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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/28/22)

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WWE Raw 2022

Raw paves more of the Road to WrestleMania!

Tonight, Finn Balor challenges Damian Priest for the WWE US Championship while the Rated R Superstar, Edge, addresses his WrestleMania future!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Alpha Academy VS Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins; Owens & Rollins win.
  • Omos VS T-Bar; Omos wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki A.S.H. & Piper Niven VS Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan; Belair, Ripley & Morgan win.
  • Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins.
  • Mixed Tag Match: Dana Brooke & Reggie VS Tamina & Akira Tozawa; Brooke & Reggie win.
  • The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business; The Hurt Business wins.
  • RKBRO VS The Street Profits; The Street Profits win.
  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Finn Balor; Balor wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Kevin Owens heads to the ring!

And he’s ready to host a new episode of the KO Show, while incorrectly wearing a cowboy hat on purpose. He asks us to welcome his tag team partner, who will be by his side when they become Raw Tag Team Champions next week and defend the titles at WrestleMania, and more important the man who is Kevin’s best friend, SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLING! Rollins makes his entrance with an extra bit of swagger, and Kevin tips his hat to him. They go to the ring together now, and Kevin says, “What a night we have in store for everybody. But right now, it’s time for me to welcome you all to the Kevin Owens Show!”

Kevin says he won’t lie, he and Rollins can admit, it’s been a tough time for them. Neither has secured a place on WrestleMania yet, and that’s not okay. Two of the- No, THE TWO BIGGEST stars in WWE history are not on Mania?! That’s a travesty! Rollins says that is no lie, and it is no secret that these two have been screwed in every single possible imaginable way! But the WrestleMania gods have given them one more card to play in the form of the Raw Tag Team Championships! They’ll take those titles into Mania, into Dallas, Texas, and do what they do best: make moments. They’ll make Mania moments!

Kevin loves the sound of that. He assures us that he’s heard what people are saying. His disdain for Texas might distract him. But Rollins ahs Kevin’s word that nothing will keep them from becoming tag team champions next week! And then they will go on and defend the titles at Mania, because they are the absolute BEST! Nothing will distract Kevin from that. Not the people of Texas, not the Texas legends like JBL or HBK, or even this ridiculous, stupid hat! Kevin takes it off to stomp it! And then kick it out of the ring! Rollins says he understands, Kevin doesn’t like Texas. But they’re not in Texas tonight! They’re in Columbus, Ohio!

And what a show tonight! Let’s bring out their guest, the current Raw Tag Team Champions, the Alpha Academy! Chad Gable & Otis head to the ring, Gable wanting the fans to “SHOOSH!” already. Gable & Otis join Rollins & Kevin in the ring, and Kevin welcomes them to take their seats. Otis’ chair is extra sturdy. Easy, easy. There we go! He’s good. Gable says this is the first time on the KO Show, and so he’ll start with “a thank yew!” Why does he say it like that? Anyway, before going forward, they should address that. When he says “thank you,” it sounds weird. “A thank yew~!” Yeah, no, that’s just weird.

Gable takes being different as a compliment. But they’re happy to be here. All Gable’s heard is a couple asses making ass-sumptions about the title match. Whoa, they’re talking about Kevin & Rollins? Yep. Don’t forget, you can talk all you want, but the current, defending champions are Alpha Academy. A thank yew~! Rollins & Kevin seem bothered now. Kevin says they are aware who the champions are, until next week. Then those tiles are coming home with Kevin and Rollins! No hard feelings, they like Alpha Academy, but uh, yeah. Mania needs them, they need it. But problem is, you guys weaseled your way into that match.

As someone with a Master’s Degree, Gable will explain to them and to the moronic fans who went to that poor excuse for a community college, Ohio State University- Wow, lots of Buckeyes here… SHOOOOSH! Gable will give them proper education. Their odds automatically went from 50% to 33.33%, and that is ridiculous. Kevin says he doesn’t like math, but the only thing the Academy needs to know, this isn’t personal. They need the titles to go to Mania. This is business. That’s so sad. They’re so worried about their spot that they’ll do anything! They had their chances, they’ve had their main events!

Gable hasn’t even been on the show! He and Otis busted their asses to earn their spot on the Grandest Stage of Them All, A THANK YEW! Rollins wants everyone to wait. Lightbulb moment for Rollins! After Rollins & Kevin win and take those Raw Tag titles, they can have the rematch at Mania! A win-win, baby! SHOOSH! Kevin doesn’t want Gable shooshing Rollins or shooshing him! Stop! SHOOSH! YOU SHOOSH! It’s a shoosh fight! SHOOOOSH- STUNNER!! Otis is furious now! Will the Dozer get after the Prizefighter for that?

 

The Alpha Academy VS Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins!

Holla holla! After that Stunner, the Raw Tag Team Champions want to prove why the Prizefighter & Visionary don’t belong in the title match! But will this simply be a sample of the victory Kevin & Rollins will taste next week?

Raw returns and Rollins fights off Otis to tag in Kevin. Kevin kicks and headlocks Otis but Otis powers out to run Kevin over! Gable is still down on the outside but Otis fires off on Kevin. Otis whips Kevin hard to the corner then runs in to RAM his shoulder into Kevin! Otis brings Kevin around to CLUB him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, forearms and fires off, but his lariat doesn’t move Otis at all! Otis LARIATS back then CLOBBERS Kevin with the back elbow! Kevin sits up in a daze but Otis keeps him from Rollins with a scoop and SLAM! Otis taunts Rollins then runs, but Kevin avoids the elbow drop! Kevin drops a SENTON! And then another SENTON!

Kevin stomps Otis, tags in Rollins, and Rollins fires haymakers and CHOPS! He backs Otis down, ROLLING ELBOW! But Otis puts Rollins on the apron! Gable grabs at Rollins’ feet, Otis BLASTS Rollins to the barricade! Gable taunts Rollins and Otis fetches Rollins to RAM him into barriers! Otis RAMS Rollins into the apron, then puts him in the ring. Otis keeps Rollins from Kevin, whips him into the corner, tag to Gable. Gable runs and Otis whips Rollins into the FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Gable tweaks Rollins’ arm, and again. Gable slams the arm on the mat, then snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!

Tag to Otis and he stomps Rollins down. Fans rally for Rollins but Otis drags him up. Rollins throws body shots, Otis shoves him away and SPLASHES in the corner! Rollins falls to the drop zone, Otis goes up the corner! Otis says this’ll end it! VADER BOMB FLOPS as Rollins moves! Rollins hurries, hot tag to Kevin! Kevin runs in to DECK Gable, then he says, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL for Otis! Gable gets back in but Kevin throws him right back out! Kevin then goes to the apron, CANNONBALL for both champions! Fans fire up with Kevin, “This is MY show!” Kevin resets, and FROG SPLASHES Gable on the floor!

Otis CLOBBERS Kevin in return! The tree trunk just trucked Kevin, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Otis has Kevin in a neck wrench. Fans rally as Kevin endures and fights up. Kevin throws body shots but Otis whips him hard into the corner! Tag to Gable and he drags Kevin out to tweak the leg! And again! And then he YANKS the leg, to then hit a spinning toehold! Kevin endures as Gable keeps on the knee lock. Fans rally, Kevin CHOPS free, but Gable waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! And he holds on, only for Kevin to grab ropes. Kevin elbows free, Gable blocks a kick but not the ENZIGURI! Both men are down and crawling as fans fire up! Hot tag to Rollins! Rollins rallies on Gable, whips, but Gable reverses.

Rollins redirects Gable and hits a SLINGBLADE! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Otis down, then gets Gable for a BUCKLE SHOT! Springboard FLYING KNEE! FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Gable escapes but Rollins still smirks. Fans rally up, Rollins swaggers around as they start singing his theme. Rollins waits on Gable to get up, ROLLING- NO! Gable gets under, but Kevin tags in before the roll-up! SUPERKICK! Gable staggers into an ENZIGURI! Kevin reels Gable in, pump handle USHIGOROSHI! Cover, Otis breaks it! Rollins runs in but Otis scoops him for an EXPLODER!

Otis roars and he helps Gable to their corner. Otis tags in, but Kevin kicks him! No Stunner, and Otis SPLASHES in the corner! Otis drags Kevin over then climbs up. Gable tags in before the VADER BOMB! MOONSAULT from Gable! Cover, but Rollins gets past Otis to break it! Otis whips Rollins to a corner, Rollins dodges and Otis hits POST! Rollins SUPERKICKS Otis down, then ducks and dodges Gable to DIVE onto Otis! Kevin rolls Gable, TWO!! STUN- NO! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Gable then drags Kevin around and goes back up! MOONSAULT, but Kevin gets clear! Rollins tags in! POP-UP to Rollins! BUCKLE BOMB!

STUNNER!! CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins & Kevin win!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens, by pinfall

The Raw Tag Team Champions just lost 2v2! Will the Visionary & Prizefighter #StunTheWorld and #BurnItDown when it’s a Triple Threat?

 

Backstage interview with Omos.

Kevin Patrick says Omos’ time here has been nothing short of a rampage. But tonight, he’s against- Omos shouts “ENOUGH!” Ever since he’s shown up, he’s dominated RKBRO, the Street Profits, the Dirty Dawgs, the New Day, and even AJ Styles. Tonight, Omos comes across the largest man he’s ever faced in the ring in T-Bar. Tonight, Omos dominates T-Bar, too! Will there be any arguing with that?

Omos VS T-Bar!

Raw returns and T-Bar makes his entrance. T-Bar gets on the apron and Omos BLASTS him right off! Omos then goes out to drag T-Bar up off the floor and scoop him! Omos puts T-Bar in the ring, drags him from the ropes, and the ref says this match can’t start with T-Bar in this state. Omos drags T-Bar up to TOSS him into the corner! The ref asks if T-Bar wants to compete, and T-Bar does! That’s rather gutsy, and the bell rings. Omos runs in, T-Bar dodges! Omos hits buckles and now both giants are sputtering. T-Bar gets up, Omos LARIATS him inside-out! Omos drags T-Bar back up, two hands for the MOUNTAINTOP SLAM! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

He did just as he said. He showed up and dominated T-Bar! Will Omos continue to dominate until he is at the very top of the WWE?

 

Nikki A.S.H. and “Doudrop” Piper Niven speak.

The Almost Super Hero says Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan and especially Rhea Ripley think they’re the heroes of this story. But it is her, Nikki A.S.H, who is the only superhero Raw needs. Piper says that’s fine, because she’s just fine with being a villain. And The Man says it doesn’t matter if you’re hero or villain, the only thing that does matter is winning. She may have had her issues with Doudrop in the past, but they are putting that aside to be winners. Just like Becky was at SummerSlam, in 26 seconds. And just like Becky will be again at WrestleMania, still Raw Women’s Champion.

Nikki wants a fist bump but is left hanging. Will this Celtic connection come crumbling down against the EST, the Living End and the Nightmare?

Six Woman Tag: Becky Lynch, Nikki A.S.H. & Piper Niven VS Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan!

Raw returns as Rhea and Liv meet up backstage. Tonight isn’t going to be easy. They have Nikki, Piper and Becky. What’s the strategy? Brutality. Hmm, Liv likes that. Bianca arrives and she knows they’re talking strategy, but please! Give Bianca Becky. She’s been waiting to get back at Ms. Big Time, and there is a long overdue KOD. So let’s go, show up, show out, and give Becky a preview when Bianca wins at WrestleMania. Okay? Rhea reluctantly joins the fist bump and then makes her entrance. Then Liv and Bianca make their entrances, and these three head to the ring. The teams sort out, and Liv starts against Becky.

But then Becky says she wants Bianca? Well, Liv tags Bianca in, and fans rally up as these two circle. Then Becky dodges Bianca to tag Nikki. Bianca figured that was happening, so she tags back out to Liv. Liv and Nikki tie up, Liv waistlocks but Nikki switches. Liv switches, Nikki switches again, but Liv throws Nikki down! Nikki gets up, Liv RANAS her away! Piper tags in and she circles with Liv. They tie up, Piper shoves Liv down hard! Liv shrugs that off, comes back and gets around to ENZIGURI! Piper wobbles, tag to Bianca! Bianca reels Piper in, but Piper blocks the suplex! Bianca and Piper throw body shots!

Tag to Rhea and she helps Bianca DOUBLE SUPLEX Piper! Fans fire up with Rhea and Bianca, but Nikki and Becky run in! They’re both sent out to join Piper, and then Liv tags in. Liv gets a boost from Rhea, up and SUPER CROSSBODY! Down go Becky, Nikki and Piper! Fans fire up as Liv, Rhea and Bianca stand tall, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Becky drags Bianca around. Bianca counters Disarm-Her with a roll-up! TWO, Bianca spins Becky to a stalling suplex! But Becky makes it a cradle! TWO, and Becky knees Bianca low. Becky whips but Bianca blocks! Bianca whips Becky to a corner, but Becky puts her on the apron. Becky ROCKS Bianca then JUMP KICKS her down! Becky goes to the apron to get the ponytail! Becky YANKS Bianca right into the post! And then through to the other side to sobat Bianca back into the post! The ref keeps Rhea and Liv in their corner while Becky drags Bianca up. Becky wraps the hair around the rope to then stomp Bianca down!

Fans boo but Becky mocks Bianca. The ref undoes the hair and Bianca is free, but Becky brings Bianca through ropes to fire off EuroUppers! Becky kicks Bianca, goes to the corner, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but Becky stomps Bianca down! Becky bumps Bianca off buckles, tag to Piper and they start stomping away! Piper CLUBS Bianca in the chest, then brings her out to bump off buckles. Piper brings Bianca around to scoop and SLAM, then she drops an elbow! Piper tags Nikki, and Nikki hits a NECK SNAP! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in this but Nikki rains down furious fists!

Fans boo as Nikki strikes her heroic pose. Nikki then drags Bianca back, and tag to Becky. Bianca kicks but Becky stomps her down. Becky stands on Bianca’s hair to keep her from her corner! The ref reprimands and counts, Becky steps off to whip Bianca into the corner. Becky runs in, into a BOOT! Bianca fights the others off, goes up and over Becky, hot tag to Rhea! The Nightmare gives Becky short arm LARIAT after LARIAT! Then ripcord and SUPERKICK! Rhea reels Becky in, atomic FACEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Rhea HEADBUTTS Becky, then cravats for knee after knee after knee!

Rhea snapmares Becky to run and basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Rhea Electric Chair Lifts, for a SLAM! Cover, Piper SPLASHES it apart! Liv SHOTGUNS Piper! Nikki kicks and throws Liv out, then hurries to get Becky to their corner! Nikki tags herself in, but Rhea tags Bianca! Bianca scoops Nikki and brings her around, but Nikki slips off. Bianca blocks that to chicken wing Nikki! GlamEST Slam! And then handspring MOONSAULT disrupted by Becky! Liv gets in to DIVE onto Becky! Fans fire up with Liv as she hurries back up. Piper BLASTS Liv to the floor! But Rhea dropkicks Piper!

Nikki is up top, CROSSBODY! Direct hit and down goes Rhea! But Bianca hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Becky breaks it by pulling ponytail! The ref reprimands, Bianca use the hair to whip and LASH Becky! And again! And again! And again!! Becky runs away, marks all over her abs! Becky is running away, Nikki rolls Bianca up! TWO!! Bianca ROCKS Nikki, then torture racks! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca’s team wins!

Winners: Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Becky is in disbelief, but all she has to do is rewatch the footage! Well, she probably won’t want to. But are those marks only the beginning for her and The EST going into WrestleMania?

 

Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler VS Tommaso Ciampa!

The Dirty Dawgs made their mark on NXT last week when the GLORIOUS One helped the Show-Off cheat to become #1 contender to the NXT Championship. But will the Psycho Killer get just a bit of revenge before he and Bron Breakker take on both Dawgs tomorrow night?

Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ciampa rushes Roode! Roode avoids the knee and the haymakers start flying! Ciampa DECKS Roode, but Roode knees low and ROCKS Ciampa. Roode whips but Ciampa KICKS him away! Ciampa goes to the corner but Roode kicks him back. Roode throws Ciampa out, Ziggler stays clear, but Ciampa sees Roode coming. Ciampa drags Roode out to ROCK him with a right! Ciampa whips, Roode reverses but Ciampa stops himself to come back and CLOBBER Roode! Ciampa shoves Ziggler, Ziggler gets mad, but he lets Ciampa put Roode in the ring.

Ciampa drives elbows into Roode’s shoulder, then stomps him down. Cover, TWO! Ciampa CHOPS Roode, wrenches and whips him but Roode reverses for a SPINEBUSTER! Ziggler fires up as Roode covers, TWO! Roode drops elbows, throws down fists, then drags Ciampa up to bump him off buckles. Roode CHOPS Ciampa now, then whips him corner to corner. Roode runs in, but Ciampa BOOTS him away. Ciampa then gets around, ripcord and ROLLING ELBOW! Ciampa dragon sleepers for the REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is relieved Roode survives, but Ciampa brings his kneepad down.

Roode avoids the knee, rolls him up, but Ciampa rolls out! Ciampa hooks arms, Roode back drops it and sits on the cover, TWO! Ciampa is up, he dodges Roode to KNEE Ziggler down! Roode hits Ciampa, but no DDT! Roll up, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

But then Roode CLOBBERS Ciampa! The Dirty Dawgs are sore losers and they drag Ciampa up. SUPERKICK! Ziggler demands a mic, and he gets one. “Ciampa, kid, you got lucky once! But tomorrow night on NXT, you and the NXT Champion, Bron Breakker, step foot in the ring with the two-time WWE Tag Team Champions! And tomorrow night, we prove why the Dirty Dawgs are the dirtiest dawgs in the game, Jack!” Ziggler & Roode stand tall 2v1, but what happens when things are even?

 

Mixed Tag Match: Dana Brooke & Reggie VS Tamina & Akira Tozawa!

While the Flex Appeal and slick sommelier have patched up their friendship and how the WWE 24/7 Championship fits into it, they still have those who would take it away from them! The title, not the friendship. Will Dana & Reggie stick together against the Daughter of Superfly and the Stamina Monster? Or will that title get between them again?

The teams sort out, and it’s ladies first as Dana starts against Tamina. They circle, tie up, and Tamina throws a knee. Tamina whips, Dana tilt-o-whirls through and headscissors Tamina into buckles! Fans fire up for Dana as she handsprings and back elbows! Dana runs in again but into a back elbow! Tamina fire sup, Tozawa cheers her own, and Tamina TOSSES Dana to the other corner. Tamina runs in, but into a boot! Tozawa tags in, Reggie gets in and he handsprings to dodge! Reggie waistlocks, Tozawa switches, but Reggie slips under and comes back, into a sobat and SPINKICK from Tozawa!

Tozawa runs, but into a body scissor roll up! TWO, and Reggie dropkicks Tozawa down! Cover, Tamina drags him away! Dana gets in, she KICKS and dropkicks Tamina out of the ring! Tozawa waistlocks but Dana elbows him away. Reggie 450 SEATED SENTONS! Cover, Reggie and Dana win!

Winners: Dana Brooke & Reggie, by pinfall

And to celebrate, Dana gives Reggie a BIG kiss! Has Reggie somehow, someway found his way out of the Friendzone? But Tamina drags Tozawa up to his feet. Tozawa puckers up, Tamina grabs him by his face, and KISSES Tozawa! This is all a little late for Valentine’s Day, but is love still in the air?

 

The Street Profits are pumped up!

But Kevin Patrick asks them about facing the former tag team champions, RKBRO, this close to the Triple Threat Tag for the titles. What would a victory here mean? C’mon, Kev, Montez thought they were closer than that. Montez and Dawkins are former tag team champions, too, and if and when they take out R K BRO! What? R K BRO! What? These two might be next in line. Don’t get them wrong, Riddle’s their homie, but ain’t no love lost over the titles. RKBRO are a roadblock from the Profits saving Raw from the real-life version of Accepted. Like, really, what’s really happening with the enrollment money? Is it going to the scholarships? No one knows what’s going half of the time!

And then Rollins is out here doing his Dr. Eggman impression. It doesn’t matter who wins, those titles have to be defended at WrestleMania. And Dawkins knows two humble, charismatic, and courageous young brothers who are available. So RKBRO better be ready~, ready~, cuz the Profits are up and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will Ford & Dawkins make the Road to WrestleMania that much more complicated for the Raw Tag Division?

 

WWE celebrates Black History Month and honors Titus O’Neil.

Titus O’Neil founded the Bullard Family Foundation, which hosts programs every year to help children, such as the Back to School Bash. In 2021, they donated 30 THOUSAND backpacks full of school supplies to help under resourced students. Titus’ work also led him to support a Tampa Bay school, and it was renamed the Thaddeus M Bullard Academy at Sligh Middle Magnet School. Then the foundation helped the school build gardens. Titus is also in the Boys & Girls Club of America Hall of Fame.

 

The Mysterios VS The Hurt Business!

Rey & Dominik know The Miz and Logan Paul are coming for them, but the Mysterios are going to show what Logan’s getting himself into. Will the King of Lucha Libre and his son send a message to the A-Listers through Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin?

Raw returns and the Mysterios have mics. Rey says last week, Miz came out here with Logan Paul and challenged himself and Dom to a match at WrestleMania. They accepted, it’s happening, but Miz still had to get his the only way he knows how. Miz and Logan dropped the Mysterios, humiliated them, but make no mistake. At WrestleMania, Miz’s BS is DONE! Dom says tonight, they’re not worried about “some Hollywood mega dumbass and his fanboy.” This is about their match with The Hurt Business. But wait, here comes Miz! “Hollywood mega dumbass? You think I’m a Hollywood mega dumbass?” Fans seem to think so.

And they think Logan Paul is a fanboy? “YES!” Well Miz will rundown his proudest moments in the WWE. First, he is the host of The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, Miz TV! He married the most gorgeous, sexy, beautiful woman in all the WWE, Maryse! And together, they made the WWE Intercontinental Championship the most prestigious title ever! Miz beat JOHN CENA in the main event of WrestleMania! Miz is the ONLY two-time Grand Slam Champion in the history of WWE! And one of the proudest moments was when last week, he and Logan Paul, two A-Listers, joined forces on the road to dominating the tag division!

Logan Paul is a man! He’s more man than every single one in the arena! “Logan Paul went the distance with pound for pound, the greatest fighter in the world!” Logan is a social and NFT pioneer! The next best thing in the WWE! And with Miz, Logan will become the greatest star in WWE, second to only Miz himself. The only one who loved beating the Mysterios down more than Miz was Logan Paul! They’ve watched it over and over again and again! And it sounded like some cheers last week! The fans cheered! Miz is finally getting the respect he deserves. To think the answer was Logan Paul!

Because let’s be honest- Fans chant, “You Suck!” So he puts his hand up. “When my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut!” Fans want to talk about the Mysterios. DO they want to watch them in the ring? Of course! do they want the Mysterios to be tag team champions? Of course you DON’T! You’re sick of watching the same old standard CRAP! Father-son tag team champions, the Mysterios equal same old crap. Logan and Miz are bigger, better and newer! They are global stars, and they are AWWWWESOME! The Mysterios dare Miz to get in the ring, but instead, The Hurt Business finally make their entrance. This match finally happens, after the break.

Raw returns and Benjamin whips Rey. Rey slides under, goes for a leg, but Benjamin blocks that to fire off forearms. Benjamin whips, Rey tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Benjamin! Rey runs in but is put on the apron, and Alexander tags in. Rey gets caught off guard, SLAM to the apron! Alexander pushes Rey in, covers, ONE! Alexander is frustrated already but he fires off on Rey in a corner. The ref counts, Alexander lets off at 4 and then mocks Latino Heat! Alexander snapmares Rey, JAMS an elbow into his head, and then clamps on a chinlock. “All day long!” Rey fights up as fans rally and Rey throws body shots.

Alexander throws Rey down by his mask! The ref reprimands but Alexander asks what’s wrong. Tag to Benjamin, the Hurt Business mugs Rey. Benjamin scoops and SLAMS Rey down! Benjamin rains down fists, then drags Rey up. Tag to Alexander, the mugging continues, and Alexander bumps Rey off buckles. Alexander throws forearms, lets off, but Rey hits back! Rey elbows Benjamin, too, and then gets under Alexander. Alexander stops Rey, brings him back and gut wrenches, only for Rey to RANA him into Benjamin! The Hurt Business is down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, hot tag to Dom! Benjamin tags in, to get a CROSSBODY!

Dom keeps going, he ducks and dodges to RANA Benjamin! Dom then runs in at the corner, but is put on the apron. Dom HOTSHOTS Benjamin, then shows how Latino Heat is down! Slingshot senton flops as Benjamin moves, but Dom still hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Dom whips Benjamin, Benjamin reverses to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Dom goes to a corner, Benjamin runs in but Dom dodges the knee! Dom then runs to TORNADO DDT! Cover, Alexander breaks it! Rey gets in but Alexander ROCKS him! Alexander runs in but is tossed right out! Rey slingshots but Alexander catches him, only to get SPIKED!

Dom wheelbarrows and body scissors Benjamin to ropes! Dial it up, but Benjamin dodges! So Dom DIVES! But into Benjamin’s hands! Benjamin scoops, but Dom slips off to POST Benjamin first! Dom puts Benjamin in, but Miz returns! Miz grabs at Dom, Dom kicks him away! Rey runs Miz off, and all the way to the back! But Benjamin rolls Dom up, Hurt Business wins!

Winners: The Hurt Business, by pinfall

Dom is shocked, but he should’ve known Miz would pull something like that! Is this a sign of things to come at WrestleMania against Miz and Logan Paul?

 

RKBRO meets up backstage.

“Oh, hey, Randy.” Orton surely wants to know what Riddle’s up to, so he’ll let him in. He’s coloring in his coloring book, trying to stay in the lines to help him focus. He’s been feeling foggy. Like last week, Riddle’s mouth was dry, he had the giggles. It was either the curb stomp, or putting the high in Ohio. What does Randy think? Well, based on what Riddle just said, nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. So Riddle is fine. Oh, Randy, you always know how to make Riddle smile. Btu does Orton have any sweet sage like advice for him? Let’s see… No, because they’re good. Riddle knows, Orton knows, they’re going to kick some ass!

And then next week, they win back the Raw Tag Team Championships if it’s the last thing they do! And they’ll do it with the three most devastating letters in sports entertainment! Does Orton wanna say it? Nah, Riddle can do it. R K BRO!! The Viper and the Stallion are on the same page, but will they be able to write their own story from here to WrestleMania?

 

Carmella and Queen Zelina Vega meet backstage.

They each compliment the other for looking gorgeous, and Vega says she loved Corey & Carmella. “All you guys do is talk about sex.” Mella admits, they do. But also, in response to that challenge from Naomi & Sasha Banks on SmackDown, they accept, of course. After they win at Mania, Mella will bring her fiancé out to put on a show. If you think all they do is talk about it, just wait until you see how they celebrate. Will the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions still have the gold? Or will they #FeelTheGlow when it’s #BossTime at WrestleMania?

 

RKBRO VS The Street Profits!

Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. The teams sort out and Riddle starts against Dawkins. They circle as fans rally up, and the two tie up. Riddle waistlocks but Dawkins switches. Dawkins SLAMS Riddle down, holds on and brings Riddle back up, to headlock. Riddle powers out, Dawkins hurdles and then FLYING BACK ELBOWS! Dawkins gets Riddle up again, tag to Ford. The Profits whip then dropkick Riddle down, and then back suplex SPLASH into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle turns things around, but Ford fights up to a cover, TWO! Ford is free, but Riddle gut wrenches him for a suplex!

Tag to Orton and fans fire up! Orton stomps Ford’s fingers, then his foot! Then the other foot, then the other arm! Orton stomps away on Ford’s chest as fans cheer him on! Tag back to Riddle, and they coordinate for the ASSISTED FLOATING BRO onto knees! Ford returns the favor and tags in Dawkins! Dawkins hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins drags Riddle up, bumps him off buckles, then fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Dawkins stomps before he backs off. Dawkins stands Riddle up but Riddle throws all those fists back! Tag to Ford as Riddle powers out! Riddle clotheslines Dawkins out, slingshots out and SPRINGBOARD BROS!

But Ford is legal and he DECKS Orton! Ford then sees Riddle, he goes up and out to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Riddle fights with body shots. He gets free but Dawkins still keeps him from Orton! Riddle and Orton are fingertips away, Dawkins reels Riddle in for a LARIAT! Dawkins gets Riddle back up, Riddle KNEES Dawkins down! Fans fire up while both men are on the mat! Riddle and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Orton and Ford! The Viper rallies as fans fire up! POWERSLAM! Ford flounders and Orton gets him through ropes, for the DRAPING DDT! Dawkins slides in but Riddle goes in. Dawkins dodges the knee, ROCKS Riddle, but Riddle RANAS himself and Dawkins out! And Orton hears voices in his head!

Ford slowly gets up, but he denies the RKO to ENZIGURI first! Ford hurries to a corner and goes up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Ford crawls his way over but Orton crawls towards ropes. Cover, Orton reaches out but Dawkins swats the foot away! The Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

Dawkins denied Orton his escape and now RKBRO is on their back heel! Will they be able to take those titles in the Triple Threat like this? Or are Kevin Owens and Seth Freakin’ Rollins going to be undeniable? Speaking of…

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens.

Kevin Owens shouts down Kevin Patrick, they don’t want to hear the questions. Rollins says they have all the momentum! And they’ll ride that momentum and take the Raw Tag Team Champions for their own! And then they go to WrestleMania, where the possibilities are limitless! The world is their oyster! They could challenge The Usos, for another Title VS Title, Winners Take All! They can do whatever they want! And the best part, after doing all that, they can leave that hellhole of Dallas, Texas. Here’s a preview. KO walks away and Rollins hopes K-Peezy got that. Rollins also leaves, but will he and Kevin Owens really walk into Dallas as the champions?

 

Vince McMahon talks with Austin Theory in his office.

Vince is sure Austin is curious about Vince being a guest on The Pat McAfee Show. This Thursday is a huge episode! McAfee is pretty unbelievable. A former NFL football player, created his own foundation, and has one of the most lucrative deals in podcast history. Vince agrees, that is impressive. Theory says it’s been about 20 years since Vince has done a sit-down interview. Last time, he slapped the papers out of the interviewer’s hand and scared him to death. But what if that interviewer got up and hit back? All Theory is saying, maybe McAfee says something that gets under Vince’s skin and pisses him off. And then what if McAfee tries to fight him?

Theory could be there if he wants. He’d go with Vince? Yeah, he’s got Vince’s back. Well it won’t be that kind of show. Vince excuses himself, and Theory picks up the pencil. “It could be.” Is Theory going to make sure he expects the unexpected?

 

WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Finn Balor!

The Archer of Infamy and The Prince met back in NXT, and when it was In Your House, it was Finn who took the win. But now, with a belt around his waist, will Priest get that loss back? Or is Finn going to make the US title rrrreeeeeal?

Raw returns and after a long SmackDown recap, Priest makes his entrance. This battle for the belt begins, after the break.

Raw returns again, the introductions are made, the belt is raised, and finally we get to see if Priest can beat the Prince!

Priest and Finn circle. They tie up, Priest powers Finn back and pushes him to a corner. Finn brushes that off as he circles with Priest again. They tie up, Priest scoops but Finn slips off. Finn headlocks, Priest fights up and picks Finn up to put him on the ropes. The ref counts, Priest powers out and runs Finn over! Finn gets up to CHOP! Priest knees low, whips, and back elbows Finn down! Finn gets to a corner but Priest is on him. Priest HEADBUTTS Finn, then whips him corner to corner. Finn slips around and goes for the arm! Priest drops to a knee as Finn leans on the shoulder, and then he powers right up!

Priest puts Finn in a corner and fires off fast hands! Priest ROCKS Finn with an uppercut, and then watches him go to another corner. Priest runs in to jump and back elbow! But Finn wants a leg! Priest CLUBS Finn down, then clamps on a chinlock. Priest digs a knee into Finn’s back as he pulls him back. Fans rally up and Finn fights up, only for Priest to throw him down. Cover, ONE, but Priest chinlocks. Finn endures, fights up, and he works on the hold. Priest knees low then reels him in, but Finn back drops him! Priest sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn KICKS Priest to ropes and stomps away!

The ref counts, Finn lets off at 4, and then sees Priest bail out. Finn builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns yet again and Finn JAWBREAKERS free, only to run into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Priest grows annoyed but he keeps his focus on Finn. Priest wants Finn to get up, and Finn stands, to get KICK after KICK from Priest! But Finn CHOPS back, KICKS back, only for Priest to BELL CLAP and ROLLING HAYMAKER! Finn PELES Priest and they’re both down! Priest leans against ropes but Finn gets to his feet. Finn is in a corner, Priest runs in, but Finn BOOTS him away! Finn ROCKS Priest with forearms, whips, but Priest reverses. Finn hits a forearm, but Priest stays up! Finn blocks the kick to trip and DOUBLE STOMP!

Fans fire up as Priest gets to a corner. Finn storms over to CHOP, throws body shots and RAM his shoulder in! The ref counts, Priest powers through to gut wrench Finn to a Canadian rack! But Finn slips off to SLINGBLADE! Finn takes aim, SHOTGUN dropkick! Priest bounces off buckles and Finn goes up top! Fans fire up for the COUP- NO! Priest dodges and LARIATS Finn down! Priest hauls Finn up, choke grip, but Finn victory rolls! TWO!! JUMPING ROUNDHOUSE! SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE!! Choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!? Finn survives and Priest is beside himself!

Priest refocuses while fans rally up. Finn sputters and checks his chin, but Priest brings him up. Priest slashes the throat, scoops Finn to put into the dragon sleeper, but Finn fights through to ELBOW DROP DDT! Fans fire up as the SHOTGUN dropkick hits again! Priest is back down, Finn goes back up! COUP DE GRACE hits!! Cover, Finn wins!!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)

NXT Championship, Universal Championship, Intercontinental Champion and now United States Champion! The Prince is back on the throne! Priest gets up and gets a mic to say, “Let’s face it, Finn. These people carried you to winning my United States Championship.” All that motivation, all that respect. Priest never heard that. His entire reign, no one gave him that, even though he busted his ass! He was successful in spite of the fans! So basically, Priest will win that title back. And all that love and admiration won’t mean a damn thing! Finn gets in Priest’s face, but Priest backs down, to sucker LARIAT Finn!

Priest drags Finn up and throws him out while fans chant, “You Suck!” Priest goes out, drags Finn up and reels him in. Priest gets Finn up in the Canadian rack to CRUCIFIX BOMB him onto the announce desk! “I am the bad guy, yeah!” Priest leaves Finn down and out, and even mocks the Too Sweet! But will Damian find Finn has his own dark side to watch out for?

 

Edge heads to the ring!

The Rated R Superstar put out the call, but who will answer him? We see how Edge’s WrestleMania plans turn out, after the break.

Raw returns and Edge has the mic. “Okay, here it is. What I’ve been waiting for, the moment for someone to step up, take their place in history, and accept my challenge for a match at WrestleMania.” His road gets a lot clearer tonight. Do the fans wanna see it? “YES!” C’MON COLUMBUS! Do you wanna see it?! “YES!!” Then someone, anyone, Edge is begging you! Step up! Edge waits, fans chant names of all kinds, but still nothing. Seriously? What has happened to this place? But wait! Here comes AJ STYLES! Columbus is fired up as the Phenomenal One makes his way out and goes to the ring to join Edge.

Styles gets a mic, and he says, “I accept.” Good. Edge is happy because he’s wanted this match for a long time, Styles has wanted this match for a long time, and clearly the fans have wanted this for a long time! But tell you what. Edge wants that bulldog. Not the guy who was playing tag team bitch to Omos! Oh, is that how this is going to be? Edge offers a handshake all the same, and Styles goes to take it, only for Edge to sucker punch him! Edge fires off, bringing out the Ultimate Opportunist! But then Styles hits back! ENZIGURI! That Georgia bulldog is off the leash! Styles throws off his vest, goes to the apron, takes aim, but Edge ducks the springboard! LOW BLOW!

Styles writhes and fans are torn! This is definitely that Edge, as he rains down forearms over on Styles! Columbus cheers and jeers as Edge stands over Styles, and then seems to snap out of his fugue state. Edge goes to leave, but then he thinks. Edge then storms over and takes chairs from the timekeeper’s area! Styles is still down as Edge creeps into the ring with the chairs. Edge puts Styles’ head on one, then looks over at the other. Edge takes a deep breath, but he still picks up the chair. But then he drops the chair, paces a bit, and the fans are just as conflicted as he is. But Edge gets the chair! CON-CHAIR-TO!!

Edge seethes and grits his teeth as fans lose their minds seeing that. Edge is somewhere between smiling and sobbing, but he hits another CON-CHAIR-TO!! Didn’t Edge want a WrestleMania moment? How is he going to do that if he just took out the Phenomenal One?!


My Thoughts:

All in all, a good Raw but with the usual weak points of WWE. Omos VS T-Bar was short, Dijak deserves much better than that. But at the same time, Omos is getting a push, yet I still question how far he can go when he hasn’t even taken a bump. Omos knows his character and executes it well, but he won’t be able to maintain this. Then Ciampa VS Roode was a match that was really more an advertisement for NXT tomorrow night. Ciampa wins here but gets beat down so that the math is a wash. I would still think Ciampa & Bron win but with Roode taking the loss so Ziggler is still strong going into the NXT title match.

We actually got a pretty good Six Woman Tag. Everyone got to look good, and the Faces win so Bianca can have momentum. At some point, Becky’s gonna get Bianca to try and even things out, because I feel like WrestleMania could go either way. Meanwhile, I actually hope we get new tag teams out of this. Piper and Nikki, Rhea and Liv, because damn does the RawDown Women’s Tag Division need more teams. Mella & Vega accepted the challenge from Sasha & Naomi with a simple backstage promo, and then Mella basically teased her and Corey Graves being the sequel to Edge and Lita having the Rated R sex celebration… That’s just another reason why Naomi & Sasha should win.

Miz of course played a part in the Mysterios’ loss to the Hurt Business, but I did notice the slightest teases for Cody Rhodes in his promo. Though, every time the words “if you will” are used, I can’t help but think of Dusty Rhodes. But the Mysterios are going to be the underdogs going into their match with Miz and Logan Paul because they are going to win. Vince and Theory plugging the Pat McAfee Show as a promo was alright, but it was a good way to weave it into kayfabe. Rumors have been swirling that there’s a McMahon VS McAfee story, I bet the match is McAfee VS Theory. McAfee did great in NXT, he and Theory can have a pretty good one, and chances are, Theory wins.

Kevin and Rollins had a great promo segment and match with The Alpha Academy, and then we got a really good match out of RKBRO and the Profits. I think Ford landed pretty hard on Orton’s head and shoulders in his splash, Orton seemed legit rocked. Dawkins swatting that ropebreak away was a bit of a surprise. Are the Profits going to turn if they don’t get the titles? Rollins & Kevin had another good promo with Kevin Patrick, and it almost feels like a given that they’re going to win the tag titles. The Raw tag titles might have the most interesting championship story going into WrestleMania at this point.

The Mixed Tag was alright as far as a match. The Faces win, of course, and as expected, the romance angle is deepening. Tamina giving in and kissing Tozawa was quite the surprise, though. Still hoping for something bigger for the 24/7 Championship at WrestleMania. And while we’re not getting a huge US title match, Priest VS Balor was great stuff tonight, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Balor win. He’s held all but THE WWE Championship, which might not even exist after WrestleMania. Priest turning was a bit of a disappointing move, but I suppose it was the only thing to keep him going. I have a feeling Priest faces Demon Balor at Mania for the rematch.

And then while Edge teased all sorts in last week’s promo, it was all too obvious AJ Styles would be the one to answer. Though then it was quite the surprise for Edge to basically go Heel on him and beat the hell out of Styles. TWO Con-Chair-tos was even more shocking. Was Styles answering a swerve so we don’t expect someone else? With Cody Rhodes still unaccounted for anywhere, we can’t write him off, but chances are, Styles manages to recover and he brings that “bulldog” Edge wants.

My Score: 8.3/10


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

LIGHTS OUT!

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Now this is a LEGIT grudge match!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Athena is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Dalton Castle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Lance Archer & The Righteous, by pinfall

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

 

MXM Collection speaks.

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

 

Red Velvet VS Maya World!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

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

 

Evil Uno is here!

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

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

Evil Uno VS Katsuyori Shibata!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by referee stoppage

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

 

Shane Taylor speaks.

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

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

 

Queen Aminata VS Mackenzie Morgan!

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

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

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

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall

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

 

Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jack Perry speaks.

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

 

Toni Storm is here!

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

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

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

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

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

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

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9.1/10


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