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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (8/10/23)

Who will step to the throne?

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ROH Wrestling 2023

There can only be ONE #1 contender!

Samoa Joe is ready to go All In, but he still must defend his ROH World Television Championship. Who wins the tournament to be his next challenger?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dalton Castle w/ “The Baby Chicks” VS Slim J; Castle wins.
  • The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson VS Lucky Ali & Brady Pierce; The Iron Savages win.
  • The Infantry w/ Trish Adora VS Zicky Dice & Movie Myk; The Infantry wins.
  • Lee Moriarty VS Andrew Everett; Moriarty wins.
  • Tony Nese w/ The Varsity Athletes VS Pat Buck; Nese wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Rachael Ellering; Athena wins and denies Rachael a title match.
  • High Stakes Tag: The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana VS The Workhorsemen; The Gates of Agony win and deny The Workhorsemen an ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship opportunity.
  • Leyla Hirsch VS Angelica Risk; Leyla wins.
  • Cole Karter VS Rhett Titus; Karter wins.
  • Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade VS Billie Starkz; Billie wins.
  • ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament Finals: Gravity VS Shane Taylor; Shane wins and will challenge Samoa Joe for the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dalton Castle w/ “The Baby Chicks” VS Slim J!

The Peacock is without his Boys, Brandon & Brent Tate, because one, they got pulverized by The Gates of Agony last week, and two, they need to be at their best for their match with Samoa Joe next week. But that’s alright, Castle brings FOUR boys with him now to make up for it! Will Castle still keep up the momentum as the true star of ROH Television?

There’s a bit of trash talk, but the Code of Honor is still upheld, though Slim is reluctant. The bell rings, the two tie up and Castle smothers Slim to then waistlock and SLAM! Fans rally and Castle waistlocks again, and he SLAMS Slim again! Castle waistlocks, and he gator rolls Slim around. Slim scrambles to the ropes, then ELBOWS Castle away! Castle runs in but Slim kicks low and RANAS him away! Castle flounders, Slim DROPKICKS him down! Fans boo but Slim soaks it up. Slim drags Castle up, but Castle scoops Slim! Slim claws Castle’s eyes! Fans boo but Slim grins, then he CLUBS Castle on the back!

Slim throws hands, but Castle ROCKS him in return! Castle ROCKS Slim again, then JABS! Castle puts Slim in a corner to UPPERCUT! Castle whips corner to corner, Castle runs in, but Slim dodges! Slim dodges again, goes up, and goes around to FLYING SCREW KICK! Fans fire up for the show of agility, and Slim rips his shirt! Slim goes after Castle and he rains down fists! Slim wants to use his ripped up shirt on Castle but the ref confiscates that. Slim CHOKES Castle with his bare hands! Castle shoves Slim away but Slim dropkicks the legs out! Slim “rides the pony” and then hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! No cover, Slim goes to the chinlock!

Fans rally as Castle fights up, but Slim wrangles Castle down! Slim keeps on the chinlock, then shifts to an armlock. Slim talks trash, throws hands, but Castle CHOPS! They fire shots back and forth, Slim springboards, but into BANGA- NO, Slim grabs ropes in time! Slim escapes to the apron, RAMS into Castle, then goes up the corner. But Castle kicks the legs out! Slim is stuck, Castle goes out to the apron and runs in, to KNEE Slim to the floor! Fans fire up and Castle fetches Slim into the ring. Castle picks Slim up, and gives him an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Castle stalks Slim to ropes. And then picks him up, for another EXPLODER!

Fans fire up for Castle as he storms up on Slim again, to shove, clinch, and pop up to an Alabama Lift! BANGAAAAAARANG!! Cover, Castle wins!

Winner: Dalton Castle, by pinfall

The Peacock put some extra rotations on that one to make a point! While someone else gets their shot at Samoa Joe first, will Castle build momentum and be unstoppable going towards the TV title?

 

Backstage interview with Tony Nese & Mark Sterling.

Lexi Nair is with The Premier Athlete & Smart Mark and brings up that later tonight, Tony Nese takes on Pat Buck here on ROH. Mark has bad news: they are NOT having the match. Nese says that isn’t so bad, though. For the people of South Carolina, this is good news. The second Nese stepped off the plan, he thought he was at a Jabba the Hutt convention! He asked a local where the nearest health food store was, and the guy led Nese to a damn Waffle House! This place doesn’t need wrestling, it needs an intervention! Mark says this place has an obesity epidemic. And Nese is not going to sit on his butt and let that happen. Instead of a match, it will be GROUP TRAINING!

And Lexi, you should join in. You could use it. Wow, okay. Nese & Mark head out, will Pat Buck have something to say about this supposed change of plans?

 

The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson VS Lucky Ali & Brady Pierce!

The beefy ‘n’ bulky, jacked ‘n’ juice Bronson & Boulder have come close to winning the Six Man Tag AND the World Tag Team Championships, but those defeats aren’t slowing them down! Will everyone soon be sippin’ the Savage Sauce?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but Bronson’s grip is rough! Ali gets away, the bell rings, and Bronson ties up with Ali. Bronson shoves Ali down, flexes, and Ali scrambles to the corner. Pierce coaches Ali up and he storms up to Bronson. They tie up, Ali headlocks, but Bronson powers out. Ali hurdles, but Bronson scoops! Ali slips free, throat chops, then gets around to REVERSE JAWBREAKER! Well, guess that makes it a neckbreaker? Well, Ali turns Bronson around, but Bronson powers out of the normal neckbreaker to POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Bronson has a sip of the sauce! Bronson shouts “I’M GONNA BUST!”

Bronson fires off haymakers and body shots in the corner, then UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Bronson and he drags Ali to bump him off buckles. Tag to Boulder, he whips Bronson in to SPLASH! Then feed to a back drop! Ali writhes and Boulder flexes. Pierce tags in and storms up to Boulder. Pierce dodges a haymaker, headlocks, but Boulder powers up and out. They RAM shoulders and Pierce staggers back. Boulder flexes, but Pierce pie faces him! Boulder wags his finger, swings, but Pierce dodges to ROCK- Er, maybe not! Boulder takes that haymaker and then trophy lifts Pierce! But Pierce fights free!

Pierce kicks a leg out, runs, Ali tags in, Boulder scoops Pierce but Ali runs in! But Boulder catches him, too! SIDEWALK SCRAPBUSTER SLAM COMBO! Fans fire up and the straps come down! Bronson runs and Boulder gives him a boost to DIVE! Direct hit into Pierce at the ramp! Fans fire up again and Bronson hurries back up. Tag to Bronson, he goes up the corner, and Boulder has Ali in the drop zone! Fans fire up as Boulder stomps his way over, puts Bronson on his shoulders, SAVAGE SPLASH!! Cover, The Savages win!

Winners: The Iron Savages, by pinfall

Jameson celebrates with his guys, these hosses are back on the winning track! Will they get another shot at tag titles soon enough?

 

The Infantry w/ Trish Adora VS Zicky Dice & Movie Myk!

Speaking of teams chasing the titles, Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo are marching up the ranks one win at a time! Will tattoos and attitude see them through? Or will rolling The Dice and watching The Movie spoil things for them?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Dean starts against Myk. The fans rally up and the two circle. Myk tunes out the cheers for The Infantry, then he ties up with Dean. Myk wrenches, wristlocks, and CLUBS the arm. Dean rolls, kips up, and wrenches back! Dean has the wristlock, CLUBS the arm, and then hammerlocks to a headlock. Myk powers up and out, but Dean runs him over! Fans cheer as Dean salutes. Things speed up, Myk hurdles and says “End scene!” But he turns around and the “next” scene is an arm-drag from Dean! And then a dropkick! Myk staggers up, into another arm-drag!

Dean grinds Myk down, Myk fights up but Dean puts him in the corner. Tag to Bravo and he JABS! JABS! And ELBOWS! Bravo asks the ref to hold on, and then he ROCKS Myk! Bravo swaggers and runs back in, to juke, fake Myk out, and DECK him! Cover, TWO! Bravo brings Myk up but Myk RAMS him into the corner! And again! And again! Myk JABS, then tags to Dice. Dice CHOKES Bravo, then ROCKS him! Dice brings Bravo around, talks trash to Dean, and whips him. Bravo reverses but Dice goes up and over, tag to Myk and Dice RANAS Bravo into buckles! Myk KICKS Bravo out of the corner, and Dice brings him around.

Myk and Dice double back suplex, but Bravo lands out of it! Myk whips Dice in but Bravo goes up and over and around Myk, hot tag to Dean! The Captain rallies on Dice & Myk! Dice dodges, swings, misses, and Dean JABS! JABS! JABS! Salute and haymaker, but Dice dodges, only for the SOUTHPAW to send Dice out! Fans fire up as Dean watches Myk. Myk swings but Dean dodges and float-over DDTs! Fans fire up as Dean kips up! Time for #BootCamp! Tag to Bravo, Dean clinches and Bravo runs, BOOT RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! Cover, The Infantry wins!

Winners: The Infantry, by pinfall

Myk could not make it through Boot Camp, and now Dean & Bravo are one step closer! But with Aussie Open defending the tag titles at All In against MJF & Adam Cole, just who will The Infantry be aiming for?

 

Backstage interview with Leyla Hirsch.

Lexi is with LEGIT Leyla and says that ever since coming to ROH, Leyla has just dominated. What is her plan on continuing this momentum? Good question, glad you asked. Since coming to ROH, Leyla has LEGIT beaten every single person that has stepped to her. So what’s next? Well, that’s obvious. She wants her shot at the ROH Women’s World Championship! Athena has been very dominant, but- In steps Maria Kanellis-Bennett. The First Lady of Wrestling tells Leyla that she has been legit. And Maria has been very impressed. But Maria thinks Leyla still needs to build confidence. And she means that in a good way.

But right now, the more wins Leyla gets, the more confident and legit she will get. So she has her match tonight and Maria will be watching. Leyla is legit confused by Maria’s observation, will Maria see that confidence in action tonight?

 

Lee Moriarty VS Andrew Everett!

Big Bill has been hanging out with The Mogul Embassy, so #TAIGASTYLE is looking to sharpen his fangs in single competition. Will there be no denying Moriarty his shot at a title? Or will “The Apex of Agility” quickly rise up the ranks in his own right?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Lee headlocks. Lee grinds the hold, throws some quick shots, but Andrew powers up and out. Lee runs him over! Lee Heismans on him, things speed up, and Andrew hurdles, but Lee trips him to stomp a leg and basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Lee CHOPS Andrew to a corner. Lee whips Andrew, Andrew goes up and out and shoulders into Lee! Andrew springboards, Lee gets under, but Andrew handsprings and comes back. Andrew sweeps the legs, handsprings, and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up and Andrew goes to a corner.

Andrew climbs, but Lee rolls away. Andrew hops down, dodges Lee and DROPKICKS! Lee goes to ropes, Andrew whips but Lee reverses, wrenches, and STOMPS the arm! Andrew goes to ropes but Lee clamps onto him! Lee wraps the arm around ropes and CLUBS away on Andrew! The ref counts, then backs Lee off. The ref and Lee argue and Lee apologizes. Lee brings Andrew around to HALF HATCH and BRIDGE! TWO! But Lee holds the bridge and shakes his head. Fans fire up and Lee storms up on Andrew again. Lee wrenches to snapmare and stand on the arm, to STOMP it! Andrew writhes to ropes but Lee stalks him.

Lee grabs the arm, brings Andrew up and wrenches again. Andrew ROCKS Lee with a forearm, but Lee wrenches again! Andrew throws another forearm, and another, and another! Lee holds onto the wrist to reel Andrew into a KNEE! Lee runs, but Andrew follows, springboards, QUEBRADA! Fans fire up and Andrew then dodges a clothesline to PELE! Fans fire up and Andrew suplexes, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Lee survives but Andrew brings him to a drop zone. Andrew goes up the corner, fans rally up, and Andrew SHOOTING STAR FLOPS as Lee moves! Lee runs in to LARIAT! Lee fires up and fans are torn!

Lee drags Andrew up, wrenches, Bow ‘n’ Arrow lift, SPIN OUT FACEBUSTER! BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Andrew taps, Lee wins!

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by submission

Lee holds on to make Andrew suffer! And then he fakes Andrew out on the Code of Honor so he can take a victory lap. Everett wasn’t a mountain of a man but Lee still brought him crumbling down! Will Lee finally reach the summit and grab some gold?

 

Tony Nese w/ The Varsity Athletes VS Pat Buck!

“Smart” Mark has a mic to tell everyone to hold on. Because he knows everyone in the South has a hard time understanding the “eloquent” speech of those from New York, Sterling has advised his client to speak… very… slowly…! Nese has the mic to say “South Carolina, the least important of the Carolinas… I mean, it’s pretty sad when the healthiest choice in this town is a Waffle House!” Fans cheer for Waffle House and he says of course they would, you gluttons! Nese says this is the most energy they’ve all used over an entire month! Obesity is an epidemic, and Nese has found ground zero!

BUT, Nese will do them all a favor. Seeing as he is a personal trainer himself, he is going to get them all in the best shape of their lives, they’ll be the fittest persons walking the trailer park! So he decided to cancel his match and the rest of the show, so we can all do GROUP TRAINING! Stand up! Get off your lazy asses! Reach up and stretch as far as you can! Stretch those scrawny arms attached to those potato bodies! Now, let’s do some jumping jacks! Let’s see what you can do! Yes, good, now they’re moving. What is this? These are the sloppiest jumping jacks ever! But wait, here comes Pat Buck! Will the Premier Athlete fail to break the Man of Iron?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans rally for Pat and Waffle House, and one of those ties up with Nese. Nese waistlocks and SLAMS Pat down, then does push-ups. Fans boo but Pat just shakes his head. Pat and Nese circle, feel things out, and they tie up. Pat kicks, wrenches, trips Nese, and YANKS the leg! Fans fire up as Pat does push-ups! Nese is flustered and he decides to do more push-ups. Fans boo, but Pat decides to bring down the straps and do push-ups, too! But he avoids Nese’s cheap shot to trip him again! And then hip toss! Nese goes to a corner, Pat gets him for a MONKEY FLIP!

Nese flounders to a corner, Pat headlocks for a takeover! Fans fire up but Nese fights up. Fans chant “WE WANT WAFFLES!” but Nese powers out. Pat sees Mark there and stops himself, and he kicks at Mark. Mark backs off, but Pat turns around into a throat chop! Nese then hits a BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Pat sputters, Nese runs in to LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Fans fire up but Nese tells the fatties to just go get their waffles. Nese drags Pat up and tosses him out, and then argues with the ref so Mark can stomp Pat! Fans boo that poor excuse for a lawyer and manager, but Nese stomps Pat at the ropes.

Pat goes to a corner, Nese reels him in and puts him up top. Nese has Pat in a Tree of Woe, and goes corner to corner, just to slide and do AB CRUNCH KICKS! Pat flops out of the corner, Nese dusts himself off, but Pat throws body shots! Pat UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS, and UPPERCUTS! Nese shoves Pat and ROCKS him with a forearm! Nese fireman’s carries, but Pat slips off! Nese holds ropes, breaks the grip and KICKS Pat in the face! Fans boo but Nese flexes. Nese PREMIER MOONSAULTS and still hits Pat as he moves! Nese grins as he predicted for the evasion. Cover, TWO!

Nese pushes Pat down to try again, but this time Pat gets away and the moonsault FLOPS! Fans fire up, Pat counter punches Nese again and again, then throws palm strike after palm strike! Pat whips, Nese reverses, but Pat SLAMS Nese down! SKY HIGH BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives and Pat snarls. Pat drags Nese up, reels him in, but Nese fights the lift! Nese wrenches, waistlocks, goes to a corner’, O’Conner Roll! TWO and Nese hits buckles! Pat runs in, but Nese blocks the flip to put Pat up top! Pat throws hands and sits back up. Pat ROCKS Nese, but Mark distracts again! Nese runs in, Pat goes up and over to roll Nese up!

Nese rolls through, to SOBAT! Pat ends up in the corner, Nese goes side to side! PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, Nese wins!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall

No group training like Nese wanted, but no victory for Pat or the fans. Nese still shows respect with the Code of Honor, but will he flex his strength all the way to the top?

 

Backstage interview with The Workhorsemen.

Lexi is with JD Drake & Anthony Henry and since they’ve been in ROH, they’ve had great showings, just coming up short. Henry says it was “a little” short. No, okay, a lot of short. The Workhorsemen are entertaining, huh? So happy to be on your screens! But JD says the thing is, not only are the Workhorsemen a good team, they’re world class. Maybe even championship material! But Prince Nana comes in laughing. He wants the Workhorsemen to know he likes them, he just teases them. Kaun says the thing is, they’re just not worthy. Oh, not worthy? Well you’re worthy of catching these chops if you keep running your mouths.

Nana has them calm down. The Embassy just messes with you guys. So tonight, they can face Kaun & Liona. If they win, then they get a shot at the ROH World Six Man titles, with a partner of their choice! But listen, you have to win! Nana laughs his way out and Liona growls at them. JD says he’s gonna clobber that head off those shoulders if you think they’re scared. But fear has nothing to do with it. Can The Workhorsemen manage a huge victory here tonight?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Rachael Ellering!

The Fallen Goddess is 34-0 in ROH, and seemingly unstoppable! But will that streak continue? Or will the Queen of Strong Smile have the last laugh?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for Rachael. Athena is annoyed by that, fans do chant for her, and the two tie up. Rachael wrenches and wristlocks but Athena flips through, arm-drags, but Rachael drags her down! Athena moves around, stands up, wrenches and back drops, but Rachael sunset flips! Athena rolls through, leaps but Rachael ducks, only for Athena to roll through. Fans cheer and Athena pie faces Rachael and cheers herself. Fans are torn but Rachael storms up, blocks a lariat and LARIATS back! Then scoop SLAMS! Rachael runs to SENTON! Athena flounders to a corner but Rachael runs in to clothesline!

Rachael whips corner to corner, runs in again, for another clothesline! Athena blocks the whip by holding ropes, then she WRINGS Rachael into the ropes! Rachael checks her face but Athena bends her against ropes! Athena pulls hair, the ref counts, and Athena tells him to stop telling her what to do! Athena pulls Rachael through ropes, CLUBS away on her again and again, then KNEES her down! Athena waves then says neener-neener to the fans, and she stalks Rachael. Athena pie faces Rachael but the fans rally up. Athena talks trash, SLAPS Rachael, and then sets up, but Rachael rolls her up! TWO! Athena BOOTS Rachael down!

Athena sets up again, shimmies and shakes then STANDING MOONSAULTS but flops! Rachael ROCKS and CHOPS and repeat! Fans fire up, Rachael runs but Athena ROCKS her! Athena runs, Rachael runs in but Athena dumps her out! Athena builds speed and WRECKS Rachael with a dropkick! Athena goes out, drags Rachael up, and asks where HER rap is! A reference to Ian Riccaboni having fun with Willow Nightingale’s theme? Willow SMACKS Rachael off the desk! Athena drags Rachael back up, then RAMS her into railing! Rachael goes down in a heap and Athena shouts, “This is MY show!”

Athena storms up on Rachael but the fans rally up. Athena puts Rachael in, drags her up and cravats for a neck wrench. Fans rally, Rachael endures and fights her way up, but Athena wrangles her back down. Rachael throws elbows but Athena thrashes the hold! Rachael still fights up, but Athena shouts “I’M YOUR CHAMPION!!” But Rachael fights up to throw body shots! Rachael is free and she DECKS Athena! Rachael runs, SLIDING BOOT! Fans fire up as Rachael goes to the corner. Athena rises, runs in, but into a BOOT! Rachael runs to UPPERCUT! And then SLINGBLADE! Rachael whips and SCRAPBUSTERS!! Cover, TWO!!

Athena survives and Rachael can’t believe it! Fans fire up as Rachael resets and goes back to a corner. Rachael goes up as Athena rises. But Athena grabs the ref! Athena blocks Rachael’s boot and YANKS her down, then ENZIGURIS! Athena howls, goes up top, O-FACE!!! Cover, Athena wins!

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

Athena beats Rachael with minutes to spare, and that is another one crossed off the list! Will anyone ever stop The Fallen Goddess? Will anyone survive these Proving Grounds?

 

High Stakes Tag: The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana VS The Workhorsemen!

We just heard how Nana made a deal with JD & Henry, but will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona win their own gamble? Or will they end up owing a title shot to Scrap Metal and the Saint of Augusta?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Kaun starts with Henry. They circle, feel things out, and Kaun avoids the leg pick. They go again, Henry gets a leg but Kaun scoops and SLAMS! Henry avoids a stomp but Kaun still runs him over. Things speed up, Henry hurdles but Kaun blocks a kick! Henry fights the underhooks, back drops but Kaun sunset flips! Henry stays up to NECK TWIST! Fans fire up and Henry rolls Kaun up, TWO! Kaun swings, Henry dodges and DROPKICKS! Kaun stays up and Nana says to try again. Kaun tags Liona, and fans chant for “JD! JD!” JD tags in and fans fire up!

Liona and JD stare down and approach. Fans fire up as JD CHOPS! Liona doesn’t flinch!? Liona HEADBUTTS and JD staggers. JD comes back to HEADBUTT, but that hurts him more than it does Liona! Liona UPPERCUTS, but JD CHOPS! Liona roars, JD stomps toes and CHOPS! CHOPS! And CHOPS! Liona powers JD back but Henry tags in. JD powers back to CHOP, then whips, but Liona blocks! Liona whips JD at Henry but JD helps Henry go to the top rope! Henry MISSILE DROPKICKS Liona but he stays standing! Henry kips up, Liona CLOBBERS him! Liona snarls, dares JD to step in, but has to settle for Henry.

Tag to Kaun and Liona CHOPS Henry! Henry pie faces Kaun but Kaun CLUBS him! Kaun CHOPS Henry, CHOPS again, but Henry SOBATS! Kaun ROCKS Henry again and again but Henry SOBATS again! Henry whips, Kaun blocks and CLUBS! Kaun and Henry clinch, Henry throws knees but again Kaun blocks a whip. henry CHOSP and CHOPS, then whips. Kaun reverses and Liona dumps Henry out! Fans boo and the ref reprimands but Liona drags Henry up to bring him around. JD storms up to stop Liona, and dodges, but Kaun CLOBBERS him! Kaun CHOPS Henry, then Liona HIP ATTACKS against the railings!

Fans boo and the ref reprimands but Nana says the Workhorsemen are playing with the wrong ones! A ring count starts, fans rally for JD, and both Workhorsemen stir at 4 of 20. Kaun wants it to go faster but we’re only at 8 of 20 as Henry crawls. Henry flounders up and in at 9! Kaun KICKS Henry, brings him around, and scoops to SLAM! Kaun stomps Henry, then tags Liona. Liona and Kaun trap Henry so they can RAM and CLUB him over and over! The ref counts, Liona lets off but distracts the ref so Kaun can CHOKE Henry! Kaun lets off, tags back in, and he brings Henry around to suplex, but Henry cradles! TWO!!

Kaun hurries to intercept Henry, but Henry LARIATS! Kaun stays up, to IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Or maybe Cameroon Curse? Cover, TWO! Kaun CLUBS Henry, tags in Liona, and Liona CHOPS! Henry staggers, throws hands, but Liona pushes him down and stomps him down! Liona drags Henry up to scoop and SLAM! Tag back to Kaun, Kaun drags Henry up to scoop and SLAM! Kaun runs, Liona tags in, Kaun SENTONS and Liona FLOPS as Henry moves! Fans fire up as Henry crawls, but Kaun BOOTS JD first! Liona scoops Henry to SLAM him, and SENTONS! Cover, TWO!!

Henry is still in this but Liona keeps Henry from JD. Liona whips Henry into the corner but Henry ELBOWS Kaun down! And then dodges the splash! Liona gets stuck, Henry crawls, but Kaun tags in to intercept! But Henry slips under! Kaun has a leg, ducks the enziguri but not the REWIND HEEL! Hot tag to JD! JD rallies on Kaun with LARIAT after LARIAT! And then an atomic drop, scoop and SLAM! FALLING HEADBUTT! Fans fire up with JD and he runs in at the corner to CHOP! Liona runs in but is sent into Kaun! JD dodges Liona, clotheslines Kaun, then sends Kaun into Liona to NECKBREAKER DDT COMBO!

JD SENTONS Liona, fires up and the fans fire up with him! Kaun runs in, JD dodges and scoops, SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kaun survives but JD drags him up! Tag to Henry and Nana panics! JD suplexes, Kaun slips out, Henry leaps over but into Kaun’s arms! Henry switches, shoves, Kaun returns but into a BOOT! JD runs in to clothesline Kaun up and out! Henry then goes outside to PENALTY KICK! But Liona grabs at Henry! Henry DOUBLE STOMPS him! And then holds the ropes open for JD to DIVE!! Direct hit and down go the Gates! JD puts Kaun in and fans lose their minds!

Henry is up top, he FROG SPLASHES! Cover, LIONA BREAKS IT! JD storms back in but Liona whips him away. JD holds ropes, then dumps Liona out! Kaun staggers up, Henry runs in but is put in the corner. Henry BOOTS Kaun into JD’s SPINEBUSTER! CATAPULT SUPERKICK, and Kaun is on JD’s knees! Kaun goes up, Nana panics, DIVING DOUBLE STOMP BACKBREAKER COMBO!! Cover, Nana helps Kaun with the ROPEBREAK! Henry is furious, but he tags JD back in. JD storms up on Kaun and drags him away. But Liona CLOBBERS Henry! JD goes up, MOONSAULT FLOPS!

Liona returns, and they OPEN THE GATES! Cover, The Gates of Agony win!

Winners: The Gates of Agony, by pinfall

Well, JD & Henry, and whoever they were going to call upon, aren’t getting a title match. One way or another, the Embassy has been undefeated in ROH, will anyone stop them from taking over everything?

 

Backstage interview with Cole Karter.

Lexi brings up how last week, Maria Kanellis-Bennett was also watching his match. Why does he think that is? Well, Lexi, he feels that after all the success Maria has had in her own career, he thinks she likes him. Keep that between the three of them. Uh, yeah, sure. He has no way of knowing, but Karter is pretty sure Maria has the hots for him. But then Maria walks in. They say hi and she says it’s cute how he thinks she likes him. He’s like a little puppy. But um, she knows he has a match tonight. We’ll see what kind of position he’s in afterwards. Karter nods and grins, he’s probably expecting too much. But will he at least get another win tonight?

 

Leyla Hirsch VS Angelica Risk!

It’s time to get LEGIT! Leyla called out the ROH Women’s World Champion earlier, will she send an even louder message with yet another win? Or is she taking a risk with lucky number seven?

Risk says Leyla ain’t legit, but the Code of Honor is upheld all the same. And then Leyla wrangles Risk down! Risk gets free and fans rally up. Leyla and Risk go again, and Leyla RAMS Risk into the corner! The ref counts and Risk clubs away on Leyla but Leyla lets off at 4. Leyla then wraps an arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Leyla stomps the arm but lets off at 4. Risk staggers up but Leyla TOSSES her across the ring! Risk had a rough landing, Leyla puts her in another corner and CLUBS her! Maria appears on stage as Leyla keeps on Risk, and then Leyla TOSSES Risk across the way again!

Maria applauds while Leyla keeps on Risk. Leyla is distracted, though, and Risk fires off hands! But Leyla DECKS Risk! Leyla drags Risk to ropes, CHOKES her, pulls on the bad arm, but lets off as the ref counts. Leyla storms up to drag Risk around, and she suplexes. Risk cradles! TWO! Risk dodges Leyla, runs in and LARIATS! Risk says Leyla ain’t ish, then goes right up a corner. Risk leaps, but Leyla steps back and she FLOPS! Leyla says now who ain’t ish? RIPCORD SAIDO! And then, LEGIT ARMBAR!! Risk taps, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission

Maria applauds again, Leyla may have also won Maria’s seal of approval. Is this the “confidence” Leyla needed to prove herself worthy of that title match?

 

Backstage interview with Athena.

Lexi commends the Fallen Goddess on her win tonight, and some have noticed she shouted, “This is MY show.” Is Athena petitioning to be the Face of ROH? Why is that a question? Athena is the most dominant champion in ROH history, so as far as she’s concerned, she is the TV Champion, the Tag Team Champions, the Six Man Champion, ALL the champions! And most of all, she is the Alpha, the Gatekeeper, the Joshi Killer! Put some respect on her name! But the way Lexi said that question, it just irritates her so much. Does Lexi not think this is her show? Try again, Lexi. “This is MY show. Don’t you agree?” Yes. Yes, of course.

Good, bestie! Now, here’s what happens on her show. Athena didn’t get to break Rachael cuz she ducked out. So she is gonna find someone else to break. Wanna come? No, Lexi has a thing later- Then cancel it. Let’s go! Athena brings Lexi along with her, just who will suffer The Fallen Goddess’ wrath?

 

Cole Karter VS Rhett Titus!

While Karter might be overestimating his value to Maria, he is at least more than two dimes. Will he feel like a million bucks after beating The Professional? Or will his stocks plummet after a defeat?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Titus hits a fireman’s carry takeover to an armlock. Karter fights up, wrenches, and hammerlocks, but Titus slips around to fireman’s carry takeover again! Karter fights up, wrenches and KNEES low! Fans boo as Karter whips Titus to a corner. Titus goes up and over and then MONKEY FLIPS Karter away! Fans fire up and Titus pushes Karter to a cover, TWO! Titus keeps on Karter with a facelock, but Karter fights up. Titus wrenches and whips, but Karter avoids the dropkick! Karter grins, whips Titus, and he DROPKICKS!

Fans boo but Karter just soaks it all up. Karter waves to Maria who is back on stage, tells her to call him, and then storms up to stomp away on Titus! The ref counts, Karter lets off, but then chinlocks. Titus endures but Karter pulls back on the hold. Fans rally, Titus fights up, and Titus powers out. Things speed up, Karter blocks hip toss to backslide but Titus rolls through and reels Karter in, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Karter staggers up, swings, misses and Titus shoves to CLUB him in the back! Another shove, another shot to the back! And then a third! Scoop and BACKBREAKER! Titus then drags Karter up and whips him to a corner.

Titus runs in, whips corner to corner, and then whips again! Karter reverses, but Titus comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Titus and Titus stalks Karter. Titus runs up, DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Karter survives Titus’ KO Dropkick, but Titus CLUBS away on an arm! Karter gets around, JUMP KNEE! Karter grins, Maria rolls her eyes, but Karter gets Titus up, CLIFFHANGER DDT! Cover, Karter wins!

Winner: Cole Karter, by pinfall

Maria applauds as Karter does get his win. Is Cole on his way to becoming diamonds?

 

Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade VS Billie Starkz!

The singles run for Robyn continues, but it is a long road to the top. Will the Renegades start taking over? Or will the Prodigy of Honor make her own path to a title match?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Robyn top wristlocks and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Robyn wrenches. Billie spins through but Robyn wrenches again. Robyn taunts Billie, but Billie scowls. Billie rolls but Roby rolls with her, only for Billie to roll back and trip her! Billie taunts Robyn back, but Charlette taunts her. Billie storms up, Charlette gets away, and Robyn runs in, but into a SNAP GERMAN! Fans fire up and Billie taunts Charlette. Billie drags Robyn up to snap suplex! Billie goes up the corner, fans fire up, but Robyn runs in! Billie BOOTS her away, but Robyn distracts the ref and Charlette SHOVES Billie down!

Fans boo but Charlette gets away with it. Robyn stomps away on Billie, drags her up, and then whips her to a corner. Robyn runs in to DOUBLE KNEE, and then she SHOTGUNS Billie down! Robyn runs side to side to BOOT WASH! Fans boo but Robyn soaks it up. Robyn swaggers, drags Billie up, and she snapmares Billie to a cover, TWO! Robyn is annoyed but fans rally up for Billie. Robyn CHOKES Billie on the ropes! The ref counts, Robyn lets off, and she drags Billie up. Robyn cravats for a CRAVAT DRIVER! And then CAMEL CLUTCH! Robyn makes Billie smile with the fishhooks but the ref reprimands.

Robyn throws Billie down, then paces while she soaks up the heat. Robyn kicks Billie around in the corner and says she’s nothing. Robyn runs side to side, fakes the wash and SLAPS Billie instead! Fans boo but Billie stands up to kick. Robyn blocks so Billie SLAPS back! And ELBOWS! And BOOTS! Billie goes up, Robyn blocks boots but Billie rebounds to ENZIGURI! Billie runs in, slips around, and cravats for a KNEE SMASH and SOBAT! Then Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, TWO! Robyn survives and Billie grows frustrated but the fans fire up. Billie goes up the corner, leaps, but Robyn gets under!

Billie comes back, Robyn dodges, spins Billie, half nelson to FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Billie survives and now Robyn is frustrated! Robyn drags Billie up, fireman’s carries, but Billie fights free! Billie shoves Robyn away and goes to ropes. Robyn runs in but Billie dumps her out! Charlette hurries over, Billie builds speed! Billie DIVES and takes out both Renegades! Fans fire up with Billie and she puts Robyn back in. Billie goes up the corner again, Robyn is in the drop zone, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, BILLIE WINS!!

Winner: Billie Starkz, by pinfall

Even Billie is shocked! But Charlette SPEARS Billie and beats her down! The Renegades are sore losers as they beat Billie up! Fans boo as the Renegades take turns CLUBBING her! Then they throw her down! Wait, is that Athena? The Fallen Goddess said she wanted to break someone, so Robyn rushes out at her. Athena BOOTS her, then DECKS Charlette! But Athena isn’t here to save Billie, she is making her the target! Athena sits Billie up, fans boo, and Billie begs for mercy. Athena is a little conflicted, but she pushes Billie down and leaves. Athena is still a force to be reckoned with, but will Billie rise and meet her for that title one day?

 

Backstage interview with Josh Woods & Mark Sterling.

Lexi is with The Technical Beast and Smart Mark to bring up how Woods said things need to change. We all saw it, so Lexi just wants to say this is a safe space. Mark, the floor is yours. Mark tells Woods that he did hear that interview last week, and he does agree. Woods hasn’t found the success he has been hoping for since joining the Sterling stable, and Mark just wants Woods to know that right now, it’d be the biggest mistake to walk away from this. Woods says he is done with that “group training” joke. Woods was at his best when he was alone, that is how he even got to the ROH Pure Championship, and that is how he’ll get there again.

Mark says okay, that is what is right for Woods. No more Varsity Athletes and group training. From now on, it is Josh Woods, the Real Deal Fighter. But to get on that road, Woods needs some challengers. Mark knows Woods likes to fight, and Mark will get him a match. Next week, they’ll find him a real man. The last real man, even! Woods VS Silas Young! Good? Good. Then the match is to be made, will Silas prove Woods does NOT have the goods to be singles champion again?

 

ROH World Television Championship Eliminator Tournament Finals: Gravity VS Shane Taylor!

The Astronaut of Lucha already faced Samoa Joe in non-title competition a few weeks ago, and well, it didn’t go his way. But now he’s up against a former ROH World Television Champion in hopes of getting another shot at the current one. Will Gravity rise and have a shot at gold? Or will not even Gravity hold back Big Bad Shaney T?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Shane swings, Gravity dodges to waistlock. Shane is too big to lift so Gravity shoves him. Shane stops himself with ropes, Gravity runs in but Shane blocks the Monkey Flip! Gravity slips free, dodges a haymaker, then waistlocks again. Gravity rolls but he can’t drag Shane down, either! Gravity avoids the stomp, and the punch, and Shane clutches his hand. Gravity wags his finger but then Shane runs in. Gravity dodges, slides off Shane’s back, and then slow-motion space walks! Shane swings again, Gravity dodges and springboards, but Shane catches him!

Shane gives Gravity SNAKE EYES, swings, Gravity dodges but the SOUTHPAW hits! Cover, TWO!! Shane frowns and he sits Gravity up. Shane has the neck wrench and he leans on the hold. Gravity endures, fans rally up, and Gravity fights up. Gravity throws body shots, runs, but Shane scoops and SLAMS him! Gravity flops over, Shane talks trash, and Shane drags Gravity back up. Shane scoops, SLAMS, and looms over Gravity. Shane then runs to mock the space walk, and then grins. But Gravity avoids the leg drop! Gravity fires off haymakers, but Shane blocks the whip! Shane whips Gravity to a corner, runs in, but blocks boots!

Gravity elbows back, mule kicks from atop the ropes, then slingshots to RANA! Shane tumbles, fans rally up, and Gravity runs in, but into a knee! Shane whips Gravity to a corner, Gravity goes up and out and ROCKS Shane! Fans fire up with Gravity but Shane is too much to suplex! Shane suplexes Gravity instead, but Gravity swings to cradle! TWO!! Shane swings, Gravity gets around, swings and cradles again! TWO!! Shane escapes, goes to a corner, and Gravity runs in, into an URENAGE! Looked a lot like one Joe uses! Shane shakes out the stars, storms up on Gravity again, and drags him into a drop zone.

Shane goes up the corner, grins and then scowls as he aims, but Gravity SHORYUKENS! Gravity fires off forearms, then climbs up after him. Gravity fires off forearms, but Shane HEADBUTTS! And again! And again! Gravity drops back, but returns to SHORYUKEN again! Gravity climbs back up after Shane, and tries to fireman’s carry!? He manages it! And a SUPER SAMOAN DROP!! Fans fire up for Gravity as he rises again! Gravity goes up the corner and SUPER PLANKING SPLASHES onto knees!! Shane hauls Gravity up, tucks him in, MARCUS GARVEY DRIVER!! Cover, Shane wins!

Winner: Shane Tayler, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the ROH World Television Championship)

That’s one bad man for taking down Gravity! This will be a battle that puts the Clash of Titans to shame! Shane warns Joe that he’s gonna knock him out! Will Shane back up those words and dethrone the One True King of Wrestling Television?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good episode for being an hour and 40 minutes, though it somehow still kinda dragged on. Really good opener with Castle beating Slim J though not having The Boys ringside. That works in story, though I wonder what state Brandon & Brent will be in for their tag match with Samoa Joe & Stokely Hathaway next week. Maybe Castle & The Boys can swerve Joe & Stokely into a false sense of security by having The Boys come out all bandaged up, only to reveal they’re just fine and they get the pin off Stokely to make Joe look like a dummy. At the same time, Shane winning the #1 contenders tournament makes a lot of sense to me, and Joe VS Shane is going to be awesome stuff. Stokely might very well have to get Joe outta that one like he did when Castle challenged for the belt.

Good sorta filler matches in the first half of the night, too. Iron Savages, Infantry and Lee Moriarty are all great talents, they definitely deserve some recognition. Good promo from Woods and Sterling to talk out this shift in creative rather than having Woods jumped out of the group or something. Woods VS Silas next week will be a really good one, too. And yeah, Woods really should distance himself from this “GROUP TRAINING~!” nonsense. Nese’s promo backstage was redundant when he says a lot of the same stuff in the ring. Pat Buck looked amazing in terms of his physique, but of course Nese finds a way to win. What would be interesting is if Woods and Nese end up meeting in another of these contenders tournaments and the more serious Woods wins out.

Good promo from the Workhorsemen and Embassy, and great tag match, but of course the Gates win. The Workhorsemen don’t even really have a third man, they just sometimes team with Shane. But Shane is gonna be facing Joe so instead of Gates losing and Workhorsemen bringing in someone new (I dunno, where’s Cezar Bononi right now? He’s an old pal of JD’s from the Wingmen days), the “easy” answer was to just have the Workhorsemen lose so the Gates look even stronger. Seriously, who is supposed to take these titles off them? Why aren’t we seeing more of The Righteous or Dark Order on here?

Good promos from Maria and those she is scouting, and good matches from those prospects. Leyla of course won, I feel she actually shouldn’t accept whatever recruitment offer from Maria. And then Karter obviously will, he has a crush on Maria and is projecting. But he did win in a good match against Titus, maybe Maria will encourage him to go for a title. And then Karter gets crushed because whether it is Shibata and the Pure title, Joe and the TV title or Claudio and the world title, they’re all leagues above Karter. And then really good women’s championship story tonight, with Athena winning a great match against Rachael Ellering, and then pointing out Billie after Billie’s great first win.

Much like Athena kinda marked her target with Willow Nightingale, Skye Blue, Kiera Hogan and even Diamante, Billie might have just made the short list of women who ROH considers the new foundation of the division. Billie definitely shows promise, and she’s still just 18 going on 19, she might overtake Skye Blue before long. And that’s no insult on Skye, it’s just that Skye perhaps rose too high too fast because sometimes her ring work just isn’t the sharpest. But of these names, and throw Leyla in for good measure, hard to say who will take the title off Athena. Leyla would seem most likely, given she’s LEGIT, but it really depends on where this story with Maria is going.

My Score: 8.6/10


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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; win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS ???
  • Queen Aminata VS ???
  • Red Velvet VS ???
  • Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante; wins.

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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.

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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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