Paving the road to SummerSlam!
Tensions on Raw are high, and so are the stakes! If Becky Lynch loses to Zoey Stark again, she must TATTOO #ThankYouTrish on her chest! But if she wins, she gets a match with Trish Stratus at SummerSlam!
- Big Time Stakes: Becky Lynch VS Zoey Stark w/ Trish Stratus; Becky wins and will face Trish at SummerSlam.
- NXT North American Championship: Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley & Damian Priest VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens; Dom wins and retains the title.
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
- Liv Morgan VS Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio; No Contest.
- Damian Priest VS Apollo Crews; Priest wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Imperium; McIntyre wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Judgment Day is in the ring.
At least, Rhea Ripley, Damian Priest & Finn Balor are. Fans are torn, but Priest welcomes us to the show, and tells us to ALL RISE for the Judgment Day! And he says tonight, they’re in Tampa! And Rhea says they don’t just run Raw, they run ALL of the WWE! Finn says that’s because they have the unbeatable Women’s World Champion in Rhea! They have Senor Money in the Bank in Damian! And yours truly, the next World Heavyweight Champion in Finn. But before they get to the man of the moment, let’s take a look at what he achieved just last week! They of course mean last Tuesday on NXT when Dominik Mysterio stole- er, won the North American Championship.
The video package at least shows it without bias or editing: the Judgment Day all helped Dom win the match, Wes Lee couldn’t withstand a 4v1 attack like that. In the present, Rhea takes the honor of introducing the NEW NXT North American Champion, “the hardest man I know, my Latino Heat, Dirty Dominik Mysterio!” Fans boo as Dom makes his way to the ring and shines up the belt as he holds it up. Dom says he IS your “fighting” NXT North American Champion! And to celebrate his greatness, they have another video package! It’s all highlights of Dom as he says “I’m not afraid of anyone in the world.”
Fans boo even more but the Judgment Day all smiles. Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Dom repeats he is the NEW NXT North American Champion! But wait, who is this? It’s KEVIN OWENS & SAMI ZAYN! Fans cheer the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, and Kevin says, “Correct me if I’m wrong, but… I’m almost sure we did this last week, didn’t we? They came out, they stood in the ring and tried to look all menacing and scary, and they talked for awhile. And then the one with the mullet, Dom I think is his name, he tried to talk and nobody wanted to listen to him, right? I didn’t dream that, right?” Fans cheer, Kevin is remembering correctly.
Kevin then says that what really upsets him about this is when people don’t learn. When you teach them a lesson and they still don’t learn. THEY DIDN’T LEARN, so Kevin is gonna say this again: No one cares what Dom has to say, EVER!! Dom is so desperate for respect, so passionate about this industry, he has videos to convince people, but if he wants to help this industry is to shut his mouth forever! Dom say she will NOT be disrespected! He is a champion now! Sami says that is a good point. Dom is being disrespected, yes. But… That’s only because no one here respects him. It’s an easy thing to grasp!
But here’s a way Dom can win respect. SHUT UP! No, hold on. What if Dom went 1v1 with one half of the Undisputed Tag Team Champions tonight? Dom VS Sami in Tampa here tonight! Fans like the sound of that, and Dom says okay, Sami wants some of Dirty Dom. Then come get some, “Baby Rojo!” Oh, okay, just a reminder, though. When they all had a tag team match, the Judgment Day made a whole stink about how the tag titles weren’t on the line. So if Dom is a fighting champion, the way he just said he is, then he’d put his title on the line tonight. Fans REALLY like that idea!
Rhea says Dom accepts! Dom looks worried, though. Will his reign still be cut short at just six days? Or will the Judgment Day again have his back?
Big Time Stakes: Becky Lynch VS Zoey Stark w/ Trish Stratus!
The Man wants a fight with the legend, but she has to go through the protégé to get it! Will Becky win big time to force Trish into a rematch? Or will Becky lose and be forced to tattoo herself with three awful words, “Thank You Trish?”
Raw returns and Stark makes her entrance, Trish by her side. The bell rings and the two rush in! Becky sends Stark into a corner, fires off haymakers and stomps! The ref backs Becky off but then Becky fires off more fists! Stark shoves Becky, Becky dodges and CLOBBERS Stark! Cover, ONE! Becky goes for an arm but Zoey scrambles out of the ring! Fans boo and Becky is fired up. Stark goes to the apron but Becky DECKS Her! Becky runs, slides, but Stark dodges the dropkick! Becky still ROCKS Stark with forearms, then puts her in the ring. Tampa rallies behind Becky as she clinches but Stark goes up a corner!
Becky CLUBS Stark on the back, but Stark fights off the bomb. Stark mule kicks Becky away, hops down then springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Trish argues the count but Stark drags Becky up. Stark ROCKS Becky, runs, but Becky dodges the knee! Stark runs in but is sent into buckles! Becky KICKS then CLOBBERS Stark, cover, TWO! Stark goes to the apron, and she HOTSHOTS Becky to then throw her by her air! INSIDE-OUT ARABIAN SENTON! Cover, TWO! Becky is still in this and Trish looks worried as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Becky throws Stark into barriers! And again! And again! Trish complains, the ring count climbs, but Becky puts Stark in at 5 of 10. Becky climbs and fans fire up, for the MAN’S LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Trish is relieved but Becky knows that means she’s worried. Fans rally for Becky and she drags Stark up and around. Stark whips, Becky BOOTS her! Stark comes back, but Becky puts her in the ropes to ROCK, UPPERCUT and SOBAT! Becky goes to the corner, but Stark avoids the guillotine leg drop! Becky ROCKS Stark again to dropkick the legs out! And then FLYING FOREARMS from the apron!
Becky puts Stark in but Trish HEADBUTTS Becky!! Trish shoves Becky in and Stark SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and fans are thunderous! Trish is furious her screw job didn’t work! Stark hammers Becky and tells fans to shut up as they cheer Becky on. Stark scoops Becky but Becky blocks Z360 to hit a BECKSPLODER! Fans fire up, Becky runs in but misses in the corner! Stark GAMANGIRIS, goes up top, but Becky ROCKS Stark first! Becky climbs up after Stark, brings her up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Roll through tot he ARMBAR!! Stark flails, kicks around, stacks Becky, and deadlifts for a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Becky survives and Trish is worried again. Fans continue to rally behind Becky but Stark drags her to a drop zone. Stark goes up the corner, to PHOENIX- NO, she has to roll through as Becky moves! She returns, MANHAN- NO, Stark victory rolls! TWO, Becky has it, TWO! INTO THE DISARM-HER!! Stark flails, but Trish throws her mask into the ring! Becky DECKS Trish, but Stark rolls her up! TWO!!! Becky escapes but now Stark wants an arm! Becky spins to throw Stark out, but Stark HOTSHOTS her away! Stark then springboards, but Becky catches her! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (will face Trish Stratus at SummerSlam)
Trish is furious that none of her tricks stopped Becky! Now she has no choice but to face Becky one more time! Will this big some big time payback for The Man in Motor City?
Cody Rhodes is here!
Tampa fires up for the American Nightmare and sings his song, “WHOA~ OH!” The pyro goes off, but Cody keeps his left arm close to him after Brock Lesnar tried to break it just last week. Cody then goes to the ring and climbs up on the corner, “WHOA~ OH!” for more pyro. Cody then gets a mic and says, “So, Tampa Bay… Whaddya wanna talk about?” His friends at home should forgive him, he has to turn around to see everyone here tonight. Fans cheer as Cody looks at the crowd opposite hard cam. Cody then turns back to bring up we’ve all seen the clip of Lesnar beating him up. With a chair. In front of Cody’s own mother.
Admittedly, Cody didn’t have that on his 2023 bucket list, but is he surprised? No. If anything, Cody is impressed. We’re talking about Brrrock…. Lesnar…! Who hasn’t even had five professional fights before winning the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Who hadn’t even played football before and made it on an NFL team. And a man who is simultaneous with SummerSlam. So surprised? No. Impressed? Yes. You wanna know who wasn’t impressed? Cody’s mom, Michelle Runnels. She wasn’t impressed. Remember, she is the same lady who watched Terry Funk throw fire at Dusty’s face. Who was drinking with Gordon Solie at the Colombia!
Fans fire up and Cody says if anything, Brock and Cody’s mother know what Cody’s about to say, and that is that Brock made a mistake. The mistake wasn’t beating Cody up in front of his friends and family. It was that he left Cody breathing! Cody takes a deep breath, and says now, he doesn’t wanna just go to SummerSlam to win a tiebreaker. he wants to embarrass Lesnar! Cody knows there are a bunch of people freaking out over Cody saying that! Cody’s poking the bear! No, he’s SLAPPING the bear across the face and saying come and get it!
Fans fire up and cheer Cody on as he continues to say that he doesn’t just wanna beat Lesnar because of the positive ramifications it’ll have on Cody’s life and career. He doesn’t wanna beat Lesnar just because this is personal. Cody wants to beat Lesnar because it’s what Lesnar deserves! So when Cody is old and grey, smoking a Fuente 858, he can open the chapter about him and Lesnar, he’ll know it wasn’t pretty, but he’ll know he penned the final paragraph! So then, Lesnar, at SummerSlam, Cody ends this! The American Nightmare is fired up and Tampa is fired up with him! Will Cody tear down Suplex City when he arrives in Motor City?
Backstage interview with Ricochet.
Jackie Redmond catches up with The One and Only to ask him his thoughts on Logan Paul showing up tonight on Raw. Ricochet says he is thrilled that Logan actually accepted the invitation. But Ricochet doesn’t get Logan, though. Logan shows up late, comes and goes as he pleases, why? Because he’s a YouTube star? Hilarious. But when Logan does show up, there is business they’ll take care of. So everything Ricochet is going to say to Logan, he’ll wait to say to Logan’s face.
NXT North American Championship: Dominik Mysterio w/ Rhea Ripley & Damian Priest VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!
The Judgment Day all but handed this title to Dirty Dom last Tuesday, and Mami even helped him hold onto it last Tuesday. Can Dom gain respect by doing this on his own for once? Or will he call upon Rhea and Damian to save him against Sami, too?
Raw returns as Dom makes his entrance, the Judgment Day by his side. The introductions are made, the NXT belt is raised, and we see if Dom survives his first week!
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Dom headlocks and grinds Sami down. Sami fights up, powers out, then drops and hurdles and arm-drags! Sami has the armlock but Dom fights up. Dom pulls hair and has Sami on the ropes. The ref counts, Dom whips but Sami reverses. Dom holds ropes but Sami clotheslines him up and out! Sami then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on Dom and the Judgment Day is furious as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Sami fires off on Dom in the corner! Rhea tells fans to stop chanting for Sami but the ref counts. Sami lets off at 4, then climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count all the way to TEN, and fire up as Sami brings Dom around. Sami scoops to SLAM Dom, then he goes up the corner. But Rhea distracts and Priest SHOVES Sami down! But Kevin CLBOBERS Priest! Fans fire up but the ref sees Kevin on the apron! Kevin explains what was going on but the ref doesn’t hear it, he EJECTS Kevin! Fans boo as the wrong person gets punished, but then he says Mami & Priest are ALSO EJECTED!
Fans cheer as the ref is being fair, and Dom freaks out! Dom turns around, into a MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Dom survives but Sami keeps his cool. Dom goes to a corner, Sami runs corner to corner, but Dom bails out! Fans boo but Sami is after Dom. Dom HOTSHOTS Sami away! Dom runs in to DROPKICK Sami to ropes! Dom dials it up, but Sami LARIATS Dom inside out! Cover, TWO! Dom survives again but Sami stays focused. Sami drags Dom to a drop zone and he goes up the corner. Fans rally, but Dom rises to ROCK Sami first! Dom climbs up, CLUBS Sami again and again, then ROCKS him with haymakers!
Dom stands Sami up, but Sami blocks and throws body shots! Sami HEADBUTTS Dom down! Dom staggers up and Sami adjusts, but Dom DROPKICKS Sami outta the sky! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this and Dom is furious! Dom stomps Sami, rains down fists, and fans boo. Dom soaks up heat and says he’s the man around here! Dom stomps Sami, goes to the apron, and slingshot SENTONS! Sami staggers up. Dom DROPKICKS him back down! Dom then brings Sami around, gives us some Latino Heat, but Sami slips free and waistlocks! Dom ELBOWS away on Sami, runs, but Sami reels him in! BLUE THUNDER- RANA!
Dom has Sami on ropes again, and he redials! But Sami ducks the 619 to get Dom! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Dom survives and shocks Tampa! Sami storms up on Dom but Dom wants mercy. Fans boo, and Sami sure doesn’t trust that. But then Dom scrambles away! So Sami drags him back in! Dom kicks at Sami, and DROPKICKS him back onto ropes! Dom redials again, 619!! Cover, TWO!!! Sami survives and now Dom is shocked! Dom pounds the mat in frustration, Sami sits up to shake out the stars, and fans rally. Dom brings Sami up to ROCK him with haymaker after haymaker!
Dom eggs Sami on, says HE’S the champion, but Sami fires haymakers in return! Sami whips, Dom reverses to kick and suplex! Uno Amigo! Then DOS AMIGOS! Dom gets Sami up again, THREE AMIGOS complete! Dom goes up the corner, to FROG SPLASH onto knees!! Sami goes to a corner, Dom staggers up, into a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami then goes to the far corner, fans are thunderous as Dom drags himself up, but Rhea & Priest are beating Kevin up on the ramp! Sami is distracted, Dom rolls Sami up! Dom wins!!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Sami runs Priest & Rhea off but the damage has been done! Dom’s team comes through for him, will he soon set his own record as North American Champion? As for Kevin, did the Judgment Day just bring down the tag team champions without needing a match?
Raw returns as Kevin gets checked by medical.
The concern seems to be his right arm and ribs on that side. Will Kevin be able to #JustKeepFighting against the Judgment Day and their punk tactics?
Ricochet finds Shinsuke Nakamura backstage.
Ricochet asks if Nakamura’s seen Logan Paul around. No, he hasn’t. Of course, that guy… But let him know if you do, alright? Nakamura nods, but then turns around into Tommaso Ciampa. Ciampa says the loss last week was on him, and that kick to the face, well, Ciampa will let it slide. But this ain’t charity. You get one free one. Tonight, Ciampa will settle things with Bronson Reed, so he better not see Nakamura out there. And if Ciampa does, then they will have a problem. Understood? Nakamura just smirks so Ciampa says, “Good talk.” The Psycho Killer leaves, but will the King of Strong Style have a more physical response?
The Judgment Day regroups backstage.
Dom says they just put a whooping on the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions. But then they pass by Apollo Crews and Akira Tozawa, and Dom wants some respect. Crews says he was just standing here. Priest says yeah, is that a problem? Rhea asks Tozawa if they have a problem, and Tozawa says nope, then leaves. Crews says this is typical of them. They walk around and pick on people. What he’d love to see is Priest try that with him. Oh really? Crews is stepping to the most dangerous man in the WWE? Okay. They’ll do that tonight. And Crews will receive his punishment. The Judgment Day heads out, Tozawa returns to say Crews has this. Does he?
Tommaso Ciampa VS Bronson Reed!
Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance. Auszilla cost Ciampa against The Miz in that No Disqualification match, will Ciampa make sure Reed pays for that himself?
The bell rings, the two rush in and Ciampa fires off fists! Reed HEADBUTTS Ciampa down, but Ciampa is right up! Reed CLUBS Ciampa, suplexes him, and holds him, but Ciampa knees free! Reed ELBOWS Ciampa, brings him around and throws him out of the ring! Reed storms out but Ciampa CHOPS him first! Ciampa fires hands, Reed throws them back! Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS but Reed CLUBS Ciampa! They brawl, Ciampa BOOTS, and then tries to fireman’s carry!? Reed is too big and he CLUBS Ciampa! Then Reed fireman’s carries, but Ciampa fights free. Reed ROCKS Ciampa, but Ciampa KICKS Reed in the ropes!
Ciampa fires hands, stomps a mudhole in, but the ref counts. Ciampa lets off, goes side to side, and he KNEE WASHES Reed’s face! Ciampa pushes Reed around, blows a kiss, and runs again, but into a scoop! Reed RAMS Ciampa into buckles, then hits a POWERSLAM! Oklahoma Stampeded with an Aussie twist, and Reed covers, TWO! Reed looms over Ciampa, kicks him to ropes, and then stands on him! The ref counts, fans rally, and Reed steps off at 4. Fans cheer Ciampa on but Reed scoops. Ciampa slips off to get a SLEEPER! Reed sputters and drops to a knee, and Ciampa shifts his position for a BULLY CHOKE!
Reed endures, and he gets a second wind! Reed picks Ciampa up, BACKPACK SENTON! Ciampa sputters now while both men are down! Reed stands, he drags Ciampa up, and Reed whips Ciampa to then BODY CHECK! And ELBOW DROP! Ciampa writhes and crawls out of the ring, but Reed goes to the apron. FLYING SHOULDER into a JUMP KNEE!! Ciampa takes Reed outta the sky and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Ciampa endures a BEARHUG! Fans rally up and Ciampa fights to his feet. Ciampa throws elbows, gets free, but Reed CLUBS him down! Reed ripcords to “CYCLONE” POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Ciampa crawls away, Reed runs in, but into a BOOT! Ciampa leaps, but into Reed’s arms! Reed RAMS Ciampa into buckles, but then Ciampa slips around to REVERSE DDT! Both men are down again and fans rally up. They rise, and Ciampa CHOPS! Reed CHOPS, but Ciampa CHOPS and forearms! Reed ROCKS Ciampa, Ciampa ROCKS Reed! Reed shoves, Ciampa ducks ‘n’ dodges and ROCKS Reed!
Ciampa ROCKS Reed again, has him in a corner, and runs in to forearm smash! Ciampa keeps going to clothesline! And again! Ciampa keeps moving, and he slides under Reed’s body check! BOOT! ROLLING ELBOW! KOTARO KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!! Reed survives the onslaught and Ciampa grows frustrated. Ciampa drags Reed up, underhooks the arms, but Reed fights the lift! Reed lifts Ciampa, but Ciampa sunset flips! So Reed DROPS onto Ciampa! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives being squashed but Reed drags him to a drop zone. Reed grins but Ciampa anchors him! Ciampa kicks away but Reed stomps and SENTONS!
Ciampa sputters but Reed drags him back up. Reed gives a thumbs down and he hauls Ciampa up. Ciampa slips out, bobs ‘n’ weaves, ROCKS and CHOPS and SLAPS and ROCKS, but Reed CHOPS in return! Reed runs, into a BOOT! Ciampa brings kneepads down, runs again, but Reed LARIATS! But Ciampa is right back up!? Fans fire up as the two go forehead to forehead, and then forearm for forearm! Ciampa ROUNDHOUSES, ROLLING- HEADBUTT from Reed! Reed huffs and puffs and runs, but into a JUMP KNEE!! And then fireman’s carry!? For the AIR RAID CRASH!! Fans are thunderous for the cover, TWO!?!?
Reed survives and no one can believe it! And wait, here comes Nakamura! The King of Strong Style swaggers his way to the ring as Ciampa wants after Reed on the apron. But then Ciampa sees Nakamura and tells him to go backstage. Nakamura says Ciampa should watch out., Ciampa turns around, into the FLYING SHOULDER from Reed! Reed puts Ciampa in the ring and goes up top, TSUNAMI!! Cover, Reed wins!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
The Colossal Aussie keeps his momentum going, but Nakamura did have something to do with it. Will Ciampa shift gears and look to settle things with Nakamura now?
Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.
Byron Saxton asks Liv her reaction to everything last week. It would seem Raquel Rodriguez suffered a severe knee injury during that brawl with Rhea Ripley. Liv says yes, Raquel is hurting, but she is a big, strong girl and will be back soon to take care of Rhea. But as far as tonight goes, Rhea is all Liv’s! Not only did Rhea take out Raquel, but she is also why Raquel & Liv lost the Women’s Tag Team Championships. Rhea walks around like she can do whatever she wants because she thinks no one can stop her. And Liv doesn’t know if anyone remembers, but Liv is the very last person to defeat Rhea.
So tonight, Liv and Rhea go toe to toe. Maybe Liv gets beat up, maybe she doesn’t. But there’s no way Liv is going down without a fight. #WatchMe! But then in walk the new Undisputed Women’s Tag Team Champions, Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green. And they would like something explained to them: Why is Byron so stupid as to interview Liv instead of them!? Well, respectfully, champions, he interviewed them last week after they won. And Liv has a match later tonight against Rhea. Oh, classic deflection. If it’s not about Liv, it’s about Rhea, and if it’s not about Rhea, it’s about Liv. The whole Raw roster revolves around-
Rhea! Hey! They were just saying that Raw does revolve around you! As it should, champ! They’re all champs! #ChampThings, only they can understand. Speaking of, they gotta do their own champ things so see you around. Love what you do with leather, though. Sonya & Chelsea leave, and Rhea says she warned Liv & Raquel to stay out of her way. They chose not to listen. So Rhea took Raquel out, and Liv is next. You see a pattern forming, Byron? He nods and Rhea leaves. Will the Eradicator be the one to send Morgan in to ObLIVion?
Liv Morgan VS Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio!
Raw returns as Liv makes her entrance, ready to exact revenge! But then Rhea CLOBBERS Liv from outta nowhere! And she THROWS Liv into barriers! “How’s that feel, huh!?” Rhea then gets Liv up to POST her! And throws her into more barriers! Fans boo but Rhea grins and goes around the way to drag Liv onto barriers, to HOTSHOT an arm! Liv falls, and Rhea gets a chair! Liv scrambles into the ring but Rhea stalks her. Rhea storms up to HEADBUTT Liv! Rhea then drags Liv over to put the chair around that arm! Rhea says this is what Liv gets for getting in her business. Rhea STOMPS the chair!!
Rhea says Liv is dead to her! “Done! Finished! Bye-bye, Liv! Get outta MY business! I warned you!” A ref and a medic rush out and Rhea holds up her title. Rhea says Liv means NOTHING to her, “have fun in rehab.” Liv writhes and cries in pain, but then Rhea grabs the chair again! The ref tells Rhea no but Rhea puts the chair back on the arm!! Fans boo as Rhea STOMPS the chair again!! If the arm wasn’t broken, it might be now! Rhea says this is HER division, and now she leaves Liv alone. Will anyone stop the ruthlessness from the Judgment Day?
Medical has moved Liv backstage.
They check her arm, but she can barely even raise it before it hurts. Adam Pearce has a lot on his hands all because of Judgment Day, will there be any consequences for these vicious thugs?
The Alpha Academy meets backstage.
Chad Gable paces and says “congrats” to the Viking Raiders. They won their own little Viking Rules Match. But the problem is, no one knows what “Viking Rules” actually are! But how about this? How about an ACADEMY RULES match? You wanna put Gable’s head through shields? How about they go through some freakin’ chalkboards?! A THANK YEW~! Maxxine has Gable calm down and says she has this. Listen, “Val,” Maxxine doesn’t get what your deal is or why you’re so obsessed with her, but she has been embarrassing you week after week! Then Sarah Logan gets one up on Maxxine and thinks she’s just gonna fall off?
Sis, hate to bring the bad news, but no one puts the Alpha Queen through tables. They handle this Maxxine’s way: 1v1, her and Valhalla, in her first singles match ever! See you next week. OOOOH YEEEEH! Will Erik, Ivar & Sarah all fall down when the tables are turned?
Ricochet heads to the ring.
The One and Only is about to have his ImPAULsive face-to-face with the Maverick, assuming Logan is even really here in Tampa. Ricochet gets the mic to say, “Logan, where you at, homeboy?” Ricochet knows Logan is here, so it is time to come out to the ring and show his stupid face! No? Where are you, Logan? Ricochet knows Logan isn’t hanging out because there is a locker room full of guys who know Logan doesn’t belong. They’re here in Tampa in an arena full of people who know Logan doesn’t belong here! Fans cheer that! And there is one man in this ring right now who knows Logan doesn’t belong here.
It isn’t because Logan isn’t good or doesn’t put in the work. Ricochet admits, Logan has done that. And Logan is good, maybe even “special.” Maybe. But Ricochet is Ricochet, he is special every time he gets in the ring every damn week! Fans cheer that, too! Ricochet says it isn’t about ability that Logan doesn’t belong. No. “Simply put, it’s because you are an arrogant little prick.” And Logan doesn’t even respect anything the wrestlers do! Ricochet and the others dedicate their lives to this. They go days, weeks, months without seeing their families for even just a small chance that they actually get to fight for something bigger than themselves.
Logan doesn’t understand that and he never will! But sure, he can go around, show up when he wants, leave when he wants, that’s okay. Because where Logan is right now, Ricochet is here to say one thing: Ricochet wants a match at SummerSlam! Logan goes around, runs his mouth, talks about fights. If he wants a fight, then a fight- AMBUSH!! Logan cheap shots Ricochet then just shrugs. Logan then picks up the mic, takes out his phone, and selfie videos this for Ricochet to say he accepts the challenge. That’s right, Tampa! He’s gonna show all of you why HE is the best in the WWE! That’s right, guy with the mustache. Smile, you about to be famous. You need to get laid, ya virgins.
Logan laughs and says they all look stupid, But Ricochet KIPS UP AND SUPERKICKS Logan down!! And then STANDING SHOOTING STARS! Ricochet tells Logan, “See you at SummerSlam!” That should shut Logan up for tonight, but will Ricochet shut Logan up and kick him out for good in Detroit?
Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler.
Jackie asks Shayna’s feelings about everything with her and Ronda Rousey. Shayna says she is so sick and tired of hearing “that name.” To always have her name brought up in everything Shayna does, she is just tired of it! Talking hasn’t settled it, a match won’t settle it, Shayna plans on settling this in the only way it can be: at SummerSlam, in a language only she and Ronda know best. At SummerSlam, Shayna will fight Ronda Rousey. Will the Queen of Spades finally trump Rowdy Ronda as the Baddest Woman on the Planet?
Logan Paul storms backstage.
Byron finds him and wants a comment but Logan asks if Byron saw what just happened. “That was unprofessional as hell.” He feels that was inappropriate, and he feels victimized. But none of that matters, because next week, he’ll be in Houston for Raw, and he’ll make sure to pop Ricochet in his “stupid bald head.” No offense, Byron. Logan heads out, but will even payback be bigger in Texas?
Damian Priest VS Apollo Crews!
Senor Dinero En El Banco considers himself the most dangerous man in the WWE today, and he certainly is that for anyone holding a title. But will he prove he doesn’t need back-up to back up his words? Or will Apollo’s return to Raw be humbling for Priest?
Raw returns as Apollo makes his entrance. The bell rings and Priest BOOTS Crews down! Priest soaks up the cheers and jeers, then drags Crews up to TOSS him to a corner! Priest ROCKS Crews, then brings him around, but Crews hits back! Priest knees low, whips Crews to ropes, but Crews ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides under to waistlock and O’Conner, only for Priest to buck that. Things speed up, Crews drops then DROPKICKS Priest! Fans rally up as the two stare down. Priest rushes in but Crews dumps him out! Crews goes out, avoids the leg sweep and mule kicks! Then ASAI MOONSAULTS!
Fans fire up as Crews takes Priest down, then gets him back into the ring. Crews then climbs, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Crews says he’ll raise the roof and fans fire up. Crews lifts Priest, Priest slips free to BELL CLAP! And DECK Crews! Priest then puts Crews in a corner, to run in and STAGE DIVE ELBOW! Then BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Crews is hanging tough but Priest keeps his cool. Priest calls his shot and fans rally. Crews rises, into the choke grip! SOUTH OF- NO, Crews slips free! And JUMP KNEES! And ENZIGURIS! Crews runs, but into a ROLLING ELBOW! Priest drags Crews right up, wrenches, hammerlocks, PEPSI TWIST!
Priest brings down the straps and fans fire up. Priest waits on Crews, and then choke grips, for the SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, Priest wins!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall
Crews’ return to Raw, ruined by the Punisher. But it was fair and square, so will Priest prove he is the strongest member of the Judgment Day?
Becky Lynch storms around backstage.
She says she told us she’d do it! She even puppets a little skull doohickey to say it. Jackie finds Becky and congratulates her. She must be ecstatic! Yeah, Becky was so focused on not getting a tattoo, that she never got a chance to say The Man has come around to Tampa! And now that she has her rematch with Trish, she’ll say it here: “It ain’t over ’til I win.” Becky hurries off to continue celebrating, will she bring Detroit into the Big Time?
The Viking Raiders speak.
Erik says, “It is known throughout the Nine Realms that no one loves to fight more than Vikings.” Ivar says, “And the gods are pleased when we do battle in their name.” Sarah tells Maxxine, “It is with a glad heart that I accept your foolish challenge. Because after all, the gods do smile upon brave women. But let me offer you one piece of advice: consult those gods, Maxxine. You’re gonna need them.”
Imperium heads to the ring.
Der Ring General leads his soldiers out, ready for a face to face with the Scottish Warrior. But will Gunther, Giovanni Vinci & Ludwig Kaiser keep things civil with Drew McIntyre? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance and Tampa fires up! McIntyre has his pyro and he storms right down to the ring. McIntyre gets a mic, Gunther has one already, and McIntyre says, “Alright, Gunther, I heard what you had to say last week when I wasn’t here, issuing challenges to Drew McIntyre. I’m here, I’m dressed, I see the Intercontinental Championship. Why don’t we do this right here and now?” Fans like the sound of that! But Gunther says, “So, after all that happened, you want me to put the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship on the line, here tonight?” Fans cheer and McIntyre says, “Did I studder?!”
Gunther says Drew wants him to put this title on the line, here in Tampa, Florida. Yes, he DARES him! Gunther says he put prestige back on this title and raised it to a level never seen before, and yet McIntyre wants him to defend it in front of these “degenerates?” Fans boo as Gunther says that is unacceptable. But it makes sense, though. Gunther sees why the fans connect with McIntyre. Because like them, McIntyre’s done nothing in life. McIntyre failed at Clash of the Castle, was humiliated by Gunther at WrestleMania. Gunther grins and tells McIntyre that if he wants to ride on the coat tails, then he accepts. And Gunther will just humiliate McIntyre again at SummerSlam.
McIntyre says okay, if we’re talking about Mania, here’s a quick story. When Sheamus and McIntyre first met, McIntyre was 19 and Sheamus was 42. They wanted to get to a match at Mania, and this past year, they had that! It was over 10 minutes of Brogues, Claymores, top rope dives, and at their weakest, Gunther picked the bones to win the match, as he should have. The personal issue got in the way of a Triple Threat, but now, this will be 1v1. And Gunther will find out why they called McIntyre the Chosen One, the Psychopath, the Scottish Warrior, and when he’s done beating Gunther’s ass, the NEW Intercontinental Champion!!
Fans cheer that, but Ludwig takes up a mic to say nein, nein, nein. Scottish Psycho, Chosen One, wahtever Drew calls himself, how DARE he speak to Der Ring General like that! McIntyre says “I actualyl like you,” Ludwig. Yeah, he has charisma and more exciting than Gunther. Gunther’s like watching paint dry half the time. McIntyre thinks LUDWIG should be the leader of Imperium! Gunther lets Ludwig continue and Ludwig says he is not going to stand here for such disrespect! Oh, well, then since Gunther won’t do something, they’re all dressed to go… How about McIntyre and Ludwig fight right now?
Ludwig gets in McIntyre’s face, so McIntyre calls for a ref. Will the Scottish Warrior wreck the Impeccable German as an example to what’s coming for Gunther?
Drew McIntyre VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Imperium!
Raw returns and this match is official! The bell rings and the two circle. They stare down as fans rally up for McIntyre. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but McIntyre uses his size to put Ludwig in a corner. McIntyre backs off, Ludwig storms up, but McIntyre shoves him back to the corner! And then again! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off slowly, but Ludwig throat chops! Fans boo but Ludwig kicks low, CLUBS him, and then headlocks. McIntyre powers up and powers out. They RAM shoulders, but McIntyre doesn’t budge! Ludwig kicks low, CLUBS McIntyre again, then headlocks, only for McIntyre to power out again.
McIntyre dodges Ludwig to then CLOBBER him! McIntyre scoops Ludwig to SLAM him! Ludwig staggers up, and McIntyre clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up as McIntyre goes out, and he backs Gunther down. McIntyre then storms up to CHOP Ludwig! Ludwig is stinging, and then McIntyre POSTS him! And CHOPS again! McIntyre puts Ludwig in the ring, but Ludwig bails out the side. McIntyre storms up on Ludwig again, to CHOP again! Ludwig throws haymakers in return but McIntyre CHOPS him off his feet! McIntyre drags Ludwig up to RAM him into barriers! McIntyre tells Gunther this is what he’s gonna get. And then he CHOPS Ludwig again!
The ring count is 6 of 10 but McIntyre puts Ludwig into the ring. But Vinci distracts, and Ludwig GAMANGIRIS! Ludwig POSTS McIntyre now! And then drags him in, only for McIntyre to fireman’s carry! Ludwig claws the eyes and slips free, then he POSTS McIntyre again! Ludwig ties McIntyre up in the ropes, runs side to side, and he DROPKCIKS McIntyre to the floor! Imperium stands tall but fans boo as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ludwig is up top, but McIntyre CHOPS him first! And ROCKS him with a haymaker! McIntyre climbs up after Ludwig, to SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Shoutout to Sheamus and both men are down! McIntyre drags himself up the ropes, fans rally and McIntyre starts to rally on Ludwig! McIntyre whips to OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Ludwig staggers up, into another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! And then a NECKBREAKER! Both men are down again, but McIntyre kips up! Fans fire up as McIntyre watches Ludwig stand. Ludwig fights the underhooks to UPPERCUT, but the GLASGOW KISS knocks him down!
McIntyre aims from a corner as Ludwig rises. “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAY- GAMANGIRI!! Cover, TWO!! Ludwig almost had McIntyre there but Gunther coaches him up. Ludwig drags McIntyre up, and Ludwig fires off forearms! But McIntyre shoves him back, only for Ludwig to UPPERCUT and ENIGURI! Ludwig urns, into a CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Vinci storms up onto the apron, but it’s Gunther who rushes in! Gunther GERMAN SUPLEXES McIntyre, and Imperium mugs him! Fans boo, but here comes RIDDLE! Matt Riddle gets in, Vinci is after him but Riddle boots him away then FINAL FLASH KNEES! But Gunther BOOTS the Bro, to then get him up, GENERAL BOMB!! Gunther then goes out after McIntyre to BOOT him down! Fans boo but Gunther talks trash on McIntyre! Gunther then clears off the desk and fans fire up! Gunther drags McIntyre up, but McIntyre fights the bomb to back drop Gunther! And then McIntyre brings Gunther up! POWERBOMB through the desk!!
Fans are thunderous as the Intercontinental Champion is down! McIntyre holds up the belt, will he be taking it home after these two battle at SummerSlam?
Backstage interview with Ronda Rousey.
Jackie asks Ronda about Shayna’s comments, that it will be less a match but a fight at SummerSlam. What’s her response? Uh, a fight? Shayna can’t challenge Ronda to “a fight.” Ronda doesn’t get in “a fight.” Whenever Ronda fights, it’s THE fight. So challenge accepted! Does this mean the stakes are raised on an already explosive encounter between them?
Finn Balor heads to the ring.
The Prince makes his way back out here, because it is time to sign on the dotted line. A rematch from Money in the Bank, a battle at SummerSlam, where this all started seven YEARS ago. But will it be as easy as writing their names? Or will the Judgment Day continue to do whatever they want here on Raw?
Raw returns once more and Finn is at the table. Finn opens the folder, take a mic, and says, “Ladies and gentlemen, Adam Pearce was supposed to be here to oversee this contract signing, but due to the chaos The Judgment Day have caused tonight, he seems to somewhat have his hands full. But alas, I’m a professional.” Fans already sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” and Finn says that Seth Rollins is a professional. Seth wants this match, Finn wants this match, so they can handle this like gentlemen. So Seth, how about you come out here, sign this contract, and they can make this match for SummerSlam official.
“BURN IT DOWN!” The fans fire up as Rollins makes his entrance, swaggering in a pearl white suite, belt around his waist. Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins steps into the ring and swaggers to the table. Rollins takes a pen, finds his spot in the contract, and signs his name. Then he spins that around and slides it to Finn before taking a seat and putting his feet up. Finn takes the other pen, finds his spot in the contract, and Rollins says, “Oh… Well looky here, Tampa. Finn Balor finally figured out what we all have known for a long, long time, and that’s that you have absolute ZERO chance of walking out SummerSlam as a World Heavyweight Champion!”
Now the most obvious scenario is Rollins beats Finn’s ass, Finn mopes away, and the whole world sings his song! “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But miracles happen every day, and so if someway, somehow, Finn IS the better man, Finn’s World title reign will end up even shorter than his Universal title one, because his boy, Damian Priest, is just gonna cash in on Finn right then and there! Rollins knows it, and he knows Finn knows it, because Finn would do the exact same thing to Priest. So keep chasing the ghosts, Finn. Because SummerSlam won’t be the coronation of the Judgment Day, no no. It will be the END of the Judgment Day!
Rollins drops the mic and fans cheer, but Finn smirks. Then the smirk becomes a grin, and Finn signs the contract. Finn then takes the mic back up and says Rollins sure thinks he has it all figured out. Rollins thinks he is just so smart. Seth Freakin’ Rollins, the Architect, thinks he runs this place. But he doesn’t. The Judgment Day runs Raw now. And see, Rollins said if Finn loses, he loses. And he also said, if he wins, he loses. But wait, here comes the Judgment Day from all sides! Finn says he’s been losing for seven YEARS, and it has slowly been driving him insane. And it’s all because of ROLLINS.
Priest, Dom and Rhea reach the ring from the three sides, and Finn says, “Y’know what that insanity feels like? It feels like an itch. IT feels like an itch that you just can’t scratch. It feels like a seven year itch. But at SummerSlam, I’m gonna make you my seven year B*TCH!” Rollins smirks as he is now surrounded. But he TOSSES the table at Priest! And then fires off on Finn! Dom gets in, but Rollins gives him some! Rollins TOSSES Dom, but Priest CLOBBERS Rollins with the briefcase! And then both he and Finn look at it. But before either says a word, here comes Sami and a chair!
Sami gets in, he dodges Priest to JAM Finn! And then he JAMS Priest, and SMACKS him! And JAMS Dom, but Rhea stops Sami! Finn TACKLES Sami and rains down fists! Fans boo as Finn stomps away, and the Judgment Day now drag Sami up. They clear furniture out, almost hitting referees! SOUTH OF HEAVEN for Sami!! Dom kicks Sami out, then the Judgment Day buries Sami under the furniture! Rollins gets up, throws his jacket off, but he’s in another 4v1 scenario. So he just goes for Finn! The Judgment Day beats Rollins down, not listening to the refs! Finn rips Rollins’ shirt open, feeds him to Priest, and Priest hits RAZOR’S EDGE!!
Finn drags Seth to a drop zone and Dom goes up, FROG SPLASH!! Then Finn adds COUP DE GRACE!! Fans boo as the Judgment Day stands tall, and Finn says that Rollins better enjoy what time he’s got left. At SummerSlam, this seven year grudge is OVER! Will Judgment Day truly run Raw and the entirety of WWE?
A great Raw here, though something about the flow felt off by the last hour. Granted, they sprung a great match on us with McIntyre VS Ludwig, and great win for McIntyre to then also get in a brawl alongside Riddle. Riddle goes down but McIntyre takes out Gunther, so as it stands, it feels like McIntyre ain’t winning at SummerSlam. Gunther will make it past Macho Man Randy Savage on the single-reign rankings, and hopefully they build the IC title as a start attraction for Payback in September, where Gunther is going to be at the doorstep of eclipsing Honky Tonk Man. I honestly can’t think of who it’ll be, though, but there’s a way to give us something huge.
In relation to the episode’s flow problem, there just seemed to be a lot of promos tonight, like they were trying to fill time. Now, I really liked the little bits we got from Shayna and Ronda to go from “match” to “fight,” and maybe we get some kind of MMA Rules thing, or the first Women’s Fight Pit match, something to relate how these two are legit. And I like that we’re not just getting Maxxine VS Sarah Logan 1v1 but potentially getting the first “Academy Rules” match, aka a Street Fight that’s school themed with chalkboards, individual student chair-desks, textbooks, maybe an old pointer stick in place of a kendo stick, I’d love to see that.
Good stuff from Nakamura and Ciampa, and a great match from Ciampa VS Reed, but of course Nakamura costs Ciampa. Nakamura VS Ciampa needs to be as amazing as we know it can be, but I do have this weird feeling that while Gargano returns to team with Ciampa for DIY reunited, we’re now getting #Mizuke as Nakamura actually sides with Miz on this issue. Or maybe Nakamura and Reed team up, that’d be better. And Ricochet had a solid promo, and of course Logan attacks. But great move that Ricochet gets up after the sucker punch to give something back. These two are definitely going to have a highly athletic match, perhaps a show-stealer kind.
Great match of Becky VS Stark, with Trish trying and failing to screw Becky over again, which is what was expected. Becky VS Trish at SummerSlam is going to be so good, and I can only hope Lita returns to keep Stark from helping Trish so that this can finish and Becky can move on to the title or something like that. And of course, a great promo from Cody Rhodes to fire up the fans, and he puts more of that Cody Rhodes passion into the build towards this blowoff with Brock. I don’t think Cody will actually “embarrass/humiliate” Brock but this has to be the best of their matches.
And perhaps more than past weeks, the Judgment Day was truly all over Raw tonight. I do appreciate them just inflating Dom’s ego more with the individual entrance and the various video packages, that is all good stuff. And of course Sami & Kevin confront them again, with a great promo of their own. Great NXT North American Championship match so Dom gets a second defense on his record. With Great American Bash next Sunday, before SummerSlam, I do hope Dom defends the title against Wes and Ali, and a Triple Threat can be the way he loses the belt after just two weeks without taking the pin.
And of course Dom wins here with that distraction of Kevin getting beat up. Kevin is said to have a real injury, though nothing so bad as to keep him away, but this beatdown was the kayfabe way for giving him time. Similarly, Liv getting injured by Rhea in place of a match, perhaps that is a way to help Liv take time off with a kayfabe reason. And Priest gets a “surprise” match with Apollo Crews. Poor Crews. I thought he was hitting his stride in his NXT “callback” and then he gets drafted back to Raw just so he can fill out the roster and take a loss like this. Maybe he should’ve been put on SmackDown so he could feud with Austin Theory instead.
But Judgment Day helped Raw close out strong with that contract signing segment that of course turned into a brawl. Great promos from Finn and Rollins, great move for Sami to go after the Judgment Day only to be beat down, but there was also a great moment where Finn and Priest did seem to question if they really were going to stick to Finn VS Rollins. But the match at SummerSlam is going to be awesome, there will probably be references to SummerSlam 2016 just like at MITB this year, and because Priest is Mr. MITB, it really is hard to predict what will happen, and that makes this fun.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
- 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?
Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!
ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!
Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!
Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.
Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!
Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!
Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)
Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?
The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.
Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.
Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!
Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.
Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!
Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!
Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!
Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!
The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!
Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?
Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!
Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.
Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!
Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!
Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!
But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!
Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!
Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!
Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!
Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)
The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?
The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!
Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!
Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.
Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.
Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.
Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.
Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!
Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!
Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?
As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.
Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
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Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
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