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Mitchell’s WWE Hell in a Cell Results & Report! (10/25/20)

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2020

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!

Something wicked this way comes as WWE once again goes inside Hell in a Cell! Bayley and Sasha Banks will settle a grudge, Drew McIntyre once again battles The Viper, and if Roman Reigns makes Jey, the Usos MUST fall in line, or be disowned!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Drew Gulak; Truth wins and retains the title.
  • WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell I Quit Match: Roman Reigns VS Jey Uso; Roman wins and retains the title, the Usos must “fall in line” behind him.
  • Jeff Hardy VS Elias; Elias wins, by disqualification.
  • Money in the Bank Contract Ownership: Otis VS The Miz w/ John Morrison; Miz wins and becomes the new Mr. Money in the Bank.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Bayley VS Sasha Banks; Sasha wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Slapjack; Lashley wins and retains the title.
  • WWE World Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton; Orton wins and becomes the new WWE World Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show!

Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Pete Rosenberg AND Jeff Jarrett to discuss, analyze and predict all of the action going down in this very scary PPV!

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Ahead of the Universal Championship HIAC I Quit match, there is a lot of talk about consequences. Can Heyman tell us the consequences for Roman should Jey win? Heyman wants Kayla to do herself a favor and take the “hype” out of her voice. If Jey is man enough to make Roman quit, which he’s not, then Roman quits his claim of being champion, of being a main eventer, of being the top star ever in WWE, as head of the table, family and the destined Tribal Chief. But when, and Heyman emphasizes when, Roman makes Jey say, “I Quit,” inside the cell, Jey is an indentured servant who will do Roman’s bidding when and how Roman tells him, commands him to do so. “Those are the consequences that will occur tonight when Jey Uso says I Quit at the hands and the dominance of the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion and your Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns.”

 

Backstage interview with Jeff Hardy.

Does he care to comment on Elias still thinking he was behind the hit & run? Hardy says he’s made a lot of mistakes and battled his demons for years. He is proud of what he’s done and owned up to every mistake he’s made. So of course he didn’t hit Elias with the car! They cleared him of that months ago. Elias is just pointing fingers at the wrong man. Hopefully they do find the real culprit. But if Elias wants to swing guitars at Hardy, Hardy will swing back. The only universal truth Elias needs to see tonight is that there is a Twist of Fate in his future.

R-Truth joins the panel.

Jarrett says hey to Lil’ Jimmy and Truth is excited to see Road Dogg! Where’s Truth? He’s here! Are you sick? Check the temp. But someone help Truth. Sam! Sup, Sam! No, this is Pete. Charly asks what Truth is doing here. Truth points out they told him he has a match to defend his 24/7 487 7-11 I-95 South European Television Championship for the kickoff show, but clearly Raw Talk is here and it’s got a full panel! Did he miss something? No, this IS the HIAC Kickoff. And you do have a match. And Booker’s Kofi Kingston. No, Truth knows who Booker is, Book! He’s sitting with Larry the King Live! But he does have a match with Drew Gulak, in a few moments. See with your eyes, not with your hands. Shouldn’t Truth go prepare? Yes, he will. Off he goes. This is the fourth kickoff show he’s crashed. They should try and guess when, not if.

 

Elias joins the panel.

Pete plugs the album while the others cheer. How is he feeling/ Looking great, feeling great. He has Hardy right where he wants him, in the ring. And then tomorrow, the album drops. Elias heard them talking and says, on top of Hardy ruining the concert last week, he tried to run Elias over back in May! No that’s crap and you know it. Booker asks when Elias is bringing the tour to Houston? When everyone starts touring again. Jarrett knows Hardy, he knows some redhead did it. Elias can’t believe this attitude. King says if you don’t like how people drive, stay off the sidewalk. But also, King heard Elias’ album has less dropped, more escaped. Hah, real funny. Pete says there’s a lot of jealousy because there are many wrestlers who tried to be musicians and they were frauds. No offense, Jarrett.

Elias says he was inspired by Jarrett. Because he’s everything Jarrett wasn’t. Elias gives Jarrett a special song right now. “Jeff I see your mug up on a ThunderDome screen. I know you’re gonna dress like Elias for Halloween. What’s with guys named Jeff? Jarrett and Hardy. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think ‘Jeff’ was Spanish for… Junky.” Elias heads off, Booker thought that was great.

 

The Miz and John Morrison join the panel via video chat.

Charly Caruso brings up how the case flipped in their favor when JBL was given a briefcase. What was in the case? A “key piece of evidence.” Heavy Machinery was playing checkers, Miz & Morrison play Chutes & Ladders. And it’s super easy to win that, if you know the way. But this is what’s wrong with the legal system. Otis won fair and square! What company does Pete work for? The WWE? Yes. Then do you see Otis being the face of the WWE in the media and around the world?! DO you care about your jobs?! Miz is thinking about the company! He isn’t looking at the MITB briefcase as a prop, but as something important! Miz will make sure to beat Otis, cash in and BE WWE World or Universal Champion! Then everyone will be on notice! Because if you hold the top title, he’s after you!

Otis isn’t championship material, but Miz is! MC M I Z will save the WWE! Booker does believe in finders keepers, losers weepers, so he’s with Miz. Miz wants to emphasize that people don’t understand being world champion, but Miz does and Booker does. Yes, Booker does understand and respect that. The others here may not, but this SIX-TIME world champion, TWO-TIME Hall of Famer, does.

 

Kickoff Show – WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Drew Gulak!

The FORTY-TWO TIME 24/7 Champion is hoping to still hold onto his baby tonight. But will the Philly Stretcher use his submission skills to rip the title from Truth’s grasp?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and this championship match kicks off the night!

Truth high fives Lil’ Jimmy but he tells Jimmy to be careful of Gulak. Gulak calls Jimmy over, gives him a high five, too, then another. Then a secret handshake, too! And he sits on Gulak’s knee? Truth is upset, but then he’s ANGRY when Gulak KICKS Lil’ Jimmy! Truth goes after Gulak with fury! Truth whips, hip tosses and covers, ONE! Gulak gets to a corner, Truth fires off haymakers then throws haymaker sin the corner! And he brings Gulak to bump off buckles. Truth climbs up, rains down punches, but Gulak pushes him away. Gulak CLOBBERS Truth with a clothesline! Gulak has the leg, kicks and stomps it, then steps through for a standing toehold! Truth endures, keeps his shoulders up, but Gulak drops back to tweak the leg! Gulak stands up again, Truth endures more, but Gulak drops again!

Truth uses his free leg to kick Gulak away, but Gulak brings him around for a headlock. Truth powers out, jumps over the somersault but Gulak sunset flips! TWO, Gulak drop toeholds and has the leg again. Truth crawls, Gulak chinbars but Truth keeps fighting! Ropebreak! Gulak lets go, looms over Truth and brings him up as fans rally. Gulak uses a chinbar stretch! Truth endures, flips up and over Gulak to throw haymakers! Truth dodges, and rallies with Cena shoulders! And the Spin-Out Bomb! Fans cheer as Truth says “You Can’t See Me!” Truth hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle! Gulak flounders around into the fireman’s carry! Gulak fights out to shove, but Truth hits the LIE DETECTOR! Cover, TWO! Truth keeps going but misses the scissor kick!

Gulak headbutts and whips to corner clothesline! Gulak stomps away but lets up at 4. Truth skins the cat to the top rope?! Gulak is up top fast, Truth resists the suplex and throws body shots to get under! Truth drags Gulak out in an Electric Chair but Gulak punches to a sunset flip! Truth slips out, jackknife, Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)

But that just means the chase is on! Lucha House Party run out but Akira Tozawa follows! Tozawa pulls Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik away, but they keep him from giving chase, too! Truth joins the panel real quick but has to run again! Gulak is last to come by, and he tells Truth, “your childhood hero, John Cena, SUCKS!” Does Gulak really think that?

 

Retribution is backstage.

Mustafa Ali asks the others if they know what the greatest thrill in life is. “It’s watching someone make a bad decision.” The past few months, Ali has watched everyone plot against each other and make bad decisions. But they planned while he laughed as he shut down the Hurt Business, “a group of greedy men,” who are an evil corporation like the WWE! There is unfinished business with the Hurt Business. So tonight, Ali presents a proposal. One of theirs VS one of Hurt Business. MVP can make the call on who will FALL before Retribution! That’s MVP’s bad decision to make.

 

BREAKING NEWS!

SHUCKY DUCKY QUACK QUACK! The I Quit Hell in a Cell OPENS the night!?!? This could turn the entire world upside-down if Booker’s prediction of JEY winning comes true!

 

The ThunderDome is now, the HELLSCAPE of WWE!

The ominous structure of steel and fear has returned again. So consider this your warning! There will be consequences when blood fights blood. There will be nowhere to run when grudges reach never before seen levels. There will be hell to pay as legacy takes on legacy! Welcome to Hell in a Cell.

 

WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell I Quit Match: Roman Reigns VS Jey Uso!

What could have easily been the main event is OPENING the show! Roman insists that without him at the top of both the WWE and at the head of the table, the Anoa’i Dynasty will crumble. If Jey somehow wins, Roman insists it will bring about the ruin of their family’s legacy. But if Jey loses, he MUST acknowledge Roman as Tribal Chief. If Jey can’t, then he AND Jimmy, and their wives, and their children, and their children’s children, will be OUT of the Anoa’i family forever!! Is Jey willing to risk it all to be THE champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this blood-boiling battle of blood goes through hell!

Jey and Roman stare down, and Roman says, “I told you it didn’t have to be this way.” Jey says Roman’s the one who is changing. Roman says he changed because he has to, to keep the family where it is. So then which is it? For the title or for the family? “Now we gotta get it!” They tie up, go around, Jey headlocks but Roman powers out and runs him over! Roman paces, brings Jey up and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Jey gets up, Roman paces as he says, “I told you.” Snap suplex! Roman paces more, not even really looking at Jey until Jey gets up. Roman brings Jey around to bump him off a buckle hard! Roman seethes as he corner clotheslines Jey down! Jey rolls, Roman stalks him, but Jey gets up and gets to a corner. Roman runs in again with another clothesline!

Jey falls to the floor but Roman just looms over him. Jey gets up and Roman tells him to just give it up. Roman goes in but gets boots! Jey throws a kick, it’s blocked but he comes back with the Dragon Whip! Mule kick! Pop, lock ‘n’ UPPERCUT! Roman is sent out of the ring, Jey builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Roman hits steel wall! Jey puts Roman in to clothesline him out again, and then DIVE again! Another hit into steel! It’s a bit double-edged this time but Jey gets up first. Jey brings Roman up to throw him into steel! “You about to get this work, too!” Jey throws Roman into more steel! The ref checks on Roman but he’s okay to continue. Jey says they “ain’t never quit sh*t,” but that’s gonna change today! Jey puts Roman in, follows after and has Roman in a corner. “UCE! OH!” Jey runs, but into the SPEAR!! Roman takes Jey down and catches his breath while Jey writhes.

Roman says he knows the one Spear won’t be enough. But he says Jey will wish he never even started this. Roman stomps Jey down! Jey checks his teeth while Roman shakes out the arm. Roman goes out of the ring and checks under it, and he grabs a chair. Jey runs and baseball slides Roman into steel! Jey runs again, DIVES, but into the forearm! Roman gets in, runs and SPEARS Jey again!! Roman tells Jey to just give it up but Jey refuses! Roman grows frustrated but he looms over Jey. “I don’t wanna have to do this!” Jey’s making Roman out to be the bad guy here. Jey sits up, Roman sighs and paces. “I will end you. I will end you!” Jey gets up, so Roman goes again, but into a KICK! Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey goes up top, leaps, USO SPLASH! Roman gasps and sputters but he refuses to give up. So Jey climbs up again! Jey leaps, USO SPLASH AGAIN!

Roman flounders, sputters, but manages to say, “Head of the table never quits.” Jey goes out, checks under the ring, and finds a LEATHER STRAP! Jey brings the strap into the ring, though struggling to walk on his own. Jey stands up, and LASHES Roman on the back! And AGAIN! Jey promises to “whoop the dogs*it” out of Roman! Roman sits up, Jey LASHES him again! Roman gets up to SPEAR!! Jey is back down and says he’s struggling to breathe, but that doesn’t mean he quits. Roman gets up, walks over and takes the strap from Jey. Roman can’t believe Jey would resort to this, but now it’s Jey’s turn with the LASH! “I do the whipping around here!!” ANOTHER LASH! Roman’s weirdly nostalgic over this as he LASHES Jey again! And again! Jey gets angry now but his body’s stinging. Roman puts the strap around Jey’s wrist, now it’s like a strap match!

And Roman says Jey will respect him, and he LASHES Jey right in the GROIN!! Jey writhes and flounders but also seethes, and yet Roman grins! Roman reels Jey in with the strap, Jey grabs ropes to resist, but then lets go to FOREARM Roman! Roman throws a forearm back! Jey forearms, Roman hits back with an elbow! Jey gets up again, and SUPERKICKS! Roman wobbles, leans on the ropes, the strap messes up the Superman Punch! Jey pounces on Roman to use the strap in a straitjacket stretch and then some!! Roman refuses to give up, but he might not even be able to breathe with the strap around his neck! Roman is fading! But an I Quit match is only won verbally! Roman revives, Jey is right on him!! Jey keeps pulling tight but again Roman fades out before ever saying anything! Jey is free of the strap himself, but the ref is checking on Roman.

Roman gasps back to consciousness but he’s refusing to give up! Jey is too tired to be frustrated, but he does go grab the chair Roman brought in. Jey uses the chair to stand up, and then aims at Roman. Roman slowly rises, Jey swings, into the SUPERMAN PUNCH! Jey wobbles into Roman’s GUILLOTINE! With body scissors!! Jey flails, but not even tapping out will stop this! Roman vows he’ll break Jey if he doesn’t quit! Jey is fading! Heyman even says Jey should just quit! Jey doesn’t say anything so Roman lets him go. Roman is beside himself as Jey refuses to say it! Roman says Jey should just say the words. Jey sits up as Roman tries to tell him that he needs to quit, or this is only going to get worse. Jey stays quiet as he slowly turns over. Roman wants Jey to say it, and they can all go home. Heyman says this is bad but Roman tells Heyman to shut up. Jey needs to learn to respect Roman.

Roman drags Jey by an arm, gets the chair, tosses the chair out, and then Roman drags Jey onto the apron. Jey is still in a daze as he grabs at Roman. Roman backs up, for the DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! That was a headshot into the post!! Roman tells Jey just to say it, but Jey refuses! Can he even say anything? Does he even know he’s still in the cell? Roman rains down haymakers on the “selfish” Jey, and even grinds him into the post! Roman gest the steel steps!?! Roman puts the steps very, very close to Jey’s body, and wedges him in between them and the post. Roman goes back to the corner, runs and FULL METAL DRIVE-BY!! The steps fall off the apron and the ref checks on Jey. Roman says this is over, just say it and they can all go home. But again, is Jey in any shape to say anything?

Roman says this has to continue. Jey knew what he was getting into. The ref says he’s going to call it, but then Roman grabs the ref! Roman tells the ref this match doesn’t end without the words. The ref say sJey is out, but Roman says the ref is out! He THROWS the ref out of the ring and into steel wall! The outside ref gets in to check on his coworker, and Roman drags Jey from the corner! Other referees and WWE officials get in the ring! Adam Pearce tries to reason with Roman, and Roman goes to leave. Roman says everyone is on Jey’s side. Roman closes the cell door and tosses the steel steps into the ring! The officials tell Roman to stop this already, but he’s not stopping at all! Roman chases them all off, circling around Jey. Roman grabs the steps, picks them up and has them press Jey down!

Roman tells Jey that Roman’s been better than Jey since they were kids. They’re grown men and Jey is STILL testing Roman! Roman is THE Tribal Chief! All Jey had to do was acknowledge him! And now he’s making Roman do what he doesn’t want to do! But that’s how serious it is at the top! There’s no going back! Jey needs to understand what the Tribal Chief is! Roman brings the steps back up, raises them high over head, but Jimmy gets in! Jey shields his brother and tells Roman to just stop! This is worse than Clash of Champions! This is JEY, for crying out loud! Whatever Roman is going through, they can fix this as a family! They don’t have to do it like this! This is JOSH FATU, not Jey Uso! Look at him! Look at them, Joe! Whatever he’s going through, he knows they’ve got his back. But this? This ain’t right.

Roman breaks down as he says, “I don’t even know who I am. I’m sorry.” Jimmy says that it’s fine. They’re family! They still love each other. Roman nods, and takes Jimmy’s hand. To then DRAG HIM INTO THE GUILLOTINE!! Jey flails, grabs for Jey, and Jey starts to wake up. Jey realizes what’s going on to his own twin and he grabs at Roman! “I QUIT! OKAY!? I QUIT!!” Jey quits, Roman wins!!

Winner: Roman Reigns (still WWE Universal Champion)

The Tribal Chief must be out of his mind, because he’s not even emotional at all now!! Was it all an act!? Roman may have lied, but no one understands who this man holding the title is anymore. Afa and Sika await Roman as he exits the cell. Roman walks up to his father and his uncle, the elders of the family, and celebrates with them as he is truly crowned Tribal Chief. Roman is truly head of the table. Will Roman hold this, and the title, over his cousins for the rest of their lives?

 

Jeff Hardy VS Elias!

The Drifter walks out to introduce himself and ask the question, Who Wants to Walk With Elias? Four months ago, “that degenerate” Jeff Hardy tried to end Elias’ career with a hit and run. But those events inspired Elias’ new album, The Universal Truth. So Elias has a song for Hardy first. Please silence cell phones, hold applause and most importantly, shut your mouths! “Jeff Hardy and Elias! We’re in the ThunderDome! Worst part of it, I gotta look at y’all in your filthy homes! Jeff Hardy and Elias, yes you’re gonna lose. But don’t worry, Jeff, you can always fall back on the booze. Jeff Hardy and Elias, what’s the difference between you and I? WWE is Walk with Elias, Jeff Hardy equals DUI.” But Hardy cuts Elias off to shut him up, and this rockstar grudge match begins!

The bell rings and Elias ties up with Hardy. They go to a corner, Elias turns Hardy around and pushes out of the break. Hardy comes back, they go around again but end up on ropes. The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 3. Elias comes back, knees low and throws forearms! Elias brings Hardy up to CHOP him, then has him on the ropes. Elias whips, Hardy dodges and ducks to atomic drop, snapmare and neck snapper! Cover, TWO! Hardy clubs Elias down, stomps him, then drags him up. Hardy wrenches, clubs the arm, wrenches again and hammerlocks. Hardy clubs Elias, Elias gets around and hammerlocks to snapmare and wrap on a chinlock! But Hardy slips out the back! Hardy has the hammerlock, cranks on the arm, but Elias fights his way up.

Hardy cranks on the arm more, they go around and Elias throws Hardy off and out of the ring! Elias catches his breath while Hardy slowly gets up. Elias goes out and throws Hardy into barriers! Hardy throws Elias into barriers in return! Hardy puts Elias in but Elias bails out, so Hardy wrecks him with a dropkick! Hardy goes out and leaps off steps, but into barriers as Elias dodges! The ring count climbs to 5 before Hardy gets up, and it’s at 9 just as Hardy gets in! Elias stomps Hardy then drags him around by his hair. The ref reprimands but Elias forearms Hardy down. Elias throws body shots and fast hands on Hardy but Hardy ends up in the corner. Elias keeps going, the ref reprimands and counts, Elias lets off to come back and stomp Hardy down! Elias drags Hardy up, whips him to ropes then runs him over! Cover, TWO!

Elias grows frustrated as he looms over Hardy. Elias drags Hardy up to wrap on a chinlock and he squeezes tight this time. Fans clap for Hardy as he fights up, throws body shots, and is free. Elias throws a fist, blocks a kick but Hardy spins to mule kick Elias down! Hardy rallies the fans as he gets to his feet. Elias runs in but Hardy throws counter punches! Hardy throws more haymakers, whips Elias but Elias reverses, only for Hardy to run Elias over! Atomic drop to leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick and splash, cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his focus as he watches Elias rise. Hardy kicks but no Twist as Elias shoves Hardy away! Elias Electric Chair lifts, spins Hardy around to POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Hardy survives and Elias is shocked! Elias and Hardy slowly rise in opposite corners.

Elias runs in but Hardy elbows him away! Hardy boots then climbs up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps focused and gets Elias with the TWIST OF FATE! Off comes the shirt and Hardy goes back up top! Elias gets to the apron but Hardy just adjusts course, so Elias flails and gets to the floor! Hardy still doesn’t see the problem as he hops down. Hardy hurries after Elias and stops him from using the guitar! HARDY uses the GUITAR!!

Winner: Elias, by disqualification

Hardy doesn’t really care about losing, because he got to get Elias back for that “smash hit.” Hardy even stomps what’s left of the guitar to make sure the message sinks in. Will Elias accept the win and move on? Or will there be a sequel to this rough collaboration?

 

Backstage interview with Heavy Machinery.

Tucker is with Otis again as Otis prepares for his match, as ruled on in “Law & Otis.” Otis says mama always told him, if you got it, flaunt it! Otis has it, Miz wants it, so Otis is gonna rub that in Miz’s face! Otis had to sit in that hot court room in that itchy suit just for this! Otis is REAL angry, is he going to make sure Miz feels ever ounce of that anger?

 

Money in the Bank Contract Ownership: Otis w/ Tucker VS The Miz w/ John Morrison!

Mr. Dozer in the Bank is the victim of the Hollywood A-Lister abusing the WWE legal system! From a frivolous lawsuit with trumped up charges to literally bribing “The Honorable” JBL to rule in his favor! But just because Miz won the case in court doesn’t mean he’ll win the briefcase in the ring! Will Otis get payback on The Miz for everything that’s happened between them? Or will Miz once again be Mr. MITB and have another chance at rising to the top?

Otis has a new entrance just for himself! The #BlueCollarSolid working man is ready to go to work! The introductions are made, the briefcase is raised, and this legally allowed assault and battery begins!

Otis and Miz tie up and Otis powers Miz right to the corner! Otis fires off haymakers from all sides! The ref counts, Otis TOSSES Miz away! Miz gets to a corner, Otis runs in and RAMS him! Miz gasps and sputters but Otis scoop slams him! Cover, TWO! Otis stays fired up as he drags Miz up. Miz jawbreakers back but swings into a back suplex! Miz lands on his feet to get the full nelson! Otis breaks free, throws Miz out but Miz slides under to sunset flip! Otis stays up to STAND on Miz! The ref counts, Otis drops down on Miz! Miz crawls away, Otis stalks Miz but Miz throws body shots. Those don’t work on Otis! Miz throws Otis out of the ring, builds speed and dropkicks but misses! Otis CLOBBERS Miz! Otis drags Miz up to bounce him off the desk, then bump him off the desk again!

Otis puts Miz in, Morrison gets on the apron but gets away as Otis swipes at him. Miz kicks the legs out to basement DDT Otis down! Cover, TWO! Otis gets to ropes but Miz is on him to choke him! The ref counts, Miz stops at 4 but Morrison gets a cheap shot in! Tucker is angry but Miz gives Otis It Kicks in the corner! Miz goes corner to corner to hit the A-List Lariat! Miz goes up top, leaps, and ax handles Otis down! Cover, TWO! Miz seethes, stalks Otis to ropes but Otis hits back! Miz gets around to a sleeper! Otis flails but fades! Miz leans on Otis but Otis gets a second wind! Otis gets up, throws Miz off, but Miz BOOTS Otis right down! Morrison says that was money! Miz seethes as he looms over Otis. Miz sits Otis up for haymakers and It Kicks! Otis just powers up!

Miz kicks but Otis blocks! Miz kicks again but Otis powers up! Miz CHOPS, Otis starts thrusting! Otis throws haymakers and runs Miz over! And again! Otis is feeling it as he runs and BLASTS Miz off his feet! Otis rips his shirt off then whips Miz to FLAPJACK him! Fans fire up with Otis as Otis runs into the corner for a splash! Miz flops down and Otis pumps it up! Otis goes ocrner to corner with the CATERPILLAR, but Morrison drags Miz to safety! Otis pursues and throws Miz into barriers! Otis chases Morrison away and goes back to Miz. Otis puts Miz in, Miz BOOTS him again! Otis is in a corner now, Miz runs in but into an elbow! Miz distracts the ref, Morrison has the briefcase! Tucker points it out, the ref catches Morrison red handed! Morrison is EJECTED!

Miz is all alone, Otis rolls Miz up, TWO!! Miz runs into a DISCUS!! Cover, TWO!? Miz survives but Otis is right on him! Miz grabs the apron skirt, kicks Otis away and while the ref is busy with the skirt, TUCKER hits Otis with the briefcase?!? WHY!?! Tucker how could you?!? Miz covers Otis, and WINS!!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall; (NEW Mr. Money in the Bank)

Heavy Machinery was no more because of the WWE Draft, but this is TRULY the ending of the blue collar solid friendship! And now, Miz has his choice of championship opportunity! Will Miz be watching McIntyre VS Orton very closely tonight?

 

Miz and Morrison celebrate backstage!

NEW Mr. MITB! Kayla comes by to congratulate Miz as he finally succeeded, but it seems at the cost of destroying Otis’ life. Miz say she did what was necessary for the WWE to thrive. Morrison says this is the biggest win of the night because the contract has meaning. Miz has been here 15 years, he has made others better, and has been ratings gold! He will not squander this opportunity! This is NOT a prop! This is a golden opportunity! And to the WWE Champion or Universal Champoin, you are now on notice! Miz has cashed in before, and he’ll do it again! Otis took it for granted, and took Tucker for granted. Tucker comes by and says this isn’t about Miz.

But then why did he betray Otis?! “We were supposed to be a team. But I was the workhorse! I carried the load!” Tucker did everything for Otis and for the team! Tucker treated Otis like a brother, but for what? So that he was always the afterthought? Tucky, tag Otis in! Give Otis the spotlight! But Otis can’t function without Tucker! Who gave Otis confidence to ask Mandy out? TUCKER. Who had Otis’ back all this time? TUCKER. But Otis can’t tie his own boots without Tucker! But Otis comes in and BLASTS Miz down and then brawls with Tucker! Tucker runs away and referees hurry to keep this from getting out of hand! With Tucker and Otis on separate brands, will these feelings go unresolved?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Bayley VS Sasha Banks!

The (unofficially named) Golden Role Models were the best of friends and the greatest of combinations in the WWE in a long, long time! But all because they lost the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, Bayley decided to betray Banks first! Now that they’re back to enemies, all of this animosity will burn bright inside the cell! Who walks out forged by the fire as THE greatest women’s champion ever? And who is left behind to pick up the pieces?

Bayley makes sure to bring her favorite chair, and has even painted “1-0” on it, to reference their record against each other for this title. There’s also an X on the other side to mark the spot she hit Sasha with several times already. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this friendship gone to hell now goes through hell!

Sasha DROPKICKS the chair out just before the cell finishes lowering! And then she throws Bayley down! Sasha dares Bayley to go get the one thing that helps her win. Bayley hurries out but Sasha intercepts with forearms! Sasha DECKS Bayley, stomps her then rains down rights! Bayley grabs the leg but Sasha throws down more fists! Bayley scrambles, Sasha stomps and knees Bayley into buckles! Sasha runs in, Bayley puts her up top and spins, only for Sasha to boot her away. Sasha runs and tilt-o-whirls to a takedown, into the BANK STATEMENT! Bayley flails, reaches, BITES and gets free! Bayley goes out, Sasha runs, but Bayley ducks to RAM Sasha into steel! Bayley RAMS Sasha in again! Sasha grits her teeth while Bayley goes looking under the ring.

Bayley brings out a kendo stick! Bayley swings, misses, but keeps swinging! Sasha keeps dodging, blocks the stick then takes it to shove it out of the cell through one of the gaps! Bayley hurries to get more kendo sticks but has to elbow Sasha away! Bayley swings but Sasha blocks it again! Sasha brings Bayley to KNEE her down! Sasha throws the kendo stick into the ring, then brings out a TABLE! Sasha sets it up in what little space there is between ring and cell. Bayley sucker punches Sasha down and clubs her down! Bayley sees the table, deconstructs it while stomping Sasha. Bayley wants to prop the table up but Sasha grabs the other end! Sasha RAMS Bayley into the steel! And again! And again! The table rams into Bayley at the same time, and now Bayley is stuck. Sasha runs up the table to METEORA against steel! Sasha puts Bayley in, goes up top and leaps, METEORA AGAIN! Cover, TWO!!

Bayley survives and Sasha can’t believe it! Sasha goes back out and brings in chairs of her own. Sasha taunts Bayley but Bayley gets around to roll her up, TWO! Bayley scrambles up, puts Sasha on the apron and trips her up! Sasha hits apron on the way down and even lands on the table. Bayley grabs a chair, talks over to Sasha stuck on the table, and SWINGS, only to hit table! Sasha gets under the table to kick it up into Bayley’s face! Then she goes up the apron to METEORA Bayley into the cell again! It was a rough landing for both but Sasha is up first. Sasha puts Bayley in, Bayley tries to run away but Sasha is after her through the ropes. Bayley hotshots Sasha down! Sasha crawls to the apron now, Bayley brings her up to throw her at the steel!

Sasha clings to it like a cat, Bayley jumps at her but Sasha jumps back! Sasha jumps over Bayley, Bayley throws Sasha at the apron but Sasha Tiger Feints to huricanrana Bayley into steel! Sasha gets up and hobbles back to her table. Bayley stands, Sasha runs and shotgun dropkicks Bayley into steel steps! Bayley looks out as Sasha drags her around. Sasha brings out more kendo sticks! Sasha uses the gaps in the steps and gaps in the steel to make some kendo stick bridges. Sasha drags Bayley over but Bayley fights back with fury! Bayley turns things around, Sasha resists and gets to the apron! Sasha kicks Bayley down, runs in but Bayley uses a drop toehold to send Sasha into stick sand steps!! Sasha’s neck is of concern and Bayley makes sure commentary gives her credit for it.

Bayley says Sasha had a good idea, though. Bayley puts the kendo sticks in through the many gaps of steps and cell, and then CATAPULT GUILLOTINES Sasha into them!! Bayley drags Sasha up and into the ring, covers, TWO!! Sasha still lives and Bayley is furious! Bayley drags Sasha back up to club her on the back, and stomp her, too! Bayley puts on a chinlock and pulls Sasha back. Bayley stomps Sasha, has chairs, and then brings Sasha up and turns her, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bayley grows frustrated as she stalks Sasha to the apron. “Boss of the Cell, huh? Boss my ass!” Bayley drags Sasha up but Sasha grabs ropes to resist the suplex! Sasha flips, and POWERBOMBS Bayley into the steel! Bayley is down again and Sasha puts her in! Cover, TWO!!

Sasha sits a chair up, and just like on Friday, puts Bayley through it! But Bayley fights out and trips Sasha, Sasha smacks her face off the chair! Bayley gets the other chair, wedges it into a corner, then stalks behind Sasha. Bayley brings Sasha up, whips her but Sasha slides under! Sasha knees back, climbs up, and uses DEADLY NIGHTSHADE to send Bayley into the chair! Sasha runs, Bayley dodges but Sasha avoids chair. Sasha hurries after Bayley but Bayley SUNSET BOMBS Sasha into the chair!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sasha survives but Bayley isn’t even dismayed. Bayley drags Sasha around, goes up top, and MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Bayley is furious but the count is fair. Bayley drags Sasha up, hooks the arm but Sasha slips out to BACKSTABBER, to BANK STATEMENT!

Bayley flails, reaches, moves around, gets the ropes but there are no ropebreaks! Bayley keeps going, traps Sasha in the apron skirt and clubs away! Bayley SMACKS Sasha off the ring frame!! Sasha is stuck upside-down, and Bayley SMACKS her on the back over and over with the kendo stick! Sasha slumps out of the skirt and Bayley grimaces as she goes looking for more. Bayley brings out DUCT TAPE! Bayley struggles with the tape, saying she’s all sweaty. Can the ref do this for her? The ref refuses to help her do whatever she’s planning. Bayley uses tape to combine kendo sticks into one extra big stick! And she puts those through steel fence and ring frame! It isn’t really working out but she just puts more tape around it. Well, that still isn’t working so Bayley leaves that where it is.

Sasha uses the FIRE EXTINGUISHER!! Bayley gets a face full of the smoke!! Bayley flounders about, wants water for her eyes, but she finds her favorite chair first! Sasha grabs it from her first! Bayley begs for mercy since she can’t see but Sasha just hammers away on her instead! “SCREW YOU!” Sasha throws Bayley into steel, then more steel! Bayley even pinballs off the post! “You’re nothing without me, Bayley! NOTHING!” Sasha SLAPS Bayley, and whips her into steel again! Bayley is down in the corner of the cell, Sasha runs and METEORAS again! And then knees and knees and knees away! Sasha puts Bayley back in, then goes searching for more things. Sasha grabs another kendo stick, stalks behind Bayley, and SMACKS away!

Sasha shouts Bayley isn’t a nobody, and she won’t be a champion! She is NOT better than Sasha! Sasha SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS then just throws the stick away in anger! Bayley is down, Sasha is emotional and watches her from a corner. Bayley crawls for her favorite chair, but Sasha stomps Bayley down first! Sasha goes to a corner and up top, for the FROG SPLASH, ONTO THE CHAIR!! Bayley used the chair as a shield!! It was still double-edged because Bayley was underneath the chair, too. Both women are down but stirring. Bayley rolls away, Sasha grabs her foot but can’t keep her inside. Sasha pursues, drags Bayley up but Bayley hits the PLANTER! Bayley puts Sasha in, covers, TWO!?!? Sasha survives and Bayley furiously hammers away!

Bayley drags Sasha up, throws her back out, then goes looking for things under the table. Bayley finds a LADDER?! Bayley puts that ladder in the ring, also gets a chair, and then another chair. Bayley makes the ladder a bridge between both chairs, then intercepts Sasha as she gets back in! Sasha gets up but Bayley clubs her down. Bayley and Sasha brawl, Sasha runs, but Bayley flapjacks her off the ladder bridge! Bayley puts Sasha on the ladder, then goes looking for more. Bayley has spray paint?! And she sprays an X to mark the spot. Bayley has her favorite chair, X for X! Bayley leaps, FULL METAL ELBOW, but onto ladder as Sasha moves! Sasha uses the ladder to leap up, METEORA! Sasha steals BAYLEY2BELLY onto the LADDER! Cover, TWO!?!? Bayley survives her own move, boosted by the metal of ladder and chairs!

Sasha is at a loss for words, but she clears space now. Sasha tries to backstab but Bayley throws her off and KNEES her! BAYLEY2BELLY FROM BAYLEY! Cover, TWO?!?!? Now Sasha survives as Bayley uses her move herself! Bayley is laughing in disbelief as she pushes Sasha around. And she has her favorite chair again. To SMACK Sasha on the back! And again! Bayley stalks Sasha as Sasha flounders. “Get up, Boss.” Bayley brings Sasha in, uses the chair, but no Bayley2Belly as Sasha arm-drags! FULL METAL BANK STATEMENT!!! Sasha even stomps at the chair to add onto the vice! BAYLEY TAPS, SASHA WINS!!

Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)

GRAND SLAM BOSS TIME!! But Sasha doesn’t stop until she’s satisfied! These two went through hell, and it is Sasha who comes out the other side! But she doesn’t take the belt right away, as she stares at Bayley, barely stirring after what happened. Sasha finally stands, takes the belt, and stands over Bayley with it! Sasha ended Bayley’s reign, will it take even more than hell to stop her now?

 

Backstage interview with The Hurt Business.

Charly was looking for them, and judging from how he’s suited up, Bobby Lashley must’ve been chosen to step up to Retribution’s challenge. MVP says it isn’t stepping up. No one understands how the Hurt Business works. Lashley is the CEO of the Hurt Business, the lead predator in this pride of lions. And just like the warrior kings of old, he does not order others but leads them into battle. Then who do they want him to face from Retribution? That guy in the lame mask. Oh, wait, that’s all of them. Shelton Benjamin was thinking of Slapjack. Yeah, that’s who it’ll be. Slapjack VS Lashley.

And MVP directs this right to Ali: “We are not greed businessmen, but we are in fact businessmen. Professionals of the highest order. And yes, we are driven by profit, but also by our intense passion for inflicting pain.” MVP sees the challenge and raises it: let this be 1v1, no corner men and no back-up. And to raise the stakes more, this is going to be for the United States championship! And Lashley isn’t waiting for a response, he’ll see whoever wants it, out in the ring.

 

WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Slapjack!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is so confident he can beat the Retribution member formerly known as Shane Thorne, he’s even putting up the prize! But is the Hurt Business wrong to think there’s a weak link in Mustafa Ali’s personal army?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this stacked deck against Slapjack begins!

Slapjack throws his shirt at Lashley and fires off! Lashley throws Slapjack, stomps and hammers away in the corner but lets off only a moment to grind forearms and run in to RAM into Slapjack! Lashley drags Slapjack up to throw into the corner, throw more hands and even elbows! The ref counts, Lashley lets off but then comes back for more. Lashley whips corner to corner, Slapjack tumbles up and down the buckles! Lashley pushes Slapjack around, hauls him up and stalling suplexes before the slam! Lashley looms over Slapjack, puts him back in a corner and fires off more haymakers! Lashley pulls on the ski mask, the ref counts but Lashley lets up at 4. Slapjack gets around, Lashley tilt-o-whirls him but Slapjack slips off to shove Lashley into buckles!

Slapjack fires off on Lashley now but the ref backs him off. Slapjack goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Cover, but they’re in the ropes! Slapjack keep son Lashley with forearm sand clubbing fists. Slapjack chinbars and goes to cobra clutch, but Lashley powers up and out to throw Slapjack away. Slapjack boots back, runs and TORNADO DDT’S! Cover, TWO!! Lashley lives and Slapjack can’t believe it! Slapjack rains down rights and gets in Lashley’s face. Slapjack hurries up top, Lashley gets him first for a TOSS! And then clobbers him over and over! Lashley OVERHEAD belly2belly suplexes Slapjack! Lashley snarls, runs at Slapjack but Slapjack dodges, only to come back for the ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER! Lashley stalks Slapjack, full nelson, HURT LOCK!! Slapjack taps, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE United States Champion)

But then the rest of Retribution pounces! T-Bar and Mace attack with Ali shouting orders! Then he says, “Lights out!” Mace and T-Bar bring Lashley up but he fights out with big haymakers! The Hurt Business reinforces Lashley and Ali puts on the brakes! Retribution regroups and retreats, but this is far from over! What will it take to establish unquestionable dominance over on the red brand?

 

WWE World Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton!

The Scottish Psychopath is entering his first ever, but The Viper is a veteran of this match. Will McIntyre continue to define his own legacy against the Legend Killer? Or will Orton solidify his by leaving McIntyre behind in hell?

But as McIntyre makes his entrance, ORTON reveals he’s in disguise! But McIntyre is ready, too, as he throws counter punches! McIntyre bumps Orton off barriers, and says he knew all along Orton had a plan! McIntyre rips the jacket off Orton to CHOP him! Orton stops himself from being thrown into steel and gets away! McIntyre pursues, Orton kicks back! Orton bumps McIntyre off steel and then clears off the announce desk! Orton drags McIntyre up and over, back suplexes but McIntyre blocks! McIntyre punches Orton down and brings Orton up to bump him off the desk hood! McIntyre brings Orton around the way to punch him and bump him off steel. Orton hits back and hurries away, but McIntyre pursues again. McIntyre kicks and clubs Orton, then puts him in the cell! McIntyre slams the door closed, and this match finally begins! “Now you belong to me!”

Orton and McIntyre stare down and McIntyre dares Orton to do something. They approach, Orton kicks low and they start brawling with haymakers! Orton kicks and clubs, McIntyre hits back with haymakers! McIntyre kicks Orton, clubs him and CHOPS him, then throws a headlock punch! Orton staggers but kicks back, but McIntyre denies the RKO! McIntyre clotheslines Orton out and Orton tumbles into steel! McIntyre goes out, drags Orton up and RAMS him into steel! McIntyre stands Orton up again to pick him up and RAM him in even harder! “Tell me how it feels!” McIntyre grinds Orton’s face into the steel! Orton clutches his ear as McIntyre lets up. McIntyre drags Orton back up and into the ring to cover, TWO! Orton rolls away, McIntyre pursues and they’re on the outside again.

McIntyre bumps Orton off steel, then scoops him to RAM him, and RAM him, and RAM him! McIntyre even POSTS Orton! Orton ends up in the corner of the cell and McIntyre smirks. McIntyre goes around and starts searching for something. McIntyre brings out a chair and brings it back. Orton gets up, but McIntyre JABS him and SMACKS him with the chair! Orton crawls around the way, McIntyre pursues and brings Orton up. McIntyre Russian Leg Sweeps Orton into the steel! McIntyre pulls the steel steps apart and aims at Orton. Orton stands, McIntyre RAMS him with the steps! Orton leans against the apron but McIntyre shoves him down. “You wanted this! You chose this match!” McIntyre goes back to the steps, aims at Orton again, and THROWS them! Orton gets clear, and the steps bounce off steel!

Orton gets in the ring for safety but McIntyre aims from a corner. McIntyre wants Orton to count down with him. “Three! Two! One!” But Orton SMACKS the leg with the chair! And then SMACKS McIntyre on the back! Orton digs the chair into McIntyre’s jaw! McIntyre’s jaw was fractured by Orton’s punt kicks, and now Orton wants to break the jaw again! McIntyre refuses to give up so Orton lets off to cover, ONE! Orton is beside himself as he finally sheds the rest of his disguise. McIntyre rolls away, Orton stalks over and grabs the legs, to CATAPULT GUILLOTINE McIntyre into ropes! McIntyre falls out of the ring, gasps and sputters for air, but Orton brings McIntyre to the base of the steps. Orton stands over McIntyre and STOMPS! McIntyre is in a daze after that, but Orton keeps on him!

Orton grinds McIntyre’s face into the steel fencing! Orton chuckles as he tortures McIntyre! And then Orton uses his jacket to blind McIntyre while digging him into the steel! Orton taunts McIntyre, “Do you want me to tell you what I see?” Orton says he sees a giant Scotsman getting his ass kicked! Orton lets off and McIntyre flounders back to the steps. McIntyre hits back with body shots but Orton headbutts him! Orton brings McIntyre around to whip into the other steel steps! Orton brings the base steps and stands them up the tall way. Orton goes back to McIntyre, brings him up and tries to bounce him off steps, but McIntyre fights back! McIntyre headbutts Orton, bumps him off steps, then shoves him into the steel wall! Orton thumbs McIntyre’s eye!

McIntyre is furious, Orton whips him into the BIG steps! McIntyre tumbles down with the steps while Orton goes looking for something. Orton brings out a TABLE! McIntyre flounders about as Orton stands the table up in a corner of the cell. Orton goes after McIntyre in the ring, but McIntyre throws body shots! McIntyre backs Orton down, punches him more, and CHOPS! McIntyre whips, Orton reverses and hits the back2backbreaker! Cover, ONE?! Orton is shocked by that! That had to be at least two, but no, it was one. Orton is frustrated but fans start to rally up. McIntyre rises, Orton brings McIntyre up by his beard, but McIntyre throws haymakers! Orton European Uppercuts, McIntyre throws more haymakers! McIntyre has Orton in a corner but Orton kicks low then whips corner to corner. McIntyre comes back with a clothesline!

McIntyre rallies, whips and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Orton gets to ropes, McIntyre runs at him again, and gets ANOTHER OVERHEAD SUPLEX! McIntyre is glaring at Orton and demands he stand. Orton slowly rises, McIntyre kicks and underhooks, but no Future Shock! Orton swings, but into a neckbreaker! McIntyre kips up! McIntyre is fire dup and fans are excited, too! Orton stirs, McIntyre watches him rise, fireman’s carry! Orton fights out of that, bails out of the ring, but McIntyre pursues! Orton kicks low, bumps McIntyre off apron and steel wall. Orton runs at McIntyre, but into another OVERHEAD SUPLEX, and through the table!! Both men are down, fans rally up and some agree, “This is Awesome!”

McIntyre gets Orton up, telling him he’s going to keep his promise of hurting him! McIntyre puts Orton in but Orton kicks the ropes! And again! Orton hits McIntyre in his claymore, then hits the DRAPING DDT! Cover, ONE?!? McIntyre shocks Orton again! Orton goes out and brings out bolt cutters! McIntyre used the cutters to get inside on Raw, but Orton is going to use them to get out tonight! Orton breaks the chain, opens the door, and walks outside. But there’s no count outs, and McIntyre pursues! McIntyre CLOBBERS Orton at the ramp, brings him back and bumps him off barriers! And more barriers! Orton flounders away but McIntyre pursues again! McIntyre brings Orton back, Orton turns things around and McIntyre is sent into the door!

McIntyre falls, Orton snarls, and then Orton gets an idea. We’ve seen superstars do this in the past, and Orton is doing it now! Orton is climbing the cell! And all the way up! McIntyre is surprised Orton is literally wanting to take this to a new level, but he accepts the challenge! McIntyre begins the climb! They’re 20 feet up, right in the heart of the ThunderDome! But Orton had something planned! There’s a big red pipe Orton has in his hand! McIntyre is wary as he approaches, ducks the pipe and trips Orton up to rain down fists! McIntyre stands up, roars, but Orton hits McIntyre in the leg with the pipe! Orton crawls back to the edge, tries to figure out how to climb down and begins the descent. But McIntyre won’t let him get away! McIntyre manages to climb down, but Orton hits McIntyre as he can.

They both make it halfway down and McIntyre hits back! Orton bumps McIntyre off the frame! And again! McIntyre wobbles but he clubs back! Orton CLUBS McIntyre’s hand off the cell, McIntyre falls THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Orton takes his time climbing back down while McIntyre stirs in the wreckage. McIntyre spits up some blood! But he’s still moving, so Orton slithers over. Orton stands over McIntyre, drags him around, and McIntyre sputters and gasps as he tries to get to his feet. McIntyre crawls, Orton stalks him, a little confused as to how and why McIntyre is still going. They somehow make it back to the cell door, and Orton hauls McIntyre up. McIntyre scrambles around the way but Orton puts him in the ring.

Orton takes his time following and revels in McIntyre writhing and shuddering. Orton hears the voices in his head, and they all want McIntyre to get back up. McIntyre somehow rises, Orton leaps, but into a backslide!! TWO!! McIntyre manages to run to CLAYMORE!?! But Orton gets sent out of the ring! McIntyre goes out, despite the pain in his ribs, to fetch Orton. McIntyre drags Orton up, despite Orton being dead weight. McIntyre gets Orton inside, hobbles to a corner, and still wants Orton to stand! Anger overtakes the pain in McIntyre’s body, and Orton rises, to drop under the Claymore! RKO!!! Cover, ORTON WINS!!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Champion)

For the FOURTEENTH TIME, Orton has the title of titles! McIntyre tried, but not even he could withstand everything he went through at Orton’s hands. Orton grins as he walks away with the belt. McIntyre gets up, but a little too late. Will McIntyre ever get back to that title? Will McIntyre ever get that title back?


My Thoughts:

Wow, that was a wild HIAC! We got a few surprises, and some were good but some were not so good. Well firstly, there were somethings not quite PPV quality. Hardy VS Elias was fine and all but it ended with a disqualification very quickly, so obviously this is going to be continuing. I figured this feud is far from over, but they could’ve done a much better job setting it up. And the same goes for the Hurt Business VS Retribution representative match. Obviously with the Hurt Business given the option, they were going to choose Shane “Slapjack” Thorne, considerably the smallest and doofiest member.

But if Ali and the others were going to be ready to pounce, they probably should’ve just done it without worrying about the title match. At the same time, WWE continues to write Ali and Retribution like weaklings. How are they supposed to be a threat if it isn’t equal between them and Hurt Business? And if Ali is WWE’s hacker, why didn’t he hack to use the cell? I would’ve loved something like that to really sell us on Survivor Series giving us an old school, story-based 4v4. But oh well, this is still Vince’s show. The 24/7 Championship match in the kickoff was alright. Truth winning with a mix of Cena’s moves and his was alright, but I feel like they could’ve done something having Truth lose and then have to find Gulak before the others do. Maybe Truth holds onto the belt long enough so that Survivor Series gets superstars from all three brands in on the chase.

Then, the main show OPENING with the I Quit match was incredible! I honestly feel like that could’ve gone on at the end and HIAC would’ve had an amazing close. I felt Jimmy being used against Jey like that was going to happen, but not with the set-up of evil actor Roman suckering them both in. Everyone has to admit that Roman is doing the best work he’s ever done, and probably the best character work anyone’s doing in WWE right now. We could even argue on the merits of Roman doing the best character work in American wrestling today, and that’d mean comparing Tribal Chief Roman to anything in AEW, Impact, ROH and anything else you can name.

I’m not sure who to feel worse for: Otis in kayfabe or Otis IRL. Otis was red hot just a few months ago, which is why he was made Mr. MITB. But then things stalled out, should’ve been a bit more obvious to WWE but because it’s Vince, pff so much for that. But with Roman as Universal Champion, and then the world title still in question, it didn’t look like it was Otis’ time anymore. I can understand WWE changing their mind now, but it still doesn’t look or feel that great.

Tucky turning on Otis one way or another is par for the course with WWE changing the tag divisions across both Raw and SmackDown, men’s and women’s. But Otis having nothing, is he going to demand a trade to Raw? It’d make sense, but it also seems like they could’ve just let Otis retain the briefcase and then Tucky betrays Otis by making him think he even has a chance cashing in on Orton or McIntyre. That way Tucker gets back at EVERYONE, both Miz and Otis.

The SmackDown Women’s Championship match was incredible! Great innovation, the animosity helped bring back all the story, but it’s great for Sasha to win. Bayley already passed the 365+ mark, she has her WWE Chronicle special now, and because surely, they’re still friends IRL, Bayley wanted Sasha to finally have the Grand Slam, too. Plus, literally on Friday, 10/30/20, The Mandalorian’s second season drops on Disney+ and Sasha is in that, so it’s a way to advertise and hype that up with a star of the show being a champion. Plus, Sasha being champion freshens up the division, so matches of Sasha VS Bianca, Sasha VS Natalya, Sasha VS Carmella would all be great to have.

And the world title HIAC match was itself a great closer. Orton’s sneak attack and McIntyre brawling with him before the bell were great, everything in the match was great, but they sure didn’t spend as much time up top as I would’ve thought. It seemed really just to set up McIntyre taking that fall off the side, a slight offshoot of the time Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley did it. But it was also a great way to plausibly get through the incredible toughness McIntyre has shown since WrestleMania. Orton wins because of it, but also because of that admittedly creative dodge of the Claymore. With Miz “putting the champions on notice,” I was hoping he and Morrison would jump Orton and cash in, but guess not. Now we have Heels as the top two champions and Mr. MITB, who would in reality be the one to cash in on them. But those complications are for later. Tonight was one hell of a PPV.

My Score: 9/10


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Will the Rogue Luchador have his revenge on the Murder Machine?

After winning Best of the Super Juniors, El Desperado got Sho to accept an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship STEEL CAGE MATCH, so will Sho have no choice but to do this without the House of Torture?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff – Masatora Yasuda VS Daiki Nagai; Time Limit Draw.
  • 10 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Tomohiro Ishii, Satoshi Kojima, Katsuya Murashima & Shoma Kato VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • DOUKI & Taichi VS Ren Narita & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Douki & Taichi win.
  • Bishamon VS EVIL & Dick Togo; Bishamon wins.
  • Tetsuya Naito & Titan VS Taka Michinoku & Yuya Uemura; Naito & Titan win.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and become the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney VS Robbie Eagles & Kosei Fujita; Connors & Drilla win and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS HENARE; Henare wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship: David Finlay VS SANADA; Finlay wins and retains the title.
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match: SHO VS El Desperado; Desperado wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg!

It’s a Dominion rematch as Yota Tsuji, Bushi & Hiromu Takahashi once again face The Ace, The Joker & The Rook! It was already rather incredible that LIJ won in the first place, will they prove it wasn’t just luck at Osaka-Jo Hall? Or will Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg prove you can’t keep bad boys down?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and let’s see who really runs the schoolyard!

The teams sort out and while Yota and Oleg stare down, Yano insists he start. Hiromu obliges, and they both squat at the middle of the ring. They talk some smack, then the bell rings. And Hiromu copies Yano by going right to a corner to untie a buckle pad! Yano SMACKS Hiromu on the back of the head, then finishes the job himself! Hiromu SMACKS Yano on the head! Hiromu whips, Yano reveres, but Hiromu holds the ropes and copies Yano’s taunt! Yano runs up but Hiromu drop toeholds him onto ropes! Then he KICKS the rope, runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano tags Oleg and Tanahashi jump in, too.

Oleg & Tanahashi double whip to DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE Hiromu! Oleg then scoops Hiromu to SLAM him! Tanahashi drops an elbow, Oleg SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Yano tags back in. Yano whips but Hiromu reverses, only for Yano to avoid the bare buckles. Hiromu runs in, but only gets bare buckles! Yano runs, but into a kick! Bushi gets in to dropkick legs out, then Yota runs in to basement dropkick! Bushi & Yota then knock Tanahashi & Oleg off the apron! Bushi & Yota then go out after them, stomp them down, and Hiromu stomps Yano. Hiromu drags Yano up, bumps him off the red corner, and tags Bushi in.

Bushi stomps Yano, digs his knee in, and the ref counts. Bushi lets go of the ropes, but that’s not the problem! The ref reprimands and Bushi steps away. Bushi drags Yano up, wrenches and wristlocks to then YANK the arm and CLUB it. Tag to Yota, he BOOTS the arm! Yano clutches the elbow, but Yota wrenches the arm to YANK it. Tag to Hiromu and he climbs up, and the fans rally for the AX HANDLE! Yota drops to his knees and Hiromu mocks his pain while bringing him back up. Hiromu whips Yano tot he corner, clotheslines, snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Hiromu calls to Yota, and he has Yota scoop him, for the assisted SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Hiromu has the ref watch Tanahashi & Oleg, then calls Bushi in! LIJ double whip Yano but Yano holds ropes! Yano sends Hiromu into Bushi, then throws them both down by their heads! The fans fire up, Yano and Hiromu crawl, and hot tag to Tanahashi! Yota tags in but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Tanahashi fires hands, whips, but Yota reverses, only for Tanahashi to FLYING FOREARM! The fans fire up as Tanahashi fires fast hands, then Tanahashi scoops to SLAM Yota into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays cool and the fans rally up. Yota rises, Tanahashi runs, but Yota TOSSES Tanahashi out!

The fans fire up as Tanahashi skins the cat! But then Yota ROCKS him with a right! Tanahashi falls back into a corner, Yota runs in, and he STINGER SPLASHES! Yota keeps going, he runs Tanahashi over, then SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Yota drags Tanahashi up. Yota reels Tanahashi in, suplexes, but Tanahashi fights it, to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT The fans rally up while both men are down. Tanahashi and Yota crawl, hot tag to Oleg! Oleg runs Yota over, gets him back up and fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! Oleg whips, but Yota RAN- NO! Oleg stops the rana to get Yota up, for Shake, Rattle and THROW!

Oleg even kips up! The fans fire up, Oleg BLASTS Bushi & Hiromu off the corner, then he stalks Yota. Oleg waistlocks to deadlift Yota, for a GERMAN- NO, Yota fights free! Yota clinches, BACKBREAKER to FLATLINER to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down and the fans rally back up. Yota crawls over, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi goes up the corner, Oleg rises, and Bushi MISSILE DROPKICKS! And Bushirooni! Bushi runs corner to corner to ELBOW Oleg, then he brings Oleg in to FISHERMAN SCREW! Hiromu BLASTS Tanahashi & Yano! LIJ gets Oleg up, whips him to the corner, then Hiromu runs in to clothesline!

Bushi adds a back elbow, feeds to the SUPERKICK, then BACKSTABBERS! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Hiromu tosses Tanahashi out, Bushi and Oleg rise. Bushi runs up, CODE- NO, Oleg tosses Bushi away! Yano throws Bushi down! Hiromu SUPERKICKS Yano! Tanahashi blocks a superkick, but Yota gets in! Tanahashi blocks that superkick, too!? Tanahashi DOUBLE DRAGON SCREWS! The fans fire up but Bushi kicks low. Bushi runs, but into a SLINGBLADE! The fans fire up and Tanahashi drags Bushi up. Feed to Oleg for the KAMIKA- NO, Bushi slips free, and ENZIGIRIS! Oleg wobbles, Bushi goes to the corner!

Bushi runs up again, CODE- NO!! Oleg still blocks, and he fireman’s carries! Oleg coordinates with Tanahashi as he climbs, but Yota gets in Tanahashi’s way! Bushi rolls Oleg up! Tanahashi shoves Yota down onto the cover!! Tanahashi then aims to TRIPLE HIGH FLY ATTACK LIJ!! The fans are all fired up and Oleg drags Bushi back up! Fireman’s carry, and KAMIKAZE!! Cover, Oleg and team win!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall

The Rook comes through for the team, and they get the belts back! Has Oleg proved he’s far from just a Young Lion now? Or will we need quite the tiebreaker between these trios to put this to rest?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney VS Robbie Eagles & Kosei Fujita w/ Zack Sabre Jr!

The Bullet Club War Dogs claimed their losses to the TMDK Junior Heavyweights were flukes, but they still have to put up the gold. Will 100 Proof & 44 Caliber shoot down the Sniper of the Sky & Ichiban Young Punk? Or will we see that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who’s really number one with a bullet!

The teams sort out and Fujita starts against Connors. The bell rings, the two stare down and the fans rally up. The two circle, feel things out, then Connors swings on Eagles! Eagles ROCKS Connors first! Fujita ROCKS Connors, then he DECKS Drilla! Eagles jumps in, TMDK double whip to hip toss, then PENALTY KICK! Drilla storms in but into DOUBLE BLOWS! Then TMDK rolls Drilla back to DOUBLE KNEE SMASH! Eagles rallies the fans, Fujita builds speed, but Connors gets in, JEEP FLIPPER! Drilla drags Eagles out, too, and sends him into railing! Connors stomps Fujita while Drilla tosses Eagles over railing!

Drilla steps over and has fans move aside. Connors keeps on Fujita on the other end of the arena while Drilla BOWLS Eagles into chairs! STRIKE! Connors fires hands on Fujita, and he tells a segment of fans to move! Then he BOWLS Fujita into the chairs! Another STRIKE! The fans cheer while Connors throws up the Too Sweet. Drilla drags Eagles around, scoops him, and then SLAMS him onto some seats! The ring count starts, but Connors is bringing Fujita back. Connors POSTS Fujita at 5 of 20, then takes his time to scuff Fujita before he steps in at 12. Connors taunts ZSJ at ringside, but Fujita rolls in at 17! The fans cheer but Connors mockingly applauds.

Connors kneels on Fujita’s neck, the ref reprimands and counts, and Connors steps away. Connors drags Fujita up, Drilla dusts off his boot, and Connors bumps Fujita off the boot! Tag to Drilla, and he CHOPS! And then he digs his boots in! The ref counts, Drilla steps off at 4. Connors CHOKES Fujita against ropes while the ref is busy with Drilla. The fans boo but Connors lets off before the ref catches him. Drilla looms over Fujita as he sputters, and the fans rally up. Fujita rises to throw body shots and forearms! Drilla CHOPS Fujita down! Drilla drags Fujita around, steps through, and ties up the legs into a DEATHLOCK!

Drilla tags Connors in, and Connors stomps away on Fujita! Then he JUMP ELBOW DROPS! Drilla lets Fujita go so Connors can cover, TWO! Connors smirks as he grabs the leg, and he mockingly calls “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” Drilla bark, bark, barks! Connors steps through to steal the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Eagles storms in but Drilla intercepts to TOSS him back out! Connors thrashes Fujita around but Fujita endures! Fujita crawls forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and the ref reprimands. Connors lets off with a smug grin, then drags Fujita up. But Fujita fires a forearm, and a CHOP!

Connors eggs Fujita on so Fujita CHOPS! Connors UPPERCUTS! Connors whips, but Fujita GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Connors crawls and tags in Drilla. Drilla grabs Fujita’s leg but Fujita BOOTS him away! Fujita scrambles, hot tag to Eagles! Eagles goes up and over Drilla, BOOTS Connors, then RANAS Drilla! The fans fire up with Eagles and he KICKS Drilla! And KICKS! And KICKS! Eagles runs, Connors sneaks in to CLOBBER him! Connors & Drilla double whip, Eagles reverses to send Connors away! Then he sends Drilla into Connors! Eagles kicks a leg out, then runs to BLINDSIDE LARIAT BASEMENT DROPKICK COMBO!

The fans fire up with Eagles and he goes corner to corner at Drilla! DOUBLE KNEES! Drilla sits down, Eagles runs in to METEORA! Eagles drags Drilla to a cover, TWO! Eagles keeps cool and goes to the apron. Eaglee climbs, the fans rally up, and Eagles 450- NO, Drilla moves! Eagles rolls through, btu Drilla blocks his kick! Drilla pops Eagles up into the Canadian Rack! But Eagles sunset flips through! ONE, but Eagles has the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Drilla flails, Fujita keeps Connors out! Connors powers out, gets in, and he CLUBS Eagles! Eagles holds on, but Connors stomps away until he lets Drilla go!

The ref reprimands but Connors shoves him away! Connors stomps Eagles, and Drilla hobbles up. Connors stands Eagles up, but Eagles fires CHOPS and ELBOWS! SOBAT for Drilla, then a cravat! Eagles uses Connors to kick off, but Drilla denies him Sliced Bread! Drilla ELBOWS Eagles away, but Fujita tags in! Fujita slingshots but Connors catches him! Connors hands Fujita off to Drilla! But Fujita flails to go to the apron and HOTSHOT! Fujita and Eagles both springboard, DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICKS! The War Dogs are down and they bail out while the fans fire up! Fujita aims to springboard, DOUBLE CANNONBALL!

Direct hit and the Dogs go down! The fans fire up, Fujita puts Drilla in, and Eagles stands Drilla up. TMDK double wrench the arms, for MAXXY BOMB!! High stack, TWO!! Drilla survives but the fans fire up with TMDK! Fujita hoists Drilla up, Eagles ROUNDHOUSES and Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then SUPERKICK PENALTY KICK COMBO!! Cover, Connors breaks it! The fans rally, Eagles whips but Connors reverses to TOSS Eagles out! Connors runs at Fujita but Fujita TOSSES him out! Fujita goes after Drilla with a CHOP! But Drilla wrenches to ripcord, but Fujita dodges! Sunset flip, but Drilla DOUBLE STOMPS and SENTONS!

The fans rally up and both men crawl. Drilla reaches out, hot tag to Connors! Connors takes aim, runs in, but Fujtia pops him up! Connors fights the German Suplex but Fujita holds the waistlock! Connors throws elbow after elbow but Fujita’s grip is tight! Connors throws even more elbows, and Fujita finally lets go. Fujita runs up, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Drilla roars as he storms in, and the Dogs take aim from the corners! But Eagles anchors Drilla! Fujita O’Conner Rolls Connors, then trips him into the QUEEN ANGELITO STRETCH! Drilla gets loose but Eagles MISSILE DROPKICKS him down! And puts him in the RON MILLER SPECIAL!!

Fujita sees Eagles has Drilla, and Fujita pulls Connors into the NELL VOSS SPECIAL!! Connors endures, flails, and Drilla reaches out, but Eagles drags him away! Connors grabs at the ref, Drilla grabs at Fujita! Drilla CLAWS Fujita’s face, and he lets Connors go! Eagles lets Drilla go, and the four are all down. The fans rally as Eagles regroups with Fujita. The Dogs regroup on the outside, and Eagles DIVES onto them! But is caught! DRILLA KILLA to the floor!! Drilla & Connors are laughing that they just shot down the Sniper! Connors & Drilla then slide into the ring, flanking Fujita. They bring Fujita up, but he still fires forearms and elbows!

The fans rally as Fujita fights and fights, switches with Drilla, but Drilla elbows free! Connors runs in, Drilla hurdles, SPEAR! Fujita staggers back up, into the SPEAR GORE COMBO!! Cover, TWO?!? Fujita survives and shocks The Dogs! The fans fire up as Connors goes up a corner and Drilla drags Fujita up. Drilla suplexes, but Fujita slips free! GERMAN SUPLEX! Connors still leaps but Fujita gets under! Fujita O’Conner Rolls, but Connors fights Chaos Theory! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita whips Connors, pops Connors up, and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Connors survives, but Fujita still holds on!

Fujita drags Connors up and the fans are thunderous! Fujita suplexes, ABANDON- SUPERKICK from Drilla! Connors suplexes Fujita into the DRILLA KILLA!!! Drilla then feeds Fujita to the NO CHASER!! But they’re still not done!?! Connors climbs, Drilla suplexes, FULL CLIP!!! Cover, War Dogs win!

Winners: Clark Connors & “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they can’t withstand artillery of this magnitude! Bullet Club keeps these titles right where they are, and Connors himself asks, “Who’s next?”

 

NJPW announces the G1 Climax 34 Block line-ups!

In A Block, it will be: Tetsuya Naito; Shota Umino; Shingo Takagi; SANADA; Great-O-Khan; Zack Sabre Jr; Gabe Kidd; EVIL; and Pro-Wrestling Noah’s Jake Lee!
In B Block, it will be: Hirooki Goto; El Phantasmo; Yota Tsuji; Jeff Cobb; HENARE; David Finlay; Ren Narita; Yuya Uemura; and AEW & DDT Pro’s Konosuke Takeshita!

And this year, there will be a special G1 Climax preliminary round! 12 men, six for each block, must battle to earn the coveted tenth seed spots! In A Block’s prelim: Tomohiro Ishii; Yoshi-Hashi; Callum Newman; KENTA; Chase Owens; and Yujiro Takahashi! In B Block’s prelim: Hiroshi Tanahashi; Toru Yano; Boltin Oleg; Satoshi Kojima; Taichi; and TJP! Whoever comes out of those matches will join this already star-studded field! Who will help burn up this already red hot summer?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Shingo Takagi VS HENARE!

It’s another Dominion rematch, as we ended up with a Double TKO Draw in Osaka-Jo Hall! Will Takagi stay standing this time? Or will the Face of Fury finally slay The Rampaging Dragon?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who pushes past their limits to be victorious!

The two are forehead to forehead, then they go forearm for forearm! The bell rings, and Takagi ROCKS Henare! Henare fires back, but Takagi shoves him. They both run, they RAM shoulders, then Henare kicks to snapmare. Henare KICKS Takagi in the back, but Takagi gets up to DOUBLE CHOP! Takagi eggs Henare on, so Henare HEADBUTTS! Henare eggs Takagi on so Takagi HEADBUTTS! Henare nods, and HEADBUTTS again! Takagi staggers, but he comes back to HEADBUTT! Henare HEADBUTTS, Takagi HEADBUTTS, they HEADBUTT again and again and again! Henare gets the edge, then JUMP HEADBUTTS!

Henare runs, RAMS Takagi but Takagi comes back to RAM Henare! ELBOW! JAB! But Henare KICKS! Takagi runs Henare over! Then Takagi KICKS Henare in the back! Henare goes to a corner, the fans rally for Takagi, and he runs up, and blocks a boot! Takagi clotheslines through, then fires the fans up more. Takagi JABS and CHOPS on repeat! Then he JABS, JABS, JABS, but Henare leans into the punches! Takagi fires more shots, then ROCKS Henare! Takagi whips corner to corner, runs up and clotheslines! Then SAIDOS! Henare flounders and the fans rally up. Takagi stands Henare up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO!

Henare bails out but Takagi keeps cool. Takagi goes out after Henare, brings him around, and whips him hard into railing! Henare staggers away, Takagi follows, and he JABS Henare again. Takagi brings Henare up to SMACK him off the apron, but that just angers Henare! Henare SMACKS Takagi off the apron! Takagi RIDGE HAND CHOPS, then fireman’s carries! SNAKE EYES off the apron! Henare falls back and the ref wants this back in the ring. Takagi takes a moment to shake out his hand, then he walks over to Henare. Takagi drops a knee right on Henare’s face! Takagi then puts Henare in the ring, and the fans cheer.

Takagi kicks Henare around, taunts him, scuffs him, and Henare snarls. Henare fires body shots and a forearm! Takagi ELBOWS! And YUKON LARIATS! The fans cheer and Takagi says he’s still gonna be champ. Takagi brings Henare up, puts him on ropes, and then KNEES him low! And KNEES him again! And again! The ref reprimands, Takagi lets off, and he whips Henare to ropes. Takagi KNEES low, runs, but into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Takagi goes to a corner, Henare runs in to clothesline! Takagi shouts at Henare, so Henare shouts back! Henare fires off fast hands from all sides!

The ref reprimands, Henare HEADBUTTS Takagi before he fireman’s carries. WASTELAND SLAM, then a SENTON! The fans rally up as Takagi sputters and goes back to the corner. Henare storms over, stomps Takagi, then HEADBUTTS him! Henare whips but Takagi blocks by holding ropes! The ref calls the ropebreak as Henare still tries to whip. Takagi still holds on, so Henare ELBOWS him in the head! The ref reprimands, but Henare whips corner to corner. Takagi reverses, runs up, but into an ELBOW! Henare goes up, FLYING CHUCK! But Takagi just runs! Into a BERSERKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and Henare fires back up!

The fans rally, Henare stands and he aims from a corner. Takagi rises as Henare stomps the mat. Henare runs in, RAMP- NO! Takagi stuffs the spear to fire off knees! Henare shoves back but Takagi ELBOWS! JABS! And YUKON feints to DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Henare flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Takagi runs, but into a RAMP- DDT!! Takagi turns things around again and Henare is in a daze! Takagi kicks Henare, drags him up, and puts him on the top rope! The fans rally as Takagi climbs up, and he fires RIDGE HAND CHOPS! Takagi then goes to the very top, brings Henare up with him, SUPER DUPER PLEX!!

The fans are thunderous while Henare writhes from that hard landing! Takagi sits up and shouts, “OI! OI! OI!” The fans join in and Takagi nods. Takagi stands, the fans fire up more, and Takagi says “My time is coming! TOKI GA KITA!” The fans fire up, Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER! But Henare withstands the impact and stays standing! Takagi runs again, PUMPING BOMBER! Henare drops to his knees! Takagi gives scuffing kicks, slaps Henare around, then fires a few forearms. Henare growls, headbutts the mat, but Takagi ROCKS him! Takagi fires forearm after forearm, but Henare eggs him on!

Takagi fires more forearms, but Henare leans into those shots! Henare swings, Takagi bobs ‘n’ weaves and UPPERCUTS! Takagi runs, but into a RAMPAGE!! Both men are down again and the fans rally up! Henare slowly rises, sits Takagi up, and PENALTY KICKS! But Takagi’s right up to RUN Henare over! The fans rally while both men are down, and Takagi sits up first. Takagi crawls over to Henare and they give each other junkyard dog headbutts. They start throwing palm strikes, then forearms! Takagi CHOPS and Henare staggers! Henare snarls, comes back, and KICKS! Takagi staggers, Henare eggs him on, and the fans rally up!

Takagi winds up to CHOP! Henare drops to a knee and Takagi shakes out his hand. Henare rises, and Takagi braces for the KICK! Takagi CHOPS! Henare KICKS! CHOP! KICK! Repeat! The fans fire up and so does Henare! Henare KICKS, and KICKS, and ROLLING KICKS! Takagi wobbles, Henare runs, but Takagi blocks the kick! Henare fires off strikes, but Takagi still pump handles! MADE IN JAPAN!! But Takagi can’t make the cover! The ref checks both men, this could end up like Dominion! Takagi slowly rises, the fans rally up again, and Takagi sits Henare up. Takagi clamps on to rain down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!

Takagi runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Henare rolls through to SLIDING KNEE!! Both men are down again and the fans fire up! Henare sits up first, and he snarls as he slashes his throat. Henare vows to end this but he’s a bit wobbly as he walks over. Henare drags Takagi up but Takagi HEADBUTTS! Henare HEADBUTTS! They DOUBLE HEADBUTT! And DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, but Takagi JABS! Henare HEADBUTTS! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS! Henare JUMP HEADBUTTS! Takagi SLIDING FOREARMS!! Both men are down again and the fans are all fired up!

The ref checks, and both men are somehow still in this, but the standing count is here! Takagi hears it and he stirs. Takagi goes to ropes, and he drags himself up at 5 of 10! Takagi is up but what of Henare? He’s still down at 8, pushes up at 9, and stands at 9.9!! The fans fire up and Takagi runs in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Both men lean on the other, and Takagi fires boxing elbows! Takagi throws in about nine, but then Henare bobs ‘n’ weaves the tenth to BODY BLOW! And HEEL KICK! PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are thunderous as Henare snarls, but Takagi gets moving! PUMPING BOMBER!!! Cover, TWO!!!

The fans are thunderous again as Henare survives being flipped upside-down! Takagi roars, he drags Henare up, and he pump handles to the torture rack! Henare slips out, spins Takagi around, STREETS OF RAGE!! But he has to crawl to the cover! TWO!!! Takagi survives and Henare is stunned! Henare growls, fires himself up, and he drags Takagi back up. But Takagi fights the cross-arm hold! Takagi HEADBUTTS, HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS! Henare HEADBUTTS!! Cover, ONE!?!?! But Henare runs to RUGBY KICK!! Cover, TWO!!!! Takagi still survives but Henare is furious! Henare reels Takagi in for STREETS OF- NO, Takagi fights the lift!

Takagi and Henare fight for suplex control! Takagi throws body shots, avoids the headbutt and UPPERCUTS! Then HEADBUTTS back! Then YUKON- NO, Henare blocks that, then blocks the other lariat! KAMI-HEADBUTT!!! Cover, HENARE WINS!!!

Winner: Henare, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Champion)

Henare unleashes the headbutt to surpass God, and he slays the Rampaging Dragon! Finally, the Face of Fury wears gold in NJPW! Will this be a sign of even bigger things to come? Or will Takagi have his revenge in the G1 Climax?

 

IWGP Global Heavyweight Championship: David Finlay w/ Gedo VS SANADA w/ Just5Guys!

When The Rebel heard the Cold Skull was back on the mend, he demanded this be the return match. Finlay still owes Sanada payback for the 2023 New Japan Cup finals loss, and that moment has finally come. Will Finlay ruin Sanada’s return right from the start? Or will he regret it when Sanada takes this title from him?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the War Dogs stay golden!

The bell rings and the fans rally behind “SA-NA-DA! SA-NA-DA!” Finlay gets on the corner to shout “WAR~ DOGS~!” and some fans do cheer, but the fans are still more on Sanada’s side. The two circle, feel things out, and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Finlay pulls hair to put Sanada on ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Finlay pie faces Sanada as he lets off, then SPITS on Sanada! Sanada just brushes that off and the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Sanada uses height for leverage. Sanada puts Finlay on the ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, and Sanada lets off with pats on the shoulder.

The fans applaud but Finlay is annoyed. Finlay runs up, Sanada kicks low then headlocks. Finlay powers up and out but Sanada runs him over. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but then Sanada hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up but Gedo is upset as Finlay bails out. Sanada aims, PLANCHA, but he lands on the apron as Finlay slides in. Finlay DECKS Sanada off the apron, goes out to CLUB Sanada, then SMACKS him off the apron! Finlay rains down fists, soaks up the heat, and says it’s too easy. Finlay fist bumps with Gedo then goes back to stand on Sanada’s face. Red Shoes reprimands but Finlay drags Sanada up and into the ring.

Finlay slides in to cover but Red Shoes says no, because of the shenanigans on the outside. Finlay is upset with Red Shoes, but then he drags Sanada up. Finlay hammerlocks an arm and leans on the hold. Sanada endures, even as Finlay grabs the other arm in a cording hold. Finlay digs knuckles into Sanada’s ribs, then a forearm in Sanada’s face! Red Shoes counts, Finlay lets off and gets mad at Red Shoes, but rules are rules. Finlay drags Sanada up, snap suplexes, then covers, TWO! The fans applaud but Finlay argues with Red Shoes more. Finlay drags Sanada up, but Sanada throws body shots! Finlay sputters, but then Sanada ROCKS him with a forearm!

Finlay knees low, whips, but Sanada reverses to ELBOW Finlay down! STANDING MOONSAULT FLOPS as Finlay moves! Finlay covers, TWO! Finlay keeps cool as he drags Sanada up. Finlay whips corner to corner hard and Sanada falls! Sanada writhes but Finlay barks it up. Finlay aims from a corner, runs in, and UPPERCUTS! Then he suplexes for a TOSS! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this and Gedo protests while Finlay argues the count. Sanada goes to the apron, Finlay storms over and drags him up. Finlay brings Sanada through the ropes to UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT again! And UPPERCUT again!

Finlay UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS, then UPPERCUTS some more! Finlay dares the fans to cheer Sanada now. The fans do cheer, and Sanada back drops Finlay outta the ring! Sanada catches his breath while Finlay is on the floor. Finlay drags himself up with the apron skirt, but Sanada PLANCHAS him right back down! The fans cheer and Sanada rises. Sanada stalks Finlay, brings him around, and puts him in the ring. The fans applaud, but then Finlay bails out the side. Sanada just PLANCHAS again! Down goes Finlay and the fans fire up! Sanada then brings Finlay up, ROCKS him, then slides into the ring.

Sanada builds speed and he fakes Finlay out! Sanada flips back in, then PLANCHAS again! A hattrick for Sanada and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder, then he goes back for Finlay. Sanada puts Finlay in the ring, stalks him, then brings him up to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally while Sanada brings Finlay back up. Sanada fireman’s carries, Finlay slips free to waistlock, but Sanada switches. Finlay denies the O’Conner to roll Sanada up, TWO! Sanada runs in, but into a SPIN-OUT BOMB! Finlay grins as he leans against ropes, then he watches Sanada rise. Finlay runs in, and he clotheslines Sanada up and out!

Finlay goes out after Sanada, talks some trash, “This your boy?” Finlay flexes, drags Sanada up, and RAMS him into the railing! And RAMS him in again! Finlay’s trying to squish English commentary as he RAMS Sanada in again! Finlay lets Sanada falls over, then asks Gedo, “You wanna see a dead body?” Finlay fireman’s carries Sanada, to run up, but Sanada slips free! Finlay kicks low, reels Sanada in, but Sanada fights the piledriver! Sanada back drops Finlay onto the floor! The fans cheer while Sanada hobbles away. But then Finlay runs up! Sanada moves and Finlay crashes into railing! Sanada then brings Finlay out through the gate!

The Young Lions hurry to brace railing, but Sanada reels Finlay in for a PILEDRIVER on the floor!! And there’s far less padding out by the crowd then by ringside! Red Shoes wants this back in the ring, but Sanada has to catch his breath first. Sanada drags Finlay up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he brings Finlay back to ringside like that. Sanada puts Finlay in the ring and the fans applaud. Sanada then stalks Finlay, stands him up, and CLUBS him on the neck! Finlay staggers up, and he fires a forearm back! Sanada eggs Finlay on, so Finlay fires another forearm! And then SPITS at Sanada! And flips him off!

Sanada fires off furious fists on Finlay! The fans fire up but they’re on the ropes now! Red Shoes reprimands, but Sanada shoves him down! Sanada’s losing his cool, and Finlay YANKS Sanada into ropes! Both men are down and the fans rally up for Sanada. Finlay drags Sanada up, reels him in, Canadian Rack, but Sanada slips free, to get the dragon sleeper! Finlay arm-drags free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Sanada goes up to QUEBRADA, and he has the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Finlay rolls through to inverted suplex! And LAWN DART off the corner! Then a Canadian Rack, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up as Sanada survives! Gedo is upset and we pass 15 minutes. The fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” as he and Finlay slowly rise. Finlay uses ropes to help stretch out one of his arms, then he goes back for Sanada. Finlay clamps on to sit Sanada up, for a crossface forearm! And then another! And another! Finlay drags Sanada up again, runs, and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this and Finlay is frustrated. The fans rally up for Sanada again, but Finlay drags Sanada up and reels him in. Sanada is dead weight so Finlay has Red Shoes check. Sanada refuses to give in and the fans rally up more.

Finlay talks more trash on the fans, then drags Sanada back up and in. POWER- RANA! Cover, TWO!! Finlay escapes, runs up, but Sanada spins him around, MAGIC- NO, Finlay slips free to suplex! But Sanada slips free to O’Conner Roll, but Finlay turns that around! O’Conner- NO, Sanada keeps Finlay up, then brings him into SKULL END!! Finlay flails and endures but he’s stuck in the body scissors! Sanada puts on the squeeze and Finlay is starting to fade! Red Shoes checks, Finlay flips everyone off! But he’s fading all the same! Sanada almost loses grip, and Finlay grabs at Red Shoes! Finlay endures as Sanada thrashes him around!

Red Shoes checks again, but Sanada lets Finlay go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Finlay saves himself at the last moment and both men are down! The fans rally for Sanada as he and Finlay stir. We hit 20 minutes and Sanada grabs at Finlay. They both rise up and Finlay fires a haymaker. Sanada fires it back! Finlay fires another haymaker, so Sanada gives it back! Red Shoes reprimands about closed fists, so Finlay fires a forearm! Sanada fires one right back! Finlay staggers away to ropes, but then Sanada eggs him on. Finlay fires a flurry, but Sanada UPPERCUTS! Finlay wobbles, staggers, but comes back.

Finlay UPPERCUTS, but Sanada shakes his head. The fans rally up as Sanada goes back to UPPERCUT Finlay! Finlay wobbles, Sanada eggs him on, and Finlay UPPERCUTS! Sanada grits his teeth, Finlay eggs him on, and Sanada UPPERCUTS! Finlay leans on Sanada, but he still fires a flurry of forearms, then an UPPERCUT! Finlay runs, but Sanada dodges! Sanada tilt-o-whirls, and has the dragon sleeper! But Finlay slips through to suplex! But Sanada turns that around, MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Sanada hurries up a corner, to ROUNDING BODY PRESS! Direct hit and Sanada covers, TWO!!

The fans fire up more as Sanada drags Finlay back up. Sanada clinches, but Gedo storms up to the apron! Sanada drops Finlay so he can KICK the ropes! The fans cheer as Gedo gets jammed up down low! But then Finlay cradles Sanada! TWO!! Sanada escapes, runs up, BLINDSIDE WIZARD! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up! Sanada kips up and the fans cheer! Sanada shouts at Finlay to get up, then runs in, but Finlay ducks the Shining Wizard! Finlay wrenches, suplexes, INTO OBLIVION!! Cover, TWO!! Finlay almost had this one but he won’t stop there! Finlay suplexes again, OVER- BLOCKED!!

Sanada waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls and BRIDGES! TWO!!! Finlay escapes, but SHINING WIZARD hits!! The fans are thunderous and Sanada drags Finlay back up! Clinch and- NO, Finlay slips out to bring Sanada up! But Sanada slips free to ENZIGIRI! The fans fire up as we hit 25 minutes! Time is running out, but Sanada aims from the corner! SHINING- NO, Finlay smothers the wizard to high stack and deadlift into a POWERBOMB! Then the flip over and suplex! OVERKILL!!! Cover, Finlay wins!

Winner: David Finlay, by pinfall (still IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion)

The Cold Skull got hot, but maybe too little too late. Finlay holds onto the belt he created, for now. Will he prove that NJPW and the world needs The Rebel?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match: SHO VS El Desperado!

The Murder Machine missed out on the Best of the Super Juniors finals, and it was the Rogue Luchador who finally added that trophy to his list of accomplishments. And as Sho tried to rain on the parade, Desperado goaded Sho into not just putting up the title, but putting up the steel fence around the ring! Truly a historic first for this title, will Desperado continue to make history by winning again? Or will Sho somehow, someway win without The House of Torture’s help?

But of course, the NJPW ref corps knows Sho has tricks of his own, so they make sure to pat him down before he enters the cage. AHA! Scissors! Sho says those aren’t his! But the check continues, and wait! Evil is storming his way onto commentary! The King of Darkness is going to find a way to be here for Sho one way or another. But wait, the search finds handcuffs, as well as a metal plate in the kick pad! Sho is upset that all his tricks have been found out, but Desperado’s having a great time watching his humiliation. Sho is already trying to find things under the ring but the refs were thorough even before the cage was set up.

Sho, Desperado and Red Shoes are locked inside, and all of Sho’s things have been secured, because a Young Lion is taking them to the back! It’s sinking in for Sho that there’s nothing he can do to cheat this one. Sho finally steps into the ring, the introductions are made and the belt is raised. And now, with the odds finally even, we see who is truly the Best of the Super Juniors!

The bell rings and the fans rally for “DE-SU-PE! DE-SU-PE!” The two feel things out, clinch, go around, and Sho waistlocks. Despe spins through to facelock, but Sho wrenches out. Despe rolls, wrenches back, and wristlocks. Sho pushes Despe to then wrench, wrench and wristlock. Despe drop toeholds, floats to a facelock, then he ties up the legs. Despe pulls Sho with a chinbar, but then shifts to have a cording hold. Sho endures, reaches out to the ropes, and Despe lets go. The fans cheer, and Despe talks some smack as Sho goes to a corner. The two reset, feel things out, knuckle lock, and Despe rolls to top wristlock.

Despe shifts to a cording hold, but Sho rolls back to stand up. Despe wrenches to wristlock, then he arm-drags Sho down into the cording hold. Sho endures, even as Despe adds a chinbar. Sho fights up, Despe hammerlocks the arm and goes for the crossface. Sho fights that, so Despe headlocks. Despe hits the takeover, Sho headscissors and squeezes tight. Despe bridges back, headstands, then pushes down on Sho’s legs. Despe floats onto the headlock but Sho slips out the back. Sho has the arm, and he drags Despe in, SNAKEBITE! Despe fights up to get the KNEEBAR! Sho flails, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud as Despe lets off.

Sho crawls to the corner and Despe waits on him. The fans rally, the two circle, and they feel things out again. Sho bends Despe’s fingers, then hammerlocks. Despe elbows Sho, switches the hammerlock onto him then spins him around to whip. Despe arm-drags Sho then runs him over! The fans fire up but Sho bails out of the ring. But he can’t go far with the cage all around! Despe storms up but Sho kicks him! Sho whips Despe into the cage! Despe staggers, Sho grins and whips the other way, only for Despe to reverse! Sho hits cage, staggers forward, and Despe back drops him on the floor! Sho writhes and the fans cheer!

Despe stalks Sho as he scurries, but then Sho slips around. Sho reaches out and Evil slips him the “Torture Tool” wrench through the bars! But Red Shoes is right on Sho to take that away! Despe whips Sho at the cage! Sho stops himself, then HIP TOSSES Despe into steel! Evil acts like he did nothing wrong but Yano is also on commentary and telling him off. Sho drags Despe up to whip him into the cage! Despe slumps down, but Sho stands him up, to whip him in again! Despe staggers and falls, and part of the cage swings open! Seems there was a second door! Sho keeps Despe from getting out, and sends him back into steel!

Sho grins as he stalks Despe, and he RIPS at Despe’s mask! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off and stalks Despe around the way. Sho drags Despe up to GRIND his face against the cage! Evil applauds as Sho goes along the whole side! Sho throws Despe down, and a good part of Despe’s mask has been ripped away! Sho talks trash on Despe, then brings him up to ROCK him with a right! Sho DIGS Despe’s face into the cage again, then SCRAPES him along! Evil applauds but he’s the only one. Sho makes Despe suffer, then shoves him back down. Sho soaks up the heat before bringing Despe back into the ring.

Sho CHOKES Despe against ropes! Red Shoes reprimands, then counts, but Sho steps away at 4. Sho drags Despe back up, CLAWS at Despe’s exposed face, then lets off as Red Shoes counts. Sho not so subtly unties the blue buckle pad, and uses the strap to CHOKE Despe! Red Shoes counts, Sho lets go, and Evil says that’s genius! The fans rally for “DE-SU-PE!” but Sho talks more trash. Despe sits up, and Sho scuffs him. Sho taunts Despe, scuffs him again, but Despe grabs Sho’s foot. Despe CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Sho DECKS him with a right hand! Sho storms up to digs his boot into Despe’s face! Red Shoes reprimands and Sho steps off.

Sho eggs Despe on, so Despe stands to CHOP and CHOP! Sho fires another haymaker, but Despe HEADBUTTS! Despe runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Despe falls, but Sho brings him up to whip to ropes, for another kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Despe stays in this, and goes to a corner, but Sho runs in to RAM him! Sho then hoists Despe up to stick him across the top rope. Sho runs in, TOP SHELF KNEE! Cover, TWO! Sho pulls on an arm and a leg! Despe endures, the fans rally, but Sho pulls harder! Despe still reaches out with his free arm, fights over with his free leg, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer but Sho holds until Red Shoes counts 4.

Despe crawls to the apron but Sho grins as he runs up, to LARIAT Despe down! Despe falls on the apron then flops down to the floor. Sho wants a ring count, but this is a cage match, there’s no such thing. Sho says fine, and he goes out to fetch Despe. Sho whips Despe into the cage! Despe leans against the steel, and Sho grins as he brings Despe around to throw into more cage! Sho then SMACKS Despe off the steel, and runs him along the way, only for Despe to turn it around and send Sho into steel! The fans fire up and Despe RAMS Sho into steel! Then Despe throws Sho into the cage wall! Despe goes into the ring, builds speed, and DIVES! Both men hit the steel!!

The fans are thunderous and Despe roars as he rises up! Sho sputters while he’s slumped against the cage, but Despe drags him up. Despe whips Sho into the cage again! Sho falls, clutching an arm, but Despe gets him up and runs him hard into more steel! The fans fire up as Despe snarls and drags Sho up again. Despe still throws Sho into the cage! Despe then puts Sho in the ring, drags him up, and hits a BIG back suplex! Despe drags Sho right back up, for a BIG regular suplex! Despe then climbs up the corner, for a FROG SPLASH! But Despe’s own ribs make it hard to keep the cover. Despe drags Sho up, reels him in, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!

Sho survives but Despe just shakes his head. Despe staggers around, he drags Sho up, and he reels Sho in to tuck the arms. But Sho wrenches out to KNEE low and throw Despe down by his hair! Sho sputters, he goes back to the blue corner, and he finishes untying the pad. The Bullet Club Special is still possible in this cage, and as Despe runs in, TADA! Bare buckles! Sho whips Despe back into those bare buckles! Sho runs to SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and Sho is stunned! The fans rally for Despe but Sho calls his shot. Sho drags Despe up, but Despe fights the gut wrench! Despe CLUBS Sho’s legs, but Sho still tries to lift!

Sho KNEES Despe low, then whips him back to the bare buckles! Sho grins, but Despe comes back! Despe swings, but Sho gets around to POP UP and ARMBAR! Despe fights around, but ends up in SNAKEBITE!! Despe flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Sho pulls harder on the hold, and Despe falls over! But then Despe gets a second wind! The fans rally as hard as they can, and Despe drags Sho over, but Sho just pulls harder on the hold! Despe tips over, but into the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes tells Sho to let go but he refuses! So Red Shoes pulls Sho’s hair to make him stop! Respect his authority, Sho!

Sho lets go and Red Shoes checks on Despe. Red Shoes keeps Sho back, and Despe raises a hand. Despe wags a finger, he isn’t done yet. Sho kicks Despe mockingly, toying with him. Sho stands on Despe’s head, then gives him another mocking kick. Despe slowly sits up and the fans rally up again. Despe looks up at Sho defiantly, and Sho gives him a kick. Despe stays up so Sho fires a forearm! Despe snarls as he stands, so Sho fires another forearm! Despe forearms back but Sho LARIATS! Sho is mad now! Sho gets Despe up to gut wrench, Canadian Rack, FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and the fans fire up!

Sho is freaking out, slapping himself around. Sho pulls at his own hair in frustration, but he drags Despe back up. Sho reels Despe in, tucks the arms, but Despe slips out to wrench and OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down! Despe and Sho stir, and Sho crawls his way to ropes. Despe snarls as he rises at center, but Sho storms back over. Despe fires body shots, then a forearm! Sho fires off boxing elbows fast and furious! Sho ROCKS Despe, runs, but Despe DECKS him! Despe roars and the fans fire up with him! Despe underhooks, FACEBUSTER! And then the roll through, for PINCHE- NO, Sho fights it!

Sho shoves Despe into Red Shoes! Sho runs up, to SHOTGUN Red Shoes into the bare buckles! Despe slumps out of the ring, Sho storms over and “accidentally” drops an elbow on Red Shoes! Evil claims Sho is innocent, but here comes The House of Torture! The fans boo, so much for Sho doing this on his own! Sho drags Despe up as the fans tell all the others to go home, or at least go away. But Sho puts Despe against the cage, and Narita SMACKS Despe with a chair! But here comes Oleg! But Kanemaru CLOBBERS Oleg! Evil even hits Yano on commentary! Tanahashi and even Satoshi Kojima run out here, but The House goes after them, too!

The fans boo but The House starts throwing chairs into the ring for Sho to use! Evil pretends he sees nothing wrong with this. Sho grins stands Despe back up, talks trash on everyone, then brings Despe into the ring. Sho soaks up the heat, then talks more trash. But Despe has a chair! Despe HEADSHOTS Sho!! Sho flops into the ring and the fans are thunderous! Despe turns things around on The House as he puts Sho’s head on one chair, and grabs another! Evil can only freak out as Despe hits a HOMERUN!! Evil tries to climb into the cage?! Despe CHUCKS a chair at him and he falls right off! The others try, but Despe chucks more chairs!

The fans fire up as now Yano, Oleg and Tanahashi fight back, too! They all stomp the House, Kojima CLUBS Kanemaru, and Despe CHUCKS chairs as Narita tries to climb! Despe goes back to Sho while Tanahashi and team drag The House outta here! The fans cheer as justice is again served! Despe calls to Red Shoes and he slowly returns. Despe gets Sho up but Sho LOW BLOWS! The ref missed that by sheer luck! Sho pretends he got hit, too, and so now everyone’s down again! Sho can’t help but laugh, though, and he tells Red shoes to get up. Sho hobbles over to Despe, drags him up, and reels him in to pump handle!

But Despe Alabama Lifts! And then he tucks Sho in, BASTARD DRIVER!! The fans are thunderous as Despe gets Sho up, underhooks, and JAY DRILLER!! And then the PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, DESPE WINS!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)

The Murder Machine couldn’t win it on his own, and that is why he lost it all tonight! Will it ever sink in that crime doesn’t pay?

As for Desperado, he now has trophy and championship belt to hold! Despe makes sure “the trash” is taken out of the ring first, then he gets the mic. The fans cheer “DESPE! DESPE!” as he gets the spotlight on him. Despe takes a moment, and then says, “Ah… that hurt. Thank you.” The fans cheer, and Despe continues by saying that there are all different types of wrestlers, and that’s what makes pro-wrestling so interesting. But even knowing that, it’s exhausting having to go this far. Why the heck are they opening the cage up? It took a lot to put it together in the first place, not that Despe really knows about that.

Despe won’t say this was fun, it’s not really his style, and his whole body hurts. He probably won’t do this kinda thing ever again. But he does want to get to his next challenger. The fans are shocked he’s doing this so soon! And then Despe calls out DOUKI! Despe tells Douki to come on out here, they don’t need to make a mess with the cage coming down just yet. The fans cheer for “DOUKI! DOUKI!” Despe waits, but he starts to wonder if Douki left already. Despe figured he’d give the guy he fought in the BOSJ semifinals, a guy who’s like a brother to him, a shot. But then, while he was home, he was kind alike, “Nah, maybe I’ll go with another guy.”

But wait! Here comes Douki! The fans cheer as Japones Del Mal heads into the ring. And Despe already knows what Douki must be thinking. Why’s he giving the shot to a guy he already beat? Is it because it’ll be an easy defense? Despe says the BOSJ was the BOSJ, and this cage match was this cage match. Whether the energy is flowing or not, a true IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match is different. Despe is sure Douki has what it takes. Despe knows Douki got cheated by Sho, so this will be different, too. So what does Douki say? Is he up for the challenge? The fans like the sound of that!

Despe keeps explaining that people might be thinking this is because of their past friendship, and maybe it is. After all, even though Despe is older, Douki helped him out a lot while they were in Mexico. This is Despe returning the favor. A chance like this doesn’t come along all the time, but don’t think of this as a handout. Despe just wants Douki to see for himself that he can do this. But if he doesn’t think he can, then Douki can walk away. The fans tell Douki to go for it! Douki steps inside! The fans fire up as Douki is face to face with Despe! Despe says he doesn’t know when or where this’ll happen, but when it does, it’ll be Despe VS Douki.

The fans cheer, Douki nods, and the fans even cheer Douki on. Despe lets Douki have the mic, and he says there was no way he was saying no with Despe asking him like that! Douki then says Despe better do everything he can to keep that belt. Despe tells Douki not to be so cocky. The Rogue Luchador grins as his old amigo heads back out. And then he grumbles that Douki shouldn’t have given him the mic back, now he has to wrap this up! And then he says, “That’s just how it is!” Despe drops the mic and the streamers fly! We have our next title match on the books, when and where will these former Suzuki-Gun soldiers do battle as rivals?


My Thoughts:

A great New Japan Soul, full of so much meaningful stuff for being the start to a short tour. A little surprised Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg won the NEVER titles back already, but I do appreciate NJPW isn’t afraid to hot potato their titles around. And I really do think there should be a tiebreaker coming, maybe with a heightened stipulation like Elimination or Best 2 Outta 3 Falls. Great Junior Heavyweight Tag title match, and TMDK came so close, but I should’ve figured The War Dogs would win out. And very good field for the G1 this year. I’m a little surprised so many people are in the qualifiers, but that should make it really wild stuff. I’d love if TJP got in for B Block.

Takagi VS Henare was an awesome rematch, and Henare winning was quite the surprise. Takagi’s not just in the G1, but he’s gonna be in AEW’s Owen Hart Cup, so I thought he’d bring that along. But maybe since Takagi isn’t likely to win the Owen Hart Cup, NJPW doesn’t want anyone getting a win over one of their midcard champions. Great return match for Sanada, but I suppose Finlay was going to retain either way. Finlay already felt the shame of losing this title once this year, he wasn’t gonna do it again.

And great stuff in the main event. I just knew The House of Torture would show up despite the cage, but then great of Tanahashi and friends to stop them. Desperado winning was the right choice and certainly great for him. Desperado naming Douki as his next challenger is really cool stuff, and Douki is definitely going to have a great showing. I still think Despe retains, but Douki is slowly rising up the ranks. If all things go well, Douki can definitely find himself as champion within the next year.

My Score: 9/10


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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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