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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 33 Results & Report! (7/18/23)

The G1 keeps it going!

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Blocks A and B are back to work!

The G1 Climax had a great opening weekend, but they aren’t stopping there! Will Sanada keep his momentum going against Roughneck Shota Umino?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • G1 Climax 33, A Block: Kaito Kiyomiya VS Chase Owens; Kaito wins.
  • G1 Climax 33, B Block: Great-O-Khan VS KENTA; Kenta wins.
  • G1 Climax 33, A Block: Hikuleo VS Gabe Kidd; Kidd wins.
  • G1 Climax 33, B Block: Taichi VS Tanga Loa; Taichi wins.
  • G1 Climax 33, A Block: Yota Tsuji VS Ren Narita; Time Limit Draw.
  • G1 Climax 33, B Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
  • G1 Climax 33, A Block: SANADA VS Shota Umino; Sanada wins.
  • G1 Climax 33, B Block: Kazuchika Okada VS El Phantasmo; Okada wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings.

Sanada: 1-0, 2 points
Kaito Kiyomiya: 1-0, 2 points
Chase Owens: 1-0, 2 points
Ren Narita: 0-0-1, 1 point
Shota Umino: 0-0-1, 1 point
Yota Tsuji: 0-1, 0 points
Hikuleo: 0-1, 0 points
Gabe Kidd: 0-1, 0 points

 

Here are the current B Block standings.

Kazuchika Okada: 1-0, 2 points
Taichi: 1-0, 2 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-0, 2 points
Tanga Loa: 1-0, 2 points
Will Ospreay: 0-1, 0 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-1, 0 points
Kenta: 0-1, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-1, 0 points

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: Kaito Kiyomiya VS Chase Owens!

Both these men won their opening round matches, but someone’s momentum is about to be stopped here and now! Will this still be the GREEN 1? Or will the Crown Jewel outshine the Supernova?

Chase offers a handshake and the fans cheer. Kaito is wary, but Chase says scout’s honor. Fans rally, wanting to see the handshake. The ref accepts, and so Chase waits on Kaito. Kaito steps forward, and he accepts. The fans cheer as the handshake is clean, but then Chase attacks from behind! The bell rings and Chase fires off in the corner. Chase CHOPS, stalks Kaito around the way, and CHOPS him again. Chase whips, Kaito dodges and arm-drags! And dropkicks! Cover, ONE! Kaito arm-drags again! Fans cheer and Chase fights up as Kaito keeps on the armlock. Chase throws a forearm, then scoops, but Kaito slips free!

Kaito scoops and SLAMS Chase, then runs to elbow drop! Cover, ONE! Kaito arm-drags Chase right back down and has another armlock. Chase fights up, pulls hair, but the ref reprimands. They’re on the ropes, the ref counts, and Chase lets off slowly, only to HOTSHOT Kaito! The ref reprimands and Kaito sputters while fans rally up. Chase sits Kaito up and punches him in the head! The ref reprimands but Chase claims he used the palm. Chase sits Kaito up again and headlocks, for “another” palm strike! Chase has Kaito on ropes now and CLAWS his back! The ref reprimands but Chase CHOKES Kaito! And makes him smile!

Chase lets off as the ref counts, and then he brings Kaito up to whip him corner to corner! Kaito hits buckles hard and falls over, and Chase mockingly applauds. Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Chase is annoyed. Chase CLUBS and stomps Kaito, then grabs his fingers to SNAP them! Very villainous of Chase, and then he digs his foot into Kaito’s face. The ref reprimands, Chase brings Kaito up and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Chase keeps Kaito down with a chinlock. Chase squeezes tight but Kaito endures. Chase KNEES Kaito in the back, then scuffs him with his boot.

Chase gives taunting kicks, and he even slaps Kaito around. Chase ROCKS Kaito with a forearm, but Kaito glares at Chase. Chase ROCKS him again, but Kaito shakes his head. Chase throws another forearm but Kaito roars as he ROCKS Chase in return! Chase throat chops! The ref reprimands but Chase runs, into an arm-drag! Kaito has the cording hold, Chase pulls hair, whips free, but Kaito CLOBBERS Chase! Kaito rallies with elbows and a whip, but Chase reverses. Chase runs in but into another elbow! Kaito goes up for a FLYING FOREARM! Fans rally up as Kaito rises and fires up!

Kaito goes up a corner, aims as Chase stands, and he MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Chase stays in this and Kaito keeps his cool. Kaito brings Chase around, chicken wings, but Chase fights free. Chase runs, and he fakes out the dropkick! Chase SUPERKICKS Kaito down! Kaito crawls away to the far corner but Chase runs in to forearm smash! And then back suplex off buckles into the SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Kaito survives and fans fire up, but Chase locks ‘n’ loads. Chase says bang, and he reels Kaito in. Chase tucks the arms, but Kaito fights the lift! Chase CLUBS away on Kaito, then tries again. But Kaito back drops free!

Fans fire up as Kaito runs in, but Chase ducks the Shining Wizard! Kaito kicks and whips but Chase reverses. Kaito kicks again runs in, but into a rebound DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Chase can’t believe it but Kaito survives that innovative slam! Chase looms over Kaito as the fans rally, “KA-I-TO!” Chase sits Kaito up to C-TRIGGER! And then he tucks the arms, PACKAGE- RANA from Kaito! cover, TWO!! Chase escapes but even he has to check with the ref! Kaito runs in to JUMP KNEE! And then chicken wings, for TIGER DRIVER 23!! Cover, TWO!?! Chase survives but Kaito fires back up!

Kaito aims from a corner, runs back in, EVOLVED SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Kaito wins!

Winner: Kaito Kiyomiya, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

Kaito stays in the green as he earns another victory! Will the Supernova keep shining all the way to the end?

 

G1 Climax 33, B Block: Great-O-Khan VS KENTA!

Both these men lost their opening round matches, but now one of them will get on the board! Will the Rev-Pro Wrestling British Heavyweight Champion bring down the DEFY Wrestling Champion? Or will Fang Revived make The Dominator #GoToSleep?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, Khan pushes forward but Kenta uses a leg guard. Khan still makes it to a press but Kenta keeps his shoulders up. Kenta kicks free but Khan moves around to go for another press, only for Kenta to bail out. Fans cheer this opening exchange, and Khan waits on Kenta. Kenta takes his time returning, and Khan sits back to dare him to try something. Kenta steps in, the two circle again, and they feel things out. But then Kenta just claws Khan’s face! Kenta runs, but Khan runs him over! Fans fire up but Kenta bails out again. Khan goes out after him!

The ref says to get this in the ring but Khan pushes him down! Kenta has his Defy belt and CLOBBERS Khan with it! Fans boo but Kenta drags Khan up to whip him into railing! Khan tumbles up and over, and Kenta goes out after him. Kenta brings Khan around by his ponytail, and he goes to the back second, to BOWL Khan into open chairs! The Young Lions rush over, as does the ref. The ref wants this back in the ring but Kenta kicks and stomps Khan around. The ref is more insistent, but Kenta still SMACKS Khan with a chair! Kenta pretends to be heading back, but then he taunts Khan with his arms-crossed pose.

Kenta stomps Khan, drags him up by his ponytail, and brings him back towards ringside. Kenta throws body shots, then POSTS him! The ref tells Kenta to get in the ring and Kenta hops up, only to DIVING STOMP Khan on the ground! Kenta kicks Khan against railing, then KICKS him in the chest! The ring count finally starts as Kenta KICKS Khan again! Kenta brings Khan up and in at 7 of 20, and fans applaud as Kenta steps in. Kenta stands on Khan for a cover, TWO! Fans applaud but Kenta gives Khan mocking kicks. Kenta brings Khan up but Khan ROCKS him with a forearm! Khan runs in at the corner, into a BOOT!

Kenta rushes Khan but Khan catches him into a Cobra Twist! Kenta fights it but Khan Mongolian Chops him on the back! Khan then gut wrenches for a BIG suplex! Fans fire up and Kenta flops out of the ring. Khan goes back out after Kenta, drags him up, then whips him into railing! Now Kenta tumbles up and over! Khan goes out after Kenta and fans rally up as Khan brings Kenta around by his hair. Khan BOWLS Kenta into chairs! Fans fire up as Khan drags Kenta under a chair, and sits on him! The ref reprimands as the chair legs choke Kenta! Khan slaps Kenta around, but he still stands back up.

Khan then puts the chair around Kenta’s head! Khan brings Kenta to the very back, to RAM him into the wall! Kenta falls and sputters while fans rally behind Khan. The ref wants Khan to go to the ring, but Khan brings Kenta up and around with a headlock. Khan thrashes Kenta’s head, throws some knees, but Kenta hits back. Khan CLUBS Kenta, aims, but then RAMS Kenta into railing, not the post! Khan borrows a fan’s United Empire towel to CHOKE Kenta! The ring count climbs past 10 of 20, but Khan drags Kenta along with the towel! Khan sends Kenta in at 14 and returns the towel.

Khan steps in, drags Kenta up by his hair, and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Khan keeps on Kenta with the HITSUJIGOROSHI! Kenta grabs the ref! Khan is forced to let the hold go, and he’s furious now. But Kenta ducks the haymaker to shove Khan at the ref! Khan stops himself, elbows Kenta away, but Kenta dosidos with Khan to send him back in! Khan elbows Kenta away again, goes up top, FLYING MONGOLIAN- NO, Kenta blocks the chops to spin Khan for a DDT! Fans cheer that wild exchange, but Kenta gets mad at the ref for not taking the hit! Kenta then aims from the corner as Khan stirs.

Kenta runs in to BUSAIKU KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and we pass 10 minutes! Kenta slashes his throat, Khan staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Khan fights free, and he shoves Kenta into the ref! NOW the ref goes down and Kenta’s mad again! Kenta turns around, into the IRON FIST! Fans fire up and Khan drags Kenta up. Khan puts Kenta against ropes, to IRON FIST again! And again! Kenta falls over but Khan isn’t done with him! Khan drags Kenta up, scoops him, and hits the TTD! The Tenzan Tombstone Driver! Khan then fetches the ref, gets him up, and Khan goes to finish this!

Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW and drags Kenta up. ELIMIN- NO, Kenta blocks with a facelock! Khan still powers Kenta up! But Kenta hits a RANA out of it! Cover, with ropes!! KENTA WINS!

Winner: Kenta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The Fang Revived snatches victory from the claw of defeat! Khan can’t believe it, either! Will Kenta have this golden ticket in his back pocket? Or will he still make this the GTS1?

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Gabe Kidd!

Another example of two men who lost their opening round, though with impressive showings. Will the young Guerrilla of Destiny bring down the War Dog? Or will Kidd show his true strength?

Well Kidd continues to show his true colors as he CLOBBERS Hikuleo on the ramp! Just like he did to Chase last round! Kidd even kicks Jado down! Kidd rips railings apart, flips off fans, and he drags Hiku up to bring him around. Kidd HEADBUTTS Hiku and tells fans to get outta the way! Kidd tosses chairs around, brings Hiku deep into the seating area, and he makes Hiku take a seat so he can beat on him! Kidd then goes to the other section, grabs a chair, but Hiku BOOTS it into Kidd’s face! Fans fire up with Hiku and rally as he stalks Kidd. Hiku CHOPS Kidd and Kidd staggers into the crowd.

Hiku pursues, more fans have to move aside, and Hiku CHOPS Kidd! Kidd keeps staggering along, and we got to yet another section of the crowd. Hiku DECKS Kidd, and he makes sure fans know to move. Hiku scoops Kidd, aims, but Kidd slips free to CLAW Hiku’s eyes! The ref reprimands, but Kidd grabs someone’s seat and SMACKS Hiku with it! HEADSHOT! Fans boo but Kidd just taunts them. Kidd storms around, grabs more chairs and he starts to pile them on the floor. Kidd isn’t satisfied, he just keeps adding chair after chair! He’s got about ten chairs there! Kidd flips off everyone, they boo, but Hiku choke grips Kidd! CHOKE-

NO, Kidd fights free! Kidd brings Hiku up but Hiku back drops free, and Kidd falls on the chair pile! Fans fire up while Kidd writhes on the floor. Hiku stomps Kidd, drags him up, and brings him back to ringside. But Kidd fights with body shots, so Hiku CLUBS Kidd down! Kidd crawls away but Hiku pursues. They return to ringside after all, and Hiku brings Kidd up to put him in the ring. Fans cheer and Hiku steps in, the bell finally rings! Fans rally, Hiku runs in and SPLASHES! Hiku scoops to SNAKE EYES, but Kidd LARIATS! Hiku stays up to UPPERCUT! Kidd comes back to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Kidd and Hiku are down but the fans rally up. Kidd stands first, he drags Hiku up, and he reels Hiku in, but Hiku fights the lift. Kidd fights the back drop but Hiku gets free. Kidd SPITS at Hiku but fans boo. Kidd eggs Hiku on so Hiku DECKS Kidd! Hiku then waistlocks, but Kidd fights the lift! Fans rally, Hiku reels Kidd back in to GERMAN SUPELX! Kidd rises!? Kidd fires up and runs in, but into a scoop! SNAKE EYES again, for the LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Kidd survives and Hiku is surprised, but Jado says to end it! Hiku choke grips, and he drags Kidd up, but Kidd kicks low! Kidd is free, runs, but into a POWER- OW, more like a driver!

Kidd clutches his head, that wasn’t how that was supposed to go. But Hiku still drags him up with a choke grip, and then CHOKE- NO, Kidd fights it! Kidd CLAWS Hiku’s face, and CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Kidd wraps on a STANDING CROSSFACE! Makes sense, given how tall Hiku is! Fans rally as Hiku endures, claws at the arm, and reaches out, but Kidd pulls him and twists him around! Hiku powers through and still gets the ROPEBREAK! Kidd holds until the ref counts. Fans boo but Kidd shoves the ref down! And then drags Jado in! Kidd DECKS Jado with a forearm! Fans boo, but Hiku grabs Kidd! Kidd LOW BLOWS Hiku!!

The ref missed the low blow while he was attending to Jado! Kidd tucks Hiku in, PILEDRIVER!!! Cover, Kidd wins!!

Winner: Gabe Kidd, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hikuleo earns 0)

Kidd flips everyone off for doubting him against the giant Guerrilla! Will Kidd continue to show how NJPW Strong he is in this tournament?

 

G1 Climax 33, B Block: Taichi VS Tanga Loa w/ Jado!

The KOPW Champion trumped the IWGP United States Champion last round, while the Silverback went Ape Shit on Kenta. Will Loa add another champion to the short list? Or will the Holy Emperor prove he is the alpha male?

The bell rings and fans rally up with “Let’s Go, Taichi!” Loa and Taichi circle, tie up, and Taichi powers Loa back. Loa powers Taichi back and shoves him down! Fans applaud the show of strength but Taichi stands back up. They approach and Loa eggs Taichi on. Taichi CHOPS, and Loa nods. Loa winds up to ROCK Taichi with a forearm! Fans cheer as Taichi stays up, and CHOPS in return! Loa nods, and ROCKS Taichi again! Taichi CHOPS, Loa grins and nods, and he ROCKS Taichi again! They CHOP and forearm on repeat, but Taichi kicks low and whips. Loa reverses, they RAM shoulders, and fans cheer as neither falls.

Taichi runs and RAMS Loa, but Loa doesn’t budge! Loa grins, runs, but Taichi BOOTS! Taichi runs and BOOTS again! Loa rebounds to BOOT Taichi down! Fans fire up and Taichi bails out. Loa shakes out the leg, it is still tricky, but he goes out to fetch Taichi. But Taichi hits low! And kicks low! Taichi whips but Loa reverses and sends Taichi into railing! Loa runs in but Taichi blocks the boot! Taichi SLAMS the bad leg into a post! Fans rally as Taichi pursues Loa around the way. Loa stands but Taichi kicks the bad leg out! Loa falls over but Taichi puts him back in the ring. The fans cheer as Taichi steps in.

Taichi stomps Loa’s leg, then pulls on the leg into a CALF KILLER! Loa endures, even as Taichi turns him at a deeper angle! Taichi even adds a chinlock to it! The fans rally, Loa fights, but Taichi lets him go. Taichi stomps Loa, eggs him on, and brings him up. Taichi stomps the bad leg, drags Loa around, and works to turn Loa over. Loa resists but Taichi stomps him in the head, and has the HALF CRAB! Taichi sits deep but Loa endures! Loa reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Taichi lets go while fans applaud. Jado rallies the fans while he coaches Loa up, but Taichi gives Loa toying kicks.

Taichi taunts Loa but Loa throws uppercuts! Loa stands to throw forearms, but Taichi wrenches an arm to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Cover, TWO! Taichi keeps his cool and watches Loa go to a corner. Loa drags himself up with the ropes, and Taichi runs in to clothesline! But Loa just growls! Taichi kicks low, gives Kawada Kicks, but Loa just growls! Loa blocks a punch, spins Taichi and kicks low, to scoop and SWINGING SLAM! Loa just manages it with one leg, and the fans rally up again. Loa rises, throws body shots and elbows and uppercuts on Taichi, and Taichi ends up in a corner.

Loa fires up, runs in, and clotheslines! Taichi falls down and fans rally up as Loa walks off the pain. Loa storms up on Taichi, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Taichi flounders, Loa is on him again, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Loa keeps cool and he brings Taichi up for a forearm! And another! Loa whips corner to corner, runs in, but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Loa falls and fans fire up! Jado coaches Loa and the fans rally up again. Taichi stands, storms up on Loa, and brings him around, but Loa fights the saido with elbows! Taichi kicks low but Loa throws a forearm! Taichi sobats, Loa uppercuts but Taichi ENZIGURIS!

Fans fire up while both men are down again! Taichi roars and fans rally behind him. OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, Loa sits up, but Loa blocks the buzzsaw! To a KNEE BREAKER! But Taichi SWEEPS the bad leg! Both men are down as we pass 10 minutes! Fans rally, Loa goes to a corner and Taichi goes to the other. Both men stand, fire up, and they run in at each other! DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither falls! So DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Still neither falls so Loa runs, DOUBLE LARIATS hit, and Taichi falls! Fans fire up as Loa pumps up. Loa runs, but Taichi gets around, DANGEROUS SAIDO!!

Fans rally up, Taichi rises and roars! Taichi vows to finish this, and he brings Loa up. Alabama Lift, but Loa fights that! Loa gets Taichi up but Taichi slips free, to ROUNDHOUSE! But Loa ENZIGURIS! Taichi comes back, but Loa LARIATS first! Loa drags Taichi up, scoops him, but Taichi slips free again! Taichi KICKS the bad leg out! Body scissors, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Loa escapes and fans fire up again! Taichi powers up the arm, Loa rises, and Taichi runs to AX- SPEAR!! Loa hits first and Jado says it’s time! Loa roars and he drags Taichi up! APE- NO, Taichi slips free, shoves, and O’Conner into the GEDO CLUTCH! TAICHI WINS!

Winner: Taichi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Loa earns 0)

The KOPW Champion is on a roll! Will Taichi look to secure B Block for Just5Guys? And will he get more subscribers for his YouTube while he’s at it?

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: Yota Tsuji VS Ren Narita!

Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Gene Blast fell short against Kaito Kiyomiya, and the Son of Strong Style ended things in a draw with Shota Umino! Will this one end before time runs out?

The bell rings and fans duel already, “YO~TA!” “NA-RI-TA!” The two circle, feel things out, and circle a bit more. They feel out the grapple, Narita shoots in to waistlock but Tsuji switches. Narita switches, Tsuji drops and rolls and the two clinch. Narita goes for an arm but Tsuji waistlocks. Narita wrenches out, wristlocks, but Tsuji spins and wrenches back. Tsuji has the wristlock but Narita spins through to wrench and hammerlock. Tsuji reaches back but Narita cranks the hammerlock. Tsuji drop toeholds and floats to a headlock, but Narita fights up. Tsuji holds onto the hold, and hits a takeover. Narita headscissors, Tsuji kips free, and fans applaud the exchange.

Tsuji and Narita reset, circle, and they tie up. Narita powers Tsuji back, but then Tsuji powers Narita back. Tsuji puts Narita on the ropes, but the ref calls the break. Tsuji lets off slowly, then CHOPS! Fans cheer but Narita brushes that off. The two circle again, and Tsuji kicks low! And CLUBS away on Narita! Tsuji headlocks, but Narita powers up and out, only for Tsuji to run him over! Fans cheer as Tsuji stands on Narita’s face. Narita pushes the foot away but Tsuji scuffs him. Tsuji pushes Narita down, stands on him, but Narita pushes the foot away. So Tsuji sits cross-legged to taunt Narita and his mentor, Shibata!

Narita stands up in a huff but Tsuji is right up to knee Narita low! Tsuji CLUBS away on Narita then stomps him down! Fans rally and Tsuji brings Narita around. Tsuji taunts Narita with slaps, but Narita stands up to knee low and CLUB away on him! Narita TOSSES Tsuji out and fans cheer. Tsuji stands, Narita waits on him, and Tsuji just grins. Tsuji takes his time returning as the ring count climbs. Tsuji waits until 11 of 20, but Narita is right on him! Narita TOSSES Tsuji back out, but Tsuji hurries right back up! Narita BOOTS Tsuji down, and Tsuji almost takes out the timekeeper’s area!

Fans rally up while Narita waits on Tsuji. The ring count starts again, and Tsuji stands at 7 of 20. Tsuji checks his chin, has the ref keep Narita back, and he slides in at 13. Narita rushes in, but Tsuji dodges to then RANA! Narita flops out of the ring and fans fire up for Tsuji! Tsuji builds speed, but Narita slides in to kitchen sink knee! Tsuji is down and Narita stomps him around. Narita bumps Tsuji off buckles, stomps away on him, but the ref counts. Narita hops up to dig both boots into Tsuji’s face! The ref counts, Narita lets off, and he drags Tsuji up. Narita UPPERCUTS Tsuji, whips him, and NECKBREAKER DROPS him!

Tsuji rolls to the apron but Narita goes after him! Narita drags Tsuji up but Tsuji swings, only for Narita to catch him to a SLEEPER in the ropes! The ref counts, Narita lets off at 4 and Tsuji slumps to the floor. Fans rally up and Narita lets the ring count handle this. Tsuji stirs at 5 of 20, but we pass 10! And then 15! Narita goes out to put Tsuji in at 16! Fans cheer as Narita doesn’t want a count-out win! But then Tsuji BLASTS Narita off the apron! Fans fire up, Tsuji builds speed, and he DIVES! In fact, Tsuji hits so hard, he goes over the railing right by commentary! Fans fire up as Tsuji stands! Tsuji then goes around the way to return to ringside.

Tsuji drags Narita up, wrenches his arm, and whips him hard into railing! Narita falls over and Tsuji storms up to him. Tsuji drags Narita up, puts him in the ring, and fans fire up with Tsuji as he steps back in. Tsuji drags Narita up at the 10 minute mark, to scoop and SLAM! Tsuji then runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Narita is still in this but Tsuji grins again. Tsuji drags Narita up but Narita CHOPS! Tsuji just smiles, and Narita CHOPS again! And again! Tsuji CHOPS Narita back! Narita sputters, Tsuji runs, but into a WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Narita goes to a corner and drags himself up, then runs in to ELBOW Tsuji in the corner!

Narita HALF HATCH BRIDGES! TWO, but Narita wraps on the SLEEPER! Narita leans on the hold but Tsuji fights up. Narita uses that to go for the Cobra Twist! But Tsuji hip tosses free! Narita stands and clinches, but Tsuji fights the lift and CLUBS Narita! Tsuji runs, into another kitchen sink knee! Narita brings Tsuji up but Tsuji fires forearms! Narita gives them back, and they go back and forth! Narita fires off a flurry, runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Tsuji grins again and fans fire up as he paces around. Tsuji gets Narita’s legs, and turns him over for a BOSTON CRAB! Fans rally as Narita endures!

Narita powers up, crawls forward, reaches out, but Tsuji drags him back! Tsuji sits deep on the hold, but Narita keeps fighting! Narita claws his way around but Tsuji makes it more like a LION TAMER! Narita powers up, but Tsuji sits deep again! And he grabs Narita’s arms?! Narita fights to move forward, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Tsuji lets go and Narita crawls to a corner. Narita stands, and Tsuji throws a forearm. Tsuji eggs Narita on, so Narita throws one back! Tsuji throws another forearm, but Narita throws it back! Tsuji ROCKS Narita, and Narita fires up, but the damage to his back holds him back!

Tsuji runs corner to corner to STINGER SPLASH! And then he runs Narita over! Tsuji drags Narita up to scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Narita survives and fans fire up! We hit 15 minutes so time is running out. Fans rally and Tsuji feeds off the energy. Tsuji drags Narita up, calls his shot, and he suplexes, only for Narita to fight it! Tsuji powers through, Narita slips out, but Tsuji fights the German Suplex with elbows! Narita uses that to back suplex, but Tsuji lands out of it! Tsuji runs in, into a clinch! But he CLUBS free! But Narita avoids the knee to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!!

Tsuji escapes and Narita is stunned! Fans rally up again, and Narita rises to bring Tsuji up. But Tsuji swings, only for Narita to spin him around! But Tsuji turns that around into the ORANGE CRUSH!! Cover, TWO!!! Narita survives but fans are thunderous as we reach the three minute warning! Tsuji waits on Narita as the fans rally up. Narita flounders up, Tsuji runs, and CURB STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!!! Narita survives again but Tsuji won’t let that stop him! Tsuji roars and the fans stay fired up! Narita rises, Tsuji runs in, but Narita avoids the spear! To JUMP STOMP! Cover, TWO!! And we’re at two minutes!

Narita hurries to get Tsuji up, clinch and DOUBLE WRIST ARM SAULT! But he won’t stop there! Narita rolls through to drag Tsuji up with the wristlocks! But Tsuji V-TRIGGERS! And SUPERKICKS! Narita roars, so Tsuji HEADBUTTS him down! And he grins as he falls over?! Fans are thunderous again as Tsuji stirs and pushes himself back up. But we’re literally at the last minute! Tsuji drags Narita up, hoists him up top, and CHOPS him! Tsuji then climbs up after Narita, but Narita fires forearms! Tsuji throws them back! 30 SECONDS! Narita fires a flurry and he DECKS Tsuji! Narita adjusts as we hit 20 second!

Tsuji GAMANGIRIS! But Narita grabs Tsuji in a SLEEPER!! TEN SECONDS!! TOP ROPE COBRA TWIST!? Narita lets go, roars, and TIME IS UP!

Time Limit Draw, each man gains 1 point

Tsuji still dodges the diving knee, and he clotheslines Narita and himself outta the ring!! And Tsuji grins as he and Narita sputter and sit up. But check the history books, when was the last time someone’s first two matches in the G1 were both time limit draws? Is Narita going to create history in the strangest way possible? Will this draw be what keeps both men from the semifinals?

 

G1 Climax 33, B Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay!

Remember when Will Ospreay was in Chaos? The Head Hunter remembers. And he might be looking to humble the man who turned his back on them. Will Hashi add onto Ospreay’s loss from the first round? Or will the Aerial Assassin redeem himself in Yamagata?

The bell rings and the fans rally for Hashi as he circles with Ospreay. They tie up, and Ospreay wrenches to a wristlock. Hashi spins through, wrenches back and hammerlocks, but Ospreay headlocks to get free. Ospreay grinds Hashi down, but Hashi fights up and throws body shots. Hashi powers out, they RAM shoulders, and fans cheer as neither falls. Ospreay runs, they RAM shoulders again, but still neither falls. Hashi throws a forearm, Ospreay SOBATS, and Ospreay runs, but Hashi dodges to BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi and he drags Ospreay up. Hashi CLUBS Ospreay and follows him to the corner.

Hashi ROCKS Ospreay with a forearm, Ospreay staggers to another corner, and Hashi CHOPS him! Ospreay drops to his knees, fans rally up, and Hashi brings Ospreay up. Hashi CHOPS again and Ospreay staggers to ropes. Ospreay stands but Hashi whips him to ropes. Ospreay holds ropes to stop himself, and then he dumps Hashi out! Ospreay PLANCHAS and down goes Hashi! Fans fire up and Ospreay storms around. Ospreay drags Hashi up, ROCKS him with a right, then follows him around the way, to POST him! Hashi falls over and Ospreay paces again. Ospreay puts Hashi in the ring and fans rally up.

Ospreay stomps Hashi, drags him up, and bumps him off buckles. Hashi falls back down and Ospreay paces. Ospreay is bleeding from where Hashi chopped him but he stands Hashi up to CHOP him in return! Hashi falls over and Ospreay “has a taste.” Ospreay then high stacks, TWO! Hashi is still in this but Ospreay drags him up. Hashi throws body shots, but Ospreay shoots around to a Cobra Twist! Hashi endures, but Ospreay digs his knuckles into Hashi’s hips! Ospreay throws down elbows then pulls on the Cobra Twist. Hashi endures, fights free, and hip tosses Ospreay down! Fans cheer as Hashi catches his breath.

Hashi brings Ospreay up but Ospreay CHOPS! Ospreay suplexes but Hashi knees free. Ospreay spins Hashi around to ROCK him with a forearm! Ospreay runs, but Hashi dropkicks the legs! Hashi then hits a DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down. Hashi and Ospreay rise, and Hashi runs Ospreay over! And UPPERCUTS! Hashi whips, Ospreay reverses, but Hashi comes back to CHOP! And mule kick! And then NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as Hashi climbs the corner. Ospreay stands, and Hashi leaps for a FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but Hashi keeps his cool.

Fans rally behind Hashi and he drags Ospreay up. Hashi fisherman’s but Ospreay slips free! Hashi mule kicks, whips, but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Ospreay feeds off that energy as he goes to the apron. Ospreay aims and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Hashi is still in this but Ospreay keeps his cool. Ospreay calls his shot, but Hashi reels him in! Ospreay elbows back, and he CHOPS! Hashi staggers, but he comes back to CHOP! Ospreay grits his teeth and CHOPS again! Hashi stares Ospreay down and CHOPS him again!

Fans rally as Ospreay CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS! The CHOPS go back and forth! Ospreay is stinging, and Hashi fires a forearm! Ospreay gives Kawada Kicks in return! Hashi drops, Ospreay stands him up, and CHOPS him again! Hashi SPIN KICKS back! And full nelsons, pump handles, KARM- Ospreay flips out of it?!? Ospreay ROLLING ELBOWS, and ROLLING ELBOWS again! Hashi and Ospreay stagger, and Ospreay mule kicks! Ospreay springboards to OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Ospreay prepares the elbow pad! Ospreay aims from a corner, HIDDEN- NO, Hashi ducks it, to BLINDSIDE KNEE!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Ospreay and Hashi stir, and Ospreay sits up first. But Hashi stands first, and he fires up! Fans fire up, Hashi runs, but Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! And then underhooks, to STORM- NO, Hashi slips free and SUPERKICKS! Hashi runs but Ospreay dodges, only for Hashi to still LARIAT him down!! Fans fire up with Hashi and he hauls Ospreay up, fisherman to the KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Hashi doesn’t lose focus! Hashi brings Ospreay up, for a DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO?!? Ospreay is still in this and fans are thunderous!

Hashi roars, he brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fights the pump handle. Ospreay ROCKS Hashi while holding onto the wristlock! And again! And again! But Hashi fires up to ROKC Ospreay again and again! But Ospreay HOOK KICKS! But Hashi ducks the roundhouse to UPPERCUT, half nelson, but Ospreay fights the lift! Hashi blocks the superkick to CHOP! Hashi runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives again and fans fire back up! Ospreay prepares his elbow, he aims from the corner, and runs in, into a LARIAT! Ospreay stays up, Hashi runs in, but into a BOOT! Ospreay goes up, Hashi SUPERKICKS!

Hashi fires up and the fans are with him! Hashi goes up, but Ospreay slips under to tuck him in! CHEEKY NANDOS! Into the Electric Chair, SPINNING POWERBOMB!! And then Ospreay goes up top, to CORKSCREW SENTON!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

Crowns up for the Aerial Assassin! And he truly brought that nickname back with that wild flying finisher! Ospreay has some blood in his mouth but he doesn’t care as he tastes sweet victory. Will Ospreay continue until he conquers the G1 for the United Empire?

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: SANADA VS Shota Umino!

The Cold Skull got a big win in the opening round main event, and he doesn’t look to stop now. Will he bring the Roughneck to a Skull End? Or will Shota’s Paradigm Shift make big leaps in progress against THE IWGP World Heavyweight Champion?

The bell rings and fans rally up for “SHO~TA! SHO~TA!” Sanada shrugs that off as he and Shota circle, and the two tie up. Shota headlocks but Sanada wrenches, only for Shota to clamp on tighter. Sanada endures as Shota thrashes the hold, and he throws body shots. But Shota thrashes the headlock more! Sanada powers up, pulls hair, and Red Shoes reprimands as Sanada powers out. But Shota runs him over! Fans cheer and things speed up. Shota holds ropes to avoid the arm-drag, and then he dodges Sanada to arm-drag and ELBOW him down! Then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up with Shota while Sanada goes to the apron.

Sanada walks around the outside and steadies himself, but Shota eggs him on. Sanada stays outside and the ring count starts. Shota slides out but Sanada slides back in. Shata slides in but Sanada dropkicks him back out! Sanada then goes out after Shota and claws his face! Red Shoes reprimands and Sanada lets off. Sanada brings Shota up and CLUBS him on the back! Sanada then whips but Shota reverses, Sanada hits railing and tumbles over! Shota joins Sanada in No Man’s Land, and stomps him down! Then CLUBS him down! Shota drags Sanada up, but Sandaa throws body shots! And a CHOP!

Shota eggs Sanada on so Sanada throws more CHOPS! Shota ROCKS and CLUBS Sanada, then POSTS him! Sanada flops down while fans rally up behind Shota. Shota drags Sanada up, and hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Sanada slumps to the floor and fans rally behind Shota again. Shota slides into the ring and lets the ring count start. Sanada stirs, sits up at 6 of 20, and stands at 11 of 20. Sanada slides in at 13 and Shota is on him for a cover, ONE! Shota keeps on Sanada with a bump off buckles. Shota ROCKS Sanada with a forearm, and another, then another! Shota keeps firing shots, and even UPPERCUTS over and over!

Shota lets off as Red Shoes counts, then he digs his boots in. Red Shoes counts again and Shota lets off. Shota drags Sanada up to a cravat and neck wrench. Sanada endures so Shota turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Sanada is hanging tough but Shota stomps him and taunts the champ. Sanada goes to a corner, Shota brings him up to whip corner to corner. Shota runs in but Sanada dodges! Shota hits buckles, then Sanada hits a BIG back suplex! Fans rally while both men are down. Sanada and Shota stir, and Sanada stands first. Sanada drags Shota up but Shota UPPERCUTS!

Shota whips, Sanada reverses and hurdles, hurdles and DROPKICKS Shota down! Fans fire up as Shota bails out, and Sanada PLANCHAS him down! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages him to get louder. The fans oblige but Sanada wants them even louder! The fans get louder for him and Sanada is satisfied. Sanada goes back to bring Shota up. Sanada puts Shota in, covers, TWO! Fans rally and Sanada brings Shota up t o a fireman’s carry. But Shota slips out to a dragon sleeper! Sanada fights free to kick and whip, but Shota reverses to scoop and DROP, then SLIDING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Shota!

Shota drags Sanada up, whips him corner to corner and runs in to UPPERCUT! And then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Shota hurries up top. Sanada stands, and Shota MISSILE- NO, Sanada gets under! Sanada kicks low, runs, but Shota follows to RANA! Sanada bails out and fans fire up with Shota again. Shota goes to the apron, aims, and runs in to FLYING CANNONBALL! Direct hit, and now Shota gets the fans to fire up more and more! They chant “SHOTA! SHOTA!” and he is satisfied. Shota stomps Sanada, paces around him, and Red Shoes goes out to check Sanada.

Sanada clutches his shoulder but he’s okay to continue. We pass 10 minutes and Shota drags Sanada up. Shota wrenches that bad arm, then wrenches it again! And again! Shota tortures that arm, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Fans rally, the ring count starts, and Shota brings Sanada up to put him in at 9 of 20. Shota then climbs, aims, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Direct hit this time! Cover, TWO! Sanada is still in this but Shota doesn’t lose his cool. Shota drags Sanada up, wrenches and clinches, but Sanada fights the lift! Shota UPPERCUTS! Shota eggs on the champ so Sanada CHOPS! Shota UPPERCUTS again!

Sanada staggers but he CHOPS again! Shota UPPERCUTS again! Sanada CHOPS again, Shota UPPERCUTS, and fans rally up as they pick up speed! Shota fires as flurry of UPPERCUTS, then runs, but Sanada dodges to tilt-o-whirl into the dragon sleeper! Fans fire up but Shota powers through, CROSS RHODES! Shota holds on and he drags Sanada up again, CROSS RHODES!! Shota isn’t done there, he brings Sanada up a third time, but Sanada turns it around to MAGIC SCREW! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Sanada kips up! Fans fire up and Sanada brings Shota around to scoop and BACKBREAKER!

Sanada then goes up the corner, and he ROUNDING BODY- NO, he has to land out of it as Shota moves! Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS, but Shota catches Sanada for an EXPLODER! Both men are down yet again and the fans rally up. Now Shota kips up! Sanada drags himself up with the ropes, and Shota runs in, and he blocks a boot! ROLLING ELBOW! Shota runs to UPPERCUT! Then Shota goes to the apron, SLINGSHOT DDT! But Shota isn’t done there, he aims and kicks low! It was a fake out to get the underhooks! But Sanada RAMS Shota into the corner! Sanada is free, and he runs back in, but into a BOOT!

Sanada comes back again but into more BOOTS! Shota runs in but Sanada dodges! Sanada QUEBRADA, and then SKULL- NO, Shota rolls through the Skull End to fisherman a leg, and SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and the fans rally back up! Shota keeps his focus on Sanada and hobbles over to the corner. We’re at 15 minutes, Shota TORNADO DDTS! And then he aims, shouting for Sanada to rise! Sanada stands and fans rally up again, IGNITION!! Cover, TWO!??! Sanada survives but Shota just fires up again! Shota brings Sanada up, but Sanada fireman’s carries! And throws Shota into the dragon sleeper!

Shota fights with fists from below, but he still fades! He sits down and Sanada keeps on the Skull End! Fans rally for Shota as Red Shoes checks, but then Sanada stands Shota up in the dragon sleeper! Shota is fading more, but he gets a second wind to lift Sanada up! ELEVATED DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Shota stands, roars and fans fire up with him! Shota brings Sanada up and we’re at the three minute warning! Sanada wrenches out but Shota ROCKS him! And ELBOWS and spins, into DEAD- NO, Shota slips free to ENZIGURI! But Sanada comes back!

Shota avoids the Shining Wizard to POP-UP UPPERCUT a la Claudio! Sanada drops to a knee so Shota gets the wrists! But Sanada dropkicks a leg out! Sanada runs but Shota DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up with Shota and he hurries to get Sanada back up! Underhooks, but Sanada wrenches out to O’Connor Roll but Shota rolls it back! TWO!!! Sanada escapes and runs in, to POP-UP CUTTER!! Two minute warning!! Fans rally as Sanada drags himself to the ropes. Sanada catches his breath in a corner, runs in, SHINING WIZARD!! But he isn’t done there, he clinches to DEADFALL!!! Cover, Sanada wins!

Winner: Sanada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Shota earns 0)

With a minute and a half to spare, the Cold Skull pulls off a hot finish! Will nothing stop the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion from making this his G1?

 

G1 Climax 33, B Block: Kazuchika Okada VS El Phantasmo!

The Rainmaker brought down Great-O-Khan, while the Headbanga was brought down by the Head Hunter. Okada is looking to go back to back to back as G1 Climax Champion, but will he keep his momentum up? Or will ELP bring about Sudden Death?

Fans already duel between “O-KA-DA!” and “E L P! E L P!” ELP takes his shirt, and he personally hands it to a young fan in the front row. Fans cheer and chant for ELP more as he and the fan rocker finger high-five. ELP then returns to the ring, the bell rings and fans rally and duel again. ELP pretends to be surprised fans are cheering him on. ELP and Okada shake hands and the fans cheer the sportsmanship. The two tie up, go around, and ELP wrenches to a waistlock. Okada wrenches out to wristlock, but ELP rolls, trips Okada, and turns him over to tie up the legs. ELP then pulls Okada into a BOW ‘N’ ARROW!

Fans applaud while Okada endures, but Okada pops free to a cover. ONE, and the two stand off as fans applaud. ELP flexes and circles with Okada. ELP gets the fans to cheer for themselves, “YA-MA-GA-TA!” ELP then has them hush, and he starts an “O-KA-DA” chant? Okada doesn’t really react but then ELP turns it back into a chant for himself! “E L P! E L P!” ELP and Okada tie up, Okada puts ELP on ropes but ELP turns it around. ELP lets off, fakes a punch, but pats Okada on the shoulder. He’s copying Okada! But then his shoulder pats become a rhythm, and fans clap along, “E L P!” “O-KA-DA!” Okada is still not amused.

Okada pushes ELP back then ROCKS him! And again! And knees and CLUBS and fires off furious fists! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands as Okada has ELP on the ropes. Okada steps back but ELP throws a forearm! Okada eggs him on, the fans rally, and ELP throws more forearms! And CHOPS! Okada still eggs ELP on, so ELP hushes the fans. ELP fakes the chop to PURPLE NURPLE! Red Shoes reprimands and ELP lets off at 4. ELP ROCKS Okada, whips, but Okada reverses. ELP ducks ‘n’ dodges and RANAS! And then handsprings up! ELP clotheslines Okada outta the ring! Fans fire up and ELP takes aim! PLANCHA, but Okada moves.

ELP lands safe on the apron, but Okada trips him up! ELP hits apron on the way down and Okada watches him get up. Okada then kicks low and DDTS ELP to the floor! Okada leaves ELP behind to roll into the ring. Red Shoes checks ELP but he’s okay to continue, so the ring count starts. Okada waits, the count passes 10 of 20 before ELP stands. ELP staggers, falls over, staggers up again, and falls at 15! ELP staggers up again, and in at 18! Okada drags ELP up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada stalks ELP to a corner, drags him up, and throws a heavy back elbow! ELP sits down and Okada paces.

Fans rally up but Okada brings ELP up again. Okada throws another heavy back elbow, then whips ELP corner to corner. Okada runs in to jumping back elbow! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as ELP hangs in there, but Okada grows annoyed. Okada sits ELP up to put on a straitjacket stretch! ELP endures, even as Okada smothers him with a chinlock attachment. ELP fights but Okada goes full chinlock to pull him back! ELP flails, reaches out, fights up to his feet, and he throws elbows. ELP is free, and he CHOPS Okada! Fans rally, ELP runs but into a BOOT! Okada whips ELP but ELP reverses, only for Okada to duck ‘n’ dodge!

But ELP goes the other direction and he CLOBBERS Okada! Fans rally while both men are down. ELP stirs and kips up! Fans cheer, and ELP hits an atomic drop! ELP CHOPS, scoops, and SLAMS Okada into a drop zone! Fans rally and ELP goes up the corner. ELP aims to DIVING ELBOW! Fans rally up and ELP tunes up the band. Fans clap along, Okada stands, SUDDEN- NO, Okada bails out! So ELP goes out after him! Okada kicks him low! Okada whips but ELP jumps over the railing! Okada runs up but ELP ROCKS him first! ELP hops up and TORNADO DDTS to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Red Shoes checks Okada, and he’s still okay to continue. ELP pounds the floor mats and fans rally up again. ELP stands, shakes the arm out, and he drags Okada up. ELP puts Okada in the ring, wraps him up, and torture racks, but Okada fights free! Okada wraps ELP up, MONEY CLIP! But ELP RAMS Okada into a corner before it locks in! ELP mule kicks, runs, but into a FLAPJACK! We’re past 10 minutes as both men are down again! Fans rally and duel between “O-KA-DA!” and “E L P!” and it sounds like the ELP fans are stronger! ELP rises first, goes to a corner, but Okada runs in to SHOTGUN ELP down!

Okada drags ELP up, Alabama Lifts him, but ELP clicks his heels to fight free! ELP ROCKS Okada, but Okada blocks the whip! Okada whips, runs in, but ELP goes up and over and rolls, to then duck ‘n’ dodges and springboard, into a DROPKICK from Okada! Fans rally and Okada grabs ELP’s wrist. Okada brings ELP around as fans duel again. Okada short arm LARIATS! And he holds onto the wrist to drag ELP up again. Short- NO, ELP BOOTS Okada! And again! And again! Okada still swings, but ELP dodges, only to run into another DROPKICK! Okada ripcords but ELP fights with elbows! So Okada GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Okada holds onto the waistlock, makes it a wristlock to ripcord, but ELP ducks the lariat! And avoids the dropkick, to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans rally up again. ELP drags Okada up, straitjackets and torture racks, for the BURNING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but the fans still rally behind ELP! ELP brings Okada up, reels him in, and mocks the Rainmaker pose! But Okada back drops to sit on the cover! TWO!! ELP hits SUDDEN DEATH!! And then he gets Okada up, tucks the arms, C R 2!!! Cover, TWO?!? Okada survives and no one can believe it!

Fans are thunderous while both men are down! ELP drags himself with the ropes and sees Okada’s in the drop zone. ELP goes up the corner, but Okada rolls out of the ring. Fans boo but ELP just changes direction to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes Okada! Fans fire up again and rally behind ELP! We hit 15 minutes as ELP stands up. ELP drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and he goes up the ropes now! SPRINGBOARD THUNDERKISS onto knees!! Okada brings ELP up, MONEY- NO, ELP arm-drags! SUDDEN- NO, Okada dodges! RAIN- NO, ELP dodge! SUDDEN- NO, Okada scoops!

But ELP turns the scoop around on Okada! TOMBSTONE!! And then the arms are tucked in, C R- NO, Okada powers out to scoop and LANDSLIDE!! And then, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

The Headbanga twitched there at the end, but he did not have enough to survive Okada’s onslaught! However, ELP still shows respect to Okada with a bow before he leaves. ELP is stuck at the back of the Block, will he be able to have better luck in round 3?

As for Okada, he catches his breath and gets the mic to say, “MY SECOND WIN~!” Fans cheer, and Okada then asks Yamagata, “How was it? Are you fired up?” Fans cheer because they did like it! Are they fired up? He wants to hear it! The fans cheer louder, and Okada thanks them all for their “super hot support” today. Okada says “The G1 is all about matches like that, and the sound of all you guys, as well.” Okada knows that this was only his second win in the second round, so he’ll take every match as they come. He’ll make this the best summer ever! “And I’ll make sure you all know that Kazuchika Okada is the best ever, to boot!”

Fans cheer, and Okada says “This sweat, this is G1 sweat. Hey, if you don’t yell, I’ll cool off!” Fans cheer again because they wanna keep this hot! They chant for “O-KA-DA! O-KA-DA!” and he says that’s more like it! “This is what wrestling needs! Let’s do it again!” Fans cheer that, too. Okada is looking for his third G1 Climax Championship in a row, because no one’s ever done it! “Who’s gonna be the first? It has to be Okada! I’ll make it three in a row and return to Yamagata as G1 Champion! And once again in Yamagata, I’LL MAKE IT RAIN!!” Fans are fired up for that, but can Okada keep up this momentum?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Sanada: 2-0, 4 points
Kaito Kiyomiya: 2-0, 4 points
Chase Owens: 1-1, 2 points
Ren Narita: 0-0-2, 2 points
Shota Umino: 0-1-1, 1 point
Yota Tsuji: 0-1-1, 1 point
Gabe Kidd: 1-1, 2 points
Hikuleo: 0-2, 0 points

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Kazuchika Okada: 2-0, 4 points
Taichi: 2-0, 4 points
Will Ospreay: 1-1, 2 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-1, 2 points
Tanga Loa: 1-1, 2 points
Kenta: 1-1, 2 points
Great-O-Khan: 0-2, 0 points
El Phantasmo: 0-2, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A great third night for the G1, and a great second round for the A and B Blocks. Some fairly logical results this time around, like Gabe Kidd, Kenta and Ospreay rebounding, Kaito and Taichi winning again, and for that matter, of course Sanada and Okada win as essentially the top two guys in this part of the G1. However, I am really surprised Narita had another time limit draw and with Yota Tsuji this time. Narita neither winning nor losing two matches in a row is a wild move for his first G1 and I’m digging it. Now, I don’t know if I want this a third time, but it’d be wild if he did go three matches in a row with all 20 minute time limit draws.

And going back to Okada winning again, he and ELP had a great main event, that finishing sequence was one of the best tonight, maybe even so far in the G1. ELP continues to show promise, but his only singles achievements are Super J Cup tournament wins, a British J Cup win in Rev-Pro, and being the Rev-Pro Cruiserweight Champion. He has beef with Finlay, he deserves a good feud with Finlay as part of the world finally getting a proper Bullet Club Civil War blowoff match with ELP bringing in like the Guerrillas of Destiny and even Bullet Club Gold from AEW. ELP should be the one to take the NEVER Openweight Championship off Finlay to kickstart a singles push to make ELP a big name in this growing wave of the younger stars.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/18/24)

LIGHTS OUT!

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Now this is a LEGIT grudge match!

While ROH prepares for Death Before Dishonor, Leyla Hirsch and Diamante throw the rules out the window in a LIGHTS OUT match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Outrunners VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Red Velvet VS Maya World; Velvet wins.
  • Evil Uno VS Katsuyori Shibata; Shibata wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Austin Mulitalo, Carson Hutcheson & Cappuccino Jones; The Cage of Agony wins.
  • Queen Aminata VS Mackenzie Morgan; Aminata wins.
  • Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante; Diamante wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Athena is here!

The Fallen Goddess makes her way out on crutches, Billie Starkz and the MIT Security in tow. Billie has the mic while the fans cheer Athena on. Billie holds the mic up for Athena so she can say, “Hello, Minions.” The fans cheer, but not good enough. Billie shouts, “She said, ‘HELLO, MINIONS!'” The fans cheer louder and that’s better. Athena says she knows what they’re all thinking. Why are they in this cesspool of a town? The fans boo but Athena says they all live here, they know how bad Little Rock is. But MIT is here for some uninterrupted talk time.

Athena knows what everyone is thinking: Death Before Dishonor is right around the corner, and they saw she walked without her crutches so she must be 100%. That’s not true, though! She was simply happy that Minion 400,237 & three-quarters, Billie Starkz, won her match and beat a porcelain hussy into the ground. Athena chalks that all up to adrenaline. Billie says yeah, it was just an adrenaline rush. Meanwhile, these bullies, these LIARS, Red Velvet & Queen Aminata, keep spreading rumors that Athena’s faking. Can’t you see this woman? She is NOT 100%! The fans boo, not quite buying the act.

Billie then tells Velvet that she’s been on Billie’s mind a lot lately. And Billie knows they have their match at DBD. Let’s just say Velvet’s made Billie see red the past couple weeks. Velvet has proven herself time and time again, and has the numbers game. But guess what? Billie won the ROH Women’s World Television Tournament, and that means she outsmarted Velvet and all the others to become “your first and last ROH Women’s World TV Champion.” The fans boo again but Athena tells Aminata that she may think she has Athena backed into a corner because she’s not 100%.

And Athena doesn’t care if Tony Khan and the Board of Directors force her to do this match and defend her title at DBD, she is still better than Aminata and every hussy in the back on one foot! Remember, friends, this is HER show. And she wants everyone to enjoy tonight. Athena & Billie will not touch Aminata & Velvet, they will not bother them. They are just going to kick their feet up and watch the night. Billie says Athena needs this rest time. Athena says next week, they’ll have Lexy Nair ask the hard questions as Aminata & Velvet have their five minutes of talk time. Athena hopes they’re not at a loss for words.

The champions head out, their security following. But between the “broken leg” and that cryptic warning, is the Fallen Goddess planning on something truly wicked before Death Before Dishonor?

 

Backstage interview with Dalton Castle.

Lexy Nair is with The Peacock and brings up that he is scheduled for a match against Lance Archer & The Righteous, but has no partners of his own to speak of. Has he had any luck finding some? Castle shrugs, flabbergasted, and says, “No, I haven’t!” Castle has looked all over, but why would he be put in such a situation anyway? This wasn’t his idea! They keep throwing obstacles in his path! Is this what the people wanna see? But then in step The Outrunners! Truth & Turbo ask “Mr. Castle” for a moment. They have formal introductions, though they have met before. When? Last week, they were his Boys.

Castle hushes Turbo and asks Truth what’s wrong with him. Truth says Turbo gets nervous. Castle can’t see Turbo’s eyes, he doesn’t trust that. Turbo takes his sunglasses off and puts them away. What do they want? The Outrunners were just wondering, if they could… Well, they’d love to be his tag partners! Castle looks them over, and asks what they’ve got. The Outrunners flex! Castle sees the biceps and the vascularity. He’ll see ’em out there. Truth & Turbo are super excited now, will they go from boys to men alongside The Peacock? Or will Vincent & Dutch help The Murderhawk Monster remind us all that #EverybodyDies?

Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Outrunners VS Lance Archer & The Righteous!

The trios sort out and the fans chant “Everybody Dies!” for Archer. But we get Vinnie against Castle and the bell rings. The fans rally as the two circle, no Code of Honor and the two knuckle lock. Castle goes for a leg but Vinnie stays back. Castle headlocks, Vinnie powers up and out and Castle takes a tumble! But Castle fires right up! The fans fire up with him as he goes around the ring for a full lap! Castle keeps going, he makes a second lap, then slides in! Castle and Vinnie tie up, Castle puts Vinnie in a corner, but the ref counts. Castle lets off, Vinnie slips away, and the two reset. Castle stays fired up and the fans rally behind him.

Castle and Vinnie tie up, Castle waistlocks, but Vinnie hits an arm-drag. Vinnie has the armlock but Castle slips around to have the waistlock again. Vinnie fights up, throws an elbow, and Castle goes to a corner. Vinnie backs off and Castle gets annoyed. Vinnie smiles as he reaches out, and ol’ Dutch tags in. Dutch grins but Turbo starts to rev up! The fans rally as Dutch steps in, and Turbo says he wants it! Castle thinks about it, but he tags Turbo in! The fans cheer as Turbo flexes. Turbo spins, but Dutch kicks low! Castle says that is not okay! But then Turbo kicks low! Turbo headlocks, Dutch powers  up and out.

Turbo RAMS Dutch but Dutch does not budge! Turbo runs again, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he baits Dutch into a BOOT! Tag to Truth, Turbo wrenches and Truth goes up. Truth flexes before the AX HANDLE! Dutch wobbles, so Truth tags Turbo. Truth gives Turbo the boost so he can run Dutch over! The fans cheer again, the Outrunners shake hands, and they DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! It even shocks Castle! The fans cheer but Archer gets in to CLOBBER Turbo and DECK Truth! Archer says this is HIS ring! Dutch stomps Turbo, punches him, then CHOKES Turbo on ropes. The ref counts, Dutch flicks that tongue, and Dutch lets off at 4.

Dutch stands Turbo up to scoop him, but Turbo slips free! Turbo dodges but Dutch grabs the leg. Turbo BOOTS Dutch away, hot tag to Truth! Truth runs, dodges Dutch but misses Vinnie. Dutch BODY CHECKS Truth! Truth sputters, Dutch hauls him up, and Dutch short arm LARIATS! Dutch drags Truth up to short arm LARIAT again! Castle coaches Truth but there’s little that can be done as Dutch clutches for an EXPLODER! Truth flounders to ropes, the fans rally up, but Dutch drags Truth up. Dutch HEADBUTTS Truth, tags Vinnie, and The Righteous THROW Truth into the corner! And then they do it again!

Vinnie hauls Truth up, SIDE EFFECT! Dutch drops the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Truth survives but Vinnie tags in Archer. The fans fire up as Archer bumps Truth off buckles! Archer stands Truth up to CHOP him! Archer goes corner to corner and ELBOWS Truth down! Tag to Vinnie, he snaps his fingers and walks around. Vinnie drags Truth up, but Truth CHOPS! Castle fires up, the fans rally, but Vinnie kicks Truth’s leg out! Then he runs for a SLIDING BOOT, then a SLIDING FLATLINER! Vinnie clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Truth down. Truth endures, the fans rally, and Truth fights up to his feet.

The fans fire up as Truth throws body shots! Truth RAMS Vinnie into a corner, then powers up to a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, the fans rally up again, and Truth crawls for the corner. Vinnie drags Truth back, DECKS Turbo, but then Truth dodges Vinnie! Hot tag to Castle! The fans fire up as The Peacock rallies on Vinnie with CHOPS and forearms! Castle then DECKS Dutch, swings on Archer, but Archer blocks the shot. Vinnie runs up, Castle blocks a shot to ELBOW him, then he BOOTS Archer! Castle runs, Vinnie dodges, but then Castle dodges! Vinnie ELBOWS Castle, goes up and up, and leaps, but into a waistlock!

Vinnie flails but Castle holds him up, for a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Castle rolls to a cover, TWO! Vinnie stays in this but Castle shouts, “Caaaa’mon~! I dropped him on his head!” Vinnie gets up, swings, but into the Alabama Lift! BANGA- NO, Archer tags in first! Archer choke grips, but Castle breaks free. Castle dodges, hot tag to Truth! Archer runs up, Castle dodges so Archer BLASTS Truth! Castle waistlocks Archer, but Archer elbows free. Archer ELBOWS Castle in a corner, then hoists him up! Archer inverted crucifix lifts, but the ref signals Castle isn’t the legal man! Archer doesn’t care, but then Turbo saves Castle!

Archer gets mad and he runs up, but Turbo takes the BOOT! Archer glares as Castle is on the outside, but then Vinnie RAMS Castle into steel steps! Vinnie then waves Archer on, and Archer choke grips Turbo. CHOKE- NO, Turbo CLUBS free! Truth holds Turbo in the corner, The Outrunners mug the monster! The fans fire up, Turbo runs, but into a BOSS MAN SLAM from Dutch! Archer RAMS Truth into buckles, runs, but into a BOOT! Truth goes up but Archer UPPERCUTS! Archer lifts Truth, for the BLACKOUT BOMB! Cover, Archer & The Righteous win!

Winners: Lance Archer & The Righteous, by pinfall

The Outrunners tried to make Castle proud, but not even they could stay alive long. Vinnie says that he and Dutch are coming for those ROH World Tag Team Championships, just like they did in the past. They’ve had dirt kicked in their faces, they taste it in their teeth, but soon everything will change. Will Vincent & Dutch tear down The Kingdom to reestablish their legacy?

 

MXM Collection speaks.

Mason Madden says, “Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. These were the ingredients needed to create these perfect little boys.” Mansoor says, “We here at the MXM Collection represent what we like to call, The Three F’s. Fashion, fitness, filanthropy.” Because they believe it is as important to be beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. So ROH, let them inside you. Welcome to the MXM Collection. When and where will these models of the mat maximize the ROH Tag Division with their debut?

 

Red Velvet VS Maya World!

Billie Starkz called out The Chef, so now it’s time to cook! Will Velvet #StirItUp and serve a fresh L? Or will the It Girl prove this is Maya’s world?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Velvet and Maya tie up, Velvet arm-drags and wags her finger. The fans chant “Stir It Up!” and the two reset. Velvet gets around Maya, waistlocks then cravats, then she snapmares Maya to a cover. ONE, but Velvet headlocks. Maya endures the grind, wrenches out and top wristlocks. Maya then hammerlocks, headlocks, and grinds the hold. Velvet powers up and out but Maya runs her over! Maya flexes but Velvet kips up! The fans cheer, Velvet eggs Maya on. Maya runs, Velvet drops down then DROPKICKS! The fans cheer and Velvet takes a taste.

Maya goes to the corner, Velvet storms up but Maya turns things aroudn! Maya fires body shots and CHOPS, then she ROCKS Velvet! Velvet turns things around to fire body shots back! Velvet stomps a mudhole, then shouts at the ref to shut up! The fans fire up with Velvet, but then Maya CLAWS Velvet’s eyes! Maya runs, but into a JAPANESE ARM_DRAG! Velvet has Maya on ropes and runs to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet YANKS Maya back, STANDING MOONSAULTS, cover, ONE! Velvet stays focused and she brings Maya up. Velvet scoops, Maya slips fere to shove, but Velvet KICKS Maya! Maya runs in, but into a FLAPJACK!

Velvet kips up, not quite as smooth, but she dusts herself off. Velvet stalks behind Maya, drags her up, and dragon sleepers, for the ROLLING SLICE! Cover, Velvet wins!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

Velvet makes quick work of Athena’s former student and is just heating up. Will Velvet take down Athena’s Minion when it comes time for their ROH Women’s World Television Championship match?

 

Evil Uno is here!

The Dark Order’s front man makes his way to the ring, dressed in a nice tie and business casual, and grabs himself a mic. “Would you allow me a couple minutes of your time, Little Rock? You see, Evil Uno has been doing this for 20 YEARS. He’s worked hard! But the work does not end here. I’ve done it all! From Gatineau to Oberhausen! From Philadelphia to right here in Arkansas! And the easiest way to be considered one of the greats is to battle some of the greatest wrestlers in the world! So I have a little challenge. Be it ROH, AEW, CMLL, NJPW, hell, if you’re from Stardom and you’ve got the guts, Evil Uno wants to fight!

“Bring on your baddest! Bring on your biggest!” Uno is going to wait, willing fight in this suit it seems. Wait, is that… SHIBATA!? Katsuyori Shibata is back from the damage to his arm done by Chris Jericho, and he’s also back in ROH! The Wrestler is going to give Evil Uno that fight, but will it be game over for Player One?

Evil Uno VS Katsuyori Shibata!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans fire up as the two circle. The fans rally for Shibata as he and Uno tie up. They go around in a deadlock, Shibata powers Uno to a corner, but he lets off with pats on the shoulder. Shibata takes Uno’s tie, and tightens it too tight! The ref reprimands, Shibata throws Uno down, but Uno gets the ROPEBREAK! Shibata lets go, Uno bails out and he unties his tie so he can breathe. The fans rally, Uno storms in, and he rolls up his sleeves. The two circle, knuckle lock, and then Shibata slips around to spin, snapmare and chinlock! Uno flails, even as Shibata shifts grip.

Uno fights up, has the ROPEBREAK, but Shibata tries a German Suplex! Uno elbows free, whips Shibata out of the ring, then goes out after him. Uno whips Shibata hard into barriers and Shibata falls in a heap! Uno soaks up cheers and jeers while pacing around. Uno gets Shibata and whips him hard into more barriers! Uno refreshes the ring count, storms over to Shibata and drags him up. Uno puts Shibata in the ring, drags him back up, and CHOPS him! The fans “WOO~!” while Shibata staggers. Shibata stays up so Uno CHOPS again! Shibata just looks annoyed now. Uno CHOPS, Shibata dusts himself off.

Uno winds up to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Shibata eggs him on more, so Uno CHOPS! Shibata ROCKS Uno with a forearm! Shibata CLUBS Uno, runs, but Uno CHOPS again! Shibata just goes through it! Uno ROCKS Shibata back! Uno CHOPS, runs, but Shibata dodges the boot to come back and BOOT! Uno turns himself around, the fans fire up and Uno shoves Shibata. Uno runs but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata drags Uno up, and runs him to a corner to BOOT him! Shibata fires forearms to sit Uno down, then he runs corner to corner. HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up as Shibata hauls Uno up, for a HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO!

Shibata grabs Uno’s arm for an ARMBAR! Uno endures, reaches out, and he kicks his way over. The fans rally, Uno reaches out, and Uno has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, and he waits on Uno. The fans rally and duel, but the ref has Doc Sampson check Uno. Doc says no and the ref calls it, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by referee stoppage

Uno wanted a fight but he got much more than he bargained for. Will Uno’s arm be alright so he can still hang out with Chugs on Twitch? As for Shibata, he has his return victory, will he use this to start his journey back to the ROH Pure Championship?

 

Shane Taylor speaks.

“Just a few days ago, Hurricane Beryl came rumbling through Houston. And as I sat in my home with no power with my wife and two daughters, it occurred to me, as I held my youngest, as she cried, ‘Daddy, I’m afraid of the dark,’ I didn’t get one phone call from AEW or even ROH to even call to see if we were alive. Hmm. But if that was Mark Briscoe’s family, I bet you would’ve called ’em. If that was Wheeler Yuta’s family, I bet you would’ve called ’em. If that was Kyle O’Reilly or Orange Cassidy’s family, I bet you would’ve called ’em! My family’s not valuable, right? Shane Taylor’s not valuable, right? Okay.

“That’s all the motivation that I need. You don’t care. You don’t value my family or what I love. Then I’m gonna take what you value from the people that you love. I don’t care when, I don’t care where. Mark Briscoe, I’m talking to you. At some point, you will stop ducking me, and it will be you versus Shane Taylor for the ROH World Championship. And dawg, you don’t have to worry about finding me to give me an answer, because I’m gonna be looking for you. Rumble, bad man, rumble.”

 

Queen Aminata VS Mackenzie Morgan!

Just as Billie called out Velvet, Athena called out the One and Only African Queen in ROH ahead of their showdown. Will Aminata’s response be loud and physical tonight? Or will she be taken by The Element of Surprise?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up as the two circle. Aminata and Morgan tie up, Aminata gets around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Morgan staggers up, Aminata reels her back in, but Morgan flails. Aminata still hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Aminata dusts her hands off, then gets Morgan in another waistlock. Morgan fires elbows to get free, then she fires more forearms! Aminata wobbles, Morgan runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls, but Aminata turns that into a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Aminata smiles as she’s having fun and the fans say “This is Awesome!”

Aminata shakes and shimmies, then asks the fans to please calm down. She runs in side to side to BOOT WASH Morgan at the corner! Aminata almost sends herself out of the ring, she hit that hard! The fans fire up as Aminata then hauls Morgan up, Alabama Lifts, and runs for the AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, Aminata wins!

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall

Aminata put some extra sauce on that one! She vows to be the NEW ROH Women’s World Champion, will she make it happen in Arlington?

 

Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante!

The LEGIT One and the Cuban Diamond have gone back and forth in the ring and on the mic, and things have escalated to this match with no rules other than “Just win!” They sacrifice this counting towards their records and rankings all for the sake of putting this to rest, but who walks away having turned the other’s lights out?

The bell rings and Diamante already has a kendo stick! Leyla dodges the swing, waistlocks and SLAMS Diamante, then eggs her on. Leyla fires forearms, but Diamante shoves and headlocks. Leyla powers up to SAIDO! Diamante tumbles out of the ring, grabs at a trash can, but Leyla lines up a shot. Leyla DIVES but Diamante uses the can! Diamante says this is her expertise, and she SMACKS Leyla off barriers! Leyla sputters, Diamante grabs the trash can again, and she puts it around Leyla. Diamante grabs the lid, and she SMACKS the side of the can! And again! And again! Leyla staggers around as Diamante keeps hitting her! Diamante then runs to SHOTGUN Leyla down!

The fans fire up while Leyla gets free of the can. Diamante says she ain’t playing, and she drags Leyla up. Diamante CLUBS Leyla while fans rally and duel. Diamante whips Leyla hard into barriers! Diamante then runs in, but Leyla TOSSES her over! Diamante staggers up, and Leyla DECKS her! Leyla grabs a chair, sits it right up against the barriers, and then she gets space. Leyla runs up and uses the chair to go up and up and LEAP onto Diamante! The fans fire up as Leyla stands tall! Leyla then TOSSES Diamante back over the barriers. Leyla pursues but Diamante has the chair for her own! Diamante JAMS Leyla low!

Diamante JAMS Leyla again, then SMACKS her on the back! The fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” and Diamante grins. Diamante nods, to SMACK Leyla again! Diamante then drags Leyla up and RAMS her into the apron. Leyla staggers, so Diamante whips her hard into barriers. Diamante brings the chair, pushes it up against Leyla to sandwich her, then Diamante runs again, to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Leyla writhes from chair hitting her in the face, but Diamante drags her up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Leyla is tough but Diamante says okay. Diamante goes out to search under the ring.

Fans want tables, but Diamante finds a plunger! Fans chant for “Plunger! Plunger!” as Diamante brings it over. Diamante says time to embarrass Leyla! Diamante aims, but Leyla blocks the plunger attack! The fans fire up, Leyla spins and she kicks away at Diamante! Then Leyla wrenches to short arm LARIAT! Leyla sees the plunger, and she thinks why not! The fans cheer as she stands over Diamante, stomps her, then sits on her! Diamante flails but she can’t stop Leyla! Leyla PLUNGERS Diamante’s potty mouth! The fans lose their minds, Leyla lets off and grabs a chair. Diamante coughs and sputters, but then Leyla JAMS her up!

Diamante sits down, Leyla pushes the chair in her face now. Leyla gets the other chair, lines up a shot, and she SKATEBOARD DROPKICKS chair into chair to sandwich Diamante! Cover, TWO! Diamante survives and Leyla is surprised. The fans rally up and Leyla hurries to grab the chairs again. Leyla shoves that chair in and it hits Diamante. Leyla goes looking, and she finds a mysterious black bag! You never know what’s gonna be in that bag, and she pours out… THUMBTACKS! The tried and true item, and Leyla runs up. Diamante drop toeholds Leyla into a chair! Leyla staggers, Diamante reels her in! GERMAN SUPLEX onto thumbtacks! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Leyla escapes, but she just ends up getting more thumbtacks in her body! Diamante stalks Leyla and pushes her to the apron. Diamante sees there’s a table already waiting for them! Diamante reels Leyla in, Leyla fights the lift, so Diamante CLUBS away! But Leyla grabs the kendo stick! Leyla SMACKS Diamante again and again and again! Diamante falls, and Leyla SMACKS her one more time! Leyla drags Diamante onto the table and the fans fire up! Leyla goes up to the corner, lines up a shot, and decides to go even higher! This is rare for her, and she SUPER MOONSAULTS down through the table!!

The fans lose their minds while both women flounder in the wreckage! The ref checks both women, Leyla’s mad but she’s back on her feet! “This is Awesome!” as Leyla leaves Diamante behind. Leyla says if one is good, then more must be better, and she finds another table! The fans are thunderous as Leyla pushes that table into the ring. Diamante sputters, has a bloody ear and spits out her gum. Diamante crawls though she’s in agony, and Leyla finishes setting up her table. The fans cheer but we see Diamante grab the kendo stick. Leyla goes back for Diamante, but Diamante SMACKS her down!

Leyla flounders away, Diamante pursues and SMACKS her again! And again! And again! Leyla goes to the table, Diamante CHOKES her with the kendo stick! Diamante puts Leyla in the corner, stomps a mudhole, then hoists her up top. Diamante CHOPS Leyla, ROCKS her, then climbs up after her. Diamante brings Leyla up and the fans are thunderous! Leyla fights the suplex, throws body shots and she CLUBS Diamante! Leyla SMACKS Diamante off the buckle again and again, then rises up! The fans fire up again as Leyla leaps over to SUPER GERM- NO! Diamante clings to the ropes for dear life!

The fans fire up as Leyla CLUBS Diamante, brings the table just a little bit closer, then ROCKS Diamante. Leyla makes sure the table is just right, then goes up to fire forearms. Leyla brings Diamante up, fans fire up, but now Diamante fights the suplex! Diamante fires body shots, and she dribbles Leyla off buckles! Diamante goes up and hooks Leyla, for a SUPER CODE RED through the table!!! Cover, DIAMANTE WINS!

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

Leyla may have won the last four, but Diamante has the biggest win in this 1v1 series! This match may not go on their official records, but did Diamante just prove she’s the legit contender ROH is looking for?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode of ROH for being 66 minutes, but it feels like ROH has gone into go-home mode already with Death Before Dishonor next Friday. For one, while we get a good promo from Athena & Billie, Aminata & Velvet of course win really easy matches. The more intriguing segment will be next week when Lexy is obviously going to set Aminata & Velvet up for a sneak attack by a totally not hurt Athena. And if Athena & Billie are standing tall after that, that indicates Aminata & Velvet could be dethroning them. I feel like this has to be the time Athena loses, Aminata has been built up to be the best possible challenger, they have no one else as a Face.

Meanwhile, Diamante could be seen as an ROH Women’s World Television Championship contender. She and Leyla had a great Lights Out match, and kudos to Leyla for embracing some hardcore spots. I was really worried about that moonsault of the top but you could tell, so was she. Though, I don’t know why this wasn’t a Fight Without Honor. “Lights Out” means this doesn’t count towards the win-loss record but an FWH still would. Was it just so they could keep Diamante from moving up the ranks towards the world championship, even though that’s all kayfabe as it is? I still feel like Tony Khan needs to iron out such wrinkles.

Castle & The Outrunners had a good promo but they kinda shoehorned it in right before their Trios match. Honestly, why have it at all? I totally accepted that after The Outrunners were his substitute boys then his tag partners in another Trios match before tonight, he knew who they were and would be willing to team with them again. But in the end, they were of course losing to Archer & The Righteous. I do like Vinnie giving that quick promo to establish their goal for the tag titles. If The Kingdom doesn’t lose the titles to The Conglomeration, aka Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy, then The Righteous should be the ones to revisit past feuds of Vinnie and Taven.

The Cage of Agony of course won their match, this is just them kinda spinning their wheels while the Trios Championship story is involving The Patriarchy and Bang Bang Gang. Very entertaining promo from MXM Collection, with a very clever code snuck right in there. Very strong promo from Shane Taylor to work Hurricane Beryl and the power outage crisis into the story. Now obviously AEW & ROH actually do care about Shane because he’s still getting screentime. But Shane continues great continuity to the days of ROH before AEW showed up where he was the one who wanted to put ROH on his back and carry it but was underappreciated. Shane is himself assuming Mark Briscoe wins at Death Before Dishonor, but Mark VS Shane would be some great stuff.

And what was meant to be great stuff has an unfortunate finish. Uno was all fired up, Shibata was making his return, but there was nothing that could be done about a dislocated elbow. Shibata was winning either way but no one wants it like this. Wheeler Yuta and the Pure Championship are still not booked for DBD, but with only one week, even with Rampage, Collision and Dynamite, I doubt they jump right into a Pure Championship match between Yuta and Shibata. But hey, this does hint at Shibata, Hook and/or Samoa Joe going after Jericho this Wednesday after the FTW Championship match.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/17/24)

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

Dynamite has reached its 250TH episode, and it opens with Will Ospreay VS MJF for the AEW International Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF; MJF wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose; Mone wins and retains the title.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada; Swerve wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

Like many of us, The Aerial Assassin despise the Wolf of Wrestling for how he disrespected and used Daniel Garcia just to send a message. But also like many, Ospreay at least acknowledges and respects that this form of Maxwell Jacob Friedman is his most dangerous. Will Ospreay be able to put down AEW’s Ultimate Scumbag? Or will even the #BillyGOAT not be on the level of the devil?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who ignites episode 250!

The bell rings and the fans cheer while the two stare down. Ospreay gets the fans even more fired up, and then MJF bails out. The fans boo but MJF just hops the railing. MJF splashes fans with their own water! MJF then lounges on the barriers, offers a fist bump, but the fans just flip him off. So MJF rips a fan’s sign up and throws it back! MJF goes back to the ring, tells fans to shut up, and he approaches Ospreay. Only to dodge and strut, then swivel the hips. The fans boo but Ospreay smirks, this is the MJF he knew he was getting. They tie up, MJF wrenches to hammerlock, but Ospreay headlocks.

MJF powers up to wrench and WRING Ospreay, but Ospreay handsprings through, and copies the strut! Ospreay shows he can swivel hips, too! The fans cheer but MJF sarcastically says Ospreay’s clever. The two tie up, MJF headlocks, but the fans sing, “OSPRAEY~ OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~!” MJF is annoyed, Ospreay powers up and out, then things speed up. Ospreay hurdles then drops down to trip MJF up! MJF ducks the Hidden Blade to hit a headlock takeover! Ospreay headscissors, MJF kips free, and roles reverse as Ospreay headlocks for the takeover. MJF headscissors but Ospreay kips free.

MJF ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the standing moonsault, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to avoid Ospreay’s punches and kicks. MJF shoves Ospreay, Ospreay springboards but MJF avoids that, too! MJF runs in, Ospreay dodges to handspring, but MJF gets under! Ospreay superhero lands, and the fans are thunderous while MJF is stunned! The fans cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for making this the opener! MJF is annoyed, but he and Ospreay tie up. MJF says Ospreay pulled hair! The fans boo because of course MJF is lying. MJF and Ospreay reset, tie up, and again MJF claims hair pulling. But then MJF pulls hair!

MJF puts Ospreay on the ropes, the ref counts, and MJF lets off, to take a swing! Ospreay dodges and then LARIATS MJF up and out! The fans fire up and Ospreay builds speed, only for MJF to get away. MJF says not today, but then Ospreay just changes course and he FLIES out onto MJF! The fans fire up and high-five Ospreay before he puts MJF in. Ospreay HOTSHOTS MJF, runs and BOOTS, then he hits as BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ospreay prepares the elbow and the fans fire up. Ospreay aims but MJF scrambles to the apron. The fans boo, Ospreay storms over, but MJF YANKS Ospreay into buckles!

MJF stomps a mudhole in, drags Ospreay up to whip and WRING him into the corner! Ospreay flounders and MJF soaks up the heat. Then he blows snot at the fans and mocks them! MJF goes back to Ospreay, clamps onto an arm, and the fans rally and duel as Ospreay endures. Ospreay fights up, throws body shots, then forearms. MJF throws Ospreay down by his hair! The fans boo but MJF just soaks it up. MJF says he didn’t do anything. Then he clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Ospreay down. Ospreay fights up to JAWBREAKER free! Ospreay runs but MJF kitchen sink knees! MJF hauls Ospreay up to back suplex, but Ospreay lands out!

Ospreay reels MJF in to back suplex, but MJF lands out! MJF back suplexes, Ospreay lands out, into a STUNNER! Cover, TWO! MJF’s annoyed his Osaka Street Cutter, or perhaps Long Island Street Cutter, didn’t end this, but he storms after Ospreay. Ospreay is on the apron, MJF reels him in, HEAT- NO! Ospreay shoves MJF away, but MJF slingshots Ospreay into another STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and MJF is frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay as he goes to the apron, but MJF storms over. MJF drags Ospreay in again, tries but Ospreay again denies him the Heatseeker! So MJF tries the slingshot, but Ospreay stops that!

Ospreay GAMANGIRIS MJF away, goes up a corner, and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Ospreay rises but so does MJF. Ospreay fires haymakers on MJF first, then whips. MJF reverses but Ospreay CLOBBERS him! MJF bails out but Ospreay builds speed! Ospreay handsprings to SASUKE SPECIAL! The fans are thunderous but Ospreay takes a moment to check his ribs and catch his breath. Ospreay storms up on MJF, puts him in the ring, then goes up a corner. The fans fire up for the MOONSAULT, but MJF moves! Ospreay lands out, MOONSAULTS again, but MJF dodges again!

But the STANDING SHOOTING STAR hits! Cover, TWO! So Ospreay goes up and up to SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives the onslaught but Ospreay loads up that elbow! “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay aims again. MJF slowly rises, Ospreay runs up, but MJF bails out again! The fans continue to boo but Ospreay PLANCHAS! Down goes MJF and Ospreay high-fives more fans. And then Ospreay confiscates the timekeeper’s table! The fans are thunderous as Ospreay brings the furniture over to ringside. MJF hurries away into the ring now! Ospreay pursues as we see the fear on MJF’s face.

Ospreay CHOPS MJF in the corner! Ospreay stands MJF up to CHOP him again! The fans “WOO~” and Ospreay runs, but MJF pops him up to SUPERKICK him! MJF goes up, but Ospreay avoids the Panama City/Long Island Sunrise, but then MJF knees low! MJF reels Ospreay in but Ospreay powers out. Ospreay whips MJF to the corner, MJF goes up and over, but then MJF’s knee jams! Ospreay grabs that leg but it was a trap! MJF steps over and hits as STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and both men are down again. The fans rally up while both men stir, and MJF rises first.

MJF shows off that the leg is just fine, then does the Daniel Garcia dance just to mock him. MJF then drops an elbow on Ospreay’s leg. Ospreay CLUBS at MJF but MJF keeps the toehold. Ospreay fishhooks MJF and MJF lets go. Ospreay CHOPS, and CHOPS, then runs, but into a back drop! MJF leans on the ropes while he catches his breath, and the fans rally again. MJF storms back over, KNEES the leg, then smirks. MJF steps through, ties the legs up, and has the FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~,” even as MJF SLAPS Ospreay! And SLAPS him! MJF thrashes the hold, but Ospreay endures. Ospreay’s shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up!

Ospreay pries at the leglock, and the fans rally up as he works to turn things over. MJF fights that back, thrashes some more, but Ospreay grits his teeth. The fans rally harder and harder as Ospreay fights his way over, and he turns the hold onto MJF! MJF endures now, reaches out while shouting in pain, and he flails in order to turn things back onto Ospreay! The fans boo but Ospreay endures again. Ospreay drags MJF along, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts but MJF lets go at 4. MJF is frustrated but then he drags Ospreay up and to a corner. MJF CHOPS, takes a moment, then CHOPS again!

MJF wrenches, whips, but Ospreay can’t even make it all the way! MJF smirks while the ref checks Ospreay. Ospreay shakes out the leg, refusing to admit defeat. MJF storms over, stands Ospreay up, and CHOPS! Ospreay hobbles, so MJF CLAWS Ospreay’s back! MJF whips, Ospreay barely makes it to ropes! MJF wants after Ospreay like a shark with blood in the water, but Ospreay sits on the apron. MJF tells off the fans cheering Ospreay, but Ospreay is somehow still in this. So MJF CLAWS Ospreay’s face! The fans boo but MJF soaks it up. Ospreay throws body shots and haymakers! Ospreay CHOPS and MJF wobbles!

Ospreay CHOPS again, MJF flails more. Ospreay snarls, runs, but MJF CHOP BLOCKS the legs! MJF covers, TWO! MJF frowns but he stomps Ospreay’s leg. MJF then stands Ospreay up to CLUB him on the neck! Ospreay hobbles, so MJF CLAWS his back! Ospreay fires big forearms! Then he fires Kawada Kicks! MJF wobbles, into a CHOP! MJF goes to ropes, Ospreay scoops him, but MJF CLAWS the eyes again! The ref reprimands and counts, MJF stops at 4. The fans boo but MJF whips. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up again while Ospreay again clutches the leg.

Ospreay rises, but MJF KNEES the knee! Then MJF calls his shot! MJF suplexes, but STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE hits first! MJF wobbles around, Ospreay calls his shot now! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! But MJF flops all the way to ropes! Ospreay has to crawl his way over, and MJF flops to the floor! MJF’s ring awareness is strong but Ospreay pursues. Ospreay drags MJF up to put him in the ring, and then onto the apron. Ospreay uses a corner to go up and APRON OSCUTTER FLOP as MJF steps back! Ospreay writhes, signaling to his arm, and the ref hurries to check. MJF may have gotten lucky here, as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref has Ospreay go around the way but MJF is in pursuit! MJF shows no mercy as he grabs that bad arm, and RAMS Ospreay into steel steps! MJF stands on the steps to soak up all the heat, as well as talk some trash on Ospreay. It’s certainly in the vain of MJF is who AEW needs, not Ospreay. MJF drags Ospreay up and into the ring, then takes his time to taunt fans over the table. He flips the fans off, he isn’t gonna do what they want. MJF then goes back to Ospreay, grabs the bad arm, and he stands on it, to then STOMP it! MJF soaks up more heat as he paces around Ospreay, then clamps onto the arm again.

Ospreay endures the mounted armlock, and he fights to his feet. Now Ospreay pulls hair, but MJF throws Ospreay down by the arm. MJF grinds that shoulder but Ospreay still endures. The fans rally as Ospreay fights, stands up, and throws body shots. Dynamite returns to single picture as Ospreay ROCKS MJF with forearms. Ospreay whips, MJF reverses but Ospreay handsprings, only for MJF to KICK the bad arm! Ospreay clutches the elbow, but MJF hauls him up! Double underhooks, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! And then it’s back to the armlock! Ospreay rolls through, but MJF ducks the roundhouse to pump handle!

MJF adds a half nelson, MADE IN JAPAN! Or perhaps, Made in Long Island? Cover, TWO!! Ospreay knows that move from his rivalry with Shingo Takagi. The fans rally while both men are down again, “This is Awesome!” Ospreay and MJF slowly rise, MJF storms over, and he whips. Ospreay holds ropes to stop that, so MJF CLUBS the arm! MJF makes the pecs dance, whips again, but Ospreay reverses. Ospreay then dodges MJF to handspring and NEURALIZER KICK! Both men are down again and the fans stay fired up! Ospreay sits up first, then both men stand. Ospreay BOOTS MJF’s haymaker to then ENZIGIRI!

MJF wobbles, Ospreay wrenches an arm, and Ospreay CHOPS MJF off his feet! Ospreay drags MJF up to wrench and CHOP him down again! Ospreay stands MJF one more time, to CHOP, CHOP, and- NO, MJF blocks the chop! MJF WRINGS the arm, Ospreay cartwheels through! ENZIGIRI! Torture rack, TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and the fans can’t believe it! The fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but there’s still more show that has to happen! MJF crawls to the apron, Ospreay stalks him. MJF flops to the floor, but he’s near that table… Ospreay goes to the floor and brings MJF up.

MJF throat chops Ospreay! MJF runs away into the crowd, but Ospreay pursues! Ospreay fires hands on MJF even as MJF goes up the bleachers. Ospreay grabs MJF, bends him against railing, and offers free shots. A little girl starts punching MJF in the ribs! MJF flips her family off but Ospreay CLUBS away on MJF! Ospreay fist bumps the girl and drags MJF back up. Ospreay ROCKS MJF with a right and follows him down the stairs. Ospreay CHOPS MJF to keep him moving, but MJF takes a detour into the seats. So Ospreay makes MJF take a seat and punches down hands! The fans count along, Ospreay winds up, and hits TEN!

MJF flounders around, Ospreay shows that there’s one guy still wearing an MJF Kangaroo Kick shirt, and then pursues MJF. MJF pokes Ospreay right in the eyes! MJF CLUBS Ospreay, but Ospreay kicks MJF! Ospreay SMACKS MJF off the trash can! The fans fire up and Ospreay DUMPS MJF into the trash can! MJF kicks and flails but Ospreay BOOTS the can! MJF falls out, stumbles away, and Ospreay pursues. They finally return to ringside, and Ospreay refreshes the count that was never happening anyway. Ospreay then drags MJF over to the table, punches him onto it, then goes up the steel steps.

Ospreay then goes up the corner and fans are thunderous already! Ospreay aims, but MJF hurries off the table. The fans boo and Ospreay sighs, but Ospreay hops down to go after MJF. But MJF gut wrenches! Ospreay victory rolls, TWO! MJF has the victory roll, TWO! Ospreay has it, TWO! MJF is up, Ospreay gets around and hops on, POISON-RANA! MJF flounders to a corner, Ospreay runs up, but MJF pops him up! Another SUPERKICK as Ospreay is upside-down! MJF goes up, LONG ISLAND SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?! The fans are electric as Ospreay survives another hard shot! Ospreay then goes to the apron and then the floor.

MJF pursues, and we return to the table. MJF puts Ospreay on the table and then goes up the apron. The fans rally as MJF actually climbs the corner. MJF reaches the top, but then Ospreay slips off the table! The fans still boo, they want that table to see some action. MJF hops down, talks smack on Ospreay, then CHOPS him. MJF BITES Ospreay’s arm! The fans boo and tell MJF he’s sick! The ref counts, MJF lets off, but he then ROCKS Ospreay with a haymaker. MJF again mocks Daniel Garcia, even asking if Garcia has feeling in his arms again. MJF then whips Ospreay hard into railing! Ospreay almost ends up in the front row!

MJF makes Ospreay take a seat, and he CLAWS at Ospreay’s face! MJF refreshes the ring count, then runs in at Ospreay, to BOOT Ospreay against railing! MJF hops up to soak up more heat, then he refreshes with some water. That he then splashes at fans. MJF stalks Ospreay back to the table, refreshes the count, and then asks, “Ospreay who?” MJF stands Ospreay up to whip, but Ospreay goes up onto the railing, to OSCUTTER to the floor! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Ospreay clutches the bad leg and the bad arm, but he manages to rise up and put MJF in. Ospreay then swings, but into MJF’s dragon sleeper!

But Ospreay flips things around! The fans cheer, as Ospreay hits CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives, but Ospreay storms after him in a corner. MJF uses the ref as a shield, then he pokes Ospreay in the eyes! MJF goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! MJF reels Ospreay in, hammerlock and lift, DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and the fans continue to rally behind him. MJF is frustrated but he pursues Ospreay to the apron. MJF drags Ospreay through ropes, and HEAT- NO! Ospreay throws MJF away, MJF’s leg “jams,” and Ospreay takes aim. Ospreay springboards but MJF hits ropes to trip him up!

Ospreay gets stuck up there, MJF goes up to LEAPING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!? MJF is beside himself as Ospreay survives again! MJF stalks Ospreay to the apron, drags him up, and gut wrenches! The fans freak out but Ospreay flails and kicks! Ospreay turns things around onto MJF, but MJF KICKS Ospreay! MJF then suplexes, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks but the arm won’t let him lift! So Ospreay SUPERKICKS MJF instead! MJF wobbles, Ospreay reels him in, and tucks him for an APRON STYLES CLASH!!! Both men fall to the floor and Little Rock is losing its collective mind right now!

Ospreay drags MJF up and into the ring, covers, TWO!!!! MJF survives but Ospreay is too tired to be upset. Ospreay just rises up, brings MJF to his feet, and reels him in. Even with one arm, Ospreay hits a LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! MJF reminds us why he was once the longest reigning AEW World Champion while Dynamite goes back to picture in picture.

Ospreay shakes out the arms, but Doc Sampson is called over to check. Doc checks that arm, from lifting to turning. Then Doc checks with Ospreay if he wants to do “that,” and Ospreay says go for it. Doc YANKS Ospreay’s arm to pop it back in place! Ospreay clutches the arm again but it seems that did the trick. Ospreay has the fans fired up again, and he drags MJF up for Kawada Kicks! Ospreay stands over MJF while Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite 250 returns and Ospreay calls his shot. MJF rises, and he spins Ospreay around to BITE Ospreay’s face! The fans boo, MJF runs, but Ospreay HIDDEN BLADES!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives a shot to the face but Ospreay roars! The fans are thunderous as MJF sits up, into a BUZZSAW! MULE KICK! OSC- NO, MJF stops the cutter to gut wrench, and TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives again and the fans again cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for giving us this instant classic. MJF snarls, and he uses wrist tape to CHOKE Ospreay! The ref reprimands, MJF lets off, and MJF goes to the corner with Ospreay.

MJF wrenches the bad arm, whips him hard into the corner, and Ospreay falls. The fans boo but MJF grins as he rises up. MJF storms over to Ospreay, stands him up and wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! MJF whips again, and harder! Ospreay falls back, MJF flexes, but the fans boo. MJF mocks the United Empire crown then says shove it. MJF drags Ospreay up, whips him corner to corner again, but Ospreay reveres! MJF tumbles up, comes back, and Ospreay CHOPS! And CHOPS! But MJF blocks one again to WRING the arm again! Ospreay writhes, MJF leans on ropes, and then MJF runs in. Ospreay DUMPS MJF out hard!

The fans fire up and Ospreay goes to the apron, only for MJF to YANK him down! MJF puts Ospreay in the ring and says that’s why he’s the smartest wrestler in AEW. But not the wisest as Ospreay DIVING HIDDEN BLADES MJF!! Both men fall to the floor and the fans are thunderous again! Ospreay rises, a ring count starts, and fans count along. We hit 5 of 10, Ospreay puts MJF in at 6. Ospreay goes up the corner, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives again but Ospreay doesn’t get frustrated. Ospreay goes to the apron and climbs up the corner, but MJF again hits ropes! Ospreay lands bad on the corner this time!

MJF climbs up, throws hands, then goes to the very top. SUPER- NO! Ospreay stops the Steiner with one good arm! The fans fire up as he tucks MJF in, for a SUPER STYLES CLASH!! But Ospreay struggles to turn MJF over for the cover! ROPEBREAK!! Ospreay is frustrated now but there’s nothing he can do about that. Ospreay drags MJF up but MJF HOTSHOTS the arm! MJF reels Ospreay in, for an APRON HEATSEEKER!! Ospreay flops to the floor, and MJF looks at the table…! MJF puts Ospreay on the table, hurries back to the corner, and MJF climbs! The fans are going nuts already as MJF SUPER MACHO ELBOWS THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again as MJF goes for broke! The ref checks both men, and they’re somehow okay to continue! “This is Awesome!” as we once again go picture in picture.

MJF flounders his way back to ringside and drags himself in. But Champion’s Advantage won’t let him win the title like this! Ospreay is still on the outside as we pass 5 of 10, and he starts to stir around 7. MJF then springs out after Ospreay to get him back in! Seems MJF was just resting, and he shouts about something, probably about how he’s better. MJF stands, paces around, then stomps Ospreay’s legs, then Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite 250 returns again, and MJF has Ospreay in a Cobra Twist. MJF sneakily grabs the ropes to add on leverage! The ref looks but MJF lets go in time. Ospreay still endures, and MJF digs a knuckle into the ribs. MJF then again sneaks a grab at the ropes! The ref gets closer to catching him but the fans tell on MJF! MJF tells them all to shut up! MJF still grabs for ropes, but the ref sees it this time! MJF says he’s not doing nothing! The ref KICKS that arm! Ospreay then hip tosses free! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! MJF gets up, Ospreay reels him into a package, TWO! Schoolboy, TWO!

Ospreay stands, slips around to backslide, TWO!! MJF escapes again, to headlock takeover and cover, TWO as Ospreay headscissors! MJF moves around, bridges to a cover, TWO as Ospreay bridges out! A spin and backslide, TWO!! MJF whips, Ospreay swings but MJF gets under! Ospreay leaps, into the POWER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!! The fans are electric again as both men are down! The fans sing for Ospreay as he crawls to a corner. MJF sits up then rises up to soak up heat. MJF hits the kangaroo stance?! The fans are torn, surely he isn’t serious. But then MJF runs up, KANGAROO- NO! Ospreay catches MJF!

Ospreay CATAPULTS MJF, but MJF lands safe on the corner! Only for Ospreay to tuck him in and CHEEKY NANDOS! MJF is still stuck so Ospreay goes up after him, for a SUPER POISON RANA! MJF lands out?! MJF shows he can do what Ospreay does and the fans lose their minds! LARIAT in the corner, then MJF hoists Ospreay up top. MJF goes up and up and smirks, gives some thrusts, then SUPER STEINERS! Ospreay lands out!! Ospreay shows MJF how it’s really done and MJF is in disbelief! Both men turn around, MJF swings but Ospreay goes Matrix! MJF returns the favor to dodge Ospreay!

Ospreay blocks a kick but MJF pokes him in the eyes! MJF flips everyone off, but Ospreay HOOK KICKS him! MJF rebounds to ROCK Ospreay! Ospreay rebounds to BOOT MJF! MJF rebounds to ROLLING ELBOW! Ospreay rebounds, MJF SWATS the lariat, gets Ospreay up but Ospreay slips outta the bomb! MJF blocks the kick again, KNEES Ospreay and runs, but into the TIGER WALL KICK! ENZIGIRI! MJF rebounds, Ospreay slips through the lariat! Ospreay lifts MJF but MJF back drops free! Ospreay sunset flips it, TWO!! MJF sits on the cover, TWO! Ospreay has it, TWO! MJF has it, TWO! ONE! ONE! ONE! ONE!

Ospreay keeps MJF down, TWO!! MJF swings, Ospreay dodges, OSC- SUPERKICK!! MJF drags Ospreay up, suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE returns! Then PISONI-RANA returns!! Ospreay underhooks to STORM- NO, MJF slips free to DREAM SMASHER! MJF runs, into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Even after all that, there’s still something in the gas tanks on both men! Little Rock gives a standing ovation for this AEW Match of the Year contender! MJF crawls to a corner, Ospreay pursues. Ospreay puts MJF up top, ROCKS him, but has to slap some fire into himself. Ospreay goes up top, but MJF fires body shots!

MJF gut wrenches Ospreay, but Ospreay kicks free! Ospreay then slingshots back up, to SUPER OSCUTTER!! And HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay can’t believe it and now he’s mad! Ospreay throws off the elbow pad as Little Rock is erupting! MJF sits up, but DUCKS the Hidden Blade! Ospreay tumbles but MJF is also down, too tired to sit back up. Ospreay crawls his way back over, sits MJF up, but MJF SPITS at him!! Ospreay gets REALLY mad now! MJF panics, Ospreay HEADBUTTS him! Ospreay reels MJF in, the fans say do it, and Ospreay says yes! Underhooks, one minute warning, but Ospreay isn’t sure which Storm Attack to use!

Ospreay hauls MJF up, to STORM…! NO, Ospreay stops short of the driver! They fans boo, they want him to end MJF but Ospreay says he’s not like that anymore. Ospreay drags MJF up , MJF SHOVES Ospreay into the ref!! The ref goes down, we’re under 20 seconds! Ospreay hurries over to MJF, DYNAMITE DIAMOND RING PUNCH!!! Cover, MJF WINS!!!!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)

There was literally two seconds left, but MJF pulls it off!! The Wolf of Wrestling proves he’s still just a lowdown dirty snake, but he’s the snake that stole the gold from the #BillyGOAT. Medics help both guys get icepacks, water and oxygen, and MJF rises like a zombie to celebrate himself. The Scumbag may have survived The Aerial Assassin, but will he be ready to go All In against The Bastard?

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

Arkady Aura is with the Sussex County Chicken, as well as Max Caster & Anthony Bowens, and says they asked for this time to talk with each other. Caster says that’s right, because they know Mr. Briscoe is on Team AEW for Blood & Guts. They also know that Team AEW needs a couple more partners, and the only way Mark gets “The Best Wrestler Alive” on his side is when Caster & Bowens join the team together. Plus, The Acclaimed just beat The Bucks a couple weeks ago, they have their number, this is a no brainer! Bowens says that’s right! And they’re also this close to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions once again, they want a piece of The Bucks’ asses!

Plus, when you think AEW, you think The Acclaimed, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So they want in! Mark says that’s right! They had his back a couple weeks ago, so as far as he’s concerned, The Acclaimed is in, baby! But Mark’s not the only man calling the shots on this, if you understand what he’s saying. In steps AEW World Champion, Swerve Strickland. Swerve says listen! They’ve been through their fair share of squabbles, so he knows what Acclaimed is all about. Swerve’s also been in battles with The Briscoes, so he knows Dem Boys are real tough people. There is nobody better to go to war with than those you’ve battled against.

Therefore, “y’all ready to get violent?” The Acclaimed say hell yeah! Hands in, and Mark warns The Elite that Team AEW is coming for them! LET’S GO, BABY!! Bowens & Caster follow Briscoe out, Swerve nods, will this team be ready to rip apart The Elite? Will Swerve be ready for The Rainmaker later on tonight in the main event? Or will Kazuchika Okada rain on Swerve’s House and wash it away?

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

The Redwood introduces to the “seeds, saplings, roots and most importantly, branches,” the Learning Tree, Chris Jericho! The “For The World” Champion is accompanied by “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith as he makes his way out here, waving to Little Rock. The fans boo but Jericho still smiles. “Hi, guys~! Y’know, Little Rock, you need to take a few lessons from The Learning Tree. This city is such a high-crime, violent city, 1,533 crimes for ever 100,000 people, you can do better than that! But let’s talk about Dynamite 250 for AEW, I was on the very first Dynamite, and I’ve been on almost every single one since.

“And the ones that I missed, the Branches were so angry, cards and letters filed in, so I made a promise, I’m never gonna miss another Dynamite again.” The fans boo but Jericho says he’ll be on every one, even until episode 500! It’s like he’s said: When you listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. And when you don’t, people get hurt, dammit! This isn’t right! Jericho is begging us all to listen to him! Look to those who haven’t. Shibata’s arm, Hook getting that fireball to his face, that’s horrible. And then Samoa Joe is literally driven through a wall because he wasn’t listening to The Learning Tree!

Jericho is begging us, this has to stop! People are getting hurt! At this point, everyone should realize they need to listen to Jericho. Surely everyone knows the teachings of Jericho are so important. Who would be crazy enough not to listen? Who would be psychotic enough not to use the teachings of Jericho? Who would be maniacal enough to- IS THAT MINORU SUZUKI!? Jericho is very worried seeing the Meanest Man in the World returning here to AEW! Suzuki has a paper in his hands, but what could it be? Suzuki goes to the ring and fans get fired up. Suzuki waits, and he steps in at “KAZE NI NARE~!”

Suzuki stares Jericho down while the fans cheer him on. Suzuki looks at the FTW Championship, then he snatches Jericho’s mic. “Next week…” Suzuki holds up the paper, Keith snatches it, and Keith reads it for Jericho. This is an official order from AEW management. The Redwood AND Bad Apple are banned from ringside for Jericho VS Suzuki, an FTW Championship match! Suzuki then HEADBUTTS Jericho down! Bill goes to help Jericho and Keith backs up. Suzuki grins and waves, “Bye, guys~!” Jericho looks to be fearing for his life now that he knows there is someone crazy enough to ignore his teachings. Will the King of Pancrase cut down The Learning Tree?

 

The Elite speak.

Nicholas asks Matthew and Okada if they heard all that. The Elite heard what The Acclaimed, Mark Briscoe and Swerve Strickland had to say, and it is ridiculous! What pisses them off even more is that The Acclaimed think they’re just gonna become two-time AEW Tag Team Champions. Not on their watch! Matt says what those guys need is a reminder about just who the hecc they are! This is THE Elite, the greatest team in AEW. And after next week, they’ll have all the gold and all the power! Nick points out it won’t be all the gold. Swerve is still AEW World Champion. Well, Matt says after what they do to Swerve, that title might just end up vacated.

Because see, they’re dealing with the most dangerous people in the business. They’re going up against The Young Bucks, the greatest tag team ever. They’re dealing with the Continental Champion, The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada. They’re dealing with the unpredictable Scapegoat, the TNT Champion, Jack Perry. And Matt’s favorite part: making his return to The Elite, Hangman Adam Page! And oh, in steps the TBS Champion, Mercedes Mone! The CEO says hi to the EVPs, and she thanks them for banning Britt Baker from even being backstage tonight so that she can’t ruin Dynamite 250 for them.

Matt says let’s just say there’s no drama coming from The DMD to the CEO, via the EVPs. Okada whispers something to Matt and Matt asks if Mone will do the dance for them. Oh, her CEO shuffle? Of course! C E O! C E O! Ok, got to go~! Mone heads out, Okada wipes himself down. He claims it’s just really hot back here. Matt & Nick say okay, sure. But will The CEO still be golden like The Elite? Or will she end up the Native Beast’s next meal?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

Well, as we just heard, there will be no Britt Baker anywhere tonight because that is how bad she got under The CEO’s skin. Mone even made sure this Open Challenge would not allow Britt to answer it, so in steps a different former AEW Women’s World Champion. Will Mone find there are threats all over the AEW roster? Or will she still be making that double champion type bank?

The introductions are made, the teal title is raised, and we see who is truly the Face of TBS!

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and duel, the two tie up, and Mone tries but she can’t push Nyla back at all! Nyla puts Mone in a corner, Mone goes up the ropes, but the ref counts. Nyla lets off but Mone scuffs her. Nyla is annoyed, but she mocks Mone’s dance. Nyla runs up, Mone leaps over, but then Nyla runs up again. Mone gets around, waistlocks, but Nyla THROWS her away! The fans rally, Nyla storms up but Mone drop toeholds her onto ropes! Mone CLUBS and stomps away on Nyla. Mone drags Nyla up to stomp into a corner, but the ref counts. Mone digs her boots in, but lets off at 4.

Mone backs off to then storm back up and drag Nyla up. Mone talks trash, but Nyla reels her in! Nyla suplexes, and she holds Mone up, does a squat or two, but Mone slips free! Mone CLUBS Nyla, runs, but Nyla scoops her! Nyla stops the tilt-o-whirl, and shouts, “Have you lost your mind?!” Nyla suplexes to hang Mone out to dry! Nyla KNEES Mone, goes to the corner and climbs, and the fans fire up for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Nyla drags Money to the cover, TWO!! Mone survives and Nyla is frustrated, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nyla drags Mone up, ELBOWS her down, then she drags Mone into a backbreaker rack across her knee! Mone endures, even as Nyla pushes her down! Mone fights free with kicks, then fires forearms. Nyla ROCKS Mone right back! Nyla then torture racks Mone to thrash her around! Mone endures, slips down, but Nyla blocks the arm-drag! Nyla whips Mone into the corner, then runs in, only for Mone to move! Nyla POSTS herself, then Mone goes to the apron. Mone BOOTS Nyla into the post! Nyla falls back, Mone soaks up the cheers and jeers, then she sits Nyla down. METEORA! Mone drags Nyla to a cover, TWO!

Mone is upset so she rains down fists! The ref reprimands, Mone lets off to swagger around. Mone stalks Nyla, stomps her around, then bumps her off buckles. Mone stands Nyla up for forearm after forearm, then she climbs up to rain down fists! Mone goes to nine, soaks up the cheers and jeers, but Nyla brings Mone off the corner! Mone RANAS Nyla away, hurries to run, and she METEORAS again! Cover, TWO! Mone is frustrated but Nyla’s a former champion for a reason. Mone drags Nyla up, and clamps on with a COBRA TWIST! Nyla endures, even as Mone puts on the pressure. Mone ELBOWS Nyla in the ribs, but Nyla powers out with a hip toss!

Mone stands, blocks a boot and KNEES Nyla back. Mone runs, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Dynamite 250 returns to single picture while Nyla starts to fade! The fans rally, Nyla fights up, and she swings Mone around into a facelock! Nyla snap suplexes Money away! The fans fire up while Mone flounders to a corner. Nyla snarls, rises up, and runs in to back body block! And then LARIAT! Mone staggers back up, Nyla runs in at the corner and SPLASHES! Mone sits down, Nyla fires up and Little Rock is with her! CANNONBALL! Nyla drags Mone to a cover, TWO!! Mone survives, showing why she’s been champion all over the world.

Nyla snarls, and she goes up the corner. Mone stands to kick the leg! Nyla falls, Mone goes up and up to VADER BOMB! Nyla sputters, Mone gets moving, BOOT WASH! Mone pushes Nyla, goes up the corner, and she METEORAS again! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Mone can’t believe it! Mone drags Nyla up, turns her, but Nyla’s too big to Gory Especial! Nyla RAMS Mone into the corner, the fans duel, but Nyla puts Mone up top. Nyla then climbs up to have Mone’s arm. But Mone fires elbows on Nyla! Mone adjusts position, and SUPER BULLDOGS! Mone then brings out a glove, all to mock Britt!

Mone puts on her glove, spells out “C! E! O!” RINGS OF SATURN, and then the LOCKJAW!! Nyla BITES Mone’s fingers!! That’s what Mone gets! But then DRIBBLES Nyla’s face off the mat, and puts on the STATEMENT MAKER! Nyla taps, Mone wins!

Winner: Mercedes Mone, by submission (still AEW TBS Champion)

Mone may not be able to do it like The DMD, but she still wins out and holds up both belts. Mone then spots a fan with a sign, “DMD > CEO,” and she snatches that sign! Mone RIPS the sign up, and the fan wearing the Sting mask is upset. That fan pie faces Mone!? Because surprise! It’s BRITT BAKER!! The DMD suck into the show and The CEO is running for her life!! Security surrounds Mone to shield her from Britt! The guards then swarm Britt, and Mone is safe, for now. Will Britt have her Wembley Stadium moment with Mone whether Mone likes it or not?

 

Jack Perry speaks.

The Scapegoat flips a coin, then tells Darby Allin, “You wanted to get my attention? Well, you’ve got it now. All you had to do was ask. Did you really have to go and hurt Brandon Cutler? Maybe what I mean to say is, do you think I give a s*it about Brandon Cutler?” He is standing OVER Brandon! And then THROWS him through a door! Jack SMACKS Brandon off a boiler, then tells Darby to come find Jack tonight. Then Jack will show Darby what real sacrifice looks like. Will The Relentless One get that fight with the TNT Champion after all?

 

Toni Storm is here!

The Leading Lady is back so soon after how brutally Mariah May betrayed her? Wait, no… That’s Mariah May taking her cosplay to a new level. The understudy is now portraying the part of AEW Women’s World Champion as she menacingly makes her way down to the ring. The fans boo the protege for how she did Toni Storm dirty, but Mariah grabs a mic for herself. The fans chant for Toni but Mariah sighs. “Let’s be honest. You all saw it coming. Everybody saw it coming, except Toni Storm.” The fans boo but Mariah says that woman is so desperate for the spotlight, she didn’t realize she was giving it all away.

“The question shouldn’t be ‘why,’ the question should be, ‘Mariah, what took you so long?’ Honestly, I didn’t think it would last this long either. But it was so… easy! And I was having so much fun stringing her along, I just wanted to see how far it would go. But then, I saw Wembley. And I thought, ‘Why take the old horse out back when I can kill it in front of as many people as possible?” The fans boo more but Mariah says she’s been Toni Storm, and now she can be so much more! Fans chant “We Want Toni!” and Mariah smirks. Mariah tells Toni not to worry, she still loves her. In fact, she’s never loved her more than when Toni was on her knees, screaming and crying Mariah’s name. “That was your greatest performance.”

As for Mariah’s greatest performance, that will be at All In! The fans boo more but Mariah says now, AEW is All About Mariah! Mariah then lies back on the mat to revel in it just like Toni would. But will Toni make sure Mariah suffers far worse than what she gave Toni?

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

The Bang Bang Gang returned backstage but they’re asked about being stripped of the Unified World Trios Championships. Juice said hold on, they ain’t been stripped of nothing. Whoever wants these belts will have to pry them out of their cold, dead hands! But then Christopher Daniels and a couple refs appear backstage, and the Fallen Angel knows it isn’t the most popular decision, nor is it fair to the champs, but that’s the rules of AEW. Austin says he isn’t taking these belts! Daniels says it’s either that or they’re suspended and they don’t get a chance to fight for them against The Patriarchy.

Colten says fine, take ’em. Take all nine belts! Daniels gathers them up and Austin tells Christian Cage that they are not scared of a guy with a daddy fetish, some TikTok kid, a stepmom straight outta Brazzers, and a giant lizard! Juice says what will happen is The Collision Cowboys come home, and they come home with their little hardware homies! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP! Will Rock Hard Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, and… Austin make sure Captain Charisma and his “sons” never touch the gold? Or can no one stop The Patriarchy from taking over AEW?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

It is a Champion VS Champion showdown to close this milestone episode, but no titles are on the line. However, Blood & Guts is just next week, and each side is looking for momentum. Will Little Rock belong to Swerve’s House? Or will The Rainmaker prove he’s the top champion in AEW?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” The two tie up, Okada headlocks for the takeover but Swerve headscissors. Okada kips free, roles reverse, but then Okada headscissors. Swerve kips free, blocks the takeover this time, and he brings Okada up to power out. Okada avoids the hurdle, BOOTS back, then runs. Swerve rolls to trip Okada, then runs. Okada avoids the House Call, waistlocks then ripcords, but Swerve ducks the lariat! Swerve half nelsons but Okada fights out! Swerve arm-drags, Okada headscissors, Swerve kips up, and fans fire up for the stare down!

Swerve grins but Okada brushes things off. The two reset, knuckle lock, and Okada kicks low! Okada CLUBS Swerve, ROCKS him with a forearm, then scoops. Swerve slips free, Okada runs up, but Swerve goes up and over to roll Okada up. Okada rolls through but Swerve EDDY GORDO RANAS! The fans fire up, Swerve runs to UPPERCUT Okada! Swerve snapmares Okada, goes up and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Swerve hits the Griddy and fans cheer! Swerve even mocks the Rainmaker pose! Okada sits up and glares at Swerve. Swerve eggs Okada on, so Okada ROCKS him! Swerve ROCKS Okada back!

The forearms go back and forth, then they pick up speed! Okada dares Swerve to hit him, so Swerve kicks low! Swerve whips, Okada reverses to then FLAPJACK! Swerve tumbles out of the ring but Okada pursues. Okada runs up to kick and DDT to the floor! Swerve writhes and Okada just watches him while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ring count climbs, but Okada drags Swerve up. Okada brings Swerve over, SMACKS him off steps, and he stalks Swerve around the way. Okada SMACKS Swerve off the steps again! Okada refreshes the count, then pursues Swerve. Swerve rolls into the ring but Okada drags him out. Okada RAMS Swerve into the barriers! The fans are torn but Okada just goes back into the ring. Swerve rolls in, Okada drags him up, but Swerve fires body shots! Swerve shoves Okada, fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free to go for an arm! Then he hits a NECKBREAKER! Okada watches Swerve flounder away, then storms up on him.

Okada brings Swerve up but Swerve pushes him into a corner. Okada CLUBS Swerve down, whips corner to corner hard, and Swerve falls to his knees. Okada runs in to ELBOW Swerve, and Swerve falls again. Okada rests against ropes, taking Swerve a little lightly here, but he goes back over. Okada brings Swerve up to ROCK him, then UPPERCUT him! Swerve goes to a corner, but he fires forearms in return! Okada eggs Swerve on, so Swerve fires more shots! Okada UPPERCUTS Swerve again! Swerve drops to his knees, and Okada kicks him. Okada eggs Swerve on, the fans rally up, and Okada scuffs Swerve.

Swerve SLAPS Okada! Swerve fires forearms but Okada doesn’t budge! Okada eggs Swerve on, Dynamite 250 returns to single picture, and Swerve throws more forearms! Okada roars, runs up, but Swerve ducks to then RISING HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, Swerve shakes that off to storm back up on Okada. Swerve whips, Okada reverses, but Swerve BOOTS Okada! Swerve goes up but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Swerve ends up on the apron, Nana coaches him up and the fans rally. Swerve rises, drags himself up, but Okada storms out after him. Okada scoops Swerve but Swerve holds ropes to stop the driver!

Swerve CLUBS Okada, is free, and he fireman’s carries! Okada flails free, swings, but Swerve HOTSHOTS Okada away! Swerve then slingshots in, somersaults and COMPLETE SHOTS! Gator roll to the deadlift and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Okada survives that and Swerve grows frustrated. Swerve shakes out his arms, then goes to a corner. Okada sits up in a daze but Swerve goes up. Okada hurries to anchor Swerve! Okada brings Swerve down to CLAW his face! The ref reprimands, Okada lets off, but then Okada brings Swerve out in the Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Okada pretends to be upset but then he’s stone faced as he drags Swerve up. Okada scoops and SLAMS Swerve, then he climbs the corner. Nana warns Swerve, but the MACHO ELBOW still hits! Okada rises, the fans boo, and Okada Rainmaker MIDDLE FINGERS! But Swerve victory rolls him! TWO!! Okada runs up and stops the discus, to DISCUS miss as Swerve goes Matrix! Swerve kips up to mule kick, CLUB, BOOT, and- DROPKICK from Okada! The fans fire up while both men are down! The ref starts a standing count and the fans rally up. Both men sit up at 5 of 10, and Okada flounders to a corner.

Swerve runs up, blocks a boot and CLUBS the leg! Okada tries again but Swerve slips around to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Then right into a powerbomb to POWERSLAM! Swerve hurries up the corner, takes aim, KILL- NO, Okada dodges! Okada scoops and TOMBSTONE!! Okada roars because he’s not done! He drags Swerve up, ripcords, RAIN- JUMPING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous and Swerve aims from a corner! “Whose House?” THE BUCKS ATTACK SWERVE!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

The fans boo but The Elite doesn’t care about the win anymore, because they’re looking to hurt Swerve! But wait, here comes The Acclaimed! they brawl with The Bucks! But then Jack Perry shows up to CLOBBER Caster! But then here comes Mark Briscoe! Chicken DECKS Matt, DECKS Jack, and DECKS Nick! Team AEW stands tall together, but Jack comes back for more! Jack whips Briscoe, but he dodges Jack to DIVE onto the Bucks! The fans fire up as Mark goes back for Jack, only to end up in the DRAPING DDT! The Scapegoat fancies himself a Viper, does he? But then HOUSE CALL for Jack Perry!

The AEW World Champion stands tall and Little Rock is thunderous! But then, here comes The Black Hat. Swerve turns around to glare at Hangman as he storms down, glaring at Swerve! The fans are thunderous again, but then Okada trips Swerve up! Okada drags Swerve out, but then Bowens does the same to Hangman! The brawl is going all over the ringside area but it is still 5v4 in favor of The Elite! Security rushes out here to stop this, and The Elite uses the security as their shields! BUT WAIT! Darby Allin is here!! Jack did call him out, so here he comes! Jack looks around, where could he be?

Wait! LOOK UP! Darby drops in from the rafters just like The Icon, Sting! And so now we have 5v5!! The brawl is on again and Little Rock is losing their minds! Security and refs hurry in to stop this, but the security gets thrown aside! Jack is after Darby, Mark helps Darby against him, but then Mark has to fight off Nick! Darby dribbles Jack off the floor! Jack RAMS Darby into railing, Mark returns to help Darby! Security finally separates the factions, which is just fine by The Bucks! But will nothing stop Team AEW from destroying this corrupt Elite once and for all?


My Thoughts:

Now this was an awesome episode of Dynamite. They only advertised three matches, and it turns out that’s all we needed. Ospreay VS MJF was made the opener so they could just go off and give us almost an hour of their best stuff. It kinda makes some PPV matches feel lesser now, but hey, a match of the year candidate is still a match of the year candidate, no matter if it’s TV or PPV. MJF winning out surprised me, but he did cheat so that protects Ospreay. I was hoping for Ospreay VS Pac at All In, but I suppose “The Scumbag VS The Bastard” makes for some fun build. And with how much MJF was taunting Garcia, this has to mean Garcia shows up at All In to go after MJF.

TV Time with Jericho was properly short because we can’t actually drag the show to a screeching halt after how awesome Ospreay VS MJF was. As Jericho started listing qualities like “crazy” and “maniacal,” I just felt Suzuki showing up. Suzuki getting his FTW Championship match with Jericho next week is great, but I’m still thinking Jericho retains. Now, while Keith & Bill are banned from ringside, nothing is stopping Hook from showing up. Hook could go after Jericho after he retains, and that sets up Jericho VS Hook for All In. Which would be interesting because that makes it back to back All In shows for Hook and this FTW Championship.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang with Daniels, but like, so filler. Who needed to see them hand over the belts? Or rather, why couldn’t they have figured out to do that during Collision? Very good promo from Mariah May where she completes her transformation into Toni Storm’s replacement. She even phrased it “All About Mariah” to nod how this has been All About Eve the movie, in wrestling form. The fans kept going “What?” just cuz she was taking things slowly, which is rude, but I do feel she could’ve been faster about it. She was definitely going for something with her pacing, but maybe she was also just filling for a little more time. Toni will surely have a response next week or something, though.

Very good promo from Acclaimed with Mark Briscoe and Swerve to establish the Acclaimed joining Team AEW, and very good response promo from The Elite to call them out on it. Though, what a weird detail for Okada to be a Mone simp. He’s married for crying out loud! But that aside, Mone is still tangentially a part of The Elite, and she had a very good match with Nyla tonight. Mone of course found the way to win, but I do appreciate Britt gives us a Sting shoutout by wearing the Sting mask before revealing she was here. Mone running scared was pretty funny, and yeah duh, this match is happening at All In.

In relation, very good promo from Jack Perry, even if poor Brandon had to get beat up again. Jack calling Darby out was good foreshadowing for Darby’s own Sting tribute, and I figured last week that Darby Allin was going to be Team AEW for Blood & Guts. Great main event from Swerve VS Okada that The Bucks of course had to “ruin” to save Okada from a legit loss. At the same time, this keeps either champion from owing the other a title match so close to All In. Great brawl to give us the full 5v5, Blood & Guts is going to be some wild stuff, and it can definitely go either with so many champions involved this time. However, as Mark Briscoe is the only one whose rivalry is NOT in Blood & Guts, he probably takes the loss for Team AEW.

My Score: 9.1/10


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