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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/3/21)

Will the Prince reign again?

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Coverage SmackDown 2021

The Bloodline has challengers coming for their gold!

While Roman Reigns finally defends his title against Finn Balor, the Usos battle the Street Profits, with a SmackDown Tag title opportunity on the line! Will things drastically change for the Head of the Table and his cousins?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • SmackDown Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Street Profits; The Street Profits win and have a future title opportunity.
  • Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode; Boogs wins.
  • Cesaro VS Seth Rollins; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
  • Dominik Mysterio VS Sami Zayn; Zayn wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Finn Balor; Roman wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Contenders Match: The Usos VS The Street Profits!

Jimmy & Jey know their Tribal Chief is taking on the Prince tonight, but they need to still hold it down in the SmackDown Tag Team Division! Will Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins turn the tables on the Bloodline to open Memorial Day weekend? Or will the Usos make Roman Reigns proud as he watches intently backstage?

Before the match, the Usos get mics to speak. “The Bloodline is now in your city!” And you know what, Uce? All last week, all Jimmy could think was, “Why the hell would the Street Profits want to stick they nose in some family bidness?” Jey also asks, “Why?” Jimmy says maybe it’s because the Profits are trying to make a name for themselves. Jey still asks, “Why?” Well, maybe the Profits want to prove themselves. Jey says, “No. All they did was disrespect the Head of the Table. What they did was disrespect the Bloodline! If you want to prove yourselves, prove yourselves to the seven-time WWE Tag Team Champions, Jimmy and Jey, the U-SOS!” Because they ARE the ones.

Now the Profits make their entrance! Ford & Dawkins also have mics as the SOLO cups rain down and are just as fired up. But Ford says he and Dawkins feel like fools for embarrassing the champions in front of the Head of the Table~! Aw…! But wait, wait. What are they doing in the ring without their permission slips? Roman didn’t sign anything for them, did he? But the Usos be spittin’ facts. They truly are the ones… about to get their asses whooped here in Jacksonville! DUVAL~! And y’know why? Because the Profits are up, and #WeWanttheSmoke! A lot of shots have been fired, but who hits the mark in this golden opportunity?

The teams sort out, Dawks starts with Jimmy at the bell. Jimmy and Dawkins tie up, go around, and Jimmy headlocks. Dawkins powers out but Jimmy runs him over. The Usos gloat already but Jimmy turns around into a BIG dropkick! Dawkins whips Jimmy to a corner, runs in and hits the CYCLONE! Dawkins talks smack, tags in Ford, and they whip Jimmy for another BIG dropkick! Jey gets in but gets a dropkick, too! Ford is fired up and so is Jacksonville as he builds speed. The Usos save each other, Ford “takes a sip” and then LEAPS! The Usos catch the crossbody and SWING Ford into barriers! The champs are in charge as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Ford fights up as he’s caught in Jey’s chinlock. Jey keeps him from Dawkins by mere fingertips before he CLUBS him down! Jey back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet to ENZIGURI! Both men are down, fans fire up and both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Jimmy and he goes past Ford to DECK Dawkins! Jimmy whips Ford to a corner, runs in but Ford goes up so that Jimmy POSTS himself! Ford is still down and Heyman stresses as he watches Roman’s disappointed expression. Dawkins and the fans rally up, hot tags to Dawkins and Jey! Dawkins rallies on Jey, dodges and hurdles but runs into a SAMOAN DROP! Jey covers, TWO!

Jey stalks Dawkins to a corner, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off to HIP ATTACK! Tag to Jimmy and the Usos get Dawkins up top. Jimmy throws hands, he and Jey climb up together, but Dawkins fights back! Dawkins fires off big forearm sand elbows back and forth! Jey falls, Jimmy fights back but Dawkins shoves him away. Dawkins adjusts, leaps over Jimmy, but blocks a superkick! Only to get the DRAGON WHIP! Ford tags in, Dawkins gives Jimmy the THE ANOINTING! Ford is up top, FROM THE HEAVENS! With a turn, even! Cover, Jey breaks it!! Jey fires off hands on Ford, drags him up and POSTS him!

The ref reprimands but Jey just POSTS Ford again! The ref calls for the bell!

Winners: The Street Profits, by disqualification (NEW #1 Contenders to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships)

Dawkins returns and CLOBBERS Jey! Jey bails out, Dawkins pursues but Jimmy is there! Dawkins is 2v1 against the Usos, the Usos RAM him into steel steps! But then Ford FLIES in!! He wrecks the Usos into the announce desk! Fans lose their minds as Dawkins helps Ford back up, and the Profits stand tall together on the announce desk!

As for Roman, he is not happy with how this went down. Roman refers to Heyman as “Wise man,” and Heyman replies, “Yes, my Tribal Chief?” Roman wants Heyman to fetch his cousins. Heyman nods and heads out. What will Roman have to say to Jimmy & Jey when they’re all face to face again?

Just as Heyman walks out of Roman’s room and whispers something into his phone, Kayla Braxton startles him. She says between the Usos and the Profits, then Roman VS Balor, “there’s a whole lot going on here tonight.” If he may offer some criticism, Kayla needs to enjoy the moment. We’re on worldwide live television, so- Wait, is that ringtone Brock Lesnar’s theme song?! Is Brock calling Heyman?! Kayla points the phone ringing, and Heyman tells “Mistress of the Obvious” that as he was just saying, there comes a time in everyone’s life- Lesnar’s calling again… Heyman checks behind him before he answers.

“Hi, um… Timing’s a little- No no no, I always love- … Yes. Yes. Well, I don’t have a lot of privacy right here right now…” Heyman promises to deliver the message. But then whoever this is, Lesnar or not, hangs up. Kayla says Heyman is so right. She is definitely enjoying this moment. Heyman storms off but bumps into a janitor. If he wants to take out the trash, start with Kayla. Wait it’s Big E! And he’s laughing up a storm as he holds up his Money in the Bank contract! Is Big E going to be laughing all the way to the bank should this Roman-Lesnar situation come to a head?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The Man is back again, and knows just as everyone does that The EST, Bianca Belair, is coming back for the SmackDown Women’s Championship! But what will she have to say about that? We hear from the Lass Kicker, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Becky has a mic. She takes a few more moments to enjoy fans chanting her name before she says, “The Man has come around to Jacksonville!” Last week, during her return as our champion, she walked out to the ring and didn’t get any “You Deserve It” chants but oh well. Wait, the fans here chant it for her. “That’s what I’m talking about!” Maybe she should’ve waited until this week! And she was going on about SummerSlam until practically the entire women’s roster came out. They all want that Becks Rub, but she wanted to focus her attention on Bianca Belair. Bianca is “one hell of an athlete, probably the most athletic woman we’ve ever had in WWE.”

And yes, Bianca is the only other woman to win the main event of WrestleMania. So just imagine how excited Becky was to go toe-to-toe with her at SummerSlam! But now, somehow, in all of this, Becky’s being painted as the “bad guy?” Fans boo that idea, and Becky wants to explain something to the “Esther.” Becky’s return saved SummerSlam. When Sasha Banks went down at the last minute, “the higher powers” called for the biggest name they had, and they called The Man. Becky has been preparing to get her championship back since the moment she left. Bianca wasn’t ready, and that’s on her, not Becky. No one gets to cry about losing too fast when they weren’t ready and Becky was. Just because Becky hasn’t played the game in awhile, doesn’t mean she’s forgotten how to win!

And Bianca can call herself the EST and pretend she’s the best, but we know that’s a lie. Bianca can fool fans with flips and tricks, but you can’t fake experience, and that is why all it took was one flip of a fist to Bianca’s face to end Bianca’s title reign. But speaking of, here comes Bianca! She gets a mic and the fans chant for the EST, which annoys Becky. Bianca tells Becky, “That championship was more to me than just a title. It was a part of me for 132 days, and it etched my name into the WWE history books. So that moment at SummerSlam, it keeps replaying over and over again in my head. So… Let’s talk about it.”

Bianca had come so far, accomplished so much and lost it in 26 seconds. But y’know what? Bianca isn’t afraid to admit she was embarrassed, because how that all went down was embarrassing. She’s still hurt, but she stands in it, because that’s her truth. What she won’t do is build herself up by bringing another down, and she will never make excuses for herself. Fans cheer that sentiment. Bianca says Becky is talking like she knows Bianca, but #GirlUhUh. Becky doesn’t know Bianca! So Bianca will explain this in a way Becky can fully understand as to why Bianca’s the EST.

Bianca showed she was the strongEST beat three women in one match. While Becky was away, Bianca showed us that she’s the fastEST rising star, and she will bounce back because she’s the toughEST. And when Bianca takes back that title, becoming a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bianca will then be known as the greatEST, and that’s just facts. Becky is amused by this but Bianca continues: Since Becky didn’t give her a rematch, Bianca earned one, just like everything else she’s earned in her career. It isn’t a matter of if but when. So Roman’s defending a title tonight, and Becky is now #BigTime? Then show up, show out and do the same thing tonight!

Fans like that idea! They want to see another title match, and Bianca waits for an answer. Becky looks around, takes a moment to think, and then the fans chant for the EST again. Becky says, “I don’t give a damn what Roman does! NO!” Becky storms off, but she can’t say no forever. The strongEST, toughEST and perhaps greatEST rematch is on the horizon, but will it get extreme?

 

The Dirty Dawgs head out.

Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler talk things out as they get ready for a match, but Ziggler then spots Toni Storm all alone. Ziggler says he’ll meet up with Roode in a moment, and he talks with the new kid. Toni lives life on the wild side, right? Nice. She gonna check out his match? Yeah, of course. Well he has some pull, he can get her a ringside seat for it. She thanks him for that, and says he’s great. But uh… She’s rooting for Boogs. Oh, okay. Yeah, sure, he’s a nice guy. But see you around? Uh-huh. Ziggler heads out and Toni breathes a sigh of relief. Will we see the Show-Off get ROCKED tonight?

Rick Boogs w/ Shinsuke Nakamura VS Dolph Ziggler w/ Robert Roode!

Speaking of, Boogs introduces himself to Jacksonville, as well as the WWE Intercontinental Champion, King NakamurAAAAAAA~! The rockin’ bard has his first 1v1 match on SmackDown, will having the King of Strong Style in his corner help him win?

SmackDown returns as the Dirty Dawgs make their entrance. Ziggler and Boogs circle at the bell and tie up. Boogs floats to get a leg, Ziggler floats to a waistlock then shifts to a sleeper and body scissors. Boogs fights up, pops Ziggler around to a fireman’s carry and then powers up to a gorilla press! Nakamura and the fans are fired up as Boogs TOSSES Ziggler down! Boogs rocks and air guitars as Ziggler gets up. Boogs kicks, pump handles and scoops, but Ziggler rakes eyes as he slips out! Ziggler jumps for the SATELLITE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is relieved as Boogs survives, but Ziggler goes to a corner and aims. SUPER-

NO! Boogs blocks, spins, pump handles and scoops for a POWERSLAM! Cover, BOOGS WINS!!

Winner: Rick Boogs, by pinfall

Not only did Boogs beat a WWE Grand Slam Champion, he won in fast fashion! Is this just the beginning of the #BoogsCruise to the top?

 

Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce find Becky backstage.

Management tells The Man that since Bianca is the #1 contender, she is going to have a title match. Becky agrees, it’ll just be when The Man is ready, so not tonight. Pearce understands that, so the match is going to happen at Extreme Rules! And just so it’s crystal clear, when SmackDown returns to Madison Square Garden, Becky and Bianca are going to sign the contract to make it official. Becky does her best not to get mad and then storms off. Pearce and Sonya both figured she’d react this way, but will Becky find a way to not sign on the dotted line?

 

Cesaro VS Seth Rollins!

The Swiss Superman and the Savior of SmackDown run it back! Will Rollins be able to move past his loss to Edge by revisiting his past with Cesaro?

SmackDown returns and Kayla interviews Rollins backstage. She asks why Rollins requested this newest match with Cesaro for tonight. Rollins laughs and says because tonight is the perfect opportunity for a new beginning! Rollins watched his match with Edge back at least a million times these last two weeks. Edge is sort of become an inspiration, and Rollins watched every move he made. Heck, Rollins practically watched back Edge’s entire career, and Rollins found what led Edge to victory over Rollins at SummerSlam.

Rollins will use that info to defeat his old nemesis, “Zazaro,” and prove why Rollins IS a visionary, a revolutionary, and like a fine wine he gets better with time~! Rollins will prove again why he is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! Rollins makes his entrance and we see if he can get back into the swing of things.

The bell rings, Cesaro catches Rollins off guard but Rollins headlocks. Cesaro shifts to get a headlock of his own but Rollins powers out. Things speed up, Rollins gets caught for a BACKBREAKER! Rollins bails out and Cesaro goes out the side. Cesaro runs in around the way to EUROUPPER Rollins into barriers! Fans fire up with Cesaro and he even gets a high-five before he pursues Rollins. Cesaro bounces Rollins off the barrier, puts him back in the ring, then headlocks again. Rollins powers out again, things speed back up and Rollins dropkicks Cesaro this time! Rollins gloats and struts around in his fancy new tights before he CHOPS Cesaro. Cesaro scowls so Rollins headlocks.

Cesaro powers out, things speed up yet again, and Cesaro dropkicks Rollins now! Rollins staggers up into a takedown! Cesaro wants to swing but Rollins gets ropes! Cesaro yanks Rollins up to his feet, ducks the Pele then EuroUppers again! Rollins holds ropes as a defense and the ref counts. Cesaro lets off but Rollins gets a cheap shot in! Rollins hits an IMPALER?! Rollins literally uses Edge’s move and covers, TWO! Cesaro gets to ropes while Rollins grins, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns, Rollins CHOPS Cesaro in the corner but Cesaro glares at him! Cesaro fires off haymakers, whips Rollins to the corner, but runs into a BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins hurries to the apron and up top, but Cesaro EuroUppers him again! Cesaro climbs up to join Rollins, Rollins resists the superplex and slips underneath to BUCKLE BOMB Cesaro down! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Rollins is shocked! But Rollins also smiles and nods, knowing he still has to do more. Fans rally up as Rollins stands Cesaro up. Rollins turns Cesaro but Cesaro uses that to hook Rollins’ arms! Rollins flips through the backslide but into a EuroUpper!

Cesaro tries another but swings into an EDGE-O-MATIC! Rollins uses another of the Rated R Superstar’s repertoire, covers, TWO! Rollins still smiles, aims from a corner, and… Is he preparing to Spear? Rollins runs in, but Cesaro pops Rollins up to POWERBOMB him! Both men are down but fans rally up! Cesaro and Rollins stand, the EuroUppers fly! Cesaro hits Rollins from all sides, fires off in the corner, but lets off to whip Rollins corner to corner! Cesaro runs in to EuroUpper, then runs to DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Cesaro grows frustrated but then the fans call for it! Cesaro calls for it, he gets Rollins by the legs! But Rollins twists and victory rolls, TWO!!

Rollins is in a corner and he BOOTS Cesaro away. Rollins runs in, but Cesaro turns the Slingblade around to a SWING! The fans count all the way to 20! Step through but Rollins fights and flails! Cesaro still steps over, SHARPSHOOTER! Rollins flails and quickly gets the ropebreak! Cesaro lets go quickly and watches Rollins slowly drag himself up. Rollins again uses ropes for defense so the ref keeps Cesaro back. But Cesaro sees the cheap shot coming this time and DUMPS Rollins out of the ring! Fans fire up as Cesaro goes outside again, and runs in, into a  CHAIR SHOT!!

Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification

The Architect doesn’t care anymore, he SMACKS Cesaro on the back, JAMS him in the ribs then SMACKS him on the back again! And POSTS Cesaro before putting him back in the ring! Fans boo but Rollins wants to go Rated R himself! He has another chair, but the refs want him to stay back. Rollins doesn’t care, he runs the refs off! Rollins takes the chair and breaks off the crossbar! Rollins is copying Edge’s newest move, the CROSSBAR CROSSFACE! The “Glasgow Grin” makes Cesaro tap but it doesn’t matter because the match is over! Rollins lets go and looks at the stage with wild eyes. “WHERE YOU AT, EDGE?!”

Rollins aims from a corner like Edge before he CURB STOMPS Cesaro down!! Rollins isn’t done, either, as he gets yet another chair! Rollins gets in the ring, refs keep telling him to stop, but Rollins sets Cesaro’s head on top of the chair. But here comes EDGE! And Edge has his own chair! Edge runs Rollins off but Rollins has a wild grin to match his eyes. Rollins dares Edge to do something while slithering away into the shadows. Will Edge get retribution for Cesaro by stopping the Rated R ripoff Rollins is becoming?

 

Roman talks with the Usos.

Roman needs them all to stick to the script and the game plan. The Usos understand and head out. Heyman sits by Roman and tells his Tribal Chief, “We have a problem.” Roman says there are no problems, he’s about to smash Finn Balor. No, the problem is with Brock Lesnar. Uh, no, Heyman has a Lesnar problem. Roman says he’ll smash Lesnar, too, when the time is right. Heyman says that Lesnar is going to be at Madison Square Garden next Friday for SmackDown. How does Heyman know this? Because Lesnar called Heyman tonight. For the first time in a year, of course, but… Oh so Lesnar’s home watching the show? Apparently! Maybe Fox is big in Saskatchewan!

Wait. How does Heyman know Lesnar’s in Saskatchewan? Heyman doesn’t, maybe Lesnar is in Minnesota. How does Heyman know Lesnar isn’t somewhere here tonight? Oh! Uh… Heyman hurries off to find out, and now Roman is worried about tonight. With Balor in the ring and Big E in the wings, if Lesnar is lurking, does Roman stand no chance of walking out of Jacksonville with his title?

 

A Rolls Royce pulls into the arena.

And the driver is of course “Happy” Corbin! And he assumes Sarah is the valet. He gives her the keys and tells her not to get any scratches on his “new baby.” That’s not… Will Corbin’s ego ever go back down?

 

Backstage interview with Edge.

Kayla asks about how Edge said he was done with Seth Rollins, and Edge says he had hoped this was over. That after the defeat, Rollins would move on. But who are we kidding? Both men have been talking about how alike they are, and if Edge had lost the way Rollins did at SummerSlam, Edge would probably do the same things. That means Edge knows the game Rollins is playing, and it is a dangerous one that needs to stop. Otherwise, what happened to Cesaro will keep happening.

Edge tells Rollins directly that he is challenging him to a match for next week on SmackDown. Edge VS Rollins II, Madison Square Garden! Edge burned Rollins down once. When he does it this time, Rollins will NOT be the same! “I told you, this doesn’t end well.” Are we about to see that ugly end in the greatest arena in the world?

 

Kevin Owens is here!

The KO Show returns to SmackDown, and wouldn’t you know? His guest is Happy Corbin! What will Kevin ask the newly re-wealthy Corbin after the break?

SmackDown returns, Greg Hamilton gives The KO Show its intro, and Kevin says the fans already know that because Kevin’s wearing a tie! That means this is a big deal! Welcome back to the KO Show! And his guest tonight is not someone you’d expect, but there’s a very good reason. So to get to it, welcome out Bar- Er, HAPPY Corbin! Corbin makes his entrance with his new slot machine titantron and dance music, strutting his way to the ring. Corbin hugs Kevin as he enters the ring, which makes Kevin uncomfortable. Corbin gets right on his mic and says he is so excited and happy to be part of the Kevin Owens Show!

Kevin wants Corbin to take a seat and they do. Corbin wants to say thanks to Kevin. Without Kevin, Corbin wouldn’t be where he is today, back in his $3000 suits, wearing a $7000 white gold Rolex, or have even tried to steal the MITB briefcase and then gone to Las Vegas. He’d still be eating spaghetti outta the can instead of “juicy, tender, A5, Japanese Wagyu beef!” Kevin tells Corbin that he is not putting any of this on him. Corbin says he knows Kevin is mad about the $100. Well Corbin left his wallet in his Rolls, but he knows someone who might have it: Corbin’s special guest. Wait, Corbin’s special guest?

Yes, the social media megastar who went the distance with Floyd “Money” Mayweather! It’s LOGAN PAUL! For the second time in WWE history, Logan Paul is here. Corbin and Logan are fired up to see each other, and Logan says it’s great to see the WWE Universe, and thanks Kevin for having him on his show. Kevin says he didn’t invite him, because he wouldn’t dare subject these poor people to this. But since Logan’s here, Kevin might as well ask him some questions. This little dynamic between him and Corbin is interesting, by the way. “Super cool” how they have their boxing secret handshake thing. But what’s weird is, after Corbin lost to Big E, didn’t Logan call Corbin a-

Whoa, whoa, yes, yes, Logan did call Corbin up, they got to talking, and found out they have a lot in common. They’re all good now. And this past weekend, after Jake Paul won his fight, the brothers and Corbin decided to hang out. Corbin even won a lot of money on that fight! Oh, wow, you guys got to hang out? That sounds like the worst. But it makes sense they’d be buddies. They DO have something in common: one is the most self-centered, egotistical, delusional, useless pieces of trash to ever step foot in a WWE ring, and the other is Baron Corbin. Logan does his best to laugh that off, but asks if Kevin really wants to talk like that to someone who can give him $100?

Honestly, the way Kevin looks, he could use this money a lot more than Logan. Kevin does his best to laugh that off, and says he doesn’t need anyone’s money. What he needs from Logan is for him to turn around, get out of the ring, walk out and never come back to the WWE! Logan shoves Kevin, but then Kevin shoves back! Logan turns his hat around, Kevin’s tie comes off, but then Corbin DECKS Kevin! Kevin gets back up but into a CHOKE SLAM! “You’re not that guy, pal,” Logan says as he drops a $100 down. “You’re not that guy.” Birds of a feather flock together, and these two strutting roosters leave Kevin behind. Will Kevin look to fry these turkeys next time he sees them?

 

Attention, WWE Universe.

“The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE,” Carmella, wants you to enjoy her for your viewing pleasure. But then Liv Morgan walks over and says, “Seriously?” Liv starts laughing at how self-centered Mella is, but will anyone ever bring Mella back down to earth?

 

Dominik Mysterio VS Sami Zayn!

This rematch from last week is so Dominik can prove he can fly solo without Rey ringside. However, the Great Liberator is ready to show last week will happen again and again to the son of the lucha legend. Will Dom manage to dial it up and make the right calls against the “master strategist” this time?

The bell rings, Sami rushes Dom and puts him in a corner. Dom avoids the cheap shot and Sami smirks. They go again, Dom blocks a kick to wrench an arm to a wristlock. Sami spins through, wrenches, but Dom counters with a wrench back! Dom has the wristlock but Sami throws him down by his head! Sami knuckle locks for the cover, ONE! Another try, ONE! A third, ONE and Dom goes up and up the corner to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Sami comes back to CLOBBER Dom! Sami kicks Dom around, stands him up and throws haymakers. Sami whips, Dom kicks him back, then dodges to RANA! Sami ends up on ropes, Dom dials it up, but Sami bails out!

Sami takes a breather at the ramp, but says, “See you next time, pal.” Sami wants to retreat but Rey is there to keep him contained! And Dom FLIES over the ref to take out Sami! Rey likes that fire and Dom puts Sami in the ring. Dom says he’s fine, so Rey heads to the back. But then Dom turns around into a HELLUVA KICK outta nowhere! Cover, Sami wins!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Sami wins again and he laughs at Rey as he leaves. Rey goes to check on Dom but Dom is again frustrated. Is there something they’re not seeing that’s keeping Dom down?

 

Sonya Deville excitedly talks with someone on the phone.

She’s excited for how big next week’s episode is! The SmackDown Women’s Championship contract signing! The return of Brock Lesnar! But Naomi walks over to try and talk to her. Sonya impatiently asks Naomi what she wants. Naomi says last week, Sonya said she’d think over Naomi’s return to SmackDown, so does she have any plans? Sonya apologizes, it slipped her mind. Let’s try again next week. Sonya goes back to her phone call, but will Naomi make sure SmackDown makes time for the former champion?

 

WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Finn Balor!

Kayla asks The Prince about how he’s just moments away from this big title match. Any final thoughts? For five years, Balor’s been asked the same thing: What would’ve happened if he didn’t get injured in 2016? Tonight, Balor answers that question. Balor takes aim at the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, Uncontroverted, Universal Heavyweight Champion, does he hit the mark to get back the title he never truly lost?

But before Roman even makes an entrance, the Usos jump Balor! The fans boo as the Usos mug Balor and then RAM him into steel steps! They haul Balor up and RAM him into barriers! The Usos then pull the steps apart to RAM part of it into Balor! And again! And again! Fans boo as the Usos drag Balor up and into the ring for more! Jimmy climbs, Jey keeps an eye on Balor, but here come the Profits! They run the Usos off but the damage is done! The ref checks on Balor but here comes the Tribal Chief to make his lengthy entrance. Roman certainly assumes this is going to still happen, but we find out after the break!

SmackDown returns as Roman is finally in the ring and his second round of pyro goes off. Medics finish checking on Balor as he refuses to let this chance slip by him again. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and though the pawns played their part, we still must see if the king can defeat the prince!

The bell rings and Balor is shielding his ribs. Roman goes right after them and puts Balor in a corner, to then TOSS him across the way! Roman storms over, stomps a mudhole into Roman, but he lets off as the ref counts. Roman intimidates the ref but Balor gets to his feet. Roman returns to throw haymakers then bumps Balor off buckles. Roman brings Balor around to bump off more buckles, and Roman takes a moment to soak up the heat before throwing point-blank lariats! The fans count all the way to 9, the ref counts 4 and Roman lets off. Roman runs but into a dropkick to the legs! Balor grits his teeth while Roman staggers up, and Balor KICKS away on the legs!

Balor KICKS Roman to a corner, gets a leg, but Roman headbutts free! Roman checks his knee, gets Balor up to whip, but Balor SLINGBLADES! Balor aims from a corner but runs into an uppercut! Roman seethes as he stands over Balor. Roman stands Balor up for an URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Roman is annoyed this isn’t done as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Roman locks ‘n’ loads! Balor staggers up, Roman runs in, but Balor dodges the punch to CHOP! Roman shrugs it off then runs in at the corner. Balor BOOTS Roman, fires forearms then whips Roman to ropes. Roman leaps, Balor gets under but Roman uppercuts again! Balor PELES as he falls! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Fans rally while Heyman stresses and Balor is up first. Balor grits his teeth, moves around to get those ribs right, and he fires off hands on Roman! Roman tries to punch back but Balor punches first! Roman knees low, checks his face, then looms over Balor.

Roman gets Balor right up but Balor slips out of the bomb to takedown and DOUBLE STOMP! Fans fire up with Balor as he aims from a corner again. Roman sputters as Balor runs in to CHOP! Balor RAMS his shoulder in again and again and again into Roman’s ribs to even things up! Balor goes corner to corner again, dodges Roman to mule kick and whip. Roman reverses and sends Balor out hard! Roman takes a breath before he takes his time pursuing Balor on the outside. Balor trips Roman up and has him caught in the apron skirt! Balor fires off hands, then climbs up to stomp away on Roman!

The ref counts, Balor lets off at 4 and then builds speed! Balor FLIES and takes out Roman! Balor puts Roman in, climbs up top, COUP DE GRACE misses! Roman returns to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!! Balor defies Roman by surviving and Roman is seething again! Roman starts talking to himself again while Balor checks his jaw. Fans rally up as Roman aims from a corner. Roman says this is going to end it! “OOAH!” But Balor KICKS Roman and cradles! TWO!! Roman escapes and fireman’s carries but Balor slips out! ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO!! Roman narrowly escapes there but Balor is fired up! The fans are thunderous as Balor aims, SHOTGUN DROPKICK!

Balor climbs as Roman is in a drop zone! COUP DE GRACE HITS!! Cover, TWO!?! And Roman does the “inadvertent” low blow, just as he’s done to Kevin Owens and other challengers! Roman rains down furious forearms on Balor and Heyman himself has a bloodlust on his face. Roman drags Balor up into the GUILLOTINE! Balor flails, reaches out, but Roman squeezes ever tighter! Balor is fading, fans are freaking out, the ref calls it!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by submission (still WWE Universal Champion)

The fix was already in with the Usos doing their part, but the Tribal Chief always finds a way to win. Though Roman notices the lights change red for just a moment, reminding him of Brock Lesnar’s entrance. Will the Head of the Table be able to rest easy knowing The Beast is coming back in seven days?


My Thoughts:

A great episode and a lot of great set-up for the Madison Square Garden “Super” SmackDown we’re getting next week. For one, Vince’s newest obsession of “championship contenders match” returned arbitrarily just to let us know, we’re getting Usos VS Profits for those titles at the next PPV. Which is why, though it was a disqualification, the Usos lost. The Usos were also so obviously going to be a part of the main event, but it was a good move that it was before the match so we can’t actually claim “interference.” Roman VS Balor was still a great main event, but clearly with Lesnar set to come back for the Fall, Roman was going to retain. Balor’s not getting the Universal title back in a WWE still so tightly in the clutches of Vince’s iron fists.

As for the story of Lesnar’s return, Heyman being caught in the middle reached new and even funnier levels with that phone call from Lesnar and Kayla rubbing it in. I fully expect Heyman to kayfabe faint or have a heart attack when Roman and Lesnar are face to face again with him also in the ring. The two monsters he’s made over the last decade and they both expect him to be on their side, that cannot be good for Heyman’s health. Meanwhile, Becky VS Bianca happening at Extreme Rules is going to be great. They had a great promo segment tonight, where Becky is still talking like a Heel but being cheered like a Face, and Bianca is just purely Face. While Cena sniping the SummerSlam contract signing was kinda BS, I fully expect someone to try and pull that here because now a precedent has been set.

I am pleasantly surprised with how Boogs is taking over now with live fans around to cheer him on. He got a lot faster of a win than I expected against Ziggler, but at the same time Ziggler’s been on the “jobber to the stars” downside for a long time lately. Also, uh, Heyman flirting with Sonya Deville and Ziggler flirting with Toni Storm… Is SmackDown doing this as like inside jokes or something? Anyway, not a whole lot out of the women’s division tonight, other than Liv being annoyed by Mella’s narcissism and Sonya again snubbing Naomi. In Naomi’s case, I am totally expecting her to try and use her relationship to The Bloodline to pull some strings and go over Sonya’s head.

Rollins VS Cesaro was a very good rematch, especially with Rollins outright using Edge’s moves. The rematch is happening next week to make MSG SmackDown greater, but I fully expect their blow-off to be Extreme Rules IN the Extreme Rules match at this point. They both had chairs, we can’t get any less than No DQ so why not just go full on with the PPV’s namesake? As for this Happy Corbin stuff, I can’t actually cringe and groan the entire time while still trying to watch, but they’re really trying to make us all do that by bringing in Logan Paul again. Maybe Kevin gets a tag partner for some celebrity match so Kevin can get after both Corbin and Logan at the same time.

I’d suggest Sami but it seems he’s still working with the Mysterios. This is strike two, I’m thinking after a third loss where Dom is accidentally distracted by Rey is when Dom snaps and at least shoves his dad down. It already feels in kayfabe that what Dom needs to do is break free from his dad and be himself, not just “Rey’s son.” Again, kinda hoping they reference Eddie Guerrero here, even with the Guerreros mostly working with AEW, but continuity being what it is, I feel like it’d be worse if Dom doesn’t get to reference that stuff again. Plus, what a way to counter an opportunist like Sami than to reference Latino Heat “Lie, Cheat & Steal” through Dom.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, then LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?

 

Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

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

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision, though stocked full of more action than I expected. Thankfully, it was less talky than usual, and what promos we got were fairly efficient. Well, I feel like there was a touch of redundancy to Lio interacting with Top Flight when we got that moment on Rampage. I guess AEW is worried not enough people are watching Rampage. Deeb sending out an Open Challenge for the Collision go-home next week was good, I’m sure we’ll get a great match of her and a visiting CMLL or Stardom talent. And after Jarrett’s very moving promo, I actually want to see him make it to the finals. I don’t see him winning the whole thing with Pac AND Bryan Danielson on the other side of the bracket, but for the sake of honoring Owen Hart’s memory, Jarrett at least has to get past the wild card.

Storm & Mariah VS Leyla & Frost was a good tune-up match for the Six Woman Tag set for Dynamite, but as such, The Outcasts likely win. As I said on Wednesday, if Mariah is going to beat Saraya in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she’ll have to lose out on Dynamite because that’s how the math works. Hechicero of course beat Daddy Magic, but that’s because MJF is going to win at Forbidden Door. And then of course The House of Black beat the St. Giovanni brothers. Their dismissive nature towards the interview was an interesting one, but I would think they will get their revenge on The Patriarchy soon enough.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang that helped feed into the various stories. The Patriarchy of course beat The Iron Savages, but Christian avoided doing work in an even more obnoxious way than I expected. I still think Pac should work with Malakai & Brody in an attempt to get revenge on The Bang Bang Gang together, but I guess that depends on if Pac goes to the Owen Hart Cup finals or not. Oddly, I’d love if The Bang Bang Gang did face The Patriarchy for some rare Heels VS Heels shenanigans. Christian will try to cheat at the same time Bang Bang Gang tries to cheat so it comes down to who can cheat better.

Though going by the other tag matches, the Joe-Hook-Shibata trio is a great team, and they naturally made quick work of The Premier Athletes. Then they logically went after Jericho’s group after that great match with Private Party. Jericho likely will still owe Hook an FTW Championship match, but it’d also be great if Joe-Hook-Shibata got their shot at the trios titles. We’d get some awesome promos between them and the Bang Bang Gang, as well as some fresh showdowns. And really good match of Okada and Ultimo Guerrero. It was a little sluggish, but I suppose between Ultimo and Okada needing to get a rhythm, and Ultimo being 52, it was still very solid stuff. But Okada winning was fine, it leaves him available for a different match-up for Forbidden Door weekend.

And just an awesome International Championship match for the main event. I did not think Cage was going to get as much offense in as he did, but I appreciate that they let him. Cage needs to be seen as a threat on some level so pushing Ospreay like this was a good way to do it. But of course Ospreay wins, because they’re continuing to tease Garcia VS Ospreay.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Qualify for the Climax!

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The Road to the G1 has begun!

NJPW is heating up the G1 Climax already by bringing us a Qualifier Series! Whose New Japan Soul will burn bright through the Summer?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Masatora Yasuda VS Daiki Nagai; Time Limit Draw.
  • Great-O-Khan & Francesco Akira VS Katsuya Murashima & Shoma Kato; Khan & Akira win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Tomohiro Ishii, Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma; The United Empire wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Hirooki Goto, El Desperado, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg; Goto, Desperado, Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi; Callum wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens; Hashi wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

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G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi!

The United Empire has been on a roll tonight, but while those were tag matches, The Prince of Pace has to do this on his own! Can Callum conquer the Tokyo Pimp? Or will he have to watch out for the usual tricks?

The bell rings and the two run in! Yujiro BOOTS Callum down, stomps him around, and Callum goes to ropes. Yujiro ROCKS Callum with a forearm, then stalks him to a corner. Yujiro stomps Callum again, CLUBS him, then brings him out to knee low. Yujiro CLUBS Callum again, whips corner to corner, but Callum ducks ‘n’ dodges and keeps moving, to then BOOT Yujiro! The fans fire up while Yujiro bails out. Callum eggs Yujiro on, but the ref wants him to stay in. Yujiro slides in, Callum dodges and DROPKICKS! Yujiro bails out again and the fans fire up. Yujiro hurries back up to the apron, but Callum DROPKICKS him down!

Callum takes aim as Yujiro stands up, for the PLANCHA, but Yujiro moves aside! Callum lands on his feet but that strains the legs. Yujiro reels Callum in, REVERSE DDT to the floor! The ref wants this back inside, and fans rally up for Callum, but Yujiro stalks him. Yujiro drags Callum up to RAM him into railing! Yujiro brings Callum back up, to RAM him into the apron! The ref reprimands but Yujiro brings Callum around, to whip into railing! Callum goes down in a heap and Yujiro leaves him behind. The ring count starts but Callum sits up at 4 of 20. The fans cheer Callum on as he rises at 10 of 20 and hobbles over.

Callum rolls in at 13, the fans cheer, but Yujiro stomps Callum right down. Yujiro digs his boots in, the ref counts, so Yujiro lets off at 4. Yujiro whips Callum into a corner, stomps him, ROCKS him with a forearm, then ELBOWS him. Yujiro throws more elbows, then runs up to BOOT! Callum slumps down but Yujiro pushes him to a cover, TWO! The fans cheer but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says it was fair, so Yujiro drags Callum to center. Yujiro drops a leg, drops it again, then drops it again! Cover, TWO! Callum stays in this and the fans rally up. Yujiro is annoyed, but he eggs Callum on. Yujiro brings Callum up, and Callum fires a forearm!

Yujiro eggs Callum on more as Callum throws more shots. Yujiro then knees low! Yujiro snapmares Callum and then basement BOOTS! Cover, TWO! The fans cheer as Callum toughs it out. Yujiro brings Callum up, puts him against ropes, then fires forearms. The ref reprimands, but Yujiro gets space. Callum BOOTS first! Callum runs up but into a kick! Yujiro runs but Callum follows, trips him, and DOUBLE STOMPS him! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yujiro goes to one corner, Callum goes to the other. Callum fires up, the fans are with him, and he runs Around the World to DROPKICK!

Callum snapmares Yujiro, runs up and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans still applaud as Callum has control. Callum clutches his beat up back, uses the ropes to stretch it out, and then he clamps onto Yujiro with chicken wings. Yujiro hurries to the ropes, so Callum ROCKS him with a right! Callum sits Yujiro in the ropes, then runs to DROPKICK Yujiro in the back! Yujiro falls, Callum brings him up and chicken wings. Yujiro fights the lift, stomps Callum’s foot, then ROCKS him with an elbow! Callum comes back to ROCK Yujiro with a forearm! Callum runs, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Callum sputters, Yujiro runs up and BOOTS him!

Yujiro brings Callum around, reels him in, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Callum survives and the fans cheer! Yujiro is frustrated but he stalks Callum. Yujiro drags Callum up, reels him in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Callum is tougher then the Intercollegiate Slam and Yujiro grows further frustrated! Yujiro stumbles after Callum, brings him up, and fireman’s carries. Callum fights free, but Yujiro blocks the lariat! Yujiro ducks the backhand but not the ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down again as Callum catches his breath. The fans rally up and Callum fires himself back up. The fans join in and Callum takes aim.

Callum goes to run but Yujiro reels him in! Yujiro waistlocks, Callum switches, but Yujiro BITES Callum’s hand! The fans boo and the ref reprimands but Yujiro stops at 4. Yujiro runs, but Callum blocks the boot, ROCKS Yujiro, then runs. Yujiro uses the ref as a shield! He gets the cane! But Callum blocks the cane attack, kicks Yujiro low, but now the ref sees Callum with the cane! Callum defends his innocence, the ref takes the cane, and Yujiro LOW BLOWS!! The fans boo but Yujiro reels Callum in, for PIMP JUICE! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro is stunned that Callum survives! Yujiro pleads with the ref, but no, it was not a three.

Yujiro drags Callum up, reels him in, for BIG- NO, Callum wrenches out! Yujiro ROCKS Callum, runs, but Callum shoots around to chicken wing and TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yujiro escapes but the fans fire up! Callum aims from a corner, runs Around the World, and DROPKICKS! Yujiro staggers, Callum goes up, and he roars as he springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Then OSCUTTER!! Cover, Callum wins!

Winner: Callum Newman, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

It was a grueling first fight, but Callum was able to outpace Yujiro, and he now moves ahead! Callum faces Kenta in Korakuen Hall, will Callum continue to build momentum? Or will he #GoToSleep before the Climax?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Chase Owens!

The Head Hunter and the Crown Jewel have battled many times, both in the G1 and more recently, over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. Sadly, neither man has that gold, but they’re looking at something bigger. Will Yoshi-Hashi #GetBackUp and head for the next round? Or will he be the victim of a Jewel Heist?

The bell rings and the two circle as the fans rally up. The two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Chase swings Hashi around to put him on ropes. The ref counts, Chase lets off, but then he blows snot on Hashi! Chase eggs Hashi on so Hashi fires forearms! Hashi CLUBS Chase, Chase knees low and Chase TOSSES Hashi out. Hashi runs up to the apron but Chase DECKS him! Chase builds speed but Hashi dodges the dropkick! Hashi kicks low, whips, and Chase hits railing! Chase staggers away while fans applaud. Hashi goes after Chase, brings him around, and whips him into more railing! Chase staggers again while fans applaud.

The ref wants this back in the ring but Hashi lines up a shot. Chase stands, Hashi runs up, but Chase BOOTS him! Chase RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Hashi into railing! The ref goes out to check Hashi while Chase leaves him behind. Chase opens the gate so he can snatch a fan’s Yoshi-Hashi towel! Chase sneaks that over so he can CHOKE Hashi with it! The ref sees that, reprimands, but Chase whips Hashi hard into railing! Down goes Abe-san, too! Since when was Chase copying the House of Torture? Chase storms over, brings Hashi up, and puts him in the ring. Hashi sits up, Chase runs, SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!

The fans cheer as Hashi stays in this. Chase is annoyed and he mocks the fans as they rally up. Chase CLUBS Hashi on the neck, stomps Hashi’s hand, then brings him up to wrench and wristlock. Chase bends the fingers, then SNAPS them! The ref reprimands Chase being a Villain, but Chase stomps away in the corner. Chase then bends the fingers, and he makes Hashi flip Goto off on commentary. Chase CHOPS Hashi, CLUBS him, then RAMS into him! Chase digs in his shoulder, then lifts Hashi to RAM him in again! Hashi hobbles, Chase whips him corner to corner hard, and Hashi bounces off buckles! Chase soaks up the heat while Hashi writhes.

Chase drags Hashi up but Hashi fires body shots. Hashi CHOPS and the fans cheer! But Chase BOOTS Hashi down! Chase clutches his stinging chest, drags Hashi up, but Hashi suplexes first! The fans fire up while both men are down, and Chase goes to a corner. Hashi goes to the other, runs in corner to corner, and CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS and CHOPS and repeat on Chase! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Hashi lets off with one more CHOP! Chase sits down, but he SPITS at Hashi! So Hashi CHOPS him again! Hashi whips corner to corner, Chase reverses, but Hashi comes back to run Chase over!

The fans cheer and Hashi cleans himself off. Hashi then runs up to CHOP, run again, and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Chase stays in this but the fans rally up for Hashi. Hashi storms over to Chase, brings him up, but Chase throws body shots. Hashi eggs him on, Chase throws more shots, then a CHOP of his own! Hashi DECKS Chase and the fans fire up! Hashi goes back to a corner to catch his breath. Chase slowly goes to the other corner, Hashi runs in again, but Chase blocks the lariat to BUCKLE SHOT, STO, and SENTON! The fans fire up while both men are down! Chase runs corner to corner now to forearm smash!

Chase reels Hashi in, short arm LARIAT! Then a half nelson to GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi stays in this and the fans fire up again! Chase is annoyed but he drags Hashi back up. Chase reels him in, but Hashi back drops free! But Chase is right back up! BLINDSIDE C-TRIGGER! Chase then wrenches, hammerlocks and JEWEL HEISTS! Cover, TWO!! Chase is furious with the ref but the ref defends his count! Chase scowls, drags Hashi up, and reels him in. Chase tucks the arms, PACKAGE- NO, Hashi flips free to CODE BREAKER! Roll up and bridge, TWO! Chase escapes but Hashi dropkicks the legs out!

The fans fire up again while both men are down! Hashi and Chase go back to corners, and both men run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but neither falls! DOUBLE LARIATS collide again, and Chase staggers back! Hashi runs corner to corner, but Chase sends him into buckles! Chase rolls Hashi up, and puts his feet on ropes! TWO!! Hashi escapes but Chase gets moving, to C- NO!! Hashi blocks the trigger! Chase fires hands but Hashi CLUBS the leg! Hashi puts the leg in ropes, to SUPERKICK! Full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Chase roars and rise sup, he swats a lariat and BACK ELBOWS! Hashi roars and swings, but into a HALF ‘N’ HALF!

But Hashi is right back up! C-TRIGGER!! Hashi falls back but Chase has to sit down! The fans fire up and rally for Hashi as he stirs. Chase aims as Hashi goes to ropes, and he runs in to C-TRIGGER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Chase drags Hashi back up, POINT-BLANK C-TRIGGER!! Hashi flops over but Chase wants to go for the execution! Chase reels Hashi in, tucks the arms, and PACKAGE- NO! Hashi kicks and flails to fight! But Chase powers through! PACKAGE- NO, Hashi fights free with a back drop! Chase sunset flips it! But Hashi sits on it! Cover, TWO!! Even Chase has to check if he got free in time!

Chase runs, but Hashi dodges the trigger! ELBOW! CHOP! SUPERKICK! Chase roars, but into a SUPERKICK! Hashi reels Chase in for a DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives and the fans fire up! Hashi rallies the fans, runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Chase is still in this but the fans fire up more! Hashi gets Chase up, full nelsons, then pump handles, KARMA!! Cover, Hashi wins!

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Crown Jewel cracked under the pressure and now Hashi heads for Korakuen Hall! But Hashi’s friend and teammate in Chaos, Tomohiro Ishii, will be waiting! If Hashi made it through this, can he make it through the Stone Pitbull?

 

8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Tetsuya Naito is preparing for the Forbidden Door and his battle with Jon Moxley, but it seems some old enemies are knocking at his door. Will Titan, Bushi & Yota Tsuji help Naito stay tranquilo? Or will Evil, Ren Narita, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho make sure Darkness Falls in Fukushima?

Before the match, Sho gets on the mic to sarcastically with Naito a happy birthday. As such, he says it’s cute Naito thinks he’s going to have a happy birthday at all. Sho talks trash on LIJ, too, but the fans boo. And then The House just attacks! The bell rings, the brawl is on, and while Evil, Narita & Kanemaru drag Naito, Bushi & Yota out, Sho digs his boot into Titan’s neck! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho lets off, and he drags Titan up to CLUB him down. Sho talks trash as he digs his boot into Titan’s head. Titan gets up to fire off a strike fest! SOBAT and Titan runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in!

Red Shoes reprimands, Titan swings on Kanemaru but Kanemaru avoids it. Kanemaru throws Titan down by his mask, only for Titan to kip up! PELE! Kanemaru falls, Titan gets around Sho to knuckle lock, CHOP, and he goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks but Kanemaru gets in, so Titan MISSILE DROPKICKS the Heel Master! Then DROPKICK for the Murder Machine! The fans fire up as Titan snapmares, gets a leg, and drops a leg on the knee! And then Titan drags Sho over to tag in Naito! The fans cheer as the birthday boy drags Sho up and wrenches his arm to a wristlock. Sho begs for mercy as Naito cranks the hold!

Sho reaches out, Naito keeps him from ropes, and they go around and around. Naito even teases Evil by just barely keeping Sho back from a tag! Naito grins as he brings Sho away and Bushi tags in. Bushi climbs up, Evil protests, but Bushi still gets away with the AX HANDLE! The fans cheer, and Bushi BLASTS Evil off the apron! Bushi CHOPS Sho, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Sho dodges. Sho runs in but into the PENDULUM KICK! Bushi aims but Dick Togo anchors Bushi’s feet while Sho gets in Red Shoes’ face! Narita BOOTS Bushi down, and then the rest of the House attacks the rest of LIJ!

Narita whips Bushi into railing, Evil CHOKES Naito, Sho whips Yota! Sho and Bushi get back in the ring, even as Evil CHOKES Naito, Kanemaru CHOKES Titan, and Narita brings Yota into the crowd! The fans have to be careful, and Red Shoes reprimands, but this lets Sho CHOKE Bushi in the ring! Sho tags Kanemaru and he scrapes his foot off Bushi’s face. Kanemaru snapmares Bushi, ELBOWS him in the head, then stomps him around. The fans rally for Bushi but Kanemaru sends him into Evil’s boot! Kanemaru tags Evil, Red Shoes sees Evil has a shirt ready to use, so Evil gives that up so he can kick Bushi out of the ring.

Red Shoes is busy putting the shirt aside, so he misses Sho and Narita mugging Bushi! Narita grabs a chair, Sho stands Bushi up, and Narita JAMS Bushi! Yota protests, Narita puts Bushi in for Evil, and Evil drags Bushi up for a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! But then someone rings the bell? Dick Togo makes the announcement and Evil even grabs Bushi’s mask cover to celebrate. Red Shoes says no, this doesn’t count in any way, shape or form. Evil says fine, and he tags Narita. Narita drags Bushi up, Bushi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Narita CLAWS Bushi’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands while Narita scrapes Bushi’s face off ropes!

Red Shoes counts, Narita lets off and runs, but Bushi blocks the boot to ENZIGIRI! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Bushi crawls, but Narita stomps him down! Narita BLASTS Yota, stands Bushi up, but Bushi blocks a kick to CLUB the leg! Bushi then dropkicks the legs out, crawls for his corner, and the fans rally up! Hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up as Yota runs Narita over! Kanemaru & Sho get in to kick low then double whip, but Yota kicks Sho while he arm-drags Kanemaru! The fans fire up as Yota scoops Sho for a BACKBREAKER! Kanemaru storms up but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER!

Narita returns, kicks low and whips, but Yota reverses to scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up for the hattrick while Narita writhes! Yota gets the fans even more fired up and he smiles. Yota drags Narita up, fireman’s carries, but Narita fights free. Narita CHOKES Yota, Red Shoes reprimands, but Yota breaks free! Yota swings, Narita ducks then gets the SLEEPER! Yota endures, and he RAMS Narita into the corner! Yota sputters, but Evil sneakily unties the buckle pad! Yota runs back in and surprise! Yota runs into bare buckles! The fans boo but Narita tags Evil in. Evil & Narita split the wishbone on Narita, then Evil DECKS Naito!

Narita & Evil whip Yota to an open corner. Evil runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Narita runs in, he blocks Yota’s boot, but Yota reels Narita in to STOMP down! Evil mule kicks, runs, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito fires hands on Evil, kicks and CLUBS him, then whips. Evil reverses but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS Evil, runs up and gets around, then whips to arm-drag! Evil stands, Naito RAMS into him, but Evil fights the atomic drop. Naito RAMS Evil into the corner, whips him corner to corner, then ELBOWS him! Naito snapmares and basement dropkicks!

The fans fire up as Naito poses, then he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Naito stays on him. Evil kicks, Naito blocks and he CLUBS the leg! Naito kicks and kicks, but Evil blocks! Kanemaru gets in to dropkick the legs out! Kanemaru & Sho hold off LIJ while Evil steps through, for the SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Naito endures, pushes up, crawls forward, but Evil sits deep on the hold! Dick pokes Naito in the eyes! But even so, Naito fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Evil holds until Red Shoes counts 4, then Kanemaru tags in. The House sends Naito to an open corner. Sho runs in to forearm smash, then Narita adds his own!

Kanemaru runs in to elbow! Evil runs in to clothesline! Snapmare, and then Narita gets in Red Shoes’ face! Dick goes up the corner while Evil & Kanemaru hold Naito open! DICK CHOP! Kanemaru covers, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans fire up! But Kanemaru & Evil SMASH the knees! Kanemaru steps through to FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Kanemaru thrashes around! Bushi gets in to stomp Kanemaru, but Sho kicks Bushi! Sho throws Bushi out, but Naito is still free of the leglock. Dick distracts Red Shoes, letting Kanemaru get his whiskey! The fans boo as Kanemaru aims, but Naito ducks the bottle!

Titan SHOTGUNS Kanemaru, then he BOOTS Dick! Sho kicks Titan, whips, but Titan reverses. Titan goes Matrix to then CALF KICK Sho! Evil & Narita attack, double whip, but Titan uses that to FLY out onto Sho! The fans fire up, Bushi & Yota get in! CODE BREAKER for Evil, STUNNER for Narita! Then Naito baits Kanemaru into an atomic drop! Bushi ENZIGIRIS! Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi gives Naito a boost, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Naito gets Kanemaru up, wrenches, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The House of Torture tried but failed, and the night is tranquilo after all! Yota grabs the blue buckle pad and threatens Narita with it! Souled Out runs away to help the rest of The House get outta here, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for LIJ, they regroup in the ring, and naturally, Naito gets the mic. “Buenas noches, Fukushimaaa~!” The fans cheer, and Naito continues. NJPW visits the Fukushima Prefecture often, but it has been three YEARS and eight MONTHS since they were last in THE Fukushima City. Therefore, Naito thanks everyone for coming out tonight. Gracias, amigos. Naito then notes that yes, today happens to be his birthday. The fans cheer that! And Naito says he isn’t sure where she is, but his mom made the trip all the way from Tokyo just to be here tonight. The fans are surprised, but then cheer for Mama Naito.

Naito says again, he isn’t sure where she is in the crowd, but he says gracias to her. The fans applaud that, and then Naito says that in these last three years and eight months, surely there are a lot of new fans here. So, did those new people enjoy NJPW and LIJ? The fans cheer! Then, after these three years and eight months, the next time will be… Hmm. Two years? Three? Four? Just next month? Well, Naito isn’t sure. But until then, remember: Tranquilo! Assen na yo! The fans cheer, and Naito asks, “So, shall we?” The fans cheer, and Naito says if he remembers right, it has been since October of 2016, so SEVEN years and eight months, since the last time! Is everyone ready?

The only way to close out tonight’s New Japan Soul in Fukushima is of course… “Bushi, Hiromu,Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Big mic drop and LIJ is rolling forward, but they will have to do this all over again tomorrow night. Will Naito keep up the pace as he heads for Jon Moxley and the Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A very good return for the New Japan Soul series here, with plenty of tune-up matches for tomorrow’s New Japan Soul and those G1 Climax qualifiers. Really good G1 Climax qualifiers tonight, though the fans were just cold for Yujiro against Callum. Good win for Callum, and he’ll have a good showing against Kenta but I don’t expect Callum to make it to the A Block prelim finals in a couple weeks. Hashi VS Chase was very good, great win for Hashi, and while they avoided Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, they’re totally giving us Chaos VS Chaos as Hashi takes on Ishii. I’m leaning towards Ishii making it through and facing Kenta in the prelim finals.

And then a really good, really fun 8 Man Tag for the main event. Naito is definitely building momentum towards his match with Moxley in just over a week, which I would hope he wins, but it doesn’t seem like there’s a clear challenger for Naito afterwards. At the same time, the G1 is next, he’s gonna be in that as champion, the round robin nature makes for at least one person getting that golden ticket win off him in like a middle round. Also happy birthday to Naito, and it was so nice to know his mom made the trip out there to spend time with him.

My Score: 8.8/10


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