One last Raw Talk before going to Hell (in a Cell)!
It was a manic Monday, but somehow the ThunderDome survived for Raw Talk! Will things only get wilder for Charlotte Flair, Drew McIntyre and Alexa Bliss?
Kevin Patrick welcomes us back to the show!
Things are boiling over just days away from Hell in a Cell! “Get in here and join us,” as K-Peezy and the very busy R-Truth are here again. Truth drawing pictures again? Yes, he drew 24/7 backwards so it shows right ways on TV. How is Kevin feeling? Did he forget about how he cost Truth the title? Anyway, Hell in a Cell. Yes, there’s a lot going on. McIntyre VS Lashley is happening one more time, then there’s Rhea VS Charlotte. That pull-apart brawl! Wow! Some blood was spilled, that’s getting personal. The Queen is joining us later, by the way. Then there will be Shayna Baszler VS “Creepy” Alexa Bliss. Truth doesn’t call her that, people call her that.
Who calls her that? Truth doesn’t know, he just hears things. He keeps his ears to the streets. Kevin should do that to figure out where the 24/7 title is. It’s with Akira Tozawa. Pesky Akira Tozawa. They’ll get it off him, though! Kevin promises. But how about that ending? McIntyre & Viking Raiders worked together, and they took down Lashley, Styles & Omos! Styles tagged in Lashley when Lashley wasn’t expecting it, CLAYMORE! Truth is happy for McIntyre, but Lashley got served up on a platter. It whets the appetite, though. McIntyre has one last chance! Can he do it? Truth is asking Kevin. Okay, okay. Kevin says, “Here’s the ting.” What? Sorry, “the thing.” Irish accent, “th,” all that.
Kevin doesn’t want to upset anyone, but he’s choosing Lashley. Is this because of problems with Truth? No, it’s because that’s Lashley. Well when McIntyre gets here, Truth will tell him. That’s Drewski, dawg. Truth won’t say a word, he’ll say full sentences. But then New Day VS RKBRO for the first time! Orton & Riddle beat the 11 time tag champs! What a brilliant win. Truth won’t ever look down on Orton. Orton is not just a 14 time world champion, he’s damn good. New Day Rocks, but sometimes even they lose. And given Orton’s experience, him putting up with Riddle is quite the feat. Riddle isn’t Orton’s “cup of tea,” his shrimp on the barbie. Truth, that’s Australian.
Y-Yeah, that’s a test! Good work, Kevin. Well speaking of Aussie, Rhea was in another great match with Asuka and she won! But the real talk of tonight was the battle with Charlotte after that match! Charlotte’s nose got busted open! Truth’s known Charlotte a long time, this has gotten personal fast, and he isn’t sure why. Well guess what? Charlotte will be here to talk all about it! Maybe Truth will help Kevin and not leave him hanging with Charlotte. Truth knows when to give people their space. K-Peezy, be easy. Alright, that’s true. But Charlotte, McIntyre and Alexa are all here tonight! Kevin’s getting scared already. Truth didn’t know that! Warn him next time, Kevin!
Charlotte Flair joins Raw Talk!
The Queen has graced the show with her presence again, and Truth wants to start. He would not have let Charlotte go home tonight, K-Peezy is the one who insisted. Can they talk about what happened tonight? Charlotte says this isn’t personal like Kevin says. She is teaching Rhea to be a champion. Rhea is thinking, “Oh my God, I have to face the Queen at Hell in a Cell.” See Charlotte now? She had a bloody nose, but she cleaned it up and is all pretty like the Queen she is. She is teaching Rhea how to be a champion in CHARLOTTE’S Division. Charlotte IS Women’s Wrestling! Truth and Kevin won’t argue that. It definitely felt like a lesson.
And given HIAC is Sunday, the timing is there for all to see. Next time they meet, it will be at the PPV. That’s what she said, right? Yeah, Kevin. Ask a different question. How about, “Yes, I will be the 14 time women’s champion,” which means she’s that much closer to the magic number of 16. Truth leaves Kevin to ask the questions. Can Charlotte handle her emotions when it comes to HIAC? It takes emotion and passion to be as good as she is! Yeah! Tell him, Charlotte. Charlotte says that wasn’t just emotion, that was passion. That was Charlotte telling Rhea that she won’t just have the title, she has to EARN the title. She has to go through Charlotte on Sunday.
But what if she gets disqualified? Oh, wHaT iF? Do you really think Charlotte needs a title to be Charlotte? Oh, mic drop! BURN! Kevin just disrespected the Queen! Kevin did not! Truth says Charlotte is trying to teach Rhea. But what was that with Charlotte storming off? That wasn’t emotional stability. Because Kevin was picking at her! Well if it takes just a few questions, imagine when Rhea is after her. Truth still defends Charlotte’s side of the argument. Rhea has to earn the title because that is Charlotte Flair, WOO~! Charlotte got Kevin and mic dropped. What does Truth think about Charlotte, really?
To Kevin, Charlotte hasn’t been doing well ever since missing out on WrestleMania, seeing the 24-year-old Rhea beat Asuka, and then there was the suspension and $100,000 fine. Is that someone in charge of their emotions? No, that was all something else. We’re all human. Things happen in life. But does Rhea live inside Charlotte’s head rent free? Good point… But speaking of getting inside someone else’s head… Alexa Bliss left her Playground earlier tonight, and she’ll come here to join Kevin and Truth next. Truth isn’t feeling good and Kevin says Truth has to try and make it through.
Alexa Bliss joins Raw Talk!
Kevin takes a deep breath and says it’s time. Alexa sits by Truth and thanks them for having her. Kevin brings up Alexa’s match with Nia and Reginald getting involved. Can she explain what went on there? Well, Reggie probably needs to go into timeout with Lily. Reggie shouldn’t have done that. They used to like Reggie, but now they don’t. So Lily is still in timeout? Alexa giggles, and then says that when you do something wrong, you get punished. Lily did something, so she’s in timeout. How does she feel about it? To be honest, you can’t really hurt Lily. Alexa loves Lily. Even stomping doesn’t hurt? Well, some people make mistakes and, well, Lily never liked Shayna anyway.
Lily used to like Reggie, cuz of Cirque de Soleil and the elephants and the peanuts, but there are those she doesn’t like. Lily likes Truth, though. She invites him to the Playground! Oh no… See, Creep- er, uh, Lexi. There are those saying she’s a wackjob, but not him! Alexa then starts laughing… Truth isn’t sure if he should laugh, too. “Me? A wackjob?” then she suddenly gets serious and says, “I’m not a wackjob.” But then what will Alexa do to Shayna this Sunday? If you thought what happened last week was bad, just wait until HIAC. Alexa puts the mic down and waves bye. Truth tells Kevin to never bring her back.
Kevin thinks Truth did something wrong but Truth says Alexa’s the one talking to a doll! Well what did he dod to make Lily like him?! Hell if he knows! Lily is a DOLL! That’s what Shayna said and we saw what happened there. This is all Kevin’s fault! No, Kevin will take the blame on the 24/7 title but not for this. Truth called Alexa “creepy!” No, he was explaining others say that! Well there’s no going back now, Truth. The damage was done. No, he can apologize. He will. Well, good luck, Truth. Kevin knows Truth is a great- Oh no the lights! What has Truth done?! Kevin, do not bring Alexa back! Oh no what was that?! Truth kicks at the air!
This is Truth’s fault! And don’t use the 24/7 title on Kevin again! Lily and Lexi are in a different realm than Truth’s “baby” and all that. Quick, go to break and maybe things will be better with McIntyre here.
Drew McIntyre joins Raw Talk!
The Scottish Warrior has helped exorcise things and Truth is fired up for him. The way Raw ended, Claymore to Lashley’s face, how does McIntyre feel? McIntyre feels great! Week after week, month after month, it feels like years, McIntyre has told Lashley that all he has to do is hit the Claymore’s and pin. This might get Lashley to get serious before HIAC. Did McIntyre hear how Lashley responded to McIntyre’s William Wallace comparison? No, McIntyre was too busy preparing for the match. Well, Lashley said that if McIntyre is Wallace, then Lashley will execute him just like what happened to Big Willy. Lashley was drinking champagne with the ladies but he got serious tonight.
Yeah, but that Claymore will give him some Hershey squirts tonight. Yeah, McIntyre is surprised Lashley is threatening decapitation and what not, but fine! Whatever it takes to get him serious about this. McIntyre was worried because he’s been in the Cell and Lashley isn’t taking this serious. McIntyre was watching the documentary about Iron Mike Tyson. Tyson was unbeatable, but he had this promoter building him up and swelling up his head while milking the cash cow. Tyson started enjoying the, how to put it? The accoutrement or whatever? Well Tyson got his arse knocked out, and McIntyre “isn’t sure,” but that’s probably happening to Lashley this Sunday!
Truth sells Kevin out about choosing Lashley! Oh did he? How dare he! That’s right! Truth snitched! Kevin should’ve known better. McIntyre wanted to join Erik & Ivar for the party of a lifetime, and yet he had business to attend to, and Kevin pulls this. No honor between fellow Celts, is there? Right before the biggest match where if McIntyre loses, he won’t get another shot while Lashley is champion. That adds more pressure, of course. If somehow, someway, McIntyre loses, he has to wait for another to be champion. And if McIntyre can’t, then who can beat Lashley?
McIntyre’s beaten Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, the who’s who of Raw. If McIntyre can’t beat Lashley, who could? McIntyre HAS to win here. This is a must-win. Kevin mentions the experience McIntyre has versus Lashley’s lack of. What’s it like being inside? Oh it’s horrible. McIntyre was on the other side of this with Randy Orton just last year. Orton told him of how it changes you, and McIntyre tried to prepare. It didn’t matter. Once inside, the cage is around you, it was like Foley VS Taker, Taker VS HBK, Foley VS HHH. You get carried away inside and outside and even on top! McIntyre fell off the side, it was whiplash and a bit tongue and a major loss. But McIntyre learned.
Lashley better do what he can to prepare because McIntyre will do everything he has to in order to take the title back. Then how will Sunday end? Three, two, one, CLAYMORE. Period. Kevin and Truth thank McIntyre for his time and wishes him luck. Well if Kevin changes his prediction, he can join them for the party! Can Truth go? Of course! So two weeks in a row, Kevin is kept out of parties. Well Kevin has to change how he behaves. He upset Lashley last week, he upset Charlotte, he upset Alexa and made the lights flicker, and now he’s upset McIntyre. Change your wicked ways, K-Peezy.
Kevin warns Truth if he starts hearing things while heading home, Kevin won’t be there to help him. Lily… That’s right! Truth was the one who upset Alexa tonight. That wasn’t Truth’s fault! Truth is apologizing, though. WWE Universe, wish Truth well. Truth tells Lexi ‘n’ Lily he wishes them the best. Well HIAC is coming, get ready for it, and come back next Raw Talk!
A very good episode right here! Made up for a lot of the flaws in the go-home Raw tonight. Truth and Kevin keep getting better as a duo, even with the dysfunction tonight. All the guests were solid from top to bottom. I like that Charlotte spun things to “I’m teaching Rhea!” rather than admitting the genuine anger she has. Alexa is nailing her character, and I love how Truth and Kevin sell how spooky she can be. It was a great detail for the lighting and logo to change for Alexa. I almost want the 24/7 Championship to crossover into Alexa’s story so that Alexa and/or Lily can be 24/7 Champion. What is more comedy wrestling title than a spooky doll to be on the list of champions?
McIntyre had a very good segment, especially with Truth selling Kevin out for choosing Lashley. I’m pretty sure Kevin is right, because McIntyre winning just means Lashley will come back for a fourth singles match. I hope the plan is Lashley VS Kofi at MITB for fans being back and getting to react to whatever happens. But Lashley VS McIntyre is going to be great stuff, maybe they’ll bust part of the Cell off with a Lashley spear. Unless they want to save that for Roman spearing Rey through the Cell. I kinda hope we get Lashley and Roman starting to one-up each other right here, with the HIAC match itself being the perfect place to destroy and dominate.
Greg DeMarco’s Top 5: WWE WrestleMania 40 Opponents For Roman Reigns
It’s Royal Rumble season, which means we may soon know Roman Reigns’ WWE WrestleMania 40 opponent. Who are the candidates to challenge the Tribal Chief?
The start of 2024 will send us right into the Royal Rumble, which kickstarts the Road To WrestleMania, and the next milestone title defense for Roman Reigns! But who will his opponent be?
Roman Reigns’ historic championship reign is one that history will never forget, even if it can be polarizing for many fans online. Many of those fans believe it is a veritable lock that Cody Rhodes will get a rematch at WrestleMania 40 and unseat the longest reigning champion of the modern era. Doing so would be a major departure for WWE.
Only once in WWE history has the main event of WrestleMania been a rematch of the prior year’s main event: WrestleMania 29 saw John Cena defeat The Rock in a rematch of the prior year’s main event (which The Rock won). While there have been rematches at WrestleMania (including two famous trilogies featuring The Undertaker vs. Triple H and Steve Austin vs. The Rock), Cena-Rock is the only instance of a main event repeating in consecutive years.
Could it happen this year? See what I think–here are your Top 5 WWE WrestleMania 40 Opponents For Roman Reigns!
5. AJ Styles
Recently making his return to WWE Smackdown, AJ Styles has been turning heads with his alignment. He seems to be a heel-leaning tweener, attacking LA Knight and not being buddy-buddy at all with Randy Orton. This is more of a vigilante AJ, one who is hell-bent on revenge on The Bloodline for taking him out. Many would expect his beef to be with Solo Sikoa, the man who put him on the shelf, but that was at the behest of The Tribal Chief.
I believe AJ will get his title shot, but I don’t expect it to be at WrestleMania 40. But if it were AJ Styles, the company would have no issue getting the match over, as AJ is one of the most beloved performers of this generation, and a WrestleMania main event would be quite the feather in the cap of an amazing career.
4. Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn is no stranger to the Premium Live Event main event, competing in multiple such matches in 2023–including the main event of night 1 of WrestleMania 39. He also challenged Roman Reigns for the Undisputed Championship in Montreal at the Elimination Chamber event, a night those in attendance–and Sami himself–won’t soon forget.
Sami Zayn is currently out of action, but a Royal Rumble return–and victory–would be a surprising development but would also make Sami an amazing babyface headed into a WrestleMania 40 showdown with Roman Reigns. It also follows the pattern of underdog babyfaces “on the 10s,” following Bret Hart (WrestleMania 10), Chris Benoit (WrestleMania 20), and Daniel Bryan Danielson (WrestleMania 30) challenging for the world title in the WrestleMania main event.
3. Cody Rhodes
You may be surprised to find Cody “so low” on this list, coming in at #3. As I listed above, it’s a no-brainer to so many people. History says it won’t happen, but it’s easy to ignore history when it doesn’t suit your narrative. WWE, on the other hand, loves history, especially making history.
And the company will never be this close again to having someone surpass Hulk Hogan’s 1474 day reign as WWF Champion. It’s now or never for that historical marker, and it makes perfect sense to do it with Roman. They should have split the titles in 2022 at Clash At The Castle (utilizing Austin Theory’s Money In The Bank briefcase and a wiseman in Paul Heyman smart enough to find a loophole that Theory could only cash in on one championship, thus when Drew McIntyre pinned Theory he only won one title–the WWE Championship). So if you assume Roman is breaking Hogan’s reign, it makes zero sense to have Cody lose AGAIN in the main event of WrestleMania.
For those of you who say “there’s no way Cody doesn’t win it at 40,” remember that you also said the same thing about WrestleMania 39. I do believe Cody Rhodes finishes the story–at WrestleMania 41 (potentially in London) when he is the man to finally take the title off of Roman Reigns.
2. CM Punk
Speaking of another guy looking to finish a story, CM Punk is on a mission to finally secure his WrestleMania main event (although his WrestleMania 28 title defense against Chris Jericho WAS considered a main event by WWE–but you know Punk and many others believing the main event is only the match that goes on last).
If Punk is going to get a show-closing match at WrestleMania 40, it’s likely going to have to be against Roman Reigns. You might think Punk vs. Seth Rollins is going to main event night 1, but there’s a small issue with that. WrestleMania 37 is the last “Granddaddy Of Them All” to have women in a main event match. I just can’t see Triple H being the guy to keep them out of that slot for a third straight year.
The only way CM Punk gets his WrestleMania main event at 40 in Philly is to win the Royal Rumble and challenge Roman Reigns. I don’t think that happens as I fully expect Punk vs. Rollins to happen, just with no championship involved.
Honorable Mentions – a few darkhorse/longshots to challenge Reigns in Philly include…
- Seth Rollins
- A Bloodline 4-way vs. Solo Sikoa vs. Jimmy Uso vs. Jey Uso.
- Brock Lesnar.
Just kidding on that last one! 😁
1. Randy Orton
It’s crazy to think that Randy Orton was last in a WrestleMania main event at WM30–a full decade ago. Hell, Triple H has a more recent WrestleMania main event (WM32), along with Daniel Bryan Danielson (WM37). Orton has been white-hot since his return. He was also rumored to be Roman’s SummerSlam 2022 opponent before the injury (that turned into Roman vs. Brock Lesnar in the now-famous Last Man Standing Match that featured Brock nearly destroying the ringside area with a tractor).
It’s also crazy to think that the internet fanbase chooses to ignore Randy’s place in WWE history. A Royal Rumble win would make him only the second three-time Rumble winner, alongside “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Orton is also crazy over with the casual fanbase. And remember, THAT is the target audience, not us.
Daddy’s Back, he’s winning the Royal Rumble, and (unsuccessfully) challenging Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship in the Night 2 main event of WrestleMania 40.
What do you think of these potential challengers for Roman Reigns at WWE WrestleMania 40?
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 11.9.2023
Two Championship matches tonight! Digital Media Champ Tommy Dreamer defends again Crazzy Steve and World Champion Alex Shelley defends against Jonathan Gresham!
UK Tour lead to an interesting Turning Point. Simon Miller’s gimmicky as hell match (but still fun), a few really solid matches, Will Ospreay and Eddie Edwards putting on a great match; night ending with some great words from the Billy Goat. Now we see if the Gail Kim Eat Da Feet leads to more, what Deonna will do now that she can’t challenge for the Knockouts Title, Trey Miguel and Rich Swann probably still have beef…either way, lots of room to tell stories and grow into 2024 and the return of TNA.
We’ve got two title matches tonight, but no real idea on where things will go from here. So lets see what tonight brings us!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) November 10, 2023
- Tasha Steelz vs Deonna Purrazzo: Tasha wins via Okurrr – *
- Digital Media Championship: Tommy Dreamer (c) vs Crazzy Steve: Steve wins via DQ – ** – Dreamer sadly retains
- Brian Myers vs Joe Hendry: Myers wins via Roster Cut – ***
- Eddie Edwards w/Alisha Edwards vs Eric Young: EY wins via Piledriver – **
- Dirty Dango & Oleg Prudius w/Alpha Bravo vs Nick Diamond & Storm Grayson: Dango wins via Scorpion Deathdrop – Squash
- World Championship: Alex Shelley (c) vs Jonathan Gresham: Shelley retains via Shellshock – *****
Tasha Steelz vs Deonna Purrazzo
The catch is catch can start is honestly just Deonna doing things and Tasha getting out. Deonna even pulls out the Paradise Lock after Tasha twerks a little when she counters, and then we go into a few seconds of Deonna twerking to mock Tasha while she recovers from eating the Dropkick unlock of the Paradise Lock.
This is just a lot of the slow pose after a sequence, taunt one another that they were close to ending it and then finally we get a strike exchange that ends with both succumbing to stereo Lariats. While the concept is fine, Tasha isn’t known as a technical wrestler, they’re both more well known as heels and they’re doing like the playful technical babyface spots. So honestly, this match has made no sense. Deonna hits the Russian Leg Sweep into the Fujiwara but Tasha counters. Tasha then hits the Satellite into the Rings of Saturn, Deonna gets out of it, Tasha finally breaks the hold with a rake to the eyes. So finally heel stuff happens, they complain at each other but Tasha lights up Deonna and catches her with two intense Okurrrs with a burst of fierocity out of…nowhere.
This match was complete nonsense.
Digital Media Championship: Tommy Dreamer (c) vs Crazzy Steve
HEY TNA, do me a favor. When we restart the brand….STOP PUTTING TOMMY DREAMER IN MATCHES. If this devolves into a retirement match or something for Dreamer, fine. But seriously, stop shoving Dreamer at us, bring back Kid Kash, Blue Meanie or Joel Gertner if you want ECW chants. STOP with the Dreamer stuff.
The match starts out a little rough and quick with a tie up that turns into a joint powder, some brawling, then Dreamer tries to rain down 10 count punches but Steve bites his thigh. Steve sings his “Angel of Death” dark lullaby, clubs on Dreamer, DDT into a Neck Twist, then pulls at his face in the ropes before the referee forces the break. Steve goes to the top rope but Dreamer cuts him off, Superplex for the both “slow to get up” spot. Rising haymakers from both, Dreamer gets the best of things with his Flip Flop and Fly. Two Bionic Elbows into a Scorpion Deathdrop for 2. Dreamer Driver, nope, Spicolli Driver is blocked with biting and gouging at the eyes. Cannonball into the corner from Senor Crazzy.
Steve walks out to his briefcase muttering “I have to end you”, and reveals the fork from his briefcase. Steve tries to stab his face, Dreamer blocks, bites the wrist, but eats a Cutter. Dreamer picks up the fork, “Fork You”, forks Steve in the face and the referee Disqualifies Dreamer. Dreamer then keeps gouging at the head wound.
So unfortunately Dreamer is still champ, so maybe we’ll just get some kind of Fork on a Pole, murder the loser match or something by Hard to Kill or maybe even Final Resolution.
Brian Myers vs Joe Hendry
Hendry begins the rebrand early saying that Myers is no longer “Edge’s Bitch”, he’s “Adam’s Bitch”. So when the match starts, Myers starts off hot since he’s grumpy that the crowd supported picking on him with the rebrand. Scoop Slam from Myers, Roster Cut attempt, but he eats the European Uppercut and then Hendry throws him over the top to rub salt in the wound about the Gauntlet.
Bouncing his head off the apron, Hendry keeps up the pressure, brings things back in and keeps Myers grounded with a few Arm Wringer Takedowns. Myers tries to powder after but Hendry hits the Vertical Suplex outside in from the apron. Spinning Scoop Slam into a Rope Run Elbow Drop for 2. Hendry tries to keep up the pressure but the Drop Toe Hold from Myers finally gives him some offense, as he continues that with a Russian Leg Sweep for 2. Myers decides to paint brush Hendry a few times and mock him, so of course the babyface fires back up. Trust Fall into his Chant Chops, Stalling Suplex, but only a 2 count. Myers powders again, but Hendry collects him and tries to follow up but Myers cuts him off and then tosses him into the post and off the apron.
Sleeper Hold from Myers gets countered as Hendry stands up, turns Myers around and just Suplexes him off of him. Back to back Lariats, catches the Crossbody and then Sack of Shits in triplicate for only another 2 count. Myers with a desperation Gamengiri, into the Implant DDT for 2. They raise up, Myers thinks about his next move but Hendry shoves him into the ropes and hits the Pop Up Powerbomb. Standing Ovation counter, Myers guards in the ropes, pokes the eye and then Roster Cut out of nowhere. Myers wins!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) November 10, 2023
Eddie Edwards w/Alisha Edwards vs Eric Young
Early on there’s just some general back and forth but nothing crazy, EY hits the Flair Flop into sliding back into the ring under the ropes, through Eddie’s legs, and a little more back and forth until Lish makes her presence felt for the first time picking the ankle. Eddie takes the opportunity to hit a bit Overhead Belly to Belly and just start beating on EY. Eddie brings him to the ropes, drapes EY, distracts the ref and then Lish chokes EY while the ref isn’t looking. An attempted fire moment for EY is stifled with a big Back Elbow, so Eddie is still very in control.
Scoop Slam from Eddie, he plays to the crowd a bit too long as they Boo at him, goes for the Moonsault and misses big. EY hits a few moves, Scoop Slam of his own, EY calls for the Macho Elbow but Lish distracts him for Eddie to get up. Eddie tries to cut him off, but EY bites his face, then hits the Elbow for 2. EY calls for the Piledriver, Lish hops on the apron to distract EY and it works. Eddie hits a desperation Blue Thunder Bomb for 2. Lish slides the chair in to Eddie, Ref is distracted dealing with the chair, Lish hops up again, swings the Kendo Stick but misses EY and hits Eddie. EY then hits his Piledriver for the win as Lish is seen apologizing over top of a down Eddie.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) November 10, 2023
Dirty Dango & Oleg Prudius w/Alpha Bravo vs Nick Diamond & Storm Grayson
Vladimir Kozlov and Dango get to go against some local jobbers since its Kozlov’s first real match in over a decade.
Dango lets Oleg start and Dango walks off to do guest commentary as Oleg is murdering people. Standing Fireman’s Carry Slam, Sack of Shit, then he headbutts some dork out of the sky. Dango walks back to the ring, tags in after Oleg murdered some people and Dango wins with the Scorpion Deathdrop.
Solid enough way to get over Oleg being a monster again.
World Championship: Alex Shelley (c) vs Jonathan Gresham
Gresham offers the hand and Shelley slaps it away after Gresham’s recent usage of dirty tactics. Gresham pushes Alex into the corner, slow break but Gresham tries to hit him, Shelley ducks it to reverse the spot and Shelley just gives him the Sign of the Cross as a taunting clean break. Early commercial break as we come back, Shoulder Tackle and then a chop spot. Gresham is overselling the chops, tries to ask for a second, takes off some wrist tape to distract the referee as he feints the chop and Jimmy Taps Alex Shelley. Then he uses his loose tap to choke Shelley, and starts working Shelley over on the mat eventually locking in a Figure Four.
It takes over 30 seconds, Shelley grabs the ropes and Gresham says he’s stuck, but uses the extra time to keep wrenching on the knee. The ref gets in Gresham’s face and he goes full Tom and Jerry with motioning a halo around his head and acting like he’s gonna go after the ref until he turns and then tries to look innocent. This has really just been Gresham’s true coming out party for being a shitty cheating heel. Shelley finally fires up a bit, Arm Wringer, short Elbow and now a few chops into an Elbow Hyper Extension but Gresham stops it with a Sleeper. Shelley fights out, but Gresham turns it into a Knee Breaker working on the left knee he already Figure Four’d. Another Knee Breaker, Grounded Dragon Screw on the bad leg, and then he starts thinking again. Gresham uses his body to shield the wrist tape cheating from the referee and wrestles Alex down to keep the shield.
Shelley counters out, then gets into a Grounds Armlock, manipulates the fingers and then drives his knee into Gresham’s shoulder blades. Straight Jacket Bow and Arrow from Alex, but then Shelley sells the knee as he tries to fire. Classic Dragon Screw from Gresham on the bad leg to get the momentum back. Gresham turns Shelley over on the mat and just starts ramming his knee into the mat over and over again. Knee Breaker again, but Shelley sneaks in a Right Knee Strike to rock Gresham. Gresham responds with a low Dropkick as Shelley tries to limp to the corner. Corner flourish from both which ends with Shelley hitting a Stun Gun on Gresham, but Gresham slides out and grabs the bad knee. Alex tries to go after the left arm to relieve some of the pressure, and just throws his body over the top in a Plancha to wipe out Gresham.
Alex breaks the count once, they keep going back and forth on the outside. Gresham charges, misses and eats the post. Shelley lands a DDT, they get to a 9 count and Shelley tries to get both back in. Gresham charges the ropes, kicks the leg, DDT, and then three covers in a row, even with tights, but Shelley kicks out. Shelley White Boy Dances to dodge the Sliding Dropkick on the bad leg, baits Gresham to the corner, Flatliner into the middle buckle, Tornado DDT floated through into the Border City Stretch….Gresham grabs the official and uses the ref to pull himself towards the ropes. Gresham lands multiple chops on the bad leg, Shelley tries to grab the left arm but Gresham goes for the left leg, Enzuigiri partially connects, Misawa Rolling Elbow into a Border City-counters into a Rolling Cradle for 2. Knee Smash, Leg Extension, School Boy with extra leverage from Gresham for 2! They exchange strikes on the limbs they’ve weakened through the match.
Arm Snap from Shelley, Chop on the bad leg from Gresham, Shelley tries to hit the ropes but the leg gives out again. Moonsault, into a Dive, rolls him back in, Locomotion Cradles, no one wins, La Magistral attempt from Shelley, no back and forth Cradles continue and still no pinfall. Japanese Clutch from Gresham no, Border City – No, Gresham locks in a Figure Four as he barely gets to the ropes. A few chops, Gresham tosses him to the ropes but Shelley falls, Superkick from Shelley as he was baiting him a bit, SHELLSHOCK! ALEX SHELLEY RETAINS!
Overall Score: 7.75/10
Okay there’s a lot to love here. Myron Reed joining the Rascalz officially is awesome, the main event was stellar, Kozlov having his first match in over a decade and looking awesome was great and Santino’s way of messing with Kenny King was funny as well. Hell I even personally really like the idea of Moose trying to prove himself by protecting Myers by forcing Heath to go through him before touching “Adam’s Bitch”. Sets up for a slightly bigger moment when one of them eventually turns on the other.
Only really awful thing was the Tasha vs Purrazzo match. From a television wrestling perspective it makes absolutely no sense. It felt very indie stupid bullshit where even though they are both known as asshole heels they have a playful technical match. And then Tasha winning because she actually remembered she was a heel was dumb. Yeah I get it, Deonna is either phasing out or needing a whole breakdown to build back up, and Tasha is back so she needs momentum. Sure I get THAT, but the story of the match made less sense than Mush Mouth from Fat Albert.
Either way this was a good episode to respark interest toward Final Resolution and to get those TNA vibes flowing.
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