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Mitchell’s AEW Dark Elevation Results & Report! (4/5/21)

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AEW Elevation Coverage

Dark: Elevation keeps on rising to new heights!

AEW springs into action as Spring is in the air! And in the main event, All Ego & Scorpio take on Matt & Mike Sydal in a rather surprising grudge match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hangman Page VS Bill Collier; Hangman wins.
  • The Varsity Blondes VS Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo; The Varsity Blondes win.
  • Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Alex Gracia; Baker wins.
  • Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Danny Limelight; Vance wins.
  • Big Swole VS Jazmin Allure; Swole wins.
  • Michael Nakazawa VS Vary Morales; Nakazawa wins.
  • Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Baron Black; Archer wins.
  • Ryo Mizunami VS Tesha Price; Mizunami wins.
  • Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order; Caster wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Hardy Family Office w/ Matt Hardy VS Adam Priest, Ryzin, D3 & Fuego Del Sol; The HFO wins.
  • Matt Hardy w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; Hardy wins.
  • Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS The Sydal Brothers; Scorpio & Ethan win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page VS Bill Collier!

The Cowboy rides again, and he’s taking on #BillyThreeBelts! But will being simultaneous IWC Super Indy Champion, STW Heavyweight Champion and Revenge Pro World Champion be enough to help #BigTimeBill survive some real cowboy shit?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Collier fireman’s carries but Hangman slips off and shoves. Hangman waistlocks, Collier bucks him and runs him over! Collier fires up, runs, but Hangman drops to CHOP! And CHOP! Hangman eggs Collier on and Collier CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, Hangman gest the edge then runs, but the boot is blocked! Collier ROCKS Hangman and he goes floundering to an apron! Collier brings Hangman back in and ROCKS him with an uppercut. Collier headbutts, Hangman hits back with forearms but Collier knees low! Collier brings Hangman around, suplexes, and holds him up! Fans rally as Collier drops Hangman at 10!

Collier runs and drops a BIG leg, brother! Cover, ONE!! Hangman checks his face but Collier brings Hangman up. Collier scoops and swings Hangman but Hangman slips out to throw Collier out. Hangman PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Big Time Bill! Fans fire up as Hangman keeps on Collier and puts him in the ring. Hangman boots Collier, and boots again, and again! Collier stays up, Hangman runs and gets around to scoop Collier! FALL AWAY SLAM! Hangman kips up to STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Hangman keeps his cool. Hangman Alabama lifts but Collier clubs free. Collier goes up the ropes but Hangman BOOTS him!

Hangman climbs up, and gets Collier for the- NO! Collier blocks the Super Steiner, but Hangman double clutches to SUPER STEINER after all! Hangman runs and clothesline hard in the corner! Hangman keeps going, LARIAT but Collier stays up! So Hangman slingshots to BUCKSHOT! Cover, Hangman wins!

Winner: Hangman Page, by pinfall

The Cowboy wrangles in the big bronco and gets a big win! And he even shows Collier respect by sharing a beer with him. Is Hangman finally ready to get that big one?

 

The Varsity Blondes VS Dean Alexander & Carlie Bravo!

Griff Garrison & Brian Pillman Jr. know the Nightmare Factor is reeling from what QT Marshall did on Dynamite, but they aren’t going to go easy on The Sensation and #GoonPlatoon! Will the Ivy League MVP and Bulletproof BPJ take the win to head up the AEW Tag Division rankings?

The bell rings and Griff starts with Alexander. They tie up, Alexander headlocks, but Griff slips through to get a headlock back. Griff wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks again, then wrenches again. Tag to BPJ, and BPJ clubs the arm. BPJ CHOPS, wrenches, then tags Griff back in. BPJ YANKS the arm, Griff goes up to drop an ax handle. Griff wrenches, wristlocks, headlocks and hits the takeover. Alexander makes it a cover, ONE and Griff holds on. Alexander fights up, Griff tags to BPJ, and Griff shifts so the Blondes can mug Alexander. BPJ hits a headlock takeover and grinds Alexander down. Alexander fights up, Griff tags in, and BPJ CHOPS Alexander to wrench and whip.

Griff drop toeholds and BPJ runs to DOUBLE STOMP Alexander! Griff covers, TWO! Fans rally as Griff brings Alexander up to scoop, but Alexander slips out to chop block! Alexander drags Griff over, tag to Bravo, and Bravo drags Griff to the post! Bravo SLAMS one leg into the post, then drags Griff to a cover, ONE!! Griff clutches his leg but Bravo drags him up and over. Bravo tags Alexander then whips Griff into buckles. Alexander gets Griff for the Russian Leg Sweep! Tag to Bravo, and the two double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Alexander keeps on Griff. Alexander tags Bravo, they double back suplex but Griff lands on his feet.

The bad leg jams but Griff puts Alexander on the apron. Griff elbows Bravo, then Alexander, then dodges to hot tag BPJ! BPJ rallies, hits a POWERSLAM, then builds speed to WRECK Bravo with a dropkick! Fans fire up with Bulletproof as he gets Bravo up and into the ring. BPJ tags Griff, the Blondes coordinate for a pop-up, BPJ climbs fast, MISSILE DROPKICK BOMB! Cover, The Blondes win!

Winners: The Varsity Blondes, by pinfall

In the blink of an eye, the MVP and BPJ get the 1-2-3! Will they keep going and get up into the top five?

 

Britt Baker w/ Rebel VS Alex Gracia!

The Doctor is back in her first match after the brutal Unsanctioned battle with Thunder Rosa! And she’s taking on the Pink Dream, another of La Mera Mera’s students! Will Britt establish that she is still the (self-proclaimed) Face of the Women’s Division in AEW?

Britt wears her new merchandise, commemorating the Unsanctioned match and the blood going down Britt’s face, as she gets a mic. “Look at that face!” But Alex Gracia. She got an entrance and everything! But we all know how this is going to go: Britt’s the star, Gracia’s the “enhancement talent,” this will be quick and no one will remember Gracia. But Gracia had a great showing against Thunder Rosa. And because Britt is so motivated to continue to elevate women’s wrestling on Elevation as the face of women’s wrestling, Britt wants to give Gracia her best showing. Gracia still won’t win, but let’s put some respect on the Pink Dream!

Britt has Rebel move aside, and Rebel still pretends she’s really hurt when she’s not. Britt says she isn’t just a great Deathmatch wrestler, but she’s also great at Greco-Roman, freestyle, and whatever other styles that she can’t remember right now. So how about we do referee position so Gracia can have a fair chance? No funny business, she’ll put the mic down, and she’ll let Gracia approach. Gracia is still wary of Rebel, but Britt says let’s go. Gracia walks over, still doesn’t take this seriously, but she does kneel down and move in. The bell rings, Britt reels Gracia into the Rings of Saturn! “And just like that, the Pink Dream is over. Reba, get the glove.”

The glove is sent in, Britt puts it on, and puts Gracia in the LOCKJAW! Gracia taps, Britt wins!

Winner: Britt Baker, by submission

Well, she didn’t lie. There was no funny business, it was just that she suckered Gracia in from the start. A win is a win, will Britt continue on until she really is the face of the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Preston Vance w/ The Dark Order VS Danny Limelight!

Number 10, and the entire Dark Order, have been having to deal with doubters and deriders like Max Caster and the Hardy Family Office. Will Vance prove that there is still strength in the Numbers?

The bell rings and Vance stares Limelight down. They circle, go around, and tie up. Vance shoves Limelight away, and Limelight gets up in a huff. They circle, Limelight kicks low then throws a forearm! Limelight goes to buckle bump but Vance blocks to bump and bump Limelight in return. Limelight throws forearms but Vance this back and finishes the set of four! Vance scoops, Limelight slips out and shoves but Vance runs him over! Limelight gets up but gets tossed with a back drop! Limelight staggers into a scoop, and Vance carries Limelight around before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Vance storms back over but Limelight sends him into buckles!

Limelight goes to the apron, hotshots an arm, and Vance flops out of the ring. Limelight ROUNDHOUSES the arm, then puts Vance back in. Limelight mocks the Dark Order pose while doing his dance, and Vance ROCKS him! Vance runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Limelight stomps Vance, kicks him around, and wraps the arm around ropes! The ref counts, Limelight lets off but kicks the rope to jam the arm. Vance hits back, CHOPS and forearms but Limelight kicks! Limelight forearms, kicks, wrenches and hammerlocks to then bring Vance down. Vance endures the grind, Limelight steps through to La Magistrol, TWO! Limelight KICKS Vance down, then kicks Vance again.

Limelight has Vance in a corner, fires forearms but Vance hits back! Vance fires more forearms but Limelight KICKS the bad arm! Limelight brings Vance up for some forearms, then whips him to ropes. Vance reverses, Limelight reverses back and drags Vance into a Fujiwara! Vance powers out to a cover, TWO! BUZZSAW! Limelight runs, but into Vance’s LARIAT! Vance rallies with more clotheslines, then runs, but misses in a corner. Vance BOOTS Limelight, hops up and leaps for a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Fans fire up but Limelight elbows Vance away. Limelight runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Vance stalks behind Limelight, full nelsons, but Limelight throws Vance down!

Limelight traps the arm and gets a headlock, but Vance powers to a cover, TWO! Vance is free, blocks the kick and BOOTS back! Cover, TWO! Limelight lives but Vance gets mad! Vance drags Limelight around, gets the legs, but Limelight wants the TRIANGLE HOLD! Vance is caught, Limelight squeezes tight, but Vance hammers away! Vance gets free, Limelight KICKS the bad arm again! Limelight KICKS the leg, hops on to be a sleeper but Vance throws him off and gets a full nelson! Vance thrashes Limelight, Limelight goes out! Vance wins!

Winner: Preston Vance, by submission

Rare that Vance wins by submission, but it shows he’s not just one-dimensional! Will Number 10 break into the top five thanks to that new facet of his arsenal?

 

Big Swole VS Jazmin Allure!

Just because she’s not #1 contender right now doesn’t mean the chase after Hikaru Shida’s AEW Women’s Championship is over! Will Swole take control of the rankings again and then finally get after the Full Metal Warrior?

The bell rings and the two circle. Swole and Allure tie up, Swole puts Allure on ropes. Swole lets off to flex, and fans cheer as Allure circles with her again. They tie up, Swole waistlocks then slams Allure down. Swole drops knees into Allure’s back, clamps on with another waistlock, then shifts to a seated cobra twist. Allure fights up, tries to hip toss but Swole blocks that to hip toss first! Swole goes out after Allure, brings her around and whips her into railing, then into apron, then back again! Swole puts Allure in, stalks up behind her, and knocks her down to get a Camel Clutch! Allure endures as Swole bends her back, then Swole CLUBS Allure down.

Swole drags Allure up but Allure throws body shots! Allure runs, ducks and doges but the kitchen sink knee hits! Swole hits the blindside basement EuroUpper! Swole gets the legs but Allure kicks her low! Swole dodges a clothesline but not the back elbows. Allure runs, dodges and rallies with clotheslines and arm-drags! Allure sweeps the legs, runs and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Allure is frustrated and she rains down fists! Swole shoves her away, Allure aims from a corner and runs at Swole, but Swole catches her for the SWOLE-ENAGE! Swole drags Allure up, reels her in and underhooks for the TIGER DRIVER, into the CLOVERLEAF! Allure taps, Swole wins!

Winner: Big Swole, by submission

Much like Preston Vance, Swole shows she is more than just power! She gets a submission win, will beefing up her technical prowess be what helps her get to the title?

 

Backstage interview with The Sydal Brothers.

After their confrontation last week with Ethan Page & Scorpio Sky, what is their mindset? Mike won’t lie that he was feeling pretty beat-up. But he’s a Sydal, and Sydals bend but don’t break. That is why Mike is still standing and is ready to fight alongside his brother. Matt says that he is disappointed in Scorpio. Scorpio welcomed Matt to AEW but he turned out to be a phony! And it’s nonsense for them to think the Sydals are the ones to pick a fight with. They’re brothers! Their bond is unbreakable! And Ethan & Scorpio have payback coming! So listen very carefully: The Sydals look through them and their makeshift partnership, and on Elevation, you will see what the Sydals are saying.

 

Michael Nakazawa VS Vary Morales!

Kenny Omega’s best friend, personal assistant and whatever else he needs managed to win last week while still wearing his polo and khakis! Will he “amaze” us by doing it again this week?

Yes, it does seem “MT Nakazawa” will still be in his polo and khakis, but he again doesn’t leave his headset behind. Someone is calling for a quick conversation, but Vary snatches the headset! Nakazawa and Vary tug-o-war, and Nakazawa reels Vary in for a headlock. Vary powers out, then uses the cord to reel him in! Vary dodges, tilt-o-whirls and sends Nakazawa into ropes! Vary keeps moving for a BIG springboard arm-drag! Nakazawa gets up, throws hands but Vary blocks to knuckle lock! Vary stomps a foot, goes up and up and tightrope walks for a FLYING ARM-DRAG! Cover, TWO! Nakazawa is still in this but Vary still has the knuckle lock!

Vary goes up and up again, but Nakazawa trips him up! Nakazawa puts Vary on the ropes, for the HENTAI SLIDE! Nakazawa bounces Vary around to then atomic drop, run and CLOBBER Vary with the forearm! Cover, TWO! Vary survives some serious damage, but Nakazawa uses the headset cord to choke him! The ref reprimands, takes the headset away and Nakazawa brings Vary up for a big forearm! Nakazawa brings Vary around, CHOPS him against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Vary kicks back, runs again, gets around and throws clotheslines! Nakazawa stays up, Vary dodges and dropkicks Nakazawa down! Nakazawa bails out, Vary goes up and LEAPS for a huge crossbody!

Fans fire up with Vary and Vary drags Nakazawa up and into the ring. Cover, TWO!! Nakazawa survives but fans rally behind Vary. Vary goes corner to corner but Nakazawa elbows him, then three point stance for the SPEAR! Nakazawa won’t end it here, he gives pelvic thrusts before he scoops Vary. Vary slips off and rolls Nakazawa up, TWO!! SUPERKICK! Nakazawa staggers into the ref, Vary runs in but the ref is used as a shield! LAPTOP SHOT!! Nakazawa gets away with it, but he won’t end it there! Nakazawa scoops for the TIGER DRIVER 69!! Cover, Nakazawa wins!

Winner: Michael Nakazawa, by pinfall

He may no longer be the Turkish Oil Master, but he is still finding controversial ways to win! Will Nakazawa continue to triumphantly represent the office of Kenny Omega?

 

Lance Archer w/ Jake the Snake VS Baron Black!

The Murderhawk Monster has been warning everyone from TNT Champion, Darby Allin, to The Icon, Sting, that he’ll tear them apart on his way to the title. But only now does he finally return to action. Will the EmpBRUH be the first to suffer Archer’s wrath?

Jake the Snake goes to commentary for this, as Archer drags Baron out to the ring with him!! The Snake is amused as Archer finishes his entrance and the bell rings. Archer throws his shirt at Baron, Baron CHOPS back but it doesn’t even make Archer flinch! Baron fires off more chops, then runs, but gets run over! Archer stomps Baron, Snake chuckles and Archer reels Baron in to CLOBBER him! Archer drags Baron up, chokes him on the ropes, then lets off to run and CLOBBER Baron from behind!

Snake knows Archer has been targeting Sting, but he says Archer is smart enough to know that if you want to get something done, you go to where the noise is. There’s buzz around Sting, that’s where Archer is going. Archer fires off hands on Baron in the corner but lets off as the ref counts. Archer drags Baron up to throw him HARD into the other corner! Archer turns Baron around, goes up the corner and hits a VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Archer pushes Baron around. Baron CHOPS and throws hands but Archer DECKS him with one!

Baron sits up in a daze, Archer looms over him, and Archer hauls Baron up to reel him in again. Baron dodges, uppercuts and CHOPS then spins to CHOP again! Baron whips, Archer reverses and runs, but into a boot! Baron comes back, into a choke grip! CHOKE SLAM! Archer brings Baron back up, puts him up top, ROCKS him and then inverted crucifix, and Snake tells commentary thanks for having him. BLACKOUT! Cover, Archer wins!

Winner: Lance Archer, by pinfall

The Murderhawk Monster doesn’t need to change his style, because it keeps on winning! But Archer and Snake aren’t leaving just yet, Snake goes to the ring to speak on a mic. “Now Lance, I wish you’d given me a couple more minutes. I was over there at the desk, and I was about to ask the Big uh… Guy a little something. But I just didn’t have time. But I will tell you, they’re asking us why we’re always invading the space of Sting. Why not?” Well maybe someone will try and remove them. They sit in the locker room cuz no one wants to get in with Archer. No one invites them anywhere. So they invite themselves. Archer is given the mic and says it’s very simple: it’s Archer’s time.

But week after week, Sting gets an interview, Darby gets an interview, but no one wants the Murderhawk Monster. Everyone’s scared. Why are Archer & Snake doing what they’re doing? Archer isn’t a good guy or bad guy. Like he says, everybody dies! But you might as well take one of the biggest dog’s time, and that’s Sting. There’s nothing but respect here because like Archer said, without the Icon, there is no Murderhawk Monster. Sting inspired every wrestler that works in AEW who watched Sting on TNT back in the day. But then Sting came back to TNT and made it all about him! Fans chant for Sting but Archer promises they’ll be chanting for Archer one day.

So one way or another, whether Sting’s with him or against him, Sting’s time is Archer’s time. And like Sting used to say, “It’s Showtime!” #EverybodyDies, but will that apply to The Icon and the Relentless?

 

Ryo Mizunami VS Tesha Price!

Aneki won in quite the match with KiLynn King last week, but she’s still got a ways to go before she can face the AEW Women’s World Champion again. Will Tesha pay the price of paving Ryo’s road to redemption?

The bell rings and Price can’t even take Aneki seriously. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Ryo powers Price back, puts her on ropes, and Price shouts for her to back off. The ref counts, Ryo lets off and Price gets mad at the ref. Ryo kicks Price low, whips her to ropes, and runs her over! Price flounders about and to a corner, but Ryo brings her around to scoop. Price slips out, pulls Ryo’s hair, then puts her in a corner. The ref counts, Ryo powers up and scoops Price to SLAM her! Ryo gets mad now, and runs in, but into a drop toehold into ropes! Price goes to the apron to ROCK Ryo! Price gets in, bumps Ryo off buckles, then brings her around to whip corner to corner.

Ryo returns and runs Price over again! Ryo fires up, Price flounders and wobbles, and Ryo brings Price up. Price breaks free but Ryo throws a forearm! Price hits back, so Ryo hits again! Ryo eggs Price on, Price throws another forearm! Ryo CHOPS back! Ryo CHOPS again, and Price staggers into another CHOP! Ryo unleashes the machine gun CHOPS! Price covers up as best as she can but Ryo just fires off with both hands! Ryo does her dance, gets that energy flowing, but Price dodges! Price BITES that arm!! Price lets off as the ref counts, and then bumps Ryo off buckles. Price handsprings and ROUNDHOUSES Ryo in the corner! Then Price runs to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Price is furious already but Ryo isn’t any happier. Price fires forearms, then whips to ropes, but Ryo reverses. Price kicks back, Ryo ducks but gets the roundhouse! Price reels Ryo in, but Ryo resists the full nelson! Ryo spins out, CHOPS Price, then LARIATS! Price staggers up and ducks the leg to come back, into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Price survives but Ryo drops a leg, brother! And another leg, brother! And a third leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ryo roars but fans rally up behind her. Price flounders, Ryo drags her up and torture racks, but Price claws at Ryo’s face! Price is free, rolls Ryo up, TWO!! Price almost has Ryo so she rolls her again, TWO!

Ryo swings, but Price gets her for a backslide! Ryo resists, reverses and flips Price but Price sunset flips! TWO, and Price ENZIGURIS! Ryo staggers, Price runs but Ryo CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Price is still in this but Ryo is firing up again! Ryo SPEARS Price down, covers, and wins!

Winner: Ryo Mizunami, by pinfall

Price brought the fire to match Aneki but not the power! Ryo keeps on rolling, and is almost back to the top! Will she get right up past some big names to face Hikaru Shida one more time?

 

Max Caster w/ Anthony Bowens VS Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order!

Platinum Max is at it again, ready to rip into BOOM BOOM with some bars! “Platinum Max, I’ve got the boom boom. I’ma sweep the Dark Order, get a broom soon. You once were a legend, now you’re just a novelty. The Dark Order’s more forced than your comedy! Yo, and we the real stars. I’ma put you on your back like a RealDoll. Put screws to you like a shop class. You’re getting canceled like your podcast!” It sucks, Colt. Max tried to listen. Bowens says The Acclaimed have arrived, but will they leave with another win?

The bell rings and Cabana rushes Caster. Caster gets to ropes for defense, Cabana lets off and the two circle. They tie up, go all around and Cabana gets Caster in a corner, but Caster turns it around. Caster lets off with a shove but Cabana shoves Caster down! Caster scrambles to a corner, Cabana shows the dancing pecs, and the two go again. Cabana wrenches, hammerlocks and cranks, but Caster spins around to hammerlock back. Cabana headlocks to a takeover, covers, ONE! Cabana headlocks and takes over again, cover, TWO! Caster has a cover, ONE! Cabana keeps the headlock, Caster gets another cover, ONE! They repeat, ONE, and Cabana wrenches.

Cabana whips, Caster reverses but Cabana goes up and over and comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Fans fire up, Cabana runs in but Bowens helps Caster avoid the monkey flip! Caster gets Cabana’s arm to WRING it out! Cabana bails out, Evil Uno checks on him, Caster ties up his boot. Bowens is there to put Cabana in the ring, Caster drives knees in! Caster stomps Cabana, drags him around by his arm, but Cabana resists the wristlock. Caster makes it a cover, ONE, and Cabana sunset flips, TWO! Caster has the leg, rolls Cabana around to then float to the arm! Caster pushes back for a Fujiwara but Cabana endures and rolls Caster to a cover, ONE!

Caster CLOBBERS Cabana with a clothesline! Cabana goes to a rope, Caster wraps the arm around it! The ref counts, Caster lets off at 3, and Uno coaches Cabana up. Cabana sits up, snarls and throws body shots. Caster gets the bad arm and CLUBS it! And CLUBS it! Caster drags Cabana back up, Cabana throws hands, but Caster whips Cabana into buckles! Caster gets the top wristlock for the takedown! Cover, TWO! Caster tries again, TWO! Caster SLAMS the arm on the mat, stomps away on it, then rains down fists on Cabana! Cover, TWO! Cabana grits his teeth as he gets up but Caster stalks behind him. Caster wraps the arm around rope to club away on it!

Cabana elbows free with the good arm, goes to a corner, but Caster runs in to throat chop! Caster whips corner to corner, runs in, but Cabana ducks and Caster hits buckles! Fans fire up as Cabana aims from the apron. Cabana shoulders into Caster, but can’t slingshot with the bad arm! Caster goes to buckle bump but Cabana ROCKS him, then corner bumps him instead! Cabana whips, Caster reverses but Cabana dodges to JAB, JAB and winds up, BIONIC ELBOW! Caster is in a corner, FLYING APPLE from Cabana! Cabana goes up and leaps, but double hops to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Cabana grits his teeth, drags Caster up and fans rally behind him.

Cabana tries to facelock but Caster wrenches out, only for Cabana to CHOP! And CHOP! Caster ducks a chop for a HEADSHOT! SHANKLY GATES!! Cabana endures the wristlock camel clutch, pops it to a cover, TWO!! Caster narrowly escapes, gets the arm and YANKS it! Caster runs into a HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO!! Caster survives, Bowens is on the apron to distract, but Bowens throws the chain too far! Uno catches it, now the ref is distracted with Uno! Bowens slides the boombox in, and Caster gives Cabana a drop toehold right onto it!! That 5 Tool bait and switch gets Caster the roll up and the win!!

Winner: Max Caster, by pinfall

Caster didn’t need to drop the mic, he dropped the bass on Boom Boom! Will this help Platinum Max going into his Dynamite showdown with Hangman?

 

8 Man Tag: The Hardy Family Office w/ Matt Hardy VS Adam Priest, Ryzin, D3 & Fuego Del Sol!

Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy, the Butcher and the Blade have proven to be a formidable formation, and Big Money Matt can just smell the profits coming in! Will they continue to cash in the winner’s checks as they plot their payback on Hangman Page?

The teams don’t have time to sort out before the HFO all just jump the other team! Private Party keeps the Prince of Rome in while Butcher & Blade throw everyone else out. Private Party stomp away, then clear out for Butcher to corner clothesline! Hardy loves this! Blade whips D3 into the corner hard, then tags Butcher in. Bunny Allie wants to see violence and they mug D3 then CLUB him down. Butcher stalks D3, chokes him on ropes, and Allie laughs at the pain. Hardy says this is art! This is beautiful destruction! Butcher ROCKS D3, tags in Kassidy and Kassidy fires off with CHOPS and forearms on repeat! Kassidy stomps away, backs off as the ref counts, but Blade chokes D3!

D3 fights back but Quen holds him. Kassidy knees low, whips but D3 reverses, only to get a flapjack HOTSHOT! Tag to Quen and he drops knees on D3! The ref counts as Quen digs his knee in, and Quen lets off at 4. Quen drags D3 up, but D3 RANAS, only for Quen to come back with a BIG dropkick! Kassidy says that’s greatness! You can’t put a price on that! Quen drops a leg then drags D3 over again. Quen CHOPS D3, tags Blade, and they mug D3 in the corner. Blade CHOPS and forearms then digs his fingers in! Blade throws D3 out hard, distracts the ref, and Bunny gets her stomps in! D3’s team protests but Kassidy puts D3 in.

Blade kicks D3 around, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Blade keeps D3 in the HFO territory to tag in Quen, for Mongolian Chops! Quen brings D3 around, suplexes but D3 slips out! Hot tag to Fuego! Fuego dodges, fires off on Private Party with forearms and CHOPS! Kassidy shoves, Fuego dodges Quen but no tornado DDT! Kassidy throws Fuego to Quen but Fuego wheelbarrows then flies to Kassidy to rana Kassidy into Quen! Fuego goes to the corner, DOUBLE QUEBRADA! Private Party is down, cover on Kassidy, but Butcher & Blade break it up! Ryzin leads the charge, he, D3 and Priest brawl with Butcher & Blade but they all get thrown out again!

Kassidy throws D3 into stage wall, tags in, and Private Party has Fuego for the DOUBLE GIRI SANDWICH! Tag to Blade, Kassidy feeds Fuego to him and Butcher, DRAG THE LAKE!! Cover, HFO wins!

Winners: The Hardy Family Office, by pinfall

Hardy’s team is a well-oiled machine! But will it turn into a money-printing machine as AEW heads into the Spring?

 

AEW presents: Showcase!

For this segment’s debut edition, Paul Wight interviews John Silver! Silver flexes as Wight asks him to tell us about himself. From Beaver Boys to Dark Order, how has that changed his career? Silver says he had a long journey before arriving in AEW. He started wrestling at 14, because he was a beefy 110 already. Alex Reynolds had just started training, too, and so right away they clicked and became a team. They made it “The Beaver Boys” as a reference to a favorite joke from The Tim & Eric Show. It still took them a long time to really get anywhere. About 15 years, actually.

They got to the show, knew they had a match, and saw the board with them as “local talent.” They thought they were done already. But they still gave it their all against Santana & Ortiz, showed everyone what they had. Stu & Uno came to them, said they were starting to recruit for the Dark Order, so Silver & Reynolds signed up. That was the best decision ever. Wight asks about the impact Brodie Lee had on Silver, both personally and professionally. It was huge. Brodie immediately took the Dark Order to the next level. One word to describe Brodie is “generous.” Brodie was nice, truly cared about helping them rather than himself, and wanted them all to get better as performers and people.

Lastly, Wight notes how Silver left it all in the ring in that TNT Championship match with Darby Allin. Tell us about that and other personal goals Silver has in AEW. Well, Silver needs to heal up after that nasty spill. He fought through the pain to finish, and he was so close, too. It was definitely a moment where Silver realized he was at “that level.” Sting and Darby showing him respect was awesome after growing up watching Sting. Once Silver is healed up, he’ll go after all the gold! He and Reynolds can be tag campions, he can get another shot at the TNT Championship, and why stop there? Get the world title, too! Wight loves that confidence, and is careful giving Silver the handshake. Wight thanks us for tuning in, and hopes you enjoy the rest of the night!

 

Matt Hardy w/ The Hardy Family Office VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order!

Now Big Money Matt goes into business for himself! Will he make Number 5 look worthless in front of his friends?

The bell rings and Angels circles with Hardy. They approach and Hardy talks to Angels that he isn’t important ot the Dark Order. Angels shoves Hardy, Hardy swings but Angels dodges to fire off hands! Angels rams into Hardy, fires off more hands and then stomps! The ref backs Angels off, Hardy BOOTS Angels and then GERMANS SUPLEXES him into buckles! Hardy mockingly asks if Angels is alright, then drags him up to throw elbows. Hardy puts Angels through ropes to bend him back! The ref counts, Hardy lets off at 4, and then drags Angels back up to whip. Hardy elbows Angels down, drops a leg, then fires up. “I am Matt Hardy!”

Hardy drags Angels up, Angels throws body shots and haymakers! Angels backs Hardy down but Hardy kicks low! Hardy whips Angels corner to corner, but Angels goes up, only to get caught for a SNAKE EYES! Hardy runs to CLOBBER Angels! Hardy grins as he goes up the corner. Angels staggers up as Hardy fires up, and Hardy leaps for the elbow! Hardy calls his shot, throws off his shirt and waits on Angels. Angels stands, turns around, Hardy kicks but NO Twist! Angels whips, Hardy reverses and kicks back! Hardy reels Angels in, to get Angels up to the Canadian rack then crucifix, but Angels SPIKE RANA counters!! Hardy flounders while Angels goes to ropes.

Hardy staggers over but into kick after kick after KICK! Angels powers up to swing, but Hardy ducks to body shot! Angels counters the Twist to a backslide, TWO! Angels basement dropkicks Hardy down! Fans fire up, Hardy is on ropes, Angels runs to CROSSBODY against the ropes! Then the STANDING SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives and Angels is shocked! Angels glares from a corner, waits on Hardy, and runs to go up and up and MOONSAULT but FLOP! Hardy gets up, reels Angels in, SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO!! Angels survives but Hardy snarls. Hardy drags Angels up, reels him in, but still no Twist! WING SNAPPER!!

Hardy flounders away to avoid the cover!  Fans boo and Angels is frustrated. Angels goes out to fetch Hardy, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Angels slowly climbs but Hardy kicks the ropes to hit him low! DRAPING DDT! Hardy drags Angels up, underhooks, and gets a GUILLOTINE BUTTERFLY! Angels taps, Hardy wins!

Winner: Matt Hardy, by submission

The first time Hardy uses “The Leech,” it works! Will Hardy be winning his own money on top of the 30% he skims off the HFO?

Hardy gets a mic to say, “Today is April 5th. And that means March Madness is over!” He’s sure there are those at home, watching in their La-Z-Boys because they’re lazy, watching the NCAA basketball championship tonight. But what you should ALWAYS be watching is Hardy! April means Hardy is making 100% of HIS money now! He is so angry after the first quarter, he’ll take it all out on the Dark Order! Number 5 was just number one on the Dark Order hit list! Hardy vows to go through each and every one of them until he destroys the Dark Order! He and the HFO will dominate AEW and take all the money and titles for their own!

Speaking of titles, Hardy heard what Darby Allin had to say. Darby called the “Kingmaker” a sell-out?! Darby grew up idolizing Hardy! Hardy didn’t sell out, he smartened up! Hardy is here to make money and to take that TNT Championship! It will be his along with the paycheck that comes with it! Darby, you’re on Hardy’s list!

 

Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page VS The Sydal Brothers!

The Closer has had it with being a stepping stone to success, and now he and All Ego look to step over others and take everything in AEW for their own! Will Matt & Mike keep that from happening? Or will they just be the first of many?

The teams sort out, Matt starts with Scorpio. They talk trash, Scorpio pushes Matt but Matt points to his third eye. Forearms start flying, Matt kicks then fires off! Ethan gets in, Mike jumps in and it is a brawl! Scorpio & Ethan go to swing but both Sydals go Matrix! The Sydals mule kick and Ethan tumbles out! The Sydals whip, drop toehold and basement dropkick Scorpio! Cover, TWO! Matt keeps on Scorpio, puts him on ropes and tags in Mike, for a draping double stomp! Matt snapmares Scorpio to Mike’s STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Mike fires off on Scorpio in a corner, rains down rights, but has to hit Ethan away!

Scorpio mule kicks Mike, and Ethan drags Mike out as Scorpio DECKS Matt! Ethan RAMS Mike into railing, then gives him an APRON SHIN BREAKER! Scorpio drags Mike in, covers, TWO! Scorpio keeps on Mike, drags him over and tags in Ethan. They mug Mike, and Ethan ROCKS Mike with a right. Ethan CLUBS Mike down, talks trash, then stomps the bad leg. Ethan drags Mike around, then stomps the leg again! Ethan tags Scorpio in, and Scorpio stomps Mike down. Scorpio gets the leg, Mike kicks at him, but Scorpio scrapes soles on Mike’s face! Scorpio drags Mike up, wrenches to a BACKBREAKER, then pushes with the backbreaker rack! Cover, TWO!

Scorpio tags Ethan, they mug Mike again, and Ethan brings Mike up for another SHIN BREAKER! Ethan has the foot with an ankle lock, tags Scorpio, and Scorpio stomps the leg. Scorpio says he’s going to end this, and he works to turn Mike over. Mike resists but is still put into the HALF CRAB! Mike reaches out, Scorpio STOMPS the foot! Mike fires hands, ROCKS Scorpio, and hobbles, but can’t get away! Scorpio waistlocks but Mike makes that a victory roll, TWO!! Mike dodges Scorpio, hot tag to Matt! Matt rallies with kicks all over Scorpio and a BIG sobat! Ethan gets in to get a WHEEL KCIK! Matt reels Scorpio in, fisherman for the BUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Matt grows frustrated but he drags Scorpio up with a dragon sleeper. Scorpio snapmares free, Ethan tags in, Matt RANAS Scorpio but Ethan BLASTS him with a shoulder! Ethan drags Matt up, runs, but Matt ducks the boot to slip around and ROUNDHOUSE Ethan down! Cover, TWO!! Ethan survives and Matt is shocked! Matt tags Mike in, the Sydals drag Ethan up, but Ethan fights them off! Ethan brings the Sydals around but they double wrench, double wristlock and SLAM Ethan down! Mike high stacks, Scorpio breaks it! Matt dropkicks Scorpio out and regroups with Mike! But the ref won’t let them abuse the double team rule, and Scorpio CLOBBERS Mike!

Scorpio DECKS Matt, Ethan dead lifts Mike to the EGO’S EDGE!! Cover, Ethan & Scorpio win!

Winners: Scorpio Sky & Ethan Page, by pinfall

The Face of the Revolution and All Ego meshed incredibly well as a tag team and this was just their first time out! Is this just the first of many, many, MANY wins for these two?


My Thoughts:

This episode of Elevation was a good length with an hour and 37 minutes, but with 12 matches, none of them were that long. I like that we got this Showcase sit-down interview, where it was partially in character but also pulled back the curtain a little to get some genuine out-of-character answers from Silver, and it’s bringing us back to the “From Unwanted to Undeniable” segments with Cody Rhodes interviewing members of AEW. That is again how Elevation has felt: a throwback to Dark’s first few weeks, but that’s not always a bad thing. However, with the 12 matches all being short, that is how Dark feels now, and that’s not really a good thing.

Regular Dark should be the short YouTube show with all the short matches, and Elevation should be longer but with less matches. I do like that Britt made her match with Gracia into a unique take on a squash, where it was a trap more than anything. Hangman’s opener was good, everything with the Dark Order was good because of the stories that are intertwining, such as with Max Caster and the Hardy Family Office, and there were some good progress here and there for other stories, like Archer going after Sting or Scorpio & Ethan teaming up, but it’d all feel more substantial if it was maybe 8 matches, not 12, and those 8 got to breathe.

My Score: 8.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (4/13/24)

The Don Callis Family is out for blood!

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Will the Blackpool Combat Club survive this Collision?

Before the Dynasty dream match of Ospreay VS Danielson, the Don Callis Family wants to not just beat the American Dragon, but to destroy him!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal; The House of Black wins.
  • Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Garcia wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay; Storm wins and denies AZM a title match.
  • Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher; Bryan & Claudio win.

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The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Bryan Danielson says BIG week for BCC. Jon Moxley is the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, a huge accomplishment. And on Wednesday, Claudio Castagnoli takes on Will Ospreay, then Bryan faces Ospreay at Dynasty. But there’s tonight first. Claudio says Don Callis gave Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs this motivational speech that they don’t even need to beat BCC, they just have to hurt BCC. How weird. But it’s easier to beat them than to hurt them, and what kind of faith does that show Callis has in Ospreay? Not much, it seems. Not sure what Callis is thinking. But Claudio has faith that all three of those guys could beat BCC.

But hurt them? People have been trying to hurt Claudio and Bryan for 20 years. Because they see the spotlight, they see how successful BCC is, and they see BCC all over the world. Bryan couldn’t be stopped by a broken orbital bone nor a broken arm. And Claudio’s been fighting week after week after week, consistently like Swiss clockwork for over 15 YEARS. Because it’s not about the work and the talk here in front of the camera, but the work behind cameras, the stuff you don’t see, that goes into making this look so easy at the level they are at. Bryan agrees there, and tells Don Callis that he wants his guys to hurt them, to hurt Bryan and to hurt Claudio.

Guess what?! That’s not gonna fly tonight! Because Bryan goes out there every single night to hurt people! That’s what BCC does! Violence is their specialty! DCF will not only see that tonight, but on Wednesday and in St. Louis. The American Dragon is all fired up, but will he and the Swiss Superman burn down the Powerhouse and the Protostar?

 

Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal!

Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews are preparing for the coming war with Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston, but they’re taking on three men who are much different from Copeland, Briscoe & Kingston. Will grounding high-fliers make the House ready for those brawlers? Or is this where the House will fold?

The trios sort out and the fans bark as Buddy starts against Action. The fans rally as the two circle, feel things out, and tie up. Buddy wrenches an arm to a wristlock, YANKS it and grinds the arm down. Action fights up, Buddy wrenches again, but Action rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Action wristlocks, but Buddy rolls, handsprings and wrenches again. The fans cheer the technical exchange, and Action rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Buddy powers Action back to whip, but Action holds onto the wristlock. Action twists the wrist but Buddy spins, headlocks and hits the takeover. Action moves around but Buddy keeps him down.

Action pushes Buddy to a headscissor, but Buddy kips free! Buddy gets around, waistlocks, but Action bucks the O’Conner. Action goes up and over as Buddy runs in, then DROPKICKS! The fans are torn but Action tags Sydal. Buddy TOSSES Action but Sydal schoolboys and bridges! TWO, Buddy knees low! Buddy ROCKS Sydal, CLUBS him, then tags Malakai! But Sydal arm-drags and SOBATS! Sydal KICKS Malakai, tags in Dante, and they coordinate, MONKEY FLIP and SWANTON CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Tag to Action, he ROCKS Malakai and whips. Malakai reverses, Dante gives Action the boost up and over!

Dante catches Malakai to a facelock, but Malakai wrenches out to BOOT Action! Malakai blocks Dante’s kick to STO! Action kicks low, whips, but Malakai stops himself to stare Action down. The fans cheer, Malakai dodges a shot and Brody tags in. BOOT to SHOULDER TACKLE! Dante and Sydal run in but they get run over! The fans fire up with Brody, but then Dante and Sydal DOUBLE DROPKICK! Brody returns to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans bark for Brody, he gets Action up and CHOPS him to a corner. And CHOPS again! Action sputters, Brody whips him to ropes, but Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to go up, but Brody catches him!

Action fights, but Buddy distracts the ref while Malakai jumps in. Brody gets Action in wheelbarrow position, ROUNDHOUSE into the GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up for The House while Action tumbles out. Buddy tags in and Brody DIVES onto all three opponents! The fans fire up again as Brody roars, and he puts Action in for Buddy. Buddy aims from a corner as Action rises, and Buddy runs in to BOOT in the corner! Snapmare and cover, TWO!! Action survives but Buddy stays focused. Buddy drags Action up, suplexes, but Action knees free! Action waistlocks, Buddy ELBOWS Action then sucker punches Sydal!

Buddy storms up on Action, Action slides under and reaches out! Buddy has a leg, he reels Action in to back suplex, but Action lands on his feet! Action ducks under an elbow, reaches out again, but Buddy has the tights! Action ENZIGIRIS, hot tag to Sydal! JUMP KICK! Sydal ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Buddy tumbles, comes back, but into a WHEEL KICK! Malakai runs up to CLUB Sydal, but Sydal JUMP KNEES back! QUESTION- NO, Malakai blocks the Question Mark Kick to ROUNDHOUSE Sydal! Sydal staggers to ropes, Brody storms in, but Sydal DUMPS Brody out! Buddy runs up, into a BOOT!

Sydal ELBOWS Malakai, runs up, but into a POP UP, POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER COMBO!! The fans fire up and Buddy covers, TWO! Sydal is still in this while Collision goes picture in picture.

Buddy looms over Sydal, drags him up and whips to JUMP KNEE! Sydal tumbles out and Brody tags in. Brody goes after Sydal to whip him hard into railing! Sydal writhes, Brody drags him back up, and Brody whips Sydal hard into more railing! The fans bark for Brody again as he stands Sydal up and CHOPS! Brody puts Sydal in the ring, looms over him, then drags him up. Brody CHOPS Sydal to the corner, tags Buddy, and then Brody scoops Sydal to SLAM him! Buddy slingshot SENTONS right in! Tag to Malakai and Buddy snapmares Sydal for Malakai to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Sydal down into a KIMURA!

Sydal endures the double wristlock as Malakai twists the elbow! Malakai drags Sydal back, Buddy tags in, and they mug Sydal. Buddy snapmares Sydal to KICK him down! Buddy drags Sydal back up, clamps onto the arm, and Collision returns as Buddy whips Sydal hard into a corner! Buddy BOOTS Dante off the apron for the hell of it! Buddy snapmares Sydal to KNEE him in the back, and KNEE again! Buddy mockingly holds Sydal’s hand out to Action, then KICKS Sydal in the back! And KICKS him again! The fans rally but Buddy drags Sydal right up to an Electric Chair Lift! But Sydal uses that to POISON-RANA!

Buddy flops right out of the ring and the fans rally up! Sydal crawls, The House shouts to Buddy, and the ring count is 5 of 10! Brody hurries to toss Buddy back in, hot tags to Malakai and Dante! Dante fires off on Malakai, then whips. Malakai reverses, runs up, but Dante slips out, goes up and around, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! But Malakai rolls through it to suplex and GOURD- NO, Dante lands out! POP-UP RANA! Dante hurries up a corner while Malakai is down! The fans fire up but Dante has to leap away as Brody rushes over! Dante comes back to SHOTGUN Brody down!

Malakai waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dante lands on his feet! Dante dodges Malakai to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Dante runs and FLIES out onto Brody! Dante hurries back in, the fans fire up, and Dante stalks Malakai, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Action hurries to tag in, he torture racks but Malakai lands out! Malakai knees low, whips, but Action ducks ‘n ‘dodges to DIVE onto Buddy! Action snarls but Malakai hits him with a TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Malakai puts Action in, BOOTS him to ropes, then ROUNDHOUSES! Malakai brings Action over, tags Brody, and then Buddy joins in. The fans bark as the House surrounds Action.

DANTE’S- NO, Sydal and Dante save Action! Then they TRIPLE SUPERKICK in return! And then TRIPLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICK! TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! The fans fire up but Buddy POP-UP KNEES Dante! Sydal goes up to METEORA! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Sydal, Action springboards to FLYING LARIAT Malakai! Brody DISCUS LARIATS Action down!! Cover, but Dante MAMBA SPLASHES it apart!! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup. Sydal BUZZSAWS Brody! Dante SUPERKICKS! Action joins in, TRIPLE KICK! Dante then SENTONS!

Action 450 SPLASHES! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are barking while Action can’t believe! Tag to Sydal, METE- NO, Brody catches Sydal, throws him back and SPLASHES in a corner! The fans bark more, The House all coordinate, CEREBERUS ATTACK!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

That was surely a fast ‘n’ furious fight just to open the night, and Malakai wants to make sure Adam Copeland was watching. The House vows that Dynasty will be The End. Will the House soon take the head of the Face of TNT?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm, Mariah May & Luther.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as her protege and her butler, and says we saw a lot on Dynamite. Kissing, champagne, and- “Yes, we did see a lot, didn’t we, darling? Get used to it. Because we saw a Champion’s Champagne Celebration that made an Italian woman curse, and turned Lightning Daffodil into a diddling do-how! And as for the kissing… There has been no greater love than this.” Storm turns to Mariah, but Lexi interrupts by saying she meant the kiss Mariah had with Mina- Mariah cuts Lexi off there. Can’t Lexi see Toni has a lot on her plate right now?

Toni has a title defense on a PPV coming soon, AND a match against AZM tonight. Plus, Anna Jay’s all serious~ right now. Yes, yes, Azumi-san. You want her to kiss your bottom? Well, that makes you and a thousand other perverts! Toni will give AZM a beating so intense, it’ll be featured in a fetish periodical! And the name of that publication? Chin up, tits out, and watch for the shoe…! The leading lady leads the way out, will she send AZM crying back to Stardom?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Chris Jericho found Taz backstage to talk with him about the Six Man Tag. We all saw what happened, and Jericho just wants to explain himself to Hook. Jericho is just trying to do what’s right for Hook but Hook won’t listen. Hook won’t answer his phone or his texts, but Taz knows his son better than anyone. Can Taz please ask Hook if he’ll talk to Jericho? Taz says he’ll try, a lot of the time he doesn’t really hear from Hook, Hook’s his own man. Of course, of course. Taz says Jericho may have pissed Hook off. And when Hook gets pissed, it’s… Well, Taz will try.

Jericho appreciates that, and as it turns out, this coming Wednesday, Taz will broker a face to face! Will #LionHook still make it work? Or will this Jericho only #SendHook into a stronger rage?

 

Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

The Wrestler got caught by #TAIGASTYLE all because Lionheart Jericho couldn’t get out of his own way. Will Shibata be able to handle things much better on his own? Or will Moriarty sink his fangs into Shibata one more time?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Lee and Shibata circle, Ogogo joins commentary to say the “skull cracking, jaw jacking Gov’nah is back in AEW.” Shibata and Lee clinch, go around, and Shibata waistlocks. Lee moves around, Shibata finds a lateral press, ONE! Shibata has the legs, goes around to cover, ONE! Lee uses a leg guard, gest Shibata’s leg, but Shibata sits on the toehold. Lee tries to waistlock at the same time but Shibata wristlocks. Lee scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, and fans applaud as Shibata lets off. The two reset, feel things out, and then Lee kicks low. Lee cravats, snapmares, and stomps Shibata!

Lee runs to roll things into a chinlock! Shibata pushes back to a cover, ONE! Lee holds onto the hold but Shibata fights the body scissors. Shibata uses his leg as leverage for breaking the chinlock, then he wrenches an arm. Lee rolls, Shibata wrangles him back down, but Lee fights up again. Lee slips around, wrenches, but Shibata waistlocks. Lee wrenches, wrangles, but Shibata trips Lee. Shibata has Lee’s legs, knees on Lee, but Lee fights free to kick. Shibata steps over and has the FIGURE FOUR! Lee blocks the main leg but Shibata powers through that! The fans rally, Lee drags Shibata along as he reaches out, but Shibata puts on the pressure!

Lee endures, fights and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, but then lee kicks Shibata away. Lee bails out, Ogogo coaches him from commentary, but Shibata goes out to CLUB Lee! Ogogo gets off commentary, gets up in Shibata’s face, and Shane distracts the ref so Ogogo can feint high to BODY BLOW! Lee slips away to the ring and sits cross-legged to mock Shibata! The fans boo while Ogogo rejoins commentary and the ring count begins. Lee mockingly applauds and Ogogo pretends not to know what happened. The count is 8! 9! Shibata springs in at 9.9! But Lee CLOBBERS Shibata, covers, TWO!!

Lee clamps right onto Shibata, steps over, and SNAP LOCKS the short arm scissor while Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee turns Shibata over, keeps the one arm trapped in a hammerlock, then pulls on the other arm. Shibata endures as Lee tortures the fingers and twists the wrist! Lee pushes the arm around for a RECLINER ARMLOCK! Shibata endures, Lee sits up and hooks the arm with a leg. Lee uses that to hook Shibata to a cover, TWO! Shibata escapes but Lee stalks him to ropes. Lee drags Shibata up but Shibata CHOPS! Lee comes back but Shibata ROCKS him! Lee comes back again, ROCKS Shibata, and Shibata falls over! Lee digs his boots in at the ropes, scrapes Shibata out of the ring, then soaks up the heat.

Lee goes out after Shibata, RAMS him into railing, then taunts everyone while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shibata gets back in the ring after having wrecked Lee on the outside. But then Lee wrenches Shibata. Shibata ROCKS Lee, Lee wrenches, repeat! Lee CHOPS Shibata, but Shibata doesn’t budge! Lee CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Lee CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Shibata is leaning into the shots! Shibata backs Lee down even though Lee CHOPS again and again! Shibata eggs Lee on, Ogogo coaches Lee, and the CHOPS keep going. Shibata ROCKS Lee with a forearm! Lee flops in a corner, Shibata fires more forearms on him! Shibata UPPERCUTS, then JABS, then COHPS! JAB CHOP JAB CHOP!

Lee sits down, Shibata COHPS and CHOPS and runs, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up for Shibata’s signature and STP looks upset! Shibata snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Lee stays in this and both men catch their breaths, but Shibata gets Lee up. Lee switches around to COBRA TWIST! The fans rally as Shibata endures, and Shibata pries at the grip. Shibata switches the Cobra Twist onto Lee! Lee endures now, marches his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! But Shibata KNEES Lee low! Shibata reels Lee in to SAIDO! Shibata runs up, but Lee ducks the kick! Lee kicks, Shibata blocks but the KNEE hits!

Lee runs, BOOTS, but Shibata stays up! Shibata fires up and runs, to BOOT Lee! Lee wobbles, roars, and runs to BOOT! Shibata runs to BOOT! Lee rebounds, into a BOOT! Shibata waistlocks, Lee fight sit to switch, facelock and suplex, but Shibata fights out! Lee catches Shibata, wrenches, and THE- NO, Shibata avoids the Fang to SLEEPER! Ripcord PALM STRIKE! Then PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

Moriarty put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to win. So Shane Taylor attacks from behind! The fans boo as Shane stomps Shibata at the ropes then talks trash! But here comes HOOK! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil won’t let Shane beat up his friend like that! Lee runs up but Hook catches him for an EL CAMINO! Shane stares Hook down, their FTW Championship match set for later tonight on Battle of the Belts. But given that, Shane stands down and STP regroups. They’ll look to handle this later, but it be rumble, bad man, rumble?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexi Nair is in her Minion In Training Letterman’s jacket as this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting! She is with the ROH Women’s World Champion AND ROH Women’s Television Champion, and Athena defends her title against Red Velvet in the main event of Battle of the Belts! The main event, ON TNT, LIVE! Athena deserves this because she is that damn good! Billie agrees, but says Red is really good. She made it really far in the Women’s TV Title tournament. Yes, but Billie won that, right? She did! So Athena knows Red Velvet is a top star, Red Velvet is a threat, but Athena is the TOP champion! The BEST champion in wrestling today!

Athena is the Minion Overlord, the Fallen Goddess, the REAL Alpha, the Forever Champion, and tonight, Athena makes an example out of Velvet to show the world what they’ve been missing. Will Athena be the one serving L’s to The Chef tonight?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Kingdom.

Collision returns as Lexi is now with Roderick Strong, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven and says as of late, they’ve had a lot of success. Would they attribute any of that success to Wardlow? “LEXIII~! How dare you. How dare you give credit to anybody but me.” Roddy is a fighting champion, a giving champion. Do you not see the opportunity Roddy is giving to these gentlemen who do not even deserve it? He is making them earn it because they do not deserve it. How dare she? But hey, Roddy has been doing it on his own, just like Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle inspires Roddy.

But enough about that, let’s talk tonight. Tonight, Roddy puts on a show. What’s the show called? The Beating of a Lifetime! That’s the Kingdom’s favorite show! But will Rocky Romero cancel that show to make it The Azucar Hour?

 

Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!

The Dragonslayer has been getting back up with win after win, and he doesn’t plan on stopping now! Will he turn it up a notch as we get closer and closer to Dynasty? Or will the South African Stud prove he’s still worthy of some opportunities, too?

The bell rings, the fans rally and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a hammerlock. Angelico spins Garcia, wristlocks, but Garcia pries the hold open to wrench back. Angelico spins, slips through, spins Garcia, then slips around again to arm-drag! Garcia gets up fast but Angelico does his own dance. The fans boo but Garcia keeps cool. The two tie up, Garcia waistlocks, spins, snapmares, ghost pin, TWO! Angelico is up but Garcia clinches to to arm-drag! Leg-sweep, cover, ONE! Angelico puts a leg guard up as he calls for a timeout! The fans cheer as Garcia shows sportsmanship and lets Angelico get up.

Angelico and Garcia reset, knuckle lock, then Angelico trips Garcia. Angelico rolls Garcia, whips, but Garcia reverses. Angelico rolls off Garcia’s back, Garcia jumps the leg sweep, but not the EDDY GORDO KICK! Angelico wrenches, steps over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, but Angelico stomps Garcia around. Angelico drags Garcia by an arm but Garcia kicks him. Angelico stomps Garcia, but Garcia CHOPS! Angelico JABS Garcia, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Angelico drags Garcia up, hits a BIG back suplex, then grabs legs. Angelico steps over, but Garcia kicks him away to trip him! Garcia steps through to FIGURE FOUR!

The fans fire up as Angelico endures! Angelico’s shoulders are down, ONE as he sits back up. Garcia puts on the pressure but Angelico turns things over! Garcia endures now, but he fights it back over! Angelico endures again, stays off the mat, and turns things over again! Garcia turns it back! Then Angelico, then Garcia! Angelico has it! Garcia has it! Angelico has it again, Garcia has it back, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as the two kick at each other while the hold is undone. They both stand, Garcia kicks but Angelico kicks back. Garcia kicks, Angelico kicks, repeat! Garcia kicks more and more, runs, but the leg bothers him!

Angelico DECKS Garcia! Angelico hauls Garcia up to suplex, but Garcia slips free and kicks! Then TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia beats his leg into working, the fans rally behind him, and he stands. Garcia counter punches Angelico, then does it again! Garcia then wrenches and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! The fans fire up as Garcia runs in at the corner to forearm SMASH! Garcia climbs up, rains down fists, and goes to nine before he puts up his dukes, to DO HIS DANCE! The fans fire up as Garcia hops down and runs corner to corner, HAYMAKER! Garcia runs up again, choke grip!

Angelico breaks free, Garcia CHOPS and SAIDOS! Garcia storms around, gets the legs, KNEEBAR!! Angelico flails, reaches out, but TAPS, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission

A great fight leads to a great win for Red Death! Will this momentum help Garcia be primed for a title match on the other side of Dynasty?

 

Pac speaks.

“Kazuchika Okada. Believe it or not, bonny lad, I would like to thank you. Not only for accepting my challenge, but also for walloping me around the head with a big dirty lump of steel. That was very brave of you, wasn’t it, huh? And now, as a result, I have a perpetual headache that serves as motivation to remind everybody of exactly who I am. Now I may not be tall and handsome, I am not a Japanese superstar, I do not own a Ferrari, and I’m certainly not flavor of the month. Okada, you may think you’re God’s gift to professional wrestling, but you’re not! You’re CRAP! And what I am is better than you!

“And next Sunday, at AEW Dynasty, live from St. Louis, Missouri, I am going to relish the opportunity to prove it in front of the entire world. You understand me, hm? Good.” The Bastard is ready, will he violently end The Rainmaker’s reign?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay!

The leading lady of AEW knows her next big picture will have “Lightning Daffodil” starring against her, but she has to be careful not to take tonight’s performance too lightly. Will Storm strike down AZM here in Kentucky? Or will the Highspeed Superstar find her way into the Dynasty picture?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. The two circle, feel things out, and then tie up. Storm throws AZM down then laughs at her, but AZM gets right up. They reset, circle again, and tie up. They go around, Storm puts AZM on ropes, then sits her down! Storm poses and the fans cheer, but AZM is right up to fire forearms! The fans rally, Storm just shrugs those off! AZM runs to RAM Storm but Storm still laughs! AZM runs and RAMS Storm again, Storm chuckles this time. AZM fakes a punch to stomp Storm’s foot! AZM runs, but Storm follows and runs AZM over! The fans cheer but then AZM kips right up!

AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges, trips Storm then keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Basement dropkick! The fans fire up as AZM kips up again! AZM pushes Storm around, steps on her, and the ref counts. AZM steps away at 4, the fans rally up, and AZM runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, ONE!! Storm toughs it out and the fans rally as AZM goes to the apron. AZM climbs, Storm DECKS her! Storm then runs to HIP ATTACK AZM to the floor! AZM tumbles away to the ramp, but Anna gets Mariah in a QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Mariah RAMS Anna into railing! Mariah and Anna fight now, the fans fire up, and AZM gets outta the way!

Storm is flabbergasted as Anna and Mariah brawl their way to the back! Storm fetches AZM but AZM whips her into steel steps! Then AZM pushes Storm around, goes up the apron, and fans fire up for the PENALTY KICK! Storm is dazed but the fans fire up as Collision goes picture in picture.

AZM shoves Storm in, goes up top, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Storm flounders all the way across the ring! AZM storms over to drag Storm up, but Storm HOTSHOTS her! AZM flounders, Storm stomps her, and then Storm CHOPS AZM down! Storm pushes AZM around, flexes, then brings AZM up. Storm whips AZM, BOOTS AZM down, then flexes again. Storm drags AZM back up, bumps her off buckles, then fires off CHOPS! Storm TOSSES AZM by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm steps on AZM in the corner! The ref counts, Storm steps away, and she then scuffs AZM against ropes. The ref counts, Storm lets off again.

Storm drags AZM up, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this but Storm grabs arms to put AZM in a motorcycle stretch. AZM endures, so Storm shifts to a chinlock, but AZM still fights! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets go at 4, and she paces around AZM. Storm stomps AZM, drags her up, and Collision returns to single picture as Storm stomps AZM in a corner. Storm pie faces AZM, taunts her, but AZM rises. The fans fire up as AZM fires forearms! Storm ROCKS AZM in return! AZM fires another forearm, Storm ROCKS her again! AZM fires more forearms, then blocks a kick to ROUNDHOUSE!

AZM runs, but Storm HEADBUTTS! But AZM returns to LA MYSTICA! Then BUZZSAW! Both women are down and the fans fire up! AZM sits up first, brings Storm up, and then runs, but Storm CHOKES her! AZM fights free, blocks a kick, LEG TRAP GERMAN! AZM puts Storm in a drop zone while the fans are dueling! AZM goes up top, takes aim, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and AZM can’t believe it! AZM fires herself back up, reels Storm in, but Storm wrenches out to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Storm throws a fit then storms around. Storm drags AZM up, waistlocks, but AZM fights!

AZM grabs ropes, Storm drags her back, but AZM arm-drags free! Step over, and AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Storm escapes, blocks the buzzsaw, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!! AZM tumbles and flounders into a corner, and Storm takes aim! She’s ready for her close-up! SWEET HIP MUSIC~! STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (denies AZM a title opportunity)

That was certainly fast and furious, but you can’t beat a classic like Timeless Toni! Mariah returns from backstage with a couple glasses of the bubbly. Mariah and Toni link arms while they drink up, and Storm brings Mariah to her bosom. Storm cuddles Mariah, then shoves her, then drags her back up to bring her away. Will nothing and no one take the spotlight away from the AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Red Velvet.

Lexi Nair is now with The Chef and brings up tonight’s title match with Athena. How is Velvet feeling about such a high profile match? High profile? Red Velvet IS high profile! And she saw what Lexi’s “boss,” Athena had to say, really stirring up the pot. But Athena, you wanna stir it up? They can stir it up? In BOTB’s main event, Red Velvet will knock you out! Red Velvet is not a stranger to main events, title pictures or high profile matches. Tonight, Velvet makes an example out of Athena, and shows everyone why it was a mistake for Athena to step into Velvet’s kitchen! Will The Chef make Athena eat crow while serving up that L?

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

He says Dynasty is coming, and a big match on that card is the AEW Women’s World title, Timeless Toni Storm VS the former champion, Thunder Rosa! The fans cheer as La Mera Mera makes her way out and joins Schiavone on stage. Schiavone says we saw what happened on Dynamite when Storm hit her with champagne and smudged her face paint. But the fact is, Rosa never lost her title. She has a chance to redeem herself and get the title back. Rosa says that is right. Before that, she wants to address something else. See all these people here? She wants to thank all of them for making this comeback so special for her.

And of course, thank you to everyone watching at home seeing them on TBS, TNT and all over the world! Without you, we wouldn’t have made all these wonderful memories the last five years. Without you, we wouldn’t have made AEW what it is today. The fans cheer that, and Rosa says she is here for a reason. That is to remind people that she doesn’t need help. And she means you, too, Deonna Purrazzo. Rosa wants to remind everyone that she’s done a lot on her own. When she earned her college degree, she earned her US citizenship, she helped a lot of people as a social worker, and won all those matches even before AEW, and especially when she won the AEW title.

But most importantly, Rosa fought so hard here to be in AEW, and she’s still here in AEW, because it is where the best wrestle! And “Antonia,” Rosa thought you believed the same things. What happened to you, homegirl? Weren’t they together in the ring? Weren’t they #ThunderStorm? When did Storm go completely crazy!? Rosa was so proud of being a champion, even though her body couldn’t carry her as far as her passion. Rosa had to heal. Then that day, something died inside of her. But Rosa has a chance, another opportunity, and it is important that Toni knows it will happen in St. Louis.

Rosa wants to humble Toni, to remind her that Rosa didn’t leave because she “couldn’t carry” the weight of that title. At Dynasty, Rosa carries more than that title. She will carry the pride of HER people, of her family, and if she has to break every single bone in her body to uplift and empower the women of this locker room fighting for just one opportunity and respect, because they also believe in AEW… Then Antonia, kiss your little clone goodbye. You made a big mistake on trying to erase Rosa’s mask. You don’t wanna see what’s underneath. You can’t kill what’s already dead! And on Sunday, Rosa comes for Storm, for the title, and to drag Storm’s soul to HELL!!

La Mera Mera is all fired up, and she smears her own face paint to make her point. Will she smash that spotlight and leave the leading lady in the dark?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, if you don’t want my help, that’s fine. I’ll help myself. When I staked my claim at the AEW Women’s World Championship, it wasn’t personal. It’s because frankly, I don’t think Toni Storm embodies what it means to be a world champion. But I do. I’m a workhorse, I’m a thoroughbred, I am the Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo. And I could stand here, make excuses about why I’m not the AEW Women’s World Champion right now, or I could do something about it. It seems if I can’t get one Toni Storm, I might as well get the other. So next week, Mariah May VS The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo, and I’m gonna break your arm.”

The message has been sent, will Deonna make sure the leading lady’s understudy won’t make it to Dynasty to support Toni Storm?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

To raise the stakes on this match, The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4, it will be a LADDER MATCH! No pinfalls or submissions, only the team that can literally rise above will become the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions! But is this still playing right into the EVPs’ hands? Or can Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood find a way to come out on top?

 

The Don Callis Family speaks.

Kyle Fletcher says tonight in the main event, he and Will Hobbs are on a mission for the Don Callis family. That is to protect the golden goose. This Wednesday Night Dynamite, Claudio will end up a cakewalk for Ospreay! And Dynasty, Bryan will be the exact same thing, all thanks to DCF. Hobbs says not to worry about next week, let’s just focus on tonight. Tonight, they got Claudio and Danielson, and tonight the DCF expects a hefty fine. Bryan might as well just expect not to walk out on his own. One last message has been sent, but now it’s time to put up or shut up! Will the Protostar & Powerhouse pulverize the BCC?

Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher!

The teams sort out but then the DCF just attack! The bell rings, the fans fire up and the brawl is on! Claudio fires off on Hobbs but Kyle TOSSES Bryan out. Hobbs and Claudio fall out of the ring while Kyle stalks Bryan. Kyle ROCKS Bryan, Hobbs HEADBUTTS Claudio! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, Bryan whips Kyle into railing! Claudio UPPERCUTS again, Bryan sits Kyle in a corner then runs side to side, to DROPKICK against the railing! The fans fire up as Claudio throws more UPPERCUTS to keep Hobbs moving up the ramp! Then Claudio whips Hobbs down the ramp and into the LED apron!

The fans fire up as Bryan CHOPS and KICKS Kyle against railing again and again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Claudio drags Kyle up for Bryan, and Bryan DROPKICKS Kyle again! The fans fire up and high-five with BCC! Hobbs sits up, into a KICK from Bryan! Claudio keeps Hobbs up so Bryan can KICK again! Claudio puts Hobbs in, storms after him, and Bryan whips Kyle hard into railing! Kyle tumbles up and over into the front row! Hobbs throws hands on Claudio, CLUBS him, but Claudio hits back! They go forearm for forearm, Hobbs ROCKS Claudio! Claudio rebounds to ROCK Hobbs, Hobbs rebounds to ROCK Claudio!

Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs runs, but Claudio scoops! Claudio SLAMS Hobbs, runs, and then DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans fire up, Claudio brings Hobbs up, but Hobbs blocks the suplex! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, suplexes, and he hangs Hobbs out to dry! Tag to Bryan and he goes up to DIVING KNEE! The fans fire up and Bryan paces. Hobbs sits up, Bryan drags him around by the legs, and then hooks those legs up. Bryan SLAPS Hobbs to go for the arms! Bryan tries but Hobbs is so big, Bryan just STOMPS the knees! Tag to Claudio, and Claudio helps Bryan split the wishbone!

Claudio drags Hobbs up, reels him in, but Hobbs suplexes instead! BIG slam, and the fans fire up while both men are down! Hobbs drags Claudio over, tag to Kyle, and Kyle stomps Claudio down! Kyle puts Claudio in a corner, CHOPS, then ROCKS, then repeat! Kyle whips, Claudio reverses and UPPERCUTS! The fans rally, Claudio climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans count and Claudio goes to nine, then kisses his fist before TEN! But then Kyle TOSSES Claudio up and out! Claudio sees Hobbs storming up, but so does the ref. The ref has Hobbs stop, but then Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio with a kick!

The ref reprimands Kyle, they argue, and that lets Hobbs CLOBBER Claudio after all! The DCF is standing tall while Collision goes picture in picture.

Hobbs soaks up heat, then steps back as Kyle goes out to fetch Claudio. Kyle whips Claudio hard into railing, then taunts Bryan. Kyle drags Claudio up, puts him in the ring, then brings Claudio up. Claudio ROCKS Kyle, but Kyle RAMS him into the corner! Kyle RAMS in again and again, then tags Hobbs. Hobbs CLUBS Claudio from the outside, and CLUBS him again and again. Hobbs storms into the ring, stays between Claudio and Bryan, then fires knees and body shots. Hobbs brings Claudio up for a facelock, but Claudio fights his way forward! Claudio lifts Hobbs one step at a time! Hobbs lets off to BLAST Bryan, then he CLOBBERS Claudio!

Hobbs drags Claudio up, brings him over, tag to Kyle. The DCF mugs Claudio while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, both Claudio and Kyle are down, and the fans rally up. Kyle clamps onto Claudio with a SLEEPER, and even body scissors! Claudio flails around, Bryan rises back up, but Kyle keeps Claudio away. The fans rally, Claudio rises and has Kyle as a backpack! Kyle thrashes but Claudio steps forward! But then Claudio drops to a knee! Claudio is fading but Bryan coaches Claudio on. Claudio gets a second wind and he rises up again! Claudio powers Kyle around into a gut wrench and SUPLEX! The fans fire up as both men crawl! Kyle grabs a leg to anchor Claudio! Claudio BOOTS Kyle away, hot tag to Bryan!

The fans fire up as Bryan goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Then he DROPKICKS Hobbs off the corner! Bryan UPPERCUTS Kyle, UPPERCUTS again and again, then whips. Kyle reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Duck ‘n’ dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Bryan and he goes to a corner. “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan KICKS Kyle, and KICKS, and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Then the BUZZ- NO, Kyle duck sit, shoves, but Bryan WRECKS Hobbs first! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Kyle, runs and PLANCHAS, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs SLAMS Bryan on the apron! And SLAMS him again!

Hobbs then pops Bryan around, but Bryan slips free to POST Hobbs! Bryan goes to the apron to FLYING KNEE! But Kyle comes in to BOOT Bryan into security! But Claudio UPPERCUTS Kyle into railing!! The fans are thunderous as Claudio stands up on the timekeeper’s table! The BCC regroups, “This is Awesome!” as Claudio whips Hobbs into railing! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs up and over railing!! But Kyle SMACKS Bryan off the desk! Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio in the crowd! Kyle sends Claudio into railing! But Bryan LEAPS into the fray! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Hobbs while Claudio has Kyle, and Collision goes picture in picture!

BCC DUMPS Kyle back to ringside, then they hurry to get him in the ring. Claudio drags Hobbs back over, whips, but Hobbs sends Claudio into railing! Bryan KICKS Kyle, brings him up and whips him corner to corner. Kyle reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Then suplex for the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Kyle is fuming! Kyle rains down fists and elbows, then lets off to pace around. Kyle seethes, mocks the fans, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan slips out of the ring but Kyle follows. Kyle CHOPS Bryan against railing! Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan staggers away, but Kyle pursues to CHOP again!

Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan goes into the ring, and Kyle taunts Claudio now. Kyle goes up the steps, and he DIGS his fingers into Bryan’s face! He wants to do Callis’ idea of eye gouging! Collision returns to single picture, and Kyle peels the floor mats away! The fans fire up while the ref reprimands, but Kyle drags Bryan out of the ring. Hobbs makes sure the mats stay outta the way for Kyle to reel Bryan in. The mats aren’t behaving, but then Bryan back drops free! The fans fire up, but then Hobbs RAMS Claudio into railing for good measure! Bryan gets in the ring but he’s isolated! Hobbs gets Kyle up and into the ring at 9!

Kyle mocks the ref’s good counting, then drags Bryan up. Kyle puts Bryan in the corner, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. Kyle brings Bryan to the very top, but Bryan resists! The fans fire up as Bryan slips under and trips Kyle up! Kyle lands on his Aussie arrow, and the fans rally as Bryan rises! Bryan climbs up after Kyle, but then Hobbs Electric Chair Lifts Bryan! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs! Bryan returns to the corner, Claudio UPPERCUTS then LARIATS! Hobbs stays up, the uppercuts keep going! Hobbs dodges to then LARIAT Claudio and himself outta the ring! Bryan still hits a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Bryan crawls to the cover, TWO!!

But into the LEBELL LOCK!! The fans are thunderous as Kyle endures, but Hobbs returns to CLOBBER Bryan! The fans boo but Kyle signals to Hobbs. Hobbs goes to the corner, tags in then storms back in after Bryan. Hobbs scoops Bryan, but Bryan slips free! Bryan shoves Hobbs into Kyle and Kyle falls outta the ring! The fans rally, Claudio rises, and Bryan crawls over, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Hobbs, but lets off as the ref counts. Then Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! Kyle gets in, but he gets an UPPERCUT! Claudio fires UPPERCUTS from all sides! Claudio then shrugs and runs in at Hobbs, UPPERCUT!

UPPERCUT for Kyle! UPPERCUT for Hibbs! Claudio LARIATS Kyle up and out! Hobbs staggers and Claudio trips him! The fans fire up for the GIANT SWING! Hobbs goes around and around and around, the fans counting along! Claudio goes to TEN, then he steps through! SHARPSHOOTER! Hobbs endures as Claudio sits deep! But Kyle returns to KICK Claudio! Claudio holds onto Hobbs! Kyle KICKS again, but still not enough! Bryan goes up top, leaps in, into a SUPERKICK! Claudio does let Hobbs go to POP-UP UPPERCUT Kyle! Only for Hobbs to SPINEBUSTER Claudio! Cover, TWO!! The fans again say “This is Awesome!” as it’s still not over!

The teams crawl and regroup, and the fans cheer on “B C C!” The forearms fly, as do CHOP! Bryan CHOPS Kyle, Kyle CHOPS Bryan! Hobbs and Claudio keep throwing forearms while the other two CHOP! Kyle gets the edge with forearms, then so does Hobbs! Kyle whips Bryan, Bryan stops himself, then Bryan DUMPS Kyle out! Bryan dodges Hobbs to then DIVE! Kyle is sent into railing! Claudio gets Hobbs in a fireman’s carry!? DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and the fans can’t believe it! But Claudio powers back up, waits on Hobbs, and then runs in, to LARIAT! But Hobbs stays up!

Claudio runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Claudio blocks a lariat to UPPERCUT, run, and LARIAT! Hobbs falls down! Cover, TWO!! But Claudio doesn’t hesitate, he drags Hobbs up. But Kyle RAMS Bryan into railing! Hobbs back drops free, but Claudio lands on his feet! Claudio ducks ‘n’ dodges but Kyle trips him! Hobbs LARIATS Claudio, then scoops him! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, BRYAN BREAKS IT! Kyle gets Bryan up to TOSS him, then he tags in, Hobbs goes out to get a chair! Hobbs threatens Bryan, but the ref grab the chair! Bryan KICKS away on Hobbs! “YES! YES! YES!” But Kyle DIVES onto Bryan!

Kyle fires hands, then he clears the desk! Hobbs helps out, time to forget winning and time to start hurting BCC! Kyle feeds Bryan to Hobbs but Bryan slips free of the spinebuster! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs onto the desk! Claudio ELBOWS Kyle, then goes up onto the desk so he can FLYING RANA! Kyle is sent into the apron, then Claudio puts him in the ring! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

The DCF isn’t done, though, because KONOSUKE TAKESHITA attacks! He and Hobbs brutalize Bryan and Claudio! The mission doesn’t end with the match, and they TOSS Bryan out of the ring! The fans cheer for Moxley but he might not be here after being in Chicago last night. Konosuke suplexes Bryan, BRAINBUSTER on the ramp! Kyle says Bryan should’ve listened, and this is what happens! Claudio gets a chair and he runs off the DCF, but the damage has been done! Will the American Dragon be able to recover in time for Dynasty?


My Thoughts:

Really good Collision, though half of it was a go-home to BOTB X with it being on right after this. Good promos from Athena and Billie, from The Undisputed Kingdom, and Red Velvet, but yeah, no titles are changing hands, even if it is the tenth BOTB special. Good promo from Mark Briscoe to add hype to the coming Six Man Tag, and of course The House of Black won tonight’s Six Man Tag. Good promo from Storm and Mariah ahead of Storm’s match with AZM that Storm of course won, but also good stuff with Anna and Mariah fighting. Good promos from Rosa and Deonna to add to the build, and maybe Rosa beats Storm at Dynasty, but hard to say with a week still to go.

Good promo from Jericho and Taz to set up this whole “meeting” with Hook, and I have a feeling that is where #LionHook really falls apart and we get Jericho VS Hook for the FTW Championship at Dynasty, or maybe Double or Nothing at the latest. Really good match from Shibata and Moriarty, and good save from Hook after to add a little more to the FTW Championship match scheduled for BOTB. Great match from Garcia VS Angelico though it was just for the sake of having a great match. I think I said before but Garcia really should get at a title after Dynasty, just not sure what title that’ll be.

Pac has a good promo to call out Okada, and then quite the big move for the tag title match to now be a ladder match. If feel like that’s just them telegraphing that The Bucks are winning because ladder matches are certainly more their thing than FTR’s. And good promos from both BCC and DCF, though the latter wasn’t needed other than to fill time. We know what Kyle & Hobbs were gonna go for after Callis’ promo, we didn’t need them doubling down on it. And while BCC of course won the match, the DCF then of course attacked after. The math here is a bit of a wash, Claudio surely loses to Ospreay, and then Ospreay and Bryan go in more or less even so it could be anyone’s win at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.7/10


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