Get your motor running with the biggest party of the Summer!
This might be the biggest, most important SummerSlam ever! Roman Reigns defends both WWE Universal Championship AND Tribal Chief status against Jey Uso, under TRIBAL COMBAT!!
- Logan Paul VS Ricochet; Logan wins.
- Cody Rhodes VS Brock Lesnar; Cody wins.
- 25 Man Battle Royal: LA Knight wins.
- MMA Rules: Ronda Rousey VS Shayna Baszler; Shayna wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Drew McIntyre; Gunther wins and retains the title.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Finn Balor; Rollins wins and retains the title.
- WWE Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins and becomes the new WWE Women’s Champion.
- WWE Women’s Championship Money in the Bank Cash-In: Bianca Belair VS Iyo Sky w/ Bayley; Iyo wins and becomes the new WWE Women’s Champion.
- Undisputed WWE Universal Championship & Tribal Chiefdom, Tribal Combat: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Jey Uso; Roman wins and retains both title and position as Tribal Chief.
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It’s the SummerSlam Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Wade Barrett, Jackie Redmond, Booker T and Pete Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action here in Motor City!
Titus O’Neil welcomes the crowd to SummerSlam!
Fans fire up as the Real Deal, and Byron Saxton, are on the stage to acknowledge the Community Champions of Detroit! These three nonprofit organizations help underprivileged youth here in Motor City, and their representatives are right here tonight! They help improve Detroit one day at a time, one child at a time! The SAY Detroit Play Center, the Detroit Public School system and the Downtown Boxing Gym are here! And so to help these organizations, the WWE will give them a financial contribution of… $20 THOUSAND!! Give it up to the champions of Motor City!
Kid Rock speaks.
“If you wanna know where you’re going, first you need to know where you’ve been. 88, The Garden. You have the big Apple bumping. These old school legends, ,an, they kicked SummerSlam into high gear. You talkin’ gritty? Let’s talk 95 in the Steel City. SummerSlam was accelerated to all new heights. 2013 had superstars tearing through Tinseltown. You see ’em? Tonight, we make history. In our city, Motor City. Ain’t no pistons and parties. In the 313, nothing comes free. About time to pop off and crank the horsepower! Detroit, LET’S ROCK!”
Logan Paul VS Ricochet!
The ImPAULsive Maverick is ready to go viral and prove he’s the new top star in WWE. However, he’s up against the One and Only. Will Ricochet be the one and only top gun in WWE? Or will this be Logan’s crowning achievement in his still fledgling career?
The bell rings and fans fire up as Ricochet eggs Logan on. They step to each other, Logan polishes Ricochet’s head, and Ricochet laughs that off. Then he SLAPS Logan! Fans fire up and Logan wings, but Ricochet dodges to handspring and RANA! And DROPKICK! Logan bails out but Ricochet builds speed! To then handspring and superhero land! Fans fire up as Ricochet asks, “What’s good, bro?” Logan paces around the outside, fans chant “LOGAN SUCKS!” but Logan steps back inside. Logan and Ricochet circle, tie up, and Ricochet headlocks. Logan powers out and hurdles, then drops down to hurdle again!
Ricochet and Logan keep going, then Ricochet stops! Logan sunset flips but Ricochet rolls through !Logan avoids the kick to roll Ricochet up, but Ricochet rolls through! Logan ELBOWS Ricochet away! Fans boo as Ricochet goes to a corner and Logan grins. Ricochet stands up, the two reset, and they approach. Logan avoids a kick but Ricochet keeps after him. They tie up, Logan facelocks and hits a judo hip toss! Logan chinlocks and he grinds Ricochet down while laughing. Fans boo but Ricochet fights up to throw body shots! Ricochet pushes Logan to ropes, powers out, but Logan stops himself to avoid a kick!
Ricochet runs in but Logan puts him on the apron. Ricochet ROCKS Logan, but Logan blocks the kick to CHOKE Ricochet on the ropes! The ref counts, Logan lets off, and Ricochet sputters. Logan goes to the apron, but Ricochet elbows him back! Logan CLUBS away on Ricochet, then turns Ricochet, DRAPING NECKBREAKER to the apron! Fans boo as Logan kisses his fiancée. Logan mocks Samantha, Ricochet’s fiancée, then puts Ricochet in the ring. Logan throws a BODY BLOW! And another! And another! Fans boo as Logan fires off! The ref counts, Ricochet shoves Logan away but Logan comes back with more shots!
Fans boo as the ref finally backs Logan off. Logan grins and rope-a-dopes around. Logan then storms up to throw more body shots! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” Logan puts Ricochet up top, he says he’s gonna do the flippy, and then says NOT. He drags Ricochet out, mocks Braun Strowman and hits the POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans boo as Logan drags Ricochet back up to scoop and SLAM! Logan soaks up the heat from Detroit, and copies Hogan. Logan whips Ricochet, BOOTS him, and “Loganmania” runs to drop a SPLIT LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Logan strikes the Hogan pose, and fans boo more.
Logan drags Ricochet up, scoops, but Ricochet slips free and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Ricochet stomps away on Logan, and if Logan’s gonna reference a legend, here’s Ricochet’s! With the PEOPLE’S MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Logan survives, Ricochet drags him up and ROCKS him with a right! And a CHOP! And a KICK! Logan reverses the whip and SUPESR back drops Ricochet! Ricochet almost flips a full 360! Logan stomps Ricochet to the apron, drags him up, and has him on the ropes to then run and Triangle Jump LARIAT! Logan grins and he goes to the apron as fans boo. Logan drags Ricochet up, and he wants to reference MITB!
But Ricochet FLIPS THROUGH the Spanish Fly! They brawl with haymakers! And then Ricochet hits a STANDING SPANISH FLY to the floor! It wasn’t good for either but Ricochet gets into the ring. Ricochet fires up with Detroit, but Logan anchors his feet! Logan drags Ricochet right out to the floor! Logan gets in the ring, he takes aim, SLINGSHOT LARIAT to the floor! Logan high fives the fans with Prime bottles in their hands, and he even takes a sip. Logan puts Ricochet in the ring, goes up a corner, and he CROSSBODIES! Then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is still in this and Logan is stunned!
Logan rains down fists, then lets off to pace around. Logan storms up on Ricochet in a corner, but Ricochet blocks the punch to fire forearms! Logan shoves Ricochet, but Ricochet goes up and over and Logan POSTS himself! And not the way Logan likes posting things! Ricochet goes up the corner, he CLUBS Logan, then drags him up top! Fans fire up as both men are on the very top rope, for a HURRICANE NECKBREAKER!! Now that’s a shoutout! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Logan manages to stand first but Ricochet KICKS first! And again! And CHOPS! Ricochet whips, Logan reverses but Ricochet handsprings to a back elbow!
Ricochet then kips right up! Fans fire up as Ricochet runs to rally with big forearms! Ricochet whips Logan to a corner, RAMS into him and goes to the apron! Fans fire up, Ricochet springboards to FLYING LARIAT! Fans fire up for the RUNNING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Logan is hanging tough, but Ricochet says he wanted Logan to do that. Ricochet KICKS Logan, then KICKS him again! Logan clutches arms and ribs and Ricochet KICKS him some more! Logan sputters, but he ducks the Buzzsaw to back suplex! Ricochet lands out, dodges again, but Logan ELBOWS and QUEBRADAS, to then TILT-O-WHIRL DDT!! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are fired up as these two keep pushing physics to their limit! Logan drags Ricochet up, puts one out, and he gets Ricochet up. But Ricochet slips out to V-TRIGGER! And RECOIL!! Ricochet kips up again, and fans fire up as Ricochet puts Logan in a drop zone! Ricochet climbs the corner, but his own ribs bother him. Ricochet still SHOOTING STARS onto knees!! Cover, TWO!!! Ricochet survives and no one can believe it! Logan still grins as he stands back up. Logan drags Ricochet around but Ricochet pushes him away. Logan stomps Ricochet in the corner, has the legs and he flips Ricochet to his feet, ALLEY-OOP BOMB!
Logan kips up now and fans boo. Logan grins as he soaks it all up. Logan goes out to the apron, springboards in, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Logan is growing frustrated now, he’s running out of icons to reference. Ricochet slowly sits up, and Logan goes to the corner. Logan pumps up, runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Ricochet fireman’s carries, to DETONATION KICK! And then another fireman’s carry, for a ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! And then a TOP ROPE LIONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet did his own shoutouts but it just wasn’t enough yet. Ricochet drags Logan to a drop zone, deadweight as he is, and then goes up!
Fans fire up but Logan anchors a foot. Ricochet stomps away on Logan! Ricochet then goes right up top, for the 630 SENTON but he FLOPS as Logan moves!! Logan then gets a friend of his to give him BRASS KNUCKLES!? Fans boo as Logan hides the weapon! ONE BRASS PUNCH!!!! Cover, Logan wins!!
Winner: Logan Paul, by pinfall
And Logan makes sure to let everyone hear Samantha say his name. It was underhanded, but Logan finally gets his win in the WWE. Will Ricochet want his revenge once he regains consciousness? Or is Logan moving on to bigger targets?
The Brawling Brutes meet up in the parking lot.
And The Celtic Warrior arrives in a WWE branded MONSTER TRUCK! Sheamus, Ridge Holland & Pete Dunne are ready to make SummerSlam into FIGHT NIGHT, will any of them win the Slim Jim Battle Royal?
Cody Rhodes VS Brock Lesnar!
The American Nightmare was betrayed by The Beast the Monday Night Raw after WrestleMania, and honestly, there is still no explanation as to why. And even after the battle at Backlash, the rematch at Night of Champions, and the multiple brawls along the way, Cody still wants to fight Brock Lesnar! One way or another, this feud ends here! Will Cody survive what could be the most brutal match of his entire life? Or will Motor City become Suplex City?
Lesnar turns around to stretch against the ropes, and Cody attacks! The bell rings as Cody fires off, but Lesnar gets around him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! And so it begins already! Cody drags himself up on the apron but Lesnar is after him. Cody HOTSHOTS, then gets in to Rhodes Uppercut! And then BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! Another BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! And a- NO, Lesnar SWATS Cody on the third! And then he RAMS Cody into a corner! And again, and again! Fans boo but Lesnar runs in, only for Cody to POST him! Lesnar tumbles out, Cody builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit into the announce desk!
Fans fire up with Cody and he fires haymakers! But Lesnar picks Cody up to POST him! Lesnar sputters but he still smiles and stalks Cody. Lesnar CLUBS Cody on the back, then brings him around. Lesnar puts Cody in the ring, storms up on Cody and he kicks a leg out! Cody RAMS into Lesnar, but Lesnar just TOSSES Cody up and over his head! Lesnar grins as he looms over Cody. Lesnar then stands Cody up, for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEX! Fans rally for Cody while Lesnar stalks him. Cody throws elbows but Lesnar CLUBS him down! Lesnar KICKS Cody in the side and Cody writhes!
Lesnar still stalks Cody, brings him back up, and Lesnar snap suplexes! That’s four different kinds of suplexes already! Cover, ONE!! Lesnar doesn’t worry, he toys with Cody even. Then he trips Cody, drags him around, and stands over him. Cody goes for the leg but Lesnar shoots around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Lesnar soaks up the cheers and jeers of Detroit as Suplex City builds. Lesnar looms over Cody, fans chant for “SUPLEX CITY!” Lesnar GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Cody flops out of the ring and Lesnar dares him to get up. The ring count starts and Lesnar waits. Cody drags himself up at 4 and staggers in at 5, but then Lesnar knees him against ropes!
Lesnar waistlocks for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Lesnar drags Cody up to TOSS him back out! The ring count begins again, and fans rally for Cody as he stirs. Cody rises at 5 of 10, gets in at 6, and Lesnar shakes his head. Cody goes back to the apron but Lesnar BLASTS him down! “Stay down! Save yourself!” The ring count begins again, but Cody doesn’t listen to Brock. Cody crawls at 5, stands at 6, hobbles at 7 and rolls back in. Lesnar looms over Cody and tells him this is only gonna get worse. Fans boo but Cody stands, and Lesnar snap suplexes him away! “You’re not very smart, are you?!”
Lesnar drags Cody to the apron and then kicks him out! “Save yourself!” The ring count is back again, Cody staggers up at 5 but leans against the desk. Cody hobbles over and slides in at 8! Lesnar is annoyed and he hauls Cody up, to clothesline him up and out! “SAVE YOURSELF!” Cody stirs, flounders his way over, and then Lesnar goes to the far side. Lesnar is on the apron now, but Cody is up at 7! Cody gets in at 8, and Lesnar returns. Lesnar drags Cody out and fireman’s carries! F5 TO THE FLOOR! Lesnar shouts for everyone else to tell Cody! Even Michael Cole agrees, Cody should just let it end.
The count is back, and Cody is still down at 5. But he tries to sit up! Cody is on his knees at 7, on his feet at 8, and he gets in at 9! Fans are going nuts but Lesnar is frustrated! Cody rises with the help of the ropes, and he eggs Lesnar on! Cody fires off haymakers! Fans fire up and then Lesnar GERMAN SUPLEXES Cody to the ropes! Cody flops out, Lesnar goes out after him! Fireman’s carry, F5 to the announce desk!! The desk collapses to pieces, and fans lose their minds! Lesnar leaves Cody behind, the ring count starts, and even Michael Cole is saying it’s better to wait for medical! Lesnar’s already dominating you, he’ll destroy you if you keep going, Cody!
Cody doesn’t care! He’s up at 7! He hobbles over at 8, and gets in at 9.9!! Lesnar is losing his mind and the fans are thunderous! “You dumb SOB.” But Detroit is rallying behind Cody’s Never Say Die spirit! Lesnar storms up on Cody as Cody sits up and glares defiantly. Lesnar CLUBS Cody, but Cody CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Lesnar ROCKS Cody, clinches, and OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES! Cody is dazed but he manages to rise in a corner. Lesnar storms up, to waistlock! But Cody holds the buckle! The buckle comes off, flashback to Backlash! Lesnar storms up as Cody bails out again.
Cody gets the steel steps! Lesnar BOOTS those away! And then he hauls Cody up, fireman’s carries, but Cody slips off! Cody POSTS Lesnar! And POSTS him again! And then has the steps!! He RAMS Lesnar!!! Cody runs into the ring, runs and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER!! And then CODY CUTTER!! Fans are thunderous as Cody goes again, SUPER CODY CUTTER!!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Lesnar survives all of that!? Cody is stunned, he wants Lesnar to stand, and Lesnar does! Cody dragon sleepers but Lesnar gets the arm! KIMURA!!! Cody endures this hold as he has in the past, can he win or pass out?
Fans rally as hard as they can for Cody as he kicks around. Cody reaches out, pushes around, even as Lesnar pulls on the arm! Cody grabs the ROPEBREAK! Fans are thunderous and Lesnar lets off, and Lesnar himself is red in the face from pushing Cody that hard. Cody and Lesnar rise, and Lesnar stands. Cody follows, but Lesnar fireman’s carries! But Cody slips off and RAMS Lesnar into the exposed buckle! Just like Backlash! And then Cody steals the KIMURA?!?! Lesnar is down in the body scissors!! Lesnar endures, moves around, reaches out, but Cody pushes the arm! Lesnar powers up to SLAM Cody down!
Lesnar is free but clutching his arm. Cody and Lesnar slowly rise, and Cody brings Lesnar around, only for Lesnar to fireman’s carry! Cody slips free again, CROSS RHODES!! Cody holds on, drags Lesnar back up, CROSS RHODES!! And then A THIRD CROSS RHODES!!! Cover, CODY WINS!!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
With determination and perseverance, The American Nightmare found a way to win! But wait! Lesnar gets up! And he throws off his gloves! Lesnar steps forward, stares Cody forehead to forehead, and offers Cody a handshake! Cody accepts it, as Cody has also won Lesnar’s respect! But now, will Cody be able to use all this to finally #FinishTheStory?
25 Man Battle Royal!
As sponsored by Slim Jim, there’s a lot of beef and a lot of jerks in this match, but only one can win! AJ Styles, Sheamus, Dunne, Ridge, Ludwig Kaiser, Giovanni Vinci, Cameron Grimes, Bronson Reed, Santos Escobar, Tommaso Ciampa, Shinsuke Nakamura, Chad Gabe, Otis, Apollo Crews, Grayson Waller, Erik, Ivar, Matt Riddle, Karrion Kross, Rick Boogs, JD McDonagh, The Miz and… LA KNIGHT, YEAH! Fans have their favorite to win, but will this be the Mega Star’s game here tonight?
The bell rings and then MVP shows up? He says this can’t begin until the man who will win it gets in it! He gives us the Nigerian Giant, OMOS! Omos makes a massive return, will it be a massive win for this mountain of a man? The others brawl while Omos makes his way down to the ring. Knight is after Escobar, Riddle joins in, the Brutes go after Imperium and Apollo, Miz fights off JD, Styles goes after Vinci. Omos gets up and in, and he TOSSES Crews to ELIMINATE him! JD CHOPS Omos, but Omos picks JD right up! Omos TOSSES JD out onto Crews to ELIMINATE him, too! But BOOGS fires hands!
Boogs has Detroit on his side but Omos CLUBS him! And then TOSSES him to ELIMINATE him! Omos already takes out three, but the Brutes and a few others go after Omos together! They even go out from underneath to drag him back, for TRIPLE BEATS OF TEH BODHRAIN! That’s how big Omos is! But Omos fights out, TOSSES Dunne, then shoves the Alpha Academy away! Omos ROCKS Ridge, and CLOBBERS Sheamus! Escobar keeps after Theory ahead of their US Championship match this Friday, Knight stomps away on Waller, and fans fire up as Otis fires up! But Imperium picks Otis up to DUMP him out and ELIMINATE him!
Fans boo but Gable DECKS Vinci and EXPLODERS Ludwig! But Vinci picks Gable up! Gable slips free to SUPLEX Vinci up and out to ELIMINATE him! “A THANK YOU!” But Erik rushes up, into an EXPLODER! Ludwig GAMANGIRIS Gable and says “Shush.” Nakamura and Styles meet up as old rivals, and Nakamura puts on a SLEEPER! Riddle is after Miz, Ivar springboards but Ciampa DUMPS him out to ELIMINATE him! Erik runs in, is also put on the apron, and Ciampa KNEES him down to ELIMINATE him! Nakamura ROUNDHOUSES Ciampa down! Ciampa puts Nakamura on the apron!
Nakamura hits back, steps in, but into WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa BOOTS Nakamura to ELIMINATE him! Bronson runs in, Ciampa BOOTS him, but then Bronson scoops, RAMS and TOSSES Ciampa to ELIMINATE him! Fans boo as Kross mocks Knight and stomps away. Ridge fireman’s carries Theory but Theory slips off to throw Ridge out! Ridge stands but Theory DECKS him to ELIMINATE him! Grimes KICKS away on Theory for their match just last night! But Theory fireman’s carries to A-TOWN HOTSHOT Grimes and ELIMINATE him! Theory grins, but Escobar is there. Fans fire up as Escobar clotheslines and ELIMINATES Theory!!
Fans fire up as Theory is furious! But then Kross dumps Escobar out! Escobar lands safe to GAMANGIRI, but then Kross BOOTS Escobar to ELIMINATE him! The field has thinned considerably now! Ludwig blocks Gable’s boot, says ‘NEIN!” and then GAMANGIRIS! Ludwig dumps Gable out but Gable holds on! Gable skins the cat to HEADSCISSOR and ELIMINATE Ludwig! “A THANK YOU~!” Riddle and Dunne, old friends from NXT, fire off together on Omos! They ROCK Omos with knees and forearms, then go after both arms! But Omos just picks them both up and TOSSES them to DOUBLE ELIMINATE them!
Fans boo but Omos runs over Miz! And SPLASHES Styles! And CHOKE SLAMS Gable! And CLOBBERS Kross! Waller staggers up, into a scoop and SLAM! Knight fires off hands and fans fire up! Knight LARIATS but Omos stays up! Knight LARIATS again, but then Omos BOOTS him down! But Waller kicks, Miz kicks, Gable throat chops, Reed RAMS and Kross forearms! Sheamus BROGUES!! Omos is wobbly, a PHENOMENAL FOREARM sends him to ropes! EVERYONE picks Omos up to DUMP him out and ELIMINATE him!! So much for MVP’s promise! But now, the other eight go back to fighting each other!
Waller escapes an Ankle Lock, Miz has a full nelson, somersault, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE CUTTER COMBO!! Waller and Miz, two peas in a pod, TOSS Gable out! But Gable holds onto ropes! Knight DECKS Waller! Miz TOSSES Knight but he holds on! Knight and Gable get in, Knight TOSSES Miz to ELIMINATE him! Fans are thunderous and Miz is furious! Waller returns, Sheamus KNEES and LARIATS Waller up and out to ELIMINATE him! Sheamus and Knight nod, they just brawled it out last night. But Reed CLOBBERS them both! Styles TOSSES Kross, Kross holds on but the PELE knocks him down, Styles ELIMINATES Kross!
Reed TOSSES Knight, but Gable waistlocks Reed!? Reed swings an elbow, Gable gest around, but Reed bucks the O’Conner to TOSS Gable! Reed ELIMINATES Gable, but Knight goes after Reed! Reed dumps Knight to the apron! But Knight ROCKS Reed and looks to drag him out! Reed tumbles to the floor, Knight ELIMINATES him! And now we have the final three! Sheamus and Styles brawl while Knight catches his breath., Sheamus dodges a lariat to hit an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! POWERSLAM for Knight! Sheamus takes aim, runs in at Styles, but Styles avoids the Brogue to LARIAT!
Styles runs in at Knight but is put on the apron! Styles ROCKS Knight, but Kross returns! Kross anchors Styles, Sheamus BROGUES Styles down to ELIMINATE him! Kross says this isn’t over until HE says! Knight scoops Sheamus, POWERSLAM!! Fans fire up for Knight, and they spell it out! “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” ELBOW DROP! Fans fire up and Knight waits on Sheamus to stand. Knight runs up, kicks low, but no BFT! KNEE! Sheamus reels Knight in, Canadian racks, but Knight slips free! Knight shoves Sheamus up and out! Sheamus holds on, then HOTSHOTS Knight! Sheamus hurries up top!
Knight springs up after Sheamus! Knight brings Sheamus up, to SUPER OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!! Fans are thunderous as both men rise, and Knight clotheslines Sheamus up and out!! KNIGHT WINS!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
And with everybody saying, “YEAH!” The Mega Star wins big in Motor City, will he be aiming for something worthy of his star power?
MMA Rules: Ronda Rousey VS Shayna Baszler!
Rowdy Ronda and the Queen of Spades spoke on their friendship last Monday Night Raw, and tears were even shed. But now they look to shed blood and sweat on top of the tears! Arrogant prodigy? Bitter hard-worker? Those labels no longer matter when the winner leaves Detroit as truly THE Baddest Woman on the Planet!
The ref makes sure both understand this is MMA rules. No pinfalls, no ropebreaks, no count-outs. Have a clean fight. Ronda offers to touch gloves but Shayna says no thanks. The bell rings and the two already feel things out with strikes. They clinch against ropes, go around, and Shayna wants a leg. Ronda goes for an arm, throws some body shots, then clinches again. Shayna turns things around, and the two reset. Ronda hits a judo hip toss, then goes for the mount! Shayna and Ronda throw shots where they can, and then stand. Ronda goes for a takeover but Shayna avoids the leg sweep!
Shayna has the clinch, but Ronda gest up and around to drag Shayna down! Ronda throws more shots, they roll around, and Ronda hammers away! Ronda wants ana rm! Shayna clasps hands, moves around, and she gets the KIRAFUDA! Ronda powers out, and the two reset again. Fans rally up as the two circle. They test the waters again, Shayna going for kicks. Ronda shakes those off, but Shayna gets another kick in. Ronda pushes through, talks a little trash, and then Shayna ROUNDHOUSES her!! Ronda bails out of the ring but hurries back up. Ronda rolls in and the ref checks her. Ronda says she’s good, and then Shayna TACKLES her!
Shayna fires hands, has a leg, HEEL HOOK! Ronda throws elbows into Shayna’s legs, then goes for a HEEL HOOK of her own! They throw hands while still pulling on the legs! Shayna gets the edge, has Ronda on ropes, but Ronda shove her away. Ronda runs up, STEP-UP KNEE! Ronda wants the ref to check, and Shayna is rather dazed. Ronda wants this called already, but Shayna is back up. Ronda throws body shots and CLUBS Shayna back down! Fans boo as Ronda talks more trash. Shayna stands back up and then shoots in. Ronda blocks with a headscissors and just hammers away on Shayna!
Fans boo as Ronda is toying with Shayna! Shayna reaches out but Ronda has the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! But Shayna fights up and has a fireman’s carry! No ropebreaks, but Shayna decides to go up and out! They tumble to the floor, and Shayna is free of the armlock! The ref wants them both inside and Ronda gets in first. Shayna shakes out the bad arm, rolls back in the ring, and the ref has Ronda stay back while she checks Shayna. Ronda wants more but Shayna’s arm may be injured now! Ronda talks trash while medics check Shayna. Fans boo, they don’t want it to end like this. Ronda doesn’t, either, and she TOSSES the medics aside! That’s a fine!
Ronda says Shayna wanted this so she has to finish this! Shayna agrees, stands back up, and she glares at Ronda. The mouthpiece comes out! Shayna runs in, they fire hands back and forth! Fans fire up, Shayna gets around and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Then KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Ronda is flailing, reaching out, but there are no ropebreaks! Shayna drags Ronda away but Ronda throws her down! Shayna resists the armbar, even as Ronda shifts her leverage! Ronda pries the hands apart, ARMBAR!! But Shayna slips around to an ANKLE LOCK!! Fans fire up as Ronda crawls! Ronda still wants ropes but again there are no breaks!
Shayna drags Ronda back but Ronda drags her down, SLEEPER!! Ronda has Shayna caught in a form of her preferred move! Shayna fights up, arm-drags free, and Ronda returns, but Shayna ducks the knee! KIRAFUDA!! Ronda is caught!! Ronda pries at the arms, goes after the bad one as hard as she can, but Shayna uses her TEETH to bite her glove and keep her sleeper! RONDA PASSES OUT, SHAYNA WINS!!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
The Queen of Spades trumps Ronda! All of Shayna’s hard work to get here in the WWE pays off, she finally gets the better of the Baddest Woman on the Planet! Does that make Shayna the baddest now?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Drew McIntyre!
Der Ring General has dominated with this title for almost a year now, and even defeated The Scottish Warrior and Celtic Warrior in one match! However, that was a Triple Threat, and Sheamus did as much damage to McIntyre as Gunther did. Will things be very, very different now that Gunther has to fight McIntyre all alone? Or will the mat still be sacred?
Ludwig Kaiser of course gives Gunther his introduction as he demands ALL our gratitude for the Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion… Derrrrrrr RIIIING GENERAAAL~… GUUUUUNTHAAAAA! The proper introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Gunther continues to chase the Honky Tonk Man!
The bell rings and the two stare down. Fans rally up, Gunther and McIntyre circle, and they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, McIntyre powers Gunther back, but Gunther headlocks. McIntyre powers up and out, they RAM shoulders, and McIntyre rebounds to run Gunther over! Fans fire up while Gunther is rather flustered. Gunther gets to his feet, circles with McIntyre again, and they feel things out. Gunther kicks low, UPPERCUTS, and then headlocks for a takeover. Gunther grinds McIntyre down, but McIntyre headscissors. Gunther shakes that off, and McIntyre fights up to his feet.
McIntyre powers up to lift and hit a BIG back suplex! Gunther bails out and sputters but McIntyre pursues! McIntyre SMACKS Gunther off the barriers, RAMS him into the apron, and then puts him in the ring. Gunther kicks low, UPPERCUTS again, and then UPPERCUTS again! McIntyre hits a GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! Gunther bails out, McIntyre pursues, and he CLUBS Gunther on the back! McIntyre headlocks, but Gunther RAMS McIntyre into the post! Gunther pursues, to back suplex McIntyre on the steel steps! McIntyre writhes, Gunther leaves him behind. The ring count is 7, then 8! McIntyre sits up off the steps, and he slides in at 9.5!
Gunther stomps McIntyre again and again then KICKS him! Gunther talks trash but fans boo. McIntyre goes to ropes, Gunther stalks him and brings him up. But McIntyre fires off hands! Gunther CHOPS McIntyre down! McIntyre sputters, Gunther drags McIntyre up and then CHOPS him down again! Fans rally up for McIntyre but Gunther BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Cover, ONE!?! Gunther is seething but so is McIntyre. Gunther stands McIntyre up to short arm LARIAT! McIntyre is down again but Gunther drags him back up. Short arm LARIAT! And another! But now McIntyre is just getting mad!
Fans fire up and McIntyre fires LARIATS back! Gunther LARIATS, McIntyre LARIATS, repeat! They go back and forth, Detroit on McIntyre’s side! Gunther staggers but rebounds to LARIAT McIntyre down! McIntyre gets up, runs in, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! But he’s right back up to LARIAT!! Fans fire up with McIntyre as he goes to ropes. McIntyre storms up on Gunther but Gunther CHOPS! McIntyre CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Gunther kicks a leg and then storms up to clinch, but McIntyre uses that to OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY Gunther! And then another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY!
McIntyre hauls Gunther up but Gunther wrenches to CHOP! Gunther swings, McIntyre dodges, NECKBREAKER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! And then McIntyre kips up! McIntyre aims from a corner, but no countdown! Gunther still dodges the Claymore to SHOTGUN McIntyre! Gunther reels McIntyre in, but McIntyre slips outta the bomb, to POWERBOMB Gunther!! And then FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives and McIntyre is a bit beside himself. Fans rally up and McIntyre looms over Gunther. McIntyre then goes back to the corner, the countdown begins, but Gunther bails out!
So McIntyre builds speed and FLIES!! Direct hit at the ramp!! McIntyre puts Gunther in the ring, takes aim again, and the fans count along! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” SHOTGUN from Gunther!! Gunther hurries to get McIntyre up, GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, TWO!!! McIntyre survives and Gunther is furious! Gunther drops a knee, then he goes to a corner. Gunther climbs, GENERAL SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Gunther cannot believe this! McIntyre survives two of Gunther’s best shots! Gunther sits McIntyre up to SLAP him around from all sides, all while egging McIntyre on! Fans boo as Gunther pie faces McIntyre down.
McIntyre stands, and he blocks the chop!? Gunther apologizes but McIntyre CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS, McIntyre CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS again! McIntyre CHOPS again! They continue to trade CHOP for CHOP and fans “WOO~!” with each one! McIntyre gets the edge but Gunther fires back! McIntyre dodges one to CLAYMORE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Gunther survives and all of Detroit is shocked! McIntyre himself cannot believe Gunther survives his best shot! “This is Awesome!” as McIntyre rises up. McIntyre rises and snarls as he storms back up on Gunther. McIntyre fireman’s carries, puts Gunther up top, and he CHOPS!
McIntyre CHOPS again, then he climbs up after Gunther. Fans rally, McIntyre brings Gunther up, but Gunther resists! McIntyre CLUBS away on Gunther, but Gunther CHOPS! McIntyre SLAPS, Gunther CHOPS, they fight up top like that! McIntyre CLUBS Gunther again, then goes up, but Gunther shoves him! McIntyre gets crotched on the ropes! GUNTHER SPLASH!! GUNTHER LARIAT!! GUNTHER BOMB!!!! High stack, Gunther wins!!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
The Celtic Warrior falls on his sword and Gunther adds on the pain! His body shows the marks of this battle, will this be the pivotal moment that allows Gunther to take over the history books?
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Finn Balor!
Seven years ago, at this very event, these two battled to be inaugural Universal Champion. And only just a month ago, they battled at Money in the Bank. Nothing has changed between Visionary and Prince in that time, but it might all finally end here tonight! Will Rollins continue to #BurnItDown? Or will he be the one picking up the pieces after Finn finally has his revenge?
To add more to the venom in Finn’s mind, Rollins is wearing the vest he wore in that match at SummerSlam 2016! Fans of course sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” for Rollins and he revels in it. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if history repeats itself!
Finn attacks before the bell! And then Rollins attacks back! The ref has them back off, the bell rings, and now the two fire off fast and furious fists! Fans fire up as they go around with haymakers and forearms! They keep going back and forth, then Rollins knees low! Rollins whips, Finn reverses but Rollins whips Finn again to CLOBBER him! Fans fire up and Rollins storms up to CHOP! Finn goes to another corner, but Rollins CHOPS! Finn goes to another corner, but Rollins CHOPS! Rollins whips corner to corner, runs in to forearm smash! Then whip the other way, for another forearm smash! Rollins suplexes but Finm slips free!
Finn BOOTS Rollins from the corner, KICKS the arm, then trips Rollins to DOUBLE STOMP! Fans boo as Finn rains down fists, shouting about “SEVEN YEARS!” Finn then soaks up the cheer and jeers from Detroit. Finn storms up on Rollins, wraps an arm around ropes and he throws body shots! Finn CHOPS, then wraps the arm around ropes again! The ref counts, Finn lets off, but Rollins goes after Finn. Finn wrenches and wrangles Rollins down and digs his knee into the shoulder. Finn pulls on the arm, hammerlocks it, then digs his forearm into Rollins’ face. Finn SNAP LOCKS the hammerlock!
Rollins endures as Finn keeps on the hammerlock, but Finn shifts to a cording hold. Rollins stands up and pushes Finn to scoop him! But Finn slips out, wrenches and wrangles Rollins again! Rollins endures, even as Finn pulls the arm. Finn drops a knee on the elbow! Rollins goes to a corner but Finn RAMS into him! Finn wraps the arm around ropes, pulls, but lets off with a CHOP! Rollins goes to another corner but Finn brings him around, hammerlock and then he RAMS that arm into buckles! Finn is back to the cording hold and he digs his knee into Rollins’ head. Rollins endures, fans rally up, and Rollins fights up.
Finn wrenches but Rollins ROCKS him! Finn YANKS the arm, Rollins throws another forearm! Finn YANKS, Rollins ROCKS! Rollins is free, then he fires off more shots! Haymaker, CHOP, repeat! CHOP, CHOP, CHOP! Rollins whips, Finn reverses but Rollins reverses but Finn tilt-o-whirls around to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Finn pulls but Rollins endures, and Rollins moves around. Rollins reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Finn lets off at 4 and he argues with the ref. Finn throws down elbows, has Rollins in a corner, and then CHOPS! And body shots! And kicks! And kicks and CLUBS and just fier soff!
The ref backs Finn off, but Finn whips Rollins corner to corner. Rollins comes back to LARIAT! And mule kick! And front kick! Finn sputters, Rollins grabs him by the beard to give HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT! And Kawada Kicks, too! Then a DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel as Rollins stands back up. Rollins aims as Finn stands, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins underhooks, but Finn trips him! Rollins boots Finn away, Finn comes back, but Rollins blocks the Slingblade to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Finn escapes and goes out to the apron. Rollins nods as fans rally up, and Rollins builds speed!
Rollins DIVES and sends Finn into the desk! Rollins slides back in, builds speed again, and DIVES again! Finn hits the desk a second time, and Rollins keeps going! Rollins DIVES and Finn is on the desk! The hattrick is complete and the fans fire back up! Rollins puts Finn in, hurries to a corner, and Finn sputters to his feet. Rollins climbs, but Finn ROCKS him first! Finn has blood in his mouth but he HOTSHOTS Rollins down! Finn then drags Rollins up to POST him! Rollins falls to the floor! Finn snarls while the ring count climbs. Finn goes out, and he says look at where they are. Finn brings Rollins in but Rollins fights the bomb lift!
Rollins gives Finn SNAKE EYES off the apron, puts him back in, but Finn KICKS him in the ropes! Finn goes out and he brings Rollins off the apron! BARRIER BOMB!! Seven years ago revisited!! Then Finn puts Rollins in the ring! Rollins staggers around, Finn hits a SLINGBLADE! Fans are torn as Finn aims from a corner! SHOT- SUPERKICK! Fireman’s carry, but Finn slips off, EYE OF THE STORM! Cover, TWO!! But into an ARMBAR!! Rollins endures as Finn pulls on the arm! Fans rally up, Rollins fights and pushes the legs away to then stack Finn! TWO, and Rollins deadlifts Finn, for a BUCKLE BOMB!!
Finn staggers, into another BUCKLE BOMB!! Rollins goes up while Finn is in the drop zone! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Finn survives the onslaught but Rollins is too tired to be upset! Finn and Rollins slowly rise and the fans fire up again. Rollins eggs Finn on, and then ROLLING ELBOWS! And turn, for the DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Finn flounders, Rollins runs in, but into a wheelbarrow and STOMP 182! Finn hurries and runs in, SHOTGUN! Rollins hits buckles then flops into the drop zone! Finn goes up, but Rollins springs up after him! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, COUNTER CRADLE?!? TWO!!!
Rollins PELES, but Finn PELES!! Both men are down and Detroit is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly rise! Finn and Rollins glare at each other, and Finn throws haymakers! Rollins throws them back, they go back and forth again and again and pick up speed! Fans fire up as Rollins gets the edge! ROLLING ELBOW! And then- NO, Finn dodges to SHOTGUN again!! Finn is determined to hit this! Finn is up top, to COUP DE- NO, Rollins moves, kicks low, underhooks and PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO!!! Finn survives, and the fans see something! It’s DAMIAN PRIEST! He has his MITB briefcase!!
Rollins is worried a bit, but he runs in! Finn dodges the curb stomp, rolls Rollins up, TWO! Rollins fireman’s carries, but Finn sunset flips! Rollins sits on it, TWO, and a SUCKER PUNCH from Priest!! Finn steals the PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Finn and Priest are shocked that Rollins survives their screw job!! Priest paces around anxiously, considering his options. And of course, here comes Mami & Dommy! Rhea Ripley & Dominik Mysterio are here, but Finn says no, they were supposed to wait! He won’t let Priest cash in yet! This is still Plan A, he wins! Rollins runs in, but Finn sends him into Priest!
Roll-up, but Rollins rolls through! CURB STOMP!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Finn survives and Judgment Day sighs in relief. They almost screwed Finn up there! Rollins goes back to a corner, he climbs up, but he senses Judgment Day, so he LEAPS to take out Priest! And he SUPERKICKS Dom! CURB STOMP for Dom!! Rollins gets in, SLINGBLADE from Finn!! SHOTGUN again!!! Finn goes right back up, to COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! No one can believe Rollins is still in this! Rhea checks Dom, Priest tells Finn to keep going but Finn says they almost messed this up as it is! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” but Priest goes to distract the ref?
The briefcase is on the apron! Finn goes over to grab it, but Rollins CURB STOMPS Finn onto it!! Cover, ROLLINS WINS!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)
Two times now, Priest has cost Finn because of MITB indecision! And he is certainly not happy about it. But he also doesn’t try to cash in after, and Rollins gets away to the back. Finn sits up, and he glares at Priest. Is the Judgment Day back to square one on how to handle things?
The Alpha Academy chills backsatge.
There’s nothing they’d rather be doing on SummerSlam weekend than playing WWE 2K23 with their friends, and having their favorite drinks, Mike’s Harder Lemonade. You all know what a Mike is right? Mikes are the work-hard, play-hard types, that watch out for their own. Like Cody Rhodes! Is Bianca Belair a Mike? The EST is of course a Mike. And Rollins is a Mike. So then, can Maxxine be a Mike? NO! Because The Miz steps in. No one here is a Mike! HE is the only Mike in the WWE, because his name is Mike “The Miz” Mizanin! And Gable is just Chad. SHOOSH. Chad is a Mike. And a harder one than Miz ever will be.
Miz is way harder! Uh, excuse us, Mark- NO! MIKE! HE IS MIKE! SHOOOSH! SHOOOSH! WHEN MY HAND GOES UP- Otis puts Miz in a trunk! So is Maxxine a Mike now? OOOOH YEAAAH~!
WWE Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair!
The Empress of Tomorrow has plenty of history with both The Queen and The EST. Charlotte ended Asuka’s undefeated streak, and Asuka used blue mist on her fingers to take the title from Bianca. And let’s not forget, Miss Money in the Bank is around here somewhere… Will the odds drastic go down for Asuka now that she has to face multiple foes at once? Or will we have a NEW Women’s Champion one way or another?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly wears the crown!
The bell rings and all three are wary of the others. They circle, feel things out, and then Charlotte kicks! Asuka dodges, Bianca dodges, and the three reset. Asuka dodges again, victory rolls Bianca but Charlotte kicks her! Charlotte puts Asuka out, but Asuka HOTHOTS a leg! Bianca runs Charlotte over, then handsprings at Asuka, but Asuka hotshots the leg! Charlotte runs Bianca over, Asuka gets in but her hip toss is caught to a back suplex! Charlotte kips up and fans “WOO!” but Charlotte senses Bianca is there. The two circle, Charlotte rolls Bianca up, ONE! Bianca runs, Charlotte dodge but Bianca handsprings over.
Things keep moving, Charlotte handsprings over Bianca! Bianca runs in, Charlotte sidesteps then kitchen sink knees! Charlotte brings Bianca up, whips her to a corner, but Bianca reverses. Charlotte tumbles up and out, BOOTS Bianca, but Asuka YANKS Charlotte down! Bianca PLANCHAS them both! Fans fire up with Bianca and she puts Asuka in. Bianca kicks Charlotte away, but Asuka SLIDING KICKS Bianca down! Cover, TWO! Asuka keeps her cool and brings Bianca up. Asuka kicks Bianca around, stands on her face, and just taunts Bianca as she digs her heel in. Asuka then lets off to run, but Bianca blocks the boot!
Bianca ROCKS Asuka, whips her to ropes, but Asuka reverses. Bianca elbows back, runs in, but into a POP-UP KNEE! Cover, but Charlotte drags Asuka way to BOOT her down! Fans rally, Charlotte runs in but Asuka dodges the splash to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally, Asuka grins as she has her choice of targets. Asuka KICKS Bianca, KICKS Charlotte, repeat! Charlotte ducks to roll Asuka, TWO! Charlotte scoops again but Asuka slips out to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Charlotte flops out of the ring. Asuka goes after Bianca and waistlocks but Bianca fights. Bianca elbows free, spins Asuka around, and suplexes!
Asuka counters to a cradle, TWO! Bianca catches Asuka to chicken wings! Asuka fights that, bumps free, but Charlotte CROSSBODIES in! Direct hit on both Bianca and Asuka and fans “WOO~!” for Charlotte. Charlotte CHOPS Asuka, CHOPS Bianca, repeat! Then Charlotte scoops Asuka for an EXPLODER! Charlotte gets Bianca for an EXPLODER, too! Bianca and Asuka end up in the same corner, and Charlotte kips up! Charlotte needs a little help with her gear, Bianca and Asuka scrap in the corner. Charlotte runs to SPLASH them both! Snapmare and BOOT for Bianca! BOOT from Asuka, but BOOT from Charlotte!
DOUBLE NATURAL SELECTION!! Cover on them both, TWO!! Both Asuka and Bianca survive and Charlotte is annoyed. Fans rally, Charlotte drags Asuka up and she ELBOWS Asuka! Bianca swings, Charlotte counters, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte! Bianca ROCKS Asuka, Charlotte BOOTS Bianca! Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER on Charlotte! Cover, TWO!! All three women are down and fans rally up! All three rise, and Charlotte brawls with Bianca. Asuka gets in, she gets hit, then hits back. Bianca hits Asuka, Charlotte hits Bianca, they all stand up and keep throwing forearms at each other!
Charlotte ROCKS Bianca, CHOPS her, but Asuka ducks a chop to ROCK Bianca! Bianca CLOBBERS Charlotte, Asuka pulls Bianca’s hair! Charlotte runs in but Bianca BOOTS her! Asuka TOSSES Bianca, but Charlotte ROCKS Asuka! And again! Asuka KICKS a leg! Asuka runs but Bianca ROCKS her! Bianca runs in to kick Charlotte, turn her, and she catches Asuka, too! NECKBREAKER DDT COMBO! Fans fire up as The EST kips up! Bianca waits on Charlotte, runs in and RAMS her in the corner! Bianca climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along and Bianca gets to 8. Asuka runs in, Bianca flips up and over! BACKBREAKER!
Charlotte runs in, SPINEBUSTER! Bianca has them both lined up and she runs to HANDSPRING MOONSAULT onto all four knees!! Charlotte SPEARS Bianca! Asuka BUZZSAWS Charlotte! ASUKA LOCK!!! Charlotte is caught, Bianca is down! Charlotte flails, fades, but Bianca HANDSPRING MOONSAULTS! Direct hit on them both this time! All three women are down and fans fire back up! Bianca hobbles up, she has Charlotte in a drop zone, and she climbs the corner. Fans rally up again, but Asuka SHOTEIS first! Bianca tumbles to the floor, Asuka goes up! But Charlotte DECKS Asuka! Asuka joins Bianca on the outside!
Charlotte sees her targets, and she decides to climb the corner! Fans fire up for the ARIHARA MOOONSAULT! She only gets Bianca, though! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte, puts her in, and climbs the corner! FLYING DDT!! Cover, BIANCA BREAKS IT! All three are down again and fans fire back up! Bianca rises first, she drags Asuka up. Asuka kicks, Bianca ducks and torture racks! But Asuka flails, grabs ropes and gets free! Bianca swings but Asuka SWATS that arm! ROPE ASSISTED ASUKA LOCK! but Charlotte BOOTS Asuka down! Only for Bianca to torture rack! KISS OF- NO, Charlotte lands out, but Bianca dodges a boot!
Bianca GERMAN SUPLEXES Charlotte inside-out! But Asuka TOSSES Bianca! Cover on Charlotte, TWO!!! But into the ARMBAR!! Charlotte flails, moves around, but that turns into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Asuka squeezes tight, Charlotte still stacks Asuka, and then deadlifts her! Asuka fights to bring Charlotte back down! Bianca jumps in to gut wrench Charlotte up! POWERBOMB!! But ASUKA LOCK ON BIANCA!!!! Bianca flails, Charlotte stacks them both! TWO!!! Charlotte is beside herself as this continues! “This is Awesome!” Charlotte BOOTS Asuka, goes to a corner, Bianca runs in but into a BACKBREAKER and BUCKLE SHOT!
Charlotte sees her targets, and she sets them up side by side. Charlotte goes up top, for a MOONSAULT onto them both!! Double cover, TWO!!! Charlotte is furious, but she gets two legs? Asuka and Bianca fight the Double Figure Four, then Bianca runs in! Charlotte dumps her up and out and Bianca SMACKS off the steel steps! Bianca clutches her knee, the ref checks her. Asuka CLOBBERS Charlotte, backslides, TWO!! Medics show up to check Bianca as Charlotte BOOTS Bianca! Charlotte throws Asuka away, then goes up top. But Asuka SHOTEIS again! Asuka goes up, Charlotte fights her off, but Asuka ROCKS her again!
Asuka climbs, fires off forearms, and then climbs up after her! Asuka is on the very top rope now, and she brings Charlotte up! SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Both women are down, medics take Bianca away but she can barely walk on that leg. Fans rally up, hoping for the best in Bianca’s case. Charlotte and Asuka stir, They sit up, and they fire off furious forearms back and forth! Asuka gets the edge, then URAKEN! SOBAT! URAKEN! Asuka runs, into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte drags Asuka around, steps through, FIGURE FOUR!! Asuka flails, fights the bridge, but Bianca fights her way back!?
Bianca gets up on the apron as Charlotte bridges for the FIGURE EIGHT!! Asuka endures, Bianca aims, EST 450!!! Cover on Charlotte, TWO!?!??! Charlotte survives and Bianca can’t believe it! Bianca clutches her leg again, and all three are down. Fans rally up and Charlotte stirs. Asuka is outside the ring somewhere, and now Charlotte says she and Bianca can settle this. Bianca says fine, b*tch! And she ROCKS Charlotte! Charlotte ROCKS Bianca! Bianca ROCKS Charlotte! They go back and forth with forearms, barely able to stand! Fans fire up as the shots keep going, Bianca ducks a chop, ducks another, and torture racks!
Bianca fights through the pain, but Charlotte flips out to arm-drag! Asuka is there, Bianca sends Charlotte into her! But then Charlotte rolls Bianca! And has the leg!! FIGURE FOUR!!! Bianca flails and hits Charlotte, Charlotte SLAPS her around! FIGURE EIGHT!!! Bianca claws at Charlotte’s legs, but Asuka BLUE MISTS Charlotte!!! And BUZZ- NO, Bianca ducks to roll Asuka up!? BIANCA WINS!!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Champion)
No one can believe it, but Bianca snatches victory from the various jaws of defeat!! BUT WAIT!! THE EVIL GENIUS IS HERE!! Bianca can’t believe her reign is in danger already! Bayley CLOBBERS Charlotte, SMACKS Asuka, and then gets in the ring. Bianca DECKS Bayley, but Iyo CHOP BLOCKS the leg! And CLOBBERS Bianca with the briefcase!! Iyo cashes in!!!
WWE Women’s Championship Money in the Bank Cash-In: Bianca Belair VS Iyo Sky w/ Bayley!
The bell rings, Sky is up top, OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, IYO WINS!!!
Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Champion)
Bianca once had the longEST reign, and now she might have had the shortEST! The Evil Genius pulls it off, and Bayley is there to celebrate with her! And so is DAKOTA KAI! All of DMG CTRL celebrates together at the biggest party of the Summer! Just past the one year anniversary of this group’s debut, and Iyo is on top of the world! Will this only be a new beginning for the trio?
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship & Tribal Chiefdom, Tribal Combat: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Jey Uso!
A title reign that has gone on for three years, and a story that has gone on for a lifetime, could all end here in the most brutal way possible. No count outs, no disqualifications, no ropebreaks, no limitations on what these two are allowed to finally put this to rest. Will the reigning, defending, Undisputed Head of the Table still be Roman Reigns? Or will Main Event Jey win in the main event to finally change the status quo?
As the music fades away, Heyman hands Roman the mic. “SummerSlam…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Fans seem pretty torn, but Jey doesn’t even look at Roman. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and then Heyman reluctantly hands over the red Ula Fala lei. Roman steps to Jey, holds the Ula Fala up, and says if Jey wins here, Roman gives him this. Not the ref, not Heyman, Roman himself. Jey nods, and finally, we see who is the REAL Tribal Chief!
The bell rings and fans are thunderous as the two stare down. Heyman is stressed out already as Roman and Jey take a moment to hear the fans chanting “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Jey and Roman slowly circle, and then they tie up. Roman powers Jey to a corner, Roman smothers Jey and then lets off. Jey scowls, Roman shoves him, so Jey shoves back. Roman laughs that off and the two circle again. Roman hears the fans chant for Jey but he brushes that off. He and Jey tie up again, Roman headlocks and he grinds Jey down. Jey fights up, powers out, but Roman runs Jey over! Jey sits up and Roman scowls again.
Fans boo at Roman as he goes to a corner, and Jey stands back up. Jey and Roman circle, fans continue to rally up and Jey shakes out his arms. Fans duel, “LET’S GO, ROMAN!” “ROMAN SUCKS!” Roman and Jey tie up, Jey headlocks, and he grinds Roman down. Roman pulls at hair, stands back up, and he powers Jey away, then things speed up. Roman CLOBBERS Jey down, “Who sucks now, boy!?” Fans boo at Roman but he stalks Jey to a corner. Roman stands Jey up to DECK him, then he stomps a mudhole in at the corner! Roman stands on Jey’s neck then digs his boot in. Roman lets off and says he’s still the one.
Roman paces around while fans boo, and Roman stalks Jey again. Jey sits up, Roman KNEES him back down! Roman soaks up the cheers and jeers from Detroit with a smile. Jey rises up again, Roman brings him around, and he hits a back suplex. Jey lands out to ROCK Roman with haymakers! Jey puts some stank on the last one and ROCKS Roman! Jey whips, Roman reverses but Jey slips out of the Samoan Drop to mule kick and UPPERCUT! Jey clotheslines Roman out of the ring, then DIVES out onto him! Roman takes the hit into the back! Jey stalks Roman, then whips him into the steel steps!
Fans rally up while the ref checks Roman. Roman is okay to continue so Jey storms over. Jey pushes the steel steps aside and he talks trash on Heyman. Fans want tables and Jey hears the fans. Jey goes looking under the ring and fans fire up! Jey brings out a TABLE! Detroit fires up again as Jey sets this table. Heyman wants Jey to show mercy to his blood, to his Tribal Chief! Jey says yeah, okay, but now look who is the head of the table! But then Roman ROCKS Jey with a right! And SMACKS him off the steps! Roman brings Jey around, puts him in the ring, and fans boo. Roman looms over Jey, brings him up, and smacks him off buckles.
Roman HEABUTTS Jey, whips him corner to corner hard, and then runs in, but Jey ENZIGURIS! Jey goes up the corner, leaps over Roman, but Roman throws Jey backwards into the buckles! Jey falls, the ref checks him, but he is okay to continue. Fans boo Roman and chant “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Roman wags his finger, saying they don’t do that to him. Roman tells them to hush but they just get louder! Roman shakes his head while Jey flounders along ropes. Roman goes out to take aim, DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Roman is annoyed as Jey hangs in there. Roman eggs the fans on so they get even louder!
Roman goes back to Jey, stands him up, but Jey UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! And kicks, but Roman blocks, only for the DRAGON WHIP to hit! Roman bails out, Jey stands, and fans rally up. Jey builds speed to DIVE, but into a KENDO STICK! Roman pulled that outta nowhere, and he gets in the ring to SMACK Jey! And again! And again! And again! Heyman says show him what Tribal Combat is about! Roman soaks up the heat, then he paces around. Jey sits up, Roman SMACKS him down again! Roman taunts Jey, and Jey rises again. Jey goes to a corner, fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” at Roman.
Roman points the stick at all of them, he wishes he could smack them. Roman lifts Jey’s chin with the kendo stick, and says Jey doesn’t stand a chance. “Get up, Lil’ Jey! Get up!” Roman makes Jey stand, then swings, but Jey UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS again! Roman wobbles, Jey UPPERCUTS again! But Roman turns it around to fire point-blank LARIATS in the corner! Roman goes all the way to TEN, and then past ten, to then push Jey down! Fans boo as Roman catches his breath in the corner. Roman talks to himself as he tends to do, and he soaks up all the cheers and jeers from the fans.
Roman locks ‘n’ loads, aims at Jey, then runs in, into a KENDO STICK SMACK! Jey gets a turn now and he SMACKS away on Roman’s body! Fans fire up as the stick BREAKS on Roman’s body! Jey runs in, to CLOBBER Roman up and out! Then Jey FLIES!! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up again! Heyman is panicking as Jey stands up and hobbles over to Roman. Fans rally, Jey puts Roman in the ring, and then Jey climbs a corner! CROSS- SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Roman shoots Jey outta the sky! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Roman is seething. Fans rally up and duel again as Roman stands. Roman goes to a corner, and he watches Jey rise.
Roman lets out the battle cry, “OOOAH~!” but Jey jumps the spear to roll Roman up! TWO!! SUPERKICK!! Roman is down, Jey hurries up top! USO SPLASH!!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives and Jey can’t believe it! Roman sputters, and Jey crawls to the apron. Jey looks under the ring again, and he brings out a chair! Heyman is even more worried than he was a moment ago as Jey glares at Roman. Jey stands, chair in hand. Jey tells Heyman to look at Roman. Heyman pleads for mercy, but Jey SMACKS Roman! Roman writhes, Heyman begs, but Jey licks the chair before he SMACKS Roman again!
Jey puts the chair down, Heyman continues to beg but fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Jey says hold on, and he goes out to bring in a whole STACK o’ chairs! Jey tosses them in a few at a time, the ref having to watch out for himself! Jey then takes a moment to stare Heyman down. Heyman continues to plead and reason with Jey’s humanity, but Jey stands Roman up. Jey hoists Roman up top, and then Jey climbs up top! Fans fire up but Roman fights the suplex! Roman throws body shots, then HEADBUTTS Jey down! Jey staggers back, Roman adjusts his position up top, but Jey GAMANGIRIS first!
Jey goes back up, brings Roman up, but Roman slips under to have Jey for a POWERBOMB onto the chairs!! Cover, TWO!!! Jey survives and Roman can’t believe it! Fans rally up but Roman tells them to hush. The fans boo now but Roman goes looking under the ring. Roman brings it a second table! Roman puts this one in the ring, clears some space, and then sets the table up against the corner. But Jey runs in, only for Roman to fireman’s carry! Jey grabs ropes, lands safe on the apron, and he HOTSHOTS Roman! Jey stands, Roman ROCKS him with a right! Jey holds onto the ropes, and ROCKS Roman!
Roman ROCKS Jey again, but Jey ROCKS Roman! They go back and forth, Roman gets the edge, and Jey wobbles! But Jey RAMS into Roman, slingshots, but Roman UPPERCUTS Jey outta the air! Roman throws up the finger, runs in, but Jey GAMANGIRIS! Jey drags Roman up to a fireman’s carry! Roman holds on, CLUBS Jey, but Jey powers up! SAMOAN DROP through the table!!! Fans lose their minds as both men are down in the wreckage! Heyman is stunned that both men are still okay to continue. Jey crawls away and Roman drags himself from the wreckage. Jey follows after Roman, but also brings out something from under the ring.
Jey reveals it is a LEATHER STRAP! Jey stalks Roman, and then LASHES him on the back! Roman writhes and Jey shouts, “What now?! What now?!?” Jey swings again, and LASHES Roman on the arm! Jey stalks Roman as he goes into the crowd! Jey leaves the strap behind as Roman pushes his way to the back. Jey storms up and UPPERCUTS! The fans get even closer to the action now as Jey UPPERCUTS Roman again! Jey grabs a bottle of water, rehydrates, then brings Roman around. The fans shout “Do it for Jimmy!” Jey fireman’s carries Roman, but SOLO SIKOA ATTACKS! Fans boo as the Enforcer gets involved!
Solo rains down fists on Jey and fans boo! Solo clears off the nearby table and he drags Jey up! Solo clinches, URENAGE through the table!! Fans boo as Solo roars over Jey! Fans tell Solo not to do it but Roman tells Solo to get Jey back to ringside. Solo drags Jey by an arm and makes his way through the crowd. Fans boo but Roman talks trash on Jey the entire time! Solo drags Jey up so he can fireman’s carry Jey the rest of the way. Solo dumps Jey over the barriers, and then looms over him. Solo drags Jey up, puts him in the ring for Roman, and Roman tells Solo to finish this! Solo gets in the ring, he drags Jey up, and hits a SPINNING SOLO!
Solo roars and fans boo but Roman raises the finger. Roman steps into the ring now, and he tells Solo to get Jey up again. Solo does as told, and Heyman is no longer worried. Solo and Roman coordinate, “OOOAH~!” Roman runs, but Jey pulls Solo into the war! SPEAR to Solo!!! Roman freaks out, and Jey SPEARS Roman!!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives but Heyman is worried again! Jey throws off his armbands and he grabs some chairs! Jey snarls as he glares at Roman. Roman stirs, Solo sits up, Jey SMACKS Solo! Then he SMACKS Roman! And then he SMACKS Solo again! Jey tells Roman to get up!
Jey JAMS the chair into Roman’s stomach again and again, then SMACKS him on the arm! Fans fire up behind Jey as Heyman is on the verge of tears! Jey goes out with a chair to stalk Roman. Jey swings, but Solo SUPERKICKS! Solo saves Roman again, and Roman calls him over. But then Solo doesn’t obey? Fans want Solo to stand up for himself! Roman stands, he asks what Solo is doing, but might see a vulnerability in Roman. Roman tells Solo to use the Samoan Spike, but Solo argues with him. Jey SPEARS Roman through the barriers!! And Solo isn’t even upset! Fans fire up, “This is Awesome!”
Solo drags Jey up, and he ROCKS Jey with a forearm! Solo clears off the announce desk, drags Jey up and clinches, but Jey slips free! SUPERKICK! Solo ends up on the desk! Jey goes up the barriers, to USO SPLASH Solo through the desk!! Fans fire up again, and Jey hurries after Roman! Jey puts Roman in the ring, runs, and SPEARS!!! Jey hurries to a corner, he goes up, and he USO SPLASHES!!! Cover, but someone drags Jey outta the ring?!? WHO!? No…! NOOOO! JIMMY!?!? Why would Jimmy do this to Jey!?!? Jey is the most confused and upset by this! How could Jimmy turn on Jey after they both stood up to Roman!?
The fans tell Jimmy off but Jimmy doesn’t care. He SUPERKICKS Jey!!! Jimmy puts Jey in the ring for Roman then leaves. Even Roman is confused, but then he SPEARS Jey through the corner table!!! Roman covers, and wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still WWE Universal Champion and Tribal Chief)
Just when it seemed like Jey finally stopped all the madness, all the drama, all the pain, his own twin brother sold his soul to screw Jey over! For what reason did Jimmy do this? What could have possibly turned Jimmy against Jey? And now that Roman still has Ula Fala and Undisputed Universal Championship, what will it take to finally take those from him?
A mostly awesome SummerSlam, but of all the “Roman Reigns survives” finishes, I hate this one the most. Jimmy being the guy to screw Jey over just feels wrong. Jealousy of some kind is the only explanation but even then, that is weak sauce for me. Yeah, fine, Roman doesn’t lose, but this just doesn’t set right with me. But again, this final moment was the only real bad one. Which is a very familiar feeling with other WWE PPVs/PLEs. We still got a great opener out of Logan VS Ricochet, and I really liked the references both guys were giving to Attitude Era wrestlers. And Logan getting the brass knuckle cheating win is fine, it gets him more heat and it protects Ricochet.
Cody VS Lesnar being the second match of the night was a big surprise, but I suppose it fits Lesnar’s preference to get outta there as soon as possible after doing his job. And it was a really good match, with Cody taking a lot of damage but then coming back to win. Lesnar showing Cody respect was also a good detail, it is a clean way for them both to move on from this. A little confused as to why the steel steps ramming into Lesnar wasn’t a DQ, though… The Battle Royal was a lot of fun, though I was worried Omos getting in was going to mean he wins. But instead, Knight still wins out, and everyone is happy. I just hope this means Knight gets a title shot in the future.
The MMA Rules match was really good stuff, though I feel like the Detroit crowd forgot what MMA Rules would mean. It was a slow start, but then things got going fast at the end, and Shayna winning was the right move. She was the real Face in this story all along, and for all we know, Ronda wants another break so this is a good point for her to leave. Awesome Intercontinental Championship match, Gunther and McIntyre are just so good at beating people up. But in the end, a good, clean (mostly) finish to it with Gunther just assaulting McIntyre with his best moves. Gunther is definitely going to get that Honky Tonk Man record, Payback is spaced out almost perfectly for it.
Awesome World Heavyweight Championship match, but of course Judgment Day shows up at some point. The dysfunction over the MITB contract was played well here, too, and it ends up costing Finn again for great effect. We’re definitely going to get more out of this on Monday. And then, we got a great Triple Threat from Asuka, Charlotte and Bianca. Though, it was maybe a little too fast to keep it clean at the start. And great injury swerve with Bianca, she really looked to be out of the running. And that had to have been the most creative finish to a Triple Threat ever. And then on top of that, we finally get that cash-in from Iyo Sky. I didn’t think DMG CTRL would survive this phase, but they have, and it’s really a great moment to bring things full circle from last year’s great return for Bayley, Iyo & Dakota.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/21/23)
So much gold~!
The champions of ROH are in action!
ROH has a NEW World Champion in Eddie Kingston! But will Katsuyori Shibata, the Mogul Embassy and Athena be able to hold onto their titles?
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Nick Wayne; Shibata wins and retains the title.
- Diamante VS Catie Brite; Diamante wins.
- Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor; Moriarty wins.
- Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante VS Trish Adora; Mercedes wins.
- ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Angelina Love; Athena wins and retains the title.
- Six Woman Tag: Leyla Hirsch & The Renegades VS Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan; Skye, Willow & Kiera win.
- Ethan Page VS VSK; Ethan wins.
- Spanish Announce Project & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS El Hijo Del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity w/ Alex Abrahantes; Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity win.
- Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin; Action & Darius win.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack & The Infantry; The Mogul Embassy wins.
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Eddie Kingston speaks.
“I’m in pain. Uh, that stage hurts. Claudio hurts every time he hits you. Uh, I don’t like him as a human being, but I shook his hand because let’s be honest, he’s was a great ROH champion, and I’ve always said he’s a great wrestler. I just don’t like him as a person, and that’s not gonna change. But I can definitely show him that I’ve grown. I’ve grown up. Back in the day, I wouldn’t’ve shook his hand, I would’ve spat in his face and then I would’ve gloated. But bro, I grew up, man. I gave him his due and his respect. I’m just, uh, I’m proud. I’m happy.
“Uh, when I get back to the hotel, I’m not gonna be proud ‘n’ happy because now I gotta defend this championship and this championship, and that’s gonna be hard, but I like it. Without struggle, there is no progress, y’know what I mean? I’d feel weird if there was no struggle. But uh, this is dedicated to Xavier, the second-ever ROH World Champion. Rest in peace, bud. Thank you for everything you’ve done for this business. Thank you for being good to me in the locker room. But this one’s for you, dog. Because people should remember who you are, man. X marks the spot, baby. Love you, X. Rest in peace.
“I’m good now. I just wanna go see my parents. We good, Jean Carlo? We good, baby. New York in this mother, ya heard?” The Mad King has two crowns, how long shall he reign?
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Nick Wayne!
The Wrestler is back, ready to put another man to the test. The Prodigy of Rain City is here, but will he reign so soon into his young career? Or will Shibata show him he still has a long way to go?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and our judges for this match are Jerry Lynn, Jimmy Jacobs and Dalton Castle. The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we see if Wayne’s World can survive Shibata!
The two circle, feel things out, and Shibata waistlocks to drag Nick down. Nick shifts around but Shibata half nelsons. Nick fights up, wristlocks, then goes for a leg. Shibata sprawls to push Nick down, then he waistlocks. Nick goes for a leg but so does Shibata, and Shibata uses that to get a roll-up! Nick keeps his shoulder sup so Shibata lets off. Fans cheer and Shibata keeps after Nick but with a leg guard. Nick and Shibata grapple, Nick grabs a leg in a toehold but Shibata uses that to body scissor and chinlock. Nick pries at the hold, but Shibata shifts to go for an arm! Nick clasps hands and fans rally up as he moves around.
Nick stacks Shibata, but Shibata also keeps a shoulder up. Shibata powers Nick down to a short arm scissor! Nick endures, shifts, but Shibata has the mount pretty easily. Shibata slaps Nick around, then stomps him down! Nick goes to ropes but that is a neutral break. Fans rally as the two reset and feel things out. They knuckle lock, Shibata knees low and snapmares, but Nick ducks the kick! Fans fire up as the two reset. Shibata kicks Nick but Nick kicks back. Shibata blocks to have an ANKLE LOCK! Nick flails, reaches out, but endures as Shibata drags him back. Nick almost has ropes, then tries again, ROPEBREAK!
Shibata lets go as Nick uses his first. Nick holds on, Shibata tries to drag Nick away, but Nick kicks and kicks. Shibata lets go and Nick gets out of the ring to walk off the pain. Shibata heads out after Nick, but Nick kicks first! Nick whips and Shibata hits railing! Fans rally up as Nick runs in but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata then whips Nick into railing! Shibata whips Nick into even more railing! Nick gasps for air, but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata rolls into the ring, letting the count take care of Nick. Nick checks his face and clutches his neck at 5 of 10 but Shibata goes out to stand Nick up. Shibata puts Nick in and fans applaud.
Shibata stalks Nick, stomps him, then kicks him! Shibata kicks Nick more and more and fans rally. Shibata CHOPS Nick then brings him up again. Shibata CHOPS, Nick drops to his knees, and Shibata gives him more sharp yet toying kicks. Nick sits up, but Shibata just kicks him down! We hit five minutes and Nick CHOPS! Shibata just shrugs it off! Nick CHOPS, but Shibata eggs him on! Nick CHOPS, so Shibata CHOPS! Nick is stinging, Shibata runs and BOOTS Nick down! Nick roars and rises up but Shibata BOOTS him again! Shibata runs, but Nick UPPERCUTS! Nick runs to UPPERCUT Shibata down!
Fans fire up and Nick brings Shibata up to cravat. But Shibata denies Shiranui! Only for Nick to SHOTGUN on the return! Fans rally as Nick storms up to the corner. Nick fires forearms, then runs corner to corner, and a very Shibata like HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Nick drags Shibata up. But Shibata breaks free! Nick BOOTS Shibata, throws a forearm, but Shibata just scowls! Nick throws another forearm but Shibata eggs him on. Nick throws more forearms, then a CHOP! And another CHOP and another CHOP, but Shibata leans into them! Shibata is backing Nick down like that! Nick fires forearms now, but Shibata DECKS him with just one!
Shibata whips Nick to a corner, then BOOTS him! Then Shibata rains down forearms to sit Nick down! Shibata stomps a mudhole, but Nick gets up! So Shibata UPPERCUTS him down! Shibata runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Nick feels how it’s done, and Shibata hauls him up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nick hangs in there but Shibata wraps on a chinlock! Nick fights up but into a COBRA TWIST! Fans rally as Nick endures, fights his way over, and has a ROPEBREAK! That’s his second of three as we pass eight minutes, and Shibata lets off with a knee to the side! Shibata reels Nick in to waistlock, but Nick fights!
Nick grabs the ropes again, that’s his third and final! But then Nick uses ropes to push up and over, then he mule kicks! Nick cravats, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shibata is tougher than that but Nick hurries up. Nick full nelsons but Shibata breaks to switch. Nick fights the lift so Shibata ripcords. Nick ducks to ripcord and ROUNBDHOUSE! And SUPERKICK! Nick goes up and up and WAYNE’S- SLEEPER!! Shibata has Nick and Nick is fading fast! Shibata sits him down to PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
At nine minutes and 16 seconds, Shibata puts this one away! Nick shows skill beyond his years, and Shibata respects that by offering a handshake. Nick takes it to keep the Code of Honor, but when and where will Nick get another shot at gold?
Backstage interview with Lee Johnson.
Lexi Nair is with Big Shotty and brings up his match with Shane Taylor from last week, and how he has a match tonight with the newest member of Shane Taylor Promotions, #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty. How is Shotty feeling going into this match? Johnson tells Lexi, “Here we are again!” But wait, Shane Taylor Promotions walks in, and Moriarty tells Big Shotty that he hopes there were no hard feelings in what happened last week. Who knew Johnson would get distracted by Moriarty walking out there? Sure, Moriarty looks good, but just leave the past in the past. Code of Honor! Shake his hand. He promises it’s clean.
Shane says Johnson could always get knocked out again. Johnson stares Shane down and Lexi says they can all settle this in the ring. STP heads out, will Big Shotty be able to handle Moriarty with Big Bad Shaney T at ringside?
Diamante VS Catie Brite!
The Cuban Diamond is back in action on ROH, ready to shine in the spotlight once and for all. Will she show she can shine brighter than Brite? Or will Brite have a bright future here in ROH?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Diamante DECKS Brite! Brite staggers up, Diamante fires off on her, then CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Diamante snapmares to then mess with Brite’s hair. Diamante then CLUBS away on Brite, but the ref reprimands about the hair pulling. Diamante CLUBS Brite down, puts her back on ropes, and CHOKES her again! The ref reprimands, Diamante lets off at 4, then she drags Brite up. Diamante says Brite ain’t on her level, then she SMACKS Brite off buckles! Diamante JABS, CHOPS and repeat! The ref counts, Diamante lets off, but then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!
The ref reprimands and counts more, so Diamante whips Brite corner to corner. Diamante runs in but only gets buckles! Roll up, TWO! Diamante staggers up, and she SHOTGUNS Brite down! Fans fire up as Diamante dusts herself off. Diamante drags Brite up, for the TWIST! Cover, Diamante wins!
Winner: Diamante, by pinfall
The Brite Light was simply used to make the Diamond shine! But when and where will Diamante get the gold that she wants?
Backstage interview with Willie Mack & The Infantry.
Lexi is with Trish Adora and the trio that will be challenging for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships tonight. Which are currently held by the Mogul Embassy. Captain Dean says not for long. Bravo, hit ’em with the deal. Let ’em know why it’s not for much longer. Bravo tells Lex that he ain’t gon’ flex, and he’ll answer the question so first thing is this. Did Infantry become one of the hottest teams in ROH? Yep. Has adding the Mack Attack one of the hottest trios? Yep. So not only are they ready to win, they’re ready for war! He ain’t gonna talk no more, let Mack take over.
Mack says they are about to make history. With Adora by their side, they’ve got Shawn Dean, Carlie Bravo. Is this their first ROH title match ever? Uh, yeah… Wow, who knew? They really out here. Well, then the Embassy better watch out, they’re gonna do the damn thing. Mack may not have won that $25,000, but they’re gonna get these titles and have major capital! Let’s go, baby! Turn up! Bravo says have no fear, the future ROH World Six Man Champs are here! #CopyThat. The team heads out, will they be able to bring down those behemoths under Prince Nana’s command?
Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor!
We just heard from Big Shotty and #TAIGASTYLE, but now it is time to put some action behind those words! Will Johnson or Moriarty prove they are the alpha Lee in ROH?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. They go around, Johnson wrenches, but Moriarty rolls. Johnson wrangles Moriarty but Moriarty kips up and clinches. Johnson wrenches to another wristlock but Moriarty spins, slips through and twists Johnson’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Johnson gets away and fans rally as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, then Johnson trips Moriarty to waistlock. Moriarty fights up, pries free to switch and hammerlock. Johnson slips around to hammerlock back. Moriarty slips around but Johnson turns it right back around to have the armlock.
Moriarty tries again but again Johnson puts the hammerlock back on him. Moriarty does squats, then spins, but Johnson holds on! Moriarty pulls hair to put Johnson in a corner! The ref counts, Johnson lets off, but Moriarty ELBOWS Johnson! Fans boo but Moriarty soaks up the heat. Moriarty CHOPS, then he says one more! Only to feint and kick low! Moriarty soaks up the heat, whips Johnson but Johnson goes up and over! Moriarty hits buckles, Johnson ducks ‘n’ dodges, leap frogs and DROPKICKS! Moriarty bails out, fans fire up, and Johnson pursues. Johnson ROCKS Moriarty, then ROCKS him again!
Johnson CHOPS Moriarty and fans fire up! Moriarty staggers away but Johnson follows him, to CHPO him again! Johnson then puts Moriarty in the ring, slide sin but Moriarty stomps away on him! The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and he stands Johnson up. Moriarty CHOPS and fans fire up! Moriarty swings but Johnson dodges to CHOP back! Johnson headlocks, Moriarty powers out, and things speed up again, Moriarty’s kitchen sink knee knocks Johnson down! Johnson writhes while fans rally, and Moriarty stands Johnson up to snap suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Moriarty still bridges while he mockingly applauds Johnson.
Moriarty wraps Johnson up in a seated abdominal stretch! Fans rally as Johnson endures, and Johnson fights up, only for Moriarty to knee low, but Johnson blocks! Trip and jackknife bridge! TWO, and Johnson goes for a leg. Moriarty steps over, whips Johnson away and things speed up, but Johnson rolls Moriarty again! TWO, and Moriarty CLOBBERS Johnson! But Johnson is up to CLOBBER Moriarty! Fans rally and a standing count starts! Johnson stands, goes to a corner, but Moriarty runs in. Johnson ELBOWS Moriarty, goes up and over and things speed up again. Johnson rallies with LARIAT after LARIAT, then a NECKBREAKER!
Johnson kips up and fans fire up with him! Moriarty clutches his neck as Johnson hauls him up, to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Moriarty survives and Shane is relieved, but Johnson pounds the mat. Fans rally as Moriarty crawls to a corner. Johnson storms up but Moriarty YANKS him into buckles! The ref reprimands but Moriarty stomps away! The ref backs Moriarty off, but then he storms up to YANK Johnson up! Johnson lands on his feet, ELBOWS Moriarty again, then SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Johnson aims from a corner. Johnson goes to the apron, goes up the corner, and takes aim, to FROG SPLASH!!
Johnson bounces off the impact, crawls back to the cover, ROPEBREAK!! Moriarty survives by a literal foot but Johnson fires himself back up. Johnson whips, Moriarty holds ropes then HOTSHOTS Johnson! LEG LARIAT! Cover, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by pinfall
Shane is proud of his new recruit for finishing that one in the blink of an eye! Will TAIGASTYLE help Shane Taylor Promotions take over ROH once and for all?
Athena puts Billie Starkz (and Lexi Nair) through Minion Training.
The Fallen Goddess says they are here for one thing and one thing only: They have consistently failed her time and again! So today, they are doing training! “Yes, Minion Overlord!” These are all things essential to them becoming the best minions they can be! Is that understood? “Yes, Minion Overlord!” Athena blows the whistle and it begins! First, running up and down the bleachers! You wanna be a minion? Let’s go! They also do standing ovation training, they shine the stage, and Lexi keeps Billie from pressing the “big red button.” Athena wants Billie to stop smiling and being happy. Only angry face from now on!
Athena also puts them through booing drills, where they are to boo Willow Nightingale. Athena makes sure Billie gets that through her head! Boo Willow! No smiles! Keep running! Then they ride the elevator together as Athena does the grades. Billie tries to sneak a peek but almost gets caught. Billie also has to throw away her pompoms. She tries to be intimidating to the others in the locker room. Though it’s more like a kid playing dinosaur or something… The Renegades leave and Billie thinks she “did it,” but Lexi explains that she in fact did not. And then they cross paths with Willow! Athena snaps her fingers and Billie boos! Willow asks why!
Athena says she likes what she’s seen today. Lexi has graduated MIT, so she will now Lexi Nair, “Minion Bestie.” Billie, you sucked. Athena leaves and Billie isn’t sure what to do with that. Will Billie ever not be on Athena’s bad side?
Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante VS Trish Adora!
The OG Badass has been rolling back up the ranks, but the Afropunk is also primed for that number one spot. Who comes out in pole position in the chase for the title?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. Adora grins but Diamante coaches Mercedes up. They tie up again, Mercedes waistlocks and she SLAMS Adora down. Mercedes headlocks, Adora powers up and powers out, but Mercedes pulls hair to bring Adora back in! The ref reprimands, but Adora lifts! Mercedes uses that to flying takeover! Mercedes says that was so pretty and thanks the fans for the cheers. But Adora rolls to a cover, ONE and Adora runs Mercedes over! Fans fire up as Adora taunts Mercedes. Mercedes swings, misses and Adora fires off forearms!
Adora winds up to ROCK Mercedes! Adora runs in to SPLASH in the corner! Adora fireman’s carries, but Diamante distracts so Mercedes can pull hair, get free and shove, then SPINEBUSTER! Fans rally up as Mercedes mocks the salute. Mercedes taunts Adora, kicks her around, then UPPERCUTS! Mercedes scuffs Adora, CHOKES her on the ropes, then lets off as the ref counts. Diamante CHOKES Adora now! Fans are torn but Diamante gets away with it. Mercedes UPPERCUTS Adora, then fireman’s carries. Adora fights free, shoves Mercedes, but Mercedes sidesteps to ROLLING ELBOW! Adora sits down but Mercedes stands her up.
Mercedes puts Adora on the ropes, DRAPING ANARCHY! Cover, TWO! Adora hangs in there and both Mercedes and Diamante are frustrated! Mercedes slaps Adora around, eggs her on, and fans rally up. Adora scowls, Mercedes fires palm strikes an an UPPERCUT! But Adora hits the BASEMENT GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Adora, and she BOOTS Mercedes down! Then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Mercedes hangs tough, she’s a former champion for a reason. But Adora drags Mercedes back up, fireman’s carries again, but Mercedes flails to sunset flip! Adora stays up to drag Mercedes up by her hair!
Adora short arm but Mercedes ducks to HALF NELSON SUPLEX! Then RUNNING KNEE!! Adora falls back, rises up slowly, into the BAYONET FOREARM! Mercedes then clamps onto the legs, SLAPS Adora into giving up the arms, and then pulls her back and back and up! BRASS CITY SLEEPER!! Adora taps, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by submission
Mercedes doesn’t let go until she’s good and ready. The OG Badass and the Cuban Diamond mock the Infantry, but will these two be the ones waiting on the other side of the Women’s World Championship match? Speaking of…
ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Angelina Love!
The Fallen Goddess has yet to be dethroned in ROH, but tonight she faces the Pretty Psycho! Angelina has held titles before, even the Women of Honor World Championship that preceded this title! Will Angelina return to the top in this new era of honor? Or will nothing stop Athena’s already historic reign?
Athena is still in coach mode, telling Billie to get the fans fired up, but from behind Athena. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s ready to get crazy!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for Athena. Athena thanks them and she circles with Angelina. They tie up, go around, and then have a deadlock at the center. They break, Angelina and Athena each complain the other pulled hair. The ref didn’t see any of it, so the two go at it again. Angelina waistlocks, Athena switches but Angelina switches back. Athena switches again but Angelina runs to RAM Athena into buckles! But then Athena arm-drags her down! Athena keeps on the cording hold but Angelina endures. Angelina fights up, arm-drags and has the armlock on Athena.
Athena fights up, Angelina wrenches to a wristlock, but Athena flips and wrenches and arm-drags again! Athena kips up, fans fire up, but Angelina CLOBBERS Athena! Angelina cheers herself on but Athena kips up again. Angelina runs in, into a SOBAT! Then a trip, and METEORA! Cover, TWO! Angelina bails out, fans rally up, and Athena goes out after her. But Angelina uses Billie as a hostage! Then she throws Billie into Athena, and she throws Athena down! Billie says that’s not fair! Angelina puts Athena in, dribbles her off the mat, then stands over her. Angelina soaks up the heat but Athena sunset flips! TWO!
Angelina stacks, TWO! Athena stands but into a knee! Angelina scoops Athena to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Angelina is frustrated but the fans rally behind Athena. Billie cheers Athena on but Angelina wrangles Athena with a chinlock. Angelina grinds Athena down, but the fans rally up. Athena fights to her feet, but Angelina throws her down! Angelina smiles as she keeps on the chinlock. Fans rally, Athena fights up again, and Billie has pompoms! Athena BITES Angelina and arm-drags free! Fans fire up as Athena fires forearms! Athena BACKHANDS Angelina! Athena whips, Angelina reverse=s but Athena CLOBBERS her!
Fans fire up as Athena rallies! Then Athena wrenches, SOBATS, and ENZIGURIS! Athena howls and fans fire up! Athena handsprings to FOREARM in the corner! Athena snapmares Angelina, goes up top, but Angelina trips her up! Fans boo Angelina while Billie coaches Athena up. Angelina drags Athena off with a fireman’s carry but Athena slips off to shove. Athena runs in but only gets buckles! Angelina BOOTS Athena down! Cover, TWO!! Angelina is shocked, and Billie is halfway in the ring? The ref has her slip back out and Angelina says to watch her. Billie says she didn’t do anything!
Athena waistlocks, Angelina switches and rolls her up, but Athena rolls through to reel Angelina in! Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)
Angelina Love gave Athena a fight worthy of this title, but only Athena proved worthy of this title! She is now 39-0, and Billie presents her with the whistle. Coach Athena takes it, smiles and nods, and says Billie is finally learning. Athena pats Billie on the head, the two head out, but how much further does Billie have to go before she is championship material herself?
Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis-Bennett, Cole Karter & Griff Garrison.
Lexi is with The First Lady of Wrestling and her new prospects, they are going to team up for the very first time together. Are they ready for this? The bigger question is if Griff is with The Kingdom. Griff wants to put this out there right now: this is a trial and error kind of thing. Like he said last week, he feels he’s lost a step after returning from injury, and this seems like a relatively good opportunity. So yeah, he is ready. Okay, good. See you out there. Karter repeats, “See you out there.” Will the Ivy League MVP be able to make it work with the Diamond in the Rough?
Six Woman Tag: Leyla Hirsch & The Renegades VS Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan!
The Fallen Goddess is still atop the mountain, and all six of these young and hungry wrestlers want their shot! But will Charlette & Robyn be able to keep up with their #LEGIT partner? Or will Chicago Skye, the Babe with the Power and the Hottest Flame keep their own momentum going?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe with some sarcasm and sass. The teams sort out and Robyn starts against Kiera. Fans cheer “Happy Birthday!” for Kiera and she ties up with Robyn. Robyn knees low and says this is her birthday gift! Robyn whips but Kiera ELBOWS her! Then RANAS! Robyn ends up in a corner, Kiera runs in to SHOTGUN her down! Kiera runs corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Then she goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Robyn around, covers, TWO! Kiera drags Robyn over, tags in Skye, and fans rally as they double whip. Robyn holds ropes but gets a SHINING WIZARD for it!
Kiera adds another HIP ATTACK! Fans rally as Skye YANKS Robyn down to then mule kick! Cover, TWO! But then Leyla and Charlette YANK Willow and Kiera down from the outside! The ref reprimands them while Skye drags Robyn up. Robyn dodges the forearm to ROCK Skye! Snapmare and then a cover, TWO! Robyn drags Skye up, tags Charlette, and the Renegades double suplex. They hold Skye up for five before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Maria is on stage, she’s still hoping Leyla joins up. Charlette wraps on a chinlock but Skye fights up., Skye throws body shots but Charlette CLUBS her down!
Charlette puts Skye in the corner, RAMS into her, then RAMS her again! Maria likes it as Charlette bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Robyn, and she cravat SLAMS! Charlette runs to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Charlette holds on to bridge for a modified cravat neck wrench! Skye endures, CLUBS free, and then drags Charlette up. But Charlette SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Skye hangs tough but Charlette drags her up. Charlette bumps Skye off buckles, tags Robyn, and Robyn whisps her in to back body block! Robyn runs in to KNEE Skye, but then Leyla tags in! Leyla finally has a turn, and she GERMAN SUPLEXES!
Leyla drags Skye up to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Maria likes what she sees as Leyla hits a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Leyla then sucker punches Kiera! Fans boo and Willow dares her to do that to Willow. Leyla runs in at Skye instead, but Skye ELBOWS her back! Skye knocks the Renegades down, but Leyla gets her for a snap takedown and LEGIT ARMBAR!! Skye hurries to stack, TWO! Leyla blocks a kick, but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Hot tags to Willow and Robyn! Fans fire up as Willow rallies on the Renegades! Willow DECKS Leyla for good measure! Willow fires off on Charlette but Charlette kicks low!
Charlette reels Willow in but Willow suplexes! Robyn makes the save, the Renegades mug Willow, but Willow fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX the Renegades! Cover, Leyla breaks it! Leyla HAMMERS away on Willow but Kiera CLOBBERS her! Robyn goes after Kiera, Skye is after her, Charlette returns! The brawl breaks down, spills out of the ring, and Robyn runs up. Skye dodges but Robyn dodges! Robyn catches Skye to a BACK2BACKBREAKER! Kiera runs in, boots the lariat and then ROUNDHOUSES! Kiera reels Robyn in, HANGING NECKBREAKER! Charlette spins Kiera for a BACKBREAKER!
Willow is back, she hits an URENAGE! Leyla storms back in to SHOTGUN Willow! Leyla whips, Willow reverses and then POUNCES! PERIOD! Tag to Skye and Willow hauls Charlette up. Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Willow BLASTS Robyn, Skye SUPERKICKS Leyla! Kiera runs in to DIVE and she takes out Robyn! Skye hurries to get Charlette up, for CODE BLUE! Cover, Skye’s team wins!
Winners: Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan, by pinfall
Maria is no longer as impressed by Leyla as she was. Will the First Lady have to change tactics about her Kingdom’s Army?
Backstage interview with Angelico, Serpentico, Tony Nese & Mark Sterling.
Lexi is with this rather odd collection and says tonight, they will be teaming up in Six Man Tag action for the first time ever. What led to all this? Smart Mark says the Premier Athlete is always on the lookout for possible young up ‘n’ coming wrestlers to join the Premier Brand. This is a one time offer: if they win, FREE GROUP TRAINING! Maybe Nese can whip them into shape to have more muscles. Nese says they don’t look the part but he can work on that as a personal trainer. But they are to do exactly what he says, exactly what he does, and follow him to victory. Understand? You got it? Comprende, hombre?
And don’t come out there until he tells them. Sterling agrees, but does compliment Serpentico’s mask and the hand streamers. Sterling & Nese head out, and Angelico says those guys’ vibes are way off. Serpentico says they’re burros. Sterling heard that! Will this team work out so that they can work out?
Ethan Page VS VSK!
All Ego got a great win in his ROH return, showing his ego has mellowed out a bit. Will he continue to build back up? Or will the former Trustbuster bust him down even more?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though Page doesn’t let go right away. The bell rings, Page and VSK circle, and fans rally up for Page. Page has them get louder, so there’s still some ego. The two tie up, Ethan headlocks, but VSK pulls hair! VSK headlocks, Page powers out and then CLOBBERS VSK! Fans rally and Page complains about the hair pulling. Page then scoops VSK but VSK CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but VSK ROCKS Page with a haymaker! VSK mocks the fans for cheering Page, then he storms up on Page. VSK whips but Page blocks! And again! Page reels VSK in to scoop and POWERSLAM!
Page fires up and the fans are with him! Page drags VSK up, reels him in, Canadian Rack! But VSK slips free, ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ slides to DROPKICK! But Page rebounds to run VSK over! VSK goes to a corner, Page runs in but only gets buckles! VSK mule kicks, front kicks, but the enziguri whiffs! Page wraps on a half straitjacket, then he scoops VSK and carries him around, for the CRADLE SUPLEX! Then a step-in CUTTER! Cover, Page wins!
Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall
Page shakes VSK’s hand to keep the Code of Honor, and he is rolling already! Will he truly be refreshed with a title opportunity?
Spanish Announce Project & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS El Hijo Del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Premier Brand is looking to expand, but Angelico y Serpentico haven’t been sold just yet. Will they make a better trio than even they can imagine? Or will this alliance of luchadores bring them all crashing down?
Sterling of course has a mic to say that everyone knows this is Tony Nese. His client has something very important to say. “Penn State College. I tried telling this company, if we wanted to perform in front of real athletes, we should’ve done this show in Ohio State.” Fans boo but Nese says that he’s just being honest. Maybe if Penn didn’t spend so much time at The Creamery, they’d be in shape! Ladies, ladies, ladies, it’s called the Freshman 15, not Freshman 50. But Nese has great news for everyone. They all know he is a personal trainer, so before they have any more wrestling tonight, he is gonna treat each and every one of them to GROUP TRAINING!
Stand up! Let’s get going! Get off your lazy asses! Stretch! Reach up! But then Angelico y Serpentico make their way out! They stopped listening to Nese’s orders from earlier, is this partnership falling apart already? Then after Serpentico throws his streamers, Abrahantes’ trio makes their entrance, Gravity leading the way. The teams sort out, Nese tells SAP to watch and learn. Nese then makes Serpentico start against Metalik, and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, fans rally up and the two tie up. Serpentico wrenches, hammerlocks, facelocks, wrenches and whips, but Metalik goes up and over and keeps moving.
Metalik ducks ‘n’ dodges, Serpentico drops down and avoids the handspring elbow! Metalik avoids the boot to CHOP! Metalik whips, Serpentico reverses but Metalik elbows him down! Metalik runs in, Serpentico monkey flips him but Metalik lands on his feet! Things keep moving, Metalik scoops and BACKBREAKERS Serpentico! Cover, ONE!! Metalik keeps on Serpentico and brings him up to wrench. Tag to Gravity but Serpentico gets away. Gravity has to stay back as Serpentico goes to his corner. Angelico tags in, and he circles with Gravity. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but Angelico crisscrosses Gravity’s arms into a one-arm double armlock!
Gravity stomps at Angelico’s feet but Angelico easily avoids those. Then he wraps Gravity up in a straitjacket stretch! Angelico ripcords, whips, but Gravity holds ropes. Angelico rushes in, Gravity gets around, schoolboys but Angelico rolls through. Gravity kips up, flips through the wrench and arm-drags Angelico away! Fans fire up as Gravity runs in, ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAG! Another kip up while Angelico bails out, and Gravity builds speed. Angelico ducks but Gravity handsprings! Gravity space walks, tag to Vikingo! Fans rally up but Nese tags in to say he has to handle this. But Vikingo CROSSBODIES!
Nese rushes in, Vikingo dodges to whip, but Nese reverses. Vikingo reverses back to HEEL KICK! BOOT! ENZIGURI! Nese is in the corner and fans rally behind Vikingo. Vikingo runs up to GAMANGIRI! Nese wobbles, Vikingo goes up but Nese hurries away. Vikingo still springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Nese bails out, Vikingo builds speed and he goes up and up, pauses so physics can catch up with him, and Viking SKY TWISTERS! Direct hit and both men are down, so SAP rushes in! Gravity y Metalik dodge them to DOUBLE DROPKICK them out! SAP bails out and the luchadores DOUBLE TOPE!!
Fans are thunderous as Metalik y Gravity stand tall! “This is Awesome!” as Metalik puts Nese back in. Metalik CHOPS, CHOPS and runs, to KNEE Nese lose! Metalik fires the fans up, then runs, but Nese distracts the ref while Sterling trips Metalik up! Fans boo Smart Mark but Nese runs in to basement dropkick! Nese soaks up the heat, drags Metalik up and bumps him off buckles. Nese tells Angelico, “See how it’s done? Let’s see what you got!” Nese tags Angelico, Angelico snapmares Metalik and ties up one arm. Angelico uses the other arm for a RECLINER! Metalik endures, kicks around, and gets a ROPEBREAK!
Angelico lets off as Metalik saves himself by a literal foot. Angelico tells Nese that he does things with submissions. The people know it! Well, the fans chant “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Metalik crawls but Angelico brings him up. Nese tags himself in, he and Angelico mug Metalik, and Nese scoops Metalik to SLAM him! Then he drops a leg, brother! Nese says power style is how it’s done, then tags Angelico back in. Angelico argues with Nese, then brings Metalik up. Angelico puts Metalik on the top rope, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Metalik throws hands! Angelico goes up but Metalik CLUBS him! Metalik adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!
Nese is frustrated as Metalik and Angelico crawl. Hot tag to Gravity! Gravity LARIATS Angelico, LARIATS Serpentico, DECKS Nese, and repeat! Angelico gets around, full nelsons, but Gravity arm-drags free! Gravity runs in to POWERSLAM! Then he somersaults to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Nese breaks it! Nese brings Gravity up to whip, but Gravity holds ropes. Nese runs in but Gravity TOSSES him out! The ref checks Nese after that rough landing, but Angelico EDDY GORDO KICKS Gravity down! Metalik runs in to suplex Angelico high and hard! Serpentico runs in, Metalik blocks a kick to give a kick.
Metalik gets Serpentico up, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, but Nese SOBATS Metalik in the back! Fans rally up as everyone is down around the ring. Nese goes to his corner, Angelico drags Gravity over but Nese tags in! Angelico complains but Nese drags Gravity up. Nese wants to see how “ugly this SOB is!” He pulls at Gravity’s mask! Fans boo, and Serpentico storms in to stop Nese! As a luchador himself, #SNAKEMAN will not stand for this! The ref has Serpentico back off, Nese tells them to listen to him for once. Nese wants to tag out but SAP ditch him! Fans cheer, Sterling is freaking out, and Gravity stands to SUPERKICK! Nese falls, tag to Metalik!
Metalik goes up, for the tightrope SWANTON! Cover, the luchadores win!
Winners: El Hijo del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity, by pinfall
Vikingo can’t get in the ring to celebrate, he took more damage to that hip than expected, but he and the team still celebrate. Will the AAA Mega Champion, the King of the Ropes and the Astronaut of Lucha still reach new heights in ROH?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi is now with All Ego and congratulates him on the win tonight. She says Ethan’s been on a roll, and he figures yeah, two is good enough for a roll. He wants to make it three, but the feeling he had after winning these couple weeks is something he hasn’t felt in the longest time. Everyone who has been watching Ethan these last three years has seen the ups and downs, and lately, it has been a lot of downs. But there was a really big bright spot in that spiral and it was the greatest night of his professional career. He wrestled for the most prestigious prize in wrestling today, the AEW World Championship, in his hometown with his family in the front row, it does not get better than that.
But then it didn’t go his way, and nothing else really has, but Ethan says to touch the gold, to feel the pressure, to be in the marquee match, and to be inches away from changing his life… He realized that ROH is the place for competition, and he needs to be competitive so that he can continue momentum, climb back up, and touch gold again. But this time, he won’t let go. That’s the plan. Then he has his groove back? Sure, go and say that. All Ego got his groove back! Will Ethan return to former glory and finally have gold to show for it?
Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin!
A brand new team, put together by The First Lady, takes on another young team that has been fingertips away from taking titles for their own. Will Maria’s investment pay off with a win tonight? Or will the Sight to See & Air Wolf take flight?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Karter starts against Darius. Fans rally, the two tie up and Darius wrenches to a wristlock. Karter whips, Darius reverses and arm-drags! Darius has the armlock, drags Karter up to wrench, and he tags Action. Action goes up but Karter gets away to tag in Griff. Maria cheers Griff on and he circles with Action. They tie up, Griff waistlocks and SLAMS Action down! Action fights around, pries free, switches, but Griff switches back to back suplex. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Griff RAMS him back into the corner. Griff is free but Darius sneaks the tag!
Darius slingshots in to get ahead of Griff and keeps him from Karter! Darius RAMS Griff into Action’s knees, then Darius mule kicks. Action goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Griff on the back! Darius & Action BLAST Karter, then double kick Griff to DOUBLE SUPLEX! Karter returns, but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up and Darius runs in, but Griff puts him on the apron. Darius RAMS Griff, Karter runs up but into an elbow! Griff storms up but Darius ROCKS him! Darius aims but Karter anchors him. Darius kicks Karter away, Action protests but that distracts the ref, allowing Maria to anchor Darius!
Darius kicks free, but turns around into a BOOT from Griff! Karter cheers but Griff asks what was that all about. Griff drags Darius up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Karter. They mug Darius, Karter stomps a mudhole in, and Maria applauds. The ref counts, Karter lets off and even Griff says to keep things clean. Karter snap suplexes Darius, and then he soaks up the heat. Karter covers but it’s really a choke! The ref counts, Karter stops at 4, then Karter stalks Darius. Darius goes to ropes so the ref has Karter back off. Karter argues with the ref but that’s to distract, so that Maria can CHOKE Darius!
Maria gets away with it again but Action warns her. Darius staggers up into a DROPKICK from Karter! Cover, TWO! Maria defends her innocence but Griff is upset. Karter whips Darius to a corner, tags Griff in, and then Griff whips Karter in. Darius TOSSES Karter up and out! Then he goes up and over Griff! Griff hurries to get a leg, but Darius BOOTS him away! Hot tags to Action and Karter! Action dodges Karter to DECK Griff, then he DECKS Karter! Action rallies on them both, and fans fire up! Action whips but Karter reverses, only for Action to handspring and DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up as both Maria’s boys are down!
Action kips up while Griff and Karter go to opposite corners. Action runs in to RAM Griff! And then he SPLASHES Karter! Action runs corner to corner again but Griff dodges the splash! But then Action SHOTGUNS Griff into Darius’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Griff tumbles out but Karter shoves Darius into Action! Karter DECKS Darius, rolls Action, and puts his legs on the ropes! But Griff shoves them off the ropes! Karter and Maria argue with Griff, because Griff doesn’t wanna cheat! Karter says you don’t disrespect Maria! But then Action FLIES over Karter to take out Griff! And Darius SUPERKICKS Karter!
Darius reels Karter in to BRAINBUSTER! Tag to Action, he springboards to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Action & Darius win!
Winners: Action Andretti & Darius Martin
Maria is not happy, but perhaps it was her own fault for thinking Griff was going to change his morals for the sake of success. Griff upholds the Code of Honor with Action & Darius, but then Karter says up theirs! Karter & Maria have Griff leave with them, is Griff going to ditch this team before long?
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack & The Infantry!
Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have been unstoppable as a trio with a 16-0 record in trios action. However, teams have been getting closer and closer. Will Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo bringing the Mack Attack along be exactly what brings these titans down? Or will nothing stop the Embassy’s reign of terror?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who gets to go on to Rampage tomorrow night!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the fans chant “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” and some do the Nana dance. Kaun starts against Dean, the bell rings, and Kaun rushes in! Dean avoids the boot, says it was close, and they circle. They tie up, Dean headlocks but Kaun powers out to run Dean over! Things speed up, Dena hurdles but Kaun shoves. Dean jumps over but Kaun CLOBBERS him! But then Dean avoids the senton! Dean DROPKICKS, Kaun staggers, but Dean wrenches and tags Bravo. The Infantry double whips, double hip tosses, and then they crisscross the legs to SPLIT that wishbone! Bravo says that’ll leave a mark.
Bravo drags Kaun up but Kaun CHOSP! Kaun wristlocks but Bravo gets free before Kaun tags Liona. Bravo says okay, that’s how it is, huh? Bravo and Liona circle, Liona rushes in but Bravo dodges to JAB! Bravo bobs ‘n’ weaves, JABS, then rope-a-dopes. But Liona TOSSES him to a corner! Liona runs in, Bravo dodges then comes back. Bravo jukes and ROCKS Liona! Fans fire up and Bravo talks some smack, but Liona stays up! Bravo turns around into a LARIAT! Liona glares at Mack, then goes back to Bravo. Liona scoops to put Bravo on the ropes, to fire KNEE after KNEE into him! The ref reprimands and Liona just fires off more!
The ref counts, Liona drops Bravo and roars at Mack & Dean. Liona then tags Kaun, and Kaun slingshot SENTONS! Bravo sputters but Kaun drags him up to snap suplex. Uno Amigo! Then a waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bravo fights but Kaun still hits the back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaun kneels on Bravo’s head while he argues with the ref, and Bravo flails! Dean pushes Kaun over but Kaun just grins as he drags Bravo up. Kaun tags Cage and fans fire up for The Machine. Cage CHOPS Bravo, puts him in the corner and RAMS him! And RAMS him again! And CHOPS! Cage fires up the fans as he throws point-blank clotheslines!
Fans count as Cage picks up speed, and Cage gets to TEN! Cage whips corner to corner hard, and Bravo staggers into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bravo hangs tough but Cage drags him up. Cage ROCKS Bravo with a forearm, whips him corner to corner then scoops again, but Bravo slips free to BACKSTABBER! Fans rally up as Bravo crawls, but Cage grabs a leg! Cage drags Bravo back, ducks the enziguri, then drops an elbow! “Who betta than Cage?” Cage then sucker punches Dean! Cage stands Bravo up, suplexes, but Bravo slips free to hot tag Mack! Fans fire up as these rivals meet again, and Mack hits a SLINGBLADE!
Mack BLASTS Liona, lines up a shot on Cage, and body shots! Mack whips, to LARIAT! Then WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Mack scoops Cage, for a SLAM! Kaun storms in but Mack ducks the haymaker to DECK him! Mack BOOTS Liona off the apron, Nana protests, but Mack runs in at Cage to BOOT! Cage falls over, Mack covers, TWO! The Machine is tougher than that but Mack goes up the corner! Fans fire up, but Cage stands to GAMANGIRI! Cage drags Mack off the top, to then go up. Fans rally as Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Mack!! Mack writhes and “This is Awesome!” as Cage drags Mack back up.
Cage stands Mack up but Mack kicks low! Cage denies the stunner, but Mack ends up in his corner. Tag to Bravo before Cage SUPERKICKS Mack! Bravo ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, then spins him around to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage falls, Kaun runs in! Bravo spins him around, SIDEWINDER! Liona slides in while Bravo takes aim at Cage & Kaun. But then Bravo turns around, and he screams as he drops down under the Pounce! Liona wipes himself out and Dean PENALTY KICKS Cage! Dean runs in to JUMPING CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Dean goes out to PENALTY KICK Kaun, and Bravo runs up on Liona!
Bravo hits a KNEE SMASH! And SUPERKICK! Dean SUPERKICKS! Liona roars but Infantry shouts, “KICK HIM!” They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Liona, and Liona staggers into a DOUBLE SUP- NO, Liona fights it off! Liona DOUBLE SUP- NO, Mack saves the Infantry! STUNNER!! Then the Infantry reload, DOUBLE SUPLEX!! Fans fire up while Nana freaks out! Bravo tags Mack but Kaun runs in! Dean blocks a boot, gives it to Bravo, ENZIGURI and then NECKBREAKER! Cage is back and he LARIATS Bravo! Mack is up top, but Cage intercepts! Mack shoves Cage down, though! To then FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!?
Cage survives and shocks Mack! But he and the Infantry regroup, and fans fire up with them! Mack, Bravo & Dean aim from corners, Mack STUN- NO, Cage denies Mack again! Kaun fireman’s carries Mack and tucks him, AIR RAID CRASH! Dean runs at Kaun, but Liona POUNCES him! Bravo is alone, Cage reels him in to a GERMAN SUPLEX! The Infantry is down and out, the Gates of Agony drag Mack up! They OPEN THE GATES!! Cage covers, The Embassy wins!
Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)
The reign of terror continues! At least, for another 24 hours. Rampage: Grand Slam pits these monsters against The Hung Bucks! Will this dominance continue even as ROH and AEW blur the lines? Or will Hangman Adam Page once again hold these belts with Matt & Nick Jackson?
A very good ROH, and it seems ROH is sticking to an hour and 45 minutes. At least, I sure hope so, it still takes me far too long to do these. I will say there wasn’t any actual filler. Even Diamante beating a jobber than being ringside for when Mercedes Martinez beats Trish Adora can be seen as story for the duo of Diamante & Mercedes growing stronger. If only ROH had some more titles for the women’s division, because they’ve got a lot more talent than can fit into the world title scene. Good Six Woman Tag to feed into Leyla’s story with Maria, while also showcasing just what I said with how there are midcard title worthy talents.
Good stuff with Maria’s story of building The Kingdom’s Army, and there is a clear story to Griff not wanting to get on board with the Heel tactics, and he could break away to then have some real good matches with Karter. We got a very fun “Minion Training” vignette from Athena, Billie & Lexi, but that is not the two week window To Do List thing they set up literally last week. Feels like ROH wasn’t keeping track of what they were doing, but oh well. Athena VS Angelina Love was a good title match, but a quick one because yeah, Athena is that much better than Angelina. Still waiting for when Athena either pushes Billie too far and she rebels, or Athena creates a monster not even she can control, all leading to a title match between them.
Really good, really fun Six Man Tag with Nese sticking his foot in his mouth and making Spanish Announce Project turn on him. Good win for the luchadores, though Vikingo taking himself out of the match was not good. Vikingo needs to be more careful, he is running really hard and fast, much like Darby Allin. The Pure Championship was a really good opener, but I figured Shibata was winning over Nick Wayne. Nick still looked great, as he has since debuting in AEW, but he’s probably gotta wait until he’s 19 to get a championship. Also, it feels like ROH wants to build towards a rematch of Shibata VS Josh Woods at the next ROH exclusive PPV so Shibata isn’t losing before then.
Great promo from Eddie to get his reaction after winning the ROH World Championship. He pointed out he’s in for a busy schedule defending two titles in two companies, as I’ve been saying, but Eddie will be able to do it. And even then it is great story material for him to struggle with the schedule after a month or so. Really good promo from Johnson, Moriarty & Shane, then really good match from Moriarty VS Johnson. Shane called out Keith Lee last time, too, I wonder if Keith Lee joins Lee Johnson to take on Shane and Moriarty so we get even more Lees in the mix. Honestly, Keith Lee needs to get on something, and then move on to a title because duh, it’s KEITH LEE.
Ethan Page with a good win and good promo after, and while it’s a shame he won’t finish his story with The Hardy Boyz, that story went a few chapters too long anyway. Ethan getting going in ROH will be good stuff, maybe he can be a contender for Samoa Joe’s TV Championship. And then some really good stuff in the ROH Six Man Division, with a good promo from Mack & Infantry, and another great Six Man title match. But of course, with Hung Bucks VS Embassy set for Rampage (which has also been recorded by now), and how that feeds into Hangman VS Swerve at WrestleDream, no way was this match (which was recorded even before Rampage) was going to change anything. As I’ve been saying in the AEW articles, there is a chance the Hung Bucks win the titles, unless Swerve screws Hangman over.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/20/23)
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe!
Who hits the Grand Slam? And who strikes out?
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe, and Maxwell Jacob Friedman returns to New York to defend his AEW World Championship against Samoa Joe!
- ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston; Eddie wins and becomes both ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
- Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara; Jericho wins.
- AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes; Fenix wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm; Saraya wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe; MJF wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston!
This isn’t a rivalry, this is a grudge that has gone on for just over a decade, and this will be the end of it all! Will the Swiss Superman take away the title the Mad King fought so hard to get? Or will Eddie prove he IS the better man?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who leaves Arthur Ashe a double champion!
The bell rings and fans are thunderous already as Eddie and Claudio stare down. They slowly approach, then Claudio just BOOTS Eddie down! But Eddie’s right up to CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio forearms, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! New York is behind their own as he continues to go back and forth with Claudio! Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, then he talks trash. “Is that all you got?” Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Claudio fires more forearms, then TOSSES Eddie out of the ring! But then Eddie drags Claudio out to whip hard into railing! Claudio hobbles, holding a knee, but Eddie choke grips him!
Fans fire up as Eddie MACHINE GUN CHOPS Claudio against the railing! Eddie ROCKS Claudio, brings him around, and whips him, only for Claudio to reverse and short arm LARIAT! Fans boo but Claudio soaks it up. Claudio drags Eddie up, ROCKS him, and stalks him. Claudio puts Eddie in the ring, fans rally up and Eddie catches Claudio in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Eddie dropkicks that bad leg! Claudio avoids the next one and he deadlift gut wrenches, for the POWERBOMB! Claudio hobbles and fans boo, but Claudio drags Eddie up. Claudio reels Eddie in, but Eddie fights the lift!
Eddie CLUBS the bad leg, fans rally up, but Claudio SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS back! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up again as Claudio bails out to the apron. Fans chant “F HIM UP, EDDIE, F HIM UP!” Eddie storms over, and fires off backhand after backhand! Then URAKEN! But that hurts Eddie’s hand just as much! Claudio clamps on a SLEEPER in the ropes! But Eddie elbows free, only for Claudio to back suplex Eddie to the ramp! The LED Plexiglas ramp is a stiff worker, and Claudio looms over Eddie. Eddie is dazed and the fans rally up behind him. Claudio drags Eddie up, then stomps a hand!
Claudio then clotheslines Eddie back into the ring! Fans boo as Claudio climbs the corner. But Eddie rolls to the corner, only for Claudio to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP anyway! Claudio stomps Eddie, drags him up, and scoop SLAMS him! Claudio goes back up, to then DIVING HEADBUTT but FLOPS as Eddie moves! Eddie staggers up, but into an UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!! Eddie is still in this and Claudio is fuming as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Claudio and Eddie go to ropes, and then Claudio storms over. Claudio CLUBS away on Eddie at the ropes, then he drags Eddie up. Eddie pushes Claudio away but Claudio reels Eddie in. Claudio suplexes but Eddie blocks! Claudio throws body shots, tries again, but Eddie still blocks! Eddie then suplexes Claudio up and over! Fans fire up while both men flounder. Claudio stands first, runs and he BOOTS Eddie in the head! And then Claudio scuffs Eddie, kicks him around, taunts and toys with him, but Eddie CHOPS! Claudio kicks, Eddie CHOPS! Claudio SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Eddie reaches out in time!
Claudio sits Eddie up and clamps on with a top wristlock chinlock combo! Fans rally up as Eddie endures being squeezed and twisted around. But then Claudio KICKS Eddie in the back, and STOMPS the hand! Then he STOMPS the other hand! Eddie clutches fingers, but Claudio drags Eddie up by an ear. Eddie CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dynamite returns to single picture as Claudio eggs Eddie on. Eddie CHPOS, Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT in the corner! Claudio sits Eddie down, the ref back shim off, but then Claudio fireman’s carries! T K O! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Eddie hangs in there!
Claudio scuffs Eddie again, and that riles Eddie up. Claudio gives more toying kicks, then some harder shots. Eddie pounds the mat and fans fire up with him! Claudio kick sand kicks and kicks, and Eddie wobbles, only to sit up again. Claudio drags Eddie up to UPPER- NO, BACKSLIDE! TWO! Eddie ENZIGURIS! And then an EXPLODER!! Eddie has Claudio again, for a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Claudio goes to a corner, Yuta coaches him, and Claudio sees Eddie go to the far side. Eddie runs in to clothesline! Eddie fires up and fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! Claudio just brushes those off? Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS, then JABS! Claudio drops to a knee and fans are thunderous!
Eddie hauls Claudio up, Claudio fights the Northern Lights Bomb, so Eddie fires Kawada knees! Claudio JABS back! Eddie staggers, Claudio shakes out the cobwebs, and then both men stare down again. Fans fire up as the two step up, Claudio eggs Eddie on, then fires a forearm! Eddie CHOPS! Forearm! CHOP! Repeat! Claudio eggs Eddie on so Eddie CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Eddie staggers back, steadies himself, and he CHOPS again! Claudio dusts that off, so Eddie CHOPS only for Claudio to catch it! HEADBUTT, short arm LARIAT!! Cover, TWO, but Claudio rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!
Claudio reels Eddie in, straitjacket for the RICOLA- RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio has the cover, TWO!! Flashbacks to Supercard of Honor there, but Eddie is up! Into an UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO?!? Eddie survives and Claudio is furious! Claudio drags Eddie up, straitjacket, RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! New York is electric as Eddie still lives! Claudio is beside himself, but he pulls off the elbow pad now. Claudio drags Eddie up, talks some trash, and UPPERCUTS! URAKEN!! URAKEN!! Then a half nelson, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX!! Claudio stands, into the URAKEN!! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Fans are electric again as Eddie powers up! Eddie drags Claudio up, reels him in, but Claudio fights the lift! Claudio then UPPERCUTS! Eddie URAKENS!! And POWERBOMBS!! High stack, EDDIE WINS!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Openweight & NEW ROH World Champion)
He has done it! The Mad King has conquered Claudio and now reigns over two kingdoms! Yuta tells Claudio that yes, it really did happen. Yuta helps Claudio to his feet, and Eddie keeps his eyes on them. Claudio offers a handshake, and Eddie… accepts it! Claudio hands the ROH title over then takes his leave. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and that is an understatement. How much more history will be made by Eddie Kingston now?
The Kingdom visits Roderick Strong in the hospital.
This was recorded sometime last week after Dynamite. Matt Taven & Mike Bennett sit by Roddy’s bedside as the nurse fluffs Roddy’s pillow. Mike says they wanted to invite everyone here so they could personally thank everyone for all the gifts and cards. Taven likes this card here. “I hope it makes your day brighter knowing how much everyone cares. Your attention to neck health awareness has been inspirational, and one day, I hope to be as neck strong as you. XOXO Olga.” Mike excuses the nurse and then Adam Cole visits. Roddy calls out to Adam and asks where he is, he can’t see. Then open your eyes.
Roddy does open his eyes and is happy to see Cole is here. Of course he is, he wouldn’t miss this for the world. Cole then says hi to The Kingdom and they ask him where he’s been. He got here as quick as he could. Oh, convenient, Cole shows up just as The Kingdom has to leave. Mike tells Roddy sorry, they gotta go. They’re going to be the new #1 Contenders to the ROH World Tag Titles. Roddy understands. He knows they don’t need it, but good luck. New champs coming soon. Taven then insults Cole’s shirt and pants. Is that how he dresses when he’s mourning? Cole says that’s real appropriate to say.
Cole then tells Roddy that he is glad Roddy is doing okay, and Cole hates to do this but he has to leave soon, too. Max has the world title match with Samoa Joe, and after what happened all last week, Cole has to make sure Max will be okay. Roddy says who cares! What about him? Cole wants Roddy to know he loves him, but Max is the one in danger. Roddy makes the bed sit up so he can look at Cole properly, just so he can tell Cole to go. Then Roddy lowers himself back down. Will Cole be able to help MJF through whatever is coming?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage & Luchasaurus.
Renee Paquette is with Captain Charisma and the AEW TNT Champion to bring up that this Friday, Rampage: Grand Slam, it will be Darby Allin & Sting taking on these two in a tag team match. Obviously, Christian & Luchasaurus have a ton of experience- Christian cuts Renee off to say they have a ton of experience in defending the TNT Championship. And at Rampage: Grand Slam, Christian & Luchasaurus walk through Darby & Sting, and then move on from them. But obviously, Darby isn’t going to move on until he gets another chance at Christian’s- er, their TNT Championship!
So here’s a proposition: Saturday on Collision, Darby VS Christian VS Luchasaurus in a Triple Threat for the TNT Championship! Sound good to Darby? Oh, and one more little wrinkle: if Darby wants his shot, then Sting is not allowed at ringside! And when Darby steps into the ring for their Handicap- er, Triple Threat… Then Darby has as much a chance of winning this championship as both the Yankees and the Mets! ZERO! As for Friday, bring your boy. Christian & Luchasaurus head out, will they dominate this entire week?
Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara!
For the first time ever, The Ocho and the Spanish God go 1v1 with each other! They’re both ready to fight harder than they ever have before, but who will come out on top?
Sammy’s entrance has him wearing an LED vest as a reference to all of Jericho’s light up jackets, and Sammy even has Monteasy live to rap the theme song! Is this Sammy’s time to take flight? Or will he be unable to get off the ground with Judas in his mind?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. Sammy offers a handshake, Jericho accepts it, and the two tie up. Jericho headlocks, then switches and hammerlocks to headlock again. Sammy powers out, but Jericho runs him over, only for Sammy to kip up! So Jericho slaps Sammy! Sammy slaps back, and the hands start flying! Fans fire up and Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Repeat! Sammy gets the edge, whips, hurdles, flips over, and Jericho stumbles into the DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Sammy spins to hit his pose! And Jericho still joins in? Sammy is surprised by that and Jericho SLAPS him again!
Sammy goes to ropes, Jericho storms up but Sammy rolls him up! ONE, and Sammy cradles! ONE, and Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS again, then CHOPS Sammy in the corner! Fans fire up as Jericho whips corner to corner. Jericho runs in but into an elbow! Sammy swings, Jericho spins him around, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron but Jericho storms over. Triangle jump, but Sammy ducks and Jericho hits the floor! Sammy builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Jericho! Fans fire up as Sammy puts Jericho in the ring.
Sammy goes up the corner, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho hangs tough but Sammy keeps his cool. Sammy slashes his throat and he torture racks! But Jericho fights that, to hit a CODE BREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron again, but Jericho goes out after him. Fans rally as Jericho drags Sammy up, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws body shots. Jericho CLUBS and CLUSB and CLUBS Sammy, to then suplex. Sammy blocks, throws more body shots, but Jericho hits back! Then Jericho suplexes to the floor! Fans fire up while both men writhe and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men but they’re okay to continue. Jericho drags himself up with the apron skirt, then soaks up the cheers and jeers from New York. Jericho drags Sammy up and SMACKS him off the desk! The ring count is climbing, but Jericho clears off the desk! Jericho SMACKS Sammy with the desk hood! Jericho slides into the ring to stop the count and soak up more cheers and jeers. Sammy stands up, and slides in at 9! Jericho stomps Sammy, drags him up and reels him in, for a BIG back suplex! Jericho smacks Sammy around, eggs him on, and brings him up again, but Sammy cradles! TWO! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Sammy down!
Jericho drags Sammy up again, puts him in a corner and on the top rope. Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then he climbs up, to rain down fists! Jericho goes all the way to TEN, then SUPER STEINERS! Sammy writhes, Jericho pushes him to a cover, TWO! Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs and paces around as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Jericho stands Sammy up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho eggs Sammy on, so Sammy CHOPS! And forearms! And CHOPS! Sammy fires off more, whips Jericho to ropes, but Jericho KICKS him away! Jericho runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!
Both men stand and Jericho LARIATS Sammy down! And then LARIATS him again! Cover, TWO! Sammy is still in this and fans rally up. Jericho brings Sammy up, CHOPS him again, then has him in a corner. Jericho CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Sammy goes up and over, ducks and steals the CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move and Sammy is beside himself. Jericho goes to the apron, Sammy runs in to BLAST him off! Jericho hits the desk! Sammy then goes to the apron, to then go up the corner?! Sammy aims, says a quick prayer, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!
Sammy clutches a leg, puts Jericho in, and he fires up! Fans are with Sammy as he goes to the apron. Sammy springboards, into a DROPKICK! Sammy goes back to the apron, Jericho triangle jumps, into a CALF KICK! Not the cleanest but something got Jericho. Sammy SUPERKICKS to knock Jericho down, and then he goes back up top! FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho just gets that arm up and Sammy grows frustrated. Sammy drags Jericho up, torture racks, GO TO- NO, Jericho blocks! Jericho trips Sammy and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans are thunderous while Sammy endures!
Jericho sits deep on the hold, but Sammy reaches out! Sammy crawls his way forward, but Jericho drags him back! Sammy clubs at Jericho’s legs, tuck sunder and throws hands from below! Sammy then throws Jericho away! Sammy JUMP KNEES Jericho to a corner! Sammy runs in, is put on the apron, and Jericho ROCKS him! Jericho goes up the other side of the corner! Jericho drags Sammy up to join him, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws hands in return. They both stand on the top rope, to SUPER CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are losing their minds! Sammy crawls to the cover, TWO!!!
Jericho is still in this but Sammy is too sore to be upset. Sammy and Jericho sit up, Jericho goes to ropes but Sammy is right on him. Sammy CHOPS, then whips. Jericho reverses, but Sammy avoids the dropkick! Sammy goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT onto knees!! Jericho counters his own move, and then runs to BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Jericho lines up the shot, Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Jericho grits his teeth, but he also has a sinister grin on his face now. Jericho throws down fists, then he brings Sammy up for a knee to the head! And another! And another! Jericho runs, into a JUMP KNEE!
Sammy torture racks! GO TO HOSPITAL!! But Sammy doesn’t cover!? Sammy goes up the corner instead, takes aim, and SHOOTING STAR- CODE BREAKER!!! Cover, Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
Sammy gambled and just got busted! Jericho wins, proving why he is the master and Sammy is the apprentice. But the real question is, can these two still be friends? Jericho offers a hand, Sammy accepts, and they hug it out! Fans cheer as Le Sex Gods stick together! But then Sammy LOW BLOWS Jericho?! Jericho falls against Sammy but Sammy shoves him down! And here comes Don Callis?! No, Sammy, no! But Don pats Sammy on the shoulder. Don threw his friendship with Jericho away, and now takes away Jericho’s last friend! Will the Spanish God soon be a wrestling god thanks to the Don Callis Family?
MJF & Adam Cole pull into the parking lot.
The brochachos pull up in an emerald green Porsche, and as he steps out of the car, Maxwell Jacob Friedman calls out Samoa Joe! “I’ve been holding a grudge against you for eight long years. And when you decided to shove me, I took that and I turned it into a little ball, and I put that chip on my shoulder. And tonight, I take that chip and I bash your skull in! See, it was bad enough when you shoved me. But you took, and you took, and you took, and you tried to take away the two things now that are most precious to me: you are trying to take away my AEW World Championship, and you are trying to hurt my brother, Adam Cole.”
That is where Joe messed up. Tonight, MJF will choke Joe out in front of thousands of New Yorkers, MJF’s people! And the last thing Joe is gonna hear as he fades out is… “M! J! F! M! J! F!” Because they’re better than you, and Cole gets a call? It’s Roddy? Seriously? He’s upset but Cole wants him to talk it out. Cole says he still has MJF’s back but this is an emergency. Roddy, relax, you are not gonna die! Cole heads out to talk with Roddy about his neck, and MJF tells Joe, “Your ass is mine.” Will the ROH World Television Champion look to change that with his own two hands?
Backstage interview with Don Callis & Sammy Guevara.
Renee walks up to ask them if this all but confirms that Sammy has joined the Don Callis Family, but Don says not to cut her off, “but all will be revealed this Friday on Rampage. C’mon, kid, we got a lot to celebrate.” The two traitors head out, but then cross paths with Daniel Garcia! Sammy and Danny stare down, and then Sammy asks if he has something to say. Don has Sammy stand down and says Danny is money. For now, the two of them will go. Don gets Sammy outta there, but what are Danny’s feelings? He left the JAS, but is he upset Sammy joined the DCF?
AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Maniac made it past the human skyscraper that is “Big Bill” Morrissey, but now he has to face what he did to the Immortal Firebird almost a month ago! Will Fenix burn Moxley down? Or will Moxley ace this, game, set and match?
Moxley goes up the ramp so he can drop his belt on top of Fenix’s cape. Moxley taunts Fenix, Fenix storms up after Moxley and CHOPS! Fans fire up as the brawl is on! Moxley ROCKS Fenix, whips him at the ring but Fenix goes up the ropes to JUMP SOBAT! Fans fire up while Moxley flops to the floor. Fenix uses the ramp as a runway to FLY and take Moxley down! Fans lose their minds and Fenix crawls his way over to Moxley. Moxley is dazed but Fenix’s back is sore from that landing. Fenix still stands up and he drags Moxley up. Fenix ROCKS Moxley, CHOPS him against railing, and then puts Moxley in the ring.
The bell finally sounds so this is a match! Fenix baits Moxley, avoids the stomp and then shoulders into Moxley! Fenix slingshots to sunset flip, ONE! Moxley stacks, TWO! Moxley staggers, Fenix kips up and things speed up. Fenix handsprings over the leg sweep! Moxley swings, Fenix catches him to CHOP, knuckle lock, and go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Moxley stands back up and Fenix somersaults, into a FOREARM! Moxley is done playing around, and he runs to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fenix survives the shoutout to the Visionary, but Moxley rains down fists! Moxley then shifts to a cover, TWO!
Moxley has the double wristlock but Fenix fights up with body shots. Moxley facelocks but Fenix powers out to BITE the hand! Fenix BOOTS the punch, CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley pokes the eyes! Moxley whips, Fenix tiger feints but into a BOOT! Fenix flounders to the ramp and then the floor but Moxley pursues. The ring count climbs and Moxley CHOPS Fenix against railing! Moxley dumps Fenix over into the front row! Fans fire up as Fenix drags himself up. Moxley drags Fenix up but Fenix throws body shots! Fenix ROCKS Mox, then pushes him away. Fenix jumps up onto the railing, but Moxley shoves him back down!
Moxley has Fenix on the railing, to DRAPING PARADIGM SHIFT!! Fenix is dazed now and Moxley gets a chair! The ref reprimands so Moxley puts Fenix in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fenix is hanging tough but Moxley eggs him on. Fenix chops but that was nothing, and Moxley BOOTS him! Moxley rains down fists, lets off, and Fenix crawls to a corner. Moxley storms over, brings him up, and clotheslines! Moxley flips fans off, runs in, but Fenix dodges to GAMANGIRI! And GAMANGIRI! And then JUMP SOBAT! Moxley staggers, into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! But Fenix hurries to a corner and goes right up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Moxley is still in this but Fenix fires up again. Fans are with him as he runs, but into a KING KONG LARIAT! Moxley roars, fans fire up even more, and then Moxley flips off Fenix. Abrahantes coaches Fenix up, and he kips up to his feet! Fenix dodges Mox to SUPERKICK him out of the ring! Fenix goes out after him, brings him around, and puts him on the railing now! Fenix goes to the apron, then up the corner! Fans are losing their minds already, SUPER FLYING LEG DROP!!! Both men crash down and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men and they’re somehow okay to continue. Abrahantes coaches Fenix as he and Moxley stir. Moxley crawls to the ring, Fenix follows and pushes him in. Fenix then aims from the apron, springboards, but into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives but Moxley just snarls and storms around. Moxley gets Fenix’s legs, ties them up, and has a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Fenix endures, reaches out, and fans rally as he fights forward. But Moxley shifts to a CLOVERLEAF STF!! Moxley grinds the hold, then shifts to just a facelock. Moxley drags Fenix up, Gotch hold for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fenix survives again and Moxley is fuming! Moxley storms around the ring, Abrahantes coaches Fenix and the fans rally up. Moxley clamps on with a SLEEPER, then drags Fenix up again. Moxley CHOPS Fenix to the corner and Fenix drops to his knees! Moxley stands Fenix up to CHOP again! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley storms around. Fenix sputters, stands, and CHOPS! Moxley forearms, then he puts Fenix back in a corner. Moxley puts Fenix up top, climbs up to join him, but Fenix resists with body shots. Fans rally as Fenix HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Moxley falls, Fenix jumps to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!!
Both men are down and New York is thunderous again! Fenix crawls to a cover, TWO! Fenix drags Moxley up and reels him in but Moxley resists the lift. Fenix CLUBS Moxley, but Moxley Alabama Lifts him! Fenix still CLUBS Moxley, they end up on ropes, and Moxley throws body shots! Moxley DECKS Fenix to the outside! Moxley goes out to run downhill, CURB STOMP ON THE RAMP!! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for the Visionary as Moxley drags Fenix in. Moxley lifts, to stall, and PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fenix survives and fans are thunderous again! Moxley is seething and he drags Fenix back up.
Moxley puts Fenix in a corner, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him, and then hoists Fenix up top. Moxley goes up, underhooks, but Fenix fights! Moxley falls, Fenix adjusts, SWANTON BOMB!! Then Fenix drags Moxley up and fireman’s carries, to BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! HOW?!? Fans call BS, that twitch could NOT have been enough! But Fenix figures F it, BLACK FIRE DRIVER again!!! Cover, FENIX WINS!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)
New York cannot believe it but they are loving it! Moxley’s reign ends after just three defenses, and Fenix has his vengeance! Death Triangle regains the gold once held by The Bastard, will Fenix blaze his own trail with this title? As for Moxley, he is getting checked by medics, what condition will he be in after such an epic fight?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Oh Maaaax~! You feel it, Max? The night is upon us, a great celebration! Tonight is a night of consequences. And Max, you have run your mouth, you have made your angst known, you have told the world you’ve harbored your grudge against me for eight years.” But MJF better be prepared to hold onto that grudge a little longer, because Joe will smash him from pillar to post, in front of MJF’s people! And tonight, Joe finishes taking what he was trying to take from MJF all those years ago. But it won’t be MJF’s future, it’ll be his championship. We’ve already seen the landscape shift, will the One True King of Wrestling Television add to that?
AEW takes a closer look at the ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders match.
Matt Hardy says that Friday on Rampage: Grand Slam, he and Jeff will compete in a match, with the winners going on to face MJF & Adam Cole for the ROH World Tag Team Championships at WrestleDream! But Matt Taven says they are the OGK, and the Melvins will put respect on the name of The Kingdom. Mike says that they do three things this Friday: Punch ’em in the wiener; hit ’em with piledrivers; and become the #1 Contenders! Best Friends join in, and Trent says this is one more shot for the boys to go on and get another shot to win the big one. Chuck knows MJF & Cole say they’re best friends, but we all know there is only one set of Best Friends that matter, and it’s these two!
Vincent says that a long time ago, being crazy meant something. But now, everybody’s crazy! The Righteous is here to purify AEW, and it starts this Friday on Rampage. Dig what they’re saying? It’s a Fatal 4 of four powerful teams, but who will come away with those golden tickets to Seattle?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm!
The Outcasts used to be a strong trio within the AEW Women’s Division, but this very title is what tore apart the friendship of The Knight and the Lightning. Saraya won an All In London Fatal 4 to become champion, but Storm won the Fatal 4 to earn this match! Will Storm complete the #PortraitofaStar with some gold? Or will this Knight still reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the real star of the AEW Women’s Division!
The bell rings and Storm wants a hug? Saraya says no, she’s crazy as a loon and totally betrayed The Outcasts! Storm still offers, so Saraya SLAPS her! Fans boo and Storm looks hurt emotionally. Saraya SLAPS Storm again and says Storm is nothing without Saraya! “You need me! YOU NEED ME!” Then she SLAPS Storm again! So now Storm smiles? Saraya is confused, but Storm CHPOS her! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Ruby shouts from the apron but Storm rushes over! Storm avoids Ruby’s cheap shot to CHOP her down! But Saraya BOOTS Storm down! Fans boo but Saraya tells Storm she’s a stupid cow!
Saraya has Storm on ropes, goes to the apron, and fires off knee after knee after knee! Storm flops to the floor and Saraya soaks up the heat. But then Storm trips Saraya up! Saraya hits the apron, Storm pushes her back in the ring. Storm sees Ruby standing there, and she goes under the ring? What in the world? The ref goes to check with Saraya, Storm sticks her feet out and Ruby drags her out from under there. Storm has SHOES! She kicks Ruby, then SLAPS her with those slippers! Fans fire up and Storm goes back to the ring. The ref says drop the shoe, then snatches the slipper away. But he misses the HIGH HEEL SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
Storm is furious that Saraya survives! Storm argues with the ref then throws a fit as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Saraya into ropes, drapes her out, to DRAPING DDT to the ramp!! Ruby rushes up to check Saraya, her neck is a major issue for her. Storm is torn between remorse and rage, but Saraya seems okay to continue. So Storm drags her in through the ropes, to DRAPING DDT again!! Cover, TWO!! Saraya survives and Storm seethes. Storm storms around, pursues Saraya out of the ring, but tells Ruby to back off. But that distraction allows Saraya to BOOT Storm! Saraya then SMACKS Storm off the desk! Storm staggers and flounders away, then Saraya CLUBS her! Saraya scowls as she stands Storm up to CHOP!
Saraya pushes Storm into the ring, tells fans off, then hops back in. But Storm ROCKS her! And CLUBS her! And CHPOS her! Saraya goes to a corner, Storm hoists her up top, and then ROCKS her! Storm climbs, Saraya hits back, they brawl up top! Storm CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS, then stands Saraya up. Saraya fights back with body shots, and she CLUBS away on Storm now! Saraya adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Dynamite returns to single picture! Ruby is furious while Saraya argues with the ref. Fans boo as Ruby tries to start a Saraya chant.
Saraya sits Storm up but Storm hits first! Saraya hits back, Storm hits again! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans fire up as Storm just HAMMERS away! Fans are thunderous for Storm and she grabs a turnbuckle. Storm rips the pad right off! The ref takes that but the buckle is still exposed. And then Storm gets the spray paint! Ruby snatches that away, payback for that TBS Championship screw job! The ref argues with Ruby, then with Storm, and Ruby rolls the can to Saraya! Saraya SPRAYS Storm in the face!! KNIGHT CAP!! Cover, TWO?!?! Storm survives the flashback to All In!
New York is thunderous but Saraya is furious! Saraya slaps Storm around, drags her up, and bumps her off buckles! And again! And then she considers the bare buckle. Saraya sits Storm in the corner but Ruby wants her to finish this! Saraya stomps but Storm blocks! Storm sets the foot down, to KISS Saraya!? And then reel her in! STORM ZERO!!! Cover, TWO!?! Storm’s kiss goodbye didn’t finish this! But Storm puts Saraya in the corner, against that bare buckle! Storm goes to the far corner, says “I’m sorry, I love you.” SWEET HIP- NO, Saraya moves and the buckle gets Storm in the booty! Saraya reels Storm in and onto the ropes, DRAPING KNIGHT CAP!!! Cover, Saraya wins!!
Winner: Saraya, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Saraya shouts that Storm forced her to do that! Storm reaches out, but The Outcasts leave her behind. Will Saraya & Soho move on from Storm to conquer the entire AEW Women’s Division?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage: Grand Slam!
Considering it is a TWO HOUR special edition for Arthur Ashe, there’s more action to be had! And in a Mixed Trios match, Kris Statlander joins #OrangeHook to take on Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker! Will the TBS Champion, the FTW Champion and Freshly Squeezed prove why they’re The Galaxy’s Greatest? Or will they owe some title shots to the sports… enner-tay-ners?
Then Skye Blue takes on Julia Hart in a battle of two young and hungry stars wanting their shot at some gold! Plus, after making a comeback at All In London, after sharing his side of the story, Mike Santana gets back in the ring! Will he blaze a trail to the top, all by himself?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
On top of the TNT Championship “Triple Threat” of Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin, Andrade El Idolo accepts Jay White’s challenge from last Saturday! Will the Latin Idol learn what it means to Breathe With The Switchblade? Then Rob Van Dam competes in his home state of Michigan, FTR defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships against The Workhorsemen, and Bryan Danielson gives Ricky Starks his rematch, in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH! With as much blood as was shed at All Out, how much more violent will the American Dragon and Absolute go?
AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe!
It’s the moment of truth! After watching the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Maxwell Jacob Friedman was very… happy(?) to see that the King of Wrestling TV won the right to have this match. MJF threw some Steiner math at Joe but now it’s time to put it to the test! Will the hometown antihero finally have his revenge? Or will we soon be calling him #TwoBeltJoe?
MJF’s entrance is an homage to Bret Hart and Mean Joe Greene. A kid shouts out to MJF, tells him to go get ’em, champ, and then MJF nods and gives the kid his scarf. And also whispers something before heading out. What’d he say? That the kid’s adopted?! Anyway… The introductions are made, the Triple B is raised, and we see who finishes Dynamite with a Grand Slam!
The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already for MJF. MJF and Joe circle, feel things out, and then Joe kicks a leg! MJF backs away to a corner, resets with Joe, and they feel things out again. Fans chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” but Joe just smirks. They circle, Joe corners MJF but the ref has him back off. So MJF pokes Joe in the eye! MJF hops on for a SLEEPER, but Joe THROWS MJF down! MJF clutches his neck, and conspicuous by his absence is Adam Cole. Was Roddy’s “emergency” more engrossing than Cole thought? Joe looms over MJF as MJF sits up, and MJF stands to say he’s okay. Joe CLUBS him down for it!
Joe stomps MJF, fans boo, but Joe stomps MJF on the neck! MJF goes to a corner, Joe JABS and JABS and JABS! Joe sits MJF down, then RIDGEHANDS him down! Fans boo but Joe just says “SUCK IT!” Joe eggs MJF on, drags him from the corner, and clamps on a neck wrench! MJF endures the torture but the fans rally up behind him. MJF fights up, throws body shots, but Joe throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Joe drags MJF up to atomic drop! Joe runs but MJF dodges the boot! MJF kicks, Joe blocks and MJF apologizes, only to poke Joe in the eyes again! MJF jumps on for a SLEEPER!
Joe RAMS MJF into buckles! Joe is free, and he runs to BOOT! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Joe paces, not at all bothered. Joe then drags MJF up, but MJF JABS, throat chops, and runs at the corner, into the “SIT YO ASS DOWN!” URENAGE! Joe paces while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Now Joe covers, ROPEBREAK! MJF saves himself by fingertips but Joe just drags him to the outside. Joe CLUBS MJF against the apron! MJF sputters, Joe drags him out and whips him hard into railing! MJF falls in a heap and Joe mockingly applauds. Joe then storms back over, drags MJF back up and puts him back in the ring. Joe CLUBS MJF again and MJF flounders away. Joe hurries in after MJF, CHOKES him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. MJF sputters, only for Joe to KICK him in the side! Joe paces, drags MJF up, and snapmares to then neck wrench again! MJF endures all over again but the fans still rally.
MJF fights up, using Joe’s twisting for leverage, and he throws body shots! MJF runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! MJF is hanging in there but Joe keeps his cool. Joe drags MJF up and puts him in a corner to JAB! JAB! JAB! And CHOP! MJF leans against ropes and the ref reprimands Joe, but Joe JABS MJF again as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally as hard as they can for MJF and he fires forearms back! Joe HEADBUTTS, then he hoists MJF up top! Joe tucks MJF in but MJF sunset flips! Stack cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! MJF learned that one from his brochacho! But Joe stays up, so MJF short arm LARIATS!
Joe is still up so MJF LARIATS again! Joe is still up, so MJF runs to LARIAT! That takes as much out of MJF as it does Joe, but fans are thunderous as MJF goes again. Joe LARIATS MJF down!! Cover, TWO!! Joe is getting annoyed now but he rips MJF’s new shirt up! Then he wipes his butt with it and throws it down on MJF! Fans boo and MJF is furious, that was his loving tribute to the New York MLB legacy! Joe gives scuffing kicks and toying pie faces. MJF is getting mad now! Joe HEADBUTTS, and MJF just glares at him! Joe SLAPS MJF, then CLUBS him! MJF fires off forearms!
Joe puts MJF in the corner, but MJF dodges to CLAW the back, and bump Joe off buckles again and again and again! Fans count all the way to TEN! MJF goes up to then rain down fists! Fans count all the way to nine, because then MJF BITES Joe’s head!! The ref reprimands, Joe shoves MJF away, but MJF backflips and lands perfectly!! MJF has New York all fired up as he takes the kangaroo stance! KANGAROO KICK!! Joe flops out of the ring, MJF kips up and shakes the ropes! Fans are thunderous but MJF stops because his neck bothers him again. The chants of “M J F! M J F!” gets MJF back to his feet!
MJF pounds the mat, fans rally, and MJF builds speed! No doubts this time, MJF DIVE into a GAMANGIRI! Joe goes up to get MJF on the apron, fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!! Joe then laughs as he watches MJF down on the floor! Joe drags MJF up while fans boo, and Joe puts MJF in the ring. Cover, TWO!! MJF is still in this and the fans are thunderous again! Joe is amused, but also rather frustrated. Joe goes out, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans are torn but they do love tables! Joe puts that table against railing, then drags MJF out of the ring! The ref reprimands but Joe brings MJF over.
Joe clinches, and URENAGES MJF through the table!! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Joe just laughs again. Joe drags MJF up out of the wreckage, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO?!?!? MJF survives and the fans are thunderous again! Joe nods, he might even respect the fighting spirit. But now he pulls padding off the concrete floor!! Joe drags MJF out of the ring again, the ref reprimands, and they go to the bare floor! But MJF fights free, to BITE Joe’s leg!! Fans fire up as MJF lets off that, to reel Joe in! But MJF’s neck won’t let him lift Joe! Joe kicks MJF, reels him back in, and gets him up to PILEDRIVER to the concrete!!!
Fans are losing their minds and the ref freaks out! The medics check MJF but Joe just has an evil smile on his face! Joe looms over MJF but the ref has him back off. Joe doesn’t care, he SWATS and BOOTS medics and security! Joe drags MJF up and into the ring! Joe figures he can pay the finds once he has two champ checks! Cover, TWO!??!?! Joe is stunned!! Devil or not, MJF is not human!! Joe drags MJF up, and he says MJF better give up or else. MJF SPITS in Joe’s face! So Joe DECKS MJF!! Joe then drags MJF back to his feet, runs, and LARI- NO, MJF slips through, reels Joe in, and manages a POWERBOMB?!?! Cover, TWO!!!!
The fans are electric as both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as Joe and MJF stir! Joe sits up, as does MJF. They stand, and Joe CHOPS! Joe runs, but MJF ROCKS him with a forearm! Joe CHOPS, but MJF seethes to forearm! They go shot for shot, MJF SUPERKICKS! Joe ROCKS MJF! And again, and again, and again! Joe runs one more time, but MJF gets around to a SLEEPER! But Joe gets around, to a COQUINA! MJF grabs at the ref, and then LOW BLOW MULE KICKS in the distraction!! Fans fire up as MJF gets away from Joe. MJF then gets his Dynamite Diamond Ring out! MJF gives it a kiss and puts it on the pinkie!
MJF runs in, but Joe puts the ref in the way! The ref sees the diamond ring and confiscates it! Then Joe LOW BLOWS MJF!! Joe puts MJF up top, tuck shim in, MUSCLE BUSTER!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?!? Joe can’t even explain it!! The fans are volcanic as Joe drags MJF back up, into a SLEEPER!! MJF flails, reaches out, but Joe is leaning on him! The hand falls once! But wait! Here comes Adam Cole!! Cole coaches MJF on but the hand falls twice! Cole pounds the mat, fans rally up even harder, and MJF comes back to life!! MJF fights up and again Joe can’t explain it! MJF stands to BITE the arm!!
Joe lets go, MJF victory rolls! TWO!! MJF hurries to have a SLEEPER of his own!! Joe fights up, and he RAMS MJF into a corner! The ref had to bail out to avoid the impact! Cole distracts Joe on the apron, MJF undoes some wrist tape, and MJF CHOKES Joe with the wrist tape garrote!!! MJF hides it inside the sleeper!! The ref revives, MJF has Joe in body scissors!! The ref checks, Joe is OUT! MJF wins!!
Winner: MJF, by submission (still AEW World Champion)
MJF hides the evidence in his armpit, but then it falls out as the ref raises his hand in victory! MJF keeps the ref distracted and Cole takes care of truly hiding the evidence. MJF and Cole hug to celebrate, Cole had MJF’s back in the end. But Joe knows it, and he shoves Cole! MJF gets in the way to keep this from getting worse. Joe snarls, but he offers a handshake? MJF is wary, he knows all the tricks in the book, but fans want to see it. MJF takes the handshake, and there is now respect instead of a grudge. Will the One True King of Wrestling Television have to settle for defending his one crown?
As for the brochachos, they stand together with all their belts! The medics still check with MJF, that neck has to be killing him. With both the AEW World Championship and the ROH World Tag Team Championship around his waist, how long can MJF keep this up?
An awesome Dynamite for Grand Slam 2023, with the right balance of action and talking. A little surprised they didn’t open with the International Championship, but the Winner Takes All match was a great choice all the same. The right choice was made here with Eddie winning the ROH World Championship. Claudio doesn’t have to worry about going to ROH tapings when he only did so rarely, and Eddie can go back and forth between ROH and NJPW Strong, just as I’ve been saying since this match was teased. Then speaking of the International Championship, it was awesome stuff, but clearly, there was something along the lines of a concussion there with Moxley. Fenix wasn’t supposed to win, but winning the title given the injury makes sense. And hopefully Moxley is alright.
Jericho VS Sammy was great, and it was very surprising that Jericho won clean. But in the end, that’s because Sammy was gonna turn on him and join Don Callis! I like that Daniel Garcia’s part in this story is to now be the one member of the former JAS that left Jericho behind, who might now return to his side. Garcia VS Guevara is going to be great stuff, and at least there’s now more than two people in the Don Callis Family. Still waiting on Kota Ibushi responding to Don & Konosuke claiming they’re gonna end his career.
Really good promo from Christian Cage & Luchasaurus, but uh, isn’t having a TNT Championship match on Collision after the Rampage tag match a little too soon? Though, given Christian is only making such a match so he and Luchasaurus can beat down Darby and one of them still has the title is definitely more TV programming than PPV programming. Then maybe Darby gets a proper title rematch at WrestleDream to add another hometown wrestler to the card. The ROH World Six Man Tag Championships being the Rampage main event is great for the building story of Swerve VS Hangman, and might actually give Mogul Embassy a chance to retain.
Great title match from Saraya VS Storm, with great character work and references back to the previous matches. But as such, of course Ruby helps Saraya retain, and who knows where Storm goes from here. Good promo to set up the Tag Team Fatal 4 Way, but I still feel The Kingdom wins that to then challenge MJF & Cole. Great promo from The Kingdom with Roddy and Cole, and how that tied into Cole not being around for most of MJF VS Joe. Good promos from MJF and Joe, too, and we got a PPV worthy title match. MJF has now reached that Eddie Guerrero level where he can cheat and do Heel things but is still Face because the fans love him. As such, MJF wins, and it is great to see Joe show him respect.
Joe will still have plenty to do with his ROH TV title, and now I think AEW really commits to how Roddy & The Kingdom will get in between MJF & Cole, take those tag titles, and then MJF VS Cole Round 3 happens at like Full Gear to settle things once and for all.
My Score: 9/10
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