Will the King of the Ropes become the champion of honor?
Claudio Castagnoli only defends the ROH World Championship against those who are worthy! Will Metalik prove his worth against the Swiss Superman?
- Mark Briscoe VS Ari Daivari w/ The Varsity Athletes; Briscoe wins.
- Skye Blue VS Kelly Madan; Skye wins.
- Mike Bennett w/ The Kingdom VS Darius Martin; Darius wins, by disqualification.
- Wheeler Yuta VS Tracy Williams; Yuta wins.
- Katsuyori Shibata & Alex Coughlin VS The Workhorsemen; Shibata & Coughlin win.
- Willow Nightingale VS Little Mean Kathleen; Willow wins.
- Stu Grayson w/ Evil Uno VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling; Stu wins.
- ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Ashley D’Amboise; Athena wins and denies Ashley a title opportunity.
- ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Metalik; Claudio wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mark Briscoe VS Ari Daivari w/ The Varsity Athletes!
The Sussex County Chicken has been working to clear out Mark Sterling’s stable, and so far, that’s going his way. But will the streak continue as Mark continues to chase destiny? Or will Daivari Dinero be the one going for the gold?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for Mark. The two circle, Daivari tells fans to shut up, and he ties up with Mark. Mark headlocks, Daivari powers out but Mark runs him over! Fans fire up, Mark runs in, Daivari drops and things keep moving. Mark drop toeholds and facelocks! Daivari powers Mark to a corner, then RAMS into him! Daivari whips corner to corner, Mark goes up and over and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Daivari goes to a corner, Mark CHOPS him! Mark bumps Daivari off buckles, CHOPS again, and fans fire up more. Mark drags Daivari up to suplex high and hard!
Daivari scrambles away, Josh Woods goes to check on him, but Mark builds speed. But Tony Nese trips Mark and drags him out! Nese sends mark into railing, then back into the ring. Nese plays innocent while Daivari stomps a mudhole into Mark! Fans boo but Daivari whips Mark to ropes. Daivari ELBOWS Mark down then covers, TWO! Daivari wraps on body scissors and a chinlock. Fans duel, “ARI!” “SUCKS!” Mark fights up, throws body shots, and he ROCKS Daivari! Mark runs, Daivari follows and RUNNING NECKBREAKERS! Daivari hurries to wrench, hammerlock and DDT! Cover, TWO!
Mark is hanging tough and Daivari is annoyed. Daivari drags Mark up, throws him out, and distracts the ref. Nese and Woods mug Mark! Fans boo but they put Mark in the ring. Daivari stalks Mark to a corner, stomps him, then hoists him up. Daivari CHOPS, then whips corner to corner. Mark reverses, Daivari goes up and out and ROUNDHOUSES back! Daivari climbs, leaps, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Daivari grows frustrated, but he drags Mark up to scoop and SLAM! Fans rally up, Daivari goes up the corner, but now fans boo. Daivari FLYING SPLASHES but FLOPS as Mark moves!
Fans fire up with Mark, he CHOPS! CHOPS! And CHOPS! Mark fires off Redneck Kung-Fu palm strikes! Daivari goes to a corner, Mark clotheslines! Mark clinches, for the URENAGE! And then turns Daivari, for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Mark calls his shot. Mark fireman’s carries but Daivari fights free. Daivari swings, but into a kick! Mark underhooks the arms but Sterling distracts! Nese & Woods drag Mark out to mug him! And send him into steel steps! But the ref sees that last part! The ref EJECTS the Varsity Athletes! Fans are all fired up! Nese & Woods get up, Mark DECKS each of them!
Daivari rolls Mark up! TWO! Mark kicks low, underhooks, and JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark wins!
Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall
But then the Varsity Athletes attack! Fans boo as Nese, Woods and even Sterling stomp away! They mug Mark, RAM him into a corner, and throw body shots. Sterling even gets some stomps in! But wait! Here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood fight off Nese and Woods and even Daivari! They KICK Daivari out, CLOBBER Woods, and Sterling is all alone! Sterling wants them all to hold on, and then his team get him outta there! Mark and his friends stand tall, will they tear down the Varsity Athletes together?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“I’ma make this short and sweet. I’ve been dealing with a hernia injury. Well, I found out it was a hernia. I’ve been dealing with an injury since September. I make no excuses. I went into that match at Supercard of Honor with Claudio thinking I could bully that man around like I have in the past. I was wrong. My game plan was, I didn’t stick to it originally. I grabbed the head, I was gonna work the neck. I grabbed a leg, I was gonna hit those skinny legs. And then, y’know… It went back to what I know, which is just to fight.” Eddie felt like Arturo Gatti. Gatti would try to box, then get hit and go back to brawling.
Eddie says he’s not gonna front. Claudio was the better man that night. Claudio put a whooping on Eddie. Eddie is gonna need surgery for the hernia now because Claudio beat him that bad that he couldn’t sleep. Eddie felt like there was fingers pushing in on his balls and up into his gut. All because Claudio was tougher and more violent. Fans used to call Claudio “not aggressive enough,” and Eddie believed it like a mark. He should’ve known better. But Eddie sat there in his hotel room, alone, in pain, discomfort. And he thought about it. He’s still under AEW contract even though he’s in ROH. That’s inside baseball stuff.
But Eddie admits, Claudio was right. Eddie was ready to flip out, blame everyone else and quit. But Eddie remembers giving his heart to AEW. After he beat Cody Rhodes, he learned to win or learn. He forgot and went back to his old self, winning and losing. The only time you lose is when you don’t learn, but Eddie learned. Will he fail? Sure, he’s human. But like Sister Catherine told him, even when he was going through hell, his parents told him, keep going forward, keep fighting. That is the only way to progress. The Mad King is going to go forward. Not for anyone or even himself, but because he has no choice.
Skye Blue VS Kelly Madan!
In AEW, Chicago Skye has a fight on her hands against The Outcasts. But in ROH, she’s just moving up the rankings step by step. Will Skye take that next step and be headed for gold? Or will Skye fall and have to pick herself back up?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. They go around, Madan wrenches and wristlocks, but Skye spins and wrenches back. Skye hammerlocks, Kelly spins but Skye spins to keep the hold on her. Kelly keeps trying to escape but Skye keeps with her. Kelly reaches back, flying-mares free, and shakes out the arm. But she narrowly avoids a superkick! Skye mule kicks, Kelly blocks the superkick and spins, then Kelly ducks the buzzsaw! Roll-up, TWO! Kelly kicks Skye low, then hip drops her down! Kelly swivels her hips, brings Skye up and ROCKS her! Kelly CLAWS Skye’s back, whips her to a corner, then kicks and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!
Kelly grows annoyed but she stalks Skye. Kelly runs in but into an UPPERCUT! Skye BOOTS Kelly, runs in, and she hits a BIG clothesline! Kelly goes to ropes, Skye SHINING WIZARDS! Kelly blocks the superkick again, but this time the spin kick hits! Skye full nelsons, SKYE FALL! Cover, Skye wins!
Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall
Skye snatches the victory and keeps building that streak! Will Skye be next to meet the Fallen Goddess for the title?
Mike Bennett w/ The Kingdom VS Darius Martin!
The Kingdom can’t really settle things with Top Flight after Dante Martin went down with that ankle injury, but Boston Strong Style doesn’t mind beating up on the Air Wolf! Will Darius be able to stand alone? Or will Thy Kingdom Come?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but Darius sees the cheap shot coming! Darius spins Mike, ENZIGURIS and follows him to the corner. Darius CHOPS and CHOPS, but Mike turns things around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Darius turns things back around for more CHOPS! Mike returns the favor with more CHOPS! Darius has it turn around again! But then Mike headlocks and he grinds Darius down! Darius fights up, powers out, but Mike RAMS him! Darius rebounds to run Mike over! Things speed up, Darius DROPKICKS Mike out of the ring! Darius builds speed, slides, but Mike gets under!
Mike kicks low, whips, but Darius reverses! Mike hits railing, Darius runs in but Mike sends him out. Darius GAMANGIRIS back, goes up the railing, and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up and Darius puts Mike in the ring. Darius climbs a corner, but Taven distracts! Mike YANKS Darius right down! The Kingdom applauds, and then Mike puts Darius on the apron. Mike drags Darius up, reels him in, but Darius fights back. Mike ROCKS Darius, eggs him on, so Darius CHOPS! Mike CHOPS then talks trash! “FIGHT ME!” Mike CHOPS, Darius CHOPS! Mike SUPERKICKS! Mike fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY!
Mike soaks up the heat while Maria mocks Darius’ pain. Mike drags Darius up and puts him in to cover, TWO! Fans rally for Darius but Mike stomps him down. Mike drags Darius up, throws him back out, and then soaks up more heat. Mike goes out but Darius hits back. Mike CLUBS Darius, whips, but Darius reverses. Mike rebounds off ropes, Darius dodges to get in the ring! Darius builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Darius puts Mike in the ring, but Mike ROLLING ELBOWS! Mike runs, but Darius follows and LARIATS! And forearms! And ENZIGURIS! Mikes taggers to a corner!
Darius runs in but Mike dodges. Mike returns, into an ELBOW! Darius goes up and over, keeps moving, whips and STANDING SPANISH FLIES! Cover, TWO!! Mike survives but Darius drags him up again. Darius reels Mike in, but Taven just CLOBBERS Darius!
Winner: Darius Martin, by disqualification
Fans boo as Taven rains down fists on Darius! The Kingdom wasn’t gonna let Top Flight beat them again, even at just 1v1! But wait! Here comes ACTION ANDRETTI! Action runs off The Kingdom and fans fire up! Action helps Darius stand, and we might see this end in tag team action after all! Will the Kingdom fall to this new high-flying force?
Wheeler Yuta VS Tracy Williams!
Blackpool Combat Club has been beating up everyone from AEW to ROH, and the Decoder wants to show he’s worthy of getting back to gold. Will Yuta bust Tracy open like BCC did The Elite? Or will the Hot Sauce be too hot to handle?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, Yuta and Tracy tie up, and Yuta wrenches to a wristlock. Yuta wrangles Tracy, Tracy gets up, Yuta hammerlocks but Tracy headlocks then turns it around to an armlock. Tracy wrangles Yuta with a top wristlock but Yuta claws at the eyes! Tracy gets a leg to STOMP the foot! Tracy has a toehold but Yuta kicks him away. Yuta leaps but Tracy rolls him up! TWO, Tracy wants the head but Yuta slips free. Yuta gets a leg, Tracy kicks him away, but Yuta springboards. Tracy turns arm-drag into ARMBAR! Yuta clasps hands, but Tracy CLUBS the grip apart! ARMBAR!
Yuta stacks Tracy, and stands on Tracy’s face! Yuta then STOMPS Tracy in return! Yuta snarls, drags Tracy up, but Tracy ROCKS Yuta! Yuta rewinds in the ropes to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Yuta rains down HAMMER FISTS! Fans fire up with Yuta, and Yuta drops a SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tracy goes to a corner, but Yuta storms up. Yuta CHOPS and then gets a leg. Yuta trips Tracy, steps through, and ties up the legs. Yuta taunts Tracy and Tracy CHOSP! Yuta nods and SLAPS Tracy. Tracy ROCKS Yuta, Yuta ROCKS Tracy! Tracy CHOPS Yuta, Yuta ROCKS Tracy! They brawl, then Yuta drops back for the BRIDGING DEATHLOCK!
Tracy endures, fights around, ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets go and soaks up the cheers and jeers. Yuta CHOPS Tracy against ropes, CHOPS him again, then CHOPS again! Tracy snarls, shoves, but Yuta ducks the chop to knee low. Yuta whips but Tracy reverses to CHOP! And then leg capture SAIDO! Fans fire up, Tracy runs in to clothesline Yuta in the corner! Tracy CHOPS, then facelocks. But Yuta RAMS Tracy into the corner! Yuta ROCKS and CHOPS on repeat, but then Tracy ELBOWS him! Tracy goes up, but Yuta GAMANGIRIS! Yuta climbs up, but Tracy gets his head! TOP BUCKLE DDT! And a LARIAT! And a suplex, to BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!
Tracy has the CROSSFACE!! Yuta endures, reaches out, moves around, rolls Tracy up, TWO! Tracy lets go, and Yuta ROCKS him! Tracy ROCKS Yuta! Yuta ROCKS Tracy! They go back and forth and fans fire up! Tracy gets the edge, but Yuta BITES Tracy’s forehead! Tracy blocks the kick, Yuta ducks the discus to SAIDO! Tracy staggers up, into the OLYMPIC SLAM! And then the HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Yuta traps the arms, for the DRAGON SLEEPER! Tracy is caught, he verbally quits! Yuta wins!
Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by submission
Yuta has a wild look in his eyes as he holds on a little longer! Yuta lets go, and he is all fired up. Will this new level of intensity be what Yuta needs to get back in title contention?
Darius Martin & Action Andretti speak.
Darius says “The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. And I’m not crazy.” How many times did The Kingdom think Darius would let things repeat? Darius is a man with a plan and that plan is in Action. Action says the Kingdom thought they could pull a fast one without Dante around. To hell with that! Action has been in that situation, he knows how bad it sucks. So he had to have Darius’ back! And now, they’re challenging The Kingdom! Watch your throne, boys, because there are some new kings in town!
Katsuyori Shibata & Alex Coughlin VS The Workhorsemen!
The Wrestler brings along one of his LA Dojo graduates in The Android to show NJPW is strong in the US! Will they be too strong for JD Drake & Anthony Henry?
The Code of Honor is upheld though with some tension. The teams sort out and Shibata starts against Henry. They circle, fans rally for “SHI-BA-TA!” as he and Henry feel this out. Henry drops, but Shibata shifts around him. Henry switches but Shibata switches back, they clinch on the mat, and Shibata stays on top. Shibata gets a leg but Henry goes for one, too. Shibata slips free, now Henry chases. They roll, Henry gets a chinlock but Shibata gets to ropes. Henry doesn’t let go, Shibata slips free and they stand. They feel out the grapple, Shibata waistlocks but Henry wrenches. Shibata rolls and the two stand off!
Fans applaud the exchange as the two reset. Shibata knees low, snapmares and kicks, but Henry ducks it! Henry SOBATS, snapmares, but Shibata blocks the kick! Shibata trips Henry and ties him up in a FIGURE FOUR! Henry endures, JD storms in, KOKESHI! Shoutout to Honma and Henry gets away. Henry tags JD, Shibata tags Coughlin. Fans fire up as the two RAM! JD CHOPS, Coughlin CHOPS, repeat! Then they go to forearms! JD headlocks, Coughlin powers out but JD wrenches and ROCKS Coughlin! JD wrenches, Coughlin rolls and handsprings to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as JD stands!
JD swings, misses, and Coughlin SAIDOS! Henry returns, but into a clinch! Henry BELL CLAPS, but Coughlin ROCKS him! Coughlin runs but JD is there to RAM him! Henry hooks Coughlin up, BOOT LEG SWEEP COMBO! And then KOKESHI! Cover, ONE!! JD drags Coughlin up, ROCKS him, and has him in the corner. JD CHOPS Couglin and tags Henryt. Henry runs in to ROCK and CHOP Coughlin, but Coughlin just gets in Henry’s face. Coughlin CHOPS, but Henry SOBATS! Henry gets a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Henry keeps Coughlin from reaching Shibata, and he tags JD in.
Henry snap suplexes, JD slingshot SENTONS! The Workhorsemen copy Shibata with the cross-leg stance! JD kicks Coughlin around, but Coughlin CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! JD shoves and SPLASHES Coughlin, to then BELLY2BELLY! And then VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! JD KICKS Coughlin in the back! Tag to Henry, and the Workhorsemen mug Coughlin. Henry snapmares, KICKS him in the back, and taunts Shibata. Henry KICKS and KICKS, and we see Shane Taylor watching. Coughlin CHOPS and CHOPS, but Henry shoves him back. JD gets a cheap shot in, but Coughlin DECKS JD!
Henry shoves Coughlin out of the ring, sucker punches Shibata, and JD pops Coughlin off ropes to DECK him! JD puts Coughlin in and Henry climbs up! Henry DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Coughlin survives, but Henry steps through for a toehold! Then a butterfly deathlock! Henry mocks Shibata with the bridge! Fans rally for Coughlin as he endures! Coughlin reaches out, but Shibata gets in to STOMP Henry! And then he stomps Coughlin?! Shibata is showing his student tough love, or at least stern motivation. Henry swings on Shibata, but ends up in a SLEEPER! Feed to Coughlin for the suplex!
Henry slips free, but Coughlin switches,. Henry throws elbows, Coughlin lifts Henry, but Henry hits a flying mare! Henry has the headlock but Coughlin headscissors. Henry moves around, pops free, and he’s right on the legs again! Henry throws forearms but Coughlin SLAPS! And basement suplexes! Coughlin stands to bring this up! Fans are thunderous for the one-legged SLAM! Hot tag to Shibata! Shibata BOOTS JD! He whips Henry to a corner and BOOTS! Then Shibata rains down forearms! Shibata goes corner to corner and back again, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shane is still watching, looking intrigued.
Shibata snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Shibata clamps onto Henry with a chinlock! JD storms in to CHOP Shibata’s back! Shibata lets Henry go, to DECK JD! But Henry trips Shibata into the SLEEPER! Shibata rolls back, to get the SLEEPER! JD is back, Shibata runs in, but gets a BOOT URENAGE COMBO! Cover, Coughlin breaks it! Fans fire up, but JD CHOPS! JD throws Coughlin out, goes to the apron, but Coughlin sweeps the legs! Coughlin gut wrenches to SLAM JD!! Henry is stunned and the fans are thunderous! Henry sees Shibata and swings forearms! Shibata just leans into the shots! Shibata ROKCS Henry, and has the SLEEPER!
Shibata sits Henry down, runs, PENALTY KICK! Cover, Shibata & Coughlin win!!
Winners: Katsuyori Shibata & Alex Coughlin, by pinfall
The #WrestlingAndroids took out the Workhorsemen, and Shibata shows them how to sit cross legged. And then Coughlin shakes hands with his sensei, and says he wants a shot at the Pure Championship! Shibata says challenge accepted! Will Big Bad Shaney T be waiting on the other side of that fight?
Willow Nightingale VS Little Mean Kathleen!
Positivity clashes with negativity in a battle of strong forces in the ROH Women’s Division. Will Willow fight her way back up? Or will we all see Kathleen is more than a little mean?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two cirlce. They tie up, Willow waistlocks but LMK fights it. Willow headlocks, LMK stomps a foot and BITES Willow’s fingers! the ref rerpiamnds but Willow scoops to SLAM! Willow can’t even, and she stalks LMK to ropes. Willow whips, LMK reverses but Willow cartwheels. LMK ducks, runs, but into a scoop! LMK slips free, and she CLOBBERS Willow in the corner! LMK fires fast hands, then goes corner to corner. Fans fire up for the FURIOUS STOMPS! LMK has Rhode Island on her side, and she SPLASHES, but onto knees!
LMK goes to the far side, Willow runs in to back body block, then clothesline! Willow BOOTS LMK, and brings down the straps! Fans fire up, Willow scoops LMK, for the OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale
The Code of Honor is still upheld, and Willow is on a roll! Will this momentum help her finally get a title?
Stu Grayson w/ Evil Uno VS Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling!
The Dark Order’s Player Number 2 is ready to play! But will this be another victory for the man born and bred for combat? Or will the Premier Athlete take him to the limit?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. Stu chases Nese around the ring but Nese gets in ropes for defense. Nese then sucker punches Stu! Nese whips, Stu reverses, Nese KICKS but Stu RANAS! Stu catches Nese, clinches and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Fans fire up, Stu runs in, but he blocks Nese’s boot! Stu sweeps the leg! No mercy in this dojo! Slingshot SENTON to the apron! Stu warns Sterling then goes back to Nese. Nese runs in, Stu dodges and clotheslines Nese up and out! Stu then FLIES! Direct hit and he even lands on his feet! Fans are thunderous but Sterling can’t even!
Stu drags Nese up, puts him in the ring, and Stu climbs up a corner. Stu leaps to avoid Nese hitting the ropes! Stu ROCKS Nese, jumps up, but Nese BLASTS him away! Stu falls and hits the railing! Uno checks on Stu but Nese goes out and pushes Uno aside! Fans boo, Nese drags Stu up, and Nese RAMS Stu into railing! Nese talks trash on the fans, puts Stu back in the ring, and paces around. Nese clamps on a chinlock and he gives crossface forearms! Nese then wraps on the body scissors! Stu endures the squeeze, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Nese lets go to haul Stu up and ROCK him!
Nese whips corner to corner hard, but runs into an ELBOW! Stu goes up, but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese then adjusts, climbs up, only for Stu to SUPER GOURD BUSTER! Stu FLYING SUNSETS, but Nese rolls through to HEADSHOT SOBAT! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for “STU! STU! STU!” but Nese mocks Stu. Nese pie faces him, but Stu CHOPS! Nese BOOTS Stu down! Stu CHOPS! Fans chant “TONY SUCKS!” but Nese BOOTS Stu again. Nese soaks up the heat, but Stu CHOPS again! Nese ROCKS Stu! Stu glares at Nese…! Nese throws more forearms, but Stu just backs him down.
Nese SOBATS again! Fans boo, Nese runs, but Stu CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS him again! And URENAGES! Fans fire up and Stu runs to LION-SENTON! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but Stu stalks him. Nese holds ropes to stop the lift, but Stu CLUBS him! Stu torture racks, Nese slips off and slides under! Pump handle and scoop, but Stu slips free to fireman’s carry. SWINGING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives and surprises Stu, but Stu takes aim. Stu runs in, but Nese bails out! Fans boo but Stu drags Nese up the ropes by his beard! Sterling complains, Stu suplexes and he holds Nese up!
Nese slips free to throat chop! Nese runs with Stu, HOTSHOT BULLDOG! And then PREMIER TRIANGLE but Stu gets clear! Nese keeps moving, but Stu dodges to waistlock! Nese grabs ropes again and he RAMS Stu into buckles! O’Conner Roll, with tights! TWO!! Stu escapes and both men hurry up. Stu goes Matrix to dodge! PELE! Nese staggers and fans fire up! Stu roars, builds speed, and he RUNNING KNEES! Stu slashes his throat, time to finish him! Torture rack, for the NIGHTFALL! Cover, Stu wins!
Winner: Stu Grayson, by pinfall
Nese may have an eight pack, but now he has a bad back! Wait, the Righteous are here again! They did this exact thing at Supercard of Honor, and now they’re ruining the Dark Order’s celebration. They are looking right at Stu, and are applauding. Do Dutch & Vincent expect Player 2 to be their third man?
The Righteous speak.
“Turn away~, turn away~!” POWER! The Dark Order has power, they’ve been here since the beginning. But it seems like they’ve become a shell of their former selves. Vincent says when Stu left, the Dark Order carried on with a smile on their face. And when Stu wanted to come back, the Dark Order smiled and opened the pearly gates to welcome him back in., But one who is born and bred for combat is just trapped in a cage. Maybe, just maybe, The Righteous have the keys. Dutch knows what Stu is thinking, but he’s wrong. The Righteous doesn’t wanna hurt Stu. They wanna keep Stu! Get what they’re saying?
ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Ashley D’Amboise!
The Fallen Goddess finds ways to break her opponents and hold onto this title, so that means she needs more challengers! Will the #JackedBarbie be harder to break than the names Athena’s already crossed off the list? Or will the only thing being proven here is that Athena’s mean streak goes on forever?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The clock is ticking as the two tie up. Athena waistlocks, Ashley wrenches free, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Athena wristlocks, Ashley rolls and handsprings and cartwheels to arm-drag! And another arm-drag! And a DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Ashley, but Athena SHOTGUNS her down! Athena SHOTGUNS again, and again! And again! Athena runs to SHOTGUN a fifth time! Athena drags Ashley up but Ashley hits back with body shots. Athena CLUBS Ashley down, KICKS her to the corner, then digs her boot in.
The ref counts, Athena lets off, then brings Ashley onto ropes. Athena CHOKES Ashley, waves to the fans, and fans are torn. The ref counts, Athena lets off at 4 to argue with the ref. Athena drags Ashley up but Ashley fires forearms! Athena SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Athena drags Ashley up, wrenches and traps an arm, and then has a neck wrench. Athena fishhooks Ashley’s mouth! The ref counts, Athena stops that, and Ashley throws elbows into Athena’s legs! Roll-up, TWO! Athena staggers up and she’s mad now. Athena storms up on Ashely, UPPERCUTS, then whips corner to corner.
Athena runs in but Ashley goes up and over! Ashley rolls, staggers, and Athena is on her. Athena wrenches but Ashley kicks! Athena ducks but Ashley hits a LEG LARIAT! And a regular LARIAT! And another! Fans fire up with Ashley, she wrenches and fireman’s carries, for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Ashley climbs, but Athena goes after her! They brawl, and Athena TOSSES Ashley to the apron! Athena then runs to WRECK Ashley with a dropkick! Fans fire up, Athena builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit! Ashley staggers up, Athena DECKS her! Athena RAMS Ashley into railing!
Athena drags Ashley up to TOSS her to the ramp! Ashley goes to steel steps, Athena runs in to KNEE her against them! Athena puts Ashley in the ring, climbs up the corner, and grins as she takes aim. O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall (denies Ashley D’Amboise a title match)
Ashley lasted longer than perhaps even Athena thought, but the champ still wins. Athena then TOSSES Ashley out! No Code of Honor in the end, the Fallen Goddess only respects herself. Will anyone ever end her reign of terror?
Backstage interview with Ashley D’Amboise.
Lexi Nair notes Ashley fell short in that Proving Grounds match. Is she at least proud of her efforts? Uh, oui, yes. But Ashley was hoping for more honor. This was more like Ring of Anger. Athena SUCKER PUNCHES Ashley! Lexi calls for help but Athena says this is the level of garbage she gets week after week! Athena is the Goddess, the Alpha and the GATEKEEPER of the ROH Women’s Division! She wants real competition, not these porcelain trash bag hussies! If not, Lexi’s next! Lexi better watch this. Athena brings Ashley over, places the belt on a road case, and SMASHES Ashley’s face on it! Athena laughs, and says, “Welcome to ROH, b*tch.”
Athena may be having fun now, but will someone finally humble her?
ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Metalik!
The Swiss Superman, the King of the Ropes, for the first ever! But with the level of ability and brutality Claudio shows, will Metalik stand a chance? Or will no one else be “worthy” of this world title?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if a champion beats a king!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and fans rally up. The two tie up, Claudio powers Metalik back, and then pushes Metalik around. Metalik pushes back! Fans fire up as Metalik eggs Claudio on! Claudio and Metalik circle, tie up, and Claudio throws Metalik, but Metalik lands on his feet! Claudio shoves Metalik down, then yanks Metalik up by his legs, but Metalik arm-drags Claudio away! Fans fire up as the two stand off! Claudio and Metalik circle, feel things out, knuckle lock, and Claudio goes for an arm. Claudio also facelocks, brings Metalik down, headlocks, but Metalik fights up. Claudio just holds on tighter!
Metalik powers up and powers out, but Claudoi runs him over! Cover, ONE! Claudio digs a knee into Metalik’s head, brings him around and chinlocks. Metalik endures, fans rally up, and Metalik powers out. Things speed up, Metlaik leaps but into Cluadio’s arms! Metalik slips free, rolls and comes back to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Metalik runs in, Claudio pops him up but Metalik FLYING RANAS! Fans fire up as Claudio bails out! Metalik runs in, but goes to the apron as Claudio runs away. Fans cheer as Metalik CANNONBALLS, but Claudio catches him! ALLEY-OOP BOMB onto the apron!
Claudio soaks up the cheers and jeers, and he fetches Metalik. Claudio puts Metalik in the ring, takes his time returning, and drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Claudio clamps onto Metalik with a ground stretch. Claudio chinbars but fans rally up. Metalik fights up, throws hands, but Claudio shoves to tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Metalik is still in this but Claudio snarls. Metalik goes to a corner, Claudio runs in to UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Claudio keeps close to Metalik, and he has a top wristlock! Fans rally, Metalik endures and Metalik fights up. Metalik throws hands!
Metalik CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Claudio throws hands! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm! Claudio knees low, whips, but Metalik tilt-o-whirls to CRADLE! TWO!! Claudio BOOTS Metalik to the corner! Claudio stomps a mudhole in, but he lets off as the ref counts. Claudio drags Metalik up, suplexes him high and hard, then covers. TWO, and Claudio grows annoyed. Claudio sits Metalik up to KNEE him in the back! And then he drops a knee on the side! Claudio grabs an arm and bends it back. Metalik endures, but Claudio gets a leg to make it a partial Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Fans rally up, Metalik fights up!
Metalik throws body shots but Claudio knees low! Claudio whips Metalik to a corner, runs in, but Metalik drop toeholds him into buckles! Metalik runs, Claudio puts him on the apron, but Metalik GAMANGIRIS! Metalik springboards in to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up with Metalik! Metalik rallies with LARIATS, but Claudio stays up! Metalik LARAITS, but Claudio roars! But Metalik blocks the punch! Metalik knuckle locks, CHOPS, but Claudio HEADBUTTS! Claudio knuckle locks, throws Metalik and hits an STO! But Metalik blocks the cover to go up and SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as both men are down!
Both men stir, fans rally up, and Claudio bails out again. Metalik builds speed to ESCALARA!! Fans fire up again and Metalik stands back up. Metalik pushes Claudio into the ring, springboards and SPLASHES!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives but he sputters from that impact. Metalik hurries after Claudio but Claudio fights the fireman’s carry. Claudio bends Metalik’s arm, and HEADBUTTS him! Claudio whips Metalik to a corner, Metalik dodges! Metalik SUPERKICKS! Metalik runs, goes around the corner, and leaps, but Claudio blocks! Claudio brings Metalik up but Metalik sunset flips! TWO!!! Fans fire up as Claudio escapes!
Both men slowly sit up and fans rally. Metalik stomps Claudio to a drop zone and goes up the corner. Metalik MOONSUALTS into boots!! Claudio runs in, to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Metalik survives and shocks Claudio! Claudio drags Metalik up, UPPERCUTS him, then UPPERCUTS again and again, from all sides! Metalik wobbles into more shots! Claudio hoists Metalik up top, ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. Metalik fights back! Claudio still lifts Metalik, but Metalik fights free! Metalik GAMANGIRIS! Claudio wobbles, Metalik goes back up, TIGHTROPE SUPER STEINER!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Fans can’t believe it but Claudio survives! The fans rally and Metalik goes to a corner again. Metalik climbs, tightrope walks, for the ELBOW into knees!! Claudio saves himself, and he clamps on a CROSSFACE! Metalik crawls, reaches out, but Claudio rolls him away! But Metalik turns it to a cover! TWO, ghost pin! TWO, UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Claudio is furious but the count was fair! Claudio rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!! Metalik is a ragdoll, and Claudio GOTCH NEUTRALIZERS!!! Cover, Claudio wins!
Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)
Claudio still shakes the hand of The King of the Ropes to keep the Code of Honor. The Swiss Superman continues to determine who is worthy, so who will be next?
A really good ROH, but I think this was the shortest episode yet, at around 90 minutes. One thing that was a little weird to me, that they did three times, was having backstage promos from people we just saw in the match segments. In the case of The Righteous, just have Dutch & Vincent say all that on stage with mics. In the case of Darius & Action, have them get mics to call out The Kingdom in the ring. In the case of Athena jumping Ashley, swap the women’s matches so that Proving Grounds is second on the card, and Athena jumping Ashley happens after Skye VS Kelly. Though, at least all the matches were good. Good win for Stu, good win for Darius, good win for Skye and Willow, and good showing for Ashley even in losing to Athena.
Really good match from Mark VS Daivari, good win for Mark, and good save by FTR. Though, thinking about it, why not Lucha Brothers? They have history with The Varsity Athletes, after all. Though, I guess they want to keep the Lucha Brothers out of things so they can have an ROH Tag Team Championship story. We’ll definitely get a Six Man Tag now, and I would think Mark & FTR win and leave The Varsity Athletes behind. Just not sure to what end. Another reason Mark should’ve beat Samoa Joe for the TV title. And good match from Yuta VS Tracy, and I figured Yuta would go over. Maybe he fights his way to a rematch with Shibata.
Speaking of which, great tag match from Shibata & Coughlin VS Workhorsemen. Great showing from JD & Henry, but of course Shibata & Coughlin win. Coughlin politely challenging Shibata to a title match is great, but I also like that Shane Taylor is eyeing Shibata. Coughlin will end up being Shibata’s first defense that Shibata will of course win so that he gets one under his belt. Shibata VS Shane could be some great stuff, a real test for Shibata, and who knows who wins that.
Nice to hear from Eddie Kingston, and a shame to hear about the hernia. Let’s all hope all goes well, that he gets well soon and comes back fast. Claudio VS Metalik was a great main event, fans really got behind Metalik, though they still liked Claudio enough. He and the BCC really play up Heel on AEW but fans still appreciate how great Claudio is in the ring. As such, Claudio of course wins to get another defense under his belt. Who knows who steps up to face him next, but there’s a chance Claudio wins then, too.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/29/23)
Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!
Will the Mad King regret this gamble?
Before putting both belts on the line against Katsuyori Shibata at AEW WrestleDream, Eddie Kingston defends his NJPW Strong title against Rocky Romero! Will plans have to change all thanks to Azucar?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
- NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero; Eddie wins and retains the title.
- The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar; The Righteous win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and will challenge Saraya for the title on Title Tuesday, October 10th.
PLAY BY PLAY
AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party!
The open challenge was put forth, and it was answered very quickly! Will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay DELETE the Scissor World Tour? Or will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass keep the party going?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, ’bout to leave these dudes up in smoke! Y’know we comin’ like the Colorado Buffalos! Matt, I don’t want any heat! I don’t need your crazy ass wife sendin’ me tweets! It’s the one guy in Private Party! Nowadays, he gets tag teamed by the Hardys! Jeff, I’m a leave you black in both eyes! You gonna need these sunglasses like Coach Prime.” Bowens takes the mic to say “COLORADOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! The belts are raised, and we see who survives WrestleDream weekend!
The trios sort out and Bowens starts against Kassidy. They shake hands, tie up, and Bowens waistlocks. Kassidy drop toeholds, facelocks but Bowens slips free to wrench. Kassidy rolls, handsprings, wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock. Bowens powers out to headlock but Kassidy powers out, only for Bowens to run him over! Bowens self-scissors, then things speed up. Kassidy hurdles, Bowens shoves then follows but Kassidy arm-drags! Bowens arm-drags! Bowens blocks Kassidy’s arm-drag to whip, but Kassidy wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Bowens stands, into a RANA! Kassidy then pounds the mat and fans fire up.
Bowens kicks but Kassidy blocks to spin him. Kassidy kicks but Bowens blocks to flip him! Bowens then kicks, kicks and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up, “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens drags Kassidy up, tags in Caster, and they double whip. Kassidy holds ropes, TOSSES Bowens then BOOTS Caster! Tag to Matt and Matt BOOTS Caster! Kassidy hits a NECKBREAKER, Jeff tags in to go up, for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeff snapmares Caster to then NECK SNAPPER! Fans fire up with Jeff and he waits on Caster to stand. Kick but no Twist as Caster slips free! Jeff ducks the backhand to SPIN KICK!
Jeff CLUBS Caster, Caster scrambles away, tags to Billy and Matt! Fans fire up as Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” Billy says “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” And repeat! Then Billy headlocks! Matt throws body shots, powers out, but Billy runs Matt over! Billy flexes and does a dance, and then he runs in. Matt ELBOWS Billy, BOOTS him, then bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Billy gets all three layers, and Matt tags Jeff. Jeff tags Kassidy, and the Hardys set up fort he classic POETRY IN MOTION! Then Kassidy adds PARTY IN MOTION! But The Acclaimed CLOBBER Kassidy & The Hardys!
Fans fire up as Caster has Kassidy up to scoop and SLAM! Billy helps get the legs, and Bowens goes up to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Kassidy squeals before impact! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but The Acclaimed have control as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Billy brings Kassidy up, bumps him off buckles, and he hears the fans singing. Billy ROCKS Kassidy with a right, apologizes to the ref, then tags to Bowens. Bowens drags Kassidy up to ROCK him with haymaker after haymaker! Bowens then brings Kassidy up to tag in Caster. They double suplex Kassidy, Caster covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Caster keeps Kassidy down with a chinlock while fans rally up. Kassidy fights to his feet, throws body shots, and he fires forearms as Rampage returns to single picture. Kassidy runs but Caster CLOBBERS him! Tag to Billy and they mug Kassidy.
Billy brings Kassidy to an open corner, stomps and ROCKS him on repeat, then lets off to smirk at the Hardys. He dares them to do something, but Matt tells Billy to suck it! So Billy DECKS Matt! Billy runs corner to corner but Kassidy dodges! The splash hits buckles and Billy falls back! Fans rally up as both men crawl, but Billy gets Kassidy’s leg! Kassidy stands up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Jeff! Jeff rallies on Billy, on Bowens, and on Caster! Fans fire up and Jeff clotheslines Billy up and out! Jeff CLOBBS Bowens, then catches him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Leg hook cradle! Cover, Caster breaks it!
Caster helps Bowens up, then runs in, but Jeff ELBOWS caster and ROCKS Bowens! Jeff goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Jeff gets both Caster and Bowens but everyone is down! Billy returns, kicks low, says ‘SUCK IT!” and runs, but Jeff dodges! Matt kicks Billy for a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff hurries up top, fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time! Matt CLUBS Bowens, Bowens hits back, and Bowens calls to Caster. They whip Matt to a corner, forearm then ELBOW then forearm again! And a feed to the POWERSLAM! ROLLING ELBOW for Jeff! The Acclaimed regroup, and Billy crawls to the corner.
Fans fire up as Billy drags Jeff over. Jeff gets loose, hot tags to Kassidy and Bowens! Kassidy dodges Bowens to DROPKICK Caster! “This is Awesome!” as Kassidy BOOTS Bowens! Kassidy goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Billy stands, runs in, but Kassidy dumps him out! Kassidy slingshots out then QUEBRADAS to take Billy down! Kassidy mocks the scissoring, then tells Bowens to get up. Kassidy springboards in, but Bowens dodges and Caster BACKHANDS Kassidy! Then Bowens BACKHANDS Kassidy! Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! Caster hoists Kassidy up and Bowens helps, to give Kassidy the PLATINUM BOMB! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Championships)
A huge win for the champions, and the Scissor World Tour continues! In fact, it is heading to Seattle for WrestleDream’s Zero Hour! TMDK’s Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Bad Dude Tito are waiting, will they show The Acclaimed that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Well folks, tonight, it’s me and Big Rock, Rocky Romero, for the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. Rock, I got nothing but respect for you, dawg, so it’s gonna be an honor and a pleasure to defend this against you. You’re the man that got me into the G1. You’re the man that got me-” Wait, Team Triple J is interrupting. Jay Lethal says that if we’re talking honor and respect, Eddie is standing here with two titles on his shoulders, and that is worth respecting. But Lethal can’t get behind how Eddie is the ROH World Champion. Lethal dedicated his life to that title! His blood, sweat, tears, all to honor a tradition that meant that every person to hold that title would be a pure athlete!
And Eddie, you are no pure athlete! Now as for this NJPW Strong Openweight title, Lethal doesn’t care if Eddie wins it or loses it here tonight. He really doesn’t. But he just cares that Eddie is unfit to be ROH World Champion! Eddie says okay, he’s got Lethal. But excuse his back, he’s gotta go beat up Romero. The Mad King leaves, but will he still have both crowns going into WrestleDream?
AEW shares an interview from after last week’s Collision.
Lexi Nair was with Andrade El Idolo after he was bandaged up from the beating Bullet Club Gold gave him. He almost won, but Juice Robinson interfered. What was that about? Andrade says everyone saw that Andrade had White beat. But the question for Juice is… “Do you have a problem with me? With Andrade El Idolo? Lemme tell you something. See you Saturday in Seattle!” Andrade wants his revenge on Rock Hard, will he get it on WrestleDream Eve?
NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero!
The Mad King beat Kenta at NJPW Independence Day back in July to have his first singles title under the NJPW banner. And now he defends it against Azucar as a favor for getting him in the door. Will Rocky repay this favor by taking this title from Eddie? Or will Eddie still head to Seattle as a double champion?
The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly NJPW Strong!
The bell rings and fans rally up for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” The two circle, Rocky tests things with a kick but Eddie stays back. They feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Eddie waistlocks, Rocky wrenches, wristlocks, but Eddie clinches. Fans rally, Rocky keeps on the wristlock but Eddie powers through to wrench and wristlock back. Rocky rolls, breaks free and DROPKICKS! Fans are torn as Rocky swaggers, but he and Eddie reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Rocky knees low. Rocky headlocks, grinds the hold, but Eddie powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, but Eddie stays up with a smirk.
Fans fire up as Rocky smirks back, but then pie faces Eddie! Rocky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and RANAS! Eddie bails out, Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit but Eddie stays up, so Rocky goes again! DIVE and Eddie drops to his knees! Rocky keeps going, and he DIVES for the hattrick, only for Eddie to catch him! Stalling suplex, to the floor! Fans rally behind Eddie while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Eddie stands, stretches out his back, and then he gets Rocky up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Eddie keeps cool, and also chooses not to rain down fists, instead clamping on a chinlock. Rocky endures as Eddie grinds him down, and fans rally up. Eddie cranks the headlock but Rocky refuses to give up. Rocky fights up, throws elbows, but Eddie knees him low! Eddie whips to knee low again, then whips for another knee! Eddie whips but Rocky rolls him up, TWO! Rocky BUZZSAWS Eddie, then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Rocky stirs at 3, crawls over, and he brings Eddie up.
Eddie pushes Rocky, runs, but into an IRON OCTOPUS! Eddie endures, pries at the hold, and pops free, only for Rocky to wrangle him with a ghost pin! TWO, and Eddie goes to ropes. Rocky storms up, KICKS Eddie in the back, but Eddie just grimaces. Eddie eggs Rocky on so Rocky KICKS him again! Eddie growls and eggs Rocky on more as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rampage returns and Eddie suplexes, but Rocky knees free! Rocky knees low, Eddie rebounds, but into a JUMP KNEE! Eddie goes to ropes, Rocky storms over and brings him up through the ropes, to KICK! Eddie eggs Rocky on even though he’s stuck, so Rocky SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS Rocky! Rocky SOBATS! Then Rocky goes up a corner to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and Rocky argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rocky drags Eddie up, cravats, but no Sliced Bread! Eddie runs in to clothesline in the corner! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up and Eddie hoists Rocky up top!
Eddie climbs up behind Rocky, stands him up, but Rocky throws hands! Rocky CLUBS Eddie, cravats, and hits SUPER SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Eddie survives, and Rocky grits his teeth. Rocky pumps up and fans rally. Rocky runs in to clothesline! That’s one-ever! Two-ever! But URAKEN stops that! URAKEN again!! Eddie drags Rocky into the STRETCH PLUM!! Rocky taps, Eddie wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission (still NJPW Strong Openweight Champion)
Azucar could not dethrone The Mad King, but he still shows Eddie respect with a handshake and hug. Eddie is still NJWP Strong, but will he have to fight even harder to survive The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata?
Wait! That’s Shibata’s music! Shibata is HERE! He goes into the ring and shakes hands with Eddie. These two respect each other, and that means they will give it everything they’ve got! Will Eddie still be a two belt king? Or will Shibata become a TRIPLE CROWN Champion?
Aussie Open speaks.
Mark Davis says he is so tired. So tired of hearing the “top blokes” walk around here the last year, hubris unchecked, lying to the people that they are the best in the world. Kyle Fletcher says that for the last 365 days, everything Aussie Open has done has been to get back to FTR. When FTR beat them a year ago, it broke Fletcher. Fletcher felt like a failure and felt lost. So what he wants more than anything is to make FTR feel that pain. This Sunday, Aussie Open takes the AEW World Tag Team Championships, burns down the legacy of #7StarFTR, and from the ashes, rebuild a new empire that they will stand atop of to proclaim that THEY are the best tag team in the world!
The Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla are ready to bring down Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, will they fulfill that WrestleDream?
The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar!
Speaking of tag titles, Dutch & Vincent are aimed at the ROH World Tag Team Championships! However, Adam Cole will be out with injury so it’ll just be Maxwell Jacob Friedman meeting them in Seattle. Will this tune-up prove to be more than enough going into that tag title handicap match?
The teams sort out, but then Dutch just CLOBBERS Crush & Gunnar! Fans boo as Dutch says just a few more days and those titles will be theirs! Vincent rains down fists on Crush, then drags him up to UPPERCUT! Vincent bumps Crush off buckles, tags in Dutch, and the Righteous mugs Crush before the BOSS MAN SLAM! Gunnar staggers up but Dutch feeds him to Vinnie’s KNEE! Then Vinnie feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Tag to Vinnie, fans are torn as the Righteous pace around Crush. Vinnie snaps his fingers, then cravats, AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, Righteous win!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
A swift and dominant win, these are the two men coming for the tag titles! Will The Righteous purge ROH of the “false friendship” that is the brochachos? Or are even two Righteous men combined not on the level of the Devil?
Ortiz sits alone in a room.
He looks back on his career alongside Mike Santana. They were at the top of their game coming into AEW, but then it ended up going downhill. There’s even audio from Konnan touching on how Ortiz and Santana stopped talking to each other and how Konnan was saddened by that. Ortiz has the footage stop there. What will it take for him to get Santana to talk to him?
Darby Allin speaks.
After replaying what Christian Cage said just last Wednesday on Dynamite, the Relentless One reiterates that he is NOT losing in Seattle, Washington! Will Darby defend home turf against Captain Charisma?
Nick Wayne speaks.
He knows Darby has a lot to say about Christian Cage, and all of that will be part of the Countdown special. But Nick also knows Darby’s actions will speak louder than his words at WrestleDream. And although Darby told Nick not to be there ringside, Nick doesn’t really want to anyway because of what Christian & Luchasaurus are capable of. So, while they let Christian and Darby settle their business, how about Nick and Luchasaurus settle theirs? For months and months, Luchasaurus walked around here while another man held his title. And Luchasaurus followed Christian around like he was some kind of father figure.
And Nick isn’t sure what it is about Christian where he thinks he can even be such a figure to “us Lost Boys,” but Nick had a father. And he told Nick at a young age “to never leave your debts unpaid.” Nick owes Luchasaurus. At Wembley Stadium, Luchasaurus choke slammed Nick onto a skateboard and Nick never forgot it. Nick will repay Luchasaurus this Sunday during Zero Hour. And Nick will even hand Luchasaurus a receipt. Nick brings his own skateboard, will he grind it right into the Right Hand of Destruction?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
AEW is going to do it big for WrestleDream Eve as, with Zack Sabre Jr. on commentary, we see an 8 Man Tag! FTR teams with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta to take on Aussie Open, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey! Plus, Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega test their tag team chemistry against The Gates of Agony! Will The Ocho & The Cleaner survive Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun to take on the Don Callis Family? And Julia Hart gets in action to build some last minute momentum, will she be ready for Kris Statlander and their TBS Championship match set for Sunday?
Backstage interview with Zack Sabre Jr.
Renee Paquette is with The Front Man of TMDK, and says we’re just days away from WrestleDream, where ZSJ takes on The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. ZSJ just came off a three week tour in NJPW and just got here to the States, is he worried at all about acclimating? ZSJ asks Bryan “Dragon Bullocks” Danielson, “Where are you, darling?” As Renee just said, ZSJ got off a 16 hour flight from Tokyo and is feeling fresh as a daisy. But perhaps this company’s keeping Bryan wrapped head to toe in bubble wrap, or keeps him in a giant Zorb ball. At this point, a strong gust of wind will knock Bryan over.
And is ZSJ supposed to be honored that Bryan chose him as part of the year long retirement tour? Newsflash: Bryan barely has a weekend. This Sunday isn’t just about finding out who the best technical wrestler is, no no. Bryan has retired once in Seattle, so ZSJ will make it final. Ya like that? The final retirement~! Submissions in Seattle, see you on Sunday. The NJPW World Television Champion has put Bryan on notice, but will he be able to slay the American Dragon?
AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida!
While the Outcasts stand at two members, Saraya is looking forward to a friendly showdown with the Runaway in a little under two weeks! But will Ruby make sure there is No Future for the Shining Samurai? Or will Shida take down one Outcast to go after another?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up as Ruby and Shida step up, and they’re on Shida’s side. Ruby shoves, runs, and RAMS Shida, but Shida just fires up! Ruby headlocks, Shida throws body shots, and then she powers out. Shida then runs past Ruby to run Ruby over! Fans duel, Shida has the majority, and she goes to the corner. Shida climbs up but Ruby slips away before any fists can rain down! Shida is annoyed but she waits on Ruby to return. Ruby takes her time going to the apron, steps in at 6 of 10 but wants Shida to stay back. Shida gets annoyed as the ref keeps her back, but then Ruby pulls Shida’s hair to throw her down!
Ruby throws hands, puts Shida in the corner, then RAMS into her again and again! Fans boo but Ruby runs, only to miss! Shida ROCKS Ruby, then climbs up to rain down fists! Ruby gets away before three, runs back in but into a BOOT! Shida bumps Ruby off buckles, climbs up and rains down those fists! Ruby slips out at five to YANK Shida down! Ruby whips, Shida goes up and CROSSBODIES! Shida then drags Ruby up, puts her in yet another corner, and tries one more time! Shida rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Fans fire up with Shida and she kicks Ruby out, to then MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Shida drags Ruby up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ruby CLUBS away on Shida to stop the lift, then shoves her to a corner. Ruby runs in, Shida dodges, but Ruby ELBOWS her! Ruby goes up to hit DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby digs Shida into the buckles, lets off as the ref counts, and then brings Shida up to snapmare. Ruby covers, TWO! Ruby throws down fists now, but lets off with a smug smirk. Ruby puts Shida on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and then Ruby has Shida in the ropes to throw knees! A shoutout to Saraya, and Ruby lets off at 4. Ruby stalks Shida, looms over her, and pushes her around. Shida pushes back but Ruby eggs her on.
Shida ROCKS Ruby, then fires again! Ruby claws Shida’s face! And throws her down by her hair again! The ref reprimands, but Ruby clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Shida endures, but Ruby grinds her into the mat! Fans rally, Shida fights up, and she arm-drags free! Ruby returns to CLOBBER Shida! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed but Shida grabs at Ruby’s hair! Ruby CLUBS Shida, drags her up, and stomps a hand! Shida scrambles to a corner while the ref reprimands but Ruby stomps a mudhole in. Ruby lets off as the ref counts, and Ruby storms around. Shida drags herself up, but Ruby CHOKES her on the ropes!
The ref counts while Ruby BITES Shida’s ear! Ruby lets off at 4, drags Shida up, but Shida ROCKS her! And again! And again! And again! But Ruby knees low! Ruby talks trash, whips Shida to ropes, but Shida ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS knock both women down! Rampage returns to single picture as the standing count climbs. Fans rally, both women are down at 5 of 10 but Shida goes to ropes. Shida snarls, she and Ruby stand at 7, and they storm up. Shida fires a forearm, Ruby gives it back! Shida throws another, so Ruby gives it back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster!
Ruby gets the edge, but Shida ROCKS her! And ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Shida whips to JUMP KNEE! Shida then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Shida fires up again and the fans are with her! Shida aims, KATA- NO, Ruby ducks and bails out! Fans boo but Shida goes out to pursue! Shida runs in, jumps off the steps, and DROPKICKS Ruby down! Fans fire up again and Shida stands Ruby up. Shida torture racks Ruby, then goes to the ramp!? Fans are thunderous but Ruby fights free! They throw forearms, and CHOPS! Shida CLUBS Ruby, Ruby throws body shots, but the count is climbing!
They both hear it’s 8 of 10 and start sprinting! They both slide in at 9.5!! Fans are thunderous and then Ruby swings, but Shida blocks! Ruby HEADBUTTS, blocks a kick, then KICKS back! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby goes to a corner, and she takes Shida’s kendo stick for her own! The ref stops Ruby, takes the kendo stick, but then Ruby brings out the spray paint! Shida and the ref both block that and they’re all fighting over it! Down goes the ref!! Shida and Ruby are both stunned, but then Ruby HEADBUTTS! DESTINATION UNKNOWN! But no ref to count the cover!
Ruby is furious, she would’ve had this! But then she sees the kendo stick! Ruby grins as she wields Shida’s weapon! Fans boo, but Shida blocks the strike to kick and HEADSHOT! Then KATANA KICK!! Cover, but still no ref! Wait, here comes Aubrey! Aubrey slides in, counts the cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida fires up! Shida puts Ruby in a drop zone, goes up the corner, and she METE- NO! Ruby dodges to then STO! Ruby drags herself up the corner, goes to the very top, and STAGE DIVE SENTONS onto knees! And then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida won’t stop there!
Shida hauls Ruby up but Ruby wrenches to NO FUTURE KICK! But Shida rebounds to KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Shining Samurai takes down The Runaway, but wait! Here comes Saraya! #TitleTuesday is coming, will that be a good Knight for the champ? Or will Shida take this belt back to become a historic THREE-TIME champion?
A great Rampage, especially as the go-home to WrestleDream. I figured the title matches would end with the champions retaining, but we got really good stuff out of Acclaimed VS Hardy Party and Eddie VS Rocky. As for their title defenses on WrestleDream, I don’t see TMDK taking the trios titles as this will be their AEW debuts. And as I’ve said a few times already, Eddie isn’t losing both belts he worked so hard to have so soon. Plus, it feels like there’s some tension between NJPW the company and Shibata, or else Shibata would already be NJPW Strong Openweight Champion and not one of ROH’s champs.
Speaking of Eddie, good promo from him before his match with Rocky, and good interaction with Team Triple J. I wasn’t exactly expecting Jay Lethal to be Eddie’s first actual feud for the ROH World Championship, but I suppose it does make sense as Lethal was a major player in ROH. I hope these guys actually show up on ROH programming, but also, Tony Khan wants this feud to be seen so it’ll end up on AEW programming instead. Y’know, just like all these other ROH title stories outside of the AEW Women’s title.
Good squash from The Righteous, and I’m really curious as to how the tag title match goes on Sunday. There’s a lot of stuff MJF still has to do with Cole, Roddy and The Kingdom, and now this intrigue with Jay White, Bullet Club Gold and the backstage attack at the end of Dynamite. I still feel it should’ve been The Kingdom in the PPV match anyway, but it seems they were going to drag this story out even before Cole hurt his foot. Good promo from Nick Wayne to call out Luchasaurus, but I feel like Luchasaurus ends up winning that match just to make a point of Nick not being able to show up ringside for Darby.
Good promo from Andrade to call out Juice for this week’s Collision, and I’m still wondering if/when La Faccion Ingobernable helps Andrade against Bullet Club Gold. For that matter, why can’t MJF be paying LFI to beat up on White and the BCG? He’s had business dealings with Andrade & Rush before, let’s strike that up again for some continuity. Really good promo from Aussie Open ahead of their tag title match, and from ZSJ to call out Bryan. That 8 Man Tag tomorrow night is going to be good stuff, and perhaps rather telling about where the PPV matches go. The only reason I don’t see Aussie Open winning against FTR is because of that big Fatal 4 Way tag contenders match, but who knows, maybe Aussie Open wins to bring the AEW belts to NJPW events as they take on like Goto & Hashi.
And of course, a great main event from Shida and Ruby. Seems a little silly to set up Ruby as a contender, wouldn’t that just end up in a Finger Poke of Doom situation with Saraya? Which therefore meant Shida was winning. Saraya VS Shida for this Title Tuesday Dynamite is going to be good stuff, but something makes me feel like Ruby is just gonna help Saraya retain. And not to be mean to Shida, but if she’s already a two-time champ, I don’t see her becoming three-time so soon. Why not get Shida in on the TBS Championship story? Britt Baker wants to be the first to have held both titles in AEW, but Shida should want that distinction, too. Then that lets us have Britt VS Shida as we should’ve gotten by now given everything else we’ve been seeing lately.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/29/23)
King VS Emperor to determine a champion!
One way or another, the US title belongs to the LWO!
Rey Mysterio defends his WWE United States Championship against friend and protege, Santos Escobar! But will things stay friendly between them?
- Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson; Jimmy wins.
- Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes; Theory wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar; Rey wins and retains the title.
- Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL; Charlotte wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline is here!
Fans boo as Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman head to the ring. And Jimmy is definitely hyped over how he and Solo took down AJ Styles and John Cena, putting the tag team match at Fastlane into question. Heyman has the mic to introduce himself, but the fans keep on booing. His name isn’t “Boo,” he’s Paul! Heyman! And tonight, a rare opportunity that he doesn’t have to do this into the phone but live to the world here from SmackDown, in the hell hole of Sacramento, California. “We ACKNOWLEDGE our Tribal Chief!” The Bloodline throws up the ones, and Heyman says, “And so do each and every single one of you!”
The fans boo, though some do raise the fingers. Heyman asks us why do they acknowledge Roman… Reigns? Because it is in Roman’s name that last week, the second greatest of all time, John Cena, took a beating at the hands of the Bloodline in a way Cena hasn’t taken in at least a decade. And to wit, Heyman calls our attention to the Bloodline version of the Zapruder Film. Heyman plays footage from just last week, where Cena was the only one who signed the contract to have a match for Fastlane. Cena hoped AJ Styles was going to be his partner, but then the Bloodline struck first and hospitalized AJ Styles.
And back to present, fans are booing but Jimmy’s almost cracking up. Heyman says not to get involved in Cena’s business, but a little birdie told Heyman that there are some transportation issues this evening. And while Cena is expected to make it here, you can’t see him because Cena is NOT here. But y’know who else ain’t here? AJ Styles! And why is that? Because he’s lying in a hospital bed, watching them on SmackDown and- Jimmy holds his hand out for the mic? Heyman says he wasn’t done but Jimmy snatches the mic. “Sacramento! The Bloodline is now in your city!” Heyman sighs while Jimmy raises the one.
Jimmy tells the Wise Man, you are too kind. The real reason Cena isn’t here tonight is because he’s scared! Scared of one JIM USO! Jimmy says if Cena is smart, he’ll stay far, far away. If not, they’ll take care of him like they did the Phenomenal One! The one who built the house, place, face- KARL ANDERSON CLOBBERS SOLO! Then he TACKLES Jimmy! Jimmy gets up but Karl clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up for Karl as he represents for The OC! Karl says he told Styles not to get in Bloodline business and now Styles is in the hospital. So now, this is OC business! Any one of them, get in the ring with him!
Fans fire up but Heyman has Solo stand down. Heyman whispers things to The Enforcer, and then Solo tells Jimmy to handle this or he’ll do it for him. Jimmy says he’s got this. Solo doesn’t return the high-five, but will Jimmy return fire on the Machine Gun?
Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson!
SmackDown returns and the match is going as Karl bumps Jimmy off buckles! Then CHOPS! And fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Karl lets off but then stomps a mudhole! Karl lets off to tell Heyman & Solo they made this personal. Karl stands Jimmy up but Jimmy swings. Karl dodges to JUMP KICK! Karl says he told Styles not to get involved but too late now. Karl whips, Jimmy BOOTS back! Jimmy runs, but Karl gives him a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Heyman is worried but Solo is stoic as Jimmy survives. Karl storms up on Jimmy, UPPERCUTS him to the corner, then UPPERCUTS again!
Karl brings Jimmy up to the top rope, ROCKS him with rights, then climbs. Solo steps forward and that distracts Karl, as well as the ref. Jimmy CLAWS Karl’s eyes! The ref misses it but fans boo as Jimmy rains down fists on Karl. Jimmy snarls, goes to a corner, and he SUPERKICKS Karl down! Jimmy goes to the corner, climbs up, and scowls at the booing fans before the USO SPLASH! Cover, Jimmy wins!
Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall
Heyman is relieved and he whispers something more to Solo. Jimmy may be getting himself into trouble, but he’s also getting himself out, will this get Jimmy back in the Bloodline?
Wait, Karl isn’t done! He gets up to throw more hands with Jimmy! Solo storms in to hit the SAMOAN SPIKE! Solo roars as Karl is down, no back-up even possible with both Styles and Gallows hurt. Is the OC no longer a problem for The Bloodline? Wait, Michin is here! She SLAPS Jimmy right down! Fans are thunderous as she storms to the ring. Jimmy asks what the heck! Mia Yim packs a punch, will that knock some sense into Jimmy?
Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.
Cathy Kelley is with The Emperor of Lucha, and says that he faces his mentor and LWO teammate, Rey Mysterio. Where is his mind at tonight? Santos says his mind is focused, but his stomach has butterflies. But this match is about heart. And Santos has already said this is a dream match for him, and he has been working his entire life for it. Now, with the whole world watching, he has a chance to make the dream come true. He never gives up on his dreams, and he will fight for them, so Rey is in for the fight of his life. May the best man win. Will it be Emperor or King of Lucha that reigns as the United States Champion?
The Bloodline regroups backstage.
Jimmy is fuming and he yells at a production staff member just for looking at him. He asks another if they saw what happened, then just shoves the guy down! Jimmy storms off, Solo follows and Heyman has the staff relax. Then he puts in a call to Roman Reigns. What will The Tribal Chief have to say about Jimmy’s attitude?
It’s an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The Aussie Icon, the Moment Maker, the Dynamite From Down Under is already in the ring on his set, and he says what a wild night already. Cena may be the greatest of all time, but he ain’t the greatest at being on time! Hah! But don’t worry, because Waller is here to save the show. Fans boo but Waller thanks them. Waller’s guests just keep getting bigger, and this is literal given the physical specimen. He has done everything in the WWE as a performer, but not as a talent scout. But that’s alright, he gets what he’s always been missing: the Waller rub! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the All Mighty Bobby Lashley!
Fans cheer as Lashley makes his way out and Waller does some push-ups so he looks at least a little bigger standing next to him. They shake hands and then sit at the desk. Waller says he wasn’t lying when the guests keep getting bigger, right? How does he fit into the suit? But Waller appreciates Lashley being on the show, especially after the week he’s had. His boys, the Street Profits had a devastating loss last week. Lashley says he made a mistake. He was looking for the next big thing, he thought the Profits had what it takes to do whatever they want, but seems not. Back to the drawing board, huh?
Wow, that must be hard for the Profits to hear. But yeah, if you’re looking for a tag team, they need to be willing to do whatever it takes. A team with unbridled charisma! A team that is undefeated! Maybe a team like Austin Theory & Grayson Waller! Lashley’s stare makes Waller slow his roll. Lashley knows all about Theory, that’s a pass. Yeah, but Theory’s changed! If you get to know him, he’s a good bloke! And- Wait! Here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins came dressed to match Lashley, and Lashley seems rather upset and confused. The Profits step into the ring, mics in their hands.
Lashley steps to them, and he stops Dawkins before he gets started. No excuses, no reasons. If they want something out of Lashley, they need to prove it. Lashley goes to leave, and then the Profits look to each other. They storm out after Lashley and get up in his face! Lashley says he told them what to do. Now go do it. He keeps on moving, and Waller says how awkward. Hey, light the beam for the 153 million hit man, Austin Theory! Theory makes his entrance, walking past Lashley on the stage, and then continues down the ramp. He smirks at the Profits and goes to the steps, with Waller being the only one cheering.
But will it be A-Town Down as Theory faces Cameron Grimes? Or will SmackDown go TO~ THE~ MOON~?
Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes!
SmackDown returns, Theory is busy looking at NXT’s Dragon Lee watching from the front row, and the bell rings. Theory turns around into a BOOT from Grimes! Grimes fires off KICKS, UPPERCUTS, and then CHOPS! Grimes whips, Theory reverses but Grimes CLOBBERS Theory! Grimes keeps moving and he CLOBBERS Theory again! Atomic drop, then KICK! Then a KICK, run, and SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Theory scrambles, Grimes has the leg, and Grimes drags Theory back. Theory kicks free, Waller coaches Theory up and Theory ELBOWS Grimes! And throat chops!
Theory throws down clubbing hands while fans boo, but Theory shouts at everyone. Theory brings Grimes up, talks trash, but Grimes eggs him on! Grimes fires off fists, body shots, then backs Theory to a corner. Grimes whips, Theory reverses, then Theory runs in. Theory blocks a boot but Grimes ENZIGURIS! Grimes goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Theory hangs tough and Waller relaxes. Grimes aims, and he BUZZ- NO, Theory ducks! So Grimes backflips to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Theory survives but Grimes storms up on him in the corner. Grimes KICKS Theory against ropes!
Grimes runs, then he clotheslines Theory out of the ring! Grimes goes to the apron, and he PENALTY KICKS Theory down! Fans fire up with the Carolina Caveman as he takes it to Mr. ATL. Waller talks trash, though, and Grimes stares him down. Theory POSTS Grimes in the distraction! Waller laughs, Theory drags Grimes up and in, and then Theory slingshots. Somersault SHOTGUN! Grimes staggers into the fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Waller’s a baller with that assist to his boy, and The Now comes out on top! Will these two look to take over SmackDown one win at a time? Theory also talks some trash on Dragon, then pie faces him! So Dragon hits back! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Theory back. Dragon is here as a guest, but Waller says Dragon can’t do nothing anyway. Will this duo hope Boy Wonder stays away from this brand?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Kayla Braxton is with the US Champion and says earlier tonight, Santos said this wasn’t just a dream match, but the fight of their lives. What is Rey’s response? Rey says LWO is familia and will always be that. But he knows how hard Santos has worked to get here. Heck, Rey grew up watching Santos’ father, El Fantasma. So Rey has nothing but love and respect for Santos. But be careful what you wish for. Every time Rey steps in the ring, he expects the best of his opponent and brings the best in return. So Santos, like they say, this IS the fight of their lives! May the best man win. Rey seems to feel the same way as Santos, but will either man still feel good after taking a loss?
The Bloodline is beating up Ashante THEE Adonis?!
B-Fab shouts for Jimmy to stop but Jimmy stops when he says he’s stopping! Refs and producers rush in and Jimmy says okay, his bad, he’s done now. Adonis crawls away, but Solo is there! Jimmy says finish this, Solo! UREANGE through the table!! Hit Row suffers the wrath of The Bloodline, but when and where will it stop?
WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar!
SmackDown returns as Zelina is ringside for both men, and Santos makes his entrance. Santos says hola to Dragon before getting in the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who holds gold for the L W O!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. They go around, Santos waistlocks but Rey works on an escape. Santos holds tight, they sit down, and Rey moves around. Rey fights up, jumps, but Santos holds on during the flying mare! Santos shifts to go for an abdominal stretch but Rey fights it to have a toehold. Fans rally and duel, Santos chinlocks but Rey pulls on the leg. Santos uses that to body scissor, and he rolls Rey to a cover, ONE! Rey is still stuck in the scissors but he moves around. Rey claws at the hold, Santos shifts and has the back mount to then roll Rey again. Rey slips free and the two stand off.
Fans cheer as Rey and Santos reset. Santos trips Rey, blocks the headscissor, but Rey gets up. Santos wrenches, wristlocks, but Rey flips through! Santos whips, Rey reverses but Santos reverses again. Rey is on the apron but he RAMS into Santos! Rey slingshots but Santos stops the rana to GAMANGIRI! Rey falls, Santos PLANCHAS! Down goes Rey at the ramp and Zelina is worried for both men as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Santos has Rey in a modified stretch. Rey endures, Santos shifts his grip, but Rey fights free. Santos has a hammerlock to keep Rey close, and Santos wrangles Rey down. Rey fights up, fans rally, and Rey jumps to hit that flying-mare! Fans fire up as Santos speeds things up and runs Rey over! Things keep moving, Rey dodges but Santos DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rey hangs tough, and Zelina is again torn. She rallies the fans more for the LWO than for either man. Santos waistlocks, Rey switches, but Santos switches back. They go to ropes and Rey bucks the O’Conner.
Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Santos outta the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed, goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Down goes Santos! Fans fire up with Rey and he hears the ring count. Rey drags Santos up, puts him in at 6 of 10, and then climbs the corner. Santos stands, Rey SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, and he CLOBBERS Santos! Both men are down and fans rally up more. But wait, Jimmy and Solo are still wreaking havoc backstage? SAMOAN SPIKE for security! Jimmy says that guy won’t be Cena’s partner, either! Back to the ring, fans rally for “619! 619!” as Rey goes to ropes.
Santos stands, he rushes in to sunset flip, but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Santos is dazed, Rey calls his shot and he drop toeholds Santos onto ropes! Rey dials it up as fans go wild, but Santos SUPERKICKS Rey outta the ring! Santos takes aim, builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL!! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Rey! Santos catches his breath while he stands back up, and then he goes up the barriers? To MOONSAULT Rey on the ramp! Zelina is worried again but Santos puts Rey back in the ring. Rey staggers and goes to the far side but Santos takes aim. “This is Awesome!” as Santos spells it out, “L! W! O!”
Santos goes corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! Rey wobbles, but Santos puts him back in the corner. Santos goes again, DOUBLE KNEES! Santos hoists Rey up top, climbs up after him, but Rey HEADBUTTS! Rey fires forearms and he knocks Santos down! Santos stands up while Rey steadies himself, but Santos GAMANGIRIS first! Santos climbs up again, goes to the very top, and he whistles for the SUPER STEINER! Zelina couldn’t even watch that, worried for both men. Santos goes to the apron, to SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Santos is a bit surprised as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns yet again and Santos has Rey against ropes. Santos CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” as Rey staggers. Santos whips, BOOTS, and then brings Rey around. Santos picks Rey up into a GORY ESPECIAL! Rey endures being bent back, and Santos even pulls on the arms! Fans rally, Rey fights against the hold, and pops free to arm-drag! Fans fire up as REy goes to a corner, and Santos runs in, only to be put on the apron! Santos GAMANGIRIS, Rey staggers, and then Santos fires up! Santos climbs, leaps, but Rey dodges and the crossbody flops! Rey lines up a shot, runs and springboards but then Santos dodges!
Rey and Santos are both down after those belly flops, and fans rally as both men rise up. Santos runs in, scoops Rey and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally as Rey staggers up, but into a tilt-o-whirl torture rack! Santos runs around with Rey, then hits a RACK DROP! Cover, TWO!! Zelina is relieved again but Santos is surprised. Rey tells Santos to bring it on, there needs to be a winner. Santos storms up to CHOP! And whip, but Rey KICKS back! Rey runs to RAN- NO, Santos blocks that! Santos swings Rey up but Rey sunset flips! TWO!! Santos escapes and even Zelina is stunned! Fans fire up again, “This is Awesome!”
Rey runs in, Santos puts him on the apron but Rey ROCKS Santos first! Then Rey goes up a corner, brings Santos up to join him, and then adjusts position to fire off hands! Fans fire up as Rey calls the shot, but Santos drags Rey into a fireman’s carry! Rey fights with elbows, then pops up to SUPER RANA!! Fans are thunderous while Santos sits up in a daze! Rey DROPKICKS Santos onto ropes! Dial it up! 6 1 9 BLOCKED! Santos drags Rey into an Alabama Lift! But Rey holds the ropes for dear life! Rey then RANAS Santos back onto ropes, redials, and 619 HITS!!! Rey hurries up top, says hey to Eddie, and hit a FROG- NO!
Santos avoids the splash, CLUBS Rey, covers, TWO into the ghost pin! TWO!!! Both men escape by nanoseconds but Santos fireman’s carries! PHANTOM- TAKEDOWN! Rey has a spladle! REY WINS!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
And the greatest luchador of all time comes out the champion! Santos is stunned, but Rey offers him a handshake of respect. They are still familiar, aren’t they? WAIT! The Profits attack!! Dawkins & Ford mug Rey & Santos, this must be how they’re proving Lashley wrong! They hit Escobar with a BIG LARIAT! Fans boo but here comes Lashley! The All Mighty says that’s it! That’s what he wanted! But then here comes the rest of the LWO! Lashley CLOBBERS Wilde while Ford & Dawkins mug Cruz! But Dragon Lee wants to get in! Security keeps him back, he’s just here as a guest! So Wilde is fed to the REVELATION!
The fans boo but The All Mighty has his Profits! Will they soon run SmackDown with iron fists?
The LWO regroups.
They’ve all got icepacks in the medical trainer’s room, and Kayla walks in to congratulate Rey on the win. But before the team could celebrate the moment, they got jumped by The Profits. Santos says sorry, excuse him, but the Profits ruined the moment! Rey says they beat the Profits last week, and now Lashley and them act like they run SmackDown! LWO challenges Lashley & The Profits to a match at Fastlane! Let’s see how tough they are when it’s fair and square! What will happen when these factions go to war in Indianapolis?
WWE announces a huge signing!
Former AEW TBS Champion and rising star, JADE CARGILL, is now with WWE! She got 20 MILLION views on a video just for showing up at the Performance Center! Will a storm be coming for the WWE Women’s Division?
John Cena arrives backstage!
He pulls in rather fast and furious, and he storms right into the arena, that tag match contract in his hands! Will Cena find someone Jimmy & Solo haven’t destroyed to sign on the dotted line? Is there even anyone left?
Pretty Deadly has a video message.
“On July 14th, 2023, Elton prince suffered a devastating shoulder injury. Despite all odds, he is on the road to recovery.” It’s another rehab workout montage, but Elton is still in the wheelchair… Elton works on reaching out for hot tags, swinging chairs, ends up rolling downhill during a celebration, and can’t even poke eyes properly. But as he continues to work at it, he has the courage to stand up and tag in Kit! #YESBOY! #EltonStrong.
The Brawling Brutes are watching this.
Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne look at each other, and neither of them can even process this. Dunne feels maybe they should’ve broken Elton’s leg. The idiots. Will Elton & Kit hope they can stay far, far, far away from Northern Grit and the Bruiserweight?
Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL!
The Queen did what she could to help The Empress of Tomorrow hold off the Evil Genius and her cohorts, but all that got them was a win for Iyo Sky and this rivalry rematch with the Role Model! Will Bayley make an example out of her fellow Horsewoman? Or will Charlotte make Bayley bow down?
SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance, Iyo and Dakota right behind her. But then Charlotte has Bayley hold on so she can get a mic. Charlotte has a question for Bayley: What’s happened to you? Bayley is one of the Four Horsewomen, but now she’s just happy carrying Iyo’s bags. Bayley has become a stepping stone while Charlotte is still the measuring stick. And in the end, it doesn’t matter. Bayley is just in Charlotte’s way. She’ll beat Bayley tonight, and then challenge Iyo for the WWE Women’s Championship at Fastlane! Fans fire up for that, and the bell rings. Bayley CLOBBERS Charlotte!
Bayley fires off, all riled up after what Charlotte said. DMG CTRL cheers and high-fives Bayley. Bayley CHOPS Charlotte, bumps her off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! Bayley ROCKS Charlotte, lets off, and brings Charlotte around to whip. But Charlotte reverses to send Bayley into the corner, and she CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” and Charlotte CHOPS again! Charlotte whips, Bayley reverses but Charlotte goes up and out to BOOT Bayley down! Iyo swipes at Charlotte, then Bayley BLASTS Charlotte down! Bayley goes out to the apron, to then FLYING ELBOW Charlotte down! DMG CTRL is fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Charlotte is up top, to CROSSBODY Bayley down! Fans fire up with Charlotte as she storms around. Bayley flounders to ropes, stands up, and Charlotte CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And then CHOPS again! Fans fire up as Charlotte says one more, then CHOPS Bayley again! Charlotte swings, Bayley dodges but Charlotte scoops! FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up again! Charlotte handsprings to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bayley is still in this but Charlotte knows she’s tough. Bayley bails out to the apron, Charlotte storms over, but Bayley HOTSHOTS!
Bayley slides in, waistlocks, but Charlotte bucks the O’Conner, to then trip Bayley! Bayley scrambles, Charlotte steps over to drop a knee on Bayley’s knee! Bayley goes to a corner and Charlotte GAMANGIRIS! Bayley staggers, but she BOOTS back! But then Charlotte BOOTS back! Cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool while the fans rally up. Charlotte steps on Bayley and goes to the corner, then goes up the corner, only for Bayley to YANK her down! Bayley puts Charlotte in the ropes, throw hands, then hits a STOCK DROP! Shoutout to another of the Horsewomen! Bayley then SUNSET BOMBS Charlotte into buckles! Bayley drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO!
Bayley tells fans to shut up, don’t cheer for her! Dakota and Iyo cheer her on, though, and Bayley fires forearms on Charlotte! Bayley mocks the “WOO~!” then CHOPS! Bayley CHOPS Charlotte again and again, runs, but Charlotte SPEARS her down! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
DMG CTRL can’t believe it, but their Role Model lost! The Queen is already wearing yellow ‘n’ block to match Fastlane’s logo, will she take that gold off Iyo? Bayley gets a mic to shout, “Cut the music, you idiots!” Bayley won’t let Charlotte just cut the line! Bayley vowed to end Charlotte, and that’s what DMG CTRL is gonna do! The three surround the ring, but here comes ASUKA! The Empress joins the Queen to run off their common enemies! Asuka gets a mic to shout “OI OI OI OI!” What do you idiots think you’re doing?! She won’t let them do whatever they want! Bayley says okay, they want a Triple Threat for the women’s title?! Then they’ve got it!!
Wait, what? Iyo is confused, but Bayley says this is totally what Asuka said. No, Iyo knows what Asuka said and it wasn’t that! But Bayley says this is so they can teach both Asuka and Charlotte a lesson! Bayley sticks her foot in Iyo’s mouth again, will the Evil Genius have to really work hard on a plan to survive Fastlane?
John Cena heads to the ring!
Sacramento fires up as Cena storms out, saying we’re getting serious tonight! Cena slides into the ring, contract still in hand. Cena also gets a mic, and he tells Sacramento, “I hear ya out there!” Sacramento chants for Cena and so he knows they hear him. And he knows that because last week, he said he was back to compete and that he wanted a match. The Bloodline didn’t take too kindly to that, though. They left Cena knocked out, but they also left him with the contract. This is the contract for a match with them at Fastlane. Yeah, a little lukewarm, because there’s a problem: Cena doesn’t have a partner.
Cena says tonight is very important, because now he has a choice to make. He could rip up the contract and act like this didn’t happen. Fans boo that idea. Or he could stand and fight. The fans like that! So what do you think the man who wears the words “Never Give Up” is gonna make? They cheer the second so he says that’s damn right! He will honor this contract! And if he doesn’t find a partner by Fastlane, then he will fight The Bloodline by himself in a 2v1 Handicap! But speaking of, here comes The Bloodline! Jimmy grins as he has the mic again. “Well, look who finally showed up.”
Cena’s out here talking about Fastlane? Did he not just see what The Bloodline’s been doing all night? They were sending messages! If you team with Cena, you get got by The Bloodline! Fans boo, but Jimmy goes to the apron to tell Cena, “You’re not making it to Fastlane!” But then Cena DECKS Jimmy! Solo stares Cena down, fans fire up, and Solo gets in the ring! Cena throws off the shirt because it is go time! Solo swings, misses, and Cena fireman’s carries, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him! Flashbacks to last week, HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Solo adds a HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Jimmy whips Solo in for another HIP ATTACK!
Fans boo as Cena flops out of the ring. The Bloodline clears off the announce desk! They put Cena on it, and Jimmy raises the one. Jimmy goes up the steps but Solo stops him. Solo wants this one! Jimmy grins and nods and lets Solo climb. But L A KNIGHT is here!! Fans are thunderous as the Mega Star storms down, slides in, and he dodges Jimmy to BLAST Solo! And then he BLASTS Jimmy! Knight stomps a mudhole into Jimmy but Solo stops him! So Knight fires off haymakers! Solo TOSSES Knight, but misses the splash! JUMP NECKBREAKER! Jimmy is up, Knight scoops to POWERSLAM!
Fans fire up, and they spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop for Jimmy! Cena is back and he TOSSES Solo! Knight TOSSES Jimmy! Mega Star and Greatest of All Time look to each other, and Knight picks up the contract! Fans are electric as Knight signs his name! Cena can’t believe it, either! He has a tag partner for Fastlane? YEAH!! Will Cena and Knight show The Bloodline whose game is it? With EVERYBODY saying… L A KNIGHT, YEAH!!
An awesome episode of SmackDown, especially with how fired up the Sacramento crowd was for everything. Great stuff with Bloodline and such, taking logical yet still exciting turns. Karl Anderson going after The Bloodline was good, because as much as Karl didn’t want Styles getting involved, but he also wasn’t going to let The Bloodline get away with this. Though, Karl didn’t really accomplish much as he got cheated in that match. That slap from Mia was great, though. Then Jimmy & Solo going on a rampage backstage was a great way to show how Jimmy is drunk with power all because he thinks Roman will have his back. Roman most certainly won’t now that Jimmy’s actions have brought LA Knight into the story. Great save from Knight, and he will make a great team with Cena.
Great “main event” match from Charlotte VS Bayley, and that black ‘n’ yellow gear is pretty cool stuff from Charlotte. DMG CTRL of course tries to help Bayley but that backfires. And then I actually like that we’re going back to Bayley talking big and putting Iyo on the spot. The Triple Threat title match is going to be great, and is actually some mad genius thinking from Bayley. DMG CTRL can now legally interfere to make sure Iyo wins against Charlotte and Asuka, but I feel like this can also bring in Shotzi or even Bianca to counteract DMG CTRL. Either way, it’ll be some great stuff to really up things in the SmackDown Women’s Division.
Hilarious vignette from Pretty Deadly, and good response from Brawling Brutes. That feud will definitely start up again after Fastlane and give us a SmackDown contender for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships. Really good stuff out of the Grayson Waller Effect with Lashley putting the pressure on the Profits. Almost thought they were gonna jump Theory since Lashley doesn’t like Theory, but I guess that would make this faction Faces since Theory is Heel. It was nice to see Grimes back, though he does lose to Theory. Dragon Lee being here tonight makes me think he is called up to SmackDown after he screws Dominik Mysterio out of the North American title tomorrow night.
And after just an awesome US Championship match, the Profits instead go after the LWO, a logical move given the back and forth between the factions. LWO wants a Six Man Tag, but does that mean it’ll be Santos, Cruz & Wilde? Or is Rey going to take one of the spots? Either way it’ll be a good time but it feels like the All Mighty Profits are going to take that one to build their momentum towards their own title goals. Lashley VS Rey for the US Championship with Santos helping feels like the move. Maybe there’s tension created as Santos costs Rey, or as Rey says Santos can’t be bending rules just to win. It just feels like something’s going to/has to change in the group dynamic.
My Score: 8.9/10
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