Will the Fallen Angel rise up?
Two of ROH’s best and most well-known clash over the World Television Champion! Will Christopher Daniels dethrone Samoa Joe as the King of TV?
- Pure Rules Match: Rocky Romero VS Lee Moriarty w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey; Rocky wins.
- ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Angelica Risk; Athena wins and denies Risk a title match.
- ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Christopher Daniels; Joe wins and retains the title.
- ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Robbie Eagles; Claudio wins and retains the title.
- 10 Man Tag: Action Andretti, Darius Martin, Stu Grayson & Best Friends VS The Varsity Athletes & The Kingdom; Action, Darius, Stu & Best Friends win.
- Preston Vance w/ Jose VS Rich Adonis; Vance wins.
- Skye Blue VS Robyn Renegade; Skye wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Brock Anderson; Cage wins.
- Willow Nightingale VS Steph De Lander; Willow wins.
- Komander VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Komander wins.
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Pure Rules Match: Rocky Romero VS Lee Moriarty w/ “Big Bill” Morrissey!
“Azucar” may mean sugar, but Rocky was pretty salty after #TAIGASTYLE cheated him last week. So now, he’s flipping the script and putting this under the special rules of the ROH Pure Wrestling Division! Will Rocky get back at Moriarty for being sneaky? Or will Big Bill have another big impact on the match?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up as Rocky and Lee tie up. Rocky hits an arm-drag to an armbar! Lee scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! That’s Lee’s first, he has two left. Moriarty cools himself off, and he circles with Rocky again. Lee gets around to a waistlock but Rocky wrenches out to a wristlock. Lee rolls but Rocky wrangles him! Lee fights back up, Big Bill rallies the fans and Lee arm-drags, only for Rocky to hold onto the wrist! Lee grinds his forearm into Rocky’s face and gets free, then he reels Rocky in for a back suplex! Rocky lands on his feet, ducks a chop and wrenches to a hammerlock.
Lee switches the hammerlock but Rocky flying-mares! Lee bails out, Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Rocky watches Bill carefully, and he brings Lee up as fans rally behind him. Rocky puts Lee in, runs in, and RANAS! Cover, ONE!! Rocky gets the arm but Lee resists the armlock. Lee fights up, Rocky hammerlocks but Lee reaches back. Rocky thrashes the arm, but Lee steps through the ropes and slips around to tie Rocky up! The ref still counts it as Lee’s second ropebreak, and Bill protests. Lee KICKS the rope to jam Rocky’s arm! Lee then hits a 619!
Rocky flounders and Lee goes after him with a rain of palm strikes, and even digs his elbow in! Big Bill applauds but the fans boo. Lee taunts the fans, stalks Rocky to ropes and cravats. Lee throws knees, snapmares, and then scrapes his soles on Rocky’s face! Lee air guitars and dances, and Bill loves it. Fans boo as Lee drags Rocky up with a fishhook! Lee puts Rocky in the corner to CHOP! And he feints the chop to dig his forearm into Rocky’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Lee lets off, and Lee drags Rocky up. Lee snapmares, steps over and has a hammerlock and neck wrench. Rocky endures as fans rally up.
Rocky fights to his feet, Lee facelocks but Rocky throws body shots. Rocky backs Lee down, runs, but Bill trips Rocky up! Fans boo, Lee spins Rock around but Rocky DECKS him! That was a haymaker, the ref gives Rocky a warning. Rocky is upset, and he runs into a BUCKLE SHOT! Lee drags Rocky to a cover, TWO! Rocky is hanging tough but Lee drags him up. Lee bumps Rocky off buckles, climbs up and he rains down palm strikes! The ref counts, Lee takes his time but Rocky escapes to dropkick the legs out! Lee tumbles to the mat and Bill hurries to rally the fans. But the fans cheer on “ROCKY! ROCKY!”
Lee runs in, Rocky dodges to ROCK and CHOP on repeat! Rocky whips, Lee reverses but Rocky slides under the boot! Lee blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but not the REWIND HEEL! Lee staggers, swings on Rocky but Rocky spins him around, TORANDO DDT! Cover, TWO! Lee survives but Rocky pounds the mat to rally the fans. Rocky KICKS Lee in the arm, wrenches that arm, but Lee rakes eyes! Lee reels Rocky into a pump handle and scoop but Rocky slips free. Lee elbows Rocky, runs the ropes, but Rocky jumps to ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Lee flails, moves around, ROPEBREAK! That’s his last one!
Lee bails out and Bill is there, but Rocky goes to the apron. Rocky runs up but Bill stands in the way. Fans boo as Bill eggs Rocky on. Lee slides onto the apron but Rocky avoids the sweep, and the kick goes into Bill! Lee apologizes, but Rocky FLYING KNEES Lee down! Fans fire up as Rocky puts Lee in the ring. Rocky runs in to SHIRANUI! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and Bill is relieved. Rocky KICKS Lee around, brings him up, but Lee powers out of the cravat. Lee CHOPS, so Rocky CHOPS! Lee CHOPS again, so Rocky CHOPS again! Rocky fires palm strikes, Lee gives them back and fans fire up as the shots are fast ‘n’ furious!
Lee gets the edge, waistlocks, but Rocky elbows free. Cravat and SLICED- NO, Lee blocks, spins Rocky around, TAIGA DRIVER 18! Cover, TWO!! Rocky survives and Lee is furious! Lee hammers away on Rocky! Lee roars but fans boo as he aims from a corner. Lee slashes his throat, vowing to end this. But Rocky ducks the superkick to JUMP KNEE! Lee wobbles, runs back in, but Rocky puts him up top! Rocky GAMANGIRIS, climbs, and SUPER ARMBAR TAKEDOWNS! DIABLO ARMBAR!! Lee flails, reaches out, but the ropebreak doesn’t count!! Bill protests, but them’s the rules! Lee taps, Rocky wins!!
Winner: Rocky Romero, by submission
Bill tried to help Lee but it didn’t matter! Rocky outwrestled Moriarty, but will they go around one more time in a tiebreaker?
ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Angelica Risk!
The Fallen Goddess has been beating challenger after challenger, and crossing off contender after contender through the Proving Grounds. Will Athena continue to tear through the roster? Or will she regret taking on the Risk?
Athena is fired up even before the bell but Risk tells her to kiss this. The Code of Honor is still upheld, the bell rings, and then Athena pie faces Risk! Athena laughs then BOOTS Risk down! Athena pops, locks and raises her hands in victory, and she says, “This is all you guys have?” Athena drags Risk up but Risk throws body shots! Risk JAWBREAKERS Athena away, then dodges to run and tilt-o-whirl RANA! Athena ends up on ropes, but she blocks the 619! Athena drags Risk around into a wheelbarrow, for a FACEBUSTER! Risk writhes while Athena scowls. Athena tells the fans to shut up, then she drags Risk up.
Athena DECKS Risk with a forearm! Risk crawls, Athena drags her up by her hair, but the ref reprimands. Athena lets off, to SUPERKICK Risk! Athena shouts, “This is crap!” as she points at Risk. Athena drags Risk up but Risk ROCKS her with forearms! Athena swings, misses, Risk rolls her up, TWO! Athena runs in to SHOTGUN Risk down! Athena kips up and soaks up both cheers and jeers. Athena then drags Risk around, wraps her up in a straitjacket stretch, and even fishhooks Risk’s face! The ref reprimands, but Athena KNEES Risk in the back! Athena chinlocks and she taunts “porcelain” Risk.
Risk kicks, flails, and fans rally up. Risk fights up, throws elbows and body shots, but Athena throws Risk down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Athena gets right in his face! The ref backs away to a corner, and Athena goes back to Risk. Athena whips corner to corner, Risk BOOTS back! Risk ROCKS Athena, ROCKS her again, and again! Then she dodges to EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, ONE!! Athena is getting mad now, but Risk ENZIGURIS! Athena is on ropes, Risk dials it up, 619!! Fans fire up with Risk and she goes up the corner! Risk aims, leaps, but Athena catches her! And pops her up into a WASTELAND!
Athena fireman’s carry rolls, WASTELAND again! Athena rolls again to pick Risk back up, and fans fire up for the THIRD WASTELAND! Athena scowls but then grins as she drags Risk back up. Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER! And CROSSFACE! Risk taps, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by submission (denies Risk a title opportunity)
Risk pushed Athena but Athena made her pay for it! But just like the win streak, that mean streak grows as Athena drags Risk over to the belt! Athena grins, calls out Skye Blue, and she full nelsons Risk for a SKYE FALL onto the belt!! The Fallen Goddess has called out Chicago Skye, will they have it out for the gold soon enough?
ROH World Television Championship: Samoa Joe VS Christopher Daniels!
Icon clashes with icon in a battle that exemplifies ROH’s history and level of talent. But will Samoa Joe continue to be the King of Wrestling Television? Or will Daniels look to start another Grand Slam journey?
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see if the reign continues!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally up as the two circle. The fans chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” as he and Daniels approach. They tie up, Joe puts Daniels in a corner, and the ref calls the break. Joe lets off slowly, but Daniels avoids his chop! The two reset as the fans sing, “Joe~ is gonna kill~ you!” Joe and Daniels tie up, Daniels gets around to a headlock, but Joe powers up and out. The fans duel, Daniels RAMS Joe but Joe stays up. Daniels runs and RAMS Joe, but Joe still stays up! Daniels says okay, one more time. Daniels runs, but he ducks Joe’s punch to fire off forearms!
Daniels runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up as Joe goes after Daniels in the corner with JAB after JAB after JAB! Joe sits Daniels down then lets off. Fans fire up again as Joe drags Daniels up. Daniels throws forearms and CHOPS, then backs Joe down. Daniels whips, Joe reverses and back elbows, to PELE! Daniels falls and fans fire up even more. Joe covers, TWO! Joe drags Daniels up to snapmare and clamp a claw into the shoulder! Daniels endures and fans rally. Daniels fights up, Joe snapmares him and CHOPS! And PENALTY KICKS! And ELBOW DROPS! Cover, TWO! Daniels hangs tough but Joe keeps cool.
Joe stalks Daniels to ropes while fans rally and duel. Joe HEADBUTTS Daniels, CHOPS him, but Daniels CHOPS back! Joe throws a forearm, Daniels throws forearms! Daniels CLUBS away on Joe’s head, runs, but Joe POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Daniels is still in this but Joe stalks him again. Fans rally but Daniels drops out of the sleeper! Victory roll, TWO! Joe runs, but Daniels rolls him up! TWO! Daniels bobs ‘n’ weaves, CLUBS and JAWBREAKERS, then STOS! Fans fire up with Daniels as he paces around Joe. Joe stands, Daniels brings him around to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP!
Daniels whips corner to corner, Joe reverses but Daniels BOOTS him! Daniels goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Cover, TWO! Joe survives but Daniels calls his shot! Daniels kicks low, reels Joe in, but Joe back drops free! Daniels staggers up, but he catches Joe! Joe elbows free of the clinch, but Daniels comes back, into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Joe puts Daniels up top, tucks him in, MUSCLE BUSTER!! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall (still ROH World Television Champion)
The chase for the longest ROH World TV Championship reign is still on! And biggest of all, Joe still shakes Daniels’ hand to show respect. Will Joe prove that he is THE best TV Champion of all time?
ROH World Championship: Claudio Castagnoli VS Robbie Eagles!
From one championship to another! The Swiss Superman faces those he feels are worthy of this title. Will TMDK’s Sniper of the Skies prove more than worthy? Or will Claudio prove the mighty do kneel?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Robbie is worthy!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie right up. Claudio scoops and DROPS Eagles! Fans rally up as Eagles gets back up and resets. They tie up, Claudio has a standing armlock, and he wristlocks. Eagles flips through, wrenches and wristlocks, but Claudio pushes him to ropes. The ref counts, Claudio whips but Eagles blocks using ropes. Claudio kicks low, whips, but Eagles goes up and around and arm-drags! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles then RANAS! Claudio gets up and Eagles WHEEL KICKS him out! Fans fire up as Eagles eggs Claudio on. Claudio throws a fit, gets back in and he shoves Eagles.
Eagles shoves Claudio, so Claudio slaps Eagles! Eagles SLAPS Claudio! Eagles KICKS away on Claudio’s leg, but Claudio smothers Eagles into a corner! The ref reprimands and counts, Claudio lets off, and then he kicks low! And UPPERCUTS! And stomps away! The ref counts, Claudio lets off, and Claudio drags Eagles up to suplex him away! Fans rally while Eagles writhes. Claudio scowls and drags Eagles up. Claudio scoops Eagles to trophy lift him! And then SLAM him! Claudio drops a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Eagles sits up but Claudio wraps onto him with an armlock and chinbar.
Fans rally and Eagles endures, and he fights free to get up. Claudio just gets the other arm and wrangles Eagles down! Claudio bends the arm back, bends the fingers, and twists the wrist! Eagles endures as Claudio digs his forearm into Eagles’ face. Fans rally, Eagles fights up again, but Claudio traps the arm again. Claudio leans on Eagles in this “eastern stretch,” but fans rally up again. Eagles fights to his feet, throws body shots, then dropkicks a leg out! But Claudio BOOTS Eagles down! Claudio drags Eagles up to scoop but Eagles slips free to rolling chop block! Eagles runs to BLINDSIDER!
Claudio hobbles out of the ring, Eagles runs to SOMERSAULT TOPE! Fans fire up as Eagles takes Claudio down at the ramp! Eagles stands Claudio up, Claudio throws an elbow, but Eagles dropkicks Claudio’s leg! Claudio gets into the ring, Eagles goes to the apron. Eagles springboards to dropkick the legs out! Fans rally up and Eagles KICKS away on Claudio! Eagles runs, LEG LARIAT! Claudio goes to a corner, Eagles runs in to GAMANGIRI! Eagles keeps going, LOW 619 to the legs! Claudio sits down, and Eagles METEORAS! Eagles drags Claudio to a high stack, TWO! Claudio is hanging tough but Eagles keeps focus.
Eagles goes after the legs but Claudio boots him away. Eagles comes back with a CHOP BLOCK! Eagles KICKS away on the leg, but Claudio blocks to shove Eagles down! Claudio has the legs and fans fire up, for the SWING! But Eagles sits right up to sunset flip! ONE, into the “EAGLE LOCK!” Claudio scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets Claudio out of the Ron Miller Special quickly. Eagles brings Claudio up but Claudio DECKS Eagles! Claudio deadlifts Eagles, but Eagles slips out to fire off a strike fest! Eagles BOOTS, BOOTS and BOOTS! Eagles runs, to BOOT again! Eagles keeps going, dodges Claudio’s lariat to kick low!
Eagles cravats for STANDING SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Claudio hangs tough but Eagles goes to the corner. Eagles climbs up and 450, but he has to bail out as Claudio moves. Claudio sends Eagles to a corner, scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and shocks Claudio! Claudio throws off his elbow pads and he drags Eagles up. UPPER- NO, BACKSLIDE! TWO!! Claudio escapes, Eagles rolls him to bridge, TWO! Eagles keeps moving, but runs into a pop-up, only to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Claudio blocks a roundhouse to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!! Eagles survives and Claudio is frustrated.
Claudio drags Eagles up, but Eagles ROUNDHOUSES! SUPERKICKS! And PELES! Claudio wobbles, Eagles cravats, but Claudio blocks the bread! Pop-up, arms tucked, and some vicious knees to the back! RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, Claudio wins!
Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)
Eagles was definitely a worthy challenger, but not worthy of being a champion. Claudio claims he didn’t even shift out of first gear. But will there come a contender that forces Claudio to red line?
Backstage interview with Skye Blue.
Dasha asks her about the disrespect Athena has been throwing at her. Skye says Athena showed disrespect and had the audacity to stick her nose in other people’s business. Athena walked out on stage after Skye’s match but didn’t have the guts to go to the ring. Athena bullies everyone in the locker room to assert dominance she clearly doesn’t have. So since Athena wants to pick Skye as her next victim and bully her, even though Skye’s the one busting her ass for everything in this company, how about this: they have the singles match everyone’s wanted to see, and as a cherry on top, make it for the ROH Women’s World Champion.
Skye has issued the challenge, will the Fallen Angel take it seriously?
10 Man Tag: Action Andretti, Darius Martin, Stu Grayson & Best Friends w/ The Dark Order VS The Varsity Athletes & The Kingdom w/ Maria Kanellis & Mark Sterling!
In quite the line-up, teams join forces with unlikely allies to squash all the beef in the ROH Tag Division! Will Action, Air Wolf, Player Two, Kentucky Gentleman & #JustTrent come out on top? Or will Ari Daivari, Tony Nese, Josh Woods, Matt Taven & Mike Bennett dunk on all the “Melvins?”
Chuck has the Super Friends of Honor all put their hands in, and they seem to be united here tonight. The teams sort out, which is a bit like herding cats for the ref, and Taven starts against Action. They uphold the Code of Honor and fans rally up. They tie up, go around, and Taven puts Action in a corner., Action avoids a chop to CHOP! Action whips corner to corner, Taven goes up and over and keeps moving, Action hurdles, but Taven DROPKICKS him down! Because “IIII’M MATT TAVEN!” Taven drags Action up, blocks Action’s sobat, then flips Action! Action lands on his feet, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS Taven back!
Action says, “Lights! Camera! Action!” Sterling and Maria boo as Action wrenches Taven and brings him over. Tag to Darius, they double whip, body shot, KICK and snapmare to PENALTY KICK and basement dropkick! But Mike gets in to DECK Action! Darius fires off on Mike, and the dugouts empty! The brawl is on, the ref is lost in the chaos, but Action’s team throw everyone else out. Sterling and Maria tell their guys to get back in there, but they all get BLASTED off the apron! Darius tags Trent, Darius and Action whip Taven to a corner, then Action runs in to UPPERCUT! Darius runs in to clothesline!
Chuck runs in to clothesline! And feeds Taven to the SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Stu Grayson LIONSAULTS! Trent covers but Mike breaks it! Chuck CLUBS Mike, TOSSES him, and goes back to the corner. Trent ROCKS Taven, whips, but Taven reverses. Trent BOOTS back, but then Nese CLOBBERS him! Taven hurries to tag Nese in and he stomps away on Trent. Nese whips Trent hard into the corner! Trent falls and Nese says, “That’s how it’s done right there!” Nese flexes, then he brings Trent up. Nese whips Trent but Chuck saves him! Trent then KNEES Nese down! Fans rally up as both men crawl, hot tags to Stu and Daivari!
Stu rallies on the Varsity Athletes! He CLOBBERS Nese, CLOBBERS Daivari, then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Daivari! Woods runs in but is sent right out! Stu URENAGES Daivari! But Nese SUPERKICKS Stu! Nese turns around into a SEXY CHUCKIE KNEE! But Mike DECKS Chuck! Darius runs in to HOTSHOT BULLDOG and then GAMANGIRI Mike! Only to turn into the KICK OF THE KING! Action spins Taven around to BACKBREAKER and NECKBREAKER! But Woods BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES Action! Woods fires up, fans fire up with him as the hometown hero, but Stu ENZIGURIS Woods!
Stu goes up the corner, fans fire up, but Woods goes up after him! SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Action returns to clothesline Woods up and out! Then Action builds speed to FLY! He takes out the Varsity Athletes AND Mike! Taven goes up top, but Trent CLUBS away on him! The others brawl in a cluster, Trent brings Taven up to SUPERPLEX onto them all!! Fans fire up and lose their minds as all ten men are down! Daivari crawls into the ring but Stu’s on him! Daivari slips free, hammerlocks, but Stu avoids the lariat to PELE! Stu drags Daivari up, brings him over, tag to Action. Action goes up as Stu has Daivari in a dragon sleeper.
Action aims, but wait! The Righteous are here! Stu drops Daivari as he stares down Dutch and Vincent. The Righteous aren’t leaving Stu alone, but the rest of The Dark Order gets him to focus. But Daivari rolls Action up! TWO, and Action SUPERKICKS Daivari! Action torture racks, for the DOUBLE A NECKBREAKER!! Cover, Action’s team wins!
Winners: Action Andretti, Darius Martin, Stu Grayson & Best Friends, by pinfall
The Righteous try to get at Stu over how he didn’t finish that off, and then The Kingdom and Varsity Athletes argue over who dropped the ball. But will Stu be able to shake off Dutch and Vincent? Wait, wait, the Super Friends of Honor have an EIGHT MAN HUG! Will all these men find themselves climbing up the ranks in the ROH Tag Division?
Backstage interview with Athena.
Dasha brings up talking to Skye and how she felt extremely disrespected by Athena’s actions. Athena mockingly pouts, but Skye also issued a challenge or the title. Athena laughs at the idea that Skye wants the title. Well, Lexi- No, this is Dasha. Athena tells Lexi that she overstepped. Athena takes the mic and says bye. Dasha leaves and Athena tells Skye that if she’d pull her gear out of her ass for two seconds, she’d realize Athena didn’t go to the ring because Skye is not worthy to stand in the ring with Athena! But since Skye wants to pop off, Athena will entertain the challenge. See you next week.
And y’know what? Athena wants to get this off her chest. Just because Skye coasted on her sex appeal does not mean that Skye is worthy of opportunities. And not only will Athena make an example out of Skye, she will embarrass Skye, and she will show Skye that not only does she not belong in AEW, but not in ATHENA’S ROH! So, step up or step out. Will Skye be the one to fall when she faces the Fallen Goddess?
Preston Vance w/ Jose VS Rich Adonis!
Perro Peligroso is ready to take a bite out of ROH in singles action, and he has The Assistant by his side. Will he sink his teeth into his opponent tonight? Or will Adonis prove too rich for Vance’s blood?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but then Vance reels Rich into a short arm LARIAT! Fans chant “TEN! TEN! TEN!” at Vance as he stomps Rich. Vance drags Rich up, TOSSES him out, then RAMS him into railing! And then drags him up to RAM him into more railing! Fans fire up as Vance RAMS Rich into more railing! Rich flounders, Vance holds up the LFI fist, and then Vance puts Rich back in. Vance holds up the fist again, runs in at the corner, and clotheslines! Then whips corner to corner to clothesline again! And then again the other way! Vance fakes Rich out, then CHOPS him!
Jose tells Vance to keep going, but Vance is gloating. Rich turns Vance around to CHOP! And forearm! And CHOP! Vance shoves Rich, Rich comes back to redirect and DROPKICK! Vance goes to a corner, fans rally behind Rich, but he misses in the corner. Vance comes back, Rich goes up and over and keeps moving, Rich ducks ‘n’ dodges to wheelbarrow, but Vance hotshots him for the WHEELBARROW GERMAN! And then a BOOT! Vance takes a bow, then he steps on Rich! Vance drags Rich up, for the TOP TEN FULL NELSON! Then he throws Rich out for the DISCUS! Cover, Vance wins!
Winner: Preston Vance, by pinfall
The Dangerous Dog was playing with his food a bit there, but he finishes Rich off all the same. Will Vance be unstoppable in his rise up the ranks?
Backstage interview with Action & Darius.
ROH Media asks them about the big win, and they say they’re feeling great. The numbers were against them, but in the end, Action picks up Daivari and made him sorry. But then The Kingdom attacks! Taven CLOBBERS Darius, Mike RAMS Action into road cases! Then Mike & Taven RAM Darius into spare railing! Maria mocks Darius’ pain as Mike picks up the payphone to taunt Darius about Dante being injured. And then he CLOBBERS Action with the phone! Taven says they sure look like winners tonight. Oh, here, Code of Honor handshake! Taven says he’s an honorable man, and Mike says, “Welcome to ROH, boys.”
Skye Blue VS Robyn Renegade!
Skye called out Athena, Athena responded, and we have a title match set! But now, can Skye prove Athena is wrong and that Skye does belong? Or will Skye fall before the goal line?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, the two tie up, and Robyn headlocks. Robyn taunts Skye but Skye wrenches out to wristlcok. Robyn SLAPS Skye! Robyn whips, Skye sunset flips, TWO! Robyn sits on it, TWO! Robyn stacks, TWO! Skye has the sunset, TWO! Robyn kicks low, scowls, and she CHOPS Skye against the ropes. Robyn whips, Skye wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Robyn bails out and fans fire up for Skye as she goes to the apron. Skye aims and runs, but Robyn avoids the kick! Robyn YANKS Skye off the apron and to the floor! Robyn then POSTS Skye!
Skye flounders, Robyn kicks her around, and then puts Skye in the ring. Cover, TWO! Robyn is annoyed but she sees Skye go to the corner. Robyn runs in and DOUBLE KNEES! And then snapmare, and Robyn drags Skye around into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Robyn fishhooks Skye to make her smile, then SLAMS her down! The ref reprimands, but Skye kicks Robyn around. “You’re nothing, Skye.” Skye throws body shots but Robyn still toys with her. Robyn pie faces Skye but Skye fires off forearms! Fans fire up but Robyn knees low! Robyn whips, Skye reverses and follows to tilt-o-whirl and RANA!
Fans fire up with Skye as she runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS! Robyn staggers, Skye runs in, and she SHINING WIZARDS Robyn against ropes! And then runs to SHOTGUN Robyn down! Cover, TWO!! Robyn survives but Skye keeps on her. Robyn fights the full nelson so Skye snapmares and ghost pins, TWO! SUPER- NO, Robyn blocks, spins Skye, and she avoids the basement kick! Roll and SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Skye is still in this but Robyn shakes her head. Robyn drags Skye up, clinches, but Skye fights free with elbows! Skye whips, SUPERKICKS, and then reels Robyn in, but Robyn drops to victory roll! TWO!!
Skye gest around Robyn, full nelsons, SKYE FALL!! Cover, Skye wins!
Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall
Whatever Athena thinks of her, Skye sure fought to earn that victory! Skye is going into the title match with a win streak of her own, but will she be able to stop the Fallen Goddess?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Brock Anderson!
The Machine has been bulldozing through opponents on behalf of the Mogul Embassy, but now he runs into the Son of the Enforcer. Will a second generation wrestler stop the Path of Cage? Or will we still be looking for who betta?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Brock waistlocks. Wardlow switches, SLAMS, and then facelocks. Brock fights up but Cage suplexes. Brock slips free, shoots in and waistlocks again, and he ducks an elbow! Cage still headlocks, but Brock wrenches and headlocks back. Cage powers out and he runs Brock over! “Who betta than Cage?!” Cage runs, Brock drops, but Cage blocks the hip toss. Cage swings, Brock ducks and waistlocks again, but Cage ELBOWS and whips! Brock holds ropes , BOOTS back, and then runs, but into a POWERSLAM!
“Who betta than Cage?!” Cage flexes while fans are torn. Cage paces, Brock goes to a corner, and Cage runs in. Brock dodges the splash! But Cage ELBOWS Brock back! Cage whips Brock to a corner, Brock goes up and over and kicks low to DDT! Both men are down and Nana grows worried. Fans rally, Brock rises and he fires up! Brock ROCKS Cage with haymakers and forearms! Brock whips, Cage reverses but Brock runs him over now! And again! Brock scoops but Cage fights that to scoop! Brock slips free, shoves Cage, and scoops him for a SLAM! Brock fires up and fans rally behind him.
Brock brings Cage up, whips him to ropes, but Cage blocks the boot to sit Brock down! Cage gets the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Brock endures, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Cage lets off and then hauls Brock up to suplex, only for Brock to cradle counter! TWO, and Cage DISCUS LARIATS! Cage drags Brock back up, suplexes, DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
Cage got his ish in, and he got his win! Nana shakes Brock’s hand to sarcastically uphold the Code of Honor. Will Cage lead the way for The Mogul Embassy to get even more gold?
Willow Nightingale VS Steph De Lander!
The Babe with The Power is still fighting her way back up the ranks. We know Skye gets her shot at Athena next week, will Willow be waiting on the other side? Or will Willow find her match in Darling De Lander?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but then Steph pie faces Willow! Willow swings and Steph backs off. Steph throws hands, whips, and trips Willow! Things speed up, Steph RAMS Willow, but Willow RAMS Steph! They RAM each other again, then Willow trips Steph for the SENTON! Willow says she’s smarter than Steph. Willow then brings Steph up, but Steph stomps a foot! Steph whips, Willow reverses and follows to run Steph over! Fans fire up as Willow flexes! Willow whips, Steph reverses and ROCKS Willow! Steph whips, Willow cartwheels through and she ENZIGURIS back!
Steph staggers to ropes, fans fire up and Willow goes up a corner. Steph ROCKS Willow first, runs side to side and BOOTS! Steph drags Willow off the corner to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Steph pie faces Willow around and talks some smack. Steph UPPERCUTS Willow, RAMS her into a corner, and RAMS her again and again! The ref reprimands and counts, Steph brings Willow around to snapmare and run, for a ROLLING CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Willow but Steph stalks her to ropes. Steph ROCKS Willow to a corner, then whips her corner to corner. Steph runs in and SPLASHES!
Fans boo but Steph mockingly asks, “One more?” Steph whips corner to corner and runs in but Willow dodges! Willow keeps moving and fans fire up, Willow back body blocks! And clotheslines! And snapmares, to then go up the corner. Steph staggers up, Willow MISSILE DROPKICKS her down! Fans fire up and Willow brings down the straps! Steph is in the corner, Willow runs in, CANNONBALL! Willow then drags Steph up, fireman’s carries, but Steph fights free! Steph ROCKS Willow, runs, but into the SPINEBUSTER! High stack, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall
And that was good night for Steph! Willow keeps the Code of Honor with another handshake, will she truly become a champion of honor soon enough?
Komander VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!
Don’t blink, don’t look away, because this is going to be more fast and furious than the movie franchise! Will The Commander of Lucha Libre ascend towards title contention? Or will the Spanish Announce Project’s South African Stud stop Komander in his tracks?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and then Angelico spins to reel Komander into a very unique armlock chinbar combo! The ref reprimands as Angelico is pulling at the mask. Angelico spins again, has another unique armlock that bends the fingers, and he even has the other arm! Komander endures, Angelico kicks him to a corner! Angelico runs in but into a BOOT! Komander runs, tiger wall kick! And then springboard, top rope TORNILLO ARM-DRAG! Fans fire up while Angelico bails out. Komander builds speed, but Angelico slides in to BOOT Komander down!
Fans boo but Angelico drags Komander up and RAMS him face first into the buckles. The ref checks Komander but Angelico digs his boots in. The ref reprimands and counts, Angelico lets off at 4, and Serpentico mocks Komander. Fans rally and Komander sits up. Angelico drags Komander up, snapmares and chinlocks with the armlock. Komander endures, pries at the hold, but Angelico just shifts to a chinbar. Fans rally with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” and Komander throws hands! Angelico knees low and whips Komander to a corner hard! Angelico then mocks the lucha chants, before running in corner to corner.
Komander dodges and Angelico’s knee hits buckles! Angelico tumbles up and out, and Komander climbs the corner! Komander tightrope walks and SUPER SKY TWISTERS!! Fans are thunderous for “LUCHA LIBRE!” as Komander drags Angelico up. Komander throws forearms, puts Angelico in the ring, but Angelico bails out. Fans boo, but Komander jumps, jumps and CROSSBODIES! Direct hit and the fans fire up again! Komander drags Angelico up again and puts him back in the ring. Komander goes up the corner and aims again, for a FLYING SUNSET FLIP! TWO!! Angelico escapes and both men stare down.
Komander avoids a sweep, but not the EDDY GORDO KICK! Angelico reels Komander in for a BIG back suplex, then steps through to LA CACITA! TWO!!! Komander escapes the modified Magistrol and “This is Awesome!” Angelico says he’s gonna end this, and he drags Komander up. Angelico Canadian racks into a crucifix, but Komander RANAS the Razor’s Edge into the corner! SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Angelico survives but fans rally up behind Komander. Komander brings Angelico up, runs, and rolls into a SPIKE RANA!! Cover, TWO!?!? Fans can’t believe it but Angelico survives!
Angelico bails out but Serpentico crawls up onto the apron, only for Komander to dropkick him down! Komander then goes up the far corner, and fans fire up because they know what’s coming! TIGHTROPE WALK TORNILLO!! Direct hit at the ramp and fans are thunderous! They chant “SI! SI! SI!” for Komander as he puts Angelico back in. TIGHTROPE SHOOTING STAR!! Cover, Komander wins!
Winner: Komander, by pinfall
A high-flying, hard hitting main event, and in the end, it is Komander who stands tall! Angelico is reluctant, but he accepts the Code of Honor handshake. Will we see these two run it back one day? Wait, Serpentico attacks from behind! Fans boo as the handshake was all a fake out! Serpentico bumps Komander off buckles, rains down fists, and Angelico talks trash. They dig their boots in, but here comes ORANGE CASSIDY AND BANDIDO!! ORANGE PUNCH for Serpentico! Angelico runs away from Bandido, and the amigos help Komander up. Will we see the Best Friends franchise humble SAP?
For an episode that sounded stacked on paper, this episode only ended up… good. It is not a good sign to me when the top two titles have their matches back to back in the first half of a 90 minute show. And on top of that, Joe VS Daniels wasn’t as epic as it should’ve been. I mean, four paragraphs? That’s barely more than what we got out of the Proving Grounds match. The ROH World Championship was really good, though, and Eagles being the opponent was a surprise in itself. Claudio won, of course, but I’m not sure who they’re building to for Claudio’s next PPV opponent.
Great Pure Rules match, though, with Rocky cleverly getting Lee to use up his ropebreaks so that there was no escaping the armbar. We definitely need a third match of these three, I’m just not sure what they’d do next. Though, I do think they need to make a ringside ban on Big Bill, he’s gotten involved both times. Of course Vance squashes his opponent, and I figured Cage was going to win. Brock wasn’t as smooth as he could’ve/should’ve been, but I kinda blame that on him just not getting reps when AEW could’ve been giving Lineage (Brock Anderson & Brian Pillman Jr.) more time through Elevation and/or Dark.
While on that subject, it would seem Elevation and Dark are shut down because of Warner Brothers Discover giving AEW their new show, Collision. So sadly, ROH and AEW Rampage might end up the replacements for Elevation and Dark… And that felt very apparent in that 10 Man Tag in front of a very small crowd that was either tired after watching everything else, or just bored and wanting to get to everything else. Still good stuff from all ten guys, and of course the Righteous show up to distract Stu. Decent ambush backstage by The Kingdom on Action & Darius, but didn’t we already get a tag match between them? Is this going to create a No Disqualification tag match as the blow-off?
Great main event out of Komander VS Angelico, and at least the crowd appreciated it. Great win for Komander, and great save by Cassidy and Bandido. I feel like we’re going to get a Six Man Tag of Cassidy, Bandido & Komander against the full Spanish Announce Project. And as such, Serpentico will take the loss. And really good match from Willow VS Steph (formerly Persia Pirotta). Steph definitely matches up with Willow in size and strength, but I feel like Steph still needs some polish. I feel like ROH kinda wasted Willow’s shot at Athena, though. If she’d been on this win streak and just building momentum, she would look amazing once she finally faced Athena.
As such, for having a pretty good stretch of booking their women’s division, tonight was a glaringly bad way of arranging things in the title story. Athena having that Proving Grounds match near the beginning was fine, but it was how they arranged the Skye Blue segments. Why was it Skye’s promo, Athena’s response promo (which was still really good), and then Skye’s match? Instead, Skye should have her match first, then she calls out Athena in a post match promo. Then Ember walks out on stage to accept the challenge, and boom, you’ve saved some time that could be given to other segments.
My Score: 8.4/10
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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