Will Becky finally have Big Time revenge?
The WWE Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus, has been doing everything she can to avoid this fight, but it’s still happening! Will she survive Becky Lynch’s wrath?
- Sami Zayn VS JD McDonagh; Sami wins.
- Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Giovanni Vinci w/ Imperium; Gable wins.
- Otis w/ The Alpha Academy VS GUNTHER w/ Imperium; Gunther wins.
- The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan VS Matt Riddle & Drew McIntyre; Riddle & McIntyre win.
- Indi Hartwell w/ Candice LeRae VS Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio; Rhea wins.
- Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus; Double Count-Out Draw.
- Cody Rhodes VS Finn Balor; Cody wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Judgment Day is here.
Damian Priest, Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio head to the ring together, but no Finn Balor with them, just like last week. Granted, The Prince is preparing for his match with the American Nightmare, but this feels more like Finn still being upset with how things have gone in regards to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Either way, Rhea Rhea gets the mic to greet us to Raw, “The place that the Judgment Day runs. I know that lately, things haven’t been going our way.” Priest says to be honest, Finn should’ve walked out of SummerSlam the WHC. And last week, together, the Judgment Day should’ve won their match.
Clearly, communication has become an issue. But as long as Priest is Senor Money in the Bank, they will always dictate what goes on around here! So tonight, Finn will handle Cody Rhodes, as he should as one of the most dominant superstars of all time! But he should be out here telling you that himself. Don’t get it twisted, the Judgment Day isn’t breaking up. They’re all smarter than that. But Finn should be here. Rhea says this is not the time or place. Priest says no, they can’t pretend, the fans know something is up. There is something wrong in the Judgment Day, and it’s Finn!
Dom, back him up! They’re a familia! The three of them are here, so where’s Finn? Wait, is that JD McDonagh making his way out? Priest tells him, “Dude, I see you have a mic in hand so clearly you have something to say, but dawg, be careful what comes out your mouth.” McDonagh says he doesn’t mean to interrupt nor does he want to disrespect the most dominant faction on not just Raw, but in the entire WWE. McDonagh enters the ring to say he has a message for them from Finn. Finn said to tell them to not worry about Finn and McDonagh. Worry about the real targets: Cody Rhodes and Sami Zayn.
McDonagh took out Sami, but through some miracle, the others made it through. The Judgment Day- Rhea tells JD that they do NOT take orders from anyone. Especially people that aren’t part of the group! Dom tells JD that- Oh wait he gets booed. Dom says they have this on lockdown. Mami is the most dominant champion in the WWE, Priest is a future world champion, and Dom is still NXT North American Champion! And Dom just found out that Canada’s part of North America, so that makes Dom the champ of this “dump” too! So just head to the back and let them handle business.
McDonagh says that is fine. No disrespect, just delivering a message. McDonagh leaves and Rhea says here’s a message to deliver to Finn: Tell him they need to talk. But as Rhea was saying- WAIT! Here comes Sami Zayn! And he brawls with McDonagh! Fans fire up as Sami gets the edge! Fans chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” and the Irish asks for help from the Judgment Day! They don’t give it! Sami DECKS McDonagh, then steps up to the apron. Priest tells him they’re good, for now. Sami goes after McDonagh again, but McDonagh SLAMS that bad arm into the post! And then hammerlocks, to POST it again!
Sami falls over, the Judgment Day leave this behind, is this about to be a match? We find out, after the break!
Sami Zayn VS JD McDonagh!
Raw returns and this is a match, happening now! The bell rings and the two rush in! Sami dodges the boot to fire off haymakers! Sami bumps McDonagh off buckles, ROCKS him again, then goes up top! Sami hits an AX HANDLE! Fans fire up and Sami runs in to throw hands! Sami whips corner to corner, then he back drops McDonagh on the rebound! Fans fire up, Sami storms up on McDonagh and pursues him out and around the ring. McDonagh runs, Sami drops down then hurdles, then MONKEY FLIPS McDonagh all the way to ropes! Fans fire up while McDonagh writhes on the mat.
Sami drags McDonagh up, but McDonagh wrenches the bad arm to KICK it! Sami writhes now but McDonagh CLUBS away and stomps away on Sami! Fans boo, the ref counts as they’re in the ropes, and McDonagh goes after that arm. Sami endures, McDonagh wrenches and then goes to ropes to HOTSHOT the arm! Sami writhes and fans boo but McDonagh goes back after him. McDonagh has the arm while kneeling on Sami’s head, and he rips away the protective bandages! Then he YANKS the arm back! Sami writhes, but McDonagh SLAMS the bad arm down! McDonagh drags Sami up but Sami CHOPS with his good arm!
Sami fires off haymakers! Sami whips, McDonagh reverses but Sami holds ropes! McDonagh runs in but Sami TOSSES McDonagh up and out! Fans fire up as Sami pursues again, and LARIATS McDonagh down! Fans fire up for Sami more while he clutches that bad elbow. But McDonagh wrenches to HOTSHOT the arm on barriers! McDonagh is after Sami now, and he KNEE DROPS the arm against the desk! Sami writhes and fans boo but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Sami fights back as McDonagh has him up top! Sami CLUBS away, fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and Sami HEADBUTTS McDonagh down! Fans fire up, Sami adjusts, and leaps into a DROPKICK from McDonagh! Cover, TWO! McDonagh and Sami sit up, and McDonagh throws palm strikes! Then he KICKS the bad arm! And again! And again! McDonagh whips, Sami springboards to goes up and over, and he LARIATS McDonagh down! Fans fire up and Sami grits his teeth. Sami storms up to McDonagh, throws hands, but McDonagh hits back! McDonagh KICKS the arm, runs in, but into a scoop! ONE ARM MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
McDonagh survives but fans rally up. Sami drags McDonagh up, but the bad arm stops the Blue Thunder! Then McDonagh CLUBS away on Sami! Sami swings, McDonagh dodges and hits a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! But into a CROSSFACE!! And on the bad arm, too!! Fans rally for Sami as he endures, but McDonagh pulls back! Sami reaches out, pries at the grip, and then pushes back to roll to the ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as while McDonagh lets go in frustration. McDonagh drags Sami up, SLAPS him, and then KICKS the bad arm! And again! And again! Fans boo but McDonagh mocks Canada’s hero.
But Sami clinches! CORNER EXPLODER! Fans fire up, Sami goes to the corner, and McDonagh rises. But Finn appears! The Prince distracts Sami by running right up to the apron, but then backing away. McDonagh O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Sami escapes, McDonagh whips, and then HEADBUTTS! Sami falls, and McDonagh goes to the corner! McDonagh climbs, to MOONSAULT, but into boots! Finn distracts again but Sami DECKS him! And runs corner to corner, HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall
Finn runs in but Sami gets away! Canada’s hero shows his grit, but will that bad arm still be a big target? Will Finn fare better than his friend when facing Cody Rhodes later tonight?
Chelsea Green meets with Adam Pearce.
Pearce wants her to take a breath and just hear him out. But she has worked way too hard to be WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion! Then let him just say it! As we all know, Sonya Deville was injured a few weeks ago when facing Charlotte Flair & Bianca Belair. And as we all know, Sonya tore her ACL and will be out for several months at least. So all apologies, but he has no choice- STOP! Don’t say it. This is so predictable. She worked too hard to just throw these titles away! If she was manager, she’d do such a better job. She is gonna call her lawyer, call HIS manager, and even Human Resources! No one should be doing what he is doing!
Then what is he supposed to do in this situation? She surely has a ton of ideas, so lay them on him. Well, actually… She would hold auditions! Chelsea’s Got Talent: Auditions for her next tag team partner! Then they will defend the titles and- A knock on the door? Please, come in. It’s KC Squared, Kayden Carter & Katana Chance! And they heard about what happened to Sonya. They figured with Chelsea here, as soon as she- PIPER NIVEN ATTACKS!! She blasts through KC Squared and says she’s the new partner. Well, Chelsea was going to take auditions, so if you want, leave your name and number, maybe your Instagram handle, and-
No, you’re not understanding. Piper snatches one of the belts, and says she IS the new partner. Now go! Piper pushes Chelsea along, and it seems we have a possible match-up while we’re at it. Will Kayden & Katana be able to take the titles now that the Hot Mess has the big bad Piper the Viper on her side?
Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.
Byron Saxton is with the American Nightmare and brings up his match with Finn, and a “loose cannon” at that. Well you have to be a loose cannon to a degree to get anywhere in this business. Cody admires Finn, who was a leader in Ireland when he started his career. He was a leader in Japan, and now leading the Judgment Day, a group vying for supremacy on not just Raw but the WWE as a whole. But he isn’t the only leader. Damian Priest, Mr. MITB, that is an alpha dog. Rhea Ripley, a bonafide star! And… Dirty Dom. He’s, uh… Well, submissive? But a champion and dangerous none the less.
The group is dangerous, they’ve tried taking out Sami Zayn and have taken out Liv Morgan and Kevin Owens. Tonight, Cody will be ready for Finn. Cody hasn’t wrestled in Canada in years. He has friends here, he will make it count, and he will be ready for the Judgment Day. Cody heads out, will there be something Cody won’t be ready for tonight?
Imperium heads to the ring.
While Der Ring General will be facing Chad Gable in a defense of the Intercontinental Championship, Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci have to handle their own business. Who will they use to make the mat sacred?
Raw returns and Gunther stands on the desk, mic in hand. Fans boo but Gunther grins. “On the journey of building the legacy as the best Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time, Der Ring General has arrived in Winnipeg! And as a European, I’m always looking forward to coming to Canada. But after walking around the streets this morning and looking at all your faces, I really understand why they call this place the Armpit of Canada.” Fans boo but Gunther says he is here to address the next #1 contender for this title, Chad Gable. Fans cheer, and Gunther says he has to be honest, that was an impressive victory.
In general, Chad has worked hard for years. A former Olympian, and perhaps the best athlete the WWE has to offer. But Gunther achieved more in a year than Chad has his whole career! C’mon! You all believe he is a threat, that he will be the one that finally dethrones Gunther. RIDICULOUS! At the end of the day- “SHOOOOOOOOOOOOSH~! Please. A THANK YEW~!” Fans cheer as the Alpha Academy heads to the ring. Chad says two weeks ago, they put time on the clock and Gunther bet Chad couldn’t last five minutes, but then he did! Chad beat Gunther at his own game. But it’s funny, because now Gunther is on the clock!
Gunther is just weeks away from setting the all-time record for longest reigning Intercontinental Champion. Just one thing stands in his way, and that is a guy that’s been waiting for an opportunity for ten YEARS! That’s been working for a chance for ten YEARS! That is Chad nipping at Gunther’s heels, chasing him down, and coming to take that title, buddy! But lucky for Gunther, he’ll get that for another 24 hours. Tonight, it is Chad VS Vinci. So get that big, beautiful BALD head in the ring to catch a free lesson from Master Gable, A THANK YEW~!” Ludwig says nein nein nein! First off, Giovanni Vinci is the cream of the crop that the WWE has to offer.
Secondly, Chad, Vinci is going to prove that tonight when he embarrasses Chad. Just like Ludwig absolutely EMBARRASSED your freak of a friend, Otis, just last week. So eventually, Madame Maxxine… You will have to understand that you should surround yourself with some European elegance. Look at you, look at Ludwig, and look at them together. This is what Ludwig would call an A+ aesthetic. Maxxine rolls her eyes but Ludwig says the Alpha Academy is a sinking ship! But don’t worry, Ludwig is here, reaching out his hand to her. Take it and let him save you, or let that 360 pound anchor drag you down until you become what they already are: an absolute embarrassment!
Maxxine SLAPS Ludwig! Fans cheer and Chad says A THANK YEW~! Gunther is upset his guys just got punked like that, but will the Pride of Italy tear down this American Alpha?
Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Giovanni Vinci w/ Imperium!
Raw returns, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, Vinci powers Gable to a corner, but the ref counts. Vinci lets off but then shoves Gable. Gable swipes at Vinci, they go again, and Vinci headlocks. Gable puts Vinci on the ropes, powers out, but Vinci runs him over! Gable is frustrated as he goes to a corner and Gunther taunts him. Fans rally behind Gable as he and Vinci reset. They feel things out, tie up with knuckle locks, but Vinci wrenches to a knuckle lock. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings, and spins to break, spin, headlock and drop toehold! Gable has the armlock and says “A THANK YEW~!”
Vinci fights up, pulls hair, then scoops! Gable slips off the back, shoves and then drops down, to leap, but into a POWERSLAM! Vinci snarls as he storms up on Gable, and then he puts him in a corner for body shots! Vinci CHOPS, talks trash, then wrenches to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Vinci taunts Gable. Vinci brings Gable up but Gable fires forearms and CHOPS! Gable whips, Vinci reverses band Gable hits buckles hard, then staggers back into a BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Vinci is annoyed, but he hits a BACKBREAKER! Cover, Gable’s shoulder isn’t down so Vinci forces it down, ONE!!
Gable is hanging tough and that annoys Imperium. Vinci stands Gable up but Gable SLAPS him! Vinci ROCKS Gable, Gable CHOPS! Vinci kicks, Gable CHOPS! Vinci CHOPS and everyone feels that! Vinci puts Gable up top but Gable gets the arm! HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Gable lets go at 4. Gable sits back up, but Vinci fireman’s carries! Gable slips off, waistlocks, but Vinci fights the suplex. Vinci runs in, Gable dodges but Vinci bucks the O’Conner! Vinci swings, Gable catches him, GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Gunther looks upset. Gable stands to fire forearms and body shots!
Vinci kicks low, CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Gable gets in Vinci’s face! Vinci swings, misses, Gable fires off a flurry! Vinci swings again, Gable dodges to mule kick! “SHOOSH!” Gable runs for a ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Then Gable goes up top, but Vinci moves! Gable lands out of the moonsault but Vinci fireman’s carries! ROLLING SENTON and MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Gable is still in this and Imperium is frustrated. Vinci drags Gable up, reels him in, but Gable slips free of the bomb! Gable gets around, O’Conner Roll for CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, GABLE WINS!
Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall
Fans fire up for the win, and Otis makes sure to rub it in Gunther’s face! Master Gable is rolling, will he end Gunther’s near historic reign? Gunther gets on the mic to shout that this is NOT how things end tonight! If this town is the Armpit of Canada, then Otis is the Armpit of Humanity! If Otis thinks this is fun, we’ll see how fun it is when Gunther scrubs his dumb face all over that mat! Gunther wants a match, right NOW! Fans fire up for that and the tree trunk says “OHHHH YEAAAH~!” Will Gunther regret taking on the human wrecking ball that is Chad Gable’s number one guy?
Otis w/ The Alpha Academy VS GUNTHER w/ Imperium!
Raw returns and this match is official! The bell rings, the two circle, and those legs are shimmying! Fans fire up but Gunther is upset by the antics. The two stare down, then tie up, and Otis powers Gunther back! Gunther digs in his heels but Otis still puts him in a corner. Gunther turns it around, the ref counts, and Gunther lets off, to pie faces! Gunther talks trash, but Otis shoves him! Gunther SLAPS Otis, but Otis grimaces. Gunther kicks low, but that just gets Otis all pumped up! Gunther kicks low again, headlocks, but Otis powers out. They RAM shoulders, Otis rebounds, and rolls under the lariat! But not the BOOT!
Gunther stomps Otis while Imperium cheers. Gunther has Otis on ropes as he stomps away on him! The ref reprimands, Gunther lets off, and Otis stands. Otis CHOPS! And CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS back and Otis ends up on ropes again! Gunther scowls, drags Otis up, and has a facelock to then CLUB Otis on the back! Otis goes to ropes but Gable and the fans rally up for him. Otis feeds off that energy, but Gunther ROCKS Otis with a haymaker. Gunther whips but Otis reverses, and then Otis CLOBBERS Gunther! Gunther staggers around, Otis storms up and swings, but into a SLEEPER! Gunther ELBOWS Otis in the head!
Fans boo but Gunther fishhooks then CLUBS Otis again! Gable shakes his head at Gunther, but Gunther stands on Otis’ head! Gunther talks trash on Gable, Gable coaches Otis. The ref counts, Gunther lets off and Otis goes to a corner. Gunther stomps Otis, talks trash on him, and pushes him around in the corner. Gunther CHOPS, but Otis starts to huff and puff and power up! Gunther kicks, Otis blocks to fire off clubbing forearms! Gunther UPPERCUTS, but Otis comes back with more shots! Gunther BOOTS from the corner, runs, but into the WRECKER ELBOW! Fans fire up and Otis roars! Otis storms up, into a shoulder from Gunther!
Gunther LARIATS but Otis stays up! Otis LARIATS, Gunther stays up! Gunther LRIATS, Otis LARIATS, neither man has fallen! Gunther and Otis DOUBLE LARIAT! Gunther gets running, but Otis scoops him! FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans are thunderous as off comes the shirt! Otis aims, and starts up he CATERPILLAR- BOOT!! Gunther runs to BOOT Otis again! Gunther drags Otis up, and manages to GUNTHER BOMB him!! Cover, Gunther wins!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall
Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES Gunther! And kicks him out of the ring! Imperium regroups and Gable says “SHOOOOSH!” Will Gable shock the world and silence Der Ring General before he eclipses The Honky Tonk Man?
The Judgment Day regroups backstage.
Priest is upset that Finn couldn’t bother to join his family out there, but for his little buddy, McDonagh, sure thing. And to what? Get popped in the eye? Explain! Finn tells Priest to relax. Rhea says ENOUGH! This is what everyone wants! They wanna see them crumble! But they are now the most dominant faction in the WWE. But no one is scared cuz why? Look at them right now! They’ve done so much right now! Rhea is Women’s World Champion. Priest is Senor MITB. Dom is North American Champion. But they’re losing their killer instinct. McDonagh walks over and apologizes to Finn but that just gets on Priest’s nerves.
Priest tells JD that this is Judgment Day business, please step away. Finn says relax. Finn tells McDonagh they can talk later. And he tells the others that this isn’t about McDonagh, and this isn’t about Finn and Priest. This is about all of Judgment Day. Tonight, they can show the world just how strong they are. Finn says Rhea is right, they gotta get that killer instinct back. Cody Rhodes won’t know what hit him tonight! Rhea says he will, because it’ll be the Judgment Day. The group fist bumps and comes together, but is all truly fixed?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
Jackie Redmond is with the Scottish Warrior and says it is so great to have him back on Raw. But on behalf of everyone, she has to ask, what’s next? McIntyre takes a moment, but then Matt Riddle walks over to say what’s up! He’s sorry for interrupting but he just feels a certain kinda way right now. Riddle wants to fix things. When you’re down, it’s always good to have a solid bro pick you up. And here is a solid idea! He wants start a new tag team! The Viking Raiders put out an open challenge, and Riddle accepted! And, bro, and, hear him out. Would McIntyre be Riddle’s partner?
Think about it, Bro! There’s all sorts of names! EdinBro, GlasBro, and all wearing kilts! That’s just the tip of the iceberg, too! McIntyre stops Riddle, and says if Riddle can’t find a partner by the match, McIntyre will consider it. So you’re saying there’s a chance? Riddle is all hyped, but will he get the Scottish Bro-rior as his new teammate? Will he get anyone to join him?
Indi Hartwell speaks.
“Most of my life, if you asked me, ‘Who is Indi Hartwell?’ I struggled to find the answer. But I’ve learned that it’s not the mountain we conquer, it’s ourselves. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will, and I’m done with doubt. I was put on this Earth to achieve greatness, to live my purpose, and to do it courageously. I came from Melbourne, Australia for this moment, right here, right now. I am Indi Hartwell.” #IndiWrestling is going to take on the Eradicator, will she survive Rhea’s brutality?
The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan VS Matt Riddle & ???
Raw returns as The Original Bro watches the ramp. Erik & Ivar make their entrance first, “Valhalla” by their side. Riddle is worried he won’t have anyone, but then, here comes McIntyre! Fans fire up, too, as the Scottish Warrior has his sword and the flames! Will the Bro Warriors be able to take the fight to the Vikings?
The teams sort out and Riddle starts with Ivar. Riddle dodges to fire off strikes, then runs, only for Ivar to run him over! Ivar drags Riddle up, TOSSES him to a corner, and tags in Erik. The Vikings stomp a mudhole into Riddle but let off as the ref counts. The fans boo but Erik drags Riddle up. Erik ROCKS Riddle, ROCKS him again, then sends him to the corner. Riddle ROCKS Ivar, fires off more shots, and he BOOTS Erik! Riddle then spins Erik around to PELE! Erik staggers, Riddle kips up and he forearm smashes! Then he goes side to side, forearm smash! Then BROSPLODER! Ivar tags in but gets a KNEE from Riddle!
The Vikings regroup on the outside, Erik blocks the Penalty Kick to trip Riddle! Riddle hits apron, then he’s fed to a SEATED SENTON! The Vikings roar, and Sarah even shouts in Riddle’s face, while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle fires hands! But Erik keeps him back from McIntyre! Fans fire up as Riddle reaches, but Erik SLAMS Riddle down! Cover, TWO! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar drags Riddle up to put in a corner. Ivar fires off elbows again and again and again! The ref counts, Ivar lets off and Riddle falls over. Ivar covers, TWO! Ivar drags Riddle away by his hair! Tag to Erik, and the Vikings mug Riddle against ropes! The ref counts, Ivar lets off and Erik paces. Erik stays between Riddle and McIntyre to then KNEE Riddle down! Cover, TWO! Erik drags Riddle up, but Riddle FISHERMAN BUSTERS in return! Fans fire up as Riddle and Erik crawl, hot tags to McIntyre and Ivar!
McIntyre runs Ivar over, then fires off LARIATS! Erik runs in but into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Ivar runs in, McIntyre gets him for a NECKBREAKER! NECKBREAKER for Erik, too! McIntyre kips up, kicks Ivar, but Ivar powers him to a corner! McIntyre ELBOWS Ivar, Ivar KNEES McIntyre! Ivar runs, but McIntyre scoops to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as McIntyre snarls and watches Ivar. McIntyre runs in, but Ivar ELBOWS! Erik tags in before McIntyre clotheslines Ivar up and out! McIntyre TOSSES Erik into the ring! Fans fire up, McIntyre aims from the corner! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” Ivar gets up but McIntyre has to DECK him first!
Erik KNEES McIntyre, Riddle tags back in! Ivar sneaks a tag, Erik spins McIntyre and feeds him to a pop-up! Springboard LARIAT GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and fans fire up! Tag back to Erik, and the Vikings drag Riddle back up. Feed to FINAL FLASH from Riddle! Riddle swings, Ivar ducks, but Riddle lands out of the back suplex! McIntyre tags in, Riddle runs into a BOOT from Ivar! McIntyre gives Ivar a GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! Erik gives McIntyre an EXPLODER! Riddle RANAS Erik up and out! Then PENALTY KICK for Ivar! Riddle springboards, FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Fans fire up but Erik CLOBBERS Riddle!
Erik storms in, McIntyre dodges, then hits a CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre & Riddle win!
Winners: Matt Riddle & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The EdinBros, or whatever their team name will be, win! Will these two soon take over the WWE Tag Division?
Indi and Candice prepare backstage.
Raquel Rodriquez walks over and says big night tonight. She tried her hardest to get cleared but they still won’t! And after last week, Raquel is ready to rip Rhea apart! Candice gets it, Raquel will get her chance, she just has to be patient. Right, and tonight is Indi’s night. She gets to show the WWE Universe who she is, go get it! Indi thanks Raquel for the encouragement. Will #IndiWrestling be Impressive? Or will she get eradicated?
Riddle & McIntyre talk backstage.
The Bro is so pumped. They were unstoppable! McIntyre hittin’ Claymores, Riddle doin’ his thing. McIntyre says yes, the Vikings Raiders are no joke, but Riddle should pump the brakes a bit, not get ahead of himself. Riddle says he feels that, but he has a hunch. They can win those WWE Tag Team Championships! But then the New Day walks over, with chairs, and says whoa whoa whoa~! Did Riddle just say they’ll be champions, right on Kofi Kingston’s boating birthday? Wow, guys. First, you take his ankle, and now this! Well, happy birthday, bro. But New Day is back, great to see ya, what’s up?
Kofi says that the “GlasBros” or whatever are not a thing! They’re barely friends! Just cuz you won one match that you’re eligible for titles? That’s not how this works! Has this whole division gone crazy!? Woods says they leave for just a few months and everyone’s losing their minds! Shinsuke kicks Seth, Jimmy kicks Jey, the Profits think they’re Cedric & Shelton! What the hell is going on?! Kofi has an idea how to fix this! Riddle & “Big D” McIntyre take on ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~, next week on Raw to find out just who will make a run at those W! W! E! WORLD! TAG! TEAM! CHAMPIONSHIPS~! What you say?
Riddle says he’s got this. GlasBros gladly accept! It is on! Kofi laughs and says they done messed up now! Riddle says they got this. But do they? Do they really have this?
Indi Hartwell w/ Candice LeRae VS Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio!
Raw returns as Indi makes her entrance, the Poison Pixie by her side. The bell rings and Rhea CLOBBERS Indi in the corner! Rhea fires off with body shots and forearms, fans fire up but the ref counts. Rhea TOSSES Indi across the way, then drags her up to TOSS her again! Indi goes back to a corner but Rhea drags her out to rain down fists! Fans are torn but Rhea stomps Indi around. Rhea brings Indi up to throw body shots, then she whips corner to corner. Rhea runs in to RAM Indi with a shoulder! Rhea grins, and she CHOPS Indi! Indi sputters, Rhea stands her up, and Rhea CHOPS again! Rhea smirks but the ref reprimands.
Rhea whips Indi corner to corner, runs in again, but Indi dodges and Rhea POSTS herself! Dom is a bit worried there as Indi fires forearms! Indi knees, CLUBS, JABS and then SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, ONE!! Indi stays on Rhea, throws her to the apron and drags her in through ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT! Rhea flops down to the floor, Indi goes out after her. Indi drags Rhea up to fireman’s carry, but Rhea fights free, to POST Indi! Rhea says if Indi wants to fight, here’s this! Rhea scoops Indi, waves to Candice, and she POSTS Indi again! Rhea says “SUCK IT!” and then goes back to Indi to put her in the ring.
Rhea storms in after Indi, but then slides out to SUCKER PUNCH Candice! Rhea says kiss this, and then she goes back for Indi. Dom likes what he sees Rhea storms up, but Indi cradles! TWO, and Rhea HEADBUTTS!! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
Dom is relieved, there was nothing to worry about. But Candice goes after Rhea! Rhea turn sit around to fire off hands! But Indi gets up, FLAPJACK! STEP-UP SENTON! Dom runs in but Indi & Candice get away! Will Rhea make sure there’s no way these two survive the Summer?
Shinsuke Nakamura is here!
The King of Strong Style heads to the ring, feeling good about his cheap shot Kinshasa on Seth Rollins last week. Michael Cole will look to get answers, what will Nakamura have to say? We’ll see, after the break.
Raw returns and Cole is in the ring with Nakamura and gives him a proper introduction. But Nakamura, you’ve known Rollins your entire career. They’ve had tremendous respect for each other. So why on Earth did Nakamura attack Rollins like that? Nakamura says in Japanese, “I was fed up! Of various things. Maybe… Even of myself. So I asserted myself! Because I want my true nature!” And then in English, “I want the World Title.” Well, that said, did he need to hit Rollins in the head? Naze? Naze naze? (Why? Why why?)
Nakamura continues to rant in Japanese, “Because it’s the quickest way to prove yourself! I want more! I’m not satisfied! I can go higher! I’ll be who I want to be so…” Back to English, he will be World Heavyweight Champion. But here comes Rollins! Fans sing for the Visionary as he struts out in a white lace suit. Nakamura smirks and Rollins says Cole did a good job but he’ll take it from here. WINNIPEEEG~! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins! And then Rollins looks at Nakamura. Fans still sing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins tells Shinsuke he has to hand it to him. Last week, Nakamura played that to perfect. He set Rollins up and he knocked Rollins down.
But all in the name of the World Heavyweight Championship? That seems too obvious! Nakamura is not telling us the entire truth! Rollins says that in case you can’t tell, Rollins ain’t hard to find. In fact, every single week, Rollins stands right here in the center of this ring, dressed to the nines, world title around his waist, with the entire world singing his song! “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” And in case Nakamura wasn’t aware, Rollins is a fighting champion. And as such, up until last week, he had the utmost respect for Nakamura. If he wanted a shot, all he had to do was ask. But Nakamura didn’t ask! He just kicked Rollins in the face, and for a week, we’ve wanted to know why! #WhyShinsukeWhy!
Rollins is less concerned about why he got kicked in the face, and with more concerned on how he can get even. Rollins does have a surprise for Shin, though. Shinsuke wins. Because it occurred to Rollins that the best way to get what he wants is to give Nakamura what he wants. If that ambush was a challenge, then CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! HAHAHAHA! Fans love it! King of Strong Style VS The Visionary for the World Heavyweight Championship! Nakamura smiles, and Rollins says just name the time and place and Rollins will be there to kick Nakamura’s ass!
“So now that we both have what we want, why don’t we give the people what they want? How about you grow a set, you shake my hand like a man, you get the hell outta my ring, and you let Winnipeg sing my song?” The fans sing, Rollins offers a handshake and Nakamura takes it. Then pulls him in to whisper something to Rollins. Rollins seems rather stunned, just what did the King of Strong Style tell him? Nakamura leaves, Rollins tries to fathom what he just heard, and then he turns around into a KINSHASA!! Two weeks in a row! Will the third time be the charm when these two have their match?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Byron is with the A-Lister and asks him about that altercation last week with LA Knight. Miz asks Byron what he means by that. Oh, how Miz “verbally tore down” LA Knight, showing he isn’t just better on the mic but in the ring? Um, no, Knight hit the BFT then shook your hand. Miz did NOT shake Knight’s hand, because Knight doesn’t deserve that. But is Byron an LA Knight guy now? Buying the merch? That after Knight beat Top Dolla last Friday, Knight’s a somebody now? Yeah. DON’T SAY “YEAH!!” Miz says that next week, Miz will beat a “somebody!” Someone here who is faster and stronger than anyone Knight has ever faced in his entire career!
And who knows, Miz might even show up on SmackDown. Or not. Either way, you know what it’ll be? Yeah. Er, uh… Awesome? Yeah… Miz storms off, will he one-up the Mega Star?
Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus!
No more running, no more excuses, and no Zoey Stark watching her back, Trish has to fight Becky straight up! Will The Man finally humble The Chick?
Raw returns and Becky makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two stare down. Fans rally as the two circle, and then they start throwing hand! Fans fire up as Becky RAMS Trish into a corner! And again, and again! The ref counts, Becky brings Trish around to bump her off buckles! That facemask is little protection with how hard Becky smacks Trish off the buckles! And then again in another corner! Becky stomps Trish down, the ref counts, but Becky lets off. To then rush back in! Trish ROCKS Becky, then HEADBUTTS Becky! Now the m ask is a weapon! Trish runs up to CHOP Becky to a corner!
Trish CHOPS Becky again, and then storms up to CHOP again! And again! And again! Becky staggers away, Trish is after her and puts some stank on the chop, but Becky blocks! Becky ROCKS, UPPERCUTS, clinches, but Trish fights free. Trish kicks but Becky ducks it! Becky clinches to BECKSPLODER! Trish bails out, Becky builds speed and Becky WRECKS Trish with a dropkick! Becky tells her to get up, and then aims. Trish stands, Becky leaps, FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up for Becky and she drags Trish up and in. Becky storms in but Trish bails out, only for Becky to pursue! They go around the way, Trish turns around to CLOBBER Becky!
Fans are torn, but Trish throws Becky down by her hair. Trish then RAMS Becky into the barriers! Becky blocks an apron bump to give an apron bump! Becky then smacks Trish off more apron, and brings her around to throw her into the ring. Becky storms up, dodges the shoulder, and KICKS! And KICKS again! The mask comes off! Trish panics, grabs at the mask, and then hurries to SLAP Becky up top! Trish runs to handspring, but Becky denies the Stratusphere! Trish fires off more hands, tries again, STRATUSPHERE! Cover, TWO! Becky survives but Trish drags her up and out of the ring!
Trish goes out but Becky kicks low! Becky whips but Trish reverses and Becky hits steel steps! Becky falls, Trish soaks up the cheers and jeers, and she puts Becky in. Trish takes off the mask and says oh, her nose is totally okay! But Becky blocks the mask punch! The ref takes the mask, but Trish still haymakers! And HOTSHOTS! And BOOTS Becky into the corner! Trish goes up, pushes Becky away, and gets Canada fired up. Trish takes a bow while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and the haymakers start flying! Fans fire up as Becky fires off a strike fest, then LARIATS! And LARIATS! And DROPKICKS! Trish goes to a corner, Becky runs in, forearm smash! JUMP KICK! And then Becky puts Trish in the ropes to fire off UPPERCUT and SOBAT! Trish is stuck, Becky hits a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Becky dares Trish to get up. Trish crawls, Becky drags her up and clinches, but Trish wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Becky stands, whips, Trish reverses and SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Trish drags Becky up, calls her shot, but Becky powers her away!
Trish comes back to ROCK Becky! Trish runs in, clothesline in the corner! Trish then climbs up, brings Becky in, TORNADO- NO, Becky blocks that, and she puts Trish back up so she can fire forearms! Trish hits back, Becky fights her, and Trish CLUBS away! Becky still fights back, climbs up after Trish, and brings her up to SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Becky crawls after Trish but Trish bails out! Fans fire up, and Trish tries to escape! Becky stops her from going over barriers, so Trish TOSSES Becky over barriers! Trish then goes after Becky but Becky ROCKS her! Becky fires forearms, and we have a DOUBLE COUNT-OUT!
Double Count-Out Draw
Fans boo, they don’t want a draw! Not like this! Becky still RAMS Trish into a wall! Trish fires back, the brawl continues up the bleachers! Fans fire up, this is what they want! They throw fast hands, continue going up, and Becky SLAPS Trish around with a fan’s paper program! They keep brawling, Trish ROCKS Becky and brings her up to the exit, and they continue down the hall into the concourse! Fans back there fire up getting to see this in person! Trish is sent into the hand sanitizer dispenser! Becky drags Trish up, and then RAMS her into the side of a counter! Fans fire up as Becky then SMACKS Trish off the countertop!
Trish hits back and SMACKS Becky off the countertop! Trish throws merchandise at Becky! Hats and stuffed animals, but Becky throws those back! Trish mocks Becky’s husband, Seth, but Becky SMACKS Trish off the countertop! They get on the countertop and fans fire up! But someone TRIPS Becky! ZOEY STARK! Oh well duh, ringside ban doesn’t matter when they’re backstage! Becky hits Zoey, but Trish hits the CHICK KICK!! Becky goes down and Trish stands tall with her protégé! Canada celebrates, but will Becky get the retribution she has once again been denied?
Imperium talks backstage.
Ludwig goes on and on in German about how the frustrations with Alpha Academy, but Gunther tells him enough! He has heard enough. Tonight was an EMBARRASSMENT! Giovanni, what are we to do with you? Ever since coming to Raw, he has been a disappointment. And as for Ludwig, he neglected all his responsibilities out there because he was too focused on some girl! What’s going on with that? Which is more important? Tell Gunther. Ludwig apologizes, it should’ve never happened. And it will never happen again! Ludwig will make sure, he will go to Adam Pearce- NO. You will not, GUNTHER will.
Because like always, Gunther will sort this out himself. If Gable wants the title, he’ll have to take it off Gunther next week. The title match has a date, will Der Ring General end all the questions by his own hands?
Trish & Zoey talk backstage.
They feel they’re going to say goodbye to Becky once and for all, but Jackie Redmond walks over to ask- Wait, Adam Pearce interrupts that to ask what the hell was that out there. Uh, the match that Pearce said they were gonna have. Okay, save it. You gonna say Stark wasn’t ringside? She wasn’t! Oh, right, okay. But Pearce says they’ve promised Becky VS Trish again and again and Trish finds a way to ruin it. Save it, Zoey! Because we’re doing this AGAIN. And no run-ins, no outside interference, no count-outs! STEEL CAGE!! Trish & Zoey are angry again, but is this Big Time feud finally going to have an ending?
Cody Rhodes VS Finn Balor!
As we saw last week, The American Nightmare wants after the World Heavyweight Championship himself, but there are many obstacles in his way. One of those is The Prince himself, who Cody pinned in last week’s Six Man Tag main event. Will Cody pin Finn again? Or will a truly united Judgment Day shine through and be back on top?
Raw returns and Finn makes his entrance, surprisingly alone. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around and along the ropes, then a corner, then back to center. The two break and fans rally. Cody and Finn circle, feel things out, and Finn gets around to a waistlock then headlock. Cody powers up and out, things speed up and Finn turns hip toss into hip toss! Cover, ONE, but Finn clamps onto an armlock. Finn grinds the arm, Cody fights up but Finn wrenches to wristlock. Fans rally, Cody cartwheels and he wrenches back to a hammerlock. Finn endures, elbows free, and shakes out the other arm.
Finn facelocks, but Cody suplexes first! And he holds Finn up for a count of TEN before the GOURDBUSTER! Finn staggers, Cody headlocks but Finn powers out. Things speed up, Finn leaps but into a fireman’s carry! So Finn claws Cody’s face! Finn TOSSES Cody, btu Cody holds on to skin the cat! Cody clinches to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Finn flounders to a corner but Cody storms up to fire forearms! Cody ROCKS Finn, CHOPS him, and Finn goes to another corner. Cody storms up to whip corner to corner, but Finn reverses. Cody goes up and sunset flips! But Finn rolls through to basement dropkick!
Fans rally but Finn stomps Cody around. Finn drags Cody up to throw body shots, then a CHOP! Cody just glares at Finn! Cody turns things around but Finn turns them back to CHOP! Finn RAMS Cody in the corner, and again, and again! And again! The ref counts, Finn brings Cody out to CHOP! Cody staggers around, Finn whips him into the corner and runs up to CHOP! Finn snapmares, runs, and basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE!! Finn sits Cody up to claw the eyes, and ELBOW Cody in the head! So that’s where McDonagh learned that. Finn snapmares and clamps on with a chinlock but the fans rally behind Cody.
Cody endures as Finn puts on the pressure. Fans continue to rally, and Cody fights up. Finn KNEES low! Finn CHOPS, whips, but Cody reverses to kitchen sink knee! Finn sputters up, Cody has the legs! Cody wants to do it, but he does it Hardcore Holly style, kick to the gut! Then a trip, and step through, but Finn kicks Cody out of the ring! Finn flounders up, and now here comes Dirty Dom! But Cody kicks Dom first! And then gives him a- NO, Finn WRECKS Cody with a dropkick to save Dom from the gourdbuster! Fans boo as Dommy & Mami come to Finn’s aid, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Finn springboard stomps Cody over and over! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and fans boo. Dom & Rhea cheer as Finn ELBOWS Cody in the head! Finn clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Cody down. Rhea & Dom tell fans to shut up and then they cheer Finn on. Cody endures, fights up, and fans rally as Cody pries the hold open. Cody wrenches, but Finn knees low! Finn whips, runs in, but Cody BOOTS back! Finn swings, Cody blocks and throws haymakers in return! And then JABS! JABS! JABS! Flip, flop, but Finn kicks low! Finn soaks up the heat, runs, but Cody follows to FOREARM!
Cody goes up and over in a corner and he POWERSLAMS Finn! Fans fire up, Cody springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Finn is still in this, and here comes Priest! Fans boo as now all the Judgment Day is here. Cody waits on Finn, dragon sleepers, but Finn spins it around! but Cody drops to KICK Finn away! Finn comes back to SLINGBLADE! Finn aims from the corner, runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Cody springboards again, but Finn catches him! EYE OF THE HURRICANE! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is furious with the ref but Finn just reloads in the corner. Fans boo but Finn runs in, to SHOTGUN!
Cody hits buckles then falls into the drop zone! Finn goes up and the Judgment Day cheers! COUP DE- NO, Cody dodges! Dragon sleeper, but Finn scoops to cradle! TWO!! Cody dodges a lariat to CODY CUTTER!! But Finn flops out of the ring! Fans fire up with Cody and he builds speed, but Priest trips him up! The ref missed that, and Finn slides in! But Cody tosses Finn out! Priest helps Finn up, but Cody DIVES to take them both out! Fans fire up again and Cody roars! Cody drags Finn up, puts him in the ring, and goes up a corner. Rhea distracts the ref, Dom trips Cody up! Fans boo but Finn fires off on Cody!
Finn climbs up after Cody, goes to the very top, SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Cody is still in this and fans fire up! The ref checks Cody and Priest calls the shots. Dom gets a chair, slides it to Finn, but the ref stops him! The ref takes the chair and Finn says it was them! He didn’t want to! Rhea distracts by arguing with the ref, and now it’s briefcase time! Priest slides it in, but it goes right under Finn, into Cody’s hands! Finn is stunned, and then Cody CLOBBERS him! And he CLOBBERS Priest! CROSS RHODES!!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
But Dom goes after Cody! They brawl, fans boo as Priest attacks from behind! The Judgment Day mug Cody, but here comes Sami! Sami is gonna finish what started earlier tonight, because he’s got a chair! Sami JAMS Priest, then rushes in! Dom runs up, but Sami JAMIS him! And JAMS Finn! SMACK for Dom! SMACK for Finn! Priest returns, Sami JAMS him! But MCDONAGH attacks! McDonagh saves Priest from a chairshot! Fans boo but Finn stands between his two friends. Finn shrugs, so they all just stomp Sami! Rhea and Dom get in as Cody gets up! Priest catches Cody first, SOUTH OF HEAVEN SLAM!
Fans boo as Finn goes up top, to COUP DE GRACE Cody!! Priest then drags Sami up, and he TOSSES Sami out for Dom and Rhea to stomp away on! Fans boo more but then Finn COUP DE GRACES from the steel steps! Finn says they’re the Judgment Day, and you don’t mess with them! Then they clear off the desk! They slam the hood on Sami, then drag Sami up. Finn grins as he feeds Sami to Priest, for a RAZOR’S EDGE through the desk!!! And then Finn goes back to the corner, aims at Cody again, COUP DE GRACE!!! That killer instinct seems to be just fine now! The Judgment Day all stands together, will no one else stand a chance?
A really good episode for Raw, but just one rather confusing move. Becky VS Trish finally happening again, and it had a good start, but a double count-out draw? And then Stark gets involved anyway after the ringside ban was lifted, it just seems they don’t want this feud to end. And not because it’s some barn burner, but like they are waiting on something. Is the WWE trying to convince Lita to rejoin the story? I have been saying they should do that, so hopefully it happens next week. Also, why is it, in the year 2023, WWE still thinks steel cage matches are good blowoff stipulations? Stark isn’t gonna be stopped by the cage, so it’ll have to be Lita that stops her.
On to the good stuff, really good promo from Chelsea Green, KC Squared and Piper Niven. Chelsea is going on her third tag partner now, hopefully this one has some stain power. We’ll get good matches from Chelsea & Piper VS Kayden & Katana, and I would think Piper helps Chelsea hold onto the belts. And for all the quick hype on Indi from her vignette promo to her talking with Raquel and Candice, that wasn’t as much of a match as I expected. But Candice got after Rhea, too, maybe Rhea VS Candice is next week for a slightly longer match. And then Raquel should be good by then so that we can move this towards Payback.
Great stuff from Imperium and Alpha Academy. Great promo, especially Maxxine slapping Ludwig. Great match from Chad VS Vinci, and then a great match from Otis VS Gunther right after. Chad and Gunther are both rolling into the Intercontinental Championship match that is now happening next week on TV, not at Payback. But given that, all the more reason to make me think Gunther retains. Maybe they muddy the finish so that Gable will be owed a rematch since Payback is not even 20 days away. Then they can go as wild as they want in a match that is the difference between Gunther breaking or not breaking the Honky Tonk record.
Good promo from McIntyre with Riddle, and it both is a lot like the RKBRO origins, but also rather different. I almost thought McIntyre was gonna turn Heel right on Riddle during the promo, but they had a really good tag match with the Viking Raiders. And they also had a great promo with New Day, who were going all Montgomery Riverfront Brawl cosplay tonight. They set up a tag match and that is going to be awesome, I can’t wait to see what comes of it. And also, the New Day always pointing out stuff from SmackDown, it makes me think they’re chomping at the bit to have a Survivor Series match with teams from SmackDown.
Good promo from Miz calling out LA Knight, and being annoyed by even just the word “yeah.” It sounds like he’s gonna try and take on Omos or something just to prove a point, and then fail. Such a good promo segment from Nakamura and Rollins. I like that Nakamura is calling back to the last time he was Heel, because I think the last time he was Heel, he did most of his promos in Japanese to troll us Muricans. I think I did a decent job of understanding, given all the NJPW and anime in my life. Point being, there was definitely more to what Nakamura was saying than just “I want the world title.” And good instincts of Rollins to sense that out, too. What’s really curious is what Nakamura said to Rollins in that whisper, can’t wait for Rollins to expound on that.
And of course, great stuff from the Judgment Day tonight, and I like the further integration of JD McDonagh into the story. Not quite the mess of mutual friendships clashing as we’re seeing in AEW, but a very good version of it with Finn being friends with the Irish Ace but still being friends with Judgment Day. Good match from Sami and McDonagh, and actually a good surprise that Sami wins because it spurs the promo backstage and how that feeds into the main event. Cody getting the win because of the haplessness from Judgment Day was downright hilarious to me, but McDonagh helps the group stand tall.
I fully expect Finn to argue that McDonagh should actually be part of the faction, and because of the help McDonagh gave, that wins the others over. And then at some point, there still comes the betrayal where Finn & McDonagh turn on Priest, maybe even keeping him from successfully cashing in so that Finn will have a clear path to the world title. Though of course, not really because Priest will want revenge. If they go that route. They could easily stick together longer, McDonagh being an option for Judgment Day taking the Intercontinental Championship or even the tag titles.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/21/23)
So much gold~!
The champions of ROH are in action!
ROH has a NEW World Champion in Eddie Kingston! But will Katsuyori Shibata, the Mogul Embassy and Athena be able to hold onto their titles?
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Nick Wayne; Shibata wins and retains the title.
- Diamante VS Catie Brite; Diamante wins.
- Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor; Moriarty wins.
- Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante VS Trish Adora; Mercedes wins.
- ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Angelina Love; Athena wins and retains the title.
- Six Woman Tag: Leyla Hirsch & The Renegades VS Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan; Skye, Willow & Kiera win.
- Ethan Page VS VSK; Ethan wins.
- Spanish Announce Project & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS El Hijo Del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity w/ Alex Abrahantes; Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity win.
- Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin; Action & Darius win.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack & The Infantry; The Mogul Embassy wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“I’m in pain. Uh, that stage hurts. Claudio hurts every time he hits you. Uh, I don’t like him as a human being, but I shook his hand because let’s be honest, he’s was a great ROH champion, and I’ve always said he’s a great wrestler. I just don’t like him as a person, and that’s not gonna change. But I can definitely show him that I’ve grown. I’ve grown up. Back in the day, I wouldn’t’ve shook his hand, I would’ve spat in his face and then I would’ve gloated. But bro, I grew up, man. I gave him his due and his respect. I’m just, uh, I’m proud. I’m happy.
“Uh, when I get back to the hotel, I’m not gonna be proud ‘n’ happy because now I gotta defend this championship and this championship, and that’s gonna be hard, but I like it. Without struggle, there is no progress, y’know what I mean? I’d feel weird if there was no struggle. But uh, this is dedicated to Xavier, the second-ever ROH World Champion. Rest in peace, bud. Thank you for everything you’ve done for this business. Thank you for being good to me in the locker room. But this one’s for you, dog. Because people should remember who you are, man. X marks the spot, baby. Love you, X. Rest in peace.
“I’m good now. I just wanna go see my parents. We good, Jean Carlo? We good, baby. New York in this mother, ya heard?” The Mad King has two crowns, how long shall he reign?
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Nick Wayne!
The Wrestler is back, ready to put another man to the test. The Prodigy of Rain City is here, but will he reign so soon into his young career? Or will Shibata show him he still has a long way to go?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and our judges for this match are Jerry Lynn, Jimmy Jacobs and Dalton Castle. The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we see if Wayne’s World can survive Shibata!
The two circle, feel things out, and Shibata waistlocks to drag Nick down. Nick shifts around but Shibata half nelsons. Nick fights up, wristlocks, then goes for a leg. Shibata sprawls to push Nick down, then he waistlocks. Nick goes for a leg but so does Shibata, and Shibata uses that to get a roll-up! Nick keeps his shoulder sup so Shibata lets off. Fans cheer and Shibata keeps after Nick but with a leg guard. Nick and Shibata grapple, Nick grabs a leg in a toehold but Shibata uses that to body scissor and chinlock. Nick pries at the hold, but Shibata shifts to go for an arm! Nick clasps hands and fans rally up as he moves around.
Nick stacks Shibata, but Shibata also keeps a shoulder up. Shibata powers Nick down to a short arm scissor! Nick endures, shifts, but Shibata has the mount pretty easily. Shibata slaps Nick around, then stomps him down! Nick goes to ropes but that is a neutral break. Fans rally as the two reset and feel things out. They knuckle lock, Shibata knees low and snapmares, but Nick ducks the kick! Fans fire up as the two reset. Shibata kicks Nick but Nick kicks back. Shibata blocks to have an ANKLE LOCK! Nick flails, reaches out, but endures as Shibata drags him back. Nick almost has ropes, then tries again, ROPEBREAK!
Shibata lets go as Nick uses his first. Nick holds on, Shibata tries to drag Nick away, but Nick kicks and kicks. Shibata lets go and Nick gets out of the ring to walk off the pain. Shibata heads out after Nick, but Nick kicks first! Nick whips and Shibata hits railing! Fans rally up as Nick runs in but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata then whips Nick into railing! Shibata whips Nick into even more railing! Nick gasps for air, but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata rolls into the ring, letting the count take care of Nick. Nick checks his face and clutches his neck at 5 of 10 but Shibata goes out to stand Nick up. Shibata puts Nick in and fans applaud.
Shibata stalks Nick, stomps him, then kicks him! Shibata kicks Nick more and more and fans rally. Shibata CHOPS Nick then brings him up again. Shibata CHOPS, Nick drops to his knees, and Shibata gives him more sharp yet toying kicks. Nick sits up, but Shibata just kicks him down! We hit five minutes and Nick CHOPS! Shibata just shrugs it off! Nick CHOPS, but Shibata eggs him on! Nick CHOPS, so Shibata CHOPS! Nick is stinging, Shibata runs and BOOTS Nick down! Nick roars and rises up but Shibata BOOTS him again! Shibata runs, but Nick UPPERCUTS! Nick runs to UPPERCUT Shibata down!
Fans fire up and Nick brings Shibata up to cravat. But Shibata denies Shiranui! Only for Nick to SHOTGUN on the return! Fans rally as Nick storms up to the corner. Nick fires forearms, then runs corner to corner, and a very Shibata like HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Nick drags Shibata up. But Shibata breaks free! Nick BOOTS Shibata, throws a forearm, but Shibata just scowls! Nick throws another forearm but Shibata eggs him on. Nick throws more forearms, then a CHOP! And another CHOP and another CHOP, but Shibata leans into them! Shibata is backing Nick down like that! Nick fires forearms now, but Shibata DECKS him with just one!
Shibata whips Nick to a corner, then BOOTS him! Then Shibata rains down forearms to sit Nick down! Shibata stomps a mudhole, but Nick gets up! So Shibata UPPERCUTS him down! Shibata runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Nick feels how it’s done, and Shibata hauls him up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nick hangs in there but Shibata wraps on a chinlock! Nick fights up but into a COBRA TWIST! Fans rally as Nick endures, fights his way over, and has a ROPEBREAK! That’s his second of three as we pass eight minutes, and Shibata lets off with a knee to the side! Shibata reels Nick in to waistlock, but Nick fights!
Nick grabs the ropes again, that’s his third and final! But then Nick uses ropes to push up and over, then he mule kicks! Nick cravats, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shibata is tougher than that but Nick hurries up. Nick full nelsons but Shibata breaks to switch. Nick fights the lift so Shibata ripcords. Nick ducks to ripcord and ROUNBDHOUSE! And SUPERKICK! Nick goes up and up and WAYNE’S- SLEEPER!! Shibata has Nick and Nick is fading fast! Shibata sits him down to PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
At nine minutes and 16 seconds, Shibata puts this one away! Nick shows skill beyond his years, and Shibata respects that by offering a handshake. Nick takes it to keep the Code of Honor, but when and where will Nick get another shot at gold?
Backstage interview with Lee Johnson.
Lexi Nair is with Big Shotty and brings up his match with Shane Taylor from last week, and how he has a match tonight with the newest member of Shane Taylor Promotions, #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty. How is Shotty feeling going into this match? Johnson tells Lexi, “Here we are again!” But wait, Shane Taylor Promotions walks in, and Moriarty tells Big Shotty that he hopes there were no hard feelings in what happened last week. Who knew Johnson would get distracted by Moriarty walking out there? Sure, Moriarty looks good, but just leave the past in the past. Code of Honor! Shake his hand. He promises it’s clean.
Shane says Johnson could always get knocked out again. Johnson stares Shane down and Lexi says they can all settle this in the ring. STP heads out, will Big Shotty be able to handle Moriarty with Big Bad Shaney T at ringside?
Diamante VS Catie Brite!
The Cuban Diamond is back in action on ROH, ready to shine in the spotlight once and for all. Will she show she can shine brighter than Brite? Or will Brite have a bright future here in ROH?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Diamante DECKS Brite! Brite staggers up, Diamante fires off on her, then CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Diamante snapmares to then mess with Brite’s hair. Diamante then CLUBS away on Brite, but the ref reprimands about the hair pulling. Diamante CLUBS Brite down, puts her back on ropes, and CHOKES her again! The ref reprimands, Diamante lets off at 4, then she drags Brite up. Diamante says Brite ain’t on her level, then she SMACKS Brite off buckles! Diamante JABS, CHOPS and repeat! The ref counts, Diamante lets off, but then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!
The ref reprimands and counts more, so Diamante whips Brite corner to corner. Diamante runs in but only gets buckles! Roll up, TWO! Diamante staggers up, and she SHOTGUNS Brite down! Fans fire up as Diamante dusts herself off. Diamante drags Brite up, for the TWIST! Cover, Diamante wins!
Winner: Diamante, by pinfall
The Brite Light was simply used to make the Diamond shine! But when and where will Diamante get the gold that she wants?
Backstage interview with Willie Mack & The Infantry.
Lexi is with Trish Adora and the trio that will be challenging for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships tonight. Which are currently held by the Mogul Embassy. Captain Dean says not for long. Bravo, hit ’em with the deal. Let ’em know why it’s not for much longer. Bravo tells Lex that he ain’t gon’ flex, and he’ll answer the question so first thing is this. Did Infantry become one of the hottest teams in ROH? Yep. Has adding the Mack Attack one of the hottest trios? Yep. So not only are they ready to win, they’re ready for war! He ain’t gonna talk no more, let Mack take over.
Mack says they are about to make history. With Adora by their side, they’ve got Shawn Dean, Carlie Bravo. Is this their first ROH title match ever? Uh, yeah… Wow, who knew? They really out here. Well, then the Embassy better watch out, they’re gonna do the damn thing. Mack may not have won that $25,000, but they’re gonna get these titles and have major capital! Let’s go, baby! Turn up! Bravo says have no fear, the future ROH World Six Man Champs are here! #CopyThat. The team heads out, will they be able to bring down those behemoths under Prince Nana’s command?
Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor!
We just heard from Big Shotty and #TAIGASTYLE, but now it is time to put some action behind those words! Will Johnson or Moriarty prove they are the alpha Lee in ROH?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. They go around, Johnson wrenches, but Moriarty rolls. Johnson wrangles Moriarty but Moriarty kips up and clinches. Johnson wrenches to another wristlock but Moriarty spins, slips through and twists Johnson’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Johnson gets away and fans rally as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, then Johnson trips Moriarty to waistlock. Moriarty fights up, pries free to switch and hammerlock. Johnson slips around to hammerlock back. Moriarty slips around but Johnson turns it right back around to have the armlock.
Moriarty tries again but again Johnson puts the hammerlock back on him. Moriarty does squats, then spins, but Johnson holds on! Moriarty pulls hair to put Johnson in a corner! The ref counts, Johnson lets off, but Moriarty ELBOWS Johnson! Fans boo but Moriarty soaks up the heat. Moriarty CHOPS, then he says one more! Only to feint and kick low! Moriarty soaks up the heat, whips Johnson but Johnson goes up and over! Moriarty hits buckles, Johnson ducks ‘n’ dodges, leap frogs and DROPKICKS! Moriarty bails out, fans fire up, and Johnson pursues. Johnson ROCKS Moriarty, then ROCKS him again!
Johnson CHOPS Moriarty and fans fire up! Moriarty staggers away but Johnson follows him, to CHPO him again! Johnson then puts Moriarty in the ring, slide sin but Moriarty stomps away on him! The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and he stands Johnson up. Moriarty CHOPS and fans fire up! Moriarty swings but Johnson dodges to CHOP back! Johnson headlocks, Moriarty powers out, and things speed up again, Moriarty’s kitchen sink knee knocks Johnson down! Johnson writhes while fans rally, and Moriarty stands Johnson up to snap suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Moriarty still bridges while he mockingly applauds Johnson.
Moriarty wraps Johnson up in a seated abdominal stretch! Fans rally as Johnson endures, and Johnson fights up, only for Moriarty to knee low, but Johnson blocks! Trip and jackknife bridge! TWO, and Johnson goes for a leg. Moriarty steps over, whips Johnson away and things speed up, but Johnson rolls Moriarty again! TWO, and Moriarty CLOBBERS Johnson! But Johnson is up to CLOBBER Moriarty! Fans rally and a standing count starts! Johnson stands, goes to a corner, but Moriarty runs in. Johnson ELBOWS Moriarty, goes up and over and things speed up again. Johnson rallies with LARIAT after LARIAT, then a NECKBREAKER!
Johnson kips up and fans fire up with him! Moriarty clutches his neck as Johnson hauls him up, to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Moriarty survives and Shane is relieved, but Johnson pounds the mat. Fans rally as Moriarty crawls to a corner. Johnson storms up but Moriarty YANKS him into buckles! The ref reprimands but Moriarty stomps away! The ref backs Moriarty off, but then he storms up to YANK Johnson up! Johnson lands on his feet, ELBOWS Moriarty again, then SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Johnson aims from a corner. Johnson goes to the apron, goes up the corner, and takes aim, to FROG SPLASH!!
Johnson bounces off the impact, crawls back to the cover, ROPEBREAK!! Moriarty survives by a literal foot but Johnson fires himself back up. Johnson whips, Moriarty holds ropes then HOTSHOTS Johnson! LEG LARIAT! Cover, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by pinfall
Shane is proud of his new recruit for finishing that one in the blink of an eye! Will TAIGASTYLE help Shane Taylor Promotions take over ROH once and for all?
Athena puts Billie Starkz (and Lexi Nair) through Minion Training.
The Fallen Goddess says they are here for one thing and one thing only: They have consistently failed her time and again! So today, they are doing training! “Yes, Minion Overlord!” These are all things essential to them becoming the best minions they can be! Is that understood? “Yes, Minion Overlord!” Athena blows the whistle and it begins! First, running up and down the bleachers! You wanna be a minion? Let’s go! They also do standing ovation training, they shine the stage, and Lexi keeps Billie from pressing the “big red button.” Athena wants Billie to stop smiling and being happy. Only angry face from now on!
Athena also puts them through booing drills, where they are to boo Willow Nightingale. Athena makes sure Billie gets that through her head! Boo Willow! No smiles! Keep running! Then they ride the elevator together as Athena does the grades. Billie tries to sneak a peek but almost gets caught. Billie also has to throw away her pompoms. She tries to be intimidating to the others in the locker room. Though it’s more like a kid playing dinosaur or something… The Renegades leave and Billie thinks she “did it,” but Lexi explains that she in fact did not. And then they cross paths with Willow! Athena snaps her fingers and Billie boos! Willow asks why!
Athena says she likes what she’s seen today. Lexi has graduated MIT, so she will now Lexi Nair, “Minion Bestie.” Billie, you sucked. Athena leaves and Billie isn’t sure what to do with that. Will Billie ever not be on Athena’s bad side?
Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante VS Trish Adora!
The OG Badass has been rolling back up the ranks, but the Afropunk is also primed for that number one spot. Who comes out in pole position in the chase for the title?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. Adora grins but Diamante coaches Mercedes up. They tie up again, Mercedes waistlocks and she SLAMS Adora down. Mercedes headlocks, Adora powers up and powers out, but Mercedes pulls hair to bring Adora back in! The ref reprimands, but Adora lifts! Mercedes uses that to flying takeover! Mercedes says that was so pretty and thanks the fans for the cheers. But Adora rolls to a cover, ONE and Adora runs Mercedes over! Fans fire up as Adora taunts Mercedes. Mercedes swings, misses and Adora fires off forearms!
Adora winds up to ROCK Mercedes! Adora runs in to SPLASH in the corner! Adora fireman’s carries, but Diamante distracts so Mercedes can pull hair, get free and shove, then SPINEBUSTER! Fans rally up as Mercedes mocks the salute. Mercedes taunts Adora, kicks her around, then UPPERCUTS! Mercedes scuffs Adora, CHOKES her on the ropes, then lets off as the ref counts. Diamante CHOKES Adora now! Fans are torn but Diamante gets away with it. Mercedes UPPERCUTS Adora, then fireman’s carries. Adora fights free, shoves Mercedes, but Mercedes sidesteps to ROLLING ELBOW! Adora sits down but Mercedes stands her up.
Mercedes puts Adora on the ropes, DRAPING ANARCHY! Cover, TWO! Adora hangs in there and both Mercedes and Diamante are frustrated! Mercedes slaps Adora around, eggs her on, and fans rally up. Adora scowls, Mercedes fires palm strikes an an UPPERCUT! But Adora hits the BASEMENT GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Adora, and she BOOTS Mercedes down! Then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Mercedes hangs tough, she’s a former champion for a reason. But Adora drags Mercedes back up, fireman’s carries again, but Mercedes flails to sunset flip! Adora stays up to drag Mercedes up by her hair!
Adora short arm but Mercedes ducks to HALF NELSON SUPLEX! Then RUNNING KNEE!! Adora falls back, rises up slowly, into the BAYONET FOREARM! Mercedes then clamps onto the legs, SLAPS Adora into giving up the arms, and then pulls her back and back and up! BRASS CITY SLEEPER!! Adora taps, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by submission
Mercedes doesn’t let go until she’s good and ready. The OG Badass and the Cuban Diamond mock the Infantry, but will these two be the ones waiting on the other side of the Women’s World Championship match? Speaking of…
ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Angelina Love!
The Fallen Goddess has yet to be dethroned in ROH, but tonight she faces the Pretty Psycho! Angelina has held titles before, even the Women of Honor World Championship that preceded this title! Will Angelina return to the top in this new era of honor? Or will nothing stop Athena’s already historic reign?
Athena is still in coach mode, telling Billie to get the fans fired up, but from behind Athena. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s ready to get crazy!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for Athena. Athena thanks them and she circles with Angelina. They tie up, go around, and then have a deadlock at the center. They break, Angelina and Athena each complain the other pulled hair. The ref didn’t see any of it, so the two go at it again. Angelina waistlocks, Athena switches but Angelina switches back. Athena switches again but Angelina runs to RAM Athena into buckles! But then Athena arm-drags her down! Athena keeps on the cording hold but Angelina endures. Angelina fights up, arm-drags and has the armlock on Athena.
Athena fights up, Angelina wrenches to a wristlock, but Athena flips and wrenches and arm-drags again! Athena kips up, fans fire up, but Angelina CLOBBERS Athena! Angelina cheers herself on but Athena kips up again. Angelina runs in, into a SOBAT! Then a trip, and METEORA! Cover, TWO! Angelina bails out, fans rally up, and Athena goes out after her. But Angelina uses Billie as a hostage! Then she throws Billie into Athena, and she throws Athena down! Billie says that’s not fair! Angelina puts Athena in, dribbles her off the mat, then stands over her. Angelina soaks up the heat but Athena sunset flips! TWO!
Angelina stacks, TWO! Athena stands but into a knee! Angelina scoops Athena to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Angelina is frustrated but the fans rally behind Athena. Billie cheers Athena on but Angelina wrangles Athena with a chinlock. Angelina grinds Athena down, but the fans rally up. Athena fights to her feet, but Angelina throws her down! Angelina smiles as she keeps on the chinlock. Fans rally, Athena fights up again, and Billie has pompoms! Athena BITES Angelina and arm-drags free! Fans fire up as Athena fires forearms! Athena BACKHANDS Angelina! Athena whips, Angelina reverse=s but Athena CLOBBERS her!
Fans fire up as Athena rallies! Then Athena wrenches, SOBATS, and ENZIGURIS! Athena howls and fans fire up! Athena handsprings to FOREARM in the corner! Athena snapmares Angelina, goes up top, but Angelina trips her up! Fans boo Angelina while Billie coaches Athena up. Angelina drags Athena off with a fireman’s carry but Athena slips off to shove. Athena runs in but only gets buckles! Angelina BOOTS Athena down! Cover, TWO!! Angelina is shocked, and Billie is halfway in the ring? The ref has her slip back out and Angelina says to watch her. Billie says she didn’t do anything!
Athena waistlocks, Angelina switches and rolls her up, but Athena rolls through to reel Angelina in! Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)
Angelina Love gave Athena a fight worthy of this title, but only Athena proved worthy of this title! She is now 39-0, and Billie presents her with the whistle. Coach Athena takes it, smiles and nods, and says Billie is finally learning. Athena pats Billie on the head, the two head out, but how much further does Billie have to go before she is championship material herself?
Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis-Bennett, Cole Karter & Griff Garrison.
Lexi is with The First Lady of Wrestling and her new prospects, they are going to team up for the very first time together. Are they ready for this? The bigger question is if Griff is with The Kingdom. Griff wants to put this out there right now: this is a trial and error kind of thing. Like he said last week, he feels he’s lost a step after returning from injury, and this seems like a relatively good opportunity. So yeah, he is ready. Okay, good. See you out there. Karter repeats, “See you out there.” Will the Ivy League MVP be able to make it work with the Diamond in the Rough?
Six Woman Tag: Leyla Hirsch & The Renegades VS Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan!
The Fallen Goddess is still atop the mountain, and all six of these young and hungry wrestlers want their shot! But will Charlette & Robyn be able to keep up with their #LEGIT partner? Or will Chicago Skye, the Babe with the Power and the Hottest Flame keep their own momentum going?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe with some sarcasm and sass. The teams sort out and Robyn starts against Kiera. Fans cheer “Happy Birthday!” for Kiera and she ties up with Robyn. Robyn knees low and says this is her birthday gift! Robyn whips but Kiera ELBOWS her! Then RANAS! Robyn ends up in a corner, Kiera runs in to SHOTGUN her down! Kiera runs corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Then she goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Robyn around, covers, TWO! Kiera drags Robyn over, tags in Skye, and fans rally as they double whip. Robyn holds ropes but gets a SHINING WIZARD for it!
Kiera adds another HIP ATTACK! Fans rally as Skye YANKS Robyn down to then mule kick! Cover, TWO! But then Leyla and Charlette YANK Willow and Kiera down from the outside! The ref reprimands them while Skye drags Robyn up. Robyn dodges the forearm to ROCK Skye! Snapmare and then a cover, TWO! Robyn drags Skye up, tags Charlette, and the Renegades double suplex. They hold Skye up for five before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Maria is on stage, she’s still hoping Leyla joins up. Charlette wraps on a chinlock but Skye fights up., Skye throws body shots but Charlette CLUBS her down!
Charlette puts Skye in the corner, RAMS into her, then RAMS her again! Maria likes it as Charlette bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Robyn, and she cravat SLAMS! Charlette runs to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Charlette holds on to bridge for a modified cravat neck wrench! Skye endures, CLUBS free, and then drags Charlette up. But Charlette SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Skye hangs tough but Charlette drags her up. Charlette bumps Skye off buckles, tags Robyn, and Robyn whisps her in to back body block! Robyn runs in to KNEE Skye, but then Leyla tags in! Leyla finally has a turn, and she GERMAN SUPLEXES!
Leyla drags Skye up to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Maria likes what she sees as Leyla hits a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Leyla then sucker punches Kiera! Fans boo and Willow dares her to do that to Willow. Leyla runs in at Skye instead, but Skye ELBOWS her back! Skye knocks the Renegades down, but Leyla gets her for a snap takedown and LEGIT ARMBAR!! Skye hurries to stack, TWO! Leyla blocks a kick, but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Hot tags to Willow and Robyn! Fans fire up as Willow rallies on the Renegades! Willow DECKS Leyla for good measure! Willow fires off on Charlette but Charlette kicks low!
Charlette reels Willow in but Willow suplexes! Robyn makes the save, the Renegades mug Willow, but Willow fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX the Renegades! Cover, Leyla breaks it! Leyla HAMMERS away on Willow but Kiera CLOBBERS her! Robyn goes after Kiera, Skye is after her, Charlette returns! The brawl breaks down, spills out of the ring, and Robyn runs up. Skye dodges but Robyn dodges! Robyn catches Skye to a BACK2BACKBREAKER! Kiera runs in, boots the lariat and then ROUNDHOUSES! Kiera reels Robyn in, HANGING NECKBREAKER! Charlette spins Kiera for a BACKBREAKER!
Willow is back, she hits an URENAGE! Leyla storms back in to SHOTGUN Willow! Leyla whips, Willow reverses and then POUNCES! PERIOD! Tag to Skye and Willow hauls Charlette up. Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Willow BLASTS Robyn, Skye SUPERKICKS Leyla! Kiera runs in to DIVE and she takes out Robyn! Skye hurries to get Charlette up, for CODE BLUE! Cover, Skye’s team wins!
Winners: Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan, by pinfall
Maria is no longer as impressed by Leyla as she was. Will the First Lady have to change tactics about her Kingdom’s Army?
Backstage interview with Angelico, Serpentico, Tony Nese & Mark Sterling.
Lexi is with this rather odd collection and says tonight, they will be teaming up in Six Man Tag action for the first time ever. What led to all this? Smart Mark says the Premier Athlete is always on the lookout for possible young up ‘n’ coming wrestlers to join the Premier Brand. This is a one time offer: if they win, FREE GROUP TRAINING! Maybe Nese can whip them into shape to have more muscles. Nese says they don’t look the part but he can work on that as a personal trainer. But they are to do exactly what he says, exactly what he does, and follow him to victory. Understand? You got it? Comprende, hombre?
And don’t come out there until he tells them. Sterling agrees, but does compliment Serpentico’s mask and the hand streamers. Sterling & Nese head out, and Angelico says those guys’ vibes are way off. Serpentico says they’re burros. Sterling heard that! Will this team work out so that they can work out?
Ethan Page VS VSK!
All Ego got a great win in his ROH return, showing his ego has mellowed out a bit. Will he continue to build back up? Or will the former Trustbuster bust him down even more?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though Page doesn’t let go right away. The bell rings, Page and VSK circle, and fans rally up for Page. Page has them get louder, so there’s still some ego. The two tie up, Ethan headlocks, but VSK pulls hair! VSK headlocks, Page powers out and then CLOBBERS VSK! Fans rally and Page complains about the hair pulling. Page then scoops VSK but VSK CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but VSK ROCKS Page with a haymaker! VSK mocks the fans for cheering Page, then he storms up on Page. VSK whips but Page blocks! And again! Page reels VSK in to scoop and POWERSLAM!
Page fires up and the fans are with him! Page drags VSK up, reels him in, Canadian Rack! But VSK slips free, ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ slides to DROPKICK! But Page rebounds to run VSK over! VSK goes to a corner, Page runs in but only gets buckles! VSK mule kicks, front kicks, but the enziguri whiffs! Page wraps on a half straitjacket, then he scoops VSK and carries him around, for the CRADLE SUPLEX! Then a step-in CUTTER! Cover, Page wins!
Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall
Page shakes VSK’s hand to keep the Code of Honor, and he is rolling already! Will he truly be refreshed with a title opportunity?
Spanish Announce Project & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS El Hijo Del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Premier Brand is looking to expand, but Angelico y Serpentico haven’t been sold just yet. Will they make a better trio than even they can imagine? Or will this alliance of luchadores bring them all crashing down?
Sterling of course has a mic to say that everyone knows this is Tony Nese. His client has something very important to say. “Penn State College. I tried telling this company, if we wanted to perform in front of real athletes, we should’ve done this show in Ohio State.” Fans boo but Nese says that he’s just being honest. Maybe if Penn didn’t spend so much time at The Creamery, they’d be in shape! Ladies, ladies, ladies, it’s called the Freshman 15, not Freshman 50. But Nese has great news for everyone. They all know he is a personal trainer, so before they have any more wrestling tonight, he is gonna treat each and every one of them to GROUP TRAINING!
Stand up! Let’s get going! Get off your lazy asses! Stretch! Reach up! But then Angelico y Serpentico make their way out! They stopped listening to Nese’s orders from earlier, is this partnership falling apart already? Then after Serpentico throws his streamers, Abrahantes’ trio makes their entrance, Gravity leading the way. The teams sort out, Nese tells SAP to watch and learn. Nese then makes Serpentico start against Metalik, and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, fans rally up and the two tie up. Serpentico wrenches, hammerlocks, facelocks, wrenches and whips, but Metalik goes up and over and keeps moving.
Metalik ducks ‘n’ dodges, Serpentico drops down and avoids the handspring elbow! Metalik avoids the boot to CHOP! Metalik whips, Serpentico reverses but Metalik elbows him down! Metalik runs in, Serpentico monkey flips him but Metalik lands on his feet! Things keep moving, Metalik scoops and BACKBREAKERS Serpentico! Cover, ONE!! Metalik keeps on Serpentico and brings him up to wrench. Tag to Gravity but Serpentico gets away. Gravity has to stay back as Serpentico goes to his corner. Angelico tags in, and he circles with Gravity. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but Angelico crisscrosses Gravity’s arms into a one-arm double armlock!
Gravity stomps at Angelico’s feet but Angelico easily avoids those. Then he wraps Gravity up in a straitjacket stretch! Angelico ripcords, whips, but Gravity holds ropes. Angelico rushes in, Gravity gets around, schoolboys but Angelico rolls through. Gravity kips up, flips through the wrench and arm-drags Angelico away! Fans fire up as Gravity runs in, ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAG! Another kip up while Angelico bails out, and Gravity builds speed. Angelico ducks but Gravity handsprings! Gravity space walks, tag to Vikingo! Fans rally up but Nese tags in to say he has to handle this. But Vikingo CROSSBODIES!
Nese rushes in, Vikingo dodges to whip, but Nese reverses. Vikingo reverses back to HEEL KICK! BOOT! ENZIGURI! Nese is in the corner and fans rally behind Vikingo. Vikingo runs up to GAMANGIRI! Nese wobbles, Vikingo goes up but Nese hurries away. Vikingo still springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Nese bails out, Vikingo builds speed and he goes up and up, pauses so physics can catch up with him, and Viking SKY TWISTERS! Direct hit and both men are down, so SAP rushes in! Gravity y Metalik dodge them to DOUBLE DROPKICK them out! SAP bails out and the luchadores DOUBLE TOPE!!
Fans are thunderous as Metalik y Gravity stand tall! “This is Awesome!” as Metalik puts Nese back in. Metalik CHOPS, CHOPS and runs, to KNEE Nese lose! Metalik fires the fans up, then runs, but Nese distracts the ref while Sterling trips Metalik up! Fans boo Smart Mark but Nese runs in to basement dropkick! Nese soaks up the heat, drags Metalik up and bumps him off buckles. Nese tells Angelico, “See how it’s done? Let’s see what you got!” Nese tags Angelico, Angelico snapmares Metalik and ties up one arm. Angelico uses the other arm for a RECLINER! Metalik endures, kicks around, and gets a ROPEBREAK!
Angelico lets off as Metalik saves himself by a literal foot. Angelico tells Nese that he does things with submissions. The people know it! Well, the fans chant “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Metalik crawls but Angelico brings him up. Nese tags himself in, he and Angelico mug Metalik, and Nese scoops Metalik to SLAM him! Then he drops a leg, brother! Nese says power style is how it’s done, then tags Angelico back in. Angelico argues with Nese, then brings Metalik up. Angelico puts Metalik on the top rope, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Metalik throws hands! Angelico goes up but Metalik CLUBS him! Metalik adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!
Nese is frustrated as Metalik and Angelico crawl. Hot tag to Gravity! Gravity LARIATS Angelico, LARIATS Serpentico, DECKS Nese, and repeat! Angelico gets around, full nelsons, but Gravity arm-drags free! Gravity runs in to POWERSLAM! Then he somersaults to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Nese breaks it! Nese brings Gravity up to whip, but Gravity holds ropes. Nese runs in but Gravity TOSSES him out! The ref checks Nese after that rough landing, but Angelico EDDY GORDO KICKS Gravity down! Metalik runs in to suplex Angelico high and hard! Serpentico runs in, Metalik blocks a kick to give a kick.
Metalik gets Serpentico up, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, but Nese SOBATS Metalik in the back! Fans rally up as everyone is down around the ring. Nese goes to his corner, Angelico drags Gravity over but Nese tags in! Angelico complains but Nese drags Gravity up. Nese wants to see how “ugly this SOB is!” He pulls at Gravity’s mask! Fans boo, and Serpentico storms in to stop Nese! As a luchador himself, #SNAKEMAN will not stand for this! The ref has Serpentico back off, Nese tells them to listen to him for once. Nese wants to tag out but SAP ditch him! Fans cheer, Sterling is freaking out, and Gravity stands to SUPERKICK! Nese falls, tag to Metalik!
Metalik goes up, for the tightrope SWANTON! Cover, the luchadores win!
Winners: El Hijo del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity, by pinfall
Vikingo can’t get in the ring to celebrate, he took more damage to that hip than expected, but he and the team still celebrate. Will the AAA Mega Champion, the King of the Ropes and the Astronaut of Lucha still reach new heights in ROH?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi is now with All Ego and congratulates him on the win tonight. She says Ethan’s been on a roll, and he figures yeah, two is good enough for a roll. He wants to make it three, but the feeling he had after winning these couple weeks is something he hasn’t felt in the longest time. Everyone who has been watching Ethan these last three years has seen the ups and downs, and lately, it has been a lot of downs. But there was a really big bright spot in that spiral and it was the greatest night of his professional career. He wrestled for the most prestigious prize in wrestling today, the AEW World Championship, in his hometown with his family in the front row, it does not get better than that.
But then it didn’t go his way, and nothing else really has, but Ethan says to touch the gold, to feel the pressure, to be in the marquee match, and to be inches away from changing his life… He realized that ROH is the place for competition, and he needs to be competitive so that he can continue momentum, climb back up, and touch gold again. But this time, he won’t let go. That’s the plan. Then he has his groove back? Sure, go and say that. All Ego got his groove back! Will Ethan return to former glory and finally have gold to show for it?
Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin!
A brand new team, put together by The First Lady, takes on another young team that has been fingertips away from taking titles for their own. Will Maria’s investment pay off with a win tonight? Or will the Sight to See & Air Wolf take flight?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Karter starts against Darius. Fans rally, the two tie up and Darius wrenches to a wristlock. Karter whips, Darius reverses and arm-drags! Darius has the armlock, drags Karter up to wrench, and he tags Action. Action goes up but Karter gets away to tag in Griff. Maria cheers Griff on and he circles with Action. They tie up, Griff waistlocks and SLAMS Action down! Action fights around, pries free, switches, but Griff switches back to back suplex. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Griff RAMS him back into the corner. Griff is free but Darius sneaks the tag!
Darius slingshots in to get ahead of Griff and keeps him from Karter! Darius RAMS Griff into Action’s knees, then Darius mule kicks. Action goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Griff on the back! Darius & Action BLAST Karter, then double kick Griff to DOUBLE SUPLEX! Karter returns, but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up and Darius runs in, but Griff puts him on the apron. Darius RAMS Griff, Karter runs up but into an elbow! Griff storms up but Darius ROCKS him! Darius aims but Karter anchors him. Darius kicks Karter away, Action protests but that distracts the ref, allowing Maria to anchor Darius!
Darius kicks free, but turns around into a BOOT from Griff! Karter cheers but Griff asks what was that all about. Griff drags Darius up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Karter. They mug Darius, Karter stomps a mudhole in, and Maria applauds. The ref counts, Karter lets off and even Griff says to keep things clean. Karter snap suplexes Darius, and then he soaks up the heat. Karter covers but it’s really a choke! The ref counts, Karter stops at 4, then Karter stalks Darius. Darius goes to ropes so the ref has Karter back off. Karter argues with the ref but that’s to distract, so that Maria can CHOKE Darius!
Maria gets away with it again but Action warns her. Darius staggers up into a DROPKICK from Karter! Cover, TWO! Maria defends her innocence but Griff is upset. Karter whips Darius to a corner, tags Griff in, and then Griff whips Karter in. Darius TOSSES Karter up and out! Then he goes up and over Griff! Griff hurries to get a leg, but Darius BOOTS him away! Hot tags to Action and Karter! Action dodges Karter to DECK Griff, then he DECKS Karter! Action rallies on them both, and fans fire up! Action whips but Karter reverses, only for Action to handspring and DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up as both Maria’s boys are down!
Action kips up while Griff and Karter go to opposite corners. Action runs in to RAM Griff! And then he SPLASHES Karter! Action runs corner to corner again but Griff dodges the splash! But then Action SHOTGUNS Griff into Darius’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Griff tumbles out but Karter shoves Darius into Action! Karter DECKS Darius, rolls Action, and puts his legs on the ropes! But Griff shoves them off the ropes! Karter and Maria argue with Griff, because Griff doesn’t wanna cheat! Karter says you don’t disrespect Maria! But then Action FLIES over Karter to take out Griff! And Darius SUPERKICKS Karter!
Darius reels Karter in to BRAINBUSTER! Tag to Action, he springboards to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Action & Darius win!
Winners: Action Andretti & Darius Martin
Maria is not happy, but perhaps it was her own fault for thinking Griff was going to change his morals for the sake of success. Griff upholds the Code of Honor with Action & Darius, but then Karter says up theirs! Karter & Maria have Griff leave with them, is Griff going to ditch this team before long?
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack & The Infantry!
Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have been unstoppable as a trio with a 16-0 record in trios action. However, teams have been getting closer and closer. Will Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo bringing the Mack Attack along be exactly what brings these titans down? Or will nothing stop the Embassy’s reign of terror?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who gets to go on to Rampage tomorrow night!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the fans chant “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” and some do the Nana dance. Kaun starts against Dean, the bell rings, and Kaun rushes in! Dean avoids the boot, says it was close, and they circle. They tie up, Dean headlocks but Kaun powers out to run Dean over! Things speed up, Dena hurdles but Kaun shoves. Dean jumps over but Kaun CLOBBERS him! But then Dean avoids the senton! Dean DROPKICKS, Kaun staggers, but Dean wrenches and tags Bravo. The Infantry double whips, double hip tosses, and then they crisscross the legs to SPLIT that wishbone! Bravo says that’ll leave a mark.
Bravo drags Kaun up but Kaun CHOSP! Kaun wristlocks but Bravo gets free before Kaun tags Liona. Bravo says okay, that’s how it is, huh? Bravo and Liona circle, Liona rushes in but Bravo dodges to JAB! Bravo bobs ‘n’ weaves, JABS, then rope-a-dopes. But Liona TOSSES him to a corner! Liona runs in, Bravo dodges then comes back. Bravo jukes and ROCKS Liona! Fans fire up and Bravo talks some smack, but Liona stays up! Bravo turns around into a LARIAT! Liona glares at Mack, then goes back to Bravo. Liona scoops to put Bravo on the ropes, to fire KNEE after KNEE into him! The ref reprimands and Liona just fires off more!
The ref counts, Liona drops Bravo and roars at Mack & Dean. Liona then tags Kaun, and Kaun slingshot SENTONS! Bravo sputters but Kaun drags him up to snap suplex. Uno Amigo! Then a waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bravo fights but Kaun still hits the back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaun kneels on Bravo’s head while he argues with the ref, and Bravo flails! Dean pushes Kaun over but Kaun just grins as he drags Bravo up. Kaun tags Cage and fans fire up for The Machine. Cage CHOPS Bravo, puts him in the corner and RAMS him! And RAMS him again! And CHOPS! Cage fires up the fans as he throws point-blank clotheslines!
Fans count as Cage picks up speed, and Cage gets to TEN! Cage whips corner to corner hard, and Bravo staggers into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bravo hangs tough but Cage drags him up. Cage ROCKS Bravo with a forearm, whips him corner to corner then scoops again, but Bravo slips free to BACKSTABBER! Fans rally up as Bravo crawls, but Cage grabs a leg! Cage drags Bravo back, ducks the enziguri, then drops an elbow! “Who betta than Cage?” Cage then sucker punches Dean! Cage stands Bravo up, suplexes, but Bravo slips free to hot tag Mack! Fans fire up as these rivals meet again, and Mack hits a SLINGBLADE!
Mack BLASTS Liona, lines up a shot on Cage, and body shots! Mack whips, to LARIAT! Then WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Mack scoops Cage, for a SLAM! Kaun storms in but Mack ducks the haymaker to DECK him! Mack BOOTS Liona off the apron, Nana protests, but Mack runs in at Cage to BOOT! Cage falls over, Mack covers, TWO! The Machine is tougher than that but Mack goes up the corner! Fans fire up, but Cage stands to GAMANGIRI! Cage drags Mack off the top, to then go up. Fans rally as Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Mack!! Mack writhes and “This is Awesome!” as Cage drags Mack back up.
Cage stands Mack up but Mack kicks low! Cage denies the stunner, but Mack ends up in his corner. Tag to Bravo before Cage SUPERKICKS Mack! Bravo ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, then spins him around to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage falls, Kaun runs in! Bravo spins him around, SIDEWINDER! Liona slides in while Bravo takes aim at Cage & Kaun. But then Bravo turns around, and he screams as he drops down under the Pounce! Liona wipes himself out and Dean PENALTY KICKS Cage! Dean runs in to JUMPING CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Dean goes out to PENALTY KICK Kaun, and Bravo runs up on Liona!
Bravo hits a KNEE SMASH! And SUPERKICK! Dean SUPERKICKS! Liona roars but Infantry shouts, “KICK HIM!” They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Liona, and Liona staggers into a DOUBLE SUP- NO, Liona fights it off! Liona DOUBLE SUP- NO, Mack saves the Infantry! STUNNER!! Then the Infantry reload, DOUBLE SUPLEX!! Fans fire up while Nana freaks out! Bravo tags Mack but Kaun runs in! Dean blocks a boot, gives it to Bravo, ENZIGURI and then NECKBREAKER! Cage is back and he LARIATS Bravo! Mack is up top, but Cage intercepts! Mack shoves Cage down, though! To then FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!?
Cage survives and shocks Mack! But he and the Infantry regroup, and fans fire up with them! Mack, Bravo & Dean aim from corners, Mack STUN- NO, Cage denies Mack again! Kaun fireman’s carries Mack and tucks him, AIR RAID CRASH! Dean runs at Kaun, but Liona POUNCES him! Bravo is alone, Cage reels him in to a GERMAN SUPLEX! The Infantry is down and out, the Gates of Agony drag Mack up! They OPEN THE GATES!! Cage covers, The Embassy wins!
Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)
The reign of terror continues! At least, for another 24 hours. Rampage: Grand Slam pits these monsters against The Hung Bucks! Will this dominance continue even as ROH and AEW blur the lines? Or will Hangman Adam Page once again hold these belts with Matt & Nick Jackson?
A very good ROH, and it seems ROH is sticking to an hour and 45 minutes. At least, I sure hope so, it still takes me far too long to do these. I will say there wasn’t any actual filler. Even Diamante beating a jobber than being ringside for when Mercedes Martinez beats Trish Adora can be seen as story for the duo of Diamante & Mercedes growing stronger. If only ROH had some more titles for the women’s division, because they’ve got a lot more talent than can fit into the world title scene. Good Six Woman Tag to feed into Leyla’s story with Maria, while also showcasing just what I said with how there are midcard title worthy talents.
Good stuff with Maria’s story of building The Kingdom’s Army, and there is a clear story to Griff not wanting to get on board with the Heel tactics, and he could break away to then have some real good matches with Karter. We got a very fun “Minion Training” vignette from Athena, Billie & Lexi, but that is not the two week window To Do List thing they set up literally last week. Feels like ROH wasn’t keeping track of what they were doing, but oh well. Athena VS Angelina Love was a good title match, but a quick one because yeah, Athena is that much better than Angelina. Still waiting for when Athena either pushes Billie too far and she rebels, or Athena creates a monster not even she can control, all leading to a title match between them.
Really good, really fun Six Man Tag with Nese sticking his foot in his mouth and making Spanish Announce Project turn on him. Good win for the luchadores, though Vikingo taking himself out of the match was not good. Vikingo needs to be more careful, he is running really hard and fast, much like Darby Allin. The Pure Championship was a really good opener, but I figured Shibata was winning over Nick Wayne. Nick still looked great, as he has since debuting in AEW, but he’s probably gotta wait until he’s 19 to get a championship. Also, it feels like ROH wants to build towards a rematch of Shibata VS Josh Woods at the next ROH exclusive PPV so Shibata isn’t losing before then.
Great promo from Eddie to get his reaction after winning the ROH World Championship. He pointed out he’s in for a busy schedule defending two titles in two companies, as I’ve been saying, but Eddie will be able to do it. And even then it is great story material for him to struggle with the schedule after a month or so. Really good promo from Johnson, Moriarty & Shane, then really good match from Moriarty VS Johnson. Shane called out Keith Lee last time, too, I wonder if Keith Lee joins Lee Johnson to take on Shane and Moriarty so we get even more Lees in the mix. Honestly, Keith Lee needs to get on something, and then move on to a title because duh, it’s KEITH LEE.
Ethan Page with a good win and good promo after, and while it’s a shame he won’t finish his story with The Hardy Boyz, that story went a few chapters too long anyway. Ethan getting going in ROH will be good stuff, maybe he can be a contender for Samoa Joe’s TV Championship. And then some really good stuff in the ROH Six Man Division, with a good promo from Mack & Infantry, and another great Six Man title match. But of course, with Hung Bucks VS Embassy set for Rampage (which has also been recorded by now), and how that feeds into Hangman VS Swerve at WrestleDream, no way was this match (which was recorded even before Rampage) was going to change anything. As I’ve been saying in the AEW articles, there is a chance the Hung Bucks win the titles, unless Swerve screws Hangman over.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/20/23)
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe!
Who hits the Grand Slam? And who strikes out?
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe, and Maxwell Jacob Friedman returns to New York to defend his AEW World Championship against Samoa Joe!
- ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston; Eddie wins and becomes both ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
- Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara; Jericho wins.
- AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes; Fenix wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm; Saraya wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe; MJF wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston!
This isn’t a rivalry, this is a grudge that has gone on for just over a decade, and this will be the end of it all! Will the Swiss Superman take away the title the Mad King fought so hard to get? Or will Eddie prove he IS the better man?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who leaves Arthur Ashe a double champion!
The bell rings and fans are thunderous already as Eddie and Claudio stare down. They slowly approach, then Claudio just BOOTS Eddie down! But Eddie’s right up to CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio forearms, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! New York is behind their own as he continues to go back and forth with Claudio! Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, then he talks trash. “Is that all you got?” Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Claudio fires more forearms, then TOSSES Eddie out of the ring! But then Eddie drags Claudio out to whip hard into railing! Claudio hobbles, holding a knee, but Eddie choke grips him!
Fans fire up as Eddie MACHINE GUN CHOPS Claudio against the railing! Eddie ROCKS Claudio, brings him around, and whips him, only for Claudio to reverse and short arm LARIAT! Fans boo but Claudio soaks it up. Claudio drags Eddie up, ROCKS him, and stalks him. Claudio puts Eddie in the ring, fans rally up and Eddie catches Claudio in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Eddie dropkicks that bad leg! Claudio avoids the next one and he deadlift gut wrenches, for the POWERBOMB! Claudio hobbles and fans boo, but Claudio drags Eddie up. Claudio reels Eddie in, but Eddie fights the lift!
Eddie CLUBS the bad leg, fans rally up, but Claudio SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS back! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up again as Claudio bails out to the apron. Fans chant “F HIM UP, EDDIE, F HIM UP!” Eddie storms over, and fires off backhand after backhand! Then URAKEN! But that hurts Eddie’s hand just as much! Claudio clamps on a SLEEPER in the ropes! But Eddie elbows free, only for Claudio to back suplex Eddie to the ramp! The LED Plexiglas ramp is a stiff worker, and Claudio looms over Eddie. Eddie is dazed and the fans rally up behind him. Claudio drags Eddie up, then stomps a hand!
Claudio then clotheslines Eddie back into the ring! Fans boo as Claudio climbs the corner. But Eddie rolls to the corner, only for Claudio to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP anyway! Claudio stomps Eddie, drags him up, and scoop SLAMS him! Claudio goes back up, to then DIVING HEADBUTT but FLOPS as Eddie moves! Eddie staggers up, but into an UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!! Eddie is still in this and Claudio is fuming as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Claudio and Eddie go to ropes, and then Claudio storms over. Claudio CLUBS away on Eddie at the ropes, then he drags Eddie up. Eddie pushes Claudio away but Claudio reels Eddie in. Claudio suplexes but Eddie blocks! Claudio throws body shots, tries again, but Eddie still blocks! Eddie then suplexes Claudio up and over! Fans fire up while both men flounder. Claudio stands first, runs and he BOOTS Eddie in the head! And then Claudio scuffs Eddie, kicks him around, taunts and toys with him, but Eddie CHOPS! Claudio kicks, Eddie CHOPS! Claudio SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Eddie reaches out in time!
Claudio sits Eddie up and clamps on with a top wristlock chinlock combo! Fans rally up as Eddie endures being squeezed and twisted around. But then Claudio KICKS Eddie in the back, and STOMPS the hand! Then he STOMPS the other hand! Eddie clutches fingers, but Claudio drags Eddie up by an ear. Eddie CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dynamite returns to single picture as Claudio eggs Eddie on. Eddie CHPOS, Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT in the corner! Claudio sits Eddie down, the ref back shim off, but then Claudio fireman’s carries! T K O! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Eddie hangs in there!
Claudio scuffs Eddie again, and that riles Eddie up. Claudio gives more toying kicks, then some harder shots. Eddie pounds the mat and fans fire up with him! Claudio kick sand kicks and kicks, and Eddie wobbles, only to sit up again. Claudio drags Eddie up to UPPER- NO, BACKSLIDE! TWO! Eddie ENZIGURIS! And then an EXPLODER!! Eddie has Claudio again, for a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Claudio goes to a corner, Yuta coaches him, and Claudio sees Eddie go to the far side. Eddie runs in to clothesline! Eddie fires up and fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! Claudio just brushes those off? Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS, then JABS! Claudio drops to a knee and fans are thunderous!
Eddie hauls Claudio up, Claudio fights the Northern Lights Bomb, so Eddie fires Kawada knees! Claudio JABS back! Eddie staggers, Claudio shakes out the cobwebs, and then both men stare down again. Fans fire up as the two step up, Claudio eggs Eddie on, then fires a forearm! Eddie CHOPS! Forearm! CHOP! Repeat! Claudio eggs Eddie on so Eddie CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Eddie staggers back, steadies himself, and he CHOPS again! Claudio dusts that off, so Eddie CHOPS only for Claudio to catch it! HEADBUTT, short arm LARIAT!! Cover, TWO, but Claudio rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!
Claudio reels Eddie in, straitjacket for the RICOLA- RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio has the cover, TWO!! Flashbacks to Supercard of Honor there, but Eddie is up! Into an UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO?!? Eddie survives and Claudio is furious! Claudio drags Eddie up, straitjacket, RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! New York is electric as Eddie still lives! Claudio is beside himself, but he pulls off the elbow pad now. Claudio drags Eddie up, talks some trash, and UPPERCUTS! URAKEN!! URAKEN!! Then a half nelson, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX!! Claudio stands, into the URAKEN!! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Fans are electric again as Eddie powers up! Eddie drags Claudio up, reels him in, but Claudio fights the lift! Claudio then UPPERCUTS! Eddie URAKENS!! And POWERBOMBS!! High stack, EDDIE WINS!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Openweight & NEW ROH World Champion)
He has done it! The Mad King has conquered Claudio and now reigns over two kingdoms! Yuta tells Claudio that yes, it really did happen. Yuta helps Claudio to his feet, and Eddie keeps his eyes on them. Claudio offers a handshake, and Eddie… accepts it! Claudio hands the ROH title over then takes his leave. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and that is an understatement. How much more history will be made by Eddie Kingston now?
The Kingdom visits Roderick Strong in the hospital.
This was recorded sometime last week after Dynamite. Matt Taven & Mike Bennett sit by Roddy’s bedside as the nurse fluffs Roddy’s pillow. Mike says they wanted to invite everyone here so they could personally thank everyone for all the gifts and cards. Taven likes this card here. “I hope it makes your day brighter knowing how much everyone cares. Your attention to neck health awareness has been inspirational, and one day, I hope to be as neck strong as you. XOXO Olga.” Mike excuses the nurse and then Adam Cole visits. Roddy calls out to Adam and asks where he is, he can’t see. Then open your eyes.
Roddy does open his eyes and is happy to see Cole is here. Of course he is, he wouldn’t miss this for the world. Cole then says hi to The Kingdom and they ask him where he’s been. He got here as quick as he could. Oh, convenient, Cole shows up just as The Kingdom has to leave. Mike tells Roddy sorry, they gotta go. They’re going to be the new #1 Contenders to the ROH World Tag Titles. Roddy understands. He knows they don’t need it, but good luck. New champs coming soon. Taven then insults Cole’s shirt and pants. Is that how he dresses when he’s mourning? Cole says that’s real appropriate to say.
Cole then tells Roddy that he is glad Roddy is doing okay, and Cole hates to do this but he has to leave soon, too. Max has the world title match with Samoa Joe, and after what happened all last week, Cole has to make sure Max will be okay. Roddy says who cares! What about him? Cole wants Roddy to know he loves him, but Max is the one in danger. Roddy makes the bed sit up so he can look at Cole properly, just so he can tell Cole to go. Then Roddy lowers himself back down. Will Cole be able to help MJF through whatever is coming?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage & Luchasaurus.
Renee Paquette is with Captain Charisma and the AEW TNT Champion to bring up that this Friday, Rampage: Grand Slam, it will be Darby Allin & Sting taking on these two in a tag team match. Obviously, Christian & Luchasaurus have a ton of experience- Christian cuts Renee off to say they have a ton of experience in defending the TNT Championship. And at Rampage: Grand Slam, Christian & Luchasaurus walk through Darby & Sting, and then move on from them. But obviously, Darby isn’t going to move on until he gets another chance at Christian’s- er, their TNT Championship!
So here’s a proposition: Saturday on Collision, Darby VS Christian VS Luchasaurus in a Triple Threat for the TNT Championship! Sound good to Darby? Oh, and one more little wrinkle: if Darby wants his shot, then Sting is not allowed at ringside! And when Darby steps into the ring for their Handicap- er, Triple Threat… Then Darby has as much a chance of winning this championship as both the Yankees and the Mets! ZERO! As for Friday, bring your boy. Christian & Luchasaurus head out, will they dominate this entire week?
Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara!
For the first time ever, The Ocho and the Spanish God go 1v1 with each other! They’re both ready to fight harder than they ever have before, but who will come out on top?
Sammy’s entrance has him wearing an LED vest as a reference to all of Jericho’s light up jackets, and Sammy even has Monteasy live to rap the theme song! Is this Sammy’s time to take flight? Or will he be unable to get off the ground with Judas in his mind?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. Sammy offers a handshake, Jericho accepts it, and the two tie up. Jericho headlocks, then switches and hammerlocks to headlock again. Sammy powers out, but Jericho runs him over, only for Sammy to kip up! So Jericho slaps Sammy! Sammy slaps back, and the hands start flying! Fans fire up and Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Repeat! Sammy gets the edge, whips, hurdles, flips over, and Jericho stumbles into the DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Sammy spins to hit his pose! And Jericho still joins in? Sammy is surprised by that and Jericho SLAPS him again!
Sammy goes to ropes, Jericho storms up but Sammy rolls him up! ONE, and Sammy cradles! ONE, and Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS again, then CHOPS Sammy in the corner! Fans fire up as Jericho whips corner to corner. Jericho runs in but into an elbow! Sammy swings, Jericho spins him around, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron but Jericho storms over. Triangle jump, but Sammy ducks and Jericho hits the floor! Sammy builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Jericho! Fans fire up as Sammy puts Jericho in the ring.
Sammy goes up the corner, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho hangs tough but Sammy keeps his cool. Sammy slashes his throat and he torture racks! But Jericho fights that, to hit a CODE BREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron again, but Jericho goes out after him. Fans rally as Jericho drags Sammy up, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws body shots. Jericho CLUBS and CLUSB and CLUBS Sammy, to then suplex. Sammy blocks, throws more body shots, but Jericho hits back! Then Jericho suplexes to the floor! Fans fire up while both men writhe and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men but they’re okay to continue. Jericho drags himself up with the apron skirt, then soaks up the cheers and jeers from New York. Jericho drags Sammy up and SMACKS him off the desk! The ring count is climbing, but Jericho clears off the desk! Jericho SMACKS Sammy with the desk hood! Jericho slides into the ring to stop the count and soak up more cheers and jeers. Sammy stands up, and slides in at 9! Jericho stomps Sammy, drags him up and reels him in, for a BIG back suplex! Jericho smacks Sammy around, eggs him on, and brings him up again, but Sammy cradles! TWO! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Sammy down!
Jericho drags Sammy up again, puts him in a corner and on the top rope. Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then he climbs up, to rain down fists! Jericho goes all the way to TEN, then SUPER STEINERS! Sammy writhes, Jericho pushes him to a cover, TWO! Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs and paces around as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Jericho stands Sammy up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho eggs Sammy on, so Sammy CHOPS! And forearms! And CHOPS! Sammy fires off more, whips Jericho to ropes, but Jericho KICKS him away! Jericho runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!
Both men stand and Jericho LARIATS Sammy down! And then LARIATS him again! Cover, TWO! Sammy is still in this and fans rally up. Jericho brings Sammy up, CHOPS him again, then has him in a corner. Jericho CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Sammy goes up and over, ducks and steals the CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move and Sammy is beside himself. Jericho goes to the apron, Sammy runs in to BLAST him off! Jericho hits the desk! Sammy then goes to the apron, to then go up the corner?! Sammy aims, says a quick prayer, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!
Sammy clutches a leg, puts Jericho in, and he fires up! Fans are with Sammy as he goes to the apron. Sammy springboards, into a DROPKICK! Sammy goes back to the apron, Jericho triangle jumps, into a CALF KICK! Not the cleanest but something got Jericho. Sammy SUPERKICKS to knock Jericho down, and then he goes back up top! FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho just gets that arm up and Sammy grows frustrated. Sammy drags Jericho up, torture racks, GO TO- NO, Jericho blocks! Jericho trips Sammy and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans are thunderous while Sammy endures!
Jericho sits deep on the hold, but Sammy reaches out! Sammy crawls his way forward, but Jericho drags him back! Sammy clubs at Jericho’s legs, tuck sunder and throws hands from below! Sammy then throws Jericho away! Sammy JUMP KNEES Jericho to a corner! Sammy runs in, is put on the apron, and Jericho ROCKS him! Jericho goes up the other side of the corner! Jericho drags Sammy up to join him, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws hands in return. They both stand on the top rope, to SUPER CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are losing their minds! Sammy crawls to the cover, TWO!!!
Jericho is still in this but Sammy is too sore to be upset. Sammy and Jericho sit up, Jericho goes to ropes but Sammy is right on him. Sammy CHOPS, then whips. Jericho reverses, but Sammy avoids the dropkick! Sammy goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT onto knees!! Jericho counters his own move, and then runs to BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Jericho lines up the shot, Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Jericho grits his teeth, but he also has a sinister grin on his face now. Jericho throws down fists, then he brings Sammy up for a knee to the head! And another! And another! Jericho runs, into a JUMP KNEE!
Sammy torture racks! GO TO HOSPITAL!! But Sammy doesn’t cover!? Sammy goes up the corner instead, takes aim, and SHOOTING STAR- CODE BREAKER!!! Cover, Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
Sammy gambled and just got busted! Jericho wins, proving why he is the master and Sammy is the apprentice. But the real question is, can these two still be friends? Jericho offers a hand, Sammy accepts, and they hug it out! Fans cheer as Le Sex Gods stick together! But then Sammy LOW BLOWS Jericho?! Jericho falls against Sammy but Sammy shoves him down! And here comes Don Callis?! No, Sammy, no! But Don pats Sammy on the shoulder. Don threw his friendship with Jericho away, and now takes away Jericho’s last friend! Will the Spanish God soon be a wrestling god thanks to the Don Callis Family?
MJF & Adam Cole pull into the parking lot.
The brochachos pull up in an emerald green Porsche, and as he steps out of the car, Maxwell Jacob Friedman calls out Samoa Joe! “I’ve been holding a grudge against you for eight long years. And when you decided to shove me, I took that and I turned it into a little ball, and I put that chip on my shoulder. And tonight, I take that chip and I bash your skull in! See, it was bad enough when you shoved me. But you took, and you took, and you took, and you tried to take away the two things now that are most precious to me: you are trying to take away my AEW World Championship, and you are trying to hurt my brother, Adam Cole.”
That is where Joe messed up. Tonight, MJF will choke Joe out in front of thousands of New Yorkers, MJF’s people! And the last thing Joe is gonna hear as he fades out is… “M! J! F! M! J! F!” Because they’re better than you, and Cole gets a call? It’s Roddy? Seriously? He’s upset but Cole wants him to talk it out. Cole says he still has MJF’s back but this is an emergency. Roddy, relax, you are not gonna die! Cole heads out to talk with Roddy about his neck, and MJF tells Joe, “Your ass is mine.” Will the ROH World Television Champion look to change that with his own two hands?
Backstage interview with Don Callis & Sammy Guevara.
Renee walks up to ask them if this all but confirms that Sammy has joined the Don Callis Family, but Don says not to cut her off, “but all will be revealed this Friday on Rampage. C’mon, kid, we got a lot to celebrate.” The two traitors head out, but then cross paths with Daniel Garcia! Sammy and Danny stare down, and then Sammy asks if he has something to say. Don has Sammy stand down and says Danny is money. For now, the two of them will go. Don gets Sammy outta there, but what are Danny’s feelings? He left the JAS, but is he upset Sammy joined the DCF?
AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Maniac made it past the human skyscraper that is “Big Bill” Morrissey, but now he has to face what he did to the Immortal Firebird almost a month ago! Will Fenix burn Moxley down? Or will Moxley ace this, game, set and match?
Moxley goes up the ramp so he can drop his belt on top of Fenix’s cape. Moxley taunts Fenix, Fenix storms up after Moxley and CHOPS! Fans fire up as the brawl is on! Moxley ROCKS Fenix, whips him at the ring but Fenix goes up the ropes to JUMP SOBAT! Fans fire up while Moxley flops to the floor. Fenix uses the ramp as a runway to FLY and take Moxley down! Fans lose their minds and Fenix crawls his way over to Moxley. Moxley is dazed but Fenix’s back is sore from that landing. Fenix still stands up and he drags Moxley up. Fenix ROCKS Moxley, CHOPS him against railing, and then puts Moxley in the ring.
The bell finally sounds so this is a match! Fenix baits Moxley, avoids the stomp and then shoulders into Moxley! Fenix slingshots to sunset flip, ONE! Moxley stacks, TWO! Moxley staggers, Fenix kips up and things speed up. Fenix handsprings over the leg sweep! Moxley swings, Fenix catches him to CHOP, knuckle lock, and go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Moxley stands back up and Fenix somersaults, into a FOREARM! Moxley is done playing around, and he runs to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fenix survives the shoutout to the Visionary, but Moxley rains down fists! Moxley then shifts to a cover, TWO!
Moxley has the double wristlock but Fenix fights up with body shots. Moxley facelocks but Fenix powers out to BITE the hand! Fenix BOOTS the punch, CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley pokes the eyes! Moxley whips, Fenix tiger feints but into a BOOT! Fenix flounders to the ramp and then the floor but Moxley pursues. The ring count climbs and Moxley CHOPS Fenix against railing! Moxley dumps Fenix over into the front row! Fans fire up as Fenix drags himself up. Moxley drags Fenix up but Fenix throws body shots! Fenix ROCKS Mox, then pushes him away. Fenix jumps up onto the railing, but Moxley shoves him back down!
Moxley has Fenix on the railing, to DRAPING PARADIGM SHIFT!! Fenix is dazed now and Moxley gets a chair! The ref reprimands so Moxley puts Fenix in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fenix is hanging tough but Moxley eggs him on. Fenix chops but that was nothing, and Moxley BOOTS him! Moxley rains down fists, lets off, and Fenix crawls to a corner. Moxley storms over, brings him up, and clotheslines! Moxley flips fans off, runs in, but Fenix dodges to GAMANGIRI! And GAMANGIRI! And then JUMP SOBAT! Moxley staggers, into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! But Fenix hurries to a corner and goes right up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Moxley is still in this but Fenix fires up again. Fans are with him as he runs, but into a KING KONG LARIAT! Moxley roars, fans fire up even more, and then Moxley flips off Fenix. Abrahantes coaches Fenix up, and he kips up to his feet! Fenix dodges Mox to SUPERKICK him out of the ring! Fenix goes out after him, brings him around, and puts him on the railing now! Fenix goes to the apron, then up the corner! Fans are losing their minds already, SUPER FLYING LEG DROP!!! Both men crash down and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men and they’re somehow okay to continue. Abrahantes coaches Fenix as he and Moxley stir. Moxley crawls to the ring, Fenix follows and pushes him in. Fenix then aims from the apron, springboards, but into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives but Moxley just snarls and storms around. Moxley gets Fenix’s legs, ties them up, and has a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Fenix endures, reaches out, and fans rally as he fights forward. But Moxley shifts to a CLOVERLEAF STF!! Moxley grinds the hold, then shifts to just a facelock. Moxley drags Fenix up, Gotch hold for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fenix survives again and Moxley is fuming! Moxley storms around the ring, Abrahantes coaches Fenix and the fans rally up. Moxley clamps on with a SLEEPER, then drags Fenix up again. Moxley CHOPS Fenix to the corner and Fenix drops to his knees! Moxley stands Fenix up to CHOP again! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley storms around. Fenix sputters, stands, and CHOPS! Moxley forearms, then he puts Fenix back in a corner. Moxley puts Fenix up top, climbs up to join him, but Fenix resists with body shots. Fans rally as Fenix HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Moxley falls, Fenix jumps to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!!
Both men are down and New York is thunderous again! Fenix crawls to a cover, TWO! Fenix drags Moxley up and reels him in but Moxley resists the lift. Fenix CLUBS Moxley, but Moxley Alabama Lifts him! Fenix still CLUBS Moxley, they end up on ropes, and Moxley throws body shots! Moxley DECKS Fenix to the outside! Moxley goes out to run downhill, CURB STOMP ON THE RAMP!! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for the Visionary as Moxley drags Fenix in. Moxley lifts, to stall, and PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fenix survives and fans are thunderous again! Moxley is seething and he drags Fenix back up.
Moxley puts Fenix in a corner, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him, and then hoists Fenix up top. Moxley goes up, underhooks, but Fenix fights! Moxley falls, Fenix adjusts, SWANTON BOMB!! Then Fenix drags Moxley up and fireman’s carries, to BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! HOW?!? Fans call BS, that twitch could NOT have been enough! But Fenix figures F it, BLACK FIRE DRIVER again!!! Cover, FENIX WINS!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)
New York cannot believe it but they are loving it! Moxley’s reign ends after just three defenses, and Fenix has his vengeance! Death Triangle regains the gold once held by The Bastard, will Fenix blaze his own trail with this title? As for Moxley, he is getting checked by medics, what condition will he be in after such an epic fight?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Oh Maaaax~! You feel it, Max? The night is upon us, a great celebration! Tonight is a night of consequences. And Max, you have run your mouth, you have made your angst known, you have told the world you’ve harbored your grudge against me for eight years.” But MJF better be prepared to hold onto that grudge a little longer, because Joe will smash him from pillar to post, in front of MJF’s people! And tonight, Joe finishes taking what he was trying to take from MJF all those years ago. But it won’t be MJF’s future, it’ll be his championship. We’ve already seen the landscape shift, will the One True King of Wrestling Television add to that?
AEW takes a closer look at the ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders match.
Matt Hardy says that Friday on Rampage: Grand Slam, he and Jeff will compete in a match, with the winners going on to face MJF & Adam Cole for the ROH World Tag Team Championships at WrestleDream! But Matt Taven says they are the OGK, and the Melvins will put respect on the name of The Kingdom. Mike says that they do three things this Friday: Punch ’em in the wiener; hit ’em with piledrivers; and become the #1 Contenders! Best Friends join in, and Trent says this is one more shot for the boys to go on and get another shot to win the big one. Chuck knows MJF & Cole say they’re best friends, but we all know there is only one set of Best Friends that matter, and it’s these two!
Vincent says that a long time ago, being crazy meant something. But now, everybody’s crazy! The Righteous is here to purify AEW, and it starts this Friday on Rampage. Dig what they’re saying? It’s a Fatal 4 of four powerful teams, but who will come away with those golden tickets to Seattle?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm!
The Outcasts used to be a strong trio within the AEW Women’s Division, but this very title is what tore apart the friendship of The Knight and the Lightning. Saraya won an All In London Fatal 4 to become champion, but Storm won the Fatal 4 to earn this match! Will Storm complete the #PortraitofaStar with some gold? Or will this Knight still reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the real star of the AEW Women’s Division!
The bell rings and Storm wants a hug? Saraya says no, she’s crazy as a loon and totally betrayed The Outcasts! Storm still offers, so Saraya SLAPS her! Fans boo and Storm looks hurt emotionally. Saraya SLAPS Storm again and says Storm is nothing without Saraya! “You need me! YOU NEED ME!” Then she SLAPS Storm again! So now Storm smiles? Saraya is confused, but Storm CHPOS her! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Ruby shouts from the apron but Storm rushes over! Storm avoids Ruby’s cheap shot to CHOP her down! But Saraya BOOTS Storm down! Fans boo but Saraya tells Storm she’s a stupid cow!
Saraya has Storm on ropes, goes to the apron, and fires off knee after knee after knee! Storm flops to the floor and Saraya soaks up the heat. But then Storm trips Saraya up! Saraya hits the apron, Storm pushes her back in the ring. Storm sees Ruby standing there, and she goes under the ring? What in the world? The ref goes to check with Saraya, Storm sticks her feet out and Ruby drags her out from under there. Storm has SHOES! She kicks Ruby, then SLAPS her with those slippers! Fans fire up and Storm goes back to the ring. The ref says drop the shoe, then snatches the slipper away. But he misses the HIGH HEEL SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
Storm is furious that Saraya survives! Storm argues with the ref then throws a fit as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Saraya into ropes, drapes her out, to DRAPING DDT to the ramp!! Ruby rushes up to check Saraya, her neck is a major issue for her. Storm is torn between remorse and rage, but Saraya seems okay to continue. So Storm drags her in through the ropes, to DRAPING DDT again!! Cover, TWO!! Saraya survives and Storm seethes. Storm storms around, pursues Saraya out of the ring, but tells Ruby to back off. But that distraction allows Saraya to BOOT Storm! Saraya then SMACKS Storm off the desk! Storm staggers and flounders away, then Saraya CLUBS her! Saraya scowls as she stands Storm up to CHOP!
Saraya pushes Storm into the ring, tells fans off, then hops back in. But Storm ROCKS her! And CLUBS her! And CHPOS her! Saraya goes to a corner, Storm hoists her up top, and then ROCKS her! Storm climbs, Saraya hits back, they brawl up top! Storm CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS, then stands Saraya up. Saraya fights back with body shots, and she CLUBS away on Storm now! Saraya adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Dynamite returns to single picture! Ruby is furious while Saraya argues with the ref. Fans boo as Ruby tries to start a Saraya chant.
Saraya sits Storm up but Storm hits first! Saraya hits back, Storm hits again! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans fire up as Storm just HAMMERS away! Fans are thunderous for Storm and she grabs a turnbuckle. Storm rips the pad right off! The ref takes that but the buckle is still exposed. And then Storm gets the spray paint! Ruby snatches that away, payback for that TBS Championship screw job! The ref argues with Ruby, then with Storm, and Ruby rolls the can to Saraya! Saraya SPRAYS Storm in the face!! KNIGHT CAP!! Cover, TWO?!?! Storm survives the flashback to All In!
New York is thunderous but Saraya is furious! Saraya slaps Storm around, drags her up, and bumps her off buckles! And again! And then she considers the bare buckle. Saraya sits Storm in the corner but Ruby wants her to finish this! Saraya stomps but Storm blocks! Storm sets the foot down, to KISS Saraya!? And then reel her in! STORM ZERO!!! Cover, TWO!?! Storm’s kiss goodbye didn’t finish this! But Storm puts Saraya in the corner, against that bare buckle! Storm goes to the far corner, says “I’m sorry, I love you.” SWEET HIP- NO, Saraya moves and the buckle gets Storm in the booty! Saraya reels Storm in and onto the ropes, DRAPING KNIGHT CAP!!! Cover, Saraya wins!!
Winner: Saraya, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Saraya shouts that Storm forced her to do that! Storm reaches out, but The Outcasts leave her behind. Will Saraya & Soho move on from Storm to conquer the entire AEW Women’s Division?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage: Grand Slam!
Considering it is a TWO HOUR special edition for Arthur Ashe, there’s more action to be had! And in a Mixed Trios match, Kris Statlander joins #OrangeHook to take on Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker! Will the TBS Champion, the FTW Champion and Freshly Squeezed prove why they’re The Galaxy’s Greatest? Or will they owe some title shots to the sports… enner-tay-ners?
Then Skye Blue takes on Julia Hart in a battle of two young and hungry stars wanting their shot at some gold! Plus, after making a comeback at All In London, after sharing his side of the story, Mike Santana gets back in the ring! Will he blaze a trail to the top, all by himself?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
On top of the TNT Championship “Triple Threat” of Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin, Andrade El Idolo accepts Jay White’s challenge from last Saturday! Will the Latin Idol learn what it means to Breathe With The Switchblade? Then Rob Van Dam competes in his home state of Michigan, FTR defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships against The Workhorsemen, and Bryan Danielson gives Ricky Starks his rematch, in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH! With as much blood as was shed at All Out, how much more violent will the American Dragon and Absolute go?
AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe!
It’s the moment of truth! After watching the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Maxwell Jacob Friedman was very… happy(?) to see that the King of Wrestling TV won the right to have this match. MJF threw some Steiner math at Joe but now it’s time to put it to the test! Will the hometown antihero finally have his revenge? Or will we soon be calling him #TwoBeltJoe?
MJF’s entrance is an homage to Bret Hart and Mean Joe Greene. A kid shouts out to MJF, tells him to go get ’em, champ, and then MJF nods and gives the kid his scarf. And also whispers something before heading out. What’d he say? That the kid’s adopted?! Anyway… The introductions are made, the Triple B is raised, and we see who finishes Dynamite with a Grand Slam!
The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already for MJF. MJF and Joe circle, feel things out, and then Joe kicks a leg! MJF backs away to a corner, resets with Joe, and they feel things out again. Fans chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” but Joe just smirks. They circle, Joe corners MJF but the ref has him back off. So MJF pokes Joe in the eye! MJF hops on for a SLEEPER, but Joe THROWS MJF down! MJF clutches his neck, and conspicuous by his absence is Adam Cole. Was Roddy’s “emergency” more engrossing than Cole thought? Joe looms over MJF as MJF sits up, and MJF stands to say he’s okay. Joe CLUBS him down for it!
Joe stomps MJF, fans boo, but Joe stomps MJF on the neck! MJF goes to a corner, Joe JABS and JABS and JABS! Joe sits MJF down, then RIDGEHANDS him down! Fans boo but Joe just says “SUCK IT!” Joe eggs MJF on, drags him from the corner, and clamps on a neck wrench! MJF endures the torture but the fans rally up behind him. MJF fights up, throws body shots, but Joe throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Joe drags MJF up to atomic drop! Joe runs but MJF dodges the boot! MJF kicks, Joe blocks and MJF apologizes, only to poke Joe in the eyes again! MJF jumps on for a SLEEPER!
Joe RAMS MJF into buckles! Joe is free, and he runs to BOOT! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Joe paces, not at all bothered. Joe then drags MJF up, but MJF JABS, throat chops, and runs at the corner, into the “SIT YO ASS DOWN!” URENAGE! Joe paces while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Now Joe covers, ROPEBREAK! MJF saves himself by fingertips but Joe just drags him to the outside. Joe CLUBS MJF against the apron! MJF sputters, Joe drags him out and whips him hard into railing! MJF falls in a heap and Joe mockingly applauds. Joe then storms back over, drags MJF back up and puts him back in the ring. Joe CLUBS MJF again and MJF flounders away. Joe hurries in after MJF, CHOKES him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. MJF sputters, only for Joe to KICK him in the side! Joe paces, drags MJF up, and snapmares to then neck wrench again! MJF endures all over again but the fans still rally.
MJF fights up, using Joe’s twisting for leverage, and he throws body shots! MJF runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! MJF is hanging in there but Joe keeps his cool. Joe drags MJF up and puts him in a corner to JAB! JAB! JAB! And CHOP! MJF leans against ropes and the ref reprimands Joe, but Joe JABS MJF again as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally as hard as they can for MJF and he fires forearms back! Joe HEADBUTTS, then he hoists MJF up top! Joe tucks MJF in but MJF sunset flips! Stack cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! MJF learned that one from his brochacho! But Joe stays up, so MJF short arm LARIATS!
Joe is still up so MJF LARIATS again! Joe is still up, so MJF runs to LARIAT! That takes as much out of MJF as it does Joe, but fans are thunderous as MJF goes again. Joe LARIATS MJF down!! Cover, TWO!! Joe is getting annoyed now but he rips MJF’s new shirt up! Then he wipes his butt with it and throws it down on MJF! Fans boo and MJF is furious, that was his loving tribute to the New York MLB legacy! Joe gives scuffing kicks and toying pie faces. MJF is getting mad now! Joe HEADBUTTS, and MJF just glares at him! Joe SLAPS MJF, then CLUBS him! MJF fires off forearms!
Joe puts MJF in the corner, but MJF dodges to CLAW the back, and bump Joe off buckles again and again and again! Fans count all the way to TEN! MJF goes up to then rain down fists! Fans count all the way to nine, because then MJF BITES Joe’s head!! The ref reprimands, Joe shoves MJF away, but MJF backflips and lands perfectly!! MJF has New York all fired up as he takes the kangaroo stance! KANGAROO KICK!! Joe flops out of the ring, MJF kips up and shakes the ropes! Fans are thunderous but MJF stops because his neck bothers him again. The chants of “M J F! M J F!” gets MJF back to his feet!
MJF pounds the mat, fans rally, and MJF builds speed! No doubts this time, MJF DIVE into a GAMANGIRI! Joe goes up to get MJF on the apron, fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!! Joe then laughs as he watches MJF down on the floor! Joe drags MJF up while fans boo, and Joe puts MJF in the ring. Cover, TWO!! MJF is still in this and the fans are thunderous again! Joe is amused, but also rather frustrated. Joe goes out, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans are torn but they do love tables! Joe puts that table against railing, then drags MJF out of the ring! The ref reprimands but Joe brings MJF over.
Joe clinches, and URENAGES MJF through the table!! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Joe just laughs again. Joe drags MJF up out of the wreckage, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO?!?!? MJF survives and the fans are thunderous again! Joe nods, he might even respect the fighting spirit. But now he pulls padding off the concrete floor!! Joe drags MJF out of the ring again, the ref reprimands, and they go to the bare floor! But MJF fights free, to BITE Joe’s leg!! Fans fire up as MJF lets off that, to reel Joe in! But MJF’s neck won’t let him lift Joe! Joe kicks MJF, reels him back in, and gets him up to PILEDRIVER to the concrete!!!
Fans are losing their minds and the ref freaks out! The medics check MJF but Joe just has an evil smile on his face! Joe looms over MJF but the ref has him back off. Joe doesn’t care, he SWATS and BOOTS medics and security! Joe drags MJF up and into the ring! Joe figures he can pay the finds once he has two champ checks! Cover, TWO!??!?! Joe is stunned!! Devil or not, MJF is not human!! Joe drags MJF up, and he says MJF better give up or else. MJF SPITS in Joe’s face! So Joe DECKS MJF!! Joe then drags MJF back to his feet, runs, and LARI- NO, MJF slips through, reels Joe in, and manages a POWERBOMB?!?! Cover, TWO!!!!
The fans are electric as both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as Joe and MJF stir! Joe sits up, as does MJF. They stand, and Joe CHOPS! Joe runs, but MJF ROCKS him with a forearm! Joe CHOPS, but MJF seethes to forearm! They go shot for shot, MJF SUPERKICKS! Joe ROCKS MJF! And again, and again, and again! Joe runs one more time, but MJF gets around to a SLEEPER! But Joe gets around, to a COQUINA! MJF grabs at the ref, and then LOW BLOW MULE KICKS in the distraction!! Fans fire up as MJF gets away from Joe. MJF then gets his Dynamite Diamond Ring out! MJF gives it a kiss and puts it on the pinkie!
MJF runs in, but Joe puts the ref in the way! The ref sees the diamond ring and confiscates it! Then Joe LOW BLOWS MJF!! Joe puts MJF up top, tuck shim in, MUSCLE BUSTER!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?!? Joe can’t even explain it!! The fans are volcanic as Joe drags MJF back up, into a SLEEPER!! MJF flails, reaches out, but Joe is leaning on him! The hand falls once! But wait! Here comes Adam Cole!! Cole coaches MJF on but the hand falls twice! Cole pounds the mat, fans rally up even harder, and MJF comes back to life!! MJF fights up and again Joe can’t explain it! MJF stands to BITE the arm!!
Joe lets go, MJF victory rolls! TWO!! MJF hurries to have a SLEEPER of his own!! Joe fights up, and he RAMS MJF into a corner! The ref had to bail out to avoid the impact! Cole distracts Joe on the apron, MJF undoes some wrist tape, and MJF CHOKES Joe with the wrist tape garrote!!! MJF hides it inside the sleeper!! The ref revives, MJF has Joe in body scissors!! The ref checks, Joe is OUT! MJF wins!!
Winner: MJF, by submission (still AEW World Champion)
MJF hides the evidence in his armpit, but then it falls out as the ref raises his hand in victory! MJF keeps the ref distracted and Cole takes care of truly hiding the evidence. MJF and Cole hug to celebrate, Cole had MJF’s back in the end. But Joe knows it, and he shoves Cole! MJF gets in the way to keep this from getting worse. Joe snarls, but he offers a handshake? MJF is wary, he knows all the tricks in the book, but fans want to see it. MJF takes the handshake, and there is now respect instead of a grudge. Will the One True King of Wrestling Television have to settle for defending his one crown?
As for the brochachos, they stand together with all their belts! The medics still check with MJF, that neck has to be killing him. With both the AEW World Championship and the ROH World Tag Team Championship around his waist, how long can MJF keep this up?
An awesome Dynamite for Grand Slam 2023, with the right balance of action and talking. A little surprised they didn’t open with the International Championship, but the Winner Takes All match was a great choice all the same. The right choice was made here with Eddie winning the ROH World Championship. Claudio doesn’t have to worry about going to ROH tapings when he only did so rarely, and Eddie can go back and forth between ROH and NJPW Strong, just as I’ve been saying since this match was teased. Then speaking of the International Championship, it was awesome stuff, but clearly, there was something along the lines of a concussion there with Moxley. Fenix wasn’t supposed to win, but winning the title given the injury makes sense. And hopefully Moxley is alright.
Jericho VS Sammy was great, and it was very surprising that Jericho won clean. But in the end, that’s because Sammy was gonna turn on him and join Don Callis! I like that Daniel Garcia’s part in this story is to now be the one member of the former JAS that left Jericho behind, who might now return to his side. Garcia VS Guevara is going to be great stuff, and at least there’s now more than two people in the Don Callis Family. Still waiting on Kota Ibushi responding to Don & Konosuke claiming they’re gonna end his career.
Really good promo from Christian Cage & Luchasaurus, but uh, isn’t having a TNT Championship match on Collision after the Rampage tag match a little too soon? Though, given Christian is only making such a match so he and Luchasaurus can beat down Darby and one of them still has the title is definitely more TV programming than PPV programming. Then maybe Darby gets a proper title rematch at WrestleDream to add another hometown wrestler to the card. The ROH World Six Man Tag Championships being the Rampage main event is great for the building story of Swerve VS Hangman, and might actually give Mogul Embassy a chance to retain.
Great title match from Saraya VS Storm, with great character work and references back to the previous matches. But as such, of course Ruby helps Saraya retain, and who knows where Storm goes from here. Good promo to set up the Tag Team Fatal 4 Way, but I still feel The Kingdom wins that to then challenge MJF & Cole. Great promo from The Kingdom with Roddy and Cole, and how that tied into Cole not being around for most of MJF VS Joe. Good promos from MJF and Joe, too, and we got a PPV worthy title match. MJF has now reached that Eddie Guerrero level where he can cheat and do Heel things but is still Face because the fans love him. As such, MJF wins, and it is great to see Joe show him respect.
Joe will still have plenty to do with his ROH TV title, and now I think AEW really commits to how Roddy & The Kingdom will get in between MJF & Cole, take those tag titles, and then MJF VS Cole Round 3 happens at like Full Gear to settle things once and for all.
My Score: 9/10
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Talk the Kēki: Link Click Season 2, Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today, More!
Without any further delay, Talk the Kēki makes its return! Join Mat and Ethan as they talk about what's been...
Bandwagon Nerds #201: Ahsoka Is Mid
With Dave out on assignment, Patrick, Rey and PC keep you up to date on Ahsoka, rundown a full Trailer...
Musical Chairs S3: E4- Rage Against the Machine & Jimmy Buffett 
This week, the guys look at two of the most unique sounding musical acts ever in Rage Against the Machine...
Bandwagon Nerds #200: The Gangs All Here!
BWN #200 is here and friends from the present and past join in for the celebration, to continue to review...
Bandwagon Nerds #199: Mouse Trapped
The Nerds continue their review of Ahsoka and discuss a rather bad week for Disney. What exactly is wrong with...
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/21/23)
So much gold~!
The #Miranda Show: It’s The….. Sigh…. PWI 500
The #PWI500 has arrived, and brings with it the usual dose of controversy required to sell magazines! Miranda and Greg...
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/20/23)
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe!
Greg DeMarco Show: A Whole Cody Rhodes Shoved Down Your Throat
The Rock returns and everyone loses their minds! What does this mean for WrestleMania 40, Cody Rhodes, and the future...
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/19/23)
Welcome to N BEX T!
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/18/23)
Grudge matches are Raw!
The Outsider’s Edge presents The Out Of Retirement Episode
Rance and Kyle are back, out of retirement, to talk about TKO Holdings and the real All In number!
Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (9/16/23)
Collision strikes gold!
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: The TKO Endeavor
This week it's just DJ and Rob, with a guest run in. Talking about TKO, the new Partnership with WWE...
Mitchell’s NXT Global Heritage Invitational Results & Report! (9/15/23)
The Big Strong Boi levels up!