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Mitchell’s WWE WrestleMania Backlash Results & Report! (5/8/22)

Backlash in Providence!

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Backlash 2022

Who proves they’re the Baddest Woman on the Planet?

WrestleMania 38 didn’t settle anything, so here comes the Backlash! Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey, SmackDown Women’s Championship, in an I QUIT MATCH!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins; Cody wins.
  • Bobby Lashley VS Omos w/ MVP; Omos wins.
  • AJ Styles VS Edge; Edge wins.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship I Quit Match: Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey; Rousey wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss; Moss wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Bloodline VS RKBRO & Drew McIntyre; The Bloodline wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the WrestleMania Backlash Kickoff Show!

Join Kayla Braxton, Kevin Patrick, Booker T, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action tonight!

 

MVP joins the Panel.

Montel Vontavius Porter says he’s a little nervous being on the panel. But with everything he’s done for Bobby Lashley, leaving him and joining Omos is what for him? Booker T corrects Kevin Patrick by saying Lashley abandoned MVP. MVP thanks Booker for that, and JBL says MVP ought to slap Kevin Patrick. Booker asks how MVP feels about being abandoned. Well he felt some kinda way, but he never let those emotions affect his business decisions, because that is what this was. It was a business decision to move on to bigger and better.

So there is no concern that emotions will hinder his guidance of Omos? If MVP allowed his emotions to guide his decisions, he’d be a very unpopular radio show host who is unpopular with hip hop fans in New York. Kayla says some might use- Who are those people? Well, just some people. MVP was key to Lashley’s success, but MVP is perhaps hopping on an Omos “bandwagon.” Why is Omos more of an attraction? Because MVP is with him. MVP is the X factor. Without MVP, Lashley is just “Bobby.” Then MVP made him the All Mighty. But now, Omos has MVP and becomes The Colossus, the Nigerian Nightmare, and with MVP’s guidance, become bigger than even Lashley.

JBL says they need to get past the woke, “oh how are you feeling?” questions and that crap. How BAD is Omos gonna beat up Lashley? That’s what MVP was waiting for! Omos will make a point. At WrestleMania 38, that was embarrassing. Omos came to MVP, knew what MVP did for Lashley, and that Lashley abandoned MVP. So Omos wanted MVP to give him that guidance. Expert tutelage and coaching! So Omos told MVP that the goal tonight is to literally break Lashley in half! His whole body! Kevin Patrick remembers that from Raw, but Lashley says MVP is selfish, and that this is the biggest mistake of Omos’s career because MVP makes things all about MVP.

MVP asks how he is selfish. Is he the one who went to WrestleMania 38 all alone to hog the spotlight? No. Lashley did. It’s all about Lashley. So how dare someone repeat something so ridiculous! MVP selfish? That’s insane. Do they just give journalism credentials away in Dublin? Kevin says yes, they do. Just six months and you’re in. Before MVP leaves, Kayla wants everyone to predict the match. Booker says Lashley had a great thing going. He had a huge bus. Booker is going with OMOS. Kevin Patrick says we’re forgetting Lashley’s recent achievements. He’s sorry, but he goes with LASHLEY. MVP says yes, Kevin is sorry.

MVP says to remember that Lashley was impressive before MVP helped him. After MVP helped him, Lashley become the single most dominant force in WWE. Omos is the biggest, strongest and most impressive specimen in WWE today, and he came to MVP for tutelage. MVP wants us to know, he is the X factor. JBL says there have been all sorts of X factor managers, and MVP is among them. JBL goes with OMOS. Peter says 7’3″, 400 pounds, that makes him a “big guy.” Peter goes with OMOS, not just cuz MVP is here but because he sees it. Lashley’s had a great year, t twice a day. MVP says even a broken clock is right twice a day. MVP wants us ready for big things.

 

Mad Cap Moss joins the panel.

Booker’s fired up for this one! Before we get to questions, let’s get a joke. Moss appreciates Booker wants a good joke, but tonight’s not the night for jokes! He just roasted Corbin on SmackDown, the Big Bald Wolf went running with his tails between his legs. Fans chant “Big Bald Wolf!” and Moss says he’ll embarrass Corbin with a checkmark in the L column! Kayla was hoping Moss would get past the dead weight of Corbin, but it still stings that a friendship fell apart. Does any part of Moss feel bad about how this turned out? Moss says they had great times together, cracking up and spending money, but that was when things were good.

As soon as things got bad, Corbin pointed the finger and passed the blame onto Moss. Corbin treated Moss like dirt, and Moss can only be pushed so far before he hits back. Corbin couldn’t take the blame, he though the was better than everyone just because of money, but Moss taught him a lesson. Booker remembers back to when The Miz and Alex Riley had a fallout. Is this Moss breaking out on his own? Well, Moss wasn’t thinking that at the time, he was just standing up for himself, reacting naturally. There was no master plan, but y’know what? Moss sees the fans behind him, he hears them chanting for him, and he gets chills! He wants it all!

JBL asks Booker, which one was he comparing Moss to, Miz or Riley? Booker says Riley stopped sucking up, and that’s what Moss did. Booker has fashion advice, though. Suspenders and a belt? That’s too much, choose one. Moss says he wants as much protection as possible. His pants are NOT falling down tonight! He will be ready to go all match. Kevin says Corbin acts like he’s better, but there is an argument to be said that Corbin is better, given he was former WWE US Champion, a King of the Ring and more experience. What makes Moss think he can win?

Moss admits, Corbin has all that, he even retired Kurt Angle. He is a Golden Gloves winner and the End of Days is powerful. Moss has his work cut out for him, but Corbin is underestimating Moss, thinking he can just walk right past. Moss has speed, athleticism and toughness, and RHODE ISLAND! Fans cheer Moss, and Kayla will be the first to choose sides: she says MOSS! Kevin sides with Kayla, MOSS all the way. Peter likes Moss, he is a great guy, with a bright future. But Corbin has the edge, go bald brothers. Well Peter will look even dumber than he does now but Moss understands.

JBL’s pick says Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union, who cares? Moss might be the one at fault, Corbin annihilates him. JBL sounds like Corbin to Moss. But Booker likes the energy. He likes Moss being serious tonight, this is business! Booker says Moss! Moss has 3-2 from the panel, but will he get the 1-2-3 in the ring?

 

Backstage interview with The Bloodline.

Or rather, just Paul Heyman and The Usos. Sarah wants to talk the Six Man Tag main event. Heyman can’t believe she didn’t wish a Happy Mother’s Day to Roman Reigns’ mom! What is wrong with her? But Happy Mother’s Day to the Tribal Chief’s mother. She should have statues and monuments in her honor. And the same for the mother of the Usos, she gave birth to the greatest tag team ever, and not even separately. These two being born at the same time, more mothers should aspire to be like Mama Uso. Jimmy & Jey say they love their mama. Well, what does this have to do with the main event?

Everything! Jimmy, Jey & Roman Reigns are going to look across the ring at Orton and Riddle, and the fans will realize their mothers failed them. They failed to raise men who could stand up to the Bloodline! Um, Heyman didn’t mention McIntyre… Well, he named a sword after his mom. That is someone in need of psychotherapy, which he will receive at the hands of Roman… Reigns…! The Usos and Heyman head out, but will them insulting #RKMcBro and their mothers only make things more intense tonight?

 

The Most Stupendous WrestleMania… Backlash?

“Imagine if there was a place. A new dimension. A dimension of change. A dimension of possibility. Where an anomaly created a reaction of events past, creating the way for an alternate future. Tonight, we cross over. And what happens here will ripple across the universe. There is no going back. There is no undoing. As we cross over into WrestleMania Backlash.”

 

Cody Rhodes VS Seth Rollins!

The American Nightmare made a thrilling return to the WWE at WrestleMania 38, as the surprise opponent chosen by Vince McMahon. The Visionary claims that was the only reason he lost, and vows to avenge himself here at Backlash! Will the Architect make that vision a reality? Or will Cody go 2-0 against Seth Freakin’ Rollins?

The bell rings and they circle. Rollins grins as they feel out the grapple. They knuckle lock but Rollins slips away from the leg pick. They go again, Rollins keeps away but then they tie up collar ‘n’ elbow. Rollins wrenches to a hammerlock the n back suplexes, but Cody lands on his feet! Cody drops, but Rollins blocks the Rhodes Uppercut! Rollins says he knows Cody’s game plan, he won’t fall for it. They circle again, feel out another knuckle lock and they go shoulder to shoulder. Cody wrenches, puts Rollins in a corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Rollins turns things around but he lets off, only to kick low!

Rollins whips corner to corner, Rollins runs in but Cody goes up and over, only for Rollins to fake him out! Oklahoma Roll, ONE! Rollins smiles while Cody frowns and the two reset. They circle, tie up, and Cody waistlocks. Rollins switches, Cody switches, repeat, Rollins SLAPS Cody on the back of the head! Cody DECKS Rollins! Cody fires off hands in the corner, then climbs up to rain them down! Rollins bails out before even three, but Cody gives chase! They get in the ring and Rollins CLUBS Cody down! Rollins throws hands on Cody, the ref counts as they’re in the ropes. Rollins lets off to stomp Cody in the corner.

The ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4, then he goes back to dig his boots into Cody. Rollins scrapes Cody out of the ring, waits for him to get up, and then runs to KNEE Cody down! Fans boo but Rollins grins and soaks up the heat. Rollins then goes out and pursues Cody, but Cody blocks the steel step bump to give it to Rollins! Cody chases after Rollins, only for Rollins to CLOBBER him! Rollins puts Cody in, covers, ONE! Rollins keeps cool as he watches Cody closely. Fans rally for Cody but Rollins rakes eyes and CLUBS Cody in the head! Rollins DECKS Cody, then clamps on a chinlock. Rollins shifts to a neck wrench but Cody fights up to his feet.

Cody throws body shots and forearms but then blocks a kick to give a kick! RHODES UPPERCUT! Rollins staggers into Cody’s suplex! Cody holds Rollins up for a count of 10 before the GOURD BUSTER! Cody then runs and springboards, DISASTER KICK! Cover, TWO! Cody keeps cool while Rollins scrambles to ropes. Cody  hobbles his way after Rollins but Rollins goes for a cheap shot! Cody gets a headlock and punches Rollins! Cody runs, but Rollins dumps him up and out of the ring! Cody tumbles and Rollins catches his breath. Rollins then bails out, goes around the way, and he RAMS Cody into barriers!

Rollins drags Cody up to SMACK off the announce desk then shove into the ring. Rollins rains down fists, then lets off to soak up the heat. Cody gets up as fans rally, and Rollins sneers. Rollins stomps Cody on the shoulder then CLUBS him on the back. Cody gets up to ROCK Rollins with a forearm but Rollins ROCKS Cody back. Rollins and Cody start trading shots! Fans rally behind Cody as he gets the edge, and then he whips corner to corner. Rollins reverses and Cody hits buckles hard! Then Rollins CHOKES Cody on the ropes! The ref counts, Rollins lets off at 4. Rollins drags Cody up and snapmares to then KICK Cody in the back.

Fans rally but Rollins drops knees. Rollins clamps on a chinlock but Cody fights up. Rollins grinds and leans on Cody to keep him down, then shifts to a full SLEEPER HOLD! Cody endures, fights up, reaches out, grabs at Rollins’s hair, but Rollins holds on. Cody throws body shots but Rollins CLUBS Cody. Rollins ROCKS Cody to a corner, then talks trash. “Do you understand who I am?!” Rollins CLUBS Cody but Cody ROCKS Rollins back! Cody back hands and haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Rollins reverses, Cody goes up and over and hops on, but Rollins blocks the sunset flip! He’s holding ropes! TWO, and Cody has the sunset! TWO!

Rollins runs in but is put on the apron. Rollins ROCKS Cody and goes up, but Cody ROCKS Rollins back! Cody climbs up, fans fire up as Cody CLUBS Rollins and brings him up, for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Fans are fired up while both men are down! Rollins and Cody slowly rise, and they head for each other. Rollins stands, and he CHOPS Cody. Cody CHOPS back! Rollins CHOPS Cody, and Cody CHOPS back! They go CHOP for CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Fans “WOO” with every shot and then it just becomes a scrap! Rollins kicks low, runs, but Cody follows to CLOBBER Rollins! Cody goes up and over in the corner, POWERSLAM!

Rollins staggers up, Cody clotheslines him out! Fans fire up as Cody runs, TRIANGLE JUMP CROSS- NO! Rollins gets in the ring and Cody hits barriers! Rollins builds speed to DIVE into a forearm! Cody hurries in, duck sand springboards, CODY CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Cody keeps his focus. Fans rally up as Rollins rolls away to ropes. Cody stalks Rollins to ropes and waistlocks but Rollins elbows Cody away. Rollins kicks low and hooks the arms but Cody bails out. Rollins PELES, then rolls to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Rollins is frustrated while he and Cody are down again.

Rollins conducts the fans as they sing “OH~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins then aims, runs in, but no curb stomp! Dragon sleeper, but Rollins slips out to RAM Cody! Rollins whips, Cody goes up and out then ROCKS Rollins! Cody goes up top, leaps, but into a kick! Rollins hooks the arms but Cody wrenches out! Cody hooks the arms!! But Rollins fights out to ROLLING ELBOW! And then DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives but Rollins is too tired to be upset! Fans say “This is Awesome!” while Rollins grits his teeth and drags Cody up. Rollins reels him in, but Cody blocks the lift!

Rollins CLUBS Cody over an dover, then whips to ropes for a knee. And then the other way for another knee. Cody reverses the third, kicks and springboards, into the BUCKLE BOMB! Rollins goes up top, FROG SPALSH! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives again and Providence is thunderous! Rollins shakes his head, he doesn’t know how Cody’s still moving. Rollins sees Cody still down, though, and he goes back up top. PHOENIX- NO! Cody dodges, then SUPERKICKS Rollins down! Fans fire up with Cody and Cody goes up. Rollins springs up after him! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, FALCON ARROW- NO! CROSS RHODES!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Cody cannot believe it! Rollins survives by mere inches! Fans are thunderous again, and Cody goes out after Rollins. Cody brings Rollins over to SMACK off the desk! And then rains down fists! The ring count is climbing as Cody SMACKS Rollins off the desk again! Cody hops up on the desk, fans fire up, and Cody CLUBS Rollins. Cody puts Rollins in at 8 of 10, then hurries back up top. MOONSAULT FLOPS! Rollins kicks low, hooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Cody survives and no one can believe it! Rollins seethes, and he kicks at Cody. “Don’t you touch my shoes!” Rollins gives Cody Kowata Kicks!

Rollins talks trash, saying Cody isn’t good enough to lace those boots. Then more Kowata Kicks! Cody still gets up, Rollins grabs his ear, and he JABS! Rollins grins as he JABS, JABS and JABS! Rollins mocking the flip, flop ‘n’ fly, but he swings into a CROSS RHODES!! But Cody holds on, only for Rollins to knee free! Cody still goes after Rollins but Rollins snapmares, only to swing into a spin around! Inverted Gory Especial, DINN’S- NO! Rollins slips out, O’Conner Rolls with tights! TWO, and Cody has tights!! CODY WINS!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

Turnabout is fair play, and Cody beat Rollins at his own game! Rollins can’t believe he got caught, but a win is a win! Will Cody leave Rollins behind as he heads for his dream of becoming Undisputed WWE Universal Champion?

 

Bobby Lashley VS Omos w/ MVP!

The All Mighty defeated the Colossus at WrestleMania 38, and defeated him in an Arm Wrestling Contest. But Omos did not let Lashley walk away from those victories, and vows Lashley won’t even walk away tonight! Will Omos obliterate the Rocky Mountain Machine? Or will we see another 2-0 sweep from WrestleMania to Backlash?

The bell rings and Lashley circles around Omos. They tie up, Lashley gets around and CLUBS Omos with big haymakers! Omos choke grips but Lashley breaks free! Lashley fires off more hands, has Omos on the ropes, but Omos shoves him away. Lashley mule kicks, throws more and more and more haymakers, then fires up. Lashley runs but MVP is in his way! Lashley turns around into a BOOT from Omos! Omos looms over Lashley drags him up and whips him into a corner. Omos runs in to back elbow Lashley and MVP wants Omos to smash him! Omos SPLASHES, then goes corner to corner for an even bigger SPLASH!

Lashley falls over, Omos stalks behind him and clamps on hands for a massive neck wrench. Lashley endures, fights, and fans rally up. Lashley throws body shots and haymakers but Omos clamps on an IRON CLAW! Omos POWERS Lashley out of the ring! MVP is fired up while Lashley is down on the ground. Omos waits as the ring count climbs and MVP talks trash on Lashley. Lashley gets up and glares at MVP before he gets in at 7 of 10. Omos drags Lashley up to scoop and carry Lashley. Omos says Lashley is small! SNAKE EYES to a BOOT! Omos gloats and so does MVP, and Lashley drags himself to ropes.

Omos drags Lashley up to CHOKE him on the ropes! The ref counts, Omos lets off at 4, and MVP talks more trash. Is Lashley rethinking his decisions? The ref tells MVP to back off, and Omos drags Lashley up for another scoop. But Lashley slips off, elbows Omos back, then kicks low. Lashley gets to a corner, he elbows Omos away again, then hurries to hop on for a SLEEPER HOLD! Omos stays up and MVP coaches him, Omos throws Lsahley off! Omos runs in, but the splash hits buckles! Lashley gets moving, and he RAMS into Omos! Lashley RAMS Omos in the corner, then runs side to side to RAM into him again!

Lashley fires off more haymakers, then runs to LARIAT Omos against ropes! Lashley ties Omos up in the ropes! MVP protests but Omos is trapped! Fans fire up as Lashley fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Lashley gets 10 shots in! Lashley then lets off, to fire off more haymakers! Lashley gets another 10 in, and MVP tries to crowbar Omos free with his cane! Lashley goes out after MVP! THE HURT LOCK!! Omos gets free, grabs at Lashley, but Lashley HOTSHOTS that arm! Lashley gets in, runs and dropkicks a leg out! Lashley reels Omos in, COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up as Lashley stalks Omos.

Lashley gets a half nelson but Omos is big! Lashley works on the full nelson! HURT LOCK!! Omos endures, MVP coaches him, and Omos fights up, only to fade again! But Omos gets a second wind to RAM Lashley into buckles! MVP says Lashley still has to let go! Lashley is letting go as the ref counts, and Omos is free. Omos throws back elbow after back elbow, even as the ref counts! Omos stops at 4, then CLUBS Lashley in the chest! And then again! And again! Lashley drops and the ref reprimands but MVP coaches Omos. Fans boo as Omos runs corner to corner, into BOOTS from Lashley!

Lashley fires off more shots, bumps Omos off buckles, then bumps him again. Lashley fires forearms over and over, then runs side to side to RAM into him again! Lashley brings Omos out, reels him, and wants to suplex?! Omos throws body shots to get free, and then runs, into a SPINEBUSTER!! Fans are thunderous as Lashley aims from a corner. MVP shouts for Omos to get up, and Lashley runs in, but into a knee! Omos then POSTS Lashley, but the ref has him back off. MVP JABS Lashley with the walking stick! Omos gets the hands, COLOSSAL BOMB!! Cover, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

The Nigerian Giant gets a huge assist from Montel Vontavius Porter! MVP talks trash in Lashley’s face, saying “I told you!” But with things tied up 1-1, will Lashley be back for revenge on both traitor and titan?

 

AJ Styles VS Edge!

The Phenomenal One almost had The Iconoclast at WrestleMania 38, but Damian Priest appearing and joining the dark side tipped the scales in Edge’s favor. Judgement Day vows to sentence those who oppose them to pain and defeat, but will Priest being barred from ringside be enough to give Styles a fair shot? Or will Edge prove he is now, then and forever the top of the mountain in the WWE?

The bell rings and the two start throwing hands! Styles gets the edge, headbutts and stomps Edge in the corner, then lets off as the ref counts. Fans are fired up with Styles and he storms back in to whip corner to corner. Edge slides to a stop, but runs into a dropkick! Styles goes out after Edge and SMACKS him off the barriers, and then off the steel steps! And then back into barriers! The ring count climbs, Styles gets back in just to refresh the count. Styles then gets Edge for a COMPLETE SHOT to the desk! Fans fire up, Styles puts Edge in at 5 of 10, then hurries after him. Edge bails out the other side but Styles just runs and WRECKS Edge with a dropkick!

Fans fire up as Styles looms over Edge. The ring count starts again, Styles goes up to the apron to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Edge at the ramp! Styles brings Edge up and puts him in the ring, and Styles prepares that forearm already! Edge stands and he BOOTS Styles mid-springboard! Styles holds his left arm, the shoulder Edge went after on Raw. Edge POSTS Styles and Styles even hits steps on the way down. Edge PULLS on the bad arm around the crossbar! The ref counts, Edge lets off, and then hurries to untie buckle pads! Fans boo but Edge goes out after Styles to ROCK him!

Edge hauls Styles, trips him and CATAPULTS him into ring post and steps! Styles flops down and Edge soaks up heat. Edge then goes back out after Styles to SLAM the bad arm on the steps! Edge puts Styles in, rips the tape off and stomps the shoulder. Styles gets to ropes but Edge wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Styles writhes but Edge just stalks him. Edge rams a knee into the bad shoulder, then clamps on an armlock and chinbar. Styles endures, fans rally, but Edge grinds the shoulder. Styles still fights his way up, throws haymakers and backs Edge down. Styles whips, Edge hits an ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO!

But Edge has a wristlock then keylock to shoulder lock! Styles endures again as Edge grinds the arm. Edge even talks trash about the bad arm while fans rally up. Styles fights to his feet, powers Edge back to a corner, and the ref counts. Edge lets go but then hoists Styles up to HOTSHOT off the ropes! Styles is down in the corner but Edge stomps him. The ref counts, Edge stops at 4, then Edge drags Styles up. Styles throws haymakers with the good arm! Edge kicks and swings, but Styles dodges to PELE Edge down! Edge is dazed and Styles drags himself away. Styles runs back in but Edge dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide!

Fans rally while both men are down. Styles drags himself up the ropes, runs in, and he rallies with LARIATS! Styles keeps moving, SLIDING FOREARM! Styles fires up and the fans are with him! Styles runs in at the corner, BIG clothesline, then a fireman’s carry! But the bad arm holds him back! Edge slips off, but swings into a wheelbarrow FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Styles winces as he clutches the bad arm and gets back up. Styles hoists Edge up the corner and climbs up after him. Edge CLUBS the bad arm and Styles hops down. Styles throws body shots, climbs back up, and SUPER STEINERS! Cover, TWO!

Styles shakes his bad arm then drags Edge back up. He calls for it but Edge blocks the Clash! Edge wrenches out but Styles avoids the Impaler to USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Edge drags himself to ropes and to his feet. Styles storms over to get a leg and CLUB it! And KICK it! Edge pokes Styles in the eyes! Then dragon sleepers for a BACKBREAKER! Edge has the CROSSFACE, trapping the bad arm! Styles pries free, goes for the leg, CALF CRUSHER! Edge endures, reaches out, but Styles cranks the bad leg! Edge still fights, grits his teeth and pulls his hair, to then grab at Styles and SLAM his head down!

But Styles keeps on the CALF CRUSHER! Edge reaches out desperately, ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go quickly but he’s no less frustrated. Edge drags himself up to his feet in the corner but Styles goes after his leg again. Edge holds on, Styles tries a waistlock. Edge undoes the buckle pad but Styles GERMAN SUPLEXES! Styles wants another, Edge elbows free and then runs, but Styles sends the Spear into buckle!! Roll-up, TWO!! Edge survives his own error, but Styles hurries to run in, into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!!! Styles survives Edge’s best shot! “This is Awesome!” as Edge and Styles get to opposite corners.

Edge aims again, runs in, into a V-TRIGGER! KENNY~! Styles reels Edge in, hangs him out to dry, then reels him into position! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO?!? Edge survives Styles’ best shot now! Styles hurries to the apron, he prepares the arm again, but the bad arm is holding him back. Styles decides to just climb the corner then! Fans fire up, but is that Damian Priest? He’s barred from ringside, but he’s at the border, the ramp! But wait, here comes FINN BALOR! The Prince goes after Priest, they brawl into the ring, and then back out of it! The ref is busy yelling at them, but someone else HOTSHOTS Styles!!

Edge hurries to get Styles’ arm! CROSSFACE!! Styles endures, reaches out, but Edge changes it to a BULLY CHOKE!! Styles is OUT, Edge wins!!

Winner: Edge, by submission

And the Iconoclast is 2-0 over the Phenomenal One! Priest was thwarted but who was the masked figure? They get in the ring and kneels by Edge’s side. Who is this? Edge bids them rise, and they reveal themselves to be RHEA RIPLEY!! She darkened her hair to be even darker and more brutal than before! Judgement Day grows stronger, will Rhea bring their brutality to the Raw Women’s Division?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship I Quit Match: Charlotte Flair VS Ronda Rousey!

The Daughter of the Dirtiest Player in the Game knows how to lose without really losing, and that happened at WrestleMania 38 when the ref went down and missed Charlotte tapping out. Charlotte pretends it never happened, but she won’t be able to deny what happens tonight. Will she say those dreaded two words? Or will she still have this title, no matter what Rowdy Ronda does to her?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who is truly the Baddest Woman on the Planet!

Ronda dodges the boot to fire off knees! Charlotte ROCKS Ronda back with a forearm, but then runs into a KNEE! Ronda drags Charlotte up in a waistlock but Charlotte elbows out hard! Ronda just shrugs that off, blocks the clothesline and throws Charlotte around with drop sayanagi after drop sayanagi! Charlotte goes to a corner, Ronda runs in but into a boot! Charlotte CLOBBERS Ronda, then soaks up the heat. Charlotte asks if this is too easy, and she hauls Ronda up to scoop and- FISHERMAN from Ronda! Ronda gets that leg again, rolls through to a fireman’s carry, but Charlotte fights free to DECK Ronda!

Charlotte waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX Ronda high and hard! Charlotte kips up and fans “WOO~” as she dusts herself off. Charlotte paces around, taunts Charlotte and fans, then gets Ronda’s leg. But Ronda turns figure four into arm-drag! STEP-UP KNEE! Charlotte flounders, Ronda runs in and goes up for a FLYING ARMBAR! Charlotte scrambles out of the ring and they both fall to the floor! They get up, Charlotte RAMS Ronda into barriers! And again! Fans rally and duel as Charlotte CHOPS Ronda against barriers. The ref asks and Ronda says she has to chop harder than that. So Charlotte CHOPS again!

Charlotte brings Ronda around, CHOPS her against the apron, “WOO~!” Ronda says Charlotte chops like a bitch, so Charlotte whips her. But Ronda reverses and POSTS Charlotte! Charlotte staggers away and Ronda storms up on her. Ronda hauls Charlotte up to TOSS her into the timekeeper’s area! Ronda goes after Charlotte, but Charlotte BOOTS her! Charlotte gloats and soaks up the heat, but Ronda refuses to say the words. Charlotte goes looking under the ring, and she brings out a kendo stick! But Ronda dodges! And then fires elbows! Ronda has the stick, and Charlotte freaks out! Charlotte gets in the ring, Ronda chases her out the other side!

They’re at the ramp and going to the stage! Charlotte wants mercy but then she ducks around backstage. Charlotte brings out double kendo sticks! They CLASH sticks, Ronda is disarmed! Charlotte SMACKS, but then Ronda catches them both! Ronda reels Charlotte into a MONKEY FLIP! Ronda dual wields now, and she shows her how it’s done! Ronda SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS Charlotte all the way back to ringside! The ref asks but Charlotte says “HELL NO!” Ronda SMACKS Charlotte more, the sticks start breaking! Charlotte get a camera and TOSSES it! Ronda dodges, the camera goes flying!

Charlotte runs away into the crowd but Ronda pursues! They brawl right in front of fans! Charlotte can only defend, Ronda ROCKS her, then runs in, into a SPLASH of water! Charlotte TOSSES Ronda into the wall! Ronda refuses to stop, but Charlotte drags her back up. Charlotte brings Ronda along in a headlock up the bleachers! Charlotte puts Ronda through the railing to throw KNEE after KNEE! Ronda endures even as Charlotte pulls her back with a chinlock! Ronda pries at Charlotte’s fingers but Charlotte shoves her down. Charlotte drags Ronda back out, kicks her down the steps, and Charlotte SLAPS Ronda!

Charlotte tells fans to clear out, and she grabs a chair. But Ronda blocks the chair shot and kicks low! Charlotte runs for it! Charlotte goes under the ring as Ronda stalks her. Charlotte gets a chair now, and she BOOTS Ronda’s chair away! Charlotte SMACKS Ronda off the desk, then again! Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” and Charlotte snarls as she brings Ronda around the way. Charlotte gets Ronda up to POWERBOMB against barriers! Ronda writhes, Charlotte tells her to give up, this is HER belt! Ronda says NO, but Charlotte snarls. Charlotte pie faces Ronda around, says this is HER house, HER title, and HER company.

But Ronda grabs that arm to SLAP Charlotte down! Ronda says Charlotte is tasting a real slap for once. Ronda throws body shots, uppercuts, then fireman’s carries for a- NO, Charlotte rakes eyes! And she POSTS Ronda! Then she RAMS Ronda into steel steps! Ronda writhes, clutches her arm, and Charlotte grins. Charlotte climbs up the corner, fans still want tables, but Ronda trips Charlotte up! Charlotte is in a Tree of Woe, and Ronda gets the ARMBAR!! Charlotte is caught, what will she say?! Charlotte shouts and cries but refuses to give up! So Ronda makes it a HANGING ARMBAR!!!

Charlotte cries in pain but she is refusing to give up! She gets her leg free and they both fall to the floor! Fans rally as both women slowly rise. Charlotte grabs a chair, manages to get up, and she RAMS Ronda! Then SMACKS her on the back! Ronda won’t give up with that, so Charlotte puts the chair in the ring. Charlotte puts Ronda in the ring now, then has an even smirk. FULL METAL NATURAL SELECTION!! The ref asks Ronda but Ronda might not even be conscious to say anything! Ronda manages to say NO, so Charlotte grows frustrated. Charlotte gets the leg, Figure Four! Ronda grabs at the legs but Charlotte SLAPS her!

Charlotte bridges to the FIGURE EIGHT!! Ronda endures, but she can’t go anywhere! What does she say? “NEVER, BITCH!” Ronda uses the chair to SMACK Charlotte!! Charlotte lets the Figure Eight go, but she BOOTS Ronda back down! Charlotte goes back to the chair, sits it up, and she warns Ronda that this is her last chance. ‘Happy Mother’s Day.” But Ronda turns this around, FULL METAL ARMBAR!! Charlotte shouts NO over an dover, but Ronda was hoping for that. Ronda uses the chair to pull DEEPER! CHARLOTTE SAYS SHE QUITS!! RONDA WINS!!

Winner: Ronda Rousey (NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion)

And the Baddest Woman on the Planet proves that title is accurate! Ronda also adds the SmackDown Women’s title! Will Charlotte ever live this down? Will Ronda ever let that title go after how hard she fought to get it?

 

Happy Corbin VS Mad Cap Moss!

The Happy Folk had fun while they were winning, but losing turned things sour. Corbin tried to put Moss down, but that only made Moss rise up! Will Moss have the last laugh? Or will Corbin be the happiest man in the WWE after putting down his former sidekick once and for all?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Moss as he ties up with Corbin. They are in a deadlock, but Moss powers Corbin to ropes. Corbin kicks low and then throat chops! Corbin bumps Moss off buckles, brings him around but Moss elbows and forearms back! Moss throws hands, knees then another knee. Moss runs and RAMS Corbin, but Corbin rebounds. Moss blocks the kick to give a kick! Moss says Corbin’s the joke, and things speed up. Moss hurdles then hip tosses! Fans fire up, Moss runs in but is put on the apron. Moss still ROCKS Corbin, but Corbin KICKS Moss as he gets in! Corbin then choke grips for a CHOKE SLAM!

Corbin seethes while fans boo, and Corbin stomps Moss out of the ring. Corbin goes out, runs up behind Moss, and KNEES him into the POST! Corbin looms over Moss, grinds him into the barrier, then rains down forearm after forearm! The ring count climbs, Corbin puts Moss in the ring and fans boo. Corbin gets in, he taunts the fans but they taunt him back with “Big Bald Wolf!” Corbin gets Moss up but Moss throws body shots! Moss runs, but Corbin CLOBBERS him! Corbin covers, TWO! Corbin is annoyed but he looms over Moss. Corbin drags Moss up, puts him in a corner, and he throws body shots and haymakers.

Corbin whips corner to corner hard and Moss bounces off buckles. Corbin looms over Moss as he crawls and then taunts him. Corbin brings Moss up to drive down elbows! Corbin thrashes Moss around in a half nelson chinbar combo but Moss endures. Corbin tells Moss that Moss is the joke, and then leans on the hold. Fans rally up and Moss fights his way up. Moss throws body shots, backs Corbin down, and then whips him corner to corner. Corbin reverses and Moss hits buckles again, but he dodges! Corbin slides out, slides in and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Moss is still in this and Corbin grows frustrated.

Corbin grins while fans taunt him, but he tells them to hush. Corbin brings Moss up, reels him into a half nelson, and then fisherman’s, for a SLAM, and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated that his new moves didn’t finish this, but he goes back to Moss. Corbin stands Moss up to ROCK him with a right. Moss staggers, Corbin runs in and Moss ELBOWS him away! Corbin tries again but Moss tosses him out! Corbin gets back in, Moss dodges and ducks to RAM Corbin out of the ring! Moss then goes out to CLOBBER Corbin! Moss rains down fists, gets Corbin up and POSTS him! Moss fires off more hands as the ring count climbs!

Fans fire up with Moss as he gets Corbin in at 7 of 10. Moss runs and RAMS Corbin into the corner! Corbin staggers, Moss runs in but into a knee! Corbin runs, but Moss catches him for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, TWO! Moss stalks Corbin, reels him in, and turns Corbin, but no Punchline yet! Corbin back suplexes for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated and he looms over Moss. Corbin says he’s better than Moss and Moss should’ve listened to Corbin! Corbin throws hands but Moss ROCKS him! Moss runs in but is put in the corner for stomps and haymakers! Corbin lets off as the ref counts, and then he hoists Corbin up top.

Corbin hears the fans taunting “Big Bald Wolf!” as he climbs, and Moss fires forearms! Moss leaps, Corbin dodges, but Moss comes back! DEEP SIX from Corbin! Cover, TWO!! Moss survives and Corbin can’t believe it! Corbin argues with the ref but the count was fair. Corbin SPLASHES in the corner, then goes corner to corner, but Moss dodges! Corbin slides out, slides in, Moss dodges and sunset flips! MOSS WINS!

Winner: Mad Cap Moss, by pinfall

Corbin is furious! Moss got Corbin with a quick pin, will Moss be laughing all the way to the bank? Will Corbin do another name change and be Frustrated Corbin?

 

Medical update on Charlotte Flair.

Kayla has an update on Charlotte’s arm. The x-rays confirm a fractured radius. Stay tuned to WWE’s outlets for more on this.

 

Six Man Tag: The Bloodline VS RKBRO & Drew McIntyre!

Roman Reigns is the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, and he wanted The Usos to become Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, but plans changed when Randy Orton & Matt Riddle looked poised to defeat Jimmy & Jey. The Tribal Chief savagely beat down the Viper & the Stallion, and the Scottish Warrior stepped up! Will this star-studded match prove Roman had reason to worry? Or can the Bloodline show #RKMcBro are the twos and #WeTheOnes?

The trios sort out and fans chant for “Randy! Randy!” With that, Orton steps up and starts against Jimmy. They circle, fans still chant for “Randy! Randy!” and Orton teases using McIntyre’s sword. Orton and Jimmy tie up, Jimmy puts Orton in a corner but then fires off haymakers and body shots! The ref counts, Jimmy lets off, Orton pokes an eye! Orton EuroUppers Jimmy down, tags in Riddle, and gives the ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! They stomp Jimmy around, then Riddle covers, ONE! Riddle keeps after Jimmy, whips him corner to corner but Jimmy reverses and Riddle hits buckles hard! Jimmy drags Riddle up to CHOP!

Jimmy uppercuts Riddle, whips him corner to corner, but Riddle goes up and over and KICKS Jimmy down! Riddle then gut wrenches Jimmy, tags McIntyre, then suplexes Jimmy away! McIntyre looms over Jimmy, stares Roman down, then bumps Jimmy off buckles. McIntyre CHOPS Jimmy, glares at Roman, then CHOPS Jimmy again. McIntyre stays between Jimmy and his corner but Jimmy throat chops! Jimmy storms after McIntyre, whips him corner to corner but McIntyre reverses. Jimmy goes up but McIntyre KICKS him out of the air! Then McIntyre deadlift suplexes Jimmy up and down!

Jimmy scrambles away, McIntyre points at Roman! Fans fire up but Roman frowns. Roman and Heyman talk it out, the Special Counsel tells the Tribal Chief that he doesn’t have to. Roman still wants to! He tags in and fans are thunderous as he gets in with McIntyre! They circle, Roman talks a bit of trash, and then he tags out to Jey. Heyman laughs at all the fans and Roman says HE runs the show! HE’s the shot caller, not the fans! The Right Hand Man rushes McIntyre, into a BOOT from McIntyre! McIntyre hauls Jey up to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Jey ends up in the RKMcBro corner, tag to Riddle.

Riddle stomps Jey’s hand, then gut wrench suplexes him! Riddle fires forearms, Jimmy sneaks a tag and Jey shoves Riddle into an ENZIGURI, to add a LARIAT! The Usos drag Riddle over, stomp away on him, and then let off as the ref counts. The Bloodline holds up their fingers, #WeTheOnes! Jimmy CHOKES Riddle on ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and Jey gets a cheap shot in! Riddle flounders and both Orton and McIntyre protest but the ref can’t do anything about what he misses. Tag to Jey, the Usos split the wishbone! Riddle writhes more but Jey drags him up. Jey scoops and SLAMS Riddle, then looms over him.

Jey stomps Riddle’s hand in return, then pushes him to the ropes. Fans rally but Jey CHOKES Riddle! The ref counts, Jey lets off and Jimmy gets a cheap shot in! Orton wants after Jimmy but the ref keeps him by his corner. Jey drags Riddle up, scoops him and tags Jimmy. Jimmy climbs, BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Riddle flounders but Jimmy grins. Roman talks some smack, and now Heyman says it’s good to tag in. Jimmy ROCKS Riddle, tags Roman, and fans fire up again. Roman stalks Riddle, drags him up, and throws him down by his hair. Roman talks trash on Orton and McIntyre, then drags Riddle up again.

Roman bumps Riddle off buckles, throws hands over and over, but lets off as the ref counts. Roman argues with the ref but the ref says he is the authority in the ring. Fans rally and duel, Roman turns and Riddle fires off haymakers and forearms! Roman knees low, whips Riddle to ropes and CLOBBERS him! Fans cheer and jeer while Roman taunts Orton and McIntyre. Roman drags Riddle up and reels him in, URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Roman smirks and he drags Riddle back up. Roman puts Riddle in the corner, tag to Jimmy and they mug Riddle. Jimmy bumps Riddle off buckles, CHOPS him, then points to Orton.

Jimmy runs in but Riddle dodges the splash! Jey manages to tag Jimmy and he gets in to CLOBBER Riddle! Jey POSTS Riddle, then tells fans to hush. Jey SUPERKICKS Orton down! Jey says night night! Jey tells fans to sit down as he raises the finger. “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jey runs corner to corner, but into a BUSAIKU KNEE! Riddle and Jey are down and fans fire up again! Jey flops out of the ring, Riddle flounders around, but Roman goes over to Jey to put him in. Roman tags Jey, Riddle hot tags McIntyre! Roman sees the mistake he just made but there’s no going back now! Fans are thunderous as warrior and chief stare down!

Heyman tells Roman that McIntyre disrespected him! McIntyre says he wants this fight! They start throwing hands and fans are loving it! McIntyre gets the edge, but Roman KNEES low! Roman whips corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to LARIAT! And again! McIntyre clinches, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then NECKBREAKER! McIntyre sees Jimmy coming, he gets a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre loads up, but he has to DECK Jey first! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! McIntyre bails out, Roman shakes his head as fans rally. Roman goes out after McIntyre to SMACK him off apron, then RAM him into barrier!

Roman puts McIntyre back in the ring and runs to BOOT McIntyre down. Roman runs again for another BOOT. Roman drags McIntyre up, throws hands, and talks trash on RKBRO. Roman hears fans chanting for “Randy! Randy!” but he gives point blank lariats to McIntyre! Roman goes all the way to 10, then he runs for a LEAPING LARIAT! Roman soaks up the cheers and the jeers and then has Heyman hand him the belts. Roman holds the belts up to gloat, then hands those back to Heyman. Roman talks trash then DECKS Riddle! The ref keeps Orton back and Roman grins. But then he turns around into a CLAYMORE!!!

Both men are down and fans are thunderous! McIntyre fumes as he gets back up! Roman also gets up, hot tags to Jimmy and Orton! The Viper rallies on Jimmy, then dodges for the POWERSLAM! Jey gets in, Orton gives him a POWERSLAM, too! Orton has Jimmy on the apron! Fans are fired up for the DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices and the fans are thunderous again! But Jey gets in, so Orton kicks him and kicks him out! Orton dusts off his hands, Roman gets in, RKO FOR ROMAN!! Fans are electric as Orton turns around, into a SUPERKICK! But he stays up!? RKO!!! Cover, Jey breaks it! The Bloodline keeps this going!

McIntyre gets in and he TOSSES Jey to a corner! McIntyre fires off on him with haymakers, then suplex TOSSES Jey away! McIntyre wants a countdown! “Three! Two! One!” But Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey gets Jimmy up, they load up, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for McIntyre! McIntyre flops out, Orton is down, but Riddle is ready! Jey drags Jimmy away to the corner, Jey tags in! Orton hot tags Riddle! The Bro gets around to PELE Jey! Kip up and forearm smash in the corner! Riddle KNEES Roman down, then gets Jey for a BROSPLODER! KNEE for Jimmy, but Jey avoids Penalty Kick and moonsault. But not the BROTON!

PENALTY KICK! Then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Riddle hurries up top, FLOATING BRO!! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Riddle can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Riddle hears the voices, bro! Jey stops the RKO to roll-up, TWO! Jey ducks a roundhouse, POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, Orton breaks it! Jimmy goes after Orton, they brawl, and Orton CLUBS to TOSS Jimmy! Orton goes out after Jimmy to hit him off barriers, off post, and then he fires off uppercuts and haymakers! Jimmy shoves Orton away and Roman FLYING SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Down goes Orton! But McIntyre RAMS Roman into steel steps!

McIntyre eyes the announce desk. He clears it off and fans are thunderous again! The fans wanted table in the I Quit match, but they might get it here! McIntyre reels Roman in but Jimmy makes the save! GLASGOW KISS for his troubles! But Roman URENAGES McIntyre through the table!! Roman helps Jimmy up, but Riddle FLIES! Direct hit on them, but Jey DIVES onto Riddle! All six men are wrecked, but Jey gets up to put Riddle in! Jey ducks a kick, Riddle blocks a kick, but Jey DRAGON WHIPS! FINAL FLASH from Riddle! SUPERKICK from Jey! Riddle is down and fans are thunderous as Jey climbs!

Jey is up top, but Riddle gets right up there, SUPER RKO!! But Roman tags in! SPEAR!!! Bloodline wins!!

Winners: The Bloodline, by pinfall

The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion is the one who strikes #outtanowhere to finish this off! Is there any stopping the Tribal Chief and The Usos from reigning over all of the WWE?


My Thoughts:

This was probably one of the better Backlashes in a long time. Granted, only six matches, and not all of them had the best builds. But what a wild three hours, with some great matches. The four WrestleMania rematches from tonight might’ve even outdone the WrestleMania matches, though that would make sense. Good promos in the kickoff show, and I liked the intro video’s very clear shoutout to Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, as well as some Twilight Zone vibes. Cody VS Rollins opening was a bit of a surprise but what an awesome opener. I was surprised Cody won, but he did it with that tight pull to get Rollins with what he would’ve done, doing that same “Heel Not Heel” tease from Cody’s AEW days. Hell in a Cell is up next, I bet that’s another Cody VS Rollins match.

Lashley VS Omos was also great stuff, but naturally MVP had something to do with Omos winning. They’re 1-1, I wonder if they get in on Hell in a Cell as their blow-off if Cody VS Rollins isn’t doing that. That’d be pretty great for Omos win or lose, as he and Lashley can just throw hands and bounce off the steel cage. Styles VS Edge was also a great rematch, and Priest coming very close to breaking the ringside ban was a fairly expected move, as was Finn going after him. But that was quite the twist in giving Judgement Day a third member already, and it being Rhea Ripley. I would’ve thought another male superstar joins here, but maybe Liv Morgan sides with Styles and Finn?

One little flaw was Backlash being clearly cut into a Raw half and a SmackDown half. I feel like they could’ve switched things up since the Raw grudge matches were so great, and then they have the I Quit Match before Moss VS Corbin. It’s great for Moss to win here but it was a sunset flip finish, and it honestly only felt like a strong TV match. I would’ve had that as the halfway point of the show and then finish strong with the I Quit and Six Man matches. The I Quit match was awesome stuff, especially Ronda dual wielding kendo sticks. The chair based armbar was a great finish, and I figured Ronda would win. Charlotte’s injury is definitely kayfabe, and is a clever way to keep Charlotte and Ronda apart to give another Heel a shot.

And speaking of the Six Man Tag, while it sprang from a change to the tag title unification, these six guys are all great and this was one of the best Six Man Tags WWE has put on in a long time. The fans were eating it up, too, and that was quite the finish. I’m not so sold on the Bloodline winning when they need to be setting up Roman’s first Undisputed Champion feud and keep the tag title unification idea on the table. They could’ve turned it around, McIntyre getting the sudden Claymore on an Uso, but I suppose this puts the pressure on the Faces in the chase. Hell in a Cell could give us one or both RKBRO VS Usos and McIntyre VS Roman, but maybe they still want to wait for something more.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

LIGHTS OUT!

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Now this is a LEGIT grudge match!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Athena is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Dalton Castle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Lance Archer & The Righteous, by pinfall

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

 

MXM Collection speaks.

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

 

Red Velvet VS Maya World!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

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

 

Evil Uno is here!

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

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

Evil Uno VS Katsuyori Shibata!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by referee stoppage

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

 

Shane Taylor speaks.

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

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

 

Queen Aminata VS Mackenzie Morgan!

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

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

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

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall

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

 

Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jack Perry speaks.

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

 

Toni Storm is here!

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

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

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

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

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

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

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9.1/10


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