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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/2/23)

Honor is BACK!

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ROH Wrestling 2023

It’s a New Era of Honor!

Look who’s back! Ring of Honor returns to weekly wrestling programming, and Claudio Castagnoli defends the ROH World Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mark Briscoe VS Slim J w/ Ari Daivari; Briscoe wins.
  • The Kingdom w/ Maria Kanellis VS The Infantry; The Kingdom wins.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Blake Christian; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
  • Christopher Daniels VS Rohit Raju w/ Jora Johl; Daniels wins.
  • Konosuke Takeshita VS Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling; Konosuke wins.
  • The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Joe Keys, Alex Lawless & Leon St. Giovanni; The Embassy wins.
  • Metalik VS Ari Daivari w/ Slim J & Mark Sterling; Daivari wins.
  • The Renegades VS Skye Blue & Madison Rayne; Skye & Rayne win.
  • Lady Frost VS Willow Nightingale; Willow wins.
  • ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS AR Fox; Claudio wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mark Briscoe VS Slim J w/ Ari Daivari!

ROH is back, honor is back, and you can’t have those back without the Sussex County Chicken! Will an ROH OG lead the way in this new era of honor?

Because this is ROH, the ref calls for the Code of Honor handshake. Mark offers, Slim accepts, but then kicks it away. Fans boo while the bell rings, and Mark circles with Slim. Fans sing, “Briscoe’s gonna kill~ you!” They tie up, Mark headlocks but Slim powers out. Mark slips under and UPPERCUTS! Slim bails out, Daivari and Sterling check on him, but Mark waits. The fans chant for “BRISCOE! BRISCOE!” but Slim comes back. They circle again, tie up, and Slim waistlocks. Briscoe pries free, wrenches to a wristlock and then he waistlocks. Sterling distracts and Slim mule kicks low! Fans boo as Slim tears his shirt off.

Slim mocks Mark, throws hands, but Mark throws hands back. Slim fires off on Mark, bumps him off buckles, and fans boo. Slim whips, Mark goes up and out, and then he UPPERCUTS again! Fans fire up with mark, he shoulders into Slim and then slips around to run and BOOT Slim outta the ring! Fans fire up as Mark builds speed to WRECK Slim with a dropkick! Mark says, “That’s how we do, baby!” Mark throws a chair in the ring! The ref tells him no, but Mark claps with the chair. Fans rally along, Mark sets the chair up and builds speed, to go up, only to stop as Daivari gets Slim to safety. Fans boo but Daivari says to get the chair outta the ring!

Mark waits, Slim gets in the ring and gets in Mark’s face. They talk trash, Mark dares Slim to hit him, so Slim ROCKS him with a haymaker! But Mark comes back to CHOP! Slim spasms, Mark CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS again! Mark CHOPS and then puts Slim up top. Mark fires up to UPPERCUT! Fans fire up while Slim wobbles. Sterling distracts again, Mark chases him off, and then Mark goes back to Slim. Slim fights off the Iconoclasm to FLYING GAMANGIRI! Cover, TWO! Mark has a bloody cut on his forehead but Slim brings him up. But Mark throws body shots! Mark swings but Slim blocks to LARIAT, LARIAT and knuckle lock.

Slim goes up and up and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and fans fire up! Slim drags Mark up, throws him out, and then distracts the ref so Daivari can stomp away! Fans boo but Daivari gets away with it. Daivari puts Mark in, Slim goes after him and digs his boots in. The ref counts, Slim lets off at 4, then digs his boots in again! The ref counts, Slim lets off, but then goes after Mark again! The ref backs Slim off, Mark sputters, but Slim ROCKS him with a right! Fans rally for Mark but Slim mocks them. Slim clamps onto Mark’s arm, Mark endures the armlock, and Mark fights up. Slim body scissors to keep the hold!

Mark endures but he drops to a knee. Fans chant “SLIM J SUCKS!” but Slim slips around to a SLEEPER! Mark throws Slim off but Slim ENZIGURIS! Mark goes to a corner, Slim snapmares to wrap on a chinlock. Fans boo but Daivari and Sterling applaud. Mark endures, fans rally up, and Mark stands, only for Slim to throw him down! Fans still rally and Mark hammers the mat. Mark fights up to his feet, he throws body shots, then elbows! REDNECK KUNG-FU CHOPS! Mark fires off, whips corner to corner, then runs in to clothesline! Snapmare and SLIDING BOOT! Fans fire up and Mark brings Slim back up.

Mark turns Slim, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Slim survives the Jay style neckbreaker but Mark drags Slim up. Mark suplexes, but Slim knees free! Slim ROCKS Mark, runs, but into a FOREARM! Mark whips, to CLOBBER Slim again! Fans fire up, Mark reels Slim in, Canadian Rack to the CRUCIFIX BOMB! Cover, TWO!! But Mark fireman’s carries, to ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Fans fire up and Mark climbs a corner! Mark says this is for Jay, the FROGGY- NO, Slim dodges! But he runs into a BOOT! Mark hoists Slim up, JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark wins!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall

Daivari is frustrated but his boy could not beat the spirit of #DemBoys! Mark even shakes Slim’s hand to keep the Code of Honor. Mark is leading the way, will he reach for the sky?

 

Backstage interview with Tony Deppen.

Lexi Nair is with the former ROH World Television Champion, and next week, on just the second new episode, Deppen gets his shot at that title, against Samoa Joe! Deppen is probably facing the biggest test of his career, but Deppen brings out a written statement. “I, Tony Deppen, hereby proclaim that next week on ROH Television, exclusively on Honor Club, will do the unthinkable. I will defeat Samoa Joe, either by pinfall or by submission.” And he has two submissions he can win with. The STF, which has been heralded as “ten times better than Samoa Joe’s STF,” or the classic Chicken Wing.

After sitting in the front row at last year’s Supercard of Honor, Deppen knows all of Joe’s weak points, and he will take full advantage! Next week, he reclaims the ROH World TV title and cement his legacy in ROH history! Deppen says he will be the CZAR of Honor! Will Deppen dethrone the One True King of Wrestling Television? Or will his coup be crushed?

 

The Kingdom w/ Maria Kanellis VS The Infantry!

Mike Bennett & Matt Taven didn’t last that long in AEW Dynamite’s Casino Tag Team Battle Royal, but they’re home now in ROH. Will they begin the climb towards the ROH Tag Team Championships? Or will Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo begin their own march to the top?

The teams follow the Code of Honor with the handshake and then sort out. We begin with Mike and Carlie, and they circle. Carlie says hi to the lovely First Lady of ROH, but turns around into a BOOT from the husband. Mike CHOPS Carlie, Taven holdsCarlie in for another CHOP! Taven tags, The Kingdom double whip, dropkick and ax handle! Taven says ROH is HIS Kingdom, but then Carlie JAWBREAKERS! Carlie wrenches, tags Dean, and the Infantry mugs Taven. They double whip, double hip toss, and then turn, salute and DOUBLE FIST DROP! Mike runs in but into double shoulders!

The Infantry get the legs, and they SPLIT THE WISHBONE! Mike bails out and Maria checks him. Dean tags Carlie, Carlie whips Taven but Taven goes up and over. Things speed up, Taven hurdles and DROPKICKS! Because “IIII’M! Matt Taven!” Taven stands Carlie up, tags Mike, and The Kingdom double wrench, only for Carlie to fight free! Carlie fires elbows and forearms, runs, but Taven hurdles, Mike ROCKS, and Taven PURPLE THUNDER BOMBS! Jackknife bridge from Mike, TWO! Mike drags Carlie up, reels him in and suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mike keeps on Carlie and tags Taven in.

Mike trips Carlie, CATAPULT into Taven’s GAMANGIRI! Then Carlie is along the knees, ELBOW DROP BACKBREAKER! Cover, Dean breaks it! Taven shouts to get Dean back and Dean goes to his corner. Taven stands Carlie up, Carlie swings but misses, and Taven KICKS, JABS, KICKS but Carlie wrenches out, slips around and hits a NECKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans fire up. Carlie and Taven crawl, hot tags to Mike and Dean! Dean rallies on Mike with big clotheslines! Dean whips, Mike reverses, but Dean floats around. Taven runs in, Dean kicks and reels him in, DOUBLE DDTS!

Fans fire up and Dean covers Mike, ROPEBREAK! Mike survives but Dean pounds the mat. Fans rally, Dean runs in to ELBOW! Dean whips Mike corner to corner, runs in and back elbows again! Tag to Carlie, Carlie RAMS into Mike, then Dean tags back in. Carlie jukes Mike to ROCK him, then feeds Dean’s FLAPJACK! Fans fire up and Dean tags Carlie back in. The Infantry coordinate, but Taven trips Dean! Mike blocks Carlie’s kick, spins him, but Carlie dodges to SUPERKICK after all! Carlie hurries up top, but Taven ENZIGURIS! Mike gets Carlie in a backpack, Taven coordinates, PROTON PACK!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!

Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall

Whoever says you can’t go home again had it wrong! The Kingdom is home, and they’re back on track! Will they soon reign over ROH once again?

 

Blake Christian speaks.

“All Heart Blake Christian, what does ‘All Heart’ stand for? Not only in the name, it stands for heart, but it’s about seizing opportunity and making moments. They call me last minute, ‘Come wrestle Colt Cabana in the very first show in the comeback of ROH,’ and I did that. Not only did I did that, I made moments. And tonight, I wrestle Zack Sabre Jr. for the NJPW TV title. And I’m gonna make another moment. Not only that, I’m gonna seize opportunity when I beat Zack Sabre Jr. when I become THE NJPW World TV Champion.”

Zack Sabre Jr. responds.

“ROH Wrestling isn’t the only thing back, is it? Zack Sabre Jr. is back in the United States of America. Rejoice, cretins, rejoice. Because not only have I changed since the last time that I was here, TMDK’s got themselves a new front man. And Zed-S-J has got his first NJPW gold, the brand new, shiny NJPW World TV title. And Blake Christian, darling, you’ve got the opportunity of a lifetime, haven’t you? But don’t you forget, this title comes with a 15 minute time limit. Use those 15 minutes wisely, darling, because you’re about to step in the ring with the best technical wrestler in the world. As you were, morons.”

 

NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Blake Christian!

The Front Man of The Mighty, the first and only man to hold this title, has had quite the first season. Will that season continue into the Spring? Or will All Heart take over as the star of the show?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Blake’s 15 minutes of fame start now!

The two circle, feel things out, and ZSJ avoids Blake’s shoot in. They go again, ZSJ knuckle locks, rolls and wrangles Blake, but Blake fights up and hits a fireman’s carry takeover to a ghost pin! ONE, and fans fire up as Blake shows he can keep up. ZSJ and Blake circle again, feel things out, knuckle lock and ZSJ drags Blake down to then stand on the hands. ZSJ pulls on one arm while standing on the other! Blake moves around but ZSJ has the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Blake turns things around but ZSJ turns them right back! ZSJ wrenches the arms, but Blake flips, kips and arm-drags free! Fans applaud but ZSJ keeps cool.

The two reset and circle. They tie up, ZSJ gets the arm and wrenches to a wristlock. ZSJ wrenches again, top wristlocks and he wrangles Blake to isolate the arm and STOMP it! Fans rally for “ALL HEART!” but ZSJ pulls on the ear. The ref reprimands, ZSJ lets off and he knuckle locks to wrench. ZSJ WRINGS Blake’s arm, then GROUND WRENCHES it! Fans freak out as ZSJ bends those fingers! ZSJ twists the wrist, cranks the elbow, hammers the hammerlock, then STOMPS the arm again! ZSJ swaggers and Blake shakes the arm out. ZSJ grabs the arm, wrenches, and knuckle locks for a straight arm lever!

ZSJ whips, Blake springboards and arm-drags! Blake shakes the arm out but ZSJ headbutts low! ZSJ headlocks, Blake powers out and follows to run ZSJ over! Blake has the arm, cartwheels and knees, but ZSJ blocks it! But Blake uses that to victory roll, TWO!! Blake dodges, hurdles, rolls, and DROPKICKS ZSJ down! Blake kips up, fans fire up and ZSJ bails out! Fans rally and Blake builds speed to FLY! But into a cravat!! ZSJ throws Blake onto the apron, for a NECK TWIST! Blake writhes and ZSJ says, “How ’bout that, morons?!” ZSJ wants Bryan Danielson to be watching! ZSJ is THE best technical wrestler in the world!

ZSJ drags Blake up, UPPERCUTS him back down, and paces. Fans echo the “Oi oi.” ZSJ kicks Blake, Blake snarls and he throws a forearm! ZSJ grins, Blake forearms again, but ZSJ UPPERCUTS him down! We hear the five minute mark and fans rally up for “ALL HEART! ALL HEART!” ZSJ cravats Blake, hooks a leg to keep him in one place, but fans rally. Blake fights up, throws body shots, but ZSJ cranks the neck wrench. ZSJ snapmares but Blake handsprings through! Blake then drop toeholds ZSJ into the ropes! ZSJ is stuck, 619!! Blake springboards to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Blake bounces off the mat!

Blake aims from a corner, ZSJ stands, and Blake runs in, only for ZSJ to block the boot! ZSJ wrenches the foot but Blake BOOTS him away! Blake kips up, runs in again, but only gets buckles. ZSJ runs in, Blake goes up and over then Alabama Lifts, for the ALABAMA SLAM! And then CATAPULT into buckles! And then an ENZIGURI! Blake brings ZSJ around, SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ escapes and Blake grows frustrated. Fans argue the count for Blake but the ref defends it was a fair count. Blake drags ZSJ up and ripcords, but ZSJ GUILLOTINES! ZSJ cranks, but Blake powers up! Only for ZSJ to HALF HATCH SNAP SUPLEX!

Both men are down and fans rally up. ZSJ stands, he brings Blake up, and ZSJ UPPERCUTS Blake down! ZSJ brings Blake around, UPPERCUTS again and Blake falls over! ZSJ flexes, fans fire up, and Blake stands. ZSJ full nelsons, spins, and UPPERCUTS! Blake wobbles but he leans on ropes. ZSJ runs in, Blake dumps him to the apron! ZSJ lands on his feet, swings but Blake dodges to then go up and out and SPEAR on the apron! Fans fire up as ZSJ flops to the floor. Blake builds speed again and he FLIES! Direct hit with the Fosbury Flop! Fans fire up more as Blake puts ZSJ back in, and Blake aims again!

Blake springboards, FLYING KNEE! ZSJ is down but Blake wants to add on! Blake drags ZSJ up and fans rally behind him. Ripcord, but ZSJ slips around to COBRA TWIST! Blake endures but ZSJ pulls way back on it! Blake pries at the hold, ZSJ shifts to a DRAGON SLEEPER! Blake reaches out, ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go in frustration but time is still on his side. Fans rally for Blake again, but ZSJ smirks. ZSJ gives toying kicks, then KICKS him sharply! We hit ten minutes, ZSJ pie faces Blake around, but Blake CHOPS! ZSJ wobbles and fans fire up! Blake CHOPS again, then CHOPS again!

ZSJ eggs Blake on, so Blake winds up, but ZSJ blocks! ZSJ UPPERCUTS the arm, UPPERCUTS Blake, runs, but into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!!! ZSJ survives and Blake is beside himself! Fans continue to rally and Blake brings ZSJ back up. Blake fireman’s carries, but the back gives up! ZSJ has the KIMURA, and he even headbutts the elbow! But Blake powers up to ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! SUPERKICK! And then suplex, to the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives again and Blake grits his teeth. Blake pounds the mat, fans rally behind him, and Blake goes to the apron. Blake springboards again, but ZSJ gets under! But Blake handsprings to NEURALIZER!

Blake goes back to the apron, we’re under three minutes, SPRINGBOARD 450, into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Blake fights it, ZSJ lifts Blake with his legs to flip him into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Blake flails, but ZSJ shifts to an INVERTED TRIANGLE!! ZSJ pulls way back and Blake taps, ZSJ wins!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (still NJPW World Television Champion)

With a couple minutes to spare, the Front Man breaks All Heart’s heart to hold onto the gold! The Code of Honor is upheld here, but who will be next for the ZSJ Show?

 

Backstage interview with Konosuke Takeshita, Mark Sterling and Ari Daivari.

Lexi Nair notes that Konosuke is to face Josh Woods later tonight, but Sterling is here with an offer to make. It’s more like a command, but here’s the deal. The match is not happening for three reasons. One: Sterling is MJF’s lawyer, Konosuke hit MJF from behind, that’s a conflict of interest. Two: Sterling just doesn’t like Konosuke. And three: Woods really wanted his first match back in ROH to be against someone of a “higher caliber.” So here’s what we do. Cancel the match, split the winner’s purse 50-50. Well, okay, it’ll be more like 55-45 as Sterling has his legal fees Konosuke must cover.

Sterling hands over the contract for Konosuke to look at. All Konosuke has to do is sign it and we’re all good. Daivari says he’ll even throw in another $10,000 for Konosuke. Konosuke nods, and RIPS UP THE CONTRACT! Sterling says this is a mistake, Woods is a national champion! Konosuke clearly doesn’t care, will he earn 100% of the winner’s purse here tonight?

 

Christopher Daniels speaks.

“21 years ago, a new promotion emerged, and reinvigorated professional wrestling for a fanbase that was starved for it. That promotion was ROH. Well now, 2023, a new era, new owners, with all the things that have changed, two things remain the same. The competition is still the toughest in the land, and Christopher Daniels is still in the thick of it. So let me give a warning to each and every member of the ROH roster. For all the things that I’ve already done, there’s a lot more that I wanna do. So if you stand in my way, say your prayers.” The Fallen Angel returns to action in ROH, will he help lead the way in this new era?

Christopher Daniels VS Rohit Raju w/ Jora Johl!

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Raju pushes Daniels to a corner, stomps away, but the ref counts. Raju lets off to soak up the heat, then he runs back in to forearm smash! Snapmare and running ax handle drop! Cover, ONE! Raju stalks Daniels to ropes, CLUBS him, then CHOKES him! The fans boo and the ref counts but Raju lets off. Raju high-fives with Johl, then Raju whips. Daniels ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags! Mule kick and JAB, JAB, and whip! Daniels swings, Raju ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Daniels hits a CALF KICK! Daniels brings Raju up to CHOP to a corner!

Raju shoves Daniels but Daniels kicks low. Daniels suplexes high and hard, then he covers, ONE! Fans rally for Daniels as he stands Raju up and CLUBS away on him. Daniels runs, but Johl trips him up! Fans boo but Raju CLOBBERS Daniels from behind! Raju again distracts the ref so Johl can CLOBBER Daniels! Fans boo more but Johl puts Daniels in. Raju covers, TWO! Daniels is an ROH Grand Slam Champion, these tactics aren’t enough. Raju stomps Daniels, eggs him on, but Daniels throws body shots. Daniels wings but into a strike fest! Daniels ducks a roundhouse but Raju sweeps the legs, and then DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally while Raju grows frustrated. Raju stomps Daniels more, and then he rains down forearms! Fans boo, the ref sees there are closed fists in there, so Raju lets off. Raju headlocks, Daniels powers out, but Raju runs him over! Raju headlocks again, Daniels powers out again, but Raju runs him over again. Raju headlocks a third time, but Daniels hits a SAIDO! Fans fire up as both men slowly rise. Daniels runs in to CLOBBER Raju, CHOP him, and then whips him to ropes. Raju reverses but Daniels LEAPING LARIATS! Fans fire up and Daniels clinches, EXPLODER! Daniels roars, fans fire up, and Daniels calls his shot!

Daniels underhooks Raju but Raju RAMS Daniels into a corner! JUMP KNEE! Daniels is down, Raju goes up top! DEIS DRAGON- NO, Daniels dodges the stomps, but he runs into a BOOT! Raju ROLLING- NO, URENAGE! Daniels goes to the corner, BEST MOONSAULT EVER!! Cover, Daniels wins!

Winner: Christopher Daniels, by pinfall

The Fallen Angel defeats the Desi Hitman! Then, now and forever, Daniels is ROH! Will he be back on top in this new era soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams.

Lexi is with the former ROH Tag Team Champions, “The Professional” and “Hot Sauce,” and asks about their paths here in the new era. Titus says the path is the same. That path Titus started 17 years ago, ROH his entire career, and that path leads right back to the mountaintop. And Hot Sauce has worked for his entire career to be IN ROH! ROH represents the kind of pro-wrestling that Williams loves! This is what pro-wrestling should be. He and Titus became a team, they worked hard to achieve a goal, and they did it. They’ve both been ROH World TV Champion, they were ROH Tag Team Champions together, but those were snatched away!

Tracy & Titus don’t take this lightly, and their path is singular. They will once and for all achieve that goal, work harder than ever, and restore the honor in ROH! They turn to go, but then Aussie Open walks in? Fletcher & Davis being here is a surprise, but they just want to ask something. They couldn’t help but overhear those lists of accomplishments, and they are so happy for Tracy & Titus. So happy that they found success in the past. But this is 2023, and in 2023, there is no better tag team in the WORLD then Aussie Open.

So ROH TV next week, if they wanna have a pro-wrestling tag match, Aussie Open will adhere to the Code of Honor, so long as Tracy & Titus will be men enough to adhere to it after they lose. Tracy & Titus accept, and they shake hands now. Will the Professional and the Hot Sauce get back on track towards the ROH Tag titles? Or will the United Empire start to conquer ROH?

 

Konosuke Takeshita VS Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling!

Since the deal fell through and The Future said no to a settlement, he and the Technical Beast will battle it out! Will Konosuke regret refusing Sterling’s offer? Or will Smart Mark look like a dummy for riling up the Japanese phenomenon?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans rally for Konosuke, he and Woods tie up, and are in a deadlock. They go around, Woods puts Konosuke in a corner but Konosuke pushes him back. Konosuke has Woods in a corner now, but he lets off cleanly. Fans applaud the sportsmanship and Woods even grins. They go again, tie up, and Woods shoots in to get a leg. Woods throws Konosuke up and over, then waistlocks to roll Konosuke around. Woods now has a full nelson, but Konosuke pushes back, rolls out of it, and shifts to a facelock. Woods wrenches out, Konosuke waistlocks, but Woods switches.

Woods has a hammerlock, but Konosuke reaches back to headlock. Woods powers up and out, but Konosuke RAMS shoulders with him. Neither man falls, Konosuke dares Woods to try, so Woods runs. They RAM shoulders again, and fans cheer as neither man falls. Woods dares Konosuke, Konosuke runs, and they RAM shoulders again! Konosuke fires up and dares Woods to run and fans fire up with him! Woods runs, but Konosuke BOOTS him! Konosuke whips, Woods reverses and they RAM shoulders again! Woods rebounds, RAMS, but Konosuke rebounds to run Woods over! Fans fire up but Sterling is furious!

Konosuke has Woods in a corner, whips him corner to corner, then storms up to rain down fists! Fans rally and count, Konosuke gets nine, then winds up for TEN! Konosuke whips, Woods reverses but Konosuke goes up. Woods catches Konosuke, hangs him out to dry, and then gut wrenches him off the ropes for the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Sterling and many Woods fans argue that was slow, but Woods just RAMS into Konosuke at the corner. Woods drags Konosuke up, whips him to ropes, and KNEES him against the ropes! Konosuke falls, fans duel, but Woods steps on Konosuke. Woods pushes Konosuke to a cover, TWO!

Konosuke stands, Woods puts him through ropes, and then stands him up. Fans duel, Woods CHOPS Konosuke, and throws knees! The ref counts, Woods lets off, and then Woods fisherman’s a leg through ropes to pull! Fans boo, the ref counts, and Woods lets off. Konosuke flops to the apron and Woods drags him in to cover, TWO! Sterling coaches Woods to lay into Konosuke, and Woods stands Konosuke up to whip. Woods kitchen sink knees, but Konosuke turns it into a roll-up! TWO!! Woods blocks the V-Trigger, HEADBUTTS low, then whips! Konosuke ducks ‘n’ dodges, TAKESHITA LINE!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Woods drags himself to a corner and fans rally up. Konosuke runs in corner to corner, and he BOOTS! That was a hell of a kick, and Konosuke pushes Woods down. Konosuke goes to the corner, goes right up, but Woods trips him up! Konosuke hits ropes and falls to the apron, but Woods is after him immediately. Woods throws forearms, then reels Konosuke in. Konosuke throws body shots, kicks back, APRON DDT! Woods is stuck in the ropes and fans are thunderous! Konosuke shoves Woods into the ring, Sterling tries to shout down his fans, but Konosuke goes up!

Konosuke leaps, Woods ducks under, but Woods swings into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Woods survives and Sterling coaches him up but fans rally behind Konosuke. Konosuke runs corner to corner, but Woods avoids the kick! And then another, to FLYING CHUCK! Konosuke staggers around, Woods brings him in, gut wrench for the DOCTOR BOMB! And then flip-over, KNEE THRUST! Cover, TWO!!! Konosuke survives and Woods can’t believe it! Fans fire up again, but Woods goes to a corner? Woods climbs up, but Konosuke stands to BOOT him first! Konosuke then climbs up, but Woods resists the superplex!

Woods throws body shots, ROCKS Konosuke, and then SUPER TWISTING SUPLEX! Sterling shouts for the pin, Woods crawls to cover, TWO!! Konosuke survives again and fans fire up! Fans rally again, Woods snarls and he stands back up. Woods drags Konosuke up, but Konosuke swings on him! Woods catches him for a JAWBREAKER to an EXPLODER! But Konosuke’s right up! GERMAN SUPLEX! Sterling panics and fans fire up again! Konosuke powers up, but DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOWS collide!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Sterling shouts for Woods to stand, but fans say “This is Awesome!”

Woods and Konosuke flounder, and Woods brings Konosuke up. Woods fireman’s carries, but Konosuke fights free to full nelson! Woods breaks it, switches, but they run to a corner. O’Conner, CHAOS- NO, VICTORY ROLL! TWO!! Woods swings, misses, ROLLING ELBOW from Konosuke, to a KICK, and then a O’Conner, CHAOS- NO, Woods victory rolls! TWO, WHEELBARROW GERMAN!! Bridging cover, KONOSUKE WINS!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Fans give a standing ovation to this battle! The Code of Honor is upheld, and both men even bow to show more respect. Will these two both be the future of wrestling now that ROH is back?

 

Backstage interview with Claudio Castagnoli.

Lexi is with the Swiss Superman ahead of his ROH World Championship defense, and that is a lot of firsts. The first episode of ROH Wrestling back on Honor Club, Claudio’s first title defense on ROH Wrestling TV, and Claudio’s first 1v1 match with AR Fox. How is he feeling tonight? “Pressure makes diamond. I am born for situations like this. I look forward to situations like this every single day. That’s why we wake up, that’s why we step in the ring, that’s why the Blackpool Combat Club exists. Tonight, my first title defense against AR Fox.

“AR Fox, you and your little group, Top Flight, may’ve cost me some money on AEW television, but there’s absolutely nothing that will spoil my title defense tonight on ROH on Honor Club.” Claudio warns Fox in German that he is up against the absolute best in ROH and in wrestling! Will Fox show Swiss Superman what flying is really like?

 

The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Joe Keys, Alex Lawless & Leon St. Giovanni!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona are the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions, and they’re hungry for competition! Will they have their fill tonight? Or will even The Machine & Gates of Agony falter?

The Embassy flank Keys, Lawless & LSG in the ring. Lawless rushes Kaun but Kaun dumps him out! Kaun then CLOBBERS Lawless with an elbow! Liona TOSSES Keys, then CLOBBERS him at the ramp with a shoulder! Fans fire up and Cage actually upholds the Code of Honor with LSG. The bell rings, Cage kicks LSG and whips him, to then swing. LSG ducks ‘n’ dodges and springboards, but into Cage’s arms! Cage RAMS LSG into the corner, RAMS him more, then CHOPS him! Cage ROCKS LSG, CLUBS him, then whips him corner to corner. LSG goes up and over, rolls and handsprings and DROPKICKS!

LSG runs, but into a trophy lift, and a TOSS into buckles! Tag to Kaun, he drags LSG up and CHOPS him! LSG ends up in the Embassy’s corner, Kaun puts him up top and Liona tags in. Kaun climbs up to hoist LSG up, TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! And then Liona tags Cage before he hits an APRON SENTON! LSG just got crushed, but the suffering isn’t over! Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES LSG! The Embassy poses together as fans cheer and jeer, then they BLAST Keys and Lawless off the apron! The Gates set LSG up, DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH, and then a rock-a-bye POWERBOMB! Cover, The Embassy wins!

Winners: The Embassy, by pinfall

Dominant and destructive barely even cover it! If these three are the ROH World Six Man Champions, who will ever take those titles from them?

 

Metalik VS Ari Daivari w/ Slim J & Mark Sterling!

Also known as Mascara Dorada, The King of the Ropes checks off competing in ROH after also being in the WWE, NJPW and AEW. But after his boy, Slim J, failed to win big, will the money behind the Trustbusters cash in? Or will he bust against a real golden star?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though reluctantly, and the bell rings. They circle, Daivari talks trash to the fans given how they were against Slim J just earlier, and then he ties up with Metalik. Daivari wrenches an arm, wristlocks, but Metalik rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Daivari rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks, but Metalik reaches back to hit a headlock takeover. Daivari scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Metalik lets off cleanly but Daivari and Sterling still protest. Metalik and Daivari reset, circle, and tie up again. Metalik headlocks, Daivari powers out, but Metalik runs him over. Things keep moving, and Metalik handsprings!

Daivari dodges, but Metalik keeps moving! Handspring arm-drag! Daivari dodges in the corner but runs into boots! SLING-DOG! Fans fire up and Metalik goes up the ropes, spins in the corner, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Daivari down! Fans fire up again while Daivari bails out. Slim and Sterling check Daivari, but Metalik builds speed! Metalik sides, Daivari ducks in, and Slim gets in Metalik’s face. The ref tells Slim to back off, but Daivari whips Metalik into the POST! Fans boo, Slim is loving it and Daivari soaks up the heat. Fans boo harder, Daivari drags Metalik up and puts him in the ring.

Daivari drags Metalik up to put him on the ropes, and CHOKE him! The ref counts, the fans boo, and Daivari lets off. Daivari argues with the ref, and Slim CHOKES Metalik! Fans chant “SLIM J SUCKS!” but Daivari whips Metalik to the corner hard! Metalik bounces off buckles and hits the mat, and Sterling soaks up the heat. Daivari drops a knee on Metalik’s head, then another, then another! Daivari covers, TWO! Daivari sits Metalik up into a chinlock and grinds Metalik down. Fans rally, Metalik fights up, and he throws body shots. Metalik CHOPS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Daivari hurries to cover, TWO!

Sterling coaches Daivari and Daivari talks trash to the fans. Daivari drags Metalik up to CHOP! Daivari CHOPS again, then he hoists Metalik up top. Daivari CHOPS again, then climbs up top. Fans boo but Daivari stands Metalik up. Metalik throws body shots and then bumps Daivari off buckles. Metalik CHOPS Daivari and Daivari falls! Metalik stands, walks the tightrope, CROSSBODY! Fans fire up, things speed up, Metalik scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Metalik whips, Daivari reverses, but Metalik handsprings to back elbow! Daivari bails out again and fans rally as Metalik pounds the mat.

Metalik builds speed again, he goes up and up, ESCALARA SWANTON! Direct hit at the ramp and fans are fired up for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Metalik brings Daivari up while Slim and Sterling coach Daivari. Fans fire up with Metalik, he aims and springboards, FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Daivari survives but Metalik keeps his focus. Metalik drags Daivari up, fireman’s carries, but Daivari fights free. Daivari waistlocks, Metalik elbows free, Metalik springboards, into a SUPERKICK! Slim and Sterling say Daivari has Metalik now, and Daivari hurries to the corner. Daivari climbs, aims, LION SPLASH- NO! Metalik moves! Metalik sunset flips, TWO!!

SUPERKICK! Daivari sits down but Sterling distracts the ref! Slim slips in to chicken wing Metalik, fans boo but Daivari runs in, only to CLOBBER Slim! Metalik rolls Daivari up but the ref is still distracted! Metalik would’ve won by now! The ref finally sees what’s going on, counts, TWO!! Metalik is furious, but Daivari hammerlocks! LION’S LARIAT!! Cover, Daivari wins!

Winner: Ari Daivari, by pinfall

The numbers game won this one for the boss, #InBustWeTrust! But will the Trustbusters get to the top by any means necessary?

 

Backstage interview with AR Fox.

Lexi is now with the challenger, The Whole Fox’n Show, so how is he feeling going into the first main event of ROH TV 2023? Fox says that about ten years ago, he tried out for ROH. They never invited him back. Guess they didn’t think he was good enough. Maybe he wasn’t. So from that point on, Fox busted his ass to be the best he could be, and now look at him! He’s main-eventing the first episode of the new era! So Claudio, Fox is coming for that title. Will Fox have the biggest win of his career when it’s for the ROH World Championship?

 

The Renegades VS Skye Blue & Madison Rayne!

Charlette & Robyn have fought their way up on AEW Dark and Elevation, and even held the NWA Women’s Tag Team Championships, but now they might be reaching a new level in the ROH Women’s Division. But will the student-teacher combo be the ones starting strong in the new era?

The Code of Honor is upheld, and the teams sort out. Skye and Robyn start, circle, and tie up. Robyn pushes Skye back but Skye puts Robyn in the corner. Skye lets off, they tie up again, and now Robyn puts Skye in the corner. The ref counts, Robyn grinds forearms in then shoves Skye. Fans boo but Skye shoves back. Skye dodges, Robyn blocks the arm-drag but Skye arm-drags from the other side! Things speed up, Skye wheelbarrows and arm-drags again! Fans rally, Skye ROCKS Robyn, then she bumps Robyn off buckles. Skye runs in, Robyn dodges, but Robyn runs into a roll-up and bridge, TWO! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!

Skye facelocks Robyn, tags Rayne, and they double whip. Skye SHINING WIZARDS at the ropes, then snapmares to feed Rayne’s SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Rayne drags Robyn up but Robyn pulls hair! Robyn puts Rayne in the corner, tag to Charlette, and the Renegades mug Rayne! They stomp away, let off as the ref counts, and then Charlette bumps Rayne off buckles. Charlette RAMS into Rayne, lets off at the ref’s count, but Rayne slips away to shoulder in, slide under, and she sunset flips! TWO, Rayne facelocks and whips. Charlette reverses, runs in but Rayne trips her, rolls her and runs to basement dropkick! Cover, ONE!

Rayne facelocks Charlette, she tags Skye in, and they double whip to trip and basement dropkick! Skye covers, TWO! Skye brings Charlette up but Charlette throws body shots. Charlette knees low, mocks the fans, then ROCKS Skye! Skye swings back, Charlette gets around to waistlock, but Skye switches. Charlette runs to ropes and Robyn GAMANGIRIS Skye! Fans boo but Charlette BOOTS Skye down! Charlette then DECKS Rayne for good measure. Charlette mocks the fans rallying for Skye, then she bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Robyn, Robyn CHOPS Skye then snapmares. Robyn runs to BASEMENT SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up but Robyn drags Skye up. Tag to Charlette, the Renegades double suplex and they hold Skye up! But Skye shifts to DOUBLE CRADLE! TWO!! Robyn kicks low, she reels Skye in, back suplex, but Skye lands on her feet! Robyn still CLOBBERS Skye! Robyn rains down fists, brings Skye up, but Skye ENZIGURIS! Both women are down and fans rally up! Skye and Robyn crawl, hot tag to Rayne! Rayne fires off forearms and CHOPS then DECKS Robyn! Charlette runs in but she gets an ENZIGURI! Rayne dodges Robyn, ripcord, CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Rayne drags Robyn up, dragon sleepers, but Robyn pulls hair!

Robyn dodges the haymakers, clinches, FACEBUSTER! Tag to Charlette and she hurries to fireman’s carry. MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, Skye breaks it! Fans fire up, Skye has Charlette but Charlette dodges the lariat, only for the SUPERKICK to hit! Robyn runs in, ROLLING ELBOW for Skye! Rayne clinches Robyn, COMPLETE SHOT! All four women are down and fans fire up again! Rayne and Charlette stir, the fans rally, and Rayne tags Skye! Skye goes up top to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Robyn stomps Skye, but Rayne SPEARS Robyn! Rayne & Skye double whip, to SOBAT, BOOT and SKYFALL FACEBUSTER! Cover, Skye & Rayne win!

Winners: Skye Blue & Madison Rayne, by pinfall

A big win for the rookie and the veteran, will they soon become a top team in the Women’s Tag Division?

 

Ian Riccaboni is in the ring.

“A new era of ROH begins here tonight in Orlando, Florida, and with that, it is my pleasure to introduce my guest at this time, the ROH Pure Champion, Wheeler Yuta!” Fans cheer as the Decoder makes his way out to the ring. Yuta shakes Ian’s hand and Ian says tonight has “all the makings of a historic evening. As the junior member of the Blackpool Combat Club,” Yuta’s tag partner in Claudio Castagnoli defends his ROH World Championship against AR Fox in the main event! Yuta says that he’ll get to that in a moment as he’s also excited for that match. But Ian called him the “junior” member of the BCC.

Yuta wants to get one thing straight. He is no junior member, he is no rookie, he is no upstart, he is a champion! And he did not become the ROH Pure Champion by accident. He didn’t become a champion by doing someone else’s laundry or making someone’s dinner. No, he surrounded himself “with three of the best wrestlers of all time.” Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson, and the ROH World Champion, Claudio Castagnoli. They beat him down, made him nothing, and then forged him in combat so that he is the champion he is today. And he’s feeling a little left out with all these title defenses going on. Yuta’s free next week, too.

So if anyone wants to take a shot at the champ, if anyone wants to get in the ring and wrestle with him, Yuta says to make themselves known right now. We wait, and out comes TIMOTHY THATCHER! The Professor of Pain walks out on stage, and he has a mic. “HEY! I am Timothy Thatcher, and you know that, Yuta. I’m not a big fan of talking, but I’m a big fan of fighting. So if you’re offering a challenge for the ROH Pure Championship, I accept.” Fans like the sound of that! Yuta holds up his belt now, but will he be holding onto it for much longer?

 

Lady Frost VS Willow Nightingale!

A frozen heart meets a bubbly positivity, this is going to be like immovable object and irresistible force! Will Frost put Willow on ice? Or will Willow be too hot to handle?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. Fans rally, Frost powers Willow back but Willow powers Frost all the way to a corner! Willow lets off and flexes. Fans cheer, Frost and Willow reset and tie up again. Frost gets around to waistlock but Willow wiggles and bumps free. Willow shows off the twerk, and Frost is a bit taken aback. Willow wants Frost to get in the groove and fans want to see it, too! Frost just runs, and things speed up. Frost ducks ‘n’ dodges, leaps over, but Willow runs her over! Fans cheer, Willow waits on Frost, then runs her over again. Willow runs, and SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!

Willow keeps on Frost, short arm LARIATS, then short arm LARIATS again! Willow keeps going, but Frost elbows back. Willow doesn’t budge, she just scoops and SLAMS! Willow and the fans fire up again, and Willow winds it up. Willow CHOPS Frost in the corner! Willow whips corner to corner, Frost goes up and over and handsprings to mule kick. Frost keeps moving, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up more, Frost brings Willow up but willow shoves her away. Frost handsprings, headscissors, and Willow staggers. Frost comes back, tilt-o-whirls to sunset flip, TWO! Frost kicks, Willow ducks, DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES take both women down!

Fans fire up while both women stir. A standing count starts, fans rally, and both women go to corners. Willow and Frost stand, Willow runs corner to corner to back body block! And clothesline! Snapmare and BOOT! Fans fire up with Willow more, and she whips Frost to then SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Frost is tough but fans rally behind Willow. Willow runs corner to corner, but into an elbow! Willow comes back, Frost dodges and ROUNDHOUSES! Willow falls, Frost climbs up! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and flounders to the corner! Frost keeps focus, she runs back in, to RAM into Willow!

Frost rolls back, runs in again, but Willow catches her! Gut wrench for the DOCTOR BOMB! Cover, Willow wins!

Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall

A big win on the big return to ROH, and Willow shows respect with the Code of Honor. Fans are ready to party with Willow, and Ian returns to the ring to do a little shimmy. He also interviews Willow, saying that she’s Mrs. Riccaboni’s favorite wrestler, but this isn’t about that. He has one question for her after another big win: what’s next? Well, first she has to wipe the dumb smile off her face. Willow gets serious now, and says that before thinking about the future, let’s look at the past. Willow knows Ian’s been around ROH a minute, just like her. They are from the old regime. The past two ROH PPVs, Death Before Dishonor and Final Battle, ya girl got two big wins!

And tonight in the NEW ROH, the NEW lifeblood, another win! Fans cheer that, so Willow says she’s kind of on a roll. The only next logical step would be… Willow challenging Athena for the ROH Women’s World Championship! But speaking of, here comes the Fallen Goddess! Athena has the belt around her waist and a mic in her hand. Athena says, “Willow. Congrats on your win, girlfriend. But… I know that you’re just so happy to be here. But if I was happy to be here, I wouldn’t be ROH champion. So, I’ma do you a favor, girl, cuz I am a fighting champion, I am a generous champion! I will accept your mediocre offer of challenging me for my title.

“But… When I beat your ass all over this arena, I want you and the world to know, that Willow Nightingale is nothing but porcelain, and is just lucky enough to be in my division. Hey, Willow. I’ll see you next week, porcelain.” The Fallen Goddess is looking to break Willow’s spirit, but will nothing stop that positivity?

 

ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS AR Fox!

The Swiss Superman is ready to make history on this already monumental night. Will he retain his title in the first defense of ROH’s new era? Or will Fox no longer be a “best kept secret,” but THE best wrestler in ROH?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who flies higher as ROH takes flight again!

The  Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two circle, fans rally up, and they tie up. Claudio puts Fox on ropes, the ref calls the break, and Claudio lets off cleanly. Fans applaud the sportsmanship and the two reset. They tie up again, fans duel, and Claudio spins Fox to an armlock. Fox rolls, wrenches and wristlocks, but Claudio rolls and wrenches back. Fox rolls, kips up, handsprings, and wrenches again. Claudio clinches, facelocks, then hooks an arm and a leg to bring Fox down. Fox fights to stay off the mat but Claudio cravats for the snapmare and cover, TWO! Claudio wrenches and whips, but Fox goes up and over!

Fox keeps moving, Claudio comes back but Fox slips out the side to trip Claudio! Fox then slingshots in for a facelock roll, only for Claudio to block the suplex! Claudio suplexes, Fox slips free and whips. Claudio reverses, Fox ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to a schoolboy, ONE! Claudio UPPERCUTS Fox off his feet! Fans rally and duel, Fox staggers up but Claudio is on him. Claudio scoops and SLAMS, then runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, ONE!! Fox won’t be beat so easily, but Claudio brings Fox up. Claudio bumps Fox off buckles hard, and then he brings him around. Fox fights the lift, wrenches and knuckle locks.

Fox kicks, goes up and up, jumps around and flying wheelbarrows to the BULLDOG! Fans fire up while Claudio flounders, Fox covers, ONE!! Fans rally and duel and Fox goes to the apron. Fox climbs, but Claudio DROPKICKS! Fox is stuck up top, Claudio trophy lifts him but Fox makes it a FLYING HEADSCISSOR! Claudio ends up on ropes, Fox runs to hit the BODY SLIDE ATTACK! Fox then springboards, but Claudio trips him up! Fox crashes down and fans rally. Claudio slides out, drags Fox out, and he SLAMS the leg on the apron edge! Fox clutches the knee, he pushes Claudio away and gets in the ring.

Claudio storms up, gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Claudio holds onto the leg for a modified leglock! Fox gets the ROPEBREAK, and Claudio lets off, to then stomp away on Fox! Claudio jumps to STOMP Fox down! The ref reprimands, Claudio drags Fox to a cover, ONE!! Fox is fighting but Claudio wraps on a chinlock. Fox endures, fans rally, and the two hand fight over the grapple. Fox fights up but he can’t fireman’s carry because of the bad leg! Claudio hits a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Fox flounders to a corner, clutches his leg, and Claudio storms up again. Claudio stands Fox up to whip him into a corner, and UPPERCUTS!

Claudio suplex and basically TOSSES Fox! Claudio gets the bad leg, drags Fox over into the HALF CRAB! Claudio sits deep on the hold but Fox still endures! Fans rally, Fox crawls and reaches out, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go quickly, and he drags Fox to the apron. Claudio SLAMS Fox’s chest on the apron, then UPPERCUTS him! The ref reprimands, Claudio apologizes, and he goes up the steps. Claudio DOUBLE STOMPS Fox on the back! Claudio steps in, saying that was just “on the way” back in. Claudio then ROPE GUILLOTINES! Cover, TWO! Fox is hanging tough but Claudio keeps focus.

Fans rally for “FOX! FOX! FOX!” but Claudio clobbers Fox into a chinlock! Claudio smothers Fox but fans rally and Fox fights back up. Fox throws elbows but Claudio shoves him to CLUB him on the back! Fox drops to his knees but Claudio stands him back up. Claudio shoves and CLUBS Fox in the back again! And then another shove, but Fox elbows back! Claudio ROCKS Fox, but Fox dumps Claudio out! Fox avoids the shoulder to KICK, but Claudio HEADBUTTS! Fox comes back, REBOUND DDT!! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Fans rally as both men stir, and Fox stands first!

Fox LARIATS, but Claudio roars as he stays standing! Fox LARIATS, but Claudio eggs him on. Fox DISCUS LARIATS! Claudio rebounds, Fox goes Matrix to then PELE! Fox cravats, Claudio powers out, but Fox goes up and mule kicks! Then springboard CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives and the fans fire up! Fox gets his bad leg moving, runs corner to corner, and he A-LIST LARIATS! Then Fox skins the cat to SWINGING DROPKICK! Claudio bails out, so Fox builds speed! Fox FLIES to CROSSBODY Claudio down! Fans fire up as Fox then puts Claudio back in. Fox climbs a corner, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Fans rally up harder as Fox watches Claudio go to a corner. Fox runs in, back elbows, but Claudio shoves him away. Claudio BOOTS Fox, covers, TWO!! Fox survives and Claudio grits his teeth. Fans rally, Claudio drags Fox up, but Fox breaks free. Claudio blocks a boot, KNEES back but Fox ENZIGURIS! Fox whips, goes Matrix, but Claudio was faking him out! SWISS SWING!! Fox goes around TEN times before Claudio lets him go! But Fox flops out of the ring to safety! Fans rally, Claudio goes out after Fox, and he drags Fox up. Claudio pushes Fox into the ring while fans cheer “BOTH THESE GUYS!”

Claudio goes to a corner, he goes along the ropes, and he LIMIT BREAKER ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! But to the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fox endures as Claudio sits deeeeeep! Fox endures, but Claudio shifts to a CROSSFACE!! Claudio rolls Fox away, shifts his grip, but Fox rolls Claudio to a cover, TWO!!! JAWBREAKER! Fireman’s carry, but the leg! Claudio LARIATS!! Cover, TWO?!!? Fox survives and fans are thunderous for “R O H! R O H!” Claudio drags Fox up, puts him up top, and then UPPERCUTS! Claudio climbs up, Fox resists and throws body shots, but Claudio HEADBUTTS! Claudio resets, but Fox slips under! GAMANGIRI!

Claudio roars and grabs at Fox, but Fox GAMANGIRIS again! Fox firemen’s carries with help from the corner, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Fox goes right up top, for the 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!? Claudio survives again and no one can believe it! Fans rally as hard as ever and Fox feels he’s close. Claudio grits his teeth, Fox brings Claudio up, and he reels Claudio in. Claudio fights the suplex so Fox throws a forearm. Claudio throws a forearm back! Fox ROCKS Claudio, Claudio ROCKS Fox, then Claudio fires off a strike fest! UPPERCUT into a backslide! TWO!!! Claudio escapes, he puts Fox on the apron, but Fox ROCKS Claudio!

Fox springboards, but into the UPPERCUT!! Cover, Claudio wins!!

Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)

An epic battle of strength, speed and technique, and in the end it was that knockout uppercut that wins it for the champion! The Swiss Superman shows respect by applauding Fox with the fans, as well as the Code of Honor handshake. Will Fox be back for another try soon enough? Who else will want to take that title from Claudio? WAIT! THE MAD KING IS HERE!! Eddie Kingston said on AEW social media that he was DONE with AEW, and fans are thunderous to see him storm into the ROH ring! Eddie has the music cut and he grins at Claudio. “Guess what, buddy, guess what? I’m an independent contract, dog! I’m 1099, so I can be here!

“And y’know how I promised Mox I wouldn’t beat your ass in AEW? This ain’t AEW, bro. I’m coming after that championship. What do you say, huh?” Fans like the sound of it, and Eddie tells Claudio not to be scared. Here, have the mic. Eddie hands it over, but Claudio drops it! Fans boo, but it seems the Swiss Superman does things on his time, not Eddie’s. But will the King of Wrestling have no choice but to protect his throne against the Mad King of New York?


My Thoughts:

A great return to weekly programming for ROH, and I have a feeling they’re going to maintain a two hour format since it’s online and not needing to worry about commercials. Real good stuff in the non-title matches, though in many cases, they went as I expected. The Six Man Tag was a great squash win for The Embassy, and of course the ROH icons like Daniels and Briscoe won. Konosuke VS Woods was a great one for a couple younger wrestlers, and it was pretty amusing for Sterling to think he can help Woods avoid a loss with a settlement. Good win for Willow, real good promo from Willow, and we’re gonna get a great women’s title match between her and Athena.

And also good promo from Yuta and Thatcher to set up an ROH Pure title match, that is going to be some incredible technical wrestling next week. Another great NJPW World TV Championship match, Blake Christian got a great showing even in defeat, but of course ZSJ wins out since this is a NJPW title. I do have to say it’s a bit funny how in an AEW backed ROH, there’re still some NJPW guys helping get this going, such as Aussie Open challenging an ROH team to a match. And I’m thinking Aussie Open wins, because while Titus & Tracy are good, Fletcher & Davis really are a great team. I’m already getting flashbacks to the NJPW ROH partnership before pandemic where it felt like NJPW got the better part of the deal.

And of course, an awesome main event with the ROH World Championship. Good promos from Claudio and Fox before, too, and what an awesome showing for Fox even in defeat. The fans loved the guy by the end of the night, Fox is finally getting the spotlight he deserves, he will have a title soon enough. And what a great surprise to see Eddie Kingston show up in ROH. While his story with Ortiz and the House of Black had potential, AEW let it fizzle out, but at least there’s continuity they’re calling upon in how Eddie and Claudio did not get along during the Blackpool Combat Club VS Jericho Appreciation Society feud. Claudio VS Eddie is going to be a great one, they’ll probably do that for Supercard of Honor in LA during WWE’s WrestleMania weekend.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (7/12/24)

Top Flight is on a Rampage!

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Time to rumble, bad man, rumble.

After weeks of back and forth, Top Flight finally has it out with Shane Taylor Promotions in a Six Man Tag match! Who proves to be the baddest trio in AEW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop; Roddy wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox; Fenix wins.
  • Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering; Rosa wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions; STP wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Malakai Black & Brody King VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling & Josh Woods!

The Kings of the Black Throne claim they’re not enraged over Buddy Matthews being attacked, and yet they’re on a Rampage! Well, bad puns aside, will they unstoppable from now until they have avenged their Aussie Juggernaut? Or will Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari make everyone take them serious from now on?

The teams sort out and the fans hoot and bark. Malakai starts against Daivari and the two circle. The fans rally up, the two feel things out, then tie up. Malakai headlocks, grinds, but Daivari powers up and out. Daivari drops, hurdles, but Malakai waits. Daivari ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Malakai blocks the kick. Daivari narrowly avoids the roundhouse! Daivari backs up while Malakai sits down cross-legged. The fans fire up but Daivari tags Nese. Nese runs up, but Malakai ducks under the kick! Malakai kips up so Nese ROCKS him with a forearm! Malakai shoves Nese to ELBOW him down!

Malakai drags Nese over, tags Brody and the fans fire up. Nese scrambles away as the fans bark and hoot. Nese flexes, he isn’t intimidate. Nese CHOPS, but Brody doesn’t flinch! Nese grabs the beard and says Brody is his b*tch now! Brody CHOPS Nese off his feet! Brody barks, the fans join in, and then Brody CHOPS Nese! The fans “WOO~!” and Brody CHOPS Nese again! Brody fires forearms and CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Nese rebounds, into a BIG back drop! Nese staggers up, into a scoop and SLAM! Brody runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, so Brody drags him right up and tags in Malakai.

The House mugs Nese, double whips him corner to corner, then Brody sends Malakai in. Nese dodges to then ROCK Malakai! Nese BOOTS Brody, whips Malakai at him, but Malakai rolls off Brody’s back. Nese dodges Brody’s lariat but Malakai BOOTS him into the LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Nese up, drags him back over, and tags Brody. They mug Nese some more, and the fans fire up as Brody pumps up that rm. Brody runs, but Woods DUMPS Brody out! Nese distracted the ref and Malakai protests, but the fans boo. Daivari hurries after Brody but Brody grabs Daivari by the neck! Nese FOSBURY FLOPS Brody down!

The fans boo as The Premier Athletes now mugs Brody! Malakai protests but the ref keeps him back, and Rampage goes picture in picture.

The Premier Athletes let off to high-five with Woods & Sterling, then the ref starts a ring count. Nese catches his breath before he drags big Brody up. Nese puts Brody in the ring, tags Daivari, and they mug Brody more, They both run, to DOUBLE SHOULDER Brody down! Cover, TWO! Daivari hurries to bring Brody around in a facelock, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Daivari CHOKES Brody on ropes, the ref counts, and Daivari lets off. Daivari argues with the ref, so that Sterling can CHOKE Brody! Sterling scurries away like the weasel he is, and then Daivari stands on Brody in the corner!

The ref counts, Daivari lets off and he drags Brody over. Tag to Nese, and Nese stomps Brody while Daivari anchors the legs. Rampage returns to single picture as Nese and Daivari let off. Nese soaks up heat, stalks Brody to the corner, and he grins as he says “All day, baby.” Nese CHOPS but Brody gets mad! Brody fires forearms and elbows, DECKS Nese, then storms up. Nese throat chops! Then Nese runs, but into an URENAGE! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Brody crawls, reaches out, hot tags to Malakai and Daivari! Malakai rallies on Daivari with big elbows and then a strike fest! LEG SWEEP!

Nese gets in but Malakai ELBOWS him down! Daivari kicks and whips but Malakai RANAS! Nese is up but the JUMP KNEE knocks him down! Daivari stands and Malakai QUEBRADAS him down! Cover, TWO! Daivari survives but the fans rally behind Malakai. Malakai storms around, stands Daivari up and suplexes. Daivari slips free, but Malakai fires a strike fest! Daivari SUPERKICKS first! Tag to Nese but then Malakai DECKS Daivari! Nese leaps in but Malakai dodges! ROUNDHOUSE! Nese falls, Woods gets up! Woods ducks a shot, but then Brody SWEEPS the legs! Woods crashes off the apron and fans fire up!

Wait, Daivari sneaks in, armed with Sterling’s clipboard! Malakai turns around, CLIPBOARD SMASH!! The plastic explodes off of Malakai’s head!! Daivari gets outta there, the ref wonders what happened, and then Daivari BOOTS Brody! PLANCHA and down goes Brody! Nese hits a 450 SPLASH! A rough landing but Nese makes the cover, TWO?!? Malakai survives and Sterling is freaking out! Daivari reaches out, Nese crawls over, but Brody YANKS Daivari down! Brody RAMS Daivari into barriers! Brody makes Daivari take a seat so he can forearm and CHOP! Brody barks, Sterling panics, and Brody runs back in, but Sterling gets in the way!

Brody snarls, but then he just SPLASHES Sterling and Daivari! Nese is shocked by what he just saw! Malakai runs up, Nese bucks the O’Conner Roll! Nese runs up, into a KNEE! And then a suplex, for a BRAINBUSTER! Malakai hurries up top, but Nese SHORYUKENS! And GAMANGIRIS! Nese drags Malakai down then climbs up. 450 SPLASH onto knees! That’s an even rougher landing than before! Daivari hurries back up but Brody catches him for a SLEEPER! And now, Malakai lifts Nese up, for THE END! Cover, The House of Black wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

Brody DROPS Daivari when the bell rings, The House having completely demolished The Premier Athletes. Will they not be stopped until they have what they want?

 

Roderick Strong w/ The Kingdom VS Ben Bishop!

The Savior of the Backbreaker is set for an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match tomorrow night on Collision against Dalton Castle. But in an occasion of turnabout is fair play, The Conglomeration is watching him from commentary! Will the presence of Kyle O’Reilly, Orange Cassidy & Mark Briscoe make Roddy better or worse than usual?

The bell rings and Kyle says that while he loves and appreciates Roddy, Taven & Bennett, they’re being more like the Undisputed Cling-dom! Meanwhile, big Ben Bishop stalks some smack on Roddy, and then pretends he can’t see him. Roddy says okay, be that way. They tie up, Cassidy points out just how tall Ben is, and big Ben shoves Roddy down! The fans fire up, Roddy comes right back, but Ben TOSSES him away! Roddy bails out, the fans fire up for Ben, and The Kingdom coaches Roddy up. Roddy runs in, dodges Ben, and kicks at the legs! Ben drops to size so Roddy and CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP!

Roddy kicks the legs, fires boxing elbows, then ELBOWS Ben before he runs and SICK KICKS! Then he hits an OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up with Roddy and the Kingdom, then the STRONG KNEE knocks Ben down! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Conglomeration is in agreement, that was impressive work by Roddy, because Roddy is indeed that good. But Cassidy says it is time to go stare down with them. The Conglomeration stand on stage to stare down The Kingdom, but Roddy needs to focus on tomorrow night. Will Roddy punch his golden ticket to an ROH World Championship match? Or will it be The Peacock that means the Sussex County Chicken in Arlington, Texas?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

The Virtuosa is served a glass of wine, and says we’ve never been formally introduced. We’ve all seen what she can do in the ring, but does anyone know what it means to be THE Virtuosa. “Wrestling isn’t just a sport or an art form, it’s both. And more set to a quickening pace than a staccato beat of bodies slamming, bones cracking, tendons tearing! All building towards a beautiful and violent crescendo.” Deonna likes what AEW has forced her to become. “Because here, actions have consequences.” And Deonna vows to burn the empire to the ground, to remake it in her own image. This is the Age of the Virtuosa.

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite 250!

On top of the opening match being Ospreay VS MJF for the International Championship, as well as Swerve VS Okada in a Champion VS Champion showdown, Mercedes Mone has issued an Open Challenge to the TBS Championship! Well, mostly open, as she is EXCLUDING Britt Baker! The DMD won’t be happy about this, but who will step up to The CEO?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Rey Fenix VS Komander VS Angelico VS AR Fox!

This is going to be a fast ‘n’ furious match starring men capable of fantastic feats both in the air and on the mat! And with there still being time before All In, who uses this night as a launching pad towards a title opportunity?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The four circle, and then Fenix and Komander stare down. They nod and shake hands, and they go after Fox and Angelico! Fox blocks a kick, Angelico wrenches an arm, and then Fox wrenches Fenix to a cording hold. Komander uses Fenix to wall run and flip out of the armlock! Fenix and Komander each reverse the wrenches, then kick and body shot. Fenix uses Angelico to flip up and over and wrench again, but Angelico headlocks. Komander sends Angelico into Fox, Fenix rolls Angelico up, but Komander rolls Fenix! Fox rolls Komander, TWO! Angelico sweeps Fox to cover, ONE!

All four men stand off and the fans fire up. Angelico does the Bernie Lean! But then he gets TRIPLE BOOTS for it! Fox runs up, Komander & Fenix kick and CHOP him. The luchadores double whip Fox but he reverses to TOSS Fenix out! Komander runs in but Fox mule kicks his leg out! Komander ends up on ropes, Fox runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK DROPKICK COMBO, sending Fenix into railing! Fox gest back up to trip Komander and he goes up the corner, to QUEBRADA Fenix! Fox somersaults in to then deadlift ANARCHY SUPLEX on Komander! Cover, Angelico breaks it! Angelico JABS Fox, JABS, then brings him around.

Angelico whips, Fox reverses but Angelico rolls off Fox’s back. Fox jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK hits! Fox falls back, Angelico coves, but Fenix slingshots in to SUPERKICK it apart! The fans rally as Fenix kicks Fox out of the ring. Angelico bails out, and now Fenix is alone with Komander. The amigos nod while the fans fire up, and the forearms start flying! Fenix CHOPS, then runs up, but into a BOOT! Fenix staggers back, Komander runs up and FLIPPING RANAS! The fans fire up, Komander runs in at the corner, but Fenix puts him on the apron. Fenix ROCKS Komander, whips him into the POST!

Fenix goes up and tightrope walk PENALTY KICKS! The fans fire up with Fenix while Komander falls. Fenix goes out, and he CHOPS Fox, while Rampage goes picture in picture.

Fenix KICKS Angelico, then runs around the way and goes up the railing to KICK Komander back down! The front row fires up with Fenix and he goes back to Fox. Fenix CHOPS Fox, whips him, but Fox reverses to POST Fenix! Fox high-fives fans, but Komander runs up to FLYING CHUCK! Angelico stomps Fenix, then he stomps Komander. Angelico even stomps Fox down! Angelico JABS Komander, ROCKS him, and Komander staggers away. Fox kicks Komander, then kicks Angelico. Fox CLUBS Angelico, then RAMS him into railing! But then Fenix BOOTS Fox down! Fenix puts Angelico in and puts him in a corner.

Fenix CHOPS, and Angelico sputters as he staggers away. Angelico goes to the apron, Fenix goes out to bring Komander around to CLUB him. Fox storms up but Fenix CHOPS! Fenix CHOPS Komander, kicks at Fox but Fox blocks. Fox spins Fenix around to CHOP! And then APRON BACK SUPLEX! Fenix ends up folded up and he flops to the floor. Komander KICKS Fox in the leg, puts him in, and kicks him more. Komander puts Fox in a corner to CHOP, and Rampage goes to break!

Rampage returns and while Fox brings Angelico up, Fenix kips up to SUPERKICK Fox! Those three men are down and the fans rally up. Komander is somewhere on the outside, but Fenix brings Angelico up. Fenix KICKS Angelico, then shouts “ANIMO!” Somersault, into a takedown! Short arm scissor and a spin, HALF CRAB ARMLOCK FUSION! But Fox stomps Angelico! Angelico trips Fox, ties the legs up, NAVARRO DEATH ROLL! Angelico has the TRAILER HITCH, but Komander is back! CIELITO LINDO onto Angelico!! Cover, TWO!! Angelico survives but Komander SOBATS Fox! And then TORNADO DDT!

The fans fire up as Komander crawls to the cover, but Fenix springboards in to DOUBLE STOMP it! Memphis is thunderous and Fenix wrenches Komander. Fenix reels Komander in, fireman’s carries, but Komander pops it into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives and the fans fire up again! Komander waits on Fenix, Fenix SOBATS first! And KICKS again! Fenix pushes Komander to a corner, to then JUMP SOBAT! Fenix fires up, the fans are with him, and Fenix puts Komander up top. Fenix CHOPS, climbs, and brings Komander around. Komander fires body shots! Fox is back, and he joins in!

Fox CHOPS and CLUBS the luchadores, then climbs up. Fenix CLUBS Fox for it, and the luchadores work together again to SHOVE Fox down! Fox ends up folded, then Komander and Fenix brawl again. Angelico CLUBS Komander right as he CHOPS Fenix! Angelico takes aim, and he waistlocks Komander! Komander clings to ropes for dear life! Fenix BOOTS Angelico down, then he and Komander brawl some more! Komander stands, Fenix SHOVES him, and Komander MOONSAULTS right onto Angelico! Fenix then FROG SPLASHES onto Fox! Cover, TWO?!? Fox survives, so Fenix drags him into a CRUCIFIX COBRA CLUTCH!! Fenix TAPS, Fenix wins!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by submission

The Immortal Firebird brings out something new in his arsenal and takes the win! But will Fenix be flying towards golden opportunities as AEW prepares for All In?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Renee Paquette caught up with Chris Jericho, “Big Bill” Morrissey & Bryan Keith, and asks what the hell. Yes, she’s seen The Learning Tree do “a ton of horrible other things” throughout his career, but tonight with Samoa Joe crossed a line. What was he thinking? Jericho smiles, the leather belt gifted to him by Martha Hart still wrapped around his hand. He waves to the camera and says, “Hi, guys. And Renee, I don’t know why you’re so surprised. This is exactly what I’ve been saying for a long, long time. If you’ve listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. Look at The Redwood and Bad Apple.

“But if you don’t listen to The Learning Tree, bad things happen. Shibata had a chance, now his arm is hurt. Hook had a chance, we had to burn his face off with a fireball. And Samoa Joke, for years, I’ve been telling you to listen to The Learning Tree, you didn’t, we ran you through a wall, and now you’re in the hospital.” Bill is stifling a laugh this entire time. Jericho says if Joe needs something to help with his inflamed muscles he might have, try ginger and black pepper. It’s really good for you. See, Renee? Lots of lessons to be learned. And even more will be learned on Dynamite 250, with a special edition of TV Time with Chris Jericho. Thanks, guys~…!

Jericho leaves, and Bill says one of the biggest lessons that Jericho has taught them is that the more TV Time, the better. And they want as much TV Time as possible! Because The Learning Tree, The Bad Apple and The Redwood are always maximizing their minutes. She should try it some time. Keith says if you don’t respect Chris Jericho, they will MAKE you respect Chris Jericho. Will everyone in AEW learn the hard way that Jericho isn’t kidding around?

 

Thunder Rosa VS Rachael Ellering!

We heard the Virtuosa speak her mind, but La Mera Mera looks to show, not tell. Will Rosa be more than ready to go another round with Deonna? Or will the Queen of Strong Smile make some bold moves of her own?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Rachael shoves Rosa away, and the two reset. They tie up, Rosa headlocks, but Rachael lifts her! Rachael throws Rosa away but Rosa comes back to DROPKICK! Rachael goes to a corner, Rosa runs in to LARIAT! The fans fire up and Rosa goes corner to corner to ELBOW! Rachael staggers, Rosa KICKS a leg out! Rosa then runs to LARIAT Rachael down! Cover, TWO! Rosa clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts up to an armlock. Rosa CHOPS Rachael, ELBOWS her, then throws down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL elbows! Cover, TWO! Rachael goes to a corner, but Rosa CHOPS her again!

Rachael staggers away but Rosa puts Rachael in another corner, and CHOPS again! Rosa whips, Rachael reverses and Rosa ends up in a corner. Rachael runs in to LARIAT! Rachael keeps moving, and she UPPERCUTS Rosa down! The fans fire up and Rachael says “SWISH!” SENTON! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up but Rachael keeps on Rosa. Rachael CHOPS Rosa, storms up and CHOPS again. Rachael whips corner to corner hard, then runs in to LARIAT again! Rachael whips Rosa back in, runs in, but Rosa dodges! The fans rally up for Rosa as she LOCO LARIATS! Then she sits Rachael down to SWINGING METEORA!

The fans fire up and Rosa aims as Rachael goes to ropes. BANG and Rosa runs in to DROPKICK! Rachael sputters, Rosa reels her in, but Rachael bucks the driver! High stack, TWO! Rachael hurries to whip Rosa, but Rosa holds ropes. Rosa BOOTS back, runs up, and wheelbarrows, victory roll into a STOMP 182! Rosa then clamps on and has the COBRA CAMEL CLUTCH! Rachael taps, Rosa wins!

Winner: Thunder Rosa, by submission

La Mera Mera shows respect to Rachael by helping her up and hugging it out. But then DEONNA runs out there! And she SHOVES Rachael into Rosa! Then she DECKS Rachael for the hell of it before going after Rosa! Rachael drags Deonna off of Rosa, so Deonna BOOTS her down! The fans boo but Deonna BOOTS Rosa down! The Virtuosa shows her violent side, but will Rosa make her regret it?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

On top of Strong VS Castle in an ROH World Championship #1 contender’s match, and on top of Konosuke Takeshita VS Tommy Billington, The Bang Bang Gang is back in action. Will Juice Robinson & The Gunns keep the momentum going? Plus, Nyla Rose is back, we see Skye Blue VS Harley Cameron 1v1, and in the main event, it will be Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy representing The Conglomeration against THE Kingdom, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett. Could we see some Freshly Squeezed #1 contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championships, too? Or will Taven & Bennett secure that night off they’ve been wanting?

 

BREAKING NEWS elsewhere!

Willow Nightingale is going to be part of the big NJPW-CMLL crossover tradition, Fantastica Mania! She, Viva Van and Lluvia will compete for the now vacated CMLL Women’s World Championship! The Babe with the Power may not have gone back-to-back in the Owen Hart Cup, but will she return to AEW as a world champion all the same?

 

Six Man Tag: Top Flight & Action Andretti VS Shane Taylor Promotions!

There have been more words flying back and forth between these trios than anything, but now it is time to put up or shut up! Will The Martin Brothers & The Sight to See show everyone why they’re the Coldest Trio in the Game? Or will Lee Moriarty, Anthony Ogogo & the man himself, Big Bad Shaney T swat them all out of the sky?

The trios sort out and Darius starts against #TAIGASTYLE. Shane talks trash to the fans talking trash while Darius and Lee tie up. Lee waistlocks, full nelsons, but Darius uses his leg for leverage. Darius breaks free, standing switches, then half nelsons to slip around and headlock. Lee powers up and out, but Darius runs him over! Things keep moving, Lee hurdles and runs to then roll over the dropdown. Lee swaggers, kicks Darius, then whips him to a corner. Darius goes up and over Lee, runs back in, but Lee goes up and under! Lee runs in and blocks an elbow to then backslide Darius! ONE, and Lee goes for a leg!

Darius smothers the takedown, rolls Lee to a lateral press, TWO! Darius arm-drags, then DROPKICKS! The fans fire up and Darius dusts himself off. Lee gets away to tag Ogogo, so Darius tags Dante. Angel Dorado talks smack on the Olympic bronze medalist boxer. They tie up, Ogogo pushes Dante away and says that was easy. Easy! Dante says okay, and they tie up again. Ogogo powers Dante to a corner, but Dante pushes him back. They go again, Dante gets around to then headlock. Ogogo back suplexes, Dante lands out and rolls Ogogo up! TWO, Ogogo swings but Dante dodges! Ogogo blocks a kick but Dante victory rolls, TWO!

Ogogo feints high to kick low, but Dante bobs ‘n’ weaves to JUMP KNEE! Dante wrenches and YANKS the arm, then tags Action. Action climbs, Dante sets up, Ogogo gets a TABLE TOP BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Action drags Ogogo up. But Ogogo powers him into the STP corner! Tag to Shane and he talks smack on Action. Action dodges the haymaker to fire body shots! Shane takes those shots, KNEES low, then whips Action. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges, and PELES! Shane staggers, Action gets moving, and Action rolls to RANA Shane up and out! Action then slingshots back in, but Lee steps in!

Action builds speed, the ref stops Lee, but the ref doesn’t see Ogogo CLOBBER Action! The fans boo and then the ref notices Ogogo, but Ogogo steps away. Shane storms into the ring to drag Action up and Rampage goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Action over to the STP corner, and he CHOPS Action! Lee exaggerates his shock, and then Shane DECKS Action. Shane drags Action up, tags Lee, and they mug Action. Lee stomps Action, drags him up, bumps him off buckles, and Lee fires forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The ref counts, Lee stomps a mudhole, but the ref gets in there to stop him. Lee and the ref argue, but STP just applauds. Shane tags in, Action fires hands! Action backs Shane down, but Shane ROCKS Action in return! Action wobbles, drops to his knees, and Shane HEADBUTTS him down. Shane looms over Action, then drags him back up.

Shane back suplexes, Action lands out to tag Dante! Dante fires forearms over and over and over! Dante puts some stank on it, but Shane dodges! So Dante DECKS Lee! Dante kicks but Shane blocks, to KNEE back! Shane then uses both hands to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Dante survives, Shane gets mad and Shane brings him around to the corner. Tag to Ogogo and they mug Dante. Ogogo brings Dante out to scoop and SLAM! Ogogo runs to drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ogogo argues with the ref, then he drags Action up. Ogogo RAMS Dante, then BOOTS him down! Ogogo scuffs Dante while staying between him and Top Flight.

Dante fires body shots in return, but Ogogo kicks low! Oogo snap suplexes, covers, TWO as Dante bridges! Lee runs in to BLAST Top Flight, then Ogogo drags Dante up. Ogogo whips Dante hard into the corner, then tags Shane. Rampage returns to single picture as Shane talks smack on Dante. Shane has Lee & Ogogo hold Dante up, but Dante BOOTS back! Dante fights free of the others, BOOTS again, and then goes up and up to FLYING BULLDOG! The fans fire up as Dante crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Darius! Air Wolf rallies on STP with big forearms! UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Lee, then Darius whips.

Lee reverses the whip but Darius catches him to an atomic drop! Darius keeps moving, HOTSHOT BULLDOG! GAMANGIRI! Darius fires up, steps in, COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives the onslaught but the fans rally up. Darius drags Lee up and fireman’s carries, but Lee fights with elbows! Lee shoves Darius, Action tags in. Lee dodges Darius but Action BOOTS! Then SHOTGUN SNAP GERMAN COMBO! The fans fire up as Darius deadlifts for the BRAINBUSTER! Then Action STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, Ogogo breaks it! Darius runs up but Ogogo kicks him. Ogogo scoops Darius, Darius slips free!

Darius & Action kick Ogogo then double clinch. Ogogo powers out, fires HEABUTTS and elbows! Fireman’s carry for Action, F5 AND A HALF! Action flounders, but Darius BOOTS Ogogo! Darius WALL RUN PELES! Ogogo falls, Shane storms in! Darius dodges, but the SOUTHPAW hits! Shane talks smack, but Dante JUMP KNEES him! Dante runs in to GAMANGIRI in the corner! Lee runs up, Dante BOOTS him! Dante runs but into a FLAPJACK! Lee then hurries to spin Dante around to THE FANG! But Dante flounders out of the ring! All six men are down around ringside and the fans fire up! Lee crawls, hot tag to Shane!

Shane spots Action rising, he and Lee go after Action. They double whip, Action handsprings, but they catch him! DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Dante lands out! Action fires off forearms and elbows, and even CHOPS! Action kicks, Lee blocks, but then Lee ducks so the ENZIGIRI hits Shane! Lee CLUBS Action, Ogogo sends Darius into railing! Lee whips Action, Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE onto Ogogo! Action hurries back up, ROCKS Lee, and he springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Action kips up, the fans fire up, but Shane waistlocks. Action fires elbows until he’s free, then tries to fireman’s carry!? Shane is too big and bad!

Shane ELBOWS away on Action, gut wrenches, but Action slips free again! SUPERKICK! And another fireman’s carry!? But the back won’t hold the weight! Shane slips down to HEADBUTT! And then URENAGE! Shane flips Action back up to KNEE him in the face! Ogogo and Lee get in for defense, Shane DECKS Action!! Cover, STP wins!

Winners: Shane Taylor Promotions, by pinfall

That could’ve been a win by knockout with that killer haymaker! But will Shane Taylor Promotions continue to rampage until they prove they prove they’re the elite of All Elite Wrestling?


My Thoughts:

A really good Rampage, and while they shoved five matches onto this card again, they at least did their best to put story behind most of these. Roderick Strong was of course beating Ben Bishop, but they gave us a storyline plug by having The Conglomeration on commentary. And while Thunder Rosa was of course beating Rachael Ellering, they gave us story build with Deonna attacking them both. I feel like this will give us Deonna VS Ellering next, to stretch things out so that the true blowoff of Deonna VS Rosa isn’t until All In, probably in the All In Zero Hour. For that matter, that’s probably where Conglomeration VS Undisputed Kingdom 3v3 happens, too.

Great opening tag from House of Black VS Premier Athletes with Sterling & Woods of course getting involved, but great win for Malakai & Brody in that 4v2 situation. Still banking on them screwing over The Patriarchy during a Unified World Trios Championship match. The Six Man Tag was really good but not sure it was main event material compared to the Fatal 4 Way. Good stuff for the Six Man Tag, everyone got their shine, but that Fatal 4 Way was just incredible. Great win for Fenix to stay hot while all the titles have stories going into All In, but he could get a shot at like, Okada’s Continental Championship to give us a dream match moment before the PPV.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Time to settle some scores!

Mia Yim takes on Nia Jax, Legado Del Fantasma goes after Corbin & Crews, and A-Town Down Under get a tag title rematch, all tonight on SmackDown!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nia Jax VS Mia Yim; Nia wins.
  • Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews; Angel & Berto win.
  • Blair Davenport VS Naomi; Naomi wins.
  • WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under; DIY wins and retains the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tiffany Stratton is here!

Worcester, Massachusetts cheers because it’s #TiffyTime! And not only that, the Center of the Universe is the NEW Miss Money in the Bank, so there is no denying she is just biding her time until she can cash-in and snatch up a championship. And Tiff gets a mic to say that this Saturday, it officially became Tiffy Time when she climbed to the Tiffy Top, took down the briefcase, and become the youngest Ms. MITB in HISTORY! The fans do cheer that! And uh, Trish Stratus may’ve been the hometown host, but Tiff was the real star of the show. Trish isn’t here to ruin Tiff’s moment, because it is Tiffy’s Time.

The fans cheer for “TIFFY TIME! TIFFY TIME!” Tiff warns Liv Morgan, Roxanne Perez and Bayley to all keep their heads on a swivel. Their reigns are on Tiffy Time. And very soon, we will all be saying “AND NEW~!” WAIT! The Role Model, the WWE Women’s Champion, Bayley herself, makes her way out to the ring. Bayley tells Tiffy that she will be the first to congratulate her on such a big victory. Bayley knows what it takes. And as someone who has such high praise lately, that must add some pressure, so Bayley is impressed Tiff proved herself right. Tiff asks Bayley why she’s even out here, and to get to the point. Out of everyone, Bayley should know it’s Tiffy Time.

Bayley smiles and says well, she doesn’t care what time it is, she just wanted to give some advice. Bayley did win her own MITB in 2019, but Tiff probably didn’t even know what WWE even was then, right? Tiff says yeah, 2019 was like a million years ago. It is 2024, and just three years into this, and Tiff is the youngest Ms. MITB ever! Meanwhile, Bayley was just home, on her couch, eating chips and all alone. Bayley will give Tiff that, so here’s one last piece of advice: If Tiff even plans to use the briefcase on Bayley, plan on making history again as the first woman to ever fail her cash-in. But wait! Here comes Nia Jax!

The Irresistible Force, the Queen of the Ring, Nia tells Bayley, “What’re you doing out here making empty threats?”  The fans boo and Nia says that’s rude to the Queen. But in case Bayley forgot, Bayley has her match against Nia at SummerSlam, where Nia will be taking that title off her. Oh, is that right? Nia steps into the ring and Bayley isn’t sure who Nia thinks she’s talking to. But this isn’t NXT Hugging Bayley, or even 2017 Bayley that Nia put on the shelf. Yeah, be proud of that, idiot! This Bayley is the GRAND SLAM CHAMPION Bayley! This is the Royal Rumble winning, WWE Women’s Champion Bayley! This is the same Bayley that will embarrass Nia at SummerSlam!

But hey, y’know what? Let’s play a little game here. Devil’s Advocate: Bayley slips on a banana peel and Nia somehow does beat Bayley. What’s Tiff to do then? Is she gonna cash in on her friend, Nia? We know there’s some PTSD from the last time- Tiff says hey, hold on! Nia tells Bayley that yeah, she’s not the hugger that Nia hurt before SummerSlam 2017. But what is she now? BBL Bayley? Nia looks at the tights and says she isn’t sure what Bayley is trying to prove playing Divide & Conquer. Nia has no problems with Tiff, Tiff is like her own personal little Barbie. Tiff smiles, and Nia says Bayley isn’t a toy. Bayley’s a victim.

And at SummerSlam, Nia will victimize her. Bayley winds up, Tiff stops her, so Bayley DECKS Tiff! Only for Nia to CLUB Bayley! Nia puts Bayley on ropes to CHOKE her, and Tiff talks trash. But here comes MIA YIM! Kendo stick SMACK for Nia! Tiff runs before she can get hit! Michin warns Nia AND Tiff, will the Queen & Princess of the Ring learn who’s The Head Baddie in Charge?

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

They’re waiting outside Nick Aldis’ office when Byron Saxton walks over. Chelsea has a fancy neck brace on as she tells “Bryan” she has no time for his stupid questions. Did they not see the BRUTAL MITB match she went through? The whole world is now calling her, “The Mother of Mayhem,” “The Princess of Pain.” So she has no time for this! She is waiting on Sir Nicholas the Prickless so just go away! Byron says Nick- Piper asks if he did not hear her. Just GO! Git! Shoo! As he leaves, we can see Isla Dawn talking with… Blair Davenport? Could their NXT UK connection make Blair an ally against the trios coming after the tag titles?

 

Nia Jax w/ Tiffany Stratton VS Mia Yim!

SmackDown returns and the bell rings on this match. Nia runs up, Mia dodges to fire off hands! Mia dodges again to CHOP and KICK and KICK! Nia HEADBUTTS Mia down, Mia goes to a corner, and Nia runs in! Mia dodges then fires off forearms! The fans rally up for Mia, but Nia shoves her away. Mia runs in but Nia ELBOWS her! Nia scoops, but Mia slips into a SLEEPER! Nia RAMS Mia into buckles and is free! Bayley is ringside to coach Mia, and Mia leaps to GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Nia endures, powers up and out, but Mia comes back with a strike fest! SOABT and PELE! Mia runs up to TORNADO- NO! Nia tosses Mia away!

Nia runs to ELBOW DROP Mia! Tiff says too easy. Nia covers, ONE!! Mia upsets Nia but Nia puts her on ropes. Nia SITS on Mia to choke her! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Nia lets off. Mia goes to a corner but Nia stomps away! Nia goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! And she rubs it in Mia’s face, literally! The fans are torn, Bayley coaches Mia up, but Nia storms over. Mia runs up to fire off strikes! Mia runs but Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia soaks up the heat as she scuffs Mia around. Nia clamps on a cobra clutch and she leans on Mia. The fans rally, Mia fights up, and Mia fires body shots! Mia SOBATS, runs, redirects, but Nia isn’t so easily tripped!

Nia drags Mia up to TOSS her to a corner! Nia runs in to SPLASH! And then she TOSSES Mia the other way! Nia taunts Bayley, runs in and she SPLASHES Mia in the corner again! Nia says kiss this, runs in, but Mia DUMPS her out! Mia goes to the apron, but Nia blocks the Penalty Kick! Electric Chair and SLAM off the apron! Nia then CLOBBERS Mia, and soaks up the heat as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally as Mia is on Nia with another GUILLOTINE! But Nia powers up to suplex Mia high and hard! The fans rally but Nia rises first. Nia runs but Mia dodges the elbow drop! Mia ELBOWS Nia from a corner, then LARIATS! Nia stays up so Mia DROPKICKS her! Nia staggers, Mia runs in again for more forearms! Mia whips, but Nia blocks! Nia reverses but Mia BOOTS back! Mia goes up to FLYING RANA! The fans fire up and Bayley does, too! Mia SHOTGUNS Nia down! Mia fires up and she runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL in the corner! Cover, TWO! Mia can’t believe it!

Bayley coaches Mia and Mia climbs the corner. But Nia springs up to ROCK Mia first! Mia wobbles, Nia ROCKET LAUNCHES her! Then SENTON FLOPS as Mia moves in time! Tiff gets on the apron, sneaking Mia’s own kendo stick in. The ref is distracted, but Bayley YANKS Tiff down! And she sends Tiff into barriers! Nia has the kendo stick but Mia SHOTGUNS Nia again! Mia reels Nia in, TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up as Mia hurries to cover, TWO!! Nia survives and Mia is losing her mind! Bayley is equally frustrated but Mia KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Nia! Mia hauls Nia up, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! SAMOAN DROP!

Nia drags Mia to a drop zone, and she goes up! A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

The HBIC did what she could against the QOTR, but now Bayley goes after Nia! The fans fire up, but Tiff CLOBBERS Bayley with her briefcase! Fans chant “CASH IT IN!” as Nia HEADBUTTS Bayley! Bayley flounders to a corner, Nia runs in to SPLASH! Then feed to Tiff’s SPINEBUSTER! Nia runs to drop a leg, brother! The fans are torn between booing and wanting Tiff to cash in. Tiff pats Nia on the back for the good work, but then temptation creeps in. The fans are getting louder, too, and Tiff calls to the ref! Is she doing it?! Nia gets right in Tiff’s face, and Tiff denies she was ever gonna try it. Tiff high-fives Nia, and they head out.

It seems The Princess will just have to wait her turn, but will she have to wait long with SummerSlam around the corner?

 

Solo Sikoa speaks.

“The Bloodline had all the titles. Both Heavyweight and both Tag Team Titles. It would all be the same if Roman Reigns never went soft. It takes a real Tribal Chief to stay on top of his game. And that’s why I’m here: to build a whole new family. A more powerful family. A hungrier family. A more aggressive family. And this family will rule for decades, as long as I’m the Tribal Chief. And by the end of tonight, everyone will acknowledge me.” Jacob Fatu adorns Solo with the ula fala, and they raise up their ones. What will this furious four look to do to the SmackDown roster next?

 

Byron Saxton interviews Andrade.

It was earlier today before the show that Byron Saxton sat down with El Idolo, and spoke on MITB. Many say that was a star making performance by Andrade. Yet here we are a week later, and now those same people are wondering what is next for him. Andrade wonders himself, “What is next?” He has said that his vision in WWE is the same. This is his destiny! That is why Andrade is- interrupted by Carmelo Hayes… And Melo asks Byron why he’s talking to Andrade when he could be talking to the real MVP of MITB, the show stealer, H1M! Andrade tells Melo to tranquilo. Andrade never said anything about being MVP. The people did.

Well, Melo says people are saying Andrade screwed Melo over. Melo should be treated better here. he is a first round draft pick, he pinned Randy Orton, he went toe to toe with Cody Rhodes on his very first night on SmackDown! Andrade tells Melo that if he wants an answer to what is next for Andrade, it’s him. Melo leaves without a word, and Andrade smirks. Will El Idolo look to humble H1M and move on to even bigger and better things?

 

Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews!

When Andrade turned them down, Angel took his frustrations out on Apollo. Apollo went for payback, got beat down for it, and of all the unlikely allies, it is the former Lone Wolf that has joined Apollo’s crew. Will they show Legado what it is to be respected? Or will Angel & “Berto” show they don’t show respect nor do they show mercy to those in their way?

SmackDown returns as Crews makes his entrance. Legado then makes their entrance, talking a lot of smack. But then Corbin helps Crews FLY and take them all out! Crews throws Angel aside, throws Berto in for Corbin, and the bell rings! Corbin SPLASHES Berto in the corner! Then he short arm LARIATS! Corbin fires up and so do the fans. Corbin then FLYING LARIATS off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Corbin tags Crews, and Crews whips. Berto reverses and RAMS Crews to then kick, CLUB and GAMANGIRI! Berto stomps away on Crews, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans boo. Berto brings Crews around to whip, but Crew reverses

Crews ELBOWS Berto down, drags him over, and tags Corbin. Crews whips to back drop! Corbin hauls Berto up, suplex and CUTTER! Cover, but Angel storms in! Corbin dodges Angel, Crews fires hands! Berto and Corbin fire hands, Crews LARIATS Angel up and out! Corbin sends Berto to Crews and he TOSES Berto out! Wait, Corbin wants to build speed!? Crews THROWS Corbin out and he takes down Berto & Angel! The fans are all fired up and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Angel reels Corbin into a Gory Especial. Corbin endures being bent, but Berto tags in so he can slingshot and ROLLING CUTTER! Not the cleanest cut but Berto covers, TWO! Corbin stays in there but Berto KICKS him down! Berto rains down fists on Corbin, lets off to taunt Crews, and the fans boo more. Berto grins as he drags Corbin into a motorcycle stretch. Corbin endures and the fans rally up for him. Corbin fights his way around to fireman’s carry, but Berto slips free! Berto springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Corbin is still in this but Berto stays between him and Crews.

Santos says to finish this, and Berto mule kicks. Berto runs bu tinot a fireman’s carry, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The two crawl, reach out, hot tags to Angel and Crews! Crews dodges to mule kick, run and BOOT! Angel staggers, takes a swing, but Crews dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Crews, and he reels Angel in. GERMAN SUPLEX, and Crews holds on! GERMAN SUPLEX again! Crews wants another, and he GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Hattrick complete, and Crews BLASTS Berto to be sure. Crews runs in at the corner, STINGER SPLASH!

Angel staggers away, Crews goes up top! Crews leaps to CROSSBODY! Cover, Berto breaks it! Corbin runs up but Berto kicks and forearms first! Berto runs in at the corner but Corbin dodges! Berto goes up and out of the ring! Santos is there to help Berto up but here comes Corbin! The Emperor dares Corbin to hit him. So Corbin does! And then he LARIATS Berto and himself into the timekeeper’s area! Crews ENZIGIRIS Angel, reels him in, gorilla press and SLAM! But Elektra Lopez gets on the apron! She distracts the ref so that Santos can KNEE Crews down! Angel drags Crews up, for the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Legado wins!

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Santos says the numbers don’t lie! Crews & Corbin can’t compete when it’s 4v2, will anyone stop Legado from taking over?

 

Chelsea & Piper are still waiting.

Piper holds Chelsea’s cup for her so she can sip, and is also reading a book titles… “How to Start a Cult?” Pretty Deadly’s Kit Wilson walks up to Aldis’ door but Chelsea slaps his hand! Elton Prince says excuse them, ladies, but they need to talk with Aldis about approving the budget for Pretty Deadly: The Musical! What? Oh, that clicks. But listen up, sparkle sisters, get to the back of the line. They’ve been waiting. The boys do as told, and then LA Knight walks out of Aldis’ office! Chelsea asks “Mr. Knight” if Mr. Aldis is busy.

Uh, yeah, he is. He said he’ll call Chelsea after he’s through with a couple other things. Just wait a little longer. Chelsea gets all huffy and Knight heads to gorilla, a contract in hand. Could this be what it seems?

 

Randy Orton sits with Cody Rhodes backstage.

The Viper says he heard what Solo said. There’s a pretty good chance Cody will find himself in the middle of that ring with a bunch of Samoans. But Orton also knows that Cody doesn’t want him out there. But Orton needs Cody to know that like it or not, if things go sideways, Orton is going out there. Orton will always and forever have Cody’s back. Kevin Owens feels the same, but he isn’t here tonight. That’s on Orton. Kevin loves to fight, but Orton told Kevin to stay home. Kevin’s family needs him more than they do. So if Cody finds Solo in that ring tonight, he better give that big ugly Samoan a piece of his mind.

But in the end, everything eventually comes to an end. So when all this with The Bloodline is finally over, Cody will have a lot of men in this locker room coming after the title. And Orton will have his back then, too. Cody thanks Orton for that, and Orton heads out. Will the legacy of the Undisputed WWE Championship be secure, even after fighting it out with The Bloodline?

 

LA Knight heads to the ring!

Worcester fires up for The Mega Star as he brings his contract folder with him. Knight steps in, gets a mic, and while the fans chant his name, he says, “LEMME TALK TO YA!” Knight says MITB came and went, and let’s be honest, he won’t stand here and complain, cry or make excuses. It didn’t go his way, he got dumped out onto a ladder, and someone else grabbed that MITB contract. So then Knight thought to himself, “Money in the Bank contract or no,” it doesn’t make a difference! Knight is the walking embodiment of money in the bank! So what that got him doing, rewind a little bit.

Let’s look at the path to MITB for Knight. Here’s some footage to take a look at. Specifically, he means his qualifying match from two weeks ago, where he pinned Logan Paul to win out! Okay, cut back to Knight. You see that, you see what happened, everyone person here right now saw was Knight move on to MITB, right? “YEAH!” But let’s look a little deeper, what we really saw. Yes, Knight went to MITB. But mor importantly, he pinned the United States Champion! And with that in mind, Knight picks up his folder, he has something hot and fresh from Aldis’ office. And well, let’s just say what this has inside was just for Knight. “YEAH!”

What this has in here has Aldis’ signature already on it. “YEAH!” And what this is here, is a contract for a United States Championship match at SummerSLam! The fans fire up for that! Now the only thing missing, he looked, there’s a signature from Aldis. “YEAH!” There’s a signature from Knight himself, “YEAH!” The only thing missing is the signature of “that edgelord,” Logan Paul. So what Knight wants is Logan to come out here and sign his part right now. But don’t get too excited, because that won’t happen. Why? Surprise surprise, roll your eyes, guess who ain’t here? Logan Paul.

But Knight tells Logan Paul that he will get this contract signed. It will be Logan, it will be Knight, and at SummerSlam, Knight will own Logan, own that belt, and there’s nothing Logan can do to stop it. Not cuz Logan’s not good enough, but because Knight won’t let him! And that’s not an insult, that’s just a of life! With everybody saying, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!!” The Mega Star is still aiming for the Maverick, when and where will Logan accept the challenge?

 

Blair Davenport speaks.

“Everybody wants to talk about ‘living your truth.’ Truth is, you’re weak. And the reason bad things keep happening to you is because you allow it. You’re not successful because you’re not good enough. So while you cry about not being good enough, Blair Davenport’s already taken your spot. Does that hurt your feelings? Well come and do something about it.” The Ichiban Gaijin is here, but will Naomi learn to beware Blair? Or will Blair just #FeelTheGlow?

Blair Davenport VS Naomi!

SmackDown returns and Naomi makes her entrance. The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Blair headlocks. Naomi powers up and out but Blair runs her over. Blair soaks up the heat, runs, but Naomi drops, then slides under the lariat! Naomi mule kicks, leg sweeps, and then leg drops! Cover, TWO! Naomi keeps moving, and she slides into a chinlock. Blair endures the squeeze, fights up and throws body shots. Blair breaks free, whips corner to corner, but Naomi goes up and catches Blair, for a TWERK ATTACK! Then she BOOTS Blair away! Blair goes to the far side and fans fire up.

Naomi runs in to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up, and fans fire up. SUPER SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi wrenches her to whip. Blair reverses to BOOT! Naomi staggers to ropes, Blair storms up and swings. Naomi blocks to fire forearms. Naomi KICKS and KICKS, then whips Blair to a corner. Naomi runs up but Blair ELBOWS her away! Blair then goes up and up to DOUBLE STOMP Naomi’s arm! Naomi flounders out of the ring but Blair goes out after her! Blair grabs that bad arm, hammerlocks it, and POSTS Naomi shoulder first! Naomi falls while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again as Blair and Naomi fight for suplex control. They go back and forth, but then Blair WRINGS the bad arm out! Blair SUPERKICKS Naomi down, covers, TWO! The fans rally for Naomi but Blair clamps onto the bad arm. Naomi endures, the fans rally up more, and Naomi fights up to ROUNDHOUSE! Naomi arm-drags Blair away, then goes to a corner. Blair storms over, blocks boots, but Naomi rebounds for the ENZIGIRI! And then the RUNNING JAWBREAKER! And SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO! Blair survives but Naomi stays cool. Naomi puts Blair in the drop zone, goes up and up, but Blair CLUBS her first!

Blair has Naomi in a Tree of Woe, to then just BOOT her down! Cover, TWO! Naomi survives and Blair is losing her cool. Blair drags Naomi up as the fans rally, but Naomi turns suplex into cradle! TWO! Blair runs up to roll Naomi up, TWO! Naomi runs up to sunset flip, TWO and Blair has it! TWO and Naomi stands up. Blair waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Naomi powers her way to an O’Conner, TWO! Blair is getting frustrated, but Naomi KNEES her! BUBBA BOMB! GEDO CLUTCH! Naomi wins!!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

It was a hard fought battle with just one good arm, but Naomi pulls out the victory! Will Naomi find a way to shine in the SmackDown Women’s Division once again?

 

Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill find Naomi backstage.

The #Big3 cheer their reunion and also Naomi’s win tonight. That is how you stand on business! Naomi did her thing, she looked good out there. Naomi says hey, someone had to teach Blair a lesson. Naomi says she can’t wait for Bianca & Jade to get their tag titles back. Jade says you already know that’s top priority. In fact, they were going to talk with Aldis tonight, but he isn’t even here. Chelsea and the others hear this and are shocked. They all storm off, and Naomi tells Bianca & Jade she’s glad they’re going to teach Alba & Isla a lesson. But they also need to be ready. Jade says they stay ready so they don’t have to get ready.

Bianca says Naomi did her thing. They’re gonna head out, good to see her again. Bye~! Love you~! The StrongEST Duo heads out, will Aldis and/or Pearce be able to arrange such a title rematch? But now Blair walks in. She says she doesn’t want trouble. She just wants to say that the better person won. Blair offers a handshake, and Naomi is wary. Naomi takes it, and Blair heads out. But Chelsea storms back over to say Aldis is not here! Chelsea & Piper pout and head out, and Naomi says she must’ve really gotten hit hard on Saturday. But then BLAIR ATTACKS NAOMI!! So much for sportsmanship!

Blair laughs at Naomi for falling for the trap. Will Blair make everyone beware her wrath?

 

WWE Tag Team Championships: #DIY VS A-Town Down Under!

Don’t worry, you aren’t seeing things. Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano only just got these titles last Friday in Toronto. However, Austin Theory & Grayson Waller are “cashing in” their rematch clause, and are hoping to take those titles right back! Will we see a bit of hot potato with the gold? Or will DIY just do it all over again?

SmackDown returns and DIY makes their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if history repeats itself!

Ciampa and Waller start, and Waller takes a swing! Ciampa dodges to ROCK and CHOP Waller, then whip him. Waller slides out, leads Ciampa on a chase, and Theory is there. Ciampa dodges Theory, gets in the ring, and then Gargano jumps in. ATDU swings but DIY dodges to then DOUBLE DROPKICK! Theory falls out, DIY TOSSES Waller out, and then Ciampa KNEES Waller back down. Ciampa holds the ropes open so Gargano can DIVE into a haymaker! Theory takes out Johnny Wrestling, and Waller jams up Ciampa! Waller POSTS the Sicilian Psycho, Theory RAMS Gargano into barriers!

Waller TORNADO DDTS Ciampa on the apron! ATDU look at the belts, claiming those are coming back home, but the fans boo while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Waller CLOBBERS Ciampa! Th efans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Aaller fires off on Ciampa in a corner. Waller then gets space, runs in, but Ciampa avoids the splash! Waller staggers, Theory tags in, and Theory stomps Ciampa down! Theory mockingly asks where Johnny went, then he goes up. Theory leaps, into a  JUMP KNEE! Theory and Ciampa are down, and Gargano rises! The fans fire up as Ciampa crawls over, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano rallies on ATDU! ENZIGIRI for Theory! Gargano dodges Waller to tilt-o-whirl but Theory runs up! So Gargano COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBOS!

Gargano runs in at Theory but Theory puts him on the apron. Gargano GAMANGIRIS Theory, avoids Waller to MULE KICK, then he SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Gargano brings Theory up. Tag to Ciampa, they whip, but Waller stops Shatter Machine! Theory sunset flips Ciampa, TWO! Theory ROCKS Ciampa, Ciampa ROCKS Theory! They go back and forth with forearms, then Theory ELBOWS Ciampa! Ciampa BOOTS Theory! O’Conner Roll, Waller SOMERSAULT FLATINERS! Theory covers Ciampa, TWO! ATDU is frustrated but Waller helps Theory to the corner.

Theory tags Waller, and now ATDU mocks DIY! They’re at the corners, they aim, but Ciampa ducks! Only kicks meet at the middle, and Ciampa rolls Waller! TWO, and Waller runs up! Ciampa moves, JUMP KNEE hits Theory! Not again! And Waller turns around, into SHATTER MACHINE!! DIY sets up in the corners now and Worcester is thunderous! MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (still WWE Tag Team Champions)

History does repeat itself as DIY wins two weeks in a row! Waller and Theory try to reason out why this happened, but then THE BLOODLINE ATTACKS! Jacob Fatu CLOBBERS Theory, then goes into the ring to YANK Gargano down into a SAMOAN DROP! Ciampa fires off forearm sand BOOTS, then he DDTS Fatu down! But Fatu just rises up! And he SUPERKICKS Ciampa! The Samoan Werewolf runs in to HIP ATTACK Gargano! Then he drags Ciampa up to whip and POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! The fans boo but Solo Sikoa’s Enforcer just dominated the tag champs! And then he DOUBLE JUMP ARABIAN PRESS SAULTS Gargano!!

The fans lose their minds seeing that, but Fatu isn’t done! He hits the BEST MOONSAULT EVER on Ciampa!! Fatu is practically foaming at the mouth, and only now does Solo Sikoa make his way to the ring. Is this part of what Solo meant earlier tonight? What more does “The REAL Tribal Chief” have to say tonight? We’ll find out, after the break.

 

SmackDown returns and The Bloodline has the ring.

Fatu has finally calmed down, and Solo Sikoa has the mic. “Boston, Mass…” No, this is Worcester. But Solo still says, “ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” The fans boo as The Bloodline lifts up the ones. Solo says, “Need I remind you what happened to those that didn’t acknowledge me?” The fans chant “WE WANT ROMAN!” But Solo says Jimmy Uso, his own brother, his own flesh and blood, did not acknowledge him. And what happened? He’s gone. The Wise Man, Paul Heyman, did not acknowledge Solo. Heyman’s gone, too. And Roman… Reigns… The fans chant for “ROMAN! ROMAN!” but Solo says don’t do that now! They don’t even deserve him! They have Solo now.

And if Roman Reigns decides to come back, he will acknowledge Solo as Tribal Chief. But tonight is about Cody Rhodes. It is Cody’s turn… to acknowledge him! So if Cody’s there- Oh he sure is! The Undisputed WWE Champion, the American Nightmare, makes his way out on stage! The fans sing his song, “WHOA~ OH~!” and pyro, and Cody stares Solo down. Cody takes off his tie and looses his collar before he steps to the ring. Cody knows it’s 4v1, but he isn’t backing down. Solo has his men stand back, and Cody grabs himself a mic.

The fans cheer Cody on, and he says, “I’ve heard everything that you’re saying. I’m sure you can figure this out. We want the same thing. Now of course, gotta speak to Nick Aldis, but you might as well consider it official. SummerSlam, the Undisputed WWE Championship. BUT…! If it was really up to me, if I could make any decision, I wouldn’t be waiting ’til SummerSlam. I’d wanna do it here and now.” The fans cheer that! Cody drops his mic, but Solo has his men flank the champion. The fans chant for “RANDY! RANDY!” but Cody throws hands first! Cody ROCKS Solo, ROCKS Tama, ROCKS Loa, ROCKS Faut!

Cody catches Solo to a dragon sleeper, but Fatu SUPERKICKS! Tama & Loa mug Cody, then Fatu LARIATS him down! But here comes Randy! Tama goes out, Orton kicks him first! Same for Loa! Orton gets in, and he DUMPS Fatu out! Solo runs up but into a kick! Orton puts Solo in the ropes, drags him out, and hits the DRAPING DDT! Orton helps Cody up but Fatu is back! Fatu runs in, to CLOBBER Orton!! Tama & Loa return to mug Orton, and the fans boo as it is 3v1 on The Viper! Fatu kicks Cody out, Orton fights back against Tama & Loa! But Fatu DIVES onto Orton! Orton hits barriers and Fatu fires up!

Solo has Cody to himself but Cody fights back! Fatu is right on Cody and he fires HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! Solo and Fatu trap Cody with the ropes! They mug Cody, and make him watch as Tama & Loa RAM Orton with steel steps! And RAM him again! Deja vu to when The Usos sidelined Orton for 18 months! Cody says no, take him! They want him, spare Orton! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton! Solo says this is what happens to those who stand against them! Fatu SUPERKICKS Orton again! And another SUPERKICK! Tama & Loa clear the desk! Solo says this blood is on Cody’s hands! Fatu & The Guerrillas get Orton up, for the TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the desk!!

Worcester is devastated! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Cody! The fans boo, the ula fala is put on Solo, and The Bloodline stands over their victims while raising the ones. Have they made the Apex Predator extinct? Are they going to end the legacy with their own hands?


My Thoughts:

An incredible SmackDown to bridge us from MITB to SummerSlam. Very good promo segment to start, and very clever of Bayley to point out that if Nia wins, Tiff definitely can’t cash in on her. And while Nia VS Mia was very good, Nia naturally wins to build her momentum. Tiff being tempted was also a good detail, and she might still be tempted along the way to SummerSlam, but I think my scenario of Tiff waiting until Bayley’s somehow survived Nia is the more likely choice. For that matter, there’s even a chance Nia screws Tiff out of her cash-in because Nia is just that selfish. That’d be some good Heel Heat on Nia since there are clearly big time Tiffy fans out there.

Great ongoing bit from Chelsea & Piper tonight, them waiting for Aldis. I wonder if that’s a nod to Chelsea having to wait forever on Vince to hear her out. Naomi VS Blair was a good match but it took a minute to get going. Naomi got a good win, and Blair pulls off a fairly good swerve, because yeah duh she’s a sore loser. I also liked that Easter egg bit of her and Isla Dawn talking. I really do think we’ll be getting Alba, Isla & Blair as a trio now that we’re seeing quite a few of those form up. DMG CTRL, the trio of Zoey, Shayna & Sonya, the #Big3 of Jade, Bianca & Naomi, WWE might be working on factions as a way to maximize the number of women getting screentime together.

Very good tag match of Garza & Carrillo VS Crews & Corbin, and I figured Santos & Lopez would be why Legado won. Now, Andrade is going to be feuding with Melo for a minute, and that’s going to be a great match, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Andrade circles back to Legado at some point. Naturally, LA Knight and Logan Paul are having their match at SummerSlam, good promo from Knight tonight and we’ll certainly be seeing Logan Paul next week to respond. I would think Logan would have no problem taking this match since he’ll want payback for the MITB qualifier, and is probably cocky enough to think this will be easy.

Great tag title rematch from DIY and A-Town Down Under, though I’m surprised it was so soon. And a little surprised that DIY won again. I almost thought they were gonna hot potato the belts and then the tiebreaker is at SummerSlam. I suppose they can still have DIY VS ATDU round 3 at SummerSlam, but at the same time, HHH loves cards with less matches for more quality. Maybe round 3 is for the SmackDown before SummerSlam like we just got to lead into MITB. And then Fatu wrecking those top teams was wild. As if this new Bloodline wasn’t already brutal, this right here could get Tama & Loa right into the tag title scene.

And of course we’re getting Cody VS Solo for the top title. Orton getting taken out like Heyman was rather wild, too, but maybe he makes a “miraculous” return where he and Kevin help Cody fight off Solo. And maybe, just maybe, Roman Reigns does return to make sure Solo does not win the title, and then getting us started on Solo’s Bloodline VS Roman’s Bloodline to go into the Fall stretch.

My Score: 8.8/10


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