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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/14/21)

Truly, a new chapter begins!



NXT Coverage 2021

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here on NXT today…

Sadly, Samoa Joe is injured and must relinquish the title. But that opening gives rise to a NEW NXT Champion! Oh, and there’s a wedding tonight!


  • LA Knight VS Bron Breakker; Breakker wins.
  • Imperium VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen; Imperium wins.
  • B-Fab w/ Hit Row VS Katrina Cortez; B-Fab wins.
  • Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin w/ Mandy Rose; Catanzaro & Carter win, by disqualification.
  • Six Woman Tag: Sarray, Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin; Rose, Jayne & Dolin win.
  • Ridge Holland VS Drake Maverick w/ Grayson Waller; Holland wins.
  • The Creed Brothers w/ The Diamond Mine VS ???; The Creed Brothers win.
  • Vacant NXT Championship Fatal 4 Way: Tommaso Ciampa VS LA Knight VS Kyle O’Reilly Von Wagner VS Pete Dunne; Ciampa wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.


NXT “2.0” hears from tonight’s top contenders.

“It’s a new look, new feel, new faces, but one thing remains the same. Tommaso Ciampa is, was and forever will be Mr. NXT.” Tonight, the greatest love story in sports entertainment history gets another chapter: Ciampa x Goldie, 2.0. But Pete Dunne says he’s been telling us since the beginning that he IS the baddest man in NXT. Tonight, he vows to prove it. It doesn’t matter how many geezers they line up in front of him, he will put them down! The Bruiserweight WILL be NXT Champion!

Kyle O’Reilly says this is the opportunity everyone strives for. And NXT 2.0 has arrived. He will be in the ring with three of the very best, and he is one match away from the biggest goal 16 years in the making. Kyle O’Reilly, NXT Champion? About damn time. But for LA Knight, he talks to ya, saying how Samoa Joe conveniently got injured. If it’s real, it’s to his manhood, because Joe knew looking into LA Knight’s eyes would lose him the title. But now three men are stuck in that same spot! Who’s game is it? LA Knight’s game! But then Knight turns around and bumps into the new guy. Well, giddy as a schoolgirl, isn’t he? What does he want?

This is Bron Breakker and this is NXT 2.0! He wants a chance to prove himself! Well yeah but this is the LA Knight Show. Tonight, Knight becomes champion. But in a couple of minutes, go out to the ring and get excited for your music. Then Knight can bust the brakes off the cross-eyed halfwit! Will Knight really win a last minute warm-up before he faces three of NXT’s toughest and meanest?


LA Knight VS Bron Breakker!

The Megastar is so confident in himself, he’s doing double duty! But is his ego already writing a check his body can’t cash before the golden main event?

The bell rings, the two circle and fans duel already. Knight kicks, JABS and CLUBS Bron before he bumps him off buckles. Knight stomps, throws hands and then whips Bron corner to corner. Bron comes back to CLOBBER Knight! Bron headlocks, grinds the hold, but Knight throws body shots. Knight powers out but Bron runs him over again! Bron snarls, things speed up and Bron is ready for the drop down to waistlock and dead lift to SLAM Knight down! Then another lift and SLAM! Knight gets to a corner and is a bit surprised. They go again, Bron lifts but Knight elbows free. Knight whips, Bron reverses but Knight kicks back to then CLOBBER Bron!

Fans boo Knight but he grins as he paces around. Knight gets Bron up to throw haymakers. Knight stomps Bron at the ropes, digs his boots in, but the ref counts. Knight lets off, he hears the fans rallying for Bron and Bron throws body shots. Knight knees Bron low, whips him to a corner, but Bron reverses. Bron runs in but misses, Knight hit a NECKBREAKER! Knight grins again and fans boo more. Knight taunts the fans, stomps Bron around, then puts Bron on ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Knight lets off and stands Bron up. Bron shoves Knight then elbows him away. Bron is in a corner, Knight runs in but misses. Bron runs to rally with shoulder tackles!

Bron fires up, dodges to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up as Bron calls his shot. Bron brings Knight around but Knight ROCKS Bron! Knight fires off clubbing hands, spins Bron to a cravat KNEE, then runs in, into a choke grip! Bron trophy lifts Knight and carries him, to a POWERSLAM! Cover, BRON WINS!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall

The debut is big time for Bron! He beats the big mouthed Megastar, could he already be in line for some gold in this new era?


Bron is congratulated by the NXT roster.

A lot of other young stars, like Josh Briggs and Xyon Quinn, are happy to see another young star take it to a veteran like LA Knight. Will this be just the first of many great moments for Bron Breakker?


Imperium VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen!

Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner are ready to keep things going in the new era, but big mean Briggs has found someone he actually gets along with! Will the mat still be sacred? Or will the bar be raised on the way to the bar?

The teams sort out, Jensen starts with Aichner and the two tie up. Aichner waistlocks, Jensen elbows free and fires off hands. Jensen whips, Aichner reverses and blocks Jensen’s boot to reel him in for a LARIAT! Aichner brings Jensen up to CLUB him on the back. Aichner CLUBS Jensen again, whips him to ropes but Jensen rolls off his back! Aichner dodges Jensen but not the POWERSLAM! Jensen is fired up, he brings Aichner over and Briggs tags in. The good ol’ boys double whip to DOUBLE SHOULDER Aichner down! Briggs fires up, fans boo a bit as Aichner whips. Tag to Barthel and he arm-drags Briggs! Barthel wrenches, clamps onto the arm, but Briggs endures.

Briggs powers up, Barthel whips him but Briggs CLUBS and HEADBUTTS! Briggs scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM, to a STANDING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Barthel gets to a corner, Briggs runs in and blocks a boot but Barthel breaks free to KICK, CHOPS and CLUB Briggs! Briggs resists the butterfly suplex so Barthel snapmares and PENALTY KICKS! Fans cheer the Impeccable German as he puts Briggs in the ropes. Tag to Aichner, Imperium coordinates and DOUBLE DROPKICKS in the corner! Barthel and Aichner pose at the corner and fans fire up for their efficiency! Aichner gets Briggs up but Briggs hits a BIG back suplex first! Hot tag to Jensen!

Jensen rallies on Aichner, scoops him and spins for a SLAM! Jensen scoops again for a BACKBREAKER to a swing and SLAM! Barthel gets in but Briggs DECKS him! Jensen clotheslines Barthel out then gets Aichner. Barthel trips Briggs off the apron to deny the tag, then he RAMS Briggs into the steps! Aichner resists Jensen’s suplex to scoop but Jensen slips out to roll up! TWO, and Jensen CLOBBERS Aichner with an elbow! Jensen goes to a corner, skins the cat to the top rope, but Barthel is on the apron! The ref stops him but Aichner is up top, SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, Imperium wins!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

Aichner and Barthel were once again an efficient and dominant machine! Will they soon find their way back towards the NXT Tag Team Championships?


Hit Row speaks.

Ashante Thee Adonis asks, “Have you ever heard, ‘If you got it, flaunt it’?” Well, B-Fab’s got it, and if you’re looking for the best, stop looking. This is the illest and the realest, this is new money, this is authentic, and all y’all are just gimmicks. This is B-Fab, and the B stands for “beautiful.” Swerve says that he knew B-Fab had something special the second she caught his eye. When the rest of NXT saw it, it got real spooky. But tonight, for 2.0, B-Fab will make you big mad. Now Queen B is the baddest, #FACTS, but not just cuz how she looks. She’s the baddest cuz she’s trained with the baddest! Olympic gold medalists and world champions!

B-Fab herself says that while she can spit lines, the time for talking is over. “Let’s do this.” #SayLess. Will B-Fab bring down the house in her in-ring debut?


B-Fab w/ Hit Row VS Katrina Cortez!

The leading lady of Swerve’s House is ready to show everyone, and she means everyone (including Elektra Lopez of Legado del Fantasma) that she isn’t just a pretty face and a sharp tongue. Will Cortez be the first to sample what is behind those words?

The bell rings and B-Fab dodges Cortez’s takedown to sweep the legs. B-Fab throws forearms to put Cortez in the corner then stomps away with big wind ups! B-Fab turns Cortez around with a chinlock but Cortez throws elbows. B-Fab goes for a half straitjacket but Cortez throws elbows. So B-Fab throws Cortez! B-Fab rushes in but Cortez kicks and forearms her back! Cortez boots, hops up and leaps, into a BOOT from B-Fab! B-Fab drags Cortez up, reels her in and shouts, “Big Mad!” before her RUDE AWAKENING! Cover, B-Fab wins!

Winner: B-Fab, by pinfall

B-Fab gets the mic and says, “They thought because B-Fab wasn’t in the ring that she couldn’t do this? Oh no no no no no! We all do this.” So Senorita Secret Sauce, you were so quick to put your nose where it didn’t belong, and drank the Kool-Aid before knowing the flavor. And now this “Familia” del Legado- Heads to the ring! Lopez says, “Hey, hey, callete, idiota!” AKA shut up, girl! Elektra Lopez is talking now. Well B-Fab wants her to speak up. Lopez says no one learned their lesson before. But they can go again. Yes, please! Well this time, Lopez wont’ need a pipe to shut that yappy little mouth.

Oh~! B-Fab would love to see Lopez work without the tools. Hell, they could do this now! Santos Escobar wants Lopez to stand down but Hit Row dares her to do something. Lopez stands down, and B-Fab says Escobar just saved Lopez’s life. The tension is mounting, but what happens when it explodes inside the ring?


Dexter Lumis’ groomsmen are getting dressed.

They’re all wearing the same black long sleeves, gray slacks and black gloves Lumis likes to wear. But not only are they excited for the wedding, they’re excited for the main event! Who does everyone think will win? Cameron Grimes’ money is on Kyle. But what about Johnny Gargano? He doesn’t really care. Tonight is going ot be perfect, except for one thing. Wait, who is that knocking on their door? Gargano opens it up and… AUSTIN THEORY IS BACK! The prodigal son has returned! He wasn’t going to miss the wedding! And he brought someone else. Can’t have a wedding without a priest! DAMIAN PRIEST is back for tonight! No, he’s not really a priest, Theory.

Yeah, sorry, bro. But he’s here to party! Open bar, right? Yep! All on Grimes! Nice. Oh hey! Look at this! Gargano says not now. He HUGS Theory instead! Now that’s nice to see! Will this be the one pro-wrestling wedding that doesn’t get ruined?


Carmelo Hayes heads to the ring!

The 2021 Breakout Tournament winner, and his friend Trick Williams, are here, the contract folder in hand. Has Hayes chosen what title he’s after? We find out, after the break.

NXT returns and Samantha Irvin formally introduces Carmelo. Fans cheer for “MELO! MELO!” but Hayes wants to get to it. Three weeks ago, he won the Breakout Tournament. Life is great, he’s got the juice, but now he’s got a target on his back. Moving forward into this 2.0, no one’s catching Melo off guard. He looked around and realized, this is just a numbers game. So he called up his boy and said, “Yo, Trick, are you ’bout it?” Trick says, “Oh I’m ’bout it ’bout it!” So from now one, as long as Hayes has the contract, wherever they go, Trick goes. Whenever Hayes eats, Trick eats. Whenever Hayes gets put on, Trick gets put on.

Trick says he’s here for two reasons: he was born with the gift of the gab, and with the gift of the jab, so that’s why his punchlines hit heavy. Trick tells Melo that he’s proud of him. Hayes is the new golden child of NXT. But uh, he’s got a bone to pick with him. Hayes walks his walk and talks his talk. When Melo shoots, he don’t miss. But who is this new humble Melo? He ain’t ever been humble! Do they look humble? NOPE. Back in the day, they were quick to call a bum a bootlicker, because they can strap up the boots and make the ring talk, they #BoutItBoutIt. Hayes nods and seems to understand what Trick is saying.

They shake hands, and Hayes says Trick is right. No more holding back! It’s too hard to be this good and this humble. This contract is a guaranteed title on his waist! Hayes is the golden child! He is NXT’s CHOSEN ONE! When Melo shoots, he don’t miss. And if Hayes passes, Trick will receive. That’s all it is, that’s all it’s gon’ be! Will these two look to take over NXT as a dynamic duo? But as they leave, Duke Hudson makes his way out? Hudson tells Hayes that he got lucky in the tournament, but it won’t happen again. Hudson pushes past them to go to the ring, but Trick says this is what he means! No more of it! Trick gets in to CYCLONE BOOT Hudson down, then  stomps away!

Trick wants Hayes to join in, and he does! They stomp away on Hudson, then drag him up to set him up for Hayes SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up for this harder, meaner Melo! Will this be what helps the “golden child” get gold?


Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin speak.

“Wow. Mandy Rose, you look… amazing!” “That old you was never the real you. This is the real Mandy.” New chapter in NXT, a new Mandy Rose. And what a night for it to happen! These three head to the ring, what makeover has Mandy gone through to match NXT 2.0?

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin w/ Mandy Rose!

KC Squared didn’t much care for masked Mandy and her new gal pals attacking them from behind, so now it’s time to attack head on! Will this be a highlight reel for the TikTok views? Or will they feel the thorns from Rose and her buds?

NXT returns as Gigi & Jacy make their entrance. KC Squared wants at them already but the ref keeps them back. Teams sort out, Gigi starts with Kayden. Gigi rushes in but Kayden dodges to DECK Jacy, then she DECKS Gigi! Kayden rains down forearms, Kacy intercepts Jacy with a SHOTGUN dropkick! Kayden drags Gigi up to CLUB her, then whips her to the corner. Kayden runs in to splash, tag to Kacy. Kayden runs and dropkicks Gigi down, then Kacy gets in to SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, Gigi shoves but Kacy rebounds to tilt-o-whirl. Gigi stays up but Kacy makes the crucifix into an octopus!

Kacy pulls on Gigi’s arms, and we see Kyle O’Reilly preparing backstage. Wait, Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland ATTACK Kyle! They see an opening now that Knight already lost, so they’re mugging Kyle! One of the other wrestlers hears what’s going on and rushes in to run Dunne and Holland off. Back in the ring, Gigi fights up but Kacy arm-drags her away! Jacy tags in, Kacy dodges to kick away! Kacy whips, Jacy reverses but Kacy holds ropes. Tag to Kayden, BOOT for Jacy then a GAMANGIRI! Kayden brings Jacy up, tags Kacy back in, but here comes MANDY! Mandy Rose trips Kacy and mugs Kayden!

Winners: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, by disqualification

The beatdown continues 3v2, and Mandy pulls off the beanie to show her true colors. But here comes SARRAY! Sarray DECKS Gigi, fires off on Jacy and throws her out, then goes after Mandy! Mandy runs before she gets hit in the face again, but Sarray regroups with KC Squared. Sarray and KC Squared dare Team Mandy to do something, but NXT goes to break!


Six Woman Tag: Sarray, Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolin!

Holla holla, player! NXT returns and Gigi is all over Kayden. But Kayden arm-drags free, to tag to Sarray! Sarray dodges and HEEL KICKS Gigi, then DECKS Jacy and Mandy! Fans fire up with the Warrior of the Sun as she goes up top. Gigi stands, Sarray leaps to missile dropkick! Sarray fires up more and she PERFECT PLEXES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Sarray bumps Gigi off buckles. Sarray goes corner to corner to dropkick! Tag to Kayden, she tags Kacy and brings Gigi around. Whip and trip to a basement dropkick! Kacy slingshot sentons! Cover, TWO! Jacy and Mandy distract but Kacy swipes at them. Kacy turns around, into Gigi’s ROUNDHOUSE!

Tag to Mandy and she stomps away on Kacy! The ref counts, Mandy puts Kacy on ropes and chokes her! The ref counts, Mandy yanks the rope to snap Kacy down. Mandy bumps Kacy off buckles, RAMS her in, then rams her shoulder in! Jacy tag sin and elbows Kacy, then tag to Gigi. Jacy feeds Kacy to Gigi’s clothesline! Cover, TWO! Gigi puts Kacy on the ropes and fish hooks her face! The ref counts, Gigi lets off but Jacy BOOTS Kacy down! Kayden protests but Gigi gets Kacy up to whip her into the corner. Tag to Mandy, she throws hands on Kacy. Mandy brings Kacy up for a scoop and holds her with one arm before she SLAMS her down! Cover, TWO!

Mandy grins as she brings Kacy into body scissors! Kacy endures the squeeze, fans rally up, and Kacy pushes back to get a cover! TWO, but Mandy lets Kacy go. Kacy throws body shots and forearms, but Mandy shoves her. Kacy jumps but Mandy catches her for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Mandy kips up and storms after Kacy to put her back in the corner. Tag to Jacy and she CHOPS Kacy! Jacy snap suplexes, runs and back sentons! Cover, TWO! Jacy grows frustrated but she drags Kacy away to the corner. Tag to Mandy and she taunts little Kacy. Scoop but Kacy slips out to slip under, but Mandy gets a foot! Kacy BOOTS Mandy, tag to Kayden!

Kayden rallies on Mandy and team, throws big forearms and then a waistlock., Mandy elbows free but Kayden comes back to dropkick! Team Mandy is all lined up, BIG forearm smash! Kady then DROPKICK SPLASHES Jacy and Mandy! Kayden whips, Mandy reverse but Kayden wheelbarrows to the SUPERKICK! Cover, but Jacy BOOTS Kayden down! Kacy BOOTS Jacy! Gigi whips Kacy out hard! Sarray DROPKICKS Gigi! Fans fire up again as Sarray eggs Mandy on! Mandy fires off forearms in payback for her face! Whip and wheelbarrow to FACEBUSTER! But Kayden BUZZSAWS Mandy! Cover, TWO!! The Rose survives being mowed down and “THIS IS AWESOME!”

Kayden waistlocks, Mandy fights free and O’Conner Rolls. Kayden bucks that, dodges Jacy, but Mandy shoves Kayden into ropes! KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Team Mandy wins!

Winners: Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne, by pinfall

The real influencer in Mandy Rose has led her young cohorts to victory! Will they continue to grow and climb the ranks in the NXT Women’s Division?


Indi Hartwell has her wedding dress on.

Cora Jade and Persia say she looks great and Candice LeRae tells Cora to take off her beanie. It’s not appropriate for the wedding. Now things are perfect. But will they stay that way for much longer?


Backstage interview with William Regal.

The NXT General Manager takes this moment to address something. The attack by Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne has made Kyle O’Reilly unable to compete tonight. But the Fatal 4 Way is still going to be a Fatal 4 Way, with the substitute being the superstar who saved Kyle: Von Wagner. Wagner is being thrown right into the fire, but can he withstand the pressure?


Ridge Holland VS ???

Northern Grit already got in on the action helping the Bruiserweight improve his odds in tonight’s main event. But who will get all of Holland’s brawn and brutality in the ring?

NXT returns and it turns out, Rockstar Spud drew the short straw! Maybe this is why he wasn’t in the dressing room with the other groomsmen… Will Drake Maverick still be able to make it to the #InDex wedding tonight?

The bell rings and Maverick goes for a leg. Holland pries him right off to CLUB him down. Holland dead lifts Maverick for a BACKBREAKER, then an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Grayson Waller is in Maverick’s corner and is coaching him up, but it isn’t helping as Holland DECKS Maverick! Holland hauls Maverick up, reels him in and CLOBBERS him! Holland looms over Maverick, drags him up and fans rally even as the crossface forearms come in! Maverick refuses to quit but Holland drags him back up by his neck. Maverick throws hands, SLAPS Holland, but that only upsets him more! Holland CLOBBERS Maverick, then seethes as he stalks behind him.

Maverick drags himself up the ropes, but Holland HEADBUTTS, to the NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, Holland wins!

Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall

Waller checks on Maverick as Holland gets his hat. Will Holland look to wreak more havoc before the night is done?


Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa.

After learning the changes to the match, can Ciampa define “NXT 2.0” after the overall changes? Define NXT 2.0? Apparently it’s chaos, young hungry stars shooting their shots, the Do It Yourself mentality. Ciampa’s been there. But tonight isn’t about any of them. It is about the reason we’re all here: THE NXT Championship. When you think of that title and Ciampa, you think Goldie. And when you think of Goldie, you think if Ciampa and the title. Ciampa has waited 908 DAYS. Tonight, Ciampa gets redemption.


NXT hears from a new arrival.

“I was born and raised on the streets of Chicago. And I come from a long line of businessmen. My family has interests in waste management, the fish market, the meat market, you name it.” But this man found success in his own way: wrestling at University of Buffalo. He was even named All American for the Greco-Roman style. His family smartened him up. There’s no real money in amateur wrestling. But the real money is in professional wrestling, and in NXT. Tony D’Angelo is coming soon!


The Creed Brothers w/ The Diamond Mine VS ???

Julius & Brutus were brutal in their debut, and they look to repeat that performance. Will they forge their legacy under the continued guidance of the Savior of the Backbreaker?

NXT returns and Dan Jarmon & Trevor Skelly are the team stepping up to the Creed Brothers. Brutus starts with Jarmon and the two tie up. Brutus gets a leg, takes Jarmon down to a facelock and gator roll. Brutus then stands Jarmon up to RAM him into ropes! Brutus lets off to CLUB Jarmon down, then he fires up and slaps Jarmon around. Jarmon fires up, throws hands, but Brutus grabs him to SHOVE him out of the ring! Brutus glares at Skelly as he goes out to fetch Jarmon. Brutus TRIPS Skelly just because he can, and then he shoves Jarmon in. Brutus drags Jarmon up to a fireman’s carry, then DEATH VALLEY DRIVES him into Skelly!

Julius comes in without a tag, he scoops Skelly as Brutus scoops Jarmon. SCOOP SLAM SANDWICH! Skelly flops out of the ring, Brutus gut wrench gator rolls to get Jarmon up, GUT WRENCH BOMB to the ropes! The brothers slap each other as the tag, and Julius drags Jarmon up for a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Julius makes Jarmon tag Skelly! Then he TOSSES Skelly into the ring! Skelly hits back with haymakers and a dropkick! The one weakness in the Creed game is strikes! Brutus chuckles but Julius says, “I LOVE THIS!” Julius tosses Skelly to ropes, catches him on the rebound and hits an EXPLODER!

Julius then gets up and under Skelly for the RUNNING SPINEBUSTER, to SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, the Creed Brothers win!

Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall

And they throw out Skelly to make room for their fight team! Malcolm Bivens, Roderick Strong and Hideki Suzuki are all proud of their brutes, and Bivens gets on the mic. “The Creed Brothers just proved that they can destroy any human being with two legs. You may walk in this ring, but you’ll be carried out. This is the most dominant groups of athletes in sports entertainment.” So then allow Bivens to introduce us to their newest recruit, Ivy Nile. No one is more determined than Ivy, no one works harder, and he wants her to show off the body. Ivy flexes, and Bivens says she hasn’t had carbs since 2005!

Bivens continues to brag on Nile’s behalf: She runs 10 miles before breakfast, and was the star of NBC’s Titan Games! “Ivy Nile exemplifies what Diamond Mine is all about.” They shake on it, but here comes KUSHIDA! “You talk, you talk, you talk talk talk talk talk talk! You talk TOO MUCH!” If Roddy is ready, so is Kushida! Bivens says okay, so let’s make it for next week for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship! We have one week before that big money fight, but who cashes in on that winner’s paycheck?


Dexter Lumis is in his tuxedo.

It is a sparkling gold and black, and Lumis takes a moment to comb his mustache. Will he be ready for the biggest night of his life?


Vacant NXT Championship Fatal 4 Way: Tommaso Ciampa VS LA Knight VS Kyle O’Reilly Von Wagner VS Pete Dunne!

With the Megastar getting beat to open the night and one man taken out by a backstage attack, are the odds in favor of the Psycho Killer and the Bruiserweight? Who will prove they’re not just the baddest man in NXT, but become the NEW NXT Champion?

NXT returns and Knight has recovered enough to make it to the ring. Von makes his entrance next, going from nobody to a contender all in his television debut! But last but certainly not least, Mr. NXT, Tommaso Ciampa, makes his way to the ring! The bell rings and hands start flying! Knight goes after Von, Ciampa is after Dunne! Fans fire up as Von DECKS Knight then waits for Ciampa to stop stomping Dunne. Ciampa shoves Von, Von shoves back! Dunne DECKS Ciampa, Von DECKS Dunne! Knight rolls Von up, TWO! Knight kicks low to DDT! Knight BOOTS Ciampa, elbows Ciampa and scoop SLAMS Ciampa down!

Knight back elbows Von, brings him around and whips. Von reverses to elbow Knight down! Knight staggers up into a BIG back suplex! But Dunne gets Von’s arm and wrenches to pull the fingers! Dunne bends the elbow and STOMPS the arm! Ciampa and Dunne stare down and fans fire up again. Dunne shrugs and the hands start flying again! Dunne wrenches, wristlocks, bends the fingers and the arm, then digs his forearm into Ciampa’s face. Ciampa avoids the stomp to forearm and back hand! Snapmare and a trapped arm for CLUBBING forearms! Knight chinlocks Ciampa, but Ciampa gets around to clothesline Knight out of the ring!

Dunne whips Ciampa and things speed up. Dunne hurdles, drops and CLOBBERS Ciampa! Ciampa sits up in a daze as Dunne shrugs again. Dunne goes after the arm, hammerlocks and traps it to then pull the other arm. Dunne bends the fingers but Von BOOTS Dunne down! Von gets Dunne up but Dunne CHOPS away on him! Von ROCKS Dunne but Dunne ENZIGURIS! Von roars to CLOBBER Dunne! Knight returns but swings into Von’s LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Von towers over Knight as NXT goes to break!

NXT returns and Knight grinds Ciampa down with a chinlock. Von and Dunne are down on the outside but fans rally up. Ciampa fights up, throws body shots and elbows but Knight knees low. Knight shoves but Ciampa KICKS Knight! Ciampa KICKS Dunne, fires off CHOPS on them both, then big haymakers! Ciampa blocks Dunne’s kick, then ducks the enziguri, and it hits Knight! Ciampa throws more forearms, then runs to start up endless clotheslines on Knight and Dunne! Back and forth, but then he dodges both Dunne and Knight to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Fans are thunderous but here comes Von! Ciampa dodges, kicks and reels him in, but Von powers up to back drop!

Dunne STOMPS Von’s hands to then BUZZSAW! BUZZSAW for Ciampa! BFT from Knight to Dunne! Cover but Von breaks it! Knight is shocked but Von reels him in. Knight kicks back, BFT for Von! Ciampa schoolboys Knight into the ropes, WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Dunne drags Knight out! Ciampa sees all his targets outside, he builds speed and TORNILLOS out onto them all! Ciampa goes to Goldie on her pedestal, and he grins as he looks into the reflection. Ciampa puts Dunne in, runs in and PSYCHO KNEES Dunne at the ropes! Underhooks, but Dunne resists the Fairy Tale Ending! Dunne has the hands, the fingers, and SNAPS them!

Dunne pump handles for a BITTER END! But Knight throws Dunne out! Knight sees Von, Von reels him in for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Von was so close and yet so far from the biggest debut in NXT history! Dunne returns, Von is right after him! Ciampa is after Von, too, and the veterans pinball the young gun a moment. But Dunne and Ciampa end up in opposite corners. They shrug, then DOUBLE FOREARM SMASH Von! Ciampa and Dunne stare down and fans are thunderous as they throw forearms! Ciampa gets the edge, but Dunne brags Ciampa’s beard to SLAP him! Ciampa KNEES, then runs, into a SNAP GERMAN!

Ciampa flops out of the ring, Dunne snarls and goes to the corner, but Knight springs right up! SUPERPLEX!! But VON gets in, and he reels Knight in for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, KNEE from Ciampa breaks it! Ciampa gets Knight, reel shim in, FAIRY TALE ENDING! Cover, Ciampa wins!!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)

After 908 DAYS, Goldie is coming home to Daddy Ciampa! The old man is back on top of the mountain, but will he be ready for all that’s coming his way?


The ring becomes a wedding altar!

It’s time! After a whirlwind love affair, time to tie the knot. The other superstars of NXT are the honored guests of The Way, from Ember Moon, Zoey Stark and Io Shirai to even the Grizzled Young Veterans. Though, Zack Gibson and James Drake both think this “dodgy” wedding is not going to go. “It’s gonna be utter carnage.” The guests go to their seats as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns once more, Lumis and his groomsmen are already in the ring. The organ begins to play, the guests stand at attention, and Gargano walks Indi down the aisle a bit awkwardly. They go up the steps and into the ring, and Indi is already emotional seeing all of her friends and peers here. The fans cheer and the priest allows everyone to be seated. “Dearly beloved. We’re gathered here tonight to join Dexter Gaylord Lumis and Indi Ophelia Hartwell in holy matrimony. Who gives this woman away?” Johnny Gargano, the first NXT Triple Crown- No, Johnny, this is Indi’s night, just get to it. Right, right. John Gargano gives away Indi. Better.

And who has the rings? Gargano keeps asking Indi if she’s sure about this and Candice has him stop. The ringbearer is… Theory? They’re in a ring, silly! Yes, but do you have the rings?! Huh? It’s JIRO~! Ikemen Jiro opens his orange jacket, that has grapefruits and apples printed on it, and tada! Ring box. Wait you gave the rings to him!? They’re friends?! Yep! Okay, okay, at least the rings are here. Keep the wedding going, folks. Before the ceremony continues, if there is anyone here who believes these two cannot lawfully be wed, speak now or forever hold your piece. Uh… Almost everyone wants to raise their hands, but then Lumis threatens them with a hatchet. Gargano says serves them all right!

So moving on… Indi may now share her vows. “Dexter Gaylord Lumis, you’re misunderstood by so many people. While many people see you as a creep, I see you as my cuddly teddy bear.” Aww…? “Some people see you as a stalker, but what I see is a caring man with a well-groomed mustache, tight clothes, and who never takes his eyes off me.” Indi finds it sweet that he keeps following her around, watching her every move. When they call him a freak, she says “Damn right he’s a freak!” Wink wink. Lumis gives a knowing nod. “Dexter’s MY freak!” Indi remembers when he snuck into her room late at night when Johnny and Candice-

Lumis cuts Indi off by covering the mic there. Johnny and Candice are shocked to hear this! When is she talking about?! Lumis shakes his head. He’s so cute when he’s flustered. But he never loses staring contests, he keeps Indi safe, and understands her as she understands him. She can’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together. Indi loves Dexter! Now, Dexter may share his vows. Shh, shh! Is he going to speak?! He gives a thumbs up. Is that it? No words? His beautiful bride poured her heart out and he has nothing to say? Maybe this is just nerves. The priest checks with Lumis, and is put in the SILENCE CLUTCH!! Lumis, you can’t finish a wedding without a priest!!

Unless… Johnny?! No, REGAL! Regal is ordained or something, right? Even Zombie Ref agrees! No wait, BETH PHOENIX steps up! She finds the last page of the priest’s script and then says hi. Um so she figured something like this would happen, and she got ordained as a minister just in case! Well that’s convenient! Anyway, Beth says just cut to the chase! “Did somebody Andre Chase?” NO, ANDRE! No one says your name ever! Chase says this is a teachable- Odyssey Jones gets Chase with the double shoulder claws! Chase lets this continue and Jones gives a thumbs up to Lumis. Beth asks Johnny for the rings. Right, the rings.

Johnny opens the box, Indi and Lumis take a ring each, and Beth says, “Indi Hartwell. Do you take Dexter to be your wedded husband? To have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for rich or for poor, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death… preferably of natural causes, not from an axe, do you part?” Indi says, “I do!” The ring is on Lumis’ finger and now Beth asks Dexter the same. Dexter stares and Beth says that’s a yes! But then he covers Beth’s mic! “I… do.” YAY~! He spoke AND he is marrying Indi! Beth says by the power invested in her by (probably not real?) she pronounces them husband and wife! Kiss the bride! They kiss, and everyone celebrates the first successful wedding in pro-wrestling history!!

Lumis picks Indi up and she gives a thumbs up. But watching backstage is Ciampa. Bron walks over and congratulates the champ. Ciampa thanks him, and congratulates Bron on his first win in NXT. They shake hands, but Bron is of course eyeing Goldie at the same time. New faces, new look, but same old story. Will Ciampa be ready for all those targeting his title?

My Thoughts:

Let me just say now, I do not care for Team Vince insisting this be called “NXT 2.0,” just to make a point that they’re doing stuff with it now. It’s asinine to say the least. I also don’t understand the choice of the random color patterns, trying to keep this from being the black ‘n’ gold brand. The color scheme wasn’t the problem, Vince, IT’S YOU. That said, a lot of confusing ideas happened just to make it obvious this is the new regime. Also, presentation wise, with camera angles and bright lights, and again the color barf everywhere, this was like them trying to make NXT a throwback to the 80’s when it didn’t need to be.

Also, no explanation as to why the NXT Women’s Championship match that was clearly scheduled last week did NOT happen tonight? Not even something humorous like Franky Monet not being ready from a bougie, superficial standpoint? If they were going to cancel things, find good ways to do it instead of suddenly doing it because no one in management gives a crap! Vince can’t seem to help himself, no matter what he does. Two title matches and the wedding segment would’ve really bumped things up a notch, because sadly, this “2.0” thing needed it. Yes, B-Fab gets a win in her first match but of course she was going to. Then Hit Row and Legado have an awkward version of an unscripted promo where they talk over each other, but I am still hoping to see a real match from B-Fab VS Lopez.

We still got some good stuff from the sequence of women’s tag matches tonight. KC Squared VS Gigi & Jacy was good, but Mandy’s makeover was a bit overhyped. No more bleach blonde, now she’s natural brunette, but I was honestly expecting scary make-up. But I guess going from glam to street tough is fine, not that it really fits in with Gigi or Jacy. It should still be glam with the fishnets and darker colors, like grays and silvers. Maybe she was just waiting for her new ring gear? Sarray and KC Squared not winning was a bit of a surprise, though. But I suppose with Shirai & Stark as Face tag champs and Raquel Gonzalez being Face top champ, we need some Heels to build up and here’s a trio already.

Bron Breakker (son of Rick Steiner) got a big debut tonight, taking advantage of Knight’s arrogance and then having a moment at the end of the night very reminiscent of John Cena shaking hands with then champion Undertaker. Vince’s NXT is clearly going to have big things planned for him just on that, I just hope Bron can keep up with those expectations. At the same time, I do find it interesting that Hayes is having an attitude change and now a friend to help him out. Trick did a very good job in his promo, even if that “gift of gab and gift of jab” line feels like it was dug up from somewhere. I almost feel like Hayes is going to find a way to turn his Breakout Tournament into a tag title shot for him and Trick, just on the virtue of everything else being spoken for.

The Creed Brothers had another strong showing against random goobers, and it’s good to see Diamond Mine is expanding into the women’s division, but the big news is that we’re finally getting Kushida VS Strong. That match could go either way, but something makes me think Strong has his Diamond Mine help him win. Kushida can call for a rematch as NXT heads for some big event, maybe a Halloween Havoc 2 which won’t be as fun without Shotzi. Unless Shotzi gets to come back for a guest spot like Damian Priest did. For calling it “2.0” and changing all its aesthetics, if Vince decides NXT can have alumni return, that much will help this transition.

In regards to Samoa Joe’s injury, hopefully it isn’t as serious as his previous because Joe deserves to see through all that talk of legacy and prestige for NXT, even if Joe is more what we think of as a HHH kind of guy. The Fatal 4 Way we got after Kyle was kayfabe removed was still good because it still had Ciampa and Dunne, but I will say that Von Wagner did a good job and got to look good in his first match. Von’s been waiting a long time in NXT security so this is great for him, but maybe he settles down into the North American Championship scene for a bit. Ciampa winning is a great choice, as he has been a major part of NXT for a long time.

And of course, the wedding! For one, I’m surprised they went through without giving us kayfabe chaos and pandemonium. The comedy aspect was about as good as could happen in a scripted scene happening live and in one take. Chase probably didn’t need to have his moment, it was a bad name pun, but fans did love Odyssey stepping up to shut Chase up, and so did I. Lumis choking out the minister was telegraphed by how the minister was getting upset on Indi’s behalf, and I was really hoping for Damian or Regal to step up, but of course it was Beth. She’s been the #InDex superfan since day one, so it was only right that she get a part to play. Hooray for kayfabe love conquering all, and further history was made by the wedding having a happy ending.

My Score: 8.5/10

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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!



No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.


  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4



So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.

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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/18/24)

Time to Man Up!



Will the Ivy League MVP earn a title shot?

The NEW ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe, is here to step onto the Proving Ground with one of Maria Kanellis’ baby boys, Griff Garrison! Will Griff make Maria proud? Or will he reach for the sky?


  • Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo; Keith wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Lance Archer & The Righteous VS Jon Cruz, Savion Truitt & Damian Chambers; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Lee Johnson VS JD Drake; Lee wins.
  • Abadon VS Allysin Kay; Abadon wins.
  • The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson; The Infantry wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora; Kiera, Leyla & Adora win.
  • The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto; Mortos wins.
  • Lady Frost VS Marti Belle; Frost wins.
  • The Dark Order VS Zak Patterson & Frank Milano; The Dark Order wins.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis; Mark wins and denies Griff a title match.


Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?


Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo!

The Bounty Hunter is still looking for a prize, but he’ll gladly fight to earn his shot. Will Keith be heading for a golden opportunity on the other side of Dynasty? Or will Solo shoot first?

The Code of Honor is upheld with sarcastic enthusiasm by Solo, and Keith shoves him away. The bell rings and Solo SLAPS Keith! Keith TACKLES Solo and rains down fists! The fans  fire up, Solo gets away then knees Keith low. Solo ROCKS Keith, whips him to a corner, but Keith comes back to run Solo over! Keith scoops to SLAM Solo, then stands on Solo’s face! The fans fire up for the KNEE DROP! Keith then SLAPS Solo! The fans rally for “BK! BK!” Solo storms up but Keith kicks low. Keith reels Solo in, suplexes, and he holds Solo up! Keith marches around, then SLAMS Solo down! Solo bails out and the fans fire up as Keith aims.

Keith builds speed, slides, but Solo ducks! Solo sends Keith into steel steps! The fans boo as Solo leaves Keith behind. The ring count starts, fans chant “SOLO SUCKS! SOLO SUCKS!” Solo counts along but wants it to go faster. Keith stands at 8 of 20, slides in, but Solo stomps and HAMMERS away! The fans boo more, but Solo stands Keith up to bump him off buckles. Keith CHOPS in return! Then CHOPS again! The fans “WOO~,” then Keith ROCKS Solo with a forearm. Keith CHOPS in the corner, but then Solo dodges. Solo tries but Keith dodges the chop to CHOP Solo down! The fans fire up while Solo is stinging.

Keith whips Solo, Solo reverses and CLOBBERS Keith! Cover, TWO! Keith grits his teeth but Solo knees him in the back! And again! The fans rally, Solo taunts them, and then ELBOWS Keith in the head. Solo stalks Keith to a corner, digs his boots in, but again the fans chant “SOLO SUCKS!” Solo stomps away on Keith, digs his boots in again, but Keith fights up! The fans fire up as Keith fires forearms! Keith fires forearms again and again and again, winds up, but Solo dodges! Solo comes back, but Keith ROCKS him after all! The fans fire up as Keith runs in to BOOT! Solo sputters, Keith runs, but then Solo SUPERKICKS! Keith just roars!

Solo swings, but into a T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Keith keeps calm. Keith waits on Solo as fans rally behind him. Solo staggers into a fireman’s carry, but he fights free! Solo shoves, goes to a corner, but then Keith comes back. Solo ELBOWS Keith, whips, but Keith reverses! Solo goes up but gets caught, for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up again as Keith slashes his throat and aims his finger gun! Keith underhooks, but Solo fights the lift! Solo back drops, Keith sunset flips but Solo stays up to DOUBLE STOMP! Solo then runs up, catches Keith and hits a T-BONE! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up but Solo hurries to a corner. Solo climbs fast, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Keith survives that coup de grace and Solo isn’t sure what to do. Solo kicks Keith around, drags him up and reels him in to underhook. Keith fight that lift, Solo CLUBS away on him, but Keith Alabama Lifts! Solo grabs ropes so Keith lets him down, and ENZIGIRIS! But Solo SCREW HIGH KICKS! Solo goes up top, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he climbs! Keith reels Solo in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall

A big win for BK! And he gives back that sarcastic handshake. Will the Bounty Hunter be hot on the trail of a championship after AEW & ROH pass through the Gateway City?


Mark Sterling speaks.

“If you ask AI to create the perfect professional wrestler, it wouldn’t even come close to you. If wrestling is a body business, then you’re a multinational corporation. Biology defying symmetry, no fat, all muscle, no waste. As functional as you are aesthetic. High-flying? You got it. Ground ‘n’ pound? You got that, too. Striking, brawling, submission, technical, there is not a single style you have not perfected. For the last 20 years, you’ve been one of the most consistent and proficient wrestling specimens for any company that’s been willing to throw money at you and begged you to stay. And now, it’s time for them to beg for mercy.

“You are Tony Nese, and you are a Premier Athlete.”

Now Mark Sterling & The Premier Athletes are here in person.

They stand backstage, Sterling’s guys in matching tracksuits, and he says the last time he looked into the camera, he told everyone he had a plan. The very next day, they enacted that plan. Sterling took them off the road, they entered a professional fight camp. They got the best coaches, best trainers, best doctors, and these three started to do what they do best: go to work. Supercard of Honor, against two former ROH TV Champions, PA got an impressive victory. Fruits of their labor. Ariya Daivari is back better than ever. Josh Woods is bigger and better than he was when he won the National Championship. And Tony Nese is in the best shape of his life, which is saying something.

In fact, what’re we even talking about? These three are the most underappreciated athletes in the company. They walk like stars, they move like stars, they present themselves like stars, and by the end of this year, they will be champions. Supercard was just phase one of this plan. Phase two… starts tonight. Then just what happens when the Premier Athletes start making moves?


Lee Johnson VS JD Drake!

Even though he lost at Supercard, Big Shotty stays positive! He got close to the ROH World Television Championship, will he get back there for another shot? Or will Scrap Metal be another speedbump in Lee’s momentum?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, JD HIP TOSSES, and Lee scrambles to ropes. JD flexes and fans cheer, which surprises JD. Lee gets up, he and JD reset. They tie up, JD arm-drags, but Lee gets up. Lee keeps calm while JD talks some smack. They circle, tie up again, and JD scoops! JD carries Lee around, with one arm! Then SLAM! JD dusts off his hands and the fans fire up more. Lee is a bit frustrated, but he fires himself up. The fans rally with him, he and JD circle to tie up. Lee goes to hip toss, but JD blocks! JD tells Lee he knows that’s not gonna work!

JD goes to hip toss but now Lee blocks! Lee arm-drags, then he goes to feint, but JD blocks with a headlock. Lee shoves JD, tries another arm-drag, but JD blocks that. JD whips Lee, Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags again! The fans fire up as Lee tries to scoop, but JD’s too hefty! JD SLAPS Lee, ROCKS him, then whips him to ropes. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges again, shoves JD and hurdles! Lee drops, then DROPKICKS! JD staggers to a corner, Lee fires up, and the fans fire up with him! Lee runs up on JD in a corner to CHOP! JD barely flinches! JD puts his arms back and dares Lee to try again. Lee CHOPS, but JD puts Lee in the corner!

JD swings, Lee dodges and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Lee whips, JD reverses but Lee ELBOWS back! Lee runs up but into a lift, and FLAPJACK off buckles! Lee falls, the fans rally up, and JD dusts himself off. JD storms back up on Lee, brings him up, and the fans rally. JD ROCKS Lee, stands him up in the corner, and CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Lee sputters. The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Lee up. JD winds up, to JAB! The fans boo JD trolling them, but JD stands Lee up to CHOP him after all! Lee is stinging, but JD brings him up. Lee throws body shots but JD ROCKS Lee!

JD whips, Lee sunset flips! JD stays up, but Lee avoids the hip drop! Ghost pin, TWO! JD gets up, kicks low and whips, to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lee stays in this and the fans rally up. JD sits Lee up, KICKS him in the back, then paces around. The fans rally for Lee but JD pie faces him around. Lee rises, JD brings him up and Lee CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! JD throat chops! The ref reprimands, JD claims he jabbed to the chest. JD then scoops and SLAMS Lee, to then FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Lee is still in this but JD CHOKES him! The ref counts, JD lets off, claiming he was just checking the pulse.

JD clamps on a chinlock, digging his knee into Lee’s back. Lee endures, the fans rally up, and Lee fights to his feet. Lee throws body shots, but JD knees low! JD suplexes but Lee slips free! Lee ROCKS JD, ROCKS him again, but JD CHOPS! JD runs, but Lee SUPERKICKS! JD flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! The fans rally as Lee builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up even more! Lee puts JD in, climbs a corner, and JD stands. JD staggers around, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! JD stays in this but then bails back out. Lee thinks on what he has to do and the fans rally up.

Lee runs, to slide, but JD gets under! JD pops Lee up to CLOBBER him! JD puts Lee in, aims from a corner, and Lee goes to the opposite end. JD runs up, but Lee moves, CANNONBALL hits buckles! Lee hurries up while JD is down! The fans cheer as Lee aims, FROG SPLASH, but JD moves! Lee rolls through, runs back at JD but JD puts him on the apron. JD ROCKS Lee, goes up, and he brings Lee around. The fans fire up as JD brings Lee up, but Lee fires body shots! Lee GAMANGIRIS, then climbs! Lee sunset flips for the POWERBOMB! The fans fire up and Lee climbs back up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Lee wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, by pinfall

Big Shotty’s got range, and he hit the mark! Will Lee take this momentum and turn it into another chance at a championship?


Abadon VS Allysin Kay!

Speaking of second chances, The Living Dead Girl got screwed out of the ROH Women’s World Television Championship when Mercedes Martinez & Diamante conspired against her. And while AK Don’t Play, she knows the OG Badass well. Can Abadon prepare for revenge by taking down Martinez’s greatest rival?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but Abadon holds on, to BITE Allysin’s arm! Abadon then laughs, dodges Allysin to HEADBUTT low, HELL STAB, then mule kick! Abadon runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Allysin goes to a corner while the fans rally up and Abadon shrieks! But Allysin BOOTS Abadon down! Allysin rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Abadon sits up but Allysin brings her around to fireman’s carry. SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up, Allysin drags Abadon up to TOSS her to a corner! Allysin fires body shots, then she CHOPS! Allysin whips corner to corner hard and Abadon bounces off buckles!

Allysin takes a bow, puts pinkies up, and SPLASHES in the corner! Allysin CHOPS, whips, and runs up again, but Abadon BOOTS her! Abadon runs to BULLDOG! The fans rally as Abadon slithers out to the apron then climbs up the corner. Allysin crawls, Abadon aims, CROSSBODY! Abadon runs to KNEE Allysin back down! Abadon storms up on Allysin, reels her in, BLACK DAHLIA! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

Abadon smiles, then shrieks into the night! Will Mercedes Martinez make sure to stay far, far away from the frightening Living Dead Girl?


Backstage interview with Taya Valkyrie.

Lexi Nair is with La Wera Loca and brings up her trios match alongside Diamante and Leila Grey. But this is also the first time we’ve seen her since Supercard, where Johnny TV lost to Dalton Castle. The question is: where is Johnny? Uh, recovering from that vicious attack by Dalton Castle and his “special boy,” Paul Walter-Whatever! Taya is gonna call up Fran Dreischer to file a complaint! For someone so TV Ready, Castle and Paul sure don’t look it. So yes, Johnny is rehabbing. Wait he’s in rehab? Ew, no, who do you think they are? Johnny is rehabbing the abs! This is an aesthetics business so he has to look amazing!

So tonight, Taya will carry the weight of the TV Family in trios action. So run along, Lexi, Taya has things to do. Uh, this is Lexi’s interview space. Oh, well, her apologies. Taya bumps Lexi on the way out, but will Taya’s team win some major points in the title chase tonight?


The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson!

Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo may not be the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but they are not deterred. Will they get through the jacked ‘n’ juicy juggernauts to go after The Undisputed Kingdom once again?

The teams sort out, #BadNewsAndTattoos starts against Beefcake Boulder, and they keep the Code of Honor. They tie up, Bravo tries but can’t push Boulder back, but Boulder pushes Bravo back! Bravo resets with Boulder, beefs up, and they tie up. Bravo wrenches to wristlock, but Boulder WRINGS Bravo out! Boulder talks smack on Dean and Bravo, but Bravo pie faces. Boulder scoops Bravo, but Bravo slips free to DROPKICK! Boulder stays up, runs up, but Dean is there to GAMANGIRI! Bravo tags Dean while Boulder throws a fit, but DOUBLE DROPKICKS send him reeling! Bulk Bronson tags but runs into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!

The fans fire up as the Infantry crisscross and SPLIT the wishbone! Bravo gets fans going with “OORAH!” Dean runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Bronson bails out, Boulder is there to help him, and Dean builds speed, only for Jacked Jameson to stand in the way! He wants Dean to sip the Savage Sauce! Dean says no thanks, but in comes Bronson! EXPLODER! Bravo protests but Bronson drags Dean to a cover. The ref is busy arguing, he finally sees the pin, TWO! Bronson is annoyed, but he mocks Bravo’s air machine gun. Bravo then tags Boulder before he brings Dean up. The fans rally but the Savages still hit a SHOULDER TACKLE SUPLEX COMBO!

Bronson flexes, Boulder taunts Bravo, and then Boulder whips Dean to the corner. Boulder wraps Dean’s arms around ropes to HEADBUTT again and again and again! Tag to Bronson, he brings Dean around, and they visit #TIDDYCITY! But Dean reverses, it’s Bronson who dives in! Boulder panics, runs up, but Dean DUMPS him! Bronson swings, misses, hot tag to Bravo! Bravo rallies on Bronson with big forearms! Bravo whips, Bronson reverses, but the CARLIE CROSSOVER takes Bronson down! Boulder gets up, Bravo fakes him out to SCISSOR KICK! Bravo then kicks Bronson, and manages a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Bravo pounds the mat, but now Jameson wants Bravo to sip! Bravo says no, get outta here! Bronson runs up again, Bravo dodges, and Bronson barely avoids hitting Jameson! Bravo aims, Bronson dodges, the SUPERKICK hits Jameson! Jameson spews sauce! Boulder catches Jameson, Dean goes up, and Dean CROSSBODIES to wipe them both out! But Bronson rolls Bravo up! TWO, and Bronson grabs Bravo, only for Bravo to kick low! Bravo reels Bronson in, tags Dean, and TORNADO- NO, Bronson stops the DDT! Dean gets in, Bronson scoops, but Dean slips free! Feed to a SUPERKICK!

The Infantry coordinate, for BOOT CAMP! Cover, Infantry wins!

Winners: The Infantry, by pinfall

Dean & Bravo redeem themselves from Supercard and are ready to get back on track! But wait, The Premier Athletes make their way out here! Is this what Smart Mark was talking about for phase two? Daivari & Nese rush the ring and start throwing hands with The Infantry! Woods tips the scales as he DECKS Dean, then DECKS Bravo! But wait! Here comes Dalton Castle! The Peacock won’t stand for there to be bullies, and he takes off his sandals to weaponize them! The Premier Athletes dare him to, but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe, Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson! They run The Premier Athletes off!

Sterling shouts, “Who do you think you are?!” but he’s shouting at THE ROH World Champion and many other big names around here! Will The Peacock, the Chicken and the rest of ROH humble Sterling’s stable once and for all?


Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora!

The Cuban Diamond has staked her claim at challenging for the ROH Women’s World Television Championship, but so has The Hottest Flame. But let’s not forget The Last Baddie Standing, La Wera Loca, the LEGIT One and The AfroPunk! Billie Starkz still sees herself above all six of these women, but which trio takes the lead in the title chase with a win tonight?

The teams sort out, Taya starts against Kiera and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, the two tie up, and Kiera gets around to waistlock. Taya pries the hold, backs Kiera into a corner and throws elbows! Taya stomps away on Kiera, then says who’s the hottest now? Taya snapmares, covers, ONE!! Taya drags Kiera up, whips her to ropes, but Kiera holds ropes to BOOT back! Taya runs up again but Kiera drop toeholds her onto ropes! HIP ATTACK! Taya flounders, Kiera runs to step-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she brings Taya up, but Taya ROCKS Kiera then throws her by her hair!

Taya tags Diamante, they stomp Kiera, then Diamante sucker punches Leyla! Diamante runs in to DROPKICK Kiera, then drags her to a high stack cover, ONE!! Kiera is tougher than that but Diamante says it’s just a matter of time. Diamante runs, PLANKING SPLASH flops as Kiera moves! Hot tag to Leyla! Leyla gut wrenches Diamante to GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Tag to Adora, then Leyla wrenches so she can hand it off to Adora. Adora WRINGS Diamante’s arm, drags her up and wrenches again, but Diamante ROCKS her! Adora swings, Diamante dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Diamante snarls and pushes Adora down to rain down fists!

Diamante storms around, brings Adora up and CHOPS her on the back! Tag to Grey and she NECK SNAPPERS Adora! Cover, TWO! Adora is tougher than that but Grey rains down fists! Grey drags Adora up, bumps her off buckles, then tags Taya. Taya and Grey dig their boots in, then Taya stomps a mudhole. Taya sits Adora down to METEORA! Tag to Diamante and she stomps a mudhole! The ref reprimands but Diamante tags Taya back in. Taya steps over Adora and mockingly has Adora reach out to her corner. The ref has to keep Hirsch back so Grey gets shots in, then Taya drags Adora up.

Taya again mockingly holds out Adora’s hand but the fans rally up. Adora fights up, but Taya pulls her into the motorcycle stretch! Adora endures the knee in her back, fights up to her feet, and then arm-drags Taya away! Taya gets up, ducks ‘n’ dodges and mule kicks! But Adora ducks the buzzsaw to BASEMENT GERMAN! The fans fire up while both women are down! Adora and Taya crawl, hot tags to Kiera and Diamante! Kiera rallies on Diamante with big forearms, then a SUPERKICK! Turn and NECKBREAKER! Kiera goes up a corner while Diamante flounders around. Diamante stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK!

Diamante flounders, Grey tags in but Kiera dodges to fire off forearms! Grey shoves back, but Kiera returns to SHOTGUN! Grey flounders, Kiera fires up, and says kiss this! HIP ATTACK in the corner! She sits Grey back down to run and BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Grey to a cover, Diamante breaks it! Diamante gets Grey outta there, and Taya tags in. Taya runs up to mule kick, KNEE LIFT and wrench Kiera, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Leyla also gets in, she pushes Taya around. Leyla drags Taya up but Diamante runs in. Leyla gets around to SAIDO! Taya gets Kiera up but Kiera SUPERKICKS!

Kiera brings Taya over, tags Adora, and they feed Taya to the BUBBA BOMB! Body scissor and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Hot tag to Grey, she runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Grey is frustrated but she gets Adora up. Underhooks, but Adora breaks that to fireman’s carry! Adora storms over, tags Hirsch, but Grey slips free! Leyla dodges Leila and feeds her to Adora’s BOOT! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Hirsch tags Kiera. Kiera runs, but Taya trips her up! Diamante distracts so the ref misses that! But then Leyla DIVES onto Taya! Diamante CANNONBALLS Leyla!

LARIAT TUBMAN from Adora to Diamante! Kiera dodges Grey to ROUNDHOUSE! And then “That’s all, PERIODT!” FACE THE MUSIC!! Bridging cover, Team Kiera wins!

Winners: Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora, by pinfall

It was fast ‘n’ furious in the end there, but the Hottest Flame burns it down! Will she be first up to strike a match with Billie Starkz?


Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis, Griff Garrison & Cole Karter.

Lexi is with the First Lady of Wrestling and her baby boys, the Diamond in the Rough wearing the stolen mask from Serpentico. Lexi congratulates them on their win over Spanish Announce Project at Supercard, but it seems there might be some unfinished business. Are they ever going to give Seprentico his masks back? Karter takes the mask off to say hell no! Griff says Serpentico’s masks mean a lot to him and his lucha libre culture. But uh, they don’t care! It got them the attention that they deserve, and those wins have been a stepping stone in this company.

If Serpentico wants his masks back, he doesn’t need to trick them into a match. They’re happy to beat the crap outta him anytime, anywhere! Maria loves the confidence, and says Griff will need it in his Proving Grounds match against THE ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe. Griff is all fired up, will the Ivy League MVP pass the test with flying colors? Or will he fail to #ManUp?


The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto!

Black Taurus has evolved into something even more menacing than before, and he is looking to stampede all the way to the top of ROH! But Mr. Freak Beast has changed a lot about himself, too, in hopes of finding success. Whose transformation will prove to be for the better as these behemoths collide?

The Code of Honor is upheld reluctantly, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. The two tie up, go around, and Comoroto shoves Mortos down! Mortos gets up in a huff, gets in Comoroto’s face, but Comoroto pie faces him. So Mortos SLAPS Comoroto! Comoroto runs up, Mortos dodges, and they RAM shoulders! Mortos ducks ‘n’ dodges and jumps to RANA! Comoroto goes to a corner but Mortos runs in to UPPERCUT, CLOTHESLINE, and GAMANGIRI! Mortos wrenches and hits an ARMBAR CODE BREAKER! Comoroto staggers, but he blocks the whip! Comoroto shoves Mortos, runs up, but Mortos dodges to then roll off Comoroto’s back!

Mortos tries to hip toss but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto LARIATS Mortos down then rains down fists! Fans are torn as Comoroto huffs ‘n’ puffs and stomps Mortos around. Comoroto digs his boot into Mortos’ face, lets off to soak up heat, then he drags Mortos up. Comoroto scoops to SLAM, then he runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Mortos pounds the mat in frustration. Comoroto slashes his throat, but Mortos throws body shots. Comoroto CLUBS Mortos, Alabama Lifts, but Mortos sunset flips! Comoroto stays up, hauls Mortos up, but Mortos JAWBREKAERS, KNEES and ROCKS Comoroto!

Mortos goes to suplex but Comoroto’s a big guy, too! Comoroto suplexes Mortos, but Mortos knees free! Mortos goes to a corner, Comoroto runs in but Mortos dropkicks the legs out! Comoroto hits buckles, then Mortos runs in, CORNER 619! Comoroto staggers away and Mortos climbs, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Comoroto still has power to spare and he storms up on Mortos. Mortos UPPERCUTS first! Mortos goes to whip but Comoroto blocks again! Comoroto whips Mortos to a corner, runs up, but Mortos slips out to the apron! Comoroto hits buckles, Mortos goes up, and the fans rally! MORTOS TWISTER! Cover, Mortos wins!

Winner: The Beast Mortos, by pinfall

Comoroto is big and bad but this is a beast of a different breed! Will nothing stop the modern day minotaur from making ROH his domain? Will Jacoby Watts’ teachings ever pay off for Comoroto?


Backstage interview with Nick Comoroto.

Lexi is with Mr. Freakbeast as he returns backstage, and she asks him what his strategy will be moving forward after this tough loss. Jacoby Watts walks in to say, “Turn the page. Start a new chapter. Nothing changes if nothing changes, Nick. It’s a harsh reality. But I am your answer. Your beacon of hope in the darkness. Follow me and I will lead you into the light! For I am Jacoby Watts, the one and only, praise be to he, and he is me.” Watts waxes poetic while making himself the focus, but will Comoroto accept his guidance?


ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis!

The Sussex County Chicken won this title after a war with Eddie Kingston at Supercard, and those two are still going to be friends taking on The House of Black this Sunday! But will Mark be able to focus on tonight with Dynasty on the horizon? Or is this where Maria’s baby boys start building their kingdom?

Mark shows off the belt and its new camouflage patterned leather! The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans cheer on Mark as he circles with Griff. They tie up, Griff headlocks, but Mark powers up and out. Griff sunset flips, but Mark rolls through to drop on the headlock! Griff moves around, fights up, and powers up, but Mark holds tight! Mark hits the takeover, Griff headscissors, but Mark kips free. Roles reverse as Griff headlocks for the takeover, and Mark headscissors. Griff kips free, but Mark shows Redneck Kung-Fu stance and Griff scrambles away! The fans cheer but Maria coaches Griff back up.

Griff cools off, he and Mark reset, and the two circle again. They knuckle lock but Griff kicks low. Griff UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS again, then whips corner to corner. Mark goes up and out, SWATS the haymaker to REDNECK KUNG-FU UPPERCUT! Then Mark gets in to BOOT Griff down! Griff is on ropes, Mark runs in to BOOT WASH him right outta the ring! The fans fire up as Mark builds speed, and he DIVES onto Griff! Not the cleanest landing but Mark borrows a hat to put it on! The fans fire up with Mark, he gives the hat back, then drags Griff up to DECK him! Mark drags Griff up again, to scoop and SLAM!

Griff sputters, Mark goes to the apron, and the fans fire up as Mark takes aim. But then Karter and Maria stand in the way! The fans boo, Mark sighs and steps inside, and Maria coaches Griff up. Griff flounders up, the fans rally behind Mark but then Karter and Maria each get on the apron! The ref is busy arguing with Maria but Karter distracts Mark. Griff sneaks in to CLOBBER Mark! Griff fires forearms while the fans boo, but then Griff stomps a mudhole into Mark. The ref counts as Griff digs his boots in, but Griff lets off at 4. But then that lets Karter CHOKE Mark behind the ref’s back!

The fans boo as Karter gets away with one, and Griff drags Mark up. Griff UPPERCUTS, but Mark CHOPS! Griff sputters, Mark CHOPS again! Griff knees low, whips Mark to a corner, but runs into an ELBOW! Mark runs up, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Griff clamps onto Mark with a chinlock and he grinds Mark down. The fans rally as Mark endures and fights up. Mark throws body shots, then fires up to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Mark runs, but into the ROLLING ELBOW! Griff then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! High stack, TWO! Mark survives and Griff is frustrated but Maria coaches him up.

The fans continue to rally behind Mark as Griff aims again. Griff goes up but Mark REDNECK UPPERCUTS! Griff gets caught up in ropes, Mark lets him loose so he can fall to the floor. Karter hurries over, but Mark goes up to PLANCHA both baby boys! The fans are thunderous, and Mark cracks open a can of WOOOOO Energy! Mark chugs it, bangs the can against his head, then gets Griff in the ring. The fans fire up as Mark runs corner to corner, but Griff BOOTS him! Mark comes back to LARIAT! The fans fire up, Mark reels Griff in, but Griff wrenches out, only for Mark to LARIAT! Mark hauls Griff up again for underhooks!

Mark lifts, for the JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark wins!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall (denies Griff Garrison a title opportunity)

Maria is upset but there’s nothing she can do, her baby boy wasn’t man enough to stop the NEW ROH World Champion! Will Mark continue to carry on his brother’s legacy and become one of the best champions in ROH history?

My Thoughts:

A very good episode of ROH for being 92 minutes. I still skipped some very clear filler, but Marti Belle got a good showing in her loss to Frost and The Dark Order got a good match out of Zak & Frank. Cruz, Damian & Savion got an okay showing but c’mon, they were against Archer & The Righteous, those guys have been running through everyone. It hasn’t really led them to anything yet, but maybe after we get undisputed AEW & ROH World Trios Champions after Dynasty, Archer & Righteous challenge the winners. And real good wins for Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson, each guy looking good towards midcard titles at some point.

Really good match from Infantry VS Savages, with the Savages being a bit more Heelish this time. Good win for Infantry, but I didn’t think The Premier Athletes would be going after them first. And I didn’t expect Faces like Keith, Lee and Briscoe to run out to get at them. Maybe the Premier Athletes can also position themselves to go after the trios titles after Dynasty. If The Acclaimed win, they’ll need Heel opponents. Archer & Righteous can play either side, but fans really like Archer so I kinda want him and Righteous to be Faces when facing Bang Bang Gang.

Good match and good win for Abadon over Allysin. Good win for Kiera, Leyla & Adora, though things got a little sloppy in the middle, Leyla’s timing wasn’t quite there. Athena & Billie are both Heels, so while Queen Aminata is in the mix, the champion she doesn’t choose still needs a good Face challenger so you can take your pick of the winners from tonight. Really good match from Mortos and Comoroto, and Mortos winning also helped serve Comoroto’s story with Watts. Watts keeps insisting he’s the answer, but this has to lead to Comoroto breaking free and beating Watts up for his arrogance.

Good promo from Maria, Griff & Karter, and they just kinda copy-pasted Mark Briscoe’s promo from Collision that same Saturday. Really good match for Griff against Mark but of course Mark wins. Mark getting involved with Premier Athletes, maybe Woods or Nese get a shot at Mark only to lose and be Mark’s solid first defense. Not sure who could be a more prolonged feud with Mark, but there are plenty of possibilities, and I’m just happy to see him showing up on ROH TV as the ROH World Champion should.

My Score: 8.5/10

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