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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/26/21)

Halloween Havoc is back again!

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NXT Halloween Havoc 2021

Will there be any tricks or treats this year?

NXT puts up a lot of gold for Halloween Havoc 2021! Will the 2.0 generation take over? Or will Ciampa, Gonzalez, Shirai & Stark still reign?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Scareway to Hell: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta VS Toxic Attraction; Toxic Attraction wins and become the new NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • Joe Gacy VS Malik Blade; Gacy wins.
  • Diamond Mine Open Challenge: Roderick Strong VS Odyssey Jones; Strong wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Trick or Street Fight: Raquel Gonzalez VS Mandy Rose; Rose wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships Lumberjack O’ Lantern Match: MSK VS Imperium; Imperium wins and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Bron Breakker; Ciampa wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Costumes, candy and carnage!

That special time of year where things are a little scarier, darker, and more violent. Chucky’s helping us get in the swing of things. These superstars are looking to inflict some serious pain as they spin the wheel and make the deal. And the main event has a “puffy faced gremlin” taking on a man who lives by Chucky’s favorite motto, “No one will survive.” Who wreaks the most havoc just in time for Halloween?

 

NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships Triple Threat Scareway to Hell: Io Shirai & Zoey Stark VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta VS Toxic Attraction!

Starting off is a commercial free half hour, and for all we know, this one could take up all 30 minutes! The Evil Genius and the Sin City Soldier still don’t quite see eye to eye, but they’ll still have each other’s backs to keep the gold around their waists. Will Shirai & Stark climb to new heights to stay champions? Or will another team steep to new lows to take these titles from them?

The introductions are made, the belts are already high overhead, and it’ll be a full metal frenzy to start Halloween Havoc!

Toxic Attraction goes after the champs first but then Indi & Persia get involved! Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne get pinballed between them and the champs, then DECKED by double clotheslines! Toxic Attraction is literally thrown out and now Persia & Indi stare down with Zoey & Io! Then they brawl! SUPERKICK and ROUNDHOUSE for Persia, then Stark throws Persia out. She and Shirai double suplex Indi, and Indi bails out to join Persia. Indi ducks the Penalty Kick but not the heel kick! Shirai goes under the ring and brings out a ladder! Stark watches the other end, and she swings to keep Jacy away. But Gigi sneaks in to RANA Stark to ropes! DOUBLE BOOTS takes her down!

Persia YANKS Shirai off the apron, Indi gets in but Toxic Attraction is all over her! Gigi stops Persia from bringing the ladder in, but then Persia pulls back to HOTSHOT Gigi! Indi sends Jacy into Gigi, then she whips Persia in for a SPLASH! Persia feeds Jacy to Indi for a LARAIT, then feeds Gigi to Indi for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Persia picks up the ladder and she RAMS them both down! The besties set the ladder up together, but Shirai and Stark MISSILE DROPKICK in to take them out! Stark and Shirai set the ladder up as fans rally up. They both climb, but Jacy boots the safety bar! It doesn’t do much, but she still tips the ladder down!

Shirai and Stark tumble and stumble, Jacy BOOTS Stark out then shoves the busted ladder out. Gigi brings in a fresh one but Stark SUPERKICKS Jacy back! Gigi gets in, ducks a roundhouse, but DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take them both down! Persia bumps Shirai off the announce desk, Indi clears it off! Indi makes a ladder bridge and then helps Persia, but Shirai turns double suplex into DOUBLE DDT! Fans fire up for Shirai and she gets in the ring. Shirai baseball slide dropkicks a ladder into Toxic Attraction! Then she takes that ladder for her own to stand it up. Shirai climbs, but Indi springboards to get on the ladder! That was impressive!

Indi shoves Shirai but Stark jumps on! Stark and Indi brawl, reach for the belts, repeat. Fans rally and duel, Stark bumps Indi off the ladder, but Persia sets up another ladder right nearby. This is a taller ladder and she climbs it, but Gigi brings her down to DECK her! Gigi climbs, Indi hops over to intercept! They brawl now, fans are dueling three ways, but Stark gets after Gigi. Jacy’s after Stark but gets a mule kick. Stark throws Gigi down onto Jacy! Stark ROCKS Indi, Shirai jumps on to be a backpack! Persia drags Shirai down but Indi comes with. Shirai fights them both but Persia BOOTS her down!

Stark has a hand on a belt but Persia tips the ladder! Stark manages to springboard, and she takes out Indi and Toxic Attraction!! Persia tries to figure out which ladder still works, but Stark gets in. Persia RAMS her with a ladder, pushes it against her and BOOTS it in harder! Persia gets a good ladder standing, climbs it, but Shirai hurries up after! Persia switches up to bring Shirai down, but Gigi’s sneaking up the other side! Persia brings Gigi down to CLUB her and throw her out! But Shirai’s up top already! Persia hurries, drags Shirai down and fireman’s carries her for a SNAKE EYES off the corner! Gigi climbs again, Persia is after her with CLUBBING forearms!

Persia brings Gigi into position, POWERBOMB onto a ladder!! Fans lose their minds for the powerhouse Persia as she climbs up the ladder! She paws at the belts but Jacy attacks! Jacy brings Persia down, climbs up over her, but Persia fights back! Persia drags Jacy back down, brings her into position, but Jacy RANAS Persia into a ladder! Jacy grabs that same ladder and puts it on Persia’s back on the ropes! Jacy thrashes and grinds Persia down with the ladder! Jacy then repositions the ladder and climbs up, only for Shirai to catch up behind her! BACK SUPLEX onto the ladder! Shirai springboards to LIONSAULT Jacy on the ladder!!

Jacy is writhing, the CWC is thunderous and Jacy gets herself to a ladder! Indi drags her down and BOOTS her! But Stark SUPERKICKS! ROUNDHOUSE for Persia! Stark brings Persia onto a ladder and into a drop zone, she goes up top! Stark wants to be like Shirai, PHOENIX SPLASH onto Persia and the ladder! Stark hurries to stand a ladder up but Indi SPINEBUSTERS her onto a ladder! Indi climbs the ladder Stark set up, but Shirai hurries back in! “This is Awesome!” as they both meet at the top! Shirai bumps Indi off the top and she falls down! Shirai grabs the belts but Indi tips the ladder! Shirai gets hooked by this ladder before she falls onto the ladder bridge!!

Fans lose their minds and even INDI has to check to make sure Shirai’s okay after that one! What is this match doing to everyone!? Indi focuses and gets the ladder back up. Indi climbs as fast as she can, grabs at the belts and pulls on the straps, but Jacy drags her down! Indi kicks Jacy away, but Gigi has gotten to the top! Gigi BOOTS Indi down, looks up at the belts, and pulls them down! TOXIC ATTRACTION WINS!

Winner: Toxic Attraction (NEW NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Gigi & Jacy have surely made Mandy proud, because this was one hell of a match! Will Mandy make her team proud by doing the same and taking a title away?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams arrive at Dexter Lumis’ “Open House.”

It looks bigger than last year. Lumis probably got a new place. He’s got that big money now, y’know? That Gargano cash. Well she ain’t a gold digger, but they ain’t messing with no- No, wait, let’s focus. This is to get Melo’s belt back. Let’s go. Uh, Melo can take care of business and Trick can be the getaway driver. Hey, all that talk about #BoutItBoutIt, let’s go! Trick’s comin’ with. Trick wants to chicken out but Melo won’t let him. They go up to the house, see the dead guy in the yard, and it’s more than just a prop. Gargano and Lumis are watching on cameras. Gargano “Home Alone’d” the crap out of this place. But with a little bit of help. Zombie Ref is back!

Spooky machete guy in the Taker costume! Wait, is that Gargano? They turn around a spooky dead kid. Wait, what?! The spooky kid welcomes them in, and Trick clings a little too close to Melo. They make it to the front door but Trick’s already had it. They should just get a replica. No, Melo wants the one with his side plates on it! Melo opens the door, and they psych themselves up. We’ll check back in with them later tonight.

 

Grayson Waller is taking over hosting duties?

LA Knight won the rights but something happened to him. Maybe it was the pressure. But run around the post, Waller is saving the show! And the party ain’t just in the ring, no no. The party is hopping backstage. There are plenty of pretty ladies, and right now, they’re wearing some of the tightest, tiniest- Joe Gacy interrupts. He takes the mic from Waller and says “corrupt minds” like his is why Halloween isn’t very inclusive. “It’s merely an excuse to exploit and sexualize all people.” To balance this out tonight, Gacy is here to send a much more positive message through is opponent, Malik Blade. Violence is not the answer. But Malik dropkicks Gacy the second he’s in the ring!

Joe Gacy VS Malik Blade!

The bell rings, Gacy kicks back! Gacy CLUBS away on Malik, stomps him down, and a security cam is watching Gunner Harland creeping his way into the arena! Gacy whips Malik to ropes and CLOBBERS him! Gacy brings Malik up, whips him to a corner then gets him for an URENAGE! Gacy smiles then stomps Malik down. Malik throws body shots, Gacy CLUBS him down! Gacy stomps Malik and stalks him. Gacy brings Malik up to suplex high and hard! Gacy whips Malik into a corner, runs in and SPLASHES, then throws Malik out of the ring hard! And HARLAND appears! Harland drags Malik up, the ref warns him and Gacy tells Harland he doesn’t have to do this.

Harland lets Malik go and Malik gets back in the ring. Gacy says he has this, and he dodges Malik to handspring LARIAT! Cover, Gacy wins!

Winner: Joe Gacy, by pinfall

Gacy goes back to Harland and says he understands he has a lot of rage. “Harland, you can trust me.” Has Gacy found his first follower?

 

Kay Lee Ray speaks.

“I was the longest reigning women’s champion in nearly 60 years. What did that get me in NXT 2.0? Nothing! No respect, no appreciation, and no admiration. Now, I’m pissed. And everybody is going to pay. It’s time to rage!” KLR is ready, who will feel her wrath first?

 

Waller checks in with the party.

Good to see Brooks & Briggs having a good time. Hey, Cora. Jiro, Kushida, thanks for coming. But Jiro understands that Halloween is kids going to strangers’ houses to get candy. That’s strange. It isn’t just about candy, it’s about costumes. Like cosplay! Like Jiro knows anything about Cosplay. But Kushida gets an idea, and they head out. Waller mutters, “Foreigners are weird.” ‘Ey, Tony, glad you could come! Frankie Money and Lash Legend usher Waller on, and he flirts with a bunny and an angel. He likes tricks but he loves treats, too. Cameron Grimes walk sin as an astronaut, and tries a pick-up line. “Hey, are we in outer space? Cuz I see some extra terrestrials.” The girls leave.

Waller tells Grimes it’s fine. He’ll get it next time. But will Grimes get some better material next time?

 

Diamond Mine walks and Malcolm Bivens talks.

“It’s one of the biggest shows of the year, and we have a special treat for you. Diamond Mine Open Challenge! You get to pick your poison. You could be knocked out by Ivy Nile. Or you could get your wig split by the Creed Brothers. Or you could be stomped out by the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Roderick Strong! Choose wisely, the choice is yours.” Diamond Mine is ready, but who is daring enough to take on the pressure?

NXT returns and Diamond Mine is in the ring. Bivens asks who is stepping up to the plate. And we #SoundtheAlarm! Odyssey Jones is here and he calls Strong out! Wait, wait, wait. Bivens means this with all due disrespect. “Your big ass ain’t 205 pounds.” But Strong doesn’t mind, he is ready for a rematch from 205 Live!

Roderick Strong VS Odyssey Jones!

The bell rings, the two tie up and Strong gets a leg. Jones powers him off but Strong comes back with forearms and CHOPS! Strong runs but Jones FLAPJACKS him! Fans fire up with Jones as Strong sputters to a corner. Jones whips to put Strong back in the corner, then he blocks a boot to SPLASH! Strong flounders to another corner, Jones RAMS his shoulder in! Jones lets off as the ref counts, and he RAMS into Strong again. Strong flops to the apron, Jones drags him back in and up to then jump and HEADBUTT Strong down! Strong flounders, Jones stalks him and brings him up to scoop. Strong slips around to a SLEEPER!

Jones stays up as Strong is a backpack, and he manages to throw Strong off! Jones runs but into a BOOT! Strong kicks away at a leg, boots then BOOTS Jones down! Strong rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Strong comes back after Jones and clamps on a sleeper. Fans rally for Jones but Strong has a grounded stretch. Jones fights up, Strong adds a wristlock to it but Jones still gets to his feet. Strong kicks a leg out then CLUBS Jones on the back. Strong gets a leg and has a CALF CRUSHER! Fans rally and Jones endures as he crawls. Strong drags Jones from the ropes but Jones BOOTS Strong out of the ring!

Strong gets back in but Jones dodges the knee to rally with a body check and a scoop SLAM! Jones scoops and hits a SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans fire up as Jones runs but Strong crawls away. Jones grabs at Strong, Brutus Creed distracts! Jones DECKS him, then THROWS Julius into the ring! Jones clotheslines Julius out but Strong hits the STRONG KNEE! Down goes Jones, Strong powers him to a cover, Strong wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

A near knockout on 205 Live, another one here on NXT! Of course, Diamond Mine gets the assist. Will anyone have a chance when Strong has his team with him everywhere he goes?

 

Backstage interview with Imperium.

Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner are ready for their tag title match tonight, but have they had a chance to talk to Walter about this? Barthel answers in German, “Loyalty is one of our biggest strengths. We’d never let anything get between us and Walter, but fact is Walter is not here tonight. Tonight is about us, tonight is about the gold.” Aichner adds in Italian that “We worked harder for this opportunity than anybody else. We’ve never been more ready, we’ve never been more prepared, tonight is our night.” They are Imperium, and to them, the mat is sacred. But with the wheel yet to spin, what situation will Imperium find themselves against MSK?

 

NXT checks back in with the party.

Robert Stone is Elvis but he doesn’t get who Xyon Quinn is supposed to be. Lash says the party is lit but Tony wants her to reconsider his offer. Well since he wants to be on her show so bad, she will let him be her guest next week. Just don’t disappoint. Brooks, now with his shirt off, asks Von Wagner who he’s dressed as. He’s being Brad Pitt. Don’t you see it? Maybe Brooks is just dumb. Briggs is out, though. Duke “Hefner” Hudson feels bad for Grimes’ tough luck with the ladies. Does he still got money? Yeah! Does Duke still have cards? Then see you in the poker room next week! Stone gets upset with Quinn for stepping on his shoes! Good thing they weren’t blue suede.

Stone fires up, takes the crane stance, and flicks Quinn on the forehead. Quinn puts down his drink, and CHOKE SLAMS Stone through the buffet table! Frankie Monet is upset, Waller says this is the best Halloween party ever!

 

NXT Women’s Championship Spin the Wheel: Raquel Gonzalez VS Mandy Rose!

Big Mami Cool and the sinfully seductive leader of Toxic Attraction are battling for the top gold in the NXT Women’s Division, but that wheel is back. What will fate have in store for them? We find out, after the break.

Mandy waits while Raquel rolls in on her chopper. (That’s slang for motorcycle) Rick Desperado goes right to ringside with it, too! And now, we spin the wheel to make the deal! And this match will be… CHUCKY’S CHOICE! The psycho puppet goes with Trick or Street Fight! No count outs, no disqualifications, but this must end in the ring! The belt is raised and it’s time to throw the rules out the window!

Mandy fires off, Raquel CLUBS her down! Raquel kicks Mandy around, whips her to a corner hard, then storms up to bring Mandy around to CLUB her again! Mandy JAWBREAKERS back and fires off haymakers! Mandy stomps a mudhole into Raquel then brings her around, only for Raquel to block the suplex. Raquel shoves Mandy and SPLASHES her in the corner! Mandy bails out, and gets a kendo stick! She SMACKS Raquel in the stomach, then SMACKS her on the back! Raquel staggers into another SMACK to the stomach, and then another SMACK on the back! Raquel grabs the stick and reels Mandy in for haymakers! Raquel whips Mandy into Plexiglas!

Raquel goes looking under the ring now, Mandy ROCKS her and kicks her first! Mandy fires off more hands but Raquel shoves her into the post! Raquel runs in, Mandy dodges and Raquel gets caught! Mandy fires off, then has the kendo stick again! Mandy SMACKS Raquel into the ring and then stalks up behind her as AEW goes picture in picture.

Mandy brags she’ll be champ soon, and she stomps Raquel to a corner. Mandy bumps her off buckles, stomps another mudhole in, then brings her around to whip. Raquel reverses and Mandy hits buckles again. Raquel scoops and spins for the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel is frustrated but she drags Mandy up to scoop again. She RAMS Mandy into a corner to put her in the Tree of Woe! Raquel gets to stomp Mandy now, then she CLUBS Mandy down. Raquel goes out and looks under the ring. Raquel brings out chair after chair after chair! Raquel JAMS Mandy with one chair, then gets another idea. Raquel goes out, looks under the ring, and brings out a TABLE!

Raquel puts the table in the ring, sets it up in a corner, then goes back to Mandy. But Mandy’s freed herself from the Tree! Mandy throws hands but Raquel throws a body shot. Raquel scoops Mandy and runs but Mandy slips off! Raquel and Mandy scrap, Raquel CLUBS and kicks her down, then JAMS her with a chair! Raquel wedges a chair in a corner, then wedges another! It’s a chair triangle in the corner! Raquel stomps Mandy down, sits a chair on top of the triangle, but Mandy throws Raquel out of the ring. Mandy runs and slides, but Raquel catches her as we return to single picture. Raquel YANKS Mandy to the floor, then brings out a new kendo stick!

Raquel SMACKS Mandy while she’s down! And bumps her off the desk! And SMACKS her again! Raquel grabs at Mandy but Mandy kicks her away! Mandy uses an armchair and RAMS it into Raquel! Mandy makes Raquel take a seat, and then she SMACKS away with the kendo stick! Mandy traps Raquel in the chair with the kendo stick through the arms! Raquel tries to stand up but gets a KNEE FROM A ROSE! Mandy, this isn’t Falls Count Anywhere! She can’t cover out there! She takes the kendo stick back out to SMACK away on Raquel again! And throw a fit, too! Mandy argues with the ref, but then she looks under the ring.

Mandy brings out more chairs and kendo sticks, but she’s looking for something more. Raquel returns with a Jason Voorhees hockey mask, and the FIRE EXTINGUISHER! She hoses Mandy down! Raquel then storms up and HEADBUTTS Mandy with the mask! Raquel throws the mask off, hauls Mandy into a fireman’s carry and TOSSES her into the ring. Raquel runs and CLOBBERS Mandy, then scoops her to SNAKE EYES off the chairs in the corner! Cover, TWO! Mandy is still in this and Raquel is fuming! Raquel hauls Mandy back up, RAMS her into a corner, digs her shoulder in, then hoists Mandy up top. Mandy jumps down before Raquel can boot her!

Raquel goes out and BOOTS Mandy anyway! Raquel pulls steel steps apart, drags Mandy over and RAMS her into them! Fans are dueling as Raquel brings the base steps up and puts it on the apron. Mandy scurries away and back into the ring. Raquel pursues but Mandy KICKS her in the ropes. Mandy sees the steps and RAMS Raquel into them! Raquel is down and out inside the ropes, Mandy drags her to a cover, TWO! Mandy is losing her cool as Raquel gets back to the apron. Mandy HOTSHOTS the arm, CLUBS  and throws hands, then a KNEE! Raquel flops down, Mandy drags her back in, cover, TWO!

Mandy reels Raquel in but Raquel back drops out of the bomb! Raquel gets to a corner, Mandy staggers up to her feet. Raquel runs in and SPEARS Mandy through the table!! The CWC is thunderous and Raquel drags Mandy to a cover, TWO!! Mandy survives and shocks Raquel! But wait! What is that mysterious hooded figure? They SMACK Raquel with a shovel! KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, Mandy wins!!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)

Ironically, it wasn’t Toxic Attraction helping their leader in this one! Mandy is finally a champion, and Toxic Attraction is 100% golden!

But who is the hooded figure that helped Mandy out? They stand over Raquel in the ring, still holding the shovel that did the deed. And SURPRISE! It’s Dakota Kai! She got her revenge on Raquel one way or another, but what is next for her now that she’s back?

 

NXT checks back in with Melo & Trick.

They’ve made it deeper into the Lumis house of horrors, but will they find the North American Championship? We find out, after the break.

NXT returns and Trick admires the lovely lady in the portrait. But as they go down the hall, they find a dinner of the damned. Hopefully they brought their appetite. No thanks, creepy lady. Pumpkin head!! They throw biscuits at him then get out. Melo wants Trick to lock it in. But another creepy lady welcomes them to the parlor. What is wrong with people here? Wax figurines and silhouettes. Some move and that spooks them out of the room. Someone is chasing them! Did someone say Andre Chase? No, no one brought you up! Why are you even here?! He took his class on a field trip but can’t find them now. Oh uh, Trick saw them in the woods. That dead kid maybe? Dead? What?

Anyway, maybe Chase can lead the way out. A teachable moment, if you will. Alright then. Chase leads the way, and now Gargano decides it’s time to make a movie. Zombie Ref, you stay here to watch the cameras. Chase, Trick & Melo make it to a mirror. Lumis appears! But then he’s gone. And so are they! They make it through into a stone maze, and HOLY S*IT, a skeleton! And grabbing arms! Zombies get Chase! Melo falls into a secret passage! Trick bumps into Lumis! Trick hurries through the maze but a birdman is after him! And that dead guy from the front yard! Trick screams and runs, but runs into NOSFERATU!! Any requests? No, man, it’s fine.

Melo puts a hand on Trick’s shoulder and Trick freaks out and punches him! OW! Oh, sorry. Why’d you sneak up on him? Melo say sit was Gargano. Now they gotta get him back! They move on, and the belt is there! But wait, it could be like the movies. It’s never this easy. Easy? Melo almost died for this! He takes the belt and slaps the skeleton. Melo’s a bad, bad man. Melo don’t miss. But Gargano and Lumis are right there! They DECK Melo and Trick with uppercuts! Melo and Trick hurry away, but more zombies appear! The zombies get thrown around, but then Lumis grabs the other end of the title belt. Gargano says “Boo” and Trick runs screaming!

“Dexter, your house is kinda weird, man. Next year, we’ll do Halloween at my place.” Lumis and his creepy friends all give thumbs up.

 

Waller is in the ring.

The party’s hot tonight! Trick & Melo are ’bout it ’bout it, but the real star of the show is him! Jump on the band wagon, yo. Pretty lady in the truck, put the handles on the screen. He’s got exclusive content on his social media! But here comes LA Knight! And he’s also Dracula? Knight tells Waller to take his costume back to the discount store, because now this is HIS show. Have respect! Knight saved the show. It’s not Waller’s fault Knight had car problems. Who told you he had car problems? Uh… Maybe Chucky did it? Oh ha ha. But wait, here comes SOLO SIKOA! The Street Champion of the Island is here!

Waller says it’s not all about Knight. This is all about NXT 2.0’s newest signee! But Knight feeds Waller to Sikoa’s fists! And Belly2Belly suplex that throws Waller up and out! Knight gives a thumbs up and bails out. Solo Sikoa has made his impact, but what will he do once he has himself a match?

 

Bron Breakker prepares in his locker room.

And he spots a Chucky doll in a locker. “Hey, I know you!” Bron is pumped up even more now, but will Ciampa make sure he gets no tricks or treats tonight?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships Spin the Wheel: MSK VS Imperium!

The champs get a live remix from DJ Tommy as they make their way down. Wes Lee & Nash Carter have put respect on the names, but the wheel shows no favorites! What will it decide for them and Imperium in this title showdown? We find out, after the break.

NXT returns and Imperium has made their entrance. The introductions are made and Chucky cues the wheel! Samantha Irvin gives NXT Guest of the Night, Alex, the chance to spin! He gives it a good go, and we’re in for a… Lumberjack O’ Lantern match! The rest of the roster gets to be ringside to make sure no one runs away! Jiro and Kushida are amateur mat wrestlers as they lead the charge for the costume wearing superstars. The belts are raised and this battle begins!

Aichner starts with Carter and they circle. They tie up, Aichner waistlocks  and TOSSES Carter to a corner! Carter gets up, ties up with Aichner again, but Aichner wrenches to a wristlock. Carter rolls, kips up and flips to then arm-drag, but Aichner blocks! Aichner blocks a boot but Carter gets around, only for Aichner to throw off his crucifix takedown. Carter runs and jumps but into a scoop and SLAM! Aichner drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Aichner has a top wristlock, then shifts to a cording hold. Barthel tags in, Aichner whips and Barthel hits an arm-drag. Carter gets up, Barthel wrenches but Carter rolls. Barthel rolls with him to keep the hold, then arm-drags Carter down.

Carter kips up and arm-drags but Barthel holds onto the wristlock. Carter JAWBREAKERS, then handsprings under to sweep the legs! Carter basement dropkicks and fans fire up! Carter brings Barthel up to EuroUpper, then he runs in to uppercut again. Snapmare and a tag to Lee, he knee-board sentons! Lee waistlocks, Barthel back shim into a corner and Lee lets go. Lee ducks the back elbow but not the BOOT! Lee throws hands but Barthel CHOPS and CLUBS, then whips and ROCKS Lee with an uppercut! Barthel snapmares and PENALTY KICKS Lee down! Then Barthel shouts, “NEIN!” Barthel throws Lee out but Lee skins the cat to avoid the lumberjacks!

Lee dodges, hurdles, throws a body shot and then a kick! Lee shoves and dropkicks Barthel out to the lumberjacks! Barthel fights them off! Aichner joins in, things are wild outside, and MSK DOUBLE DIVE in onto Imperium! Fans fire up as NXT goes picture in picture.

MSK has the ring and they wait on Imperium. The lumberjacks give them a hand and throw them into the ring, Carter uppercuts Barthel to a corner. Carter runs in, blocks a boot, but Barthel brings him down to KICK him away. Barthel runs to get around and waistlock. Carter switches, O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Carter tumbles outside, Boa and other lumberjacks stomp him down! They throw Carter in, Aichner tags and he stomps Carter more. Aichner drives elbows into Carter’s shoulder then wraps on a chinlock. Aichner grinds Carter down but fans and some lumberjacks rally up. Carter fights up, throws hands, but Aichner headbutts low!

Aichner dares Carter to get up, and then he stomps Carter down. Aichner nap suplexes, covers, TWO! Aichner kicks at Lee’s hand reaching out, and then brings Carter up. Carter throws body shots but Aichner CLUBS him. Aichner back suplexes but Carter lands on his feet to dropkick! Tag to Lee, MSK double whip and fire off, Chancery BOOT! Cover, TWO! Lee CLUBS Aichner to the corner, Aichner shoves him away. Lee runs in but is put on the apron! Carter tags in, MSK trips Aichner and then Carter runs in to BRONCO BUSTER! Carter brings Aichner to a cover, TWO! Aichner throws hands and shoves Carter but Carter kicks back.

NXT returns to single picture as Carter runs but Aichner picks him up to scoop SLAM into the ropes! Tag to Barthel, he drags Carter up and puts in an open corner to EuroUpper! HALF HATCH suplex, then Barthel goes up top to jump, into a KNEE from Carter! Both men are down and fans fire up. The lumberjacks also rally, hot tag to Lee! Lee rallies on Barthel, heel kick to WHEEL KICK! BOOT for Aichner, but Barthel runs in. Lee dodges to ENZIGURI, snapmare and handspring PELE! Cover, TWO! Lee drags Barthel over, tags in Carter, but Barthel throws Lee away and ROCKS Carter with an uppercut! Barthel dodges Lee, hot tag to Aichner!

Aichner rallies on MSK now, he blocks a kick to reel Lee in for a LARIAT! CHOP for Carter, Carter reverses the whip but jumps into Aichner’s fireman’s carry! Aichner powers up to add Lee to the pile! Aichner can’t maintain the weigh and MSK fights, but he gets them up after all!! DOUBLE ROLLING SENTON! Fans are thunderous, Barthel tags in! Aichner gets Carter up but he RANAS Aichner out! Barthel grabs at Carter, Lee runs in to FLY over Barthel and onto Aichner and the lumberjacks! The Creed Brothers finally realize Jiro and Kushida have been mocking them in those wrestler singlets! Barthel is distracted by the carnage down below, Carter ENZIGURIS him up top!

Carter climbs up and brings Barthel along, SUPER CUTTER onto the lumberjacks!! Jiro & Kushida get after the Creed Brothers, other lumberjacks brawl with each other, and extra referees clear them out. MSK and Imperium are all by themselves now as they drag themselves into the ring. Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” as the teams regroup. They all stand, Barthel blocks Carter’s kick and sends it at Lee! Lee ducks, kicks but that is blocked! Aichner coordinates with Barthel but Carter SUPERKICKS him! Barthel ROCKS Lee with a haymaker, Carter SUPERKICKS Barthel! Carter fires up, he and Lee hit Imperium with EuroUppers in the corner!

MSK go corner to corner but Imperium follows them, Barthel and Aichner CHOP! They whip MSK but MSK reverses to JUMP KNEE! MSK runs again, but into DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans are torn as Imperium sets up in the corner, but Lee runs in! He goes off the corner but Aichner catches him, only to get a TORNADO DDT! Barthel hits a FLYING UPERCUT! Carter hits a FLYING DESTROYER!! Fans are thunderous as MSK hurry, PUSH-SAULT! Cover, TWO!? Barthel survives and fans can’t believe it! MSK hurry to coordinate at the corner. Lee tags in then climbs as Carter gets Barthel up. “This is Awesome’ as Aichner shoves everyone into Lee!

SPINEBUSTER and PENALTY KICK for Carter! Lee runs in but is popped up top for a GAMANGIRI! Tag to Aichner, ICONOCLASM to BRAINBUSTER!! Then they get Lee back up, IMPERIAL BOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)

Somewhere, Walter is watching, proud of his men for taking these titles back. They even get to bring out the pyro! Will they keep the mat sacred now that they’re back on top?

 

Chucky speaks.

This was the match he was waiting for! He’s sure Bron cried himself to sleep hearing scary stories about a killer with soulless eyes. Well that nightmare comes true against Ciampa!

NXT takes a closer look at this match.

September 14th, 2021. Ciampa said, “The experts seem to think that this match marks the end of the NXT Black ‘n’ Gold Brand as we know it and that it marks the beginning of NXT 2.0.” The vacated title Fatal 4 Way was wild, but the “greatest love story in sports entertainment history gets a second chapter.” Ciampa won that night, and he became the face of 2.0. He dared someone, anyone, to step up, and it was Bron that stood up. If you aren’t here to be a top champion, pack your bags and go somewhere else. Bron knows he can’t outsmart Ciampa, he’s got too much experience. But this isn’t a chess match, it’s a slug fest. Bron’s game plan is explosiveness, power and domination.

Ciampa is the gatekeeper, the measuring stick, and tonight, Bron will drown in an ocean of inexperience. Bron knows Ciampa is a control freak, but Bron is a genetic freak, and Ciampa won’t have any control when he is pressed overhead and spiked through the mat. The title completes Ciampa and changes him. At Halloween Havoc, Ciampa will win by any means necessary. Bron knows Ciampa holds onto the title tightly, but Bron will rip Ciampa’s heart out when he leaves the new champion! Will the Blackheart keep beating to show 2.0 hasn’t changed a thing? Or is there no stopping the new generation from taking over?

NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Bron Breakker!

Chucky says, “Time to sink or swim, little pup. Hopefully being a loser doesn’t run in the family.” Fighting words from the doll that isn’t even here, but will that only motivate the second generation superstar more? Or will Ciampa truly embody Kratos and show he is the true god of war in NXT?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Halloween Havoc gives us one more fight for the gold!

Ciampa pushes Bron, Bron pushes back, and they tie up. Bron puts Ciampa on ropes but the ref counts the break. Bron lets off, they tie up again and Bron headlocks. Ciampa powers out, drops, hurdles, but Bron runs him over! Ciampa gets up, storms up the steps, and gets in at the corner. Ciampa and Bron feel things out, Ciampa waistlocks to a headlock but Bron blocks the takeover. Bron throws Ciampa away but runs into a drop toehold. Ciampa gets the headlock again and fans cheer the technical exchange. Bron pries the hold, powers his way to a top wristlock, but Ciampa slips around to a waistlock. Bron switches with a hammerlock but Ciampa elbows out.

Ciampa headlocks, Bron powers out and runs Ciampa over. Things keep moving, Bron sees the dropdown and rolls to get the waistlock! Bron deadlifts then SLAMS Ciampa, then does it again! Bron runs to run Ciampa over again, and again. Bron ducks and dodges but Ciampa ducks the flying shoulder tackle! Ciampa drags Bron up to whip and kitchen sink knee! Ciampa keeps right on Bron with a body scissors! Bron endures the squeeze, Ciampa adds on a chinlock, and Bron fights up only to get a knee low. Ciampa CHOPS in the corner, then clotheslines! Ciampa runs and redirects Bron but Bron hurdles and catches Ciampa for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!

Ciampa bails out and Bron goes out after him as NXT goes to picture in picture. Bron walks into a mule kick, but he scoops Ciampa anyway. Ciampa slips off to shove Bron into the announce desk! Ciampa puts Bron in the ring, refreshes the count, and then goes looking under the ring. No, he starts pulling at the seams of the mats on the floor! Ciampa exposes concrete! Ciampa stomps Bron to the ropes, stomps him at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Ciampa literally kicks Bron out of the ring and brings Bron over to suplex. Bron blocks, suplexes and Ciampa hits the floor! Luckily it was padded but that still hurt!

The ring count climbs and Bron puts Ciampa in at 7. Bron gets in, blocks a kick and DECKS Ciampa! Bron hauls Ciampa up, suplexes, but Ciampa fights free with body shots! Bron tries again but Ciampa slips out to this time to get a NECKBREAKER! Both men are down but fans rally as Ciampa gets up. Bron is in a corner, Ciampa storms over and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Bron is stinging but he hits back! NXT returns to single picture as the two brawl, but Ciampa gets the edge! The ref counts and Ciampa lets off, to come back with more stomps! Fans fire up as Ciampa goes side to side to BOOT WASH!

Ciampa sits up on the top rope to applaud himself and pat himself on the back. Then he drops ax handles! Cover, TWO! Ciampa wraps on a rear bearhug but Bron endures. Bron fights up, powers through and gets his arms in but Ciampa BELL CLAPS! Ciampa runs but into an elbow. And then a boot! Bron runs to SHOULDER TACKLE! Bron clinches Ciampa for a Belly2Belly! Bron goes up a corner, fans bark it up with him, but he slips off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Was that some of that inexperience Ciampa talked about? Or is his gas tank running low? Ciampa doesn’t care, he CHOPS and CHOPS! Bron hits back, but Ciampa gets the edge.

Ciampa whips, Bron ducks and SHOULDER TACKLES again! Ciampa bails out, Bron hurries after him because of Champion’s Advantage. Bron puts Ciampa in, but Ciampa gets him for WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, TWO! Bron survives but Ciampa refocuses quickly. Ciampa stomps Bron, kicks him around, throws hands, but Bron stays seated up. Ciampa brings him around to ROLLING ELBOW! Bron barks it up, Ciampa KNEES him down! Cover, ONE?! Ciampa runs and runs but into a RANA?! Or should we call that a Frankensteiner? Bron reels Ciampa in, underhooks, TIGER SUPLEX SLAM! Cover, TWO! Bron isn’t sure what to make of that!

Fans rally and duel hard as ever, Bron says this is it! Bron gorilla presses Ciampa, but Ciampa turns that into a REVERSE DDT! Both men are down again, a standing count begins and fans rally up. Ciampa sits up, Bron follows, and they throw hands on the mat. They go back and forth, stand up and keep throwing haymakers! Ciampa JABS and JABS, then kicks, JABS, throws more hands in the corner, not letting off! But Bron gets under to put Ciampa out and throws hands! Ciampa trips Bron, Bron kicks Ciampa to the announce desk! Bron waistlocks, Ciampa grabs apron skirt and switches! Ripcord, DDT to the concrete!!

Ciampa drags Bron up, in, and the ring count stops at 7. Ciampa drags a busted open Bron up, underhooks the arms, FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, TWO?!?! Bron survives all of that?! Ciampa snarls and glares from a corner as he brings the kneepad down. PSYCHO KNEE!! Bron is dazed but somehow sits up again, so he gets another PSYCHO KNEE!! And then a THIRD PSYCHO KNEE!! Underhooks and FAIRY TALE ENDING!! Cover, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

Bron Breakker proved he’s not normal, but Ciampa proved he’s ruthless as ever! Will no one separate Ciampa from Goldie now that he has her back?


My Thoughts:

A great Halloween Havoc for NXT again this year. I do like that they played around with the hosting duties, where Chucky was doing more than either Waller or Knight. And then of course, the implication that Knight was sabotaged by Waller. Solo Sikoa didn’t have quite the debut I expected but I’m sure he and Waller will have a match based on that interaction. I did like that they used the Halloween party backstage to set up some stuff, too, even if it’s for Lashing Out and Duke’s Poker Room next week. If Duke actually plays a game of poker against the superstars he’s feuding with, okay, I can see them using that as a way to build towards a match. They talk while playing for some good promo material, winner of the game “stands tall” and that contributes to the momentum math.

Kay Lee Ray’s promo was a good way to express probably some real frustrations for her. She came in just as she said, the former NXT UK Women’s Champion who set the record for the entire company, but no, 2.0 has to push Toxic Attraction up and over KLR and Sarray. KLR should definitely go after Mandy as soon as next week. Toxic Attraction win all the belts tonight in honestly some great matches, though. The ladder match was really good, the hardcore carnage covered up anything lacking in the ring for the younger stars. Persia also got to show a lot of power. That ladder fall spot for Shirai was scary, though, so I can understand if Indi was shoot reacting to it.

Raquel VS Mandy was a good Street Fight match, but I should’ve figured that it would be totally obvious Dakota Kai in disguise screwing Raquel over instead of the usual “Heel faction members help their leader” move. Dakota and Raquel are of course going to have a grudge match, not really sure anything has really changed for Dakota despite the vignettes. But again, those vignettes were badly done red herrings anyway, so whatever. Gacy VS Malik was a short match for the sake of furthering the stable being formed. Harland will definitely be Gacy’s muscle as this story builds, who knows who they actually feud with, though.

Strong VS Jones was a good match but I’m disappointed that commentary didn’t reference this happening on 205 Live, too. Vic Joseph is literally on both shows, but I didn’t hear one peep from him about it. I did like that Jiro and Kushida decided to make their Halloween costumes “amateur wrestlers” to poke fun at the Creed Brothers, but they didn’t get nearly as much banter out of it at ringside as they should have. The tag team lumberjack match was pretty good stuff, but it was quite surprising Imperium won. This does freshen things up a bit, but I hope we get some Walter on NXT, too. He can congratulate them, they can help him get a title shot.

The “Open House” stuff tonight was good but not quite what I expected, and certainly not on the level of the Haunted House match last year with Grimes. Though, that’s because this didn’t turn into a match or even a brawl between Melo, Trick, Gargano and Lumis. If Gargano and Lumis were fighting Melo & Trick more, it might’ve been better. But we’re getting a tag match out of this anyway so whatever. Then for being just a standard singles match, Ciampa VS Bron was very good, and I like that Ciampa busted out bare concrete. Bron getting busted open and still surviving a Fairy Tale Ending was a bit much to me, but it does build Bron up in his loss. Ciampa can literally take on anyone next and it’ll be awesome, but Bron is still pretty well off as he can also do just about anything next.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/18/24)

LIGHTS OUT!

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Now this is a LEGIT grudge match!

While ROH prepares for Death Before Dishonor, Leyla Hirsch and Diamante throw the rules out the window in a LIGHTS OUT match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Outrunners VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Red Velvet VS Maya World; Velvet wins.
  • Evil Uno VS Katsuyori Shibata; Shibata wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Austin Mulitalo, Carson Hutcheson & Cappuccino Jones; The Cage of Agony wins.
  • Queen Aminata VS Mackenzie Morgan; Aminata wins.
  • Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante; Diamante wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Athena is here!

The Fallen Goddess makes her way out on crutches, Billie Starkz and the MIT Security in tow. Billie has the mic while the fans cheer Athena on. Billie holds the mic up for Athena so she can say, “Hello, Minions.” The fans cheer, but not good enough. Billie shouts, “She said, ‘HELLO, MINIONS!'” The fans cheer louder and that’s better. Athena says she knows what they’re all thinking. Why are they in this cesspool of a town? The fans boo but Athena says they all live here, they know how bad Little Rock is. But MIT is here for some uninterrupted talk time.

Athena knows what everyone is thinking: Death Before Dishonor is right around the corner, and they saw she walked without her crutches so she must be 100%. That’s not true, though! She was simply happy that Minion 400,237 & three-quarters, Billie Starkz, won her match and beat a porcelain hussy into the ground. Athena chalks that all up to adrenaline. Billie says yeah, it was just an adrenaline rush. Meanwhile, these bullies, these LIARS, Red Velvet & Queen Aminata, keep spreading rumors that Athena’s faking. Can’t you see this woman? She is NOT 100%! The fans boo, not quite buying the act.

Billie then tells Velvet that she’s been on Billie’s mind a lot lately. And Billie knows they have their match at DBD. Let’s just say Velvet’s made Billie see red the past couple weeks. Velvet has proven herself time and time again, and has the numbers game. But guess what? Billie won the ROH Women’s World Television Tournament, and that means she outsmarted Velvet and all the others to become “your first and last ROH Women’s World TV Champion.” The fans boo again but Athena tells Aminata that she may think she has Athena backed into a corner because she’s not 100%.

And Athena doesn’t care if Tony Khan and the Board of Directors force her to do this match and defend her title at DBD, she is still better than Aminata and every hussy in the back on one foot! Remember, friends, this is HER show. And she wants everyone to enjoy tonight. Athena & Billie will not touch Aminata & Velvet, they will not bother them. They are just going to kick their feet up and watch the night. Billie says Athena needs this rest time. Athena says next week, they’ll have Lexy Nair ask the hard questions as Aminata & Velvet have their five minutes of talk time. Athena hopes they’re not at a loss for words.

The champions head out, their security following. But between the “broken leg” and that cryptic warning, is the Fallen Goddess planning on something truly wicked before Death Before Dishonor?

 

Backstage interview with Dalton Castle.

Lexy Nair is with The Peacock and brings up that he is scheduled for a match against Lance Archer & The Righteous, but has no partners of his own to speak of. Has he had any luck finding some? Castle shrugs, flabbergasted, and says, “No, I haven’t!” Castle has looked all over, but why would he be put in such a situation anyway? This wasn’t his idea! They keep throwing obstacles in his path! Is this what the people wanna see? But then in step The Outrunners! Truth & Turbo ask “Mr. Castle” for a moment. They have formal introductions, though they have met before. When? Last week, they were his Boys.

Castle hushes Turbo and asks Truth what’s wrong with him. Truth says Turbo gets nervous. Castle can’t see Turbo’s eyes, he doesn’t trust that. Turbo takes his sunglasses off and puts them away. What do they want? The Outrunners were just wondering, if they could… Well, they’d love to be his tag partners! Castle looks them over, and asks what they’ve got. The Outrunners flex! Castle sees the biceps and the vascularity. He’ll see ’em out there. Truth & Turbo are super excited now, will they go from boys to men alongside The Peacock? Or will Vincent & Dutch help The Murderhawk Monster remind us all that #EverybodyDies?

Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Outrunners VS Lance Archer & The Righteous!

The trios sort out and the fans chant “Everybody Dies!” for Archer. But we get Vinnie against Castle and the bell rings. The fans rally as the two circle, no Code of Honor and the two knuckle lock. Castle goes for a leg but Vinnie stays back. Castle headlocks, Vinnie powers up and out and Castle takes a tumble! But Castle fires right up! The fans fire up with him as he goes around the ring for a full lap! Castle keeps going, he makes a second lap, then slides in! Castle and Vinnie tie up, Castle puts Vinnie in a corner, but the ref counts. Castle lets off, Vinnie slips away, and the two reset. Castle stays fired up and the fans rally behind him.

Castle and Vinnie tie up, Castle waistlocks, but Vinnie hits an arm-drag. Vinnie has the armlock but Castle slips around to have the waistlock again. Vinnie fights up, throws an elbow, and Castle goes to a corner. Vinnie backs off and Castle gets annoyed. Vinnie smiles as he reaches out, and ol’ Dutch tags in. Dutch grins but Turbo starts to rev up! The fans rally as Dutch steps in, and Turbo says he wants it! Castle thinks about it, but he tags Turbo in! The fans cheer as Turbo flexes. Turbo spins, but Dutch kicks low! Castle says that is not okay! But then Turbo kicks low! Turbo headlocks, Dutch powers  up and out.

Turbo RAMS Dutch but Dutch does not budge! Turbo runs again, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he baits Dutch into a BOOT! Tag to Truth, Turbo wrenches and Truth goes up. Truth flexes before the AX HANDLE! Dutch wobbles, so Truth tags Turbo. Truth gives Turbo the boost so he can run Dutch over! The fans cheer again, the Outrunners shake hands, and they DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! It even shocks Castle! The fans cheer but Archer gets in to CLOBBER Turbo and DECK Truth! Archer says this is HIS ring! Dutch stomps Turbo, punches him, then CHOKES Turbo on ropes. The ref counts, Dutch flicks that tongue, and Dutch lets off at 4.

Dutch stands Turbo up to scoop him, but Turbo slips free! Turbo dodges but Dutch grabs the leg. Turbo BOOTS Dutch away, hot tag to Truth! Truth runs, dodges Dutch but misses Vinnie. Dutch BODY CHECKS Truth! Truth sputters, Dutch hauls him up, and Dutch short arm LARIATS! Dutch drags Truth up to short arm LARIAT again! Castle coaches Truth but there’s little that can be done as Dutch clutches for an EXPLODER! Truth flounders to ropes, the fans rally up, but Dutch drags Truth up. Dutch HEADBUTTS Truth, tags Vinnie, and The Righteous THROW Truth into the corner! And then they do it again!

Vinnie hauls Truth up, SIDE EFFECT! Dutch drops the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Truth survives but Vinnie tags in Archer. The fans fire up as Archer bumps Truth off buckles! Archer stands Truth up to CHOP him! Archer goes corner to corner and ELBOWS Truth down! Tag to Vinnie, he snaps his fingers and walks around. Vinnie drags Truth up, but Truth CHOPS! Castle fires up, the fans rally, but Vinnie kicks Truth’s leg out! Then he runs for a SLIDING BOOT, then a SLIDING FLATLINER! Vinnie clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Truth down. Truth endures, the fans rally, and Truth fights up to his feet.

The fans fire up as Truth throws body shots! Truth RAMS Vinnie into a corner, then powers up to a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, the fans rally up again, and Truth crawls for the corner. Vinnie drags Truth back, DECKS Turbo, but then Truth dodges Vinnie! Hot tag to Castle! The fans fire up as The Peacock rallies on Vinnie with CHOPS and forearms! Castle then DECKS Dutch, swings on Archer, but Archer blocks the shot. Vinnie runs up, Castle blocks a shot to ELBOW him, then he BOOTS Archer! Castle runs, Vinnie dodges, but then Castle dodges! Vinnie ELBOWS Castle, goes up and up, and leaps, but into a waistlock!

Vinnie flails but Castle holds him up, for a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Castle rolls to a cover, TWO! Vinnie stays in this but Castle shouts, “Caaaa’mon~! I dropped him on his head!” Vinnie gets up, swings, but into the Alabama Lift! BANGA- NO, Archer tags in first! Archer choke grips, but Castle breaks free. Castle dodges, hot tag to Truth! Archer runs up, Castle dodges so Archer BLASTS Truth! Castle waistlocks Archer, but Archer elbows free. Archer ELBOWS Castle in a corner, then hoists him up! Archer inverted crucifix lifts, but the ref signals Castle isn’t the legal man! Archer doesn’t care, but then Turbo saves Castle!

Archer gets mad and he runs up, but Turbo takes the BOOT! Archer glares as Castle is on the outside, but then Vinnie RAMS Castle into steel steps! Vinnie then waves Archer on, and Archer choke grips Turbo. CHOKE- NO, Turbo CLUBS free! Truth holds Turbo in the corner, The Outrunners mug the monster! The fans fire up, Turbo runs, but into a BOSS MAN SLAM from Dutch! Archer RAMS Truth into buckles, runs, but into a BOOT! Truth goes up but Archer UPPERCUTS! Archer lifts Truth, for the BLACKOUT BOMB! Cover, Archer & The Righteous win!

Winners: Lance Archer & The Righteous, by pinfall

The Outrunners tried to make Castle proud, but not even they could stay alive long. Vinnie says that he and Dutch are coming for those ROH World Tag Team Championships, just like they did in the past. They’ve had dirt kicked in their faces, they taste it in their teeth, but soon everything will change. Will Vincent & Dutch tear down The Kingdom to reestablish their legacy?

 

MXM Collection speaks.

Mason Madden says, “Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. These were the ingredients needed to create these perfect little boys.” Mansoor says, “We here at the MXM Collection represent what we like to call, The Three F’s. Fashion, fitness, filanthropy.” Because they believe it is as important to be beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. So ROH, let them inside you. Welcome to the MXM Collection. When and where will these models of the mat maximize the ROH Tag Division with their debut?

 

Red Velvet VS Maya World!

Billie Starkz called out The Chef, so now it’s time to cook! Will Velvet #StirItUp and serve a fresh L? Or will the It Girl prove this is Maya’s world?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Velvet and Maya tie up, Velvet arm-drags and wags her finger. The fans chant “Stir It Up!” and the two reset. Velvet gets around Maya, waistlocks then cravats, then she snapmares Maya to a cover. ONE, but Velvet headlocks. Maya endures the grind, wrenches out and top wristlocks. Maya then hammerlocks, headlocks, and grinds the hold. Velvet powers up and out but Maya runs her over! Maya flexes but Velvet kips up! The fans cheer, Velvet eggs Maya on. Maya runs, Velvet drops down then DROPKICKS! The fans cheer and Velvet takes a taste.

Maya goes to the corner, Velvet storms up but Maya turns things aroudn! Maya fires body shots and CHOPS, then she ROCKS Velvet! Velvet turns things around to fire body shots back! Velvet stomps a mudhole, then shouts at the ref to shut up! The fans fire up with Velvet, but then Maya CLAWS Velvet’s eyes! Maya runs, but into a JAPANESE ARM_DRAG! Velvet has Maya on ropes and runs to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet YANKS Maya back, STANDING MOONSAULTS, cover, ONE! Velvet stays focused and she brings Maya up. Velvet scoops, Maya slips fere to shove, but Velvet KICKS Maya! Maya runs in, but into a FLAPJACK!

Velvet kips up, not quite as smooth, but she dusts herself off. Velvet stalks behind Maya, drags her up, and dragon sleepers, for the ROLLING SLICE! Cover, Velvet wins!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

Velvet makes quick work of Athena’s former student and is just heating up. Will Velvet take down Athena’s Minion when it comes time for their ROH Women’s World Television Championship match?

 

Evil Uno is here!

The Dark Order’s front man makes his way to the ring, dressed in a nice tie and business casual, and grabs himself a mic. “Would you allow me a couple minutes of your time, Little Rock? You see, Evil Uno has been doing this for 20 YEARS. He’s worked hard! But the work does not end here. I’ve done it all! From Gatineau to Oberhausen! From Philadelphia to right here in Arkansas! And the easiest way to be considered one of the greats is to battle some of the greatest wrestlers in the world! So I have a little challenge. Be it ROH, AEW, CMLL, NJPW, hell, if you’re from Stardom and you’ve got the guts, Evil Uno wants to fight!

“Bring on your baddest! Bring on your biggest!” Uno is going to wait, willing fight in this suit it seems. Wait, is that… SHIBATA!? Katsuyori Shibata is back from the damage to his arm done by Chris Jericho, and he’s also back in ROH! The Wrestler is going to give Evil Uno that fight, but will it be game over for Player One?

Evil Uno VS Katsuyori Shibata!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans fire up as the two circle. The fans rally for Shibata as he and Uno tie up. They go around in a deadlock, Shibata powers Uno to a corner, but he lets off with pats on the shoulder. Shibata takes Uno’s tie, and tightens it too tight! The ref reprimands, Shibata throws Uno down, but Uno gets the ROPEBREAK! Shibata lets go, Uno bails out and he unties his tie so he can breathe. The fans rally, Uno storms in, and he rolls up his sleeves. The two circle, knuckle lock, and then Shibata slips around to spin, snapmare and chinlock! Uno flails, even as Shibata shifts grip.

Uno fights up, has the ROPEBREAK, but Shibata tries a German Suplex! Uno elbows free, whips Shibata out of the ring, then goes out after him. Uno whips Shibata hard into barriers and Shibata falls in a heap! Uno soaks up cheers and jeers while pacing around. Uno gets Shibata and whips him hard into more barriers! Uno refreshes the ring count, storms over to Shibata and drags him up. Uno puts Shibata in the ring, drags him back up, and CHOPS him! The fans “WOO~!” while Shibata staggers. Shibata stays up so Uno CHOPS again! Shibata just looks annoyed now. Uno CHOPS, Shibata dusts himself off.

Uno winds up to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Shibata eggs him on more, so Uno CHOPS! Shibata ROCKS Uno with a forearm! Shibata CLUBS Uno, runs, but Uno CHOPS again! Shibata just goes through it! Uno ROCKS Shibata back! Uno CHOPS, runs, but Shibata dodges the boot to come back and BOOT! Uno turns himself around, the fans fire up and Uno shoves Shibata. Uno runs but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata drags Uno up, and runs him to a corner to BOOT him! Shibata fires forearms to sit Uno down, then he runs corner to corner. HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up as Shibata hauls Uno up, for a HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO!

Shibata grabs Uno’s arm for an ARMBAR! Uno endures, reaches out, and he kicks his way over. The fans rally, Uno reaches out, and Uno has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, and he waits on Uno. The fans rally and duel, but the ref has Doc Sampson check Uno. Doc says no and the ref calls it, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by referee stoppage

Uno wanted a fight but he got much more than he bargained for. Will Uno’s arm be alright so he can still hang out with Chugs on Twitch? As for Shibata, he has his return victory, will he use this to start his journey back to the ROH Pure Championship?

 

Shane Taylor speaks.

“Just a few days ago, Hurricane Beryl came rumbling through Houston. And as I sat in my home with no power with my wife and two daughters, it occurred to me, as I held my youngest, as she cried, ‘Daddy, I’m afraid of the dark,’ I didn’t get one phone call from AEW or even ROH to even call to see if we were alive. Hmm. But if that was Mark Briscoe’s family, I bet you would’ve called ’em. If that was Wheeler Yuta’s family, I bet you would’ve called ’em. If that was Kyle O’Reilly or Orange Cassidy’s family, I bet you would’ve called ’em! My family’s not valuable, right? Shane Taylor’s not valuable, right? Okay.

“That’s all the motivation that I need. You don’t care. You don’t value my family or what I love. Then I’m gonna take what you value from the people that you love. I don’t care when, I don’t care where. Mark Briscoe, I’m talking to you. At some point, you will stop ducking me, and it will be you versus Shane Taylor for the ROH World Championship. And dawg, you don’t have to worry about finding me to give me an answer, because I’m gonna be looking for you. Rumble, bad man, rumble.”

 

Queen Aminata VS Mackenzie Morgan!

Just as Billie called out Velvet, Athena called out the One and Only African Queen in ROH ahead of their showdown. Will Aminata’s response be loud and physical tonight? Or will she be taken by The Element of Surprise?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up as the two circle. Aminata and Morgan tie up, Aminata gets around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Morgan staggers up, Aminata reels her back in, but Morgan flails. Aminata still hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Aminata dusts her hands off, then gets Morgan in another waistlock. Morgan fires elbows to get free, then she fires more forearms! Aminata wobbles, Morgan runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls, but Aminata turns that into a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Aminata smiles as she’s having fun and the fans say “This is Awesome!”

Aminata shakes and shimmies, then asks the fans to please calm down. She runs in side to side to BOOT WASH Morgan at the corner! Aminata almost sends herself out of the ring, she hit that hard! The fans fire up as Aminata then hauls Morgan up, Alabama Lifts, and runs for the AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, Aminata wins!

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall

Aminata put some extra sauce on that one! She vows to be the NEW ROH Women’s World Champion, will she make it happen in Arlington?

 

Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante!

The LEGIT One and the Cuban Diamond have gone back and forth in the ring and on the mic, and things have escalated to this match with no rules other than “Just win!” They sacrifice this counting towards their records and rankings all for the sake of putting this to rest, but who walks away having turned the other’s lights out?

The bell rings and Diamante already has a kendo stick! Leyla dodges the swing, waistlocks and SLAMS Diamante, then eggs her on. Leyla fires forearms, but Diamante shoves and headlocks. Leyla powers up to SAIDO! Diamante tumbles out of the ring, grabs at a trash can, but Leyla lines up a shot. Leyla DIVES but Diamante uses the can! Diamante says this is her expertise, and she SMACKS Leyla off barriers! Leyla sputters, Diamante grabs the trash can again, and she puts it around Leyla. Diamante grabs the lid, and she SMACKS the side of the can! And again! And again! Leyla staggers around as Diamante keeps hitting her! Diamante then runs to SHOTGUN Leyla down!

The fans fire up while Leyla gets free of the can. Diamante says she ain’t playing, and she drags Leyla up. Diamante CLUBS Leyla while fans rally and duel. Diamante whips Leyla hard into barriers! Diamante then runs in, but Leyla TOSSES her over! Diamante staggers up, and Leyla DECKS her! Leyla grabs a chair, sits it right up against the barriers, and then she gets space. Leyla runs up and uses the chair to go up and up and LEAP onto Diamante! The fans fire up as Leyla stands tall! Leyla then TOSSES Diamante back over the barriers. Leyla pursues but Diamante has the chair for her own! Diamante JAMS Leyla low!

Diamante JAMS Leyla again, then SMACKS her on the back! The fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” and Diamante grins. Diamante nods, to SMACK Leyla again! Diamante then drags Leyla up and RAMS her into the apron. Leyla staggers, so Diamante whips her hard into barriers. Diamante brings the chair, pushes it up against Leyla to sandwich her, then Diamante runs again, to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Leyla writhes from chair hitting her in the face, but Diamante drags her up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Leyla is tough but Diamante says okay. Diamante goes out to search under the ring.

Fans want tables, but Diamante finds a plunger! Fans chant for “Plunger! Plunger!” as Diamante brings it over. Diamante says time to embarrass Leyla! Diamante aims, but Leyla blocks the plunger attack! The fans fire up, Leyla spins and she kicks away at Diamante! Then Leyla wrenches to short arm LARIAT! Leyla sees the plunger, and she thinks why not! The fans cheer as she stands over Diamante, stomps her, then sits on her! Diamante flails but she can’t stop Leyla! Leyla PLUNGERS Diamante’s potty mouth! The fans lose their minds, Leyla lets off and grabs a chair. Diamante coughs and sputters, but then Leyla JAMS her up!

Diamante sits down, Leyla pushes the chair in her face now. Leyla gets the other chair, lines up a shot, and she SKATEBOARD DROPKICKS chair into chair to sandwich Diamante! Cover, TWO! Diamante survives and Leyla is surprised. The fans rally up and Leyla hurries to grab the chairs again. Leyla shoves that chair in and it hits Diamante. Leyla goes looking, and she finds a mysterious black bag! You never know what’s gonna be in that bag, and she pours out… THUMBTACKS! The tried and true item, and Leyla runs up. Diamante drop toeholds Leyla into a chair! Leyla staggers, Diamante reels her in! GERMAN SUPLEX onto thumbtacks! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Leyla escapes, but she just ends up getting more thumbtacks in her body! Diamante stalks Leyla and pushes her to the apron. Diamante sees there’s a table already waiting for them! Diamante reels Leyla in, Leyla fights the lift, so Diamante CLUBS away! But Leyla grabs the kendo stick! Leyla SMACKS Diamante again and again and again! Diamante falls, and Leyla SMACKS her one more time! Leyla drags Diamante onto the table and the fans fire up! Leyla goes up to the corner, lines up a shot, and decides to go even higher! This is rare for her, and she SUPER MOONSAULTS down through the table!!

The fans lose their minds while both women flounder in the wreckage! The ref checks both women, Leyla’s mad but she’s back on her feet! “This is Awesome!” as Leyla leaves Diamante behind. Leyla says if one is good, then more must be better, and she finds another table! The fans are thunderous as Leyla pushes that table into the ring. Diamante sputters, has a bloody ear and spits out her gum. Diamante crawls though she’s in agony, and Leyla finishes setting up her table. The fans cheer but we see Diamante grab the kendo stick. Leyla goes back for Diamante, but Diamante SMACKS her down!

Leyla flounders away, Diamante pursues and SMACKS her again! And again! And again! Leyla goes to the table, Diamante CHOKES her with the kendo stick! Diamante puts Leyla in the corner, stomps a mudhole, then hoists her up top. Diamante CHOPS Leyla, ROCKS her, then climbs up after her. Diamante brings Leyla up and the fans are thunderous! Leyla fights the suplex, throws body shots and she CLUBS Diamante! Leyla SMACKS Diamante off the buckle again and again, then rises up! The fans fire up again as Leyla leaps over to SUPER GERM- NO! Diamante clings to the ropes for dear life!

The fans fire up as Leyla CLUBS Diamante, brings the table just a little bit closer, then ROCKS Diamante. Leyla makes sure the table is just right, then goes up to fire forearms. Leyla brings Diamante up, fans fire up, but now Diamante fights the suplex! Diamante fires body shots, and she dribbles Leyla off buckles! Diamante goes up and hooks Leyla, for a SUPER CODE RED through the table!!! Cover, DIAMANTE WINS!

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

Leyla may have won the last four, but Diamante has the biggest win in this 1v1 series! This match may not go on their official records, but did Diamante just prove she’s the legit contender ROH is looking for?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode of ROH for being 66 minutes, but it feels like ROH has gone into go-home mode already with Death Before Dishonor next Friday. For one, while we get a good promo from Athena & Billie, Aminata & Velvet of course win really easy matches. The more intriguing segment will be next week when Lexy is obviously going to set Aminata & Velvet up for a sneak attack by a totally not hurt Athena. And if Athena & Billie are standing tall after that, that indicates Aminata & Velvet could be dethroning them. I feel like this has to be the time Athena loses, Aminata has been built up to be the best possible challenger, they have no one else as a Face.

Meanwhile, Diamante could be seen as an ROH Women’s World Television Championship contender. She and Leyla had a great Lights Out match, and kudos to Leyla for embracing some hardcore spots. I was really worried about that moonsault of the top but you could tell, so was she. Though, I don’t know why this wasn’t a Fight Without Honor. “Lights Out” means this doesn’t count towards the win-loss record but an FWH still would. Was it just so they could keep Diamante from moving up the ranks towards the world championship, even though that’s all kayfabe as it is? I still feel like Tony Khan needs to iron out such wrinkles.

Castle & The Outrunners had a good promo but they kinda shoehorned it in right before their Trios match. Honestly, why have it at all? I totally accepted that after The Outrunners were his substitute boys then his tag partners in another Trios match before tonight, he knew who they were and would be willing to team with them again. But in the end, they were of course losing to Archer & The Righteous. I do like Vinnie giving that quick promo to establish their goal for the tag titles. If The Kingdom doesn’t lose the titles to The Conglomeration, aka Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy, then The Righteous should be the ones to revisit past feuds of Vinnie and Taven.

The Cage of Agony of course won their match, this is just them kinda spinning their wheels while the Trios Championship story is involving The Patriarchy and Bang Bang Gang. Very entertaining promo from MXM Collection, with a very clever code snuck right in there. Very strong promo from Shane Taylor to work Hurricane Beryl and the power outage crisis into the story. Now obviously AEW & ROH actually do care about Shane because he’s still getting screentime. But Shane continues great continuity to the days of ROH before AEW showed up where he was the one who wanted to put ROH on his back and carry it but was underappreciated. Shane is himself assuming Mark Briscoe wins at Death Before Dishonor, but Mark VS Shane would be some great stuff.

And what was meant to be great stuff has an unfortunate finish. Uno was all fired up, Shibata was making his return, but there was nothing that could be done about a dislocated elbow. Shibata was winning either way but no one wants it like this. Wheeler Yuta and the Pure Championship are still not booked for DBD, but with only one week, even with Rampage, Collision and Dynamite, I doubt they jump right into a Pure Championship match between Yuta and Shibata. But hey, this does hint at Shibata, Hook and/or Samoa Joe going after Jericho this Wednesday after the FTW Championship match.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/17/24)

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

Dynamite has reached its 250TH episode, and it opens with Will Ospreay VS MJF for the AEW International Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF; MJF wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose; Mone wins and retains the title.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada; Swerve wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

Like many of us, The Aerial Assassin despise the Wolf of Wrestling for how he disrespected and used Daniel Garcia just to send a message. But also like many, Ospreay at least acknowledges and respects that this form of Maxwell Jacob Friedman is his most dangerous. Will Ospreay be able to put down AEW’s Ultimate Scumbag? Or will even the #BillyGOAT not be on the level of the devil?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who ignites episode 250!

The bell rings and the fans cheer while the two stare down. Ospreay gets the fans even more fired up, and then MJF bails out. The fans boo but MJF just hops the railing. MJF splashes fans with their own water! MJF then lounges on the barriers, offers a fist bump, but the fans just flip him off. So MJF rips a fan’s sign up and throws it back! MJF goes back to the ring, tells fans to shut up, and he approaches Ospreay. Only to dodge and strut, then swivel the hips. The fans boo but Ospreay smirks, this is the MJF he knew he was getting. They tie up, MJF wrenches to hammerlock, but Ospreay headlocks.

MJF powers up to wrench and WRING Ospreay, but Ospreay handsprings through, and copies the strut! Ospreay shows he can swivel hips, too! The fans cheer but MJF sarcastically says Ospreay’s clever. The two tie up, MJF headlocks, but the fans sing, “OSPRAEY~ OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~!” MJF is annoyed, Ospreay powers up and out, then things speed up. Ospreay hurdles then drops down to trip MJF up! MJF ducks the Hidden Blade to hit a headlock takeover! Ospreay headscissors, MJF kips free, and roles reverse as Ospreay headlocks for the takeover. MJF headscissors but Ospreay kips free.

MJF ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the standing moonsault, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to avoid Ospreay’s punches and kicks. MJF shoves Ospreay, Ospreay springboards but MJF avoids that, too! MJF runs in, Ospreay dodges to handspring, but MJF gets under! Ospreay superhero lands, and the fans are thunderous while MJF is stunned! The fans cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for making this the opener! MJF is annoyed, but he and Ospreay tie up. MJF says Ospreay pulled hair! The fans boo because of course MJF is lying. MJF and Ospreay reset, tie up, and again MJF claims hair pulling. But then MJF pulls hair!

MJF puts Ospreay on the ropes, the ref counts, and MJF lets off, to take a swing! Ospreay dodges and then LARIATS MJF up and out! The fans fire up and Ospreay builds speed, only for MJF to get away. MJF says not today, but then Ospreay just changes course and he FLIES out onto MJF! The fans fire up and high-five Ospreay before he puts MJF in. Ospreay HOTSHOTS MJF, runs and BOOTS, then he hits as BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ospreay prepares the elbow and the fans fire up. Ospreay aims but MJF scrambles to the apron. The fans boo, Ospreay storms over, but MJF YANKS Ospreay into buckles!

MJF stomps a mudhole in, drags Ospreay up to whip and WRING him into the corner! Ospreay flounders and MJF soaks up the heat. Then he blows snot at the fans and mocks them! MJF goes back to Ospreay, clamps onto an arm, and the fans rally and duel as Ospreay endures. Ospreay fights up, throws body shots, then forearms. MJF throws Ospreay down by his hair! The fans boo but MJF just soaks it up. MJF says he didn’t do anything. Then he clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Ospreay down. Ospreay fights up to JAWBREAKER free! Ospreay runs but MJF kitchen sink knees! MJF hauls Ospreay up to back suplex, but Ospreay lands out!

Ospreay reels MJF in to back suplex, but MJF lands out! MJF back suplexes, Ospreay lands out, into a STUNNER! Cover, TWO! MJF’s annoyed his Osaka Street Cutter, or perhaps Long Island Street Cutter, didn’t end this, but he storms after Ospreay. Ospreay is on the apron, MJF reels him in, HEAT- NO! Ospreay shoves MJF away, but MJF slingshots Ospreay into another STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and MJF is frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay as he goes to the apron, but MJF storms over. MJF drags Ospreay in again, tries but Ospreay again denies him the Heatseeker! So MJF tries the slingshot, but Ospreay stops that!

Ospreay GAMANGIRIS MJF away, goes up a corner, and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Ospreay rises but so does MJF. Ospreay fires haymakers on MJF first, then whips. MJF reverses but Ospreay CLOBBERS him! MJF bails out but Ospreay builds speed! Ospreay handsprings to SASUKE SPECIAL! The fans are thunderous but Ospreay takes a moment to check his ribs and catch his breath. Ospreay storms up on MJF, puts him in the ring, then goes up a corner. The fans fire up for the MOONSAULT, but MJF moves! Ospreay lands out, MOONSAULTS again, but MJF dodges again!

But the STANDING SHOOTING STAR hits! Cover, TWO! So Ospreay goes up and up to SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives the onslaught but Ospreay loads up that elbow! “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay aims again. MJF slowly rises, Ospreay runs up, but MJF bails out again! The fans continue to boo but Ospreay PLANCHAS! Down goes MJF and Ospreay high-fives more fans. And then Ospreay confiscates the timekeeper’s table! The fans are thunderous as Ospreay brings the furniture over to ringside. MJF hurries away into the ring now! Ospreay pursues as we see the fear on MJF’s face.

Ospreay CHOPS MJF in the corner! Ospreay stands MJF up to CHOP him again! The fans “WOO~” and Ospreay runs, but MJF pops him up to SUPERKICK him! MJF goes up, but Ospreay avoids the Panama City/Long Island Sunrise, but then MJF knees low! MJF reels Ospreay in but Ospreay powers out. Ospreay whips MJF to the corner, MJF goes up and over, but then MJF’s knee jams! Ospreay grabs that leg but it was a trap! MJF steps over and hits as STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and both men are down again. The fans rally up while both men stir, and MJF rises first.

MJF shows off that the leg is just fine, then does the Daniel Garcia dance just to mock him. MJF then drops an elbow on Ospreay’s leg. Ospreay CLUBS at MJF but MJF keeps the toehold. Ospreay fishhooks MJF and MJF lets go. Ospreay CHOPS, and CHOPS, then runs, but into a back drop! MJF leans on the ropes while he catches his breath, and the fans rally again. MJF storms back over, KNEES the leg, then smirks. MJF steps through, ties the legs up, and has the FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~,” even as MJF SLAPS Ospreay! And SLAPS him! MJF thrashes the hold, but Ospreay endures. Ospreay’s shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up!

Ospreay pries at the leglock, and the fans rally up as he works to turn things over. MJF fights that back, thrashes some more, but Ospreay grits his teeth. The fans rally harder and harder as Ospreay fights his way over, and he turns the hold onto MJF! MJF endures now, reaches out while shouting in pain, and he flails in order to turn things back onto Ospreay! The fans boo but Ospreay endures again. Ospreay drags MJF along, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts but MJF lets go at 4. MJF is frustrated but then he drags Ospreay up and to a corner. MJF CHOPS, takes a moment, then CHOPS again!

MJF wrenches, whips, but Ospreay can’t even make it all the way! MJF smirks while the ref checks Ospreay. Ospreay shakes out the leg, refusing to admit defeat. MJF storms over, stands Ospreay up, and CHOPS! Ospreay hobbles, so MJF CLAWS Ospreay’s back! MJF whips, Ospreay barely makes it to ropes! MJF wants after Ospreay like a shark with blood in the water, but Ospreay sits on the apron. MJF tells off the fans cheering Ospreay, but Ospreay is somehow still in this. So MJF CLAWS Ospreay’s face! The fans boo but MJF soaks it up. Ospreay throws body shots and haymakers! Ospreay CHOPS and MJF wobbles!

Ospreay CHOPS again, MJF flails more. Ospreay snarls, runs, but MJF CHOP BLOCKS the legs! MJF covers, TWO! MJF frowns but he stomps Ospreay’s leg. MJF then stands Ospreay up to CLUB him on the neck! Ospreay hobbles, so MJF CLAWS his back! Ospreay fires big forearms! Then he fires Kawada Kicks! MJF wobbles, into a CHOP! MJF goes to ropes, Ospreay scoops him, but MJF CLAWS the eyes again! The ref reprimands and counts, MJF stops at 4. The fans boo but MJF whips. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up again while Ospreay again clutches the leg.

Ospreay rises, but MJF KNEES the knee! Then MJF calls his shot! MJF suplexes, but STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE hits first! MJF wobbles around, Ospreay calls his shot now! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! But MJF flops all the way to ropes! Ospreay has to crawl his way over, and MJF flops to the floor! MJF’s ring awareness is strong but Ospreay pursues. Ospreay drags MJF up to put him in the ring, and then onto the apron. Ospreay uses a corner to go up and APRON OSCUTTER FLOP as MJF steps back! Ospreay writhes, signaling to his arm, and the ref hurries to check. MJF may have gotten lucky here, as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref has Ospreay go around the way but MJF is in pursuit! MJF shows no mercy as he grabs that bad arm, and RAMS Ospreay into steel steps! MJF stands on the steps to soak up all the heat, as well as talk some trash on Ospreay. It’s certainly in the vain of MJF is who AEW needs, not Ospreay. MJF drags Ospreay up and into the ring, then takes his time to taunt fans over the table. He flips the fans off, he isn’t gonna do what they want. MJF then goes back to Ospreay, grabs the bad arm, and he stands on it, to then STOMP it! MJF soaks up more heat as he paces around Ospreay, then clamps onto the arm again.

Ospreay endures the mounted armlock, and he fights to his feet. Now Ospreay pulls hair, but MJF throws Ospreay down by the arm. MJF grinds that shoulder but Ospreay still endures. The fans rally as Ospreay fights, stands up, and throws body shots. Dynamite returns to single picture as Ospreay ROCKS MJF with forearms. Ospreay whips, MJF reverses but Ospreay handsprings, only for MJF to KICK the bad arm! Ospreay clutches the elbow, but MJF hauls him up! Double underhooks, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! And then it’s back to the armlock! Ospreay rolls through, but MJF ducks the roundhouse to pump handle!

MJF adds a half nelson, MADE IN JAPAN! Or perhaps, Made in Long Island? Cover, TWO!! Ospreay knows that move from his rivalry with Shingo Takagi. The fans rally while both men are down again, “This is Awesome!” Ospreay and MJF slowly rise, MJF storms over, and he whips. Ospreay holds ropes to stop that, so MJF CLUBS the arm! MJF makes the pecs dance, whips again, but Ospreay reverses. Ospreay then dodges MJF to handspring and NEURALIZER KICK! Both men are down again and the fans stay fired up! Ospreay sits up first, then both men stand. Ospreay BOOTS MJF’s haymaker to then ENZIGIRI!

MJF wobbles, Ospreay wrenches an arm, and Ospreay CHOPS MJF off his feet! Ospreay drags MJF up to wrench and CHOP him down again! Ospreay stands MJF one more time, to CHOP, CHOP, and- NO, MJF blocks the chop! MJF WRINGS the arm, Ospreay cartwheels through! ENZIGIRI! Torture rack, TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and the fans can’t believe it! The fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but there’s still more show that has to happen! MJF crawls to the apron, Ospreay stalks him. MJF flops to the floor, but he’s near that table… Ospreay goes to the floor and brings MJF up.

MJF throat chops Ospreay! MJF runs away into the crowd, but Ospreay pursues! Ospreay fires hands on MJF even as MJF goes up the bleachers. Ospreay grabs MJF, bends him against railing, and offers free shots. A little girl starts punching MJF in the ribs! MJF flips her family off but Ospreay CLUBS away on MJF! Ospreay fist bumps the girl and drags MJF back up. Ospreay ROCKS MJF with a right and follows him down the stairs. Ospreay CHOPS MJF to keep him moving, but MJF takes a detour into the seats. So Ospreay makes MJF take a seat and punches down hands! The fans count along, Ospreay winds up, and hits TEN!

MJF flounders around, Ospreay shows that there’s one guy still wearing an MJF Kangaroo Kick shirt, and then pursues MJF. MJF pokes Ospreay right in the eyes! MJF CLUBS Ospreay, but Ospreay kicks MJF! Ospreay SMACKS MJF off the trash can! The fans fire up and Ospreay DUMPS MJF into the trash can! MJF kicks and flails but Ospreay BOOTS the can! MJF falls out, stumbles away, and Ospreay pursues. They finally return to ringside, and Ospreay refreshes the count that was never happening anyway. Ospreay then drags MJF over to the table, punches him onto it, then goes up the steel steps.

Ospreay then goes up the corner and fans are thunderous already! Ospreay aims, but MJF hurries off the table. The fans boo and Ospreay sighs, but Ospreay hops down to go after MJF. But MJF gut wrenches! Ospreay victory rolls, TWO! MJF has the victory roll, TWO! Ospreay has it, TWO! MJF is up, Ospreay gets around and hops on, POISON-RANA! MJF flounders to a corner, Ospreay runs up, but MJF pops him up! Another SUPERKICK as Ospreay is upside-down! MJF goes up, LONG ISLAND SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?! The fans are electric as Ospreay survives another hard shot! Ospreay then goes to the apron and then the floor.

MJF pursues, and we return to the table. MJF puts Ospreay on the table and then goes up the apron. The fans rally as MJF actually climbs the corner. MJF reaches the top, but then Ospreay slips off the table! The fans still boo, they want that table to see some action. MJF hops down, talks smack on Ospreay, then CHOPS him. MJF BITES Ospreay’s arm! The fans boo and tell MJF he’s sick! The ref counts, MJF lets off, but he then ROCKS Ospreay with a haymaker. MJF again mocks Daniel Garcia, even asking if Garcia has feeling in his arms again. MJF then whips Ospreay hard into railing! Ospreay almost ends up in the front row!

MJF makes Ospreay take a seat, and he CLAWS at Ospreay’s face! MJF refreshes the ring count, then runs in at Ospreay, to BOOT Ospreay against railing! MJF hops up to soak up more heat, then he refreshes with some water. That he then splashes at fans. MJF stalks Ospreay back to the table, refreshes the count, and then asks, “Ospreay who?” MJF stands Ospreay up to whip, but Ospreay goes up onto the railing, to OSCUTTER to the floor! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Ospreay clutches the bad leg and the bad arm, but he manages to rise up and put MJF in. Ospreay then swings, but into MJF’s dragon sleeper!

But Ospreay flips things around! The fans cheer, as Ospreay hits CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives, but Ospreay storms after him in a corner. MJF uses the ref as a shield, then he pokes Ospreay in the eyes! MJF goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! MJF reels Ospreay in, hammerlock and lift, DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and the fans continue to rally behind him. MJF is frustrated but he pursues Ospreay to the apron. MJF drags Ospreay through ropes, and HEAT- NO! Ospreay throws MJF away, MJF’s leg “jams,” and Ospreay takes aim. Ospreay springboards but MJF hits ropes to trip him up!

Ospreay gets stuck up there, MJF goes up to LEAPING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!? MJF is beside himself as Ospreay survives again! MJF stalks Ospreay to the apron, drags him up, and gut wrenches! The fans freak out but Ospreay flails and kicks! Ospreay turns things around onto MJF, but MJF KICKS Ospreay! MJF then suplexes, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks but the arm won’t let him lift! So Ospreay SUPERKICKS MJF instead! MJF wobbles, Ospreay reels him in, and tucks him for an APRON STYLES CLASH!!! Both men fall to the floor and Little Rock is losing its collective mind right now!

Ospreay drags MJF up and into the ring, covers, TWO!!!! MJF survives but Ospreay is too tired to be upset. Ospreay just rises up, brings MJF to his feet, and reels him in. Even with one arm, Ospreay hits a LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! MJF reminds us why he was once the longest reigning AEW World Champion while Dynamite goes back to picture in picture.

Ospreay shakes out the arms, but Doc Sampson is called over to check. Doc checks that arm, from lifting to turning. Then Doc checks with Ospreay if he wants to do “that,” and Ospreay says go for it. Doc YANKS Ospreay’s arm to pop it back in place! Ospreay clutches the arm again but it seems that did the trick. Ospreay has the fans fired up again, and he drags MJF up for Kawada Kicks! Ospreay stands over MJF while Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite 250 returns and Ospreay calls his shot. MJF rises, and he spins Ospreay around to BITE Ospreay’s face! The fans boo, MJF runs, but Ospreay HIDDEN BLADES!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives a shot to the face but Ospreay roars! The fans are thunderous as MJF sits up, into a BUZZSAW! MULE KICK! OSC- NO, MJF stops the cutter to gut wrench, and TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives again and the fans again cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for giving us this instant classic. MJF snarls, and he uses wrist tape to CHOKE Ospreay! The ref reprimands, MJF lets off, and MJF goes to the corner with Ospreay.

MJF wrenches the bad arm, whips him hard into the corner, and Ospreay falls. The fans boo but MJF grins as he rises up. MJF storms over to Ospreay, stands him up and wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! MJF whips again, and harder! Ospreay falls back, MJF flexes, but the fans boo. MJF mocks the United Empire crown then says shove it. MJF drags Ospreay up, whips him corner to corner again, but Ospreay reveres! MJF tumbles up, comes back, and Ospreay CHOPS! And CHOPS! But MJF blocks one again to WRING the arm again! Ospreay writhes, MJF leans on ropes, and then MJF runs in. Ospreay DUMPS MJF out hard!

The fans fire up and Ospreay goes to the apron, only for MJF to YANK him down! MJF puts Ospreay in the ring and says that’s why he’s the smartest wrestler in AEW. But not the wisest as Ospreay DIVING HIDDEN BLADES MJF!! Both men fall to the floor and the fans are thunderous again! Ospreay rises, a ring count starts, and fans count along. We hit 5 of 10, Ospreay puts MJF in at 6. Ospreay goes up the corner, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives again but Ospreay doesn’t get frustrated. Ospreay goes to the apron and climbs up the corner, but MJF again hits ropes! Ospreay lands bad on the corner this time!

MJF climbs up, throws hands, then goes to the very top. SUPER- NO! Ospreay stops the Steiner with one good arm! The fans fire up as he tucks MJF in, for a SUPER STYLES CLASH!! But Ospreay struggles to turn MJF over for the cover! ROPEBREAK!! Ospreay is frustrated now but there’s nothing he can do about that. Ospreay drags MJF up but MJF HOTSHOTS the arm! MJF reels Ospreay in, for an APRON HEATSEEKER!! Ospreay flops to the floor, and MJF looks at the table…! MJF puts Ospreay on the table, hurries back to the corner, and MJF climbs! The fans are going nuts already as MJF SUPER MACHO ELBOWS THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again as MJF goes for broke! The ref checks both men, and they’re somehow okay to continue! “This is Awesome!” as we once again go picture in picture.

MJF flounders his way back to ringside and drags himself in. But Champion’s Advantage won’t let him win the title like this! Ospreay is still on the outside as we pass 5 of 10, and he starts to stir around 7. MJF then springs out after Ospreay to get him back in! Seems MJF was just resting, and he shouts about something, probably about how he’s better. MJF stands, paces around, then stomps Ospreay’s legs, then Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite 250 returns again, and MJF has Ospreay in a Cobra Twist. MJF sneakily grabs the ropes to add on leverage! The ref looks but MJF lets go in time. Ospreay still endures, and MJF digs a knuckle into the ribs. MJF then again sneaks a grab at the ropes! The ref gets closer to catching him but the fans tell on MJF! MJF tells them all to shut up! MJF still grabs for ropes, but the ref sees it this time! MJF says he’s not doing nothing! The ref KICKS that arm! Ospreay then hip tosses free! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! MJF gets up, Ospreay reels him into a package, TWO! Schoolboy, TWO!

Ospreay stands, slips around to backslide, TWO!! MJF escapes again, to headlock takeover and cover, TWO as Ospreay headscissors! MJF moves around, bridges to a cover, TWO as Ospreay bridges out! A spin and backslide, TWO!! MJF whips, Ospreay swings but MJF gets under! Ospreay leaps, into the POWER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!! The fans are electric again as both men are down! The fans sing for Ospreay as he crawls to a corner. MJF sits up then rises up to soak up heat. MJF hits the kangaroo stance?! The fans are torn, surely he isn’t serious. But then MJF runs up, KANGAROO- NO! Ospreay catches MJF!

Ospreay CATAPULTS MJF, but MJF lands safe on the corner! Only for Ospreay to tuck him in and CHEEKY NANDOS! MJF is still stuck so Ospreay goes up after him, for a SUPER POISON RANA! MJF lands out?! MJF shows he can do what Ospreay does and the fans lose their minds! LARIAT in the corner, then MJF hoists Ospreay up top. MJF goes up and up and smirks, gives some thrusts, then SUPER STEINERS! Ospreay lands out!! Ospreay shows MJF how it’s really done and MJF is in disbelief! Both men turn around, MJF swings but Ospreay goes Matrix! MJF returns the favor to dodge Ospreay!

Ospreay blocks a kick but MJF pokes him in the eyes! MJF flips everyone off, but Ospreay HOOK KICKS him! MJF rebounds to ROCK Ospreay! Ospreay rebounds to BOOT MJF! MJF rebounds to ROLLING ELBOW! Ospreay rebounds, MJF SWATS the lariat, gets Ospreay up but Ospreay slips outta the bomb! MJF blocks the kick again, KNEES Ospreay and runs, but into the TIGER WALL KICK! ENZIGIRI! MJF rebounds, Ospreay slips through the lariat! Ospreay lifts MJF but MJF back drops free! Ospreay sunset flips it, TWO!! MJF sits on the cover, TWO! Ospreay has it, TWO! MJF has it, TWO! ONE! ONE! ONE! ONE!

Ospreay keeps MJF down, TWO!! MJF swings, Ospreay dodges, OSC- SUPERKICK!! MJF drags Ospreay up, suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE returns! Then PISONI-RANA returns!! Ospreay underhooks to STORM- NO, MJF slips free to DREAM SMASHER! MJF runs, into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Even after all that, there’s still something in the gas tanks on both men! Little Rock gives a standing ovation for this AEW Match of the Year contender! MJF crawls to a corner, Ospreay pursues. Ospreay puts MJF up top, ROCKS him, but has to slap some fire into himself. Ospreay goes up top, but MJF fires body shots!

MJF gut wrenches Ospreay, but Ospreay kicks free! Ospreay then slingshots back up, to SUPER OSCUTTER!! And HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay can’t believe it and now he’s mad! Ospreay throws off the elbow pad as Little Rock is erupting! MJF sits up, but DUCKS the Hidden Blade! Ospreay tumbles but MJF is also down, too tired to sit back up. Ospreay crawls his way back over, sits MJF up, but MJF SPITS at him!! Ospreay gets REALLY mad now! MJF panics, Ospreay HEADBUTTS him! Ospreay reels MJF in, the fans say do it, and Ospreay says yes! Underhooks, one minute warning, but Ospreay isn’t sure which Storm Attack to use!

Ospreay hauls MJF up, to STORM…! NO, Ospreay stops short of the driver! They fans boo, they want him to end MJF but Ospreay says he’s not like that anymore. Ospreay drags MJF up , MJF SHOVES Ospreay into the ref!! The ref goes down, we’re under 20 seconds! Ospreay hurries over to MJF, DYNAMITE DIAMOND RING PUNCH!!! Cover, MJF WINS!!!!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)

There was literally two seconds left, but MJF pulls it off!! The Wolf of Wrestling proves he’s still just a lowdown dirty snake, but he’s the snake that stole the gold from the #BillyGOAT. Medics help both guys get icepacks, water and oxygen, and MJF rises like a zombie to celebrate himself. The Scumbag may have survived The Aerial Assassin, but will he be ready to go All In against The Bastard?

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

Arkady Aura is with the Sussex County Chicken, as well as Max Caster & Anthony Bowens, and says they asked for this time to talk with each other. Caster says that’s right, because they know Mr. Briscoe is on Team AEW for Blood & Guts. They also know that Team AEW needs a couple more partners, and the only way Mark gets “The Best Wrestler Alive” on his side is when Caster & Bowens join the team together. Plus, The Acclaimed just beat The Bucks a couple weeks ago, they have their number, this is a no brainer! Bowens says that’s right! And they’re also this close to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions once again, they want a piece of The Bucks’ asses!

Plus, when you think AEW, you think The Acclaimed, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So they want in! Mark says that’s right! They had his back a couple weeks ago, so as far as he’s concerned, The Acclaimed is in, baby! But Mark’s not the only man calling the shots on this, if you understand what he’s saying. In steps AEW World Champion, Swerve Strickland. Swerve says listen! They’ve been through their fair share of squabbles, so he knows what Acclaimed is all about. Swerve’s also been in battles with The Briscoes, so he knows Dem Boys are real tough people. There is nobody better to go to war with than those you’ve battled against.

Therefore, “y’all ready to get violent?” The Acclaimed say hell yeah! Hands in, and Mark warns The Elite that Team AEW is coming for them! LET’S GO, BABY!! Bowens & Caster follow Briscoe out, Swerve nods, will this team be ready to rip apart The Elite? Will Swerve be ready for The Rainmaker later on tonight in the main event? Or will Kazuchika Okada rain on Swerve’s House and wash it away?

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

The Redwood introduces to the “seeds, saplings, roots and most importantly, branches,” the Learning Tree, Chris Jericho! The “For The World” Champion is accompanied by “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith as he makes his way out here, waving to Little Rock. The fans boo but Jericho still smiles. “Hi, guys~! Y’know, Little Rock, you need to take a few lessons from The Learning Tree. This city is such a high-crime, violent city, 1,533 crimes for ever 100,000 people, you can do better than that! But let’s talk about Dynamite 250 for AEW, I was on the very first Dynamite, and I’ve been on almost every single one since.

“And the ones that I missed, the Branches were so angry, cards and letters filed in, so I made a promise, I’m never gonna miss another Dynamite again.” The fans boo but Jericho says he’ll be on every one, even until episode 500! It’s like he’s said: When you listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. And when you don’t, people get hurt, dammit! This isn’t right! Jericho is begging us all to listen to him! Look to those who haven’t. Shibata’s arm, Hook getting that fireball to his face, that’s horrible. And then Samoa Joe is literally driven through a wall because he wasn’t listening to The Learning Tree!

Jericho is begging us, this has to stop! People are getting hurt! At this point, everyone should realize they need to listen to Jericho. Surely everyone knows the teachings of Jericho are so important. Who would be crazy enough not to listen? Who would be psychotic enough not to use the teachings of Jericho? Who would be maniacal enough to- IS THAT MINORU SUZUKI!? Jericho is very worried seeing the Meanest Man in the World returning here to AEW! Suzuki has a paper in his hands, but what could it be? Suzuki goes to the ring and fans get fired up. Suzuki waits, and he steps in at “KAZE NI NARE~!”

Suzuki stares Jericho down while the fans cheer him on. Suzuki looks at the FTW Championship, then he snatches Jericho’s mic. “Next week…” Suzuki holds up the paper, Keith snatches it, and Keith reads it for Jericho. This is an official order from AEW management. The Redwood AND Bad Apple are banned from ringside for Jericho VS Suzuki, an FTW Championship match! Suzuki then HEADBUTTS Jericho down! Bill goes to help Jericho and Keith backs up. Suzuki grins and waves, “Bye, guys~!” Jericho looks to be fearing for his life now that he knows there is someone crazy enough to ignore his teachings. Will the King of Pancrase cut down The Learning Tree?

 

The Elite speak.

Nicholas asks Matthew and Okada if they heard all that. The Elite heard what The Acclaimed, Mark Briscoe and Swerve Strickland had to say, and it is ridiculous! What pisses them off even more is that The Acclaimed think they’re just gonna become two-time AEW Tag Team Champions. Not on their watch! Matt says what those guys need is a reminder about just who the hecc they are! This is THE Elite, the greatest team in AEW. And after next week, they’ll have all the gold and all the power! Nick points out it won’t be all the gold. Swerve is still AEW World Champion. Well, Matt says after what they do to Swerve, that title might just end up vacated.

Because see, they’re dealing with the most dangerous people in the business. They’re going up against The Young Bucks, the greatest tag team ever. They’re dealing with the Continental Champion, The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada. They’re dealing with the unpredictable Scapegoat, the TNT Champion, Jack Perry. And Matt’s favorite part: making his return to The Elite, Hangman Adam Page! And oh, in steps the TBS Champion, Mercedes Mone! The CEO says hi to the EVPs, and she thanks them for banning Britt Baker from even being backstage tonight so that she can’t ruin Dynamite 250 for them.

Matt says let’s just say there’s no drama coming from The DMD to the CEO, via the EVPs. Okada whispers something to Matt and Matt asks if Mone will do the dance for them. Oh, her CEO shuffle? Of course! C E O! C E O! Ok, got to go~! Mone heads out, Okada wipes himself down. He claims it’s just really hot back here. Matt & Nick say okay, sure. But will The CEO still be golden like The Elite? Or will she end up the Native Beast’s next meal?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

Well, as we just heard, there will be no Britt Baker anywhere tonight because that is how bad she got under The CEO’s skin. Mone even made sure this Open Challenge would not allow Britt to answer it, so in steps a different former AEW Women’s World Champion. Will Mone find there are threats all over the AEW roster? Or will she still be making that double champion type bank?

The introductions are made, the teal title is raised, and we see who is truly the Face of TBS!

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and duel, the two tie up, and Mone tries but she can’t push Nyla back at all! Nyla puts Mone in a corner, Mone goes up the ropes, but the ref counts. Nyla lets off but Mone scuffs her. Nyla is annoyed, but she mocks Mone’s dance. Nyla runs up, Mone leaps over, but then Nyla runs up again. Mone gets around, waistlocks, but Nyla THROWS her away! The fans rally, Nyla storms up but Mone drop toeholds her onto ropes! Mone CLUBS and stomps away on Nyla. Mone drags Nyla up to stomp into a corner, but the ref counts. Mone digs her boots in, but lets off at 4.

Mone backs off to then storm back up and drag Nyla up. Mone talks trash, but Nyla reels her in! Nyla suplexes, and she holds Mone up, does a squat or two, but Mone slips free! Mone CLUBS Nyla, runs, but Nyla scoops her! Nyla stops the tilt-o-whirl, and shouts, “Have you lost your mind?!” Nyla suplexes to hang Mone out to dry! Nyla KNEES Mone, goes to the corner and climbs, and the fans fire up for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Nyla drags Money to the cover, TWO!! Mone survives and Nyla is frustrated, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nyla drags Mone up, ELBOWS her down, then she drags Mone into a backbreaker rack across her knee! Mone endures, even as Nyla pushes her down! Mone fights free with kicks, then fires forearms. Nyla ROCKS Mone right back! Nyla then torture racks Mone to thrash her around! Mone endures, slips down, but Nyla blocks the arm-drag! Nyla whips Mone into the corner, then runs in, only for Mone to move! Nyla POSTS herself, then Mone goes to the apron. Mone BOOTS Nyla into the post! Nyla falls back, Mone soaks up the cheers and jeers, then she sits Nyla down. METEORA! Mone drags Nyla to a cover, TWO!

Mone is upset so she rains down fists! The ref reprimands, Mone lets off to swagger around. Mone stalks Nyla, stomps her around, then bumps her off buckles. Mone stands Nyla up for forearm after forearm, then she climbs up to rain down fists! Mone goes to nine, soaks up the cheers and jeers, but Nyla brings Mone off the corner! Mone RANAS Nyla away, hurries to run, and she METEORAS again! Cover, TWO! Mone is frustrated but Nyla’s a former champion for a reason. Mone drags Nyla up, and clamps on with a COBRA TWIST! Nyla endures, even as Mone puts on the pressure. Mone ELBOWS Nyla in the ribs, but Nyla powers out with a hip toss!

Mone stands, blocks a boot and KNEES Nyla back. Mone runs, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Dynamite 250 returns to single picture while Nyla starts to fade! The fans rally, Nyla fights up, and she swings Mone around into a facelock! Nyla snap suplexes Money away! The fans fire up while Mone flounders to a corner. Nyla snarls, rises up, and runs in to back body block! And then LARIAT! Mone staggers back up, Nyla runs in at the corner and SPLASHES! Mone sits down, Nyla fires up and Little Rock is with her! CANNONBALL! Nyla drags Mone to a cover, TWO!! Mone survives, showing why she’s been champion all over the world.

Nyla snarls, and she goes up the corner. Mone stands to kick the leg! Nyla falls, Mone goes up and up to VADER BOMB! Nyla sputters, Mone gets moving, BOOT WASH! Mone pushes Nyla, goes up the corner, and she METEORAS again! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Mone can’t believe it! Mone drags Nyla up, turns her, but Nyla’s too big to Gory Especial! Nyla RAMS Mone into the corner, the fans duel, but Nyla puts Mone up top. Nyla then climbs up to have Mone’s arm. But Mone fires elbows on Nyla! Mone adjusts position, and SUPER BULLDOGS! Mone then brings out a glove, all to mock Britt!

Mone puts on her glove, spells out “C! E! O!” RINGS OF SATURN, and then the LOCKJAW!! Nyla BITES Mone’s fingers!! That’s what Mone gets! But then DRIBBLES Nyla’s face off the mat, and puts on the STATEMENT MAKER! Nyla taps, Mone wins!

Winner: Mercedes Mone, by submission (still AEW TBS Champion)

Mone may not be able to do it like The DMD, but she still wins out and holds up both belts. Mone then spots a fan with a sign, “DMD > CEO,” and she snatches that sign! Mone RIPS the sign up, and the fan wearing the Sting mask is upset. That fan pie faces Mone!? Because surprise! It’s BRITT BAKER!! The DMD suck into the show and The CEO is running for her life!! Security surrounds Mone to shield her from Britt! The guards then swarm Britt, and Mone is safe, for now. Will Britt have her Wembley Stadium moment with Mone whether Mone likes it or not?

 

Jack Perry speaks.

The Scapegoat flips a coin, then tells Darby Allin, “You wanted to get my attention? Well, you’ve got it now. All you had to do was ask. Did you really have to go and hurt Brandon Cutler? Maybe what I mean to say is, do you think I give a s*it about Brandon Cutler?” He is standing OVER Brandon! And then THROWS him through a door! Jack SMACKS Brandon off a boiler, then tells Darby to come find Jack tonight. Then Jack will show Darby what real sacrifice looks like. Will The Relentless One get that fight with the TNT Champion after all?

 

Toni Storm is here!

The Leading Lady is back so soon after how brutally Mariah May betrayed her? Wait, no… That’s Mariah May taking her cosplay to a new level. The understudy is now portraying the part of AEW Women’s World Champion as she menacingly makes her way down to the ring. The fans boo the protege for how she did Toni Storm dirty, but Mariah grabs a mic for herself. The fans chant for Toni but Mariah sighs. “Let’s be honest. You all saw it coming. Everybody saw it coming, except Toni Storm.” The fans boo but Mariah says that woman is so desperate for the spotlight, she didn’t realize she was giving it all away.

“The question shouldn’t be ‘why,’ the question should be, ‘Mariah, what took you so long?’ Honestly, I didn’t think it would last this long either. But it was so… easy! And I was having so much fun stringing her along, I just wanted to see how far it would go. But then, I saw Wembley. And I thought, ‘Why take the old horse out back when I can kill it in front of as many people as possible?” The fans boo more but Mariah says she’s been Toni Storm, and now she can be so much more! Fans chant “We Want Toni!” and Mariah smirks. Mariah tells Toni not to worry, she still loves her. In fact, she’s never loved her more than when Toni was on her knees, screaming and crying Mariah’s name. “That was your greatest performance.”

As for Mariah’s greatest performance, that will be at All In! The fans boo more but Mariah says now, AEW is All About Mariah! Mariah then lies back on the mat to revel in it just like Toni would. But will Toni make sure Mariah suffers far worse than what she gave Toni?

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

The Bang Bang Gang returned backstage but they’re asked about being stripped of the Unified World Trios Championships. Juice said hold on, they ain’t been stripped of nothing. Whoever wants these belts will have to pry them out of their cold, dead hands! But then Christopher Daniels and a couple refs appear backstage, and the Fallen Angel knows it isn’t the most popular decision, nor is it fair to the champs, but that’s the rules of AEW. Austin says he isn’t taking these belts! Daniels says it’s either that or they’re suspended and they don’t get a chance to fight for them against The Patriarchy.

Colten says fine, take ’em. Take all nine belts! Daniels gathers them up and Austin tells Christian Cage that they are not scared of a guy with a daddy fetish, some TikTok kid, a stepmom straight outta Brazzers, and a giant lizard! Juice says what will happen is The Collision Cowboys come home, and they come home with their little hardware homies! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP! Will Rock Hard Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, and… Austin make sure Captain Charisma and his “sons” never touch the gold? Or can no one stop The Patriarchy from taking over AEW?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

It is a Champion VS Champion showdown to close this milestone episode, but no titles are on the line. However, Blood & Guts is just next week, and each side is looking for momentum. Will Little Rock belong to Swerve’s House? Or will The Rainmaker prove he’s the top champion in AEW?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” The two tie up, Okada headlocks for the takeover but Swerve headscissors. Okada kips free, roles reverse, but then Okada headscissors. Swerve kips free, blocks the takeover this time, and he brings Okada up to power out. Okada avoids the hurdle, BOOTS back, then runs. Swerve rolls to trip Okada, then runs. Okada avoids the House Call, waistlocks then ripcords, but Swerve ducks the lariat! Swerve half nelsons but Okada fights out! Swerve arm-drags, Okada headscissors, Swerve kips up, and fans fire up for the stare down!

Swerve grins but Okada brushes things off. The two reset, knuckle lock, and Okada kicks low! Okada CLUBS Swerve, ROCKS him with a forearm, then scoops. Swerve slips free, Okada runs up, but Swerve goes up and over to roll Okada up. Okada rolls through but Swerve EDDY GORDO RANAS! The fans fire up, Swerve runs to UPPERCUT Okada! Swerve snapmares Okada, goes up and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Swerve hits the Griddy and fans cheer! Swerve even mocks the Rainmaker pose! Okada sits up and glares at Swerve. Swerve eggs Okada on, so Okada ROCKS him! Swerve ROCKS Okada back!

The forearms go back and forth, then they pick up speed! Okada dares Swerve to hit him, so Swerve kicks low! Swerve whips, Okada reverses to then FLAPJACK! Swerve tumbles out of the ring but Okada pursues. Okada runs up to kick and DDT to the floor! Swerve writhes and Okada just watches him while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ring count climbs, but Okada drags Swerve up. Okada brings Swerve over, SMACKS him off steps, and he stalks Swerve around the way. Okada SMACKS Swerve off the steps again! Okada refreshes the count, then pursues Swerve. Swerve rolls into the ring but Okada drags him out. Okada RAMS Swerve into the barriers! The fans are torn but Okada just goes back into the ring. Swerve rolls in, Okada drags him up, but Swerve fires body shots! Swerve shoves Okada, fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free to go for an arm! Then he hits a NECKBREAKER! Okada watches Swerve flounder away, then storms up on him.

Okada brings Swerve up but Swerve pushes him into a corner. Okada CLUBS Swerve down, whips corner to corner hard, and Swerve falls to his knees. Okada runs in to ELBOW Swerve, and Swerve falls again. Okada rests against ropes, taking Swerve a little lightly here, but he goes back over. Okada brings Swerve up to ROCK him, then UPPERCUT him! Swerve goes to a corner, but he fires forearms in return! Okada eggs Swerve on, so Swerve fires more shots! Okada UPPERCUTS Swerve again! Swerve drops to his knees, and Okada kicks him. Okada eggs Swerve on, the fans rally up, and Okada scuffs Swerve.

Swerve SLAPS Okada! Swerve fires forearms but Okada doesn’t budge! Okada eggs Swerve on, Dynamite 250 returns to single picture, and Swerve throws more forearms! Okada roars, runs up, but Swerve ducks to then RISING HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, Swerve shakes that off to storm back up on Okada. Swerve whips, Okada reverses, but Swerve BOOTS Okada! Swerve goes up but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Swerve ends up on the apron, Nana coaches him up and the fans rally. Swerve rises, drags himself up, but Okada storms out after him. Okada scoops Swerve but Swerve holds ropes to stop the driver!

Swerve CLUBS Okada, is free, and he fireman’s carries! Okada flails free, swings, but Swerve HOTSHOTS Okada away! Swerve then slingshots in, somersaults and COMPLETE SHOTS! Gator roll to the deadlift and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Okada survives that and Swerve grows frustrated. Swerve shakes out his arms, then goes to a corner. Okada sits up in a daze but Swerve goes up. Okada hurries to anchor Swerve! Okada brings Swerve down to CLAW his face! The ref reprimands, Okada lets off, but then Okada brings Swerve out in the Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Okada pretends to be upset but then he’s stone faced as he drags Swerve up. Okada scoops and SLAMS Swerve, then he climbs the corner. Nana warns Swerve, but the MACHO ELBOW still hits! Okada rises, the fans boo, and Okada Rainmaker MIDDLE FINGERS! But Swerve victory rolls him! TWO!! Okada runs up and stops the discus, to DISCUS miss as Swerve goes Matrix! Swerve kips up to mule kick, CLUB, BOOT, and- DROPKICK from Okada! The fans fire up while both men are down! The ref starts a standing count and the fans rally up. Both men sit up at 5 of 10, and Okada flounders to a corner.

Swerve runs up, blocks a boot and CLUBS the leg! Okada tries again but Swerve slips around to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Then right into a powerbomb to POWERSLAM! Swerve hurries up the corner, takes aim, KILL- NO, Okada dodges! Okada scoops and TOMBSTONE!! Okada roars because he’s not done! He drags Swerve up, ripcords, RAIN- JUMPING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous and Swerve aims from a corner! “Whose House?” THE BUCKS ATTACK SWERVE!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

The fans boo but The Elite doesn’t care about the win anymore, because they’re looking to hurt Swerve! But wait, here comes The Acclaimed! they brawl with The Bucks! But then Jack Perry shows up to CLOBBER Caster! But then here comes Mark Briscoe! Chicken DECKS Matt, DECKS Jack, and DECKS Nick! Team AEW stands tall together, but Jack comes back for more! Jack whips Briscoe, but he dodges Jack to DIVE onto the Bucks! The fans fire up as Mark goes back for Jack, only to end up in the DRAPING DDT! The Scapegoat fancies himself a Viper, does he? But then HOUSE CALL for Jack Perry!

The AEW World Champion stands tall and Little Rock is thunderous! But then, here comes The Black Hat. Swerve turns around to glare at Hangman as he storms down, glaring at Swerve! The fans are thunderous again, but then Okada trips Swerve up! Okada drags Swerve out, but then Bowens does the same to Hangman! The brawl is going all over the ringside area but it is still 5v4 in favor of The Elite! Security rushes out here to stop this, and The Elite uses the security as their shields! BUT WAIT! Darby Allin is here!! Jack did call him out, so here he comes! Jack looks around, where could he be?

Wait! LOOK UP! Darby drops in from the rafters just like The Icon, Sting! And so now we have 5v5!! The brawl is on again and Little Rock is losing their minds! Security and refs hurry in to stop this, but the security gets thrown aside! Jack is after Darby, Mark helps Darby against him, but then Mark has to fight off Nick! Darby dribbles Jack off the floor! Jack RAMS Darby into railing, Mark returns to help Darby! Security finally separates the factions, which is just fine by The Bucks! But will nothing stop Team AEW from destroying this corrupt Elite once and for all?


My Thoughts:

Now this was an awesome episode of Dynamite. They only advertised three matches, and it turns out that’s all we needed. Ospreay VS MJF was made the opener so they could just go off and give us almost an hour of their best stuff. It kinda makes some PPV matches feel lesser now, but hey, a match of the year candidate is still a match of the year candidate, no matter if it’s TV or PPV. MJF winning out surprised me, but he did cheat so that protects Ospreay. I was hoping for Ospreay VS Pac at All In, but I suppose “The Scumbag VS The Bastard” makes for some fun build. And with how much MJF was taunting Garcia, this has to mean Garcia shows up at All In to go after MJF.

TV Time with Jericho was properly short because we can’t actually drag the show to a screeching halt after how awesome Ospreay VS MJF was. As Jericho started listing qualities like “crazy” and “maniacal,” I just felt Suzuki showing up. Suzuki getting his FTW Championship match with Jericho next week is great, but I’m still thinking Jericho retains. Now, while Keith & Bill are banned from ringside, nothing is stopping Hook from showing up. Hook could go after Jericho after he retains, and that sets up Jericho VS Hook for All In. Which would be interesting because that makes it back to back All In shows for Hook and this FTW Championship.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang with Daniels, but like, so filler. Who needed to see them hand over the belts? Or rather, why couldn’t they have figured out to do that during Collision? Very good promo from Mariah May where she completes her transformation into Toni Storm’s replacement. She even phrased it “All About Mariah” to nod how this has been All About Eve the movie, in wrestling form. The fans kept going “What?” just cuz she was taking things slowly, which is rude, but I do feel she could’ve been faster about it. She was definitely going for something with her pacing, but maybe she was also just filling for a little more time. Toni will surely have a response next week or something, though.

Very good promo from Acclaimed with Mark Briscoe and Swerve to establish the Acclaimed joining Team AEW, and very good response promo from The Elite to call them out on it. Though, what a weird detail for Okada to be a Mone simp. He’s married for crying out loud! But that aside, Mone is still tangentially a part of The Elite, and she had a very good match with Nyla tonight. Mone of course found the way to win, but I do appreciate Britt gives us a Sting shoutout by wearing the Sting mask before revealing she was here. Mone running scared was pretty funny, and yeah duh, this match is happening at All In.

In relation, very good promo from Jack Perry, even if poor Brandon had to get beat up again. Jack calling Darby out was good foreshadowing for Darby’s own Sting tribute, and I figured last week that Darby Allin was going to be Team AEW for Blood & Guts. Great main event from Swerve VS Okada that The Bucks of course had to “ruin” to save Okada from a legit loss. At the same time, this keeps either champion from owing the other a title match so close to All In. Great brawl to give us the full 5v5, Blood & Guts is going to be some wild stuff, and it can definitely go either with so many champions involved this time. However, as Mark Briscoe is the only one whose rivalry is NOT in Blood & Guts, he probably takes the loss for Team AEW.

My Score: 9.1/10


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