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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/30/22)

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SmackDown 2022

DING DONG! Welcome to the Ball Pit!!

Bayley may be after the Raw Women’s Championship, but Damage Control still wants to take over SmackDown! Will Shotzi keep that from happening?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sami Zayn & Solo Sikoa VS Ricochet & Mad Cap Moss; Sami & Solo win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Austin Theory; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
  • Hit Row VS Los Lotharios; Hit Row wins.
  • Ronda Rousey VS Natalya; Ronda wins.
  • Shotzi Blackheart VS Bayley; Bayley wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre, Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory & The Alpha Academy; McIntyre, Gargano & Kevin win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Sami Zayn & Solo Sikoa VS Ricochet & Mad Cap Moss!

Winnipeg, Manitoba is ready to ACKNOWLEDGE the Honorary Uce! And as such, the Bloodline’s Enforcer has his back against those who would dare disrespect him. Will Sami & Solo make the King of Flight and the #Riddickulous show their respect?

The teams sort out and Sami starts against Ricochet. They circle, tie up, and Sami gets around to then get a headlock. Sami grinds Ricochet down but Ricochet fights up. Sami wrenches to a wristlock and fans rally for him, but Ricochet rolls, kips up and flips over to WRING Sami out! Sami throws hands but Ricochet counter punches back. Ricochet ROCKS Sami, whips him, but Sami reverses. Ricochet rolls off Sami’s back to then roll and handspring headscissor! DROPKICK! Fans are torn but Ricochet tags Moss. Moss RAMS into Sami again and again, then he hauls Sami up to TOSS him! Moss looms over Sami and drags him back up.

Moss ROCKS Sami, and again, but Sami drop toeholds him into ropes! Tag to Solo and fans fire up as Solo fires off on Moss! Solo HEADBUTTS Moss back to the corner, HEADBUTTS and stomps him down. Sami gets a cheap shot in but Solo brings Moss up. Tag to Sami, they mug Moss and Sami throws hands. Moss wobbles. Sami taunts Ricochet, but then Moss dodges to TOSS Sami out! Solo runs in but is sent into a GAMANGIRI! Moss then sends Solo out, Ricochet gets in and gets a boost to FLY! Direct hit into Sami & Solo! Fans fire up while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Solo has Ricochet down with a shoulder claw. Ricochet endures, fans rally up, and Ricochet fights up to throw body shots. Solo CLUBS Ricochet down and clamps the claw back on. Ricochet fights up again and throws haymakers now. Ricochet gets free, but Solo blocks the whip! Solo whips Ricochet hard into the corner, then hits a SAMOAN DROP on the rebound! Cover, TWO! Solo looms over Ricochet as fans rally and duel. Solo stomps away on Ricochet, then he drags Ricochet up to CLUB him down. Sami tells Solo to stay on Ricochet, so Solo drops a leg! Fans rally up and Solo brings Ricochet up.

Solo grins as he fireman’s carries, but Ricochet fights free! Ricochet tries to sunset flip but Solo stays up! Solo drags Ricochet up again, TOSSES him to a corner, and he blocks a boot. But Ricochet ENZIGURIS Solo, then goes up for a MISSILE DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans rally up! Solo and Ricochet crawl, hot tags to Sami and Moss! Fans fire up but Moss is the one who rallies on Sami! Moss dodges Sami, catches him and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Sami flounders to a corner, Moss fires off on him with haymakers! Fans boo, Moss runs corner to corner and he RAMS into Sami! And then again!

Moss keeps going, he ducks ‘n’ dodges Solo to RAM him out of the ring! Solo is furious about that, and he grabs a chair! Fans fire up but Ricochet stops Solo! Moss runs and BLASTS Solo off the apron! But Sami rolls Moss up, TWO!! Sami gets around for BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Moss survives and Sami is shocked! Sami hurries to a corner and climbs up as Winnipeg fires up. Moss stands, Sami leaps, but Moss catches the crossbody and rolls through! Moss pops Sami up to a JACKHAMMER! Cover, Solo breaks it in time! Solo rains down hands but then Ricochet goes after Solo!

Solo shoves Ricochet away but Ricochet ducks ‘n’ dodges to V-TRIGGER! Solo falls out of the ring so Ricochet builds speed, only for Sami to trip him up! Fans fire up but Moss BOOTS Sami and RAMS him into barriers! Ricochet DIVES into a CHAIRSHOT!! The ref missed Solo’s full metal anti-air! Solo then POSTS Ricochet and whips him over the barriers! A rough landing for Ricochet, but Moss RAMS into Sami! And again! Solo sneaks a tag as Moss runs, WHEEL KICK! And then the URENAGE! Cover, Solo & Sami win!

Winners: Sami Zayn & Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

The Bloodline uses masterful strategy to win, but Sami mouths off on Moss. Moss grabs Sami, but Solo beats down Moss! Haymakers and headbutts sit Moss down and Sami has him let off. But then Solo runs in to HIP ATTACK! Sami says good, but then Solo hits another HIP ATTACK! Sami tells Solo to leave it at this, and they raise their hands in victory. Will no one stop The Bloodline from asserting their dominance all over the WWE?

 

Solo and Sami talk backstage.

Sami says, “That’s how you do it, Uce.” Solo looked amazing out there. But surely Roman watched all that, they can talk with him. But wait, JEY is there to answer the door! What’s he doing here? Solo and Jey say hey and Jey says don’t worry about what he’s doing here. He’s here to make sure his little brother did good. Sami says yeah, Solo did more than good. You saw what happened, right? They got the dub. A big dub. Jey lets Solo in, but has Sami stay out so they can talk privately. Jey sees right through Sami. Sami’s got everyone and their mama fooled, but not Jey. This is a warning shot. If Sami even thinks about putting the family in jeopardy, Jey will get him.

Sami tells Jey to take it up with Roman. And now, Sami would like to get into their locker room. Sami walks past Jey and Jey is seething. Will Main Event Jey be right about what Sami’s up to? Or is he just paranoid about his own position in the Bloodline?

 

Karrion Kross speaks.

“Mr. McIntyre. You have been trying to lure me out of the darkness for quite some time. And ironically, that is exactly what I have needed. Because you can’t just waltz back into the WWE and expect to get a title shot. That’s not how it works. You’ve been on the top of this industry for a very long time. You’re the kind of guy you have to send to the hospital to make sure that he stays down. And unfortunately for you, that is exactly what my specialty is. I want you to understand something: At Extreme Rules, I am going to take you to a point of absolutely no return. A place where no man leaves unscarred.

“Because you and I want the same thing. Only one of us can have it. Now, because of that, we are bound together through suffering. Once the world sees what I have been shown through the cards, and you’re completely out of the way, I will go on to make history and become the NEW WWE Undisputed Universal Champion. Time to change the timelines. And at Extreme Rules, Mr. McIntyre, when they strap that leather to your wrist, know in your heart and your soul, I will drag you down to the deepest parts of Hell. And when I feel like you’ve had enough, I’m gonna leave you there to burn away forever. Tick-tock.” Is time almost up for the Scottish Warrior?

 

Backstage interview with Austin Theory.

Kayla Braxton asks the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank Winner about his promise to become Universal Champion. Is he planning on cashing in any time soon? Theory says he’s learned his lesson. At SummerSlam, Lesnar ruined his cash-in. At Clash at the Castle, “that doofus” Tyson Fury ruined his cash-in. The only reason Theory was even in Wales was so he could become champion. Other than that, Wales is pathetic! It’s like Europe’s version of… Winnipeg! But the one person who really embarrassed themselves, even more than Theory, was Drew McIntyre.

Let’s think about it: in front of 60 THOUSAND people, some of those being his own friends and family. And in front of them all, McIntyre completely failed. Speaking of failure, Theory fails to notice McIntyre walking up behind him. Theory says McIntyre has all this physical talent, but the one thing he’s missing is brains. Because how did he not see Solo Sikoa coming? And now, that idiot’s got himself into a Strap match with Karrion Kross! McIntyre puts his hand on Theory’s shoulder. The two stare down, and McIntyre tells Theory it’ll be the two of them, in the ring, NOW!! Theory stuck his foot in his mouth, is McIntyre gonna add his to it?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Austin Theory!

Just as Theory said, the Scottish Warrior is not Undisputed Universal Champion, and is headed to a Strap Match! McIntyre brings said strap with him, along with Angela the sword. Will McIntyre look to use one of those here tonight?

But then Theory has a surprise as he makes his entrance: The Alpha Academy! Will Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic help Theory survive this one? The bell rings and Theory dodges McIntyre to then taunt and flex. Then Theory uses a corner as a defense. The ref has McIntyre back off, and then Theory tries a cheap shot. McIntyre blocks it, Theory dodges the retaliation and he CHOPS! McIntyre doesn’t flinch! Theory CHOPS again, but then McIntyre CHOPS Theory off his feet! And deadlift suplexes Theory to TOSS him away! Theory writhes, McIntyre drags him up to CHOP again! McIntyre whips Theory but Theory holds ropes.

Theory bails out to regroup with the Academy, fans boo, but Gable tells them to SHOOSH! But McIntyre drags Theory up to the apron by his head! Theory HOTSHOTS McIntyre, then hurries in with the somersault SHOTGUN! Theory rains down fists, fans boo, but Theory and the Academy soak up the heat. Theory throws haymaker after haymaker, then runs, only for McIntyre to get around and hit a FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre aims from the corner, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” But Gable distracts on the apron! So McIntyre TOSSES him into the ring! Gable cowers but Otis drags McIntyre out!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification

Otis fires off on McIntyre and RAMS him into steel steps! Fans boo more but Otis puts McIntyre in the ring. Gable, Theory and Otis all mug McIntyre! Kross must like this from wherever he’s lurking tonight. But JOHNNY GARGANO is here! Gargano runs to the ring, RAMS into Gable, and then ROCKS Theory! Otis runs in but Gargano sends him out! Gargano fires off on Theory but Gable goes after him! Gargano hits Gable but Otis CLOBBERS Gargano! Gargano gets mugged now, and Gable even stomps McIntyre down.

Wait! Here comes KEVIN OWENS! Winnipeg is fired up as the Prizefighter gets in and fires off on Theory! And on Gable! And then Theory again! Gargano joins in, they throw out Theory and Gable! They dodge Otis to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And GLASGOW KISS! Fans fire up as Kevin, Gargano and McIntyre stand tall! Gargano settles things with Otis this Monday, will Johnny Wrestling give the tree trunk #OneFinalBeat?

 

Maximum Male Models finds Max Dupri backstage.

Maxxine, Maçé & Mansôör want to talk with Max. They understand he is disappointed in their performance from last week. But tonight, they’ll make him proud! They’ll bring home “the title.” Wait, wait, they have a tag title match with the Usos? Uh, no, not quite. But tonight, the boys will break the Canadian record for longest pose. Hit it! They warm up and BAM. So they’re just going to stand here? This is not what Max was hoping for. Hit Row then walk over and ask what this even is. Adonis steps and the models flinch! Now they have to start over! Hit Row heads off, having a good laugh, as MMM legitimately resets and tries again. Is MMM perhaps missing the point?

 

Shotzi Blackheart speaks.

“Last week, Bayley and her damaged cronies showed me exactly what they’re all about: scheming like a bunch of jackals. Now, I’m not the kind of person who’s gonna sit on the sidelines weighing my options. I’m gonna stick my nose and my boots where I want. Tonight, let’s see how much control Bayley has when I roll to the ring and stomp all over her.” The wild child is ready to wage war on a Role Model, will she be the one in control?

 

Hit Row VS Los Lotharios!

Top Dolla, Ashante THEE Adonis & B-Fab were just trying to have a good time last week, but Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo just had to ruin it. Will these Lethal Lovers be kissing their good looks good-bye? Or will they be able to avoid becoming Hit Row’s next smash hit?

The teams sort out and Adonis starts against Garza. They tie up, Garza puts Adonis in the corner already and fires off hands. Tag to Carrillo, they mug Adonis, double whip and double hip toss for a SLAM! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Carrillo covers, ONE!! Carrillo CHOPS Adonis to the corner,. tags Garza and they stomp a mudhole into him together! The ref counts, Los Lotharios let off, and OFF COME GARZA’S PANTS! He throws the tights at Dolla but Dolla catches them to throw ’em back! Garza taunts Dolla then goes back to KICK Adonis. Garza drags Adonis out to suplex, but Adonis turns that to a NECKBREAKER!

Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tags to Carrillo and Dolla! Dolla rallies on Los Lotharios, swats Carrillo and then ROCKS him, to kick and knee lift! Fans fire up for Dolla and he runs in to SPLASH Carrillo! Then a scoop for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Dolal rolls to his feet, runs to do a shimmy, shake and ELBOW DROP! Cover, Garza breaks it! Garza ROCKS Adonis, flirts with B-Fab, but Dolal gets up. Dolla grabs Garza, pops him up, and then scoops Carrillo! Adonis tags in, “Who hotta than Top Dolla?” WASTELAND POWERSLAM COMBO! “NOT NADA!” Carrillo flounders, Dolla picks him up, HEAVY HITTER! Cover, Hit Row wins!

Winners: Hit Row, by pinfall

Los Lotharios are hot, but not hotter than Hit Row! And if you didn’t know, now you know!

 

Backstage interview with Ronda Rousey.

Kayla asks what Ronda thinks about how “extreme” Liv Morgan got last week against Lacey Evans. “Extreme? Well, Hooters Barbie might think she’s extreme because she can hold a kendo stick and jump on a table, but let’s just ignore the fact that if she had a Hattori Hanzo katana, I’d still kick her ass. I am the most dangerous unarmed woman on the planet. What do you think I become wielding a baseball bat?” Kayla thanks Ronda and leaves, understanding what she means. Will Ronda remind us why she is the Baddest Woman on the Planet?

 

Ronda Rousey VS Natalya!

Don’t call this a tune-up, the is the Baddest Woman on the Planet VS The Queen of Harts (and perhaps of Canada) in a rematch from Money in the Bank! But will Ronda win here like she did there? Or can the BOAT prove she should be going to Extreme Rules instead?

The bell rings, Natty and Ronda get in each other’s face. Ronda shoves Natty so Natty trips Ronda! Ronda fights off the Sharpshooter but then Natty gets an ANKLE LOCK! Fans rally, Ronda endures and rolls to send Natty into the corner! Natty staggers up into a haymaker! And another! Ronda DECKS Natty, then drags her onto the ropes. Ronda CHOKES Natty and has a headscissor to prove she can go extreme. Ronda lets off at 4 to KNEE Natty back into the ring. Fans fire up as Ronda rolls Natty into a headscissor leglock combo! Ronda taunts Winnipeg’s Hart fans but Natty powers through to switch things around on Ronda!

Ronda fights off the press, kips free and knees low. Fans duel, Ronda whips Natty to a corner and fires up! Ronda runs in but Natty ducks under to POWERBOMB Ronda down! Both women are down and fans rally up again. Natty and Ronda stir, and Natty is up first. Natty drags Ronda up but Ronda knees in return! Natty DISCUS into a sayanagi! And then a fireman’s carry, but Natty slips off! Roll up, TWO, but Natty has the legs! SHARP- NO, Ronda has a KNEEBAR!! Natty stays up, pushes back to a cover, TWO! Ronda lets Natty go but the DISCUS gets her for it! Fans fire up again as Natty covers, TWO!!

Natty can’t believe it but Ronda survives! Natty drags Ronda up, scoops her, but Ronda slips free and has the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Natty endures now, and Ronda GRAPEVINES!! Natty flails, claws around, but she taps! Ronda wins!

Winner: Ronda Rousey, by pinfall

Rowdy Ronda didn’t need to get extreme, she just needed to use her technical skills. But wait! Here comes Liv Morgan, holding title belt and baseball bat! Ronda mentioned it so Liv got inspired. Liv and Ronda stare down at the ramp. Liv dares Ronda to make a move, but it’s Liv who rushes in! Ronda BOOTS Liv, but Liv JAMS Ronda! Liv swings but Ronda ducks, Liv hits the post! Ronda fireman’s carries for a PIPER’S PIT to the floor! The bat tumbles away and now Liv is unarmed! She still hits Ronda, and they both go for the bat! It’s a tug-o-war but Ronda RAMS Liv into the apron! Liv holds on tight, but then lets go to send Ronda into barriers!

Liv swings again, but Ronda blocks in time! And Ronda TOSSES Liv over barriers! Security rushes in to stop this, but Ronda has the bat! Ronda did tease how much more dangerous this would make her, but the ref asks she put it down. Ronda drops the bat and smirks as she walks to the ramp. But Liv’s back up! Liv rushes through to CLOBBER Ronda!! Fans fire up but security rushes to stop this! They separate Liv and Ronda but Liv gets loose to CLOBBER Ronda again!! Liv may not be technically skilled but she is fiery! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Ronda does get loose! Ronda and Liv scrap again, but security pulls them apart!

But there won’t be any stopping this when it’s Extreme Rules at Extreme Rules! Will Liv complete the unheard of hattrick on Ronda? Or will the Baddest Woman on the Planet become the Baddest SmackDown Women’s Champion once again?

 

McIntyre talks with Kevin and Gargano backstage.

It felt great to fight off Theory and the Academy together, but McIntyre does question the company Gargano keeps these days. Kevin knows McIntyre means him. McIntyre says he’s just kidding around. They may not always see eye to eye, but they can all agree on this: Theory needs to get his ass kicked! Gargano agrees 100%! Same page? Same book? Kevin says yes, same everything. Just see you guys later, alright? Kevin leaves Gargano and McIntyre to talk and catch up, and then he sees MMM just standing there. How long has it been? Hmm… Kevin thinks Mace’s hand needs to be a bit higher to be more effective.

Then Kevin finds Sami. They just smile, and Kevin chuckles at the Honorary Uce shirt. Sami should get a new one. Kevin leaves, but will his best frenemy ever listen to him?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura checks in on Maçé & Mansôör.

The King of Strong Style does his own pose. Sonya Deville walks over, then shakes her head and walks away. How much longer for the record?

 

IMPERIUM is here!

Der Ring General, GUNTHER, leads the way for Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser, stoic but surely proud that they kept the Brawling Brutes from winning the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships. But it was also announced that the Brutes and Imperium will battle 3v3 at Extreme Rules under Good Ol’ Fashion Donnybrook Rules! Anything goes between six of the meanest men in WWE today, but for now, the Impeccable German has the mic. “There have been few things more insulting to the mat that is so sacred to us than the presence of the Brawling Brutes.” The disgust is clear on Ludwig’s face and in his voice.

The Pride of Italy, Giovanni Vinci says, “NONE of the Brawling Brutes exhibit the qualities of a champion. THIS is what a champion looks like!” He points to the WWE Intercontinental Champion, GUNTHER! Gunther says, “Next week, I’m gonna beat Sheamus! I’m gonna grind him down for the final time, and I’m gonna enjoy the look of defeat in his eyes when I break his spirit once and for all. The next night, Imperium will OBLITERATE all three of the Brawling Brutes from-” Wait! Here come the Brawling Brutes! Er, at least Sheamus. He has a mic to say< “Whoa, whoa, whoa there, Betsy.”

Gunther loves talking a big fight, doesn’t he? But not them Brawling Brutes. Unfortunately, Ridge & Butch are stuck in Florida. Fans boo but Sheamus says that’s okay! The King of Bangers is here in Winnipeg! And lads, you know Sheamus. He’s more than happy to kick all of their bleeding heads right off their shoulders. Fans cheer and The Fella heads to the ring. Vinci and Ludwig rush out but Sheamus reveals his shillelagh! He CLOBBERS Vinci, CLOBBERS Ludwig, then CLUBS them each again! Sheamus smirks as he continues to the ring, but Gunther is ready. Sheamus stares Gunther down and fans are on the Fella’s side.

Sheamus drops the shillelagh and puts his hat aside. The suspender straps come down, and it’s a BRAWL! Sheamus dodges to KNEE Gunther down! Fans fire up and Sheamus goes to a corner. Sheamus takes aim, fans chant along, but Vinci and Ludwig attack! Gunther BOOTS Sheamus down! Imperium stands Sheamus up, they rip off the shirt and Gunther CHOPS away on Sheamus! Then another BOOT! Vinci & Ludwig keep Sheamus up as Gunther rubs the title in Sheamus’ face before one more CHOP! Gunther brings Sheamus around, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! Imperium leaves Sheamus behind, but Sheamus gets the mic to have a laugh? “Is that all you got?”

Fans cheer as Sheamus keeps taunting Gunther! “You gotta do better than that!” Imperium heads back up to the ring, Vinci and Ludwig get in to CLOBBER Sheamus! They mug the Celtic Warrior, and Gunther grabs the shillelagh! Ludwig sits Sheamus up for Gunther to CLOBBER!! Fans boo as Sheamus it out cold! Now Imperium leaves, will they just do this to Sheamus, Ridge & Butch again next week?

 

Bayley speaks.

“Shotzi loves to run her mouth as if she was the one to pin Bianca Belair for the first time in over 300 days, but I’m pretty sure, uh, ding dong hello, that’s me. And I know she wouldn’t be talking like that if Dakota & Iyo weren’t stuck in Florida. But that’s okay. Because I’m gonna shut Shotzi up all by myself. And after I do that, then I’m gonna go on to Extreme Rules and climb that ladder to once again beat Bianca Belair and become your NEW Raw Women’s Champion!” Bayley is all smiles now, but can she win when she doesn’t have her back-up?

 

WWE learns of the passing of Antonio Inoki.

The WWE hall of famer, the NJPW founder and legend, and a great man in the fight sports industry has passed, so WWE wants to pass along their condolences to the Inoki family.

 

Shotzi Blackheart VS Bayley!

It’s a battle of the Bay Area all the way in Winnipeg! But it isn’t about Oakland A’s VS San Francisco Giants, it’s about who is headed to the top here in the WWE! Will Shotzi open fire now that she has her tank back? Or will Bayley be able to survive entering the Ball Pit?

The bell rings and the two circle. Bayley kicks low and fires off hands, then she whips Shotzi to ropes. Shotzi slides under, howls to the moon, and then kicks. Bayley blocks but the ENZIGURI hits! Shotzi WRINGS Bayley out, then WRINGS her again! Shotzi then hits an ARM CODE BREAKER, to then body scissor victory roll! TWO, and Shotzi storms up to whip Bayley. Bayley reverses, Shotzi bounces off buckles and Bayley goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG and basement BOOT! Bayley drags Shotzi up, whips her to ropes but Shotzi reverses to drop toehold and put Bayley on those ropes! Shotzi runs, but Bayley avoids the senton to SLAM Shotzi down!

Bayley whips, Shotzi dodges to springboard and victory roll Bayley onto ropes now! Shotzi runs, BALLPIT! Shotzi drags Bayley to a drop zone, climbs up, but Bayley hurries to the ropes. Shotzi intercepts her, ROUNDHOUSES her back, and then brings Bayley through for an APRON DDT! Fans fire up with Shotzi while Bayley flops down and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns and Bayley hits Shotzi with a NECKBREAKER! Shotzi flounders to a corner, Bayley runs in, but Shotzi goes up and over! Shotzi rolls, runs back and dropkicks Bayley into the corner! Bayley stands up for the SPALSH! Shotzi snapmares Bayley and runs to SLING-DOG! Fans fire up with Shotzi and she KNEES Bayley for a ROLLING ELBOW! SWITCHBLADE KICK! Shotzi brings Bayley to a corner to snap suplex her into buckles! Bayley flounders into a drop zone and Shotzi goes up top! Fans rally as Shotzi aims, but Bayley ROCKS her first! Shotzi BOOTS back, but then Bayley SLINGS Shotzi down! Bayley hooks Shotzi up, ROSE PLANT!! Cover, Bayley wins!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall

Bayley got it done on her own, but Bayley isn’t done with Shotzi! She hooks Shotzi up for another ROSE PLANT!! Bayley huffs and puffs and goes out to look under the ring. Bayley brings out a LADDER! She puts that in the ring, ready to use Shotzi as an example to Bianca Belair! Bayley opens the ladder, and she puts Shotzi inside it! Fans already know this is going to get bad as Bayley closes the ladder. But here comes BIANCA! The EST won’t let Bayley do any worse to Shotzi. Bayley bails, Bianca gets Shotzi out of the ladder, only for Bayley to CLOBBER Bianca! Bayley suckered Bianca in, but Bianca blocks the Rose Plant!

Bianca stands up with Bayley in a torture rack! Bayley gets free and runs off! Fans boo but Bianca has sent a message of her own. Will Bianca just make history repeat itself? Or will Bayley be able to take things to the extreme and then take control?

 

Maximum Male Models is still posing.

Maxxine says this is fantastic. They are so close to the record! Ten! Nine! Eight! Seven! Six! Five! MAX CLOBBERS MANSOOR!? Why!? Max says MMM had a shot at something and they’re just clowns! Here they are, worrying about posing instead of real titles. This is not for Max anymore. Quite frankly, this never really was, yeah. Is this the last night we see Max Du-PRI?

 

Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre, Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens VS Austin Theory & The Alpha Academy!

The 1v1 match McIntyre tried to have with Theory was ruined by Gable & Otis, so now it’s grown into a 3v3! Will the Scottish Warrior, Johnny Wrestling and the Prizefighter humble the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank and his buddies? Or will they SHOOOOSH? Shoosh please?

SmackDown returns as Kevin makes his entrance, followed by Gargano, and then of course, McIntyre! The teams sort out and Gargano starts against Gable. Fans rally for Johnny Wrestling as he ties up with Gable. Gargano wrenches, wristlocks, but Gable rolls and spins to wrench and wristlock back. Gargano rolls, breaks free and dropkicks Gable! Gable gets up, swings but misses, Gargano comes back with a RANA! Fans fire up and Gargano CHOPS Gable! And CHOPS! Gargano whips, Gable reverses, and Theory stands in Gargano’s way. Gargano swings on Theory but he gets away, and Gable CLOBBERS Gargano from behind!

Fans boo but Gable tags Theory. Gable stomps Gargano, Theory drags him up and ROCKS him to the corner. Theory RAMS into Gargano, and again, then throws hands. The ref counts, Theory lets off to whip corner to corner. Gargano goes up and over and rolls Theory for the schoolboy KICK! Gargano goes to a corner, runs corner to corner, but is put on the apron. Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS Theory down! Gable rushes back in but Gargano TOSSES him! McIntyre DECKS Otis then Kevin CANNONBALLS Theory and Gable! Winnipeg is all fired up and Gargano even high-fives McIntyre as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Gargano is trapped in the Alpha corner. Gable distracts the ref so Theory can dig his fingers into Gargano’s face! Gable digs his boots in, lets off as the ref reprimands, and he drags Gargano up from the apron. Gargano rams into Gable, and again! Gargano rams a third time as fans rally, but Gable turns slingshot into NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gargano survives but Gable drags Gargano away with a mounted armlock. Gable steps over to wrench the arm but Gargano endures. Fans rally for Gargano as he reaches out, but Gable keeps him back. Gargano fires forearms, but then Theory yanks McIntyre off the apron!

Theory sends McIntyre into the barriers! Kevin chases Theory off but the damage is done. Gable tells Kevin to SHOOSH, but Gable rolls him! Schoolboy- NO, the kick is blocked to an ANKLE LOCK! Gargano endures, reaches out, victory rolls Gable, TWO! Gable gets up, Gargano duck shim, hot tag to Kevin! Winnipeg fires up for Kevin as he CHOPS and ROCKS Gable on repeat! Kevin whips, Gable kicks back but Kevin LARIATS! And SENTONS! Theory runs in but gets a kick and DDT! Kevin gets Gable for an AOI SHOUDOU! Kevin ROCKS Otis! Kevin aims at Gable, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Gable is in the drop zone and Kevin goes up!

Fans fire up for the SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Otis breaks it! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Otis saved the match for his team. But here comes McIntyre! Kevin drags Gable up but Gable gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down again but the fans rally up. Gable and Kevin crawl, hot tags to Theory and McIntyre! The Scottish Warrior CLOBBERS Theory, whips him to ropes and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre DECKS Otis, clinches Theory and OVERHEAD throws him again! And then a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, fans fire up! McIntyre aims from a corner, but Theory bails out!

Fans boo but McIntyre pursues. They go around the way, McIntyre ROCKS Theory and puts him in the ring. But Otis CLOBBERS McIntyre! The Dozer does damage and he RAMS McIntyre into steel steps! “For the Academy”! Gargano PLANCHAS but Otis catches him! Otis pops Gargano around but Gargano slips off to feed Otis to Kevin’s SUPERKICK! Then Gargano SUPERKICKS! Otis wobbles, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS drop him! But that’s not all! Gargano & Kevin clear off the table and they put Otis on it! But Gable throws Gargano down. And he EXPLODERS Kevin to the floor! “SHOOOOSH!”

Gargano puts Kevin on the table now and he climbs up. Gable says, “A THANK YOU!” but Gargano gives Otis a TORNADO DDT! That distracts Gable, Kevin gives him a STUNNER! Gable falls into Michael Cole’s chair! This all distracts Theory, he turns around into a CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre’s team wins!!

Winners: Drew McIntyre, Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens, by pinfall

McIntyre grabs the strap! He LASHES Theory!! Theory flails and flounders away, and McIntyre stares the camera down. He’s warning Kross of what is coming, will that eternal suffering be for Kross to bear?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown, especially with some legitimate adjustments having to be made because of Hurricane Ian. We saw it with the Brawling Brutes being down two men, but it worked towards the segment that Sheamus was outnumbered and got beat down in the end. Normally, the math says Sheamus would win the title next week, but I can’t be sure that happens. Maybe the Brutes win that Six Man Donnybrook in exchange, but I feel like things should be swapped. We should have the Donnybrook on TV and the (potential) title change on PPV. IF this happens, it is going to be Sheamus’ Grand Slam, AND the first-ever Ultimate Grand Slam in WWE! That alone deserves to be on Extreme Rules, not the “season premiere” so Fox can get ratings.

The other adjustment was no Kai & Sky for Bayley, but again, that might’ve worked out for the better. Shotzi and Bayley had really good promos, I LOVE that Shotzi got her tank back and that it does pyro now, and Shotzi VS Bayley was a really good match. Bayley might be still working off some ring rust or getting her cardio back, but she still kept up and of course she gets a win. Bayley almost getting the better of Bianca was also good stuff, and we’ve got this Monday to put on the finishing touches for the go-home math. But being a Ladder match, this is really going in Bayley’s favor to where DMG CTRL reigns over Raw and then looks to go after SmackDown.

Speaking of, a mixed bag for the SmackDown Women’s Championship story. Ronda’s promo on paper was really clever stuff. Ronda’s promo in execution? I don’t think she would’ve made it through the audition. Ronda is right, she is perhaps the most talented female fighter in the world, but she’s still got to work on her delivery. However, since she is a great fighter, she and Natty had a really good match that of course Ronda wins. And again, because Ronda’s a great fighter and Liv is really improving, they give us a great brawl. The only problem now is, Liv is feeling a touch more like the Face than Ronda, but she can’t possibly go 3-0. Ronda is surely going to win, perhaps because Liv goes “too extreme” and it costs her.

Great developments with Maximum Male Models, in that Maximum Male Models is falling apart. Max Dupri has had it, he’s all but back to being L A KNIGHT YEAH. I wouldn’t be surprised if next week on the “season premiere,” that is when we see the SmackDown debut of LA Knight, as foretold by how LA Knight’s tron looked a lot like the old SmackDown Live logo. Maybe Mace & Mansoor join him in getting serious again so that Maxxine can go join Los Lotharios, maybe not, but it’s going to be great to have Knight calling people dummies again. Speaking of Los Lotharios, great match with Hit Row but of course Hit Row wins to build momentum in the tag division.

Great opening tag from Sami & Solo VS Ricochet & Moss, and Winnipeg just loves Sami so much, they flipped who was Face and Heel here. Well, okay, not really. Sami & Solo still win with some Heelish tactics, and they have a great interaction with Jey backstage. Sami is getting very confident now that he has Roman’s backing, and that is just gonna piss Jey off more. Great promo from Theory to get the ball rolling on things tonight. Kevin and Sami interacting again was great, their stories have to end with them being the team that takes on and dethrones the Usos. It just wouldn’t make sense to me otherwise.

Speaking of things making sense, Kross had a good promo but a QR Code popping up at the end was a clever way to tie him back into this White Rabbit thing. It was an obvious red herring but a logical one. Then there was someone with a sign that read “REVEL IN WHAT YOU ARE” who was allowed to be right behind commentary for a moment. That also has to mean something towards this Bray Wyatt/not Bray Wyatt return campaign. But anyway, awesome Six Man Tag main event. Of course the Faces win so that McIntyre gets momentum back from Kross beating him down. The go-home week will tell us more, but I’m starting to wonder if Kross could end up winning that Strap match to send McIntyre on a further detour from the Universal title.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/18/24)

Time to Man Up!

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Will the Ivy League MVP earn a title shot?

The NEW ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe, is here to step onto the Proving Ground with one of Maria Kanellis’ baby boys, Griff Garrison! Will Griff make Maria proud? Or will he reach for the sky?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo; Keith wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Lance Archer & The Righteous VS Jon Cruz, Savion Truitt & Damian Chambers; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Lee Johnson VS JD Drake; Lee wins.
  • Abadon VS Allysin Kay; Abadon wins.
  • The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson; The Infantry wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora; Kiera, Leyla & Adora win.
  • The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto; Mortos wins.
  • Lady Frost VS Marti Belle; Frost wins.
  • The Dark Order VS Zak Patterson & Frank Milano; The Dark Order wins.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis; Mark wins and denies Griff a title match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo!

The Bounty Hunter is still looking for a prize, but he’ll gladly fight to earn his shot. Will Keith be heading for a golden opportunity on the other side of Dynasty? Or will Solo shoot first?

The Code of Honor is upheld with sarcastic enthusiasm by Solo, and Keith shoves him away. The bell rings and Solo SLAPS Keith! Keith TACKLES Solo and rains down fists! The fans  fire up, Solo gets away then knees Keith low. Solo ROCKS Keith, whips him to a corner, but Keith comes back to run Solo over! Keith scoops to SLAM Solo, then stands on Solo’s face! The fans fire up for the KNEE DROP! Keith then SLAPS Solo! The fans rally for “BK! BK!” Solo storms up but Keith kicks low. Keith reels Solo in, suplexes, and he holds Solo up! Keith marches around, then SLAMS Solo down! Solo bails out and the fans fire up as Keith aims.

Keith builds speed, slides, but Solo ducks! Solo sends Keith into steel steps! The fans boo as Solo leaves Keith behind. The ring count starts, fans chant “SOLO SUCKS! SOLO SUCKS!” Solo counts along but wants it to go faster. Keith stands at 8 of 20, slides in, but Solo stomps and HAMMERS away! The fans boo more, but Solo stands Keith up to bump him off buckles. Keith CHOPS in return! Then CHOPS again! The fans “WOO~,” then Keith ROCKS Solo with a forearm. Keith CHOPS in the corner, but then Solo dodges. Solo tries but Keith dodges the chop to CHOP Solo down! The fans fire up while Solo is stinging.

Keith whips Solo, Solo reverses and CLOBBERS Keith! Cover, TWO! Keith grits his teeth but Solo knees him in the back! And again! The fans rally, Solo taunts them, and then ELBOWS Keith in the head. Solo stalks Keith to a corner, digs his boots in, but again the fans chant “SOLO SUCKS!” Solo stomps away on Keith, digs his boots in again, but Keith fights up! The fans fire up as Keith fires forearms! Keith fires forearms again and again and again, winds up, but Solo dodges! Solo comes back, but Keith ROCKS him after all! The fans fire up as Keith runs in to BOOT! Solo sputters, Keith runs, but then Solo SUPERKICKS! Keith just roars!

Solo swings, but into a T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Keith keeps calm. Keith waits on Solo as fans rally behind him. Solo staggers into a fireman’s carry, but he fights free! Solo shoves, goes to a corner, but then Keith comes back. Solo ELBOWS Keith, whips, but Keith reverses! Solo goes up but gets caught, for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up again as Keith slashes his throat and aims his finger gun! Keith underhooks, but Solo fights the lift! Solo back drops, Keith sunset flips but Solo stays up to DOUBLE STOMP! Solo then runs up, catches Keith and hits a T-BONE! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up but Solo hurries to a corner. Solo climbs fast, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Keith survives that coup de grace and Solo isn’t sure what to do. Solo kicks Keith around, drags him up and reels him in to underhook. Keith fight that lift, Solo CLUBS away on him, but Keith Alabama Lifts! Solo grabs ropes so Keith lets him down, and ENZIGIRIS! But Solo SCREW HIGH KICKS! Solo goes up top, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he climbs! Keith reels Solo in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall

A big win for BK! And he gives back that sarcastic handshake. Will the Bounty Hunter be hot on the trail of a championship after AEW & ROH pass through the Gateway City?

 

Mark Sterling speaks.

“If you ask AI to create the perfect professional wrestler, it wouldn’t even come close to you. If wrestling is a body business, then you’re a multinational corporation. Biology defying symmetry, no fat, all muscle, no waste. As functional as you are aesthetic. High-flying? You got it. Ground ‘n’ pound? You got that, too. Striking, brawling, submission, technical, there is not a single style you have not perfected. For the last 20 years, you’ve been one of the most consistent and proficient wrestling specimens for any company that’s been willing to throw money at you and begged you to stay. And now, it’s time for them to beg for mercy.

“You are Tony Nese, and you are a Premier Athlete.”

Now Mark Sterling & The Premier Athletes are here in person.

They stand backstage, Sterling’s guys in matching tracksuits, and he says the last time he looked into the camera, he told everyone he had a plan. The very next day, they enacted that plan. Sterling took them off the road, they entered a professional fight camp. They got the best coaches, best trainers, best doctors, and these three started to do what they do best: go to work. Supercard of Honor, against two former ROH TV Champions, PA got an impressive victory. Fruits of their labor. Ariya Daivari is back better than ever. Josh Woods is bigger and better than he was when he won the National Championship. And Tony Nese is in the best shape of his life, which is saying something.

In fact, what’re we even talking about? These three are the most underappreciated athletes in the company. They walk like stars, they move like stars, they present themselves like stars, and by the end of this year, they will be champions. Supercard was just phase one of this plan. Phase two… starts tonight. Then just what happens when the Premier Athletes start making moves?

 

Lee Johnson VS JD Drake!

Even though he lost at Supercard, Big Shotty stays positive! He got close to the ROH World Television Championship, will he get back there for another shot? Or will Scrap Metal be another speedbump in Lee’s momentum?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, JD HIP TOSSES, and Lee scrambles to ropes. JD flexes and fans cheer, which surprises JD. Lee gets up, he and JD reset. They tie up, JD arm-drags, but Lee gets up. Lee keeps calm while JD talks some smack. They circle, tie up again, and JD scoops! JD carries Lee around, with one arm! Then SLAM! JD dusts off his hands and the fans fire up more. Lee is a bit frustrated, but he fires himself up. The fans rally with him, he and JD circle to tie up. Lee goes to hip toss, but JD blocks! JD tells Lee he knows that’s not gonna work!

JD goes to hip toss but now Lee blocks! Lee arm-drags, then he goes to feint, but JD blocks with a headlock. Lee shoves JD, tries another arm-drag, but JD blocks that. JD whips Lee, Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags again! The fans fire up as Lee tries to scoop, but JD’s too hefty! JD SLAPS Lee, ROCKS him, then whips him to ropes. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges again, shoves JD and hurdles! Lee drops, then DROPKICKS! JD staggers to a corner, Lee fires up, and the fans fire up with him! Lee runs up on JD in a corner to CHOP! JD barely flinches! JD puts his arms back and dares Lee to try again. Lee CHOPS, but JD puts Lee in the corner!

JD swings, Lee dodges and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Lee whips, JD reverses but Lee ELBOWS back! Lee runs up but into a lift, and FLAPJACK off buckles! Lee falls, the fans rally up, and JD dusts himself off. JD storms back up on Lee, brings him up, and the fans rally. JD ROCKS Lee, stands him up in the corner, and CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Lee sputters. The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Lee up. JD winds up, to JAB! The fans boo JD trolling them, but JD stands Lee up to CHOP him after all! Lee is stinging, but JD brings him up. Lee throws body shots but JD ROCKS Lee!

JD whips, Lee sunset flips! JD stays up, but Lee avoids the hip drop! Ghost pin, TWO! JD gets up, kicks low and whips, to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lee stays in this and the fans rally up. JD sits Lee up, KICKS him in the back, then paces around. The fans rally for Lee but JD pie faces him around. Lee rises, JD brings him up and Lee CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! JD throat chops! The ref reprimands, JD claims he jabbed to the chest. JD then scoops and SLAMS Lee, to then FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Lee is still in this but JD CHOKES him! The ref counts, JD lets off, claiming he was just checking the pulse.

JD clamps on a chinlock, digging his knee into Lee’s back. Lee endures, the fans rally up, and Lee fights to his feet. Lee throws body shots, but JD knees low! JD suplexes but Lee slips free! Lee ROCKS JD, ROCKS him again, but JD CHOPS! JD runs, but Lee SUPERKICKS! JD flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! The fans rally as Lee builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up even more! Lee puts JD in, climbs a corner, and JD stands. JD staggers around, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! JD stays in this but then bails back out. Lee thinks on what he has to do and the fans rally up.

Lee runs, to slide, but JD gets under! JD pops Lee up to CLOBBER him! JD puts Lee in, aims from a corner, and Lee goes to the opposite end. JD runs up, but Lee moves, CANNONBALL hits buckles! Lee hurries up while JD is down! The fans cheer as Lee aims, FROG SPLASH, but JD moves! Lee rolls through, runs back at JD but JD puts him on the apron. JD ROCKS Lee, goes up, and he brings Lee around. The fans fire up as JD brings Lee up, but Lee fires body shots! Lee GAMANGIRIS, then climbs! Lee sunset flips for the POWERBOMB! The fans fire up and Lee climbs back up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Lee wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, by pinfall

Big Shotty’s got range, and he hit the mark! Will Lee take this momentum and turn it into another chance at a championship?

 

Abadon VS Allysin Kay!

Speaking of second chances, The Living Dead Girl got screwed out of the ROH Women’s World Television Championship when Mercedes Martinez & Diamante conspired against her. And while AK Don’t Play, she knows the OG Badass well. Can Abadon prepare for revenge by taking down Martinez’s greatest rival?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but Abadon holds on, to BITE Allysin’s arm! Abadon then laughs, dodges Allysin to HEADBUTT low, HELL STAB, then mule kick! Abadon runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Allysin goes to a corner while the fans rally up and Abadon shrieks! But Allysin BOOTS Abadon down! Allysin rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Abadon sits up but Allysin brings her around to fireman’s carry. SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up, Allysin drags Abadon up to TOSS her to a corner! Allysin fires body shots, then she CHOPS! Allysin whips corner to corner hard and Abadon bounces off buckles!

Allysin takes a bow, puts pinkies up, and SPLASHES in the corner! Allysin CHOPS, whips, and runs up again, but Abadon BOOTS her! Abadon runs to BULLDOG! The fans rally as Abadon slithers out to the apron then climbs up the corner. Allysin crawls, Abadon aims, CROSSBODY! Abadon runs to KNEE Allysin back down! Abadon storms up on Allysin, reels her in, BLACK DAHLIA! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

Abadon smiles, then shrieks into the night! Will Mercedes Martinez make sure to stay far, far away from the frightening Living Dead Girl?

 

Backstage interview with Taya Valkyrie.

Lexi Nair is with La Wera Loca and brings up her trios match alongside Diamante and Leila Grey. But this is also the first time we’ve seen her since Supercard, where Johnny TV lost to Dalton Castle. The question is: where is Johnny? Uh, recovering from that vicious attack by Dalton Castle and his “special boy,” Paul Walter-Whatever! Taya is gonna call up Fran Dreischer to file a complaint! For someone so TV Ready, Castle and Paul sure don’t look it. So yes, Johnny is rehabbing. Wait he’s in rehab? Ew, no, who do you think they are? Johnny is rehabbing the abs! This is an aesthetics business so he has to look amazing!

So tonight, Taya will carry the weight of the TV Family in trios action. So run along, Lexi, Taya has things to do. Uh, this is Lexi’s interview space. Oh, well, her apologies. Taya bumps Lexi on the way out, but will Taya’s team win some major points in the title chase tonight?

 

The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson!

Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo may not be the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but they are not deterred. Will they get through the jacked ‘n’ juicy juggernauts to go after The Undisputed Kingdom once again?

The teams sort out, #BadNewsAndTattoos starts against Beefcake Boulder, and they keep the Code of Honor. They tie up, Bravo tries but can’t push Boulder back, but Boulder pushes Bravo back! Bravo resets with Boulder, beefs up, and they tie up. Bravo wrenches to wristlock, but Boulder WRINGS Bravo out! Boulder talks smack on Dean and Bravo, but Bravo pie faces. Boulder scoops Bravo, but Bravo slips free to DROPKICK! Boulder stays up, runs up, but Dean is there to GAMANGIRI! Bravo tags Dean while Boulder throws a fit, but DOUBLE DROPKICKS send him reeling! Bulk Bronson tags but runs into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!

The fans fire up as the Infantry crisscross and SPLIT the wishbone! Bravo gets fans going with “OORAH!” Dean runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Bronson bails out, Boulder is there to help him, and Dean builds speed, only for Jacked Jameson to stand in the way! He wants Dean to sip the Savage Sauce! Dean says no thanks, but in comes Bronson! EXPLODER! Bravo protests but Bronson drags Dean to a cover. The ref is busy arguing, he finally sees the pin, TWO! Bronson is annoyed, but he mocks Bravo’s air machine gun. Bravo then tags Boulder before he brings Dean up. The fans rally but the Savages still hit a SHOULDER TACKLE SUPLEX COMBO!

Bronson flexes, Boulder taunts Bravo, and then Boulder whips Dean to the corner. Boulder wraps Dean’s arms around ropes to HEADBUTT again and again and again! Tag to Bronson, he brings Dean around, and they visit #TIDDYCITY! But Dean reverses, it’s Bronson who dives in! Boulder panics, runs up, but Dean DUMPS him! Bronson swings, misses, hot tag to Bravo! Bravo rallies on Bronson with big forearms! Bravo whips, Bronson reverses, but the CARLIE CROSSOVER takes Bronson down! Boulder gets up, Bravo fakes him out to SCISSOR KICK! Bravo then kicks Bronson, and manages a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Bravo pounds the mat, but now Jameson wants Bravo to sip! Bravo says no, get outta here! Bronson runs up again, Bravo dodges, and Bronson barely avoids hitting Jameson! Bravo aims, Bronson dodges, the SUPERKICK hits Jameson! Jameson spews sauce! Boulder catches Jameson, Dean goes up, and Dean CROSSBODIES to wipe them both out! But Bronson rolls Bravo up! TWO, and Bronson grabs Bravo, only for Bravo to kick low! Bravo reels Bronson in, tags Dean, and TORNADO- NO, Bronson stops the DDT! Dean gets in, Bronson scoops, but Dean slips free! Feed to a SUPERKICK!

The Infantry coordinate, for BOOT CAMP! Cover, Infantry wins!

Winners: The Infantry, by pinfall

Dean & Bravo redeem themselves from Supercard and are ready to get back on track! But wait, The Premier Athletes make their way out here! Is this what Smart Mark was talking about for phase two? Daivari & Nese rush the ring and start throwing hands with The Infantry! Woods tips the scales as he DECKS Dean, then DECKS Bravo! But wait! Here comes Dalton Castle! The Peacock won’t stand for there to be bullies, and he takes off his sandals to weaponize them! The Premier Athletes dare him to, but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe, Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson! They run The Premier Athletes off!

Sterling shouts, “Who do you think you are?!” but he’s shouting at THE ROH World Champion and many other big names around here! Will The Peacock, the Chicken and the rest of ROH humble Sterling’s stable once and for all?

 

Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora!

The Cuban Diamond has staked her claim at challenging for the ROH Women’s World Television Championship, but so has The Hottest Flame. But let’s not forget The Last Baddie Standing, La Wera Loca, the LEGIT One and The AfroPunk! Billie Starkz still sees herself above all six of these women, but which trio takes the lead in the title chase with a win tonight?

The teams sort out, Taya starts against Kiera and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, the two tie up, and Kiera gets around to waistlock. Taya pries the hold, backs Kiera into a corner and throws elbows! Taya stomps away on Kiera, then says who’s the hottest now? Taya snapmares, covers, ONE!! Taya drags Kiera up, whips her to ropes, but Kiera holds ropes to BOOT back! Taya runs up again but Kiera drop toeholds her onto ropes! HIP ATTACK! Taya flounders, Kiera runs to step-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she brings Taya up, but Taya ROCKS Kiera then throws her by her hair!

Taya tags Diamante, they stomp Kiera, then Diamante sucker punches Leyla! Diamante runs in to DROPKICK Kiera, then drags her to a high stack cover, ONE!! Kiera is tougher than that but Diamante says it’s just a matter of time. Diamante runs, PLANKING SPLASH flops as Kiera moves! Hot tag to Leyla! Leyla gut wrenches Diamante to GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Tag to Adora, then Leyla wrenches so she can hand it off to Adora. Adora WRINGS Diamante’s arm, drags her up and wrenches again, but Diamante ROCKS her! Adora swings, Diamante dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Diamante snarls and pushes Adora down to rain down fists!

Diamante storms around, brings Adora up and CHOPS her on the back! Tag to Grey and she NECK SNAPPERS Adora! Cover, TWO! Adora is tougher than that but Grey rains down fists! Grey drags Adora up, bumps her off buckles, then tags Taya. Taya and Grey dig their boots in, then Taya stomps a mudhole. Taya sits Adora down to METEORA! Tag to Diamante and she stomps a mudhole! The ref reprimands but Diamante tags Taya back in. Taya steps over Adora and mockingly has Adora reach out to her corner. The ref has to keep Hirsch back so Grey gets shots in, then Taya drags Adora up.

Taya again mockingly holds out Adora’s hand but the fans rally up. Adora fights up, but Taya pulls her into the motorcycle stretch! Adora endures the knee in her back, fights up to her feet, and then arm-drags Taya away! Taya gets up, ducks ‘n’ dodges and mule kicks! But Adora ducks the buzzsaw to BASEMENT GERMAN! The fans fire up while both women are down! Adora and Taya crawl, hot tags to Kiera and Diamante! Kiera rallies on Diamante with big forearms, then a SUPERKICK! Turn and NECKBREAKER! Kiera goes up a corner while Diamante flounders around. Diamante stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK!

Diamante flounders, Grey tags in but Kiera dodges to fire off forearms! Grey shoves back, but Kiera returns to SHOTGUN! Grey flounders, Kiera fires up, and says kiss this! HIP ATTACK in the corner! She sits Grey back down to run and BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Grey to a cover, Diamante breaks it! Diamante gets Grey outta there, and Taya tags in. Taya runs up to mule kick, KNEE LIFT and wrench Kiera, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Leyla also gets in, she pushes Taya around. Leyla drags Taya up but Diamante runs in. Leyla gets around to SAIDO! Taya gets Kiera up but Kiera SUPERKICKS!

Kiera brings Taya over, tags Adora, and they feed Taya to the BUBBA BOMB! Body scissor and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Hot tag to Grey, she runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Grey is frustrated but she gets Adora up. Underhooks, but Adora breaks that to fireman’s carry! Adora storms over, tags Hirsch, but Grey slips free! Leyla dodges Leila and feeds her to Adora’s BOOT! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Hirsch tags Kiera. Kiera runs, but Taya trips her up! Diamante distracts so the ref misses that! But then Leyla DIVES onto Taya! Diamante CANNONBALLS Leyla!

LARIAT TUBMAN from Adora to Diamante! Kiera dodges Grey to ROUNDHOUSE! And then “That’s all, PERIODT!” FACE THE MUSIC!! Bridging cover, Team Kiera wins!

Winners: Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora, by pinfall

It was fast ‘n’ furious in the end there, but the Hottest Flame burns it down! Will she be first up to strike a match with Billie Starkz?

 

Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis, Griff Garrison & Cole Karter.

Lexi is with the First Lady of Wrestling and her baby boys, the Diamond in the Rough wearing the stolen mask from Serpentico. Lexi congratulates them on their win over Spanish Announce Project at Supercard, but it seems there might be some unfinished business. Are they ever going to give Seprentico his masks back? Karter takes the mask off to say hell no! Griff says Serpentico’s masks mean a lot to him and his lucha libre culture. But uh, they don’t care! It got them the attention that they deserve, and those wins have been a stepping stone in this company.

If Serpentico wants his masks back, he doesn’t need to trick them into a match. They’re happy to beat the crap outta him anytime, anywhere! Maria loves the confidence, and says Griff will need it in his Proving Grounds match against THE ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe. Griff is all fired up, will the Ivy League MVP pass the test with flying colors? Or will he fail to #ManUp?

 

The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto!

Black Taurus has evolved into something even more menacing than before, and he is looking to stampede all the way to the top of ROH! But Mr. Freak Beast has changed a lot about himself, too, in hopes of finding success. Whose transformation will prove to be for the better as these behemoths collide?

The Code of Honor is upheld reluctantly, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. The two tie up, go around, and Comoroto shoves Mortos down! Mortos gets up in a huff, gets in Comoroto’s face, but Comoroto pie faces him. So Mortos SLAPS Comoroto! Comoroto runs up, Mortos dodges, and they RAM shoulders! Mortos ducks ‘n’ dodges and jumps to RANA! Comoroto goes to a corner but Mortos runs in to UPPERCUT, CLOTHESLINE, and GAMANGIRI! Mortos wrenches and hits an ARMBAR CODE BREAKER! Comoroto staggers, but he blocks the whip! Comoroto shoves Mortos, runs up, but Mortos dodges to then roll off Comoroto’s back!

Mortos tries to hip toss but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto LARIATS Mortos down then rains down fists! Fans are torn as Comoroto huffs ‘n’ puffs and stomps Mortos around. Comoroto digs his boot into Mortos’ face, lets off to soak up heat, then he drags Mortos up. Comoroto scoops to SLAM, then he runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Mortos pounds the mat in frustration. Comoroto slashes his throat, but Mortos throws body shots. Comoroto CLUBS Mortos, Alabama Lifts, but Mortos sunset flips! Comoroto stays up, hauls Mortos up, but Mortos JAWBREKAERS, KNEES and ROCKS Comoroto!

Mortos goes to suplex but Comoroto’s a big guy, too! Comoroto suplexes Mortos, but Mortos knees free! Mortos goes to a corner, Comoroto runs in but Mortos dropkicks the legs out! Comoroto hits buckles, then Mortos runs in, CORNER 619! Comoroto staggers away and Mortos climbs, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Comoroto still has power to spare and he storms up on Mortos. Mortos UPPERCUTS first! Mortos goes to whip but Comoroto blocks again! Comoroto whips Mortos to a corner, runs up, but Mortos slips out to the apron! Comoroto hits buckles, Mortos goes up, and the fans rally! MORTOS TWISTER! Cover, Mortos wins!

Winner: The Beast Mortos, by pinfall

Comoroto is big and bad but this is a beast of a different breed! Will nothing stop the modern day minotaur from making ROH his domain? Will Jacoby Watts’ teachings ever pay off for Comoroto?

 

Backstage interview with Nick Comoroto.

Lexi is with Mr. Freakbeast as he returns backstage, and she asks him what his strategy will be moving forward after this tough loss. Jacoby Watts walks in to say, “Turn the page. Start a new chapter. Nothing changes if nothing changes, Nick. It’s a harsh reality. But I am your answer. Your beacon of hope in the darkness. Follow me and I will lead you into the light! For I am Jacoby Watts, the one and only, praise be to he, and he is me.” Watts waxes poetic while making himself the focus, but will Comoroto accept his guidance?

 

ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis!

The Sussex County Chicken won this title after a war with Eddie Kingston at Supercard, and those two are still going to be friends taking on The House of Black this Sunday! But will Mark be able to focus on tonight with Dynasty on the horizon? Or is this where Maria’s baby boys start building their kingdom?

Mark shows off the belt and its new camouflage patterned leather! The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans cheer on Mark as he circles with Griff. They tie up, Griff headlocks, but Mark powers up and out. Griff sunset flips, but Mark rolls through to drop on the headlock! Griff moves around, fights up, and powers up, but Mark holds tight! Mark hits the takeover, Griff headscissors, but Mark kips free. Roles reverse as Griff headlocks for the takeover, and Mark headscissors. Griff kips free, but Mark shows Redneck Kung-Fu stance and Griff scrambles away! The fans cheer but Maria coaches Griff back up.

Griff cools off, he and Mark reset, and the two circle again. They knuckle lock but Griff kicks low. Griff UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS again, then whips corner to corner. Mark goes up and out, SWATS the haymaker to REDNECK KUNG-FU UPPERCUT! Then Mark gets in to BOOT Griff down! Griff is on ropes, Mark runs in to BOOT WASH him right outta the ring! The fans fire up as Mark builds speed, and he DIVES onto Griff! Not the cleanest landing but Mark borrows a hat to put it on! The fans fire up with Mark, he gives the hat back, then drags Griff up to DECK him! Mark drags Griff up again, to scoop and SLAM!

Griff sputters, Mark goes to the apron, and the fans fire up as Mark takes aim. But then Karter and Maria stand in the way! The fans boo, Mark sighs and steps inside, and Maria coaches Griff up. Griff flounders up, the fans rally behind Mark but then Karter and Maria each get on the apron! The ref is busy arguing with Maria but Karter distracts Mark. Griff sneaks in to CLOBBER Mark! Griff fires forearms while the fans boo, but then Griff stomps a mudhole into Mark. The ref counts as Griff digs his boots in, but Griff lets off at 4. But then that lets Karter CHOKE Mark behind the ref’s back!

The fans boo as Karter gets away with one, and Griff drags Mark up. Griff UPPERCUTS, but Mark CHOPS! Griff sputters, Mark CHOPS again! Griff knees low, whips Mark to a corner, but runs into an ELBOW! Mark runs up, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Griff clamps onto Mark with a chinlock and he grinds Mark down. The fans rally as Mark endures and fights up. Mark throws body shots, then fires up to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Mark runs, but into the ROLLING ELBOW! Griff then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! High stack, TWO! Mark survives and Griff is frustrated but Maria coaches him up.

The fans continue to rally behind Mark as Griff aims again. Griff goes up but Mark REDNECK UPPERCUTS! Griff gets caught up in ropes, Mark lets him loose so he can fall to the floor. Karter hurries over, but Mark goes up to PLANCHA both baby boys! The fans are thunderous, and Mark cracks open a can of WOOOOO Energy! Mark chugs it, bangs the can against his head, then gets Griff in the ring. The fans fire up as Mark runs corner to corner, but Griff BOOTS him! Mark comes back to LARIAT! The fans fire up, Mark reels Griff in, but Griff wrenches out, only for Mark to LARIAT! Mark hauls Griff up again for underhooks!

Mark lifts, for the JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark wins!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall (denies Griff Garrison a title opportunity)

Maria is upset but there’s nothing she can do, her baby boy wasn’t man enough to stop the NEW ROH World Champion! Will Mark continue to carry on his brother’s legacy and become one of the best champions in ROH history?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of ROH for being 92 minutes. I still skipped some very clear filler, but Marti Belle got a good showing in her loss to Frost and The Dark Order got a good match out of Zak & Frank. Cruz, Damian & Savion got an okay showing but c’mon, they were against Archer & The Righteous, those guys have been running through everyone. It hasn’t really led them to anything yet, but maybe after we get undisputed AEW & ROH World Trios Champions after Dynasty, Archer & Righteous challenge the winners. And real good wins for Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson, each guy looking good towards midcard titles at some point.

Really good match from Infantry VS Savages, with the Savages being a bit more Heelish this time. Good win for Infantry, but I didn’t think The Premier Athletes would be going after them first. And I didn’t expect Faces like Keith, Lee and Briscoe to run out to get at them. Maybe the Premier Athletes can also position themselves to go after the trios titles after Dynasty. If The Acclaimed win, they’ll need Heel opponents. Archer & Righteous can play either side, but fans really like Archer so I kinda want him and Righteous to be Faces when facing Bang Bang Gang.

Good match and good win for Abadon over Allysin. Good win for Kiera, Leyla & Adora, though things got a little sloppy in the middle, Leyla’s timing wasn’t quite there. Athena & Billie are both Heels, so while Queen Aminata is in the mix, the champion she doesn’t choose still needs a good Face challenger so you can take your pick of the winners from tonight. Really good match from Mortos and Comoroto, and Mortos winning also helped serve Comoroto’s story with Watts. Watts keeps insisting he’s the answer, but this has to lead to Comoroto breaking free and beating Watts up for his arrogance.

Good promo from Maria, Griff & Karter, and they just kinda copy-pasted Mark Briscoe’s promo from Collision that same Saturday. Really good match for Griff against Mark but of course Mark wins. Mark getting involved with Premier Athletes, maybe Woods or Nese get a shot at Mark only to lose and be Mark’s solid first defense. Not sure who could be a more prolonged feud with Mark, but there are plenty of possibilities, and I’m just happy to see him showing up on ROH TV as the ROH World Champion should.

My Score: 8.5/10


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