It’s night one of the most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania ever!
And with that comes Stone Cold Steve Austin’s return, on the KO Show! Who will be given the most stupendous Stunner in WWE history?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs; The Usos win and retain the titles.
- Drew McIntyre VS Happy Corbin w/ Mad Cap Moss; McIntyre wins.
- The Mysterios VS The Miz & Logan Paul; The Miz & Logan win.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
- Seth Rollins VS Cody Rhodes; Rhodes wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey; Charlotte wins and retains the title.
- No Holds Barred: Kevin Owens VS Stone Cold Steve Austin; Austin wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the WrestleMania 38 Kickoff Show!
Watch on USA Network, YouTube, Peacock for American viewers and WWE Network everywhere else for the most STUPENDOUS two hour kickoff! Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Peter Rosenberg as they discuss, analyze and predict all the action for night one!
The Bump’s Matt Camp is among the WWE Universe tailgaters and they are all fired up for tonight! Everyone’s got their belts, their shirts, and plenty of Austin 3:16 shirts among them!
Maria Menounos talks with Seth Rollins!
What’s shaking? Long time no see! The Visionary is dressed to impress in his Beetlejuice best! It’s all about style at Mania, baby! And a big night for him because he is facing someone of Mr. McMahon’s choice. Any ideas as to who this is? Well the world is guessing! Who is Vince McMahon going to choose? A legend from the past? Booker? The Rock? Hogan? Or someone new from NXT, a Bron Breakker or Carmelo Hayes? Or maybe… Yes! What if it was for one night only, Vince himself suits up and struts on down to face him? Wouldn’t that be something?
But Rollins has learned through this journey is that no matter who it is, it isn’t about them! It’s about ROLLINS! This is his time! His moment! His WrestleMania! He is a visionary, he is a revolutionary and… He is Seth FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!
Jackie Redmond joins the WWE Universe!
As you can hear, the excitement is off the charts and still building as more fans come in! This one guy has Taker shaved into his head! But then we have young Christian here as Universal Champion all the way from California to see Ronda Rousey! She’s his favorite, because she won the Royal Rumble! But he also has a great Stone Cold Stunner, which he shows off on his dad! We might see one of those on Kevin Owens courtesy of THE Stone Cold!
But speaking of Kevin, he “crashed” WWE Axxess yesterday, and he went right to the Stone Cold section, to push shirt racks over! And he even SMACKED the head off an Austin cut-out! “It’ll be even easier tomorrow night when I meet Austin in person.” And then he sprays GRAFFITI all over a Steve Austin mural! As if Kevin wasn’t asking for the Texas Rattlesnake to open up a whoop-ass before! Will Stone Cold open up a whole six pack of whoop-ass on the obnoxious KO?
Matt Camp is with more fans.
Who do they want? Ronda Rousey! Who do they want? Rey Mysterio! Who else? More Ronda! Well alright, plenty of Ronda fans here! Will she be new SmackDown Women’s Champion?
Jerry “The King” Lawler joins the panel!
Fans chant for “JERRY! JERRY!” and Jerry thought he was going to be replacing Kevin Patrick. He has the flower disease, y’know. Cuz he’s a bloomin’ idiot!
Jake Paul also joins the panel to boo himself. But he says his brother, Logan Paul, is gonna take on Rey Mysterio and no one will be booing. Rey is old! How much has Logan been preparing? His whole life! State championship wrestler, this is what the Paul brothers were built for. Logan has been locked in for this! He is not taking this lightly, and he has a special connection to The Miz. Then the crowd will bow down to Logan! Fans should boo themselves! But doesn’t it surprise Jake that Miz and Logan work so well? Not at all! This is Logan’s time to shine. The Mysterios are father-son, but it’s time for new people to take the W in the WWE.
The King says Rey hit the jerk-pot with Dominik. When Dom was born, the parents got a ticket for littering. Wow, King is on the Pauls’ side? Kayla says they are focused, and Peter says the Pauls work their tails off when push comes to shove. Logan fought Floyd Mayweather. Logan is gonna throw Rey’s mask to the fans then throw Rey out of the arena! He’s that little! But Booker faced Rey for the world title, That is one of the most accomplished superstars in history. Booker does follow the Paul Brothers, they love their city. Is Miz putting Logan in a situation he shouldn’t be in after ripping on Cleveland?
Well, Logan doesn’t control Miz. At the end of the day, they’re going into battle. The Paul Brothers love Cleveland. Okay, but hopefully Logan isn’t a follower, or he’ll end up in trouble. Well you don’t think Miz can’t handle himself? Then Rey & Dom have a chance at losing? Jerry says Jake can tell Booker about it. This is easy work! Kayla says the Mysterios have a lot to prove, though. She’s a fan, that’s all. Peter asks if Jake would want to jump in the ring. Jake says he might jump on a fan right now. He knocks out people like them for a living! Jake might even just get in the ring with his brother. He’s gonna have words with those who boo his brother.
Will Logan & Miz win one for The Land? Or will the Mysterios get payback for all the things Miz & Logan have been up to?
Jackie Redmond has more fans.
She has the best dressed member here, Peyton cosplaying her favorite, Rhea Ripley! Rhea inspires Peyton to be herself, and that is a great role model to have. How pumped is she? Beyond pumped! It’s surreal even being here being interviewed. Well it is real! Throw us back to the panel with a Rhea brutality stomp! Sure! BAM! Nailed it! Maybe this is a future WWE Superstar!
Maria talks with The New Day!
Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods are stylish here, and Maria welcomes Woods back. Good to be back! Especially here at WrestleMania! And they are gonna tear Sheamus’ boys apart! Woods wasn’t gonna let Kofi take on “Butch, Botch and Bitch” all alone! OH~ NO~! Time to break the brakes off them EastEnders rejects!. Kofi is former world champion, Woods is King of the Ring, and they are the longest reigning W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAPMIONS~! Yes they twerk and smile and dance, but every once in awhile, ya bois gotta remind people that they will put their feet betwixt the cheeks of their enemies! But they’re outnumbered, so how are they going to win?
Well if Butch gets involved, he will be done. This isn’t the first time they didn’t have their backs against the wall, either! And they had their backs all up against the wall in the club! Nasty twerks! But tonight, they worry about nottin’. Why? BECAAAAAUSE~~! NEW! DAY ROCKS! NEW! DAY ROCKS! Clap along!
Mad Cap Moss joins the panel.
Moss thinks they should as YOUR 2022 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner about McIntyre VS Corbin. And he’s working on his Mania tan, by the way. But listen, there is on doubt that Happy Corbin is staying undefeated! He is synonymous with WrestleMania! The Andre the Giant Battle Royal, retiring Kurt Angle, and it’ll take an act of God to save McIntyre! Maybe instead of a Claymore, he needs to PRAY MORE! Moss is cracking up and Booker actually does like it. Moss says McIntyre is so Scottish and arrogant, he plays… the BRAG PIPES!
Okay, one more! Okay, okay, Happy will run him pillar to post, wear him out, and there will be nothing left in the take. he won’t be Drew McIntyre, he’ll be Drew McInTIRED! Booker likes it! Does he have one more? Moss says the fans don’t deserve one more! Well thank goodness. Jerry has one: Moss wishes he had a lower IQ so he could enjoy the fans’ company. Kayla tells Moss to wish Corbin luck, he’s gonna need it.
Titus O’Neil is on stage!
He shouts out Dallas, Texas and they bark back. He welcomes them to the most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania weekend ever! As a global ambassador, he is here to recognize five charity organizations here in Dallas and they are being awarded WWE Community Championships! North Texas Food Bank, Café Momentum, Four Oak Cliff, VogelAlcove, and the Family Place are all represented here. But they can’t have the most stupendous weekend without some very special news. Each and every one of these organizations are receiving a grant on behalf of WWE and DoorDash of $20 THOUSAND!!
Everything is bigger in Texas, right? So then how about we share in front of the millions all over the world with a big round of applause, WrestleMania style! Fans cheer the great work these organizations are doing in Texas.
Performing America the Beautiful, it’s multi-platinum country star, Bradley Gilbert!
The pageantry, the magnificence, and the excitement of WrestleMania!
Stars are made, legends are born, but do you hear that? Mark Wahlberg says that’s the sound of greatness. There is a Texas sized helping up for grabs, if they can find it. Greatness is elusive and exclusive. Just look at those who have caught it. Hogan, Andre, HBK, HHH, Taker, Cena. No one said it was easy. The truth is, there is no roadmap to greatness. Even the great ones get lost and they have to fight their way back. So bring it on! The big time fight! The open a can fight! The baddest woman on the planet fight. “And that’s just tonight.” Welcome to the most STUPENDOUS two night WrestleMania in history!
Welcome the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders!
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rick Boogs!
Jimmy & Jey represent the Bloodline and are kicking off the most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania Weekend, but will they still be the longest reigning SmackDown Tag Team Champions ever? Or will the King of Strong Style and his rockin’ bard be the starts that shine big and bright here in the heart of Texas?
McAfee of course rocks out during the entrance of Boogs ‘n’ Nakamura, and especially as they rock that Mike’s Harder Half ‘n’ Half orange ‘n’ yellow. They even rock out with the “Harder Farmer!” But the Usos are in white with some red as they bring the gold. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and WrestleMania 38 finally begins!
The teams sort out and Nakamura starts with Jimmy, DYNAMIC DROPKICK at the bell! Nakamura fires off more kicks, Jimmy blocks but Nakamura ENZIGURIS! Nakamura gives Jimmy GOOD VIBRATIONS already! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off and gets Jimmy up onto the top rope. Nakamura runs in to TOP SHELF KNEE! Cover, ONE! Jimmy headlocks, Jey tags in as Nakamura powers out, but Jimmy scoops and BACKBREAKER, to Jey’s FLYING AX HANDLE! Jey drags Nakamura up, reels him in, BIG back suplex! Jey holds up his finger, #WeTheOnes. Nakamura ROCKS Jey back and wraps on a SLEEPER!
Jey snapmares free and CLOBBERS Nakamura! Tag to Jimmy, they split the wishbone on Nakamura! Jimmy drags Nakamura up and chokes him on ropes! The ref counts, Jimmy lets off but Jey gets a cheap shot in! Jimmy looms over Nakamura, stomps him, then talks trash. Jimmy stands Nakamura up but Nakamura fires off strikes first! Nakamura blocks a kick but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Cover, TWO! Jimmy drags Nakamura up into a chinlock but fans rally. Nakamura endures, fights up, reaches out, but Jimmy keeps him from Boogs. Jimmy scoops, Nakamura slips off, Jimmy ducks the roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK!
Both men are down and fans rally up. Jimmy and Nakamura crawl, hot tags to Jey and Boogs! Boogs rallies with big ax handles, then he hits Jimmy with some! Boogs scoops Jey but Jey slips off to mule kick! And uppercut! Jey says hush, but he runs into a BEARHUG! Boogs squeezes tight, then brings Jey up into a stalling suplex! Fans fire up as Boogs kneels, but then stands back up to SLAM Jey down! Cover, TWO! Boogs wants Jey to get up, and he fires up. Fans rally, Boogs fireman’s carries but he sees Jimmy coming! Jimmy just gest added to the pile! But the bad leg gives up! Boogs is still suffering a bit from the damage the Usos did to him weeks ago!
Boogs manages to tag Nakamura in and Nakamura PLANCHAS onto the Usos! Nakamura puts Jey in, fires off strikes, then knees low and AX KICKS! Nakamura whips Jey to a corner, runs in but blocks boots! He puts Jey in ropes, ROUNDHOUSE and SLIDING GERMAN! Jey flounders and Nakamura hurries back in. Nakamura takes aim, “YAO~!” But Jey SUPERKICKS first! Hot tag to Jimmy and he’s up top, USO SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Nakamura survives and no one can believe it! That splash usually does it! Medics are checking Boogs, it does not look good for him, Nakamura is truly alone in this.
Jimmy drags Nakamura back up, waistlocks, but Nakamura fights with elbows! Jey tags in but Nakamura hits him, too. Jey holds Nakamura and Jimmy SUPERKICKS! The Usos whip, ONE AND DONE!! Cover, Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)
And that’s all it takes! Boogs’ leg couldn’t hold up, and Nakamura couldn’t beat both Usos alone! Will Jimmy & Jey always have the SmackDown Tag Division on lockdown?
Drew McIntyre VS Happy Corbin w/ Mad Cap Moss!
The Scottish Warrior has had his problems with Baron Corbin for a long, long time. But things have gotten more personal than any time before. Corbin tried to end McIntyre’s career at Day One, and since then he’s been laughing at McIntyre’s misery. Will McIntyre make Corbin pay in blood? Or will Corbin just keep his Happy Undefeated Streak going?
The bell rings and McIntyre goes right at Corbin with forearms and haymakers! Corbin ROCKS McIntyre back, throws more shots, then body shots in the corner. Corbin whips corner to corner, McIntyre rebounds to CLOBBER Corbin! McIntyre brings Corbin up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS through that stupid looking shirt! Corbin kicks back, runs, but McIntyre follows to clothesline Corbin out! McIntyre goes out and storms up to bring Corbin up. McIntyre smacks Corbin off apron, then RAM him into barriers. McIntyre puts Corbin in the ring, but Corbin KNEES McIntyre back out!
Corbin runs and POSTS McIntyre! McIntyre hits the floor, Moss cheers but he’s the only one. Corbin goes out, fetches McIntyre back in and Moss pats him on the back. Corbin gets in, stomps the bad leg and throws haymakers. Corbin talks trash but McIntyre counter punches! He backs Corbin down, whips but Corbin reverses! McIntyre hits buckles hard and falls to the mat! Cover, ONE!! Corbin is upset, he drags McIntyre up and says McIntyre ain’t got it. Corbin suplexes high and hard! Moss is fired up, but he’s the only one. Corbin looms over McIntyre as he gets up. Corbin reels McIntyre in, BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE!!
Corbin argues the count but Moss says no worries, he’s in control! McIntyre sits up, Corbin stands him up to knee him low. Corbin says to watch, and he runs to ROCK McIntyre with a right! Moss is fired up and Corbin runs again, for another BIG right! Moss hoots and hollers but he’s in the way as Corbin wants to run again! Corbin tells him to get down! Moss apologizes, Corbin turns around into a SPINEBUSTER! McIntyre snarls and fans fire up, McIntyre gets going and he rallies on Corbin with clotheslines! McIntyre whips, Corbin reverses but he runs in and McIntyre dodges. Corbin slides out, in, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
McIntyre gets around to NECKBREAKER! And kip up! Fans fire up with McIntyre and he waits on Corbin. Corbin stands, McIntyre kicks low and underhooks, but no Future Shock! Corbin wrenches out but McIntyre ROCKS him! McIntyre runs, into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated, as is Moss. Corbin catches his breath while fans rally up. McIntyre gets up, Corbin choke grips him! But McIntyre slips out of the slam to shove Corbin to a corner! McIntyre runs in but is put outside. He still ROCKS Corbin, climbs up top, LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up and McIntyre gives us the countdown!
THREE! TWO! ONE! But Corbin bails out! McIntyre just FLIES! Direct hit on the Happy Folks! Fans are loving this as all three men are down! McIntyre gets up, puts Corbin in the ring, and he sees Moss running in! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up as McIntyre climbs again, but Corbin gets under the leap! END OF- NO! McIntyre slips through and ROCKS Corbin! But Corbin ducks the Claymore! END OF DAYS!! Cover, TWO!?! Corbin can’t believe his best move fails him!! It’s been perfect all this time, it’s like a part of him died! Fans are thunderous as Corbin snarls and drags McIntyre back up.
McIntyre wrenches out, kicks low, FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre kips up again! Fans fire up and we get another countdown! THREE! TWO! ONE! CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The Scottish Warrior finally smiles, because he just vanquished Happy Corbin! No more undefeated streak, no more End of Days being perfect, will all this send Corbin back into his bumass phase?
But wait! Moss tries to get in, but McIntyre points his sword at him! Moss says to take it easy, but then McIntyre SLASHES THE ROPES! Moss freaks out, but who wouldn’t? Is this a sign that the Scottish Warrior is going to carve a path back to the top of the WWE?
The Mysterios VS The Miz & Logan Paul!
Rey & Dominik, father and son, have already made history together in this dream come true. But will things start to become a nightmare at the hands of the Most Must-See (and obnoxious) Tag Team in WWE? Or will Dominik prove to Miz and all the doubters that he deserves to be here with his dad?
The teams sort out and Rey is calling out Logan! Logan says nope, and Miz starts against the King of Lucha. They circle, then Logan swipes at Rey! Miz kicks Rey to the corner, fires off hands and stomps, then he tags Logan in. Logan soaks up the heat, he and Miz mug Rey, then they let off as the ref reprimands. Logan brings Rey around, but Rey waistlocks! And headlocks! Logan powers up to power out, then hurdles, hurdles, and does the splits, into a BUZZSAW! Miz tags in, but runs into a RANA! Tag to Dom, the Mysterios double wrench, sweep and coordinate, wheelbarrow VICTORY SPLASH! Cover, TWO!
Dom drags Miz up to whip to a corner. Miz reverses but Dom slips out and hotshots Miz down! Dom hurries to LIONSAULT! Logan runs in, Dom ROCKS him! Knuckle lock, Dom goes up and up and leaps to DOUBLE TOSS Logan and Miz! Fans fire up and Dom goes up and TORNILLOS Miz down! Dom gets Miz into the ring, fans fire up with him, but Miz bails out. Rey is there to keep Miz from running too far, but Logan CLOBBERS Dom from behind! Miz gets in to stomp away on Dom, then he drags Dom up. Miz bumps Dom off buckles, throws back elbows, then he tags Logan in. Miz puts Dom up top for Logan to scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!
Logan stomps Dom, taunts Rey, shows off how fast he can punch air, then he stomps Dom more. Tag to Miz, he and Logan fire off IT KICKS on Dom! Fans boo but they soak it up, DOUBLE IT KICKS! Cover, TWO! Miz chinlocks, Dom fights up and throws hands! Miz shoves Dom, reels him in, but Dom turns backbreaker into backslide! TWO, but Miz drags Dom from Rey! Miz whips Dom to a corner, throws back elbows, then tags back to Logan. Miz whips Dom into Logan’s BOOT! Logan goes up the corner and talks trash, to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Logan paces, Rey rallies the fans but Logan stomps Dom.
Fans fire up but Logan throws knees. Logan bumps Dom off buckles, Miz tags in, and they both stomp away on Dom. Miz digs his boots in, the ref counts, Miz lets off. Dom sits up, Logan CHOKES him on the ropes! Rey protests but the ref has him go back to the corner. Miz soaks up heat, stands Dom up and whips him back into the corner, but Dom DECKS Logan! Dom fires off more hands, kicks Miz and kicks Logan for the TORNADO DDT! Both Dom and Miz are down and fans fire up again! Dom crawls, Miz grabs at him, but hot tag to Rey! Rey dodges, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors Miz! Miz puts Rey out but Rey ROCKS Miz!
Rey goes up, leaps, SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps going, ducks and whips Miz, but Miz sunset flips! Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Rey keeps moving, but Miz sends him out again. Rey shoulders back in, ROCKS Miz then goes back up. MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Miz, but Logan breaks the pin! Logan and Miz get Rey up with a double suplex, but Dom SUPERRKICSK! Rey cradles Miz, TWO!! Rey drop toeholds Miz to ropes! Dial it up, but Miz scoops Rey, only for Rey to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives but Rey keeps his cool and fans fire back up. Rey kicks Miz, snap suplexes, Uno Amigo!
Rey gets Miz up again, Dos Amigos! Fans fire up more as Rey gets up again, but Miz slips out to shove Rey into a POST! Logan tags in, he sucker punches Dom! Then Logan BOOTS Rey! Logan drags Rey up and he suplexes! Uno Logan! Then another, Dos Logans! Logan wants and hits the THREE LOGANS! And even a kip up! Logan goes to a corner, climbs up, and with some Logan Heat, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!! Rey survives and Dom gets in, but Logan whips. Dom reverse to send Logan out hard! Dom builds speed, to DIVE on The Miz! Miz takes the hit for Logan but Dom chases Logan down!
They get in the ring, Rey RANAS Logan to the ropes! DIAL IT UP!! But Miz tags in before the DOUBLE 619!! Dom goes up, FROG SPLASH onto Logan! Rey goes up, FROG SPLASH AGAIN! But Miz is legal, he SLAMS Dom down on Rey! Then SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Miz & Logan win!!
Winners: The Miz & Logan Paul, by pinfall
Dallas is furious, but Miz outmaneuvered the Mysterios to get himself and Logan a WrestleMania win! And then Miz hits Logan with a SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Fans cheer as Miz does the right thing for once! But what does this mean for Miz and Logan in the future?
Stephanie McMahon is here!
The Chief Brand Officer of WWE is back! And she just wanted to come out here to take the opportunity to say, “Thank you.” She is always blown away by the majesty of WrestleMania, the power of the fans coming from around the world to celebrate this one thing that we all love. “We say then, now, forever, together, for a reason.” And it is now her honor to introduce a key member of the next generation. He brought home the gold from Tokyo, just won his SECOND NCAA Championship in Heavyweight Wrestling. Ladies and gentlemen, it is Olympic gold medalist, GABLE STEVESON!
Fans cheer Steveson as he stands with Stephanie on stage. She raises his hand, he is ready to be on Monday Night Raw! Will Steveson make a name for himself in pro-wrestling and be back on WrestleMania next year?
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Bianca Belair!
The Man headlined WrestleMania 35, The EST main evented WrESTleMania 37 Night One. But when these two met at SummerSlam, Becky stunned everyone with a 26 second win to get the SmackDown Women’s Championship back. Long roads have led us to this, and now we see if Big Time Becks’ time is up! Will this be WrESTleMania Part 2 on the most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania Weekend ever?
Becky’s entrance is a Marvel Cinematic parody, and she is brought on stage by a white SUV. Becky shows off her title and her new haircut as she struts down to the ramp. Preceding Bianca is the marching band from Texas Southern University! They play her theme and then the EST herself appears as the drum major! The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just who really is the greatEST!
Fans fire up as these two stare down. Bianca hears the chants for “E S T!” but so does Becky, and that only upsets Becky more. They circle, approach, and Bianca offers a handshake? Becky throws a sucker punch! And tries the Manhandle, but Bianca fights out! Torture rack, but Becky lands on her feet out of KOD! She uses the ponytail! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! Becky can’t believe it! Bianca survives, and this match is already going longer than SummerSlam! Becky hurries to get an arm but Bianca has the ropebreak! The ref counts, Becky KICKS Bianca down! Cover, TWO!
Becky stomps away on Bianca, covers again, TWO! Becky rains down elbows, covers, TWO! A leg drop, cover, TWO! Becky cools off, clearly she has to try something else. Becky paces, goes back to Bianca, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO, and Becky hurries for a cover, but with feet on the ropes! The ref sees that, no good for Becky! Becky argues with the ref, but then Bianca spins Becky around and reels her in! Snap suplex and roll through to a stalling suplex, but Becky makes it a DDT! Cover, TWO! Becky is slightly amused now, because Bianca is hanging tough. Becky dusts off her hands, looms over Bianca, and drags her to a drop zone.
Fans rally as Becky goes to the corner, climbs up top, MOONSAULT FLOPS! Bianca hurries to steal the DISARM-HER!! The Man is enduring her own hold! Becky moves around, gets a foot for the ROPEBREAK, but Bianca drags her away! Becky trips Bianca, Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Bianca covers, TWO! Bianca kicks low, reels Becky in, scoops her, but Becky pops up top! Bianca blocks the victory roll, TWO! Becky gets the roll, TWO! Bianca has it again, TWO! Bianca ends u p in a corner and Becky boots her low! Becky reels Bianca in but Bianca throws Becky out! Bianca’s ponytail comes into play again as Becky drags her out!
Becky tries to whip, Bianca reels Becky in and scoops! But Becky slips off and RAMS Bianca into steel steps! Bianca is down and Becky wants a count-out! The count begins as Becky paces in the ring. Bianca stirs, gets up and in at 5, but Becky is right after her! BECKSPLODER! Bianca flounders again and Becky soaks up the heat. Becky drags Bianca up to BECKSPLODER again! Becky soaks up the heat again as she drags Bianca up again, BECKSPLODER! #SuBecksCity! Cover, TWO! Bianca flounders but Becky stays close. Becky wrenches to WRING Bianca into the ropes! Bianca writhes and clutches her neck!
Becky gloats as Bianca sputters, then Becky drags Bianca up to whip into a corner. Becky runs in, but Bianca slips out and ROCKS Becky! Bianca shoulders in, slingshots up, but into a SUPERKICK! Becky has Bianca stuck on the ropes, and she goes to the corner! GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in this and Becky is growing frustrated again. Becky stomps Bianca, drags her up by her ponytail and wraps on a SLEEPER! Bianca endures, Becky throws crossface forearms, then keeps on the sleeper. Fans rally, Bianca fights up, and Bianca throws body shots. Bianca snapmares free, dodges Becky, then goes up, only for Becky to YANK her down!
Becky reels Bianca in, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! To ARMBAR! Bianca flails, claws at Becky, and powers up to go for a stack! Cover, TWO! Becky keeps the arm, has more of a Triangle Hold now, and even uses the ponytail to drag Bianca in deeper! Bianca just powers up again to deadlift Becky, but Becky RANAS Bianca out of the ring! Both women hit the floor and fans fire up! The ring count climbs, both women are down at 5 of 10, but Bianca gets in at 7! Becky drags her out, then pops Bianca up. Bianca handsprings off ropes to suplex Becky, and SLAM her on the floor! Fans fire up as both women are down again!
Another ring count begins, we’re past 5 of 10 already. Bianca puts Becky in at 8, hurries to get her up, but Becky ROCKS her! Bianca ROCKS Becky back, keeps throwing hands, then RAMS Becky into the corner with her shoulder! Bianca fires off but the ref has her back down. Becky kicks Bianca back! Becky runs but Bianca blocks the kick and FLIPS Becky. Bianca scoops to GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Becky survives and Bianca grits her teeth. Bianca keeps her focus as she stalks Becky to ropes. Bianca brings Becky up, whips her to ropes, but Becky reverses. Bianca handsprings, pops Becky up, but Becky victory rolls it! TWO!!
Bianca gets around to chicken wing Becky! GlamEST SLAM! Bianca hurries to handspring and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Bianca is feeling that frustration. Bianca drags Becky over to a drop zone and she goes up top! Fans fire up, but Becky ROCKS Bianca first! Becky climbs, fires forearms on Bianca, then sits Bianca up. Bianca fights back, fireman’s carries, and fans stand up for the CHICAGO SKYLINE! Or maybe in this case, Dallas Skyline! Bianca hurries back up top, fans fire up, EST 450!! Cover, TWO!?! Becky escapes and no one, least of all Bianca, can believe this!
Bianca works to stay cool because Becky is still down. Fans rally up, Bianca waits on Becky to get up at the apron. Bianca runs in to RAM Becky, then she has a headlock! Becky HOTSHOTS back! Becky dodges the shoulder to KICK and KICK! Bianca is down, Becky goes up and fans fire up! Becky with the MOLLY-GO-ROUND! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives getting boots to the face! Becky looms over Bianca, she drags Bianca up, MAN- NO! No handling, Bianca shoves and ROCKS Becky! Bianca runs, but into a forearm from Becky! Becky runs, but into Bianca’s SPINEBUSTER! And then handspring MOONSAULT onto knees!
Becky hurries to get the arm, but Bianca uses that to roll Becky! TWO, Bianca wants chicken wings! Becky victory9 rolls, TWO! Bianca has it, TWO, and Bianca hits buckles! Becky hurries to JUMP KICK, but Bianca blocks! Bianca gets Becky to the torture rack! But Becky holds ropes for dear life! The ref reprimands and counts, so Bianca TOSSES Becky to the floor! Bianca then hurries to fetch Becky up and in! Becky hurries to scramble away to the far side! Bianca can’t stop her, Becky is safe on the outside again! But then Bianca grabs Becky by her hair, only for Becky to use Bianca’s hair to YANK her into post!
Bianca drapes then flops out of the ring, and Becky brings her up again. MANHANDLE SLAM onto steel steps! Becky leaves Bianca behind and at the mercy of the ring count! Bianca slumps off the steps at 5 of 10, is down at 7, and fans are thunderous! Bianca is up and in at 9.9!? Becky hurries to roll her, TWO!! Bianca is proving she is the toughEST, but now Becky is the angriEST as he hammers away on Bianca’s back! Becky drags Bianca back up, but she’s all but dead weight. Bianca hops out of the Manhandle Slam! And scoops Becky to a torture rack! K O D!!! Cover, Bianca wins!!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)
WrESTleMania lives again! She finally gets big time payback on Becky, will Bianca make this title run the greatEST yet?
Seth Rollins VS ???
The Visionary wanted to be part of WrestleMania because he claimed it couldn’t be the most STUPENDOUS one ever without him. He tried to take the Raw Tag Team Championships with Kevin Owens, and failed. He tried to take Kevin Owens’ idea to meet with Stone Cold, and failed. He even tried to steal the match with Edge from AJ Styles, and failed! But Vince McMahon decided to give Rollins his most STUPENDOUS WrestleMania Moment yet, against an opponent of Vince McMahon’s choosing. So who did the WWE Chairman find?
Rollins has a Dallas a cappella choir sing his theme for him before he swaggers his way out in a big blue robe. The fans start to sing along, but now it’s the moment of truth. Seth Rollins’ WrestleMania opponent is… Is it anyone? There’s no music yet. Rollins gets impatient and throws his robe away. WHOA the pyro! All the way up the ramp and to the stage, and then the lights change. They start to dim and go out… “Wrestling has more than one… Royal family.” IT IS HIM! Rumors were all over the internet, but they’re now proven true! The AMERICAN NIGHTMARE has come to WrestleMania! Cody Rhodes has come BACK to the WWE!!
Cody rises up from below the stage as Dallas loses its mind! Cody gives his weight belt to a fan in the front row before he gets into the ring. The bell rings and the fans are still thunderous as these two stare down. The fans are chanting, “CODY! CODY!” as hard as they can as he and Rollins circle. They tie up, break, then Rollins grins. Rollins and Cody circle more, feel things out, and fans are just loving the moment still! Cody and Rollins tie up, are in a deadlock, but Cody headlocks. Rollins powers up and out, things speed up and Rollins hurdles. Cody slides under and arm-drags Rollins away! Then he cartwheels and does Stardust hands!
Fans are loving this even more as Cody and Rollins reset. They circle, feel out the grapple, knuckle lock, and Rollins gets a headlock now. Cody pulls tights a bit to bring Rollins around. Cody throws body shots and powers out, but Rollins hurdles, redirects and runs Cody over! Rollins grins, things speed up again but Cody side steps. Rollins blocks a hip toss, Cody blocks, Rollins tries a backslide but Cody blocks. Cody whips, kicks, and drops for the Rhodes Uppercut! Fans fire up as Rollins scrambles to a corner. Cody waits on Rollins and Rollins manages to laugh it off. Rollins gets up and says welcome back. Then he sucker punches Cody!
Cody forearms and haymakers back, but Rollins kicks low. Rollins tucks Cody and hooks arms, but Cody fights out! Cody gets around, dragon sleeper, but Rollins snapmares free! Cody avoids the stomp, kicks low, and he suplexes, but Rollins fights it! Rollins tries but Cody fights the suplex. They go back and forth with the suplex, Cody ends up suplexing himself and Rollins out of the ring! Fans fire up as both men slowly get up. Cody drags himself up with the announce desk, the ring count starts but Cody brings Rollins up. Rollins RAMS Cody into the apron! Rollins goes around the way, but Cody grabs an arm to YANK Rollins into post!
The count is 5 of 10, Rollins gets in and Cody follows. Cody throws body shots, wraps arms around Rollins’ arm, but the ref counts. Cody stops at 4, wrenches, wristlocks, then monkey flips Rollins! Cody keeps on the arm, Rollins fights up but Cody whips. Cody hits a hip toss then gets a short arm scissor! Rollins endures, fans rally, and Rollins rolls back to a cover, TWO! Cody goes for the arm again, but Rollins throws forearms. Rollins ROCKS Cody but then Cody gets around to waistlock. Rollins denies the O’Conner but Cody gets the legs, GUT KICK! Cody then yanks Rollins up but Rollins lands on his feet, PELE!
Both men are down but Rollins shakes out the bad arm. Cody gets the arm to WRING it out! Cody climbs up the corner now, Rollins stands, Cody leaps into a dropkick! Cody writhes, goes to ropes, but Rollins storms over. Rollins KNEES Cody low, whips him to ropes and knee shim low again! And then again the other way! Fireman’s carry, GUTBUSTER! Cover, ONE!! Cody is reminding Rollins of his toughness but Rollins again sarcastically says welcome back. “Welcome back to the big leagues, bitch!” Rollins CLUBS Cody, then has him on ropes. Rollins CLUBS Cody again, then puts him in a corner.
Rollins whips corner to corner, Cody staggers into a bearhug! Cody endures the squeeze, fans rally, and Cody fights to get the hold open! Cody CLUBS the arm! Rollins back elbows the ribs! Rollins CHOPS, sneers, then runs, but Cody follows and forearms! Rollins staggers, runs in but Cody goes up and over in the corner, POWERSLAM! Cody runs, and he clotheslines Rollins out of the ring! Fans fire up as Cody grits his teeth and builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit and Rollins tumbles over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Cody drags Rollins up. Cody brings Rollins back, puts him in the ring, then goes up the corner!
MOONSAULT, onto a standing Rollins! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down, but Rollins crawls to the apron. Cody gets up and goes out the side. Cody runs in around the way, goes up the steps, but Rollins POWERBOMBS him! Then deadlifts to BARRIER BOMB Cody!! The ring count is climbing, Rollins drags Cody up and into the ring at 7 of 10. Rollins aims from the apron, springboards in, FLYING KNEE! Then a SUPERKICK, to a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Cody is still in this, but Rollins is too tired to be frustrated. Cody drags himself to the corner while Rollins stands back up.
Rollins says this is HIS moment! Rollins starts to swagger and he stomps the mat. Fans rally as Rollins tunes up and runs, but Cody dodges the stomp! Roll up, Rollins rolls through, but misses again! Cody dragon sleepers, Rollins victory rolls, TWO! Cody gets Rollins again, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives and Cody is beside himself! Cody climbs up fast, but Rollins trips him up! Cody lands hard on his ribs, Rollins climbs up behind him. Cody fights Rollins off with elbows, Collins tumbles down, and Cody adjusts. But Rollins is back up fast! Rollins reels Cody in, INVERTED SUPERPLEX! And roll through, to SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!?!
Rollins can’t believe it! Cody survives the inversion of Rollins’ favorite combo, but fans say, “This is Awesome!” Rollins grinds his forearms into Cody’s face but stops as the ref reprimands. Rollins again says this is his moment, and he goes back to a corner. Fans rally up for Cody as Rollins climbs up. PHOENIX SPLASH but he has to roll through! Cody runs in, into a kick! Rollins hooks the arms, Cody slips out! Cody hooks the arms!? But Rollins trips to jackknife, TWO! Rollins tries again, TWO! Cody rolls Rollins around and hooks the arms again! TIGER BOMB! Cody wants Rollins to get up, and he runs to the corner! Up, up, FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?!?
No one can believe Rollins survived the #CodyCutter! Fans are thunderous as Cody drags Rollins back up. But Rollins kicks back, hooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? HOW?!?! Rollins tells Cody this is HIS moment, and he ROCKS Cody with a right. Cody ROCKS Rollins back! Rollins staggers away, but he ROCKS Cody again! Cody ROCKS Rollins, and fires more shots! Rollins hits back, they go back and forth! Cody fires off, another Rhodes Uppercut! But Rollins mule kicks! Rollins shouts “MY COMPANY! MY INDUSTRY!” Rollins fires off Kowata Kicks, then one to the ribs! ROLLING ELBOW! And then turn, DREAM SMASHER!
Cody falls over and Rollins has a wild look on his face. Rollins runs, but Cody reels him in! CROSS RHODES!! And Cody holds on, for a third CROSS RHODES!! Wait, he still holds on! To then turn Rollins around, and JAB! JAB! JAB! Cody calls upon his father, Dusty, with the flip, flop and fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Fans are electric as Cody drag Rollins back up, another CROSS RHODES! Cover, Cody wins!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
Rollins lives a WrestleMania Nightmare at the hands of the Son of the Son of a Plumber! Cody is back, will he become the elite of the WWE?
Please welcome the WWE Hall of Fame class for 2022!
Scott & Rick, the Steiner Brothers! The family of Warrior Award recipient, Shad Gaspard, Siliana and Aryeh! Queen Sharmell! The family of Vader, Debe and Jesse White! And of course, with the bell tolling and the lights going down, the flames and the lightning in the distance, and even a CG projection of himself, it’s Mark Calloway, THE UNDERTAKER!! Fans give them quite the ovation, especially The Deadman. Will this be the last time we see the Phenom on a WWE stage?
WWE has a medical update on Rick Boogs.
After collapsing from both Usos being on his back, it has been discovered that Boogs has a torn quadricep and patella that will require surgery. We’re sure the comeback will be even sweeter, here’s to a speedy recovery for Boogs.
This year’s attendance: 77,899!
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey!
The most decorated woman in WWE, and the most decorated woman in MMA. The Opportunity, and the Baddest Woman on the Planet. But only one can be THE most dominant woman. Will Charlotte stay a 13-time champion? Or will Ronda prove she is more than just an armbar?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just who is really the baddest!
The two tie up at the bell, go around, and Charlotte has Ronda on ropes,. She lets off, but Ronda catches her arm! Charlotte elbows free in the corner but Ronda kicks and boots, then fires off fast hands! The ref has Ronda back off and Charlotte gets around to cheap shot! Charlotte CHOPS, waistlocks, and SLAMS Ronda down! Charlotte holds on, but Ronda gets up to facelock and throw Charlotte off. Body scissor catch but Charlotte gets away from the ankle lock! Ronda takes a moment to cool off and the two circle again. They tie up, Charlotte goes for a leg but Ronda throws her off! Charlotte get a leg, but gets caught to a TRIANGLE!
Charlotte scrambles, tries to get covers, ONE! Ronda holds on, Charlotte drags her up to KNEE low. Charlotte puts Ronda in the corner, whips Ronda corner to corner, but Ronda reverses. Charlotte goes up and over but Ronda ROCKS her! Ronda wants an arm but Charlotte HOTSHOTS then BOOTS! Charlotte goes up but Ronda KNEES her first! Ronda goes up, hooks Charlotte up, HANGING HEADSCISSORS! The ref counts, Ronda lets off at 4 to then bring Charlotte up. Charlotte Charlie Horses Ronda, then BACKBREAKER to APRON ELBOW DDT! Charlotte grins as Ronda is in the ring.
Ronda gets up, she blocks the boot! ANKLE LOCK in the ropes! But Charlotte rolls to throw Ronda to the floor! Charlotte catches her breath and lets the count climb. Ronda gets up at 5 of 10 but Charlotte is on her to POST her! The ring count resets but Charlotte puts Ronda in at 3. Cover, TWO! Charlotte cravats to grind Ronda with a neck wrench. Ronda endures, fights up, goes for a headlock counter but Charlotte keeps the cravat. Ronda throws body shots but Charlotte snapmares hard! Then DECKS Ronda with a forearm! Cover, TWO! Charlotte drags Ronda into a dragon sleeper!
Ronda endures and fights up as fans build to a rally. Ronda slips around, drop sayanagi! Then a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives what could’ve been a knockout shot! Charlotte gets to a corner, Ronda runs in, BACKBREAKER to BUCKLE SHOT! Charlotte snarls and she stands Ronda up to hook the leg on ropes. Charlotte jumps but Ronda avoids the knee drop! Ronda is up, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Ronda is annoyed but she waistlocks to drag Charlotte up. Charlotte elbows out hard, but Ronda blocks the next shot for a rolling takedown! ROUNDHOUSE! Then a drop sayanagi!
Another sayanagi! Another sayanagi! Fans fire up with Ronda but Charlotte SPEARSE outta nowhere! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte can’t believe Ronda survives, but she pushes Ronda down. Charlotte runs in, NATURAL- NO! Ronda slips out, and she wants a straitjacket stretch! Charlotte gets around, to back suplex! Both women are down and fans rally up. Charlotte kips up and fans “WOO~” for her. Charlotte steps on Ronda to go to the corner. Charlotte climbs up, MOONSAULTS, but lands on her feet as Ronda moves, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Charlotte drags Ronda up but Ronda knees low. Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!
Fans “WOO~” with the CHOPS, and Charlotte reels Ronda in. But Ronda SNAP POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Ronda is showing off her new arsenal but she still hasn’t put this away. Ronda runs in, but Charlotte hip tosses her into a Tree of Woe! Charlotte stomps away on Ronda, then goes to the outside. Ronda sits up to meet Charlotte but Charlotte kicks her back into the Tree! Charlotte drags Ronda up for a HANGING BOSTON CRAB! Ronda endures, the ref counts, but Ronda sits up again! Ronda fires off forearms, but Charlotte ROCKS Ronda back! Ronda rolls off the corner, hurries back up, and she throws back elbows!
SUPER DROP SAYANAGI!! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives but Ronda shrugs that off. Rolling fireman’s carry, and PIPER’S PIT!! But Ronda won’t cover, she wants a souvenir! But Charlotte slips away to the ropes! The ref keeps Ronda back, but Ronda runs in to KNEE! But Charlotte BOOTS back! Both women are down again, catching their breath from this slug fest. Fans rally up, Charlotte gets a leg, and she steps through, but Ronda throws her down! Ronda gets up, and SNAP POWERSLAMS again! Cover, TWO! Ronda tires again, but Charlotte slips off the fireman’s carry to a sunset flip. But Ronda rolls through, ANKLE LOCK!!
Charlotte endures, reaches out, but Ronda drags her away! But Charlotte trips Ronda, to get the ANKLE LOCK! Ronda endures now, reaches out, but then rolls to drag Charlotte to a Triangle! Charlotte has the cover, TWO and Ronda sends Charlotte into the buckles! Ronda fires up and wants Charlotte to get back up. Ronda paces, keeps herself fired up, and she runs in to climb up Charlotte, but Charlotte turns it to a POWERBOMB! Charlotte crawls to Ronda, but she slips out of the armbar! But Ronda trips Charlotte for the ANKLE LOCK! Ronda drags Charlotte back and keeps her from ropes!
Charlotte endures, reaches around, but Ronda keeps her back again! GRAPEVINE!! Charlotte is stuck, she shouts in pain, and kicks Ronda! Ronda kicks back! They both boot each other while they’re down! Charlotte gets up, hobbles, steps through, but Ronda catches Charlotte’s arm! ARMBAR, but Charlotte slips through! FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! FIGURE EIGHT!! But Ronda endures, grabs a leg, and turns things over onto Charlotte!! Charlotte endures now, manages to use her height to turn this back over, and they end up in the ROPEBREAK! Ronda tumbles out of the ring and Charlotte is frustrated!
Charlotte fires herself up and fans rally back up. Charlotte wants the corner but Ronda grabs at her. Charlotte kicks her away but Ronda’s back after her! Another kick, then Charlotte grabs at the hair. Ronda TOSSES Charlotte to the floor! Ronda refreshes the ring count, stalks Charlotte, and runs in, but into a scoop! Charlotte FALL AWAY SLAMS Ronda into barriers! Both women are down and the ring count starts again. Ronda crawls and the count is 7 of 10! Then 8! Both women are in at 9! They glare at each other, fans fire back up and the two approach. Charlotte pie faces Ronda, but Ronda blocks the boot!
Fireman’s carry, PIPER’S PIT!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Ronda realizes her error, and she can’t believe it! Ronda argues the count, NATURAL SELECTION!! Cover, TWO!?! Ronda survives Charlotte’s best shot and Charlotte can’t believe it now! Charlotte is almost in tears from frustration but the fans are fired up! Charlotte pushes Ronda around, gets the legs, but Ronda kicks her into the ref! Charlotte realizes the mistake, but Ronda runs in, tilt-o-whirl ARMBAR!! Charlotte is tapping, but the ref can’t see it to count it! Ronda lets go and hurries to hep the ref up, but Charlotte BOOTS Ronda down!! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
By the skin of her teeth, The Queen keeps her throne! Ronda can’t believe it, but will she have to fight her way back up to another chance at The Opportunity?
WrestleMania 39 is going to Hollywood!
The biggest event in entertainment, at SoFi Stadium, talk about a blockbuster in 2023!
It’s a WrestleMania edition of The KO Show!
Kevin Owens goes to the ring, ready to host this Texas sized episode of his talk show. Fans already chant for “Austin! Austin!” but Kevin gets the mic to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the WrestleMania main event edition of the Kevin! Owens! SHOW!” Now, as we all just saw in a recap package, Kevin has said rotten things about Texas and Stone Cold. One of those is that if North America were a human body, Texas would be the ass! “What?” The ass. “What?” C’mon, guys, that was clever. But he does realize that he went too far. He started thinking that maybe he should apologize. “What?”
Maybe he should apologize, so here we go. He sincerely apologizes to every Texan out there. Kevin is sorry. He is, he is sorry for telling the absolute God’s honest truth! He’s only been here a couple days and it is worse than he remembers. Now, Kevin feels like the fans are eagerly anticipating his guest. Fans cheer because yes they are. Well Kevin will bring his guest out when he wants to and he’s not done telling us how much Kevin despises this guy! This is the absolute worst role model in the history of the WWE! Kevin should know, he used to look up to him! Kevin will look this guy in the eye and tell him how much he sucks!
Kevin says that guy won’t do a damn thing, either! He’ll sit there and take it! Because this guy knows that if he doesn’t show Kevin the respect he deserves and commands, Kevin will hit a Stunner and pour out a beer on his stupid bald head. But the glass shatters, here comes STONE COLD! STONE COLD! STONE COLD! Fans go nuts seeing Austin as he walks around on stage. Kevin sits in his chair, not at all into the hype. Austin points at Kevin, then starts down the ramp. Austin takes a moment to soak it all in, then he goes back up the ramp? Austin goes backstage, and Kevin laughs, thinking he was right all along.
But nope! Austin returns on an ATV! Fans fire up as Austin drives on down to ringside! And then around ringside! Austin parks and gets in the ring, kicking one of Kevin’s posters aside to get up on the corner. Fans cheer seeing this again after so long. Austin gets the other KO poster out of the ring, so that he can complete the set of all four corners! Kevin says no no, no more music! Fans boo but Kevin says this ain’t Austin’s show, this is KO’s show! Kevin tells the fans not to encourage Austin on Kevin’s show. But fans are thunderous for “AUSTIN! AUSTIN!” Kevin tells Austin to take a seat, and fans boo.
Austin stares Kevin square in the face, and Kevin says let’s just all come down. Kevin wasn’t here to fight, just to chat. They both sit down, and Kevin welcomes Austin to the show and thanks him for accepting the invitation. Austin says Kevin wants to bring him out here just for a conversation? After all the trash about Stone Cold, with that stupid haircut, stupid beady eyes, and looking like a jackass. “What?” A jackass! Then Kevin runs down Texas, ya stupid son of a BITCH! Fans are thunderous for that one! Kevin says he isn’t sure what’s so great about Texas. Like, let’s think about it. In the summer, it is hotter than hell. It is flat and uninspiring.
And the people! The people wear stupid hats, stupid boots, stupid belt buckles, c’mon! Look out there and you can just tell who is Texan from how dumb they look! But it’s fine! Just take the hats off, the boots off, and move somewhere else! Kevin feels for Austin. If he grew up here, he would’ve moved to Mexico. It’s right there! Austin says in five seconds, 77 thousand plus are gonna be calling Kevin an “Asshole.” Oh, too late. Kevin doesn’t want them to be like this. Don’t be the stereotypical rude, crass Texans. Be a distinguished French Canadian like Kevin. Kevin will therefore move past these insults as the bigger man.
That’s because Kevin has a secret. Kevin invited Austin for a talk, but he lied. It was. Kevin doesn’t lie often but he does it for good reason. He didn’t really need Austin to come out here to get people talking about the KO Show. This was a trick. Kevin doesn’t wanna talk. Even though Kevin has a bad back right now, he wants to fight. Fans fire up for the fact Kevin wants a match! Kevin knows it has been 19 YEARS since Austin’s last match, his knees were shot, his back was shot, his neck was shot. They can’t be any better. But other than that, Austin’s fine, right? So he has no reason to back down.
In fact, this won’t be just any match! It’ll be No Holds Barred, right here and right now! Fans love the sound of that, too! Austin goes to get up but Kevin says Austin must be speechless. And he knows why. Kevin can see it in Austin’s eyes. Austin is looking at Kevin and thinking, “I can’t beat this guy.” Austin is thinking, he can’t beat the big, beautiful French Canadian bastard, Kevin Owens! And y’know what? That’s right. So why not just do a favor and stop embarrassing everyone. Get on your cart and get your ass back to your stupid ranch! Fans boo and Austin mulls that one over. Fans of course want “One More Match!” but what does Austin say?
Austin scowls at Kevin, and he hears the fans firing up louder for the chance at a match. Austin says, “I had my first match right here in Dallas, Texas. I could have my last match right here in Dallas, Texas. If you want Stone Cold Steve Austin to compete in a match tonight against this sack o’ sh*t, gimme a hell yeah.” “HELL YEAH!” Austin didn’t hear that. Give him a hell yeah. “HELL YEAH!” Then bring out a damn ref! Fans fire up, the mics are put aside, is this really happening?! A ref is here, the chairs are moved out of the ring, it’s happening!!
No Holds Barred: Kevin Owens VS Stone Cold Steve Austin!
The bell rings and fans are going nuts as these two stare down! Austin and Kevin step up to each other, talk a little bit of smack, then the hands start flying! They go back and forth, fans are loving this, and Austin gets the edge! Austin fires off in the corner, and he doesn’t have to let up! But here comes the mudhole! Fans count it out, Austin goes all the way PAST 10 to about 20! Austin gets Kevin up, whips him corner to corner, and Kevin tumbles up and drops to the mat! Austin gets himself some Steveweisers already!? He cracks them open, then stomps Kevin again! The fans count again, that’s another 10, then another 20!
Fans are thunderous as Austin drags Kevin back up. Austin whips Kevin up and out of the ring hard! Kevin almost lands on his posters! Austin gets more Steveweisers, chugs it down and stalks Kevin. Austin gets Kevin up and whips, but Kevin reverses and Austin hits barriers! But he comes back to LARIAT Kevin! Austin drags Kevin up, and he brings Kevin to the barriers for SNAKE EYES! The front row gets to see Austin digging into Kevin’s eyes! Austin brings Kevin around, fans chant “You Still Got It!” Austin fires hands on Kevin against barriers, but Kevin POSTS Austin! Kevin then hurries to get his poster stand as a weapon!
Kevin JABS Austin with the tripod then SLAMS it down on him! Kevin rains down fists, fans boo, but Kevin talks smack like Austin would. Kevin goes looking under the ring, he stomps Austin, then stands Austin up to ROCK him with a right. Kevin brings out a TABLE! Kevin puts that table against the barriers, then ROCKS Austin again. Austin staggers around the way, Kevin brings him back, whips, but Austin reverses! Kevin CRASHES through the table!! Austin drags Kevin up out of the wreckage, to TOSS him over the barriers! Now they go brawling through the crowd! Fans fire up getting closer to the action!
Kevin hits back, Austin ROCKS Kevin again, and they go further back. Austin ROCKS Kevin more, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again! Fans fire up and Austin brings Kevin back towards ringside. But first, he wants to suplex! Kevin blocks, and he suplexes Austin to the floor! Kevin roars and fans boo, but Austin is getting up. Kevin CLUBS Austin with crossface forearms and stomps. Kevin headlocks and punches but Austin hits back! They’re brawling fast and furious again and fans are loving this! Kevin KNEES Austin low then stomps him down! Kevin brings Austin back to ringside and tosses him over the barriers.
Kevin climbs up the barrier, but Austin TOSSES him onto the desk! The desk doesn’t break but Austin gets himself more Steveweisers. Austin cracks those open, and climbs up onto the desk to join Kevin. Fans fire up as Austin chugs! He tosses those away, then rains down fists on Kevin! Fans count and Austin goes all the way to 10! Then double dirty bird and fists for good measure! A few more beers, and Austin SPITS some on Kevin! Austin puts Kevin in the ring, and now Kevin wants mercy! Austin drags Kevin up on the apron, Kevin HOTSHOTS Austin down! Kevin shakes out the cobwebs and looks around.
Kevin sees Austin’s ATV, and he gets on! Kevin isn’t sure how to start it up, but Austin goes after him! Austin gets on with Kevin, and they’re gonna go for a ride! Up the ramp they go! Austin drags Kevin off to ROCK him with rights! Kevin staggers and they go towards the left edge! Austin knees low, then suplexes Kevin onto the stage! Austin kicks Kevin around, SMACKS him off the ATV, and then they go to the right side! Kevin throws body shots! Austin pokes Kevin in the eyes! Austin gives Kevin a suplex to this part of the stage! Kevin writhes but Austin still keeps on him and fans still rally behind him.
Austin soaks it all in as he drags Kevin back up. Austin brings Kevin back around, throws more hands, and they go back down the ramp. Austin BOWLS Kevin down the ramp! Austin DECKS Kevin and keeps him rolling! And then stomps him down! Austin ROCKS Kevin, puts him in the ring, and fans are still loving this as Austin gets himself more Steveweisers. Austin gets back in the ring, he cracks these two open, takes a long chug of one, then the other. Austin gets Kevin up, KEVIN STUNNERS AUSTIN!?! Cover, TWO!! Austin survives and Kevin is furious! Kevin scowls, goes out of the ring, and he grabs a chair!
Kevin brings that chair back to the ring, aims at Austin, but Austin dodges! Chair hits rope, then chair hits Kevin! Kevin staggers about, STUNNER from Austin!! Cover, Austin wins!
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin, by pinfall
After 19 years away, the Texas Rattlesnake is victorious once more! And now he has Steveweisers to celebrate! All of Dallas celebrates with him, and Austin is just chucking empty cans wherever! Austin even gives some to the VIP section! Kevin manages to get up, Austin gives him a STUNNER! Kevin needs help getting out of the ring, Austin waves him good-bye. Austin cracks open more Steveweisers, then gets the mic. “It’s good to be back here in Dallas, Texas, and that’s the bottom line, cuz Stone Cold said so!” Austin even cheers with the referee who called the match!
Byron Saxton is invited into the ring, too, and Austin shares the beer with him. They drink up, and STUNNER for Saxton!! #DTA, Don’t Trust Anybody! Was this perhaps the most STUPENDOUS #OneLastMatch in WWE history?
I don’t know about “most stupendous” but this was a pretty good start to the WrestleMania weekend. Unfortunately, and without any real explanation, they had to cancel New Day VS Sheamus & Ridge. They probably meant for it to be in the kickoff show since that had nothing match wise, but who knows. If it was a time constraint thing, then maybe they shouldn’t have a thousand recap vignettes when that is exactly what kickoff shows and even go-home episodes the week prior are for. But there’s still a chance to have the match for tomorrow’s kickoff, or even in the post-Mania episode of SmackDown.
Another unfortunate thing was the legitimate injury to Boogs during the SmackDown Tag Team Championship match. Quadricep and patella, surgery, poor Boogs is going to be out for months. And if not for that injury, I feel like Boogs & Nakamura could’ve taken those titles tonight. But the Usos retain and they’ll surely have a new feud lined up for “WrestleMania Backlash” and beyond. McIntyre VS Corbin went as expected, right down to McIntyre defying go-home math and winning. The biggest surprise was him slashing the ropes apart. I hope this is the last of McIntyre feuding with Corbin, McIntyre needs to be going for gold.
Mysterios VS Miz & Logan was good stuff. Logan proved he can hang in the ring, and is essentially where Dom is right now. Dom should definitely spend a stretch in NXT. Maybe hit the gym, too, so he isn’t such a string bean. But anyway, Miz turning on Logan was a Face turn to the fans but probably making Logan the Face in the eyes of WWE. Personally, hoping for the former but either way, we’ll get Miz VS Logan for WM Backlash. Great moment with the Hall of Famers and their families, especially with Taker getting all the special effects. Taker said “never say never” to end his speech, so who knows, maybe he has #OneLastMatch in him, too.
Great stuff out of both women’s title matches, but I would’ve swapped their order. Charlotte VS Ronda was good, especially with Ronda busting out new stuff, but if Charlotte was going to use a ref bump to win, that should’ve been earlier so fans could shake it off with the following matches. The Raw Women’s Championship was great stuff, and a great moment for Bianca to win. Two WrestleManias, two title matches, two wins, Bianca is definitely a star in the WWE’s eyes, and a lot of fans are still behind her. Bianca can definitely carry this belt against any number of the contenders on Raw. Which makes me wonder what the hell they’re doing with Alexa Bliss.
The rumors were true, Cody is back in WWE! And on top of that, he was Rollins’ opponent! And what a match for his return! You would’ve thought he’d been in WWE this whole time, they were doing so many great spots and false finishes! And as such, Cody wins to make his big return even greater. Rollins will surely be angry on Raw this Monday, he and Cody can extend this into a feud for WM Backlash, there’s all sorts of possibilities. And of course, how awesome that Kevin didn’t leave it to just the talk show and a brawl but gave us a NO HOLDS BARRED that went all over the place! Naturally Austin wins, but he didn’t look half bad for being out of it for 19 years. I’m sure this really is Austin’s #OneLastMatch, but what a great moment for Austin and all of us.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/21/23)
So much gold~!
The champions of ROH are in action!
ROH has a NEW World Champion in Eddie Kingston! But will Katsuyori Shibata, the Mogul Embassy and Athena be able to hold onto their titles?
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Nick Wayne; Shibata wins and retains the title.
- Diamante VS Catie Brite; Diamante wins.
- Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor; Moriarty wins.
- Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante VS Trish Adora; Mercedes wins.
- ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Angelina Love; Athena wins and retains the title.
- Six Woman Tag: Leyla Hirsch & The Renegades VS Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan; Skye, Willow & Kiera win.
- Ethan Page VS VSK; Ethan wins.
- Spanish Announce Project & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS El Hijo Del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity w/ Alex Abrahantes; Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity win.
- Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin; Action & Darius win.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack & The Infantry; The Mogul Embassy wins.
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Eddie Kingston speaks.
“I’m in pain. Uh, that stage hurts. Claudio hurts every time he hits you. Uh, I don’t like him as a human being, but I shook his hand because let’s be honest, he’s was a great ROH champion, and I’ve always said he’s a great wrestler. I just don’t like him as a person, and that’s not gonna change. But I can definitely show him that I’ve grown. I’ve grown up. Back in the day, I wouldn’t’ve shook his hand, I would’ve spat in his face and then I would’ve gloated. But bro, I grew up, man. I gave him his due and his respect. I’m just, uh, I’m proud. I’m happy.
“Uh, when I get back to the hotel, I’m not gonna be proud ‘n’ happy because now I gotta defend this championship and this championship, and that’s gonna be hard, but I like it. Without struggle, there is no progress, y’know what I mean? I’d feel weird if there was no struggle. But uh, this is dedicated to Xavier, the second-ever ROH World Champion. Rest in peace, bud. Thank you for everything you’ve done for this business. Thank you for being good to me in the locker room. But this one’s for you, dog. Because people should remember who you are, man. X marks the spot, baby. Love you, X. Rest in peace.
“I’m good now. I just wanna go see my parents. We good, Jean Carlo? We good, baby. New York in this mother, ya heard?” The Mad King has two crowns, how long shall he reign?
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Nick Wayne!
The Wrestler is back, ready to put another man to the test. The Prodigy of Rain City is here, but will he reign so soon into his young career? Or will Shibata show him he still has a long way to go?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and our judges for this match are Jerry Lynn, Jimmy Jacobs and Dalton Castle. The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we see if Wayne’s World can survive Shibata!
The two circle, feel things out, and Shibata waistlocks to drag Nick down. Nick shifts around but Shibata half nelsons. Nick fights up, wristlocks, then goes for a leg. Shibata sprawls to push Nick down, then he waistlocks. Nick goes for a leg but so does Shibata, and Shibata uses that to get a roll-up! Nick keeps his shoulder sup so Shibata lets off. Fans cheer and Shibata keeps after Nick but with a leg guard. Nick and Shibata grapple, Nick grabs a leg in a toehold but Shibata uses that to body scissor and chinlock. Nick pries at the hold, but Shibata shifts to go for an arm! Nick clasps hands and fans rally up as he moves around.
Nick stacks Shibata, but Shibata also keeps a shoulder up. Shibata powers Nick down to a short arm scissor! Nick endures, shifts, but Shibata has the mount pretty easily. Shibata slaps Nick around, then stomps him down! Nick goes to ropes but that is a neutral break. Fans rally as the two reset and feel things out. They knuckle lock, Shibata knees low and snapmares, but Nick ducks the kick! Fans fire up as the two reset. Shibata kicks Nick but Nick kicks back. Shibata blocks to have an ANKLE LOCK! Nick flails, reaches out, but endures as Shibata drags him back. Nick almost has ropes, then tries again, ROPEBREAK!
Shibata lets go as Nick uses his first. Nick holds on, Shibata tries to drag Nick away, but Nick kicks and kicks. Shibata lets go and Nick gets out of the ring to walk off the pain. Shibata heads out after Nick, but Nick kicks first! Nick whips and Shibata hits railing! Fans rally up as Nick runs in but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata then whips Nick into railing! Shibata whips Nick into even more railing! Nick gasps for air, but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata rolls into the ring, letting the count take care of Nick. Nick checks his face and clutches his neck at 5 of 10 but Shibata goes out to stand Nick up. Shibata puts Nick in and fans applaud.
Shibata stalks Nick, stomps him, then kicks him! Shibata kicks Nick more and more and fans rally. Shibata CHOPS Nick then brings him up again. Shibata CHOPS, Nick drops to his knees, and Shibata gives him more sharp yet toying kicks. Nick sits up, but Shibata just kicks him down! We hit five minutes and Nick CHOPS! Shibata just shrugs it off! Nick CHOPS, but Shibata eggs him on! Nick CHOPS, so Shibata CHOPS! Nick is stinging, Shibata runs and BOOTS Nick down! Nick roars and rises up but Shibata BOOTS him again! Shibata runs, but Nick UPPERCUTS! Nick runs to UPPERCUT Shibata down!
Fans fire up and Nick brings Shibata up to cravat. But Shibata denies Shiranui! Only for Nick to SHOTGUN on the return! Fans rally as Nick storms up to the corner. Nick fires forearms, then runs corner to corner, and a very Shibata like HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Nick drags Shibata up. But Shibata breaks free! Nick BOOTS Shibata, throws a forearm, but Shibata just scowls! Nick throws another forearm but Shibata eggs him on. Nick throws more forearms, then a CHOP! And another CHOP and another CHOP, but Shibata leans into them! Shibata is backing Nick down like that! Nick fires forearms now, but Shibata DECKS him with just one!
Shibata whips Nick to a corner, then BOOTS him! Then Shibata rains down forearms to sit Nick down! Shibata stomps a mudhole, but Nick gets up! So Shibata UPPERCUTS him down! Shibata runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Nick feels how it’s done, and Shibata hauls him up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nick hangs in there but Shibata wraps on a chinlock! Nick fights up but into a COBRA TWIST! Fans rally as Nick endures, fights his way over, and has a ROPEBREAK! That’s his second of three as we pass eight minutes, and Shibata lets off with a knee to the side! Shibata reels Nick in to waistlock, but Nick fights!
Nick grabs the ropes again, that’s his third and final! But then Nick uses ropes to push up and over, then he mule kicks! Nick cravats, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shibata is tougher than that but Nick hurries up. Nick full nelsons but Shibata breaks to switch. Nick fights the lift so Shibata ripcords. Nick ducks to ripcord and ROUNBDHOUSE! And SUPERKICK! Nick goes up and up and WAYNE’S- SLEEPER!! Shibata has Nick and Nick is fading fast! Shibata sits him down to PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
At nine minutes and 16 seconds, Shibata puts this one away! Nick shows skill beyond his years, and Shibata respects that by offering a handshake. Nick takes it to keep the Code of Honor, but when and where will Nick get another shot at gold?
Backstage interview with Lee Johnson.
Lexi Nair is with Big Shotty and brings up his match with Shane Taylor from last week, and how he has a match tonight with the newest member of Shane Taylor Promotions, #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty. How is Shotty feeling going into this match? Johnson tells Lexi, “Here we are again!” But wait, Shane Taylor Promotions walks in, and Moriarty tells Big Shotty that he hopes there were no hard feelings in what happened last week. Who knew Johnson would get distracted by Moriarty walking out there? Sure, Moriarty looks good, but just leave the past in the past. Code of Honor! Shake his hand. He promises it’s clean.
Shane says Johnson could always get knocked out again. Johnson stares Shane down and Lexi says they can all settle this in the ring. STP heads out, will Big Shotty be able to handle Moriarty with Big Bad Shaney T at ringside?
Diamante VS Catie Brite!
The Cuban Diamond is back in action on ROH, ready to shine in the spotlight once and for all. Will she show she can shine brighter than Brite? Or will Brite have a bright future here in ROH?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Diamante DECKS Brite! Brite staggers up, Diamante fires off on her, then CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Diamante snapmares to then mess with Brite’s hair. Diamante then CLUBS away on Brite, but the ref reprimands about the hair pulling. Diamante CLUBS Brite down, puts her back on ropes, and CHOKES her again! The ref reprimands, Diamante lets off at 4, then she drags Brite up. Diamante says Brite ain’t on her level, then she SMACKS Brite off buckles! Diamante JABS, CHOPS and repeat! The ref counts, Diamante lets off, but then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!
The ref reprimands and counts more, so Diamante whips Brite corner to corner. Diamante runs in but only gets buckles! Roll up, TWO! Diamante staggers up, and she SHOTGUNS Brite down! Fans fire up as Diamante dusts herself off. Diamante drags Brite up, for the TWIST! Cover, Diamante wins!
Winner: Diamante, by pinfall
The Brite Light was simply used to make the Diamond shine! But when and where will Diamante get the gold that she wants?
Backstage interview with Willie Mack & The Infantry.
Lexi is with Trish Adora and the trio that will be challenging for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships tonight. Which are currently held by the Mogul Embassy. Captain Dean says not for long. Bravo, hit ’em with the deal. Let ’em know why it’s not for much longer. Bravo tells Lex that he ain’t gon’ flex, and he’ll answer the question so first thing is this. Did Infantry become one of the hottest teams in ROH? Yep. Has adding the Mack Attack one of the hottest trios? Yep. So not only are they ready to win, they’re ready for war! He ain’t gonna talk no more, let Mack take over.
Mack says they are about to make history. With Adora by their side, they’ve got Shawn Dean, Carlie Bravo. Is this their first ROH title match ever? Uh, yeah… Wow, who knew? They really out here. Well, then the Embassy better watch out, they’re gonna do the damn thing. Mack may not have won that $25,000, but they’re gonna get these titles and have major capital! Let’s go, baby! Turn up! Bravo says have no fear, the future ROH World Six Man Champs are here! #CopyThat. The team heads out, will they be able to bring down those behemoths under Prince Nana’s command?
Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor!
We just heard from Big Shotty and #TAIGASTYLE, but now it is time to put some action behind those words! Will Johnson or Moriarty prove they are the alpha Lee in ROH?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. They go around, Johnson wrenches, but Moriarty rolls. Johnson wrangles Moriarty but Moriarty kips up and clinches. Johnson wrenches to another wristlock but Moriarty spins, slips through and twists Johnson’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Johnson gets away and fans rally as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, then Johnson trips Moriarty to waistlock. Moriarty fights up, pries free to switch and hammerlock. Johnson slips around to hammerlock back. Moriarty slips around but Johnson turns it right back around to have the armlock.
Moriarty tries again but again Johnson puts the hammerlock back on him. Moriarty does squats, then spins, but Johnson holds on! Moriarty pulls hair to put Johnson in a corner! The ref counts, Johnson lets off, but Moriarty ELBOWS Johnson! Fans boo but Moriarty soaks up the heat. Moriarty CHOPS, then he says one more! Only to feint and kick low! Moriarty soaks up the heat, whips Johnson but Johnson goes up and over! Moriarty hits buckles, Johnson ducks ‘n’ dodges, leap frogs and DROPKICKS! Moriarty bails out, fans fire up, and Johnson pursues. Johnson ROCKS Moriarty, then ROCKS him again!
Johnson CHOPS Moriarty and fans fire up! Moriarty staggers away but Johnson follows him, to CHPO him again! Johnson then puts Moriarty in the ring, slide sin but Moriarty stomps away on him! The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and he stands Johnson up. Moriarty CHOPS and fans fire up! Moriarty swings but Johnson dodges to CHOP back! Johnson headlocks, Moriarty powers out, and things speed up again, Moriarty’s kitchen sink knee knocks Johnson down! Johnson writhes while fans rally, and Moriarty stands Johnson up to snap suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Moriarty still bridges while he mockingly applauds Johnson.
Moriarty wraps Johnson up in a seated abdominal stretch! Fans rally as Johnson endures, and Johnson fights up, only for Moriarty to knee low, but Johnson blocks! Trip and jackknife bridge! TWO, and Johnson goes for a leg. Moriarty steps over, whips Johnson away and things speed up, but Johnson rolls Moriarty again! TWO, and Moriarty CLOBBERS Johnson! But Johnson is up to CLOBBER Moriarty! Fans rally and a standing count starts! Johnson stands, goes to a corner, but Moriarty runs in. Johnson ELBOWS Moriarty, goes up and over and things speed up again. Johnson rallies with LARIAT after LARIAT, then a NECKBREAKER!
Johnson kips up and fans fire up with him! Moriarty clutches his neck as Johnson hauls him up, to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Moriarty survives and Shane is relieved, but Johnson pounds the mat. Fans rally as Moriarty crawls to a corner. Johnson storms up but Moriarty YANKS him into buckles! The ref reprimands but Moriarty stomps away! The ref backs Moriarty off, but then he storms up to YANK Johnson up! Johnson lands on his feet, ELBOWS Moriarty again, then SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Johnson aims from a corner. Johnson goes to the apron, goes up the corner, and takes aim, to FROG SPLASH!!
Johnson bounces off the impact, crawls back to the cover, ROPEBREAK!! Moriarty survives by a literal foot but Johnson fires himself back up. Johnson whips, Moriarty holds ropes then HOTSHOTS Johnson! LEG LARIAT! Cover, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by pinfall
Shane is proud of his new recruit for finishing that one in the blink of an eye! Will TAIGASTYLE help Shane Taylor Promotions take over ROH once and for all?
Athena puts Billie Starkz (and Lexi Nair) through Minion Training.
The Fallen Goddess says they are here for one thing and one thing only: They have consistently failed her time and again! So today, they are doing training! “Yes, Minion Overlord!” These are all things essential to them becoming the best minions they can be! Is that understood? “Yes, Minion Overlord!” Athena blows the whistle and it begins! First, running up and down the bleachers! You wanna be a minion? Let’s go! They also do standing ovation training, they shine the stage, and Lexi keeps Billie from pressing the “big red button.” Athena wants Billie to stop smiling and being happy. Only angry face from now on!
Athena also puts them through booing drills, where they are to boo Willow Nightingale. Athena makes sure Billie gets that through her head! Boo Willow! No smiles! Keep running! Then they ride the elevator together as Athena does the grades. Billie tries to sneak a peek but almost gets caught. Billie also has to throw away her pompoms. She tries to be intimidating to the others in the locker room. Though it’s more like a kid playing dinosaur or something… The Renegades leave and Billie thinks she “did it,” but Lexi explains that she in fact did not. And then they cross paths with Willow! Athena snaps her fingers and Billie boos! Willow asks why!
Athena says she likes what she’s seen today. Lexi has graduated MIT, so she will now Lexi Nair, “Minion Bestie.” Billie, you sucked. Athena leaves and Billie isn’t sure what to do with that. Will Billie ever not be on Athena’s bad side?
Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante VS Trish Adora!
The OG Badass has been rolling back up the ranks, but the Afropunk is also primed for that number one spot. Who comes out in pole position in the chase for the title?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. Adora grins but Diamante coaches Mercedes up. They tie up again, Mercedes waistlocks and she SLAMS Adora down. Mercedes headlocks, Adora powers up and powers out, but Mercedes pulls hair to bring Adora back in! The ref reprimands, but Adora lifts! Mercedes uses that to flying takeover! Mercedes says that was so pretty and thanks the fans for the cheers. But Adora rolls to a cover, ONE and Adora runs Mercedes over! Fans fire up as Adora taunts Mercedes. Mercedes swings, misses and Adora fires off forearms!
Adora winds up to ROCK Mercedes! Adora runs in to SPLASH in the corner! Adora fireman’s carries, but Diamante distracts so Mercedes can pull hair, get free and shove, then SPINEBUSTER! Fans rally up as Mercedes mocks the salute. Mercedes taunts Adora, kicks her around, then UPPERCUTS! Mercedes scuffs Adora, CHOKES her on the ropes, then lets off as the ref counts. Diamante CHOKES Adora now! Fans are torn but Diamante gets away with it. Mercedes UPPERCUTS Adora, then fireman’s carries. Adora fights free, shoves Mercedes, but Mercedes sidesteps to ROLLING ELBOW! Adora sits down but Mercedes stands her up.
Mercedes puts Adora on the ropes, DRAPING ANARCHY! Cover, TWO! Adora hangs in there and both Mercedes and Diamante are frustrated! Mercedes slaps Adora around, eggs her on, and fans rally up. Adora scowls, Mercedes fires palm strikes an an UPPERCUT! But Adora hits the BASEMENT GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Adora, and she BOOTS Mercedes down! Then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Mercedes hangs tough, she’s a former champion for a reason. But Adora drags Mercedes back up, fireman’s carries again, but Mercedes flails to sunset flip! Adora stays up to drag Mercedes up by her hair!
Adora short arm but Mercedes ducks to HALF NELSON SUPLEX! Then RUNNING KNEE!! Adora falls back, rises up slowly, into the BAYONET FOREARM! Mercedes then clamps onto the legs, SLAPS Adora into giving up the arms, and then pulls her back and back and up! BRASS CITY SLEEPER!! Adora taps, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by submission
Mercedes doesn’t let go until she’s good and ready. The OG Badass and the Cuban Diamond mock the Infantry, but will these two be the ones waiting on the other side of the Women’s World Championship match? Speaking of…
ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Angelina Love!
The Fallen Goddess has yet to be dethroned in ROH, but tonight she faces the Pretty Psycho! Angelina has held titles before, even the Women of Honor World Championship that preceded this title! Will Angelina return to the top in this new era of honor? Or will nothing stop Athena’s already historic reign?
Athena is still in coach mode, telling Billie to get the fans fired up, but from behind Athena. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s ready to get crazy!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for Athena. Athena thanks them and she circles with Angelina. They tie up, go around, and then have a deadlock at the center. They break, Angelina and Athena each complain the other pulled hair. The ref didn’t see any of it, so the two go at it again. Angelina waistlocks, Athena switches but Angelina switches back. Athena switches again but Angelina runs to RAM Athena into buckles! But then Athena arm-drags her down! Athena keeps on the cording hold but Angelina endures. Angelina fights up, arm-drags and has the armlock on Athena.
Athena fights up, Angelina wrenches to a wristlock, but Athena flips and wrenches and arm-drags again! Athena kips up, fans fire up, but Angelina CLOBBERS Athena! Angelina cheers herself on but Athena kips up again. Angelina runs in, into a SOBAT! Then a trip, and METEORA! Cover, TWO! Angelina bails out, fans rally up, and Athena goes out after her. But Angelina uses Billie as a hostage! Then she throws Billie into Athena, and she throws Athena down! Billie says that’s not fair! Angelina puts Athena in, dribbles her off the mat, then stands over her. Angelina soaks up the heat but Athena sunset flips! TWO!
Angelina stacks, TWO! Athena stands but into a knee! Angelina scoops Athena to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Angelina is frustrated but the fans rally behind Athena. Billie cheers Athena on but Angelina wrangles Athena with a chinlock. Angelina grinds Athena down, but the fans rally up. Athena fights to her feet, but Angelina throws her down! Angelina smiles as she keeps on the chinlock. Fans rally, Athena fights up again, and Billie has pompoms! Athena BITES Angelina and arm-drags free! Fans fire up as Athena fires forearms! Athena BACKHANDS Angelina! Athena whips, Angelina reverse=s but Athena CLOBBERS her!
Fans fire up as Athena rallies! Then Athena wrenches, SOBATS, and ENZIGURIS! Athena howls and fans fire up! Athena handsprings to FOREARM in the corner! Athena snapmares Angelina, goes up top, but Angelina trips her up! Fans boo Angelina while Billie coaches Athena up. Angelina drags Athena off with a fireman’s carry but Athena slips off to shove. Athena runs in but only gets buckles! Angelina BOOTS Athena down! Cover, TWO!! Angelina is shocked, and Billie is halfway in the ring? The ref has her slip back out and Angelina says to watch her. Billie says she didn’t do anything!
Athena waistlocks, Angelina switches and rolls her up, but Athena rolls through to reel Angelina in! Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)
Angelina Love gave Athena a fight worthy of this title, but only Athena proved worthy of this title! She is now 39-0, and Billie presents her with the whistle. Coach Athena takes it, smiles and nods, and says Billie is finally learning. Athena pats Billie on the head, the two head out, but how much further does Billie have to go before she is championship material herself?
Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis-Bennett, Cole Karter & Griff Garrison.
Lexi is with The First Lady of Wrestling and her new prospects, they are going to team up for the very first time together. Are they ready for this? The bigger question is if Griff is with The Kingdom. Griff wants to put this out there right now: this is a trial and error kind of thing. Like he said last week, he feels he’s lost a step after returning from injury, and this seems like a relatively good opportunity. So yeah, he is ready. Okay, good. See you out there. Karter repeats, “See you out there.” Will the Ivy League MVP be able to make it work with the Diamond in the Rough?
Six Woman Tag: Leyla Hirsch & The Renegades VS Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan!
The Fallen Goddess is still atop the mountain, and all six of these young and hungry wrestlers want their shot! But will Charlette & Robyn be able to keep up with their #LEGIT partner? Or will Chicago Skye, the Babe with the Power and the Hottest Flame keep their own momentum going?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe with some sarcasm and sass. The teams sort out and Robyn starts against Kiera. Fans cheer “Happy Birthday!” for Kiera and she ties up with Robyn. Robyn knees low and says this is her birthday gift! Robyn whips but Kiera ELBOWS her! Then RANAS! Robyn ends up in a corner, Kiera runs in to SHOTGUN her down! Kiera runs corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Then she goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Robyn around, covers, TWO! Kiera drags Robyn over, tags in Skye, and fans rally as they double whip. Robyn holds ropes but gets a SHINING WIZARD for it!
Kiera adds another HIP ATTACK! Fans rally as Skye YANKS Robyn down to then mule kick! Cover, TWO! But then Leyla and Charlette YANK Willow and Kiera down from the outside! The ref reprimands them while Skye drags Robyn up. Robyn dodges the forearm to ROCK Skye! Snapmare and then a cover, TWO! Robyn drags Skye up, tags Charlette, and the Renegades double suplex. They hold Skye up for five before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Maria is on stage, she’s still hoping Leyla joins up. Charlette wraps on a chinlock but Skye fights up., Skye throws body shots but Charlette CLUBS her down!
Charlette puts Skye in the corner, RAMS into her, then RAMS her again! Maria likes it as Charlette bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Robyn, and she cravat SLAMS! Charlette runs to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Charlette holds on to bridge for a modified cravat neck wrench! Skye endures, CLUBS free, and then drags Charlette up. But Charlette SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Skye hangs tough but Charlette drags her up. Charlette bumps Skye off buckles, tags Robyn, and Robyn whisps her in to back body block! Robyn runs in to KNEE Skye, but then Leyla tags in! Leyla finally has a turn, and she GERMAN SUPLEXES!
Leyla drags Skye up to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Maria likes what she sees as Leyla hits a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Leyla then sucker punches Kiera! Fans boo and Willow dares her to do that to Willow. Leyla runs in at Skye instead, but Skye ELBOWS her back! Skye knocks the Renegades down, but Leyla gets her for a snap takedown and LEGIT ARMBAR!! Skye hurries to stack, TWO! Leyla blocks a kick, but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Hot tags to Willow and Robyn! Fans fire up as Willow rallies on the Renegades! Willow DECKS Leyla for good measure! Willow fires off on Charlette but Charlette kicks low!
Charlette reels Willow in but Willow suplexes! Robyn makes the save, the Renegades mug Willow, but Willow fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX the Renegades! Cover, Leyla breaks it! Leyla HAMMERS away on Willow but Kiera CLOBBERS her! Robyn goes after Kiera, Skye is after her, Charlette returns! The brawl breaks down, spills out of the ring, and Robyn runs up. Skye dodges but Robyn dodges! Robyn catches Skye to a BACK2BACKBREAKER! Kiera runs in, boots the lariat and then ROUNDHOUSES! Kiera reels Robyn in, HANGING NECKBREAKER! Charlette spins Kiera for a BACKBREAKER!
Willow is back, she hits an URENAGE! Leyla storms back in to SHOTGUN Willow! Leyla whips, Willow reverses and then POUNCES! PERIOD! Tag to Skye and Willow hauls Charlette up. Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Willow BLASTS Robyn, Skye SUPERKICKS Leyla! Kiera runs in to DIVE and she takes out Robyn! Skye hurries to get Charlette up, for CODE BLUE! Cover, Skye’s team wins!
Winners: Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan, by pinfall
Maria is no longer as impressed by Leyla as she was. Will the First Lady have to change tactics about her Kingdom’s Army?
Backstage interview with Angelico, Serpentico, Tony Nese & Mark Sterling.
Lexi is with this rather odd collection and says tonight, they will be teaming up in Six Man Tag action for the first time ever. What led to all this? Smart Mark says the Premier Athlete is always on the lookout for possible young up ‘n’ coming wrestlers to join the Premier Brand. This is a one time offer: if they win, FREE GROUP TRAINING! Maybe Nese can whip them into shape to have more muscles. Nese says they don’t look the part but he can work on that as a personal trainer. But they are to do exactly what he says, exactly what he does, and follow him to victory. Understand? You got it? Comprende, hombre?
And don’t come out there until he tells them. Sterling agrees, but does compliment Serpentico’s mask and the hand streamers. Sterling & Nese head out, and Angelico says those guys’ vibes are way off. Serpentico says they’re burros. Sterling heard that! Will this team work out so that they can work out?
Ethan Page VS VSK!
All Ego got a great win in his ROH return, showing his ego has mellowed out a bit. Will he continue to build back up? Or will the former Trustbuster bust him down even more?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though Page doesn’t let go right away. The bell rings, Page and VSK circle, and fans rally up for Page. Page has them get louder, so there’s still some ego. The two tie up, Ethan headlocks, but VSK pulls hair! VSK headlocks, Page powers out and then CLOBBERS VSK! Fans rally and Page complains about the hair pulling. Page then scoops VSK but VSK CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but VSK ROCKS Page with a haymaker! VSK mocks the fans for cheering Page, then he storms up on Page. VSK whips but Page blocks! And again! Page reels VSK in to scoop and POWERSLAM!
Page fires up and the fans are with him! Page drags VSK up, reels him in, Canadian Rack! But VSK slips free, ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ slides to DROPKICK! But Page rebounds to run VSK over! VSK goes to a corner, Page runs in but only gets buckles! VSK mule kicks, front kicks, but the enziguri whiffs! Page wraps on a half straitjacket, then he scoops VSK and carries him around, for the CRADLE SUPLEX! Then a step-in CUTTER! Cover, Page wins!
Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall
Page shakes VSK’s hand to keep the Code of Honor, and he is rolling already! Will he truly be refreshed with a title opportunity?
Spanish Announce Project & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS El Hijo Del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Premier Brand is looking to expand, but Angelico y Serpentico haven’t been sold just yet. Will they make a better trio than even they can imagine? Or will this alliance of luchadores bring them all crashing down?
Sterling of course has a mic to say that everyone knows this is Tony Nese. His client has something very important to say. “Penn State College. I tried telling this company, if we wanted to perform in front of real athletes, we should’ve done this show in Ohio State.” Fans boo but Nese says that he’s just being honest. Maybe if Penn didn’t spend so much time at The Creamery, they’d be in shape! Ladies, ladies, ladies, it’s called the Freshman 15, not Freshman 50. But Nese has great news for everyone. They all know he is a personal trainer, so before they have any more wrestling tonight, he is gonna treat each and every one of them to GROUP TRAINING!
Stand up! Let’s get going! Get off your lazy asses! Stretch! Reach up! But then Angelico y Serpentico make their way out! They stopped listening to Nese’s orders from earlier, is this partnership falling apart already? Then after Serpentico throws his streamers, Abrahantes’ trio makes their entrance, Gravity leading the way. The teams sort out, Nese tells SAP to watch and learn. Nese then makes Serpentico start against Metalik, and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, fans rally up and the two tie up. Serpentico wrenches, hammerlocks, facelocks, wrenches and whips, but Metalik goes up and over and keeps moving.
Metalik ducks ‘n’ dodges, Serpentico drops down and avoids the handspring elbow! Metalik avoids the boot to CHOP! Metalik whips, Serpentico reverses but Metalik elbows him down! Metalik runs in, Serpentico monkey flips him but Metalik lands on his feet! Things keep moving, Metalik scoops and BACKBREAKERS Serpentico! Cover, ONE!! Metalik keeps on Serpentico and brings him up to wrench. Tag to Gravity but Serpentico gets away. Gravity has to stay back as Serpentico goes to his corner. Angelico tags in, and he circles with Gravity. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but Angelico crisscrosses Gravity’s arms into a one-arm double armlock!
Gravity stomps at Angelico’s feet but Angelico easily avoids those. Then he wraps Gravity up in a straitjacket stretch! Angelico ripcords, whips, but Gravity holds ropes. Angelico rushes in, Gravity gets around, schoolboys but Angelico rolls through. Gravity kips up, flips through the wrench and arm-drags Angelico away! Fans fire up as Gravity runs in, ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAG! Another kip up while Angelico bails out, and Gravity builds speed. Angelico ducks but Gravity handsprings! Gravity space walks, tag to Vikingo! Fans rally up but Nese tags in to say he has to handle this. But Vikingo CROSSBODIES!
Nese rushes in, Vikingo dodges to whip, but Nese reverses. Vikingo reverses back to HEEL KICK! BOOT! ENZIGURI! Nese is in the corner and fans rally behind Vikingo. Vikingo runs up to GAMANGIRI! Nese wobbles, Vikingo goes up but Nese hurries away. Vikingo still springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Nese bails out, Vikingo builds speed and he goes up and up, pauses so physics can catch up with him, and Viking SKY TWISTERS! Direct hit and both men are down, so SAP rushes in! Gravity y Metalik dodge them to DOUBLE DROPKICK them out! SAP bails out and the luchadores DOUBLE TOPE!!
Fans are thunderous as Metalik y Gravity stand tall! “This is Awesome!” as Metalik puts Nese back in. Metalik CHOPS, CHOPS and runs, to KNEE Nese lose! Metalik fires the fans up, then runs, but Nese distracts the ref while Sterling trips Metalik up! Fans boo Smart Mark but Nese runs in to basement dropkick! Nese soaks up the heat, drags Metalik up and bumps him off buckles. Nese tells Angelico, “See how it’s done? Let’s see what you got!” Nese tags Angelico, Angelico snapmares Metalik and ties up one arm. Angelico uses the other arm for a RECLINER! Metalik endures, kicks around, and gets a ROPEBREAK!
Angelico lets off as Metalik saves himself by a literal foot. Angelico tells Nese that he does things with submissions. The people know it! Well, the fans chant “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Metalik crawls but Angelico brings him up. Nese tags himself in, he and Angelico mug Metalik, and Nese scoops Metalik to SLAM him! Then he drops a leg, brother! Nese says power style is how it’s done, then tags Angelico back in. Angelico argues with Nese, then brings Metalik up. Angelico puts Metalik on the top rope, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Metalik throws hands! Angelico goes up but Metalik CLUBS him! Metalik adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!
Nese is frustrated as Metalik and Angelico crawl. Hot tag to Gravity! Gravity LARIATS Angelico, LARIATS Serpentico, DECKS Nese, and repeat! Angelico gets around, full nelsons, but Gravity arm-drags free! Gravity runs in to POWERSLAM! Then he somersaults to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Nese breaks it! Nese brings Gravity up to whip, but Gravity holds ropes. Nese runs in but Gravity TOSSES him out! The ref checks Nese after that rough landing, but Angelico EDDY GORDO KICKS Gravity down! Metalik runs in to suplex Angelico high and hard! Serpentico runs in, Metalik blocks a kick to give a kick.
Metalik gets Serpentico up, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, but Nese SOBATS Metalik in the back! Fans rally up as everyone is down around the ring. Nese goes to his corner, Angelico drags Gravity over but Nese tags in! Angelico complains but Nese drags Gravity up. Nese wants to see how “ugly this SOB is!” He pulls at Gravity’s mask! Fans boo, and Serpentico storms in to stop Nese! As a luchador himself, #SNAKEMAN will not stand for this! The ref has Serpentico back off, Nese tells them to listen to him for once. Nese wants to tag out but SAP ditch him! Fans cheer, Sterling is freaking out, and Gravity stands to SUPERKICK! Nese falls, tag to Metalik!
Metalik goes up, for the tightrope SWANTON! Cover, the luchadores win!
Winners: El Hijo del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity, by pinfall
Vikingo can’t get in the ring to celebrate, he took more damage to that hip than expected, but he and the team still celebrate. Will the AAA Mega Champion, the King of the Ropes and the Astronaut of Lucha still reach new heights in ROH?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi is now with All Ego and congratulates him on the win tonight. She says Ethan’s been on a roll, and he figures yeah, two is good enough for a roll. He wants to make it three, but the feeling he had after winning these couple weeks is something he hasn’t felt in the longest time. Everyone who has been watching Ethan these last three years has seen the ups and downs, and lately, it has been a lot of downs. But there was a really big bright spot in that spiral and it was the greatest night of his professional career. He wrestled for the most prestigious prize in wrestling today, the AEW World Championship, in his hometown with his family in the front row, it does not get better than that.
But then it didn’t go his way, and nothing else really has, but Ethan says to touch the gold, to feel the pressure, to be in the marquee match, and to be inches away from changing his life… He realized that ROH is the place for competition, and he needs to be competitive so that he can continue momentum, climb back up, and touch gold again. But this time, he won’t let go. That’s the plan. Then he has his groove back? Sure, go and say that. All Ego got his groove back! Will Ethan return to former glory and finally have gold to show for it?
Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin!
A brand new team, put together by The First Lady, takes on another young team that has been fingertips away from taking titles for their own. Will Maria’s investment pay off with a win tonight? Or will the Sight to See & Air Wolf take flight?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Karter starts against Darius. Fans rally, the two tie up and Darius wrenches to a wristlock. Karter whips, Darius reverses and arm-drags! Darius has the armlock, drags Karter up to wrench, and he tags Action. Action goes up but Karter gets away to tag in Griff. Maria cheers Griff on and he circles with Action. They tie up, Griff waistlocks and SLAMS Action down! Action fights around, pries free, switches, but Griff switches back to back suplex. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Griff RAMS him back into the corner. Griff is free but Darius sneaks the tag!
Darius slingshots in to get ahead of Griff and keeps him from Karter! Darius RAMS Griff into Action’s knees, then Darius mule kicks. Action goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Griff on the back! Darius & Action BLAST Karter, then double kick Griff to DOUBLE SUPLEX! Karter returns, but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up and Darius runs in, but Griff puts him on the apron. Darius RAMS Griff, Karter runs up but into an elbow! Griff storms up but Darius ROCKS him! Darius aims but Karter anchors him. Darius kicks Karter away, Action protests but that distracts the ref, allowing Maria to anchor Darius!
Darius kicks free, but turns around into a BOOT from Griff! Karter cheers but Griff asks what was that all about. Griff drags Darius up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Karter. They mug Darius, Karter stomps a mudhole in, and Maria applauds. The ref counts, Karter lets off and even Griff says to keep things clean. Karter snap suplexes Darius, and then he soaks up the heat. Karter covers but it’s really a choke! The ref counts, Karter stops at 4, then Karter stalks Darius. Darius goes to ropes so the ref has Karter back off. Karter argues with the ref but that’s to distract, so that Maria can CHOKE Darius!
Maria gets away with it again but Action warns her. Darius staggers up into a DROPKICK from Karter! Cover, TWO! Maria defends her innocence but Griff is upset. Karter whips Darius to a corner, tags Griff in, and then Griff whips Karter in. Darius TOSSES Karter up and out! Then he goes up and over Griff! Griff hurries to get a leg, but Darius BOOTS him away! Hot tags to Action and Karter! Action dodges Karter to DECK Griff, then he DECKS Karter! Action rallies on them both, and fans fire up! Action whips but Karter reverses, only for Action to handspring and DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up as both Maria’s boys are down!
Action kips up while Griff and Karter go to opposite corners. Action runs in to RAM Griff! And then he SPLASHES Karter! Action runs corner to corner again but Griff dodges the splash! But then Action SHOTGUNS Griff into Darius’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Griff tumbles out but Karter shoves Darius into Action! Karter DECKS Darius, rolls Action, and puts his legs on the ropes! But Griff shoves them off the ropes! Karter and Maria argue with Griff, because Griff doesn’t wanna cheat! Karter says you don’t disrespect Maria! But then Action FLIES over Karter to take out Griff! And Darius SUPERKICKS Karter!
Darius reels Karter in to BRAINBUSTER! Tag to Action, he springboards to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Action & Darius win!
Winners: Action Andretti & Darius Martin
Maria is not happy, but perhaps it was her own fault for thinking Griff was going to change his morals for the sake of success. Griff upholds the Code of Honor with Action & Darius, but then Karter says up theirs! Karter & Maria have Griff leave with them, is Griff going to ditch this team before long?
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack & The Infantry!
Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have been unstoppable as a trio with a 16-0 record in trios action. However, teams have been getting closer and closer. Will Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo bringing the Mack Attack along be exactly what brings these titans down? Or will nothing stop the Embassy’s reign of terror?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who gets to go on to Rampage tomorrow night!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the fans chant “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” and some do the Nana dance. Kaun starts against Dean, the bell rings, and Kaun rushes in! Dean avoids the boot, says it was close, and they circle. They tie up, Dean headlocks but Kaun powers out to run Dean over! Things speed up, Dena hurdles but Kaun shoves. Dean jumps over but Kaun CLOBBERS him! But then Dean avoids the senton! Dean DROPKICKS, Kaun staggers, but Dean wrenches and tags Bravo. The Infantry double whips, double hip tosses, and then they crisscross the legs to SPLIT that wishbone! Bravo says that’ll leave a mark.
Bravo drags Kaun up but Kaun CHOSP! Kaun wristlocks but Bravo gets free before Kaun tags Liona. Bravo says okay, that’s how it is, huh? Bravo and Liona circle, Liona rushes in but Bravo dodges to JAB! Bravo bobs ‘n’ weaves, JABS, then rope-a-dopes. But Liona TOSSES him to a corner! Liona runs in, Bravo dodges then comes back. Bravo jukes and ROCKS Liona! Fans fire up and Bravo talks some smack, but Liona stays up! Bravo turns around into a LARIAT! Liona glares at Mack, then goes back to Bravo. Liona scoops to put Bravo on the ropes, to fire KNEE after KNEE into him! The ref reprimands and Liona just fires off more!
The ref counts, Liona drops Bravo and roars at Mack & Dean. Liona then tags Kaun, and Kaun slingshot SENTONS! Bravo sputters but Kaun drags him up to snap suplex. Uno Amigo! Then a waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bravo fights but Kaun still hits the back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaun kneels on Bravo’s head while he argues with the ref, and Bravo flails! Dean pushes Kaun over but Kaun just grins as he drags Bravo up. Kaun tags Cage and fans fire up for The Machine. Cage CHOPS Bravo, puts him in the corner and RAMS him! And RAMS him again! And CHOPS! Cage fires up the fans as he throws point-blank clotheslines!
Fans count as Cage picks up speed, and Cage gets to TEN! Cage whips corner to corner hard, and Bravo staggers into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bravo hangs tough but Cage drags him up. Cage ROCKS Bravo with a forearm, whips him corner to corner then scoops again, but Bravo slips free to BACKSTABBER! Fans rally up as Bravo crawls, but Cage grabs a leg! Cage drags Bravo back, ducks the enziguri, then drops an elbow! “Who betta than Cage?” Cage then sucker punches Dean! Cage stands Bravo up, suplexes, but Bravo slips free to hot tag Mack! Fans fire up as these rivals meet again, and Mack hits a SLINGBLADE!
Mack BLASTS Liona, lines up a shot on Cage, and body shots! Mack whips, to LARIAT! Then WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Mack scoops Cage, for a SLAM! Kaun storms in but Mack ducks the haymaker to DECK him! Mack BOOTS Liona off the apron, Nana protests, but Mack runs in at Cage to BOOT! Cage falls over, Mack covers, TWO! The Machine is tougher than that but Mack goes up the corner! Fans fire up, but Cage stands to GAMANGIRI! Cage drags Mack off the top, to then go up. Fans rally as Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Mack!! Mack writhes and “This is Awesome!” as Cage drags Mack back up.
Cage stands Mack up but Mack kicks low! Cage denies the stunner, but Mack ends up in his corner. Tag to Bravo before Cage SUPERKICKS Mack! Bravo ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, then spins him around to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage falls, Kaun runs in! Bravo spins him around, SIDEWINDER! Liona slides in while Bravo takes aim at Cage & Kaun. But then Bravo turns around, and he screams as he drops down under the Pounce! Liona wipes himself out and Dean PENALTY KICKS Cage! Dean runs in to JUMPING CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Dean goes out to PENALTY KICK Kaun, and Bravo runs up on Liona!
Bravo hits a KNEE SMASH! And SUPERKICK! Dean SUPERKICKS! Liona roars but Infantry shouts, “KICK HIM!” They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Liona, and Liona staggers into a DOUBLE SUP- NO, Liona fights it off! Liona DOUBLE SUP- NO, Mack saves the Infantry! STUNNER!! Then the Infantry reload, DOUBLE SUPLEX!! Fans fire up while Nana freaks out! Bravo tags Mack but Kaun runs in! Dean blocks a boot, gives it to Bravo, ENZIGURI and then NECKBREAKER! Cage is back and he LARIATS Bravo! Mack is up top, but Cage intercepts! Mack shoves Cage down, though! To then FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!?
Cage survives and shocks Mack! But he and the Infantry regroup, and fans fire up with them! Mack, Bravo & Dean aim from corners, Mack STUN- NO, Cage denies Mack again! Kaun fireman’s carries Mack and tucks him, AIR RAID CRASH! Dean runs at Kaun, but Liona POUNCES him! Bravo is alone, Cage reels him in to a GERMAN SUPLEX! The Infantry is down and out, the Gates of Agony drag Mack up! They OPEN THE GATES!! Cage covers, The Embassy wins!
Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)
The reign of terror continues! At least, for another 24 hours. Rampage: Grand Slam pits these monsters against The Hung Bucks! Will this dominance continue even as ROH and AEW blur the lines? Or will Hangman Adam Page once again hold these belts with Matt & Nick Jackson?
A very good ROH, and it seems ROH is sticking to an hour and 45 minutes. At least, I sure hope so, it still takes me far too long to do these. I will say there wasn’t any actual filler. Even Diamante beating a jobber than being ringside for when Mercedes Martinez beats Trish Adora can be seen as story for the duo of Diamante & Mercedes growing stronger. If only ROH had some more titles for the women’s division, because they’ve got a lot more talent than can fit into the world title scene. Good Six Woman Tag to feed into Leyla’s story with Maria, while also showcasing just what I said with how there are midcard title worthy talents.
Good stuff with Maria’s story of building The Kingdom’s Army, and there is a clear story to Griff not wanting to get on board with the Heel tactics, and he could break away to then have some real good matches with Karter. We got a very fun “Minion Training” vignette from Athena, Billie & Lexi, but that is not the two week window To Do List thing they set up literally last week. Feels like ROH wasn’t keeping track of what they were doing, but oh well. Athena VS Angelina Love was a good title match, but a quick one because yeah, Athena is that much better than Angelina. Still waiting for when Athena either pushes Billie too far and she rebels, or Athena creates a monster not even she can control, all leading to a title match between them.
Really good, really fun Six Man Tag with Nese sticking his foot in his mouth and making Spanish Announce Project turn on him. Good win for the luchadores, though Vikingo taking himself out of the match was not good. Vikingo needs to be more careful, he is running really hard and fast, much like Darby Allin. The Pure Championship was a really good opener, but I figured Shibata was winning over Nick Wayne. Nick still looked great, as he has since debuting in AEW, but he’s probably gotta wait until he’s 19 to get a championship. Also, it feels like ROH wants to build towards a rematch of Shibata VS Josh Woods at the next ROH exclusive PPV so Shibata isn’t losing before then.
Great promo from Eddie to get his reaction after winning the ROH World Championship. He pointed out he’s in for a busy schedule defending two titles in two companies, as I’ve been saying, but Eddie will be able to do it. And even then it is great story material for him to struggle with the schedule after a month or so. Really good promo from Johnson, Moriarty & Shane, then really good match from Moriarty VS Johnson. Shane called out Keith Lee last time, too, I wonder if Keith Lee joins Lee Johnson to take on Shane and Moriarty so we get even more Lees in the mix. Honestly, Keith Lee needs to get on something, and then move on to a title because duh, it’s KEITH LEE.
Ethan Page with a good win and good promo after, and while it’s a shame he won’t finish his story with The Hardy Boyz, that story went a few chapters too long anyway. Ethan getting going in ROH will be good stuff, maybe he can be a contender for Samoa Joe’s TV Championship. And then some really good stuff in the ROH Six Man Division, with a good promo from Mack & Infantry, and another great Six Man title match. But of course, with Hung Bucks VS Embassy set for Rampage (which has also been recorded by now), and how that feeds into Hangman VS Swerve at WrestleDream, no way was this match (which was recorded even before Rampage) was going to change anything. As I’ve been saying in the AEW articles, there is a chance the Hung Bucks win the titles, unless Swerve screws Hangman over.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/20/23)
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe!
Who hits the Grand Slam? And who strikes out?
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe, and Maxwell Jacob Friedman returns to New York to defend his AEW World Championship against Samoa Joe!
- ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston; Eddie wins and becomes both ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
- Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara; Jericho wins.
- AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes; Fenix wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm; Saraya wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe; MJF wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston!
This isn’t a rivalry, this is a grudge that has gone on for just over a decade, and this will be the end of it all! Will the Swiss Superman take away the title the Mad King fought so hard to get? Or will Eddie prove he IS the better man?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who leaves Arthur Ashe a double champion!
The bell rings and fans are thunderous already as Eddie and Claudio stare down. They slowly approach, then Claudio just BOOTS Eddie down! But Eddie’s right up to CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio forearms, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! New York is behind their own as he continues to go back and forth with Claudio! Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, then he talks trash. “Is that all you got?” Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Claudio fires more forearms, then TOSSES Eddie out of the ring! But then Eddie drags Claudio out to whip hard into railing! Claudio hobbles, holding a knee, but Eddie choke grips him!
Fans fire up as Eddie MACHINE GUN CHOPS Claudio against the railing! Eddie ROCKS Claudio, brings him around, and whips him, only for Claudio to reverse and short arm LARIAT! Fans boo but Claudio soaks it up. Claudio drags Eddie up, ROCKS him, and stalks him. Claudio puts Eddie in the ring, fans rally up and Eddie catches Claudio in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Eddie dropkicks that bad leg! Claudio avoids the next one and he deadlift gut wrenches, for the POWERBOMB! Claudio hobbles and fans boo, but Claudio drags Eddie up. Claudio reels Eddie in, but Eddie fights the lift!
Eddie CLUBS the bad leg, fans rally up, but Claudio SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS back! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up again as Claudio bails out to the apron. Fans chant “F HIM UP, EDDIE, F HIM UP!” Eddie storms over, and fires off backhand after backhand! Then URAKEN! But that hurts Eddie’s hand just as much! Claudio clamps on a SLEEPER in the ropes! But Eddie elbows free, only for Claudio to back suplex Eddie to the ramp! The LED Plexiglas ramp is a stiff worker, and Claudio looms over Eddie. Eddie is dazed and the fans rally up behind him. Claudio drags Eddie up, then stomps a hand!
Claudio then clotheslines Eddie back into the ring! Fans boo as Claudio climbs the corner. But Eddie rolls to the corner, only for Claudio to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP anyway! Claudio stomps Eddie, drags him up, and scoop SLAMS him! Claudio goes back up, to then DIVING HEADBUTT but FLOPS as Eddie moves! Eddie staggers up, but into an UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!! Eddie is still in this and Claudio is fuming as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Claudio and Eddie go to ropes, and then Claudio storms over. Claudio CLUBS away on Eddie at the ropes, then he drags Eddie up. Eddie pushes Claudio away but Claudio reels Eddie in. Claudio suplexes but Eddie blocks! Claudio throws body shots, tries again, but Eddie still blocks! Eddie then suplexes Claudio up and over! Fans fire up while both men flounder. Claudio stands first, runs and he BOOTS Eddie in the head! And then Claudio scuffs Eddie, kicks him around, taunts and toys with him, but Eddie CHOPS! Claudio kicks, Eddie CHOPS! Claudio SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Eddie reaches out in time!
Claudio sits Eddie up and clamps on with a top wristlock chinlock combo! Fans rally up as Eddie endures being squeezed and twisted around. But then Claudio KICKS Eddie in the back, and STOMPS the hand! Then he STOMPS the other hand! Eddie clutches fingers, but Claudio drags Eddie up by an ear. Eddie CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dynamite returns to single picture as Claudio eggs Eddie on. Eddie CHPOS, Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT in the corner! Claudio sits Eddie down, the ref back shim off, but then Claudio fireman’s carries! T K O! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Eddie hangs in there!
Claudio scuffs Eddie again, and that riles Eddie up. Claudio gives more toying kicks, then some harder shots. Eddie pounds the mat and fans fire up with him! Claudio kick sand kicks and kicks, and Eddie wobbles, only to sit up again. Claudio drags Eddie up to UPPER- NO, BACKSLIDE! TWO! Eddie ENZIGURIS! And then an EXPLODER!! Eddie has Claudio again, for a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Claudio goes to a corner, Yuta coaches him, and Claudio sees Eddie go to the far side. Eddie runs in to clothesline! Eddie fires up and fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! Claudio just brushes those off? Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS, then JABS! Claudio drops to a knee and fans are thunderous!
Eddie hauls Claudio up, Claudio fights the Northern Lights Bomb, so Eddie fires Kawada knees! Claudio JABS back! Eddie staggers, Claudio shakes out the cobwebs, and then both men stare down again. Fans fire up as the two step up, Claudio eggs Eddie on, then fires a forearm! Eddie CHOPS! Forearm! CHOP! Repeat! Claudio eggs Eddie on so Eddie CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Eddie staggers back, steadies himself, and he CHOPS again! Claudio dusts that off, so Eddie CHOPS only for Claudio to catch it! HEADBUTT, short arm LARIAT!! Cover, TWO, but Claudio rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!
Claudio reels Eddie in, straitjacket for the RICOLA- RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio has the cover, TWO!! Flashbacks to Supercard of Honor there, but Eddie is up! Into an UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO?!? Eddie survives and Claudio is furious! Claudio drags Eddie up, straitjacket, RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! New York is electric as Eddie still lives! Claudio is beside himself, but he pulls off the elbow pad now. Claudio drags Eddie up, talks some trash, and UPPERCUTS! URAKEN!! URAKEN!! Then a half nelson, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX!! Claudio stands, into the URAKEN!! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Fans are electric again as Eddie powers up! Eddie drags Claudio up, reels him in, but Claudio fights the lift! Claudio then UPPERCUTS! Eddie URAKENS!! And POWERBOMBS!! High stack, EDDIE WINS!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Openweight & NEW ROH World Champion)
He has done it! The Mad King has conquered Claudio and now reigns over two kingdoms! Yuta tells Claudio that yes, it really did happen. Yuta helps Claudio to his feet, and Eddie keeps his eyes on them. Claudio offers a handshake, and Eddie… accepts it! Claudio hands the ROH title over then takes his leave. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and that is an understatement. How much more history will be made by Eddie Kingston now?
The Kingdom visits Roderick Strong in the hospital.
This was recorded sometime last week after Dynamite. Matt Taven & Mike Bennett sit by Roddy’s bedside as the nurse fluffs Roddy’s pillow. Mike says they wanted to invite everyone here so they could personally thank everyone for all the gifts and cards. Taven likes this card here. “I hope it makes your day brighter knowing how much everyone cares. Your attention to neck health awareness has been inspirational, and one day, I hope to be as neck strong as you. XOXO Olga.” Mike excuses the nurse and then Adam Cole visits. Roddy calls out to Adam and asks where he is, he can’t see. Then open your eyes.
Roddy does open his eyes and is happy to see Cole is here. Of course he is, he wouldn’t miss this for the world. Cole then says hi to The Kingdom and they ask him where he’s been. He got here as quick as he could. Oh, convenient, Cole shows up just as The Kingdom has to leave. Mike tells Roddy sorry, they gotta go. They’re going to be the new #1 Contenders to the ROH World Tag Titles. Roddy understands. He knows they don’t need it, but good luck. New champs coming soon. Taven then insults Cole’s shirt and pants. Is that how he dresses when he’s mourning? Cole says that’s real appropriate to say.
Cole then tells Roddy that he is glad Roddy is doing okay, and Cole hates to do this but he has to leave soon, too. Max has the world title match with Samoa Joe, and after what happened all last week, Cole has to make sure Max will be okay. Roddy says who cares! What about him? Cole wants Roddy to know he loves him, but Max is the one in danger. Roddy makes the bed sit up so he can look at Cole properly, just so he can tell Cole to go. Then Roddy lowers himself back down. Will Cole be able to help MJF through whatever is coming?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage & Luchasaurus.
Renee Paquette is with Captain Charisma and the AEW TNT Champion to bring up that this Friday, Rampage: Grand Slam, it will be Darby Allin & Sting taking on these two in a tag team match. Obviously, Christian & Luchasaurus have a ton of experience- Christian cuts Renee off to say they have a ton of experience in defending the TNT Championship. And at Rampage: Grand Slam, Christian & Luchasaurus walk through Darby & Sting, and then move on from them. But obviously, Darby isn’t going to move on until he gets another chance at Christian’s- er, their TNT Championship!
So here’s a proposition: Saturday on Collision, Darby VS Christian VS Luchasaurus in a Triple Threat for the TNT Championship! Sound good to Darby? Oh, and one more little wrinkle: if Darby wants his shot, then Sting is not allowed at ringside! And when Darby steps into the ring for their Handicap- er, Triple Threat… Then Darby has as much a chance of winning this championship as both the Yankees and the Mets! ZERO! As for Friday, bring your boy. Christian & Luchasaurus head out, will they dominate this entire week?
Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara!
For the first time ever, The Ocho and the Spanish God go 1v1 with each other! They’re both ready to fight harder than they ever have before, but who will come out on top?
Sammy’s entrance has him wearing an LED vest as a reference to all of Jericho’s light up jackets, and Sammy even has Monteasy live to rap the theme song! Is this Sammy’s time to take flight? Or will he be unable to get off the ground with Judas in his mind?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. Sammy offers a handshake, Jericho accepts it, and the two tie up. Jericho headlocks, then switches and hammerlocks to headlock again. Sammy powers out, but Jericho runs him over, only for Sammy to kip up! So Jericho slaps Sammy! Sammy slaps back, and the hands start flying! Fans fire up and Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Repeat! Sammy gets the edge, whips, hurdles, flips over, and Jericho stumbles into the DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Sammy spins to hit his pose! And Jericho still joins in? Sammy is surprised by that and Jericho SLAPS him again!
Sammy goes to ropes, Jericho storms up but Sammy rolls him up! ONE, and Sammy cradles! ONE, and Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS again, then CHOPS Sammy in the corner! Fans fire up as Jericho whips corner to corner. Jericho runs in but into an elbow! Sammy swings, Jericho spins him around, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron but Jericho storms over. Triangle jump, but Sammy ducks and Jericho hits the floor! Sammy builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Jericho! Fans fire up as Sammy puts Jericho in the ring.
Sammy goes up the corner, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho hangs tough but Sammy keeps his cool. Sammy slashes his throat and he torture racks! But Jericho fights that, to hit a CODE BREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron again, but Jericho goes out after him. Fans rally as Jericho drags Sammy up, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws body shots. Jericho CLUBS and CLUSB and CLUBS Sammy, to then suplex. Sammy blocks, throws more body shots, but Jericho hits back! Then Jericho suplexes to the floor! Fans fire up while both men writhe and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men but they’re okay to continue. Jericho drags himself up with the apron skirt, then soaks up the cheers and jeers from New York. Jericho drags Sammy up and SMACKS him off the desk! The ring count is climbing, but Jericho clears off the desk! Jericho SMACKS Sammy with the desk hood! Jericho slides into the ring to stop the count and soak up more cheers and jeers. Sammy stands up, and slides in at 9! Jericho stomps Sammy, drags him up and reels him in, for a BIG back suplex! Jericho smacks Sammy around, eggs him on, and brings him up again, but Sammy cradles! TWO! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Sammy down!
Jericho drags Sammy up again, puts him in a corner and on the top rope. Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then he climbs up, to rain down fists! Jericho goes all the way to TEN, then SUPER STEINERS! Sammy writhes, Jericho pushes him to a cover, TWO! Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs and paces around as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Jericho stands Sammy up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho eggs Sammy on, so Sammy CHOPS! And forearms! And CHOPS! Sammy fires off more, whips Jericho to ropes, but Jericho KICKS him away! Jericho runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!
Both men stand and Jericho LARIATS Sammy down! And then LARIATS him again! Cover, TWO! Sammy is still in this and fans rally up. Jericho brings Sammy up, CHOPS him again, then has him in a corner. Jericho CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Sammy goes up and over, ducks and steals the CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move and Sammy is beside himself. Jericho goes to the apron, Sammy runs in to BLAST him off! Jericho hits the desk! Sammy then goes to the apron, to then go up the corner?! Sammy aims, says a quick prayer, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!
Sammy clutches a leg, puts Jericho in, and he fires up! Fans are with Sammy as he goes to the apron. Sammy springboards, into a DROPKICK! Sammy goes back to the apron, Jericho triangle jumps, into a CALF KICK! Not the cleanest but something got Jericho. Sammy SUPERKICKS to knock Jericho down, and then he goes back up top! FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho just gets that arm up and Sammy grows frustrated. Sammy drags Jericho up, torture racks, GO TO- NO, Jericho blocks! Jericho trips Sammy and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans are thunderous while Sammy endures!
Jericho sits deep on the hold, but Sammy reaches out! Sammy crawls his way forward, but Jericho drags him back! Sammy clubs at Jericho’s legs, tuck sunder and throws hands from below! Sammy then throws Jericho away! Sammy JUMP KNEES Jericho to a corner! Sammy runs in, is put on the apron, and Jericho ROCKS him! Jericho goes up the other side of the corner! Jericho drags Sammy up to join him, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws hands in return. They both stand on the top rope, to SUPER CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are losing their minds! Sammy crawls to the cover, TWO!!!
Jericho is still in this but Sammy is too sore to be upset. Sammy and Jericho sit up, Jericho goes to ropes but Sammy is right on him. Sammy CHOPS, then whips. Jericho reverses, but Sammy avoids the dropkick! Sammy goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT onto knees!! Jericho counters his own move, and then runs to BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Jericho lines up the shot, Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Jericho grits his teeth, but he also has a sinister grin on his face now. Jericho throws down fists, then he brings Sammy up for a knee to the head! And another! And another! Jericho runs, into a JUMP KNEE!
Sammy torture racks! GO TO HOSPITAL!! But Sammy doesn’t cover!? Sammy goes up the corner instead, takes aim, and SHOOTING STAR- CODE BREAKER!!! Cover, Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
Sammy gambled and just got busted! Jericho wins, proving why he is the master and Sammy is the apprentice. But the real question is, can these two still be friends? Jericho offers a hand, Sammy accepts, and they hug it out! Fans cheer as Le Sex Gods stick together! But then Sammy LOW BLOWS Jericho?! Jericho falls against Sammy but Sammy shoves him down! And here comes Don Callis?! No, Sammy, no! But Don pats Sammy on the shoulder. Don threw his friendship with Jericho away, and now takes away Jericho’s last friend! Will the Spanish God soon be a wrestling god thanks to the Don Callis Family?
MJF & Adam Cole pull into the parking lot.
The brochachos pull up in an emerald green Porsche, and as he steps out of the car, Maxwell Jacob Friedman calls out Samoa Joe! “I’ve been holding a grudge against you for eight long years. And when you decided to shove me, I took that and I turned it into a little ball, and I put that chip on my shoulder. And tonight, I take that chip and I bash your skull in! See, it was bad enough when you shoved me. But you took, and you took, and you took, and you tried to take away the two things now that are most precious to me: you are trying to take away my AEW World Championship, and you are trying to hurt my brother, Adam Cole.”
That is where Joe messed up. Tonight, MJF will choke Joe out in front of thousands of New Yorkers, MJF’s people! And the last thing Joe is gonna hear as he fades out is… “M! J! F! M! J! F!” Because they’re better than you, and Cole gets a call? It’s Roddy? Seriously? He’s upset but Cole wants him to talk it out. Cole says he still has MJF’s back but this is an emergency. Roddy, relax, you are not gonna die! Cole heads out to talk with Roddy about his neck, and MJF tells Joe, “Your ass is mine.” Will the ROH World Television Champion look to change that with his own two hands?
Backstage interview with Don Callis & Sammy Guevara.
Renee walks up to ask them if this all but confirms that Sammy has joined the Don Callis Family, but Don says not to cut her off, “but all will be revealed this Friday on Rampage. C’mon, kid, we got a lot to celebrate.” The two traitors head out, but then cross paths with Daniel Garcia! Sammy and Danny stare down, and then Sammy asks if he has something to say. Don has Sammy stand down and says Danny is money. For now, the two of them will go. Don gets Sammy outta there, but what are Danny’s feelings? He left the JAS, but is he upset Sammy joined the DCF?
AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Maniac made it past the human skyscraper that is “Big Bill” Morrissey, but now he has to face what he did to the Immortal Firebird almost a month ago! Will Fenix burn Moxley down? Or will Moxley ace this, game, set and match?
Moxley goes up the ramp so he can drop his belt on top of Fenix’s cape. Moxley taunts Fenix, Fenix storms up after Moxley and CHOPS! Fans fire up as the brawl is on! Moxley ROCKS Fenix, whips him at the ring but Fenix goes up the ropes to JUMP SOBAT! Fans fire up while Moxley flops to the floor. Fenix uses the ramp as a runway to FLY and take Moxley down! Fans lose their minds and Fenix crawls his way over to Moxley. Moxley is dazed but Fenix’s back is sore from that landing. Fenix still stands up and he drags Moxley up. Fenix ROCKS Moxley, CHOPS him against railing, and then puts Moxley in the ring.
The bell finally sounds so this is a match! Fenix baits Moxley, avoids the stomp and then shoulders into Moxley! Fenix slingshots to sunset flip, ONE! Moxley stacks, TWO! Moxley staggers, Fenix kips up and things speed up. Fenix handsprings over the leg sweep! Moxley swings, Fenix catches him to CHOP, knuckle lock, and go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Moxley stands back up and Fenix somersaults, into a FOREARM! Moxley is done playing around, and he runs to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fenix survives the shoutout to the Visionary, but Moxley rains down fists! Moxley then shifts to a cover, TWO!
Moxley has the double wristlock but Fenix fights up with body shots. Moxley facelocks but Fenix powers out to BITE the hand! Fenix BOOTS the punch, CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley pokes the eyes! Moxley whips, Fenix tiger feints but into a BOOT! Fenix flounders to the ramp and then the floor but Moxley pursues. The ring count climbs and Moxley CHOPS Fenix against railing! Moxley dumps Fenix over into the front row! Fans fire up as Fenix drags himself up. Moxley drags Fenix up but Fenix throws body shots! Fenix ROCKS Mox, then pushes him away. Fenix jumps up onto the railing, but Moxley shoves him back down!
Moxley has Fenix on the railing, to DRAPING PARADIGM SHIFT!! Fenix is dazed now and Moxley gets a chair! The ref reprimands so Moxley puts Fenix in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fenix is hanging tough but Moxley eggs him on. Fenix chops but that was nothing, and Moxley BOOTS him! Moxley rains down fists, lets off, and Fenix crawls to a corner. Moxley storms over, brings him up, and clotheslines! Moxley flips fans off, runs in, but Fenix dodges to GAMANGIRI! And GAMANGIRI! And then JUMP SOBAT! Moxley staggers, into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! But Fenix hurries to a corner and goes right up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Moxley is still in this but Fenix fires up again. Fans are with him as he runs, but into a KING KONG LARIAT! Moxley roars, fans fire up even more, and then Moxley flips off Fenix. Abrahantes coaches Fenix up, and he kips up to his feet! Fenix dodges Mox to SUPERKICK him out of the ring! Fenix goes out after him, brings him around, and puts him on the railing now! Fenix goes to the apron, then up the corner! Fans are losing their minds already, SUPER FLYING LEG DROP!!! Both men crash down and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men and they’re somehow okay to continue. Abrahantes coaches Fenix as he and Moxley stir. Moxley crawls to the ring, Fenix follows and pushes him in. Fenix then aims from the apron, springboards, but into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives but Moxley just snarls and storms around. Moxley gets Fenix’s legs, ties them up, and has a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Fenix endures, reaches out, and fans rally as he fights forward. But Moxley shifts to a CLOVERLEAF STF!! Moxley grinds the hold, then shifts to just a facelock. Moxley drags Fenix up, Gotch hold for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fenix survives again and Moxley is fuming! Moxley storms around the ring, Abrahantes coaches Fenix and the fans rally up. Moxley clamps on with a SLEEPER, then drags Fenix up again. Moxley CHOPS Fenix to the corner and Fenix drops to his knees! Moxley stands Fenix up to CHOP again! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley storms around. Fenix sputters, stands, and CHOPS! Moxley forearms, then he puts Fenix back in a corner. Moxley puts Fenix up top, climbs up to join him, but Fenix resists with body shots. Fans rally as Fenix HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Moxley falls, Fenix jumps to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!!
Both men are down and New York is thunderous again! Fenix crawls to a cover, TWO! Fenix drags Moxley up and reels him in but Moxley resists the lift. Fenix CLUBS Moxley, but Moxley Alabama Lifts him! Fenix still CLUBS Moxley, they end up on ropes, and Moxley throws body shots! Moxley DECKS Fenix to the outside! Moxley goes out to run downhill, CURB STOMP ON THE RAMP!! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for the Visionary as Moxley drags Fenix in. Moxley lifts, to stall, and PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fenix survives and fans are thunderous again! Moxley is seething and he drags Fenix back up.
Moxley puts Fenix in a corner, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him, and then hoists Fenix up top. Moxley goes up, underhooks, but Fenix fights! Moxley falls, Fenix adjusts, SWANTON BOMB!! Then Fenix drags Moxley up and fireman’s carries, to BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! HOW?!? Fans call BS, that twitch could NOT have been enough! But Fenix figures F it, BLACK FIRE DRIVER again!!! Cover, FENIX WINS!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)
New York cannot believe it but they are loving it! Moxley’s reign ends after just three defenses, and Fenix has his vengeance! Death Triangle regains the gold once held by The Bastard, will Fenix blaze his own trail with this title? As for Moxley, he is getting checked by medics, what condition will he be in after such an epic fight?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Oh Maaaax~! You feel it, Max? The night is upon us, a great celebration! Tonight is a night of consequences. And Max, you have run your mouth, you have made your angst known, you have told the world you’ve harbored your grudge against me for eight years.” But MJF better be prepared to hold onto that grudge a little longer, because Joe will smash him from pillar to post, in front of MJF’s people! And tonight, Joe finishes taking what he was trying to take from MJF all those years ago. But it won’t be MJF’s future, it’ll be his championship. We’ve already seen the landscape shift, will the One True King of Wrestling Television add to that?
AEW takes a closer look at the ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders match.
Matt Hardy says that Friday on Rampage: Grand Slam, he and Jeff will compete in a match, with the winners going on to face MJF & Adam Cole for the ROH World Tag Team Championships at WrestleDream! But Matt Taven says they are the OGK, and the Melvins will put respect on the name of The Kingdom. Mike says that they do three things this Friday: Punch ’em in the wiener; hit ’em with piledrivers; and become the #1 Contenders! Best Friends join in, and Trent says this is one more shot for the boys to go on and get another shot to win the big one. Chuck knows MJF & Cole say they’re best friends, but we all know there is only one set of Best Friends that matter, and it’s these two!
Vincent says that a long time ago, being crazy meant something. But now, everybody’s crazy! The Righteous is here to purify AEW, and it starts this Friday on Rampage. Dig what they’re saying? It’s a Fatal 4 of four powerful teams, but who will come away with those golden tickets to Seattle?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm!
The Outcasts used to be a strong trio within the AEW Women’s Division, but this very title is what tore apart the friendship of The Knight and the Lightning. Saraya won an All In London Fatal 4 to become champion, but Storm won the Fatal 4 to earn this match! Will Storm complete the #PortraitofaStar with some gold? Or will this Knight still reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the real star of the AEW Women’s Division!
The bell rings and Storm wants a hug? Saraya says no, she’s crazy as a loon and totally betrayed The Outcasts! Storm still offers, so Saraya SLAPS her! Fans boo and Storm looks hurt emotionally. Saraya SLAPS Storm again and says Storm is nothing without Saraya! “You need me! YOU NEED ME!” Then she SLAPS Storm again! So now Storm smiles? Saraya is confused, but Storm CHPOS her! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Ruby shouts from the apron but Storm rushes over! Storm avoids Ruby’s cheap shot to CHOP her down! But Saraya BOOTS Storm down! Fans boo but Saraya tells Storm she’s a stupid cow!
Saraya has Storm on ropes, goes to the apron, and fires off knee after knee after knee! Storm flops to the floor and Saraya soaks up the heat. But then Storm trips Saraya up! Saraya hits the apron, Storm pushes her back in the ring. Storm sees Ruby standing there, and she goes under the ring? What in the world? The ref goes to check with Saraya, Storm sticks her feet out and Ruby drags her out from under there. Storm has SHOES! She kicks Ruby, then SLAPS her with those slippers! Fans fire up and Storm goes back to the ring. The ref says drop the shoe, then snatches the slipper away. But he misses the HIGH HEEL SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
Storm is furious that Saraya survives! Storm argues with the ref then throws a fit as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Saraya into ropes, drapes her out, to DRAPING DDT to the ramp!! Ruby rushes up to check Saraya, her neck is a major issue for her. Storm is torn between remorse and rage, but Saraya seems okay to continue. So Storm drags her in through the ropes, to DRAPING DDT again!! Cover, TWO!! Saraya survives and Storm seethes. Storm storms around, pursues Saraya out of the ring, but tells Ruby to back off. But that distraction allows Saraya to BOOT Storm! Saraya then SMACKS Storm off the desk! Storm staggers and flounders away, then Saraya CLUBS her! Saraya scowls as she stands Storm up to CHOP!
Saraya pushes Storm into the ring, tells fans off, then hops back in. But Storm ROCKS her! And CLUBS her! And CHPOS her! Saraya goes to a corner, Storm hoists her up top, and then ROCKS her! Storm climbs, Saraya hits back, they brawl up top! Storm CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS, then stands Saraya up. Saraya fights back with body shots, and she CLUBS away on Storm now! Saraya adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Dynamite returns to single picture! Ruby is furious while Saraya argues with the ref. Fans boo as Ruby tries to start a Saraya chant.
Saraya sits Storm up but Storm hits first! Saraya hits back, Storm hits again! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans fire up as Storm just HAMMERS away! Fans are thunderous for Storm and she grabs a turnbuckle. Storm rips the pad right off! The ref takes that but the buckle is still exposed. And then Storm gets the spray paint! Ruby snatches that away, payback for that TBS Championship screw job! The ref argues with Ruby, then with Storm, and Ruby rolls the can to Saraya! Saraya SPRAYS Storm in the face!! KNIGHT CAP!! Cover, TWO?!?! Storm survives the flashback to All In!
New York is thunderous but Saraya is furious! Saraya slaps Storm around, drags her up, and bumps her off buckles! And again! And then she considers the bare buckle. Saraya sits Storm in the corner but Ruby wants her to finish this! Saraya stomps but Storm blocks! Storm sets the foot down, to KISS Saraya!? And then reel her in! STORM ZERO!!! Cover, TWO!?! Storm’s kiss goodbye didn’t finish this! But Storm puts Saraya in the corner, against that bare buckle! Storm goes to the far corner, says “I’m sorry, I love you.” SWEET HIP- NO, Saraya moves and the buckle gets Storm in the booty! Saraya reels Storm in and onto the ropes, DRAPING KNIGHT CAP!!! Cover, Saraya wins!!
Winner: Saraya, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Saraya shouts that Storm forced her to do that! Storm reaches out, but The Outcasts leave her behind. Will Saraya & Soho move on from Storm to conquer the entire AEW Women’s Division?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage: Grand Slam!
Considering it is a TWO HOUR special edition for Arthur Ashe, there’s more action to be had! And in a Mixed Trios match, Kris Statlander joins #OrangeHook to take on Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker! Will the TBS Champion, the FTW Champion and Freshly Squeezed prove why they’re The Galaxy’s Greatest? Or will they owe some title shots to the sports… enner-tay-ners?
Then Skye Blue takes on Julia Hart in a battle of two young and hungry stars wanting their shot at some gold! Plus, after making a comeback at All In London, after sharing his side of the story, Mike Santana gets back in the ring! Will he blaze a trail to the top, all by himself?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
On top of the TNT Championship “Triple Threat” of Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin, Andrade El Idolo accepts Jay White’s challenge from last Saturday! Will the Latin Idol learn what it means to Breathe With The Switchblade? Then Rob Van Dam competes in his home state of Michigan, FTR defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships against The Workhorsemen, and Bryan Danielson gives Ricky Starks his rematch, in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH! With as much blood as was shed at All Out, how much more violent will the American Dragon and Absolute go?
AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe!
It’s the moment of truth! After watching the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Maxwell Jacob Friedman was very… happy(?) to see that the King of Wrestling TV won the right to have this match. MJF threw some Steiner math at Joe but now it’s time to put it to the test! Will the hometown antihero finally have his revenge? Or will we soon be calling him #TwoBeltJoe?
MJF’s entrance is an homage to Bret Hart and Mean Joe Greene. A kid shouts out to MJF, tells him to go get ’em, champ, and then MJF nods and gives the kid his scarf. And also whispers something before heading out. What’d he say? That the kid’s adopted?! Anyway… The introductions are made, the Triple B is raised, and we see who finishes Dynamite with a Grand Slam!
The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already for MJF. MJF and Joe circle, feel things out, and then Joe kicks a leg! MJF backs away to a corner, resets with Joe, and they feel things out again. Fans chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” but Joe just smirks. They circle, Joe corners MJF but the ref has him back off. So MJF pokes Joe in the eye! MJF hops on for a SLEEPER, but Joe THROWS MJF down! MJF clutches his neck, and conspicuous by his absence is Adam Cole. Was Roddy’s “emergency” more engrossing than Cole thought? Joe looms over MJF as MJF sits up, and MJF stands to say he’s okay. Joe CLUBS him down for it!
Joe stomps MJF, fans boo, but Joe stomps MJF on the neck! MJF goes to a corner, Joe JABS and JABS and JABS! Joe sits MJF down, then RIDGEHANDS him down! Fans boo but Joe just says “SUCK IT!” Joe eggs MJF on, drags him from the corner, and clamps on a neck wrench! MJF endures the torture but the fans rally up behind him. MJF fights up, throws body shots, but Joe throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Joe drags MJF up to atomic drop! Joe runs but MJF dodges the boot! MJF kicks, Joe blocks and MJF apologizes, only to poke Joe in the eyes again! MJF jumps on for a SLEEPER!
Joe RAMS MJF into buckles! Joe is free, and he runs to BOOT! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Joe paces, not at all bothered. Joe then drags MJF up, but MJF JABS, throat chops, and runs at the corner, into the “SIT YO ASS DOWN!” URENAGE! Joe paces while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Now Joe covers, ROPEBREAK! MJF saves himself by fingertips but Joe just drags him to the outside. Joe CLUBS MJF against the apron! MJF sputters, Joe drags him out and whips him hard into railing! MJF falls in a heap and Joe mockingly applauds. Joe then storms back over, drags MJF back up and puts him back in the ring. Joe CLUBS MJF again and MJF flounders away. Joe hurries in after MJF, CHOKES him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. MJF sputters, only for Joe to KICK him in the side! Joe paces, drags MJF up, and snapmares to then neck wrench again! MJF endures all over again but the fans still rally.
MJF fights up, using Joe’s twisting for leverage, and he throws body shots! MJF runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! MJF is hanging in there but Joe keeps his cool. Joe drags MJF up and puts him in a corner to JAB! JAB! JAB! And CHOP! MJF leans against ropes and the ref reprimands Joe, but Joe JABS MJF again as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally as hard as they can for MJF and he fires forearms back! Joe HEADBUTTS, then he hoists MJF up top! Joe tucks MJF in but MJF sunset flips! Stack cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! MJF learned that one from his brochacho! But Joe stays up, so MJF short arm LARIATS!
Joe is still up so MJF LARIATS again! Joe is still up, so MJF runs to LARIAT! That takes as much out of MJF as it does Joe, but fans are thunderous as MJF goes again. Joe LARIATS MJF down!! Cover, TWO!! Joe is getting annoyed now but he rips MJF’s new shirt up! Then he wipes his butt with it and throws it down on MJF! Fans boo and MJF is furious, that was his loving tribute to the New York MLB legacy! Joe gives scuffing kicks and toying pie faces. MJF is getting mad now! Joe HEADBUTTS, and MJF just glares at him! Joe SLAPS MJF, then CLUBS him! MJF fires off forearms!
Joe puts MJF in the corner, but MJF dodges to CLAW the back, and bump Joe off buckles again and again and again! Fans count all the way to TEN! MJF goes up to then rain down fists! Fans count all the way to nine, because then MJF BITES Joe’s head!! The ref reprimands, Joe shoves MJF away, but MJF backflips and lands perfectly!! MJF has New York all fired up as he takes the kangaroo stance! KANGAROO KICK!! Joe flops out of the ring, MJF kips up and shakes the ropes! Fans are thunderous but MJF stops because his neck bothers him again. The chants of “M J F! M J F!” gets MJF back to his feet!
MJF pounds the mat, fans rally, and MJF builds speed! No doubts this time, MJF DIVE into a GAMANGIRI! Joe goes up to get MJF on the apron, fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!! Joe then laughs as he watches MJF down on the floor! Joe drags MJF up while fans boo, and Joe puts MJF in the ring. Cover, TWO!! MJF is still in this and the fans are thunderous again! Joe is amused, but also rather frustrated. Joe goes out, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans are torn but they do love tables! Joe puts that table against railing, then drags MJF out of the ring! The ref reprimands but Joe brings MJF over.
Joe clinches, and URENAGES MJF through the table!! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Joe just laughs again. Joe drags MJF up out of the wreckage, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO?!?!? MJF survives and the fans are thunderous again! Joe nods, he might even respect the fighting spirit. But now he pulls padding off the concrete floor!! Joe drags MJF out of the ring again, the ref reprimands, and they go to the bare floor! But MJF fights free, to BITE Joe’s leg!! Fans fire up as MJF lets off that, to reel Joe in! But MJF’s neck won’t let him lift Joe! Joe kicks MJF, reels him back in, and gets him up to PILEDRIVER to the concrete!!!
Fans are losing their minds and the ref freaks out! The medics check MJF but Joe just has an evil smile on his face! Joe looms over MJF but the ref has him back off. Joe doesn’t care, he SWATS and BOOTS medics and security! Joe drags MJF up and into the ring! Joe figures he can pay the finds once he has two champ checks! Cover, TWO!??!?! Joe is stunned!! Devil or not, MJF is not human!! Joe drags MJF up, and he says MJF better give up or else. MJF SPITS in Joe’s face! So Joe DECKS MJF!! Joe then drags MJF back to his feet, runs, and LARI- NO, MJF slips through, reels Joe in, and manages a POWERBOMB?!?! Cover, TWO!!!!
The fans are electric as both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as Joe and MJF stir! Joe sits up, as does MJF. They stand, and Joe CHOPS! Joe runs, but MJF ROCKS him with a forearm! Joe CHOPS, but MJF seethes to forearm! They go shot for shot, MJF SUPERKICKS! Joe ROCKS MJF! And again, and again, and again! Joe runs one more time, but MJF gets around to a SLEEPER! But Joe gets around, to a COQUINA! MJF grabs at the ref, and then LOW BLOW MULE KICKS in the distraction!! Fans fire up as MJF gets away from Joe. MJF then gets his Dynamite Diamond Ring out! MJF gives it a kiss and puts it on the pinkie!
MJF runs in, but Joe puts the ref in the way! The ref sees the diamond ring and confiscates it! Then Joe LOW BLOWS MJF!! Joe puts MJF up top, tuck shim in, MUSCLE BUSTER!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?!? Joe can’t even explain it!! The fans are volcanic as Joe drags MJF back up, into a SLEEPER!! MJF flails, reaches out, but Joe is leaning on him! The hand falls once! But wait! Here comes Adam Cole!! Cole coaches MJF on but the hand falls twice! Cole pounds the mat, fans rally up even harder, and MJF comes back to life!! MJF fights up and again Joe can’t explain it! MJF stands to BITE the arm!!
Joe lets go, MJF victory rolls! TWO!! MJF hurries to have a SLEEPER of his own!! Joe fights up, and he RAMS MJF into a corner! The ref had to bail out to avoid the impact! Cole distracts Joe on the apron, MJF undoes some wrist tape, and MJF CHOKES Joe with the wrist tape garrote!!! MJF hides it inside the sleeper!! The ref revives, MJF has Joe in body scissors!! The ref checks, Joe is OUT! MJF wins!!
Winner: MJF, by submission (still AEW World Champion)
MJF hides the evidence in his armpit, but then it falls out as the ref raises his hand in victory! MJF keeps the ref distracted and Cole takes care of truly hiding the evidence. MJF and Cole hug to celebrate, Cole had MJF’s back in the end. But Joe knows it, and he shoves Cole! MJF gets in the way to keep this from getting worse. Joe snarls, but he offers a handshake? MJF is wary, he knows all the tricks in the book, but fans want to see it. MJF takes the handshake, and there is now respect instead of a grudge. Will the One True King of Wrestling Television have to settle for defending his one crown?
As for the brochachos, they stand together with all their belts! The medics still check with MJF, that neck has to be killing him. With both the AEW World Championship and the ROH World Tag Team Championship around his waist, how long can MJF keep this up?
An awesome Dynamite for Grand Slam 2023, with the right balance of action and talking. A little surprised they didn’t open with the International Championship, but the Winner Takes All match was a great choice all the same. The right choice was made here with Eddie winning the ROH World Championship. Claudio doesn’t have to worry about going to ROH tapings when he only did so rarely, and Eddie can go back and forth between ROH and NJPW Strong, just as I’ve been saying since this match was teased. Then speaking of the International Championship, it was awesome stuff, but clearly, there was something along the lines of a concussion there with Moxley. Fenix wasn’t supposed to win, but winning the title given the injury makes sense. And hopefully Moxley is alright.
Jericho VS Sammy was great, and it was very surprising that Jericho won clean. But in the end, that’s because Sammy was gonna turn on him and join Don Callis! I like that Daniel Garcia’s part in this story is to now be the one member of the former JAS that left Jericho behind, who might now return to his side. Garcia VS Guevara is going to be great stuff, and at least there’s now more than two people in the Don Callis Family. Still waiting on Kota Ibushi responding to Don & Konosuke claiming they’re gonna end his career.
Really good promo from Christian Cage & Luchasaurus, but uh, isn’t having a TNT Championship match on Collision after the Rampage tag match a little too soon? Though, given Christian is only making such a match so he and Luchasaurus can beat down Darby and one of them still has the title is definitely more TV programming than PPV programming. Then maybe Darby gets a proper title rematch at WrestleDream to add another hometown wrestler to the card. The ROH World Six Man Tag Championships being the Rampage main event is great for the building story of Swerve VS Hangman, and might actually give Mogul Embassy a chance to retain.
Great title match from Saraya VS Storm, with great character work and references back to the previous matches. But as such, of course Ruby helps Saraya retain, and who knows where Storm goes from here. Good promo to set up the Tag Team Fatal 4 Way, but I still feel The Kingdom wins that to then challenge MJF & Cole. Great promo from The Kingdom with Roddy and Cole, and how that tied into Cole not being around for most of MJF VS Joe. Good promos from MJF and Joe, too, and we got a PPV worthy title match. MJF has now reached that Eddie Guerrero level where he can cheat and do Heel things but is still Face because the fans love him. As such, MJF wins, and it is great to see Joe show him respect.
Joe will still have plenty to do with his ROH TV title, and now I think AEW really commits to how Roddy & The Kingdom will get in between MJF & Cole, take those tag titles, and then MJF VS Cole Round 3 happens at like Full Gear to settle things once and for all.
My Score: 9/10
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