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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/28/23)

Where will this one end?



A Big Time Raw before Payback!

Raw prepares for Payback’s Steel Cage Match this Saturday by having Becky Lynch face Trish Stratus’ protégé, Zoey Stark, in FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE!


  • Sami Zayn VS Damian Priest; Sami wins.
  • The New Day VS The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Imperium; Gable wins, by disqualification.
  • Tommaso Ciampa VS Bronson Reed; Ciampa wins.
  • Falls Count Anywhere: Becky Lynch VS Zoey Stark w/ Trish Stratus; Becky wins.


WWE mourns the losses of Terry Funk and Bray Wyatt.


Sami Zayn VS Damian Priest!

The Great Liberator “owes” Mr. Money in the Bank for the back and forth between them and the Judgment Day at large. Will Sami add on to the loss from last week? Or will Sami suffer the Punishment?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Priest powers Sami to ropes. The ref counts as the two keep hand fighting, and Priest lets off slowly. But then Priest knees low! Fans boo but Priest headlocks. Sami powers up and out, but Priest runs him over! Priest looms over Sami, then KICKS him in the chest! And again! Priest ROCKS Sami, headlocks, but Sami fights the hold again. Priest grinds the headlock but Sami powers out, ducks down and hurdles over, to then arm-drag into an armlock! Fans fire up but Priest fights up and pushes Sami to a corner. The ref counts again, Priest lets off, but Sami avoids the cheap shot!

Sami CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS and fans rally up! Priest TOSSES Sami to the corner, UPPERCUTS him and stomps a mudhole! The ref counts, Priest lets off and he whips Sami corner to corner. Priest runs in, but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, to FLYING ELBOW! Fans fire up, Sami covers, ONE!! Priest bails out but Sami WRECKS him with a dropkick! Sami kicks from the apron, then ARABIAN PRESS SAULTS! Fans fire up with Sami and he put Priest in the ring. Sami storms up in the corner, climbs up and throws down fists! Fans count along but Priest carries Sami out at 5!

Priest throws Sami away, but Sami ducks the rolling elbow! Knuckle lock and CHOP, then Sami goes up and up and jumps, but Priest dodges to LARIAT Sami down! Fans boo but Priest stomps away on him! Priest drags Sami up, ROCKS him with a right, then has him in a corner. Priest ROCKS Sami again! Priest stands on Sami’s head but fans boo. Priest steps away, runs corner to corner and STAGE DIVE ELBOWS! Then he hits a BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps onto Sami’s arms and pulls him back in a motorcycle stretch! Sami endures, fans rally, and Sami fights up to his feet.

Sami flips, KANGAROO KICKS, then sends Priest out! Fans fire up as Sami builds speed, but Priest catches Sami first! Sami throws hands to get free of the choke grip, and then he POSTS Priest! Sami resets to PLANCHA, but Priest catches him again! COMPLETE SHOT to the desk! Fans boo while Sami flops to the floor and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Priest has Sami up top! Sami resists and fans fire up! Sami throws body shots, then CLUBS away on Priest’s back! Fans fire up more, and Sami goes up to SUPER SUNSET POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Sami is too tired to be shocked. Priest and Sami rise, and Priest goes to ropes. Sami staggers over but Priest swings! Sami blocks to counter punch! And again! And again! Sami whips, Priest reverses but Sami goes up and over to then clothesline Priest up and out! Fans fire up again as Sami builds speed! Sami FLIES and takes Priest out at the ramp! Fans are all fired up with Sami!

Sami drags Priest up and into the ring, then he goes up a corner. Fans rally, Sami leaps, but Priest caches him! SOUTH OF- NO, Sami slips free! Sami dodges and Priest hits buckles! BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Sami grows a bit frustrated. Priest goes to the apron, fans rally up, and Sami hurries over. Sami drags Priest up but Priest HOTSHOTS Sami! Priest hurries back up and avoids a shoulder to KICK Sami away! Priest hurries in, he mule kicks a leg out, then reels Sami in! Fans boo as Priest gets Sami up, RAZOR’S- NO, Sami kicks free! Sami baits Priest into a CORNER EXPLODER!

Fans fire up again as Sami goes to the far side! Sami aims, but JD McDonagh trips him up!! Fans boo as the Irish Ace tells Sami to turn around. SOUTH OF HEAVEN SLAM!! Cover, Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

The Necessary Evil that is JD McDonagh helps Priest win this one! JD wants to celebrate with Priest, but Priest says no way! He SHOVES McDonagh down! Priest says to stay out of Judgment Day business. McDonagh asks what Priest’s problem is, but then he turns around and Kevin Owens is there! Kevin & Sami beat up on McDonagh! STUNNER! Priest just smirks as Sami runs in on McDonagh for a HELLUVA KICK! The Undisputed Tag Team Championships are on the line at Payback, will Priest & Finn look to win that without McDonagh? How will Finn respond to what one friend did to another?


Drew McIntyre is backstage.

He’s looking at a picture of himself. Akira Tozawa is there, and with a nervous smile, he tells McIntyre that McIntyre looks great. Tozawa then slips away and Matt Riddle walks over. What does McIntyre think? The picture is of McIntyre in green tights to match Riddle’s! Every great team has matching gear, bro! But McIntyre says they should wait and see if this all works out before making any big changes. Oh, right, okay. Matching kilts! McIntyre chuckles and turns to go but Riddle wants to talk to him about some ringside seats for New Day VS Vikings Raiders tonight.

Why? Why? Because every great tag team scouts the opposition! Maybe even get some hot dogs and haggis so that next time they’re in the ring with the Vikings and New Day, McIntyre & Riddle will have the upper hand! McIntyre says Riddle’s on to something. McIntyre wants a front row seat to see those idiots get beat. Riddle says yeah, that darn New Day. What? No! The Viking Raiders! Oh right, right! McIntyre says he’ll see Riddle out there, and Riddle says he knew McIntyre would dig the haggis idea. Well, the Bro might be a little off target, but will he and McIntyre be more than ready for another shot at Erik & Ivar?


Raquel Rodriguez speaks.

“Rhea Ripley thinks she runs Monday Night Raw. Rhea is the strongest and most dominant female in all the WWE. Except for me.” Raquel says if Rhea wants her to stay out of Rhea’s business, then Rhea needs to stop taking advantage of her strength and size. Raquel is not going to let Rhea run through the division. Not after what she’s done to Raquel. And especially not after what she did to Liv! Raquel has been waiting for weeks to show Rhea what it is like to be at the mercy of someone bigger and stronger.

“Every bully has a weakness, an insecurity. And Rhea? She’s just not going to be able to measure up to me. So now, I’m going to take her title. At Payback, I am going to cut her down to size!” Will Mami Rhea be in trouble going up against Big Mami Cool?


LA Knight is here!

The fans go nuts as The Mega Star is back on- Wait. That’s THE MIZ! He’s just mocking LA Knight ahead of their first-ever 1v1 showdown at Payback. Miz gets a mic and says, “Lemme talk to ya. YEAH! I got my wannabe tough guy big bass voice up, so you know I mean business! YEAH! Cuz Papa don’t play that! YEAH! NAH NAH! YEAH! I’m a dangerous man! YEAH! So dangerous, YEAH. That when I walk into the ring with The Miz, I start flubbin’ my words. YEAH! I mean what! I mean YEAH! I mean what! I mean YEAH! I mean YEAH! I mean YEAH!

“Now lemme talk to ya straight. YEAH. YEAH? Lemme talk to ya straight. I know it takes more than a catchphrase to gain your support. YEAH. You are not sheep, Y EAH. You are smart. You are sophisticated. You’re discerning fans. And you need to earn your cheers. That is why I brought this bag out here.” Miz grabs a bag, brings it into the ring, and says this bag is full of free LA Knight shirts. Fans cheer that! Miz says if they want a free shirt, gimme a HELL YEA- Well, just say YEAH. Fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” and Miz teases throwing the shirt, to then throw it on the ground! And he PUNTS the bag out of the ring!

Miz takes off the glasses, vest, chain necklace and merch shirt he was wearing to then tell the fans they are all so pathetic! They will cheer for anything, meaning their support means nothing! This was easy! Anyone can be LA Knight, it is generic and vanilla and pander and come up with a phony name that you can find on late night Cinemax in 1997! Miz doesn’t do catchphrases. When he says he’s awesome, it’s not cuz he wants applause. It’s the truth! It’s reality! And the reality is, when Miz beats Knight and exposes him and leaves him battered, party’s over! Everything is done!

Because the fans will cheer free shirts and catchphrases, but they don’t cheer losers. And that is what Knight will be at Payback! So when the dust settles, and everyone not only saying but immortalizing whose game this really is: M I Z! YEAH! Shots fired by the A-Lister, how will LA Knight respond?


Seth Rollins sits backstage.

Ricochet passes by, nods to him, and heads out. What will the Visionary do tonight in response to what Shinsuke Nakamura has said and done?


The New Day VS The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan!

Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods have their own beef with Erik & Ivar dating back to when they were all on SmackDown. The chase for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships is never ending, so who gets a leg up in the next part of the race?

Raw returns as Riddle makes his entrance, ready to watch ringside in his Patrick Star shorts. McIntyre makes his entrance, he fist bumps the Bro, and they go to ringside together. Then the Viking Raiders make their entrance, “Valhalla” by their side. The teams sort out, Riddle takes notes as Erik and Woods start. They circle, tie up, and Erik powers Woods to a corner. Woods turns things around, fires off hands, but Erik TOSSES Woods! Woods dodges and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Woods headlocks, Erik powers up but Woods holds on tight. Erik powers out the second time but Woods runs him over!

Woods stands Erik up to fire CHOPS and haymakers, then he wrenches an arm. Woods CLUBS the arm, wrenches again, but Erik ROCKS Woods! Woods ROCKS Erik back! Erik whips Woods to a corner, Woods goes up and over and keeps moving, to tilt-o-whirl, but Erik blocks the rest! SIDEWALK SLAM! Erik looms over Woods, tags Ivar, and they drag Woods up to mug him! The ref counts, Sarah roars triumphantly and Ivar drags Woods up. Woods throws body shots but Ivar CLUBS him and ROCKS him and DECKS him! Tag to Erik and he feeds Woods to Ivar’s KNEE! Ivar feeds Woods to Erik’s KNEE!

Erik looms over Woods, Riddle takes more notes. Erik covers, TWO! Erik drags Woods up, puts him in the corner, and Ivar tags in. The Vikings mug Woods again, fans rally, and Woods fights back! Woods throws forearms again and again and again, but Ivar knees low! Woods falls over and fans boo. Ivar drags Woods up but Woods fires more shots! Woods ELBOWS Erik,. ELBOWS Ivar, repeat! Woods reaches out but Ivar keeps him from Kofi! Ivar scoops, Woods slips free and hot tags Kofi! Kofi FLYING AX HANDLES Ivar, DECKS Erik, and fires off CHOPS on Ivar! SUPERKICK! Ivar goes to a corner, dodges the splash, but Kofi dodges Ivar!

Kofi GAMANGIRIS then goes up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his focus on Ivar and PENALTY KICKS! Then the “NEW~ DAY~” BOOM DROP! Fans fire up with Kofi and he goes to a corner. Kofi claps, fans join in, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” But Erik gets Ivar out of the ring, so Woods WERCKS them both with a dropkick! And Kofi FLIES to take them down! Fans fire up with The New Day as they’re all over the desk! McIntyre smiles and applauds, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, Ivar covers Kofi, TWO! Kofi survives whatever happened during break, and Ivar stalks him to the corner. Ivar snapmares, clamps onto Kofi and thrashes him with a chinbar! Kofi endures, fans rally, and Kofi throws body shots! But Ivar throws Kofi down! Ivar drags Kofi up and throws elbows in the corner! The ref counts, Ivar stops at 4 to argue with the ref, but then he goes back to Kofi. Ivar whips Kofi corner to corner, Kofi goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Both men are down, but Sarah is creeping up on Woods! Woods tells her to stop that, but Ivar BLASTS him! And then he RAMS Kofi into the corner!

Fans boo but Erik tags in, and Erik whips Ivar in to SPLASH! Feed to a BIG forearm! Cover, TWO! Erik pulls Kofi back with a chinlock stretch but Kofi endures. Fans rally, Kofi fights up, and he throws body shots. Kofi slips under Erik but Erik gets a leg! Erik drags Kofi back, Ivar tags in and CLUBS Kofi down! Then Ivar grinds his forearm into Kofi’s face! Kofi goes to ropes, Ivar pulls him back against the ropes, and then CLUBS him down! Tag to Erik and he BOOTS Kofi down! Erik looms over Kofi as fans rally up. Erik then sucker punches Woods! The ref keeps Woods back, and that allows the Vikings to mug Kofi!

Riddle protests but Ivar tags in. Ivar pounds his chest, he taunts #McRiddle, but Kofi CHOPS Ivar! And CHOPS him again! And then he ROCKS Erik! Ivar BOOTS Kofi down! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but Ivar clamps on with another chinbar. Fans rally up as Kofi endures, Kofi fights up, and Kofi throws body shots! Kofi reaches around, Ivar whips him away, and Ivar runs in to clothesline! Ivar drags Kofi up just to CLUB him down! And CLUB him again! But Kofi throws body shots in return! And hits a JAWBREAKER !Kofi leaps but Ivar catches him! Kofi sunset flips, but Ivar stays up! Kofi avoids the hip drop!

Fans fire up as Kofi crawls and Ivar clutches his tailbone! Hot tag to Woods! Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides to ROLLING ELBOW! Woods dodges Erik to mule kick, front kick and tilt-o-whirl to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Woods kips up, runs in at Ivar, and forearm smashes! Woods whips, Ivar reverses but Woods BOOTS back! HONOR ROLL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Riddle is getting into this. McIntyre is stoic and Woods brings Ivar up. Fans chant “Whoop Dat Trick!” but Ivar ELBOWS Woods! Erik tags in before Woods ENZIGURIS Ivar down! Erik storms up to FULL NELSON KNEE SMASH! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Woods survives! Tag back to Ivar and the Vikings get Woods up. They double back suplex but Woods slips free! Kofi tags in, Woods dumps Erik out and drop toeholds Ivar onto ropes! Kofi BOOTS Ivar, Woods hits a SLIDING COMPLETE SHOT! BACK SPLASH from Kofi! Cover, Erik breaks it! Woods throws Erik back out, then PLANCHAS Erik down! Kofi and Ivar rise, Kofi spins but Ivar ducks! Ivar picks Kofi up to put him on ropes! But Kofi drags Ivar out with him to the floor! Kofi hurries after Ivar, whips, but Ivar reverses! Kofi leaps over the steps, leaps back in, but Ivar catches him!

Ivar gives Kofi SNAKE EYES off the steel steps! Kofi wobbles, Ivar brings him up again, and RAMS him into McIntyre & Riddle!! Fans boo as Ivar leaves them all behind, but McIntyre CHUCKS his armchair! And then he takes Riddle’s chair to CHUCK it, into Erik & Woods!! McIntyre then goes after Erik, but Ivar CANNONBALLS McIntyre! Ivar puts Kofi in the ring, he tags Erik, but Kofi CHOPS! Ivar LEG LARIATS Kofi! RAGNAROK!!! Cover, Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

McIntyre is furious as he storms into the ring, but the Vikings get away! The Scottish Warrior inadvertently costs Kofi & Woods, but he checks on Woods. McIntyre apologizes, and then chucks the other chair! Will McIntyre’s rage get the better of him at this rate?


Finn Balor talks with Priest backstage.

The Prince says that week after week, it’s the same stuff! They’re arguing all the time! They gotta get on the same page, cuz on Saturday, they have a tag title match! They need to get it together! Priest agrees, they need to focus on Judgment Day business, not people who don’t matter, like JD McDonagh. Oh, yeah? Well McDonagh is why Priest won and then Priest just left him! Yeah, he left him hanging! Cuz he doesn’t care about Finn’s friend, he cares about this family! Right here is what matters! And since Finn is so worried about McDonagh, go walk- Rhea tells them both to shut up already!

Every single week, we talk about being the most dominant faction, and yet every single week, they fall apart without fail cuz these two can’t get along! The only ones handling business right now are her and Dirty Dom. Apart from that, nothing! But they can’t keep doing this, cuz now Rhea’s getting targeted! People are thinking she’s weak and distracted and can’t beat Raquel! So, Finn, Priest, make it right at Payback. Remind everyone that Judgment Day is a force to be reckoned with, and they win when it matters! Cuz if they don’t, then there will be some changes around here. Rhea has Dom grab their titles and they head out.

Priest and Finn glare at each other, and Priest holds up his MITB briefcase as he says he has no problems winning gold. Will the Punisher and the Prince be able to be champions together? Or is someone getting left behind?


WWE remembers the life of Bray Wyatt.

Much like on SmackDown, the rocking chair sits on stage under the spotlight, fans bringing out the fireflies. #ThankYouBray.


Matt Riddle checks with Kofi backstage.

Riddle asks how Woods is doing, and Kofi says not well. He’ll be alright, though, don’t worry. McIntyre apologizes for the accident but Kofi says it’s all good. He wouldn’t take cheap shots like that. Woods gets that, too. They all fist bump, and McIntyre tells Riddle that next week, they take care of the Vikings. And McIntyre will even tell Pearce that he doesn’t even wanna tag in to get his hands on their arses. Kofi wonders what that means and Riddle has no idea. But McIntyre said “we” so that means they’re a team! Riddle hurries after McIntyre, are they going to bring a tornado to the raid?


Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Imperium!

Gunther’s first loss on the main roster happened just last week as Master Gable was able to pull off a count out win! Now, Gable wishes he had a win in the ring because it would’ve meant winning the title, but clearly things aren’t over between them. Will Gable SHOOOOSH the Impeccable German to head for another title opportunity?

But as Imperium reaches ringside, Gunther gets on the desk with a mic. Fans boo but Gunther says, “Last week, Chad Gable made history. Last week, Chad Gable became the first man to beat Der Ring General in more than 500 days.” Fans cheer that. But Gunther says it was by count-out, in a championship match! So technically, Gable gained victory, but he has won NOTHING! Because Gunther is still your Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion! Fans boo and chant “YOU SUCK!” but Gunther says Gable has achieved one thing: HE PISSED GUNTHER OFF!

Gunther rants in German and then says in English, NOW Gable has his attention! NOW Gable has Gunther’s focus! And if Gable is the last thing between Gunther and his rightful legacy, then so be it! Because next week, Chad Gable will challenge Der Ring General for the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship on Monday Night Raw! Fans like the sound of that! But Gunther says that just like Gable will not beat him next week, Gable is definitely not- “SHOOOOSH!” The Alpha Academy makes their entrance and Gable has a mic to say, “Um, Gunther. Now, I’m sitting back there listening, and normally I’d come out here and give ya a nice big SHOOOOOSH~!

“But I’m not gonna do that tonight, because you were actually making some pretty good points, my friend. Not least of which that you’ve been on the main roster almost two years, and nobody has managed to defeat you. That is, until last week, my friend! Because last week, Chad Gable handed you your first loss, and I found a way to do it in only ten seconds, baby! But next week, Gunther, title’s on the line, and it ain’t gonna take me ten seconds to take your Intercontinental title! I’m gonna take it away in 1-2-3, baby~!”

Fans cheer and Gable says that is all next week. As for tonight, Captain Kaiser, Lieutenant Ludwig, he can get his carcass in the ring to get cooked Memphis style! A THANK YEW~! Ludwig storms into the ring, will he be able to slow down the roll?

The fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” as the bell rings. Gable and Ludwig circle, Gable gets a leg and trips Ludwig, floats around, has a waistlock, and he rolls to a bridge. TWO, Gable facelocks but Ludwig wrenches out to have an armlock. Gable powers up but Ludwig whips him away. Gable and Ludwig each counter a hip toss, go around and around, and then Gable TOSSES Ludwig up and out! Gable goes to the apron, runs in and CANNONBALLS! Direct hit and Gable fires up! “A THANK YEW~!” Gable throws his shirt at Gunther and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ludwig rushes into the ring again. Gable gets around him to waistlock but Ludwig switches, They go to ropes and Gable throws Ludwig out again! OH, rough landing on his head! Ludwig staggers up, Gable waits, and Ludwig rushes in yet again! Gable arm-drags Ludwig around, has the armlock, and fans cheer. Gunther has disappeared from ringside, he must be too frustrated to watch this in person. Gable wristlocks but Ludwig puts him in a corner. The ref counts, Ludwig throws a hand but Gable gets around! Ludwig clings to ropes, then he ELBOWS Gable away! Ludwig storms up on Gable and wrenches again.

Ludwig clamps onto the arm and grinds the shoulder. Fans rally for Gable, Otis & Maxxine coach him, but Ludwig throws Gable down! Ludwig keeps on the arm, knee digging into Gable’s head. Gable endures, fights up, and he powers Ludwig back to roll, bridge, handspring, and spin to headlock, spin and drop toehold! Fans fire up for the technical ability as Gable steps over on the armlock. Ludwig fights up, powers Gable to ropes but Gable keeps on the arm with a cording hold! Ludwig tries a facelock, Gable cranks the arm! Ludwig pushes Gable to ropes, but Gable arm-drags again! Gable grins as he keeps on the arm.

Ludwig fights up, but Gable wrenches and wristlocks. Ludwig kicks low and CLUBS Gable down! And again! Ludwig ROCKS Gable, but Gable whips him away. Ludwig runs Gable over, smirks, then runs, but Gable gets a leg! Gable stands to CHOP! Gable then dodges Ludwig, rolls Ludwig and has the ANKLE LOCK! Ludwig gets the ROPEBREAK, then he KICKS Gable back! DISCUS LARIAT! Both men are down but Ludwig spins up to his feet. Ludwig dusts himself off, and he puts Gable in a corner. Ludwig whips corner to corner, Gable goes up and over and runs in, to MONKEY FLIP! Fans fire up as Ludwig goes flying!

Gable runs in now, but Ludwig puts Gable up top! GAMANG- NO, Gable blocks! And then he gets Ludwig’s arm for a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Gable lets go and sits up, but Ludwig DECKS him to the floor! Gable stands, Ludwig goes out to UPPERCUT him down! Fans boo and the Academy looks worried as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and fans boo as Ludwig looms over Gable. Ludwig runs, but Gable ducks the kick to roll him up! TWO, and Gable wrenches and clinches to the BELLY2BELLY! Gable holds on to BELLY2BELLY again! And then Gable stands back up, but Ludwig HEADBUTTS! Ludwig ROCKS Gable, ROCKS him again, and has Gable on ropes. Ludwig POSTS Gable! Ludwig runs side to side to DROPKICK Gable to the floor! Ludwig goes out, taunts Otis and storms over to Gable. The ring count climbs, Ludwig puts Gable into the ring. Ludwig storms up on Gable and CHOPS him! And GAMANGIRIS!

Fans rally for Gable but Ludwig snapmares him down. Ludwig smirks as he kicks Gable around. Gable stands to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Gable runs, dodges, tilt-o-whirl SLAM from Ludwig! Cover, TWO! Gable is still in this and Maxxine is relieved. Ludwig snarls, he stalks Gable to a corner and he throws haymakers! Ludwig throws stomps and punches, Gable hits back, and fans rally as they brawl! Haymakers and CHOPS back and forth, and then Gable just fires off shot after shot! Throat chop and ROLLING ELBOW! Gable snatches a leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Gable waistlocks, deadlift GERMAN- NO, Ludwig fights it!

Ludwig fireman’s carries, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives and Ludwig cannot believe it! Ludwig glare at Gable as he stands up, and Ludwig TOSSES Gable out! But Gable holds on, skins the cat, and he headscissors Ludwig out of the ring! Fans fire up again, Ludwig hurries in but Gable fires off forearms, knees and another throat chop! Ludwig swings, misses, and Gable mule kicks! Gable runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! “A THANK YEW~!” Gable goes up a corner, MOONSAULT but has to land out as Ludwig moves! Ludwig runs, but Gable catches him toa Gory Especial! DOMINATOR!! Cover, TWO!?!

Gable cannot believe Ludwig survives, but Gable getting that move off was wild in itself! Ludwig sputters on the ropes, Maxxine & Otis back up as Gable storms up. Ludwig bucks the O’Conner, swings, but Gable catches him for an EXPLODER! Gable runs to CROSSBODY Ludwig and himself out of the ring! Vinci checks Ludwig as Gable goes up the corner! SUPER MOONSAULT takes Imperium out! Gable gets up and puts Ludwig in the ring! Gable climbs the corner again, takes aim, DIVING- NO, Gable sees those boots come up, so he catches those! ANKLE LOCK!! Ludwig flails, reaches out, but Gable drags him back!

Ludwig rolls over but Gable stays with him! Ludwig rolls again, and he BOOTS Gable away! Gable comes back but into an UPPERCUT! Ludwig runs up to UPPERCUT in the corner! Scoop to a fireman’s carry, but Gable slips off! O’Conner Roll, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, VINCI BREAKS IT!!

Winner: Chad Gable, by disqualification

Fans boo but Otis gets in to fight with Vinci! Otis TOSSES Vinci, and he rips off the shirt! Memphis is thunderous as Otis SPLASHES then HAMMERS Vinci! Ludwig attacks Otis now! Imperium mugs Otis, and the POST him! Otis tumbles out but Gable fires off on Vinci and Ludwig! That’s 2v1, though! And now Gunther is back! Der Ring General storms in and has his men stand down. Gunther looms over Gable now, drags him up, and reels him in! Fans boo but Gunther still hits- NO, Gable slips free! ANKLE LOCK!!!! Imperium goes after Gable again! They stomp away on Gable, but then Gunther pushes them aside!

Gunther hauls Gable up and hits a GENERAL BOMB!! Fans boo as Gunther holds up his title over Gable, will this be what we see next week on Raw? Or will Gable snatch this title just days before Gunther crosses the historic goal line?


WWE mourns the loss of beloved celebrity and former guest host, Bob Barker.

His “The Price is Raw” episode was certainly one to remember. #ThankYouBob, may you rest in peace.


Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

No longer brooding backstage, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion now makes his way out so Memphis can sing his song! “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins revels in it under the spotlight in the ring, belt around the waist of his teal satin suit. Rollins takes a bow and fans cheer. Rollins then takes the mic to say, “MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE! YOWIE WOWIE! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins!” He is your host for the evening! He happens to be a Visionary, he happens to be a Revolutionary, he is SETH! FREAKIN’! ROLLINS! Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!”

Rollins says that he’s gonna level with us, it has been a long week. Let’s keep this short and sweet. “Shinsuke Nakamura! This Saturday at Payback, I give you what you want: a crack at my World Heavyweight Championship! So how about right here, right now, you give me what I want. You got more mind games to play, you got more mean things to say, why don’t you Shinsuke your way down this aisle and say them to my face!” The fans cheer and Rollins waits. No Shinsuke? Rollins says he doesn’t wanna deprive the people, the fans wanna sing Nakamura’s song. Oh wait, the fans don’t sing his song no more, do they? HAHAHAHAHA!

Well if Shinsuke’s not gonna show his face, there’s only one thing left to do. Let’s head on down to Beale Street, pour some tall, stiff drinks, and we all sing Rollins’ song all night long! “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Wait. Video plays on the tron, and it’s Nakamura in his dojo. “I do not want to simply defeat Seth Rollins the champion. I want to dismantle Seth Rollins the man! I want his wife to know, I’m the reason she has to help him out of bed. That I’m the reason he won’t be able to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. I will break him, because he can be broken. His body has betrayed him. He knows this. So I’m going to destroy his back and put him out of his misery.

“He has no honor. He has no code. He has no future.” The King of Strong Style played his next move and fans boo. Rollins takes his sunglasses off to get serious. “That’s it, huh? That’s it from the legendary Shinsuke Nakamura. We get a video package, huh? Y’know what I wanna know? I wanna know what happened to the Shinsuke Nakamura that headline the Tokyo Dome! I wanna know what happened to the Shinsuke Nakamura that lit the world on fire when he came to NXT! A month ago, Shinsuke, I would’ve given you the shirt off my back. Yeah, that’s right, the same back that’s broken in two places.

“But my broken back didn’t stand in the way of me becoming World Heavyweight Champion! And it’s not gonna stand in the way of beating your ass this Saturday at Payback!” Fans fire up with Rollins as he says that when the bell rings, Rollins will get a hold of Shinsuke, pummel him, maul him, and not stop until someone pulls him off Shinsuke! And then in that moment, when Shinsuke is lying there defend, he will know he will never take anything from Rollins! Not his title! Not his future! And not his family! Fans fire up but Nakamura runs in outta nowhere! KINSHASA TO THE BACK!!

Nakamura sits Rollins up and tells him, “I told you, Seth, to watch your back.” Fans boo as Nakamura then KICKS Rollins in the face! Rollins is down and out, will this be how the King of Strong Style leaves him in Pittsburgh?


Sami & Kevin regroup backstage.

Sami says he is so tired of this. Of doing this week after week, month after month, with The Judgment Day. Because no matter how many times they lose, they always come back, they always play with the rules and the numbers games, and get little victories. Look what happened tonight! And last week! They get the briefcase involved! There’s disqualifications, cheap wins, and now they have a tag title match this Saturday. Guess what? You wanna do this one more time? Fine! They’ll do this one more time, and guess what? Kevin, you wanna explain to them? Sure.

Kevin says the rules won’t be in The Judgment Day’s favor anymore. Because Kevin & Sami are sick of this. So they went to Pearce and got it official. What is Pittsburgh again? The Steel City? Yes! And that is exactly what’s happening. On Saturday, Payback won’t be just any ordinary tag match. It will be a STEEL CITY STREET FIGHT! No rules! Anything goes! And guess what? A lot of crazy things have happened in the WWE while in Pittsburgh! Kevin himself was thrown off the top of a cage through a table! And as crazy as that was, it won’t be anything compared to what’s coming for Judgment Day at Payback! Because Kevin & Sami end this once and for all!


Tommaso Ciampa VS Bronson Reed!

The Psycho Killer is looking to get back on top of things, and he’s starting by settling things with Auszilla, who cost him against The Miz months ago. But will he have his violent Fairytale Ending? Or will he be washed away by a Tsunami?

Wait, Bronson is storming up behind Ciampa on the ramp! Bronson CLOBBERS Ciampa!! Fans boo but #BigBronson grins as he leaves Ciampa behind. Ciampa gets up, throws his jacket off, and he storms up on Bronson at the apron! They fire hands, fans fire up, and Ciampa ROCKS Bronson! Bronson whips Ciampa, Ciampa holds ropes to stop himself! Bronson runs in, Ciampa sidesteps and sends Bronson out! Bronson gets on the apron, Ciampa KNEES him back down! Ciampa then FLYING KNEES Bronson from the apron! Ciampa goes back into the ring and he eggs Bronson on! Bronson is furious, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and the match is underway as Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and ROCKS and CHOPS! Bronson shoves him back, but Ciampa BOOTS him! Ciampa then hits a THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Bronson shoves Ciampa away, Ciampa ducks ‘n’ dodges, but the BODY CHECK gets him! Bronson looms over Ciampa, then drops a BIG elbow! Fans rally up but Bronson looms over Ciampa. Bronson drags Ciampa up, Bronson suplexes, but Ciampa fights with knees! Ciampa slips free, and has a SLEEPER! But Bronson RAMS Ciampa in to buckles! Bronson runs in but the splash hits buckles! Ciampa dropkicks the legs out and Bronson falls into buckles!

Ciampa fires up, fans rally, and Ciampa fireman’s carries Bronson!? And tucks him for an AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bronson survives but Ciampa goes to a corner. Ciampa brings his kneepad down, runs back in, but into another BODY CHECK! Bronson drags Ciampa up, reels him in and says thumbs down. Bronson hauls Ciampa up, to BATISTA BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives but Bronson doesn’t lose focus. Bronson drags Ciampa to a drop zone, and he heads up the corner! Fans rally but Ciampa rises, too! Ciampa RAMS into Bronson, goes out to the apron and they brawl! Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!

Bronson TOSSES Ciampa at the steel steps! Ciampa staggers away, Bronson smirks as he FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES Ciampa down! Bronson then brings Ciampa up and aims for the desk! Gut wrench, but Ciampa slips free! Ciampa slides into the ring, Bronson pursues, but ends up in WILLOW’S BELL!! Ciampa hurries to the corner, takes aim again, PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO!??! Bronson survives that shot to the head and Ciampa is furious! Ciampa reloads, runs in again, btu Bronson catches him! And pops him around, but Ciampa slips free! Ciampa ROCKS and CHOPS Bronson, but Bronson gives those all back!

Bronson runs, into a BOOT! Ciampa ROCKS Bronson, Bronson wobbles, and Ciampa LARIATS! Bronson is still up! Ciampa tilt-o-whirls, CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Cover, Ciampa wins!!!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

Bronson got caught and Ciampa has a colossal victory! Will Ciampa finally be the guy to get the opportunities around here?


Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

Jackie Redmond is with The Man and brings up that this Saturday, she has a match with Trish Stratus inside a Steel Cage? Does Becky have any second thoughts about this Falls Count Anywhere match tonight just days ahead of Payback? Becky says she has had second thoughts. Third, fourth, fifth, etc. And all those thoughts have been about whooping Zoey Stark all up and down this arena! But for the last few months, Stark & Stratus have backed Becky into a corner. Is this the easy way out? No! But would she want the easy way? HELL NO! So The Man has come around to Memphis, and is bringing a lot of chaos with her! Will Becky take Stark all the way to Beale Street if she has to?


Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio head to the ring.

Mami and her Latino Heat both have gold around their waists, but the enemies are lining up both here on Raw and in NXT. What will the Eradicator have to say about Ricky Desperado? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and Rhea has the mic to say, “Raquel Rodriguez claims that she’s gonna cut me down to size? That’s real cute coming from someone who had to play up an injury to pull one over on me.” Dom mocks Raquel’s crutch act. Rhea says it was smart, but that is the first and last time it’ll ever happen. But Rhea doesn’t blame her, no. Rhea’s resume speaks for itself. But Rhea wont’ come out here and tell us all about it, cuz it’d just take too damn long. This championship around her waist proves absolutely everything. But Raquel thinks she’s gonna take the title at Payback? That’s just another reason why she is an idiot.

But Rhea won’t take anything away from Raquel. She’s got her own accomplishments. Like that she’s big! And tough. And strong. But she’s not Rhea Bloody Ripley! Fans cheer, and Rhea says that Raquel can talk, talk, talk, but when it comes to Payback, Mami’s walking out champion. Raquel doesn’t learn her lessons, does she? But wait, here comes Raquel! And she storms right down to the ring! The brawl is on and fans fire up! Raquel TOSSES Rhea to a corner, stomps and punches away, then whips corner to corner! Raquel runs in to SPLASH! And then she scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM! Rhea flounders out of the ring and Raquel dares he to get back in!

Wait, Dom sneaks up on Raquel? Dom then apologizes when he gets caught. Raquel backs him down, but Rhea gets back in and HEADBUTTS Raquel! Pump handle, and RIP- NO, Raquel powers out and hip tosses Rhea away! Then she swings, Rhea ducks, but the SOUTHPAW hits! Rhea flops out of the ring again, did she just get put in her place? Or will she make Raquel pay for stepping to her?


Trish Stratus speaks.

“Let’s just be clear, Lynch, you’re the idiot who asked for this Falls Count Anywhere match, so you’re basically giving WWE’s fastest rising star, Zoey Stark, free range to do anything to you tonight. Well Lemony Snicket, you only got yourself to blame for this one. You are gonna leave something for me on Saturday, aren’t you?” Stark chuckles and says Trish doesn’t even have to worry about it. When she’s done with Becky, there will still be plenty for Trish inside that Steel Cage this Saturday. The Chick and the Hunter are confident they’ll end The Man this week, but will they be in for a big time surprise?


WWE remembers the career of Terry Funk.

Terry didn’t wanna be president or anything but one thing: a wrestler. He was born into a wrestling family, and burst onto the scene with his brother, Dory Funk Jr, as part of their father’s company in Amarillo, Texas. Stone Cold says he’s always looked up to Terry Funk, both his ability and his unpredictability. Ric Flair admired Terry’s work ethic and learned a lot from him. Terry’s no-nonsense style gripped the NWA audience and catapulted him to the top. Terry Funk won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, and proved himself the finest champion the world had ever seen.

His popularity even got him on Hollywood’s radar, appearing in classic 80s films like Over The Top and Roadhouse. Terry would captivate even around the world, and he’d make impacts in WCW, ECW and WWE. He and Mick Foley pioneered the “hardcore” style. Bret Hart says Terry was ahead of his time and thought of things no one ever had before. Funk & Foley would even be a team together, winning together at WrestleMania 14. Foley says that Funk was one of the nicest, kindest guys outside the ring, and brought out the best in Foley.

In 2009, alongside Dory Jr, Terry would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Dusty Rhodes being there for his friend and rival. Jerry Lawler says Terry is the greatest, and his 50 years in wrestling will never be replicated. The WWE Family will remember Terry as a family man, a fearless entertainer, and an unforgettable pioneer. We will love him… FOREVER!


Falls Count Anywhere: Becky Lynch VS Zoey Stark w/ Trish Stratus!

Memphis enters the Big Time, and this fight might go all over Memphis for all we know! Will The Man bring down The Hunter so that she can focus on The Chick inside that Steel Cage on Saturday? Or will Becky even make it to Pittsburgh after tonight?

Raw returns and Stark makes her entrance, Trish by her side and kendo stick already in hand! But Becky gets her own! The bell rings and Becky strikes first! And again! And again! Becky makes sure Trish is watching as she SMACKS Stark again! Fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” and Becky says hell yeah she’s gonna whoop Stark! Becky gets Stark up, KENDO STICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! So Becky has a KENDO STICK CROSSFACE! Stark endures, reaches out, but the ropes won’t help her! Stark crawls out of the ring, Becky lets her go to then dropkick her! Becky storms up to CLUB Stark!

But Trish SMACKS Becky now! No disqualifications so this is now a 2v1 match! Stark gets Becky up but Becky grabs ropes! Becky kicks free then kicks Stark! Then she goes up, DECKS Trish, and adjusts course! SUPER CROSSBODY takes out Trish AND Stark! Cover on Stark, TWO! Stark is still in this but Becky keeps on her. Becky SMACKS Stark off barriers, goes looking for stuff, but Stark SMACKS her with the stick! And SMACKS her off the steps! Cover, TWO! Stark drags Becky up, puts her in the ring, but Becky gets her in the ropes! KICK, FOREARM, UPPERCUT, SOBAT! But Stark trips Becky up!

Stark springboards and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Stark grows frustrated and she calls to Trish. Trish goes looking for stuff, and throws the chair in, but hits Stark! Stark doesn’t budge, and asks what the heck. Trish apologizes, and Becky rolls Stark up! TWO! Stark LARIATS Becky, and Trish keeps sending in more chairs! Is she trying to recreate the Terry Funk “Anyone got a chair” incident? Stark sets up chairs in a pile, brings Becky around and stomps her. Then Stark makes sure the chairs are placed just right before she drags Becky up. Fans want tables but Becky and Stark throw hands.

Stark puts Becky in a corner, puts her up top, and says the fans ain’t gettin’ no table! Stark goes up after Becky but Becky throws body shots and forearms! Stark tumbles to the outside, but Trish hurries up after Becky! Trish anchors Becky, Stark ROCKS Becky, and again! Becky hits back! Stark is on the ropes, Becky adjusts, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives but Becky has the arm! Stark fights, flails, reaches out, and trips Becky onto the chairs! Stark shakes out her arm and she drags Becky up. Z 3- NO, Becky blocks, clinches, MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, TRISH breaks it!

Fans boo as Trish scurries away! Becky storms up, chases Trish around the ring, they do a full lap, and Trish gets a kendo stick! Trish laughs, swings, but Becky blocks! Becky BOOTS Trish, then has the stick! And she SMACKS Trish! And again! And again! And again! Trish goes running but Becky pursues, to SMACK her up the ramp! And then SMACKS her on the stage! And then in the butt! Becky just fires off and Trish crawls away! But Stark JAMS Becky with a chair! And SMACKS her on the back! SUPERKICK and Becky goes down! Cover, TWO!! The Man is still in the fight and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Becky brawls with Stark in the crowd! Fans high-five Becky and she TOSSES Stark back to ringside! Becky hops up onto the barriers, to then FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up as Stark falls over! Becky drags Stark up, and BECKSPLODERS Stark into the barrier! Cover, TWO! Stark is still in this but Becky says okay. Becky puts Stark in the ring where all the chairs are, and she hears the fans. She brings out a TABLE! Fans fire up as Becky sets it up, but Stark WRECKS Becky! Stark says the fans don’t deserve a table! Stark folds the table back up, pushes it aside, and then stomps Becky.

Stark puts Becky in the ring, but Becky swings on her! Stark blocks to HOTSHOT her away! Stark storms in, gets a chair, and she SMACKS Becky on the back! And again! And again! Stark then pushes Becky around, puts her by the ropes and sets a chair on top of her. Stark goes out to FULL METAL ARABIAN SENTON! Stark clutches her back but covers Becky, TWO! Becky is still in this but Stark piles the chairs up again. Stark puts Becky among the pile, puts a chair on top of her again, and goes up a corner! Fans boo but Becky CHUCKS the chair at Stark! That one hurt this time! Becky goes up after Stark and fans fire up!

Becky brings Stark up, to SUPERPLEX onto the chairs! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives and writhes her way out of the ring. Becky hurries out after Stark, and she clears off the desk! Fans fire up as Becky drags Stark up and over, SMACKS her off the desk, then puts her on it. Becky climbs up to join Stark, clinches, but Stark fights the lift! And Trish returns to trip Becky up! Stark pushes Becky around, and BOOTS her down! Trish soaks up the heat as Stark covers, TWO! Becky is still in this and Stark tells Michael Cole & Wade Barrett that they’re worthless! Stark CLUBS Becky, stomps her, then coordinates with Trish.

Stark goes up the barrier, but Becky SHOVES her away! Becky ROCKS Trish then TOSSES her over the desk! Becky SMACKS Stark off the timekeeper’s table! She drags Stark up onto some spare material, but Trish attacks again! Trish takes Stark’s place, to BULLDOG through a table!! Trish calls to Stark and Stark finds her way over. Trish helps her get to Becky for the cover, TWO!??! Becky survives and shocks Stark & Stratus! Fans fire up as Becky fights them both now, but they SMACK her into trunks! They drag her onto those cases, and the fans right there freak out as they bring Becky up.

Becky fights back! She SHOVES Stark, ducks a Chick Kick and fires off! But Stark CLUBS Becky! Becky ducks and the haymaker DECKS Trish! Trish falls through a table! Stark freaks out and even Becky’s shocked! Becky then clinches Stark, to MANDHANDLE SLAM through another table!! Cover, Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Now that was a Big Time fight! It may have stayed indoors, but it had plenty of heat from the Summer night! But now, will Becky get to do even more to Trish inside that Steel Cage?

My Thoughts:

A great Raw, even with the same great tribute videos for Bray and Terry from Friday. Sami VS Priest was a great opening match, and McDonagh getting involved and Priest actually winning was a great story detail. The tension is rising between Finn and Priest, even with a tag title opportunity coming this Saturday, but honestly, I’m with Finn on this. Maybe McDonagh could just be part of the team since he knows Finn. Why is everyone else getting so mad at someone wanting to basically join up? The tag title match now being a Street Fight, you can bet McDonagh gets involved even more so. And that last bit from Finn and Priest where Priest points out he doesn’t even need this tag match for titles cuz he has the MITB briefcase could be the last straw before someone gets kicked out of the group.

Rhea and Dom had a good segment with Raquel, but Raquel standing tall makes me think Rhea finds a way to retain the title. As good as Raquel is, it just fits the overall Judgment Day story that, as Rhea pointed out herself, she leads the way having a top title in her division while the guys struggle to catch up. Nothing from the women’s tag division tonight outside of the highlights in Raquel’s promo, but maybe things get going again after Payback. For that matter, I’m a little disappointed that Payback won’t have the Intercontinental Championship on the card. But next week’s Raw is a little closer to the Honky Tonk Man’s record so there is technically more drama in that scenario.

Good stuff out of tonight’s segment with Alpha Academy and Imperium, great match out of Gable VS Ludwig, and a disqualification win was fine to give Gable some momentum right before getting beat down. By go-home math, you would think Gable is gonna win next week, but it’s hard to say. Gunther probably still wins so he takes the record from Honky Tonk Man, adds to the new record and losses at the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. Who knows it’ll be by then but WWE will have plenty of time to build up that superstar. Maybe it’ll be Ciampa, because he got a great win off Bronson Reed tonight. Reed himself should get at a title in the future, but I guess we’ll have to wait a minute.

Honestly, it is hard to say who wins between Rollins and Nakamura. Great promos from both men tonight, and great ambush attack by Nakamura here. Going by go-home math, Rollins wins. But given this back problem is partially real, I would think Nakamura wins so Rollins can take time off and actually fix his back. And then Nakamura can face a lot of Faces who want title opportunities. We saw a cameo from Ricochet tonight, who had his own feud with Nakamura, so that’d be a fun title feud. Or again, Ciampa gets himself a title opportunity like he said he would, and we see more of Ciampa and Nakamura feuding.

The Miz tricking us into thinking Knight was here was very clever, and honestly, Miz was pretty funny here. He basically did a great The Rock impersonation because that’s what the haters say Knight is doing this whole time. I hope Knight returns the favor on SmackDown and cosplays as Miz. Their match will be really good and a lot of fun, but I would think Knight wins that one so that he can move on towards a championship. Like the US Championship, which IS on the line at Payback. And no Cody tonight but that’s because he was on SmackDown and he’ll have a moment on the PPV with the Grayson Waller Effect talk show segment.

Really good stuff out of this Triple Threat tag feud tonight, with great promos and a great tag match of New Day VS Viking Raiders. McIntyre chucking those armchairs around was awesome, and clever to have Woods be an inadvertent target. And good on them for not doing the usual “mistake becomes grudge” kinda stuff you always see in pro-wrestling. We’re going to get an awesome Tornado Tag next week, but I still see this turning into a Triple Threat Tag to determine #1 contenders in time for Fastlane in October. #McRiddle falling apart is still falling into the RKBRO formula, so it’s kinda stuck. If McRiddle goes on to be a team, then yes, RKBRO 2.0. If the team falls apart, that’s also predictable cuz fans kinda expect McIntyre to explode on Riddle.

And then just great stuff with Becky’s story. Good promo from Becky, good promo from Trish & Zoey, and what an awesome match. Also, kudos to Stark for being able to brush off the accidental chair to her head. Gotta be more careful with timing there. And they didn’t go as far around the arena as expected. But they saved the best stuff for the end, and Stark knocking Trish down was great. Becky winning would say Trish wins at Payback, but who knows. Becky also got emotional at the end as she held up her Bray Wyatt armband, a very touching moment to close the show on.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/23/24)

The G1 Climax awaits!



Who moves on to Korakuen Hall?

A Block started their G1 Climax qualifier series, now B Block begins! Will it be Toru Yano or Boltin Oleg? Will it be TJP or Satoshi Kojima?


  • El Desperado & Shoma Kato VS DOUKI & Yuya Uemura; Douki & Yuya win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuya Matsumoto VS Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma; Ishii & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • HENARE & Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Henare & Callum win.
  • Bishamon VS Chase Owens & Gedo; Bishamon wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg; Oleg wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima; TJP wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.


G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg!

While they’re once again NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions alongside The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, neither The Joker or The Rook was going to pass up this chance! Will Yano take it easy on Oleg here? Or will this tank from Kazakh steamroll his way through the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, then they tie up. They go back and forth on the clinch, but Oleg powers Yano back to the ropes. The ref counts the break, Oleg lets off slowly, and the fans applaud. Yano and Oleg reset, circle and feel things out. They go around, Yano slips away but comes back. Oleg avoids the takedown to get a leg, and they roll into the ropes. The ref counts, Oleg lets off and the fans applaud. They go again, clinch, and Oleg waistlocks. Yano slips away, they tie up again, but Oleg powers Yano back onto the ropes. The ref counts, both men let off slowly, but still joke for position.

The ref gets between the two, Oleg backs away, and the fans cheer as they reset. Oleg and Yano clinch, fight for control, then back up. They feel things out, Oleg gets around to a waistlock, and he has the gut wrench! Oleg brings Yano up but Yano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oleg lets off clean and Yano bails out. Yano is frustrated by how good Oleg is, and he splashes water everywhere! Yano gets his favorite red chair, the ref goes to stop him but Yano shoves him aside. Yano takes a seat on the ramp and dares Oleg to come get him! So Oleg goes out after him! Yano JAMS Oleg up, then SMACKS him on the back!

Yano drags Oleg up, and wraps him up with the apron skirt! That’s an extra large sushi roll! Yano shoves Oleg down, gets in the ring, and the ring count starts. Yano meanwhile unties a buckle pad! Oleg wriggles out of the wrap but he’s still down at 10 of 20! Oleg gets completely free by 15, and he slides in at 16! The fans cheer but Yano kicks low! Yano whips Oleg into the bare buckles! Yano tells fans to leave him alone, Oleg’s tough! Yano clamps onto Oleg’s shoulders, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Wait, the ref finds the bit of wrist tape Yano was using to choke Oleg! The ref reprimands but Yano pretends he has no idea how that got there.

Yano storms up on Oleg, brings him around and whips him back into the bare buckles! Oleg falls over, the ref reprimands but Yano kicks Oleg and eggs him on. Yano stands Oleg up to HIP TOSS! Cocky cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Yano stomps Oleg in frustration. Yano scuffs Oleg, eggs him on, then stands him up again. But Oleg fires a forearm! Yano CLAWS Oleg’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Yano whips, but Oleg reverses. Yano avoids bare buckles, then dodges to send Oleg back in! Yano runs, but Oleg runs him over! The fans fire up with Oleg, and he scoops Yano to SLAM! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Yano stays in this but the fans rally behind Oleg. Oleg drags Yano up with the gut wrench! Time to Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up! The fans fire up and Oleg storms over to Yano. Oleg whips, but Yano holds ropes and taunts Oleg! Oleg runs up but Yano sidesteps and clinches, for a BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg and Yano stir, but Yano is up first. Yano brings Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Oleg runs, but Yano atomic drops! Yano trips Oleg, has the legs, and CATAPULTS him into buckles! Oleg staggers up, Yano fires up and he fireman’s carries!

Yano gets Oleg up but Oleg fights free of the bomb! Oleg SHOTGUNS Yano away! The fans fire up as Yano goes to a corner, and Oleg runs in! STINGER SPLASH from the big man, then he scoops to SLAM! Oleg jumps over Yano to go up and up and VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but the fans are still with Oleg! Oleg drags Yano up, fireman’s carries, and KA- NO, Yano slips free to roll Oleg, TWO! Oleg runs up, but Yano hooks him to a backslide! TWO!! Oleg escapes, Yano swings, but Oleg gets around! Yano grabs the ref to LOW BLOW! And CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! Oleg stands, blocks the takedown, and he powers Yano into a PANCAKE! OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Yano tried all the tricks in the book but Oleg could not be stopped! There’s still respect between them, but will The Rook show what he’s really capable of against The Ace?


G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima!

Public Enemy just finished up a round robin in the form of the Best of the Super Juniors, but now he’s looking to go even bigger! But will he be able to conquer this qualifier for the United Empire? Or will things be real cozy here tonight?

The bell rings and the fans rally up and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “KO-JI-MA! KO-JI-MA!” The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Kojima digs his heels in and shoves TJP away, but TJP stands right up. The two go again, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Kojima wrenches out to wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, breaks free, but Kojima swats the dropkick away! The fans cheer as TJP handsprings back up. TJP and Kojima circle, feel things out, then tie up. TJP headlocks, but Kojima fires body shots. Kojima powers up and out, TJP RAMS him, but Kojima stays put! TJP runs again, RAMS Kojima, but he bounces off!

The fans rally up, and TJP stomps Kojima’s foot! TJP runs to run Kojima over! TJP keeps moving, but Kojima stay slow, then hip tosses TJP down! Kojima runs to run TJP over! TJP bails out and fans cheer Kojima’s dancing pecs! Kojima goes out to stomp TJP, then he CLUBS TJP. Kojima CLUBS TJP more, then brings him around to whip. TJP reverses and Kojima hits railing! TJP runs up to BOOT Kojima, then he fires haymakers. The ref reprimands, TJP CLUBS Kojima then puts him in the ring. TJP then drags Kojima up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! TJP CHOPS again, the fans rally up, and TJP uses the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans are torn but Kojima gets in TJP’s face! Kojima CHOPS TJP off his feet! The fans rally up, Kojima stomps TJP to ropes, then he CLUBS TJP on the neck. Kojima CHOKES TJP on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans cheer. Kojima drags TJP up, reels him in and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO! TJP toughs it out but Kojima stays focused. The fans rally, Kojima stomps TJP, then stands TJP up. Kojima ROCKS TJP, stomps him at the ropes, then fires hands. TJP goes to a corner, kicks back, then fires hands! TJP backs Kojima down, but Kojima body shots!

Kojima ROCKS TJP and TJP staggers to ropes. Kojima stomps TJP, brings him up and whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! Kojima runs in, TJP slips under to sunset flip, then he steps through to trap an arm! DARK SACRIFICE! Kojima clutches his arm as he bails out of the ring. The fans rally with TJP and he builds speed to go up and up and FLYING DROPKICK! Kojima staggers, the fans cheer, and TJP stands back up. CANNONBALL! Down goes Kojima and the fans rally again. The ring count starts, TJP catches his breath before he brings Kojima up at 8. But Kojima SWEEPS the legs and TJP falls on the apron!

Kojima goes up after TJP, reels him in, and APRON DDTS!! TJP flops down to the floor while the fans rally up again. Kojima is in the ring but a new count starts. TJP stirs at 8 of 20, slowly sits up, and uses railing to stand at 12. TJP stumbles, falls, and crawls over at 15. TJP stands at 17, flounders with the apron skirt, but is in at 19! Kojima stomps TJP to a corner then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima shows TJP how it’s done! The fans fire up as Kojima goes an extra round before he CHOPS TJP down! Kojima then whips TJP corner to corner, runs up and forearm SMASHES!

Kojima shoves TJP down, shouts that he’s coming after the bastard, but TJP DROPKICKS Kojima first! The fans rally, TJP goes corner to corner and ELBOWS! Kojima sits down and the fans rally up! TJP gives Kojima the scrubbing! TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and want it one more time! TJP obliges and gives more scrubs to Kojima’s face. TJP runs, but Kojima kicks him low! Kojima fires off forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW, a kick, and a DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima rises, he storms over to TJP and drags him up, then cravats. TJP fights but Kojima CLUBS him!

TJP powers up and slips through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Kojima endures, stomps his way forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go but the fans rally up again. TJP aims, springboards, and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again. TJP goes to a corner, pounds the mat and fans clap along. “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP runs up but Kojima blocks the knee! Kojima kicks low and COZY CUT- NO, TJP handsprings through the cutter! And basement dropkicks in return! The fans fire up and TJP goes to a corner! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again!

TJP points to a corner and calls his shot! TJP makes sure Kojima is in the drop zone, and he goes up top! MAMBA FLOP as Kojima moves! COZY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again! Kojima stays cool, and he powers up the arm! Off comes the elbow pad! Kojima runs, but into a BOOT! JUMP SOBAT! TJP runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again but Kojima drags him back up. The fans rally, Kojima suplexes, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is still in this and the fans fire up! Kojima powers up again, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kojima rebounds, but into a clinch, and MOUSE TRAP! TJP WINS!!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Even TJP is surprised that finished it! A major win over the Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, but even bigger is that TJP is one step closer to the G1! But will Public Enemy be able to take down The Holy Emperor in Korakuen Hall?


8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Now, don’t be confused, this match did happen yesterday, too. But now, Yoshinobu Kanemaru is swapped out for Dick Togo! Will he be a spoiler for Bushi, Titan, Yota y Naito? Or will things still be tranquilo in the Summer heat?

Wait, Sho gets the mic just like he did last night. He again talks trash on LIJ, and says he hates having to be here in Ibaraki. Sho then asks Young Lion Katsuya Murashima where he’s from. Right here in Ibaraki. The fans cheer but Sho says no wonder he’s a loser! And then The House beats up on Murashima! LIJ protests but poor Murashima already flops out of the ring. Sho says The House is gonna prove LIJ are loses, just like Murashima and Ibaraki! The teams finally sort out, and after LIJ fist bumps, Naito steps to Evil. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and that annoys The House, but Naito and Evil slowly circle.

The two feel things out, Evil knowing Naito’s tricks. But speaking of tricks, Dick jumps in to CLOBBER Naito! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands but Evil stomps away on Naito. Evil and Dick stand on Naito, Red Shoes reprimands more, but Evil tags Sho. The Murder Machine talks trash as he stomps Naito, then he DECKS Bushi! Sho stomps Naito more, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick low. Bushi gets in to RANA! The fans cheer, and Naito cravats Sho for a neck wrench. Naito brings Sho to the corner, Bushi tags in, and Bushi goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Sho down! And Bushirooni!

The fans fire up, Bushi runs in to ELBOW Sho! Sho takes a swing, but Bushi ducks and spins Sho to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi tags Titan and the fans rally up. Sho stands, Titan springboards in, CROSSBODY! But then Narita throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE Narita! Titan dodges Sho, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks, jumps, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can LASH Titan with his belt! Sho then shoves Titan down and Evil BLASTS Naito off the apron! The fans boo but The House goes after LIJ on the outside! Another LASH from Dick’s belt and Titan staggers!

Dick CLOBBERS Titan into No Man’s Land, Sho & Evil double whip Naito hard into railing, and Narita is after Yota in the crowd! The fans boo, but Evil RAMS Naito into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san and the fans boo more. Red Shoes reprimands Evil but he misses Sho & Dick CHOKING Titan at the ropes! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho lets off and brings Titan around to bump off buckles. Tag to Dick and he CLUBS Titan on the back. Dick bumps Titan off more buckles, then climbs up to go after the mask! The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but he’s busy stopping Evil as he has Dick’s belt! Dick almost has Titan’s mask off!

The cameramen are respectful enough to move so we don’t see any of Titan’s face, and then Red Shoes makes Dick stop. Titan gets his mask back on but Dick CLAWS Titan’s back! Dick then brings Titan around, tags Narita, and they mug El Inmortal. Titan drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Narita BOOTS Yota off the apron just because, and then he tags Evil. Evil CLAWS Titan’s back, then he brings Titan around to wrench and whip into the corner. Evil clotheslines Titan, tags Sho, and Narita distracts Red Shoes so Dick can climb! The fans boo but Titan still suffers the DICK CHOP! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the fans cheer. Evil stands on Titan’s head, talks trash, and the fans boo again. The fans rally for “L I J! L I J!” “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Evil fireman’s carries but Titan slips free. Evil kicks, whips, but Titan reverses then goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Titan hurries over, hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up and Yota fires forearms on Evil. Yota whips, Evil reverses but Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dick runs in but Yota dodges, to then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Yota BLASTS Narita, DECKS Sho, but Evil kicks low! Evil reels Yota in, but Yota suplexes first! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up with Yota and he brings Evil up. Yota fireman’s carries, but Evil fights free. Evil waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, but Narita is there with his pushup bar! Red Shoes reprimands Narita but Evil puts Yota in a corner. Evil blocks a boot, puts Yota in the ropes, then WOE STOMPS him down! Tag to Narita and he drags Yota up. Narita whips Yota to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS, then goes side to side to JUMP KICK! Narita doesn’t stop, he scrapes Yota’s face off ropes! Narita runs to BOOT Yota down! Cover, TWO! Yota is still in this and the fans rally up. Narita brings Yota up, Yota takes a swing, but Narita catches him to a SLEEPER!

The fans rally as Yota endures and reaches out. Narita pulls hair to bring Yota away from ropes. Yota breaks free to hit the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! The fans cheer again and Naito fires hands on Narita. Naito kicks, CLUBS and whips Narita, to then arm-drag! Narita comes back but into an ELBOW! Basement DROPKICK! Naito hauls Narita up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer as Naito poses, and he storms over to the corner. Naito hops up, brings Narita up, but Narita breaks free, so Naito BOOTS him!

Naito runs in, Narita redirects him into a cheap shot from Dick! Then Narita KNEE STAMPS Naito down! The House blasts LIJ, and Evil gets Naito to a corner. Evil and Dick double whip Naito to the corner, then Dick runs in to BACK ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Evil runs in to clohtesline! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! The fans fire up but Evil argues with Red Shoes. But this is all a distraction so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo but Naito powers out and arm-drags Dick! Yota drags Evil out! Naito ELBOWS Dick, atomic drops, then Bushi basement dropkicks! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!

Dick survives the combo but Naito wrenches him. Sho & Evil attack first! They whip Naito, but Naito stops himself! Titan springboards in to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Narita knees Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as Titan builds speed, and he FLIES out onto The House! Naito fires ELBOWS on Dick, then Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito tops it off with DESTINO! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The hot streak continues for LIJ, which also means the House of Torture keeps losing! Will they ever learn?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic like he did last night, and says “Buenas tardes, KAMISUUU~!” The fans cheer, and Naito notes that it has been one year since NJPW was last here. It makes him very happy to be competing in front of them again, here in the Kamisu Bousai Arena. And he is thankful that they all came out tonight to see them. Gracias, amigos! Naito then brings up that next Sunday, he will be in the United States to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Naito acknowledges that he was the one who lost the title and let it go overseas, so he vows to bring it back. The fans cheer that!

Naito knows he still has to beat Moxley, but he asks until then, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo. And of course, it is time to close. And Naito’s pretty sure this is the first time they’ve had a role call here in Ibaraki. Are they ready? The fans cheer! Then New Japan Soul here in Kamisu Bousai Arena can only end one way! “Bushi, Hiromu, Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is rolling, Naito is rolling, but will Naito rock New York and bring the title home?

My Thoughts:

Another solid night for New Japan Soul, and a great night for The United Empire as they sweep the card, while also getting TJP to the next round of the qualifiers. I personally would love seeing TJP get into the G1 Climax, really let him show what he’s got against the heavyweights. And great match from Yano VS Oleg, and I appreciate they gave Oleg the win here. Oleg VS Tanahashi is gonna be good stuff, too, but I feel like Tanahashi moves on to the B Block qualifier finals. And then another fun 8 Man Tag but of course Naito wins. Naito brings that momentum to Forbidden Door, Moxley probably has his own tune-up on Dynamite or something, and then as I said before, I would hope Naito wins the title back and brings it with him into the G1.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?



An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?


  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.


Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?


The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?


Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?


BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?


AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?


Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?


Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, then LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?


Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?


Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?


Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?


Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?


Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?


Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?


AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?

My Thoughts:

A great Collision, though stocked full of more action than I expected. Thankfully, it was less talky than usual, and what promos we got were fairly efficient. Well, I feel like there was a touch of redundancy to Lio interacting with Top Flight when we got that moment on Rampage. I guess AEW is worried not enough people are watching Rampage. Deeb sending out an Open Challenge for the Collision go-home next week was good, I’m sure we’ll get a great match of her and a visiting CMLL or Stardom talent. And after Jarrett’s very moving promo, I actually want to see him make it to the finals. I don’t see him winning the whole thing with Pac AND Bryan Danielson on the other side of the bracket, but for the sake of honoring Owen Hart’s memory, Jarrett at least has to get past the wild card.

Storm & Mariah VS Leyla & Frost was a good tune-up match for the Six Woman Tag set for Dynamite, but as such, The Outcasts likely win. As I said on Wednesday, if Mariah is going to beat Saraya in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she’ll have to lose out on Dynamite because that’s how the math works. Hechicero of course beat Daddy Magic, but that’s because MJF is going to win at Forbidden Door. And then of course The House of Black beat the St. Giovanni brothers. Their dismissive nature towards the interview was an interesting one, but I would think they will get their revenge on The Patriarchy soon enough.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang that helped feed into the various stories. The Patriarchy of course beat The Iron Savages, but Christian avoided doing work in an even more obnoxious way than I expected. I still think Pac should work with Malakai & Brody in an attempt to get revenge on The Bang Bang Gang together, but I guess that depends on if Pac goes to the Owen Hart Cup finals or not. Oddly, I’d love if The Bang Bang Gang did face The Patriarchy for some rare Heels VS Heels shenanigans. Christian will try to cheat at the same time Bang Bang Gang tries to cheat so it comes down to who can cheat better.

Though going by the other tag matches, the Joe-Hook-Shibata trio is a great team, and they naturally made quick work of The Premier Athletes. Then they logically went after Jericho’s group after that great match with Private Party. Jericho likely will still owe Hook an FTW Championship match, but it’d also be great if Joe-Hook-Shibata got their shot at the trios titles. We’d get some awesome promos between them and the Bang Bang Gang, as well as some fresh showdowns. And really good match of Okada and Ultimo Guerrero. It was a little sluggish, but I suppose between Ultimo and Okada needing to get a rhythm, and Ultimo being 52, it was still very solid stuff. But Okada winning was fine, it leaves him available for a different match-up for Forbidden Door weekend.

And just an awesome International Championship match for the main event. I did not think Cage was going to get as much offense in as he did, but I appreciate that they let him. Cage needs to be seen as a threat on some level so pushing Ospreay like this was a good way to do it. But of course Ospreay wins, because they’re continuing to tease Garcia VS Ospreay.

My Score: 8.9/10

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