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Mitchell’s NJPW New Years Golden Series Results & Report! (2/7/22)

The Golden Series returns!

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NJPW New Years Golden Series

The Way of the Grandmaster is coming for the Rogue Luchador!

NJPW continues the New Years Golden Series, and Master Wato continues his pursuit of IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, El Desperado! Will Wato be one step closer to taking that title?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Great-O-Khan VS Yuto Nakashima; Khan wins.
  • BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi VS Kosei Fujita & Ryohei Oiwa; Bushi & Hiromu win.
  • Tomoaki Honma & Tiger Mask VS Taiji Ishimori Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo; Yujiro & Gedo win.
  • 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano & Third Gen VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; changed to…
  • Tomohiro Ishii & YOH VS EVIL & SHO w/ Dick Togo; Evil & Sho win, by disqualification.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Wato & Taguchi win.

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Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!

No matter who the Rainmaker and Ace have teamed with on this New Years Golden Series, they’ve lost! Tetsuya Naito, Sanada & Shingo Takagi might have their number, but will things turn around for the IWGP World and US Heavyweight Champions? Or will 2022 continue to be tranquilo?

The teams sort out, LIJ fist bumps, and Naito starts against Okada. Fans rally up as the two stare down. They approach but Naito backs off. They circle, tie up, and Naito gets an arm then the waistlock. Okada wrenches free to a wristlock, but Naito spins through to wrench back. Okada rolls, gets a leg for a takedown and toehold. Naito fights back by grinding his forearms into Okada’s face. Naito has a chinlock, shifts to a side headlock, but Okada endures. Okada fights up but Naito pulls back on the hold. Okada still gets to his feet, puts Naito on ropes, and the ref counts. Naito lets go slowly, Okada fakes the chop, and pats Naito on the shoulder.

Fans cheer, but Naito rushes in! Okada kicks low, headlocks and grinds Naito down, but Naito fights up. Naito pries free, wrenches to a top wristlock, but Okada tries to get the headlock back. Naito slips out the back, hits a headlock takeover, but Okada headscissors. Naito kips free, arm-drags Okada and dropkicks a leg out! Fans applaud that exchange, and rally back up, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” Naito drags Okada over, tags in Takagi, and they throw Okada down to split the wishbone! Takagi bumps Okada off buckles, puts his leg on ropes and stomps away! The ref reprimands, Takagi pulls on the leg, but stops at 3.

Takagi brings Okada out, trips him, and has a toehold. Okada gets the ropebreak, but Takagi drags him away to tie up the legs. Okada resists the sharpshooter, but Sanada tags in. Takagi lets off for Sanada to stomp the legs. Sanada drops an elbow on Okada’s leg and has a toehold of is own. Okada fights back with a headlock, then shifts to a facelock as he gets free. Okada brings Sanada over, Tanahashi tags in. Fans rally now, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “SA-NA-DA!” Sanada trips Tanahashi, Tanahashi flails and gets to the ropebreak! Sanada lets off quickly and the two reset. Fans continue to rally as these two circle, and Tanahashi trips Sanada!

Tanahashi has the legs, but Sanada rolls and handsprings away before Tanahashi can try to steal Paradise. They circle again, tie up, and Sanada headlocks. Tanahashi powers out, drop toehold but Sanada turns over. Tanahashi has a standing toehold! Sanada endures as Tanahashi twists the leg. Sanada tries to fight free, Tanahashi keeps the grapevine away. Sanada has to keep his shoulders up so this isn’t a cover, but Tanahashi keeps on the ankle. Sanada keeps trying the grapevine but Tanahashi fights it off. Sanada manages a drop toehold, right to a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Tanahashi pops free and fans cheer!

The fans continue to rally as the two circle again. They both kick but they both block! They argue about letting go, so they both set the other’s foot down, NOT! They both hold on, let them down again, but again that’s another double fake out! Third time’s the charm, but Tanahashi holds on! DRAGON SCREW! The Ace is sneaky! Tanahashi stomps Sanada’s leg, drags him over, and tags in Makabe. They split the wishbone on Sanada! Makabe stomps Sanada, drags him around to stomp the leg more and more, then he drops an elbow into the toehold. Sanada tries to get a chinlock but Makabe keeps cranking the leg.

Sanada moves around, drags Makabe along, and gets the ropebreak! Makabe lets go, but then digs his knee into Sanada’s knee. Makabe drags Sanada from ropes for a HEEL HOOK! The Rampaging King Kong knows some holds! Sanada drags Makabe along again but Makabe twists the leg to keep Sanada from ropes. Fans rally, Sanada endures and tries again, ropebreak! The ref counts, Makabe lets off and tags Tanahashi. Tanahashi and Okada both get in, they double whip Sanada to double elbow him down! Tanahashi drags Sanada back up, bumps him off buckles and puts the leg in ropes, to dropkick the leg!

Sanada hobbles and falls, Tanahashi drags him back up, but Sanada fires off forearms! Tanahashi gives back fast hands, but Sanada ducks the shotei to steal the SHOTEI! And he steals the DRAGON SCREW! Hot tag to Naito! Naito fires off on Tanahashi, whips him to ropes, hip toss and then basement dropkick to Okada! Okada goes down, Naito elbows Tanahashi! Basement dropkick to Tanahashi’s back! Naito gets Tanahashi up, turns him, but Tanahashi fights the neckbreaker to get the NECKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans rally up! Hot tag to Okada! He fires off on Naito with forearms, then whips to ropes.

Naito reverses, ducks and dodges, but runs into the FLAPJACK! Fans rally up, Okada wants Naito to stand. Naito staggers into the Alabama, REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada keeps going, MONEY CLIP! Naito endures, kicks around, but Takagi gets in to CLUB Okada! Okada kicks and throws Takagi out, then he drags Naito back up. Scoop SLAM, and Okada goes to the corner. Okada climbs, fans rally, but Naito is up !Naito ducks under Okada’s leap, BOOTS him from the corner, then runs, into an uppercut! Okada boots but Naito blocks! Naito kicks the leg, SHIN BREAKER! Basement dropkick!

Both men are down and fans rally up again, “O-KA-DA!” “NA-I-TO!” Both men crawl, fans fire up with hot tags to Takagi and Makabe! Dragon and gorilla RAM, fire off forearm after forearm back and forth, faster and faster! Takagi gets the edge, he ROCKS Makabe then whips him to the corner. Corner clothesline, then a suplex! Fans fire up but Takagi’s just getting going! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Takagi stays fired up, fans clap for him, and Takagi pump handles to the torture rack. But Tanahashi gets in to ROCK Takagi! Sanada dropkicks Tanahashi, dodges Okada, Naito BOOTS Okada down!

Sanada and Naito whip Makabe, but he breaks through the lariats to DOUBLE LARIAT! Makabe CLOBBERS Takagi! Takagi goes to a corner, he BOOTS Makabe back. Takagi runs, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Takagi survives, fans fire up! Makabe waistlocks, Takagi elbows free but Makabe CLUBS Takagi. Makabe runs, LARIATS collide! And LARIATS collide! Takagi eggs Makabe on so Makabe AX CHOPS him! Makabe runs, Takagi follows and clotheslines at the ropes! Takagi keeps moving, PUMPING BOMBER! Fans are fired up as Takagi roars! Takagi drags Makabe up, pump handle and torture rack, LAST OF THE DRAGONS! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

Dragon slays King Kong, but Naito keeps after Okada on the outside with his modified Figure Four! Tanahashi looms over Naito, so Naito lets Okada go. But will Naito be able to get Okada in that hold when they finally face off for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship? Will Sanada also have something new to show Tanahashi in their IWGP US Heavyweight Championship match?

 

Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Way of the Grandmaster is set to collide with The Rogue Luchador on February 11th for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, so this is the last chance Wato has for momentum. Can the Funky Weapon help Wato get ahead? Or will Suzuki-Gun be spotless on the night?

The teams sort out and Desperado offers a snack pack of nuts to the ring announcer. The ring announcer accepts, and we start with Wato and Desperado. Fans rally up for this Junior Heavyweight title preview as the two circle. They tie up, Desperado waistlocks but Wato switches. Desperado spins around, facelocks, but Wato wrenches out to hammerlock then headlock. Desperado powers his way to a facelock, Wato wrenches out, but Desperado snapmares. Wato slips right out of the chinlock to get a hammerlock on the mat. Desperado fights up, Wato gets the other arm and has a cradle. ONE, Desperado moves around but Wato wrenches to the hammerlock.

Wato shifts to a headlock and takeover. Desperado rolls to a cover, ONE. They stand up, Desperado throws body shots but Wato holds on tight as Desperado tries to power out. Wato grinds the hold, Desperado throws more body shots. Desperado tries again but still can’t power out as Wato holds tight. Desperado reaches out and gets a ropebreak with a leg. Wato lets off quick and Desperado bails out to regroup with Kanemaru. Wato waits, fans rally up, and Desperado takes his time returning. They circle again, Wato tests the waters with a kick but Desperado stays back. They knuckle lock, Wato shoots in and waistlocks.

Desperado spins around to facelock, Wato silps out but Desperado headlocks. Wato powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up but Desperado fakes Wato out to step on him. Desperado ROCKS Wato with a right, then clamps on with a headlock. Now Wato endures as Desperado thrashes the hold. Wato fights up, throws body shots, and then runs. Wato ducks the calf kick but Desperado does the splits! Wato leaps over, keeps moving, and he RANAS Desperado! Then dropkicks him down! Fans fire up for Wato, he tags in Taguchi. Wato DECKS Kanemaru, Taguchi CLUBS Desperado.

Team Six or Nine double whip, double elbow and uppercut to DOUBLE SOBAT! Taguchi covers, TWO! Fans rally, Taguchi brings Desperado up and snapmares him down, point blank hip attack! And then another! And a third! Taguchi drags Desperado up but Desperado throws hands. Taguchi BOPS and BOPS and BOPS Desperado on the head. Taguchi winds up, BOP! Tag to Wato, Taguchi digs his boots in while Wato stomps. Red Shoes reprimands, they let off, Taguchi gives Desperado another bop on his way out. Wato puts Desperado on the ropes and Taguchi gives him more bops!

Red Shoes reprimands, Wato whips but Desperado holds ropes to block. Wato ROCKS Desperado with a right, then another. Wato whips, Desperado reverses but Wato holds ropes. Wato elbows Kanemaru away, dumps Desperado out, and fans rally as Wato builds speed. But Kanemaru gets in to dropkick the legs out! Kanemaru BOOTS Taguchi down, and then goes out after Taguchi on the outside. Kanemaru whips Taguchi into railing, Desperado does the same to Wato! Wato flops down hard, Kanemaru digs his boots into Taguchi, and Desperado drops knees on Wato’s leg. Desperado drags Wato up, scoops him and SLAMS him on the floor!

Desperado gets back in the ring as Red Shoes starts the ring count. Tag to Kanemaru, he waits on Wato now. Wato sits up at 14 of 20, staggers up and in at 16. Kanemaru drags Wato up, whips him to ropes, then hits a BIG back drop! Wato goes flying! Kanemaru drags Wato back up, suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Kanemaru gets the legs but Wato resists. Kanemaru still gets the BOSTON CRAB! Wato endures, reaches out and crawls forward, ROPEBREAK! Desperado goes after Taguchi on the outside while Kanemaru stomps Wato down. Desperado tags in, he and Kanemaru stomp Wato around.

Desperado drags Wato up, but Wato fires forearms! Desperado knees low, scoops and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Desperado grows frustrated. Desperado feeds Wato to Kanemaru’s boot in the corner, then tags Kanemaru in. They dig their boots into Wato, but Red Shoes counts. Taguchi protests but Suzuki-Gun lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Wato onto the apron, and has his legs for a rope assisted BOSTON CRAB! Desperado intercepts Taguchi to rake his eyes! Red Shoes counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Desperado kicks Taguchi out while Kanemaru stomps Wato. Fans rally but Kanemaru scoop SLAMS Wato!

Kanemaru stomps Wato, kicks him around, but Wato CHOPS back! And CHOPS! Kanemaru CLUBS Wato, then runs, but into a CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans rally up! Wato crawls, hot tag to Taguchi! HIP ATTACK for Kanemaru! HIP ATTACK for Desperado! Taguchi has them on the ropes, he goes back and forth for hip attack after hip attack! Baseball slide, apron hip attack for Kanemaru! Taguchi goes to the corner as fans rally, springboard, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally behind “TA-GU-CHI!” as he drags Kanemaru up. Taguchi suplexes, uno amigo! Another snap suplex, dos amigos! And then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!

Taguchi looms over Kanemaru, drags him up and chicken wings the arms! Kanemaru resists, Taguchi CLUBS him. Taguchi runs, but Kanemaru counters hip attack with atomic drop! Kanemaru ENZIGURIS, but Taguchi ENZIGURIS right back! Both men stagger, Kanemaru dropkicks Taguchi’s legs out! Fans rally as both men are down! Kanemaru crawls to his corner, hot tag to Desperado! Desperado stomps Taguchi’s legs, taunts Wato, then drags Taguchi up. Taguchi fights the shin breaker, but Desperado reels him back to run, into a HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Taguchi hot tags Wato!

Wato goes to the corner, springboards in, FLYING UPPERCUT! Desperado gets to a corner, Wato runs in for a back elbow! Wato rolls Desperado and goes up top for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Wato fires up. Wato waits on Desperado to stand, but Desperado blocks the superkick! Desperado spins Wato, Wato fights off the lift. Wato KICKS, KICKS but Desperado CHOPS! Wato mule kicks, knee lifts, but Desperado CHOPS again! Wato dodges to SUPERKICK! Wato gets Desperado back up, wrenches and reel shim in, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Wato DECKS Kanemaru while fans rally up!

Wato drags Desperado back up, reels him in, but Desperado fights the TTD! Wato knees low, scoops, but Desperado slips out. Wato elbows him away, but runs into a SPEAR! Desperado gets Wato up for a BIG back suplex! Desperado roars, fans rally, and Desperado reels Wato in! GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and both men are down! Desperado gets up, vows to end this, and he underhooks. Wato fights off Pinche Loco, but Desperado dodges and spins him around, hooks the arms, but then spins Wato around again! PINCHE- NO! Wato slips out the back! Wato rebounds, rolls up and over for the sunset flip! TWO!!

Into the BUTTERFLY STRETCH!! Desperado is caught, Taguchi DECKS Kanemaru! Fans rally as Desperado endures, moves around, tries for a cover but can’t get Wato on his shoulders. Kanemaru gets back in to stomp away on Wato! Taguchi returns, he kicks and CLUBS and throws Kanemaru back out. Fans rally, but Kanemaru whips Taguchi into railing! Wato rises, fires up, and he drags Desperado into a drop zone. Wato goes up, but Kanemaru is after him! Wato fights Kanemaru but Desperado ROCKS him! ROCKET LAUNCHER! Wato crashes down and fans rally up again.

Desperado roars from the corner, drags Wato back up, but Wato sobats! Wato runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down again and fans continue to rally. Wato and Desperado crawl to their corners, hot tags to Taguchi and Kanemaru! Kanemaru kicks low, whips Taguchi to ropes, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS! Taguchi fires up and calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” BUM- Dropkick to the leg! Kanemaru gets the leg, steps through, FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK! Taguchi endures, fans rally hard as ever, and Taguchi drags himself over. Kanemaru inches Taguchi away from ropes, but Taguchi refuses to quit!

Taguchi fights and turns things over onto Kanemaru! Kanemaru turns things back, but they’re in the ropes! Kanemaru lets Taguchi free and fans rally. Kanemaru scoop SLAMS Taguchi, then goes up the corner. MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives and fans are thunderous! Kanemaru gets Taguchi up again, but Taguchi fights the suplex. Kanemaru finally gets Taguchi up, but Taguchi slips out and feeds Kanemaru to Wato’s SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato baseball slides to hit Desperado with a dropkick! Wato keeps Desperado down with knees against the railing, and fans rally as Taguchi and Kanemaru stir.

Taguchi still calls upon the powers of Strong Style, and he kips right up! BUMAYE!! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru survives, but Taguchi gets OH MY GARFUNKLE! Kanemaru scrambles around, Taguchi drops an elbow on the leg! Taguchi keeps on the ankle lock, but Kanemaru gets the ROPEBREAK! Wato RAMS Desperado into railing and Taguchi drags Kanemaru to center. Fans fire up, but Kanemaru gets Taguchi in a victory roll! TWO, Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Kanemaru! Taguchi calls to Wato and they coordinate. Taguchi gets Kanemaru up in chicken wings while Wato goes up top! DODON BUSTER TO RPP!! Cover, Desperado breaks it!

Fans are thunderous as Wato and Desperado brawl! Desperado rakes eyes, whips, but Wato reverses to throw Desperado out. Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Desperado down! Team Six or Nine coordinate, WHEELBARROW COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Six or Nine wins!!

Winners: Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall

Wato looms over Desperado, his team victorious! But will the Rogue Luchador show him it’ll be a very different match when they’re 1v1?

As for the winners, Taguchi gets the mic to say, in a very formal voice, “Today… Thank you for coming to see NJPW.” And then in his normal voice, he promises that Team Six or Nine will be the 69th IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions. He sees no reason why Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo should get that opportunity. Taguchi & Wato will make sure to win and take those titles! They’ll do it, won’t they? Taguchi gets a rather fired up tone in his voice as he asks that of Wato, but Wato still nods. “Osu! You tell ’em, Master!” Wato is given the mic, and he tells Taguchi that he will also win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight singles title.

“Starting February 11th, I will carve the future of the Junior Heavyweight Division.” Fans like the sound of that. “I will usher in a new day in NJPW.” And in English, “I will be the Grandmaster!” Wato sets down the mic and strikes a pose, but then Taguchi picks up the mic to have everyone wait a moment. What’s going on now? Taguchi says Wato can’t finish like that! Wato’s not the guy closing things out, because this is the last night for Ozaki! Oh, of course! Taguchi thanks the fans for sticking around, and says ring announcer Ozaki’s moment has come! Fans clap, “O-ZA-KI!” but Ozaki is humble and maybe a bit bashful.

Taguchi and Wato hold the ropes for Ozaki to enter, and Taguchi teases Wato for “trying to be all cool and finish the show when it’s Ozaki’s night.” The Hontai guys wanted to win so they could see Ozaki off right. Wato continues to apologize to Ozaki while Tanahashi, Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe and Tiger Mask follow NJPW President Ohbari out to the ring. Commentary lets us know that Ozaki was meant to retire with the January 29th event, but cancelations delayed that so this night ended up Ozaki’s final call. Hontai form up behind President Ohbari while Taguchi holds the mic for him.

“Mr. Ozaki, thank you for all you’ve done here in NJPW these 19-and-a-half years.” Fans cheer as President Ohbari presents Ozaki with a bouquet. Taguchi asks Ozaki if he’d like to say a few words, and excuse his lack of skill as emcee. Ozaki thanks the fans for coming out today. This was meant to just be like any other event, but they let him have his moment. He thanks the president, the staff and the wrestlers for letting him have this moment. He didn’t expect this, so he didn’t have anything prepared. And he doesn’t want anyone to miss the last train, so he’ll keep it short. “NJPW is a second family, equal to my own. Thank you very much.”

Fans cheer as Ozaki takes as bow, and music plays as everyone in the ring sets up for a big group photo. And then, the wrestlers pick Ozaki up to give him a hip hip, hooray~ toss! Here’s to 19 years, 15 as ring announcer! Ozaki hugs everyone in the ring, then takes one last bow. And Taguchi says now Wato can close the show! Wato thanks the fans again, and again says, “I will be the Grandmaster!” Well, he already said that, but perhaps that’s how determined he is! Will Wato bring about a new era in the NJPW Junior Division?


My Thoughts:

I know I skipped a lot of this, but this was still a really good show for NJPW. I skimmed those other matches, and while there was some “card subject to change,” they made good on the changes. I didn’t think Yujiro & Gedo would win, but I suppose that cuts down Tiger Mask’s momentum as he and Robbie Eagles await challengers for the tag titles. I think the best thing was after the 8 Man Tag. Suzuki-Gun wins, but Yano gets the better of Taka Michinoku by putting him in a dog crate! I hope that is a sign of what match type Yano wants with Minoru Suzuki for the KOPW trophy, that is going to be hilarious.

The Six Man Tag was very good, and again LIJ wins. That’s a lot of momentum for Naito and Sanada going into their respective singles title matches, but that probably means Okada and Tanahashi each retain. I don’t doubt both those matches will be great, but Okada and Tanahashi only just got those belts at WrestleKingdom, so I don’t think they’ll be losing them so soon. The main event tag match was really good, building Wato & Taguchi up in both parts of the Junior Heavyweight Division. I could see Wato & Taguchi getting the tag titles to fulfill Taguchi’s 69 prophecy, but Wato beating Desperado for the singles title is still hard to see. And then, it was great for NJPW to hold that moment at the end for their longtime announcer as he retires. A really touching moment to send fans home with.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s TNA Against All Odds Results & Match Ratings: 6.14.2024

Broken Matt attempts to procure the Championship of the World! Joe Hendry faces Frankie Kazarian! Jordynne issues an open challege, all at Against All Odds!

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I’ll be honest, since the lead up hasn’t exactly sparked much excitement from me, I can’t really tell what might get relegated to Countdown and what will be on the main show aside from major title stories. So with that being said, I’ll cover the Countdown this time around, because well…who knows what will be on it.

Let’s hope that the bit of momentum with the WWE working relationship and the stories coming out about the locker room being seemingly happy with the direction of things; have to hope that will start to equate to a product that makes some damn sense.

Ratings:

  • Countdown to Against All Odds: Jonathan Gresham vs Sami Callihan: Sami wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – ** 1/4
  • Countdown to Against All Odds: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles: DeMALISH (Masha Slamovich & Alisha Edwards) (c) vs The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay): DeMALISH retain via Steinerizer – ** 3/4
  • Mike Santana & Steve Maclin vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz): Tri State Exchange wins via Assisted Spin the Block – ****
  • PCO vs Rich Swann w/AJ Francis: PCO wins via PCO-SAULT – **
  • TNA Tag Team Championships: The Nemeth Bros (Ryan & Nic Nemeth) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) (c): The System retains via Boston Knee Party – ** 3/4
  • Joe Hendry w/Ace Steel vs Frankie Kazarian: Kaz wins via Loaded Fist – ** 1/2
  • X Division Championship: Trent Seven vs Mustafa Ali (c): Ali retains via Scorpion Deathlock – *** 3/4
  • Josh Alexander & Eric Young vs The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey): ABC wins via The Fold – *** 1/2
  • TNA Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Tatum Paxley: Jordynne retains via Juggernaut Driver – *** 1/4
  • BROKEN RULES – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Broken Matt Hardy: Moose retains via Lights Out – *** 1/2

 

 

Results:

Countdown to Against All Odds: Jonathan Gresham vs Sami Callihan

Callihan attacks The Octopus on the outside before the bell rings. A few chops around the ring and bounces Gresham’s face off the post twice. Sami goes for the Cactus Driver on the outside, but Gresham rotates all the way through to grab the ropes and counter Sami. Gouges Sami’s face, breaks fingers Pentagon style, and Sami retreats to a different side of the outside of the ring. Octopus chases and keeps working on the hand, but Sami counters and starts going for a few more Knife Edge Chops. Sami tries to Lawn Dart Gresham into the post, but Gresham slips and shoves Sami into the post. Now Octopus back to working on the left hand and arm. Arm Wringers and Uppercuts right into the elbow.

Sami gets some control back, rolls Gresham into the ring and now the match can officially start…OR NOT! Gresham rolls back out and heads under the ring so Sami goes hunting for Octopus. Gresham grabs the left arm from under the ring, uses a chair since the ring obscures the referee’s vision, and then slowly they head back in the ring. Soccer Ball kick to the injured arm, and Gresham continues to try and work on the arm, but Sami is fighting back. Sami tries to Irish Whip, but the sells the left arm! Callihan adjusts his offense and tries to use his legs and only the good right arm. But as soon as he goes for a Cactus Driver, the arm sell happens again.

Gresham rips the mask off the referee, Kushida shows up in a Doc Brown gimmick and with a mask. He attacks Gresham while the ref is distracted to swab out the ink and place it into a vial. Sami connects with the Cactus Driver ’97 and wins.

Insanely gimmicky, extremely stupid. Feels like a dumbass thing that would happen on DDT, not an American program. So they made Gresham talk last night, which ruins the essence of a evil character, and now they have him lose with Kushida trying to do science on what the ink is. I can’t properly express how many brain cells I feel like I lost. 

Countdown to Against All Odds: TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles: DeMALISH (Masha Slamovich & Alisha Edwards) vs The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay)

Marti and Alisha start, Marti uses Alisha’s face like a speed bag, tags in Allysin, quick tandem work gives The Hex a nearfall. Alisha manages to run to make the tag, and Masha comes in, but immediately starts dominating Masha. Tandem Snapmare, Fun Splash, Senton, PK, for another near fall from The Hex. Allysin tries to shoot Masha across, Masha gets the Arm Wringer, drives Allysin into her corner, but a Boot stops Masha. Allysin tries to get out and Alisha grabs Allysin by the hair to pull her back.

Alisha gets in a few quick shots, Allysin tries to fight back, but the Eye Rake evens the score. Alisha tags out, Hip Attack from Masha into repeated Snapmares with the hair into a near fall. Short Arm Lariats, Masha connects on two, Allysin counters the third, they both hit the ropes, stereo Clothesline spot into the simultaneous tags. Marti beats on Alisha in the corner, Double Knees into a two count. SAVAT KICK from Masha to level Marti, Allysin takes out Masha, Delish from Alisha, Marti hits The Stroke, and all four are down for a few moments. Rolling Forearm into Saito Suplex for another near fall on Alisha. Hex Marks the…nope Alisha slips the move, Masha gets in things breakdown into a sloppy fight, Alisha tries to shove Allysin into Marti but hits Masha. HEX MARKS THE SPOT, Masha makes the save, barely! Dual spots in corners, Alisha fights off Allysin with the Avalanche Powerbomb, Masha Electric Chairs Marti, STEINERIZER! DeMALISH retain.

Mike Santana & Steve Maclin vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz)

Rascalz try to utilize their speed and teamwork advantage with a tag out the gates as Trey distracts Santana, Wentz runs in, and they match each other. Counters, dodges, really fun equal footing but different styles opening. Simultaneous tags Trey and Maclin are in, Maclin quickly takes advantage of Trey, tags in Santana and they go for a Dual Suplex, but Wentz catches Trey and then takes out Maclin. Santana gets surprised by Trey, Body Scissors into a Double Stomp, then Trey tags in Wentz and a quick Tandem kick. Santana tries to fight back against Wentz, but Wentz eats a few chops and then turns it around. Tag out to Trey, Trey connects with a low single leg Dropkick for a near fall. Kick Rush from Rascalz, Wentz tries to punctuate with a Stomp on the back of the head but Santana dodges and Double Lariats The Rascalz. Maclin tags in and starts stacking up the Rascalz and beating them like they owe him money. Maclin tries a SCUD but Wentz catches him with a Cutter in the ropes, shortcut double team offense.

The ref was distracted with Santana trying to get in to stop the double team, so Maclin kicks out easily because of a slow start to the count. Trey with a cheap choke, then he tags in, goes for a disrespectful Half Crab and Santana just kicks Trey in the back. Rascalz find interesting ways to keep working over Maclin, Trey goes for a Popping Meteora, but Maclin stop it, turns it into an Electric Chair style counter and tags in Santana. Santana with the hot tag, takes out both Rascalz, stacks them interestingly to pull off a tandem DDT. Maclin and Santana work together, Maclin kicks Santana to send him into his Rolling Buck Fifty, Maclin then connects with a Busaiku Knee, and only 2 since Trey breaks it up! Rascalz finally get the best of things, a tandem Rope Assisted Pedigree with a Swanton from Wentz, but Maclin kicks out.  MACLIN EATS THE CHELSEA GREEN FUCK YOUR FACE IN THE CORNER DROPKICK SPOT!  Rolling Double Stomp! Santana rolls in to make the save, Hot Fire Flame attempt but Maclin gets the knees up. Cradle attempt, but they push off Maclin into Santana. Superkick Party on Maclin, Buckshot Lariat from Santana wipes out Trey, Enzuigiri from Santana. They set each other up, Caught in the Crosshairs , Spin the Block! Santana and Maclin win.

This is the first objectively smart thing TNA has done in the post-Scott era. Maclin and Santana were amazing together. This is a pairing that people will want to see again, and if they double down on it being a “one off”, it will make people want to see it again. Damn good stuff here.

PCO vs Rich Swann w/AJ Francis

Swann runs around tries to get frisky, but PCO grab him, Boots him, chucks him into the corner, Hesitation Dropkick to the back of Rich’s head for a near fall. AJ tries to pick the ankle, PCO kinda cares, but then eats a Superkick that does nothing. PCO charges, Rich hits the Low Bridge and PCO crashes to the floor. 450 from the apron, and Rich throws him back in and starts kicking PCO and hits a Bronco Buster.PCO fires back up, levels Rich, drapes him over the bottom rope and hits the Guillotine Leg Drop, driving Swann’s face into the mat. AJ grabs Rich’s foot and puts it on the bottom rope, then faceplants PCO on the apron. Rich takes too long to capitalize, PCO trips Swann, Lungblower from the corner spot, PCO Dives on AJ to try and equal the playing field. PCO-SAULT, 1-2-3, PCO wins.

SDL’s music hits, she walks out smiling and looking like a snack. Asks for the mic, and SDL plays with the crowd about different ways to say yes or no. Her answer is: OUI! 

TNA Tag Team Championships: The Nemeth Bros (Ryan & Nic Nemeth) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) (c)

Brian Myers starts with Ryan, Ryan gets a quick advantage, they go for a tandem Arm Wringer/Neckbreaker combo. Myers tags out, Nic tries to throw a Superkick but Lish grabs the foot. WAIT DIRTY DANGO shows up out of nowhere and rats out Alisha?! We haven’t seen him in months since they punked out Oleg Prudius and him against Josh Alexander. So Lish gets ejected but The System jumps on Nic and tries to get in a few quick shots to try and end this quickly now they don’t have insurance.

Belly to Back Suplex from Myers after Eddie uses the ropes for a cheap choke, Eddie officially tags back in, and just quick tags and snappy offense from The System. Myers goes for the Manhattan Drop but Nic gets away from him, tags out to Ryan and a few quick attacks into a Rude Awakening for a near fall. Myers checks Ryan with a Boot to the gut, Eddie tags in, Eddie bounces off the ropes and Body Checks Ryan, while Myers connects with the Spear, but Nic makes the save! Myers shoves Ryan into their corner, Ryan tries to fight out to get to Nic, but a Drop Toe Hold puts a stop on the surge. Ryan counters with a Sunset Flip, but Myers manages to make the tag before falling over, so the pinfall doesn’t count and Eddie starts laying into Ryan. We get an “Ooo fuck Eddie Edwards” chat that pops up. Eddie goads the crowd a bit and tags in Myers. Headlock on Ryan, Ryan tries to Elbow out, but Myers stays in control and the crowd keeps talking shit to Eddie even though he’s not the legal man “fuck your fo-hawk”. Myers poses, Ryan hits a Reverse X Factor, simultaneous tags. Nic is on fire, laying everyone out, Jumping Leg Drop on Eddie for 2. Fame-ASSER! But only another 2 count.

Moose is down at ringside now, Eddie and Myers with their System Overload combo of Backpack Stunner and Elbow Drop for 2! Ryan grabs Eddie to stop Boston Knee Party, Superkick, into their Highway to the Danger Zone finish! 1-2-SOMEONE PULLS THE REF! Moose points at Dango, the ref is confused, Nic dives on Moose, Dango shows his true colors and clocks Ryan Nemeth. Boston Knee Party, The System retains the gold!

Joe Hendry w/Ace Steel vs Frankie Kazarian

Frankie Kazarian getting compared to Antonio Banderas and then calling him the dad from Spy Kids is fantastic. 

Hendry and Kaz Shoulder Tackle each other, trade a couple shots and then Hendry lifts him for the stalling suplex. Kaz tries to break it with punches to the body, but Hendry holds strong and connects with the Vertical Suplex. Kaz powders to the apron, Hendry tries to collect him but gets caught with the Guillotine Leg Drop. Kaz throws a few moves together, including his Side Russian Leg Sweep for a near fall. Scoop Slam from Kaz, Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop for 2! Kaz tries to cinque in the Body Scissors and Headlock, but Hendry powers through and turns it into a Suplex to break Kaz’s momentum.

Kaz gets whipped into the corner, gets the boot up, tries a Crossbody but Hendry catches him and his the Sack of Shit into the kip up! Kaz tries the Chicken Wing to slow down Hendry trying to keep momentum, a flurry of strikes with a big PK to give Kaz some space. Fade to Black attempt, but nope, Hendry tries a Powerbomb but Kaz slips it and connects with a Back Stabber! Runs the ropes and Kaz gets caught in a Pop-Up Powerbomb for 2! Kaz tries to bait in Hendry to the apron, Hendry grabs a roll of quarters from his tights, Hendry connects with an outside in Belly to Back Suplex, but Kaz pops him with the loaded fist and gets the win!

Post match, Kaz goes for a Chicken Wing to add insult to injury, Ace Steel finally comes all the way out and clocks Kaz. 

X Division Championship: Trent Seven vs Mustafa Ali (c)

Trent said the tape machines kept rolling, they show post-interview footage where Mustafa says the X Division title is a prop, he doesn’t even live in Chicago, and just freaking out. Mustafa charges Trent, Trent dodges and Mustafa bounces his face off the buckles, SEVEN STAR LARIAT! 1-2-Kick out! That was nearly a quick loss. Ali slows down Trent a few times, and the crowd is dumb and gives the “we still love you” to Ali. Ali with a Jumping DDT, then a Dive on Trent, but Trent shoves Ali into the apron and then a Dragon Suplex onto the floor. Back in the ring, Trent goes for the Corkscrew Senton but misses everything and grabs his leg.

Shotgun Dropkick into the corner from Ali, Trent absorbs and follows with a Lariat, Ali reverses Trent for another Dropkick, goes for a third but Trent catches him and Powerbombs him into the middle of the ring for a near fall. Birminghammer attempt, but Eye Gouge from Ali, Trent with an open hand Chop but Ali baits him into the corner, Gamegiri into the Rolling DDT for 2. Ali with some hammering Forearms, but Trent with a Flowsion out of nowhere to get some separation. Fighting Spirit spot, Ali does my favorite thing! He doesn’t fall for the Bop and Bang and just Roundhouse Kicks Trent in the face. Too bad Ali falls for it like 2 moves later. Ali DDTs the leg, then tries another Rolling DDT, but Trent connects with a Dragon Suplex into the Sitout Powerbomb for two. X Plex attempt, but Ali shoves Trent and the ref cowers in the corner almost bumped, Low Blow into in a Lariat for a near fall!

Ali heads to the top, Trent cuts him off, Ali flips forward out of it, Superkick rocks Trent, Ali runs up the ropes for a Superplex but AVALANCHE FLOWSION! Only 2. Birminghammer attempt, Eye Gouge again, Birminghammer attempt again, but Ali grabs the ropes, throws off Trent, slips out and then Dragon Screws the leg into the apron. Ali goes to the top, Trent meets him, they fight in the corner, Headbutt from Trent and they both crash down into the apron and bounce off to the outside. 10 Count starts, Ali decides to climb the corner, Trent slides in at 9 and eats a 450 to the back for a 2 count. Ali goes to get his belt, the referee stops him, Trent hits a Low Blow as the ref is putting the belt back, BIRMINGHAMMER! 1-2-NO!

Mustafa tries to bail, grabs the ring apron as Trent pulls him back, Chops him in the back a few times, crotches him in the corner, Avalanche BIRMINGHAMMER? Eye Gouge fights back, kicks out the leg, and then 450 to the injured legs into a Scorpion Deathlock! Trent taps out.

Josh Alexander & Eric Young vs The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey)

Early on we get the typical watered down Japanese tag style of a few fancy counters like La Magistral Cradles and Suplex counters and stuff, but nothing really worth typing about. Which is smart since the last match was pretty hot, so you want to start simple and build. ABC start going for a few higher risk moves with Tandem Shoot Ins for Jumping High Kicks and Back Head Kicks. EY Up and Overs Bey, whips him into the opposite corner and tags in Josh. Josh goes for his locomotion Shoulder Tackles, Bey tries to counter it and go for an Art of Finesse, but Josh catches him and Release German Suplexes him. Teamwork from Josh, Gutbuster and Elbow Drop combination for a 2. Ace tries to get involved and Josh and Bey go for THE OLE DICK TWIST! I’m not really sure what I’m looking at beyond a meme and it’s Chicago…so I’m not surprised. But just…why.

Things break down a little everyone’s doing stuff, Josh perches Ace for the Low Crossbody but Ace dodges it! Then Ace does his Handstand dodge, Josh just grabs his Ankle though. Ace tries to hold onto the ropes to he doesn’t completely fall, Bey dives over Ace and lays out Josh but then EY flies and takes out Bey. Ace posts EY, Josh walks back in the ring and calls Ace in. Josh goes for an Avalanche Death Valley Driver, Ace fights it off, Ace hits the Flipping Outside In Headscissors. Goes for an Overhead Spin Kick, but Josh catches the foot. Ace fights out, ABC try to team up on Josh but a Suplexes both and tags out to EY. Discus Lariat into a Spicolli Driver on Ace! Bey kicks him, Ace tries something, but EY stacks them on his shoulders, they both slip him, Dual Roundhouse Kicks! But only a 2 count.

Everyone doing things in the ring, a cameraman gets taken out literally, the camera looks like scrambled porn in the 90s. Powerbreaker from Josh for 2! Rolling Senton into the Macho Elbow, but Ace makes the save. EY accidentally lays out Josh, EY tries to Piledriver Bey but Ace jumps over the world and hits The Fold on EY! Bey with the Jacknife cover and ABC win!

TNA Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Tatum Paxley

Personal concierge shows up after Tatum makes her entrance, ASH by Elegance will show up…to watch the match, as per usual. 

Things start a little slow, Tatum brings that quirky unhinged Hot Topic girl energy, and Jordynne is Thicc Mama Pump. Okay Tatum counters Jordynne’s rope run by very suggestively enticing her to come into full mount. Jordynne manages to grab her foot and get her to stand up to just Reverse Side Slam her and go for the Camel Clutch. Tatum gets out of it with biting her hand, and then heads under the ring. ASH is actually telling her where she is, Jordynne tries to grab her, but Tatum pulls her into the steel ring frame. She tries to Suplex her, but Jordynne blocks a few times, so Tatum just drives her into the post.

Tatum pulls off the old Lance Storm counter into the Half Crab, but Jordynne gets out of it. Back Kick from Jordynne, Jordynne tries the Vader Bomb, but Paxley cuts her off first, tries a Rope Hung Neckbreaker, but Jordynne holds on. Hits two Vader Bombs only for near falls. Juggernaut Driver attempt, but Tatum stops it, Jordynne hits the Rolling Fent Back Elbow. They fight in the corner, Uppercut from Jordynne, KINNIKU BUSTER! We know that won’t finish the match, Tatum tries a slide and we go into a Locomotion Cradles. Paxley connects with a Spear that she rolls through beautifully, but both women have counters for counters for counters. Tatum is perched in the corner, they’re fighting on the middle rope, AVALANCHE LOBOTOMY, 1-2-NOPE! Tatum starts clawing at the ears since she had the stitches after the Roxxane Perez match. Tatum with a Seated Head and Neck Choke, but Jordynne fights through and they start slapping each other. Jordynne goes for a lazy cover, and Tatum tries to surprise her with a Guillotine Choke! Grace stands up, Jackhammer for 2!

Jordynne clubs with a few Vader Hammers, Tatum tries to counter, Grace goes for the Sp inning Backfist but Tatum ducks it the first time, but not the second. Death Valley Driver into Juggernaut Driver, and Jordynne retains!

ASH attacks Jordynne after the match but Jordynne fights her off. Covers ASH in her bottle of champagne, then takes a swig herself and walks off victorious while ASH and concierge are slipping and looking like dorks.

BROKEN RULES – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose (c) vs Broken Matt Hardy

The Nemeth Fuschnikens show up and take out The System! Only Lish is now left. 

Matt takes advantage of the early distraction, Twist of Fate attempt but Moose spins out but Matt turns it into the DDT. Side Effect from Hardy on the apron, then he hits the Twist of Fate on the outside. Moose sells dead weight well, Matt finally rolls him in, then Moose keeps rolling. Moose and Lish find weapons, and Moose hits Matt with a trash can lid and Baking Sheet. Moose takes one of many chairs, and just lays into Matt a handful of times. Moose barks at the camera that he’s “Gonna end his damn career”, so he fishing out a ladder from under the ring.

Moose smacks Matt with a few more chair shots and then makes a Ladder + Chair ramp contraption. Jacknife attempt from Moose, Hardy drops to his knees and Upper Cuts Moose’s balls! Then Matt starts using a chair of his own. Moose powders, Matt follows and they take this throw the crowd and goes somewhere…the camera work is a little useless. It’s like N.E.W. Indy level of “we can’t see”. I’m just assuming moves were attempt, looks like maybe a Jacknife that Matt counters and goes up high, just to do a Delete chant. I want a Balcony Level Extreme Leg Drop! But they head back to the ring, so at least now we can see, and Matt bounces Moose’s face off the post and rolls Moose in. Vertical Suplex from Matt, then he goes to the second rope, Elbow Drop for 2! Matt sets up for Twist of Fate, Moose pushes off and URANAGE counter! 1-2-kick out! Moose wanders out to find more weapons and drags out a table, as the peasants rejoice.

Propping the table in the corner, we see Moose trying to set up Matt for the Spear. they both dodge attempting to be put through the table, so Moose Sabu’s Matt with a chair. Moose sets up a pile of chairs, grabs Senor Hardy and they go up the turnbuckle Superplex into the chairs, only for 2! Alisha is also yelling at this very audible annoying Chicago fan. Moose goes for a second Chair spot, but Matt slips the Suplex and Avalanche Powerbomb into the chairs! Matt goes for the cover, but Moose kicks out! Hardy goes under the ring for a…. CARDBOARD BOX! A PARCEL OF CHIPBOARD! Moose decks Matt, opens the box and it’s Moose’s throwback Patriots Helmet. Moose puts his old helmet on, charges Matt Hardy and Matt Back Drops him into the Chekov’s Ladder+Chair. Matt goes for a table and another ladder. Is Matt gonna go for another crazy bump? OH Hardy gets a Bears helmet. Now it makes sense why it was a throwback Patriots helmet, because of the 1985 Bears Super Bowl. Matt clocks Moose with the Bears Helmet, the crowd chants “CTE”, Matt puts Moose on the table, EXTREME LEG DROP from the ladder!

Hardy puts the chair around Moose’s head, TWIST OF FATE into the chair! Goes for the cover and Alisha brings out Kendra and lights up Matt. REBY COMES OUT! She takes her earrings off and someone else is holding her baby! Spanish girl serious fighting 101! Reby hits the Twist of Fate on Lish and tries to help out Matt. Moose sees Matt coming and pulls Reby in the way! Matt spears his wife through the table and then Moose hits LIGHTS OUT!

 

Overall Score: 7.75/10

Well admittedly the first half of the show had a good bit of gimmicky extra bodies overbooking. Kushida, Dango and Jeff Hardy being back is definitely a positive thing with Slammiversary next up. Nic Nemeth hopefully picks up a little more steam, because early splitting time with New Japan stifled his initial impact, now with two title losses in like 4 months of activity is a little silly. Hendry getting a hold over rivalry to slow roll his rise in popularity could be ok. I think they’re not on a large enough scale to benefit more from a slow burn as opposed to cashing in now. But it’s wrestling, you never know. Plus if he gets some shine in NXT, it could be better to ride that exposure wave as well.

The card had overall solid action, even if booking was suspect at moments through the night and the audio for the Ali tape was awful…ruined the intended effect. Jordynne with the opening challenge and an at home annoyance is a good angle. System will probably get into a feud with The Hardys, ya know, while neither is injured. Moose has Hendry looming, but again, not sure how they’re gonna play that card. Also for personal reasons I wanna see if Xia continues to be SDL’s love council bestie type character now that she agreed to date PCO.

So yeah, pretty good show all things considered. The end of the show sends people home happy with Jeff Hardy returning to stand tall with Reby, Matt, Joe Hendry and the Nemeths. There’s a lot to play out. Even if somethings sound super stupid right now (looking at you Octopus and Doc Kushi). But, at least there different levels of storylines to figure out. So when it comes down to the bare bones, the show did its job and was a pretty enjoyable watch.


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/14/24)

Toni Storm is on a Rampage!

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The Leading Lady “rehearses” for The Forbidden Door.

The AEW Women’s World Champion knows Mina Shirakawa wants her spotlight, but Toni Storm must first test her mettle against “Titanium” Alex Windsor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor; Storm wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez; The Cage of Agony wins.
  • Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino; Shota wins.
  • Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo; Satnam wins.
  • PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh; Pac wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Toni Storm w/ Mariah May & Luther VS Alex Windsor!

The Leading Lady knows her beloved, budding protege’s past partner is coming for her prized possession, but she is looking to send a message tonight. Will Mina Shirakawa hear that message loud and clear? Or will Titanium Alex be nobody’s tune-up?

Speaking of, Alex doesn’t even wait for the bell, she goes after Toni the moment she’s in a corner! The fans boo but the bell rings and the ref reprimands. Alex fires off haymakers on Storm, then bumps her off buckles. Windsor soaks up the heat, whips Storm back in, then runs up to CHOP! Windsor soaks up more heat, then runs back in, but into a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fast hands, then fires up! The fans are with her and Storm gives Windsor a point-blank HIP ATTACK! And then another! And then another! Storm winds up, the fans fire up, and BOOM, another hip attack! Windsor tumbles out while the fans cheer.

Storm runs side to side to HIP ATTACK Windsor off the apron! Storm calls Mariah over, nuzzles her, then goes after Windsor. Storm CLUBS Windsor, drags her up, then reels her in. Windsor fights the suplex, throws body shots, and then swings, but Storm DECKS her first! Storm goes to the ring but Windsor gets her for a wheelbarrow! Windsor SMASHES Storm off the apron! Windsor KICKS Storm, gets her back up, and hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Storm flounders, Mariah is concerned but Windsor gets in her way. Windsor CLUBS Storm, HAMMERS away, then soaks up the heat. Windsor slides into the ring and Mariah checks on Storm.

Windsor taunts Storm, then goes back out to fetch her. But now Luther stands in Windsor’s way to keep her from getting at Mariah. Windsor drags Storm up, whips her, and POSTS her! Storm staggers around, Windsor runs up to CLUB her again, then throws body shots! Windsor CLUBS Storm, soaks up more heat, but Storm RAMS Windsor into barriers! The fans fire up as Storm rolls into the ring. The fans rally as Windsor drags Storm to a corner, to SLAM the legs into the post! And again! And again! And again! The ref reprimands, but Windsor YANKS Storm out to CLUB her down. Windsor rolls into the ring while fans rally behind Storm.

Luther & Mariah check on Storm, but Windsor goes out again. Luther says to stay back, but Windsor SHOVES Luther into Mariah, which sends Mariah into Storm! The fans boo but Windsor stomps away on Storm, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Windsor drags Storm up and ROCKS her with a forearm! Storm sputters and staggers around the way, but Windsor stalks after her. Windsor has Storm against barriers to CLAW the eyes! Windsor puts Storm in the ring, drags her to a cover, TWO! Storm is tougher than that, and Mariah scowls at Windsor. Windsor fires forearms on Storm, ROCKS her, then whips Storm to ropes to run her over! Cover, TWO! Windsor grows frustrated but she drags Storm up for a cravat. Storm endures the neck wrench, but Windsor throws in knee after knee!  Storm throws body shots but Windsor whips her to a corner.

Windsor runs in but Storm dodges! Rampage returns to single picture as Storm blocks boots, puts Windsor in ropes and hits a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Windsor writhes, Storm goes to the far end, and the fans fire up for the close up! Storm runs in to SWEET HIP MUSIC! And then the fisherman SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm storms around. She drags Windsor up and reels her in, but Windsor wrenches out to HEADBUTT! Storm HEADBUTTS back! Storm runs, but Windsor clothesline at ropes! And again! And then a RIGHT ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Storm survives and the fans rally up!

Windsor drags Storm up but Storm drags her into a cradle! TWO, SHINING WINDSOR! Cover, TWO!! The fans rally for Storm again but Windsor snarls. Windsor storms up on Storm, drags her up, short arm- NO, Storm dodges the lariat, runs, and smothers the pop-up to STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

Storm breaks through Iron Will Windsor, and revels in the praise of her adoring public. She also holds Mariah close, but will she still have both once she passes through The Forbidden Door? Or will the Fighting Gravure Idol steal more than just the spotlight?

 

Backstage interview with Harley Cameron.

Arkady Aura is with The Outcasts’ crazier component, and says she’s a bit surprised to see Harley without Saraya, considering the big win last week. Yeah, yeah, who cares? Saraya is not here as a form of protest! All these women are all declaring for the Women’s Owen Hart Tournament. Oh~, declaring~! What are we? Royal subjects? Oh, a royal decree from the king! Or maybe we’re more old Southern women, “Oh, I do declare!” The only one who should be declaring anything is Saraya. Because the winner gets a world title shot at All In. And who was it that won last year at Wembley Stadium? Saraya! What a declaration!

And with that said, Saraya’s done it before, and she will do it again. And now Harley declares this interview over, goodbye. Then from Harley’s mouth to the world’s ears, will Saraya make sure she is the one crowned the 2024 Queen of Harts before crowning herself champion once again?

 

AEW hears from Thunder Rosa and Deonna Purrazzo.

La Mera Mera tells “Deonna, you might’ve been a little bit busy, but there were some flashing news. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of Collision. And as a tradition, Thunder Rosa always likes to pick a fight. And who else than you?” But The Virtuosa asks back, what does Rosa not understand here? Rosa’s selfishness has forced Deonna to embrace her own. But La Mera Mera isn’t owed anything. From where Deonna comes from, those who want respect must show respect. And those who refuse get respect beaten into them. Saturday Night Collision, Rosa VS Deonna, NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! And Deonna asks what Rosa thinks happens when her head collides with a chair.

Rosa says nothing will stop her from showing Deonna the real respect of a warrior. No disqualifications, no problems. Happy Anniversary, Collision! But who will celebrate by standing over the other’s battered body?

 

Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Solomon Tupu, Jay Marston & Kevin Gutierrez!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have broken away from Swerve’s House to do things their way. So far, so good, for them. But will their opponents wish it’d been another three sent into The Cage of Agony?

The trios sort out, Tupu starts against Kaun, and the two circle. Liona distracts Tupu and Kaun DROPKICKS Tupu into the corner! Kaun CHOPS, then fires off forearms! The ref counts, Kaun bumps Tupu off buckles to then fire off more forearms. Kaun CHOPS, the ref has him back off, and Kaun runs in. Tupu goes up and over, keeps moving, and Gutierrez tags in. Kaun CLOBBERS Tupu but Gutierrez kicks low! Gutierrez whips but Kaun reverses. Gutierrez ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Liona sneaks a tag. Gutierrez hurdles but turns around into a BOOT! Liona CLOBBERS Gutierrez! Liona looms over Gutierrez, drags him up, then BODY SHOTS!

Liona BODY SHOTS again, and again! Gutierrez falls, but Liona drags him up again, to LARIAT! The fans rally as Liona drags Gutierrez over and tags in The Machine. Gutierrez fires haymakers on Liona, but they do nothing! Liona SPINEBUSTERS Gutierrez! Cage smirks, Marston tags in, and Marston ducks ‘n’ dodges, but runs into a BIG back drop! Cage drags Marston up, reels him in, puts one out, an d gives Marston a POWERBOMB! Cage then tags to Kaun, Liona steps in with him. Tupu runs in, dodges The Gates, but Cage SUPERKICKS him! Then the Gates get Tupu up to CLOSE THE GATES!

Cage drags Marston over, and the trio TRIPLE SLAMS him! Kaun covers, The Cage of Agony wins!

Winners: The Cage of Agony, by pinfall

This dangerous trio is only more dangerous now that they’re the ones in charge! Will they be right on the heels of the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Champions?

 

Rocky Romero VS Shota Umino!

It’s another Forbidden Door appetizer as Azucar “welcomes” The Roughneck back to AEW! #SHOOTER has learned a lot from Jon Moxley over the past four years, will he show all those lessons have paid off? Or will Rocky make it clear Shota’s still got a lot to learn?

The bell rings and the two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship here. The fans cheer, the two tie up, and Shota wrenches to a wristlock. Rocky rolls, slips around, facelocks and cravats. Shota swim moves to wrench and wrangle Rocky to the mat. Rocky stands, Shota wrenches and wristlocks, but Rocky pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Rocky wrenches through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Shota endures, powers out and throws Rocky down. Shota has the toehold, then digs a knee into the knee. Rocky turns over, stands up, clinches, and they end up on ropes. The ref counts, Rocky slowly lets off, and then CHOPS!

Shota just stares Rocky down! The fans fire up, and Shota winds up to CHOPS! Rocky staggers and sputters, Shota fires forearms! Shota spins, Rocky ducks the elbow, but runs into a scoop and DROP! Then a basement dropkick! The fans cheer and Shota does a dance similar to Mercedes Mone’s! Shota stomps Rocky around, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Shota CLUBS Rocky again, but Rocky grits his teeth. Shota ROCKS Rocky against ropes, then has him in a corner. Shota stomps and UPPERCUTS, then he stalks Rocky. Shota stomps Rocky, UPPERCUTS again, then whips to ropes. Rocky holds ropes to BOOT back!

Shota runs up but Rocky DUMPS Shota out! Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Shota’s head hits the desk and the ref checks him out while Rampage goes picture in picture.

It seems Shota is okay so the ref goes back to the ring. Rocky stands, fires up, and gives us some Latino Heat. Rocky puts Shota in the ring, drops a knee into the back, then stomps Shota before dropping a knee on the chest! Cover, TWO! Shota toughs it out but Rocky drags him up. Rocky KICKS the bad arm, wrenches it, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Shota goes to ropes, Rocky puts him through ropes, to KICK again! Rocky goes up a corner, gives some more Latino Heat, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota flounders, Rocky covers, TWO! Rocky argues the count but the count was fair, so Rocky clamps onto Shota with a cobra clutch!

Rocky thrashes Shota around but Shota endures. Shota fights up, throws elbows, but Rocky CLUBS him on the back. Rocky TOSSES Shota out, then aims from the apron! CROSSBODY, but Shota catches him! Shota pops Rocky up but Rocky slips free, so Shota SHOTGUNS him down! Both men are on the floor on the outside and the fans rally up. Shota rises up, fetches Rocky, and puts him in the ring. But Rocky DROPKICKS Shota back! Shota is down in the corner and Rampage goes to break.

Rampage returns and Rocky clotheslines Shota in a corner! Rocky keeps going, and clotheslines again! Then he keeps going, but Shota DROPKICKS him down! The fans fire up and Shota pounds the mat. The fans rally behind Shota and he aims at Rocky at the ropes. Slingshot, APRON DDT! The fans fire up again as Rocky flops to the floor! Shota puts Rocky in, then goes up a corner. Shota aims as Rocky flounders, MISSILE DROPKICK! Shota hurries to clinch, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Rocky survives but Shota stays focused. Shota waits on Rocky to rise up, then runs in, IGNIT- NO, Rocky makes it a backslide!

Shota rolls through the cover, blocks a kick, ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! Shota staggers to a corner, Rocky runs in. Shota dodges, runs in, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! Rocky goes up and up and TORNADO DDTS! Rocky pounds the mat, the fans rally behind him now, and he aims from a corner. Shota rises, Rocky runs in, SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and Rocky roars! The fans are torn as Rocky drags Shota up. Rocky fires forearms, but Shota just eggs him on! The fans like that, so Rocky fires more forearms! Shota roars, but Rocky UPPERCUTS! And cravat, for the SLICED- NO, Shota poops free!

Shota POP-KNEES, then IGNITION!! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives but Shota takes aim from the corner now! A shoutout to Ospreay here with his BLAZE BLADE!! And then PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Shota wins!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Roughneck does indeed prove that what he learned from his senpai, his upperclassmen, have indeed made him into a great wrestler! But will he become one of the greatest wrestlers as he continues to battle all around the world?

 

Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal VS Rosario Grillo!

The One in a Billion is a big, big man, but he still has a lot to prove if he wants to be the best of the best. Will he finally start building on a win streak? Or will Rosario overcome this mountain of a man?

The bell rings, and Satnam offers a handshake? Rosario takes it, but Satnam won’t let go! Rosario kicks and kicks and CHPOS and CHOPS, but Satnam’s grip is too strong! And speaking of, he grabs Rosario by the neck, to PO-UP BEARHUG!! Satnam ragdolls Rosario! Rosario is OUT, Satnam wins!

Winner: Satnam Singh, by pinfall

Satnam TOSSES Rosario aside, having made quick work of the mere mortal. Sonjay Dutt gets in the ring with a mic to say, “Hey hey hey hey hey! Bubba (Jay Lethal), tell ’em, what’re you gonna do?” Lethal takes the mic to say ladies and gentlemen, Satnam Singh is on a freakin’ roll! Satnam just squashed Grillo in record time, and Lethal is so impressed that not only will he beat his opponent tonight, but he and Sonjay have a little side bet that Lethal can do it even faster than what Satnam just did. Satnam chuckles and Lethal says he’s done waiting! Bring that poor shmuck out here! Did Lethal not read the match card? Lethal’s up against THE BASTARD!!

Fans fire up as Pac makes his entrance out here. Pac already said he was in a bad mood on Dynamite, and surely Lethal taking him lightly isn’t helping things. Will Pac make sure Sonjay wins that side bet with Lethal?

PAC VS Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh!

The bell rings, Pac dodges Lethal to flying-mare! Pac has the headlock, Lethal puts him in a corner, and the ref counts. Pac lets go but Lethal stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Lethal stops and walks it off. Sonjay knows he’s already won the side bet but he still wants Lethal to win the match. Lethal tosses Pac out, but Pac lands on the apron. Pac RAMS into Lethal, slingshots up and over, then comes back, only for Lethal to hip toss! Lethal cartwheels but Pac kips up! Pac SUPERKICKS Lethal, Lethal bails out, so Pac runs to FLY! Direct hit and Pac stares through the camera into the souls of the AEW roster!

Pac drags Lethal up, but he’s wary of Satnam. Pac puts Lethal in, goes up, and fans chant “HE’S OUR BASTARD!” Lethal rises, but Sonjay distracts the ref! Pac hops down, BOOTS Lethal, but Satnam trips Pac! And YANKS him out! The ref saw that one! The fans cheer as the ref EJECTS Satnam! Team Triple J is freaking out, but Lethal rains down fists on Pac. The ref counts, Lethal lets off but the fans sing ‘Hey hey hey! Goodbye~!” to Satnam. Lethal whips Pac hard into railing, then RAMS him into the POST! Lethal then runs to DROPKICK Pac down! Sonjay mockingly asks if Pac’s hurt, but the ref tells him to back off!

Lethal tells Sonjay to cool it so he doesn’t get kicked out. Lethal drags Pac up and into the ring while Sonjay mouths off to fans. Lethal drags Pac up, but Pac fires body shots. Lethal TOSSES Pac out, builds speed, and Lethal fakes the dive to Fargo Strut instead. The fans “WOO~” with Lethal and he smiles. Sonjay says Lethal’s the man! Lethal then goes out to fetch Pac, but Pac whips! Lethal reverses, Pac hits steel steps! Sonjay mocks Pac again with a fake apology, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Lethal leaves Pac behind, and he counts along with the ring count. Pac is still down at 5 of 10, but he drags himself up with the apron. Pac flounders in at 8, but Lethal stomps him down! Lethal drags Pac up, bumps him off buckles, then stomps a mudhole. Lethal RAMS Pac into the corner, snapmares him into a chinlock, and he grinds Pac down. Pac endures, pries at the hold, and fights up. The fans rally as Pac breaks free! Pac ROCKS Lethal, CHOPS him, then CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! Pac whips Lethal, Lethal reverses then TOSSES Pac out! Lethal wants the ring count again, but that’s just all distraction so Sonjay can stomp away!

The fans boo and try to point Sonjay out, but he scurries away. Lethal gets the ref to finally count, and then joins in. Pac is still down at 5, drags himself over, and Lethal grows anxious. Pac rises up and drags himself in at 9! Lethal runs to ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Pac survives by a literal foot but Lethal drops elbow after elbow on that leg! Lethal just keeps going with elbow after elbow, then soaks up some heat before dropping a knee on the knee! Cover, TWO! Pac toughs it out but Lethal covers again, TWO! Lethal argues the count, the ref says it is a fair count, so Lethal drags Pac around by the leg.

Lethal stomps away on Pac’s leg, and Rampage returns to single picture as Lethal steps through. Pac kicks but Lethal blocks that, and now Lethal steps through on that leg. Pac kicks again, Lethal blocks again, but then Pac kicks Lethal away! Lethal comes back, trips Pac, and steps through, but into a cradle counter! TWO!! Lethal escapes, gets around, back suplex! Pac lands out, so Lethal handsprings, but Pac SHOTGUNS Lethal while he’s upside-down! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sonjay coaches Lethal but the fans rally for Pac. A standing count starts, Pac drags himself up with ropes to stand at 5.

Pac storms up, blocks a shot to ROCK Lethal! Pac ROCKS Lethal again and again, then SOBATS! KICKS! SOBATS! Pac runs, to SHOTGUN BOOT! Lethal is dazed and Sonjay is worried as Pac goes up a corner. Pac watches like a hawk, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Lethal stays in this and Sonjay coaches him again. The fans rally for Pac as he watches Lethal rise again. Pac waistlocks but Lethal fights the lift. Lethal trips Pac, powers through, but Pac kicks and kicks and kicks! Lethal lets go, but he KICKS Pac’s leg out! Lethal drags Pac up, for a SHIN BREAKER! Then DRAGON SCREW! Then Lethal steps through, for the FIGURE FOUR!!

Pac endures, Sonjay tells him to quit, but the shoulders are down! ONE as Pac tilts to the side! Pac reaches out for ropes but Lethal thrashes and pulls on that leg! Pac fights over to the ROPEBREAK! Lethal lets go, the ref checks with Pac, but Pac says he’s still in this. Lethal rains down fists, then goes to a corner. The fans boo as Lethal climbs, and Lethal calls his shot. But Pac goes up to get a leg! Lethal CLUBS away on Pac, then drags him up top. Lethal reels Pac in, but Pac fights the lift! Pac back drops Lethal away! The fans fire up and Pac adjusts. Sonjay stresses out as Pac aims, but Sonjay gets on the apron!

Pac hops down, runs up and BOOTS Sonjay down! The fans cheer, but Lethal is lurking! Lethal runs in, Pac dodges, but Lethal switches to SNAP GERMAN! Lethal handsprings, but Pac sidesteps to run! But Lethal still hits a CUTTER! But that wasn’t lethal enough, so Lethal handsprings again! LETHAL- NO, Pac dodges to LARIAT!! And then, BRUTALIZER!! Lethal is caught, he QUITS, Pac wins!!

Winner: Pac, by submission

Pac makes Lethal suffer a few seconds longer before letting go. That’s what Lethal gets for calling The Bastard a shmuck! Pac is going to be in the Men’s Owen Hart Tournament, will he win it all to go All In for the AEW World Championship?


My Thoughts:

A great Rampage here, even with an extra squash match for the fun of it. Cage of Agony are definitely rolling, not sure they’ll be going for the trios titles while a Heel faction like Bang Bang Gang has them, but Cage, Kaun & Liona would definitely be a tough challenge for them. And I really liked that they segued from Satnam’s squash win to Lethal’s great main event with Pac. Great win for Pac to build momentum towards the Owen Hart Cup, I do like the possibility of Pac being in the main event of All In. Whether Pac is facing Ospreay or Swerve for the world title, he’ll give us great promos in the build and an awesome match in Wembley.

Great match from Rocky and Shota, and a great win for Shota. There might be something in the works for Forbidden Door, but I don’t see Shota getting in on title stories in AEW. Really good promo from Deonna and Rosa, and their No DQ match is going to be awesome stuff. That match can really go either way, but something tells me that Deonna wins. As it stands, we’ve got two Face champions in the Women’s Division, and that won’t change after Forbidden Door, so Deonna is a very strong Heel to go after Storm or Mone. And speaking of, great opener out of Storm VS Windsor, which I clearly thought was gonna be the main event but oh well. Still a good showing for Windsor and a good win for Storm, and Storm has momentum going to Forbidden Door, though she surely isn’t losing.

My Score: 8.7/10


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