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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/10/21)

A brutal battle before Backlash!

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Coverage Raw 2021

Raw rocks the ThunderDome just days before WrestleMania Backlash!

Though a Triple Threat is in their future, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre clash in a true WrestleMania rematch right here on Monday Night Raw!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Woman Tag: Asuka, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Asuka, Mandy & Dana win.
  • Jeff Hardy VS Jinder Mahal w/ Shanky & Veer; Mahal wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The New Day & RKBRO VS AJ Styles, Omos, Elias & Jaxson Ryker; The New Day & RKBRO win.
  • Sheamus VS Humberto Carrillo; Sheamus wins, by referee stoppage.
  • Cedric Alexander VS Shelton Benjamin; Benjamin wins.
  • Asuka VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins.
  • Damian Priest VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Priest wins and chooses Lumberjack Match for the stipulation in his match with The Miz at #WrestleManiaBacklash.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Woman Tag: Asuka, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler!

The Empress of Tomorrow joins forces with the #SexyMuscleFriends to stand against common enemies! Will Asuka prove the Queen is not ready? Or will the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions help Charlotte stand strong before the Triple Threat title match at #WrestleManiaBacklash?

The teams sort out and Nia starts with Mandy. Nia makes fun of Mandy’s poses and footwork as they circle. Nia rushes Mandy, Mandy dodges and fires off forearms but Nia shoves her away. Nia runs in but Mandy dodges again, to swing on Charlotte! Nia CLOBBERS Mandy for that, tags Shayna in, and they mug Mandy. Charlotte holds Mandy down as Shayna digs her boots in, but the ref counts. They let off, Shayna gets Mandy up to wrench to a double wristlock. Mandy endures as Shayna goes after different angles. Shayna waistlocks and drags Mandy down to then float to a facelock. Mandy fights up, powers up and RAMS Shayna into the corner!

Mandy rams shoulders in, Shayna swipes at Dana but Asuka tags in. Asuka stomps Shayna down, Shayna shoves her but runs into a waistlock. Shayna wrenches out to headlock but Asuka powers out. Asuka then follows and dropkicks Shayna down! Shaya bails out, Mandy and Dana take care of Nia and Charlotte! Reggie protests but flips away as Dana swipes at him. Nia, Shayna and Charlotte get in to argue with their opponents, but… Alexa Bliss shows up on stage? She and Lily sit on their swing set and she says, “Oops. Did we interrupt things? We’re sorry~! Well, I am. Lily’s not.” Lily and Alexa wanted to keep their eyes on a certain someone. Alexa laughs and everyone is confused, as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Charlotte stomps a mudhole into Mandy. The ref counts, Alexa is still watching from her playground, and Charlotte puts Mandy in headscissors to dribble her head into the mat! Charlotte squeezes tight, Mandy endures and her team coach her up, but Charlotte reaches out. Tag to Shayna, she stomps Mandy down, then drags her up while Alexa talks to Lily. Shayna wrenches the arm for a keylock and then a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Shayna stays between Mandy and her team to get another double wristlock. Shayna drags Mandy over, tags Nia in, and feeds Mandy to Nia’s scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Nia keeps on Mandy with a seated cobra clutch. Mandy endures as Nia leans on her and the fans rally up. Mandy fights up, hits a short jawbreaker then fires off forearms! Mandy steadies herself, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! Mandy fights free, tags Dana, and Dana fires off on Nia! Nia DECKS Dana, tags Shayna, and Shayna kicks. Dana dodges to DECK Charlotte, then she LARIATS Shayna! Dana fires up, handsprings and back elbows to a BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Dana keeps her cool as she keeps on Shayna, Shayna reverses the whip to get a swinging BACKBREAKER! Shayna drags Dana over but her leg jams! Hot tag to Asuka!

Asuka DECKS Nia, SHINING WIZARD to Shayna! Cover, Asuka’s team wins!!

Winners: Asuka, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke, by pinfall

But Charlotte BOOTS Asuka down before she can celebrate! A misstep from Shayna cost Charlotte, but Alexa laughs. Did she and Lily have something to do with this? Does the Women’s Division need an exorcism?

 

The New Day talk backstage.

Matt Riddle scoots in again and surprises them. He thanks them for the registration forms, because in a couple weeks, RKBRO will be official! You love to see it! Yes, it is a little known fact that superstars must register to be in the WWE Tag Division. Unlike the frauds, AJ Styles & Omos! Speaking of, what do they have planned for tonight’s match? Some #Bromatoes for Elias & Ryker? No, they ran out of those. But how about hitting them in the head with #Bronutts? Yeah, but Riddle’s out of those, too. Imagine if they could get Omos with just one big tomato! It’d be hilarious.

Almost as funny as last week when Randy Orton got hit with them. It was like a cartoon, like in SpongeBob when Squidward got hit with toma- What? What’s wrong? Is something behind him? Yes… Is it that creepy doll, Lily? No… It’s Orton! Oh hey, how are you, Randy? They were just talking about the funny thing that happened last week. Kofi apologizes that Orton ended up in the middle of things, but Kofi wasn’t that upset. If they knew Orton was going to get hit, Woods would’ve shielded him. Nah, it was priceless. Even Orton has to admit that was funny. Orton asks if Riddle really thought that was funny. A little.

Do you know what Orton finds funny? Ending careers, killing legends and kicking people in the head. Oh, and setting things on fire. See you guys out there. Wild. Let’s catch up later. Get it? HAHAHA! Okay laters! Will Riddle, Orton and the New Day be able to laugh about this down the road? Or will Styles, Omos, the Drifter and his follower ruin the fun?

 

MVP visits Braun Strowman’s dressing room.

MVP knocks on the door, listens to see if anyone is inside, and decides to walk in. Braun is talking with a staffer, but then turns around to see MVP. “Get out of my locker room.” MVP says he just wants to talk business. Well he doesn’t want to talk with MVP! Now hold on, MVP knows Braun is a smart guy so he should hear MVP out. Last week, Lashley didn’t beat Braun, McIntyre did. And the All Mighty knows that, too. Lashley says Braun is the strongest person he’s fought, and if not for McIntyre, Lashley might’ve lost. Braun doesn’t believe the BS and gets to business. MVP says if Lashley had to lose the title, not that he will, but he’d rather lose it to Braun than McIntyre.

McIntyre’s had the title, faced Lashley for it before, but Braun hasn’t. So if somehow, McIntyre got hurt and couldn’t compete at Backlash this Sunday, then it’d be a 1v1 match between the Monster Among Men and the All Mighty. Surely Braun sees how that can benefit all parties involved. Braun doesn’t like MVP. MVP gets that. But he doesn’t take it personal. This is business. MVP takes his leave, but will Braun see things his way?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

Just approved by WWE management, Damian Priest will look to settle things with The Miz once and for all! They will go 1v1 at #WrestleManiaBacklash! Speaking of which…

 

Damian Priest talks with Adam Pearce backstage.

They both know they need the opinion of The Miz, too. Hence why Miz and John Morrison walk in. They ask why Priest is still in here. Shouldn’t he be busy drying off after “getting drenched by the most moist-see superstar,” Johnny Drip Drip? What? The reason for this meeting is that Priest had an idea that would work out for everyone. Why would Miz want to listen to Priest? Because Priest has beaten him and Morrison up nonstop and he has an idea how to make this more interesting. Morrison says he would’ve won if not for… Uh, y’know. Miz can’t believe him! They can all see Morrison pointing to Miz! Really? But he was being really subtle.

Miz says what matters is that Morrison will win tonight, and Miz will win at Backlash! Then let’s raise the stakes. If Morrison wins, he chooses the stipulation for Priest VS Miz. But if Priest wins, he chooses the stipulation. Why would Miz put his fate in someone else’s ha- Challenge accepted! John, do you realize what you’re doing?! Yes, he’s guaranteeing that they get to pick the stipulation! Fine… Morrison takes out his sunglasses and tells Priest to bring a coat. Tonight’s forecast calls for a light drizzle, courtesy of Johnny Drip Drip. What is up with him and “drip?” But will Morrison drop the ball and put Miz in an unwinnable situation?

 

Jinder Mahal speaks.

“I am Jinder Mahal, and nothing smells better than fresh competition.” The Modern Day Maharaja is excited to be back on Monday Night Raw! But he hasn’t come alone! He has allies in Veer and Shanky, and we will all be reminded why Mahal is a former WWE World Champion! Mahal and his new followers head to the ring, because we’re also going to see the return of the Charismatic Enigma, Jeff Hardy!

Jeff Hardy VS Jinder Mahal w/ Shanky & Veer!

Raw returns as Hardy makes his entrance. The bell rings and Hardy goes right after Mahal with haymakers! The ref backs him off but Hardy SHOTGUN dropkicks Mahal to a corner! Hardy fires off, whips, but Mahal reverses. Hardy kicks the back drop away but Mahal KNEES the jawbreaker, to then BOOT him down! Cover, TWO! Mahal stomps Hardy at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and he drags Hardy up by his hair. Mahal CLUBS Hardy on the back, stomps him down, then runs to drop a knee! Mahal gets Hardy up, throws more hands, stomps him down again, then drags him back up. Mahal reels Hardy in to suplex high and hard!

Veer and Shanky cheer Hardy on as Mahal throws down elbows and drives in knees. Mahal puts on a half nelson chinbar but Hardy endures. Hardy fights up but Mahal wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Mahal wrangles Hardy down, but Hardy still endures. Mahal cranks back, brings Hardy around, but Hardy fights up to fight out. JAWBREAKER! Mahal staggers, Hardy kicks but Mahal blocks, so Hardy spin back kicks! Hardy counter punches, throws haymakers, but Mahal shoves. Hardy dodges to DECK Mahal! Hardy wants an atomic drop but Mahal CLUBS him down! Mahal pushes Hardy to a corner but runs into boots!

Hardy goes up top, leaps, and ax handles Mahal down! Hardy fires up, throws off the shirt, and kicks low. Mahal denies the Twist of Fate to KNEE Hardy in the head! Mahal drags Hardy into the cobra clutch, for the KALLAS! Cover, Mahal wins!

Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall

One former world champion conquers another, and Mahal is ready to climb the mountain again! Will he and his mountainous allies soon tower over all of Raw?

 

Sonya Deville is on the phone.

She finishes up some business before Charlotte Flair walks in. Charlotte looks to be asking Sonya for something, is she bound to get her way again?

 

Elias and Jaxson Ryker meet up backstage.

And they’ve got more tomatoes! Ryker has enough to take out the New Day, Riddle AND Orton! Nice! But Styles asks what is all this. Ryker says they have a chance to get revenge for those rotten tomatoes weeks ago! Elias also has a song to honor this team-up! He plays a bit of it but Styles says no. No tomatoes, no songs, even though Elias is good. And yes, Styles shaved his beard down to more of a goatee so he’s more aerodynamic. But these are the Raw Tag Team Champions! Let’s take this seriously, alright? Right, of course. Styles tosses Omos a tomato, and Omos says this is gonna be their opponents! He squashes the tomato with just one hand! They hate tomatoes anyway.

 

8 Man Tag: The New Day & RKBRO VS AJ Styles, Omos, Elias & Jaxson Ryker!

No tomatoes, no songs, no fun and games! The Viper and the Phenomenal One agree that it’s time to bring the pain! But who will deal it and who will feel it after the break?

Raw returns and Orton makes his entrance, followed by the New Day. Orton and Riddle aren’t technically tag division official so them making separate entrances is still fine. Then Elias and Ryker enter, followed by the champions, Styles and Omos. The teams sort out, Riddle starts with Elias and the two tie up. Riddle goes for a leg, Elias blocks but Riddle shifts to knuckle locks and a monkey flip to ARMBAR! Elias scrambles to get a ropebreak with his legs! Riddle lets off and Ryker tags in. Riddle and Ryker tie up, Riddle hits a headlock takeover but Ryker headscissors. Riddle moves around, pops free and PENALTY KICKS! Ryker gets right up and Riddle eggs him on!

But now Omos tags in! Riddle goes after Omos with body shots but Omos just TOSSES him away! Riddle comes back but the kick is blocked and Omos FLIPS Riddle! Woods gets in, Omos BOOTS him! Kofi runs in but Omos clamps onto his head with both hands! Omos HEADBUTTS Kofi down, then drags him up to throw him to the corner! Orton tags in and Styles warns Omos to watch him! The Viper was ready, but the towering titan staring him down keeps him back. Orton regroups with his team as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Elias stomps Riddle down! Elias gets Riddle at ropes, throws forearms, but Riddle hits back. Elias throws body shots, stomps Elias to the corner but lets off as the ref counts. Tag to Ryker, he and Elias whip Riddle to elbow him down, drop ax handles and cover, TWO! Ryker gets Riddle up, tags in Styles, then hits Riddle with a BIG back suplex! Styles covers, TWO! Styles keeps Riddle from his team, Riddle fires off body shots, but Styles DECKS him with a forearm! Styles gets Riddle up, suplexes but Riddle slips out! Tag to Kofi! Kofi tags in Woods and both fire off kicks on Styles! BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!

Woods drags Styles up, Styles throat chops Woods! Styles whips, Woods dodges and Kofi tags in. Woods gets around Styles to shove him at Kofi and Kofi shoulders into him! Woods then rolls Styles, Kofi goes up and leaps, FROGGY CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Styles survives but Kofi keeps between him and his corner. Kofi whips Styles away, hits a splash and tags in Woods. Woods climbs, Kofi scoops, BACKBREAKER to Styles, but Elias KNEES Kofi down! The ref reprimands Elias but Styles gets away. Woods missile dropkicks Elias down! Styles gives a SPINEBUSTER to Woods! Tag to Ryker, he covers, ONE!! Woods is still in this but Ryker puts him in a corner for stomps!

Ryker lets off as the ref counts, Riddle protests, but Ryker drags Woods up to bump him off buckles. Tag to Elias, Elias whips Ryker in and Ryker CLOBBERS Woods! Feed to Elias’ SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Woods reaches but Elias stands over him. Elias drags Woods away, digs his knee into Woods’ back, then bumps Woods off buckles. Elias CHOPS Woods but Woods fires off hands and CHOPS of his own! Elias scoops Woods for a big SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ryker tags in and stomps Woods down, then drags him into a camel clutch! Woods endures, reaches out for his corner, and fights up as fans rally. JAWBREAKER!

Ryker wobbles, Woods crawls but Ryker reels him back in! Ryker CLUBS Woods down, whips him, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Woods has survived four spinebusters but Ryker tags Elias in. They mug Woods with shots to his ribs, then Elias CLUBS away on Woods’ back! Elias hits an ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Elias keeps on Woods with a chinlock but the fans fire up. Woods endures the knee in his back, Riddle and even Orton clap “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Woods fights up, Elias gets him up, but no spinebuster this time! Sunset flip, TWO! Elias boots but misses, hot tag to Riddle! The Bro gives Elias a FINAL FLASH!

Ryker gets in, he gets a BROSPLODER! Riddle DECKS Styles, forearms Elias, but Elias fights off the Brosploder with elbows! Elias whips, Riddle reverses, Elias goes up but Riddle catches him to a BRO DEREK!! Cover, Omos breaks it! Omos drags Riddle up, throws him to the corner, and Orton tags in! Riddle goes up, leaps, but Omos CLUBS him! Kofi trips up Styles, Woods dodges Omos to WRECK Styles with a dropkick! Omos is looking all around, and can only watch as the New Day play merry-go-round with Styles’ legs! Omos chases after them, Orton returns and RKO’s Elias!! Cover, RKBRO and New Day win!!

Winners: The New Day, Randy Orton & Matt Riddle, by pinfall

Veteran wisdom takes advantage of Omos’ inexperience! Riddle holds up Orton’s hand, but Orton glares at him. He isn’t one for celebrating so Riddle lets the hand down. Riddle celebrates with the New Day, but then Orton RKO’s Woods!! Kofi gets mad, storms over, into an RKO!! Riddle can’t believe what just happened! “How are we gonna have friends if you keep doing stuff like this?!” Surprisingly, Orton doesn’t RKO Riddle. Once a Viper, always a Viper, but will that be just what helps make Orton and Riddle future tag team champions?

 

Rhea Ripley talks to Sonya Deville.

Rhea wants to know what this meeting is about, and Sonya says she will explain once Asuka arrives. Asuka does shortly after, and Sonya keeps this from happening in the office. This will be a peaceful resolution, please and thank you. Sonya knows these two have been after each other for weeks, and she was given an idea on how to solve the problem. These two will resolve their issues so they can focus on Sunday. Tonight, they will go 1v1! And whose idea was this? Sonya won’t tell. This is Charlotte, isn’t it? She was in here earlier! She wants these two to tear each other apart so Charlotte can have an even easier time!

Asuka points out she already had a match tonight. But she will gladly do it again because she’s ready for Rhea! Rhea laughs and says fine. She’ll win tonight, just like she did at WrestleMania. Charlotte can have all the ideas she wants, it won’t stop Rhea from going after her this Sunday. Asuka says as much in Japanese, and the two head out. Is this all the Queen’s chess game making pawns out of the Empress and Raw Women’s Champion?

 

MVP talks with Bobby Lashley backstage.

Kevin Patrick walks over for an interview. He asks that with Lashley having beaten Braun last week, what does he look to prove against McIntyre tonight? MVP says Kevin is being very rude just walking into their locker room and then asking him questions like that. Maybe Kevin missed WrestleMania 37, where Lashley proved he IS the better man. This is a sequel to a movie with a foregone conclusion. Lashley Defeats the Scottish Warrior, Part 2. But then what about Backlash? Lashley says two week sago, he said he could beat both guys 1v1. He pinned Braun, he will beat McIntyre again. So how do you think Backlash will go?

Then MVP, what about the proposition he made to Braun so that they could get rid of McIntyre and turn the Triple Threat into a singles match? MVP does not comment on business negotiations that, unlike this interview, are ongoing. So it means what you think: GO! LEAVE! Kevin does leave, but will those “negotiations” go nowhere?

 

Sheamus VS Humberto Carrillo!

The Fella has been a fighting champion who fights rather than defends his championship. But with Dale Gas always coming back for mas, will Carrillo finally bring the WWE United States Champion down a peg? Or will he just get another Brogue to the cabeza?

Raw returns and Sheamus gets a mic. There’s something missing in the little recap package of last week. Carrillo may have come out and attacked but Sheamus gave a Brogue Kick to him AND Mansoor, “two fellas who tried to take advantage of me,” and then showed how he is the “baddest fella on the planet!” Sheamus reminds us how Pearce invited Sheamus into his office to tell him the legacy of the US Championship, and how that, if Sheamus were to follow in the footsteps of the previous champions, he’d do an Open Challenge series for the title every Monday night on Raw. Why would he want to walk in the footsteps of all the has-beens? Sheamus can create a path and legacy of his own!

Those dopes in the past gave away title matches to anyone! Even that fella, Virk, who is out of depth on commentary, would have gotten a shot back in the day! But for Sheamus, you have to earn this! And if Carrillo and Mansoor think they can get their “grubby little hands” on Sheamus’ gold, they’ve got another thing coming. Both guys are so promising and talented, but they’re not on Sheamus’ level. Tonight, Carrillo will show up and try to earn this title opportunity, try and earn some respect. But the truth is, the only thing he’s gonna get is the Meme of the Weak, and a tasty Brogue upside the head! So “Dumbo” better be listening when Sheamus says come on out and get your comeuppance!

Carrillo makes his entrance and is fired up as he hits the ring. The bell rings, Sheamus pie faces but Carrillo shoves! They tie up, Sheamus headlocks and hits a takeover but Carrillo headscissors. Sheamus powers out, Carrillo headlocks but Sheamus powers out of that, too. Sheamus runs Carrillo over, things speed up again but Sheamus blocks the arm-drag to CLUB Carrillo down! Carrillo goes to a corner but gets EuroUppers! “Welcome to the big leagues, fella!” Sheamus ROCKS Carrillo, whips him to ropes, but Carrillo kicks back! Carrillo runs, springboards and flying arm-drags! Sheamsu staggers up into a dropkick!

Sheamus ends up outside the ring, he hurries to the apron, Carrillo triangle dropkicks! Carrillo runs, baseball slides, but Sheamus YANKS him down! Sheamus TOSSES Carrillo into the timekeeper’s area! The Celtic Warrior soaks up the heat from the ThunderDome screens as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Sheamus grinds Carrillo down with a chinbar. Carrillo fights up, fires forearms and CHOPS, then runs, but into a BIG back elbow! Sheamus is growing annoyed with Carrillo and he KICKS Carrillo while he’s down! Sheamus puts Carrillo through ropes for more forearms, then Beats of the Bodhrain! Carrillo flops down after Sheamus lets off, and then Sheamus stands over Carrillo to put on the Dublin Smile! The ref reprimands, Sheamus talks trash on Carrillo, but Carrillo fights up. Carrillo throws body shots and hits a jawbreaker! Sheamus staggers, gets mad, but walks into a BOOT! Carrillo runs, Sheamus Alabama lifts for an ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sheamus drags Carrillo up by his face, throws body shots, fireman’s carries, then climbs up the corner! Carrillo fights and gets to the ropes, for a SUPER STEINER! Sheamus is in a daze but the look of shock is clear on his face! Sheamus goes to an apron, Carrillo hurries over. Sheamus throws a hard body shot, drags Carrillo back up but Carrillo throws back elbows over and over! Carrillo slingshots to SUNSET POWERBOMB Sheamus to the floor!! Carrillo drags himself up from having Sheamus land on him a bit, and the ring count is climbing. The ref pauses the count to check both men, and Carrillo’s leg is definitely bothering him. The ref calls an end to the match!!

Winner: Sheamus, by referee stoppage

The Celtic Warrior won more by lasting longer than by putting Carrillo away, but will Carrillo be able to come back and try again?

 

Raw takes a closer look at Lucha House Party.

You may know the names, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik, and you may know their many, many masks. But for those who don’t, let them introduce to you who they are. They’re two men who have worked endlessly to inspire the fans and make an impression on their opponents. They’ve taken chances, made mistakes, hit some lows, but also their highs. They’ve always gotten up from getting knocked down. Life isn’t always a party, but that doesn’t stop LHP from doing what they came here to do. They’re always ready for a fight! They’re ready to show out, show off, and show you what it’s like to be #LuchaLit!

 

The #EvaLution is coming.

Eva Marie hopes she has your attention. She has thought about where she’s been, and where she’s going. There are twists and turns on the road of life, but she’s always worked to be the one in the driver’s seat. She has your attention, but she wants to be your inspiration.

 

Cedric Alexander VS Shelton Benjamin!

#PRIMED Alexander blamed the Gold Standard for their fall from grace, and now they’re fighting each other! This was a long time coming, but who comes out on top as a true survivor?

Raw returns as Benjamin makes his entrance. The bell rings, the trash talk continues, and Alexander shoves Benjamin. Benjamin swings on Alexander but Alexander ducks to get a waistlock. Benjamin elbows out, scoops Alexander, but Alexander slips out to throw a forearm! Alexander dodges, slides, and dropkicks Benjamin down! Alexander handsprings up and is fired up, then kicks Benjamin to ropes! Alexander whips, Benjamin reverses but Alexander sees the leap coming and bails out! Benjamin chases Alexander, it’s a little cat ‘n’ mouse, and Alexander gets a leg in the ropes for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Alexander grins as he watches Benjamin writhe. Alexander kicks the bad leg, gets a toehold and pulls on it, but Benjamin endures. Alexander chokes Benjamin, lets off, and Alexander argues that he was playing fair. Alexander kicks but Benjamin ROCKS him! Benjamin throws hands, Alexander body scissors and rolls Benjamin to a HEEL HOOK! Alexander keeps talking trash as Benjamin endures the leg lock! Benjamin powers up, stands over Alexander, and has the legs for a SHARPSHOOTER! Alexander scrambles to get the ropebreak! Benjamin lets go, hobbles a bit as he walks off the pain, and he comes back to throw more hands on Alexander!

Benjamin whips, Alexander reverses and dropkicks the legs out! Alexander smirks and wags his finger. Alexander dropkicks Benjamin out of the ring! Benjamin gets up, Alexander DIVES! Direct hit into barriers! Alexander keeps going, and he DIVES, into a KNEE!! Benjamin hurries in with one good leg, hobbles into position, and hits P- NO! Alexander rolls Benjamin up, TWO!! Alexander dropkicks Benjamin down, then says it’s time! Handspring and NEURALIZER! Alexander shouts right in Benjamin’s face that he’s better! HE tells commentary to tell us fans that Alexander is the best! Alexander digs his fingers into Benjamin’s face as he dares him to get up!

Alexander kicks Benjamin around, telling him to get up! Benjamin hits a T-BONE SUPLEX!! Cover, Benjamin wins!!

Winner: Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall

And THAT is why Benjamin is a survivor! Will Alexander learn a lesson from this? Will Benjamin prove he was never the weak link in the Hurt Business?

 

Drew Gulak interrupts Angel Garza’s photoshoot.

Is this a big joke to Garza? Does Garza have any respect for the profession? Or is he too busy parading around like he’s auditioning for The Bachelor? Not that anyone would accept a rose from him. What Garza did to Gulak last week has never happened in the history of the WWE, and it both embarrassed and humiliated him. What’s Gulak’s point? Gulak gets in Garza’s face and Garza asks if he wants what happened last week to happen again. It won’t happen again. Then let’s say there is a next time. Maybe next time, the rose will be shoved down Gulak’s throat instead.

 

Asuka VS Rhea Ripley!

The Empress and the Nightmare did question how this match came to be, and clearly the answer is Charlotte Flair. But will that matter when these two are going to tear into each other in a WrestleMania 37 rematch?

Raw returns and Rhea makes her entrance. The bell rings, Asuka and Rhea circle, tie up, and go around. Rhea puts Asuka on ropes, but Asuka turns it around, only for Rhea to turn it back around. Rhea messes up Asuka’s hair before letting off. They go again, Asuka gets around but Rhea avoids the back hand! Rhea goes to ropes for defense and Asuka stays back. Rhea grins, blocks the back and and ROCKS Asuka, then dares her to take a shot. Asuka sweeps the legs! And basement dropkicks! Rhea gets up, Asuka is after her with TOSS! Asuka tries again but Rhea blocks to throw her instead! Rhea seethes, runs corner to corner, but dodges a kick! Asuka ducks a haymaker to ROCK Rhea!

Asuka BOOTS Rhea, drop toeholds but Rhea stays on her feet! Rhea stomps Asuka’s legs, drags her up, but Asuka throws Rhea for an ARMBAR! Rhea scrambles and gets a ropebreak! Asuka lets go, but chases after Rhea on the outside. Rhea goes into the ring, Asuka avoids the stomp and drags Rhea back out. Asuka spins Rhea on the apron but Rhea avoids the hip attack to WRECK her with a dropkick! Rhea goes out, bumps Asuka off the apron, but here comes Charlotte! The Queen distracts the champ and Asuka BACK HANDS Rhea down! Charlotte continues to strut down to ringside, saying she’s just here to watch, as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Asuka endures Rhea’s body scissor squeeze. Charlotte has joined commentary while Asuka fights the hold. Charlotte confirms she came up with this match idea because she loves seeing these two in action. Asuka powers back to a cover, ONE! Rhea dropkicks Asuka right down! Rhea sneers at Charlotte, drags Asuka up and bumps her off buckles. Rhea RAMS into Asuka again and again, digs her shoulder in and lets off as the ref counts. Rhea pie faces Asuka, puts her through the ropes and chokes her! The ref counts, Rhea stops, and Charltote is ignoring Rhea as she talks to Byron Saxton about haters gonna hate.

Rhea kicks Asuka’s leg, Charlotte says this title match at Backlash is because of her in the first place. Rhea grinds Asuka down, kicks her around, but Asuka kicks back. Rhea drags Asuka up to HEADBUTT her down! Asuka grits her teeth but Rhea reels her in for a LARIAT! And another! Asuka avoids the third, but Rhea reverses the reversal, and blocks a Code Breaker to BOOT Asuka down! Rhea and Asuka go outside, Rhea bumps Asuka off the apron then Electric Chair lifts. Asuka hops off to the apron to mule kick back! SLIDING KICK! Asuka fires up, puts Rhea in at 7 of 10 and hurries in after to cover. TWO, but Asuka drags Rhea up to chicken wing an arm!

Rhea resists the Asuka Lock and throws Asuka out of the ring! Asuka staggers towards commentary and notices Charlotte. Charlotte waves at her, Asuka talks trash, but Rhea HEADBUTTS Asuka down! Charlotte applauds Rhea being an opportunist and learning from the best, aka Charlotte. Rhea puts Asuka in, drags her back up, and fires off forearms! Asuka forearms, Rhea back elbows! Asuka gets up, Rhea NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Rhea is frustrated. Rhea pump handles, lifts, but no Riptide, CODE BREAKER! Asuka and Rhea are both down, Asuka crawls to a cover, TWO!

Rhea crawls out of the ring but Asuka follows her back out. Charlotte praises how tough both women are, but then she stares down with Rhea. “You wanna go?” Asuka runs on the desk to HIP ATTACK Rhea! Asuka puts Rhea in, climbs up top, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Asuka sees Rhea get to a corner, runs in, HIP- NO! Rhea catches! Asuka elbows free but Rhea ROUNDHOUSES! RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall

The Raw Women’s Champion wins against Asuka again, and Charlotte applauds. Will this all be playing into the Queen’s hand? Or will Rhea wreck the wrestling royals to stay on top?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Kevin asks McIntyre if he can shed some light on how he went after both Lashley and Braun at the end of last week’s Raw. Well he had no intention of getting involved last week, until Braun decided to get his putrid, disgusting hands all over him. And it wasn’t McIntyre’s fault Lashley nearly cut Braun in half with the Spear. But it was McIntyre’s fault that he put both down with Claymores. And as for MVP’s proposition, if it happens, he is toast. No one man can withstand an onslaught of both Lashley and Braun.

But McIntyre can’t worry about that now. He has to focus on Lashley. Tonight, McIntyre will do what he didn’t at WrestleMania 37 and that is connect with a Claymore to Lashley’s head. Then on Sunday, McIntyre will once again become WWE World Champion!

 

Damian Priest VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!

The Archer of Infamy has already beaten the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century together, separately, alternatingly, and frequently. But if he beats the Guru of Greatness again, he gets to decide how he beats The Hollywood A-Lister at Backlash! Will Priest hit the lights on Johnny Drip Drip? Or will things finally go Morrison’s way so that The Miz can have his way?

Raw returns and Priest makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and Morrison gets through Priest’s dukes to ROCK him with a forearm! But Priest comes back to shove Morrison to a corner! Priest fires off big hands, the ref counts and Priest lets off with a stomp. Priest CLUBS Morrison down, drags him back up, and whips him corner to corner hard! Morrison staggers into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps onto Morrison with an armlock and grinds the shoulder. Priest also has a chinbar, Miz says Priest is cheating somehow, but Morrison gets up to get the ropebreak. The ref counts, Priest lets off as Miz barks about ropes, but Morrison whips to KNEE Priest low!

Morrison wrenches Priest’s arm, spins around and drags Priest down to the ground for some ground ‘n’ pound! Priest throws Morrison away but Morrison cartwheels right back to KNEE Priest down! Cover, TWO! Morrison clamps on with a chinlock and Miz talks trash on Priest. Priest endures as Morrison grinds him down. Miz says this is Tropical Storm Johnny Drip Drip! Priest fights up, powers Morrison into the corner, but Morrison holds on! Priest RAMS the corner again, is free, and he ROCKS Morrison with an uppercut! Priest whips corner to corner, runs in, but Morrison slides out to avoid the elbow!

Priest still elbows Morrison on the apron, but Morrison cartwheels to avoid the leg sweep! Morrison KICKS Priest in the face, Priest swings back but Morrison evades. Morrison evades again as Priest kicks, and Priest is stuck on the ropes for Morrison to EDDY GORDO KICK! Morrison springboards, but into a choke grip! Morrison gets free with his parkour style side flip, but he staggers a bit on the landing. Priest pops Morrison up to ROCK him with a right! Miz panics as Priest covers, ROPEBREAK! Morrison survives and Miz gets him out of the ring for a breather. Morrison is understandably dazed, but Priest goes out to get him up and into the ring.

Miz is mad and he talks trash on Priest. The ref counts, Miz is trying to distract Priest so that he misses it, and Raw goes to break as the two stand off.

Raw returns once again and Priest throws hands on Morrison. Priest whips to hit a leaping back elbow! Cover, TWO! Miz is relieved but he keeps talking trash to Priest. Priest gets Morrison up but Morrison ROCKS him, then clotheslines him out of the ring! The ref and Morrison argue, Miz BOOTS Priest down! Miz mockingly asks if Priest is alright as Morrison goes out. Morrison KICKS Priest around, Miz claims it’s slippery at ringside. Morrison puts Priest in, cover, ONE!! Morrison keeps on Priest with a chinlock but Priest fights up to throw body shots. Priest deflects Morrison’s kick with a kick, but Morrison comes back to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!

Miz keeps talking trash on Priest, “Put him in a body bag, Johnny!” Get it? Morrison flips over for a modified Chancery on Priest, and Miz mockingly asks if it hurts. Fans rally, Priest fights up, and Priest powers out of the hold to BELL CLAP! ROUNDHOUSE! WHEEL KICK! Both men are down, but Priest gets up first. Morrison gets up to get KICK after KICK after KICK! ROLLING ELBOW! Priest runs in to back elbow in a corner! Then, BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Morrison survives but Priest goes to the top rope. Miz distracts for a moment, Morrison ROCKS Priest with a forearm! Morrison climbs up, Miz claps for him, but Priest resists the Super Spanish Fly with elbows!

Priest shoves Morrison down hard! Priest adjusts, leaps, FLYING WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Morrison survives and Miz is starting to panic a bit more. Priest snarls as he watches Morrison stand. Choke grip to SOUTH OF HEAVEN- NO! Body scissors to a victory roll, TWO!! Priest kicks Morrison’s leg before the knee strike! Priest scoops Morrison to the dragon sleeper, but Miz distracts the ref! Morrison snapmares free, ghost pins, but the ref is late to the count! TWO!! Miz realizes he cost Morrison again! Priest CLOBBERS Morrison, drags him up, and HIT THE LIGHTS!! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

Miz attacks! Priest may get the prize of choosing their stipulation, but Miz won’t let Priest feel good about it! SKULL- NO! Priest breaks the full nelson to shove Miz to ropes! Miz bails out to avoid the kick and runs for the hills! Priest drags Morrison up, for another HIT THE LIGHTS!! One down, one to go, and Priest has six days to decide how he seals Miz’s fate!

 

Braun finds Lashley and MVP backstage.

The two titans stare down, but they don’t say a word as Raw goes to break. Is Braun here to accept or decline MVP’s offer?

 

The #EvaLution reaches another level.

“I’ve finally reached a point in my life where I can say I’ve made it. I have seen levels of fame and fortune I could never have imagined at the beginning of my career. Some may see me as a super model, but I like to see myself as a super role model.” She has everything she’s ever wanted, and wants to see others achieve their dreams. But you have to put in the work. It takes 99 bad ones to get the right shot. Nothing’s perfect, but anything’s possible.

 

Priest meets with Pearce.

Seems the gamble paid off. Damn right! And Priest knows the stipulation he wants now! A Lumberjack Match! Okay, but why that? You saw what Miz was doing out there, right? Like he does every single time! Miz runs away. Priest will give Miz nowhere to run. You can bring superstars from Raw, from SmackDown, hell you can even bring zombies, aliens and whatever else. It doesn’t matter, because this Sunday, Miz has nowhere to run, and he will be dealt with. Then consider it done. Priest and Pearce shake on it, but is this truly going to be what ends things between him and the A-Lister?

 

Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Drew McIntyre!

WrestleMania 37 went the All Mighty’s way thanks to one little misstep from the Scottish Warrior. But McIntyre vows to stay laser focused on Lashley this time. Will McIntyre make up for Mania and get momentum going into Backlash? Or is there no stopping the Rocky Mountain Machine now?

Raw returns and McIntyre makes his entrance. He and Lashley stare down but the ref has them wait for the bell. The bell rings, and Lashley avoids a boot to go for the full nelson! McIntyre holds that off, Lashley gets a leg and trips McIntyre to a cover, ONE! Lashley headlocks, McIntyre fights up but can’t power out as Lashley holds tight. McIntyre pries at the hold, Lashley cranks it back on. McIntyre suplexes Lashley tot he apron but Lashley still holds on! The ref counts because this is a ropebreak situation, but Lashley hotshots McIntyre! Lashley gets in to run and RAM McIntyre into a corner! Lashley hits a NECKBREAKER! MVP says to punish McIntyre!

Lashley chokes McIntyre on ropes, the ref counts and Lashley lets off at 4. Braun is watching backstage as Lashley throws elbows into McIntyre. Lashley digs his elbow in, the ref counts but Lashley stops at 4. Lashley chokes McIntyre, throws more elbows, even haymakers, but McIntyre turns things around to fire off a windmill of haymakers! The ref counts, McIntyre backs off but Lashley kicks low to throw more forearms! Lashley goes side to side but McIntyre BOOTS him down! McIntyre shakes out the cobwebs, goes out after Lashley, but Lashley elbows him away. Lashley runs in, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre stands and looms over Lashley as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more and McIntyre fires off hands and stomps in the corner! McIntyre stands Lashley up to CHOP him! McIntyre whips corner to corner, Lashley reverses and runs in, but McIntyre elbows back! McIntyre hops up but Lashley YANKS him down! McIntyre writhes but Lashley runs over to hit a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley rains down fists and clamps on a chinlock. McIntyre endures as Lashley squeezes tight. Fans rally up, McIntyre fights up, and McIntyre throws body shots to get free. McIntyre CHOPS, runs, but Lashley follows. Lashley gets around, kicks low, reels McIntyre in, but McIntyre blocks the suplex to hit the suplex!

Both men are down, MVP shouts at Lashley to get up. Lashley crawls to a corner, stands up, and McIntyre runs in, but into BOOTS! Lashley looms over McIntyre, stomps him, then digs his forearms into McIntyre’s face. The ref counts, Lashley lets off to then dig his boots in! The ref counts again, Lashley lets off, and MVP reminds Lashley to be careful about the count. Lashley gets McIntyre up on the apron, runs, and BLASTS McIntyre off to the floor! A ring count starts now but Lashley won’t settle for that. Lashley goes out, brings McIntyre up for forearms, and bumps McIntyre off the apron. Lashley goes into the ring, McIntyre drags himself up the apron, and Lashley hotshots him again!

Lashley goes back out to bring McIntyre around to fireman’s carry. Lashley runs and POSTS McIntyre!! McIntyre is dazed, Lashley high-fives MVP, and MVP says to finish this. Lashley puts McIntyre in, aims from a corner with a grin, and McIntyre stands. Lashley runs in but McIntyre HIP TOSSES him into the corner!! Both men are down again and MVP coaches Lashley back up. McIntyre throws forearms, Lashley throws them back! They brawl from the mat to their feet! Lashley gets the edge, whips, but McIntyre reverses to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And another! Lashley staggers, swings, but McIntyre hits a NECKBREAKER!

McIntyre kips up and fires up! McIntyre reels Lashley in, underhooks, but Lashley fights out of Future Shock! He gets a GLASGOW KISS instead! MVP warns Lashley with banging on steps, but McIntyre turns Spear into SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Lashley survives, gets back up, but now McIntyre is aiming from a corner! But Lashley CROSSBODIES before the Claymore can take off! Lashley has the arms, HURT LOCK! No, McIntyre is holding it off as much as he can! Lashley throws knees, then he THROWS Lashley! CLAYMORE OUTTA NOWHERE!! But here comes BRAAAAUN~!

The Monster Among Men distracts McIntyre with his music, to attack from the other side!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification

MONSTER SLAM for McIntyre!! Is Braun taking MVP up on that offer after all?! But then Braun looks at Lashley. Braun offers Lashley a hand?! He helps Lashley to his feet, and Lashley pats him on the shoulder. They hug, but Braun scoops Lashley for a MONSTER SLAM!! MVP is freaking out, but clearly that’s a “no” to the plan! Braun gets McIntyre up for another MONSTER SLAM!! MVP gets Lashley out of the ring but that doesn’t mean he’s safe! Braun snatches MVP’s cane away and tells him he has to watch what’s gonna happen! Braun scoops Lashley, to MONSTER SLAM him through barriers!!

Braun goes back to the ring where McIntyre crawls over. Braun says he doesn’t side with anyone! HE’S THE MONSTER!! Braun scoops McIntyre up again, for ANOTHER MONSTER SLAM!! Braun roars and ThunderDome is roaring, too! Will Braun finally #GetTheseHands on THE WWE World Championship?!


My Thoughts:

What a great go-home Raw! IS WHAT I WOULD BE SAYING, if not for Go-Home Syndrome striking again. We got way too many recap videos for the history between McIntyre, Lashley and Braun throughout the night that were supposed to hype up tonight’s main event and Sunday’s Triple Threat. We also got too many commercial breaks. You can count this yourself but I typed “Raw returns and” 13 times, which feels like 5 times too many. What happened to Raw doing picture in picture? That would really help the flow of things because we’d still get to see matches during.

And can Raw not remember how to go to commercial without someone distracting someone else? Alexa Bliss showing up to mess with the six women in the Six Woman Tag completely killed the momentum of that match. We should’ve gotten Asuka trying to get Charlotte to participate, only for Charlotte to wait for when Asuka isn’t in the match. Asuka was only shown in the match twice! She started, and she finished! And do we really need Alexa to be the one who “interfered” with her powers? Alexa could’ve waited until we saw who won, she could use a promo to tease who she’s going after, the show flows better.

Then, while Rhea VS Asuka tonight was a very good match, it felt like copy and paste of the WWE World Championship build. But at the same time, Charlotte of course would want to pit them against each other. It would seem odd if she didn’t want to use the same tactics she sees from the men’s title scene, but it all just seemed forced into this episode because they didn’t pace this story properly. Asuka won and Charlotte lost the Six Woman Tag, Rhea won the 1v1, so the math comes out to be in Charlotte’s favor, but Alexa might be targeting her. I have a feeling Charlotte wins at Backlash, Alexa starts chasing her on the way to MITB.

I will say that Priest VS Morrison tonight, even with Miz being the “distraction so we can go to break” guy, was a very good match. Those two should’ve been the ones having a PPV match to have room to breathe, but I suppose a Lumberjack match is fine. Morrison can still be ringside for Miz, but I have a feeling this has to be the night Morrison and Miz break up. There are opportunities in this match for Morrison to do something that helps Miz and he chooses not to because of how Miz’s help screwed him over. Then we can get Miz VS Morrison, and I hope Morrison wins that so he can get into the US Championship scene.

Speaking of, Carrillo VS Sheamus was going so well, but I have a feeling that stoppage was real. The mistiming on the Sunset Powerbomb off the apron that resulted in Sheamus landing on Carrillo’s legs, it’s a shame. Hopefully Carrillo is alright, and I’m surprised we didn’t see Mansoor show up to flip things from last week. Maybe things build for Mansoor and Carrillo on the road to Money in the Bank, and one or both get a match with Sheamus. Mahal’s return to Raw was nice, and they established for us that Mahal has new henchmen, and getting a win off Hardy was good, but I feel like this could’ve waited until next week to get them all on the road to MITB.

The 8 Man Tag was also a lot of fun, even the backstage promos before it. I like the detail of Orton backing down from trying to RKO Omos. I wonder if Orton can even jump high enough to RKO Omos when he’s standing. It makes sense that the Faces would win, they are the ones who will get a title shot against Styles & Omos down the line, because that’s how almost everyone does wrestling. Orton hitting RKO’s on the New Day but not Riddle was also a bit telling in this story. Orton is willing to tolerate Riddle and stay a team since they’re still winning, but he doesn’t care about anyone else outside of that. This could be a point of dysfunction for RKBRO and the reason they break up, really adding some depth to the story.

Garza’s story on Raw has only just started, and I feel it’s already really weak. This started because Gulak mocked him for his failed romances, but I just feel this isn’t how something on Raw should be. From what I’m hearing about WWE Main Event on Hulu (which shouldn’t be on Hulu anymore, should be first on Peacock and WWE Network), Ricochet VS Mustafa Ali the sequel feud has been awesome. THAT should be on Raw. Ali and Ricochet can give us awesome matches worth filling three hours on Raw without even trying, except it’s WWE creative that isn’t trying! These two should be in the mix with Carrillo for the US Championship.

And then in the world title story, we got another great main event match, and Braun got to look like his old self again, but I don’t think any of it saved the show. MVP trying to make a deal with Braun so that Lashley could have an easier time is a logical move, and Braun swerving Lashley with it was also a logical move. But Braun standing tall tonight would make it seem like Lashley retains. I did wonder where T-Bar and Mace were tonight. Are they on Braun’s side after all? Will they show up during the Triple Threat to tip things in his favor? That could be something that makes Backlash a bit more memorable than just being a lazy copy-paste PPV.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/26/24)

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A Block Round 8, but B Block Round 7!

After a few days off, Best of the Super Juniors kicks it back into gear! But will El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi both stay on track back to the top?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Ninja Mack; Mack wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kosei Fujita VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Dragon Dia VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Blake Christian; Blake wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Taiji wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Kanemaru wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS Clark Connors; Knight wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Robbie Eagles; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS TJP; TJP wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

Titan: 5-2, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-3, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 3-4, 6 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the current B Block standings!

Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
SHO: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Ninja Mack!

There’s still time for The Timesplitter to make it to the top, but the American Shinobi no longer has an outside shot. Will the Mack attack bring Kushida’s countdown to zero? Or will Kushida head back to the future?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for “NINJA! NINJA!” Mack and Kushida circle, feel things out, and Mack avoids the leg takedown. They clinch, go around, and Kushida waistlocks. Mack drops to his knees as he pries at the hold, but Kushida floats to a facelock. Mack slips around to waistlock, Kushida switches, Mack switches back, and the two stand. The fans cheer, Kushida tries to use his leg guard, but Mack blocks that. Mack gives a kick, but Kushida rolls to snatch the other leg! Mack falls but he gets the ROPEBREAK, and Kushida lets off. The fans applaud as the two reset, and they are both in fighting stances.

Mack and Kushida circle, then they start firing KICK after KICK! They each duck a kick, then Kushida kicks low. Kushida whips, Mack reverses then hurdles, and then back handsprings over Kushida’s slide! The fans cheer as the two stand off again! Kushida runs up, RANAS, but Mack flips through! The fans fire up and Kushida hits the crane stance. Mack runs up, but into a hip toss! Kushida cartwheels, Mack kips up, Kushida crane stance but he avoids Mack’s dropkick to cartwheel and DROPKICK! The fans cheer as Mack goes to ropes. Kushida KICKS him in the arm, runs, but Mack puts him on the apron!

Mack body shots, CLUBS, and runs to handspring and NINJA SUNSET FLIP! Kushida holds the ropes, throws down fists, and Mack lets go. Kushida goes up and in, builds speed and slides as Mack ducks, to SUNSET FLIP BOMB only for Mack to handspring through! And he handsprings all the way down the aisle through the crowd! The fans are thunderous as Mack strikes another fight stance! Mack runs all the way back in, is put on the apron, and he mule kicks, to then ASAI TORNILLO! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous again! They cheer on Mack as he puts Kushida in and goes up a corner!

Mack aims, leaps, and DIVING HEADBUTTS! Both it was a bit double-edged for Mack! Mack manages the cover, TWO! Kushida is still in this, but Mack clamps on the KIMURA! Kushida endures his favorite hold as the fans rally up! Kushida rises, but then Mack jumps on for the HOVERBOARD! Now Kushida is really annoyed, and he powers his way out of the hold! And then he turns the HOVERBOARD onto Mack! The fans cheer, Mack fights around, wrenches out, and ROCKS Kushida! Kushida KICKS the leg! And KICKS again! Kushida whips, Mack reveres, Kushida handsprings, but into an ARMBAR!

The fans fire up, Kushida fights around, and he rolls back to get free, Oklahoma Roll! TWO but Kushida keeps on Mack, cradle! TWO, and Kushida drags Mack around for another cradle, TWO!! Mack escapes, rolls Kushida up now, schoolboy KICK! The fans rally up as Mack takes aim, LION’S BARRAGE into a HOVERBOARD!! Kushida has Mack caught, but Mack stacks Kushida! TWO, Kushida lets go and runs up but Mack sends him to ropes. Mack hurdles the slide, comes back, but Kushida RANAS! Cover, ONE as Mack sunset flips! Kushida rolls through, goes to stack but Mack tucks Kushida! MACK WINS!!

Winner: Ninja Mack, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

It wasn’t Back to the Future but the Return of the Mack! Did the American Shinobi just slam the door shut on Kushida going to the semifinals?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kosei Fujita VS HAYATA!

The Japanese Young Punk is out of the running, but the GHC National Champion has an outside shot, so long as he keeps winning. But will Hayata see The Mighty Don’t Kneel? Or will he leave Fujita lost in the Silence of Darkness?

Fujita gets in Hayata’s face but the ref has him back down. Fujita doesn’t like Hayata being so dismissive of him, so he fires a forearm! The bell rings and the brawl is on! The fans rally up, Fujita knees low and whips, but Hayata holds ropes. Hayata bails out, Fujita pursues and CLUBS him on the back! Fujita puts Hayata in, brings him up, but Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands, Hayata headlocks, but Fujita powers out. Hayata runs Fujita over, things speed up and Fujita sidesteps to arm-drag! And arm-drag again! But Hayata avoids the third! The fans cheer, Hayata brings Fujita up, but Fujita gets that arm-drag after all!

Hayata gets up but Fujita DROPKICKS him down! Fujita drags Hayata up, ROCKS him with a forearm, then whips corner to corner. Fujita runs in but Hayata TOSSES him up and out! Fujita hits apron on the way down, and checks his teeth as he is on the floor. Hayata goes out after Fujita, and POSTS him! The ref reprimands but Hayata smirks as he looms over Fujita. Hayata drags Fujita up, puts him in, and the fans applaud. Cocky cover, ONE! Hayata paces around Fujita, brings him up, and reels him in. Hayata suplexes, but Fujita slips free! Hayata elbows free, avoid the dropkick, then things speed up.

Fujita jumps, but into a Manhattan Drop! Hayata runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fujita stays in this and the fans rally up, but Hayata looms over him. Hayata taunts Fujita and steps on his face! The ref reprimands, Hayata brings Fujita up, but Fujita fires a forearm! And another! Fujita eggs Hayata on, ROCKS him again, but Hayata knees low. Hayata puts Fujita in a corner, stomps a mudhole in, then digs his boots in! The ref counts, Hayata steps away, then stands Fujita up to CLUB him down! The fans rally for Fujita but Hayata stands him back up. Hayata knees low, whips, but Fujita reverses and GAMANGIRIS!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita grits his teeth and sits up first. Fujita goes to a corner, Hayata goes to the other. Fujita storms up and fires forearms. Fujita whips but Hayata blocks, so Fujita CHOPS Fujita whips corner to corner, runs up, but is put on the apron this time. Fujita ducks a haymaker to ROCK Hayata! Then he springboard MISSILE DROPKICKS! Direct hit and Fujita covers, TWO! The fans rally as we pass five minutes. Fujita waistlocks and deadlifts Hayata, but Hayata fights free! Fujita ducks the elbow to CHOP! Fujita whips, Hayata PELES! Both men are down and the fans rally up again.

Both men stand, Hayata goes to a corner, then runs out to SHOTGUN! Hayata drags Fujita to the drop zone then goes up, SECOND ROPE SAULT onto knees! Fujita saves himself and the fans rally up again. Fujita rises, stalks Hayata, and brings him up. Hayata fires a forearm first, but Fujita gives it back! They go forearm for forearm, then Fujita CHOPS! Fujita waistlocks but Hayata wrenches right out to STRAITJACKET DDT! Cover, TWO! Fujita survives and the fans fire up! Hayata vows to end this, and he gets Fujita up for 403- NO, Fujita fights free, wrenches, drop toeholds, and ties up the legs! CAMEL DEATHLOCK!

Hayata endures, crawls forward, reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO! But Hayata fights and still gets the ROPEBREAK! Fujita lets Hayata go, waistlocks and deadlifts again! Hayata reaches out for ropes, Fujita brings him from ropes, but Hayata spins around! 403- NO, Fujita slips free! Hayata ducks the heel kick, runs, but into a POP-UP GERMAN SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Hayata escapes and the fans are thunderous as Fujita roars! Fujita slashes his throat, drags Hayata up and in, suplex, but Hayata knees free! Fujita fights Hayata’s lift and the fans rally! Hayata gets a leg, FISHERMAN SCREW!

Hayata drags Fujita back up, 403 IMPACT!!! Cover, Hayata wins!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they can get dropped on their heads! Hayata rolls on, will the GHC National Champion soon become the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Dragon Dia VS SHO!

The Infinity Carat Diamond sure doesn’t feel like it after going 0-6. And when it comes to the House of Torture, the deck is always stacked. Will Dia get lucky in round 7 and finally score? Or will the Murder Machine not take any chances, even this deep into tournament?

Wait, Sho runs up behind Dia! He snatches Dia’s skateboard away! The fans boo but Sho gets a mic to say, “Oi, Dragon Dia’s won every one of his matches, right? Then there’s no point in me wrestling him! So just give me the points now and I’ll give you your skateboard back.” Dia gives chase instead! They go around the outside, then Yujiro appears for Sho to hand off the board! Dia goes after Tokyo Pimp but he gets mugged by them both! The fans boo more but Sho puts Dia in the ring. The bell rings, Sho stomps Dia, and fans boo more. Sho digs his heel into Dia’s ribs, then he steps off, talking trash the whole time.

Sho drags Dia up, whips, but Dia holds ropes and bails out. Sho wants Dia to come back but Dia wants his board! Dia goes after Yujiro but Yujiro rolls the board into the ring. Sho has it now, Dia slides in, only for Sho to roll the board back out to Yujiro! Dia goes for Yujiro but Sho CLUBS him on the back! Sho whips and kitchen sink knees! The fans boo as Sho stretches Dia’s arm and leg, heels digging into Dia’s ribs! Dia endures, crawls his way over and bringing Sho along, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Sho pulls more, but lets off at 4. Dia bails out, and he rushes Yujiro! Yujiro slides the board in, but Dia catches up to it!

Dia and Sho tug-o-war over the board and the ref gets involved. Sho shoves the ref away, then fakes a low blow with the board! The fans boo the farce and Dia defends his innocence! Sho shoves Dia at the ref, takes aim, but Dia blocks the legit low blow! Dia kicks and whips Sho, Sho reverses, but Dia RANAS back! The fans fire up and Dia storms after Sho. Dia whips, Sho reverses but Dia WRECKS Yujiro with a dropkick! The fans fire up, Sho storms out after Dia and CLUBS him! Sho gets the board back, holds it up, but then Dia BASEMENT 619s Sho’s legs out! Sho falls, the board bonking him on the head as he goes down!

The fans fire up as Dia takes aim, and he ASAI MOONSAULTS the House! Dia slides in, gets his board, and the fans cheer as he holds it up! Dia hands the board to Milano Collection AT-san, then storms after Sho. Dia puts Sho in, fires off forearms in the corner, and the ref reprimands. Dia lets off, drags Sho up and whips, but Sho reverses. Sho runs up but Dia dodges, slips around, and then trips Sho to TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Sho is on ropes, Dia dials it up, 619! Then STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sho survives but Dia fires up! The fans rally as he climbs, aims, D D D D- NO, Sho blocks the 4DT!

Sho RAMS Dia into the corner, puts him on the top rope, then runs in, TOP SHELF KNEE! Dia flops down and Sho goes to his corner. Sho grabs his Torture Tool! The fans boo, the ref stops Sho, but Yujiro slips in with the pimp cane! But Dia dodges Yujiro to DROPKICK the pimp! Then he DROPKICKS Sho! Dia has the wrench, hands it to the ref, then runs, but then the ref is used as a shield! SPEAR! Sho’s usual tricks have worked so far, and he vows to put this one away. Sho drags Dia up, gut wrenches, but Dia arm-drags free! Dia jackknife bridges, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Sho escapes but Dia runs up to wheelbarrow, somersault clutch, TWO!!!

Sho escapes by the seat of his pants, but Dia dodges him to ENZIGIRI! Dia runs, rolls, but Sho BOMBS him into the ref! And LOW BLOW for good measure! Yujiro snatches the board away from Milano! SKATEBOARD SHOT!! Dia sputters, Sho runs up, LOADED PUNT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Dia survives and the fans are thunderous! Sho shakes his head, reels Dia back in, gut wrench for the STRONG BLOCK!! Cover, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

The Murder Machine holds up Dia’s board then throws it down to stomp on it! Sho needing to cheat even now is just insult to injury, but will he continue to insult this entire division until he’s holding the trophy?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Blake Christian!

The Black Mask is on the hot seat, and now All Heat is looking to burn him! Will Bushi find a way to keep things tranquilo? Or will the now former GCW Champion get everyone all riled up?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Blake puts Bushi on ropes, but Bushi turns things around. The ref counts, Bushi feints a chop then rolls back to taunt Blake. Blake runs up, Bushi avoids the kick to kick back. Bushi whips, Blake reverses but Bushi dropkicks the leg out! Bushi stomps Blake to a corner, CHOPS him, and Blake staggers away. Bushi DOUBLE CHOPS Blake, then stomps a leg. Bushi wraps the leg around ropes, then dropkicks the leg! Blake tumbles away and the fans rally up. Bushi drags Blake around, steps through, and has the TRAILER HITCH! Blake endures, reaches out, and the fans rally as he has the ROPEBREAK!

The ref counts, Bushi undoes the hold at 4, and he stomps Blake. Bushi reels Blake in, but Blake fights the lift with elbows. Bushi scuffs Blake, but Blake fires a flurry! Blake SOBATS then PELES! Bushi falls, the fans rally, and Bushi bails out. Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! A direct hit but a bit double-edged as Blake hobbles away. Blake stalks Bushi, drags him up and puts him in. The fans applaud and rally, then Blake goes up, but Bushi avoids the double stomps! Bushi runs in, Blake dodges and BOOTS! Bushi falls, Blake rises, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMP to the back! Cover, TWO! Bushi stays in this but Blake smirks.

Blake aims from a corner while the fans rally up. STEP-UP- NO, Bushi sunset flips Blake! TWO, and Blake runs in, but Bushi ROCKS him! Blake PELES again, but then he blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri, only for the REWIND HEEL to hit! Blake staggers back to a corner, Bushi runs up, but Blake boots him away! Blake somersaults to BASEMENT ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO! Bushi stays in this and the fans rally up. Blake huffs and puffs as the fans rally up, and Blake drags Bushi up. Blake half nelsons, but Bushi fights the lift! Bushi throws elbows, Blake hobbles, Blake kicks but Bushi blocks! Bushi dropkicks the bad leg out!

The fans fire up, Bushi ties up the legs but Blake reels him into a cradle, TWO! Bushi hurries up but Blake ROCKS him! Blake runs, but Bushi DROPKICKS! Bushi reels Blake in for the SHIN BREAKER! And then the trip, tie up, and FABLE!! Blake endures, crawls around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Bushi lets off at 4. The fans continue to rally, and Bushi drags Blake up for the FISHERMAN- NO, Blake slips free to JUMP KNEE! Blake goes back to the apron, the fans rally up, and Bushi runs up. Blake ROCKS Bushi, shakes out his bad leg, then springboards, but Bushi gets under! Blake handsprings to LETHAL INJECTION!!

The fans are thunderous as Blake goes to the apron! HEAT 450!! BLAKE WINS!

Winner: Blake Christian, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

Blake was able to reignite that spark and he gets to double digits in this tournament! Will All Heat show GCW they were wrong to doubt him when he becomes the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

Bullet Club VS Bullet Club happens a lot in these tournaments, and we’ve seen how Too Sweet can turn sour. And at this point in the tournament, it is all about survival! Will Bone Soldier make sure #ItsReborn? Or will he be outdrawn by the 44 Caliber Abunai Gaijin?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Taiji wrenches, but Drilla goes to ropes. The ref counts, Taiji YANKS the arm, and Drilla shakes it out as he paces. Taiji and Drilla circle again, feel things out, and Taiji kicks. Drilla avoids it, they circle again, and then Taiji kicks low. Taiji CLAWS Drilla’s face, puts him in a corner, and whips. Drilla reverses, runs in, but Taiji slips out, slips under, and RAMS Drilla. Taiji goes up and SEATED SENTONS! The fans fire up and Taiji grins. Drilla snarls as he sits back up, but Taiji clamps on with a cravat. Drilla endures the neck wrench, Taiji snapmares, and sets up.

But Drilla reaches up to headscissor Taiji down, and he NECK TWISTS Taiji first! Taiji writhes, the fans cheer, and Drilla grins now. Drilla drags Taiji up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Drilla digs his boot into Taiji’s neck, but the ref reprimands as it’s almost a choke. Drilla lets off, drags Taiji back up, and he CLUBS Taiji on the neck. Drilla stands Taiji up to UPPERCUT the back of his neck! Then he cravats and CHOKES Taiji on ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Taiji sputters. Taiji goes to a corner but Drilla stomps him. Drilla drags Taiji up, hammerlocks, then chinbars to crank the neck!

Taiji endures, reaches out, but Drilla pulls harder! The fans rally up, Taiji fights around, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Drilla lets off and CLUBS Taiji! Taiji throws a body shot, then another! Taiji backs Drilla down but Drilla snapmares. Taiji BOOTS from below to stop the neck twist! The fans rally and Taiji goes to a corner. The fans rally up, Drilla runs in, but Taiji BOOTS him! Taiji reaches up but Drilla stops the rana, so Taiji AX KICKS him! Taiji somersaults and jumps, ZIGZAG! The fans rally up while both men are down, and Taiji rises first. Taiji scoops Drilla, but Drilla turns that around, pops Taiji around, but Taiji fights free!

Taiji waistlocks, Drilla switches and ripcords but Taiji gets around to LA MYSTICA! BONE LOCK!! Drilla endures as that bad arm is being bent back! Drilla fights with the good arm, but Taiji rolls him away from ropes! Drilla endures, claws at the mat, fights around, ROPEBREAK! Taiji lets go in frustration and he shakes out his own bad arm. Taiji says BANG, gets Drilla up, BLOODY- NO, Drilla powers out! Drilla whips, Taiji handsprings, but into a STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Drilla isn’t phenomenal and that’s why Taiji survives! Drilla snarls, aims from a corner, and Taiji rises, GORE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!

The fans fire up as Taiji survives those sudden impact moves, but Taiji is in bad shape all the same. Drilla gets Taiji up, says Too Sweet and lifts, but Taiji flips through to BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Drilla earns 0)

It was a shootout to be sure, but Taiji proves he’s number one with a bullet! Will Taiji make it to the top of the block now? Is Drilla gonna run out of ammo before the end here?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

El Inmortal is riding high at the top of the block, but the Heel Master is at the bottom. Will Kanemaru step all over Titan’s hopes of making it back to the finals? Or will Titan keep the faith until the end?

Oh but of course Kanemaru attacks Titan during his introductions! The fans boo as Kanemaru dumps Titan off the corner, and then to the floor. Kanemaru stomps away on Titan, drags him up, and POSTS him! Titan flounders, Kanemaru stalks him, then Kanemaru stomps some more. Kanemaru puts Titan in the ring, but Titan comes back to WRECK Kanemaru! Titan then DIVES and down goes Kanemaru! The bell rings to get this on record and the fans fire up! Titan stomps Kanemaru, puts him in the ring, then goes up the apron. Titan springboards but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Titan lands on his feet, only for Kanemaru to dropkick the legs out!

Kanemaru grabs that leg, turns Titan over, and SMASHES the knee! Kanemaru then stomps Titan, drags him up, and puts him up top backwards. Kanemaru climbs up, and he goes after the mask! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Kanemaru has the laces loose! Titan fights with elbows, Kanemaru falls back, but Titan is still stuck in the Tree of Woe. Kanemaru stomps Titan down, drags him back, and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold but Titan endures. Titan claws at Kanemaru, crawls backwards for ropes, but Kanemaru drags him away, for a HALF CRAB! Titan scrambles forward, ROPEBREAK!

The fans cheer and the ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stalks Titan, kicks him around, stomps the bad leg, then stomps it again. Kanemaru drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, and dropkicks the leg out! Titan writhes, Kanemaru covers, TWO! The fans applaud but Kanemaru drags Titan up. SHIN BREAKER! Titan writhes again, and Kanemaru smirks as he stalks Titan. Kanemaru drops a knee on the knee! Kanemaru then stomps Titan more, drags him back up, and he TOSSES Titan out. Kanemaru goes out after Titan to get the leg, and he SMASHES it on the floor! Titan writhes, the ref reprimands, and Kanemaru leaves Titan behind.

The fans rally for Titan but the ring count begins. Titan stands at 2 of 20, hobbles over at 5 and rolls in at 6. Kanemaru storms up on Titan, brings him up and kicks the leg. Titan fires a forearm! And another! Kanemaru kicks the leg again! Kanemaru whips, Titan holds ropes! Titan BOOTS Kanemaru, runs up, but into a mule kick! Kanemaru whips, Titan reverses and TORNADO DDTS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Titan goes to the apron and roars! Titan aims, springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Kanemaru tumbles out, the fans fire up, and Titan builds speed! Titan FLIES and takes down Kanemaru!

The fans fire up with Titan as he rises again! Titan roars, hobbles over to Kanemaru and puts him in to cover, TWO! Kanemaru stays in this but Titan stays focused. Titan stomps Kanemaru and brings him up. Titan fireman’s carries, but Kanemaru fights and flails! Kanemaru is free but Titan fires off the strike fest! Titan runs, but Kanemaru dropkicks the leg out! But Titan kips up!? And PELES! Kanemaru falls and the fans fire up again! Titan rises again, watches Kanemaru go to the corner, and off comes the armband! Titan runs corner to corner but Kanemaru uses the ref as a weapon! ENZIGIRI! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey!

Kanemaru reaches over the ref to grab the bottle, and he just takes aim at Titan! Titan rises, but he goes Matrix to dodge! CALF KICK and down goes Kanemaru! Titan roars, the fans fire up, and Titan says how’s this?! Leg lock and JAVE INMORTAL!! Kanemaru endures, the ref hurries over, but Kanemaru CLAWS at Titan’s eyes!! Titan lets go of Kanemaru while the fans boo, but Kanemaru goes to a corner. Titan goes to the other, then runs in. Kanemaru BOOTS Titan, goes up, but Tian gets under the leap! Titan kicks, kicks, palm strikes and WHEEL KICKS! The fans fire up with Titan as he rises again!

Titan goes to the corner, skins the cat, and even with one good leg, he DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS into Kanemaru’s boots! Kanemaru rolls Titan up with a high stack, TWO!! Titan flounders, Kanemaru drags him up and whips, but Titan reverses! But Kanemaru says no tornados, and he THROWS Titan into the ref! Titan sees the ref is down, and Kanemaru YANKS the mask! Titan keeps hold, but Kanemaru LOW BLOWS! Shove and somersault clutch, KANEMARU WINS!

Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Titan earns 0)

The Heel Master had a game plan and he played it to perfection! Kanemaru is no longer the bottom of this block, but will Titan be able to stay on top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS Clark Connors!

After what Kanemaru just did to Titan, the window is opening! Will The Jet fly past this War Dog to still have a chance? Or is there going to be No Chaser to follow Kanemaru’s whiskey?

The bell rings and the two run up! Knight leaps over Connors, but Connors comes back to run him over! The fans applaud, and Connors stomps Knight, then CLUBS him. Knight gets up, throws body shots, but Connors CHOPS! Connors CHOPS Knight again in the corner, and Knight growls as he goes along ropes. Connors whips to ELBOW Knight down, and the fans rally up. Connors runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! He gets Knight right on the bad shoulder, then covers, TWO! Connors keeps cool while Knight clutches the bad arm. Connors brings Knight up but Knight fires body shots. Connors CLUBS Knight and barks at him.

Connors runs, but Knight DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Knight runs corner to corner to clothesline! Knight stomps, UPPERCUTS, repeat! The ref counts as Knight stomps a mudhole in! Knight lets off, puts Connors up, and DROPKICKS him down to the floor! The fans cheer Knight hitting a rather Okada like move, but then Knight PLANCHAS onto Connors! The fans fire up with “KEVIN! KEVIN!” and he goes back for Connors. But Connors kicks Knight’s leg! Knight hobbles away, and Connors brings out a chair! The ref says no, but Knight SUPERKICKS the chair into Connors! Knight says not today, Connors!

Knight picks up the chair, but also stands Connors up. Knight sits the chair up, sits Connors in the chair, then fires off forearms on Connors. Knight gets space, and a lot of it, to run in, go up the apron, and FLYING DROPKICK! The fans are thunderous as Knight shouts, “TSUYOI~!” Knight storms back up on Connors, CLUBS him, then puts Connors in. Knight aims from the apron, but Connors hurries away. Knight hops back down, goes around the way, and storms up to stomp Connors on the ramp. Knight stands Connors up to UPPERCUT, then whips him, only for Connors to reverse! Knight goes up the apron, LEAPS, but Connors dodges!

Knight turns around and runs at Connors, but into a SNAP POWERSLAM to the floor! Knight writhes, Connors rises, and the ring count climbs. Connors storms around the way to get that chair! Connors brings it back as the count is 10 of 20, and he just JAMS Knight with it! Connors pushes the chair onto Knight, grabs a Young Lion, and scoops him onto Knight to sandwich the chair! The count is 15 of 20 as Knight crawls away! But then Connors tries to block Knight’s path! Knight jukes and slides into the ring, Connors hurries in at 19! Knight then goes to the apron, springboards in, but he fakes Connors out! Somersault and JET SPLASH!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Knight grits his teeth as he goes to a corner and rises up. Connors sits up, and he fires the first forearm! Knight gives it back! Connors fires another! Knight gives it back! They stand and keep throwing shots back and forth! The fans rally up as they go faster and faster! Connors winds up, Knight blocks to ROCK him! And again! And again and again and again! Knight whips, Connors reverses, but Knight goes up and over! Knight comes back, is put on the apron, but he springboards back in to FLYING LARIAT! The fans are thunderous and Knight hurries to cover, TWO!

Knight keeps cool, brings Connors up and vows to end this. Fireman’s carry, but Connors fights free. Connors spins Knight, Knight shoves Connors, but Connors dodges the dropkick to JEEP FLIPPER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Connors and Knight slowly rise, and Connors aims from a corner. Connors runs in, but Knight hurdles up and over! Connors comes back, into a SHOTGUN! Knight fires up, runs the ropes, but into a SPEAR!! Connors has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Knight survives from the delay and Connors is stunned! The fans are thunderous as Connors rises again.

Connors brings Knight up, reels him in, and serves it up, but Knight says no to No Chaser! Knight cradles, TWO!! SUPERKICK! Connors stays up, runs in, but Knight pops him up, only for Connors to fight! So no Sky2High, Knight puts Connors up top! Knight ROCKS Connors, climbs up after him, but Connors fights back with body shots! Knight gives those back and drags Connors up, but Connors still fights the superplex! Connors shoves Knight, but Knight returns for the UPPER ROOM! The fans are thunderous again as The Jet gets those engines roaring! SATELLITE- NO, Connors fights out of the DDT, for NO CHASE- DDT!!! Cover, KNIGHT WINS!!!

Winner: Kevin Knight, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Connors earns 0)

Connors is in a daze from that stunning upset! Knight is 4-4, Connors is 4-4, but will this win lead the Intergalactic Jet Setters back to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Robbie Eagles!

The Ticking Timebomb is just a step behind the Sniper of the Skies in this tournament, but he could blow it all up here tonight. Will Hiromu be within reach of another BOSJ semifinal? Or will Eagles fly high at the top of the block?

As before, Hiromu offers a framed and signed headshot to Milano Collection AT-san, and Milano Collection AT-san gladly accepts. The fans rally and duel, and it sounds pretty even to Eagles. The bell rings and the “HI-RO-MU!” comes out a bit stronger. The “ROBBIE! ROBBIE!” counters, but then Eagles has everyone quiet down. Eagles starts a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI! ” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer, but Hiromu tries now. “HIRO HIRO HIRO!” “OI OI OI!” “HIRO HIRO HIRO!” “OI OI OI!” “HIRO!” “OI!” “HIRO!” “OI!” “HIRO HIRO HIRO!” “OI OI OI!”

The fans cheer again and Eagles shrugs at the fans. Eagles and Hiromu circle, tie up, and Eagles wrenches to a wristlock. Hiromu spins, slips through, hammerlocks then headlocks. Hiromu hits the takeover, Eagles the headscissors, and Eagles holds on tight. Hiromu fights around, traps Eagles’ legs and pops out, to then get the headlock back. Eagles fights around, stands up, but Hiromu wrenches to wristlock. Eagles spins, drop toeholds, and then ties up the legs in the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Hiromu scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and the fans applaud as Hiromu bails out.

Eagles taunts Hiromu, Hiromu returns and CHOPS! Hiromu chest bumps Eagles, so Eagles CHOPS back! Hiromu CHOPS, Eagles CHOPS, repeat! The fans “WOO~” with each CHOP, and then Eagles storms out of the ring. Eagles wants Hiromu to join him so Hiromu obliges. The CHOPS continue back and forth, harder and harder, then they both go into the ring! The CHOPS just keep going, and then Eagles bails back out! The fans fire up with Eagles, and we get more CHOPS back and forth! The ring count starts as the CHOPS keep going! Both men egg the other on, CHOP more, and we’re past 10 of 20!

The CHOPS keep flying back and forth, even as we hit 15! 16! 17! 18! 19!! Both men slide in, but then Eagles slides right out! Eagles gets Hiromu’s legs tied up, for a DOUBLE KNEE BUSTER to the floor! Hiromu writhes, the fans rally, and Eagles stalks Hiromu around the way. Eagles gets the bad leg to DDT it to the floor! Hiromu writhes and flounders, Eagles refreshes the count, but the ref reprimands Eagles. Eagles waits as the ref checks Hiromu, then he eggs Hiromu on. Hiromu rises but Eagles KICKS the leg! And KICKS it again! Hiromu gets in the ring, Eagles pursues, but the Hiromu bails out the side again.

Eagles goes back out after Hiromu, drags him around, and then UPPERCUTS the leg! Hiromu writhes, Eagles stands on the knee, and the fans are torn. Eagles mocks the fans booing him, and he brings Hiromu up. Eagles puts Hiromu in at 8 of 20, then drops an elbow on the leg! The fans rally, Hiromu endures, and Hiromu drags Eagles along for the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Eagles lets off at 4. The fans rally for Hiromu while Eagles mockingly says tranquilo. Hiromu drags himself up with the ropes, and he storms up on Eagles to CHOP! Not as much edge as before, but Hiromu CHOPS again! And again! Eagles kicks the bad leg!

Eagles runs, Hiromu follows, and Hiromu RAN- NO, Hiromu’s legs can’t hold on for him! Eagles then lines up a shot to PENALTY KICK the leg! Hiromu hobbles around and Eagles pushes him to a cover, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu’s good leg saves him, but Eagles kicks Hiromu around. Eagles steps through to have the SNAP LOCK! Then the FIGURE FOUR! Hiromu endures, drags Eagles along with him, ROPEBREAK! Eagles holds until the ref counts, then lets go at 4. Hiromu clutches his knees and Eagles mockingly encourages the fans to cheer. Eagles ROCKS Hiromu, lets out a “WOO~!” then steps through. But Hiromu kicks and kicks, so Eagles KICKS the leg!

Eagles rolls Hiromu to his feet, hooks him up, TURBO- NO, Hiromu CLUBS free of the backpack! Eagles CHOPS and Hiromu staggers away! Eagles runs up but into a BOOT! Hiromu then gets Eagles for a HANGING HEADSCISSORS, but Eagles fights free to have a HANGING CRAB!! The ref counts, Eagles lets go and Hiromu falls to the floor. Eagles runs up to DIVE! Direct hit and the fans fire up for Eagles! Eagles then drags Hiromu up, puts him in the ring, and the fans rally again. Eagles aims, springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK to the legs! The fans fire up, Eagles grabs the leg, but Hiromu BOOTS him into buckles!

The fans rally as Hiromu crawls away to the far side. Eagles runs up, DOUBLE KNEES! Eagles returns, BASEMENT 619! He sweeps the legs out, runs back in, METEORA! But Hiromu blocks?! Hiromu lifts Eagles up from there, and BACK DROPS Eagles away! The fans fire up as Hiromu turns things around on Eagles! Hiromu grits his teeth, rises up, and Eagles is in the corner. Hiromu runs in to clothesline! Snapmare, and basement dropkick! The fans fire up as Hiromu rises again. Hiromu hobbles over, brings Eagles up but Eagles swings! Hiromu spins Eagles for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Eagles is still in this and the fans continue to rally.

Hiromu rises, hobbles back to Eagles, and drags him up. Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Eagles fights free! Hiromu hobbles and falls into the corner he was aiming for, and the fans rally again. Eagles and Hiromu both slowly rise, and Hiromu hobbles after Eagles. Eagles fireman’s carries, slips Hiromu into the backpack, but Hiromu fights free! Hiromu swings but into a clinch! SPINEBUSTER! Turnover and Eagles has the legs, DEATHLOCK STOMP! Hiromu writhes and the fans rally again. Eagles stands, storms over to Hiromu, and KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Eagles runs, but into a fireman’s carry! But he slips free!

Eagles dodges the elbow, Hiromu dodges the boot, and Hiromu waistlocks. Eagles switches, half nelsons and spins Hiromu, has the leg, SLAP and CLUB, TURBO- NO, Hiromu flips through to VICTORY ROYALE but Eagles braces himself! RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! Hiromu flails, claws, crawls, but Eagles pulls on the bad leg! Hiromu fights, reaches out, scrambles forward, ROPEBREAK!! Eagles lets go in frustration, but floats right to the cravat! ASAI DDT!! The fans are thunderous as Eagles goes up the corner! Eagles takes aim, but Hiromu crawls to the corner. Hiromu stands, Eagles ROCKS him with a forearm!

Hiromu shakes that off, tries to climb, but Eagles ROCKS him again! Hiromu still tries, Eagles ROCKS him again and again! And SLAPS him! And CHOPS him! And fires more forearms! Hiromu holds onto ropes to stay on the corner! Eagles kicks at Hiromu again and again, ROCKS Hiromu, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS! And SUPERKICKS again! Eagles wobbles up top and the fans rally! Hiromu climbs up after Eagles, brings him onto a shoulder, then into a gut wrench position! Hiromu tucks Eagles in, but Eagles fights free! TURBO BACK- NO, Hiromu slips free for TRIANGLE D!! Eagles flails as Hiromu squeezes tight!

Eagles fights around, reaches out, but he’s starting to fade! The ref checks, the arm drops once! The arm drops twice! But Eagles comes back to life! Eagles deadlifts Hiromu to BUCKLE BOMB him!! The fans are thunderous as both men are down! The fans rally up, Hiromu rises, but Eagles runs in! Hiromu ELBOWS, KICKS, and then KICKS again! But Eagles ducks the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! Hiromu ROLLING ELBOWS! Eagles PELES! Hiromu SUPER- NO, Eagles catches the foot! But Hiromu pushes free to SUPERKICK after all! Hiromu roars, runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! But Eagles stays up!?!

Both men stagger, Eagles runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER finds him again!! Hiromu roars, the fans are with him, and he gets Eagles for TIMEBOMB MK- NO!! Eagles kicks and throws knees! Hiromu just tries again, but Eagles slips it around! TURBO BACKPACK!! Both men are down and the fans are electric! Eagles crawls to a cover, TWO?!?! But Eagles just goes into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! Hiromu endures, flails, pushes back, but Eagles CLUBS the bad leg! Hiromu fights forward then, reaches out, but Eagles drags him back to center!! Hiromu flails, grits his teeth, and Eagles pushes on the legs!

Hiromu looks around, grits his teeth and makes his way forward! But Eagles drags him back! AKNLE LOCK, and Eagles KICKS and KICKS and KICKS the legs!! RON! MILLER!! SPECIAL!!! Hiromu pleads with the ref, grabs at him, but the ref gets free! Hiromu claws at the mat and the fans are thunderously rallying! Eagles tries to drag Hiromu back but Hiromu still fights forward, to the ROPEBREAK!! KNEE DROPS ON THE KNEES!! Eagles roars and the fans are going nuts! Eagles aims, BANG and- NO, Hiromu ducks Hyperion to HIROMU-CHAN ROLL!! HIROMU WINS!!!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

Eagles is absolutely flummoxed as to how he got caught! He had Hiromu dead to rights and yet couldn’t finish him off! Is the Soul of PWA going to miss out on the semifinals? Does the Timebomb still have time on the clock for his own shot?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS TJP!

The Rogue Luchador could stand alone as the ONLY 6-2 in this entire tournament, all but guaranteed a spot in the semifinals. But the Public Enemy wants to prove he’s still a worthy successor to Will Ospreay. Will TJP conquer Desperado for the United Empire? Or is Desperado going to make good on his promise to himself and the world?

The fans already rally for “T J P! T J P!” Despe nods, the bell rings, and the fans rally up again. The two circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. They go shoulder to shoulder, fight for the advantage, and Despe hooks TJP’s leg to push him back. TJP bridges, fights up, but Despe puts the arms back down. TJP breaks one knuckle lock to focus on the other, and he powers Despe down with a top wristlock. Despe rolls back, stands up, wrenches to a wristlock, but TJP endures. TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, and drops to TWIST RANA! The fans cheer as TJP has Despe down in the headscissors! Despe bridges up, but TJP pushes him down.

TJP floats to a top wristlock but Despe bridges to avoid a pin. TJP brings Despe up, wrenches, hammerlocks, then spins Despe to trip him for a standing toehold. Despe turns over, reels TJP in but TJP flips Despe back over. Despe wants an armbar but TJP rolls! Despe still wants the arm but TJP slips through and ties up Despe’s legs, and brings him into the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Despe endures, pops free, covers, ONE! TJP stands, sweeps, covers, ONE! TJP handsprings up and the fans cheer! Despe also applauds, and he resets with TJP. The two circle, feel things out, and tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Despe puts TJP on ropes, lets off, but then wraps an arm around ropes!

Red Shoes reprimands as Despe pulls on the arm. Despe lets off, but then CLUBS the arm! Despe stalks TJP along ropes, whips him, but TJP reverses. Despe sunset flips, TJP rolls through to high stack with knuckle locks! TWO as Despe gets one arm up! TJP puts that arm back down, TWO as the other arm comes up! TJP steps through on the legs, ties Despe up, SHARPSHOOTER SURFBOARD HYBRID!! Despe endures, TJP drops him into the deathlock, then goes back to the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Despe endures, TJP drops him into a cover, TWO! Despe escapes and TJP paces while the fans fire up.

Despe shakes out his arms but TJP gets him up. TJP whips, hip tosses, and FIST DROPS! TJP then runs up to NECK SNAPPER! Cover, ONE, but TJP clamps onto the bad arm. Despe endures as TJP digs his elbows in, but Despe reaches out to ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and Despe goes to a corner. Red Shoes has TJP stay back while Despe checks his arm. Despe stands, TJP drags him out and trips him, to then trap the good arm, and make the bad arm a DARK SACRIFICE! Despe writhes and flounders out of the ring! TJP waits as Red Shoes checks Despe, and Despe seems okay to continue. The ring count starts, and Despe sits up at 6 of 20.

Despe stands at 9, shakes out the bad arm, then heads inside. Despe rolls in at 15, but TJP’s right on him! TJP puts Despe in a corner, BOOTS the arm, YANKS it, then whips corner to corner hard! Despe slumps down, the fans rally, and TJP storms up. Despe throws body shots but TJP UPPERCUTS! TJP whips, Despe wrenches, hammerlocks and RAMS TJP into buckles! Despe then WRINGS the arm out! TJP writhes, the fans rally, and Despe hammerlocks TJP’s arm, for a SNAP LOCK! Despe is evening the score with TJP, and now TJP shakes out the bad elbow. Despe storms up to get the arm, and YANKS it! And YANKS it!

Despe wrenches, clamps onto the arm, then CLUBS it! TJP writhes, shakes out the arm, but so does Despe. Despe storms up on TJP again, steps over and HIP DROPS the bad arm! Cover, ONE! The fans applaud as TJP grits it out. Despe clamps back onto TJP for a motorcycle stretch, and he steps over TJP’s head! Despe then steps around to hammerlock one arm, and cording hold the other, then HALF CRAB! TJP uses his one free limb for the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Despe lets go, but “Oops!” SNAP LOCK! Despe grins and taunts TJP while the fans rally. The two go forehead to forehead, and TJP pie faces Despe.

Despe gets in TJP’s face, then CHOPS! TJP CHOPS but that was his bad arm! Despe whips just to YANK the arm, then CLUB it! Despe whips, TJP Spider-Mans to the apron, and Despe runs up. TJP swings but Despe blocks the counter punch, only for TJP to avoid the shoulder! TJP DROPKICKS Despe and Despe flops to the floor! The fans fire up, TJP builds speed to go up and TRIANGLE JUMP WRECKING BALL DROPKICK! TJP puts Despe in, goes up top, and he FLYING FOREARMS! Despe flounders away and the fans rally up more. TJP aims from the corner, runs in, and BACK ELBOWS! Despe sits down, so TJP says it’s time for scrubbing!

The fans rally up as TJP scrubs Despe’s face again and again, then runs side to side, BOOT WASH! The fans want that again, so TJP obliges! TJP scrubs Despe again and again, then goes side to side, but Despe is up! Depse swings, TJP blocks and spins him, to JUMP SOBAT! Despe ends up in another corner, and TJP runs in to BOOT WASH! The fans are thunderous as Despe staggers up. TJP kicks low, Half Hatch for “ICHI!” Then again for “NII!” And then “SAN!” The hattrick is complete and the fans fire up again. TJP climbs, aims, MAMBA- NO, TJP has to bail out as Despe moves! TJP keeps moving, but Despe SPEARS!

Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Despe grits his teeth and smacks some sense into himself as he sits up. TJP sits up now, both men go to corners. Despe runs in to UPPERCUT! Despe reels TJP in, and suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Despe is a little surprised. The fans rally more, and Despe drags TJP up again. Despe gut wrenches for GUITARRA- NO, TJP slips free to hook arms! Despe fights the backslide, flips up and over, then GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! TJP survives but Despe stands. The fans rally harder as Despe drags TJP up and underhooks. But TJP drops to a knee to fight the lift!

Despe tries again but TJP still fights. Despe KNEES TJP, but TJP RAMS Despe into buckles! TJP staggers away, comes back, but is put on the apron. TJP swings, Despe blocks and HOTSHOTS the bad arm! TJP sits on the apron, Despe goes up the corner. Despe deadlifts TJP to the top rope! TJP fights with body shots! Despe CLUBS TJP, underhooks, but TJP fights again! SUPER GOURD BUSTER! TJP has Depse down, aims, MAMBA SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! And Despe has a KIMURA!! TJP scrambles over, reaches out, but Despe rolls him away from ropes! But TJP stands, wrenches, LA MYSTICA into IRON OCTOPUS!

But Despe powers out! STRETCH MUFFLER!! TJP endures, reaches out, but ends up in NUMERO DOS!! But TJP drags Despe down to a cradle, TWO!! Despe blocks a kick, but TJP hits an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN, into a PACKAGE! TWO!! Despe is free and he ROCKS TJP with a forearm! Despe aims another but TJP blocks it to spin him! ROLLING LARIAT from TJP!! The fans are thunderous as both men are down! TJP and Despe stir and crawl. TJP goes to a corner, Despe rises up and glares. Despe runs in but TJP goes up and over! TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up and “T! J P! T! J P!” aims from the corner!

TJP says crowns up, ONE BY- OLYMPIC SLAM!?! TJP staggers up, into GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again and the fans are thunderous! TJP sputters, Despe roars, and Despe drags TJP up. Despe underhooks, but TJP wrenches out! IRON OCTOPUS! Despe pops out, underhooks, PINCHE- NO, TJP fights that to BACK DROP! Bridging cover, TWO as Despe bridges!! TIGER DRIVER- RANA!! SUNSET FLIP!! TWO!!!! TJP escapes, the fans are thunderous, and TJP SUPERKICKS! But Despe SPINEBUSTERS!! Both men are down again and the fans are electric!

TJP and Despe stir, and both men crawl to ropes. TJP is on the apron, Despe makes his way over. Despe stalks up behind TJP, drags him up, and underhooks! The fans are going nuts as Despe lifts! But TJP slips to the inside! Despe ROCKS TJP, brings him up, but TJP goes to suplex! Despe fires body shots, but TJP still tries! TJP hangs Despe out to dry! TJP goes up, GUILLOTINE MAMBA!! Then TJP sets up in the corner! Despe rises, into ONE BY ONE!!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is shocked, but he hurries to reload! TJP’s doing this one for Akira! NOVA FIREBALL!! And MAMBA SPLASH!!! Cover, TJP WINS!!!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Desperado earns 0)

Once again, back is the incredible, the graps animal, the uncannable, TJP! Public Enemy Number One brings Desperado down! Will the Rogue Luchador have to fight harder for his dream of being the Best of the Super Juniors?

As for TJP, the fans cheer him on as he gets the mic. “Tanoshi, desu ka? <That was fun, wasn’t it?>” The fans cheer that! TJP again asks if they had fun, and the fans cheer again. TJP apologizes, he’s just tired. TJP says that Best of the Super Juniors 31, “It’s not easy. I’m tired… Everything hurts… But TJP is still alive!” The fans cheer that! So again he asks, are they having fun? The fans cheer again! “Arigato gozaimasu. <Thank you very much.>” A female fan offers a very nice sign, and TJP accepts it. And gives it a kiss! The fans cheer that, too! TJP says he sees many of these signs in every section. Please, hold them up.

The fans cheer and oblige, and TJP points out each one. TJP holds up the one he has and thanks everyone again. “This isn’t too difficult for me. Next, I meet Titan, and Titan, this is for you.” In Spanish, TJP says, “Two years ago in BOSJ, it was Titan VS TJP. Titan won that one. Also, two years ago, it was LIJ VS Catch 2/2 in Super Junior Tag League. Titan won that one. Last year in BOSJ, it was again Titan VS TJP. Titan won that one, as well. And last year’s Super Junior Tag League, Catch 2/2 were champions, but Titan won that one. Simply put, TJP needs to make a change. TJP needs to change.”

TJP again thanks the fans again, and says “United Empire! Crowns up!” The fans cheer and the Public Enemy is gearing up for one final round! Will he bring out the side of him that can defeat even El Inmortal?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Titan: 5-3, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-3, 10 points
HAYATA: 5-3, 10 points
Blake Christian: 5-3, 10 points
Kevin Knight: 4-4, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-4, 8 points
TJP: 4-4, 8 points
BUSHI: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Kosei Fujita: 2-6, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Taiji Ishimori: 5-2, 10 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 5-2, 10 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-3, 10 points
SHO: 5-3, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-3, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-3, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-3, 8 points
Ninja Mack: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points [FORFEIT]
Dragon Dia: 0-7, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

Another great round for BOSJ as we approach the end of the round robin phase. Some great shockers in this round, too, like Taiji turning things around on Drilla, Knight turning things around on Connors, and Hiromu snatching Eagles all in those final moments. Sho cheating Dia and Kanemaru cheating Titan should’ve been expected, though. Certainly more the former than the latter, I thought Titan was gonna get up to six wins. But then TJP has an awesome match with Desperado and takes the win, keeping Desperado even with Titan. And as such, if TJP wins against Titan in A Block’s final round, he could very well pull of that historic comeback to get a spot in the semifinals.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Double or Nothing Results & Report! (5/26/24)

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Sin City is All Elite!

AEW’s fifth anniversary goes Double or Nothing, and The Elite are risking it all in Anarchy in the Arena! Will “Team AEW” tear down our corrupt EVPs?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Buy-In – Deonna Purrazzo VS Thunder Rosa; Deonna wins.
  • Buy-In – Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Cage of Agony; The Acclaimed & Billy win.
  • AEW International Championship: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
  • Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships: Bullet Club Gold VS Death Triangle; Bullet Club Gold wins and retains the titles.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Serena Deeb; Storm wins and retains the title.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta; Cassidy wins.
  • FTW Championship Triple Threat: Chris Jericho w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata; wins and
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship Title Eliminator: Jon Moxley VS Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis; wins and
  • AEW TNT Championship Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland VS Malakai Black; wins and
  • AEW TBS Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Mercedes Mone; wins and
  • AEW World Championship: Swerve Strickland VS Christian Cage w/ The Patriarchy; wins and
  • Anarchy in the Arena: Kazuchika Okada, Jack Perry & The Young Bucks VS Bryan Danielson, Darby Allin & FTR; win.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Double or Nothing Buy-In!

Join Renee Paquette, RJ City and “Double J” Jeff Jarrett in discussing, analyzing and predicting the high stakes, high reward, high octane action set for Sin City tonight!

 

Backstage interview with Charlie Ramon.

Lexy Nair is with AEW’s Special Match Coordinator, and she asks him what goes into tonight’s Barbed Wire Steel Cage? “In this instance, you have a cage that stands over 15 feet tall from the ground up and it weighs over 3,000 pounds. However, woven throughout it will be over 500 feet of barbed wire.” Unbelievable! Now, Adam Copeland was part of the planning process, how did that go? Charlie would normally say it went well, but in this case, Tony Khan’s absence, a lot of emotion, he’ll just say it’s been tough. Then that said, how dangerous is this match? What can we as viewers prepare for?

Normally, a cage match is about ending a feud. In this case, this cage is built for destruction. Then this just got a lot more real. Lexy thanks Charlie for his time, are we about to see the end of one man’s in-ring career?

 

Buy-In – Deonna Purrazzo VS Thunder Rosa!

The Virtuosa took offense to La Mera Mera trying to jump the line right from the moment she returned to action, and ever since, it has been a back and forth both with fists and with words. But Deonna’s been doing a lot more running and hiding than Rosa expected, so it is time to put up or shut up! With the women’s titles on the line later tonight, who wins their spot as next in line?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. Rosa and Deonna stare down, circle, and tie up. They go around, break, and the fans are dueling. Rosa has the majority share, the two go again and tie up. Rosa arm-drags but holds onto the grapple. Deonna arm-drags but also holds onto the grapple. They get up, go to a corner, and the ref counts. Deonna lets off, but RAMS into Rosa! The ref reprimands, Deonna stomps Rosa, then digs her boot in! The ref counts, Deonna lets off and soaks up the heat. Rosa rises up but Deonna whips her. Rosa reverses to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rosa whips Deonna but Deonna KICKS back!

Deonna swings, Rosa ducks ‘n ‘dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! The fans fire up, Rosa throws off the sleeves and runs in to ELBOW! The fans fire up more as Rosa goes corner to corner, but Deonna ELBOWS back! Deonna brings Rosa around to whip but Rosa goes up and over. Rosa DROPKICKS Deonna, the fans fire up, and Rosa grins as she storms back up on Deonna. Rosa stands Deonna up, but Deonna breaks free. Deonna swings, Rosa gets around and arm-drags her away! Deonna bails out, Rosa builds speed and WRECKS Deonna with a dropkick! The fans fire up and Rosa says, “Thank you very much.”

Rosa puts Deonna in, but Deonna bails out. Rosa storms up but Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans boo but Deonna soaks up the heat. Deonna scuffs Rosa, refreshes the count, and she RAMS Rosa into the apron! The ref reprimands, but Deonna CLUBS Rosa in the chest! Rosa gets in the ring, Deonna follows, and she paces around Rosa. Deonna stands on Rosa’s hand, talks trash on her, “This is what you wanted!” But Rosa fires body shots in return! Deonna DECKS Rosa, brushes herself off, then drops a leg on the arm! Deonna scissors the arm but Rosa endures. The fans rally, Deonna shifts around to wrench the arm, but Rosa fires a forearm shot!

Rosa fires more shots but Deonna WRINGS that arm out! Cover, TWO! Deonna is annoyed but she keeps close as Rosa writhes. Deonna grabs the bad arm, kicks it, then knuckle locks to step over. SNAP LOCK! Deonna drags Rosa to a cover, TWO! The fans rally with “SI SE PUEDES!” Deonna YANKS the bad arm, YANKS it again, and then wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! Rosa pulls hair, but Deonna wrenches and CLUBS away on the arm! Deonna grinds the bad arm, pulls at Rosa’s hair, but Rosa fights up! Rosa pushes back to a cover, TWO! Rosa has Deonna’s legs, for a SEATED SURFBOARD!

The fans fire up as Rosa pulls Deonna back, then hooks her up. Deonna fights the pendulum and ROCKS Rosa down! Cover, TWO! Deonna clamps onto the bad arm for a top wristlock! Rosa bridges to alleviate pressure and the fans rally up. Rosa fights to sit up, then arm-drag free! Rosa runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but DOUBLE LARIATS take both ladies down! The fans fire up again as the two stir. The dueling gets louder, but it still seems like Rosa has the majority if by only a few. The two go forehead to forehead, shout at each other, and Deonna SLAPS! Rosa SLAPS back! Rosa LARIATS! And NECKBREAKER!

Rosa pounds the mat and fans rally as Deonna goes to ropes. Rosa fires up, runs in, DROPKICK! Deonna flounders, Rosa shrieks and covers, TWO! Deonna survives but Rosa keeps her focus. Deonna bails out to the apron but Rosa runs up. The fans cheer on “Women’s Wrestling!” as Rosa ducks the haymaker and ROUNDHOUSES! Rosa goes up and up, but Deonna SLAPS her first! Deonna puts Rosa in the Tree of Woe, then takes aim! Deonna runs up, and RAMS into Rosa! Then she YANKS Rosa out of the Tree, covers, TWO! Deonna is beside herself but Rosa is tough! Deonna slashes her throat as she reels Rosa in, but Rosa wrenches out!

Rosa wrangles Deonna but Deonna fights, so Rosa shifts to a COBRA CLUTCH! The fans fire up and Rosa becomes a backpack. Deonna RAMS Rosa into buckles, arm-drags free, then runs up, but Rosa ROLLING ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives that shot but Rosa snarls. Rosa drags Deonna up, reels her in, and says it’s time! But Deonna wrenches out to wrangle Rosa! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Rosa endures, Deonna pushes on the arm, but Rosa rolls her to a cover, TWO! Deonna swings, Rosa gets around, BACKSTABBER! Rosa glares, clamps on, but Deonna fights the Cobra Clutch! Rosa grinds Deonna down, COBRA CROSSFACE!!

Deonna fights forward, reaches out, but Rosa kicks ropes, only for Deonna to roll her to a cover! Deonna holds ropes! DEONNA WINS!!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by pinfall

Rosa is shocked! The Virtuosa proved she’s an expert in stealing the win, because she just did that here! Rosa is about to lose her mind, but is Deonna going to use this move on to bigger things?

 

Backstage interview with The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn.

Lexy is now with Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass, and says they are facing the #CageofAgony up next, how are they feeling? Billy tells “Penny” that they’re feeling magnificent! And does she know why? Here’s why. Last night, Billy was scrolling through social media, because that is what Billy does, and he comes across Cage & Agony whining and complaining. Brian Cage is always asking “Who Betta?” Well, one, two, three, three betta. Caster says that’s right! That’s right! Brian Cage and his two boys wanna say Caster’s name? They wanna blame Caster for losing Cage’s match? They’ve said his name, but Caster wants to know their names! He still hasn’t learned ’em.

Caster is a fast learner, he went to college, and yet he still can’t remember their names! How long have they been in AEW? How many times have they said their names? Caster couldn’t tell ya. So they wanna say last night on Collision was the biggest night of their career, then guess that’s true! Because they were in the ring with the best wrestlers alive, The Acclaimed! But that match for them was just another day at work. So y’know what? They wanna take it personal? Caster’s taking it personal! He has to wrestle them again, has to lend them his story power, The Acclaimed’s star power, to those three once again!

Caster could’ve been anywhere else, but he’s gotta be here. Caster’s respect is hard to earn, and Cage, you and your two boys, they don’t have any of it! That’s said humbly by the best wrestler alive! Mic drop, BETCH! Bowens steps in to say there’s so much to talk about! They’re live in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand, Double or Nothing! Brian Cage, with your big strong muscles, acted like a little biyatch needing to kick Bowens in the nuts just to win! And now Cage is bringing his boys into this, “The Cage of Agony.” Well Bowens is a #GayInAgony having to listen to Brian whine! Want your name in lights? Here you go! Step up to the plate!

When it is all said and done, all their names will be are NOTHING next to The Acclaimed as they whip some ass all over the strip! And after this, The Acclaimed is gonna go out, play some poker, pull some slots, and win the jackpot! They’ll celebrate all night long because EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed! But will Sin City be scissoring at the end of the Buy-In?

 

Renee Paquette is on stage.

She says there is a major announcement to come, so please welcome out Martha Hart and Tony Khan! The fans cheer Dr. Martha walks out on stage with TK, and we clearly have the Owen Hart Cup on stage as well. Renee says it is so great to have Dr. Martha here, sot he floor is hers. She says it is great to be back in Vegas for Double or Nothing. And this is a special year for the Owen Hart Foundation, as it is 25 years of philanthropy and giving back. And because of that anniversary, here’s a little something special in mind for the 2024 Owen Hart Cup. The fans chant for “Owen! Owen!” and she joins in.

Martha says Tony Khan should do the honors here, and tell us all what they have in mind. Tony thanks Martha and says hello to the fans. We’ve got something very special planned as the third year of the Owen Hart Cup! It was on Christmas Eve this past year that Martha had a great idea. She said it’d add even more stakes to this great tournament if the winners were given… WORLD TITLE SHOTS! The fans love that idea! Tony loved that idea, too, and so the time and place for the finals of this year’s Owen Hart Cup should be in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 10th, the hometown of Owen Hart!

And yes, the winners this year will receive world championship opportunities… at ALL IN LONDON! Tony thanks Martha for all the great work with AEW, and this is a very exciting time. Tony will see everyone in Calgary and in Wembley, happy five year anniversary for AEW! Who gets in on those brackets to become this year’s King and Queen of Harts and future #1 contenders?

 

Buy-In – Six Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Cage of Agony!

We just heard from Caster, Bowens & Daddy Ass tonight, we heard from The Machine, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona the other night, but now it is time to put up or shut up! Well, except for Caster’s diss track.

“The Cage of Agony sounds like a chastity belt. I’ll whip you all, leave you freaky ass with a welt. He a fan, he a fan, he a fan. Brian Cage, limp pee niz, barely a man! Damn, straight bustin’ on these hoes. He barefoot, you probably suckin’ on his toes! You’re a pervert, probably put your long hair in curlers. Yes, I’m on the mic, and it’s a murder. Brian Cage always dressing up but do not lie. These days, why you cosplay as a top guy? To you other guys, I still don’t know your name. But in Vegas…” “Everybody Loves The Acclaimed!” “See? I didn’t even have to finish that.”

Bowens then gets the mic to again tell “LAAAS VEGAAAAAS~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! Platinum Max just burned up the mic! Will the former AEW World Trios Champions burn the TWO-TIME ROH World Six Man Tag Champions? Or will there still be a question to #WhoBetta?

The trios sort out and Caster starts against Kaun. The fans rally as Kaun says Caster is just talk. But the fans taunt Kaun with “What’s Your Name?” Kaun points to his tights, it’s on his groin! Kaun and Caster tier up, go around, and Kaun puts Caster in a corner. Kaun smothers Caster, lets off at 4, but Caster BACKHANDS him! Caster headlocks but Kaun powers out. Caster dodges, runs, but Kaun drops, hurdles, but Caster waistlocks. Kaun switches, Caster bucks the O’Conner, but then Kaun throws Caster down by his hair! Caster gets up but Kaun LARIATS! Cover, ONE! Caster goes to ropes and uses those as a defense.

Kaun and Caster reset, but in tags Billy Gunn! The fans fire up and Billy tells Cage to get in here! The fans fire up for “DADDY ASS! DADDY ASS!” as Cage tags in. Cage flexes on Billy, the fans boo, but Billy says hold up. Billy flexes and the fans cheer! Billy and Cage circle, tie up, and Cage knees low. Cage headlocks, Billy powers up and out, but Cage runs him over! Billy goes to a corner while Cage soaks up the heat and flexes again. Billy stands back up, Cage talks some trash, but the fans taunt his “LITTLE WEENIE!” Cage and Billy tie up, Billy headlocks, but Cage powers up and out. Billy runs Cage over! The fans fire up as Billy flexes and swaggers!

Billy then says “SUCK IT!” Cage swings on Billy but Billy counter punches! Billy fires hands, whips, but Cage goes up and over to roll Billy! Billy rolls through but Cage basement dropkicks! Cage soaks up the heat, Caster tags in, but the Gates BLAST The Acclaimed first! Cage clotheslines Billy against ropes, they get stuck up there, then finally tip over and out to the floor! It’s chaos now as the teams brawl! Kaun sends Bowens into steel steps! Cage sends Billy into railing! Kaun stomps Caster while Liona sticks Bowens between steps and post! Liona CLUBS Bowens, then SMACKS him off the steps! Cage digs his boots in, Kaun sends Caster into railing!

Liona drags Billy up now, to send into the steel steps! The impact jams Bowens’ bad leg up! Bowens falls in a heap and clutches his leg but the ref reprimands Cage and the others. Cage gets in the ring, Liona and Kaun follow, and they aim at Caster in a corner. Liona runs in to clothesline! Kaun runs in to clothesline! Cage runs in to UPPERCUT! Tag to Kaun, then Cage hauls Caster up to the top rope. Kaun climbs, scoops, TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Caster flops to the apron! Liona APRON SENTONS! Cage tags in and he deadlift SUPERPLEXES Caster!! Cover, TWO!! Caster survives and Cage is annoyed but the fans fire up!

Cage tags Kaun back in, they get Caster up and mug him. Kaun CHOPS and Caster falls to his knees! Kaun drags Caster up, CHOPS again, then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Liona, he fires body shots from all sides! Liona snapmares then KICKS Caster in the back! The fans boo but Liona digs his foot into Caster’s face! The ref counts, Liona lets off, and Caster flounders to a corner. Liona stands on Caster again! The ref counts, Liona lets off at 4, and Liona gets in the ref’s face so that Kaun can CHOKE Caster! The fans boo, the ref senses something and reprimands Kaun. Cage tags in, but Caster kicks back!

Caster fires hands but Cage JUMP KNEES! Cage puts Caster back in the corner to RAM into him! And RAM him again! And then CHOP! Cage hoists Caster up top, climbs up, “Who betta than Cage?!” Caster fires body shots! Caster shoves Cage down, Kaun tags in! Kaun ROCKS Caster, goes up, but Caster fires hands! Kaun staggers back, Caster adjusts and CROSSBODIES! Cover, but the ref is busy checking Billy! TWO!! Liona tags in, and he BLASTS Billy! Billy gets up and in but the ref keeps him back! Liona SUPERKICKS Caster, drags Caster to a drop zone, then goes up. Liona fires up, leaps, but Caster avoids the diving headbutt!

The fans fire up as both men are down! Caster and Liona crawl, reach out, but Liona anchors Caster! Caster BOOTS Liona away, hot tags to Kaun and Billy! Daddy Ass rallies on Cage & The Gates with haymaker after haymaker! “SUCK THIS ISH!” Billy TOSSES Cage, clinches Kaun, THE ONE AND ONLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!! But the fans fire up with Billy as he kicks Kaun and tells him, ‘SUCK IT!” But Liona gets in to CLOBBER Billy!! The fans boo but Caster FLYING LARIATS Liona! Only for Kaun to get Caster for a GUTBUSTER! DISCUS LARIAT from Cage! The Gates & Cage get Billy up for a TRIPLE POWERBOMB! Cover, BOWENS BREAKS IT!!

The fans are thunderous as Bowens returns, even with one good leg! Bowens fires haymakers and CHOPS but Cage SOBATS, KICKS, and Liona HEADBUTTS! The fans boo more but Liona just soaks it up. Cage gets a chair and the fans boo, but wait! Chance, the Golden Knights’ mascot, snatches the chair! But now he’s a target! But then Caster goes out to kick Cage, for a FAMOUSER! The fans fire up, but then Liona runs to CLOBBER Caster! Kaun gets Billy but Billy cradles, ACCLAIMED WIN!!

Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall

Kaun is furious, but The Acclaimed snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! Chance celebrates with Daddy Ass, Bowens & Caster while Cage, Kaun & Liona regroup. And then fans fire up for it, as Chance joins in on the SCISSOR PARTY~! With this win here, does The Acclaimed have a chance of going after some gold again?

 

Malakai Black speaks.

“For the life of a creature is in the blood. And I have been given it, from you, to make atonement for yourself on the altar. This altar, this cage, which will serve as your confessional, Cope. And every tear in your skin will serve as an admission of your guilt. This bloodletting, a release from bounds that you put on yourself. I will not stop, I will not yield. No, I will meet you in the abyss that we created together. And I will look you in the eyes, and I will absolve you through torture and death. What do you see when you look at me, Adam?” Is the Dark Father going to become the Face of TNT? Or will he regret pushing The Rated R Superstar to the edge?

 

“There’s been a lot said about this town.”

“A lot more than can never be spoken. Fortunes change with the roll of the dice. Realities shift on the flip of a card. And to win big in this place, you need to be willing to risk big. There is one thing here that is always certain: this place lives for the fight. And the Triple Main Event? That is Vegas. Tonight, will your dreams come true under these bright lights? Or be buried in the desert? Because after all these years, you know that in Las Vegas, it’s Double or Nothing.”

 

AEW International Championship: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Will Ospreay!

The Savior of the Backbreaker doesn’t respect the Aerial Assassin because he still sees that same brash young kid from over a decade ago. But the feeling is mutual because Ospreay still sees the same stuck up veteran who’s always been jealous of Ospreay’s natural ability. These two aren’t fighting to earn respect, they’re fighting to prove they’re the best! Will Roddy make sure this title stays Undisputed? Or does Ospreay prove he is the #BillyGOAT?

The introductions are made, but Ospreay doesn’t wait for the bell, he runs up as Roddy poses! Roddy ducks the Hidden Blade and the brawl is on! The ref rings the bell then tells Taven & Bennett to get outta the ring! Roddy CLUBS away on Ospreay, throws the belt aside, then whips. Ospreay stops himself by holding ropes, then he TOSSES Roddy out! Ospreay aims to PLANCHA, but has to land out as Roddy moves! Roddy runs up, Ospreay dodges him to BOOT Taven into the timekeeper’s area! Bennett runs up but Ospreay TOSSES him into Taven! The fans fire up but Roddy KNEES Ospreay low!

Roddy pulls the safety pads off the railing, but Ospreay fights the suplex! Ospreay swings, Roddy dodges and CHOPS! Roddy whips, Ospreay VAULTS over railing to take out The Kingdom! The fans are thunderous and Ospreay rises. Callis is on commentary and cheers Ospreay on as Ospreay and Roddy stare down. Ospreay gets around to TACKLE Roddy and he fires off hands! Roddy gets up, Ospreay fires more hands! The fans sing “OSPREAY~! OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~!” and Ospreay CATAPULTS Roddy into the post! Ospreay fires up, the fans are with him, and he storms after Roddy.

Ospreay puts Roddy in the ring, the fans chant “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Ospreay scoops to hit a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE! Ospreay stands Roddy to CHOP! And CHOP again! Roddy goes to a corner, Ospreay runs up, but Roddy puts Ospreay on the apron. Ospreay ROCKS Roddy, HOTSHOTS him, but Roddy flounders away. Roddy distracts the ref with talk of a bad neck, and The Kingdom go after Ospreay! Ospreay kicks Taven away, but Bennett gets under him for an Electric Chair Lift! Taven gets in the ring, builds speed, and FLIES! TOPE DOOMSDAY!! Ospreay lands hard on his head and Taven didn’t land much better!

The ref sees Ospreay is down and checks on him. The fans chant “REF, YOU SUCK!” Callis is worried for Ospreay but Ospreay seems okay to continue. Roddy gets Ospreay in and digs at the bandage on Ospreay’s forehead! Roddy gets the bandage off and he punches away on that healed up cut! He wants to bloody Ospreay like he did on Wednesday! The fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Roddy stomps Ospreay right on the forehead! Ospreay goes to a corner, Roddy CLUBS him, then CHOPS him! Roddy clamps onto Ospreay to CLUB him in the head. Roddy then gives Ospreay a STOMP, then drags him into a CAMEL CLUTCH!

Ospreay endures, Callis complains about The Kingdom being ringside to begin with, but Ospreay fires hands from below! Ospreay slips an arm through the chinlock to CLUB Roddy. Roddy KNEES Ospreay down, then soaks up the heat from the fans. Ospreay throws a body shot, Roddy hits back, and they go back and forth! Ospreay gets the edge, whips, but Roddy reverses. Ospreay still catches Roddy to a COBRA TWIST! But Roddy HIP TOSSES free! Cover, TWO, but Roddy clamps onto Ospreay with a CROSSFACE! Ospreay fights it by turning sideways, and the fans rally with “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Ospreay scoots back, ROPEBREAK!

Roddy throws hands on Ospreay’s head, then lets off as the ref counts. Roddy drags Ospreay up, CHOPS again, but Ospreay just gets fired up! Ospreay ROCKS Roddy! Roddy CHOPS, and they CHOP back and forth! The fans fire up but then Roddy knees low! Roddy fires body shots in the corner! The ref counts, Roddy CLUBS Ospreay, and The Kingdom says that’s how you do it! Roddy scoops Ospreay for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roddy is annoyed but the fans rally for Ospreay. Roddy drags Ospreay up, but Ospreay JAWBREAKERS free! Roddy BOOTS back! But Ospreay blocks! And CHOPS! Ospreay CHOPS again!

The fans fire up and Ospreay whips corner to corner. Roddy reverses, runs up, blocks a boot and YANKS Ospreay into a carry! But Ospreay CLUBS free! Ospreay runs, handsprings, and NEURALIZER KICK! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! The standing count starts, Roddy crawls to a corner at 2 of 10, but Ospreay kips up at 3! The fans fire up again, Ospreay runs up to BOOT! Ospreay pushes Roddy down, but The Kingdom is lurking! Ospreay has to stay inside, the ref reprimands Taven & Bennett! Roddy crawls to a corner, and here comes WARDLOW! Wardlow CLUBS Ospreay and reels him in!

The ref gets so heated at The Kingdom, but then he steps back and bumps into Ospreay, and turns around to see Wardlow! The ref gets Ospreay free of the bomb and tells Wardlow off! Wardlow gets out, shrugs, but Roddy runs up on Ospreay! Ospreay ducks the knee, tucks Roddy in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Roddy tumbles out, The Kingdom help shim up, but Ospreay goes up and up and SKY TWISTER!! Down goes everyone but Wardlow! The ref has had it! He EJECTS The Kingdom while the fans lose their minds! Ospreay gets Roddy in, goes to the corner, and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!!

Roddy is still in this but Ospreay stays on him. Ospreay reels Roddy in, Roddy fights the lift, so Ospreay gives a Kawada Kick, and a CHOP! Roddy CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Roddy runs, into the TIGER WALL KICK! ENZIGIRI! Ospreay hits a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Ospreay doesn’t let that bother him. The fans rally up, Ospreay gets Roddy up, and he scoops Roddy for a SLAM! Ospreay goes up and the fans cheer, but Roddy trips Ospreay! Roddy climbs up behind Ospreay, hoists him up, but Ospreay fights with elbows! Ospreay sends Roddy down, then adjusts!

The fans fire up for the LEAP OF FAITH, but has to land out as Roddy moves! But the leg jams! He still SUPERKICKS Roddy! Ospreay powers up the arm, gets the bad leg moving, and he runs up again, but Roddy snatches that leg to a HALF CRAB! Ospreay fights, turns over, kicks, but Roddy gets both legs! TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Ospreay endures, reaches out, and the fans rally! Ospreay crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Roddy lets go, and the fans rally for “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Ospreay sits up, Roddy drags him up and CHOPS! And ROCKS him! And then stands him up against ropes.

Roddy CHOPS, ROCKS, CHOPS, repeat! Roddy goes side to side to forearm again and again and again! Then he hoists Ospreay up for the atomic SLAM! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up again as Ospreay goes to a corner. Roddy hoists Ospreay up top, but Ospreay fights back! Ospreay HEADBUTTS, Roddy GAMANGIRIS! Roddy tells the fans to shut up, then he climbs up to get Ospreay on the very top. SUPER DUPER PLEX!! And Roddy holds on to get Ospreay up in a torture rack! RACK DROP BACKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Roddy shows no mercy! Fireman’s carry, but Ospreay fights! Roddy still GUTBUSTERS!

Roddy runs the ropes to SHOTGUN- SITOUT POWERBOMB!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous again! A standing count starts while fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Both men are still down at 4 of 10, then sit up at 5. Ospreay throws a haymaker, but Roddy CHOPS! Ospreay haymakers, Roddy gives that back, and they go back and forth! Ospreay roars as he stands up, and now the forearms get going! The fans rally as Ospreay eggs Roddy on! Roddy fires boxing elbows, so Ospreay unleashes a flurry! Ospreay ROCKS Roddy, Roddy fires ELBOW, ELBOW, and ELBOW! Ospreay HOOK KICKS! But then Roddy gets around, ripcord and dropkick to the leg!

Roddy suplexes, Ospreay slips free and full nelsons. Roddy breaks free but Ospreay avoids the elbow! But Roddy ducks the hook kick! Ospreay swings, into Roddy’s half nelson! Roddy swings Ospreay but Ospreay sunset flips, TWO! STYLES- NO, Roddy kicks free! Roddy back drops, Ospreay l ands on his feet to OSCUTTER!! Ospreay can’t pin but the fans are thunderous! Ospreay crawls to cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” and now the ref is checking Roddy. The ref keeps Ospreay back, Callis doesn’t understand! Ospreay is frustrated, is this like with Bryan Danielson? Callis jumps off commentary to coach Ospreay about killer instinct! Storm Driver 93!?

Callis says if Ospreay wants to win, he has to finish this! Roddy’s going to the hospital anyway! Does Ospreay wanna be second best or does he want the title? Just do it! Ospreay snarls and headbutts the buckle to fire up! Ospreay storms up but the ref keeps him back! But Ospreay shoves the ref! Underhooks and lift, STORM…! But then Ospreay hesitates again! He lets Roddy down, but he’s also disappointing Callis! Ospreay lifts again for STORM BREAK- NO, Roddy slips free to OLYMPIC SLAM! And then roll through, fireman’s carry, GUTBUSTER DROP!! Roddy runs, to SICK KICK!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and Roddy can’t believe it!

The fans are electric as Roddy storms up on Ospreay. Roddy hauls Ospreay up, suplexes, RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy escapes, ducks a superkick and JUMP KNEES! Roddy gets Ospreay up to suplex, END OF- Ospreay lands out! HIDDEN BLADE!! Ospreay hauls Roddy up, underhooks, STORM BREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)

Callis shouts “WE WON!” as if he actually did anything, but the Aerial Assassin does get the job done! Ospreay adds this title to his already incredible list of accolades, will nothing stop him from being the best of all time?

 

Adam Cole is here!

The fans are thunderous again as “IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BOOM!” The Panama City Playboy makes his return to AEW PPV and just being on screen at all, that foot looking at 100%. Cole steps into the ring for his “ADAM COLE, BAYBAY!” and then gets a mic. “Who’s ready for Story Time with Adam Cole Baybay?” The fans sure are! Cole says here it goes then: “Las Vegas, Nevada! You all suck! You wanna know why you suck? I shouldn’t even be out here right now. I should be back there checking on Roderick Strong. Or better yet, I should leave the building and go hang out with The Undisputed Kingdom.

“Truth be told, I shouldn’t even be in this freakin’ city. I should be home, rehabbing my ankle, coming back and doing what I do best, and that is professional wrestling. None of you have any idea the hell that I’ve been through these past two years, and I still get disrespected. Because whether anyone wants to admit it or not, I am one of the greats pro-wrestlers of this generation.” Cole then brings out the MJF Devil Mask. “We do have a little devil inside all of us. And I wanna make one promise and one promise very, very clear. When I am 100%, you WILL give the Devil his due. And his name…” THE LIGHTS GO OUT!?

A spotlight comes on, and Cole looks around. On the tron is a long hallway. And as we walk down that hallway, we go into a room. MJF’s room! The music plays, the Dynamite Diamond Ring is put on, and so is the scarf! There’s a picture torn in half, of the best brochachos. Cole has seen a ghost, but more like he’s seen a devil! Because MJF is HERE!! Sin City is losing its mind as The Scumbag walks out in a denim vest, looking ready to play the game! MJF storms his way down the ramp, into the ring, and he sees the mask on the mat. The fans are thunderous, Cole wants MJF to hold on a second, and Cole offers a hug!?

MJF can’t believe this. Cole says together, these two could run this place! The fans tell Cole that he F’d up, but then MJF says okay, Adam. They hug it out, the fans boo, but then MJF LOW BLOWS Cole! The fans cheer Cole getting what he deserves, and MJF grins. MJF then drags Cole up to suplex for a BRAINBUSTER! MJF grabs the mic Cole was using while the fans go nuts. “He’s Our Scumbag!” MJF tells Cole, “You noodle armed, bobble-headed SOB! Uh oh, did I hurt the Baybay? Tough s*it, get this s*it stain outta my ring, huh? Oh and Cole, while they’re dragging your boney carcass outta here, I want you to try and listen while you’re close to unconsciousness.

“See, I gave you something I’ve never given anyone before: Trust. And thanks to you, brochacho, that s*it ain’t happening again! See, he thought he took out MJF.” MJF then tells a cameraman to get his butt in the ring, MJF needs all the angles. MJF then says Cole didn’t take out MJF, he just woke MJF up! MJF remembers who he is: THE GREATEST WRESTLER ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH! MJF is a generational talent, he is Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he is better than you, and you know it! But why is that? Pray tell! Oh, he will. Because unlike Adam Cole “and all those shmucks in the back, I don’t need a New Japan, or a Vince McMahon, to make MJF, BECAUSE MJF MADE MJF!!”

The fans fire up again and MJF smirks. MJF says when it comes to The Salt of the Earth, back to the regularly scheduled programming. No more haha, no more friendships, no more kangaroo kicks, no more BS!! Back to being driven by what he is driven by best. Not love, no no no. He’s talking HATE, HATE, HATE! Fans actually chant “HATE! HATE! HATE!” MJF says when your boy is driven by hate, no one is safe. MJF then looks at the mask. MJF picks it up, looks it over, and says “You see this stupid mask? Masks are adorned by cowards who want to hide. See, I’m about done hiding. I’m about done being humble. I’m about done apologizing for the fact that I’M THE GADDAMN BEST!

“No one is more complete in this sport than me! It is not my fault, ladies and gentlemen, that all your cute little favs, in comparison to moi, suck a big ol’ bag o’ donkey d*cks!” MJF says he doesn’t need a mask to prove that no one is on the level of the devil. “So this stupid, goofy, grotesque mask that symbolizes the tail end of 2023 and makes my stomach turn in knots, this dumb mask and everything it symbolizes can go straight to HELL!” MJF throws the mask down, stomps it, throws off the jacket then swaggers to Ric Flair ELBOW DROP! MJF TOSSES the mask, free souvenir! The fans chant “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!”

MJF then says he’s been betting on himself since day one. He’s all in, double or nothing. So when it comes to his contract, as if it wasn’t already obvious to the stupid marks, no offense… to quote one of the all time greats, may he rest in peace… MJF rolls up a pant leg and tells the cameraman to zoom in. MJF’s got a new tattoo that says “BET ON YOURSELF” and has an AEW poker chip! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB!” and MJF says when it comes to him in AEW, you can call him the Wolf of Wrestling. BECAUSE HE’S NOT EFFIN’ LEAVING!! The Scumbag references all the legends because he is a legend in the making, when and where will he get his shot at the top?

 

Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships: Bullet Club Gold VS Death Triangle!

Jay White & The Gunns couldn’t help but pick on Pac, all because he was alone and down in the dumps. He dared them to do something that mattered, and then they attacked him backstage! So now, Pac calls upon his amigos, his hermanos, the Lucha Brothers, and they are once again aiming at the gold! Will this triangle be the death of the Bang Bang Gang? Or will Sin City breathe with the Switchblade?

The introductions are made, just a couple belts out of the nine are raised, and we see who hits the jackpot!

The trios sort out, The Switchblade starts against The Bastard while the fans chant for “CERO! MIEDO!” White then decides nope, and he tags out to Colten. The fans boo but Colten says guns up! But Pac hip tosses him! Pac headlocks, Colten powers out but Pac runs him over. Things speed up. Colten hurdles, but Pac turns hip toss into hip toss! Austin tags in, he runs up, but into a hip toss! The fans fire up, Pac headlocks but Austin powers out. Pac handsprings up and over, blocks a hip toss, blocks Austin’s counter of a hip toss to still hip toss! Pac clotheslines Austin up and out! White gets in but Penta & Fenix have Pac’s back!

The fans fire up as White falls back, and White checks on the Gunns. The fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” but White tells them to shut up! Pac tags Penta, he and Austin circle now. They do just like they did last night on Collision, but then Austin sucker punches Fenix! Penta ducks ‘n’ dodges Austin to SLINGBLADE! But Austin avoids the second, shoves, Fenix tags in! SLINGBLADE from Penta, he and Fenix combine, WHEELBARROW SOMERSAULT SPLASH! The fans fire up but White distracts Penta. Austin tags Colten, but the Lucha Bros kick the legs out! They double whip Colten to a corner, tag to Pac!

Penta GAMANGIRIS! Fenix FOREARMS! Pac CLOHTESLINES! The Lucha Bros CHOP, Pac SOBATS! They pinball Colten around with more kicks! “SE NO!” TRIPLE DROPKICKS! Austin runs up, Fenix fireman’s carries him, and Penta SUPERKICKS! Pac DROPKICKS Austin to kickstart Fenix’s spin and SLAM! Then they hold Austin up for Penta to go QUE PASO! Austin tumbles out from the pain in his butt, but Fenix goes up top! Penta builds speed to FLY, Fenix SUPER CROSSBODIES! The Lucha Bros take out the Gunns and the fans fire up! Pac builds speed, but White gets in to clinch! BLADE- NO, Pac slips free!

Pac waistlocks, White switches, Pac elbows free. Pac runs, Austin trips him up, White DDTS!! Pac bridges from the impact, White covers, TWO! Pac flounders, White smirks and stalks him. The fans boo as White stands on Pac’s face! The ref counts, the Gunns talk trash, and White steps away. White drags Pac up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Pac stays in this but White tags Colten. Colten stays between Pac and the Lucha Bros to stomp him. The fans again taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” Colten stomps Pac, CHOKES him on ropes, then lets off at the ref’s count. Colten bumps Pac off buckles, tags Austin, and Austin brings Pac around.

Austin throws Pac by his hair, then asks “Who’s the Ass Boy now?!” “YOU~!”  Austin tags Pac, White talks trash and CHOPS Pac! White CHOPS Pac again and Pac falls over. White taunts Pac, covers, ROPEBREAK! White is annoyed but he grinds his forearm into Pac’s face! The ref counts, White lets off, and he mocks Penta. Austin scrapes Pac but the ref misses that. White drags Pac up, CHOPS him back down, then grins. White pie faces Pac, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Pac staggers, White taunts The Lucha Bros, but Pac fights out of the Bang Bang Gang corner! Pac runs but White catches him to HOTSHOT!

White trips Pac, puts him under the ropes now, ROPE GUILLOTINE! White drags Pac by a leg, turns him over, and has a HALF CRAB! Pac endures, crawls towards his corner, but White drags Pac back! Pac kicks and kicks, White staggers back but Colten tags in! Pac kicks Colten now! Colten staggers, Austin tags in! The Gunns get in Pac’s way, but Pac ducks their double clothesline! Hot tag to Penta! Penta goes up to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Penta CHOPS Austin, CHOPS Colten, repeat! KICK to the legs, then more CHOPS! Penta fires up and the fans are with him! “CERO! MIEDO!” Tag to Fenix, but then the Gunns get Penta!

Fenix SUPERKICKS Colten, Penta waistlocks Austin! TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICK from Fenix! BACKSTABBER from Penta! Then a BOOSTED SPLASH! Cover, White breaks it! White BLASTS Penta, goes back to his corner, and argues with the ref. White tags in, gets in the ref’s face, then aims at Fenix. White drags Fenix up, but Fenix ENZIGIRIS! Tag to Penta, and the Lucha Brothers dodge White to SOBAT, REWIND HEEL, and then fireman’s carry! SWINGING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO! White survives but the fans rally for Penta. Penta points to Pac, tags him in, and Pac looms over White.

The fans fire up as Pac gets in White’s face. Pac stands White up, they both egg each other on! Pac counter punches again and again, then SOBATS! KICKS! SOBATS! Pac runs, but White CHOPS! White whips, Pac reverses but White reverses back to WRING Pac! Pac gets up, sidesteps, and SNAP GERMANS! Austin returns to LARIAT Pac! Penta returns to DESTROYER! Colten JUMP PUNCHES Penta! Fenix kicks a leg out then DROPKICKS Colten! White clinches for an URENAGE! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as the trios regroup. White snarls, runs up at Pac, but Pac SUPERKICKS!

White is down, Pac goes up! But White gets out, Colten runs in, Pac leaps over! Colten returns, Pac dodges the splash to SNAP GERMAN! Austin returns, to get a SNAP GERMAN! Death Triangle regroups, Fenix GAMANGIRSI White! Penta clotheslines! Pac UPPERCUTS! They set White up for the “CERO! MIEDO!” LUCHA FEAR FACTOR! Fenix DIVES onto the Gunns! But JUICE ROBINSON IS HERE! White has his gold baseball bat, the ref is distracted by that, and Juice trips up Pac!! The fans boo, or chant for Juice, and White hits BLADERUNNER!! Cover, Bang Bang Gang wins!!

Winners: Bullet Club Gold, by pinfall (still Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions)

The Juice is loose and he helps his boys hold onto all these belts! Now that the Bang Bang Gang is at full strength, will there be no stopping them?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Serena Deeb!

The Leading Lady was hoping for a bigger part in this picture, and she blames it on having to play opposite The Professor of Pro-Wrestling. Will Toni still be timeless after tonight? Or will she fail to make it through Deeb’s Dojo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see whose story gets the Hollywood ending!

The bell rings, the two circle, and the fans rally for Toni. They tie up, go around, and around, and then Deeb headlocks for the takeover. Storm headscissors, Deeb kips free, but then Storm headlocks for the takeover. Deeb headscissors, Storm kips free, and the two stand off. The fans cheer as the two reset, and they circle again. They tie up, Storm powers Deeb to ropes, but she lets off as the ref counts. Storm sniffs Deeb, but Deeb SLAPS her! Deeb shoves, trips and ties Storm up, putting her in the Paradise Lock! Deeb sits on Storm and smiles, and the fans are torn. Deeb lets off, aims, and runs up to DROPKICK Storm out of Paradise!

The fans fire up, Deeb wrenches, and she whips corner to corner. Storm reverses, runs up, blocks a boot but Deeb reels her in. Deeb KICKS Storm, goes out, but Storm DECKS Deeb! Storm then runs side to side to HIP ATTACK Deeb to the floor! The fans fire up and Storm goes out to fetch Deeb. Storm puts Deeb in, storms in after her, but Deeb gets a leg in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Deeb runs side to side to BLAST Storm down! Deeb gets Storm up, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT to the floor! Deeb gets Storm up and in, hurries to cover, TWO! The fans rally for Storm but Deeb just smirks.

Deeb stalks Storm, gets her up, ripcords and ELBOWS! Then she wrenches, hooks Storm up, and has the IRON OCTOPUS! Storm endures, reaches out, marches over, and has the ROPEBREAK by her teeth! The ref counts, Deeb lets off slowly, and then she whips Storm. Storm reverses, Deeb slips around, and goes for the COBRA TWIST! Storm endures again, even as Deeb digs her elbows into the ribs! Storm powers up and hip tosses free! The fans fire up, Deeb storms back up to get that leg! DRAGON SCREW! Storm sits up but Deeb brings her around, and taunts her! Storm can’t reach, then Deeb SLAPS her before the DRAGON SCREW!

The fans boo but Deeb looms over Storm. Deeb scuffs Storm, drags her up, and gets that leg again! DRAGON- NO, Storm sits on it! TWO!! Deeb sunset flips, TWO! Both women stand, Deeb gest around and spins Storm again and again and again, and again, and again, to then backslide! TWO! Storm manages to Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Deeb runs up but into a HEADBUTT! Both women fall and the fans fire up! Mariah coaches her mentor, the fans rally up as well, but Deeb goes to a corner. Storm rises, runs in, blocks another boot, but is ready for the kick! She puts Deeb in ropes to DRAPING BACKSTABBER! SNAP DDT!

Storm has the leg, FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Storm isn’t perfect but she keeps after Deeb. Storm CHOKES Deeb, to SKY- ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Deeb has Storm but Storm clasps hands! Storm rises again but into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Storm deadlifts Deeb to POWERBOMB! Storm then ties Deeb’s legs up for a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Deeb endures as Storm uses a submission now! Deeb fights around, even as Storm sits deep! Deeb still reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets off in frustration, and the fans rally up. Storm hobbles back after Deeb and brings her up.

Storm reels Deeb in, but Deeb RAMS her into a corner! Deeb backs up, but Storm runs up on Deeb! Deeb SLAPS, SLAPS and SLAPS! Deeb fires off shots from all sides and the fans fire up! Deeb roars, whips, but Storm reverses! Deeb ducks ‘n’ dodges and dodges again to LARIAT! The fans are torn, Storm is in a corner and Deeb clotheslines! Deeb whips corner to corner, Storm reverses but runs into an UPPERCUT! Deeb goes out, brings Storm through ropes, HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up as Deeb gets Storm up and reels her in. But Storm wrenches, swings, but Deeb ripcords. Storm ducks the elbow but Deeb kicks low!

Storm wrenches out but so does Deeb! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!! Mariah is worried, as is Luther, but Deeb paces around Storm. Deeb hears the fans cheering on Toni and that pisses her off! Deeb hauls Storm up, but Storm switches, Deeb switches, repeat! Storm fights the nelson but Deeb shoves to SNAP GERMAN! And then a wrench, hammerlock, and PEPSI TWIST! Cover, TWO!! Deeb is great but not Best in the World. At least, not yet! Deeb rises, the fans rally, and she scuffs Storm. Storm stands, SLAPS Deeb, but Deeb SLAPS back! They SLAP back and forth, again and again! The fans fire up, Deeb UPPERCUTS!

Deeb runs, RAMS Storm, but Storm fights the headlock! Deeb facelocks for a takedown, cover, TWO! Deeb runs, but into a SKY HIGH!! Cover, TWO!! Deeb survives and Storm is beside herself! Deeb goes to the corner, the fans rally, and Storm goes to the other end. Storm runs up, but Deeb rolls her up! High stack, TWO, into the HALF CRAB! Deeb has Storm now and she sits deep! Storm endures as Deeb pulls that legas hard as she can! Storm crawls forwar,d reaches out, but Deeb drags her away! Storm turns over, kicks at Deeb, but Deeb sits Storm up to KICK! Deeb reels Storm in, Storm back drops! Deeb rolls Storm up, ONE, into a HALF CRAB!

Deeb SMASHES the knee over and over! HALF CRAB! Mariah and Luther argue if they should throw in the towel! Mariah tugs on the towel, but Storm gets the ROPEBREAK!! Storm survives and Mariah feels foolish for not believing in her mentor! Deeb goes out after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!! Storm sees the towel and assumes Luther was gonna quit for her! She throws the towel away, no quitting now! Storm storms in after Deeb, but Deeb cradles! TWO!! Both women stand, Deeb swings, but into Storm’s GERMAN SUPLEX!!

Deeb tumbles to a corner, Storm takes aim! Time for the close up! But Deeb flips Storm off! So no hip attack, STORM- NO, Deeb trips storm to a jackknife! TWO, and STORM ZERO!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Deeb survives and no one can believe it! Storm follows Deeb to the apron, reels her in, but the bad leg won’t let her lift! Deeb slips back in, gets that leg again, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! DRAGON SCREW! DRAGON SCREW!! The fans are actually dueling now as Deeb gets Storm on the apron! Tuck and APRON DEEB-TOX!! Deeb drags Storm in, resets and DEEB-TOX!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Now Storm shocks everyone!!

Deeb goes to a corner, climbs up, but Storm rises again! Storm fires haymakers, then climbs after Deeb! Storm CLUBS away on Deeb, but Deeb fires body shots! Storm SMACKS Deeb off the buckles again and again! Then she reels Deeb in, SUPER STORM ZERO!!! And then another STORM ZERO!!! Cover, STORM WINS!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

Deeb pushed Storm to her limits, but this is why Toni is timeless! Storm dramatically sits down on stage and lets the confetti shower all over her. She hugs Mariah, as well, will they celebrate like there’s no tomorrow?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta!

Freshly Squeezed has been fuming ever since Trent made this about #JustTrent. After going back and forth, it is time to have it out once and for all! Cassidy’s even added “I’m gonna punch Trent” to his tron! Will he make good on that bet? Or will it still be all about #JustTrent?

Um, okay, where is Cassidy? Trent asks if he’s showing up. Wait, Cassidy ditches Jefferson Starship to bring back The Pixies! Cassidy’s got a new denim jacket, new sunglasses, and a black tee version of his usual shirt. One part throwback, one part new, could this be Don Callis’ influence? The bell rings and the two fire off fists already! The fans fire up, both men ROCK the other, but they just come back for more! Trent shoves Cassidy, ducks the Orange Punch, but Cassidy dodges the lariat! They RAM shoulders, ROCK each other, then DECK each other! The fans fire up as both men rise back up.

Trent storms up but Cassidy ROCKS him! Trent ROCKS Cassidy back! They go back and forth, the fans strongly behind Cassidy! They pick up speed, throw harder shots, but then Trent throat chops! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Trent scowls. Trent stalks Cassidy as he sputters and coughs. Trent CHOPS Cassidy in a corner, then whips corner to corner. Cassidy tumbles up and out, bumps Trent off buckles, then runs him side to side for another! They go back the other way, and then the other! Cassidy brings Trent around again for another buckle bump! The fans fire up as Cassidy climbs, CROSSBODY!

Cassidy keeps going, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Trent tumbles out but Cassidy kips up and the fans fire up again! Cassidy DIVES and Trent hits barriers! The ring count starts, Cassidy refreshes it at 3 of 10. Cassidy drags Trent up, brings him around, and ROCKS him! The fans chant “F HIM UP, ORANGE, F HIM UP!” Cassidy ROCKS Trent and has him in a corner! Cassidy gets up on the barriers so he can throw down fists! The fans count along all the way to nine, then Cassidy gives a thumbs up before TEN! The fans cheer, Callis says he loves it, and Cassidy refreshes the count again.

Cassidy stalks Trent, brings him up, but Trent CLAWS Cassidy’s eyes! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Trent digs at Cassidy’s face! Trent puts Cassidy in the corner, and YANKS him into the crossbar! The fans boo as Cassidy coughs and sputters, but Trent gives a mocking thumbs up. Trent storms in after Cassidy, throws him down, and fans chant “TRENT YOU SUCK!” Trent smirks, and he rains down fists from all sides! The ref reprimands about closed fists, Trent lets off and he shouts, “Who sucks now, huh!?” Cassidy flounders away and Trent goes back to him. Trent waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!

The fans boo but Trent smirks. Trent stalks Cassidy again while fans rally, and Trent gets Cassidy up. Cassidy throws elbows but Trent GERMAN SUPLEXES! Trent snarls, stalks Cassidy and waistocks again. Cassidy throws elbows, but Trent shoves him to a corner. Cassidy BOOTS Trent, goes up, but Trent YANKS Cassidy down into a SAIDO! But Cassidy is back up! Only for Trent to GERMAN SUPLEX again! The fans boo and tell Trent he’s an A-hole. Trent says they don’t know how awful Cassidy really is! Cassidy crawls to a corner, Trent ROCKS him with a forearm! Cassidy shakes his head as he goes to another corner.

Trent ROCKS Cassidy again, but Cassidy shakes his head again. Callis defends Cassidy’s reputation, but Trent ROCKS Cassidy again! Cassidy huffs and puffs, Trent eggs him on then ROCKS him again! Cassidy huffs and puffs more, the fans rally behind him, but Trent fires another forearm! Trent SLAPS Cassidy, tells him he’s nothing, then eggs him on. Cassidy grits his teeth, rises up, and puts hands up! And into the pockets! The fans fire up, Trent is furious! Trent FOREARMS and CHOPS over and over! Cassidy sits back down, but Trent stands him back up. Trent goes corner to corner, but Cassidy dodges!

Cassidy SHOTGUNS Trent down, then kips up! The fans fire up for the basement dropkick! Cassidy slowly rolls back up, storms over, and he “stomps” a mudhole in! But then those stomps get real! The fans fire up as Cassidy goes side to side, to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Cassidy and he goes up the corner! Trent stands, bails out, but Cassidy just adjusts on the corner! APRON- NO, Trent kicks Cassidy outta the air! And then APRON- NO, Cassidy fights the piledriver to lift! But Trent fights that to lift Cassidy again, APRON GOTCH PILEDRIVER!! The ref checks on Cassidy, his neck is a concern after their last 1v1 match.

Speaking of, Trent decides to bring steel steps over! Trent no longer cares about winning or losing, he just wants to hurt Cassidy! But Cassidy YANKS Trent down! Trent hits off steps, and staggers into BEACH BREAK on the floor! Cassidy writhes, his own neck and back hurting from exerting themselves! The ring count starts, both men stagger up at 4 of 10, and Cassidy rolls in at 5. Trent rolls in just after, and they’re in corners. The fans rally up, both men stand again, and Cassidy puts his arms out? Is he really asking for a hug? Trent isn’t gonna fall for a trick like he did to Cassidy, he takes a swing!

Cassidy dodges the lariat to then scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! PENALTY KICK! Shoutout to The Wrestler, and Cassidy snarls as he gets Trent back up. But Trent wrenches out to ROCK Cassidy! Cassidy wobbles, Trent brings him in and suplexes, STUN DOG- NO! Trent knows that trick, too, and now he half nelsons! But Cassidy fights it, gets loose, and tilt-o-whirls, but no DDT! Trent suplexes, stops Stun Dog again, HALF ‘N’ HALF! And a LARIAT! Trent gets Cassidy back up, to Alabama Lift, tuck and CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!! Trent is furious that Cassidy survives but the fans are fired up!

Trent scowls and goes to a corner. Cassidy rises and Trent mockingly calls for the hug. And just like the night he betrayed Cassidy, he runs in, but Cassidy ROCKS Trent first! BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives now, but Cassidy throws off the armband! The fans fire up and Cassidy shakes the ropes! Cassidy aims, runs up, but into a CODE BREAKER, into the SNAKE BITE! Cassidy fights before it locks in, kicks off a rope and jackknife bridges! CASSIDY WINS!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

Schiavone asks how he pulled that off, and Callis says Cassidy is greatness personified! The song asks, “Where is my mind?” and Trent is starting to lose his! Cassidy is 2-0 in their 1v1 matches, has he proven it’s #JustTrent who has a problem? Speaking of Trent, as he storms off, Rocky Romero hurries out. He tries to talk with Trent, and Renee Paquette also heads out here. She says with all due respect, after losing to Cassidy again, what is next for him? Trent says he’s not doing this, he’s done. Trent even pushes Rocky aside, and is leaving through the crowd! What is next for Trent now that he’s cut off everyone he used to call his friend?

 

FTW Championship Triple Threat: Chris Jericho w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata!

The Ocho became The Learning Tree, but deep down he’s still the same selfish star he’s always been. But now, things might be catching up to him as he has not one but two challengers to deal with. This is the first time there will be an FTW Rules Triple Threat, will Jericho make history by surviving it? Or will the #JerichoVortex tear itself apart?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who wins this one “For The World!”

 


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