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Mitchell’s WWE Extreme Rules Results & Report! (10/8/22)

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Extreme Rules 2022

What better place to get extreme than in Philly?

When push comes to shove, the gloves come off! WWE Extreme Rules will have an Extreme Rules match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Will Liv Morgan win or survive her third encounter with Ronda Rousey?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Good Ol’ Fashioned Donnybrook: The Brawling Brutes VS Imperium; The Brawling Brutes win.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match: Liv Morgan VS Ronda Rousey; Rousey wins and is the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • Strap Match: Drew McIntyre VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship Ladder Match: Bianca Belair VS Bayley; Belair wins and retains the title.
  • I Quit Match: Edge VS Finn Balor; Finn wins.
  • Fight Pit, w/ Special Guest Referee, Daniel Cormier: Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins; Riddle wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Extreme Rules Kickoff Show!

Join Kevin Patrick, Booker T, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the extreme action here tonight! And also wish Kayla Braxton well, she’s under the weather.

 

The rules for this are simple: spell the word correctly and we can move.

The word is, “Extreme.” Can we have a definition? “An act or measure taken to excessive length, beyond the ordinary.” Can he use it in a sentence? “The unbridled passion … that allows you to create something from nothing, that allows you to innovate, that allows you to take things to the extreme.” Place of origin? Philadelphia. E! X! T! R! E! M! E! Congratulations! And welcome to EXTREME RULES!!

 

Good Ol’ Fashioned Donnybrook: The Brawling Brutes VS Imperium!

Philly, get ready for FIGHT NIGHT! Sheamus may not be Intercontinental Champion, but he has all the more reason to beat the blood, sweat and tears out of Giovanni Vinci, Ludwig Kaiser & Gunther after how they kept that title from him! Will he, Ridge the Fridge and “Butch” break Imperium? Or will the mat and Philadelphia be kept sacred?

The bell rings and the teams stare down. Fans fire up and the brawl is on! Sheamus is after Gunther, Dunne throws Vinci out but Ludwig CLUBS and KNEES and UPPERCUTS Ridge! Dunne rains down fists on Vinci on the announce desk! Gunther and Sheamus go out to the floor to brawl! Ridge resists a butterfly suplex while Sheamus RAMS Gunther into barriers! Ridge LAWN DARTS Ludwig into Dunne’s GAMANGIRI! Then they put Ludwig in a Tree of Woe, Sheamus trapping him with a shillelagh, for Dunne to run in and basement dropkick! But Gunther BOOTS Dunne! And DECKS Ridge!

Vinci sends Sheamus into barriers! Imperium turns the tide by whipping Ridge for a SPINEBUSTER and PENALTY KICK! Fans boo but Imperium soaks up the heat. Dunne returns but gets a GAMANGIRI from Ludwig! Ludwig & Vinci go out to clear the bar! Sheamus goes after them for that! Gunther joins in and Imperium mugs Sheamus 3v1! The bar stools are moved aside, Ludwig & Vinci keep after Sheamus, then they move barrels aside so they can haul Sheamus up. They whip him hard into steel steps, then egg him on. Philly boos but Dunne LEAPS at Vinci! Vinci and Gunther mug him, and Gunther CHOPS Dunne through barriers!

Vinci and Ludwig stomp Sheamus, then they haul him up. They put him on the bar so Gunther can taunt him and CHOP away on him! MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! And a BOOT! Sheamus flounders but Gunther hauls him up, BACK SUPLEX ON THE BAR! Fans boo but Imperium sees Ridge and Dunne regrouping in the ring. Imperium heads that way, the brawl is back on! But that’s 3v2, Imperium gets the edge, Vinci traps Ridge for a BOOT! Ludwig CLUBS Dunne down and Imperium paces about. Vinci stomps Dunne, Ludwig kicks Ridge. Gunther drags Ridge up to DECK him with a forearm! Ludwig rains down fists but Dunne ENZIGURIS Gunther!

Vinci DECKS Dunne, he and Ludwig mug Dunne and beat him down. Ludwig runs at Ridge but Ridge blocks the kick! Ludwig and Vinci club away but Ridge lifts them both! DOUBLE BACK DROP! Ridge turns around, Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther shouts to his men and they go after Ridge at the apron. Vinci brings Ridge out, Ludwig is on the apron, IMPERIAL BOMB to the floor!! Imperium soaks up the heat and Dunne sees he’s alone. But Dunne doesn’t care, he just fires off on Gunther! He gets mugged 3v1 and beaten back down! They put Dunne in a corner, Gunther drags Dunne up to put on the top rope.

Gunther CHOPS Dunne, then climbs up to stand on him! Then Vinci & Ludwig DOUBLE DROPKICK him at the corner! Dunne flops to the floor while Imperium soaks up the heat. Gunther tells Vinci & Ludwig to go out, and they fetch Dunne into the ring. Ludwig sits Dunne up and Gunther slaps Dunne around. Then he CHOPS Dunne! But Sheamus rises from the bar! Fans are thunderous, Ludwig hurries but Sheamus CLOBBERs him! And he CLOBBERS Vinci! And he throws Ludwig into barriers! And Vinci into barriers! Now Sheamus has Gunther all to himself! Fans fire up as the two stare down in the ring once again!

Sheamus and Gunther fire off forearms, Sheamus gets the edge, but Gunther gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men go to ropes, Sheamus comes back with a LARIAT! Sheamus storms up to clothesline in the corner! Then whips corner to corner, but Gunther BOOTS him! But Sheamus scoops to SLAM Gunther! Fans are thunderous again and Sheamus has Gunther on the apron. Sheamus stands Gunther up, CLUBS him on the back, and then gives him BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus gets all TEN, then goes past that! Ridge and Dunne add on, this is a whole band of Bodhrains! Gunther flounders, Sheamus hauls him in, fireman’s carry for WHITE NOISE!

Sheamus then looks to the crowd as they fire back up. Sheamus goes to a corner, beats his chest, and Gunther rises into the BROGUE!! Cover, but Vinci SPLASHES in!! Ridge stomps Vinci, EuroUppers him around, then whips him to a corner. Vinci reverses and blocks a boot to short arm LARIAT! Vinci & Ludwig set up, but Ridge back drops free! Ludwig leaps into a BIG forearm from Dunne! But Gunther DOUBLE SHOTGUNS Ridge & Dunne! Gunther runs in at Sheamus, but into an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus has the legs, for the CLOVERLEAF!! Gunther flails, fans fire up, but Sheamus drags Gunther from the ropes!

But Ludwig gets in and CRACKS a shillelagh on Sheamus’ back! Gunther covers, but the Brutes break it! “This is Awesome!” as the trios regroup! The Brutes stand on one end, Imperium on the other, and the haymakers start flying again! Dunne and Ludwig, Vinci and Ridge, they all fall to the mat, but now Gunther and Sheamus rise! The leaders throw forearms back and forth, harder and faster! They start throwing CHOPS and body shots! Sheamus and Gunther both wobble back! The trios regroup again, and now all six men rush in! Ludwig GUT WRENCHES Dunne, Vinci dodges and CROSSBODIES Ridge!

Sheamus KNEES Gunther down! Cover, Vinci drags Sheamus out! Vinci and Ludwig mug Sheamus! They clear off the announce desk, and fans chant “WE WANT TABLES!” Well, they’re about to get tables as Vinci drags Sheamus up and Ludwig climbs up. But Ridge CLOBBERS Vinci, catches Ludwig and RAMS Ludwig into the apron! Vinci & Ludwig beat up on Ridge but Dunne’s on a barrel! ARIHARA MOONSAULT!! Down go the soldiers, but Sheamus wants Der Ring General! Sheamus gets in the ring, but Gunther CLOBBERS him with a shillelagh! And again! So much for the tradition of wrestling!

Gunther has the shillelagh for a SHILLELAGH LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Sheamus survives what put him away on SmackDown and Gunther can’t believe it! Gunther snarls, staggers up and he looms over Sheamus. Gunther drags Sheamus up, reels him in, but Ridge & Dunne get in! Dunne gets a hand to SNAP Gunther’s fingers! Ridge HEADBUTTS Gunther, and they both set him up! Sheamus has the shillelagh! Fans fire up and Sheamus raises the club high to CRACK Gunther in the head! Gunther bails out fast but Ridge & Dunne pursue Vinci & Ludwig! They start throwing around the wood, hammering away on Vinci & Ludwig!

Sheamus gets Gunther in a Crucifix lift! RAZOR’S EDGE THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE DESK!! Fans are thunderous again, and Sheamus goes back into the ring. The Brutes set Vinci up and Sheamus beats his chest! BROGUE for the Pride of Italy! Cover, the Brutes win!

Winners: The Brawling Brutes, by pinfall

That was the most destructive donnybrook humanly possible! And what a way to open Extreme Rules! Will the Brutes find their way back to gold with this momentum?

 

The Miz is here.

Megan Morant is surprised to see him here, especially with what happened last week with Dex- DON’T say his name., But what? Just because he doesn’t have a match, he’s not welcomed here? He is the most Must-See Superstar! Miz is here because of what He Who Shall Not Be Named did. That guy clearly wants to ruin Miz’s birthday celebration tomorrow. So since Miz saw HHH at SmackDown, Miz will talk with HHH about that… Oh no. Miz sees something and asks, “What the hell is that?” GRITTY!? There’s no hockey game tonight, why’s Gritty here? He loves Extreme Rules. Here’s a shirt! Miz is to wear this over his $10,000 suit? HA! Miz drops the shirt, and STOMPS it!

That is what Miz thinks of Gritty, the shirt, and this city. Gritty gets mad, but will Lumis take care of avenging Philly for him?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match: Liv Morgan VS Ronda Rousey!

The LIVing Embodiment went from Ms. Money in the Bank to the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in the same night, then found a way to survive the Baddest Woman on the Planet at SummerSlam. But now that they both decided to take this to the extreme, Ronda vows “Hooters Barbie” is finally going to face reality. Will tonight be the funeral of Liv’s reign? Or will she live to fight another day?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if Liv keeps her title, or if Ronda keeps her title of “Baddest Woman on the Planet.”

The bell rings and the two approach. Liv dodges and goes for her baseball bat, but Ronda keeps her away. Ronda dares Liv to try it, Liv runs in but Ronda knees her down! Ronda puts on a leglock and straitjacket! She toys with Liv but Liv pulls hair! Ronda gest a Triangle, Liv makes it a cover, ONE as Ronda lets her go! Liv gets the bat! Liv dares Ronda to try something now. Liv swings, Ronda blocks to SAYANAGI! Now Ronda has the bat! Fans boo as Ronda taunts Liv, but then Ronda throws the bat away. Liv fires off hands, Ronda shoves her way, but Liv comes back for a FLYING- KNEE from Ronda!

Ronda gets a leg for an ANKLE LOCK! Liv flails, reaches out, rolls, and she sends Ronda tumbling to the apron. Liv hurries up to SHINING WIZARD Ronda down! Ronda staggers on the floor but Liv builds speed, to slide, into an apron skirt trap! Ronda fires off fists and knees! Liv eggs Ronda on so Ronda SLAPS her! Ronda taunts Liv, Liv flops under the ring, and Ronda grabs the bat! Ronda goes back to find Liv, but Liv has a FIRE EXTINGUISHER! Liv blasts Ronda in the face, then gets Ronda for a bat-assisted- NO, Ronda fights out to a PIPER’S PIT! Liv steadies herself, runs and leaps off the steps, into a HOMER from Ronda!!

Ronda beats Liv with  her own bat! Liv gets in the ring, Ronda stalks after her, and Ronda swings! Liv ducks to ENZIGURI! Both women are down and Philly rallies up! Liv crawls and she gets her bat back! Fans chant “WE WANT TABLES!” but that might have to wait as Liv swings away on Ronda’s back! Ronda throws her gi at Liv, then she LASHES Liv with the blackbelt! Then Ronda uses the belt to tie Liv up to the corner! Ronda has Liv trapped, she grabs the bat and she CRACKS away on Liv’s legs! Liv gets free to YANK Ronda into the apron! Both women are down again and fans fire up!

Liv drags herself up and brings out a TABLE! Philly loves Liv even more now as she stands that up against the ring. Ronda crawls into the ring just as Liv gets the table inside. Liv stomps away on Ronda in the corner, then sets up the table. Ronda storms up and SMACKS Liv off the table! And again and again and again! Ronda throws Liv away, then step-up KNEES her down! Liv flounders against ropes, Ronda CHOKES her! Fans boo as Ronda dares Liv to tap. Ronda shifts to a HANGING ARMBAR! Liv endures, slumps out and they both fall to the floor! Both women slowly rise, Ronda mule kicks Liv away!

Ronda flounders against barriers, she stalks Liv, but Liv JAMS her with a chair! Liv gets in the ring, she wedges the chair into a corner, but Ronda pursues. Liv brings Ronda up but Ronda whips. Liv stops herself, the chair falls out of the ring, Ronda scoops but Liv slips off! WING CLIPPER! Liv sets Ronda up again, another WING CLIPPER, and then she POSTS Ronda! Cover, TWO!! Ronda is still in this but Liv snarls. Liv goes out and brings the chair back into play. Fans rally behind Liv and she SMACKS Ronda on the arm! And again! And again! Ronda guards but Liv won’t stop! Liv then tosses the chair to CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!!

Ronda is still in this and Liv is beside herself. Fans rally up and Liv goes back to the table. Liv moves it from the corner to stand it up. Liv KICKS Ronda in the back, finishes standing the table up, and she positions it in the drop zone. Liv drags Ronda up, puts her on the table, CHOPS her and then goes to the corner. Liv wants to do like she did to Lacey Evans and she climbs up top! Fans are thunderous as Liv aims, for a SUPER SENTON through the table!! Cover, TWO!!! Ronda survive again and then gets the ARMBAR!! Liv endures, fights to stack Ronda, and then she deadlifts Ronda! To POWERBOMB her on what’s left of the table! Cover, TWO!!

Ronda has the TRIANGLE HOLD! Liv fights, this is turning into SummerSlam, but Ronda twists around to keep her shoulders up! Ronda works to isolate an arm, and she’s kicking Liv at the same time! Liv stays up, it’s a BICEP SLICER! Liv is fading out as Ronda uses part of the table!! Liv… is smiling?! Liv’s OUT, Ronda wins!!

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

Liv didn’t give up, but her body did! Ronda takes the title back, will she be badder than ever? Or does Liv still have claim that she’s just as bad?

 

Strap Match: Drew McIntyre VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!

Once upon a time, the Scottish Warrior was the Chosen One, but that story did not have a happy ending. However, that story isn’t over, either. McIntyre has been writing a sequel that is truly better than the original, but he must continue fighting to keep this story going. Is this just another new beginning for McIntyre? Or will Mr. Doomsday abruptly end things with a horribly tragic finale?

The strap is brought out, and McIntyre puts it on himself. Kross refuses and fans boo, but he has to for the match. Kross smirks as he holds onto the strap, then throws it away. But then Scarlett grabs that end! Kross ATTACKS! Fans boo as Kross stomps a mudhole into McIntyre! Kross roars, then goes out to grab the strap. McIntyre avoids getting whipped and he whips Kross, but Kross reverses to POST McIntyre! Kross TOSSES McIntyre over the barriers! Kross grabs the strap, pursues McIntyre into the crowd, and fans fire up as these two brawl in front of them! McIntyre CLUBS Kross but Kross elbows back. They brawl as they go along that back way.

Fans fire up as McIntyre ROCKS and CHOPS Kross. Kross ROCKS McIntyre but McIntyre BOOTS and CHOPS back! Kross ROCKS McIntyre, throws McIntyre over to ringside, and then stalks him to the ring. Kross brings McIntyre around, and he aims for the steps! McIntyre blocks the suplex, to snap suplex Kross to the floor! McIntyre SMACKS Kross off the desk, and SMACKS him off the steps! McIntyre throws a headlock punch, then POSTS Kross! Kross staggers but McIntyre scoops him, SIDEWALK SLAM on the apron! McIntyre roars and fans fire up while Scarlett is freaking out. McIntyre brings the strap into the ring, and he forces it onto Kross!

Fans cheer as the bell rings, and McIntyre rains down fists! McIntyre winds up some slack to LASH Kross! Kross writhes but McIntyre LASHES him again! Kross bails out, McIntyre follows and he LASHES Kross again! McIntyre eggs Kross on, LASHES him again, “FALL AND PRAY, BITCH!” McIntyre LASHES Kross more, Scarlett storms up but has to stay back as McIntyre LASHES again. The ref warns Scarlett, but Kross uses the distraction to YANK McIntyre into the post! McIntyre staggers, clutching his arm, but the ref checks him. McIntyre says no, he won’t lose like that. Kross POSTS McIntyre again!

Kross tells McIntyre he’s a stupid SOB, and then he stomps and kicks McIntyre around. And then POSTS McIntyre again! Kross drags McIntyre into the wring, he wrenches the bad arm, ARMBAR DDT! Cover, TWO! Kross stomps away on McIntyre, CHOPS him on the ropes, and taunts “The Chosen One” that this is what he wanted. Kross lets off and McIntyre sputters. Kross WRINGS the arm out and McIntyre writhes again. Kross LASHES him and Scarlett is loving this. But McIntyre throws body shots! Kross KNEES low, McIntyre CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And swings, but into a SLEEPER! McIntyre fights it off and RAMS Kross into the buckles!

McIntyre gets away but Kross reels him in to LASH him! Fans boo but Scarlett applauds as Kross drags McIntyre out of the ring. Kross ROCKS McIntyre, then wrenches him to COMPLETE SHOT against the desk! McIntyre clutches his arm as he falls over. Kross drags McIntyre up, wraps him up against the post with the strap, and he LASHES him! And LASHES him! Kross lets the slack out so he can LASH and LASH and LASH away! Scarlett says “MORE! MORE!” and revels in the endless LASHES! Kross finally stops and soaks up the heat from the fans. McIntyre is down on the floor and Kross mocks him.

Kross goes into the ring, and he uses the strap to drag McIntyre in. McIntyre stands but Kross reels him in for the DOOMSDAY SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and Kross is annoyed. Fans rally up and McIntyre snarls but Kross gathers up the slack again to LASH McIntyre! And again! McIntyre scowls as the LASHES seem to give him power! McIntyre glares at Kross and Kross isn’t sure what to do. McIntyre CLOBBERS Kross! And again! McIntyre tells Kross to get up, and then he OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Kross swings, but into the NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up!

McIntyre smiles as he watches Kross get back up. McIntyre underhooks but Kross RAMS him into the corner! Kross fireman’s carries but McIntyre shoves him away. Kross elbows McIntyre, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Scarlett is worried for Kross but fans rally for McIntyre. McIntyre ROCKS Kross with a haymaker but Kross ROCKS McIntyre back! They go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans are on McIntyre’s side! It’s fast and furious, it’s a hockey fight! McIntyre ROCKS Kross again, then LASHES him! Kross LASHES back! Each man has enough slack to LASH each other in the shoulders and neck!

Kross wobbles, but he LASHES again! McIntyre LASHES, Kross LASHES, it’s even wilder than before! Fans fire up as McIntyre gets the edge! LASH after LASH, then the FUTURE SHOCK! Kip up and Philly fires up! McIntyre starts up his countdown, “THREE! TWO! ONE!” But Scarlett steps in to defend Kross! McIntyre sighs, but then she PEPPER SPRAYS him!! The ref reprimands but there’s nothing to be done! Kross winds up his arm, KROSS HAMMER!! Cover, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

The ref washes the spray out of McIntyre’s face, but the damage is done! Kross’s elbow turned his lights out and now McIntyre has lost, just as Kross predicted. Who else will be forced to #FallAndPray?

 

Miz is on the phone with Maryse.

He tries to get Maryse to listen. He will do whatever it takes to make sure nothing goes wrong tomorrow night. No, he hasn’t talked with HHH yet but HHH is busy. Gritty is there mocking Miz! Miz yells at him, “I’M ON THE PHONE!” Gritty says so is he! Miz storms off, but will he get that meeting with The Game?

 

Raw Women’s Championship Ladder Match: Bianca Belair VS Bayley!

For the first time ever in the WWE, we have a singles title on the line in a 1v1 Ladder Match! And surprisingly, it might stay that way as the Role Model told Kai & Sky to stay in the back. Will Bayley be able to take control without Damage Control? Or will Bianca stay the RawEST Women’s Champion now that things are fair and square?

The introductions are made, the belt is already high above the ring, and one way or another, history is being made in Philly!

The bell rings and Bianca fires off hands on Bayley! Bayley shoves Bianca, she dodges, and they DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both women are down and they bail out from opposite ends of the ring. Bayley gets a ladder and hurries to put it in, but so does Bianca! Bayley stands hers up first, but Bianca chose a TALLER ladder! Bayley climbs but realizes the size difference, so she goes after Bianca! Bayley CLUBS Bianca down, takes the shorter ladder and folds it up, but Bianca grabs it, too! They tug-o-war over the ladder, and Bianca RAMS Bayley out of the ring! Then she puts the ladder aside to climb!

Bayley hurries to bring Bianca back down and she throws her out. But Bianca drags Bayley out to join her! Bayley kicks low, and she SMACKS Bianca off the ladder! Bayley CLOBBERS Bianca down, then asks fans, “Who sucks? Me? I’m winning!” Bayley goes to the short ladder, angles it against the apron, and has the legs to CATAPULT Bianca, but Bianca uses that to get up the ladder! Bianca kicks Bayley away, jumps into the ring and climbs the tall ladder! Bayley hurries to bring her down again! Bayley CLUBS Bianca, then moves the ladder aside enough to whip Bianca to a corner. Bianca goes up, over, and hurries to the ladder!

Bayley anchors a foot, but Bianca jumps over Bayley to shove her into the ladder! Bayley goes down, the ladder moves aside, but Bianca takes it to fold it up. Bianca sets the ladder down and she brings Bayley up to scoop! Bianca SLAMS Bayley on the ladder! Bayley writhes, but Bianca HANDSPRING MOONSAULTS onto Bayley and the ladder! Bianca staggers up, drags in that shorter ladder, and fans rally up for “EST! EST!” Bayley grabs the ladder, they tug-o-war again, but this time Bayley RAMS Bianca into a corner! Bayley fires off hands on Bianca, sits her down, and fans duel between them!

Bayley drags the ladder up, aims at Bianca, but Bianca avoids getting blasted! Bayley avoids a lariat to elbow Bianca, and then she SUNSET FLIP BOMBS Bianca onto the ladder! Bayley crawls her away over to the taller ladder and stands it back up. Bayley has the ladder set up, starts to climb, but Bianca hurries after her! Bianca CLUBS Bayley to bring her down! Bayley SMACKS Bianca off the rungs! Bayley stomps Bianca, pushes the short ladder aside and pushes the tall one over. Bayley makes sure the ladder stays on its side and she RAMS Bianca with it! And again! Fans duel, Bayley RAMS Bianca all the way out of the ring!

Bayley hurries to CLOBBER Bianca to keep her down. Bayley gets another tall ladder and tips it over. She even slaps a fan sign down! Bayley props the ladder against steel steps and makes it a bridge to the barriers. Bayley goes around to get Bianca and SMACKS her off the ladder! Fans chant “BAYLEY SUCKS!” to taunt her, but Bayley just soaks it all up. Bayley goes to the apron, runs in and leaps, FOLEY ELBOW on the ladder!! Both women fall to the floor, it’s hard to say who really got the worst of that! Bayley drags another ladder out from under the ring and breaks off the stabilizers? But Bianca CLUBS Bayley!

Bayley and Bianca brawl, but Bayley RAMS Bianca into the apron! Bayley puts Bianca inside the busted ladder, and SLAMS it closed! Bianca avoids disaster! She takes half of the ladder and SMACKS Bayley on the back with it! Bianca hurries into the ring and then goes around to grab another ladder. Bianca puts it in the ring, shakes out her bad arm, and she stands this tall ladder up. Bayley hurries in to anchor Bianca again! Bayley CLUBS Bianca, climbs up, but Bianca drags Bayley back down for a SPINEBUSTER! Bianca climbs now, Bayley hurries to kick at the ladder! The ladder tips and Bianca tumbles out to the floor!

Bayley crawls for the ladder but Bianca drags herself back in. Bayley pulls off part of her knee brace?! Bayley says this is coming in handy! Bayley runs in but Bianca dodges! Bianca torture racks, to hit a KISS OF DEATH! Bianca hurries to stand the ladder back up, she climbs up quickly, and fans fire up! But here comes DMG CTRL!! They tip the ladder and Bianca HOTSHOT off the ropes! Kai & Sky mug Bianca! They put Bianca in a drop zone, but Bianca shoves Dakota away to CLUB Iyo! Bianca dodges Dakota’s boot! Bianca double stacks Kai & Sky!! DOUBLE KOD!! Fans are thunderous as Bianca hurries back to the ladders!

Bianca sets up a short ladder but Bayley CLOBBERS her with that broken one! Bayley wedges that broken ladder into the corner, then she goes back for Bianca. Bayley kicks a ladder aside, she tells the fans she does NOT suck, and then she RAMS Bianca into the busted ladder! ROSE PLANT!! Bayley stands the tall ladder up and she drags Bianca around. Bayley traps Bianca under this ladder! Fans boo but Bayley climbs! Bianca BENCH PRESSES the ladder! Bayley tips off and HOTSHOTS off ropes! Both women are down and the ladder leans on the ropes now. Bianca and Bayley stir while fans rally back up.

Bayley crawls to the ladder and stands it up. Bianca blocks that, they both have an end, and they both climb up top! They fight while reaching for the belt! It’s a brawl, and Bayley gets the braid! She YANKS Bianca into the rungs! Bianca falls, but she springs up the other side to LASH Bayley! Bayley falls, Bianca LASHES her again! Bianca grabs a shorter ladder, brings it around and opens it up! Bianca wants a replay of Hell in a Cell last year! But Bayley grabs the busted ladder! Bianca just uses that to KOD Bayley on THAT ladder! Bianca climbs up top, grabs the belt, and she wins!!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (still Raw Women’s Champion)

The strongEST, roughEST and toughEST wins in the end! She kept DMG CTRL from taking full control, but will they just come back for another try?

 

I Quit Match: Edge VS Finn Balor!

The Rated R Superstar made a choice to come back. And then he made the choice to establish something of his own in “The Judgement Day.” But then the Punisher, the Eradicator and the Prince made the choice to violently expel Edge from the group he created! The new Judgement Day would then beat down various living legends, but they could not keep those legends down. Edge is back again, and he vows to end this with two powerful words! Will Edge finish what he started? Or will Finn finish the coup d’état with a Coup De Grace?

Finn adds something new to his entrance in that spike covered mask. Is he planning on using this as a weapon? The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. Edge then rushes in to RAM Finn into a corner and fires off with haymakers, forearms, and even headbutts! Edge CLUBS Finn, whips him to ropes and CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up while Finn wobbles into a kick. Edge runs to hit a NECKBREAKER! Edge rains down fists on Finn, but Finn gets away to a corner. Edge ROCKS him, grinds his forearms in, and then lets off. Finn sputters, Edge whips him corner to corner hard, and Finn bounces off buckles.

Edge stalks Finn to a corner, CLUBS him, then fishhooks his face! The ref asks but Finn refuses to quit! Edge lets off, ROCKS Finn and stalks him along ropes again. Edge whips corner to corner again, just as hard! Finn bounces off buckles, Edge SLAPS him down! “This is what you wanted!” Edge KICKS Finn to a corner, Edge whips Finn corner to corner, but Finn comes back to dropkick the legs out! Finn runs in at the corner to stomp Edge’s leg! And again! And again! Finn keep son the bad leg, the ref asks, but Edge says no! Finn CHOPS Edge, puts the leg in the ropes, and drops a knee on the knee! Edge writhes but he refuses to give in!

Finn drags Edge up, CHOPS him, then puts the leg back in the ropes. Finn pulls on the leg with a toehold but Edge just gives him headbutts! Finn lets off, Edge runs in, but Finn trips Edge to clamp on another toehold. Edge endures, fans rally up and duel, and Edge CLUBS Finn on the back! Finn lets go of the toehold, trips Edge up again, and ties up the legs! Edge resists but the FIGURE FOUR is on! Edge endures, pushes the mic away, but Finn taunts him. “Get that outta my face!” Edge sits up and glares at Finn! Edge pushes to turn things over, and he reverses the pressure! Finn endures, flails, and turns it back onto Edge!

Edge endures again, Finn puts on more pressure, but Edge pries at the hold. Edge ROCKS Finn with haymaker and the hold is undone! Finn bails out, Edge crawls that way and goes to the apron. Finn trips Edge up into the apron skirt! Finn fires off hands! Finn CHOPS Edge, then climbs up to stomp away on him! Edge slumps down and Finn wants an answer! Edge says NO! Edge drags himself back up but Finn KICKS away on him! Finn drags Edge from the apron skirt with a sadistic grin and Finn SMACKS Edge off the desk! And again! And again! And again! “Ask him!” Edge still says NO, so Finn dribbles Edge more and more!

Finn keeps wanting an answer but Edge still says no. Finn dribbles Edge’s head more! Finn lets off in frustration while the fans taunt and boo him. Finn mocks them back about Edge not living up to the hype. Finn headlocks Edge and he throws punches. But Edge POSTS Finn! Finn flounders, Edge stalks after him and throws hands. Finn wobbles, Edge whips but Finn reverses to SLINGBLADE to the floor! What’s Edge say now? “NO!” Finn is annoyed so he drags Edge up. Edge picks Finn up to RAM him through barriers! Fans fire up while both men are down in the timekeeper’s area! Fans lose their minds, but Finn says he’s not giving up.

So Edge CLOBBERS Finn over barriers! They brawl in front of the VIP seating! They go towards the back, Finn throws stuff at Edge but Edge shrugs it off. Finn wants mercy? Edge just throws down hands instead! They’re right by the kickoff panel se as Finn refuses to quit. Fans fire up and Edge drags Finn over to suplex to the bare floor! Finn sputters but he shouts, “NEVER!” Edge goes off somewhere? Finn drags himself up but Edge comes back with a HOCKEY STICK! Edge HIGH CHECKS Finn! Fans fire up as Edge stalks Finn to the kickoff desk! Edge CLUBS Finn, then puts the stick in as part of a CROSSFACE!!

Finn endures, he somehow manages to say, “NO!” and then Edge lets go. Finn flops off the table, Edge pursues, and they go up the bleachers! Edge SMACKS Finn off the steps, and again! And again! The fans are loving it but Finn again says NO! Finn manages to get up and continues up the steps. Edge pursues all the way to the top! Finn RAMS Edge into the wall! And then Finn throws hands, before he sends Edge into more walls! And more walls! Finn wants the ref to ask, but Edge just gasps and sputters. So Finn lines up a shot, but Edge FLAPJACKS Finn off the overhang!! Fans are loving this while both men are down!

Edge stalks Finn now, fans fire up, and Edge runs in, but Finn sends him into the handrail! Edge coughs and sputters, and can’t even really say anything after that. Edge goes down the steps, Finn stalks him and KICKS him! Finn puts Edge through the handrail to pull him against the steel! Edge refuses to quit and Finn lets off. Finn stomps Edge, kicks him down the steps, shoves him towards ringside, and then ROCKS Edge with haymakers! Finn gets a chair to JAM Edge with it! Finn shoves Edge further along the way, he steals a drink to take a swig, and then he CHOPS Edge over the barrier!

Finn looks under the ring, but he stomps Edge down. Finn keeps searching, and then he brings out another chair. Finn aims, run sin, and he JAMS Edge again! Edge goes into the ring but Finn stalks him. Fans boo as Finn JAMS Edge in the lower back! Finn turns Edge over to JAM him in the ribs! And the gut! And the ribs! But still, Edge refuses to give up! “Screw you, Finn!” Finn SMACKS Edge with the chair! And again! And again! Finn wants Edge to say it, and Edge says, “I… DON’T quit!” Finn snarls and he wedges the chair in the corner. Finn stalks Edge to the other corner, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him again.

Finn aims, whips corner to corner, but Edge blocks! Edge ROCKS Finn, whips him, but Finn reverses to hit a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Into a KOJI KLUTCH! Edge endures but he shouts, “NO!” Finn is pissed, he lets off that hold to get a CROSSFACE! Edge still endures, and he says “GO F-” Finn CLUBS away on Edge!! Finn is furious but Edge still says “No!” Edge slowly rises, and Finn brings him up to whip, but Edge reverses! Finn hits the chair in the corner!! Both men are down, but Edge crawls to the corner. Edge brings the chair out of the corner, and he SMACKS Finn in the leg! And again! And then again!

Finn flounders and clutches his knee, and he wants mercy again! Edge JAMS the chair into the knee over and over! Edge checks his own legs, and then he SLAPS Finn down. Edge steps through to get an EDGE-UCATOR! Edge SLAPS away on Finn, too! Finn shouts, “I… I… I…!” But here comes Priest!! Edge CLOBBERS Priest first, and again, then clotheslines him out! Finn rushes in, but Dom saves him from a back drop! But Edge runs to SPEAR the Judgement Day all off the apron!! Edge puts Finn in the ring, fans fire up and Edge goes to a corner. “This is Awesome!” as Edge aims at Finn.

But Rhea Ripley is here! She HANDCUFFS Edge to the corner?! Rhea grins as she has the key. Edge isn’t sure what to do, but the Judgement Day gets in the ring. Fans boo and Edge knows what’s coming. He still throws hands with his free one, but that’s still 3v1! Priest & Dom stomp away, fans boo, but Finn grins. Finn gets himself some kendo sticks, and then Priest & Dom back off. Finn SMACKS Edge on the back! Finn tells the ref to not ask Edge so that he can SMACK Edge again! And again! And again! NOW ask him! Edge sputters but HERE COMES REY! Rey Mysterio rushes out with a chair! He CLOBBERS Priest, dodges Finn, and he CROSSBODIES Finn down!

Fans fire up, Rey WRECKS Priest with a dropkick! Rey runs to 619 Priest down!! But Dom DECKS his own dad!! Fans boo Dom but Dom RAMS Rey into barriers! And then POSTS him! Rey is down, Dom gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Rhea applauds, and Dom gives Rey a kiss good-night. Finn SMACKS Edge in the leg with the kendo stick! And again! And again! But here comes BETH!! Beth Phoenix snatches the stick to SMACK away on Finn! She runs Finn off, then SMACKS Priest! The Glamazon stares Dom down and Dom backs off! Beth throws the broken stick away, but here comes Rhea! Fans fire up for this stare down!

Beth dares Rhea to bring it! The brawl is on!! Beth and Rhea are swinging wild, Rhea shoves but Beth dodges to SPEAR!! Beth rains down hands on Rhea and chases her out of the ring! Dom goes to Rhea’s side, but Beth has the key! Beth frees Edge, and Edge SPEARS Priest! Dom sees Edge glaring at him and tries to apologize! Fans chant, “YOU F’D UP!” Dom holds out a hand? Fans chant, “Who’s Your Daddy?!” LOW BLOW from Edge! Payback for Clash at the Castle! But Finn hits a SLINGBLADE! Fans boo and Finn aims at Edge, for the- SPEAR FROM EDGE!! Edge SPEARS Finn again!! Finn staggers, Philly is thunderous, ANOTHER SPEAR!!

Edge tells Beth to get a chair and she gets Edge a chair. Beth puts the chair in the ring, Edge breaks the crossbar off, and we know where this is going! Finn flounders but Edge clamps on a GLASGOW GRIN! But Rhea CLOBBERS Beth! Priest gives Edge a SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! Rhea reveals she used brass knuckles for that knockout blow! Priest & Dom set Edge in the drop zone and Finn goes up, COUP DE GRACE! Finn resets, Priest & Dom hold Edge open, COUP DE GRACE!! Finn goes up yet again, a THIRD COUP DE GRACE!!! Fans boo and Finn sits Edge up! Finn tells Edge, “This is your last chance, Edge. Say it! You say it!”

Edge looks at his unconscious wife, but he says, “GO TO HELL!” So Rhea drags Beth up! Beth is dead weight, and Priest DECKS Edge! Rhea brings out a couple chairs! Finn says this is his final chance! Say it or else! Rhea sets Beth up, Finn promises they’re not playing games! Rhea has the other chair and she takes aim…! EDGE SAYS “I QUIT!!”

Winner: Finn Balor

Edge doesn’t want Beth to suffer the Con-Chair-To, but Rhea still CON-CHAIR-TOS BETH!!!! Edge gave Finn the win and the Judgement Day still attacked Edge’s wife!! Fans boo and referees rush out to check Beth. It was one thing when it was about Edge, but have Judgement Day crossed the line?

 

The Miz finds HHH’s office.

But before he can knock on the door, Gritty taps him on the shoulder. Gritty offers the shirt one more time, but Miz fires off body shots on him! Miz stomps down Gritty, and he tells Gritty to stay out of Miz’s business! But then DEXTER LUMIS is right behind Miz! Miz tries to run but he gets caught in THE SILENCE!!! Night-night, Miz. Lumis then helps Gritty up to his feet! Fans cheer and Gritty nods his thanks. And then he KICKS Miz in the gut! Happy Birthday, Mike.

 

Fight Pit, w/ Special Guest Referee, Daniel Cormier: Matt Riddle VS Seth Rollins!

A match the Original Bro helped establish in NXT now comes to the main roster! Riddle and Rollins both want to end this in the most definitive way possible, and the WWE even enlisted the MMA experience of the former UFC Double Champion for this one! When the only ways to win are submission and knockout, what will it take for this all to come to an end?

Rollins makes his entrance, wearing RVD-esque airbrushed ring gear! Guess Seth FN Rollins is the Whole FN Show. But the pit lowers and fans fire up, because IT’S TIIIIME! Cormier double checks with them on the rules, then the bell rings. Riddle and Rollins circle, Riddle gives Rollins some testing kicks. Rollins stays up but Riddle gets him with a body shot. Riddle and Rollins approach, Riddle fires off some more shots. Rollins stays up but gets kicked into the steel. Rollins tries shooting in for the legs but Riddle fights him off. Riddle eggs Rollins on, and Rollins tries hands. Riddle KCISK, BOOTS, and SPINEBUSTERS!

Riddle rains down forearms and hammering fists but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins gets up but into more KICKS from Riddle! Riddle uses the cage for a FLYING ROUNDHOUSE! Direct hit but also a rough landing for Riddle. Riddle gets up to rain down fists on Rollins! Rollins covers up, Cormier steps in but Riddle ends up elbowing him away! Cormier drags Riddle off and says this is Riddle VS Rollins. Riddle apologizes, but Rollins CLOBBERS Riddle! Rollins stomps and throws down knee! Cormier checks on Riddle, he’s okay, and then he gets Rollins’ arm! Rollins deadlifts, Riddle slips out of the bomb, but Rollins standing switches.

Rollins GERMAN SUPLEXE, but Riddle lands on his feet! FLYING TRIANGLE! Rollins endures, and he CLAWS at Riddle’s face! Rollins drags Riddle up to RAM him into the steel! Cormier checks Riddle but Rollins pushes him aside to drive in his knees! Rollins digs his boots in but now Cormier gets in Rollins’ face. Do NOT touch the ref, got it? Rollins cools off and he storms up on Riddle. But Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS! Rollins throat chops, then RAMS Riddle into steel! Rollins rains down fists on Riddle, lets off to catch his breath, and then he drags Riddle up. Rollins digs Riddle’s face into the steel like a cheese grater!

Rollins dribbles Riddle’s face off steel, then hits a ROLLING ELBOW! And then the turn, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Riddle is down and Rollins wants the standing count. Cormier starts it, and Riddle has until ten like a Last Man Standing. Riddle sits up at 7 and stands at 8, only for Rollins to suplex! Riddle slips out but Rollins elbows him and SUPERKICKS! Riddle drops to a knee, Rollins SUPERKICKS Riddle down! Cormier checks, the count begins again, and Rollins paces. Riddle stirs, sits up at 7 again but Rollins CLUBS him down! Rollins hammers away on Riddle, then lets off in frustration.

“You’re a loser, Riddle! You’re a loser! You’re always gonna be a loser!” But Riddle CHOPS Rollins! Riddle clinches, Rollins fights with elbows and he RAMS Riddle into steel! Rollins suplexes Riddle into the steel! Rollins then decides to climb the cage! There’s no escape rule, but “Seth! Freakin! Rollins!” hits a FROG SPLASH from the top of the cage! Riddle writhes and the standing count begins again. Riddle clutches an arm but he manages to sit up at 7. Cormier makes sure Rollins knows the count, too, but Riddle is up. Rollins unleashes Kawada Kicks! Fans are torn between boos and “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins looms over Riddle.

Rollins says Riddle is a loser! Riddle knows it, the fans know it, and Riddle’s family knows it! Rollins says he’s the King of the Fight Pit! Rollins clamps on the PERUVIAN NECKTIE! But Riddle rolls around, and back drops! Rollins lands on his feet, but Riddle hits an RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! Both men are down and fans fire up! A standing count starts on them both, and they’re both still down at 5 of 10! They stir at 7, sit up at 8, and Rollins throws a foreman! Riddle throws a CHOP back! Rollins staggers, but he throws another BIG forearm! Riddle staggers, but he comes back with a KICK!

Rollins throws a haymaker! But Riddle responds with palm strikes from all sides! Riddle BOOTS, but Rollins blocks the knee! Riddle blocks the rolling elbow but Rollins blocks the RKO! CURB STOMP!! Fans fire up and Rollins wants the count! Cormier checks Riddle first, in case of an instant knockout. Riddle is somehow still in this so the standing count starts. Riddle stirs at 5, pushes himself up at 7, but Rollins is climbing again! FLYING- NO, Riddle dodges the stomp to Electric Chair Lift! Rollins grabs the cage and climbs up! Rollins goes to the upper deck, and he dares Riddle to come after him. Fans sing and Rollins struts.

Riddle decides to go up after Rollins! Rollins drags Riddle up by his hair, throws some hands, and they both hold onto one of the chains that lifts the cage. Rollins BITES Riddle’s hand, but Riddle gets a SLEEPER! Riddle wraps around Rollins and the chain with the REAR  NAKED CHOKE! Rollins fights, he YANKS Riddle into the chain again and again, then he RAMS Riddle into the steel wall! Rollins dribbles Riddle off the chain link fencing until he’s out of breath! But then Riddle stands up and leans against the corner. Rollins storms over, but into a TRIANGLE! But Rollins turns that into a BUCKLE BOMB into the steel!

Rollins winces and they both sit on that upper deck. Cormier keeps telling them to get down to the pit. Rollins says alright, he’ll bring Riddle down! Rollins whips, but Riddle uses the chain to stay up there! Rollins kicks Riddle low for a PEDIGREE!! Rollins wants a count! It won’t count up there! Rollins tells Cormier he’ll choke Cormier out if the count doesn’t start! But the rules say the finish has to happen in the pit! Rollins snarls, he aims at Riddle, CURB- NO, Riddle avoids the stomp, RKO!! Rollins slumps and falls into the pit! Cormier checks Rollins and he’s somehow still conscious. A standing count starts for Rollins while Riddle stands up.

Riddle sees Rollins down, and decides to do something extreme! SUPER BROTON!!! Riddle may have broken Rollins and himself! Philly loses its mind while Cormier checks both men! They’re both conscious so the standing count begins. They’re both down at 5 but they crawl to the opposite ends. They each drag themselves up the steel and stand at 8! Riddle runs in, FLYING TRIANGLE! Rollins deadlifts to BUCKLE BOMB! And BUCKLE BOMB! And POWERBOMB! And then a deadlift POEWRBOMB! But Riddle still has the TRIANGLE! Rollins endures, but he’s fading! ROLLINS TAPS!! RIDDLE WINS!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by submission

Who’s the King of the Fight Pit? Not Rollins! The Visionary tried to shut the Bro down, but Riddle shut Rollins up! Will Riddle use this to get back up towards some gold?

Wait! The lights go out!! What’s going on!? The fans already have “the fireflies” out as someone sings, “He’s got the whole world… In his hands… He’s got the whole wide world… In his hands…” NO WAY! The White Rabbit teases have been going on for some time now, but were they really about him?! And with a spotlight, we see a real-life Huskus the Pig Boy! And then a real-life Mercy the Buzzard! And then a real-life Ramblin’ Rabbit! And even Abby the Witch! Then on the commentary desk, a burnt mask of The Fiend!! Then there’s someone with a Fiend mask in the front row!! Philly is fired up as we see a door on stage!

Then there’s something on the tron. The Fun House?! It’s all abandoned and covered in cobwebs… But then a TV starts playing the theme song. Then there’s static and snow. “Hello. Who killed the world? Who killed the world? YOU DID. YOU DID. HAHAHAHAHAHA!” And then the TV stops playing. There’s a light behind the door now. It flies open! And then the light goes out! But from the shadows, is a LANTERN! The one holding the lantern walks out on stage, and Philly is losing its mind! The man behind the mask… IS BRAY WYATT!! “I’m here.” He blows out the lantern, and a symbol of a wasp-rabbit thing flying upside-down appears! Is this a new era for the Eater of Worlds?!


My Thoughts:

What an awesome night, and perhaps the best Extreme Rules in years because there wasn’t just one special match but an entire card of them! And obviously, the big news to come out of this is the return of Bray Wyatt in the most theatrical and fitting way I’ve seen for anyone in WWE. It’s wild that, a year or so after I and other fans wanted to see people embody the Firefly Fun House cast, we get it here. It may be a one-off thing but that was still great to see. And everything about this tells me this is some sort of Ultimate Bray, where he’s an amalgam of all his previous iterations. Plus, him not attacking anyone is a great way to keep us guessing. There have been teases all over during this White Rabbit campaign, Bray could have a HUGE impact on something for Raw’s “season premiere.”

Speaking of one of the many people I certainly expected Bray to target, we got an awesome Strap Match out of McIntyre VS Kross, but with a bit of a bummer finish. I know Scarlett didn’t get her fireballs right but did she need to pepper spray McIntyre? I suppose if she’s gonna attack McIntyre, the only believable thing would be to use an item like that, but it’s still a shame. At the same time, McIntyre will probably want a rematch, they can take this feud to Crown Jewel or beyond, and McIntyre can come out all the stronger for it as we head into the Royal Rumble and the Road to WrestleMania.

The other person I thought he was after was Seth Rollins, given that “Rollins almost murders Bray” finish from Hell in a Cell a few years ago. Now, the Fight Pit was an awesome match, and we got great interactions from Riddle, Rollins and Cormier about how he’s to be respected as the ref. Great use of the upper deck, namely that Super Broton spot. Riddle winning made sense since Rollins won at Clash at the Castle and had otherwise gotten the better of Riddle in their other interactions. It’s still a bit odd Rollins is getting the US Championship match this Monday, but Lashley named him so that’s just how it is. It’d be really interesting if Bray kept Rollins from winning the title…

Moving away from Bray, we got a great opener in the Six Man Donnybrook. Sheamus may not be Intercontinental Champion, but he and the Brutes winning here made sense. We might see Sheamus & The Brutes getting new chances at titles, and it’s not like Sheamus VS Gunther Round 3 would ever be a bad idea. I loved what we got out of The Miz and Lumis tonight. Miz gets heat real easy being mean to Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, but of course Gritty and Lumis get payback on Miz. It’s super obvious Lumis is going to show up again to mess with Miz’s birthday celebration, I just wonder if Miz & Maryse will have a trap set for him because of how obvious that is.

The I Quit match was also great stuff, they really explored the arena, but of course Judgement Day gets involved. I’m surprised they waited as long as they did, but I respect they played it to where the faction only acted if Finn was going to lose. Rey and Beth getting involved was also fitting, and I just knew this would go down like Roman VS Jey. Beth was the emotional vulnerability, Judgement Day used it, but I did not think Rhea would still Con-Chair-To Bet like that. With Survivor Series now part WarGames, you can bet we get Judgement Day VS Rey, Styles & Edge. Sure, there’s a possibility of a Mixed Tag, Edge & Beth VS Dom & Rhea, but after seeing that interaction, I feel like Beth and Rhea should get their own 1v1 match so that they can both shine.

And speaking of the Women’s Division, great stuff out of both title matches here. Liv VS Ronda was a strong Extreme Rules match, but I call high levels of shenanigans with Ronda just shrugging off the fire extinguisher blast. Ronda’s the Baddest Woman on the Planet, not She-Hulk, she needs to accept that getting hit with that stuff would affect her like it would anyone else. But in the end, we all knew Ronda would win, because there’s no way she’d lose three times to someone, let alone three times in a row. But they also did good to protect Liv by having her pass out, not tap out, and Liv even got good character work in smiling as she went out. I don’t know about Crown Jewel, but we could see these two go again at Survivor Series.

And that was a great ladder match from Bayley and Bianca. A little surprised they had Kai & Sky stay backstage as long as they did, similarly to Judgement Day, but I suppose it wouldn’t be as good if it was 3v1 the entire time. And in the end, DMG CTRL didn’t make a difference and Bianca comes out on top. That is actually quite the surprise, but maybe we move to see the faction do as Bayley said in falling back to Dakota and/or Iyo going after the Raw Women’s Championship now. Bayley made it clear, this isn’t about her becoming champion, just that Bianca needs to be dethroned. The Raw “season premiere” will give us more, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a big contenders match that DMG CTRL rigs to make sure one of their members wins.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Windy City Riot Results & Report! (4/12/24)

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NJPW starts a riot!

As NJPW lands in Chicago, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Testuya Naito, defends the title against Jon Moxley! Is The Maniac going to become the face of NJPW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Strong Survivor: Matt Vandagriff VS Zane Jay; Vandagriff wins.
  • Kickoff Show – Mina Shirakawa & Viva Van VS Alex Windsor & Trish Adora; Windsor & Adora win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita; Narita wins.
  • NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM; Vaquer wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff; TMDK wins and become the new NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Shota Umino VS Jack Perry; Shota wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi; Ali wins.
  • Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd; Team Kidd wins.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins and becomes the new NJPW World Television Champion.
  • Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii; Nemeth wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

Finally, months after the betrayal, The King of Pancrase gets his chance at teaching #SouledOut Narita a lesson! Will Meanest Man in the World show no mercy? Or will the House of Torture find a way to stack the deck even now?

The Windy City knows “KAZE NI NARE~!” and then Suzuki CLOBBERS Narita! The bell rings, Narita bails out and the fans fire up as Suzuki goes after him! Suzuki stomps Narita, whips him into railing, then storms up to stomp Narita down! The fans fire up for “SU-ZU-KI!” as he whips Narita hard into more railing! Suzuki stomps Narita more, then CHOKES Narita with camera cables! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Suzuki lets go. The fans cheer the “MURDER GRAMPA!” as he gets a chair! Suzuki then stomps Narita, drags him up and puts his arm through railing! The ref reprimands as Suzuki pulls on the arm!

Suzuki lets off, the fans fire up more, and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki brings Narita along, SMACKS him off the apron, and the ref finally starts a ring count. Suzuki kicks away on Narita then shoves him into the ring. The fans cheer and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki whips but Narita flops and flounders out of the ring. The fans boo but Suzuki is amused. Suzuki taunts Narita, but Narita trips Suzuki and whips him into railing! The fans boo as Narita goes into the ring, builds speed, and as Suzuki gets on the apron, Narita BOOTS him back down! Narita stomps Suzuki against railing while the ring count starts.

Narita fires forearms, Suzuki eggs him on, so Narita claws the eyes! Suzuki gets in the ring, Narita storms in to stomp away at the ropes! The fans boo as Narita kicks Suzuki back out, then whips him hard into railing! Suzuki sputters, Narita brings Suzuki around to whip into more railing! Suzuki grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH Narita! The fans fire up but Narita kicks Suzuki, only to slip in the water! Narita puts Suzuki in the ring, stands on him for a cocky cover, TWO! The fans boo but Narita soaks up the heat. Suzuki rises, Narita fires a forearm then runs to BOOT! Suzuki staggers, Narita whips, but Suzuki reverses!

Suzuki runs in to BOOT Narita at the corner! The fans fire up as Suzuki fires forearm after forearm! The fans count and Suzuki goes past ten, and even tells the ref to back off! Narita sits down in the corner but Suzuki fires off more forearms! Suzuki tops it off at TWENTY! The fans fire up, Suzuki drags Narita to his feet, then snapmares Narita to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Suzuki keeps on Narita with a SLEEPER! Narita fights up, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Suzuki switches to put the SLEEPER back on Narita! The fans fire up as Narita flails, but Suzuki drops back into body scissors! Narita is caught and the fans fire up!

Narita flails, reaches out, but Suzuki rolls him away from ropes! Narita is fading, the ref checks. The arm drops once! The arm drops twice! Narita comes back at the third and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts as Suzuki thrashes around! The ref pries at the hold, but Suzuki holds on! The ref counts again, Suzuki lets go at 4, and Suzuki gets in the ref’s face! Narita breathes again, rises up, and then runs up to KNEE STOMP! The fans boo as Narita goes to get a chair! The ref stops Narita, but Narita wedges the chair into the corner. But Suzuki kicks Narita first! Suzuki whips, follows, then shoots around to the SLEEPER!

Narita wrenches out! Narita whips, Suzuki stops himself, and then Suzuki BOOTS Narita down! The fans fire up as now Suzuki has the chair! The ref says no, the fans boo, and Narita has his push-up bar! Suzuki shoves the ref aside, PUSH-UP BAR SHOT!! Then the DOUBLE CROSSER! Cover, Narita wins!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

The fans boo because of course the Souled Out son of a gun had to cheat to win, but it’s surprising that he did it all on his own! Suzuki is pissed, he runs back up but the Young Lions keep him away! So the Young Lions are sent into railing for it! Will anyone ever humble Narita’s inflated ego?

 

NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM!

Having dethroned Giulia in the background of Stardom’s Cinderella Tournament, La Primera feels unstoppable! But will she be able to keep up with the Highspeed Superstar? Or will Stephanie show she’s a real speed demon herself?

The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly a Strong Star!

The bell rings and the fans rally up already as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Vaquer uses her height for leverage. AZM digs her heels in to push back, and the fans rally up more. Vaquer gets around to waistlock, sit-down, roll and JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO, and the fans cheer as the two reset. AZM runs up to kick low, whip, but Vaquer reverses. Vaquer hurdles but AZM comes right back to shove, follow and run up again. Vaquer pops AZM up but AZM slips free to then duck ‘n’ dodge and trip Vaquer up! Then PENALTY KICK! SLIDING KICK! Kip up! The fans fire up with AZM and she gets them even hotter!

AZM gets Vaquer up but Vaquer JAWBREAKERS! AZM blocks a kick, gives a kick, then runs to sunset flip! Vaquer stays up, scuffs AZM and then runs to drop the leg, brother! The fans fire up and Vaquer clamps on a chinlock. Vaquer squeezes tight but AZM endures. The fans rally, AZM fights around, reaches out, but Vaquer drags her by her hair! The fans boo but Vaquer wraps on a headscissors, and she turns AZM over to RAM her into the mat again and again and again! The fans cheer as Vaquer lets off to cover, TWO! AZM stays in this but Vaquer stays calm. Vaquer looms over AZM, then springboard KNEE DROPS!

Vaquer digs her heel into AZM’s head, but the ref counts. Vaquer lets off, drags AZM up and the fans rally up. Vaquer bumps AZM off buckles, sits her down, then goes up to stand on AZM’s face! The ref counts, Vaquer steps off, and she drags AZM up. AZM fires a forearm but then falls over. Vaquer stands AZM up to HEADBUTT her down! AZM drags herself up to fire another forearm! Vaquer HEADBUTTS again! AZM forearms again and again and again! The fans fire up, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS again and again and again! Vaquer runs, AZM gets around and spins her, snap suplex! The fans fire up while both women are down!

AZM stands, whips Vaquer to a corner, but Vaquer stops herself to CLUB AZM! Vaquer whips, runs up, but into a BOOT! AZM fires up, but Vaquer puts AZM’s leg in the ropes! Vaquer has the other leg, to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! AZM writhes, flops out of the ring, but Vaquer goes to the apron. Vaquer watches like a hawk, but AZM avoids the kick! AZM trips Vaquer to ROUNDHOUSE Vaquer down! Vaquer slumps to the floor, AZM goes up and up and SUPER DIVING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous as AZM stands tall! AZM drags Vaquer up, puts her in, and then goes back up the corner!

AZM aims and the fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Vaquer reaches out, so AZM traps that arm and pulls the other arm! Vaquer endures as AZM has a mounted armlock! Then AZM YANKS the arm into an ARMBAR! Vaquer clasps hands to fight the hold, then kicks around, ROPEBREAK! AZM lets go and fans rally as she brings Vaquer around. AZM KICKS Vaquer in the side, then drags her into a drop zone! AZM steps on Vaquer before she climbs back up. The fans fire up for the DIVING- NO, Vaquer avoids the stomps to DROPKICK!

But AZM’s right back up! She ROUNDHOUSES Vaquer, then runs, but Vaquer reels her in, BIG back suplex! Both women are down again and the fans are thunderous! The two women slowly sit up and the fans rally again. AZM fires a forearm first, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS! AZM fires another forearm, so Vaquer HEADBUTTS! Forearm, HEADBUTT, then AZM fires a flurry! Vaquer SLAPS AZM! The fans fire up as Vaquer then blocks a slap into an ARMBAR! AZM stacks it, TWO! CROSSFACE!! Vaquer pulls way back on AZM, AZM is fading, reaches out, but Vaquer rolls her from ropes!

AZM kicks around still, ROPEBREAK behind Vaquer’s back! The fans fire up as Vaquer lets go in frustration. Vaquer drags AZM up, ducks the haymaker, then spins her to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this and the fans fire up! Vaquer goes to a corner, climbs up, but AZM rises! AZM ROCKS Vaquer, but then Vaquer HEADBUTTS back! AZM ROUNDHOUSES back, goes up after Vaquer, and the fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! AZM positions Vaquer just right, hurries back up top, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Vaquer survives and neither Chicago nor AZM can believe it!

AZM drags Vaquer up, “This is Awesome!” as she reels Vaquer in. Vaquer wrenches out, EAT DA FEET! Vaquer runs, AZM follows and tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! Then the step over, AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Vaquer escapes the cradle, and AZM hurries to a corner. AZM runs in, but is sent into buckles! HEADBUTT HEADBUTT HEADBUTT!! Vaquer sits AZM down, runs corner to corner, METEORA! Vaquer drags AZM up and tucks her in, but AZM pops free! AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a SUPERKICK! Vaquer runs, but AZM follows again! Tilt-o-whirl but no Mystica! PACKAGE BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Vaquer wins!

Winner: Stephanie Vaquer, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)

AZM’s speed was there, but so was Vaquer’s strength! Vaquer keeps her THREE belts, from NJPW Strong to CMLL, but will she be able to hold onto all of them through the Summer?

Well hold on, speaking of, here comes Alex Windsor! She gets a mic to say, “Now I understand that you maybe don’t know who I am, so allow me to formally introduce myself. I am at the top of the UK Women’s Scene. I have conquered Europe, I have overcome Japan. Every single country, every single company I have been to, I have made my presence known. And trust me when I say, it doesn’t stop here. So uh, if you’re up for it, May 11th, Resurgence, you put your NJPW Strong Women’s Championship on the line against Alex Windsor!” The fans are torn on this, but Alex bloody dares Vaquer!

Vaquer looks Alex up and down, takes the mic, and says, “You’re on.” Will Vaquer be able to break the Iron Willed Windsor? Or will Alex prove she’s just as NJPW Strong, if not stronger?

 

NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff!

The Guerrillas of Destiny have passed on the torch, but there’s a chance the fire could be blown out in the Windy City! Can The Headbanga & Young Guerilla make it through Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson, Tom Lawlor AND Fred Rosser all at once? Or are we guaranteed NEW Strong Tag Team Champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who defies the odds to win the gold!

Tensions are already running high given the beef between WCWC and their former leader, Lawlor. In this Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time, and ELP steps up to start against Hysterical Haste. The fans rally up with the bell as the two circle. They tie up, Shane headlocks, but ELP powers up and out. Shane runs ELP over, drags him back up, and runs, but ELP drops, hurdles, and drops again. ELP DROPKICKS Shane down then handsprings up! The fans cheer but Shane KICKS ELP, whips him to the corner, only for ELP to ROCK Mikey! Shane DROPKICKS ELP down! Tag to Mikey and TMDK double whip.

TMDK DOUBLE ELBOW ELP then SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, ONE, and Mikey whips ELP. Leo tags in, ELP gets around Mikey and sends him into the UPPERCUT! ELP BLASTS Shane, Leo sends Mikey to the corner to SPLASH! ELP back elbows, then feeds Mikey to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP is up, for the FALLING ELBOW! Then the high five! The fans fire up as Leo aims, but then Rosser tags in! Rosser eggs Mikey on, they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! Rosser runs but Mikey ELBOWS him! Mikey runs, Rosser dodges and ROLLING ELBOWS! Tag to Lawler, the fans fire up, and NFDO RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP TACKLE COMBO!

Rosser BLASTS WCWC, drops a leg on Mikey, then scoops Lawlor to SLAM him on Mikey! Rosser BLASTS Shane, too, but Royce sneaks a tag. The fans fire up as Lawlor and Royce stare down. The two circle, but then ELP tags in off Lawlor! No filthy showdown yet, but then Royce SHOVES ELP into Lawlor, then GERMAN SUPLEXES ELP! The fans boo as WCWC BLAST Leo! Royce RAMS ELP into the corner, stomps a mudhole in, then tags in Jorel. Jorel stands ELP up to CHOP, then CHOPS again! The fans rally up as Jorel winds up, but then he pokes ELP in the eyes! The fans boo but Jorel says he’s smarter than that.

Jorel RAMS ELP into the corner, tags Royce, and then WCWC wrench and DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! ELP hobbles, Jorel sweeps the legs, and Royce deadlift suplexes! Royce holds ELP up, kicks Shane away, but then Lawlor reaches out to tag in! Royce SLAMS ELP down, but he has to exit now. Lawlor drags ELP up, and clamps on a GUILLOTINE! ELP endures, fights his way up, reaches out, but Lawlor redirects him. Rosser tags in and CLUBS ELP. NFDO double whip to ELBOW ELP down, then Lawlor hooks Rosser up, HALF NELSON FACEBUSTER SPLASH onto ELP! Cover, TWO! Rosser stares down WCWC then gets ELP up.

Rosser kicks and KNEES ELP, then HEADBUTTS! Rosser HIP ATTACKS ELP, runs, but Royce tags in! Royce then knees Rosser low and TOSSES him! Tag to Jorel, WCWC BLASTS everyone else! Then WCWC double wrench and double- NO, ELP slips free of the suplex! ELP go esup and over, slips under, but Royce gets a leg! ELP ENZIGIRIS but then Jorel gets a leg! ELP BOOTS Jorel into Royce! Hot tag to Leo! The fans fire up as Leo UPPERCUTS Jorel! Royce ducks ‘n’ dodges but Leo still BOOTS him! Leo scoops Jorel for SNAKE EYES, and the BOOT! Leo choke grips Royce, but Jorel gets up! So Leo gets him, too!

The fans fire up but WCWC break the guzels to throw hands! WCWC double whip, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT back! The fans fire up but TMDK attack! They double whip but Leo breaks those lines, only for TMDK to get under! BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER COMBO! NFDO fire off on TMDK! The fans fire up as NFDO double whip, but Shane JUMP KICKS Rosser and Mikey ELBOWS Lawlor! TMDK pinball Lawlor, get him up, but Lawlor slips free! Lawlor shoves Mikey into Shane, then he and Rosser clamp on, SLEEPER HOLD and CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! The fans fire up as TMDK endure!

Mikey holds Shane’s hand, but then Leo DOUBLE LARIATS all four men!! The fans are thunderous as Leo gets NFDO, DOUBLE GODSENDS!! Leo SPLASHES Jorel, scoops him, and POWERSLAMS! The fans are thunderous as Leo tags ELP in! ELP and Leo coordinate, tune up, and Jorel stands. But Royce trips ELP! Leo still grabs Jorel, but Jorel STUNNERS! Royce LARIATS Leo up and out! Jorel KNEES ELP, Royce UPPERCUTS, feed to the POP UP POWERBOMB! And then CATAPULT into the fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Lawlor breaks it! The fans are thunderous again and Royce is furious!

“This is Awesome!” as WCWC CLOBBER Lawlor! But Rosser gets in to stand Lawlor up. The four stare down, and the filthy brawl is on! The fans fire up as the forearms fly back and forth! NFDO DECK WCWC, then they DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW on Jorel! NFDO aim at Royce, DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW but Royce ducks! The elbows clash, Royce BOOTS Rosser! Lawlor sweeps the leg then KNEES Royce down! But Jorel SHOTGUNS Lawlor! But he turns around into SUDDEN DEATH! And then EKP DIVES onto the others before GODSEND!! ELP is back on the apron, he climbs up Leo, but Shane sneaks a tag!

SUPER THUNDERKISS, but Shane TOSSES ELP out! Mikey gets Leo, Shane LAST SUPPER on Jorel! TMDK WINS!!

Winners: TMDK, by pinfall (NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they don’t let an opportunity get past them! Shane & Mikey have gold, will Zack Sabre Jr. join them later tonight?

Meanwhile, WCWC are pissed! They CLOBBER NFDO for it! Royce POSTS Rosser, then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES to the floor! Jorel beats down on Lawlor, then shouts in his face, “WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?” WCWC gets Lawlor up, reel him in, PILEDRIVER!! MACHO ELBOW!! Team Filthy is truly no more, and then Jorel brings out SCISSORS!! The fans boo as Royce sits Lawlor up! Jorel grabs a handful of hair, and CUTS it away! The fans boo as Jorel & Royce disrespect their mentor as they just cut random pieces away! Jorel shouts, “It didn’t have to be this way!”

The fans tell Royce he’s sick as he EATS Lawlor’s hair! Rosser manages to rise to his feet, but he’s in no shape to fight! WCWC knows that, and Jorel MAKES Rosser eat hair!! The fans are disgusted, but the WCWC leaves. Will they prove they’re truly the filthiest of them all?

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

The Roughneck and his mentor, Jon Moxley, got the win over the Scapegoat and Ren Narita just a few days ago at NJPW Sakura Genesis. But now this is a more personal showdown as Shota wants to finally shut Jack up once and for all. Will there be a Paradigm Shift here in Chicago? Or will Perry prove Shota doesn’t know Jack?

As Jack makes his entrance, he has guards in riot gear. The fans are chanting “C M PUNK!” at him, but he came prepared! He has the flag of Chicago draped on his shoulders, then holds it up as he struts around. Then Jack turns around and drops the flag to reveal “CRY ME A RIVER” painted on the back of his jacket! Jack is rubbing it in everyone’s faces as he goes down to the ring, but will Shota make Jack cry?

Jack gets on a corner to soak up the heat, and Chicago sure gives him all he can handle. Though, there are some fans actually cheering “SCAPEGOAT! SCAPEGOAT!” The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Jack puts Shota on ropes. Jack lets off clean and that surprises Shota, maybe even confuses him. The two reset, tie up again, and now Shota puts Jack on ropes. The ref counts, Shota lets off with pats on the shoulder, but then Jack SLAPS Shota! Jack bails out while fans boo, and a ring count starts. Jack grabs some water to take a sip, then he SPLASHES the fans! Shota rushes out, but the water trips him up!

Jack and Shota brawl, Shota RAMS Jack into railing, then CLUBS Jack around. Shota puts Jack in, but Jack KICKS Shota down! The fans boo as Jack stomps Shota to ropes. Jack CHOPS Shota, Shota staggers away, and Jack whips, Shota reverses, scoops, DROPS and basement dropkicks! The fans fire up with Shota while Jack flounders to a corner. Shota runs up to CLUB Jack down, then stomps him around. But Jack CLAWS Shota’s face! Jack CLUBS Shota, snapmares, and basement dropkicks to the back! Cover, ONE!! Shota is tougher than that, the fans chant “You Got Choked Out!” “No He Didn’t!” in reference to the All In video.

Jack stalks Shota, stands him up, and facelocks! The GUILLOTINE is a direct shot at #BrawlIn! The fans are torn, but then Jack snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jack says okay, he drags Shota up and he whips Shota to a corner. Jack runs up to clothesline, then he stomps Shota down. The ref counts, Jack goes up the corner to soak up the heat. Jack then hops down to drag Shota up. Shota ROCKS Jack first! Jack CLUBS Shota, whips, but Shota ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Jack! The fans fire up with Shota and he storms up on Jack again. Shota whips corner to corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Not quite perfect but Shota does the Jungle Life dance! The fans sing along, Shota drags Jack up, and then clinches. Jack fights the lift, throws elbows, and he CLAWS Shota’s back! The ref reprimands, but Jack runs up, into a drop toehold! Shota slingshots to APRON DDT! The fans fire up again while Jack flops to the floor! The ring count starts, Shota takes a full lap, then returns to Jack. Shota drags Jack up at 5 of 20, puts him in at 7, and Shota goes up the corner. Fans chant for “LUCHASAURUS!” while Shota MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota then clinches to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Jack is still in this but Shota keeps his cool.

Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and hits the TRI- NO, Jack slips free! Jack waistlocks, Shota standing switches, but Jack grabs the ref and then LOW BLOWS Shota!! The fans boo as Jack gets away with that one! Jack then drags Shota out, has him on the apron, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Jack drags Shota up, puts him back in, then brings Shota around to underhook. TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up! Jack sighs, rises up and hears all the boos. Jack walks around to soak up more heat, then he scuffs Shota. Shota crawls, Jack scuffs him again, but Shota shakes his head.

Jack scuffs Shota more, pie faces him, then eggs Shota on. Shota rises up to fire a forearm! Jack puts his hair back and Shota roars! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota fires another forearm! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota staggers around, but Shota comes back to forearm! Jack sighs, then SPITS at Shota! The fans boo more and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Jack, then ROCKS him! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota ROCKS Jack, repeat! They go back and forth, the fans strongly on Shota’s side! Shota gets the edge, then UPPERCUTS! Shota eggs Jack on, pie faces him, so Jack SLAPS back! Jack CLUBS Shota, runs, but into a DROPKICK!

The fans are thunderous as both men are down! Shota pounds the mat and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and TRIDENT! Cover, TWO!! Jack survives but Shota just fires up again! Shota drags Jack into a half nelson, spin and POP UP KNEE! IGNITION! Cover, TWO!! Jack is still in this but Shota is still fired up! The fans are still with him as he aims from a corner! Jack slowly sits up, Shota kicks low and underhooks, but Jack wrenches out! Shota blocks the superkick to ROCK, ROLLING- SUPERKICK! Jack hops up, POISON-RANA! But Shota’s up to BLAZE- NO, Jack ducks!

Jack runs, into a pop-up! But Jack blocks the uppercut and spins Shota around, for an UNPRETTIER?! Shoutout to Christian Cage as Jack covers, TWO!!! Shota survives and Jack is furiously headbutting the mat! Jack drags Shota up, calls the end, and runs up, GLASSJAW!! Cover, TWO?!? Shota survives the knee shot and Jack is beside himself! The fans chant “G T S! G T S!” Jack lets his hair back down, will he listen to Chicago? Shota is in a corner, Jack aims and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Another shot at Phil Brooks! The fans are rowdy as ever as Jack flips them off, and he shoves Shota down. Jack says night-night!

Jack takes his time going up to Shota, then brings Shota up to fireman’s carry! Jack flips everyone off before the GO TO- DDT COUNTER!! The fans are electric as Shota aims from the corner! Shota says night-night to Jack! BLAZE BLADE!! Underhooks, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Shota wins!!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Scapegoat was less fighting the Roughneck and more the specter of the Second City Saint, and perhaps that cost him! Shota brings Jack down tonight, but will he still bring a Paradigm Shift to NJPW?

Wait, Jack gets to his feet and offers a handshake? He suddenly respects Shota now? Shota trusts it and shakes Jack’s hand. Jack raises Shota’s hand in victory, but still flips off Chicago. Is this itself a paradigm shift in Jack’s personality?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

Chicago’s other hometown hero is here, bringing the TNA X-Division Championship AND the DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion with him. The Beacon is shining with gold but he wants to have the Junior Heavyweight Division spotlight on him. Will he do that by defusing the Ticking Timebomb? Or will Hiromu still be the Best of the Super Juniors?

Hiromu shows off a very jacked Daryl Jr. but Ali refuses to accept that thing as alive. Ali gets on a corner for fans to cheer, but then Hiromu gets on a corner and all the fans cheer! The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they break. They circle again, the fans cheer on “TA-KA-HA-SHI!” and he bows to Chicago. Ali gets the fans fired up, but then Hiromu gets the fans really fired up! Ali and Hiromu feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ali brings Hiromu down to wrench. Hiromu slips through, puts the wristlock up and over, using Ali’s own head to break the hold.

Hiromu then wrenches Ali to a wristlock, but Ali rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Hiromu wrenches, Ali wrenches, repeat! The fans fire up as Hiromu WRINGS Ali! Ali stands, uses ropes to flip through, then wrenches to hammerlock. Ali headlocks, Hiromu powers up and out, but Ali runs Hiromu over! Things speed up, Hiromu drops down, hurdles, but Ali drops on the monkey flip for a cover, TWO! Hiromu sweeps the legs to cover, ONE as Ali goes Matrix! Hiromu rolls Ali up, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Ali gets Chicago fired up again, then he shoves Hiromu. Hiromu sputters and claims Ali hit him so hard!

The ref has Ali stay back while Hiromu shouts, “Oh my gosh!” Hiromu goes to Daryl Jr. and has him sit in the center. Daryl flops over but Hiromu says Daryl can handle this. Hiromu gets fans chanting for Daryl, but Ali is annoyed by these antics. Ali says fine, he’s gonna mess Daryl Jr. up! Ali circles with Daryl, but then Hiromu slips in! Ali sees that and the fans boo. Hiromu apologizes, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu dodges, scoops up Daryl, they duck ‘n’ dodge and then Hiromu says MEOW~! Or no, Daryl says meow! Catch! Hiromu throws Daryl at Ali, Ali catches Daryl and then Hiromu dropkicks Ali’s legs out!

The fans cheer while Ali flounders, and Hiromu picks Daryl Jr. back up. Hiromu shows Daryl to the crowd, the fans cheer, but then Ali runs up! Hiromu dodges to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS again, then follows Ali around. Hiromu CHOPS again, whips, but Ali holds ropes. Ali bails out but Hiromu pursues, and CHOPS! The fans fire up as Hiromu follows Ali, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu counter punches, says “Oh my gosh,” then chases Ali around the ring! Ali suckers Hiromu into a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ring count climbs, Ali talks trash on Hiromu, then stomps him. Ali drags Hiromu up and in at 9 of 20.

Ali shouts, “What’s my name?” The fans chant for Ali and he goes in to KNEE Hiromu in the back, then clamps on the chinlock. Hiromu kicks around, the fans duel, and Hiromu has the ROPEBREAK! Ali CLUBS Hiromu as he lets off, then whips Hiromu to a corner. Hiromu reverses, runs up, but Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots for the NECKBREAKER! Cover with a bridge, TWO! Hiromu stays in this but Ali stays on Hiromu with another chinlock. Hiromu endures the squeeze and the fans rally up. Hiromu fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Ali CLUBS him again. Ali whips Hiromu to a corner, then runs to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Ali is growing frustrated but he has the fans cheering. Ali sits Daryl up in the corner so he can watch what’s about to happen. Ali of course knows this is a stuffed animal, it doesn’t matter, but he’s still gonna mess Hiromu up. Ali kicks Hiromu around, tells him he’s crazy, but then Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ali knees low, runs, but Hiromu follows to RANA! The fans fire up while Ali flounders to ropes. Hiromu drags himself up, they end up in corners, and Ali runs in. Hiromu dodges to clothesline, snapmare and basement dropkick! Ali bails out but Hiromu goes to the apron. FLYING SHOTGUN! Ali is sent into railing!

The fans fire up with Hiromu as he stands back up. The ring count starts, Hiromu goes back to Ali but we reach 10 of 20 before Hiromu gets him up. Hiromu puts Ali into the ring, cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Ali up by his hair, then fireman’s carries. But Ali slips free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs, but Ali ducks, only to swing into a spin and suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and duel again as Hiromu rises. Hiromu stalks Ali, drags him up and fireman’s carries, but Ali fights free again. Ali shoves, runs in, and DROPKICKS in the corner! Ali keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again!

Ali goes again, but Hiromu LARIATS first! The fans fire up, Hiromu whips Ali to ropes, then scoops him, but Ali tilt-o-whirl DDTS! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives but both men are down, and the fans rally up. Ali slowly rises, makes his way to ropes and goes up a corner. Ali reaches the top but Hiromu throws body shots and elbows first! Hiromu climbs from the outside, and fans are freaking out as Hiromu aims for the floor! Ali fires body shots to send Hiromu to the apron. But Hiromu UPPERCUTS Ali! Ali backflips, and lands on his feet!! The cameraman almost got an eyeful, though! Ali hurries up to SHOVE Hiromu down!

Hiromu hits railing, and then Ali DIVES into him! The railing is sent WAY back, commentary takes a hit, and the fans are thunderous! Ali is busted open, but he still drags Hiromu up and into the ring, then goes up the corner! The fans rally, Ali aims, 450- NO, he has to roll through as Hiromu moves! Ali comes back, but Hiromu sends him hard into buckles! The fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Ali and Hiromu are both somehow okay, as is Chris Charlton on commentary. Hiromu crawls his way over to Ali, brings him back up to the top rope, and then CHOPS! Hiromu climbs, brings Ali up, but Ali resists!

Ali throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Hiromu down! Hiromu staggers to his feet, Ali stands on the top rope, but Hiromu runs up! Ali jumps to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat, takes aim, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Ali wins!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

The X-Division/Alternative Champion is triumphant here in his hometown! And best of all, Ali shows Hiromu respect by shaking his hand. Hiromu wants Ali to shake Daryl Jr’s hand, too, and so do the fans! Ali sighs, goes over to pick Daryl Jr. up, and he shakes Daryl Jr’s hand! The Windy City cheers him on, will Ali become the champion not just Chicago needs, but that the world needs?

 

Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd!

The Mad King has lost the AEW Continental Championship and the ROH World Championship, but he is still NJPW Strong! However, this War Dog vows he will take everything from the company that, in his eyes, has all but thrown away its identity. There are no rules holding these teams back, but no one even knows who recruited who! Who drew the hotter hand to take the win here in Chicago?

Well of course Gabe got his fellow War Dog, Clark Connors, as well as The Fang Revived, Kenta, and the LEADER of Bullet Club, #GoatSlayer Rebel, David Finlay! As for Eddie, he’s already bringing a trash can of goodies as he’s got The United Empire’s Jeff Cobb and TJP! The enemies of his enemies are his allies tonight, and then we add HOMICIDE! Eddie’s old friend has come around to F Kidd’s S up! Team Eddie rushes down the ramp, Bullet Club runs up to meet them, the bell rings as the brawl is on! No need for tags or count outs in this match, anyway! Homicide fires off on Kidd while TJP has Connors, Cobb has Kenta and Eddie is after Finlay!

TJP sends Connors into railing, Eddie throws Kenta over railing! Homicide and Kidd brawl, Kidd gets the edge, and Finlay helps out. TJP stomps away on Connors while digging a chair into him, and Eddie grabs the ring bell! Kidd CLUBS Eddie first, then throws hands. Homicide fires off on Finlay, Cobb UPPERCUTS Kenta! TJP brings more chairs, and one is wrapped in barbed wire! Homicide UPPERCUTS Kidd, TJP digs the wires into Connors’ head! Eddie places the bell against Connors’ head and DING! TJP kicks Finlay away, Kidd gets in the ring, and so does Homicide. Eddie joins Homicide, but then the Dogs drag Eddie out!

Homicide runs up, he CLOBBERS Kidd, then goes out to CHOKE Kidd! Finlay wraps a chinlock on Homicide, Eddie CHOPS Connors in the ring! Connors goes to a corner, Eddie fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS! But Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie with a shillelagh! The fans boo but then TJP runs up on Finlay. TJP SOBATS, runs, but Finlay dodges the boot! And he ducks the blood mist! But TJP DROPKICKS Finlay out all the same! TJP runs to WRECK Finlay with a dropkick, then Cobb brings out a TABLE! The fans fire up seeing that, and the Empire gets the table in the ring. The table is put in the corner, then TJP grabs Finlay.

TJP bends Finlay back in a chinlock stretch, then feeds him to Cobb. Cobb picks Finlay up but the War Dogs save Finlay! The fans boo but TJP and Homicide turn things around on the Dogs. Everyone falls out of the ring again, TJP throws down hands on Connors but Finlay pulls TJP’s hair. Homicide has fans move aside so he can TOSS Kidd over railing! Finlay gets in the ring with a chair while Homicide SMACKS Kidd with a trash can lid! Finlay undoes the red corner’s buckle pad, Eddie CLOBBERS Connors with the trash can! Eddie even headbutts the trash can until it’s dented! But Connors CHOP BLOCKS Eddie!

Cobb SMACKS Kenta with the buckle pad, but Finlay CLAWS Cobb’s face! TJP SMACKS Finlay with a kendo stick! The fans fire up as TJP CHOKES Finlay with the stick! Kenta CLUBS TJP, grabs the stick and SMACKS TJP with it! And SMACKS him again! Cobb CLOBBERS Connors off of Eddie! Cobb rains down fists, Eddie SMACKS Connors with the trash can! Finlay has a loose skateboard deck and SMACKS Cobb with it! Eddie crotches Connors on the railing, then CLOBBERS him! Eddie then goes out to the crowd to CLAW Connors’ face, and send him into the railing! Eddie fires hands, Kenta SMACKS away on Cobb with the kendo stick!

Cobb blocks a shot and JAMS Kenta in return! Cobb SMACKS Kenta, Connors hits Eddie back! Connors then crotches Eddie on the railing! Eddie falls over, Connors talks trash on the fans, but TJP drags Finlay around. Homicide and Kidd are brawling in the crowd! Fans count as Homicide rains down TEN fists, then takes a BITE out of Kidd’s forehead! Cobb puts Kenta in the ring, TJP drags Kenta around to trap an arm, and Eddie SMACKS Connors with a stop sign! TJP puts the skateboard on Connors’ back to ride him! Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie to rain down fists! TJP HIP DROPS Connors, then Cobb brings him up.

Homicide and Kidd are still brawling somewhere in the crowd, Cobb keeps Connors down in a corner, and TJP drop toeholds Finlay down! TJP skateboards on Finlay’s back! Finlay powers up to throw TJP off, then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Eddie grabs at Finlay but Finlay hits him back. Finlay goes out after Eddie, HEADBUTTS him, but the fans rally up. Finlay throws hands, Eddie hits back! Eddie CHOKES Finlay with camera cable! Eddie rains down fists and sits Finlay down. Cobb ROCKS Kenta, then CHUCKS the trash can! Kenta ducks, the can hits post! Eddie and Connors get in the ring, Eddie fires knees.

Eddie hits a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX and Connors writhes. Kidd TOSSES Homicide over railing! But Homicide hits Kidd with the railing! And again! And again! Finlay and Connors mug Eddie, CLAW his eyes, but TJP hurries over to CLOBBER Kidd! Kidd shoves TJP into railing, gets into the ring, but Homicide finds a ladder! The fans cheer as Homicide gets Kidd up, reels him into a corner, and CLAWS Kidd’s back! Then TORNADO- NO, Kidd powers out to LARIAT! “I’m a MAD MAN, y’know!!” The fans boo but Kidd grabs that ladder! Kidd RAMS Homicide low, then equips the ladder like Terry Funk!

Kidd CLOBBERS Cobb, CLOBBERS Eddie, and CLOBBERS TJP as he does the ladder-copter! But then Cobb returns, GERMAN SUPLEX!! The ladder dropped away just in time but Kidd still tumbles out. Connors runs up to SPEAR, but Cobb blocks it! Canadian Rack, but Connors slips free, ducks ‘n ‘dodges and SPEARS!! Down goes Cobb and the fans fire up! Connors grabs the barbed wire off his hat, wears it as a crown of thorns, and then he drags TJP up. The fans tell Connors he’s sick as he BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS! And BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS again! Connors fires up, drags TJP back up, but gets BLOOD MIST!!

The fans fire up as TJP then sits Connors in a corner, and digs that wire in! TJP scrubs Connors’ face through the wires! TJP goes side to side for the BARBED WIRE BOOT WASH! Homicide joins in, Connors is fed to an ELBOW! And then speaking of “fed,” Homicide has a FORK! Homicide DIGS the fork into Connors’ forehead!! Kenta runs in, but blocks the fork! URAKEN! Homicide sits back but TJP kicks Kenta. TJP whips, Kenta reverses and BOOTS! Kenta runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK Homicide! HYDRAULIC DROPKICK for TJP! Homicide puts TJP up top, climbs up after him, but Cobb CLUBS Kenta!

Cobb drags Kenta back but Kenta fires elbows. Kenta fireman’s carries, but Cobb’s too big! Cobb CLBUS Kenta, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta runs, into a LARIAT! TJP adjusts up top to MAMBA SPLASH, but he has to roll through as Kenta moves! Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO SLEEP!! But Cobb CROSSBODIES! Finlay returns and SMACKS Cobb with a kendo stick! And again! Finlay whips Cobb into the barbed wire chair wedged in the corner!! Cobb falls out of the ring, but Eddie blocks the kendo stick smack! LOW BLOW! Eddie fires off shots on Finlay!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie even headbutts the stick to break it!

The straps come down, and finally, Eddie and Kidd meet! They LARIAT, CHOP, CHOP and repeat! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kidd BITES Eddie’s forehead! The Mad Man spits, flips everyone off, and Kidd whips Eddie! Eddie stops himself, then clinches! EXPLODER through the table!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie rises, barbed wire in hand! Eddie wraps his hand in the barbed wire, and he aims as Kidd rises! But then the Dogs CLOBBER Eddie! The fans boo as Finlay, Connors and Kenta all beat down Eddie! They get a steel chain to gag Eddie and sit him up!

Kidd storms around as the Dogs hold Eddie open! But Homicide returns and the fans fire up! Homicide fires off shots on Kidd! Kidd denies one cutter, shoves Homicide, but Homicide returns to CUTTER after all! Eddie meanwhile breaks free to fire off hands on Kenta and Connors! Connors hits low, CLUBS away, then he and Kenta mug Eddie. The chain wraps Eddie up, but Homicide gets Kidd up. Only for Finlay to SHILLELAGH Homicide! Feed to Kidd’s HANGING GUILLOTINE, then PILEDRIVER!! The Dogs keep Eddie down while Kidd covers, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

The War Dogs worked together to tear down Eddie’s team, and Finlay says they run this! But Eddie still puts up a fight! As do TJP and Cobb! It is chaos as Eddie CHOKES Kidd and Cobb throws hands down on Finlay! Young Lions and refs rush in to stop this, but Eddie and Kidd still throw windmilling haymakers! TJP still wants after Kenta, refs pull him back, and Kidd ROCKS Eddie! TJP and Cobb stand tall as the Dogs fall back. Kidd wants to tear Eddie apart, and Eddie gets a mic! “Hey! HEY! Gabe! Get in, you effing t*at! You effing b*tch! May 11th! May 11th! California! No ropes, Last Man Standing, you effing p*ssy!”

The fans are thunderous as the challenge has been made, and Kidd even gets some last shots in on Eddie! Eddie grabs the ladder but is told to stand down! Eddie gets back on the mic to say, “I’m gonna kill that mother effer!!” The fans are loving this as Resurgence will become violence, but will the Mad Man dethrone the Mad King once and for all?

 

NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Original Bro has been taking this title on Ex-BRO-dition to Major League Wrestling, where he even fought some TMDK members in Bad Dude Tito and Kosei Fujita. But now, the original star of this title division has come back to prove The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Will ZSJ have the answer to this Riddle? Or will the Super King prove he’s mightier than The Mighty?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if “season three” gives way to a reboot!

The bell rings, 15 minutes on the clock, and the fans rally already as the two circle. They feel things out, Riddle goes for a leg but ZSJ flips him around to facelock. They go around, trade waistlocks, then break. The fans cheer as the two reset and go again. They feel things out, Riddle powers his way to a waistlock but ZSJ wrenches to an armlock. ZSJ steps over, headscissors Riddle onto his back, but Riddle moves around, and goes for the ARMBAR! ZSJ clasps hands, bridges up and rolls back, but they’re in the ropes. ZSJ still gets the KNEEBAR, but Riddle stands to pry ZSJ off! ZSJ goes for the leg again, Riddle gets away!

The fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They circle, the fans sing for “OH~ Zack Sabre Jr~!” ZSJ pops Riddle up and drops him down into the ARMBAR! Riddle holds that off so ZSJ floats to a HEEL HOOK! Riddle endures, ZSJ eggs him on, and he pushes on the hold. Riddle rolls and rolls and rolls and also gets a HEEL HOOK! They duel with heel hooks, ZSJ kicks Riddle away, and the fans cheer the newest standoff. ZSJ and Riddle reset, feel things out, and ZSJ snapmares. Riddle avoids the Penalty Kick, trips ZSJ but ZSJ kicks him away. ZSJ avoids a Penalty Kick and the fans cheer again.

ZSJ and Riddle circle, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Riddle shoots around, gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Riddle rolls back, drags ZSJ up, GUT WRENCH PLEX! The fans are torn but Riddle smiles all the same. Riddle runs to BROTON but into an ARMBAR! Riddle scrambles, ROPEBREAK, but ZSJ has the DISARMER! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off and the fans fire up with him. ZSJ kicks Riddle, kicks again, but then Riddle blocks. Riddle stands up, ZSJ avoids the sweeps and SLAPS Riddle back! Riddle CHOPS ZSJ down! The fans are torn again while Riddle scowls now. ZSJ rises, and Riddle KICKS!

Riddle eggs ZSJ on, KICKS him again, and KICKS him again! Riddle kicks ZSJ around, then stands him up to KICK! ZSJ eggs Riddle on now, blocks that kick, and SNAPS a toe! Riddle falls over, ZSJ gets the foot and bends the toes back to SNAP! Then he twists the other foot all around, and STOMPS the leg down! Riddle bails out as we pass five minutes, and the fans are all fired up! Riddle hobbles up and into the ring, ZSJ is on him and snap suplexes! ZSJ gets the foot, hooks the leg, then twists the other foot! ZSJ turns Riddle over, ties the legs up, and has the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Then ZSJ throws Riddle away!

Riddle storms up to CHOP! And forearm! ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Riddle goes to a corner, ZSJ runs in, but into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets go and ZSJ falls back. Riddle adjusts his shorts, goes up the corner, and leaps, FLYING KNEE into a HALF CRAB! ZSJ shifts to lean on that hold, STF, but Riddle has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer this technical exchange, ZSJ brings Riddle up, but Riddle gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! ZSJ is still in this but Riddle BROTONS! The fans are torn but Riddle is having fun again as he goes up top. Riddle aims for the FLOATING- NO, he has to bail out as ZSJ moves!

ZSJ runs up, TRIANGLE HOLD! And he fires off ELBOWS! ZSJ squeezes with the legs but Riddle powers up to deadlift, and POWERBOMB! ZSJ sits up, FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives, but Riddle crosses his arms to mock the fans. Riddle KICKS ZSJ, KICKS him again, and again! Riddle runs side to side to forearm SMASH! Then again, but ZSJ dodges to go up, around and TORNADO DDT! Into a GUILLOTINE!! ZSJ has the body scissors, too! ZSJ flails, endures, fights up, and he lifts ZSJ to then power through into a suplex! ZSJ slips free to SLEEPER! Riddle flails, throws ZSJ off, and ARMBAR!

ZSJ clasps hands to fight the hold, but Riddle works on breaking it. ZSJ lets it go so he can shift and have the ARMBAR! Riddle clasps hands but ZSJ pulls fingers! ZSJ has the ARMBAR, but Riddle shifts into the leg guard to fire shots! The ground ‘n’ pound favors Riddle, but then ZSJ catches him to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle deadlifts, but ZSJ slips free to ZACK DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! We pass ten minutes, time is on Riddle’s side! ZSJ goes to the corner, runs up, but Riddle catches Penalty Kick into the HALF CRAB! Riddle pulls on the leg but ZSJ flips Riddle off as he endures! ZSJ reaches out, even as Riddle pulls way back!

Riddle lets go to deadlift but ZSJ PELES the arm! Riddle still gets ZSJ for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Then Riddle goes up top, FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up! Riddle is stunned, that move almost never fails! Riddle has fans chanting “BRO! BRO! BRO!” for him as he aims, and KICKS! KICKS! And SLAPS, to then KICK! KICK! And CHOP! Three minute warning, Riddle just toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ kicks, KICKS, blocks, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Riddle wobbles ZSJ grabs a leg, but Riddle JUMP KNEES! Riddle hurries to haul ZSJ up, ripcord and FINAL FLASH!

But Riddle’s not done with ZSJ, he gets the gut wrench and tuck, BRO- VICTORY ROLL! And EURO CLUTCH!! TWO?!? Riddle escapes, but ZSJ KICKS! Then he runs up, into a FLASH KNEE!! Two minute warning, Riddle runs, but ZSJ catches him in to a ghost pin! ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (NEW NJPW World Television Champion)

ZSJ goes from the first-ever champion to the first-ever TWO-TIME NJPW World TV Champion! Riddle is mad with himself and storms off. Is Riddle going to find a way to some other title opportunity in NJPW? Or will he come back for another try?

As for ZSJ, he gets the mic to say, “Alright, Chicago, what’s up, mates? Are we having a lovely time or what? Are you having a lovely time?” Chicago sure is! ZSJ says his year hasn’t gone well. He wanted the world title, but he had to get his baby back! Did she miss him? Also, he needs industrial cleaner, he doesn’t trust the last champion. But it’s been a minute, so this is usually where ZSJ goes talking about challengers, but he won’t bother, he’s tired, it’s straight to the pub. But he will defend this title in the US very, very soon. Cheerio, everyone, buh-bye. Wait! Someone is not letting ZSJ get away that easily, because here comes Cobb!

The fans cheer as The Imperial Unit makes his way back out here, and he steps in to the ring with ZSJ. Cobb looks at the title he’s come close to taking on multiple occasions, and ZSJ sets it down at his feet. ZSJ says not today, though, he’s tired. Cobb and ZSJ shake hands to agree on it, so when and where will we get this sequel? Wait, ZSJ tries to scoop Cobb! Cobb says nope and he scoops ZSJ! ZSJ slips away, bails out, and gets the mic back. “Hawaiian Jeffery, please may I have my championship back? And I promise, I’ll give you a championship match, just not today, I’m tired.” ZSJ also compliment’s Cobb hair.

Cobb hands the belt over, ZSJ thanks him and heads out. ZSJ is back on top of the NJPW World TV Division, but will he end up the first man to lose this title twice?

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Showoff is basically showing off now, saying he isn’t going to defend his IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion until he faces Hiroshi Tanahashi. Is he really looking past the Stone Pitbull like that? Or will Ishii not give Nemeth a choice on who has next?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Nemeth uses his height for leverage but Ishii gets around to waistlock. Nemeth switches and hooks Ishii up in the COBRA TWIST, but Ishii slips right out to waistlock. Nemeth switches, tries for the Cobra Twist but Ishii slips around again. Ishii lifts, Nemeth hooks a leg to fight it, and he switches to wrangle Ishii to a cover. TWO, they end up in ropes, and the ref has them both separate. The fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Nemeth uses his height as leverage to put Ishii on ropes.

The ref counts, Nemeth lets off, but Ishii CHOPS! Nemeth CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Nemeth CHOPS again! The CHOPS go back and forth as fans “WOO~,” but then Nemeth throws a forearm! Ishii fires a forearm in return, they go back and forth and Nemeth gets the edge. The fans fire up but then Ishii ROCKS Nemeth again and again. Ishii runs, RAMS Nemeth, but Nemeth stays up. The fans fire up as Nemeth ROCKS Ishii, runs and RAMS him! Ishii rebounds to CLOBBER Nemeth! The fans fire up more while Nemeth flounders. Nemeth slowly rises, Ishii brings him up and bumps him off buckles.

Ishii CHOPS Nemeth and Nemeth falls over. Ishii eggs Nemeth on, Nemeth stands, and the fans rally. Nemeth fires forearms, but Ishii CHOPS him down! The fans rally behind Ishii as he looms over Nemeth. Ishii drags Nemeth up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ishii kicks Nemeth around while egging him on. Ishii slaps Nemeth around, the fans rally, and Nemeth fires body shots! Nemeth kicks, DROPKICKS, and Ishii falls! The fans fire up while both men go to corners. Ishii stands, Nemeth runs in, STINGER SPLASH! And then NECKBREAKER! Nemeth drops ELBOW after ELBOW, then winds up for the JUMPING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!

Nemeth is a little annoyed but Ishii is tougher than that. Nemeth reels Ishii in, but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii powers up and back drops Nemeth away! The fans fire up while Nemeth staggers to his feet. Nemeth fires hands but Ishii just scowls. Nemeth looks around as the fans say he messed up, but he still throws hands! Ishii doesn’t budge, then he just DECKS Nemeth with one shot! The fans fire up while Nemeth flounders to a corner. Ishii storms up, brings Nemeth up to the top rope, and climbs. Ishii brings Nemeth up to the very top, for the STALLING SUPERPLEX! The fans are all fired up while both men are down!

Ishii rises, looms over Nemeth, then drags him up. Ishii reels Nemeth in, but Nemeth fights the lift now! Nemeth wrenches, and jumps on, SLEEPER! Ishii has Nemeth as a backpack, but he shifts around to put the SLEEPER on Nemeth! Nemeth flails, gets around, OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Nemeth rises while the fans rally. Nemeth runs up, but Ishii denies the satellite DDT with a throw! Ishii runs up but Nemeth UPPERCUTS! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth SWATS the lariat to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and the fans fire up while Nemeth is a bit surprised.

The fans rally as Nemeth watches Ishii rise. Nemeth kicks low, runs, FAM- NO, Ishii turns the leg drop into a POWERBOMB! The fans fire up again and Ishii headbutts the buckles to fire himself up! Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks to HEADBUTT! And FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Nemeth is beside himself, but rises as the fans rally again. Nemeth goes to a corner, Ishii staggers to his feet, and Ishii runs in! Nemeth BOOTS Ishii, runs up, and LARIATS! Ishii just roars! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth but now Nemeth roars! The fans fire up with Nemeth, but then Ishii LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!!

Nemeth survives and Ishii growls in frustration. Ishii sits Nemeth up while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks the sliding lariat! Ishii blocks Nemeth’s superkick, then ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up again while Ishii aims from a corner! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nemeth survives again and Ishii grows further frustrated. Ishii fires back up and the fans are with him as he drags Nemeth up. Ishii suplexes, but Nemeth fights it! Nemeth wrenches, HEADBUTTS, but Ishii still whips! Nemeth reverses, but Ishii bucks the Danger Zone! Only to turn around into a SUPERKICK 101! Cover, TWO!!!

Ishii just gets an arm up and Nemeth’s shock is clear on his face, even with his hair over his eyes! The fans fire up again as both men slowly rise. Ishii winds up but Nemeth ROCKS him first! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Ishii rises right up! Ishii staggers, but he avoids Danger Zone to STEAL DANGER ZONE!! The fans are thunderous as Nemeth staggers up, into the LARIAT!! Cover, ONE?!?! Nemeth shocks everyone as he kicks it into another gear! Ishii rises, into the SUPERKICK 101!! Cover, ONE?!?!? Now Ishii shocks everyone! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down, catching their breaths.

Ishii and Nemeth go to corners, then they run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither man falls, and then Ishii HEADBUTTS! Nemeth rebounds to HEADBUTT, but then they DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Ishii BATTERING RAM HEADBUTTS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nemeth survives that shot, but Ishii roars as he rises up! Ishii slaps himself to get back in this! Ishii drags Nemeth up, reels him in, suplexes, but Nemeth slips free, DANGER- NO, Ishii clinches! Nemeth slips free, ROCKS Ishii, SUPERKICK 101! Then he dodges Ishii to DANGER ZONE!!! Cover, Nemeth wins!!

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

Nemeth is a Wanted Man, and this is why! He took Ishii to the Danger Zone, proving that hanging with NJPW isn’t Mission: Impossible! But will Nemeth prove he’s a Top Gun when he finally gets his dream match with President Tanahashi?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has finally been back on top of NJPW since WrestleKingdom, and he even just defeated his Los Ingobernables de Japon teammate, Yota Tsuji, just a week ago at Sakura Genesis. At the same time, The Maniac put out the challenge that same night, and Naito said okay! Will Naito continue to keep NJPW tranquilo? Or is there truly about to be a Paradigm Shift in the world of pro-wrestling?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the winds of change start to blow!

Moxley paces as Naito takes his time with his entrance attire, and Naito tells Moxley to tranquilo. Naito really takes his time with his pants, and is finally ready. The bell rings and the fans fire up already! Naito looks around but Moxley keeps his eyes right on Naito. The two slowly circle while the fans rally and duel. They approach but Naito dodges, and the fans cheer while Moxley keeps cool. They go again, and again Naito avoids Moxley’s grip. Naito again says tranquilo, and they circle. Moxley flips Naito off, the fans are torn, but Naito doesn’t even flinch. The two circle, tie up, and Moxley puts Naito on ropes.

The ref counts, Moxley lets off, but Naito SPITS at Moxley! Naito kicks low, TOSSES Moxley out, but gets Moxley with the fake out and tranquilo pose! The fans cheer while Moxley seethes. Moxley snarls, storms in, but Naito slips away to the outside. The fans cheer as Naito continues to troll Moxley, but then Moxley rushes out to fire off forearms! Moxley whips Naito into railing, then fires more forearms! Naito hits back, Moxley headlocks, and then he SMACKS Naito off the timekeeper’s table! The fans rally as Moxley goes up and over the railing to get Naito back up. The ref reprimands but Moxley ROCKS Naito!

Moxley SMACKS Naito off the table, SMACKS him off it again, then brings Naito around. The crowd moves aside as Moxley fires hockey scrum punches. Moxley then whips Naito, but Naito reverses and Moxley hits railing! The fans fire up, Naito checks his face, then he takes a seat to relax. The fans cheer, but then Moxley BOOTS Naito down! Moxley drags Naito up, brings him around, and back to ringside so he can POST Naito! Naito falls, the fans are torn, but Moxley paces around. Moxley storms back up on Naito, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Moxley stalks Naito to the ropes, then stands on Naito’s face!

The ref counts, Moxley lets off to grab a hand, and Moxley SNAPS fingers! Moxley reels Naito in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Naito’s still in this but Moxley paces again. Moxley waits on Naito to get up, then KICKS him! And ROCKS him! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then Moxley KICKS a leg! And KICKS the leg, and then KICKS the leg out! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this but Moxley eggs him on. Moxley paces around, drags Naito up and then CHOPS! Moxley KICKS, CHPOS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley KICKS, ROCKS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley fires off ELBOW after ELBOW, then whips, but Naito sunset flips!

Moxley rolls through, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Moxley talks trash even as he puts on pressure! Naito powers the main leg up but Moxley powers it back down! Naito sits up, SPITS at Moxley, but Moxley puts on more pressure! Naito fights around, turns things over, but Moxley slips free to get the legs again. Moxley SPITS, then he turns Naito over into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito endures, the fans rally, and Naito fights his way around. Moxley drops down into a modified STF! Naito again endures, moves around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets go at 4.

Moxley eggs Naito on, talks more trash, then PENALTY KICKS! Naito sits up and shakes his head. Moxley KICKS again, but Naito again sits up. Naito even smirks as he annoy Moxley. Moxley KICKS but Naito blocks! Naito CLAWS the eyes, but Moxley kicks low! Moxley suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Moxley CHOKES Naito, the ref counts, but Moxley lets off. Moxley storms around, the fans rally, and Naito stirs. Moxley goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. Naito rises, Moxley leaps, Naito BODY SHOTS! Naito ENZIGIRIS, Moxley drops to his knees, but Naito still has to catch his breath.

The fans rally as Naito smirks and rises up. Naito brings Moxley around to fire forearm after forearm! Naito whips, atomic drops, and then runs to ELBOW Moxley down and basement dropkick in the back! Naito whips corner to corner, runs up, JUMP KICK! He can’t get up and over so he ELBOWS then NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Naito clamps on a cravat for a neck wrench on the mat! Moxley endures, the fans rally, but Naito thrashes him around. Moxley fights up, he drags Naito up and he DUMPS Naito to the apron! Naito gets up but Moxley fires a forearm! Naito gives it back, they go back and forth!

The fans rally as the shots keep going, faster and faster! Naito ROCKS Moxley but Moxley BOOTS Naito! Naito wobbles, Moxley goes out to the apron, but Naito fights the half nelson suplex! Naito fires elbows, gets free, but Moxley ELBOWS back! And then APRON DDT! Naito flops down to the floor while the fans fire up! Moxley leaves Naito behind to mock the tranquilo! The fans are torn but Naito stirs. Naito slowly crawls, the fans rally up, and Naito stands. Naito shakes out the cobwebs, flounders into the ring, and Moxley drags Naito up. Moxley TOSSES Naito out, then builds speed to DIVE into a chair?!

The fans fire up as Naito sneaks that one! The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow still in this! Naito goes up to the apron and brings Moxley up, for an APRON NECKBREAKER! Moxley flops down while Naito leaves him behind. The ring count starts, Moxley stirs at about 3 of 20. Moxley turns over, he’s busted open! Naito counts along as we pass 10 of 20, then reach 15! Moxley rises at 17, staggers about, and slides in at 19.9!! The fans fire up and Naito is actually annoyed. Naito drags Moxley up, reels him in, and TORNADO DDTS! Moxley sits up in a daze, the crimson mask already complete on his face!

Moxley staggers back to his feet, Naito runs in, but Moxley KING KING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks both men, especially Moxley with that blood, but they’re both okay to continue. Moxley sits up as we pass 15 minutes, a quarter of the allotted hour time limit. Moxley says he’s not gonna be taken alive! Not tonight! The fans fire up with Moxley as he is ready to Die Hard! Moxley fires a haymaker, Naito gives it back! Moxley throws another, so Naito SPITS, then ROCKS him! Moxley ROCKS Naito, Naito ROCKS Moxley, so Moxley SPITS! Naito SPITS, and the forearms fly again!

The fans are thunderous as this gets fast and furious! Moxley fires a flurry, then winds up to run, but Naito gets around! Waistlock, but Moxley switches, to a SLEEPER! Naito RAMS Moxley into buckles, gets free, but the CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Moxley hurries to clamp on, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Naito flails but the body scissors are on! Blood pours off of Moxley’s head, will he give out before Naito does? The fans rally as Naito endures and fights around! Moxley uses that to get the BULLY CHOKE!! Naito fights to his feet, Moxley keeps a SLEEPER! The fans continue to rally as Naito flails!

Naito pries at the hold, then drops, victory roll! TWO!! Moxley stands, Naito wrenches and fires the heavy elbows! Again and again, and then the wrench, tilt-o-whirl, but Moxley slips free! CUTTER!! But that’s not all! DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO?!? Naito survives Moxley’s best shot and the fans are thunderous! Moxley snarls, the fans rally and duel, and Moxley wipes the blood from his eyes. Moxley underhooks Naito again, but Naito slips around to DESTINO!!! TWO!!! Moxley survives Naito’s best shot now! But Naito is just as confident about trying again! DESTI- NO!! Moxley slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric as Naito survives another shot! But Moxley won’t let up, he KING KONG LARIATS again!! Cover, ONE?!?!? HOW?!?! Naito staggers about, but into a DEATH RIDER!!!! Cover, MOXLEY WINS!!!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Chicago cannot believe it, but they are loving it! From WWE World Champion to AEW World Champion to now NJPW’s IWGP World Champion, this is history being made before our eyes!! The Maniac makes himself a modern legend, but what does this mean for Naito? Is Naito’s destino simply that he cannot last?

As for Moxley, he does push-ups just to show he has more in that tank! He sets the title down on the lion logo then gets the mic. Moxley says a quick prayer while the fans say, “You Deserve It!” Moxley gets the mic on to say, “Arigato gozaimasu, Chicago! Holy s*it… This was a treat for everybody here that might not ever get a chance to fly across the ocean and NJPW, an authentic NJPW wrestling show live and in person. And it was special to be a part of it here, and there’s nowhere better to have done it than right here in Chicago.” The fans cheer that!

Moxley says he’s wrestled in every building in Chicago, big, small and tiny, and the fans have been with him every step of the way. He thanks them for being here to make it special, as he now stands atop the effin’ NJPW mountain!! The fans fire up for Moxley again, “Thank You, Moxley!” Moxley says he’s just getting started, so he has a message for everyone in NJPW and around the world. First order of business as the King of NJPW is to pick who’s coming at him first! Mox calls the shots, and the long list of Japanese legends he’s defeated over the last five years is really something, but that’s the easy stuff.

Moxley won’t run or hide from the Young Lions, the young and hungry stars of NJPW! He won’t sit atop a mountain and be scared of the hungriest hunters in the game. So stepping up first, this will be the final exam for #SHOOTER!! The fans fire up, but then in runs REN NARITA! PUSH-UP BAR ATTACK!! The fans boo as Narita stomps away on Moxley! Narita gets the mic while he CHOKES Moxley to tell “Shooter, no no no. I’m next challenger, mother effer!” Narita stomps away, but then here comes The Roughneck! Narita turns tail and runs, the fans cheering “SHOOTER! SHOOTER!” Narita laughs as he retreats, but Shota helps Moxley sit up.

Moxley manages to glare at Narita through the crimson mask, and Shota gets the mic for him. Moxley says, “What the heck, man? Narita! You just graduated from being a Young Boy… to being a dead man!” Moxley just said he isn’t gonna run and hide, so if Narita wants a fight, he’ll get a fight! Will The Maniac tear apart that Souled Out SOB? Will Shota get to have his match with his mentor sometime after that?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW, and I did not think they’d have so many changes to the title landscape. Well, Vaquer retained but that’s because she only just got that belt off Giulia. And good on Windsor to step up, though I’m not sure she’ll take that title, either. Anyway, great Fatal 4 Way that also referenced the story between Tom Lawlor and Team Filthy falling apart. Great win for TMDK here, and rather surprising because I didn’t think ELP & Leo would be losing those belts. I wonder if ELP & Leo go back to the heavyweight titles for the Summer.

And then quite the surprise that ZSJ won the NJPW World TV title back. TMDK is taking over, and maybe this move was because Riddle is more an MLW wrestler than a NJPW wrestler. ZSJ VS Cobb the third time around is going to be awesome, great trilogy, and maybe Cobb wins this time. United Empire needs some positives in their post Ospreay era. Cobb and TJP did really good in helping Eddie and Homicide against what ended up being less Team Gabe Kidd and just Bullet Club War Dogs or whatever. Good win for Bullet Club here, and setting up a NO ROPES Last Man Standing for the NJPW Strong Championship is going to be awesome stuff.

Great non-title matches, too. Narita cheating Suzuki to win, but Shota winning despite Jack trying to cheat is good stuff for the Reiwa Musketeer rivals. Great fun in the Hiromu VS Ali match with Daryl Jr, aka El Hijo De Daryl cuz he had a little lucha mask. Great win for Ali, too, but he isn’t scheduled for the Best of the Super Juniors so maybe this was so Chicago gets a win. And then great match of Nemeth and Ishii with Nemeth getting a great win to keep his momentum up while waiting on a match with Tanahashi.

And of course, an awesome main event from Naito and Moxley. I should’ve known Moxley was gonna bleed, but I was NOT expecting Moxley to win the title. Great for Moxley personally, but I’m surprised NJPW made this move. Is Moxley going to bring this title to Dynasty AND Double or Nothing? Well, I suppose Moxley could tell us as much on Dynamite, but this is all still really surprising. I’m not gonna say I agree with Gabe Kidd’s claims NJPW is letting AEW get their way, but it certainly seems like NJPW is hoping AEW helps them with the American audience.

That stuff aside, Narita and Shota being winners works for them stepping up to the world title. Narita probably won’t win, but maybe Shota proves the student has surpassed the master. Might be a bit of NJPW fast tracking their new neo new musketeers, but it’s not like other companies haven’t done that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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