No respect and no mercy from The Kingdom!
The Kingdom claims ROH is THEIR company, and they won’t stand for young stars, Action Andretti & Darius Martin, using it to just to get ahead! Who survives this Fight Without Honor?
- Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Gringo Loco; Fenix wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Madi Wrenkowski; Willow wins.
- The Iron Savages w/ “Jacked Jameson” VS The Wingmen; The Iron Savages win.
- Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS “The Reality” Zack Clayton & Cole Karter; Daniels & Sydal win.
- Lady Frost VS Miranda Alize; Frost wins.
- Angelico & Serpentico w/ Luther VS Cheeseburger & Eli Isom; Angelico & Serpentico win.
- NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS AR Fox; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
- The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana VS Dalton Castle & “The Boy” Brandon Tate; The Gates of Agony win.
- Shane Taylor & The Workhorsemen VS Schaff, Ricky Gibson, & Eddie Pearl; Shane & The Workhorsemen win.
- Mercedes Martinez VS Ashley D’Amboise; Mercedes wins.
- Tag Team Fight Without Honor: The Kingdom VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin; Action & Darius win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Backstage interview with Willie Mack & Ninja Mack.
Dasha is with these two and brings up their great match last week. How’re they feeling after that? Willie Mack says that last week was their first match against each other, and they did the damn thing, and the fans chanting “Let’s Go Mack” was great stuff. These two could have something here. What does Ninja think? Ninja says they can roll strong. Willie got a great win, and that’s hard to do. Ninja’s looking forward to making this work. The two Macks shake hands, so “The Mack Attack” is back! Will these two big Macks take over the ROH Tag Division soon enough?
Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Gringo Loco!
The Lucha Brothers are about to defend their ROH World Tag Team Championships on next week’s AEW Dynamite, so Fenix is ready to tune up. Will his long time rival be just the right thing? Or will Gringo Loco finally get himself some momentum in ROH?
Fans fire up already seeing these two, and the Code of Honor is upheld. Then Gringo CHOPS Fenix! The bell rings, Fenix CHOPS, Gringo CHOPS, Fenix fires forearms! Fenix whips corner to corner but Gringo goes up and over and handsprings away. Fans cheer and things speed up. Fenix tiger feints but Gringo ducks the heel kick. Gringo wags his finger, then baits Fenix into a corner. Fenix runs in but into a BOOT! Gringo handsprings over Fenix but Fenix BOOTS, KICKS and HEEL KICKS! Fans fire up, Fenix whips Gringo to a corner, runs in, but Gringo puts Fenix on the apron. Fenix ROCKS Gringo, then GAMANGIRIS!
Fenix springboards and double jumps to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and Gringo bails out. Fenix builds speed but Gringo moves out of the way. Fenix just adjusts course and CROSSBODIES off the corner! Fans fire up with Fenix and he puts Gringo in the corner. “CERO! MIEDO!” and Fenix climbs. DIVING- NO, Gringo avoids the stomp, but not the SUPERKICK! “ANIMO!” Somersault, but Gringo trophy lifts to SLAM Fenix! Cover, TWO! Gringo keeps cool while he stalks Fenix. Gringo has Fenix on the ropes, and pulls at the mask! So much for respect! The ref counts, Gringo lets off, and he brings Fenix up.
Gringo snapmares Fenix, and pulls at the mask again! The ref counts, Gringo lets off to soak up the heat from the fans. Gringo brings Fenix up to fireman’s carry, but Fenix fights free! Fenix shoves Gringo to a corner, but Gringo dodges. Fenix crossbodies but into Gringo’s arms! Gringo pops Fenix up to a torture rack, for a RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! Fenix goes to the apron but Gringo soaks up the heat. Alex coaches Fenix but Gringo storms over. Gringo stomps Fenix around, drags him up but Fenix throws hands. Gringo stomps Fenix down but fans rally up. Gringo runs corner to corner, but into a SUPERKICK!
Gringo comes back, into a BOOT! Gringo tries again, but Fenix gets around. Fenix comes back to JUMP SOBAT! And then Fenix goes out to go up, TIGHTROPE PENALTY KICK! Fans fire up as Fenix goes right back up, FROG SPLASH! Fenix bounces off and crawls back to the cover, TWO! Gringo is still in this but the fans rally up more. Fenix brings Gringo up, shouts “ANIMO!” but Gringo RAMS him into a corner! Gringo comes back, into a roll-up and BUZZSAW! Gringo staggers, Fenix runs, but Gringo SUPERKICKS! Fenix blocks the next kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Gringo whips, Fenix dodges and tiger feint rewinds, HEEL KICK!
Both men are down and fans fire up! A standing count starts, both men stir. The count is 5 of 10, then 7. Fenix stands up but sits back down. Gringo goes to a corner, Fenix runs in, but into a BOOT! Gringo goes up but Fenix SHORYUKENS! Fenix goes corner to corner and back again, somersault and jump, but Gringo FLYING CUTTERS!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives and fans fire up! Gringo and Fenix crawl after each other, Gringo brings Fenix up, but Fenix SLAPS him! Gringo ROCKS Fenix! And again! And again! Gringo SOBATS, runs, but Fenix somersaults to SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO!!
Fenix aims, SUPERKICK! Gringo is down and fans chant “CERO! MIEDO!” Fenix drags Gringo up, puts him in the corner, and CHOPS! Fans “WOO~” and Fenix hoists Gringo up top. Fenix CHOPS again, then goes out to the apron. Fenix jumps up, throws body shots but Gringo hits back. Fenix double jumps to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” as Gringo survives! Fenix KICKS Gringo around, then brings him up., Gringo resists, Fenix CLUBS him. Fans duel, Fenix fireman’s carries, but Gringo fights. Gringo sits on the top rope but Fenix ROCKS him! Fenix climbs up now, but Gringo throws body shots!
Gringo CLUBS Fenix down and then adjusts. Fenix stands, Gringo leaps, FLYING DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!!! Fenix survives and fans are thunderous! The fans cheer “ROH! ROH!” for making this the opener! Gringo drags Fenix up, Electric Chair Lifts, but Fenix POISON-RANAS! Gringo staggers up, into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Cover, Fenix wins!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall
That was definitely what Fenix needed for momentum! And best of all, he and Gringo keep the Code of Honor. Will the Firebird be more than ready to defend his gold against the Blackpool Combat Club?
Backstage interview with The Wingmen.
Dasha is with “Pretty” Peter Avalon and “The Hollywood Hunk,” Ryan Nemeth. They’re going to have their ROH in-ring debut against The Iron Savages. Nemeth says yes, The Iron Savages, whose new thing is that they lift weights. Wow, don’t they all do that? Nice job doing the bear minimum. Avalon likes that there! Who do those dorks think they are? They have terrible fashion sense! The Wingmen have the big glasses and the tight- Shh, Nemeth, no! What? He was gonna say booties. Oh. That’s fine, then. But y’know what? Iron Savages, you’ll see that ROH is Wingman Country! Pinkies out!
Katsuyori Shibata has been waiting for a time and place to defend his ROH Pure Championship against top LA Dojo graduate, Alex Coughlin! And on Wednesday, May 24th, live in Las Vegas, that match is happening! Will the Wrestler be able to stop The Android from hitting the jackpot?
Willow Nightingale VS Madi Wrenkowski!
In the wake of Athena retaining the ROH Women’s World Championship against Skye Blue, the race to be number one contender begins again! Will the Babe with the Power prove she deserves another shot? Or will the returning Wrenkowski give Willow a reality check?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two circle and fans rally for Willow. They tie up, Madi gets around to a waistlock, but Willow wiggles and swivels to break free. But Madi throws Willow down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Willow gets up to circle with Madi. They tie up, Willow headlocks and grinds. Madi throws body shots, powers out, but Willow runs her over! Fans cheer as Willow flexes. Things speed up. Willow ducks ‘n’ dodges, but blocks hip toss to swing. Madi dodges, runs, but gets run over! Willow then drops the SENTON! Madi goes to a corner, Willow runs in, but Madi BOOTS her!
Madi goes up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Madi lets off at 4 to then trip Willow! Madi spins Willow around, and CLUBS away on the apron! Then she uses the skirt to smother Willow and CLUB away! Madi tells Willow to fight back, then pushes her to a cover, ONE!! Willow still has fight in her but Madi wraps her in a cobra clutch! Fans rally while Madi thrashes Willow around. Willow fights up, throws elbows, and she RAMS Madi into a corner! Willow throws more elbows, stops as the ref counts, and fans fire up. Willow runs to back body block! And clothesline! And snapmare, to a BOOT!
Madi flounders, Willow whips her to ropes. SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll to a gut wrench, but Madi RAMS Willow now! Madi RAMS Willow again, climbs up and talks trash. But Willow drags Madi out from the corner! Madi fights, and turns things into a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and shocks Madi! Fans rally up, Madi runs, but Willow avoids the scissor kick! To POUNCE!! Willow fires up, brings down the straps, and she brings Madi up! THE BABE WITH POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall
The good vibes return and Willow shakes Madi’s hand. Will Willow get her second chance against the Fallen Goddess soon enough?
The Iron Savages w/ JT Davidson VS The Wingmen!
Once Bear Country, Bronson & Boulder have evolved into something more. Will Pretty Peter and the Hollywood Hunk soon find just how savage this team can be?
As the Savages make their entrance, “Jacked Jameson” shouts on the mic that you’re gonna get pumped in the Savage Sanctuary! They are too strong, too powerful, they’re beefy and bulky, jacked and juicy! Jameson introduces himself, as well as “Dirty Bulk” Bronson and “Beefcake” Boulder! If you wanna be an Iron Savage, you gotta sip that Savage Sauce! #WhoAreWe? IRON SAVAGES! The teams sort out, Bronson and Avalon shake hands for the Code of Honor, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and Bronson THROWS Avalon away! “Who are we?” “Iron Savages!” Nemeth asks how the Savages forgot their names that fast.
Avalon gets up, circles with Bronson, and headlocks. Bronson powers out, runs Avalon over, and then headlocks back. Avalon powers out and tags Nemeth. The Wingmen jump, drop and DROPKICK! Nemeth shoots in, waistlocks and SLAMS Bronson down! Nemeth facelocks and talks trash, but Bronson powers up to throw him away. Nemeth ROCKS Bronson, but Bronson just snarls. Bronson DECKS Nemeth! And DECKS him again! And whips to ropes, to then back drop! Fans fire up, Avalon runs in but into a back drop! Bronson kicks Nemeth, reels him in, and pumps up! Bronson suplexes and holds Nemeth up, for the count of TEN!
Fans fire up with Bronson and he covers, TWO! Bronson brings Nemeth back up, tags in Boulder, and the Savages stomp around. Bronson whips Bounder in to SPLASH! Then a feed to an ELBOW! Boulder swivels those massive hips, for the HIP DROP! Fans rally as Boulder drags Nemeth up. Boulder RAMS Nemeth into the corner, tags Bronson, and Bronson CLUBS him! Bronson scoops but Nemeth slips away to hot tag Avalon! Avalon runs in, but Bronson scoops him, only for Nemeth to CHOP BLOCK! Avalon SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Avalon drags Bronson by his arm, wrenches, and tags Nemeth back in.
Nemeth runs in to KNEE Bronson in the side! Avalon adds an elbow, Nemeth throws down hands and digs his knee in! The ref counts, Nemeth lets off and he brings Bronson up. DROPKICK! Nemeth wants fans to take their pics of his hips swiveling and pumping. But Nemeth turns around into a SPINEBUSTER! And a dirty one! Bronson and Nemeth crawl, the fans rally up, hot tags to Avalon and Boulder! Beefcake bulldozes Avalon, SPLASHES Nemeth in the corner, then sends Nemeth into Avalon. BOOT DDT COMBO! Fans fire up with Boulder and he watches both Wingmen rise. He choke grips, but the Wingmen break free!
The Wingmen run, but into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Boulder drags Avalon to a drop zone, goes up the corner, and MOONSAULTS but FLOPS as Avalon moves! Avalon goes up, to FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Avalon lands on Boulder for another cover! TWO as Boulder tosses him back up! Avalon lands on Boulder again, TWO, and now Boulder is just bench pressing Avalon! Boulder finally throws Avalon away, and Avalon tags Nemeth, But Boulder breaks through the double clothesline to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans are fired up for the Savages as Boulder tags Bronson. Boulder then gives Bronson a lift, for the SAVAGE SPLASH!! Cover, the Savages win!
Winners: The Iron Savages, by pinfall
The Savages are jacked, the Wingmen were stacked on top of each other, and this team could be tearing their way through the tag division! Will Boulder & Bronson finally get some gold?
Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS “The Reality” Zack Clayton & Cole Karter!
From one tag battle to another, the iconic duo is back in action! Will the Fallen Angel & Third Eye find their own way to the tag titles? Or will The Reality set in and drop a dime on them?
The teams sort out, Daniels starts against Karter and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and Daniels wrenches to a wristlock. Karter wrenches back, hammerlocks then hammerlocks. Daniels powers up but Karter holds tight! Daniels throws body shots, powers out this time, but Karter runs him over. Karter soaks up the heat, things speed up, and Daniels CALF KICKS Karter down! Fans fire up and Daniels CHOPS Karter in the corner. Daniels bumps Karter off buckles, tags Sydal in, and JAWBREAKER to LEG DROP DDT! Then BACK SUPLEX SPLASH COMBO, then the STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO!
Sydal keeps on Karter but Karter knees low! Karter brings Sydal over, tags in Clayton, and they mug Sydal. Clayton whips Sydal to ropes, but Sydal ducks ‘n’ dodges to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up, Sydal talks trash on Clayton then tags Daniels. They double whip Clayton to ropes, drop toehold and basement dropkick! Cover, ONE! Clayton hangs tough but Daniels CLUBS him down. Tag to Sydal and he climbs. Daniels wrenches an arm, and Sydal DOUBLE STOMPS it! Sydal KICKS the arm, mocks Clayton, then runs, to KICK! Sydal runs again, but Karter gets a cheap shot! Clayton CLOBBERS Sydal!
Clayton drags Sydal up, snap suplexes, then tags Karter. Karter drops a knee, then covers, ONE! Sydal hangs tough now but Karter whips him to a corner hard! Sydal tumbles, then Karter drags Sydal to center for an elbow drop! Karter drags Sydal up, tags Clayton back in and bumps Sydal off buckles. The young starts mug Sydal, then Clayton ROCKS Sydal, and UPERCUTS Sydal! clayton sucker punches Daniels, fans boo, but Sydal BOOTS Clayton! Sydal ROCKS Karter, goes up, but Karter CLUBS Sydal! Karter climbs up to LAUNCH Sydal into Clayton’s POWERSLAM! Karter goes up to FROG SPLASH! Clayton covers, Daniels breaks it!
Fans cheer as Daniels says that’s payback. Clayton complains, but fans rally for Sydal. Clayton drags Sydal up, scoops him, but Sydal DDTS Clayton down! Fans fire up and both men crawl! Hot tags to Daniels! Daniels rallies on The Reality, forearm after forearm, and then he kicks the legs out to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Daniels just keeps moving, SLIDING LARIAT! Karter runs in, but into a BACK DROP! Daniels brings Karter up to JAB! JAB! JAB! Daniels whips Karter but Karter reverses, and Daniels uses that to forearm Clayton! Daniels BOOTS Karter, brings Clayton along, BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO!
Fans fire up and Daniels brings Clayton around. Daniels calls his shot but Karter DROPKICKS him down! Sydal runs in to RANA Karter out! Sydal tells him bye, then whips Clayton. Clayton reverses and CLOBBERS Sydal! Clayton CLOBBERS Daniels, suplexes, but Daniels slips free! Feed to Sydal’s ROUNDHOUSE! Daniels hits the URENAGE! Sydal PLANCHAS Karter to keep him down! Daniels goes to the corner, BEST MOONSAULT EVER!! Cover, Daniels & Sydal win!
Winners: Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal, by pinfall
The former ROH Tag Team Championship duo is rolling! Will they be ready to take on whoever are the champs after Dynamite?
Lady Frost VS Miranda Alize!
Much like Willow earlier tonight, every woman on the ROH roster wants their shot at Athena! Will the Coolest Wrestler You’ll Meet heat up towards the title? Or will the Lucha Baddie be stepping ahead of her in line?
Frost offers the Code of Honor handshake, but Alize slaps it away! Frost headlocks, the bell rings, and Alize powers out. Alize hurdles, bypasses, then follows to tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Alize then KICKS Frost in the side! Frost goes to a corner, Alize runs in to ROCK her with a forearm! Alize fires off heavy hands, then she BITES Frost’s finger! The ref counts, Alize lets off and “apologizes.” Alize runs back in to ELBOW Frost! Alize sits Frost down, goes side to side and blows a kiss, to then BOOT WASH! Alize drags Frost out, underhooks and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Cover, ONE!! Frost is tough and Alize is shocked!
Alize talks trash on Frost, kicks her around, and Alize says SHE is the next big thing in ROH. But Frost JUMP KNEES her away! Frost runs in to GAMANGIRI! Alize sits down, Frost says, “You’re what?” HANDSPRING CANNONBALL! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Frost grows frustrated because she should’ve known. Frost drags Alize up and fans rally, but Alize cravats. Frost powers out but Alize comes back, gets around, and suplexes for an X-PLEX! Cover, TWO! Frost is still in this but Alize covers again, ONE! Alize argues with the ref but the count is the count. Alize kicks Frost, brings her up, and TIGER DRIVERS! High stack, TWO!!
Frost survives again and Alize is beside herself! Alize watches Frost rise, storms up, and reels her in, but Frost wrenches out and kicks back! Frost then CARTWHEEL ALABAMA DRIVERS! Frost says this is it, and she goes up, for the TEMPERATURE DROP!! Cover, Frost wins!
Winner: Lady Frost, by pinfall
Alize tried to burn Frost down but she got frozen out! Alize refuses to keep the Code of Honor, will Frost leave her in the dust on this title chase?
Angelico & Serpentico w/ Luther VS Cheeseburger & Eli Isom!
The Spanish Announce Project is also looking to build a case in the ROH Tag Division, but look who’s back alongside Cheeseburger! Will the reformed Shinobi Shadow Squad soon head for gold?
The Code of Honor is upheld while fans rally for “S A P! S A P!” The teams sort out and Serpentico starts against Cheeseburger. They circle, Serpentico kicks low then CLUBS Burger. Serpentico ROCKS Burger, stomps him in a corner, then wrenches and whips corner to corner. Burger goes up and under and knuckle locks to then kick, go around, bait him in and say “Kiss this!” Burger gets around again, knuckle locks, body shots, wrenches and hops on! Burger has LA ESCALARA, but Angelico CLUBS him down! Eli complains but Serpentico CLUBS Burger. Tag to Angelico, the SAP mug him.
Angelico snapmares and stomps Burger down! Fans rally for SAP more as Angelico steps through into a CROSS HEEL CALF KILLER! Burger scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Angelico lets go, and he brings Burger up. Angelico bumps Burger off the buckles, Luther talks trash, and Serpentico tags in. Serpentico stomps a mudhole in, then throws him into buckles! But Burger BOOTS back! And BOOTS again! Burger slips out of one scoop, but Angelico catches him! Burger fights free to send Angelico into Burger! Hot tag to Eli! Eli rallies on SAP, baits Angelico in and throws him out!
Eli ELBOWS Serpentico, spins him around and ripcords to a lift, BIG Northern Lights! Eli kips up, runs corner to corner, and he RAMS into Serpentico! Eli keeps going, POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Eli hurries to bring him up. Tag to Burger, they double whip, but Serpentico holds ropes. Tag to Angelico and he boots, but Eli blocks! Burger SUPERKICKS Angelico down! Burger whips Serpentico out, and Eli DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Angelico get Burger but Burger victory rolls, TWO! Burger mule kicks but Luther BOOTS Eli behind the ref’s back!
Burger waistlocks, Serpentico switches and trips Burger to tie the legs up! NAVARRO ROLL!! Burger TAPS, SAP wins!
Winners: Angelico & Serpentico, by submission
Luther says that’s how it’s done! The SAP are finally on a winning track, will they soon be los campeones?
NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS AR Fox!
The Front Man of TMDK continues to be the star, and he once again travels to the states for competition! Will ZSJ keep this first season going? Or will NJPW World soon be the Whole Fox’n Show?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Fox gets his 15 minutes of fame!
The two circle, feel things out, and fans duel. Fox and ZSJ knuckle lock, ZSJ rolls, wrenches, and slips through to wrench again. Fox rolls, kips up and cartwheels to wrench back. Fox spins ZSJ to snapmare and then says neener neener! ZSJ keeps cool and the fans duel again. The two reset, tie up, and ZSJ headlocks. ZSJ grinds Fox, but Fox throws body shots. Fox powers up but ZSJ holds tight on the headlock! ZSJ then shifts to a cravat, but Fox snapmares free. ZSJ comes back to headbutt low! ZSJ runs, runs Fox over, and flexes. Things keep moving, Fox drops and DROPKICKS!
Fans fire up for Fox as he watches ZSJ go to a corner. Fox runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Fox then skins the cat to SWINGING DROPKICK! Fans duel more as Fox covers, TWO! Fox keeps cool and he brings ZSJ up. ZSJ UPPERCUTS! ZSJ runs, but Fox SLINGBLADES! ZSJ flounders out of the ring, but Fox builds speed! Fox FLIES and takes ZSJ out at the ramp! Fans fire up with Fox and he high-fives some fans. Fox puts ZSJ in, aims from the apron and springboards, to MISSILE DROPKICK! ZSJ flounders and Fox kips up. Fox covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Fox suplexes. ZSJ fights that to WRING Fox’s arm!
Fans rally and duel again as ZSJ brings Fox up. ZSJ wrenches, steps over, and has a MOUNTED ARMBAR! Fox endures, even as ZSJ bends the fingers and twists the wrist! Fox turns over to get the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets off cleanly, knowing time is still on his side. ZSJ wrenches the arm to an ELBOW BREAKER, then he UPPERCUTS the arm! Fox goes to ropes, ZSJ UPPERCUTS him! And UPPERCUTS him again! ZSJ UPPERCUTS a third time and Fox flops down in a corner. ZSJ flexes and fans fire up. ZSJ tells Fox to wake up, and ZSJ kicks away on Fox in the corner. The ref reprimands, but Fox kicks back!
Fox throws forearms, whips, but ZSJ blocks the jam the arm! ZSJ WRINGS the arm again! ZSJ gets the arm, bends the fingers more, but Fox works on a headscissor. ZSJ rolls around to stomp the bad arm! Fox gets up to throw body shots, and forearms, but ZSJ ROCKS Fox! ZSJ whips, Fox reverses and hip tosses! Fox wants ZSJ’s arm but ZSJ pops him into an ARMBAR! Fox clasps hands and they roll, ROPEBREAK! Fans rally as ZSJ lets go. ZSJ whips but Fox blocks by holding the ropes. ZSJ wrenches to ELBOW BREAKER! ZSJ runs, into a LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up while Fox and ZSJ are both down!
Fans rally, Fox and ZSJ rise, and Fox BOOTS ZSJ to a corner! Fox BOOTS him again! Fox runs corner to corner, but ZSJ blocks the boot! ZSJ KICKS but Fox ENZIGURIS! Fox ANARCHY SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and we’re past the halfway point! Fox refocuses and the fans rally up again. Fox brings ZSJ up, but ZSJ fights the fireman’s carry. Fox throws body shots, fireman’s carries again, but ZSJ fights around to wrench and PELE the arm! Fox staggers into a drop toehold, and ZSJ STOMPS the bad arm! Fox clutches his elbow but ZSJ grabs that arm. Top wristlock and STOMP!
Fox sits up, into a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Fox survives and ZSJ is upset. ZSJ taunts “Foxy” and says he’s got fight in him. This is a big boy title, Fox, wake up! ZSJ gives kicks but Fox just scowls. Fans rally, Fox stands and he CHOPS! ZSJ falls right over! ZSJ gets back up but into a mule kick! Fox throws ZSJ out and then builds speed, but ZSJ is on the apron! ZSJ ROCKS Fox, but Fox BOOTS and SUPERKICKS back! ZSJ is stuck in ropes, and Fox runs in, DRAPING DDT!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Fox can’t believe it! Fans rally up, Fox brings ZSJ back up. Fox puts ZSJ up top and climbs up after him.
Fox brings ZSJ up but ZSJ pulls on the bad arm! ZSJ shifts around to TOP ROPE COBRA TWIST! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off, and Fox staggers away. ZSJ BOOTS Fox, but Fox comes back to ARABIAN PRESS FLY! Cover, TWO! Fox can’t believe it, but he hasn’t given up! Fox goes up as we hear the five minute warning! But ZSJ rolls all the way away. But Fox hops down to WRECK ZSJ with a dropkick! ZSJ falls out, Fox builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans are thunderous and Fox hurries to get ZSJ up. Fox puts ZSJ in, climbs the corner, and Fox 450- NO, he has to bail out a ZSJ moves!
ZSJ rushes in, Fox goes Matrix but ZSJ avoids the Pele! EURO CLUTCH TWO!! Fox escapes but ZSJ has the legs! ZSJ STOMPS the knees! ZSJ then drops a knee on the knee! And then a knee on the other knee! ZSJ has a standing toehold, but Fox fights with his free leg! ZSJ eggs Fox on and Fox BOOTS him away! Fox skins the cat, trips ZSJ, and then slingshots to facelock and suplex! ZSJ slips out to pop Fox down, rolls him around, spladle, CALF KILLER! Fox fights, but into NAPALM DEATH!! Fox taps, ZSJ wins!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (still NJPW World Television Champion)
The Submission Master made Fox #JustTapOut, and Dasha appears to interview him in the ring. Huge congratulations on the win, and ZSJ made history five months ago when he became the inaugural champion. ZSJ has had seven successful defenses, and is heading to NJPW Dominion to face Jeff Cobb in a rematch. How is he feeling? “Bloody marvelous!” ZSJ says since he joined NJPW, he set his sights on the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. But an opportunity arose to make some real history. So he put all his energy towards winning that new title, and guess what? He’s the best champion in the world!
And not just that, the most active TV champion in all of pro-wrestling! But wait, SAMOA JOE is here! The ROH World Television Champion walks out with a mic, and he tells ZSJ, “Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back, Zack Sabre Jr. Welcome back, welcome back, Zack Sabre Jr.” Joe joins ZSJ in the ring and he must admit, Joe has been waiting for this. But unfortunately, ZSJ has brought something to the ring that “deeply offends me.” Joe will say that in the world of TV titles, there can be only one! Joe knows the “powers that be” don’t want this to go down. No one can lose face in their little “cultural exchange.”
But Joe says he doesn’t see the powers that be here. He just sees himself, ZSJ, open air and opporutnity. So let’s find out who is the one ready when opportunity knocks. Fans like the sound of that! But ZSJ says, “Hmm… Hmm…” But wait! Matt Sydal & Christopher Daniels make their way out here? Daniels has a mic, too, and he says, “Hold on, hold on, hold on. Now that’s a very interesting suggestion, Samoa Joe. But you can’t just be making matches around here. You’re not the King of Television anymore. But you are, however the ROH World Television Champion. Zack Sabre Jr, the NJPW World Television Champion.
“Now I’ve been a Television Champion in the past, but this gentleman to my right is long overdue for some singles gold, whether it’s ROH or NJPW!” So what does Sydal think of being TV Champion? Sydal says those titles are pulling him towards them! He is only here for the big matches, so that is why he has his eyes on these two. If they wanna stand in Sydal’s way, you’re in for a bad trip. The challenge is put forward, who wants to give Sydal an opportunity? ZSJ says “Oi oi, calm down, calm down, hold your bloody horses.” ZSJ wants “Samoan Joseph” to hear him out as he has a “cunning plan.”
See, those gentlemen over there, they aren’t just ROH legends, they’re former world tag team champions. So, how about as the TV Champions of the world, ZSJ and Joe team up. ZSJ asks the fans be quiet while he’s talking to “Joseph.” ZSJ says the champs should team up and give an opportunity to Sydal & Daniels. And if either of them pins either of the champs, then they’ll earn a title match. That’s because ZSJ & Joe are fighting champions. And then, after dealing with “these buffoons,” perhaps, perhaps, ZSJ and Joe find out who the best TV Champion in the world is. Joe shakes on it, will #ZSJOE take down two icons at once?
The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana VS Dalton Castle & “The Boy” Brandon Tate!
The Embassy took out Brent just so they wouldn’t have another Six Man Tag match with The Peacock and both Tate twins. Will they pay for what they’ve done? Or will Castle & Brandon just end up like Brent?
Castle is even more upset with The Gates because being down a boy means his entrance is ruined! There’s no honor here, even though he does shake their hands. The teams sort out and Castle steps up to Kaun. The bell rings, fans fire up, and Castle circles with Kaun. But then Brandon wants in? Castle talks with Brandon, and Castle says NOW Kaun’s in trouble! Tag to Brandon! Fans rally up for “BOY! BOY! BOY!” as the two circle. Brandon and Kaun tie up, and Kaun powers Brandon to a corner. But Brandon ducks the chop! Brandon CHOPS, but Kaun glares. They tie up again. Kaun waistlocks and SLAMS, but Brandon is right back up.
Brandon shoots around, waistlocks, but Kaun switches. Brandon switches back and he throws Kaun down! Nana tells Kaun that he’s got this, don’t let Brandon get to him. Kaun tags Liona, then sucker punches Castle! Liona CLOBBERS Brandon and fans boo. But Liona drags Brandon up to GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Liona then storms up to talk trash on Brandon, and CHOP him! Liona tags Kaun back in, the Gates mug Brandon and they fire each other up. Kaun SLAPS Liona, then whips him in to SPLASH Brandon! Liona then feeds Brandon to Kaun’s BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Kaun CLUBS Brandon over and over, then SENTONS down! Cover, TWO! Castle calls to Brandon as he crawls in, but the ref has him exit. Kaun brings Brandon into a chinlock, Brandon fights up but Kaun wrangles him back down. Fans rally, Brandon fights up, and Brandon throws body shots! Mule kick, and BASEMENT SHOT! Fans fire up and Castle reaches out! Brandon crawls, but Kaun brings Brandon back! Kaun RAMS Brandon, puts him on ropes, then runs side to side to STRADDLE ATTACK! Tag to Liona and he BOOTS Brandon down! Liona glares at Castle but fans chant “Wash Your Feet!” Liona digs his feet into Brandon’s face!
The ref keeps Castle back and Liona tells everyone to shut up. But Brandon kicks from below! Liona stomps Brandon down, then springboards to HIP DROP! Cover, and Castle shoves Liona over! Fans fire up as Castle gets away, but Liona tags Kaun. Liona bumps Brandon off buckles, CHOPS him, then lets Kaun CHOP him! Scoop and SLAM! Brandon writhes, Kaun covers, TWO!! Brandon hangs tough but the Gates mug him! Liona is legal again and he brings Brandon up to scoop and SLAM! Fans rally for Brandon but Liona FALLING HEADBUTTS! And an armlock! Brandon endures as Castle and the fans rally for him.
Brandon kicks at Liona from below but Liona drags him up. Brandon throws body shots, but Liona shoves him away. Brandon KICKS back! Brandon then slides under, but Liona comes back to CLOBBER him! Liona drags Brandon to ropes, says it’s down, and he springboards to HIP DROP onto knees! Now Liona’s boys are hurting! Fans fire up and Brandon crawls for the corner! Castle gets the fans going even louder, but Liona gets a leg! Brandon hops, reaches, but he ENZIGURIS first! Hot tag to The Peacock! Castle CHOPS Liona, ROCKS him, BLASTS Kaun, then runs at Liona. Liona TOSSES him to the corner!
Liona runs in but Castle dodges! Liona hits buckles and Castle BOOTS Kaun! Castle ELBOWS Liona, then scoops Kaun for an EXPLODER! KNEE and BULL- NO, Liona powers out! But Castle gets under to clinch! Liona CLUBS Castle, choke grips, but Brandon crawls in! Castle PURPLE NURPLES Liona! And then he runs to TABLE TOP Liona! Castle runs to SPLASH! Brandon runs to SPLASH! Castle runs to SPLASH! Brandon runs to SENTON! Castle SPLASHES again! Cover, ONE?!? Liona is still in this but Castle waistlocks. Liona elbows free, UPPERCUTS Castle, but Brandon anchors Liona’s foot! Castle BOOTS Liona out!
Kaun runs in, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Castle calls for a boy, and Brandon is the only one. Castle THROWS Brandon at Liona, but Liona catches him! Nana then puts on the mask he took from Brent, and mockingly tells Castle to throw him! Castle says fine, but Kaun storms up to fireman’s carry! GUTBUSTER DROP!! Liona then APRON URENAGES Brandon! The Gates drag Brandon up, to OPEN THE GATES!! Cover, The Gates of Agony win!
Winners: The Gates of Agony, by pinfall
Wait, when was Brandon the legal boy? Er, man? Castle calls BS, but will his rage do anything to change what the Embassy is doing to his team?
Shane Taylor & The Workhorsemen VS Schaff, Ricky Gibson, & Eddie Pearl!
There was little respect shown from Anthony Henry and JD Drake to AR Fox, and Big Bad Shaney T only doubled down. Will they be just as vicious here tonight in trios action?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the teams sort out. Henry starts against Ricky, and the two tie up. Henry tackles Gibson, throws down hands, then more hands. But Gibson swings back, only to end up in a SLEEPER! Gibson throws Henry off, hip tosses him, then arm-drags him! Gibson has the armlock, he drags Henry up to tag in Eddie. Drop toehold and slingshot senton! Eddie fires up but Henry KICKS him down! Henry drags Eddie up, tags Drake in, and he SENTONS! And SENTONS again! Eddie staggers to a corner, Drake CHOPS him! And then BELLY2BELLY, before the VADER BOMB! Cover, Gibson breaks it!
Drake drags Eddie up, puts him on ropes, and tags Henry in. Drake CHOPS Eddie, and everyone is stinging from that! Drake whips, he and Henry drop toehold onto knees, to then a DOUBLE STOMP! Henry drags Eddie up, suplexes, but Eddie slips out! Eddie crawls under, Henry has a leg but Eddie kicks him away! Hot tags to Drake and Schaff! Schaff rallies on the Workhorsemen, but Shane gets in. Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT Schaff! Schaff dodges the lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Fans fire up with Shane, and he brings Schaff up and in. Henry and Drake intercept Eddie & Gibson!
Shane and the Workhorsemen all have someone, the Workhorsemen give Gibson & Eddie STEREO BRAINBUSTERS! Shane tucks Schaff in, for the PACKAGE PILEDRIVER! Cover, Shane’s team wins!
Winners: Shane Taylor & The Workhorsemen
This expansion of Shane Taylor Promotions are rolling, will they look to make an impact in all divisions of ROH?
Backstage interview with The Righteous.
Dasha is with Dutch and Vincent, and says that for weeks now, they’ve been eyeing The Dark Order. But why? Well, Stu Grayson is so inspiring. But speaking of, Stu storms in to ask what’s going on. Are they playing games? If so, they won’t like how it ends. Dutch pats Stu on the shoulder and says that at this point, Stu and the Dark Order are slow dancing while the barn burns. Vincent suggests to change up the tune. Stu snarls, but Vincent says the Dark Order brought them back, to keep you on a leash in the backyard. But look at Vincent. He is Stu’s friend. All Stu has to do is give him a chance.
But then The Dark Order storms in and tells The Righteous to back off. Evil Uno has had enough of this! He knows what they’re doing. It’s because the Dark Order did it themselves once. But then Stu tells Uno to stop. No one speaks for him! Stu says Vincent & Dutch have one chance. Well, okay. Vincent & Dutch leave, ready to meet the Dark Order in action next week. Uno can’t be sure what just happened, but will he soon lose a Dark Order OG to the Righteous?
Mercedes Martinez VS Ashley D’Amboise!
The OG Badass is back in ROH and ready to get back to the ROH Women’s World Championship! Will this be the start of her badass comeback?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans rally, the two tie up, and Mercedes waistlocks. Ashley switches, but Mercedes wrenches out to a wristlock. Ashley rolls, kips up and cartwheels to then wrench and clamp onto the arm! Fans cheer the exchange, and Mercedes trips Ashley to a headlock. Mercedes grinds Ashley down, but Ashley headscissors. Mercedes kicks around, but Ashley holds on tight. Mercedes hops, hops and pops free, then SLAPS Ashley down! Mercedes drags Ashley up but Ashley throws body shots and haymakers! Mercedes shoves Ashley but Ashley comes back with forearms.
Ashley kicks, but Mercedes blocks to spin Ashley around. Mercedes back suplexes but Ashley lands on her feet! Ashley waistlocks but Mercedes bucks the O’Conner! Things speed up, and Mercedes ROLLING ELBOWS! Mercedes brings Ashley out to snap suplex! Una Amiga! And then another snap suplex, Dos Amigas! Mercedes suplexes again, BRAINBUSTER AMIGA! Cover, TWO! Ashley hangs tough but Mercedes doesn’t mind. Mercedes brings Ashley up to UPPERCUT! And CLUB her on the back! And CHPO her to a corner! Mercedes fires off forearms, the ref counts, and Mercedes lets off with a CHOP!
Ashley flops down but Mercedes drags her back up. Mercedes UPPERCUTS again, then brings Ashley around to whip to a corner hard! Mercedes runs in but Ashley slips out to the apron! Ashley ROUNDHOUSES Mercedes away, then slingshots in and ROLLING NECKBREAKERS! Ashley kips up and fires up! Ashley brings Mercedes up as fans rally. Mercedes fights the clinch, but Ashley CLUBS her on the back. Ashley tries a torture rack but Mercedes fights it. Mercedes then SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO! Ashley survives and fans rally up. Mercedes chinlocks, digs a knee in, then gets the arms trapped.
Ashley endures as Mercedes CLUBS her in the chest again and again! Cover, TWO! Mercedes drags Ashley up, reels her in, fisherman’s, but Ashley cradle counters! TWO!! Mercedes runs in, Ashley dodges and fires off hands! Ashley ROCKS, CHOPS and CHOPS again! And then fires off shot after shot! Mercedes shoves Ashley, blows past her, but Ashley CLUBS Mercedes! Fans rally, Ashley torture racks, BURNING HAMMER!! Cover, TWO!! Mercedes survives and Ashley can’t believe it! But this is why Mercedes is a former champion! Fans rally, Ashley brings Mercedes around, CLUBS her then brings her up.
Ashley fireman’s carries, but Mercedes slips free to trip Ashley! Mercedes STOMPS Ashley, then gets the arms! MOTORCYCLE CURB STOMP! And then Mercedes hooks up the legs, SLAPS Ashley into giving up the arms, and she pulls back, and back, SURFBOARD into BRASS CITY SLEEPER! Ashley taps, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by submission
A statement win for her return, the OG Badass is still badass! Will Athena have to watch out for Mercedes coming after her?
Tag Team Fight Without Honor: The Kingdom VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin!
Respect is earned, but the #OGK demanded it. Honor is a pillar of this company, but the #OGK say they ARE this company. And because they never showed either to the young guys coming in, things have escalated to this point. With nothing holding them back, will Mike Bennett & Matt Taven do anything they can to break down the new wave? Or will The Sight to Behold & The Air Wolf do everything they can to finally put the OGK in their place?
But as Action makes his entrance, he has a big copper pipe in hand! The Kingdom storm up the ramp to try and intimidate him, but he doesn’t budge. And then Darius CLOBBERS The Kingdom from outta nowhere! The bell rings and the fight is on as Action JAMS and CLUBS Mike with the pipe! Darius ROCKS Taven, the fans fire up, and the young guns double suplex the Kingdom to the stage! Taven writhes down the ramp and Darius drags him back up. Darius UPPERCUTS Taven, Action ROCKS Mike, and things go to ringside. Darius CHOPS Taven, Action CHOPS Mike, and then Darius RAMS Taven into steel steps!
Action puts Mike in the ring, and then Darius starts looking under the ring. Action and Darius throw chairs in, then bring out some pipes, trash can lids, and yes, a TABLE! Action puts Taven in, he CLOBBERS Darius! Mike kicks Action, bumps him off buckles, and now The Kingdom starts throwing hands on the young guns. Mike CHOPS Action in a corner, Taven whips Darius into a corner, then Taven runs in. But Darius dodges and Taven tumbles up and out! Mike whips Action, Action rolls off Darius’s back, and Darius throws a chair to Mike. Mike catches it, to get a DOUBLE DROPKICK through it!
Fans rally as Darius sits a chair up. Taven runs in, but into a double drop toehold onto the chair! Action then jumps off Taven to RANA Mike! Fans fire up and Darius has the trash can. The can is put around Taven, and Darius SMACKS it with a pipe! Action LASHES it with a chain! Darius SMACKS the can again! Action SMACKS the can! Darius SMACKS the can! Action SMACKS the can! Darius SMACKS the can again! Taven falls over, Mike returns, but he gets a pipe to the gut! Then he gets a DOUBLE WHAMMY! Mike is already busted open as he crawls to the corner. Action & Darius go out and bring more things into play.
Fans rally up as a LADDER appears! Mike hurries to stop them, and then Taven WRECKS the ladder into Action! Darius gets on the apron to GAMANGIRI Mike, and he avoids Taven’s kick! Maria lurks again, and she LOW BLOWS Darius! Mike CHAIRSHOTS Darius, and Darius falls on the ladder! The ref checks Darius while the OGK fist bump. Taven puts the ladder in the ring, then fetches “you little stupid Melvin” Action. Taven puts Action in and the ladder is in the corner. Taven SMACKS Action with the trash can! “You thought that was funny, huh?” Mike puts Darius in, and Taven RAMS him into the ladder!
Mike whips Action to a corner, to SPINEBUSTER him onto the trash can! Mike roars through the crimson mask and Taven says this is what everyone wanted. Then The Kingdom puts the ladder around Darius’s head! Mike tells Darius to say hello to Dante for them because he’s going to the ER! Taven runs, JUST THE TIP into the ladder!! Taven willingly damages himself to hurt Darius! And then Mike fetches the table! Fans are torn as Taven puts that in a corner. Mike tells the fans to shut up. How many tables have they seen, anyway? They all look the same! Darius flounders and Maria mocks his pain.
Mike and Taven TOSS Darius out to the floor, and then Mike goes out to bring him up. Taven builds speed as Mike Electric Chair Lifts Darius! But Darius slips away and Taven FLIES onto Mike! Maria panics and Action aims, to ARABIAN PRESS Mike & Taven down! Action & Darius get another table! They put that in the ring, but Taven BLASTS Darius! And CHOPS Action! Taven kicks Action’s table aside but Action throws hands. Taven whips, Action ducks ‘n’ dodges and pop-up DROPKICKS! Mike SUPERKICKS Action! Darius BOOTS Mike, then steps in, COMPLETE SHOT onto the ladder!
Darius hurries to get one of the tables up on its legs while Maria and the ref check Mike. But Taven has a chair and he SMACKS Darius in the back! Darius drops to his knees, Taven finishes setting the table up for him, and then Mike stomps Darius down. Taven sets some chairs up facing each other, and Maria even helps fetch more chairs. Darius hits Mike but Mike DECKS Darius. Taven says they’re gonna finish this, and Mike stands with Darius on the chairs! Taven climbs the corner, Mike lifts Darius up, HAIL MARY PILEDRIVER into the chairs!! Cover, Action breaks it!! All four men are down but fans rally up.
Action CHOPS Taven, ROCKS Mike, repeat! Action throws more shots on The Kingdom, runs, but into a HEEL KICK from Taven! The Kingdom clears space, and Mike SUPERKICKS Action! Mike puts Action up top, brings him out, but Action slips out of Proton Pack! The Kingdom avoids hitting each other, but Action SUPERKICKS Taven! And SUPERKICKS Mike! And wheelbarrows Taven to BULLDOG! Fans fire up, Maria coaches her team, but Action positions the table. Action throws hands to put Taven on the table, then CLUBS him down. Action goes to the apron, springboards, 450 SPLASH on the table!
And yes, “on,” because the table did NOT break! The table did bend drastically, but it did not give way! Fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” so Action hauls Taven up to suplex him through the table! There’s the break! Cover, but Mike breaks it! Mike sets up the other table in a corner, but Action CHOPS him! Mike ROCKS Action, Action ROCKS Mike, repeat! Fans rally, Mike CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Mike roars, but Action ROCKS him! Action runs, but Mike follows and SPEARS! Mike fireman’s carries Action, aims and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER through the table!! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous!
“This is Awesome!” and Darius is back up! Darius ROCKS Mike, CHOPS Taven, repeat! Taven ducks, Mike ROLLING ELBOWS! Taven hits PURPLE THUNDER onto a chair!! Cover, TWO!?!? Darius survives and the OGK are furious! Taven snarls, he drags Darius up, and he puts him on the top rope. But Darius BOOTS Taven! Action returns to clothesline Taven and himself out! But Mike SHOVES Darius to the floor! Maria calls to her hubby and has the pipe. Maria CLOBBERS Darius! Maria stands Darius up so Mike can CHOP! And CHOP! And then he puts some stank on it before one more CHOP!
Maria and Mike kiss, then bring Darius back up. But Darius sends Mike at the ropes! Mike rebounds, Darius ducks, and Mike CLOBBERS Maria!! Mike freaks out and fans are going nuts! Then Darius PELES Mike! Darius hurries into the ring but Taven CLUBS him! Taven stomps away, “Is this what you thought it would be?!” But Action sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Taven gets a taste of his own medicine, and then Darius sits a chair up. Darius & Action hoist Taven up, DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER onto the chair!! Taven writhes, Miek returns, but he gets double mule kicks! He eggs them on, SPITS on them, so Darius BUZZSAWS!
Action KICKS, Darius KICKS, DOUBLE SUPERKICK, and then they shake Mike’s hands. A sarcastic Code of Honor as Action sets up a ladder and Darius Electric Chair Lifts. Action climbs up, fans fire up, and Mike gets The SUPER DOOMSDAY!! Cover, Action & Darius win!!
Winners: Action Andretti & Darius Martin, by pinfall
The Kingdom pushed it to this point, and they suffer the biggest loss of all! Darius & Action say they know exactly what ROH is about, and fans say “That was Awesome!” Mike & Taven manage to stand, and they offer handshakes. Action & Darius are wary, but they still accept. The Code of Honor is observed after all, and perhaps these young guns won respect along with the match. Will Darius & Action rise up to define a new era of honor? Will the Kingdom rebuild back better after this?
A great episode for ROH, but I’m surprised they’re suddenly pushing things to the full two hours. All good matches, as expected, but there’s always a handful where the matches are just to build up people in the roster. I do like that Daniels & Sydal did more than just have a tag match. After a great NJPW World TV Championship match, which ZSJ of course won, I like that Samoa Joe came out to both insult ZSJ and challenge him to a match, followed by Daniels & Sydal coming out so Sydal can challenge both champs. I do like ZSJ’s idea to team up with Joe to take on both Daniels & Sydal, and I have a feeling ZSJ & Joe win so we can just get to ZSJ VS Joe.
The ROH Tag Division is definitely growing, with Willie & Ninja Mack teaming up after their great singles match against each other, and more teams that just don’t have a place to be in AEW showing up here, like The Wingmen and The Iron Savages. I did say once that Bear Country felt like a great team in the making, and that’s still the same now that they’re the Iron Savages. Pretty sure Lucha Brothers retain against Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta, allowing them to take on any of these teams on the rise.
And of course, awesome stuff out of the Fight Without Honor, though also some scary stuff. But in the end, Action & Darius winning feels like the right move after everything The Kingdom’s done to them. The teams shaking hands at the end makes me feel like The Kingdom could actually turn Face if they wanted, because they have the ROH longevity and are all about defending the honor of ROH as such pillars. At the same time, they’re just really good as Heels, so I suppose they don’t have to change at all. I’m just not sure where they can go from here in the tag division.
My Score: 8.7/10
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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