NJPW used the weekend to rest but is back for more!
The fifth round is the halfway point, but that only means it’ll get tougher from here! Who gets a case of the Mondays and falters in the G1 Climax?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- A Block – Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi; Takagi wins.
- A Block – Jeff Cobb VS Jay White; Cobb wins.
- A Block – Kazuchika Okada VS Minoru Suzuki; Okada wins.
- A Block – Tomohiro Ishii VS Taichi; Ishii wins.
- A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Will Ospreay; Ibushi wins.
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Here are the current A Block standings!
Taichi: 3-1, 6 points
Jay White: 3-1, 6 points
Minoru Suzuki: 3-1, 6 points
Kota Ibushi: 3-1, 6 points
Will Ospreay: 3-1, 6 points
Kazuchika Okada: 2-2, 4 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 1-3, 2 points
Shingo Takagi: 1-3, 2 points
Jeff Cobb: 1-3, 2 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 0-4, 0 points
A Block – Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi!
With four rounds down and five to go, the Dragon has an outside chance, if he can just win the rest of the rounds. But the Tokyo Pimp is desperate to get on the board even once! Will Yujiro spoil Takagi’s run in the G1?
The bell rings and fans cheer already as Takagi and Yujiro circle. They approach, Yujiro kicks low and headlocks. Takagi pries free to headlock Yujiro in return, but Yujiro pulls hair. The ref reprimands, Yujiro headlocks but Takagi powers out to pull hair, too! Fans cheer but Yujiro throws forearms. Takagi gives them back and fans rally as the brawling begins. Takagi powers up but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro whips Takagi to ropes but Takagi holds ropes to come back. Yujiro dodges but both men run, Takagi runs Yujiro over with a shoulder! Fans cheer as Takagi fires up and follows Yujiro out. Takagi brings Yujiro around the way to POST him! Yujiro staggers around, Takagi clubs him then has media clear out.
Takagi RAMS Yujiro into the apron then whips him at railing, but Yujiro stops himself! Yujiro baits Takagi in and sends him into railing, to then whip him the other way into more railing! Takagi goes down and the ref tells Yujiro to get this in the ring. Yujiro bumps Takagi off the apron, and again, then gets up to stand on Takagi’s head. The ref reprimands and counts but Yujiro lets up at 3. Takagi sweeps Yujiro’s legs! Yujiro crashes down and fans cheer as Takagi gets up on the apron. Takagi drags Yujiro up, fans rally and Takagi fireman’s carries! Yujiro holds onto ropes, slips down and pushes Takagi into the post! Yujiro reels Takagi in for the APRON REVERSE DDT! Yujiro fires up and fans do cheer his savvy.
The ref checks on Takagi but he’s okay to continue. Yujiro waits in the ring and a count begins. Fans rally up as Takagi stirs. Takagi sits up at 9 of 20, flounders around at 11 and stands at 13. Takagi hobbles in at 16 and fans cheer. Yujiro stalks over, drags Takagi up and scoops for a slam! Yujiro sits Takagi up to punch him down again and again. The ref warns Yujiro about the closed fists, so Yujiro drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt! Cover, ONE! Fans cheer but Yujiro is surprised as he stalks Takagi to a corner. Fans rally up with “TA-KA-GI” claps as Yujiro forearms and CHOPS him in the corner. Takagi elbows back but Yujiro fires many more elbows in return. Yujiro runs to BOOT Takagi in the corner, then brings him out for a snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!
Yujiro argues the count but two is two. Yujiro toys with Takagi giving those weak kicks. Takagi gets up and CHOPS Yujiro, but Yujiro forearms. CHOP, forearm, then back to the brawling back and forth! Yujiro gets the edge, Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS back! Fans cheer as Takagi fires back up. Takagi reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro BITES his hand! No one learns! Yujiro has Takagi in a corner, whips him corner to corner but Takagi blocks the boot! Takagi shoves Yujiro down then runs him over again! Takagi has fans rally up as he hooks Yujiro, spins him and suplexes. Yujiro fights out to fisherman hook Takagi, but Takagi resists the buster. Takagi BITES Yujiro in return! The ref reprimands but Takagi points out his mouth guard actually lessens the bite. Either way, Takagi shoves and whips Takagi to ram a knee into him, then he hits a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO!
Takagi keeps his focus and fans cheer again as he drags Yujiro up. Takagi hooks Yujiro again but Yujiro resists the Gory Especial. Takagi kicks low, whips but Yujiro grabs ropes. Yujiro kicks back and hits another reverse DDT! Yujiro drags Takagi up, fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Takagi survives but Yujiro keeps his cool. Yujiro brings Takagi up, fireman’s carries, but Takagi fights out to waistlock. Yujiro elbows Takagi, runs and boots him, but Takagi just gets pissed! Takagi eggs Yujiro on, Yujiro boots again but Takagi blocks it! Takagi throws a forearm, Yujiro throws one back, Takagi fires up! Fans fire up with him as Yujiro eggs Takagi on. The back and forth begins again! Takagi gets the edge and throws forearms from both sides!
Yujiro blocks the kick, trips Takagi up and runs, but Takagi avoids the basement dropkick. Takagi runs but Yujiro ducks the sliding lariat. Both men clothesline but stay up! Takagi runs into a flapjack hotshot! Yujiro runs but Takagi follows to clothesline at the rope! Takagi runs but Yujiro boots him at the ropes! Yujiro runs again, into a PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi turns around into Yujiro’s LARIAT! Both men are down and fans cheer! The fans rally up again as Takagi and Yujiro go to opposite corners. Yujiro stands, Takagi runs in but they collide with shoulders. Yujiro swats one clothesline away but not the other! Yujiro stays up but Takagi headbutts! Takagi goes to run, Yujiro reels him into the INCOLLE SLAM!
Takagi staggers up and Yujiro BOOTS him at the ropes! Fireman’s carry, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO! Takagi survives and Yujiro is losing his cool! Fans rally up as Yujiro brings Takagi back up. Takagi denies Pimp Juice but Yujiro SUPERKICKS! Yujiro sits Takagi back up, tries again, but Takagi fireman’s carries! Yujiro slips off to mule kick! Yujiro runs, into an elbow! JAB, LARIAT! Fans cheer and Takagi keeps moving, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Yujiro survives but Takagi just fires up more! The fans clap along with “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi brings Yujiro up. Pump handle and fireman’s carry but Yujiro BITES again! Yujiro shoves the ref down and gets the pimp cane!
Takagi checks on the ref, but turns around to catch the cheap shot! Yujiro kicks low and takes a swing, but Takagi SWATS the stick! The pimp cane is broken!! Yujiro rakes eyes and DECKS Takagi! Yujiro drags Takagi back in, Canadian rack but he can’t keep Takagi up! Yujiro clubs Takagi, runs, but Takagi spins him around, NOSHIGAMI! Fans are fired up as both men rise again! Takagi runs but into a boot! Yujiro runs, boots, but PUMPING BOMBER comes back! Takagi is fired up as he pump handles and fireman’s carries, LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Yujiro earns 0
The Dragon keeps on going! And the Tokyo Pimp falls to 0-5! Yujiro is finished, but will he live to spoil another’s chances?
A Block – Jeff Cobb VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
The Hawaiian Hulk could not crush the Golden Star and is near the edge of elimination! But the “Jay1” hit its first roadblock in his match with The Assassin! Who redeems themselves and stays strong towards the goal?
White again mocks the clapping of the fans as the ref does his check. White and Gedo say the fans want to see it! Low Sweet~! The bell rings, and White bails out. White says he does things on his time, and takes his time getting back in. Cobb and White circle, White goes for a leg but Cobb blocks to switch. White gets the ropes, Cobb lets up but White is right after his leg again. Cobb again blocks and switches to a waistlock but again White goes to ropes. The ref calls for the break, but White holds on to make it look like Cobb isn’t letting go. White elbows Cobb then headlocks, but Cobb powers out to knock him over! White goes to ropes for safety and the ref keeps Cobb back. White cheap shots with the kick over and over. White whips, Cobb reverses to drop down but White stomps himself, and SLAPS Cobb!
White bails out fast to avoid Cobb’s wrath! The ring count starts, White uses that to catch his breath and take his time returning. White goes around the ring but gets in at 19.5! Cobb is after White’s legs at the ropes but White kicks him away! White swings forearms on Cobb, runs, but into a dropkick! Fans cheer the agility from the big man! Cobb gets White’s legs, White grabs Gedo, Cobb drags them both into the ring! Cobb gives them a meeting of the minds! White and Gedo flop out of the ring as fans cheer. Cobb goes out to fetch White into the ring, but Gedo sneaks up to anchor his foot! White stomps away on Cobb, the ref reprimands but White brings Cobb out to RAM into railing! And again! Cobb stumbles and falls as White goes back into the ring.
White again mocks the applause of the fans while a ring count begins. Cobb is in at 8 but White stomps him to a corner! White stomps a mudhole, lets off at the ref’s reprimand, and he brings Cobb up to RAM his shoulder in! White brings Cobb out and turns him for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer Cobb’s toughness but White is on him with a chinlock. Cobb pries free so White jams his knee into Cobb’s back! White more toying kicks but Cobb fireman’s carries! White rakes eyes, runs, but into a SAMOAN DROP! Fans cheer as Cobb sits up and glares at White. Fans rally up as White stands and Cobb runs at him to run him over! Cobb rallies with those shoulders, then he powers White to a corner to ram him!
Cobb whips White out then into the corner, then hits an OVERHEAD belly2belly! Fans cheer as White ends up in another corner. Cobb runs corner to corner for a LEAPING elbow! Cobb picks White up for a RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Gedo cheers but Cobb grows frustrated. Cobb signals for the dead lift, White elbows him back. Cobb spins White, pops him right up but White slips out of the suplex to pull hair! Cobb turns around, White kicks low to DDT! Gedo is relieved and he coaches White up. White runs corner to corner to uppercut! White reels Cobb in but Cobb blocks the suplex. White throws more uppercuts, runs corner to corner again for another! White has Cobb in the half hatch, and suplexes him into buckles!
Fans do have to cheer that one, and White brings Cobb up for another suplex, ANARCHY BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Cobb survives and Gedo is upset but White keeps his cool. White drags Cobb up, Cobb throws elbows and knocks White down. White gets up to throw more forearms but Cobb ROCKS him again! White flounders back to throw more forearms but Cobb gives them back! Gedo coaches White up from the ropes and White goes back to throw more forearms. Cobb winds up but White throws another forearm, some knees, and clubbing shots. Cobb ROCKS White again! Cobb runs, but White counters with a COMPLETE SHOT! White waistlocks and brings Cobb up but Cobb elbows against the lift. Cobb pries free, but swings into an URENAGE! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer while White grows frustrated. White drags Cobb up into a sleeper hold, but Cobb elbows free. White chop blocks the leg! White hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Gedo cheers White on as White steps through, but Cobb pushes White away! White comes back to stomp Cobb down and kick the leg. Cobb whips White HARD into the corner! Cobb gets up as fans rally, and he hurries after White. Cobb has White’s legs and yanks him right up into the ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, TWO! GACHIMUSHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! White survives Cobb’s sudden explosion of strength and agility, but Cobb keeps on him! Cobb whips White to ropes, scoops him, but no Tour as White slips out! BLADE- NO! SNAP GERMAN!
Cobb wants it this time and he whips White again. White holds ropes to deny that, and the ref keeps Cobb back. White claims he’s hurt but Gedo sneaks in! Cobb stares Gedo down, but White gets the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! White slashes the throat, drags Cobb up, BLADE- NO! Cobb scoops White for TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Gedo gets back in, Cobb grabs him by his beard! Cobb TOSSES Gedo at White! Cobb whips White for a proper TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; gains 2 points, White earns 0
The “Jay1” keeps falling apart! Has Cobb just washed away White’s chances of being in the finals? Or will White find a way to make us all Breathe with the Switchblade?
A Block – Kazuchika Okada VS Minoru Suzuki!
Last round, the Rainmaker beat the Sliest Wrestler in the World, the only man to have so far beaten the Meanest Man in the World! Will Okada become the second? Or will Suzuki create a rather interesting dynamic by beating the man that beat Taichi?
The bell rings and fans cheer as Suzuki and Okada slowly circle. They approach, feel out the grapple, back away a moment and fans cheer again. They try again, Okada shoots in but Suzuki gets the arm. Suzuki wrenches to a hammerlock, wants the other arm but Okada resists. Okada gets around, Suzuki cranks on the hammerlock more, gets the second arm after all, and then flips Okada to a cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Suzuki lets Okada up to go again. They feel out another grapple, double knuckle lock but Okada shoots in after a leg. Suzuki stays up but not for long, and Okada gets the other leg. Okada also tries to get an arm, but Suzuki moves around. Okada twists one of Suzuki’s ankles, Suzuki claws at Okada but the ref reprimands.
Suzuki gets frustrated but Okada drops an elbow on the leg! Suzuki chinlocks in return but Okada pries free. Okada sits up, keeps the leg hooked and cranks on the foot again. Suzuki endures, pushes Okada and chinbars. Okada lets off the leg but Suzuki turns him over to a mounted chinlock. Okada endures, Suzuki shifts for a side chinlock. Okada moves around, Suzuki almost has a crossface as he traps the arm, but he slips around to omoplata. Okada moves around, reaches with his legs and gets the ropebreak! The fans cheer as Suzuki lets go and pats Okada on the back. Then Suzuki stomps Okada! Okada gets up and Suzuki smirks. Suzuki shoves Okada, Okada throws a forearm! Suzuki gives it back. Okada hits again, and fans rally as the two go back and forth, faster and faster!
Suzuki ROCKS Okada, then ROCKS him again! Okada stays up and Suzuki smirks as he whips. Okada reverses, runs in but misses the elbow! Suzuki gets the arm for a DRAPING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go and drags Okada out to then whip into railing! Okada falls and Suzuki grins as he looms over him. Suzuki brings Okada up, wrenches the arm and laces it through railing to pull! The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets go to BOOT the arm! Okada hobbles away but Suzuki follows. Suzuki drags Okada up and KICKS him in the chest! Suzuki grins more as he KICKS Okada again! The ref reprimands, Suzuki wrenches and elbows the arm! Okada grits his teeth but Suzuki leaves him behind as the ring count begins. Suzuki is in at 7, Okada stands at 9. Okada is in at 11 and throws forearms!
Suzuki throws them back and then wrenches the arm to kick it! Okada sits down, Suzuki PENALTY KICKS! Fans cheer as Suzuki gets the arm, double wristlock! Okada scrambles around, but Suzuki traps a leg, too! Okada is a pretzel but fans rally as he keeps fighting. Suzuki shifts position to wrench on the wristlock more! Okada gets a ropebreak with a foot! Suzuki lets go to bring Okada back up. Suzuki throws another forearm, whips him corner to corner but Okada boots back! Okada blocks Suzuki’s boot, elbows the knee and hits a neckbreaker! Both men are down and fans cheer again. Okada stands, drags Suzuki up but Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm! Okada stays up and fans cheer as he stares Suzuki down. Okada throws a forearm but Suzuki just smirks again.
Suzuki throws another HARD forearm and he eggs Okada on. Okada throws a forearm, Suzuki wobbles but he forearms back. Fans rally as things are fast and furious, back and forth! Suzuki ROCKS Okada, ROCKS him again, and lets him drop to his knees. Suzuki brings Okada up, Okada EuroUppers! Okada runs, Suzuki follows and dodges to sleeper hold! Suzuki spins Okada and reels him in, but Okada Alabama lifts to the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans cheer again! The fans build to another rally as Suzuki grins. Suzuki and Okada rise, Okada heads after Suzuki and the forearms start up again! Okada eggs Suzuki on now and Suzuki ROCKS him for it! Okada shakes it off, Suzuki eggs him on, Okada throws a EuroUpper but Suzuki just shrugs it off!
Okada tries again but still Suzuki takes it! The fourth does the job, though! Suzuki staggers, Okada throws more EuroUppers, but Suzuki comes back with fast hands! Okada ducks, spins, but Suzuki dodges the discus only to run into the dropkick! Okada brings Suzuki up but Suzuki headbutts to deny the gut wrench! Okada catches Suzuki to JUMPIPNG TOMBSTONE! And then, MONEY CLIP! Suzuki endures, Okada leans on him and the fans rally up. Suzuki moves around, stands up, but Okada arm-drags him down! Okada wants to lock Suzuki back in but Suzuki drags Okada down into an ARMBAR! Okada kicks and flails but Suzuki cranks harder! Okada gets another ropebreak with his foot and Suzuki lets go fast. Suzuki laughs and fans rally up.
Suzuki brings Okada up to kick the bad arm, and kick it again. Suzuki eggs Okada on, fans rally up again and Okada slowly stands up. Okada throws a forearm but that only hurts the arm. Suzuki boots, Okada blocks, backslide but Suzuki slips off. Okada reels Suzuki in but Suzuki boots the lariat away! Okada still powers through to LARIAT! Okada fires up and so do the fans! Okada drags Suzuki up, reels him in but Suzuki ducks and hooks Okada’s legs to drag him down into body scissors and sleeper! Okada endures, reaches for ropes but he’s turning red! Fans rally up as Okada keeps moving around but he’s fading! The ref checks on Okada, Okada is almost purple! Okada gets a second wind to stand and arm-drag Suzuki off!
Suzuki avoids the clip for another sleeper! Suzuki spins Okada and reels him in but Okada back drops! Suzuki sunset flips, but Okada sits down on it! OKADA WINS!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Suzuki earns 0
Suzuki is FURIOUS but he takes it out on Young Lions! And the timekeeper’s table! The Rainmaker has pinned the NEVER Openweight Champion, is he on the short list of contenders like Taichi?
A Block – Tomohiro Ishii VS Taichi!
Speaking of the Holy Emperor, he will surely want redemption for losing to the Rainmaker! But the Stone Pitbull is coming of a huge win off Shingo Takagi in last round’s main event! Will Ishii also take a bite out of Taichi’s G1 chances? Or can Taichi separate himself from the pack?
The bell rings and fans cheer as the two men stare down. Taichi stays in his corner but fans rally up and Ishii approaches. Taichi circles with Ishii, then rushes in to BOOT! Taichi whips, Ishii comes back, Taichi boots but Ishii tanks it! Ishii CHOPS, Taichi kicks back! CHOP, KICK, repeat! They pick up the pace and fans rally with them! CHOP, KICK, CHOP, KICK! They don’t stop or even slow down! They go around the ring like that, Ishii wobbles and Taichi kicks more. Ishii fires up to CHOP, Taichi KICKS Ishii off his feet! Fans cheer while Taichi catches his breath. Taichi drags Ishii up, throws him out of the ring then follows. Taichi stomps the leg, whips Ishii into railing and paces around the way. Taichi grabs the bell hammer and CLOBBERS Ishii with it!
Red Shoes reprimands as Taichi chokes Ishii with it! Red Shoes counts, Taichi holds on but lets go. Red Shoes puts the hammer back by the bell, Taichi drags Ishii up and POSTS him! Taichi smirks as he brings Ishii around to put in the ring. Fans cheer but Taichi chokes Ishii! Red Shoes counts but Taichi claims it’s a cover. Red Shoes knows better and he gets Taichi to stop. Taichi paces, knees on Ishii’s head, but Ishii eggs him on! Taichi digs his knee in then lets off to stand on Ishii. Taichi mocks Ishii and paces, but Ishii CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS more, but Taichi chokes him again! Taichi throws Ishii down then brings him back up. Fans rally as Taichi snapmares and KICKS Ishii in the back! Cover, TWO! Taichi grins as he mocks the clapping.
Taichi kicks Ishii, Ishii eggs him on so Taichi kicks him more. Taichi stomps Ishii and kicks at him, but it only angers the Pitbull! Ishii catches a kick to elbow the knee! Taichi elbows back, runs, but into the POWERSLAM! Fans cheer as both men are on the mat. Ishii gets back up, stalks Taichi to a corner, brings him up by the ears and CHOPS him again! And forearms! CHOP, forearm, repeat, over and over! Ishii keeps rocking Taichi, then stands him up so he can take more! Taichi sits down again and Ishii mockingly asks, “What’s the matter?” Ishii toys with Taichi back but Taichi is in the ropes. Red Shoes reprimands as Ishii kicks Taichi around. Taichi gets up, Ishii whips him corner to corner but Taichi reverses. Ishii comes back to run Taichi over!
Ishii looms over Taichi, brings him up, but Taichi resists the back suplex. Taichi throws elbows, Ishii shoves him to a corner, but Taichi dodges Ishii’s corner attack to GAMANGIRI! Fans cheer as both men are down again! Fans build to a rally as Ishii and Taichi stir. Taichi is up first, and he eggs Ishii on. Ishii gets up, ducks the buzzsaw but Taichi elbows the waistlock away. Ishii spins Taichi, suplexes but Taichi fights out to BUZZSAW! Fans cheer as Ishii goes down again! Taichi gets up and the fans rally, as off come the pants! But Ishii is right up!? Ishii eggs Taichi on, Taichi boots, Ishii forearms, Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Taichi talks trash to Ishii and brings him up again. Taichi reels Ishii in, lifts, but Ishii blocks!
Ishii powers up but Taichi denies the back drop to fire off Kowata Kicks. Ishii headbutts, Taichi DECKS Ishii! Fans fire up as Taichi shakes out the cobwebs. Taichi waits for Ishii to stand, then he runs to BLINDSIDE AX BOMBER! DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Fans cheer and Taichi gets Ishii back up. Taichi Alabama lifts, Ishii resists and tries to lift Taichi! Taichi resists, they fight for control, and Ishii gets Taichi up for a BUCKLE BOMB! Ishii staggers, Taichi comes running back, into a LARIAT! Fans cheer as Taichi is down now! Fans build to another rally as Ishii steadies himself. Ishii heads over to Taichi, wobbles as he leans down to bring Taichi up, and Taichi wants another saido! Ishii denies that but Taichi blocks the kick! Taichi shoves Red Shoes away but Ishii blocks the low blow!
Ishii headbutts, but Taichi ducks the enziguri to BUZZSAW! Ishii doesn’t flinch!! Ishii pushes Taichi and DECKS him! Fans fire up with Ishii as he heads after Taichi. Ishii drags Taichi up, reels him in, lifts and POWERBOMBS! High stack, TWO!! Taichi survives but Ishii powers up. Ishii runs, Taichi boots the lariat away but Ishii spins to LARIAT from the left! Ishii wants Taichi to get up again and Taichi is in a daze. Ishii runs, LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and the fans cheer more! Ishii fires up and drags Taichi back to his feet. Fans rally up as Taichi is dead weight. Ishii gets Taichi up, suplexes, but Taichi slips out. Taichi shoves Red Shoes at Ishii, Ishii pushes Red Shoes away, LOW BLOW!! GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Ishii survives but Taichi is too tired to be shocked!
Fans build to a rally as both men stir. Taichi gets up first and says he’ll end it now! Taichi drags Ishii up, lifts, POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO!! Ishii survives again! Both men are down, fans rally up and Taichi sits up first. Taichi fires himself up, aims from the corner and thrusts, but Ishii dodges the kick. Taichi dodges Ishii’s clothesline, ishii dodges Taichi’s clothesline and GERMANS! Taichi is right up! Ishii blocks his boot to HEADBUTT him down! Fans fire up with Ishii as he headbutts the buckle! Ishii waits for Taichi to rise, then he runs to LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!?! Taichi is up to AX BOMBER! Both men collide with clotheslines, Taichi dodges Ishii to DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?!? The fans are thunderous for these two as they’re down again!
Fans build to another rally as Ishii and Taichi stir. Taichi is up first, waits for Ishii to rise before he runs, but Ishii swats the lariat away! Taichi mule kicks, Ishii blocks the superkick and forearms, but Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Ishii wobbles, fires up but runs into an Alabama lift! But Ishii fights out of Black Mephisto to gut wrench and lift! Taichi slips off, swats Ishii’s lariat away but Ishii enziguris him down! Fans fire up again, Ishii crawls over, sits Taichi up for the SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ishii fires up more as he drags Taichi back up. Ishii suplexes, for the BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Taichi earns 0
Don’t call it a comeback, Ishii’s been here for years! But he is climbing back up the block! Does Ishii have a chance of going to the finals? Can Taichi rebound from this new losing streak?
A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Will Ospreay!
Oh what history and excitement there is when these two are in the ring together! We’ve already seen how White, Suzuki and Taichi fall to 3-2, now there’s a chance for one of these two men to be the block leader! Will the Golden Star shine? Or will the Aerial Assassin strike?
The bell rings and fans rally already. Ospreay and Ibushi both smile as they circle. They feel out the grapple, Ospreay gets a leg and trips Ibushi, but Ibushi counters to go after the arm. Ospreay resists the armbar, moves around to get a facelock but Ibushi slips out to waistlock. Ospreay switches, gets a facelock, Ibushi pops out to waistlock back. Ibushi wants a half nelson but Ospreay wrenches the arm to a wristlock. Ibushi rolls, wrenches back but Ospreay spins and steps through to headlock. Fans cheer the technical exchange but Ibushi goes to power out. Ospreay puts him on ropes, Ibushi pats him on the back as they break. Ospreay pulls an Okada with the fake out, and then he musses Ibushi’s hair. Ibushi gets mad but walks into a kick!
Ospreay headlocks, Ibushi powers out but Ospreay runs him over! Ospreay flexes, then runs, but sees Ibushi’s drop down coming. Ospreay steps on Ibushi and walks all over him. Ospreay digs his foot into Ibushi’s head before he lets off. Ospreay gets fans clapping but Ibushi KICKS him down! Ospreay coughs and sputters, Ibushi whips him but Ospreay ducks and dodges to huricanrana! Ibushi bails out, Ospreay builds speed and fakes Ibushi out to superhero land! But Ibushi is in and gets the wrists! Ospreay dodges Kamigoye and handsprings, NEURALIZER! Fans cheer as Ibushi bails out again. Ospreay slingshots, Ibushi avoids the plancha but Ospreay avoids the clotheslines.
Ospreay gets to the apron to Penalty Kick! And then leap for the flying forearm! A short form of Pip Pip Cheerio but good enough here. Ospreay catches his breath as fans rally up. Ospreay drags Ibushi up and puts him in the ring and fans cheer. Cover, ONE, but Ospreay keeps his cool. Ospreay drags Ibushi up to bump him off buckles, then he throws big forearms! Ibushi eggs Ospreay on, Ospreay CHOPS him! Ospreay stands Ibushi up, snapmares him and hooks the arm into an omoplata to also lace up the legs. Ospreay has the figure four for the Cloverleaf! Ibushi endures and fans rally up, and Ibushi crawls to get the ropes. Ospreay lets go to bring Ibushi back up but Ibushi pushes him away. Ospreay stomps Ibushi, Ibushi eggs him on so Ospreay clubs him.
Ospreay throws forearms, reels Ibushi in but Ibushi blocks the suplex! Ibushi throws body shots, forearms, but Ospreay CHOPS! Ospreay reels Ibushi in to suplex but Ibushi slips out. Ospreay elbows and whips Ibushi but Ibushi reverses to dropkick Ospreay down! Fans cheer and rally as the two slowly rise. Ibushi hurries after Ospreay with a strike fest! Back kick, Penalty kick, standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ibushi grows frustrated but the fans rally up and he builds off that energy. Ospreay is in a corner, IBushi runs in but Ospreay dodges. Ospreay comes back, Ibushi goes up and over and grins as Ospreay eggs him on. Ospreay boots and enziguris, atomic drops and CHOPS but Ibushi kips up!
Ibushi kicks, Ospreay blocks and elbows the leg, but Ibushi jumps over Ospreay’s basement dropkick to DOUBLE STOMP him down! Ibushi gets up, drags Ospreay in but Ospreay fights the bomb off. Ospreay pops out the back, boots Ibushi and gets on the apron to springboard, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Ibushi tumbles out and Ospreay builds speed to SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit and Ibushi goes down at the ramp! Fans fire up while Ospreay catches his breath. Red Shoes checks Ibushi but he’s okay, so Ospreay drags Ibushi up and into the ring. Ospreay drags Ibushi up, reels him into a dragon sleeper and BLOODY SUNDAY! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay keeps his cool as Ibushi survives. Ospreay brings Ibushi up, scoops and slams him into a drop zone and goes to a corner.
Fans rally up as Ospreay goes to the top rope. Ibushi anchors Ospreay, Ospreay clubs Ibushi but Ibushi forearms back. Ibushi climbs up, underhooks Ospreay, but Ospreay resists the suplex! Fans rally up as the two struggle for control. Ibushi throws forearms over and over, Ospreay CLUBS Ibushi down! Ibushi stays on the apron, gets back up, and CHOPS Ospreay! Ibushi springboards to SUPER STEINER! But Ospreay manages to land on his feet and roll, much like THAT moment between these two! Ibushi is still just as shocked as back then as he sees Ospreay standing! Ospreay dares Ibushi to bring it and the fans fire up. Ibushi grits his teeth but Ospreay forearms first. Ibushi forearms back and the fans rally as these two go back and forth!
Ospreay ROCKS Ibushi, brings him up for more, and ROCKS him again! Ospreay gives Ibushi Kowata Kicks, but Ibushi flips that switch. Ibushi STRAIGHT SHOTS Ospreay in the chest! Ibushi kicks Ospreay around, showing that angry side! Ospreay scrambles away to the ropes but Ibushi brings him up to scoop! Ospreay avoids the lawn dart but Ibushi elbows hard. Ibushi runs into the dropkick flip and enziguri! But Ibushi reels Ospreay in for a HIGH German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up again as Ibushi aims from a corner! Ibushi calls upon the powers of Nakamura for the BOMAYE! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi grows frustrated but he grabs Ospreay’s wrists. Ospreay resists, dodges Kamigoye and HOOK KICKS!
Ospreay reels Ibushi in, underhooks, but Ibushi slips out of Stormbreaker! Ospreay avoids Ibushi’s knee and back kicks to reel Ibushi back in, but Ibushi tries to huricanrana out of the bomb! Ospreay blocks that, brings Ibushi back up and SIT-OUT BOMBS!! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives and fans are fired up again! Ospreay grits his teeth as he aims from a corner. Another flashback to a past match with these two as Ospreay prepares the elbow. Ibushi sits up, runs, but Ibushi elbows Ospreay first! Osperay swats the clothesline away but not the ROUNDHOUSE! Ibushi brings Ospreay up, LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi is again beside himself, but he brings the knee pad down.
Fans fire up as Ibushi grabs Ospreay’s wrists. Osprey victory roll counters, TWO! SUPERKICK! Ospreay swings around Ibushi to underhook and lift, but Ibushi slips out to backslide! Ospreay slides off, avoids Kamigoye again, and springboards, into V-TRIGGER!! The Oscutter gets shot out of the sky! Ibushi sits Ospreay up, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Ospreay earns 0
Ibushi holds and shakes Ospreay’s hand, as thanks for this incredible battle! The Golden Star is rising, can he take the block to go back-to-back? Ibushi gets the mic and takes a moment before speaking. He tells the Young Lions and others that he’s fine, he can get up on his own. Fans cheer as he does just that, and Ibushi continues. “Does everyone remember?” It’s been a long time since he wrestled in Shikoku. The last time he was here, Ibushi vowed he would win the G1, and is proud to say this is win number 4. And as he said before, Ibushi will never run away, lose, give up or betray the fans! “I WILL become a god!” What more did he have to say but restate his mission statement? Will Ibushi truly ascend to the top of NJPW and the wrestling world with this year’s G1?
Here are the NEW A Block standings!
Kota Ibushi: 4-1, 6 points
Taichi: 3-2, 6 points
Jay White: 3-2, 6 points
Minoru Suzuki: 3-2, 6 points
Will Ospreay: 3-2, 6 points
Kazuchika Okada: 3-2, 6 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 2-3, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-3, 4 points
Jeff Cobb: 2-3, 4 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 0-5, 0 points
An incredible G1 and I did not see some of these results coming! The 3-1 block shifts around, and ONLY Ibushi stands at 4-1 after an incredible match with Ospreay. Those references back to previous matches were great, as was the sportsmanship shown after by both men. Much like Naito did before, Ibushi just repeats what he’s said before to give us a simple promo to end the night. I am really thinking Ibushi’s on course to repeat in the finals. Ishii gets a great win off Taichi, Cobb gets an even greater win off White, and Okada gets his own great win off Suzuki. Okada VS Suzuki for the NEVER Openweight Championship would be great, because the only title Okada has held is the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Okada has already expanded his style with the Money Clip, maybe he expands his resume with more titles.
My Score: 9.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/29/23)
Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!
Will the Mad King regret this gamble?
Before putting both belts on the line against Katsuyori Shibata at AEW WrestleDream, Eddie Kingston defends his NJPW Strong title against Rocky Romero! Will plans have to change all thanks to Azucar?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
- NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero; Eddie wins and retains the title.
- The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar; The Righteous win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and will challenge Saraya for the title on Title Tuesday, October 10th.
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AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party!
The open challenge was put forth, and it was answered very quickly! Will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay DELETE the Scissor World Tour? Or will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass keep the party going?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, ’bout to leave these dudes up in smoke! Y’know we comin’ like the Colorado Buffalos! Matt, I don’t want any heat! I don’t need your crazy ass wife sendin’ me tweets! It’s the one guy in Private Party! Nowadays, he gets tag teamed by the Hardys! Jeff, I’m a leave you black in both eyes! You gonna need these sunglasses like Coach Prime.” Bowens takes the mic to say “COLORADOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! The belts are raised, and we see who survives WrestleDream weekend!
The trios sort out and Bowens starts against Kassidy. They shake hands, tie up, and Bowens waistlocks. Kassidy drop toeholds, facelocks but Bowens slips free to wrench. Kassidy rolls, handsprings, wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock. Bowens powers out to headlock but Kassidy powers out, only for Bowens to run him over! Bowens self-scissors, then things speed up. Kassidy hurdles, Bowens shoves then follows but Kassidy arm-drags! Bowens arm-drags! Bowens blocks Kassidy’s arm-drag to whip, but Kassidy wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Bowens stands, into a RANA! Kassidy then pounds the mat and fans fire up.
Bowens kicks but Kassidy blocks to spin him. Kassidy kicks but Bowens blocks to flip him! Bowens then kicks, kicks and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up, “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens drags Kassidy up, tags in Caster, and they double whip. Kassidy holds ropes, TOSSES Bowens then BOOTS Caster! Tag to Matt and Matt BOOTS Caster! Kassidy hits a NECKBREAKER, Jeff tags in to go up, for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeff snapmares Caster to then NECK SNAPPER! Fans fire up with Jeff and he waits on Caster to stand. Kick but no Twist as Caster slips free! Jeff ducks the backhand to SPIN KICK!
Jeff CLUBS Caster, Caster scrambles away, tags to Billy and Matt! Fans fire up as Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” Billy says “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” And repeat! Then Billy headlocks! Matt throws body shots, powers out, but Billy runs Matt over! Billy flexes and does a dance, and then he runs in. Matt ELBOWS Billy, BOOTS him, then bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Billy gets all three layers, and Matt tags Jeff. Jeff tags Kassidy, and the Hardys set up fort he classic POETRY IN MOTION! Then Kassidy adds PARTY IN MOTION! But The Acclaimed CLOBBER Kassidy & The Hardys!
Fans fire up as Caster has Kassidy up to scoop and SLAM! Billy helps get the legs, and Bowens goes up to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Kassidy squeals before impact! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but The Acclaimed have control as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Billy brings Kassidy up, bumps him off buckles, and he hears the fans singing. Billy ROCKS Kassidy with a right, apologizes to the ref, then tags to Bowens. Bowens drags Kassidy up to ROCK him with haymaker after haymaker! Bowens then brings Kassidy up to tag in Caster. They double suplex Kassidy, Caster covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Caster keeps Kassidy down with a chinlock while fans rally up. Kassidy fights to his feet, throws body shots, and he fires forearms as Rampage returns to single picture. Kassidy runs but Caster CLOBBERS him! Tag to Billy and they mug Kassidy.
Billy brings Kassidy to an open corner, stomps and ROCKS him on repeat, then lets off to smirk at the Hardys. He dares them to do something, but Matt tells Billy to suck it! So Billy DECKS Matt! Billy runs corner to corner but Kassidy dodges! The splash hits buckles and Billy falls back! Fans rally up as both men crawl, but Billy gets Kassidy’s leg! Kassidy stands up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Jeff! Jeff rallies on Billy, on Bowens, and on Caster! Fans fire up and Jeff clotheslines Billy up and out! Jeff CLOBBS Bowens, then catches him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Leg hook cradle! Cover, Caster breaks it!
Caster helps Bowens up, then runs in, but Jeff ELBOWS caster and ROCKS Bowens! Jeff goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Jeff gets both Caster and Bowens but everyone is down! Billy returns, kicks low, says ‘SUCK IT!” and runs, but Jeff dodges! Matt kicks Billy for a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff hurries up top, fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time! Matt CLUBS Bowens, Bowens hits back, and Bowens calls to Caster. They whip Matt to a corner, forearm then ELBOW then forearm again! And a feed to the POWERSLAM! ROLLING ELBOW for Jeff! The Acclaimed regroup, and Billy crawls to the corner.
Fans fire up as Billy drags Jeff over. Jeff gets loose, hot tags to Kassidy and Bowens! Kassidy dodges Bowens to DROPKICK Caster! “This is Awesome!” as Kassidy BOOTS Bowens! Kassidy goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Billy stands, runs in, but Kassidy dumps him out! Kassidy slingshots out then QUEBRADAS to take Billy down! Kassidy mocks the scissoring, then tells Bowens to get up. Kassidy springboards in, but Bowens dodges and Caster BACKHANDS Kassidy! Then Bowens BACKHANDS Kassidy! Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! Caster hoists Kassidy up and Bowens helps, to give Kassidy the PLATINUM BOMB! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Championships)
A huge win for the champions, and the Scissor World Tour continues! In fact, it is heading to Seattle for WrestleDream’s Zero Hour! TMDK’s Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Bad Dude Tito are waiting, will they show The Acclaimed that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Well folks, tonight, it’s me and Big Rock, Rocky Romero, for the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. Rock, I got nothing but respect for you, dawg, so it’s gonna be an honor and a pleasure to defend this against you. You’re the man that got me into the G1. You’re the man that got me-” Wait, Team Triple J is interrupting. Jay Lethal says that if we’re talking honor and respect, Eddie is standing here with two titles on his shoulders, and that is worth respecting. But Lethal can’t get behind how Eddie is the ROH World Champion. Lethal dedicated his life to that title! His blood, sweat, tears, all to honor a tradition that meant that every person to hold that title would be a pure athlete!
And Eddie, you are no pure athlete! Now as for this NJPW Strong Openweight title, Lethal doesn’t care if Eddie wins it or loses it here tonight. He really doesn’t. But he just cares that Eddie is unfit to be ROH World Champion! Eddie says okay, he’s got Lethal. But excuse his back, he’s gotta go beat up Romero. The Mad King leaves, but will he still have both crowns going into WrestleDream?
AEW shares an interview from after last week’s Collision.
Lexi Nair was with Andrade El Idolo after he was bandaged up from the beating Bullet Club Gold gave him. He almost won, but Juice Robinson interfered. What was that about? Andrade says everyone saw that Andrade had White beat. But the question for Juice is… “Do you have a problem with me? With Andrade El Idolo? Lemme tell you something. See you Saturday in Seattle!” Andrade wants his revenge on Rock Hard, will he get it on WrestleDream Eve?
NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero!
The Mad King beat Kenta at NJPW Independence Day back in July to have his first singles title under the NJPW banner. And now he defends it against Azucar as a favor for getting him in the door. Will Rocky repay this favor by taking this title from Eddie? Or will Eddie still head to Seattle as a double champion?
The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly NJPW Strong!
The bell rings and fans rally up for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” The two circle, Rocky tests things with a kick but Eddie stays back. They feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Eddie waistlocks, Rocky wrenches, wristlocks, but Eddie clinches. Fans rally, Rocky keeps on the wristlock but Eddie powers through to wrench and wristlock back. Rocky rolls, breaks free and DROPKICKS! Fans are torn as Rocky swaggers, but he and Eddie reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Rocky knees low. Rocky headlocks, grinds the hold, but Eddie powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, but Eddie stays up with a smirk.
Fans fire up as Rocky smirks back, but then pie faces Eddie! Rocky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and RANAS! Eddie bails out, Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit but Eddie stays up, so Rocky goes again! DIVE and Eddie drops to his knees! Rocky keeps going, and he DIVES for the hattrick, only for Eddie to catch him! Stalling suplex, to the floor! Fans rally behind Eddie while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Eddie stands, stretches out his back, and then he gets Rocky up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Eddie keeps cool, and also chooses not to rain down fists, instead clamping on a chinlock. Rocky endures as Eddie grinds him down, and fans rally up. Eddie cranks the headlock but Rocky refuses to give up. Rocky fights up, throws elbows, but Eddie knees him low! Eddie whips to knee low again, then whips for another knee! Eddie whips but Rocky rolls him up, TWO! Rocky BUZZSAWS Eddie, then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Rocky stirs at 3, crawls over, and he brings Eddie up.
Eddie pushes Rocky, runs, but into an IRON OCTOPUS! Eddie endures, pries at the hold, and pops free, only for Rocky to wrangle him with a ghost pin! TWO, and Eddie goes to ropes. Rocky storms up, KICKS Eddie in the back, but Eddie just grimaces. Eddie eggs Rocky on so Rocky KICKS him again! Eddie growls and eggs Rocky on more as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rampage returns and Eddie suplexes, but Rocky knees free! Rocky knees low, Eddie rebounds, but into a JUMP KNEE! Eddie goes to ropes, Rocky storms over and brings him up through the ropes, to KICK! Eddie eggs Rocky on even though he’s stuck, so Rocky SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS Rocky! Rocky SOBATS! Then Rocky goes up a corner to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and Rocky argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rocky drags Eddie up, cravats, but no Sliced Bread! Eddie runs in to clothesline in the corner! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up and Eddie hoists Rocky up top!
Eddie climbs up behind Rocky, stands him up, but Rocky throws hands! Rocky CLUBS Eddie, cravats, and hits SUPER SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Eddie survives, and Rocky grits his teeth. Rocky pumps up and fans rally. Rocky runs in to clothesline! That’s one-ever! Two-ever! But URAKEN stops that! URAKEN again!! Eddie drags Rocky into the STRETCH PLUM!! Rocky taps, Eddie wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission (still NJPW Strong Openweight Champion)
Azucar could not dethrone The Mad King, but he still shows Eddie respect with a handshake and hug. Eddie is still NJWP Strong, but will he have to fight even harder to survive The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata?
Wait! That’s Shibata’s music! Shibata is HERE! He goes into the ring and shakes hands with Eddie. These two respect each other, and that means they will give it everything they’ve got! Will Eddie still be a two belt king? Or will Shibata become a TRIPLE CROWN Champion?
Aussie Open speaks.
Mark Davis says he is so tired. So tired of hearing the “top blokes” walk around here the last year, hubris unchecked, lying to the people that they are the best in the world. Kyle Fletcher says that for the last 365 days, everything Aussie Open has done has been to get back to FTR. When FTR beat them a year ago, it broke Fletcher. Fletcher felt like a failure and felt lost. So what he wants more than anything is to make FTR feel that pain. This Sunday, Aussie Open takes the AEW World Tag Team Championships, burns down the legacy of #7StarFTR, and from the ashes, rebuild a new empire that they will stand atop of to proclaim that THEY are the best tag team in the world!
The Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla are ready to bring down Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, will they fulfill that WrestleDream?
The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar!
Speaking of tag titles, Dutch & Vincent are aimed at the ROH World Tag Team Championships! However, Adam Cole will be out with injury so it’ll just be Maxwell Jacob Friedman meeting them in Seattle. Will this tune-up prove to be more than enough going into that tag title handicap match?
The teams sort out, but then Dutch just CLOBBERS Crush & Gunnar! Fans boo as Dutch says just a few more days and those titles will be theirs! Vincent rains down fists on Crush, then drags him up to UPPERCUT! Vincent bumps Crush off buckles, tags in Dutch, and the Righteous mugs Crush before the BOSS MAN SLAM! Gunnar staggers up but Dutch feeds him to Vinnie’s KNEE! Then Vinnie feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Tag to Vinnie, fans are torn as the Righteous pace around Crush. Vinnie snaps his fingers, then cravats, AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, Righteous win!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
A swift and dominant win, these are the two men coming for the tag titles! Will The Righteous purge ROH of the “false friendship” that is the brochachos? Or are even two Righteous men combined not on the level of the Devil?
Ortiz sits alone in a room.
He looks back on his career alongside Mike Santana. They were at the top of their game coming into AEW, but then it ended up going downhill. There’s even audio from Konnan touching on how Ortiz and Santana stopped talking to each other and how Konnan was saddened by that. Ortiz has the footage stop there. What will it take for him to get Santana to talk to him?
Darby Allin speaks.
After replaying what Christian Cage said just last Wednesday on Dynamite, the Relentless One reiterates that he is NOT losing in Seattle, Washington! Will Darby defend home turf against Captain Charisma?
Nick Wayne speaks.
He knows Darby has a lot to say about Christian Cage, and all of that will be part of the Countdown special. But Nick also knows Darby’s actions will speak louder than his words at WrestleDream. And although Darby told Nick not to be there ringside, Nick doesn’t really want to anyway because of what Christian & Luchasaurus are capable of. So, while they let Christian and Darby settle their business, how about Nick and Luchasaurus settle theirs? For months and months, Luchasaurus walked around here while another man held his title. And Luchasaurus followed Christian around like he was some kind of father figure.
And Nick isn’t sure what it is about Christian where he thinks he can even be such a figure to “us Lost Boys,” but Nick had a father. And he told Nick at a young age “to never leave your debts unpaid.” Nick owes Luchasaurus. At Wembley Stadium, Luchasaurus choke slammed Nick onto a skateboard and Nick never forgot it. Nick will repay Luchasaurus this Sunday during Zero Hour. And Nick will even hand Luchasaurus a receipt. Nick brings his own skateboard, will he grind it right into the Right Hand of Destruction?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
AEW is going to do it big for WrestleDream Eve as, with Zack Sabre Jr. on commentary, we see an 8 Man Tag! FTR teams with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta to take on Aussie Open, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey! Plus, Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega test their tag team chemistry against The Gates of Agony! Will The Ocho & The Cleaner survive Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun to take on the Don Callis Family? And Julia Hart gets in action to build some last minute momentum, will she be ready for Kris Statlander and their TBS Championship match set for Sunday?
Backstage interview with Zack Sabre Jr.
Renee Paquette is with The Front Man of TMDK, and says we’re just days away from WrestleDream, where ZSJ takes on The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. ZSJ just came off a three week tour in NJPW and just got here to the States, is he worried at all about acclimating? ZSJ asks Bryan “Dragon Bullocks” Danielson, “Where are you, darling?” As Renee just said, ZSJ got off a 16 hour flight from Tokyo and is feeling fresh as a daisy. But perhaps this company’s keeping Bryan wrapped head to toe in bubble wrap, or keeps him in a giant Zorb ball. At this point, a strong gust of wind will knock Bryan over.
And is ZSJ supposed to be honored that Bryan chose him as part of the year long retirement tour? Newsflash: Bryan barely has a weekend. This Sunday isn’t just about finding out who the best technical wrestler is, no no. Bryan has retired once in Seattle, so ZSJ will make it final. Ya like that? The final retirement~! Submissions in Seattle, see you on Sunday. The NJPW World Television Champion has put Bryan on notice, but will he be able to slay the American Dragon?
AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida!
While the Outcasts stand at two members, Saraya is looking forward to a friendly showdown with the Runaway in a little under two weeks! But will Ruby make sure there is No Future for the Shining Samurai? Or will Shida take down one Outcast to go after another?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up as Ruby and Shida step up, and they’re on Shida’s side. Ruby shoves, runs, and RAMS Shida, but Shida just fires up! Ruby headlocks, Shida throws body shots, and then she powers out. Shida then runs past Ruby to run Ruby over! Fans duel, Shida has the majority, and she goes to the corner. Shida climbs up but Ruby slips away before any fists can rain down! Shida is annoyed but she waits on Ruby to return. Ruby takes her time going to the apron, steps in at 6 of 10 but wants Shida to stay back. Shida gets annoyed as the ref keeps her back, but then Ruby pulls Shida’s hair to throw her down!
Ruby throws hands, puts Shida in the corner, then RAMS into her again and again! Fans boo but Ruby runs, only to miss! Shida ROCKS Ruby, then climbs up to rain down fists! Ruby gets away before three, runs back in but into a BOOT! Shida bumps Ruby off buckles, climbs up and rains down those fists! Ruby slips out at five to YANK Shida down! Ruby whips, Shida goes up and CROSSBODIES! Shida then drags Ruby up, puts her in yet another corner, and tries one more time! Shida rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Fans fire up with Shida and she kicks Ruby out, to then MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Shida drags Ruby up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ruby CLUBS away on Shida to stop the lift, then shoves her to a corner. Ruby runs in, Shida dodges, but Ruby ELBOWS her! Ruby goes up to hit DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby digs Shida into the buckles, lets off as the ref counts, and then brings Shida up to snapmare. Ruby covers, TWO! Ruby throws down fists now, but lets off with a smug smirk. Ruby puts Shida on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and then Ruby has Shida in the ropes to throw knees! A shoutout to Saraya, and Ruby lets off at 4. Ruby stalks Shida, looms over her, and pushes her around. Shida pushes back but Ruby eggs her on.
Shida ROCKS Ruby, then fires again! Ruby claws Shida’s face! And throws her down by her hair again! The ref reprimands, but Ruby clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Shida endures, but Ruby grinds her into the mat! Fans rally, Shida fights up, and she arm-drags free! Ruby returns to CLOBBER Shida! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed but Shida grabs at Ruby’s hair! Ruby CLUBS Shida, drags her up, and stomps a hand! Shida scrambles to a corner while the ref reprimands but Ruby stomps a mudhole in. Ruby lets off as the ref counts, and Ruby storms around. Shida drags herself up, but Ruby CHOKES her on the ropes!
The ref counts while Ruby BITES Shida’s ear! Ruby lets off at 4, drags Shida up, but Shida ROCKS her! And again! And again! And again! But Ruby knees low! Ruby talks trash, whips Shida to ropes, but Shida ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS knock both women down! Rampage returns to single picture as the standing count climbs. Fans rally, both women are down at 5 of 10 but Shida goes to ropes. Shida snarls, she and Ruby stand at 7, and they storm up. Shida fires a forearm, Ruby gives it back! Shida throws another, so Ruby gives it back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster!
Ruby gets the edge, but Shida ROCKS her! And ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Shida whips to JUMP KNEE! Shida then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Shida fires up again and the fans are with her! Shida aims, KATA- NO, Ruby ducks and bails out! Fans boo but Shida goes out to pursue! Shida runs in, jumps off the steps, and DROPKICKS Ruby down! Fans fire up again and Shida stands Ruby up. Shida torture racks Ruby, then goes to the ramp!? Fans are thunderous but Ruby fights free! They throw forearms, and CHOPS! Shida CLUBS Ruby, Ruby throws body shots, but the count is climbing!
They both hear it’s 8 of 10 and start sprinting! They both slide in at 9.5!! Fans are thunderous and then Ruby swings, but Shida blocks! Ruby HEADBUTTS, blocks a kick, then KICKS back! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby goes to a corner, and she takes Shida’s kendo stick for her own! The ref stops Ruby, takes the kendo stick, but then Ruby brings out the spray paint! Shida and the ref both block that and they’re all fighting over it! Down goes the ref!! Shida and Ruby are both stunned, but then Ruby HEADBUTTS! DESTINATION UNKNOWN! But no ref to count the cover!
Ruby is furious, she would’ve had this! But then she sees the kendo stick! Ruby grins as she wields Shida’s weapon! Fans boo, but Shida blocks the strike to kick and HEADSHOT! Then KATANA KICK!! Cover, but still no ref! Wait, here comes Aubrey! Aubrey slides in, counts the cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida fires up! Shida puts Ruby in a drop zone, goes up the corner, and she METE- NO! Ruby dodges to then STO! Ruby drags herself up the corner, goes to the very top, and STAGE DIVE SENTONS onto knees! And then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida won’t stop there!
Shida hauls Ruby up but Ruby wrenches to NO FUTURE KICK! But Shida rebounds to KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Shining Samurai takes down The Runaway, but wait! Here comes Saraya! #TitleTuesday is coming, will that be a good Knight for the champ? Or will Shida take this belt back to become a historic THREE-TIME champion?
A great Rampage, especially as the go-home to WrestleDream. I figured the title matches would end with the champions retaining, but we got really good stuff out of Acclaimed VS Hardy Party and Eddie VS Rocky. As for their title defenses on WrestleDream, I don’t see TMDK taking the trios titles as this will be their AEW debuts. And as I’ve said a few times already, Eddie isn’t losing both belts he worked so hard to have so soon. Plus, it feels like there’s some tension between NJPW the company and Shibata, or else Shibata would already be NJPW Strong Openweight Champion and not one of ROH’s champs.
Speaking of Eddie, good promo from him before his match with Rocky, and good interaction with Team Triple J. I wasn’t exactly expecting Jay Lethal to be Eddie’s first actual feud for the ROH World Championship, but I suppose it does make sense as Lethal was a major player in ROH. I hope these guys actually show up on ROH programming, but also, Tony Khan wants this feud to be seen so it’ll end up on AEW programming instead. Y’know, just like all these other ROH title stories outside of the AEW Women’s title.
Good squash from The Righteous, and I’m really curious as to how the tag title match goes on Sunday. There’s a lot of stuff MJF still has to do with Cole, Roddy and The Kingdom, and now this intrigue with Jay White, Bullet Club Gold and the backstage attack at the end of Dynamite. I still feel it should’ve been The Kingdom in the PPV match anyway, but it seems they were going to drag this story out even before Cole hurt his foot. Good promo from Nick Wayne to call out Luchasaurus, but I feel like Luchasaurus ends up winning that match just to make a point of Nick not being able to show up ringside for Darby.
Good promo from Andrade to call out Juice for this week’s Collision, and I’m still wondering if/when La Faccion Ingobernable helps Andrade against Bullet Club Gold. For that matter, why can’t MJF be paying LFI to beat up on White and the BCG? He’s had business dealings with Andrade & Rush before, let’s strike that up again for some continuity. Really good promo from Aussie Open ahead of their tag title match, and from ZSJ to call out Bryan. That 8 Man Tag tomorrow night is going to be good stuff, and perhaps rather telling about where the PPV matches go. The only reason I don’t see Aussie Open winning against FTR is because of that big Fatal 4 Way tag contenders match, but who knows, maybe Aussie Open wins to bring the AEW belts to NJPW events as they take on like Goto & Hashi.
And of course, a great main event from Shida and Ruby. Seems a little silly to set up Ruby as a contender, wouldn’t that just end up in a Finger Poke of Doom situation with Saraya? Which therefore meant Shida was winning. Saraya VS Shida for this Title Tuesday Dynamite is going to be good stuff, but something makes me feel like Ruby is just gonna help Saraya retain. And not to be mean to Shida, but if she’s already a two-time champ, I don’t see her becoming three-time so soon. Why not get Shida in on the TBS Championship story? Britt Baker wants to be the first to have held both titles in AEW, but Shida should want that distinction, too. Then that lets us have Britt VS Shida as we should’ve gotten by now given everything else we’ve been seeing lately.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/29/23)
King VS Emperor to determine a champion!
One way or another, the US title belongs to the LWO!
Rey Mysterio defends his WWE United States Championship against friend and protege, Santos Escobar! But will things stay friendly between them?
- Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson; Jimmy wins.
- Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes; Theory wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar; Rey wins and retains the title.
- Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL; Charlotte wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline is here!
Fans boo as Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman head to the ring. And Jimmy is definitely hyped over how he and Solo took down AJ Styles and John Cena, putting the tag team match at Fastlane into question. Heyman has the mic to introduce himself, but the fans keep on booing. His name isn’t “Boo,” he’s Paul! Heyman! And tonight, a rare opportunity that he doesn’t have to do this into the phone but live to the world here from SmackDown, in the hell hole of Sacramento, California. “We ACKNOWLEDGE our Tribal Chief!” The Bloodline throws up the ones, and Heyman says, “And so do each and every single one of you!”
The fans boo, though some do raise the fingers. Heyman asks us why do they acknowledge Roman… Reigns? Because it is in Roman’s name that last week, the second greatest of all time, John Cena, took a beating at the hands of the Bloodline in a way Cena hasn’t taken in at least a decade. And to wit, Heyman calls our attention to the Bloodline version of the Zapruder Film. Heyman plays footage from just last week, where Cena was the only one who signed the contract to have a match for Fastlane. Cena hoped AJ Styles was going to be his partner, but then the Bloodline struck first and hospitalized AJ Styles.
And back to present, fans are booing but Jimmy’s almost cracking up. Heyman says not to get involved in Cena’s business, but a little birdie told Heyman that there are some transportation issues this evening. And while Cena is expected to make it here, you can’t see him because Cena is NOT here. But y’know who else ain’t here? AJ Styles! And why is that? Because he’s lying in a hospital bed, watching them on SmackDown and- Jimmy holds his hand out for the mic? Heyman says he wasn’t done but Jimmy snatches the mic. “Sacramento! The Bloodline is now in your city!” Heyman sighs while Jimmy raises the one.
Jimmy tells the Wise Man, you are too kind. The real reason Cena isn’t here tonight is because he’s scared! Scared of one JIM USO! Jimmy says if Cena is smart, he’ll stay far, far away. If not, they’ll take care of him like they did the Phenomenal One! The one who built the house, place, face- KARL ANDERSON CLOBBERS SOLO! Then he TACKLES Jimmy! Jimmy gets up but Karl clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up for Karl as he represents for The OC! Karl says he told Styles not to get in Bloodline business and now Styles is in the hospital. So now, this is OC business! Any one of them, get in the ring with him!
Fans fire up but Heyman has Solo stand down. Heyman whispers things to The Enforcer, and then Solo tells Jimmy to handle this or he’ll do it for him. Jimmy says he’s got this. Solo doesn’t return the high-five, but will Jimmy return fire on the Machine Gun?
Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson!
SmackDown returns and the match is going as Karl bumps Jimmy off buckles! Then CHOPS! And fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Karl lets off but then stomps a mudhole! Karl lets off to tell Heyman & Solo they made this personal. Karl stands Jimmy up but Jimmy swings. Karl dodges to JUMP KICK! Karl says he told Styles not to get involved but too late now. Karl whips, Jimmy BOOTS back! Jimmy runs, but Karl gives him a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Heyman is worried but Solo is stoic as Jimmy survives. Karl storms up on Jimmy, UPPERCUTS him to the corner, then UPPERCUTS again!
Karl brings Jimmy up to the top rope, ROCKS him with rights, then climbs. Solo steps forward and that distracts Karl, as well as the ref. Jimmy CLAWS Karl’s eyes! The ref misses it but fans boo as Jimmy rains down fists on Karl. Jimmy snarls, goes to a corner, and he SUPERKICKS Karl down! Jimmy goes to the corner, climbs up, and scowls at the booing fans before the USO SPLASH! Cover, Jimmy wins!
Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall
Heyman is relieved and he whispers something more to Solo. Jimmy may be getting himself into trouble, but he’s also getting himself out, will this get Jimmy back in the Bloodline?
Wait, Karl isn’t done! He gets up to throw more hands with Jimmy! Solo storms in to hit the SAMOAN SPIKE! Solo roars as Karl is down, no back-up even possible with both Styles and Gallows hurt. Is the OC no longer a problem for The Bloodline? Wait, Michin is here! She SLAPS Jimmy right down! Fans are thunderous as she storms to the ring. Jimmy asks what the heck! Mia Yim packs a punch, will that knock some sense into Jimmy?
Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.
Cathy Kelley is with The Emperor of Lucha, and says that he faces his mentor and LWO teammate, Rey Mysterio. Where is his mind at tonight? Santos says his mind is focused, but his stomach has butterflies. But this match is about heart. And Santos has already said this is a dream match for him, and he has been working his entire life for it. Now, with the whole world watching, he has a chance to make the dream come true. He never gives up on his dreams, and he will fight for them, so Rey is in for the fight of his life. May the best man win. Will it be Emperor or King of Lucha that reigns as the United States Champion?
The Bloodline regroups backstage.
Jimmy is fuming and he yells at a production staff member just for looking at him. He asks another if they saw what happened, then just shoves the guy down! Jimmy storms off, Solo follows and Heyman has the staff relax. Then he puts in a call to Roman Reigns. What will The Tribal Chief have to say about Jimmy’s attitude?
It’s an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The Aussie Icon, the Moment Maker, the Dynamite From Down Under is already in the ring on his set, and he says what a wild night already. Cena may be the greatest of all time, but he ain’t the greatest at being on time! Hah! But don’t worry, because Waller is here to save the show. Fans boo but Waller thanks them. Waller’s guests just keep getting bigger, and this is literal given the physical specimen. He has done everything in the WWE as a performer, but not as a talent scout. But that’s alright, he gets what he’s always been missing: the Waller rub! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the All Mighty Bobby Lashley!
Fans cheer as Lashley makes his way out and Waller does some push-ups so he looks at least a little bigger standing next to him. They shake hands and then sit at the desk. Waller says he wasn’t lying when the guests keep getting bigger, right? How does he fit into the suit? But Waller appreciates Lashley being on the show, especially after the week he’s had. His boys, the Street Profits had a devastating loss last week. Lashley says he made a mistake. He was looking for the next big thing, he thought the Profits had what it takes to do whatever they want, but seems not. Back to the drawing board, huh?
Wow, that must be hard for the Profits to hear. But yeah, if you’re looking for a tag team, they need to be willing to do whatever it takes. A team with unbridled charisma! A team that is undefeated! Maybe a team like Austin Theory & Grayson Waller! Lashley’s stare makes Waller slow his roll. Lashley knows all about Theory, that’s a pass. Yeah, but Theory’s changed! If you get to know him, he’s a good bloke! And- Wait! Here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins came dressed to match Lashley, and Lashley seems rather upset and confused. The Profits step into the ring, mics in their hands.
Lashley steps to them, and he stops Dawkins before he gets started. No excuses, no reasons. If they want something out of Lashley, they need to prove it. Lashley goes to leave, and then the Profits look to each other. They storm out after Lashley and get up in his face! Lashley says he told them what to do. Now go do it. He keeps on moving, and Waller says how awkward. Hey, light the beam for the 153 million hit man, Austin Theory! Theory makes his entrance, walking past Lashley on the stage, and then continues down the ramp. He smirks at the Profits and goes to the steps, with Waller being the only one cheering.
But will it be A-Town Down as Theory faces Cameron Grimes? Or will SmackDown go TO~ THE~ MOON~?
Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes!
SmackDown returns, Theory is busy looking at NXT’s Dragon Lee watching from the front row, and the bell rings. Theory turns around into a BOOT from Grimes! Grimes fires off KICKS, UPPERCUTS, and then CHOPS! Grimes whips, Theory reverses but Grimes CLOBBERS Theory! Grimes keeps moving and he CLOBBERS Theory again! Atomic drop, then KICK! Then a KICK, run, and SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Theory scrambles, Grimes has the leg, and Grimes drags Theory back. Theory kicks free, Waller coaches Theory up and Theory ELBOWS Grimes! And throat chops!
Theory throws down clubbing hands while fans boo, but Theory shouts at everyone. Theory brings Grimes up, talks trash, but Grimes eggs him on! Grimes fires off fists, body shots, then backs Theory to a corner. Grimes whips, Theory reverses, then Theory runs in. Theory blocks a boot but Grimes ENZIGURIS! Grimes goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Theory hangs tough and Waller relaxes. Grimes aims, and he BUZZ- NO, Theory ducks! So Grimes backflips to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Theory survives but Grimes storms up on him in the corner. Grimes KICKS Theory against ropes!
Grimes runs, then he clotheslines Theory out of the ring! Grimes goes to the apron, and he PENALTY KICKS Theory down! Fans fire up with the Carolina Caveman as he takes it to Mr. ATL. Waller talks trash, though, and Grimes stares him down. Theory POSTS Grimes in the distraction! Waller laughs, Theory drags Grimes up and in, and then Theory slingshots. Somersault SHOTGUN! Grimes staggers into the fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Waller’s a baller with that assist to his boy, and The Now comes out on top! Will these two look to take over SmackDown one win at a time? Theory also talks some trash on Dragon, then pie faces him! So Dragon hits back! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Theory back. Dragon is here as a guest, but Waller says Dragon can’t do nothing anyway. Will this duo hope Boy Wonder stays away from this brand?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Kayla Braxton is with the US Champion and says earlier tonight, Santos said this wasn’t just a dream match, but the fight of their lives. What is Rey’s response? Rey says LWO is familia and will always be that. But he knows how hard Santos has worked to get here. Heck, Rey grew up watching Santos’ father, El Fantasma. So Rey has nothing but love and respect for Santos. But be careful what you wish for. Every time Rey steps in the ring, he expects the best of his opponent and brings the best in return. So Santos, like they say, this IS the fight of their lives! May the best man win. Rey seems to feel the same way as Santos, but will either man still feel good after taking a loss?
The Bloodline is beating up Ashante THEE Adonis?!
B-Fab shouts for Jimmy to stop but Jimmy stops when he says he’s stopping! Refs and producers rush in and Jimmy says okay, his bad, he’s done now. Adonis crawls away, but Solo is there! Jimmy says finish this, Solo! UREANGE through the table!! Hit Row suffers the wrath of The Bloodline, but when and where will it stop?
WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar!
SmackDown returns as Zelina is ringside for both men, and Santos makes his entrance. Santos says hola to Dragon before getting in the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who holds gold for the L W O!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. They go around, Santos waistlocks but Rey works on an escape. Santos holds tight, they sit down, and Rey moves around. Rey fights up, jumps, but Santos holds on during the flying mare! Santos shifts to go for an abdominal stretch but Rey fights it to have a toehold. Fans rally and duel, Santos chinlocks but Rey pulls on the leg. Santos uses that to body scissor, and he rolls Rey to a cover, ONE! Rey is still stuck in the scissors but he moves around. Rey claws at the hold, Santos shifts and has the back mount to then roll Rey again. Rey slips free and the two stand off.
Fans cheer as Rey and Santos reset. Santos trips Rey, blocks the headscissor, but Rey gets up. Santos wrenches, wristlocks, but Rey flips through! Santos whips, Rey reverses but Santos reverses again. Rey is on the apron but he RAMS into Santos! Rey slingshots but Santos stops the rana to GAMANGIRI! Rey falls, Santos PLANCHAS! Down goes Rey at the ramp and Zelina is worried for both men as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Santos has Rey in a modified stretch. Rey endures, Santos shifts his grip, but Rey fights free. Santos has a hammerlock to keep Rey close, and Santos wrangles Rey down. Rey fights up, fans rally, and Rey jumps to hit that flying-mare! Fans fire up as Santos speeds things up and runs Rey over! Things keep moving, Rey dodges but Santos DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rey hangs tough, and Zelina is again torn. She rallies the fans more for the LWO than for either man. Santos waistlocks, Rey switches, but Santos switches back. They go to ropes and Rey bucks the O’Conner.
Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Santos outta the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed, goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Down goes Santos! Fans fire up with Rey and he hears the ring count. Rey drags Santos up, puts him in at 6 of 10, and then climbs the corner. Santos stands, Rey SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, and he CLOBBERS Santos! Both men are down and fans rally up more. But wait, Jimmy and Solo are still wreaking havoc backstage? SAMOAN SPIKE for security! Jimmy says that guy won’t be Cena’s partner, either! Back to the ring, fans rally for “619! 619!” as Rey goes to ropes.
Santos stands, he rushes in to sunset flip, but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Santos is dazed, Rey calls his shot and he drop toeholds Santos onto ropes! Rey dials it up as fans go wild, but Santos SUPERKICKS Rey outta the ring! Santos takes aim, builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL!! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Rey! Santos catches his breath while he stands back up, and then he goes up the barriers? To MOONSAULT Rey on the ramp! Zelina is worried again but Santos puts Rey back in the ring. Rey staggers and goes to the far side but Santos takes aim. “This is Awesome!” as Santos spells it out, “L! W! O!”
Santos goes corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! Rey wobbles, but Santos puts him back in the corner. Santos goes again, DOUBLE KNEES! Santos hoists Rey up top, climbs up after him, but Rey HEADBUTTS! Rey fires forearms and he knocks Santos down! Santos stands up while Rey steadies himself, but Santos GAMANGIRIS first! Santos climbs up again, goes to the very top, and he whistles for the SUPER STEINER! Zelina couldn’t even watch that, worried for both men. Santos goes to the apron, to SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Santos is a bit surprised as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns yet again and Santos has Rey against ropes. Santos CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” as Rey staggers. Santos whips, BOOTS, and then brings Rey around. Santos picks Rey up into a GORY ESPECIAL! Rey endures being bent back, and Santos even pulls on the arms! Fans rally, Rey fights against the hold, and pops free to arm-drag! Fans fire up as REy goes to a corner, and Santos runs in, only to be put on the apron! Santos GAMANGIRIS, Rey staggers, and then Santos fires up! Santos climbs, leaps, but Rey dodges and the crossbody flops! Rey lines up a shot, runs and springboards but then Santos dodges!
Rey and Santos are both down after those belly flops, and fans rally as both men rise up. Santos runs in, scoops Rey and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally as Rey staggers up, but into a tilt-o-whirl torture rack! Santos runs around with Rey, then hits a RACK DROP! Cover, TWO!! Zelina is relieved again but Santos is surprised. Rey tells Santos to bring it on, there needs to be a winner. Santos storms up to CHOP! And whip, but Rey KICKS back! Rey runs to RAN- NO, Santos blocks that! Santos swings Rey up but Rey sunset flips! TWO!! Santos escapes and even Zelina is stunned! Fans fire up again, “This is Awesome!”
Rey runs in, Santos puts him on the apron but Rey ROCKS Santos first! Then Rey goes up a corner, brings Santos up to join him, and then adjusts position to fire off hands! Fans fire up as Rey calls the shot, but Santos drags Rey into a fireman’s carry! Rey fights with elbows, then pops up to SUPER RANA!! Fans are thunderous while Santos sits up in a daze! Rey DROPKICKS Santos onto ropes! Dial it up! 6 1 9 BLOCKED! Santos drags Rey into an Alabama Lift! But Rey holds the ropes for dear life! Rey then RANAS Santos back onto ropes, redials, and 619 HITS!!! Rey hurries up top, says hey to Eddie, and hit a FROG- NO!
Santos avoids the splash, CLUBS Rey, covers, TWO into the ghost pin! TWO!!! Both men escape by nanoseconds but Santos fireman’s carries! PHANTOM- TAKEDOWN! Rey has a spladle! REY WINS!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
And the greatest luchador of all time comes out the champion! Santos is stunned, but Rey offers him a handshake of respect. They are still familiar, aren’t they? WAIT! The Profits attack!! Dawkins & Ford mug Rey & Santos, this must be how they’re proving Lashley wrong! They hit Escobar with a BIG LARIAT! Fans boo but here comes Lashley! The All Mighty says that’s it! That’s what he wanted! But then here comes the rest of the LWO! Lashley CLOBBERS Wilde while Ford & Dawkins mug Cruz! But Dragon Lee wants to get in! Security keeps him back, he’s just here as a guest! So Wilde is fed to the REVELATION!
The fans boo but The All Mighty has his Profits! Will they soon run SmackDown with iron fists?
The LWO regroups.
They’ve all got icepacks in the medical trainer’s room, and Kayla walks in to congratulate Rey on the win. But before the team could celebrate the moment, they got jumped by The Profits. Santos says sorry, excuse him, but the Profits ruined the moment! Rey says they beat the Profits last week, and now Lashley and them act like they run SmackDown! LWO challenges Lashley & The Profits to a match at Fastlane! Let’s see how tough they are when it’s fair and square! What will happen when these factions go to war in Indianapolis?
WWE announces a huge signing!
Former AEW TBS Champion and rising star, JADE CARGILL, is now with WWE! She got 20 MILLION views on a video just for showing up at the Performance Center! Will a storm be coming for the WWE Women’s Division?
John Cena arrives backstage!
He pulls in rather fast and furious, and he storms right into the arena, that tag match contract in his hands! Will Cena find someone Jimmy & Solo haven’t destroyed to sign on the dotted line? Is there even anyone left?
Pretty Deadly has a video message.
“On July 14th, 2023, Elton prince suffered a devastating shoulder injury. Despite all odds, he is on the road to recovery.” It’s another rehab workout montage, but Elton is still in the wheelchair… Elton works on reaching out for hot tags, swinging chairs, ends up rolling downhill during a celebration, and can’t even poke eyes properly. But as he continues to work at it, he has the courage to stand up and tag in Kit! #YESBOY! #EltonStrong.
The Brawling Brutes are watching this.
Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne look at each other, and neither of them can even process this. Dunne feels maybe they should’ve broken Elton’s leg. The idiots. Will Elton & Kit hope they can stay far, far, far away from Northern Grit and the Bruiserweight?
Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL!
The Queen did what she could to help The Empress of Tomorrow hold off the Evil Genius and her cohorts, but all that got them was a win for Iyo Sky and this rivalry rematch with the Role Model! Will Bayley make an example out of her fellow Horsewoman? Or will Charlotte make Bayley bow down?
SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance, Iyo and Dakota right behind her. But then Charlotte has Bayley hold on so she can get a mic. Charlotte has a question for Bayley: What’s happened to you? Bayley is one of the Four Horsewomen, but now she’s just happy carrying Iyo’s bags. Bayley has become a stepping stone while Charlotte is still the measuring stick. And in the end, it doesn’t matter. Bayley is just in Charlotte’s way. She’ll beat Bayley tonight, and then challenge Iyo for the WWE Women’s Championship at Fastlane! Fans fire up for that, and the bell rings. Bayley CLOBBERS Charlotte!
Bayley fires off, all riled up after what Charlotte said. DMG CTRL cheers and high-fives Bayley. Bayley CHOPS Charlotte, bumps her off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! Bayley ROCKS Charlotte, lets off, and brings Charlotte around to whip. But Charlotte reverses to send Bayley into the corner, and she CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” and Charlotte CHOPS again! Charlotte whips, Bayley reverses but Charlotte goes up and out to BOOT Bayley down! Iyo swipes at Charlotte, then Bayley BLASTS Charlotte down! Bayley goes out to the apron, to then FLYING ELBOW Charlotte down! DMG CTRL is fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Charlotte is up top, to CROSSBODY Bayley down! Fans fire up with Charlotte as she storms around. Bayley flounders to ropes, stands up, and Charlotte CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And then CHOPS again! Fans fire up as Charlotte says one more, then CHOPS Bayley again! Charlotte swings, Bayley dodges but Charlotte scoops! FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up again! Charlotte handsprings to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bayley is still in this but Charlotte knows she’s tough. Bayley bails out to the apron, Charlotte storms over, but Bayley HOTSHOTS!
Bayley slides in, waistlocks, but Charlotte bucks the O’Conner, to then trip Bayley! Bayley scrambles, Charlotte steps over to drop a knee on Bayley’s knee! Bayley goes to a corner and Charlotte GAMANGIRIS! Bayley staggers, but she BOOTS back! But then Charlotte BOOTS back! Cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool while the fans rally up. Charlotte steps on Bayley and goes to the corner, then goes up the corner, only for Bayley to YANK her down! Bayley puts Charlotte in the ropes, throw hands, then hits a STOCK DROP! Shoutout to another of the Horsewomen! Bayley then SUNSET BOMBS Charlotte into buckles! Bayley drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO!
Bayley tells fans to shut up, don’t cheer for her! Dakota and Iyo cheer her on, though, and Bayley fires forearms on Charlotte! Bayley mocks the “WOO~!” then CHOPS! Bayley CHOPS Charlotte again and again, runs, but Charlotte SPEARS her down! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
DMG CTRL can’t believe it, but their Role Model lost! The Queen is already wearing yellow ‘n’ block to match Fastlane’s logo, will she take that gold off Iyo? Bayley gets a mic to shout, “Cut the music, you idiots!” Bayley won’t let Charlotte just cut the line! Bayley vowed to end Charlotte, and that’s what DMG CTRL is gonna do! The three surround the ring, but here comes ASUKA! The Empress joins the Queen to run off their common enemies! Asuka gets a mic to shout “OI OI OI OI!” What do you idiots think you’re doing?! She won’t let them do whatever they want! Bayley says okay, they want a Triple Threat for the women’s title?! Then they’ve got it!!
Wait, what? Iyo is confused, but Bayley says this is totally what Asuka said. No, Iyo knows what Asuka said and it wasn’t that! But Bayley says this is so they can teach both Asuka and Charlotte a lesson! Bayley sticks her foot in Iyo’s mouth again, will the Evil Genius have to really work hard on a plan to survive Fastlane?
John Cena heads to the ring!
Sacramento fires up as Cena storms out, saying we’re getting serious tonight! Cena slides into the ring, contract still in hand. Cena also gets a mic, and he tells Sacramento, “I hear ya out there!” Sacramento chants for Cena and so he knows they hear him. And he knows that because last week, he said he was back to compete and that he wanted a match. The Bloodline didn’t take too kindly to that, though. They left Cena knocked out, but they also left him with the contract. This is the contract for a match with them at Fastlane. Yeah, a little lukewarm, because there’s a problem: Cena doesn’t have a partner.
Cena says tonight is very important, because now he has a choice to make. He could rip up the contract and act like this didn’t happen. Fans boo that idea. Or he could stand and fight. The fans like that! So what do you think the man who wears the words “Never Give Up” is gonna make? They cheer the second so he says that’s damn right! He will honor this contract! And if he doesn’t find a partner by Fastlane, then he will fight The Bloodline by himself in a 2v1 Handicap! But speaking of, here comes The Bloodline! Jimmy grins as he has the mic again. “Well, look who finally showed up.”
Cena’s out here talking about Fastlane? Did he not just see what The Bloodline’s been doing all night? They were sending messages! If you team with Cena, you get got by The Bloodline! Fans boo, but Jimmy goes to the apron to tell Cena, “You’re not making it to Fastlane!” But then Cena DECKS Jimmy! Solo stares Cena down, fans fire up, and Solo gets in the ring! Cena throws off the shirt because it is go time! Solo swings, misses, and Cena fireman’s carries, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him! Flashbacks to last week, HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Solo adds a HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Jimmy whips Solo in for another HIP ATTACK!
Fans boo as Cena flops out of the ring. The Bloodline clears off the announce desk! They put Cena on it, and Jimmy raises the one. Jimmy goes up the steps but Solo stops him. Solo wants this one! Jimmy grins and nods and lets Solo climb. But L A KNIGHT is here!! Fans are thunderous as the Mega Star storms down, slides in, and he dodges Jimmy to BLAST Solo! And then he BLASTS Jimmy! Knight stomps a mudhole into Jimmy but Solo stops him! So Knight fires off haymakers! Solo TOSSES Knight, but misses the splash! JUMP NECKBREAKER! Jimmy is up, Knight scoops to POWERSLAM!
Fans fire up, and they spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop for Jimmy! Cena is back and he TOSSES Solo! Knight TOSSES Jimmy! Mega Star and Greatest of All Time look to each other, and Knight picks up the contract! Fans are electric as Knight signs his name! Cena can’t believe it, either! He has a tag partner for Fastlane? YEAH!! Will Cena and Knight show The Bloodline whose game is it? With EVERYBODY saying… L A KNIGHT, YEAH!!
An awesome episode of SmackDown, especially with how fired up the Sacramento crowd was for everything. Great stuff with Bloodline and such, taking logical yet still exciting turns. Karl Anderson going after The Bloodline was good, because as much as Karl didn’t want Styles getting involved, but he also wasn’t going to let The Bloodline get away with this. Though, Karl didn’t really accomplish much as he got cheated in that match. That slap from Mia was great, though. Then Jimmy & Solo going on a rampage backstage was a great way to show how Jimmy is drunk with power all because he thinks Roman will have his back. Roman most certainly won’t now that Jimmy’s actions have brought LA Knight into the story. Great save from Knight, and he will make a great team with Cena.
Great “main event” match from Charlotte VS Bayley, and that black ‘n’ yellow gear is pretty cool stuff from Charlotte. DMG CTRL of course tries to help Bayley but that backfires. And then I actually like that we’re going back to Bayley talking big and putting Iyo on the spot. The Triple Threat title match is going to be great, and is actually some mad genius thinking from Bayley. DMG CTRL can now legally interfere to make sure Iyo wins against Charlotte and Asuka, but I feel like this can also bring in Shotzi or even Bianca to counteract DMG CTRL. Either way, it’ll be some great stuff to really up things in the SmackDown Women’s Division.
Hilarious vignette from Pretty Deadly, and good response from Brawling Brutes. That feud will definitely start up again after Fastlane and give us a SmackDown contender for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships. Really good stuff out of the Grayson Waller Effect with Lashley putting the pressure on the Profits. Almost thought they were gonna jump Theory since Lashley doesn’t like Theory, but I guess that would make this faction Faces since Theory is Heel. It was nice to see Grimes back, though he does lose to Theory. Dragon Lee being here tonight makes me think he is called up to SmackDown after he screws Dominik Mysterio out of the North American title tomorrow night.
And after just an awesome US Championship match, the Profits instead go after the LWO, a logical move given the back and forth between the factions. LWO wants a Six Man Tag, but does that mean it’ll be Santos, Cruz & Wilde? Or is Rey going to take one of the spots? Either way it’ll be a good time but it feels like the All Mighty Profits are going to take that one to build their momentum towards their own title goals. Lashley VS Rey for the US Championship with Santos helping feels like the move. Maybe there’s tension created as Santos costs Rey, or as Rey says Santos can’t be bending rules just to win. It just feels like something’s going to/has to change in the group dynamic.
My Score: 8.9/10
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