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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (7/13/21)

Will The Way Fall and Pray?

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NXT Coverage 2021

The NXT title, the Breakout Tournament, and the Warrior of the Sun!

Johnny Wrestling says Karrion Kross is not on his level, but he has to prove it! Will Gargano finally get THE NXT Championship back?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ember Moon VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez; Kai wins.
  • Bobby Fish VS Tyler Rust w/ Diamond Mine; Rust wins.
  • Sarray VS Gigi Dolin; Sarray wins.
  • Dexter Lumis VS Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma; Escobar wins.
  • NXT Breakout Tournament 2021 Opening Round: Ikemen Jiro VS Duke Hudson; Hudson wins and advances to the next round.
  • Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS The Robert Stone Brand; Catanzaro & Carter win.
  • NXT Championship, with Special Guest Referee Samoa Joe: Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Johnny Gargano; Kross wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE and NXT mourn the loss of “Mr. Wonderful,” Paul Orndorff.

 

Ember Moon VS Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez!

The Shenom got to see Shotzi Blackheart take care o’ business on SmackDown, and now she’s a lone wolf again. Will she get back towards the top by getting through Dakota? Or will #CobraKai sweep the leg and show no mercy in the Capital Wrestling Center?

The bell rings, Ember and Kai circle and fans fire up. They tie up, go around, and Ember throws Dakota down to an armlock. Dakota rolls, wrenches back to a top wristlock, but Ember wrenches and gets around to hammerlock. Ember headlocks, Dakota wrenches and headlocks back. Ember powers out, Dakota runs her over, and fans duel as Dakota talks trash. Things speed up, Ember hurdles and Dakota leaps. Ember handsprings through the hip toss to arm-drag Dakota around and get the armlock again! Ember looks to Raquel and Raquel talks some trash while Dakota endures. Ember digs a knee into Dakota’s head but Dakota fights up as fans rally.

Dakota pulls hair to throw Ember down! The ref reprimands, Dakota covers, ONE! Ember gets up but Dakota is on her with a whip to a corner. Ember hits buckles hard, and Dakota goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated but she sits Ember up to CLUB her and AX KICK her down! Cover, TWO! Raquel tells Dakota that she’s got this, and Dakota mule kicks Ember back down! Cover, TWO! Dakota looms over Ember, gets her up, but Ember gets around to roll her up! TWO, and Dakota BOOTS Ember right down! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows annoyed but she brings Ember up and wraps her in a straitjacket stretch.

Ember endures and fans rally up. Ember fights up to her feet but Dakota wrangles her back down! Dakota thrashes Ember around, leans on the hold, but Ember fights back up. Ember arm-drags free, catches the kick to a takedown and has a high stack! TWO, Dakota bails out but Ember builds speed. Ember DIVES and sends Dakota hard into barriers! Fans fire up but Dakota shoves Ember into the apron! Dakota throws Ember into the ring but Ember spins to KICK Dakota down! Ember is on the apron and she SLIDING BOOTS Dakota down! Raquel panics as NXT goes picture in picture.

Dakota gasps and sputters, Ember fetches her into the ring, and then stomps Dakota down. Dakota rolls away to ropes but Ember is after her with a choke on the ropes! Ember CLUBS Dakota, runs and slides and blows a kiss, saying ‘This is for Shotzi!” GAMANGIRI! Cover, TWO! Ember scowls but she gets Dakota up to whip her into a corner. Ember runs in to forearm smash, then reels Dakota in. Dakota ROCKS Ember with a right, whips her to the corner, then runs in only to be put on the apron. Dakota drops down to trip Ember up but Ember boots her away. Dakota comes back to BOOT Ember through the ropes! And then spins her into the POST!

The ref checks on Ember as she’s on the floor, and Dakota leaves Ember behind for the ring count. The count climbs, Ember gets up at 5 and in at 6, but Dakota covers. TWO, and Dakota starts to grow frustrated. Dakota drags Ember up and bumps her off buckles. Dakota digs her boot in, the ref counts and Dakota lets off at 4. High stack cover, TWO! Ember crawls, Raquel talks trash and Dakota clubs away on Ember’s back. Dakota wraps on a chinlock, Ember endures, and Ember fights up to throw body shots. Ember arm-drags free again, to then roll Dakota and bridge! TWO, and Dakota CLOBBERS Ember! Cover, TWO!

Dakota laughs as she brings Ember ack up for Kowata kicks! NXT returns to single picture as Dakota kicks Ember down then covers, TWO! Dakota CLUBS Ember, looms over her and pie faces her around. Ember gets up and Dakota throws a forearm! Ember gets mad, but Dakota kicks low and snap suplexes! But Ember kips up! Ember roars, fans fire up and Ember CLOBBERS Dakota! Ember wrenches, back kicks, front kicks and ENZIGURIS! Dakota gets up for Ember to BOOT, NECKBREAKER and BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Ember kips up again, runs corner to corner and back body blocks! Ember snapmares Dakota, runs and springboards, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Ember keeps her focus as Dakota survives. Ember pushes Dakota around now, brings her up but Dakota boots. Ember blocks but Dakota SCORPION KICKS! Dakota gets to a corner, Ember runs in but misses. Dakota yanks a leg and Ember falls hard! Dakota goes Around the World to BOOT Ember again! Dakota dragon sleepers for the TWISTING DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ember survives and Raquel is shocked! Fans rally up as Dakota gets Ember up again. Ember SLAPS Dakota, Dakota DECKS Ember! Dakota says Ember is nothing without Shotzi, and Raquel repeats that. Dakota climbs, but Ember GAMANGIRIS first!

Ember gets Dakota in position, climbs up to join her, and Ember SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives and Ember is shocked! Ember scowls and steps on Dakota as she makes her way to the apron. Ember talks trash back at Raquel but Dakota runs over! Ember dodges the shoulder but Dakota dodges the kick! Ember ROCKS Dakota with a forearm and slingshots, but Dakota ROCKS her back! Dakota drags Ember up the ropes, to a fireman’s carry, DRAPING GO TO KICK!! Cover, Dakota wins!!

Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall

Just as it seemed Ember’s Law was going to come into effect, #CapKota finds a way to win! But wait, XIA LI is heading to the ring?! And she goes right past Dakota to go after the champ! “You’re in the way of MY destiny!” Raquel says if Xia wants it, she’s got it! But let’s see her show up for it! Raquel “wishes” Xia luck, because this is the closest Xia will ever get to the belt. But will Tian Sha’s living weapon win this title for the glory of Mei Ying?

 

Backstage interview with Diamond Mine.

Malcolm Bivens says they are open for business, and he explains what this means. “We take, we mold, we build with the best resources…” He looks to Roderick Strong as he says, “The best fighters…” Then he looks to Hideki Suzuki as he says, “With the best coaches…” And lastly, he looks to Tyler Rust as he says, “And with the best prospects.” Bivens says it is all under one roof, one camp, and when you leave, you come out the best you can be. The Diamond Mine is about competition, so it is open challenge time! They want to make money, so- Bobby Fish comes in! He says he’s in as he stares Roderick Strong down! Whoa, whoa, whoa! Fish gets Rust first.

That’s fine, they can all get it as far as Fish is concerned. Strong promises, after Rust is done with Fish, it’s over. Oh is that what Roddy thinks? Fish and Rust is happening, after the break!

 

NXT hears from Ikemen Jiro.

“I am Ikemen Jiro, and I’m from Tokyo, Japan. ‘Ikemen’ means ‘handsome’ in Japanese. Of course I’m Ikemen! Don’t let my good looks fool you. I’ll still kick your ass!” Jiro was trained by Tajiri and The Great Muta, and so it was his dream to join the WWE. He made that dream come true, and looks forward to fighting the “big guy.” WWE has a lot of big guys, actually, so he’s excited about it! Ikemen promises to win the NXT Breakout Tournament! But will he get through the Duke of Smugness in this opening round tonight?

 

NXT checks in with LA Knight and his new butler.

The Million Dollar Megastar is bragging, but the “troglodyte” is late. Cameron Grimes finally arrives and Knight says late on his first day is bad form. Yeah, but he showed up. Because before having all this money, Grimes had his word. His word is his bond, so step out of the way while he holds up his part of the bargain. Grimes is going TO~ THE~ broom. No, the only thing he’s doing dressed like that is going to the toilet. Meet Knight out back and they’ll take care of this.

Knight has his personal barber here! He’s not a miracle worker but they can at least clean Grimes up and make him professional. Fast-forward through it all, and Grimes is trimmed and slick! Even Grimes likes it! He didn’t think the gloves were a good choice, but this is great! What? He looks like a penguin! Now time to get to work. Grimes says Knight is just jealous that Grimes makes this look good. Here we go! But what chores will Knight give Grimes to do first?

 

Bobby Fish VS Tyler Rust w/ Diamond Mine!

The Infamous One wants after the Savior of the Backbreaker but he’ll gladly take on the grunt first. But will Fish be able to get through the Diamond in the Rust to go after his former friend?

The bell rings, the two circle, and fans are on Fish’s side as he has Rust on the ropes. Rust turns it around but Fish knees low. Rust ducks a roundhouse to back suplex high and hard! Rust gets a leg, DRAGON SCREWS Fish, and stalks Fish to a corner. Rust CHOPS Fish, follows him around and wrenches the arm to wrangle him. Rust has a top wristlock, then puts the arm down to stomp it! Fish gets up but Rust throws forearms and CHOPS! Rust snapmares, KICKS Fish in the back, but Fish gets up to throw forearms! Fish snapmares, KICKS Rust, but Rust forearms and snapmares back. Rust wraps on a headscissor squeeze and rolls around but Fish endures.

Fans rally, Fish gets up and out but Rust fires forearms. Fish blocks a kick, hits back with forearms and body shots of his own, then KICKS Rust down! And again! Rust gets to a corner, BOOTS Fish away, but runs into a back drop! Fish gets Rust again for an EXPLODER into ropes! Strong gets on the apron to distract Fish but Fish dares him to get some now. Rust gets up, Fish DECKS him, and Rust bails out. Fish glares at Strong again, Strong says Fish has bitten off more than he can chew. Rust is back and he CHOP BLOCKS Fish! BUZZSAW! Cover, Rust wins!!

Winner: Tyler Rust, by pinfall

Rust may have been a pawn, but Strong baited Fish into a trap! The Diamond Mine surround Fish, but here comes KUSHIDA! The Cruiserweight Champion has a reason to go after Strong for how he attacked from behind, but Strong says “You’re on MY time now!” Will the Time Splitter make that time sooner rather than later?

 

Samoa Joe visits Karrion Kross.

“Mr. Kross, I’ll be your official this evening. I came here to remind you of a few things. First and foremost, protect yourself at all times. And secondly, obey my commands at all times. Do you understand, sir?” Kross still warms up with jabs to the heavy bag, but Joe BOOTS it out of the way! “I said, do you understand?!” Scarlett keeps Kross calm enough to talk. Kross wants Joe to understand that if Joe screws him over, he will be the one that gets dealt with. Joe will take that as a yes. Joe leaves and Kross throws his boxing gloves off in a huff, but will Kross be able to focus on his opponent tonight?

 

NXT Media catches The Way as they arrive.

Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae and Austin Theory all refuse to answer any questions, this is all business tonight. However, Indi Hartwell lingers, and Beth Phoenix asks her details about her and Dexter Lumis. Nothing happened, he was a complete gentleman backstage. But Indi did want something to happen, and surely so did he. But after losing the women’s tag titles, it just wasn’t the right time. Best gives Indi advice: sometimes, just take a chance. Beth heads out and Indi thinks on that advice. Can Indi find a way to make #InDex finally happen?

 

Sarray VS Gigi Dolin!

The Warrior of the Sun wanted to take on the Lightning From Down Under, but Toni Storm said no, and then got moved over to SmackDown. But that’s no sweat off Sarray’s nose, especially with the brash and hungry young star stepping up to take her on instead. Will Gigi rain on Sarray’s parade in the summer heat?

The bell rings, Sarray offers a handshake, and Gigi takes it. There is respect here as the two circle and tie up. They’re in a deadlock but Sarray wrenches through to a wristlock. Gigi spins, steps through, wrenches back, but Sarray rolls and kips up to wrench again. Sarray hammerlocks, Gigi drops but Sarray headlocks. Gigi fights back up, throws body shots, powers out, but Sarray handsprings over and arm-drags Gigi . Headlock takeover but Gigi headscissors. Sarray kips free and the fans cheer the stand-off. The two circle again, but wait, is that Raw’s Mandy Rose? Why is Mandy back in NXT? Sarray and Gigi shrug that off, Sarray kicks but Gigi kicks back!

Gigi snapmares and KICKS Sarray, but Sarray gets up to egg her on. Gigi ROCKS Sarray with a forearm, then eggs Sarray on! Sarray throws a forearm, dodges Gigi and rolls her up, TWO! Sarray keeps the legs to tie them up, and fans fire up as Sarray gets a MUTA LOCK!! Gigi is stuck, she pries at the hold, but Sarray lets her go to then KICK her down! Sarray gets Gigi up, fisherman but Gigi cradle counters, TWO! Sarray rushes in but Gigi rolls her up, TWO! Gigi seethes, Sarray runs in but Gigi dodges. Gigi comes back to STO! Cover, TWO as Sarray Matrix bridges out! Sarray runs but Gigi ROCKS her! Gigi runs but Sarray dropkicks!

Sarray fires up, runs and hits a DROPKICK OF THE SUN!! Gigi staggers up, Sarray brings her in, SAIDO OF THE SUN!! Cover, Sarray wins!

Winner: Sarray, by pinfall

Still undefeated, and apparently impressive to Mandy. What will the Golden Goddess have in store for Sarray and perhaps other women on NXT?

 

El Legado del Fantasma speaks.

Santos Escobar says, “Our world is in a constant state of war. There’s winners, there’s losers, and luck plays a fundamental part. Take Bronson Reed, for example. He’s a winner, and he’s lucky.” He got to live happily ever after without taking on Escobar 1v1! But Swerve on the other hand, he is a winner, but he is NOT lucky. He has the one thing Escobar wants: the North American Championship. Joaquin Wilde asks if they heard that “cypher celebration” last week. It was offensive to his ears! Swerve couldn’t stay on beat! Wilde could never dance to that! Escobar would just press the stop button. Mendoza says that Hit Row has no guts and no class.

Speaking of which, Dexter Lumis! He is a loser! Both a loser in love, and in a minute, a loser in the ring. Escobar always ends up on the right side of history! Legado heads out, but will they be silenced by the menacing mute?

 

NXT hears from Duke Hudson.

“Hey, Duke Hudson here. I’m not perfect, but I’ve gotta be close.” All the way from Adelaide, Australia, towering at 6’5″, 270 pounds with big biceps, a broad back, and “the bets backside in the business,” any more B’s and he’d be making honey. And it all starts with Ikemen Jiro tonight. Yes, Jiro is a risk-taking high-flyer with an odd looking jacket, but Hudson can just punch him in the face. You can call him Duke, or you can call him the Breakout Tournament winner. The other seven don’t have a shot as far as he’s concerned, but will the first one up take him down?

 

Dexter Lumis VS Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma!

We’ve heard from Indi about their #InDex moment, and we’ve heard from El Hijo del Fantasma about this match, but Lumis lets his actions speak for him. Will Lumis get lucky both in this match and in love tonight?

The bell rings and Lumis just stares at Escobar. Escobar talks trash, steps to Lumis, but Lumis doesn’t flinch. Escobar throws hands, whips, and runs Lumis over, but Lumis kips right up! Escobar turns around and is startled! Escobar throws a punch, Lumis blocks it! Mendoza distracts and Escobar throws a forearm and knees! Escobar whips, Lumis dodges, ducks and THESZ PRESSES for fast hands! Lumis lets off to scare off Mendoza and Wilde, and then even scares Escobar! Legado regroups and Escobar tells his henchmen to “get ‘im!” Legado flanks Lumis, but wait where did he go?! Lumis trips Escobar up from under the ring! He tries to drag Escobar in!

Legado drags Escobar out and Lumis slithers out after them! Legado freaks out and scrambles up the ramp as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Escobar has Lumis down with a double wristlock. Lumis endures, fans rally and duel but Escobar stomps away on Lumis. Escobar kicks Lumis, gets him up, put him in a corner, and CHOP! Lumis winces but Escobar talks trash. “YOU should be afraid of ME!” Escobar CHOPS, Lumis shoves him, but Escobar whips him corner to corner. Escobar runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Escobar puts Lumis up top, GAMANGIRIS, and then climbs up top. Escobar hits a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Lumis lives but Escobar covers again, TWO! Escobar grows frustrated and he stomps it out on Lumis. Fans rally as Lumis sits up, Escobar runs and basement dropkicks him down!

Escobar drags Lumis back up, facelocks and puts him in a corner. Escobar throws knees, fans rally and duel as Escobar runs in and clotheslines! Escobar keeps moving, and corner clotheslines again! Escobar gets Lumis up for a snap suplex, uno amigo! Another snap suplex, dos amigos! Escobar gets Lumis up again but Lumis blocks tres! Lumis suplexes, Escobar slips out and hits a BACKSTABBER! Lumis writhes, Escobar runs back in, but Lumis CLOBBERS him! Both men are down and fans fire up! Escobar gets up but Lumis DECKS him! And again! And again! Lumis uppercuts and Escobar goes to a corner. Lumis runs in to clothesline and BULLDOG!

Fans fire up as Lumis looms over Escobar. Escobar staggers up, Lumis baits him in, SIDE EFFECT! But Wilde distracts the ref and Mendoza saves Escobar from The Silence! Lumis glares at Mendoza, but slithers out around the way. Mendoza and Escobar back off, but Wilde YANKS Lumis into the post! Escobar hurries to get Lumis in, reels Lumis in to a fireman’s carry, PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Escobar wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

Whether or not Lumis is lucky, Escobar is always prepared by having his henchmen by his side! But sneaking up behind them is Hit Row! Swerve and his crew heard what Escobar had to say, so what is Escobar going to do with them here? Escobar and Legado simply walk off. Will it only be a matter of time before Escobar learns just how and why Swerve is #JustDifferent?

 

Wade Barrett has a sit-down interview with Kyle O’Reilly.

Wade thanks Kyle for joining him, and brings up The Great American Bash. It was an absolute classic, but ultimately, Adam Cole came out the winner. How does that affect Kyle? Well losing is part of what they do and it’s part of life. He looks back and struggled to recognize who he was. Where was Kyle’s killer instinct? Who knows. Kyle’s said in the past that he sold his soul and wants it back, and wonders if he needs it back. Kyle won titles. Sure he did things differently, but it got the job done. So wait, Kyle is saying that in order to beat Cole, he has to do things differently? No, no, he doesn’t need to change. Just get his groove back. That Kyle is still in here somewhere.

Kyle has beaten Cole, but what counts is how well you walk through the fire. They’ll fight again, whether it’s on the sidewalk or in the ring. Kyle can’t let Cole say and do the things he’s done and get away with it. Now, Kyle isn’t just the guy that can and will beat Cole. He is the guy and can and will finish Adam Cole. How, when and where will this finally be settled by these former friends turned bitter enemies?

 

NXT checks back in with Knight and Grimes.

Knight sets down some ground rules. First, Grimes needs to slow down, and walk a few steps behind Knight. Why? Because he’s a butler! And Grimes will address Knight as either “Mr. Knight” or “Sir.” And his first task as butler is to mow the lawn. This huge field right here? Yes, this whole thing. Grimes says this is nothing! Just wait until he gets on this bush hog here- Whoa, okay, first off, Knight has no idea what a “bush hog” even is. Second, he’s not letting Grimes get the keys to ride that thing. Grimes is using an old fashioned PUSH mower! Knight likes detail, this will get that done.

This big yard, with this little pusher? Grimes is fine, Grammy Grimes used to chase him around with one of these all the time! Fine, just get it done. Gotcha, sir! Grimes sets to work, but just how long will this take?

 

NXT shares footage from the break.

Indi Hartwell returns the favor from last week, and somehow carries Lumis? Well, for a few seconds, and then falls over on him. The two lock eyes and fans feel the heat. But Candice shoves Indi away from Lumis! The Poison Pixie is like an anti-cupid! Indi and Lumis were so close, but Candice is taking Indi far away. Will Candice have to lock Indi away in a tower somewhere to stop #InDex from happening?

 

NXT Breakout Tournament 2021 Opening Round: Ikemen Jiro VS Duke Hudson!

The black ‘n’ gold brings back the tournament all about helping fresh faces shine in the spotlight! And starting it off is the Handsome One and the Duke of Smugness, two of the best looking in the bracket! Will there be a bracket buster in the Breakout Tournament already?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Hudson waistlocks and SLAMS Jiro down! Jiro gets up and comes back to waistlock. Hudson throws him off with ease but Jiro gets back up. Jiro gets a little jazzy and he cartwheels around Hudson. Hudson gets annoyed, but Jiro baits him into a headlock. Hudson powers up but Jiro’s jacket helps him hold on! Hudson powers out the second time but Jiro handstands handsomely on the top rope! Jiro dodges Hudson, runs but leaps into Hudson’s arms for a pop-up and KNEE, then a HOTSHOT! Hudson keeps going, BIG double ax handle! Fans boo as Hudson gets Jiro up but Jiro fires off body shots!

Hudson pulls the jacket over Jiro’s head and fires off with hands in the corner! The ref counts, Hudson lets off, but Jiro CHOPS! Hudson CHOPS Back! And Hudson’s hands are bigger so that hurts more. Hudson scoops and SLAMS Jiro, then stalks him to ropes. Jiro tries to slap Hudson but Hudson kicks him down. Hudson whips, Jiro sunset flips, but Hudson brings Jiro up. Jiro bobs ‘n’ weaves to JACKET PUNCH! And again! And again! And again! Jiro whips, Hudson reverses but Jiro goes up and over and shouts out Tajiri with the TARANTULA! The ref counts, Jiro lets off at 4, and fires up! The fans fire up, too, as he springboards, but into Hudson’s OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Hudson fires hands in the corner, then hits a BIG uppercut! Jiro checks his face but Hudson covers, ONE?! Hudson gets Jiro up, reels him in, crucifix, but Jiro turns Razor’s Edge into RANA! Hudson hits buckles, Jiro rolls him up, TWO! Jiro BOOTS, goes up, and BLOCKBUSTERS! But Hudson bails out to save himself! Jiro WRECKS Hudson with a dropkick then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Jiro hits Hudson but checks his feet. Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” as Jiro manages to get Hudson up and into the ring. Jiro drags Hudson up but Hudson throws Jiro to the apron. Jiro PALM STRIKES, slingshots and RANAS again! Jiro fires off kicks and SUPERKICK!

Jiro runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Hudson wins!!

Winner: Duke Hudson, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Hudson snuffs out Jiro’s fire in a flash, and now he’s heading right into round two! Will Hudson tower over the rest of the field and be THE Breakout star?

 

Backstage interview with Pete Dunne and Oney Lorcan.

They are going to be watching the main event closely, so who do they think comes out of the NXT Championship match with the title? Dunne makes it clear that he doesn’t care who wins tonight. Do him a favor and ask Gargano “Who’s the baddest man around here?” And then remind Kross that at NXT TakeOver, Kross got caught in Dunne’s triangle hold and had no answers for it. Trust Dunne when he says that he’d beat either of them 1v1 because he is the best technician in the world. But Timothy Thatcher comes by and asks, “Well, which is it? Are you the best technician in the world? Or are you the baddest man in NXT?” Dunne asks who’s asking. Ciampa attacks and the brawl is on!

Security rushes in to stop this, but the Bruiserweight and Boston Brawler want after Old Man Ciampa and Toothless Timmy! Will we see these two teams fight it out to at least prove who is the meanest duo in NXT today?

 

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS The Robert Stone Brand!

With new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, the title chase starts again! KC Squared is back and ready to climb after the gold, but Jessi Kamea & Aliyah want those belts to add to their bougie bad life. Who gets one step closer to the new champions, Io Shirai & Zoey Stark?

The teams sort out and Jessi starts with Kacy. They circle, tie up and Jessi BOOTS Kacy to the corner! Tag to Aliyah and Jessi whips Kacy into Aliyah’s boot! Aliyah thrashes Kacy around and tosses her by her hair! Kacy goes to a corner, Aliyah runs in and back elbows! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Aliyah gets Kacy up, brings her over, tags Jessi, and the Brand mugs Kacy. Stone applauds as Jessi scrapes Kacy’s face on ropes. Kacy elbows her away but Jessi grins as she CLUBS Kacy down. Jessi gets between Kacy and Kayden as she AX KICKS Kacy down. Cover, TWO! Jessi gets Kacy up and puts her in the corner again to tag Aliyah.

The Brand mugs Kacy more, Aliyah stomps her down, then tag back to Jessi. The mugging continues with a hard knee to the ribs! Cover, TWO! Jessi gets Kacy up, scoops her but Kacy turns that to a cradle! TWO, and Aliyah tags in! Jessi gets Kacy and brings her back so Aliyah can stomp her. Aliyah whips Kacy into the corner, runs in but Kacy boots her! Kacy runs, Aliyah catches her, but Kayden still tags in! Kacy gets free, Kayden BULLDOGS, then rallies with clotheslines! Kayden CHOPS Aliyah, whips but Aliyah reverses to throw Kayden down by her hair! Aliyah swings on Kacy but misses, and Kacy chases Aliyah! The ref keeps Kacy back as Aliyah goes after Kayden.

Stone wants Aliyah to use a shoe as a weapon but that distraction allows Kayden to roll Aliyah up! Jessi breaks it and whips, but Kayden reverses to send Jessi out! Kacy LEAPS and takes Jessi down! Kayden dodges Aliyah to SUPERKICK! Tag to Kacy, Kayden turns Aliyah and Kacy climbs, 450 SPLASH-BREAKER!! Cover, KC Squared wins!

Winners: Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro, by pinfall

The #HightlightReel gets another one, and KC Squared moves on! Will this win get them closer to the Evil Genius and Rising Star(k)?

As for the Brand, Stone tries to console Aliyah but she shoves him away! This is technically his fault, after all. He doesn’t understand why she’s upset, and she says she’s helped him more than Stone has ever helped her! Aliyah doesn’t need him or anyone, and then she SLAPS Stone! And then fires off hands on Stone in a corner! And knees! Fans fire up for Aliyah taking a stand, and Stone flounders about until Aliyah KICKS him in the side! Fans want that “One More Time!” so she kicks him AGAIN! Aliyah is happy with herself, and walks out on both Stone and Jessi.

Franky Monet swaggers in and talks with Jessi. Stone tells Jessi to go, and she leaves with Franky. Is this the end of The Robert Stone Brand once and for all?

 

Samoa Joe visits Johnny Gargano.

Johnny, Candice and Theory are all waiting to welcome Joe to their private room. Joe says, “Mr. Gargano, I am going to be your official tonight. A couple things to remember: One, protect yourself at all times; Two, obey my commands at all times.” That’s so easy! Gargano is a law abiding citizen, and he will even leave The Way backstage. All Joe has to do is count to three, and Gargano will do the rest. Theory asks if Joe wants to hang out while they wait. The Way has these awesome new T-shirts! They can get one for Joe! Joe just leaves. That’s fine, this is a big night for everyone. But as Joe exits, he crosses paths with Dunne. Will there ever be more than just stare downs between them?

 

NXT checks in with Knight and Grimes once more.

Knight returns and what is this? Grimes is in his swimsuit at poolside, having lemonade! Wait why is he still wearing the gloves and cowboy boots? But it’s about time Knight got back! Where is Grimes’ uniform and who is that kid mowing the lawn? Grimes says he is a man of his word. He will still be Knight’s butler, but he’s also a billionaire! Grimes knows how to delegate! Good job, kiddo. Knight tells Grimes to stand up and Grimes says, “Yes sir.” Knight says he doesn’t care how rich Grimes still is, when Knight tells Grimes to do something, Grimes is to do it! Not some kid, not someone else. Okay, okay.

The kid, Noah, finishes up the work and Grimes thanks him. Now how much did he promise? Two, three, five hundred? Grimes is thinking five hundred. But Knight says it’s ZERO hundred, because the kid was not invited. Knight has a no kids policy! Great job, kid, but get out of here. Noah kicks Knight in the shin then runs off! Knight is furious but Grimes notices the money fell on the ground. Grimes will take care of that, and he uses the rake to scoop up the money, and bump Knight into the pool! Knight splashes down in his leather vest and jeans and says Grimes did this on purpose! Grimes says he didn’t, and asks if Mr. Knight wants a towel.

 

Adam Cole is here!

Cole goes to the ring, BAYBAY, and gets a mic. “My GOD does it feel good to say, ‘I told you so.'” Cole told the world that he was better than Kyle O’Reilly, and then proved it at the Great American Bash. Cole proved that he is the greatest superstar in the history of the brand! Cole proved that Stand & Deliver was not just a fluke, but that it doesn’t count because for all the idiots out there, “unsanctioned” means it isn’t on the record. And Cole heard Kyle’s “pathetic” interview earlier. “Losing’s just a part of what we do.” Yeah, if you’re Kyle O’Reilly, it is. But also how Kyle went through the fire. Sure did, and he got burned by ol’ Adam Cole Baybay.

If Cole were Kyle, he’d highly reconsider wanting a rematch. They both know Cole will just embarrass him again. But enough about Kyle, Cole is sick and tired of that guy. Cole wants to talk about Samoa Joe! Big Bad Joe who snuck up from behind to put Cole in the clutch! Joe who stood by as Kyle tried to rip Cole’s knee from its socket! He’s more like COWARD Joe! Joe is “nothing more than an overpaid security guard in a suit,” and he doesn’t scare Cole. Cole would ask Joe to face him but he won’t. There’s no one man enough to go toe-to-toe with Cole! But wait, here comes Bronson Reed!

Reed says “You gotta love the confidence.” Cole is a master of mind games, and of manipulating someone with something to lose. But Reed lost the NXT North American Championship, so he has nothing to lose! So Cole, right here, right now, all eyes are on Reed! And people must wonder what Reed’s next move is. Many see Cole as NXT’s golden boy, but Reed sees him as a golden opportunity! So Baybay- Cole SUPERKICKS, but Reed blocks it! Reed spins Cole, Cole duck sand dodges but runs into Reed’s body check! Cole goes running and says Reed will pay for that! And now Joe comes out! The NXT Enforcer looks at Cole, and Cole stays put.

Joe goes into the ring, and he’s ready for the main event! Cole storms off, Reed takes a moment before he exits, and after the break, we see if Karrion Kross can keep up with Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling, or if doomsday comes for The Way!

 

NXT Media catches up with Robert Stone, Jessi Kamea & Franky Monet.

They ask if, after beating Stone up and storming off, Aliyah is still part of the Robert Stone Brand. Franky says that they won’t have to worry about Aliyah anymore. Mandy Rose returns, and says the brand looks to be under new management. She heads off, but what does any of this mean for the future of the NXT brand?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

After the confrontation tonight, the Diamond Mine has their first tag team match together! Strong and Rust take on Fish and Kushida, will the Infamous and the Time Splitter get even with their common enemies? And, after the challenge was issued and accepted, it is made official! Raquel Gonzalez defends her NXT Women’s Championship against Xia Li! Will Ricky Desperado be able to deny Tian Sha their destiny?

 

NXT Championship, with Special Guest Referee Samoa Joe: Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux VS Johnny Gargano!

Mr. Apocalypse and NXT’s first-ever Triple Crown Champion finally go 1v1 for THE title, with Joe making sure things don’t cross the line. Will Kross make The Way #FallAndPray? Or will Johnny Wrestling prove why he is now, then and forever Mr. NXT?

The introductions are made, Joe raises the belt, and we finally see who is the superior superstar!

Gargano sucker punches Kross before Joe can ring the bell! Joe tells Gargano to let off but Kross TOSSES Gargano into the corner! The bell rings as Gargano dodges and stomps away! Gargano climbs up to rain down fists, but Kross caries Gargano across the way to stomp a mudhole in the other corner! Kross reels Gargano in, spins him around and EXPLODERS! Kross dusts off his hands as he looms over Gargano. Fans chant for “Johnny Wrestling!” as Kross KICKS Gargano in the side. Kross gets Gargano in a corner and throws forearms! Kross digs his forearm in, Joe counts, and Kross lets off at 4. Kross snap suplexes Gargano, then paces around as Gargano writhes.

Kross taunts Gargano, “is this all you got?” Kross waistlocks, Gargano slips under and calf kicks Kross out of the ring! Gargano WRECKS Kross with a dropkick, then SUPERKICKS from the apron! Gargano CANNONBALLS and takes Kross down! Joe wants this back in the ring but fans fire up as Gargano paces around the ring. Kross gets up and BOOTS Gargano right down! Joe gets mad as he tells Kross to get this in the ring. Kross gets Gargano up but Gargano throws forearms! Kross forearms back, a ring count begins, and Gargano baits Kross into running into steel steps! Gargano gets Kross up, throws more forearms, and Joe lets off the count as this continues.

Kross grabs Gargano with both hands to SLAM him on the announce desk! NXT goes picture in picture as Joe reprimands Kross. Kross steps back, other refs check on Gargano, and Gargano slowly stirs. Kross goes to the ring, waves bye to Gargano as the ring count climbs. Gargano sits up at 4 of 10 but Joe gets his mic checked by the other ref. Gargano gets up, Kross gets him in the ring and covers, ONE!! Kross keeps his cool, gets Gargano back up, and wrenches to hammerlock and throw body shots! Gargano falls to a knee, Kross aims and runs in to stomp Gargano down! Gargano gets to ropes but Kross chokes him with them! Joe counts, Kross lets off at 4.

Kross stomps Gargano to a corner, digs his boot in, but lets off at 4 again. Joe reprimands, Gargano fires off hands on Kross! Kross knees low, whips corner to corner, and Gargano tumbles up and down! Kross smirks as Gargano writhes, and Kross shows off his agility just to make a point to the fans. Kross snapmares Gargano, wraps on a chinlock and grinds Gargano down as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally up, Gargano fights back and throws forearms. Kross knees low, runs in but gets a BOOT in the corner! Gargano elbows Kross away, then dodges Kross, and Kross POSTS himself! Scarlett checks on him and Kross manages to get out of the corner.

Gargano runs in to clothesline, but Kross stays up! Gargano goes again, another clothesline! Kross roars, choke grips, but Gargano breaks free to ROLLING ELBOW! Kross stays up, scoops, but Gargano slips off to ENZIGURI! Kross is in a corner, Gargano runs in but is put on the apron, Kross runs, into the SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Cover, TWO! Kross sputters and scrambles out, but Gargano builds speed! DIVE and direct hit into barriers! Fans fire up as Gargano gets Kross back in the ring. Gargano aims, slingshots, but no final beat! Kross turns it into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through to dead lift suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans are thunderous as Gargano survives!

Kross stalks Gargano to a corner, drags him up, but Gargano holds ropes to deny the suplex! Kross puts Gargano up top and CLUBS him on the back! Kross climbs, Joe counts the ropebreak but Kross says they’re doing this the hard way! Gargano fights off the suplex to make it a CROSSBODY! And then BUZZSAW! Kross stays up so Gargano BUZZSAWS again! Gargano powers up but Kross LARIATS first! Kross scoops Gargano for an OKLAHOMA- DDT!! Gargano counters, covers, TWO!! Gargano gets up slowly but the fans are thunderously behind him! Gargano fires off forearms but Kross choke grips. Gargano gets free again, but Kross ROCKS him first!

Gargano rebounds but into a CHOKE SLAM! Kross gets Gargano up, “I own you!” Kross runs but into a SUPERKICK! And then another SUPERKICK! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirls, gets the arm, but Kross makes it a SLEEPER! It isn’t quite the Krossjacket, Gargano rolls back to get GargaNO ESCAPE!! Kross endures, Scarlett shouts to him, and Kross powers up! Kross pops Gargano around to spin and spin and SLEEPER! Gargano flails, reaches, fades, but gets a second wind! Gargano reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Kross doesn’t let go so Joe pulls him away from Gargano! Kross laughs it off, stares down with Joe, but goes after Gargano on the outside.

Gargano is at the barriers, Kross DRIBBLES him off them! “You remember this, right? Time to go, Johnny!” Gargano flops over, Joe tells Kross to get in the ring but Kross says up his! Kross pulls steel steps apart, but Joe goes out to snatch those from Kross! Joe isn’t letting Kross do what he wants, but dares him, “All you gotta do is jump.” Speaking of, Gargano DIVES for a TORNADO DDT! Gargano puts Kross in, ONE FINAL BEAT!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kross survives, dodges a superkick, DOOMSDAY FOREARM! And then Kross reels Gargano in, POWERBOMB! Dead lift and ANOTHER POWERBOMB! And then ANOTHER POWERBOMB! And then a fireman’s carry, to DOOMSDAY SAIDO!!

Kross isn’t done with Gargano, he winds up the hands of time. Gargano manages to get up, Kross grins, DOOMSDAY FOREARM!! Cover, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Korss, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

Joe hands Kross the belt and raises Kross’ hand in victory, but only for a short time. Joe dares Kross to do something if he feels like it. Kross says for Joe to take the ref shirt off first. Scarlett is the one who keeps this from going down, until Joe isn’t looking! Kross gets Joe in the Krossjacket! Fans boo as Joe works to escape the hold, but the body scissors are in! Kross mockingly shouts, “Unless provoked, Joe! You brought this on yourself!” Joe is out and Kross finally lets him go! Will Kross make himself into the tyrant of NXT? Or will he have to answer to the authority above even Samoa Joe?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of NXT, but I have to say, a handful of things got completely ruined because Vince McMahon just insisted on getting new faces for his SmackDown Women’s Division. No Tegan for Candice to feud with, no Toni Storm for Sarray or Raquel Gonzalez, the knee jerk reaction from Vince is causing a ripple effect in NXT and it sorta sucks. You know who’s a team that should’ve been moved up to RawDown? Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter. 1) You can still do name shortening and it’d probably be fine. “Kacy & Kayden, Catanzaro & Carter” whatever, it works better than “Shotzi & Nox.” 2) THEY DIDN’T HAVE STORIES TO STILL GET TO!

Also, I don’t understand why Mandy Rose is hovering around, she has a tag partner in Dana Brooke so why is she apparently scouting out things? Sarray VS Gigi was good but I feel like Gigi wasn’t ready for some of the moves Sarray was throwing around. Even just that headlock takeover was rough. Ember VS Dakota was a great match, but it was mostly just filler after losing some pivotal players. But I will say, this worked out great for Xia Li. They’re kinda just rushing to her getting a title match, but she and Raquel can have a great match. Raquel surely retains now and then we build to whatever SummerSlam TakeOver we’re getting with whoever is next.

I do like that the Robert Stone Brand finally hit the wall, but why is Aliyah leaving? Did we not see Franky trying to recruit both her and Jessi away from Stone? Is this a sign that Aliyah is going to go to Raw just because, the same way we’re just suddenly getting Storm, Nox & Shotzi on SmackDown? I mean, Aliyah’s been in NXT forever, but I feel like she almost didn’t need to go to RawDown. With Franky managing her instead of Stone, maybe she could’ve built herself up to be a tag title contender. Now she’ll just be fodder for someone else. Maybe Franky finds someone new to take Aliyah’s place. And again, why was Mandy talking with them when she’s on Raw?!

The first 2021 Breakout Tournament match was great stuff from Jiro and Hudson. For just a moment, I thought Jiro was going to pull it off in that sweet space nebula jacket, but Hudson finishing it right off in that Boss Man Slam/Winds of Change scrapbuster was a great way to suddenly finish this off. Dunne had a good promo, but I like that Thatcher and Ciampa get in his face. That’s going to be a great tag match, but the point of it is a bit uncertain. If Ciampa & Thatcher had the tag titles, yeah, okay, they want to be fighting champions and are picking fights with the toughest people they can find. But now, it’s just a really good scrap to perhaps build contenders up? I guess that’s fine.

Legado had a good promo, Escobar VS Lumis was a really good match, and Legado keeps getting that Heel Heat from cheating to make sure Escobar wins. Hit Row coming out to confront them was good, and I definitely look forward to a big Six Man Tag before Swerve VS Escobar for the North American Championship. I would love if Hit Row helps Swerve win to stick it to Legado for all the times they cheated Swerve. We got a lot of great stuff out of Grimes and Knight, and I had a feeling Grimes was going to find a way to make this annoying for Knight. Grimes enjoyed being a butler, enjoyed mowing the oversized lawn, and found a way to kinda Tom Sawyer it. The rake bumping Knight into the pool was clever, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

We also got a good interview promo from Kyle, a good in-ring promo out of Cole about Kyle, and I like that Reed is stepping up to him. They had a good brawl and Joe showing up was a good segue to the main event. Joe had good segments with both Kross and Gargano throughout the night, and of course his presence added something to the title match. There was a lot of great interaction and tension between Joe and Kross, but in a way, that just made it seem like Gargano was just a formality. Though I suppose that was what this was all along, but it might not have felt it in a normal match.

Either way, Kross retains, goes after Joe, and probably takes on Joe for SummerSlam TakeOver in Joe’s in-ring return. Maybe Joe wins to become the first ever THREE-time NXT Champion and allows Kross and Scarlett to move on to RawDown like some have been thinking. Otherwise, Joe gets added to Kross’ legacy, that I personally wouldn’t want to see but would understand why they did it.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/22/24)

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When it comes to becoming champion, you gotta do it yourself!

While DIY challenge Awesome Truth for the World Tag Team Championships, the Raw Women’s Division battle (royal) to be THE Women’s World Champion!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS DIY; Awesome Truth wins and retain the titles.
  • The New Day VS Imperium; New Day wins.
  • Sheamus VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Sheamus wins.
  • Ricochet & Andrade El Idolo VS Dominik Mysterio Santos Escobar & JD McDonagh; Ricochet & Andrade win.
  • Vacated WWE Women’s World Championship Battle Royal: Becky Lynch wins and is the new WWE Women’s World Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Michael Cole & Pat McAfee are in the ring!

They welcome us to the show, and note that Rhea Ripley had to vacate her Women’s World Championship last week due to injury. And so in the majestic state of O H I O, this is one of the biggest matches in WWE history! For the fourth time ever, a battle royal will determine a new champion! Nearly every woman on Raw is in this match, and the last one standing will be the BRAND NEW Women’s World Champion! Columbus loves the sound of that, and we get a recap package of Rhea’s emotional departure.

 

Jey Uso is here!

Columbus is bouncing with the YEET Master, as is Pat, as we’re just weeks away from Backlash and the World Heavyweight Championship match. Jey gets a mic to tell Columbus, “Main Event Jey Uso is now in your city~!” Jey continues by saying Backlash is in two weeks. “YEET!” Backlash is in two weeks! “YEET!” So he’s got a lot to prove! “YEET!” To the world! “YEET!” That he is Main Event Jey Uso! “YEET!” Jey has to beat Damian Priest. He has to make sure everything he’s been through was worth it. But wait, here comes Priest! The World Heavyweight Champion makes his way out, without the rest of the Judgment Day, to go right to the ring.

Priest gets a mic as he steps in and tells Jey to take it easy. Whatever Jey thins Priest is here for, he’s wrong. Priest just wants to tell Jey that his whole presentation, the YEET, “Main Event Jey,” that vibe… It suits Jey. Congratulations. The fans applaud the respect shown. Priest then tells Jey that they went to war last year. But Priest wants to talk about one specific night. Priest’s never said this publicly, and Jey will know if he’s lying. But there was one night where Jey whooped Priest’s ass so bad, that Priest then went up to Jey backstage and told him to his face that Jey earned Priest’s respect. That’s why Priest wanted Jey in the Judgment Day.

And then Priest said they were going out and drinks were on him. Now, Priest doesn’t remember much else, but he does remember one: he paid the bill, Jey had that Bloodline good stuff. Jey admits, they needed Uber. And two: Jey said something to Priest that Priest is very proud of. Jey told Priest that they were next. Jey said that “We next, Uce.” Priest stands here now, proud to stand with Jey, because Jey was right. The fans applaud, and Priest says if he’s being honest, Jey was half right. Priest was next. Jey says hey man, you almost had him liking you. But Priest says the world title proves why he’s next. And why he’s the now.

It’s okay, though, Jey. Jey is just the first on a list of many that the machine is going ot feed Priest to make sure this looks good on him. Nothing to be ashamed of! Nothing at all! First to fall, but then first to lead the people. The first to lead the fans all across the world in making sure… they all rise for El Campeon. The fans boo Priest’s arrogance, but then Jey says hold on, hold on. Take it easy, Priest. Come on back, let him holla at you. Priest isn’t sure what Jey can say, but go ahead. Jey asks if that’s all Priest sees him as. As just one of the Usos, huh? Tough talk coming from the leader of the Judgment Day.

But the only reason why Priest is in charge is cuz Rhea’s hurt. By the way, how Mami doing? Tell her he said hi! Hey, champ, y’know what that makes you? Dom Mysterio’s B*TCH!! Priest is mad but Jey says GOTTEE! Yeah, Priest did what he did. He cashed in at Mania, made himself World Heavyweight Champion. But you think they’re just feeding Jeyu to Priest? No, Priest’s getting fed to Jey! Jey’s next! The NEXT World Heavyweight Champion! Ohio, if you rocking with Jey Uso, lemme hear ya say “YEET!” “YEET!!” The fans are fired up with Jey and Priest, but then JD McDonagh runs in! Jey dodges JD, who almost runs into Priest!

Jey takes aim, JD ducks, SUPERKICK hits Priest! Whoops! The Irish Ace messed up and Jey says his bad. Jey leaves, JD apologizes, but will Priest have to handle things himself at Backlash?

 

“The time draws near…”

“The throne… is calling. The King and Queen… will be crowned.” The champions of tomorrow are forged in combat, and victory will set you on a path to greatness. Future Hall of Famers take their first steps towards immortality, and in May, we begin again! Who will make it through the tournament to seize destiny and don the crowns?

 

WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS DIY!

The Miz & R-Truth won the Raw Tag Team Championships at Mania, and were gifted the newly minted World Tag Team Championships just last week. However, all the fun could be done for #RegenerationX as they now face off as opponents. Will these titles still be Awesome? Or will Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano finally have gold again?

Raw returns as the champs make their entrance, “What’s Up?” The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who are truly championship material!

The teams sort out and Truth circles with Gargano. The fans rally behind Truth, he high-fives Gargano then they tie up. Truth wrenches, wristlocks, but Gargano rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Truth rolls, rolls, rolls, then gets free. Gargano runs up but into an arm-drag! Truth has the armlock, Gargano fights around, and Gargano powers up to arm-drag free! Truth sweeps, covers, ONE! Gargano goes to sweep but Truth jumps it to do the splits! The fans cheer and even Gargano is impressed. They shake hands, reset, and tie up again. Gargano headlocks but Truth powers out. Miz tags in and Awesome Truth DOUBLE HIP TOSS!

Awesome Truth do their secret handshake then DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! Cover, ONE!! Miz whips Gargano, Gargano goes up and over to roll Miz, but Miz blocks the kick! Gargano kicks free of the Figure Four, tag to Ciampa! Ciampa runs up, fights the full nelson, and elbows free! Miz sees Ciampa means business, so he runs up! Ciampa dodges to CHOP, forearm, and CHOP! Miz swings, but into a dragon sleeper! Miz turns that around, BACKBREAKER, but Ciampa turns neckbreaker into backslide! TWO, Miz trips Ciampa and steps through! FIGURE FOUR! Ciampa endures as the fans fire up, Gargano DROPKICKS Miz!

Truth runs up to whip but Gargano reverses! Truth tumbles out, Miz TOSSES Gargano! Ciampa rolls Miz! TWO, tag to Gargano! Miz swings, Ciampa dodges and Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Miz tumbles out, Ciampa shakes out his leg to go after Truth. Gargano PLANCHAS onto Miz, DIY meet around the way to pat themselves on the back and applaud! The fans are torn, but DIY is in control as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Truth suplexes Ciampa for a GOURD BUSTER! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Ciampa and Truth crawl, hot tag to Miz! Miz rallies with LARIAT after LARIAT, then KICK after KICK! Miz fires off in the corner, then goes corner to corner to A-LIST LARIAT! Miz goes to the apron, Gargano runs up but Miz kicks low! APRON DDT! Miz then resets, RAMS into Ciampa, and springboards, into a JUMP KNEE! Cover, TWO! Miz survives but Ciampa keeps his focus. Ciampa drags Miz up, reels him in, but Miz drops under! Miz reaches out, but Ciampa drags him away from the corner! Miz BOOTS Ciampa away, hot tag to Truth!

Truth rallies on DIY! HE dodges Ciampa to shoulder tackle! And shoulder tackle again! Then the SPIN-OUT BOMB! The fans fire up for the Cena shoutout as Truth says “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!” But Gargano SUPERKICKS him! Ciampa says “SUCK IT!” Kick and underhooks, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!! Truth survives and DIY can’t believe it! Ciampa BLASTS Miz, then Gargano DIVES to take Miz down! Ciampa gets Truth up, but Truth cradle counters! TWO!! Ciampa escapes, Truth kicks and runs, to SCISSOR- NO, Ciampa dodges! And ROLLING ELBOWS! Down goes the kneepad, Ciampa KNEES Truth down!

Tag to Gargano, and DIY have the corners! Truth sits up, for DIY to MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, MIZ DRAGS GARGANO OUT!! Ciampa is furious, then hurries out after Miz! But Miz DUMPS Ciampa into the front row! Miz puts Gargano in, Truth crawls over and tags Miz in! Miz swings, Gargano dodges and tilt-o-whirls! Miz stops that but Gargano victory rolls! TWO!! Miz catches Gargano this time, Truth joins in, THE TRUTH-CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Awesome Truth wins!!

Winners: The Awesome Truth, by pinfall (still WWE World Tag Team Champions)

Miz & Truth manage to hold off DIY in the first defense of these belts, but they also show respect. They shake hands and hug it out, except for Ciampa. Ciampa is understandably frustrated, but will DIY find a way to another shot? Will the Awesome Truth be there to meet them when they do?

 

The Judgment Day regroups backstage.

JD is upset about what Jey said. He knows that didn’t go as planned, but- Priest stops him there to say there was NO plan. Priest didn’t ask for JD’s help here. Not this week, and not last week. Which JD failed both times, by the way. But Priest got kicked in the face this time! JD apologizes, but then Dom walks in, arm in a sling! And he’s also brought Santos Escobar! Priest asks what is going on here. Dom says he was supposed to have the match alongside JD against Ricochet and Andrade tonight, but he’s a bit banged up. So instead, he asked Santos to return the favor from WrestleMania. Santos will team up with JD, the GMs approved it.

Is there a problem? Yes! But we don’t have a choice, huh? So Santos, do them all a favor and handle this. Santos says Priest has nothing to worry about. Dom apologizes but Priest stops him. Just go out there and handle business! And while they’re at it, just stay out of his. JD says yeah, they’ll handle Judgment Day business. JD wants a fist bump, but Priest refuses. JD and Dom fist bump then heads out with Santos. Is Judgment Day falling apart without Mami on top of things?

 

Shawn Michaels speaks.

HBK is proud to announce that NXT Battleground is coming to Las Vegas and the UFC Apex! Sunday, June 9th, NXT hits Sin City and this state of the art facility! The partnership under TKO is already making history, but who will reign in NXT for the Summer?

 

Imperium is here!

Der Ring General returns after his defeat at WrestleMania, flanked by Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci, and they go right to the ring. Kaiser hands Gunther the mic, and Gunther takes a moment before speaking. “I know what you expect me to say up here. Talk about WrestleMania, take some shots at Sami Zayn, but I’m sorry to disappoint you. That’s not what I’m gonna do. See, I took some time away to digest everything that happened, and I wanna say this. For 666 days, I elevated the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship to heights never seen before.” The fans do applaud that.

Gunther says in that process, he became the greatest champion in that title’s history. His name, Der Ring General Gunther, will forever be embedded in the Intercontinental Championship. However, that also means for almost two years, he was walking around here with a big target on his back, the pressure of living up to everyone’s expectations, and his own. That weight has now been lifted. So to Sami Zayn, Gunther wants to thank you. The fans applaud that, too. Gunther says now, he isn’t a target anymore. he is going from being the hunted to being the hunter. He can do whatever he wants.

This is a brand new era, and no matter which brand Gunther is drafted to, he will make sure his name will be embedded in this new era. So therefore, Gunther officially declares his participation in the King of the Ring Tournament! The fans love the sound of that! Gunther says after that, it is up to Gunther to decide which championship he takes next. Whether it is Sami Zayn and Gunther’s IC title, or any other title in the WWE. “But fair warning. As a champion in WWE, you will be targeted, you will be hunted by a challenger that is not only able of winning titles, but is also able to hold on longer to them than anybody else!”

“Already, The General of the Ring, SOON to be the King of the Ring, Der Ring General, GUNTHER!” The fans are fired up with Gunther, will he assume the throne- Wait! The New Day is here! Xavier Woods tells everyone to hold on and sound the alarm. Sound the alarm! Kofi Kingston says Gunther is correct, this is a new era. But what better way to usher in this new era than with ya bois the NEW~ DAY~! See, what you’re looking at is the reigning, defending, King, of the RING~! Woods & Kofi step into the ring, and Woods says Gunther is an USURPER to the throne. A PRETENDER! And he’s not the only one thinking about legacy.

Woods is going to cement his legacy when he becomes a TWO-TIME King of the Ring! Say it again! TWO~ time King of the Ring! Three times for emphasis! TWO~! Gunther says okay, we got it, Clown King. But let’s make it clear. After Gunther wins, he will reestablish the image of that tournament. Then Woods will be remembered as someone who won by accident and pretend to be champion. Oh, champion, huh? The thing Gunther used to be? He lost his gold to Sam Zayn! Where your gold at, Gunther? Kofi & Woods make it a song and the fans join in! Gunther says enough! This is beneath him. Vinci & Kaiser will take care of this.

NO NO NO! Woods & Kofi have faced them enough already. Woods and Gunther will handle their business during King of the Ring. But if his “bump boys” want a match here and now tonight in Columbus, Ohio~! That’s right, COLUMBUS, OHIO~! Then they will gladly beat those cheeks! BECAAAAAUSE~! NEW! DAY ROCKS! The fans fire up, but will Der Ring General’s soldiers finally finish this feud once and for all? Or will Woods & Kofi be building momentum back to the throne?

The New Day VS Imperium!

Raw returns as Kofi circles with Kaiser. They tie up, Kaiser headlocks and grinds the hold. Kofi powers up and headlocks back, but Kaiser powers up and out. Kofi ducks ‘n’ turns hip toss into MONKEY FLIP! Then he DROPKICKS Kaiser down! The fans rally, Kaiser staggers up and Kofi clinches. Kaiser pulls hair, puts Kofi in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Kaiser blocks Kofi’s kick and says “NEIN!” UPPERCUT, snapmare, cover, ONE! Kaiser stays between Kofi and Woods. Kaiser bumps Kofi off buckles, tags Vinci, and Imperium mugs Kofi. Vinci brings Kofi around to UPPERCUT!

Kofi goes to a corner, dodges Vinci, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and then brings Vinci around. Tag to Woods, Kofi wrenches and Woods goes up, to AX HANDLE the arm! Woods wrenches, CLUBS the arm again and again, then tags Kofi. Whip into Kofi’s shoulder, then roll up to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Kofi whips, Vinci BOOTS back and Kaiser tags in. Imperium POSTS Kofi, then they run to DOUBLE DROPKICK at the corner! Imperium soaks up the heat, Kaiser digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. The fans rally for “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi throws body shots then JAWBREAKERS!

Kofi reaches but Kaiser keeps him from Woods! Kaiser reaches out to tag Vinci, but Kofi TOSSES Kaiser! Kofi ROCKS Vinci, but Kaiser returns, HIGH LOW!! Then they CLOBBER Woods! Cover, TWO! The fans boo but Gunther is still impressed as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Kaiser drags Kofi up by his hair. Kaiser clinches but Kofi fights free. Kofi fires body shots, haymakers, then forearms! Kofi reaches out but Kaiser keeps him from Woods! Kaiser whips, Kofi goes up and up and FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kaiser and Kofi crawl, hot tags to Woods and Vinci! Woods rallies on Vinci with big LARIATS! Woods whips, LEG LARIATS, then whips again. Vinci reverses, but Woods tilt-o-whirls and brings Vinci in to suplex! Gunther is annoyed as Woods BLASTS Kaiser! Woods drop toeholds Vinci onto ropes, then runs to SLIDING ATTACK! Woods even hits Kaiser as part of it!

Woods hurries back up, step-in DDT! Cover, TWO! Vinci stays in this but Woods stays cool. Woods brings Vinci up to CHOP! Tag to Kofi, New Day double whips but Vinci KICKS Woods down! Kofi kicks, Vinci blocks for a short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Kofi stays in this and Gunther grows further annoyed. Kaiser gets in, goes up, and Vinci hauls Kofi up. But Woods SHOVES Kaiser down, and bomb becomes RANA! Kofi then clotheslines Kaiser up and out! Woods aims, and he FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES Kaiser! Kofi BOOTS Vinci, tags Woods, and they get Vinci up! UP UP, DOWN DOWN! Cover, New Day wins!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall

Der Ring General is rather beside himself. In fact, he CHUCKS his armchair away! Gunther is very disappointed in Kaiser & Vinci, but will he just have to take his frustrations out on whoever is in his way during the King of the Ring Tournament?

As for Kaiser & Vinci, Kaiser does his best to encourage Vinci and help him up to his feet. They leave together, having been left behind by Gunther. The Draft is coming, will these two be able to stick together like always? OH NO! Kaiser RAMS Vinci into the LED boards! The Impeccable German PENALTY KICKS the Pride of Italy! Kaiser SPITS on Vinci, drags him back up, and then POSTS him! Gunther’s disappointment in Kaiser leads to Kaiser’s anger towards Vinci as he CLUBS away on Vinci! Vinci hobbles up, Kaiser SMACKS him off the desk! Kaiser says, “How many years?!” Kaiser CHOPS Vinci down!

Kaiser gets Vinci up again, to RAM him into steel steps! Vinci tumbles up and over, clutches his knee, but Kaiser drags him onto the steps now! Kaiser snarls, but referees and producers hurry out here to stop him from doing anything worse! Kaiser leaves Vinci behind now, fans booing his mistreatment of a former friend. But then Kaiser jukes the producers, runs around the ring, and he DROPKICKS Vinci against the steps!! The fans lose their minds at Kaiser’s savagery! Cameras follow Kaiser to the back and he asks if Gunther saw that. Kaiser told Gunther he would get things done. Gunther smiles, has Imperium cut Vinci off like he’s dead weight?

 

Andrade El Idolo speaks.

“Be careful when you hear about a problem. You might be hearing it from the problem. I am many things, but the one thing I am not is someone’s fool.” As he sees it, he didn’t betray The Judgment Day and Legado Del Fantasma. “How can you pressure someone when from the beginning, they were never loyal? They didn’t want to do business with me. They didn’t want a business partner. They wanted a servant. Nobody tells me what to do. So now, they’re right. I am now their biggest problem.” El Idolo es Ingobernable, will he and the King of Flight be unstoppable against The Irish Ace and the Emperor of Lucha?

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

The Scottish Terminator makes his way to the ring, gets a mic, and hears the fans chant “C M PUNK! C M PUNK!” McIntyre sits down on the mat cross-legged, his own shot at the Second City Saint. “As usual, don’t shoot up my kilt, ya perv.” Then he asks the fans, “Why do you insist on chanting his name every single time I come out?” The fans chant for Punk again, but the amount of evidence we’ve had over the years, don’t they realize Punk actually hates the fans? The only person he hates more than the fans is himself! Did you ever love something so much that it doesn’t quite love you back as much? That is McIntyre’s relationship with pro-wrestling.

Say “What” if you French kiss your cousins. “WHAT?” “You’re sick.” The fans don’t get complex relationships, because most guys in here, the most complex relationship they’ve had is with their own right hands. McIntyre could sit here and complain all night, but he’s not gonna do that, even though at WrestleMania, he was attacked from behind but that coward, CM Punk! Priest who could’ve never beat McIntyre 1v1, used his briefcase like a coward! Then that next Monday, McIntyre didn’t get an automatic rematch like everyone else would. No, McIntyre was in a Fatal 4 Way, beat everyone’s asses, but Punk had to screw him over again, and Jey takes advantage, like a coward!

But McIntyre won’t complain. As usual, his back is against the wall but he’ll come out swinging and target his next prize, the King of the Ring! But next week, it doesn’t matter about the Draft, he- SHEAMUS IS HERE! The Celtic Warrior has Columbus all fired up, and he has a mic to tell Drew, “What’s going on, man? I don’t get it. You’re sitting in the ring here sulking. Complaining about how everybody’s a coward, yeah? How are you, by the way? But let’s be honest, man. All I see is the only person here who’s not gonna take responsibility for his own mistakes.” Sheamus steps in the ring and says that makes McIntyre the coward.

Sheamus wants to continue but he asks if McIntyre’s still gonna sit there or what. McIntyre stands, and Sheamus says good, because after all this time, he’s earned that respect. They’ve known each other 20 YEARS. And yet for the last four, all McIntyre’s gone on about is how he was robbed of his career-defining moment. Then at WrestleMania 40, he did it! McIntyre got his moment! He became World Heavyweight Champion, in front of a live crowd! His brother, John Galloway, was there! His wife, Caitlyn, was there! They kissed and hugged! And then McIntyre blew it! Over some stupid social media spat!

McIntyre should be here the World Heavyweight Champion. But over memes and T-shirts, McIntyre threw it all away. Is Sheamus to keep wearing black after that bleeding burial at Mania? Sheamus wants McIntyre to hear him out. They’re friends, traveled the world together, had epic booze ups together, and banger after banger after banger matches. So to tell McIntyre the hard truth, a one-armed CM Punk kicked McIntyre’s ass. McIntyre is incensed, especially with fans chanting for Punk again. McIntyre says he doesn’t care what the fans think they know, Sheamus knows what Punk did to McIntyre. How that affected McIntyre’s career. Sheamus knows better than anybody!

Yes, but this obsession is tearing McIntyre’s career down! He has to get it out of his head! McIntyre says fine, Sheamus wants to do this in front of the world, this is a conversation they’ve had backstage before. But go ahead, tell the world the truth now! Before Sheamus was hurt, it was banger after banger. But since Sheamus’ return, looks more like it’s been burger after burger. The fans boo and Sheamus laughs off the fat jokes. Sheamus will say, since he’s been gone, McIntyre is getting good at one-liners. And Sheamus deserves that. But the thing is, he could still lose the weight. McIntyre can’t lose his stupid.

So then stop blaming everyone else! But it IS everyone else! Burger after burger, the Ginger Pillsbury Dough Boy! Flubber Man! That’s not McIntyre’s words, that is what everyone was saying during Sheamus’ match! McIntyre was standing up for him! Sheamus says it doesn’t matter what anyone says! It doesn’t bother Sheamus! But it bothers McIntyre! They’re still friends! Whether Sheamus gets it or not, or if the fans get it or not, McIntyre tells the truth. And he’s Sheamus’ only real friend here! In the past, they’d throw hands, then throw back pints. McIntyre is past that, he only fights if it is worthwhile. So this here… isn’t.

But McIntyre will still be there for Sheamus. McIntyre will be ringside, at commentary, and he will watch Sheamus’ back. Shinsuke Nakamura makes his entrance, will the Celtic Warrior get a workout from the King of Strong Style?

Sheamus VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Raw returns and the two circle. They tie up, Nakamura waistlocks then CLUBS away on Sheamus. Nakamura KICKS Sheamus, whips, but Sheamus reverses. Nakamura holds ropes, DUMPS Sheamus to the apron, but Sheamus body shots back! Sheamus then brings Nakamura around, but Nakamura slips free to throw elbows! Nakamura winds up but Sheamus SWATS the kick! Sheamus DECKS Nakamura, goes up, but Nakamura kicks Sheamus’ legs out! Nakamura CLUBS Sheamus on the top rope, then runs to TOP SHELF KNEE! McIntyre reminds Michael Cole & Pat McAfee that he can hear them both talking about him.

Nakamura digs his boots into Sheamus to give BAD VIBRATIONS! McIntyre does his best to put Sheamus over while Nakamura eggs Sheamus on with “C’MON!” Sheamus eggs Nakamura on in return! Nakamura stomps but Sheamus blocks! Sheamus ROCKS Nakamura, ROCKS him again and again, then swings. Nakamura dodges to fire a strike fest! Nakamura KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Then AX KICK! Sheamus drops to his knees, Nakamura runs, but Sheamus CLOBBERS him! The fans fire up while Sheamus stares McIntyre down. McIntyre gives a thumbs up, and Sheamus stalks Nakamura to ropes.

Sheamus stands Nakamura up against ropes, and the fans fire up for BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus goes all the way to nine, then winds up for TEN! Nakamura sputters and Sheamus goes out after him. Sheamus brings the kneepad down, takes aim, KNEE CAP! Sheamus drags Nakamura back up, puts him in, but Nakamura bails out the side. Sheamus pursues, McIntyre says go ahead. Sheamus scoops Nakamura, but Nakamura slips free! ROUNDHOUSE! Sheamus wobbles, Nakamura SMACKS him off the desk! And again, and again! Nakamura goes up the barriers and aims, for a FLYING KNEE DROP!!

The Celtic Warrior is down, the King of Strong Style stands tall, and the Scottish Terminator shakes his head, all while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Sheamus fires body shots. Nakamura KICKS back, runs, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! And another IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus climbs a corner, Nakamura stands, and Sheamus FLYING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Sheamus drags Nakamura up, fireman’s carries, but Nakamura fights free! Sheamus blocks one kick but not the ENZIGIRI! Nakamura runs in at the corner, blocks boots and puts Sheamus in ropes! Nakamura KICKS, runs, and SLIDING GERMANS! Sheamus flounders, Nakamura goes up a corner, and FLYING KNEE ATTACKS! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally as Sheamus stays in this. Nakamura clamps on with a SLEEPER, then he drags Sheamus up. The fans rally, Sheamus fights, but Nakamura becomes a backpack! So Sheamus RAMS Nakamura into buckles! Sheamus fires elbow after elbow, lets off as the ref counts, and he fireman’s carries Nakamura up the corner! The fans fire up for the SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Sheamus is beside himself! Sheamus goes back to the corner, the fans rally up, and McIntyre coaches Sheamus, only for Nakamura to KNEE him down! cover, TWO! Nakamura snarls but he takes aim from the corner.

Nakamura waits as Sheamus rises, “YAO~!” Nakamura runs in, but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Sheamus fires up with the fans and he aims from the corner. The fans shout along as Sheamus beats his chest. Nakamura rises, but dodges the Brogue! Roll up, TWO! Sheamus ducks one kick, another kick, KNEE CAP! cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives but Sheamus hauls him back up. Sheamus reels Nakamura in, Canadian Rack, but Nakamura fights free! V-TRIGGER! Then BOOT! Sheamus wobbles, Nakamura aims, runs in, into a BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

A banger to be sure, and the Celtic Warrior shows off the beef! McIntyre also applauds, but will he really be Sheamus’ friend through all of this?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Cathy Kelley is with the Intercontinental Champion and notes the recap of what happened in Montreal. Has Sami been able to process everything? Sami isn’t sure. He’s been angry, hurt, and there’s a lot he’d really like to say. But he is biting his tongue. He heard Chad Gable is going to address what he did last week, so Sami will be listening like everyone else. Sami just doesn’t see how Gable could defend his actions. But then in steps Bronson Reed. He says never mind Gable, Sami has bigger problems to deal with. Sami says if this title is what Bronson wants, then any time, any place. Bronson says okay.

The Colossal Aussie leaves, Cathy still wants Sami to expound on his feelings, but then Bronson returns to CLOBBER Sami!! And he throws Sami around against the road cases! Bronson says he already warned everyone that if he wants to take that title, he will! You’re looking at the NEW Intercontinental Champion! Refs and producers rush in, Bronson backs off, and Sami gets to his feet. Bronson CLOBBERS Sami again!! Another blindside attack for Sami, will there be anything left of him to even defend the title?

 

Chad Gable heads to the ring.

The Alpha Academy still follows their mentor out here, but they are perhaps as confused and concerned as anyone else. What will Gable say about him snapping on Sami? We’ll find out, after the break.

Raw returns as the Academy is in the ring. A new QR code flashes… Raw shares footage from the Pat McAfee Show as Charles Barkley says Gable can’t go whooping a man’s ass after a match, and certainly not in front of that man’s wife, kids and family. In the present, Gable has the mic but the fans boo. Gable says after what happened to Sami backstage, it is safe to say he’s had a rough couple of weeks. Now look, at least what Gable did to Sami was justified. It was…? Gable paints us a picture: capacity crowd in Montreal! Intercontinental Championship match, Gable VS hometown hero, Sami Zayn.

They tear the house down, and Sami walks out as champion. A great story, right? One Gable could accept, even if he didn’t want to. But not Sami, no. That wasn’t good enough. Sami saw Gable weeping in the corner, he placed the title right in front of him. Gable took that on the chin, got up and raised Sami’s hand in the ring to give Sami his moment. But even that wasn’t enough. What’d Sami do? Went up to his wife in the front row, brought that title to celebrate with her, when he knew Gable was standing there! That should’ve been Gable at Mania! That should’ve been Gable with his wife and daughter in the front row!

But Gable was wasting his time training Sami Zayn! And training a bunch of freakin’ losers! The fans boo as Gable insults the Academy! Gable asks if Tozawa has a problem with that. Go ahead, say something. Because Gable has a problem with Mr. Funny Man! All Tozawa does is come out here, do his little dance, and he gets loss after loss! It’s PATHETIC! The fans boo more but then Gable goes to Maxxine. “Sweet Miss Maxxine. Pretty as a princess, right? But dumb as a box of rocks.” What else does Gable have to do? He’s given everything and gotten nothing in return! It’s PATHETIC!! And that leaves Otis. “Don’t even get me started on you.”

Gable looks at Otis, the fans rallying behind him. Gable says his “prized pupil,” his “number one guy,” has proven himself beyond a shadow of a doubt… to be the biggest disappointment of them all. Guys, hold on, let’s back up a second. This is why they signed up, right? For feedback on how to get better. They can’t be upset with him. Just get on the same page and know that from now on, they focus… on Gable. They will all win Gable’s Intercontinental Championship together. They are going to help him no matter what. Right? The fans say “NO! NO! NO!” Gable wants them to say it, though. “No matter what.”

Otis, Maxxine and Tozawa look to each other. Gable doesn’t hear Otis. Say it. Gable holds the mic to Otis’ face, the fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” Otis says, “No matter what…” Gable says, “Good.” Master Gable has become a tyrant, but will he have the title no matter what he has to do?

 

Dominik finds Ricochet backstage.

Dirty Dom tells Ricochet that he’s lucky Dom isn’t cleared tonight, or else Dom would- Yeah, yeah, yeah, Ricochet gets it. Dom would should what happens when you mess with The Judgment Day. But Ricochet is with Dom. There is no one more upset that Dom isn’t cleared than Ricochet. Because Ricochet was looking forward to beating Dom specifically. But hey, he and Andrade will now settle for Dom’s boys, JD and Santos. By the way, if Dom sees Bobblehead JD before Ricochet, tell him that Ricochet will also see JD this Wednesday for WWE Speed, where Ricochet will further embarrass him. Because Ricochet IS like that.

Ricochet leaves, Dom says keep walking. Dom turns around to see Liv Morgan. Liv looks at Dom’s arm in a sling, and they both know the issues here are far from settled. Will Liv win the Women’s World Championship tonight to make sure Mami comes back for her?

 

Nia Jax speaks.

“Tonight, we’re having an all-star battle royal for the Women’s World Championship. Fourteen women. That means there’s 13 females and one monster. And I’m that monster. I’m gonna terrorize each and everyone of them, and I’m gonna eliminate them one by one by one. Until I’m the last woman standing, and I become your Women’s World Champion.” Will the Irresistible Force be unstoppable on her way to the top?

 

Ricochet & Andrade El Idolo VS Santos Escobar & JD McDonagh w/ Dominik Mysterio!

Raw returns as Andrade makes his entrance to join Ricochet in the ring. The Judgment Day make their entrance, followed by the Emperor of Lucha. The teams sort out and Andrade starts against JD. The bell rings, JD takes a swing but Andrade dodges to fire back! Andrade clamps onto an arm, wrangles JD, but JD fights up to chinbar Andrade to ropes. The ref counts, JD takes a swing but Andrade dodges to CHOP! JD staggers, tags Santos, and the fans rally up as we get multi-generational luchadores meeting. They tie up, Andrade waistlocks but Santos elbows free. Santos whips, things speed up, and Andrade rolls off Santos’ back!

Andrade runs Santos over, the fans fire up, and he brings Santos up. Tag to Ricochet, Andrade whips Santos, they both hurdle to then DOUBLE ELBOW Santos down! Double BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Santos goes to a corner, Ricochet brings him up and UPPERCUTS! And DROPKICKS! And then snapmare for the running ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Ricochet clamps onto Santos with a chinlock, then wrenches to an armlock. Ricochet hooks Santos up to trap the arm and chinbar, then ghost pin, TWO! Ricochet drags Santos up, but Santos swings! Ricochet dodges, handsprings and RANAS!

Ricochet kips up, DROPKICKS Santos down, then covers again, TWO! The fans chant “DOM, YOU SUCK!” and Ricochet taunts JD. But Santos YANKS Ricochet onto ropes! Santos brings Ricochet up, JD tags himself in, and they mug Ricochet. JD stomps away, then brings Ricochet up. JD wrenches, whips, and ELBOWS Ricochet down! Cover, TWO! JD keeps cool and he brings Ricochet around. JD wrenches to hit a BIG back suplex! JD paces, the fans tell Dom, “SHAVE YOUR MUSTACHE!” Ricochet headlocks but JD powers up and out. Ricochet reverses but JD avoids the kick! Ricochet blocks a boot to UPPERCUT!

Santos distracts the ref, Dom trips Ricochet up! JD KNEES Ricochet outta the ring! JD then BLASTS Andrade, Santos FLYING RANAS Ricochet down! Santos and the boys soak up the heat while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Ricochet fires hands on Santos! Santos ENZIGIRIS Ricochet down! Santos brings Ricochet up, puts him in the corner, then runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! JD tags in, he reels Ricochet in to snap suplex! JD runs and tags Santos in, to drop a leg, brother! JD BLASTS Andrade, Santos SPLASHES down, TWO! The fans rally for Ricochet but Santos stays on him. Santos whips, runs in, but Ricochet ROCKS him! Ricochet fires elbows and hands, ENZIGIRIS JD down, then dodges Santos! Hot tag to Andrade! Andrade dodges Santos to CLOBBER JD, then DRAGON SCREW on Santos! Another DRAGON SCREW!

Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Santos, and then he kips up! The fans fire up with El Idolo as he has Santos in a corner! “SI! SI! SI!” Andrade runs corner to corner, Santos is CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO! Santos survives but Andrade keeps cool. Andrade drags Santos up, underhooks, but Santos RAMS him into buckles! Ricochet tags in, Andrade BOOTS Santos away! Ricochet springboards, FLYING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Ricochet, and he STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, JD breaks it! But Andrade runs up! JD HEADBUTTS Andrade down, dodges Ricochet, but Ricochet blocks a kick to KNEE JD!

Santos runs in, Ricochet dodges, DOUBLE FLYING FOREARMS take both men down! The fans fire up and the ref checks. Ricochet and Santos stir, rise up, and the fans rally. Santos and Ricochet crawl, reach out, hot tags to JD and Andrade! Andrade fires off with JD, they go back and forth! The fans fire up as the forearms fly, then Andrade gets the edge! JD knees low, but Andrade snap suplexes first! Uno Amigo! The fans cheer as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Santos gets in to save JD, they DOUBLE SUPLEX Andrade! They high-five but Ricochet springboards in, only for Santos to KNEE him outta the sky!

JD & Santos get a man each, and they go to corners. They put Andrade and Ricochet up top, then climb up. But Andrade & Ricochet fight back! Andrade HOTSHOTS JD, Santos SUPER STEINERS Ricochet, but Ricochet uses that to 450 LEG DROP onto JD!! Fans lose their minds, and Andrade boot feints to ELBOW Santos down! Andrade gets JD up, for THE MESSAGE! Cover, Andrade & Ricochet win!

Winners: Ricochet & Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

Dom is disappointed, but then Priest gets in to POST Andrade! And SUPERKICKS Ricochet! The Punisher is pissed, and he gives Ricochet the RAZOR’S EDGE! Priest then gets Andrade up and around, to go SOUTH OF HEAVEN! El Campeon handled business for The Judgment Day, and tells Dom that in Spanish. JD asks what that means, and Priest tells JD that he doesn’t need them, they need him. Priest storms off, but is that true? Is Priest the only reason Judgment Day even has anything right now?

 

Zoey Stark speaks.

“Well, ladies and gentlemen, it has been one year since I have been drafted to Monday Night Raw. And what a year it has been! When I first got here, I was told to go in the corner and watch, learn, stay humble and be patient. No. See, instead, Trish Stratus? Hit her with a Z360, sent her packing. Becky Lynch, The Man? I beat her 1-2-3. Money in the Bank, I was inches from that briefcase. And at Survivor Series, one on one against Rhea Ripley, and I was this close to becoming Women’s World Champion. See, this last year has been a hell of a year. The scariest part of it all is that I’m just getting started.”

 

Backstage interview with Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell.

Jackie Redmond is with the Poison Pixie & #IndiWrestling just moments from our main event. In recent weeks, some would argue that they’ve used underhanded tactics to win. But tonight, it is every woman for herself. Then what is she implying? Indi doesn’t say it was underhanded, it’s just that the way Candice does things- Candice stops Indi, too, and says that they don’t need to defend their wins. And that is what they are: wins. But then something goes down nearby?! Nia and Liv want after each other! Tensions are running high just moments before the battle royal, and Becky walks by to say hey.

Becky knows Jackie does a bang-up job as an interviewer. The Man wears many hats, can she try Jackie’s on? Jackie says sure, and lets her have the mic. Becky is walkin’ and talkin’ as she says it is CHAOS~ back here! Pure chaos! And it’ll get even more chaotic out in the ring, because we are about to have the most important battle royal in the history of Raw. She passes by Ivy and Maxxine and stops to check in with them. Maxxine’s first time for a world title, right? Becky wants Maxxine to go out there and show everyone why it won’t be her last. Becky keeps going and says how we got here wasn’t ideal. But to Rhea Ripley, when you’re ready, Becky will be here waiting.

With that all said and done, The Man has come around to Columbus, Ohio, and she’s looking for a fight! Becky gets to gorilla, makes her entrance, and this main event is about to hit the Big Time! But will Becky win the belt here despite her losing out at WrestleMania?

Vacated WWE Women’s World Championship Battle Royal!

Mami’s misfortune is now a golden opportunity for the rest of Raw! Liv Morgan, Nia Jax, Natalya, Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark, Chelsea Green, Piper Niven, Kayden Carter, Katana Chance, Indi Hartwell, Candice LeRae, Ivy Nile, Maxxine Dupri, and even The Man, Becky Lynch, all have an equal opportunity, but there can only be one! Who will replace Rhea Ripley as the NEW WWE Women’s World Champion?

Raw returns as Liv makes her entrance, with Natty, Candice, Indi, Zoey, Shayna, Maxxine, Ivy, Piper and Chelsea already waiting with Becky. Kayden & Katana make their entrance together as always, followed by Nia’s entrance. The belt is raised, the bell rings, and the fight is on! The field divides up to go after Nia and Piper, the biggest and the baddest in here! But they both explode free! The fans fire up as Piper and Nia storm up and start throwing hands! Nia gets the edge then HEADBUTTS! But then the others all get up. Becky fires off on Nia but Natty GERMAN SUPLEXES her! Natty puts Becky on the apron, but theN Nia scopos Natty!

Nia puts Natty on the apron, Becky gets up and around on Nia for a SLEEPER! Nia RAMS Becky into buckles, gets free, then runs in, only for Becky to POST her! Indi and Candice fight with Ivy and Maxxine given their beef over the past few weeks, and Natty puts Liv on the apron. Liv RAMS into Natty, Shayna has Becky but Becky turns that around into a BECKSPLODER! Chelsea and Piper work together, of course, going after KC Squared with Zoey Stark. Becky HOTSHOTS Shayna, Natty scoops Stark. Nia is after Shayna, Liv helps Candice with Ivy, but then goes after Candice! Ivy ROCKS Candice, but Candice kicks back!

Maxxine DUMPS Candice and ELIMINATES her! The fans fire up, “A THANK YEW~!” But then Indi DECKS Maxxine! Indi drags Maxxine up, whips, but Maxxine reverses to TOSS and ELIMINATE Indi!! The fans fire up again, “A THANK YEW~!” as Maxxine makes sure there’s no way Candice & Indi get their way! But that still leaves a dozen stars left as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and while Katana has Maxxine in a corner, Chelsea is helping Piper out of another, Kayden has Shayna in the third, and Nia CLOBBERS Liv and Ivy in the fourth! Natty and Becky are on ropes, Zoey runs in at Kayden but is sent into Shayna instead! Kayden then sits them both down, gets space, then waits on Katana. Katana SHOTGUNS Ivy down, then runs to Kayden, MONKEY FLIP CANNONBALL on Shayna & Zoey! Then MONKEY FLIP CANNONBALL onto Ivy & Maxxine! The fans fire up for the party girls, but Shayna dumps Kayden out! Then she dumps Katana, but Kayden helps Katana get back in and RANA!

The fans fire up, but Stark whips Katana! Katana reverses to put Stark on the apron! Stark fights off KC Squared but still gets a SUPERKICK! Shayna fireman’s carries Katana, tosses her out, but Kayden catches her! But Stark SUPERKICKS Kayden, she and Katana fall, DOUBLE ELIMINATION! Natty fires hands on Chelsea, Piper shoves Maxxine aside, and Nia hauls Ivy up! But Ivy clamps on a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Nia puts Ivy up top, throws body shots, then swings, but into a HANGING ARMBAR! Stark EXPLODERS Liv, Nia SWINGS Ivy into the post! Ivy lets go and falls to the floor, Nia ELIMINATES her!

Nia soaks up the heat, but then Maxxine glares at her. Maxxine won’t let Nia’s size intimidate her! So Nia SHOVES Maxxine down! Maxxine gets back up, dodges Nia to ROUNDHOUSE! And ROUNDHOUSE! And ENZIGIRI! Maxxine runs up, but Nia blocks the boot! Nia DUMPS and ELIMINATES Maxxine! The fans boo but Nia mocks the “A Thank Yew.” Nia then runs to SPLASH Natty in a corner! Shayna is there to KICK Nia! Piper SPLASHES Becky in a corner, SPLASHES her again, then runs up at the ropes! Becky BOOTS back! Liv CLUBS away on Stark while Becky ROCKS Piper! PIper runs up again but Becky DUMPS her to the apron!

Becky runs up as Piper holds on, FOREARM SMASH! Piper wobbles, Becky SHOTGUNS  her down and ELIMINATES her! Chelsea is upset her insurance policy is gone, but then Piper drags Becky out from under the bottom rope! Piper RAMS Becky into steel steps, gets space, and CANNONBALLS into her! Chelsea fights off Nia, but those fists don’t do much… Piper clears off the desk! Piper gets Becky up, Nia still dares Chelsea to fight her. Piper HEADBUTTS Becky, puts her on the desk, and CHOPS her! Chelsea LARIATS Nia, but Nia doesn’t budge! Nia fireman’s carries Chelsea, Piper hurries to go after Nia!

Nia TOSSES Chelsea away, goes under teh bottom rope and she ROCKS Piper! Nia clinches Piper, the refs and fans freak out, URENAGE onto Becky!! Piper and Becky are both on the desk, but then Nia drags Piper up! Fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP onto Becky and the desk!! Chelsea is furious, but Natty DUMPS her out and ELIMINATES her!! But the refs don’t see it while checking on Becky, so it doesn’t count!? Natty is mad, she fires off on Chelsea in a corner! Natty whips, Chelsea reverses and POSTS Natty while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once again, Becky is still down in the wreckage of the desk. In fact, it got wrecked over the break from Nia’s POWERBOMB! Stark & Shayna stomp away on Liv, Natty CLUBS away on Chelsea. Chelsea fights free, shoves Natty, but Natty RANAS! They both end up on the apron, then they start throwing hands! Natty ROCKS Chelsea, Chelsea ROCKS Natty, repeat! Chelsea BOOTS Natty into the post! Chelsea gets in safe, but Stark clotheslines Chelsea up and out to officially ELIMINATE her! Then Shayna BOOTS Natty down to ELIMINATE her, too! The teammates high-five, and they see Nia and Liv in the corners.

Shayna runs up to KNEE Nia, Stark HEEL KICKS Liv! They get Liv up, ALLEY-OOP KNEE!! But Nia CLOBBERS Stark! Shayna jumps on Nia for a SLEEPER! Stark SUPERKICKS Nia but that sends her and Shayna into buckles! Stark runs, but Nia scoops her! Nia puts Stark on the apron, DECKS her and ELIMINATES her! Then Nia runs in at Shayna! Shayna dodges, runs up, but Nia dumps her out! Stark saves Shayna, but Nia CLOBBERS Shayna onto Stark, to ELIMINATE her! The fans fire up as the final three are Nia, Liv and Becky, because yes, Becky rises like the phoenix to get back in the ring!

Nia is furious and she runs up, but Becky BOOTS her! Liv runs up, Becky ROCKS her! Becky fires off on Nia but Nia CLOBBERS her! Liv ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl Nia onto ropes! Liv then runs up to SHOTGUN Nia in the back! The fans fire up as Liv runs in, but Nia dodges the back body block! Liv runs up again, but no Code Breaker! Becky adds on, CODE BREAKER NECKBREAKER COMBO!! The fans are thunderous while all three women are down! The fans rally for Becky as she rises, and she TOSSES Liv! Liv lands safe on the apron, and Nia gets Becky in a fireman’s carry! SAMOAN DROP!

Nia runs up on Liv but Liv gets in the ring first. Nia hits a SAMOAN DROP anyway! Nia soaks up the heat from the fans, then she drags Liv up. Becky ROCKS Nia first, though! Becky fires off forearms, UPPERCUTS, and a SOBAT! Becky TOSSES Liv, but Nia DUMPS Becky! Then she runs up, but they DOUBLE HOTSHOT her! Liv and Becky get in to fire off on Nia, then reel her in! The fans fire up but Nia is too big to double suplex! Nia DOUBLE SUPLEXES Becky and Liv!! Nia drags them both into a drop zone, and then goes up a corner! But Becky & Liv DUMP Nia to the apron! Becky fires hands, Nia ROCKS her!

Nia steps through but into Liv’s CODE BREAKER! Becky goes up, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Nia flops to the floor, Becky & Liv ELIMINATE her!! The fans are thunderous as it comes down to two! Liv and Becky square off, and they fire off furious fists! The fans fire up, Liv TOSSES Becky! Becky holds on, KICKS and ROUNDHOUSES Liv in return! Becky goes up and leaps in, but Liv gets under! Then Liv runs up to whip! Becky reverses, TOSSESS Liv, but Livv ROCKS Becky back! Liv drags Becky out to the apron for a risky move! They brawl, Becky kicks low and reels Liv in! But Liv throws body shots! Becky still tries but Liv fights the suplex!

Liv drops to a knee, but Becky gets around to waistlock! Liv holds ropes to resist the suplex again! Liv throws elbow after elbow, then kicks and KICKS and CODE BREAKERS! Becky staggers, Liv runs up, but Becky blocks ObLivion! Becky shifts to clinches, APRON MANDHANDLE SLAM! Liv falls, BECKY WINS!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s World Champion)

Columbus fires up as Becky wins lucky number seven! She couldn’t knock Rhea Ripley off the throne, but she did survive thirteen other stars to shine bright once more! She goes out into the crowd to celebrate with the fans, and she grabs a fan sign that says “Women Run the WWE!” Becky even finds a fan wearing a Monday Night Mami shirt to celebrate with her, because as Becky said, she’s waiting for Rhea’s return as eagerly as anyone. Will The Man be the champion when that day comes?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw as both the go-home to the WWE Draft, I just hope some of the stories they’ve set up aren’t going to get shafted because of the Draft. For one, great video package to hype up the King & Queen of the Ring tournaments, and really good promo from Gunther to stake his claim to the crown. Woods also wants to get back to that, feels like he and Gunther could have a great semifinal match. Really good tag match from New Day VS Imperium, good win for New Day, and it seems Vinci has once again been separated from Imperium. Maybe the Draft will move Vinci to whatever brand Gunther & Kaiser aren’t on, and Vinci will return to that Veni Vidi Vinci persona he had in NXT 2.0.

Really good stuff in the Judgment Day story, though the pacing of the promo between Jey and Priest was odd. It felt like they were actually trying to make room for the fans to “YEET!” during it. But I do appreciate that Priest showed some respect, and then immediately didn’t by talking down to Jey. I also appreciate that Priest wants to do things cleaner than Judgment Day usually does, with how JD’s attack was all his idea, not Priest’s. Now, Priest did beat the crap outta Ricochet & Andrade after they won the match, but that was him showing his dominance. Priest VS Jey is going to be great stuff, and there is a lot of intrigue on how it’ll affect Priest’s standing within Judgment Day.

Great tag title match from Awesome Truth and DIY, and of course Awesome Truth won. The fans love Truth and mostly like Miz, they only just got the new belts after only just winning the titles at Mania. And interesting detail that Ciampa didn’t want to shake hands, but it works that it was Ciampa. He was the one that turned Heel first back when DIY was in NXT, maybe Gargano will end up following suit if things don’t turn around for DIY. That with how Candice is basically Heel and Indi is one step away from turning Heel herself, maybe we get a Heel main roster version of The Way after The Draft.

Great promo from McIntyre and Sheamus to not only bring back their rivalry but to work-shoot the whole chubby Sheamus thing from over the last week. Great match from Sheamus VS Nakamura, but clearly we’re going to get Sheamus VS McIntyre again between now and Clash at the Castle: Glasgow in June. That is going to be awesome stuff, so hopefully the Draft keeps them both on the same brand. Great Heel move from Bronson to attack Sami, there’s your Backlash Intercontinental title match. And great Heel promo from Gable, and it seems the Alpha Academy are going to follow him for now. Surely Gable pushes things too far and it’ll be Otis who stands up to him, thus ending the Alpha Academy as a stable.

Great news from HBK here to learn where NXT is going for June. Now, the UFC Apex doesn’t look any different than the WWE Performance Center but hey, still cool that they have a guaranteed Las Vegas venue whenever they want it. And great promos from a handful of the ladies before tonight’s main event, and that was an awesome battle royal. For one, very clever to have a missed elimination because the refs were busy with Nia, Piper and Becky. Now, I will say I was a little surprised Becky won, or that she was even in the match given she lost at Mania, but at the same time, why wouldn’t they go with Becky? She’s incredibly popular, her book is a New York Times Best Seller, and she will definitely carry this title well for however long until Rhea’s 100%.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynasty Results & Report! (4/21/24)

AEW passes through the Gateway City!

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Who will establish their Dynasty?

Swerve Strickland has one more shot at the AEW World Championship as he takes Samoa Joe on 1v1! Will Swerve’s House become Swerve’s Dynasty?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zero Hour – Trent Beretta VS Matt Sydal w/ Mike Sydal; Trent wins.
  • Zero Hour – Orange Cassidy & Katsuyori Shibata VS Shane Taylor Promotions; Cassidy & Shibata win.
  • Zero Hour – AEW World & ROH World Trios Championships Winners Take All: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS Bullet Club Gold; Bullet Club Gold wins and are the undisputed AEW & ROH World Trios Champions.
  • AEW Continental Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS PAC; Okada wins and retains the title.
  • Six Man Tag: Adam “Edge” Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston VS The House of Black; The House of Black wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship Open House Rules: Julia Hart VS Willow Nightingale; Willow wins and becomes the new AEW TBS Champion.
  • AEW International Championship: Roderick Strong VS Kyle O’Reilly; Roddy wins and retains the title.
  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Chris Jericho; Jericho wins and becomes the new FTW Champion.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS Thunder Rosa; Storm wins and retains the title.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
  • Vacated AEW World Tag Team Championships Ladder Match: The Young Bucks VS FTR; The Bucks win and are the new AEW World Tag Team Champions.
  • AEW World Championship: Samoa Joe VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins and becomes the new AEW World Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Dynasty Zero Hour!

Join Renee Paquette and RJ City in discussing, analyzing and predicting all of the action happening in St. Louis!

 

The Young Bucks arrive backstage.

And they’re in a Tesla Cybertruck…? As RJ says, “That’s a choice.” The EVPs fist bump and Nicholas says can you believe it, a quarter of a million for this truck. Matthew says it’s a bit more than that. Did you hear about the recall? Anyway, The Bucks are ready to become THREE-TIME AEW World Tag Team Champions! But will they be the ones to make history? Or will the Bucks stop here as FTR stay the Top Guys?

 

Zero Hour – AEW World & ROH World Trios Championships Winners Take All: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS Bullet Club Gold!

Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass have had it with the Bang Bang Gang! Betrayal over greed was one thing, but Jay White helped Austin & Colten break into Billy’s house, after they broke Darby Allin’s ankle! But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “It’s the scissor guys from the Six Man Division. We’ll hit you little p*icks with that circumcision! In America, Jay White’s just an opening act. All the fans like, ‘Yo, nobody told me he’s whack!’ I sent you right back to Korakuen Hall. You like to choke on the mic? You can choke on these balls! It’s the three man Dynasty running the game. In St. Louis, everybody loves The Acclaimed!”

Bowens wants his turn but Caster shouts out the other Max with “Cut my music, cut my music! Yo.” “Yo.” “Yo!” “Yo!” “YO!” “YO!” “Listen… Switchblade, you had to grow a beard, you got a kid’s face. Lookin’ like you hang outside of the six grade. Talkin’ to these kids like ‘I made you a mixtape!’ Your hype is all fake like the Donald Trump piss tape.” Bowens says okay, careful now, but he also says Caster can keep going. “Yo, I’ll treat you like a light, Switchblade’s what I switch. I’ll fulfill your fantasy and I’m a make you mah b*tch. Yo, this dude’s just making me sick, I’ll violate you so bad, you’ll have to tell the legal team about the taste of my-”

Okay, Bowens stops Caster there! The fans cheer Caster on, and Bowens says this was a cappella edition. But “ST. LOUIS, MISSOURRIIII~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does~! The fans all cheer, but who passes through the Gateway with all the golden gear?

The trios sort out while fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” White steps up, as does Bowens, and they’re all fired up at the bell. But then White tags out to Colten! The fans boo but Colten and Bowens circle. They tie up, go around, end up on ropes, and the fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” as Bowens has Colten on ropes. Colten headlocks back, but Bowens powers up and out. Colten runs Bowens over, taunts him, then things speed up. Bowens drops, but Colten whips him out of the back drop. Colten then sets up but Bowens hurdles him and runs him over! The fans fire up for Bowens and he is on Colten in a corner.

Bowens whips, Colten reverses but Bowens goes up and over. Colten comes back, into a back drop! Bowens then hits a headlock takeover and the fans cheer. Colten fights up, Austin tags in as Colten powers out, then Austin blows past Bowens to trip him up! Austin says it’s too easy, but then Billy tags in! The fans cheer as Daddy Ass storms up on his son, and offers a hand? Austin takes it, and Billy helps Austin up, into a headlock and takeover! Austin headscissors, Billy kips free and runs Austin over! The fans cheer and things speed up again. Billy hurdles, blocks the arm-drag then whips, but Austin ducks ‘n’ dodges!

Austin handsprings through the hip toss, ducks ‘n’ dodges again, and avoids a back drop to shove, only for Billy to LARIAT him! Colten runs up, into a LARIAT! White steps in, but then steps right out when Billy heads his way! The Gunns regroup to CLOBBER their dad! They CLUB away, White tags in, and now White stomps a mudhole in! The fans boo but White RAMS Billy, fires hands, then taunts The Acclaimed. The ref has to keep Caster and Bowens back, then White CHOPS Billy. Billy just blows snot out of his nose! White CHOPS again, but Billy storms up to him. Billy TOSSES White to the corner, but White dodges, and bails out!

White wants a timeout but there’s no timeouts in wrestling! White slips in, sneaks a tag to Colten before distracting Billy. Colten CLUBS Billy, but Billy just frowns and turns around. The fans tell Colten he messed up and Colten apologizes to his dad. Colten hugs his dad, but dad wags his finger. Then DECKS him! Billy drags Colten over, tags Caster, and Caster ROCKS Colten. Caster whips and ELBOWS Colten, then snapmares to clamp on a chinlock. Colten fights around, wrenches out, but Caster rolls, kips up and arm-drags free! Caster runs up to arm-drag again, then has a cording hold! The fans fire up but Colten fights up.

Colten whips, Bowens tags in and Caster sunset flips! Bowens runs up, NECKBREAKER BACKBREAKER COMBO! White runs up but Bowens DECKS him! Austin runs up but Caster kicks him! Caster scoops and SLAMS Austin, then Bowens goes up! The fans fire up for SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! White protests but Bowens brings Austin around to tag Caster back in. The Acclaimed mug Austin, whip him corner to corner, then Caster runs in, only for Austin to dodge! Caster tumbles out and hard, White tags in and tells people to get clear! White whips Caster hard into railing! White drags Caster up, sends him back into railing, then refreshes the count.

Caster crawls, White brings him up and CHOPS him down! The fans taunt the Ass Boys more, but White chases Caster back into the ring. White stomps Caster, digs his boots in, but the ref counts. White says guns up! Tag to Austin, he asks, “Who’s the Ass Boy now, b*tch?!” St. Louis says “YOU~!!” Austin tags back to White and White stomps a mudhole. White drags Caster up to CHOP! Tag to Colten, he brings Caster around and snapmares. The fans rally, Caster fights up, and Caster JAWBREAKERS free! Austin tags in, he and Colten get between Caster and his corner, but Caster dodges them to hot tag Bowens!

The Five Tool Player rallies on the Gunns and the fans fire up! Austin whips, Bowens reverses then follows, but Austin dodges. Bowens redirects, spins, Rock Paper Scissors SUPERKICK! The fans fire up with Bowens, he runs White off, but then White sneaks up on him. Bowens still DECKS White! But Colten DROPKICKS Bowens out of the ring! The fans boo but Austin crawls his way over to the BCG corner. White hurries up, he tags in, and he gets Bowens up for an APRON GOURD BUSTER! Bowens flops down again, White sees Caster storming up so the ref stops Caster. White gets Bowens up again, for another APRON GOURD BUSTER!

White hauls Bowens up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Bowens survives but White keeps on him. White mocks the scissor fingers, brings Bowens up and CHOPS him back down! White stands Bowens up again while fans rally, and White CHOPS Bowens back down again! Tag to Colten, he drags Bowens up so he can CHOP! Colten puts Bowens back in, tags Austin, but Bowens starts swinging! Austin kicks Bowens low, snapmares, then clamps on a chinlock. Austin grinds Bowens down but the fans rally up. Bowens fights to his feet, RAMS Austin into a corner, then reaches out! But Austin runs up to clinch!

Bowens RAMS Austin into another corner, and he hurries over. But Austin catches him in a headlock, only for Bowens to back suplex! The fans rally while both men are down! Bowens and Austin crawl, kick at each other, hot tags to Colten and Billy! The fans fire up as Daddy Ass DECKS Colten, DECKS Austin, DECKS White, and repeat! Billy TOSSES White out, then TOSSES Austin! Billy runs up to SPLASH Colten in a corner, then brings him around. “SUCK IT!” and FAMOUS- NO, Colten dodges! Colten runs up, Billy dodges but Austin slides in! Austin runs in, but into the ONE AND ONLY! But Colten returns to FAMOUSER!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Billy survives his own move, and Colten says he knew that move sucked! Colten calls to Austin and they wanna get this train on the tracks! Billy stands, but he shoves Colten into Austin! Bowens returns to FAMOUSER Colten! Caster returns, to BACKHAND Austin! The ref reprimands The Acclaimed, and then Austin BLASTS them both off the apron! Austin argues with the ref, and that lets White CRACK Billy with the golden baseball bat!! Billy hobbles, White stands him up for 3:10 TO YUMA!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Billy survives and shocks everyone!! Is Billy just that much of a badass?!

White tags in, he coordinates the Bang Bang Gang and they all take aim at Billy. But Bowens & Caster return, to TOSS the Ass Boys! The fans fire up, White wants them to hold on now. But Bowens BOOTS, Caster BACKHANDS and Bowens SUPERKICKS! White falls, The Acclaimed scissor finger~! They get White up, but they also have to fight off the Gunns! White TOSSES Caster, then he clinches Bowens for the URENAGE! White brings Billy around, drags him up in a SLEEPER, but Billy pries free! FAMOUSER!! MIC DROP!! Caster then PLANCHAS Colten while Billy covers, TWO?!?! White survives and shocks St. Louis again!

Billy storms around, dares White to get up, and then he says BANG and F U!! FAMOUS- NO, White slips free, clinches, but Billy rolls him up! TWO!!! White escapes, clinches, BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, BULLET CLUB GOLD WINS!!

Winners: Bullet Club Gold, by pinfall (UNDISPUTED World Trios Champions)

The AEW & ROH titles are now unified under the name of the Bang Bang Gang! Three men, six belts, two trios divisions now under their command! Will nothing stop AEW and ROH from breathing with The Switchblade?

 

“Life is all about the chase.”

“But it is what you chase that shapes a legacy. For some, it is the ascent to power. Or the revealing of true strength. For others, it’s achieving history. Or simply, to be known as The Greatest. On this night, for every chase pursued, an opportunity. For every path taken, a moment to create… a Dynasty.”

 

AEW Continental Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS PAC!

The Rainmaker not only shocked the world when he became All Elite, but he shocked us again when he joined THE Elite! He took this title from the Mad King, but now he has to face a Bastard! Will Pac dry up the reign here in St. Louis? Or will Okada keep The Elite on the path to a new golden age?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see what it takes to be a truly Elite champion!

The bell rings and the fans fire up already as the two stare down. St. Louis is already losing their minds getting what is itself a dream match. Pac and Okada circle, feel things out, and they tie up. Pac waistlocks, SLAMS Okada then floats all over him. Pac slaps Okada around, taunts Okada, but Okada stands up, completely stoic. Okada paces around Pac while the fans rally up again. They tie up again, Okada waistlocks, but Pac switches. Okada pries the hold open to drop toehold and waistlock. Pac fights up, wrenches and wristlocks, but Okada moves around. Okada rolls, wrenches, wristlocks, but Pac uses ropes to flip through!

Pac breaks free, headlocks for the takeover, and he grinds Okada down. Okada endures and the fans rally. Okada rolls Pac to a cover, ONE! Pac holds on, Okada stands, but Pac hits another takeover. The fans applaud this exchange as Okada still endures. Okada fights around, fights to his feet, and he throws body shots. Okada powers up and out, Pac slides out, and Pac eggs on the champion. Okada runs and slides out but Pac slides in! Okada hurries back in but Pac RANAS! The fans fire up while Okada tumbles out. Pac builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and the fans fire up behind Pac! Pac then drags Okada up, and whips him hard into railing.

The ring count climbs but Pac taunts Okada. Pac whips Okada into more railing, and Okada falls in a heap! The count is 5 of 10, but Pac takes his time as he drags Okada up. Pac puts Okada in at 7, then stalks Okada in. The fans rally up, Okada is in a corner, and Pac runs up to UPPERCUT! Pac hoists Okada up top, climbs up after him, and then goes to the very top. The fans rally up for the SUPER DUPER BRAINBUSTER!! The fans fire up and Pac crawls to the cover, TWO!! Okada survives that one, but Pac isn’t sweating it. The fans rally, Pac taunts the champ, and even kicks him around. Pac eggs Okada on as he slaps him around.

The fans are torn as Pac brings Okada up and pushes him to a corner. Pac storms up but Okada puts him on the apron! Pac GAMANGIRIS back and Okada falls! The fans fire up as Pac climbs! But Okada gets up to DROPKICK Pac to the floor! The fans fire up again and Okada goes out after Pac. Okada storms up on Pac, drags him up and whips him into railing! Okada’s returning the favor as he brings Pac around to whip into more railing! Pac leans on the railing but Okada paces. The count passes 5 of 10 so Okada is doing this step for step like Pac did. Okada puts Pac in at 7, the fans cheer as Okada storms in.

Okada drags Pac up, brings him around, snapmare and then Okada runs to BASEMENT DROPKICK! The fans are torn but Okada soaks up both cheers and jeers. Okada eggs on Pac as the challenger now, and scuffs him. Okada kicks at Pac more, just toying with him. Pac gets up, Okada dares him to take a shot, so Pac fires a forearm! And another! And another! Okada UPPERCUTS Pac! Okada whips, Pac reverses but Okada reverses again! Pac ends up on the apron but he RAMS into Okada, goes up and over then runs, but into a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while Pac tumbles out of the ring.

Okada goes out after Pac, brings him around, and hangs him out to dry on the railing! DRAPING DDT to the floor!! The fans go nuts and Okada laughs at what he just did to Pac! Maybe Okada’s the real bastard! Okada takes his time returning into the ring while the ring count climbs. Pac writhes at 5 of 10, the fans rally up, and Okada just waits. Pac sits up at 7, hobbles up at 9, and slides in at 9.9! The fans cheer and Okada is amused. Okada looms over Pac while the fans rally up. Okada brings Pac up, the fans dueling now. Okada reels Pac in, to DDT again! Cover, TWO!! Pac is still in this and Okada pretends to be shocked.

Okada drags Pac up, clamps on a chinlock and the fans rally up. Pac endures, fights to his feet, but Okada wrangles him back down. The ref checks but Pac is still fighting. The fans rally again, Pac fights up to his feet, and Pac throws body shots! Pac fires forearms but Okada ROCKS him back! Okada back suplexes but Pac lands out of it! Pac DUMPS Okada out, then hurries to the apron! SUPERKICK staggers Okada, and Pac springboards to ARIHARA MOONSAULT!! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous! Both men are down but still able to go, so the ref starts a ring count. Both men stir, Pac sits up at 3 of 10.

Pac stands at 5, slides in, but there’s still Champion’s Advantage in play. Okada stands at 7, slides in at 8, he wants to keep fighting! The fans fire up, and Okada swings, only for Pac to counter punch! And counter punch again! And again! Pac fires forearms again and again, then whips. Okada reverses but Pac CLOBBERS him! Pac has Okada down and goes to a corner. Pac climbs, watches Okada like a hawk, and when Okada stands, Pac MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Okada stays in this but Pac stays focused. The fans rally up again as Pac looms over Okada. Okada rises, and Pac SOBATS! And KICKS! And SOBATS again!

Pac runs, but Okada avoids the boot, only for Pac to avoid the elbow! Pac throws a forearm, Okada throws an UPPERCUT! Pac snarls, runs up, but Okada dodges to SNAP GERMAN, only for Pac to land on his feet! Pac dodges Okada no, to SNAP GERMAN! Okada stands to SHOTGUN Pac into a corner! The fans are thunderous again while both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as Okada crawls his way to the opposite corner. Pac drags himself with the ropes, as does Okada. The fans rally, Pac runs in, but Okada pops him up to an Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Pac survives and Okada is frustrated now.

Okada drags Pac up, scoops him, and SLAMS him! The standard formula says to go up so Okada goes up. MACHO ELBOW! The fans fire up, and Okada encourages them to get louder! Rainmaker Middle Finger! No pose for you, St. Louis! Okada goes for Pac, but Pac cradles! TWO!! Okada narrowly escapes, runs back up, and he ELBOWS Pac in the corner! Okada smirks while the fans tell him off. Okada runs but Pac follows, only for Okada to BOOT him first! Okada runs again but blocks a superkick! Okada spins Pac but Pac SUPERKICKS again! Pac runs, to LARIAT! The fans fire up as Pac waistlocks and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!

The fans can’t believe Okada escapes again, and Pac is also frustrated! But again St. Louis declares, “This is Awesome!” Okada goes to a corner, Pac runs in, and he BOOTS Okada! Pac pushes Okada down, goes up the corner, and the fans fire up! Pac takes aim for the BLACK ARROW FLOP!! Okada avoids disaster and both men are down again! A standing count climbs, and we’re at 5 of 10 before either man sits up. Okada stands at 6, brings Pac up to gut wrench, TOMBSTONE! But that’s not enough for Okada! The fans boo as Okada drags Pac up, ripcords, RAIN- NO, Pac catches and powers through to a cradle, TWO!!

Okada hurries to ripcord and DISCUS- VICTORY ROLL!! TWO!! Okada and Pac stand, Okada fireman’s carries, but Pac uses that for the FLOATING BRUTALIZER!! Okada felt this just last night on Collision, and he’s falling to his knees! The Bucks can’t save Okada this time, so Okada CLAWS Pac’s face! The fans boo but Okada is free all the same. Okada grins, drags Pac back up and gut wrenches. But Pac flips that around on Okada to TOMBSTONE!! Okada is in the drop zone and Pac climbs again! But Okada grabs the ref’s leg! Pac is furious and he hops down to pus the ref aside. Pac stomps away on Okada’s face!

The fans fire up as Pac then reloads up top, for the BLACK ARROW, onto knees!! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (still AEW Continental Champion)

The Rainmaker bent the rules to hold onto this gold, and he’s also set the tone for tonight! Will The Elite complete the golden sweep later tonight?

As for Pac, the fans cheer him on as he stands back up. He may be a Bastard, but he’s our bastard! Will Pac find his way back to a championship in AEW?

 

Six Man Tag: Adam “Edge” Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston VS The House of Black!

The Rated R Superstar, The Sussex County Chicken and The Mad King all have issue with Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews, so they’re ready to tear down the House! Will the combined forces of the AEW TNT, the ROH World and the NJPW Strong Openweight Champions be enough? Or will The House Always Win?

The teams sort out and Mark starts against The Dark Father himself. The fans hoot it up for Brody while Malakai and Mark circle. Then a chant of “DEM BOYS! DEM BOYS!” starts up for Mark as he and Malakai tie up. Mark headlocks, Malakai powers out to wrench and wristlock. Mark rolls, breaks free, then snapmares Malakai. Malakai gets up, Mark runs him over and covers, ONE! Malakai arm-drags, then brings Mark up to wrench the arm. Tag to Buddy, he goes up and DOUBLE STOMPS the arm! Buddy stares Edge down, then wrenches Mark to YANK the arm. Buddy grinds the arm but Mark endures.

Mark fights up, rolls, headlocks, but Buddy powers out. Edge tags in, Mark BOOTS Buddy and Edge LARIATS! Edge & Mark double whip, then DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! The fans fire up and Edge stalks Buddy to a corner. Edge climbs up and rains down fists! The fans cheer as Edge goes past TEN! Buddy shoves Edge, runs in, but into a FLAPJACK! The fans fire up, Edge wrenches, then whips. Buddy holds ropes to block, then he kicks Edge away. Malakai tags in and the fans like this stare down. Malakai and Edge step forward, but then Malakai tags out to Brody. The fans boo but then they hoot it up.

Edge and Brody approach, Edge dodges Brody but Brody uses that to DECK Eddie! Edge dodges Brody again, and tags to Eddie! Eddie CHOPS, Brody CHOPS, repeat! The fans fire up as these kings CHOP back and forth! Eddie brings down the straps and CHOPS again! Brody CHOPS, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! Brody DECKS Eddie with a forearm, but Eddie avoids the elbow drop! Eddie paces, then KICKS! And CHOPS! KICK! CHOP! Brody snarls with every KICK and every CHOP! Brody stands, but Eddie ENZIGIRIS! Brody ends up in a corner and the fans fire up for “KOBO!” MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Brody reverses to BIG BOSS MAN SLAM! Eddie flounders to a corner, Brody hoots and the fans join in. Brody goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Eddie sputters from getting crushed, but Brody covers, ONE!! Brody tags Buddy, and Buddy slingshot SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Buddy KNEES Eddie in the back, KNEES him again, then KICKS! Eddie snarls as he stands up, but then he sits down, daring Buddy to give him more! Buddy runs to BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Buddy drags Eddie up, UPPERCUTS him to the corner, then tags Malakai.

The fans rally for Eddie as the House mugs him. Malakai snapmares Eddie to run and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Malakai clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Eddie down. The fans rally as Eddie endures and fights up. Malakai KNEES low, but Eddie CHOPS! Malakai fires a forearm, but Eddie CHOPS again! Malakai fires another forearm, blocks a kick then gives a KICK, but Eddie RIDGEHANDS! Malakai BACK ELBOWS! Eddie staggers to a corner, but he BOOTS back! Eddie ducks the roundhouse to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down again and the fans fire up! Eddie and Malakai crawl, hot tags to Marks and Buddy!

Mark dodges Buddy to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Mark whips, Buddy reverses but Mark ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Buddy! The fans fire up and Mark swings, but Buddy fires a strike fest in return! Stomp to the foot, but Mark avoids the knee to HELL STAB! The fans fire up and Mark runs in, but into a BOOT! Buddy runs in but Mark puts him on the apron to PELE! Buddy falls to the floor and fans fire up as Mark WRECKS him with a dropkick! Mark then goes to the apron, but Malakai and Brody storm over. Edge and Eddie hurry over, Edge ROCKS Malakai but Brody CLUBS away on Edge!

Eddie fires hands on Malakai, Brody sends Edge into railing! Eddie whips but Malakai reverses to send Eddie into railing! Eddie takes a seat, Malakai BOOTS him down! Speaking of chairs, Buddy throws one at Mark! Mark catches it, kicks Buddy, then BACKHANDS him! Mark BOOTS Buddy off the railing, sets the chair up, and then gets some space. Mark runs to use the chair to LAUNCH onto Brody! The fans are thunderous as the Chicken flies! Mark goes to the apron, Buddy runs up from inside, but Mark ROCKS him first! Mark drags Buddy to the apron, but Buddy throws hands. They brawl on the edge as the fans rally up!

Mark ROCKS Buddy, fireman’s carries, but Buddy fights free! Buddy ROCKS Mark, but Mark blocks the boot to HELL STAB again! Brody storms up but Mark MULE KICKS! Buddy V-TRIGGERS! Brody catches Mark to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into barriers!! The fans lose their minds and that barrier is dented! Security helps push that back into place while Brody rises up. Brody drags Mark back into the ring, Malakai tags in to cover, TWO!! Mark survives, but Malakai drops knees on the shoulder! Malakai stomps Mark, then stands him up to KICK him back down! Malakai then wrenches Mark, tags in Brody, and the House mugs the Chicken.

Brody CHOPS Mark, digs his knee in, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Brody storms back up on Mark, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Tag to Malakai, they mug Mark some more, then Malakai whips Mark to ropes. Malakai ELBOWS Mark down, covers, TWO! Malakai clamps onto Mark with a hammerlock and chinlock. The fans rally as Mark endures and fights up. Malakai shifts around for a COBRA TWIST! The fans rally again as Mark continues to endure, and then Eddie storms in to CLUB Malakai down! Mark is free, though still in enemy territory, and Brody CHOKES Mark in the corner! Malakai snarls at Eddie, then tags Brody.

Brody stomps a mudhole into Mark, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Mark up again. Brody whips Mark back in hard, but Mark CHOPS Buddy! And ROCKS Malakai! Mark BOOTS Brody, fires off on the others, then dodges to hot tag Edge! Edge dodges Brody to BLAST Buddy! Malakai backs away, and Brody runs back in! Edge dodges again, Brody hits buckles, and Edge runs side to side to BOOT Brody and Buddy! Edge then brings Brody around, for the IMP- NO, Brody fights the DDT and powers out! Edge LARIATS but Brody stays up! Edge runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAMS into Brody! Brody goes to a corner, Edge RAMS in again!

Edge puts Brody up top, climbs up after him, and the fans fire up as Edge fires forearms! The fans count along as Edge goes all the way to nine, then BITES Brody! But Brody throws body shots and forearms, and then CHOPS Edge off the corner! Eddie & Mark hurry to BLAST Malakai & Buddy! Eddie fires off on Brody, then CHOPS! Eddie hits Brody so hard, Eddie falls over! Mark helps Eddie up and they both climb after Brody. But Buddy and Malakai return to get them! DOUBLE POWERBOMBS! But they miss Edge as he goes back up! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! All six men are down and the fans are thunderous!

The fans cheer on “A E DUB! A E DUB!” as a standing count starts. Edge finds his way to Brody, brings him around, but Brody again fights the DDT. Buddy METEORAS! Eddie runs up to LARIAT Buddy! ROUNDHOUSE for Eddie! MISSILE DROPKICK for Malakai! DISCUS LARIAT for Mark! The fans hoot as Brody rises! Brody drags Eddie up, but Eddie URAKENS! Edge kicks low, IMPALER DDT!! Mark goes up for the FROGGY BOW!! Edge hurries to cover, Buddy breaks it! The fans rally up again as another standing count starts. Brody crawls his way over, tag to Malakai. Malakai steps up to Edge, even with wobbly legs.

Malakai grins at Edge as Edge stands. The fans fire up but then Mark fires off on Malakai! Edge brawls with Brody, Eddie brawls with Buddy! V-TRIGGER takes Eddie down! JUMP KNEE takes Mark down! Brody ROCKS Edge, Buddy GAMANGIRIS! Brody SPLASHES Edge and he sits down! The hooting returns, the House sets up, but Mark and Eddie rise! TRIPLE SPEARS take down the House!! Cerberus’ three heads all take a hit and the fans are thunderous again! Edge looks around, he needs to get Malakai back in here. Malakai rises and finds his own way back in, and the fans rally up!

Edge fires himself up as he aims at Malakai! But BLACK MIST hits first!! The ref missed the mist, he was checking on Brody! And then THE END!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

The Rated R Superstar didn’t see the mist coming, and then he couldn’t see The End! Will Malakai look to end Edge once and for all?

 

AEW TBS Championship Open House Rules: Julia Hart VS Willow Nightingale!

From one part of the House to the other, the Princess of the Black Throne vows to never let go of this gold. However, the Babe with the Power has her friends and family in attendance, she vows to not let them down! As for Dealer’s Choice, it’s simple: complete ringside ban! No Skye, no House, no Kris! Something’s gotta give, who will be THE Face of TBS?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if truly, The House Always Wins!

The bell rings and the two rush in! Willow BOOTS Julia down and the fans fire up! Stokely’s on commentary, he loves what he sees as Willow fires forearms! Willow then bumps Julia off buckles, brings her around to another corner to bump off another buckle, then pushes her out. Willow goes up, but Julia SUPERKICKS her to the floor! Willow tumbles, Julia storms out and stomps her down! Julia grins as she TOSSES Willow into the timekeeper’s area! The fans boo but Julia gets Willow back in the ring. Julia CLUBS Willow, dribbles her off the mat, then lets off as fans boo. Julia stomps Willow, stalks her to ropes, and CHOKES her!

The ref counts, but Julia reminds her there are no ropebreaks! The ref still reprimands, and Julia lets off. We see Mercedes Mone watching backstage, as she wants next. Julia has Willow in the ropes again, for a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Willow can only endure, but Julia eventually lets off. Julia CLUBS Willow while fans duel. Willow throws body shots, Julia CLUBS her again. Julia RAMS Willow into a corner, then runs up to back elbow! Julia brings Willow around to SMACK her off the mat, then covers, TWO! Willow is tougher than that but Julia clamps onto her again with a CAMEL CLUTCH!

Julia bends Willow, but Willow endures and the fans rally up. Willow gets an arm free, powers her way forward, but Julia SMACKS her off the mat again! And again! Willow flounders, but she throws body shots! Willow runs but Julia catches her to a sleeper! Willow powers out, and then gets Julia in a SLEEPER! Julia sits down to KICK from below again and again and again! Willow lets go in order to guard but Julia gets up to stomp her! Julia runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! The fans fire up and Willow high stacks, TWO! Julia goes to a corner but Willow fires up! Willow runs corner to corner to BACK BODY BLOCK!

Willow then clotheslines, snapmares, and goes up! Julia turns around, but avoids the missile dropkick! Julia clamps on, HARTLESS LOCK!! Willow endures, fights around, and she powers up! Willow lifts Julia and the fans fire up! But Julia shifts to a sunset flip! Willow sits on it! TWO!! SUPERKICK! Willow just snarls! Julia SUPERKICKS again, but Willow shakes her head! Willow CHOPS, CHOPS and whips Julia to a corner. Willow runs up, but into BOOTS! Julia goes up to the very top, to MOONSAULT into BOOTS! Willow fires up as she LARIATS! The fans fire up as the straps come down! Willow hauls Julia up, gut wrenches, BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, WILLOW WINS!!

Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (NEW AEW TBS Champion)

Stokely says, “Chuck E. Cheese, here we come!!” Willow goes from former NJPW Strong Women’s Champion to the Queen of Harts to now the NEW Face of TBS! Kris and Stokely join Willow in the ring to HUG it out! But then here comes The CEO! Mone wants next, and she wants the rematch with Willow from that NJPW Strong Women’s Tournament. Mone gets in the ring, and Willow lifts the title high. Double or Nothing is coming, but is this the match-up we’ll see?

 

AEW International Championship: Roderick Strong VS Kyle O’Reilly!

The Kingdom may be undisputed, but friendships are fragile things, as are egos. The Savior of the Backbreaker couldn’t stand the fact #CombatKyle thought for even a moment that someone else would hold this title, so he struck first. But will Kyle not only strike back, but make Roddy’s fear come true? Or will Roddy break Kyle’s back along with his heart?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly undisputed!

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, go around, clinch, fight for control, and Roddy powers Kyle back. Kyle turns that around to have Roddy on the ropes, grabs a leg, but Roddy grabs for a facelock. Kyle slips away and backs off, and the fans applaud the exchange. The two go again, Roddy headlocks then wrenches to a wristlock. Kyle squats, spins, drop toeholds, then floats around on Roddy to get a facelock. Roddy wrenches free again, hits a headlock and takeover, but Kyle rolls it to a cover! ONE, Roddy headlocks, and he tells the fans to shut up. Kyle rolls free, the two stand off, and the fans cheer again.

Kyle and Roddy reset again, knuckle lock, and Roddy knees low! Roddy wrenches, hammerlocks, but Kyle reaches back. Kyle gets up and under, back drops, then drops to an ARMBAR! Roddy clasps hands to fight that, tries a headscissor, but Kyle gets the leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Roddy flails around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go, to drop a knee on the arm! Kyle then kicks Roddy to a corner, wrenches his arm, but Roddy ROCKS Kyle! Kyle wrenches again, but Roddy ROCKS him again! Another wrench, but Roddy pulls hair to put Kyle in a corner. The ref reprimands, Roddy CHOPS, then scoops to BACKBREAKER!

The ref reprimands, but Roddy drags Kyle up. Roddy CHOPS, but Kyle just scowls! Kyle KNEES, FOREARMS, KICKS and KICKS! Roddy hobbles, but he drops back to avoid another kick! Kyle smirks, he KICKS Roddy’s leg guard. Roddy still keeps up that guard, so Kyle jumps! Roddy gets under, but Kyle sits on the roll-up, TWO! Roddy sunset flips, TWO! Roddy dodges a kick to CALF KICK! The fans cheer the exchange, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy drags Kyle up, whips him to a corner, then runs in. Kyle puts Roddy on the apron, but Roddy ROCKS Kyle first! Roddy brings Kyle around but Kyle HOTSHOTS the arm!

Kyle storms up but Roddy RAMS into him! Roddy steps in, but into an ARM WRINGER! Roddy writhes and flounders away while fans cheer. Kyle storms over to Roddy, brings him up and KICKS the leg out! Roddy drops to his knees but Kyle just KICKS and KICKS and KICKS him in the chest and arms! Kyle runs, but into a CHOP! Roddy runs, but into a JUMP KNEE, but he catches Kyle! BACKBREAKER! Roddy drags Kyle up by his hair, brings him around, and puts him in a corner. The ref reprimands and counts, but Roddy CHOPS! Roddy puts Kyle up top, climbs, but Kyle has a KIMURA! Roddy CLUBS away to fight back!

Roddy turns Kyle sideways, scoops him, TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Kyle flops to the mat and the ref checks. Roddy turns Kyle over and rains down fists! The fans boo but Roddy lets off to sit Kyle up. Roddy clamps on for a modified Cobra Twist! The fans rally while Kyle endures. Kyle slips around, TRIANGLE HOLD! Roddy CLUBS and HAMMERS away on Kyle to get free! Roddy drags Kyle up, puts Kyle on ropes to CHOP, but Kyle just snarls! Kyle forearms, Roddy CHOPS, then they fire forearms back! Roddy knees low, CLUBS away at the ropes then stomps Kyle down! The ref counts, the fans boo, but Roddy lets off at 4.

Roddy soaks up the heat to then bring Kyle up again. Roddy KNEES Kyle low, but Kyle ROCKS Roddy! Roddy ROCKS Kyle, Kyle ROCKS Roddy, and the forearms keep going! Roddy shoves to then clinch Kyle, BACKBREAKER! Kyle writhes while Roddy catches his breath. Roddy says this is what Kyle wanted! The fans rally, Roddy brings Kyle up, and half nelson for a BACKBREAKER! Roddy says he could end this right now! Kyle wanted this! Roddy mockingly claps along with the fans while Kyle crawls. Roddy eggs Kyle on, Kyle drags himself up, and the fans fire up! Roddy CLUBS Kyle, torture racks him, and hits a BACKBREAKER DROP! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Kyle survives! Roddy seethes, he drags Kyle up, and he reels Kyle in to suplex. Kyle knees free, but Roddy tries again! Kyle knees Roddy again, then has the GUILLOTINE! The fans fire up but Roddy wrenches out! Kyle blocks chop but Roddy rolls through the armlock! Kyle fires knees and kicks and fast hands! KICK, LEG SWEEP! The fans fire up as Roddy flounders away! Kyle runs up to forearm SMASH! Then a wrench to an ELBOW BREAKER, then a back suplex SLAM, into the HEEL HOOK! Roddy scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kyle lets go, and Kyle walks off the pain as he waits on Roddu.

Roddy stands, Kyle KICKS the leg! Kyle wrenches but Roddy OLYMPIC SLAMS! Kyle flounders to ropes, drags himself up, but Roddy runs side to side to forearm SMASH, and SMASH, and SMASH again! Four forearm strikes, then Roddy runs up, only for Kyle to block the knee! Kyle puts Roddy’s leg in the ropes, KICKS him, then goes up! Roddy dangles, Kyle hits the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! The fans fire up as Kyle climbs again! KING KONG KNEE on the leg! KNEEBAR HEEL HOOK COMBO!! Kyle has the leg trapped, but Roddy stomps away with his free leg! Roddy finally gets Kyle to let go, and he clutches his ankle.

Kyle and Roddy grab a wristlock, stand up, and they start firing forearms! The fans are on Kyle’s side as he ROCKS Roddy again and again! But Roddy ducks the kick for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Kyle is still in this and the fans rally again! Roddy huffs and puffs and brings Kyle back up. Roddy puts Kyle up top again, climbs up after him, and goes to the very top! SUPER DUPER PLEX, but Kyle cradles it!! TWO!! Roddy has it, TWO!! Both men stand, Roddy fires boxing elbows! Roddy runs, Kyle yoyos and DOUBLE LARIATS collide! The fans fire up with both men down again! A standing count starts, but Roddy drags himself up.

Both men stand at 3 of 10, and Kyle KICKS! Roddy CHOPS! Kyle KICKS! Roddy CHOPS! KICK! Roddy body shots, Kyle KICKS! Roddy CHOPS, Kyle KICKS, and they pick up speed! KICK, CHOP, “YAY! BOO!” Roddy goes for a leg, Kyle steps over and KNEES him! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Then AX ‘N’- NO, Roddy scoops! But Kyle KNEES free! AX ‘N’- JUMP KNEE!! Both men are down again and the fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as a standing count begins. The count passes 5, then climbs to 8! Both men stand at 9, and the forearms fly! Roddy fires off a flurry, then underhooks to TIGER- NO, Kyle slips into a GUILLOTINE!!

Roddy goes to ropes, to CATAPULT GUILLOTINE Kyle! Kyle flops to the apron, Roddy goes after him, but Kyle elbows back! APRON ARM WRINGER!! Roddy flounders away, distracts the ref, and here’s Wardlow!! But then the ref spots Wardlow on the apron! Wardlow steps away, Kyle cradles Roddy! TWO!! Roddy fireman’s carries, but Kyle ghost pins! TWO, and Roddy fireman’s carries again! GUT BUSTER DROP! But Kyle yoyos and LARIATS! The fans fire up for Kyle as he suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! ARMBAR! Roddy moves around, clasps hands, but Kyle goes after the grip! They move around, Kyle uses Roddy’s own leg for leverage!

Roddy scrambles, ROPEBREAK, and Kyle lets go. Wardlow says Roddy needs to end this, but the fans rally as Kyle stomps away on Roddy! The ref counts, Kyle lets off, and he paces. Off come the wrist tape, but Roddy fights the lift! Kyle dodges but runs into a DROPKICK! Roddy hurries to get Kyle up, END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

Kyle put up quite the fight, but Roddy still finds a way to win! Wardlow celebrates with his guy, as does the rest of the Undisputed Kingdom! Adam Cole applauds, and… he stands! Cole, Taven & Bennett join everyone in the ring, and they hoist Roddy up victorious! Cole frowns at Wardlow when he isn’t looking, though… Cole hugs it out with Roddy, but will The Undisputed Kingdom only look to add more gold to the treasury?

 

FTW Championship: Hook VS Chris Jericho!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knew to be wary of The Lionheart, even with all the talk about respect and wanting to help him. And as always, The Ocho puts himself at the center of attention. Will the #JerichoVortex #SendHook on a downward spiral? Or will another win over the former world champion prove Hook is more than ready for the next level?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who rules when it’s FTW Rules!

The bell rings and the fans boo Jericho, though he doesn’t seem to register that. Jericho steps to Hook and wants a fist bump. Hook gives a fist bump, and the two tie up. Hook wrenches, hammerlocks, then wrangles Jericho. Jericho wrenches out to have the arm. Hook fights up, he slips around and wrenches to wristlock. Fans chant “FOZZY SUCKS! FOZZY SUCKS!” Hook headlocks, hits a takeover, but Jericho fights up. Jericho wrenches out, CHOPS Hook, and Hook snarls. Hook ROCKS Jericho, Jericho CHOPS Hook, repeat! Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS, whips, but Hook reverses. Jericho KICKS back, runs up, but into a clinch!

Hook powers up to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Hook gets Jericho again, for a T-BONE! Jericho stands again, Hook clotheslines him up and out! Hook goes to the apron, takes aim, and he runs up to FLYING FOREARM! A glancing blow but Jericho still staggers. Hook gets Jericho to SMACK him off barriers. Jericho elbows back, then SMACKS Hook off steps! Jericho brings Hook around, points at Taz, then SMACKS Hook off the desk! The fans boo but Jericho soaks it up. Jericho looks under the ring, and he brings out a table! Fans cheer the table, even as Jericho’s the one setting it up at ringside.

Jericho goes back to Hook, brings Hook in, but Hook fights the bomb! Hook gets around, to GERMAN SUPLEX to the floor! Hook covers, TWO! Jericho survives that rough landing but Hook gets up and storms around. Hook looks under the ring, and he brings out a trash can lid! Hook SMACKS Jericho right in the head! Jericho leans against the railing, Hook runs and uses the steps as a boost for a FLYING LID ATTACK! Hook shows off the FTW right on the lid, and goes again, but Jericho BOOTS Hook out of the air! DDT onto the lid! Cover, TWO! Jericho shows off the trash can lid but fans boo.

Jericho stalks Hook, drags him up, and SMACKS him with the lid! Jericho puts Hook in the ring, storms up on him, but Hook throws body shots! Hook runs, but Jericho BOOTS him down! The fans boo but Jericho puts Hook on the apron. Jericho brings Hook up, reels him in, but Hook fights the suplex! Hook throws more body shots, then clinches! T-BONE SUPLEX down through the table!! The fans lose their minds over that crash landing! Hook rises up, finds Jericho, and covers, TWO!! Jericho survives again but Hook hauls him up. Hook puts Jericho in the ring, drags him up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!

The fans chant “Go Home, Jericho, Go Home!” Hook hauls Jericho up to whip him corner to corner hard! Hook runs up but into another BOOT! Jericho soaks up more heat, he drags Hook up again, and CHOPS! Jericho whips Hook to clothesline in the corner! Jericho hauls Hook up top, goes up after him, and he rains down fists! The fans still count along, to OCHO, then TEN, for the SUPER STEINER!! Jericho fires up, covers, TWO!! Hook survives but Jericho goes up the corner. Jericho goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a trash can! Jericho puts that in the ring, blows kisses to the fans, then storms in after Hook.

Jericho gets the trash can, runs up, but Hook gets around! GERMAN SUPLEX! Both Jericho and trash can go flying! Both men are down, the fans rally, and Hook goes to get the can. Hook SMACKS Jericho with the can! Hook puts the can around Jericho, and he gets a kendo stick! The fans fire up as Hook SMACKS the can! Jericho staggers around, Hook SMACKS it again! Hook then clinches, TRASH CAN EXPLODER! Hook drags Jericho out of the can, covers, TWO!!! Jericho survives again! Hook storms around, goes back out to look under the ring, and Hook brings out another table! The fans cheer as Hook gets the table in the ring.

Hook props this table up in a corner, makes sure it’s just right, and then fetches Jericho. Hook clinches, but Jericho fights with forearms! Hook hits back, they brawl, and Hook runs, but into another BOOT! Jericho runs, but into a clinch! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Hook then gets Jericho up, but Jericho CODE BREAKERS! Both men are down and the fans rally up! Fans chant “PLEASE RETIRE!” at Jericho, but he rises up. Hook sits up, Jericho CHOPS! Hook fires a forearm, Jericho fires back, and then they stand. Hook fires more shots, but Jericho CLAWS the eyes! Jericho LARIATS Hook down! Jericho goes to a corner, climbs up, and soaks up more heat.

Jericho leaps, but Hook avoids the fist drop! Jericho hobbles, Hook hops on! REDRUM!! Jericho flails, reaches out, but the ref reminds him that ropebreaks won’t do anything. So Jericho RAMS Hook through the table! Hook lets Jericho go, Jericho covers, with feet on ropes! TWO!!! Hook survives and the fans boo Jericho as he lines up a shot. Jericho runs up, but Hook ducks Judas Effect to get a takedown! KNEEBAR!! Jericho flails, fights up, has Hook’s legs, and stomps Hook into the WALLS OF JERICHO!! Hook endures, the fans are dueling, and Jericho pulls Hook away from ropes! Hook flails, fights, rolls, drags Jericho into a cradle, TWO!!

Both men hurry up and Hook gets around Jericho! REDRUM!! Jericho fights, flails, and LOW BLOWS! The fans boo but FTW Rules means anything goes! Jericho snarls, runs up, JUDAS EFFECT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Hook survives and shocks Jericho! The fans fire up, Jericho waits on Hook to get up, and he winds up again. Hook stands, Jericho says he’s sorry about this, and he hits JUDAS EFFECT again! Cover, TWO?!?!? Hook survives again and no one can believe it!! Jericho is getting frustrated with Hook, and tells him to just stay down. Jericho goes out to fetch Floyd the Baseball Bat! Jericho gets in and he tells Hook, “Don’t make me do this!”

Hook stands, refusing to give up. Hook FLIPS Jericho off!! So Jericho CRACKS Hook with the bat!!! Taz stands up from commentary, but he can’t bring himself to go to the ring. Cover, Jericho wins!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall (NEW FTW Champion)

Jericho says he’s sorry, but Taz gets up to the apron. Taz tells Jericho to back away, and Jericho takes the belt with him as he goes. “The Learning Tree” has gold back around his waist, having taught Hook a lesson. But is the lesson what Jericho claims it is? Or is it that Jericho will do anything to have the spotlight?

 

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

The leading lady of AEW may have lost her mind, but she still does whatever she has to in order to keep this title. However, La Mera Mera never lost this title in the first place, and is ready to do what she has to in order to get it back! The Storm and the Thunder are about to collide, who will be left standing when the smoke clears?

In a new look, Rosa is wearing a mask rather than face paint. Storm’s also changed her look a little with the all white gear and silverish hair. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who shines in the spotlight!

The bell rings and Storm gets in Rosa’s face. Rosa pulls her mask away to show there’s no face paint at all, and she fires off fists! The fans fire up as they both swing wild! They end up in a corner, the ref counts, but Storm KNEES and CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then CHOPS again! Storm stomps then CHOPS Rosa again! The fans cheer while Rosa flounders along ropes. Rosa shoves Storm away but Storm CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Rosa DOUBLE CHOPS in return! And DOUBLE CHOPS again! Rosa CHOPS Storm into a corner, then stalks her to another. Rosa CHOPS again, that was a blunt one!

Rosa snapmares Storm, pushes her to a cover, ONE! Rosa keeps on Storm with forearms, then fans rally up, and Rosa whips. Storm BOOTS in return! Storm storms around while the fans rally, and then Storm steps on Rosa’s face! Storm kicks her around, stomps her to ropes, then stomps her at ropes! Storm CHOPS Rosa, then TOSSES her across the way! The fans rally as Storm CLUBS Rosa, whips her corner to corner, but Rosa tilt-o-whirls to RANA! The fans fire up as Storm bails out, and Rosa goes up a corner! Luther is there to help Storm up, and Rosa TORNILLOS down onto them both!

The fans fire up with Rosa but Mariah is lurking! The ref tells Mariah to back up, which she does, and Rosa gets Storm into the ring. Rosa digs her boot into Storm at the corner, then stomps a mudhole in! The fans fire up as Rosa stands on Storm! Rosa drags Storm up, reels her in, and snap suplexes! Float over to the cover, TWO! Rosa clamps onto Storm, and she brings up Storm saying Hell is in her bedroom. Well, then consider Rosa’s one of Storm’s demons! Rosa CLUBS away on Storm’s chest! Rosa digs her knee into Storm’s back, but the fans rally up. Rosa shoves Storm down to a cover, TWO!

The fans rally up for Rosa as she brings Storm up. Rosa scoops, Storm slips free and shoves, but Rosa leaps! Storm catches her to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Storm is seething as she paces around. Storm drags Rosa up as the fans duel, and she scoops for another BACKBREAKER! Storm stands on Rosa’s back, digs her elbow into the spine, then drops an elbow! The fans rally harder as Storm covers, TWO! Rosa is tougher than that but Storm keeps on her. Storm puts Rosa under the ropes so she can stand on her! Storm stomps around, the ref counts, but Storm drops knees as she lets off! Rosa writhes but Storm drags her back up.

The fans rally harder as Storm puts Rosa in a corner. Storm hoists Rosa up top, SLAPS her, then goes up. Storm CLUBS away on Rosa, but Rosa hits back with body shots! Rosa HEADBUTTS Storm, keeps her up, so that she can SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! Storm survives and Rosa is fuming! The fans rally as Rosa goes to the corner. Rosa climbs, watches Storm rise, and then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Storm flounders, Rosa roars, and she hauls Storm back up! Fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP! Storm staggers to her feet, Rosa runs up to get around, CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, TWO!

Storm survives again but her butler and protege are both very worried! The fans rally up as Rosa watches Storm crawl to ropes. Rosa runs side to side to DROPKICK Storm! Rosa and Storm both go to the apron, and Rosa fireman’s carries. APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! The fans fire up, Rosa drags Storm back into the ring for a cover, TWO!! Rosa is a bit frustrated that Storm is still in this, and the fans continue to duel between them. Rosa reels Storm in, tucks, but her back won’t let her lift! Storm goes to a corner, Rosa runs in, but Storm ELBOWS her away! Rosa comes back, but Storm goes up and over!

Storm comes back, blocks boots and puts Rosa in the ropes, DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Storm gets up the corner, to TORNADO DDT! But she’s not done there, she has the leg, FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Storm is not quite perfect and Rosa survives because of it! Storm hurries to get Rosa up. FACE- NO, Rosa turns X-Factor into victory roll and STOMP 182! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives again and shocks Rosa! Mariah is still worried but Rosa tells Storm to just die already! Rosa goes up and up and DIVING- NO, Storm avoids the stomps! Storm runs up, but Rosa tries to body scissor! Storm drags her back up, SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!!

Now Storm is frustrated as Rosa survives! The fans continue to rally, Storm drags Rosa up, and Storm whips to CLUB Rosa in the back! Rosa drops to her knees, but Storm gets her up to whip and CLUB her again! Storm drags Rosa up again, whips, but Rosa ROCKS Storm first! Storm ROCKS Rosa! Rosa ROCKS Storm! The fans rally as Storm CHOPS! Rosa CHOPS back! Storm fires a forearm, Rosa gives it back, and they start throwing haymakers! Rosa gets the edge with shots from all side! The fans fire up as Storm wobbles around! Rosa runs, but into a HEADBUTT!! Storm stays up, but Rosa rises! ENZIGIRI!

Rosa waistlocks, Storm switches, GERMAN SUPLEX! Storm powers up, but Rosa rises again! GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down now, and Mariah gets on the apron! The ref reprimands, but then here comes Deonna Purrazzo! She CHOP BLOCKS Mariah, to then Electric Chair SLAM off the apron! Deonna then RAMS Mariah into steel steps! Luther comes rushing over, but Deonna RAMS him into steps, too! The fans fire up as Deonna and Mariah brawl! They go up the ramp, Storm sneaks up on Rosa! Waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Rosa flounders to a corner, and Storm says it’s time for her close up!

Storm runs in, SWEET HIP MUSIC!! And then STORM ZERO!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Rosa survives and shocks everyone! Storm hurries to get Rosa’s legs and ties those up! “This is Awesome!” as Storm has the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Storm’s bringing back a classic but Rosa endures it! Rosa fights, even as Storm sits deep! Rosa shouts, “She’s going to Hell!” Rosa claws around, and gets the ROPEBREAK!! The ref counts, Storm lets off in frustration, and Storm paces around as she thinks what she has to do. Storm says she is ending this, and she drags Rosa up. But Rosa gets around, BACKSTABBER!

Rosa clamps onto Storm, COBRA CLUTCH STRETCH!! Rosa shifts around, Storm fights around, and Storm gets the ROPEBREAK! Rosa lets go in frustration, and she drags Storm back! Storm holds onto the apron skirt! Storm BOOTS Rosa away, the ref fixes the skirt, but Storm LOW BLOWS then STORM ZEROS!!! Cover, Storm wins!!

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

Just when it looked like Storm wrote herself into a corner, she found a way to make this a happy ending for herself! With all these tricks in her back pocket, will Toni truly be timeless?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Will Ospreay!

The American Dragon has said it himself, this is his last year as an active pro-wrestler. As such, this first-time-ever  showdown could also be the only-time-ever! Will Bryan prove he is still the best wrestler in the world today? Or will that honorary title soon belong to the #BillyGOAT?

Don Callis of course joins commentary to watch “the golden goose” of the Don Callis Family. Callis also takes credit for all the fans chanting “OSPREAY! OSPREA!” with Ospreay’s theme song. And the fans are already losing their minds watching Bryan and Ospreay stare down. The two go to their corners, the bell rings and the fans are thunderous already! Ospreay and Bryan circle, Callis says to keep emotions under control, they’re in for a long night. Bryan and Ospreay circle as fans cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” They tie up, go around, Bryan facelocks, floats, but Ospreay moves around. Bryan stays on Ospreay but Ospreay rolls.

The fans cheer for “BOTH THESE GUYS! BOTH THESE GUYS!” as Bryan powers Ospreay to ropes. The ref counts, Bryan lets off slowly, and fans sing for Ospreay. Bryan pats Ospreay on the shoulder then backs away. The fans cheer the sportsmanship and Ospreay nods. The singing continues as the two reset. They tie up, Bryan headlocks for the takeover, and he holds off the headscissors. Ospreay moves around, headscissors after all, but Bryan headstands, turns Ospreay over, and bridges up to get around and tie up the legs. Bryan brings Ospreay into the BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Ospreay pops right free to cover, ONE!

The two reset again and the fans fire up. Ospreay and Bryan circle, the fans chant “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Ospreay and Bryan feel things out, knuckle lock, and they go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength. The fans duel as the two fight for control! Ospreay rolls back to wrench the wrists, but Bryan spins to reverse the pressure. Bryan wrangles Ospreay and twists the wrist. Ospreay moves around, handsprings up and steps over to headlock. Bryan powers up but Ospreay hits the takeover. Bryan headscissors, Ospreay kips free, and the fans cheer “This is Awesome!” as the two reset again.

Ospreay and Bryan tie up, Bryan headlocks and hits another takeover. Bryan palm strikes Ospreay, traps a leg, then palm strikes again! And again! Ospreay endures as Bryan keeps hitting him in the head! Ospreay fights to his feet, powers up and out, then drops to hurdle and drop again. Bryan tips him over, but Ospreay avoids the kick! Ospreay sweeps to cover, ONE! Ospreay blocks Bryan’s kick but Bryan blocks Ospreay’s kick! Ospreay gets around, Bryan elbows free then CHOPS! Bryan whips, but he gets under the handspring to wrangle Ospreay! Ospreay rolls through, but Bryan avoids both buzzsaw and heel kick! The two stand off and the fans are thunderous again!

Ospreay and Bryan reset as the fans chant for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” The fans hope Bryan and Ospreay “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this isn’t even the main event yet. Ospreay shoots in for a leg, trips Bryan, and then has a standing toehold. Bryan turns over, stands up, but he knows he can’t reach Ospreay so he just flips him off! Ospreay CHOPS Bryan for it! And CHOPS him again! Bryan paces around the ring, then CHOPS back! Ospreay CHOPS! Bryan trips Ospreay and has his own standing toehold. Ospreay pries at the grip, the fans rally and duel, but Bryan traps a leg to then cravat into a neck wrench.

Fans tell off Callis, but Ospreay fights up to throw body shots. Ospreay CLUBS free, ROCKS Bryan, but Bryan CHOPS back! Bryan cravats again, but Ospreay powers free. Bryan cravats again, but Ospreay rolls. Bryan holds on tight, Ospreay stands back up, but Bryan throws knees! Bryan snapmares but Ospreay handsprings through and SHOTGUNS Bryan down! The fans fire up again as Ospreay whips. Bryan reverses but Ospreay RANAS! Ospreay nods as the fans fire up more. Ospreay brings Bryan up, ROCKS him and BOOTS him, then UPPERCUTS! Bryan goes to a corner, Ospreay UPPERCUTS again!

Ospreay CHOPS, and CHOPS, and then follows Bryan. Ospreay CLUBS Bryan, CHOPS him, but Bryan pushes Ospreay with his head. Ospreay eggs Bryan on, so Bryan CHOPS! Ospreay drops back, but Bryan gets him with an UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUTS again! And UPPERCUTS again! Then Bryan KICKS, CHOPS, and UPPERCUTS! Bryan whips, Ospreay holds ropes, then FLAPJACKS Bryan onto ropes! Ospreay runs to BOOT Bryan out of the ring! The fans are thunderous, Callis says to stop pandering, but Ospreay gets them started in an “OI! OI! OI!” Ospreay aims to PLANCHA, and down goes Bryan!

The fans fire up, Ospreay high-fives the front row, then Ospreay checks his teeth before going back to Bryan. Ospreay drags Bryan up, puts him in, and then aims from the apron. The fans rally, Ospreay springboards, but into a KICK! Bryan’s antiair might’ve gotten Ospreay in the liver, but Bryan drags him up for knees! Bryan whips, then kitchen sink knees! Then KICK to the back! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay shows his grit but Bryan grabs an arm. Bryan knees the shoulder, KNEES Ospreay in the side, then steps over into a toehold. Ospreay fights but Bryan still has the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! The fans rally while Ospreay endures!

Ospreay keeps his shoulders up but Bryan top mounts to throw down body shots and forearms! The body shots fly in from all sides, then Bryan headscissors Ospreay into a move similar to Zack Sabre Jr’s Yes I’m a Long Way From Home. Ospreay knows ZSJ well and endures this move and fight around, and Ospreay gets the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets Ospreay go cleanly, then looms over him at the ropes. Bryan drags Ospreay up to CHOP! Ospreay CHOPS back! Bryan CHOPS, Ospreay CHOPS, repeat! Ospreay is grimacing from the pain in his side, but he still CHOPS! And CHOPS! But then Bryan puts Ospreay in a corner to body shot again and again!

The fans are torn as Bryan KICKS, whips, but Ospreay reverses. Bryan goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ospreay still handsprings to NEURALIZER! The fans fire up while both men are down! Ospreay grits his teeth while going to ropes. Bryan goes to the other end, and then a corner. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Bryan and then push him down! Ospreay goes back to the apron, springboard, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this but Ospreay brings him back up. Bryan fights the lift, so Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! Bryan blocks one, to CHOP! And UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT, and BODY SHOT!

Bryan runs, but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Bryan bails out, the fans fire up, and Ospreay climbs! SKY TWISTER!! Direct hit and Ospreay rolls back to his feet! The fans lose their minds, but Ospreay still needs to catch his breath first. Ospreay puts Bryan in, goes back up, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up as the elbow pad is prepared! Ospreay runs up, but Bryan KICKS the Hidden Blade! Then he PENALTY KICKS the arm! Bryan hurries to chicken wing Ospreay, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! But Bryan holds onto Ospreay for the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!

Fans duel, “YES!” “NO!” “YES!” “NO!” “YES!” “NO!” with every shot! Bryan then shifts things over, into CATTLE MUTILATION! Ospreay endures as he’s stuck facedown! Ospreay fights around, reaches out with a leg, and finds the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while Bryan lets go. Bryan snarls as he rises up, and he storms up on Ospreay. Bryan wrenches an arm to ELBOW BREAKER! Then he KICKS Ospreay in the corner, CHOPS him, then goes corner to corner, DROPKICK! Bryan puts Ospreay up top then climbs up to join him. SUPER STEINER, but Ospreay lands through!! The fans are thunderous as Ospreay dusts himself off.

Ospreay eggs Bryan on, then BOOTS his lariat! HOOK KICK, underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay shakes out the arms and puts Bryan in a drop zone. Ospreay climbs, but Bryan trips him up! Ospreay gets stuck on the corner, Bryan climbs up behind him! But Ospreay throws down elbows! Bryan just throws down elbows in return! Bryan chicken wings one arm but Ospreay flails to resist! Bryan gets the other arm, brings Ospreay way up, for a SUPER TIGER SUPLEX!!! Ospreay flounders, clutching his neck, and the fans lose their minds again! Even Callis stands up out of his seat after that one.

The ref checks Ospreay but he’s somehow okay to continue. Bryan covers, ROPEBREAK!! Ospreay survives by a literal foot, but Bryan stays focused. Bryan KICKS Ospreay in the side, then KICKS the arm! And KICKS! And KICKS! Ospreay falls over but he slaps feeling into his arm. Ospreay sits up as he shakes his head, so Bryan PENALTY KICKS him down! Ospreay snarls, sits back up, and the fans fire up! Bryan PENALTY KICKS again! Ospreay sits right up! Ospreay eggs Bryan on again, so Bryan SLAPS him! Ospreay DECKS Bryan with a forearm! The fans are thunderous and Ospreay shakes his bad arm out.

Ospreay KICKS and stomps away at Bryan, rains down palm strikes, but the ref backs him off. Ospreay goes out after Bryan on the apron now, and reels him in. The fans freak out as Ospreay underhooks, but Bryan holds onto ropes! Bryan pries his way free, to KICK Ospreay in the chest! And KICK! And KICK, but Ospreay blocks! Ospreay CLUBS the leg, HOOK KICKS, then goes up the corner! APRON OSCUTTER!!! The fans are thunderous again while the ref checks Bryan. Somehow Bryan is still in this, so Ospreay takes aim. The fans chant “WE’RE NOT WORTHY!” like they’re Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar.

Bryan stands, Ospreay runs up, FLYING HIDDEN BLADE!!! Ospreay wipes out Bryan and almost takes out the ref with him!! The fans lose their minds, the ref reprimands, but Ospreay goes for Bryan. Callis says it himself that Bryan is dead weight, so Ospreay leaves Bryan behind. Ospreay lets the ring count climb, Bryan stands at 5 of 10, only to fall over! The count is 7, 8, and Bryan flounders! Bryan gets in before 9, but Ospreay goes COAST2COAST! And then POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!?!? Callis is frustrated for Ospreay but the fans are thunderous again! “This is Wrestling!” as Ospreay powers up and aims.

Bryan sits up, into the BUZZSAW! And HEEL KICK! Ospreay goes to the ropes to springboard, but Bryan catches him!! Bryan turns Ospreay over, but Ospreay rolls and high stacks! TWO, deadlift, but Bryan shifts to a GUILLOTINE!! Ospreay is in the body scissors, but he powers out! Bryan slips free of the suplex to LA MYSTICA! And then LEBELL LOCK!!! Ospreay flails, endures, but Bryan pulls back on the hold! Ospreay fights, claws at the mat, and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay reaches out but Bryan gets that arm to make this a RINGS OF SATURN! Ospreay still endures, and again uses his legs for the ROPEBREAK!!

The fans are thunderous as Bryan has to let go again. The fans again hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” and maybe they will after all! Bryan and Ospreay rise, and Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! “YES!” “NO!” “YES!” “NO!” Bryan aims, to BUZZSAW! The fans are torn but they’re all standing as Bryan runs in, only for Ospreay to catch him! Bryan throws down elbows, but Ospreay fights the rana off! Ospreay POWER- RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Ospreay escapes, swings, but into a full nelson! Ospreay breaks it, victory rolls, TWO! Bryan has it, TWO! Bryan brings Ospreay up to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Ospreay lands out!?

But Bryan ducks the Hidden Blade! BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!?!? Ospreay survives again and the fans are electric! Bryan is too tired, he can’t even be shocked about it! The fans are again cheering “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for making this match a reality. Bryan stands and the fans know: It’s time to kick Ospreay’s head in! Bryan gets the hands, and he gives Ospreay the DRAGON STOMPS! “YES!” “NO!” “YES!” “NO!” “YES!” “NO!” “YES!” “NO!” Bryan then drops into the omoplata, but Ospreay fights the LeBelle Lock! Ospreay moves around, pushes into Bryan, but Bryan powers him down, and fishhooks his way to the crossface!

Ospreay powers up, powers through, and he rains down forearms! But Bryan powers Ospreay back to the omoplata! Ospreay still fights through and he rains down forearms! Bryan’s own arms drop, but then he drags Ospreay into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Ospreay deadlifts to POWERBOMB, but Bryan holds on! And he rains down elbows on Ospreay! The fans continue to duel, “YES!” “NO!” “YES!” “NO!” But Ospreay deadlifts, steps over, STYLES CLASH!!! But he can’t turn Bryan over, he’s that tired! The fans are electric again as Ospreay slowly stirs to life. Bryan sits up in a daze, and the two men find each other.

Ospreay and Bryan go forehead to forehead, give junkyard dog headbutts, or perhaps goat headbutts. Then they start firing haymakers! “YES!” “BRUV!” echoes out, but then Bryan HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! But Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! Bryan SLAPS back! And SLAPS again! And fires palm strikes from all sides! Ospreay is on noodle legs, Bryan gets him in, SHOULDER CAPTURE PLEX! Ospreay rises!! HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Ospreay isn’t done there, he calls his shot! Springboard, OS- BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Both men are down again and while the fans cannot believe it, they are loving it!

A standing count starts as both men stir. We pass 5 as Bryan goes to a corner. Bryan sits up at 7, and the “YES! YES! YES!” begins again. St. Louis is torn, but Ospreay goes to the other corner. Ospreay stares Bryan down as he takes off the elbow pad. This has turned to a showdown at high noon, and the fans are dueling as hard as they can! Both men run in, HIDDEN BLADE HITS FIRST!!! And then Ospreay underhooks Bryan, for the TIGER DRIVER 91!!!! Ospreay is roaring, the fans are going nuts and Bryan is writhing from being dropped right on his head! The ref calls for Doc Sampson!? But Ospreay doesn’t care, HIDDEN BLADE!!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

The Aerial Assassin respects The American Dragon, but he shows no mercy for him! The medics get in there to check on Bryan after that brutal finish, and even Callis is concerned. Ospreay realizes after that Bryan is in excruciating pain. Ospreay slayed the dragon, but did he just cut Bryan’s last year short?

 

Vacated AEW World Tag Team Championships Ladder Match: The Young Bucks VS FTR!

Matthew & Nicholas Jackson have been trying to deflect on why they lost at All In London 2023, but it’s hard to say anyone is buying it. Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood don’t even care about that day anymore, they’re more upset about how the EVPs have let power and authority go to their heads. Will FTR humble the Bucks once and for all when they bring down these belts? Or will Matt & Nick prove that they’re the real #TopGuys?

The introductions are made, the belts are already high above, and we see who are THE Three-Time AEW World Tag Team Champions!

The bell rings and the fans rally up behind FTR while booing The Bucks. The Bucks SUPERKICK but FTR block! FTR fires off hands, Dax putting Matt in a corner and Cash putting Nick on ropes. Cash UPPERCUTS Nick, Dax hurries over and they double whip, but Matt CLOBBERS Cash to stop Shatter Machine! Nick sunset flips, he and Matt set up, E V P- KNEES MEET as Dax ducks! Cash goes up, DOUBLE FLYING LARIATS! FTR hurry to fetch ladders, but the Bucks ROCK them first! Matt rains down fists on Cash, Nick sends Dax into barriers! The fans boo but Matt throws Cash into the LED apron while Nick soaks up the heat.

The Bucks regroup, get a ladder up, but Dax is in the ring! Dax runs in, but the Bucks lift the ladder out of the way. They WRECK Dax with the ladder, but then Cash DROPKICKS the ladder into the Bucks! The Bucks stagger, Cash grabs the ladder, but so does Matt! They tug-o-war, so Matt RAMS Cash into the railing! Nick ENZIGURIS Cash! The Bucks get the ladder up and into the ring, stand it up, then climb. But Dax returns to drag Nick down, then drag Matt down. Dax fires hands on Matt, whips, but Matt ducks ‘n’ dodges, to go up the ladder! Dax hurries after him, but Nick is there to CLUB Dax! Cash returns to drag Matt down!

The teams brawl again, haymakers for haymakers, until the Bucks CLAW FTR’s eyes! The Bucks send FTR into the ladders! Then they SUPERKICK FTR down! The fans boo as the Bucks fold the ladder up, to RAM Cash down! Matt puts the ladder in the ropes, Nick fetches Dax, and Nick ROCKS Dax with a right hand. Matt ROCKS Dax, too, and they put Dax on the ladder. Nick goes to the corner, Matt lifts the ladder, but Dax ROCKS Matt! Dax gets Nick to ROCKET LAUNCH him onto the ladder! Matt kicks Dax, runs, but Dax BACK DROPS Matt onto the ladder! The Bucks are both writhing, and Cash brings out TABLES!

The fans fire up as Cash props one table against railing, then stands the other up. Dax CHOPS Matt, fetches another ladder, but Matt drop toeholds Dax into steel steps! Dax crashes, taking a hit from the ladder, too! Nick PENALTY KICKS Cash from the apron! Cash flops onto the ladder, and now Matt lifts that one! Nick goes from the apron to CANNONBALL onto Cash and the ladder! Nick clutches his back, Matt shakes out his hands, but the Bucks still get the ladder in the ring. They stand it up, but Dax manages to get in the ring, too! Dax drags Nick down, CLUBS Matt’s legs and ROCKS him! But Nick CLUBS Dax!

The Bucks mug Dax, DECK him, and then Nick goes out to grab a chair. We’re now in TLC territory, and Dax is busted open! Matt shows it off to the fans before he ELBOWS Dax in the head. Nick SMACKS Dax with the chair! Matt has a chair now, he SMACKS Dax! The Bucks kick Dax around, then they bring him over to the shorter ladder. They put Dax inside the ladder, pressing it down on him, and Nick SMACKS away with the chair! Cash returns so Nick CHUCKS the ladder into his face! The fans boo but the Bucks soak up the heat. Dax sputters through the crimson mask as he crawls out of the ladder.

The fans boo as Nick leans the ladders in the corners. The Bucks double whip Dax hard into the ladder, and the ladder even falls onto Dax! The Bucks mug Cash now, and whip him hard into ladder! Cash bounces off and writhes around while a ref checks Dax’s wound. The Bucks soak up more heat, and Matt rains down fists on Dax’s bloody forehead! Nick goes out to bring out another table. He has an idea, so Matt joins in. They set a ladder bridge up between apron and timekeeper’s area. They mug Dax, bloody as he already is, and they double whip Dax into the bridge! Dax flounders and sputters, and the Bucks go to get Cash.

The Bucks double whip Cash, but he slides under! Cash RAMS the ladder into the Bucks, goes up onto the ladder, and he ASAI MOONSAULTS off it! Cash takes out The Bucks, and it seems FTR’s done away with the days of “No Flips, Just Fists.” Cash puts Matt on the ladder bridge, stands him up, but Nick trips Cash up! Cash falls into the rungs, right on his Revival! The Bucks then get on the ladder, sit Cash up, E V P TRIGGER!!! Cash flops out of the ladder, The Bucks soak up the heat, and they go back to the ring. Dax is there with a ladder but Matt kicks him low! Matt bumps Dax off buckles, then throws hands.

Dax flops into the ropes, Matt and Nick coordinate again. Matt moves the short ladder aside so he and Nick can bring Dax to the ropes. They double suplex, but Cash makes the save! FTR DOUBLE SUPLEX The Bucks! Cash rallies with haymakers, then whips! Cash gives Matt a back drop! Cash whips Nick but Nick reverses, but Cash ducks ‘n’ dodges! Nick leaps but into a POWERSLAM! Cash roars and the fans fire up! Cash gets the tall ladder and he stands that back up under the belts. Cash climbs, but Matt hurries after him! Matt YANKS Cash down, climbs up, but Cash Electric Chair Lifts! Dax is up top, STEINER BULLDOG!!

The fans cheer as Dax drags himself back up. Dax sputters, but he sees he’s the only one standing. Dax paces around, gets Matt’s legs, and he steps through! SHARPSHOOTER! Cash positions the ladder so that it pins Matt down! Cash climbs, but Nick SUPERKICKS Dax! Nick then hurries after Cash and throws hands! Cash falls off the ladder, but Dax is back to YANK Nick down, into a SLINGSHOT SITOUT POWERBOMB! But Matt SUPERKICKS Dax! Matt runs at Cash, Cash puts him on the apron! Cash runs to DIVE and send Matt down through table and railing!! Nick hurries after Dax, but Dax kicks low!

Dax reels Nick in, but Nick RANAS Dax down through a table!! Everyone is down around ringside, this is becoming a human demolition derby. Nick and Cash return in the ring, but Nick gets the short ladder to stand it up next to the other. Nick climbs both ladders and he throws hands on Cash! Cash hits back, but so does Nick! Matt and Dax are back somehow, and they go after each other, as well as after Cash and Nick! The four men brawl, grab for belts, and Cash falls! Dax DECKS Nick, but Matt SMACKS Dax off rungs! Matt reaches up but the belts are moving around! Dax shakes the ladder, pulls a shoe off, and then SHATTER MACHINE!!!

Nick crawls, he has a chair, and he JAMS Cash with it! And he JAMS Dax with it! Nick SMACKS Cash, SMACKS Cash again, then leaves him behind. Nick drags the short ladder to a corner, so he can SMACK Cash off the tall one! Nick then puts the tall ladder in another corner. Nick stomps Cash, climbs a corner to then climb the ladder, but Dax hurries up after him! Dax throws hands on Nick, Cash climbs the taller ladder! The fans fire up as we get a SUPER DUPER POWER, and a SUPER DUPER GLORY!! The fans are thunderous while all four men are down again! FTR regroup and they get the short ladder under the belts.

Dax intercepts Matt but Matt still fights around. Matt powers Dax into the ladder and tips it over! Cash HOTSHOTS off ropes, then Matt SUPERKICKS him! Matt TOSSES Dax out, but Dax trips Matt up! Dax SMACKS Matt off the ladder bridge! And again! Nick has Cash on a table! Nick goes up a corner, but Dax has Matt on the bridge! Nick 450 SPLASHES through the table!! But then Dax LADDER PILE DRIVERS!!! The bridge gives way, that’s bad for both men! The fans are losing their minds at this pure carnage! “This is Awesome!” as Nick and Dax each get out of the respective piles of wreckage. Dax gets in the ring first, and he brings a ladder around.

Dax climbs, but Nick springboards up to join him! Nick then SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS Dax down!! Dax is dazed while Nick goes to the ladder and climbs! But Cash is back! Cash drags Nick down, dodges a lariat, then clotheslines Nick up and out of the ring! Nick grazes a ladder that was sitting there on the apron, but he still stands back up. Cash builds speed, DIVES but through a table!! Nick avoids disaster but Cash crashes ‘n’ burns! The fans lose their minds again after seeing another human car crash! Nick drags himself back to the ring where Dax is getting a ladder up again. Dax drags himself up but Nick follows!

The fans chant “Please Be Careful!” and maybe they should’ve started with that. Nick and Dax throw hands, Nick grabs for a belt! Dax ROCKS Nick, Nick ROCKS Dax! Each man grabs for a belt, but then they throw hands again! Dax SMACKS Nick with a belt!! The fans are thunderous, but that’s because a man in a Sting mask jumps into the ring! The man SHOVES the ladder over! Security grabs him, unmasks him, and it’s JACK PERRY!!! The Scapegoat smiles and fans are losing their minds! Nick smiles, too, as he climbs the ladder, and brings down a belt! The Bucks win!!

Winners: The Young Bucks (NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions)

Jack Perry returns from NJPW, and even breaks the law, all to help Matthew & Nicholas!! The Bucks are the first THREE-TIME AEW World Tag Team Champions thanks to Jack, will the EVPs return the favor by bailing him out?

 

AEW World Championship: Samoa Joe VS Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana!

The One True King of Wrestling Television? Well, hard to argue with Samoa Joe considering he willingly gave up the ROH World Television Championship so that he could reach the highest heights. The Realest is taking aim at those same heights, and when you come for the king, you best not miss. Will Swerve hit the killshot on Joe? Or will there be no stopping Joe’s reign of terror?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who makes this their Dynasty!

The bell rings and the fans are fired up again as the two circle. “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” echo out, and the two tie up. Joe powers Swerve to a corner, grinds his forearms in, then lets off to say this is HIS house. The fans boo but Joe just smirks as he and Swerve reset. The two go again, Joe powers Swerve to another corner but Swerve turns it around. Swerve lets off slowly, but Joe and Swerve each take a testing kick. The two reset, feel things out, then Joe KNEES low! Swerve sputters as he drops to his knees, but Joe brings him up to CHOP! Swerve staggers to a corner, Joe storms up and whips him corner to corner.

Joe runs up but into a BOOT! Swerve goes up, leaps, but Joe steps aside. Except Swerve counted on that! Swerve lands on his feet, and DROPKICKS Joe down! The fans fire up as Swerve outsmarts Joe, then builds speed, to DIVE! But Joe catches Swerve to URENAGE onto the desk! Joe is furious, and he CHOPS Swerve right off the desk! Commentary moves aside so Joe can fetch Swerve, and Joe TOSSES Swerve back over the desk! Joe then storms around, and he starts pulling up floor mats! Swerve gets into the ring and the ref reprimands, but then Swerve FOSBURY FLOPS! Down goes Joe and the fans fire up!

Joe sits up, Swerve KICKS him around! Swerve then goes to the apron, runs up, but Joe blocks the boot to YANK Swerve into position! But Swerve pops free of the Muscle Buster! Swerve BOOTS, runs up, but into a POWERSLAM onto the concrete!! The fans lose their minds while Joe roars! Joe drags Swerve up, puts him in the ring, and the fans rally again with “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Joe paces around Swerve as he sits up. Joe JABS and Swerve falls right over! Joe taunts Swerve, JABS and JABS and JABS again! Joe JABS, JABS, JABS and he sits Swerve down in the corner! The fans boo but Joe soaks it up.

Joe goes back to Swerve, drags him up, and then HEADBUTTS! Swerve wobbles, but he comes back to CHOP! And CHOP again! Nana coaches Swerve on as he CHOPS and fires hands! Joe SWATS and then LEG SWEEPS! Swerve falls on his face and clutches his nose! Joe looms over Swerve, drags him back up, and then CHOPS him on the back! And KICKS him in the front! Then runs to FLASH ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Swerve hangs in there and the fans rally up. Joe clamps onto Swerve with a neck wrench. Swerve endures as Joe tries to twist his head off. The fans continue to rally, Swerve fights around, but Joe throws him down!

Joe mockingly applauds so the fans boo. Joe chuckles, then he kicks Swerve. Swerve kicks from below, Joe kicks again, repeat! Joe then throws down a punch! Swerve goes to ropes, Joe CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS him again! ROLLING ELBOW! Joe snapmares Swerve, then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Swerve shakes his head and the fans rally up but Joe keeps cool. Nana coaches Swerve, but Swerve can’t even stand. Joe makes Swerve stand so he can CHOP! Swerve CHOPS back! Joe CHOPS again! Swerve BOOTS! And CHOPS! And fires boxing elbows! Swerve runs, but into an ELBOW from Joe!

Swerve tumbles out of the ring, Joe goes out after him, and Joe throws body shots. Joe throws more hands, then clotheslines! Swerve ducks, Joe’s arm hits POST! Swerve gets in the ring, Joe hurries to the apron, but Swerve HOTSHOTS that bad arm! Swerve peels away the padding on the crossbar, and then gets Joe’s arm for a HANGING ARMBAR! Joe endures, the ref counts, and Swerve BOOTS Joe away. Swerve hurries in to KICK the arm! And then wrench it for an ARMBAR CODE BREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Joe toughs it out but Swerve keeps his cool. Nana continues to coach Swerve and he brings Joe up.

Swerve half nelsons but Joe elbows free! So Swerve ROCKS Joe in the back, then KICKS the legs! Swerve CLUBS the bad arm, waistlocks, and uses ropes to help in the GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Joe survives again but Swerve shakes his head. Joe rises, Swerve runs up to fire off fast hands! Swerve CHOPS, runs, but Joe catches him to a SLEEPER! Swerve drops to BOOT from below! Swerve then dodges Joe, goes up and around, SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Swerve grows frustrated as Joe goes to a corner. The fans rally, Swerve storms up, but Joe CHOPS! Joe goes up, but Swerve throws body shots!

Swerve CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS again! Joe wobbles, Swerve climbs, and the fans fire up as Swerve CLUBS away on the bad arm! Swerve then hits a FLYING ARMBAR BULLDOG! Then he wraps on a SHORT ARM SCISSOR! Joe endures, but Swerve shifts! Joe holds off the armbar and powers through, but Swerve has the TRIANGLE HOLD! Joe deadlifts Swerve, to BUCKLE BOMB him! And then Joe brings Swerve up, tucks him in, MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!??! Joe is beside himself that Swerve survived his best shot! Joe storms out of the ring, Nana asks where he’s going, and Joe grabs his belt! Nana says Joe can’t just leave, but Joe scares him off!

Joe isn’t leaving, he gets in the ring with his belt! Only to get a HOUSE CALL!! Joe’s stuck in ropes and Swerve goes up! 450 SPLASH GUILLOTINE!! Then Swerve goes back up, Joe flounders around, into the KILL STOMPS!!! Cover, TWO!!! Now Joe survives Swerve’s best shot!! Swerve storms up, but Joe CLAWS at Swerve’s face! Nana protests, but Joe grabs the belt again! Nana tells the ref to watch out, but Swerve BOOTS Joe first! Swerve has the belt, but Joe ducks the shot! COQUINA CLUTCH!!! Joe has Swerve caught and Swerve flails! Joe’s bad hand is having a hard time holding on, and the fans rally for Swerve to keep fighting!

Swerve reaches out, pries at the bad hand, and sits up! Joe is losing his grip, and Swerve bends fingers! Swerve stands, wrangles and gets Joe down, then traps the other arm! Swerve stands on the bad arm, to SNAP it!! Joe writhes in agony and Swerve looks to the belt. It inspires him, motivates him, and Swerve says this is it! Swerve reloads and aims from a corner! HOUSE CALL!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Joe survives and Swerve can’t believe it! The fans are rallying, Nana tells Swerve he’s got this in the bag! Swerve climbs up a corner again, but his own body is hurting. Joe trips Swerve up! Joe CLUBS away on Swerve, brings him up to the top rope, and fireman’s carries!

Swerve CLUBS away on Joe! And he twists Joe’s nose! Swerve stares Joe right in the eyes, jumps, but Joe gets under! Swerve comes back to carry Joe out for a POWERBOMB!! And then Swerve goes back up, for the KILL STOMPS!!! Cover, SWERVE WINS!!!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall (NEW AEW World Champion)

St. Louis explodes with excitement! The Gateway City has become the gateway to history as The Realest finally has this championship! And the first African American AEW World Champion at that! The purple confetti and all sorts of pyro goes off as Swerve celebrates with the fans! Whose Dynasty? SWERVE’S DYNASTY! Long Live the NEW King of Wrestling Television, long may he reign!


My Thoughts:

An awesome event for the first-ever AEW Dynasty, especially with that main event. Awesome stuff from Swerve and Joe as always, and of course a great win and crowning moment for Swerve. He’s been MLW World Champion but no offense to MLW, Swerve has been waiting a long time for a world title of this level. He did great in NXT though never getting THE NXT Championship, it was unfortunate that Vince could not figure out a damn thing to do with Hit Row, and even Swerve’s early days in AEW were hit and miss. But Swerve never gave up, he won the fans over, and now he has his moment, I’m sure Dynamite this Wednesday will greet him with “You Deserve It!”

I did skip most of the Zero Hour stuff because it’s on YouTube for free, and because that’s just an extra hour AEW needs to really trim down. If AEW is going to be doing their own 12 PPVs a year, they gotta start streamlining things, realizing some things are better for TV like Collision or Rampage and only the most important stuff needs to be here. Though I will say, great to see Mike Sydal with Matt, and then Trent goes and destroys them both for the fun of it. Chuck Taylor made the save, Trent acts like Chuck’s the one in the wrong, can’t wait to see those guys have it out. And great stuff for Cassidy & Shibata as they won, I wonder if those two stick together as a tag team.

I did still cover the Trios title match because that’s some big stuff. That’s like the one match that was still PPV preshow worthy cuz it’s certainly important. I guessed right that Bullet Club Gold was winning, but I’m surprised they didn’t cheat. But hopefully they do what I was also thinking, Bang Bang Gang needs to be part of AEW programming like Collision but also part of ROH weekly programming because they are the trios champions of both promotions now and Tony Khan needs to remember that. ROH is prerecorded, sure, but just edit in a backstage segment from tonight into ROH this week so that at least they’re on the episode.

I didn’t expect the Continental Championship to open but it was an awesome match to start us off. I figured Okada would win, but I like the sneaky way he used the ref against Pac to do it. Then combined with The Bucks winning the tag titles, we have a new Golden Elite. That Ladder Match was a little scary, though, especially when it ended up following a scary moment to end Bryan VS Ospreay. Cash also didn’t really sell getting crotched on the ladder and taking an EVP as much as he should’ve. But then, with all the foreshadowing, of course Jack Perry returns to screw FTR over and help his new friends in The Bucks. Forbidden Door may not be until June but I’d love if Jack brings House of Torture around, we get a weird alliance of HOT and Elite going towards that PPV.

Speaking of that Bryan VS Ospreay match, that was an absolute epic, but I’m unsure what to make of the finish. Bryan’s faked bad neck and such before, so maybe he was acting here for story. Ospreay is happy he won but worried he overdid it with Bryan, that could be another thing that tears him away from the Don Callis Family. Meanwhile, great Six Man Tag of House of Black VS Edge, Briscoe & Eddie. They did a great job with the black mist spot leading to the finish, great win for House of Black and I would think this gives us Double or Nothing’s TNT Championship match, Edge VS Malakai.

Following House of Black with more House of Black was a natural move, and Willow VS Julia felt rather quick. There was rumors that Julia has been nursing an injury so they probably made this a quick win to spare her from getting any more beat up. But at the same time, of course it was going to be Willow VS Mone for Double or Nothing. They were teasing that things could still change in the next month, but I feel like if Julia had defenses along the way and didn’t lose, Willow can have defenses along the way and not lose. If Mone wins, Willow’s reign will be short, but if she gets two or three defenses in beforehand, the reign won’t look weak. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to look, we all have different opinions on what builds a reign.

On the flipside, AEW kinda fast-tracked us to title matches for Roddy VS Kyle and Hook VS Jericho. They didn’t have to shoehorn turns to then shoehorn more matches onto this card, but Tony Khan seems to have pacing problems. Roddy of course won in part thanks to Wardlow, and then unfortunately, Jericho won to prolong this feud. But y’know what? Kudos to Hook taking a baseball bat as the finish. A good detail in the International Championship was Cole frowning at Wardlow. Feels like with how Wardlow almost messed up his distraction, he’s on thin ice with Cole and any misstep will get him a superkick and then kicked out of the Kingdom.

Great Women’s World Championship match out of Toni Storm and Rosa, great looks from both their gear tonight. Storm of course had Mariah May there to help, but logical move for Deonna to go after Mariah. Storm retaining made some sense, she’s just too good as this character and the fans love her so much. I’m still sticking by my idea that Mina Shirakawa is gonna come around to this title because of her connection to Mariah and how Mariah will have to choose between her two mentors. Storm can retain the title but lose Mariah so that then Mariah and Storm battle for the belt, maybe at All In London 2024.

My Score: 9.2/10


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