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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/12/21)

Will Halloween have even more havoc?

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NXT Coverage 2021

The NXT Championship match could get even bigger!

Bron Breakker is already going to Halloween Havoc, but Joe Gacy wants in! Will NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa, be the one to deny that opportunity?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tommaso Ciampa VS Joe Gacy; Ciampa wins and keeps Gacy out of the NXT Championship match.
  • Xyon Quinn VS Malik Blade; Quinn wins.
  • Ivy Nile w/ Diamond Mine VS Valentina Feroz; Nile wins.
  • Ikemen Jiro VS Julius Creed w/ Diamond Mine; Julius wins.
  • Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland; Kyle & Wagner win.
  • Duke Hudson VS Grayson Waller; Hudson wins.
  • Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta VS Sarray & Amari Miller; Hartwell & Pirotta win.
  • NXT North American Championship: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Santos Escobar; Swerve wins and retains the title.
  • NXT North American Championship: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams; Hayes wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hit Row walks into the Capital Wrestling Center.

B-Fab asks Top Dolla if he’s heard from Ashante “Thee” Adonis but he has been gone all weekend. But then Legado rolls up and starts stuff with Dolla! Swerve realizes what’s going on and jumps into the fray! Elektra Lopez jumps B-Fab, and this mugging becomes a kidnapping! Escobar tells Swerve, “Good luck tonight, caballero!” The Legado SUV drives off and what was an even match-up is now stacked in Escobar’s favor! Will Escobar’s MO get him the title?

 

Ladies and gentlemen: Joe Gacy.

“Tommaso Ciampa is the NXT Champion, and with that title comes untold unbalance. And tonight, in this safe space, I will be victorious over that walking example of toxic masculinity and championship privilege.” Gacy represents all of us, all of his snowflakes. And he will bring wonderful transparent inclusivity to the NXT Championship when he inserts himself into Halloween Havoc. “This is for all of you.” Fans are torn seeing that placid smile, but here comes the champ!

Tommaso Ciampa VS Joe Gacy!

If the song is to be believed, no one will survive! Will Gacy no longer be smiling after a run in with the Psycho Killer who is determined to keep “Goldie” at home?

The bell rings and Gacy offers a handshake but fans sing, “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you!” Ciampa kicks the handshake away, he and Gacy tie up, and Ciampa puts Gacy in a corner. The ref counts, Ciampa lets off and Gacy says it’s all good. But then Ciampa BOOTS and fires off haymakers! Ciampa whips and CLBOBERS Gacy with an elbow! Gacy kicks but Ciampa blocks to spin him. Gacy headlocks, Ciampa powers out but Gacy runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Gacy clamps on with a sleeper. Ciampa fights up as fans duel, and Ciampa pries free to arm-drag Gacy down to a cording hold. Gacy endures, Ciampa grinds the shoulder, and fans continue to rally.

Gacy fights up, Ciampa wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Ciampa keeps on the cording hold but Gacy throws forearms. Ciampa lets go, Gacy whips but Ciampa reverses, only for Gacy to redirect and ROCK Ciampa with a forearm! Scoop and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ciampa gets to a corner, Gacy stomps him down, then lets off as the ref counts. Gacy cools off but he spots that scary looking individual from last week. “Harland” is staring daggers at Gacy but Ciampa puts Gacy in a corner for CHOPS and stomps! The ref counts, Ciampa lets off and fans fire up as he goes side to side, RUNNING KNEE! Ciampa says it’s time to go night night!

Ciampa follows Gacy out of the ring, puts him back in and gets on the apron, but Gacy wants mercy. Gacy bails out as Ciampa gets in, and fans boo as Gacy trips Ciampa up. Ciampa kicks Gacy away but Gacy elbows back. Gacy goes to bump Ciampa off the desk but hesistates. Ciampa doesn’t hesitate and he smacks Gacy off the NXT 2.0 logo! Ciampa puts Gacy in, Gacy rolls to dodge but Ciampa avoids the dropkick to stomp away! Ciampa grabs Gacy’s nose to CLUB it! Ciampa whips, drop toeholds and then pulls hair as fans rally and duel. Ciampa drives elbows into Gacy’s shoulder and head, then clamps on a chinlock.

Gacy fights, fans rally, but Ciampa wrangles him down to STOMP his face! Gacy gets to a corner, Harland is stoic as Ciampa runs in and KNEES Gacy! Ciampa wrenches, whips corner to corner, then runs in but into an elbow! Gacy whips Ciampa into the corner then SPLASHES! URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Ciampa bails out but Gacy goes to the apron for an APRON SENTON! Gacy smiles again as NXT goes picture in picture.

Gacy gets back in the ring, drags Ciampa from the ropes and covers, TWO! Ciampa hangs tough but Gacy keeps his cool. Gacy drags Ciampa up to throw haymakers in the corner, Ciampa bails out again but Gacy follows. Ciampa BOOTS back! Gacy ROCKS Ciampa with a forearm! Gacy ROCKS Ciampa again, pushes him into the ring, then covers, TWO! Gacy keeps his cool as he stomps Ciampa to ropes. Ciampa slowly gets up, Gacy puts him in a corner. Gayc throws knees, RAMS his shoulder in, then digs it in! The ref counts but Gacy lets off and Ciampa rolls away. Gacy whips him to ropes, then catches him for a cobra twist!

Ciampa endures and fans rally up. Ciampa fights free and HIP TOSSES Gacy down! Gacy gets up to ELBOW Ciampa back down! Cover, ONE!! Gacy might be growing frustrated as he clamps on a chinlock to grind Ciampa down. Ciampa fights up, Gacy throws him back down! Then runs to drop a senton, only to miss as Ciampa moves! Ciampa gets up, as does Gacy, and Ciampa throws a haymaker! Gacy gives back a forearm, Ciampa haymakers, kicks low then haymakers again. Gacy forearms, Ciampa fires off and whips Gacy out to the apron! Ciampa runs to KNEE Gacy down tot he floor! Then he goes out to RAM Gacy into the Plexiglas!

Fans fire up and NXT returns to single picture as Ciampa claps and pats himself on the back! Ciampa goes after Gacy again, putting him in the ring. Ciampa runs in to corner clothesline! And again! And again! And again! Ciampa keeps going, he dodges Gacy to FLYING LARIAT! Fans are fired up for Daddy Ciampa as he fireman’s carries Gacy, but Gacy slips out to roll! Ciampa rolls through and CHOPS! Gacy fires a forearm, Ciampa gives it back! Ciampa BOOTS, Gacy BOOTS back! Gacy runs, into a KNEE! And then comes back into a boot, but he ROLLING ELBOWS, and GUT RWENCH POEWRBOMBS! High stack, TWO!!

Gacy keeps moving, and goes right to a corner! Gacy is up on the second rope, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Ciampa moves! Ciampa gets Gacy up and underhooks, but Gacy fights to trip, jackknife cover! TWO!! Ciampa gets up into a BOOT! Gacy handsprings but Ciampa basement dropkicks! Double underhooks, FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

And with that, Halloween Havoc II stays 1v1 between Ciampa and Bron Breakker! But Harland ATTACKS Ciampa at the ramp! Gacy rushes over, Harland grabs him by the face, but Gacy smooths his fingers along Harland’s face. Harland lets Gacy go and takes off, and Gacy goes to check on Ciampa. Ciampa shoves Gacy, thinking Gacy set him up! But just what is going on between Harland and Mr. Safe Space?

 

Toxic Attraction is here!

Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne stroll out on stage, then head to the ring. They get mics and Gigi starts by saying, “Last week, Toxic Attraction came out here with one purpose: to put an end to the NXT Women’s Champion, Raquel Gonzalez. But Io Shirai and Zoey Stark wanted to come out here and play hero and ruin all our fun. So we left this ring feeling very unsatisfied.” Jacy tells Shirai & Stark that while they want to lead by example and play by all the rules, Torix Attraction couldn’t care less. “We do what we want, when we want. And what we want are the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships.” Shirai & Stark, your days are numbered, and time is up at Halloween Havoc.

Mandy says Gigi & Jacy won’t be the only successful ones at Halloween Havoc. Because Mandy is challenging Raquel for THE NXT Women’s Championship! “Raquel, you got lucky last week. And your luck is coming to an end.” At Halloween Havoc, Toxic Attraction will make history, mark her words. They will all be wearing gold around their pretty little waists. “Oh and one more thing. Brown, blue, black, green, yellow, purple, it don’t matter what hair color I have. I’m still the baddest bitch in the game.” But will their words fall flat when the champions get in the ring with them?

 

Someone picks up a shovel.

They menacingly walk through the woods with it. “I will bury the past so I can start again.” Halloween Havoc, something wicked this way comes.

 

Xyon Quinn VS Malik Blade!

The fighter and a gentleman didn’t really wait for the ladies to leave, but they don’t seem to mind. Will Quinn continue to win and make a strong impression on the entire NXT roster with his growing undefeated streak?

NXT returns and Malik is already in the ring. The bell rings and the two tie up. Malik gets an arm, wrenches to a wristlock, but Xyon breaks free easily with pure strength. Malik and Xyon go again, Malik headlocks but Xyon powers out. Malik gets around and back to the headlock, but Xyon powers out to run him over! Xyon waits on Malik to get up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then looms over him. Fans rally and duel as Xyon pushes Malik to ropes and ROCKS him in the back. Xyon shoves again, Malik elbows back! Xyon DECKS Malik with a haymaker! Xyon RAMS Malik into the corner, RAMS away with his shoulder, then whips corner to corner hard!

Malik writhes, fans fire up and Xyon covers, TWO! Xyon keeps his focus, stalks Malik and wraps on a chinlock. Malik endures as Xyon grinds him down and fans continue to duel. Malik fights up, powers Xyon into a corner, then gets around to waistlock. Xyon bucks the O’Conner but Malik dropkicks then A-LIST LARIATS in the corner! Malik goes up, leaps, BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Xyon rushes in but into a roll-up, TWO! Xyon pops Malik up for a SPINEBUSTER! Xyon powers up with the Haka, waits for Malik to stand, FLYING FOREARM SMASH! Cover, Xyon wins!

Winner: Xyon Quinn, by pinfall

That’s Xyon: 4, everyone else: zero! Will this streak continue until Xyon has gold around his own waist?

 

Backstage interview with Tommaso Ciampa.

Ciampa now only has a 1v1 with Bron Breakker, what are his thoughts? Well he isn’t sure what to make of what happened with Gacy and Harland, but it doesn’t matter. In two weeks, he is dialed in. And what better for his Halloween Havoc debut than defend HIS NXT Championship? This is a big fight, but here come Grizzled Young Veterans. Zack Gibson says mocks the 900 days of “scratching and clawing” to finally get back the title. Honestly, from the bottom of their hearts, they can’t wait to see him lose it to a rookie. Ciampa says from the bottom of his heart- Breakker says the rookie can go right no! Lace ’em up!

Gibson says that is NOT how you talk to veterans. They’re not dressed for a fight, so they’ll leave them to it for now. GYV leaves, Breakker says he’s got Ciampa’s back from now until Halloween Havoc, because Breakker wants to beat Ciampa at his best. Ciampa scowls, will he change Breakker’s choice of words rather forcefully?

 

Backstage interview with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.

Ashante is still MIA, and we all saw Legado snatch up Dolla and B-Fab. Swerve wants McKenzie to stop there, he was there. His crew will be alright, they’re soldiers. What they’d want him to do is focus on the mission at hand, and that is Escobar. Speaking of, Escobar’s really trying to bring out the evil spirits. Well guess what? IT WORKED. Escobar doesn’t want to handle Swerve 1v1. Out of every member Hit Row, they left the wrong one standing. Swerve vows to keep this title with him on SmackDown and there ain’t a damn thing Escobar can do to stop him. Will that still be true after Swerve faces a fully intact Legado del Fantasma?

 

Ivy Nile w/ Diamond Mine VS Valentina Feroz!

The in-ring debut of this young titan has finally arrived! Will she prove to be more ferocious than the Brazilian bird of prey?

NXT returns and Feroz is in the ring. The bell rings, she and Nile circle and Feroz pushes the aggression. Nile shoots in and gets the waistlock, but Feroz switches. Nile switches, Feroz, switches, repeat until Feroz goes for a leg. Nile pries free to waistlock and roll Feroz way. The two reset, Feroz throws Nile down with a judo throw, then shotgun dropkicks! Feroz runs but leaps into Nile’s arms! Nile shifts and pops Feroz up for a stalling suplex! And she kips up, too! Fans fire up seeing agility on top of strength as Nile gets Feroz up and whips her hard into a corner. Nile storms over, drags Feroz by her legs and drops her. Nile then puts Feroz on the bottom buckle to stand on her back!

The ref counts, Nile lets off at 4, then she drags Feroz to center. Feroz kicks with her free leg, gets up and throws body shots, but Nile knees low. Nile scoops and SLAMS Feroz down, then paces around menacingly. Nile gets a leg, rolls through to a fireman’s carry, but Feroz fights it! Feroz tries to get away but Nile just gets her for a torture rack! Nile smirks as she squats and bends Feroz! Diamond Mine loves it as Nile brings her hands together to bend Feroz more! Feroz endures, but she TAPS! Nile wins!

Winner: Ivy Nile, by submission

The titan quite literally crushed it in her debut! Will she only get stronger as she breaks into the NXT Women’s Division?

Bivens gets a mic to say, “My, my, my! That was a message to every single woman here in NXT! And Kushida figured this out a few weeks ago. The pitbull has been unleashed! Ivy Nile has arrived and she didn’t come to play. And you know who else didn’t come to play? The Creed Brothers! Day in and day out, they are in this building, putting in work. And they have proved they are the most dominant tag team in NXT today. And speaking of dominance, allow me to introduce you to YOUR NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Roderiiiiiiick~ STROOONG!” Strong gets the mic to say- Well, he doesn’t get to say much as IKEMEN JIRO makes an entrance!

The Handsome One shows off his #StyleStrong, and he shows that he wants that belt! Diamond Mine backs off and Julius Creed wants to know if this guy is for real. In the Diamond Mine, everything is earned. You ain’t gotta get ready if you stay ready. Julius is always strapped, so what’s Jiro gonna do? JACKET PUNCH!! Jiro bails out before Diamond Mine rushes back in! Will Jiro get to give Julius more of those pocket punches on his way to facing Roddy for the gold?

 

Ikemen Jiro VS Julius Creed w/ Diamond Mine!

NXT returns and this match is already underway as Jiro hits an EDGE-O-MATIC! Jiro then shows off the jacket before he hits a NECK TWIST on Julius! Julius rolls to the corner, Hachiman coaches him up and Jiro runs in, but into a chop block! Julius gets even as he drags Jiro up to a gut wrench TOSS! Julius drags Jiro back up, RAMS him into a corner, and then pushes him around with pie face palms. Julius scoops Jiro for a POWERSLAM! Julius drags Jiro up again, gut wrench and suplex! Julius stalks Jiro, kicks him around, but Jiro kicks from below! Julius drags Jiro up as fans rally and he gut wrenches again, for another TOSS!

Diamond Mine likes what they see while fans rally for Jiro. Jiro throws body shots and haymakers, but Julius shoots in to get the leg for a lift and SLAM! Then an elbow drop, but it misses as Jiro moves! Jiro fires off forearms, then the JACKET PUNCH! JACKET PUNCH! JACKET PUNCH! DISCUS JACKET PUNCH!! Fans are fired up as Jiro whips but Julius reverses. Jiro hops up the corner to show off the jacket! Then he BOOTS Julius down, turns around, and headstand heel clap FALLING SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Julius is tough and he bails out but Jiro ASAI MOONSAULTS! Fans fire up with Jiro but Diamond Mine is furious!

Jiro puts Julius in as fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” Jiro fires up, springboards but Julius catches him for a ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! BASEMENT LARIAT!! Cover, Julius wins!

Winner: Julius Creed, by pinfall

Tag teams, singles, Julius continues to win! And then Diamond Mine just mugs Jiro! But here comes KUSHIDA! The Time Splitter is back, he dumps Brutus out, dodges Julius then fires off forearms! He wants to throw a Fast Ball but he can’t hit Ivy. So Diamond Mine regroups and mugs Kushida! END OF HEARTACHE!! Will Diamond Mine crush anyone who dares stand in their way?

 

Raquel Gonzalez speaks.

“This title means I am queen of the mountain. From the start I said, line them up and I’ll knock them down. I have never ducked nor dodged any challenge. Iconic champions, sworn enemies, an ex-best friend, a future hall of famer. Which brings me to you, Mandy Rose. Making history comes with a price. And at Halloween Havoc, it’s on. But I’m upping the stakes. Let’s see how tough you really are, chiquita. Let’s spin the wheel and make the deal.” Raquel is willing to gamble on her title! Will Mandy be the one to bust when anything could happen at Halloween Havoc II?

 

NXT presents an all new Lashing Out with Lash Legend.

Lash welcomes us back to it and gets straight to it. Did everyone see the WWE Draft? She sure did! The Raw and SmackDown rosters have gotten so shaken up, they’ll be lucky to make it out alive. Next year, it’ll just be WWE Squid Games. Speaking of the Draft, time to reveal the “Legends of the Week.” It’s Hit~ Row~! Does anyone else walk around singing that? The crowd does, and she loves it, too! That deserves two snaps ‘n’ a clap.

But that also brings her to her next topic: The Lash Out of the Week. Any suggestions? That Tony D’Angelo trying to get in on the show. Lash’s guy told him there was a “scheduling problem” and left him at the door. Lash tells Tony that if he wants to be on the show, “Forget about it!” See y’all next time!

 

Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland!

Like it or not, #KillerKyle only has big bad Von Wagner watching his back. But will Wagner’s inexperience hold Kyle back against the Bruiserweight and Northern Grit? Or is Wagner the wild card that Dunne & Holland can’t anticipate?

NXT returns and Dunne & Holland are already in the ring. The teams sort out and Dunne goes right at Wagner! Wagner gets around to waistlock and SLAM Dunne down, then CLUBS away on him! Dunne goes to ropes for defense and the ref backs Wagner down. Dunne leaps on Wagner to get the arm for a double wristlock! Wagner endures the twist and powers his way to a suplex! Wagner runs to FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Wagner drags Dunne but Dunne gets the wrist and fingers! Dunne TWEAKS the arm and Kyle tags in quick. Dunne headlocks Kyle, Kyle powers out and kitchen sink knees him down!

Dunne hurries, tag to Holland! Kyle dodges to fire off kicks and forearms! Kyle goes for a leg, Ridge powers him off and pushes him down to the mat to drop a knee! Ridge then goes for a head ‘n’ arm triangle, but Kyle fights with elbows. Kyle wrenches the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Kyle wants to tag but Ridge CLUBS him and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes him away. Ridge CLUBS Kyle towards the corner, tags Dunne, and Dunne hooks up the legs. Dunne pulls on the arms, Kyle endures but Dunne pulls him back. Dunne gives up on the surfboard to STOMP the legs! Dunne then has a standing toehold, tags in Ridge, and Ridge drops a knee on Kyle’s knee.

Ridge drags Kyle up and ROCKS him with a EuroUpper. Kyle throws body shots in return but Ridge DECKS Kyle with a EuroUpper. Cover, TWO! Ridge clamps onto Kyle with a chinbar and armlock. Kyle endures, fights up, but Ridge wrenches and CLOBBERS Kyle! Fans taunt Ridge, “You Don’t Go Here!” in reference to Ridge being drafted by SmackDown, but Dunne tags in. He gets a leg, trips Kyle then hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Dunne drops a knee on the knee, then he sucker punches Wagner! The ref keeps Wagner back, Kyle DRAGON SCREWS Dunne! Ridge gets in, but gets a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Kyle fires off kicks and knees on Dunne, then sweeps the legs! Fans fire up, Kyle runs corner to corner for a forearm! Wrench and ELBOW BREAKER, but Dunne wrenches to bend the fingers and give the ELBOW BREAKER back! Kyle ROCKS Dunne with a forearm, Dunne returns it, then DOUBLE FOREARMS send both men staggering! Hot tags to Ridge and Wagner! Fans fire up seeing the behemoths stare down, and they start ramming shoulders! Ridge EuroUppers, Wagner forearms, repeat! Wagner kicks, forearms, whips, but Ridge reverses, only for Wagner to RAM him again! Ridge RAMS him, Wagner rebounds to duck and FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE!

Wagner BOOTS Dunne down, clotheslines Holland out of the ring, and fans fire up with big bad Von! But Ridge drags him out to fire off more forearms! Ridge whips Wagner, Wagner reverses and he sends Ridge into steel steps! Wagner tells Ridge that’s what he gets as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Ridge has Kyle down with claws in the shoulders. Kyle endures, fans rally up and Kyle fights up, only for Ridge to CLUB him down. Ridge headbutts low, shoves but Kyle gets a GUILLOTINE! Ridge powers up, tags Dunne, and Dunne pries Kyle off Ridge to a double wristlock! Then he feeds Kyle to Ridge’s SPINEBUSTER, and basement dropkicks Kyle in the back! Cover, Wagner breaks it !Ridge gets in, he and Wagner fight, Wagner throws Ridge out! Dunne ENZIGURIS Wagner, Kyle KNEES Dunne down! Kyle crawls to his corner but Wagner isn’t there to tag! Dunne CLOBBERS Kyle, then aims from a corner.

Dunne snarls and STOMPS both hands, then BUZZSAWs, into an ANKLE LOCK! Ridge manages to tag in, and he CLOBBERS Kyle! Ridge rains down forearms, drags Kyle up and throws him out of the ring hard! Ridge goes out, Dunne is there, they both get Kyle up. Ridge scoops, Dunne positions steps, but Wagner runs in to FLYING TACKLE them all down! Fans fire up as Wagner hurries back to his corner. Kyle gets in, hurries over as fans fire up, but Ridge anchors a foot! Ridge drags Kyle back, Kyle still gets the hot tag! Wagner rallies on Ridge, whips him to ropes and KNEES him down! Wager gets Ridge up, OLYMPIC SLAM!!

Dunne gets in but Wagner dodges the enziguri to ROCK him with a forearm! Kyle adds his own then Wagner BOOTS Dunne down! Wagner tells Kyle to go finish Dunne, and #KillerKyle FLYING KNEES Dunne down! Wagner clotheslines Ridge in a corner, reel shim in, but Ridge slips out to scoop! Wagner slips out, kicks low, underhooks, TWISTING BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, Wagner & Kyle win!

Winners: Kyle O’Reilly & Von Wagner, by pinfall

It seems Kyle finally learned to trust Wagner, and they just took the fight to Dunne & Holland! Will these two stick together to take over NXT 2.0?

 

Chase University holds another lecture.

Andre Chase’s new lesson is ring awareness. Last week, he taught Odyssey Jones all about that when Jones put his foot under the bottom rope. Instead, it should’ve been over the bottom rope, so the ref could see it. Jones lacks the veteran instincts it takes to be successful in NXT. Any questions? Brandon up front says Chase pulled an illegal maneuver and it should’ve been a disqualification. Chase says he is open to discussing this point, “IF I GAVE A F***!” He slaps Brandon’s books off his desk and tells him to get out! Go down the hall to join Steve in the Dumbasses class! Give that kid an FU for him when you get there!

Chase is upset with students thinking for themselves, but will anyone still go to this class if that’s his attitude?

 

Tony D’Angelo speaks.

“So the streets are talking about my successful debut.” But he has to give props to Malk or whatever his name. But that guy was basically licking Tony’s boots. But now that Tony’s the man in NXT, he goes to check out Lashing Out, only for some mealy mouthed little producer to say there was some kind of “scheduling conflict.” But yeah, forget about it. Tony does things on his own time anyway. That producer, Mark, is a nice guy. But uh, Tony clearly has him in the trunk of an unmarked Mercedes. Will Tony D’Angelo make sure Lash’s people do business with him?

 

Duke Hudson VS Grayson Waller!

The high stakes poker player takes on the baller Golden Gloves winner. Will Duke be able to take Waller for everything he’s worth? Or will he fall to Waller’s hot hand?

The bell rings, the two circle, and the two tie up. Duke puts Waller in a corner, lets off and Waller dodges the haymaker to show off his footwork. They go again, Waller waistlocks then headlocks but Duke pries at the hold. Duke pulls hair, Waller JABS Duke with a palm strike! Waller dodges Duke then comes back to arm-drag, but Duke blocks with size and strength! Duke whips Waller to a corner, but Waller goes up and over. Waller then goes up again and hits a FLYING arm-drag! Waller has Duke down with a cording hold, but Duke fights up. Waller cranks the hold, Duke clinches to an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Duke has Waller in a corner, throws hands then stomps, then an elbow! Fans rally up for Waller as Duke rams his shoulder in again and again. Duke lets off at 4 to then HIP ATTACK! Duke whips corner to corner hard and Waller bounces off buckles. Duke dusts himself off before he wraps on a bearhug. Waller endures the squeeze, fights up to throw elbows, but Duke has another bearhug. Fans taunt Duke as “DOO~KIE! DOO~KIE!” but he ignores that. Waller JAWBREAKERS free, throws hands, then spins Duke to ROCK him with a forearm! Waller BOOTS, Duke puts him on the apron, but Waller shoulders in and HOTSHOTS Duke away! SOMERSAULT STUNNER!

Fans fire up as Waller grabs at Duke. Duke has the skirt, Waller gets the roll up, TWO! Waller goes to ropes but Duke disrupts the springboard! Roll-up, with the tights! Duke wins!!

Winner: Duke Hudson, by pinfall

That was rather underhanded for the poker player, and he gives Waller a poker chip as a parting token. Will Waller have better luck next time? Will Duke be playing for a bigger pot, aka a title, soon enough?

 

Santos Escobar speaks.

“It’s unfortunate what happened to Hit Row today. And Swerve, it’s a real shame your familia isn’t here and mine is always with me.” But he reassures Swerve that tonight, Legado stays in the locker room so that it’ll be Swerve VS Escobar, mano y mano. Good luck, cowboy! Escobar is laughing now, but will Swerve have the last laugh in the main event?

 

Dexter Lumis is with Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta backstage.

He’s accompanying them to gorilla, and Indi gives her man a big wet kiss on the cheek as thanks. The music hits, Indi & Persia head out for their tag team debut!

 

Imperium speaks.

Marcel Barthel says “It’s sad. It’s an absolute embarrassment!” MSK being the team that are the champions, yet also representing everything WRONG with this generation. “But not for long.” Fabian Aichner says “This generation is soft. Everyone is attached to their phones and no one is willing to work hard.” MSK is an embarrassment to this sport! No honor, no pride, no elegance, because they don’t even know what these words mean! But do not worry, Imperium is here to save NXT. Because to them, the mat is sacred. When and where will Aichner & Barthel get their chance to “redeem” the NXT Tag Team Division?

 

Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta VS Sarray & Amari Miller!

The #Impressive best friends are climbing towards the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, but they still have to be victorious. Can they outshine the Warrior of the Sun and the Star of St. Louis?

NXT returns and Sarray and Amari are already in the ring. Sarray starts with Persia and the two circle. Things speed up already, Persia catches Sarray but Sarray sunset flips! Persia stays up, drags Sarray up and puts her in the corner to ROCK with a forearm! Tag to Indi, they whip and Persia SPLASHES! Then she feeds Sarray to Indi’s SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, ONE! Sarray gets to a corner, Indi runs in to corner clothesline! Indi headlocks but Sarray denies the bulldog to come back, into a fireman’s carry! Sarray fights out and shoves Indi into a corner fore forearms and kicks! Sarray bumps Indi off buckles and tags in Amari, who fires off forearms and kicks!

Amari mule kicks a leg out, kicks Indi in the arm then SUPERKICKS Indi down! Cover, ONE!! Amari clamps onto Indi’s arm and grinds the shoulder. Indi fights up, Amari hops on as a backpack with a sleeper, but Indi RAMS Amari into buckles! Amari jumps back in, throws crossface forearms, but Indi throws her down! Tag to Persia and she rallies on Amari! Persia scoops and SNAKE EYES Amari, to then BOOT her down! Persia gets Amari up to a fireman’s carry, Indi tags in, but Sarray runs in. Persia BOOTS her down, then gives Amari a SWINGING X-FACTOR! Indi springboards for the PRETTY SAVAGE ELBOW! Cover, Indi & Persia win!

Winners: Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta, by pinfall

An impressive first match for the best friends, but was it enough to earn a tag title opportunity? Persia gets a mic to says, “What a way to start it off, hey? So how about you, me and those NXT Women’s Tag titles?” But speaking of, here come Shirai & Stark! Shirai tells them in Japanese to shut it with this tag title stuff. “I don’t like you. I don’t like you. And-” Stark stops Shirai there, she knows Shirai doesn’t like Stark, either. Well don’t speak for her. Oh so then she does like Stark? No. But here come Toxic Attraction! Jacy wants this to stop. “She likes me, she likes me not. We don’t give a damn about any one of you!” They just want the titles.

And now it turns into a brawl, Toxic Attraction with the champs! Indi and Persia get involved but get beat up, too! Gigi throws Indi out, Shirai gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX Gigi down! Persia hammers away on Stark but Jacy dumps her out! Stark HEEL KICKS Jacy down! The champs are fired up and standing tall, will they take on both teams just to shut them all up?

 

Grayson Waller walks backstage.

He says he to Cora Jade as she walks by, but then says hey to a lovely lady in blue. Blue’s his favorite color, after all. He’s gonna go shower, how about she goes freshen up and meet him out back. Cameron Grimes slides up and asks how Waller pulled that off. Well it’s as Grimes said, love is in the air. Waller didn’t even try his best, it’s probably just his accent. But he just lost a match. And Grimes is still upset about his loss. It’s not about wins and losses, it’s about likes ‘n’ swipes. Grimes has all the money in the world. If he shaved his chest, his beard, and cleaned up, he’d find a lady.

Well where would he find said lady to begin with? Ever tried dating apps? Check it. Whoa, no way! Will Grimes have the same luck in finding love as he did with investing?

 

A new fighter is coming to NXT.

“You won’t find my wins and losses in any record books. Those live on the streets. I was left to fight alone when I was 15 years old, and that’s when I became Solo Sikoa, Street Champion of the Island.”

 

NXT North American Championship: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Santos Escobar!

Santos promised this would finally be a 1v1 match between these two, but can he really be trusted? Or will Swerve see all the tricks in the book coming and throw them in Escobar’s face?

NXT returns and Escobar makes his entrance. Legado accompanies him on stage, but they do seem to keep their promise as they return to the back. But Swerve attacks at the ramp! Swerve RAMS Escobar into steel steps! Swerve glares Escobar right in the face, saying this is for HIS family. They go into the ring, the ref wants Swerve to wait for Escobar to get to his feet. Escobar does, the bell rings, and Escobar bails out to steady himself. But Swerve FLIES! Down goes Escobar with that Fosbury Flop! Swerve drags Escobar up, making him look at the camera before he throws him into the other steel steps! Swerve gets in the ring and lets the ring count climb.

Escobar stands at 7 so Swerve goes out to restart the count. Swerve puts Escobar on the apron, pulls off the protection on the corner crossbar, but Escobar scrambles into the ring. Swerve grins as he stalks Escobar and kicks him around. Swerve whips, tilt-o-whirl scoops and BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Swerve smirks as Escobar writhes and fans rally up. Swerve runs to drop a knee! Cover, ONE! Swerve keeps cool, fans rally and duel, and Swerve stalks Escobar again. Swerve drags Escobar up to half nelson but Escobar blocks the lift. Swerve CLUBS and CHOPS Escobar down but Escobar again blocks the lift.

Escobar jumps to arm-drag Swerve away! Swerve bails out, Escobar runs and slides but Swerve goes up onto the apron. Escobar trips Swerve and Swerve lands hard on the apron! Escobar builds speed and keeps going, ARROW FROM HELL!! Direct hit and Swerve goes flying over the announce desk! Escobar is all fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Escobar goes around the desk to fetch Swerve. He stands Swerve up just to toss him over the desk back the other way! Then he stands Swerve up to whip him into steel steps! That’s a receipt for earlier! Fans rally and Escobar stalks Swerve back into the ring. Escobar stomps Swerve around, drags him by his legs and ties those up to then punch away at Swerve’s kidneys! Escobar bends Swerve back in this modified Queen Angelito, and then smothers Swerve with a hand over his mouth! Escobar drops Swerve, stomps away on him, then gets both legs for a BOSTON CRAB! Swerve endures as Escobar sits deep on the stretch! Swerve fights to turn over and get the ropebreak!

The ref counts, Escobar lets go and backs off. Swerve scrambles to a corner, Escobar is after him with forearms and body shots, then a CHOP! Escobar turns Swerve around and gets space to RAM him in the back! Escobar brings Swerve around again, NXT returns to single picture as Escobar digs a boot between Swerve’s shoulders as he pulls on the arms. Swerve endures, Escobar whips and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Escobar runs to PENALTY KICK Swerve in the back! Fans are fired up and Escobar fires up as he grabs the arms again. Swerve endures, resists, but Escobar still has him in the motorcycle stretch.

Fans rally and duel, Swerve fights up to his feet, and he uses a leg to pry one arm free. Swerve elbows Escobar but Escobar ROCKS him with a right! Swerve throws a forearm back so Escobar gives another. Swerve CHOPS, Escobar CHOPS! Swerve CHOPS again, Escobar throws forearm after forearm! Escobar runs but Swerve gets around and redirects to LARIAT! Fans fire up as Escobar goes to a corner. Swerve snarls and runs in to back elbow! Then snapmare and Swerve goes up, FALLING UPPERCUT! Escobar staggers up into Swerve’s SOMERSAULT- COMPLETE SHOT from Escobar! Cover, TWO!!

Escobar grows frustrated but he knows it was that close. Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as Escobar gets to a corner. Swerve stands in the other, Escobar runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Escobar hoists Swerve up top, CHOPS him again, and fans declare, “This is Awesome!” Escobar whistles before the SUPER STEINER! Swerve goes flying and Escobar goes back up, for a FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives and Escobar can’t believe it! The CWC is thunderous as Escobar runs to basement dropkick Swerve out! Swerve gets to the apron but Escobar brings him to a corner. Escobar drags Swerve up, stands on the very top, but Swerve trips him up!

Escobar is stuck on the top rope, Swerve glares at him and drags him into a fireman’s carry. APRON DEATH VALLEY!! Swerve shoves Escobar back in, goes up a corner, 450 SPLASH onto knees! Escobar covers, TWO!! Swerve narrowly escapes and fans are electric! Escobar is in shock but fans are loving this! But wait, Legado violates their promise and show up ringside! But wait, Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams trip them up! Legado brawls with them but are Melo & Trick honorary Hit Row? Escobar KNEES Swerve, fireman’s carries, but Swerve fights free! Swerve shoves Escobar away and goes to a corner. Escobar runs in but Swerve pops him up onto the CROSSBAR!

Escobar staggers back, Swerve gets the half nelson, J M L DRIVER!! Cover, Swerve wins?!?

Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

Incredible! Swerve, who is heading for SmackDown in less than two weeks, is going to take one of NXT’s titles with him!? But what goes around comes around, Escobar got what he deserved! Melo celebrates with Swerve, only to CLOBBER him with a lariat!! And Trick says it’s time! The Breakout Tournament contract is at the ready, and Melo’s going Money in the Bank with it!! He signs on the dotted line, for the NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP!!

NXT North American Championship: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams!

The bell rings, Melo SPRINGBOARD SLINGBLADES!! Cover, TWO!?! Swerve survives, even after all he’s been through, and Melo can’t believe it! Trick can’t believe it! No one can believe it! Melo says it ends this time, and he reels Swerve in. Swerve breaks free to DECK Melo with a right! Swerve grits his teeth, gets to a corner, then runs corner to corner, into Melo’s BOOT! Melo sets up from the corner, “Melo Don’t Miss!” FLYING FAMOUSER!! Cover, Melo wins!!

Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (NEW NXT North American Champion)

Well so much for Hit Row bringing the gold to the blue brand! The Breakout Star new how to play the game and got the biggest win in his career! Will there be no stopping Melo now that he has the title around his waist?


My Thoughts:

As exciting as that ending was, NXT sure shoved in a lot in this episode, and not necessarily in a good way. I don’t think Xyon Quinn has had anything other than short matches, and he had another short one here. Ivy Nile having a squash match for her debut is fine, that is just standard formula in WWE anyway. But I felt a bit soured that Julius Creed beat Ikemen Jiro in what ended up a short match since it started during the break. I would’ve rather Jiro found a quick way to win and then that’s reason for Diamond Mine to mug him. Kushida coming out was still a good move, and I’m betting we get Kushida & Jiro VS Creed Brothers, and that could be the Creed Brothers’ first loss.

Duke VS Waller was another short match when it probably could’ve been more, but whatever, apparently it’s more important to use Waller to push Grimes’ search for his Lady Luck. Admittedly, Grimes again being behind the times and not knowing about dating apps was funny. But I just don’t understand anything about this new romcom edict. Do we need this? Johnny and Candice worked because they’re legitimately a great couple, #InDex worked on how it’s so goofy and it turns tropes around on their heads, but they don’t need to be force fed NXT shipping as written by Vince. But hey, if anyone can make it fun for viewers, it’s Grimes.

That promo of the person with the shovel had a voice mod on it, but you could totally tell it was female with an accent. I have a strong feeling this is Dakota Kai making a comeback with a new element to her character, as is the way of NXT 2.0. Toxic Attraction’s promo was generic “We’re Heels!” type stuff, and it comes out of order when we already saw Gigi & Jacy lose to Shirai & Stark. And then, was Sarray really part of the team that jobbed to Indi & Persia? But of course Vince favors hotties with bodies in this. Mandy Rose gets to face Raquel Gonzalez, and surely lose in whatever badass stipulation they’re given, while Toxic Attraction might take the pin in the coming Triple Threat for the Women’s Tag titles. At least, that’s what I hope.

But we still got really good things. Ciampa VS Gacy was a solid match, but of course Ciampa wins. Gacy can’t be in the title match, he’d take the loss in the Triple Threat to keep the other two strong. Plus, he now has this thing with “Harland” Parker Boudreaux, possibly the start of a faction, maybe something to get us to accept Gacy’s gimmick as more than just tone deaf parody. Ciampa and Breakker have good interactions with GYV, and they’re having a tag match next week in what already feels like a really good go-home to Halloween Havoc. Andre Chase honestly does do good as a character, that Chase University segment was funny. But he’s totally losing to Odyssey Jones.

Wagner and Kyle had a really good match with Dunne & Holland, and clearly Wagner’s got the push behind him. I think this was good for a send-off to Holland, he’ll head to SmackDown and start wrecking people on his way to the Intercontinental Championship and Nakamura. Wagner and Kyle could be a team, or they could end up rivals for the North American Championship or something, who knows. Not sure, but I think Tony D’Angelo is ending up in a feud with Lash Legend where she gets a proxy from the men’s division to fight him. It’s something different and I wouldn’t mind seeing how that turns out so Lash isn’t just a talk show host this entire time.

What was really good tonight was the send-off for Hit Row. First, Legado is implicated in Adonis being gone, then they blatantly get rid of B-Fab and Dolla, and then we got a pretty great match of Swerve VS Escobar. It was quite the great twist, actually, for Swerve to retain against Escobar, as he should have given how everything felt in the feud of Hit Row VS Legado, only for Melo to go MITB and cash-in. Honestly, I think that is a great addition to how the Breakout Tournament contract works, and it really gives the episode a hot ending. Melo can now carry on against Legado, Trick being his guy to watch his back, maybe setting something up for Halloween Havoc.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (4/13/24)

The Don Callis Family is out for blood!

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Will the Blackpool Combat Club survive this Collision?

Before the Dynasty dream match of Ospreay VS Danielson, the Don Callis Family wants to not just beat the American Dragon, but to destroy him!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal; The House of Black wins.
  • Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Garcia wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay; Storm wins and denies AZM a title match.
  • Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher; Bryan & Claudio win.

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The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Bryan Danielson says BIG week for BCC. Jon Moxley is the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, a huge accomplishment. And on Wednesday, Claudio Castagnoli takes on Will Ospreay, then Bryan faces Ospreay at Dynasty. But there’s tonight first. Claudio says Don Callis gave Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs this motivational speech that they don’t even need to beat BCC, they just have to hurt BCC. How weird. But it’s easier to beat them than to hurt them, and what kind of faith does that show Callis has in Ospreay? Not much, it seems. Not sure what Callis is thinking. But Claudio has faith that all three of those guys could beat BCC.

But hurt them? People have been trying to hurt Claudio and Bryan for 20 years. Because they see the spotlight, they see how successful BCC is, and they see BCC all over the world. Bryan couldn’t be stopped by a broken orbital bone nor a broken arm. And Claudio’s been fighting week after week after week, consistently like Swiss clockwork for over 15 YEARS. Because it’s not about the work and the talk here in front of the camera, but the work behind cameras, the stuff you don’t see, that goes into making this look so easy at the level they are at. Bryan agrees there, and tells Don Callis that he wants his guys to hurt them, to hurt Bryan and to hurt Claudio.

Guess what?! That’s not gonna fly tonight! Because Bryan goes out there every single night to hurt people! That’s what BCC does! Violence is their specialty! DCF will not only see that tonight, but on Wednesday and in St. Louis. The American Dragon is all fired up, but will he and the Swiss Superman burn down the Powerhouse and the Protostar?

 

Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal!

Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews are preparing for the coming war with Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston, but they’re taking on three men who are much different from Copeland, Briscoe & Kingston. Will grounding high-fliers make the House ready for those brawlers? Or is this where the House will fold?

The trios sort out and the fans bark as Buddy starts against Action. The fans rally as the two circle, feel things out, and tie up. Buddy wrenches an arm to a wristlock, YANKS it and grinds the arm down. Action fights up, Buddy wrenches again, but Action rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Action wristlocks, but Buddy rolls, handsprings and wrenches again. The fans cheer the technical exchange, and Action rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Buddy powers Action back to whip, but Action holds onto the wristlock. Action twists the wrist but Buddy spins, headlocks and hits the takeover. Action moves around but Buddy keeps him down.

Action pushes Buddy to a headscissor, but Buddy kips free! Buddy gets around, waistlocks, but Action bucks the O’Conner. Action goes up and over as Buddy runs in, then DROPKICKS! The fans are torn but Action tags Sydal. Buddy TOSSES Action but Sydal schoolboys and bridges! TWO, Buddy knees low! Buddy ROCKS Sydal, CLUBS him, then tags Malakai! But Sydal arm-drags and SOBATS! Sydal KICKS Malakai, tags in Dante, and they coordinate, MONKEY FLIP and SWANTON CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Tag to Action, he ROCKS Malakai and whips. Malakai reverses, Dante gives Action the boost up and over!

Dante catches Malakai to a facelock, but Malakai wrenches out to BOOT Action! Malakai blocks Dante’s kick to STO! Action kicks low, whips, but Malakai stops himself to stare Action down. The fans cheer, Malakai dodges a shot and Brody tags in. BOOT to SHOULDER TACKLE! Dante and Sydal run in but they get run over! The fans fire up with Brody, but then Dante and Sydal DOUBLE DROPKICK! Brody returns to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans bark for Brody, he gets Action up and CHOPS him to a corner. And CHOPS again! Action sputters, Brody whips him to ropes, but Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to go up, but Brody catches him!

Action fights, but Buddy distracts the ref while Malakai jumps in. Brody gets Action in wheelbarrow position, ROUNDHOUSE into the GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up for The House while Action tumbles out. Buddy tags in and Brody DIVES onto all three opponents! The fans fire up again as Brody roars, and he puts Action in for Buddy. Buddy aims from a corner as Action rises, and Buddy runs in to BOOT in the corner! Snapmare and cover, TWO!! Action survives but Buddy stays focused. Buddy drags Action up, suplexes, but Action knees free! Action waistlocks, Buddy ELBOWS Action then sucker punches Sydal!

Buddy storms up on Action, Action slides under and reaches out! Buddy has a leg, he reels Action in to back suplex, but Action lands on his feet! Action ducks under an elbow, reaches out again, but Buddy has the tights! Action ENZIGIRIS, hot tag to Sydal! JUMP KICK! Sydal ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Buddy tumbles, comes back, but into a WHEEL KICK! Malakai runs up to CLUB Sydal, but Sydal JUMP KNEES back! QUESTION- NO, Malakai blocks the Question Mark Kick to ROUNDHOUSE Sydal! Sydal staggers to ropes, Brody storms in, but Sydal DUMPS Brody out! Buddy runs up, into a BOOT!

Sydal ELBOWS Malakai, runs up, but into a POP UP, POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER COMBO!! The fans fire up and Buddy covers, TWO! Sydal is still in this while Collision goes picture in picture.

Buddy looms over Sydal, drags him up and whips to JUMP KNEE! Sydal tumbles out and Brody tags in. Brody goes after Sydal to whip him hard into railing! Sydal writhes, Brody drags him back up, and Brody whips Sydal hard into more railing! The fans bark for Brody again as he stands Sydal up and CHOPS! Brody puts Sydal in the ring, looms over him, then drags him up. Brody CHOPS Sydal to the corner, tags Buddy, and then Brody scoops Sydal to SLAM him! Buddy slingshot SENTONS right in! Tag to Malakai and Buddy snapmares Sydal for Malakai to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Sydal down into a KIMURA!

Sydal endures the double wristlock as Malakai twists the elbow! Malakai drags Sydal back, Buddy tags in, and they mug Sydal. Buddy snapmares Sydal to KICK him down! Buddy drags Sydal back up, clamps onto the arm, and Collision returns as Buddy whips Sydal hard into a corner! Buddy BOOTS Dante off the apron for the hell of it! Buddy snapmares Sydal to KNEE him in the back, and KNEE again! Buddy mockingly holds Sydal’s hand out to Action, then KICKS Sydal in the back! And KICKS him again! The fans rally but Buddy drags Sydal right up to an Electric Chair Lift! But Sydal uses that to POISON-RANA!

Buddy flops right out of the ring and the fans rally up! Sydal crawls, The House shouts to Buddy, and the ring count is 5 of 10! Brody hurries to toss Buddy back in, hot tags to Malakai and Dante! Dante fires off on Malakai, then whips. Malakai reverses, runs up, but Dante slips out, goes up and around, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! But Malakai rolls through it to suplex and GOURD- NO, Dante lands out! POP-UP RANA! Dante hurries up a corner while Malakai is down! The fans fire up but Dante has to leap away as Brody rushes over! Dante comes back to SHOTGUN Brody down!

Malakai waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dante lands on his feet! Dante dodges Malakai to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Dante runs and FLIES out onto Brody! Dante hurries back in, the fans fire up, and Dante stalks Malakai, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Action hurries to tag in, he torture racks but Malakai lands out! Malakai knees low, whips, but Action ducks ‘n ‘dodges to DIVE onto Buddy! Action snarls but Malakai hits him with a TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Malakai puts Action in, BOOTS him to ropes, then ROUNDHOUSES! Malakai brings Action over, tags Brody, and then Buddy joins in. The fans bark as the House surrounds Action.

DANTE’S- NO, Sydal and Dante save Action! Then they TRIPLE SUPERKICK in return! And then TRIPLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICK! TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! The fans fire up but Buddy POP-UP KNEES Dante! Sydal goes up to METEORA! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Sydal, Action springboards to FLYING LARIAT Malakai! Brody DISCUS LARIATS Action down!! Cover, but Dante MAMBA SPLASHES it apart!! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup. Sydal BUZZSAWS Brody! Dante SUPERKICKS! Action joins in, TRIPLE KICK! Dante then SENTONS!

Action 450 SPLASHES! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are barking while Action can’t believe! Tag to Sydal, METE- NO, Brody catches Sydal, throws him back and SPLASHES in a corner! The fans bark more, The House all coordinate, CEREBERUS ATTACK!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

That was surely a fast ‘n’ furious fight just to open the night, and Malakai wants to make sure Adam Copeland was watching. The House vows that Dynasty will be The End. Will the House soon take the head of the Face of TNT?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm, Mariah May & Luther.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as her protege and her butler, and says we saw a lot on Dynamite. Kissing, champagne, and- “Yes, we did see a lot, didn’t we, darling? Get used to it. Because we saw a Champion’s Champagne Celebration that made an Italian woman curse, and turned Lightning Daffodil into a diddling do-how! And as for the kissing… There has been no greater love than this.” Storm turns to Mariah, but Lexi interrupts by saying she meant the kiss Mariah had with Mina- Mariah cuts Lexi off there. Can’t Lexi see Toni has a lot on her plate right now?

Toni has a title defense on a PPV coming soon, AND a match against AZM tonight. Plus, Anna Jay’s all serious~ right now. Yes, yes, Azumi-san. You want her to kiss your bottom? Well, that makes you and a thousand other perverts! Toni will give AZM a beating so intense, it’ll be featured in a fetish periodical! And the name of that publication? Chin up, tits out, and watch for the shoe…! The leading lady leads the way out, will she send AZM crying back to Stardom?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Chris Jericho found Taz backstage to talk with him about the Six Man Tag. We all saw what happened, and Jericho just wants to explain himself to Hook. Jericho is just trying to do what’s right for Hook but Hook won’t listen. Hook won’t answer his phone or his texts, but Taz knows his son better than anyone. Can Taz please ask Hook if he’ll talk to Jericho? Taz says he’ll try, a lot of the time he doesn’t really hear from Hook, Hook’s his own man. Of course, of course. Taz says Jericho may have pissed Hook off. And when Hook gets pissed, it’s… Well, Taz will try.

Jericho appreciates that, and as it turns out, this coming Wednesday, Taz will broker a face to face! Will #LionHook still make it work? Or will this Jericho only #SendHook into a stronger rage?

 

Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

The Wrestler got caught by #TAIGASTYLE all because Lionheart Jericho couldn’t get out of his own way. Will Shibata be able to handle things much better on his own? Or will Moriarty sink his fangs into Shibata one more time?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Lee and Shibata circle, Ogogo joins commentary to say the “skull cracking, jaw jacking Gov’nah is back in AEW.” Shibata and Lee clinch, go around, and Shibata waistlocks. Lee moves around, Shibata finds a lateral press, ONE! Shibata has the legs, goes around to cover, ONE! Lee uses a leg guard, gest Shibata’s leg, but Shibata sits on the toehold. Lee tries to waistlock at the same time but Shibata wristlocks. Lee scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, and fans applaud as Shibata lets off. The two reset, feel things out, and then Lee kicks low. Lee cravats, snapmares, and stomps Shibata!

Lee runs to roll things into a chinlock! Shibata pushes back to a cover, ONE! Lee holds onto the hold but Shibata fights the body scissors. Shibata uses his leg as leverage for breaking the chinlock, then he wrenches an arm. Lee rolls, Shibata wrangles him back down, but Lee fights up again. Lee slips around, wrenches, but Shibata waistlocks. Lee wrenches, wrangles, but Shibata trips Lee. Shibata has Lee’s legs, knees on Lee, but Lee fights free to kick. Shibata steps over and has the FIGURE FOUR! Lee blocks the main leg but Shibata powers through that! The fans rally, Lee drags Shibata along as he reaches out, but Shibata puts on the pressure!

Lee endures, fights and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, but then lee kicks Shibata away. Lee bails out, Ogogo coaches him from commentary, but Shibata goes out to CLUB Lee! Ogogo gets off commentary, gets up in Shibata’s face, and Shane distracts the ref so Ogogo can feint high to BODY BLOW! Lee slips away to the ring and sits cross-legged to mock Shibata! The fans boo while Ogogo rejoins commentary and the ring count begins. Lee mockingly applauds and Ogogo pretends not to know what happened. The count is 8! 9! Shibata springs in at 9.9! But Lee CLOBBERS Shibata, covers, TWO!!

Lee clamps right onto Shibata, steps over, and SNAP LOCKS the short arm scissor while Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee turns Shibata over, keeps the one arm trapped in a hammerlock, then pulls on the other arm. Shibata endures as Lee tortures the fingers and twists the wrist! Lee pushes the arm around for a RECLINER ARMLOCK! Shibata endures, Lee sits up and hooks the arm with a leg. Lee uses that to hook Shibata to a cover, TWO! Shibata escapes but Lee stalks him to ropes. Lee drags Shibata up but Shibata CHOPS! Lee comes back but Shibata ROCKS him! Lee comes back again, ROCKS Shibata, and Shibata falls over! Lee digs his boots in at the ropes, scrapes Shibata out of the ring, then soaks up the heat.

Lee goes out after Shibata, RAMS him into railing, then taunts everyone while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shibata gets back in the ring after having wrecked Lee on the outside. But then Lee wrenches Shibata. Shibata ROCKS Lee, Lee wrenches, repeat! Lee CHOPS Shibata, but Shibata doesn’t budge! Lee CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Lee CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Shibata is leaning into the shots! Shibata backs Lee down even though Lee CHOPS again and again! Shibata eggs Lee on, Ogogo coaches Lee, and the CHOPS keep going. Shibata ROCKS Lee with a forearm! Lee flops in a corner, Shibata fires more forearms on him! Shibata UPPERCUTS, then JABS, then COHPS! JAB CHOP JAB CHOP!

Lee sits down, Shibata COHPS and CHOPS and runs, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up for Shibata’s signature and STP looks upset! Shibata snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Lee stays in this and both men catch their breaths, but Shibata gets Lee up. Lee switches around to COBRA TWIST! The fans rally as Shibata endures, and Shibata pries at the grip. Shibata switches the Cobra Twist onto Lee! Lee endures now, marches his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! But Shibata KNEES Lee low! Shibata reels Lee in to SAIDO! Shibata runs up, but Lee ducks the kick! Lee kicks, Shibata blocks but the KNEE hits!

Lee runs, BOOTS, but Shibata stays up! Shibata fires up and runs, to BOOT Lee! Lee wobbles, roars, and runs to BOOT! Shibata runs to BOOT! Lee rebounds, into a BOOT! Shibata waistlocks, Lee fight sit to switch, facelock and suplex, but Shibata fights out! Lee catches Shibata, wrenches, and THE- NO, Shibata avoids the Fang to SLEEPER! Ripcord PALM STRIKE! Then PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

Moriarty put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to win. So Shane Taylor attacks from behind! The fans boo as Shane stomps Shibata at the ropes then talks trash! But here comes HOOK! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil won’t let Shane beat up his friend like that! Lee runs up but Hook catches him for an EL CAMINO! Shane stares Hook down, their FTW Championship match set for later tonight on Battle of the Belts. But given that, Shane stands down and STP regroups. They’ll look to handle this later, but it be rumble, bad man, rumble?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexi Nair is in her Minion In Training Letterman’s jacket as this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting! She is with the ROH Women’s World Champion AND ROH Women’s Television Champion, and Athena defends her title against Red Velvet in the main event of Battle of the Belts! The main event, ON TNT, LIVE! Athena deserves this because she is that damn good! Billie agrees, but says Red is really good. She made it really far in the Women’s TV Title tournament. Yes, but Billie won that, right? She did! So Athena knows Red Velvet is a top star, Red Velvet is a threat, but Athena is the TOP champion! The BEST champion in wrestling today!

Athena is the Minion Overlord, the Fallen Goddess, the REAL Alpha, the Forever Champion, and tonight, Athena makes an example out of Velvet to show the world what they’ve been missing. Will Athena be the one serving L’s to The Chef tonight?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Kingdom.

Collision returns as Lexi is now with Roderick Strong, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven and says as of late, they’ve had a lot of success. Would they attribute any of that success to Wardlow? “LEXIII~! How dare you. How dare you give credit to anybody but me.” Roddy is a fighting champion, a giving champion. Do you not see the opportunity Roddy is giving to these gentlemen who do not even deserve it? He is making them earn it because they do not deserve it. How dare she? But hey, Roddy has been doing it on his own, just like Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle inspires Roddy.

But enough about that, let’s talk tonight. Tonight, Roddy puts on a show. What’s the show called? The Beating of a Lifetime! That’s the Kingdom’s favorite show! But will Rocky Romero cancel that show to make it The Azucar Hour?

 

Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!

The Dragonslayer has been getting back up with win after win, and he doesn’t plan on stopping now! Will he turn it up a notch as we get closer and closer to Dynasty? Or will the South African Stud prove he’s still worthy of some opportunities, too?

The bell rings, the fans rally and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a hammerlock. Angelico spins Garcia, wristlocks, but Garcia pries the hold open to wrench back. Angelico spins, slips through, spins Garcia, then slips around again to arm-drag! Garcia gets up fast but Angelico does his own dance. The fans boo but Garcia keeps cool. The two tie up, Garcia waistlocks, spins, snapmares, ghost pin, TWO! Angelico is up but Garcia clinches to to arm-drag! Leg-sweep, cover, ONE! Angelico puts a leg guard up as he calls for a timeout! The fans cheer as Garcia shows sportsmanship and lets Angelico get up.

Angelico and Garcia reset, knuckle lock, then Angelico trips Garcia. Angelico rolls Garcia, whips, but Garcia reverses. Angelico rolls off Garcia’s back, Garcia jumps the leg sweep, but not the EDDY GORDO KICK! Angelico wrenches, steps over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, but Angelico stomps Garcia around. Angelico drags Garcia by an arm but Garcia kicks him. Angelico stomps Garcia, but Garcia CHOPS! Angelico JABS Garcia, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Angelico drags Garcia up, hits a BIG back suplex, then grabs legs. Angelico steps over, but Garcia kicks him away to trip him! Garcia steps through to FIGURE FOUR!

The fans fire up as Angelico endures! Angelico’s shoulders are down, ONE as he sits back up. Garcia puts on the pressure but Angelico turns things over! Garcia endures now, but he fights it back over! Angelico endures again, stays off the mat, and turns things over again! Garcia turns it back! Then Angelico, then Garcia! Angelico has it! Garcia has it! Angelico has it again, Garcia has it back, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as the two kick at each other while the hold is undone. They both stand, Garcia kicks but Angelico kicks back. Garcia kicks, Angelico kicks, repeat! Garcia kicks more and more, runs, but the leg bothers him!

Angelico DECKS Garcia! Angelico hauls Garcia up to suplex, but Garcia slips free and kicks! Then TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia beats his leg into working, the fans rally behind him, and he stands. Garcia counter punches Angelico, then does it again! Garcia then wrenches and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! The fans fire up as Garcia runs in at the corner to forearm SMASH! Garcia climbs up, rains down fists, and goes to nine before he puts up his dukes, to DO HIS DANCE! The fans fire up as Garcia hops down and runs corner to corner, HAYMAKER! Garcia runs up again, choke grip!

Angelico breaks free, Garcia CHOPS and SAIDOS! Garcia storms around, gets the legs, KNEEBAR!! Angelico flails, reaches out, but TAPS, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission

A great fight leads to a great win for Red Death! Will this momentum help Garcia be primed for a title match on the other side of Dynasty?

 

Pac speaks.

“Kazuchika Okada. Believe it or not, bonny lad, I would like to thank you. Not only for accepting my challenge, but also for walloping me around the head with a big dirty lump of steel. That was very brave of you, wasn’t it, huh? And now, as a result, I have a perpetual headache that serves as motivation to remind everybody of exactly who I am. Now I may not be tall and handsome, I am not a Japanese superstar, I do not own a Ferrari, and I’m certainly not flavor of the month. Okada, you may think you’re God’s gift to professional wrestling, but you’re not! You’re CRAP! And what I am is better than you!

“And next Sunday, at AEW Dynasty, live from St. Louis, Missouri, I am going to relish the opportunity to prove it in front of the entire world. You understand me, hm? Good.” The Bastard is ready, will he violently end The Rainmaker’s reign?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay!

The leading lady of AEW knows her next big picture will have “Lightning Daffodil” starring against her, but she has to be careful not to take tonight’s performance too lightly. Will Storm strike down AZM here in Kentucky? Or will the Highspeed Superstar find her way into the Dynasty picture?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. The two circle, feel things out, and then tie up. Storm throws AZM down then laughs at her, but AZM gets right up. They reset, circle again, and tie up. They go around, Storm puts AZM on ropes, then sits her down! Storm poses and the fans cheer, but AZM is right up to fire forearms! The fans rally, Storm just shrugs those off! AZM runs to RAM Storm but Storm still laughs! AZM runs and RAMS Storm again, Storm chuckles this time. AZM fakes a punch to stomp Storm’s foot! AZM runs, but Storm follows and runs AZM over! The fans cheer but then AZM kips right up!

AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges, trips Storm then keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Basement dropkick! The fans fire up as AZM kips up again! AZM pushes Storm around, steps on her, and the ref counts. AZM steps away at 4, the fans rally up, and AZM runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, ONE!! Storm toughs it out and the fans rally as AZM goes to the apron. AZM climbs, Storm DECKS her! Storm then runs to HIP ATTACK AZM to the floor! AZM tumbles away to the ramp, but Anna gets Mariah in a QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Mariah RAMS Anna into railing! Mariah and Anna fight now, the fans fire up, and AZM gets outta the way!

Storm is flabbergasted as Anna and Mariah brawl their way to the back! Storm fetches AZM but AZM whips her into steel steps! Then AZM pushes Storm around, goes up the apron, and fans fire up for the PENALTY KICK! Storm is dazed but the fans fire up as Collision goes picture in picture.

AZM shoves Storm in, goes up top, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Storm flounders all the way across the ring! AZM storms over to drag Storm up, but Storm HOTSHOTS her! AZM flounders, Storm stomps her, and then Storm CHOPS AZM down! Storm pushes AZM around, flexes, then brings AZM up. Storm whips AZM, BOOTS AZM down, then flexes again. Storm drags AZM back up, bumps her off buckles, then fires off CHOPS! Storm TOSSES AZM by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm steps on AZM in the corner! The ref counts, Storm steps away, and she then scuffs AZM against ropes. The ref counts, Storm lets off again.

Storm drags AZM up, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this but Storm grabs arms to put AZM in a motorcycle stretch. AZM endures, so Storm shifts to a chinlock, but AZM still fights! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets go at 4, and she paces around AZM. Storm stomps AZM, drags her up, and Collision returns to single picture as Storm stomps AZM in a corner. Storm pie faces AZM, taunts her, but AZM rises. The fans fire up as AZM fires forearms! Storm ROCKS AZM in return! AZM fires another forearm, Storm ROCKS her again! AZM fires more forearms, then blocks a kick to ROUNDHOUSE!

AZM runs, but Storm HEADBUTTS! But AZM returns to LA MYSTICA! Then BUZZSAW! Both women are down and the fans fire up! AZM sits up first, brings Storm up, and then runs, but Storm CHOKES her! AZM fights free, blocks a kick, LEG TRAP GERMAN! AZM puts Storm in a drop zone while the fans are dueling! AZM goes up top, takes aim, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and AZM can’t believe it! AZM fires herself back up, reels Storm in, but Storm wrenches out to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Storm throws a fit then storms around. Storm drags AZM up, waistlocks, but AZM fights!

AZM grabs ropes, Storm drags her back, but AZM arm-drags free! Step over, and AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Storm escapes, blocks the buzzsaw, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!! AZM tumbles and flounders into a corner, and Storm takes aim! She’s ready for her close-up! SWEET HIP MUSIC~! STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (denies AZM a title opportunity)

That was certainly fast and furious, but you can’t beat a classic like Timeless Toni! Mariah returns from backstage with a couple glasses of the bubbly. Mariah and Toni link arms while they drink up, and Storm brings Mariah to her bosom. Storm cuddles Mariah, then shoves her, then drags her back up to bring her away. Will nothing and no one take the spotlight away from the AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Red Velvet.

Lexi Nair is now with The Chef and brings up tonight’s title match with Athena. How is Velvet feeling about such a high profile match? High profile? Red Velvet IS high profile! And she saw what Lexi’s “boss,” Athena had to say, really stirring up the pot. But Athena, you wanna stir it up? They can stir it up? In BOTB’s main event, Red Velvet will knock you out! Red Velvet is not a stranger to main events, title pictures or high profile matches. Tonight, Velvet makes an example out of Athena, and shows everyone why it was a mistake for Athena to step into Velvet’s kitchen! Will The Chef make Athena eat crow while serving up that L?

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

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

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

He says Dynasty is coming, and a big match on that card is the AEW Women’s World title, Timeless Toni Storm VS the former champion, Thunder Rosa! The fans cheer as La Mera Mera makes her way out and joins Schiavone on stage. Schiavone says we saw what happened on Dynamite when Storm hit her with champagne and smudged her face paint. But the fact is, Rosa never lost her title. She has a chance to redeem herself and get the title back. Rosa says that is right. Before that, she wants to address something else. See all these people here? She wants to thank all of them for making this comeback so special for her.

And of course, thank you to everyone watching at home seeing them on TBS, TNT and all over the world! Without you, we wouldn’t have made all these wonderful memories the last five years. Without you, we wouldn’t have made AEW what it is today. The fans cheer that, and Rosa says she is here for a reason. That is to remind people that she doesn’t need help. And she means you, too, Deonna Purrazzo. Rosa wants to remind everyone that she’s done a lot on her own. When she earned her college degree, she earned her US citizenship, she helped a lot of people as a social worker, and won all those matches even before AEW, and especially when she won the AEW title.

But most importantly, Rosa fought so hard here to be in AEW, and she’s still here in AEW, because it is where the best wrestle! And “Antonia,” Rosa thought you believed the same things. What happened to you, homegirl? Weren’t they together in the ring? Weren’t they #ThunderStorm? When did Storm go completely crazy!? Rosa was so proud of being a champion, even though her body couldn’t carry her as far as her passion. Rosa had to heal. Then that day, something died inside of her. But Rosa has a chance, another opportunity, and it is important that Toni knows it will happen in St. Louis.

Rosa wants to humble Toni, to remind her that Rosa didn’t leave because she “couldn’t carry” the weight of that title. At Dynasty, Rosa carries more than that title. She will carry the pride of HER people, of her family, and if she has to break every single bone in her body to uplift and empower the women of this locker room fighting for just one opportunity and respect, because they also believe in AEW… Then Antonia, kiss your little clone goodbye. You made a big mistake on trying to erase Rosa’s mask. You don’t wanna see what’s underneath. You can’t kill what’s already dead! And on Sunday, Rosa comes for Storm, for the title, and to drag Storm’s soul to HELL!!

La Mera Mera is all fired up, and she smears her own face paint to make her point. Will she smash that spotlight and leave the leading lady in the dark?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, if you don’t want my help, that’s fine. I’ll help myself. When I staked my claim at the AEW Women’s World Championship, it wasn’t personal. It’s because frankly, I don’t think Toni Storm embodies what it means to be a world champion. But I do. I’m a workhorse, I’m a thoroughbred, I am the Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo. And I could stand here, make excuses about why I’m not the AEW Women’s World Champion right now, or I could do something about it. It seems if I can’t get one Toni Storm, I might as well get the other. So next week, Mariah May VS The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo, and I’m gonna break your arm.”

The message has been sent, will Deonna make sure the leading lady’s understudy won’t make it to Dynasty to support Toni Storm?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

To raise the stakes on this match, The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4, it will be a LADDER MATCH! No pinfalls or submissions, only the team that can literally rise above will become the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions! But is this still playing right into the EVPs’ hands? Or can Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood find a way to come out on top?

 

The Don Callis Family speaks.

Kyle Fletcher says tonight in the main event, he and Will Hobbs are on a mission for the Don Callis family. That is to protect the golden goose. This Wednesday Night Dynamite, Claudio will end up a cakewalk for Ospreay! And Dynasty, Bryan will be the exact same thing, all thanks to DCF. Hobbs says not to worry about next week, let’s just focus on tonight. Tonight, they got Claudio and Danielson, and tonight the DCF expects a hefty fine. Bryan might as well just expect not to walk out on his own. One last message has been sent, but now it’s time to put up or shut up! Will the Protostar & Powerhouse pulverize the BCC?

Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher!

The teams sort out but then the DCF just attack! The bell rings, the fans fire up and the brawl is on! Claudio fires off on Hobbs but Kyle TOSSES Bryan out. Hobbs and Claudio fall out of the ring while Kyle stalks Bryan. Kyle ROCKS Bryan, Hobbs HEADBUTTS Claudio! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, Bryan whips Kyle into railing! Claudio UPPERCUTS again, Bryan sits Kyle in a corner then runs side to side, to DROPKICK against the railing! The fans fire up as Claudio throws more UPPERCUTS to keep Hobbs moving up the ramp! Then Claudio whips Hobbs down the ramp and into the LED apron!

The fans fire up as Bryan CHOPS and KICKS Kyle against railing again and again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Claudio drags Kyle up for Bryan, and Bryan DROPKICKS Kyle again! The fans fire up and high-five with BCC! Hobbs sits up, into a KICK from Bryan! Claudio keeps Hobbs up so Bryan can KICK again! Claudio puts Hobbs in, storms after him, and Bryan whips Kyle hard into railing! Kyle tumbles up and over into the front row! Hobbs throws hands on Claudio, CLUBS him, but Claudio hits back! They go forearm for forearm, Hobbs ROCKS Claudio! Claudio rebounds to ROCK Hobbs, Hobbs rebounds to ROCK Claudio!

Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs runs, but Claudio scoops! Claudio SLAMS Hobbs, runs, and then DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans fire up, Claudio brings Hobbs up, but Hobbs blocks the suplex! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, suplexes, and he hangs Hobbs out to dry! Tag to Bryan and he goes up to DIVING KNEE! The fans fire up and Bryan paces. Hobbs sits up, Bryan drags him around by the legs, and then hooks those legs up. Bryan SLAPS Hobbs to go for the arms! Bryan tries but Hobbs is so big, Bryan just STOMPS the knees! Tag to Claudio, and Claudio helps Bryan split the wishbone!

Claudio drags Hobbs up, reels him in, but Hobbs suplexes instead! BIG slam, and the fans fire up while both men are down! Hobbs drags Claudio over, tag to Kyle, and Kyle stomps Claudio down! Kyle puts Claudio in a corner, CHOPS, then ROCKS, then repeat! Kyle whips, Claudio reverses and UPPERCUTS! The fans rally, Claudio climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans count and Claudio goes to nine, then kisses his fist before TEN! But then Kyle TOSSES Claudio up and out! Claudio sees Hobbs storming up, but so does the ref. The ref has Hobbs stop, but then Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio with a kick!

The ref reprimands Kyle, they argue, and that lets Hobbs CLOBBER Claudio after all! The DCF is standing tall while Collision goes picture in picture.

Hobbs soaks up heat, then steps back as Kyle goes out to fetch Claudio. Kyle whips Claudio hard into railing, then taunts Bryan. Kyle drags Claudio up, puts him in the ring, then brings Claudio up. Claudio ROCKS Kyle, but Kyle RAMS him into the corner! Kyle RAMS in again and again, then tags Hobbs. Hobbs CLUBS Claudio from the outside, and CLUBS him again and again. Hobbs storms into the ring, stays between Claudio and Bryan, then fires knees and body shots. Hobbs brings Claudio up for a facelock, but Claudio fights his way forward! Claudio lifts Hobbs one step at a time! Hobbs lets off to BLAST Bryan, then he CLOBBERS Claudio!

Hobbs drags Claudio up, brings him over, tag to Kyle. The DCF mugs Claudio while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, both Claudio and Kyle are down, and the fans rally up. Kyle clamps onto Claudio with a SLEEPER, and even body scissors! Claudio flails around, Bryan rises back up, but Kyle keeps Claudio away. The fans rally, Claudio rises and has Kyle as a backpack! Kyle thrashes but Claudio steps forward! But then Claudio drops to a knee! Claudio is fading but Bryan coaches Claudio on. Claudio gets a second wind and he rises up again! Claudio powers Kyle around into a gut wrench and SUPLEX! The fans fire up as both men crawl! Kyle grabs a leg to anchor Claudio! Claudio BOOTS Kyle away, hot tag to Bryan!

The fans fire up as Bryan goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Then he DROPKICKS Hobbs off the corner! Bryan UPPERCUTS Kyle, UPPERCUTS again and again, then whips. Kyle reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Duck ‘n’ dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Bryan and he goes to a corner. “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan KICKS Kyle, and KICKS, and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Then the BUZZ- NO, Kyle duck sit, shoves, but Bryan WRECKS Hobbs first! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Kyle, runs and PLANCHAS, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs SLAMS Bryan on the apron! And SLAMS him again!

Hobbs then pops Bryan around, but Bryan slips free to POST Hobbs! Bryan goes to the apron to FLYING KNEE! But Kyle comes in to BOOT Bryan into security! But Claudio UPPERCUTS Kyle into railing!! The fans are thunderous as Claudio stands up on the timekeeper’s table! The BCC regroups, “This is Awesome!” as Claudio whips Hobbs into railing! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs up and over railing!! But Kyle SMACKS Bryan off the desk! Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio in the crowd! Kyle sends Claudio into railing! But Bryan LEAPS into the fray! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Hobbs while Claudio has Kyle, and Collision goes picture in picture!

BCC DUMPS Kyle back to ringside, then they hurry to get him in the ring. Claudio drags Hobbs back over, whips, but Hobbs sends Claudio into railing! Bryan KICKS Kyle, brings him up and whips him corner to corner. Kyle reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Then suplex for the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Kyle is fuming! Kyle rains down fists and elbows, then lets off to pace around. Kyle seethes, mocks the fans, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan slips out of the ring but Kyle follows. Kyle CHOPS Bryan against railing! Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan staggers away, but Kyle pursues to CHOP again!

Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan goes into the ring, and Kyle taunts Claudio now. Kyle goes up the steps, and he DIGS his fingers into Bryan’s face! He wants to do Callis’ idea of eye gouging! Collision returns to single picture, and Kyle peels the floor mats away! The fans fire up while the ref reprimands, but Kyle drags Bryan out of the ring. Hobbs makes sure the mats stay outta the way for Kyle to reel Bryan in. The mats aren’t behaving, but then Bryan back drops free! The fans fire up, but then Hobbs RAMS Claudio into railing for good measure! Bryan gets in the ring but he’s isolated! Hobbs gets Kyle up and into the ring at 9!

Kyle mocks the ref’s good counting, then drags Bryan up. Kyle puts Bryan in the corner, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. Kyle brings Bryan to the very top, but Bryan resists! The fans fire up as Bryan slips under and trips Kyle up! Kyle lands on his Aussie arrow, and the fans rally as Bryan rises! Bryan climbs up after Kyle, but then Hobbs Electric Chair Lifts Bryan! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs! Bryan returns to the corner, Claudio UPPERCUTS then LARIATS! Hobbs stays up, the uppercuts keep going! Hobbs dodges to then LARIAT Claudio and himself outta the ring! Bryan still hits a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Bryan crawls to the cover, TWO!!

But into the LEBELL LOCK!! The fans are thunderous as Kyle endures, but Hobbs returns to CLOBBER Bryan! The fans boo but Kyle signals to Hobbs. Hobbs goes to the corner, tags in then storms back in after Bryan. Hobbs scoops Bryan, but Bryan slips free! Bryan shoves Hobbs into Kyle and Kyle falls outta the ring! The fans rally, Claudio rises, and Bryan crawls over, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Hobbs, but lets off as the ref counts. Then Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! Kyle gets in, but he gets an UPPERCUT! Claudio fires UPPERCUTS from all sides! Claudio then shrugs and runs in at Hobbs, UPPERCUT!

UPPERCUT for Kyle! UPPERCUT for Hibbs! Claudio LARIATS Kyle up and out! Hobbs staggers and Claudio trips him! The fans fire up for the GIANT SWING! Hobbs goes around and around and around, the fans counting along! Claudio goes to TEN, then he steps through! SHARPSHOOTER! Hobbs endures as Claudio sits deep! But Kyle returns to KICK Claudio! Claudio holds onto Hobbs! Kyle KICKS again, but still not enough! Bryan goes up top, leaps in, into a SUPERKICK! Claudio does let Hobbs go to POP-UP UPPERCUT Kyle! Only for Hobbs to SPINEBUSTER Claudio! Cover, TWO!! The fans again say “This is Awesome!” as it’s still not over!

The teams crawl and regroup, and the fans cheer on “B C C!” The forearms fly, as do CHOP! Bryan CHOPS Kyle, Kyle CHOPS Bryan! Hobbs and Claudio keep throwing forearms while the other two CHOP! Kyle gets the edge with forearms, then so does Hobbs! Kyle whips Bryan, Bryan stops himself, then Bryan DUMPS Kyle out! Bryan dodges Hobbs to then DIVE! Kyle is sent into railing! Claudio gets Hobbs in a fireman’s carry!? DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and the fans can’t believe it! But Claudio powers back up, waits on Hobbs, and then runs in, to LARIAT! But Hobbs stays up!

Claudio runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Claudio blocks a lariat to UPPERCUT, run, and LARIAT! Hobbs falls down! Cover, TWO!! But Claudio doesn’t hesitate, he drags Hobbs up. But Kyle RAMS Bryan into railing! Hobbs back drops free, but Claudio lands on his feet! Claudio ducks ‘n’ dodges but Kyle trips him! Hobbs LARIATS Claudio, then scoops him! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, BRYAN BREAKS IT! Kyle gets Bryan up to TOSS him, then he tags in, Hobbs goes out to get a chair! Hobbs threatens Bryan, but the ref grab the chair! Bryan KICKS away on Hobbs! “YES! YES! YES!” But Kyle DIVES onto Bryan!

Kyle fires hands, then he clears the desk! Hobbs helps out, time to forget winning and time to start hurting BCC! Kyle feeds Bryan to Hobbs but Bryan slips free of the spinebuster! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs onto the desk! Claudio ELBOWS Kyle, then goes up onto the desk so he can FLYING RANA! Kyle is sent into the apron, then Claudio puts him in the ring! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

The DCF isn’t done, though, because KONOSUKE TAKESHITA attacks! He and Hobbs brutalize Bryan and Claudio! The mission doesn’t end with the match, and they TOSS Bryan out of the ring! The fans cheer for Moxley but he might not be here after being in Chicago last night. Konosuke suplexes Bryan, BRAINBUSTER on the ramp! Kyle says Bryan should’ve listened, and this is what happens! Claudio gets a chair and he runs off the DCF, but the damage has been done! Will the American Dragon be able to recover in time for Dynasty?


My Thoughts:

Really good Collision, though half of it was a go-home to BOTB X with it being on right after this. Good promos from Athena and Billie, from The Undisputed Kingdom, and Red Velvet, but yeah, no titles are changing hands, even if it is the tenth BOTB special. Good promo from Mark Briscoe to add hype to the coming Six Man Tag, and of course The House of Black won tonight’s Six Man Tag. Good promo from Storm and Mariah ahead of Storm’s match with AZM that Storm of course won, but also good stuff with Anna and Mariah fighting. Good promos from Rosa and Deonna to add to the build, and maybe Rosa beats Storm at Dynasty, but hard to say with a week still to go.

Good promo from Jericho and Taz to set up this whole “meeting” with Hook, and I have a feeling that is where #LionHook really falls apart and we get Jericho VS Hook for the FTW Championship at Dynasty, or maybe Double or Nothing at the latest. Really good match from Shibata and Moriarty, and good save from Hook after to add a little more to the FTW Championship match scheduled for BOTB. Great match from Garcia VS Angelico though it was just for the sake of having a great match. I think I said before but Garcia really should get at a title after Dynasty, just not sure what title that’ll be.

Pac has a good promo to call out Okada, and then quite the big move for the tag title match to now be a ladder match. If feel like that’s just them telegraphing that The Bucks are winning because ladder matches are certainly more their thing than FTR’s. And good promos from both BCC and DCF, though the latter wasn’t needed other than to fill time. We know what Kyle & Hobbs were gonna go for after Callis’ promo, we didn’t need them doubling down on it. And while BCC of course won the match, the DCF then of course attacked after. The math here is a bit of a wash, Claudio surely loses to Ospreay, and then Ospreay and Bryan go in more or less even so it could be anyone’s win at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.7/10


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