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Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 Day 7 & 8 Results & Match Ratings

Another combination plate because Thursday shows are hard for me to make time for! So G1 Day 7 & 8, something has to be worth watching. Right? Right…?

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Another combination plate because Thursday shows are hard for me to make time for! So G1 Day 7 & 8, something has to be worth watching. Right? Right…?

Something interesting, is BUSHI will be facing Yujiro in the non-tournament match. I wonder if they switched for story purposes, just for rotation or because even Yuji Nagata losing to Takahashi makes no sense.

Aside from that we’ve got a few people toward the bottom facing one another in A Block and B Block has a lot of potential upsets or logical eliminations. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, 3 losses is about all you can really absorb to have a realistic chance of making the Finals. B Block has 3 wrestlers at 0-3. Goto could upset Okada, that’s not an insult. Chase could beat EVIL but I’m assuming he’ll cheat his way to victory. Then there’s YOSHI-HASHI, who will probably get the undeserved win over Taichi who just got screwed because EVIL and Dick Togo attacked Miho.

I’m not looking forward to our Holy Emperor getting insulted. But that’s prolly where we’re going. But can we not? Please? Ugh…I’m gonna hate Day 8, I’m pretty sure.

Ratings:

  • Yujiro Takahashi vs BUSHI: Yujiro wins via Big Juice @13:01 – ** ¼
  • A Block: Tanga Loa vs Tomohiro Ishii: Ishii wins via Vertical Drop Brainbuster @16:18 – *** ½
  • A Block: Zack Sabre Jr vs Great-O-Khan: ZSJ wins via Flying Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home @15:26 – ****
  • A Block: Kota Ibushi vs Toru Yano: Ibushi wins via Kamygoye @4:03 – * ½
  • A Block: Shingo Takagi vs KENTA: Shingo wins via Last of the Dragon @23:56 – *** ¾
  • B Block: Tama Tonga vs Jeff Cobb: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @12:47 – *** ¼
  • B Block: EVIL vs Chase Owens: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @12:38 – ***
  • B Block: YOSHI-HASHI vs Taichi: YOSHI-HASHI wins via Karma @22:26 – *** ¼
  • B Block: Hirooki Goto vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Double Leg Cradle @18:06 – *** ½
  • B Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs SANADA: Tanahashi wins via High Fly Flow @25:36 – *** ¾

 

Results:

Day 7 – A Block

Yujiro Takahashi vs BUSHI

BUSHI isn’t in full gear right away since he’s back to the “leaving the shirt on” gimmick. Yujiro however decides to slow things down by using Pieter as a shield and take a few shortcuts. This gives Yujiro a decent amount of momentum, but BUSHI manages to hit a flourish and start coming back.

BUSHI is looking to keep things going, but as he grabs a headlock, Yujiro does his signature hand bite and starts his own comeback. Yakuza Kick, Fisherman Buster, and Yujiro has the control until BUSHI tries to even things up. BUSHI tries to take the opening and go for MX, but Yujiro responds with a Lariat and they’re both laid out.

Some back and forth goes on, Yujiro has moments, BUSHI has moments, most notably BUSHI’s flash School Boy. Yujiro stands back up, a little struggle for positioning but Yujiro manages to snap off Big Juice for the win!

Tanga Loa vs Tomohiro Ishii

Strong Style Hoss battle this was! They kicked things off with a solid forearm exchange, and just kept beating on each other. Loa had great moments, even pulled out a Dropkick when Ishii was running the ropes. Ishii just wouldn’t stay down. Being at 3 losses already, Ishii can’t pick up a fourth this early.

After great heavy hitting action it turns into next haymaker wins. Loa scoops Ishii up quickly for Ape Shit, but Ishii keeps fighting and moving, slips out and keeps a hold of Loa to lift him into the Vertical Drop Brainbuster! Ishii finally gets a real win!

This might have been Loa’s best singles match. He was dialed in, wrestled a solid strong style, sold logically and did a really good job in this Hoss battle.

Zack Sabre Jr vs Great-O-Khan

ZSJ once said having a technical match in front of Americans is like reading Shakespeare to dogs. Well I get where he’s coming from, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. It was a mat classic early, with both men staying in classic wrestling and mat grappling techniques. O-Khan even told ZSJ he’ll “JUST TAP OUT” – which is a nice reference to Taka Michinoku’s hype man Submission Master era.

O-Khan had a great submission where he grabbed the claw hold, but bent ZSJ behind his back like a low claw torture rack. ZSJ didn’t tap and O-Khan had to drop the hold due to strain and just an awkward position. O-Khan was taking control, lifts Zack for the Eliminator, and Zack slaps on a Flying Triangle Armbar, but transitions it into the Flying Octopus while looking for that arm. He gets O-Khan to break his grip, gets the arm straight and O-Khan taps fairly quickly.

ZSJ is now the last remaining undefeated wrestler in A Block!

Kota Ibushi vs Toru Yano

Yano is back up to his Sublime Master Thief stuff. He puts a bag over Ibushi’s head, gets two near falls and then Yano wraps him in the ring apron…I’m gonna call it…an Ibushi Roll. But Ibushi gets in before 20.

Trying to tie Ibushi’s legs together almost costs Yano since Ibushi was technically in the ring and Yano wasn’t. Yano gets in, ridiculousness ensues, Kamigoye and we’re out in less than 5 minutes. Thankfully.

Shingo Takagi vs KENTA

This entire match was built around KENTA trying to take advantage of the injury that ZSJ caused to the defending champion and Shingo trying to power through it and say “screw the arm”, so to speak.

KENTA applied Game Over to the damaged arm, Fujiwara Armbars, strikes and just was a general menace honing in on the injury. KENTA did try to keep up his opportunistic cheating at the moment. He removed the turnbuckle pad, bumped the referee and hit a Low Blow on Shingo to try and soften up the champ with more ease.

Shingo fought through the onslaught, managed to reverse the Go 2 Sleep, push KENTA into his own exposed turnbuckle and then hit Last of the Dragon. It was a damn good struggle, mostly a hard hitting fairly clean match given the participants, so definitely worthy of the main event spot.

 

A Block:

  1. Zack Sabre Jr/ 4-0 / 8 Points
  2. Great-O-Khan/ 4-1 / 8 Points
  3. Shingo Takagi/ 3-1 / 6 Points
  4. Toru Yano/ 3-2 / 6 Points
  5. KENTA/ 3-2/ 6 Points
  6. Kota Ibushi/ 3-2/ 6 Points
  7. Yujiro Takahashi/ 2-2 / 4 Points
  8. Tomohiro Ishii/ 2-3/ 4 Points
  9. Tanga Loa/ 1-3/ 2 Points
  10. Tetsuya Naito/ 0-9/ 0 Points (Eliminated Injury)

 

Day 8 – B Block

Tama Tonga vs Jeff Cobb

Speed versus Power is the thread of this match. A quick tie up and push off causes Tama to take off the vest, then we see a lot of Tama trying to wrestle from underneath. Ducks a few strikes, Uppercut, and then Cobb catches him mid Stinger Splash and throws him. Tama has trouble finding his offense for a while.

It’s not until the second Cobb corner Stampede, which Tama slips out, hits a few moves including Vileno, and now finally has something grooving. It takes 3 attempts, but Tama finally hits the Stinger Splash and transitions it into a Death Valley Driver and near fall. Tama seems to be getting a little too excited from the crowd support and Cobb stifles the next offensive attempt. Dropkick, corner Side Attack, Gachimuchi Moonsault and only a near fall. Cobb then starts talking smack, saying “Tama ain’t shit, his podcast ain’t shit, his family ain’t shit” – I’m amused at Cobb throwing the podcast in there as an insult.

Tama fires up, throws together some offense, even hits his High Fly Flow which he calls Supreme Flow, for only 2. Tama hunts for the Gun Stun, Cobb fights back, Cobb counters the next Gun Stun with a Release German Suplex, short arm Tour of the Islands, and Cobb wins!

EVIL vs Chase Owens

You know, this could be fun. Every other Bullet Club inner-faction fight has been solid and prideful, no real stupidity. This one starts with EVIL telling Chase to lay down, Chase says no. But we see a break in the BC formula and Dick Togo trips Chase to help out EVIL. Should be noted that Bullet Club proper members have been doing a really good job trying to prove themselves. Except EVIL…of course the Hot Topic shopping trash can has to just be a scumbag.

Togo gets involved every time Chase goes to the outside. It does a good job at building sympathy for Chase. He wants to earn his wins, his respect and prove himself, where EVIL is just doing his usual garbage. Chase starts getting some offense together and takes an old school mentality to his moveset. He hits a Springboard Back Elbow, which old school mentality was that Heels wouldn’t use high spot moves. But Chase does a great job showing his Ricky Morton training and applying little wrinkles to these matches. Notably, the fans in attendance enjoy it, they applaud his high spots and have been urging him to win.

Chase puts on a great show trying to fight two men at once. He even hits a Slingshot Spear after wiping out Dick Togo, but the numbers are too much and Chase fails in his attempt to earn a legitimate 2 points. I’ll admit, even though Togo was involved often, it never took over the main focus of the match. So it was more tolerable than usual, even though the writing was on the wall.

YOSHI-HASHI vs Taichi

I’ll lead with this, if HASHI beats Taichi, I won’t know how to feel about this day. Taichi doesn’t need a loss to this dweeb after getting screwed in the previous match. Plus we don’t need YOSHI-HASHI getting another Heavyweight Tag chance. Where’s Michael Jordan when I need him to tell New Japan to “Stop It”.

Early on we see more of a return to the spiteful vindictive heel that Taichi used to be. A cheap shot immediately, stepping on HASHI’s NEVER Openweight 6 Man title and general disrespect. This match has all the stupid trappings of Taichi getting over confident and HASHI getting a miracle win, and I hate every second of that. YOSHI-HASHI is an underwhelming dork, he we always be the dude the tripped while trying to make a save and face planted into the side of the ring. He’s a bigger joke than Yoshitatsu. Danshoku Dino is a more credible wrestler than YOSHI-HASHI in my book.

The Stretch Plum almost does the job and it’s at that point I resign myself to YOSHI-HASHI winning. A lot of counters after the fact, Lariat wars, dueling Superkicks, HASHI turns a Black Mephisto attempt into a Canadian Destroyer and eventually hits Karma. Ugh…it’s a decent enough match, but HASHI deserves nothing. He is bad, he looks bad, and our Holy Emperor just lost to the two biggest dweebs in his block. Hot Topic Jones and Face Plant McGee.

Taichi’s tournament is ruined. He may mathematically still have a chance, but with his losses, he isn’t winning anything. HASHI will be lucky to end with 6 points, for Taichi’s sake hopefully he can hold the tag titles until Wrestle Kingdom so he at least gets a decent card position.

Hirooki Goto vs Kazuchika Okada

Speaking of trap matches, Okada is probably screwed here. They usually don’t like portraying someone as eliminated already, and as I’ve said many times, 4 losses is usually elimination. So Goto being 0-3, means this will be a loss for Okada or at the least a Draw. But at least Goto deserves the win, he’s a legit guy who would be a multiple time champion in any other company.

This match was insanely competitive since they do have a fairly even record against one another. We got most of the Okada classics, corner dropkicks, Three Quarters Neckbreaker, and Goto hits his 56 signatures. Ushigoroshi, Reverse GTR, GTW, there’s a lot of letters and they equate to moves.

Surprisingly as Goto fires up, he counters the Rolling Rainmaker, and blitzes Okada. Lariats, big haymakers and Goto charges, Okada manages to counter, turn it into his Double Legged Cradle and picks up the win! The first non-Rainmaker victory of the tournament.

Well smack my ass and call me a Shirley, Okada actually won the expected trap. Solid match, heartbreaking for Goto, and makes you wonder what they have in store for Goto moving forward.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs SANADA

We’ve seen this match a few times, and it’s a generic Tanahashi match in the last few years. A quick move trade, into the both go for a Dragon Screw and then start discussing putting the leg down at the same time. SANADA is the one to pick the leg back up, Dragon Screw and Frankensteiners are SANADA’s bread and butter for a while until Tanahashi catches SANADA mid Frankensteiner and turns it into a Cloverleaf (actually a pretty cool spot).

SANADA puts some offense together, goes for a Magic Screw, but Tanahashi blocks it and hits the Twist and Shout. High Fly Flow attempt, knees up, Moonsault, knees up. They continue the mirror match with a strike exchange followed by a few Roll-Up attempts for near falls. Tanahashi fights off Skull End, eventually this a Dragon Suplex Hold for only 2, then goes up for the High Fly Flow, this time connecting and winning 2 points somewhat legitimately.

 

B Block:

  1. Kazuchika Okada / 4-0 / 8 Points
  2. Jeff Cobb / 4-0 / 8 Points
  3. EVIL / 3-1 / 6 Points
  4. Hiroshi Tanahashi / 3-1/ 6 Points
  5. Taichi / 2-2 / 4 Points
  6. SANADA / 2-2 / 4 Points
  7. Tama Tonga / 1-3/ 2 Points
  8. YOSHI-HASHI / 1-3/ 2 Points
  9. Chase Owens / 0-4/ 0 Points
  10. Hirooki Goto / 0-4/ 0 Points

 

Overall Scores – Day 7: 7/10 – Day 8: 6.25/10

The match ratings are a little misleading for the quality of the shows. Day 1 had significantly better matches, because even if the Yano match barely counts, it was VERY Yano and we were in and out in less than 5 minutes. Saber and Great-O-Khan was the match of the two nights, and even Shingo vs KENTA was really good work.

Day 8 just fell short everywhere. Sure we got a tolerable EVIL match, but it was honestly a little sad to see EVIL need to cheat to screw over Chase. Plus the only upset of the night was YOSHI-HASHI! WHO DOESN’T DESERVE IT! God damn, if he ends up beating Goto in their next match, Goto should just forfeit the rest of the tournament and see if NOAH is hiring. That’s not to say he would be buried, just more losing to HASHI is a damn death sentence so you might as well go into hiding or change companies.

Just a lot of boring or bad outcomes Day 8 and B Block just isn’t interesting at all. Tanahashi will get more wins that he should, Cobb and Okada will come down to the last night, and the bottom 3 will eventually play spoiler, but it’s just very uninspired booking. This has been one of the most boring G1s I’ve ever watched.

Hell even last year when people claimed 1 Block sucked, the other Block kept things moving. This is just…meh.


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (7/13/24)

Collision of Honor!

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Who will head to Arlington, Texas?

Mark Briscoe will defend his ROH World Championship at Death Before Dishonor, but will it be Roderick Strong or Dalton Castle that gets their shot?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Orange Cassidy & Kyle O’Reilly VS The Kingdom; win(s).
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Tommy Billington; wins.
  • Top Flight VS Anthony Ogogo & Lee Moriarty; win(s).
  • Skye Blue VS Harley Cameron; wins.
  • Nyla Rose VS ???
  • Six Man Tag: The Bang Bang Gang VS ???
  • ROH World Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Roderick Strong VS Dalton Castle; wins and will challenge for the title at Death Before Dishonor.

PLAY BY PLAY

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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/12/24)

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

After weeks of back and forth, Top Flight finally has it out with Shane Taylor Promotions in a Six Man Tag match! Who proves to be the baddest trio in AEW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop; Roddy wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox; Fenix wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions; STP wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!

The Kings of the Black Throne claim they’re not enraged over Buddy Matthews being attacked, and yet they’re on a Rampage! Well, bad puns aside, will they unstoppable from now until they have avenged their Aussie Juggernaut? Or will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari make everyone take them serious from now on?

The teams sort out and the fans hoot and bark. Malakai starts against Daivari and the two circle. The fans rally up, the two feel things out, then tie up. Malakai headlocks, grinds, but Daivari powers up and out. Daivari drops, hurdles, but Malakai waits. Daivari ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Malakai blocks the kick. Daivari narrowly avoids the roundhouse! Daivari backs up while Malakai sits down cross-legged. The fans fire up but Daivari tags Nese. Nese runs up, but Malakai ducks under the kick! Malakai kips up so Nese ROCKS him with a forearm! Malakai shoves Nese to ELBOW him down!

Malakai drags Nese over, tags Brody and the fans fire up. Nese scrambles away as the fans bark and hoot. Nese flexes, he isn’t intimidate. Nese CHOPS, but Brody doesn’t flinch! Nese grabs the beard and says Brody is his b*tch now! Brody CHOPS Nese off his feet! Brody barks, the fans join in, and then Brody CHOPS Nese! The fans “WOO~!” and Brody CHOPS Nese again! Brody fires forearms and CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Nese rebounds, into a BIG back drop! Nese staggers up, into a scoop and SLAM! Brody runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, so Brody drags him right up and tags in Malakai.

The House mugs Nese, double whips him corner to corner, then Brody sends Malakai in. Nese dodges to then ROCK Malakai! Nese BOOTS Brody, whips Malakai at him, but Malakai rolls off Brody’s back. Nese dodges Brody’s lariat but Malakai BOOTS him into the LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Nese up, drags him back over, and tags Brody. They mug Nese some more, and the fans fire up as Brody pumps up that rm. Brody runs, but Woods DUMPS Brody out! Nese distracted the ref and Malakai protests, but the fans boo. Daivari hurries after Brody but Brody grabs Daivari by the neck! Nese FOSBURY FLOPS Brody down!

The fans boo as The Premier Athletes now mugs Brody! Malakai protests but the ref keeps him back, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

The Premier Athletes let off to high-five with Woods & Sterling, then the ref starts a ring count. Nese catches his breath before he drags big Brody up. Nese puts Brody in the ring, tags Daivari, and they mug Brody more, They both run, to DOUBLE SHOULDER Brody down! Cover, TWO! Daivari hurries to bring Brody around in a facelock, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Daivari CHOKES Brody on ropes, the ref counts, and Daivari lets off. Daivari argues with the ref, so that Sterling can CHOKE Brody! Sterling scurries away like the weasel he is, and then Daivari stands on Brody in the corner!

The ref counts, Daivari lets off and he drags Brody over. Tag to Nese, and Nese stomps Brody while Daivari anchors the legs. Rampage returns to single picture as Nese and Daivari let off. Nese soaks up heat, stalks Brody to the corner, and he grins as he says “All day, baby.” Nese CHOPS but Brody gets mad! Brody fires forearms and elbows, DECKS Nese, then storms up. Nese throat chops! Then Nese runs, but into an URENAGE! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Brody crawls, reaches out, hot tags to Malakai and Daivari! Malakai rallies on Daivari with big elbows and then a strike fest! LEG SWEEP!

Nese gets in but Malakai ELBOWS him down! Daivari kicks and whips but Malakai RANAS! Nese is up but the JUMP KNEE knocks him down! Daivari stands and Malakai QUEBRADAS him down! Cover, TWO! Daivari survives but the fans rally behind Malakai. Malakai storms around, stands Daivari up and suplexes. Daivari slips free, but Malakai fires a strike fest! Daivari SUPERKICKS first! Tag to Nese but then Malakai DECKS Daivari! Nese leaps in but Malakai dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Nese falls, Woods gets up! Woods ducks a shot, but then Brody SWEEPS the legs! Woods crashes off the apron and fans fire up!

Wait, Daivari sneaks in, armed with Sterling’s clipboard! Malakai turns around, CLIPBOARD SMASH!! The plastic explodes off of Malakai’s head!! Daivari gets outta there, the ref wonders what happened, and then Daivari BOOTS Brody! PLANCHA and down goes Brody! Nese hits a 450 SPLASH! A rough landing but Nese makes the cover, TWO?!? Malakai survives and Sterling is freaking out! Daivari reaches out, Nese crawls over, but Brody YANKS Daivari down! Brody RAMS Daivari into barriers! Brody makes Daivari take a seat so he can forearm and CHOP! Brody barks, Sterling panics, and Brody runs back in, but Sterling gets in the way!

Brody snarls, but then he just SPLASHES Sterling and Daivari! Nese is shocked by what he just saw! Malakai runs up, Nese bucks the O’Conner Roll! Nese runs up, into a KNEE! And then a suplex, for a BRAINBUSTER! Malakai hurries up top, but Nese SHORYUKENS! And GAMANGIRIS! Nese drags Malakai down then climbs up. 450 SPLASH onto knees! That’s an even rougher landing than before! Daivari hurries back up but Brody catches him for a SLEEPER! And now, Malakai lifts Nese up, for THE END! Cover, The House of Black wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

Brody DROPS Daivari when the bell rings, The House having completely demolished The Premier Athletes. Will they not be stopped until they have what they want?

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

The Savior of the Backbreaker is set for an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match tomorrow night on Collision against Dalton Castle. But in an occasion of turnabout is fair play, The Conglomeration is watching him from commentary! Will the presence of Kyle O’Reilly, Orange Cassidy & Mark Briscoe make Roddy better or worse than usual?

The bell rings and Kyle says that while he loves and appreciates Roddy, Taven & Bennett, they’re being more like the Undisputed Cling-dom! Meanwhile, big Ben Bishop stalks some smack on Roddy, and then pretends he can’t see him. Roddy says okay, be that way. They tie up, Cassidy points out just how tall Ben is, and big Ben shoves Roddy down! The fans fire up, Roddy comes right back, but Ben TOSSES him away! Roddy bails out, the fans fire up for Ben, and The Kingdom coaches Roddy up. Roddy runs in, dodges Ben, and kicks at the legs! Ben drops to size so Roddy and CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP!

Roddy kicks the legs, fires boxing elbows, then ELBOWS Ben before he runs and SICK KICKS! Then he hits an OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up with Roddy and the Kingdom, then the STRONG KNEE knocks Ben down! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Conglomeration is in agreement, that was impressive work by Roddy, because Roddy is indeed that good. But Cassidy says it is time to go stare down with them. The Conglomeration stand on stage to stare down The Kingdom, but Roddy needs to focus on tomorrow night. Will Roddy punch his golden ticket to an ROH World Championship match? Or will it be The Peacock that means the Sussex County Chicken in Arlington, Texas?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

The Virtuosa is served a glass of wine, and says we’ve never been formally introduced. We’ve all seen what she can do in the ring, but does anyone know what it means to be THE Virtuosa. “Wrestling isn’t just a sport or an art form, it’s both. And more set to a quickening pace than a staccato beat of bodies slamming, bones cracking, tendons tearing! All building towards a beautiful and violent crescendo.” Deonna likes what AEW has forced her to become. “Because here, actions have consequences.” And Deonna vows to burn the empire to the ground, to remake it in her own image. This is the Age of the Virtuosa.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

On top of the opening match being Ospreay VS MJF for the International Championship, as well as Swerve VS Okada in a Champion VS Champion showdown, Mercedes Mone has issued an Open Challenge to the TBS Championship! Well, mostly open, as she is EXCLUDING Britt Baker! The DMD won’t be happy about this, but who will step up to The CEO?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox!

This is going to be a fast ‘n’ furious match starring men capable of fantastic feats both in the air and on the mat! And with there still being time before All In, who uses this night as a launching pad towards a title opportunity?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The four circle, and then Fenix and Komander stare down. They nod and shake hands, and they go after Fox and Angelico! Fox blocks a kick, Angelico wrenches an arm, and then Fox wrenches Fenix to a cording hold. Komander uses Fenix to wall run and flip out of the armlock! Fenix and Komander each reverse the wrenches, then kick and body shot. Fenix uses Angelico to flip up and over and wrench again, but Angelico headlocks. Komander sends Angelico into Fox, Fenix rolls Angelico up, but Komander rolls Fenix! Fox rolls Komander, TWO! Angelico sweeps Fox to cover, ONE!

All four men stand off and the fans fire up. Angelico does the Bernie Lean! But then he gets TRIPLE BOOTS for it! Fox runs up, Komander & Fenix kick and CHOP him. The luchadores double whip Fox but he reverses to TOSS Fenix out! Komander runs in but Fox mule kicks his leg out! Komander ends up on ropes, Fox runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK DROPKICK COMBO, sending Fenix into railing! Fox gest back up to trip Komander and he goes up the corner, to QUEBRADA Fenix! Fox somersaults in to then deadlift ANARCHY SUPLEX on Komander! Cover, Angelico breaks it! Angelico JABS Fox, JABS, then brings him around.

Angelico whips, Fox reverses but Angelico rolls off Fox’s back. Fox jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Fox falls back, Angelico coves, but Fenix slingshots in to SUPERKICK it apart! The fans rally as Fenix kicks Fox out of the ring. Angelico bails out, and now Fenix is alone with Komander. The amigos nod while the fans fire up, and the forearms start flying! Fenix CHOPS, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix staggers back, Komander runs up and FLIPPING RANAS! The fans fire up, Komander runs in at the corner, but Fenix puts him on the apron. Fenix ROCKS Komander, whips him into the POST!

Fenix goes up and tightrope walk PENALTY KICKS! The fans fire up with Fenix while Komander falls. Fenix goes out, and he CHOPS Fox, while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Fenix KICKS Angelico, then runs around the way and goes up the railing to KICK Komander back down! The front row fires up with Fenix and he goes back to Fox. Fenix CHOPS Fox, whips him, but Fox reverses to POST Fenix! Fox high-fives fans, but Komander runs up to FLYING CHUCK! Angelico stomps Fenix, then he stomps Komander. Angelico even stomps Fox down! Angelico JABS Komander, ROCKS him, and Komander staggers away. Fox kicks Komander, then kicks Angelico. Fox CLUBS Angelico, then RAMS him into railing! But then Fenix BOOTS Fox down! Fenix puts Angelico in and puts him in a corner.

Fenix CHOPS, and Angelico sputters as he staggers away. Angelico goes to the apron, Fenix goes out to bring Komander around to CLUB him. Fox storms up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix CHOPS Komander, kicks at Fox but Fox blocks. Fox spins Fenix around to CHOP! And then APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fenix ends up folded up and he flops to the floor. Komander KICKS Fox in the leg, puts him in, and kicks him more. Komander puts Fox in a corner to CHOP, and Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns and while Fox brings Angelico up, Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK Fox! Those three men are down and the fans rally up. Komander is somewhere on the outside, but Fenix brings Angelico up. Fenix KICKS Angelico, then shouts “ANIMO!” Somersault, into a takedown! Short arm scissor and a spin, HALF CRAB ARMLOCK FUSION! But Fox stomps Angelico! Angelico trips Fox, ties the legs up, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! Angelico has the TRAILER HITCH, but Komander is back! CIELITO LINDO onto Angelico!! Cover, TWO!! Angelico survives but Komander SOBATS Fox! And then TORNADO DDT!

The fans fire up as Komander crawls to the cover, but Fenix springboards in to DOUBLE STOMP it! Memphis is thunderous and Fenix wrenches Komander. Fenix reels Komander in, fireman’s carries, but Komander pops it into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives and the fans fire up again! Komander waits on Fenix, Fenix SOBATS first! And KICKS again! Fenix pushes Komander to a corner, to then JUMP SOBAT! Fenix fires up, the fans are with him, and Fenix puts Komander up top. Fenix CHOPS, climbs, and brings Komander around. Komander fires body shots! Fox is back, and he joins in!

Fox CHOPS and CLUBS the luchadores, then climbs up. Fenix CLUBS Fox for it, and the luchadores work together again to SHOVE Fox down! Fox ends up folded, then Komander and Fenix brawl again. Angelico CLUBS Komander right as he CHOPS Fenix! Angelico takes aim, and he waistlocks Komander! Komander clings to ropes for dear life! Fenix BOOTS Angelico down, then he and Komander brawl some more! Komander stands, Fenix SHOVES him, and Komander MOONSAULTS right onto Angelico! Fenix then FROG SPLASHES onto Fox! Cover, TWO?!? Fox survives, so Fenix drags him into a CRUCIFIX COBRA CLUTCH!! Fenix TAPS, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

The Immortal Firebird brings out something new in his arsenal and takes the win! But will Fenix be flying towards golden opportunities as AEW prepares for All In?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Renee Paquette caught up with Chris Jericho, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Bryan Keith, and asks what the hell. Yes, she’s seen The Learning Tree do “a ton of horrible other things” throughout his career, but tonight with Samoa Joe crossed a line. What was he thinking? Jericho smiles, the leather belt gifted to him by Martha Hart still wrapped around his hand. He waves to the camera and says, “Hi, guys. And Renee, I don’t know why you’re so surprised. This is exactly what I’ve been saying for a long, long time. If you’ve listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. Look at The Redwood and Bad Apple.

“But if you don’t listen to The Learning Tree, bad things happen. Shibata had a chance, now his arm is hurt. Hook had a chance, we had to burn his face off with a fireball. And Samoa Joke, for years, I’ve been telling you to listen to The Learning Tree, you didn’t, we ran you through a wall, and now you’re in the hospital.” Bill is stifling a laugh this entire time. Jericho says if Joe needs something to help with his inflamed muscles he might have, try ginger and black pepper. It’s really good for you. See, Renee? Lots of lessons to be learned. And even more will be learned on Dynamite 250, with a special edition of TV Time with Chris Jericho. Thanks, guys~…!

Jericho leaves, and Bill says one of the biggest lessons that Jericho has taught them is that the more TV Time, the better. And they want as much TV Time as possible! Because The Learning Tree, The Bad Apple and The Redwood are always maximizing their minutes. She should try it some time. Keith says if you don’t respect Chris Jericho, they will MAKE you respect Chris Jericho. Will everyone in AEW learn the hard way that Jericho isn’t kidding around?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

We heard the Virtuosa speak her mind, but La Mera Mera looks to show, not tell. Will Rosa be more than ready to go another round with Deonna? Or will the Queen of Strong Smile make some bold moves of her own?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Rachael shoves Rosa away, and the two reset. They tie up, Rosa headlocks, but Rachael lifts her! Rachael throws Rosa away but Rosa comes back to DROPKICK! Rachael goes to a corner, Rosa runs in to LARIAT! The fans fire up and Rosa goes corner to corner to ELBOW! Rachael staggers, Rosa KICKS a leg out! Rosa then runs to LARIAT Rachael down! Cover, TWO! Rosa clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts up to an armlock. Rosa CHOPS Rachael, ELBOWS her, then throws down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL elbows! Cover, TWO! Rachael goes to a corner, but Rosa CHOPS her again!

Rachael staggers away but Rosa puts Rachael in another corner, and CHOPS again! Rosa whips, Rachael reverses and Rosa ends up in a corner. Rachael runs in to LARIAT! Rachael keeps moving, and she UPPERCUTS Rosa down! The fans fire up and Rachael says “SWISH!” SENTON! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up but Rachael keeps on Rosa. Rachael CHOPS Rosa, storms up and CHOPS again. Rachael whips corner to corner hard, then runs in to LARIAT again! Rachael whips Rosa back in, runs in, but Rosa dodges! The fans rally up for Rosa as she LOCO LARIATS! Then she sits Rachael down to SWINGING METEORA!

The fans fire up and Rosa aims as Rachael goes to ropes. BANG and Rosa runs in to DROPKICK! Rachael sputters, Rosa reels her in, but Rachael bucks the driver! High stack, TWO! Rachael hurries to whip Rosa, but Rosa holds ropes. Rosa BOOTS back, runs up, and wheelbarrows, victory roll into a STOMP 182! Rosa then clamps on and has the COBRA CAMEL CLUTCH! Rachael taps, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

La Mera Mera shows respect to Rachael by helping her up and hugging it out. But then DEONNA runs out there! And she SHOVES Rachael into Rosa! Then she DECKS Rachael for the hell of it before going after Rosa! Rachael drags Deonna off of Rosa, so Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans boo but Deonna BOOTS Rosa down! The Virtuosa shows her violent side, but will Rosa make her regret it?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

On top of Strong VS Castle in an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match, and on top of Konosuke Takeshita VS Tommy Billington, The Bang Bang Gang is back in action. Will Juice Robinson & The Gunns keep the momentum going? Plus, Nyla Rose is back, we see Skye Blue VS Harley Cameron 1v1, and in the main event, it will be Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy representing The Conglomeration against THE Kingdom, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett. Could we see some Freshly Squeezed #1 contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships, too? Or will Taven & Bennett secure that night off they’ve been wanting?

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

Willow Nightingale is going to be part of the big NJPW-CMLL crossover tradition, Fantastica Mania! She, Viva Van and Lluvia will compete for the now vacated CMLL Women’s World Championship! The Babe with the Power may not have gone back-to-back in the Owen Hart Cup, but will she return to AEW as a world champion all the same?

 

Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

There have been more words flying back and forth between these trios than anything, but now it is time to put up or shut up! Will The Martin Brothers & The Sight to See show everyone why they’re the Coldest Trio in the Game? Or will Lee Moriarty, Anthony Ogogo & the man himself, Big Bad Shaney T swat them all out of the sky?

The trios sort out and Darius starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Shane talks trash to the fans talking trash while Darius and Lee tie up. Lee waistlocks, full nelsons, but Darius uses his leg for leverage. Darius breaks free, standing switches, then half nelsons to slip around and headlock. Lee powers up and out, but Darius runs him over! Things keep moving, Lee hurdles and runs to then roll over the dropdown. Lee swaggers, kicks Darius, then whips him to a corner. Darius goes up and over Lee, runs back in, but Lee goes up and under! Lee runs in and blocks an elbow to then backslide Darius! ONE, and Lee goes for a leg!

Darius smothers the takedown, rolls Lee to a lateral press, TWO! Darius arm-drags, then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up and Darius dusts himself off. Lee gets away to tag Ogogo, so Darius tags Dante. Angel Dorado talks smack on the Olympic bronze medalist boxer. They tie up, Ogogo pushes Dante away and says that was easy. Easy! Dante says okay, and they tie up again. Ogogo powers Dante to a corner, but Dante pushes him back. They go again, Dante gets around to then headlock. Ogogo back suplexes, Dante lands out and rolls Ogogo up! TWO, Ogogo swings but Dante dodges! Ogogo blocks a kick but Dante victory rolls, TWO!

Ogogo feints high to kick low, but Dante bobs ‘n’ weaves to JUMP KNEE! Dante wrenches and YANKS the arm, then tags Action. Action climbs, Dante sets up, Ogogo gets a TABLE TOP BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Action drags Ogogo up. But Ogogo powers him into the STP corner! Tag to Shane and he talks smack on Action. Action dodges the haymaker to fire body shots! Shane takes those shots, KNEES low, then whips Action. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, and PELES! Shane staggers, Action gets moving, and Action rolls to RANA Shane up and out! Action then slingshots back in, but Lee steps in!

Action builds speed, the ref stops Lee, but the ref doesn’t see Ogogo CLOBBER Action! The fans boo and then the ref notices Ogogo, but Ogogo steps away. Shane storms into the ring to drag Action up and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Action over to the STP corner, and he CHOPS Action! Lee exaggerates his shock, and then Shane DECKS Action. Shane drags Action up, tags Lee, and they mug Action. Lee stomps Action, drags him up, bumps him off buckles, and Lee fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The ref counts, Lee stomps a mudhole, but the ref gets in there to stop him. Lee and the ref argue, but STP just applauds. Shane tags in, Action fires hands! Action backs Shane down, but Shane ROCKS Action in return! Action wobbles, drops to his knees, and Shane HEADBUTTS him down. Shane looms over Action, then drags him back up.

Shane back suplexes, Action lands out to tag Dante! Dante fires forearms over and over and over! Dante puts some stank on it, but Shane dodges! So Dante DECKS Lee! Dante kicks but Shane blocks, to KNEE back! Shane then uses both hands to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives, Shane gets mad and Shane brings him around to the corner. Tag to Ogogo and they mug Dante. Ogogo brings Dante out to scoop and SLAM! Ogogo runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ogogo argues with the ref, then he drags Action up. Ogogo RAMS Dante, then BOOTS him down! Ogogo scuffs Dante while staying between him and Top Flight.

Dante fires body shots in return, but Ogogo kicks low! Oogo snap suplexes, covers, TWO as Dante bridges! Lee runs in to BLAST Top Flight, then Ogogo drags Dante up. Ogogo whips Dante hard into the corner, then tags Shane. Rampage returns to single picture as Shane talks smack on Dante. Shane has Lee & Ogogo hold Dante up, but Dante BOOTS back! Dante fights free of the others, BOOTS again, and then goes up and up to FLYING BULLDOG! The fans fire up as Dante crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Darius! Air Wolf rallies on STP with big forearms! UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Lee, then Darius whips.

Lee reverses the whip but Darius catches him to an atomic drop! Darius keeps moving, HOTSHOT BULLDOG! GAMANGIRI! Darius fires up, steps in, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives the onslaught but the fans rally up. Darius drags Lee up and fireman’s carries, but Lee fights with elbows! Lee shoves Darius, Action tags in. Lee dodges Darius but Action BOOTS! Then SHOTGUN SNAP GERMAN COMBO! The fans fire up as Darius deadlifts for the BRAINBUSTER! Then Action STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, Ogogo breaks it! Darius runs up but Ogogo kicks him. Ogogo scoops Darius, Darius slips free!

Darius & Action kick Ogogo then double clinch. Ogogo powers out, fires HEABUTTS and elbows! Fireman’s carry for Action, F5 AND A HALF! Action flounders, but Darius BOOTS Ogogo! Darius WALL RUN PELES! Ogogo falls, Shane storms in! Darius dodges, but the SOUTHPAW hits! Shane talks smack, but Dante JUMP KNEES him! Dante runs in to GAMANGIRI in the corner! Lee runs up, Dante BOOTS him! Dante runs but into a FLAPJACK! Lee then hurries to spin Dante around to THE FANG! But Dante flounders out of the ring! All six men are down around ringside and the fans fire up! Lee crawls, hot tag to Shane!

Shane spots Action rising, he and Lee go after Action. They double whip, Action handsprings, but they catch him! DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Dante lands out! Action fires off forearms and elbows, and even CHOPS! Action kicks, Lee blocks, but then Lee ducks so the ENZIGIRI hits Shane! Lee CLUBS Action, Ogogo sends Darius into railing! Lee whips Action, Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE onto Ogogo! Action hurries back up, ROCKS Lee, and he springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Action kips up, the fans fire up, but Shane waistlocks. Action fires elbows until he’s free, then tries to fireman’s carry!? Shane is too big and bad!

Shane ELBOWS away on Action, gut wrenches, but Action slips free again! SUPERKICK! And another fireman’s carry!? But the back won’t hold the weight! Shane slips down to HEADBUTT! And then URENAGE! Shane flips Action back up to KNEE him in the face! Ogogo and Lee get in for defense, Shane DECKS Action!! Cover, STP wins!

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

That could’ve been a win by knockout with that killer haymaker! But will Shane Taylor Promotions continue to rampage until they prove they prove they’re the elite of All Elite Wrestling?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage, and while they shoved five matches onto this card again, they at least did their best to put story behind most of these. Roderick Strong was of course beating Ben Bishop, but they gave us a storyline plug by having The Conglomeration on commentary. And while Thunder Rosa was of course beating Rachael Ellering, they gave us story build with Deonna attacking them both. I feel like this will give us Deonna VS Ellering next, to stretch things out so that the true blowoff of Deonna VS Rosa isn’t until All In, probably in the All In Zero Hour. For that matter, that’s probably where Conglomeration VS Undisputed Kingdom 3v3 happens, too.

I’m a bit torn on the promo from Learning Tree Jericho and crew. The positive is that it was really good. I said for Dynamite that I like how the payoff is Jericho’s gone from condescending to sinister, and even Big Bill is getting into this crazy persona. The negative for me is that they kinda shoved this in here. I know we DO need to hear Jericho’s explanation, but if it was “after Dynamite,” then find a way to make it part of Dynamite. Or just leave it for Saturday Night Collision so that you aren’t already stuffing a one hour program full to the brim.

Great opening tag from House of Black VS Premier Athletes with Sterling & Woods of course getting involved, but great win for Malakai & Brody in that 4v2 situation. Still banking on them screwing over The Patriarchy during a Unified World Trios Championship match. The Six Man Tag was really good but not sure it was main event material compared to the Fatal 4 Way. Good stuff for the Six Man Tag, everyone got their shine, but that Fatal 4 Way was just incredible. Great win for Fenix to stay hot while all the titles have stories going into All In, but he could get a shot at like, Okada’s Continental Championship to give us a dream match moment before the PPV.

My Score: 8.8/10


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