NXT has breakouts, badasses, and Bronson Reed VS Adam Cole BAYBAY!
While Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher want to bruise the Bruiserweight & Oney, Adam Cole looks to show us all why NXT is still HIS brand! Who gets torn up and who gets washed away by a Tsunami?
- Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher VS Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan; Dunne & Lorcan win.
- NXT Breakout Tournament 2021 Opening Round: Carmelo Hayes VS Josh Briggs; Hayes wins and advances to the next round.
- Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Franky Monet & Jessi Kamea w/ Robert Stone; Catanzaro & Carter win.
- Hit Row VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
- Adam Cole VS Bronson Reed; Cole wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher VS Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan!
When it comes to being badass, when it comes to being technically sound, Old Man Ciampa and #ToothlessTimmy are each of those things. But the Bruiserweight says he’s the top in both categories, and the Boston Brawler is willing to back him up on it! Will Ciampa & Thatcher make Dunne & Oney put their money where their mouths are?
The teams sort out, Dunne is ready and starts with Thatcher. Fans fire up, the two tie up, and Dunne puts Thatcher on ropes. Thatcher brings Dunne away to get the wristlock. Thatcher shifts to a hammerlock, Dunne works on an escape with his leg to then get a leg. Thatcher stays up to slap Dunne but Dunne turns Thatcher over to tie up the legs! Thatcher turns back over, they knuckle lock and Thatcher gets up. The test of strength bends Dunne back but he bridges! Thatcher sweeps a leg to get a cover, TWO as Dunne bridges again. Thatcher stands on Dunne’s face then gets the ARMABAR! But Dunne slips right out to get the legs again!
Dunne twists, Thatcher tries to kick Dunne away but Dunne lets off. Fans rally and duel as the two stand off. Dunne and Thatcher knuckle lock again, Thatcher turns to wrench but Dunne drops to drag Thatcher into a triangle! Thatcher stays up, and gets a leg for a HALF CRAB! Dunne rolls, gets Thatcher’s leg for a heel hook, but Thatcher makes it a cover. TWO, Thatcher boots Dunne away and Ciampa tags in! Fans cheer but then Dunne tags out to Oney! Oney and Ciampa tie up, Ciampa headlocks and holds on as Oney tries to power out. Ciampa grinds, Oney powers up but Oney still can’t power out!
Oney pushes Ciampa to a corner with fingers in the face. The ref counts and Oney lets off at 4, and Oney CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS, SLAPS Oney on the back, then throws him through the ropes to KNEE off the apron! Fans fire up as Ciampa stares at Dunne. Ciampa goes out to get Oney, mocks the shrug, then puts Oney in the ring to stomp him! Tag to Thatcher, Thatcher knees Oney at the ropes. Thatcher wrenches Oney’s arm to a double wristlock, throws Oney down with it and has the arm mounted for a short arm scissor. Oney endures, clasps hands, but Thatcher drags him away to tag in Ciampa. Ciampa stomps Oney, wrenches the arm and then isolates it.
Ciampa mocks Dunne’s fist-to-jaw pose, then stomps Oney’s arm! Oney scrambles away to tag in Dunne! Dunne and Ciampa tie up, go around, and Ciampa wrenches an arm. Dunne whips, things speed up, and Dunne CLOBBERS Ciampa! Dunne gets an arm and wrenches it to twist the wrist and bend the fingers. Ciampa snapmares Dunne down, clamps on a chinlock, and Thatcher intercepts Oney! They both CLUB away on Dunne’s and Oney’s chests! The ref reprimands, Oney turns things around on Thatcher and they fall out of the ring. Dunne gets Ciampa’s finger to bend it, but Ciampa throws Dunne out! Dunne and Oney both get tossed into boards!
Ciampa and Thatcher sit on the announce desk as Ciampa applauds himself and pats himself on the back! Fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.
Ciampa and Thatcher go back to get Dunne and Oney, and Ciampa CHOPS Dunne against barriers! Thatcher does the same to Oney, but Dunne CHOPS Ciampa back! Ciampa RAMS Dunne into the barriers then CHOPS him again! Ciampa gets Dunne in the ring, whips him to ropes and CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Thatcher leaves Oney behind to tag in, and Thatcher gets Dunne’s arm to stomp it down! Thatcher gets Dunne on ropes, the ref counts, but Thatcher lets off with a snarl. Dunne sucker punches Thatcher down! Then dropkicks him! Dunne gets Thatcher up to CHOP him to the corner! Tag to Oney and they double wrench and double CHOP Thatcher down!
Oney gets Thatcher back up for EuroUppers, but also keeps Thatcher from Ciampa. Oney RAMS Thatcher in the corner with shoulders, then tags Dunne in. Dunne gets a leg, brings Thatcher down with a toehold and then hooks up the legs into a TRAILER HITCH! Thatcher endures and Ciampa coaches him, but Dunne shifts to get an arm. Thatcher clasps hands to avoid a Fujiwara Armbar and then he rolls Dunne. Dunne rolls Thatcher back, drags him away, and tags Oney while keeping Thatcher down. Oney stomps Thatcher, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Oney CHOPS, stomps, and brings Thatcher around to DECK him with a EuroUpper!
Oney paces, then gets Thatcher’s leg for a standing heel hook. Thatcher holds onto Oney’s leg to prevent the Crab, but Oney fights through that to still turn Thatcher! Thatcher crawls to a ROPEBREAK as NXT returns to single picture. Oney stands on Thatcher, tags Dunne and Dunne hooks up the legs. Tag back to Oney, Dunne gets Thatcher up in a surfboard and Oney CHOPS away! The ref counts Dunne but he lets go as Oney CHOPS Thatcher a fourth time! Oney dares Thatcher to tag Ciampa but Thatcher EuroUPpers! Oney EuroUppers and rocks Thatcher! Thatcher and Oney each grab each other by the ears! Thatcher blocks a chop to CHOP Oney!
Oney wobbles, Thatcher grabs at him but Oney grabs Thatcher by the chin! SLAP! SLAP! SLAP! Thatcher breaks the half nelson to ENZIGURI! Hot tags to Dunne and Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on both Dunne and Oney! Ciampa starts up the endless clotheslines in the corner! Dunne, Oney, and back again! Ciampa ducks the retaliation from Dunne and Oney to hit a DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Thatcher gets in, he and Ciampa fire each other up, and they unleash endless clotheslines and EuroUppers! But Oney CLOBBERS Thatcher! Ciampa comes back to DISCUS Oney! Dunne ROCKS Ciampa but Ciampa comes back with forearms!
They go back and forth, Dunne wobbles but sidesteps Ciampa to SNAP GERMAN! Dunne STOMPS the hands, then BUZZSAWS! Pump handle, BITTER- NO! Ciampa drags Dunne down to the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Oney grabs Dunne’s hand but Thatcher drags Oney out with an ANKLE LOCK! But then BLAM! RIDGE HOLLAND is back!? And he clobbered Thatcher?! Oney breaks Ciampa’s hold on Dunne but Ciampa KNEES Oney out! Dunne rolls Ciampa up, TWO!! Pump handle, BITTER END!! Cover, Dunne & Oney win!
Winners: Pete Dunne & Oney Lorcan, by pinfall
Northern Grit gets in the ring with Dunne & Oney! Ridge got hurt because of Oney all those months ago, but he’s on their side now?! They beat down Thatcher & Ciampa! Ciampa is made to watch as Ridge scoop SLAMS Thatcher into ropes! And then again! Then they feed Ciampa to Ridge’s uppercut! “You like that, Tommaso? You like that?!” Fans chant, “YOU SUCK!” as this new trio, will they be the new Kings of NXT?
NXT hears from Carmelo Hayes.
Just 26 years old out of Boston, Massachusetts, he doesn’t wait for opportunities. He took Kushida to the limit, stepped right up to Adam Cole, all opportunities he took. This tournament is THE opportunity, and there will be only one man that comes out on top. And you’re looking at him, the brightest star of them all!
Samoa Joe arrives.
And in his hands is a very formal folder. What business proposition is inside? We’ll find out after the break!
Hit Row speaks.
Swerve says last week, they produced a bop, courtesy of Joaquin Wilde’s back. Swerve’s been after Santos Escobar for so long now, but spooky season has arrived. It’s a Hit Row Summer. B-Fab talks trash on Legado in Espanol, and translation: if you didn’t know, now you know. Swerve plays the guitar, and if Wilde’s back had no back-up cuz his boys left him flat. Top Dolla knows Spanish, too, as he says Escobar may be El Jefe, but he ain’t in charge in NXT. Hit Row are the kings of the jungle, and Adonis says there are still jokers like Imperium talking real spicy. So pause, rewind, and watch your mouths. Talk that talk again, and y’all gonna get knocked out!
Maybe Hit Row needs to speak Imperium’s language so they can understand. Dolla talks with a European accent to tell Imperium that if they’re gonna pop off, they’ll get popped. If you didn’t know, now you know.
Samoa Joe heads to the ring!
Joe gets a table and a chair out the second he hits ringside, and sets it all up in the middle of the ring. Joe gets a mic to say, “Karrion Kross! I could come out here and bark about you until I’m blue in the face, but I’m well aware you’re too much of a gutless coward to be in the building right now.” So instead, Joe was proactive. Mr. Regal, please join Joe in the ring, sir. William Regal does walk out to the ring and Joe offers him the seat. Regal stays standing and Joe understands Regal’s anger. Joe sees the rage in his eyes and Joe understands. What Karrion did was reprehensible and wrong, and tonight, Regal wants to fire Kross. But Joe wants Regal to listen to his “much better solution.”
We can all be satisfied in three easy steps. Step one: Joe tenders his resignation as management effective immediately. Step two: Joe is reactivated as an NXT Superstar! Fans love the sound of all that! Regal takes the pen, and signs Joe to the roster! And that leads us to step three: making Kross VS Joe for the NXT Championship at TakeOver 36!! Fans really love the sound of that! Regal signs that and it is done!! Fans chant, “Thank You, Regal! Thank You, Regal!” and Joe secures the paperwork. The clock is ticking on Kross’ time, will Mr. Doomsday be the one to face the apocalypse?
NXT hears from Josh Briggs.
From Nothing, Arizona, he will go through Hayes to reach his destiny. There will be bodies and dreams left broken as his hand is held high as this tournament’s winner.
NXT sees that LA Knight went golfing.
Cameron Grimes asks how long Knight needs him to wash his balls. Grimes, don’t shout that! Just let him see. Okay, these are fine. They go on and Grimes asks Knight for his driver. Grimes IS his driver. No, the club! Grimes grabs the club, but this is the sand wedge. Grimes mishears it as “sandwich” and thinks Knight is hungry. Grimes, as the caddy, you need to know each and every one of the clubs in the bag. The driver is the big, long one! Right, Mr. Knight, sir. Knight lines up but Grimes makes a bet that Knight hits the ball into the trees. Knight tells Grimes to stand off to the side and Grimes moves over. But Grimes then interrupts the swing by saying this should be a $5000 bet.
Knight is trying to concentrate so shut up! Right, sorry, Mr. Knight. Knight hits the ball, and wouldn’t you know? It goes into the trees. Grimes says Knight owes him 5 grand! Knight doesn’t owe Grimes a thing, and tells him to go fetch the ball. Yes, Mr. Knight. Knight is heated and not just from the summer heat. Will he get through nine holes with Grimes opening his mouth every time?
NXT Breakout Tournament 2021 Opening Round: Carmelo Hayes VS Josh Briggs!
The opening round is in the second half and we see if Hayes has any hope of getting past big, bad Briggs! Who faces Duke Hudson in the semifinals?
The bell rings and fans are on Hayes’ side as he stares down with Briggs. They tie up, Briggs scoops and SLAMS Hayes, then tells him to just leave. Hayes gets up, gets away from Briggs, but Briggs scoops him again. Hayes slips off to fire forearms and chops! Briggs blocks the whip, whips Hayes, and then catches Hayes’ springboard into a BEARHUG! Briggs clubs Hayes, Hayes fights out and BOOTS Briggs to a corner! Hayes fires off hands, Briggs shoves him away. Briggs runs in but Hayes dropkicks a leg out! Briggs hits buckles, Hayes swings to throw in a knee! Fans fire up for Hayes as he runs but Briggs TOSSES him up and out!
Hayes is down on the outside and a ring count begins. Briggs goes out after Hayes at 5, puts Hayes back in, but Hayes gets Briggs in the ropes to kick him! And kick, and kick, and kick! Hayes then springboards for IMPLODING LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Hayes clamps on with a chinlock but Briggs fights up. Hayes clubs Briggs, Briggs fights up and lifts Hayes, but Hayes makes it a GUILLOTINE! Briggs endures, reaches out, clubs Hayes on the back, but drops to a knee. Hayes holds on, Briggs pries free so Hayes fires off forearms! Briggs shoves Hayes and CLOBBERS him with a back elbow! Fans boo but Briggs scowls as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Briggs grinds Hayes down with a chinlock and a knee in the back. Briggs CLUBS Hayes, and we see that Duke Hudson has joined commentary to watch this closely. Hayes fights up, throws body shots, but Briggs scoops Hayes for a SIDEWEALK SLAM, and a BIG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Hayes survives and Brigg scowls but fans fire up. Hudson says Briggs is a big boy, tall as a tree, but Hudson can cut trees down. Briggs gets Hayes up but Hayes fights the bomb! Hayes RANAS Briggs to a corner! Briggs comes back, blocks a boot but Hayes ENZIGURIS! And ENZIGURIS again! Hayes dodges Briggs to springboard, FLYING HEADBUTT!
Fans fire up as both men are down! Briggs and Hayes go to opposite corners. Hudson says whoever win this will have it tough against him next round. Briggs storms after Hayes but Hayes dodges to cravat KNEE SMASH and then again! Briggs staggers but he choke grips Hayes! Hayes slips out of the slam to CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Briggs survives but Hayes keeps his focus. Fans rally up, Hayes gets Briggs up and reels him in, but Briggs tosses Hayes away! Hayes comes back to BOOT Briggs in the corner! Hayes rolls, returns, but Briggs BOOTS Hayes in return! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!! Hayes lives and shocks Briggs!
Fans rally up even harder as Hayes stirs. Briggs gets up, runs, but Hayes dodges! Briggs finds him in the corner to BOOT him, and then scoops him, but Hayes tilt-o-whirls out of the slam to hit a take down! Hayes runs and hits another tilt-o-whirl takedown! Hayes then goes to a corner, climbs up and leaps, FLYING LEG DROP!! Cover, Hayes wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
The brightest star outshines Briggs, and Hudson looks forward to this one. But will Hudson have as easy of a time as he thinks? Or will Hayes topple another tower on the way to the top?
Backstage interview with Franky Monet.
She has Jessi Kamea and Robert Stone by her side as McKenzie congratulates her on another victory. But what is the exact relationship with the Robert Stone Brand? Franky says there are so many possibilities. She could merge with them, making them more powerful than ever, or he could rebuild them from the ground up. Maybe she and Jessi could go after the tag titles! Stone loves that but Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro walk in. O M G, Franky thinks it’s that easy to just walk in here and be champions~? It’s not! Franky can’t just throw together chemistry. KC Squared is a unit, in and out of the ring. They even finish each other’s- sentences! Right! So Franky, get your ass to the back of the line!
Franky says she’s sHaKiNg in her boots. But seriously, their spunk is cute, but now it’s just super annoying. Jessi says it’s definitely annoying. They leave and Stone quickly agrees that KC Squared is annoying. But will La Wera Loca overlook them and be left behind in the title race?
NXT checks back in with Knight and Grimes.
Knight checks the grade of the green, Grimes does commentary. “Mr. Knight steps up to a miraculous par three here with a lot of confidence.” Knight gets annoyed and tells Grimes to shut it. Grimes does commentary a little quieter but it still throws Knight off, and he hits right into the water hazard. Grimes laughs and says that’s TEN thousand Knight owes him now! Knight asks if Grimes can swim. Yes, he can. Then go get the ball! What? Grimes throws off the cowboy boots and as a man of his word, a man has to do what a man has to do. Grimes was only a few feet in when he grabs the ball.
Ted DeBiase rides up!? What’s he doing here?! Grimes is asking him that? What’s GRIMES doing in the water? Getting a golf ball. DeBiase tells Grimes that “guys like Knight, all they’re ever gonna do is hang you out to dry. But why are you doing this? You’re better than this!” Grimes is a man of his word, though. He thought DeBiase would be m ore upset if he didn’t do this. What DeBiase knows is Grimes wasn’t born to be a butler. He was born to be a champion! Grimes, don’t lose your pride. Fight for what you believe in! And the Grimes that DeBiase knows is a fighter! Think on that. Grimes does think, but will he step up to the Million Dollar Megastar?
NXT Media catches up with Ridge, Dunne & Oney.
Why did Ridge Holland attack Thatcher & Ciampa tonight? It’s none of our business. Thatcher’s not the first person Ridge has smashed up, and he won’t be the last. Ridge rolls on with Dunne and Oney, who else will be mangled by Northern Grit?
Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai head to the ring!
The NXT Women’s Champion and her partner in crime are back after Ricky Desperado dominated and damaged Xia Li in last week’s title defense. Raquel gets a mic to say, “I crushed one of the most feared superstars in the Women’s Division. I have dominated every single person who has stepped up to the plate.” Who is next? Raquel is THE greatest women’s champion in WWE today! And all she has to say is, “Keep ’em coming.” Dakota says 18 months ago, Raquel debuted. And she’s been unstoppable ever since. Dakota tells people that her best friend, Big Mami Cool, is the most dominant woman in NXT history! More dominant than Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Shayna Baszler.
Raquel defeated great champions such as Rhea Ripley, Io Shirai, Ember Moon, and that list will go on and on! “Do you know why the NXT Women’s Division is one of the greatest? It’s because of one woman.” NXT TakeOver is four weeks away, so Dakota will ask this: Who is woman enough to challenge Raquel? Any takers? Huh? Who knows in their soul they can walk down the ramp, stand in the ring and face Raquel? Anyone? Anyone at all? We’re waiting~! None! No one! Dakota and Raquel have been through so much together. As long as they have each other’s back, Raquel will always be champion! Raquel agrees and fires up as she gets up on the corner.
But as Raquel hops back down, Dakota BOOTS her down!! #CobraKai strikes again! She holds the belt up as she stands over Raquel and fans are fired up for Dakota! Dakota says SHE is woman enough! The first shot has been fired, but who shoots the last at TakeOver 36?
Adam Cole speaks.
“Lately, everybody has been trying to attach themselves to yours truly. Last week, you’ve got Kyle O’Reilly screaming my name like an absolute maniac. And then also last week, Bronson Reed. He’s talking to Wade Barrett, he’s talking about how Adam Cole is gonna be his rebound? Are you kidding me?” Adam Cole is not someone’s rebound, he is at the top of the mountain. And tonight, Cole makes Reed fall off the mountain. There is a reason Reed lost his North American Championship: he’s not good enough. Cole couldn’t give a DAMN about Reed’s 14 year journey, because tonight will be another very sad chapter, written by Adam Cole BAYBAY.
NXT Media watches Io Shirai finish training.
But as she exits, Zoey Stark walks over to say she no longer has to train alone. They’re the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions now! They should train together, create a bond, a relationship! Relationship? Like a friendship? Yes! No thanks. Oh, okay, hold on. Maybe not friends, but teammates. They should hang out, get on the same page. Shirai respects Stark but she doesn’t like her. Yes, okay, she doesn’t like her yet. This can be good for them. They can hang out, and if Shirai trusts Stark, it’ll work out. Fine… Okay! Stark promises Shirai won’t regret this! But will Stark be able to keep up her end of the bargain?
Mandy Rose is spotted talking with other female superstars.
Mandy is trying to get Gigi Dolan and Jacy Jayne to agree to something, but Jacy points out the camera. Mandy shoos the media, this is a private conversation. But then, what is it about?
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Franky Monet & Jessi Kamea w/ Robert Stone!
KC Squared told #BougieBad that a team isn’t just two people put together. But will Franky give them her brand of bad in her tag team “premiere?”
The teams sort out and Kayden starts with Jessi. They circle while Wade Barrett defends Robert Stone’s “men’s clutch bag,” aka murse. Kayden dodges Jessi, fans cheer her own, and Kayden does a little dance to taunt Jessi. But Jessi taunts Kayden back by calling for a test of strength, and pointing out the height difference. Kayden dodges the kick to give a kick, and then she waistlocks to O’Conner Roll! ONE, Kacy tags in and Kayden dropkicks Jessi! Kayden whips Kacy so she can trip Jessi, then Kayden adds another dropkick! Kacy gets up to slingshot senton Jessi back down! Cover, ONE!! Kacy keeps on Jessi, facelocks, and Kayden tags in. Kayden rolls Jessi up, TWO!
Jessi gets up and BOOTS Kayden down! Jessi drags Kayden but Kayden kicks her away. Franky tags in to cool things off. Kayden dodges, Eddy Gordo kicks, then runs in, but Franky dodges. Kayden back elbows but Franky blocks a kick to put the legs in ropes, for a DDT! Kayden flounders in a daze but Franky gets her up. Franky TOSSES Kayden to the corner, fires herself up and runs in, DOUBLE KNEES! Tag to Jessi, Franky gets Kayden up and whips her into the corner. Franky back elbows, Jessi SPLASHES! Jessi snapmares and covers, TWO! Stone says it’s all good as Jessi tags Franky back in. Jessi stomps Kayden, Franky KICKS Kayden in the back!
Franky CLUBS Kayden, but Kayden SLAPS back! Franky KICKS Kayden’s leg, then gets her at the ropes to whip her into the corner. Kayden DECKS Jessi! Then BOOTS Franky! Kayden hurries but Franky throws her down by her hair! Franky rains down furious fists, “I AM LA WERA LOCA!” Stone wants Franky to use his murse to finish this?! This is why Aliyah ditched him! He throws the shoe in, it gets Franky in the side! Franky is upset, Kayden tags Kacy and SUPERKICKS Franky! Kacy is up top, 450 SPLASH BREAKER!! Cover, KC Squared wins!!
Winners: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, by pinfall
And Franky is FURIOUS! Her record has a blemish on it in the shape of Stone’s tacky man purse! Is this going to hurt the brand’s chances of working with Franky? Or is it just going to hurt Stone’s physical body?
Wade Barrett interviews Roderick Strong & Malcolm Bivens.
The minds behind the Diamond Mine sit with him, and he asks Strong how this came about. After the Undisputed Era exploded and fell apart, Strong quit NXT and disappeared, so how did he come into contact with Bivens? Strong says, “When you compete at the level that I do, this game is 90% mental and 10% physical.” Bivens agrees. Strong says his 10% is better than everyone else’s 100. But the fact is, all that drama was just something he couldn’t break through, until he got a call from Bivens. Bivens reminded Strong of exactly who he is, and so he knew the Diamond Mine was for him.
Bivens says that Strong is one of the greatest performers of this generation. That isn’t opinion, that’s fact. Not fourth, not third, or second. He is THE ONE, because he is a leader! And who would’ve thought, in the year 2021, it’d be Malcolm Bivens who brought Strong back to NXT? Even our esteemed GM, William Regal, couldn’t do that. That is true, and it seems on the meantime, they are trying to manufacture an opportunity against Kushida for the Cruiserweight Championship. But it also seems Bobby Fish is making noise. Would they agree then that the next big match up for Diamond Mine is Strong VS Fish?
Bivens says that’s a good idea. Does Wade like money? Of course. Bivens says that whoever said, “Money can’t buy happiness” is a liar and broke, Money gets you happiness, and there IS a big money match up in Strong VS Fish. Let’s get that money! Strong says next week, when he finishes “Bob,” it is over between them. Will it be that easy to sink Fish and move on to Kushida’s gold?
NXT shares the big news for TakeOver 36!
As first said on NXT UK, Walter VS Ilja Dragunov was delayed due to Walter injuring his hand. But management has decided that this rematch is so big, this should be seen by the entire world! It will happen at TakeOver 36!! Will the UK Championship’s return to the States be big for the Ring General or the Moscow Madman?
NXT Media catches up with Dakota Kai.
Can she explain her actions in attacking Raquel tonight? Dakota storms out into the parking lot without an answer. Maybe her actions spoke for her. Will Raquel have an equally brutal response by next week?
Hit Row VS Imperium!
It may not look it to Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner, but the NXT Tag Team Division is getting serious again with all these teams targeting MSK! Will Top Dolla & Ashante “Thee” Adonis educate Imperium real quick? Or will the mat be sacred tonight?
The teams sort out, Adonis starts with Barthel but Barthel rushes Adonis. Adonis slips away, they tie up, and Barthel headlocks. Adonis powers out but Barthel comes back to knee low. Barthel whips, Adonis reverses, things speed up and Adonis AirDrops Barthel down! Adonis gets Barthel up but Barthel whips him away. Adonis ducks but Barthel pops him up to CHOP, kick and CLUB! Barthel whips again, scoops and SWINGING SLAMS Adonis down! Adonis slowly gets up at the ropes but Barthel is after him. Tag to Aichner, Imperium whips and arm-drags Adonis down. Aichner gets Adonis up right to a fireman’s carry! Adonis fights free and CLUBS Aichner down!
Aichner shoves Adonis away, Adonis turns it around for a Rude Awakening! Cover, TWO! Adonis facelocks, CLUBS Aichner, Aichner throws body shots and EuroUppers. Adonis knees low, Aichner blocks the whip to reverses it, but he also blocks a boot to CLOBBER Adonis! Fans duel as Aichner paces around Adonis. Aichner grabs Adonis’ ear, stands him up, but Adonis jawbreakers back! Tag to Dolla and Aichner clotheslines, but Dolla doesn’t budge! Dolla shoves, catches Aichner’s crossbody to a fireman’s carry! Aichner fights out, CLUBS Dolla, then runs into Dolla’s JUMPING KNEE! Dolla talks smack and fans chant “HIT~ ROW~!”
Dolla gets Aichner up, tags in Adonis, and then Dolla pops Aichner around, AIR DROP BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Aichner is still in this but Adonis gets him up. Aichner throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS him, but Aichner turns neckbreaker into a BIG back suplex! Tag to Barthel and he gets Adonis up to bump off buckles. Barthel puts Adonis in the ropes,. Imperium meets at the corner but Swerve is in Aichner’s way! B-Fab also swipes at Barthel, and the ref reprimands Swerve. Adonis gets around to block Barthel’s boot, fire off forearms, then roll Barthel to a whip and SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Barthel is still in this but Adonis soaks up the heat as we go to break.
NXT returns and now Imperium hits their double corner dropkick! Adonis flops out, Aichner covers, but Dolla breaks it! Adonis gets to ropes, Aichner goes after him but Adonis throws body shots! Aichner knees low, tags in Barthel, and then SPINEBUSTER to PENALTY KICK! Aichner gets Adonis up, Barthel climbs, but Adonis RANAS Aichner away! Barthel still leaps but into a body shot! Adonis hurries for the Hit Row corner, but Barthel grabs a leg! Adonis kicks Barthel away but Barthel still anchors him! ANKLE LOCK! Adonis endures, stands but Barthel ducks the enziguri! Barthel drags Adonis back, Aichner tags in and Aichner drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Aichner stomps Adonis, CLUBS him down, then drag him up to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Aichner grows annoyed but he drags Adonis back up to tag Barthel. Adonis throws body shots but Aichner knees him down. Barthel gets Adonis up but Adonis throws hands. Barthel hits a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Adonis survives but Barthel clamps on a chinlock. Adonis fights up and moves around as fans rally, but Barthel drags him away from Dolla. Adonis throws Barthel out! Adonis hurries, Aichner runs in but Adonis dumps him out! Swerve and B-Fab coach Adonis on, but Barthel slides in to intercept, only to get a back drop! Hot tag to Dolla!
Aichner tags in but Dolla rallies on Imperium, CLOBBERS and ROCKS Barthel, then kicks and runs to KNEE LIFT! Aichner gets in, Dolla puts him in the corner to SPLASH! One arm SIDEWALK SLAM! And a kip up! “Who hotta than Top Dolla?” NOT NADA! Dolla does his own little dance for a BIG elbow drop! Cover, but Barthel breaks it! Dolla tosses Barthel, gets Aichner up and tosses him to the corner. Tag to Adonis, Dolla feeds Aichner to a FLAPJACK! Adonis kips up now and fires up, but EL LEGADO jumps Swerve! They POST him, then talk trash to B-Fab! But Dolla CLOBBERS them both! Escobar stays away but Imperium as Adonis!! EUROBOMB!!! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winner: Imperium, by pinfall
Dolla rushes back but Legado jumps him now! Dolla shoves Wilde & Mendoza away but they DOUBLE SUPERKICK him! They get Dolla back up, but Dolla BOOTS Mendoza down to avoid the double team! Dolla DECKS Wilde, but Escobar leaps in to missile dropkick Dolla down! Legado gloats then beats Dolla down with stomps in a corner! Swerve returns with a chair!! Swerve runs Legado off, but this fight is far from over! Will Legado pay for ruining Hit Row’s run?
The Way talks backstage.
Johnny Gargano doesn’t know where Austin Theory is, and Candice LeRae is quick to blame him for it. How is it his fault that Theory ran away from home? Indi Hartwell doesn’t want to talk to Candice so she tells Johnny to tell Candice this is Candice’s fault. Candice hears Indi, she doesn’t need Johnny to be a middle man. There’s a knock at the door and Johnny is optimistic that it’s Theory. It isn’t, it is someone delivering a gift for Indi Hartwell. Did Johnny & Candice get her something to apologize? No, it’s from DEXTER! Dexter Lumis drew himself as part of The Way! Indi loves it but Johnny & Candice don’t! Dexter doesn’t deserve Indi! Why doesn’t Indi get that?
Why don’t they give Dexter a chance? He doesn’t deserve a chance! He’s a bad boy with a stupid face! Everyone deserves a chance. No! No chance! Then how about a match? Johnny VS Dexter. Why!? Because if Dexter wins, The Way has to give him a chance. At what?! A chance with Indi! Uh, um… Fine! But if Johnny wins, #InDex is DONE! Yeah! No more Dexter! Deal. Indi goes to talk with Regal about it! Johnny says go ahead, and tell him Johnny says hi. But do NOT put that drawing on the fridge! The fridge is too nice for that art. But will Johnny take care of nipping #InDex in the bud?
NXT checks in with Knight & Grimes again.
Grimes and Knight work on their form but the Grizzled Young Veterans show up? They ask what’s the hold up, and Knight says, “I thought the standards were a little higher around here.” Zack Gibson tells Knight to watch his mouth. Just hit the ball into the pond again so these VIP’s can play through. Grimes says he’s the caddy, and he won’t let anyone rush Knight. Yes, Knight hit it into the water, and yes he did hit it into the trees, and yes he owes Grimes $10 thousand, but not even Grimes will let GYV disrespect the Million Dollar Champion. If GYV wants to play, start back at the first hole.
Well if we’re talking gambling, how about a side pot? Next person to sink the ball into the hole doubles that 10 grand. Grimes is in! He’ll take that bet any day of the week! Knight tells Grimes to never talk for him again, ever. But yeah, challenge accepted! They’ll take GYV’s money. Knight hits but ends up in the water again… The GYV say, “Absolutely rotten!” Knight blames Grimes and gives him the club. Grimes gets his golden golf ball on the tee, reels back and gets Knight in the nuts! But also hits the ball, and then BOPS Knight on the back swing! The golden ball flies, and it is IN THE HOLE!! That’s $20,000 for Grimes! Oh, Mr. Knight, what happened?! Look what GYV did to him!
GYV run away before Knight can get up and demand money or payback. Grimes says he loves golf. “Who knew it could be this fun?” But which will come first? GYV coming through on the money? Or some kind of in-ring revenge?
Adam Cole VS Bronson Reed!
The Panama City Playboy said his peace but Auszilla is looking to turn him into a golden springboard back into the title scene. Will the Grand Slam BAYBAY be too much for even the Colossal Bronson? Or can nothing withstand a Tsunami?
The bell rings, Cole and Reed circle and fans rally and duel. Cole waistlocks, Reed smirks and throws Cole right off! Reed eggs Cole on and Cole tells him to shut up. Cole and Reed circle again, feel out the grapple, and Cole headlocks. Reed stays up and powers up but Cole thrashes the hold. Reed throws body shots and powers out to run Cole over! Fans rally and duel as Cole clutches his head. Reed scoops but Cole slips out to chop block a leg! Cole fires off forearms and kicks, then gets the leg on the ropes. Cole kicks the leg, the ref reprimands but Reed shoves Cole down! Things speed up, Cole tries to hurdle but Reed SWATS him out of the air!
Reed gets Cole up to a military press! And he DROPS Cole, to then drop an elbow! Cole gets to ropes, Reed stalks up behind him and Reed gets Cole up. Reed whips Cole but Cole sunset flips, only for Reed to SIT on him! Cover, but Reed’s foot is under the rope. Reed shrugs and stands up, and Cole gets out to the apron. Reed gets Cole up and to a corner to bump him off buckles. Reed climbs, drags Cole up to join him, and fans duel as Reed throws hands. Cole resists and throws body shots, then bumps Reed off buckles. Cole sunset flips but he can’t bring Reed down! He avoids the punch to SUPERKICK the legs out! Reed falls and flops out of the ring as NXT goes picture in picture!
Reed clutches his leg but Cole goes out after him. Cole kicks the leg, brings Reed around to throw forearms, then whips him into barriers! Cole gloats and soaks up the heat as he refreshes the ring count. Cole goes after Reed again but Reed blocks the steel step bump! Reed elbows Cole, Cole knees Reed and shoves him in the ring. Cole dusts off his hands, gets in the ring, and has Reed in a corner. Cole stomps the bad leg, gets it back on ropes, and the ref reprimands but Reed CLUBS Cole away. Cole BOOTS Reed down! Cole throws clubbing crossface forearms then lets off to stalk Reed. Cole pushes Reed to drop an elbow on the knee! Cole drops a splash on the bad leg!
Cole flexes to mock Reed, then he has a standing kneebar. Reed endures, keeps his shoulders up, and NXT returns to single picture as Cole goes after the knee more. The fans rally and duel more as Reed throws hands! Cole shifts to DDT the foot! Cole watches Reed slowly stand up, and he gets the leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Cole taunts Reed, stomps him, and fans rally as Reed gets to ropes. Cole gets the bad leg, puts it through ropes again and kicks it! The ref counts, Cole stops at 4, and he drops down on it! Cole paces while fans cheer and jeer, but he comes back to set the leg back on the ropes. Cole jumps for another drop down!
The ref checks on Reed, Reed refuses to quit here. Reed crawls, Cole says he’s still king of NXT. Cole gives toying kicks but Reed throws body shots. Cole throws forearms, Reed throws them back! They brawl, fans fire up, and Reed ROCKS Cole! And JABS, and CHOPS, and repeat! Cole is in a corner, Reed whips him corner to corner, then SPLASHES! Reed whips and CLOBBERS Cole! Fans fire up as Reed drops a BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! Reed keeps cool as he gets Cole back up. Reed suplexes but Cole knees free. Cole dodges and PELES! Reed stays up, Cole goes to suplex but Reed suplexes first, for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!!
Cole survives, fans rally and duel, and Reed gets back up. Reed drags Cole up, reels him in and gets him up, but Cole throws hands to get free! Cole elbows Reed from a corner, but Reed ROCKS him with a right! Reed runs into the corner but Cole SHINING WIZARDS him down! Cover, TWO!! Cole is frustrated but he gets up and BOOTS Reed! Reed stays up but Cole BOOTS him again! Cole blows a kiss to Reed but Reed blocks the superkick! Reed CHOPS Cole back! And CHOPS again! And again! And again! The ref counts, Reed CHOPS until 4 then lets off. Cole mule kicks the bad leg! Cole hops up, leaps, PANAMA SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?!
Reed survives and fans are thunderous as Cole is shocked! Cole thinks what he has to do now and he brings down the knee pad. Cole finger guns, runs, but into a LARIAT! Reed drags Cole up to a POWERBOMB! But he isn’t done here, he goes to a corner! Reed climbs, aims, and TSUNAMI FLOPS!! Cole dodges the splash to SUPERKICK and LAST SHOT!! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall
Cole grins because he won just as he said he would, but that was a close one! Will Reed be able to rebound from this? Is Cole going to use this to reestablish himself as the top dog? But then KYLE O’REILLY attacks Cole with a chair!!! Kyle digs the chair into Cole’s neck!! No more Cool Kyle, this is KILLER KYLE, and he pulls steel steps apart! Kyle wants to finally give Cole payback from months ago, BRAINBUSTER TO THE STEPS!!! Kyle stands over Cole as Cole did over him! Has Kyle given up his soul yet again in order to finally crush Cole?
Another great NXT again, as always, even with stuff that felt inevitable and obvious, but done in a way that was still a lot of fun. For one, Samoa Joe resigning as enforcer and returning to action and getting his title match against Kross at TakeOver, all awesome stuff. If Kross is going to go to Raw full time, then Joe is definitely someone who he can lose to in an epic battle and it wouldn’t hurt him at all. Of course, the way Vince is booking Raw, that will hurt Kross, as it already kinda has in some people’s eyes, but that’s on Vince and Raw, not on Kross himself. Dakota turning on Raquel was another one of those obvious but awesome moments, that promo was the perfect set-up to it, and that title match is another awesome one that win or lose, neither woman looks bad.
There were some not so obvious things, too, and they were just as great. No offense to Hayes but I honestly thought Briggs was going to win tonight. It is great that Hayes breaks through to the next round and changes things up so it isn’t all big men. Next week’s closer to the opening round could still see another big man get through as Joe Gacy takes on Trey Baxter, but Baxter could get his own surprising win so that we get two parallel match-ups of Cruiserweight VS Big Man. Another surprise was Franky & Jessi losing, but at the same time, Robert Stone is shooting his own brand in the foot. Though, it probably won’t be his much longer.
But that win was great for KC Squared. They are again a team that could’ve been moved to RawDown because they’re a fairly complete package, but it is great for them to still be here because now they actually might get a title match. Shirai and Stark had a good segment together, I hope they give us whatever this “hanging out” will be, and we’ll have to see if it works out for them to become a closer team. And it works here for story, where one team has been a team longer than the championship team and are going to test them. It’s like what Raw has tried to do with their men’s teams but better because NXT is better.
Mandy Rose being seen talking with newer women in NXT is a good detail for her story. She’s been watching Robert Stone Brand, watching other women matches, she could be trying to make a stable to counter Robert Stone Brand and follow in the footsteps of Absolution with Paige. We got a decent interview promo from Diamond Mine to finally make it known that this was Bivens’ idea, improving upon his essentially failed “Bivens Enterprises” and using Strong as the face of that endeavor. Strong VS Fish is going to be a very good match, and I bet the winner is seen as contender to Kushida’s Cruiserweight Championship.
I loved a lot of what we got out of Knight and Grimes tonight. Grimes as the optimistic yet inept butler is still gold, there’s great slapstick comedy with that golf club hitting Knight, and GYV getting involved, they might be trying to turn this into a buddy comedy style tag team where Grimes and Knight unite over fighting common enemies. At the same time, I don’t want that to work out, we’re already getting enough “two singles guys become tag team” these days. It is more in Knight’s character to turn on Grimes the moment they lose, we get another rematch for the Million Dollar Championship and Grimes wins it this time, at TakeOver 36.
Ciampa & Thatcher VS Dunne & Oney was a great match, and Ridge Holland making his return was surprising. Ridge being on Dunne’s side is also rather surprising, because last we saw, he got hurt brawling with Oney. But maybe they’re making up for what was meant to be his story if he wasn’t hurt, where Pat McAfee was the one paying Ridge to do the brutalizing of Undisputed Era, meaning Ridge has always been on the side of Dunne and Oney or something like that. Ridge against either Ciampa or Thatcher is awesome stuff, can he tag with Dunne to be in the first-ever Tag Team Fight Pit against them?
Hit Row VS Imperium was good stuff, as was Legado interfering because of the story for the North American Championship. We’re only getting a 2v2 not a Six Man, feels like missed opportunity, but that doesn’t change that Swerve VS Escobar is going to be part of TakeOver. Cole VS Reed was a great match, Reed looked awesome even in losing, and Kyle attacking with that brutality was great. Don’t pay attention to how the crowd reacted there, though, they weren’t liking Face Kyle all that much compared to Cole, this is not a double turn. This is all within the story that Kyle has to go back to being a heartless monster in order to win against Cole. If anything, they’re both Tweeners and you decide what they are in your own head.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (9/23/23)
It’s an ABSOLUTE Death Match!
Ricky Starks finds a way to up the intensity from All Out!
As if a Strap Match wasn’t enough, Ricky Starks wants revenge on Bryan Danielson in a Texas Death Match!! Will this be an ABSOLUTE blood bath?
- AEW TNT Championship Triple Threat: Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin; Christian wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
- Hook & Rob Van Dam VS Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker w/ Jake Hager; Hook & RVD win.
- Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Kiera Hogan; Julia wins.
- Jay White w/ Bullet Club Gold VS Andrade El Idolo; White wins.
- AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Workhorsemen; FTR wins and and retains the titles.
- Texas Death Match: Ricky Starks VS Bryan Danielson; Bryan wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin speaks.
“Tonight I win back the championship that changed my life from Christian Cage and Luchasaurus. I’m not a stupid man, I know this is gonna be a Handicap match. But I am gonna walk out the new Face of TNT.
Christian Cage speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, Darby, you’re challenging myself and Luchasaurus in a three way match for the TNT Championship. Let me remind you that Sting is not allowed at ringside and I don’t like your chances. We will remain the Face of TNT now and forever. Do you understand me?”
Ricky Starks speaks.
“Bryan Danielson, you have never tapped me out. I passed out. You’re talking to a guy that’s been to Heaven, so if you’re looking test God, look no further than Absolute Ricky Starks. Tonight, I put you six feet under.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Ricky Starks, you’re in a lot of trouble for challenging me to a Texas Death Match. A match where to win, you have to knock somebody down and keep them down. Here’s the thing, people have been trying to keep me down my entire career, and nobody has succeeded yet. And Ricky, you sure as Hell won’t succeed tonight either.” Will the American Dragon once again slay the Absolute?
AEW TNT Championship Triple Threat: Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin!
As the Relentless One just said, this might as well be a Handicap Match, because you can bet Captain Charisma and his Right Hand of Destruction are united in destroying Darby. Will Darby even survive this match? Or will he find a way back to former glory?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who really wears that title after this!
The bell rings and Darby is wary of his enemies. Fans rally for Darby, but Christian bails so this turns into a 1v1 match. Luchasaurus and Darby circle, and Luchasaurus taunts Darby with a test of strength. Darby throws POCKET SAND! And then he DIVES onto Christian! Darby RAMS Christian into steel steps, then puts him in the ring! Darby hurries to CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Darby keeps moving and he DIVES onto Luchasaurus! Down goes the dinosaur! But Christian pokes Darby in the eyes, and HOTSHOTS him to the floor! Luchasaurus is up and he drags Darby over to RAM into railing!
Fans rally for Darby but Luchasaurus is on him again! Luchasaurus whips Darby into more railing! Fans actually duel as Luchasaurus fetches a chair for Christian then puts Darby in. Christian soaks up the cheers and jeers, then he sits Darby in the chair to CHOKE him on the ropes! Christian stands on Darby, the ref reprimands but there’s nothing to be done in a Triple Threat. Christian drags Darby up, and CHOKES him against the chair’s back! Christian says Darby did this to himself. But then Darby throws hands! Luchasaurus CHOKES Christian, then BACK SUPLEXES him and the chair!
Luchasaurus goes to cover but Christian tells him no, they need to do more damage. Luchasaurus goes out to fetch more items, but Christian covers Darby! TWO! Darby is still in this but Christian TOSSES him out! Christian goes out to stand Darby up, and CHOPS him against the railing! Darby staggers, Christian and Luchasaurus surround him, then they double whip him hard into steel steps! Darby tumbles up and over, fans boo Christian, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Christian flexes, then stalks Darby. Christian SMACKS Darby off steps, then Luchasaurus brings Darby around to CHOP against the apron. Darby flops over and Christian is there to whip him into more railing! Darby staggers all around, Christian & Luchasaurus stalk him to the other corner. Christian gets the chair again to JAM Darby! And again! Darby staggers and stumbles away but Christian follows after. Christian pushes Darby into the ring, then brings him up. Christian has Luchasaurus stand back. Christian talks trash right to Darby’s face, pie faces him and smears the face pain before he CHOPS and CHOPS!
Christian tells Luchasaurus what to do, then he runs at Darby. Darby dodges to send Christian out! Darby fires off on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus shoves him back and HEADBUTTS him down! Luchasaurus stands on Darby’s back! Darby endures, even as Luchasaurus steps all over him! Darby crawls to a corner, Luchasaurus brings him up and Christian throws hands on Darby! Collision returns to single picture as the mugging moves to the corner. Fans boo as Christian & Luchasaurus double whip Darby into a corner. Luchasaurus runs in but Darby dodges and Luchasaurus POSTS himself!
Fans fire up as Christian runs in, Darby dodges and he POSTS himself! Roll up, TWO! Oklahoma roll, TWO! Christian kicks low to suplex, but Darby slips out, SCORPION DEATH DROP! Fans fire up as Darby climbs! But Luchasaurus drags Christian to safety! So Darby just SUPER COFFIN SPLASHES!! Fans are thunderous as both men go down! Darby puts Luchasaurus in the ring, climbs up, and Luchasaurus stands. Darby MISSILE- NO, Luchasaurus catches him! JURASSIC- NO, Darby slips out! Darby BOOTS Luchasaurus, then hits a DIAMOND DUST! But Christian has the title belt!
Christian aims but Darby ducks! SHOTGUN! Down goes Christian! Darby runs in but Luchasaurus catches him, JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! Darby flops out of the ring and Luchasaurus sees the belt. It is rightfully his, so he picks it up! Fans cheer that he finally holds HIS belt! Christian storms in but Luchasaurus won’t give it back! Christian asks for the belt back, fans say “IT’S YOUR BELT! IT’S YOUR BELT!” Luchasaurus still hands the belt over to Christian, but then Darby shoves Christian into Luchasaurus! And then Darby BELT SHOTS Luchasaurus!! Cover, TWO?!? Luchasaurus survives but Darby PENALTY KICKS!
Darby goes up to COFFIN DROP!! But Christian returns to POST Darby! Cover on Luchasaurus, CHRISTIAN WINS!!
Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)
Well, at least now Christian will be rightfully holding onto this belt. Sleazy as he is, Captain Charisma truly reigns as the Face of TNT, will Darby have to move on to a new goal? As for Luchasaurus, he sees Christian’s hand be raised, and then Christian hugs him? Well, when one wins, they both win, right? Christian has Luchasaurus lift him onto his shoulders, then Christian raises the belt high above his head. Will Luchasaurus ever be his own man? Er, dinosaur.
Backstage interview with The Don Callis Family.
Alex Marvez is with Konosuke Takeshita, Sammy Guevara and Don Callis himself, and says that the wrestling world is buzzing with what we saw on Rampage. Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho are united, along with Kota Ibushi, and challenged the DCF for WrestleDream! Don says it makes him sick just thinking about Omega and Jericho on the same side, when Don is the one who put them both on the map! And now, they’re name dropping Kota Ibushi. Ibushi is a wrestling legend, but his weakness is Kenny Omega. Kenny Omega loves Kota Ibushi, they are closer than brothers, and that kind of emotion makes them weak! They always have been!
Don isn’t worried. As great as Omega, Jericho and Ibushi are, Don has Sammy Guevara, who left Jericho laying. Don has Konosuke, “The Alpha,” who earned that name when he beat Omega twice in one week! And Don has another family member. This man beat Jericho and Omega in the course of two months, and that is WILL OSPRAEY! So you want WrestleDream to become a nightmare? Don doesn’t think so. Omega, Ibushi & Jericho will face the strongest Don Callis Family ever! See you in Seattle, where they finish it once and for all!!
Backstage interview with Christian & Luchasaurus.
Collision returns as Tony Schiavone congratulates the NEW TNT Champion. Christian says yes, every legitimate title defense has solidified him as the UNDISPUTED TNT Champion! He dedicates this victory to Nick Wayne’s mom, and Nick Wayne’s late father, who must’ve been cheering Christian on from Heaven. But anyway, Christian is finally finished with Darby once and for all, bring on the next challenger! Actually, Tony Khan just announced that Christian’s first defense will be at WrestleDream in Seattle. And it will be a classic match-up. They’ve gone back and forth, so this will be BEST 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS!
Christian is furious! He storms off to find Tony Khan, but will it matter? Will Darby finally have justice against Captain Charisma?
Hook & Rob Van Dam VS Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker w/ Jake Hager & Anna Jay!
The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil just beat the former Jericho Appreciation Society members last night in a Mixed Six Tag with help from his new friends. But now he joins forces with an old friend of his dad’s! Will Hook and RVD prove they’re a one of a kind team? Or will they underestimate the sports… enner-tay-ners?
The teams sort out and fans are fired up for RVD already. RVD lets Hook start against Daddy Magic, though, and fans still rally behind Hook. They tie up, Menard arm-drags, and Menard gloats. Fans boo but Hook resets with Menard. They tie up, Hook waistlocks, hammerlocks, and he trips Menard to a facelock. Menard fights up but Hook spins and hammerlocks and headlocks and hits the takeover! Hook then goes for an arm, but Menard fights against the top wristlock. Menard knees low, tags Parker, and Parker whips. Hook holds ropes, ELBOWS Parker back, but Anna trips Hook up! Parker CLOBBERS Hook and stomps away!
Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Parker tags Menard. They double whip Hook to a corner, Parker whips so Menard can whip him into the corner but Hook dodges! Hook then wrenches Menard, and points to the corner! Fans fire up as Hook tags in RVD! RVD takes the handoff, he wrenches to a wristlock and fans rally up. RVD brings Menard around, arm-drags him away, but then Parker CLOBBERS RVD! Fans boo but Menard throws hands. Menard whips, RVD rolls off Menard’s back and body scissor roll-up! TWO, but RVD blocks a kick to WHEEL KICK! Parker kicks RVD, but RVD blocks the buckle bump and KICKS back!
RVD goes up to JUMP KICK! “You Still Got It!” RVD watches the ex-JAS regroup, but they get away before he can dive! So he just gets everyone to join in on a “ROB! VAN! DAM!” Hager throws a fit for his team, but Collision goes picture in picture.
RVD waits as Menard & Parker talk strategy. Menard slowly returns, talks some trash, and he seems to call out Hook. RVD obliges and tags Hook in. Hook and Menard circle, then Menard kicks low! Menard whips Hook into Parker’s boot! The ref reprimands but Menard stomps Hook around. Menard soaks up the cheers and jeers, and then distracts the ref so Parker can CHOKE Hook! RVD protests but Parker tags in to throw hands. Parker JABS, then whips Hook to DROPKICK him down! Cover, TWO! Hook is still in this while Collision goes to break.
Collision returns as Parker tags Menard. They double whip Hook but Hook holds ropes to KICK Menard and TOSS Parker! Menard rushes in but Hook TOSSES him out! Hook hurries but Parker intercepts with a tackle! Fans boo but Parker drags Hook away from RVD. Hook wrenches free, clinches, and hits the EXPLODER! Fans fire up while Hook and Parker are down! Hook crawls, Anna shouts at Parker to move, but Menard crawls in as fast as he can. Hot tag to RVD! RVD rallies on Daddy Magic! Then he SUPERKICKS Cool Hand Ange! WHEEL KICK for Menard! RVD runs, for the ROLLING THUNDER!
RVD covers but Menard kicks it apart! Fans boo Menard but he brings RVD up. Menard scoops, RVD slips free and blocks a kick to step over and WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as RVD goes to a corner. But then Anna distracts the ref and Hager has a chair! RVD dodges to KICK the chair into Hager! Hook gets in Anna’s face, Parker storms up on him, but Hook turns it around, REDRUM!! RVD goes up, takes aim, FIVE STAR FROG SPLASH!! Cover, #HookVanDam wins!
Winners: Hook & Rob Van Dam, by pinfall
Michigan’s own comes back home and wins big! Will RVD have one more title run in him? Will Hook’s newest run not be stopped?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
He has two titles to defend now, with the ROH World Championship in one hand and the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship in the other. And he knows WrestleDream is AEW’s love letter to the late, great Antonio Inoki. The Mad King wants to face the man who best embodies Inoki’s vision today, and that is Katsuyori Shibata. This won’t be just about the NJPW Openweight but also the ROH World title. He wants Shibata to bring his all because that’s what Eddie is gonna do. But then, will Eddie remain the two belt king? Or will we soon see The Wrestler become a TRIPLE CHAMPION?
The Dark Order speaks.
John Silver says, “This world has gotten outta control.” Alex Reynolds says it’s just too much, too fast, and it needs to stop. Evil Uno asks us who we will turn to “when it’s all done?” Happy music plays over destruction and desolation. “You need structure. You need rules. You need order. The Dark Order! Because The Dark Order is good! And we’re here for you!” Uno sneaks in some Italian, “But not forever.” Will you trust these creepy grins? Will you #JoinDarkOrder?
The Kingdom speaks.
Matt Taven says “Neck health is important!” Best Friends are a bunch of liars! When Trent hurt his neck, was Chuck by his bedside? NO! And now these Melvins wanna take away what The Kingdom earned, what they deserve, their shot at the ROH World Tag Team titles!? They will show these dorks what people who don’t celebrate neck health deserve! And Mike Bennett says Chuckie T got some of that last night. A punch to the wiener and a piledriver! So next Saturday is piledrivers in support of neck health! And then they will see how close Best Friends really are, how strong they really are. They aren’t stronger than The Kingdom, and they damn sure ain’t #NeckStrong!
Julia Hart w/ Brody King VS Kiera Hogan!
The Lady of the House was truly Hartless against Skye Blue last night, bringing out The Babe with The Power. However, Willow Nightingale was then attacked backstage to keep her from competing tonight! So Skye’s other friend is stepping up! Will the Hottest Flame burn this witch down? Or will the House always win?
The bell rings and Kiera rushes up to ROCK Julia! And again and again! The fans rally up as Kiera whips Julia into ropes, runs side to side and HIP ATTACKS! Kiera bumps Julia off buckles, waistlocks, but Julia bucks the O’Conner. Julia runs up to throw Kiera down by her hair! Fans rally, Julia stands on Kiera’s hair and pulls the arms! The ref reprimands, Julia steps off at 4 to then stomp Kiera down! Brody says to stay on her so Julia CLUBS away on Kiera! Julia kicks Kiera around, drags her up and SMACKS her off the mat! Julia stomps Kiera again, drags her back up, then snap suplexes! Julia grins as she then rains down fists!
The ref reprimands about closed fists so Julia lets off. To then let off with one more! Julia paces around Kiera, brings her up, but Kiera throws hands! Kiera ROCKS Julia, BOOTS her, then ROUNDHOUSES! Julia wobbles, Kiera runs in, but Julia spins Kiera for an STO! Standing MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Julia is still on her with a chinlock! Kiera endures, fans rally up, and Kiera fights up. Kiera throws body shots, blocks a punch to give a punch, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Julia! And again! Kiera runs in to SHOTGUN Kiera into the corner! Fans fire up as Kiera goes corner to corner, but Julia sends her into buckles!
Julia drags Kiera up to throw her by her hair again. Brody says keep on Kiera, so Julia whips her to a corner. BACK ELBOW! Julia grins as she snapmares, and then KICKS Kiera in the back! Julia drags Kiera up, SMACKS her off the mat, and then runs, to BLINDSIDER! Julia says the House always wins. HARTLESS STRETCH!! Kiera taps, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by submission
A 25-0 win streak for The Lady of the House, but she isn’t satisfied! She puts Kiera back into HARTLESS!! But here comes Skye Blue! She was on the other end of this so she’s making the save now! But again, Julia hides behind Brody. But then Brody moves and Julia BLACK MISTS Skye!! Julia strikes again! Brody asks, “Do you see this? Do you see this!? This will not end! This violence will not end! 25 matches, over two dozen bodies stacked, and this will not end until we get to the one. The last loss! KRIS STATLANDER! Next Sunday, Seattle, Washington, WrestleDream, put your TBS title on the line. Or the body count continues to rise.”
But Julia wants Kris to understand: The House ALWAYS wins. Will the Galaxy’s Greatest look to end the streak? Or will the TBS Championship fade to black?
The Righteous speak.
Death walks. You dig what they’re saying? Ol’ Vincent & Dutch are pure, are divine, and are the corpse of decency nailed to a post of greed and moral decay, draped under the shadow of purity. But now they expose MJF & Adam Cole, and purify the lie that is “Better Than You, Baybay.” You dig what they’re sayin’, man?
Jay White w/ Bullet Club Gold VS Andrade El Idolo!
The Switchblade and his Bang Bang Gang called out The Face of Latino Wrestling, saying White’s reputation is more widespread than Andrade’s. Will White make Andrade famous for losing to him? Or will Andrade become famous for beating Jay White?
The bell rings and the fans already taunt the “ASS~ BOYS~!” White says this is Andrade’s moment in the spotlight! They tie up, go around, and Andrade powers White to the corner. The ref counts, Andrade lets off slowly, but White SLAPS him! White uses ropes as a defense and the ref backs Andrade off. White and Andrade reset, Juice is liking this, but then Andrade headlocks. Fans rally up, White endures the grind, and White powers up and powers out. Andrade runs White down, and then goes to run, but Juice is in the way! The ref reprimands but White knees Andrade! White headlocks and hits the takeover.
Juice and the Gunns shout “ARMAS ARIBA!” Andrade endures, fights up, and he powers out. White slides out, says to heck with it, but Andrade slides! White dodges, Andrade dodges back, and Andrade CHOPS White down! White sputters but Andrade puts him in the ring. Andrade climbs, leaps, CROSSBODY! Andrade bounces off the cover, but he drags White back up. BCG are worried as Andrade snap suplexes! Uno AMigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gets White up again, gives us some Latino Heat, then hits THREE- NO, White silps free and pulls hair! The ref rephrimands, they’re in the corners and Andrade HEADBUTTS!
White BOOTS back, goes up, but Andrade triangle jump DROPKICKS White to the floor! BCG hurry to check on their captain but Andrade goes out after him. Andrade puts White in, covers, ONE! Austin rubs it in, that was UNO! Andrade seethes but he drags White up. Andrade whips White to the corner, but White dodges the splash to clothesline and DDT! Cover, TWO! Andrade stays in this but White stays focused. White goes to the corner to CHOP! White RAMS into Andrade again and again, the ref counts but White lets off at 4. To then CHOP! White whips corner to corner but Andrade blocks to BOOT!
Andrade goes up but White CHOPS again! White fireman’s carries, to TKO HOTSHOT! And then White BLASTS Andrade down! Andrade hits railing, BCG swarm like a pack of hyenas, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Colten does a victory lap for White and White goes out to fetch Andrade. White brings Andrade around to SMACK him off the apron, then he pulls hair to APRON GOURD BUSTER! Andrade falls to the floor, Juice taunts him with a dance, and White flexes as he refreshes the ring count. White and the BCG all flex and pose, then White puts Andrade in the ring. Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO!! White is frustrated but the count is fair. White stalks Andrade to the ropes to CHOKE him and fishhook his face! The ref counts, White lets off, and Andrade CHOPS! And BOOTS! White blocks a boot to DRAGON SCREW!
White strums the air guitar to let Tanahashi know he’s thinking of him. Then he GROUND DRAGON SCREWS the same leg! Andrade writhes to the ropes but White wraps the bad leg around them! The ref reprimands, White lets off, and then White drags Andrade up to HALF HATCH into the corner! Then White gets the legs to high stack, TWO! Andrade is still in this and White is frustrated. White drags Andrade into a chinlock and he grinds Andrade down. But Andrade fights up as Collision returns to single picture! The fans rally, White grinds Andrade down again, but Andrade still endures.
Fans rally more as Andrade keeps fighting. White shakes his head but Andrade stands to throw body shots! White throws Andrade down by his hair! The ref reprimands but White storms back up, into a cradle! TWO!! White kicks the bad leg! Andrade falls and clutches that knee, but White sits him up. White CHOPS! Andrade sputters and White talks trash, but Andrade pie faces him! Andrade eggs White on so White CHOPS him! Andrade still eggs White on so White CHOPS! White finger guns, but Andrade dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Fans fire up as both men are down! The standing count starts and both men stir.
BCG coach White, White drags Andrade up, and “This is Awesome!” as they go forearm for forearm! Andrade CHOPS, White CHOPS! Andrade CHOPS, White wobbles and staggers, but White comes back to CHOP! Fans rally as the CHOPS just keep going! White kicks, Andrade blocks to DRAGON SCREW! And then DRAGON SCREW again! Andrade runs, ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER White! Fans fire up but the BCG worries for White. Andrade kips up! El Idolo has plenty of gas left in the tank and he has White in a corner. Andrade goes corner to corner, for CIEN- NO, the BCG drags White out to safety. So Andrade goes up to ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!
Fans are thunderous as Andrade takes out the whole Bang Bang Gang! Andrade puts White in, climbs up again, and then MOONSAULTS, lands on his feet, DOUBLE MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! White survives and Andrade is frustrated, but the fans are loving this! Andrade looms over White, brings White up, and reels him in, White drops down but Andrade CLUB S him! Andrade full nelsons, White break sit to switch, but Andrade fights the sleeper! White CHOPS! And CHOPS! White runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up as White flops down. Andrade drags White up but White SAIDOS Andrade up and out of the ring!!
The ref hurries to check but Andrade is somehow able to continue. White drags Andrade up and into the ring, storms up on him, and clinches, for the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!?! White pushes that arm back down, TWO!!! Andrade survives but just barely! White clamps onto Andrade with a sleeper, brings him up, but Andrade fights the suplex. White staggers, blocks the boot, KNEE BREAKER! Andrade shouts about his leg, which has given him trouble in the past. But White CHOPS! And CHOPS! Both men hobble, but Andrade boot feints to ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!??! White survives and fans are loving this match all over again!
White and Andrade stir, then White crawls to a corner. Andrade stands, fires up and runs, CIEN SHADOWS!! Then the hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT!!! Cover, Juice helps White with the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo as BCG gets away with one! Andrade is beside himself, but he drags White around by a leg. Fans “WOO~!” as Andrade steps through! FIGURE FOUR! White endures, the “WOO~” echoes out, but White CLUBS away at Andrade’s leg! Andrade pushes up to the FIGURE EIGHT! The Ass Boys distract the ref so Juice can CLOBBER Andrade with his Cowboy of the Month award!! White is free of the leglock!
White drags Andrade’s deadweight up to hit BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
Andrade being alone was doomed from the start with Juice and the Gunns backing White up! And then they all taunt Andrade while he’s down! Andrade takes his first AEW loss, but will he back for venganza? (Vengeance in Espanol.)
“All In, Wembley Stadium. Did to me what you’ve been doing to me the last 14 years of my life. You used me, then you walked away. Sure did have a lot to say on social media. Sure did have a lot to say on TV. And then when I confronted you… Called you over and looked you in your eyes, you walked away. Tough keyboard warrior. You did what you always do: You ran from your problems. Guess what? You’re not gonna be able to run much longer.” Will there be a clash of the proud ‘n’ powerful on the horizon?
Shane Taylor Promotions speaks.
Shane Taylor himself says that on paper, Shane Taylor VS Keith Lee may not seem like much of a rivalry. But Keith knows better, doesn’t he? They came into ROH at the same time, established “The Pretty Boy Killers” and DOMINATED the tag division. Lee Moriarty says to tell ’em! Shane says that from ANS to War Machine to The Briscoes, they took ’em all out! But then Keith went to go work for “the other billionaire,” while Shane stayed and became an ROH legend! The world got to see Keith be limitless, but now it is Shane’s time on the biggest stage! And the only thing standing in the way IS Keith.
Shane says if it is to feed his family, then he will put Keith in the GROUND! Before Shane takes everything Keith has, Keith must step in the ring with The Best Damn Technical Wrestler, Lee Moriarty. Will #TAIGASTYLE bring Keith down to size? Or will Moriarty #BaskInHisGlory?
AEW World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS The Workhorsemen!
The open challenge of opportunities continues as Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler give JD Drake & Anthony Henry their shot. But with WrestleDream and a rematch with Aussie Open on the horizon, will the Top Guys get caught off guard? Or will FTR be bringing the gold to Seattle?
Speaking of, Aussie Open is here! Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis are dressed to the nines and they join commentary to watch this one with their own eyes. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who are the true Top Guys!
The teams sort out and Cash starts against Henry. They circle, feel things out, and Cash denies Henry a leg takedown. Henry comes back, gets around to a waistlock, but Cash fights up to facelock. Henry slips free, gets around again, facelocks again, and then gator rolls to hammerlock! Cash has the ROPEBREAK, and the two separate. They reset, circle, and tie up. Henry gets an arm to wrench it but Cash slips around to fireman’s carry takeover! Henry headscissors but Cash kips up. Henry wrenches, wristlocks, but Cash rolls, kips up and wrenches to WRING Henry out! Fans cheer but Henry keeps moving!
Henry kips up to then back drop, step over, and Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Henry DROPKICKS Cash down! Henry drags Cash up, wrenches, tag to JD. They mug Cash, JD whips Cash toa corner but Cash avoids the chop! JD avoids a chop, and the two stare down. Tag to Dax, and fans rally up. Dax and JD step up, tie up, and Dax headlocks. JD powers out, Dax RAMS JD, but JD CHOPS! Fans fire up seeing how hard that one hit! JD puts Dax in the corner to CHOP again! JD eggs Dax on so Dax CHPOS! And CHOPS! AND CHOPS! Dax whips, JD reverses to atomic drop, then scoop and SLAM! FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, ONE!!
JD keeps on Dax, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! Tag to Henry, and he runs to then come back and forearm smash! Tag to JD, feed to the LARIAT! NECK TWIST! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Cover, TWO! Dax hangs in there but JD looms over him. JD stomps Dax, throws hands, then tags Henry. The Workhorsemen CHOP and KICK and KICK and KICK! Dax snarls and eggs Henry on so Henry KICKS! Dax CHOPS! Henry KICKS! Dax CHOPS! They go back and forth, KICK and CHOP! Henry SOBATS, but Dax suplexes to a BRAINBUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Henry wobbles but he tags JD.
JD runs to swing on Cash but Cash dodges, only for the LARIAT to get him! JD keeps moving, SHINING WIZARD! Dax ends up in the Workhorsemen corner, and JD CANNONBALLS! Tag to Henry, Henry goes up, and JD tags back in. Henry DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Then Henry FLIES to take out Cash! JD is up< SCRAP METAL MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives being squashed and the fans lose their minds just from seeing it! But wait, Cash has Henry, GORY BOMB to the apron!! Dax runs up on JD but JD ROCKS him! JD goes up, to FLYING- POWERBOMB!! Step through into SHARPSHOOTER!!
JD endures, fans rally, but JD taps! FTR wins!
Winners: FTR, by submission (still AEW World Tag Team Champions)
Aussie Open says okay, then it’s on! WrestleDream will mark the anniversary of the instant classic back at Royal Quest! Mark Davis gets a mic to say, “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” The fans reply “OI OI OI!” Davis says congrats, and keep those belts bright. Because FTR is in the fight of their lives! Fletcher knows Aussie Open says it a lot, but FTR once said themselves that Aussie Open is the best tag team in the world today! And they’ve heard the complaints, “What happened to the Aussie Open that took FTR to the limit in a five star classic?” Well, they admit they haven’t lived up tot he hype, but that is why they challenged FTR to this match!
Aussie Open needs to prove to to the people, they need to prove it to FTR, and they need to prove it to themselves that they ARE everything they say they are! Dax has a mic to say yeah, okay. Aussie Open were sacrificial lambs to Max and his best friend. They were sacrificial lambs to Chris Jericho and his best friend. But what Dax wants from them, what he is begging them on his hands and knees, he wants the biggest, baddest bastards in the world, because on October 1st, WrestleDream, Aussie Open faces THE BEST TAG TEAM IN HISTORY! Fans cheer that! And Dax says if Aussie Open don’t bring that, then don’t even show up. #TopGuysOut.
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi Nair is with Miro’s hot and flexible wife, and says this is the first time we’ve seen her since she surprised everyone at All In London, which was also the first time anyone in wrestling has seen her in two years. So the question is, why now? CJ says that The Redeemer, who she loves so much, has lost his way. She wanted to help him be champion again. But unfortunately, he’s rather preoccupied with the past and… temptations. But then in steps Miro! He says his only temptation is her. And her temptation is this: the lights, the cameras, the fame. It changes you. CJ says she loves the hustle, the puzzle, the chase, and helping those she loves! It makes her come alive!
Miro says his righteous path was to save “them.” And if CJ stays, that means he’d have to… To what? Save her? What were their wedding vows again? Well, they each have to do what they each have to do. They will each walk their own paths. But if there is any love in Miro’s heart for CJ, then please, do not lay a hand on any of her future clients she’s going to manage here. Okay? Can he promise that? Miro leaves without giving an answer. Will pro-wrestling come between husband and wife?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleDream!
As if it wasn’t already big enough, the TBS Championship IS on the line! Kris Statlander is giving Julia Hart her shot, but will Mama Kris be the one running the house after October 1st? Plus, a massive Fatal 4 Way Tag match! The Young Bucks, The Gunns, The Lucha Brothers and #OrangeHook battle for an AEW World Tag Team Championship opportunity, any time they want it! Who will have some highly valuable golden tickets in their pockets?
Texas Death Match: Ricky Starks VS Bryan Danielson!
These two truly went all out in their Strap match, and while The American Dragon won, Ricky Starks holds to the fact he didn’t tap out, he passed out! Will that unstoppable fighting spirit help Starks win this even more brutal rematch? Or will this be an Absolute thrashing that puts this one to bed?
Starks attacks Bryan the moment he’s in the ring! The bell sounds and Starks fires off hands! Bryan gets up to hit Starks back, they scrap in the corner and Starks gets the edge! Starks stomps away on Bryan, stands him up, and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Starks throws body shots, UPPERCUTS, then goes up the corner to rain down fists! Fans count to five but Bryan DUMPS Starks out! Bryan builds speed to DIVE! Down goes Starks and fans fire up! Bryan finally gets his jacket off to drag Starks up and CROTCH Starks on railing! Bryan runs to CLOBBER Starks! Bryan then goes out after Starks and throws hands!
Bryan then hits Starks with someone’s drink! And RAMS him into the trash can! And then dumps the trash on Starks! Bryan goes after Starks with headbutts, going up the bleachers! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan drags Starks up, ROCKS him with a left, then brings him along, only for Starks to send him into barriers! Starks RAMS Bryan into more barriers, then runs up, into a body shot! Bryan KICKS Starks against barriers, again and again and again! Fans fire up as Bryan then HEADBUTTS Starks and pushes him along back to ringside. Starks goes over the railing on his own but Bryan is after him!
Bryan HEADBUTTS, Starks CHOPS, then Starks TOSSES Bryan into the front row! The fans help Bryan up, as does security, but Starks goes to the apron. Starks springboards to CROSSBODY into the pile!! Fans lose their minds while Collision goes picture in picture.
Starks dumps Bryan back to ringside and then drags himself up and over. Starks stands Bryan up to CHOP! Bryan staggers away to commentary but Starks storms after him, Bryan SMACKS Starks off the desk! And CHOPS him against the desk! And again! And again! Bryan HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS, and HEADBUTTS again! Bryan snarls, puts Starks in the ring, then storms up to get a leg. Bryan twists the ankle to turn Starks over, then he grabs the other leg. Bryan hooks the legs up, and he fishhooks Starks’ face! Then Bryan gets the arms, and pulls, pulls and pulls Starks into the ROMERO SPECIAL!
Starks endures, Bryan sets him down, and then Bryan drags Starks into the DRAGON SLEEPER as Collision goes to break!
Collision returns and Starks is clawing at Bryan’s face! Starks has a mic so everyone can hear him egging Bryan on. Then Starks dribbles Bryan’s face off the desk! Bryan’s forehead is busted open! Starks lets Bryan fall over, then throws hands right to the wound! Fans rally for Bryan and boo Starks, but Starks drags Bryan up to put in the ring. Starks drags Bryan to the corner, to YANK him into the post! Starks ROCKS Bryan, SLAMS the leg into the post, then ROCKS Bryan again! Starks uses the microphone to jam at the wound! Fans boo but Starks grabs a chair. Starks has Bryan’s leg, to SMACK it against the post!
Bryan writhes away into the ring but Starks is after him. Starks CHOKES Bryan with the chair! Then Starks JAMS Bryan! Starks then traps Bryan’s leg inside the chair! Fans boo more as Starks goes up the corner! But Bryan gets free and he SMACKS Starks! And SMACKS him again! And again! And again! Starks is stuck up top and Bryan brings him up to throw hands! Bryan climbs up, brings Starks tot he very top, but Starks trips Bryan! Starks throws more hands, and BITES the bloody forehead! Starks SPITS, then he throws down fists! Fans tell Starks he’s sick, but he just does his pose! Only for Bryan to punch back!
Bryan adjusts, to SPIDER SUPERPLEX Starks down! Fans fire up as Bryan manages to sit up again! Bryan huffs ‘n’ puffs and adjusts position again, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Starks is sent tumbling into the other corner, and Bryan is getting a second wind! Starks sits up as the standing count starts, but Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan winds up, to BUZZSAW! Fans fire up while Starks flounders. The standing count starts again but Starks grabs at the chair. Bryan is in the corner, aims and runs in, but Starks CHUCKS the chair into his face!! Fans boo as Bryan goes down!
Starks stomps Bryan, the standing count starts, and fans chant for tables. Starks brings Bryan up by his hair, mocks the “Yes! Yes! Yes!” while treating Starks like a rodeo horse, and Collision goes picture in picture again.
Starks drops a knee on Bryan! And then another! Starks goes out to look under the ring, ignoring the table, to then bring out a STRAP! Starks swings that around, he wants to continue where All Out left off. He LASHES Bryan, and LASHES him again, and again! Then Starks CHOKES Bryan with the strap! Bryan endures but Starks hits a STRAP BULLDOG! Starks lets off for the standing count to start, and Bryan is still floundering at 5 of 10. But Bryan rolls out of the ring to get back to his feet! Starks hurries out after Bryan but into a CHOP! Bryan UPPERCUTS, ROCKS, and then POSTS Starks! Starks falls over and Bryan staggers away.
Bryan’s crimson mask is growing but he can still see Starks. Bryan drags Starks by a leg, but Starks SMACKS Bryan with a steel chain! Bryan ends up back in the ring but still down for the standing count. Starks grins and gets in to wrap the chain around his fist. Starks aims to FULL METAL KNUCKLE! Collision returns to single picture as Bryan staggers, then drops to his knees. Starks swings again but Bryan dodges to ROUNDHOUSE! Starks staggers around, Bryan runs back in and CHOPS! Starks CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS! They throw hands and CHOPS, and then Bryan KICKS and KICKS! Starks blocks to SLAP, SLAP, and so on!
Fans fire up but Bryan dodges, only for Starks to SPEAR!! Starks roars, and he wraps the chain around Bryan’s neck! Just like Bryan did with the strap!! Starks bends Bryan back and squeezes tight! Bryan is fading, but he shakes his head! Bryan isn’t giving up, but he might pass out like Starks did! Bryan is purple!! Starks lets go, and he wants the count! The count begins, Bryans putters and stirs, but is still down at 5 of 10. Starks watches from the corner as we hit 8 of 10! Bryan rises up at 9, but Starks grabs the chain again! Starks squeezes tight, and then drags Bryan up into a HANGMAN’S GORY ESPECIAL!
Bryan kicks and goes to ropes! Bryan uses ropes to get up and over and get free!! Fans are thunderous but Starks is primed to run in! SPEAR into a takedown!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Starks flails, grabs the chain and he throws hands! But Bryan grabs that chain, to wrap it around Starks!! Starks freaks out as he relives All Out!! Starks is purple, and he passes out! The count starts, Bryan keeps on Starks with the chain, but Starks revives!? Starks powers up, powers out and he rains down fists!! Fans are thunderous, but Bryan just turns things around! Fans are even more fired up! Bryan lets off on Starks and both men rise.
Bryan HEADBUTTS! Starks throws a haymaker! HEADBUTT! Haymaker! HEADBUTT!! Both men flop over! Bryan shakes out the stars, “This is Awesome!” The count is 6 of 10, both men stand. Starks swings a chair, but Bryan dodges! Bryan returns to BUSAIKU KNEE through the chair!! Fans fire up again as Starks flounders. Bryan says it is time to kick Starks’ head in!! Bryan gets Starks’ arms, and he fires DRAGON STOMPS!! Again and again and again, and again and again and again! But Starks SPITS at Bryan! So Bryan just STOMPS him more!! Fans fire up, Starks checks his face but also has blood coming from his eyebrow.
Bryan backs off, brings down his kneepad, and he wraps the steel chain around his knee! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” for giving them this main event, and Bryan stares Starks up. Bryan runs in to FULL METAL KNEE!!! Starks is down, and the count begins! Bryan crawls away at 5 of 10, drags himself up at 8, and the count hits TEN! Bryan wins again!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson
Starks wanted revenge, but he only got another vicious fight and crushing defeat. Big Bill and Wheeler Yuta come out to check on their respective allies. Bill helps Starks stand, as does Yuta with Bryan. Yuta and Bill get at each other, but Starks has them all stand down. Is this Starks’ way of showing Bryan respect for the absolute war they just went through? And where does Starks go from here?
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/22/23)
A TWO HOUR RAMPAGE!
Rampage goes big for Grand Slam!
AEW doubles up on Rampage, and we see a massive Fatal 4 Way to determine #1 contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships!
- Darby Allin & Sting VS Christian Cage & Luchasaurus; Darby & Sting win.
- Mixed Six Match: Kris Statlander & OrangeHook VS Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker; Kris & OrangeHook win.
- ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way match: The Hardy Boyz VS The Righteous VS Best Friends VS The Kingdom; The Righteous win and will challenge MJF & Adam Cole for the titles at AEW WrestleDream.
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Dark Order; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
- Skye Blue VS Julia Hart w/ Brody King; Julia wins.
- Mike Santana VS Dirty Bulk Bronson; Santana wins.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS The Hung Bucks; The Hung Bucks win and become the new ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
Darby Allin & Sting w/ Nick Wayne VS Christian Cage & Luchasaurus!
The Relentless Icons won at All In London, but Captain Charisma’s complaint is that his Right Hand of Destruction was not his tag partner. Now that Christian and the TNT Champion are the legal men, will the result be different? Or will Darby be rolling into the “Triple Threat” title match tomorrow night on Collision?
Christian talks quick strategy with Luchasaurus, and they rush up to bait the Relentless Icons in! Christian ducks away from Sting but Darby gets right on Luchasaurus with a SLEEPER! Christian rushes in after all but Sting fires off on him first! Sting dribbles Christian off buckles! Luchasaurus pries free to THROW Darby! Sting TOSSES Christian out then pursues, and the bell finally rings. Luchasaurus runs at Darby but Darby dodges, Luchasaurus gets caught up on the ropes! Darby then runs to DROPKICK Luchasaurus down to the ramp! Sting sends Christian into steel steps while Darby DIVES into Luchasaurus!
Fans rally up as Darby stands Luchasaurus up, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Christian fights back on Sting but Sting ROCKS Christian! But Luchasaurus POSTS Darby! Darby falls to the floor, Nick calls to Sting. They check Darby, he is still breathing but very dazed from that rough landing. Sting helps Darby up, Darby hobbles over, and Darby says he’s okay. Darby slides in at 6 of 10 but Luchasaurus drags him over. Tag to Christian and Christian stomps Darby down! Christian CHOPS Darby, stalks him along the way, then CLUBS him down! Christian stands on Darby’s neck at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts.
Darby sputters, Christian drags him up, and tag to Luchasaurus. They mug Darby, and Luchasaurus CLUBS Darby down! Luchasaurus scoops to SLAM Darby down! Luchasaurus snarls, whips Darby hard into the corner, and then tags Christian. Christian says he, or Luchasaurus, will be TNT Champion, but fans boo. Christian taunts Sting, goes back to Darby, and Christian brings Darby around. But Darby fights back with forearms! Darby whips, Christian reverses but Darby springboards to COFFIN SPLASH! Both men are down, Luchasaurus rushes in to BLAST Sting! Christian anchors Darby’s leg, then tags Luchasaurus.
Rampage goes picture in picture as Luchasaurus stands on Darby’s head! Luchasaurus then stomps Darby, stalks him to ropes, and clamps on. Luchasaurus CHOPS, then scoops, then carries Darby around, for a SWINGING SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Darby hangs tough, but Luchasaurus brings him up. Christian tags in, they mug Darby more, and then Christian stands on Darby’s face! The ref counts, Christian steps off to snapmare Darby and neck wrench! Darby endures, but Christian claws his face! The ref reprimands, Christian lets off, and then sits Darby up just to claw his face again!
Darby fights up, throws elbows, then runs, but into an ELBOW! Rampage returns to single picture as Christian covers, TWO! Christian grows annoyed but he drags Darby up and tags Luchasaurus. They mug Darby more, and then Luchasaurus hauls Darby up. Darby pries the hand away from his throat, but Luchasaurus ROCKS him! Luchsasurus shakes out his hand, choke grips and JURASSIC- NO, Darby lands out! But Christian HOTSHOTS Darby! Into the JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, but Sting breaks it! Fans rally but Luchasaurus tags Christian. Christian goes up to DIVING FLOP as Darby moves!
Darby and Christian crawl as fans fire up! Both men stand, Darby sunset flips but Christian stays up! So Darby lets off, hot tag to Sting! Sting rallies on Christian! Fans fire up, Sting whips but Christian kicks back! Sting just beats his chest! SPINEBUSTER! Luchasaurus runs in but gets fast hands! Sting backs Luchasaurus down into the corner! Christian runs in but is send into Luchasaurus! Sting runs to STINGER SPLASH them both! SCORPION DEATH DROP on Christian! Darby fires off on Luchasaurus! Then feeds him to the dragon sleeper! Darby goes up, SCORPION COFFIN DROP COMBO!!
Christian stagger sup, into a SHOTGUN from Darby! Darby snarls, Sting SPLASHES Luchasaurus! The ref is distracted, Christian pokes Darby in the eyes! Christian chicken wings and turns Darby but Nick distracts him! Darby then rolls Christian up to jackknife bridge! The Relentless Icons win!!
Winners: Darby Allin & Sting, by pinfall
Fans cheer as the Prodigy of Rain City gets one over on Captain Charisma! But Christian glares at Nick. Will the jokes about Nick’s mom stop for something far more serious, and dangerous? Or will this all be a distraction in tomorrow night’s glorified handicap match?
Mixed Six Match: Kris Statlander & OrangeHook VS Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker w/ Jake Hager!
The Galaxy’s Greatest reunites with her best friend, as well as a new friend! Freshly Squeezed joins forces with the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, will their less talk more rock combination help Mama Kris put the Star of the Show, Daddy Magic and Cool Hand Ange to bed?
The trios sort out and the FTW Champion starts against Menard. The two circle as fans rally up, and Menard talks trash. “You wanna taste?! I don’t think so!” Then Menard tags in Parker! Parker and Hook circle, but then Parker tags Menard. Anna applauds, but Hook TOSSES Parker, then SAYANAGIS Menard! REDRUM!! Menard scrambles and tags to Anna! Hook obeys the rules and lets off of Menard, and also steps aside so Kris can step in. Fans fire up as the TBS Champion and Anna circle. Anna kicks low, but Kris blocks the whip! Then Kris hip tosses Anna away! Fans fire up as Kris flexes, but Anna dodges the splash to LEG LARIAT!
Anna wrenches and HOOK- NO, Kris blocks the kick to suplex! Kris holds Anna up and fans fire up, for the SLAM! Kris kips up and flexes again! Parker storms in, the ref steps him, but that’s a distraction so Hager can CLOBBER Cassidy! Kris gets distracted and Anna SUPERKICKS her down! Tag to Parker while Hook backs Hager down. But Menard CLOBBERS Hook now! And then Menard RAMS Hook into railing! Fans are torn as Menard drags Hook up to put in the ring. Parker drags Hook up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Parker drags Hook back up to throw hands! Parker reels Hook in to hit a BIG back suplex!
Parker scuffs Hook, tags Menard, and they coordinate to BACKBREAKER and RUNNING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Fans are torn as Menard talks more trash, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Menard stands Hook up, but Hook pushes him back to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Menard wobbles but he kicks back, and whips him hard into a corner! Hook falls and the former JAS soak up the heat. Menard stomps Hook, sucker punches Cassidy, then stomps Hook more! Menard drags Hook up to whip him hard into the ex-JAS corner. Tag to Parker, they stomp away on Hook, then soak up more heat. Parker scuffs Hook at the ropes, mocks Cassidy’s “devastating” kicks, then stands Hook up. Parker whips, then DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Hook hangs in there but Parker drags him up and reels him in. But Hook back drops him away!
parker hurries to drag Hook over and tags in Menard. Menard stomps Hook, kicks him around, then drags him up. Hook throws body shots, but Menard whips him hard into another corner! Menard drags Hook up again, CHOPS him against the ropes, then talks some trash. Menard CHOPS again, fires haymakers, but Hook hits back! And again! And again! But Menard SMACKS Hook down! Menard soaks up the cheers and jeers as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns as Menard & Parker double whip Hook, but Hook ducks the double clotheslines to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up as Hook hurries over, hot tag to Cassidy! New York goes nuts as Cassidy bumps Parker off buckles, bumps Menard off buckles, then repeat! Cassidy climbs up, takes aim, but both Menard & Parker turn around! So Cassidy hops down, to put his hands in his pockets! Cassidy dodges double clotheslines to then DOUBLE SHOTGUN! And kip up! Cassidy builds speed to then DIVE onto Hager! Payback on Big Hurt! Cassidy runs in, tilt-o-whirls but Menard blocks! Parker joins in, but Hook saves Cassidy from the double suplex!
Hook CLUBS Parker & Menard, helps Cassidy, but then Anna CLUBS #OrangeHook! Anna adds on, but then so does Kris! Kris & OrangeHook TRIPLE SUPLEX the ex-JAS!! Fans are thunderous and Cassidy throws off the elbow pad! ORANGE- NO, Parker gets under! Feed to the drop toehold, BOOYAH ELBOW! Cassidy gets a taste, but Hook hits a T-BONE on Parker! And a T-BONE on Menard! Fans fire up again as Hook T-BONES Parker onto Menard! Anna is furious, but the ref has to keep her back! Hager gets up to CLOBBER Hook!! Fans boo but Cassidy hits an ORANGE PUNCH on Hager!! Anna is still distracting, then she jumps on Cassidy! QUEENSLAYER!
But Kris pries Anna off Cassidy into an Electric Chair Lift! Anna freaks out, Cassidy intercepts Parker to feed to Hook’s REDRUM!! Kris SLAMS Anna down! Menard falls, ORANGE PUNCH for Parker!! Cover on Parker, OrangeHook & Kris win!
Winners: Kris Statlander & OrangeHook, by pinfall
A great win for the TBS Champion, the FTW Champion and Freshly Squeezed! Will this momentum carry them all through into WrestleDream?
It’s an all new QTV.
Harley Cameron asks if they wanna see her impersonation of a hot dog. Uh, sure. Harley just goes rigid. Huh. What does Joe Blow think? Uh- Johnny TV springs on the scene and says they must’ve had a great time in Montreal. Wait, Solo wasn’t invited to that. Oh, uh, that sucks. But let’s rrrroll the footage! Harley says this is awkward, but that only works when she asks for it. “RRRRRRROLL~ the footage, gov’nah!” Footage rolls of QT Marshall defending his title in Lutte Academie, the French Canadian wrestling indie. QT pounded that guy’s ass like a turkey! Oh, hey, nice sunglasses, Solo! Remember the handshake? Hecc yeah!
They do the shake, blast off, and then QT texts! He needs a tag partner for next week! Someone with fresh breath, long hair, and has known for a long time. Someone he can trust not matter what. Solo says that’s him! It has to be! No, bro, that’s Johnny! Gotta go, see you next week. Awkward… But will the combined powers of QT & Johnny be unstoppable?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
And he says that after Dynamite, this guy has a lot to answer for. Though, we already knew he was a snake in the grass. Ladies and gentlemen… Don Callis. Fans boo as the patriarch of the Don Callis Family walks out with “The Alpha,” Konosuke Takeshita and goes to the ring. Schiavone has to admit, Callis is many times a step ahead, and he is eating up how the fans all around the world just HATE him! Schiavone says Callis deserves all of it. Callis takes the mic and fans boo as he says just wants to say… “A few weeks ago, the wrestling world was abuzz! The wrestsling world was abuzz at my so-called pursuit of Chris Jericho.
“I didn’t end up with Jericho, but I ended up with the man I really wanted, the newest member of the Don Callis Family… SAMMY! GUEVARAAA~!” The fallen Spanish God makes his way out now, dressed to impress. Fans boo more as Sammy joins his “family” in the ring. Sammy soaks up all the heat, but Schiavone asks, “You actually call this man family?” Sammy says he can’t hear Schiavone, but that might be from all the booing. Sammy tells Don, “Believe it or not, I hated you. I hated you for a long time.
“I hated you almost as much as they hated you. And it’s because this whole time, I thought you were trying to rip apart my family. But really, you were just trying to show me I never really had one. Until now!” They hug and fans boo more. Sammy says why did he betray Jericho on Wednesday? The reason is because for the past four years, he has been holding Sammy back! Jericho has taken Sammy for granted, just like all the fans have! Fans boo more but Sammy says yeah, yeah, yeah. Last year, it was “F YOU SAMMY!” Earlier this year, it was “LET’S GO, SAMMY!” Well Sammy is done with such fickleness! He doesn’t need the fans!
Sammy is done trying to earn the fans’ love. He has a hot, hot wife, a beautiful baby girl and a fat bank account! Fans boo Sammy but Sammy says Jericho is DEAD to him, and never wants to see him again! But wait! Judas plays and fans fire up! Jericho is here, and he rushes the DCF! Jericho DECKS Konosuke, ROCKS Sammy, fires off on Konosuke again to TOSS him out, then he ROCKS Sammy! Sammy scurries away but Callis CLUBS Jericho! Jericho scowls at Callis and fans say Callis F’d up now! But Konosuke returns to SMACK Jericho with a chair! And again! And again! And again!!
Fans boo but then Sammy has Konosuke stop. Because Sammy takes the chair to SMACK Jericho now! And again! And again!! Sammy unleashes that resentment and rage! Konosuke drags Jericho up, Sammy helps, and Callis tells Jericho this is what he gets! Callis throws punches, but hurts his own hand! So he brings out the SCREWDRIVER!! Fans freak out, but here comes KENNY OMEGA!! The Cleaner is back, with a metal pipe!! Omega runs the DCF off and fans are thunderous! Jericho staggers up to his feet and he bumps into Kenny. Both men are on guard, but upon seeing who it is, Jericho cools off.
Omega drops the pipe, and he nods before leaving. Will Omega and Jericho see that the enemy of their enemy is truly a friend in the fight against the treacherous, disgusting and conniving Don Callis?
Rampage returns as Alex Marvez finds Kenny Omega.
Marvez says Omega and Jericho, in the same ring together, working together against Don Callis! Kenny stomps Marvez there. Do they really think Kenny did any of that for Jericho? That he cares about Jericho? This is bigger than Jericho! This is about Kenny taking care of Callis. But then Jericho walks over. Jericho tells Kenny that he says this once: he appreciates Kenny making that save, but he also knows the reason it happened. Just as Kenny was saying, this is not about them becoming friends. This entire company was based on the Omega VS Jericho rivalry. But now, something that Callis never thought would happen: Jericho and Omega are UNITED in taking Callis out!
The match Callis put together in Tokyo, it is now a nightmare come to life. And as far as Sammy goes, he is the real Judas. But so Jericho suggests they team up for real and take out the Don Callis Family, at WrestleDream! Omega tells Callis that he stabbed Omega in the back, betrayed his best friend in Jericho, and threatened someone Kenny loves in Kota Ibushi. That scar on Callis’ head that he blames on Omega, after they’re done with him, Callis will look like Freddy Krueger. WrestleDream, October 1st, will become a Wrestle Nightmare. DCF VS Jericho, Omega and Ibushi! Who you got?! They’ll be waiting.
ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way match: The Hardy Boyz VS The Righteous VS Best Friends VS The Kingdom!
All teams with history in ROH, all teams with history with the tag titles, but only one team gets to go on to their WrestleDream against MJF & Adam Cole. Will Matt & Jeff DELETE the competition? Will Dutch & Vincent bring about an Autumn Sunset? Will Chuck Taylor & Trent Beretta get a shot at finally becoming champions? Or will Mike Bennett & Matt Taven go after the men that (emotionally) hurt Roderick Strong?
In this Fatal 4 Way, only two teams are legal at a time, so the ref calls for them to sort things out. But then tensions build between old rivals in Best Friends and The Kingdom, as well as new rivals in The Hardys and The Righteous. The ref can sense where this is going, and he rings the bell right as the brawl begins! Taven has Trent, Mike has Chuck, Dutch has Matt (Hardy) and Vinnie has Jeff! Then The Kingdom and Righteous put Best Friends and Hardys up top, fire off more hands with them, but then Best Friends and Hardys knock The Righteous and Kingdom down! Four corner V1! QUADRUPLE AX HANDLES!
The Hardys give thumbs up to Best Friends, and then Best Friends offer it. But the group hug is denied! Fans boo as The Hardys are sent outside, followed by Best Friends. Mike RAMS Chuck into railing, Dutch builds speed, but the KICK OF THE KING takes him down! Taven builds speed to FLY! He takes down The Righteous and Hardys! Trent gets in the ring and fans fire up! Trent builds speed, but Chuck stops him! They HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! The Best Friends then BLAST The Kingdom, and they DOUBLE TOPE to take everyone out! Fans are thunderous as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Best Friends put Taven in, Matt Hardy is after him, and he ROCKS Taven with a forearm. And another! Taven drops to a knee, Hardy bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” The ref counts, Hardy finishes up, and fans rally. Hardy drags Taven up, brings him around, tag to Jeff. The Hardys double whip, then double ELBOW, and then FIST DROP SENTON COMBO! Cover, TWO! Jeff drags Taven up, snapmares, and basement dropkicks! But then Chuck tags in off Jeff! Tag to Trent and Best Friends get Taven up. Forearm and SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Mike shouts at Trent but Trent keeps his focus on Taven.
Trent runs in at the corner to BACK ELBOW! Then Trent keeps moving, but Taven ducks and sends Trent out! Mike YANKS Trent down to BOSTON BAYONET! Mike mocks Jeff’s dance moves, but then backs off as the Hardys step to him. Taven then CLOBBERS Trent! Taven puts Trent in the ring, stalks him, and keeps him from Chuck. Trent anchors a leg, tags Mike, and Mike CLAWS Trent’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Mike again mocks Jeff. Mike drags Trent up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS him down! Mike then BOOTS Trent, stands him back up, and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Trent hangs tough but Mike tags Taven.
The Kingdom gets Trent up, feed to a BOOT, then a FOREARM, then Taven goes up. Trent ducks and the MISSILE DROPKICK hits Mike! Taven panics, apologizes, and Rampage returns to single picture. The Kingdom keeps Trent from Chuck! Then they DECK Chuck! Trent BOOTS Mike, dodges Taven and TORNADO DDTS! Fans fire up while Trent and Taven are down. Vinnie reaches out to tag off his old enemy, and Hardy tags off Trent. Hardy rallies on Vinnie, then hits a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, ONE!! Tag to Jeff, the Hardys whip Vinnie to BOOT, JAWBREAKER, and then NECKBREAKER! Jeff SPLASHES down, covers, TWO!
Jeff wrenches to CLUB Vinnie’s arm. Tag to Matt, they mug Vinnie, and then double whip. Dutch runs in but is sent into Vinnie! Matt sets up, Jeff runs, POETRY IN MOTION! Matt tags Jeff back in, and Jeff hits an atomic drop, then the leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick to add on! And an elbow drop! Cover, Dutch breaks it! Jeff kicks Dutch but no Twist yet! BOSS MAN SLAM! Taven ENZIGURIS Dutch! Vinnie ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Mike whips Vinnie but Vinnie BOOTS! Vinnie ROCKS Mike, feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Matt Hardy runs in but into a BOSS MAN SLAM!!
Chuck sneaks a tag off Jeff Hardy, Trent BUSAIKU KNEES Vinnie! Trent runs but Dutch catches him! Trent slips free of the Boss Man Slam to feed Dutch to a SEXY CHUCKY KNEE! Then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Taven runs in to BOOT Trent! “That’s for Adam Cole, ya dummy!” But Taven turns around into a SUPERKICK from Chuck! Chuck drags Taven up, wrenches, but Mike stops Sole Food! Taven distracts the ref, Mike PUNCHES CHUCK IN THE WIENER!! Mike reels Chuck in, Taven goes up, HAIL MARY!! Cover, TRENT BREAKS IT! Fans fire up as Jeff tags in off Taven! Taven is furious but Jeff gives Chuck a TWIST OF FATE!
Jeff throws his shirt off! Jeff goes up a corner, but Vinnie tags in off Jeff! SWANTON BOMB on Chuck, but Dutch drags Jeff out! Vinnie SWANTON BOMBS!! Cover, The Righteous win!!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships)
Fans don’t like it, but Vinnie snipes this one, and now he and Dutch will face MJF & Cole in Seattle! Will The Righteous expose the false friendship for what it is? Or will the brochachos continue to prove they are Better Than You Baybay?
Wait, Taven RAMS Trent into railing! He is furious that he and Mike lost! Mike CHOKES Chuck with a chair! Taven SMACKS Trent with a chair! They are violating their PSAs about neck health by endangering the neck health of Best Friends! Mike SMACKS Chuck off a chair! Fans boo while The Kingdom storms off, what will it take for the OGK to finally get back to the ROH World Tag titles?
Mike Santana speaks.
“Now it’s time for you to understand what this all truly means to me. Going away for this injury was the easy part. Handling what goes on in here (the heart) and up here (the mind) was the hard part. That was the true test. I spent 30 DAYS staring out a treatment center window, wondering just where my life went. And I realized I’ve survived way too damn much to just piss it all away. And here I am, for the world to see. And I’m hungrier than ever. Everybody is food. You get in between me and my money, I will put you down. You get in between me and feeding my daughter, I put you down.
“And realize this: Whether it’s here, whether it’s anywhere, I’m gonna get mine. If you don’t like it, you fight me or fire me! But you have two options: Either get down, or lay down.” There is a fire raging inside Mike Santana, will he use it to blaze a trail to the top of the mountain?
AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Dark Order!
While everyone loves the diss tracks and the scissor fingers and the bright colors, it would seem Evil Uno, Alex Reynolds & John Silver would have us believe Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass are the bad guys in all this. But if they’re the heroes of this story, does that mean the Dark Order will prevail? Or will they fail to end the Scissoring World Tour?
But speaking of a diss track…! “Acclaimed on the mic, and it sounds so pretty. Damn it feels good to be in New York City! Oh my God, the Dark Order! The number one cure for a sleep disorder! The group is smaller than I remember. Now we gotta fight against the three worst members! And we beat you down proper. Have all y’all laid up like Aaron Rodgers.” Ouch… But Bowens takes the mic to shout, “NEW YOOORK CITAAAAY~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! But will those scissors cut down The Dark Order before they ever rebuild?
The trios sort out and Caster starts against Reynolds. The fans rally up and sing “OH~ Scissor Me Daddy~!” Caster and Reynolds circle, tie up, and go around. Reynolds waistlocks, throws Caster down, then pulls on an ear to get a headlock. Caster fights up, throws body shots, and then headlocks back. Reynolds powers up and out, but Caster runs him over! Caster says “SUCK IT!” then runs, but Reynolds hurdles. Caster BACKHANDS Reynolds! And says “SUCK IT!” again! Reynolds runs in, but into an arm-drag! Caster keeps on the armlock but Reynolds fights up. Reynolds puts Caster in the corner and Silver tags in.
Uno pulls Caster’s hair to keep him in the corner, the reprimands, but Silver & Reynolds mug Caster! The ref counts, Silver lets off to say “I’m freakin’ jacked, baby!” But Caster fights back and RAMS Silver into the corner! Tag to Bowens and he kicks Silver. Silver shoves Bowens but Bowens fires off haymaker after haymaker after haymaker! Self-scissor and Bowens DECKS Silver! “EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed!” Tag to Billy, he and Bowens double whip to double ELBOW! They wind up, and scissor before the ELBOW DROP! Billy then scoops to SLAM Silver! Tag to Caster, they hold Silver open as Bowens goes up!
SCISSOR ME- NO, Reynolds HOTSHOTS Bowens down! Uno DECKS Billy, BOOTS Caster, and then Reynolds RAMS Bowens into railing! Uno drags Billy out to POST him! Silver STRADDLE ATTACKS then GERMAN SUPLEXES Caster! Bridging cover, TWO! The Dark Order regroup, to mock the scissor fingers! Fans boo but Silver looms over Caster. Silver bumps Caster off buckles as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Silver tags Reynolds, they mug Caster, then Reynolds brings Caster around for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Caster hangs tough but Reynolds grinds his forearm into Caster’s face! The ref reprimands, Reynolds lets off at 4, then he tags Uno. Reynolds bumps Caster of Uno’s boot, then Uno CHOPS Caster! Uno scoops to BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Uno argues with the ref, but then drags Caster back up. Uno brings Caster around, but Caster fights his way towards his corner! Caster reaches out but Uno turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Uno drags Caster up as Rampage returns to single picture, and bumps him off more buckles.
Uno tags Silver, and Silver snapmares Caster. Silver KICKS Caster in the chest! Silver taunts Bowens & Billy, but backs off to then drag Caster up. Silver KICKS Caster down, then he taunts Bowens & Billy again. Silver stands Caster up but Caster throws hands! But Silver gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Caster ends up in the Dark Order corner and Uno tags in. Uno stomps a mudhole into Caster, but lets off as the ref counts. Uno gets in the ref’s face, and that allows Silver to CHOKE Caster! Fans boo but Uno drags Caster up. Fans rally but Reynolds tags in, the Dark Order mugs Caster. Silver says Dark Order freakin’ rules!
Reynolds CLUBS Caster, stands on his face, and says the Dark Order claw is a real hand sign! Reynolds stomps Caster, drags him up, and then bumps him off buckles. Tag to Uno, and Uno CHOPS Caster! Tag back to Reynolds, and Uno keeps Caster stuck so Reynolds can run and ELBOW! Uno SPLASHES, then short arm LARIATS! Reynolds covers, TWO! Fans rally for Caster as he crawls, but Reynolds intercepts to scissor finger with him! Then Reynolds sucker punches Bowens! The ref keeps Billy back, but then Caster back drops! Reynolds sunset flips but Caster sits on it, TWO! Reynolds hurries up, but Caster hot tags Billy!
Fans fire up as Daddy Ass starts whooping some ass! Billy TOSSES Uno, TOSSES Silver, then back drops Reynolds! Fans fire up more as Billy says “SUCK IT!” FAMOU- NO, Reynolds sips out to ROLLING ELBOW! Billy drops to a knee and Reynolds shouts “Suck this, Billy!” Reynolds runs, but into a LARIAT! Tag to Bowens! Bowens drags Reynolds but Reynolds cradle counters! TWO!! Reynold swings but Bowens spins him for the Five Tool Strike Fest! SUPERKICK knocks Reynolds down! Fans fire up as Bowens tags Caster. The ARRIVAL, and then the MIC DROP! Cover, Silver shoves Bowens down to break it!
Silver BOOTS Bowens out, distracts the ref with the arguing, and Uno has a title belt! Uno aims, BELT SHOT on Caster!! Uno gets away with the evidence, Reynolds covers, TWO?!?! Caster survives and Uno is furious! But Billy CLOBBERS Uno! Silver CANNONBALLS Billy! Reynolds hauls Caster up, he and Silver start up the WOMBO COMBO! But Caste turns Stunner into FAMOUSER! Bowens POSTS Silver, crotch first! Bowens tags in and the Acclaimed get Reynolds up! Double trophy lift, into an ORANGE CRUSH!! Cover, Acclaimed win!!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Champions)
The Dark Order showed their true colors with trying to cheat this one, and the Scissor World Tour continues! But will Uno, Reynolds & Silver try again? Or will Caster, Bowen s& Daddy Ass move on to bigger and better?
Skye Blue VS Julia Hart w/ Brody King!
Chicago Skye got a great Six Woman Tag win last night in ROH, but now she is back to fighting for herself. Will she be able to shine in the darkness? Or will the House always win?
The bell rings and the two stare down. Fans rally up as the hats come off, and then the two slowly circle. They approach but Julia dodges. Julia smirks but Skye rolls her eyes. They reset and Julia offers a handshake. Skye is wary, but she still accepts. And then Julia reels Skye in to whisper something to Skye? Skye gets mad but Julia SLAPS her first! Skye fires off forearms! Fans fire up but Julia shoves Skye. Skye blocks a kick to KNEE Julia! Skye runs up to reel Julia in, snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Skye drags Julia up and fireman’s carries, but Julia fights free to waistlock. They go to ropes but Skye turns O’Conner into a crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Skye hurries to smack Julia off buckles! Skye swaggers, runs corner to corner, but Julia trips her into buckles! And throws her down by her hair! Julia kicks Skye around, then rains down fists! Fans boo but Julia scowls, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Julia stomps Skye around, CLUBS her down, then CLUBS her again! Julia clamps on a chinlock and she stretches Skye back. Skye endures, reaches out, so Julia throws her down. Julia stomps Skye, drags her up and bumps her off buckles. Julia SLAPS Skye, then CHOPS her! Skye flounders along the ropes but Julia brings her up to whip and CLOBBER her! Julia paces around while Skye writhes. Julia drags Skye up, CLUBS her, then stomps her down. Julia scuffs Skye around, drags her up and SLAPS her again! Skye flounders to a corner, but Julia fires off forearms! Julia digs her boots in but lets off as the ref counts.
Skye sputters but Julia stands her up. Julia whips Skye corner to corner hard, then runs in, only to get buckles! Skye schoolgirl bridges, TWO! Julia KICKS Skye down! And CLUBS her! Julia chinlocks to grind Skye down to the mat, but Skye endures as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Skye SLAPS Julia! Julia SLAPS back! Skye fires off forearms! Fans fire up with Skye, then she whips. Julia holds ropes but Skye SHINING WIZARDS! Snapmare and then SUPER- NO, Julia blocks the kick but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO! Julia hangs tough but fans rally up. Skye goes to the corner and she climbs up. Julia staggers, and she trips Skye! Julia goes up to throw hands but Skye hits back! Julia CLUBS Skye but Skye ROCKS Julia! Julia sits on the ropes but she fights with forearms! Skye ROCKS Julia again and Julia leans way back! But Julia sits up, SPIDER SUPERPLEX!
Fans fire up as Julia hangs upside-down like a bat! Then she hops down to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Julia grows frustrated but Brody says to end this! But Skye covers! TWO, Julia has the ghost pin, TWO! Skye full nelsons but Julia powers out to ROCK Skye! And SUPERKICK! Julia runs to BLINDSIDER! “The House always wins.” HARTLESS!! Skye taps, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by submission
Julia is undefeated on the year, but she isn’t done! She puts Skye back into HARTLESS!! Skye taps more, the ref reprimands, but Julia makes her suffer! Wait! Here comes Willow Nightingale! The Babe with the Power is Skye’s friend, and she makes the save! Julia scurries away to hide behind Brody. Julia wags her finger and has a sinister little smile. Is the Lady of the House going to target the 2023 Queen of Harts?
Bullet Club Gold speaks.
Colten Gunn busts out the Espanol, bringing up how tomorrow night on Collision, Jay White is going to wrestle Andrade. Austin says you gotta roll those R’s more. It’s “Andrrrade El Idolo~!” Juice shows off his “rrrrrr~~” and then Jay White walks over. He loves it when you get Juice purring. But no, boys, it is Andrrrade El Iiidolooo~! Oooh~! But see, the thing is, White is familiar with Andrade. A world class athlete who has traveled the world over. But White knows Andrade. They met in 2015 in Japan. Andrade didn’t know White, probably doesn’t even remember, but why would he?
But Andrade knows him now as The Switchblade, Jay White. The WORLD knows Jay White, just like the world knows the Bang Bang Gang, Bullet Club Gold, #TopShelfGunns! And Andrade El Idolo, you want the world to know your name and ask for his name in the same breath as White’s. Well lucky for Andrade, tomorrow night on Collision, Michigan will know your name when Jay White BEATS Andrrrade El Idolo~! And then his moment in the spotlight ends with two words: ARMAS ARRRRRIBAAAA!! BCG is guaranteeing a “GOALLLL~!” but will they be the ones learning a thing or two?
Mike Santana VS Dirty Bulk Bronson w/ The Iron Savages!
We’ve heard the story and we’ve heard the warnings, but time to see it in action! Will the Bronx Boricua Badass burn down his beefy ‘n’ bulky opponent?
The bell rings and fans rally up as Santana circles with Bronson. Santana gets on the corner to soak up all the energy coming from the crowd. Then he ties up with Bronson, they go around, and Bronson puts Santana in a corner. Santana turns it around, the ref counts and Santana lets off, but Bronson ROCKS him! Bronson then storms up to fire off hands! Bronson bumps Santana off buckles, fires off haymakers, but the ref counts. Bronson says he’s gonna BUST~! But Santana CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Bronson kicks low, runs, but Santana BOOTS him! Santana waistlocks, Bronson switches but Santana bucks the O’Conner to roll and CUTTER!
Fans fire up and Santana aims from a corner now. Bronson stands, into the DISCUS LARIAT! Santana is all fired up and the fans are with him! Bronson bails out but Santana DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Bronson! Fans are thunderous as Santana puts Bronson in the ring. Santana goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL! Santana drags Bronson up, reels him in, and he underhooks to Canadian Rack, GUTBUSTER! Cover, Santana wins!
Winner: Mike Santana, by pinfall
A victorious return, but wait! Ortiz is on stage? Proud ‘n’ Powerful have parted ways, but now these two stand face to face. Ortiz says if Santana’s ready to talk, he’s ready to listen. Santana just walks past Ortiz so Ortiz says okay, if that’s how it is… Will PNP ever be a team again? Will they even reunite as friends?
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, Swerve’s Mogul Embassy, and Hangman Adam Page & The Young Bucks now come to a head as the ROH Six Man Championships hang in the balance. Well, it looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!” Will Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona continue their reign of terror? Or will Matt, Nick & The Cowboy have these belts for a second time?
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS The Hung Bucks!
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is truly the elite trio!
The Code of Honor is upheld as this is an ROH sanctioned bout. Then the Embassy attacks! The Gates of Agony go after The Bucks while Cage is after Page! Kaun whips Matt and Liona whips Nick but the Bucks hold ropes! The Gates rush in but the Bucks dump them out! Fans fire up as the Bucks DOUBLE PLANHA and bring the Gates down! Hangman fires back on Cage with haymakers, then a ROLLING ELBOW into the DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as the Bucks slide and anchor Kaun, and then Hangman BOOTS Kaun down! The Bucks catch Kaun, bring him around to drape him out, and Hangman remembers this one!
Fans fire up as Hangman goes to the apron, to DRAPING SHOOTING STAR! Fans are thunderous and even Hangman is surprised he pulled it off. Nick PENALTY KCIKS Liona, RAMS into Cage, then slingshots to FACEBUSTER! Then cartwheel MOONSAULT for LIona! Slingshot DESTROYER for Cage! Matt is up top, to MACHO ELBOW! Fans are thunderous as The Hung Bucks get in together. They sit Cage up, B T E- “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” The Mogul himself is here! Hangman snarls at Swerve but Swerve and his fur coat stay on stage. Nana does his dance, though!
Hangman steps out to the ramp to stare Swerve down but Swerve just blows him a kiss. The Gates CLOBBER The Bucks! Kaun & Lona get Matt up, Cage coordinates with them, ROCK-A-BYE BOMB!! Cover, Hangman breaks it in time! Liona TOSSES Hangman out, then Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Nick! The Gates fires each other up, then Kaun whips Liona in. Matt ELBOWS Liona away! Kaun runs in but into a BOOT! Matt goes up but Kaun kicks the legs out! DRAPING BACKSTABBER and then an ELBOW DROP from Liona! The Embassy roars while the fans boo, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Kaun tags in to drag Matt up and ROCKS him in a corner! And CHOP! Kaun stalks Matt as he staggers away, then tags in Liona. The Gates mug Matt, Liona stomps a mudhole in then digs his foot into Matt’s throat! The ref counts, Liona lets off, and then Liona hauls Matt up to scoop. Liona puts Matt on ropes to throw KNEE after KNEE! The ref counts, Liona just fires off more and more, but he lets off at 4. Tag to Cage, Liona stomps Matt and then Cage drags him up. Cage bumps Matt off buckles, then UPPERCUTS! Matt hits back but Cage ROCKS him! Cage whips corner to corner, Matt bounces off buckles and into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Cage drags Matt up, shoves him and ROCKS him in the back! Tag to Kaun, he shoves and ROCKS Matt in the back! Tag to Liona and the mugging continues! They stomp and stomp until Matt falls out of the ring! Liona tags Cage back in and Cage fetches Matt. Cage whips Matt hard into railing! Cage soaks up the heat, “Who betta!?” Cage puts Matt back in the ring, covers, TWO! Cage drags Matt into a chinlock and grinds him down. Matt endures, fights up, and throws body shots. But Cage KNEES Matt low! Cage then BLASTS Nick off the apron! The ref reprimands but Matt fights his way out of the Embassy corner!
Cage runs in but Matt sends him into Kaun, knocking Kaun off the apron! Cage keeps Matt from Hangman but Matt SUPERKICKS Liona! But Cage SPLASHES Matt in the corner! Cage hoists Matt up top, CLUBS him on the back, then climbs up after Matt. Cage again soaks up heat, but Matt fires punches and elbows in return! Rampage returns to single picture, Matt knocks Cage down! Cage is in the drop zone, fans rally up and Matt adjusts, to CROSSBODY The Gates! Matt then hurries in, dodges Cage, tag to Hangman! The Cowboy rallies on The Machine with haymakers! The fans fire up as Hangman whips but Cage reverses.
Hangman slides under, BOOTS, but Cage reels him in! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Hangman lands on his feet! Nana is freaking out but Kaun grabs Hangman! Cage runs in but Hangman BOOTS him! Hangman ROCKS Kaun, then triangle jump LARIATS Kaun down! Hangman keeps moving, and he triangle jump MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Cage hangs tough but fans rally with Hangman. Hangman goes to the apron, but the Gates anchor him! So the Bucks DOUBLE DIVE to take the Gates out! Hangman slingshots, but Cage catches him in Alabama position! WATER WHEEL DROP!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous but Cage hauls Hangman up. Swerve is still stoic on the ramp, but Cage puts Hangman on the top rope. Cage goes up but fans rally for Cowboy Shid! Cage fireman’s carries, but Hangman flips it to a SUPER STEINER!! Cage staggers up, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Kaun runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Liona runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Liona stays standing, and he roars, only to get DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Liona tumbles out, Matt gets Kaun up! The Bucks coordinate but Matt’s back holds him back. So Hangman scoops Kaun, Nick springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage deadlifts Nick to a fireman’s carry!
Kaun turns things around on Hangman to have a fireman’s carry, and then Liona returns to fireman’s carry Matt! The Embassy coordinate, SAMOAN DROP, AIR RAID CRASH and an F5 all at the same time!! Cover on Hangman, TWO?!? Hangman is still in this and fans are thunderous! The Embassy argues with the ref but Nana says to focus. The Embassy regroups, and Cage whips Kaun in to SPLASH! Liona sends Cage in to UPPERCUT! Kaun sends Liona in to clothesline! feed to Kaun’s full nelson, Cage picks Hangman up and Liona is up top, HAMMOCK SPLASH BOMB!! Cover, Nick SUPERKICKS it apart!!
The Gates swarm Nick and beat him down! They get him up, Cage coordinates with them again, but Nick flips up and out of the rock-a-bye! Nick SUPERKICKS Cage while Matt SUPERKICKS Liona! Kaun gets a SUPERKICK! The Gates stay up!? They DOUBLE LARIAT The Bucks! But Hangman DOUBLE BUCK SHOTS The Gates!! Cage swings, misses, Hangman Alabama Lifts to DEADEYE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives but Hangman doesn’t worry, he just reloads on the apron. But Swerve is approaching. Hangman slingshots, Cage dodges, and Swerve is now face to face with Hangman. Hangman turns around into a DISCUS!!
Cage gets Hangman up, DRILL- VICTORY ROLL!! THE HUNG BUCKS WIN!!!
Winners: The Hung Bucks, by pinfall (NEW ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)
The Elite wins big, but Hangman goes right back to glaring at Swerve! Pyro goes off to celebrate The Hung Bucks becoming TWO-TIME Six Man Tag Team Champions, having ended one of the most dominant trios in either AEW or ROH! But this doesn’t change what is coming. Hangman and Swerve will put pen to paper on Wednesday to make their WrestleDream match official. Will Swerve’s House have something waiting for the Cowboy in Colorado?
A great two hours for Rampage here, though I am not going to advocate for this being a regular thing. Great opening tag from Darby & Sting VS Christian & Luchasaurus, and I like that Nick Wayne costs Christian this match. Darby taking on Christian and Luchasaurus in that TNT Championship Triple Threat which will really is a handicap match could also be a way to hand the feud off to where Christian has matches with Nick Wayne over this “Your dad is dead, I will be a better dad” gimmick. Now I don’t know if that means Darby wins the title or not, but it feels more likely he loses since Christian and Luchasaurus are going to work together.
Great Mixed Six but of course Kris & OrangeHook win. This was the first outing of Cassidy & Hook as a team, so they weren’t going to lose, and certainly not to the former Jericho Appreciation Society. And while Hook is FTW Champion, this does feel like they’ll eventually make it to some tag title match so that Cassidy can add to his resume. Great Fatal 4 Tag, but The Righteous winning was a big surprise to me. I thought WrestleDream would be when they pull the trigger on The Kingdom VS MJF & Cole and that pushes things towards a brochacho break-up. Seems not, they might be saving that for Full Gear in LA. And Kingdom might bide their time with a feud with Best Friends.
Good promo from Callis and Sammy, and really good stuff with Jericho going after them all, and then Kenny making the save. I was a little confused as to where Kota Ibushi was supposed to come into this until Jericho made the challenge of a Six Man Tag a la All In London. But at the same time, it prompts the Don Callis Family to grow, as it should, and maybe Callis keeps it a surprise until WrestleDream. Really good promo from Mike Santana before he of course beat Bronson, and I really like that Ortiz appeared. People have been wondering how much shoot and how much work we’re seeing in their social media exchanges, but I would think this hints at it being more a worked shoot, playing off the tension that has perhaps already been resolved.
Really good AEW Trios title match, with Dark Order looking good in their new gear, white with purple highlights. But I figured The Acclaimed would retain, they’re not losing on TV. Good match from Skye VS Julia, and Julia winning was only a slight surprise given all the momentum Skye’s been building. But Willow making the save was good stuff, and I really do think we need someone to be feuding with Willow over her winning the Women’s Owen Hart Cup. Should’ve been doing that the whole time, but whether it’s AEW or ROH, Tony Khan’s got the book and we’ve all talked about those issues.
And a great main event for the ROH World Six Man titles, but with how fast and furious the Hung Bucks were going at the start of the match, I really thought they were losing. Swerve showed up, he could’ve easily screwed Hung Bucks over, but he was putting it on Hangman to mess things up and that actually cost The Mogul Embassy. I was talking this whole time about how that kinda buries ROH, and unless The Hung Bucks show up on like next week’s ROH episode, I still hold to that. Adam Cole & MJF haven’t been on ROH TV even though they’re the tag champs, so it just makes ROH seem like an afterthought despite them constantly using the various ROH champions on AEW programming. And if The Hung Bucks beat the near unbeatable Embassy, who is even going to beat the Bucks without cheating so, so hard?
My Score: 8.9/10
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