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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/27/21)

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NXT Coverage 2021

El Legado del Fantasma targets the NXT Cruiserweight AND Tag Team Champions!

Santos Escobar leads his legion of luchadores against Kushida and MSK! Will the Emperor of Lucha secure a second chance at the championship the Time Splitter took from him?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mercedes Martinez VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez; Martinez wins, by disqualification.
  • Toni Storm VS Zayda Ramier; Ramier wins.
  • Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory w/ The Way; Reed wins and will challenge Johnny Gargano for the NXT North American Championship.
  • Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart VS The Robert Stone Brand; No Contest.
  • Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS KUSHIDA & MSK; El Legado wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mercedes Martinez VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez!

Mean Ms. Martinez wants after the NXT Women’s Championship, but she knows as well as anyone that #CobraKai always watches Big Mami Cool’s back. Will Mercedes run through Dakota to get at Ricky Desperado?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up as they tie up, and Dakota gets an arm. Dakota wrenches to a wristlock but Mercedes hits low and headlocks for a takeover. Dakota headscissors and squeezes tight, but Mercedes moves around to hop and hop and pop free, then she ROCKS Dakota with a slap! And then an uppercut! Mercedes whips, Dakota reverses and hurdles, but gets caught! Dakota falls on her face, Mercedes slaps her around then drags her up over an OVERHEAD toss! Dakota gets up only for Mercedes to rally with clotheslines! Mercedes adds a SPINEBUSTER, high stack covers, TWO!

Dakota gets to a corner, Raquel coaches her up, but Mercedes fires forearms! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off to get Dakota up. Dakota slips out of the scoop to turn Mercedes around for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Dakota drags Mercedes up, whips her to a corner hard, and Mercedes flops down for the BOOT WASH! Dakota drags Mercedes to a cover, TWO! Fans rally as Dakota drags Mercedes up and chokes her on the ropes! The ref counts, Dakota lets off at 4, and Mercedes goes back to the corner. Mercedes throws body shots but Dakota CLUBS her down! Dakota stops because of her bad arm, but keeps after Mercedes. Mercedes fires off hands, but Dakota hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Dakota grows frustrated but Raquel tells her to shake it off. Dakota drags Mercedes back up, clubs her down, then digs a knee into Mercedes’ back. Dakota hooks Mercedes’ arm and pulls back, but Mercedes drags Dakota to a cradle! TWO, and Dakota BOOTS Mercedes to a corner! Dakota goes Around the World, but the boot misses! Mercedes is on the apron, gets Dakota’s leg stuck between ropes and fires off forearms! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off at 4, and hauls Dakota up top. Mercedes climbs up but Dakota elbows her away! Mercedes CLUBS Dakota, drags her into the crucifix, and hits a CLIFF HANGER! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives and shocks Mercedes!

Mercedes stalks Dakota as she rolls, and drags her up to ROCK her with an uppercut! Mercedes hits a forearm in the corner, runs but into a drop toehold! Dakota goes Around the World again for the BOOT! Mercedes flops out of the ring as NXT goes picture in picture!

Dakota grits her teeth, but lets the ring count start on Mercedes. The count reaches 5 of 10, Mercedes finally sits up, and she drags herself back into the ring at 8. Dakota stomps Mercedes at the ropes but the ref counts. Dakota lets off, drags Mercedes up, and drags her to dig a knee into the arm. Dakota pulls back on both arms now for a grounded motorcycle stretch. Mercedes endures but sits up into a proper motorcycle stretch! Dakota gets both boots into the stretch, then body scissors for a clutch, TWO! Dakota fires forearms into Mercedes, keeps up the squeeze, but Mercedes pushes back to a cover! TWO, and Dakota lets Mercedes free to AX KICK her down!

Dakota stands on Mercedes, mounts an arm for a deep armlock, but Mercedes fights up. Mercedes throws hands, Dakota hits back! Dakota RAMS Mercedes into buckles, and then does it again! Dakota traps an arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Dakota lets off and snapmares Mercedes to a cover. TWO, and Dakota gets frustrated. Dakota pulls on the arm, Mercedes endures but Dakota shifts to a short arm scissor! Mercedes goes after Dakota’s face and hair, then rolls her to a deep cover! TWO, and the two reset as NXT returns to single picture!

Dakota gets Mercedes up, throws her out, and then goes out after her with a smirk. Mercedes ROCKS Dakota in return and RAMS her into the apron! Mercedes puts Dakota in, gets on the apron but Dakota kicks her low! And BOOTS her and KICKS her and hits a DRAPING CODE BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Dakota is furious as Mercedes survives! Dakota scuffs Mercedes with her boot, toying with her. Mercedes hits back, Dakota CLUBS her and the two go back and forth! Mercedes ROCKS Dakota, Dakota hits back and now they brawl on their feet! Dakota HEADBUTTS, then runs, but Mercedes side-steps to ROLLING ELBOW!

Mercedes fires up and the fans are with her! Mercedes gets Dakota up for forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off, and she reels Dakota in for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! But not just one, ANOTHER! And then a lift for a SNAP BUTTERFLY! Dakota gets up after that modified Three Amigos, only for Mercedes to WRING her arm out! Dakota flops out of the ring, Mercedes pursues, and Raquel stands in her way! The ref is counting, Dakota is back in, and she distracts the ref so Raquel can take a shot! Mercedes dodges it to DECK Raquel! Mercedes gets in, blocks a boot and KNEES Dakota back! Mercedes fireman’s carries Dakota, Raquel gets in to BOOT Mercedes down!!

Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by disqualification

Raquel throws Mercedes out of the ring and dares her to get up! Raquel throws clubbing forearms on Mercedes over and over, then THROWS her into the boards! Raquel then POSTS Mercedes, and says SHE is the champion! Raquel scoops Mercedes to LAWN DART her into the boards!! A message has been sent to Mercedes and the entire NXT Women’s Division! But will this scare Mercedes off? Or only motivate her more?

 

Backstage interview with Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon!

A busy few weeks as they’re going to have a match tonight before a title defense next week against The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell. Shotzi & Ember take on the Robert Stone Brand tonight but aren’t looking past them. As for Candice & Indi, same trash, new day. And we all know they’ve lost their way. But as the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, they- Are being given flowers? McKenzie, you shouldn’t have! Franky Monet walks in, notices the flowers, and says someone must have a secret admirer~!

Franky grabs the card, and sees that these are from Dexter Lumis?! Ember x Dexter?! No way, Ember’s married, so these must both be for Shotzi. Oh nonononono! They both keep trying to pass the bouquet, but how do we know these really are from Dexter Lumis?

 

Cameron Grimes goes accessory shopping.

The Carolina Caveman is still flush with cash, so “watch out now.” He wants something like the one in the picture, just way shinier. He’s here to get something for a certain someone: himself! Is this gold? Nope, chocolate. No one should sell a chocolate watch. Grimes wants the most expensive, blingiest watch possible, so that’s why he’s here! What they got? Oh they’ve got something for him. Great! Because he’s got nothing but time! Though he does get impatient. What will be recommended for the king of doge coin?

 

Grizzled Young Veterans are in the ring.

James Drake points out tonight’s main event is MSK, our NXT Tag Team Champions, are in a Six Man Tag. But does Zack Gibson see a trend? MSK will compete in any sort of match except for the one that matters: defending the titles straight-up against GYV! Gibson says that MSK are a great little tag team, but they’re the two biggest knob heads Gibson’s ever seen! The titles don’t make the men, the men make the titles! And GYV are the leaders of this tag team division! The world desperately needs to fire that GYV will bring! And if some snowflakes melt, then so be it! They are the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSOON to be recognized as the next and most important NXT Tag Team-

Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher interrupt! Ciampa hates to be the kind of guy that walks out here and interrupts another man while he’s talking, but Ciampa’s been listening to the similarities between these teams. They’re the Grizzled Young Veterans, but Ciampa & “Toothless Timmy” are grizzled and veterans. GYV wants to be tag team division leaders, but Ciampa & Thatcher know a thing or two about leading. And they all want to face MSK to become the next NXT Tag Team Champions. Now, last time they were in the ring together, GYV happened to find a way to win. Ciampa can’t help but respect that, and #DoubleT even watched old footage of them and took some notes.

Thatcher found a lot of strengths, but then there was this one show, TakeOver: Cardiff. How’d that go again? Shoes off if you hate Gibson! If you hate Gibson, shoes off! Ciampa takes a shoe off, to BASH Gibson with! Drake gets mugged, and then DECKED! Ciampa stomps Drake, Gibson saves his tag partner, and the suit jackets are torn! Ciampa and Thatcher hold their shoes up, but will they sssoon get their hands raised after a match?

 

Backstage interview with Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!

A huge match tonight, but can they stay on the same page against Imperium? Oh, this is all very convenient. Drake is clearly suspicious, but Dain says it’s the same as any week: you ask for it. Interesting. Drake has been watching wrestling for a long, long time! This is either going to be Dain sucker punching Drake and he joins Imperium, or Dain just ditches him. It’s happened a million times! Well in the immortal words of a great man, “You gotta have faith.” Was that George Michael? Will wrestling history repeat itself for Rockstar Spud & Big Damo?

 

Tian Sha speaks.

Xia Li, in Mandarin, gives NXT a warning. “One empress fell, while another was crowned. But no matter who sits on the throne, all kingdoms will fall to Tian Sha. Anyone who stands in-between Tian Sha and destiny will be… eliminated!” THE Tian Sha breathes smoke. Will they burn the NXT Women’s Division to the ground and stand atop its ashes?

 

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is back in “the lab.”

“See, Swerve ain’t gonna fret. But you attacked me a couple weeks ago after our match, the first thing that came to my mind was, ‘Damn, what a coward.'” But then Swerve through about this, and is actually proud of Leon Ruff! Swerve didn’t think Ruff had it in him. But now that we know that he does, fighting at ringside, backstage and so on, it’s obvious the ring can’t contain them anymore. So Swerve’s got an idea, since the ball is in his court and all. Falls Count Anywhere. Since Ruff wants to play the game, Swerve will play and will play with Ruff’s life! It all goes down next week, but where will it end?

 

Toni Storm VS Zayda Ramier!

Before the match, The Lightning From Down Under gets a mic to address the last couple of weeks. “Zoey Stark, you owe me a thank you. Cuz at TakeOver, I made you famous!” In fact, people only know Stark thanks to Storm! But when history is written, Stark will merely be a footnote in Storm’s legendary career. The next chapter reads: Toni Storm ENDS Zoey Stark! And hopefully Stark is watching because every time she’ll slap this rookie, she’ll imagine it’s Stark. Storm is talking up a storm, but will she be the one struck down for overlooking a rookie?

The bell rings and Storm rushes Ramier to BOOT her down! Storm drags Ramier up to whip and BOOT again! Then she drags Ramier up to ROCK her with a haymaker! Ramier is in a corner but Storm TOSSES her across the way! And then back the other way! Ramier gets to ropes but Storm runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Storm drags Ramier up, wrenches and scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Storm bends Ramier back in a rack, Ramier flails and kicks as Storm shouts, “ZOEY!! THIS IS YOU!!” Storm keeps Ramier trapped until she gets frustrated and shoves her away. Ramier is in another corner and Storm stomps.

Ramier fires back but Storm ROCKS her with an uppercut! Storm gets Ramier up to whip, but runs into an elbow! Ramier boots then runs, fires off forearms and clubbing shots, but Storm shoves her again. Storm ducks the heel kick, ducks the enziguri, and GERMAN SUPLEXES Ramier with some sauce on it! Ramier flounders up, Storm runs corner to corner and back body blocks! Storm keeps going, HIP ATTACK! Storm drags Ramier up, reels her in, and… Chooses not to hit Storm Zero? Storm gets Ramier up in a fireman’s carry, puts her up top, and then climbs up. Storm underhooks Ramier up top, but Zoey Stark storms to ringside!

Storm swings on Stark but Stark gets clear! Storm goes back to Ramier, Ramier throws haymakers and forearms! Ramier sends Storm down, then adjusts for a SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, Ramier wins!!!

Winner: Zayda Ramier, by pinfall

Not even Ramier can believe it! Lightning never strikes twice, but Toni Storm can get upstaged twice! Will this only add to Storm’s fury towards Stark?

 

El Legado del Fantasma speaks.

“Kushida. No one gets one over on Santos Escobar and lives to talk about it!” Joaquin Wilde says that if not for MSK, Kushida would be in the hospital. Raul Mendoza says as for MSK, they were lucky at TakeOver. Those titles are in the wrong place. Escobar says they’re both right. “Which is why tonight, in the main event of the evening, we make a statement.” And then they’ll get all those titles! Escobar vows to once again be Emperor of Lucha, but will the champions prove they’re the rightful owners of the titles?

 

NXT returns and LA Knight wants to talk to ya!

After last week, everyone’s talking about Kyle O’Reilly stepping out of the shadow of Adam Cole, right? WRONG! Everyone’s talking about Knight getting the W on Dexter Lumis, and the one getting an eyeful in the front row is his “little pop tart,” Indi Hartwell. Indi, Knight wants to talk to you. She did a great job putting it on for the camera, but he saw a twinkle in her eye meaning there was a tingle in her loins, and there’s nothing wrong with that! After Dexter disappoints her, check with Knight’s references, and there’s plenty! They’ll tell you to the letter, that there’s nothing like an L A night! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life, YEAH!

Knight heads out, but Ever-Rise walks in? They have Ever-Rise mugs, “What a dummy.” But does McKenzie have a question about their smash hit Saturday social media show, Ever-Rise Live? Nope! Back to the ring!

 

Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory w/ The Way!

The Colossal One has a big opportunity tonight! All he has to do is get past #TheRealSuperstar, and he can get another shot at Johnny Gargano and the North American Championship! Will Reed wreck The Way all day?

Indi is also rather mopey at ringside. Perhaps she, like everyone else, thinks Lumis is flirting with Shotzi & Ember? Either way, the bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Reed powers Theory to a corner, and lets off as the ref counts. Theory resets with Reed, they circle and tie up again. Reed powers Theory back to another corner, the ref counts but Theory turns things around to pie-face and flex on Reed. They tie up again, Reed headlocks and grinds Theory down! Reed bops Theory with a palm strike but Theory throws body shots. Theory reverses the headlock onto Reed, but Reed powers out. Fans rally as Reed runs Theory over!

Theory bails out, calms down, and gets in. Theory dodges, kicks and forearms Reed to then run, but Reed knocks Theory out of the air! Theory ends up on an apron, The Way checks on him, but Reed HIP ATTACKS him down! Theory hooks the rope with his feet, Gargano helps him get back up, but Reed comes in around the way! Gargano gets away before Reed CLOBBERS Theory! Theory flounders around, Reed tells Gargano to back off, but Gargano tells Reed to worry about Theory. Theory is in the ring, Reed pursues, and Theory somersaults to dropkick him down! Reed gets back up and shakes it off, and now he’s mad! Reed runs in but Theory dumps him out!

Theory fakes a bad shoulder, Gargano SUPERKICKS Reed! Theory PLANCHAS and takes Reed won! The Way is fired up, except for Indi, and Theory stomps Reed down. The fans boo as Theory gets Reed up and whips him, but Reed reverses! Theory stops from hitting steps, and then dodges to send Reed into steps rib first! Theory puts Reed in the ring as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Theory has Reed down with a chinbar. Reed endures and fights his way up, but Theory knees low! Theory stomps Reed’s arm, then sits him up to clamp on another chinlock. Reed endures again as Theory digs his knee in, and fans rally as Reed fights up again. Reed powers out of the hold to CLUB and ROCK Theory! Reed whips, but Theory denies the powerslam to stomp Reed won! Theory does the W to Reed’s face, and jumps, but Reed dodges the elbow drop! Theory goes back to the apron, slingshots back in, but Reed trophy lifts and DROPS Theory! Reed rallies with BIG forearms and Theory wobbles around! Reed whips to BODY BLOCK!

Theory flounders as fans fire up, and Reed runs in to SPLASH him! Choke grip for a COLOSSAL CHOKE SLAM! Reed has the fans fired up as he runs in to BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! Theory survives and The Way is relieved. Gargano coaches Theory but Reed watches Theory go to a corner. Reed runs corner to corner but Theory drop toeholds him into buckles! Theory hurries to his feet, somersaults again, for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Theory grows frustrated. Theory drags Reed up, fireman’s carries, but Reed is too big and strong for that! Theory keeps trying but Reed shoves him, fireman’s carries and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO!

Reed keeps his cool as he thinks of what else to do. Theory is in a drop zone, fans rally up for Reed and Reed drags Gargano up. Reed suplexes but Theory slips out and SUPERKICKS! Reed wobbles but stays up, Theory reels him in! “This is The Way!” But Reed suplexes Theory first! Both men are down, the fans fire up, and The Way starts to panic! Well, except for Indi, who is still sad and distracted by- Wait, Dexter Lumis is here?! The Tortured Artist must want to explain what we all saw earlier! Gargano is the first to notice and he gets Candice away. Indi sees Dexter and says she doesn’t want to talk to him. But he follows her as she goes around the corner.

The ref sees Dexter and tells him to leave, he has nothing to do with this match. Indi gets in the ring, but Dexter follows her to the apron. They look at each other and Indi tells him to shut up, he talks too much. What? Theory whips Reed but Reed reverses! Lumis gets Indi out of the way but he takes the hit! Reed sees Gargano creeping and DECKS him! Then Reed hits Theory with a LARIAT! Theory flops to a drop zone, Reed fires up and goes up top! TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall (will challenge for the North American Championship)

Gargano now has a big problem on the horizon! Will Reed rip that title away from The Way? And what of the love story that is #InDex? Can Lumis get Indi to hear him out?

 

Backstage interview with Kushida & MSK!

Tonight, these three team up in the main event against El Legado, so how are they feeling? Wes Lee is excited, as is Nash Carter, they’re going to be on fire! Three champions united, and Wes wants to show appreciation for Kushida taking them under his wing and helping them transition to NXT. That’s part of why they came out to make the save last week. Three is better than one, after all. 3v3 is what it’s gonna be tonight on NXT! Kushida likes that! And they will show them why they’re champions! Because that’s why they’re M-S-KUSHIDA, all night and all day!

 

NXT returns as The Way argues backstage.

How has this happened?! Cameraman, go away! But what happened to Theory having Reed’s number? Guess he had the wrong number. Ugh…! And now Reed’s got a title match! This is Dexter Lumis’ fault! Candice says it’s also Shotzi’s & Ember’s faults! “Those two hussies are trying to steal your man,” Indi! Indi should’ve gotten those flowers! Candice has seen the googly eyes they make at Dexter! What are they gonna do about it? Indi storms off, she’s mad! That’s good for The Way, but will The Way get their way in next week’s title match?

 

Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Imperium!

The Belfast Beast may have history with the German Hatchet Man, but that and what’s going on with him and Maverick are two separate things. Will Maverick take Dain at his word and get even with Imperium? Or will one of the many classic pro-wrestling scenarios turn out to be true?

The teams sort out, Maverick steps up to Fabian Aichner, but Dain insists he start so Maverick lets him. Dain and Aichner circle, approach, and tie up. Aichner waistlocks and lifts but Dain throws Aichner off first! Aichner gets to a corner, Dain eggs him on, and they go again. Aichner CLUBS Dain, but Dain withstands it. Aichner whips but Dain blocks and reverses and scoops, but Aichner slips out! Aichner tries to scoop but he’s not strong enough! Dain rocks Aichner, whips and trips and DIVIDES him! Dain gets Aichner up, fireman’s carries, but Aichner fights free to get a facelock. Dain powers up but Marcel Barthel tags in. Aichner sunset flips but Barthel hops on for a sleeper hold!

Aichner kicks Dain, Dain stays up and throws Barthel off to clothesline Barthel out! Fans fire up while Barthel grows frustrated. Barthel returns, Dain dodges and ROCKS him with a EuroUpper! Dain scoops and SLAMS Barthel, then tags Maverick in. Maverick gets help with the slingshot senton! Maverick throws haymakers on Barthel, but Barthel blocks the whip. Barthel reverses, Maverick goes up but gets caught going over! Maverick slips free, dodges and duck sand dropkicks a leg out! And then basement dropkicks Barthel down! Barthel kicks back and CLUBS Maverick down in return! Barthel clamps on a chinlock, then back suplexes, but Maverick lands on his feet!

Maverick goes under Barthel, goes up but ends up in an Electric Chair. Maverick makes it a huricanrana! Maverick hurries up top, but Barthel WRINGS him off to the mat! Barthel drags Maverick up, puts him in the ropes and tags in Aichner. Imperium has Maverick set up, Dain protests but Aichner still gets his dropkick in! Barthel BOOTS Maverick down but Dain rushes over! The ref does his best to keep Dain contained as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Barthel stalks Maverick to a corner. Maverick drags himself up the ropes, Barthel runs in to EuroUpper him back down! Barthel drags Maverick up with a chinlock, then throws him to the Imperium corner. Barthel runs in but Maverick dodges! Barthel stops from hitting Aichner and Maverick drop toeholds Barthel down! Maverick shoulders into Aichner, sends Barthel into buckles, but Aichner tags in! Aichner grabs at Maverick but Maverick kicks him away! Barthel runs in to DECK Dain! Aichner drags Maverick back to stomp him down! Aichner scoops and hits a BACKBREAKER! Aichner drops an elbow, covers, TWO!

Maverick snarls and roars as he gets up, but Aichner is on him again. Aichner throws Maverick around by his jeans! Maverick gets mad and throws more body shots! Maverick fires off haymakers, Aichner shoves him but Maverick kicks back! Maverick leaps but into Aichner’s arms! Aichner SLAMS Maverick back down! Maverick’s pants are falling apart but he drags himself over towards his corner. Dain reaches, Barthel tags in but Dain sends him flying! Aichner drags Maverick back again, but misses the elbow drop! Both Aichner and Maverick are down, and fans fire up! Maverick flounders his way over, reaching blindly, but Barthel trips Dain up! Maverick thinks Dain ditched him!!

Aichner BOOTS Maverick down!! Aichner drags Maverick by his hair, stomps him in the corner, and Barthel adds on! The ref counts, Imperium won’t let up, but Dain returns! Dain rallies on Imperium with big clotheslines! BIG splash for Aichner, and a TOSS for Barthel! Big Damo is fired up and goes out after Barthel, but Barthel BOOTS him down! Barthel tells Wolfe to watch Dain, and Wolfe gets a chair! Wolfe wants to smack Dain, but doesn’t? Is this their history coming back around the other way? Barthel is upset Wolfe couldn’t finish this, but Maverick DIVES and takes Barthel down!! Dain helps Maverick up and in, and they elbow Aichner! Dain TOSSES Maverick at Aichner!

Maverick fires off on Aichner, Dain scoops Barthel and then stares Wolfe down. Barthel gets free to RAM Dain into steps! Aichner reverses a whip but runs into Maverick’s boots! Maverick goes up and CROSSBODIES! But Aichner rolls through! Pop-up to the EURO BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

Despite the dysfunction from the united Imperium, they are united in their victory! Will they pull Dain & Maverick apart by force as they continue their global expansion?

 

Pete Dunne speaks.

“You know what’s funny? I hear everyone talk about new opportunities, but nobody is mentioning my name. It’s because I’ve got that whole locker room shook!” Dunne is the toughest competition in NXT! Just look at Kushida. Kushida stepped up to Dunne, and Dunne put him out. That title is Dunne’s whenever he wants. Or maybe Dunne could go home, slap Walter and take back the title HE made famous. Johnny Gargano could step to Dunne, but we all know the way that’d go: a Bitter End!

As for Karrion Kross, he doesn’t scare Dunne. Dunne doesn’t need smoke and mirrors. “Trust me, mate, when I walk into a room, the mood changes.” So Dunne claims he is the baddest man in NXT, and dares anyone to prove him wrong! Will the Bruiserweight become whatever champion he wants to be? Or will all the champions choose to take him up on his open challenge?

 

NXT checks back in with Cameron Grimes.

Grimes checks the quality of this golden watch. He wants to make sure it’s working. He can’t hear it go tick-tock! Karrion Kross would hate this one. But this does look like the one to Grimes. What fine detail. Grimes says it’s perfect! He’ll wear it out, so ring it up. This is so good! Not a bad watch, kid. But it’s not a million dollar watch. TED DEBIASE?! The Million Dollar Man laughs in Grimes’ face and takes his leave. Grimes is so upset! Will Grimes ever get even with DeBiase?

 

Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart VS The Robert Stone Brand!

The Way wants the titles, and supposedly, the Tortured Artist wants their hearts. But will the Evolved Shenom and wild child be able to focus on Aliyah & Jessi first?

Wait, there are more gifts waiting ringside? The champs check them out, as there’s no harm in free candy and a fruit basket. But then The Way ambushes them! Indi DECKS Shotzi over the barriers, and Candice tosses Ember! Indi & Candice keep after them, and SMASH the gifts on them! There’s even mini cupcakes! Candice smashes those into Ember’s face! Indi SMASHES a glass vase full of flowers on Shotzi’s head! Referees rush in to stop this, and the Robert Stone Brand grab the belts, claiming they’ve won! This wasn’t a title match! Chaos needs to be sorted out, but will this all lead The Way to actually taking those titles off the champs?

 

Adam Cole has an exclusive interview at his home.

He finishes a phone call, and asks when the show is on the road. They’re waiting on him. Oh, is that so? Cole will call this person back, and then hangs up. Arash Markazi thanks Cole for his time, and asks about his recovery. He’s been better, for sure. But he’s also been worse. Cole has even wrestled through worse, looking back at his 403 day reign as champion. The War Games matches, and the peak of his run, he had a broken wrist. 100% or not, he’s still way better than the roster.

Looking back, was it a mistake to turn on his brothers in the Undisputed Era? Cole knows Arash is new here, but he doesn’t make mistakes, he makes decisions. Cole decided he didn’t want to carry the UE anymore. And not just carry them, but carry NXT on his back for the four years he’s been here. Cole may have delivered the first shot, the others lost sight of what the UE was about. They turned on him.

Well, Kyle O’Reilly opened and main-evented the show last week, so what does Cole say to those calling Kyle the new face of NXT? Cole says people get so excited when they get to say, “This is going to be the next big thing.” Kyle got really, really lucky at TakeOver. Cole had Kyle beat way earlier in that match. People think Kyle’s ready for the main event spot, but he’s not. There’s a reason Kyle’s been here for four years and people are just now recognizing him at this level.

Cole knows the anxiety Kyle is dealing with, and the doubts he has about the main event and the NXT Championship. And the reason for that is because this is very real. Only time will tell if Kyle will ever be ready for the top spot, but as long as Cole is in NXT, Kyle’s never taking Cole’s spot. Then what about the new NXT Championship picture with Karrion Kross? The NXT Championship race has always been the most competitive. And now with Kross at the top, he can say he’s one of the best. Cole never lies, and Kross is good. “Is he great yet? I don’t know.” When you think about the first time he won the title, that freak injury may not have been a mistake. Kross wasn’t ready.

And Kross hasn’t dealt with Cole. So if and when Cole decides to go back for the NXT Championship, Kross is on the clock. So where does Cole go from here? None of your damn business. Cole is just upset, bothered and pissed that people think Kyle is going to replace him, the man who carried this brand. No matter where Cole goes, you will see the best damn Cole you’ve ever seen, that is a promise. Is this done? Cole is burning up in this heat. And you could’ve kept him from waiting, y’know. This is absurd. This is not how you conduct business.

Cole gets up, and we see Kyle is watching this at the Capitol Wrestling Center. Kyle just shakes his head. Will Kyle make sure Cole is the one who understands the new pecking order?

 

“Pressure Makes Diamonds.”

The Diamond Mine is coming to NXT. But who will it produce? And will they shine bright with gold?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

After the attack from The Way, William Regal raised the stakes! The NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship match becomes a STREET FIGHT! Will Candice & Indi regret trying to take care o’ business before the bell?

And not only that, in two weeks, the NXT Women’s Championship will be on the line! Will Mercedes manage a comeback against Raquel for the devastating attack earlier tonight?

 

Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS KUSHIDA & MSK!

Just as Santos Escobar became the UNDISPUTED NXT Cruiserweight Champion, he put that title on the line, and lost it! Will he redeem himself alongside his cohorts? Or will the champions prove they’re must-see as well as worthy?

Tensions are high but the teams sort out. Kushida and Wilde start, and Kushida dodges the immediate shoot-in. Wilde keeps his distance but Kushida hops on for a body scissor and knuckle lock. Kushida wrenches, Wilde spins through and pulls hair to throw Kushida down! Wilde does a dance but Kushida drop toeholds Wilde down! Kushida wrenches, Carter tags in, snapmare and slingshot senton! Tag to Lee, he slingshot knee-board sentons! Lee drags Wilde up but Wilde jawbreakers back! Wilde kicks and puts Lee in a corner, then tags in Mendoza. Legado double whip, then double SPINEBUSTER! They split the wishbone, and basement dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO!

Mendoza drags Lee away, bumps him off buckles, and tags Wilde back in. They choke Lee, stomp him down, then Wilde brings Lee around to knee low! Wilde elbows Lee, runs but into Lee’s dropkick! Wilde ends up outside, Carter tags in, and they fire off strikes on Mendoza! Kick, kick and ENZIGURI to a DOUBLE STOMP! They dropkick Escobar off the apron! Tag to Kushida, Dream Sequence! Shout out to Motor City before Kushida handspring heel kicks Wilde down onto Legado! The fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture!

Kushida dares Legado to come back, but they cool off before Wilde goes back in. Kushida tags to Carter, Wilde tags to Escobar! Escobar circles with Carter, they tie up and Carter waistlocks. Escobar elbows out hard, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Carter rolls and handsprings and flips to arm-drag Escobar away! Escobar dodges the dropkick and KICKS Carter while he’s down! Escobar stomps Carter, drags him up and clubs him back down. Escobar is after the arm with a Fujiwara, then adds a chinlock like a modified crossface. Carter moves around, Escobar keeps on the grind, and he stomps Carter’s arm! Escobar drags Carter up, CHOPS him against ropes, then runs to dropkick Carter down!

Carter ends up outside the ring, Escobar goes out and whips, but Carter whips Escobar into the desk! Escobar ends up pulling the desk hood off as he falls back! Carter puts Escobar in the ring, Legado distracts and Escobar kicks Carter down! Escobar drags Carter up in a facelock for a KNEE SMAHS! Escobar gets Carter for a grounded cobra twist as NXT returns to single picture. Carter endures, fans rally and duel, but Escobar bends Carter’s arm way back! Lee coaches Carter, but Escobar SNAP locks the arm! Escobar kicks Carter, tags Mendoza in, and they mug Carter. Mendoza wrenches, YANKS the arm, and chicken wings to SHOVE Carter into buckles!

Mendoza gets Carter up, he and Carter brawl but Wilde tags in. Legado CHOPS and kicks Carter, then Wilde brings Carter around, but Carter cradle counters! TWO, and Wilde hurries to WRING Carter’s arm out! Wilde soaks up the heat, scuffs Carter and pushes him around. “These are the champs?!” Mendoza tags in and Wilde digs his boots in. Mendoza stomps away, Wilde talks more trash, and Mendoza kicks Carter again. Carter fights back but Mendoza knees and CLUBS him down! Mendoza stomps Carter, tags Wilde, and Legado mugs Carter again. Wilde drags Carter up, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Wilde grows frustrated but he drags Carter up to bump him off buckles.

Tag to Escobar, he stomps a mudhole into Carter, but lets off as the ref counts. Escobar gets Carter up for another knee smash! Escobar hooks an arm with a double wristlock but Carter fights back! Escobar CLUBS Carter, gets him up and taunts Kushida as he SLAPS Carter. Escobar back suplexes but Carter lands on his feet! Carter dodges and tags in Kushida! Kushida rallies with SHOTEI after SHOTEI! Atomic drop an da whip for Wilde, hip toss and basement dropkick! Escobar rushes Kushida but Kushida goes around to ARM BULLDOG! FAST BALL for Wilde, and a PENALTY KICK to his arm!

Lee tags in, he tags in Carter, and MSK combines for the PUSH-SAULT! Cover, Mendoza breaks it! Lee ROUDNHOUSES Mendoza! Kushida opens the ropes for MSK, and they DOUBLE DIVE into Legado! Legado hits the boards, fans are fired up, but Escobar trips Kushida off the apron! Escobar keeps him away as Carter tags Lee. Escobar POWERBOMBS Kushida through the announce desk! Mendoza trips up Lee, Carter DECKS Wilde! Carter goes out to check on Kushida but Mendoza RAMS Carter into the steel steps! Lee is all alone with Legado as fans rally and duel again! Lee fights out of the corner, and ENZIGURIS Wilde!

Lee handsprings into a dropkick from Wilde! Wilde drags Lee up, throws him into the corner, and runs corner to corner for the LARIAT! Mendoza tags in, he LARIATS! Escobar tags in and he LARIATS! The Legado train continues with more LARIATS and tags! Kushida has medics checking on him, Escobar is back in and he DOUBLE KNEES Lee! Escobar drags Lee up, Mendoza tags in, then tags Wilde. BRAINBUSTER to the HIP TOSS SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Lee still lives and Legado can’t believe it! Wilde drags Lee over, tags Mendoza back in, and they whip Lee. Lee holds ropes, dumps Wilde out and then sends Mendoza’s dropkick into Lee!

Mendoza waistlocks but Lee throws him out Escobar is up top, FROG SPLASH FLOPS! Lee hurries for his corner but Wilde brings him back. Lee BACK HANDS Wilde, SUPERKICKS Mendoza, and PELES Escobar! Carter returns and fans are thunderous! Hot tag to Carter! Carter SUPERKICKS Wilde! BOOTS Escobar! Mendoza SHOTGUNS Carter! Kushida gets up!? Kushida wants back in!? He gets in but Escobar BOOTS Kushida down! PHANTOM DRIVER for Kushida!! Escobar grins as Legado sets Carter up, for the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP GAMANGIRI! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall

Escobar crushes Kushida and his amigos annihilate MSK! They hold the belts up as if they’re already champions, but will things be very different when the titles are truly on the line?


My Thoughts:

This was yet another awesome NXT! Opening with the NXT Women’s Championship story was a great move, and it was a great match. I sensed an unofficial double turn here, as Raquel and Dakota were somewhat Face for a moment while talking trash to Franky Monet, and Mercedes was Heel with the way she brutalized Io Shirai and a few other characters. At the same time, if any brand can experiment with Tweener VS Tweener, it’d be NXT. Raquel VS Mercedes for the title in a couple weeks is going to be a huge match, that is for sure. Toni Storm getting beat by the “rookie” was a great way to push the story with her and Stark. Their rematch is going to be a lot of fun, but I am surprised we didn’t completely shift to Storm VS Sarray. Maybe that’s after the Storm VS Stark rematch.

Grimes shopping for an expensive watch and then being upstaged by DeBiase was awesome. I was just thinking that they needed to get DeBiase on NXT, and here he was! I really hope this leads to DeBiase “hiring” someone to face Grimes in a proxy feud, possibly for a vanity belt Grimes makes himself. I have no idea what that belt would look like but it’d probably look hilarious. Ciampa & Thatcher starting stuff with GYV is great, that will be a great match to bide time while Legado goes for multiple titles. I wish Xia Li’s promo had subs, because I swear I didn’t see any and I don’t speak Mandarin. Of course, I’m sure the bottom line is that Xia Li & Tian Sha are a team and will be coming for the tag titles soon enough.

Speaking of, pretty sure the flowers “from” Dexter were all part of a plot Candice has cooked up to motivate Indi. It almost backfired with Lumis going out to “explain” things, but the match of Reed VS Theory kept that from happening. But naturally, Reed wins because of all the chaos, and gets his shot at Gargano. That is going to be a fun match, but I feel like Theory will redeem himself by helping Gargano screw Reed over. As for Candice & Indi VS Shotzi & Ember, now that it’s a STREET FIGHT, that could go either way. This could be how The Way wins the tag titles, as there will be no disqualifications and no count-outs.

And also speaking of no count outs, Swerve VS Ruff in a Falls Count Anywhere match is an interesting choice, but not a bad one. I was expecting “I Quit” but that might be too much for a grudge match just for pride. I feel like the winner will go after a title after this, and could be telling as to who wins what. Dunne calling out all the champions, including the UK Champion, is a bold move, but Dunne against any of them would be great. I like that Maverick expected Dain to join Imperium but that was a good way of subverting Maverick’s expectations, and then our own because it was Wolfe who looked like he might turn and join Dain. That’d be quite the twist, but I doubt that happens.

The Six Man Tag main event was awesome stuff, but it should’ve been obvious that Legado was going to win. You can’t continue this properly if the challengers don’t get one over on the champions. Each of those matches will be very good, maybe even TakeOver worthy, but I would think Kushida retains since Escobar had plenty of time with the Cruiserweight Championship and could easily move on to the North American Championship. The tag titles might be harder to call, as MSK came in so strong but Legado’s been hard at work on their end. There could definitely be shenanigans so that MSK doesn’t look weak, and they can build up even more in the chase. Maybe the chase could get fans live at the CWC to actually like them.

My Score: 9.3/10


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

LIGHTS OUT!

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Now this is a LEGIT grudge match!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jack Perry speaks.

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

 

Toni Storm is here!

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

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

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

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

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

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

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9.1/10


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