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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/23/21)

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The battle lines have been drawn in NXT 2.0!

While Carmelo Hayes puts “The A Title” up against two opponents, Tommaso Ciampa looks to put new crop of NXT in its place, starting with Grayson Waller!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tommaso Ciampa VS Grayson Waller; Ciampa wins.
  • Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta; Catanzaro & Carter win.
  • Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Malik Blade; Escobar wins.
  • Mandy Rose VS Cora Jade; Jade wins.
  • Joe Gacy VS LA Knight; No Contest.
  • Ivy Nile w/ Diamond Mine VS Yulisa Leon; Nile wins.
  • Grizzled Young Veterans VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen; Briggs & Brooks win.
  • NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Pete Dunne VS Johnny Gargano; Carmelo wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Grayson Waller cuts into the intro!?

He says the fans don’t care about the has-beens! We’ve got the fastest rising star right here! But you know who wasn’t in that open? Tommaso Ciampa! “One of the greatest NXT Champions of all time, but he ain’t larger than life!” He ain’t a superstar like Waller. But the fans turn all the time, like on John Cena. But Cena’s killing the game in Hollywood. Speaking of Hollywood, what about The Rock? The biggest star in the industry but the fans booed him out of town. And don’t even get Waller started on Roman Reigns! Roman main evented WrestleMania after WrestleMania, gave his all, and the fans booed him! But now Roman’s Head of the Table and killing it!

So all that teaches Waller is that “all you Twitter freaks, with you’re 80 thousand tweets and three followers don’t matter! Superstars do!” John Cena, Roman Reigns, The Rock, and now, Grayson Waller. But Ciampa interrupts! Will the champion make sure Waller is seeing stars when he turns that shine into shiners?

Tommaso Ciampa VS Grayson Waller!

The bell rings, Waller goes to the ropes for defense. Fans chant, “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you!” Waller comes back, circles with Ciampa, tests the water with kicks but Ciampa shrugs it off. Waller gives another kick, then toys with Ciampa before slapping him! Ciampa just smiles, but Waller gets mad and shoves him! Waller wants Ciampa to respect him, but Ciampa SLAPS and stomps Waller to the corner! The ref counts and backs Ciampa off but the fans fire up as Ciampa goes for more! Ciampa goes side to side to KNEE WASH Waller! The fans want that “One More Time!” so Ciampa KNEE WASHES Waller again!

Waller goes out, Ciampa CHOPS him into taking a seat! Then Ciampa puts Waller in and in a corner for another CHOP! Ciampa climbs up to rain down rights on Waller’s head! Waller trips Ciampa up at 7 to then get a NECKBREAKER! Waller rains down rights on Ciampa, but lets off while fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at him. Ciampa gets up, Waller throws EuroUppers. Waller JABS Ciampa, whips him to ropes, but Ciampa reverses and elbows Waller down! Ciampa drags Waller up, CHOPS him then whips him to ropes. Waller ducks and then turns Ciampa for another NECKBREAKER! Fans rally for Ciampa but Waller gets up and drives in a knee.

Waller throws a body shot then chokes Ciampa on the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets off at 4, but then he pulls Ciampa against the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets go and fans chant “YOU SUCK!” again. Waller CLUBS Ciampa down, drives in another knee, then brings Ciampa up to DECK him with a right. Ciampa goes to a corner, Waller run sin but into a BOOT! Ciampa dodges Waller, ducks the leg lariat, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Waller sets up, pulls off his armband and copies the People’s Champion, drop step and BALLER flop as Ciampa moves! Ciampa comes back to rally with lariats! And a corner clothesline! And another!

Ciampa runs, dodges and then clotheslines Waller out of the ring! Waller bounces off the desk, Ciampa goes out to CLOBBER him again! Ciampa brings Waller up and TOSSES him over the desk! Waller lands in an armchair and Ciampa sits on the desk to pat himself on the back while NXT goes picture in picture.

Ciampa hears the crowd going nuts as he puts Waller back in the ring. Ciampa runs to BOOT Waller down, then he stomps Waller on the head. Ciampa stomps Waller more, CLUBS him on the head, then brings him around to stomp again. Waller staggers up, Ciampa JABS! And JABS! And DECKS Waller with a right! Waller sits up in a daze, Ciampa gets him up to snapmare for a chinlock. Ciampa CLUBS away on Waller’s chest again and again and again! Then he runs, into a LEG LARIAT! Both men are down but Waller pats himself on the back, mocking Ciampa! Waller stomps Ciampa, scrapes his sole off Ciampa’s face, then drags him back up.

Waller ROCKS Ciampa and Ciampa goes to a corner. Waller stomps him, CLUBS him, and throws body shots. Waller whips corner to corner, and hits a BIG corner clothesline! Waller stands on Ciampa in the corner, the ref counts and he lets off at 4. Waller taunts Ciampa, slaps him around, and gives him toying kicks. Waller stands Ciampa up but Ciampa CHOPS! Waller throws a forearm, Ciampa CHOPS again! Waller DECKS Ciampa with the forearm, then drives elbows in. Waller stands on Ciampa’s head at the ropes but lets off again. Waller drags Ciampa up, and CHOPS him as NXT returns to single picture. And CHOPS!

Ciampa ducks to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP again! Ciampa whips corner to corner, Waller stomps himself but the two collide head to head! Waller stays up, hops up the ropes, leaps, but into a KNEE! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Waller drags himself up but Ciampa CHOPS him! Waller CHOPS, Ciampa CHOPS then shoves. Waller elbows back, hops up but Ciampa ducks the leap frog to DDT! Ciampa gets Waller back up, underhooks, but Waller trips him to a jackknife! Cover, TWO! Waller drags Ciampa down to a press, TWO! Roll up, but Ciampa rolls through to KNEE Waller back! But Waller ROCKS Ciampa with a right! Fireman’s carry, WIDOWMAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Waller drags Ciampa to a drop zone and goes to the corner. Waller is up but Ciampa ROCKS him first! Ciampa ROCKS Waller again, climbs up, but Waller resists the superplex. Waller throws body shots, shoves Ciampa down then adjusts, but Ciampa CHOPS! Ciampa goes up and gets Waller for a SUPER AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!?! Waller survives and Ciampa is frustrated. Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” as Ciampa CHOPS Waller! And CHOPS him again! And again! Ciampa brings Waller up but avoids the jab to backslide! Waller rolls through but into underhooks! Waller fights, cravats and throws knee after knee!

Waller torture racks and ROLLING SENTONS! Waller staggers, goes to the corner and BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives Waller’s best shot and he can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Waller builds peed to FLY and take out Ciampa! He puts Ciampa in and somersaults, but into a roll-up! Waller ends up in the ropes, WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa underhooks and hits FAIRY TALE ENDING! Cover, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

Waller may be right that he’s the future of NXT, but the present is Ciampa! Will the NXT Champion continue to be a gatekeeper for all those that think their time is now?

 

LA Knight watches backstage.

McKenzie asks his response, and he says we just saw what happened out there. This is how it goes down. Knight could’ve cost Waller the match but Knight knew Waller would do that himself. McKenzie says you have to give Waller some credit for that match, but Knight will. While Waller went out there and lost, the fans were chanting, “Waller Sucks!” And he DOES suck! That is just a fact of life. But then Joe Gacy comes in to say those facts are destructive and harmful. The reality is, we should be building each other up, not tearing each other down. Knight says what’s really harmful is the build-up of Knight wanting to tear Gacy down.

Gacy says have no fear, the safe space is right out there and it is always open. Why make it sound so perverse, creep? Open the safe space, because there won’t be microaggressions. There might be ruthless aggression, but what you can bet 100% on is Gacy getting his ass stomped! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life YEAH. Gacy says they should leave the hostility in the locker room. But will Gacy bring out his own animosity when the Million Dollar Megastar pushes him in the ring?

 

Toxic Attraction arrives.

NXT Media is already there waiting and it annoys Mandy Rose already. What do they want to know about? Mandy’s match tonight? Or the big match at WarGames? Speaking of Cora Jade, what is she even doing with that skateboard? She doesn’t belong in the ring with Mandy, and she can barely skate on that thing. What a poser. Like she even knows Tony Hawk. Dakota Kai then walks in and they ask what she wants. She fidgets a bit but at least she’s on their team. Mandy says she won’t even need Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne out there, because after she deals with Cora, Io Shirai and Raquel Gonzalez are gonna have another void to fill.

Whoa, what happened here? A mess of stuff. Is this someone’s rage room? What a freak. The ladies move on, Dakota knocks over a glass. But Kay Lee Ray smashes the bottle! Will KLR look to do the same to the toxic women’s champions?

 

Cameron Grimes heads to the ring!

But he isn’t in a good mood at all. After what Duke Hudson did to humiliate him, he’s fixed his hair and beard by having to go shorter on all sides. Grimes gets the mic while fans chant “To The Moon!” for him. Grimes is already emotional as he says, “I grew up in a very small town in North Carolina. And every day, I would have people that would push me down, that would tell me I wasn’t good enough.” But Grimes showed them that he was good enough. That if he scratched and clawed, it didn’t matter how many nights he slept on a concrete floor or how many dimes scraped just for chump change, he’d show all those people that Cameron Grimes holds it down!

Fans fire up and chant “To The Moon!” even more. Grimes made it in this industry, and even struck it rich. “But through all that, I kept this hair and this beard to remind me of my humble beginnings. To remind me of those times I was crying, by myself. To remind me of those times where I had NOTHING!” Duke Hudson took that from him. Duke humiliated him, Duke embarrassed him, but where Duke really messed up is that he angered him. Duke Hudson, come to the ring right now because Grimes is done talking! But Duke talks via video. He’s getting himself a trim at the barber’s. Duke says he didn’t recognize Grimes.

Duke asks what Grimes even has to be angry about? Last week, Grimes won a lot of money off Duke. And he got a free haircut! Grimes wants Duke to show up but Duke says he is helping transform Grimes. Duke is changing Grimes from the troll that lives under the bridge to a decent, normal human being. Then how about he get in the ring and they can be human beings as they settle it!? Duke says no. That’s not gonna happen. Sorry, not sorry. Duke is smug but Grimes says he gave Duke a chance to show all the people here how big them balls are. But Duke’s just proven that he’s gutless and nutless. But if Duke wants to talk big stakes, then lets put it all there! Let’s go all in!

If Duke wants the rest of Grimes’ hair, let’s do this! NXT WarGames, Grimes VS Hudson, HAIR VS HAIR!! Duke says he wouldn’t mind taking more off the top. Duke stands up and says, “You’re on.” And at WarGames, Duke will take the rest. He has Grimes’ hair in a bag?! That’s weird… But will Duke make Grimes into a Carolina cue ball? Or will Duke have to be smug when completely clean shaven?

 

Pete Dunne speaks.

“I’ve waited too long to hold a championship in NXT. So I don’t care how many geezers ya put in front of me. Tonight, it changes. And Johnny, you’ve stood in my way too many times before. So I’m about to put you out and send you packing. And Carmelo, leader of the new school. Are you mad? It’s about time I make you pay your dues. Tonight, the Bruiserweight, the baddest man in NXT, becomes North American Champion!”

 

Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta.

McKenzie knows they’re about to have a match, but she was hoping for a medical update on Dexter Lumis. Indi says he has a fractured hand, broken fingers, and will be out for a month. Melo & Trick took away Lumis’ ability to draw, the way he expresses himself. So tonight, Gargano will take that title from Melo. Is Indi okay? Persia’s up for another handicap match if Indi wants to sit this one out. No, Indi’s fine. Okay, then. Indi dedicates this one to Dexter! Will Indi get back in a good mood with a win over the party palooza duo?

 

NXT, here’s a Tiffany Epiphany.

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness must have been poor. Daddy has paid for my tennis lessons since I was a little girl. And now, I have the best serve at the country club. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth because ugh, silver is tacky. Daddy said I’m ready to take over NXT and he’s never wrong.” Tiffany Stratton is coming to NXT, who will she be serving up L’s to in the ring?

 

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta!

Best friends take on best friends, but only one team will be celebrating a victory tonight! Will KC Squared be the life of the party in the NXT Women’s Tag Division? Or will the impressive Aussies win this one for Dex?

The teams sort out and Kayden starts with Persia. Kayden waistlocks, headlocks but Persia powers out. Kayden ducks and dodges but still gets run over by a shoulder! Persia drags Kayden up, Indi is too mopey to tag in! Kayden gets away and Persia tags Indi in. Kacy tags in, she waistlocks but Indi throws her off. Indi gets Kacy up but Kacy RANAS Indi to the corner! Kacy tags Kayden, Indi shoves them both away! Kayden whips Kacy in to trip Indi up, then Kayden springboard dropkicks! Persia coaches Indi up but Kayden brings her up. Indi CLUBS Kayden, whips her to ropes but Kayden holds ropes to boot back! Kacy tags back in to shoulder in, then Kayden table tops her!

Kayden and Kacy coordinate, wheelbarrow suplex SPLASH! Cover, Persia drags Kacy off! Kacy and Persia argue, the ref counts, and Kacy goes back to Indi. Kacy brings Indi up, Indi blocks the whip to whip Kacy to the corner. Indi stomps Kacy, tags Persia and Persia brings Kacy up. But Kacy fires off kick after kick after kick! Persia keeps Kacy from Kayden to scoop and SNAKE EYES! Persia then drags Kacy around, tags Indi back in, and they whip to tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER to LARIAT! Cover, Kayden drags Indi off! That’s payback on Persia but Indi tags Persia in. Persia gets Kacy up with a bearhug and squeezes tight! Then she RAMS Kacy into the corner!

Persia runs in but Kacy dodges! Persia POSTS herself, and Indi’s all mopey again! Persia tags her in while she’s not paying attention, and then Kacy tags Kayden! Kayden dodges Indi’s boot to SUPERKICK Persia off the apron! Kayden comes back but into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Indi looks at the ring too long, she isn’t covering! Kayden gets a ghost pin, TWO!! Kayden facelocks Indi, drags her up but Indi RAMS her into the corner and knocks Kacy down! That still counts as a tag, but Indi hoists Kayden up top. Kacy gets up, Kayden shoves Indi down, and then Kacy gets a boost for the SUPER SPLASH! Cover, KC Squared wins!

Winners: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter, by pinfall

Now that was a stage dive! But will these two continue to dance their way to the top? As for Indi, can she get over Dexter being away at home for the next month?

 

Andre Chase gives his students a tour of the Capitol Wrestling Center.

They go through the top of the line medical center. Oh, what do we have here? They encounter Cameron Grimes, and Chase says this is a #TeachableMoment. “Never make a decision when you’re angry, because it can and will cost you a match. Or in this case, your hair and your self respect.” Grimes gets in Chase’s face and tells him to go to hell. Don’t listen to him. They continue on, but will Chase’s students actually learn something useful?

 

Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS ???

The Emperor of Lucha returned to help show Xyon Quinn and all of NXT what happens when they upset Legado Del Fantasma. Will Escobar’s return to action get him back on track towards a title?

NXT returns and Escobar’s opponent is the hometown hopeful still trying to establish himself. The bell rings, Escobar and Malik circle. They tie up, Escobar puts Malik in a corner, then SLAPS him! Escobar says this is his ring, Malik is nothing! They circle, tie up, Escobar waistlocks and throws Malik around. Malik fights up from the mat, Escobar SLAPS him again! Malik grits his teeth, ties up with Escobar, but Escobar whips him away. Malik rebounds and cartwheels to dodge! Malik then slides under and dropkicks Escobar down! Escobar comes back and kicks away on Malik in the corner! Escobar snapmares then KICKS Malik in the back!

Escobar stomps away on Malik at the ropes, the ref counts but Escobar lets off at 4. Fans rally and duel as Escobar kicks Malik again. Escobar gets Malik up, suplexes, but Malik slips free and sunset flips, TWO! Escobar ROCKS Malik and then hammers away on him. Escobar knees away on Malik in a corner, then brings him around for an EXPLODER into the buckles! Escobar goes corner to corner, “SI! SI! SI!” and DOUBLE KNEES! Malik staggers into a fireman’s carry, PHANTOM DRIVER! Cover, Escobar wins!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall

A dominant victory for Escobar, and Elektra Lopez has the mic to say, “No one says no to Legado Del Fantasma.” They offered Xyon Quinn the opportunity of a lifetime! And he said no!? Well look what happened to him. They never needed him anyway. And now that their leader, Santos Escobar, is back, Legado is stronger than ever. Joaquin Wilde adds that now that Legado is back at full strength- Here comes Von Wagner & Kyle O’Reilly! Kyle apologizes for interrupting but these two are here for the same reason: The NXT Tag Team Championships! Raul Mendoza laughs and says too bad! Legado already beat them!

Von tells the “Amigos” that they may think they’ve had success so far, but look at the tape, dumbass. Von’s foot was on the rope. So as far as they’re concerned, they have unfinished business. That’s one hell of a point. But here comes Imperium! They’re up in the stands, and Fabian Aichner tells Marcel Barthel that this is rather sad, but it’s in Italian. Barthel says that not only are these people much more ignorant, they’re also less intelligent! They don’t know Italian, they barely know a second language. But what Fabian was saying was that everyone should be ashamed, fighting like little children!

Kyle and his big friend, Lurch, really think they should challenge the champions? Kyle says, “Si, bueno.” And the lucha clowns really think they can step up to Imperium? The truth is, neither team will be able to stop the absolute standard bearers of this division! And the era of Imperium will continue no matter what! It doesn’t matter who is first, so the chumps can go figure that out while the champs will defend these titles at WarGames! Aichner and Barthel have sent their message, who gets to respond in two weeks?

 

Zoey Stark & Io Shirai walk over to Cora Jade.

Stark just wants to talk to Cora, but then Raquel Gonzalez walks in and bumps Shirai into Stark. Whoa, back up! Chiquitas, don’t think Raquel forgot about Stand & Deliver. Shirai talks back in Japanese but Stark keeps the peace. They need to get on the same page. Raquel points out Shirai doesn’t even get along with Stark. Why she gotta bring that up now? Cora speaks up and asks if they’re really gonna do the “Can they coexist?” thing. It’s so boring and old, outdated even. They are a team, but there’s a problem: They don’t have a fourth. So Cora will leave it to them to go find that fourth while Cora kicks Toxic Attraction ass.

That’s something the other three can agree on. It would be Stark if she wasn’t hurt, but can they find someone who can get along with the rest of them?

 

Backstage interview with Tony D’Angelo.

McKenzie says he requested this time to share his thoughts on tonight’s Triple Threat main event. Oh, ‘ey! The business is booming! Forget about it! He’s got the numbers are all over the place, he’s got the bets right here. That paizano, Gargano, then the tough guy fugazi, Petey Poppins. But Tony’s money is on Carmelo Hayes. Does McKenzie got some money she wants to put down? No? Well, inside track is that Petey ain’t got a chance. They could turn that one karat ring on her finger into two, ya follow? Call his guy Hedge, put the bet in, and trust him. Thank you for your time. Back to the three stooges at the desk, oh!

 

Mandy Rose VS Cora Jade!

The NXT Women’s Champion is very confident in herself, but #GenerationJade is hoping to take advantage of that ego. Will Cora fire the first shot before going into WarGames?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Cora waistlocks but Mandy throws her off. They tie up again, Cora powers Mandy back but Mandy throws her down! Mandy taunts Cora as “Just a little girl,” but Cora ROCKS her with forearms! Cora has Mandy on ropes but Mandy knees low! Mandy whips, Cora blocks the hip toss to a takedown, ONE! Cora kicks but Mandy blocks, so Cora ENZIGURIS! Mandy flounders to a corner, Cora runs in but no shining wizard! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mandy drags Cora up, puts her in a corner and throws big forearms! The ref counts, Mandy changes to stomps, then she brings Cora up to suplex! Cover, TWO!

Mandy mocks Cora while getting a neck wrench. Cora endures, fans rally and duel, and Cora fights up, only for Mandy to throw her down! Mandy puts on a body scissor squeeze! Cora endures, Mandy clamps on a chinlock! Cora endures, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Cora is free, but Mandy kicks low. Cora blocks suplex to a cradle, TWO! Cora gets up, and she rallies with clotheslines and elbows! Cora ducks and dodges to RANA Mandy to a corner! Cora fires up, runs in and SHINING WIZARDS! Snapmare and cover, TWO! Cora keeps her focus, goes up the corner, but Mandy avoids the missile dropkick! Cora crawls, Mandy waits for her to get up, but KLR struts out with a BAT!

KLR grins but Mandy grows concerned as KLR starts beating the bat on the apron. And the post! And then the timekeeper’s laptop! Mandy wants KLR out of here but KLR tosses the bat to the ref! Cora rolls Mandy up, and WINS!!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

Give the assist to KLR! Mandy can’t do anything while KLR has her aluminum equalizer, but is this a sign KLR wants in on WarGames?

 

Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams speak.

Trick knows Melo knows what he’s about to say. “The disrespect stops tonight!” It should’ve stopped last week. They must not know who Melo is. “I am the A Champion! I am the leader of the new school. And Johnny Gargano, he wants to say he’s been here for five years. You say it like it’s a good thing. Well I’ve been here for five months, and look at all I’ve been able to accomplish. And Pete Dunne, he says he’s got 10 years experience on me, and we’re the same age.” Well Dunne looks 40! And it isn’t about experience, Pete. You can rock with the Old School, but you gon’ fall with the Old School. Tonight, Melo is the one with everything to lose, but keeping these suckers relevant.

You don’t chase Melo, Melo chases y’all. On HIS show, the A SHOW, the A TITLE, Melo is everything he says he is. And when he shoots, he won’t miss.

 

Joe Gacy speaks.

“Have no fear of community, for connection needs two people. I am the provider, and we will bring for a new sense of belonging. Let me go open the eyes of the blind.” Harland reaches out his hand, but will he have a part to play when Gacy takes on LA Knight?

 

Cora Jade regroups with Shirai, Stark and Raquel.

They’re happy that Cora won against Mandy, but she asks if they talked to KLR about that. No, none of them did. KLR walks over and says, “I’m in.” They need a fourth, and that’s her. Oh and, she’ll be the one in the advantage ladder match next week. Well hell yeah! Will the Scary Queen of Scots secure this rag tag team a big win over Toxic Attraction and Dakota Kai?

 

Joe Gacy VS LA Knight!

Mr. Inclusion himself waits in the ring, and Knight makes his entrance, only for Waller to attack from behind! So much for leaving hostilities in the locker room! The megastar and the 21st Century Success Story fire off, but the refs come in to break them up. Knight pretends to cool off, only to rush Waller! Gacy gets a mic to apologize for that. He wishes we could’ve shown Knight how to handle his anger peacefully, but that was just not meant to be. So Gacy will take this time to discuss how we can fix- Diamond Mine makes their way out? Malcolm Bivens says this match isn’t happening. And since Gacy tried to steal the spotlight from them, maybe they do the same to him!

Do you hear that? The “Ivy Hive” is buzzing cuz Ivy Nile is getting in the ring! So Gacy can take his ass and step out of the ring. Gacy tells Mr. Bivens that he respects that Ms. Nile has a match, but respect is not something Gacy has for the Cruiserweight Champion, Roderick Strong. Mr. Strong’s name alone is an example of toxic masculinity. And the Cruiserweight Championship is an example of exclusivity and weight shaming. The Cruiserweight title triggers those of a certain body type who find- Fans tell him to “Shut the Hell up” but Gacy criticizes the Cruiserweight Division as something that divides.

Strong says whatever to what Gacy said. Anyone that knows Strong knows that he fears no one! He doesn’t care about Gacy or about the weight limit. What Strong knows is that his next money match is standing right here. Bivens, let’s make this happen so that Strong can embarrass the DORK! Well what the champ wants, he gets. But don’t worry, Bivens will cross the T’s, dot the I’s, and make sure the contract is signed, sealed and delivered! WarGames, Strong beats Gacy down! Gacy thanks Mr. Bivens and looks forward to resolving this issue together as one. Alright. Julius, Brutus, take out the garbage. The Creed Brothers step up, but then Harland appears!

Well alright, maybe not. Strong says this is happening at WarGames. Will Diamond Mine be the ones cracking as Gacy and his fearsome friend come for them?

 

MSK continue looking for the shaman.

They’re stressing out but the car is making up for it. This is good stuff. Wes Lee & Nash Carter wanna just chill and kick it. But are they going too fast? Uh oh… They get pulled over. Think fast! What to do with the stash? Hold it! What? No! But then the officer knocks on the window and asks how they’re doing. Hello ocifer. Uh, officer. What’s the speed limit here? 35? Were they going 40? 45? No, seven. They were only going seven. Whoa… The officer asks they get out of the car for a check. They don’t wanna go to jail! They’re too pretty! Guys, please open the bag. The moment of truth… But then someone who is actually speeding goes by! MSK gets lucky here! They gotta go.

 

Ivy Nile w/ Diamond Mine VS ???

NXT returns and Ivy’s opponent is Yulisa Leon. The bell rings and Leon circles with Nile. Nile rushes in but Leon gets away. And then Leon dodges again. Leon shows off her dance moves but Nile trips her up! Nile then waistlocks and drags Leon down to grind her into the mat. Nile does push-ups off Leon’s back! The crowd counts along, Nile stops at 5 to facelock. Leon slips out to hammerlock but Nile fights up to drop toehold. Nile has the arm and grinds Leon’s shoulder. Leon fights up, chinbars, but Nile thrashes the arm. Leon whips free but Nile steps off the bottom rope to LARIAT! Nile then runs in to ONE FOOT DROPKICK Leon down!

Nile gets Leon with another facelock, and she wrenches to NORTHERN LIGHTS! But Leon sunset flips! Nile drops to get the headscissor necklock! Leon endures, kicks, Nile squeezes and does crunches! Leon kicks around, Nile SLAPS her on the stomach. Leon pushes back, TWO! Another try, TWO! Leon fights up to her feet for a high stack, TWO as Nile throws her away. Leon handsprings through, waistlocks and O’Conner rolls, TWO! Nile has it, rolls it through tot he DRAGON SLEPER! Leon taps, Nile wins!

Winner: Ivy Nile, by submission

The behind the back grip did Leon in, Nile is ready to crush the rest of the division! Will we see her do that all the way to the gold?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“NXT is the perfect battleground right now. It reminds me a lot of the streets that I come from.” One day, Solo is with Down Since Day One, then the next, he was all alone. It didn’t matter if he had someone with him, he was always by himself. So he’ll fight anyone. Size, speed, old, new, it doesn’t matter. You’ll all drop down to the Street Champion of the Island!

 

The Grizzled Young Veterans talk backstage.

It all culminates tonight. This is the one. But then they bump into someone on their phone. Whoa, c’mon, lad. Watch where you’re going. They pickpocketed the guy! Bonus. Whoa, Knight and Waller are still brawling! The refs still can’t stop them! What will it take for these two to put this to rest?

 

Boa speaks.

“I don’t know how to control it. Mei Ying has passed on her strength and spirit. It comes and goes. I have no control over it. But once controlled, you will fear Boa!” The spirit of Tian Sha is powerful, what will happen once Boa has tamed it?

 

Grizzled Young Veterans VS Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen!

Zack Gibson & James Drake want to apparently scam their ways to the top, but they’re up against two good ol’ boys who’d rather fight! Will Briggs & Brooks be ready for anything Liverpool’s Number One & Mr. Mayhem try?

The teams sort out, Drake starts with Brooks. They circle, tie up, Drake throws hands! Drake goes to buckle bump but Brooks stops that to bump, cop, forearm and BULLDOG! Tag to Briggs, he and Brooks double whip to double shoulder Drake down! Briggs gets Drake up, wrenches and puts Drake in the corner. Tag to Brooks, Briggs hotshots Drake, then he and Brooks slide out to DOUBLE HAYMAKER! They high-ten, Brooks goes in to keep Drake from Gibson with more haymakers and JABS! Brooks does a two step to then DECK Drake! Brooks talks up his strong left hand, but Gibson blocks the corner splash. Drake SLAPS Brooks!

Drake runs for it, but he baits Brooks into the trap! Brooks grabs at Drake, Drake kicks him away and Gibson tags in! Brooks trips Drake but Gibson knees Brooks into ropes! Gibson smothers Brooks in the mat while talking trash, Gibson gets Brooks up to short arm LARIAT! Gibson headlocks, Brooks fights up but Gibson wrangles him down. NXT shows us that Knight and Waller are still fighting backstage! Brooks reaches, Gibson KNEES Him low then put shim in the corner. Brooks forearms but Gibson gets him in the sleeper! Brooks back suplexes out! Brooks crawls for his corner, Gibson gets his foot and drags him away. Tag to Drake and he grinds Brooks down with a facelock.

Brooks fights up, Drake digs in his heels to keep him back, but Brooks powers up to back drop free! Hot tag to Briggs! Briggs DECKS Gibson, rallies on Drake and BOOTS him down! Then a BOOT to Gibson! SIDEWALK SLAM and a SPLASH for Drake! Briggs fires up, corner splashes then CLUBS Drake, into a double underhook. Drake lips out of the suplex but his leg jams! The ref has Briggs back off, but Gibson climbs the corner! The ref tells Gibson to get down but Briggs BOOTS him! Drake is up but Briggs blocks his boot to see the leg isn’t bad at all. Briggs gets Drake up, BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Tag to Brooks, Brigs runs, HIGH LOW! Cover, Brooks & Briggs win!

Winners: Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen, by pinfall

A big win over the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions! Will this help Brooks & Briggs become future NXT Tag Team Champions?

 

NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Pete Dunne VS Johnny Gargano!

Melo wants to prove he’s THE champion of NXT, but he’s up against two men who have held titles longer than Melo’s been in NXT! Will the Bruiserweight finally make history by being the first man to have held NXT UK and North American titles? Or will Johnny Wrestling find his way back to the top?

NXT returns as Melo makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the “A Title” is raised, and we’ll see who is a champion in the end!

Melo DECKS Gargano at the bell but Dunne goes after Melo. Melo throws Dunne out but Gargano CHOPS Melo! And CHOPS! And whips, but Melo reverses. Gargano RANAS Melo down, then dropkicks him! Fans fire up as Gargano dusts himself off. Gargano gets Melo up, wrenches but Melo gets around to O’Conner Roll, kip up and Eddy Gordo kick! Dunne gets in but Melo kicks low. Melo headlocks, Dunne powers out but Melo rolls off Dunne’s back. Dunne runs and CLOBBERS Melo! Dune turns around, Gargano schoolboys but no kick as Dunne ducks! Dunne wants a crossface but Gargano slips out to go for his submission! Dunne rolls it to a cover, TWO!

Gargano headlocks, Dunne powers out, drops, hurdles but Gargano holds ropes to avoid the impact. Gargano wags his finger and fans fire up. Melo CLOBBERS Gargano then CLOBBERS Dunne! Melo shoots the three then stomps Gargano. He stomps Dunne, throws forearms, then stomps Gargano more. Melo pie faces Gargano but Dunne trips Melo! Dunne has a standing toehold, Gargano runs in but Dunne adds him on! Dunne has a leg from each man, DOUBLE HALF CRAB! Trick reaches out to help Melo slip out and escape! Gargano turns over, kicks Dunne away, then he wrenches an arm for an ELBOW BREAKER! Dunne fights but Gargano chinbars.

Melo gets in to springboard and DOUBLE FLYING LARIAT! Cover on Dunne, TWO! Cover on Gargano, ONE! Melo is annoyed but the fans are rallying and dueling. Melo gets Gargano up, CLUBS him down, but Dunne comes back to CHOP! Melo fires off on Dunne and DECKS him! Melo facelocks Gargano but Gargano fights the suplex. Gargano runs in to CHOP Melo at the corner! Headlock, BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up for Gargano while Trick coaches Melo up. Gargano gets Dunne for a facelock, and he kicks Melo to get the TORNADO DDT on Dunne! Dunne and Melo both bail out, but Gargano just builds speed!

Gargano DIVES and hits Dunne into the desk! Gargano gets back in to DIVE and hit Melo to the ramp! Fans fire up and get high fives from Gargano as he makes a lap around to RANA Dunne! Gargano gets back in the ring and is fired up as NXT goes picture in picture.

Gargano sees Melo getting back to the ring, so he goes out to put him in. Gargano talks trash with Trick before he goes up the steel steps. Melo runs in but into a forearm. Gargano slingshots but Melo catches him, turns him around and KICKS him in the back! Gargano is hung up, Melo springboards for the LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Melo is a bit surprised but he just goes after Dunne with stomps. Melo gets Dunne up to CHOP him, Dunne kicks back! Dunne whips Melo hard into buckles, then drags him around to stomp the leg! Melo clutches his knee, Dunne gets Gargano for a deathlock! Melo runs in, Dunne catches him, facelock to a HALF HATCH that SNAPS the deathlock!

Gargano endures as Dunne gets back up and adjusts the hold to a Queen Angelito Stretch! Dunne then lets off to STOMP the legs! Gargano writhes while Dunne DECKS Melo! Dunne stalks Gargano, reels him in but Gargano holds ropes. Dunne gets Gargano from the ropes but Gargano throws elbows. Gargano goes to ropes, Melo RAMS a shoulder in, then slingshots over then both, SUNSET GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! All three men are down as NXT returns to single picture and fans are fired up! Dunne hits Gargano while they’re still on the mat. Melo grabs Gargano by the hair to throw a forearm, then he does the same to Dunne.

Melo CHOPS Gargano, ROCKS Dunne, repeat! Melo stands up, has both opponents, but they DOUBLE FOREARM him! Then they DOUBLE LARIAT each other! And again! Gargano kicks but Dunne ducks the enziguri! Dunne BOOTS Gargano, GAMANGIRIS Melo, then reels Melo into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Melo scoots back to the corner, Gargano basement dropkicks Dunne! Melo puts Gargano on the apron and runs, into a SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Dunne stomps Gargano’s hands then BUZZSAWS! Pump handle, but Gargano DDT’s out of it! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up as all three men are down again!

Dunne goes to a corner, Melo goes to the opposite. Gargano runs in to forearm smash Dunne! Melo dodges Gargano to forearm Dunne. Melo comes back, to the schoolboy from Gargano, BUZZSAW ROLLING KICK COMBO! Gargano throws a forearm on Dunne, Dunne ENZIGURIS Gargano! Mello hits a CODE BREAKER! Melo gets Dunne up to suplex and CUTTER while slamming Dunne down on Gargano! Cover on Dunne, TWO! Melo is furious but fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Gargano goes to a corner, Dunne goes to another. Melo gets up and runs in but Dunne dodges to GAMANGIRI! Then he drops a knee on Melo’s arm! And he stomps Gargano’s hands!

Gargano ducks the buzzsaw to POISON RANA Dunne! Melo gets up to BOOT Gargano! Gargano rebounds to DISCUS LARIAT! Trick is freaking out but fans are loving this! Gargano gets Melo up, scoops and LAWN DARTS to the corner! Gargano hurries to go out and PENALTY KICK Trick! But Dunne tosses Melo, only for Gargano to GAMANGIRI! Slingshot into a forearm! Dunne pump handles, BITTER END!! Cover, but Tony D’Angelo drags him out! D’Angelo RAMS Dunne into steps! Melo goes up to FLYING LEG DROP on Gargano! Cover, Melo wins!

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

That wise guy, Tony, just rigged the game! He and Trick aren’t sure if they should fist bump or shake hands, but they just agree that they did right by Melo. But whoa, the brawl of Waller and Knight spills back to ringside! They bump into Tony and Trick and Tony takes offense! Tony brawls with Knight, Dunne goes after Tony for that screw job! Knight and Dunne both beat Tony up, Melo goes after them, but Waller jumps on! Tony and Melo stomp Dunne, Trick stomps Gargano! They all go after Gargano! Trick puts a chair down and brings Gargano around! They wanna do him like they did Dexter! Melo goes up, but CIAMPA makes his way out! And he has a chair of his own!!

Trick rushes out but get a chair shot! Then Ciampa SMACKS Waller! Tony jumps on Ciampa’s chair but Dunne STOMPS Tony’s hand! Ciampa JAMS Tony, he and Melo have chairs, but Knight clears out Waller! Melo sees he’s all alone so he bails out! Ciampa, Dunne and Knight stand tall while Melo, Tony and Waller regroup at the ramp. Fans are chanting for it, and Ciampa helps Gargano up. DIY look to each other and nod, but wait! Here comes BRON BREAKKER! Breakker has a mic to say, “WARGAAAAMES~!” And then all hell breaks lose as the eight men brawl! Gargano has Melo, Knight and Waller, Dunne and D’Angelo, Ciampa and Breakker!

Old school VS new school, who will stand tall inside the steel?


My Thoughts:

This was a really good NXT here, with a lot set up for WarGames, but I still have one major gripe. Can’t they give Roderick Strong an opponent from the Cruiserweight Division? I know I was saying this last week, but they’re “waiving” the 205 pound weight limit just so Gacy can have a match against Strong at WarGames. I admit there was some cleverness in Gacy’s promo, even from a satirical standpoint where Gacy is reading too much in saying Roderick’s last name is somehow misogynistic when it’s the word strong. Strong VS Gacy is going to be a very good match, but Gacy can’t win. That makes the Cruiserweight title obsolete! Thought, that’s probably want Vince wants anyway because he only cares about BEEF.

Waller had his best match ever tonight against Ciampa. And speaking of Gacy, I did like that his match got cancelled because Waller went after Knight. I also liked that Knight and Waller brawled for the rest of the night all over the place. The Triple Threat North American Championship match was awesome stuff, making 2.0 feel a little like 1.0 again. I know Tony D’Angelo called out Dunne but I was kinda hoping the title match would end without interference. But hey, D’Angelo going after Dunne, Bron Breakker adding himself to things, that is going to be an awesome Men’s WarGames match that I hope “Old School” wins. It’s Dunne and DIY! And even Knight can do a match like WarGames and look good.

Of course Escobar wins to get back into things, but that was more a vehicle to plug the tag team titles. Kyle & Von VS Legado’s Wilde & Mendoza next week will be good, but I would think the Faces win to go after Imperium. Also, expect Xyon Quinn to come back and go after Escobar on the side of that match. Meanwhile, I continue to mourn the great run Grizzled Young Veterans was having in 1.0. If they’re failing to cheat and beat Briggs & Brooks, I don’t know what they’re supposed to do now. As for MSK, they had a decent promo to have further marijuana humor. I really hope we meet “the shaman” by WarGames.

I like how Indi was distracted by Dexter’s injury. It was maybe a bit cheesy but that’s been the entirety of The Way’s comedy style this whole time, including the #InDex romance. Plus, it helps build Kacy & Kayden up towards the tag titles. And as I expected, KLR is the fourth woman to face Toxic Attraction & Dakota Kai. Great promos and match moments to set that up, that is going to be a fun WarGames match.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

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

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

LSG vs Joe Hendry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 6.5/10

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

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

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


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

Time to Man Up!

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Will the Ivy League MVP earn a title shot?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Mark Briscoe speaks.

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

 

Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall

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

 

Mark Sterling speaks.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Lee Johnson VS JD Drake!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Lee Johnson, by pinfall

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

 

Abadon VS Allysin Kay!

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

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

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

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Taya Valkyrie.

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

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

 

The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Infantry, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto!

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

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

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

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

Winner: The Beast Mortos, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Nick Comoroto.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.5/10


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