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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 33 Results & Report! (8/1/23)

A & B, Round 6!

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Here are the current A Block standings.

Sanada: 5-0, 10 points [QUALIFIED, A1]
Kaito Kiyomiya: 2-1-2, 6 points
Shota Umino: 2-1-2, 6 points
Gabe Kidd: 2-2-1, 5 points
Chase Owens: 2-3, 4 points
Hikuleo: 2-3, 4 points
Yota Tsuji: 1-2-2, 3 points
Ren Narita: 0-3-2, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the current B Block standings.

Will Ospreay: 4-1, 8 points
Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi: 3-2, 6 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Kenta: 2-3, 4 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-3, 4 points
Tanga Loa: 2-3, 4 points
Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Kaito Kiyomiya!

The Young Guerilla is clinging to life in the G1, but the Supernova of NOAH is fighting to be second! Will the bubble burst on Hikuleo? Or will Kaito find a way to make this the GREEN1?

The bell rings and the two rush in! Kaito avoids a boot to fire off forearms! Kaito runs and RAMS Hiku, but he stays up! Fans rally, Kaito runs and RAMS Hiku again. Hiku stays standing so Kaito dropkicks the legs! And again! Kaito runs, but Hiku back drops him! Fans fire up and Hiku shakes his legs out. Hiku kicks Kaito out of the ring, then goes out to bring Kaito up. Hiku ROCKS Kaito, but Kaito CHOPS! Hiku just CHOPS right back! Hiku scoops Kaito, carries him around, and gives him SNAKE EYES off the railing! Kaito falls in a heap and fans fire up! Hiku drags Kaito up, puts him back in the ring, and fans cheer. Hiku covers, TWO!

Fans rally up as Hiku looms over Kaito. Hiku stomps Kaito, drags him up, and whips him to a corner. Kaito goes up but can’t get over as Hiku’s so tall! But Kaito fights the snake eyes and slips off the back, to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down. Kaito storms up on Hiku, stomps his legs, and brings Hiku up. Hiku CHOPS Kaito! Kaito stomps the leg! Kaito puts the leg on the ropes, and he stomps it! The ref reprimands but Kaito brings Hiku up in a corner. Kaito puts the bad leg around the ropes and pulls! The ref reprimands and counts, Kaito lets off at 4. Hiku tries to get free but Kaito’s on him again.

Kaito CLUBS Hiku, CHOPS him, but Hiku scowls. Hiku ROCKS Kaito! Kaito CHOPS Hiku! Hiku headlocks! But Kaito grabs the bad leg and CLUBS it! Fans rally up while Hiku sits down. Kaito grabs the bad leg to YANK it! Then Kaito puts the leg on ropes, to HIP DROP it! Kaito drags Hiku by his leg, goes up the corner, to FLYING YANK! Hiku crawls back to a corner but Kaito stomps the leg again. Hiku snarls, and he choke grips! Kaito breaks free to stomp the leg! Fans rally, Kaito brings Hiku up at five minutes, and he goes to put the leg around ropes. Hiku resists, and he CHOPS Kaito on the back!

Hiku shoves Kaito away, but Kaito comes back! Kaito blocks the boot, but Hiku CHOSP him! And CHOPS him! And UPPERCUTS! Kaito goes to a corner, Hiku runs in to SPLASH! Hiku scoops, SNAKE EYES! And a LARIAT! Fans fire up with Hiku and he drags Kaito up, for a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Kaito survives that fall. Fans rally, Hiku drags Kaito up and whips him to ropes, but Kaito holds ropes to stop himself! Kaito blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! Kaito then hurries to a corner and climbs up, MISSILE DROPKICK to the leg! Kaito grabs that leg, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR!

Fans fire up as Hiku endures the legendary leglock! Hiku drags Kaito along as he moves around, and reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Kaito lets go reluctantly but he watches Hiku. Kaito storms up behind Hiku, and chicken wings! Hiku resists the lift, and breaks free! But Kaito fires off forearm after forearm! Kaito runs, ROLLING ELBOW! And then chicken wings, to TIGER PLEX!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Hiku survives and fans are thunderous! Kaito fires up with them, and he brings Hiku back up. Chicken wings, but Hiku fights free again! Hiku scoops Kaito for a STAMPEDE POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiku rises first, and he takes aim as Kaito stands. Choke grip, but Kaito kicks the bad leg! But Hiku avoids the dropkick! Choke grip and deadlift, into the- NO, Kaito ranas outta the slam! Cover, TWO!! Hiku escapes and fans fire up again! Kaito runs to JUMP KNEE! Hiku roars, swings, misses, and Kaito RAN- NO!! Hiku gets Kaito up, but Kaito slips out the back! Only to run into the SNAP POWERSLAM! Then the choke grip and GODSEND!! Cover, Hiku wins!

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

And with this win, the Young Guerilla surges up the standings! Is there still a chance Hikuleo moves on to the quarterfinals? As for Kaito, he is 2-2-2, which way will things split in the seventh?

 

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

The Head Hunter is also clinging to life in the G1, but he’s doing better than the eliminated Dominator! Will Hashi just add to the woes? Or will the United Empire ruin things for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion?

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally as they feel out the grapple. Khan pushes forward, takes Hashi down with a leg and then goes for an arm. Hashi moves around to hold off the double wristlock but Khan shifts to go for an armbar. Hashi clasps hands, stacks Khan but Khan shifts to a Triangle Hold! Hashi pops free, but slips away before Khan can waistlock. Fans cheer this technical exchange, and the two reset. They feel things out, Khan goes for a leg, waitslocks and rolls Hashi to a bridge, TWO! Hashi slips free of the waistlock and now he wants a double wristlock! Khan moves, Hashi gets the ARMBAR! But Khan scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!

Fans cheer and the ref counts, and Hashi lets off cleanly. Khan shakes out his arm and resets with Hashi again. Khan SLAPS Hashi, grabs his ear, CLUBS it, then trips Hashi into the HEAD ‘N’ ARM TRIANGLE! Hashi endures, kicks around, but Khan leans all his weight on the hold. Khan pulls back, fans rally, and Hashi keeps fighting. Khan stands  Hashi up to SAYANAGI, into the HEAD ‘N’ ARM! Hashi flails, but Khan squeezes tight! Hsahi’s turning red, maybe even purple, as Khan leans all his weight on the hold again. Hashi kicks around, reaches out, but Khan steps over to limit Hashi’s legs! Hashi keeps fighting but Khan shifts his grip!

Khan has a SLEEPER now! Hashi is fading again, but he keeps kicking around, and finds the ROPEBREAK! Khan lets go and fans rally up again. Khan stands Hashi up, bumps him off buckles, then puts stank on his Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up as Khan stands Hashi up, for another Mongolian Chop! Khan drags Hashi up again, and fans rally as Khan sits on his throne! The ref reprimands and counts, but Khan pulls Hashi’s arms back! Khan hops off at 4, and Hashi sputters. Khan brings Hashi around for a BIG back suplex! Kneeling cover, TWO! Khan’s a bit cocky there, and we pass five minutes.

Khan kicks Hashi around, but Hashi stands up to stare him down. Hashi fires off forearms, and a CHOP! Fans fire up for that, but the Mongolian Chops knock Hashi down! Khan stalks Hashi to a corner, kicks him down, then digs his boots in. Khan drags Hashi up, whips him corner to corner, but Hashi comes back to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up as both men are down! Hashi crawls to a corner, Khan is in the other, and fans rally up as Hashi runs corner to corner. Hashi CHOPS Khan, then whips him to CHOP again! Hashi mule kicks, runs, and BLOCKBUSTERS! Fans fire up with Hashi while Khan flounders to ropes.

Hashi runs back in, to CHOP again! Hashi hangs Khan out to dry, runs side to side, and DROPKICKS Khan down! Fans fire up with Hashi again as he goes up top! Khan stands into Hashi’s FLYING BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Khan is still in this and fans rally up. Hashi brings Khan up, reels him in, but Khan fights the lift! Khan back drops Hashi away! Khan goes to a corner, Hashi runs in but into a BOOT! Hashi runs back in but Khan sends him into the buckles! Then Khan torture racks Hashi for the stretch! Hashi endures but then Khan swings for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives and fans fire up again!

Hashi and Khan stir, Khan rises first, and he drags Hashi back up. Khan reels Hashi in, suplexes, but Hashi slips free! Khan elbows Hashi, but Hashi reels him in! Khan gets around, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Khan thrashes Hashi around but Hashi reaches out! Hashi looks to be fading, though! Fans rally up, and Hashi gets a second wind to throw hands! But Khan KNEES him, and shifts, F G O PLEX! Khan then scoops Hashi for the T T D!! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and Khan is stunned! Fans are thunderous, through, as we pass 15 minutes! Khan lets the Monster Rage loose, and he IRON CLAWS Hashi’s face!

Khan drags Hashi up, ELIMIN- NO, Hashi SATELLITE DDT counters! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Hashi and Khan stir, rise to their feet, and Hashi runs to LARIAT! Khan stays up to ROCK Hashi! Khan runs, Hashi duck sunder, SNAP DRAGON! But Khan and Hashi both roar, run in, and Hashi’s LARIAT wins out! Fans fire up as Hashi gets Khan back up! Hashi reels Khan in, gets him up, SITOUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi feeds off that energy and roars again! Hashi stands Khan up, reels him back in, fisherman for the KUMA- NO, Khan snap suplexes first! PANCAKE BRIDGE, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous again as Hashi goes to a corner. Khan headbutts the mat to fire himself up! Khan runs in but Hashi dodges! Hashi BLINDSIDE LARIATS, then rolls Khan with bridge! TWO!! SUPERKICK! Hashi fires up again and he brings Khan up. Fisherman for the KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!?!? Khan barely gets his arm up in time! The fans are electric and Hashi fires back up! Hashi drags Khan up, brings him around, full nelson then pump handle, but Khan switches! IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Hashi pries at the hold but Khan thrashes him around! Hashi fights up, throws elbow after elbow, but Khan clamps back on!

ELIMIN- NO, Hashi fights out! SUPERKICK! Hashi runs in, POP-UP ELIMINATOR?!? Cover, KHAN WINS!!

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

And with that Eliminator, Hashi is mathematically eliminated! Khan may not be moving on in the G1, but will the United Empire look to again go after those IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: Ren Narita VS Chase Owens!

The Son of Strong Style has struggled to get points, but now he can shift and play spoiler! Will he do that to the Crown Jewel this close to the end? Or will Chase be Too Sweet in the sixth?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Chase and Narita circle, feel things out, but then Chase backs away. The two reset, tie up, and Chase wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Narita rolls, slips through and wrenches Chase to a wristlock. Chase wrenches back, but Narita wrenches back. Chase steps into the ropes and fans applaud. The ref counts the break, Narita lets off, and Chase claims hair pulling. Narita says he did no such thing, and the two reset. The two tie up, Narita wrenches and wristlocks but now Chase pulls hair to throw Narita down! The ref reprimands but Chase slaps Narita around.

Chase says Narita is still a Young Lion! Chase slaps and slaps and slaps, but Narita knees low! Narita CLUBS Chase, tosses him out, and he goes out to ROCK Chase with forearm after forearm! Chase staggers away, but Narita whips him hard into railing! Narita puts Chase in  the ring, storms up, and HALF HATCH SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Chase bails out and Narita pursues. Narita whips Chase into more railing! Narita CLUBS Chase, then gets space. Narita runs in, but Chase dodges! Narita’s boot gets stuck on the apron and Chase sweeps the other leg! Narita falls hard and writhes his way over to railing.

Chase catches his breath and stretches his back out, then rolls into the ring. The ring count starts, but then Chase goes right out after Narita. Chase drags Narita up, brings him around, and hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Narita falls to the floor and Chase leaves him behind again. The count restarts, Narita clutches a shoulder but is still down at 10 of 20. Narita drags himself up at 12, but Chase brings Narita in through the ropes! HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Narita is still in this and fans applaud. Chase stalks Narita, drags him up, and CLUBS him on the back. Chase then clamps on a claw into the shoulder!

Narita endures, fans rally up, but Chase KNEES him in the back! Narita flounders to a corner, and Chase drags him up. Narita throws body shots and a CHOP! Chase whips Narita to ropes to ELBOW him down! Fans rally as we pass five minutes. Chase paces around, kicks Narita around, toying with him really. Chase slaps Narita, kicks him, taunts him, and sits him up to ROCK him with a forearm! Chase eggs Narita on but Narita grits his teeth. Narita throws a forearm in return! Chase ROCKS Narita again! Narita ROCKS Chase! Chase ROCKS Narita, Narita ROCKS Chase! Narita fires forearm after forearm, but Chase throat chops!

Chase runs, but into a WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Narita goes to a corner, Chase is in the opposite. Narita runs in to BACK ELBOW! And HALF HATCH BRIDGE! Cover, TWO! Narita clamps right on with a SLEEPER! But Chase arm-drags free! Narita runs back in but into a BOOT! Chase then reels Narita in, BUCKLE PLEX to SAI- NO, Narita slips out to SLEEPER! But Chase runs around to HOTSHOT Narita into ropes! Fans rally up, Chase runs in and LARIATS! Chase throws up the Too Sweet and fans rally up again. Narita sits up, Chase runs in, but Narita deflects the C-Trigger!

Narita gets around, COBRA- NO, Chase rolls Narita up! TWO! Both men stand, Chase swings, into an BLIZZARD SUPLEX BRIDGE! TWO! Chase escapes but fans fire up with Narita! Narita DOUBLE WRIST ARMSAULTS, then rolls through to drag Chase up! Clinch, but Chase BELL CLAPS! Chase runs in, C-TRIGGER! Chase then reels Narita in, tucks the arms, PACKAGE- NO, Narita fights and kicks and flails, and he finally back drops free! Fans fire up and Narita swings, but Chase gets around! Backslide, roll through, C-TRIGGER! Chase reels Narita back up, and SPIN BACK ELBOWS! Then wrench and hammerlock, but Narita ducks the lariat! COBRA TWIST!

Chase endures, reaches out, but Narita shifts to a SLEEPER! Chase reaches out, but then Narita has the COBRA TWIST again! Chase taps, Narita wins!!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

FINALLY, a victory for Narita! He drags Chase down and out of the running, is there still hope for the Son of Strong Style as a Three Musketeer?

 

G1 Climax 33, B Block: Taichi VS El Phantasmo!

The Holy Emperor is just outside the top of the block, and the Headbanga is on the bubble! Will Taichi end ELP’s run to keep his alive? Or will ELP get a win on the KOPW Champion?

ELP tests Taichi’s mic, but it doesn’t work. ELP asks if Taichi knows that. Taichi just ignores that and puts the mic stand aside. Fans rally behind “E L P! E L P!” ELP offers a handshake and fans applaud. Taichi is wary, but he still shakes ELP’s hand. The bell rings and the two circle slowly. Fans rally up and Taichi gets fans cheering him on. The two tie up, ELP pushes Taichi back a step but Taichi pushes ELP back. They break, and Taichi avoids Sudden Death! ELP avoids Tensho Jujiho! Fans applaud, and then Taichi BOOTS! ELP BOOTS! Tachi BOOTS back! ELP BOOTS back! Taichi BOOTS again!

ELP wobbles and fans applaud as he comes back. ELP KICKS Taichi in the leg, but Taichi shrugs it off! ELP KICKS and KICKS but Taichi KICKS and down goes ELP! Fans fire up and ELP hobbles up and around. ELP comes back, and he CHOPS! Taichi smirks and he CHOPS! ELP sputters but walks it off. ELP comes back to CHOP again! Fans rally as Taichi CHOPS again! ELP eggs Taichi on so Taichi CHOPS! ELP CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS! Taichi SOBATS! Taichi whips ELP to ropes, ELP ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Taichi bails out and ELP handsprings up! Fans fire up as ELP aims, to PLANCHA! Direct hit at the ramp!

ELP gets the fans behind him as he brings Taichi up. ELP mule kicks, then goes up the apron! ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit at the ramp again! Fans fire up and ELP brings Taichi around. ELP CHOPS Taichi against railing! Fans rally up and ELP CHOPS again! ELP puts Taichi back in, fans rally up and he encourages it to get louder. ELP then aims from the corner, springboards in, but Taichi DECKS ELP! Taichi hurries to get ELP back up, to DANGEROUS SAIDO! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as ELP survives! ELP staggers up and to another corner, clutching a leg. Taichi KNEES ELP low! Taichi whips, then kitchen sink knees!

Taichi aims and KICKS ELP in the back! ELP falls over and we pass five minutes. Taichi drags ELP up, but ELP fights off the Cobra Twist! But Taichi powers through to have the abdominal stretch! Taichi pushes ELP, then wraps him in the Cobra Twist! ELP fights with elbows, reaches out for ropes, but Taichi pushes ELP’s head and neck down! ELP still flails and reaches out, to get the ROPEBREAK! Taichi lets go quickly and fans rally up again. Taichi storms back up to ELP but ELP throws body shots. Taichi kicks ELP and eggs him on, and ELP stands. ELP winds up to fire a forearm! Taichi wrenches to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK!

Fans fire back up as Taichi stalks ELP to a corner. Taichi drags ELP up, whips him corner to corner, and then runs in, but ELP goes up and over! ELP then ducks ‘n’ dodges and springboards to CROSSBODY! And LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this and fans rally back up. Both men stir, and ELP kips up! Fans fire up, ELP atomic drops then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Scoop and SLAM, and ELP goes to a corner! Fans rally, ELP hops up, and he FALLING AX HANDLES! Fans rally as ELP goes to the other corner, and he tunes up the band! Taichi rises, ELP aims, but Taichi dodgse Sudden Death!

Taichi BOOTS, ELP BOOTS, Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Fans fire up again as Taichi stands back up. OFF COME THE PANTS! Fans fire up as Taichi aims from the corner now. ELP rises, TENSHO- NO, ELP dodges! ELP BOOTS, Taichi BOOTS and ELP ENZI- NO, Taichi blocks! ELP sits back up, into a BUZZSAW! Fans fire up with Taichi now and he aims at ELP again. ELP stands, but he blocks Tensho! ELP spins Taichi, mule kicks, front kicks and ENZIGURIS! ELP brings Taichi up, straitjacket and torture rack, for the BURNING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and fans fire up again as we pass 10 minutes!

ELP shakes out his bad arm, goes back to a corner, and he retunes the band! Taichi rises, ELP aims, and SUDDEN- NO, Taichi blocks! Taichi flips ELP, he lands on his feet, and ELP dodges, but the AX BOMBER catches him! Fans fire up with Taichi and he hauls ELP up, SAIDO BRIDGE!! TWO!! Fans fire up again as Taichi roars! But ELP rises, too! SUDDEN DEATH!! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and fans rally up again. ELP pounds the mat and slashes his throat as he vows to end this! ELP reels Taichi in, but Taichi wrenches out and shoves, TENSHO JUJIHOU!! Both men are down again and fans fire back up!

Taichi rises, he storms around and gets ELP back up! Alabama Lift, but ELP fights it! ELP tucks the arms, but Taichi fights to the Alabama! ELP slips free, O’Conner, but Taichi trips him! GEDO CLUTCH!! TWO!?!? ELP escapes, and hurries to use the GEDO CLUTCH!! TWO!!! Fans are thunderous and ELP throws his elbow pads at Taichi! Taichi stands, ELP LARIATS! Taichi stays standing and he AX BOMBERS! But ELP stays up! ELP BACKHANDS, Taichi HAYMAKERS! Taichi ROUNDHOUSES, roars, TENSHO- SUDDEN DEATH!! And then ELP GEDO CLUTCH!! ELP WINS!!

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

The Headbanga snatches the victory from Taichi! Both are 3-3, but this win gives ELP the edge! Will ELP then block Taichi from getting to the quarterfinals?

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: SANADA VS Gabe Kidd!

The Cold Skull doesn’t need to sweat anything, he IS in the G1 Climax Quarterfinals. But then will he overlook this War Dog and get bit? Or will Gabe have nothing to show for his G1 run?

Gabe makes his entrance from the crowd side so he can storm over to English commentary and tell us, “I’m gonna beat the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, you better call that, Kevin! You better call that! You know what I’m on.” GK vows he’s gonna step up, and we’re about to see if he’s right. Sanada makes his entrance, but as he raises his world title, Gabe CLOBBERS him with the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag title! Fans boo as Gabe goes out, and he whips Sanada into railing! And then into more railing! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Gabe UPPERCUTS Sanada down! Gabe then storms off to grab a chair from under the ring.

Fans boo but Gabe soaks up the heat. The ref wants him to stop but Gabe shoves the ref down! Gabe swings, HEADSHOT!! Gabe flips off the fans and talks trash on Kaito even. Gabe puts Sanada in, he wants the bell, but the ref tells him to back off first. The bell rings, Gabe drags Sanada up, SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Gabe drags Sanada up, puts him on the top rope, and then SHOVES him to the floor! Fans boo more but Gabe goes out the side. Gabe grabs the world title from the timekeeper and he holds it up like he won it already. Fans boo but Gabe mocks Sanada by asking the fans get louder.

Gabe holds the belt up to soak up all the heat, and Gabe says he’s the future of this! But then he throws the belt away! Gabe tells the ref to count but the ref tells him to calm down. Gabe tells the ref to shut up and then he shoves the ref down! Gabe goes out to fetch Sanada, and CHOPS! Gabe takes Sanada out into the crowd fast, and fans move aside. Gabe SMACKS Sanada off an open chair! Gabe shouts at one lady who didn’t get out of her seat and a Young Lion gets her away. Gabe CHOPS Sanada again, then whips him to BOWL him into the chairs! Gabe smacks a Young Lion and tells the rest of the fans to move!

Gabe drags Sanada up, sits him in a chair, and CHOPS him again! Gabe then goes to another part of the crowd, has them clear out, just so he can have more space to run back in! Gabe CANNONBALLS and BOWLS Sanada into more chairs! Gabe stands back up and soaks up all the heat. Fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” as Gabe drags Sanada up and headlocks. Gabe brings Sanada into the ring, covers, TWO! Sanada is tougher than all that but Gabe continues to mock him. Gabe paces around Sanada, mocks the champ, “He’s a little b*tch!” Gabe drags Sanada up to suplex, but Sanada fights it! Sanada then suplexes Gabe!

Gabe fights that, and he BITES Sanada’s ear! The ref counts, Gabe lets off and runs, but Sanada dodges to dropkick a leg! Gabe hobbles, Sanada DROPKICKS Gabe down! Fans fire up as Gabe flops out of the ring. Sanada grits his teeth, goes to the ropes, and fans fire up as Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Gabe! And now fans get loud for Sanada! We pass five minutes, and Sanada whips Gabe into railing! The ring count starts, Sanada brings Gabe around and whips him into more railing! Sanada doesn’t let off, he drags Gabe out to the other corner of the crowd! We hit 10 of 20 as Sanada PILEDRIVERS to the floor!!

Fans fire up, Sanada hears the count hit 15 and he brings Gabe back. But Gabe whips Sanada into railing! Sanada tumbles over! We’re at 18!! Sanada hurries in at 19.9!! Gabe drags Sanada up, but Sanada suplexes first! MAGIC SCREW! Fans fire up as Sanada kips up! Sanada then fireman’s carries to TKO! Cover, TWO! Sanada puts Gabe in a drop zone and goes up top, ROUNDING BODY- NO, he has to land out as Gabe moves! Sanada runs in, but Gabe BOOTS him! Gabe goes up but Sanada’s right on him! Sanada fires hands, but Gabe BITES Sanada’s ear again! The ref counts, and Gabe lets off at 4.

Gabe drags Sanada up, HANGING GUILLOTINE! The ref counts, the fans boo, but Gabe lets go at 4. Sanada flops back, Gabe storms around, and then Gabe drags Sanada up. Suplex for the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up and Gabe looms over Sanada. Gabe drags Sanada up, reels him in, hooks a leg, but Sanada fights the driver! Gabe keeps trying but Sanada keeps fighting! Sanada then back drops Gabe away! Fans fire up, Sanada runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Sanada’s not done there, he clinches, but Gabe slips out and shoves Sanada at the ref! Sanada stops himself, but Gabe LOW BLOW UPPERCUTS!

Fans boo but Gabe gut wrenches! SPINNING TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Sanada survives and fans are thunderous! Gabe drags Sanada up but Sanada’s deadweight. The ref checks Sanada and he’s conscious, so Gabe drags him up. Sanada is still deadweight, so Gabe goes up top! ROUNDING BODY FLOP as Sanada moves! We pass 10 minutes and fans rally up again. Sanada goes to the corner, Gabe runs in but Sanada ELBOWS him! Sanada QUEBRADA to the dragon sleeper! But Gabe turns it around, lifts Sanada, but Sanada fights t the dragon sleeper! Gabe spins, suplexes, but Sanada lsips out!

Gabe bucks the O’Conner and BOOTS, but Sanada DROPKICKS! Gabe CHOPS, talks more trash, then CHOPS Sanada on the back! Sanada ROCKS, ROLLING ELBOWS, runs but Gabe uses the ref as a shield! Sanada moves the ref aside, Gabe DECKS Sanada with a closed fist! But Sanada FALLING LOW BLOWS Gabe! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Gabe drags himself up with ropes, runs in, but Sanada gets around to O’Conner NO BRIDGE! TWO!! SHINING WIZARD! Sanada drags Gabe back up, reels him in, DEADFALL!!! Cover, Sanada wins!

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

Gabe was #WarReady, but the Cold Skull still made it through! Will the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion stay spotless in the round robin and be a shoe-in for the quarterfinals?

 

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

The Silverback needs a win to stay in the running, but he’s up against the IWGP United States Champion who is determined to be B Block’s leader! Will this be the end for Loa’s G1 hopes? Or will he go Ape Shit on the Aerial Assassin?

The bell rings and fans rally up for Ospreay. Ospreay and Loa circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Loa digs in his heels and pushes Ospreay away. Fans rally up again and the two reset. They tie up, Ospreay headlocks, but Loa powers up and carries Ospreay to the apron! He sets Ospreay down easy, too, surprisingly. Ospreay lets off slowly, Loa backs away, and Loa even welcomes Ospreay into the ring. Ospreay is wary as Loa doesn’t stay that far away. Loa keeps with Ospreay as he keeps trying to step in through the ropes. Fans cheer, and then Ospreay fires forearms! Loa just laughs them off! And he DECKS Ospreay with one!

Loa drags Ospreay back up, and then TOSSES Ospreay in! Fans fire up and Loa brings Ospreay up again. Loa CLUBS Ospreay on the back, whips him to ropes, but Ospreay BOOTS! Loa rebounds, Ospreay dodges and rolls off his back! Loa blocks the superkick, rolls Ospreay up, TWO! Loa kicks low and fans applaud this quick exchange. Loa ROCKS Ospreay with a forearm, throws hands in the corner, then whips corner to corner. Loa runs in but Ospreay BOOTS him! Loa comes back, into BOOTS! Ospreay goes up, FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Ospreay CLUBS Loa. Ospreay stands Loa up to ROCK him with a forearm!

Ospreay storms up, but Loa blocks the whip by holding ropes! So Ospreay CHOPS! Ospreay whips, Loa reverses and back drops! Fans fire up and Ospreay bails out. Loa pursues, and he hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Ospreay writhes, Loa pushes him in, and then Loa slingshot SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Ospreay clutches his stomach but he’s still in this. Loa applauds with the fans, and then Loa brings Ospreay up. Loa bumps Ospreay off buckles, stomps a mudhole into him, but the ref counts. Loa lets off at 4, and we pass five minutes. Loa drags Ospreay up, fires forearms, but Ospreay storms around.

Fans fire up and Ospreay fires forearms on Loa! Loa just powers up to DECK Ospreay! Loa then hauls Ospreay up to suplex! Uno Amigo! And then another suplex, DOS AMIGOS! Loa keeps on Ospreay, and he stalls and even marches around, TWENTY COUNT on the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!!  Ospreay survives, but Loa keeps cool. Loa stands Ospreay up but Ospreay fires forearms! Loa pokes Ospreay in the eye! Loa CLUBS Ospreay, whips him to ropes, but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Ospreay and Loa go to opposite corners, and Ospreay runs in to BOOT!

Ospreay pushes Loa and then goes to the apron. Springboard, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Loa is still in this but Ospreay fires up! Fans fire up with Ospreay and he drags Loa up! Ospreay underhooks but Loa fights, so Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! But Loa blocks the chop! Loa body blows, uppercuts, and repeat! Fans fire up as Loa backs Ospreay into the corner, then fires off more and more and more and more! Then he CHOPS Ospreay off his feet! Loa brings Ospreay up, and whips him corner to corner, to then run in and clothesline! Loa whips Ospreay out to send him back in, for another clothesline!

Ospreay sputters and Loa waits on him. Waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay lands on his feet! ROUNDHOUSE! Loa stays up and roars, but Ospreay swats the haymaker to HOOK KICK! Ospreay underhooks, but Loa fights free to scoop! APE- NO, Ospreay slips off to HOOK KICK again! Ospreay runs, but into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ospreay and Loa sit up, they crawl to each other, and Loa fires a forearm. Ospreay sits up, shakes his head, and he stands to fire a forearm! Loa fires a forearm back! Ospreay staggers, Loa eggs him on, and we hit 10 minutes!

Ospreay fires a forearm, Loa fires it back, and they go back and forth! Fans rally as they pick up speed, and Loa gets the edge! Ospreay wobbles, and Loa HEADBUTTS him down! Fans rally up, Ospreay growls and stands up to fire Kawada Kicks! Ospreay then fires forearm after forearm! Ospreay backs Loa down to a corner, fires off more shots, the ref counts and backs Ospreay off. Ospreay shoves the ref away, and Loa DECKS Ospreay!! Fans fire up with Loa as he runs, to LARIAT Ospreay inside-out! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives but Loa powers up! Loa drags Ospreay up, reels him in and scoops, but Ospreay STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRES!

Ospreay runs, springboard, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Loa survives but Ospreay drags him to a drop zone! Ospreay fires up and climbs and the fans fire up with him! LEAP OF FAITH, but Ospreay has to land out as Loa moves! Loa goes outside, Ospreay PLANCHAS into an uppercut! Both men are down and the fans rally back up. Loa roars and he rises again, then he stomps away on Ospreay! Loa drags Ospreay up, and he whips Ospreay at the railing! Ospreay stops himself, then SUPERKICKS back! Ospreay calls his shot, jumps up onto the railing, but Loa anchors him! Young Lions hurry to clear the fans out, and Loa LAUNCHES Ospreay into the seats!!

Fans fire up while Loa goes out to fetch Ospreay! Ospreay sits up in a chair, Loa clears some space, and then Loa runs in to SPEAR Ospreay into more chairs!! The ring count starts as both men are down! The count passes 10 of 20, and Loa rises. Loa leaves Ospreay behind as the count hits 15! Loa gets back to ringside at 17 but Ospreay is still down! Ospreay scrambles up at 18, but Loa SPEARS him down again!! Loa is in, Ospreay is out, LOA WINS!!

Winner: Tanga Loa, by count-out (gains 2 points; Ospreay earns 0)

Jado celebrates with the Silverback as he finds a way to stop the IWGP United States Champion! Did Loa just change the whole landscape of the quarterfinals with this? Will he be able to do it again in the seventh round when he goes against Kazuchika Okada?

 

G1 Climax 33, A Block: Shota Umino VS Yota Tsuji!

Both men are holding onto the edge, but someone has to fall! Will the Roughneck continue his Paradigm Shift in NJPW? Or will this be the resurgence of the GENE1?

Fans rally for “YO~TA! YO~TA!” and Tsuji grins as he encourages them to keep going. The bell rings and Shota runs in to SHOTGUN Tsuji down! Shota drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips. Tsuji reverses, but Shota holds ropes. Shota dodges then arm-drags, ELBOWS, and basement dropkicks! Fans fire up with Shota and he stomps away on Tsuji. Shota brings Tsuji up and around to CLUB him on the back. Tsuji goes to a corner, Shota ROCKS him then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Shota runs in but blocks a boot. Tsuji breaks free to then bring Shota down with the STOMP! Fans fire up while Shota goes to the apron.

Tsuji runs side to side to baseball slide Shota to the floor! Tsuji then runs and DIVES! Direct hit and they go into railing! Fans fire up with Tsuji and Tsuji does a full lap around the ring. Tsuji drags Shota up, puts him in the ring, and fans applaud. Tsuji grins and he steps back in, to then stomp Shota around. Tsuji drags Shota up, bump him off buckles, then RAMS his shoulder in again and again! Tsuji scoops Shota, SLAMS him, then runs to SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Shota is hanging tough but Tsuji just grins. Fans rally as Tsuji stands and Shota writhes. Tsuji drags Shota up, brings him around, and cravats for a neck wrench.

Shota endures, Tsuji snapmares and shifts to a chinlock. Shota endures, kicks around, but Tsuji leans on the hold. Tsuji squeezes tight, but Shota fights up to throw elbows and body shots! Tsuji ROCKS Shota, ROCKS him again, but Shota hits back with forearms of his own! Shota ROCKS Tsuji, but then Tsuji BODY SHOTS! Shota falls right over and fans fire up! Tsuji paces around Shota, then gives him some toying kicks. Shota goes to ropes, grits his teeth as he drags himself up, but Tsuji stomps him down! Tsuji slaps Shota around, mockingly asks what’s wrong, and we pass five minutes as Shota fires forearms!

Tsuji KNEES Shota low! Tsuji whips, Shota reverses to scoop and DOPR, then runs to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Shota and now they shift from “Yota!” to “SHOTA! SHOTA!” Shota whips Yota to a corner, runs in, and UPPERCUTS! FISHERMAN SUPELX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Shota fires up! Shota drags Tsuji up, but Tsuji fights the clinch. So Shota knees low! Tsuji still fights the lift, so Shota whips him to a corner. Tsuji comes back, but into an EXPLODER! Tsuji flops out of the ring, fans fire up and duel, “SHOTA!” “YOTA!” and Shota aims from the apron. Tsuji stands, into a CANNONBALL from Shota!

Fans fire up with Shota again and he storms back to Tsuji. Shota puts Tsuji in the ring, climbs a corner, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota then hurries to dragon sleeper and fisherman, TRIDENT! Cover, TWO! Tsuji survives but Shota goes to a corner. Fans rally up, Shota takes aim, and Shota runs in, but Tsuji scoops to tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans rally up! Tsuji sits up, grits his teeth and then rises up. Tsuji drags Shota up, reels him in, but Shota fights the suplex! Tsuji powers through but Shota fights free! Shota blocks the kick, but Tsuji catches the uppercut to backslide!

Shota rolls through and he blocks the knee! But then Tsuji ROCKS Shota! Tsuji whips but Shota reverses to DROPKICK! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up! Shota rises, he drags Tsuji up and around to waistlock. Tsuji fights the lift, throws elbows, then runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, to RANA! Shota tumbles out of the ring as we hit 10 minutes! Tsuji gets the fans to cheer louder and louder, and then he builds speed! But Shota CLUBS Tsuji first! Tsuji runs back in, ROCKS Shota, but Shota avoids the shoulder to DROPKICK him down! Tsuji falls back into the ring, but Shota runs in from the railing to DRIVE-BY DROPKICK!

Shota shouts at Tsuji to stand up, and Tsuji does. Shota slingshots, DDT! Fans fire up and Shota waits on Tsuji to rise. Tsuji stands, Shota runs in to kick and underhook! But Tsuji fights and back drops free! Fans fire up as both men grit their teeth and stand up. Shota rushes in, but into a BACKBREAKR, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Tsuji runs, to CURB STOMP!! Fans fire up with Tsuji and he aims from the corner! Shota rises, and he ducks the spear to roll Tsuji back, into an STF!! Tsuji endures, reaches out, claws his way over, but Shota pulls back on the crossface! Tsuji still fights forward, but Shota CLUBS away on his neck!

Shota pulls on that crossface, but Tsuji refuses to stop here! Tsuji reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Shota lets go in frustration while fans fire up! Shota rises and he stalks Tsuji to a corner. Shota stomps Tsuji, and again, and again. Shota eggs Tsuji on, but Tsuji just grins! So Shota throws a forearm! Shota asks what’s so funny, but Tsuji keeps grinning. Shota throws another forearm, then another! Tsuji sits back, but Shota brings him up again, to fire another forearm! The fans rally up again, this time for “YOTA! YOTA!” Shota kicks Tsuji around and throws more forearms, but Tsuji stands. Shota throws another forearm! And another!

We pass 15 minutes and Tsuji hits back! The forearms go back and forth, but then Shota HAMMERS away on Tsuji’s back and stomps him down! But Tsuji stands right up to fire off forearms! Shota hits back, it is a fast and furious brawl! Fans fire up as the shots keep going, and Tsuji gets the edge! Shota eggs him on, then fires back! Shota UPPERCUTS, but Tsuji comes back, into a POP-UP KNEE! But Tsuji JUMP KNEES and SUPERKICKS! Shota ROLLING ELBOWS and ENZIGURI! Tsuji ROCKS Shota, Shota roars, Tsuji HEADBUTTS Shota down!! And then falls down, too! Fans are thunderous as Red Shoes checks them both.

The fans rally and duel, “SHOTA!” “YOTA!” Both men stir, and Tsuji sits up first. Shota crawls to a corner but Tsuji roars as he rises up! Tsuji aims from the opposite corner, runs in at Shota, STINGER SPLASH! Tsuji puts Shota up as we hit the three minute warning! Tsuji climbs up and fans fire up! Tsuji brings Shota to the very top, clinches, and SUPER SPANISH FLIES!! Cover, TWO!!! Shota survives but Tsuji gets him up to suplex, ORANGE CRUSH!! Cover, TWO!!! Shota survives again but Tsuji roars!! Fans are thunderous as Tsuji aims from a corner! Shota stirs, and we hit the two minute warning!

Tsuji runs in, but Shota DOUBLE STOMPS the spear!! Fans fire up with Shota now as he pounds the mat! Shota drags himself up, aims from a corner, and Shota runs in, IGNITION!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tsuji survives but Shota doesn’t waste time! Shota lifts Tsuji, underhooks, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO!??! Tsuji survives again and we’re at the last minute! Shota drags Tsuji up, underhooks, but Tsuji wrenches out! POP-UP GENE BLAST!!! Cover, TSUJI WINS!!

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

At just after 19 minutes, Tsuji snatches the victory away from Shota! And even bigger than staying alive in the G1, is the fact that this is only Tsuji’s second win over Shota ever! And Tsuji makes sure Shota knows it by throwing him outta the ring! Will this be all the momentum Tsuji needs to take a spot in the quarterfinals?

 

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

The Rainmaker lost to Will Ospreay last round, but his G1 threepeat isn’t impossible just yet! Will he break the Fang Revived? Or will Kenta make Okada #GoToSleep in the main event?

The bell rings and fans rally and duel between “O-KA-DA!” and “KEN~TA!” as the two stare down. Red Shoes figures it’s rather even, but then Kenta bails out. Kenta wants the fans to keep going, and they cheer for “KEN~TA! KEN~TA!” Kenta likes that, and he slides back in. Only to roll right out the side. Okada is patient as he watches Kenta go around the corner. Kenta hops up to the apron and steps inside, but then steps back out. Okada goes to the ropes, but Kenta keeps his distance. Kenta wants Okada to step back, so Okada obliges. Kenta takes his time going around the way, and then he checks something at the timekeeper’s desk.

Kenta steps to the apron, Red Shoes has Okada give Kenta space, but Kenta still takes his time stepping in. Okada rushes up but Kenta slips right back out! Fans cheer the trolling, and Kenta goes around the way again. Okada rushes out but Kenta slides in! Now Kenta dares Okada to come back. Okada takes his time going around the outside, then rushes in! Kenta slides out! The cat ‘n’ mouse game continues, and Okada fakes going out and has Kenta! Kenta apologizes but Okada stomps him! And CLUBS him! And ROCKS him with a forearm! Okada whips, Kenta holds ropes and bails out! Okada rushes out but Kenta RAMS him into the apron!

Kenta UPPERCUTS, then he whips Okada into railing hard! Okada goes down in a heap and Kenta stomps him around. Kenta kicks Okada, drags him up and KICKS him in the back! And again! Kenta brings Okada around, POSTS him, and Okada falls over. Kenta drags Okada up, brings him around and puts him back in the ring. Fans cheer and Kenta storms up to KICK Okada in the chest! And again! Okada eggs Kenta on so Kenta KICKS him again! And again! Okada ROCKS Kenta with a forearm! Kenta catches the next one to spin Okada to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Kenta wraps Okada up in a headscissors!

Okada endures and the fans rally up. Okada moves around, but Kenta squeezes tighter! Okada still kicks his way forward, but Kenta drags him back! Kenta puts on the pressure, but Okada moves around to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kenta claims Okada’s the one holding on. Red Shoes has the headscissors undone and Kenta stands. Kenta drags Okada up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kenta clamps onto Okada with a chinlock and grinds him down! Okada endures, fights up, throws elbows, but Kenta throws Okada down by his hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta paces around.

Kenta kicks at Okada, toying with him. Okada rises and he blocks a kicks to ROCK Kenta! Okada CLUBS away on Kenta, then ROCKS him again! Kenta ROCKS Okada right back! Kenta eggs Okada on and Okada ROCKS Kenta! Kenta ROCKS Okada again! Okada snarls but Kenta KICKS him to the corner! Kenta digs his boot in but Red Shoes reprimands. Red Shoes then counts, and Kenta lets off quickly. Kenta drags Okada up to snapmare and KICK him in the back! Then Kenta drops a knee! And another! And then brings down the kneepad, to JUMP, and scuff Okada! Fans cheer the trolling as Kenta then drops that bare knee into Okada’s back!

Kenta drags Okada up, but Okada fires forearms! Kenta knees low! Kenta whips, Okada reverses and runs in, but Kenta avoids the elbow! Only for Okada to BOOT him down on the return! Fans fire up while both men are down. Okada rises first, and he brings Kenta around to fire off forearm after forearm! Okada whips, avoids Kenta’s boot and then ELBOWS Kenta down! Fans rally up and Okada drags Kenta up. Okada whips Kenta corner to corner, runs in and BACK ELBOWS! Then kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps cool as we pass five minutes. Okada gut wrenches but Kenta fights and claws free!

Kenta goes to a corner, Okada runs in but into a BOOT! Kenta goes up, reels Okada in, but Okada denies the tornado! Okada puts Kenta back up top, and he DROPKICKS Kenta to the floor! Fans rally up while both men are down again! Okada goes out to fetch Kenta, and he whips Kenta to railing! Okada runs in to BOOT Kenta over the railing and into No Man’s Land! Fans rally as Okada then drags Kenta up and over the railing, only for Kenta to fight that and POST Okada! Kenta then puts Okada on railing, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Both men are down and Red Shoes checks on them both.

Fans rally again as Kenta and Okada stir. The ring count starts, and Kenta drags himself up and in at 6 of 20. Okada stirs at 9, sits up at 12, and pushes himself up at 15. Okada slides in at 17, but Kenta is ready in the other corner! Kenta runs in to JUMP KICK! And then Kenta runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Kenta roars as he goes to the corner! Kenta climbs, DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives Kenta’s coup de grace but Kenta slashes his throat! Kenta drags Okada up, fireman’s carries, but Okada fights with elbows! Kenta ROCKS Okada, but Okada ROCKS Kenta!

The forearms keep going back and forth, but Kenta SOBATS! Kenta runs in, but Okada pops him up to an Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally up for “O-KA-DA!” Okada rises and he drags Kenta up by a wristlock. Okada wrenches to put on the MONEY CLIP! Kenta grabs at Red Shoes! Red Shoes reprimands, he gets free, but Kenta grabs for ropes now! Okada brings Kenta back, but Kenta RAMS Okada into Red Shoes and the corner! Kenta kicks low and DDTS Okada down! We hit 10 minutes as Kenta kicks Red Shoes out of the ring! Kenta then goes to get a kendo stick from under the ring!

Kenta SMACKS Okada on the back! Kenta grins as fans boo, and Kenta SMACKS Okada again! And again! And then he SMACKS Okada in the ribs, and SMACKS him on the back! Kenta mocks the fans by booing them and flipping them off. But then Okada SHOTGUNS Kenta down! Fans fire up as Okada has the stick! Okada throws the stick out! But Kenta has the Defy Championship! Okada SHOTGUNS Kenta again! Okada shouts for Red Shoes and Red Shoes gets in the ring. Okada brings Kenta up to short arm LARIAT! But Okada holds onto the wrist and we hit the three minute warning! Short arm LARIAT again!

Fans fire up as Okada ripcords, but Kenta catches the lariat to a cradle! TWO!! Okada escapes, scoops Kenta, and SPINNING TOMBSTONES! Okada then drags Kenta up, brings him around, DISCUS- CROSS COUNTER! Kenta fires off overhand palm strikes again and again and again, until Okada falls! Kenta mocks the Rainmaker Pose! Ripcord, BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta runs again, another BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! And two minutes left!! Kenta fireman’s carries, but Okada slips off! Backslide, roll through, RAIN- BOOT! Kenta URAKEN! URAKEN! But Okada DROPKICKS back! Fans fire up as Okada rises!

Kenta runs in, but Okada catches him! And pops him around, into a POWERSLAM! Okada drags Kenta up, ripcords, RAIN- NO, Kenta ducks! Okada hurries after Kenta to keep him in the ring! Scoop and LANDSLIDE! Then Okada drags Kenta up at the last minute! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!

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

And with just under a minute to go, Okada brings Kenta down! And he mocks Kenta with a Too Sweet! Kenta is out of the running, and is facing Yoshi-Hashi next round. Will Kenta find a way to finish his G1 strong?

As for Okada, he gets the mic and catches his breath to say, “MY FIFTH WIIIN~!” Fans cheer that, and Okada thanks them all for their “red hot support” tonight. Okada then admits, “That’s a champion, that Kenta. I don’t know what the hell belt that is, but you clearly have a champion’s will. That helped make today even hotter.” Fans cheer that, and Okada continues to say he is back at the top of B Block. “Next, I’ll show everyone in Osaka the strength of Kazuchika Okada.” Fans like the sound of that! Okada says he’ll “eat well, rest up, and head to my third consecutive G1 Climax trophy!” The fans also love the sound of that!

Okada says just you wait, he’ll return here as the G1 winner. “So please bring this same heat, then! We’re past halfway in the G1, but the summer heat continues! Kazuchika Okada will win the G1 Climax again, come back to Takamatsu, and MAKE IT RAIN~!” Fans fire up for that! Will Okada not evaporate in the heat, and accomplish a historic threepeat?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

Sanada: 6-0, 12 points [QUALIFIED, A1]
Hikuleo: 3-3, 6 points
Kaito Kiyomiya: 2-2-2, 6 points
Yota Tsuji: 2-2-2, 6 points
Shota Umino: 2-2-2, 6 points
Gabe Kidd: 2-3-1, 5 points
Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Ren Narita: 1-3-2, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Kazuchika Okada: 5-1, 10 points [QUALIFIED]
Will Ospreay: 4-2, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 3-3, 6 points
Taichi: 3-3, 6 points
Tanga Loa: 3-3, 6 points
Kenta: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Great-O-Khan: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great penultimate round A and B Blocks in the G1 before each block gets their own individual day this weekend and beyond. Sanada is spotless for good reason, and Okada winning to be back up in B Block were expected, but what a great win for Loa to bring Ospreay down a spot. Ospreay’s final round robin match is with ELP, and ELP had a great match with Taichi and a great win. ELP could not just spoil things for Ospreay, but he could totally take that second seed spot from him, that is going to be a lot of fun.

While Sanada is number one in A Block, the fight for second is a wild mess. So many draws, and we’ve got FOUR guys with 6 points, and then Gabe with 5. Gabe and Tsuji meet in the final round, so if Gabe wins, he’ll have 7 points. However, Hikuleo and Shota Umino are also a final round match, and if one of them wins to get 8 points, Gabe is done. Actually, even if Hiku and Shota draw, they’ll each have 7 points, and then Shota has the win over Gabe when they faced off, so Shota would make it through by default. Gabe’s kinda screwed unless there’s a no contest or something. Honestly, it feels like Kaito should go forward, I need there to be at least the potential of Okada VS Kaito, that’d be amazing.

My Score: 8.8/10


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

LIGHTS OUT!

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Now this is a LEGIT grudge match!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Athena is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Dalton Castle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Lance Archer & The Righteous, by pinfall

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

 

MXM Collection speaks.

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

 

Red Velvet VS Maya World!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

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

 

Evil Uno is here!

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

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

Evil Uno VS Katsuyori Shibata!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by referee stoppage

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

 

Shane Taylor speaks.

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

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

 

Queen Aminata VS Mackenzie Morgan!

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

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

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

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall

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

 

Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jack Perry speaks.

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

 

Toni Storm is here!

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

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

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

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

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

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

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9.1/10


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