Time to break more than just hearts!
NXT brings back Vengeance Day, and puts a lot more than love on the line! Will Bron Breakker still be NXT Champion after facing Santos Escobar?
- Weaponized Steel Cage: Pete Dunne VS Tony D’Angelo; Dunne wins.
- NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta; Toxic Attraction wins and retains the titles.
- NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Cameron Grimes; Hayes wins and retains the title.
- 2022 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: MSK VS The Creed Brothers; The Creed Brothers win and will challenge Imperium for the NXT Tag Team Championships.
- NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado del Fantasma; Breakker wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mandy Rose chills poolside.
“Rise and shine, bitches.” She texts her girls in Toxic Attraction, and they’re ready to stay champions. Indi & Persia don’t stand a chance. But then Tony D’Angelo tries to blow up their phones? He should be more worried about Pete Dunne and the cage match. Gigi doesn’t see the big deal. Maybe Tony will like this: gif of Dunne smacking those fingers! Trick Williams getting in on it, too? Gigi is down to get grimy, though. But what about THE NXT Champion? Let’s see some gold. Happy Vengeance Day!
Weaponized Steel Cage: Pete Dunne VS Tony D’Angelo!
The Bruiserweight is already in the ring, he must’ve decorated the cage himself. But Tony rolls up in style! “Oh~!” Tony pays his driver then goes to the ring. Tony swaggers in, but will he even be walking out?
The bell rings, and Dunne ENZIGURIS Tony! Tony staggers, Dunne RAMS him into the trash can on the wall! And then the other one on the other side! Fans fire up as Dunne takes a chair and SMACKS Tony on the back! And then SMACKS him again! The chair breaks, and Dunne throws it away. Dunne brings down a trash can, but Tony TACKLSE Dunne! Tony sets the can aside, gets Dunne up and suplexes to FALCON ARROW on the can! Tony brings down some chairs, a chain, and a kendo stick! Tony SMACKS Dunne this time! Tony paces, fans want that “One More Time!” Tony opens the toolbox, but Dunne shuts it closed! And then STOMPS the lid!!
Dunne gets the toolbox, and brings out a wrench! Dunne uses the wrench to BEND Tony’s fingers! Hammerlock and STOMP! Tony clutches the arm while Dunne snarls. Fans rally up as Dunne gets his cricket bat! But Tony SPRAYS Dunne with the fire extinguisher! Tony climbs up, rains down fists on Dunne in the corner, then stands Dunne up. But Dunne goes to climb out! Tony stops Dunne at the top, Dunne elbows the hands away. But Tony drags Dunne around, for a SUPERPLEX! Both men writhe and fans lose their minds! Tony crawls to a cover, TWO! Dunne is still in this as fans say “This is Awesome!”
Tony goes back to the toolbox, and he brings out zip ties! Tony must’ve watched Dragunov VS Devlin, as he zip ties Dunne’s hands behind his back! Dunne has no hands, Tony kicks him around. “You thought you could do this to me?” Tony throws down hands, goes back to the toolbox, and has a hammer! Tony puts the hammer’s claw in Dunne’s mouth to mess with the teeth! Fans rally, chanting for the table. Tony gets Dunne up, Dunne HEADBUTTS Tony! Dunne shrugs, knees Tony low, and then jumps, for a NO HANDS TRIANGLE HOLD! Tony endures, stays up, deadlifts Dunne and POWERBOMBS him!
Tony is free, he hauls Dunne up, DDT! Cover, TWO! Dunne survives again, and fans still want tables. Tony drags Dunne up, brings him over to the table and reels him in. Fans fire up, but Dunne turns powerbomb into a GUILLOTINE!! Dunne drags Tony down, but Tony reaches into the toolbox! Dunne has pliers and he snips the zip ties so he can get free! Dunne’s hands are also freed, and as Tony crawls for the toolbox, Dunne grabs Tony’s hand! But Tony RAMS Dunne into the trash can lid! Tony climbs, and he gets himself the crowbar! But Dunne CHOP BLOCKS Tony’s leg! Dunne brings Tony out, POWERBOMB through the table!!!
Fans are losing their minds as Dunne drags Tony out of the wreckage! Cover, TWO!?! Tony survives and shocks Dunne! Fans argue the count, Tony manages to sit up. Dunne gets the cricket bat again, but Tony still has his crowbar. Dunne stands on the crowbar! And STOMPS the hands! Cricket bat SMACK! The bat breaks, Dunne pump handles, BITTER END!! Cover, TWO?!?! How?!? Fans are thunderous, and Dunne gets the crowbar. Dunne is seething, he aims at Tony, but Tony LOW BLOWS!! Then, FOGEDABOUTIT! Cover off the fisherman buster, TWO!?!? Dunne survives and now Tony is shocked!
Both men are down, fans are thunderous again. Dunne and Tony crawl for items. Tony gets his crowbar, but Dunne finds one he tucked away in a corner! Tony runs in, but Dunne CRACKS him low! Then CLOBBERS him from behind!! Pump handle, BITTER END on table wreckage! Cover, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall
Dunne had an ace in the hole, and got the better of Tony with his own weapon of choice! Is this just the start of a new chapter for the Bruiserweight in NXT?
Raquel Gonzalez is calling.
Cora Jade wakes up and asks what’s going on. Good morning, time to get up. But it’s 5 AM! Cora, only losers are still asleep. Does she wanna win the Dusty Cup or not? Yes, but can’t they do this more at like 10? No, it’s time to train. Raquel is already outside her apartment! Cora needs time to get dressed…
They then go to the Performance Center, and Raquel says it takes three wins to win the tournament. Time to warm up. They pump iron, with Raquel doing much more. They run, they throw the medicine ball, they do chin-ups, and then Cora gets a snack. Raquel slaps that away. That’s not part of the plan. The Dusty Cup is a grueling tournament, no one is gonna just give up. Does Cora have the stamina to last night after night? yeah, yeah, she’s ready. Then finish strong. Let’s go! They jog in the park, do sit-ups, and push-ups. They gotta work as a team, so they’re gonna do partner carries. Raquel piggybacks on Cora, and Cora almost falls.
Okay, they gotta do this all again tomorrow. All of this? Exactly? Yes. But Cora killed it. Raquel’s proud. Cora might be having regrets, but will this all pay off in the end?
The Women’s Dusty Cup starts next Tuesday!
McKenzie stands by the Dusty Cup trophy because tonight, the men finish up! Who has MSK? Who has The Creed Brothers? We now hear from the finalists.
Malcolm Bivens speaks for Diamond Mine. “The Dusty Cup Finals, MSK VS The Creed Brothers, and boy, these two teams couldn’t be any more different.” Brutus Creed agrees. The Creeds are the ones who put in the work. They’re the ones that lift weights and hit bags. Bivens says the only thing MSK hits is still illegal in 13 states. Julius says the only green they chase is money. “But don’t get it twisted, the money doesn’t make us. We make the money.” The only reason MSK won last year is because the Creeds weren’t in it. And tonight, the creeds take what is theirs! They become Dusty Cup Champions! Diamond Mine forever!
But MSK are pumped up for the finals. One year ago, they walked in the new kids on the block, went to Vengeance Day and walked out Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Champions! There was confetti, sparklers, people were screaming, they were crying. Nash Carter denies every crying. It was allergies. Man, it’s all good. Wes Lee teared up, too. But now tables have turned. They’re going in the veterans against a team rising up the ranks faster than Bivens swipes right on Valentine’s. But everyone knows the Creeds, the freaks of natures who show no mercy. But they didn’t have Shaman Bro Riddle help them reach the mountaintop!
And that is what they’re gonna do this year, risking it all to make history! They’ll walk out two-time Dusty Cup winners! That’s MSK, all night and all day. But then, who puts their names on the plaque to then head for the NXT Tag Team Championships?
NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships: Toxic Attraction VS Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta!
Mandy Rose is still golden through and through, and now it’s time for Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne to put in the work. Will they stay on top of the NXT Women’s Division? Or will they be uprooted and dethroned by the best friends from down under?
But as soon as the challengers get in, the champions attack! Gigi is after Indi, Jacy is after Persia. Indi & Persia push them back but Gigi & Jacy DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Indi & Persia bail out, Toxic Attraction go to the apron. Jacy CANNONBALLS onto Persia, Gigi CANNONBALLS onto Indi! Mandy loves what she sees as her girls high-five. They get Persia up and in, the ref reprimands and Jacy starts with Persia at the bell. ROLLING ELBOW! Persia stays up, Jacy runs, but Persia catches her crossbody! FALL AWAY SLAM! Persia tags in Indi, Persia whips Jacy, then BACKBREAKERS! Feed to Indi’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Indi drags Jacy up, puts her through ropes and EuroUppers! Indi then BOOTS Jacy down, covers, TWO! Indi drags Jacy up but Jacy powers her to the corner! Jacy puts Indi up top, tag sin Gigi, but Indi fights them both off! Mandy distracts, Jacy GAMANGIRIS and Gigi BOOTS! Indi tumbles down to the floor and Mandy mocks her pain. Persia wants to reinforce Indi but the ref has her stay back. Mandy puts Indi in, but gets caught! The ref EJECTS Mandy! Toxic Attraction is furious but fans taunt Mandy as NXT goes picture in picture.
Gigi sits Indi up for Kowata Kicks! Gigi talks trash, then ROCKS Indi with a forearm! Gigi whips, ROCKS Indi again, then whips her for another big forearm. Gigi keeps going, but Indi gets around to roll Gigi up! TWO, Gigi CLOBBERS Indi! Cover, TWO! Gigi stalks Indi, drags her back by her ponytail, and clamps on a neck wrench. Indi endures, Gigi SLAMS her down, then Gigi just drags her up again. Gigi whips Indi into the Toxic corner, tags Jacy, and they sweep the legs. Jacy fires up, mocks Persia, then CANNONBALLS into Indi! Jacy drags Indi to a cover, TWO! Jacy smirks as she keeps on Indi and whips her to the corner for a SPLASH!
Tag back to Gigi, Gigi snapmares Indi and KICKS her in the back! Gigi tells Persia to kiss this, then she hip drops Indi. Gigi hip drops again, then taunts Persia. Gigi drags Indi up but Indi throws body shots. Gigi CLUBS Indi, drags her up and bumps her off buckles. Tag to Jacy, they mug Indi with stomps, then tag again. Gigi stomps Indi more, lets off as the ref reprimands, but she keeps Indi in the corner. Tag to Jacy, Jacy digs her boot into Indi but lets off at 4. Jacy stalks Indi as she crawls then stomps her down. Jacy gets the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Indi endures, Jacy shakes her head and pulls the arms more.
Indi fights up as NXT returns to single picture. Jacy throws Indi down, then slaps her around. Indi throws body shots, Jacy CHOPS! Indi CHOPS, then blocks a kick to JAB! Jacy staggers, runs back in, DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS take both women down! Fans rally up as Indi and Jacy crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Gigi and Persia! Persia rallies on Gigi, runs in at the corner and SPLASHES! Persia scoops Gigi for SNAKE EYES! Then a GERMAN SUPLEX! Powerhouse Persia fires up, but Jacy jumps on! The ref reprimands, Persia RAMS Jacy into a corner! Persia fireman’s carries Gigi, stacks Jacy on top, and DOUBLE SAMOAN DROPS! Cover on Gigi, TWO!!
Persia drags Gigi up, CLUBS her, fans duel but Persia tags Indi. Feed to Indi’s lift, COMBO SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Jacy breaks it with a senton! A close call, but Persia goes after Jacy! They spill out of the ring as Persia keeps clubbing Jacy. Jacy gets up, Persia runs in, but is sent into steel steps! Indi sees Gigi is down, and she springboards, only for Jacy to trip her up! Gigi QUESTION MARK KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Indi still lives and fans fire up! Tag to Jacy, she and Gigi get Indi up. Gigi ROCKS Indi and Jacy runs, DISCUS HIGH-LOW!! Cover, Toxic Attraction wins!
Winners: Toxic Attraction, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Mandy may have been removed but Jacy & Gigi are still very sneaky. Will Toxic Attraction always been on top of the division? Or will the winners of the Women’s Dusty Cup be able to stop them?
Amari Miller and Wendy Choo hang out backstage.
Amari and Wendy realize Amari’s phone case matches Wendy’s thermos cup. They should’ve been a team all along! They both had good Valentine’s Days, but what about the Women’s Dusty Cup? Amari wishes Wendy had asked last week, she already accepted someone else’s offer. Wendy says that’s fine. Amari thanks Wendy for the shopping spree again, and Wendy says it’s good. Good luck out there! But then Wendy gives a thumbs down when Amari leaves. Who will she get for the Dusty Cup? Wait, Dakota Kai!? Wendy walks over and says, “Hey, loser. A spot on my team just opened up for the Dusty Cup. What do you say? Me, you?”
Dakota talks to her invisible friends in disbelief. Wendy wants to team with her? Sure, why not? Dakota again talks to her invisible friends about how weird that’d be, but Wendy interrupts. It can be a lot of fun. Dakota did win last year. But no, that’d be a horrible idea. Well, when Dakota and whoever else is here figure this out, come find Wendy. Dakota says it’ll be fine. But will whoever she’s talking to accept that?
Grayson Waller arrives, with the police!
The 21st Century Success Story tells Sanga to stay here, and when Waller returns with LA Knight in cuffs, they can get it on video, put it in TikTok and go viral! Waller talks to the officers. Knight has been harassing Waller for months, been a real nuisance, so Waller has no other choice. Waller leads the officers in, are we about to see Knight spend the night in jail?
Brooks and Briggs are at the bar.
Well, how did the date go? It went good. Brooks thanks Briggs for taking Kacy to the movies. Briggs says Brooks owes him $50 for the movie tickets, the popcorn, and a lotta beer. Okay, okay. But Brooks appreciates the alone time he had with Kayden. So how’d that go? Well, he picked her up in the pick-up truck, had a dinner, talked about the Dusty Classics, and being the independent woman that she is, she paid for herself, and then he took her back to her place. So was it nice? Yeah. What the hell, Brooks? Well, they hugged, said g’night, and then she said something really sweet. She thinks of him as a little brother.
Oh, brother. Briggs knows Brooks is from ‘Bama but that ain’t a good thing! That means you’re just friends! No way. Look, they’ll ask the bartender. Wait, Fallon? You work here? It’s her family’s place, she helps out from time to time. Well, okay, they can get a woman’s opinion on this. Hypothetically, maybe Brooks went on a date- Listen. Brooks went on a date, the lady paid for herself, she gave him a hug, and said he was like a brother to her. Good or not? In a way it’s good. A friend for life, for sure. Just a friend…? Brooks shouts, “NOOO!” Did Fallon say something wrong? No, it’s just Brooks is in… “The Zone.”
LA Knight goes to the ring!
Knight gets a mic, but Waller appears before Knight can speak! Waller points at Knight and tells the officer that that’s the man who’s been stalking him and attacking him! IT didn’t have to be this way, but Waller has no other choice! Officers, Waller will show you footage as to why this is happening. Last month, Waller fought his heart out against Styles, and then “this maniac viciously attacks” Waller, and has caused him emotional trauma! Waller protected himself with a restraining order, and yet Knight still puts his hands on him! Waller can’t sleep at night! He’s got so much anxiety! It’s not fair!
So the officers have seen the evidence, Knight violated the order, he should be arrested! Knight snatches the order and asks the officers to wait. He won’t stop them from doing their jobs. He knows he has the right to remain silent, but he also knows he has a right to explain his side of things, “So lemme talk to ya!” Knight read the order front to back, and knew that Waller would bring his own video evidence, so here’s some of Knight’s! Waller was the one who attacked Knight two weeks ago! Knight ain’t no legal beagle, but we all know that according to page two of the order, it reads, LA Knight cannot touch Grayson Waller but Grayson Waller can’t touch LA Knight!
So what that means is, this order ain’t worth the paper it’s printed on, ya dumb son of a bitch! No, in Australia, it’s only one way! But we’re in USA, Waller. The police leave, nothing to see here. Waller asks if there’s nothing stopping Knight right now. There isn’t. And Knight CLOBBERS Waller! Knight rains down rights, then stomps away in the corner! Fans chant, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” But here comes Sanga! Knight knocks Sanga off the apron, then TOSSES Waller at him! Sanga catches Waller, and Knight says it is open season on Waller! Next week, Knight VS Waller, and Waller gets his ass stomped out by who? L A KNIGHT, YEAH!
Persia & Indi regroup backstage.
They were so close tonight! They worked so hard for those titles. Indi wants to take the blame but Persia says it’s fine. They can win the Women’s Dusty Cups and do it all over again. Dexter Lumis visits and Indi hugs. Indi tells Persia they’ll hang out later. Indi goes off with Dexter, and Duke Hudson walks in. Duke says he knows what’ll cheer Persia up. Seems Persia has a man of her own now. Will both Indi & Persia feel much, much better at the end of tonight?
Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“I have spent the last six years of my career, of my life, building a brand, moment after moment, triumph after triumph, setback after setback. Building MY brand, building MY home. And yet still, there are people out there who act as if none of that matters. They act as if I’ve been doing this all in some sort of minor league farm system.” Ciampa sees it in their eyes, in how they look at him, how they talk to him, their body language. Those people think they’re better than Ciampa! Dolph Ziggler thinks he’s better than Tommaso Ciampa! But Ciampa thinks Ziggler has mistaken loyalty for fear.
Ciampa says it isn’t about that tonight. Tonight is Bron Breakker VS Santos Escobar for the NXT Championship. The same title Ziggler wants, the same title Ciampa wants. Quite the predicament. Ziggler surely will be watching tonight, knowing that Ciampa will be watching, too. After all, this is Ciampa’s home. The Psycho Killer has sent his message, but will the Show-Off heed the warning?
NXT North American Championship: Carmelo Hayes w/ Trick Williams VS Cameron Grimes!
Melo says himself, “I am NXT’s Breakout Superstar. When I shoot, I don’t miss.” Trick says to talk your talk. This is why Melo IS the Unified North American Champion, THE A Champion! Will Melo be pouring out another one, just like it shows on the shirt? Or will this top star be left in the dust as Cameron Grimes goes #ToTheMoon?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Melo still stays the A Champion.
Fans chant, “Whoop That Trick!” and Grimes hopes Melo hears all that. Grimes says he’s goin’ TO~ THE~ MOON~, and then points a finger to the sky. Melo aims at the “rocket,” shoots it down, and then stomps on it! Grimes and Melo circle, tie up, and go around. Melo puts Grimes on the ropes, the ref counts, Melo lets off quickly. The two go again, Grimes gets a leg but Melo hops to the ropes. Grimes lets off quickly, and the two reset again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Grimes spins to wrench and wrangle Melo to the mat. Melo kips up and wrenches back. Grimes slips through, fireman’s carries takeover, cover, ONE!
Melo gets away and fans cheer the exchange. The two go again, Grimes shoots in to get a leg then a waistlock. Melo fights up, backs Grimes into a corner, but Grimes avoids the cheap shot to arm-drag and armlock! Grimes grinds the arm, Melo fights up, but Grimes wrenches and WRINGS Melo out. Cover, ONE as Melo goes Matrix, but Grimes clamps onto the arm for another armlock. Melo kips up, arm-drags back and has the armlock back. Fans rally and duel, Grimes works his way up, and Grimes arm-drags Melo down. Melo facelocks, Grimes fights up and wrenches out to a headlock. Melo powers out, Grimes runs him over!
Fans fire up, things speed up, Melo hurdles, Grimes handsprings and says, “Kiss Mah Grits!” Grimes then counter punches Melo, CHOPS him, and Melo is stinging! Grimes KICKS Melo against ropes, then whips him. Melo reverses, bumps shoulders, kicks low, CLUBS Grimes on the back, then whips. Grimes reverses back, and back drops Melo high and hard! Fans fire up, Trick talks trash to distracts Grimes. Melo mule kicks low! Melo drags Grimes up to throw forearms. Melo whips Grimes, Grimes reverses but Melo slips off the back to CLOBBER Grimes! Melo runs in, but Grimes throws him out!
Grimes goes to the apron, but Trick is in the way! Melo blocks the kick to trip Grimes! Melo gets in, runs in, but blocks a boot. Melo avoids the enziguri, puts Grimes in the ropes, ENZIGURI! And then a FADE AWAY! The imploding leg drop takes Grimes down, Melo pats himself on the back as NXT goes picture in picture.
Melo and Trick high-five while Grimes flounders in the corner. Melo stomps a mudhole, lets off as the ref counts, and then he drags Grimes to a cover. TWO, and Melo is annoyed. Melo pushes Grimes around, has him in a corner, and whips him corner to corner hard! Grimes bounces off buckles, Melo covers, TWO! Trick talks trash on Grimes, Melo talks a little trash of his own, and then Melo snapmares Grimes into a chinlock. Grimes endures as Melo grinds him into the mat. Trick says to squeeze, but Grimes fight sup. Grimes throws body shots, gets free, runs, ducks and dodges, CROSSBODY!
Both men are down, Trick is stressing out but fans rally up. Grimes gets up, goes for Melo, but Melo YANKS him into buckles! Melo gets up while the ref reprimands, and Trick gets a cheap shot in! Melo drags Grimes to a cover. TWO, and Melo is annoyed again. Melo stomps Grimes down, drags Grimes up and CHOPS him down, then drags Grimes up again for another CHOP! Grimes falls back down, Melo gets the arm for a top wristlock. Grimes endures the grind as Melo leans on the hold. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally and duel. Grimes sits up but Melo twists the wristlock. Trick says to keep on that, but Grimes fight sup again.
Grimes goes around and around, arm-drags Melo off, and then gets to a corner, Melo runs in, Grimes BOOTS him away this time. Melo comes back, Grimes goes up and over, ducks and dodges, COLLISION COURSE! Both men are down and Trick is freaking out! Fans are fired up as Melo and Grimes stir. Grimes kips up! Grimes fires up and fans cheer as he fires off on Melo. Melo hits back, they go back and forth with forearms! Melo wobbles, winds up, then throat chops! Grimes blocks the kick to RANA Melo! Grimes rallies with running forearms, then runs in at the corner, but Melo BOOTS him!
Melo runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Grimes powers through that to tilt-o-whirl SLAM Melo! Cover, TWO! Trick is relieved but fans argue the count. Grimes wants another cover, Melo shoves him away. “This is Awesome!” as Grimes waistlocks Melo. Melo resists the lift, elbows free, but Grimes SUPER- NO! Melo blocks the punch to CODE BREAKER! Melo runs, springboards, FLYING SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Trick can’t believe it! Fans argue the count again but Melo just tries to refocus. Melo snarls, says he IS the A Champion, shoots the three, but Grimes ROCKS him with a back elbow!
Grimes kicks but Melo ducks it to JUMP KICK back! Melo rolls off Grimes’ back, but into Grimes’ SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives and Grimes can’t believe it! Melo checks his teeth, Grimes snarls and gets up. Melo sits up, Grimes KICKS Melo in the chest, and KICKS him again! Trick distracts Grimes, Grimes dares Trick to try something! Melo runs in, Grimes sidesteps and Melo almost collides with Trick! Grimes jumps up, POISON-RANA on Melo!! Then PENALTY KICK for Trick! Grimes hurries and fans are thunderous! Melo is up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! That’s not enough yet, and Melo even shakes his head!
Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” and shout along, “TO~ THE~ MOON~!” But Melo bails out to deny the stomps! So Grimes goes to the apron, CAVE-IN on Trick as Melo moves! Melo RAMS Grimes into the barriers! Melo tells the belt he’s never gonna lose it. Melo puts Grimes in, runs to ropes, tilt-o-whirl FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!? But into the CROSSFACE! Melo bends Grimes way back! Grimes endures, fans rally, and Grimes gets his arm free! Grimes crawls, Melo pulls on the bully choke! Trick pulls on the rope! The ref reprimands, Melo kicks off the rope to roll back, but Grimes makes it a cover! TWO!!
Grimes is free, he hurries to the corner, Melo runs in but is put on the apron. Melo YANKS Grimes back by his hair! Grimes staggers, Melo hits the FLYING LEG DROP!! Cover, Melo wins!!
Winner: Carmelo Hayes, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Melo #DroppinDimes and keeping the gold! Trick says that’s the A Champion, all because he played his part in this. Will Melo never miss when he has Trick for the assist?
Kay Lee Ray talks with Io Shirai.
The Scary Queen of Scots smashes class with her bat, and asks the Evil Genius if she wants a turn. Shirai says no thanks. Not her style. Aw, c’mon. Surely Shirai is mad about something. Like how there’s no title around her waist, and how she can’t stand Toxic Attraction. Right now, Toxic Attraction has all the gold, they injured Zoey Stark, and- Okay, okay. Shirai will try. SMASH! Homer after homer! Shirai & KLR are having fun now! Shirai does feel better. Stark asks what the heck is with this mess, and then Shirai takes Starks’ coffee cup and SMASHES it on the ground.
Shirai likes KLR. Well, that’s a better start than with Stark. KLR says they’re gonna have some fun. Will they have fun smashing their way through the Dusty Cup to then smash Toxic Attraction?
2022 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: MSK VS The Creed Brothers!
Once again, the finals are must-see. Carter & Lee can make history by being back-to-back winners, but Julius & Brutus could prove they’re the future of this division. Will MSK become NXT’s dream team? Or is Diamond Mine about to crush them on the way to the gold?
The teams sort out, Brutus starts with Carter. Brutus shoots in, Carter steps over, they roll, and Brutus still has the leg. Carter gets the ropes, Brutus lets off and CLUBS Carter down to fireman’s carry throw. Tag to Julius, Brutus feeds Carter to Julius’ fireman’s carry takeover, and then Julius feeds Carter back to Brutus’ fireman’s carry takeover. Julius pushes Carter around, waistlocks, but Carter elbows back. Julius still GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Carter lands on his feet! Lee tags in, shoulders into Julius and then slingshots and body blows! Carter KICKS, Lee KICKS, Carter KICKS and Lee ENZIGURIS! Carter DOUBLE STOMPS and fans fire up!
Lee taunts Brutus but Julius bails out. The ref keeps Brutus back, Lee runs and FLIES over the corner to hit Julius! Lee puts Julius in the ring while fans are losing their minds. Lee springboards, handsprings, but Julius SLAMS him down! Julius gut wrenches, rolls with Lee, and then gets him up to throw him into ropes! Julius DECKS Carter, runs and POUNCES Lee to the announce desk! Fans fire up for “CREED! CREED! CREED!” and NXT goes picture in picture.
Julius goes out to fetch Lee into the ring, then goes in to HALF HATCH Lee to the corner! Tag to Brutus, Brutus KNEES Lee in the side, Julius KNEES Lee back, and repeat! Brutus looms over Lee, brings him around, CLUBS him down, then drags him over to tag in Julius. Brutus DECKS Lee, then Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on him! Julius taunts Carter, drags Lee up, and waistlocks for a rear bearhug. Lee endures, throws elbows, but Julius keeps him from Carter,. Lee elbows even harder, but Julius CLOBBERS him! Julius drags Lee away, tags in Brutus, and now Brutus JUDO THROWS Julius onto Lee!
Brutus drops elbows on Lee’s leg, circles him like a shark, then drags Lee back up. Brutus wraps on the bearhug and Lee endures the squeeze. Brutus thrashes Lee around but Lee throws down elbows. But Brutus squeezes tight again! Lee still endures, NXT returns to single picture, and fans rally up. Brutus SLAMS Lee down, then rains down clubbing forearms! Lee gets away and Brutus hammers the mat! Brutus snarls as he stalks Lee. Brutus lunges in but Lee dodges and Brutus hits buckles! Lee crawls, Brutus gets the legs, but kicks Brutus away. Hot tags to Julius and Carter! Carter rallies on Julius, CHOPS him, then whips.
Julius reverses, Carter turns hurdle into FLAPJACK, then SNAP GERMANS Julius down! Fans fire up as Carter fires off strikes. Carter sweeps the leg and PENALTY KICKS! SUPERKICK for Brutus! Carter sees Julius go out, and he has Lee coordinate. APRON PUSH-SAULT! Down goes Julius and fans fire up with Carter! Carter drags Julius up and into the ring. Carter goes up, Lee tags in, Carter SWANTON BOMBS! Lee goes up as Carter dropkicks Brutus! Lee MARIPOSA SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Brutus survives the corkscrew, “This is Awesome!” Lee KICKS Julius, tags Carter, and MSK coordinates, RAILGUN DROP-
NO! Julius catches Carter to dump him out! Julius runs at Lee but into a basement dropkick! The legs go out, Lee gets Julius, CATAPULT SUPERKICK! DOUBLE STOMPS!! Carter covers, Brutus barrels through Lee to break it!! Fans are fired up again as all four men are down! Lee BOOTS Brutus, Brutus BOOTS back! Carter KNEES Brutus out of the ring! Julius bails out but Carter builds speed, to DIVE into a SPINEBUSTER!! Julius puts Carter in, fans are losing their minds again, and Julius brings down the straps. SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, CREEDS WIN!!
Winners: The Creed Brothers, by pinfall (2022 Dusty Rhodes Classic winners)
Bivens is almost tearing up, he’s so proud of his guys! Julius & Brutus raise the cup high as the confetti rains down! But will they be able to end the reign of Imperium?
Nikkita Lyons speaks.
“One night, my dad sat me down to talk to me before one of his gigs.” He told her to stop beating people up and pushing people away. She was here on this planet to bring people together. Her eyes lit up, and the rest is history. Nikki’s feelings of crushing a routine is only compared to a knockout blow on an opponent. Nikki knows she’s a whole lotta woman who’s ready to do a whole lotta whoopin’. She won’t hide it, deny it or apologize for it. Watch out for Lyons’ roar, because she’s coming to NXT next week!
Imperium is in the ring!
The NXT Tag Team Champions and Gunther are here, and Gunther wants the ring announcer to get it right: “It’s GUNTA!” Fans still chant “Walter! Walter!” Aichner says, “Congratulations to the Creed Brothers, Dusty Classic winners. After a grueling tournament, you have now earned the opportunity at our tag team titles. But that’s all it is: an opportunity.” Barthel says that to truly understand what Imperium stands for, “you must be willing to persevere through suffering, anguish, and the misery that you are not prepared to endured just yet.” Gunther says Marcel & Fabian have brought honor to our great sport!
But for himself, it is time he sets his eyes on championship gold in NXT! Tonight, he will be watching Bron VS Escobar with “the highest of interest.” For they are Imperium, and to them, the mat- They’re interrupted by Solo Sikoa! The Street Champion of the Island says, “Yo, we get it. The mat is sacred, right? That’s what you was about to say. I don’t give a damn about that mat. Because on the island, you gotta climb the ladder, find the biggest and the baddest dude, and then we smack the taste outta his mouth!” That’s what he’s about to do to Gunther! Solo doesn’t care how to say his name, he’s gonna wipe the mat with the Ring General, and make him his BITCH.
Walter/Gunther keeps Barthel & Aichner from going after Solo. Will the Ring General make the Street Champion wishes he never got into the family business?
Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler.
The Show-Off got hit with a drink in his face by Ciampa last night on Raw. Not the first time someone’s done that to him, and certainly not the last. But it wasn’t just water, either. Ciampa got a nice kick for his troubles, though. But it must be nice being Ciampa. Staying in his lane, soaking up the Florida sun, popping off and being annoying. Sure, Ziggler can handle that. But Ciampa showed up on Raw, flew himself on his own dime, middle seat in the back. He was on commentary, flexing his muscles. Hope Ciampa got a nice big picture of that, he can make it into an 8 x 10 and put his autograph on it to sell for a lot of money, here in Florida.
Ziggler knows Ciampa is the pulse of NXT, but Ziggler stops that pulse next week. This is Ciampa’s home? Well next week, Ziggler kicks down the door, opens up the fridge, drinks milk outta the carton, takes a bathroom break and a little more. Now, the NXT Championship match is next, and you better believe Ziggler will watch it closely.
Melo & Trick regroup backstage.
They’re talking about who will win tonight’s main event. Bron may be good, but what does being good matter to someone who is great? Good point, Melo. But then Pete Dunne walks over. “Congrats, mate. Still North American Champion… for now.” The Bruiserweight coming for The A Champion next, will he be the first to make Melo miss?
NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado del Fantasma!
All eyes are on this main event! Two second generation wrestlers collide for the biggest prize on this brand! And for that reason, this main event is COMMERCIAL FREE!! Will the Big Booty Nephew hold onto the gold to then welcome everyone else to try? Or will The Son of the Phantom solidify his own legacy by reaching the mountaintop?
NXT returns one more time, Bron makes his entrance, using a flare to ignite the old school Vengeance logo. Bron then makes his way out, all fired up. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron wins this make-or-break match!
Escobar talks trash on Bron but Bron just smirks. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock! Escobar keeps trying but then Bron pushes him back! They end up in a corner, Bron lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Escobar shoves but Bron doesn’t budge! They tie up again, turn around, Bron shoves Escobar away. Bron flexes, Escobar gets up and the two circle again. They tie up, Escobar waistlocks but Bron headlocks back. Escobar endures the grind, powers up but can’t power out as Bron holds tight. Escobar tries again, he stomps on Bron’s foot and powers out. But Bron runs Escobar over! Fans bark for Bron as he looms over Escobar.
Escobar gets up, Bron headlocks again but Escobar powers out. Things speed up, Escobar dropkicks Bron down! Fans rally but Bron is right back up. Bron says that was pretty good. They tie up, Born headlocks, but Escobar powers out. Bron sees the drop down and gator rolls it to a suplex! Bron holds Escobar up, walks around with him, and then SLAMS him down! Bron kips up! Fans fire up, bark for Bron, but Escobar bails out. Bron pursues, Escobar gets back in, but Born dodges. Things speed up, Escobar hurdles, but Bron ducks and dodges to LARIAT Escobar down! Bron RAMS Escobar in the corner, then RAMS his shoulder in more.
The ref counts, Bron lets off and scoops Escobar to carry him around. Fans duel, Bron hits a BACKBREAKER! Wilde distracts Bron in that bright red suit, then runs off as Bron storms over. Escobar CLOBBERS Bron from behind! Bron goes out, Escobar builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL! Direct hit with that powerful tope and Escobar whips Bron into steel steps! Escobar drags Bron up, puts him in, then pushes him down to a cover. TWO, but Escobar hammers away on Bron’s back. Escobar drags Bron up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Escobar gets annoyed but he keeps on Bron with a chinbar and armlock.
Bron endures, Escobar shifts his grip on the chinbar, then digs a knee into the back. Escobar drags Bron through the ropes, turns him, HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Escobar takes time to fix his hair, “Viva Mexico, Vic!” Escobar gets in to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Escobar gets Bron up as fans rally and duel. Escobar puts Bron in a corner but Bron throws body shots! Bron turns thing around and throws more hands! The ref counts, Bron lets off, but then runs back in, into a BOOT! Escobar drags Bron back up, puts him back in the corner with buckle bumps, then clubs his back. Escobar goes corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES!
Escobar pushes Bron down to cover, TWO! Escobar grows frustrated but he drags Bron to a corner. Escobar brings the legs onto the steel steps, then brings Bron all the way out. BOSTON CRAB against the post! The ref reprimands and counts, Escobar lets go at 4. Escobar puts Bron on the steps and RAMS his head into the post! Escobar puts Bron in the ring, drops an elbow, then drags Bron around for another elbow drop! Escobar is after the neck as he digs a knee in and pulls on the arm. Bron endures, fans rally and bark, but Escobar pulls on the arm more. Escobar sits Bron up for a chinlock against the knee.
Bron still endures, fans rally and duel, and Escobar pulls Bron back more. Bron fights up as fans rally more. Bron throws body shots, Escobar CLUBS him on the neck over and over. Escobar whistles and fans cheer. Escobar drags Bron up, “I told you, Bron! Callete, cabron! I told you, this is MY time, cabron.” Escobar winds up, but Bron blocks the punch! Bron fights up, bends the hand, then ROCKS Escobar! And again! And again! Bron rallies with shoulder tackles, then dodges Escobar to scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Bron fires up, fans bark and Bron aims from the corner. But Mendoza distracts now, so Bron DECKS him!
Bron sees Wilde and TOSSES him into the ring! Wilde gets up, Bron clotheslines him out! Elektra distracts now, but here comes ZIGGLER! SUPERKICK!!! Escobar hurries to cover, TWO!! Bron survives the screw job from the Show-Off! Ziggler throws a fit, gets back in, but CIAMPA drags Ziggler out! They brawl again, and Ciampa runs Ziggler off! Escobar goes to a corner, seethes as he aims at Bron, and Bron flounders up. Escobar runs in, TORNADO DDT!! Bron is down, Escobar goes up! He shouts out Eddie Guerrero, but he has to bail out of the frog splash! Escobar fireman’s carries but Bron fights free!
Bron shoves, runs, and SPEARS!! Straps come down, fans are thunderous, and Bron gets Escobar up. Trophy lift, for the BREAKKER SLAM!! Cover, Bron wins!
Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
The young champion is still champion, even as Escobar had more than just Legado helping him! Will Bron continue on as the Face of NXT? Who will come for him next?
An awesome episode for NXT! The fanservice eye candy opening with Toxic Attraction was very much what Vince has made NXT into, but things got serious right away with the Weaponized Steel Cage Match. It was great stuff, and what a clever spot with Dunne getting the secret crowbar out. Dunne winning was quite the surprise, but then after the awesome North American Championship match of Melo VS Grimes, we see why. Dunne is at least going to put Melo over to build that reign, but I would love if Dunne finally got some crossover in his résumé. Former NXT UK Champion becoming North American Champion, that’d be pretty cool.
The training montage for Raquel and Cora was pretty fun stuff. KLR and Shirai bonding over smashing things was a nice little touch. And then I had a sneaking suspicion that Wendy and Dakota were going to team up for the Women’s Dusty Cup. Amari Miller is either teaming with Tiffany Stratton, or Lash Legend as Amari and Lash worked a few matches on 205 Live together. Or I guess we’ll be calling it NXT: LVL UP now. Not that it’s a level up, it’s still going to be NXT Lite to me. We got a great NXT Women’s Tag title match, but I figured Toxic Attraction would retain. I’m already thinking our semifinalists are going to be Raquel & Cora, Wendy & Dakota, Shirai & KLR and then Indi & Persia. And other than Wendy & Dakota, any of those teams could take the cup.
Duke Hudson made his move, that is planting the seeds of Persia & Indi breaking up, so maybe they aren’t winning the Women’s Dusty Cup, either… Brooks & Briggs have really good comedy chops, they’ve really turned this romcom with KC Squared around. I like that they got Fallon Henley (Tesha Price) in on this one, and I sense more these three becoming a faction over Brooks getting Kayden to see him as a romantic interest. Nikkita Lyons has another good promo, her debut is coming, I actually expect some big things from her. She was already a rather promising talent when she got her start in Women of Wrestling, let’s just hope Vince doesn’t ruin things.
The segment with Waller and Knight was actually a good surprise that Knight turned tables on Waller. Their match is going to be great stuff. Last week, I said that match with the Grizzled Young Veterans was The Creed Brothers’ best match. This week, the match with MSK was The Creed Brothers’ best match. The finish was abrupt but this was a great win for The Creeds, I did not think it was going that way. Imperium had a good promo to frame the win as more the honor of losing to them, but wow I didn’t think someone would step up to Walter/Gunther. Solo Sikoa VS Walter/Gunther is going to be great stuff, but it’ll certainly be a win for Walter/Gunther on his way to the top title.
We got good promos from Ziggler and Ciampa, and we should’ve figured they’d have a part to play in the main event. Their match is going to be great, and I would think Ziggler as Jobber to the Stars puts Ciampa over so even RawDown fans understand Ciampa is great. Bron VS Escobar was also great, and I really liked Escobar’s tights being tribute to Eddie Guerrero and Eddie’s first world title win. But in the end, Bron IS NXT 2.0 personified for Vince, so Bron wins. Bron will take on the winner of Ciampa VS Ziggler, or maybe even both of them regardless. I can’t be sure who takes the title off Bron, it feels like it’s gonna be all year before that happens.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
- 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?
Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!
ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!
Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!
Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.
Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!
Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!
Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)
Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?
The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.
Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.
Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!
Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.
Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!
Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!
Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!
Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!
The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!
Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?
Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!
Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.
Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!
Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!
Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!
But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!
Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!
Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!
Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!
Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)
The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?
The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!
Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!
Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.
Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.
Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.
Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.
Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!
Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!
Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?
As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.
Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
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Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
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