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?
- 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?
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
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (12/2/23)
B Block, round 5!
Will Bishamon have to tranquilo?
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions fought to a time limit draw last round, will Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi be able to #GetBackUp this round? Or will Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. sink their ship?
- Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Yano & Ishii win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Gates of Agony & Boltin Oleg; The Gates of Agony & Oleg win.
- 8 Man Tag: Bullet Club War Dogs VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: Master Wato, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS TMDK; Wato, Shota & Narita win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Taichi & Yuya win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Nagata & Suzuki win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr; Bishamon wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current B Block standings.
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
The Headbanga & Young Guerilla survived the murder grandpas but are still a long way from the front of the block. Though that’s a touch better than the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who only just got on the board! Will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions stay strong? Or will they end up on the bottom of the block?
Fans rally up as ELP builds up the energy to high five Leo! The teams sort out and ELP starts against the Red Commando, who mockingly builds up energy to salute the Rogue General. The bell rings, and the fans rally up while ELP swivels as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Bonza circle, tie up, and Bonza waistlocks. ELP switches, Bonza pries free to switch back and wrench to a wristlock. ELP rolls, trips Bonza, and then hooks up the legs to get Bonza in a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fans rally, Bonza pops free to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two reset. Fans rally behind ELP but Bonza tells them to shut up. That only makes them chant harder!
ELP and Bonza reset, tie up, and Bonza headlocks. ELP throws body shots, powers out, but Bonza runs him over! Things keep moving, ELP avoids the elbow drop to hit an elbow drop, but Bonza makes it a ghost pin! TWO and ELP rolls Bonza up, TWO! ELP reels Bonza in, spins him but Bonza fights the backslide! ELP still gets the shoulders down, TWO! ELP stomps the hands! ELP knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up, up and jumps around, to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up and ELP handsprings to his feet. ELP CHOPS Bonza to the red corner, then CHOPS him again. Tag to Leo, and Leo hushes the crowd. But Bonza avoids the chop!
Bonza tags in Fale, and fans rally up as the big guys stare down. Leo offers a handshake, but Fale just pie faces Leo. So Leo fires forearms! Fale throws them back! ELP leads the fans in the “YAY! BOO!” as the two giants go back and forth! Leo gets the edge but Fale kicks a leg. Fale RAMS Leo, but Leo stays up! Fans rally up as they RAM again! Leo eggs Fale on, they RAM shoulders again! Leo then kicks low, and goes to scoop! But Fale’s so bulky! Leo gets Fale up!! But Bonza CHOP BLOCKS a leg and Leo falls back! Fale covers, TWO! Bonza drags Leo to the blue corner and Fale tags Bonza in. The Rogue Army mugs Leo in the corner!
Leo crawls, Bonza turns him over and keeps him from ELP. Bonza steps through, SPINNING TOEHOLD! Leo clutches the knee and Bonza talks some trash. SPINNING TOEHOLD! Bonza pie faces Leo, eggs him on, then mocks the heart hands. Leo CHOPS Bonza! Bonza kicks Leo down, stomps him around, then even springboard stomps him! Tag to Fale and Bonza rushes ELP. ELP avoids getting blasted off the apron, but Fale stays between ELP and Leo. Fale then stands on Leo as a surfboard! ELP CLUBS Fale, so Fale DECKS ELP! Fale tags Bonza, and Bonza CLUBS Leo down. Fans rally up but Bonza CLUBS Leo more.
Bonza drags Leo up, whips him to the corner, but Leo BLASTS Fale away! Leo then BOOTS Bonza, hurries for his corner, but Bonza dropkicks the legs out! Bonza snarls, backs ELP off, then he reels Leo in. Bonza finger guns and calls his shot, but Leo’s too big to bomb! Leo back drops Bonza away! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to ELP! ELP fires off on Bonza, whips him to ropes, but Bonza reverses. ELP ducks ‘n ‘dodges to CLOBBER Bonza! And kip up! Fans fire up as ELP atomic drops Bonza, then mocks his pain. Bonza swings, into another atomic drop! ELP hobbles, but he still hooks Bonza up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!
ELP cartwheels to the corner, goes up and takes aim, FALLING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band. SUDDEN- NO, Bonza blocks, then DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Bonza is frustrated but he drags ELP up and calls another shot. Bonza suplexes, holds, but ELP kicks free to DDT! Fans fire up again as Bonza and ELP crawl. ELP drags Bonza from Fale, straitjacket and torture rack, then tag to Leo. Leo BLASTS Fale, BOOTS Bonza, into the BRAIN SALAD! Leo covers, TWO! Bonza survives being scrambled but the fans rally with E-Leo-P! They coordinate, tune up, and Bonza rises. But Fale CLOBBERS Leo!
Bonza ROCKS and KNEES ELP, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fale runs corner to corner to SPLASH Leo! And then fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, ELP breaks it! Fans fire up but Fale kicks ELP. Fale drags ELP up but he fires forearms and CHOPS on the Rogue Army! ELP runs, but into double shoulders! Leo rises while ELP flounders out of the ring, and the Rogue Army mugs him at the ropes. The Rogue Army double whips, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT! Only Bonza falls, but Leo roars as he SPLASHES Fale in a corner! Leo scoops?! AND SLAMS!! Fans fire up with Leo as the alpha giant!
Leo drags Bonza up, choke grip, but Bonza knees free! SUDDEN DEATH! Choke grip, and ELP DIVES onto Fale! Leo hits GODSEND!! Then ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders for the SUPER THUNDER KISS 86!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Rogue Army earns 0)
Just as Fale & Bonza were locked and loaded, they misfire and fall back down! Will they have to shift into spoiler mode in the tournament’s second half? As for the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions, do they still have an outside shot at those WTL trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
The Holy Emperor & Heat Storm took a loss to Monster Sauce, but they’re still near the front of the block! But the sons of lucha libre are right behind them! Will this match go a long way to determining B Block’s finalists?
The teams sort out and Soberano starts against Yuya. The fans rally up as Soberano offers a handshake. Yuya reaches out but then Soberano leaves him hanging. The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Yuya waistlocks, but Soberano wrenches out to wristlock. Soberano YANKS the arm, but Yuya rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks and he brings Soberano around. Soberano rolls, drop toeholds and then has the legs tied up to go after the arms. Soberano has a modified Queen Angelito but Yuya fights up. Soberano stands on Yuya’s shoulders for a modified motorcycle stretch, to then shift to a headlock.
Fans rally as Yuya fights up but Soberano grinds the hold. Yuya pries free, but Soberano pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Soberano snapmares Yuya. Yuya gets right up and the fans applaud. Yuya and Soberano reset, circle, and feel things out. They knuckle lock, but Soberano steps on an arm and double wristlocks the other. Soberano then spins Yuya, arm-drags him, but Yuya arm-drags back! Soberano sweeps and covers, ONE! Yuya hits a headlock takeover, but Soberano headscissors, so Yuya kips free. Both men stand back up and fans applaud the standoff. Soberano offers the handshake for real and Yuya takes it.
Fans applaud the sportsmanship as the two then back down, and they tag in Taichi and Atlantis. The KOPW Champion and NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion RAM shoulders again and again! Then Atlantis runs to RAM Taichi! Taichi rebounds to BOOT! Atlantis rebounds to CHOP! Atlantis eggs Taichi on, so Taichi CHOPS back! Fans fire up as Taichi eggs Atlantis on, and he comes back to CHOP! Fans cheer more, and Taichi CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS, it’s a CHOP fight! They go back and forth faster and faster, but Taichi sputters. Atlantis eggs him on, so Taichi KICKS and KICKS!
Atlantis blocks a kick, dodges the forearm and RANAS! Fans fire up while Taichi goes to a corner. Atlantis runs in, but Taichi puts him on the apron. Atlantis counter punches then goes up top to CROSSBODY! Atlantis is right back up to run in, but Taichi BOOTS him! Atlantis returns but Taichi sends him into the corner for the GAMANGIRI! Yuya then runs in to BLAST Soberano! Fans rally up as Yuya coaches Taichi. Taichi and Atlantis rise, but Taichi brings Atlantis around to bump off buckles. Tag to Yuya and he CLUBS Atlantis down. Yuya whips Atlantis to ropes, DOUBLE CHOPS him down, then covers, TWO!
Fans rally as Yuya keeps cool. Yuya brings Atlantis around, snapmares and CLUBS him! Yuya then clamps onto an armlock and he grinds that taped shoulder down. Atlantis reaches out, but Yuya drags him from ropes to keep on that arm. Atlantis endures, Yuya floats to a cover, TWO! Yuya keeps on the arm with a double wristlock now but Atlantis continues to endure. Atlantis fights up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! But Taichi tags in, and he CLUBS Atlantis on the back. Taichi snapmares Atlantis to KICK him in the back, and fans rally up. Taichi drags Atlantis around for Kawada Kicks, egging him on at the same time.
Atlantis stands right up to fire off forearms! Taichi kicks low and gives more Kawada Kicks! Atlantis sits up, and blocks the buzzsaw! He dodges the Ax Bomber to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the fans rally back up! Atlantis crawls, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up and CROSSBODIES Taichi down! Soberano then runs corner to corner, but into a BOOT! Taichi runs, Soberano dodges, goes up and over and dodges a boot to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up, and Yuya CLUBS Soberano. Yuya runs, but into a SOBAT! Step-up FAMOUSER! Soberano TOSSES Yuya, sidesteps Taichi, and SPIN POWERSLAMS!
Soberano sets Taichi in the middle of the ring to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Taichi stays in this, and Soberano keeps his cool. Soberano stomps Taichi, drags him up, and fireman’s carries. Taichi fights free but Soberano kicks low again. Soberano talks some trash, runs but into a BOOT! Soberano comes back, but Taichi gest around, only for Soberano to fight the saido! Soberano whips, Taichi reverses and avoids the handspring to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Soberano and Taichi crawl for their corners, hot tag to Yuya and he stops Soberano! Yuya CHOPS but Soberano eggs him on!
Yuya CHOPS again, whips, but Soberano reverses. Yuya FLYING FOREARMS! And arm-drags! And DOUBLE CHOPS! Fans fire up with Yuya and he drags Soberano up again. Yuya whips to a corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Yuya looms over Soberano, stands him back up, and he traps the arms! But Soberano fights the suplex with knees! Yuya CHOPS, runs, but Soberano DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up again as both men crawl! Yuya goes to a neutral corner, Soberano hot tags Atlantis! Atlantis runs to BLAST Taichi, then he runs to kick Yuya! Atlantis whips, Yuya reverses!
Atlantis dodges Yuya in the corner, and he SPIN POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Yuya hangs in there but Atlantis stays focused. The fans rally up, Atlantis whips and Soberano joins in, TU LO SABE! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Soberano kicks Taichi out then goes out after him. Yuya goes back to a neutral corner and Atlantis storms over. Soberano dribbles Taichi off the apron as Atlantis stands Yuya up and scoops. Yuya fights free, and he CHOPS! Taichi sends Soberano into railing! Atlantis CHOPS Yuya! Yuya CHOPS Atlantis! They go CHOP for CHOP, the fans rally up, and Yuya sputters. But he dodges to waistlock!
Yuya sends Atlantis into Taichi’s RIDGEHAND! Yuya CHOPS again! Taichi SOBATS! Yuya BULLDOGS! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives the assault and fans rally up. Yuya fires up and he climbs a corner! CROSS- NO, Atlantis moves and Yuya has to roll through! But then Soberano CROSSBODIES! Taichi storms in to kick Soberano, but Atlantis scoops to BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails back out and Soberano builds speed! FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and fans fire up! Atlantis scoops Yuya, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Atlantis hurries up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and Atlantis is furious!
The fans fire up for Yuya but Atlantis refocuses. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Yuya back up. Atlantis whips, Yuya holds ropes to BOOT back! Atlantis scoops Yuya and then gut wrenches, but Yuya RANAS free! Atlantis stands, into an arm-drag! Ghost pin, and Taichi keeps Soberano out! JUST5GUYS WIN!
Winners: Taichi & Yuya Uemura, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Atlantis & Soberano earn 0)
Taichi is so proud of Yuya! Not only did he win this for the team, he just pinned the NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion! Too bad he’s just outside the weight requirements to challenge for that belt. But that aside, will this help Yuya & Taichi secure a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
In a shocking twist, Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World are 0-4 this deep into World Tag League! But will Nagata & Suzuki finally make it work at the halfway point? Or will Monster Sauce continue their hot streak and be the only 5-0 team in the entire tournament?
Surprisingly, the Murderhawk Monster doesn’t maul Young Lions at ringside. But perhaps that is because he is saving all his energy for Suzuki. As such, he doesn’t even budge as Suzuki steps into the ring for “KAZE NI NARE~!” The former boss and subordinate stare down, so Nagata and Zayne let them start. The fans cheer as Archer brings out a Suzuki-Gun shirt! Archer then throws the shirt aside as he tells Suzuki, “Tonight, we fight. So you better bring it our I’m gonna knock your teeth out! Let’s go, Suzuki!” The bell rings and the fans fire up with Archer! Suzuki ROCKS him with a forearm already!
Suzuki eggs Archer on, and Archer grins as he comes back. Archer ROCKS Suzuki right back! Suzuki staggers, stays standing, and he also grins! Archer laughs, he and Suzuki start trading forearms! The fans fire up as the shots keep going! Suzuki gets the edge, then BOOTS! Archer wobbles but he BOOTS right back! Down goes Suzuki! Fans cheer, Suzuki stands up, and Nagata tags himself in. Zayne also tags in, and now fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, Zayne waistlocks but Nagata wrenches to a wristlock. Zayne spins, wrenches, wrangles Nagata, but Nagata kicks him away. The fans cheer as the two reset.
Nagata and Zayne tie up, Zayne headlocks, but Nagata throws body shots. Nagata powers out but Zayne runs him over! Things speed up, Zayne IMPLODER KNEE DROPS onto Nagata’s dropdown! Then he STANDING MARIPOSAS! Fans fire up and Zayne drags Nagata up. Zayne puts Nagata in a corner, tags to Archer, and he taunts Suzuki with “You Suck!” Suzuki says shut up, but Archer stomps away on Nagata. Red Shoes counts, Archer lets off and says Suzuki’s next. Suzuki says to still shut up, but Archer snapmares Nagata. Archer continues to taunt Suzuki then he CLUBS away on Nagata’s chest! Cover, TWO!
Archer is mad at Red Shoes, and Suzuki steps in just to flip Archer off. Archer tags Zayne, and scoops him to SLAM him onto Nagata! Cover, TWO! Zayne stays between Nagata and Suzuki, then bumps Nagata off buckles. Zayne ELBOWS Nagata, tags Archer, and Archer CHOPS Nagata! Nagata eggs him on so Archer CHOPS again! Even Zayne felt that one. Nagata still eggs Archer on, but Archer eggs Nagata on, so Nagata fires forearms! Archer knees low, whips Nagata to a corner, then runs in, but Nagata BOOTS him! Nagata fakes the dropkick high to dropkick low! Archer hobbles, Nagata tags in Suzuki!
Fans rally up as Suzuki fires forearms on Archer. Suzuki backs Archer down, but Archer tells him to hit harder! Suzuki fires off even more shots and he sits Archer down in a corner! Suzuki growls and the fans fire up. Suzuki knees low, whips corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT! Suzuki cravats but Archer fights the snapmare. Archer whips Suzuki to a corner, ELBOWS him, “Ichi!” Archer keeps moving to ELBOW again! “NI!” Archer keeps going, “SAN!” Hattrick achieved, and then a KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Archer ROCKS Suzuki, puts him on the top rope, and then lifts with the inverted crucifix!
But Suzuki fights free! Archer choke grips, but Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Archer! Archer ROCKS Suzuki! Suzuki laughs as they trade forearms back and forth again! Fans rally up, Suzuki keeps laughing, but both men ROCK the other! Fans fire up as Archer and Suzuki stand back up! They egg each other on, and the forearms fly again! They go back and forth, faster and faster! Archer wobbles, Suzuki taunts him, but then the forearms start up again! Suzuki gets the edge but Archer ROCKS him! Suzuki rises right up to ROCK Archer! Both men fall over and the fans are thunderous! Suzuki and Archer crawl, hot tags to Zayne and Nagata!
Now Zayne and Nagata trade forearms! Nagata ROCKS Zayne, KICKS him, and KICKS him! And KICKS again! Zayne ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips corner to corner. BOOT! Zayne fights the clinch, suplexes, but Nagata fights that. Nagata suplexes Zayne, for MAGIC SCREW! And then an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! But into CROSSFACE! Suzuki intercepts Archer into a SLEEPER! Monster Sauce endures stereo submissions! The fans rally, Suzuki keeps adjusting his grip, but Archer fights up! Archer storms over to BOOT Nagata, then he RAMS Suzuki into buckles! Zayne gets the boost, HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!
Archer ELBOWS Nagata down, then Zayne runs in, tilt-o-whirl RANA CANNONBALL for Archer! Fans fire up as Archer gets Zayne, CHOKE SLAM SAULT! SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Nagata survives but Archer BLASTS Suzuki back down! Zayne goes up and gets as lift from Archer, but Suzuki stops the Blackout Swanton! Suzuki DECKS Zayne, Archer knees Suzuki and TOSSES him! But Suzuki gets Archer’s legs! APRON KNEEBAR! Archer endures, Nagata cradles but Zayne smothers it into his own cover, TWO!! Nagata is free again, but Zayne kicks low. Zayne straitjackets but Nagata fights free!
Zayne fires boxing elbows, back elbow, mule kick, only to run into a WHEEL KCIK! SAIDO BRIDGE! MURDER GRANDPAS WIN!!
Winners: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Monster Sauce earns 0)
The top team finally falls, and it was to the two most grizzled and experienced men in the whole tournament! Suzuki tells Archer & Zayne to still take this thing, and they fist bump as the old Suzuki-Gun theme plays. Will Monster Sauce still burn B Block and head for those trophies?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling, but they always #GetBackUp. Will they be able to #TurnItAllAround and make the threepeat a reality? Or will Gene Blast & The King of the World make the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions tranquilo?
The teams sort out and Tsuji calls out Hashi. Fans cheer as Hashi accepts, and the bell rings. Hashi and Tsuji circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Hashi headlocks and grinds the hold, but Tsuji fights up with body shots. Tsuji powers out but Hashi RAMS shoulders with him! Tsuji dares Hashi to bring it, so Hashi runs. But Tsuji follows to then RANA! Fans cheer and Tsuji smiles. Tsuji stomps Hashi, drags him up at the ropes, and CHOPS! Hashi staggers but Tsuji is on him to whip to ropes. Hashi holds ropes, Goto tags in, Bishamon double shoulder tackles Tsuji down! Hashi runs for Goto to hip toss, ZANMAI!
Zando runs in but Bishamon kicks him first. They then HAMMER away on Zando’s back! The fans fire up while Goto & Hashi flex. Zando bails out and Goto stomps Tsuji. Goto drags Tsuji up, CLUBS him, fireman’s carries, but Tsuji fights with elbows. Goto ROCKS Tsuji, runs, but Zando trips him and Tsuji basement dropkicks! Tsuji BLASTS Hashi, Zando drags Goto out to throw him into railing! Tsuji goes out after Hashi, drags him up, and we hear Zando send Goto into more railing. Tsuji whips Hashi into railing, too! Fans rally up, Zando gets a chair and he SMACKS Goto with it! It wasn’t even a folding chair, it was a spare chair from the crowd!
Red Shoes reprimands, Zando puts Goto in for Tsuji, but Red Shoes won’t count the cover with all the shenanigans. Tsuji stomps Goto, tags Zando, and they double whip Goto to POP-UP KICK! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Zando covers, TWO! Hashi gets up but Zando boots him off the apron. Zando snapmares Goto into a chinlock, but he also fishhooks the mouth! Red Shoes reprimands, Zando lets off to tag Tsuji, and they set Goto up on the ropes. Fans rally but Hashi is in Tsuji’s way. Red Shoes reprimands and Hashi moves so Tsuji can run and LEAP FROG ATTACK! Goto falls and fans fire up.
Zando BLASTS Hashi, Tsuji covers Goto, TWO! Tsuji still smiles and he drags Goto up. Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Tsuji knees low! Tsuji whips but Goto reverses. Goto runs in but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs up to run Tsuji over, then he BLASTS Zando! Tsuji kicks back, whips Hashi to a corner, but Hashi returns to CHOP! Fans fire up as Hashi mule kicks then turns Tsuji, but Tsuji fights the neckbreaker. Hashi dodges the lariat to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as Tsuji goes to a corner.
Hashi runs corner to corner to clothesline, then he reels Tsuji in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up and Hashi looms over Tsuji. Hashi drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji blocks the suplex! Hashi keeps trying, the fans rally, and Tsuji hoists Hashi up! Hashi fights that, tries again, but Tsuji slips free. Hashi elbows Tsuji, runs, but into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Goto coaches Hashi. Hashi and Tsuji both crawl, hot tag to Goto! Goto KICKS Tsuji down then BLASTS Zando! Goto drags Tsuji up, fires off forearms, then whips Tsuji corner to corner. Goto runs, blocks a boot but Tsuji DOUBLE STOMPS him down!
Tsuji calls to Zando, hurries over, and fans fire up for the hot tag! Zando storms up on Goto, but Goto fires off CHOP after CHOP! Zando winds up to CHOP back! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging. Zando BLASTS Hashi, then he and Tsuji get Goto up. They double whip, double hip toss and cradle, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Tsuji SPLASHES, Zando goes up the ropes to LIONSAULT! Zando just makes it, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Tsuji paces around. Zando drags Goto up, he and Tsuji hook Goto up but Hashi saves Goto from the Anchor! Hashi fires forearms, Tsuji kicks low and whips Hashi to a corner.
Tsuji sends Zando in but Hashi dodges to then LARIAT Tsuji! Zando UPPERCUTS Hashi! Goto runs in but Zando kicks and runs. But Goto fireman’s carries! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up while all four men are down! Goto roars and rises, and he drags Zando up. Goto reels Zando in, dragon sleepers, but Zando drops to victory roll! TWO!! Goto escapes, hurries to a corner, and Zando runs in to clothesline! And then he undoes the wrist tape so he can run in again, and CHOP! Fans fire up and Zando says “UNO MAS!” Zando runs but Goto follows to MURAMASA! And then SAIDO! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up.
Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs to BLAST Tsuji, then he goes back for Zando. Hashi runs, but Zando BOOTS! Hashi spins through to CHOP! Zando staggers, roars, and CHOPS in return! Zando fireman’s carries, but Hashi fights free and feeds him to Goto’s forearm! Mule kick and then the clinch, GOTO GO TO HUNTER! Cover, Tsuji breaks it! Goto tosses Tsuji, and Bishamon coordinates. Goto goes up a corner, but Tsuji GAMANGIRIS him down! Zando TOSSES Hashi, and fans fire up as the amigos coordinate. Zando DIVES onto Goto, Tsuji CROSSBODIES Hashi and Young Lion Boltin Oleg!
Fans fire up as Tsuji & Zando rise! Tsuji drags Hashi up, he and Zando get him in the ring. Tsuji & Zando stand Hashi up, hook him up, ANCHOR!! Zando covers, TWO!! Hashi survives but Tsuji is already at the corner. Tsuji climbs, he stands on Zando’s shoulders, VAMOS FLOP as Hashi moves! Goto TOSSES Tsuji, and he LARIATS Zando! Zando stays up to LARIAT back! GOto drops to a knee, Zando runs again, but Goto SWATS the lariat! Goto suplexes, Zando slips free, but Goto puts him in the corner! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Tsuji runs in, but into the FIERCE FLASH! Goto clotheslines Zando, Hashi clotheslines, too!
Hashi hoists Zando up, Goto climbs, BULLDOG FLAPJACK COMBO! The fans fire up with Bishamon as they hoist Zando up and call their shot! Dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOTO!!! Cover, BISHAMON WINS!
Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions shine through as they turn the lights out on LIJ! Will Tsuji & Zando be able to stay afloat in WTL’s second half?
As for Bishamon, Hashi gets the mic first to say, “Oi, Tsuji! How was Bishamon? Was it sweet? Was it spicy? Or maybe salty?” Tsuji walks back to the ring and Hashi lets him have the mic. Tsuji says, “Now that I’ve faced Bishamon, I’ve learned… that you guys are amazing.” Fans cheer that! But Tsuji also knows Bishamon can’t stay like this. He’s sure they’ll make it back to the WTL finals. Tsuij then sends the mic back as he takes his leave, and Hashi thanks him.
Hashi continues to say that he can’t be sure if WTL can get more exciting, but if the fans aren’t already excited, then there’s no way that’ll change. But this win here gets Bishamon one step closer to that threepeat. Hashi brings up the supposed curse that keeps the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions from winning WTL. But he vows that “Gocchan and I will definitely break the curse.” Fans cheer that! Hashi continues to say that as IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Bishamon will win WTL for a third time in a row, and they’ll do it… IN A FLASH! The Fierce Warrior & Headhunter still have life, but will they have those trophies three years running?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-1, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 4-1, 8 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 3-2, 6 points
Bishamon: 2-2-1, 5 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-2-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 1-4, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-4, 2 points
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (12/2/23)
The American Dragon is back in action!
Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally start in the Blue League!
As the AEW Continental Classic’s second round continues, Bryan Danielson and Andrade El Idolo finally have their first taste of action! Will the American Dragon and Face of Latino Wrestling both get points tonight?
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King; Brody wins.
- Abadon VS Kiera Hogan; Abadon wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia; Andrade wins.
- The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Kingdom wins.
- Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The House of Black win.
- El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian; Vikingo wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston; Bryan wins.
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Brody King speaks.
“Tonight on Collision, in Erie, PA, Blue League round two against Claudio. I’m here to prove why I’m not just an upset win, and I’m the most dominant wrestler in this tournament. HARU!”
Claudio Castagnoli speaks.
“Time for talking is over. Swiss to C2, tonight I’m going to take a King’s head.”
CJ Perry & Andrade El Idolo speak.
The Coldest Manager in the Game says tonight, her client will take down Daniel Garcia again tonight, and take home that fat check. And his name is Andrade The Idol. No, no, es El Idolo. And everyone knows who he is, but Garcia, see you tonight.
Daniel Garcia speaks.
“Andrade, you wanna know what really, really makes me mad? It’s when someone likes you comes in here and thinks they can step all over people like me. Well I’m not having it anymore. Tonight, I fight back. And if I needed any more motivation to win other than getting those three points, it’s putting somebody like you in his place.”
Bryan Danielson speaks.
“Eddie Kingston, tonight, it’s you and me in the Continental Classic. And do y’know what? I don’t want depressed Eddie Kingston. I don’t want Eddie Kingston who feels bad about himself because he lost his first round match. I want the Eddie Kingston that won the ROH World title. I want the Eddie Kingston who’s confident enough to put in BOTH his titles in this tournament! Eddie Kingston, I want the best version of you because if you don’t bring it, you’re gonna get hurt.”
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Look, guys, I know we gotta do this cold open thing. It’s the cool thing to do on Collision. I don’t have time. I gotta go get ready, I’m 0-1 in this tournament already, I do NOT wanna go 0-2. Bryan, I do respect you, sort of, so I don’t care about your eye, I don’t care about your arm, I don’t care about anything about you. All I care about is winning. So guess what? I’m gonna bust you up.”
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Claudio Castagnoli VS Brody King!
The Swiss Superman is ready for his Collision with the King of Death! But with both men at 1-0, who, if either of them, moves on to be Blue League’s only 2-0 leader?
The bell rings, 20 minutes is ticking down, but Claudio and Brody run in to RAM shoulders! Claudio BOOTS, Brody BOOTS, and Claudio fires a forearm! Brody forearms back, fans fire up as the shots keep going! They pick up speed with those forearms, Brody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Then he LARIATS! Claudio stays up!? Claudio seethes and fans fire up as he comes back to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio LARIATS, but Brody stays up! Brody LARIATS, Claudio LARIATS, repeat! Claudio rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Neither falls, they DOUBLE LARIAT again, and again, then Claudio dodges! DOUBLE LARIATS finally take both men down!
Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio roll out opposite ends of the ring. Claudio and Brody stand back up, the ring count climbs, but both men storm up around the way to DOUBLE LARAIT! And DOUBLE LARIAT! The count is 9, both men slide in at 9.9!! Fans fire up as Brody and Claudio start throwing forearms again! Brody gets the edge, runs, and he BOOTS Claudio down! Brody then scoops Claudio but Claudio slips free to BOOT! Claudio scoops, to SLAM Brody! Fans fire up, Brody staggers back up and Claudio runs, to clothesline Brody up and out! Fans fire up, Claudio goes out and he runs in around the way, UPPERCUT!
Fans fire up more and Claudio drags Brody up. Claudio whips Brody hard into railing, but Brody comes back to CLOBBER Claudio! Fans fire up as Brody peels the bumpers off the railing, then he throws forearms with Claudio. Brody knees low, whips, and Claudio hits railing hard! Claudio tumbles up and over and Collision goes picture in picture.
Brody catches his breath, storms over to where Claudio is, and drags him up. Fans fire up as Brody suplexes Claudio to the floor! Both men writhe, but Brody storms up on Claudio to stand him up. Brody CHOPS and Claudio sputters! Brody CHOPS again! Claudio staggers back, Brody whips him hard into the apron! Brody CLUBS Claudio, stalks him as he hobbles, then POSTS Claudio! Claudio staggers and falls over, and Brody refreshes the ring count. Brody storms back up on Claudio, ROCKS him, then puts him in the ring. Brody CHOPS Claudio again, ROCKS him to a corner, then ROCKS him again.
Claudio goes to another corner but Brody CLUBS him! And CHOPS him! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Brody CHOPS! Repeat! Brody gets the edge as he ROCKS Claudio again, then CHOPS him down! Claudio leans against ropes as he coughs and gasps for air. Brody clamps on with a chinlock, digs his forearm cast into Claudio’s face, and Collision returns to single picture. Claudio endures, pries the hold open, and he stands to wrench the arm, for an ELBOW BREAKER! The forearms fly again, Claudio runs but Brody scoops to SLAM! And then SENTON! Fans rally up while Claudio crawls to a corner.
Brody runs in to SPLASH at the corner! The fans bark and hoot with Brody, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him in the corner! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT from all sides! Then he jukes the ref to UPPERCUT again! Claudio fires more shots, roars, and takes a moment to steady himself. Claudio whips but Brody blocks, so Claudio UPPERCUTS again! Claudio whips, Brody reverses and runs in to SPLASH! Then fireman’s carry, but Claudio fights free to UPPERCUT the back! Claudio trips Brody, but Brody kicks him away! Claudio comes back to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Brody survives but Claudio keeps his cool.
Claudio drags Brody up, but Brody fights the fireman’s carry. Brody ROCKS Claudio, CHOPS him, then runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!! Brody survives but the fans fire up behind Claudio as he stands. Claudio gets the legs, to SWING Brody!! Claudio goes around and around, and fans count all the way to TEN! Then the SHARPSHOOTER!! Fans fire up while Claudio sits deep! Brody endures, claws at the mat, fights around, and he reaches out! But Claudio grabs that bad arm to hold it back! Brody still fights forward, ROPEBREAK! Claudio lets go in frustration while Brody crawls to a corner.
Claudio waits on Brody to stand, then runs in, but Brody dodges! Claudio POSTS himself, then Brody GERMAN SUPLEXES him away! Brody runs in to CANNONBALL! Brody drags Claudio to a cover, ONE?!? Fans are stunned and so is Brody! Brody ROCKS Claudio, reels him in, but Claudio slips free of the bomb to fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, ONE?!? Brody survives and Claudio is shocked! “This is Awesome!” and Claudio drags Brody up and reels him in. Claudio Gotch Lifts but Brody back drops free! Claudio lands on his feet! Springboard- HAYMAKER!! STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Brody hurries to get Claudio up. LARIAT!! Cover, Brody wins!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Claudio earns 0)
That deadly right arm brings down the Swiss Superman, and Brody has six points! Is the Blue League soon going to belong to the House of Black?
Jon Moxley speaks.
“If it turns out that entering this Continental Classic tournament was a bad idea, I won’t find out ’til it’s too late. I’m banged up. Maybe the last four years is finally catching with me, because nobody’s done it anywhere in the world like I do it the last four years. My head hurts, my neck hurts, my back hurts, now my knee hurts. Getting that tingly-ness in my fingers now all the time. I live in pain on a day to day basis like most people couldn’t even imagine. Now on top of that, my head’s not screwed on straight all the time lately. The doctors are prescribing me this medication, that medication.
“And I’m just sick of it all. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off at my body failing me, I’m sick and tired of being depressed, I’m being sick and tired about being pissed about the entire last year. I’m sick and tired of being pissed off. So I’m gonna do the only thing I know how to do, the only thing I’m good at: I’m gonna wrestle my way out of it. I’m gonna fight my way out of it. I’m gonna put every ounce, every drop of sweat and effort and will I have into winning this Continental Classic tournament.
“This kind of thing, this is what AEW was built on, man. Two guys in the ring, the best wrestlers in the world, giving it their all, feeling that feeling when you’ve given every ounce of yourself in the ring, and pushing the limits, and pushing the boundaries, and making people stand up and go ‘Oh my God!’ What’d I just see?’ Feeling that connection with an audience that loves wrestling as much as we do. That is what AEW is about. Somebody’s gotta step up and win this tournament, and show the world exactly what AEW is, exactly what All Elite Wrestling can be! And that’s just gonna have to be me.
“Because anybody can say what they want but I’m the Ace of the World, b*tch, and that’s just the way it is. And there is nobody in this tournament that can do anything to me worse than what I deal with on a daily basis. Nothing they can do to me that’s worse than fighting the demons that I fight on a daily basis. If you think I’m shot, if you think my trigger’s been pulled, if you think I’m ripe for the picking, please, please, take your shot.” The Maniac is going to go until he can’t go any more, will El Toro Blanco look to take that shot this Wednesday?
Abadon VS Kiera Hogan!
With title chases never stopping, the Undead Girl and the Hottest Flame are fighting to get ahead. Who wins here to move up in the rankings towards the champions of AEW?
The bell rings, Kiera is wary of Abadon, and the two circle. Abadon corners Kiera, run sin, but Kiera dodges. Kiera SHOTGUNS Abadon down and fans fire up! Kiera runs in but Abadon sends her into buckles! Abadon fires off clothesline after clothesline, but lets off as the ref counts. Abadon runs in but Kiera avoids the boot to then KICK the legs out! Kiera runs, and she HIP ATTACKS Abadon against ropes! Kiera then snapmares, Abadon ducks the buzzsaw but not the SUPERKICK! Kiera runs Around the World to BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she runs again, but Abadon catches her for a SCRAPBUSTER!
Abadon roars and the fans fire up! Abadon runs in to SPLASH Kiera in a corner, then whips. Kiera reverse, Abadon slips out and then ROCKS Kiera! HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Kiera is still in this but Abadon mocks the peace fingers. Abadon stalks Kiera, has her in the ropes, and mocks that pretty face. Abadon licks Kiera, YANKS her off the ropes, and then storms around. Abadon kicks, Kiera ducks and rolls her up, TWO! Kiera SOBATS, ROUNDHOUSES, then reels her in! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Abadon survives and Kiera is frustrated. Kiera pounds the mat, the fans rally up behind her, and she stalks Abadon.
Kiera fires forearms, says to stay down and she SLAPS! Abadon SCORPION KICKS, then runs to KNEE Kiera down! Abadon drags Kiera up, hammerlocks, BLACK DAHLIA!! Cover, Abadon wins!
Winner: Abadon, by pinfall
Like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Abadon is bringing the scary to the merry season! But will Abadon earn a championship match as a Christmas gift to herself?
Wait! The lights go out! And when the lights come back, JULIA HART is here! Abadon turns around to see her, and the TBS Champion smiles. The lights go out again, and when they come back again, Julia’s gone. Abadon shrieks into the night, will this be like Jason VS Freddy for the title?
Backsatge interview with Samoa Joe.
Alex Marvez says the last time we saw Joe, he was furious that MJF accepted a tag team challenge from “The Devil of AEW.” Joe says why wouldn’t he be? But then someone shouts “SAMOA JOOOE~!” In rolls Roderick Strong & The Kingdom. Roddy tells Joe that Roddy is willing to forgive Joe for trying to end his career with a broken neck not just once but twice. And he knows Joe has his world title match with Max, but c’mon, this is clearly a trap! MJF is the Devil! But hey, Roddy’s best friend “ADAAAM~!” likes Joe and thinks of him as a friend. So as Adam Cole’s best friend, that makes Roddy a friend to Joe.
So hey, Wednesday, it’s a set-up. Those goons will beat the crap out of Joe! And MJF isn’t even here right now! He’s probably plotting how they’re gonna do it! The Kingdom says yeah, Roddy’s right. So just listen to him, okay? Joe chuckles and leaves. Does Joe think they’re joking? Between Joe and “The Devil,” who will have the last laugh on Dynamite?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Andrade El Idolo VS Daniel Garcia!
We saw this showdown before when CJ Perry was recruiting clients, and we saw which way that went. But then will history repeat itself? Or will Red Death ruin Andrade’s start in the Blue League?
While no “seconds” are allowed, meaning even manager CJ must return to the back, Daddy Magic found a loophole by joining commentary. He still disapproves of the Garcia dance. Anyway, the bell rings, we’re on the clock, and the two circle. Fans rally up as the two tie up, Garcia rolls Andrade up, ONE! Garcia says he almost had Andrade, but Andrade just smirks. The two reset, tie up again, and Andrade headlocks. Andrade holds on tight, but Garcia powers up to power out. But Andrade runs Garcia over! Fans rally and duel, cheer and jeer, and Andrade CHOPS Garcia! Andrade whips but Garcia stops himself to whip Andrade!
Andrade goes Spider-Man in the ropes to tranquilo! Fans fire up for that, but then Garcia puts his dukes up. Andrade says no dance, but then Garcia clamps on a SLEEPER! Andrade RAMS Garcia into buckles, goes up the ropes, and he CROSSBODIES! Garcia staggers up, Andrade CHOPS him! Andrade whips, but Garcia reverses. Andrade goes up and over, then dropkicks the dropdown! Garcia goes to the apron, and Andrade PLANCHAS! Fans fire up, Andrade puts Garcia in, and he covers, ONE!! Garcia hangs tough but Andrade brings him up. Andrade gives some Latino Heat but Garcia wrenches out. Andrade ROCKS Garcia, but Garcia hits a SHIN BREAKER!
Garcia DRAGON SCREWS the leg, GROUDN DRAGON SCREWS it, then basement dropkicks! Fans fire up, Garcia covers, ONE!! ANKLE LOCK! Andrade scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go, Andrade bails out, and Andrade shakes out the bad leg. Garcia goes out, Menard likes what he sees, but Andrade kicks low! Andrade RAMS Garcia into the apron, but Garcia kicks low and CLUBS him! Then RAMS him into railing! Garcia grabs at Andrade but Andrade gets in the ring. Garcia hurries to KNEE Andrade down, covers, ONE! Andrade CHOPS! Andrade whips to a corner, but Garcia BOOTS him back!
Garcia goes up, Andrade CLOBBERS Garcia to the floor! Fans fire up and Andrade paces while Garcia is dazed, and Collision goes picture in picture.
Andrade paces, walking off the pain in his leg, while Garcia clutches his neck and shoulder. The ring count climbs, Andrade goes out to commentary to have one of their WOOOOO energy drinks! “WOO~!” Andrade then makes his way around to fetch Garcia, and he SMACKS Garcia off the steel steps! Andrade drags Garcia back up to put in the ring, and he has a cocky cover. ONE, but Andrade stalks Garcia to ropes. Andrade kicks Garcia around, pie faces him, and eggs him on. Garcia huffs and puffs, then CHOPS back! And CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Garcia whips, Andrade reverses to then CLOBBER Garcia!
Andrade clamps onto Garcia with a headlock and grinds him down, and Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Garcia fights up out of a headlock to SAIDO! Fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia pushes up, Menard says this has been Garcia’s best match so far! And zero dancing! Garcia stands, he counter punches Andrade, and counters again! Then he dodges, fires off haymakers and fast hands, the ref counts but Garcia lets off. The fans are thunderous as Garcia runs to BOOT Andrade, then put him up top! Garcia drags Andrade into the Tree of Woe, CLUBS him, then stands on the corner to punch away on the legs! Garcia goes all the way to TEN, then lets off. Dukes up, and he does some dancing before the BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Andrade falls out of the Tree, Garcia hoists him up, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Andrade survives and fans rally up again! Garcia drags Andrade into a waistlock, drags him back up, but Andrade ELBOWS Garcia! Garcia holds on, so Andrade throws more heavy elbows! Garcia ducks to CHOP! Garcia whips, Andrade ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! And he kips up! The fans fire up, Andrade takes aim as Garcia is in a corner, and Andrade builds speed corner to corner, but has to dodge a lariat! Andrade kicks and snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans fire up as Andrade hits Dos Amigos! Andrade gives us some Latino Heat, but Garcia wrenches out! SLEEPER!!
Garcia squeezes tight but Andrade throws elbows. Andrade is fere, but Garcia hops back on! SLEEPER! Andrade carries Garcia as a backpack as he climbs the corner! Garcia CLUBS Andrade, shifts around, and the two brawl. Andrade has Garcia now, for a SUPERPLEX! And then he still rolls through to restart! Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives many amigos and Menard loves it! But Andrade steps through, only for Garcia to roll through, step through, DRAGONTAMER!! Andrade endures as Garcia bridges back! But Andrade grabs Garcia’s head! But Garcia rolls through!
Andrade wrenches out, hammerlocks and LA SOMBRA DDT!! Cover, Andrade wins!!
Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Garcia earns 0)
Andrade’s first tournament match is his first win! Garcia is 0-2, Menard says this is a hole they’ll have to dig out of. Andrade still shows Garcia respect, but is Garcia going to be mathematically eliminated before long?
Willie Mack speaks.
“See, Wardlow, I know you’ve been going through a lot of things these past few weeks, putting your hands on people. But one thing you know about me is you don’t put your hands on my friends. Y’see, this is a person who I’ve tagged with and won multiple tag team championships in other promotions with. So what I’ma have to do, is I’ma have to reach out and touch you. So next week, we’re gonna have to do the damn thing in the ring, so guess what? You better pack a lunch, because I’m a big boy, and I’m a big meal to try to eat.” Mack is standing up for AR Fox, but will the Return of the Mack end up Wardlow’s newest victim?
The Kingdom w/ Roderick Strong VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Roddy shouts at “DASHAAAA!” to stop, and he has the music cut. First thing’s first, Roddy wants to say to his NEW best friend by proxy, “SAMOAAA Joe.” Listen, Roddy told him the truth back there. They roll down the ring as Roddy says MJF is the Devil and Joe will find out soon. And then those three dweebs in the ring, they ain’t gonna #NeckTheHalls, no. The Kingdom’s gonna beat their… AAAAASS! And Roddy wants to dedicate this to his best friend, whether he wants Roddy to or not, ADAAAM! “Get ’em, fellas!” The Kingdom fire off on The Savages as the bell rings! Bennett DECKS Dirty Bulk Bronson to then help Taven mug Beefcake Boulder!
The Kingdom mock the “DOUBLE CLOHTESLINE!” as they whip, but Boulder breaks through to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Boulder shows off the “BEEF! BEEF!” Boulder goes out to get Bennett up, but he SUPERKICKS first! BOSTON BAYONET! Then another BOSTON- NO, Boulder catches Bennett to APRON CHOKE SLAM! Taven WRECKS Boulder with a dropkick, but Bronson DIVES!? Direct hit and Bronson fires up! Bronson puts Taven in, storms up to whip corner to corner. Taven stops himself, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Roll up, TWO! Taven swings, misses, and Bronson hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Bronson tags Boulder. Boulder swivels and wiggles, then goes up and hup to SAVAGE FLOP as Taven moves! Bronson tags back in, Bennett tags, too. SUPERKICK and fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER into JUST THE TIP of the knee! The Kingdom shouts #NeckStrong, and then Taven FLIES out onto Boulder! Bennett hauls Bronson up, Taven is on the corner, NECK CHECK PILEDRIVER!! Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom, by pinfall
And then Roddy STRONG KNEES Jacked Jameson! He flounders back out of the ring and The Kingdom helps him get in the wheelchair. The Kingdom rolls out, will they be proven right on all fronts?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi Nair is with All Ego, who has requested this time. Ethan says that ever since losing out on the AEW World Championship to MJF, in his home country of Canada, Ethan has had to regroup and refocus. He’s gotten into the best physical shape of his life, he has been in ROH building up win after win. And so, here Ethan is to make a challenge and check off a bucket list thing. AEW is going back to Canada, and Ethan wants to be THE biggest name in Canadian wrestling. So therefore, to be the King of Canada, he needs his crown. That crown is currently on someone else’s head.
So in Montreal, 1v1, we find out who the best Canadian wrestler truly is, as Ethan calls out KENNY OMEGA! Will The Cleaner give All Ego that opportunity?
AEW hears from Willow Nightingale and Mercedes Martinez.
The Babe with the Power tells Mercedes, “our history goes further back than you probably even realize. I’ve been such a fan, and I’ve admired you so much.” The OG Badass says the first time they met, Willow “was this night little pretty Willow.” Willow says she is constantly disappointed in Mercedes’ behavior as of late, and in herself because she hasn’t been able to beat Mercedes. Mercedes asks how many times must Willow dance her way into Mercedes’ business? Isn’t Willow tired of being everyone’s hero? Next time they meet, Willow will need to be saved. Because Mercedes will dance and stomp all over her.
Malakai Black & Buddy Matthews VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!
Brody took the lead in the Blue League, and Julia has called out her next target. Will the Dark Father and Aussie Juggernaut make sure that the House Always Wins? Or will the Fallen Angel & Zen Assassin finally stake a claim in the AEW Tag Division?
The teams sort out, Buddy starts against Sydal, and the two circle. They knuckle lock, Buddy trips and covers, ONE as Sydal gets an arm up! Buddy pushes it down, ONE as the other arm comes up. Buddy pushes that down, TWO as Sydal bridges up. Buddy jumps but Sydal stops that to then go up and over for a sunset flip, only for Buddy to stand back up! Buddy TOSSES Sydal to a corner, but Sydal slips out to the apron to bump Buddy off buckles. Sydal climbs, CROSSBODIES, but Buddy rolls through! Buddy pops Sydal up to a fireman’s carry, but Sydal slips free. Sydal KICKS, KICKS, but Buddy ELBOWS him down!
Buddy drags Sydal up, whips, but Sydal wrenches, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Buddy stops the DDT! Buddy suplexes but Sydal throws knees! Sydal waistlocks. Buddy switches and back suplexes, but Sydal lands on his feet! Sydal shoves Buddy to the corner, but Buddy pie faces Daniels! Sydal ROUNDHOUSES Buddy, tags Daniels, but Buddy fights them both off! Sydal RAMS Buddy, Daniels GAMANGIRIS! Feed to a ROUNDHOUSE then the STO! STANDING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Daniels drags Buddy up, CHOPS, and whips. Buddy blocks, boots, then tags Malakai. Fans fire up as Malakai and Daniels stare down.
The two rush in, Daniels gets around to shove, then CALF KICK! Malakai goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and blocks a boot, but not the other BOOT! Malakai wrenches, tag to Buddy, but Daniels avoids the double stomp to CHOP and CHOP! Daniels whips, Buddy reverses and sends him into Malakai’s BOOT! Buddy TOSSES Daniels out, Malakai goes up and out to ASAI MOONSAULT! Buddy BLASTS Sydal for good measure, and then sits with Malakai as Collision goes picture in picture.
Daniels crawls his way back to the ring, drags himself in, and Buddy looms over him. Buddy drags Daniels up to ROCK him! Tag to Malakai, the House mugs Daniels, and then Malakai whips Daniels to ropes. BIG elbow! Malakai drags Daniels into an armlock but Daniels endures. Sydal coaches Daniels, rallies the fans, and Daniels fights up. Malakai wrenches to step over and have a COBRA TWIST! Daniels endures the stretch, so Malakai CLUBS him on the neck. Malakai UPPERCUTS Daniels, tags Buddy, and the House mugs Daniels again. Buddy pushes Daniels around, CLUBS him, then snapmares for a KICK! Cover, TWO!
Buddy keeps on Daniels with a chinlock and he grinds Daniels down. Daniels endures, Sydal coaches him and the fans rally up. Daniels fights up, reaches out, and throws body shots. Daniels RAMS buddy into a corner, but Buddy holds on! Daniels RAMS Buddy in again, but Buddy still holds on! Daniels tries again but Buddy sends Daniels into buckles! But Daniels BOOTS back! Daniels leaps, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Collision returns to single picture and both men crawl. Buddy grabs a leg, but Daniels boots him away! Malakai tags in, hot tag to Sydal! Sydal DROPKICKS Malakai, dodges to UPPERCUT Buddy, then tilt-o-whirl RANAS Malakai!
Fans fire up as Sydal KICKS and KICKS, but Malakai blocks one! Sydal ducks the jump knee to dragon sleeper, SLICE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Malakai survives but Sydal calls to Daniels. Sydal goes to the corner, climbs up, but Malakai CLUBS him first! Malakai climbs up after Sydal but Daniels sneaks a tag! Daniels CLUBS Malakai, gets under, but Malakai backflips out of the bomb! Malakai ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels ducks Black Mass! Only for Buddy to METEORA! But so does Sydal to Malakai!! Fans fire up and Buddy fires off on Sydal! Kick, stomp to the foot, but Sydal avoids the knee to JUMPS OBAT!
Sydal runs, into a V-TRIGGER! Buddy runs, into a JUMP KNEE! Buddy flops out of the ring, Sydal builds speed, but Malakai trips him up and drags him out! Malakai CLUBS Sydal down, btu Daniels DIVES! Malakai is sent into the desk! Fans fire up with Daniels as he puts Malakai back in the ring. Sydal climbs, Daniels hoists Malakai up, but Buddy SHOVES Sydal down! Daniels still rolls Malakai up, TWO! Malakai sweeps the leg, Buddy runs to CURB STOMP Daniels down! Buddy sees Sydal coming and dodges, JUMP KNEE from Malakai! And BLACK MASS!! Cover, House of Black wins!
Winner: The House of Black, by pinfall
Another Collision, another sweep for the Dark Father and his family. The lights go down, but why? The House is already here. But here comes FTR! Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood storm down to the ring bathed in the magenta light! Malakai tells them that before they do anything, Malakai assumes that they’re both here because they are joining the House. Dax chuckles but Malakai says he is a family man. And we know it’s been weeks. The only people in AEW that have been here for the both of them has been The House of Black. Malakai’s done a lot of things, but not once has he told a lie.
The fans chant “HOUSE OF BLACK!” and Malakai drops the mic for FTR to take. Dax picks it up, but Buddy KNEES him down! Cash goes after Buddy but he gets mugged! Cash still throws hands, but Buddy CURB STOMPS him down! Buddy then drags Dax up, and he makes Dax watch as Malakai sets Cash up! BLACK MASS!! Dax is seething but he can’t get free of Buddy’s chinbar, and Malakai says see! Not one single person has come to help them! And was Malakai right or what? No one is coming to help. Dax flips Malakai off, so he gets BLACK MASS!! Is this going to be the end for FTR in AEW once and for all?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Renee Paquette is with “Timeless Toni,” bringing up last week as Storm accepting the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Storm says yes, she knows, she has no time for these prepared questions. And where is “that man who usually does my interviews? He has so much more poise.” And she isn’t even finished doing her hair because they were too busy with some blonde floosy! And yes, Storm did accept her championship last week, Renee was a dear for presenting that. But Storm was unceremoniously interrupted by Skye Blue!
Storm tells Skye that if she had any advice at all, it’d be to walk backwards! The only time anyone has anything nice to say about Skye, it’s in reference to her bottom! Is Storm supposed to be worried because Skye’s all spooky now? With that little thing on her head? Storm used to wear hats and be spooky. BOO. See? Not that hard. Interrupt her, fine. She can be first to challenge for “this little huckleberry right here.” But until then, chin up, chest out, and oh… she’s bare foot. Sorry. She takes RENEE’S shoe to throw around! Toni is timeless, but will the Storm strike down Chicago Skye?
Skye Blue speaks.
Well first, she sighs. “Toni, I have met you through every single one of your phases, but this little midlife crisis your going through is the most pathetic I have seen thus far. But you haven’t met this Skye Blue. So bring your little butler, bring your little blond bimbo, and whatever 1940s black ‘n’ white crap you got up that robe, because none of it is going to stop me from taking that championship from you. So I’m gonna have my chin up, my chest out, and I’m gonna shove your shoe right up your ass.” Strong words from a fired up challenger, will she be the new leading lady of AEW?
Christian Cage speaks.
Captain Charisma says, “I don’t think it’s any secret to anybody how far back my relationship with Adam Copeland goes. I think I more or less tolerated Adam. He was a hanger-on, he wanted to be like me, which is why he’s always tried to steal my spotlight wherever we’ve gone.” And that held Christian back. Edge got what he never got. He was pushed all the way to the bottom when they broke up as a tag team. But Christian willed himself to the top. he is here to be the best, anyone else is expendable. And Edge wants to take away everything Christian’s built up the last three years? Christian has nothing to prove to himself, but Edge has everything to prove to Christian.
This time, Christian is what everyone talks about. Whether it’s Dynamite, Rampage or Collision, Christian nis on the tip of everyone’s tongue. He is the Face of TNT, the Face of AEW, then, now and forever! Christian has always been better than Edge, and in Montreal, everyone will finally know. But will “The Patriarch” be the one in for a shock when things get Rated R on Wednesday?
El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Kip Sabian!
The AAA Mega Champion is coming off a big trios win last night on Rampage, but Mr. Superbad just thinks of him as the most overrated wrestler on the AEW roster. Will Kip put his money where his mouth is? Or will he be on the losing end of this Collision?
The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Kip cording holds but Vikingo whips. Kip arm-drags and holds on, but Vikingo goes up and over! Kip just changes up cording holds, arm-drags, but then Vikingo pushes him. Kip arm-drags again and keeps the hold, wagging his finger. Then Kip CHOPS, Vikingo CHOPS back! Vikingo throws knees, goes up and out to HOTSHOT Kip! Then Vikingo springboards, but Kip slides out., Vikingo keeps moving, but he fakes Kip out! Fans fire up, Kip runs in but Vikingo dodges to HEEL KCIK! Kip goes to a corner, Vikingo whips but Kip reverses.
Viking slips out to the apron, Kip hits buckles, then Vikingo GAMANGIRIS! Vikingo goes up and around and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Things keep moving, Vikingo CORKSCREW RANAS Kip out! Then Vikingo DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Kip intercepts Vikingo and talks some trash. Then Kip ARABIAN PRESSES to take Vikingo down! Fans fire up and Collision goes picture in picture.
Kip drags Vikingo up, puts him in the ring, then drags him up to ROCK him with a forearm. Kip bumps Vikingo off buckles, then whips corner to corner hard! Vikingo falls back, Kip flexes, and Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Kip drags Vikingo into a mounted armlock, but Vikingo endures. Kip BITES Vikingo’s hand! The ref misses that, but Vikingo fights to the ROPEBREAK! Kip lets go, then stands Vikingo up to ELBOW him to the corner. Kip stomps Vikingo again and again, then sits him down. Kip backs up to then run in again, CANNONBALL! Kip drags Vikingo to a cover, TWO! Vikingo is hanging in there but Kip keeps cool as Collision goes to break.
Collision returns and Kip ROCKS Vikingo with forearm after forearm. Fans boo, Kip whips, but Vikingo rebounds, gets under, and DREAMCAST KICKS! Kip flops against ropes and fans rally with Vikingo. Vikingo runs in at the corner, but stops as Kip moves. Kip returns, into a scoop and torture rack! Argentine Flip KNEE STRIKE! Like an inverted GTS! Kip falls, Vikingo drags him to a drop zone and goes up the ropes from the outside. INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Kip survives and he manages to smile about it. Vikingo drags Kip back to another drop zone, but Kip goes after Vikingo as he climbs!
Kip climbs up after Vikingo, fans fire up and Vikingo throws body shots. Vikingo HEADBUTTS, Kip flops to the apron. But then Kip springboards u to SUPER STEINER! Kip hurries to scoop, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kip is stunned as Vikingo survives! Kip drags Vikingo up again, waistlocks, then torture racks. DEATHLY- NO, Vikngo flips free, dodges and SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Vikingo goes up as Kip bails out, to tightrope walk TORNILLO!!! Direct hit and the fans lose their minds! Vikingo puts Kip back in, runs corner to corner, METEORA! And then Vikingo goes right up, for the 630 SENTON!!! Cover, Vikingo wins!!
Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall
The AAA Mega Champion cools off Kip’s hot take, because no one who can do what Vikingo did in this match is “overrated!” But Vikingo does show Kip a sign of respect by offering a handshake. The fans cheer to shake hands, but Kip says no! Will Kip ever get over himself? Will Vikingo earn even more gold in the New Year?
Backstage interview with Keith Lee.
Lexi is with the Limitless One, and says last time, he mentioned “him.” Just who is “him?” But then in walks Shane Taylor, because he knows who “him” is! Because Keith ain’t dumb enough to look past Shane. But last year’s match didn’t solve anything, so this year, they give the people the fight they really wanna see. Keith VS Shane, 1v1, Final Battle, so Shane can beat Keith’s ass in front of the entire world! Keith thinks on that a moment. Challenge accepted. And see #TAIGASTYLE later, too. Then in two weeks, in Garland, Texas, will that truly be the Pretty Boy Killers’ Final Battle?
Backstage interview with CJ Perry.
Lexi and CJ are outside Andrade’s office, and notes that Andrade’s first win was impressive. UH OH, here comes Miro! Miro says move, CJ says no! Miro can’t go in there! She knows he thinks things will go poorly, but when Miro chose his god over her, she has to prove herself. By Andrade winning, it will help CJ. So if Miro wants to go in there, fine, he’s a grown man. But if there is any love left for CJ, do not do this. Do not lay a hand on her client. Please? Miro says if His God was still with him, he would be in this tournament and have ripped Andrade’s spine out already! Miro then caresses CJ’s face, and says he won’t touch her client. She has his word.
Miro storms off, but what will The Redeemer do to prove himself worthy of gold in the background of the Continental Classic?
AEW Continental Classic, Blue League: Bryan Danielson VS Eddie Kingston!
The American Dragon was the first entrant named to this tournament, but could not compete in it until now. And he doesn’t think The Mad King is ready if one loss takes away all the confidence he had going into this. Will Bryan just pour fuel on that fire? Or will Eddie be the one to earn his first points tonight?
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans fire up as Bryan and Eddie stare down. They slowly circle and approach. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Eddie tests things with a kick. Bryan stays back, they reset, and Eddie guards a kick. Bryan keeps trying but Eddie pushes back. Bryan uses ropes as a defense and the fans boo. Bryan smirks as he and Eddie reset, and they test the waters again. Bryan gives kicks, Eddie walks it off, and they feel things out again. Eddie fires off hands, clinches Bryan on the ropes, and the ref counts. Eddie puts Bryan in a corner, the ref counts but Bryan turns things around.
Bryan lets off slowly, but then CHOPS! Eddie just snarls while fans “WOO~!” Eddie storms up on Bryan, they feel things out, and Eddie tries some kicks now. Bryan also kicks, neither man lands a strong shot yet. They end up in a corner, Bryan turns things around on Eddie, then he CHOPS! Eddie CHOPS Bryan down! Fans fire up as Eddie stares Bryan down again. Bryan stands, he and Eddie feel things out again, and fans are behind Eddie more than they are Bryan. The two grapple, Eddie rolls but Bryan facelocks. They go to ropes, the ref counts, and Eddie fights up. The ref gets in between but Bryan KICKS Eddie!
Bryan fires off fast hands but then so does Eddie! Bryan kicks, but then Eddie kicks the bad arm! Bryan falls back, Eddie storms up but Bryan trips Eddie! Eddie goes for knuckle locks but Eddie’s leg guard keeps him back. Bryan KICKS a leg, KICKS again, then KICKS again! Bryan KICKS Eddie in the back! Bryan sits Eddie up to CHOP! Eddie eggs him on! Bryan CHOPS again, but Eddie brings the straps down! Bryan CHOPS again! Eddie is stinging but he grits his teeth. Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And then snapmares to cover, ONE!! Bryan keeps on Eddie with a motorcycle stretch but Eddie endures.
Fans rally, Eddie fights up, but Bryan digs his forehead into Eddie’s shoulder blades. Eddie still turns things around to have Bryan in the stretch! Bryan endures, powers up, and waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Eddie stands up but then falls back over! Eddie goes to the apron, shakes out the stars, but Bryan runs in to BOOT him! Eddie holds onto ropes! Bryan runs up again to BOOT! Eddie still holds on, and he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Eddie swings, Bryan ducks to dropkick the legs out! Bryan then builds speed to slide, but Eddie avoids him! SAIDO to the floor! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Collision goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men, and both men are somehow still in this. Eddie shakes out his arms as he sits up, and he drags Bryan up. Eddie CHOPS Bryan, then follows him around the way. Eddie CHOPS Bryan against railing! Eddie puts Bryan in the ring, stalks him, but Bryan bails out the other side. Eddie pursues, and CHOPS! And HEADBUTTS! Bryan staggers away, Eddie follows, and Eddie CHOPS Bryan against commentary! And again! And again! Bryan flounders, Eddie puts him in the ring, and Eddie storms up in the corner. Eddie stands Bryan up to MACHINE GUN CHOP! Bryan sits down, Eddie CHOPS him again!
Eddie digs his boots in, the ref counts, but Eddie lets off. Eddie drags Bryan up, and puts him up top for another CHOP! Eddie then climbs up after Bryan, brings him up, but Bryan resists the suplex! Bryan throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Eddie down! Eddie comes back to CHOP! Eddie CHOPS again, and Collision returns to single picture. Eddie CHOPS one more time, climbs up after Bryan, but Bryan again resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Bryan throws down elbows again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan HEADBUTTS again and Eddie staggers away. Bryan adjusts, MISSILE DROPKICKS, and down goes Eddie!
Eddie flounders to a corner and the fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs and rises up. Eddie also stands, he CHOPS Bryan! Bryan throws body shots! Eddie CHOPS! Bryan fires body shots! CHOP! Bryan KICKS and KICKS, but Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! EXPLO- TAKEDOWN! Bryan has an arm, then grabs at the crossface! Eddie resists, fights around, but Bryan still gets the LEBELL LOCK!! Fans rally for Eddie as he endures, fights around, and reaches out! Bryan rolls Eddie back, and has the LEBELL LOCK again! Eddie fights around, pushes Bryan down and he fires down forearms as fans fire up!
Bryan CHOPS and SLAPS from below! Eddie SLAPOS and CHOPS in return! And then some more! They go shot for shot, and then Eddie rains down more forearms! Eddie hauls Bryan up, half nelsons, but Bryan arm-drags free! Bryan runs in, but Eddie dodges the knee to SAIDO!! Bryan stands, into the URAKEN!! Eddie falls on the cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up! Eddie stands, drags Bryan up, and suplexes, NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and fans fire up again! Both men are down, a standing count climbs, and Eddie sits up first. The count is 5 of 10, Eddie stands up!
Eddie storms up on Bryan, drags him up and reels him in, but Bryan resists the lift! So Eddie fires KNEES to that bad eye! Eddie reels Bryan back in, but Bryan back drops free! Bryan aims, BUZZSAW! Bryan huffs and puffs and the fans fire up! Eddie sits up in a daze, Bryan aims again, to KICK! And KICK! And KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Eddie stays up, so Bryan runs to- NO, Eddie blocks the kick to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans fire up as Eddie CHOPS again! Bryan grits his teeth, fires up, and Eddie CHOPS! Bryan KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS! But Eddie glares at Bryan, ducks the roundhouse and ENZIGURIS!
Eddie HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES, then runs up to URA- NO, Bryan blocks! Clinch, FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down again! Eddie and Bryan slowly stir, and then slowly rise. Bryan aims again, to KICK! Eddie shoves Bryan, so Bryan KICKS again! Eddie CLUBS Bryan, Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! We get the five minute warning as Eddie throws hands! Bryan has the leg again, BRIDGING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Eddie escapes but Bryan says time to kick his head in!! DRAGON STOMPS!! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan runs out of gas but somehow Eddie is still in this!
Bryan and Eddie crawl to each other, Eddie FLIPS BRYAN OFF! “This is Awesome!” as Eddie rises. Bryan aims from a corner, BUSAIKU KNEE!!! Cover, BRYAN WINS!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Eddie earns 0)
THIS is the fight Bryan wanted from Eddie! But in the end, Bryan is the one to win the fight! Will Bryan keep on going through his next four fights? Eddie is technically still ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion, but with an 0-2 start, has he all but lost them both?
A great Collision, with awesome Continental Classic matches, but also matches they kayfabe’d as “standby” to try and kayfabe the tournament matches not going closer to their 20 minute time limits. A weird move to me but it’s not like we haven’t seen such a move by American televised pro-wrestling before. And surprisingly great stuff out of Vikingo VS Kip, but that was partly the point. Kip calls Vikingo overrated, then gets beat by Vikingo to show how legit Vikingo is, and there could even be a rivalry in the making or something. Kip still has Butcher & Blade to call on, that trio could take on Vikingo, Komander & Penta at some point.
Good match from Abadon and Kiera, with a really good win for Abadon. Julia showing up to basically call Abadon out was an interesting move but I also like it. Different kinds of spooky wrestlers are going to collide, this will be a good program for them both. And very good promos from both Storm and Skye to hype up their title match this Wednesday. Renee definitely looked like she was struggling to not break during Storm’s part, that’s how good Storm is. And I would think Storm retains because she’ll have Luther and Mariah May ringside. And good promo from Willow and Mercedes to set up their match, that’ll be really good stuff.
Good promo from Willie Mack to call out Wardlow but I would think Wardlow beats him to continue his dominance. Good promo from Christian to add some final hype onto the TNT Championship match. And good promo from Ethan Page to not just plug his time in ROH, but also to call out Kenny Omega. Ethan VS Omega is going to be really good, but that probably ends up being Omega’s win to build momentum going into the next round against Don Callis Family. But it also just makes me think Tony Khan still doesn’t get how ROH is supposed to matter. Ethan is in the middle of stuff with Tony Nese and he’s dividing his attention by wanting to be King of Canadian Wrestlers? What?
But thankfully, we did get a promo from Keith Lee and Shane Taylor to finally set up that match. And I do appreciate that it will be part of Final Battle since that’s where this feud started. Anything to make up for poor ticket sales and no ROH World Championship. Or even tag team championship at this point, right? The Kingdom called out MJF but MJF hasn’t taken the time to respond, he has The Devil of AEW to worry about. Good promo from Joe with Roddy & The Kingdom before The Kingdom beat The Iron Savages. Roddy was extra dramatic in his floundering out of the ring this time, can’t wait to see whether he and The Kingdom are still in on the whole Devil goon squad stuff.
Very good tag match from House of Black VS Daniels & Sydal but of course the House won. And good promo with FTR that then turned into a beatdown. That tag match is definitely going to be big for like Winter is Coming. And then, the Continental Classic. Great opening match from Claudio VS Brody, with a great win for Brody to lead the way in this block. And just as I expected, while we got awesome showings in the other matches, Garcia and Eddie each lost to Andrade and Bryan. Good promo for Miro wanting after Andrade but showing mercy for CJ’s sake. That feud probably waits until after the tournament, assuming Andrade isn’t a finalist. Worlds End would be a good PPV for Miro VS Andrade to happen as part of this ongoing story.
I also appreciated Eddie saying he doesn’t want to do cold open promos when he has a big match to get ready for. Doing coverage like I do, I don’t want to fall behind on the broadcast already trying to keep up with what people are saying at the very start like that. Even Claudio did a short promo because he also just wants to have his match, so they really should just have the matches and save promos for later in the night.
My Score: 8.8/10
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