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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/7/22)

Will Darkness Fall on the Cup?

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The New Japan Cup’s biggest first round finishes up!

And it’s going to be wild! Funky Weapon VS King of Darkness, Stone Pitbull VS Rampaging Dragon! Who will be left standing after such fierce battles?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: The United Empire VS Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma, Togi Makabe & Ryohei Oiwa; The United Empire wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Chase Owens VS Jado; Chase wins and advances.
  • 2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Ryusuke Taguchi VS EVIL; Evil wins and advances.
  • 2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO; Hiromu wins and advances.
  • 2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Tomohiro Ishii VS Shingo Takagi; Takagi wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Chase Owens VS Jado!

It’s Bullet Club VS Bullet Club as the Crown Jewel takes on the Master Heater! Will things still be Too Sweet after this? Or is this where things start to fall apart for the club?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Chase and Jado circle, tie up, and Jado puts Chase on the ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak and Jado pats Chase on the shoulders. Fans cheer and Chase circles with Jado again. They tie up, go around, and Chase turns things around to put Jado on the ropes. The ref counts the break again, Chase gives a back elbow! Chase CLUBS Jado, runs, but Jado runs him over! Cover, ONE, and Chase runs in. Jado dodges the Shi Trigger and fans cheer the exchange. Chase offers a handshake because they’re both Bullet Club. Fans rally up, Jado accepts the handshake, but then Chase kicks low! SHI TRIGGER!

Chase shrugs then stomps Jado. Cover, TWO! Chase keeps Jado down, tries another cover, TWO! Jade gets to ropes but Chase digs his knee in. The ref counts, Chase lets off. Chase feels bad but he still sits Jado up to headlock and punch! The ref reprimands the closed fist, but then Chase stands on Jado for the Bad Luck Fale style “massage.” Chase lets off and drags Jado back up to wrench and scoop for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Chase grows frustrated but fans rally up. Chase tells Jado to just lie down but Jado tells him like hell! Chase throws down fists but fans keep rallying up.

Jado gets up and eggs Chase on, so Chase DECKS him again! The ref and Chase argue about the quality of his closed fist, so Chase uses an open palm strike! But Jado shakes his head, that’s not good enough! Chase tries again but Jado just powers up! Chase BOOTS Jado, but Jado fires up more! Chase ROCKS Jado with forearms, but Jado hits back with a body shot! Fans fire up with Jado but Chase kicks low again. SHI- NO! Jado blocks the knee, but Chase pokes him in the eye! Chase runs, into a LARIAT! Jado starts to rally with more clotheslines, then he dodges to LARIAT again! Fans fire up and rally behind Jado!

Jado throws Chase through ropes and then drags him out, “Happy Birthday, Chase!” DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Jado and Chase are both down. Jado gets to a corner and asks fans to hush a moment. Jado stomps to tune up the band! They follow his beat, and Jado takes aim. Jado runs in, but Chase dodges the kick! Chase fires off the strike fest, hammerlock, JEWEL HEIST! But Chase doesn’t cover, he wants more! He reels Jado in but Jado trips him and flips him over! CROSSFACE! Chase endures, reaches out, but he grabs at the ref! They roll and the ref gets thrown! Chase taps and Jado lets go because he thinks he’s won!

But no, with the ref down, there’s no one to call the victory! Jado asks if the ref is okay, but then looks to take advantage of this moment. Jado gets his trusty kendo stick! Chase wants mercy but Jado wants him to get up. Jado raises the kendo stick, but then thinks better of it. Chase tries another cheap shot! Jado dodges, but then Chase dodges and LOW BLOWS! Chase realizes what he’s done and feels bad again. He was the one saying they’re the same team and yet he goes and does this. Jado does his best to get up, but Chase gives him a SHI TRIGGER! Cover, Chase wins!

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

Happy birthday, indeed. Chase does his best to help Jado, but Chase is still moving on to the next round. Will Chase feel better about doing this to someone not in the Bullet Club?

 

2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Ryusuke Taguchi VS EVIL!

The Funky Weapon and his team won just the other day, so you could say he has a leg up on the King of Darkness. But a Six Man Tag is very different from 1v1. Will Taguchi still find a way to take down the NEVER Openweight Champion? Or will he find out that Everything is Evil?

Whoa, wait! Taguchi is already poking fun at Evil by dressing up with a spooky mask, cloak and holding a plastic scythe! Taguchi is rubbing in Evil’s Los Ingobernables de Japon days like it’s an embarrassing phase in high school! Evil does his best to ignore that as he makes his own entrance. Evil and Dick Low Sweet but Taguchi keeps the costume on. Fans rally up and Taguchi climbs the corner to take off the cloak. And when he takes off the mask, he has badly down face paint that just makes him look creepier! Taguchi then hops down and rushes Evil! But into the EVERYTHING-

NO! Taguchi slips out, to steal EVERYTHING- NO! Evil throws Taguchi down, the bell rings, cover, TWO!! Fans rally up for Taguchi but Evil stomps him around! Evil eggs Taguchi on, gives him a kick then runs, into a HIP ATTACK! Taguchi throws point blank hip attacks! Evil gets to a corner, Taguchi drags him up to whip him corner to corner. Evil reverses but runs into a BOOT! Taguchi fakes Evil out on the hip attack, and the fans cheer the standoff. Evil runs into a BOP! And then another BOP! Taguchi runs, ducks and dodges, but Evil dodges the hip attack! Taguchi crashes down and fans rally up again.

Evil drags Taguchi up and throws him out. Evil then pursues to RAM Taguchi into the timekeeper’s area! Down goes Abe-san! That grudge seems to still be a thing. Evil claws at Taguchi’s face while the ref is busy helping the timekeeper. Evil puts Taguchi in the ring, and he grabs his House of Torture towel to CHOKE Taguchi with it! Taguchi flails and sputters as Evil lets off and Evil wants the ref to count. Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives and fans fire up but Evil is annoyed. Evil drags Taguchi up, and throws him out. Evil and the ref argue, Dick ROCKS Taguchi and puts him in. Cover, TWO! Another, TWO! A third, TWO!!

Evil is furious that Taguchi is still in this but the fans rally up! Evil kicks at Taguchi, then stands on Taguchi’s face. Taguchi pushes the foot away, and then sits right up! Is he copying Evil or the Phenom? Evil drags Taguchi up but Taguchi CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Evil rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Evil spins, but Taguchi low blows!? No, just a really low body blow! Evil shoves the ref and tries but Taguchi deflects the low blow! To then wind up and pitch a LOW BLOW! Like a baseball sidearm! Dick protests but Taguchi slingshots Dick into the ring! Fans fire up and Dick wants mercy, but he gets a HIP ATTACK! And STINK FACE!

Taguchi asks for forgiveness then runs to hip attack Evil! Then Dick! Then Evil! Then Dick again! Then for Evil, APRON HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up with Taguchi and he springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus and he drags Evil up. Fans rally as Taguchi snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! And again, Dos Amigos! Taguchi goes again but Evil blocks! But Taguchi powers through to hit THREE AMIGOS! And a kip- No, wait, not quite. Taguchi tries again, and gets it on the third try! Three KIP-migos! And now Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA! OSU!” But the ref is used as a shield!

Taguchi moves the ref aside, but jumps into the atomic drop! EVERYTHING- NO! Taguchi slips out by moving his leg! Taguchi wags his fingers, but Evil tries again! Taguchi blocks Evil’s leg with his own, then rolls Evil up! TWO!! Evil kicks low, runs, but into an ENZIGURI! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs, BUMAYE! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives, but OH MY GARFUNKLE! Dick throws the title belt into the ring but the ref takes that away! Taguchi drops elbows on the leg! Evil grabs at the ref and Dick gets in! But Taguchi trips him up before Dick can use the Spoiler Choker! Now Taguchi has DOUBLE OH MY GARFUNKLE!!

Dick is tapping but that doesn’t matter! Evil gets free and Taguchi focuses on Dick, but then he sees Evil is up to something! Evil waves to the ramp! Is House of Torture coming!? No, and Taguchi turns around, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Cover, Evil wins!

Winner: Evil, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

The mere threat of Sho or Yujiro Takahashi showing up was used to trick Taguchi! Will the King of Darkness be able to use this same trick again in the rest of the Cup?

 

2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO!

The Ticking Timebomb and the Murder Machine meet again after their encounter in the Best of the Super Juniors. Hiromu was on the losing end that time, but will he make up for it in the Cup? Or will the House of Torture have yet another trick up their sleeves?

Forget a trick, what about putting the fix in! Sho drags Hiromu out from gorilla! And he has a chair, too! Sho stomps Hiromu on the ramp, pulls his furry jacket off him, and then JAMS him with the chair! And SMACKS him on the back, too! The ref reprimands and Sho drops the chair. The ref argues with Sho but Sho drags Hiromu to ringside. The ref reprimands, Sho stomps Hiromu and fans rally up. Sho tunes them out before he drags Hiromu up. Sho says they gotta get in the ring so he’s putting Hiromu in the ring. But then Hiromu runs out to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB Sho to the floor!

The bell rings and now things are official! Fans fire up as Hiromu drags Sho up to whip him into railing! And then into the ring! Hiromu fireman’s carries for a CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Hiromu drags Sho up again, another fireman’s carry, but Sho rakes eyes! Sho bails out of the ring but Hiromu pursues. Hiromu whips Sho into more railing! And then again into even more railing! Sho flounders and begs for mercy but Hiromu just whips him into even more railing! Sho grabs the mic from the bell hammer as Hiromu brings him up, but Hiromu whips Sho into even more railing!

Sho flounders around and Hiromu starts pulling up floor mats! The ref reprimands but Hiromu keeps clearing space. Hiromu drags Sho up and brings him over, but Sho uses the hammer to hit Hiromu in the ribs! And then, well, hammer Hiromu on the back! The ref sees that and takes the hammer, but Sho gets Hiromu up, PILEDRIVER to the bare concrete!! Fans rally up while the ref checks on Hiromu, and somehow he’s okay to continue. Sho drags Hiromu up and puts him in the ring, then he unties the blue buckle pad! Sho brings the Bullet Club Special into play! Sho then stomps Hiromu, drags him up, and whips him to the corner!

Hiromu hits off bare buckles and writhes on the mat! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up as Sho grows frustrated. Sho drags Hiromu back to clamp on a chinlock. Sho digs his knee into Hiromu’s neck and shoulders, but he hides that he’s clawing Hiromu’s face! The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4, and then stomps Hiromu in the neutral corner. The ref counts as Sho digs his boots in, and Sho lets off at 4 again. Sho stomps Hiromu again then digs his boots back in. The ref counts again and Sho lets off at 4. Hiromu sputters but fans rally up as he gets to the apron. Sho is amused now and he gives toying kicks.

Hiromu CHOPS, and CHOPS! Sho eggs him on, Hiromu CHOPS again! Sho rakes the eyes, then whips Hiromu. Hiromu reverses, Sho stops from hitting bare steel! Hiromu runs in but Sho moves and now Hiromu hits bare steel! Sho CLUBS Hiromu, then brings him up to CLUB him down again. Sho runs, but Hiromu dodges and runs to RANA! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu crawls and drags himself to the blue corner. Sho goes to the red corner, and he runs in, only for Hiromu to dodge! Sho hits bare buckles, then Hiromu snapmares him for a basement dropkick! Hiromu hauls Sho up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally up and Hiromu gets to his feet. Hiromu fires up and drags Sho up to a fireman’s carry. He aims for the bare corner but Sho slips off! Hiromu mule kicks, front kicks and fireman’s carries, but Sho slips off! Sho waistlocks, Hiromu switches, but Sho elbows free and runs! Hiromu elbows Sho, then runs but Sho follows. Hiromu stops but Sho dodges to whip! JUMP KNEE! Sho goes to run but Hiromu reels him into a waistlock. Sho backs Hiromu down into the bare buckles! Sho runs, but Hiromu blocks the spear! Sho fights out of the suplex to BEND the fingers and CLUB the arm! But Hiromu dodges to kick back!

Hiromu runs but the ref is used as a shield! Hiromu moves the ref aside but Sho SPEARS him down! But Hiromu gets right back up!? Sho dodges the clothesline to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Fans clap for “HI-RO-MU!” but Sho gets up first. Sho drags Hiromu up and puts him against the ropes. Sho throws big boxing elbow shots! The ref reprimands, Sho runs and clotheslines Hiromu against ropes! Sho runs again but gets caught into a spin and RAN- NO! Sho swings Hiromu up to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, but Sho has the arm! SNAKE BITE!!

Hiromu endures Sho’s modified Koji Clutch and fans rally behind him! Hiromu reaches out, even as Sho pulls him in deeper! Hiromu starts to fade! The ref checks on Hiromu, the arm drops once. Hiromu gets a second wind and starts moving towards ropes again! ROPEBREAK! Sho holds until the ref counts 4! Sho is frustrated but the fans keep rallying for Hiromu. Sho rolls all the way out and starts looking under the ring. He finds a chair and a wrench! Sho hides the wrench while the ref sees the chair. The ref confiscates the chair so Sho aims with his wrench! But Hiromu dodges the wrench to GERMAN SUPLEX! And HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!

Both men are down again and the fans fire up! Hiromu slowly gets up and staggers over. He drags Sho up, reels him in, but Sho fights out of the suplex! Sho dodges but Hiromu wheelbarrows for the COMPLETE SHOT! Then D!! Sho is caught in Hiromu’s Triangle Hold now and fans fire up! Sho is turning purple quickly but he stays on his feet! Sho deadlifts Hiromu, but Hiromu lets off to suplex and- NO! Sho knees free! Hiromu SWATS Sho’s lariat, SUPERKICKS, then runs to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! And then suplex, VICTORY ROYAL! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives and fans fire up again!

Hiromu roars and he drags Sho up again. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Sho slips out and shoves Hiromu into the ref! The ref is down and Sho LOW BLOWS Hiromu!! Sho hurries to get his wrench back! Fans rally for “HI-RO-MU!” but Sho aims from the corner. But Hiromu SUPERKICKS first! Hiromu drags Sho around, gets him up and fireman’s carries, for BARE CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!! Fans are thunderous as Hiromu gets Sho back up! Fireman’s carry again, but Yujiro Takahashi is here! PIMP CANE SHOT! The Tokyo Pimp slithers over and gets the ref back in the ring.

Sho gets up and he brings Hiromu up. Sho reels Hiromu in, tucks the arms, CROSS-ARM PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Somehow Hiromu survives! Sho still grins and says this is over. He aims his bow, drags Hiromu back up and double pump handles. SHOCK- NO! Hiromu fights Sho to a cradle, and wins!!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Sho is furious and goes after the referee! Young Lions stop Sho and Hiromu plays with Sho’s wrench. Will the Timebomb have even more, more, MORE fun in the next round?

 

2022 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Tomohiro Ishii VS Shingo Takagi!

Chaos lost to Los Ingobernables de Japon in 4v4 but these two kept on fighting after! Takagi looked to have the edge there, but will Ishii take a bite out of him? Or will the Rampaging Dragon slay the Stone Pitbull?

The bell rings and fans rally as these two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, so Takagi shoves Ishii away. They go again, and are in another deadlock. Ishii finds a point of leverage and powers Takagi back to the ropes. Takagi turns it around, Red Shoes wants the ropebreak, and Takagi lets off, only for Ishii to dodge his cheap shot! Takagi dodges Ishii’s chop, and fans cheer the standoff. The two go again, and Takagi headlocks. Ishii throws body shots but Takagi holds tight. Ishii powers out, and they RAM shoulders! Takagi dares Ishii to go, so Ishii runs. They RAM shoulders again, and Takagi pushes Ishii.

Takagi runs, RAMS Ishii, but Ishii rebounds to RAM Takagi! Takagi rebounds to RAM Ishii again, and they keep going shoulder to shoulder again and again! Takagi shakes out his arm and Ishii taunts him for it. They both run and the RAM! And again! And again! Ishii keeps moving, he rams and Takagi rebounds, for Ishii to run him over! Ishii  kicks Takagi but Takagi gets up. They each choke grip, Ishii SLAPS Takagi right off his feet! Takagi bails out and fans rally up, “I-SHI-I!” “TA-KA-GI!” Takagi is down by the railing but Ishii goes out after him. Ishii drags Takagi up, whips him into railing, then brings him around.

Ishii whips Takagi into railing again, then LARIATS Takagi against the railing! Takagi falls and Ishii eggs him on. Ishii kicks at Takagi, then drags him up. Ishii bumps Takagi off the apron, and again, then eggs him on. Ishii smacks Takagi off the apron again but Takagi just headbutts the apron again and again! Takagi eggs Ishii on but Ishii ROCKS him with a right! Takagi fires a forearm, Ishii gives it back, and they brawl at ringside! Fans fire up as they go faster and faster! Ishii ROCKS Takagi, and ROCKS him again! Ishii whips, Takagi reverses and sends Ishii into railing! Ishii runs in, but into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the floor!

Fans fire up as both men are down! Red Shoes checks on them but they’re okay to continue. The ring count starts, Takagi gets up at 7 of 20 and he kicks away on Ishii at the railing! Takagi stops at 12, staggers to the ring at 15, just to refresh the count! Takagi gets Ishii up to RAM him into the apron, then JAB and CHOP! JAB, CHOP, JAB, CHOP on repeat! Then JAB, JAB and HAYMAKER! Ishii falls over and fans cheer as Takagi catches his breath. Takagi drags Ishii up, puts him in the ring, and fans cheer as this continues in the ring. Takagi jumps for a knee drop! Takagi then drags Ishii up, whips him to ropes and knees him low!

Takagi runs to run Ishii over! Fans fire up and Takagi drops a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Takagi sits Ishii up for a chinlock. Takagi grinds Ishii down, Ishii grabs at hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Ishii throws punches but Takagi sits him up to drive elbows into the shoulder! Ishii talks trash but Takagi kicks him. Ishii talks more trash, Takagi KICKS him! Fans continue to rally and Takagi drags Ishii up. Takagi reels Ishii in but Ishii blocks the lift with a headlock and throws down elbows. Ishii ROCKS Takagi, and ROCKS him again! Takagi rebounds but swings into a spin, only to block the suplex!

The two fight for control, and Takagi hits the suplex! Takagi goes up a corner right away, for a YUKON ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Takagi encourages them to get louder. Takagi then drags Ishii up, whips him to a corner, then runs in but he blocks Ishii’s boot. Takagi powers through to LARIAT! Takagi runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up. Ishii gets up, he kicks at Takagi and puts him in a corner. Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Takagi gets in Ishii’s face so Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS him again! Takagi eggs him on so Ishii CHOPS even more!

Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Even as Takagi drops down! Ishii eggs Takagi on, stands on his head, but Takagi gets up to turn things around, only for Ishii to turn it back around! Takagi throws elbows and even SLAPS, but Ishii doesn’t budge! Ishii eggs Takagi on so Takagi HEADBUTTS! Ishii throws high CHOPS! Red Shoes tries to stop Ishii but Ishii keeps throwing those high chops! Red Shoes backs Ishii down and Takagi coughs and sputters. Fans rally up, Ishii drags Takagi up to CHOP high again! Ishii whips but Takagi reverses. Ishii comes back but into the ELBOW! JAB! And YUKON LARIAT!

Fans fire up while Takagi catches his breath. Takagi drags Ishii up, reels him in, SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Takagi says that’s not all, and fans rally up again. Takagi gets to his feet, brings Ishii back up, then pump handles, Ishii fights free with elbows but Takagi LARIATS point-blank! Ishii falls and fans rally up again. Takagi drags Ishii up, LARIATS again, but Ishii stays up! So Takagi LARIATS him again! Ishii drops to a knee, Takgi runs, but Ishii LARIATS at the ropes! Ishii runs but Takagi LARIATS at the ropes! Then SNAP SAIDO! But Ishii is up fast! To SNAP SAIDO Takagi! But Takagi is up, SNAP SAIDO!

Ishii staggers, dodges the lariat, and they DOUBLE LARIAT! Both stay up, Ishii LARIATS again! But Takagi’s right up! Ishii ducks the lariat to SAIDO! But he can’t get back up! Fans are thunderous as Takagi and Ishii are down! Takagi and Ishii stir, and Ishii sits up first. Ishii brings Takagi up and hoists him to the top rope. Ishii climbs up and he stands Takagi up, to SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up more and Ishii gets back up. Ishii drags Takagi up, reels him in, but Takagi fights free of the bomb! Takagi spins Ishii around, and SPIKES Ishii with a DDT! Both men are down, and fans rally up again!

Takagi gets up, kicks Ishii while he’s down, then bring him up again. Takagi snarls and he reels Ishii in. But now Ishii resists the powerbomb but Takagi powers through, to BUCKLE BOMB Ishii! Takagi fires up and fans rally with him as he hobbles back to Ishii. Takagi drags Ishii up, hoists him up top, then climbs up to join him. Now Takagi brings Ishii up, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans fire up again! Takagi shouts, “OI! OI! OI!” and fans clap along. Takagi gets to his feet, waits on Ishii to rise, and then Takagi runs to PUMP- NO! Ishii swats it, but Takagi blocks the enziguri! Ishii avoids the sliding lariat, then spins Takagi to ROCK him!

Takagi grits his teeth and wags his finger. Takagi fires off boxing elbows over and over, for about a dozen! Ishii spins, but into the Gory Especial! NOSHIGAMI! Fans fire up and Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and fans are thunderous! Takagi is frustrated but he gets back up. Takagi pump handles and torture racks, Ishii slips off and headbutts! Takagi headbutts back so Ishii HEADBUTTS Takagi down! Both men stir while the fans rally up. Ishii gets to a corner but Takagi stands up. Ishii runs in but Takagi swats his lariat! Ishii spins to LARIAT with his left! Takagi swings, but Ishii SNAP GERMANS!

But Takagi’s right back up?! Only for Ishii to LARIAT him down! Cover, ONE?!!? And Ishii is furious! Ishii drags Takagi up, runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Takagi survive again and Ishii roars in frustration! Ishii gets back up, drags Takagi up and suplexes, but Takagi knees free! Takagi wrenches but Ishii DECKS him! Ishii gets Takagi up but Takagi suplexes for the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, ONE?!?! Ishii survives Takagi’s shot and roars as he goes to ropes. Takagi runs in, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, ONE!?!? LARIAT from Ishii! Cover, ONE?!?!?! How are either of these two doing this?!

Takagi and Ishii go to opposite corners. Takagi dares Ishii to bring it, and they DOUBLE LARIAT! HEADBUTT! ENZIGURI! Takagi and Ishii fall again but Ishii roars as he gets back up! Off comes the elbow pad! Ishii runs, but Takagi catches him! Knee, pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Fans are thunderous as Ishii somehow survives! Takagi is too tired to be frustrated now, and he grits his teeth as he drags Ishii back up. Ishii breaks free but Takagi JABS! Ishii swings, but Takagi catches him for a SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! And then SLIDING FOREARM!

Takagi isn’t done, he gets Ishii right back up! Pump handle, torture rack, LAST OF THE DRAGONS!!!! Cover, Takagi wins!!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

This battle of titans is finally over, and in the end, it is the Rampaging Dragon that stands tall! And after he finally catches his breath, he gets the mic. “I knew that old man was crazy. There are all kinds of pro-wrestling, but that was pro-wrestling.” Fans cheer that sentiment. Takagi says, “Once again… Once again… Once. Again. I AM HERE!” Fans cheer, and Takagi admits he’s a little woozy. Ishii’s one hell of a first round opponent, but somehow, Takagi made it through. Last year, Takagi was the runner-up in the Cup. That may sound nice but think about it. “In the end, Ospreay beat me to a pulp. So it wasn’t really a good ending for me.

“If you go all the way to the finals, it’s pointless if you don’t win it!” Fans cheer that sentiment while Takagi catches his breath again. “Some great politician once said, ‘Why do you insist on being first? Why not second?’ Let me say, to HELL with that! I HAVE to win this! What’s the point of entering if not to win?!” Fans cheer that, too! Takagi vows to win this year, so just watch this dragon soar all the way to the New Japan Cup! Will Takagi make good on this promise and redeem himself from last year’s loss?


My Thoughts:

Another great night for NJPW and the tournament. I kept it to the tournament matches this time, though I will say I was a bit surprised Bullet Club won against LIJ there. I suppose it does make sense, though, with ELP needing to keep momentum up as he’s going against Ospreay. Chase VS Jado was a great match just on the story of the Bullet Club Civil War that’s building. Taguchi VS Evil was great for both Taguchi mocking Evil’s old look and for Evil pulling the very clever faction fake-out. Hiromu VS Sho was also awesome right from the jump, and Hiromu winning even when House of Torture did get involved was great.

And of course, Takagi VS Ishii in the main event was wild, I loved that stretch of insane one counts. Takagi wins, has a really good promo to close out the night, and I wonder if, with Kota Ibushi out, our semifinalists on one side will be Ospreay VS Takagi to revisit last year’s finals. Then the winner of that goes against Okada or something, that’d make a HUGE final match for this biggest New Japan Cup tournament ever.

My Score: 8.6/10


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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; win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS ???
  • Queen Aminata VS ???
  • Red Velvet VS ???
  • Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage will be on delay]


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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.

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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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