OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~…pen challenge!
Crown Jewel was big, but The Visionary wants to go bigger! Raw has a United States Championship Open Challenge from Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
- Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & The New Day VS The Bloodline; The Bloodline wins.
- Baron Corbin VS Cedric Alexander; Corbin wins.
- WWE United States Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???; No Contest.
- Elias VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Otis wins.
- Shelton Benjamin VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
- Johnny Gargano VS The Miz; The Miz wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Nikki Cross w/ DMG CTRL; Nikki wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE United States Championship Open Challenge (Take Two): Seth Rollins VS Bobby Lashley; No Contest.
- WWE United States Championship Money in the Bank Cash-In: Seth Rollins VS Austin Theory; Rollins wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline is here!
Jimmy & Jey are still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, and they’ve got their brother, Solo Sikoa, with them as they head to the ring. The Usos are getting ready to defend the titles this Friday against the New Day in a battle for history, but what’re they doing here tonight? The Usos get the mic and fans chant, “UCEY! UCEY!” Then they chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” Jey says, “Hey. The Bloodline is now in your city!” Jimmy says last Saturday at Crown Jewel, Roman Reigns SMASHED Logan Paul, and the Usos went to Fight Night and SMASHED the Brawling Brutes. If you weren’t there, just see this!
A picture is on the tron, and it shows the Bloodline standing tall together with fireworks. But that’s the past! The future is the Usos VS The New Day on SmackDown. New Day are the longest running tag team champs in WWE history. Fans chant, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Jey agrees, they do rock. But after Friday, you’ll look at the NEW longest reigning tag team champions EVER! They the twos, and #WeThe- “It’s a New Day, yes it is!” The New Day is HERE! Kofi says to “Hold up hold up hold up.” They’re getting ahead of themselves. Back it up. First, congrats to the Usos on beating the Brutes at Crown Jewel.
Woods says, “Matter of fact, how y’all feeling?” Private jet lagged, not that the New Day knows about that. They’re in group three. Woods says he has a diamond medallion, two million miles, but regardless. “Ladies and gentlemen, in just four days, on Friday Night SmackDown, you will see the longest reigning W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~… Defending our reign against the current WWE World Tag Team Champions, the Usos. But, but, listen to us when we tell you the truth about that. In the end, we will once again be champions. But more importantly, our reign of 483 DAYS as champions will stay intact.”
Fans rally up for Kofi on that, but Jimmy says, “Yeah, yeah, Kofi, Kofi.” Jey says it’s Kofi & The New Day, get it? Jimmy says they gave the New Day their props. One hell of a tag team. Breaking down barriers! Multiple time tag team champions! Booty O’s! Up Up Down Down, merchandise is lit, and they’re even on Netflix! Jimmy is proud of them. So is Jey. Isn’t Wilkes-Barre proud of them? Fans cheer for that. It must feel real good to be the second best tag team in WWE. Fans boo now, and Woods says, “Second best? What y’all fail to remember is that we still hold the record. That means you are chasing us.”
That means the Usos are chasing the guys who built this from the ground up. The guys who changed what tag team wrestling looks like. They’re chasing first generation superstars. “Y’all had people who were coddling you and holding your hand down the ramp, teaching you how to do this. Y’all got tryouts based on what your family members did before you! You built your legacies off the backs of your uncles, your cousins, your fathers, and your grandfathers while we built our legacies off our own backs!” The Usos say New Day doesn’t know the pressure they’ve been under. What do they know about pressure?! What they know about making a name for themselves coming from a family like the Usos?
The New Day’s never been in the ring with their dad! With their uncle! Y’know who they’ve been in the ring with? Tell ’em! They’ve been in the ring with the definition of a true tag team! The Day Ones! They the ones! Right now! JIMMY! JEY! THE UUUUUSOOOOS~! That’s pressure! Woods says, “Do not speak to us like you know what pressure is. Pressure is sitting in catering week to week not knowing if you’re getting fired. Pressure is building an entire YouTube channel outside of this company just to make sure you get noticed at work! Pressure, pressure, is putting together the most important three man group to ever step foot in wrestling and coming in and getting booed for it! Don’t you DARE talk to us about pressure!”
Fans fire up as things are getting heated. Fans chant, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” and Woods says, “You hear that? They know about the pressure because these people know, every single one of them knows, that that pressure turned us into diamonds!” Diamonds, huh? Talking about diamonds that used to be in the crown, King Woods? The crown that Jey stomped to the ground? The real kings have the crowns now. On their shoulders! And Kofi… If the Usos never forfeited that match, there never would’ve been no KofiMania! They gave him that! His kids got in the ring with him, so he’s welcome! Matter of fact, don’t even show up. Stay home with the kids to let the Usos do what they do.
Kofi says, “Stay with my kids? What kind of father would I be if I went home and tell them I forfeited this match to you?” Kofi says the Usos don’t understand what this means to them. To the Usos, it’s just another check mark in a box. But this is more. That represents a time when they were saddled with the gimmick of being positivity preaching preachers. No one should’ve been able to overcome that, but they did! It represents a time when they came to work, clawing and scratching and fighting as hard as they could to get some semblance of success, all to be told by everyone that they sucked! It represents a time that may very well be the last time that the New Day was whole. And they elevated the Usos in the process, so they will NOT forfeit the record to the Usos!
“Bro…!” Matt Riddle makes his way out? Riddle apologizes for interrupting, but he saw the New Day and just had to come out. “So Woods, me and Elias are kind of forming a band, and we could really-” Jey tells Riddle to shut up. Whoa, guys, c’mon. When Riddle gets wild, he just likes to sit back, relax and hit the bong…os. Bongos. Wanna hit them? Woods would love to. Tap. Does Kofi wanna hit them? Tap. C’mon, Bloodline, what about you? Wanna hit it? Solo stares at Riddle but Riddle says okay, strong silent type. What about Jimmy? Riddle plays shave and a haircut, Jimmy gives him two bits! YEAH~!
But then Jimmy really gets into it! Riddle says he knows the rules! Tap tap, pass. Don’t bogart. But c’mon, Jey. A certain someone has been saying he hasn’t been so… “UCEY! UCEY!” Jey SLAPS the bongos! No man slaps the bongs! YEET! Riddle can do math! Three and three, YEET, so let’s have a SIX MAN! YEET~! Fans fire up for that. And why is that? Cuz “NEW! DAY ROCKS! NEW! DAY ROCKS!” The challenge has been made, and it seems it has been accepted! Will #BroDay be hitting more than just the bongos?
Six Man Tag: Matt Riddle & The New Day VS The Bloodline!
Raw returns and Riddle starts with Jimmy. They approach, Jimmy kicks and HEADBUTTS, then he CHOPS Riddle to a corner. Jimmy whips corner to corner, Riddle goes up and over and he KICKS Jimmy down! Riddle brings Jimmy up with a gut wrench for the suplex! Riddle hurries over to the corner and tags Woods. Woods says, “Time to turn up!” Woods stomps a mudhole into Jimmy, Kofi tags in, and then Kofi stomps away! The stampeded begins, and Riddle tags in to add on as a true stallion! Tag back to Woods, he stomps away again! Tag back to Kofi, and Woods whips him in to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!!
Kofi wrenches Jimmy but Jimmy pulls hair! Tag to Jey, Jimmy traps Kofi for Jey’s forearm smash! Kofi staggers and Jey CLUBS him down. Jey drags Kofi up but fans rally. Jey headlocks, Kofi powers out but Jey runs him over. Jey holds up the finger, things speed up, but Kofi hurdles and hurdles to ELBOW Jey down! Cover, TWO! Kofi drags Jey up, wrenches, tag to Woods. Woods climbs up and he AX HANDLES the arm! Woods brings Jey to a headlock and then a wrench. Woods grinds the arm, hammerlocks it, then grabs at the other arm. Fans rally as Woods pulls the arm back to stand on it! It’s a cradle, TWO!
Jey scrambles but Woods get the arm. Woods wrenches, tags Riddle, and Riddle KICKS Jey! Riddle ROCKS Jey, Jey kicks back but Riddle blocks! Riddle spins Jey but the DRAGON WHIP hits! Jey storms up on Riddle but Riddle headscissors Jey out! Fans fire up but Jimmy distracts the ref as Solo DECKS Riddle! The Bro goes down and fans boo while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle throws forearms on Jey! Jimmy tags in and Jey whips, the Usos DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER Riddle! Jimmy covers, TWO! Jimmy stalks Riddle, puts him in a corner, and he fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Jimmy lets off and holds up the fingers. Fans boo as Jimmy walks to the opposite corner, “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs in to HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Jimmy is annoyed but he drags Riddle over. Tag to Solo and they split the wishbone! Solo PENALTY KICKS Riddle, then he drags Riddle by his legs. Solo stomps Riddle low, stomps him and HEADBUTTS him, and he roars! Solo jumps and drops a LEG!
Solo brings Riddle up, wrenches, and he tags in Jey. They mug Riddle with a mule kick! Riddle sputters and falls into the Bloodline corner. Jey talks trash, “Who hitting the bong now?” Jey stomps Riddle, but fans rally up for the Bro. Jey is annoyed, but Riddle starts throwing forearms on everyone! He DECKS Jimmy, DECK Solo, ROCKS Jey, but Jey suplexes. Riddle blocks to hit a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down and crawling! Hot tag to Solo! Solo storms up but Riddle FINAL FLASH KNEES him! Tag to Woods! Woods mule kicks Solo, DECKS Jimmy, Kofi KICKS Solo! Woods mule kick again, Kofi KICKS again!
Kofi tags Woods back in before he PENALTY KICKS Solo! Woods SLIDING LARIATS! Kofi SPLASHES! Woods FIST DROPS! Woods covers, ONE?!? The Enforcer is shockingly tough! Woods brings Solo up, tags Kofi, but Solo suplexes. Woods slips out to feed to Kofi’s shoulder! Wood blocks the schoolboy to stomp Woods, but Kofi CROSSBODIES! Cover, ONE, but Kofi PENALTY KICKS again! Fans fire up and Kofi gives us the “NEW~ DAY~” BOOM DROP! Kofi goes to the corner and fans fire up! “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Jey swipes but he gets a SUPERKICK! Kofi spins but into the SPINNING SOLO!!
Solo roars and snarls, but he isn’t done with Kofi yet! Jey BLASTS Kofi off the apron and to the desk! Solo goes out after Kofi, he dribbles Kofi off the desk again and again! Woods storms over but he gets an ELBOW! Solo roars again and the Bloodline is dominating again as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Solo has Kofi down with a chinlock. Kofi fights up, throws body shots, but Solo shoves him to a corner. Kofi rebounds, sunset flips, but Solo stays up by flailing! Solo drops a LEG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Solo drags Kofi up and tags Jimmy in. Kofi fights back, but he gets DOUBLE HEADBUTTS! Jimmy tells fans to hush, and then he drags Kofi up. Tag to Jey, Jey climbs, and the Usos hit a BACKBREAKER AX HANDLE COMBO! Cover, TWO! Kofi is still in this but Woods was ready. The ref has Woods stand down, and Jey tags in Solo. Solo looms over Kofi, brings him up, and HEADBUTTS Kofi to a corner.
Fans rally, but Solo runs corner to corner, into BOOTS! Solo staggers, into more BOOTS! Kofi goes up, reels Solo in, TORNADO DDT! Solo sits up in a daze and Kofi crawls! Fans fire up for the hot tags to Jey and Riddle! The Bro KICKS Jey, KIJCKS Jimmy, repeat! Jey swings, but gets spun into a PELE! Riddle kips up, gets around Jimmy, ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Jimmy ends up in a corner, Riddle runs in to forearm smash! Riddle goes corner to corner to forearm smash Jey! Riddle KNEES Solo off the apron! Forearm for Jimmy! BROSPLODER for Jimmy! BIG forearm for Jey, but Jey fights the clinch! Riddle still hits a BROSPLODER!
BROTON for Jimmy! BROTON for Jey! PENALTY KICK for Jey! Riddle brings Jey up, for a POWERBOMB, then a roll to a FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives but Riddle keeps on him. Riddle puts Jey in a drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up for the FLOATING- NO! Jey moves, and he SUPERKICKS Riddle! Then he hits a POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but Jey hurries up top! Jimmy tags in and the USO SPLASH lands in a triangle hold! But Jimmy goes up, USO SPLASH!! Cover, Woods breaks it!! Solo runs in, into a mule kick! Jey superkicks, but Woods blocks, spins and ROLLING ELBOWS!
Woods whips Solo, Solo reverses to toss Woods out. Woods drags Solo out but Solo shoves Woods over the announce desk! Kofi runs in, but Solo DECKS Kofi out of the air! And then RAMS him into steel steps! But Riddle PENALTY KICKS from the apron! FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Riddle stands, into a USO DIVE!! Jimmy hurries to check Solo, and then he puts Riddle in. “This is Awesome!” as Riddle KICKS Jimmy in the ropes! Riddle drags Jimmy out, DRAPING DDT! Shoutout to the Viper! But Solo tags in and then hides! Riddle hears those voices, RKO for Jimmy! But SPINNING SOLO!! Cover, The Bloodline wins!!
Winners: The Bloodline, by pinfall
Solo has learned the numbers game very well from his family! And thanks to that, his family wins out! Will the Usos do this all over again when they go 2v2 with the New Day?
JBL is here!
John Bradshaw Layfield is in Wilkes-Barre, and that can only mean Baron Corbin isn’t too far behind. What will the Harbinger of the Modern Day Wrestling God have to say about his protégé? We’ll find out, after the break.
Raw returns and JBL has the mic. “From the Budokan to the O2. From the Staples Center to Madison Square Garden. I have sold out every great arena on God’s green earth. And when you talk about great arenas, this isn’t one of ’em! I don’t know what idiot would book me here. But that’s besides the point, because for the rest of your lives, this will be the greatest moment you’ve ever had! So I want everybody to get up, stand up on your Philadelphia Phillies World Series LOSING to Texas feet! Put your snowflake, chubby little woke hands together, and clap for the man who is gonna save this business, the Modern Day Wrestling God… BARON CORBIN!”
Fans boo as Corbin makes his entrance and joins JBL in the ring. Will Corbin continue to back up JBL’s words? Or will he be shown up by his opponent, who is PRIMED for a comeback of is own?
Baron Corbin VS Cedric Alexander!
The bell rings and JBL joins commentary again. Corbin RAMS Cedric into a corner, stomps and punches away, but the ref counts. Corbin lets off at 4 and shouts at Cedric, “What you got?” Corbin stomps away again, lets off as the ref counts, but fans chant, “BUM ASS CORBIN!” Corbin drags Cedric up, CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again. Corbin flexes but fans boo more. Corbin whips Cedric corner to corner, runs in, but Cedric goes up! Corbin slides out, slides in and LARIATS Cedric! Cover, TWO! Corbin is frustrated, and he tells the fans they’re morons. Cedric gets to a corner but Corbin throws a haymaker.
Corbin runs corner to corner, but into a drop toehold! Corbin hits a buckle, Cedric KICKS Corbin away! Cedric goes up and missile dropkicks! Cedric runs in to forearm smash! Cedric runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges to NEURALIZER! Corbin flops out of the ring and Cedric builds speed! Cedric DIVES and takes Corbin out! Cedric rains down fists at the ramp but Corbin scrambles away. Cedric attacks and puts Corbin in the ring! Step-in springboard, but into the END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
JBL laughs, “That’s my guy!” and he celebrates with Corbin in the ring. Will Corbin prove JBL right again and again until he isn’t just a Modern Day Wrestling God, but a top champion in the WWE?
WWE United States Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???
The Visionary has Wilkes-Barre singing his song, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” as he’s here to put his title on the line against whoever wants it! Rollins gets the mic as fans sing, and he says, “Ohh yeeeeah~! Ladies and gentlemen of the fine state of Pennsylvania, welcome to Monday Night Rollins!” He hears them singing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” and he smiles. “Now, I could sit here and all night and be serenaded by your beautiful voices, but we’ve got some business to attend to. Because tonight is a very special edition of Monday Night Rollins, because back by popular demand, right here, right now, is the United States Championship OPEN CHALLENGE!!”
And the JUDGMENT DAY walks out?! Finn Balor, Dominik Mysterio, Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley all head to the ring! They’re also victorious at Crown Jewel against The OC, largely in part because of Rhea’s involvement. The Judgment Day flank the ring, and then Finn steps into the ring with a mic. Finn says, “I’ve got a bone to pick with you. A couple years back, you cost me gold. So tonight, I’m gonna cost you gold. So as far as your open challenge for the United States Championship goes-” The OC heads out here?! AJ Styles, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows throw up the Too Sweet, and they’re going to the ring!
Dom & Priest back Finn up as Styles and the Good Brothers step in. Finn tells them all to leave, but Rollins is intrigued. He steps back and out of the ring, letting these trios stare down. Styles brings out a mic to say, “This, between the OC and the Judgment Day. It’s far from over.” Finn tells Styles that the only thing that is over is the Judgment Day! Get it? The Club, the OC, it’s all old news. So as far as Finn’s concerned, they can- “That’s the problem! It’s always been the three of us against the four of you.” Rhea waves hi, and Styles says Crown Jewel was no different. They tried to find someone to take care of the Rhea problem, and still haven’t found that someone.
Rhea says that’s cuz no one likes the OC. But see, that someone found them! And Rhea gets CLOBBERED, by MIA YIM!!! The Head Baddie is back in the WWE! And then the OC attack the Judgment Day! Things are even as Styles stomps Dom, Karl rocks Finn, and Gallows CLUBS Priest! Mia has a kendo stick and she SMACKS Rhea around! Priest knees Gallows but Gallows TACKLES Priest over the desk! Yim TOSSES Rhea over barriers! Styles TOSSES Dom, Finn LARIATS Karl! And that just leaves Prince and Phenomenal One! Fans fire up as the jackets come off, and the leaders throw hands!
Styles gets the edge, whips, but Finn ducks ‘n’ dodges and bails out! Fans boo but Karl SMACKS Finn off the apron! Dom leaps in, but into the STYLES CLASH!! Finn drags Dom out before it gets worse, but Yim joins the Good Brothers in the ring! Will this be the solution to the Rhea problem?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Cathy Kelley says we all just saw what happened, so what does this mean for the open challenge? Rollins says things got a little too intense out there. That was none of his business so he had to get gone. But as for the challenge, he made a promise! Tonight, we will see an Open Challenge! We’ll see who answers the call. Better not be Cathy! HAHAHAHA! But then, who will step up to go after Rollins’ gold later tonight?
Elias VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
The Drifter helped The Bro get one over on The Alpha Academy during the Trick or Street Fight, but now the tree trunk wants payback! Will Master Gable’s Number One Guy win one #ForTheAcademy? Or will Elias be the one to SHOOOOSH Otis & Gable?
The bell rings and Elias circles with Otis. They tie up, Otis shoves him away and says, “Pure power, baby!” Elias shrugs that off, ties up with Otis again and gets around to a headlock. Otis powers out and runs Elias right over! Elias hurries up and Gable applauds. Elias gets around Otis again, CHOPS, and CHOPS, and whips, but Otis blocks! Otis reverse to scoop, but Elias slips off to- NOPE, can’t scoop Otis! Otis HEADBUTTS Elias, then CLUBS Elias to a corner. Otis throws heavy shots, then whips Elias to ropes. Elias ducks ‘n’ dodges and SCOOPS! But he falls over! Otis is too heavy and Elias is sputtering.
Gable tells fans to “SHOOSH!” and Otis runs to ELBOW DROP! Otis clamps on the claws into the shoulders. Gable that’s the grip he taught Otis. “How’s that feel, Elias? You idiot!” Fans rally up, Elias stands, but Otis shoves him to a corner. Otis runs in, but Elias dodges and POSTS Otis! Otis staggers out, into a JUMP KNEE! Otis still staggers around, into another JUMP KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Otis stays in this but Elias goes to the apron. Elias climbs up top, but Gable distracts! Elias FLYING KNEES Gable down! But Otis CLOBBERS Elias from behind! Otis scoops for the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Cover, Otis wins!
Winner: Otis, by pinfall
Master Gable gave Otis the greatest assist, and now Otis has a big win! Will this allow the Academy to move on? Or will they still Walk With Elias?
Backstage interview with The Judgment Day.
Byron Saxton says it seems The OC has a solution to the Rhea problem. Finn says no! They haven’t discovered anything! Only more problems! Now, they’ve got eight- no, 16- NO! They’ve got 99 problems and they don’t have a single solution! They solved nothing! Priest says what happens today and tomorrow will be the same: The OC will fall while the Judgment Day will rise! Dom says, “They think they found someone who can take on Mami? NUH-UH! NO!” Rhea says she’s got this. The OC thinks they can just bring anyone in to fix their problem. Bring in Mia Yim. Bring in an army and see if she cares! She cannot be stopped. Now get out of their face.
Byron leaves and the Judgment Day continues on. Then Rhea crosses paths with Bianca Belair. Rhea says, “Champ.” Bianca nods, but heads on. Mia being a solution or not, does Rhea have a problem of her own to solve?
Bianca Belair heads to the ring!
And she’s not alone, as she has Asuka and Alexa Bliss by her side! The RawEST Women’s Champion was the Last Woman Standing, but #TwistedMist lost their titles thanks to a chaotic assist from Nikki Cross. Their was a confrontation before the show in the parking lot, but Bianca has a mic now to say, “Look, y’all. I am proud to be standing here the Last Woman Standing and still your Raw Women’s Champion. But Crown Jewel didn’t all go according to plan. And y’all all saw what happened earlier, so y’all already know this is far from being over with.
“So Damage Control, we got something to say that we think you’d like to hear. And since y’all wanted to act so tough in the parking lot earlier, why don’t you come out here right here, right now, so we can say it to your face.” And so, Damage Control appears! Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky have mics, and Kai says, “Bianca, Bianca, Bianca. Nobody gives a damn that you were the Last Woman Standing. But the way we see it, is you still haven’t even beaten Bayley. But she’s beaten you twice! HAHA! Hey, hey, Iyo. Speaking of which, how many times have we won these titles?” “Twice!” DMG CTRL gets in the ring to stare Bianca, Asuka & Alexa down.
“And who did we beat to get them?” “Alexa and Asuka.” Alexa isn’t sure what they were watching, because she & Asuka had them the entire time. The only reason they won is cuz of Nikki Cross, so why’re they bragging? Asuka tells DMG CTRL off in Japanese, but Sky responds in kind. Asuka mocks Sky for only now using Japanese. Sky says Asuka can ONLY Japanese! They’re arguing more and more, and Asuka says Sky is a “BAKA BAKA BAAAAK~!” AKA a DUMMY!! Sky pretends not to hear Asuka but fans cheer Asuka on. Sky just uses, “BITCH!” Asuka URAKENS Sky for that! And the brawl is on!
Bayley is after Alexa, Bianca has Kai, and of course Asuka stomps away on Sky! Sky and Kai bail out, Bayley follows, and DMG CTRL regroups. Bianca says they didn’t let her finish. This ain’t a fight or a match, this is war! “And this is ending… at WARGAMES!!” But then NIKKI CROSS attacks!! Bianca is down, DMG CTRL goes after Asuka and Alexa! Kai & Sky feed Bianca to Nikki’s HEADBUTT! And then Bayley hits ROSE PLANT! Nikki CLOBBERS Asuka! Bayley likes what she sees out of crazy Nikki Cross but fans boo. Nikki aims at Alexa, and SPLASHES her in the corner! Kai & Sky POST Asuka! Nikki hits Alexa with the DRAPING NECKBREAKER!
Fans boo but DMG CTRL and Nikki stand tall. Bayley says, “See you at WarGames, Bianca.” Is Nikki going to be a wild card in that match? Will Bianca be able to find a fourth to even things up?
Shelton Benjamin VS Austin Theory!
Once upon a time, the Gold Standard had a bright future, and was himself a young United States Champion. But Mr. All Day continues to rub it in everyone’s face that he is THE Youngest United States Champion in WWE history, THE Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank in WWE history, and as far as he’s concerned, the future of the WWE. Will Theory prove that’s more than just opinion? Or will Benjamin show Theory will be the youngest flavor of the month ever?
The bell rings, they approach, and Theory slides past Benjamin. Theory taunts Benjamin, but then Benjamin trips Theory! Theory gest up, swings but into a waistlock and SLAM! Benjamin holds on, Theory gets to ropes, and the ref calls the ropebreak. Benjamin lets off but Theory elbows him away! The ref reprimands, but Benjamin ROCKS Theory with a right hand! Benjamin whips corner to corner, runs in but Theory drop toeholds him into buckles! Benjamin staggers, into the SOMERSAULT SHOTGUN! Theory rains down fists on Benjamin, then talks trash! Theory drags Benjamin up but Benjamin blocks the buckle bumps.
Benjamin throws elbows and haymakers, Theory gives them back, but Benjamin counter punches! Benjamin kicks, punches, whips but Theory reverses to LARIAT! Fans boo but Theory snarls as he snapmares Benjamin, “That’s all day!” But Benjamin avoids the stomp to roll Theory up! TWO, into an ANKLE LOCK! Benjamin reminds everyone he was Team Angle, but Theory rolls and boots Benjamin away. Benjamin comes back, misses, and Theory fireman’s carries! Benjamin slips off to GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Benjamin runs in at the corner, STEP-UP KNEE! Theory wobbles, Benjamin whips but Theory blocks
Theory ROCKS Benjamin but fans rally. Benjamin throws Theory out but Theory HOTSHOTS Benjamin! Theory goes up top, but Benjamin springs up after him! Theory rakes the eyes! Fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN!! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
The young blood takes out the experienced icon with a sneaky move! Will Theory use anything and everything to get back up to be the youngest top superstar in WWE history?
Johnny Gargano VS The Miz!
In his WWE Investigates tell-all interview, Johnny Wrestling became Johnny Whistleblower when he revealed the Hollywood A-Lister was exploiting the Tortured Artist, Dexter Lumis. Before the match, Miz gets the mic. “Now before I face that whistleblowing Johnny Weasel tonight, I wanna speak to each and everyone of you with honesty. And I can confirm that without a shadow of a doubt that Johnny Gargano’s interview is completely false! It is a blatant smear job. The evidence is clearly doctored. It is one of the biggest deep fakes I have ever seen! And I can’t believe no one is looking at the sources!
“I have read what people say on the internet. And I can’t stand that I have to defend myself to the media, my friends, everyone besides my own family! And not even that is true! My own FATHER believes Johnny!” Fans cheer for Papa George. Miz says the only silver lining is that his agent’s phone has not stopped ringing. Miz can’t say their name, but he just met with a big Hollywood producer, but she is big time. She wants to tell the real story! The true story! Miz’s story! And a story like this will take time. They need to build Oscar buzz. But Miz has also spoken with his lawyers, and they are moving forward with a defamation suit!
That may be too much already, but Miz’s PR team is working on a formal response, and Miz will just say, Gargano- is making his entrance! “Mike, Mike, man. I’ve always liked your dad. Very smart man.” Fans cheer for George again, and then for Johnny Wrestling. Gargano thanks them for that. But it is because of them chanting for him that Gargano can’t start this match without telling the truth about something he did. That’s right, Gargano needs to blow the whistle on himself! TWEET~! It had to be done. But when Gargano did that interview, he was hoping the public would shame The Miz into telling the truth and paying Lumis. But that didn’t happen.
SO… Gargano realized he needed stronger evidence against The Miz. And well, Gargano did something just a little deceitful to get it. Gargano hired someone! Miz, you know that big Hollywood producer you had dinner with? She was actually a private investigator. And… She was wearing a hidden camera. And… Gargano has the footage! Miz is stunned silent. But luckily for us, Gargano brought a universal remote from home that works on the tron! Let’s watch! It’s in a very artsy black ‘n’ white, maybe the PI is still a director after all. But she told Miz that if he really did pay Lumis to create this drama, then that makes Miz a mastermind. What network wouldn’t want a story that juicy!
Miz likes hearing that big TV networks would want this story. She wouldn’t be here if she didn’t think that. Well, let’s speak off the record then. Anything said here remains at this table. She can be trusted. Well then… Everything Gargano is saying… is true. He orchestrated the whole thing. So he paid Lumis? Yes. Gargano fast-forwards a bit to where Miz was bragging that he saw the perfect opening to boost his career! And it did that! He’s been taking meeting after meeting! It’s been going perfect, until Miz hung Lumis out to dry. Why did he stop? Well things got crazy. Out of control! Corporate was asking questions, the police were asking questions, it got too big.
So Miz had to squash everything. Gratned, He Who Shall Not Be Named did some work. Fast-forward again to Miz saying Lumis shouldn’t have gotten paid. If a project goes under, no one gets paid, right? If anything, Lumis should be thankful for the notoriety. What was Lumis doing a few months ago? NOTHING. Gargano stops the tape and fans go “OOOOH~!” And then Gargano continues his walk to the ring. Can Miz focus on the match with his entire reputation in ruins? We’ll see, after the break.
Raw returns and the bell rings. Miz rushes Gargano but Gargano dodges the lariat! And the boot! And the haymakers! Gargano ROCKS Miz, then eggs him on. They tie up, Miz puts Gargano in a corner but Gargano dodges the chop to CHOP! And CHOP! Miz headlocks, but Gargano powers out to hurdle. Things speed up, Gargano DROPKICKS Miz down! Miz bails out, fans fire up and Gargano goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK! Then he stomps Miz’s hand on the apron! And then CANNONBALLS! Fans fire up with Gargano as the ring count climbs. Gargano returns to Miz at the desk to CHOP him! And CHOP again!
Gargano puts Miz in the ring, aims from the apron, and he shoulder sin. Gargano slides to sunset flip, TWO! Gargano wrenches Miz’s arm, wristlocks, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Gargano snapmares Miz, runs and basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE! Miz grits his teeth but Gargano wrenches his arm again. Gargano headlocks, Miz powers out, and Miz hurdles. Things speed up, but Gargano avoids the dropkick! Fans cheer while Gargano takes a bow. Gargano brings Miz up, and he PENALTY KICKS the arm! “It’s good~!” Fans cheer for that one. Gargano brings Miz up, wrenches and puts Miz in a corner.
Gargano YANKS the arm against ropes, and again! Gargano whips, Miz reverses, but Gargano goes up, only to get caught! Miz KICKS Gargano out of the air! Miz snarls and shakes out the bad arm, and then he storms up on Gargano. Miz runs in to KICK Gargano in the side! Fans taunt Miz over his “TINY BALLS!” but Miz CHOKES Gargano on the ropes! The ref counts, Miz lets off to run and STRADDLE ATTACK! Gargano flops over while Miz snarls. Miz stomps Gargano, stalks him, but Gargano counter punches! And again! And again! Gargano whips, Miz reverses and kitchen sink knees! Then basement BOOTS! Cover, TWO!
Miz creeps on on Gargano to pull on the ears! Miz then pulls Gargano into a chinlock. Fans rally as Gargano fights up. Gargano throws body shots, Miz shoves him away, then runs in at the corner, A-LIST LARIAT! Miz shoves Gargano down while fans boo. Miz climbs up the corner, leaps and ATOMIC DROP from Gargano! Well if he didn’t have tiny balls, he does now! Gargano RANAS Miz, then gets around to schoolboy KICK! Miz wobbles into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Miz is still in this and he crawls to a corner. Gargano runs in at the corner to forearm smash! Gargano keeps moving, and he turns Miz’s kitchen sink into a schoolboy, TWO!
Gargano holds on and wants the arm! Miz rolls through, has a leg, steps through, but Gargano kicks him out! Miz hurries up but Gargano SUPERKICKS him! Miz falls to the floor! Gargano nods and fans fire up! Gargano PLANCHAS! Down goes Miz! Fans fire up and Gargano storms after Miz. Gargano brings Miz up but Miz SLAMS Gargano on the barriers! And he SUPERKICKS Gargano down! Miz snarls as he has control and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns yet again and Miz raises his hands. Fans boo! Miz points to Gargano, and fans cheer! Miz? BOO! Gargano? YAY! Miz runs in at Gargano but Gargano dodges the A-List Lariat to ENZIGURI! And DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Both men are down and fans rally up for “JOHNNY WRESTLING!” Gargano goes to the far side, he ROCKS Miz with a haymaker, and another! And another! Gargano whips, Miz reverses but Gargano CROSSBODIES! And then he CLOBBERS Miz! Miz goes a corner, Gargano runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Miz wobbles and Gargano goes up, to FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!!
Miz survives but Gargano keeps cool. Miz crawls to another corner and Gargano runs in again. Miz puts Gargano on the apron and he ROCKS Gargano! Miz runs, but Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives again, fitting of a two-time WWE Grand Slam Champion! But Gargano drags Miz up, only for Miz to throat chop! Miz kicks a leg out, but Gargano wrenches and slips around, schoolboy- NO, Miz ducks that kick to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Gargano survives, showing why he’s an NXT Triple Crown Champion! Miz snarls, and he KICKS Gargano! And KICKS! And KICKS! Gargano continues to take the It Kicks again and again!
Miz soaks up the heat, takes aim, but Gargano ducks the buzzsaw to ENZIGURI! But Miz BOOTS back! Gargano SUPERKICKS! Miz SUPERKICKS! Gargano rebounds, to LARIAT! And LARIAT! And LARIAT! Gargano fires off boxing elbows at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, but is put on the apron, Miz runs, SLINGSHOT SPEAR MEETS KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Gargano survives and Miz is fuming again! Miz powers up and he shouts, “MASSIVE! BALLS!” Full nelson, but Gargano victory rolls the Finale! TWO!! Gargano aims, to SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives and Gargano grows frustrated now.
Miz rolls out of the ring but Gargano builds speed! DIVE!! Miz hits the desk and then the floor! Gargano snarls and hobbles to bring Miz up, but Miz SHOVES Gargano onto the desk! The ring count is climbing, Miz brings Gargano around and puts him in at 5! Miz climbs up but Gargano WRECKS him with a dropkick! And then someone drags Miz under the ring!! Miz scurries out, with a spare crossbar! Miz is claiming there’s someone under there! It has to be HIM, right? Gargano grabs Miz, Miz CRACKS him with the crossbar! Miz drops the bar, hurries in, and covers! MIZ WINS!
Winner: The Miz, by pinfall
That was all an act!! Just like the “stalking” from Lumis, Miz fakes a crisis to get the spotlight! If Miz really is a mastermind, will he find a way to get away with everything? WAIT! Lumis SMACKS Miz with a chair! And this time, it’s the REAL Lumis! Lumis takes a seat next to Miz, then hurries away as security rushes out here! Fans cheer Lumis on! Will true justice be served?
DMG CTRL talks with Nikki Cross.
Kai says they’re so happy Nikki saw that they’re her friends, not her enemies. Because after she attacked them, DMG CTRL was ready to end her. But then it dawned on them, she’s like them! Lost and forgotten, but not by them. And at Survivor Series, they’ll unleash all that pent up rage and aggression inside WarGames. Sky agrees. Nikki will destroy Dana Brooke, too. And don’t think Nikki has to wait for WarGames. Let it all out tonight! Nikki lets out a maniacal laugh, and says, “Time to play.” Will Nikki be just the thing DMG CTRL needs to truly take over?
WWE 24/7 Championship: Dana Brooke VS Nikki Cross w/ DMG CTRL!
The Flex Appeal has been safe with this title in the background of Bianca VS Bayley and Kai & Sky VS Asuka & Alexa. But now, her reign may be in danger as Nikki brings back her wild side. Will Nikki’s time finally come? Or can Dana manage to survive the madness?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if DMG CTRL takes over another division!
The bell rings and fans rally while Nikki pulls at her hair. Bayley is on commentary as Nikki fires up and CLOBBERS Dana! Nikki throws hands, then SPLASHES Dana in the corner! Nikki stomps away, lets off at 4, and then CROSS CHOPS Dana! Nikki fishhooks Dana’s face then wraps on a straitjacket stretch. Nikki thrashes Dana around but Dana endures. Nikki chuckles in Dana’s ear, sits her up, but Dana fights up. Dana powers up and arm-drags free, then hurries to a corner. Nikki runs in but into an elbow! And then a BOOT! And then just buckles! Dana fires off on Nikki in return! The ref counts, Dana stomps, but she lets off at 4.
Dana brings Nikki up but Nikki stops the bulldog to throw Dana by her hair! Bayley says no one understands. There’s more than meets the eye with DMG CTRL. Nikki thrashes and dribbles Dana off the mat! Dana gets away to ropes but Nikki CHOKES her! And thrashes her more! The ref backs Nikki off but then Nikki RAMS into Dana! And then the ANARCHY NECKBREAKER! Cover, Nikki wins!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
DMG CTRL celebrates with Nikki, that’s one more belt under their power! Nikki makes four, but with WarGames being about 5v5, who will join up to take down Team Bianca? And who will Bianca get to balance things out?
DMG CTRL regroups backstage.
Nikki is all smiles as she has the title, but then she goes and drops it in the trash. Guess it was just the principle of the win, not the prize, that mattered to her. Will we ever see that title again?
Backstage interview with The OC and Mia Yim.
Byron is with the new foursome as they finally solved the Rhea problem. How does it feel to finally have the upper hand? Styles says it feels good to give Judgment Day some payback! This time, it was 4v4. And they couldn’t have done it without Mia Yim. Karl says they needed a #Rhealution. They needed the toughest woman in the building! Gallows says, “And who else would we get but the Head Baddie In Charge herself, Mia Yim?” Mia says thanks. But that was just a sample. “We’ll see how tough Rhea really is against someone who can hit her back.” Gallows says the OC is gonna celebrate! Karl-san has the tab, he owes them.
Mia says no, it’s on her! Well even better! The Good Brothers head out, Styles warns her that those boy shave a high tolerance, but she says it’s all good. Will the HBIC and OC finally get one over on the JD?
WWE United States Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???
Okay, let’s try this again. The Visionary is willing to be a fighting champion, and though some great choices presented themselves earlier, Styles and Finn got in each other’s way. Rollins again gets the mic to say, “Now where were we? Oh yeah, that’s right. Before I was so rudely interrupted, we were about to have ourselves a United States Championship match! I made a promise to you all, and I intend to keep it. But do you guys know that this month marks ten YEARS of Seth Rollins in WWE?” Fans cheer that! “Thank You, Seth!” “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!”
Rollins says, “And what a ride it has been, ladies and gentlemen. You guys have been with me through it all. All the highs, all the lows, the ups, the downs, the wins, the losses. And all the championships! HAHAHA!” Fans again chant, “Thank You, Rollins!” But he will say, this US title here means a lot to him, because before he beat Bobby Lashley, it had been far too long since Seth Freakin’ Rollins had held gold in the WWE. But in just a few short weeks, Rollins has made this title THE title to have here on Raw! Fans cheer that! “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” “You Deserve It!”
Rollins says time to get to business. “Y’all ready for an open challenge? Well let’s see who wants to take a shot! Whoever wants a piece at my title, come on down here! But be ready for a fight, because I ain’t giving up so easily! Because I am a Visionary! I am a Revolutionary! I am… Seth!” “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” But Mustafa Ali is on the tron! “Seth Freakin’ Rollins! And an open challenge? Seriously? Listen, you don’t have to look any further. Because I’m gonna be the-” someone takes out Ali!? But who?! BOBBY LASHLEY!!
“Seth, Ali’s not gonna accept your challenge. There’s two reasons I don’t have my United States Championship. One, because of Brock Lesnar. And last weekend at Crown Jewel, I made him pay by whooping his ass all over the ring. And two, because of you, Seth Freakin’ Rollins. So I’ll be coming to that ring right now to make you-” ALI ATTACKS BACK! But he gets TOSSED away! “As I was saying… I accept your challenge.” The All Mighty’s wrath has awoken, will it be what burns Rollins down? We’ll see, after the break!
Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the All Mighty avenges himself!
But then Lashley CLOBBERS Rollins before any bell! Payback for what happened to him the last few weeks! Lashley drags Rollins up to RAM him into barriers! And then again! And then again! And again! And again! The LEDs are breaking! Rollins scrambles away to get his jacket off but Lashley whips him into more barriers! Lashley stands Rollins up to fire off furious fists, and then he puts Rollins in the ring. Rollins bails out because he needs to recover, but Lashley goes back out after him! Lashley gets a running start, but Rollins SUPERKICKS him first! Rollins RAMS Lashley into steel steps!
Fans fire up as Rollins drags Lashley up and brings him around. Rollins underhooks, but Lashley back drops free! Rollins flounders, Lashley rains down furious fists! Lashley CHOKES Rollins, fans boo, the ref, more refs, and even security rush in to stop Lashley! Rollins gets up and runs in, into a COMPLETE SHOT to the floor! Lashley doesn’t care about the match anymore, he RAMS Rollins into more barriers! Lashley fireman’s carries, and he POSTS Rollins! Lashley shoves people aside to clear off the desk! Fans are torn over the savagery, but the refs tell Lashley to stop. Lashley doesn’t stop, he gives Rollins a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER through the desk!!
Fans lose their minds while Rollins is down in the wreckage! Adam Pearce rushes out to tell Lashley to stop! Rollins writhes but it takes everyone to stand in Lashley’s way to make him to stop. Lashley goes up the ramp, and another open challenge attempt is ruined! Wait, Theory is creeping out here now. What’s this about? The fans boo even more as Theory grins. What is Mr. MITB going to do? Guess we’ll see, after the break.
Raw returns and…
Rollins is still down in the wreckage of the announce desk, clutching his back. And Theory is still lurking around ringside like a vulture. The medics check with Rollins, he isn’t sure what exactly hurts, it just hurts. And then Theory says “CASH IT IN!!” WHAT?! The MITB briefcase, for the US title?! The announcement is made as Theory throws Rollins into the ring!! A ref follows them, and this is happening!! Rollins is on noodle legs but he seems okay to compete, so here we go!!
WWE United States Championship Money in the Bank Cash-In: Seth Rollins VS Austin Theory!
The bell rings, Theory DECKS Rollins!! Cover, TWO!?!? Rollins is still in this and Theory is shocked! But he drags Rollins up, fisherman to the AOI SHOUDO!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Again?!? Theory is fuming already as he drags Rollins back up! Fireman’s carry, for A TOWN- NO! Rollins slips out, underhooks, but Theory kicks free! And he steals PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO!??!!??! Just what is Rollins made of that he’s still in this match?!? Theory is beside himself, losing his mind, and he drags Rollins up by his bleach blonde hair. Fireman’s carry, for the- NO, Rollins slips free with an eye rake! He dodges Theory to POST him!
Theory rushes in, Rollins dodges again, and then he dumps Theory out! Rollins flounders with the bad back while Theory flounders back to the apron. Theory somersaults, into a POWERBOMB!! Rollins SUPERKICKS Theory, then ROCKS him! Turn and DREAM SMASHER!! Both men are down!! Rollins flounders to a corner, drags himself up and takes aim, but runs into a fireman’s carry!! A TOWN DOWN!!!! Cover, LASHLEY drags the ref out?!? Lashley won’t let Rollins win but he won’t let him lose?!? Theory shouts at Lashley that he’s ruining it! Lashley drags Theory out to RAM Theory into the barrier!
Lashley rains down fists on Theory, his wrath knowing no bounds! He lifts Theory to POST him!! And then he RAMS Theory into barriers again! And then fireman’s carries, to POST Theory again!! HURT LOCK on Theory!! Theory is turning red! He’s passing out!! Lashley finally lets Theory go, fans are thunderous, and then Lashley just leaves! What is going to happen to this title match now?! The ref wakes back up, he sees Theory is down and starts a ring count. Fans count along and Theory sputters. Theory’s eyes are open but no one is home at 5 of 10. Then 8! 9! Theory springs in at 9.99!! INTO A CURB STOMP!!! Rollins has to flounder to the cover! ROLLINS WINS!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
The Visionary almost lost, but then still kept, this title, and all because of Lashley! The All Mighty giveth, but will he come to take this title away when it best suits him?
Well this was a wild night. It’s hard to make heads or tails of some choices, but I definitely would never have seen these things coming. For one, the Raw Women’s Division was on fire tonight. Good promos from DMG CTRL and Team Bianca, especially Asuka and Iyo getting at each other. And of course Nikki Cross gets involved again. The Women’s WarGames match is made for Survivor Series, and we’re basically getting the traditional 5v5 Survivor Series match inside the double cage. If Nikki’s joining DMG CTRL, I would hope Piper Niven also joins in since she teamed with Nikki, and has her own reason to want to “take control,” ditching the Doudrop name so she can be herself.
Either way, I would think Candice LeRae joins Team Bianca since she also got beat down by DMG CTRL. And then as the “surprise” fifth, it’ll be Becky Lynch making her return because she was also beat up by DMG CTRL. If that’s the match, that’ll be some awesome stuff. Of course, Dana Brooke could be teased as a possibility after Nikki Cross took the 24/7 title off her, but maybe Dana will be taken out, and just as things look bad for Team Bianca, Becky joins in. And then, regardless of which side wins, I would love if Sasha Banks & Naomi make their return so they can go after Kai & Sky and those tag titles.
Also, Nikki literally throwing that title away, I guess that ends the 24/7 Championship experiment. It was a lot of fun at the start, but sadly tired itself out near the end of Vince’s tenure. They only ever had it as a comedy title when they could’ve found ways to make it serious, but now it doesn’t matter, that’s in the past. R-Truth will go down as the best 24/7, 7-11, 747, I-95 South, European Television Champion ever. The sad thing is, he’s hurt right now, so he can’t even go find his baby in the trash right now. I hope we do see something about that through social media, though.
The US Championship also had a wild night. First, I thought we were getting Rollins VS Finn, or even a Triple Threat that added Styles. That would’ve been an awesome match, but the feud of Judgment Day and OC takes priority for Finn and Styles. Mia Yim being the counter to Rhea was quite the surprise, but Mia makes sense as another person Vince’s regime let go that HHH wanted to make big. Mia VS Rhea is going to be awesome and will help bide time until we can get Rhea VS Beth. Then I hope we get Styles VS Finn, and Good Brothers VS Dom & Damian. Best two outta three in that series for Survivor Series could be a fun way to end that feud, with all the pressure being on Styles VS Finn as the tiebreaker.
But then the US title stuff kept going. Ali calling out Rollins only for Lashley to manhandle him was a great little surprise, and then it was wild that Lashley didn’t even care about facing Rollins in the match, he just beat the hell out of him because he could. And then Theory, after already beating Benjamin with some cheating, decides to use some kind of loophole to cash-in on the US title when the MITB contract has always been about the top title(s). He did tease that he was thinking of the NXT Championship around Halloween Havoc, so I guess that planted the seed that the contract is now for any title.
But then what a strange move for Lashley to then help Rollins win. I suppose now, Lashley can rub that in Rollins’ face. Lashley will want a title match because he single-handedly determined Rollins’ fate. Lashley VS Rollins in an actual match will be quite an awesome match, and it’d be a great win for Rollins. This is still going towards my thoughts that Cody Rhodes’ return will eventually be all about the US title because it’s on Rollins, but to think Rollins might be a Face by then with Lashley going this hard as a Heel.
Seeing Cedric Alexander in a match on TV was good for him, but sadly, he was jobbed out to Corbin. At least JBL kept it short and, well, not sweet, but I guess sour. Less is better for JBL running down the “woke snowflake Millennial/Gen Z” fans per this “cranky Attitude Era Boomer” persona he’s using. Otherwise, he’s running the risk of being Dan Lambert’s AEW character but with a Texas accent. I don’t know who Corbin is going to be in a prolonged feud for with this character, unless there’s someone who can kinda take JBL’s words and spin it, showing that Corbin wouldn’t survive in the Attitude Era, but his opponent would.
I really like what we got out of this Miz story. Gargano’s promo was good, as was the plot twist of the PI recording Miz and using his own words against him. Gargano VS Miz was an awesome match, and Miz had a very clever way of crying wolf, or in this case, crying Lumis. But then the real Lumis of course got Miz back for it. At this point, they’ve got to give us that match they teased of Miz VS Lumis, and if Lumis wins, he’ll get a WWE contract. And maybe even the rest he was owed by The Miz, since the money is all kayfabe anyway. Then after that, we can move this into Mixed Tag territory, the It Couple VS #InDex as part of Indi’s call-up finally happening.
Elias VS Otis was good stuff, but of course Gable distracts so Otis can win. I feel like this is leading to Elias admitting he needs Riddle to at least watch his back against the Academy, and then we get a tag match blow-off. But of course, we got great stuff out of The Bloodline. The Men’s WarGames hasn’t been decided yet, but it has to be about The Bloodline working together against another team of five. We got just awesome promos from Usos and New Day to hype their history defining tag match this Friday, but Riddle sure felt outta place joining in. But at the same time, the bongos pun continues to be pretty fun. That Six Man was great stuff, too, but it makes sense Riddle takes the loss to Solo so that the tag title match has pretty even go-home math. Even so, I feel like the Usos retain to take that number one spot in the WWE history books.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
- 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?
Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!
ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!
Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!
Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.
Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!
Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!
Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)
Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?
The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.
Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.
Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!
Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.
Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!
Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!
Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!
Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!
The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!
Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?
Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!
Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.
Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!
Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!
Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!
But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!
Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!
Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!
Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!
Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)
The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?
The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!
Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!
Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.
Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.
Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.
Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.
Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!
Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!
Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?
As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.
Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
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Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
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