S EDGE!! Cover, TWO!! Priest is beside himself but the fans cheer as McIntyre stays in this! Priest shakes out the bad leg, eggs McIntyre on, and McIntyre says UP YOURS! They throw hands back and forth, the fans all cheering when McIntyre hits but booing Priest. The two stand, still throw shots, and they pick up speed! It’s a scrap and the fans love it! McIntyre gets the edge with those windmill shots, but Priest ROCKS McIntyre right back! McIntyre staggers, but ROCKS Priest!

Priest wobbles, but he ROCKS McIntyre again! Then he KICKS, KICKS, and ROLLING- GLASGOW KISS!! But Priest ROUNDHOUSES! The bad leg limits him a bit, but he ROLLING ROUNDHOUSES! McIntyre stays on his feet, eggs Priest on, then ducks a kick to hit a NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up while both men are down! McIntyre builds up energy, and the fans can feel it! KIP UP! The Hydro reaches a new level as McIntyre shakes the ropes! But Priest bails out, even before the countdown! McIntyre storms over, but Priest trips him! Priest drags McIntyre out, but get a GLASGOW KISS! McIntyre runs up, CLAYMORE!! Priest goes through barriers!!

The fans are losing their minds, and McIntyre drags Priest up from the wreckage. The ring count is climbing, but McIntyre pushes Priest in at 5 of 10. McIntyre says let’s try this again. McIntyre aims from a corner, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAY- HCOKE GRIPO! SOUTH OF HEAVEN!!! But Priest can’t cover!! He has to crawl over, covers, TWO!!! McIntyre survives because of the delay and the fans are loving it! Priest is frustrated, but “This is Awesome!” Priest drags himself up with ropes, then he storms after McIntyre. Priest hoists McIntyre up top, CHOPS, then CHOPS again! Priest climbs, but McIntyre CHOPS back!

McIntyre HEADBUTTS Priest away, adjusts, but Priest GAMANGIRIS! The bad leg makes that tricky, but then he tells the ref to back off. Priest goes up, to SUPER STEINER!! Priest hobbles, into a CLAYMORE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Priest survives and no one can believe it, least of all McIntyre! The fans rally up, they want McIntyre to hit another one! McIntyre nods and he rises up again. McIntyre stands Priest up, then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Priest flounders, McIntyre hurries after him and stands him back up. McIntyre CHOPS, Priest wobbles, and another clinch! Priest fights with fists, but McIntyre RAMS him into a corner!

The ref avoids getting hit but now he’s hobbling! Priest BELL CLAPS, gets around, but McIntyre SHOVES Priest into the ref!! CLAY- POWERBOMB!! Priest choke grips, SOUTH OF- NO, McIntyre slips free! CLAYMORE!!! Cover, but there’s no ref to count!! McIntyre would’ve won by now, twice over! Wait, a second ref slides in, but stops?!? THAT’S CM PUNK!!!!! He says deuces, Drew! McIntyre says you son of a… McIntyre grabs Punk by the THROAT, but Punk LOW BLOWS McIntyre!! Punk bails outta there while fans boo! Priest is up, the other ref is up, choke grip! SOUTH OF HEAVEN!!!! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)

McIntyre claimed it was Punk’s fault at WrestleMania, but he can definitely blame Punk this time! Will Punk pay dearly for this? Priest survives thanks to the Second City Saint, but now The King of the Ring, Gunther, will be coming for him at SummerSlam. Will Priest definitely need some back up against Der Ring General? Or will they #ALLRISE in The Land?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Clash at the Castle, even if the Glasgow crowd wasn’t all that happy in the end. The moment Alba & Isla won the tag titles, I had a bad feeling McIntyre wasn’t going to win his match. That was an awesome match, but Priest getting stuck in the ropes was a scary moment. Hopefully he’s okay, that definitely had to suck. But a very clever move to have a ref spot and CM Punk to be the second ref. And they framed the shot so perfect to be a plot twist for us watching at home. Again, the crowd wasn’t happy about it but that’s just good storytelling for this ongoing McIntyre VS Punk feud. If McIntyre doesn’t give Punk like three Claymores before winning at SummerSlam, it won’t be enough payback.

But what a great moment for Alba & Isla to win here. The Women’s Tag Triple Threat was maybe a little too fast and too furious as Jade did botch that springboard attack, but she didn’t let it bother her. And then great use of the Triple Threat format for Alba & Isla to snipe the win, this can definitely turn into a feud between the Raw teams while Jade & Bianca maybe have to fight back up on SmackDown, or maybe even fall apart as a team. Really, anything can happen now. And as great as Piper was tonight, for the same reasons as McIntyre not winning, Piper did not win because Bayley is getting on that underdog Face champ track again, heading for SummerSlam and Nia Jax at full speed.

Great stuff in the Intercontinental Championship. It wasn’t quite how I saw it going, but Otis coming so close to hitting Gable was really good, and Otis rising above to worry more about Maxxine than anything else was a good move. Gable loses again, surely won’t get another title shot, but might end up having a match with Otis to kinda determine if Otis breaks free or is forever under Gable’s command. Sami can face just about anyone between here and SummerSlam, but I’m thinking it’s either Bron Breakker or Ilja Dragunov given how those two are bringing the intensity, which Sami can certainly match when he really wants to.

And then that I Quit match, as an opener that was like, 40 minutes I think, that was some great stuff. Naturally Cody found a way to bleed, and they got Mama Rhodes in on the action in a great way. But I do feel Styles giving up to the steel steps being brought in was a bit anticlimactic and abrupt. Maybe they realized they were going long and didn’t want to take the entire first hour just to get all the plot points in. But as great as Styles is, of course Cody was retaining here. Maybe, just maybe, Styles tries to win MITB for that one last chance, but he’ll have to qualify first so we’ll see how that goes. Meanwhile, Bloodline making their presence known, you can bet we’ll get a Six Man Tag of Solo, Tama & Loa VS Cody, Randy & Kevin, and we probably get Solo VS Cody for MITB.

My Score: 9/10


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