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! (12/1/23)
Best Friends are on a Rampage!
Will tonight be Very Nice, Very Evil or whatever?
Greetings humans! Danhausen is back in AEW, and to celebrate, he teams with Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta & Hook in a Very Nice, Very BIG 8 Man Tag!
- 8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta VS Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker & The Dark Order; OrangeHookHausen & Trent win.
- Six Man Tag: The Don Callis Family VS ???; The Don Callis Family wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Anna Jay & The Outcasts VS Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander; Shida, Skye & Statlander win.
- Six Man Tag: Penta El Zero Miedo, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Brian Cage & The Workhorsemen w/ Prince Nana; Penta, Vikingo & Komander win.
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8 Man Tag: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta VS Matthew Menard, Angelo Parker & The Dark Order w/ Jake Hager!
OrangeHausen, HookHausen, OrangeHook, all of the above, and #JustTrent take on Daddy Magic, Cool Hang Ange, Alex Reynolds & Evil Uno in a big, super team-up type deal! But will the Very Nice, Very Evil Best Friends be victorious together? Or will the rogues gallery standing against them earn themselves quite a lot of golden opportunities all at once?
But wait, as Big Hurt Hager gets the VNVEBFs to turn their backs, the rogues attack! Fans boo, the bell rings, and all but Danhausen is tossed out of the ring as he tosses Reynolds instead. Uno CLUBS Danhausen, Cassidy is sent into railing, and Uno puts Danhausen in a corner. Uno CHOPS him, soaks up the heat, and then storms up. Danhausen kicks low, throws hands, but Uno kicks back. Uno whips corner to corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Danhausen runs up to RANA! Uno tumbles, fans fire up and Danhausen catches Reynolds as he runs in, wrench and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up as Danhausen kicks low and tags Hook.
HookHausen double whip Uno, Uno holds ropes and Menard tags in. Menard, Parker and Reynolds all get in, but then so do Trent and Cassidy! The eight men are stare down, and the brawl is back on! The ref reprimands but the Dark Order & X-JAS get the edge. They all have someone in a corner, then they all coordinate to quadruple whip! But the Best Friends all reverse that, X-JAS and Dark Order crash into each other! And then Best Friends set up in the corners… and Hook needs to be coaxed a little bit, for the GROUP- NO, they all get kicked low! Fans boo as X-JAS & Dark Order reel them in, but the Best Friends QUADRUPLE SUPLEX!
Fans fire up because now we get the GROUP HUG! You GOT to give the people what they want! Hook then goes after Parker with body shots, but Menard storms up. Menard hits low, scoops Hook, BACKBREAKER and Parker KNEES Hook down! But Trent JUMP KNEES Parker down! Menard kicks low and POWERBOMBS Trent! Cassidy dodges Menard to tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Uno CHOPS Cassidy down! Danhausen baits Uno in for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Reynolds runs in, spins Danhausen and ROLLING ELBOWS!
Hook is back up, T-BONE for Reynolds! T-BONE for Parker! Uno is up, he kicks low and whips. Hook reverses that to clinch and T-BONE! Extra large serving for Uno there! But wait, here comes Wheeler Yuta! The ROH Pure Champion wants to taunt Hook like he has been for weeks now, and then Menard CLOBBERS Hook in the distraction! Yuta joins commentary while Menard bumps Hook off buckles, and reels him in for a big suplex! Tag to Parker and he stomps Hook down. Parker stomps more, then pushes Hook around. Parker tags Uno, they mug Hook. Uno then bumps Hook off the boots of Menard and Reynolds.
Reynolds tags in, he runs side to side to ELBOW Hook! Uno SPLASHES, short arm LARIATS, and Reynolds covers, TWO! Reynolds stands on Hook’s head, fans boo but the Dark Order and X-JAS soak up the heat. But Hook clinches! Reynolds fights with forearms, then he bumps Hook off buckles. Tag to Menard, he stomps Hook then lets off to distract the ref, Uno and Parker CHOKE Hook while Rampage goes picture in picture!
Menard stomps Hook, drags him up, and ROCKS him with a right. Menard pushes Hook around, soaks up the heat, but turns around into a CHOP! Menard trips Hook, drags him back, and tags Parker in. Parker CLUBS Hook down, then stomps him. Parker taunts the Best Friends, flicks his hair gel at them, then goes back to Hook. Parker CLUBS Hook, tags Uno, and they mug Hook some more. Uno scrapes his laces on Hook’s face then tags Parker back in. Parker stomps Hook, but Hook powers Parker back! They end up on ropes, Parker KNEES Hook back! Parker then BLASTS Cassidy off the corner!
Rampage returns to singe picture as Parker goes after Hook, and Hook gets around to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Parker tags Menard but Hook LARIATS Menard down! The fans fire up as Hook and Menard crawl, hot tags to Trent and Uno! Trent rallies on Uno, then on Reynolds! GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent still has Reynolds but Reynolds fights the nelson. Uno runs in but Trent ducks, the BOOT hits Reynolds! Trent HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES Uno away! Trent runs in at Reynolds but into a BOOT! Reynolds goes up but Trent YANKS him down for a SAIDO! Fans fire up with Trent!
Trent tags Cassidy, and Cassidy storms up to “unleash.” But then he really does fire off BOOT after BOOT on Dark Order! Yuta sighs as this is typical Cassidy. Cassidy dodges the Dark Order’s double lariat to DOUBLE SHOTGUN! Cassidy kips up and the fans fire up! Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but Uno stops the DDT to suplex! Only to get STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Cassidy keeps moving but Uno BOOTS him! Uno hooks Cassidy up, for SOMETHING EVIL! Cover, Trent KNEES it apart! Fans fire up, Reynolds BOOTS Trent! Reynolds runs in to BOOT Cassidy in a corner! Reynolds puts Cassidy up top!
Reynolds ROCKS Cassidy, climbs up, but Trent runs up to get Reynolds! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Cassidy adjusts, and Danhausen tags in! But so does Menard! Menard says do NOT do what he thinks he’s gonna do! But then Danhausen CURSES him! And yes, the PURPLE HAT! Hager is pissed, Parker tries to calm him down, but then Hager runs in! Danhausen dodges, Trent & Cassidy dump Hager out! Menard grabs Danhausen, Parker runs in to get the hat back! But Hook gets Parker in the REDRUM!! Menard lets Danhausen go, but Danhausen rolls him up! BEST FRIENDS WIN!
Winners: Orange Cassidy, Hook, Danhausen & Trent Beretta, by pinfall
Not only is X-JAS furious, but Yuta says this is unbelievable. But will the Decoder have to worry about the much more Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil?
Backstage interview with The Outcasts & Anna Jay.
Renee Paquette is with Saraya, Ruby Soho & The Star of the Show to say they are teaming up for the first time in Six Woman Tag action. Saraya says yes they are, and sorry for cutting Renee off, Renee knows Saraya loves her, but… Isn’t Anna just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? Ruby sighs and Saraya says “Liza Minnelli” is in a time out so shush. Anyway, Saraya thanks Anna for teaming with them, Lord knows they’ve needed some extra help around here. And also, they do have something in common that is giant, greasy, irritating, and needs to be handled. Oh, speaking of, here it comes.
Parker walks in, apologizes for not being here sooner, and then says hi to Ruby. But uh, yeah, the guys are ready to go, they’ll be out there for her, team effort! Um, no, Anna doesn’t want the boys out there. Especially Parker. What? But Saraya says this is why she loves Anna! She’s great. Yeah, she is. Hey, no, stop looking at Ruby. Saraya drags Ruby along, leaving Parker alone. Will the X-JAS still even be the X-JAS anymore with all this drama?
Tony Schiavone is in the ring.
Schiavone says that 28 years ago, in this town, at the Mall of America, two men were in the main event for the very first wrestling match ever on TNT. It was Sting VS Ric Flair. And Schiavone wants to also say that the final match on TNT back then was Sting VS Ric Flair. So it gives Schiavone a sense of pride to welcome one of Minnesota’s favorite sons, as well as STIIIING~! The Icon makes his way out to the ring and fans howl for him. Schiavone then introduces the Nature Boy, the Minnesota native, Ric Flair! Fans “WOO~!” as Flair makes his way out now, and hugs Sting in the ring.
Schiavone has them bring it in. Wednesday night, they announced the location of Sting’s final match at AEW Revolution, March 3rd, 2024. It will be Greensboro, North Carolina, where these two set the standard for a great televised wrestling event. Sting stands at 24-0, the longest undefeated streak standing, and we’re just two weeks away from tickets going on sale. Sting asks to take the mic, and he howls for the fans! The fans howl back and Sting says Minneapolis, lots of great memories here! Not only did he and Ric do the first and last WCW shows on TNT here, but they did the very big, gigantic- Oh, can’t really say that on TV, sorry. Copyright and stuff.
But the massive match at Mall of America, everyone knows about it. Sting’s had great matches here against and with Lex Luger, Bam Bam Bigelow, and lots of other great memories. So good to be back. Thank you for those memories. Thank you, Tony Khan, Tony Schiavone and the Nature Boy! WOO~! Ric takes the mic now, and he says, “Wow. From 1972 ’til today. And believe it or not, I’m still alive. And that’s saying a lot, heh. Because I’ve covered a lot of ground and had a lot of fun. But there are three or four people that are always gonna be special in my life, and you’ll love these names.
“Dusty Rhodes, Ricky The Dragon, and a guy that I think I’ve wrestled at least 15 hundred times over our career, the great–and the word ‘Icon’ does not even enough to begin to say what a man he is. I’m so serious, to be back in my hometown in this moment, and this ride. This is an incredible ride. Think about the history of our business. I’ve been there with him since ’88, and I’m gonna be there with him in the end. And man, that doesn’t happen in real-life, guys. And y’know what? We’ve stayed as respectful and honest with each other as the day we met, and that’s really unusual. You’re the man, brother.”
Fans cheer, and Ric says, “We’re gonna dance all night and dance a little longer. We’re gonna stay up all night and stay a little longer. I cannot tell you where we’ll be at like the old days, but you know we’ll be going AEW strong! WOO~!” Fans echo “WOO~!” with Ric and Schiavone says Ric will be there for Sting at AEW Revolution, tickets on sale soon! The Icon and Nature Boy are riding off into the night, and we have the when and where. Now all we need is, who faces Sting in his final match?
Backstage interview with Hikaru Shida, Kris Statlander & Skye Blue.
Renee is now with the Shining Samurai, the Galaxy’s Greatest and Chicago Skye as she says a lot has changed in the AEW Women’s Division after Full Gear. Shida lost the AEW Women’s World Championship to Toni Storm, and Statlander lost the AEW TBS Championship to Julia Hart, the same match Skye Blue was in. Does tonight feel like a way to get momentum back? Kris says it has been a hard pill to swallow. “You work so hard for something, and you come back from multiple injuries, you come back and change yourself so many times, and you obtain something so precious, and it’s just taken away in a matter of seconds.”
And worse yet, Kris wasn’t the one who got pinned. Oh, okay, blame Skye when Kris had plenty of chances to win the Triple Threat, and didn’t. Shida tells them to stop. She also lost a title, she also feels angry, but not towards them. Not towards her partners. They can take their anger out on their opponents tonight! Kris agrees with that, and so does Skye. Will this trio of stars be able to bring down The Outcasts and Star of the Show?
The Don Callis Family VS JAH-C
So what if they lost the Like A Dragon Street Fight? “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs did damage to Paul “The Giant” Wight like no man has ever done before, and there’s still a lot left in the tank for Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita. Will they only be made stronger from that loss?
The teams sort out, Hobbs starts and Jah throws hands! Hobbs doesn’t even flinch! Jah runs, but Hobbs CLOBBERS him! In runs ??? but Hobbs picks him up to SPINEBUSTER! D runs in but Hobbs SPINEBUSTERS him, too! Fletcher & Konosuke step in, they all get a man up, and in synchronized formation, we get the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM, GRIMSTONE and BASTARD DRIVER!! Cover, The Don Callis Family wins!
Winners: The Don Callis Family, by pinfall
Fans boo but Callis celebrates with his “family.” Then Callis gets a mic to talk. “Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega! The Golden Jets! You put two of the greatest of all time into a tag team and what do you got? You got a team that could be the most dominant of all time. And I know that wins and losses matter here in All Elite Wrestling. But in the Don Callis Family, the only thing that matters is winning! And whether it’s singles, tag, or trios, the Don Callis Family will continue dominating until there’s nowhere for the Golden Jets to hide in AEW!” The ultimatum has been issued, will it only be a matter of time before AEW belongs to the DCF?
Prince Nana & Brian Cage talk with The Workhorsemen.
Nana says it is an unbelievable time for the Mogul Embassy. Cage says it’s always a great time. Nana says the Gates of Agony are in NJPW World Tag League, killing it and bringing home that money. But tonight, Nana needs to hire some help, and that brings in JD Drake & Anthony Henry. Nana has been watching them, he likes their style. That is why tonight, he needs their services. And this could be a huge opportunity for you both to step up to the plate and to prove a point. To impress Swerve Strickland, too. So tonight, Nana’s paid them, get the job done, and we’ll see if they can join the team. But he believes in them!
Nana & Cage head out, will Scrap metal & The Saint of Augusta help The Machine bring down the luchador trio in tonight’s main event?
Six Woman Tag: Anna Jay & The Outcasts VS Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander!
Both sides have said what’s on their mind, but it’s the emotions in their hearts that could make or break these team-ups. Will Saraya be able to keep things together between Anna and Ruby? Or will it be Shida who struggles to keep Skye and Kris on the same page?
The teams sort out and Kris starts against Anna. The fans rally as the two circle, then tie up. Kris waistlocks, SLAMS Anna, then drags her up to tag Shida. The former champs double whip, sweep and ELBOW Anna down. Then they shake hands to DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! Shida covers, TWO! Tag to Skye and she wrenches Anna to a JAWBREAKER! Anna blocks the superkick but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Skye pushes Anna around, but Kris tags herself in. Skye lets that go, to then tag herself back in! But Kris tags back in again! They argue, but then Shida tags herself in to get them both to stop.
But then Anna hot tags Saraya! Saraya gets around Shida, Shida gets around Saraya, but Saraya mule kicks Shida! Saraya runs, but Shida ENZIGURIS first! Shida fires up, the fans are with her, and Shida torture racks! Saraya endures, but Ruby says put her down! So Shida DROPS Saraya! Ruby storms in but Shdia kicks her low, and snap suplexes her onto Saraya! Fans fire up as Shida covers Saraya, TWO! Shida tags Skye in and Skye keeps Saraya from her corner. Skye whips, runs up and SHINING WIZARD on the ropes! But Anna distracts the ref so Saraya can keep Skye stuck, and Ruby ROUNDHOUSES Skye down!
Fans boo but Saraya howls to the moon. Saraya stomps Skye, insults her, and whips her to the corner as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Saraya bumps Skye off buckles, lets off to distract the ref, and Ruby digs her boot in! Anna pulls Skye’s hair to help out, then Saraya storms up to bump Skye off buckles. Tag to Ruby, she stomps away on Skye, but lets off as the ref counts. Saraya tells fans to shut up while Ruby drags Skye around. Skye throws body shots, then JAWBREAKERS! Ruby staggers back, Saraya tags in, and the Outcasts mug Skye! Saraya has Skye in the ropes to throw knee after knee! The ref counts, Saraya lets off, and she pushes Skye back in. Saraya keeps Skye from her corner, taunting Shida and Kris, then she stomps Skye.
Saraya bumps Skye off buckles, tags Anna and Anna CHOKES Skye! The ref counts, Anna lets off, and then Anna CHOKES Skye on ropes! The ref counts again, Anna lets off and distracts the ref so Saraya can SLAP Skye. Anna bumps Skye off buckles, Ruby tags in, and Anna ROCKS Skye. Ruby CHOPS Skye, stalks her to a corner, and stands her up, but Skye avoids the chop to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Skye and Ruby sputter and drop to their knees while Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and hot tag to Kris! She BLASTS Ruby, drags Saraya up and FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Cover, but Anna kicks it apart! Anna drags Saraya back and tags herself in. Anna stands Kris up, wrenches and HOOK KICKS! Then Saraya KNEES Kris down! Cover, TWO! Anna drags Kris up, QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! But Kris powers up to back suplex free! Ruby runs in, STO! Skye SUPERKICKS Ruby! Saraya YAKUZA KICKS Skye! Shida ROCKS Saraya, whips her but Saraya reverses, only for Shida to JUMP KNEE! Anna BOOTS Shida! Kris runs up, but into a COMPLETE SHOT! Anna tags Ruby and they get Kris up.
Anna HOOK KICKS, then Ruby SUPERKICKS but Kris pulls Anna into it! Ruby panics, Kris tags Skye and Electric Chair Lifts Ruby! SLAM and CODE BLUE!! Cover, Skye’s team wins!
Winners: Hikaru Shida, Skye Blue & Kris Statlander, by pinfall
The dysfunction wasn’t enough to bring down Skye and Kris, they made it work and now celebrate together! As for Anna, she is furious with Ruby, and Saraya pulls Ruby along like an angry mother with her daughter. Are the Outcasts going to be on the outs sooner rather than later?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
Firstly, the Continental Classic continues, and the Gold League’s third round has been set: Jon Moxley VS Rush; Jay White VS Jay Lethal; and Swerve Strickland VS Mark Briscoe! Will El Toro Blanco be the one to serve The Maniac that first L in the tournament? Will Lethal and Briscoe finally get on the board?
And after being the one to score the pinfall in tonight’s Six Woman Tag, Skye Blue gets her shot at “Timeless” Toni Storm and the AEW Women’s World Championship! Will Skye finally make it through the Storm to grab the gold on the other side?
Six Man Tag: Penta El Zero Miedo, El Hijo Del Vikingo & Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Brian Cage & The Workhorsemen w/ Prince Nana!
While the AEW World Trios Champions, Billy Gunn & The Acclaimed, are down and out, trios are forming and fighting their way up. Alex Abrahantes’ league of luchadores want their shot, but will they make it through a Rampage? Or will The Mogul Embassy learn that having #CeroMiedo is priceless?
The trios sort out, and Cage starts against Komander. Cage kicks Komander low right at the bell, then whips him to ropes. Komander handsprings, Cage dodges but Komander dodges back, then RAN- NO, Cage blocks that to pop Komander up! But Komander sunset flips! Cage drags Kmoander up to OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Penta tags in, then GAMANGIRIS Cage! Penta goes up to CROSSBODY! And then he dodges to SUPERKICK! Henry tags in, bobs ‘n’ weaves and fires off hands. Henry gets around to make Penta kneel, and he DROPKICKS Penta away! Henry soaks up the jeers, but Penta tags Vikingo!
Viking springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Henry! Fans fire up as Vikingo then whips Henry corner to corner. Henry reverses, but Vikingo reverses back to HEEL KICK! Vikingo forearm smashes int he corner, goes up and fans rally, for the IMPLODER DRAGON-RANA! And then the DREAMCAST KICK! JD tags in and fans rally up. JD says “SUCK IT!” and then dares Vikingo to chop him. Vikingo winds up as fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” CHOP! JD nods, but he wants another. Vikingo CHOPS again, and JD huffs and puffs. JD swings, Vikingo ducks ‘n’ dodges but JD CHOPS Vikingo down after all!
JD then powers Vikingo to ropes to BIEL him across the way! JD taunts Penta, whips Vikingo, but Vikingo ducks ‘n’ dodges again to CORKCCREW RANA! JD flounders out, Cage and Henry run in, but Penta & Komander SUPERKICK them first! Henry bails out, Penta gives Komander a boost, saluting MISSILE DROPKICK! Cage tumbles out, fans rally as the luchadores coordinate, and “CERO! MIEDO!” TRIPLE DIVES!! Some cleaner than others, and JD pops Vikingo back up to CLOBBER him off the ropes! Komander stomps Cage, and puts him in the ring as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Komander hurries in, Penta BOOTS JD to join Komander. But Henry trips Komander! Penta runs up, SUPERKICKS Henry, then makes sure he knows, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta runs but into a SPIN POWERSLAM! Cage drags Komander up for a deadlift SUPERPLEX!! Cage flexes, Henry & JD join in, and then JD stalks Komander. JD drags Komander up, DECKS him, then stalks him to ropes. JD puts Komander in the corner, CHOPS, and then tags Henry. The Workhorsemen mug Komander, Henry throws body shots, then he runs in to forearm smash! JD tags, LARIAT, NECK TWIST and SLINGSHOT SENTON!
Nana likes what he sees as Komander writhes. JD drags Komander up, keeps him from the lucha corner, and he CLUBS Komander back down. JD drags Komander up to scoop and SLAM! JD goes up a corner, to then VADER FLOP as Komander moves! Henry tags in, he drags Komander from the corner, then ducks the enziguri! But Komander rolls free and hot tags Vikingo! Vikingo springboards to CROSSBODY! Vikingo SOBATS Henry, runs but into a cheap shot from Cage! The ref reprimands but Henry throws Vikingo down by his hair! NECK TWIST! And a headscissor squeeze, even!
Henry lets off to then stand Vikingo up, for another NECK TWIST! Tag to Cage and he RAMS Vikingo into a corner! And again! And then he CHOPS! Cage wrenches Vikingo, scoops him, and does bicep curls before he FALL AWAY SLAMS Vikingo! Cage flexes, taunts Cero Miedo, and he drags Vikingo up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Vikingo lands on his feet! Vikingo waistlocks, Cage elbows free then whips Vikingo to ropes. But Vikingo slides under, only to get caught! But Vikingo then PELES! Hot tag to Penta as Rampage returns to single picture! Penta dodges Cage to then SLINGBLADE Cage down! SLINGEBLADE again!
The Workhorsemen attack, double whip, but Penta KICKS JD and SUPERKICKS Henry! Penta runs in to wheelbarrow Cage, victory roll and DOUBLE DDT on the Workhorsemen! Fans fire up and Penta SUPERKICKS Cage! Tag to Komander and he goes up top to MISSILE DROPKICK JD! Penta hauls Henry up, ALLEY-OOP into a MISSILE DROPKICK from Vikingo!! Fans lose their minds over that one, and then Penta sets up so Komander can use him as a step, HANGTIME DROPKICK on JD in a corner! Cage staggers up, Penta has his target, SUPERKICK! Komander springboards, FLYIGN CODE BREAKER! And he holds on for Vikingo to DOUBLE STOMP Cage!
Penta goes up, “CERO! MIEDO!” DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS of his own! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives because he’s a Machine! But Abrahantes rallies the fans for his team. Penta hauls Cage up, reels him in, “CERO! MIEDO!” But Cage wrenches out to JUMP KNEE! Penta falls into the tag with Komander, and Komander springboards, but Cage SWATS him! Cage whips Komander to the corner, tags Henry, and Cage runs up to MONKEY FLIP Komander into JD’s POWERBOMB!! Then JD CATAPULTS Kmoander into Henry’s SUPERKICK! Henry goes up, DIVING DOUBLE STOMP BACKBREAKER of their own! Cover, Vikingo breaks it!!
JD TOSSES Vikingo, Penta SUPERKICKS JD! Cage fireman’s carries Penta for F10! Vikingo returns with a springboard, FLYING TORNADO DDT!! Henry is back, he steps over and reels Vikingo in, PILEDRIVER! But Penta catches Henry now, half nelson, pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! JD is up, Penta kicks but JD blocks it! JD has Penta for the underhooks, the SILENCER! Komander returns, JD ducks his roundhouse but not the HEEL KICK! But Cage waistlocks Komander! Komander fights with elbows, but Henry runs up! Komander ducks, the ENZIGURI hits Cage! Nana is furious, and Cage CLOBBERS Henry!!
Nana says no more, they’re done. JD asks what the hell, but Cage shoves JD. Vikingo DREAMCAST KICKS JD! The Embassy is leaving, they don’t want to hire Workhorsemen anymore? Well Penta says “CERO! MIEDO!” and FEAR FACTOR!! Komander is up top, he tags Vikingo before giving Henry CIELITO LINDO! Komander DIVES onto JD! Vikingo adds on the 630 SENTON!! Cover, the luchadores win!
Winners: Penta El Zero Miedo, Komander & El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The implosion of Nana’s team all over a misunderstanding gives Penta’s team their first victory together! Will Penta, Komander y Vikingo take this momentum to next beat Action Andretti & Top Flight?
A really good Rampage here with a lot of tag team action. There must be something in Cassidy’s contract about opening shows, though, because that 8 Man Tag certainly felt main event worthy. But then it made sense in story that it had to go first so that the X-JAS could be in action before Anna, and Anna would tell Parker to stay in the back during her match because of how Ruby would be involved. Great win for Cassidy’s team, and great win for the Faces in the Women’s Trios match. Rather surprised Skye is getting her shot at Storm so soon. Yes, she interrupted Storm’s acceptance speech moment, and won here, but why not give us a promo segment between them first, then the match on Winter is Coming. But at the same time, debut in Montreal, they want it to be important.
Of course Don Callis Family squashes jobbers, but I like that we got to see Hobbs, Konosuke and Fletcher all in red ring gear. And seeing Don Callis’ Last Supper parody, it makes me think he wants a total of 11 faction members. I say 11 because “Judas” is already accounted for in Jericho. So far, he has five, Callis really is gonna have to recruit tag teams and/or trios if he wants an easier time of filling out the group. Really good main event from Penta’s team going against Cage & Workhorsemen. Of course the Faces win, but also it was clear the Workhorsemen were going to take the loss for the Heels. Kinda wished Cage would beat down the Workhorsemen after the loss, not because of the “misunderstanding” trope, but that’d probably take away from the Faces celebrating.
And given Rampage is prerecorded, turns out that was for the best this week. I’d only just heard today about how… controversial Ric Flair got in his part of the promo segment. Flair also tweeted about it, both apologizing and not apologizing for what he said. This is gonna be a long three months if everyone has to worry about Flair spouting off the stuff he got away with in the 1980s when he was much, MUCH younger. That aside, the entire segment was redundant anyway, we heard them talk on Dynamite, this is the same crowd that heard it all, it’s just a waste of time.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/1/23)
SmackDown hears voices!
The Viper is here for The Bloodline!
He returned at WarGames, he returned to Monday Night Raw, and now, The Apex Predator, Randy Orton, returns to Friday Night SmackDown! Will he be able to strike at The Bloodline tonight?
- Pete Dunne VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Street Profits; Lashley wins.
- Santos Escobar VS Joaquin Wilde; Santos wins.
- Kevin Owens VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory; Kevin wins.
- Bianca Belair w/ Charlotte Flair & Shotzi Blackheart VS Kairi Sane w/ DMG CTRL; Bianca wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bianca Belair is here!
Brooklyn cheers The EST as she skips to the ring, her team victorious against Damage Control in WarGames! After a recap package, fans chant for Bianca and she gets the mic to say, “Man, it is so cool to be in one of the best boroughs in one of the greatEST cities in the world, Brooklyn!” The fans cheer that! Bianca says DMG CTRL really tried to take them out, but her team did what needed to be done. So shout out to Becky Lynch for coming through, showing up and showing out. Shout out to Shotzi for her guts and passion. And shoutout to Charlotte Flair for being a bigger person and making that call to Becky.
“Now while it feels great to be standing in this ring and celebrating that W from WarGames, my war with DMG CTRL, it ain’t over~! Cuz Iyo Sky, I’m still coming for you, cuz I want my title back!” Fans also cheer that. But speaking of Iyo, here she comes! The Evil Genius leads DMG CTRL out, though where’s Bayley? That aside, Dakota Kai is the one to tell Bianca, “It’s really great how uh, you can get all of these people to cheer for you.” The fans boo her but Dakota tells them to shut up! Dakota says just earlier, Iyo was saying how gross it is here in Brooklyn! It smells! Who would want to live here?!
DMG CTRL slide into the ring, and Dakota says Iyo was also saying that Bianca is in way over her head, dude. Iyo already beat Bianca twice. So… if Bianca wants to get yet another shot, she’ll have to go through all of DMG CTRL. Well that ain’t nothing new. So who wants it first, huh? But wait! Here come Charlotte & Shotzi to back Bianca up! Fans cheer as Charlotte says “Ladies~…! Bianca isn’t the only one coming for you. And I’d love to go through all of DMG CTRL.” Shotzi says it seems to her that there’s enough DMG CTRL to go around. They rush in, and the brawl is on! Fans fire up but Iyo TOSSES Bianca and helps Asuka against Charlotte!
Shotzi and Kairi brawl in a corner, Bianca returns, Charlotte BOOTS Asuka way while Bianca RAMS Iyo into a corner! Bianca stomps Iyo down, Charlotte helps Shotzi with Kairi, and Charlotte sets Kairi up for Shotzi’s BOOT! Iyo ends up isolated, and Bianca hits a SPINEBUSTER! Iyo scrambles out, DMG CTRL regroups, are their days on top numbered?
DMG CTRL regroups backstage.
And Bayley is confused as to what’s going on. Iyo angrily asks where Bayley was but Bayley says no one told her they were going out there! Maybe if she knew, things would’ve been different! The joshi talk in Japanese, Dakota cools it off. What matters is that Kairi is facing Bianca tonight. No one knows Bianca better than Bayley so Kairi would appreciate the help. Kairi says yes, they’re “tomodachi <friends>,” that’d be appreciated. Bayley says okay, but are they really Bayley’s friends?
Pete Dunne VS Bobby Lashley w/ The Street Profits!
With Sheamus recovering from injury and Ridge Holland just ditching him last week, The Bruiserweight is all alone against The All Mighty! Will Dunne stand a chance against the overwhelming strength of Bobby Lashley?
SmackDown returns and Lashley makes his entrance, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins by his side. But before the bell, Lashley gets a mic to say “Hey, listen, kid. When I told you to make a name for yourself…” The fans chant “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says that’s a name. Does Dunne know what Lashley can do to him? Lashley will break Dunne into pieces! Is Dunne ready for that? Dunne SLAPS Lashley! Fans fire up, Lashley grins, and the bell rings. Dunne then BOOTS Lashley! And BOOTS! And fires off furious fists! Lashley carries Dunne to then TOSS him! Dunne flounders but also snarls. Dunne swipes at the Profits, but Lashley run sin to CLOBBER him!
Lashley whips Dunne hard into buckles, then storms around. The Profits high-five Lashley and Brooklyn is behind him as he stands Dunne up for haymakers! Lashley smothers Dunne in the corner, lets off to whip corner to corner, then storms up on Dunne. Lashley digs hands into Dunne’s face, the ref counts and Lashley lets off. Lashley runs in but Dunne BOOTS again! Dunne runs up to DROPKICK Lashley out of the ring! Fans are torn as Dunne goes out to FLYING KNEE! Lashley staggers back, Dunne sets up to MOONSAULT! Down goes Lashley and Dunne hurries back up! Dunne ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Down goes Lashley and fans fire up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Lashley clotheslines Dunne in a corner! Lashley then brings Dunne around to snap suplex! Dunne writhes, Lashley paces around him and the fans cheer. Lashley drags Dunne up, suplexes again, and this time he holds Dunne up! Dunne throws knees, gets free, and he runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Lashley hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again and Lashley drags Dunne up. Lashley TOSSES Dunne out, storms out after him, and then drags Dunne up again. Fans cheer as Lashley fireman’s carries Dunne, to then POST Dunne! The Profits say this is an extended Black Friday!
Lashley puts Dunne in, Dunne crawls away but Lashley aims. Lashley runs in, but Dunne sends the Spear into the POST! Lashley staggers back, the Profits coach him up, but Dunne GAMANGIRIS! Dunne runs up to ENZIGURI! Lashley ends up in a corner, Dunne GAMANGIRIS again! And again! Dunne KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, then pushes Lashley out so he can go up. Dunne DOUBLE STOMPS an arm! Dunne bends the fingers, isolates the arm, and STOMPS the arm! Lashley grits his teeth but Dunne reels him in. ASAI DDT! Cover, TWO! Lashley is tougher than that but Dunne keep son him with HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!
But Lashley fights up! Fireman’s carry, then an adjustment, for the OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Lashley is annoyed. Ford says yeah, Dunne’s got heart, but that’s about it. Lashley hauls Dunne up but Dunne SLAPS him! Lashley LARIATS Dunne inside out! Lashley then drags Dunne up, MILE HIGH- ENZIGURI! Dunne gets up, Lashley SPEARS him back down!! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
The Bruiserweight put up a fight, but Lashley is still Lashley. Will The All Mighty soon head for a title as we head for the New Year?
Paul Heyman walks into Nick Aldis’ office.
The Wise Man seems rather indignant looking at the SmackDown General Manager. Heyman then dusts off the New York Jets NFL Legacy belt before speaking. “Did you invite Randy Orton to SmackDown tonight?” Aldis says yes, he did. And Aldis intends to sign Randy to a SmackDown exclusive superstar contract tonight. Heyman looks around and asks if the Tribal Chief knows about this. Aldis says Heyman has forgotten that there are countless memos: All communication to Roman Reigns must go through Paul Heyman. So consider this a communication to Roman: Aldis WILL sign Randy to SmackDown.
And if Aldis has to offer up the entire Bloodline as leverage, so be it. So the question to Heyman is… “What’re you gonna do about it?” Heyman says, “Anything it takes.” Heyman gets on his phone to call Roman Reigns. But is there nothing that can stop The Viper from finally being within striking distance of The Tribal Chief?
Backstage interview with Pete Dunne.
Kayla Braxton says he lost to Lashley, but she wants to talk about last week. Why did Ridge walk out on him? Dunne says he doesn’t know. And he doesn’t care. Because right now isn’t about the Brutes, it’s about Dunne! He is going to focus on himself. He is here to fight, and he will fight anyone! But in walk Pretty Deadly. They say this is so tough. But don’t be sad, use this as a learning opportunity. Sometimes, being abandoned can help you find your own path. Even if that path, like Dunne’s career, hits a dead end. Dunne HITS them! Dunne fires off but that’s 2v1 and Pretty Deadly turns it around! They TOSS Dunne into a road case!
How’s that, Butch?! HUH!? You’re alone! ALONE! And always will be! Elton Prince & Kit Wilson have numbers on their side, but will Dunne still get revenge?
Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.
Cathy Kelley says given his recent history with the LWO, what can we expect in his match with Joaquin Wilde here? Santos says he’s only trying to finish what Rey started. Rey turned his back on the LWO when he chose Carlito over Santos. And now Santos’ own brothers in arms are blinded by their hero, not seeing that Rey will do the same to them. Cruz is still recovering from the last time he tried standing up to Santos. And if Wilde can’t see the truth, Santos will put him on the shelf, too. The Emperor of Lucha is becoming a tyrant, but will he be unstoppable in destroying what he helped create?
Santos Escobar VS Joaquin Wilde!
SmackDown returns and Wilde makes his entrance. The bell rings and Wilde DROPKICKS Santos! And DROPKICKS again! Then kips up and ROCKS Santos with haymakers! Fans fire up, Wilde whips and ELBOWS Santos down! Then drops an elbow! Santos bails out but Wilde PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up again and Wilde CLUBS Santos. Wilde puts Santos in the ring, then aims again, but Santos bails out! Fans boo but Wilde just goes to the corner! Springboard CANNONBALL! Direct hit and the fans fire up all over again! Wilde snarls and he puts Santos back in. Cover, TWO! Wilde keeps on Santos with a shove.
Wilde then goes up a corner, but Santos sweeps the legs! Wilde tumbles down, Santos stomps away and RAMS Wilde into a corner. Santos puts Wilde in the Tree of Woe, goes to the far side and runs in, DROPKICK! Wilde falls out of the Tree, Santos snapmares to cover, TWO! Santos is annoyed but he CLUBS away on Wilde’s chest! Santos rips up the LWO shirt! Fans boo but Santos throws the shirt away. Santos drags Wilde up, CLUBS him, then clamps onto an arm with a cording hold. Wilde endures, Santos talks trash that HE is the LWO, but the fans rally up. Wilde fights up to his feet, throws knees, but Santos whips Wilde away.
Santos storms up, Wilde ELBOWS him, then bumps Santos off buckles. Wilde fires haymakers again, then whips. Santos reverses but Wilde ducks ‘n ‘dodges to dropkick a leg out! Fans rally up behind Wilde and he runs up to KNEE Santos down! Wilde roars and fans are with him! Wilde runs back in, SOMERSAULT SATELLITE DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Santos survives and Wilde grows frustrated. Wilde hurries back to a corner to aim again. Wilde runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Santos says this is what happens when you cross him! Fireman’s carry, and “This is for YOU, Rey!” PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, Santos wins!
Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall
But Santos isn’t done sending his message! He beats down Wilde with fists, the ref tells him to stop, but Santos refuses! So here comes Dragon Lee! The Boy Wonder may have lost at Survivor Series but he won’t let Santos just do what he wants! Santos bails out, he did what he wanted. Wait, he slithers back in! But Dragon is ready and fires haymakers on him! Dragon whips, Santos reverses but Dragon RANAS! Santos ends up in a corner, Dragon JUMP KICKS, leg sweeps, and SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Dragon hits, and fans fire up! Dragon aims again, BULL’S HORNS!! Santos flounders away, is his fight with Dragon far from over?
Nick Aldis greets Logan Paul backstage.
The Maverick is her with his United States Championship, ready to make his first appearance on SmackDown. What will the ImPAULsive Influencer have to say about being United States Champion? We find out, after the break.
Adam Pearce visits Nick Aldis in his office.
And the Raw GM asks the SmackDown GM to tell him the rumor isn’t true. Is Aldis trying to get a Raw Legend out from under Pearce’s nose? Aldis tells Pearce that Randy is a free agent now. But yes, Aldis does intend to sign Orton right here tonight in that ring. Is that so? Yeah, Pearce had his chance on Monday. Don’t worry about what happened on Monday. If Aldis is going to the ring with a contract, Pearce will join him. Pearce also has a contract folder! Nice office, by the way. Pearce heads out, who wins the signature of the Legend Killer?
Logan Paul heads to the ring!
Brooklyn is a little torn on seeing the Maverick in person, though probably because he needed brass knuckles to load his already titanium reinforced hand to beat Rey Mysterio. But Logan gets the mic to say, “To every friend who stabbed me in the back, to every hater who preyed on my downfall, I’ve got a question: WHERE ARE YOU NOW?!” He doesn’t understand. Don’t they get it by n ow? The more they hope he fails, the harder he works. And the harder he works, the more he wins. And the more he wins, the more he gets to stand up here and bark back!
And to all the jealous superstars backstage mad at him because they’ve been doing this their whole life while he’s the fastest rising superstar in history, you want the US Championship? Of course you do! It has been on his junk, just like y’all have since he got here! But a champ is only as good as his challengers, and since Rey is hurt, Logan can’t give him the rematch he was so excited for. So good news! Logan spoke with Aldis, and they have created a tournament to determine his next challenger. It starts next week, featuring eight superstars!
Santos Escobar, Dragon Lee, Karrion Kross, an NXT superstar to still be determined, Bobby Lashley, Grayson Waller, Austin Theory, and of course Kevin Owens. And Logan guarantees whoever wins this will have a nightmare trying to take this title from him. But wait, speaking of! Here comes Kevin Owens! Brooklyn fires up for The Prizefighter as he heads right for the ring. Kevin gets himself a mic and he says if Logan wants to talk about a nightmare, this, Logan Paul in the ring, is a nightmare. The first time Kevin ever saw Logan was 10 years ago on that app, Vine. And back then, it only took Kevin those six seconds to realize Logan is an unbearable jackass.
Fans cheer in agreement, and Kevin says if we’re talking about “junk,” the only junk is that crap drink Logan peddles. And now, guess what? Kevin is here to tell us that if he’s in the tournament, the nightmare will end. Logan’s days as champion will be numbered. That’s funny. Kevin calls himself a prizefighter, but Logan’s been in the ring with the greatest boxers in the world. If these two were to fight, six seconds is five more than Logan needs to KO KO. Kevin will never take this away from Logan: he’s very clever. But the thing is, that’s another world. This ring, the WWE Universe, it’s Kevin’s world, understand?
Logan says we’ll see about that. But then here comes Grayson Waller & Austin Theory! Logan smiles because it’s like looking in a mirror as these two walk down here. And Waller tells Logan he is better than this. He doesn’t need to talk with Kevin, Kevin is a troll looking for attention. He isn’t a forward thinking disruptor like the three of them. They have a lot in common, really. A-Town Down Under get in the ring, and Kevin says he loves punching people in the face. Look who he is in the ring with: Logan Paul is a man who knocks people out. So after Logan is done knocking Kevin out, maybe Kevin’s days of punching people- KEVIN DECKS THEORY!
Fans fire up as Theory tumbles out, and Waller goes to check on his buddy. Logan and Kevin drop their mics, stare down, and fans fire up as Kevin dares Logan to make the first move. Logan says worry about Waller first. Will Kevin give us a preview of the US Championship Contender’s Tournament? We find out after the break!
Kevin Owens VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!
SmackDown returns and Logan is sticking around to be on commentary for this one. Logan says he is like a proud father watching his sons on the playground. The bell rings, Waller bails out and regroups with Theory. Kevin goes out to ROCK Waller! And CHOP him! And then SMACK Waller off the desk! The ring count climbs, Kevin throws hands and he puts Waller in the ring. The ref makes sure Theory stays back, but then Waller stomps away on Kevin. Waller talks trash, UPPERCUTS Kevin, but Kevin CHOPS back! Waller kicks low, CLUBS Kevin on the neck, then cravats him into the ropes! The ref counts, Waller lets off.
Waller whips, Kevin reverses and CLOBBERS Waller! Then SENTONS! Fans rally, Kevin runs in at the corner and he clotheslines! Kevin then goes corner to corner, but Waller gets up to BOOT him! Waller LEG LARIATS! Waller rains down fists, then talks trash. Logan isn’t sure how well Kevin is built for this. Waller throws hands again, Logan denies knowing anything about brass knuckles, and Waller goes along the ropes. BALLER ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kevin SLAPS Waller! And SLAPS him again! Waller BOOTS Kevin down! Waller snarls, drags Kevin up, but Kevin fights the suplex! The fans rally, Kevin suplexes Waller up and over!
Kevin glares at Logan, then CHOPS Waller! And CHOPS again! Kevin fakes the chop to then poke Waller in the eye! Kevin goes corner to corner, but then Waller bails out! No cannonball here and fans boo. Kevin goes out after Waller but Waller ROCKS him first! And SMACKS Kevin off the desk! Logan holds onto his Prime to make sure it doesn’t spill. Waller gets in the ring, builds speed and slides, but Kevin avoids the lariat to DECK Waller! Kevin gets on the apron, to FROG SPLASH to the floor! Fans fire up with Kevin while the ring count climbs. Kevin goes out after Waller again, but Waller RAMS him into steel steps!
Waller gets in to distract the ref, Theory STOMPS Kevin’s hand on the steps! Theory signals that to Waller and Waller stomps that arm! Waller slides out to then SLAM the arm into the post! Fans boo as A-Town Down Under high-five, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Kevin hits a FROG SPLASH in the ring! Fans fire up again while both men are down. Kevin shakes the bad hand out while Waller goes to the corner. Kevin storms up but Waller hits the bad hand! Then ARMBAR DDT! Waller hammerlocks that arm, then hits a ROLLING SNAP on the arm! Waller traps that arm in a double wristlock but Kevin endures. The fans rally, Kevin fights up, and he throws body shots with the good hand. Fans cheer, Kevin throws Waller out, but Waller grabs at Kevin’s bad hand. HOTSHOT on that arm! SOMERSAULT STUN- NO, atomic drop first! And then a DDT!
Fans fire up as Kevin evens things out. Kevin goes to ropes, drags himself up, but Waller runs up. Kevin blocks to HEADBUTT, CHOP and CHOP! Then a forearm! But that’s the bad arm! Waller runs in, Kevin dodges and SUPERKICKS! Waller is in the corner, Kevin runs in to CANNONBALL! Kevin goes up the corner again, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Waller survives and Theory rubs it in that it was just a two. Kevin keeps his focus, kicks low, but Waller grabs the bad arm to stop the stunner! Waller STOMPS the fingers! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Kevin endures, fights around, but Waller twists the wrist!
Kevin keeps fighting, reaches out, and ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Waller lets go at 4. Waller has Kevin in the corner, puts the bad hand inside a buckle pad, and then runs up to PUNT only buckle! Kevin rolls Waller up, KEVIN WINS!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Logan can’t even! Kevinn pulled off a minor miracle, can he do that all over again in the opening round of this coming tournament?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
CM Punk will show up on Friday Night SmackDown in Providence, Rhode Island! What more will the returning Best in the World have to say about “coming home” to the WWE?
Bianca Belair w/ Charlotte Flair & Shotzi Blackheart VS Kairi Sane w/ DMG CTRL!
The Evil Genius said The EST will have to not just earn her rematch for the title, she’ll have to get through everyone in DMG CTRL first! Bianca said bet, but will she be able to sink the Pirate Princess? Or will Bayley’s tips help Kairi end the series before it begins?
SmackDown returns and DMG CTRL has a pep talk backstage. Dakota asks if Bayley is okay. Yeah, yeah, she’s good. Go, Kairi. Dakota says Bayley doesn’t seem like herself, and then Iyo says Bayley will stay backstage tonight. Bayley ends up the odd one out as the others make their entrance, what is that about? But that aside, the bell rings and the fans rally up for Bianca. Bianca and Kairi circle, approach, but Kairi dodges. They tie up, Bianca puts Kairi in a corner but Kairi dodges to KICK a leg! Kairi goes to roll up but Bianca stays up! Then Bianca handsprings free, and she runs Kairi over! Bianca dusts off her hands, then keeps moving.
Kairi drops, Bianca handsprings over her, and then runs her over again! Bianca wags her fingers, then drags Kairi up. Kairi throws body shots, but Bianca blocks the whip! Bianca reverses, Kairi uses ropes to go up and RANA, but Bianca handsprings through to DROPKICK! Fans fire up while Bianca eggs Kairi on. Bianca stands Kairi up, scoops her, but Kairi fights free! Kairi grabs the braid, but Bianca uses that to reel Kairi in and DECK her! Bianca runs, but Asuka trips her up while the ref is checking Kairi! Kairi fires off on Bianca while fans boo, and Kairi SLAPS Bianca! DMG CTRL taunts Bianca, Kairi runs, but Charlotte trips her!
Btu the ref SAW Charlotte do it! So the ref EJECTS Charlotte and Shotzi! Fans boo but then Asuka is caught slithering in! So the ref EJECTS DMG CTRL! Now all things are equal and that doesn’t sit well with DMG CTRL! Asuka protests but Bianca DROPKICKS her down! Kairi goes after Bianca, shoves her to a corner, but Bianca shoves Kairi! The EST and Pirate Princess stare down as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Kairi has Bianca down with the ANCHOR HOLD! Bianca endures as Kairi bridges back, but then Bianca powers Kairi away! Bianca runs in, but gets POST! Kairi AX KICKS Bianca down, covers, TWO! Kairi stays on Bianca with a chinlock, then gets the arms for a straitjacket stretch. Bianca endures, fans rally up, and Bianca fights to her feet. Kairi ends up a backpack , but Bianca powers up to arm-drag Kairi away! Bianca eggs Kairi on, then scoops her to SLAM her! Fans fire up as Bianca scoops and SLAMS again! Bianca huffs and puffs and whips Kairi to a corner! Bianca storms up to then climb up, and she rains down fists!
The fans cheer and count along, Bianca goes all the way to TEN! Then she backflips away, Kairi runs in into a SPINEBUSTER! Bianca runs, handspring MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Kairi escapes and Bianca can’t believe it. But Bianca then drags Kairi up to a fireman’s carry. Kairi fights free, waistlocks, and they go to ropes. Bianca bucks the O’Conner, scoops Kairi again, and SLAMS her! Cover, TWO! Bianca stands Kairi up but Kairi URAKENS! Bianca goes to the corner, Kairi screams and marches to the far side. Fans boo as she runs back in, SLIDING D! Kairi pushes Bianca out, goes to the top, FLYING KABUKI ELBOW! Cover, TWO!
Bianca is reminding us she’s the toughEST and that makes Kairi mad. Kairi storms up to URA- NO, Bianca blocks and chicken wings! But Kairi victory rolls to send Bianca right out! Kairi then goes to the apron, runs in, but Bianca avoids the elbow to chicken wing! GlamEST Slam on the barriers! Fans fire up as Bianca puts Kairi in, but wait! Bayley sneaks out here! She grabs the braid and YANKS Bianca down! The ref notices Bayley now and is confused, but he did eject the others, not her. Kairi and Bayley high five and then Kairi climbs. Kairi prepares that elbow, but Bianca ROCKS her first!
Bianca drags Kairi off the corner into the torture rack! Bayley freaks out for the KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
Bayley has no words as her help had no effect! Bianca can check Kairi off the list and she continues on, who will she look to take down next?
BREAKING NEWS for the United States Championship Contender’s Tournament!
Our first two opening round matches are set! Dragon Lee and Santos Escobar get to run it back from Survivor Series while Bobby Lashley and Karrion Kross clash for the first time in the WWE! The special Tribute to the Troops edition of SmackDown is the perfect place to start this tournament, but who will move on to the second round?
Nick Aldis and Adam Pearce are both in the ring.
The General Managers are both here, and Aldis says “Ladies and gentlemen, as your General Manager, it is my distinct honor and privilege to welcome back to SmackDown, the Viper, Randy…! Orton…!” The fans fire up as Randy indeed makes his way to the ring, and he looks just as happy to be back! Orton joins Aldis and Pearce in the ring, strikes his pose on the corner, then revels in the fans chanting his name. Randy gets so fired up, he throws his vest off! Pearce says this is electric, but Aldis says, “How dare you interrupt me on MY show!” Pearce says Aldis better calm down. Randy is a Raw legend, that is where he belongs.
But Aldis can give Randy the one thing he wants, right here on SmackDown. Pearce knows what Aldis is getting at, and counter offers with a World Heavyweight Championship opportunity. Randy is rather taken aback, but Aldis says he can give Randy the guys who took him out. But “Ladies and gentlemen, things that live in Brooklyn,” here comes Paul Heyman. And he serves as the Wise Man to Your REIGNING! DEFENDING! UNDISPUTED! WWE UNIVERSAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION…! Roman… Reigns. And look who’s back. “After 18 months on the shelf, thanks to Roman Reigns and The Bloodline, Randy Orton comes home looking for revenge.”
But there will be no RKOs this evening, and there will be no decision made by Randy Orton, because The Bloodline is going to make his decision for him. Fans boo but then here comes Solo Sikoa! Jimmy Uso is also with the Enforcer, and the GMs get outta there. Jimmy slides in but Randy stomps away! Solo run sin but Randy fires off hands! Randy fights them both 2v1 but that gets the better of him! But here comes L A KNIGHT! Fans go wild again as the Mega Star runs in and kicks Jimmy! Then he fires off on Solo! Fans chant “YEAH! YEAH!” with every shot! Knight dumps Solo out but Solo drags him out! So Knight fires hands then throws Solo into barriers!
Knight and Solo head up the ramp, but Orton gets Jimmy! He puts Jimmy in the ropes, to DRAPING DDT! And despite what Heyman said, fans want to see it! Orton grins and he hears those voices! Jimmy gets up, for an R K O!!! Heyman is furious, but Orton has the GMs hand over the contracts. Orton looks them both over, Heyman says to stay safe by going with Raw. But Orton looks at Jimmy, who is still out cold. So yeah, Orton signs with SmackDown! Then Orton gets on the mic to say, “Hey, Paul… You can call Roman Reigns. And you can tell him… Daddy’s back.” The fans fire up for that! Aldis raises Randy’s hand in celebration, only to get an RKO!!
The fans are even more fired up as Randy is going to do whatever he wants to whoever he wants! Will the Apex Predator soon make himself the Head of the Table?
A great SmackDown here to follow up Survivor Series while turning the corner. A brilliant story beat for how to get Orton on SmackDown so he can go after The Bloodline, and great move to have LA Knight help out. With Kevin now shifting his attention to Logan Paul and the US Championship, Knight and Orton are going to be a good duo going after the Bloodline together, probably have a tag match with Jimmy & Solo, and maybe a few singles matches, before Randy takes on Roman at the Royal Rumble. I don’t expect Randy to win the Universal Championship because it just doesn’t seem like Roman’s losing before Mania, maybe not even at Mania, but this is going to be good stuff for Randy in his return.
And speaking of the US Championship Contender’s Tournament, awesome field right there, because for one, Karrion Kross gets to do stuff again. And second, it has the classic “settling feuds here” matches you see in WWE tournaments. And also, it gives an NXT superstar an opportunity, possibly even a call-up, so can’t wait to see who HHHBK agree should jump in here. Really good promos from Logan, Kevin and A-Town Down Under to help set this in motion, and Kevin VS Waller was great stuff as a preview. Kevin snatching the win feels like an indicator that he’ll make it to the end, maybe even win the whole thing, only to sadly lose to Logan in the title match.
Lashley being in the field is great, too, he had an awesome opening match with Dunne. Dunne is having to find himself again as his current trio falls apart and then gets beat down by Pretty Deadly. I hope there’s a two birds, one Big Strong Boi opportunity taken here: put Tyler Bate in the contender’s tournament, give him a great showing, but then have him be Dunne’s old-new tag partner so that the mainstream WWE fandom can see the greatness of British Strong Style. And then of course Santos beats Wilde, and Dragon makes a great save to get some heat going into their rematch. I would like to think Dragon wins the rematch to move towards the title, and Santos can screw him over in the later rounds.
And we continue to get awesome stuff out of the DMG CTRL story. Bianca of course wants her title rematch and that means having her go against DMG CTRL again, but Iyo purposefully keeping Bayley at arm’s length is a nice detail. Bayley taking the pin in WarGames despite all her efforts, and then Bayley costing Kairi against Bianca despite her good intentions, the last straw is more than likely gonna be if/when Bayley loses to Bianca, and then maybe, just maybe, the same way Becky and Charlotte made amends, Bayley will try to make amends with Charlotte. There are a lot of stories in WWE right now about forgiveness and grudges, it’d be fitting if Bayley went on a soul searching journey a la Jey Uso and Sami Zayn.
My Score: 8.8/10
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