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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/27/23)

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ROH Wrestling 2023

New chapter, same title chase!

Samoa Joe, Katsuyori Shibata, Claudio Castagnoli and Athena are all still champions in ROH after Death Before Dishonor! But then, who are next to step up?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Pure Rules Match: Josh Woods w/ The Varsity Athletes VS Eli Isom; Woods wins.
  • Trish Adora VS Vita Vonstarr; Adora wins.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Jacked Jameson & The Iron Savages; The Mogul Embassy wins and retains the titles.
  • Leyla Hirsch VS B3CCA; Leyla wins.
  • The Renegades VS Tiara James & JC; The Renegades win.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Christina Marie; Athena wins and denies Marie a title match.
  • The Kingdom VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams; The Kingdom wins.
  • ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: JD Drake VS Christopher Daniels; Daniels wins and advances to the next round.
  • Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Gabriel Hodder & Adrien Soriano w/ Matthew Omen; Lee & Bill win.
  • ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Tony Nese w/ The Varsity Athletes VS Cheeseburger; Nese wins and advances to the next round.
  • ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Gravity VS Anthony Henry; Gravity wins and advances to the next round.
  • ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Shane Taylor VS Serpentico; Shane wins and advances to the next round.
  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS The Trustbusters; Castle & The Boys win.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH shares part of the Death Before Dishonor Post Show Press Conference.

Katsuyori Shibata, having retained the ROH Pure Championship, used his phone to translate so he doesn’t get anything wrong. “Thank you, Tony, for reviving me as a wrestler. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Tony Khan thanks Shibata and Shibata thanks Tony back. With the belt still on The Wrestler’s waist, who will he meet next in another technical classic?

 

Katsuyori Shibata is here!

Speaking of the Pure Champion, he joins Jerry Lynn & Jimmy Jacobs as judges for tonight’s opening contest, because one of these men could be his next opponent!

Pure Rules Match: Josh Woods w/ The Varsity Athletes VS Eli Isom!

The Technical Beast has been building an undefeated streak under Pure Rules! Will Woods have the goods to challenge Shibata? Or will he not be able to bring down #InfiniteEli?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. We’re on the clock and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, end up on ropes, but the ref calls it a neutral break. The two reset, feel things out, and tie up again. Woods puts Eli on the ropes, the ref calls that Eli’s first ropebreak as he did grab the ropes this time. Sterling makes sure everyone knows it counts, and the two reset again. Woods and Eli tie up, Eli shoots in and waistlocks but Woods rolls free. Woods trips Eli, has both legs then steps over to a headlock. Fans rally up, Eli rolls but Woods powers out. Eli kicks Woods away, headlocks, but Woods spins Eli.

Eli slips through to waistlock, but Woods switches. Eli pries free, shoots around again to another waistlock, but Woods uses his legs to pry free. Woods whips Eli to a corner, Eli goes up and over and he arm-drags Woods! Woods arm-drags back, but Eli drags Woods back down! Eli keeps on the arm with a cording hold, but Woods fights up. Woods pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Woods whips Eli away. Eli goes up but Woods BOOTS him outta the air! Fans fire up and Woods drags Eli to stomp the arm! Fans boo and Eli gets away, but Woods throws hands on him! Woods wraps an arm around ropes and he pulls!

The ref counts, Woods lets off, that is a neutral break. Woods hammerlocks Eli’s arm, to RAM it into buckles! Fans rally but Woods wraps the arm around ropes again. But Eli throws a forearm! Woods cranks the arm, Eli forearms! Woods runs side to side to KNEE Eli in the arm! Woods stalks Eli, drags him up by his hair, and hammerlocks to RAM that arm into buckles again! Eli slumps down, but Woods drags him up. Woods whips but Eli blocks by holding ropes! This is Eli’s second, and we’re only four minutes into this. Woods whips again and YANKS the arm! Eli writhes on the mat, Woods pushes to a cover, TWO!

Woods keeps on Eli and drags him up. Fans chant “STERLING SUCKS!” while Woods RAMS shoulders with Eli. And again! Woods drags Eli up and Eli ROCKS Woods! And ROCKS him again! But Woods ROCKS Eli back! They go forearm for forearm and fans fire up for the brawl! Eli gets the edge and he ROCKS Woods! But Woods fires forearms all back, into Eli’s arm! Eli breaks free to ROCK, UPPERCUT, ELBOW and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up as Woods goes to a corner! Eli clutches the bad arm, fans rally up, and Eli runs corner to corner, FLYING FOREARM! And then a SOBAT, KNEE SMASH, and suplex!

But the arm give sup! Woods fireman’s carries Eli, but Eli slips free to waistlock! Woods bucks the O’Conner, but runs into a SPIN OUT BACK SUPLEX! Cover, ONE!! Eli is hurting too much to be upset, but fans rally behind him. Eli aims as Woods rises, and Eli roars as he brings Woods in! But Woods wrenches to reel Eli in! O’Conner Roll, and a SLAM into the ARMBAR!! Eli flails and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! That’s Eli’s last one and now Woods has him where he wants him! We hit seven minutes, and Woods drags Eli up to fisherman. But Eli slips out and DROPKICKS! Woods staggers to a corner!

Eli runs in but Woods puts him on the apron! Eli swings, but Woods catches him to a SLEEPER!! With no ropebreaks, Eli is in danger! This is just what Shibata did to Daniel Garcia! Eli fights, but Woods drags him back in so he can stare Shibata down! Eli is fading, then Woods lets him go, to run and PENALTY KICK!! And then, GORILLA LOCK!!! Eli taps, Woods wins!

Winner: Josh Woods, by submission

Just short of eight minutes, and the Technical Beast wins! But Sterling insists on talking… “Folks, you are looking at what should be the Face of the ROH Pure Division! And I’ll tell you why! 108 collegiate wins! FOUR-TIME All American! National Champion! Who else is a National Champion, huh!?” Sterling notes that they call Shibata “The Wrestler.” But Josh Woods IS the wrestler, the fighter, and the man who could take your head off whenever he wants! So here’s the challenge! Next week, for the ROH Pure Championship, Woods VS Shibata! What does Shibata say? Shibata steps from the judge’s desk and into the ring.

Fans fire up for Shibata as he steps right up to Woods, and holds up the belt! Consider that a yes! Sterling wants everything to wait, they don’t do anything without a contract. Will Sterling’s stable finally bring home some gold? Or will Shibata shut Sterling up when he shuts Woods down?

 

Backstage interview with Trish Adora.

Lexi Nair is with the AfroPunk and says at Death Before Dishonor in the Zero Hour, there was a great match between Adora and Leyla Hirsch, that unfortunately for Adora, she lost. What is next for Adora now? Adora says yes, she did lose. But a few months ago, a year ago, she would’ve let it destroy her and define her. But now she doesn’t roll along, she has her brothers in arms watching her six. So now, she focuses on redemption. Adora says for The Infantry and for ROH, she’s always down to shake hands. Will she get back on track with her match up next?

Trish Adora VS Vita Vonstarr!

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Vita pie faces Adora! The bell rings and Vita smirks as she and Adora circle. Fans boo Vita but she and Adora tie up. Adora pushes Vita back to ropes, but Vita puts Adora in a corner. They go around the way, the ref counts, and Vita lets off. Adora says okay, bring it then. They tie up and Adora headlocks. Vita pulls hair, powers out, but Adora runs her over! Fans fire up for Adora and she runs, but Vita drops. Adora blocks the hip toss to scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up more as Adora brings Vita up, and WRINGS her out! Adora drags Vita up, wrenches and WRINGS her out again!

Adora keeps on Vita, Alabama Lifts, and shifts around to have the INVERTED OCTOPUS! Vita endures as Adora stretches her! Fans rally, but Vita fights out! Adora wrenches but Vita throws Adora by her hair! Vita BOOTS Adora to a corner, talks some trash, and CHOPS! Vita then headstands so she can dig her boot into Adora’s chin! Vita lets off as the ring counts, and runs in to ELBOW! Vita suplexes and bridges! TWO! Adora escapes and fans rally up. Adora throws body shots, Vita CLUBS her, and Vita hooks Adora up into a proper OCTOPUS! Adora endures, fans rally, and Adora powers out to hit a BACKBREAKER!

Fans fire up and Adora fires off forearms on Vita! Vita staggers, runs in, but into a DOUBLE AX HANDLE! And another! Vita swings back but Adora dodges to CLOBBER Vita! And BOOT! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Vita is hanging tough but Adora says she’ll end it now. LARIAT- NO, Vita gets under and scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Adora survives and Vita is frustrated! Vita drags Adora up, suplexes, but Adora slips free and shoves! Vita rebounds, Adora dodges, LARIAT TUBMAN!! Cover, Adora wins!

Winner: Trish Adora, by pinfall

A direct hit and Adora is back in the win column! Will Adora help The Infantry soon climb up the ranks and take all the titles they can get?

 

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Jacked Jameson & The Iron Savages!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona brought down the team of Leon Ruffin, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato at Death Before Dishonor, but they might finally have run into a team that is their equal! As Jameson says himself, these challengers are jacked and juicy, but will they be large and in charge? Or will the Embassy refuse to sip the Savage Sauce?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who are truly the biggest and the baddest in ROH!

The Code of Honor is skipped, the trios sort out, and Dirty Bulk Bronson starts against The Machine. They tie up, Bronson headlocks, but Cage powers out. Cage hurdles, drops and CLOBBERS Bronson! Then Cage flexes to show off his bulk. Cage then scoops, but Bronson slips free to scoop! Bronson spins around then SLAMS Cage! Fans fire up as Bronson flexes! Bronson puts Cage in the corner, tags Beefcake Boulder, and whips him in to SPLASH! Tag to Jacked Jameson, and Boulder whips Jameson in to SPLASH! Then Jameson whips Boulder in to ELBOW Cage down! Jameson covers, TWO!

Jameson drags Cage up but Cage wrenches out to HEADBUTT, SOBAT, KICK and SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Cage tags Kaun. Cage stands Jameson up so Kaun can CHOP him in the corner! Kaun brings Jameson around, whips him to ropes and kitchen sink knees! And SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Nana talks trash while Kaun looms over Jameson. Kaun fireman’s carries, but Jameson slips off, CLUBS Kaun, and tags Bronson! Bronson blows past Kaun to BLAST Kage and DECK Liona! Kaun CLUBS Bronson but Bronson ROCKS Kaun with haymaker after haymaker! Bronson whips, Kaun reverses but Bronson DIVES onto Cage!

Cage is sent into the announce desk and fans fire up with Bronson! Kaun runs up, Bronson ROCKS him! But Liona gets under Bronson, only for Bronson to HIP DROP! Liona is the one getting squashed on the apron for once! But Kaun DROPKICKS Bronson and Liona still POWERBOMBS Bronson!! The Gates are all fired up and so is Nana! The Embassy puts Bronson in for Kaun to cover, TWO! Bronson is hanging tough but Kaun tags Liona. The Gates put Bronson in the corner, they SLAP each other, and Kaun whips Liona in to SPLASH Bronson! Then feed to a LARIAT from Kaun! Liona covers, TWO!

Liona clamps a claw onto Bronson, drags him up, and fans rally. Liona brings Bronson up but Bronson throws body shots! And haymakers! Liona HEADBUTTS Bronson back down! Liona drags Bronson up, whips him to the open corner, and tags Kaun. Liona then BLASTS Boulder and Cage BLASTS Jameson! Cage whips Kaun in at Bronson to clothesline! Cage adds an UPPERCUT! Liona adds a SPLASH! Kaun puts Bronson up top, CLUBS him, and goes up top for the TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER! Bronson flops to the apron, tag to Cage, but Liona APRON SENTONS! A return for just earlier!

Liona drags Bronson up for Cage to deadlift SUPERPLEX!! Cover, but Boulder breaks it in time! Fans fire up but Cage kicks Boulder out. Cage clamps a chinlock on Bronson, and fans rally as Bronson endures. Bronson fights to his feet, throws body shots, but Cage knees low! Cage ROCKS Bronson, whips him, but Bronson reverses! But Cage sunset flips over, so Bronson HIP DROPS him! Fans fire up as Bronson crawls for his corner! Cage also crawls, hot tags to Kaun and Boulder! Boulder rallies on the Gates! LARIAT for Kaun! Kaun staggers up, into a scoop and DROP! Cage runs in, but into a fireman’s carry!

Boulder start an AIR PLANE SPIN, and then he just TOSSES Cage away! Boulder choke grips Kaun, then grabs Cage! They break fere, dodge his lariats, but run into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK!! Fans fire up but Liona TOSSES Jameson off the apron! Liona steps to Beefcake and Nana distracts the ref! Boulder brings down the straps and fans fire up! Liona UPPERCUTS! Boulder comes back to ROCK Liona! The ref sees these behemoths brawling, Boulder fires off haymakers! Liona swings, but Boulder counter punches! Boulder whips, Liona reverses but Boulder ducks ‘n ‘dodges to FLYING SHOULDER!

Liona bails out, Kaun returns and dodges Boulder, but runs into a scoop! POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kaun survives but the fans fire up for Boulder! Boulder points to a corner, drags Kaun to a drop zone, and Boulder says he’s gonna do a flip! Fans want to see it, BOULDER MOONSAULT FLOPS as Kaun moves! Liona returns to CLOBBER Boulder! But Jameson is up top?! FLYING LARIAT takes out Liona! Cage tags in, he fireman’s carries Jameson for an F5!! Bronson tags in, dodges the discus and double grips, SKY HIGH BOMB!! Cover, Kaun breaks it!! Kaun gets around to fireman’s carry Bronson! AIR RAID CRASH!

Fans fire up as Kaun drags Jameson up. Jameson fires hands and SPINEBUSTERS Kaun! But Liona clinches to BELLY2BELLY Jameson! Boulder runs in, Liona dodges, Boulder’s BODY CHECK meets KNEE!! Liona storms over to drag Bronson up. Bronson fires off hands, runs, and he clotheslines Liona outta the ring! Cage returns to DISCUS LARIAT!! Jameson climbs again, but Cage catches him! OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Tag to Kaun, and they try to figure out what to do. Kaun underhooks, BIYAMBE!! Cover, The Embassy wins!

Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)

Jameson and the Savages put up a great fight, but the Embassy is becoming an unstoppable unit! Will these three have these titles until they decide to retire?

 

Leyla Hirsch VS B3CCA!

ROH continues to be LEGIT with Leyla climbing the ranks. Will she also be unstoppable on her way to the top? Or will she be looking past her opponent tonight and get caught?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Leyla kicks the handshake away. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Fans rally as Leyla shoves Becca away. The two reset and tie up, and Leyla headlocks. Becca powers up and out, but Leyla runs her over! Leyla flexes and fans are torn, but Becca rolls her up! ONE, and Leyla blocks a kick to make Becca do the splits! But Becca can do the splits, so she says neener-neener! Becca ducks Leyla’s kick but Leyla stomps Becca’s leg! And rolls Becca to her feet to LARIAT her back down! Fans are torn but Leyla stalks Becca to a corner. Leyla stomps a mudhole into Becca, and digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts.

Becca sputters, Leyla drags her up, GUT WRENCH PLEX! Leyla looms over Becca, kicks her around, and stalks her to a corner. Leyla whips Becca corner to corner hard, then runs in to clothesline! Leyla suplexes high and hard, and says “Too easy.” Leyla taunts the Becca fans, then wraps on a rear bearhug. Leyla squeezes and thrashes Becca around but Becca endures. Fans rally up, Becca fights up, and Becca throws elbows! Leyla lets go and Becca fires off forearms! But Leyla shoves Becca, swings, but misses! Becca SHOTGUNS and fans fire up! Becca runs in to UPPERCUT! Becca whips the other way, runs in, and BOOTS!!

Fans fire up with Becca as she snapmares Leyla, goes up a corner, and then leaps, but Leyla just moves outta the way! Becca crashes down, Leyla waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Becca flounders up, into a LEGIT KNEE! Cover, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by pinfall

Leyla smiles and mocks the Becca faithful before sarcastically keeping the Code of Honor. Will Leyla look to legitimize the ROH Women’s Division? But speaking of…

 

Backstage interview with Athena.

Lexi is with the AEW Women’s World Champion and says she is coming off a huge win off Willow Nightingale. But then Athena cuts Lexi off here, asking if Lexi is finally going to congratulate her on “breaking” Willow. Tequila, whiskey, mani-pedi, massage, any of that? If she wants to… Absolutely! But one thing Lexi can do for Athena right now is to tell the “cowards” in the locker room to just step up! Athena is so bored of beating local jobbers, porcelain hussies and talentless lacks. So once again, give Athena better competition, or else. See you later! Athena sends out the ultimatum to everyone, will anyone step to the Fallen Goddess?

 

The Renegades VS Tiara James & JC!

Charlette & Robyn return to action, looking to define themselves in ROH and perhaps create an ROH Women’s Tag Division! Will they start on that here tonight? Or will their opponents bring a world of hurt to ROH?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though with attitude from the Renegades. Charlette starts against JC and the two tie up. Charlette waistlocks, SLAMS JC down, and then talks trash. Charlette claps at Tiara then drags JC up. But JC kicks low, reels Charlette in, snap suplex! Cover, ONE! JC stays focused and whips Charlette but Charlette reverses. Robyn gets a cheap shot in but JC DECKS her! JC ROCKS Charlette, CHOPS her, ROCKS her again, and whips. Charlette reverses and distracts the ref, Robyn trips JC up! Tiara protests but Charlette tags Robyn in. Robyn CLUBS away on JC then runs to BLAST Tiara!

Robyn storms up, stomps JC, and she taunts the fans. JC goes to a corner, Robyn stands JC up and tags in Charlette. The Renegades double suplex, but JC fights it! They try again, hold JC up, and then SLAM her down! Cover, TWO! Charlette drags JC up, RAMS her into the Renegade corner, and tags Robyn back in. Charlette stomps JC, Robyn stomps JC, and then Robyn digs her boot in. The ref counts, Robyn lets off, and Robyn tags Charlette. The Renegades hush the fans, to DOUBLE CHOP JC down! Charlette CHOKES JC on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Charlette then tags Robyn back in, and they bring JC around.

The Renegades double suplex again, but JC fights free this time! Hot tag to Tiara! Fans fire up as Tiara rallies on Robyn! Tiara whips, Robyn reverses but Tiara CLOBBERS her! Tiara BOOTS Charlette and BULLDOGS! Fans fire up with Tiara and she kicks Robyn. Tiara reels Robyn in, but Charlette throws Tiara by her hair! JC runs in but the Renegades dodge to DOUBLE SUPERKICK! The Renegades drag Tiara up, Charlette tags back in, and Robyn feeds Tiara to the SLINGBLADE HART ATTACK! Cover, Renegades win!

Winners: The Renegades, by pinfall

A strong win for Charlette & Robyn, will they make a case for tag team wrestling in the Women’s Division?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Christina Marie!

The Fallen Goddess sent out the word, and surely someone is going to jump on this opportunity. Will that 32-0 streak be broken in the aftermath of Death Before Dishonor? Or will the only thing that breaks be another “porcelain” opponent?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though with some snark by Athena. And she pulls Marie in close to get up in her face! So Marie ROCKS Athena! The bell rings, Marie fires off, but Athena shoves her! Marie dodges, UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS and whips! Athena hits buckles hard, then Marie KICKS her in the back! Marie wrenches and whips but Athena reverses. Marie goes up and over and handsprings to SPLASH! Fans rally up and Marie snapmares Athena. Marie lines up the shot and KICKS Athena again! And then NECK SNAPPER! Cover, ONE!! Athena is tougher than that, but Marie runs to KICK her again!

Marie runs, but Athena TOSSES her to ropes! And then runs up to DECK her! Athena stomps Marie, dares her to get up, KICKS her, and then drags Marie up to throw her down! Athena CLUBS Marie, CLUBS her again and again and again, and says “This is MY show!” Marie rises, Athena runs in and SHOTGUNS Marie to the apron! And then she WRECKS Marie with a baseball slide dropkick! Fans cheer as Athena cheers herself on. Athena waits on Marie, and Marie rises up as the ring count climbs. Marie gets in at 8 of 10, but Athena is right there to bring her around and CLUB her down!

Athena drags Marie by her hair to put her on ropes, and CHOKE her! The ref counts, Athena lets off and she tells the ref he doesn’t tell her what to do! Athena drags Marie up, and THRASHES her in the ropes! The ref counts, Athena lets off, and then she CLUBS away! Athena counts them out for us, then fans join in! Athena goes all the way to nine, then BOOTS Marie for the tenth! Fans fire up, Athena runs back in and DECKS Marie again! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (denies Christina Marie a title opportunity)

33-0 in ROH, and Athena is not slowing down! Athena TOSSES Marie out of the ring, goes out after her, and RAMS her into railing! And then drags her around to RAM her into more railing! And then she runs up to BOOT Marie right down! Fans cheer the Fallen Goddess’ fury, but who will ever stop her dominance?

 

The Kingdom VS Rhett Titus & Tracy Williams!

At Death Before Dishonor, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven lost out on the ROH World Tag Team Championships once again. But the chase is never done! Will the OGK win big to build back up? Or will The Professional & The Hot Sauce do just the same?

The Code of Honor is upheld between these ROH staples. The teams sort out and Mike starts against Tracy. They tie up, go around, end up on ropes, and Mike has Tracy caught. The ref counts, Mike lets off but shoves Tracy. Tracy comes back, ties up and then ROCKS Mike! Mike CHOPS Tracy! Tracy forearms, Mike CHOPS, repeat, then Tracy DECKS Mike! Mike tags Taven and Taven runs in, but Tracy wants that arm! Taven moves around, whips Tracy away, and Mike gets a cheap shot in! Taven ENZIGURIS and then tags Mike. Mike brings Tracy around to whip into Taven’s BOOT! FOREARM! MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, ONE!!

Mike stomps Tracy and tags Taven back in. Scoop SLAM, and then Taven’s MACHO- NO, Taven has to land on his feet as Tracy moves! Tracy dodges Taven again, hot tag to Titus! Titus spins Taven to short arm LARIAT! Short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up as Titus wrenches and torture racks, AIRPLANE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Titus is frustrated but he keeps after Taven. Taven gets around the lariat, whips and knees low! Then Taven whips Titus into Mike’s knee! Titus ROCKS Mike, ducks Taven’s enziguri, but then Mike CLOBBERS Titus! Taven tags Mike in, Mike drags Titus around, CATAPULT into the GAMANGIRI!

Titus falls back onto Mike’s knees as Taven goes up, ELBOW DROP BACKBREAKER! Taven then BLASTS Tracy while Mike covers, TWO!! Titus survives and Mike is furious! Mike drags Titus up and around, whips him to the corner hard, and Taven keeps Titus in the corner. Mike ROCKS Titus, CHOPS Titus, then tags Taven. The Kingdom double whip to SPINEBUSTER and LIONSAULT onto knees! Titus saves himself and fans rally up! Hot tag to Hot Sauce! Tracy dodges Taven, BLASTS Mike, then CHOPS Taven! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Miek returns, Tracy blocks the kick to CHOP! And OLYMPIC SLAM!

Taven BOOTS Tracy, runs in but into a knee! Tracy goes up but Taven GAMANGIRIS! Taven climbs but Tracy fights back! TOP BUCKLE DDT! Fireman’s carry, KNEE BREAKER! And then Tracy trips Taven, ties those legs out, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! But Mike BOOTS Tracy down! But Titus clinches to BELLY2BELLY Mike! Tracy bumps Taven off buckles, Titus BOOTS him! Feed to an ELBOW, a DROPKICK, and a DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, MIKE BREAKS IT! Mike TOSSES Titus but Tracy drags Taven up! But Taven RAMS Tracy into the corner! Mike CLUBS Tracy, tags in, and he brings Tracy around.

But Tracy wrenches out to ROCK Mike! Mike and Tracy trade forearms and CHOPS, back and forth, harder and harder! Titus and Taven join in, but Mike clinches Titus for a SIDE EFFECT, and Tracy trips Taven! Tracy puts Taven in the HALF CRAB, Mike has Titus in the SHANKLY GATES!! They look to each other, and Mike SLAPS Tracy! Tracy forearms Mike! They brawl while making the others suffer! Tracy and Mike let off and fire off more shots! Titus and Taven return, but Mike and Tracy kick them low! Mike and Tracy are like mirror images as they both hit a PILEDRIVER!!

Fans fire up as Mike and Tracy just keep throwing shots! Mike SUPER- NO, Tracy swats it! But Mike SUPERKICKS! Tracy DISCUS LARIATS!! Tracy falls on the cover, TWO!! Mike survives and Maria rallies the fans! Mike crawls, as does Tracy, and they hot tag Taven and Titus! Titus DROPKICKS Taven! Fans fire up and Maria freaks out! Titus facelocks, he drags Taven up though he’s dead weight, and clinches, but Mike saves Taven from the suplex! Taven BOOTS back! Mike slides in, fireman’s carry! Taven BLASTS Tracy, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER and JUST THE TIP!! Mike then drags Titus up and the Kingdom hits PROTON PACK!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!

Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall

Maria is all smiles as Mike and Matt make the most of this match! They’re still rolling even without the titles, but will they be able to change that out before the year is over?

 

Backstage interview with Samoa Joe & Stokely Hathaway.

Lexi is with the ROH World Television Champion and one third of the Board of Directors, and she understands they have an announcement about Joe’s next challenger. Yes, Stokely spoke with Jerry Lynn & Tony Khan, and tonight begins another Contender Eliminator Tournament. Lexi says there seems to be some favoritism towards Joe, and Joe takes offense. Stokely? Showing favoritism to Joe? That is incorrect. Stokely makes his own decisions. Stokely’s the big boss! Right, Stokely? Stokely says yeah, that’s right. Joe says Stokely needs to tell the people who he is! Stokely says he IS Stokely Hathaway! He’s on the Board of Directors! This is HIS block! What he says goes!

Stokely is the Rough Rider of ROH! He barks it up, and says that Lexi needs to check the facts and get it right. Joe pats Stokely on the back and says, “Right?” Stokely says, “Yes, sir.” Well, one thing is clear, but it isn’t that Stokely is in charge. That aside, who comes out of this tournament ready to step the King of Wrestling Television?

 

ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: JD Drake VS Christopher Daniels!

One of the Workhorsemen clashes with The Fallen Angel in the kickoff of this newest contender tournament! But will Scrap Metal be able to scrap Daniels? Or will Daniels start towards redoing his ROH Grand Slam?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and JD puts Daniels in a corner. JD swings, Daniels dodges to CHOP and forearm! JD shoves Daniels away, Daniels dodges the chop to headlock but JD powers out. JD swings again, Daniels dodges and arm-drags! Daniels has the armlock and he grinds JD down. JD fights up, pulls an ear since Daniels is bald, but the ref counts either way. JD whips, Daniels gets under but JD elbows him away! JD runs but Daniels DROPKICKS JD down! Fans fire up, Daniels CLUBS JD again and again and again!

Daniels runs, but JD CLOBBERS him! Daniels stands back up but JD scoops and SLAMS him, then FALLING HEADBUTTS! Daniels clutches the shoulder, and JD soaks up the heat from Newark. JD drags Daniels up, brings him around, but Daniels fires body shots! JD ROCKS Daniels, CHOPS him against ropes, and JD brings Daniels to a snapmare. JD digs a knee into Daniels’ back, has the neck wrench, but fans rally as Daniels fights up. Daniels throws body shots, runs, and turns kitchen sink into roll-up! TWO, and JD stands to SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! JD SENTONS! And SENTONS again!

Fans want that one more time, and JD runs, but says nope, and he just stomps Daniels instead. Fans boo but JD doesn’t care, he drags Daniels up. Daniels throws body shots, but JD CLUBS him! And CHOPS him down! Daniels gets pissed and he CHOPS back! And again! JD CHOPS, Daniels CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” for the CHOP fight! JD knees low, ROCKS Daniels, then says good night, only to swing into a COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up as Daniels and JD are both down! Daniels goes to a corner, JD rises up, and Daniels runs in to forearm smash! Daniels keeps moving, and he forearm smashes again!

JD stays up so Daniels runs. Daniels dodges the haymaker, kicks the legs out, and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Fans fire up with Daniels as he brings JD up again. Daniels whips, JD reverses and runs in, but into a BOOT! Daniels goes up and leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! JD survives and Daniels grows frustrated. Daniels calls his shot, though, and he brings JD up. Underhooks, but JD back drops free! JD runs, and SHOTGUN BOOTS! Daniels goes to a corner, JD runs in, CANNONBALL! JD drags Daniels to a cover, TWO!! Daniels survives and JD grows frustrated. JD storms around, drags Daniels to a drop zone, and then stomps him again.

JD goes up the corner, to MOONSAULT! But he FLOPS as Daniels moves! Daniels clinches, URENAGE! And now Daniels goes to a corner and fans fire up! BEST MOONSAULT EVER!! Cover, Daniels wins!

Winner: Christopher Daniels, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The Fallen Angel fell the Workhorseman, but he shows JD respect with the Code of Honor. Will Daniels take this all the way to another match with old rival, Samoa Joe?

 

Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey VS Gabriel Hodder & Adrien Soriano w/ Matthew Omen!

The team of #TAIGASTYLE and the human skyscraper reunites, ready to prove themselves worthy of tag title opportunities. Will Moriarty & Morrissey overcome Primal Fear to head for the titles?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Lee starts against Soriano. They circle, tie up, and Lee wrenches to headlock, and he wrangles Soriano right down, BORDER CITY STRETCH! Soriano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Lee lets off and fans rally up. Lee UPPERCUTS Soriano, whips him to ropes, but Soriano reverses. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges and runs Soriano over! Lee strikes the Heisman, runs in, but into a BOOT! Soriano runs but Lee trips him and stops a leg, then basement dropkicks! Lee kips up and fans fire up. Lee taunts Hodder, then brings Soriano up. Soriano fries hands, Lee blocks a kick, but Soriano SLAPS Lee!

Tag to Hodder and he runs up, ducks a haymaker, then jumps over the dropdown, but Lee DROPKICKS him! Lee rains down fists on Hodder, the ref reprimands over closed fists, but Lee lets off. Lee drags Hodder up, wrenches him, and fans want Big Bill! But Hodder short arm LARIATS Lee! Tag to Soriano, and Hodder runs in at the corner to SPLASH Lee! Soriano runs in to forearm smash! Hodder RAMS into Lee and Soriano GAMANGIRIS! Primal Fear fires up and fans are torn. But Lee tags Bill! Fans fire up as Bill flexes with Primal Fear, and then they turn around. Omen says do something, but Bill DOUBLE LARIATS them!

Bill SPLASHES Soriano in a corner, SPLASHES Hodder in a corner, then SPLASHES Soriano again! And then he BOOTS Hodder down, whips Soriano and scoops, BIG BOSS MAN SLAM! Fans fire up with Bill and he raises the hand! Soriano staggers up, Bill choke grips, and he pick Soriano up. Bill holds Soriano up so Lee can DIVE to take out Hodder & Omen! SKYSCRAPER CHOKE SLAM! Cover, Bill & Lee win!

Winners: Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

This team is back at it and get another win! Will they be the ones facing Aussie Open for those ROH World Tag Team Championships down the line?

 

ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Tony Nese w/ The Varsity Athletes VS Cheeseburger!

The Premier Athlete has been going on and on and on about his physical fitness, and he certainly doesn’t eat greasy fast food. But will that mean this All Beef Underdog be too much for Nese and his eight pack? Or will Nese chew him up, spit him out, and move on to the next round?

Of course Sterling has to talk… And he says his client has something to say. Nese tells New Jersey, “There’s a reason why all of you are sitting out there, and this beautiful body is on TV. Because this beautiful body is championship material, and soon, I’m gonna have the hardware to back it up.” And Nese says it is fitting that his opponent’s name is “Cheeseburger.” Yeah, the “tubbies” would cheer for a fattening food. “Did you all know that cheeseburgers are destroying this country!?” Fans rally up for “CHEESE-BUR-GER! CHEESE-BUR-GER!”

But Nese says he has amazing news. Before he throws Burger in the trash, he’s gonna help the fans burn off the burgers they’ve been stuffing down all day! Because right here and now, they’re gonna do GROUP TRAINING! Nese wants everyone to stand up and stretch! Raise your hands to the sky, stop sitting on your asses! Let’s do jumping jacks! But wait, here comes Cheeseburger! Fans fire up as New Jersey’s own is ready for a fight! The bell rings and Burger offers the Code of Honor. Nese accepts it reluctantly, and then rushes in! Burger gets around, waistlocks, but Nese reaches back. Burger avoids the headlock to ROCK Nese!

Nese RAMS Burger to a corner and fires off fast hands! The ref counts, Nese lets off and he fires up! Fans rally for Burger as Nese whips him corner to corner. Burger goes up and around and baits Nese into knuckle locks. Burger wrenches, sticks a leg out as bait and Nese falls for it. Burger leap frogs, says kiss this, then slides under to block a haymaker to body shot! Burger wrenches, climbs up onto Nese, and has the escalara armlock! Burger flexes, then traps that arm to TWEAK it! Burger kips up and fans fire up! Nese goes to ropes, Burger runs in and wrenches to ELBOW BREAKER! Burger fires off on the arm, then has Nese in a corner.

Nese blocks the whip by holding ropes, but Burger keeps trying. Nese kicks low, whips Burger to the corner, and runs in, but only gets buckles as Burger goes to the apron! Burger goes up but Nese trips him up! TOP SHELF KICK! And then GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Nese scowls as Burger survives, but the fans rally up. Nese stomps Burger, drags him up, and puts him up top. Nese puts Burger in the Tree of Woe, then he goes to the far corner. Fans boo but Nese runs in, to then sit down and do AB CRUNCH KICKS! The ref counts, Nese lets off at 4, and Burger flops out of the Tree. Nese then wraps on the body scissors!

Burger endures the squeeze and fans rally up. Burger throws elbows, shifts around, and he rains down fists! Nese pushes Burger away, then he ROCKS Burger with a left! Nese reels Burger in, suplexes, but Burger blocks! Nese ROCKS Burger again, reels him back in, and he mocks the fans rallying up. Nese suplexes, but Burger knees back! Nese still holds on, but Burger knees free! Nese SOBATS, mocks the fans, but Burger suplexes Nese! Fans fire up with Burger and he rises to his feet! Nese goes to a corner, Burger runs in to forearm SMASH! And then BULLDOG! Burger drags Nese up but Nese shoves him away.

Burger cartwheels to evade, and he SUPERKICKS! Nese staggers, fans fire up as Burger heats it up, SHOTEI!! Cover, TWO!??! Nese survives the strike handed down from Jushin Thunder Liger! But Burger says he won’t stop there, he goes for an arm! But Nese RAMS him into buckles, and fireman’s carries! But Burger pries on the arm! Burger waistlocks, Nese switches, Burger switches, repeat! Burger then changes the pattern up to DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives but the fans are with Burger! Burger reheats it, but Sterling distracts! Fans boo, Nese runs in, but Burger dodges! Backslide, roll through, Nese slips under to pump handle!

Nese scoops, LANDSLIDE! Cover, Nese wins!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Fans boo as the Varsity Athletes screw over Burger! Nese flexes on Burger as he moves on, but will he be able to make it to the finals?

 

ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Gravity VS Anthony Henry!

The brother of Bandido lost to Pac on Dynamite, and he certainly won’t forget The Bastard now. But will Gravity rise back up towards a title opportunity? Or will the Saint of Augusta make up for JD Drake falling just earlier tonight?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Henry kicks the handshake. The bell rings, the two circle, and Henry trips Gravity, goes after an arm, and he wrenches Gravity to a top wristlock. Henry brings Gravity down but Gravity bridges up! Gravity flips through the armlock to arm-drag, and then he kips up! Fans cheer as Gravity eggs Henry on. They tie up, Henry wrangles Gravity again, steps on him, then brings him up. Henry wrenches and wrangles Gravity but Gravity kips and bounces and keeps going, and fans cheer as he goes for about TEN! But Henry lets go and Gravity drops! Fans boo but Henry goes back for the arm.

Henry wrenches, Gravity spins to headlock, then Gravity wrenches to a wristlock. Henry rolls, handsprings, wrenches, but Gravity handsprings through the wringer! Fans cheer, but Henry BOOTS Gravity down! Henry calls Gravity stupid, and he whips Gravity to ropes. Gravity holds ropes, BOOTS back, then dumps Henry out! Gravity ROCKS Henry, builds speed, and fans fire up as Gravity FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up and Gravity brings Henry up. Gravity whips but Henry reverses, only for Gravity to handstand on the apron. But Henry SUPERKICKS, then APRON BACK SUPLEXES!

Henry stands on the apron, and he traps Gravity’s head to NECK TWIST! Fans boo but Henry soaks it up. Henry looms over Gravity, mocks the fans cheering, and he eggs Gravity on. So Gravity CHOPS! And CHOPS! And shoves, ducks, leaps, but into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Henry keeps on Gravity with another NECK TWIST! And he holds onto the neck! Gravity gets free but Henry drags Gravity back up. Henry snapmares Gravity, puts some stank on the kick pad, but then clamps on a neck wrench! Henry then KICKS Gravity in the back! Gravity writhes but Henry mocks the fans as they boo.

Henry scuffs Gravity, eggs him on, and fans rally. Henry stomps a hand and shouts at Gravity to get up! Gravity rises, Henry brings him around, but Gravity CHOPS! And CHOPS! Henry throat chops! Th ref reprimands, Henry whips but Gravity reverses to trophy lift! But Henry slips free! Henry waistlocks, but Gravity throws elbows and Henry staggers away! Gravity runs in, Arabian Press ARM-DRAG! Gravity runs, ducks n’ dodges and handspring BACK ELBOWS! Then trophy lift, and the MILITARY PRESS DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Gravity keeps his focus and he hurries up the corner!

Fans rally up for “GRA-VI-TY!” but Henry yanks him down! Henry swings, misses, Gravity tilt-o-whirls and hooks Henry up, MOUSE TRAP into a GROUND OCTOPUS! Henry endures and powers his way around to a STRETCH MUFFLER! Gravity endures, sits up and slips around, sunset flip! TWO and Henry PENALTY KICKS! Henry drags Gravity up, fisherman for a SPINNING AOI SHODO!! Cover, TWO!?!? How did Gravity survive!? But Henry doesn’t hesitate, he goes right up! DIVING DOUBLE- NO, Gravity dodges! Henry ROCKS Gravity, CLUBS him, then reels him in! Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER DDT! Cover, TWO!!!

Henry is furious but the fans fire back up! Henry paces as Gravity stirs. Gravity rises up again, but he ducks the roundhouse to CHOP! Henry still storms up, but Gravity ROCKS him with forearm after forearm! Henry ROUNDHOUSES after all! And ENZIGURIS! Henry runs, but Gravity spins him around, KNEES and SNAP POWERSLAMS!! Gravity puts Henry in a drop zone, goes up top, and GRAVITY SPLASH! Cover, Gravity wins!

Winner: Gravity, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

The semifinals just got a lot more high octane as this rising star joins the field! Will Gravity bring down the competition to then challenge Samoa Joe?

 

ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament, Opening Round: Shane Taylor VS Serpentico!

And the opening round wraps up as Big Bad Shaney T. meets #SNAKEMAN! Who will be the fourth man in and the fourth man out on the night?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Shane slaps the hand away. The bell rings, fans rally as Shane and Serpentico circle. Serpentico dodges a haymaker to fire a forearm, then he bobs ‘n’ weaves! Serpentico SLAPS Shane, but Shane choke grips! Serpentico breaks free, fires off fast hands, but Shane blocks the whip! Shane whips Serpentico to scoop him, but Serpentico RANAS Shane to a corner! Serpentico GAMANGRIS, then CHOPS! Serpentico fires off forearms and ROCKS Shane! Fans rally up, but Shane shoves Serpentico down! And DECKS him! Shane is all fired up, and he drags Serpentico back up.

Shane TOSSES Serpentico across the ring! Serpentico writhes, Shane storms up and drags Serpentico up. “Now we having fun, right?” Shane TOSSES Serpentico again! Shane grins as Serpentico flops out of the ring. Shane drags him back in, then stands on Serpentico at the ropes! The ref counts, Shane steps away at 4, then he runs in to BACK BODY BLOCK! Shane runs, rolls and LARIATS Serpentico inside out!! Cover, TWO!! Serpentico survives but Shane is just amused. Shane drags Serpentico up, scoops him, but Serpentico slips free! Serpentico goes to a corner, Shane storms up but into a SUPERKICK! But Shane BODY SHOTS in return!

Shane watches Serpentico writhe and flounder. The ref wants Shane to hold on while he checks Serpentico, but Shane says no thanks! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Cover, TWO!?! Serpentico hangs tough but Shane grins as he gets to do more damage. Shane slaps Serpentico around, talks some trash, and Serpentico wants mercy. Fans rally, Shane says no mercy. So Serpentico flips him off! Shane bends that finger! Serpentico avoids the haymaker, mule kicks, ROCKS and SUPERKICKS! Serpentico runs in at the corner, but Shane puts him on the apron. Serpentico GAMANGIRIS again!

Serpentico climbs while Shane staggers, and Serpentico CROSSBODIES! But Shane catches him with ease! Serpentico throws elbows and gets free, but Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT! RIPCORD URENAGE! Then the SPLASH DOWN! Cover, Shane wins!

Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

And there you have it! Shane was once a dominant ROH World TV Champion, will he dominate this tournament to reestablish his reign?

 

Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS The Trustbusters!

We saw the Mogul Embassy hold onto the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships, and we’ve seen The Peacock & Tate Twins battle them for those titles. Will Castle & The Boys win here to get just one more crack at Cage, Kaun & Liona? Or will go belly up against Slim J, Jeeves Kay & Sonny Kiss?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the trios sort out, and Jeeves starts with Castle. Jeeves talks trash on Castle, but Castle ROCKS Jeeves! And whips him to the corner, and BOOTS him! Tag to Brandon, tag to Brent, and they double whip to double leap frog and DOUBLE ARM-DRAG! Cover, ONE! Brent keeps on Jeeves but Jeeves throws hands! Tag to Kiss, Kiss & Kay mug Brent, then Kiss digs a boot into Brent’s face! The ref reprimands, Kiss lets off and then waits on Brent. Brent gets away to tag in Castle and fans cheer this rare encounter. Castle and Kiss circle, tie up, and Castle puts Kiss into a corner.

The fans rally, the ref counts, and Castle lets off. But then Kiss SLAPS Castle! Castle scowls, runs up, but Kiss dodges, Castle dodges, Kiss dodges, repeat! And again, and again! Fans fire up as the dodging continues again and again! Castle stops the cycle, then runs in, but into a headscissor and ax kick! Kiss goes up, leaps, but into Castle’s arms! EXPLODER! Tag to Brent and he runs in to ROCK Kiss! Brent whips, Kiss reverses but Slim trips Brent up! Brent ELBOWS Kiss away, Slim runs in but Brent TOSSES him out! Brent SHOTGUNS Jeeves but Kiss DECKS Brent! Then SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!

Kiss tags Jeeves and Jeeves runs up to ROCK Brent! Jeeves scoops to SLAM and SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeeves has Kiss jump in, and Jeeves says, “You wanna see something cool?” Jeeves back suplexes but Brent lands on his feet! But then Kiss back suplexes, only for Brent to land out of it again! Wow, that was cool! Brent staggers back, Kiss runs in but into a BOOT! Brent ELBOWS Slim down, Jeeves runs in but Brent goes up and over! Hot tag back to Castle! Fans fire up as Castle rallies on Jeeves! Jeeves dodges one but not the next! Kiss runs in, but gets an ELBOW! Slim runs in, but gets an EXPLODER!

Jeeves returns, to get an EXPLODER! Fans fire up with Castle and he looks around. The Trustbusters are all down on the outside, and he asks who is legal? Well that doesn’t matter! “BRING ME A BOY!” Brandon runs in, Castle LAUNCHES him onto Kiss & Slim! Then Castle TOSSES Brent onto Jeeves! Brent puts Jeeves in, Castle hoists him up, but Jeeves claws free! Jeeves POSTS Castle, rolls Castle up, with tights! TWO!! Castle escapes but Jeeves snarls. Jeeves whips, Castle reverses and Jeeves ends up on the apron. Jeeves shoulder sin, slingshots up and over, but into the Alabama! BANGARANG!! Cover, Castle & The Boys win!

Winners: Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall

A great win for this trio, but it is a long climb back up the mountain. Castle says he isn’t having fun, because the fans are in danger! The fans are seeing things they don’t need, but they do need Castle! The Peacock is all fired up, but will that fire help him burn a path back to a title?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode, but I’m a little disappointed they made this episode two hours. Though at the same time, they sprung the entire first round of a new contender tournament on us. We got a good promo from Joe and Stokely to introduce it, though. And great matches from all four first-round match-ups, though I knew Shane would basically squash Serpentico. As fun as Castle & The Boys VS Trustbusters was, because Castle is always fun to watch, I would’ve made one of the tournament matches the main event. Probably Gravity VS Henry, but a main event win might’ve been too much for Gravity this soon. I figured Daniels would beat JD, and Nese VS Burger was really good stuff. But I suppose Nese winning makes sense, Daniels needs a Heel to fight next round.

And going back to Castle & The Boys, I don’t know why ROH would build them back towards the Six Man titles again. As much as fans love that team, they’ve already faced the Embassy and lost. The Embassy VS Iron Savages was a great match, and a great first match in ROH for Jameson, but I figured the Embassy would retain. I really have no idea what team will dethrone these guys, they’re being booked almost too strong. Maybe whatever trio comes out of the Blackpool Combat Club VS Death Triangle VS Best Friends & Cassidy will be seen as contenders and they’re the ones who take down The Embassy.

Great Pure Division stuff to open the night, though Shibata was mostly a judge so Woods and Sterling could call him out in person. Shibata VS Woods for next week is going to be awesome stuff, I’ve always liked Woods as a wrestler, but I don’t see Woods being the guy to dethrone Shibata. Likewise, we’re still seeing Athena just demolish everyone. Willow was the best chance and they chose not to go with her at Death Before Dishonor. I suppose we’re on the long wait for Leyla to build herself up, and she got a good win tonight, but so did Adora. This feels like the same vibe as me thinking Mark Briscoe should’ve won the ROH World TV title, but at least ROH gives multiple women matches a night.

Great match from Kingdom VS Titus & Tracy, and great win for The Kingdom, but I honestly can’t be sure what they’re to do now that Aussie Open has the ROH tag titles. Aussie Open ain’t losing a thing until they’ve loaded up on belts, such as regaining the NJPW Strong Openweight and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. And Kingdom isn’t gonna get the AEW World Tag titles. Even with FTR VS MJF & Adam Cole on Saturday, the winner of that is not going to lose to The Kingdom. Though I would love if The Kingdom interacted with MJF & Cole to heap on more of the “many friends of Adam Cole.”

My Score: 8.7/10


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

LIGHTS OUT!

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Now this is a LEGIT grudge match!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Athena is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Dalton Castle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Lance Archer & The Righteous, by pinfall

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

 

MXM Collection speaks.

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

 

Red Velvet VS Maya World!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

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

 

Evil Uno is here!

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

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

Evil Uno VS Katsuyori Shibata!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by referee stoppage

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

 

Shane Taylor speaks.

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

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

 

Queen Aminata VS Mackenzie Morgan!

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

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

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

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall

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

 

Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jack Perry speaks.

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

 

Toni Storm is here!

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

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

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

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

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

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

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9.1/10


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