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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 33 Results & Report! (7/21/23)

A & B, round 3!

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Cold Skull VS Gene Blast, THE REMATCH!

The IWGP World Heavyweight Champion is on a roll going into round three, will Sanada go 3-0? Or will Yota Tsuji avenge his loss at Dominion?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current 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 current 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

 

G1 Climax 33, B Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Tanga Loa w/ Jado!

The Head Hunter and Silverback have each broken even so far, but someone’s going to #TurnItAllAround! So will it be Hashi or Loa who manages to #GetBackUp?

The bell rings and Hashi SUPERKICKS! And rolls Loa up! Bridging schoolboy, TWO!! But Hashi cradles, TWO! Loa gets up, scoops Hashi, but Hashi slips free! Hashi shoves and dropkicks a leg out! Fans fire up as Hashi takes a moment to catch his breath. Hashi stomps Loa, fans rally up, and Hashi brings Loa up. Loa shoves Hashi away but Hashi CLUBS Loa at the ropes. Hashi CHOPS Loa to a corner, stomps him, then pulls his shirt off! Fans cheer but Loa ROCKS Hashi! Hashi ROCKS Loa, but Loa ROCKS Hashi! Loa fires another forearm, and another, but Hashi CHOPS! And CHOPS again!

Loa snarls and Hashi CHOPS again! Hashi fires a forearm, CHOPS Loa to the corner, and fans fire up while Loa grits his teeth. Hashi forearms, whips corner to corner, but Loa comes back to run Hashi over! Fans fire up again as Loa paces. Loa drops a leg on Hashi, covers, TWO! Hashi hangs tough but Loa looms over him. Loa CLUBS Hashi down, then stalks him to ropes. Loa stands Hashi up, CLUBS him again, and Hashi goes to the apron. Loa drags him back in to stomp him at the ropes! The ref counts, Loa lets off, and Loa drags Hashi back up. Hashi throws body shots! And a CHOP! But Loa throws a forearm!

Hashi throws a forearm and a chop, but Loa back hands, UPPERCUTS, and repeat! Fans fire up as Loa backs Hashi to a corner, then CHOPS him down! Loa paces to walk off the stinging in his chest, and then he brings Hashi back up. Loa whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Hashi sends him into buckles! Mule kick! Turn and NECKBREAKER! Fans rally while both men are down! Loa goes to a corner, Hashi goes to the opposite. Hashi runs in corner to corner to clothesline! And whips, to CHOP Loa, then mule kick! Buckle bump and DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up as Loa falls over!

Hashi goes up the corner and climbs to the top! Fans rally as Loa rises, and Hashi FLYING BLOCKBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Loa is still in this but fans rally behind Hashi. Loa rises, Hashi runs, but Loa swats the lariat! Hashi CHOPS! Hashi reels Loa in, but Loa fights the fisherman! Loa throws body shots, and he suplexes Hashi! Loa holds Hashi up as marches around, and fans fire up for the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and fans are even more fired up! Jado coaches Loa and the fans rally again. The two crawl for each other, and Loa throws a forearm! Hashi throws one back! So Loa throws another!

Hashi roars and throws another forearm! They stand, and the forearms keep going back and forth! Hashi gets the edge, but Loa roars! Hashi mule kicks! Loa roars again, swings, but misses, and Hashi hits the RUNNING BLOCKBUSTER! Fans rally again as Loa crawls to ropes. Loa goes to the apron, Hashi runs in, but Loa RAMS into Hashi! And slingshots to sunset flip! Hashi rolls through to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with Hashi, and he drags Loa up. Hashi reels him in, full nelsons, but Loa fights it! Hashi pump handles, but Loa CLUBS Hashi! Hashi CHOPS back! Loa ROCKS Hashi!

The two go back and forth, forearm for forearm, then Hashi fiers off a flurry of shots! Loa just growls and throws forearms of his own! Loa runs, but Hashi gets around to full nelson! DRAGON SUPLEX! Loa staggers up, Hashi runs and LARIATS! Fans fire up as Loa stands right back up! They DOUBLE LARIAT, but neither falls! DOUBLE LARIAT again, yet neither falls! Both men roar, DOUBLE LARIAT and Hashi falls! Loa runs, but into an ELBOW! Hashi runs, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and fans are thunderous! Jado rallies for Loa and the fans rally up again as Loa stands.

Loa brings Hashi up, scoops him, but Hashi shifts to a SLEEPER! Loa reaches out, moves around, throws elbows, and is free! But Hashi dodges the lariat, only for the SOUTHPAW to hit! Fans fire up and Loa rises again. Loa fires himself up, and he goes to the corner! Loa climbs up to the top rope?! For a DIVING HEADBUTT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Hashi survives and fans are thunderous again! Loa looks to Jado and Jado says to go Ape Shit! Loa drags Hashi up, scoops him, but Hashi fights around! CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! AKA, Itadakikari (Easy Pickings)! Cover, HASHI WINS!

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Loa earns 0)

This new powerful finisher of Hashi’s does it again! Will it help him make the rest of the G1 easy pickings?

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: Ren Narita VS Gabe Kidd!

It has been two matches and two time limit draws for the Son of Strong Style, and that still has him even with the 1-1 War Dog Kidd. Will he finally get a solid win or take a hard loss in the third?

Wait, Narita’s Strong Style Senses are tingling. He turns around and sees Gabe sneaking up on him! Gabe knows he’s in trouble now, but he still rushes in! Narita dodges the chair shot to fire off forearms and UPPERCUTS Gabe down! Fans fire up as Narita leaves Gabe behind to then grab a mic! “OI, GABE! Beat me in the ring!” Fans cheer that and Gabe gets mad. Gabe rushes in, the two RAM shoulders and fire forearms, and now the bell rings! Fans fire up as the shots go back and forth! Then Gabe BITES Narita’s forehead! Fans boo, Gabe flips them off, and then he whips Narita corner to corner to clothesline!

Gabe flips fans off again, runs, but Narita follows to BOOT him in the corner! Narita whips corner to corner, Gabe reverses, but Narita comes back to BOOT him down! Gabe gets up to CHOP! Gabe headlocks, but Narita powers out to headlock back. But Gabe uses that to SAIDO! But Narita’s right up!? To GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as both men flounder to opposite sides. Fans fire up as Narita storms up on Gabe. But Gabe powers Narita to ropes! Narita turns it around, the ref counts, and Gabe suplexes Narita and himself out of the ring!! Fans fire up and the ref checks both men. They’re somehow okay to continue, and Narita drags himself up.

Fans fire up as Narita roars! But Gabe throws body shots and forearms! Gabe whips, Narita reverses and Gabe hits railing! Then Narita BOOTS him over the railing! The ref checks Gabe again but he’s okay to continue. Narita shakes out the stars while the ring count starts. Narita fetches Gabe from No Man’s Land, and brings him back to ringside at 9 of 20. Narita puts Gabe in at 10 and fans cheer. Narita fires himself back up, but Gabe unties a buckle pad! Narita storms over but Gabe SMACKS him off bare steel! The ref checks Narita now and Gabe flips off booing fans. The ref tries to fix the buckle pad but Gabe stops him!

Gabe laughs as he SMACKS Narita off the buckle again and again! Gabe shoves Narita down but the ref refuses to count! Gabe gets mad and gets in the ref’s face! Fans boo, Gabe just flips them off again. Fans rally for “NA-RI-TA!” but Gabe drags him up. Gabe talks trash, and he CHOPS Narita! Narita sputters and Gabe gives him scuffing kicks. Gabe then CHOPS Narita again! Narita shakes his head, so Gabe CHOPS again! Gabe eggs Narita on, CHOPS him, but Narita CHOPS back! And again! And again! Narita fires up to CHOP again! Gable CHOPS back, Narita CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! Fans cheer with every CHOP!

Narita gets the edge as he CHOPS Gabe to a corner! And then he gives more CHOPS until Gabe falls! Narita stands on Gabe but the ref counts. Narita steps off, brings Gabe up, but Gabe BITES Narita again! And ROCKS him with a right! Narita gets around, shoves and WHEEL KICKS! Both men are down and fans fire up! Narita and Gabe go to opposite corners, and Narita runs in to BACK ELBOW! Then he HALF HATCH BRIDGES! Cover, TWO!! Gabe escapes but Narita puts on the SLEEPER! Gabe fights up and around, but Narita puts on a COBRA TWIST! Gabe hip tosses free, but Narita drags him down into a KNEEBAR!!

Gabe endures, CHOPS at Narita, but Narita pulls on the leg harder! Narita then shifts to tie up both legs, and he rolls Gabe into a TEXAS CLOVERHOLD!! Gabe endures, fights his way forward, reaches out, but Narita sits deep! Gabe still powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Narita lets go in frustration, and he drags Gabe up. Narita clinches but Gabe fights it! Narita shoots around to the COBRA TWIST! But Gabe switches, and shoves Narita at the ref! Narita stops himself in time, but Gabe DOUBLE CHOPS Narita on the back! Then ripcord and SLAP!! Narita flops right over! The ref checks as Narita is in a daze!

Gabe stands on Narita and flips off the fans and they boo. Gabe kicks at Narita, taunts the fans and even calls out Shibata! Guess Gabe doesn’t know Shibata is in Trenton, New Jersey for Death Before Dishonor. That aside, Gabe drags Narita up, and he talks trash, but Narita gets around! GERMAN SUPLEX BRIDGE! ONE!! Gabe LARIATS! Cover, ONE!! Gabe BOOTS Narita, but Narita BOOTS back! And CHOPS! Gabe rebounds, Narita dodges, JUMP STOMP!! Cover, TWO!! Gabe survives but Narita fires back up! Fans are with him as he drags Gabe up. Narita clinches to NORTHERN LIGHTS, and roll through!

Narita has the wrists, drags Gabe up and COBRA TWISTS! Gabe endures, pries free, grabs the ref, and he LOW BLOWS Narita! Then LEG TRAP PILEDRIVERS!! Cover, GABE WINS!!

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

The Son of Strong Style wasn’t strong enough to avoid Gabe going to such lows! And he continues to call out Shibata! Will this War Dog take the block by any means necessary? Will the Wrestler return to humble him after the G1?

 

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

As surprising as it may seem, the Dominator and the Headbanga are at the bottom of the block! But that means someone is about to be the very bottom! Who avoids going 0-3 in the G1?

The bell rings and Khan rushes in! ELP goes up and over, rolls Khan up, TWO! ELP steps over, La Magistrol! TWO, and ELP reels Khan in, but Khan fights the backslide! Khan spins ELP around to suplex but ELP slips free. Khan kicks low, whips, but ELP sunset flips! TWO and Khan sits on ELP! TWO, and ELP has a ghost pin! TWO and the two separate! Fans fire up as things speed up, and ELP RANAS Khan away! ELP handsprings while Khan bails out and fans fire up again! ELP builds speed, but he has to tumble out as Khan moves. Khan kicks low, and whips ELP! ELP goes up and over the railing!

Khan runs up, ELP ROCKS Khan, then hops up to TORNADO DDT to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down on the outside! ELP rises, hurries over to Khan, and stands him up to CHOP! And CHOP! ELP then puts Khan in and fans cheer. ELP climbs the ropes as fans rally, and ELP springboards, but FLOPS as Khan moves! Khan hurries up to go after ELP’s shoulder tape! Khan tears that away to clamp on the IRON CLAW! ELP endures, Khan grabs a leg and has a HAFL CRAB HEADSCISSOR! ELP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Khan drags ELP to a chinlock! Khan digs his elbow in!

Fans rally but Khan hammers ELP’s shoulder! ELP endures as Khan digs his knee in. ELP moves around, Khan facelocks! Khan leans his weight on the hold, but ELP reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Khan lets off, but kneels on ELP’s neck. The ref counts and Khan steps away. Khan kicks ELP around, fans rally up, and ELP shoves Khan. Khan storms up to ROCK ELP! ELP goes to a corner, Khan drags him up to a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! But Khan clamps on a CROSSFACE! ELP scrambles around to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Khan keeps on the hold until 4, and pounds the mat in frustration.

Fans rally, Khan and ELP rise, and ELP storms up on Khan. ELP throws a forearm, but Khan shakes that off. Khan Mongolian Chops ELP down! Fans fire up while ELP stands back up. ELP storms up to throw another forearm! Khan feels that one, but he still Mongolian Chops back! ELP falls back down, but he stands back up and shakes his head. Khan eggs him on as he staggers around, and ELP comes back to fire forearm after forearm. Only for Khan to Mongolian Chop again! ELP shakes his head, storms around the ring, and fans rally as he winds up. Khan waits with arms behind his back, and ELP… PURPLE NURPLES!

Fans fire up but the ref reprimands! Wait, is Khan getting stronger from the purple nurples?! And he pries ELP’s hands away, to BITE ELP’s nipple?!?! The ref reprimands and fans go wild as Khan backs ELP into a corner like that! So ELP BITES Khan’s ear! The ref reprimands and counts and both men stop biting. Khan drags ELP up to bump him off buckles, and fans fire up as Khan hops up, to sit on his throne! But ELP slips free to GAMANGIRI! Khan tumbles to the floor! ELP then DIVES to send Khan into railing! Khan hits so hard, he tumbles over the railing! Fans fire up again and ELP goes back into the ring.

Khan rises in No Man’s Land, and fans rally as ELP climbs the ropes! SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY into the front row!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down, and they rally behind “E L P! E L P!” ELP stirs while the ref checks Khan. ELP drags himself up and roars, and the fans fire up again! ELP brings Khan up off the chairs, dumps him over the railing and then puts him back in the ring. ELP climbs the ropes again, to SPRINGBOARD SWANTON, to then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!! Khan survives and fans fire up again! ELP rallies the fans, and he brings Khan up with the straitjacket!

Khan fights the lift into the torture rack, and ELP’s bad arm gives up! Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW! ELP swings, but into the STO! Cover, TWO! ELP hangs tough and fans rally up. Khan drags ELP into the COBRA CLUTCH! ELP endures, reaches out, and he scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Khan thrashes ELP but still lets off at 4. Khan drags ELP up, whips him corner to corner and clotheslines him in the back! Khan then hoists ELP up to SLAM DUNK off the buckles! Khan runs, into SUDDEN DEATH!! ELP crawls to the cover, TWO!! Khan survives and ELP grits his teeth as he clutches his shoulders while fans fire up again!

ELP drags Khan up to throw a forearm! Khan throws one back! ELP throws another, so Khan throws it back! ELP stands and BUZZSAWS! Then he reels Khan in, tucks the arms, but Khan fights free! IRON CLAW! ELIMIN- NO, ELP slips free but Khan ducks Sudden Death! LARIAT, but ELP stays up! ELP swings, into the IRON CLAW SLEEPER SUPLEX! But he rises again!? ELP LARIATS, but Khan stays up! Khan LARIATS ELP inside-out! Fans fire up and Khan goes back for ELP, but ELP flops out of the ring! ELP saves himself but Khan goes to the apron. Khan aims, runs in, and FLYING BOOTS ELP down!

Khan drags ELP up to scoop and TTD to the floor!! Fans fire up as Khan drags ELP around and into the ring! Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW and drags ELP up! ELIMINATOR BACKBREAKER!! Into HITSUJIGOROSHI!! ELP TAPS, Khan wins!!

Winner: Great-O-Khan, by submission (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

The Dominator avoids 0-3, and subjects the Headbanga to that fate! Will ELP be stuck in last place the rest of the G1? Will Khan look to conquer the block for the United Empire?

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Chase Owens!

The Guerrillas of Destiny have a grudge against the Bullet Club, and perhaps rightfully so. But it wasn’t like The Crown Jewel pulled the trigger. Will Hikuleo bring himself to break Chase for what someone else did? Or will he hesitate when he has Chase in his sights?

Chase wants Oskar Leube to take his place since he’s bigger, but Oskar says no thanks. Chase reluctantly gets in the ring, the bell rings and fans rally up. Chase wants everyone to hold on, and he throws up the Too Sweet. Hiku says like hell he’s doing that, so Chase pokes him in the forehead with it. Hiku swings on Chase! Chase gets around, waistlocks, but Hiku backs him down into the corner! The ref counts, Hiku taunts Chase with the Too Sweet, then lets off. Chase shoves Hiku and calls him a giant SOB, but then he cowers when Hiku shows haymaker! The ref counts as Hiku smothers Chase in the corner.

Hiku lets off and eggs Chase on. Chase comes back, but Hiku keep shim o the ropes. Chase gets away, shows punch, but reconsiders as Hiku stares him down. Chase kick slow, and tries to scoop! But Hiku’s too big, and he CLUBS Chase! Hiku scoops, Chase slips off and CHOPS! Hiku doesn’t budge so Chase apologizes. Chase dodges a chop, kicks low, but Hiku blocks the whip! Hiku whips Chase to a corner but Chase avoids the elbow to CHOP! Hiku again just scowls and Chase sighs. Hiku TOSSES Chase to a corner but Chase BOOTS back! Only for Hiku to CHOP him off his feet! Fans fire up while Chase is stinging.

Hiku drags Chase up, and RAMS him into buckles! Hiku runs in but Chase dodges! Only for Hiku to BOOT him down! Chase bails out, and he blows snot at Jado! Hiku storms out after Chase, but Chase hurries under the ring! Hiku grabs for him but Chase has gotten away. So Hiku pursues! But Chase SMACKS Hiku with something! The ref was busy with Jado, and couldn’t see it anyway so what’s he call? Chase emerges and he has a wrench in hand! Borrowing an idea from Sho, is he? Chase goes back to stomp Hiku’s arms, then he goes into the ring. The ring count starts while Hiku leans against railing.

Hiku stands at 5 of 20, clutches that arm, and goes up the apron at 13. But Chase WRECKS him with a dropkick! Hiku comes back to choke grip Chase! But Chase SNAPS the fingers! Now Chase is acting like a Villain! Chase goes out after Hiku, and SLAMS the bad hand against the post! Chase stalks Hiku around, asks Yoshinobu for a Too Sweet but he says no thanks. Chase wraps Hiku’s arm around railing! Chase bends the fingers, and makes Hiku Too Sweet him! Then Chase lets go, and he stalks Hiku along the way. Chase wraps Hiku’s arm around post, and YANKS Hiku into the steel! Chase then talks Hiku, and stomps a leg!

Hiku pushes Chase away but Chase puts him in the ring. Chase grabs the bad arm, hammerlocks it with his legs, and SNAP LOCKS it! Hiku writhes but Chase mocks Jado with a flex and pose. Fans rally as Hiku pie faces Chase. But Chase blocks a boot and puts the leg in ropes, to dropkick the leg! Chase wrenches Hiku’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then he stands on the arm to SHOULDER SNAP it! Chase mocks Hiku calling for the choke slam, then scuffs him. Hiku CHOPS from below! Chase is still stinging, but he kicks Hiku again. Hiku chops but with the bad hand! Chase BOOTS Hiku!

Hiku shakes his head and fans rally up. Hiku chops with the bad hand but Chase BOOTS him again! Chase runs, but Hiku dodges the boot to waistlock! Chase throws elbows, frees himself, but Hiku still runs him over! And ELBOWS him! Chase staggers up, into a scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up and Chase goes to a corner. Hiku runs in to SPLASH! And then scoop for SNAKE EYES! Hiku runs to LARIAT Chase down! Fans fire up and Hiku drags Chase back up. Hiku suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Chase writhes, Hiku covers, TWO!! Fans rally and Hiku shakes out the bad arm. Jado coaches Hiku up and Hiku brings Chase around.

Hiku fireman’s carries, but Chase fights free! Hiku swings, Chase dodges and SUPERKICKS! Chase LARIATS Hiku up and out! But Hiku lands on his feet and fires up! But then Chase WRECKS Hiku with a dropkick! Chase puts Hiku in, climbs a corner, but Hiku choke grips! Chase drops down to HOTSHOT the bad arm! Chase hurries in, CROSSFACE!! Chase traps the bad arm but Hiku endures! Fans rally, Hiku moves around, and Jado coaches him to keep fighting. Hiku reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Chase lets off quickly. Chase runs in to C-TRIGGER!! Hiku flops over but Chase brings him up!

Chase traps the arms, but Hiku is so big! Hiku powers up but Chase HAMMERS away on him! Hiku ROCKS Chase with a forearm! Chase LARIATS, Hiku roars but Chase SUPERKICKS! Hiku stays up to UPPERCUT! Chase wobbles, we hit 10 minutes, and Hiku snarls. Chase fires up, but runs into the POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Hiku clamps on the choke grip! Hiku drags Chase up, but Chase grabs ropes! Hiku drags Chase away anyway, but Chase slips out of the slam! But his leg gives out! Chase gets the kneepad of his bad leg, and he even checks the knee brace. Wait, Chase is taking it off?

Chase SPITS at Hiku!! Hiku storms up, into a KNEE BRACE SHOT!! Schoolboy cover, TWO!!! C-TRIGGER!! High stack cover, CHASE WINS!

Winner: Chase Owens, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hikuleo earns 0)

Well now Hikuleo has a reason to hate Chase! Chase snatches victory away and Hikuleo is still at the bottom of the block! Will winning the G1 be Chase’s biggest heist yet?

 

G1 Climax 33, B Block: Will Ospreay VS KENTA!

The IWGP United States Champion and the DEFY Wrestling Champion are each just outside the top of the block at 1-1. Will the Aerial Assassin be able to break the Fang Revived? Or will Kenta make Ospreay #GoToSleep?

As Ospreay goes to the corner for his entrance, Kenta attacks him! Fans boo as Kenta beats Ospreay down, but the bell rings to get this on record. Kenta mocks the fans, then stomps Ospreay. Kenta takes Ospreay’s jacket to put it on like he’s the Commonwealth Kingpin! Kenta stomps Ospreay even more, then climbs the corner to mock the rest of Ospreay’s entrance. Kenta hops down, takes off the jacket, and pretends it smells. But Ospreay BOOTS Kenta! And fires off forearms! Ospreay ROCKS Kenta, Kenta ROCKS Ospreay, they fire forearms back and forth! Kenta whips, but Ospreay holds ropes to then dump Kenta out!

Ospreay then PLANCHAS, but Kenta gets clear! Kenta kicks and whips and Ospreay tumbles up and over railing! Kenta goes out after Ospreay in No Man’s Land, then drags Ospreay up. The ref wants this in the ring so Kenta brings Ospreay down the aisle, to whip hard into the railing! Of course, that railing is plastic so it breaks right apart! The ref reprimands, Kenta stomps Ospreay right in front of fans, and then Kenta takes a fan’s phone to take a selfie of himself standing on Ospreay’s head. Kenta then KICKS Ospreay around, and argues with the ref about getting this in the ring. Kenta drags Ospreay along, but still KICKS Ospreay down!

Kenta soaks up the cheers and jeers from the fans, then he brings Ospreay back up. To DDT to the hardwood floor! Ospreay writhes as the ring count starts. Kenta drags Ospreay up at 7 of 20, brings Ospreay over and POSTS him at 10! Kenta puts Ospreay in at 13, argues with the ref again, and he KICKS Ospreay in the back! And KICKS him again! Ospreay grits his teeth and eggs Kenta on, but Kenta gives him another KICK! Kenta stomps Ospreay, drags him up and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kenta covers again, ONE!! The two go forehead to forehead, and Kenta BOOTS Ospreay! Ospreay still grits his teeth.

Kenta BOOTS Ospreay again and Ospreay goes to a corner. Kenta KICKS Ospreay, and KICKS, and KICKS! Ospreay sits up in a daze and Kenta stomps him around. Fans rally up, Ospreay staggers up, and Kenta pushes him around. Ospreay fires a forearm but Kenta knees low! Kenta whips, Ospreay handsprings and NEURALIZERS! Fans fire up as Ospreay starts to shake out the stars. Ospreay goes to the apron and fans rally as he takes aim. PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Kenta is still in this but fans rally behind Ospreay. Ospreay calls his shot but Kenta reels him in! Ospreay elbows free, then CHOPS!

Ospreay runs, but Kenta hits a POWERSLAM! Fans rally while both men are down. Kenta rises, drags Ospreay up, but Ospreay shoves Kenta away. Ospreay runs in but Kenta boots him! Kenta reels Ospreay in, to TORNADO HOTSHOT! Kenta then climbs up, and FLYING LARIATS! Direct hit! Kenta covers, TWO! Fans rally up for Ospreay but Kenta kicks him and puts him on the apron. Kenta stomps Ospreay but the ref backs him off. Kenta drags Ospreay up and through the ropes, but Ospreay slips through to suplex! Kenta lands safe on the apron, and he rakes eyes! Then HOTSHOTS again!

Kenta drags Ospreay out, to DRAPING DDT to the floor! Fans fire up while the ref checks both men. Kenta rises up and into the ring, leaving Ospreay to the ring count. The count reaches 10 of 20 before Ospreay sits up. Kenta wants the count to be faster as Ospreay rises at 15. Ospreay slides in at 19!! But Kenta runs in to JUMPING BOOT in the corner! And then corner to corner again to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Ospreay is down in the drop zone as Kenta climbs! DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!!! Ospreay sputters and flounders but Kenta covers, TWO!!! Ospreay survives but Kenta slashes his throat, determined to end this!

Kenta fireman’s carries, but Ospreay fights free! Kenta boots the haymaker away, but Ospreay swats the discus lariat! Ospreay ROLLING ELBOWS! And ROLLING ELBOWS! Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta fires off shot after shot after shot! But Ospreay ROCKS and SUPERKICKS and underhooks! But Kenta RAMS Ospreay into the ref! The ref goes down, Kenta DDTS Ospreay down! Kenta sees the ref is down and goes outside. Kenta brings out a kendo stick! Kenta slides in, and he SMACKS Ospreay on the back! And SMACKS him again! And then to the RIBS! And then the NECK! And then the CHEST!

Ospreay writhes and fans boo but Kenta soaks it up. Kenta swings again, but Ospreay blocks! And DECKS Kenta! Ospreay shows his skills with a kendo stick, and fans fire up as Ospreay takes aim. But Kenta LOW BLOWS!! Kenta goes out to grab his Defy Championship, and he aims at Ospreay! BELT SHOT!!! Kenta hides the evidence then goes to get the ref. Kenta covers Ospreay, TWO!?!? Ospreay survives and Kenta is shocked! Kenta waits on Ospreay to rise, drags him up and fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops free! HOOK KICK! Springboard, but Kenta SLAMS him down! And omoplatas, into GAME OVER!!

Ospreay endures, crawls, reaches out, but Kenta rolls him away from ropes! Ospreay reaches for the other side of the ring, and he BITES Kenta’s wrist! Kenta lets go, Ospreay deadlifts him into a SITOUT POWERBOMB!! Fans are thunderous as Ospreay points to the corner! Ospreay climbs up, to CORKSCREW- NO, Kenta avoids the senton to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! But Kenta runs to BUSAIKU KNEE against ropes! And then he builds more speed, but Ospreay SUPERKICKS! And HIDDEN BLADE!! Ospreay isn’t done there, he underhooks and Canadian Racks, STORMBREAKER!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

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

The IWGP US Champion trumps the Defy Champion! The United Empire is strong in the B Block, will they conquer the G1 no matter what?

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: Shota Umino VS Kaito Kiyomiya!

The Roughneck has had a rough first couple of rounds. His time limit draw with Narita and his loss to the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion were hard fought matches, will he be able to fight his way to a win? Or will the Supernova continue to turn this into the GREEN 1?

Fans already rally up for “SHO~TA!” but Kaito shrugs that off. The bell rings and fans rally more as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Shota finds a point of leverage to push Kaito back. They end up on ropes, Shota lets off quickly and cleanly, and fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and tie up again. Kaito uses height as his leverage but Shota just powers him back to ropes. Kaito turns things around and he lets off. But Shota fires off forearms! Shota headlocks, Kaito powers up but Shota holds on tight! Kaito pulls hair, Shota thrashes the hold, but Kaito throws forearms. Kaito powers out this time, but Shota runs him over!

Fans cheer and Shota keeps things moving. Kaito hurdles, Shota shoves him, and then follows to RANA! Kaito is right up to headlock and takeover! Shota headscissors, Kaito kips free, and fans cheer as the two stare down. Kaito smirks as he and Shota go forehead to forehead. Shota throws a forearm! And he eggs Kaito on! Fans fire up for that, and Kaito ROCKS Shota in return! Shota walks it off and comes back to ROCK Kaito! Kaito walks that off, to fire another forearm! The forearms go back and forth, fans rally up, and the two just speed up! The shots keep going and going and going and the fans are loving it!

Kaito ROCKS Shota, throws more shots, and Shota goes to ropes! Kaito shakes out the stars, and he whips Shota, but Shota holds ropes! Kaito runs in, Shota dodges then arm-drags! And ELBOWS! Shota runs but Kaito dropkicks the legs out! Fans cheer while Shota bails out. Kaito checks his jaw, then goes out after Shota. Kaito drags Shota up, puts him in the ring, and fans cheer. Shota sits up but Kaito grabs a leg to stomp it, then stomp it again! And then step over to YANK it! Kaito drags Shota up but Shota fires a forearm! Kaito CHOPS, Shota forearms, repeat! Kaito ROCKS Shota again and he wobbles!

Kaito ROCKS Shota more and more with his palm strikes, then whips. Shota reverses to reel Kaito in and wrench, scoop and DROP! Shota then SLIDING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Shota and rally as he stalks Kaito to ropes. Shota whips corner to corner and runs in, to UPPERCUT! Shota then FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Shota keeps his cool. Shota walks around Kaito, drags him up, and clinches, but Kaito fights the lift! Shota KNEES low, UPPERCUTS, then whips Kaito to ropes. But Kaito CLOBBERS Shota! Fans rally while both men are down!

Kaito stands and he stalks Shota. Kaito runs in to forearm and elbow! Then he whips, but Shota reverses. Shota runs into an elbow, and Kaito goes up to FLYING FOREARM! Fans rally again and Kaito goes up the corner. Shota stands, into Kaito’s MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Kaito gets Shota back up, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Shota survives and Kaito grows frustrated. Kaito stalks Shota, drags him up with chicken wings, but Shota powers him back into buckles! Shota is free, he ROCKS and ELBOWS and boxing elbows, but Kaito ROCKS him back! Kaito runs, into a DROPKICK!

Both men are down and fans fire up again! Shota grits his teeth, goes to the corner and climbs up top. Shota aims as Kaito stands, BLINDSIDE MISSILE DROPKICK! And then dragon sleeper, fisherman, SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Kaito survives but Shota isn’t done yet! Shota aims from the corner now, we pass 10 minutes, and Shota runs in, but Kaito dodges Ignition! Shota returns, Kaito gets around to chicken wing, but Shota arm-drags free! And POP-UP UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up and Shota resets, IGNITION!! Cover, TWO!?! Shota roars as Kaito survives and the fans fire back up!

Shota snarls and he drags Kaito up. Shota reels Kaito in but Kaito KNEES Shota first! Kaito aims from a corner now, and he runs in, but Shota ducks the Shining Wizard!! Shota steps over, STF!! Kaito endures, reaches out, claws at the crossface, but he’s starting to fade! Shota pulls back on the hold, but Kaito gets a second wind! And he crawls forward, only for Shota to pull back even harder! Kaito is fading, but with a third wind, he gets the ROPEBREAK! Shota lets go to go outside! Kaito rises, into the SLINGSHOT DDT!! Fans fire up with Shota and he takes aim again! Kaito rises, Shota runs in, kick and underhooks!

But Kaito powers out to get a leg! DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Shota stirs, crawls to a corner, and Kaito sits up, checking his nose. Shota drags himself up with ropes, Kaito stands on his own. Kaito runs in but he blocks the boots! DRAGON SCREW! Shota hobbles, Kaito drags himself up with ropes now, and Kaito goes up the corner to missile basement dropkick! Shota falls, Kaito stands and basement dropkicks the leg again! And then again! Shota clutches his knee while Kaito stands again. Kaito goes to the corner, climbs back up, and SUPER BASEMENT DROPKICKS the leg!

Fans fire up while Shota writhes away! But Shota’s anger helps him stand up through the pain! Kaito still gets his leg, to DRAGON SCREW again! And step through, to the FIGURE FOUR!! Shota endures the legendary leglock and fans are thunderous as we pass 15 minutes! Shota moves around, tries to turn the hold over, and fans are behind him! Kaito keeps Shota stuck so Shota eggs him on! Kaito puts as much pressure on the hold as he can and Shota grips his own hair. Shota sits up to back stroke his way towards ropes! Shota reaches out, but Kaito drags him back! Kaito thrashes about to put on the pressure!

Shota grips his hair, thrashes about, flails for the ropes, and even grabs at the ref! Kaito puts on pressure by slapping his own knee! But Shota still fights around! The fans keep it up for Shota and he powers his way over! But Kaito drags him away again!! The ref checks on Shota but we’re at the three minute warning! Shota tells the ref he’s not giving in, but how much longer can he suffer?! Kaito pulls way back on the main leg! But then Kaito lets go, knowing Shota won’t ever say die. So Kaito drags Shota up, chicken wings him, and TIGER SUPLEXES!! Bridging cover, TWO!?!? Shota escapes and no one can believe it!

Kaito huffs and puffs as we hit the two minute warning! Kaito drags Shota up, chicken wings again, but Shota fights the lift with clubbing hands! Shota gets free, but Kaito UPPERCUTS! And then chicken wings, TIGER DRIVER- NO, Shota fights it again! Kaito shoves, and JUMP KNEES Shota down!! Kaito fires up, the fans are thunderous, and Kaito tires one more time! TIGER DRIVER 23!!! Cover, TWO!?!? HOW?!?! Fans are thunderous all the same as we hit the LAST minute!! Kaito grits his teeth as he stands back up, and he is determined to end this! Kaito drags Shota up by his hair, runs, EVOLVED- POP-UP DEATH RIDER?!?!

But we’re at 30 SECONDS!! Shota is dazed, he crawls his way over to Kaito, but we’re at TEN SECONDS! Cover, TWO!?!? AND TIME’S UP!!!

Time Limit Draw, both men gain 1 point

For the second time in Shota’s run, the fourth time overall, we have had a DRAW by time limit in this year’s G1 Climax! Just what is in the DNA of these young stars that they can push this hard? And now the way is open, will Sanada stand alone at the top of the block?

 

G1 Climax 33, B Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Taichi!

The Rainmaker and the Holy Emperor are both champions, and are both at the top of the B Block! But only one can be THE 3-0 leader, who proves themselves the superior?

Fans already really and duel between “Let’s Go, Taichi!” and “O-KA-DA!” The bell rings and fans rally up again. Red Shoes takes a measure of the cheering as the two stare down. Seems pretty even. The two circle, feel things out, and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Okada pushes Taichi back to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Okada lets off slowly, and he feints chop to pat Taichi’s shoulders. Fans cheer standard Okada formula, and he blocks Taichi’s kick! Gut wrench and SPINNING TOMBSTONE!? Ripcord, DISCUS LARIAT?! Okada then drags Taichi right up, RAIN- NO, Taichi dodges to BOOT! And ROCK! And ENZIGURI!!

Fans fire up after this truly fast and furious opening exchange! Both men are dazed and the fans rally up! Taichi rolls to the apron on one side, Okada goes to the adjacent side. Both men go to the floor, and Taichi stands up first. Taichi heads towards Okada, drags Okada up, but Okada kicks low! To DDT to the floor! Okada hobbles up and leaves Taichi behind to go into the ring. The ring count starts, Taichi stirs at 7 of 20, and Okada just waits in a corner. Taichi crawls around at 11, drags himself up at 14 and slides in at 16! Fans cheer and Okada storms over to bring Taichi up. Okada wrenches, to wrap on the MONEY CLIP!

Taichi endures but Okada has him at the center of the ring! Fans rally as Okada squeezes tight, but Taichi reaches out! Okada drags Taichi down! Taichi keeps fighting forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! Okada holds on, Red Shoes counts, but Okada lets go at 4. Okada paces around, he kicks Taichi around, but Taichi stands to CHOP! Okada eggs Taichi on but Taichi CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Okada UPPERCUTS Taichi back! Okada whips, Taichi reverses to wrench, but Okada blocks the hook kick to throw Taichi down! Fans fire up as Okada paces around. Okada kicks Taichi around, has him in a corner, but Taichi kicks back.

Okada eggs Taichi on as he kicks more and more, then Okada ROCKS Taichi! Okada whips corner to corner, runs in but misses the elbow! GAMANGIRI! Okada falls but so does Taichi, and fans rally up! The “TA-I-CHI!” starts to outweigh the “O-KA-DA!” and Taichi rises. Taichi gives Okada toying kicks, then some Kawada Kicks! Okada goes to a corner, Taichi runs in, and he BOOTS Okada! Fans fire up as Taichi brings Okada up, but Okada fights the saido! So Taichi wrenches to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up because OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi waits as Okada sits up, but Okada ducks the buzzsaw!

Okada waistlocks but Taichi fights the lift to PELE an arm! And then stiff Kawada Kick to the face! Okada falls, fans fire up, and Taichi brings Okada up and in. Taichi lifts, but Okada fights! Fans rally as Taichi keeps trying, but Okada back drops him away! Taichi gets up, runs in, but Okada pops him up to an Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Both men stir, and Okada crawls to a corner. Taichi rises, Okada runs in, and SHOTGUNS Taichi into the other corner! Okada then drags Taichi back up, hoists him up top and DROPKICKS him down! Taichi tumbles to apron and then floor!

Fans rally as Red Shoes checks on Taichi. Taichi stirs so he’s okay to continue. Okada goes out after Taichi, drags Taichi up, and fakes putting him in to DDT to the ramp!! Taichi writhes and Red Shoes checks him again. Okada waits on Taichi, we pass 10 minutes, Red Shoes returns to the ring but Okada dribbles Taichi off the ramp! Okada then drags Taichi up and puts him back in. Fans cheer, and Okada stalks Taichi. Okada drags Taichi up, wrenches, and puts on the MONEY CLIP! Taichi endures again and fans rally up! Taichi reaches out, but Okada puts on the pressure! Fans rally and Taichi RAMS Okada into buckles!

Taichi fires off elbows, then gets space, but Okada storms up to DECK Taichi with a forearm! Okada shakes out the cobwebs and he drags Taichi back up. Okada scoops to SLAM Taichi down, then he goes to the corner. Okada climbs up, but Taichi’s right after him! Fans fire up as Okada fights Taichi with clubbing shots! Taichi keeps trying but Okada CLUBS then HEADBUTTS! But Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Fans fire up and Taichi climbs after Okada! Taichi brings Okada around. Okada resists so Taichi RIDGEHAND CHOPS him again and again! Then they stand on the very top, but Okada throws headlock punches!

Okada HEADBUTTS Taichi down, Taichi staggers around, and Okada MISSILE- POWERBOMB!! Taichi turns it around on Okada but both men are down! Taichi roars as he rises and fans fire up! Taichi aims as Okada rises, and Taichi BUZZSAWS!! Taichi fires up more and the fans are with him! Taichi aims from the corner, JUTEN- DROPKICK!! Okada turns things around, and now he ripcords! RAIN- DANGEROUS SAIDO!!! Okada staggers up in a daze and goes to the ropes! Fans are thunderous for Taichi as he watches Okada stand again. Taichi reels him in, another DANGEROUS SAIDO!!!

Taichi isn’t done there, either! He calls his shot and fans fire up again! Taichi reels Okada in, but Okada blocks! Okada CLUBS away on Taichi, short arm LARIATS, but Taichi stays up!! And he RIDGEHANDS over and over! Okada drops to his knees, Taichi aims, but Okada gets around, DISCUS- AX BOMBER!! Fans are thunderous for Taichi as he GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!! We hit the 15 minute mark and Taichi is thunderous! Taichi brings Okada up, Alabama Lifts, but Okada slips free to back drop! Cover, TWO!!! Taichi escapes at the last moment! But Okada scoops!

Taichi slips off, O’Conner, but Okada bucks that to DROP- NO, Taichi dodges! Body scissors, GEDO CLUTCH!!! TWO?!?!? Okada, one of Gedo’s former proteges, survives Taichi’s take on Gedo’s hold! Taichi hurries up to his feet to ROUNDHOUSE!! Fans are thunderous again and Taichi aims! JUTEN- NO, Okada blocks, spins Taichi and ENZIGURIS! But Taichi GAMANGIRIS!! Taichi hurries to get Okada up, but Okada back drops! Cover, OKADA WINS!!!

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

With just minutes to spare, Okada snatches victory away from Taichi! Taichi is in disbelief, but there’s nothing he can do about it now! Will Taichi be able to take the top spot in the block away from Okada? Or will Okada continue to make it rain in the G1?

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: SANADA VS Yota Tsuji!

NJPW Dominion was just a month and 17 days ago, so everyone remembers the battle between Cold Skull and Gene Blast for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. It was Sanada’s win that night, but will Tsuji win his redemption? Or will it be another hard fought loss for “Sanada’s replacement” in LIJ?

Fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” and “YO~TA!” The bell rings and Red Shoes measures the balance. It feels like Yota’s got the edge on Sanada! The two circle, feel things out, and clinch. Sanada fireman’s carries for a takeover, then headlocks. Tsuji fights up, Sanada keeps on him with a facelock then an armlock. They clinch again, Tsuji powers through to waistlock and half nelson. Tsuji pushes Sanada to a lateral press but Sanada keeps a shoulder up. Tsuji tries again, Sanada slips around but Tsuji facelocks. Sanada wrenches out to hammerlock and they go around. Tsuji reaches back to facelock and then he wrenches to a wristlock.

Sanada moves around, rolls, and wrenches to hammerlock again. Tsuji reaches back and drops down to bring Sanada with him. Tsuji then rolls and waistlocks, half nelsons and cravats. Fans rally as the technical exchange continues. Tsuji snapmares, Sanada slips around to hammerlock. Sanada has Tsuji on the mat, but Tsuji moves around. Tsuji rolls, headscissors, Sanada kips free, and fans cheer as the two stand off. The two reset and fans rally again. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Tsuji powers Sanada back but then Sanada powers Tsuji back. Tsuji headlocks, grinds the hold, but Sanada pulls hair!

Sanada powers out but Tsuji runs him over! Fans cheer and Tsuji grins. Things speed up, Sanada hurdles and runs, but then Tsuji drops down and hurdles! Sanada avoids the powerslam, but Tsuji blocks the Shining Wizard! Tsuji runs, but Sanada drops under the spear! Tsuji rolls through and grins as Sanada says it was that close. Fans rally up again as the two reset. The two circle, tie up again, and Tsuji powers Sanada to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and Tsuji lets off, to then CHOP! Tsuji fires off on Sanada, whips him to ropes, but Sanada reverses. Tsuji RANAS Sanada out of the ring! Fans fire up and Tsuji grins again.

Tsuji builds speed but Sanada walks away. Tsuji asks what’s up with that and goes out to follow Sanada. They go up the ramp, and Tsuji ROCKS Sanada! Tsuji CLUBS Sanada, but Sanada throws body shots! Sanada runs Tsuji up the ramp, to fireman’s carry, but Tsuji slips off! Sanada kicks low, runs in, but into a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Tsuji grins as he catches his breath. Tsuji drags Sanada up, headlocks, and brings him back to ringside. Fans rally, Sanada throws body shots, but Tsuji clubs then DECKS Sanada! Tsuji brings Sanada up, scoops him, and carries him to ringside! Fans fire up and Tsuji gives Sanada SNAKE EYES off the apron! Then BOOTS him down!

Fans fire up and Tsuji brings Sanada up. Tsuji puts Sanada in, fans rally, and Tsuji covers, ONE! Sanada hangs tough, but Tsuji stands on his head! Red Shoes reprimands but Tsuji scuffs Sanada as he lets off. Tsuji drags Sanada up, scoops, and SLAMS! Then Tsuji runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! But Tsuji clamps on with a chinlock! Fans rally, Sanada fights up, and Sanada throws elbows! Tsuji lets go but he throws a hard body shot in return! Sanada goes to a corner, Tsuji whips him corner to corner, and Tsuji runs in, but Sanada dodges the splash! To hit a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Sanada sits up as we hit 10 minutes. Sanada stands, fans rally and duel, and Sanada brings Tsuji up. Sanada whips, Tsuji reverses but Sanada ducks ‘n’ dodges to dropkick a leg out! And then he DROPKICKS Tsuji down! Tsuji bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder and the fans oblige! Sanada wants them louder, so they get louder still! Sanada goes back for Tsuji, and he drags Tsuji up to put him back in. Fans cheer, and Sanada covers, TWO! Fans rally and duel again as Sanada drags Tsuji back up. Sanada fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights free!

Tsuji waistlocks, Sanada elbows free and runs, but Tsuji follows to FLIP RANA! Sanada flops out of the ring, and Tsuji builds speed again! Tsuji DIVES! Direct hit into railing! Fans fire up with Tsuji while Sanada sputters and slumps over! Tsuji drags Sanada up and in, and fans fire up with Tsuji as he steps back in. Sanada is in a corner, Tsuji runs in corner to corner, and STINGER SPLASHES! Then Tsuji hoists Sanada up top, CHOPS him, and he climbs up after Sanada. Tsuji goes to the very top, CLUBS Sanada, but Sanada shoves him away! Tsuji flips through!? And comes back, gets under Sanada’s leap, but Sanada fireman’s carries!

Tsuji slips free to suplex! Sanada fights that to suplex and MAGIC SCREW! Fans fire up while both men are down! Sanada kips up and fans fire up with him now! Sanada drags Tsuji up, fireman’s carries, and T K O!! Cover, TWO! Tsuji is still in this but Sanada goes up top! ROUNDING BODY- NO, Sanada lands on his feet as Tsuji moves! Sanada blocks the superkick! Sanada ROCKS, ROLLING ELBOWS, and then runs, but into a clinch! BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT, and STOMP!! Fans fire up, Tsuji runs, but Sanada avoids the Curb Stomp to O’Conner- NO, Tsuji blocks the bridge! To steal SKULL END?!?!

Sanada moves around but he’s in the body scissors! Tsuji squeezes as tight as he can, and we hit 15 minutes! Sanada endures, but he’s fading! Tsuji lets him go to go up top?! ROUNDING BODY PRESS?!?! Cover, TWO!!! Tsuji roars and fans fire up! Tsuji feeds off the energy to stand up again. Fans rally and duel, but the “YO~TA!” chants are overpowering the “SA-NA-DA!” Tsuji suplexes, but Sanada slips free! Sanada goes to a corner, Tsuji runs in, but into an ELBOW! Sanada goes up the corner to QUEBRADA! Tsuji can’t get under, Sanada catches him to the dragon sleeper! But Tsuji powers through! ORANGE CRUSH!! Cover, TWO!??!

Tsuji drags Sanada up, reels him back in with the Inverted Gory Especial as we hit the three minute warning! But Sanada powers up to a POISON-RANA!! Tsuji flounders, Sanada runs in, SHINING WIZARD!! And then, DEADFALL- Tsuji cartwheels through!? And comes back with a JUMP KNEE! SUPERKICK! HEADBUTT!! Fans are thunderous again and Tsuji grins! Tsuji runs, to CURB STOMP!! Cover, TWO!!! Sanada survives but Tsuji is even more fired up! And fans are thunderous as he calls his shot! Sanada rises as hit two minute warning! SPEAR into a CUTTER!! And Sanada hurries up top!!

Sanada steadies himself, to ROUNDING BODY PRESS!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fans are electric, Sanada clinches, DEADFALL!!! And it hits this time!! Cover, Sanada wins!!!

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

With just minutes to spare, the Cold Skull makes it 2-0 against Tsuji! Gene Blast falls again, what will it take for him to break through and get a win?

As for Sanada, he gets the belt back to put on his shoulder, and he also gets the mic. Sanada wants Tsuji to know, “I hate to say ‘I knew it,’ and I hate to say ‘But…’ But… I knew it, you are great.” Fans cheer the show of respect to Tsuji, and then Sanada adds, “But… I won. So if you’d be so kind, please leave.” Fans then cheer that show of disrespect. Sanada then stands to say, “I came back to my hometown, Nagaoka, Niigata, as the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.” Fans cheer that! And Sanada points out that he has teammates on commentary, so he asks Douki to join him in the ring. Fans joins in as Sanada starts a “DOUKI! DOUKI!” chant.

Douki obliges, and he leaves commentary to join Sanada. They high-five and thumbs-up fist bump, and fans cheer again. Sanada starts again but then remembers Yoshinobu Kanemaru is on the other commentary table! Sanada gets an “Uncle Nobu!” chant going! Kanemaru accepts and joins Sanada in the ring, too. Sanada then figures “Taichi-nii-yan” might be too hurt to join them. “Shall we chant anyway?” Fans join in on “TAI-CHI-YAN! TAI-CHI-YAN!” But Taichi doesn’t come out so Sanada says he knew this wouldn’t work. Sanada then says maybe fans saw this, but if not, Just5Guys did a shampoo commercial! Fans cheer, perhaps they have!

The fans start to chant but Sanada says they should probably leave the brand name off the broadcast. But Sanada promises that J5G will continue to lead the wrestling world, “so keep cheering us on.” And of course, Sanada wants to end with “the gift.” Fans cheer for that, and the stars come out as the lights go down. Even a “GI-FU-TO!” chant begins. Sanada admits, “I always say the same thing to end up, but I’ll say this. I’m from here in Niigata, so one day, I want to defend this title here!” Fans love that idea! He asks they keep supporting him to make that happen. Fans cheer, and he says, “That’s why I love you the most, Nagaoka. OI, NAGAOKA! See you next time!”

Taichi’s loss aside, Just5Guys continues to take over NJPW! Will dreams come true when Sanada takes the G1?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Sanada: 3-0, 6 points
Kaito Kiyomiya: 2-0-1, 5 points
Gabe Kidd: 2-1, 4 points
Chase Owens: 2-1, 4 points
Ren Narita: 0-1-2, 2 points
Shota Umino: 0-1-2, 2 point
Yota Tsuji: 0-2-1, 1 point
Hikuleo: 0-3, 0 points

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Kazuchika Okada: 3-0, 6 points
Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
Will Ospreay: 2-1, 4 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-1, 4 points
Tanga Loa: 1-2, 2 points
Kenta: 1-2, 2 points
Great-O-Khan: 1-2, 2 points
El Phantasmo: 0-3, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for the G1 Climax on what turned out to be a very wrestling heavy day. The blocks are shaping up to be really interesting, with the most interesting thing being the number of wrestlers without wins, and yet still with points. Just when I thought Narita was going to have another time limit draw, surprise! It was Shota’s turn! That draw with him and Kaito is what brings Kaito down a half step so that Sanada is alone at the top of A Block. Sanada VS Tsuji was a great rematch from Dominion, but I had a feeling Sanada would win again so that he wouldn’t owe Tsuji a tiebreaker for the title at some point.

ELP and Hikuleo being the two with no wins and no points in these blocks is only a little surprising. Both men have given great matches these first three rounds, but it was more surprising Hikuleo fell to Chase than ELP losing to Khan. And though Sanada was the main event, since he was the hometown hero, I feel Okada VS Taichi was the best match overall. Those two really pushed the pace and the time limit, the fans loved it, and the finish being a quick pin and not a finisher was great stuff to keep Taichi strong. Something about that is fitting as Taichi is the current KOPW Champion, aka currently holding the belt that represents the concept Okada helped introduce. Okada still goes over to prove he is better than the concept he “created,” but he didn’t want to make the KOPW Champ look week, for the sake of the concept he created.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/4/24)

Brutal rematch after brutal rematch!

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Drew McIntyre says down with Day One Uce!

Though he’s primed to go after the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Drew McIntyre looks to crush Main Event Jey Uso once and for all!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • GUNTHER VS Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh; Gunther wins.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Shayna & Zoey win.
  • Becky Lynch VS Nia Jax; wins.
  • Andrade VS ???
  • Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes is here!

San Antonio fires up for The American Nightmare as he makes his way to the ring. The fans sing along with the song, and “WHOA~ OH~!” get the pyro. Cody steps into the ring, the fans chant his name, and he gets the mic to ask, “So, San Antonio…! What do we wanna talk about? I’d love if we could speak about how at WrestleMania 40, in the main event, with the lights on brightest, the biggest game of the year, I will stand across from the greatest champion in company history, The Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” The fans boo, but Cody says, “However… I am really unable to talk about that because of a… distraction.”

Cody says there’s a distraction that stings quite a bit. He is of course talking about… The Rock. Fans boo more, then chant “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” Cody says last week, The Rock went to Instagram, posted a 16 minute video, then spoke at length on SmackDown. To sum it up, The Rock called the fans in Phoenix meth heads, talked about Cody’s dog, and don’t ever talk bad about Cody’s dog, and then of course, the biggest headline of all, which The Rock made sure wasn’t the headline, The Rock ever so eloquently spun things and changed the conversation.

The Rock presented a whole new challenge like the master politician that he is. No wonder people want him to run for office. Hell, Cody might even end up voting for The Rock. But Cody can’t dismiss those words entirely, because it is true what The Rock said about their conversation. The Rock poured honey into Cody’s ear, telling Cody that the people don’t want Cody VS Roman. The people want Rock VS Roman. Fans boo because that’s wrong, and Cody points out how the fans started chanting something else. The fans respond here with “We Want Cody!” Cody nods and continues by saying that he heard all that, the management all heard it, and Cody appreciates it.

The Rock of course heard all that, because then he called those fans “crybabies.” Are there any crybabies here in San Antonio? The fans fire up! But now, The Rock has presented an entirely different challenge. One that doesn’t just involve Cody, but one that involves his… friend. Yeah, they’re friends! And it’s time for that friend to come out here! Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the World Heavyweight Champion, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The Visionary makes his entrance in a volt green ensemble and the fans sing his song, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~!” Rollins joins Cody in the ring, gets a mic, and then revels in the singing.

Rollins then says, “San Antonio! Welcome…! To Monday! Night! Rollins~!” The fans cheer and Rollins ask “Mr. Nightmare, what’re you thinking, my man?” Cody says obviously, Rollins has offered to have Cody’s back against The Bloodline. Rollins stood next to Cody when he got slapped across the face, and Rollins has said he’s going to be there moving forward. The plot has been incredibly twisted. Cody didn’t even think he was gonna be on the WrestleMania card anymore, but when he saw that pompous PowerPoint presentation about The Bloodline’s family being better than everyone else’s that Cody had to go back on his word.

Cody won the Rumble, it is his right, HE gets to challenge Roman Reigns. Rollins meanwhile, coming off injury, he has to face the only other guy who has pinned Cody since Cody’s WWE return in Drew McIntyre. So, what Cody is saying and has wanted to say for all the world to see: Roman & Rock are two Mount Rushmore caliber wrestlers, working together, Cody fully understands if Rollins wants to focus on McIntyre and is not onboard with having Cody’s back. Rollins scratches the back of his head while he thinks. Rollins says he respects Cody giving him the out, Rollins will take care of McIntyre, alright?

Fans cheer as Rollins reminds us that he told McIntyre, he told Cody and he told the world, there are some things bigger than us. And taking down The Bloodline is the BIGGEST thing they can do! The fans cheer more, and Rollins says this isn’t just Cody’s story that needs to be finished. It is Rollins’ story, too. Ten years ago, Rollins and Roman came in together, they wanted to take the power from the top. Rollins wanted to take the power and give it back to the people! Turns out, Roman wants to keep all the power for himself! And here’s the problem: Rollins and Cody are this close. The Rock being in The Bloodline, they are this close to Roman Reigns having absolute power.

And The Rock, well… Rollins isn’t sure about the fans but he knows Cody agrees with this, Rollins is so over The Rock. The fans chant “ROCKY SUCKS!” again and Rollins says yeah, he does suck! And he ain’t been The Rock for a long time. He damn sure ain’t been The People’s Champ! And so Rollins isn’t just gonna call him any of that. Rollins has been thinking about it, he wants a new name for The Rock. He’s now gonna be… Diarrhea Dwayne! Because he’s been running his mouth and all that comes out is wet baby poo. The fans chant “DIARRHEA!” and Rollins is amused. Guess San Antonio agrees, huh?

Rollins continues to say that The Rock gets on Instagram, and 21 minutes!? Seriously? He insults Cody’s dog and says he can make the World Heavyweight Championship “go away?” That with a snap of his fingers, because he’s the boss, he’ll make it go away. Rock, Rollins dares you to try! And get this! In case you didn’t hear him, because 21 minutes is a long time to listen to that idiot, Rock said he made pro-wrestling cool again! Fans boo and Rollins agrees there. The Rock is our wrestling savior! He made this cool! Diarrhea Dwayne, you ain’t been cool in 20 years!

But here’s what is cool: This morning, Rollins received a 100% medical clearance! He is BACK, he is ready to go, and so this Friday, Rollins will be at SmackDown to confront The Bloodline! The fans fire up hearing that! Rollins wants to know, though, as he’s asked Cody many times and told him for weeks. Rollins has Cody’s back, so what Rollins wants to know is: does Cody have his? Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” Cody tells Rollins that he also has a message for The Rock. “It’s been a long time since you haven’t just been handed something. I think it’s been since you had that seven bucks in your pocket, and I think you forgot.

“The People’s Champion is not in perpetuity, Rock. I am not the same man as you. I’m not gonna whine in a 21 minute promo. I am coming to SmackDown with Seth Freakin’ Rollins, I am going to stand across from you, Roman Reigns, The Wise Man, the whole Bloodline, in the great state of Texas, and this Friday, I will give you face-to-face, eye-to-eye, not whispering in your ear, crystal clear and obvious answer for what’s happening at WrestleMania!” Well, the American Nightmare & Visionary are all fired up, and it is pretty clear what’s about to happen at WrestleMania! Will this dream team tear down the Rock & Roman?

 

GUNTHER VS Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh!

Der Ring General wants challengers for his Intercontinental Championship, but he also doesn’t really take anyone else on this roster seriously. And, well, of all people to step up to him, it was Dirty Dom. Will the Prodigal Son prove the doubters wrong and find a way to bring down the most dominant Intercontinental Champion in history? Or is he going to wish he never left Papa Rey’s side?

The bell rings and Dom circles with Gunther. They feel things out, Dom kicks low but then backs away. The fans chant “Dom, You Suck!” Dom and Gunther tie up, and Gunther TOSSES Dom away! Dom staggers up and Gunther smiles. Dom and Gunther reset, then Dom goes for a leg. Gunther smothers that takedown with a facelock, then gets a leg! HALF CRAB! Dom scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Gunther lets off, and the Irish Ace coaches Dom up. Dom gets up to shove Gunther, then CHOPS him! Fans fire up but Gunther TOSSES Dom to a corner! Dom dodges the chop to CHOP again!

Gunther snarls, Dom wants forgiveness and hides in the ropes. Then Dom SLAPS Gunther! Gunther chases Dom out of the ring, and around it, but then JD steps up. JD knows how to take it to Gunther, but Gunther shoves JD into a post! Gunther swings but Dom gets JD outta the way, Gunther CHOPS the POST! Dom then SMACKS the hand off the post! Dom goes up while Gunter slides in, and Dom slingshots to STOMP! Dom gets Gunther up but Gunther gets a SLEEPER! Dom pries the bad arm away for an ELBOW BREAKER! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, then goes up and up to flying- NO, Gunther disrupts that!

Gunther kicks low then CHOPS through the pain! Dom falls right outta the ring and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Gunther looms over Dom. Gunther drags Dom up, but Dom CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Dom right down! Gunther stands Dom up again, puts him in a corner, and rips that vest open! Gunther CHOPS Dom inside-out! Gunther drags Dom right back up and fans want that “One More Time!” Gunther obliges and CHOPS Dom right back down! Gunther then gets the legs, turns Dom over, and has the BOSTON CRAB! Dom endures while Gunther sits deep! JD gets on the apron, Gunther runs him off, but Dom is free to DROPKICK Gunther down! The fans boo but Dom goes up and up and TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHAS!

Dom and Gunther are both down on the outside and JD coaches Dom up. The ring count climbs, Gunther stands at 5 of 10. Dom follows and CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS Dom again! Gunther shoves Dom in at 7, slides in after him, and then runs up, but into a drop toehold! Gunther’s on ropes, Dom dials it up, but Gunther LARIATS Dom inside-out! Cover, but Gunther lets off?!? Gunther wants to hurt Dom for his insolence and the fans are loving it! Gunther gets the legs again but Dom kicks and kicks and kicks! Dom is free again, but Gunther SLAPS him! Gunther reels Dom in, hoists Gunther up, but Dom hits a SUNSET BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

Gunther is free and JD can’t believe how close that was! Dom hurries back up, dodges Gunther to CLOBBER him! Gunther ends up on ropes again and Dom redials! 619!! Gunther falls over, Dom goes up the corner! Shout out to Eddie with the FROG- NO, Dom has to bail through! T-REX SHOTGUN!! Gunther hauls Dom up, for the GUNTHER BOMB!! And then the BOSTON CRAB!! Dom taps, Gunther wins!

Winner: Gunther, by submission

Der Ring General made sure Judgment Day understands what stepping to him means! Will the rest of the Raw roster also reconsider challenging Gunther for WrestleMania?

 

Damage Control is backstage.

Dakota Kai, having betrayed Bayley, is still with Iyo Sky, Asuka & Kairi Sane, feeling good after SmackDown. But then Adam Pearce walks over. Just what’re they doing here tonight? Uh, wow, Pearce, you do realize the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions can go to whatever brand they want to, right? That’s how this works. Yeah, he is aware of that. But the last time they were all here, they caused chaos. So whatever they’ve got planned, he doesn’t want it. So he will rephrase the question: Why are they here? Well, since he asked so nicely, Shayna & Zoey have been running their mouths lately.

So DMG CTRL just figured, Shayna & Zoey have a match, so DMG CTRL wants to scout the competition. No worries, Pearce, you can trust them. Shinsuke Nakamura then walks over and says he and Pearce need to talk. Pearce assumes this is about the Intercontinental Championship. Yes, it is. Dakota says Pearce is busy, DMG CTRL will take care of business. Nothing to worry about! Sure. Pearce says he’ll keep his eyes on them, and then he tells Nakamura that he gets it. But Pearce has an announcement about the contender for later tonight. If Nakamura wants to talk about that, meet him in his office. Thank you.

The King of Strong Style heads out, and Pearce has his hands full tonight. Will Der Ring General have some real competition now? Will The Queen of Spades & The Hunter prove to DMG CTRL that they’re a legitimate threat?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The WWE Women’s Tag Division is heating up, and this match could go a long way to determining the next challengers for Asuka & Kairi. The Queen of Spades & The Hunter are hungry for gold, will they tear up the former champions to whet their appetite? Or will WrestleMania truly become the biggest party on the WWE calendar?

The teams sort out, Kayden starts against Shayna and the two circle. They tie up, Shayna waistlocks, but Kayden uses that to victory roll. ONE, and Shayna avoids the kick. Kayden says that was close, and the two go again. Shayna runs in, Kayden dodges and wheelbarrows, but Shayna blocks the arm-drag to STOMP that arm! Kayden writhes, Shayna soaks up the cheers and jeers, and then she drags Kayden up. Shayna wrenches the arm, tags Zoey, and they hand off the wristlock. Zoey corners Kayden while Shayna runs side to side, but Kayden gets away from them both! Shayna knees buckles, Kayden dodges Zoey then BOOTS her away!

Kayden KICKS from below, runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Shayna tags back in, Zoey hangs Kayden out to dry for Shayna to KNEE her down! The hunters egg DMG CTRL on but DMG CTRL sends it back while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Katana drags Zoey up, but Zoey fireman’s carries! Zoey swings but Katana arm-drags her away! Katana runs up but into a SUPERKICK! Zoey goes out, climbs up, but Kayden anchors her! Katana then ROCKS Zoey, CLUBS away on her, and brings her up. Kayden tags in before Zoey shoves Katana away. Kayden goes up now, fires forearms, and Katana joins in. The fans rally up for the DOUBLE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Zoey survives, KC Squared are shocked, but the fans fire up! Kayden tags Katana and gets Zoey back up. Fireman’s carry and Katana climbs, to step over and RANA Shayna!

But Zoey fights free, shoves Kayden then fires forearms! Katana runs back in but is put up top! Kayden blocks the superkick to SUPERKICK back! Then she hooks Stark up, AFTER PARTY!! Cover, Shayna YANKS Katana off! Kayden runs up but Shayna gets a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Zoey rolls and stacks Katana, Zoey & Shayna win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by pinfall

DMG CTRL don’t seem that impressed, but they join everyone in the ring. Dakota asks why Zoey & Shayna are eyeing them like that. Do they not trust DMG CTRL? They’re just here to congratulate them on a good match. But uh, it got Dakota thinking. After the Kabuki Warriors defend their titles tomorrow night at NXT Roadblock, they’ll come back to Raw for Houston, a far superior city to San Antonio, and then Zoey & Shayna get a tag title match. But don’t get it twisted. You’ll both be sent home crying, just like Bayley. Shayna snatches the mic but DMG CTRL steps up to reinforce Dakota.

Shayna says, “Well, it’s about time. We’ll see you next week.” Shayna & Zoey head out, will they get the gold even before Mania? Or will that Roadblock end up too much for even Asuka & Kairi?

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

Dom is being checked by the medic, and Rhea tells Dom, “What did you think was gonna happen?” Dom motions that he wanted the title, but Priest tells him to take it easy. Priest says he and Finn are gonna make things right with Imperium. Finn says, “Like we always do.” They fist bump, and Priest tells JD that he’s gonna be the one to make things right with Gunther. He is? Andrade walks in, says hey to Dom and hopes that he’ll be alright. Andrade then heads out to get ready for his match. Dom says keep an eye on El Idolo, he could be big for them. Priest and Dom talk in Spanish, and it seems Priest gets what Dom means.

JD wants to talk more about this him and Gunther thing. Priest says they can talk more about it later. Just take care of Dom first. The Judgment Day holds together, but will they really be able to bring down Der Ring General?

 

Becky Lynch VS Nia Jax!

The Man won the Elimination Chamber and will face Rhea Ripley for the Women’s World Championship. However, the Irresistible Force did beat Becky 1v1 a month or so ago, and that is reason enough for Nia to say she deserves another shot. Will Becky end up A-Nia-lated again? Or will she make sure to keep The Man in WrestleMania 40?

 


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Mitchell’s AEW Revolution Results & Report! (3/3/24)

Revolution is a mystery!

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This is the biggest Revolution yet!

While the AEW World Championship is defended in a Triple Threat, Revolution is also Sting’s last match ever! Will The Icon retire undefeated? Or will the EVPs serve him a bitter “severance package?”

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zero Hour – 12 Man Tag: The Bang Bang Scissor Gang VS Willie Mack, Private Party & Team Triple J w/ Sonjay Dutt & Karen Jarrett; BBSG wins.
  • Zero Hour – Kris Statlander & Willow Nightingale w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Julia Hart & Skye Blue; Kris & Willow win.
  • AEW TNT Championship: Christian Cage w/ The Patriarchy VS Daniel Garcia; Christian wins and retains the title.
  • AEW Continental Triple Crown Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Bryan Danielson; Eddie wins and retains the titles.
  • All-Star Scramble: Chris Jericho VS Lance Archer VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Wardlow VS Hook VS Brian Cage VS Magnus VS Dante Martin; Wardlow wins and earns a future AEW World Championship opportunity.
  • AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom; Strong wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
  • FTR VS Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli; Moxley & Claudio win.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: “Timeless” Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS Deonna Purrazzo; Storm wins and retains the title.
  • Don Callis Family Feud: Will Ospreay VS Konosuke Takeshita; Ospreay wins.
  • AEW World Championship Triple Threat: Samoa Joe VS Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Hangman Page; wins and
  • AEW World Tag Team Championships Tornado Tag Match: Sting & Darby Allin VS The Young Bucks; win and

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Revolution Zero Hour!

Join Renee Paquette and RJ City in discussing, analyzing and predicting the night that features Sting’s last match ever!

 

Tony Schiavone and David Crockett are here!

These two reunite in the Greensboro Arena, where so much of Sting’s iconic career took place. David says as we know, tonight is about family. The Young Bucks made this extremely personal when they attacked Sting’s sons, so what was to be a celebration of a great career has become a grudge match. There is purpose and revenge, Sting isn’t leaving until he finishes the job. Great years were spent here, the centerpiece of Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA. Here on hallowed ground, from 1988 to 2024, Sting finishes his career here, live on PPV! Dial in, because there’ll be nothing else like it!

 

Zero Hour – 12 Man Tag: The Bang Bang Scissor Gang VS Willie Mack, Private Party & Team Triple J w/ Sonjay Dutt & Karen Jarrett!

Jay White & Colten Gunn made it work with Daddy Ass, The Acclaimed made it work with Austin, and we have seen the entire six pack in action and win once before. Will this be another hit for the super group? Or will the mash-up of The Mack, Marq Quen, Isiah Kassidy, Jay Lethal, Jeff Jarrett & Satnam Singh destroy the dysfunctional half dozen?

“Platinum on the mic, I’ma ’bout to cook this! All these jobbers in the ring, who the hecc booked this? A Black guy, an Indian and Jeff in the mix, I just wanna know: whose fetish is this? You make my job easy when I’m rappin’, you’re like an offensive joke waitin’ to happen! The Bang Scissor- Sh*t!” Caster lost his flow three times in a row! Is #TriplePartyJay winning gonna open the show? Bowens still shouts, “GRRREENSBOROOO~! The Bang Bang Scissor Gang has arrived! Scissor me, Daddy Ass!” And he does~!

The teams sort out and Austin starts against Brother Zay. The fans sing “OH~ Scissor Me, Daddy~!” and Austin circles with Zay. Jarrett coaches Zay up and he ties up with Austin. Austin headlocks, grinds the hold, Sonjay offers fist bumps to the commentary team. Zay slips around to headlock Austin but Austin powers out. Zay ducks ‘n’ dodges and squealing DROPKICKS! Zay kips up and the fans join in on “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Things speed up, Zay whips but Austin ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he BOOTS Zay down! Austin says “SHOTS! SHOTS!” and the fans join in! Zay is annoyed, he swings but misses and Austin JABS, JABS, JABS and two-steps to DECK Zay!

Austin brings Zay up, brings him over, and tags in Colten. The Gunns whip, body shot and knee lift! Then Colten CLOBBERS Zay! “Guns up!” The fans join in again as Colten says “SHOTS!” Zay tags Quen, Quen circles with Colten, then gets around to CLUB him! Quen RAMS Colten into a corner, Sonjay talks smack, and Quen whips corner to corner. Colten reverses then back drops Quen away! Quen squeals like Zay! Colten DROPKICKS Quen down and then tags in Caster. Caster brings Quen up, scoops, staggers, but he still SLAMS Quen down. Tag to Bowens and he goes up, to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS!

The fans fire up while Bowens covers, TWO! Bowens says guns up, and then he brings Quen around. Tag to Colten, they mug Quen and Colten clamps onto an arm. Quen fights up, pulls hair, and he puts Colten on the ropes. The ref counts, Quen lets off, but Lethal HOTSHOTS Colten! Quen DROPKICKS Colten down! Fans boo but Quen tags in Jarrett. They mug Colten, and Double J stomps Colten to ropes. Jarrett runs, pulling the ref’s attention, which allows Karen to CHOKE Colten before the STRADDLE ATTACK! Fans boo more as Jarrett starts up the Fargo Strut, and everyone on his team joins in on the outside!

Jarrett stomps Colten around then tags in Lethal. Jarrett whips Colten to kick low, Lethal hits the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Lethal soaks up the heat, kicks at Austin, then goes back to Colten. Tag to Mack and the fans finally have reason to cheer. Mack whips and LARIATS Colten down! Mack keeps Colten from BBSG, then tags in Quen. Quen drops knees, and fans actually chant, “Let’s Go, Colten!” Colten endures, fights up, but Quen snapmares him down. Tag to Kassidy for the slingshot SENTON! Zay then taunts BBSG before he stomps away on Colten. Zay clamps on a chinlock but Colten endures.

The fans rally, Colten fights up, and he throws body shots! Colten gets free but Zay CLUBS him! Zay kicks, Colten blocks, but he gets the DRAGON WHIP! Tag to Quen and Private Party coordinate. Quen is the stepstool, Zay runs up, but Colten dodges! Party in Motion hits the rest of the team! Zay & Quen panic, they get Colten’s legs but he BOOTS them away! Hot tag to Bowens! The Five Tool Player rallies on Private Party! ROLLING ELBOW for Quen, ROLLING ELBOW for Zay! Lethal runs in but he gets Rock Paper Scissors SUPERKICK! Bowens ROCKS Quen to run and FAMOUSER BULLDOG! Sonjay gets on the apron, Bowens DECKS him!

Karen distracts the ref while Jarrett runs up, Bowens dodges, but into the LETHAL COMBINATION! Quen covers, TWO! Quen drags Bowens up and tags in Satnam! Satnam CHOPS Bowens, brings him around, and then TOSSES him across the ring! Bowens tumbles, Satnam drags him back over and tags Lethal back in. Lethal dusts off his hands and smiles, then he brings Bowens up. Lethal suplexes and holds Bowens up for a count of TEN before the SLAM! Lethal grins at Billy then goes back to Bowens. Tag to Jarrett and Triple J whips. Bowens reverses but Lethal stops himself, Jarrett RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS!

Jarrett stomps away on Bowens, says he’s going nowhere, then whips him to ropes. Bowens KICKS back, both men stagger, and Jarrett runs up! Bowens ROCKS Jarrett again and again and again! The fans fire up as Bowens runs, but Jarrett ELBOWS him! Jarrett runs to STRADDLE the ropes as Bowens moves! Jarrett hobbles, Bowens BOOTS him then goes up to BLOCKBUSTER! The fans fire up as both men are down! Switchblade coaches Bowens, the fans rally for him, too, and Bowens crawls over! Jarrett also crawls, hot tags to Mack and Billy! Daddy Ass rallies on Mack, Lethal, Private Party, and he even DECKS Satnam!

Billy tells the One in a Billion to “SUCK THIS!” and then he SPLASHES Mack in a corner! Billy brings Mack out, kicks low and tells him “SUCK IT!” But Satnam trips him up! Mack hits a STUNNER, followed by a LETHAL INJECTION! Zay hurries up top to SWANTON BOMB! Quen adds on a 450 SPLASH!! Mack hurries to cover, TWO!! Billy survives and shocks #TriplePartyJay! The BBSG drag them all out and send them into barriers, but then Mack goes up! Mack SIX-STAR FLOPS as Billy moves! White is there, hot tag to King Switch! And he drags Mack up for the BLADE- NO, Zay springboards in!

White dodges Zay, Zay turns around into the 3:10 TO YUMA! But Quen CROSSBODIES the Gunn Sons! But then Quen turns around into THE ARRIVAL! Caster goes up for the MIC DROP!! Jarrett drags Bowens out and sends him into railing! Satnam storms in and White gets face to chest with the giant! But then Billy has White hold on. Billy is big but still not Satnam big! Satnam shoves them both away, DECKS Bowens, then grabs Caster! Satnam TOSSES Caster, then SHOVES Austin! White CHOP BLOCKS him, but Satnam stays up!? Billy kicks low and White CHOP BLOCKS again, they finally get the giant on his knees!

The fans fire up as White sets Satnam up for a FAMOUSER!! Mack returns to SUPERKICK Billy! White gets Mack again, BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, BBSG wins!!

Winners: The Bang Bang Scissor Gang, by pinfall

#TriplePartyJay tried to use the numbers game, but not even they could stop this super six pack from flexing their guns! The AEW World Trios & ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions stand tall together once again, and White gets the mic. “Yo! Yo! YO!” White is copying Max as he says, “Listen! See, Max? It’s not that hard. Oh yeah, guns up for my Greensboro Gold Members~!” Now, White is always telling the gang about how much he loves Greensboro. It’s one of his favorite cities in the world! The fans appreciate that, and White continues to say that Greensboro has some of the greatest wrestling fans!

The fans again cheer, and White says hey, what better place to have an event like Revolution? And there’s a lot of action tonight! Will Ospreay is here! Who walks out the AEW World Champion? Fans chant “JOE! JOE! JOE!” so that answers that. Oh oh oh oh, who is ready for Sting’s last match, huh? The fans sure are! A very big night, kicking off the biggest way possible with the Bang! Bang! Scissor! Gang! The two best trios, the single best six man team, and the GREATEST faction in the GREATEST wrestling company, AEW! The fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” and White says BBSG is led by one of the greatest of all time.

White can remind any of us, that on any given day, at any given moment, just who he is. He’ll remind us why he is the Catalyst of Pro-Wrestling! He’ll remind us to Breathe with the Switchblade! The fans sing, “OH~ Scissor Me, Switchblade~!” White says in ten days time, AEW Dynamite in Boston, maybe he handles some Big Business of his own! Fans like the sound of that. But until then, EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed. And if you ain’t down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP! The Switchblade is taking aim at something, two guesses what title he wants to add to the collection.

 

Backstage interview with Best Friends.

Lexi Nair is with Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta, Rocky Romero & Chuck Taylor, but also Doc Sampson, because we need a medical update on the International Champion before his match with Roderick Strong tonight. Doc says as we know, Cassidy has been getting beat up the last few months, and that Doc keeps telling Cassidy to tape up that back and ribs. Tonight, it happens or he isn’t being cleared. Then with all that said, how does Cassidy feel going into this? Trent speaks up that Cassidy always fights through it. And just like always, the boys have his back. Cassidy wants to talk to them about that, actually

Tonight, before, during and after, Best Friends need to stay in the back. Cassidy is sick and tired of seeing his friends getting hurt because of him, so he has to do this on his own. Chuck says yeah, he’ll keep the others back and respect Cassidy on this. Hands in, and even Doc and Lexi join in. Freshly Squeezed has support in spirit, but will that not help when The Undisputed Kingdom will stack the deck?

 

We hear from PAC!

The Bastard says, “Here we go again. A tale as old as time. The forgotten bastard! Where have you been, boy? None of your pissin’ business where I’ve been! Well, you tell me. Who said life’s so hard? Huh? Every man has his struggle. Do you think I don’t know the burden of shame? Isolated, blinded, broken. I almost popped me clogs. But I didn’t~! You’ll never get rid of me, Tony Khan! I’m like a cockroach, an indestructible little bastard, always lurking in the underbelly. I will be back very soon, whether you like it or not. And I am going to drag this festering scrotum of a company into a new age! Because I’m alive, ladies and gentlemen! And doesn’t it feel good to be alive?”

 

Zero Hour – Kris Statlander & Willow Nightingale w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Julia Hart & Skye Blue!

The Galaxy’s Greatest Babes with the Power have been meaning to settle things with the Princess of the Black Throne and her little sidekick for some time, so no better time than Revolution! Will Kris & Willow crush the TBS Champion and Chicago Skye? Or will Greensboro see The House Always Wins?

Stokely joins commentary to explain that everyone has miscommunications. He wanted Kris to do things one way, Willow wanted it the other, let’s just drop the issue. The teams sort out and Skye starts against Willow. These two circle, but Julia spooks Willow and that allows Skye to attack! Skye stomps Willow, Willow shoves her away so Skye swing on Kris! Kris ducks the sucker punch, and Willow ROCKS Skye! Willow CHOPS Skye, fans “WOO~!” and then Willow CHOPS again! Tag to Kris and Willow feeds Skye to the shoulder tackle! The fans fire up as Kris whips Skye to a corner. Kris runs in to ROCK and CHOP Skye for herself!

Kris fires forearms and CHOPS over and over! The fans fire up but the ref counts, and Kris lets off at 4. Kris then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Skye runs up, but into a scoop! Skye slips fere, tag to Julia, and the fans fire up as Kris arm-drags Julia down! Kris scoops Julia now, and she SLAMS Julia down! Julia sits up, into a SLIDING LARIAT! Tag to Willow, she runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Willow drags Julia up, suplexes, but Skye saves Julia. Kris ROCKS Skye, then reels her in. Kris & Willow both suplex high and hard! Fans fire up while Kris gets Skye outta the ring and Willow covers Julia, TWO!

Willow keeps cool and hauls Julia up. Willow bumps Julia off buckles, tags Kris, then Kris bumps Julia off more buckles. Kris CLUBS Julia, CHOPS her, then brings her out. Julia fires body shots but Kris powers up to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kris keeps on Julia and tags Willow back in. They whip Julia to a corner, then Willow runs to back body block! Willow clotheslines Julia, snapmares, but Julia avoids the boot to CHOP BLOCK! Julia RAMS Willow into the corner, tags in Skye, and Julia CHOKES Willow on ropes so Skye can SHINING WIZARD! Skye keeps moving, and she BOOT WASHES Willow down!

Skye waves to Stokely and says that was for him. Stoke says to watch your mouth! Skye covers Willow, TWO! Skye CLUBS Willow, stomps her to the corner, then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Skye lets off, and Julia CHOKES Willow! Skye runs in to ROCK Willow then snapmare her down. Skye KICKS Willow right in the back! Skye pushes Willow around but the fans rally. Willow throws body shots but Skye DECKS her! Skye scuffs Willow, but Willow throws more body shots! Skye ROCKS Willow but the fans fire up! Skye clinches but Willow throws body shots. Skye throws Willow down by her hair!

Skye taunts Kris, CLUBS Willow, then tags in Julia. Julia CHOPS Willow, puts her in another corner, and CHOPS again! Willow turns things around to CHOP! The fans fire up but Julia RAMS Willow into the corner. Tag to Skye and Skye stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Skye lets off, and she storms back up. Skye stomps Willow, brings her around, but Willow cradle counters! TWO! Skye escapes and LARIATS Willow down! Cover, TWO! Willow stays in this but Skye slaps her! Willow and Skye fire forearms, and then Skye CHOKES Willow on ropes while she shrieks! The ref counts but Skye lets off to bump Willow off buckles.

Skye tags Julia and Julia fires forearms and haymakers on Willow. Julia CLUBS Willow down, digs her boot in, then lets off as the ref counts. Tag back to Skye, they mug Willow then double whip her back into the corner. The fans rally as Julia & Skye double whip again and again! Skye then runs in but Willow dodges her! Willow ducks Julia, but Skye gets a leg! Willow BOOTS Skye & Julia away, hot tag to Kris! The fans fire up as Kris rallies on Skye & Julia! Then she gives them a meeting of the minds! Kris goes up a corner, DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! The fans fire up as Kris kips up and windmills! Kris runs in to UPPERCUT Julia in a corner!

Kris goes corner to corner, UPPERCUT for Skye! Kris goes back to ROCK Julia! And then UPPERCUT for Skye! Kris sends Skye into Julia, LEG SWEEP FLATLINER and a DOUBLE SENTON! Cover on Skye, TWO! Skye stays in this but Kris drags her up. Kris fireman’s carries but Skye fights free. Skye waistlocks, Kris switches but Julia tags in before the O’Conner, CHAOS THEORY! Fans fire up but Julia runs in, BLINDSLIDE LARIAT! Julia drags Kris up by her hair, and reels her in for the HARTLESS LOCK! Kris tips it to a cover! TWO, and Kris RAMS Julia into the corner! Willow tags in and Kris RAMS Julia more!

Kris winds up, Julia dodges the haymaker but Willow ROCKS her instead! Kris & Willow double whip Julia but she ducks the double lariat, and Skye DOUBLE CROSSBODIES! But she gets caught, literally! DOUBLE FALL AWAY SLAM! The fans are thunderous as Kris then scoops Julia and puts her in a Tree of Woe, trapping Skye! Willow runs in, Julia sits up so Skye takes the CANNONBALL! Willow puts Julia back in the Tree, deadlifts her out of it, and then RAMS her into the buckles, OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Julia stands up, Willow runs in, but Julia drop toeholds her into ropes! Skye runs up but Willow avoids the knee!

Kris YANKS Skye down and Skye bounces off the apron! Julia runs up at Willow, but Willow wrenches and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Julia survives and Stoke is frustrated for his team. Skye and Kris brawl, Skye ROCKS Kris and SUPERKICKS! Willow gives Julia a short arm LARIAT! And another! Julia ELBOWS Willow, brings her around, tag to Skye. Willow still picks Julia up for a SPINEBUSTER, then sits her up to reel her in! Gut wrench and BABE WITH THE- SUNSET BOMB! Skye SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Skye is furious and the fans fire up! Skye fireman’s carries, but Willow fights that off.

Willow shoves Skye to a corner, runs up, but Skye dodges. Skye runs in but into a BOOT! Willow goes up, and she MISSILE DROPKICKS Skye! Hot tags to Kris and Julia! Kris and Julia fire shots back and forth, fast and furious! Kris kicks, Julia ducks and ROCKS her! But Kris shoves Julia to a corner. Julia BOOTS Kris right down! Julia then climbs up, for the MOONSAULT! Cover, Willow breaks it!! Stokely is fired up but the fans are torn. Julia glares at Willow as Willow taunts her. Julia clamps onto Kris with an armlock but Willow storms in. Skye BOOTS her down! Skye then MISSILE DROPKICKS Willow to the floor!

Julia drags Kris around, SMACKS her off the mat, then tags Skye back in. Skye kicks Kris around, brings her up and puts her on ropes. Skye ROCKS Kris, she and Julia double whip, but Kris ducks the line, breaks the line, and DOUBLE LARIATS in return! Tag to Willow so she can BOOT Skye! Skye SUPERKICKS! Willow BOOTS again, then ENZI- NO, Skye dodges, runs, and hops on! CODE- NO, POOOOUNCE! PERIOD!! The fans are thunderous again, and Willow grabs at Skye from the apron. Gut wrench, but Julia runs in! Kris SHOTGUNS Julia out, so Willow can hit BABE WITH THE POWERBOMB!! Cover, Kris & Willow win!

Winners: Kris Statlander & Willow Nightingale, by pinfall

Stokely says if you’ll excuse him, and he leaves commentary to celebrate with his team. They got on the same page, got the win, and have humbled the TBS Champion, if only for now. But the question is, who will be moving up to challenge the champ down the line?

 

AEW TNT Championship: Christian Cage w/ The Patriarchy VS Daniel Garcia!

Captain Charisma will deny it up and down, but he did lose this title to the Rated R Superstar at Worlds End, then he bullied Killswitch/Luchasaurus in handing over his anytime-anywhere title match contract to get it back. Will that same insurance policy through emotional abuse come through for him tonight? Or will nothing save him from Red Death?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the true Face of TNT!

The bell rings and the fans rally up for Garcia, but Christian stays in a corner. Christian frowns and finally circles with Garcia. They tie up, go around, and are in a deadlock. They go low, then back up, and end up on ropes. The ref counts, neither man lets go and they end up in the ropes. Christian finally lets off and backs away, but the fans still rally for Garcia. Garcia and Christian reset, tie up again, and Christian waistlocks to then trip Garcia and float to a facelock. Garcia endures the grind, moves around and fights to his feet. Garcia wrenches free for an ELBOW BREAKER, then he headlocks.

Christian powers up and out but Garcia runs him over! The fans fire up as Christian flounders away, then boo as he bails out. Christian regroups with The Patriarchy and huddles up. He tells the cameraman to bug off so they can talk strategy. The Patriarchy breaks huddle and Christian makes his way back into the ring. Garcia and Christian circle, feel things out, and tie up. They’re in another deadlock, but Christian uses his height for leverage. Christian puts Garcia in a corner, but Garcia digs his feet in and pushes Christian back! The fans fire up as Garcia puts Christian in another corner! The ref counts, Christian powers Garcia back to center and then headlocks.

Garcia powers up and out but Christian runs Garcia over! Things speed up, and Christian falls! Is that a fake out or did he really tweak an ankle? The ref has Garcia stay back but fans are calling BS, too. And then Christian pokes Garcia in the eye! The ref reprimands and the fans boo because they knew all along. Christian goes to the apron so he can HOTSHOT Garcia down! Fans boo but Mother Shayna applauds and high-fives Papa Christian. Christian storms in, avoids Garcia’s wild punch and throws down fists. Christian stomps Garcia around then soaks up the heat. Christian mocks Greensboro like he can’t hear them, then he stalks Garcia to a corner.

Garcia fires haymakers in return, but Christian knees low! Christian turns Garcia for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Garcia toughs it out but Christian CHOKES him on ropes! Garcia punches at the knee but Christian lets off at 4. The fans boo but The Patriarchy applauds. Christian stands Garcia up to snapmare and then ELBOW him down! Christian mocks the Garcia dance, then just flexes. The fans boo more but Christian CLAWS at Garcia’s face! The ref counts, Christian lets off, then chinlocks and digs his knee into Garcia’s back. The fans rally, Garcia fights up and he throws body shots! Garcia fires off from all sides in the corner!

The fans fire up, Garcia climbs up, but Christian SHOVES Garcia down to the floor! Then Christian SUPER CROSSBODIES! Credit to Christian for going high risk, and both men are down on the outside. The ring count climbs, but Nick & Killswitchasaurus are there to check on Christian. Christian stands at 5 of 10 but Garcia follows. Christian brings Garcia around at 7 and puts him in at 8. Christian still wants to end this in the ring, and he slaps Garcia around. “You want my championship? Make your father proud!” Christian CHOKES Garcia on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts.

The fans rally for Garcia but Christian chicken wings. Garcia slips free to CHOP BLOCK! Garcia gets the leg, to GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then he STOMPS that leg! Now Christian’s ankle must really be bothering him! And therefore, ANKLE LOCK! Christian rolls and kicks free, kicks low and he TOSSES Garcia out! Christian actually hobbles now, and Garcia gets in, only for Christian to TOSS him out the other side! Christian walks off the pain while Garcia slowly rises. Christian sees Garcia drag himself up to the apron, and then BLASTS Garcia back to the floor! The fans boo but Christian seems to want the count-out now.

The count climbs, Garcia flounders around at 3 of 10, and drags himself up at 5! Christian ROCKS Garcia, to then HOTSHOT him back down! The count restarts, Nick wants it to be faster but the ref tells him to shut it. Garcia rises again at 7, but Christian POSTS him! Garcia falls again and the count resets. Garcia drags himself up at 4 of 10, but Nick runs in! Garcia TOSSES Nick into the timekeeper’s area! No Champion’s Advantage by disqualification for Christian! Garcia flounders over, we’re at 7 of 10! Garcia rises and steps in at 9, only for Christian to throw hands! Garcia hits back and the fans fire up!

The shots go back and forth, Garcia fires off a flurry! Then he climbs up to CLUB away on Christian! Christian staggers away, Garcia whips, but Christian reverses. Garcia ducks ‘n’ dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! Christian goes to a corner, Garcia pulls the turtleneck up and over Christian’s face! Christian can’t see as Garcia rains down the fists! The fans count along, all the way to nine, and then Garcia does his dance on Christian’s face! And then TEN! The fans fire up while Christian gets the turtleneck out of the way. Garcia runs but Christian ELBOWS him away. Christian goes up, but Garcia gets him for a SUPER DRAGON SCREW!

Garcia reels Christian in but Christian back drops, only for Garcia to sunset flip! TWO, and Garcia hurries to Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Christian hits low! Christian CHOKES Garcia on the ropes! The ref counts, Christian hops off and then has to slide out because of the bad leg. But Garcia blocks the uppercut to ROCK Christian! Garcia then aims to WRECK Christian with a dropkick! Christian staggers around, Garcia whips him into steel steps! Christian tumbles up and over, but Luchasaurus shouts at Garcia. Garcia glares at the dinosaur, then chases after Christian. Mother Shayna acts as an obstacle, but Garcia still pursues Christian into the ring.

Christian asks for mercy from Garcia, but the fans boo. Garcia blocks the cheap kick, but Christian blocks the uppercut! Christian chicken wings the arms but Garcia elbows free. So Christian dragon sleepers for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Garcia stays in this but Christian says he’s going up. The fans boo but Christian climbs. DIVING HEADBUTT but Garcia dodges, and has the ANKLE LOCK!! Christian flails, reaches out, but Garcia drags him away from ropes! Christian scrambles around, rolls and sends Garcia away. Garcia comes back but into a mule kick! Christian goes up, but Garcia waistlocks!

Garcia pries Christian from the corner, and hits the SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Christian stays in this but Garcia reels him in. Christian trips Garcia, to CATAPULT him into buckles! Christian distracts the ref while crawling away, and Luchasaurus grabs Garcia’s throat! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM!! The fans boo as Luchasaurus gets away with one! Christian climbs up, to FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives and The Patriarchy is furious! Luchasaurus is so mad, he throws off his shoulder pad! But wait, DADDY MAGIC attacks! The fans are thunderous as Menard RAMS Luchasaurus into the apron, then POSTS him!

But then Menard turns around and Mother Shayna stares him down. Daddy Magic dares her to do something, but she just laughs. Menard blocks the slap! But Luchasaurus is up! Menard fires off hands on Luchasaurus and they go up the ramp! The fans cheer as Menard takes away the rook on Christian’s chessboard! Christian still aims, runs in, but the bad leg stops the spear! Garcia gets Christian with a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!? Christian survives and shocks everyone! Even Shayna didn’t think he’d kick out! Christian drags himself to ropes, he grabs the arms, but Garcia powers through to jackknife bridge! ROPEBREAK!!

The fans boo but Garcia miscalculated! Shayna distracts the ref, Nick hits a CUTTER in the ropes!! Christian chicken wings Garcia for the KILLSWITCH!! Cover, Christian wins!

Winner: Christian Cage, by pinfall (still AEW TNT Champion)

The rook was taken, but Garcia forgot about the pawn! With all these pieces on the board, will anyone ever knock Captain Charisma off his throne?

 

AEW Continental Triple Crown Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Bryan Danielson!

Speaking of thrones, The Mad King still holds the three belts that define this modern American Triple Crown. But even more than these titles, he is looking to win Bryan’s respect. Will Eddie slay the American Dragon and make him shake his hand? Or will Bryan make his last year as a wrestler a golden one?

Renee Paquette is at gorilla with Eddie, saying tonight is all about respect, and perhaps the lack thereof from Bryan, who crowned Eddie “The King of the Bums.” Eddie is the first Continental Crown Champion, and he dedicates tonight’s match to Jun Akiyama. The music hits and Eddie heads out. The introductions are made, the three belts are raised, and we see who leaves Greensboro holding them all!

The bell rings and the fans fire up as Eddie and Bryan stare down. The two circle, feel things out, and test the waters. They circle, knuckle lock, but Bryan kicks! Eddie shrugs that off to give a kick of his own. Bryan kicks again and Eddie hobbles away. The fans rally and duel as the two reset. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, but the ref counts. Eddie lets off slowly, but Bryan avoids the chop to CHOP! Bryan dodges the chop again, and Eddie shrugs that off. Eddie and Bryan circle again, test the waters again, and Bryan connects with a kick to the knee! Eddie hobbles back and Bryan soaks up the cheers and jeers.

Eddie scowls and resets with Bryan. Eddie dares Bryan to kick, so Bryan kicks the leg! Eddie still eggs Bryan on, then blocks the kick to fire off body shots! They end up in a corner, Bryan avoids the chop to CHOP! Eddie just shouts at Bryan and storms up on him! Bryan and Eddie feel things out, Bryan avoids another chop. Eddie keeps pushing forward, but Bryan blocks the chop! Bryan reels Eddie in for a fireman’s carry takeover, cover, ONE! Bryan clinches Eddie on the mat but Eddie fights around. Eddie gets his leg guard up but Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Eddie snarls as he stands back up.

Bryan and Eddie circle as the fans rally up again. They tie up, Eddie snapmares and KICKS! And CHOPS! And KICKS! And CHOPS! Bryan blocks that chop, Eddie stands him up to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Bryan blocks again but Eddie powers him to the corner, for CHOP after CHOP! MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Bryan blocks the last one, so Eddie HEADBUTTS! And SAIDOS! The fans fire up while Bryan bails out. Eddie hobbles but he builds speed to DIVE! Down goes Bryan but Eddie clutches the bad leg. Perhaps that was double-edged but Eddie still brings Bryan to the apron. And he CHOPS again!

Eddie CHOPS, CHOPS, but then Bryan ducks! Eddie’s hand hits POST! Bryan then turns Eddie around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The ring count is climbing but Bryan stands at 5 of 10. “This is Awesome!” already as Bryan drags Eddie up. Bryan wrenches the and bends the fingers, then drags Eddie into the ring with the wristlock. Bryan shifts to top wristlock, and he bends the fingers! Eddie has the ROPEBREAK, but Bryan doesn’t let go! Bryan isolates the arm to STOMP it! Eddie leans on ropes, Bryan goes up the corner, and Bryan MISSILE DROPKICKS the shoulder!

Eddie rests against ropes again, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS! And then goes up a corner, to MISSILE DROPKICK Eddie down! The fans rally and duel while Bryan grabs the bad arm and twists the wrist. Bryan bends the fingers, tortures the entire arm, then isolates it again. Bryan STOMPS it again! Eddie clutches the elbow while fans are torn. Bryan doesn’t hesitate, he goes up the corner. Eddie stands, Bryan leaps, but Eddie catches him! EXPLODER! There’s part of the shoutout to Jun Akiyama! The fans fire up again while Eddie shakes out the bad arm. Bryan stands, and Eddie CHOPS!

Eddie clutches the arm, that chop was double-edged. Bryan runs up, Eddie clinches again, but Bryan wrenches the bad arm. Eddie refuses to be brought down and he DDTS Bryan! Cover, TWO, but Eddie clamps on the STRETCH PLUM! Bryan endures, and he powers free of Eddie’s bad arm! Bryan twists the wrist again, wrangles Eddie down, and once again isolates the arm! But Eddie rolls back to sit up and facelock! Bryan wrenches free of that, but ends up getting HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS from Eddie! Eddie uses the BCC signature, then he half nelsons Bryan. Bryan resists, arm-drags free, and then runs up to DROPKICK in the corner!

Eddie stays standing and the fans fire up. Bryan pie faces Eddie, then KICKS! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK again! Eddie wobbles, Bryan KICKS him! Bryan runs again, but Eddie dodges! Bryan tumbles, Eddie runs up, but Bryan gets around to full nelson! Eddie drops but Bryan KICKS him! Bryan then drags Eddie up, to DRAGON SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie survives and the fans fire up again! Bryan seethes, and he paces around Eddie. Bryan grabs the bad arm, stands Eddie up and wrenches, to ELBOW BREAKER! Eddie backs up to a corner, and Bryan CHOPS! And KICKS! And CHOPS!

Bryan KICKS and CHOPS Eddie again, then HEADBUTTS! Bryan hoists Eddie up top, climbs up after him, but Eddie fires headbutts in return! Bryan falls back, but comes right back, only to get forearms! Bryan drops back again, but then runs up to DROPKICK! Eddie stays up top but he’s dazed now. Bryan climbs up the corner again, stands Eddie up and underhooks him, for a SUPER BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Then a roll into the omoplata! Eddie fights but Bryan shifts to make this a modified RINGS OF SATURN! Eddie endures, even though his bad arm is being pulled way back! The fans rally as hard as they can, and Eddie fights around!

Eddie gets his bad arm free, then pushes his way to the ROPEBREAK! The fans are torn but Bryan lets go cleanly. Bryan scowls, then sits Eddie up. Bryan bends the fingers, then throws HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! The fans duel, “YES!” “NO!” Eddie is a bobblehead, so Bryan brings him up. But Eddie fights the suplex and ENZIGIRIS! Then URAKEN!! Even though it was the bad arm! Bryan runs up, Eddie catches him! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Eddie is frustrated, but the fans rally back up! Eddie and Bryan slowly rise, and Eddie goes to ropes.

Eddie storms his way back to Bryan as the fans duel. Eddie hauls Bryan up but Bryan slips free of the Canadian Rack, but runs into an URAKEN!! Bryan goes to the corner, runs up, and he PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Then “YES! YES! YES!” from Bryan before the BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Eddie survives and shocks everyone! Bryan grabs the arms, he stands over Eddie, and he rains down DRAGON STOMPS! Eddie sputters but Bryan just stomps more! Then Bryan drags Eddie into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Eddie flails, grabs at Bryan but Bryan bends the fingers! Eddie claws at Bryan, CLUBS him, but Bryan just squeezes tighter!

Eddie is turning red while the fans fire up both ways! The ref checks Eddie, and Eddie comes back to life! Eddie drags Bryan back with him, and has the ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets go and reminds us all, he has ’til five. Bryan is frustrated and maybe confused as how Eddie survives, but the fans continue to duel. Bryan waits on Eddie to sit up, and he KICKS! Eddie snarls and glares at Bryan. Bryan KICKS Eddie, but Eddie brings down the straps! Eddie eggs Bryan on, so Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! Eddie tries to grab at Bryan but Bryan just KICKS him again! And BUZZ- NO, Eddie swats it!

Bryan tries again, Eddie ducks it and HALF ‘N’ HALF! Bryan’s right up!! SHOULDER CAPTURE PLEX! But Eddie’s right up! HALF ‘N’ HALF again!! Bryan tumbles away and the fans are thunderous! It’s a standing ovation! Eddie and Bryan stir, “This is Awesome!” Eddie and Bryan sit up, then lean on each other as they stand. They trade body shots and palm strikes, and Eddie fires a flurry! Bryan returns it, the shots continue to go back and forth. Eddie uses his one good hand to SLAP and CHOP Bryan around! Bryan wobbles, and Eddie reels him in! But the bad arm won’t let him lift, so Eddie gives Bryan KAWADA KICKS!

Bryan SLAPS! And SLAPS! And SLAPS again! Bryan winds up, but Eddie JABS! And then paint brushes with the good hand! Eddie reels Bryan in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims from the corner, “YES! YES! YES!” BUSAIKU- LARIAT!! Eddie hauls Bryan up, and POWERBOMBS! High stack, EDDIE WINS!!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (still AEW Continental Triple Crown Champion)

The fans again give this a standing ovation because The Mad King keeps his crown! Eddie stands to bow in respect to Greensboro, but the real moment of truth is: Will Bryan show respect to Eddie? Bryan slowly sits back up, perhaps coming to terms with reality. Eddie waits, and Bryan hears the fans chant, “Shake His Hand! Shake His Hand!” Bryan looks down at himself, then up at Eddie. Eddie steps forward, and says forget it. Bryan isn’t doing it, so why is he sticking around? But then Bryan says hold on. Bryan stands, and holds out his hand! Eddie steps forward, but Bryan pulls it away. Fans boo but Bryan says hold on, hold on.

Bryan says Eddie really is that good, and he shakes Eddie’s hand! Bryan raises Eddie’s hand in victory and respect, and the fans cheer! The American Dragon finally shows The Mad King respect, is this another turning point in Eddie’s career?

 

All-Star Scramble: Chris Jericho VS Lance Archer VS “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs VS Wardlow VS Hook VS Brian Cage VS Magnus VS Dante Martin!

While a Triple Threat determines the AEW World Championship later tonight, a massive 8 Man free-for-all decides who is next in line! The Ocho, The Murderhawk Monster, the Don Callis Family’s force of nature, the Undisputed Kingdom’s War Dog, the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil, The Machine, the CMLL Mexican National Tag Team Champion, or Top Flight’s Angel Dorado. That is quite the all-star line-up, but who becomes a true star after tonight?

Given how much The Undisputed Kingdom has riding on this match, Matt Taven, Mike Bennett and even ADAM COLE BAYBAY are here to accompany Wardlow to the ring. But even so, the Greensboro choir still sings Judas for Jericho. The bell rings and it is chaos! Wardlow and Hobbs mug Jericho, Archer is after Magnus, and Cage TOSSES Dante so he can go after Hook! Archer stomps Magnus in a corner, Jericho’s literally on the ropes, and Cage has Hook in a corner. Jericho falls out, Archer TOSSES Magnus out, and then Cage carries Hook around! Cage TOSSES Hook onto Jericho! And fans fire up for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!”

Archer, Cage, Hobbs and Wardlow all have a corner, we might get Meat Madness after all! The fans fire up as these behemoths all eye each other. Wardlow and Cage have a quick flex-off, but then Hobbs joins in. The fans fire up, Archer says he can’t see any of them down there. The flexing continues, but then Cage eggs everyone on. Archer and Cage RAM shoulders at the same time Wardlow and Hobbs RAM each other! No one falls, they all egg each other on, so Cage and Hobbs RAM Archer and Wardlow! Archer and Wardlow RAM Cage and Hobbs! Cage and Hobbs run to LARIAT, but Archer and Wardlow don’t fall!

The fans chant “MEAT!” with each collision as Archer and Wardlow LARIAT back! All four men stay up so the “MEAT!” LARIATS fly! Cage gets around Archer, Archer ELBOWS Cage but Cage SUPERKICKS! Archer BOOTS Cage down! Wardlow dodges Hobbs to BOOT him, then clothesline him up and out! Archer then shoves Wardlow as the fans chant “MEAT FOREVER!” The forearms fly back and forth, the fans continue with “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” Wardlow ROCKS Archer, whips him to a corner, then runs in, but Archer dodges! Archer comes back to ELBOW Wardlow! Archer knuckle locks and goes up the corner!

The fans chant “BEAT THAT MEAT!” as Archer goes Old School, and MOONSAULTS! The fans fire up and then Hobbs runs in! Archer BOOTS Hobbs, ROCKS him, and knuckle locks again! Archer goes back up and again goes Old School! But Hobbs catches Archer to a SPINEBUSTER! But Cage is back, he fireman’s carries! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Wardlow storms in to fireman’s carry! Cage slips free, shoves, but Wardlow ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans are thunderous, but Jericho is back to CODE BREAKER! Fans boo the end to the meaty goodness and Jericho covers, but Hook breaks it!

Magnus gets in, he and Hook throw hands, and then Dante joins in! Jericho CHOPS Hook so Hook CHOPS Jericho! Magnus and Dante go back and forth with CHOPS of their own! Jericho says they can meat it up, and they all run. They RAM shoulders, and this is more like Lean Meat Madness! They go again, RAM into each other, and Jericho says again! They keep going, they RAM some more, then they BLAST the behemoths off the apron! Jericho goes up to CROSSBODY Hobbs down! Hook, Dante and Magnus look around, just as aware of the monsters as of each other. Dante DIVES to take out Wardlow! Magnus TORNILLOS Archer!

Hook isn’t a flyer, but he figures what the hell, it’s Revolution! Hook goes up and SUPER CROSSBODIES Cage! The fans fire up as all eight men are down around ringside! Dante and Magnus return, Dante kicks and whips. Magnus reverses, runs up, but Dante puts him on the apron. Magnus GAMANGIRIS, goes up, but Dante GAMANGIRIS back! Wardlow and Archer return, Wardlow kicks Archer and puts him in a corner. Meanwhile, Hobbs climbs a corner while Jericho slides in! Jericho ROCKS Hobbs first, goes up after him, Cage SMACKS Hook off the apron! Cage gets in, and he drags Hook up! Dante SUPERPLEXES Magnus!

Jericho SUPERPLEXES Hobbs! Wardlow SUPER DUPER PLEXES Archer! And then Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Hook! Dante is back up to MAMBA SPLASH Cage! Cover, TWO!! Cage survives and Dante can’t believe it! Hook and Archer bails out, as does Wardlow. Cage follows suit, Magnus soon after. Dante and Jericho are still in the ring. Jericho runs up, Dante goes up and over and Jericho hits ropes! Dante then FLIES out onto Cage! Dante builds speed, but he doesn’t quite clear the ropes! He still tumbles his way into taking out Hobbs and Archer! Dante then goes right back up to CROSSBODY Jericho! Cover, TWO!!

Magnus gets in, he runs up, gets around Dante and drop toeholds! Then he dials it up, 619! Then slingshot  somersault CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Dante survives but Magnus runs up to get around and underhook! BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! The fans rally with Magnus and he runs to clothesline Dante in a corner! Magnus sits Dante down, runs up, METEORA! Magnus drags Dante to the drop zone, goes up, but Archer STEP-UP KNEES! Archer positions Magnus for a SUPER HIP TOSS! The fans fire up as Archer storms around. Archer choke grips to CHOKE SLAM Magnus! Cover, TWO!! Archer is furious but the ref defends his count!

Archer storms after Magnus, puts him up top and ROCKS him! Then he crucifix lifts, but Jericho kicks Archer! Archer kicks Jericho, but Magnus CLUBS Archer! Jericho & Magnus DOUBLE SUPLEX Archer! Jericho and Magnus run, DOUBLE LIONSAULTS!! The fans are thunderous and Jericho makes the cover, TWO!! Hobbs CLOBBERS Jericho, SPLASHES Magnus, but Arche clamps on! Hobbs breaks free, runs and LEAPING LARIATS! Hobbs scoops Archer for a POWERSLAM! But Dante is back! Hobbs ducks the enzigiri but Dante rolls, runs, into a SNAP POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Cage SUPERKICKS Hobbs, runs up and UPPERCUTS! LARIAT! Wrench and SAIDO! Cage fires up, but Hook is here! The fans fire up and these two fire off! Hook gets the edge but Cage kicks low! Hook gets around, but Cage fights the T-Bone Plex! Short arm LARIAT! Wardlow is back, he ducks the discus lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Archer waistlocks, Wardlow switches, GERMAN SUPLEX! Magnus is back, GERMAN SUPLEX for him! Dante runs up, Wardlow SUPERKICKS, then GERMAN SUPLEXES! The fans fire up as Wardlow SPINEBUSTERS Cage, rolls him into position, but Hook hops on! REDRUM!!

Wardlow lets Cage go to claw at the hold, but he’s fading fast! Hook even has the body scissors!! Jericho hurries to get the legs! Jericho turns Wardlow over, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Wardlow endures double submissions, but Cage SUPERKICKS Jericho down! Cage pries Hook off of Cage, fireman’s carries, but Hook slips free! Jericho BOOTS Cage into Hook’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Jericho and Hook, the oldest and the youngest, stare down. The fans fire up but Jericho CHOPS away! Jericho whips, Hook kicks back! Jericho swings, into the EL CAMINO! Hook runs up again, wrenches, and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!!

Jericho just barely gets outta that, and Hobbs TOSSES Hook! Hobbs ROCKS Jericho, whips him to a corner, then runs in. Jericho dodges, Hobbs’ splash puts him on the apron! Jericho triangle jump DROPKICKS Hobbs down! Jericho hurries out  after Hobbs but Hobbs hits back! Hobbs scoops, to WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM to the floor! The straps come down, and Hobbs gears up. Hobbs runs in, into A DRY ICE MACHINE?!? The fog blinds Hobbs while the hardware knocks him down! Cage gets Hook back in the ring, runs corner to corner, but Hook BOOTS him! Cage swings again, Hook dodges, but runs into a JUMP KNEE!

Cage fireman’s carries, but Wardlow gets in. Cage F5s Hook, but Wardlow kicks Cage! Cage wrenches out, JUMP KNEE! Cage spins, into a HEADBUTT! Wardlow winds up to LARIAT!! Wardlow reels Cage in, hoists him up, POWERBOMB!! Dante rolls Wardlow up, TWO!! SUPESRKICK! Magnus is back but Dante has him for the HALF NELSON BOMB! But Archer drags Dante right off the cover! Dante breaks free but Archer LARIATS him down! Archer then hauls Dante up for an APRON- NO, Dante slips free to GAMANGIRI! Dante springboards, NOSEDIVE!! Cover, TWO!! Dante hurries to run, but Wardlow POUNCES him outta the air!!

Wardlow clotheslines Archer up and out, then he roars! But Hook is back, for REDRUM!! Wardlow throws Hook off, HEADBUTTS then wind-up LARIATS!! Wardlow hauls Dante back up, reels him in, and hits the LAST RIDE!!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW World Championship)

Wardlow promised it, and he kept that promise! Samoa Joe, Swerve Strickland and Hangman Page better be ready, because whoever wins tonight will be in for a war!

 

AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom!

Speaking of the Undisputed Kingdom, they’ve been throwing everything at Best Friends, all in hopes of taking this title away from Cassidy. Freshly Squeezed may be bandaged and bruised, but will he continue to find a way to win? Or is this where the Savior of the Backbreaker beats the pulp out of him once and for all?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if this title becomes undisputed!

The bell rings and Strong runs up but Cassidy gets under! Ghost pin, TWO!! Strong dodges the orange Punch, Cassidy dodges the lariat but Strong fights the hooks. Strong suplexes, Cassidy cradle counters, TWO! Things keep moving, and Cassidy goes Matrix! But Strong stops Cassidy from getting hands in pockets, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Cassidy stands into a CHOP! Cassidy bails out and the fans rally but Strong pursues. Strong CHOPS Cassidy, CHOPS again, and then gives him a RAILING BACKBREAKER! The fans boo but Strong eggs them on. Strong drags Cassidy up to CLUB him down.

The ring count climbs, Strong puts Cassidy in. Strong then has Cassidy on the apron, CLUBS him, and lifts, but Cassidy HOTSHOTS while he gets fere! Cassidy then DIVES and Strong hits barriers! The fans fire up as Cassidy puts Strong in. Cassidy climbs and CROSSBODIES! But his ribs won’t let him cover! Strong lifts Cassidy for the atomic SLAM! Strong drags Cassidy back up, for another BACKBREAKER! And then another BACKBREAKER! And another! Cassidy endures as Strong hits another BACKBREAKER! And then one more BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Cassidy isn’t broken yet but Strong CLUBS him in the ribs.

Strong puts Cassidy in a corner, CHOPS him, and Cassidy sputters as he flounders against ropes. The fans boo, Strong tells them to shut up, and he CHOPS Cassidy again! Strong drags Cassidy up, whips him corner to corner hard, and Cassidy falls in a heap! Strong mockingly asks, “How’s it feel?” Strong drags Cassidy right up, shoves him in a corner, and he fires forearms into the ribs! Strong taunts Cassidy, “You like this?” And he CHOPS again! The fans chant “Roddy Sucks!” but he says Cassidy sucks. Strong whips corner to corner again, Cassidy tumbles up and out and bumps Strong off buckles!

Cassidy goes side to side with buckle bumps and back again! Forearm, buckle bump, repeat! The fans fire up as Cassidy fires off then dribbles away! Strong falls back, Cassidy grits his teeth and the fans rally. Cassidy climbs but Strong ROCKS him first. Strong climbs up and gut wrenches Cassidy for a SUPER BUCKLE BACKBREAKER!! The fans lose their minds while Cassidy writhes and flounders on the floor! Strong goes out to fetch Cassidy, pushes him into the ring and brings him to a corner, to bend Cassidy against the post! The ref counts and the fans boo, but Strong lets go at 4.

Strong storms into the ring to mock the fans, “This is your champ?!” Strong kicks Cassidy around and eggs him on. The fans boo but Strong keeps mocking Cassidy. Strong smirks as he kicks and stomps at Cassidy, then brings him up. Strong CHOPS, but Cassidy stays up! Cassidy shakes his head, stands up tall, and Strong CHOPS again! Cassidy drops to his knees and Strong eggs the fans on. Strong stands Cassidy up, but Cassidy drops before the chop! Strong is amused, and he brings Cassidy back up. Cassidy slips under, ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but the DDT is blocked! GUTBUSTER! Or maybe more a rib breaker!

Strong suplexes, but into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Strong still gets another BACKBREAKER in! The fans rally, Strong gets the legs, BOSTON CRAB! Cassidy endures as Strong sits deep, but Cassidy reaches out! Cassidy crawls, the fans rally, and Cassidy has the ROPEBREAK! Strong lets go at 4, then he storms back up. Strong blocks a kick and he YANKS Cassidy into a BACKBREAKER! And then the STRONG HOLD! The knee digs into the back and ribs, but Cassidy refuses to give up! The fans rally harder and Cassidy fights his way back around! He twists, but Strong makes it a cover! ONE and Cassidy BOOTS Strong away!

Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Both men are down but Cassidy gets to the apron! Cassidy climbs and leaps, DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO! Strong survives and Cassidy grits his teeth. The fans rally as Cassidy rises, and he “unleashes” kicks on Strong. Then he ramps up to stomp and stomp and stomp! The fans fire up as Cassidy fires off! Cassidy then waits on Strong to get up, and he goes back to a corner. Cassidy aims again, and he’s copying Adam Cole! PANAMA SUNRISE!!! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives Cole’s best move but Cassidy loads up his. The elbow pad is off, but Strong catches Cassidy, HALF NELSON BACKBREAKER!

Strong underhooks Cassidy, but Cassidy Alabama Lifts! Strong fights that to STRONG KNEE! Strong keeps moving, ORANGE PUNCH!! The fans are thunderous as Cassidy staggers back to Alabama Lift, but the back gives up! Cassidy uses ropes for support, BEACH BREAK!! But Cassidy has to crawl to the cover, ROPEBREAK!! Strong survives by a literal foot and Cassidy can’t believe it! The fans rally and Cassidy goes back to a corner. Cassidy reloads again, but that back is holding him back. Cassidy gets frustrated, the fans rally harder, and Cassidy stands! STRONG KNEE!! END OF HEARTACHE!!! Cover, RODDY WINS!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)

Taven & Bennett celebrate with Strong, because now the Undisputed Kingdom has even more gold! And perhaps the most shocking of all, Strong did this one clean! Is nothing going to stop them from making AEW their kingdom? WAIT! IS THAT KYLE O’REILLY!? The fans are thunderous as Kyle has returned to AEW and is staring down his former friend! But then he smiles, and hugs it out with Roddy! Bennett hands Kyle his shirt to make this official! Kyle takes the shirt, and he is really emotional. Kyle then puts the shirt back on Strong and whispers something to him. Kyle is happy to see Roddy again, but is he not Undisputed?

 

FTR VS Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli!

Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler are former tag team champions from not just AEW but ROH, AAA and WWE. However, the Blackpool Combat Club has had similar accomplishments, so they don’t see what the fuss is all about. Will Dax & Cash still be #TopGuys after tonight? Or is there about to be a Paradigm Shift in the world of tag team wrestling?

Speaking of tag team wrestling, The Maniac & The Swiss Superman are saying ohhhhhh, what a rush! They’re dressed like the Road Warriors, Hawk & Animal! They’ve been taking shots at FTR honoring the past, is this their parody of it? The teams sort out and Dax starts against Claudio. Dax paces around but Claudio stays put like a statue. The two tie up, Dax headlocks, but Claudio powers up and out. Dax ducks ‘n’ dodges, then cradles, TWO! Claudio has the cradle, ONE!! The two reset and the fans rally. Claudio and Dax tie up, Claudio headlocks but Dax powers out. Claudio sunset flips, TWO! Dax stacks, TWO!

The fans rally and duel, “FTR!” “BCC!” as Claudio has a sunset flip, TWO! Claudio has a ghost pin, TWO! Dax gets up but Claudio stays close. They cool off, reset, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but then Claudio UPPERCUTS! Dax goes to a corner, Claudio UPPERCUTS again. Claudio pie faces Dax around, but Dax CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then reels Claudio in, but Claudio fights the suplex! They go around, end up in ropes, the ref calls for a break but they end up in a corner first. The ref gets in there, the two finally let off, but then they start throwing SLAPS! They SLAP and SLAP and Dax wobbles!

The fans fire up, Dax frowns and Claudio eggs him on. Claudio then UPPERCUTS, but Dax CHOPS! Now Claudio wobbles, but he UPPERCUTS! Dax CHOPS, Claudio takes a breath, and he UPPERCUTS! Dax SLAPS, SLAPS and fires fast hands! Claudio hits back, the fans fire up for this scrap, and Claudio UPPERCUTS Dax down! Claudio still has to stagger back and lean against ropes, and he tags out to Moxley. The fans rally up and Dax tags Cash. Cash and Moxley circle, tie up, and Cash headlocks. Moxley powers up and out but Cash runs him over! Cash headlocks to grind Moxley down but Moxley fights up.

Moxley powers Cash to the corner, CHOPS and pie faces on repeat! Then Moxley whips corner to corner but Cash reverses and back drops on the rebound! Cash whips Moxley to DROPKICK him down, then covers, ONE!! Cash CHOPS Moxley, UPPERCUTS him to a corner, and CHOPS again! UPPERCUT! CHOP! Tag to Dax, and FTR mugs Moxley! The fans fire up and Cash lets off to fire Greensboro up more. Dax CHOPS and the fans “WOO~!” Dax whips, Moxley KICKS back, and then Moxley gets Dax over to tag Claudio. The BCC mugs Dax now, and Claudio UPPERCUTS, CHOPS and repeats!

Claudio HEADBUTTS, body shots, and knees low. Claudio whips but Dax kicks back! And RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! The fans fire up as Dax stomps Claudio, then claws his face into the chinlock, to then ELBOW Claudio in the nose! Tag to Cash, they whip, trip and elbow drop! Then Cash basement dropkicks! Cash HEADBUTTS Claudio to a corner, then CHOPS! Claudio sputters but Cash bumps him off buckles. Cash CHOPS again, then puts Claudio in an open corner to CHOP! Cash climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count along, Cash goes to TEN, but Claudio DUMPS Cash to the apron, then Cash falls to the floor!

The ref has Claudio stay back, but Moxley sneaks in to send Cash into railing! Claudio tags Moxley, and he fetches Cash to then bring him around. Moxley makes Cash straddle the railing! Then Moxley LARIATS Cash down! Cash falls into the front row, but Moxley goes up and over to fetch him. Moxley fires forearms in that corner, but Cash fires back! They brawl, Moxley DUMPS Cash out, and then Moxley gets Cash into the ring. Tag to Claudio and the BCC keeps Cash down. Claudio gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Cash stays in this but Claudio stays on him with a facelock.

Cash endures and the fans rally up. Cash fights up, he carries Claudio, but Claudio cranks the facelock! Cash still pushes forward, but Claudio powers him back. Cash back drops free! But Moxley tags in and he keeps Cash down with a facelock! The fans again duel, “FTR!” “BCC!” Moxley floats, ties up Cash’s legs, then headscissors Cash! Dax runs in to KICK Moxley in the back! Mox is mad but Cash is free to CHOP! Cash fires a forearm but Moxley pokes him in the eye! Tag to Claudio and he KICKS Cash from the ropes! Cover, ONE!! Cash toughs it out but Claudio stomps a hand! The fans rally, Claudio UPPERCUTS into a backslide! TWO!

Tag to Moxley, he and Claudio keep Cash back, then Moxley DECKS Cash! Moxley puts Cash under the ropes to GUILLOTINE him! The ref is busy keeping Dax back, and Claudio DOUBLE STOMPS Cash on the apron! Moxley drags Cash up to CHOP! Moxley puts Cash on the top rope, climbs up after him, and CLAWS Cash’s back! The ref reprimands but Moxley BITES Cash’s forehead! Moxley then SUPERPLEXES Cash down! Cover, TWO! Cash isn’t done yet but Moxley tags Claudio. Claudio DOUBLE STOMPS Cash, covers, TWO! Tag back to Moxley, the BCC mugs Cash, and Cash staggers to a corner.

Moxley stands on Cash’s head, the ref reprimands but Moxley lets off. Moxley talks trash that FTR is nothing! Moxley then goes corner to corner, but Cash LARIATS him down! The fans fire up while both men are down! Moxley flounders away, staggers around, hot tags to Claudio and Dax! Dax JABS, JABS and JABS then fires haymakers! Dax DECKS Moxley, CHOPS and ROCKS Claudio on repeat! Moxley CLUBS Dax, whips him, but Dax reverses to wrench and short arm LARIAT! Claudio runs up, but Dax gets around! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Dax keeps moving, Claudio pops him up but Dax makes it a cradle! TWO!! Dax kicks low, suplexes, but Claudio slips free! Claudio kicks, reels him in, but Cash makes the save! Dax ROCKS Claudio, tags Cash, and then gets Claudio up! Cash climbs but Claudio powers out! Claudio POSTS Dax while Cash leaps over, but Moxley ROCKS Cash! Cash staggers into a LARIAT from Claudio! Cover, TWO!! Cash survives and Claudio seethes while the fans rally up. Dax is busted open from hitting steel, but Claudio UPPERCUTS Cash! Claudio eggs Cash on, UPPERCUTS him again, and then soaks up the cheers and jeers.

Claudio stands Cash up to UPPERCUT but into a backslide! Claudio fights that, but Dax tags in! Claudio ROCKS Cash but Dax HOTSHOTS! Cash UPPERCUTS then pops Claudio up, DOOMSDAY POWERSLAM COUNTER!! Moxley BODIES Cash outta the ring, Claudio covers Dax, TWO!! Dax is sputtering and his head is spouting blood! Claudio gets Dax up, tags Moxley, and they set up for the ASSISTED AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and has a crimson mask. Claudio CLOBBERS Cash while Moxley paces around. Moxley kicks Dax, eggs him on, so Dax stands up. Dax fires a forearm so Moxley gives it back!

The fans rally as the forearms go back and forth! Dax snarls through the pain and the blood, the forearms keep going! Moxley eggs Dax on so Dax JABS! Moxley JABS, they throw shot after shot! Moxley KICKS the leg, runs, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! Cash kept Claudio outta the ring on that one, but now Claudio boots him back. Claudio runs up, but he’s sent into barriers! Dax dodges Moxley, backslides, TWO! Cash is up, Dax reels Moxley in, MIND BREAKER PILEDRIVER!! Cash DIVES into Claudio, Dax covers Moxley, TWO!! Moxley survives and the fans fire up again!

Dax is frustrated, and that crimson mask continues to grow. Moxley goes to a corner, “This is Awesome!” as Dax storms up. Dax reels Moxley back in, hoists him up top, and then coordinates with Cash. Dax CHOPS Moxley, climbs up after him, but then Claudio UPPERCUTS Cash! Moxley fires body shots, hops down and gets around, and he Electric Chair Lifts Dax! Claudio goes up and up, UPPERCUT DOOMSDAY!! But Cash SPLASHES the cover!! All four men are down and the fans are thunderous! The fans cheer on “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Cash HEADBUTTS Claudio, Moxley and Dax go back to firing forearms.

The brawl is going on, Moxley fires headbutts! But Dax clotheslines Moxley up and out! Then he ROCKS Claudio! Claudio fires shots on Dax, then swings, but is sent to Cash! Claudio blocks a kick to fire uppercuts! But he runs into SHATTER- NO, Claudio catches Dax, Moxley gives Cash a CUTTER! GIANT SWING! Dax goes around and around, a demented sprinkler with all that blood! Moxley DROPKICKS Dax outta the swing! Cover, TWO?!? Dax survives and shocks everyone! Fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow. Moxley BITES Dax’s bloody forehead! Cash sends Claudio into railing!

Moxley puts Dax up top, climbs up after him, and he elbows away at the bloody forehead! Moxley gets TEN, then BITES the wound again!! Dax SPITS in Moxley’s face then ROCKS him! But Claudio’s back to BOOT Dax! Moxley & Claudio both climb up, but Cash SHOVES Claudio down! Cash gets Moxley off the corner, Dax adjusts, BULLDOG BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!? Moxley survives, roars to his feet, but runs into SHATTER MACHINE!!! Cover, Claudio YANKS Dax away!! Cash ROCKS Claudio, builds speed and DIVES into an UPPERCUT! Claudio brings Cash around, reels him in, NEUTRALIZER to the floor!

But Dax gets Claudio, PILEDRIVER to the floor! Dax hurries in, Moxley catches him! PARADIMG- NO, Dax wrenches out! Moxley fights the piledriver, Dax sunset flips, but Moxley rolls Dax! DEATH RIDER!! Moxley crawls to a cover, TWO?!? And ghost pin! TWO!!! Moxley facelocks, then floats, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Claudio keeps Cash out but Cash kicks and kicks and kicks! Cash gets free, he rushes over but Claudio snatches him into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!! FTR is stuck in double submissions!! The ref checks, Dax is OUT! BCC wins!!

Winners: Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

The Top Guys were just taken out by a couple mean, nasty fighters! Does that mean the Blackpool Combat Club are the elite among the elite in tag team wrestling? Will they be the team primed to go after the tag titles after tonight?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: “Timeless” Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS Deonna Purrazzo!

Former friends turned bitter enemies is a tale as old as time in pro-wrestling. So then, will the leading lady of AEW take top billing in this 2024 remake of the classic tale? Or will The Virtuosa prove herself the true star of this Women’s Division?

Wait a minute! Deonna said she wanted the old Toni Storm, the rock ‘n’ roll and tough as nails Toni, and… Oh, wait, that’s Mariah May cosplaying. Well, she IS a superfan, so she’s got the moves down. “Timeless” Toni now makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who lives the Hollywood ending!

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. Deonna and Toni circle, tie up, and Toni arm-drags! Then she poses and the fans cheer. Deonna shrugs that off and resets with Toni. The fans duel as the two feel things out. They knuckle lock, then double knuckle lock, then Deonna wrenches and wrangles and arm-drags Toni away! Deonna takes a bow while the fans are torn. Toni kicks the ropes in frustration, then circles with Deonna again. Toni gets around to waistlock, but Deonna wrenches to wristlock back. Toni moves around, slips through, wrenches and wristlocks and wrangles Deonna.

Deonna rolls, stands, powers through and headlocks for the takeover. The fans cheer, Toni pulls hair and headscissors. Deonna turns Toni over, ties up the legs, and floats to slap Toni around. Deonna gets an arm, bends the fingers, but Toni gets the ROPEBREAK! Deonna lets off and Toni is a bit frustrated. The fans rally up as the two reset. They knuckle lock again, and Toni drops back, rolls to wrench and wristlock. Deonna wrenches to hammerlock, but Toni squats, headlocks, spins and hits the takeover. But Deonna headscissors right back! Deonna pushes up to add pressure but Toni endures.

The fans rally as Toni moves around. Toni headstands, pops free, then floats to the headlock. But Deonna wrenches right out to a wristlock. Toni pulls hair to put Deonna in a corner! Toni ROCKS Deonna, whips corner to corner, but Deonna goes up, under, baits Toni in and steps over to roll her up! FUJIWARA, but ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer the technical exchange while Deonna lets off slowly. Deonna drags Toni up, wrenches again, but Toni ROCKS her! And CHOPS her! Deonna fires back, the forearms fly and Deonna gets the edge! Deonna CHOPS but Toni knees low! Toni whips but Deonna KICKS and LARIATS!

The fans fire up while Toni bails out. Deonna keeps her eyes on Toni while Luther coaches Toni up. Deonna rallies the fans and runs in to WRECK Toni with a dropkick! Deonna puts Toni in but she glares at Luther. Deonna storm sin but Toni is right on her. Deonna wrenches to go for the arm! Toni RAMS Deonna into the corner, fires off hands, but lets off as the ref counts. The fans rally up, Toni whips but Deonna reverses! They almost run into the ref! Toni LOW BLOW MULE KICKS! Wait, what? And then Toni BULLDOGS Deonna down! Cover, TWO! Toni rains down fists, the ref reprimands, and Toni lets off.

The fans rally up while Toni paces around. Toni drags Deonna up, puts her through ropes, and then CHOKES her! The ref counts and reprimands, Toni throws Deonna down! Cover, TWO! Toni stays on Deonna with a chinlock, then shifts into a partial Camel Clutch! The fans rally while Deonna endures, but Toni HIP DROPS Deonna. Toni stomps Deonna, too, then swaggers around. Toni HEADBUTTS Deonna down, drags her back up, and then UPPERCUTS her back down. Toni soaks up the cheers and jeers, then brings Deonna up again. Toni reels Deonna in, but Deonna snaps to a cradle! TWO and Toni CLOBBERS Deonna!

Toni stands on Deonna’s head, lets off as the ref counts, then scuffs Deonna while she paces. The fans rally, Toni scuffs Deonna more, but Deonna stands. Toni pie faces, Deonna SLAPS! Toni CHOPS, SLAPS, then SLAPS again! Deonna drops to a knee, Toni stands her back up. Deonna ducks the slap to fire off forearms! The fans are torn, but Toni knees low! Toni whips, Deonna ducks ‘n’ dodges to LARIAT! Deonna rallies on Toni now, then kicks low to run and KNEE LIFT! Then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Roll and FUJIWARA! Toni endures and the fans fire up! Toni flails, reaches out, and rolls free! But Deonna BOOTS her down!

The fans are torn as Deonna fires herself up! Deonna storms up to Toni, drags her up, and reels her in. But Toni wrenches out, swings, but into a BACKBREAKER and FLATLINER! Cover, TWO! Deonna is frustrated but the fans rally back up. Toni crawls to a corner, Deonna takes aim, and Deonna runs in, but is tripped into buckles! Toni goes corner to corner and SWEET HIP MUSIC! Toni then drags Deonna up to a DDT! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives and Toni is beside herself! Luther coaches Toni, the fans rally up, and Toni drags Deonna back up. Toni reels her in but Deonna trips her to a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Toni blocks the boot!

Toni trips Deonna, BREAK A LEG ANKLE LOCK!! Deonna endures, reaches out, and the fans rally up again. Deonna crawls forward, but Toni drags her away! Deonna turns over, Toni turns her back. Deonna turns over again and BOOTS Toni to the apron! Deonna BOOTS Toni off the apron but Luther catches her! But Deonna is up on the corner to CROSSBODY them both down!! The fans fire up and Deonna hurries to put Toni in. Deonna storms in after Toni, dodges the haymaker to tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA! FUJIWARA!! Toni endures, even as Deonna pushes way back! Toni rolls, Deonna rolls with her and keeps her from the ropes!

Toni continues to endure the Fujiwara Armbar, but she tucks and rolls to get a cover, TWO! Deonna has both arms now! Luther distracts the ref, the ref misses Toni tapping out! Mariah rushes in but Deonna BOOTS her down! Toni stands up to kick and reel Deonna in! STORM ZERO!! Cover, Toni wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

It took the entire supporting cast to make her look good, but Toni Storm is still our leading lady! Will nothing and no one take the spotlight away from her now?

 

Don Callis Family Feud: Will Ospreay VS Konosuke Takeshita!

The Aerial Assassin has finished with NJPW, and he is truly All Elite now! And to make his return to AEW truly special, Don Callis himself said this will be the match of a DECADE! The #BillyGoat and The Alpha battle as two of the best rope-to-rope wrestlers, and we’re about to see who’s the best! But the real question is, will the Family still be alright after tonight?

Speaking of Don Callis, he joins commentary to let us know, this is like Jordan VS Pippin 1v1! This is a dream match, the match of the decade, and you can all thank him for it! The bell rings and the fans fire up already! Ospreay and Takeshita circle, tie up, and Ospreay wrenches. Takeshita wrenches back, wristlocks, but Ospreay rolls, rolls and steps over to headlock. The fans sing “Ospreay~, Ospreay Ospreay Ospreay~! Ospreay~, Ospreay~!” Takeshita powers up but can’t power out of the headlock as Ospreay holds tight. Takeshita pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Ospreay turns things around.

The two end up on ropes, the ref counts, and Ospreay SLAPS Takeshita! Ospreay headlocks, Takeshita powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Ospreay ducks the right to ROCK Takeshita! Ospreay whips, Takeshita reverses but Ospreay ducks ‘n ‘dodges and RANAS! The fans fire up and Ospreay blows them a kiss. Ospreay drags Takeshita up, CHOPS him, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS and Takeshita grits his teeth! The fans fire up as Takeshita ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay CHOPS, Takeshita forearms, repeat! Takeshita fires a flurry, whips, but Ospreay reverses, only to get the TAKESHITA LINE!

Takeshita runs in at the corner to ROCK Ospreay, then keeps moving. Ospreay follows, Takeshita puts him on the apron, but Ospreay ROCKS Takeshita back! Ospreay goes up but Takeshita trips him up! Takeshita ROCKS Ospreay, then climbs up after him. The fans rally, Takeshita stands Ospreay up and SUPERPLEXES! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay grits his teeth as he toughs it out, but Takeshita clamps on a chinlock. Takeshita grinds Ospreay down, but Ospreay endures. Takeshita steps over to trap a leg, but the fans rally. Ospreay fights around, even as Takeshita grinds him. Ospreay throws elbows, stands up, but Takeshita fireman’s carries!

Takeshita WASTELAND SLAMS, goes up the corner, and then SUPER SENTONS! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay still shows that grit but Takeshita drags him up. Takeshita whips, then catches Ospreay into a SLEEPER! The fans rally with “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” as Ospreay fights up, but Takeshita CLUBS him down! Fans boo but Takeshita soaks it up. Callis talks up Takeshita’s genetic advantage of height and length. Takeshita dragon sleepers Ospreay, to then CLUB him back down! The fans boo but Takeshita just soaks it all up. Takeshita stands Ospreay up but Ospreay CHOPS! Ospreay CHPOS again and Callis says those are stiff.

Ospreay UPPERCUTS, whips, but Takeshita reverses. Ospreay catches Takeshita to the COBRA TWIST! Takeshita endures, powers out with a hip toss, then goes after Ospreay. Ospreay BOOTS from the corner, goes up and out to springboard in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! The fans fire up while both men are down! Ospreay stands, he fires shots on Takeshita, then whips. Takeshita reverses but Ospreay handsprings, NEURALIZER KICK! Takeshita tumbles out of the ring and the fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” Ospreay then aims to PLANCHA! Direct hit on Takeshita at the ramp! The fans fire up while Ospreay catches his breath.

Ospreay drags Takeshita up and puts him in, then reels him in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE!! Takeshita shows that grit now, throwing it back at Ospreay. Ospreay says okay, and he drags Takeshita back up. Ospreay reels Takeshita in but Takeshita fights the lift. So Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And winds up, to CHOP! Takeshita wobbles, Ospreay runs, but into a POP-UP LANDSLIDE! SICK KICK! The fans fire up as Ospreay bails out and Takeshita FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp!! The standing count starts and the fans cheer on “A E DUB! A E DUB!” The count passes 5 of 10 but both men are still down.

Takeshita sits up, he brings Ospreay up at 7 and puts him in the ring. Takeshita then goes up the corner and the fans rally. Takeshita vows to end it here, to SUPER DUPER SENTON onto knees!! Ospreay hurries to get Takeshita in a drop zone, then he goes up! LEAP OF FAITH but he has to bail out! Takeshita gets around, full nelsons, but Ospreay breaks that, only to get a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes and Callis says that might’ve been the best German Suplex he’s seen in his 34 years in wrestling! Takeshita eggs Ospreay on, brings him up, and fires boxing elbows!

Takeshita ROCKS Ospreay, ruins, but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! But Takeshita GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Takeshita runs, into the SPANISH FLY!! The fans are thunderous, it’s a standing ovation! Callis says Takeshita’s ahead on points, but the fans just know “This is Awesome!” A standing count begins, both men are still down at 5! Takeshita and Ospreay sit up at 7, and then they head for each other. Ospreay throws a forearm, Takeshita fires one back! Ospreay throws another, but so does Takeshita! Ospreay growls as he stands back up. Takeshita also stands, the forearms keep going!

Ospreay wobbles, but he fires another, only for Takeshita to hit right back! Takeshita fires a flurry, but Ospreay SUPERKICKS! Takeshita winds up, but he falls over! The fans fire up while the ref checks Takeshita. Takeshita stands, Ospreay ROCKS him again! Takeshita staggers around, Ospreay ROCKS him again! Takeshita sits down but Ospreay wants him to get back up. Ospreay winds up, ROLLING ELBOW!! Takeshita falls and the fans are thunderous! The ref has Ospreay stay back so he can check Takeshita. Takeshita’s hands are contorted and he’s twitchy, but he tells the ref to leave him alone.

Ospreay walks over, brings Takeshita up, and gives him some mocking kicks in the corner. The ref counts, Ospreay still digs his boot in, but then Takeshita fights up! Takeshita roars, reels back, and ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay staggers, sputters, but he fires up! The fans fire up with Ospreay, but Takeshita ROCKS him again! Ospreay just uses that, and he headbutts the buckles! Ospreay blocks a shot, fires Kawada Kicks, but Takeshita DECKS him!! The ref checks Ospreay now while Takeshita stands up. Takeshita shakes out the cobwebs and winds up the arm. Takeshita runs, but Ospreay slips through!

Ospreay gets Takeshita up, Takeshita slips through! Takeshita gets Ospreay up, Ospreay pops free! HOOK KICK! Underhooks, but Takeshita fights that! So Ospreay ENZIGIRIS, SUPERKICKS, and TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! The fans are thunderous, Ospreay calls his shot and springboards, but flies into BLUE THUNDER!! Cover, TWO!!! The fans are electric and Callis says they’re all witnessing history! The fans hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! The standing count is climbing but both men are stirring. Ospreay stands, but Takeshita runs up to RAM him, O’Conner Roll and CHAOS-

NO, Ospreay elbows free! Takeshita CLUBS Ospreay, but Ospreay BOOTS, ENZIGIRIS, SUPERKICKS, and then goes up, up and SUPER OS- NO, Takeshita blocks! Takeshita shoves, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Takeshita survives but Ospreay powers up the arm! Ospreay aims from the corner, runs in, but Takeshita DECKS him!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Both men stir as the standing count starts again. Ospreay goes to a corner and Takeshita gets the fans fired up again. Takeshita hauls Ospreay up to the top rope, but Ospreay throws hands!

Takeshita still climbs, Ospreay fires more shots, and Takeshita drops back. Takeshita drags himself back up, Ospreay throws shots, but Takeshita RAMS into him! But Ospreay slips under, tucks Takeshita in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Ospreay then hoists Takeshita up, climbs up after him, and SUPER- NO, Takeshita holds ropes! Takeshita hauls Ospreay up for a TOP ROPE BRAINBUSTER!!! The fans lose their minds, Callis himself thinks that may’ve injured Ospreay, and the ref hurries to check. Ospreay is clutching his back, Takeshita covers, TWO!!! Ospreay survives but Takeshita goes to a corner.

Takeshita takes aim and we get a look at the bruise on Ospreay’s back. POWER DRIVE KNEE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives again, the fans are thunderous again, and Takeshita brings down the kneepad. WAGAMA- NO!! Ospreay blocks that, but Takeshita HEADBUTTS and ELBOWS! Ospreay SUPERKICKS! Takeshita fights the suplex to suplex, but into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets Takeshita up and underhooks, to lift and STORM- NO, Takeshita slips free! Takeshita ducks the roundhouse and double pump-handles Ospreay, to flip him into the BASTARD DRIVER!!

And then deadlift WHEELBARROW GERMAN!! But Ospreay’s right up!? FLYING HIDDEN BLADE!! Cover, ONE?!?! Even Callis is losing his mind! Greensboro gives another standing ovation as Callis says you’ll never see something like this in another 100 years! Ospreay hurries to underhook and lift but Takeshita slips free again! DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOWS hit! Ospreay fires palm strikes and a BOOT! Ospreay runs, Takeshita ducks ‘n ‘dodges to LARIAT!! Takeshita aims, runs, POWER DRIVE- NO, POWERBOMB from Ospreay! Stack cover, TWO, but Ospreay brings Takeshita right into a STYLES CLASH!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric for this phenomenal match, and Ospreay underhooks again! TIGER DRIVER 91!! Ospreay throws off the elbow pad, takes aim, and HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

Just as Justin Roberts puts it, the winner of this unbelievable battle is none other than the Aerial Assassin! The fans boo as Callis gets in the ring, but he does want to make sure both his top stars are okay. And Kyle Fletcher makes his way out, too, also part of the Family and a best friend to Ospreay through the United Empire. Ospreay and Takeshita bow respect to one another, and the fans cheer again. Ospreay sees Kyle again after being apart for a few months.  And they hug it out! But BREAKING NEWS for AEW Dynamite! Ospreay must again fight a fellow Don Callis Family member as he goes up against Fletcher! Will the Billy Goat prove to the Aussie Arrow why he was the leader of the Empire?

 

[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage will begin later tonight]


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