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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (3/26/21)

Fallout from Fastlane continues!

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

SmackDown turns the corner and heads for WrestleMania!

Fastlane is in the rearview mirror, and SmackDown looks down the Road to WrestleMania! But will Daniel Bryan simply accept what happened last Sunday?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Rollins wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Big E & The Street Profits VS Apollo Crews & The Alpha Academy; Apollo & The Alpha Academy win.
  • Bianca Belair VS Natalya w/ Tamina; Belair wins.
  • Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio; Rey wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Daniel Bryan is here!

The Leader of the Yes Movement didn’t win the Universal Championship, but he has a chair with him as he heads to the ring. That is definitely in reference to what cost him at Fastlane: a chair shot from Edge! Bryan brings the chair to the ring, gets a mic, and says, “So, everyone saw the truth. Everyone saw the reality. Everyone saw something that Roman said would never happen, and has never happened before. Everybody saw Roman tap out.” Roman’s never tapped, ever, in his entire career! And last week, he said he’d rather DIE than tap out to someone like Bryan. Well good ness, WWE Universe, Roman is alive and yet he tapped out to Daniel Bryan!

“Now, in a perfect world, what that would mean is that I would be standing in this ring as the Universal Champion. I would be standing in this ring right now, knowing that I was headed to the main event of WrestleMania. But neither of those things are true.” Why is that? Because as Bryan was making Roman tap out, Edge hit Bryan with a steel chair. Bryan reminds us that Edge told him he wasn’t “doing this the right way.” Bryan should just stand by and let everyone have the dream match of Roman VS Edge.

“But here’s the thing. I’ve had enough. I’m tired of doing it the right way. I’m tired of standing on the sidelines. I’m tired of everyone just having a dream match they didn’t even earn!” Bryan EARNED his Universal Championship match, and EARNED winning and being in the main event of Mania! But Bryan gets it. Bryan is willing to EARN it all again. He’s not asking for anyone to give him the title, or anyone to give him his spot at Mania. He will earn it and here’s how! Bryan wants a rematch with Roman for the title, and he wants that rematch TONIGHT! The fans give Yes Fingers on their ThunderDome screens as Bryan says he is not leaving this ring until he gets what he wants.

Daniel Bryan takes a seat with the chair he brought, and waits. It’s the Yes Movement taking over once again! But Bryan waits, and waits, and SmackDown goes to break. Will someone respond to Bryan’s demands?

 

SmackDown returns and…

Bryan is still patiently waiting. Several more minutes pass, and finally, Adam Pearce walks out. He says he cannot give Bryan a championship rematch tonight. Oh he can’t? Did he not just see the footage? Bryan can play it again! He made Roman tap. No, Pearce saw that. But the referee’s decision is final. Roman Reigns is Universal Champion, and his next defense will be at WrestleMania against Edge. Oh, so the next Universal Championship match is against Edge. Bryan has a solution! How about it’s Edge VS Roman, and then Bryan immediately faces the winner of that match. No, Bryan knows personally how unfair that would be.

Right, so it’s fine for Bryan to fight for 40 MINUTES in the Elimination Chamber, and then immediately fight for the title right after? Isn’t there a double standard? Is that too hard for Edge and Roman. Then how about this? WrestleMania is two nights this year, right? Night One: Edge VS Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. Night Two: Daniel Bryan VS the winner of that match, for the Universal Championship. Isn’t that reasonable? Fans agree! But here comes EDGE to respond! Edge barges right past Pearce to go to the ring and Bryan stands up.

Edge tells Bryan, “For the last month, I’ve sat back and watch you act altruistic, like you’re some knight in shining armor.” But if Bryan wanting to talk this WrestleMania possibly being Bryan’s, EVERY match could be Edge’s last! For ten YEARS, Edge dreamed of getting this back! This WrestleMania will be ten years to the day that he had to announce his retirement! This is HIS dream, everything he’s worked for, and Bryan wants to take that away? And then he wants to face the winner of a match and pick the bones?! How heroic, Bryan!

But here’s the thing, Edge entered the Men’s Rumble number one, and outlasted everyone, Bryan included! Bryan lost twice but Edge won the Rumble. “So here’s the deal: you don’t deserve the match at WrestleMania, you son of a bitch!” Bryan trips Edge and fires off fists! Edge gets up to SPEAR Bryan down! Edge sees the chair, and perhaps the Rated R Superstar of old is coming back. Edge picks the chair up, looms over Bryan, and SMACKS him on the back! The chair is then thrown side, and Edge seethes as he slides out of the ring. Is this the door being slammed shut on Bryan’s return to Mania?

 

Roman Reigns and company watch the replays in his private room.

The Tribal Chief tells Paul Heyman to get Adam Pearce. “With pleasure.” Heyman heads out, and then Roman tells Jey to go with Heyman, “Use force if you have to.” Is Roman sure? What’re they going to do? Fire him? Jey chuckles and follows after the Special Counsel. What plan is Roman formulating in his head?

 

Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The Architect defeated the King of Strong Style at Fastlane, but his issues with the Swiss Cyborg are far from settled. However, it seems Nakamura isn’t giving up on this, either! Will Nakamura tie things up with the Savior of SmackDown on behalf of Cesaro?

The bell rings, they tie up, and Nakamura shoves Rollins away. Nakamura headlocks, Rollins reverses to a headlock, but Nakamura fights out and knees low! Nakamura bumps Rollins off buckles, fires off forearms and gives Rollins some Good Vibrations! Rollins bails out to the apron, Nakamura storms over but Rollins hotshots him! Rollins climbs, Nakamura kicks him down! TOP SHELF KNEE! Rollins flops down to the apron, Nakamura gets him in position for another KNEE! Nakamura goes to the apron now, for the GUILLOTINE KNEE! Rollins writhes but Nakamura gets him back in the ring as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Rollins keeps Nakamura from ropes with his chinbar and armlock. Nakamura fights back, runs, but Rollins follows to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO! Rollins covers again, TWO! Rollins grows frustrated, but he talks to Nakamura. “You don’t know when to stay down. You didn’t know when to stay down at Fastlane!” Rollins clubs away on Nakamura with forearms, then storms off. Nakamura is in a corner, Rollins whips him corner to corner, but Nakamura comes back with a DYNAMIC DROPKICK! Both men slowly get up, Nakamura fires off a strike fest! He KCIKS and KICKS then knees and stomps Rollins at ropes. Nakamura hangs Rollins out to dry, for an AX KICK!

Nakamura keeps moving, SLIDING WIZARD! Rollins flounders to a corner, Nakamura runs in, but Rollins boots, only to get turned around! KICK then SLIDING GERMAN! Cover, TWO! Nakamura snarls and brings Rollins up to knee him into a corner. Nakamura puts Rollins on the top again, but Rollins avoids the knee and Nakamura hits buckles! Rollins springboards for the FLYING KNEE! Then he gets the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives and Rollins is frustrated again. Rollins talks trash, kicks Nakamura around and says Nakamura should respect him. “I’ve done more than you ever will!”

Rollins whips, Nakamura reverses, misses one kick but hits the WHEEL KICK! INVERTED EXPLODER, but Rollins lands on his feet! But he runs into a fireman’s carry and the LANDSLIDE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Nakamura just fires up in the corner! “YAO~!” But Rollins dodges the Kinshasa to ROLLING ELBOW! Rollins and Nakamura both stagger, but Nakamura gets a ROLLING ARMBAR!! Rollins moves around, Nakamura shifts to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Rollins dead lifts to POWERBOMB! And then CURB STOMP!! But Rollins can’t cover right away! He crawls over, covers now, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

Two matches become two victories for the Architect over the Artist! But he’s not done with Nakamura! He hammers away on his back, takes aim again, but here comes Cesaro! The Swiss Superman storms the ring, brawls with Rollins and GUT WRENCHES Rollins! Cesaro fires off hammering fists and big EuroUppers, then POP-UP UPPERS! Cesaro dares Rollins to get up, just to trip him up! Rollins scrambles to avoid the swing! Cesaro dares the cowardly Rollins to do something! Cesaro wants to fight Rollins, but when will he get to?

 

Heyman returns to Roman’s room.

“The End All, Be All, Reigns-ing, Defending…” Heyman’s praising of Roman is halted when Pearce arrives. Heyman introduces them even though they know each other, but that’s to remind everyone that this is the same Pearce that was manipulated into making a bad decision. They thank Pearce for that decision, but then Roman gets up to stare Pearce down. Roman tells Pearce, “We don’t thank you. You thank us. And the reason why you’re here is because I want you to understand that at WrestleMania, you get me for one night. And you only get me for one title defense.” Now Pearce can thank them.

Pearce understands Roman’s point. In fact, he’s inclined to agree. But there are other things to consider, so he will excuse himself. He will have his decision by the end of the night. What is Pearce going to decide when it comes to the Universal Championship’s Road to WrestleMania?

 

Seth Rollins is furious backstage!

“Did you guys see that?!” Kayla Braxton asks if he was surprised- Surprised by Cesaro trying to swing him?! NO he’s not! He’s sick of it!! He’s sick of the disrespect and humiliation by “that failure, Cesaro!” Rollins told Cesaro if he stepped in his lane again, bad thing were going to happen! Rollins is a man of his word! So he’ll make this right! If Cesaro is man enough to face Rollins, then this is a challenge for a match at WRESTLEMANIA, where Rollins will teach Cesaro a lesson about respect once and for all! What happened tonight will never happen again! Rollins will never be disrespected, embarrassed or swung around again! NEVER!

But then Cesaro RAMS Rollins into road cases! And then Cesaro gets his legs to SWING HIM!! They go around and around and around as referees and officials shout at Cesaro to stop, but Cesaro gets about 15 in before letting Rollins go! Rollins sputters and Cesaro shouts, “Challenge accepted!” Will Rollins stop being dizzy in time for that match?

 

Six Man Tag: Big E & The Street Profits VS Apollo Crews & The Alpha Academy!

The WWE Intercontinental Championship is still Big E, but Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins want to get the SmackDown Tag Team Championships back! But with the Nigerian Royal, Chad Gable & Otis standing in their way, will this Road to WrestleMania turn into a demolition derby?

SmackDown returns and the Alphas make their entrance, followed by Apollo. The teams sort out, Otis starts against Dawkins and they circle. Big E wants after Apollo but the ref has him stay back. Gable gives Otis some last pointers before he ties up with Dawkins. Dawkins headlocks, Otis powers out and the two ram each other! Dawkins rebounds to hurdle and dropkick! Otis stays up, Ford tags in, the Profits double dropkick! Otis is still up but Ford goes up and over then handsprings around. Ford flexes, Otis runs in but Ford drops, hurdles and leaps, into a POWERSLAM! Otis fires up and he tags in Gable. The Alphas bring Ford up to mug him, then DRAGON SCREW!

Gable hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW, then stalks Ford to ropes. Ford goes to the apron, shoulders back in, then slingshots up, into a NORTHERN LIGHTS?! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gable drags Ford up, tags in Apollo, and they mug Ford. Apollo fires off on Ford, glares at Big E, then brings Ford up to whip and CLOBBER! Cover, TWO! Big E wants after Apollo again but the ref again keeps him back. Apollo brings Ford up, suplexes and holds him up, but Ford slips out to ENZIGURI! Both men are down, Ford hurries for his corner but so does Apollo. Hot tags to Big E and Gable! Big E OVERHEAD suplexes Gable, DECKS Otis, then OVERHEAD suplexes Gable!

Big E gets around, and side Belly2Belly suplexes now! Fans fire up with Big E as he swivels those hips! Big E runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps it up, dares Gable to get up, and then scoops him, but Gable goes after an arm! Gable can’t get Big E down so he throat chops him! Gable runs corner to corner, into the Urenag-E!  Cover, Apollo breaks it! Dawkins DECKS Apollo, but the Dozer rams Dawkins into Gable’s arms! DISCUS GERMAN! Ford gets in, Otis blocks a kick to flip Ford, but Ford lands on his feet to ENZIGURI! Otis falls out, Gable back suplexes Ford to the apron! Ford stays up, Gable runs and Apollo tags in.

Gable slides but Ford goes up and in, to come back and FLY!! Direct hit onto the Alphas at the ramp! Big E and Apollo meet again, and Apollo gets Big E for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, Apollo and team win!!

Winners: Apollo Crews & the Alpha Academy, by pinfall

Apollo pins the champion! The Alphas celebrate with Apollo, will all three of these men have titles after WrestleMania?

 

Adam Pearce crosses paths with Edge backstage.

Edge hopes Pearce isn’t rewarding Bryan for the stuff he’s pulling. What kind of ship is he running here? Edge outlasted 29 other men, including Bryan, and Bryan lost twice. Edge gets Roman 1v1 at Mania! What’s there to even think about? Pearce says his responsibilities are to the WWE, not to him, Roman, or Bryan. His job is to get all the facts, consider all the options, and to make a decision. Tonight, he’ll do just that. Well then let’s hope that’s the right decision. “Or else.” Is Pearce finding himself stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to WrestleMania?

 

SmackDown presents an all new Kevin Owens Show!

Kevin says these past few weeks, he tried to make it clear to Sami Zayn that even though Kevin doesn’t believe in the conspiracy theories, he is still on Sami’s side. What did he get for that? Sami nearly kicked Kevin’s head off last week. So this week, Kevin has a question, and the only person that can answer it IS Sami! “Sami, get out here and answer my question right now.” And he’s not in a waiting mood. Sami either gets out there or- Well, here he comes! Sami and his camera crew… Sami doesn’t even need to know the question, it’s if he is sorry for last week. And it is a resounding YES. Sami is sorry, truly! He had no business kicking Kevin at all!

But this conspiracy stuff is messing with Sami’s mental state and he crossed a line. So yes, he is sorry. Kevin says that wasn’t actually the answer. Well Sami didn’t finish. He knows Kevin’s real question is, can they still work together on the documentary? And the answer is also YES! Because Sami is about to drop a bombshell piece of news right here on the KO Show! It’s big, really! Next week, Sami is having a red carpet premiere for the release of the trailer for Sami’s documentary! It’s gonna be HUGE! But there’s more! Kevin is probably aware that Sami’s been going back and forth with a certain Logan Paul. As in global YouTube sensation, 23 MILLION subscribers Logan Paul! He’s INTO IT!! Logan will get the word out! The world will see, and Logan will be here at the premiere!! Sami’s guest of honor will be Logan Paul!

See, look? The graphic is a thing! And this will show everyone! Kevin can be part of that, too! Kevin says he doesn’t care about the documentary, Logan Paul, or Sami being sorry. What Kevin wants- Sami mocks Kevin about not caring about this and that. But Kevin owes Sami an apology! Because Kevin acts like he’s on Sami’s side but he’s not! He thinks Sami is crazy! “SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND LISTEN TO ME NOW!” Kevin says the only reason he’s allowed Sami to stand in this ring this long without beating him senseless is because he needs an answer to his real question! And that question is: “Is you, me, one-on-one at WrestleMania. Yes or no?”

Sami is a bit shocked, but he doesn’t want to go about this this way. YES OR NO!? Okay, fine, hold on! Sami’s answer… Is YES. Is Kevin happen now?! This is what Kevin wanted!? Well just as Kevin said, he needed that answer. And now that he has it, time to beat him senseless. Kevin attacks, stomping away on Sami in a corner! Sami wriggles away, Kevin chases him down and CLOBBERS him! Sami staggers back into the ring, comes back but into a STUNNER! Kevin stands tall over Sami, but will he stand tall again on the Grandest Stage of Them All?

 

Adam Pearce now crosses paths with Daniel Bryan.

Pearce is already frustrated but Bryan says he gets it. Bryan used to be a GM, he knows what he’s going through. Pearce is under pressure from everyone to maintain the status quo. But Bryan knows that Pearce knows deep down what the right decision is. All Pearce has to do is make it. Bryan may not have been aggressive about it, but the pressure is still on from the Yes Movement. Will Pearce make the right decision? Is there a way to know what that is?

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

What was her reaction to Sasha’s slap? Well Twitter had a field day with it, but she’s bigger and stronger. She could’ve whooped Sasha to next month, but Sasha would miss Mania. And mama always told her to be the bigger person to focus on your business. Bianca did that at Fastlane so she can be the winner at Mania. Sasha is the Boss, the blueprint, the standard, but Bianca’s just a little bit better, and enough to make history and show Sasha what it feels like for a “rookie” to end Sasha’s reign. But now, there is business with Natalya. Everyone watching, keep the kids out of the room cuz nobody should see what she’s about to do!

Bianca Belair VS Natalya w/ Tamina!

The EST wants to sink the #BOAT, Best of All Time, after the Queen of Harts and Daughter of Superfly tried to run Bianca and Sasha off the Road to WrestleMania! Will the strongest, the fastest, the roughest, and the toughest defeat the winningest woman in WWE history?

The bell rings and Bianca dropkicks Natty right down! Bianca is after her in the corner with shoulder rams, then lets off as the ref counts. Bianca whips Natty but Natty reverses. Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to run Natty over! Natty bails out, regroups with Tamina, and Bianca dares someone to get in. Natty paces, takes her time with the ring count, and gets up to bait Bianca. Bianca gives chase, cuts Natty off and fires off in a corner! The ref counts, Bianca lets off, but Natty runs in to get around and rebound sit Bianca down! Natty steps on Bianca, and basement dropkicks but misses as Bianca moves! Bianca covers, ONE!

Bianca jackknife covers, TWO! Bianca kicks low, reels Natty in to scoop, hold and SLAM! Bianca goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Sasha makes her entrance?! The Boss is doing this just to distract Bianca, but Bianca still DECKS Natty! The ref is distracted by Natty and Tamina DECKS Bianca! Bianca hits the floor, and Sasha mockingly asks what’s wrong as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Natty has Bianca in a floating surfboard! Natty lets Bianca down to kick her to the mat! Sasha has joined commentary to make sure it’s Boss Time. Bianca fires forearms on Natty, whips her to ropes but Natty reverses. Bianca reels Natty in instead, but Natty RANAS! Cover, TWO! Sasha says Bianca thinks she’s better but the rookie needs to learn. Natty rams Bianca into a corner, throws hands, then climbs up. Natty reels Bianca in for a tornado but no DDT! Bianca suplexes Natty hard! Both women are down, Tamina coaches Natty but a standing count begins. Bianca slowly rises, Natty is in a corner, and Natty runs in. Bianca dodges to rally with shoulder tackles!

Bianca dropkicks Natty, kips up, and then claps at Natty but misses in the corner. Bianca elbows Natty away, goes up and over and comes back to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bianca keeps her focus, Sasha is annoyed as Bianca handsprings, but the splash just grazes as Natty moves! Cover, TWO! Sasha says that’s a rookie mistake. Natty gets the legs but Bianca makes that a cradle, TWO! Natty hits a DISCUS! Cover, TWO!! Tamina is furious on Natty’s behalf as Natty and Bianca get back up. Natty waistlocks, Bianca switches and chicken wings, but Natty victory rolls, only for Bianca to sit on it! TWO!!

Natty trips Bianca again, Bianca boots her away, and both women hit RUNNING FACEBUSTERS! Sasha says this is why Bianca’s a rookie. Sasha hops off commentary to dare Bianca to get up. WrestleMania is coming! Bianca gets up, SLAPS Sasha off her feet, and gets back in the ring! Natty runs in, Bianca catches her to spin and ROCK her, to the torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The EST dusts off her hands, having shown up the Boss AND the Boat! But then Sasha Banks hits a BACKSTABBER! The Boss always has the last laugh, but will that all change after WrestleMania Weekend?

 

Edge walks into Roman’s private room!

Jey asks Edge if he’s lost. Edge says if he wanted to, he would’ve hit Jey by now and Jey wouldn’t have ever seen it coming. Roman has Jey stand down, and says it takes balls to come walking in like that. Roman almost respects it. But if Edge doesn’t get to his point, he’ll let “pitbull” Jey off the leash. Edge asks how that worked last time. But Edge says Daniel Bryan is trying to steal their spotlight. Bryan’s done it before, Roman’s seen it. So here’s the deal: if Roman has the stroke he says he’s got, use it! Edge doesn’t have to beat Roman if Bryan is involved in a Triple Threat. Edge leaves Roman to think it over, but are the Chief and the legend conspiring against the Goat?

 

SmackDown confirms matches for Nights One and Two of WrestleMania Weekend!

After Cesaro accepted Rollins’ challenge, their match will be on Night One, along with Braun Strowman VS Shane McMahon, the New Day VS AJ Styles and Omos for the Raw Tag Team Championships, Bad Bunny VS The Miz, Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and Bobby Lashley VS Drew McIntyre for the WWE World Championship!

Then on Night Two, we’ll get Big E VS Apollo Crews for the WWE Intercontinental Champions one last time, Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn, Randy Orton VS The Fiend, Asuka VS Rhea Ripley for the Raw Women’s Championship, and of course, Roman Reigns VS Edge for the WWE Universal Championship! That is, if it stays that way…

 

Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode VS Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio!

The Dirty Dawgs, the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, are ready for the title challenge coming from any team that steps up! But the Show-Off is going to take on the King of Lucha Libre 1v1! Will Ziggler prove Rey’s time has passed? Or will the father make his son even prouder as they head for Mania together?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Ziggler gets Mysterio to a corner. The ref counts, Ziggler lets off but stomps Mysterio down! Ziggler throws hands, runs in and SPLASHES! Rey falls and Ziggler mockingly asks how he’s doing. Ziggler digs forearms into Mysterio’s face, then runs in, but misses as Rey moves! Rey runs to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Ziggler to a corner! Rey whips, Ziggler reverses, Rey slides but Ziggler gets a leg! Ziggler gets Rey up but Rey enziguris! Ziggler ends up on ropes, but he disconnects the call with an elbow! Ziggler reels Rey in, Rey fights the bomb to headscissor Ziggler out of the ring!

Roode coaches Ziggler but Rey leaps! Ziggler blocks the flying rana to POWERBOMB Rey OVER the barriers!! Dom wants to check on his father but Ziggler SUPERKICKS him down!! The Dirty Dawgs get really dirty as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Ziggler has Rey down with an armlock. Ziggler pulls at the mask, Rey fights with body shots but Ziggler throws him down by his head! Ziggler paces, drags Rey up and puts him in the corner to throw body shots. Dom is still sore from that superkick but he coaches Rey up while Ziggler digs boots in. Ziggler taunts Rey as he pulls him against ropes! The ref counts, Ziggler lets off and drags Rey up. Ziggler hoists Rey up top, climbs up to join him, but Rey resists the superplex! Rey throws body shots, headbutts Ziggler and Ziggler falls! Rey steadies himself, Roode coaches Ziggler, and Rey leaps to SEATED SENTON!

Rey whips Ziggler, Ziggler sunset flips but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Roode coaches Ziggler more, Ziggler stirs but Rey is up first. Rey brings Ziggler around, whips him to a corner but Ziggler reverses. Ziggler runs in but into boots! Rey wheelbarrows but Ziggler SLAMS him down, then hits the FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Rey survives but Ziggler is too tired to be frustrated. Ziggler and Rey slowly rise, and Ziggler runs in, but Rey dodges the kick! Rey dropkicks al eg out, Ziggler ends up on ropes! Rey dials it up but Roode gets in?! Dom gets in to DECK Roode! Roode throws Dom out hard, but Rey dropkicks Roode!

Rey aims, slingshots, but Ziggler hits a ZIGZAG!! Cover, TWO!?!? Rey survives that extra large Zigzag and Ziggler can’t believe it! “That’s not how this ends!” Ziggler drags Rey up, gut wrench but Rey fights the bomb off to RANA Ziggler to ropes! Dial it up, 6 1 9!! And a slingshot SPLASH! Cover, Rey wins!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

Dom also keeps Roode from doing anything more, and now the Mysterios might just have their golden tickets! Will they be able to cash them in and become champions together at WrestleMania?

 

WWE is inducting some true giants into the Hall of Fame!

Both the Big Red Machine, KANE, and India’s massive monster, the Great Khali, are both going into the HOF in the 2021 class!

 

Adam Pearce heads to the ring.

The WWE Official has his decision to make, but Roman Reigns follows him out! The Head of the Table, Special Counsel and Main Event Jey all want to hear this in person. What will Pearce have to say, after the break?

SmackDown returns and Roman glares at Pearce. But wait, are the fans chanting, “You Tapped Out!” at Roman? Roman ignores that, though he is a bit twitchy. And now here comes EDGE to join in the moment! Pearce assures Roman that he didn’t invite Edge out here, this is Edge doing what he wants. Edge paces, but here comes Daniel Bryan! Naturally, Bryan wants to hear Pearce’s decision in person because it all comes down to whether or not Bryan gets what he wants. Bryan stands in the ring with Roman, Edge and Pearce, and Pearce thanks them all for joining him. He understands everyone is concerned, and it makes sense why they can’t have another match this close to Mania.

Pearce knows why Edge and Roman don’t want to compete more than once, even on separate nights. It all makes sense. But that goes for what Bryan said, too. There IS a double standard, and Bryan does deserve another opportunity. Roman is also right, he will only defend his title one time on one night. So the decision is as follows: “At WrestleMania, for that Universal Championship, the three of you will compete in a Triple Threat Match!” Bryan and the Yes Movement are vindicated! Roman is pissed, and Bryan goes after Edge! Edge shoves Bryan, but gets a dropkick! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Bryan down!!

Roman rains down furious forearms on Bryan for getting into his match, and then Jey hurries to get a chair for him! Roman aims for Bryan, but Edge SPEARS Roman down!! Jey gets in, Edge dodges to SPEAR Jey! The Rated R Superstar has a chair, and just like Fastlane, he SMACKS Roman, SMACKS Bryan, repeat! Wait, he has two chairs! He puts a chair under Bryan’s head, then one under Roman’s, and rains down fists! This IS the Rated R Superstar of old, as he gets yet another chair! Edge has two targets but Jey runs in to be the third! Edge SMACKS away on Jey again and again! Roman gets away with Heyman, Bryan crawls to the apron!

Edge storms over Bryan, drags him back inside and drops an elbow on Bryan’s back! Pearce tells Edge not to do this, but Pat Buck gets in to get a SMACK! Jamie Noble gets a SMACK! The officials save Bryan from the Con-Chair-to, but Edge’s anger is still boiling! Will the Triple Threat be what undoes both Edge’s hard work and Roman’s status quo?


My Thoughts:

A very good SmackDown, but seemed a bit slow going at first. I get Bryan was doing a hijacking of the show, but we didn’t need a recap as we came back from commercials, and Pearce could’ve gotten out there a minute sooner. And while everyone’s promos were great, it was rather obvious that we were going right into a Triple Threat. This will definitely allow for the odd man out to stay strong, so Roman or Edge could still come away the winner while Bryan is probably taking the loss. It’s a bit sad that that’s what will happen to Bryan, but there are a lot of moving pieces.

There is still talk that with Bryan’s contract up in September or so, he might not sign with WWE again, and as his story has been going, he might retire from in-ring competition all together. So Bryan will take a curtain call loss, let Roman or Edge carry the belt with their pseudo-part-timer schedule, and let someone else move up to be a challenger, perhaps even give us “dream matches” with Edge. I feel like the only ones that’d be any good would be with Cesaro, Nakamura or Rollins.

Rollins VS Nakamura in a rematch from Fastlane wasn’t very creative, but it was still very entertaining because it’s still Rollins VS Nakamura. Cesaro getting his payback on Rollins was good, and we’re of course getting their match at Mania. The winner of that could tip the scales for Roman and Edge, because Face VS Heel, Cesaro VS Roman or Rollins VS Edge are the likely scenarios. The latter could still happen either way as Rollins VS Edge doesn’t need the title, it has the #EmbraceTheVision to play off of, but Rollins being Edge’s first defense would be pretty cool.

The Six Man Tag was pretty good, but also pretty fast, and it was mostly a filler to help us understand that for the fourth and I would hope last time, we’re getting Big E VS Apollo for the Intercontinental Championship. I think Mania is finally Apollo’s time to win, which makes their Fastlane match a bit more of a shame in hindsight. But many times, it isn’t about the beginning of the middle but the ending, and Apollo standing tall at Mania would definitely be a moment you can point to and say, “He’s a star.” Bianca beating Natty tonight, giving Sasha some of her comeuppance, but not standing tall, those could all be signs that she is winning at Mania for a very similar moment. She’s been going strong for a long time, finishing it off with a win at Mania would be the cherry on top.

Rey VS Ziggler was really good, and as the SmackDown Tag Team Champions haven’t been all that active, it makes sense Rey wins. The champions need challengers, a classic way to get in the title picture is to pin a champion, so here it is. Personally, I hope SmackDown does something big for these titles like they did last year. Last year was meant to be a Triple Threat Tag Ladder but COVID concerns made it a regular Triple Threat. Maybe with things being a little better, we can get a Fatal 4 Way. No one team has been killing it to me, but if you have all four teams at once, that is going to give us tag magic.

Kevin VS Sami being set up was a given, but I like the promo that got us there. Sami thought he had to apologize, that he had to make nice with Kevin, but Kevin is the one who wants a match. That match is going to be great, but I’m a little worried about the reception of Logan Paul showing up next week, assuming he actually is going to show up. Maybe he doesn’t, Sami claims conspiracy again and flips his lid on the go-home to Mania. I mostly just don’t know if Logan Paul needs to be the very poor follow-up in the celebrity department to Bad Bunny, who honestly has been great. Maybe some of this is tongue in cheek but it’s still coming off as the usual cringe WWE manages to dig up.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/18/24)

LIGHTS OUT!

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Now this is a LEGIT grudge match!

While ROH prepares for Death Before Dishonor, Leyla Hirsch and Diamante throw the rules out the window in a LIGHTS OUT match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Outrunners VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS ???
  • Queen Aminata VS ???
  • Red Velvet VS ???
  • Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante; wins.

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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/17/24)

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

Dynamite has reached its 250TH episode, and it opens with Will Ospreay VS MJF for the AEW International Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF; MJF wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose; Mone wins and retains the title.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada; Swerve wins, by disqualification.

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AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

Like many of us, The Aerial Assassin despise the Wolf of Wrestling for how he disrespected and used Daniel Garcia just to send a message. But also like many, Ospreay at least acknowledges and respects that this form of Maxwell Jacob Friedman is his most dangerous. Will Ospreay be able to put down AEW’s Ultimate Scumbag? Or will even the #BillyGOAT not be on the level of the devil?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who ignites episode 250!

The bell rings and the fans cheer while the two stare down. Ospreay gets the fans even more fired up, and then MJF bails out. The fans boo but MJF just hops the railing. MJF splashes fans with their own water! MJF then lounges on the barriers, offers a fist bump, but the fans just flip him off. So MJF rips a fan’s sign up and throws it back! MJF goes back to the ring, tells fans to shut up, and he approaches Ospreay. Only to dodge and strut, then swivel the hips. The fans boo but Ospreay smirks, this is the MJF he knew he was getting. They tie up, MJF wrenches to hammerlock, but Ospreay headlocks.

MJF powers up to wrench and WRING Ospreay, but Ospreay handsprings through, and copies the strut! Ospreay shows he can swivel hips, too! The fans cheer but MJF sarcastically says Ospreay’s clever. The two tie up, MJF headlocks, but the fans sing, “OSPRAEY~ OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~!” MJF is annoyed, Ospreay powers up and out, then things speed up. Ospreay hurdles then drops down to trip MJF up! MJF ducks the Hidden Blade to hit a headlock takeover! Ospreay headscissors, MJF kips free, and roles reverse as Ospreay headlocks for the takeover. MJF headscissors but Ospreay kips free.

MJF ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the standing moonsault, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to avoid Ospreay’s punches and kicks. MJF shoves Ospreay, Ospreay springboards but MJF avoids that, too! MJF runs in, Ospreay dodges to handspring, but MJF gets under! Ospreay superhero lands, and the fans are thunderous while MJF is stunned! The fans cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for making this the opener! MJF is annoyed, but he and Ospreay tie up. MJF says Ospreay pulled hair! The fans boo because of course MJF is lying. MJF and Ospreay reset, tie up, and again MJF claims hair pulling. But then MJF pulls hair!

MJF puts Ospreay on the ropes, the ref counts, and MJF lets off, to take a swing! Ospreay dodges and then LARIATS MJF up and out! The fans fire up and Ospreay builds speed, only for MJF to get away. MJF says not today, but then Ospreay just changes course and he FLIES out onto MJF! The fans fire up and high-five Ospreay before he puts MJF in. Ospreay HOTSHOTS MJF, runs and BOOTS, then he hits as BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ospreay prepares the elbow and the fans fire up. Ospreay aims but MJF scrambles to the apron. The fans boo, Ospreay storms over, but MJF YANKS Ospreay into buckles!

MJF stomps a mudhole in, drags Ospreay up to whip and WRING him into the corner! Ospreay flounders and MJF soaks up the heat. Then he blows snot at the fans and mocks them! MJF goes back to Ospreay, clamps onto an arm, and the fans rally and duel as Ospreay endures. Ospreay fights up, throws body shots, then forearms. MJF throws Ospreay down by his hair! The fans boo but MJF just soaks it up. MJF says he didn’t do anything. Then he clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Ospreay down. Ospreay fights up to JAWBREAKER free! Ospreay runs but MJF kitchen sink knees! MJF hauls Ospreay up to back suplex, but Ospreay lands out!

Ospreay reels MJF in to back suplex, but MJF lands out! MJF back suplexes, Ospreay lands out, into a STUNNER! Cover, TWO! MJF’s annoyed his Osaka Street Cutter, or perhaps Long Island Street Cutter, didn’t end this, but he storms after Ospreay. Ospreay is on the apron, MJF reels him in, HEAT- NO! Ospreay shoves MJF away, but MJF slingshots Ospreay into another STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and MJF is frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay as he goes to the apron, but MJF storms over. MJF drags Ospreay in again, tries but Ospreay again denies him the Heatseeker! So MJF tries the slingshot, but Ospreay stops that!

Ospreay GAMANGIRIS MJF away, goes up a corner, and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Ospreay rises but so does MJF. Ospreay fires haymakers on MJF first, then whips. MJF reverses but Ospreay CLOBBERS him! MJF bails out but Ospreay builds speed! Ospreay handsprings to SASUKE SPECIAL! The fans are thunderous but Ospreay takes a moment to check his ribs and catch his breath. Ospreay storms up on MJF, puts him in the ring, then goes up a corner. The fans fire up for the MOONSAULT, but MJF moves! Ospreay lands out, MOONSAULTS again, but MJF dodges again!

But the STANDING SHOOTING STAR hits! Cover, TWO! So Ospreay goes up and up to SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives the onslaught but Ospreay loads up that elbow! “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay aims again. MJF slowly rises, Ospreay runs up, but MJF bails out again! The fans continue to boo but Ospreay PLANCHAS! Down goes MJF and Ospreay high-fives more fans. And then Ospreay confiscates the timekeeper’s table! The fans are thunderous as Ospreay brings the furniture over to ringside. MJF hurries away into the ring now! Ospreay pursues as we see the fear on MJF’s face.

Ospreay CHOPS MJF in the corner! Ospreay stands MJF up to CHOP him again! The fans “WOO~” and Ospreay runs, but MJF pops him up to SUPERKICK him! MJF goes up, but Ospreay avoids the Panama City/Long Island Sunrise, but then MJF knees low! MJF reels Ospreay in but Ospreay powers out. Ospreay whips MJF to the corner, MJF goes up and over, but then MJF’s knee jams! Ospreay grabs that leg but it was a trap! MJF steps over and hits as STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and both men are down again. The fans rally up while both men stir, and MJF rises first.

MJF shows off that the leg is just fine, then does the Daniel Garcia dance just to mock him. MJF then drops an elbow on Ospreay’s leg. Ospreay CLUBS at MJF but MJF keeps the toehold. Ospreay fishhooks MJF and MJF lets go. Ospreay CHOPS, and CHOPS, then runs, but into a back drop! MJF leans on the ropes while he catches his breath, and the fans rally again. MJF storms back over, KNEES the leg, then smirks. MJF steps through, ties the legs up, and has the FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~,” even as MJF SLAPS Ospreay! And SLAPS him! MJF thrashes the hold, but Ospreay endures. Ospreay’s shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up!

Ospreay pries at the leglock, and the fans rally up as he works to turn things over. MJF fights that back, thrashes some more, but Ospreay grits his teeth. The fans rally harder and harder as Ospreay fights his way over, and he turns the hold onto MJF! MJF endures now, reaches out while shouting in pain, and he flails in order to turn things back onto Ospreay! The fans boo but Ospreay endures again. Ospreay drags MJF along, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts but MJF lets go at 4. MJF is frustrated but then he drags Ospreay up and to a corner. MJF CHOPS, takes a moment, then CHOPS again!

MJF wrenches, whips, but Ospreay can’t even make it all the way! MJF smirks while the ref checks Ospreay. Ospreay shakes out the leg, refusing to admit defeat. MJF storms over, stands Ospreay up, and CHOPS! Ospreay hobbles, so MJF CLAWS Ospreay’s back! MJF whips, Ospreay barely makes it to ropes! MJF wants after Ospreay like a shark with blood in the water, but Ospreay sits on the apron. MJF tells off the fans cheering Ospreay, but Ospreay is somehow still in this. So MJF CLAWS Ospreay’s face! The fans boo but MJF soaks it up. Ospreay throws body shots and haymakers! Ospreay CHOPS and MJF wobbles!

Ospreay CHOPS again, MJF flails more. Ospreay snarls, runs, but MJF CHOP BLOCKS the legs! MJF covers, TWO! MJF frowns but he stomps Ospreay’s leg. MJF then stands Ospreay up to CLUB him on the neck! Ospreay hobbles, so MJF CLAWS his back! Ospreay fires big forearms! Then he fires Kawada Kicks! MJF wobbles, into a CHOP! MJF goes to ropes, Ospreay scoops him, but MJF CLAWS the eyes again! The ref reprimands and counts, MJF stops at 4. The fans boo but MJF whips. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up again while Ospreay again clutches the leg.

Ospreay rises, but MJF KNEES the knee! Then MJF calls his shot! MJF suplexes, but STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE hits first! MJF wobbles around, Ospreay calls his shot now! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! But MJF flops all the way to ropes! Ospreay has to crawl his way over, and MJF flops to the floor! MJF’s ring awareness is strong but Ospreay pursues. Ospreay drags MJF up to put him in the ring, and then onto the apron. Ospreay uses a corner to go up and APRON OSCUTTER FLOP as MJF steps back! Ospreay writhes, signaling to his arm, and the ref hurries to check. MJF may have gotten lucky here, as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref has Ospreay go around the way but MJF is in pursuit! MJF shows no mercy as he grabs that bad arm, and RAMS Ospreay into steel steps! MJF stands on the steps to soak up all the heat, as well as talk some trash on Ospreay. It’s certainly in the vain of MJF is who AEW needs, not Ospreay. MJF drags Ospreay up and into the ring, then takes his time to taunt fans over the table. He flips the fans off, he isn’t gonna do what they want. MJF then goes back to Ospreay, grabs the bad arm, and he stands on it, to then STOMP it! MJF soaks up more heat as he paces around Ospreay, then clamps onto the arm again.

Ospreay endures the mounted armlock, and he fights to his feet. Now Ospreay pulls hair, but MJF throws Ospreay down by the arm. MJF grinds that shoulder but Ospreay still endures. The fans rally as Ospreay fights, stands up, and throws body shots. Dynamite returns to single picture as Ospreay ROCKS MJF with forearms. Ospreay whips, MJF reverses but Ospreay handsprings, only for MJF to KICK the bad arm! Ospreay clutches the elbow, but MJF hauls him up! Double underhooks, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! And then it’s back to the armlock! Ospreay rolls through, but MJF ducks the roundhouse to pump handle!

MJF adds a half nelson, MADE IN JAPAN! Or perhaps, Made in Long Island? Cover, TWO!! Ospreay knows that move from his rivalry with Shingo Takagi. The fans rally while both men are down again, “This is Awesome!” Ospreay and MJF slowly rise, MJF storms over, and he whips. Ospreay holds ropes to stop that, so MJF CLUBS the arm! MJF makes the pecs dance, whips again, but Ospreay reverses. Ospreay then dodges MJF to handspring and NEURALIZER KICK! Both men are down again and the fans stay fired up! Ospreay sits up first, then both men stand. Ospreay BOOTS MJF’s haymaker to then ENZIGIRI!

MJF wobbles, Ospreay wrenches an arm, and Ospreay CHOPS MJF off his feet! Ospreay drags MJF up to wrench and CHOP him down again! Ospreay stands MJF one more time, to CHOP, CHOP, and- NO, MJF blocks the chop! MJF WRINGS the arm, Ospreay cartwheels through! ENZIGIRI! Torture rack, TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and the fans can’t believe it! The fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but there’s still more show that has to happen! MJF crawls to the apron, Ospreay stalks him. MJF flops to the floor, but he’s near that table… Ospreay goes to the floor and brings MJF up.

MJF throat chops Ospreay! MJF runs away into the crowd, but Ospreay pursues! Ospreay fires hands on MJF even as MJF goes up the bleachers. Ospreay grabs MJF, bends him against railing, and offers free shots. A little girl starts punching MJF in the ribs! MJF flips her family off but Ospreay CLUBS away on MJF! Ospreay fist bumps the girl and drags MJF back up. Ospreay ROCKS MJF with a right and follows him down the stairs. Ospreay CHOPS MJF to keep him moving, but MJF takes a detour into the seats. So Ospreay makes MJF take a seat and punches down hands! The fans count along, Ospreay winds up, and hits TEN!

MJF flounders around, Ospreay shows that there’s one guy still wearing an MJF Kangaroo Kick shirt, and then pursues MJF. MJF pokes Ospreay right in the eyes! MJF CLUBS Ospreay, but Ospreay kicks MJF! Ospreay SMACKS MJF off the trash can! The fans fire up and Ospreay DUMPS MJF into the trash can! MJF kicks and flails but Ospreay BOOTS the can! MJF falls out, stumbles away, and Ospreay pursues. They finally return to ringside, and Ospreay refreshes the count that was never happening anyway. Ospreay then drags MJF over to the table, punches him onto it, then goes up the steel steps.

Ospreay then goes up the corner and fans are thunderous already! Ospreay aims, but MJF hurries off the table. The fans boo and Ospreay sighs, but Ospreay hops down to go after MJF. But MJF gut wrenches! Ospreay victory rolls, TWO! MJF has the victory roll, TWO! Ospreay has it, TWO! MJF is up, Ospreay gets around and hops on, POISON-RANA! MJF flounders to a corner, Ospreay runs up, but MJF pops him up! Another SUPERKICK as Ospreay is upside-down! MJF goes up, LONG ISLAND SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?! The fans are electric as Ospreay survives another hard shot! Ospreay then goes to the apron and then the floor.

MJF pursues, and we return to the table. MJF puts Ospreay on the table and then goes up the apron. The fans rally as MJF actually climbs the corner. MJF reaches the top, but then Ospreay slips off the table! The fans still boo, they want that table to see some action. MJF hops down, talks smack on Ospreay, then CHOPS him. MJF BITES Ospreay’s arm! The fans boo and tell MJF he’s sick! The ref counts, MJF lets off, but he then ROCKS Ospreay with a haymaker. MJF again mocks Daniel Garcia, even asking if Garcia has feeling in his arms again. MJF then whips Ospreay hard into railing! Ospreay almost ends up in the front row!

MJF makes Ospreay take a seat, and he CLAWS at Ospreay’s face! MJF refreshes the ring count, then runs in at Ospreay, to BOOT Ospreay against railing! MJF hops up to soak up more heat, then he refreshes with some water. That he then splashes at fans. MJF stalks Ospreay back to the table, refreshes the count, and then asks, “Ospreay who?” MJF stands Ospreay up to whip, but Ospreay goes up onto the railing, to OSCUTTER to the floor! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Ospreay clutches the bad leg and the bad arm, but he manages to rise up and put MJF in. Ospreay then swings, but into MJF’s dragon sleeper!

But Ospreay flips things around! The fans cheer, as Ospreay hits CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives, but Ospreay storms after him in a corner. MJF uses the ref as a shield, then he pokes Ospreay in the eyes! MJF goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! MJF reels Ospreay in, hammerlock and lift, DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and the fans continue to rally behind him. MJF is frustrated but he pursues Ospreay to the apron. MJF drags Ospreay through ropes, and HEAT- NO! Ospreay throws MJF away, MJF’s leg “jams,” and Ospreay takes aim. Ospreay springboards but MJF hits ropes to trip him up!

Ospreay gets stuck up there, MJF goes up to LEAPING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!? MJF is beside himself as Ospreay survives again! MJF stalks Ospreay to the apron, drags him up, and gut wrenches! The fans freak out but Ospreay flails and kicks! Ospreay turns things around onto MJF, but MJF KICKS Ospreay! MJF then suplexes, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks but the arm won’t let him lift! So Ospreay SUPERKICKS MJF instead! MJF wobbles, Ospreay reels him in, and tucks him for an APRON STYLES CLASH!!! Both men fall to the floor and Little Rock is losing its collective mind right now!

Ospreay drags MJF up and into the ring, covers, TWO!!!! MJF survives but Ospreay is too tired to be upset. Ospreay just rises up, brings MJF to his feet, and reels him in. Even with one arm, Ospreay hits a LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! MJF reminds us why he was once the longest reigning AEW World Champion while Dynamite goes back to picture in picture.

Ospreay shakes out the arms, but Doc Sampson is called over to check. Doc checks that arm, from lifting to turning. Then Doc checks with Ospreay if he wants to do “that,” and Ospreay says go for it. Doc YANKS Ospreay’s arm to pop it back in place! Ospreay clutches the arm again but it seems that did the trick. Ospreay has the fans fired up again, and he drags MJF up for Kawada Kicks! Ospreay stands over MJF while Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite 250 returns and Ospreay calls his shot. MJF rises, and he spins Ospreay around to BITE Ospreay’s face! The fans boo, MJF runs, but Ospreay HIDDEN BLADES!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives a shot to the face but Ospreay roars! The fans are thunderous as MJF sits up, into a BUZZSAW! MULE KICK! OSC- NO, MJF stops the cutter to gut wrench, and TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives again and the fans again cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for giving us this instant classic. MJF snarls, and he uses wrist tape to CHOKE Ospreay! The ref reprimands, MJF lets off, and MJF goes to the corner with Ospreay.

MJF wrenches the bad arm, whips him hard into the corner, and Ospreay falls. The fans boo but MJF grins as he rises up. MJF storms over to Ospreay, stands him up and wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! MJF whips again, and harder! Ospreay falls back, MJF flexes, but the fans boo. MJF mocks the United Empire crown then says shove it. MJF drags Ospreay up, whips him corner to corner again, but Ospreay reveres! MJF tumbles up, comes back, and Ospreay CHOPS! And CHOPS! But MJF blocks one again to WRING the arm again! Ospreay writhes, MJF leans on ropes, and then MJF runs in. Ospreay DUMPS MJF out hard!

The fans fire up and Ospreay goes to the apron, only for MJF to YANK him down! MJF puts Ospreay in the ring and says that’s why he’s the smartest wrestler in AEW. But not the wisest as Ospreay DIVING HIDDEN BLADES MJF!! Both men fall to the floor and the fans are thunderous again! Ospreay rises, a ring count starts, and fans count along. We hit 5 of 10, Ospreay puts MJF in at 6. Ospreay goes up the corner, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives again but Ospreay doesn’t get frustrated. Ospreay goes to the apron and climbs up the corner, but MJF again hits ropes! Ospreay lands bad on the corner this time!

MJF climbs up, throws hands, then goes to the very top. SUPER- NO! Ospreay stops the Steiner with one good arm! The fans fire up as he tucks MJF in, for a SUPER STYLES CLASH!! But Ospreay struggles to turn MJF over for the cover! ROPEBREAK!! Ospreay is frustrated now but there’s nothing he can do about that. Ospreay drags MJF up but MJF HOTSHOTS the arm! MJF reels Ospreay in, for an APRON HEATSEEKER!! Ospreay flops to the floor, and MJF looks at the table…! MJF puts Ospreay on the table, hurries back to the corner, and MJF climbs! The fans are going nuts already as MJF SUPER MACHO ELBOWS THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again as MJF goes for broke! The ref checks both men, and they’re somehow okay to continue! “This is Awesome!” as we once again go picture in picture.

MJF flounders his way back to ringside and drags himself in. But Champion’s Advantage won’t let him win the title like this! Ospreay is still on the outside as we pass 5 of 10, and he starts to stir around 7. MJF then springs out after Ospreay to get him back in! Seems MJF was just resting, and he shouts about something, probably about how he’s better. MJF stands, paces around, then stomps Ospreay’s legs, then Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite 250 returns again, and MJF has Ospreay in a Cobra Twist. MJF sneakily grabs the ropes to add on leverage! The ref looks but MJF lets go in time. Ospreay still endures, and MJF digs a knuckle into the ribs. MJF then again sneaks a grab at the ropes! The ref gets closer to catching him but the fans tell on MJF! MJF tells them all to shut up! MJF still grabs for ropes, but the ref sees it this time! MJF says he’s not doing nothing! The ref KICKS that arm! Ospreay then hip tosses free! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! MJF gets up, Ospreay reels him into a package, TWO! Schoolboy, TWO!

Ospreay stands, slips around to backslide, TWO!! MJF escapes again, to headlock takeover and cover, TWO as Ospreay headscissors! MJF moves around, bridges to a cover, TWO as Ospreay bridges out! A spin and backslide, TWO!! MJF whips, Ospreay swings but MJF gets under! Ospreay leaps, into the POWER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!! The fans are electric again as both men are down! The fans sing for Ospreay as he crawls to a corner. MJF sits up then rises up to soak up heat. MJF hits the kangaroo stance?! The fans are torn, surely he isn’t serious. But then MJF runs up, KANGAROO- NO! Ospreay catches MJF!

Ospreay CATAPULTS MJF, but MJF lands safe on the corner! Only for Ospreay to tuck him in and CHEEKY NANDOS! MJF is still stuck so Ospreay goes up after him, for a SUPER POISON RANA! MJF lands out?! MJF shows he can do what Ospreay does and the fans lose their minds! LARIAT in the corner, then MJF hoists Ospreay up top. MJF goes up and up and smirks, gives some thrusts, then SUPER STEINERS! Ospreay lands out!! Ospreay shows MJF how it’s really done and MJF is in disbelief! Both men turn around, MJF swings but Ospreay goes Matrix! MJF returns the favor to dodge Ospreay!

Ospreay blocks a kick but MJF pokes him in the eyes! MJF flips everyone off, but Ospreay HOOK KICKS him! MJF rebounds to ROCK Ospreay! Ospreay rebounds to BOOT MJF! MJF rebounds to ROLLING ELBOW! Ospreay rebounds, MJF SWATS the lariat, gets Ospreay up but Ospreay slips outta the bomb! MJF blocks the kick again, KNEES Ospreay and runs, but into the TIGER WALL KICK! ENZIGIRI! MJF rebounds, Ospreay slips through the lariat! Ospreay lifts MJF but MJF back drops free! Ospreay sunset flips it, TWO!! MJF sits on the cover, TWO! Ospreay has it, TWO! MJF has it, TWO! ONE! ONE! ONE! ONE!

Ospreay keeps MJF down, TWO!! MJF swings, Ospreay dodges, OSC- SUPERKICK!! MJF drags Ospreay up, suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE returns! Then PISONI-RANA returns!! Ospreay underhooks to STORM- NO, MJF slips free to DREAM SMASHER! MJF runs, into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Even after all that, there’s still something in the gas tanks on both men! Little Rock gives a standing ovation for this AEW Match of the Year contender! MJF crawls to a corner, Ospreay pursues. Ospreay puts MJF up top, ROCKS him, but has to slap some fire into himself. Ospreay goes up top, but MJF fires body shots!

MJF gut wrenches Ospreay, but Ospreay kicks free! Ospreay then slingshots back up, to SUPER OSCUTTER!! And HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay can’t believe it and now he’s mad! Ospreay throws off the elbow pad as Little Rock is erupting! MJF sits up, but DUCKS the Hidden Blade! Ospreay tumbles but MJF is also down, too tired to sit back up. Ospreay crawls his way back over, sits MJF up, but MJF SPITS at him!! Ospreay gets REALLY mad now! MJF panics, Ospreay HEADBUTTS him! Ospreay reels MJF in, the fans say do it, and Ospreay says yes! Underhooks, one minute warning, but Ospreay isn’t sure which Storm Attack to use!

Ospreay hauls MJF up, to STORM…! NO, Ospreay stops short of the driver! They fans boo, they want him to end MJF but Ospreay says he’s not like that anymore. Ospreay drags MJF up , MJF SHOVES Ospreay into the ref!! The ref goes down, we’re under 20 seconds! Ospreay hurries over to MJF, DYNAMITE DIAMOND RING PUNCH!!! Cover, MJF WINS!!!!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)

There was literally two seconds left, but MJF pulls it off!! The Wolf of Wrestling proves he’s still just a lowdown dirty snake, but he’s the snake that stole the gold from the #BillyGOAT. Medics help both guys get icepacks, water and oxygen, and MJF rises like a zombie to celebrate himself. The Scumbag may have survived The Aerial Assassin, but will he be ready to go All In against The Bastard?

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

Arkady Aura is with the Sussex County Chicken, as well as Max Caster & Anthony Bowens, and says they asked for this time to talk with each other. Caster says that’s right, because they know Mr. Briscoe is on Team AEW for Blood & Guts. They also know that Team AEW needs a couple more partners, and the only way Mark gets “The Best Wrestler Alive” on his side is when Caster & Bowens join the team together. Plus, The Acclaimed just beat The Bucks a couple weeks ago, they have their number, this is a no brainer! Bowens says that’s right! And they’re also this close to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions once again, they want a piece of The Bucks’ asses!

Plus, when you think AEW, you think The Acclaimed, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So they want in! Mark says that’s right! They had his back a couple weeks ago, so as far as he’s concerned, The Acclaimed is in, baby! But Mark’s not the only man calling the shots on this, if you understand what he’s saying. In steps AEW World Champion, Swerve Strickland. Swerve says listen! They’ve been through their fair share of squabbles, so he knows what Acclaimed is all about. Swerve’s also been in battles with The Briscoes, so he knows Dem Boys are real tough people. There is nobody better to go to war with than those you’ve battled against.

Therefore, “y’all ready to get violent?” The Acclaimed say hell yeah! Hands in, and Mark warns The Elite that Team AEW is coming for them! LET’S GO, BABY!! Bowens & Caster follow Briscoe out, Swerve nods, will this team be ready to rip apart The Elite? Will Swerve be ready for The Rainmaker later on tonight in the main event? Or will Kazuchika Okada rain on Swerve’s House and wash it away?

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

The Redwood introduces to the “seeds, saplings, roots and most importantly, branches,” the Learning Tree, Chris Jericho! The “For The World” Champion is accompanied by “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith as he makes his way out here, waving to Little Rock. The fans boo but Jericho still smiles. “Hi, guys~! Y’know, Little Rock, you need to take a few lessons from The Learning Tree. This city is such a high-crime, violent city, 1,533 crimes for ever 100,000 people, you can do better than that! But let’s talk about Dynamite 250 for AEW, I was on the very first Dynamite, and I’ve been on almost every single one since.

“And the ones that I missed, the Branches were so angry, cards and letters filed in, so I made a promise, I’m never gonna miss another Dynamite again.” The fans boo but Jericho says he’ll be on every one, even until episode 500! It’s like he’s said: When you listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. And when you don’t, people get hurt, dammit! This isn’t right! Jericho is begging us all to listen to him! Look to those who haven’t. Shibata’s arm, Hook getting that fireball to his face, that’s horrible. And then Samoa Joe is literally driven through a wall because he wasn’t listening to The Learning Tree!

Jericho is begging us, this has to stop! People are getting hurt! At this point, everyone should realize they need to listen to Jericho. Surely everyone knows the teachings of Jericho are so important. Who would be crazy enough not to listen? Who would be psychotic enough not to use the teachings of Jericho? Who would be maniacal enough to- IS THAT MINORU SUZUKI!? Jericho is very worried seeing the Meanest Man in the World returning here to AEW! Suzuki has a paper in his hands, but what could it be? Suzuki goes to the ring and fans get fired up. Suzuki waits, and he steps in at “KAZE NI NARE~!”

Suzuki stares Jericho down while the fans cheer him on. Suzuki looks at the FTW Championship, then he snatches Jericho’s mic. “Next week…” Suzuki holds up the paper, Keith snatches it, and Keith reads it for Jericho. This is an official order from AEW management. The Redwood AND Bad Apple are banned from ringside for Jericho VS Suzuki, an FTW Championship match! Suzuki then HEADBUTTS Jericho down! Bill goes to help Jericho and Keith backs up. Suzuki grins and waves, “Bye, guys~!” Jericho looks to be fearing for his life now that he knows there is someone crazy enough to ignore his teachings. Will the King of Pancrase cut down The Learning Tree?

 

The Elite speak.

Nicholas asks Matthew and Okada if they heard all that. The Elite heard what The Acclaimed, Mark Briscoe and Swerve Strickland had to say, and it is ridiculous! What pisses them off even more is that The Acclaimed think they’re just gonna become two-time AEW Tag Team Champions. Not on their watch! Matt says what those guys need is a reminder about just who the hecc they are! This is THE Elite, the greatest team in AEW. And after next week, they’ll have all the gold and all the power! Nick points out it won’t be all the gold. Swerve is still AEW World Champion. Well, Matt says after what they do to Swerve, that title might just end up vacated.

Because see, they’re dealing with the most dangerous people in the business. They’re going up against The Young Bucks, the greatest tag team ever. They’re dealing with the Continental Champion, The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada. They’re dealing with the unpredictable Scapegoat, the TNT Champion, Jack Perry. And Matt’s favorite part: making his return to The Elite, Hangman Adam Page! And oh, in steps the TBS Champion, Mercedes Mone! The CEO says hi to the EVPs, and she thanks them for banning Britt Baker from even being backstage tonight so that she can’t ruin Dynamite 250 for them.

Matt says let’s just say there’s no drama coming from The DMD to the CEO, via the EVPs. Okada whispers something to Matt and Matt asks if Mone will do the dance for them. Oh, her CEO shuffle? Of course! C E O! C E O! Ok, got to go~! Mone heads out, Okada wipes himself down. He claims it’s just really hot back here. Matt & Nick say okay, sure. But will The CEO still be golden like The Elite? Or will she end up the Native Beast’s next meal?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

Well, as we just heard, there will be no Britt Baker anywhere tonight because that is how bad she got under The CEO’s skin. Mone even made sure this Open Challenge would not allow Britt to answer it, so in steps a different former AEW Women’s World Champion. Will Mone find there are threats all over the AEW roster? Or will she still be making that double champion type bank?

The introductions are made, the teal title is raised, and we see who is truly the Face of TBS!

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and duel, the two tie up, and Mone tries but she can’t push Nyla back at all! Nyla puts Mone in a corner, Mone goes up the ropes, but the ref counts. Nyla lets off but Mone scuffs her. Nyla is annoyed, but she mocks Mone’s dance. Nyla runs up, Mone leaps over, but then Nyla runs up again. Mone gets around, waistlocks, but Nyla THROWS her away! The fans rally, Nyla storms up but Mone drop toeholds her onto ropes! Mone CLUBS and stomps away on Nyla. Mone drags Nyla up to stomp into a corner, but the ref counts. Mone digs her boots in, but lets off at 4.

Mone backs off to then storm back up and drag Nyla up. Mone talks trash, but Nyla reels her in! Nyla suplexes, and she holds Mone up, does a squat or two, but Mone slips free! Mone CLUBS Nyla, runs, but Nyla scoops her! Nyla stops the tilt-o-whirl, and shouts, “Have you lost your mind?!” Nyla suplexes to hang Mone out to dry! Nyla KNEES Mone, goes to the corner and climbs, and the fans fire up for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Nyla drags Money to the cover, TWO!! Mone survives and Nyla is frustrated, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nyla drags Mone up, ELBOWS her down, then she drags Mone into a backbreaker rack across her knee! Mone endures, even as Nyla pushes her down! Mone fights free with kicks, then fires forearms. Nyla ROCKS Mone right back! Nyla then torture racks Mone to thrash her around! Mone endures, slips down, but Nyla blocks the arm-drag! Nyla whips Mone into the corner, then runs in, only for Mone to move! Nyla POSTS herself, then Mone goes to the apron. Mone BOOTS Nyla into the post! Nyla falls back, Mone soaks up the cheers and jeers, then she sits Nyla down. METEORA! Mone drags Nyla to a cover, TWO!

Mone is upset so she rains down fists! The ref reprimands, Mone lets off to swagger around. Mone stalks Nyla, stomps her around, then bumps her off buckles. Mone stands Nyla up for forearm after forearm, then she climbs up to rain down fists! Mone goes to nine, soaks up the cheers and jeers, but Nyla brings Mone off the corner! Mone RANAS Nyla away, hurries to run, and she METEORAS again! Cover, TWO! Mone is frustrated but Nyla’s a former champion for a reason. Mone drags Nyla up, and clamps on with a COBRA TWIST! Nyla endures, even as Mone puts on the pressure. Mone ELBOWS Nyla in the ribs, but Nyla powers out with a hip toss!

Mone stands, blocks a boot and KNEES Nyla back. Mone runs, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Dynamite 250 returns to single picture while Nyla starts to fade! The fans rally, Nyla fights up, and she swings Mone around into a facelock! Nyla snap suplexes Money away! The fans fire up while Mone flounders to a corner. Nyla snarls, rises up, and runs in to back body block! And then LARIAT! Mone staggers back up, Nyla runs in at the corner and SPLASHES! Mone sits down, Nyla fires up and Little Rock is with her! CANNONBALL! Nyla drags Mone to a cover, TWO!! Mone survives, showing why she’s been champion all over the world.

Nyla snarls, and she goes up the corner. Mone stands to kick the leg! Nyla falls, Mone goes up and up to VADER BOMB! Nyla sputters, Mone gets moving, BOOT WASH! Mone pushes Nyla, goes up the corner, and she METEORAS again! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Mone can’t believe it! Mone drags Nyla up, turns her, but Nyla’s too big to Gory Especial! Nyla RAMS Mone into the corner, the fans duel, but Nyla puts Mone up top. Nyla then climbs up to have Mone’s arm. But Mone fires elbows on Nyla! Mone adjusts position, and SUPER BULLDOGS! Mone then brings out a glove, all to mock Britt!

Mone puts on her glove, spells out “C! E! O!” RINGS OF SATURN, and then the LOCKJAW!! Nyla BITES Mone’s fingers!! That’s what Mone gets! But then DRIBBLES Nyla’s face off the mat, and puts on the STATEMENT MAKER! Nyla taps, Mone wins!

Winner: Mercedes Mone, by submission (still AEW TBS Champion)

Mone may not be able to do it like The DMD, but she still wins out and holds up both belts. Mone then spots a fan with a sign, “DMD > CEO,” and she snatches that sign! Mone RIPS the sign up, and the fan wearing the Sting mask is upset. That fan pie faces Mone!? Because surprise! It’s BRITT BAKER!! The DMD suck into the show and The CEO is running for her life!! Security surrounds Mone to shield her from Britt! The guards then swarm Britt, and Mone is safe, for now. Will Britt have her Wembley Stadium moment with Mone whether Mone likes it or not?

 

Jack Perry speaks.

The Scapegoat flips a coin, then tells Darby Allin, “You wanted to get my attention? Well, you’ve got it now. All you had to do was ask. Did you really have to go and hurt Brandon Cutler? Maybe what I mean to say is, do you think I give a s*it about Brandon Cutler?” He is standing OVER Brandon! And then THROWS him through a door! Jack SMACKS Brandon off a boiler, then tells Darby to come find Jack tonight. Then Jack will show Darby what real sacrifice looks like. Will The Relentless One get that fight with the TNT Champion after all?

 

Toni Storm is here!

The Leading Lady is back so soon after how brutally Mariah May betrayed her? Wait, no… That’s Mariah May taking her cosplay to a new level. The understudy is now portraying the part of AEW Women’s World Champion as she menacingly makes her way down to the ring. The fans boo the protege for how she did Toni Storm dirty, but Mariah grabs a mic for herself. The fans chant for Toni but Mariah sighs. “Let’s be honest. You all saw it coming. Everybody saw it coming, except Toni Storm.” The fans boo but Mariah says that woman is so desperate for the spotlight, she didn’t realize she was giving it all away.

“The question shouldn’t be ‘why,’ the question should be, ‘Mariah, what took you so long?’ Honestly, I didn’t think it would last this long either. But it was so… easy! And I was having so much fun stringing her along, I just wanted to see how far it would go. But then, I saw Wembley. And I thought, ‘Why take the old horse out back when I can kill it in front of as many people as possible?” The fans boo more but Mariah says she’s been Toni Storm, and now she can be so much more! Fans chant “We Want Toni!” and Mariah smirks. Mariah tells Toni not to worry, she still loves her. In fact, she’s never loved her more than when Toni was on her knees, screaming and crying Mariah’s name. “That was your greatest performance.”

As for Mariah’s greatest performance, that will be at All In! The fans boo more but Mariah says now, AEW is All About Mariah! Mariah then lies back on the mat to revel in it just like Toni would. But will Toni make sure Mariah suffers far worse than what she gave Toni?

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

The Bang Bang Gang returned backstage but they’re asked about being stripped of the Unified World Trios Championships. Juice said hold on, they ain’t been stripped of nothing. Whoever wants these belts will have to pry them out of their cold, dead hands! But then Christopher Daniels and a couple refs appear backstage, and the Fallen Angel knows it isn’t the most popular decision, nor is it fair to the champs, but that’s the rules of AEW. Austin says he isn’t taking these belts! Daniels says it’s either that or they’re suspended and they don’t get a chance to fight for them against The Patriarchy.

Colten says fine, take ’em. Take all nine belts! Daniels gathers them up and Austin tells Christian Cage that they are not scared of a guy with a daddy fetish, some TikTok kid, a stepmom straight outta Brazzers, and a giant lizard! Juice says what will happen is The Collision Cowboys come home, and they come home with their little hardware homies! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP! Will Rock Hard Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, and… Austin make sure Captain Charisma and his “sons” never touch the gold? Or can no one stop The Patriarchy from taking over AEW?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

It is a Champion VS Champion showdown to close this milestone episode, but no titles are on the line. However, Blood & Guts is just next week, and each side is looking for momentum. Will Little Rock belong to Swerve’s House? Or will The Rainmaker prove he’s the top champion in AEW?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” The two tie up, Okada headlocks for the takeover but Swerve headscissors. Okada kips free, roles reverse, but then Okada headscissors. Swerve kips free, blocks the takeover this time, and he brings Okada up to power out. Okada avoids the hurdle, BOOTS back, then runs. Swerve rolls to trip Okada, then runs. Okada avoids the House Call, waistlocks then ripcords, but Swerve ducks the lariat! Swerve half nelsons but Okada fights out! Swerve arm-drags, Okada headscissors, Swerve kips up, and fans fire up for the stare down!

Swerve grins but Okada brushes things off. The two reset, knuckle lock, and Okada kicks low! Okada CLUBS Swerve, ROCKS him with a forearm, then scoops. Swerve slips free, Okada runs up, but Swerve goes up and over to roll Okada up. Okada rolls through but Swerve EDDY GORDO RANAS! The fans fire up, Swerve runs to UPPERCUT Okada! Swerve snapmares Okada, goes up and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Swerve hits the Griddy and fans cheer! Swerve even mocks the Rainmaker pose! Okada sits up and glares at Swerve. Swerve eggs Okada on, so Okada ROCKS him! Swerve ROCKS Okada back!

The forearms go back and forth, then they pick up speed! Okada dares Swerve to hit him, so Swerve kicks low! Swerve whips, Okada reverses to then FLAPJACK! Swerve tumbles out of the ring but Okada pursues. Okada runs up to kick and DDT to the floor! Swerve writhes and Okada just watches him while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ring count climbs, but Okada drags Swerve up. Okada brings Swerve over, SMACKS him off steps, and he stalks Swerve around the way. Okada SMACKS Swerve off the steps again! Okada refreshes the count, then pursues Swerve. Swerve rolls into the ring but Okada drags him out. Okada RAMS Swerve into the barriers! The fans are torn but Okada just goes back into the ring. Swerve rolls in, Okada drags him up, but Swerve fires body shots! Swerve shoves Okada, fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free to go for an arm! Then he hits a NECKBREAKER! Okada watches Swerve flounder away, then storms up on him.

Okada brings Swerve up but Swerve pushes him into a corner. Okada CLUBS Swerve down, whips corner to corner hard, and Swerve falls to his knees. Okada runs in to ELBOW Swerve, and Swerve falls again. Okada rests against ropes, taking Swerve a little lightly here, but he goes back over. Okada brings Swerve up to ROCK him, then UPPERCUT him! Swerve goes to a corner, but he fires forearms in return! Okada eggs Swerve on, so Swerve fires more shots! Okada UPPERCUTS Swerve again! Swerve drops to his knees, and Okada kicks him. Okada eggs Swerve on, the fans rally up, and Okada scuffs Swerve.

Swerve SLAPS Okada! Swerve fires forearms but Okada doesn’t budge! Okada eggs Swerve on, Dynamite 250 returns to single picture, and Swerve throws more forearms! Okada roars, runs up, but Swerve ducks to then RISING HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, Swerve shakes that off to storm back up on Okada. Swerve whips, Okada reverses, but Swerve BOOTS Okada! Swerve goes up but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Swerve ends up on the apron, Nana coaches him up and the fans rally. Swerve rises, drags himself up, but Okada storms out after him. Okada scoops Swerve but Swerve holds ropes to stop the driver!

Swerve CLUBS Okada, is free, and he fireman’s carries! Okada flails free, swings, but Swerve HOTSHOTS Okada away! Swerve then slingshots in, somersaults and COMPLETE SHOTS! Gator roll to the deadlift and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Okada survives that and Swerve grows frustrated. Swerve shakes out his arms, then goes to a corner. Okada sits up in a daze but Swerve goes up. Okada hurries to anchor Swerve! Okada brings Swerve down to CLAW his face! The ref reprimands, Okada lets off, but then Okada brings Swerve out in the Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Okada pretends to be upset but then he’s stone faced as he drags Swerve up. Okada scoops and SLAMS Swerve, then he climbs the corner. Nana warns Swerve, but the MACHO ELBOW still hits! Okada rises, the fans boo, and Okada Rainmaker MIDDLE FINGERS! But Swerve victory rolls him! TWO!! Okada runs up and stops the discus, to DISCUS miss as Swerve goes Matrix! Swerve kips up to mule kick, CLUB, BOOT, and- DROPKICK from Okada! The fans fire up while both men are down! The ref starts a standing count and the fans rally up. Both men sit up at 5 of 10, and Okada flounders to a corner.

Swerve runs up, blocks a boot and CLUBS the leg! Okada tries again but Swerve slips around to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Then right into a powerbomb to POWERSLAM! Swerve hurries up the corner, takes aim, KILL- NO, Okada dodges! Okada scoops and TOMBSTONE!! Okada roars because he’s not done! He drags Swerve up, ripcords, RAIN- JUMPING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous and Swerve aims from a corner! “Whose House?” THE BUCKS ATTACK SWERVE!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

The fans boo but The Elite doesn’t care about the win anymore, because they’re looking to hurt Swerve! But wait, here comes The Acclaimed! they brawl with The Bucks! But then Jack Perry shows up to CLOBBER Caster! But then here comes Mark Briscoe! Chicken DECKS Matt, DECKS Jack, and DECKS Nick! Team AEW stands tall together, but Jack comes back for more! Jack whips Briscoe, but he dodges Jack to DIVE onto the Bucks! The fans fire up as Mark goes back for Jack, only to end up in the DRAPING DDT! The Scapegoat fancies himself a Viper, does he? But then HOUSE CALL for Jack Perry!

The AEW World Champion stands tall and Little Rock is thunderous! But then, here comes The Black Hat. Swerve turns around to glare at Hangman as he storms down, glaring at Swerve! The fans are thunderous again, but then Okada trips Swerve up! Okada drags Swerve out, but then Bowens does the same to Hangman! The brawl is going all over the ringside area but it is still 5v4 in favor of The Elite! Security rushes out here to stop this, and The Elite uses the security as their shields! BUT WAIT! Darby Allin is here!! Jack did call him out, so here he comes! Jack looks around, where could he be?

Wait! LOOK UP! Darby drops in from the rafters just like The Icon, Sting! And so now we have 5v5!! The brawl is on again and Little Rock is losing their minds! Security and refs hurry in to stop this, but the security gets thrown aside! Jack is after Darby, Mark helps Darby against him, but then Mark has to fight off Nick! Darby dribbles Jack off the floor! Jack RAMS Darby into railing, Mark returns to help Darby! Security finally separates the factions, which is just fine by The Bucks! But will nothing stop Team AEW from destroying this corrupt Elite once and for all?


My Thoughts:

Now this was an awesome episode of Dynamite. They only advertised three matches, and it turns out that’s all we needed. Ospreay VS MJF was made the opener so they could just go off and give us almost an hour of their best stuff. It kinda makes some PPV matches feel lesser now, but hey, a match of the year candidate is still a match of the year candidate, no matter if it’s TV or PPV. MJF winning out surprised me, but he did cheat so that protects Ospreay. I was hoping for Ospreay VS Pac at All In, but I suppose “The Scumbag VS The Bastard” makes for some fun build. And with how much MJF was taunting Garcia, this has to mean Garcia shows up at All In to go after MJF.

TV Time with Jericho was properly short because we can’t actually drag the show to a screeching halt after how awesome Ospreay VS MJF was. As Jericho started listing qualities like “crazy” and “maniacal,” I just felt Suzuki showing up. Suzuki getting his FTW Championship match with Jericho next week is great, but I’m still thinking Jericho retains. Now, while Keith & Bill are banned from ringside, nothing is stopping Hook from showing up. Hook could go after Jericho after he retains, and that sets up Jericho VS Hook for All In. Which would be interesting because that makes it back to back All In shows for Hook and this FTW Championship.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang with Daniels, but like, so filler. Who needed to see them hand over the belts? Or rather, why couldn’t they have figured out to do that during Collision? Very good promo from Mariah May where she completes her transformation into Toni Storm’s replacement. She even phrased it “All About Mariah” to nod how this has been All About Eve the movie, in wrestling form. The fans kept going “What?” just cuz she was taking things slowly, which is rude, but I do feel she could’ve been faster about it. She was definitely going for something with her pacing, but maybe she was also just filling for a little more time. Toni will surely have a response next week or something, though.

Very good promo from Acclaimed with Mark Briscoe and Swerve to establish the Acclaimed joining Team AEW, and very good response promo from The Elite to call them out on it. Though, what a weird detail for Okada to be a Mone simp. He’s married for crying out loud! But that aside, Mone is still tangentially a part of The Elite, and she had a very good match with Nyla tonight. Mone of course found the way to win, but I do appreciate Britt gives us a Sting shoutout by wearing the Sting mask before revealing she was here. Mone running scared was pretty funny, and yeah duh, this match is happening at All In.

In relation, very good promo from Jack Perry, even if poor Brandon had to get beat up again. Jack calling Darby out was good foreshadowing for Darby’s own Sting tribute, and I figured last week that Darby Allin was going to be Team AEW for Blood & Guts. Great main event from Swerve VS Okada that The Bucks of course had to “ruin” to save Okada from a legit loss. At the same time, this keeps either champion from owing the other a title match so close to All In. Great brawl to give us the full 5v5, Blood & Guts is going to be some wild stuff, and it can definitely go either with so many champions involved this time. However, as Mark Briscoe is the only one whose rivalry is NOT in Blood & Guts, he probably takes the loss for Team AEW.

My Score: 9.1/10


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