Will the “Minion in Training” freeze during this test?
Billie Starkz has been under the guidance of ROH Women’s World Champion, Athena, but it is time to see if she’s learned anything from the Fallen Goddess!
- Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Brayden Erving; Woods wins.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Scorpio Sky; Scorpio wins.
- Lee Johnson VS Gravity; Gravity wins.
- Billie Starkz w/ Athena VS Lady Frost; Billie wins.
- Action Andretti & Darius Martin VS The Outrunners; Action & Darius win.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Laynie Luck; Leyla wins.
- Shane Taylor w/ Lee Moriarty VS Jimmy Jacobs; Shane wins.
- Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Ren Jones, Trenton Tormenta & Xavier Walker; Castle & The Boys win.
- Griff Garrison & Cole Karter w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS The Infantry w/ Trish Adora; Garrison & Karter win.
- Allysin Kay VS Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante; Mercedes wins.
- The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson; The Gates win.
- Ethan Page VS Rohit Raju; Ethan wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Metalik; Cage wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Brayden Erving!
The Technical Beast continues his comeback with Smart Mark lining ’em up so they can be knocked down. Will it be another easy night for Woods? Or will Brayden make a name for himself at the expense of the Sterling Stable?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. The two tie up, go around, and Woods clinches to put Brayden in a corner. Woods fires off knee after knee after knee, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans fire up as Woods hits a swinging KNEE! And then another swinging knee! Woods hauls Brayden up, whips him to the corner, but Brayden stops to elbow back! And boot, and DROPKICK! Woods stays up, ducks the enziguri, and deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up as Woods BOOTS Brayden, then KNEES him in the face! Woods hauls Brayden up to suplex, for the TILT-O-WOODS! Cover, Woods wins!
Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall
Not one ropebreak, not one haymaker, but ALL brutal! Is Woods going to be primed and ready for The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata, after WrestleDream?
Backstage interview with The Mogul Embassy.
Lexi Nair is with Prince Nana, and the former ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions, and brings up that tonight, the Gates of Agony in a tag match while Brian Cage is in a singles match. But um, is there a reason Nana is so agitated? Oh, Lexi, you are asking these “spicy” questions! Trying to be funny, huh? No, she’s just doing her job… Nana says she’s talking to the Mogul Embassy. Of course they’re ready for tonight! “You’re looking at two of the most unbelievable tag teams in the history of this stinking company, ROH, and they also happen to be the former Six Man Champions, alright?
“And then you’re talking about a Machine. A Machine that cannot be broken, Mr. Brian Cage. So when you come to me and you ask me these questions, these lollygagging type questions about why I feel a certain way… It’s because the Mogul Embassy is back on track. And it’s gonna start tonight.” Cage adds that Six Man titles or not, they’ve still got the wildest Samoan, two of the most legit African princes, and the largest arms in wrestling! And what they’re sick and tired of is seeing all these smelly, stinkin’ Sloppy Joes go out there week after week while they take a backseat! Not no more, not tonight! That all changes, just like Nana said.
And Nana adds that in the end, everyone knows that the Mogul Embassy IS in the money. Liona roars and the team heads out, will they go from dominating the Trios Division into dominating the Tag AND Singles Divisions?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Scorpio Sky!
We just saw Smart Mark’s other client go all Technical Beast Mode, and now he and the Premier Athlete make their way out. But of course, Mark has Bobby Cruz stop so he can introduce Nese himself, and he hands the mic over. Nese knows Grand Rapids, Michigan knows that he is sure they know he is a world-travelling athlete. But if you were to ask Nese to point out Grand Rapids on a map, he for the life of him would not find it. So here’s a map right here, as he holds up his hand. Point to where it is on the hand map. Some people flip Nese off! Nese ignores that to point to the bottom of the hand, where the thumb connects to the rest.
Nese now understands. He understands that Grand Rapids is the fattest part of Michigan! Yes, boo, we don’t want that. But good news for all of them! We found the root of the problem! Now we’ll do something about it. Instead of a wrestling match, Nese treats us to GROUP TRAINING~! Stand up, you lazy SOBs! Start with stretching! He’s just trying to help! You all talk to- Wait! Here comes Scorpio Sky! After all, Nese said reach for the sky. But will Scorpio have Nese reaching for some oxygen after this in-ring workout?
NO Code of Honor as Nese CLBOBERS Scorpio and fires off in the corner! The fans boo, the ref reprimands but Nese bumps Scorpio off buckles. Nese talks trash, but Scorpio CLOBBERS him in return! Fans fire up, Scorpio whips and back drops Nese high and hard! Fans fire up more as Scorpio finally gets his vest off. Nese bails out and storms around while Sterling calms him. Nese rushes up but then stays back. Fans rally for Scorpio and he chases Nese around the outside. They slide in and Nese stomps away! Nese mocks the fans, brings Scorpio up and ROCKS him with a right. Nese whips but Scorpio reverses to hurdle, drop and trip Nese!
Scorpio Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Scorpio CHOPS! Nese staggers away but fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” Scorpio obliges and CHOPS again! Nese is stinging and Sterling is upset, but Scorpio whips. Nese holds ropes, bails out again and fans boo. Nese & Sterling wanna bail on this match? No such luck as Scorpio gets Nese back in! Sterling gets in Scorpio’s face but then backs off. Nese uses the apron skirt to blind Scorpio and then DROPKICK him down! Fans boo but Sterling talks trash. Nese mockingly applauds, then he drags Scorpio up. Nese SMACKS Scorpio off the apron, then whips him at steel steps!
Scorpio writhes and Nese slides back into the ring. Nese distracts the ref so that Sterling can stomp Scorpio! Fans boo but Sterling slithers away. Nese drags Scorpio up as fans chant “YOU SUCK!” Nese knees Scorpio, knees him again, then pretends he doesn’t understand. Nese drags Scorpio up to hoist him up top backwards. Then Nese puts Scorpio in the Tree of Woe, and runs corner to corner, for the ab crunch kicks! Fans boo but Nese soaks up the heat. Scorpio gets out of the Tree, drags himself up with ropes, but Nese stands him up. Fans still say “YOU SUCK!” but Scorpio CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again!
Nese THROAT CHOPS! Fans boo but Sterling applauds. Nese headlocks to BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Fans boo more but Nese covers, TWO! Nese drops a leg, brother! And then another, brother! Cover, TWO! Scorpio stays in this but Nese stays on Scorpio with the body scissor squeeze! Fans rally up as Scorpio endures, and he pries at the hold. Scorpio powers the legs open but Nese shifts to a waistlock. BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! And back to the body scissors! Scorpio endures again and the fans rally back up. Scorpio fights up, Nese tries to chinbar but Scorpio pushes him back, and throws down forearms!
Fans fire up as Scorpio gets free! Nese grabs at Scorpio, waistlocks, but Scorpio switches to hit a BIG back suplex of his own! Both men are down and fans fire up again. A standing count begins but both men stir. Nese goes to ropes, Scorpio stands at 4 and Nese follows. Scorpio ROCKS Nese, ROCKS him again, then whips. Nese reverses but Scorpio kicks and runs, to knee lift and LARIAT! Fans fire up even more and Scorpio is feeling it! Nese flounders to a corner, Scorpio runs in but Nese dodges. Nese returns but Scorpio dodges, SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives but Scorpio keeps his cool.
Scorpio fireman’s carries but Nese fights it! Fans rally as Scorpio keeps trying to lift, but Nese powers to a waistlock. They go to a corner, Scorpio bucks the O’Conner to BOOT! Scorpio goes up, Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese fireman’s carries, but Scorpio holds ropes! Scorpio CLUBS away on Nese, then leaps up and over to sunset flip! Nese rolls through to SOBAT! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Sterling is furious about the count! Nese throws a forearm, Scorpio hits back! Nese, Scorpio, repeat! Fans rally up, Scorpio gets the edge, but Nese blocks the boot! Nese slips around to waistlock, Scorpio switches to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Nese lands on his feet to DOUBLE STOMP!
Nese hauls Scorpio up, reels him in, but Scorpio FISHERMAN BUSTERS first! Scorpio dusts off, fireman’s carries, and T K O!! Cover, Scorpio wins!
Winner: Scorpio Sky, by pinfall
Sterling’s Stable goes 1-1 as Nese’s eight pack abs could not survive that drop outta the sky! Will Scorpio’s return to ROH bring him a return to prominence?
Lee Johnson VS Gravity!
Big Shotty’s had some misfires lately, but it’s not his fault #TAIGASTYLE joined Shane Taylor Promotions to get the upper hand. Will Lee Johnson get back on target? Or will he not be able to shoot down the Astronaut of Lucha?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally up for “GRA-VI-TY!” The two circle some more, feel things out, and then tie up. Gravity waistlocks, Lee switches, but Gravity trips him and rolls back, ONE! The two reset and fans applaud. Gravity and Lee tie up again, are in a deadlock, and Gravity goes for an arm. Gravity wrenches, Lee chinbars and spins Gravity to a facelock. Lee grinds Gravity down but Gravity fights up to wrench and wristlock. Gravity kicks and kicks and keeps on the wristlock, but Lee rolls, kips up and wrenches back. Fans rally and Gravity trips Lee to then tie up the legs!
Gravity has a modified Indian Deathlock, then he knuckle locks. Lee gets his legs free, fights up to his feet and they go shoulder to shoulder. They turn around, turn again, and keep up the Test of Strength. Fans rally, Gravity headlocks but Lee powers up and out. Gravity runs Lee over, and fans fire up! Gravity runs, things speed up and Lee hurdles to arm-drag! And arm-drag again! Then he avoids Gravity’s arm-drag to Oklahoma Roll! TWO and fans are torn as Lee mocks the space walk. The two circle, feel things out again, and they tie up. Lee powers Gravity to a corner, the ref counts, and Lee lets off slowly.
Lee whips corner to corner, runs in but Gravity dodges! Gravity runs in and Arabian Press ARM-DRAGS! Then a wheelbarrow, for the victory roll! TWO! Lee rushes back in, Gravity dodges, Lee hurdles. They keep going, Lee DROPKICKS Gravity down! Fans fire up as Lee flexes. Lee stalks Gravity to ropes as fans rally. Lee brings Gravity up to bump him off buckles, then turns him around to CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” and Lee whips corner to corner. Gravity hits buckles hard then sits down in the corner, and Lee does push-ups to show off. Fans count along and Lee goes all the way to TEN! Lee gets his pumps in, then storms up on Gravity.
Lee drags Gravity up to stomp a mudhole in, the ref counts, and Lee snapmares to chinlock. Lee grinds Gravity down, fans rally up, and Gravity fights his way up. Gravity JAWBREAKERS free! Lee wobbles, Gravity goes to a corner, and then Lee runs in. Gravity BOOTS Lee back! Lee returns but Gravity puts him on the apron and DECKS him! Gravity then goes up and up and up, to SUPER CROSSBODY! Fans fire up after that hangtime, and Gravity drags Lee up. Gravity puts Lee in, goes up another corner, and then FLYING ARM-DRAGS into a cover, TWO!! Lee escapes that one but the fans fire up behind Gravity!
Gravity pounds the mat to feed off that energy, and then runs in. Lee gets around, waistlocks, O’Conner but Gravity stands up! Gravity elbows free, switches, but Lee bucks the O’Conner! Lee runs into a POWERSLAM! Then STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives the double impact but the fans fire up more! Lee flounders and Gravity watches him closely. Gravity hurries to a corner but Lee sneaks up to anchor a foot. Gravity kicks Lee away, runs up, but Lee ROCKS him with a forearm! Lee whips, shoots around, then BLUE- NO, Gravity fights the bomb! But Lee keeps Gravity from running!
Gravity elbows, but Lee ducks the roundhouse to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Gravity survives but Lee won’t let up! Lee suplexes, but Gravity slips free and ripcords, but Lee SUPERKICKS! Lee runs, slides under then SUPERKICKS again! Lee reels Gravity back in, to suplex, but Gravity cradle counters! TWO!! Lee escapes but Gravity SUPERKICKS! Gravity suplexes high and hard! Then he goes right up the corner and fans fire up for the PLANKING SPLASH! Cover, Gravity wins!
Winner: Gravity, by pinfall
Big Shotty can’t blame anyone else for this one, he just could not defy Gravity! What will it take for Lee Johnson to be firing on all cylinders? As for Gravity, he is already a star in ROH, but can he make himself into a champion?
Backstage interview with The Outrunners.
Lexi is with Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum and says we have been seeing a lot of them lately. Tonight, they face the dynamic duo of Darius Martin & Action Andretti, how’re they feeling? Truth says that there’s a lot of talking going around in AEW and ROH about “Who is the best tag team in the world?” Well, they couldn’t care less, cuz what you’re looking at is the best tag team in the UNIVERSE! Tell ’em, Turb! Turbo says Darius & Action think they’re the newest, hottest, biggest and baddest team on the block, but guess what, buds? You’re not! It’s the Outrunners! They’ve got the looks and the guns! And if you ain’t seen the Outrunners, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!
They flex as hard as they can, but can they get the win? Or will Top Flight MK II stay on course for another shot at gold?
Billie Starkz w/ Athena VS Lady Frost!
The “Minion in Training” completed the To Do List, survived the physical training, and has even had her mentor’s back against her opponents. But will she clear the final hurdle that is winning a match of her own? Or will she be left out in the cold upon failing her Fallen Goddess?
The Code of Honor is upheld, but then Frost knees Billie low! Fans boo but Frost dusts herself off. Frost runs but Billie CHOPS! And KNEES! And- NO, Frost ducks the lariat, but Billie tosses her out! Fans rally up and Athena takes notes. She blows her whistle to startle Frost, and Billie builds speed! Billie DIVES to take Frost down at the ramp! Fans cheer and Athena suggests using the steps. The people want it! Fans do cheer, and Billie says okay. Billie brings Frost up, lines up the shot, spins Frost around and around, but then puts Frost in the ring. Fans boo and Billie says she got dizzy. Athena says fine, just stay on the opponent.
Billie hurries in after Frost but Athena shouting keeps distracting her. Frost bails out, Billie goes out the side, but Frost avoids the sweep! And cartwheels over another! PENALTY KICK knocks Billie down! Frost soaks up the heat while Athena coaches Billie up. Frost taunts Athena to help her minion. Frost SMACKS Billie off the apron, CHOPS her, then says that was ice cold. Frost puts Billie in the ring, swaggers around, and she bumps Billie off buckles. Frost CHOPS and Billie sputters. Frost says, “One more?” Fans say sure, but Frost says nope! She pie faces Billie! Athena coaches Billie but Frost mocks her.
Frost laughs at Athena and bumps Billie off buckles. Frost stomps a mudhole in, then stands on Billie to stomp away! The ref reprimands, Frost lets off, and Billie drags herself up. Billie pushes Frost, but Frost GAMANGIRIS! Fans rally and Athena tells Billie to fight back. Billie throws hands and a BOOT and Athena likes that! But Frost ROCKS Billie back! Frost runs in to RAM into Billie, then rolls back to RAM into her again! Frost brings Billie out to fisherman, but Billie cradle counters! TWO! Frost DECKS Billie! Billie flounders to a corner, Frost runs up and blocks boots, but Billie KICKS back! Fans rally for Billie as she fireman’s carries.
Frost fights free, shoves, and then goes to a corner. Billie runs in but into BOOTS! Frost then handsprings over Billie to BLINDSIDE SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Athena coaches Billie but Frost is on her again. Fans rally, Frost pie faces Billie some more, then Frost whips and ROCKS Billie! Frost whips Billie but Billie blocks! And blocks again! Athena coaches Billie, Frost whips but Billie reverses and ROCKS Frost! Athena likes that! Billie runs, but Frost reels her in to CLUB her down! Billie staggers, but she spins Frost to KNEE SMASH, and HOOK KICK! Then a fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up and Billie puts Frost in a drop zone. Billie climbs, Athena coaches her on, but Billie has to leap over Frost. Frost comes back, handspring to an Alabama, AIR RAID CRASH! Frost then goes up the corner, TEMPERATURE DROP!! Cover, Athena sneaks in to help!? Fans are torn as Athena blows her whistle. The player-coach with a sneaky assist and Frost is furious, but Billie waistlocks! Frost elbows Billie, standing switches, but Billie slips free and tucks the arms, C R 2!!! Cover, BILLIE WINS!
Winner: Billie Starkz, by pinfall
The Fallen Goddess helps her Minion, and then Billie finishes it herself with Caprice Coleman wants to call “The Starkz Clash.” Wait, Athena goes after Frost for herself now! We all know the Fallen Goddess has a mean streak, and she wants Billie to get on hers! Athena TOSSES Frost out, then invites Billie to hit her, too. Billie says no, the win is enough! Athena says no, the people want violence. So she scoops and SWINGS Frost into railing! The ref says no more, Billie says no more, but fans say “ONE MORE TIME!” So Athena whips Frost hard into more railing! Billie tells Athena stop but Athena puts Frost back in the ring!
Athena sets Frost up with the ROH Women’s World Championship belt, but Billie tells her no! Athena sits Frost up, but Billie moves the belt! Athena sighs and fans boo, but Billie says enough is enough. Athena stares Billie down but Billie doesn’t back off. Athena tells Billie that if this is gonna work, Athena leads and the minion follows! You want the title? Athena is trying to show you what it takes!! Athena lets off and Billie is clearly conflicted. What other lessons will Athena try to teach Billie? Or does Billie simply need to learn how to stand up for herself?
Backstage interview with Allysin Kay.
Lexi is with AK and says tonight she will face Mercedes Martinez, an old rival. How is she feeling going into this match? Allysin says, “How am I feeling, Lexi? How am I feeling!?” Allysin apologizes for yelling, she knows Lexi is a nice person. But Allysin admits that she loves talking trash, it might be what she does best. If you need someone cussed out, she is your girl. But she is also not delusional, and she knows she’s on a losing streak. She hates to admit it but the facts don’t lie. And Allysin also knows Mercedes is a much more experienced veteran than her. But the thing is, win, lose or draw, AK ain’t going down without a fight.
In the end, AK Still Don’t Play! She has put her old rival on notice, will Allysin prove she’s more badass than the OG Badass?
Action Andretti & Darius Martin VS The Outrunners!
We heard from Turbo & Truth, but while their retro style and attitude is a lot of fun, will they be all business here tonight? Or will the Sight to See and Air Wolf prove throwbacks aren’t enough against a team that knows how to #StayReady?
The Code of Honor is not upheld as Truth & Turbo would rather Mega Powers handshake with each other. The teams sort out and Truth starts against Action. They circle at the bell, Truth avoids Action shooting in for a leg, and then the two feel out a knuckle lock. Turbo snags Action, but he gets away and dodges Truth. Truth swings again but Action blocks to wrench and wristlock. Action then ripcords, wrenches, and wrangles Truth to a top wristlock! Fans rally, Truth fights up but Darius tags in. Darius wrenches to arm-drag Truth, then rolls to clinch and ghost pin, ONE! Truth rushes in but into an arm-drag!
Darius wrenches then tags in Action. Action goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Truth scrambles away and throws a fit, but Turbo wants in to knock Action’s block off! Truth tags Turbo in and Grand Rapids fires up. Turbo flexes and he circles with Action. Action blocks a kick and Turbo apologizes. Action spins Turbo to headlock. Turbo powers up, and pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Turbo headlocks now. Action powers up and out but Turbo runs him over! Turbo hits a homer, then he goes back for Action. Turbo headlocks, but Action powers up and out to step over, La Magistrol, TWO! But Action keeps the arm!
Action wrenches, headlocks, but Turbo powers up to back suplex! But Action lands on his feet to headlock Turbo. Truth runs in but Action back drops him up and over them both! Turbo powers up, Action goes up the corner and he gets Truth, too, HEADSCISSOR HEADLOCK TAKEOVER COMBO! The Outrunners tumble and regroup while Darius hops in, and Team Stay Ready DOUBLE DROPKICK them out! Fans fire up while Darius & Action secret handshake, then DOUBLE PLAN- NO, Truth drags Darius out! Darius is sent into steps! Action kicks Turbo away but Truth trips Action up mid-springboard!
Fans are torn as Outrunners put Action in. Turbo spins to soak up the cheers and jeers, then he rains down fists! Turbo flexes, poses while sitting on the cover, ONE! Fans taunt the Outrunners but Truth tells ’em to shut up! Turbo tags Truth in, and they DOUBLE SCOOP SLAM! The Outrunners flex more, then Turbo sucker punches Darius! The ref keeps Darius back while Truth drags Action up, but Action cradle counters! The ref is too busy with Darius, he’s missing all of this! Turbo pushes the cradle over into Outrunner favor, ONE!! Action stands but Truth DECKS him! Truth drags Action around, runs, and drops a knee! Cover, TWO!
Truth is annoyed, he slaps Action around, then sucker punches- NO, Darius counter punches! But the ref is still distracted with Darius! Turbo fakes a tag and stomps Action. Turbo slashes his throat, drags Action up to CLUB him, then suplexes, for the NECKBREAKER! Fans boo but Turbo points to Truth. Truth calls for Total Recall, probably the original Arnold Schwarzenegger and not the Colin Farrell one. Tag to Truth and Turbo scoops Action. Truth runs but Action slips free to shove Turbo at him! The Outrunners stop themselves and then hurry to get Action’s legs! Action stands to ENZIGURI Truth away, hot tag to Darius!
Darius rallies on the Outrunners! He DECKS Turbo, fires off haymakers on Truth then whips. Truth reverses but Darius hits an atomic drop! Then a BULLDOG HOTSHOT, to a GAMANGIRI! Truth tumbles and fans fire up as Darius goes up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, Turbo breaks it! Fans rally, Turbo whips but Darius TOSSES Turbo out! Action anchors Turbo, Darius DECK Shim! Action goes up to QUEBRADA! Down goes Turbo and Action tags in! Darius has Truth up, atomic drop into a shove, GAMANGIRI, and then SHOTGUN GERMAN SUPLEX!! Truth staggers, Action tags in!
They kick, KICK and BUZZSAW, to then half nelson and a spin. Both men pick Truth up, for the DOUBLE STO!! Cover, Stay Ready wins!
Winners: Action Andretti & Darius Martin, by pinfall
The Outrunners probably won’t want to recall this match. But Action & Darius are on track, will they look to go after whoever are ROH World Tag Team Champions after WrestleDream?
Backstage interview with Griff Garrison.
Lexi is with the Ivy League MVP and says we saw him team with Cole Karter for the very first time. Didn’t go the way they wanted to, but will tonight be any different? But speaking of, Maria Kanellis-Bennett and Cole Karter walk in. Maria asks, “Will it be any different? What was that?” Karter adds, “Yeah, Griff, what was that? You cost me my victory!” Griff tells Karter to shut up. Just do it. And he knows he’s said that the last couple weeks, he felt like he had lost a step. But turns out that’s not true. Griff’s 100%. He just didn’t know how well this was going to go.
But this can work, they all understand that. When Griff first got here, he was just given a partner. And it was going so well, until it wasn’t. And now that guy’s not even here! (He’s talking about Brian Pillman Jr. leaving AEW/ROH) But that could be Griff next, or it could be Karter. They have to make this work, but do it the right way. Maria says okay, they will do it the right way. Karter agrees since Maria agrees, and Lexi says this is a good start. Will Griff be able to go all in on The Kingdom’s Army now that it’s all out in the air?
Leyla Hirsch VS Laynie Luck!
Speaking of The Kingdom’s Army, this is one person who is not giving in to Maria’s recruitment speech. Will Leyla continue to be LEGIT all by herself? Or will Laynie show her that sometimes, all you need is luck?
The Code of Honor is offered by Laynie, and she waits, but then Leyla sees Maria on stage. Maria says go ahead, do it. Leyla KICKS the hand away, and fans boo but Maria likes that. The bell rings, Leyla says go ahead, free shot. Laynie grabs that leg, but Leyla stays up! Leyla then pushes Laynie away, but Laynie fireman’s carries! Leyla slips free, waistlocks, but Laynie elbows and switches. Leyla switches back, Laynie bucks the O’Conner, but Leyla avoids the boot! Laynie mule kicks then runs to BOOT! Laynie suplexes, then kips up! Fans fire up with Laynie and she does a dance, but Leyla is up! Leyla hits a SAIDO!
Laynie staggers up into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Leyla drags Laynie around by her arm, blows a kiss to Maria, and puts on the LEGIT ARMBREAKER! Laynie taps, Leyla wins!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission
Now that was legit! Maria is still impressed, and it would seem the offer still stands. But Leyla says she’s 11-0, she wants Athena! Will Leyla get the title opportunity she wants without The First Lady of Wrestling helping her?
Backstage interview with Mercedes Martinez & Diamante.
Lexi is with the former ROH Women’s World Champion as well as the Cuban Diamond, and brings up the match with Allysin Kay, someone the OG Badass is very familiar with. How is she feeling ahead of that match? Uh, first off, Lil’ Miss Lex, what’s with bringing up her being a former Women’s World Champion? That’s disrespectful! Do you not know who she is? Let’s get back to business. Yes, Mercedes is facing AK. Yes, they’ve faced off before. Blah blah blah blah. But AK, in ROH, you have been losing! Match after match after match after match. Isn’t she tired of losing yet? But tonight won’t be any different. Pinkies up? Nah, pinkies down!
Shane Taylor w/ Lee Moriarty VS Jimmy Jacobs!
Big Bad Shaney T. wants to be back on top of the company he carried through its darkest days, but he’s also calling out names of ROH’s past! Will the in-ring return of the Big Bully Zombie Princess just be a stepping stone to the top of the mountain for Shane Taylor Promotions?
The Code of Honor is NOT upheld as Shane says Grand Rapids can cheer Jimmy all they want, it ain’t gonna help. Then Shane SHOVES Jimmy down! Fans boo, the bell rings, but Shane says he’s put everyone on notice. But Jimmy SLAPS Shane, throws his coat over Shane’s head, and then fires off haymakers! Shane shoves Jimmy away, runs in but Jimmy sends him into buckles! Jimmy CHOPS, but Shane just snarls. Shane puts Jimmy in a corner to CHOP! And CHOP! Fans rally for Jimmy but Shane whips corner to corner. Jimmy stops himself, comes back to LARIAT! Shane stays up but Jimmy BITES Shane’s forehead!
Moriarty protests but gets away as Jimmy swipes. Shane runs in, Jimmy tosses him out and then DIVES! But Shane catches Jimmy! Only for Jimmy to GUILLOTINE! Fans fire up but Shane stays up, and he RAMS Jimmy into the post! Then Shane SUPLEXES Jimmy away! Jimmy writhes, the ring count is climbing, but Moriarty smiles as Shane puts Jimmy in the ring. Shane stalks Jimmy to a corner, says the fans are just lying to themselves, and then he throws hands on Jimmy. Shane TOSSES Jimmy across the way! Shane talks trash to the fans, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Jimmy! Jimmy leans against Shane but Shane pushes him down.
Shane taunts Jimmy, but Jimmy CHOPS! And CHOPS! And LARIATS! Shane stays up, blocks a kick and HEADBUTTS! Then the URENAGE! Shane runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jimmy survives and Moriarty is confused. Shane snarls and he tells Jimmy not to listen to his people. But Jimmy stands to fire haymakers! Shane DECKS Jimmy! Jimmy rises, and he fires more haymakers! Shane DECKS Jimmy again and tells him to stay down! Jimmy sits back up and fans fire up behind him! Jimmy fires haymakers but Shane knees low. Shane runs, KICKS Jimmy’s back drop away, but then Jimmy LARIATS Shane down!!
Fans fire up and Jimmy is feeling it! But Shane shoves Jimmy to a corner. Jimmy BOOTS back, goes up, and reels Shane in to TORNADO SNAP SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Jimmy covers, TWO! Shane is in this but fans rally behind Jimmy. Jimmy storms up but Shane JABS him! Shane swings, Jimmy ducks but the SOUTHPAW comes back! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy is still in this but Shane shakes his head. Shane drags Jimmy up and Moriarty says this is what Grand Rapids gets. Shane says this is about O H I O! Shane shoves Jimmy but Jimmy dodges, rolls and SWINGING HEADSCISSORS! Fans fire up as Shane goes tumbling away!
Jimmy runs corner to corner, ducks the lariat, and goes up to FLYING- NO, Shane stops the cutter! But then Jimmy goes up and up, only for Shane to counter the Sliced Bread! WELCOME TO THE LAND! Cover, Shane wins!
Winner: Shane Taylor, by pinfall
Ohio wins as the visiting team as Shane drops Jimmy in his hometown. Will Shane Taylor Promotions be unstoppable until they run ROH?
Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis-Bennett.
Lexi is with the First Lady and brings up Maria bringing Cole Karter and Griff Garrison together as a team, is she excited for this new duo? But then Leyla interrupts, and asks Maria that at this point, doesn’t she feel she needs to be managing “her boys,” since they need her the most? Does Leyla think that? Yeah, she does! She doesn’t get why Maria keeps coming out week after week after week, scouting her. For Leyla, things get messy when others get involved. Like last week, she was just put in a random Six Woman Tag with the Renegades, and look what happens! She does great on her own, and she proved that again.
She is 11-0! Do the people hear her? 11-0! And all without Maria’s help. And throughout the weeks, Maria’s been saying she’s gonna get Leyla more competitive matches, and that Leyla would need Maria to get her title match with Athena. And for some reason in Maria’s deranged mind, she thinks Leyla doesn’t deserve it otherwise. Well good thing the Board of Directors think the opposite. Next week, Leyla has her match with Athena for THE ROH Women’s World Championship. And that is legit. Leyla heads out and Maria sarcastically wishes her luck. Will Leyla become the LEGIT ROH Women’s World Champion even without Maria’s guidance?
Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Ren Jones, Trenton Tormenta & Xavier Walker!
Surely, just as we all are, The Peacock & The Tate Twins are aware that we have NEW ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions in Hangman Adam Page & The Young Bucks. Hangman & The Bucks were the trio that dethroned Castle & The Boys way back in 2017, will Castle & The Boys fight their way to a rematch six years in the making? Or will they be caught off guard by three young bucks right here?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though Walker doesn’t let go of Brandon without some force. Castle gets fired up already and the ref has to keep everything sorted out. Castle starts against Michigan’s own #SwagChamp and the fans rally up. The two tie up, break, feel things out, then go again. Castle waistlocks and he SLAMS Ren down! Fans fire up and Castle tags in Brandon. Brandon runs up, ducks under and ENZIGURIS! Brandon tags to Brent, they whip Ren, then leap frog to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Brent covers, TWO! Brent drags Ren up but Ren RAMS him into the corner! Brent fights back but Walker and Tormenta mug him!
Ren tags Walker and they beat Brent down while the ref is busy with Castle and Tormenta! Walker then CLOBBERS Castle and goes back to Brent, Brandon checks on Castle. Fans boo but Walker drags Brent up. Walker throws a hard body shot and Brent falls! Walker stands Brent up to ROCK him with a right! Castle rallies the fans up behind Brent while Walker puts him on the ropes. Walker CLUBS Brent, stalks him to a corner, then brings him around. Walker taunts Castle to back suplex but Brent lands out! Brent dodges, hot tag to Castle! Castle CLOBBERS Walker, CLOBBERS Tormenta and DECKS Ren!
Castle CLOBBERS Tormenta again to then waistlock and SLAM Walker! Fans fire up with Castle, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, Ren & Tormenta break it! They TOSS Castle out, then help Walker up. But the Boys go after them! Ren & Tormenta hit back, double whip, but the Boys both hold ropes. Tormenta runs in but the Boys DUMP him out! Then Brandon gets around Ren to waistlock, Brent runs up, but Ren DECKS Brent! Ren switches with Brandon but Brent makes the save to then CUTTER! Fans fire up, Walker gets up and The Boys egg him on. Walker runs in, misses, the Boys egg him on again!
Walker runs back in, but then Castle gets him with an Alabama Lift! BANGARANG!! Castle then drops a KNEE on Walker’s back! Cover, Castle & The Boys win!
Winners: Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall
Castle says he means this with all his heart! Keep putting people in front of him and he will keep on surprising you! He’s on a roll here, and he’s gonna make ROH the greatest company wrestling has ever seen! Will The Peacock get his shot at the ROH World Television Championship? Will he and his Boys get their shot at the ROH World Six Man Tag Championships? Will they soon rule ROH?
Griff Garrison & Cole Karter w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS The Infantry w/ Trish Adora!
The First Lady of Wrestling is building The Kingdom’s Army, and the Ivy League MVP is just trying to make sure they do things the right way. Will the Diamond in the Rough be willing to follow Griff’s lead? Or will Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo be the only army marching up the ranks in ROH?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and Griff starts against Carlie. They circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Griff wrenches, wristlocks, but Carlie rolls, handsprings and pop ‘n’ lock to headlock! Carlie then wrenches to a hammerlock but Griff switches that onto Carlie. Griff ducks an elbow, back suplexes, but Carlie lands on his feet to waistlock. Griff bucks the O’Conner, then he runs Carlie over! Fans cheer as Griff flexes, and things speed up. Carlie hurdles, but Griff turns hip toss into hip toss! Then a BOOT knocks Carlie down! Fans rally while Dean coaches Carlie. Griff drags Carlie up to bump him off buckles.
Karter tags in, he stomps a mudhole in, and then the ref counts. Karter lets off at 4, whips Carlie to ropes, but Carlie ducks and rolls, redirects and UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up and Carlie drags Karter up. Wrench and tag to Dean, scoop and SLAM leads to Dean with the PENALTY KICK, Carlie with the juke and SENTON, then Dean with the JUMPING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Karter hangs tough but Dean drags Karter up to wrench. Tag to Carlie and he climbs, to AX HANDLE! Carlie wrenches, tags back to Dean, and Dean goes up to AX HANDLE! Dean keeps Karter from Griff, wrenches again, and then Carlie tags in.
Karter claws Dean’s eyes to get free! Carlie still goes for the leap but Karter body shots him! Karter keeps moving and he LARIATS Carlie down! Karter soaks up the heat but Maria applauds. Karter bumps Carlie off buckles, tags in Griff, and they work together to double suplex! Cover, TWO! Griff clamps a chinlock on and he grinds Carlie down. Fans rally as Carlie fights up, and Carlie throws body shots. Griff shoves Carlie to then ELBOW him down! Tag to Karter, they double whip to drop and CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Karter is annoyed but Maria cheers them on. Karter bumps Carlie off buckles, then throws body shots.
Karter lets off as the ref counts, but Carlie CHOPS! Carlie DECKS Griff but Karter KNEES and CLUBS Carlie! Carlie is down on the ropes and Maria says Griff has to do something here! Griff says no, that’s underhanded stuff! Maria tells him to do it but Griff reminds her, they’re doing this the right way. Karter is annoyed with Griff but Griff reminds him this is playing fair and square. Karter drags Carlie up but Carlie JAWBREAKERS, then DISCUS HAYMAKERS! Both men are down! Fans fire up as they crawl, hot tag to Dean! The Captain dodges Karter, BLASTS Griff, then rallies on Karter!
Dean back drops Karter high and hard! Griff runs in, but Dean ducks the elbow to DISCUS LARIAT! Dean then float-over and salute, DDT! Dean kips up and fans fire up! Maria coaches Karter but Dean takes aim. Dean runs in to LARIAT up and over to the apron! Karter staggers and Dean climbs, CROSSBODY! Cover, Griff breaks it! Maria is thankful that he did that much! Griff runs up on Dean to whip, but Dean holds ropes. Dean dumps Griff to the apron. Carlie runs in to juke and HAYMAKER! Griff goes down after the #CarlieCrossover, and The Infantry focuses on Karter! Fans fire up with them, they double wrench and DOUBLE FOREARM!
Karter falls over but Carlie says to get him up! Dean fireman’s carries, Carlie runs, they send Karter to BOOT CAMP!! Then Carlie PLANCHAS Griff for good measure! Dean covers but Maria distracts! Fans boo but Dean tells the ref to pay attention! Dean calls in Trish! Hit her with the deal! Maria says no, no deals! No deals, please! Adora storms up on Maria, but Karter rolls Dean! Griff keeps Carlie out, and Karter puts his feet on the ropes!! The ref misses it, The Kingdom’s Army wins!!
Winners: Cole Karter & Griff Garrison, by pinfall
The Infantry can’t believe it, but they just got caught! Griff only knows that they won, he doesn’t realize Karter cheated! Is Maria going to get her boys on the same page no matter what? Or will the truth be revealed and ruin the fun?
Backstage with Ethan Page.
Lexi is with All Ego (or is it All Honor now?) and notes he will be in action tonight against Rohit Raju. Lexi says Ethan’s been on a hot streak in ROH, and he likes that. Just last week, she said he got his groove back, and she was right. He feels rejuvenated, a little more All Ego than just Ethan Page. And if he gets this win here tonight, that would be 3-0! Is Lexi okay to say that is a streak? Yes, it is! Then Ethan on a streak will be fantastic, because he has big plans in ROH. Oh did someone say ROH? In walks Rohit Raju, who reminds us you can’t spell his name without R O H. And Lex Express, long time no see!
Rohit hasn’t gotten a call from this place in quite some time, but he saw the door open so he just kinda moseyed on in and made himself at home. Oh hey, Ethan, how you been? Well, thanks for asking the person who was scheduled for an interview how they’re doing. And he’s fantastic. Much better before the interruption. But hey, good for Rohit getting as much screentime as possible. Because Rohit kinda just pissed Ethan off. Tonight, Rohit won’t get any more screentime, because Ethan is gonna kick Rohit’s ass as quickly as possible. Enjoy this moment, close this interview while Ethan goes warm-up for the ass kicking.
Ethan storms off and Rohit asks if Lexi thinks Ethan’s mad. Yeah, a little. Good. Rohit wants to make this his show, but will he go from star to supporting character in the All Ego redemption story?
Allysin Kay VS Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante!
We’ve heard both these rivals put the other on notice, but the time for talk is over. Actions speak louder than words anyhow, so who is the loudest badass in ROH?
The Code of Honor is barely upheld and the bell rings. Mercedes mocks the pinkies up and such, and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Mercedes backs Allysin to ropes. The ref counts, Mercedes lets off slowly, and then Diamante swipes at Allysin! The ref tells Diamante to back off but Allysin rushes out after her! Allysin dodges Mercedes’ cheap shot, to then FLAPJACK her off the apron! “Not today, Satan!” Allysin then DECKS Mercedes, and she puts her in the ring. Allysin tells Diamante to back off, then runs in. She avoids the boot to hit a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Mercedes is tougher than that but Allysin keeps on her.
Allysin whips Mercedes to a corner hard, then runs in to SPLASH! Allysin sits Mercedes down, pinkies up and Around the World for- NO, Diamante helps Mercedes bail out. Allysin protests, the ref has her hold on, and he tells Diamante to knock it off, final warning. Diamante helps Mercedes get in the ring, then she taunts Allysin. Allysin gets on the apron, but Diamante anchors her foot! Allysin can’t kick free before Mercedes BLASTS her down! Fans boo as Diamante gets away with another one. Mercedes takes a bow, soaks up the heat, and then waits on the ring count. Allysin crawls and Diamante taunts her.
Mercedes goes out to kick Allysin, UPPERCUT her, and follow her to the barriers. Mercedes UPPERCUTS again, shakes out her hand from hitting that hard, and then taunts the fans. Another UPPERCUT, “just for you!” Mercedes puts Allysin back in the ring, stalks her to a corner, and stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Mercedes lets off at 4, and she argues with the ref so Diamante can sucker punch Allysin! Mercedes drags Allysin up but Allysin throws body shots! Mercedes UPPERCUTS again! Diamante taunts Allysin, Mercedes puts Allysin in the corner and UPPERCUTS again! Mercedes then runs to forearm smash!
Mercedes goes side to side to BOOT! Mercedes swaggers, runs side to side again, and DROPKICKS! Fans boo but Mercedes just soaks up the heat. Diamante says that’s it right there! Mercedes drags Allysin as fans rally for “PINKIE’S UP!” Mercedes fireman’s carries but Allysin slips free to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Allysin pounds the mat. Allysin sees Mercedes stand, then runs in to LARIAT! And ELBOW! Allysin then spins Mercedes to a wristlock and NECKBREAKER! Diamante gets on the apron to talk trash but Allysin BOOTS her down! Allysin puts Mercedes in the corner, runs in but only gets buckles!
Mercedes CLUBS Allysin, Electric Chair Lifts to tuck her in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Allysin tumbles to the apron and then the floor while fans boo. Mercedes distracts the ref talking about sore this and that, and Diamante hits a WHEELBARROW STUNNER! Diamante puts Allysin in for Mercedes, and she KNEES Allysin down! But Mercedes isn’t done, she fisherman’s for the BUSTER! Cover, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by pinfall
An unofficial handicap match brings Allysin down for another loss, and Mercedes continues to mock the pinkies up. Is the former ROH Women’s World Champion going to go right for that gold after we see Athena VS Leyla?
Backstage interview with Billie Starkz.
Lexi the Minion Bestie congratulates her minion buddy about her epic return to action. Thanks so much, Lexi! Billie is so happy to do this all on her own! Um, actually, Athena kinda pulled her out of that pin near the end there. W-What? Athena being ringside, she reached in and- Athena walks up and Lexi stops talking. Athena asks if Minion Number 2 has something to say. No… Oh, okay, because it looked like she didn’t like how Athena handled business after that match. Nope. So then what does Billie have to say for herself? Billie won! Oh no no no, that is not what they do. They win at all costs, then deter any porcelain hussy who thinks they can step to them in the future!
If Billie doesn’t understand that, then maybe she needs more training! Billie is young and stupid, and everyone will step all over her. Athena and Bestie are just trying to bring Billie outta the gutter. But y’know what, maybe Billie needs a firsthand example. She’ll get a front row seat. Next week, Athena VS Leyla, Athena will set an example for the family. Athena storms off, Lexi apologizes but Billie is almost in tears as she leaves in the other direction. Will the Fallen Goddess prove who is truly LEGIT? Or is this all going to fall apart around her?
The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana VS The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson!
Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun are enraged, wanting to take out their anger from that loss to the Hung Bucks on anyone that steps to them! And they already know they can beat Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder from their Six Man Tag showdown. Will the Mogul Embassy slam the gates shut on the Savage Sanctuary? Or will this be when the beefy and bulky, jacked and juicy giants get that signature win?
The Code of Honor is offered, but Kaun just SHOTGUNS Bronson! The bell rings, Bronson stays up but Kaun hits a POWERSLAM! And a SPLASH! Kaun fires off hands, the ref reprimands, but Kaun stomps Bronson! Fans fire up as Kaun CLUBS Bronson! Kaun whips, drops, then swings but Bronson dodges to run Kaun over! Bronson clinches to EXPLODER! Kaun tumbles, Bronson fires up and he brings Kaun up. Kaun gets away, Liona storms in but Boulder backs Bronson up. The ref has things calm down, and everyone falls back. Bronson and Kaun tag out, fans fire up for “BEEF! BEEF! BEEF!” as he meets Liona.
Liona runs in to RAM shoulders with Boulder but neither falls! They RAM again, and again, and again! This is big men slappin’ meat and fans fire up! Liona LARIATS but Boulder LARIATS! They go shot for shot, Liona gets the edge and then fires up, but Boulder dodges to BLAST Kaun! Liona roars, so does Boulder, and they RAM shoulders again! Liona grabs the beard, but Boulder CLUBS the arms! Liona CLUBS the fireman’s carry, whips, but Boulder reverses to TOSS Liona out! Fans fire up and Boulder throws off the headband! Tag to Bronson as he builds speed!? Boulder DIVES but has to bail out as Kaun saves Liona!
Kaun whips Liona in and Liona CLOBBERS Boulder! But wait, Bronson builds speed!? Bronson DIVES, but the Gates catch him! DOUBLE SCOOP SLAM to the ramp! And then they run Boulder over! How are there no craters at ringside!? Liona goes back into the ring and fans rally up. The ring count climbs but Liona tags Kaun. Kaun fetches Bronson, throws down fists, and then runs to SENTON! Bronson sputters but Kaun pushes him to a cover, TWO! Kaun looms over Bronson, drags him up, and he tags in Liona. They RAM Bronson in the corner, then Kaun goes up so they can mug Bronson!
The ref counts, the Gates let off at 4, but Kaun still CHOKES Bronson against ropes! The ref reprimands, Kaun lets off, and Jameson rallies the fans for Bronson. Liona drags Bronson up, but Bronson throws hands! Liona HEADBUTTS Bronson down! Tag to Kaun, fans continue to rally, but the Gates double whip. Kaun runs in but into BOOTS! Bronson goes up to CROSSBODY! Both men are down and fans fire up! Bronson and Kaun crawl, Kaun anchors Bronson’s foot! Bronson kicks Kaun away, hot tag to Boulder! Boulder runs Kaun over, BLASTS Liona, then runs Kaun over again!
Boulder scoops Kaun, Kaun slips free, tag to Liona. Boulder still hits a SIDEWALK SLAM on Kaun! Liona gets in to throat chop! Fans boo, the ref reprimands, but Boulder whips. Liona ducks ‘n’ dodges, but leaps into a scoop! Nana freaks out and Liona fights, but Boulder still POWERSLAMS! The straps come down and fans fire up for all that raw beef! Tag to Boulder and Boulder goes up! Time to motorboat! Wait what? SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bronson BOOTS Liona down, and the Savages say it’s time to go up! Boulder climbs, Kaun runs in to SHOVE him down!! Bronson SPLASHES Kaun, and he’s gonna sip that Savage Sauce!
But Nana steals the sauce from Jameson! Nana says that’s HIS sauce now! Nana opens the cap and takes a sip, but then Jameson chases him! Liona POUNCES Jameson! Kaun storms on Bronson to fireman’s carry and GUT BUSTER DROP! Liona storms in, he and Kaun drag Bronson up, and Nana says do it! OPEN THE GATES!! Cover, the Gates win!
Winners: The Gates of Agony, by pinfall
Nana’s promise is halfway fulfilled as Kaun & Liona keep their ROH 2v2 streak going! These behemoths will be waiting to see if MJF survives The Righteous on Sunday, will the Gates get winners?
Ethan Page VS Rohit Raju!
All Ego is slowly getting back to himself, and he’s looking to take one more step towards title opportunities! Will the Mad Dragon of Michigan wish he hadn’t fired Ethan up? Or will he use Ethan’s own aspirations against him?
The Code of Honor is upheld, but then Rohit kicks low! Fans boo but Rohit ROCKS Ethan, then kicks him again. Rohit whips, Ethan blocks, so Rohit tries again. Ethan still blocks, reels Rohit in to scoop, but Rohit slips out. Ethan bucks the O’Conner and he runs Rohit right over! Fans fire up and Ethan drags Rohit up. Ethan ROCKS Rohit and then whips, to then run Rohit over again! Ethan suplexes as fans fire up, and he holds Rohit up and even marches around! After a count of TEN, it’s the SLAM! Ethan grins and fans cheer. Ethan brings Rohit up but Rohit fires off fast hands! Ethan ducks the buzzsaw to clinch! COBRA CLUTCH SLAM!
Ethan says now he’s done with Rohit! Canadian Rack, but Rohit fights free! Rohit BOOTS Ethan, runs in, but into a scoop! Rohit tilt-o-whirls free to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Rohit then runs to forearm smash! And then BOOT! Rohit fires up and he runs back in, but into a BOOT!! Ethan doesn’t stop there, he goes out to step back in, “GOOD NIGHT, ROHIT!” HEADSHOT CUTTER! Cover, Ethan wins!
Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall
It was maybe a longer match than Ethan promised, but it was still pretty quick. Ethan shakes Rohit’s hand to keep the Code of Honor, will Ethan keep up this momentum until he is a champion in ROH?
Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Metalik!
Time for part two of the Nana’s promise! Will The Machine prove he cannot be stopped? Or will the King of Ropes finally answer, “Who betta?”
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans rally as Cage and Metalik tie up. They go around, Cage throws Metalik to a corner, and he asks, “Who betta than Cage?” Nana says nobody, and then Cage runs in, only for Metalik to dodge. Metalik comes back, Cage puts him on the apron, but Metalik GAMANGIRIS! Cage staggers, Metalik goes up and tightrope walks to CROSSBODY! But Cage catches him, pop shim up, but Metalik slips free. Cage elbows Metalik, whips, but Metalik handsprings! Cage dodges, Metalik dodges, and Metalik tilt-o-whirls Cage outta the ring!
Fans rally up and Metalik aims to PLANCHA, but has to land out as Cage moves. Metalik kicks, Cage blocks and YANKS Metalik into a POST BOMB! “Who betta than Cage?!” Fans are torn while Cage flexes, and Nana wants Cage to use this anger. Cage drags Metalik up to put him against railing, and CHOPS! Cage puts Metalik in the ring, stomps him down, then stomps him more. Cage drags Metalik by his legs to stomp a stomach! Cage storms up on Metalik, ROCKS him and RAMS him in the corner, then RAMS him again! The ref counts, Cage lets off to whip corner to corner, then he starts up a Terminator clap.
Cage runs corner to corner to UPPERCUT! GAMANGIRI! And GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Metalik is hanging tough and Nana is upset, but Cage kicks Metalik around. Cage stands Metalik up but Metalik CHOPS! And CHOPS! And forearms! But Cage knees low! Cage ROCKS Metalik, UPPERCUTS him down, then paces around. Metalik rises, Cage runs in, but Metalik dropkicks the legs out! Cage is on ropes and fans fire up as Metalik dials it up! But Cage LARIATS first! Nana wants Cage to finish this, and Cage puts Metalik on the ropes. Cage dials it up to 619!! Metalik falls and fans fire up as Cage again asks, “Who betta than Cage?”
Metalik flounders to a corner, Cage storms up on him, and Cage whips corner to corner. Cage runs in, but a drop toehold sends him into buckles! Cage staggers back, Metalik RAMS into him, then goes up. Cage GAMANGIRIS Metalik first! Then Cage climbs, to deadlift- NO, Metalik trips Cage up! Metalik springboards FLYING RANAS! Metalik clotheslines in the corner, fires CHOPS and forearms, then fires up! Fans fire up with Metalik and he whips. Cage reverses, runs in but into a BOOT! Metalik runs up to SLING-DOG! Fans fire up more as Metalik keeps moving, goes up and around the ropes to MISSILE DROPKICK!
Cage bails out and Nana freaks out. Metalik goes corner to corner, goes up and up and up, to ESCALARA CROSSBODY! Direct hit and both men are down at the ramp! Fans fire up while Nana shouts to Cage to get up. Metalik hurries after Cage, puts him in the ring, and then Metalik goes up another corner. Metalik springboards again to FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Metalik is frustrated but the fans continue to rally. Metalik roars, brings Cage up and fireman’s carries, but that’s too much muscle to lift! Cage CLUBS away on Metalik, whips him to a corner, but Metalik reverses to SUPERKICK!
Cage goes to a corner, Metalik runs in, but Cage puts Metalik up top to ROCK him first! But Metalik BOOTS Cage, adjusts, and then goes around Cage as Cage runs in! Cage hits buckles, Metalik stands on Cage’s big back, and drops into a CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Metalik pounds the mat. Nana coaches Cage, Metalik drags Cage to a drop zone and goes back up top. Metalik tightrope walks, to SWANTON FLOP as Cage moves! Cage gets Metalik up, SIT OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Nana is pissed but Cage starts the Terminator clap again. Cage then drags Metalik up, reels him in, and puts one out!
Cage lifts Metalik, but Metalik slips free to CHOP! Metalik ducks lariat after lariat, rolls back but Cage scoops to a DRILL CLAW!! Cover, Cage wins!
Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall
Nana is very, very relieved that he doesn’t look foolish in the end. The Machine continues to be unstoppable in 1v1 action here in ROH, will that earn him a shot at any title he chooses after WrestleDream?
A solid episode for ROH, but it was two hours this time because of how AEW has a PPV this weekend. Which makes sense this week since WrestleDream is featuring quite a few ROH titles. Eddie Kingston VS Katsuyori Shibata is for both the NJPW Strong Openweight and ROH World Championship, and is a match of ROH World Champ VS ROH Pure Champ. As I’ve said before, I don’t see Eddie losing, he just got the ROH World title, and after another win from Josh Woods, it would seem we’ve got Shibata VS Woods one more time on the schedule. And at the same time, Eddie still has to even show up on ROH TV as world champ, he has any number of possible feuds going towards like Final Battle in December.
MJF VS The Righteous may be 2v1 because of Adam Cole’s injury, but with the larger story of MJF, Cole, Roddy and The Kingdom, I could see MJF still retaining. He could even use Champions Advantage if he has to. But we got great tag matches tonight to build up more contenders from within ROH. Speaking of which, great matches out of The Mogul Embassy, all members being obvious choices to challenge the top champions of ROH. Now, Cage VS Eddie would be great stuff, but I don’t know where Kaun & Liona fit into the tag title scene with MJF still attached to them.
Great stuff from Ethan Page in a match that came outta nowhere, but that’s how a lot of these longer ROH episodes end up, and it is starting to wear thin for me. Also interesting to see Scorpio here in ROH after AEW was seemingly getting him going again. Really good stuff out of the technically filler match of Gravity VS Johnson, and I like Ian Riccaboni’s questioning if Gravity and Bandido are rly brothers. one is from space, the other is a cowboy. and then Caprice brings in the genius idea to make them the tag team known as Space Cowboys. Great return match for Jimmy Jacobs, but of course he loses to Shane Taylor, who is busy building himself up for the eventual match with Keith Lee.
Very good promo from The Outrunners, but I figured they’d lose to Action & Darius. Another fun Six Man match and win from Castle & The Boys, but I’m a little confused as to why Castle dropped a knee on Walker after hitting Bangarang. And I feel like Castle needs the blowoff with Samoa Joe here as Joe approaches the ROH World TV Championship single-reign record. Y’know, make it the parallel to WWE’s Gunther VS Chad Gable, where Castle gets one last chance to stop Joe from making history, puts on a top level match, but just falls short. And while outta nowhere, Mercedes VS Allysin had really good promos and a really good match to keep their rivalry going while Mercedes builds herself back up towards the title.
Speaking of which, really good stuff from Athena and Billie tonight. Billie has a really good match with Frost, Athena helps her get a win, and Billie is impressive with her character work though she’s just 18. And on the side, Leyla of course wins her match, and she of course puts Maria in her place while getting her shot at Athena. These stories intersecting is going to make for a very good title match, because I feel like Maria and Billie could both get involved in their own ways. I’m still going to lean towards Athena retaining so that she and Billie can have a title match as master VS apprentice or something like that.
And speaking of Maria’s little Kingdom Junior project, really good stuff out of them, too. I like Griff standing up for himself in the backstage promo, but it was also clever for the team to still cheat and win in a way that Griff completely misses. In the same way Lexi told Billie what really happened, I bet Griff sees what really happened by watching this episode back, and he confronts them. Just as Billie could/should stand up to Athena and has a match with her, Griff should stand up to Maria and Karter and they have a match. And this is probably just me, but I still like the idea of Griff outshining Karter and Maria dumps Karter to keep the winner.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/29/23)
The Continental Classic continues into week 2!
The Switchblade enters whose house?
The AEW Continental Classic continues here on Dynamite! Swerve Strickland and Jay White are both 1-0, but they go against each other for the top spot in Gold League!
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal; Moxley wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush; Rush wins.
- Wardlow VS AR Fox; Wardlow wins.
- Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party; Action & Top Flight win.
- AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura; Julia wins and retains the title.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
Fans cheer as the American Dragon, eyepatch on like a pirate, joins commentary to watch the Continental Classic competition in person.
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal!
The Maniac is 1-0 with three points, so he’s feeling pretty good batting lead for round two! Will he continue his momentum with #PureCarnage? Or will this be a lethal week two?
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on the 20 minute time limit. Moxley and Lethal circle, tie up, and Lethal headlocks for a takeover. Moxley headscissors, Lethal kips free but Moxley headlocks for a takeover. Lethal headscissors, Moxley kips free, and we go another takeover for another scissor. And another! Lethal then ROCKS Moxley with a right! Moxley ROCKS Lethal, Lethal ROCKS Moxley, and they go back and forth! Lethal kicks low, runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up but Lethal trips Moxley to step through, FIGURE FOUR! But Moxley rolls to the apron, and they fall to the floor!
Lethal and Moxley get up, Lethal throws body shots but Moxley clinches. Lethal RAMS Moxley into the apron, slides into the ring and he builds speed. Lethal DIVES and sends Moxley into the railing! Fans fire up, Lethal goes to the apron and struts, but Bryan says not to do that with Moxley. Lethal hops in, builds speed again, but Moxley slides in to deny the dive! Then Moxley DECKS Lethal, and he DIVES! Now Lethal is sent into railing! Moxley shakes out his leg after jamming it up a bit. Lethal CLUBS Moxley, CLUBS him more, but Moxley ROCKS Lethal back. Moxley puts Lethal in, runs in at the corner and clotheslines!
Moxley climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count, but Lethal slips away before five to kick at the legs! Then Lethal hoists Moxley for a SHIN BREAKER to a DRAGON SCREW! Moxley clutches his knee, Lethal storms up to stomp him! Lethal goes after that knee with more stomps, but Moxley hobbles to another corner. Lethal CLUBS the leg, CLUBS it again, and again! Moxley ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Moxley! They go back and forth, Moxley gets the edge with boxing elbows! Then he BITES Lethal! Moxley runs, Lethal ducks to handspring, but into a SLEEPER! Lethal JAWBREAKRS free, and hits another SHIN BREAKER! Then a SAIDO!
Lethal hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes, Lethal climbs, and he MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Moxley is still in this, but he sputters as he crawls to ropes. Moxley is on the apron, Lethal BLASTS Moxley to the railing! The front row has Moxley in their laps as Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Lethal waits while the ref checks on Moxley. Moxley drags himself up but Lethal goes out after him. Moxley drags himself over railing, and Lethal ROCKS him with a right hand! And again! Lethal then RAMS Moxley into the apron, then CLUBS away on the leg! Lethal SLAMS the leg into the apron, and Moxley scrambles into the ring. Lethal pursues, runs up and KICKS the leg out! Moxley crawls, Lethal grabs the leg, and he drops an elbow on the knee! And again! Lethal then has a toehold and he twists the foot. Moxley endures, Lethal stomps the leg, then drops another elbow! But Moxley uses that to get an ARMBAR!
Lethal clasps hands quickly, fights up to stack, TWO and Lethal knees the back of Moxley’s leg! Lethal bends the leg across his own knee, but Moxley endures. Lethal KNEES it again, pulls, and goes back to the standing toehold. Moxley endures, Dynamite returns to single picture, and the fans rally up. Moxley kicks away at Lethal, then gets up to hit a CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Moxley fires up, he drags Lethal up and in, but Lethal fights the piledriver! Lethal RAMS Moxley into the corner, hoists him up, and CHOPS! Lethal climbs for a SUPER DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes and Lethal says he’s gonna rip that leg off!
Lethal aims as Moxley slowly rises, but Moxley avoids the chop block! Moxley ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! And CHOPS him! Lethal fires a forearm but Moxley fires back! The fans rally, the forearms fly, and Moxley gets the edge! Moxley runs, but Lethal follows to UPPERCUT! Lethal runs, but Moxley follows to ELBOW! Moxley runs, baits Lethal in, to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Moxley and he drags Lethal up. Underhooks, but Lethal fights the Paradigm Shift, BACKBREAKER TO COMPLETE SHOT! Moxley is down after the Lethal Combination, and Lethal covers, TWO! Bryan says that wasn’t a great cover, a tournament like this is about the basics.
Lethal grabs Moxley’s leg to SMASH the knee against the mat again and again! Then he drags Moxley, steps through, but Moxley cradle counters! TWO!! Lethal rushes Moxley but Moxley POSTS him! And then rolls him up, TWO!! Lethal escapes again, and Moxley goes back to the corner. Moxley slaps the bad leg and the fans rally up. Lethal stands, he dodges Moxley, and he O’Conner Rolls! TWO and Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE! Lethal rolls back, TWO! Lethal gets the legs, FIGURE FOUR!! Moxley sits up but he endures the pain! Bryan coaches Moxley from commentary and Moxley fights his way around!
Moxley reaches out, Lethal pulls on that hold, but Moxley has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Lethal lets off and drags Moxley up. Lethal KICKS the leg, then calls his shot! Handspring, but Moxley falls! Lethal stops himself, but falls for it! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Moxley fires up, and he KING KONG LRAIATS Lethal inside out!! Then PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Lethal survives, but Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Lethal CLUBS Moxley’s leg, but then Moxley traps that arm! Lethal taps, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (gains 3 points; Lethal earns 0)
The Maniac is 2-0 with a strong six points, but it may have cost him a leg! Will he have to watch out next round with that target on his back?
AEW shares footage from after Saturday Night Collision.
Eddie Kingston asks them what they want him to say. He knew this was gonna be tough. Tony Khan didn’t put any scrubs in this tournament. Eddie just maybe got too cocky, thinking that since he put two belts in the pot, he was a given winner. No one deserves to win, everything is earned. Eddie has Bryan next but he’s behind the 8 ball. Eddie says he will not do this. He will not go backwards. Humble in victory and humble in defeat. Eddie has to go heal up, Epsom salt bath, all that good stuff. The Mad King vows he will be ready for the American Dragon.
Bryan Danielson responds.
Bryan says he was actually impressed by the confidence Eddie had to put up both his titles for the tournament. But now, one loss and Eddie feels he’s behind the 8 ball? Against Bryan? Bryan fractured his orbital bone, needed surgery in two places, and yet he is coming into this tournament on fire! He is NOT behind the 8 ball, he is NOT going to be humble, he is here to win this and be the first AEW Triple Crown! Will Bryan’s Blue League start be Eddie’s Blue League end?
Tony Schiavone is backstage.
He brings up that Sting’s final match is coming. AEW Revolution, Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. And when it comes to where they’ll have Sting’s final match, they thought of the many great venues across the world, but what better place for Sting’s final match than Greensboro, North Carolina and the Greensboro Coliseum? So many great Sting matches were held there, but one in particular that comes to mind is 1988, Sting VS Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship. So Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, get ready! Joining Schiavone now are those very legends, Sting and Ric Flair!
First off, 24-0, the longest win streak in AEW right now, what a fitting place for Sting to have his final match and maybe end on 25 than in Greensboro. Sting says yeah, wow, all those years ago, it was March 8th, 1988, his very first world title match against perhaps the greatest world champion of all time in The Nature Boy. Sting would’ve never guessed that night, 35 years later, we’d be here now. The memories, 45 minutes but a draw, commercial free, the first time in TV history that any sporting event even did that. But that’s not the real point of it. The big deal was being in there with Ric Flair. That was a make or break night, and so thank you, Ric, for putting Sting on the map.
Sting says yeah, that is a fitting place to end his career all these years later, Greensboro. Schiavone says so many great memories, and for him and Flair, forty years ago, does he remember? Oh, Flair knows. The words cannot be spoken to emphasize what is about to happen! Greensboro, where Sting, make no mistake, Ric didn’t make Sting a thing, Sting made himself! 45 MINUTES! Commercial free! With Flair! Unthinkable! Sting walked back there to 25 wrestlers going, “Jesus! You’re the man! You did it, Stinger!” He went out there and did it like a man! That’s what this business is all about.
Flair is 74 years old, standing next to the Icon, with his friend, Schiavone, and going back to Greensboro for what will be the greatest moment of his life, and God knows Flair’s had some good ones. He is honored to be there at Sting’s side! They shake hands, and Flair says the ACC Tournament and all that, nah, this is one for the ages! Highway 85 will be lined up from Richmond, all the way to Charlotte, like it always was! Sting, The Nature Boy, and AEW are coming to Greensboro! Let’s give it to ’em! “WOO~!” It’s the 80s all over again! Tickets on sale December 15th! IT’S SHOWTIME!
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush!
The Sussex County Chicken got beat by The Maniac but El Toro Blanco got cheated by the Switchblade! These animals are hungry for points, so who gets fed?
The bell rings and Rush rushes in! They RAM and then fire off forearms! The fans fire up, Bryan says this is what he was talking about! This isn’t going 20 minutes! The forearms keep flying, Rush ROCKS Mark, but Mark fires off forearms and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS back! Rush whips, runs in, and SPLASHES int he corner! Rush runs but Mark follows, JUMP KCIK! Mark gets Rush up, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Mark forearms and stomps away! The ref counts, Mark lets off, but Rush dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rush sits Mark down so he can stomp with both feet!
Rush scrapes Mark, goes to the far side, then runs in. Mark BOOTS back but Rush still clotheslines! Snapmare and KCIK! Rush stomps away, takes Mark’s “head” and kicks it! The kick is good for Rush but fans boo. Rush goes up a corner, but Mark CLOBBERS him! Rush falls to the floor and fans fire up as Mark builds speed! Mark WRECKS Rush with a dropkick! Mark then stomps away on Rush, then stands him up to CHOP! So Rush CHOPS back! Mark CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS again! Rush whips Mark hard into railing! Rush then whips Mark into more railing! And then back the other way! Rush goes into the ring to tranquilo and let the count handle Mark.
Mark hobbles up, so Rush goes out after him. Rush runs in, but Mark ducks and RAILING BACK SUPLEX! Rush writhes, the ring count starts again, and Mark gets on the apron. Fans fire up as Mark says BANG BANG! FOLEY ELBOW! Fans fire up again and Mark high fives the front row. Mark leaves Rush behind now as the count climbs. Rush drags himself up, drags himself in at 5 of 10, and Mark eggs him on. Rush snarls, and he CHOPS! Mark CHOSP! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Fans fire up as Rush shoves, and Mark BOOTS him! Rush wobbles, but he dodges Mark to SNAP GERMAN!
Mark wobbles up, Rush SUPERKICKS! Mark stays up to LARIAT in return! Both men are down and Minneapolis is thunderous! Mark sees his chewing gum on the mat and picks it back up while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Mark goes to ropes, then stomps Rush. Mark drags Rush up, ROCKS him, and Rush falls over! Mark digs his boots in at the ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off at 4. The ref checks Rush, he’s still in this and bails out. The ref has Mark stay back, the ref makes sure Rush is okay, but then Mark runs in to stomp away! Rush gets up, Mark CHOPS him in a corner, and then ROCKS him! Mark brings Rush around, but Rush whips and SPLASHES! Rush sits Mark down, stomps and ROCKS him, then hobbles away. Rush snarls, he runs back in, but Mark is up to CHOP him down! Mark drops an elbow! And another elbow! Cover, TWO!
Mark fishhooks Rush into a chinlock, but the ref counts. Mark lets off, stands Rush up, but Rush trips Mark and has a leg! Rush hooks that up into a TRAILER HITCH! Mark endures and Rush pulls on the legs! Fans rally, Mark crawls and drags Rush along. Dynamite returns to single picture and fans rally more. Mark reaches out, powers his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and the ref counts, but Rush lets go. Mark drags himself up, the fans rally again, and Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush gets in Mark’s face, eggs him on, so Mark CHOPS! Rush and Mark throw SLAP after SLAP!
Mark swings, Rush bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Rush hobbles back, but Mark is back up! Rush swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Mark stands again. Rush roars, Mark runs in, Rush hits an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY to send Mark into buckles! Rush snarls again, fans rally up and he aims. Rush runs in, but Mark SPEARS him!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Mark drags Rush up. Mark turns Rush for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rush is still in this but the fans fire up for Mark. Mark underhooks, but Rush swings. Mark clinches, waistlocks, but Rush throws elbows. Rush switches, Mark breaks free to PELE!
Rush falls out to the apron and Mark storms after him. They’re both on the edge, Mark fires forearms, but Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Repeat! Fans “WOO~!” for every CHOP! Mark GAMANGIRIS, Rush staggers back, but Rush gets Mark for another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Mark crashes on the floor and the ref checks him. The fans lose their minds but Rush snarls. Rush paces as the ring count climbs, and Mark is up at 5 of 10. Mark drags himself in at 6, but Rush storms right up on him. Rush hoists Mark up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. Mark fires off hands, and then REDNECK HELL STAB!
Fans fire up as Mark leaps, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives again but Mark has the underhooks! Rush powers up to back drop free! Rush aims from a corner now, Mark runs in again but into another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Rush runs up to DECK Mark! Then the BULL’S HORNS!!! Cover, Rush wins!!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Briscoe earns 0)
A true war right here, and now Rush is 1-1! Will this ungovernable one find a way to take over the league? As for Briscoe, he is down 0-2 with no points, is he already on the bubble?
RJ City interviews “Timeless” Toni Storm.
Madame Storm seems rather bothered by something. RJ gets her attention but she tells him to sit. And don’t be so loud. RJ does sit, and Mariah May takes the title for Storm. RJ wants to bring up the championship acceptance speech last week. Yes, and she was rudely interrupted! Yeah, that’s true. How is she feeling? Storm says they partied well into the night, spent some time at the compound, JFK or one of the Kennedys was there. But now she is very fatigued, dehydrated, and has a touch of the gout. Oh, wow. Well, he wants to inform her that she is scheduled to defend the AEW Women’s World Championship. But given her state, is she worried at all?
Worried? Was Fatty Arbuckle worried? Was Jean Harlow worried? Was Frances bloody Farmer worried? No, they all turned out fine, and so will she. Before she goes, take off her shoe, she’s feeling swollen. RJ does take off her shoes for her, but will Storm have to focus before someone takes the title off her?
MJF is here!
Fans cheer as the AEW World Champion walks out here with the help of his cane, mic in the other hand. He has them cut his music, he gets into the ring, and the fans cheer him on. MJF gets right to it as he says “December 30th, Nassau Coliseum, Worlds End, it will be Samoa Joe VS yours truly for the grandest prize of ’em all, The Triple B, the AEW World Championship.” Fans cheer that, and MJF wants to be honest, though. When it comes to Joe as a person, eeeeeeh MJF doesn’t like him. But when it comes to Joe professional, MJF respects him.
MJF respects what Joe has done for the industry, and most importantly, when Joe came into AEW, he didn’t come here to line his pockets, he came here because he believes in those three letters. Fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” and MJF says back in the early 2000s, MJF remembers getting a poster in his mailbox and it was for TNA Wrestling. And he remembers thinking, what even is this all about? He tuned in and couldn’t have been happier. He saw insane feats of athleticism, he saw a new cast of pro-wrestlers he’d never heard of before, but most of all, he saw one man among the rest, and that was the Samoan Submission Machine.
While Samoa Joe may’ve looked unconventional, he didn’t seem to care, and neither did any of the fans. Because every time Joe walked through the curtain, we knew he was the baddest man walking on God’s Green Earth. Now unfortunately, later on in his career, Joe’s talents were not recognized and he was not afforded the opportunity to be a world champion in the WWE. Fans boo, but MJF says what Joe did for this sport was bigger than that. “Joe proved you don’t have to be a massive male model bodybuilder to be a top guy in this sport. Samoa Joe broke the mold. Samoa Joe proved alternatives matter.
“And because of the road that Joe paved, it has allowed for a man like me to stand before you today. Without a guy like Joe, there may be no AEW. So Joe, very quickly, what I’d like to say, as much as this all pains me to admit, thank you.” Fans cheer that and join in, “Thank You, Joe! Thank You, Joe!” Yes, thank you, Joe! However… MJF has actually, though grateful to have gone down the road Joe paved, MJF isn’t too shabby himself, now is he? Fans cheer that. MJF managed to pave his own road, and built on a new alternative. He is AEW day one, and he has helped build this place brick by brick! Fans cheer “M J F! M J F!”
MJF says he did that by defeating some of the biggest names in this industry! Names like Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega. But of all the names MJF has had to face in this ring, the one name he looks back on, and not only was he lucky to win, he was lucky to survive, that is Joe. Samoa Joe is a wrestling legend. But December 30th is not about Joe’s legacy. It’s about MJF’s! December 30th is about answering the question, “Can Max Friedman outlast the Final Boss of this sport one more time?” So now, MJF is gonna make a promise. He promises to everyone watching at home and everyone here in this arena.
MJF promises that on December 30th, it doesn’t matter if his left knee keeps sliding in and out, if his right hip keeps popping in and out of socket, if his right shoulder is hanging on by a threat, or if Joe beats him within an inch of his life. Joe could be King Kong and Godzilla incarnate. Because MJF promises that on December 30th, he shows the world that it is not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog! And if you want to take what’s his… at Worlds End, you’ll have to put MJF down! MJF even breaks his cane!! Fans fire up with MJF, but then the lights go down.
Now there are lights blinking all over the place. MJF looks around, but THE DEVIL’S MINIONS ATTACK! Fans boo as one of them has a baseball bat!! But here comes Joe!! Joe said he’d have MJF’s back so here he is! He YANKS the big guy out, gets that bat, and he runs the rest off! Cameras have trouble here, but when things come back, a message types out on screen. “In the shadows, our game begins. Next week, MJF & Samoa Joe… will you face the unknown in a tag match? Are you a hero, Max?” The Devil has made his challenge to the champ! The fans chant “DO IT! DO IT!” and “He’s Our Scumbag!” Joe tries to get MJF to ignore all this, it’s what this Devil wants!
But MJF says “I’m so sick of your Scooby-Doo BS! LEMME EXPLAIN SOMETHING TO YOU! I am not dealing with your crap when I got that guy breathing down my neck at Worlds End. No no. I am going to take out all of your men, one by one. I am going to unmask you, you coward! And next week, you wanna tag match?! YOU’RE ON!!” Joe isn’t for it, but the challenge has been accepted. Will Joe just have to save MJF from himself?
Wardlow VS AR Fox!
Speaking of someone who wants to take everything away from MJF, the War Dog is on the warpath, just waiting for the right moment. After what we just saw, is MJF going to be served up on a silver platter?
But wait! Fox BOOTS Wardlow down off the apron! And then FLIES out! But Wardlow stays up! So Fox FLIES again! Direct hit but Wardlow is still up! Wardlow HEADBUTTS Fox, then whips him at the apron. Fox 619s on the apron to hit back! And then he goes up the corner to MOONSAULT, but Wardlow catches him! SLAM on the apron, and then Wardlow box jumps up to the apron. Wardlow storms in, fans rally up, and Wardlow drags Fox up for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Now with both men in the ring, the bell finally sounds and this is actually a match. Wardlow storms up on Fox in the corner, to then TOSS him across the way!
Fox flounders out of the ring and Wardlow is having fun now. Wardlow goes out to stalk Fox, CLUB him on the back, and the ring count climbs. Wardlow hauls Fox up to TOSS him back in! Fans rally, Wardlow storms back in, and Wardlow drags Fox up. Fox shoves Wardlow but Wardlow CLUBS him! Wardlow trophy lifts, but Fox slips free! Wardlow runs in, but only gets buckles as Fox slips out to the apron! Fox swings to dropkick, then he goes up to 450 SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Wardlow snarls and Fox is stunned! Fox runs in to BOOT! Wardlow doesn’t budge so Fox BOOTS him again! And again! Fox runs, but Wardlow pops him up for a SPINEBUSTER!
Wardlow winds up, to LARIAT Fox down! Wardlow then hauls Fox up, POWERBOMB! The symphony begins as fans want more! Wardlow drags Fox up, reels him back in, another POWERBOMB! And then Wardlow goes up the corner, to SWANTON BOMB!! Fans fire up and Wardlow still isn’t done! He reels Fox back in, to LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!!! The ref checks, Fox is OUT! Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
The remixed Powerbomb Symphony was too much for Fox, and Wardlow storms off. When and where will Wardlow sink his teeth into MJF?
Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party!
The Sight to See and the reunited Martin brothers are ready to be the Coldest Trio in the Game, but they’re taking on Isiah Kassidy and the legendary Hardy brothers! Will Action, Darius & Dante add themselves to the top of the trios rankings? Or will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay take them to the extreme?
The trios sort out and Minneapolis is happy to have Dante back. Action and Matt start, they tie up and Matt headlocks. Action powers out then DROPKICKS Matt down! Matt goes to ropes, Action runs in but is put on the apron. Action RAMS into Matt, slingshots up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Matt is up, Action kicks but Matt blocks! Matt flips Action, Action lands on his feet but Matt hip tosses! Tag to Jeff and the Hardys get Action up, atomic drop and the takedown, DOUBLE LEG DROP! Jeff covers, TWO! Jeff drags Action up, CLUBS him, and wrenches an arm. Jeff hammerlocks but Action switches it onto Jeff.
Fans rally up for Dante, Jeff elbows Action and runs, but Action trips Jeff! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Jeff moves! Action hits the superhero landing and stares the Charismatic Enigma down! Fans fire up, and they both back away, tag to Darius and Isiah. Fans rally up as Zay and Air Wolf tie up. Zay headlocks, Darius powers out but Zay runs him over! Zay pumps and bumps, things speed up, and Darius hurdles. Zay backflips over, but Darius arm-drags! Darius then sidesteps but Zay arm-drags! Darius trips Zay to cover, ONE! Zay trips Darius but Darius throws him away to then DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Darius mocks the Jeff Hardy dance. Zay is in the corner, Darius runs in to SPLASH and tag Dante! Fans fire up as Dante jumps, runs, and A-LIST LARIATS! Tag back to Darius, snap suplex and a slingshot senton! Fans fire up and Action tags in. Darius gets Zay up, wrenches an arm, and Action DOUBLE STOMPS the arm. Zay losses his durag and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Action whips Zay, Zay reverses but Action avoids the dropkick. Matt CLOBBERS Action while the ref is checking Zay! Zay gets Action up, RAMS him to the corner, and Zay fires off hands. Tag to Jeff, and they mug Action with some stomps. The ref counts, Jeff lets off at 4, and he brings Action up to snapmare. Jeff runs to NECK SNAP, then NECK SNAP the other way! And then another one! Action staggers up, Jeff kicks low and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jeff stays between Action and the Martins to show them how to do his dance. Jeff then CLUBS Action, tags in Zay, and Zay CLUBS Action’s arm.
Zay throws Action out, goes out and throws him into railing! Zay talks some smack, then he stomps away on Action! High five with the fans, then more stomps! Selfie! Zay then puts Action in the ring, CLUBS him down, then drags him back to the corner. Tag to Matt and he RAMS into Action. Matt ROCKS Action with a right, then bumps him off buckles. Matt dribbles Action off the buckles again and again and again! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and Dynamite returns to single picture. Matt ROCKS Action again, tags Jeff, but fans rally up for Top Flight. Matt CATAPULT GUILLOTINES, then Jeff hits a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Jeff drags Action into the ring, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more but Jeff bumps Action off buckles. Tag to Matt, the Hardys stomp a mudhole in, then dig their boots in. The ref counts, Matt lets off and he stands Action back up. But Action ROCKS Matt with haymakers! Matt shoves Action, Action comes back, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Action survives and fans fire up but Matt calls his shot. “DELETE! DELETE!” and Action stands. Kick and- NO, Action wrenches out of the Twist! But Matt ducks the haymaker to back suplex! Action lands on his feet to KICK, KNEE and ENZIGURI!
Both men are down and the fans fire back up! Action and Matt crawl, hot tags to Dante and Zay! Dante goes up and over Zay, CLOBBERS him, CLOBBERS him again, then whips. Zay reverses, Dante goes out and Zay hits buckles! Dante then goes right over the corner, GAMANGIRIS Zay away then jumps to avoid Jeff’s sweep! SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, Matt breaks it! Fans boo but Matt TWIST- NO, Dante powers out and Darius GAMANGIRIS! Dante ROUNDHOUSES, Darius steps in to COMPLETE SHOT! Zay is up and he shoves Dante into Darius! Roll up, TWO!! Zay LARIATS Dante back down, putting his all behind that one!
Fans fire up as both men crawl, but Jeff runs to BLAST Action! Darius ROCKS Jeff, but Zay uses Jeff as a step, PARTY IN MOTION wipes Darius out! Dante sees that, but then Matt sets up for Jeff! POETRY IN MOTION! The Hardy Boyz get Dante up top, Zay GAMANGIRIS him into a Double Electric Chair Lift! Zay springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY!! Cover, TWO!!! Dante survives but the Hardys go after Darius & Action! POETRY- INTERCEPTED as Darius jumps off Matt to CLOBBER Jeff!! Action kicks Matt, then QUEBRADAS off the railing! Zay suplexes Dante, but Dante knees free!
Dante runs, Zay dodges to mule kicks! But Darius is in, he and Action set up, but Zay fights the waistlock! Zay BOOTS Action, elbows Darius, but the still get the SHOTGUN GERMAN SUPLEX!! Zay flops into Dante’s half nelson, SIDE SLAM!! Cover, TOP FLIGHT WINS!
Winners: Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall
A powerful homecoming for Dante Martin, he and his team have a massive win! Will they soon fly high and go after the AEW World Trios Championships?
Backstage interview with Action & Top Flight.
Renee is with them and congratulates them on the big win. So good to see Dante back, how is that leg? But then Penta El Zero Miedo and Alex Abrahantes step in. Penta offers a fist bump, and Dante accepts. They’re all good given Penta was responsible for the broken leg in that Reach for the Sky Ladder match. But then Penta counts, one, two, three. Bring ’em in. Komander and El Hijo Del Vikingo join Penta, that makes one, two, three. And Cero Miedo! Dante nods, when and where will we see this top tier trios match go down?
AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura!
The Princess of the Black Throne successfully defended her gold on Collision against Lady Frost, but now she takes on the Queen of Joshi! And for this match, Dealer’s Choice says submissions can NOT win the match! Then if Julia can’t be Hartless, will she just have to be ruthless?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the House Always Wins!
The bell rings and fans rally up behind Julia. Julia soaks it up, but Emi laughs at it. Emi and Julia smirk as they stare down, then they approach. Emi dodges Julia and laughs some more, but then Julia grabs her by the face! Julia bumps Emi off buckles, fires off forearms and stomps, then whips corner to corner. Julia runs in, handsprings and clotheslines! Julia keeps moving, back body block! Julia snapmares Emi, KICKS her, but Emi just frowns. Fans fire up, and Emi stands up. Julia CHOPS but Emi CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Julia shrieks, but Emi pushes her around. Emi aims but Julia blocks the chop to WRING the arm!
Emi goes to ropes, the fans fire up as Julia CLUBS, HOOK KICKS then KICKS Emi down! Julia pushes Emi out of the ring, goes out after her, but Emi throws body shots. Julia whips, Emi reverses, and Julia hits steel steps! Per the House Rules, there’s a 20 count, not a 10, so Emi has more time to use. Emi runs in to SPLASH Julia against the steps! Fans fire up and the ref checks Julia as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Emi stands on Julia’s face, the ref reprimands, but Emi steps away. She has to be careful, part of House Rules is that disqualifications are strongly enforced. Emi then takes a seat on security’s lap before she storms up on Julia. Emi brings Julia around to CHOP against railing! Then Emi brings Julia over to send into more railing, and CHOP again! Emi puts Julia in the ring, drags her around and dragon sleepers! TWISTING DDT! Cover, TWO! Julia is still in this but Emi pushes her to a corner. Emi CHOPS, and Julia staggers away to another corner. Emi CHOPS her again! And again! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS!
Julia sits down, Emi digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Emi lets off, soaks up the heat, and then brings Julia up to whip corner to corner. Julia stops herself to ELBOW back! Julia storms up on Emi to throw hands, but Emi SLAPS Julia down! Julia checks her jaw, but Emi digs her knees into Julia’s neck! The ref counts, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Emi lets off. Emi watches Julia flounder around, and Julia sits up to throw body shots. Emi just laughs and brings Julia around to underhook. Stalling BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Emi waits on Julia to sit up, says she’ll be the champion, and then underhooks again!
Julia fights up and round, SLEEPER! Submissions won’t win but she just wants to make Emi suffer! Emi falls, flails, Julia has a headscissor squeeze! Emi rolls, pops out the back, and she hooks Julia’s legs up! ROMERO SPECIAL! Julia endures, then Emi THROWS her down! Emi drags Julia around, puts her in a drop zone, but fans still rally for Julia. Emi climbs, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Julia moves! Julia wraps on the HARTLESS LOCK!! But it won’t win! Emi flails, taps, but it doesn’t save Emi, either! Julia thrashes Emi, lets her go, and the ref has to remind Julia it’s her own rules. So Julia BLINDSIDE LARIATS!
Julia stomps Emi into the drop zone, then goes up the corner. MOONSAULT!! Cover, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Another defense in the books, Julia is still golden! Will she keep on winning with such unpredictable rules?
Backstage interview with Mariah May.
RJ City is with Miss May and says we saw her at Full Gear and last week, but we also know she’s here, hungry for more. Mariah says yes she is. She knows she’s the new girl and all, but she did just come from Stardom, and she had quite the run. She is dying to show us what she can do. So thanks for connecting her with Toni Storm. RJ says it’s nothing, he and Toni go way back, used to play squash together. No, really, RJ is quite the curator. And Mariah knows Toni likes him, so this means the world to her. No, no, Toni makes things happen. He’s just happy to help. Mariah seems a bit disappointed, but RJ says without further ado, go get ’em!
Mariah knocks on Tony Khan’s door, steps inside, and talks with the boss. Will this Tony be just as accommodating as Toni Storm?
Christian Cage is here!
The TNT Champion, the Patriarch, makes his way to the ring, security right behind him. Captain Charisma then gets a mic while the fans boo, and he says what he’d like to do right now is go ahead and invite the Rated R Superstar to this ring right now. Fans fire up for that, and Christian says he knows Edge is back there. Fans shout “ADAAAAM~!” and Christian says he just wants to talk about what Edge said on Collision. So if Edge doesn’t mind making his presence felt, Christian would appreciate it. But still no response? Did Christian make sure to do this when Edge isn’t here?
Christian waits, gets upset, and asks Adam “ADAAAM~!” that he’d like to speak with him in this ring. Please, someone, hit the mic, get Adam’s attention, something. Or should Christian go back there to speak with him? “You think you know him.” And here comes Edge!! Fans fire up as Edge storms into the ring, and of course the security becomes a wall in front of Christian. Edge paces and Christian says listen, management wanted this, not him. Fans boo that garbage, but Christian says they don’t need security. He asks these men to vacate the ring. They shrug and bail out, even though Edge looks ready to pounce.
Christian brings up that last week, Edge challenged him to a match for the TNT Championship on December 6th, Dynamite in Montreal. Christian is here to tell Edge that they won’t make it to Montreal. They get face to face and fans fire up. Christian says they won’t make it to Montreal because “I’m sorry.” What? Edge is also confused, and Christian says he knows what we’re all thinking. Christian is only sorry because he’s all alone, right? Fans confirm and they chant “BULL~ SHID!” at him! Christian asks them to understand. Edge took out “The Prodigy” Nick Wayne, he took out Killswitch/Luchasaurus, but that’s not why Christian’s sorry.
He won’t lie, he was pissed about what Edge did to Lucha- er, Killswitch, with not one but two Con-Chair-Tos. Christian was so mad, he jumped out of his house, got in his car and just drove around. He needed to think, needed fresh air. And somewhere during that trip, it turned into one of reflection. It turned into a roadtrip of soul searching, digging down deep, trying to understand why he became the person that he is, this guy who says and does such unsavory things. And then he remembered those times he and Edge would borrow Christian’s mom’s Ford Taurus. They nicknamed it “Toby the Taurus” because they took it everywhere when they were trying to make it.
They didn’t care where they went, they were broke, not a dime to their names, but they didn’t care. They were having the time of their lives! They knew they were gonna make it. They didn’t know how, but they knew they would. And dammit, did they ever make it, huh? They went on to become multiple-time tag team champions, and Christian will say it, the greatest tag team that ever lived! Fans do cheer that. Christian and Edge then became multiple time world champions, two of the greatest careers in this sport. But take the wrestling away, and it runs even deeper. Everyone knows Edge grew up with a single mom. Everyone knows that Edge didn’t have a father figure.
Fans boo, already sensing where this is going! Christian wants Edge to listen! Yes, he is the Patriarch of AEW, but in no way is he suggesting he’s Edge’s father. Christian is Edge’s brother. And in turn, Christian’s father became like Edge’s father. Edge went on family trips, sat at the dinner table, slept over! When Edge needed discipline, Christian’s dad treated him the same as his own kids. He picked Edge up, brushed him off, hugged him and cheered him on. To this very day, he is still Edge’s biggest fan. So listen, Christian will just say it. They weren’t just random guys thrown together. “I love you, man.” Fans boo that one!
Christian says they’re family. And listen, when Edge’s mom passed a few years ago, that was the hardest time of Edge’s life. Christian knows that. But some time before, she said, “What I wouldn’t give to see you guys in that ring, teaming one last time.” Christian started thinking, that they should do this for her! Let’s go on the journey together again, like Edge wanted! Edge & Christian, for Judy “Judemeister” Copeland! Let’s do it for her! Fans cheer for Judy, but Edge is conflicted. Christian drops the mic, holds the belt, and then rushes Edge! Edge LOW BLOWS Christian first!! Fans cheer as Christian leans on Edge in pain.
Christian slumps down and Edge lets him fall. Fans want that one more time, but Edge gets the mic. “Nice try, dumbass.” Edge tells him to sit up when he’s talking. Edge grabs the belt, tells Christian to shine it up real nice. Hell, sleep with it if he wants. Because next week, the title’s coming home with Edge! Oh, and one more thing, Edge almost forgot. G F Y!! Fans are thunderous as Edge takes his leave. Will Edge crush Christian’s spirit as payback for everything he’s said and done?
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland!
The Switchblade and the Realest are both 1-0 with three points, and now they are going to battle in what could be the decisive battle in this block! With no Juice Robinson, no Ass Boys, no Prince Nana or Brian Cage, who will prove to be the slipperiest snake in all of AEW?
The bell rings and fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White still throws guns up, but he and Swerve then tie up. They go around, Swerve puts White in a corner, but White turns it around. Swerve turns it back around, White pulls hair to turn it around again, then he RAMS into Swerve! And again! And again! White tosses Swerve out, then goes out to CHOP! White then RAMS Swerve into railing, mocks Nana’s dance, but Swerve throws hands! Swerve runs and RAMS White into railing! Fans fire up with Swerve and he stomps White down. Swerve then whips, but White reverses and Swerve hits railing so hard, he goes over into the front row!
Fans fire up and security helps Swerve, but then White drags him back in. White puts Swerve in the ring, mockingly asks, “Whose House?” and he stomps Swerve. White wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then CHOPS! White again mockingly asks, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White CHOPS Swerve, but Swerve BOOTS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Swerve whips, White holds ropes, then he dumps Swerve out. But Swerve pulls hair! White HOTSHOTS Swerve, builds speed and slides, but Swerve catches him to BACK SUPLEX White into the front row! Fans are getting a much more interactive experience than expected!
Swerve drags White back up, White grabs at fans desperately, but the fans can’t do anything for him as Swerve dumps White back over. Swerve pushes White around, goes up the apron, and then he FLYING STOMPS White down! Fans fire up, Swerve puts White in, and then aims from the apron. But White gets a leg in the ropes! Swerve claws at White, pushes him away, but White BOOTS Swerve, then DRAPING DDTS! Fans rally for Swerve but White drags Swerve up to CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
White sits Swerve up again, to CHOP him back down! White drags Swerve up again, goes up a corner, and mocks Swerve, to then hop back down and CHOP again! Swerve writhes, White drags him up, and White TOSSES Swerve out of the ring. White goes out after Swerve, but he CHOPS back! Swerve then clinches to hit a BACKBREAKER! White writhes, Swerve goes up to the apron again, and he BOOTS White back down! Fans rally up, Swerve drags White into the ring, and then clamps on a cording hold. White grabs ropes, the ref counts, Swerve takes a swing, but White EXPLODERS Swerve up and out!
White goes out after Swerve, hauls him up, and APRON GOURD BUSTERS! Swerve writhes and flounders but White refreshes the ring count. White then RAMS Swerve into steel steps! Swerve gets in the ring, White pursues and covers, TWO! White clamps onto Swerve’s bad arm, then traps the other, and he stretches Swerve out as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve fights up, but White throws him down by hair! White again mocks the chant, “Whose House?” Bryan commends Swerve on toughness. He had a brutal Texas Deathmatch with Hangman Page, and the only thing taped up is that arm.
Speaking of, White clamps onto the arms again, but Swerve endures. Swerve fights up, throws body shots, but White throws him down by his hair! Fans boo, Swerve gets up to SLAP White! Swerve CHOPS, White waistlocks, but Swerve swings elbows. White gets under to SAIDO! White then storms up to drag Swerve up, CORNER HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Swerve is still in this but White scuffs him. White mockingly says he needs his points. White knees Swerve low, and again, but Swerve blocks the chop! Swerve wrenches, gets around, HAMMERLOCK BACK SUPLEX! White writhes and fans fire up!
Swerve snarls, storms up on White, and he ROCKS him! Body shot! Forearm! Body shot! Repeat! Swerve snapmares, rolls, but White catches the Complete Shot, but then Swerve slips out of the Urenage! Swerve goes to a corner, White runs in but Swerve goes up and over to O’Conner and Eddy Gordo RANA! White tumbles, staggers, into the SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT! And then a gator roll into a deadlift suplex! Fans fire up as Swerve covers, TWO!! White survives and Swerve grows frustrated. Fans still rally up behind Swerve, and he grabs White’s wrist. White resists but Swerve still drags him up.
White reaches out, kicks Swerve’s legs, then gets free. White swings, Swerve dodges and comes back, COMPLETE SHOT from White! White then waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! White runs up, but Swerve DISCUS LARIATS! Fans are thunderous while both men are down and Bryan says, “How incredible are these two men?!” A standing count starts, both men stir, and White flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as White comes back, he and Swerve go forehead to forehead, and they trade junkyard dog headbutts. Swerve laughs, White throws hands! Swerve throws them back! They go back and forth, faster and faster!
Fans rally up as the shots keep flying, and Swerve DECKS White! Fans fire up, Swerve smiles, but White grabs at Swerve’s legs. Swerve grabs at White, White CHOP BLOCKS! White then gets the bad arm, clinches, and URENAGES! Cover, TWO!! Swerve is still in this, this isn’t anything compared to Texas Death! White clamps on with the sleeper, though, and he hauls Swerve up. Swerve throws elbows, but White wrangles him for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Fans fire up, Swerve endures, White CLUBS away on the bad arm and pulls! Swerve reaches out, fights around, but White keeps him from ropes by pulling hair!
Swerve and White roll together, but Swerve slips around to get White’s arms trapped! Swerve stands on that arm! Finger gun and BANG!! The arm goes back and the fans tell Swerve he’s sick! Swerve grins, storms up on White and drags him up again. But White fights the half nelson and puts Swerve in a corner. The ref counts, White arm-drags free, but then Swerve sends him at the ref! White stops himself, LOW- NO! Swerve blocks the kick, he was paying attention to last week! Swerve slips around and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Swerve runs to HOUSE CALL!! Then Swerve goes up and he takes aim!
White sits up, into the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!?! No one can believe it, least of all Swerve!! White survives Swerve’s best shots, but Swerve drags him up! Swerve’s bad arm holds him back, but then White clinches! BLADERUNNER!! But Swerve flops out of the ring!! White hurries out after Swerve, pushes him in, and hurries to clinch. Swerve fights up, fights the sleeper, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! But White still rolls Swerve up with his other arm! TWO! White storms up, Swerve trips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! BLADE- NO, Swerve slips free, but White fights the half nelson! And CHOPS!
Swerve CHOPS back! White CHOPS! We get the 15 minute mark, so time’s ticking away! Swerve CHOPS, White CHOPS, repeat! White kicks and CHOPS, then reels Swerve in. Swerve uses a leg to get free but White has him again, SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Then the clinch, BLADE- ARM-DRAG!! Cradle cover, SWERVE WINS!!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall (gains 3 points; White earns 0)
White is shocked that he got beat! The #Jay1 aside, these points go to The Realest! Will the Gold League soon be whose house?
A great Dynamite, with awesome Continental Classic matches. But also really good non-tournament matches, such as that Trios Match. Great return to action for Dante Martin, great win for him and his trio, and those three could really build themselves up into trios title contenders with matches like this. And really good TBS Championship match Julia and Emi, though they need to get better at bringing up how House Rules work. No Ropebreaks, the ring count is to 20, and there’s Dealer’s Choice. They just kinda threw out there that this was gonna be a No Submission Falls, which was honestly a brilliant move by Emi. But in the end, of course Julia wins, it’s still too early for her to lose this belt.
Wardlow squashing- heck, he demolished AR Fox, is fine for Wardlow but a shame for Fox. Wardlow is still staying strong as he waits for the right moment to go after MJF again, but maybe, just maybe, he’s been going after MJF all along as that big guy among the “gimp squad” that tried to get MJF tonight. Great promo from MJF to not just praise Joe but also bury Punk without having to actually reference Punk going back to WWE. Joe made the save as expected, and now they’re getting dragged into a tag match against any two of those goons, and who knows who they are really, but can’t wait to see how this all goes.
Awesome stuff from Christian and Edge tonight, a brilliant move for Christian to so blatantly play to Edge’s emotions just to save his own ass. But of course it was also brilliant for Edge to not fall for it at all and get the better of Christian. But uh, AEW needs to be better at live censoring their shows, that GFY got right past them. That aside, that TNT Championship match is going to be awesome stuff, could go either way, but I still want to see Luchasaurus betray Christian and finally become his own man-dinosaur. Not Jack Perry’s tag partner, not Christian’s henchman, but his own man doing his own stuff.
And as I said at the start, awesome Continental Classic matches. Bryan Danielson also being on commentary for these was a good move, that could easily be a thing he does after he retires, except I think part of retiring is staying home with the family. Anyway, Moxley VS Lethal was a great opening match, and I figured Moxley would win that. Maybe Lethal realizes he really has let Team Triple J weaken him with all their antics. Rush VS Briscoe then raised the bar, though with a somewhat scary moment where I thought Rush took a shot to the head but it was really a concern for his leg. Rush winning was a fair choice, and that puts pressure on a possible 0-2 VS 0-2, Lethal VS Briscoe in the next round. I say “possible” because Tony Khan doesn’t reveal the entire schedule at once.
And then just an awesome, borderline PPV level match of Swerve VS White. The fans were strongly behind Swerve, I was behind Swerve, so it’s great to see Swerve get to 2-0. Swerve’s becoming my top choice for Gold League and maybe even the entire thing. Swerve having the ROH World, NJPW Strong Openweight and the AEW Continental Championships, he could really do a lot with traveling between the three brands. Mogul Embassy is already in ROH given they’re ROH World Six Man Champions, and the Gates are in NJPW right now for World Tag League, so Swerve joining them pretty much everywhere, all four of them having belts, that’s great stuff to me.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (11/29/23)
B Block, round 4!
Will it be lights out for Bishamon?
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling despite being the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, will they finally gain some ground this round?
- Six Man Tag: The Gates of Agony & Yuto Nakashima VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Boltin Oleg; Kaito, Oiwa & Oleg win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club War Dogs; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Master Wato, YOH, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii; Wato, Yoh, Yano & Ishii win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Archer & Zayne win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Time Limit Draw.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current B Block standings!
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-0, 6 points
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 3-0, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1, 4 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-1, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 1-2, 2 points
Bishamon: 1-2, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 0-3, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-3, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
Gene Blast & The King of the World took down the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions in last round’s main event, but now they’re up against the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who are starving for a win! Will the Rogue General & Red Commando finally get on the board? Or will they just have to tranquilo in the fourth?
Fale & Bonza Too Sweet, and then Tsuji & Zando attack! The bell rings and Zando fires off on Fale but Bonza turns things around on Tsuji. Fale CLUBS Zando, then bumps him off buckles. Bonza drags Tsuji up, Rogue Army whip but the amigos dosido and return to CLOBBER Fale & Bonza! Fans fire up as the forearms fly. Then Tsuji sends Bonza into Fale! Zando sends Tsuji in to UPPERCUT! Bonza falls out of the ring, Tsuji runs in to SPLASH Fale! Fale flops out of the ring and the fans rally up with Zando. He and Tsuji high five then DOUBLE DIVE! Direct hit into the railing and down goes the Rogue Army!
Fans fire up as Zando & Tsuji stand back up. The ring count starts so Tsuji puts Bonza in. Tsuji & Zando stalk Bonza, and Zando SMACKS Bonza on the head. They double whip then POP-UP KNEE! Bonza falls over, Tsuji covers, TWO! Fans cheer while Tsuji keeps cool. Tsuji kicks Bonza to ropes, CHOPS him, but Bonza pie faces. Tsuji kicks low and CLUBS away on Bonza! Bonza blocks the whip, but Tsuji knees low. Tsuji whips, Bonza reverses but Tsuji ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to run into a lift and FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fale DECKS Tsuji while Bonza BLASTS Zando! Bonza stomps Tsuji around, then pulls off his Bullet Club shirt, to CHOKE Tsuji with it!
Fale distracts the ref, Zando storms in but now the ref has to stop him. Bonza just keeps choking Tsuji, but Tsuji gets to the ropes. The ref reprimands and counts, Bonza lets off to cover, TWO! The fans rally up for Tsuji but Bonza stands Tsuji up. Tsuji fights the scoop, so Bonza CHOPS him down! Tag to Fale and he BLASTS Zando! Bonza stands Tsuji up for Fale to scoop SLAM! Fale drags Tsuji around, then stands on his back! He uses Tsuji as a surfboard! Tsuji endures, Fale steps off, and he flips Tsuji over for a cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Tsuji hangs in there. Fale tags Bonza in, and Bonza steps through to have the EDGE-UCATOR!
Tsuji endures, Zando coaches him, and Tsuji reaches out. Tsuji fights to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer but Bonza lets off in frustration, and BLASTS Zando for the hell of it! Bonza drags Tsuji up, suplexes, but Tsuji fights it! Tsuji tries to suplex, Bonza fights it! They fight for suplex control, and Tsuji gets Bonza up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tsuji crawls his way over, hot tag to Zando! Zando rallies on Bonza, CLUBS him, then whips. Bonza reverses, but Zando stops to drop knees on Bonza’s back! Zando says tranquilo, but Bonza rushes in. Zando catches his lariat to send him into the corner!
Zando runs in to clothesline, then he snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fale runs in but Zando drop toeholds him onto Bonza! Zando then runs to basement dropkick Fale! Fans rally up behind Zando, but Fale runs in aga. Zando dodges to DROPKICK Fale out! Bonza goes to a corner, Zando calls to Tsuji, and they both storm up on Bonza. They double whip, double hip toss for the DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Tsuji SPLASHES, then sets Bonza up as Zando climbs. MOONSAULT! Cover, Fale kicks it apart! Tsuji fires off on Fale, throws him back out, and fans rally up. Tsuji drags Bonza up, he and Zando hook him up, but Bonza fights the Anchor!
Bonza CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bonza fires up, runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up as Tusji & Zando set up, for the ANCHOR! Then Tsuji goes up top and stands on Zando’s shoulders. But Fale body shots Zando! GRENADE for Tsuji!! Bonza ELBOWS Zando, Fale SPLASHES him! Then feed to a BACKBREAKER, and ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROGUE ARMY WINS!
Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
Bullet Club blows it up and finally has a win! Is there still a chance for them in the World Tag League? Can Tsuji & Zando rebound and set sail next round?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado!
Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World have not been able to put together a win while the Headbanga & Young Guerrilla really only have that first round shocker to stand by. Will the murder grandpas finally score some points? Or will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions keep from owing more golden tickets?
ELP gets fans to cheer referee Marty Asami, and even Nagata and Suzuki. Suzuki gets annoyed and tells ELP to shut up. ELP winds up and high fives Leo, which fans cheer. Suzuki dares ELP to step up, and so that’s who starts. Fans rally as the bell rings, and ELP taunts Suzuki as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Suzuki circle, they feel things out, and then knuckle lock. Suzuki kicks, wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, but ELP spins back, wrenches free and wristlocks to then headlock. But Suzuki brings ELP to a knee to pop out and headlock back. ELP slips free and the fans cheer that opening exchange.
The two circle again, feel things out, and ELP gets a “SU-ZU-KI!” chant going. Suzuki storms up, ELP stays in a corner. The ref has Suzuki back up, and ELP comes back. They feel things out, ELP goes for a leg, then a waistlock. Suzuki wrenches at ELP’s arm, has the wristlock, then wrenches again. ELP rolls, handsprings, but Suzuki denies the wrench to then wrench again. Suzuki hammerlocks, headlocks, but ELP hits a BIG atomic drop! Suzuki hobbles away, ELP BLASTS Nagata, but Nagata runs in! Into an atomic drop! ELP hobbles his way over, saying his knee hurts from hitting those drops.
ELP storms up on Suzuki, but gets caught in a HANGING ARMBAR! Nagata runs to BLAST Leo! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, but Nagata sends Leo into railing! Suzuki drags ELP out to send him into railing, too! Nagata throws hands on Leo, whips again, as does Suzuki! ELP & Leo both hit railing hard! Suzuki stomps ELP, Nagata stomps Leo, and Jado can only protest. The ref reprimands, ELP hits Suzuki back with forearms, but Suzuki ROCKS ELP! ELP falls back, the ref starts the ring count, and Suzuki leaves ELP behind. The count reaches 10 of 20 while ELP crawls, and ELP staggers about at 11.
ELP steadies himself at 14, slides in at 15, and fans cheer. But Suzuki facelocks and he brings ELP over. Nagata tags in, the murder grandpas mug ELP, and then Nagata KNEES ELP against ropes. Nagata throws a heavy body shot! ELP doubles over, Nagata sits ELP up to KNEE him down again! Nagata drags ELP up for another body shot! ELP sputters and coughs his way to a corner, Nagata stomps him, then wrenches an arm. Suzuki tags himself in, and he kicks ELP low. Suzuki taunts Leo, then stands ELP up to ROCK him with a right! ELP wobbles, ROCKS Suzuki back, but Suzuki just glares. ELP throws more forearms but Suzuki just glares!
ELP apologizes to the murder grandpas, but Suzuki body shots then DECKS ELP! Suzuki gives Nagata a hard tag and fans rally up. Nagata drags ELP up to CLUB him on the neck! Nagata waits on ELP, to then KICK! And KICK! And KICK! ELP ends up in a corner, Nagata whips him corner to corner and BOOTS! Then clinch to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this and fans rally back up. Nagata drags ELP up, suplexes, but ELP slips free to waistlock! Nagata fights with elbows, ELP apologizes and wants time. But then he kicks! Nagata blocks that, only for ELP to ENZIGURI! Fans rally up while ELP and Nagata are both down!
ELP crawls his way over, rolls and hot tags Leo! Leo UPPERCUTS Nagata, BLASTS Suzuki, then swings on Nagata. Nagata dodges but Leo keeps moving to run Nagata over! Fans fire up with Leo and he runs in at the corner. Nagata dodges the splash, comes back, but into a scoop! SNAKE EYES and a BOOT! Fans fire up and Leo aims. Nagata rises, Leo clamps on the choke grip! But Nagata ROCKS Leo first! Nagata fires more shots, whips, but Leo reverses. Nagata rolls and fakes the enziguri to dropkick the leg out! Nagata gets up and Suzuki already tags in. Suzuki fires forearms on Leo! Suzuki eggs Leo on and Leo pounds the mat.
Leo choke grips! Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Leo again! Suzuki runs, but Leo scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down! Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP storms up on Suzuki and fires a forearm! Suzuki grits his teeth so ELP throws more shots! Suzuki just glares! ELP throws off his elbow pads to ROCK ELP! Suzuki smiles! ELP ROCKS Suzuki again and Suzuki ROCKS ELP in return! ELP wobbles then falls over! Suzuki drags ELP back up, whips him to a corner, and Nagata joins in. Suzuki BOOTS, Nagata SHINING WIZARDS! Then snapmare, and DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH!!
The rivals shove each other, fans fire up, but then Leo shoves Suzuki into Nagata! Leo then runs, to DOUBLE LARIAT them both down! Fans rally up, ELP rises and he helps Leo get Suzuki up. They double whip Suzuki to a corner, then they whip Nagata into him! ELP sends Leo in to DOUBLE SPLASH! Nagata falls, ELP ELBOWS Suzuki! Then feed to the POWER TRIP! Leo then sets Suzuki up for the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Suzuki survives and fans fire up again! ELP tunes up the band, SUDDEN- NO, Suzuki dodges! ELP kicks, runs, but Suzuki follows! Suzuki gets around to SLEEPER! Nagata grabs Leo for a CROSSFACE!
Fans fire up while ELP & Leo endure stereo submissions! ELP is turning red, ELP is fading! The ref checks, Suzuki lets off to cover, TWO!!! ELP survives and the fans fire up! Suzuki lets the fans rally up as he drags ELP up into another SLEEPER! And then a sin, but ELP jackknife bridges! TWO!! ELP BOOTS Suzuki, then SUPERKICKS! And then the tuck for C R 2!!! Cover, ELP & LEO WIN!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas fall short again! What is it that’s missing in their formula? As for the “Blue Sexy Boys,” will they continue to be NJPW Strong as the WTL rolls on?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
The Holy Emperor beat his mentor with help from Heat Storm, but now things get even hotter as Taichi faces a former Suzuki-Gun ally! In a battle of 3-0 teams, will Taichi & Yuya be able to survive? Or will they get burned by the Monster Sauce?
Archer’s back to beating up Young Lions, and Zayne just sighs with an “Oh, you” attitude. The teams sort out and Archer wants to face the KOPW Champion. Taichi and Yuya give thumbs, and fans cheer as the former Suzuki-Gun members start. Archer says Taichi is still his brother but this is about WTL, so #EverybodyDies, even Taichi! Archer pie faces Taichi, but Taichi CHOPS! Archer just smiles, so Taichi CHOPS again! Archer eggs Taichi on, Taichi CHOPS again! Archer ROCKS Taichi with a forearm! Fans rally up, Taichi and Archer circle, and they feel things out. Taichi KICKS and KICKS but Archer blocks one to choke grip!
Taichi breaks free, but Archer waistlocks! Taichi fights free to PELE! Taichi runs, Archer follows and BODY CHECKS Taichi! Archer eggs Taichi on, but Yuya tags in. Archer stares Taichi down but then he KNEES Yuya low! Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce double whip. Yuya gest around to shove Zayne into Archer and then arm-drag Zayne! Zayne gets up, Yuya DROPKICKS him! Yuya CHOPS Zayne, CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Zayne is in the corner, Yuya whips him corner to corner. Zayne reverses, runs in, but Yuya dodges and Archer ELBOWS him down! Zayne comes back ELBOW Yuya!
Archer then whips Zayne to scoop, so that Zayne can tilt-o-whirl RANA Archer into Yuya! Fans fire up while Archer laughs. Zayne covers, TWO! Zayne brings Yuya over, tags Archer, and Archer stomps around. Archer taunts Taichi, then Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Archer drags Yuya up and CHOPS him! Archer stands Yuya back up but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Archer eggs Yuya on, Yuya throws more CHOPS, but Archer DECKS him! Archer says it isn’t Yuya’s time, this is all about Monster Sauce! Fans cheer, Archer whips Yuya corner to corner hard, and Archer has a cocky cover, but Red Shoes doesn’t wanna count?
Archer tells him to count but Red Shoes says not until it’s a real cover. Archer snarls and he drags Yuya up. He dares Yuya to go tag Taichi, then he short arm LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Taichi was also there but Archer grins as he gives him a pie face. Red Shoes has Taichi back off, and Taichi coaches Yuya on. Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Zayne brings Yuya out to ROCK him! Yuya CHOPS! Zayne ROCKS Yuya again but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Zayne knees low, whips but Yuya reverses to reel Zayne in for a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Zayne and Yuya crawl, they reach out, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms in after Zayne to give him Kawada Kicks! Zayne goes to a corner, Taichi BOOTS him! Taichi snapmares to KICK Zayne, but Archer runs in to kick Taichi! Archer whips but Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! But Archer rebounds, only for Taichi to DUMP him out! Zayne kicks and whips Taichi to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up and Taichi gets them to get louder. And OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, but Zayne ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Taichi rolls through, but Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS!
Taichi stays up, GAMAN- NO, Zayne ducks the kick! Zayne ROLLING AX KICKS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Zayne and Taichi crawl, and Zayne is up first. Zayne drags Taichi up to wrench and scoop, but Taichi pulls hair! Taichi CLUBS away on Zayne, but Zayne swings. Taichi ducks to SAI- NO, Zayne slips free! Zayne reels Taichi in but Taichi fights the suplex! Taichi tries but Zayne fights the suplex! Zayne then suplexes to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this but Zayne tags Archer. Archer says he told Taichi this was coming! Archer suplexes and THROWS Taichi!
Fans fire up as Archer storms around, and he runs in to ELBOW Taichi in the corner! Archer says that’s one! He runs corner to corner again, but Taichi BOOTS him! Archer snarls, runs back in but Taichi dodges! GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taichi crawls to his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Zayne runs in but Yuya arm-drags him! And arm-drags him again! Archer runs up to choke grip! CHOKE- DROPKICK! Yuya then DROPKICKS again! Archer is still up, and he blocks the arm-drag to send Yuya to the corner! Yuya dodges the splash, but Archer still blocks the arm-drag! Choke grip, but Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS!
Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS again, but Archer kicks low. Archer runs, into an arm-drag! Fans fire up as Yuya dropkicks the legs! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Archer down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up, Yuya pounds the mat and he goes to the corner. Yuya climbs up, but Archer STEP-UP KNEES! Archer then brings Yuya up in the inverted crucifix! But Yuya fights free, rolls Archer up, TWO!! Archer swings, Yuya gets under and shoves Archer into a Taichi’s BOOT! DOUBLE CHOPS! SOBAT! Yuya goes up to FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, Zayne breaks it! Taichi kicks and throws Zayne out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya fires up and the fans are with him!
Yuya climbs a corner, takes aim as Archer stands, CROSS- NO, choke grip! But Yuya victory rolls! TWO!! Archer is up, Yuya blocks the boot to UPPERCUT! And DOUBLE CHOP! And ENZIGURI! Archer stays up so Yuya traps the arms! But Archer HEADBUTTS free! Yuya runs, into a scoop! ROLLING AX KICK SIDEWALK SLAM COMBO!! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Zayne dodges Taichi to scoop, BAJA BLAST!! And then Archer grabs Zayne, CHOKE SAULT! Fans fire up as Archer roars! Archer drags Yuya up, but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Zayne down, but Archer ROCKS him!
Yuya roars, but runs into the choke grip! CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Yuya survives and shocks everyone! But Archer drags him into the drop zone, then lifts Zayne up! BLACKOUT SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Monster Sauce wins!!
Winners: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
Archer said it’s all about Monster Sauce, and Monster Sauce just won big! They are the ONLY 4-0 team in ALL of World Tag League 2023, are they going to be the only option for B Block? Or will Taichi & Yuya still find a way to change everything?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
Though Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi are IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and former World Tag League winners, their road to the threepeat has not been easy. They’ve started to #TurnItAllAround, but can they keep it going? Or will the sons of lucha libre shine brightest here tonight?
The teams sort out and the luchadores offer handshakes. Bishamon accept and the fans cheer the sportsmanship. Hashi starts against Soberano and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and Soberano headlocks. Soberano grinds Hashi down but Hashi uses that to pop out the back and hammerlock. Hashi then headlocks, but Soberano fights up. Soberano throws body shots, trips Hashi with a leg takedown, then traps that leg. Hashi uses his free leg to pull Soberano down and goes after an arm. Soberano clasps hands, Hashi pries them apart and has the ARMBAR! Soberano shifts around, but Hashi pulls on the arm again!
Soberano turns Hashi over, and ties up the legs in a deathlock, then shifts to body scissors and roll! Cover, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Hashi and Soberano circle again, then they knuckle lock. Hashi wrenches, hammerlocks, and headlocks. Hashi hits a takeover, then grinds Soberano down. Soberano headscissors, Hashi fights around, but Soberano has the arms, too. It’s an inverted motorcycle stretch now! But Hashi powers his way out, floats to a headlock, but Soberano slips away. The fans cheer again, and Hashi tags Goto. Soberano says it was that close, and he tags Atlantis in.
Atlantis and Goto circle and the fans rally up. The two tie up, Goto puts Atlantis on ropes, and Red Shoes counts the break. Goto lets off with pats on the shoulder and fans applaud. Atlantis keeps cool, he and Goto circle, tie up, and Goto waistlocks. Atlantis reaches around, spins through and he facelocks. Goto wrenches out to hammerlock, and then headlocks. Atlantis slips out to waistlock but Goto gets the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Atlantis lets off with pats on the shoulder, and fans cheer again. Atlantis and Goto reset and feel things out. Atlantis wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then double wristlocks.
Goto powers through, hammerlocks, then headlocks for a takeover. Atlantis headscissors, Goto kips free, and the fans cheer. The two circle again, and then tie up. Goto headlocks, grinds, but Atlantis throws body shots. Atlantis powers out, Goto RAMS into him, but Atlantis rebounds to run Goto over! Fans fire up and Atlantis shakes his arm out. Atlantis stands Goto up to fire forearms and stomps, then runs. Hashi slides in, Bishamon runs Atlantis over! Then ZANMAI! Soberano runs in, Bishamon kicks him first! They HAMMER away on Soberano, then fans fire up as Bishamon flexes. They stomp Atlantis to a corner, and Goto digs his knee in.
Red Shoes counts, Goto lets off quickly, but then stomps Atlantis. Goto CLUBS Atlantis down, clamps on a neck wrench, but Atlantis endures. Goto bumps Atlantis off buckles and Atlantis falls back. Tag to Hashi, Goto stomps some more, but lets off for Hashi to stand Atlantis up. Hashi wrenches Atlantis, CLUBS the arm, then wrenches again. And again, and again! Hashi keeps Atlantis from ropes, CLUBS the arm, and then brings Atlantis around. Atlantis CHOPS, so Hashi CHOPS back! Atlantis falls, Hashi brings him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Goto and they wrench the arms. Bishamon double whips but Atlantis ducks the lariats to RANA Hashi!
Atlantis dodges Goto to arm-drag him! And DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Atlantis crawls for his corner, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up to CROSSBODY Goto! Cover, TWO! Soberano is a little annoyed with the count but he looms over Goto. Soberano stomps Goto, kicks him around and eggs him on. Goto blocks the punch to ROCK Soberano! And again! Soberano run sin, but Goto DECKS him! Fans fire up and Goto drags Soberano up. But Soberano DROPKICKS again! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Goto hangs in there but Soberano keeps his cool.
Soberano clamps onto Goto with shoulder claws, then a chinlock. Soberano snapmares Goto to then leg drop! Soberano keeps on Goto with a chinlock, and he pushes Goto out of the ring. Soberano brings Goto around to whip into railing! And then he clamps on a headlock to put Goto on the apron. APRON 619! Goto staggers back into railing and Soberano wants Red Shoes to be patient with him. Soberano drags Goto up, chicken wings him, and Atlantis kicks Goto low. Soberano then runs around to CLOBBER Hashi! Atlantis cranks Goto’s neck against railing! Soberano comes back for Goto and puts him in the ring.
Soberano “apologizes,” then he drags Goto up. Atlantis sticks his feet in, Soberano bumps Goto off the boots! Tag to Atlantis, and he ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Then a snapmare and chinlock. Atlantis squeezes tight, then shifts his grip so he can dig a knee into Goto’s back! Goto endures, Soberano runs in to BOOT! The luchadores stomp away on Goto, their frustration boiling up. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Goto but Atlantis stomps him more. Atlantis drags Goto up, bumps him off buckles, and stomps a mudhole. Goto kicks back but Atlantis CLUBS that leg. Then Atlantis sets the leg up as Soberano runs in, and Soberano KICKS Goto in the thigh!
Goto hobbles and falls over, fans still rally, but the luchadores taunt the fans. Cover, Soberano intercepts Hashi, TWO! Goto is still in this but Atlantis argues the count. Red Shoes defends his count, so Atlantis drags Goto up in a facelock. Tag to Soberano, the luchadores mug Goto, but Goto fires forearms in return! They just hit him harder! The luchadores beat Goto down, HEADBUTT him, and then Soberano looms over Goto. Soberano clamps on a chinlock but Goto fights up. Goto throws body shots, but Soberano BOOTS! Goto goes to a corner, Soberano whips him corner not corner. Goto reverses, runs in, but Soberano BOOTS again!
Soberano runs, but Goto follows. Soberano dodges, but Goto deflects the belt to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi fires up, and he runs corner to corner at Soberano to CHOP! Hashi whips to then CHOP again! And mule kick! Hashi turns Soberano, but Soberano fights free! Hashi still dropkicks the legs out! Hashi runs, to BLOCKBUSTER! The fans fire up as Hashi watches Soberano go to another corner. Hashi runs in again, to clothesline! And then a stalling suplex! Hashi holds on for EIGHT before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Soberano hangs in there but Hashi keeps cool. Hashi storms up on Soberano, drags him up, and ROCKS him! Soberano falls over, but Hashi stands him back up. Soberano ROCKS Hashi, eggs him on, so Hashi ROCKS Soberano! Soberano and Hashi go back and forth with forearms, and fans rally up as Soberano drops to a knee! Hashi fires off more forearms, then a CHOP! Soberano wobbles, but he shakes his head. Fans rally up, Soberano winds up to CHOP! Hashi sputters and Soberano eggs him on more. Hashi CHOPS back, but Soberano shakes his head. Soberano CHOPS again! Hashi winds up to CHOP again!
Soberano grits his teeth, fires himself up, and CHOPS! Soberano keeps egging Hashi on, so Hashi CHOPS again! Hashi gets in Soberano’s face so Soberano CHOPS! And CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Soberano goes to a corner, runs back in, but into a DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up with Hashi and he drags Soberano back up. Hashi reels Soberano in, hoists him up, but Soberano slips free! Hashi swings, Soberano gets around and RANAS! Fans fire up as Soberano runs, but Hashi ELBOWS him! Hashi runs, but Soberano BOOTS him! Hashi roars, runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Hashi and Soberano stir and crawl for their corners as we pass 20 minutes. Hot tags to Goto and Atlantis! Fans fire up as they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! And RAM again! Now they throw forearms! Atlantis gets the edge, roars and runs, but Goto runs him over! Fans fire up again and Goto drags Atlantis up. Goto whips Atlantis to a corner, runs in, and MURAMASAS! Then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives that solid landing but Goto drags him back up. Goto fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free. Atlantis shoves Goto to then POWERSLAM! And basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Goto is still in this and fans rally up!
Atlantis drags Goto up and whips him to ropes, but Goto slips free of the scoop! Goto waistlocks, Atlantis switches, but Goto RAMS him into a corner! Hashi returns and runs in, to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, but Atlantis slips free! Soberano BOOTS Hashi, Atlantis has Goto in a CROSSFACE!! Goto endures while Soberano sends Hashi into railing outside! Fans rally but Atlantis pulls on the neck! Goto reaches out, Hashi returns, he stomps Atlantis down! Hashi coaches Goto on but Atlantis kicks Hashi back out! Soberano then builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Down goes Hashi and fans fire up! And the CROSSFACE is back on!!
Goto endures, fans rally up, but Atlantis pulls way back!! Goto still fights, still reaches out, still crawls his way over, but Atlantis pulls even more!! Goto kicks and flails, ROPEBREAK!! The fans fire up as Atlantis lets off in frustration. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Goto back up. Atlantis puts Goto in the ropes and Soberano climbs! DRAPING MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!!! Goto survives and the fans fire up again! Atlantis is frustrated, and we’re at 25 minutes! Soberano coaches Atlantis up and time is ticking away. They hurry to get Goto up, then double whip him to ropes. Double hip toss into a cradle, but Hashi makes the save!
Hashi fires forearms and CHOPS! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi! The luchadores stomp away on Hashi, Soberano is like a jackhammer! Soberano and Atlantis then wait on Hashi to get up, kick and run to BOOT! But Hashi’s right up!? He LARIATS Soberano, but Atlantis DECKS Hashi! Atlantis kicks Goto, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Goto roars and he drags Atlantis up. Goto dragon sleepers, but Atlantis fights from below! Goto blocks that arm, but Atlantis ROCKS him with the other! Atlantis swings again, but Goto catches him for a BIG suplex! And we’re at the three minute warning!
Fans fire up as Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs, but Atlantis blocks the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! Atlantis rebounds, Hashi dodges the lariat to LARIAT Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Atlantis back up. Hashi has the leg, but Atlantis fights the fisherman suplex! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi, runs, but Hashi gets around to trap him! Goto BLINDSLIDE LARIATS! Two minute warning, Hashi SUPERKICKS! BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Goto catches Soberano, rolls him around, ARMBAR into SHORYU KEKKAI!! The luchadores endure stereo submissions! Atlantis fights around, ROPEBREAK!! Hashi lets him go and then coordinates with Goto.
Goto TOSSES Soberano, he and Hashi whip Atlantis to a corner. Goto clotheslines, then Hashi clotheslines! Then fireman’s carry and FIERCE FLASH! Final 60 seconds!! Bishamon drags Atlantis up, dragon sleeper and the legs, but Atlantis boots him! HIDDEN GAP! And then SHO- NO, Soberano busts it up! Final 30 seconds!! Goto CLOBBERS Soberano, Atlantis DECKS Goto! Hashi and Atlantis DOUBLE LARIAT and they’re both down!! Time is running out!! Someone has to do something! Hashi finds Atlantis to cover, Soberano breaks it!! FINAL TEN SECONDS!! Soberano tries to cover but he’s not legal! TIME IS UP!!
Time Limit Draw (both teams earn 1 point)
An incredible battle pushes both teams to their limits, but also pushes this to the time limit! The fans applaud both teams for giving it their all. And in the end, the teams shake hands again. But with no winners, there’s no closing address! The luchadores bow in thanks to all the fans, Bishamon wave good night, and they all head out. A draw is better than a loss, but will just getting one point this round come back to bite someone later on?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
A great round for B Block, with some real surprising results, too. Did not think Rogue Army would get their first win here, because I thought Tsuji & Zando were going to continue on pretty strong. Less surprised that Suzuki & Nagata still haven’t won, only because they were up against the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions. ELP & Leo can’t lose too much, they’d be owing title shots all over the place. Then great stuff with Monster Sauce getting a big win over Taichi & Yuya, and a great move in the main event. Going for a time limit draw on a half hour match is a bit tricky, though, because things dragged a little in the middle to drag it out. But a draw is also a great way to keep Bishamon from owing more title matches while still not winning so as not to hurt Team CMLL.
My Score: 8.8/10
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