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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/2/22)

The SmackDown World Cup finals are here!

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SmackDown 2022

Who challenges Der Ring General?

The SmackDown World Cup finals sees Ricochet and Santos Escobar battle for the right to face GUNTHER for his WWE Intercontinental Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sheamus w/ The Brawling Brutes VS Sami Zayn w/ The Bloodline; Sami wins.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Emma; Baszler wins.
  • Kofi Kingston VS GUNTHER w/ Imperium; Gunther wins.
  • SmackDown World Cup Finals: Ricochet VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma; Ricochet wins and will challenge GUNTHER for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Sheamus VS Sami Zayn w/ The Bloodline!

Once again, Friday is Fight Night! And The Fella is going up against the Honorary Uce, because nothing was truly settled in WarGames other than whose side Sami is on. Will the Celtic Warrior kick Sami out of the way to go after The Head of the Table? Or will Sami be feeling Ucey in Buffalo?

But before the match, the Bloodline get the mics. Jey says, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” Fans are torn as Sami adds, “Guess what, Jey? At Survivor Series, inside of WarGames, the Bloodline yet again leveled up. And do you wanna know why? Because at WarGames, we had the longest reigning tag team champions-” Jimmy says, “No, no,  no, no, my dawg. We’re not gonna do that. I told you in the back, tonight is about you, my dawg.” Of course The Bloodline leveled up, and of course they hashed it out, but Sami was the MVP! The fans were chanting for Sami USO! Buffalo chants “SAMI USO!” even now!

Sami smiles and shows the goosebumps on his arm. Jey says he doubted Sami for a long, long time. He did. He didn’t like Sami. But when Sami decided to stand with the family, he earned Jey’s respect asap. And it is because of Sami that at WarGames, the Bloodline won. Sami says this is too much. He doesn’t know what to say. Jimmy does! And the question is: How you feelin’? Fans already chant “UCEY! UCEY!” Sami looks around and says, “I gotta say, right now, I am feeling pretty freakin’ Ucey, baby!” Sami calls Jey into it, and they DOUBLE SECRET HANDSHAKE! Sami and Jimmy hug it out, but here comes Sheamus and the Brawling Brutes!

Sheamus has a mic to tell “Sam,” “I hate to beat the bullocks out of a fellow ginger, but trust me. By the end of tonight, you will have a massive smile on your face. I think there’s enough talking for tonight, yeah? It’s FIGHT NIGHT! Let’s go!” Sheamus leads Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne up to the ring, the Bloodline stands down, and the bell rings! Sheamus and Sami circle, tie up, and Sheamus powers Sami to a corner. The ref counts, Sami avoids the haymaker, and they tie up again. Sheamus power Sami back but Sami headlocks. Sheamus powers out to run Sami over! Sheamus whips Sami corner to corner hard, and Sami bounces off buckles!

Sheamus drags Sami up to EuroUpper! Sami kicks back, fires off forearms, then wrenches to whip. Sheamus reverses, but Sami blocks the hip toss. Sheamus blocks Sami’s hip toss, then CLOBBERS him! Sami flounders but Sheamus clamps on a Dublin Grin! Sami endures, Sheamus knees him in the back. Sheamus CLUBS Sami, tosses him out, and Sami flounders to his feet. Sheamus goes out after Sami, to whip him into barriers! The ref starts the ring count, the Bloodline and Brutes stare down, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Sheamus stands on Sami’s hand before he stomps it! Sami rolls out of the ring, Sheamus goes out after him, and the Bloodline backs up. Sheamus ROCKS Sami, puts him back in the ring, then glares at the Usos. Sami KICKS the rope as Sheamus step sin, then he hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Dunne & Ridge coach Sheamus but Sami stomps away at the ropes. The ref counts, Sami lets off, then he sits Sheamus up to rain down fists! Sami CLUBS Sheamus, stalks him to ropes, and CHOKES him! The ref counts, Sami lets off and Sheamus sputters. Fans rally, Sheamus throws body shots, but Sami dropkicks Sheamus down!

Sami and Sheamus are both down but Sami CLOBBERS Sheamus! And CLUBS him, and CLUBS him again! Sami clamps on a chinlock but Sheamus endures. Sheamus fights up, Sami smothers him, but the ref reprimands. Sami stops but Sheamus stands up! Sami is a backpack as Sheamus RAMS him into buckles! Sheamus staggers but Sami BOOTS him! Sami reels Sheamus in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Sheamus rolls to the apron, but Sami storms over. Fans cheer on “SAMI USO!” as he drags Sheamus up. Sami hooks Sheamus up in the ropes, and he grins as he steals BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!

But Sheamus stops it at ONE! Sheamus elbows away on Sami, Sami staggers away, and Sheamus CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him again! Sheamus clotheslines hard in the corner! Then he scoops Sami for a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up but plenty boo as Sheamus storms up behind Sami. Sheamus stands Sami up and hooks him in the ropes, but Sami HOTSHOTS Sheamus away! Sami hurries up top, leaps, but Sheamus catches him! For an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! And then the CLOVERLEAF! Sami endures and fans rally up! The Usos coach Sami and he crawls his way to ropes! ROPEBREAK!

Sheamus lets off at the count of 4 but is frustrated. Sheamus storms up but Sami elbows him way! Sheamus rushes back in but Sami dumps him out! Sami builds speed, and FLIES! Direct hit with the tope conjilo! The Usos are fired up but Sami and Sheamus are both down as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and fans rally as Sami climbs up! But Sheamus ROCKS Sami first! And again, and again, and again! Sheamus CHOPS, climbs up, but Sami fires HEADBUTTS! Sami DECKS Sheamus with a right and fans fire up as he adjusts. Sami leaps, into a KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but sits up in a daze. Sheamus and Sami slowly rise, Sheamus drags Sami up and fires off forearms. Sheamus fireman’s carries, then climbs a corner! Fans are torn but the Usos are worried. Sami fights free to SUPER SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus survives and Buffalo can’t believe it!

The Usos coach Sami up, Sami sits up in the corner while Sheamus crawls to the far side. “This is Awesome!” as Sami takes aim. Sami runs corner to corner, but Sheamus turns Helluva Kick into WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO!!! Sami survives and Buffalo is fired up! Fans rally for Sami as Sheamus goes back to a corner. Sheamus fires up, he aims at Sami and the Usos warn him! Sami bails out, Sheamus hurries after him! Sheamus has Sami on the ropes, Buffalo fires up for BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Sheamus goes past TEN to get TWENTY!! Sami flops down and Sheamus aims from a corner again. Fans are torn but Sheamus aims at Sami.

Sheamus beats his chest, but Jimmy gets on the apron! Sheamus DECKS Jimmy but Sami jumps onto Sheamus! Sheamus bucks Sami away, but Jimmy GAMANGIRIS! Sami hits BLUE THUNDER! Cover, TWO!?! The Usos can’t believe it! But then the Brutes get after them! They brawl, but then Solo CLOBBERS Ridge! The 3v2 goes the Bloodline’s way, UREANGE on the barrier! Ridge and Solo brawl, they’re up against the ring! Solo SUPERKICKS Ridge! Sami hurries to run at Sheamus, but into a KNEE! Jimmy distracts the ref, Jey SUPERKICKS Sheamus!! Sami sunset flips, and Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Further proof that Sami is a part of the Bloodline: Jey helped him win! Sami is all fired up, will he be unstoppable with this support?

 

Legado Del Fantasma speaks.

Santos Escobar says they have only flourished since arriving on SmackDown. Now, he will make sure the SmackDown World Cup belongs in the hands of their perfect enterprise. “Winning this tournament shines a light on Mexico and the superior art of Lucha Libre.” Zelina Vega says we will soon see The Emperor is the very best the industry has to offer. “The results speak for itself. The SmackDown World Cup will give Legado a first class flight to the Intercontinental Championship. And when Santos becomes the Intercontinental Champion, it’ll give Legado an undoubted position of power in WWE.”

Escobar tells La Reina Vega that he likes the sound of that. And he tells Ricochet that he may have made it this far, but the fairytale comes to its final chapter. Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde both say, “Legado reigns supreme.” Will that prophecy come true? Or will Ricochet be the Cinderella Man that wins it all?

 

Backstage interview with Kofi Kingston.

Megan Morant says Kofi has good news, and he says yes! He is the first to declare for the Royal Rumble BABYYY~! Congratulations on that, but she must get his thoughts on the SmackDown World Cup finals. He likes what he’s seeing out of Escobar but he can’t bet against Ricochet. Both guys have a great chance against Gunther, but then Imperium walks in. Giovanni Vinci asks Megan why she’d waste time on someone who clearly has no respect for this great sport. Ludwig Kaiser agrees, as The New Day spends more time online than in the ring. Okay, guys, look, with you and your new shirts, you should be called “ImperiYUCK!”

But Kofi sees where this is going so he’ll stop it here. They want a match but Xavier Woods isn’t here. But Kofi is willing to engage in singles fisticuffs with any one of them! So the question is, who? WHO WHO WHO? The soldiers step aside for Der Ring General to step forward. Gunther says this is perfect. Tonight, Kofi takes him on. Kofi says okay, but was Gunther just hiding there the whole time? Well, see you out there! Will Kofi, a former Intercontinental Champion, prove to the current champion that speed can win against strength?

 

Bray Wyatt speaks.

“Y’know what I think’s pretty wild? I think we’re spoiled today. Society has given us this lavish lifestyle. We’re all shrouded in technology, and everyone has manners. Hmm. And I think that we typically forget that once upon a time, we were all just wild animals. Spiders eat flies, even to this day, snakes eat rates. But nobody looks at this like an act of violence. it’s simply just animals trying to survive. Some must die so that others can live. And you don’t wanna be the one, right? We don’t dare talk about these things, even though all these primal instincts are ingrained in every single one of us!

“We don’t dare talk about it, because we don’t wanna be the freak, right? We want to fit into our little place in society and carry on. But they’re still there. I’m not the one that hurt LA Knight.” Highlights show the last couple of incidents involving LA Knight disrespecting Bray, and then getting hurt. Bray says he didn’t do that, “but I heard you. And oh, how you rejoiced. How primal of you. However, if I had been the one, you would all know. Because there’d be none of him left.” Bray puts out a warning to LA Knight and him, but who will strike next?

 

Shayna Baszler VS Emma!

The Queen of Spades helped be an insurance policy for Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series, but she’s going to do this all on her own. Will Shayna continue to ruin Emma’s homecoming? Or will Emma prove WWE is #AllAboutEmma?

SmackDown returns, and before Emma makes her entrance, Mad Cap Moss walks over. Moss asks if she’s alright and she says she’s good. But she’s realizing five years is a long time away, and so much has changed here. Emma sees the competition is tough. Moss has her stop doubting herself. It isn’t that the competition is tough, it’s that she needs to remember who she is. The Women’s (R)Evolution wouldn’t have happened without Emma busting her butt. And sure, the game has changed, the competition is tough, but Emma belongs here. Emma thanks Riddick for that, and then she kisses him for luck.

Emma makes her entrance and the bell rings. Fans rally, the two tie up, and Shayna waistlocks. Shayna SLAMS Emma down, floats all over her, then slaps her around. Fans boo but Emma shrugs that all off. Emma and Shayna circle, tie up, and Emma wrenches and headlocks. Emma spins and waistlocks and spins Shayna to then snapmare and ghost pin! TWO! Fans cheer as Emma is showing Shayna just how good she is. Things speed up, Emma tilt-o-whirls and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Cover, ONE! Emma storms up after Shayna on the apron but Shayna HOTSHOTS an arm! Shayna storms in and drags Emma up to WRING that arm!

Shayna stands on the arm to YANK it! Emma shakes out the arm but Shayna grabs it, twists the wrist and bends the elbow to then double wristlock. Emma endures but Shayna bends the arm back! Emma avoids the cover but Shayna keeps on the arm. Shayna twists the arm but Emma fights up to roll Shayna up, TWO! Shayna CLOBBERS Emma! Shayna gets the arm again, twists it around and isolates it, but Emma rolls through to KICK Shayna! Emma throws body shots and forearms, but Shayna ROCKS her back! Emma comes back to LARIAT Shayna! Both women are down and fans rally. Shayna runs in but Emma elbows her!

Emma ROCKS Shayna, ROCKS her again, and again! Emma backs Shayna down, whips, but Shayna reverses. Emma holds ropes, then sidesteps Shayna to put her in ropes, DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Emma hurries to bring Shayna up and underhook the arms. But Shayna fights and the arm gives up! Shayna RAMS Emma into a corner, but Emma dodges the knee! Emma has Shayna in a TARANTULA! Fans cheer and the ref counts, Emma lets off at 4. Emma climbs, but Shayna kicks the rope to trip her up! Shayna then KICKS Emma, and THROWS her down! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Emma fades, taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

Shayna just took all that pep talk from Moss and tore it apart! Then she PENALTY KICKS Emma’s bad arm! Fans boo as Shayna isolates the arm, but here comes SHOTZI! Fans fire up as the Wild Child stands up to another bully! Shotzi dodges, fires off forearms on Shayna, but Shayna KICKS Shotzi back! And KNEES Shotzi down! Shayna looms over Shotzi, clamps onto one of her arms, and twists the wrist! Fans boo as Shayna isolates that arm, but here comes RAQUEL!? Raquel Rodriguez has a broken elbow but she’s still here! She storms right up to the ring, stares Shayna down, and then gets in the ring!

Shayna leaves and fans boo. Bully Baszler backs away, and says it took all three of them. Will Shayna have to face the consequences soon enough?

 

Lacey Evans is “getting back to basics.”

She jogs in camouflage and boots. “You are the product of a elite training of the most powerful fighting force in the world: The United States Marine Corps.” The drill sergeant puts her through the training. Lacey has found herself in the crowd with the whiners and the weak, so something had to change. “A Mustang gets a tune-up. A boxer goes to training camp. A Marine goes back to basics.” The journey continues, when and where will we see a renewed and redeemed Lacey Evans?

 

Ricochet speaks.

“So it’s come down to this: Mexico VS the United States of America. Santos Escobar VS Ricochet. From the moment that the competitors were announced, everyone’s been asking me this one question, and that’s, ‘What would it mean for Ricochet to win the SmackDown World Cup?’ I think it’s pretty obvious every time he walks out the curtain. It would mean everything. And if this is the route that Ricochet has to take to finally get his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship with Gunther, then you’re looking at the winner of the SmackDown World Cup. Santos, I hope you’re ready.”

 

Kofi Kingston VS GUNTHER w/ Imperium!

The New Day’s high-flyer brings the Power of Positivity to hold it down, but he isn’t just facing one of the foot soldiers. Will Der Ring General prove that the mat is sacred? Or has he gotten rusty waiting for someone to step up?

SmackDown returns as Imperium makes their entrance. The bell rings, Kofi and Gunther circle, but Vinci talks trash. Kofi kicks at Vinci but Gunther rushes over! Kofi avoids the back hand to KICK Gunther, CLUB and KICK, but Gunther shoves him way. Kofi dropkicks back! Gunther stays up so Kofi fires off more kicks, Kofi headlocks but Gunther counters with a BACKBREAKER! Gunther stomps Kofi, talks trash, then stands him up to EuroUpper! Kofi crawls to ropes, Gunther brings him up but Kofi fires body shots! Kofi ROCKS and KICKS, but Gunther turns Kofi with a facelock to CHOP him down!

Imperium talks more trash while Gunther stalks Kofi to ropes. Gunther stomps Kofi, kicks him around, and stands him up again. Gunther snapmares Kofi, and uses his feet to TWIST Kofi’s head! Fans boo but Imperium cheers. Kofi crawls to ropes, Gunther is on him again and pushes him to ropes. Gunther CLUBS Kofi in the back! Gunther shoves Kofi again but Kofi ROCKS Gunther back! And KICKS! And fires off body shots! Fans fire up, Kofi has Gunther in a corner, but Gunther turns it around to CHOP Kofi down! Kofi writhes but Gunther stalks him to a corner. Gunther kicks Kofi around, Kofi sputters and sits up.

Gunther drags Kofi up and whips him to ropes. Kofi holds ropes, then dumps Gunther out! Gunther is on the apron but Kofi CALF KICKS him down! Kofi builds speed but Ludwig trips him! Fans boo but Gunther BOOTS Kofi back down! Gunther reels Kofi in, but BRAUN makes his way out! The Monster of All Monsters isn’t gonna let Imperium screw Kofi like this! Ludwig and Vinci get Braun’s attention but that’s not good! Braun chases Ludwig! Vinci LEAPS, but into Braun’s arms! Braun POSTS Vinci then TOSSES him away! Ludwig jumps on, but Braun TOSSES him, too! Fans fire up as Braun storms after the soldiers!

But Gunther hauls Kofi up! Kofi slips out of the bomb to hit an SOS! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives and bails out while SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Gunther has a SLEEPER on Kofi! Fans rally as Kofi endures and fights up to his feet! Kofi throws body shots, kicks, and more shots! But Gunther drops back! Kofi rolls that to a cover, TWO! Gunther swings but Kofi counter punches! Kofi fires more hands, but Gunther whips Kofi, only for Kofi to dropkick the legs out! Gunther hobbles, Kofi DOUBLE CHOPS! And DOUBLE CHOPS Gunther on the back! And DROPKICKS Gunther to ropes! Gunther swings but Kofi dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! Gunther is down, Kofi runs for the “NEW~ DAY~! BOOM DROP! Fans fire up with Kofi as he goes to the corner!

Kofi and fans clap, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi spins, but Gunther avoids the Trouble in Paradise to GERMAN SUPELX! Kofi lands on his feet! Gunther runs in, into a SWING KICK! Kofi goes up, STANDING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Gunther stays in this but Kofi kicks him around. Kofi drags Gunther up, KICKS his leg, KICKS it again, but Gunther blocks the whip. Gunther whips Kofi but Kofi goes up and up and leaps, into a CHOP! Gunther hauls Kofi up into a waistlock, for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Gunther grows frustrated but he has the legs! BOSTON CRAB! Kofi endures as Gunther sits deep!

Kofi crawls, reaches out, fights his way over, but Gunther lets off to shift into a CROSSFACE! Gunther pulls on the hold but Kofi endures. Kofi stands up, slips out the back, and KICKS Gunther’s leg! And again, and again and again! Gunther CHOPS! Kofi catches Gunther again, but Gunther gut wrenches Kofi off! But Kofi slips free of that to SUPERKICK! Gunther comes back to SHOTGUN Kofi into a corner! Gunther hauls Kofi up. GENERAL BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Gunther can’t believe it! But this is the toughness of #GrandSlamKofi! Gunther drags Kofi back up, reels him back in, but Kofi CHOPS back!

Gunther SLAPS Kofi! Gunther scoops and POWERSLAMS! Cover, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall

A big win in a big fight for the Intercontinental Champion! That #LastSymphony was what finished this, but was using a powerslam a message to the Monster of All Men? Is Gunther looking past the two men in the World Cup finals tonight?

 

Sami Zayn exits the Bloodline locker room.

This time, there’s a number pad on the door, so only those with a password can get in. Sami types it in to lock it, and Sami says they’re heading out to eat. He knows a great place, he hopes everyone’s hungry. But Jimmy wants Sami to hold on. Sami and Solo can go together. Sami’s been making enemies, the Enforcer will do his job. Well, alright. Let’s go, Uce! Sami & Solo head out, and the Usos talk. Sami may be Bloodline, but he still ugly. Jimmy can’t believe Jey is okay with “Sami Uso.” Jey can’t either. He never thought he’d see the day. But Jimmy asks if Jey ever got to confront Sami for lying to his face.

Jey says no, but Big Uce said he saw what he needed to see looking at Sami. And we saw how WarGames went! They got the win! YEET! But then SHEAMUS attacks, with a shillelagh! Sheamus wishes them luck on Monday. And if the Usos make it through, Sheamus & Drew will be waiting on the other side! Sheamus heads off, shouting, “BANGER! AFTER BANGER! AFTER BANGER!” Will Jimmy & Jey make it through Elias & Matt Riddle just to run into the Celtic Connection?

 

Damage Control is here!

Bayley, Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai are here, shrugging off the loss at WarGames with the fact that they still have the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Bayley says, “DING DONG, idiots! Especially you right there! Sit down with your dumb hat. Trust me, trust me, we don’t wanna be here in stupid Boof-alo, either. But I’m pretty sure, uh, Michael Cole must’ve missed me, huh? That’s why we’re here. SmackDown needed ratings so they knew they could count on Damage Control. You guys saw that footage, right? That was less than a week ago, okay/ We were in WarGames less than a week ago.

“The three of us combined were inside that match for a total of 95 minutes and 19 seconds! DO any of you idiots realize the magnitude of that? Do you know what that does to our bodies? Of course you don’t. Because you dummies cheered for Becky Lynch when she won. Oh gimme a break! She was in there for a cup of coffee!” Fans cheer for Becky but Bayley says Becky’s not here, so the fans can shut up. Bayley was gonna give Becky some credit for stepping up, but never mind, the fans ruined that. Enough about Becky, Bayley wants to talk about the SmackDown Women’s Division. No one had the guts to step up and face DMG CTRL!

And as the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion in history, that really disappointed Bayley. So now they’re here to be SmackDown’s Role Models! You can look up to her, Sky & Kai. But wait! Here comes Liv Morgan! “Bayley, Bayley, Bayley. It seems like you have a problem with the Smackdown Women’s Division. Well on behalf of the locker room, I’m here to address it. One, two, three… Seems fair.” Liv rushes the ring! She trips Dakota, drags her out and RAMS her into steps! Sky runs in but gets sent into barriers! Liv h Bayley alone now and TACKLES her! Liv rains down fists and fans fire up!

But Kai & Sky return to beat Liv down! DMG CTRL mugs Liv 3v1, but wait! Is that… TEGAN NOX?! Nox is back and she slides in to go right at her old friend, Kai! Then she DECKS Sky, DECKS Bayley, CLOBBERS Kai, and kicks everyone! UPPERCUT for Bayley! Nox stomps a mudhole into Bayley but Kai & Sky go after her! They set Nox up for Bayley to LARIAT! Fans boo another 3v1 mugging! But Liv returns with a kendo stick! She SMACKS Kai, SMACKS Sky, and SMACKS Bayley! The stick is broken and fans fire up! Nox runs in with the SHINIEST WIZARD!! Tegan Nox is back, and just like Liv, SHE stepped up! Will DMG CTRL fail to take over even the blue brand?

 

Karrion Kross speaks.

Scarlett Bordeaux deals tarot cards while Mr. Doomsday says, “This universe is one giant storm. It’s chaos, randomness. And I embraced this truth a long time ago. I embraced it. Others, they struggle with this reality. And the more they fight against it, they come to find it puts them all in places they really don’t wanna be. I showed Drew McIntyre this. And I had to teach Mad Cap Moss. That you don’t walk against the wind. But now, now it’s time to take someone else into the eye of the storm. Scarlett.” The card dealt is “The Emperor,” REY MYSTERIO! “Tick-tock.” The apocalypse is coming for the lucha legend, will Rey’s time run out?

 

Uncle Howdy speaks.

“Do you know the man who lives next door? How well do you know their name? Why can’t you all see? I know what he thinks. I know how he feels. It’s all fiction. Trust me. Revel in what you are.”

 

SmackDown World Cup Finals: Ricochet VS Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma!

The King of Flight or the Emperor of Lucha Libre. The trophy awaits on its pedestal, and Der Ring General awaits with his Intercontinental Championship. There must be a winner, who will be the one and only SmackDown World Cup Champion?

SmackDown returns as Ricochet makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two rush in to tie up. Escobar waistlocks, Ricochet wrenches out and wristlocks. Fans rally for “U S A!” but Escobar rolls and wrenches back. Ricochet rolls, handsprings, and backflips to break free! Fans fire up and the two reset. Escobar signals to Cruz but Ricochet sees him. Escobar rushes in but Ricochet ROCKS Escobar! And again! Ricochet runs, but Cruz is there again! Escobar CLOBBERS Ricochet from behind! Escobar then throws Ricochet out while Vega loves what she sees on commentary. Ricochet hurries back up, ROCKS Escobar and springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK!

Ricochet runs and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Ricochet puts Escobar in quick, Vega is worried, but Wilde distracts now in that wild looking suit. Escobar gets away, Ricochet waits on him. Escobar steps in the ring but into a DROPKICK! Ricochet headlocks but Escobar puts him on the apron. Ricochet shoulders Escobar away but he again has to watch for Wilde, He forgets about Cruz and Cruz shoves Ricochet down! Fans boo, the ref suspects something is up, so he EJECTS Cruz & Wilde! Vega is furious but this is the right thing to do! Escobar is shocked, Vega complains to the ref, so the ref EJECTS HER, TOO!!

Escobar is beside himself as all his sidekicks are sent to the back! Fans sing “NANA NA NA! HEY HEY HEY! GOOD-BYE~!” as this is now 1v1, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns, Escobar has Ricochet in a stretch but Ricochet fights free with body shots. Ricochet ROCKS Escobar, ROCKS him again, and CHOPS in the corner. Ricochet whips corner to corner, Escobar reverses but Ricochet goes up and over. Things speed up, Ricochet rolls off Escobar’s back then rolls under to RANA Escobar to a corner! Ricochet runs in to DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Ricochet runs back in to RAM into Escobar and go to the apron. Ricochet slingshots but Escobar trips him up! Ricochet tumbles down, Escobar takes aim! He draws his “bow,” and shoots the ARROW FROM HELL! Direct hit and Ricochet hits the desk hard!

Fans fire up and the ring count starts. Escobar gets a drink of water, he drags Ricochet off the desk and into the ring. Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives all that but Escobar drags Ricochet around. Escobar has the legs, and he has a LION TAMER! Ricochet endures, he turns over, and he kicks free! Escobar turns him over to drop an elbow on the back! Escobar drags Ricochet and hooks the legs up, to then grab at the arms! Ricochet resists but Escobar pulls Ricochet into the ROMERO SPECIAL! Fans rally as Ricochet endures, and Escobar turns it to a cover, TWO! Ricochet escapes, Escobar drags him up and fireman’s carries.

Ricochet grabs ropes, fights free, and Escobar staggers away. Escobar runs in but Ricochet dodges! Ricochet shoulders in, ROCKS Escobar with a right, then brings Escobar up. Escobar fights the suplex, to suplex back! Ricochet fights that, suplexes again, but Escobar is on the apron. They brawl on the edge, Escobar gets the edge, but Ricochet BOOTS Escobar down! Escobar swipes but Ricochet avoids it to SUPERKICK! Escobar wobbles on his feet, Ricochet SHOOTING STAR ATTACKS! Both men are down and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Ricochet has Escobar up top. They brawl with big haymakers and forearms, but Escobar gets the edge. Ricochet staggers away, Escobar adjusts, but Ricochet springs right up after him! SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down on the mat. Ricochet crawls to the cover, TWO!! Escobar is still in this but Ricochet doesn’t let frustration get to him. Fans rally for Ricochet as he and Escobar stand. Ricochet ROCKS Escobar, Escobar ROCKS him back! Ricochet kicks low but Escobar kicks back. Ricochet uppercuts, Escobar JABS and ROCKS! Ricochet fires boxing elbows and an UPPERCUT!

Ricochet runs, Escobar dodges, but Ricochet dodges back, HEADS COLLIDE!! Both men are down in a daze and fans rally up. The fans count along as the standing count starts. Both men slowly stir, crawl around, and Ricochet reaches for Escobar but Escobar flops out of the ring. A ring count starts now and Escobar takes his time to recover. Ricochet hurries out after Escobar, but he’s just as wobbly. Escobar baits Ricochet into a corner of the barriers, then moves! But Ricochet just jumps onto the barriers! Escobar joins him, they brawl up on the tightrope! Escobar SUPER STEINERS Ricochet to the floor! Buffalo loses its mind over that one!

Escobar puts Ricochet in, covers, TWO!! Ricochet is still in this and Escobar is seething. Escobar sees Ricochet hasn’t moved much so he covers again, TWO! Escobar stomps Ricochet for still fighting back. Escobar then runs to stop, whistle and drop an elbow! Fans boo as Escobar bends Ricochet back in a chinlock stretch! Ricochet endures, so Escobar puts Ricochet in the corner. Escobar CHOPS and Ricochet drops to his knees. Escobar puts Ricochet up top, GAMANGIRIS, and then climbs up after Ricochet. Fans rally and Ricochet fires haymakers back! Escobar falls and fans fire up! Ricochet adjusts, but Escobar bails out!

Escobar climbs up from the outside, CHOPS, then climbs up after him. SUPER STEINER, but Ricochet lands on his feet!! Fans lose their minds again, Ricochet V-TRIGGERS and NORTHERN LIGHTS, rolls through and deadlifts to the BRAINBUSTER! And then a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Fans can’t believe it but Escobar is still in this! Both men have been champion before, this proves how much they want to be champion again! Fans fire up, as does Ricochet. He runs at Escobar to DROPKICK him into buckles! Escobar is in the drop zone, Ricochet goes up top! Fans are thunderous for the SHOOTING STAR onto knees!! Cover, TWO!!!

Escobar can’t believe it, but his last second turnaround didn’t end this! Escobar fires off knee son Ricochet, drags him up for more knees, then fireman’s carries! Escobar throws more knees, PHANTOM- VICTORY ROLL! TWO!! Ricochet V-Triggers but Escobar dodges to POISON-RANA!! Cover, TWO!! It’s like Escobar’s seen a ghost! Escobar snarls, looks around as he tries to figure out what to do, so he just rains down furious fists! The ref backs Escobar off, but Escobar fireman’s carries, and then climbs the corner! Fans are thunderous and Ricochet slips off to CLUB away on Escobar! Ricochet adjusts and jumps, SUPER POISON-RANA!!!

Escobar staggers around, into a V-TRIGGER! SUPERKICK! HEEL KICK!! Escobar goes down and Ricochet heads up! Ricochet 630 SENTONS!!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall (SmackDown World Cup Winner)

The One and Only did it! He shouts, “I TOLD YOU~!” Fireworks go off as Ricochet holds up the trophy! But then Gunther makes his return, title on his shoulder. Ricochet stares down Der Ring General, and the countdown to their showdown is on. Two weeks from now, we see the Intercontinental Champion VS the SmackDown World Cup Champion, but who will be THE winner in this long awaited rematch?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown to build off WarGames and head for the holiday season. For one, a great opener from Sheamus VS Sami, especially with the growing story of The Bloodline. Naturally, Sami gets help from the Usos now to win the match, and naturally, Sheamus wants after the Usos for it. Sheamus & McIntyre VS The Usos is a given as Elias will surely turn on Matt Riddle on Raw. And Sheamus & McIntyre VS The Usos is going to be an awesome match next week, in which I’m sure Sami will be pivotal in the Usos retaining. And as I’ve been saying, this all builds towards the long term story that Sami and Kevin will be the ones to take the tag titles.

Really good promo from Bray Wyatt, and he is clearly talking about Uncle Howdy when he says someone was happy LA Knight got beat up. Uncle Howdy had a good promo, too, to further make us doubt Bray is being genuine. I bet LA Knight’s response next week is to also claim Bray is playing us, and that he’ll expose Bray, and then maybe we get Bray’s first match back as part of the Christmas Friday episode on the 23rd. And there has been talk of a special stipulation match for the Royal Rumble involving Bray, so a simple singles match can have a wonky finish that then requires a rematch with the stakes raised.

I couldn’t be sure how well that promo Emma had with Moss was, because they didn’t do the best with catching Moss’ part. Sure, it’s live TV but WWE is usually on top of this stuff. Emma VS Shayna was a good match but fans didn’t give actually damn until the very end when Shayna was beating up on Emma. Great to see Shotzi going after Shayna to keep things going from Survivor Series, and interesting to see Raquel given her elbow is kayfabe broken. I’m not sure if this is building towards Shotzi VS Ronda II or a tag team blow-off, but I’m surprised there wasn’t more with Kross & Scarlett with Emma & Moss.

Speaking of which, decent promo from Kross and Scarlett to call out Rey Mysterio. That’s a bit of a surprising choice but I suppose Kross has to feud with someone while all titles are in a holding pattern. Lacey Evans gets a new vignette series, and it seems HHH is going to fix the parts Vince mucked up. Y’know, making her a Heel after a month of making her feel like a Face. Lacey does do a good job of being a Heel, and can be a Face if given the chance, I just hope HHH keeps things consistent rather than swerving for the sake of swerving. And a really good promo from Bayley for Damage Control starting a SmackDown story. Liv and the returning Nox looked great in fighting them off, I feel like Liv and Nox would make a great tag team to fight Sky & Kai for the women’s tag titles.

Good promo from Kofi and Imperium to set up Kofi VS Gunther. That was a great match, and Braun Strowman is clearly still poised as the real threat to Gunther. Braun ran off Imperium, Gunther still beat Kofi, further building Gunther’s strength as champion. Braun VS Gunther has to happen come Rumble, the WWE’s Big Four really should have the midcard titles on it. That said, great promos from Escobar and Ricochet, awesome match from Escobar and Ricochet, and Ricochet winning makes sense. I forgot he did not have his rematch for the title, so Ricochet is going to give Gunther an awesome match in a couple weeks, though in a losing effort.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/4/24)

Brutal rematch after brutal rematch!

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Drew McIntyre says down with Day One Uce!

Though he’s primed to go after the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Drew McIntyre looks to crush Main Event Jey Uso once and for all!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • GUNTHER VS Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh; Gunther wins.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; win.
  • Becky Lynch VS Nia Jax; wins.
  • Andrade VS ???
  • Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

San Antonio fires up for The American Nightmare as he makes his way to the ring. The fans sing along with the song, and “WHOA~ OH~!” get the pyro. Cody steps into the ring, the fans chant his name, and he gets the mic to ask, “So, San Antonio…! What do we wanna talk about? I’d love if we could speak about how at WrestleMania 40, in the main event, with the lights on brightest, the biggest game of the year, I will stand across from the greatest champion in company history, The Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” The fans boo, but Cody says, “However… I am really unable to talk about that because of a… distraction.”

Cody says there’s a distraction that stings quite a bit. He is of course talking about… The Rock. Fans boo more, then chant “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” Cody says last week, The Rock went to Instagram, posted a 16 minute video, then spoke at length on SmackDown. To sum it up, The Rock called the fans in Phoenix meth heads, talked about Cody’s dog, and don’t ever talk bad about Cody’s dog, and then of course, the biggest headline of all, which The Rock made sure wasn’t the headline, The Rock ever so eloquently spun things and changed the conversation.

The Rock presented a whole new challenge like the master politician that he is. No wonder people want him to run for office. Hell, Cody might even end up voting for The Rock. But Cody can’t dismiss those words entirely, because it is true what The Rock said about their conversation. The Rock poured honey into Cody’s ear, telling Cody that the people don’t want Cody VS Roman. The people want Rock VS Roman. Fans boo because that’s wrong, and Cody points out how the fans started chanting something else. The fans respond here with “We Want Cody!” Cody nods and continues by saying that he heard all that, the management all heard it, and Cody appreciates it.

The Rock of course heard all that, because then he called those fans “crybabies.” Are there any crybabies here in San Antonio? The fans fire up! But now, The Rock has presented an entirely different challenge. One that doesn’t just involve Cody, but one that involves his… friend. Yeah, they’re friends! And it’s time for that friend to come out here! Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the World Heavyweight Champion, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The Visionary makes his entrance in a volt green ensemble and the fans sing his song, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins joins Cody in the ring, gets a mic, and then revels in the singing.

Rollins then says, “San Antonio! Welcome…! To Monday! Night! Rollins~!” The fans cheer and Rollins ask “Mr. Nightmare, what’re you thinking, my man?” Cody says obviously, Rollins has offered to have Cody’s back against The Bloodline. Rollins stood next to Cody when he got slapped across the face, and Rollins has said he’s going to be there moving forward. The plot has been incredibly twisted. Cody didn’t even think he was gonna be on the WrestleMania card anymore, but when he saw that pompous PowerPoint presentation about The Bloodline’s family being better than everyone else’s that Cody had to go back on his word.

Cody won the Rumble, it is his right, HE gets to challenge Roman Reigns. Rollins meanwhile, coming off injury, he has to face the only other guy who has pinned Cody since Cody’s WWE return in Drew McIntyre. So, what Cody is saying and has wanted to say for all the world to see: Roman & Rock are two Mount Rushmore caliber wrestlers, working together, Cody fully understands if Rollins wants to focus on McIntyre and is not onboard with having Cody’s back. Rollins scratches the back of his head while he thinks. Rollins says he respects Cody giving him the out, Rollins will take care of McIntyre, alright?

Fans cheer as Rollins reminds us that he told McIntyre, he told Cody and he told the world, there are some things bigger than us. And taking down The Bloodline is the BIGGEST thing they can do! The fans cheer more, and Rollins says this isn’t just Cody’s story that needs to be finished. It is Rollins’ story, too. Ten years ago, Rollins and Roman came in together, they wanted to take the power from the top. Rollins wanted to take the power and give it back to the people! Turns out, Roman wants to keep all the power for himself! And here’s the problem: Rollins and Cody are this close. The Rock being in The Bloodline, they are this close to Roman Reigns having absolute power.

And The Rock, well… Rollins isn’t sure about the fans but he knows Cody agrees with this, Rollins is so over The Rock. The fans chant “ROCKY SUCKS!” again and Rollins says yeah, he does suck! And he ain’t been The Rock for a long time. He damn sure ain’t been The People’s Champ! And so Rollins isn’t just gonna call him any of that. Rollins has been thinking about it, he wants a new name for The Rock. He’s now gonna be… Diarrhea Dwayne! Because he’s been running his mouth and all that comes out is wet baby poo. The fans chant “DIARRHEA!” and Rollins is amused. Guess San Antonio agrees, huh?

Rollins continues to say that The Rock gets on Instagram, and 21 minutes!? Seriously? He insults Cody’s dog and says he can make the World Heavyweight Championship “go away?” That with a snap of his fingers, because he’s the boss, he’ll make it go away. Rock, Rollins dares you to try! And get this! In case you didn’t hear him, because 21 minutes is a long time to listen to that idiot, Rock said he made pro-wrestling cool again! Fans boo and Rollins agrees there. The Rock is our wrestling savior! He made this cool! Diarrhea Dwayne, you ain’t been cool in 20 years!

But here’s what is cool: This morning, Rollins received a 100% medical clearance! He is BACK, he is ready to go, and so this Friday, Rollins will be at SmackDown to confront The Bloodline! The fans fire up hearing that! Rollins wants to know, though, as he’s asked Cody many times and told him for weeks. Rollins has Cody’s back, so what Rollins wants to know is: does Cody have his? Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cody tells Rollins that he also has a message for The Rock. “It’s been a long time since you haven’t just been handed something. I think it’s been since you had that seven bucks in your pocket, and I think you forgot.

“The People’s Champion is not in perpetuity, Rock. I am not the same man as you. I’m not gonna whine in a 21 minute promo. I am coming to SmackDown with Seth Freakin’ Rollins, I am going to stand across from you, Roman Reigns, The Wise Man, the whole Bloodline, in the great state of Texas, and this Friday, I will give you face-to-face, eye-to-eye, not whispering in your ear, crystal clear and obvious answer for what’s happening at WrestleMania!” Well, the American Nightmare & Visionary are all fired up, and it is pretty clear what’s about to happen at WrestleMania! Will this dream team tear down the Rock & Roman?

 

GUNTHER VS Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh!

Der Ring General wants challengers for his Intercontinental Championship, but he also doesn’t really take anyone else on this roster seriously. And, well, of all people to step up to him, it was Dirty Dom. Will the Prodigal Son prove the doubters wrong and find a way to bring down the most dominant Intercontinental Champion in history? Or is he going to wish he never left Papa Rey’s side?

The bell rings and Dom circles with Gunther. They feel things out, Dom kicks low but then backs away. The fans chant “Dom, You Suck!” Dom and Gunther tie up, and Gunther TOSSES Dom away! Dom staggers up and Gunther smiles. Dom and Gunther reset, then Dom goes for a leg. Gunther smothers that takedown with a facelock, then gets a leg! HALF CRAB! Dom scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Gunther lets off, and the Irish Ace coaches Dom up. Dom gets up to shove Gunther, then CHOPS him! Fans fire up but Gunther TOSSES Dom to a corner! Dom dodges the chop to CHOP again!

Gunther snarls, Dom wants forgiveness and hides in the ropes. Then Dom SLAPS Gunther! Gunther chases Dom out of the ring, and around it, but then JD steps up. JD knows how to take it to Gunther, but Gunther shoves JD into a post! Gunther swings but Dom gets JD outta the way, Gunther CHOPS the POST! Dom then SMACKS the hand off the post! Dom goes up while Gunter slides in, and Dom slingshots to STOMP! Dom gets Gunther up but Gunther gets a SLEEPER! Dom pries the bad arm away for an ELBOW BREAKER! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, then goes up and up to flying- NO, Gunther disrupts that!

Gunther kicks low then CHOPS through the pain! Dom falls right outta the ring and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Gunther looms over Dom. Gunther drags Dom up, but Dom CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Dom right down! Gunther stands Dom up again, puts him in a corner, and rips that vest open! Gunther CHOPS Dom inside-out! Gunther drags Dom right back up and fans want that “One More Time!” Gunther obliges and CHOPS Dom right back down! Gunther then gets the legs, turns Dom over, and has the BOSTON CRAB! Dom endures while Gunther sits deep! JD gets on the apron, Gunther runs him off, but Dom is free to DROPKICK Gunther down! The fans boo but Dom goes up and up and TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHAS!

Dom and Gunther are both down on the outside and JD coaches Dom up. The ring count climbs, Gunther stands at 5 of 10. Dom follows and CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Dom again! Gunther shoves Dom in at 7, slides in after him, and then runs up, but into a drop toehold! Gunther’s on ropes, Dom dials it up, but Gunther LARIATS Dom inside-out! Cover, but Gunther lets off?!? Gunther wants to hurt Dom for his insolence and the fans are loving it! Gunther gets the legs again but Dom kicks and kicks and kicks! Dom is free again, but Gunther SLAPS him! Gunther reels Dom in, hoists Gunther up, but Dom hits a SUNSET BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

Gunther is free and JD can’t believe how close that was! Dom hurries back up, dodges Gunther to CLOBBER him! Gunther ends up on ropes again and Dom redials! 619!! Gunther falls over, Dom goes up the corner! Shout out to Eddie with the FROG- NO, Dom has to bail through! T-REX SHOTGUN!! Gunther hauls Dom up, for the GUNTHER BOMB!! And then the BOSTON CRAB!! Dom taps, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by submission

Der Ring General made sure Judgment Day understands what stepping to him means! Will the rest of the Raw roster also reconsider challenging Gunther for WrestleMania?

 

Damage Control is backstage.

Dakota Kai, having betrayed Bayley, is still with Iyo Sky, Asuka & Kairi Sane, feeling good after SmackDown. But then Adam Pearce walks over. Just what’re they doing here tonight? Uh, wow, Pearce, you do realize the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions can go to whatever brand they want to, right? That’s how this works. Yeah, he is aware of that. But the last time they were all here, they caused chaos. So whatever they’ve got planned, he doesn’t want it. So he will rephrase the question: Why are they here? Well, since he asked so nicely, Shayna & Zoey have been running their mouths lately.

So DMG CTRL just figured, Shayna & Zoey have a match, so DMG CTRL wants to scout the competition. No worries, Pearce, you can trust them. Shinsuke Nakamura then walks over and says he and Pearce need to talk. Pearce assumes this is about the Intercontinental Championship. Yes, it is. Dakota says Pearce is busy, DMG CTRL will take care of business. Nothing to worry about! Sure. Pearce says he’ll keep his eyes on them, and then he tells Nakamura that he gets it. But Pearce has an announcement about the contender for later tonight. If Nakamura wants to talk about that, meet him in his office. Thank you.

The King of Strong Style heads out, and Pearce has his hands full tonight. Will Der Ring General have some real competition now? Will The Queen of Spades & The Hunter prove to DMG CTRL that they’re a legitimate threat?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The WWE Women’s Tag Division is heating up, and this match could go a long way to determining the next challengers for Asuka & Kairi. The Queen of Spades & The Hunter are hungry for gold, will they tear up the former champions to whet their appetite? Or will WrestleMania truly become the biggest party on the WWE calendar?

The teams sort out, Kayden starts against Shayna and the two circle. They tie up, Shayna waistlocks, but Kayden uses that to victory roll. ONE, and Shayna avoids the kick. Kayden says that was close, and the two go again. Shayna runs in, Kayden dodges and wheelbarrows, but Shayna blocks the arm-drag to STOMP that arm! Kayden writhes, Shayna soaks up the cheers and jeers, and then she drags Kayden up. Shayna wrenches the arm, tags Zoey, and they hand off the wristlock. Zoey corners Kayden while Shayna runs side to side, but Kayden gets away from them both! Shayna knees buckles, Kayden dodges Zoey then BOOTS her away!

Kayden KICKS from below, runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Shayna tags back in, Zoey hangs Kayden out to dry for Shayna to KNEE her down! The hunters egg DMG CTRL on but DMG CTRL sends it back while Raw goes to break.

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Revolution Results & Report! (3/3/24)

Revolution is a mystery!

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This is the biggest Revolution yet!

While the AEW World Championship is defended in a Triple Threat, Revolution is also Sting’s last match ever! Will The Icon retire undefeated? Or will the EVPs serve him a bitter “severance package?”

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zero Hour – 12 Man Tag: The Bang Bang Scissor Gang VS Willie Mack, Private Party & Team Triple J w/ Sonjay Dutt & Karen Jarrett; BBSG wins.
  • Zero Hour – Kris Statlander & Willow Nightingale w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Julia Hart & Skye Blue; Kris & Willow win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Christian Cage w/ The Patriarchy VS Daniel Garcia; Christian wins and retains the title.
  • AEW Continental Triple Crown Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Bryan Danielson; Eddie wins and retains the titles.
  • All-Star Scramble: Chris Jericho VS Lance Archer VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Wardlow VS Hook VS Brian Cage VS Magnus VS Dante Martin; Wardlow wins and earns a future AEW World Championship opportunity.
  • AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom; Strong wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
  • FTR VS Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli; Moxley & Claudio win.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: “Timeless” Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS Deonna Purrazzo; Storm wins and retains the title.
  • Don Callis Family Feud: Will Ospreay VS Konosuke Takeshita; Ospreay wins.
  • AEW World Championship Triple Threat: Samoa Joe VS Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Hangman Page; wins and
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Tornado Tag Match: Sting & Darby Allin VS The Young Bucks; win and

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Revolution Zero Hour!

Join Renee Paquette and RJ City in discussing, analyzing and predicting the night that features Sting’s last match ever!

 

Tony Schiavone and David Crockett are here!

These two reunite in the Greensboro Arena, where so much of Sting’s iconic career took place. David says as we know, tonight is about family. The Young Bucks made this extremely personal when they attacked Sting’s sons, so what was to be a celebration of a great career has become a grudge match. There is purpose and revenge, Sting isn’t leaving until he finishes the job. Great years were spent here, the centerpiece of Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA. Here on hallowed ground, from 1988 to 2024, Sting finishes his career here, live on PPV! Dial in, because there’ll be nothing else like it!

 

Zero Hour – 12 Man Tag: The Bang Bang Scissor Gang VS Willie Mack, Private Party & Team Triple J w/ Sonjay Dutt & Karen Jarrett!

Jay White & Colten Gunn made it work with Daddy Ass, The Acclaimed made it work with Austin, and we have seen the entire six pack in action and win once before. Will this be another hit for the super group? Or will the mash-up of The Mack, Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy, Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett & Satnam Singh destroy the dysfunctional half dozen?

“Platinum on the mic, I’ma ’bout to cook this! All these jobbers in the ring, who the hecc booked this? A Black guy, an Indian and Jeff in the mix, I just wanna know: whose fetish is this? You make my job easy when I’m rappin’, you’re like an offensive joke waitin’ to happen! The Bang Scissor- Sh*t!” Caster lost his flow three times in a row! Is #TriplePartyJay winning gonna open the show? Bowens still shouts, “GRRREENSBOROOO~! The Bang Bang Scissor Gang has arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass!” And he does~!

The teams sort out and Austin starts against Brother Zay. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” and Austin circles with Zay. Jarrett coaches Zay up and he ties up with Austin. Austin headlocks, grinds the hold, Sonjay offers fist bumps to the commentary team. Zay slips around to headlock Austin but Austin powers out. Zay ducks ‘n’ dodges and squealing DROPKICKS! Zay kips up and the fans join in on “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Things speed up, Zay whips but Austin ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he BOOTS Zay down! Austin says “SHOTS! SHOTS!” and the fans join in! Zay is annoyed, he swings but misses and Austin JABS, JABS, JABS and two-steps to DECK Zay!

Austin brings Zay up, brings him over, and tags in Colten. The Gunns whip, body shot and knee lift! Then Colten CLOBBERS Zay! “Guns up!” The fans join in again as Colten says “SHOTS!” Zay tags Quen, Quen circles with Colten, then gets around to CLUB him! Quen RAMS Colten into a corner, Sonjay talks smack, and Quen whips corner to corner. Colten reverses then back drops Quen away! Quen squeals like Zay! Colten DROPKICKS Quen down and then tags in Caster. Caster brings Quen up, scoops, staggers, but he still SLAMS Quen down. Tag to Bowens and he goes up, to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS!

The fans fire up while Bowens covers, TWO! Bowens says guns up, and then he brings Quen around. Tag to Colten, they mug Quen and Colten clamps onto an arm. Quen fights up, pulls hair, and he puts Colten on the ropes. The ref counts, Quen lets off, but Lethal HOTSHOTS Colten! Quen DROPKICKS Colten down! Fans boo but Quen tags in Jarrett. They mug Colten, and Double J stomps Colten to ropes. Jarrett runs, pulling the ref’s attention, which allows Karen to CHOKE Colten before the STRADDLE ATTACK! Fans boo more as Jarrett starts up the Fargo Strut, and everyone on his team joins in on the outside!

Jarrett stomps Colten around then tags in Lethal. Jarrett whips Colten to kick low, Lethal hits the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Lethal soaks up the heat, kicks at Austin, then goes back to Colten. Tag to Mack and the fans finally have reason to cheer. Mack whips and LARIATS Colten down! Mack keeps Colten from BBSG, then tags in Quen. Quen drops knees, and fans actually chant, “Let’s Go, Colten!” Colten endures, fights up, but Quen snapmares him down. Tag to Kassidy for the slingshot SENTON! Zay then taunts BBSG before he stomps away on Colten. Zay clamps on a chinlock but Colten endures.

The fans rally, Colten fights up, and he throws body shots! Colten gets free but Zay CLUBS him! Zay kicks, Colten blocks, but he gets the DRAGON WHIP! Tag to Quen and Private Party coordinate. Quen is the stepstool, Zay runs up, but Colten dodges! Party in Motion hits the rest of the team! Zay & Quen panic, they get Colten’s legs but he BOOTS them away! Hot tag to Bowens! The Five Tool Player rallies on Private Party! ROLLING ELBOW for Quen, ROLLING ELBOW for Zay! Lethal runs in but he gets Rock Paper Scissors SUPERKICK! Bowens ROCKS Quen to run and FAMOUSER BULLDOG! Sonjay gets on the apron, Bowens DECKS him!

Karen distracts the ref while Jarrett runs up, Bowens dodges, but into the LETHAL COMBINATION! Quen covers, TWO! Quen drags Bowens up and tags in Satnam! Satnam CHOPS Bowens, brings him around, and then TOSSES him across the ring! Bowens tumbles, Satnam drags him back over and tags Lethal back in. Lethal dusts off his hands and smiles, then he brings Bowens up. Lethal suplexes and holds Bowens up for a count of TEN before the SLAM! Lethal grins at Billy then goes back to Bowens. Tag to Jarrett and Triple J whips. Bowens reverses but Lethal stops himself, Jarrett RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS!

Jarrett stomps away on Bowens, says he’s going nowhere, then whips him to ropes. Bowens KICKS back, both men stagger, and Jarrett runs up! Bowens ROCKS Jarrett again and again and again! The fans fire up as Bowens runs, but Jarrett ELBOWS him! Jarrett runs to STRADDLE the ropes as Bowens moves! Jarrett hobbles, Bowens BOOTS him then goes up to BLOCKBUSTER! The fans fire up as both men are down! Switchblade coaches Bowens, the fans rally for him, too, and Bowens crawls over! Jarrett also crawls, hot tags to Mack and Billy! Daddy Ass rallies on Mack, Lethal, Private Party, and he even DECKS Satnam!

Billy tells the One in a Billion to “SUCK THIS!” and then he SPLASHES Mack in a corner! Billy brings Mack out, kicks low and tells him “SUCK IT!” But Satnam trips him up! Mack hits a STUNNER, followed by a LETHAL INJECTION! Zay hurries up top to SWANTON BOMB! Quen adds on a 450 SPLASH!! Mack hurries to cover, TWO!! Billy survives and shocks #TriplePartyJay! The BBSG drag them all out and send them into barriers, but then Mack goes up! Mack SIX-STAR FLOPS as Billy moves! White is there, hot tag to King Switch! And he drags Mack up for the BLADE- NO, Zay springboards in!

White dodges Zay, Zay turns around into the 3:10 TO YUMA! But Quen CROSSBODIES the Gunn Sons! But then Quen turns around into THE ARRIVAL! Caster goes up for the MIC DROP!! Jarrett drags Bowens out and sends him into railing! Satnam storms in and White gets face to chest with the giant! But then Billy has White hold on. Billy is big but still not Satnam big! Satnam shoves them both away, DECKS Bowens, then grabs Caster! Satnam TOSSES Caster, then SHOVES Austin! White CHOP BLOCKS him, but Satnam stays up!? Billy kicks low and White CHOP BLOCKS again, they finally get the giant on his knees!

The fans fire up as White sets Satnam up for a FAMOUSER!! Mack returns to SUPERKICK Billy! White gets Mack again, BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, BBSG wins!!

Winners: The Bang Bang Scissor Gang, by pinfall

#TriplePartyJay tried to use the numbers game, but not even they could stop this super six pack from flexing their guns! The AEW World Trios & ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions stand tall together once again, and White gets the mic. “Yo! Yo! YO!” White is copying Max as he says, “Listen! See, Max? It’s not that hard. Oh yeah, guns up for my Greensboro Gold Members~!” Now, White is always telling the gang about how much he loves Greensboro. It’s one of his favorite cities in the world! The fans appreciate that, and White continues to say that Greensboro has some of the greatest wrestling fans!

The fans again cheer, and White says hey, what better place to have an event like Revolution? And there’s a lot of action tonight! Will Ospreay is here! Who walks out the AEW World Champion? Fans chant “JOE! JOE! JOE!” so that answers that. Oh oh oh oh, who is ready for Sting’s last match, huh? The fans sure are! A very big night, kicking off the biggest way possible with the Bang! Bang! Scissor! Gang! The two best trios, the single best six man team, and the GREATEST faction in the GREATEST wrestling company, AEW! The fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” and White says BBSG is led by one of the greatest of all time.

White can remind any of us, that on any given day, at any given moment, just who he is. He’ll remind us why he is the Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling! He’ll remind us to Breathe with the Switchblade! The fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Switchblade~!” White says in ten days time, AEW Dynamite in Boston, maybe he handles some Big Business of his own! Fans like the sound of that. But until then, EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed. And if you ain’t down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP! The Switchblade is taking aim at something, two guesses what title he wants to add to the collection.

 

Backstage interview with Best Friends.

Lexi Nair is with Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta, Rocky Romero & Chuck Taylor, but also Doc Sampson, because we need a medical update on the International Champion before his match with Roderick Strong tonight. Doc says as we know, Cassidy has been getting beat up the last few months, and that Doc keeps telling Cassidy to tape up that back and ribs. Tonight, it happens or he isn’t being cleared. Then with all that said, how does Cassidy feel going into this? Trent speaks up that Cassidy always fights through it. And just like always, the boys have his back. Cassidy wants to talk to them about that, actually

Tonight, before, during and after, Best Friends need to stay in the back. Cassidy is sick and tired of seeing his friends getting hurt because of him, so he has to do this on his own. Chuck says yeah, he’ll keep the others back and respect Cassidy on this. Hands in, and even Doc and Lexi join in. Freshly Squeezed has support in spirit, but will that not help when The Undisputed Kingdom will stack the deck?

 

We hear from PAC!

The Bastard says, “Here we go again. A tale as old as time. The forgotten bastard! Where have you been, boy? None of your pissin’ business where I’ve been! Well, you tell me. Who said life’s so hard? Huh? Every man has his struggle. Do you think I don’t know the burden of shame? Isolated, blinded, broken. I almost popped me clogs. But I didn’t~! You’ll never get rid of me, Tony Khan! I’m like a cockroach, an indestructible little bastard, always lurking in the underbelly. I will be back very soon, whether you like it or not. And I am going to drag this festering scrotum of a company into a new age! Because I’m alive, ladies and gentlemen! And doesn’t it feel good to be alive?”

 

Zero Hour – Kris Statlander & Willow Nightingale w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Julia Hart & Skye Blue!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Babes with the Power have been meaning to settle things with the Princess of the Black Throne and her little sidekick for some time, so no better time than Revolution! Will Kris & Willow crush the TBS Champion and Chicago Skye? Or will Greensboro see The House Always Wins?

Stokely joins commentary to explain that everyone has miscommunications. He wanted Kris to do things one way, Willow wanted it the other, let’s just drop the issue. The teams sort out and Skye starts against Willow. These two circle, but Julia spooks Willow and that allows Skye to attack! Skye stomps Willow, Willow shoves her away so Skye swing on Kris! Kris ducks the sucker punch, and Willow ROCKS Skye! Willow CHOPS Skye, fans “WOO~!” and then Willow CHOPS again! Tag to Kris and Willow feeds Skye to the shoulder tackle! The fans fire up as Kris whips Skye to a corner. Kris runs in to ROCK and CHOP Skye for herself!

Kris fires forearms and CHOPS over and over! The fans fire up but the ref counts, and Kris lets off at 4. Kris then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Skye runs up, but into a scoop! Skye slips fere, tag to Julia, and the fans fire up as Kris arm-drags Julia down! Kris scoops Julia now, and she SLAMS Julia down! Julia sits up, into a SLIDING LARIAT! Tag to Willow, she runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Willow drags Julia up, suplexes, but Skye saves Julia. Kris ROCKS Skye, then reels her in. Kris & Willow both suplex high and hard! Fans fire up while Kris gets Skye outta the ring and Willow covers Julia, TWO!

Willow keeps cool and hauls Julia up. Willow bumps Julia off buckles, tags Kris, then Kris bumps Julia off more buckles. Kris CLUBS Julia, CHOPS her, then brings her out. Julia fires body shots but Kris powers up to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kris keeps on Julia and tags Willow back in. They whip Julia to a corner, then Willow runs to back body block! Willow clotheslines Julia, snapmares, but Julia avoids the boot to CHOP BLOCK! Julia RAMS Willow into the corner, tags in Skye, and Julia CHOKES Willow on ropes so Skye can SHINING WIZARD! Skye keeps moving, and she BOOT WASHES Willow down!

Skye waves to Stokely and says that was for him. Stoke says to watch your mouth! Skye covers Willow, TWO! Skye CLUBS Willow, stomps her to the corner, then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Skye lets off, and Julia CHOKES Willow! Skye runs in to ROCK Willow then snapmare her down. Skye KICKS Willow right in the back! Skye pushes Willow around but the fans rally. Willow throws body shots but Skye DECKS her! Skye scuffs Willow, but Willow throws more body shots! Skye ROCKS Willow but the fans fire up! Skye clinches but Willow throws body shots. Skye throws Willow down by her hair!

Skye taunts Kris, CLUBS Willow, then tags in Julia. Julia CHOPS Willow, puts her in another corner, and CHOPS again! Willow turns things around to CHOP! The fans fire up but Julia RAMS Willow into the corner. Tag to Skye and Skye stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Skye lets off, and she storms back up. Skye stomps Willow, brings her around, but Willow cradle counters! TWO! Skye escapes and LARIATS Willow down! Cover, TWO! Willow stays in this but Skye slaps her! Willow and Skye fire forearms, and then Skye CHOKES Willow on ropes while she shrieks! The ref counts but Skye lets off to bump Willow off buckles.

Skye tags Julia and Julia fires forearms and haymakers on Willow. Julia CLUBS Willow down, digs her boot in, then lets off as the ref counts. Tag back to Skye, they mug Willow then double whip her back into the corner. The fans rally as Julia & Skye double whip again and again! Skye then runs in but Willow dodges her! Willow ducks Julia, but Skye gets a leg! Willow BOOTS Skye & Julia away, hot tag to Kris! The fans fire up as Kris rallies on Skye & Julia! Then she gives them a meeting of the minds! Kris goes up a corner, DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! The fans fire up as Kris kips up and windmills! Kris runs in to UPPERCUT Julia in a corner!

Kris goes corner to corner, UPPERCUT for Skye! Kris goes back to ROCK Julia! And then UPPERCUT for Skye! Kris sends Skye into Julia, LEG SWEEP FLATLINER and a DOUBLE SENTON! Cover on Skye, TWO! Skye stays in this but Kris drags her up. Kris fireman’s carries but Skye fights free. Skye waistlocks, Kris switches but Julia tags in before the O’Conner, CHAOS THEORY! Fans fire up but Julia runs in, BLINDSLIDE LARIAT! Julia drags Kris up by her hair, and reels her in for the HARTLESS LOCK! Kris tips it to a cover! TWO, and Kris RAMS Julia into the corner! Willow tags in and Kris RAMS Julia more!

Kris winds up, Julia dodges the haymaker but Willow ROCKS her instead! Kris & Willow double whip Julia but she ducks the double lariat, and Skye DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! But she gets caught, literally! DOUBLE FALL AWAY SLAM! The fans are thunderous as Kris then scoops Julia and puts her in a Tree of Woe, trapping Skye! Willow runs in, Julia sits up so Skye takes the CANNONBALL! Willow puts Julia back in the Tree, deadlifts her out of it, and then RAMS her into the buckles, OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Julia stands up, Willow runs in, but Julia drop toeholds her into ropes! Skye runs up but Willow avoids the knee!

Kris YANKS Skye down and Skye bounces off the apron! Julia runs up at Willow, but Willow wrenches and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Julia survives and Stoke is frustrated for his team. Skye and Kris brawl, Skye ROCKS Kris and SUPERKICKS! Willow gives Julia a short arm LARIAT! And another! Julia ELBOWS Willow, brings her around, tag to Skye. Willow still picks Julia up for a SPINEBUSTER, then sits her up to reel her in! Gut wrench and BABE WITH THE- SUNSET BOMB! Skye SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Skye is furious and the fans fire up! Skye fireman’s carries, but Willow fights that off.

Willow shoves Skye to a corner, runs up, but Skye dodges. Skye runs in but into a BOOT! Willow goes up, and she MISSILE DROPKICKS Skye! Hot tags to Kris and Julia! Kris and Julia fire shots back and forth, fast and furious! Kris kicks, Julia ducks and ROCKS her! But Kris shoves Julia to a corner. Julia BOOTS Kris right down! Julia then climbs up, for the MOONSAULT! Cover, Willow breaks it!! Stokely is fired up but the fans are torn. Julia glares at Willow as Willow taunts her. Julia clamps onto Kris with an armlock but Willow storms in. Skye BOOTS her down! Skye then MISSILE DROPKICKS Willow to the floor!

Julia drags Kris around, SMACKS her off the mat, then tags Skye back in. Skye kicks Kris around, brings her up and puts her on ropes. Skye ROCKS Kris, she and Julia double whip, but Kris ducks the line, breaks the line, and DOUBLE LARIATS in return! Tag to Willow so she can BOOT Skye! Skye SUPERKICKS! Willow BOOTS again, then ENZI- NO, Skye dodges, runs, and hops on! CODE- NO, POOOOUNCE! PERIOD!! The fans are thunderous again, and Willow grabs at Skye from the apron. Gut wrench, but Julia runs in! Kris SHOTGUNS Julia out, so Willow can hit BABE WITH THE POWERBOMB!! Cover, Kris & Willow win!

Winners: Kris Statlander & Willow Nightingale, by pinfall

Stokely says if you’ll excuse him, and he leaves commentary to celebrate with his team. They got on the same page, got the win, and have humbled the TBS Champion, if only for now. But the question is, who will be moving up to challenge the champ down the line?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Christian Cage w/ The Patriarchy VS Daniel Garcia!

Captain Charisma will deny it up and down, but he did lose this title to the Rated R Superstar at Worlds End, then he bullied Killswitch/Luchasaurus in handing over his anytime-anywhere title match contract to get it back. Will that same insurance policy through emotional abuse come through for him tonight? Or will nothing save him from Red Death?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the true Face of TNT!

The bell rings and the fans rally up for Garcia, but Christian stays in a corner. Christian frowns and finally circles with Garcia. They tie up, go around, and are in a deadlock. They go low, then back up, and end up on ropes. The ref counts, neither man lets go and they end up in the ropes. Christian finally lets off and backs away, but the fans still rally for Garcia. Garcia and Christian reset, tie up again, and Christian waistlocks to then trip Garcia and float to a facelock. Garcia endures the grind, moves around and fights to his feet. Garcia wrenches free for an ELBOW BREAKER, then he headlocks.

Christian powers up and out but Garcia runs him over! The fans fire up as Christian flounders away, then boo as he bails out. Christian regroups with The Patriarchy and huddles up. He tells the cameraman to bug off so they can talk strategy. The Patriarchy breaks huddle and Christian makes his way back into the ring. Garcia and Christian circle, feel things out, and tie up. They’re in another deadlock, but Christian uses his height for leverage. Christian puts Garcia in a corner, but Garcia digs his feet in and pushes Christian back! The fans fire up as Garcia puts Christian in another corner! The ref counts, Christian powers Garcia back to center and then headlocks.

Garcia powers up and out but Christian runs Garcia over! Things speed up, and Christian falls! Is that a fake out or did he really tweak an ankle? The ref has Garcia stay back but fans are calling BS, too. And then Christian pokes Garcia in the eye! The ref reprimands and the fans boo because they knew all along. Christian goes to the apron so he can HOTSHOT Garcia down! Fans boo but Mother Shayna applauds and high-fives Papa Christian. Christian storms in, avoids Garcia’s wild punch and throws down fists. Christian stomps Garcia around then soaks up the heat. Christian mocks Greensboro like he can’t hear them, then he stalks Garcia to a corner.

Garcia fires haymakers in return, but Christian knees low! Christian turns Garcia for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Garcia toughs it out but Christian CHOKES him on ropes! Garcia punches at the knee but Christian lets off at 4. The fans boo but The Patriarchy applauds. Christian stands Garcia up to snapmare and then ELBOW him down! Christian mocks the Garcia dance, then just flexes. The fans boo more but Christian CLAWS at Garcia’s face! The ref counts, Christian lets off, then chinlocks and digs his knee into Garcia’s back. The fans rally, Garcia fights up and he throws body shots! Garcia fires off from all sides in the corner!

The fans fire up, Garcia climbs up, but Christian SHOVES Garcia down to the floor! Then Christian SUPER CROSSBODIES! Credit to Christian for going high risk, and both men are down on the outside. The ring count climbs, but Nick & Killswitchasaurus are there to check on Christian. Christian stands at 5 of 10 but Garcia follows. Christian brings Garcia around at 7 and puts him in at 8. Christian still wants to end this in the ring, and he slaps Garcia around. “You want my championship? Make your father proud!” Christian CHOKES Garcia on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts.

The fans rally for Garcia but Christian chicken wings. Garcia slips free to CHOP BLOCK! Garcia gets the leg, to GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then he STOMPS that leg! Now Christian’s ankle must really be bothering him! And therefore, ANKLE LOCK! Christian rolls and kicks free, kicks low and he TOSSES Garcia out! Christian actually hobbles now, and Garcia gets in, only for Christian to TOSS him out the other side! Christian walks off the pain while Garcia slowly rises. Christian sees Garcia drag himself up to the apron, and then BLASTS Garcia back to the floor! The fans boo but Christian seems to want the count-out now.

The count climbs, Garcia flounders around at 3 of 10, and drags himself up at 5! Christian ROCKS Garcia, to then HOTSHOT him back down! The count restarts, Nick wants it to be faster but the ref tells him to shut it. Garcia rises again at 7, but Christian POSTS him! Garcia falls again and the count resets. Garcia drags himself up at 4 of 10, but Nick runs in! Garcia TOSSES Nick into the timekeeper’s area! No Champion’s Advantage by disqualification for Christian! Garcia flounders over, we’re at 7 of 10! Garcia rises and steps in at 9, only for Christian to throw hands! Garcia hits back and the fans fire up!

The shots go back and forth, Garcia fires off a flurry! Then he climbs up to CLUB away on Christian! Christian staggers away, Garcia whips, but Christian reverses. Garcia ducks ‘n’ dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! Christian goes to a corner, Garcia pulls the turtleneck up and over Christian’s face! Christian can’t see as Garcia rains down the fists! The fans count along, all the way to nine, and then Garcia does his dance on Christian’s face! And then TEN! The fans fire up while Christian gets the turtleneck out of the way. Garcia runs but Christian ELBOWS him away. Christian goes up, but Garcia gets him for a SUPER DRAGON SCREW!

Garcia reels Christian in but Christian back drops, only for Garcia to sunset flip! TWO, and Garcia hurries to Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Christian hits low! Christian CHOKES Garcia on the ropes! The ref counts, Christian hops off and then has to slide out because of the bad leg. But Garcia blocks the uppercut to ROCK Christian! Garcia then aims to WRECK Christian with a dropkick! Christian staggers around, Garcia whips him into steel steps! Christian tumbles up and over, but Luchasaurus shouts at Garcia. Garcia glares at the dinosaur, then chases after Christian. Mother Shayna acts as an obstacle, but Garcia still pursues Christian into the ring.

Christian asks for mercy from Garcia, but the fans boo. Garcia blocks the cheap kick, but Christian blocks the uppercut! Christian chicken wings the arms but Garcia elbows free. So Christian dragon sleepers for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Garcia stays in this but Christian says he’s going up. The fans boo but Christian climbs. DIVING HEADBUTT but Garcia dodges, and has the ANKLE LOCK!! Christian flails, reaches out, but Garcia drags him away from ropes! Christian scrambles around, rolls and sends Garcia away. Garcia comes back but into a mule kick! Christian goes up, but Garcia waistlocks!

Garcia pries Christian from the corner, and hits the SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Christian stays in this but Garcia reels him in. Christian trips Garcia, to CATAPULT him into buckles! Christian distracts the ref while crawling away, and Luchasaurus grabs Garcia’s throat! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM!! The fans boo as Luchasaurus gets away with one! Christian climbs up, to FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives and The Patriarchy is furious! Luchasaurus is so mad, he throws off his shoulder pad! But wait, DADDY MAGIC attacks! The fans are thunderous as Menard RAMS Luchasaurus into the apron, then POSTS him!

But then Menard turns around and Mother Shayna stares him down. Daddy Magic dares her to do something, but she just laughs. Menard blocks the slap! But Luchasaurus is up! Menard fires off hands on Luchasaurus and they go up the ramp! The fans cheer as Menard takes away the rook on Christian’s chessboard! Christian still aims, runs in, but the bad leg stops the spear! Garcia gets Christian with a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!? Christian survives and shocks everyone! Even Shayna didn’t think he’d kick out! Christian drags himself to ropes, he grabs the arms, but Garcia powers through to jackknife bridge! ROPEBREAK!!

The fans boo but Garcia miscalculated! Shayna distracts the ref, Nick hits a CUTTER in the ropes!! Christian chicken wings Garcia for the KILLSWITCH!! Cover, Christian wins!

Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The rook was taken, but Garcia forgot about the pawn! With all these pieces on the board, will anyone ever knock Captain Charisma off his throne?

 

AEW Continental Triple Crown Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Bryan Danielson!

Speaking of thrones, The Mad King still holds the three belts that define this modern American Triple Crown. But even more than these titles, he is looking to win Bryan’s respect. Will Eddie slay the American Dragon and make him shake his hand? Or will Bryan make his last year as a wrestler a golden one?

Renee Paquette is at gorilla with Eddie, saying tonight is all about respect, and perhaps the lack thereof from Bryan, who crowned Eddie “The King of the Bums.” Eddie is the first Continental Crown Champion, and he dedicates tonight’s match to Jun Akiyama. The music hits and Eddie heads out. The introductions are made, the three belts are raised, and we see who leaves Greensboro holding them all!

The bell rings and the fans fire up as Eddie and Bryan stare down. The two circle, feel things out, and test the waters. They circle, knuckle lock, but Bryan kicks! Eddie shrugs that off to give a kick of his own. Bryan kicks again and Eddie hobbles away. The fans rally and duel as the two reset. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, but the ref counts. Eddie lets off slowly, but Bryan avoids the chop to CHOP! Bryan dodges the chop again, and Eddie shrugs that off. Eddie and Bryan circle again, test the waters again, and Bryan connects with a kick to the knee! Eddie hobbles back and Bryan soaks up the cheers and jeers.

Eddie scowls and resets with Bryan. Eddie dares Bryan to kick, so Bryan kicks the leg! Eddie still eggs Bryan on, then blocks the kick to fire off body shots! They end up in a corner, Bryan avoids the chop to CHOP! Eddie just shouts at Bryan and storms up on him! Bryan and Eddie feel things out, Bryan avoids another chop. Eddie keeps pushing forward, but Bryan blocks the chop! Bryan reels Eddie in for a fireman’s carry takeover, cover, ONE! Bryan clinches Eddie on the mat but Eddie fights around. Eddie gets his leg guard up but Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Eddie snarls as he stands back up.

Bryan and Eddie circle as the fans rally up again. They tie up, Eddie snapmares and KICKS! And CHOPS! And KICKS! And CHOPS! Bryan blocks that chop, Eddie stands him up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Bryan blocks again but Eddie powers him to the corner, for CHOP after CHOP! MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Bryan blocks the last one, so Eddie HEADBUTTS! And SAIDOS! The fans fire up while Bryan bails out. Eddie hobbles but he builds speed to DIVE! Down goes Bryan but Eddie clutches the bad leg. Perhaps that was double-edged but Eddie still brings Bryan to the apron. And he CHOPS again!

Eddie CHOPS, CHOPS, but then Bryan ducks! Eddie’s hand hits POST! Bryan then turns Eddie around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The ring count is climbing but Bryan stands at 5 of 10. “This is Awesome!” already as Bryan drags Eddie up. Bryan wrenches the and bends the fingers, then drags Eddie into the ring with the wristlock. Bryan shifts to top wristlock, and he bends the fingers! Eddie has the ROPEBREAK, but Bryan doesn’t let go! Bryan isolates the arm to STOMP it! Eddie leans on ropes, Bryan goes up the corner, and Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS the shoulder!

Eddie rests against ropes again, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS! And then goes up a corner, to MISSILE DROPKICK Eddie down! The fans rally and duel while Bryan grabs the bad arm and twists the wrist. Bryan bends the fingers, tortures the entire arm, then isolates it again. Bryan STOMPS it again! Eddie clutches the elbow while fans are torn. Bryan doesn’t hesitate, he goes up the corner. Eddie stands, Bryan leaps, but Eddie catches him! EXPLODER! There’s part of the shoutout to Jun Akiyama! The fans fire up again while Eddie shakes out the bad arm. Bryan stands, and Eddie CHOPS!

Eddie clutches the arm, that chop was double-edged. Bryan runs up, Eddie clinches again, but Bryan wrenches the bad arm. Eddie refuses to be brought down and he DDTS Bryan! Cover, TWO, but Eddie clamps on the STRETCH PLUM! Bryan endures, and he powers free of Eddie’s bad arm! Bryan twists the wrist again, wrangles Eddie down, and once again isolates the arm! But Eddie rolls back to sit up and facelock! Bryan wrenches free of that, but ends up getting HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS from Eddie! Eddie uses the BCC signature, then he half nelsons Bryan. Bryan resists, arm-drags free, and then runs up to DROPKICK in the corner!

Eddie stays standing and the fans fire up. Bryan pie faces Eddie, then KICKS! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK again! Eddie wobbles, Bryan KICKS him! Bryan runs again, but Eddie dodges! Bryan tumbles, Eddie runs up, but Bryan gets around to full nelson! Eddie drops but Bryan KICKS him! Bryan then drags Eddie up, to DRAGON SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie survives and the fans fire up again! Bryan seethes, and he paces around Eddie. Bryan grabs the bad arm, stands Eddie up and wrenches, to ELBOW BREAKER! Eddie backs up to a corner, and Bryan CHOPS! And KICKS! And CHOPS!

Bryan KICKS and CHOPS Eddie again, then HEADBUTTS! Bryan hoists Eddie up top, climbs up after him, but Eddie fires headbutts in return! Bryan falls back, but comes right back, only to get forearms! Bryan drops back again, but then runs up to DROPKICK! Eddie stays up top but he’s dazed now. Bryan climbs up the corner again, stands Eddie up and underhooks him, for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Then a roll into the omoplata! Eddie fights but Bryan shifts to make this a modified RINGS OF SATURN! Eddie endures, even though his bad arm is being pulled way back! The fans rally as hard as they can, and Eddie fights around!

Eddie gets his bad arm free, then pushes his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans are torn but Bryan lets go cleanly. Bryan scowls, then sits Eddie up. Bryan bends the fingers, then throws HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! The fans duel, “YES!” “NO!” Eddie is a bobblehead, so Bryan brings him up. But Eddie fights the suplex and ENZIGIRIS! Then URAKEN!! Even though it was the bad arm! Bryan runs up, Eddie catches him! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Eddie is frustrated, but the fans rally back up! Eddie and Bryan slowly rise, and Eddie goes to ropes.

Eddie storms his way back to Bryan as the fans duel. Eddie hauls Bryan up but Bryan slips free of the Canadian Rack, but runs into an URAKEN!! Bryan goes to the corner, runs up, and he PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Then “YES! YES! YES!” from Bryan before the BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Eddie survives and shocks everyone! Bryan grabs the arms, he stands over Eddie, and he rains down DRAGON STOMPS! Eddie sputters but Bryan just stomps more! Then Bryan drags Eddie into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Eddie flails, grabs at Bryan but Bryan bends the fingers! Eddie claws at Bryan, CLUBS him, but Bryan just squeezes tighter!

Eddie is turning red while the fans fire up both ways! The ref checks Eddie, and Eddie comes back to life! Eddie drags Bryan back with him, and has the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and reminds us all, he has ’til five. Bryan is frustrated and maybe confused as how Eddie survives, but the fans continue to duel. Bryan waits on Eddie to sit up, and he KICKS! Eddie snarls and glares at Bryan. Bryan KICKS Eddie, but Eddie brings down the straps! Eddie eggs Bryan on, so Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Eddie tries to grab at Bryan but Bryan just KICKS him again! And BUZZ- NO, Eddie swats it!

Bryan tries again, Eddie ducks it and HALF ‘N’ HALF! Bryan’s right up!! SHOULDER CAPTURE PLEX! But Eddie’s right up! HALF ‘N’ HALF again!! Bryan tumbles away and the fans are thunderous! It’s a standing ovation! Eddie and Bryan stir, “This is Awesome!” Eddie and Bryan sit up, then lean on each other as they stand. They trade body shots and palm strikes, and Eddie fires a flurry! Bryan returns it, the shots continue to go back and forth. Eddie uses his one good hand to SLAP and CHOP Bryan around! Bryan wobbles, and Eddie reels him in! But the bad arm won’t let him lift, so Eddie gives Bryan KAWADA KICKS!

Bryan SLAPS! And SLAPS! And SLAPS again! Bryan winds up, but Eddie JABS! And then paint brushes with the good hand! Eddie reels Bryan in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims from the corner, “YES! YES! YES!” BUSAIKU- LARIAT!! Eddie hauls Bryan up, and POWERBOMBS! High stack, EDDIE WINS!!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (still AEW Continental Triple Crown Champion)

The fans again give this a standing ovation because The Mad King keeps his crown! Eddie stands to bow in respect to Greensboro, but the real moment of truth is: Will Bryan show respect to Eddie? Bryan slowly sits back up, perhaps coming to terms with reality. Eddie waits, and Bryan hears the fans chant, “Shake His Hand! Shake His Hand!” Bryan looks down at himself, then up at Eddie. Eddie steps forward, and says forget it. Bryan isn’t doing it, so why is he sticking around? But then Bryan says hold on. Bryan stands, and holds out his hand! Eddie steps forward, but Bryan pulls it away. Fans boo but Bryan says hold on, hold on.

Bryan says Eddie really is that good, and he shakes Eddie’s hand! Bryan raises Eddie’s hand in victory and respect, and the fans cheer! The American Dragon finally shows The Mad King respect, is this another turning point in Eddie’s career?

 

All-Star Scramble: Chris Jericho VS Lance Archer VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Wardlow VS Hook VS Brian Cage VS Magnus VS Dante Martin!

While a Triple Threat determines the AEW World Championship later tonight, a massive 8 Man free-for-all decides who is next in line! The Ocho, The Murderhawk Monster, the Don Callis Family’s force of nature, the Undisputed Kingdom’s War Dog, the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, The Machine, the CMLL Mexican National Tag Team Champion, or Top Flight’s Angel Dorado. That is quite the all-star line-up, but who becomes a true star after tonight?

Given how much The Undisputed Kingdom has riding on this match, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett and even ADAM COLE BAYBAY are here to accompany Wardlow to the ring. But even so, the Greensboro choir still sings Judas for Jericho. The bell rings and it is chaos! Wardlow and Hobbs mug Jericho, Archer is after Magnus, and Cage TOSSES Dante so he can go after Hook! Archer stomps Magnus in a corner, Jericho’s literally on the ropes, and Cage has Hook in a corner. Jericho falls out, Archer TOSSES Magnus out, and then Cage carries Hook around! Cage TOSSES Hook onto Jericho! And fans fire up for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!”

Archer, Cage, Hobbs and Wardlow all have a corner, we might get Meat Madness after all! The fans fire up as these behemoths all eye each other. Wardlow and Cage have a quick flex-off, but then Hobbs joins in. The fans fire up, Archer says he can’t see any of them down there. The flexing continues, but then Cage eggs everyone on. Archer and Cage RAM shoulders at the same time Wardlow and Hobbs RAM each other! No one falls, they all egg each other on, so Cage and Hobbs RAM Archer and Wardlow! Archer and Wardlow RAM Cage and Hobbs! Cage and Hobbs run to LARIAT, but Archer and Wardlow don’t fall!

The fans chant “MEAT!” with each collision as Archer and Wardlow LARIAT back! All four men stay up so the “MEAT!” LARIATS fly! Cage gets around Archer, Archer ELBOWS Cage but Cage SUPERKICKS! Archer BOOTS Cage down! Wardlow dodges Hobbs to BOOT him, then clothesline him up and out! Archer then shoves Wardlow as the fans chant “MEAT FOREVER!” The forearms fly back and forth, the fans continue with “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” Wardlow ROCKS Archer, whips him to a corner, then runs in, but Archer dodges! Archer comes back to ELBOW Wardlow! Archer knuckle locks and goes up the corner!

The fans chant “BEAT THAT MEAT!” as Archer goes Old School, and MOONSAULTS! The fans fire up and then Hobbs runs in! Archer BOOTS Hobbs, ROCKS him, and knuckle locks again! Archer goes back up and again goes Old School! But Hobbs catches Archer to a SPINEBUSTER! But Cage is back, he fireman’s carries! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Wardlow storms in to fireman’s carry! Cage slips free, shoves, but Wardlow ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans are thunderous, but Jericho is back to CODE BREAKER! Fans boo the end to the meaty goodness and Jericho covers, but Hook breaks it!

Magnus gets in, he and Hook throw hands, and then Dante joins in! Jericho CHOPS Hook so Hook CHOPS Jericho! Magnus and Dante go back and forth with CHOPS of their own! Jericho says they can meat it up, and they all run. They RAM shoulders, and this is more like Lean Meat Madness! They go again, RAM into each other, and Jericho says again! They keep going, they RAM some more, then they BLAST the behemoths off the apron! Jericho goes up to CROSSBODY Hobbs down! Hook, Dante and Magnus look around, just as aware of the monsters as of each other. Dante DIVES to take out Wardlow! Magnus TORNILLOS Archer!

Hook isn’t a flyer, but he figures what the hell, it’s Revolution! Hook goes up and SUPER CROSSBODIES Cage! The fans fire up as all eight men are down around ringside! Dante and Magnus return, Dante kicks and whips. Magnus reverses, runs up, but Dante puts him on the apron. Magnus GAMANGIRIS, goes up, but Dante GAMANGIRIS back! Wardlow and Archer return, Wardlow kicks Archer and puts him in a corner. Meanwhile, Hobbs climbs a corner while Jericho slides in! Jericho ROCKS Hobbs first, goes up after him, Cage SMACKS Hook off the apron! Cage gets in, and he drags Hook up! Dante SUPERPLEXES Magnus!

Jericho SUPERPLEXES Hobbs! Wardlow SUPER DUPER PLEXES Archer! And then Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Hook! Dante is back up to MAMBA SPLASH Cage! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Dante can’t believe it! Hook and Archer bails out, as does Wardlow. Cage follows suit, Magnus soon after. Dante and Jericho are still in the ring. Jericho runs up, Dante goes up and over and Jericho hits ropes! Dante then FLIES out onto Cage! Dante builds speed, but he doesn’t quite clear the ropes! He still tumbles his way into taking out Hobbs and Archer! Dante then goes right back up to CROSSBODY Jericho! Cover, TWO!!

Magnus gets in, he runs up, gets around Dante and drop toeholds! Then he dials it up, 619! Then slingshot  somersault CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Dante survives but Magnus runs up to get around and underhook! BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! The fans rally with Magnus and he runs to clothesline Dante in a corner! Magnus sits Dante down, runs up, METEORA! Magnus drags Dante to the drop zone, goes up, but Archer STEP-UP KNEES! Archer positions Magnus for a SUPER HIP TOSS! The fans fire up as Archer storms around. Archer choke grips to CHOKE SLAM Magnus! Cover, TWO!! Archer is furious but the ref defends his count!

Archer storms after Magnus, puts him up top and ROCKS him! Then he crucifix lifts, but Jericho kicks Archer! Archer kicks Jericho, but Magnus CLUBS Archer! Jericho & Magnus DOUBLE SUPLEX Archer! Jericho and Magnus run, DOUBLE LIONSAULTS!! The fans are thunderous and Jericho makes the cover, TWO!! Hobbs CLOBBERS Jericho, SPLASHES Magnus, but Arche clamps on! Hobbs breaks free, runs and LEAPING LARIATS! Hobbs scoops Archer for a POWERSLAM! But Dante is back! Hobbs ducks the enzigiri but Dante rolls, runs, into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Cage SUPERKICKS Hobbs, runs up and UPPERCUTS! LARIAT! Wrench and SAIDO! Cage fires up, but Hook is here! The fans fire up and these two fire off! Hook gets the edge but Cage kicks low! Hook gets around, but Cage fights the T-Bone Plex! Short arm LARIAT! Wardlow is back, he ducks the discus lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer waistlocks, Wardlow switches, GERMAN SUPLEX! Magnus is back, GERMAN SUPLEX for him! Dante runs up, Wardlow SUPERKICKS, then GERMAN SUPLEXES! The fans fire up as Wardlow SPINEBUSTERS Cage, rolls him into position, but Hook hops on! REDRUM!!

Wardlow lets Cage go to claw at the hold, but he’s fading fast! Hook even has the body scissors!! Jericho hurries to get the legs! Jericho turns Wardlow over, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Wardlow endures double submissions, but Cage SUPERKICKS Jericho down! Cage pries Hook off of Cage, fireman’s carries, but Hook slips free! Jericho BOOTS Cage into Hook’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho and Hook, the oldest and the youngest, stare down. The fans fire up but Jericho CHOPS away! Jericho whips, Hook kicks back! Jericho swings, into the EL CAMINO! Hook runs up again, wrenches, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!!

Jericho just barely gets outta that, and Hobbs TOSSES Hook! Hobbs ROCKS Jericho, whips him to a corner, then runs in. Jericho dodges, Hobbs’ splash puts him on the apron! Jericho triangle jump DROPKICKS Hobbs down! Jericho hurries out  after Hobbs but Hobbs hits back! Hobbs scoops, to WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM to the floor! The straps come down, and Hobbs gears up. Hobbs runs in, into A DRY ICE MACHINE?!? The fog blinds Hobbs while the hardware knocks him down! Cage gets Hook back in the ring, runs corner to corner, but Hook BOOTS him! Cage swings again, Hook dodges, but runs into a JUMP KNEE!

Cage fireman’s carries, but Wardlow gets in. Cage F5s Hook, but Wardlow kicks Cage! Cage wrenches out, JUMP KNEE! Cage spins, into a HEADBUTT! Wardlow winds up to LARIAT!! Wardlow reels Cage in, hoists him up, POWERBOMB!! Dante rolls Wardlow up, TWO!! SUPESRKICK! Magnus is back but Dante has him for the HALF NELSON BOMB! But Archer drags Dante right off the cover! Dante breaks free but Archer LARIATS him down! Archer then hauls Dante up for an APRON- NO, Dante slips free to GAMANGIRI! Dante springboards, NOSEDIVE!! Cover, TWO!! Dante hurries to run, but Wardlow POUNCES him outta the air!!

Wardlow clotheslines Archer up and out, then he roars! But Hook is back, for REDRUM!! Wardlow throws Hook off, HEADBUTTS then wind-up LARIATS!! Wardlow hauls Dante back up, reels him in, and hits the LAST RIDE!!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)

Wardlow promised it, and he kept that promise! Samoa Joe, Swerve Strickland and Hangman Page better be ready, because whoever wins tonight will be in for a war!

 

AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom!

Speaking of the Undisputed Kingdom, they’ve been throwing everything at Best Friends, all in hopes of taking this title away from Cassidy. Freshly Squeezed may be bandaged and bruised, but will he continue to find a way to win? Or is this where the Savior of the Backbreaker beats the pulp out of him once and for all?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if this title becomes undisputed!

The bell rings and Strong runs up but Cassidy gets under! Ghost pin, TWO!! Strong dodges the orange Punch, Cassidy dodges the lariat but Strong fights the hooks. Strong suplexes, Cassidy cradle counters, TWO! Things keep moving, and Cassidy goes Matrix! But Strong stops Cassidy from getting hands in pockets, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cassidy stands into a CHOP! Cassidy bails out and the fans rally but Strong pursues. Strong CHOPS Cassidy, CHOPS again, and then gives him a RAILING BACKBREAKER! The fans boo but Strong eggs them on. Strong drags Cassidy up to CLUB him down.

The ring count climbs, Strong puts Cassidy in. Strong then has Cassidy on the apron, CLUBS him, and lifts, but Cassidy HOTSHOTS while he gets fere! Cassidy then DIVES and Strong hits barriers! The fans fire up as Cassidy puts Strong in. Cassidy climbs and CROSSBODIES! But his ribs won’t let him cover! Strong lifts Cassidy for the atomic SLAM! Strong drags Cassidy back up, for another BACKBREAKER! And then another BACKBREAKER! And another! Cassidy endures as Strong hits another BACKBREAKER! And then one more BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cassidy isn’t broken yet but Strong CLUBS him in the ribs.

Strong puts Cassidy in a corner, CHOPS him, and Cassidy sputters as he flounders against ropes. The fans boo, Strong tells them to shut up, and he CHOPS Cassidy again! Strong drags Cassidy up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Cassidy falls in a heap! Strong mockingly asks, “How’s it feel?” Strong drags Cassidy right up, shoves him in a corner, and he fires forearms into the ribs! Strong taunts Cassidy, “You like this?” And he CHOPS again! The fans chant “Roddy Sucks!” but he says Cassidy sucks. Strong whips corner to corner again, Cassidy tumbles up and out and bumps Strong off buckles!

Cassidy goes side to side with buckle bumps and back again! Forearm, buckle bump, repeat! The fans fire up as Cassidy fires off then dribbles away! Strong falls back, Cassidy grits his teeth and the fans rally. Cassidy climbs but Strong ROCKS him first. Strong climbs up and gut wrenches Cassidy for a SUPER BUCKLE BACKBREAKER!! The fans lose their minds while Cassidy writhes and flounders on the floor! Strong goes out to fetch Cassidy, pushes him into the ring and brings him to a corner, to bend Cassidy against the post! The ref counts and the fans boo, but Strong lets go at 4.

Strong storms into the ring to mock the fans, “This is your champ?!” Strong kicks Cassidy around and eggs him on. The fans boo but Strong keeps mocking Cassidy. Strong smirks as he kicks and stomps at Cassidy, then brings him up. Strong CHOPS, but Cassidy stays up! Cassidy shakes his head, stands up tall, and Strong CHOPS again! Cassidy drops to his knees and Strong eggs the fans on. Strong stands Cassidy up, but Cassidy drops before the chop! Strong is amused, and he brings Cassidy back up. Cassidy slips under, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but the DDT is blocked! GUTBUSTER! Or maybe more a rib breaker!

Strong suplexes, but into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Strong still gets another BACKBREAKER in! The fans rally, Strong gets the legs, BOSTON CRAB! Cassidy endures as Strong sits deep, but Cassidy reaches out! Cassidy crawls, the fans rally, and Cassidy has the ROPEBREAK! Strong lets go at 4, then he storms back up. Strong blocks a kick and he YANKS Cassidy into a BACKBREAKER! And then the STRONG HOLD! The knee digs into the back and ribs, but Cassidy refuses to give up! The fans rally harder and Cassidy fights his way back around! He twists, but Strong makes it a cover! ONE and Cassidy BOOTS Strong away!

Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Both men are down but Cassidy gets to the apron! Cassidy climbs and leaps, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO! Strong survives and Cassidy grits his teeth. The fans rally as Cassidy rises, and he “unleashes” kicks on Strong. Then he ramps up to stomp and stomp and stomp! The fans fire up as Cassidy fires off! Cassidy then waits on Strong to get up, and he goes back to a corner. Cassidy aims again, and he’s copying Adam Cole! PANAMA SUNRISE!!! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives Cole’s best move but Cassidy loads up his. The elbow pad is off, but Strong catches Cassidy, HALF NELSON BACKBREAKER!

Strong underhooks Cassidy, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! Strong fights that to STRONG KNEE! Strong keeps moving, ORANGE PUNCH!! The fans are thunderous as Cassidy staggers back to Alabama Lift, but the back gives up! Cassidy uses ropes for support, BEACH BREAK!! But Cassidy has to crawl to the cover, ROPEBREAK!! Strong survives by a literal foot and Cassidy can’t believe it! The fans rally and Cassidy goes back to a corner. Cassidy reloads again, but that back is holding him back. Cassidy gets frustrated, the fans rally harder, and Cassidy stands! STRONG KNEE!! END OF HEARTACHE!!! Cover, RODDY WINS!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)

Taven & Bennett celebrate with Strong, because now the Undisputed Kingdom has even more gold! And perhaps the most shocking of all, Strong did this one clean! Is nothing going to stop them from making AEW their kingdom? WAIT! IS THAT KYLE O’REILLY!? The fans are thunderous as Kyle has returned to AEW and is staring down his former friend! But then he smiles, and hugs it out with Roddy! Bennett hands Kyle his shirt to make this official! Kyle takes the shirt, and he is really emotional. Kyle then puts the shirt back on Strong and whispers something to him. Kyle is happy to see Roddy again, but is he not Undisputed?

 

FTR VS Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli!

Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler are former tag team champions from not just AEW but ROH, AAA and WWE. However, the Blackpool Combat Club has had similar accomplishments, so they don’t see what the fuss is all about. Will Dax & Cash still be #TopGuys after tonight? Or is there about to be a Paradigm Shift in the world of tag team wrestling?

Speaking of tag team wrestling, The Maniac & The Swiss Superman are saying ohhhhhh, what a rush! They’re dressed like the Road Warriors, Hawk & Animal! They’ve been taking shots at FTR honoring the past, is this their parody of it? The teams sort out and Dax starts against Claudio. Dax paces around but Claudio stays put like a statue. The two tie up, Dax headlocks, but Claudio powers up and out. Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges, then cradles, TWO! Claudio has the cradle, ONE!! The two reset and the fans rally. Claudio and Dax tie up, Claudio headlocks but Dax powers out. Claudio sunset flips, TWO! Dax stacks, TWO!

The fans rally and duel, “FTR!” “BCC!” as Claudio has a sunset flip, TWO! Claudio has a ghost pin, TWO! Dax gets up but Claudio stays close. They cool off, reset, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but then Claudio UPPERCUTS! Dax goes to a corner, Claudio UPPERCUTS again. Claudio pie faces Dax around, but Dax CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then reels Claudio in, but Claudio fights the suplex! They go around, end up in ropes, the ref calls for a break but they end up in a corner first. The ref gets in there, the two finally let off, but then they start throwing SLAPS! They SLAP and SLAP and Dax wobbles!

The fans fire up, Dax frowns and Claudio eggs him on. Claudio then UPPERCUTS, but Dax CHOPS! Now Claudio wobbles, but he UPPERCUTS! Dax CHOPS, Claudio takes a breath, and he UPPERCUTS! Dax SLAPS, SLAPS and fires fast hands! Claudio hits back, the fans fire up for this scrap, and Claudio UPPERCUTS Dax down! Claudio still has to stagger back and lean against ropes, and he tags out to Moxley. The fans rally up and Dax tags Cash. Cash and Moxley circle, tie up, and Cash headlocks. Moxley powers up and out but Cash runs him over! Cash headlocks to grind Moxley down but Moxley fights up.

Moxley powers Cash to the corner, CHOPS and pie faces on repeat! Then Moxley whips corner to corner but Cash reverses and back drops on the rebound! Cash whips Moxley to DROPKICK him down, then covers, ONE!! Cash CHOPS Moxley, UPPERCUTS him to a corner, and CHOPS again! UPPERCUT! CHOP! Tag to Dax, and FTR mugs Moxley! The fans fire up and Cash lets off to fire Greensboro up more. Dax CHOPS and the fans “WOO~!” Dax whips, Moxley KICKS back, and then Moxley gets Dax over to tag Claudio. The BCC mugs Dax now, and Claudio UPPERCUTS, CHOPS and repeats!

Claudio HEADBUTTS, body shots, and knees low. Claudio whips but Dax kicks back! And RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! The fans fire up as Dax stomps Claudio, then claws his face into the chinlock, to then ELBOW Claudio in the nose! Tag to Cash, they whip, trip and elbow drop! Then Cash basement dropkicks! Cash HEADBUTTS Claudio to a corner, then CHOPS! Claudio sputters but Cash bumps him off buckles. Cash CHOPS again, then puts Claudio in an open corner to CHOP! Cash climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count along, Cash goes to TEN, but Claudio DUMPS Cash to the apron, then Cash falls to the floor!

The ref has Claudio stay back, but Moxley sneaks in to send Cash into railing! Claudio tags Moxley, and he fetches Cash to then bring him around. Moxley makes Cash straddle the railing! Then Moxley LARIATS Cash down! Cash falls into the front row, but Moxley goes up and over to fetch him. Moxley fires forearms in that corner, but Cash fires back! They brawl, Moxley DUMPS Cash out, and then Moxley gets Cash into the ring. Tag to Claudio and the BCC keeps Cash down. Claudio gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Cash stays in this but Claudio stays on him with a facelock.

Cash endures and the fans rally up. Cash fights up, he carries Claudio, but Claudio cranks the facelock! Cash still pushes forward, but Claudio powers him back. Cash back drops free! But Moxley tags in and he keeps Cash down with a facelock! The fans again duel, “FTR!” “BCC!” Moxley floats, ties up Cash’s legs, then headscissors Cash! Dax runs in to KICK Moxley in the back! Mox is mad but Cash is free to CHOP! Cash fires a forearm but Moxley pokes him in the eye! Tag to Claudio and he KICKS Cash from the ropes! Cover, ONE!! Cash toughs it out but Claudio stomps a hand! The fans rally, Claudio UPPERCUTS into a backslide! TWO!

Tag to Moxley, he and Claudio keep Cash back, then Moxley DECKS Cash! Moxley puts Cash under the ropes to GUILLOTINE him! The ref is busy keeping Dax back, and Claudio DOUBLE STOMPS Cash on the apron! Moxley drags Cash up to CHOP! Moxley puts Cash on the top rope, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Cash’s back! The ref reprimands but Moxley BITES Cash’s forehead! Moxley then SUPERPLEXES Cash down! Cover, TWO! Cash isn’t done yet but Moxley tags Claudio. Claudio DOUBLE STOMPS Cash, covers, TWO! Tag back to Moxley, the BCC mugs Cash, and Cash staggers to a corner.

Moxley stands on Cash’s head, the ref reprimands but Moxley lets off. Moxley talks trash that FTR is nothing! Moxley then goes corner to corner, but Cash LARIATS him down! The fans fire up while both men are down! Moxley flounders away, staggers around, hot tags to Claudio and Dax! Dax JABS, JABS and JABS then fires haymakers! Dax DECKS Moxley, CHOPS and ROCKS Claudio on repeat! Moxley CLUBS Dax, whips him, but Dax reverses to wrench and short arm LARIAT! Claudio runs up, but Dax gets around! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Dax keeps moving, Claudio pops him up but Dax makes it a cradle! TWO!! Dax kicks low, suplexes, but Claudio slips free! Claudio kicks, reels him in, but Cash makes the save! Dax ROCKS Claudio, tags Cash, and then gets Claudio up! Cash climbs but Claudio powers out! Claudio POSTS Dax while Cash leaps over, but Moxley ROCKS Cash! Cash staggers into a LARIAT from Claudio! Cover, TWO!! Cash survives and Claudio seethes while the fans rally up. Dax is busted open from hitting steel, but Claudio UPPERCUTS Cash! Claudio eggs Cash on, UPPERCUTS him again, and then soaks up the cheers and jeers.

Claudio stands Cash up to UPPERCUT but into a backslide! Claudio fights that, but Dax tags in! Claudio ROCKS Cash but Dax HOTSHOTS! Cash UPPERCUTS then pops Claudio up, DOOMSDAY POWERSLAM COUNTER!! Moxley BODIES Cash outta the ring, Claudio covers Dax, TWO!! Dax is sputtering and his head is spouting blood! Claudio gets Dax up, tags Moxley, and they set up for the ASSISTED AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and has a crimson mask. Claudio CLOBBERS Cash while Moxley paces around. Moxley kicks Dax, eggs him on, so Dax stands up. Dax fires a forearm so Moxley gives it back!

The fans rally as the forearms go back and forth! Dax snarls through the pain and the blood, the forearms keep going! Moxley eggs Dax on so Dax JABS! Moxley JABS, they throw shot after shot! Moxley KICKS the leg, runs, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! Cash kept Claudio outta the ring on that one, but now Claudio boots him back. Claudio runs up, but he’s sent into barriers! Dax dodges Moxley, backslides, TWO! Cash is up, Dax reels Moxley in, MIND BREAKER PILEDRIVER!! Cash DIVES into Claudio, Dax covers Moxley, TWO!! Moxley survives and the fans fire up again!

Dax is frustrated, and that crimson mask continues to grow. Moxley goes to a corner, “This is Awesome!” as Dax storms up. Dax reels Moxley back in, hoists him up top, and then coordinates with Cash. Dax CHOPS Moxley, climbs up after him, but then Claudio UPPERCUTS Cash! Moxley fires body shots, hops down and gets around, and he Electric Chair Lifts Dax! Claudio goes up and up, UPPERCUT DOOMSDAY!! But Cash SPLASHES the cover!! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous! The fans cheer on “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Cash HEADBUTTS Claudio, Moxley and Dax go back to firing forearms.

The brawl is going on, Moxley fires headbutts! But Dax clotheslines Moxley up and out! Then he ROCKS Claudio! Claudio fires shots on Dax, then swings, but is sent to Cash! Claudio blocks a kick to fire uppercuts! But he runs into SHATTER- NO, Claudio catches Dax, Moxley gives Cash a CUTTER! GIANT SWING! Dax goes around and around, a demented sprinkler with all that blood! Moxley DROPKICKS Dax outta the swing! Cover, TWO?!? Dax survives and shocks everyone! Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow. Moxley BITES Dax’s bloody forehead! Cash sends Claudio into railing!

Moxley puts Dax up top, climbs up after him, and he elbows away at the bloody forehead! Moxley gets TEN, then BITES the wound again!! Dax SPITS in Moxley’s face then ROCKS him! But Claudio’s back to BOOT Dax! Moxley & Claudio both climb up, but Cash SHOVES Claudio down! Cash gets Moxley off the corner, Dax adjusts, BULLDOG BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!? Moxley survives, roars to his feet, but runs into SHATTER MACHINE!!! Cover, Claudio YANKS Dax away!! Cash ROCKS Claudio, builds speed and DIVES into an UPPERCUT! Claudio brings Cash around, reels him in, NEUTRALIZER to the floor!

But Dax gets Claudio, PILEDRIVER to the floor! Dax hurries in, Moxley catches him! PARADIMG- NO, Dax wrenches out! Moxley fights the piledriver, Dax sunset flips, but Moxley rolls Dax! DEATH RIDER!! Moxley crawls to a cover, TWO?!? And ghost pin! TWO!!! Moxley facelocks, then floats, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Claudio keeps Cash out but Cash kicks and kicks and kicks! Cash gets free, he rushes over but Claudio snatches him into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!! FTR is stuck in double submissions!! The ref checks, Dax is OUT! BCC wins!!

Winners: Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

The Top Guys were just taken out by a couple mean, nasty fighters! Does that mean the Blackpool Combat Club are the elite among the elite in tag team wrestling? Will they be the team primed to go after the tag titles after tonight?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: “Timeless” Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS Deonna Purrazzo!

Former friends turned bitter enemies is a tale as old as time in pro-wrestling. So then, will the leading lady of AEW take top billing in this 2024 remake of the classic tale? Or will The Virtuosa prove herself the true star of this Women’s Division?

Wait a minute! Deonna said she wanted the old Toni Storm, the rock ‘n’ roll and tough as nails Toni, and… Oh, wait, that’s Mariah May cosplaying. Well, she IS a superfan, so she’s got the moves down. “Timeless” Toni now makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lives the Hollywood ending!

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. Deonna and Toni circle, tie up, and Toni arm-drags! Then she poses and the fans cheer. Deonna shrugs that off and resets with Toni. The fans duel as the two feel things out. They knuckle lock, then double knuckle lock, then Deonna wrenches and wrangles and arm-drags Toni away! Deonna takes a bow while the fans are torn. Toni kicks the ropes in frustration, then circles with Deonna again. Toni gets around to waistlock, but Deonna wrenches to wristlock back. Toni moves around, slips through, wrenches and wristlocks and wrangles Deonna.

Deonna rolls, stands, powers through and headlocks for the takeover. The fans cheer, Toni pulls hair and headscissors. Deonna turns Toni over, ties up the legs, and floats to slap Toni around. Deonna gets an arm, bends the fingers, but Toni gets the ROPEBREAK! Deonna lets off and Toni is a bit frustrated. The fans rally up as the two reset. They knuckle lock again, and Toni drops back, rolls to wrench and wristlock. Deonna wrenches to hammerlock, but Toni squats, headlocks, spins and hits the takeover. But Deonna headscissors right back! Deonna pushes up to add pressure but Toni endures.

The fans rally as Toni moves around. Toni headstands, pops free, then floats to the headlock. But Deonna wrenches right out to a wristlock. Toni pulls hair to put Deonna in a corner! Toni ROCKS Deonna, whips corner to corner, but Deonna goes up, under, baits Toni in and steps over to roll her up! FUJIWARA, but ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer the technical exchange while Deonna lets off slowly. Deonna drags Toni up, wrenches again, but Toni ROCKS her! And CHOPS her! Deonna fires back, the forearms fly and Deonna gets the edge! Deonna CHOPS but Toni knees low! Toni whips but Deonna KICKS and LARIATS!

The fans fire up while Toni bails out. Deonna keeps her eyes on Toni while Luther coaches Toni up. Deonna rallies the fans and runs in to WRECK Toni with a dropkick! Deonna puts Toni in but she glares at Luther. Deonna storm sin but Toni is right on her. Deonna wrenches to go for the arm! Toni RAMS Deonna into the corner, fires off hands, but lets off as the ref counts. The fans rally up, Toni whips but Deonna reverses! They almost run into the ref! Toni LOW BLOW MULE KICKS! Wait, what? And then Toni BULLDOGS Deonna down! Cover, TWO! Toni rains down fists, the ref reprimands, and Toni lets off.

The fans rally up while Toni paces around. Toni drags Deonna up, puts her through ropes, and then CHOKES her! The ref counts and reprimands, Toni throws Deonna down! Cover, TWO! Toni stays on Deonna with a chinlock, then shifts into a partial Camel Clutch! The fans rally while Deonna endures, but Toni HIP DROPS Deonna. Toni stomps Deonna, too, then swaggers around. Toni HEADBUTTS Deonna down, drags her back up, and then UPPERCUTS her back down. Toni soaks up the cheers and jeers, then brings Deonna up again. Toni reels Deonna in, but Deonna snaps to a cradle! TWO and Toni CLOBBERS Deonna!

Toni stands on Deonna’s head, lets off as the ref counts, then scuffs Deonna while she paces. The fans rally, Toni scuffs Deonna more, but Deonna stands. Toni pie faces, Deonna SLAPS! Toni CHOPS, SLAPS, then SLAPS again! Deonna drops to a knee, Toni stands her back up. Deonna ducks the slap to fire off forearms! The fans are torn, but Toni knees low! Toni whips, Deonna ducks ‘n’ dodges to LARIAT! Deonna rallies on Toni now, then kicks low to run and KNEE LIFT! Then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Roll and FUJIWARA! Toni endures and the fans fire up! Toni flails, reaches out, and rolls free! But Deonna BOOTS her down!

The fans are torn as Deonna fires herself up! Deonna storms up to Toni, drags her up, and reels her in. But Toni wrenches out, swings, but into a BACKBREAKER and FLATLINER! Cover, TWO! Deonna is frustrated but the fans rally back up. Toni crawls to a corner, Deonna takes aim, and Deonna runs in, but is tripped into buckles! Toni goes corner to corner and SWEET HIP MUSIC! Toni then drags Deonna up to a DDT! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives and Toni is beside herself! Luther coaches Toni, the fans rally up, and Toni drags Deonna back up. Toni reels her in but Deonna trips her to a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Toni blocks the boot!

Toni trips Deonna, BREAK A LEG ANKLE LOCK!! Deonna endures, reaches out, and the fans rally up again. Deonna crawls forward, but Toni drags her away! Deonna turns over, Toni turns her back. Deonna turns over again and BOOTS Toni to the apron! Deonna BOOTS Toni off the apron but Luther catches her! But Deonna is up on the corner to CROSSBODY them both down!! The fans fire up and Deonna hurries to put Toni in. Deonna storms in after Toni, dodges the haymaker to tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! FUJIWARA!! Toni endures, even as Deonna pushes way back! Toni rolls, Deonna rolls with her and keeps her from the ropes!

Toni continues to endure the Fujiwara Armbar, but she tucks and rolls to get a cover, TWO! Deonna has both arms now! Luther distracts the ref, the ref misses Toni tapping out! Mariah rushes in but Deonna BOOTS her down! Toni stands up to kick and reel Deonna in! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Toni wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

It took the entire supporting cast to make her look good, but Toni Storm is still our leading lady! Will nothing and no one take the spotlight away from her now?

 

Don Callis Family Feud: Will Ospreay VS Konosuke Takeshita!

The Aerial Assassin has finished with NJPW, and he is truly All Elite now! And to make his return to AEW truly special, Don Callis himself said this will be the match of a DECADE! The #BillyGoat and The Alpha battle as two of the best rope-to-rope wrestlers, and we’re about to see who’s the best! But the real question is, will the Family still be alright after tonight?

Speaking of Don Callis, he joins commentary to let us know, this is like Jordan VS Pippin 1v1! This is a dream match, the match of the decade, and you can all thank him for it! The bell rings and the fans fire up already! Ospreay and Takeshita circle, tie up, and Ospreay wrenches. Takeshita wrenches back, wristlocks, but Ospreay rolls, rolls and steps over to headlock. The fans sing “Ospreay~, Ospreay Ospreay Ospreay~! Ospreay~, Ospreay~!” Takeshita powers up but can’t power out of the headlock as Ospreay holds tight. Takeshita pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Ospreay turns things around.

The two end up on ropes, the ref counts, and Ospreay SLAPS Takeshita! Ospreay headlocks, Takeshita powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Ospreay ducks the right to ROCK Takeshita! Ospreay whips, Takeshita reverses but Ospreay ducks ‘n ‘dodges and RANAS! The fans fire up and Ospreay blows them a kiss. Ospreay drags Takeshita up, CHOPS him, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS and Takeshita grits his teeth! The fans fire up as Takeshita ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay CHOPS, Takeshita forearms, repeat! Takeshita fires a flurry, whips, but Ospreay reverses, only to get the TAKESHITA LINE!

Takeshita runs in at the corner to ROCK Ospreay, then keeps moving. Ospreay follows, Takeshita puts him on the apron, but Ospreay ROCKS Takeshita back! Ospreay goes up but Takeshita trips him up! Takeshita ROCKS Ospreay, then climbs up after him. The fans rally, Takeshita stands Ospreay up and SUPERPLEXES! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay grits his teeth as he toughs it out, but Takeshita clamps on a chinlock. Takeshita grinds Ospreay down, but Ospreay endures. Takeshita steps over to trap a leg, but the fans rally. Ospreay fights around, even as Takeshita grinds him. Ospreay throws elbows, stands up, but Takeshita fireman’s carries!

Takeshita WASTELAND SLAMS, goes up the corner, and then SUPER SENTONS! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay still shows that grit but Takeshita drags him up. Takeshita whips, then catches Ospreay into a SLEEPER! The fans rally with “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” as Ospreay fights up, but Takeshita CLUBS him down! Fans boo but Takeshita soaks it up. Callis talks up Takeshita’s genetic advantage of height and length. Takeshita dragon sleepers Ospreay, to then CLUB him back down! The fans boo but Takeshita just soaks it all up. Takeshita stands Ospreay up but Ospreay CHOPS! Ospreay CHPOS again and Callis says those are stiff.

Ospreay UPPERCUTS, whips, but Takeshita reverses. Ospreay catches Takeshita to the COBRA TWIST! Takeshita endures, powers out with a hip toss, then goes after Ospreay. Ospreay BOOTS from the corner, goes up and out to springboard in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! The fans fire up while both men are down! Ospreay stands, he fires shots on Takeshita, then whips. Takeshita reverses but Ospreay handsprings, NEURALIZER KICK! Takeshita tumbles out of the ring and the fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” Ospreay then aims to PLANCHA! Direct hit on Takeshita at the ramp! The fans fire up while Ospreay catches his breath.

Ospreay drags Takeshita up and puts him in, then reels him in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE!! Takeshita shows that grit now, throwing it back at Ospreay. Ospreay says okay, and he drags Takeshita back up. Ospreay reels Takeshita in but Takeshita fights the lift. So Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And winds up, to CHOP! Takeshita wobbles, Ospreay runs, but into a POP-UP LANDSLIDE! SICK KICK! The fans fire up as Ospreay bails out and Takeshita FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp!! The standing count starts and the fans cheer on “A E DUB! A E DUB!” The count passes 5 of 10 but both men are still down.

Takeshita sits up, he brings Ospreay up at 7 and puts him in the ring. Takeshita then goes up the corner and the fans rally. Takeshita vows to end it here, to SUPER DUPER SENTON onto knees!! Ospreay hurries to get Takeshita in a drop zone, then he goes up! LEAP OF FAITH but he has to bail out! Takeshita gets around, full nelsons, but Ospreay breaks that, only to get a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes and Callis says that might’ve been the best German Suplex he’s seen in his 34 years in wrestling! Takeshita eggs Ospreay on, brings him up, and fires boxing elbows!

Takeshita ROCKS Ospreay, ruins, but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! But Takeshita GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Takeshita runs, into the SPANISH FLY!! The fans are thunderous, it’s a standing ovation! Callis says Takeshita’s ahead on points, but the fans just know “This is Awesome!” A standing count begins, both men are still down at 5! Takeshita and Ospreay sit up at 7, and then they head for each other. Ospreay throws a forearm, Takeshita fires one back! Ospreay throws another, but so does Takeshita! Ospreay growls as he stands back up. Takeshita also stands, the forearms keep going!

Ospreay wobbles, but he fires another, only for Takeshita to hit right back! Takeshita fires a flurry, but Ospreay SUPERKICKS! Takeshita winds up, but he falls over! The fans fire up while the ref checks Takeshita. Takeshita stands, Ospreay ROCKS him again! Takeshita staggers around, Ospreay ROCKS him again! Takeshita sits down but Ospreay wants him to get back up. Ospreay winds up, ROLLING ELBOW!! Takeshita falls and the fans are thunderous! The ref has Ospreay stay back so he can check Takeshita. Takeshita’s hands are contorted and he’s twitchy, but he tells the ref to leave him alone.

Ospreay walks over, brings Takeshita up, and gives him some mocking kicks in the corner. The ref counts, Ospreay still digs his boot in, but then Takeshita fights up! Takeshita roars, reels back, and ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay staggers, sputters, but he fires up! The fans fire up with Ospreay, but Takeshita ROCKS him again! Ospreay just uses that, and he headbutts the buckles! Ospreay blocks a shot, fires Kawada Kicks, but Takeshita DECKS him!! The ref checks Ospreay now while Takeshita stands up. Takeshita shakes out the cobwebs and winds up the arm. Takeshita runs, but Ospreay slips through!

Ospreay gets Takeshita up, Takeshita slips through! Takeshita gets Ospreay up, Ospreay pops free! HOOK KICK! Underhooks, but Takeshita fights that! So Ospreay ENZIGIRIS, SUPERKICKS, and TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! The fans are thunderous, Ospreay calls his shot and springboards, but flies into BLUE THUNDER!! Cover, TWO!!! The fans are electric and Callis says they’re all witnessing history! The fans hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! The standing count is climbing but both men are stirring. Ospreay stands, but Takeshita runs up to RAM him, O’Conner Roll and CHAOS-

NO, Ospreay elbows free! Takeshita CLUBS Ospreay, but Ospreay BOOTS, ENZIGIRIS, SUPERKICKS, and then goes up, up and SUPER OS- NO, Takeshita blocks! Takeshita shoves, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Takeshita survives but Ospreay powers up the arm! Ospreay aims from the corner, runs in, but Takeshita DECKS him!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Both men stir as the standing count starts again. Ospreay goes to a corner and Takeshita gets the fans fired up again. Takeshita hauls Ospreay up to the top rope, but Ospreay throws hands!

Takeshita still climbs, Ospreay fires more shots, and Takeshita drops back. Takeshita drags himself back up, Ospreay throws shots, but Takeshita RAMS into him! But Ospreay slips under, tucks Takeshita in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Ospreay then hoists Takeshita up, climbs up after him, and SUPER- NO, Takeshita holds ropes! Takeshita hauls Ospreay up for a TOP ROPE BRAINBUSTER!!! The fans lose their minds, Callis himself thinks that may’ve injured Ospreay, and the ref hurries to check. Ospreay is clutching his back, Takeshita covers, TWO!!! Ospreay survives but Takeshita goes to a corner.

Takeshita takes aim and we get a look at the bruise on Ospreay’s back. POWER DRIVE KNEE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives again, the fans are thunderous again, and Takeshita brings down the kneepad. WAGAMA- NO!! Ospreay blocks that, but Takeshita HEADBUTTS and ELBOWS! Ospreay SUPERKICKS! Takeshita fights the suplex to suplex, but into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets Takeshita up and underhooks, to lift and STORM- NO, Takeshita slips free! Takeshita ducks the roundhouse and double pump-handles Ospreay, to flip him into the BASTARD DRIVER!!

And then deadlift WHEELBARROW GERMAN!! But Ospreay’s right up!? FLYING HIDDEN BLADE!! Cover, ONE?!?! Even Callis is losing his mind! Greensboro gives another standing ovation as Callis says you’ll never see something like this in another 100 years! Ospreay hurries to underhook and lift but Takeshita slips free again! DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOWS hit! Ospreay fires palm strikes and a BOOT! Ospreay runs, Takeshita ducks ‘n ‘dodges to LARIAT!! Takeshita aims, runs, POWER DRIVE- NO, POWERBOMB from Ospreay! Stack cover, TWO, but Ospreay brings Takeshita right into a STYLES CLASH!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric for this phenomenal match, and Ospreay underhooks again! TIGER DRIVER 91!! Ospreay throws off the elbow pad, takes aim, and HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

Just as Justin Roberts puts it, the winner of this unbelievable battle is none other than the Aerial Assassin! The fans boo as Callis gets in the ring, but he does want to make sure both his top stars are okay. And Kyle Fletcher makes his way out, too, also part of the Family and a best friend to Ospreay through the United Empire. Ospreay and Takeshita bow respect to one another, and the fans cheer again. Ospreay sees Kyle again after being apart for a few months.  And they hug it out! But BREAKING NEWS for AEW Dynamite! Ospreay must again fight a fellow Don Callis Family member as he goes up against Fletcher! Will the Billy Goat prove to the Aussie Arrow why he was the leader of the Empire?

 

[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage will begin later tonight]


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