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Mitchell’s WWE Royal Rumble Results & Report! (1/29/22)

The 35th annual!

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St. Louis, get ready to rumble!

WWE enters The Dome in St. Louis for the Royal Rumble! 30 men, 30 women, but only two golden tickets to WrestleMania 38!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins by disqualification, and Roman retains the title.
  • 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble match: Rhonda Rousey wins and will challenge a champion at WrestleMania 38.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Becky wins and retains the title.
  • WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; Lashley wins and becomes the new WWE World Champion.
  • Mixed Tag Match: The Miz & Maryse VS Edge & Beth Phoenix; Edge & Beth win.
  • 2022 Men’s Royal Rumble match: Brock Lesnar wins and will challenge a champion at WrestleMania 38.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Royal Rumble Kickoff show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action here tonight!

 

Sonya Deville joins the panel.

How is she feeling an hour ahead of the Women’s Royal Rumble? She’s excited and ready. She’s here to do it all as a WWE official and superstar. How is that not a conflict of interest, though? Well, she’s explained to Naomi, when the jacket is on, she is an official. When it’s off, she’s a superstar. The jobs have evolved since Booker T and the others have been here. Peter finds it hard to defend Sonya’s actions, though. She uses her official authority as she wants. Sonya says he has it all misconstrued from last night.

What had happened was, Dan Angler was going to call things down the middle but he was on Naomi’s side that entire match. So Sonya is in the Rumble as a competitor and official to make things go right. But she left the ring and- Well, she had to do something because of how out of control that official was. Kayla turns things to Charlotte Flair and how she is participating as SmackDown Women’s Champion. What are Sonya’s thoughts on that? Sonya says we’ve seen how obsessive Charlotte can get, and she usually finds a way to get it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way with the Flairs. But the Rumble is about surprises, Liv Morgan is an underdog that could take this,

Kayla points out Bianca Belair’s great year since last year, and Sonya would love seeing a back to back win. Then why isn’t Sonya doing her job to help them? Well she runs both brands, that is a heavy load. She is giving every woman an equal opportunity. So she’s not up to the job? No, she’s doing just fine. She had a long match last night and here now, then in the Rumble. But then she’s saying someone else is going to win the Rumble? That’s her being an unbiased official. Then why is she talking about it before she gets in the match? That’s a double standard. Sonya says she can do it all. Kayla thanks Sonya for her time, and there’s more kickoff to come!

 

Sonya Deville returns.

Just to be clear, she’s in the jacket, so she’s an official. Respect her. Kayla asks Sonya’s opinion on Becky VS Doudrop for the title tonight. We know Doudrop is a force to be reckoned with given her size and ferocity. Sonya didn’t really know that was in her but Doudrop’s stepped it up. But Becky is The Man, she’s overcome odds bigger than this, she comes away with this. Kevin Patrick points out, Becky has been champion since WrestleMania 35. Booker thinks there’s favoritism as an Irishman. But Sonya says the thing about Becky, she’s never claimed to be the strongest, but she is the little engine that could and is now Big Time. Good enough?

Sonya has Kayla go, and Kayla says Sonya has a point. Becky’s used questionable tactics, will she do that to Doudrop here? And Becky even tweeted for “Who’s next?” Sonya is so sad that she cleared the floor for Kayla to throw that. But Kevin points out that Doudrop won a Triple Threat to get here. But Sonya says this is The Man we’re talking about. Kayla again thanks Sonya and wishes her luck as the kickoff continues.

 

Damian Priest speaks.

As United States Champion, he’s faced the best of the best on Raw. But this is the Royal Rumble, he’ll see a lot of fresh faces and a lot of people unfamiliar with both sides of him. So they better be careful not to run into Damian. Whatever you do, “Don’t. Wake. Him. Up.”

 

The Road to WrestleMania starts here!

For the 35th time in a row, we see who heads for WrestleMania. The Gateway City opens the path to the top, so get ready to rumble. Dreams, opportunity, chaos, the Royal Rumble is what it is. So there’s only one thing left to do: win. And it all starts… now!

 

WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Seth Rollins!

Once upon a time, the Tribal Chief and the Visionary were brothers in the Shield. But betrayal and a thirst for success turned brotherhood into a blood feud! Rollins got the Usos banned from ringside for this, and he’s had Roman’s number time and time again in the past. Will history repeat itself to start us on the Road to WrestleMania? Or will the Head of the Table finally be the one to burn The Architect down?

Roman has his entrance as we’ve gotten used to over the last year, but Rollins revives the Shield entrance!! The call out, the ring gear, the entrance through the crowd, but all with that Seth Freakin’ Rollins swagger. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who history acknowledges tonight!

Fans are thunderous already as the two stare down. Rollins swaggers about, but Roman storms up on him. Rollins waistlocks, Roman switches but Rollins slips away. They circle. Roman swings but Rollins dodges to haymaker and jab! Roman THROWS Rollins to a corner to clothesline him over an dover! Rollins dodges to fire off fast hands and stomp Roman down. Rollins runs corner to corner to forearm smash! Rollins keeps moving, ducks and dodges, to SLINGBLADE! Roman staggers up, Rollins clotheslines him out! Roman leans against barriers, Rollins plays it up and builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit and Roman hits barriers!

Rollins gets going again, and he DIVES! Another direct hit and Roman is down! Fans fire up, Rollins puts Roman in the ring, then Rollins waits on the apron. Rollins is having fun waiting on Roman to get up, and then he springboards, into an UPPERCUT! Roman seethes while Rollins sputters, and Roman goes out to DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Rollins bails out the side, Roman watches him closely and goes back out after him. Fans rally up, Roman runs in to leap off the steps, into a kick! Rollins reels Roman in, gets him up, and POWERBOMBS him through the announce table!!

Fans go nuts as Rollins has a wild eyed look over hitting what was a Shield signature! Rollins drags Roman up, gets him in the ring, and goes to a corner. Rollins goes up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives and Rollins is surprised, but he drags Roman to another drop zone. Rollins goes back up, grins, and PHOENIX SPLASH but he has to roll through! Roman comes back, but Rollins KNEES him away! ROLLING ELBOW, turn and DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Then another lift, for a BUCKLE BOMB! CURB STOMP!! Cover, TWO!?!? Roman survives by nanoseconds, and no one can believe it!

Rollins manages to laugh this off, though. “This is Awesome!” and really only just begun as Rollins goes to a corner again. Rollins wants Roman to get back up. Rollins runs in, into a LARIAT! Roman and Rollins are both down now after that desperation shot! Both men slowly rise, Rollins dazed but Roman furious. Roman rains down forearms on Rollins! Fans are torn as Roman lets off to shout at the ref. Roman shakes out the cobwebs, drags Rollins up into a deadlift POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Rollins sputters again but Roman shakes his head. Roman dares Rollins to laugh now as he rains down more forearms!

Rollins gets Roman for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Rollins squeezes as tight as he can but Roman fights back up. Roman deadlifts Rollins again, for another POWERBOMB! Roman grimaces as he watches Rollins sputter and get up. Roman POSTS Rollins, and Rollins flops to the floor! Roman paces, goes out after Rollins, and he RAMS Rollins into the barriers! Rollins tumbles into the timekeeper’s area but Roman drags Rollins back up. Roman RAMS Rollins into steel steps! The ring count is climbing past 5 of 10, Roman puts Rollins in at 6. Roman goes to the corner as fans are torn. Rollins staggers up, Roman locks ‘n’ loads! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!

Roman sits in frustration as Rollins drags himself away to the apron. Roman goes out the opposite end, says he’s no longer playing around, and he runs in around the way. SPEAR!! Roman puts Rollins back in, goes back to the corner and he fires up as fans cheer and jeer. “OOAH~!” SPEAR- PEDIGREE!!! Rollins turns the spear into a Pedigree! Cover, TWO?!?! Again, Roman survives by the smallest of gaps! Fans are thunderous again and Rollins gets to his feet. Rollins has that wild look in his eyes again as he goes to the corner. Rollins stomps and fans chant, “BURN! IT! DOWN!” Rollins aims, runs in, but Roman dodges! But Rollins blocks the Rock Bottom!

Rollins gives Roman Kowata Kicks but Roman UPPERCUTS! Rollins dodges, Roman SPEARS!! But he can’t make the cover! Roman has to crawl his way over, Rollins laughs as he offers the fist bump! Roman seethes as Rollins says he’ll always love his brother. Roman paces, trying not to lose his cool. Rollins still offers the fist bump, but Roman drags him into the GUILLOTINE!! Rollins flails as he’s caught in the body scissors! Rollins powers his way forward, but he’s fading out!! The ref checks, Rollins gets the ROPEBREAK! Roman is furious but the ref counts! Roman wants to squeeze the life out of Rollins! Roman gets disqualified!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification (Roman retains the title)

“HE DESERVES THIS!” The ref can’t get Roman to let Rollins go until Roman is satisfied! Fans boo as Roman went too far but Roman says this is Rollins’ fault. “Roman Sucks! Roman Sucks!” Rollins wakes up again while Roman is being haunted by those chants. Roman exits the ring, grabs a chair, and brings it back to the ring. Roman looks at Rollins as he slowly stands back up. CHAIRSHOT to the back! And again! And again! Rollins’ past has come back to bite him as Roman keeps going off on him with that chair! And then Roman smiles. Roman starts to leave again, but then he starts looking under the ring!

Roman brings out another chair, and says you don’t take from the Tribal Chief. He SMACKS away on Rollins again and again and again! The chair breaks apart! And Roman raises a finger, because he’s the one who is standing tall tonight. Roman finally leaves Rollins behind, but does this mean he’s finally put the past behind him?

 

2022 Women’s Royal Rumble match!

Thirty women will fight for that golden ticket to WrestleMania! But somewhere in this field is Charlotte Flair, who is SmackDown Women’s Champion! If the Queen wins, she chooses her challenger! Will Charlotte have her destiny in her hands? Or will someone else take the win and then come after her?

First out, it’s SASHA BANKS! The Boss has drawn one of the hardest spots to start, but will she make this spot LEGIT? And drawing second, it’s MELINA!? Melina is back for the Rumble, and she can still do the splits! Will she make this the biggest return yet?

The bell rings, Sasha and Melina are soaking in this moment, and they circle. Sasha says she’s going to Mania, but Melina says she’ll take that from her! Melina kicks, Sasha blocks to KNEE back! Sasha gets Melina up and right out!? Sasha ELIMINATES Melina, then does the splits! Sasha has time on her hands now to wait for the next entrant. The countdown is here, and number three is… Tamina! Ain’t nobody meana! Tamina storms right up tot he apron but Sasha baseball slides! Then she slips out to METEORA! Sasha puts Tamina in and gets back in after her to lift her! Tamina holds the ropes, elbows Sasha away, then CLUBS her down!

Tamina whips, Sasha wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Tamina staggers to a corner, Sasha runs in to METEORA! Sasha goes again, METEORA! Sasha gets Tamina up, but Tamina again holds ropes. Sasha fires off forearms, but Tamina HEADBUTTS her down! Tamina drags Sasha up as the countdown’s back already. Number four is… KELLY KELLY! Another classic returns while Tamina tries to lift Sasha up and out. Sasha pulls hair, but ends up on the apron. Sasha SLAPS Tamina away and gets back inside. Kelly slides in and fires forearms on Tamina! Tamina shoves, Kelly ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Tamina into buckles!

Kelly fires up, handsprings in and back elbows Tamina! Kelly gives a little twerk but Tamina CLOBBERS her! Sasha goes after Tamina, bumps her off buckles, then snapmares her down for stomps. Sasha runs at Kelly but into a BOOT! Kelly goes up to get a HANGING NECKLOCK! But Sasha breaks free, BOOTS Kelly and ELIMINATES her! But the countdown is back again and number five is… Aliyah! The new kid is in, she slides in but Sasha fires off on her! Sasha scoops but Aliyah slips off to then duck, dodge and THESZ PRESS! Talk about Aliyah 3:17! Aliyah fires up but Tamina SLAPS her! Aliyah ROUNDHOUSES back!

Aliyah goes after Tamina but Sasha’s after Aliyah! Sasha throws Aliyah at ropes but Aliyah fights her back. Sasha runs in but Aliyah dodges. Sasha puts Aliyah on the apron but Aliyah ROCKS her! Aliyah slides in but Sasha KNEES her down! The countdown is back as Sasha hauls Aliyah up, and number six is… LIV MORGAN! She rushes right in, dodges Aliyah and fires off forearms! Aliyah shoves her but Liv SHOTGUNS Aliyah down! Liv CLUBS Sasha but Sasha pushes her back. Liv gets the arms, WINGSNAPPER and a boot at the ropes! Liv hurries to get Sasha up but Tamina CLOBBERS Liv to bump her off buckles.

Tamina runs in but into a KNEE! Liv goes up and up and missile dropkicks! Sasha is after Aliyah but Liv is after Sasha. Liv stomps Sasha into Aliyah, then digs her boots into both of them! Liv points to the sign, takes a bow, but Aliyah hits her back. Sasha is after Aliyah and snap suplexes! Una Amiga! Then Dos Amigas as the countdown comes in! THREE AMIGAS! But number seven is… Queen Zelina Vega! She takes her time waving to the fans as she goes to the ring. Liv and Aliyah work together to try and throw Tamina out but Zelina throws each of them down! She KNEES Liv, then Aliyah. Sasha blocks to KNEE Vega back!

Tamina is after Sasha, fireman’s carries, and puts her on the apron. Sasha BOOTS Tamina, but Zelina BOOTS and ELIMINATES Sasha!! Zelina waves by to the Boss while Tamina goes after Liv. But Liv hits back and throws her down! Tamina lifts Aliyah, Aliyah grabs the ropes and the countdown is back! Number eight is… Bianca Belair! The EST won last year, she wants to make history with a repeat! And she starts rallying on everyone! Bianca whips Tamina, Tamina reverses but Bianca sends her into the POST! Then BOOTS her down! Zelina hops onto Bianca, but Bianca drags her around into a suplex!

Vega tries to fight free but Bianca holds on to then SLAM her down! Bianca kips up but Liv hits her! Bianca tosses Liv but Liv stays on the apron. Bianca decides two for one! Handspring attack to Liv, MOONSAULT for Zelina! Bianca throws Zelina at ropes but Tamina CLOBBERS Bianca! The countdown is back, number nine is… Dana Brooke! The WWE 24/7 Champion has Reggie accompanying her out, they high-ten and Dana gets in. Dana dodges Zelina, lifts Aliyah, but Zelina is after Dana. Dana elbows Zelina to scoop her and put her on the ropes. Zelina holds on, Tamina drags Dana away. Dana ROCKS Tamina, fires off KICKS, then handsprings to a basement dropkick!

Dana fires up, she runs to handspring and back elbow Bianca! Dana boots Liv and hits a ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Dana CLUBS Tamina, Zelina CLUBS Dana. Bianca has Aliyah up on the top rope and clubs away on her. Liv goes to dump them both! The countdown is back, number ten is… MICHELLE MCCOOL! Another classic Diva’s Champion, she slides in and lines up a shot. She BOOTS Tamina, KNEES Dana, but Reggie is there to save Dana! McCool whips, Liv reverses but BELLY2BELLY! McCool BOOTS Bianca, blocks Vega’s Code Breaker and blocks the rana for a STYLES CLASH! Dana is up top, but she leaps into a BOOT!

McCool hauls Dana up, dumps her out and ELIMINATES her! Tamina CLOBBERS McCool, not caring about any of that. McCool fights Tamina in the corner, Bianca has Zelina in another, while Liv is after Aliyah. The countdown returns, number 11 is… Sonya Deville! The WWE official put herself in the match, mostly to make sure Naomi doesn’t win. But will she still get herself the win at the same time? She decides to keep the jacket on to say she’s still a WWE official, and she goes to take a seat at commentary! Liv and Tamina are both after McCool while Bianca is after both Zelina and Aliyah. Vega ends up on the apron but she fights back.

McCool drags Aliyah up, Liv and Bianca work together on Tamina. Aliyah lifts McCool in return while Sonya repeats what she said on the kickoff show about Bianca and Liv being her personal choices. The countdown is back, number 12 is… Natalya! The Queen of Harts wants to add records to her resume, but Liv is right on her! Liv puts Natty in the corner, back body blocks, then runs in again. Natty dodges to put Li von the apron! Liv shoulder sin, slingshots up and over to sunset flip, but Natty rolls through to BOOT Liv down! Bianca fireman’s carries Natty, but Tamina CLUBS Bianca! Tamina lifts Bianca, Aliyah is after Natty!

But Natty dumps Tamina out to ELIMINATE her! Bianca holds on for dear life, she kicks Natty away, and survives! Aliyah fires off on Natty, Liv and Vega scrap. McCool helps Aliyah with Natty, as does Bianca. The countdown is back, number 13 is… CAMERON! It has been some time since the Funkadella has been here! She struts her way to the ring, dodges Liv and RANAS her down! And then CODE BREAKER for Zelina! Sonya decides to get in since Cameron is a friend of Naomi’s. Cameron gives Natty a wheelbarrow BULLDOG! Sonya DECKS Cameron! Sonya hopes Naomi is watching backstage as she roughs Cameron up more!

Sonya suplexes, puts Cameron on the apron, but Cameron hits back! So Sonya POSTS Cameron! Cameron falls, Sonya ELIMINATES her! Sonya hopes Cameron sees Naomi backstage to say hey. The countdown is back, number 14 is… NAOMI! What timing! Naomi gives out glow sticks, checks on Cameron, and then gets in the ring. Sonya and Naomi scrap and fans fire up! Sonya throws knees, Naomi ducks and dodges to springboard, FLYING CHUCK! Naomi throws Sonya up and out but Sonya holds on! ROUNDHOUSE! Down goes Sonya, Naomi ELIMINATES her! But Natty goes right after Naomi! Naomi gives Natty a springboard STUNNER!

Naomi gets Natty up, the countdown is back. Number 15, the halfway point, is… Carmella! The Most Beautiful Woman and Zelina’s tag partner is here, but she takes her time strutting to the ring. Naomi drags Zelina around, Natty is after Bianca and Liv on the top rope! Bianca gets back in so Natty CLOBS Natty and stomps her down. Mella says hi to Corey Graves, wants commentary to say how pretty she is, while Natty goes after Bianca and McCool! Zelina CLOBBERS Naomi, Aliyah and Liv scrap in a corner. The countdown is back again, number 16 is… RHEA RIPLEY! Time to make the Rumble into a nightmare!

Rhea takes a moment before getting in, she goes around to get Mella! Rhea puts Mella in the ring, just as she has her protective mask on. Mella and Vega fire off on Rhea together, then feed her to Natty’s DISCUS! Naomi bumps McCool off buckles, Natty helps out, and Rhea scowls as Vega and Mella try to get her up. She picks them both up instead! DROPKICK! Double ELIMINATION! Hook kick for McCool, FLAPJACK for Liv, SHOTGUN for Bianca! HEADBUTT for Natty! The countdown is back, number 17 is… CHARLOTTE FLAIR! The SmackDown Women’s Champion begins her WrestleMania mission!

Bianca and Naomi work together against Natty, Liv helps out but Natty holds on. Aliyah gets her part in on Natty while McCool fights off Rhea. Charlotte finally arrives at the ring and she CLOBBERS Rhea, BOOTS Aliyah, and then throws Aliyah up and over! Charlotte ELIMINATES Aliyah! Then she gives Liv a FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up, dodges Naomi, and back suplexes. Naomi lands on her feet but Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Naomi dodges to leap, but Charlotte throws Naomi to the apron! Naomi falls, but her feet hook the bottom rope! Sonya returns! And YANKS Naomi off to ELIMINATE her!

Fans boo as “Cruella” can’t get over her grudge with Naomi! Naomi is furious, Sonya has no suit jacket, Naomi wants to get at Sonya the competitor for that one! Natty fights back in and the countdown returns. Number 18 is… IVORY!! Mind your manners, ladies! “Yes, it has been an awful long time. But I can see that nothing has changed.” She can’t even look at these girls. All she sees are wayward, lost little girls. She points Rhea out particularly. Rhea scoops Ivory! Rhea throws Ivory to the apron, pats her on the head, then SHOVES her to ELIMINATE her! “How dare you!” Rhea waves bye, and then goes after Natty.

The countdown starts again, number 19 is… BRIE BELLA! One Bella is in, and she’s ready to go #BrieMode! She LARIATS Natty, ROCKS McCool, ROCKS Liv, ROCKS Rhea, and chants, “YES! YES! YES!” with the fans. Brie runs in to KNEE Natty against ropes! Brie gets Natty up but Natty holds the ropes! Brie stomps Natty, pries at the hands, but Natty slides under to get back in. Natty picks Brie up but Brie holds tight to ropes! Brie kicks Natty away and gets back in. Bianca and Rhea double suplex Charlotte! They put her on the apron, but Charlotte holds on tight! The countdown is back, number 20 is… MICKIE JAMES! The Impact Women’s Champion is ready to go hardcore country!

Mickie holds up her title up high as fans go nuts! McCool BOOTS Mickie off the apron, slips out to get her back in, and they revive their Diva’s Era feud! Mickie dropkicks McCool down, and MICK KICKS Rhea! FLAPJACK for Liv! McCool RAMS Mickie into a corner but Mickie gives her a RANA! McCool’s feet touch, Mickie ELIMINATES her! Mickie helps Liv stomp Rhea down as the countdown returns. Number 21 is… Alicia Fox! Time to get crazy! Alicia slides in to DROPKICK Liv! And dropkick Rhea! And kick Mickie to run and SCISSOR KICK! Alicia and Natty run at each other, DOUBLE FACEBUSTER!

Charlotte fights her way back in, Alicia dropkicks Natty. Rhea drags Alicia up, fireman’s carry, and Liv helps push Alicia to the ropes. Mickie and Bianca go after Brie, Natty holds on even as Charlotte pushes her. The countdown returns and number 22 is… NIKKI A.S.H! Rhea’s ready for the Almost Superhero but where is she? Nikki gets in from the crowd side! And she tosses Rhea over the ropes! Rhea holds on, Nikki fires off on her, but Rhea blocks the punch! Rhea tells Nikki isn’t getting away with that. Rhea gets in the ring, Nikki wants Rhea to talk this out, but Rhea backs her down. Nikki goes out the bottom so Rhea just waits.

Charlotte CLOBBERS Rhea from behind! Mickie is after Liv, Alicia is after Bianca. Nikki slips back in to go after Alicia but Bianca scoops Nikki. Rhea turns things around on Charlotte to CHOP her! Natty throws knees on Brie and the countdown is back. Number 23 is… Summer Rae! She’s all fired up and she goes right after Natty! THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Natty shoves her away, blocks the slap, and SLAPS Summer! Summer scowls to SLAP Natty. It’s a SLAP fight! Natty whips, Summer reverses and HEEL KICKS! But then Charlotte CLOBBERS Summer! Natty drags Summer up, scoops her and TOSSES her to ELIMINATE her!

Charlotte and Natty say bye to Summer, but then Charlotte goes after Natty! Natty holds the ropes, the countdown is back and number 24 is… NIKKI BELLA! The other twin is here, ready to back her sister up! Nikki Bella shoves Bianca off Brie to then hit a KNEE SMASH! And a KNEE SMASH for Natty! SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up for the #FearlessNikki but Bianca hits her down! Bianca suplexes, Brie makes the save. The Bell Twins regroup as Alicia gets sent out! The Bellas DOUBLE FLAPJACK Bianca down! The Bellas high-five, say hi to Alicia, then DECK her! Nikki Bella ELIMINATES Alicia! But Liv fires off on them!

Brie throws Liv away, Rhea fires off on Charlotte, and the countdown is back. Number 25 is… SARAH LOGAN! The Country Valkyrie is back and she storms right into the ring! She helps Liv against the Bellas! SHOTGUN KNEES for Brie! POP-UP HEADBUTT for Nikki Bella! Mickie is after Bianca, Liv and Sarah reunite! But then the Bellas CLOBBER them both! The Bellas toss Sarah up and out and ELIMINATE her! Fans boo, but then Liv CROSSBODIES! But gets caught! They dump her out but Liv drags Nikki out with her! They scrap on the apron, Brie BOOTS and ELIMINATES Liv!

Brie and Nikki mock the “losers,” and the countdown returns. Number 26 is… LITA! The Dome explodes for the extreme diva! Lita dodges Brie, DECKS Nikki then CLOBBERS Brie! She even kicks Nikki A.S.H. for a snap suplex! Mickie CLUBS Lita, but Lita ROCKS Mickie! Lita whips Mickie to a corner, runs in but into the headscissors. Lita throws Mickie out, Mickie shoulders in, but into a DRAPING DDT! Lita tosses Mickie up and out to ELIMINATE her! Lita waves bye, then stares down Charlotte. Fans fire up for this one, and they start brawling! CHOP! Haymaker! CHOP! The countdown returns and number 27 is… MOLLY HOLLY!

Mighty Molly heroically goes to the ring, but gets BLINDSIDED by Nikki A.S.H! Not very superhero of her! She RAMS Molly into the steps! Lita has Charlotte up top but Charlotte brawls back. Nikki puts Molly in the ring and says, “You don’t deserve this!” She throws Molly’s cape away! Then dumps and ELIMINATES her! The countdown returns, number 28 is… RHONDA ROUSEY!?! She’s back, and everyone in the ring gulps down their fear. Nikki A.S.H. wants an alliance of Nikkis but they both miss Rhonda! Rhonda DECKS Bella and fires off on A.S.H! Rhonda tosses each Nikki out, then has DOUBLE GUILLOTINES!

Rhonda HOTSHOTS the Nikkis, then BOOTS A.S.H. out to ELIMINATE her! Bella wants mercy, but Brie runs in! Brie is sent into Nikki, so she figures to DECK her! Brie ELIMINATES Nikki! But then Rhonda fires off on Brie! Rhonda keeps on Brie as the countdown returns. Number 29 is… SHOTZI BLACKHEART! The wild child is ready to TCB! Bianca and Rhea scrap, she CROSSBODIES them both! And ENZIGURIS Charlotte! Shotzi is after Lita but Lita kicks her away. Rhonda DECKS Brie and ELIMINATES her! Lita ROCKS Shotzi, and uses a leg hook to trip her! Rhonda fires off on Rhea, Shotzi whips Lita.

Shotzi runs in but into a knee! Lita headscissors to throw Shotzi down! Rhonda fires off on Bianca! Rhea comes back to get at Rhonda! So Rhonda just hits Rhea! The countdown returns, Natty POWREBOMBS Charlotte, and number 30 is… SHAYNA BASZLER! The Queen of Spades is here, and Rhonda is excited to see her old friend. Rhonda sets Rhea up for Shayna’s KNEE! Shayna GERMAN SUPLEXES Shotzi! And then SAIDOS Bianca! Lita kicks Shayna but no Twist! Gut wrench SLAM! Rhonda keeps on Rhea, Shayna KNEES Natty! Shayna and Rhonda now circle, but Charlotte runs the fun by hitting Shayna!

Natty and Rhonda brawl, Rhonda fireman’s carries to throw her out! Natty holds the ropes but Rhonda throw s knees! Shotzi hits Rhonda, but Rhonda ROUNDHOUSES and tosses Shotzi! Shotzi holds on now but Rhonda pries the arms free! Shotzi drops, Rhonda ELIMINATES her! Rhonda is after Natty again, but Bianca DECKS Natty to ELIMINATE her! So Rhonda gets Bianca in a SLEEPER! So Natty slips back in to lift Rhonda! Rhonda whips Natty away to re-eliminate her! Rhonda kicks Bianca around, Lita has Charlotte, TWIST OF FATE! Rhea RAMS Lita into a corner! Rhea puts Lita up top but Lita ROCKS Rhea! FLYING RANA!

Lita runs in but Rhea dodges to Electric Chair lift! Lita kicks Rhea away, and is up top! But Rhea shoves Lita out! Lita lands on the apron, shoulders Rhea, but Charlotte BOOTS Lita down! Charlotte ELIMINATES Lita! Rhea gets Rhonda up in the Electric Chair, but Rhonda holds ropes! Rhea clubs the arms, Rhonda has a HANGING TRIANGLE! Rhea pops free but her arm is still caught! Charlotte dumps Rhea over! Rhea holds on, ROCKS Charlotte, then POSTS Rhonda! Rhonda gets stuck, Charlotte BOOTS Rhea down and ELIMINATES her! The final four are Charlotte, Bianca, Rhonda and Shayna!

Bianca tires to toss Charlotte but Charlotte fights back and CHOPS away! Charlotte CHOPS again, whips Bianca but Bianca reverses! Charlotte tumble sup and out but shoulders in. She BOOTS Shayna, too, then spots Rhonda. Bianca intercepts with a DROPKICK! Shayna gets Bianca in a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Bianca snapmares free to SPINEBUSTER Shayna down! Bianca handsprings for the- KIRAFUDA! Shayna drags Bianca up, but Bianca fights and slips around to torture rack! But Charlotte gets in to DUMP THEM BOTH!! DOUBLE ELIMINATION! It’s just Charlotte and Rhonda now!!

Fans are going nuts as Queen and Rowdy Rousey stare down from opposite corner. They circle, Rhonda fires up, and Charlotte scowls. Charlotte runs in, but boot is caught for a lift! Rhonda DUMPS Charlotte and wins!!

Winner: Rhonda Rousey (2022 Women’s Rumble winner)

The baddest woman on the planet is going back to WrestleMania! But the only question is, will she choose Charlotte and beat her again? Or will she be aiming for whoever holds the Raw Women’s Championship after tonight?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

The Man thinks she did Doudrop a favor, but she may have only doomed herself! Will Big Time Becks stay golden? Or will she have no choice but to Doudrop the title to the colossal Celt coming after her?

The introductions, the belt is raised, and we see who is really big time!

Becky and Piper circle, tie up, and Piper shoves Becky down. Becky manages to shrug that off and gets up. Becky waistlocks, headlocks, but Piper powers out. Becky holds ropes to stop herself but she’s already annoyed. Becky goes back for the waistlock but Piper powers out to then run Becky over. Piper keeps moving, but Becky hurries out of the ring to avoid the splash. Piper keeps cool while Becky cools off. Becky gets back up, dodges Piper and KICKS her to then ROUNDHOUSE! Becky goes up, but Piper ROCKS her first! Piper lifts Becky to TOSS her across the ring! Becky gets to the corner, Piper runs in but Becky dodges!

Becky jumps but Piper blocks the kick to HEADBUTT Becky down! Piper puts Becky in the drop zone, goes up but Becky bails out again. Piper is annoyed now, but Becky trips her! Piper BOOTS Becky into barriers, then goes out to put her back in. Becky gets moving, but she bounces off Piper! Piper runs Becky over again! SENTON! Becky bails out once again but Piper goes out after her. Becky rests against steps, Piper runs in, CANNONBALL into steps as Becky moves! Becky got the better of Piper there and she gets in the ring. The ring count climbs, we’re at 5 of 10 while Piper crawls. Piper stands at 7 and gets in, but Becky stomps away!

Becky kicks Piper around, kicks her down, then stomps her more. Becky clamps onto the chinlock and grinds Piper but Piper endures. Piper fights up, Becky knees her low. Becky whips but Piper blocks to whip Becky into a corner. Becky back elbows, goes up and leaps, but the DDT is denied! Piper scoops but Becky slips around to a SLEEPER! Becky is a backpack and fans rally up! Piper drops to a knee, Becky leans on her, but Piper fights her way up. Becky claws Piper’s face! Piper still fights up, and she RAMS Becky into buckles! Piper is free, and she runs back in, but Becky dodges and Piper POSTS herself!

Piper is down, Becky goes up! Missile dropkick! Cover, ONE!! Piper shocks Becky and Becky snarls. Becky stomps Piper, says, “I’m the friggin’ champion!” Becky stomps Piper more, slaps her around, “You don’t know who you’re in here with.” She SLAPS Piper, but that just pisses Piper off. Piper SLAPS Becky! Piper reels Becky in, SAIDO! Piper DOUBLE CHOPS Becky then scoop SLAMS! Piper runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Becky survives and Piper can’t believe it! Piper shakes out her head, gets moving again, but Becky avoids the splash! DISARM-HER!! Piper endures as Becky pulls way back on the arm!

Piper fights up, but Becky turns it to an ARMBAR! Becky stomps away on Piper’s face as she pulls the arm back! Piper might be out just from those! Piper fights up, she stacks Becky and deadlifts for a SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Piper is in disbelief again! Piper shakes out the arm, goes to the corner, and Becky is in the other. Piper runs in to SPLASH! And then CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Piper is growing frustrated with Becky, but she goes up the corner. VADER BOMB onto knees! Becky saves herself and then drags herself up the corner. Becky leaps for a MOLLY-GO-ROUND! Cover, TWO!!

Becky is in shock that Piper survives! Becky snarls, storms over to Piper at the apron, and drags her through the ropes for forearms and EuroUppers! The ref counts, Becky lets off but then jukes to fire off on Piper! The ref counts again, Becky lets off to go back up the corner. GUILLOTINE- NO! Piper dodges the leg drop to HEADBUT! And HEAEBUTT, and HEADBUTT! Piper keeps going, lets off as the ref counts 4, and then she drags Becky up. Piper suplexes Becky but Becky fights it off. Becky HOTSHOTS Piper off the top rope! But Piper grabs Becky again, so Becky drags Piper up for an even bigger hotshot!

Becky goes up top again, LEG DROP GUILLOTINE! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives and Becky is beside herself! Becky grits her teeth, demands Piper get up, and then reels her in. Piper fights the urenage to scoop and SIT OUT GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives again and now Piper is beside herself! Piper drags Becky to a drop zone and goes up top, but Becky grabs a leg. Piper kicks her away but Becky comes back to chop block the leg! Becky goes up top, SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, Becky wins!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

That was a big time strategy! Becky used Piper’s own tactics against her, and comes away with a big win! But now, will she be on Rhonda’s radar when it comes time to choose a WrestleMania opponent?

 

The Dome sets a record!

44,390 people makes for an attendance record, and WWE thanks the fans for that!

 

WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!

The Beast and the Rocky Mountain Machine, though having lived parallel lives, never crossed paths in the ring before 2022. Now, one on one for the first time, we will see if Suplex City can withstand the wrath of the All Mighty!

The introductions are made, Heyman of course making Lesnar’s. The belt is raised, and we see who is the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World after tonight!

Fans rally up as the two titans circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they shift to a clinch. They get away from each other clean, and they circle again. They tie up, are in another deadlock, and Lesnar gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! And so it begins! But Lashley gets up quickly while Lesnar laughs. They circle again, fans duel, and they tie up. Lashley waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX Lesnar! Lesnar actually likes that! The two circle yet again, and they tie up. Lesnar waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! But he holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Lesnar lets Lashley off easy there, because he could’ve done the hat trick.

Lashley gets annoyed now and they circle again. Lashley kicks low, throws haymakers at the ropes, but lest off as the ref counts. Lashley whips, Lesnar reverse to fireman’s carry! Lashley slips off and shoves to SPEAR! But he chooses not to cover, because he reloads and SPEARS again! Lesnar gets out of the ring but Lashley goes out the side. Lashley runs in around the way, but Lesnar moves! Lashley crashes through the barriers! Lesnar says he outsmarted Lashley there! Lashley drags himself up but Lesnar brings him around to fireman’s carry. Lashley slips off again and POSTS Lesnar! Lashley puts Lesnar in and sees him go to a corner.

Lashley runs in, but Lesnar moves and Lashley POSTS himself! Lesnar tricks Lashley again, brings him out to a waistlock, but Lashley holds ropes. Lesnar kicks one arm away, and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Lashley slowly gets up but Lesnar is on him again. GERMAN SUPLEX! Lesnar has five to Lashley’s one, and Lesnar wants more! GERMAN SUPLEX! That’s six in all but Lesnar is only getting started. Lesnar looms over Lashley, waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! That’s seven in all for Suplex City, and he CLUBS Lashley down. Lesnar waistlocks Lashley again, for another GERMAN SUPLEX!

Lashley is down after eight total suplexes. Lesnar walks up to Lashley, brings him up, fireman’s carries, but Lashley slips off again! HURT LOCK!! Lesnar is caught and MVP is fired up while Heyman is freaking out! Lesnar endures longer than most, and he’s turning red! Lesnar fights up, reaches out, but he ends up RAMMING Lashley into the ref! Lashley snarls and he gets the half nelson! Lesnar lifts Lashley up, F5 into the ref!! There’s no one to count! Lesnar would’ve won twice over by now! Lesnar is annoyed, but wait! Roman SPEARS Lesnar!! Roman gets back at The Beast and the former Special Counsel turned back to Advocate!

Roman tells Heyman to give him the world title? HEYMAN GIVES ROMAN THE WORLD TITLE!?!? Is Heyman still the Special Counsel!? Roman smirks and takes aim at Lesnar, BELT SHOT!! MVP freaks out, and Heyman leaves with Roman! Lashley covers Lesnar, the ref is back to count, LASHLEY WINS!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Champion)

The Beast was betrayed and now he has no Advocate and no title! The Tribal Chief helps Lashley restore the All Mighty Era, but what does this mean for Lesnar?

 

Mixed Tag Match: The Miz & Maryse VS Edge & Beth Phoenix!

The Hollywood A-Lister picked a fight with the Rated R Superstar, lost, and couldn’t let it go. So then, the It Couple went and picked a fight with the Grit Couple. Edge & Beth ruined Maryse’s birthday celebration on Raw, will they add their first-ever mixed tag victory to that? Or will Miz & Mrs. find a way to win and inflate their egos even more?

The couples sort out, and it is ladies first. Maryse runs away from Beth but Beth pursues! They go around the ring, back in, and Beth grabs Maryse before Miz can get her out of the ring! Miz pulls, Beth lets go and Maryse flops onto Miz! The It Couple are frustrated now, thinking Beth is making fools out of them. Maryse gets in, and tags in Miz. Edge gets in automatically and he ROCKS Miz with haymakers! Edge whips corner to corner, clotheslines fast, then whips back the other way for a back elbow. Edge whips back again fore a forearm smash, then he whips Miz to ropes. Miz reverses, Maryse swipes at Edge, and then Miz dumps Edge out!

Miz and Maryse get away before Beth can get at them. Miz drags Edge up to bump him off the apron, then puts Edge back in. Miz taunts Beth, runs and basement BOOTS Edge down! Miz soaks up the heat, taunts Beth more, then straddle attacks Edge down. Beth is seething but Miz says he won’t let her in. Miz KICKS away on Edge, and KICKS more and more! Edge ducks the buzzsaw to roll Miz up, TWO! Miz catches Edge for a BACKBREAKER to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Edge survives the A-List Combination but Miz taunts Beth to tag in. Miz drags Edge up onto ropes and chokes him. The ref counts, Miz lets off, and Maryse SLAPS Edge down!

Beth storms around the ring to get after Maryse anyway! With a chair, even! The ref tells Beth to stop it right there, so Beth throws the chair down. Beth goes back to her corner so Maryse goes back to hers. Edge gets Miz for an IMPALER! Fans fire up while both husbands are down! Maryse is panicking as Edge crawls over. Miz gets Edge’s leg but Edge boots him all the way out of the ring! Maryse get sin to anchor Edge’s feet, but Beth still tags in! The Glamazon rallies on Maryse with big lariats! Beth dribbles Maryse off the mat over and over! Maryse flounders, Beth stands Maryse up and has her by the hair!

Beth whips Maryse, scoops her for a SPINNING SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, Miz breaks it! The ref reprimands, Miz gets Maryse to the corner. But Beth storms up on Miz! Miz chuckles, thinking that’s somehow funny. “You want me? You want me?” Fans chant, “YES! YES! YES!” Miz tells he’ll kick Edge’s ass and then Maryse will kick Beth’s ass! But Beth RAMS Miz into a corner and fires off hands! The ref backs Beth off, but Maryse has the loaded purse! Maryse CLOBBERS Beth!! Cover, TWO!! Beth survives but Maryse tries again, TWO! Beth gets to ropes but Maryse stomps her down. Maryse stalks behind Beth, stomps her down and rains down fists!

Miz soaks up the heat, Maryse does the hair toss. Maryse drags Beth around into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Beth endures, Maryse SLAPS away on Beth’s head and shoves her face into the mat. Maryse puts the camel clutch back on but Beth endures. Fans rally up for Beth and she fights up to her feet! Beth has Maryse in an Electric Chair, pops her into the chicken wings, but Maryse kicks Beth away! Beth avoids the DDT, DOUBLE LARIATS take them both down! Fans rally as the ladies stir and crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Edge and Miz! Edge rallies on Miz, whips him to ropes but Miz reverses, only to get a FLYING CLOTHESLINE!

Edge hits the EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Edge goes to the corner while Miz is down and Edge climbs up. Maryse distracts Edge, Miz ROCKS Edge! Miz climbs up, Beth DECKS Maryse! Miz is distracted, Edge ROCKS Miz! Beth gets Miz up, POWERBOMB! Edge adjusts, MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives but the Grit Couple keeps their focus. Maryse YANKS Beth off the apron! And RAMS her into steel steps! Edge hits a FLAPJACK on Miz, and fans fire up as Edge aims from a corner. Maryse swipes at Edge, but Edge still dodges Miz! Edge runs in, Miz sends him into buckles! Miz distracts the ref and Maryse is up top!? FLYING RANA!

Maryse gets Beth with the DDT! Miz drags Edge up, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, TWO!?! Edge survives and shocks the It Couple! But they get Edge up, but Beth SPEARS Maryse! Edge arm-drags Miz away, DOUBLE SPEAR on Miz!! Fans fire up with the Grit Couple, and they stalk Miz and Maryse. Edge clamps onto Miz, Beth has Maryse. They each chicken wing, DOUBLE GLAM SLAMS! Cover, the Grit Couple wins!

Winners: Edge & Beth Phoenix, by pinfall

The Rated R Superstar and Glamazon just made Miz & Mrs. face reality! Will the It Couple learn to leave well enough alone?

 

2022 Men’s Royal Rumble match!

The Tribal Chief is still reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Universal Champion, and he even made sure Bobby Lashley became WWE World Champion. Now both champions will be watching as 30 men step into the ring, hoping to be the one heading for WrestleMania! Who will be the last man in the ring, and the first to know their future is set?

The first man out is AJ Styles! The Phenomenal ONE debuted at the Rumble just a few years ago, will he make this his year? And second out is Shinsuke Nakamura! The King of Strong Style is no stranger to Styles, will their rivalry propel this match to another level?

Styles and Nakamura circle, tie up, and then break. They circle again, tie up again, and Nakamura throws knees and forearms. Nakamura KICKS Styles against ropes, but Styles blocks the leg! DRAGON SCREW! Styles KICKS the leg, whips Nakamura but Nakamura reverses to kick and WHEEL KICK! Nakamura has a sleeper, but Styles fights off the inverted exploder. Styles elbows Nakamura, runs, but into a knee! AX KICK! Nakamura lines it up, but Styles avoids the Kinshasa to SLIDING FOREARM! Fans rally as Styles stalks Nakamura to a corner. The countdown is here as Styles has Nakamura in the corner. Number three is… Austin Theory!

Theory has his phone, but will he be able to focus on the match? Nakamura hits Styles, Styles knocks him down. Styles sees Theory getting in, runs over but gets a shoulder, and slingshot SHOTGUN! Theory gets around Nakamura for a back suplex! Theory reps Atlanta as he throws Nakamura at ropes. Nakamura holds on, Styles goes to toss Theory! Theory holds on, hits Styles back and stomps him in a corner. Nakamura kicks Theory, CLUBS him down, then stomps him down. Nakamura throws knees, then has Theory in a corner. Nakamura and Styles work together but the countdown is back. Number four is… Robert Roode!

The GLORIOUS “Big Bob” gets in the ring as Nakamura throws knees on Theory. Bad Vibrations! But Roode hits a SPINEBUSTER on Nakamura! And then a SPINEBUSTER on Theory! Roode flexes, but then he stares down Styles. They’ve had this a long time coming, but Styles dodges to ROCK Roode. Roode puts Styles on the apron but Styles slingshots to sunset and drag Roode up! Roode is on the ropes, he counter punches then gets in to throw Styles. Styles reverses to put Roode on the apron and DECKS him! Styles ELIMINATES Roode, but Theory DECKS Styles! Nakamura gets Theory for the INVERTED EXPLODER!

Nakamura fires up as he aims, KI- NO! Swinging BACKBREAKER from Theory to Nakamura! The countdown returns, number five is… Ridge Holland! Northern Grit still has the protective mask Sheamus gave him and he hurries to the ring. Nakamura ends up on the apron but Holland POUNCES Theory! Ridge clinches Theory’s arms, throws headbutts then THROWS Theory! Styles DECKS Nakamura and ELIMINATES him! But he runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly from Ridge! Ridge stomps Theory in the corner, DECKS him, but Styles KICKS Ridge’s leg. Styles punches Ridge but that mask hurts his hand!

Ridge put styles in the corner for uppercuts, the countdown returns, and number six is… Montez Ford! One half of the Street Profits is here to show what he can do solo like the cup! Ford slides in, whips Styles but Styles holds on! Theory goes after Ford but Ford holds on to elbow Theory away. Ford then goes up an dover and shows off agility before he dropkicks Theory! Ford throws Theory up but Theory holds onto ropes! Ridge CLUBS Ford, back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet to mule kick, front kick and ENZIGURI! Ford keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl POWERSLAM from Ridge! Styles CHOPS Ridge to whip but Ridge reverses to back drop!

The countdown is back, and number seven is… Damian Priest! The US Champion CLOBBERS Ridge, drags Styles up to throw him over, but Styles holds on. Theory fireman’s carries Priest but Priest fights free to hit a BACKBREAKER! Styles goes after Priest, Ford stomps Ridge, Priest fires off strikes on Styles! Styles ducks the roundhouse to push Priest to ropes! Theory actually tries to help Styles against Priest, but then Styles goes after Theory! Priest tries to help Styles now, Ridge CLOBBERS Ford! Priest DECKS Styles, pushes Theory, but Theory still holds on. The countdown is back and number eight is… Sami Zayn!

The Great Liberator is ready to go #InZayn, but then he decides to wait things out as the others battle. Ford is after Sami first, but Sami goes to dump Ford out! Ford holds on, Sami stomps Ford and fans sing “Ole~ ole ole ole~!” Styles and Sami scrap, Priest ROCKS Sami. Ridge DECKS Theory, Priest ROCKS Sami. Sami elbows Priest away, Styles DECKS Ford. Sami CLOBBERS Priest, Styles goes after Sami, the countdown returns and number nine is… Johnny Knoxville! That’s who Sami wanted to see most and yet also least! The King of Jackass rushes in, and he TACKLES Sami! Knoxville fires off hands on Sami and even an elbow drop!

Knoxville points to the WrestleMania sign! Styles taps Knoxville on the shoulder and offers a free shot. Okay! Knoxville ROCKS Styles, and Styles likes that. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! LARIAT takes Knoxville down! Ford goes up top? He comes in FROM THE HEAVENS onto Knoxville! Sami chuckles and Ridge drags Knoxville up! Ridge puts Knoxville on the apron, but Sami BOOTS Knoxville down to ELIMINATE him! Sami says that’s what he told Knoxville would happen! Styles DUMPS Sami out and ELIMINATES him! But Priest dumps Styles! The countdown returns and number 10 is… Angelo Dawkins!

The Profits have united, and Dawkins fires off hands on Priest then on Styles! Ford is invigorated and he stomps away on Ridge! Dawkins tries to lift Priest, Theory digs his boots into Styles! The Profits go after Priest together but Ridge DECKS Ford! Theory is after Dawkins, Priest throws hands on Ridge. Styles ROCKS Dawkins, Theory ROCKS Ford. Dawkins ROCKS Styles back! The countdown returns and number 11 is… OMOS! The Mountain of a Man is here and everyone sees him coming. Ridge runs in but gets run over! Omos CLOBBERS Ford, DEFLFECTS Theory, and shoves Dawkins to then TOSS him out! Omos ELIMINATES Dawkins!

Ford goes up top, but then he sees he’s only a little taller than Omos. Ford leaps, into a choke grip! Omos TOSSES Ford out! Omos ELIMINATES the Profits! Theory fires hands but Omos knees him low! Styles stares Omos down, throws hands, but Omos BOWLS Styles into the corner! Omos roars, he’s owning The Dome! Omos CLUBS Theory and the countdown is back. Number 12 is… Ricochet! The One and Only hurries up to the top to springboard and dropkick! Omos stays up so Ricochet keeps moving, but he runs into a FLAPJACK! Omos stands on Ridge, but Theory SPALSHES in from behind!

Ricochet and Theory both go after Omos but he throws them both away! Omos ROCKS Theory, Ricochet fires hands and kicks but Omos just CHOPS him down! Theory gets Priest up, AOI SHODOU! The countdown is back, number 13 is… Chad Gable! The Alpha Academy’s professor is optimistic as he gets in the ring, but then he sees Omos. Gable says they’re doing it all wrong. The plan is for everyone else to go after Omos! Priest, you first! Priest fires off hands, CHOPS Omos, then runs, only for Omos to CLOBBER him! Omos shoves Priest out and ELIMINATES him! But then everyone goes after Omos together! The countdown is back, number 14 is… Dominik Mysterio!

Dom adds onto the lift! Omos is holding on but Styles runs to give it a push! Everyone ELIMINATES Omos!! Gable says it was all his idea! Then things fall apart as Gable goes after Styles, Dom is after Theory and Ridge ROCKS Ricochet. Theory turns things around on Dom but Dom holds on. Ricochet throws body shots on Ridge, then KICKS away. The countdown is back again and the halfway point, number 15 is… Happy Corbin! Corbin gets in and he CLOBBERS Ridge! He ROCKS Ricochet, ROCKS Dom, choke grips Theory for a CHOKE SLAM! Ricochet fires off kicks, tiger wall kick and springboard, but Corbin shoves him out to ELIMINATE him!

Corbin laughs it up but Styles is after him! Corbin claws Styles eyes and ROCKS Styles with aa haymaker. Theory fights off Ridge, Gable and Dom brawl, Corbin keeps after Styles. The countdown returns, number 16 is… Dolph Ziggler! The Show-Off enters his fifteenth Rumble here, he dodges Corbin to SUPERKICK! Ziggler fires off on Corbin, but Corbin HEADBUTTS Ziggler down. Dom stomps Corbin, Corbin knees him low. Corbin whips Dom to a corner but Dom slips out and goes up to leap over Corbin. Dom runs into DEEP SIX! Corbin tosses out Dom to ELIMINATE him! Guess Dom won’t have to worry about turning on Rey now…

Theory and Styles fight for suplex control, Styles fights free to PELE and ELIMINATE Theory! The countdown is back and number 17 is… SHEAMUS! The Fella storms to the ring while Styles is after Ridge. Styles PELES Ridge, clotheslines him out and ELIMINATES him, right in front of Sheamus! Sheamus says not to worry, he’ll get Styles. Sheamus gets in to ROCK Styles with heavy shots, and then bumps Styles off buckles. Sheamus fireman’s carries but Styles fights free to ROCK Sheamus. Styles runs, into a KNEE! Gable fire off on Sheamus, whips, but Sheamus reverses to IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER!

Corbin and Sheamus trade shots but Sheamus throws Styles out! Styles holds on as the countdown returns. Sheamus gives Styles Beats of the Bodhrain! Number 18 is… Rick BOOGS! Boogs slides in, gut wrenches Gable and throws him around before the toss! Boogs flexes, kicks and reels Gable in, but Gable fights the bomb! Boogs puts Gable on the top rope but Gable knocks him away. Gable gets a HANGING ARMBAR! But then he realizes he miscalculated! Boogs drags Gable up to SLAM him down! Sheamus fires off on Corbin, Boogs trophy lifts Gable! Boogs does a one arm military press to TOSS and ELIMINATE Gable!

Styles is after Ziggler, Corbin throws hands on Sheamus, and the countdown is back. Number 19 is… Mad Cap Moss! Corbin is even happier to see Moss, and Moss gets in so the Happy Folks can mug Sheamus! Moss then goes after Styles while Ziggler is after Boogs. Corbin throws Sheamus out but Sheamus holds on to get in. Boogs lifts Ziggler now, does some presses, but Ziggler holds onto the ropes! Ziggler headscissors Boogs but Boogs holds on. Styles ENZIGURIS Corbin! Moss whips Styles to a corner but Styles BOOTS him! Styles ROCKS Moss, springboards, but Moss gets under! Corbin catches Styles, CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER!

Moss TOSSES Styles and ELIMINATES him! The hyenas ruin Styles’ run, but the countdown is back. Number 20 is… “Bro…” Matt Riddle is scootering his way in, and gets in to kick off the flip flops! He dodges Moss to GERMAN SUPLEX! Corbin goes after Riddle, the Happy Folks mug the Bro! Boogs goes after Corbin and then after Moss with a gut wrench! Corbin saves Moss from the Boogs Cruise to CLOBBER Boogs! Moss throws Boogs over, Corbin CLOBBERS Boogs and ELIMINATES him! Fans boo but Riddle attacks the Happy Folks! Moss DECKS Riddle and stomps him, but the countdown is back. Number 21 is… DREW MCINTYRE?!?

The Scottish Warrior shocks everyone, he’s back from that neck injury already! And the Happy Folks are more like the Frightened Dopes! Moss shoves Riddle at him but McIntyre CLOBBERS Riddle! Same for Ziggler! McIntyre fires off on Moss, Corbin goes after him! McIntyre HEADBUTTS each of them away, then clotheslines Moss out to ELIMINATE him! McIntyre TOSSES Corbin to ELIMINATE him! Now that’s how you make a return! McIntyre then slides out the bottom to POST Corbin, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Moss! McIntyre takes the steel steps apart and he RAMS Corbin down! Then he RAMS Moss down!

McIntyre RAMS Corbin again! McIntyre drags Moss up, to suplex him onto the steps!! The countdown is back, number 22 is… Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter fires off with McIntyre! McIntyre throws knees, RAMS him into the apron, and he puts Kevin in. Kevin pops McIntyre up for the POWERBOMB! Kevin stomps McIntyre, CANNONBALLS Ziggler, and shouts, “This is MY show!” Kevin goes after Sheamus with furious forearms, then hauls him up. Riddle goes after Kevin, then after Sheamus. Riddle kicks but Kevin blocks to stomp Riddle’s foot! Kevin stomps the other foot, then SUPERKICKS Riddle down!

McIntyre and Sheamus brawl! The countdown is back, number 23 is… REY MYSTERIO! The King of Lucha slides in under Kevin, tilt-o-whirl headscissors Kevin down, then crossbodies Sheamus! Riddle whips, Rey elbows back. Rey goes up to hop onto Riddle’s shoulders and RANA him over the ropes! Riddle holds on for dear life and gets in! Kevin scoops, Rey slips out, then Rey runs and rolls, into a STUNNER! Kevin fires off on McIntyre but Sheamus goes after Kevin. These three scrap, McIntyre and Sheamus pinball Kevin around! The countdown is back, number 24 is… Kofi Kingston! Green Ranger Kofi is ready to thrill us again!

Kofi gets in, he fires off on Kevin, and Riddle tries to throw Sheamus out. Kevin knees low, throws Kofi over, but Kofi shoulders back in. Kofi goes up, Kevin SHOVES him, but Kofi CLINGS to the barriers! What about his feet? Replay shows that both feed unfortunately did hit the floor, Kevin ELIMINATES Kofi! Riddle fires off on Sheamus, Ziggler rakes McIntyre’s eyes. The countdown returns, number 25 is… OTIS! The Dozer is ready to avenge Gable #ForTheAcademy! WRECKING ELBOW for Ziggler! EXPLODER for Riddle! Otis stomps Kevin, Sheamus brings Rey up, Otis goes after McIntyre in the corner.

Otis scoops McIntyre for a POWERSLAM! “For The Academy!” Otis headlocks Kevin, Ziggler tries to toss Riddle, and Sheamus stomps Rey. The countdown is back, number 26 is… BIG E! The Powerhouse of Positivity is going Black Lightning in this one! He SIDE Belly2Belly slams Kevin, then picks up Riddle to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Big E swivels the hips over Kevin, runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps and fans clap along, but Sheamus hits a BROGUE! Sheamus drags Big E up but Rey hops onto Sheamus! Sheamus RAMS Rey into buckles, but Rey elbows back. Rey goes up, leaps, but into Sheamus’ arms!

Sheamus hits a BACKBREAKER, then another! The countdown returns and number 27 is… BAD BUNNY!? He’s back?! Bunny is taking a break from that world tour to hotshot Sheamus! Bunny goes up top, leaps, CROSSBODY! But Kevin is there to give Bunny- NO! Bunny denies the Stunner to run and tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Riddle loves Bunny’s music so they fist bump. But then Bunny kicks low, reels Riddle in, and fans fire up! BUNNY DESTROYER!! But then Sheamus CLOBBERS Bunny from behind! DUBLIN SMILE! Sheamus throws Bunny up and out, but Bunny holds on! Sheamus scowls, runs in, but Bunny ducks the Brogue to ELIMINATE Sheamus!!

Fans go nuts as Bunny gets the better of the Celtic Warrior! Ziggler CLOBBERS Bunny and fires off on him, but Rey headscissors Ziggler! Ziggler runs in, Bunny drop toeholds Ziggler onto ropes! Rey dials it up, 619! Bunny throws Ziggler up and Rey holds the ropes, they ELIMINATE Ziggler! They shake on it, but then Bunny tosses Rey! Rey holds ropes, Bunny smiles, but Kevin hits a STUNNER! The countdown returns, number 28 is… SHANE MCMAHON!? Otis DECKS Rey to ELIMINATE him! Shane and Kevin fire off hands! Shane O’Mac turns around, Riddle fires off hands but Shane gives them all back!

Kevin SUPERKICKS Shane, and SUPERKICKS him again! Kevin whips, Shane reverses and tosses Kevin to ELIMINATE him! But Shane turns around to see McIntyre. They used to be buddies, but now they throw hands! McIntyre bumps Shane off buckles, brings him up but Shane holds the ropes. Riddle ROCKS Otis, Otis CHOPS back. Big E CLUBS Riddle, throws him over, but Riddle holds on! Big E and Otis work together but the countdown is back. Number 29 is… RANDY ORTON! The Viper is here and St. Louis goes wild! Riddle fights off Shane, Orton gets in, he dodges Big E to RKO! Orton and Riddle work together, they ELIMINATE Big E!

Orton gives Otis an RKO! Riddle uses Otis to step up and RKO McIntyre!! Fans fire up as RKBRO gets Otis up to throw him out and ELIMINATE him! Orton stomps McIntyre, Shane hits Riddle. Orton drags Bunny back into things but Bunny clings to the ropes. The countdown returns, and number 30 is… BROCK LESNAR?!?! The Beast is pissed after what Roman did to him! Now he has his pick of the other five! Riddle is both excited and afraid of finally getting in the ring with Lesnar. Lesnar COBBERS Shane, CLOBBERS Riddle, and TOSSES Orton! Then he TOSSES Shane! Then he fires off knees on Riddle before he TOSSES him, too!

Bad Bunny is alone with the Beast, but Lesnar THROWS Orton and ELIMINATES him! Lesnar smiles at Bunny, fireman’s carries, F5!! Lesnar then drags Bunny up to throw him out and ELIMINATE him! Then Lesnar TOSSES Shane again! And he TOSSES Riddle to ELIMINATE him! Lesnar has Shane up for a snap suplex! He clotheslines Shane, KNEES him low, then clotheslines him out to ELIMINATE him! The final two are McIntyre and Lesnar! Lesnar wants revenge for that Claymore. McIntyre says that’s fine, it’ll happen again. And this time, there’s people! They fire off hands, Lesnar hauls McIntyre up to RAM him into a corner!

Lesnar fireman’s carries, but McIntyre lands on his feet! GLASGOW KISS! CLAY- NO! Lesnar dodges, fireman’s carries, and F5’s McIntyre OUT! Lesnar wins!!

Winner: Brock Lesnar (2022 Men’s Rumble winner)

The Beast points to the WrestleMania sign. He may not be going as world champion, but he’s going as a hungry, angry challenger! And is it all too clear who he’ll be choosing?


My Thoughts:

This was a great Royal Rumble PPV until the ending went as many people expected, and perhaps feared. The Universal Championship opening was quite the surprise, but seeing how everything went, it makes a lot of sense.  It was an awesome match, and Roman uses Champion’s Advantage to win since he didn’t have the Usos, but it did work in story as Rollins was pushing him further emotionally than anyone had yet. But then Roman goes and screws Lesnar over during what was ramping up to be a great match. And then Lesnar apparently just takes the 30th spot, implying that no one was assigned that number. If he’d mauled someone to take that spot, then it might’ve been better received, but this was a cop-out way of giving us Lesnar VS Roman and then leaving the world title hanging.

Between the two Rumble matches, even with the Lesnar BS finish, the men’s went better than the women’s in my opinion. Something about the Women’s Rumble felt too fast, and we couldn’t really appreciate what was going on or who was in it. Everyone in it did great, but they could’ve taken time to let it breathe. Rhonda showing up was talked about a lot and so naturally it happens, and naturally she wins. And Becky of course finds a way to beat Piper, so I guess this means we’re getting Becky VS Rhonda 1v1 as WWE probably wanted to happen a few years ago. But I’m not sure if even THE Rhonda Rousey is going to take the title off The Man.

Saving the Mixed Tag for after all the title matches was a bit of a surprise, but clearly it was to give Lesnar time to rest before being 30th. It was a great mixed tag, though, with Miz & Maryse playing up the Heel tactics perfectly, and then the Faces making a great comeback. I was hoping for a double spear in that Miz & Maryse each took one, but Miz taking both spears was great. The Grit Couple wins, and who knows what their WrestleMania plans will be. Just no more with Miz & Maryse, have The It Couple move on to… I don’t even know. Is Miz even in position for something bigger?

My Score: 8.3/10


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The G1 Climax awaits!

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Who moves on to Korakuen Hall?

A Block started their G1 Climax qualifier series, now B Block begins! Will it be Toru Yano or Boltin Oleg? Will it be TJP or Satoshi Kojima?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • El Desperado & Shoma Kato VS DOUKI & Yuya Uemura; Douki & Yuya win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuya Matsumoto VS Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma; Ishii & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • HENARE & Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Henare & Callum win.
  • Bishamon VS Chase Owens & Gedo; Bishamon wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg; Oleg wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima; TJP wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg!

While they’re once again NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions alongside The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, neither The Joker or The Rook was going to pass up this chance! Will Yano take it easy on Oleg here? Or will this tank from Kazakh steamroll his way through the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, then they tie up. They go back and forth on the clinch, but Oleg powers Yano back to the ropes. The ref counts the break, Oleg lets off slowly, and the fans applaud. Yano and Oleg reset, circle and feel things out. They go around, Yano slips away but comes back. Oleg avoids the takedown to get a leg, and they roll into the ropes. The ref counts, Oleg lets off and the fans applaud. They go again, clinch, and Oleg waistlocks. Yano slips away, they tie up again, but Oleg powers Yano back onto the ropes. The ref counts, both men let off slowly, but still joke for position.

The ref gets between the two, Oleg backs away, and the fans cheer as they reset. Oleg and Yano clinch, fight for control, then back up. They feel things out, Oleg gets around to a waistlock, and he has the gut wrench! Oleg brings Yano up but Yano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oleg lets off clean and Yano bails out. Yano is frustrated by how good Oleg is, and he splashes water everywhere! Yano gets his favorite red chair, the ref goes to stop him but Yano shoves him aside. Yano takes a seat on the ramp and dares Oleg to come get him! So Oleg goes out after him! Yano JAMS Oleg up, then SMACKS him on the back!

Yano drags Oleg up, and wraps him up with the apron skirt! That’s an extra large sushi roll! Yano shoves Oleg down, gets in the ring, and the ring count starts. Yano meanwhile unties a buckle pad! Oleg wriggles out of the wrap but he’s still down at 10 of 20! Oleg gets completely free by 15, and he slides in at 16! The fans cheer but Yano kicks low! Yano whips Oleg into the bare buckles! Yano tells fans to leave him alone, Oleg’s tough! Yano clamps onto Oleg’s shoulders, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Wait, the ref finds the bit of wrist tape Yano was using to choke Oleg! The ref reprimands but Yano pretends he has no idea how that got there.

Yano storms up on Oleg, brings him around and whips him back into the bare buckles! Oleg falls over, the ref reprimands but Yano kicks Oleg and eggs him on. Yano stands Oleg up to HIP TOSS! Cocky cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Yano stomps Oleg in frustration. Yano scuffs Oleg, eggs him on, then stands him up again. But Oleg fires a forearm! Yano CLAWS Oleg’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Yano whips, but Oleg reverses. Yano avoids bare buckles, then dodges to send Oleg back in! Yano runs, but Oleg runs him over! The fans fire up with Oleg, and he scoops Yano to SLAM! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Yano stays in this but the fans rally behind Oleg. Oleg drags Yano up with the gut wrench! Time to Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up! The fans fire up and Oleg storms over to Yano. Oleg whips, but Yano holds ropes and taunts Oleg! Oleg runs up but Yano sidesteps and clinches, for a BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg and Yano stir, but Yano is up first. Yano brings Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Oleg runs, but Yano atomic drops! Yano trips Oleg, has the legs, and CATAPULTS him into buckles! Oleg staggers up, Yano fires up and he fireman’s carries!

Yano gets Oleg up but Oleg fights free of the bomb! Oleg SHOTGUNS Yano away! The fans fire up as Yano goes to a corner, and Oleg runs in! STINGER SPLASH from the big man, then he scoops to SLAM! Oleg jumps over Yano to go up and up and VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but the fans are still with Oleg! Oleg drags Yano up, fireman’s carries, and KA- NO, Yano slips free to roll Oleg, TWO! Oleg runs up, but Yano hooks him to a backslide! TWO!! Oleg escapes, Yano swings, but Oleg gets around! Yano grabs the ref to LOW BLOW! And CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! Oleg stands, blocks the takedown, and he powers Yano into a PANCAKE! OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Yano tried all the tricks in the book but Oleg could not be stopped! There’s still respect between them, but will The Rook show what he’s really capable of against The Ace?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima!

Public Enemy just finished up a round robin in the form of the Best of the Super Juniors, but now he’s looking to go even bigger! But will he be able to conquer this qualifier for the United Empire? Or will things be real cozy here tonight?

The bell rings and the fans rally up and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “KO-JI-MA! KO-JI-MA!” The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Kojima digs his heels in and shoves TJP away, but TJP stands right up. The two go again, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Kojima wrenches out to wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, breaks free, but Kojima swats the dropkick away! The fans cheer as TJP handsprings back up. TJP and Kojima circle, feel things out, then tie up. TJP headlocks, but Kojima fires body shots. Kojima powers up and out, TJP RAMS him, but Kojima stays put! TJP runs again, RAMS Kojima, but he bounces off!

The fans rally up, and TJP stomps Kojima’s foot! TJP runs to run Kojima over! TJP keeps moving, but Kojima stay slow, then hip tosses TJP down! Kojima runs to run TJP over! TJP bails out and fans cheer Kojima’s dancing pecs! Kojima goes out to stomp TJP, then he CLUBS TJP. Kojima CLUBS TJP more, then brings him around to whip. TJP reverses and Kojima hits railing! TJP runs up to BOOT Kojima, then he fires haymakers. The ref reprimands, TJP CLUBS Kojima then puts him in the ring. TJP then drags Kojima up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! TJP CHOPS again, the fans rally up, and TJP uses the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans are torn but Kojima gets in TJP’s face! Kojima CHOPS TJP off his feet! The fans rally up, Kojima stomps TJP to ropes, then he CLUBS TJP on the neck. Kojima CHOKES TJP on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans cheer. Kojima drags TJP up, reels him in and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO! TJP toughs it out but Kojima stays focused. The fans rally, Kojima stomps TJP, then stands TJP up. Kojima ROCKS TJP, stomps him at the ropes, then fires hands. TJP goes to a corner, kicks back, then fires hands! TJP backs Kojima down, but Kojima body shots!

Kojima ROCKS TJP and TJP staggers to ropes. Kojima stomps TJP, brings him up and whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! Kojima runs in, TJP slips under to sunset flip, then he steps through to trap an arm! DARK SACRIFICE! Kojima clutches his arm as he bails out of the ring. The fans rally with TJP and he builds speed to go up and up and FLYING DROPKICK! Kojima staggers, the fans cheer, and TJP stands back up. CANNONBALL! Down goes Kojima and the fans rally again. The ring count starts, TJP catches his breath before he brings Kojima up at 8. But Kojima SWEEPS the legs and TJP falls on the apron!

Kojima goes up after TJP, reels him in, and APRON DDTS!! TJP flops down to the floor while the fans rally up again. Kojima is in the ring but a new count starts. TJP stirs at 8 of 20, slowly sits up, and uses railing to stand at 12. TJP stumbles, falls, and crawls over at 15. TJP stands at 17, flounders with the apron skirt, but is in at 19! Kojima stomps TJP to a corner then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima shows TJP how it’s done! The fans fire up as Kojima goes an extra round before he CHOPS TJP down! Kojima then whips TJP corner to corner, runs up and forearm SMASHES!

Kojima shoves TJP down, shouts that he’s coming after the bastard, but TJP DROPKICKS Kojima first! The fans rally, TJP goes corner to corner and ELBOWS! Kojima sits down and the fans rally up! TJP gives Kojima the scrubbing! TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and want it one more time! TJP obliges and gives more scrubs to Kojima’s face. TJP runs, but Kojima kicks him low! Kojima fires off forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW, a kick, and a DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima rises, he storms over to TJP and drags him up, then cravats. TJP fights but Kojima CLUBS him!

TJP powers up and slips through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Kojima endures, stomps his way forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go but the fans rally up again. TJP aims, springboards, and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again. TJP goes to a corner, pounds the mat and fans clap along. “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP runs up but Kojima blocks the knee! Kojima kicks low and COZY CUT- NO, TJP handsprings through the cutter! And basement dropkicks in return! The fans fire up and TJP goes to a corner! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again!

TJP points to a corner and calls his shot! TJP makes sure Kojima is in the drop zone, and he goes up top! MAMBA FLOP as Kojima moves! COZY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again! Kojima stays cool, and he powers up the arm! Off comes the elbow pad! Kojima runs, but into a BOOT! JUMP SOBAT! TJP runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again but Kojima drags him back up. The fans rally, Kojima suplexes, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is still in this and the fans fire up! Kojima powers up again, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kojima rebounds, but into a clinch, and MOUSE TRAP! TJP WINS!!

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

Even TJP is surprised that finished it! A major win over the Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, but even bigger is that TJP is one step closer to the G1! But will Public Enemy be able to take down The Holy Emperor in Korakuen Hall?

 

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

Now, don’t be confused, this match did happen yesterday, too. But now, Yoshinobu Kanemaru is swapped out for Dick Togo! Will he be a spoiler for Bushi, Titan, Yota y Naito? Or will things still be tranquilo in the Summer heat?

Wait, Sho gets the mic just like he did last night. He again talks trash on LIJ, and says he hates having to be here in Ibaraki. Sho then asks Young Lion Katsuya Murashima where he’s from. Right here in Ibaraki. The fans cheer but Sho says no wonder he’s a loser! And then The House beats up on Murashima! LIJ protests but poor Murashima already flops out of the ring. Sho says The House is gonna prove LIJ are loses, just like Murashima and Ibaraki! The teams finally sort out, and after LIJ fist bumps, Naito steps to Evil. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and that annoys The House, but Naito and Evil slowly circle.

The two feel things out, Evil knowing Naito’s tricks. But speaking of tricks, Dick jumps in to CLOBBER Naito! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands but Evil stomps away on Naito. Evil and Dick stand on Naito, Red Shoes reprimands more, but Evil tags Sho. The Murder Machine talks trash as he stomps Naito, then he DECKS Bushi! Sho stomps Naito more, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick low. Bushi gets in to RANA! The fans cheer, and Naito cravats Sho for a neck wrench. Naito brings Sho to the corner, Bushi tags in, and Bushi goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Sho down! And Bushirooni!

The fans fire up, Bushi runs in to ELBOW Sho! Sho takes a swing, but Bushi ducks and spins Sho to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi tags Titan and the fans rally up. Sho stands, Titan springboards in, CROSSBODY! But then Narita throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE Narita! Titan dodges Sho, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks, jumps, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can LASH Titan with his belt! Sho then shoves Titan down and Evil BLASTS Naito off the apron! The fans boo but The House goes after LIJ on the outside! Another LASH from Dick’s belt and Titan staggers!

Dick CLOBBERS Titan into No Man’s Land, Sho & Evil double whip Naito hard into railing, and Narita is after Yota in the crowd! The fans boo, but Evil RAMS Naito into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san and the fans boo more. Red Shoes reprimands Evil but he misses Sho & Dick CHOKING Titan at the ropes! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho lets off and brings Titan around to bump off buckles. Tag to Dick and he CLUBS Titan on the back. Dick bumps Titan off more buckles, then climbs up to go after the mask! The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but he’s busy stopping Evil as he has Dick’s belt! Dick almost has Titan’s mask off!

The cameramen are respectful enough to move so we don’t see any of Titan’s face, and then Red Shoes makes Dick stop. Titan gets his mask back on but Dick CLAWS Titan’s back! Dick then brings Titan around, tags Narita, and they mug El Inmortal. Titan drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Narita BOOTS Yota off the apron just because, and then he tags Evil. Evil CLAWS Titan’s back, then he brings Titan around to wrench and whip into the corner. Evil clotheslines Titan, tags Sho, and Narita distracts Red Shoes so Dick can climb! The fans boo but Titan still suffers the DICK CHOP! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the fans cheer. Evil stands on Titan’s head, talks trash, and the fans boo again. The fans rally for “L I J! L I J!” “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Evil fireman’s carries but Titan slips free. Evil kicks, whips, but Titan reverses then goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Titan hurries over, hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up and Yota fires forearms on Evil. Yota whips, Evil reverses but Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dick runs in but Yota dodges, to then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Yota BLASTS Narita, DECKS Sho, but Evil kicks low! Evil reels Yota in, but Yota suplexes first! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up with Yota and he brings Evil up. Yota fireman’s carries, but Evil fights free. Evil waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, but Narita is there with his pushup bar! Red Shoes reprimands Narita but Evil puts Yota in a corner. Evil blocks a boot, puts Yota in the ropes, then WOE STOMPS him down! Tag to Narita and he drags Yota up. Narita whips Yota to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS, then goes side to side to JUMP KICK! Narita doesn’t stop, he scrapes Yota’s face off ropes! Narita runs to BOOT Yota down! Cover, TWO! Yota is still in this and the fans rally up. Narita brings Yota up, Yota takes a swing, but Narita catches him to a SLEEPER!

The fans rally as Yota endures and reaches out. Narita pulls hair to bring Yota away from ropes. Yota breaks free to hit the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! The fans cheer again and Naito fires hands on Narita. Naito kicks, CLUBS and whips Narita, to then arm-drag! Narita comes back but into an ELBOW! Basement DROPKICK! Naito hauls Narita up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer as Naito poses, and he storms over to the corner. Naito hops up, brings Narita up, but Narita breaks free, so Naito BOOTS him!

Naito runs in, Narita redirects him into a cheap shot from Dick! Then Narita KNEE STAMPS Naito down! The House blasts LIJ, and Evil gets Naito to a corner. Evil and Dick double whip Naito to the corner, then Dick runs in to BACK ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Evil runs in to clohtesline! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! The fans fire up but Evil argues with Red Shoes. But this is all a distraction so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo but Naito powers out and arm-drags Dick! Yota drags Evil out! Naito ELBOWS Dick, atomic drops, then Bushi basement dropkicks! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!

Dick survives the combo but Naito wrenches him. Sho & Evil attack first! They whip Naito, but Naito stops himself! Titan springboards in to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Narita knees Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as Titan builds speed, and he FLIES out onto The House! Naito fires ELBOWS on Dick, then Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito tops it off with DESTINO! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The hot streak continues for LIJ, which also means the House of Torture keeps losing! Will they ever learn?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic like he did last night, and says “Buenas tardes, KAMISUUU~!” The fans cheer, and Naito notes that it has been one year since NJPW was last here. It makes him very happy to be competing in front of them again, here in the Kamisu Bousai Arena. And he is thankful that they all came out tonight to see them. Gracias, amigos! Naito then brings up that next Sunday, he will be in the United States to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Naito acknowledges that he was the one who lost the title and let it go overseas, so he vows to bring it back. The fans cheer that!

Naito knows he still has to beat Moxley, but he asks until then, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo. And of course, it is time to close. And Naito’s pretty sure this is the first time they’ve had a role call here in Ibaraki. Are they ready? The fans cheer! Then New Japan Soul here in Kamisu Bousai Arena can only end one way! “Bushi, Hiromu, Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is rolling, Naito is rolling, but will Naito rock New York and bring the title home?


My Thoughts:

Another solid night for New Japan Soul, and a great night for The United Empire as they sweep the card, while also getting TJP to the next round of the qualifiers. I personally would love seeing TJP get into the G1 Climax, really let him show what he’s got against the heavyweights. And great match from Yano VS Oleg, and I appreciate they gave Oleg the win here. Oleg VS Tanahashi is gonna be good stuff, too, but I feel like Tanahashi moves on to the B Block qualifier finals. And then another fun 8 Man Tag but of course Naito wins. Naito brings that momentum to Forbidden Door, Moxley probably has his own tune-up on Dynamite or something, and then as I said before, I would hope Naito wins the title back and brings it with him into the G1.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

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

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

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

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

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

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

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

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

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

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

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

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

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

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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