Big Shotty tugs at the Swiss Superman’s cape!
The champions of ROH are put to the test! Claudio Castagnoli takes on Lee Johnson in a Proving Grounds match while Athena defends the ROH Women’s World Championship against Allysin Kay!
- ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Allysin Kay; Athena wins and retains the title.
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Silas Young; Nese wins.
- Spanish Announce Project w/ Luther VS Adam Priest & Schaff; SAP wins.
- Skye Blue & Willow Nightingale VS The Renegade Sisters; Skye & Willow win.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship Proving Ground: The Mogul Embassy VS Griff Garrison, Metalik & Gravity; The Mogul Embassy wins and deny Griff, Metalik & Gravity a title match.
- Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey; Kiera wins.
- Six Man Tag: Willie Mack & The Infantry VS Davey Bang, August Matthews & JAH-C; Mack & The Infantry win.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Lady Frost; Leyla wins.
- Eddie Kingston & Katsuyori Shibata VS Blake Christian & Gringo Loco; Eddie & Shibata win.
- ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Lee Johnson; Claudio wins and denies Johnson a title match.
- The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson VS Wren Jones & Kaleb Konley; The Iron Savages win.
- 8 Man Tag: Action Andretti, Darius Martin & Best Friends VS The Workhorsemen & The Outrunners; Action, Darius & Best Friends win.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH shares an interview from after AEW All Out.
Lexi Nair was with Athena and Billie Starkz, and asks what happened out there. Athena asks back, “What do you think happened? Billie screwed up! We had a match on Zero Hour, and what were you supposed to do, minion?” Billie thinks, and then says, “Cheer!” Athena says no, Billie was supposed to help Athena’s team win at all costs! So when Willow Nightingale POUNCED Athena into the railing, Billie should’ve helped “Diabla!” But Billie was helping Athena. No, no, no, Athena is not a child, she is the Forever Champion! She doesn’t need help! So…! Athena says Billie is an idiot! She is, Lexi, she is an idiot!
Allysin Kay storms in and asks if Billie is really gonna stand there and take that. Athena asks, “Who is you, porcelain?” Allysin tells Athena not to play like that, she knows who this is. So why don’t you pick on someone… Well, not her own size, as Allysin is taller. But someone of her caliber. If Athena wants a fight, fight Allysin! Billie says yeah! The ROH Women’s World Champ can take her! Athena says no, that is not how this works. Allysin is a porcelain hussy, who faces the other porcelain hussies to earn her way to a title match. So whatever pedestal Allysin came off of, it is not the one on Athena’s show.
Well, Allysin just wanted a plain old fight but they’re the ones making it about the title. Let’s just make it for the title! Nah, Athena’s head, neck and back- Billie asks if Athena is scared. Allysin says the “minion” has a point. Athena tells everyone to stop. But fine. Athena will give Allysin her match for the title on Athena’s show. Billie is excited, but Athena tells Allysin that when she beats the brakes off her, Athena does not wanna see Allysin on her show ever again. Let’s roll out, fam! Athena and Billie head out, Lexi tells Allysin way to go. Allysin says that was easier than she thought. But then Athena snatches “bestie” Lexi away. Will Allysin snatch the title away from Athena?
ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Allysin Kay!
Why wait for this high stakes battle? Tonight opens with the Fallen Goddess taking on the ROH icon who is looking to bring her career full circle. Will Athena keep her Forever Reign going to 37-0? Or will she see AK don’t play?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see how long forever really is!
The Code of Honor is upheld though barely, and the bell rings. The fans rally up, Athena and Allysin circle, and Athena hears all her fans cheer. She hops up onto a corner to say hi to them, then she resets with Allysin. They approach but Athena ROCKS Allysin! Athena cheers herself on but Allysin storms up to pull Athena’s hair! Athena slips through to arm-drag and kip up, and cheer herself on again. Athena runs up but Allysin sidesteps then scoops! Allysin hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Then she whips Athena to a corner, scoops her and hits a SIDEWALK SLAM! Athena staggers up, into a BOOT! Cover, ONE!!
Athena bails out and Billie asks if she’s okay. Allysin waits on Athena, the ring count climbs, but then Allysin goes out. Allysin says there’s no timeouts here. Allysin storms up but Athena uses Billie as a shield. Billie says hold on, calm down, she’s the nice one! Allysin tells Billie to get out of the way but it’s all Athena as she sneaks around to RAM Allysin into railing! Athena scowls and Billie is a bit horrified. Athena tells Billie to do her job and then slides into the ring. Athena distracts the ref, and Billie is hesitant to attack Allysin. Billie looks around, Athena can see she hasn’t done anything and is upset.
Allysin gets in the ring, Athena throws her down! And CLUBS her, too! Athena stomps a mudhole in the corner, the ref counts, but Athena tells him to leave her alone! Athena storms back to Allysin but Allysin kicks her! Athena drags Allysin up but Allysin puts her in the corner now, to CHOP! And CHOP! And then bump her off buckles! Allysin fires off forearms, but Athena turns things around to ROCK Allysin! Fans rally, Athena whips corner to corner and then runs in, but Allysin ELBOWS! Athena UPPERCUTS! Athena snapmares and KICKS Allysin in the back! “This is MY show!” Fans fire up with Athena as she looms over Allysin.
Athena drags Allysin up, brings her through ropes, and then CLUBS away on her! Athena counts, fans join in, and Athena goes all the way to nine, then winds up to KNEE Allysin down! Athena and Billie cheer, and Athena makes sure Billie keeps track of this stuff. Yeah, that was ten total. Athena drags Allysin up, fireman’s carries, but Allysin hits a crucifix takedown! TWO, roll-up! TWO, and Allysin runs, but into a fireman’s carry! WASTELAND SLAM! Cover, TWO! Allysin toughs it out and Athena grows frustrated. Athena drags Allysin around to rain down fists! The ref reprimands the ground ‘n’ pound but fans fire up!
Athena tells the ref to back off, then she drags Allysin into a STRETCH PLUM! Allysin endures, fights up, and fans rally as Athena shifts to a standard chinlock. Allysin fights up but Athena throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but fans rally behind Athena. Athena mocks “pinkies up,” but Allysin ROCKS her! Athena gets mad, runs in, but into a FLAPJACK off buckles! Allysin whips Athena to ropes, and LARIATS her down! Athena staggers back up and Allysin ELBOWS her down! And then wrench and wrench and NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Allysin whips Athena again. POP-UP, SKY HIGH!! Cover, TWO!!
Athena is still in this, this is why she’s 36-0! Fans rally and Allysin gets her own eyelashes out of her eye. She storms up on Athena but Athena YANKS her into buckles! And roll up, with tights! TWO!! Allysin kicks low, reels Athena in, AK47!! Then ANKLE LOCK!! Athena endures, reaches out, crawls her way over as Billie calls to her, but Athena wants her to push the ropes closer? Billie doesn’t wanna bend the rules, but now Allysin bends that leg!! Athena powers through to kick with her free leg! Athena is free, but Allysin gets both legs. Allysin YANKS Athena from ropes but Athena lands on her feet! And ROLLING ELBOWS!
Both women are down and fans fire up! Athena goes to a corner and she climbs up. Allysin stands, and ROCKS Athena first! Allysin climbs up, CLUBS away on Athena’s back, then lifts, but Athena fights the superplex! Athena throws body shots, then SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Allysin! Allysin staggers up, into the O FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)
Billie celebrates Athena pulling out the win all on her own! Athena hobbles but she holds the title up, now 37-0! Athena then calls Billie in, and Billie thinks she wants a high-five. No, Athena wants Billie to smash Allysin off the title belt! Fans are torn, but Billie says no, she doesn’t want to do that. So Athena SMASHES Allysin! Athena says BILLIE messed up! But Athena won! How did Billie do something wrong? Will Billie find a way to break away from the Fallen Goddess?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Silas Young!
If anyone can understand The Premier Athlete’s desire for a more physically fit audience, it’s surely the Last Real Man in Professional Wrestling, right? Sterling of course asks the fans to quiet down, and stop thinking about the mush on a plate with cheese and grease that Chicago calls “deep dish pizza,” because Nese here has something to say. Nese tells Chicago that it was almost three months ago that Nese was in this very ring, in this very building, and he gave them all the greatest advice they were ever given: get in shape! And when he found out they were coming back, he was so excited to see what they’d all done with that advice.
It’s all about progress, and so Nese spoke with ROH management, and finally tonight, we see what Chicago’s got! We’re all gonna do GROUP TRAINING! Stand up! Stretch! Reach for the sky! Get it? Oh, okay, starting to smell. Arms down. Now, let’s see how athletic they are! Jog in place! C’mon! What even is this? Stop, stop, this is just sad. the problem is that none of them can keep up with Nese’s training. To be honest, there is not a single MAN in this crowd! In fact, aside from Nese- WAIT! The Last Real Man makes his way out! Maybe he prioritizes how you conduct yourself over how you look! Will he whoop Nese’s ego into shape here tonight?
The Code of Honor is upheld, but Nese is talking trash the entire time. Nese then takes a swing, but Silas dodges! The bell rings, Silas fires haymakers and CHOPS! Nese gets away to a corner, then he YANKS Silas into the corner to fire body shots! Nese bumps Silas off buckles then fires up! “I’M the real man!” Fans boo but Silas CHOPS Nese back! Silas ROCKS Nese, CHOPS him again, then brings him around to whip to ropes. Nese reverses but Silas holds ropes to then toss Nese out, and triangle jump LARIAT! Fans fire up as Nese falls to the floor! Silas goes out after Nese and says it’s time to see who’s a real man now!
Nese tumbles over steps as he tries to get away. Sterling distracts Silas but backs down as Silas shows punch, and Nese POSTS Silas! Nese hammerlocks Silas’s arm and RAMS him into the apron! Then Nese puts Silas in the ring, stomps him, and talks trash to Chicago as he stomps Silas against ropes. The ref reprimands, Nese lets off, but Sterling pulls the bad arm! Silas breaks free but Sterling still gets away. Nese soaks up the heat, he brings Silas up but Silas throws hands and CHOPS! Nese knees low! And CLUBS Silas, then CLUBS away on that arm! HOTSHOT to the arm! Nese then hurries up the corner to MISSILE DROPKICK!
Silas writhes, Nese covers, TWO! Nese keeps on Silas’s arm, and drops a leg right on the shoulder! And again! Fans boo but Nese clamps onto the arm and steps over for a mounted armlock. Silas endures, fans rally up, and Silas fights to his feet. Nese wrenches but double wristlocks! Silas fights that with a knee! And another knee! And another! Nese lets go, Silas hits a back suplex but Nese lands on his feet! Nese waistlocks but Silas switches, and Silas shoves Nese to a corner. Silas runs in, Nese gets around and rolls Silas up! Silas rolls through but Nese SOBAT- NO! Silas blocks the kick and LARIATS Nese down!
Fans fire up for Silas but Sterling shouts to Nese to get up. Silas shakes out the bad arm as Nese goes to the ropes. Silas runs in but Nese tosses Silas to the apron! Nese gets that bad arm but now Silas HOTSHOTS! Silas gets back up, and he slingshots for the DOUBLE STOMP! And then DOUBLE STOMPS again, and again! Fans fire up as Silas runs to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Into a ghost pin! TWO, and Silas watches Nese! Fireman’s carry, but Nese slips free to yank the arm! Fireman’s carry, but Silas slips free to O’Conner Roll! TWO, and Silas is sent into the POST! Nese runs side to side, PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall
Sterling celebrates with his client for finding a way to beat the Last Real Man! Sterling gives Silas his card, and Nese shows Silas respect with the Code of Honor. But will Nese learn to show some respect to fans?
Backstage interview with Dalton Castle.
Lexi is with The Peacock but points out he looks flustered. Castle says yes, he is exhausted! He has this goal, but there’s all these roadblocks, and it’s just so, so… Well, flustered is a great word, Lexi, that’s what’s going on. This smorgasbord of problems is preventing him from doing what he wants to do, and that is to do this for the fans! Does Lexi know what a smorgasbord is? She thinks. Well, he doesn’t mean charcuterie, or a hodge-podge. There’s a hummus ball of Samoa Joe, a gurken pickle of Stokely Hathaway, and they’re all colluding to impede what Castle is doing. And his Boys are sweet but they’re a handful to take care of!
And it’s so hard when people keep putting their hands all over The Boys! Castle takes a chug of water, and Lexi says he at least has a great looking new T-shirt for sale. Castle says he can’t even be happy about that, though, because all these distractions! He needs to EAT this smorgasbord of problems and put them in his belly! So what’s he gonna start with? He doesn’t know! He just doesn’t know! Well, flustered, bamboozled and distracted, will Castle be able to make it to the gold he wants?
Spanish Announce Project w/ Luther VS Adam Priest & Schaff!
Almost back to full power here, Angelico & Serpentico are getting back in action on behalf of SAP, looking to build their win streak to a whopping 3-0! Will the South African Stud and SNAKEMAN keep things rolling? Or will something get lost in translation?
The teams sort out and Angelico starts with Priest. They shake hands for the Code of Honor and the bell rings. Fans chant for “S A P!” Angelico and Priest tie up, Angelico wrenches an arm, but Priest rolls to wrench back. Priest wrenches again, wristlocks, but Angelico spins, slips through and has a standing armlock to a wrench and wristlock. Priest goes for a leg but Angelico twists the wrist. Priest goes after Angelico’s arm, wrenches and wristlocks, but Angelico slips around, spins Priest around, and then wrenches from another angle to arm-drag! Priest comes back but Angelico catches him to wrench and cording hold! Angelico gets both arms even!
Serpentico takes in, he and Angelico double wrench to double whip, then trip and ELBOW Priest down! Fans fire up as Serpentico wrenches but Priest knees low! Tag to Schaff and he CHOPS Serpentico down! Serpentico goes to a corner, Schaff ROCKS him, then goes corner to corner. SPLASH, and then Schaff stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Schaff lets off, but he goes corner to corner again to CANNONBALL! Schaff drags Serpentico up to suplex, hold, and TOSS! Fans fire up, Schaff SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Serpentico goes to the corner, and Schaff runs in, only for Serpentico to move!
Schaff bounces off buckles, he staggers after Serpentico and back suplexes, but Serpentico lands on his feet! Serpentico BOOTS Schaff away, and then BOOTS him again! Schaff comes back but the senton misses! Hot tag to Angelico! Fans fire up as Angelico rallies on Schaff with LARIATS! UPPERCUT for Priest, but Schaff full nelsons. Angelico arm-drags free then BOOTS Schaff down! Fans fire up and Angelico aims. Schaff jumps the sweep but the EDDY GORDO KICK lands! Angelico then gets Schaff’s legs and ties them up, for the NAVARRO DEATHLOCK! Serpentico catches Priest to a GROUND COBRA TWIST! Schaff taps, SAP wins!
Winners: Spanish Announce Project, by submission
And the streak continues! SAP shows respect to Schaff & Priest, will they be vibing their way up to the ROH World Tag Team Championships?
Backstage interview with Kiera Hogan.
Lexi is with the fiery young star, and brings up her match with Leila Grey tonight. They used to be best baddies together, so is there any tension here? Kiera says to be honest, she and Leila didn’t have a problem. But if you want it, you can get it, though. Make sure you ready cuz she gives it, boo. But it doesn’t matter if it’s Leila Grey, Lady Frost, or any single woman in this locker room, and they’ll see why Kiera’s the hottest. If you can’t handle the heat, get up out the kitchen. And that’s all, PERIODT.
Skye Blue & Willow Nightingale VS The Renegade Sisters!
Chicago’s Own is back in action, and once again alongside the Babe with the Power. They’ve been a winning combination as of late, but can they keep it going and beat these sisters? Or will Robyn & Charlette show Illinois what Ohio’s all about?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and fans rally up as Skye starts against Charlette. They circle, Charlette & Robyn are annoyed by the chants for Skye, and the two tie up. Charlette headlocks, grinds the hold, but Skye powers out, only for Charlette to run her over! Charlette mocks the fans but Skye kips up! Fans fire up and Skye trips Charlette. Things speed up, Skye cartwheels over to then SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Skye keeps on Charlette, tags in Willow, and Willow runs in to clothesline Charlette! Feed to a SWINGING NECKBREAKER, and Willow adds a SENTON! Cover, TWO!
Willow drags Charlette up to headlock, she tags Skye back in, and Skye boots Charlette! Skye runs, hops on, but Charlette shrugs Skye off to kick low! Charlette whips, Skye reverses but Robyn tags in. Charlette gets around Skye to waistlock but Skye switches. Charlette uses that to bring Skye into a GAMANGIRI from Robyn! Charlette LARIATS, and Robyn rains down shots! “This your girl!? This is Skye Blue?!” Fans boo but Robyn bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Charlette and Robyn sends her in to back body block! Robyn runs in to add DOUBLE KNEES! Feed to Charlette for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!
Charlette was great but not quite perfect, so she clamps onto Skye with a chinlock. Fans rally as Skye endures, and Skye fights up. Skye throws body shots but Charlette CLUBS her down! Charlette steps over to mockingly hold Skye’s arm out, then she brings Skye around to bump off buckles. Tag to Robyn, the sisters go side to side, and they show double boot but Skye puts up the guard! The Renegades wait it out, and then they stomp Skye down! Fans boo but Robyn covers, only to let up? Robyn says no no, Skye isn’t getting off that easy. Fireman’s carry, but Skye fights free! Skye ELBOWS Charlette, but Robyn catches her!
Robyn tosses Skye away, Skye dodges her to hot tag Willow! Fans fire up as Willow rallies on the Renegades! Willow CLOBBERS Charlette again and again, CHOPS and ROCKS, but Robyn storms up. Willow whips her away, runs and POOOOUNCE! PERIOD!! Charlette runs up, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! The Renegades survive but Willow hauls Charlette up. Fireman’s carry, but Charlette fights free to waistlock. Willow switches, Charlette fights with elbows, JAWBREAKER and a tag to Robyn! Robyn runs, Renegades DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! And Skye SUPERKICKS Charlette!
Skye TOSSES Charlette out, Robyn drags Willow up, but Willow powers out to RAM Robyn into the corner! Tag to Skye, and Willow hits a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER on Robyn! Skye runs up and hops on, CODE BLUE!! Cover, Skye & Willow win!
Winners: Skye Blue & Willow Nightingale, by pinfall
#NightSkye keeps on winning, they’re on a roll! But will they be heading for gold in the near future?
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship Proving Ground: The Mogul Embassy VS Griff Garrison, Metalik & Gravity!
Speaking of titles, Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona keep holding onto these titles, but the competition is getting closer and closer. Will the Ivy League MVP, the King of the Ropes, and the Astronaut of Lucha earn themselves a shot? Or will The Machine & The Gates of Agony slam the doors shut up them?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the trios sort out, and Griff starts against Kaun. The two circle, Griff avoids an early takedown, but then they tie up. Kaun headlocks, Griff powers out but Kaun runs him over! Things speed up, Griff hurdles but Kaun shoves him. Kaun hurdles, drops, and CLOBBERS Griff! Kaun drags Griff up, brings him over, and tags Liona. But Griff fights back with forearms and elbows! But Kaun hits a BACKSTABBER, and feeds Griff to a BELLY2BELLY! Liona snarls as he stalks Griff to ropes, and then CHOKES him! The ref counts, Liona lets off at 4, and Nana creeps over.
Liona tags to Cage, they double whip Griff to ropes, and then DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Cage flexes while fans are torn. Gravity y Metalik call to Griff but Cage ROCKS Griff to ropes. Cage stands Griff up to CHOP! Nana says this is what they do to skinny blondies! Cage whips, but Griff KIKCKS back! Griff runs, but into an UPPERCUT! Cage suplexes, Griff slips free and BOOTS! Cage goes down! Hot tag to Gravity! Gravity runs in to slip around, but Cage swings the crucifix, only for Gravity to cradle counter! TWO, and Cage swings! Gravity dodges, handsprings, but into a waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Gravity lands on his feet!
Gravity SUPERKICKS, tilt-o-whirls, and rolls Cage to then ENZIGURI! Cage leans on ropes and fans fire up. Gravity runs, but Cage LARIATS him down! But Metalik tags in! CROSSBODY! Metalik takes Cage down, GAMANGIRIS Liona and DECKS Kaun! Metalik ROCKS Cage, CHOPS, and then flexes on him. Metalik whips, Cage reverses but Metalik handsprings! Cage gets clear, kicks low and whips Metalik to a corner, but Metalik BOOTS back! Metalik runs up to SLING-DOG! Cage flounders, fans fire up and Metalik goes up and along the ropes, MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up m ore as Metalik goes up the corner!
Metalik aims, tightrope walks, and he SWANTONS! Cover, Kaun breaks it! Gravity SUPER PUNCHES Kaun! Kaun puts Gravity on the apron and HOTSHOTS Gravity down! Griff ROLLING ELBOWS Kaun! Fans fire up with Griff and he runs corner to corner, STINGER- NO, he hits only buckles, then Liona POUNCES him out of the ring!! Metalik CHOPS Kaun, CHOPS Liona, repeat! Cage is up, Metalik runs into a SUPERKICK! ROCK-A-BYE- NO!! Metalik slips out of the cradling! Metalik SUPERKICKS Liona, swings on Kaun but is put into a full nelson! Cage helps hoist Metalik up and Liona is up top! HAMMOCK SPLASH BOMB!! Cover, The Embassy wins!
Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (denies Griff, Metalik & Gravity a title opportunity)
Just when it seems like these monsters were being figured out, they level up! Will anyone ever stop these three from dominating the ROH Trios Division?
Kiera Hogan VS Leila Grey!
As she said earlier tonight, Kiera will take on anyone and show them they’re not as hot. Will she heat up her win streak by taking down her former baddie in arms? Or will Leila show us why she’s the Last Baddie Standing?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally, the two tie up, and Kiera headlocks. Leila pulls tights to put Kiera in the corner! The ref counts, Leila lets off and they both argue their case to the ref. Kiera and Leila reset and tie up, and Kiera wrenches the arm to headlock again. Leila pulls hair and tights and whatever else she can grab! Leila puts Kiera in the corner again, the ref reprimands and Leila lets off, to ROCK Kiera with a sucker punch! Leila grins, shrugs, and then whips Kiera corner to corner. Leila runs in but Kiera goes up and over, things speed up, and Kiera slides under to then KNEE Leila down!
Leila goes to ropes, Kiera runs in to HIP ATTACK! Kiera YANKS the rope to jam Leila up, then STEP-UP LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Leila goes to a corner, Kiera eggs her on and Leila says to chill out. But then Leila YANKS Kiera into the buckles! Leila stomps away, the ref has her back off. Leila says alright, fine. Leila drags Kiera up, whips her to ropes, and KNEES her low! Leila mocks Kiera’s pain, says “This is how Baddies do it, baby.” Leila ROCKS Kiera, TOSSES her across the way, then runs in to basement dropkick! Kiera flops against ropes, and Leila BRONCO BUSTERS! The ref counts and Leila lets off.
Leila stalks Kiera, drags her up, but fans duel as Leila CHOPS! Kiera goes to a corner, Leila CHOPS her again! Leila says one more, but Kiera CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Kiera whips, Leila reverses, and Leila BACK ELBOWS Kiera down! Leila soaks up the cheers and jeers, then kicks Kiera around. Leila stalks Kiera, runs in at the corner, but Kiera moves! Leila stops herself, comes back, spins Kiera and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Kiera hangs in there and fans rally up. Leila pushes Kiera around, toys with her, and swings, but Kiera counter punches! And again! Kiera fires off forearms and fans fire up!
Leila shoves Kiera. Kiera dodges and CLOBBERS Leila! Kiera fires up, rallies with more forearms, and then SHOTGUNS Leila down! Kiera runs in at the corner, HIP ATTACK! Kiera goes side to side, BOOT WASH! Kiera pushes Leila to a cover, TWO!! Leila is hanging tough and Kiera grows frustrated. Fans rally behind Kiera and she storms up on Leila. Kiera runs, but Leila SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Kiera survives and Leila is furious! Leila storms around, grabs her little hand fan, and she folds it up so it’s solid. She swings, misses, and Kiera SUPERKICKS! The ref catches the hand fan as it goes flying!
Kiera reels Leila in, says that’s all, PERIODT! FISHERMAN SCREW! Bridging cover, Kiera wins!
Winner: Kiera Hogan, by pinfall
Kiera made Leila #FaceTheMusic, and Kiera’s on top! Will this fire burn even hotter though the Summer is over?
Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis-Bennett.
Lexi is with the First Lady of Wrestling, and brings up the opportunity Maria said she was offering Griff Garrison. Can she tell us more about that? Maria says the opportunity she thinks she’ll explain to Griff in person first. But she loves creating opportunities for younger wrestlers, and this particular opportunity is to protect the legacy. The legacy built by her Kingdom- Wait, Cole Karter all but pushes Griff on set and proudly proclaims he found Griff for Maria. Also, he’s wearing a “I ♥ Hot Moms” shirt… Yes, thank you, Karter… Hi, Griff. How you feeling? Not so good. Yeah, she saw the match, and the loss.
But Maria still believes Griff has so much raw potential. Karter echoes “Raw potential!” Maria says that’s only if Griff is surrounded by the right people. So she wants Griff to know The Kingdom are the right people. Just think about that, okay? Yeah, just think about it, Griff. Karter follows Maria out, what will Griff choose to do with his future?
Six Man Tag: Willie Mack & The Infantry w/ Trish Adora VS Davey Bang, August Matthews & JAH-C!
Not only is it the Return of the Mack, it’s the return of Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo to active duty! Will this trio march their way into the Trios Division?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the trios sort out, and Carlie starts against Jah-C. They circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Carlie wrenches to a wristlock, then headlocks. Jah powers out but Carlie runs him over! Carlie wrenches and wrenches and tags in Dean. They double whip, Jah reverses and kicks, but Dean blocks to hand that off to Carlie, so then Dean can go around and ENZIGURI! Carlie then slips around to JUMP NECKBREAKER! Jah scrambles away, tag to August. Fans fire up as Dean points to Mack. Tag to Mack and fans rally up as Mack circles with one half of Team Bangin’. Mack swaggers up and eggs August on.
August goes for a leg but he can’t throw Mack over! Mack whips, drops, hurdles and rolls back. August leaps over but Mack HIP TOSSES hard! Mack then redirects August to GAMANGIRI! Cover, TWO! August scrambles away, tag to Bang. Mack tags Dean, Dean gets around Bang and JAB! JAB! JAB! Dean then spins and DECKS Bang! Fans fire up as Dean runs in to BIG BACK ELBOW Bang! Tag to Carlie, he runs in to juke and DECK Bang! Tag to Mack, feed to a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bang survives but Mack says okay. Mack drags Bang up, says he’s gonna bang this bro, and he gets Bang up in a Canadian Rack.
Jah & August save Bang but Mack staggers into a tag. Jah, Bang & August regroup, but run into TRIPLE SUPERKICKS! Mack clears out Jah and August, and then Dean wrenches Bang. Carlie runs and the Infantry hit BOOT CAMP! Cover, Mack & Infantry win!
Winners: Willie Mack & The Infantry, by pinfall
Trish Adora celebrates with her boys, and Carlie is excited for this trio. Will they stick together to storm the Gates of Agony?
Backstage interview with Lee Johnson.
Lexi is with Big Shotty and brings up his ROH World Championship Proving Ground match. If Lee beats Claudio, he has a future world title match. That sounds great to Lee. Lee is back and hungry and feeling healthy! He feels like he can conquer any obstacle put in his way. “Claudio, tonight, you are that obstacle. And baby, I’ma shoot it to you straight like this. I am not here to take part, I am here to take over! So tonight, all I need is one shot.” Will Lee be able to bring down the Swiss Superman with that shot?
Leyla Hirsch VS Lady Frost!
ROH continues to be LEGIT with Leyla storming up the ranks, but she just ran into a cold front! Will Leyla still keep the win streak hot? Or will she fail to break the Coolest Wrestler You’ll Ever Meet?
The Code of Honor is not upheld as Leyla kicks the hand away! The bell rings, the two tie up and fans fire up as they go around. They break, tie up again, and go around again. They break again, and circle. Fans rally, the two tie up, and Frost powers Leyla back but Leyla turns it around. Frost fights out of the corner but Leyla arm-drags. Frost holds onto the collar ‘n’ elbow, and the two go around again. Frost drags Leyla down but Leyla drags Frost down. They stand, Leyla puts Frost in a corner but Frost goes up. Leyla arm-drags Frost away! The two reset, Frost gets around to waistlock but Leyla bucks the O’Conner, only for Frost to run her over!
Fans fire up and Frost runs. Frost jumps over Leyla’s dropdown, rolls back but into a KICK! Leyla drags Frost around, stomps the arm, and then drops knees on the elbow! Maria appears on stage, and Karter follows like the lovesick puppy dog he is, as Leyla is still Maria’s number one prospect. Frost endures as Leyla drops elbows on the elbow, then stomps the arm again! Leyla drags Frost around, then KICKS the bad arm! The ref reprimands, Leyla argues with him, but Frost rolls her up! TWO, and Leyla knees low! Leyla whips Frost to a corner, runs in and FOREARM SMASH! Leyla sits Frost down, runs and SWINGING DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO!
Frost is hanging in there but Leyla clamps onto that bad arm! Frost resists the Fujiwara but Leyla taunts her and rubs her forearm in Frost’s face. Maria likes what she sees but fans rally up. Frost fights to her feet, but Leyla wrangles her right back down! Frost endures, fights up again, but Maria smirks as Leyla still has control. Frost ROCKS Leyla, but Leyla gets that bad arm to WRING it! But Frost rolls through! Frost rallies on Leyla with elbows and clotheslines! Frost then dodges to kick a leg out, but Leyla ducks the buzzsaw! But the HEEL KICK hits! Leyla goes to a corner, Frost runs in, and she handsprings to CANNONBALL! Fans fire up, Frost covers, TWO!
Frost grows frustrated but Leyla is tough. Frost runs up again, SPIN- NO, Leyla avoids the kick by inches! And gets Frost for an EXPLODER! Fans fire up, Leyla drags Frost by the bad arm, LEGIT ARMBAR!! Frost taps, Leyla wins!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission
And the LEGIT win streak makes it to 10-0! Maria and Karter join Leyla in the ring, Karter holding the rope open for her. Not that she needed it but nice that he offered. Maria offers a handshake to Leyla, but Leyla just walks past Maria. Leyla says she doesn’t need anyone, she’s doing just fine all on her own. Maria says okay, but will she cook up something to prove Leyla wrong?
Eddie Kingston & Katsuyori Shibata VS Blake Christian & Gringo Loco!
The Mad King & The Wrestler made a powerful combo at All Out, but a minor miscalculation allowed Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta to win. Will the NJPW Strong Openweight and ROH Pure Champions redeem themselves on ROH TV? Or will All Heart & The Crazy White Boy get themselves some golden tickets in Chicago?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and fans rally behind Eddie but Shibata starts with Blake. They circle, fans chant for Gringo. Shibata and Blake tie up, Shibata waistlocks but Blake pries the hold open. Shibata shifts to a full nelson, then he spins and snapmares Blake down to a chilock. Blake endures the knee in his back, bridges up to relieve some pressure, but Shibata gets a leg and ties Blake right up into a FIGURE FOUR! Blake endures, fans rally, and Shibata adds pressure by pulling on the foot. Shibata eggs Blake on, avoids his haymakers, and then pushes up for more pressure!
Blake scrambles and gets the ROPEBREAK! Shibata lets off fast, and he brings Blake up. Shibata bumps Blake off buckles, tags in Eddie and fans cheer as Eddie starts up the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up as Eddie tops it off, then tags Shibata. Shibata CHPOS, JABS and repeat! Fans fire up and the ref counts, Blake sits down and Shibata shakes out his hand. Blake’s got some busted and bloody blisters as Shibata tags Eddie back in. Eddie drags Blake up to clinch, and EXPLODER! Cover, ONE!! Blake is hanging in there but Eddie brings Blake up. Eddie suplexes, Blake slips free and duck sunder to handspring and NEURALIZER!
Blake hurries to hot tag Gringo! Fans fire up as Gringo steps to Eddie, and CHOPS! Eddie eggs Gringo on, so Gringo CHOPS again! Eddie brings down the straps and fans fire up. Gringo CHOPS again, but Eddie CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Eddie runs, into a CALF KICK! Gringo brings Eddie up to whip to ropes, but Eddie reverses, drops under, but Gringo stops to STANDING MOONSAULT! Gringo keeps moving to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gringo says it was that close, and the fans rally up behind him. Gringo drags Eddie up, brings him over, and tags in Blake. Blake runs to BLAST Shibata, then he comes back to stomp Eddie.
Blake whips, Eddie reverses but Gringo puts Blake up top. Eddie runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Gringo goes up to join Blake and he fires the fans up! Gringo DOUBLE JUMP MOONSAULTS, and then Blake follows in kind with a 450 SPLASH! Cover, Shibata breaks it! Fans rally, Blake stomps Eddie then goes up again. FROG SPLASH onto knees! Eddie saves himself but that was a little double-edged! Fans rally up, Eddie and Blake crawl, hot tag to Shibata! Shibata runs to BOOT Gringo, then he storms up on Blake. Shibata runs Blake to the corner to then BOOT him! Shibata fires off forearms, runs corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK!
Fans fire up and Shibata hauls Blake up, HALF HATCH! Cover, Gringo breaks it! Gringo CHOPS Shibata down, rallies the fans, and Gringo aims, but Eddie storms in. Eddie blocks a kick, spins Gringo, but Gringo DRAGON WHIPS! Eddie wobbles, but he URAKENS! Gringo goes down, Eddie swings on Blake but Blake blocks and snapmares, to basement dropkick! Fans fire up as Blake takes aim and builds speed, to FLY! Fosbury Flop takes Eddie down! Fans fire up as Blake hurries to put Shibata back in and aims from the apron. SPRINGBOARD 450, but he has to roll through as Shibata moves!
Blake runs back in to SOBAT! Blake handsprings, but into a SLEEPER!! Shibata squeezes tight, sits Blake down, and then runs to PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata & Eddie win!
Winners: Eddie Kingston & Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall
The champions win out this time, but they still show respect to Blake & Gringo. Who will be next to challenge The Wrestler for his Pure title? And will The Mad King get himself a shot at Claudio Castagnoli?
Backstage with Josh Woods & Mark Sterling.
Lexi is with The Technical Beast and Smart Mark, and says Woods has seen a lot of success since separating from The Varsity Athletes to focus on his own singles career. So then, what is next for him? Sterling says there has been a lot of success. We’re here in the United Center in Chicago, and Sterling says he got to thinking of the people here. The people of Chicago got to sit through Michael Jordan’s career, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, in his prime. Then Sterling thinks about the people around the world that some day will get to say, “I saw Josh Woods, the greatest wrestler of all time, live.”
And it is just unfortunate that Woods wasn’t doing that tonight here. Because the talent here in ROH is just not up to snuff for Josh Woods, the NATIONAL CHAMPION! So consider this an open challenge. Woods would like to take on the best of the best pure wrestlers from around the world. Because Woods is #DTF, Down To Fight! Any time, any where! Call Sterling at 347-SMART-40, and let’s see what we can do. Then who will answer the call by giving Sterling a call and take on the national champion?
ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Lee Johnson!
The Swiss Superman has been ignoring Eddie Kingston while calling out everyone else to step up. Big Shotty’s ready to step up, but will this be his shot? Or will he not even make it to the time limit?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we’re on the clock. They tie up, Claudio puts Lee in a corner, but the ref counts. Claudio lets off and he pie faces Lee. So Lee SLAPS back! Claudio UPPERCUTS again and again and again! The ref counts, Claudio UPPERCUTS until Lee sits down, then even UPPERCUTS some more! The ref counts, Claudio lets off so as not to hand Lee this win. Lee sputters, crawls along the ropes, and tries to get up. Claudio brings Lee up to back suplex high and hard! Kneeling cover, ONE! Lee huffs ‘n’ puffs and fans rally, but Claudio drags Lee up to scoop and SLAM!
Lee writhes, Claudio stalks him to ropes, and fans rally up. Claudio gets the legs to YANK Lee up, but Lee lands on his feet! Lee slips under, rolls Claudio up, ONE!! Claudio runs in but into an ELBOW! Lee ENZIGURIS, then goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but is caught! Claudio shakes his head, pops Lee around, but Lee swings it to a DDT! Cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Claudio shakes his head but Lee pounds the mat. Fans rally up, Lee fires himself up, and he fireman’s carries! Claudio blocks, so Lee throws forearms! Claudio eggs Lee on, Lee runs, but Claudio UPPERCUTS him down! Cover, TWO!
Lee shakes his head, he is still in this. Claudio says okay, and he throws off the elbow pad! UPPERCUT into an arm hook! Claudio fights Lee’s backslide, flips things around, but Lee flips up and over. CRADLE! TWO!! Claudio escapes, to LARIAT Lee right down! Cover, TWO!?! Lee survives that shot and Claudio is surprised! Fans fire up but Claudio shakes his head. Claudio clamps onto Lee, for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! The BCC special is rag-dolling Lee! The ref checks, but Claudio says no! He wants to finish this! POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, Claudio wins!
Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (denies Lee Johnson a title opportunity)
Claudio “shows respect” with the Code of Honor handshake, but no one has even slowed him down. Will anyone come close to taking this title from him?
The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson VS Wren Jones & Kaleb Konley!
As Jacked Jameson says himself, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder are beefy ‘n’ bulky, jacked ‘n’ juicy, LAAAARGE~ and in charge! They’re sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss, will they make ROH the Savage Sanctuary?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Bronson starts against “The Midnight Son,” Kaleb Konley. The two circle, tie up, and Bronson shoves Konley down! Konley storms up to shove Bronson but Bronson shoves him back. Konley kicks, Bronson blocks and CLOBBERS him! And again! Bronson whips Konley, scoops and POWERSLAMS! Bronson drags Konley over, tags in Boulder, and Boulder scoops Konley. Konley slips free, tags to Jones, and Jones CHOPS! Jones fires up but Boulder doesn’t flinch! Boulder scoops Jones and catches Konley, SCRAPBUSTER SIDEWALK SLAM COMBO!
Boulder brings down the straps and fans fire up! Tag to Bronson, and Boulder hoists Bronson up! Electric Chair Lift, SAVAGE SPLASH!! Cover, The Savages win!!
Winners: The Iron Savages, by pinfall
A fast and furious win for these behemoths, and Bronson’s ready to bust! But will they bust through to the next level and get some gold?
Backstage interview with Athena and Billie Starkz.
Lexi is with the Fallen Goddess and her minion, and we’ve seen them as a duo. Is Athena satisfied with Billie’s, uh, “minionship?” Athena asks Lexi where is her shirt. Y’know, the custom made, 17 hours of work, rhinestone encrusted friendship shirt?! Lexi takes off her coat to show she has it on. Good. At least someone appreciates Athena. Athena then brings Billie in by her collar and tells her that Athena has done everything for her! Athena’s taken Billie under her wing and given her more passes than her own mother! Athena doesn’t know where she’s gone wrong! Three times, Billie has left Athena hanging. THREE TIMES!! WHY!?
Has Athena not been good to Billie? Billie defends she did everything she was supposed to. Everything…? Oh, well, Billie didn’t know! That’s it! Athena says they’ll give Billie some home training. Some minion training. Athena drags Billie off, just what kind of training is that going to be? Will Billie survive it?
8 Man Tag: Action Andretti, Darius Martin & Best Friends VS The Workhorsemen & The Outrunners!
The Sight to See and the Air Wolf join forces with The Kentucky Gentleman and #JustTrent to take on JD Drake, Anthony Henry, Turbo Floyd & Truth Magnum in a battle of friendship! Sorta. But then, which team of super friends comes out on top?
No Code of Honor here as Henry leads the attack! Henry knocks down Trent, JD and Truth mug Action, then Truth & Turbo go after Darius and Chuck! The bell rings, fans boo, but the brawling continues on! Turbo keeps Chuck in the ring, everyone else spills out, and fans rally up. Turbo then throws Chuck out, while the Workhorsemen whip Trent to ropes from the outside, and JD DECKS Trent on the rebound! Truth SMACKS Darius off the apron, Henry CALF KICKS Trent over the railing! Fans boo but the Outrunners soak up the heat. Henry slides in, JD drags Trent over the railing and sends him in.
Henry drags Trent up, scoops him, but Trent slips off! JD tags in before the O’Conner Roll so he can DDT Trent! Cover, TWO! JD drags Trent up, tags in Turbo and Turbo tags Truth. The Outrunners coordinate, POWERSLAM NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Chuck breaks it! Fans fire up but Turbo BLASTS Action! Truth drags Trent over, tags Henry, and Henry whips Trent to a corner. Henry whips JD in, JD CANNONBALLS! Henry hurries up top now, JD BLASTS Chuck, Action & Darius! Henry DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS Trent! Cover, TWO!! Trent survives and Henry is furious, but he drags Trent over.
Fans rally, Henry taunts Trent and says they’re gonna finish this. Henry reaches out but Turbo snipes the tag from JD! JD is upset but Henry calms him down, they’re all the same team right now anyway. Turbo drags Trent up, tags Truth in, and they try again, but Trent slips free! Trent shoves Outrunners into each other! Fans fire up, Trent fights the Workhorsemen off, but The Outrunners keep Trent from his corner! JD wants them to hit Trent, but Trent ducks their double clothesline to hot tag Darius! Fans fire up as Darius rallies on The Outrunners with big forearms! Atomic drop for Truth, then a CHOP!
Darius whips Truth, Truth reverses but Darius BOOTS him back! Darius goes up, reels Truth in, and he gets Turbo at the same time, DOUBLE DDT COMBO! JD runs in to CHOP Darius! JD talks trash, ROCKS Darius with forearm after forearm, but Action runs in. Action ducks a chop, Darius gives him a boost into the wheelbarrow, and then they combine for a BULLDOG BASEMENT DROPKICK COMBO! But Henry PENALTY KICKS Action! And PELES Darius! Henry waistlocks but Darius switches. Henry ELBOWS free, only to run into a SHOTGUN GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Fans fire up but the Outrunners CLOBBER Action & Darius!
Action tumbles out, The Outrunners mug Darius, then they say they’re gonna go up! They double suplex Darius but Chuck makes the save! Darius hot tags Trent, and Chuck sends Outrunners into each other! Trent brings Turbo around, SOLE FOOD HALF ‘N’ HALF! Action & Darius return, fans fire up, and they GROUP HUG! You GOT to give the people- Oh, wait, Excalibur isn’t here. Then Action & Darius DOUBLE PLANCHA The Workhorsemen and Truth! Trent hauls Turbo up, Chuck climbs up, STRONG ZERO!! Cover, Best Friends and friends win!
Winners: Action Andretti, Darius Martin & Best Friends, by pinfall
A big win in the main event for these teams, and they’re ready to chase down those ROH World Tag Team Championships! But will it be Top Flight MKII or Best Friends that catch MJF & Adam Cole first?
A really good ROH here, though this was an hour and 43 minutes, a touch longer than they’ve been going lately. Good filler stuff like Skye & Willow getting another win together, SAP getting another win of their own, The Iron Savages getting on the winning side again, and Willie & The Infantry having a fun first win as a trio. Eddie & Shibata VS Blake & Gringo was also basically a filler match but also really good. I do like that Eddie & Shibata are sticking together, but it feels like this match was a test run for the All Out match with Claudio & Yuta (because duh, ROH is prerecorded). Still hoping that win at All Out then brings us around to Eddie VS Claudio, Winner Takes All.
Great stuff from the ROH Women’s World Championship story, with a really good promo to open the show and set up tonight’s title match. Really good title match, too, and I like that Athena is trying to force Billie into being a Heel like her and it not working. I would hope we get a vignette of this “minion training” for some fun and hilarious bits, but also this has to move Billie towards standing up to Athena and getting her own title match. Good match from Kiera VS Leila Grey, and good match from Frost VS Leyla Hirsch. Good story intertwining between all the prospects Maria Kanellis has her eyes on, and especially Leyla brushing Maria off.
Karter’s shirt is basically a sign he simps for Maria, and I really feel this is all going to blow up in his face. I don’t know if Griff takes Maria’s offer, but it would be funny if Maria passes on Karter for Griff. Nese of course keeps trying the Group Training but he at least gets a win tonight. Also good promo from Sterling to set up an open challenge, can’t wait to see who answers.
And really good 8 Man Tag main event, though also a bit of a filler in itself. Good win for the Faces, but there’s a lot of other stuff going on with the tag titles since MJF & Adam Cole have them. I would love if MJF & Cole actually showed up on ROH TV but HAH, like that happens with those two being such big names and ROH not being actually seen as a big deal. Because, duh, they put the tag titles on the two big names of AEW to add drama to their brochacho story.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/21/23)
So much gold~!
The champions of ROH are in action!
ROH has a NEW World Champion in Eddie Kingston! But will Katsuyori Shibata, the Mogul Embassy and Athena be able to hold onto their titles?
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Nick Wayne; Shibata wins and retains the title.
- Diamante VS Catie Brite; Diamante wins.
- Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor; Moriarty wins.
- Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante VS Trish Adora; Mercedes wins.
- ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Angelina Love; Athena wins and retains the title.
- Six Woman Tag: Leyla Hirsch & The Renegades VS Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan; Skye, Willow & Kiera win.
- Ethan Page VS VSK; Ethan wins.
- Spanish Announce Project & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS El Hijo Del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity w/ Alex Abrahantes; Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity win.
- Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin; Action & Darius win.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack & The Infantry; The Mogul Embassy wins.
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Eddie Kingston speaks.
“I’m in pain. Uh, that stage hurts. Claudio hurts every time he hits you. Uh, I don’t like him as a human being, but I shook his hand because let’s be honest, he’s was a great ROH champion, and I’ve always said he’s a great wrestler. I just don’t like him as a person, and that’s not gonna change. But I can definitely show him that I’ve grown. I’ve grown up. Back in the day, I wouldn’t’ve shook his hand, I would’ve spat in his face and then I would’ve gloated. But bro, I grew up, man. I gave him his due and his respect. I’m just, uh, I’m proud. I’m happy.
“Uh, when I get back to the hotel, I’m not gonna be proud ‘n’ happy because now I gotta defend this championship and this championship, and that’s gonna be hard, but I like it. Without struggle, there is no progress, y’know what I mean? I’d feel weird if there was no struggle. But uh, this is dedicated to Xavier, the second-ever ROH World Champion. Rest in peace, bud. Thank you for everything you’ve done for this business. Thank you for being good to me in the locker room. But this one’s for you, dog. Because people should remember who you are, man. X marks the spot, baby. Love you, X. Rest in peace.
“I’m good now. I just wanna go see my parents. We good, Jean Carlo? We good, baby. New York in this mother, ya heard?” The Mad King has two crowns, how long shall he reign?
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Nick Wayne!
The Wrestler is back, ready to put another man to the test. The Prodigy of Rain City is here, but will he reign so soon into his young career? Or will Shibata show him he still has a long way to go?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and our judges for this match are Jerry Lynn, Jimmy Jacobs and Dalton Castle. The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we see if Wayne’s World can survive Shibata!
The two circle, feel things out, and Shibata waistlocks to drag Nick down. Nick shifts around but Shibata half nelsons. Nick fights up, wristlocks, then goes for a leg. Shibata sprawls to push Nick down, then he waistlocks. Nick goes for a leg but so does Shibata, and Shibata uses that to get a roll-up! Nick keeps his shoulder sup so Shibata lets off. Fans cheer and Shibata keeps after Nick but with a leg guard. Nick and Shibata grapple, Nick grabs a leg in a toehold but Shibata uses that to body scissor and chinlock. Nick pries at the hold, but Shibata shifts to go for an arm! Nick clasps hands and fans rally up as he moves around.
Nick stacks Shibata, but Shibata also keeps a shoulder up. Shibata powers Nick down to a short arm scissor! Nick endures, shifts, but Shibata has the mount pretty easily. Shibata slaps Nick around, then stomps him down! Nick goes to ropes but that is a neutral break. Fans rally as the two reset and feel things out. They knuckle lock, Shibata knees low and snapmares, but Nick ducks the kick! Fans fire up as the two reset. Shibata kicks Nick but Nick kicks back. Shibata blocks to have an ANKLE LOCK! Nick flails, reaches out, but endures as Shibata drags him back. Nick almost has ropes, then tries again, ROPEBREAK!
Shibata lets go as Nick uses his first. Nick holds on, Shibata tries to drag Nick away, but Nick kicks and kicks. Shibata lets go and Nick gets out of the ring to walk off the pain. Shibata heads out after Nick, but Nick kicks first! Nick whips and Shibata hits railing! Fans rally up as Nick runs in but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata then whips Nick into railing! Shibata whips Nick into even more railing! Nick gasps for air, but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata rolls into the ring, letting the count take care of Nick. Nick checks his face and clutches his neck at 5 of 10 but Shibata goes out to stand Nick up. Shibata puts Nick in and fans applaud.
Shibata stalks Nick, stomps him, then kicks him! Shibata kicks Nick more and more and fans rally. Shibata CHOPS Nick then brings him up again. Shibata CHOPS, Nick drops to his knees, and Shibata gives him more sharp yet toying kicks. Nick sits up, but Shibata just kicks him down! We hit five minutes and Nick CHOPS! Shibata just shrugs it off! Nick CHOPS, but Shibata eggs him on! Nick CHOPS, so Shibata CHOPS! Nick is stinging, Shibata runs and BOOTS Nick down! Nick roars and rises up but Shibata BOOTS him again! Shibata runs, but Nick UPPERCUTS! Nick runs to UPPERCUT Shibata down!
Fans fire up and Nick brings Shibata up to cravat. But Shibata denies Shiranui! Only for Nick to SHOTGUN on the return! Fans rally as Nick storms up to the corner. Nick fires forearms, then runs corner to corner, and a very Shibata like HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Nick drags Shibata up. But Shibata breaks free! Nick BOOTS Shibata, throws a forearm, but Shibata just scowls! Nick throws another forearm but Shibata eggs him on. Nick throws more forearms, then a CHOP! And another CHOP and another CHOP, but Shibata leans into them! Shibata is backing Nick down like that! Nick fires forearms now, but Shibata DECKS him with just one!
Shibata whips Nick to a corner, then BOOTS him! Then Shibata rains down forearms to sit Nick down! Shibata stomps a mudhole, but Nick gets up! So Shibata UPPERCUTS him down! Shibata runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Nick feels how it’s done, and Shibata hauls him up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nick hangs in there but Shibata wraps on a chinlock! Nick fights up but into a COBRA TWIST! Fans rally as Nick endures, fights his way over, and has a ROPEBREAK! That’s his second of three as we pass eight minutes, and Shibata lets off with a knee to the side! Shibata reels Nick in to waistlock, but Nick fights!
Nick grabs the ropes again, that’s his third and final! But then Nick uses ropes to push up and over, then he mule kicks! Nick cravats, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shibata is tougher than that but Nick hurries up. Nick full nelsons but Shibata breaks to switch. Nick fights the lift so Shibata ripcords. Nick ducks to ripcord and ROUNBDHOUSE! And SUPERKICK! Nick goes up and up and WAYNE’S- SLEEPER!! Shibata has Nick and Nick is fading fast! Shibata sits him down to PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
At nine minutes and 16 seconds, Shibata puts this one away! Nick shows skill beyond his years, and Shibata respects that by offering a handshake. Nick takes it to keep the Code of Honor, but when and where will Nick get another shot at gold?
Backstage interview with Lee Johnson.
Lexi Nair is with Big Shotty and brings up his match with Shane Taylor from last week, and how he has a match tonight with the newest member of Shane Taylor Promotions, #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty. How is Shotty feeling going into this match? Johnson tells Lexi, “Here we are again!” But wait, Shane Taylor Promotions walks in, and Moriarty tells Big Shotty that he hopes there were no hard feelings in what happened last week. Who knew Johnson would get distracted by Moriarty walking out there? Sure, Moriarty looks good, but just leave the past in the past. Code of Honor! Shake his hand. He promises it’s clean.
Shane says Johnson could always get knocked out again. Johnson stares Shane down and Lexi says they can all settle this in the ring. STP heads out, will Big Shotty be able to handle Moriarty with Big Bad Shaney T at ringside?
Diamante VS Catie Brite!
The Cuban Diamond is back in action on ROH, ready to shine in the spotlight once and for all. Will she show she can shine brighter than Brite? Or will Brite have a bright future here in ROH?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Diamante DECKS Brite! Brite staggers up, Diamante fires off on her, then CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Diamante snapmares to then mess with Brite’s hair. Diamante then CLUBS away on Brite, but the ref reprimands about the hair pulling. Diamante CLUBS Brite down, puts her back on ropes, and CHOKES her again! The ref reprimands, Diamante lets off at 4, then she drags Brite up. Diamante says Brite ain’t on her level, then she SMACKS Brite off buckles! Diamante JABS, CHOPS and repeat! The ref counts, Diamante lets off, but then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!
The ref reprimands and counts more, so Diamante whips Brite corner to corner. Diamante runs in but only gets buckles! Roll up, TWO! Diamante staggers up, and she SHOTGUNS Brite down! Fans fire up as Diamante dusts herself off. Diamante drags Brite up, for the TWIST! Cover, Diamante wins!
Winner: Diamante, by pinfall
The Brite Light was simply used to make the Diamond shine! But when and where will Diamante get the gold that she wants?
Backstage interview with Willie Mack & The Infantry.
Lexi is with Trish Adora and the trio that will be challenging for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships tonight. Which are currently held by the Mogul Embassy. Captain Dean says not for long. Bravo, hit ’em with the deal. Let ’em know why it’s not for much longer. Bravo tells Lex that he ain’t gon’ flex, and he’ll answer the question so first thing is this. Did Infantry become one of the hottest teams in ROH? Yep. Has adding the Mack Attack one of the hottest trios? Yep. So not only are they ready to win, they’re ready for war! He ain’t gonna talk no more, let Mack take over.
Mack says they are about to make history. With Adora by their side, they’ve got Shawn Dean, Carlie Bravo. Is this their first ROH title match ever? Uh, yeah… Wow, who knew? They really out here. Well, then the Embassy better watch out, they’re gonna do the damn thing. Mack may not have won that $25,000, but they’re gonna get these titles and have major capital! Let’s go, baby! Turn up! Bravo says have no fear, the future ROH World Six Man Champs are here! #CopyThat. The team heads out, will they be able to bring down those behemoths under Prince Nana’s command?
Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor!
We just heard from Big Shotty and #TAIGASTYLE, but now it is time to put some action behind those words! Will Johnson or Moriarty prove they are the alpha Lee in ROH?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. They go around, Johnson wrenches, but Moriarty rolls. Johnson wrangles Moriarty but Moriarty kips up and clinches. Johnson wrenches to another wristlock but Moriarty spins, slips through and twists Johnson’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Johnson gets away and fans rally as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, then Johnson trips Moriarty to waistlock. Moriarty fights up, pries free to switch and hammerlock. Johnson slips around to hammerlock back. Moriarty slips around but Johnson turns it right back around to have the armlock.
Moriarty tries again but again Johnson puts the hammerlock back on him. Moriarty does squats, then spins, but Johnson holds on! Moriarty pulls hair to put Johnson in a corner! The ref counts, Johnson lets off, but Moriarty ELBOWS Johnson! Fans boo but Moriarty soaks up the heat. Moriarty CHOPS, then he says one more! Only to feint and kick low! Moriarty soaks up the heat, whips Johnson but Johnson goes up and over! Moriarty hits buckles, Johnson ducks ‘n’ dodges, leap frogs and DROPKICKS! Moriarty bails out, fans fire up, and Johnson pursues. Johnson ROCKS Moriarty, then ROCKS him again!
Johnson CHOPS Moriarty and fans fire up! Moriarty staggers away but Johnson follows him, to CHPO him again! Johnson then puts Moriarty in the ring, slide sin but Moriarty stomps away on him! The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and he stands Johnson up. Moriarty CHOPS and fans fire up! Moriarty swings but Johnson dodges to CHOP back! Johnson headlocks, Moriarty powers out, and things speed up again, Moriarty’s kitchen sink knee knocks Johnson down! Johnson writhes while fans rally, and Moriarty stands Johnson up to snap suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Moriarty still bridges while he mockingly applauds Johnson.
Moriarty wraps Johnson up in a seated abdominal stretch! Fans rally as Johnson endures, and Johnson fights up, only for Moriarty to knee low, but Johnson blocks! Trip and jackknife bridge! TWO, and Johnson goes for a leg. Moriarty steps over, whips Johnson away and things speed up, but Johnson rolls Moriarty again! TWO, and Moriarty CLOBBERS Johnson! But Johnson is up to CLOBBER Moriarty! Fans rally and a standing count starts! Johnson stands, goes to a corner, but Moriarty runs in. Johnson ELBOWS Moriarty, goes up and over and things speed up again. Johnson rallies with LARIAT after LARIAT, then a NECKBREAKER!
Johnson kips up and fans fire up with him! Moriarty clutches his neck as Johnson hauls him up, to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Moriarty survives and Shane is relieved, but Johnson pounds the mat. Fans rally as Moriarty crawls to a corner. Johnson storms up but Moriarty YANKS him into buckles! The ref reprimands but Moriarty stomps away! The ref backs Moriarty off, but then he storms up to YANK Johnson up! Johnson lands on his feet, ELBOWS Moriarty again, then SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Johnson aims from a corner. Johnson goes to the apron, goes up the corner, and takes aim, to FROG SPLASH!!
Johnson bounces off the impact, crawls back to the cover, ROPEBREAK!! Moriarty survives by a literal foot but Johnson fires himself back up. Johnson whips, Moriarty holds ropes then HOTSHOTS Johnson! LEG LARIAT! Cover, Moriarty wins!
Winner: Lee Moriarty, by pinfall
Shane is proud of his new recruit for finishing that one in the blink of an eye! Will TAIGASTYLE help Shane Taylor Promotions take over ROH once and for all?
Athena puts Billie Starkz (and Lexi Nair) through Minion Training.
The Fallen Goddess says they are here for one thing and one thing only: They have consistently failed her time and again! So today, they are doing training! “Yes, Minion Overlord!” These are all things essential to them becoming the best minions they can be! Is that understood? “Yes, Minion Overlord!” Athena blows the whistle and it begins! First, running up and down the bleachers! You wanna be a minion? Let’s go! They also do standing ovation training, they shine the stage, and Lexi keeps Billie from pressing the “big red button.” Athena wants Billie to stop smiling and being happy. Only angry face from now on!
Athena also puts them through booing drills, where they are to boo Willow Nightingale. Athena makes sure Billie gets that through her head! Boo Willow! No smiles! Keep running! Then they ride the elevator together as Athena does the grades. Billie tries to sneak a peek but almost gets caught. Billie also has to throw away her pompoms. She tries to be intimidating to the others in the locker room. Though it’s more like a kid playing dinosaur or something… The Renegades leave and Billie thinks she “did it,” but Lexi explains that she in fact did not. And then they cross paths with Willow! Athena snaps her fingers and Billie boos! Willow asks why!
Athena says she likes what she’s seen today. Lexi has graduated MIT, so she will now Lexi Nair, “Minion Bestie.” Billie, you sucked. Athena leaves and Billie isn’t sure what to do with that. Will Billie ever not be on Athena’s bad side?
Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante VS Trish Adora!
The OG Badass has been rolling back up the ranks, but the Afropunk is also primed for that number one spot. Who comes out in pole position in the chase for the title?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. Adora grins but Diamante coaches Mercedes up. They tie up again, Mercedes waistlocks and she SLAMS Adora down. Mercedes headlocks, Adora powers up and powers out, but Mercedes pulls hair to bring Adora back in! The ref reprimands, but Adora lifts! Mercedes uses that to flying takeover! Mercedes says that was so pretty and thanks the fans for the cheers. But Adora rolls to a cover, ONE and Adora runs Mercedes over! Fans fire up as Adora taunts Mercedes. Mercedes swings, misses and Adora fires off forearms!
Adora winds up to ROCK Mercedes! Adora runs in to SPLASH in the corner! Adora fireman’s carries, but Diamante distracts so Mercedes can pull hair, get free and shove, then SPINEBUSTER! Fans rally up as Mercedes mocks the salute. Mercedes taunts Adora, kicks her around, then UPPERCUTS! Mercedes scuffs Adora, CHOKES her on the ropes, then lets off as the ref counts. Diamante CHOKES Adora now! Fans are torn but Diamante gets away with it. Mercedes UPPERCUTS Adora, then fireman’s carries. Adora fights free, shoves Mercedes, but Mercedes sidesteps to ROLLING ELBOW! Adora sits down but Mercedes stands her up.
Mercedes puts Adora on the ropes, DRAPING ANARCHY! Cover, TWO! Adora hangs in there and both Mercedes and Diamante are frustrated! Mercedes slaps Adora around, eggs her on, and fans rally up. Adora scowls, Mercedes fires palm strikes an an UPPERCUT! But Adora hits the BASEMENT GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Adora, and she BOOTS Mercedes down! Then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Mercedes hangs tough, she’s a former champion for a reason. But Adora drags Mercedes back up, fireman’s carries again, but Mercedes flails to sunset flip! Adora stays up to drag Mercedes up by her hair!
Adora short arm but Mercedes ducks to HALF NELSON SUPLEX! Then RUNNING KNEE!! Adora falls back, rises up slowly, into the BAYONET FOREARM! Mercedes then clamps onto the legs, SLAPS Adora into giving up the arms, and then pulls her back and back and up! BRASS CITY SLEEPER!! Adora taps, Mercedes wins!
Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by submission
Mercedes doesn’t let go until she’s good and ready. The OG Badass and the Cuban Diamond mock the Infantry, but will these two be the ones waiting on the other side of the Women’s World Championship match? Speaking of…
ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Angelina Love!
The Fallen Goddess has yet to be dethroned in ROH, but tonight she faces the Pretty Psycho! Angelina has held titles before, even the Women of Honor World Championship that preceded this title! Will Angelina return to the top in this new era of honor? Or will nothing stop Athena’s already historic reign?
Athena is still in coach mode, telling Billie to get the fans fired up, but from behind Athena. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s ready to get crazy!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for Athena. Athena thanks them and she circles with Angelina. They tie up, go around, and then have a deadlock at the center. They break, Angelina and Athena each complain the other pulled hair. The ref didn’t see any of it, so the two go at it again. Angelina waistlocks, Athena switches but Angelina switches back. Athena switches again but Angelina runs to RAM Athena into buckles! But then Athena arm-drags her down! Athena keeps on the cording hold but Angelina endures. Angelina fights up, arm-drags and has the armlock on Athena.
Athena fights up, Angelina wrenches to a wristlock, but Athena flips and wrenches and arm-drags again! Athena kips up, fans fire up, but Angelina CLOBBERS Athena! Angelina cheers herself on but Athena kips up again. Angelina runs in, into a SOBAT! Then a trip, and METEORA! Cover, TWO! Angelina bails out, fans rally up, and Athena goes out after her. But Angelina uses Billie as a hostage! Then she throws Billie into Athena, and she throws Athena down! Billie says that’s not fair! Angelina puts Athena in, dribbles her off the mat, then stands over her. Angelina soaks up the heat but Athena sunset flips! TWO!
Angelina stacks, TWO! Athena stands but into a knee! Angelina scoops Athena to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Angelina is frustrated but the fans rally behind Athena. Billie cheers Athena on but Angelina wrangles Athena with a chinlock. Angelina grinds Athena down, but the fans rally up. Athena fights to her feet, but Angelina throws her down! Angelina smiles as she keeps on the chinlock. Fans rally, Athena fights up again, and Billie has pompoms! Athena BITES Angelina and arm-drags free! Fans fire up as Athena fires forearms! Athena BACKHANDS Angelina! Athena whips, Angelina reverse=s but Athena CLOBBERS her!
Fans fire up as Athena rallies! Then Athena wrenches, SOBATS, and ENZIGURIS! Athena howls and fans fire up! Athena handsprings to FOREARM in the corner! Athena snapmares Angelina, goes up top, but Angelina trips her up! Fans boo Angelina while Billie coaches Athena up. Angelina drags Athena off with a fireman’s carry but Athena slips off to shove. Athena runs in but only gets buckles! Angelina BOOTS Athena down! Cover, TWO!! Angelina is shocked, and Billie is halfway in the ring? The ref has her slip back out and Angelina says to watch her. Billie says she didn’t do anything!
Athena waistlocks, Angelina switches and rolls her up, but Athena rolls through to reel Angelina in! Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)
Angelina Love gave Athena a fight worthy of this title, but only Athena proved worthy of this title! She is now 39-0, and Billie presents her with the whistle. Coach Athena takes it, smiles and nods, and says Billie is finally learning. Athena pats Billie on the head, the two head out, but how much further does Billie have to go before she is championship material herself?
Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis-Bennett, Cole Karter & Griff Garrison.
Lexi is with The First Lady of Wrestling and her new prospects, they are going to team up for the very first time together. Are they ready for this? The bigger question is if Griff is with The Kingdom. Griff wants to put this out there right now: this is a trial and error kind of thing. Like he said last week, he feels he’s lost a step after returning from injury, and this seems like a relatively good opportunity. So yeah, he is ready. Okay, good. See you out there. Karter repeats, “See you out there.” Will the Ivy League MVP be able to make it work with the Diamond in the Rough?
Six Woman Tag: Leyla Hirsch & The Renegades VS Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan!
The Fallen Goddess is still atop the mountain, and all six of these young and hungry wrestlers want their shot! But will Charlette & Robyn be able to keep up with their #LEGIT partner? Or will Chicago Skye, the Babe with the Power and the Hottest Flame keep their own momentum going?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe with some sarcasm and sass. The teams sort out and Robyn starts against Kiera. Fans cheer “Happy Birthday!” for Kiera and she ties up with Robyn. Robyn knees low and says this is her birthday gift! Robyn whips but Kiera ELBOWS her! Then RANAS! Robyn ends up in a corner, Kiera runs in to SHOTGUN her down! Kiera runs corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Then she goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Robyn around, covers, TWO! Kiera drags Robyn over, tags in Skye, and fans rally as they double whip. Robyn holds ropes but gets a SHINING WIZARD for it!
Kiera adds another HIP ATTACK! Fans rally as Skye YANKS Robyn down to then mule kick! Cover, TWO! But then Leyla and Charlette YANK Willow and Kiera down from the outside! The ref reprimands them while Skye drags Robyn up. Robyn dodges the forearm to ROCK Skye! Snapmare and then a cover, TWO! Robyn drags Skye up, tags Charlette, and the Renegades double suplex. They hold Skye up for five before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Maria is on stage, she’s still hoping Leyla joins up. Charlette wraps on a chinlock but Skye fights up., Skye throws body shots but Charlette CLUBS her down!
Charlette puts Skye in the corner, RAMS into her, then RAMS her again! Maria likes it as Charlette bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Robyn, and she cravat SLAMS! Charlette runs to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Charlette holds on to bridge for a modified cravat neck wrench! Skye endures, CLUBS free, and then drags Charlette up. But Charlette SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Skye hangs tough but Charlette drags her up. Charlette bumps Skye off buckles, tags Robyn, and Robyn whisps her in to back body block! Robyn runs in to KNEE Skye, but then Leyla tags in! Leyla finally has a turn, and she GERMAN SUPLEXES!
Leyla drags Skye up to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Maria likes what she sees as Leyla hits a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Leyla then sucker punches Kiera! Fans boo and Willow dares her to do that to Willow. Leyla runs in at Skye instead, but Skye ELBOWS her back! Skye knocks the Renegades down, but Leyla gets her for a snap takedown and LEGIT ARMBAR!! Skye hurries to stack, TWO! Leyla blocks a kick, but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Hot tags to Willow and Robyn! Fans fire up as Willow rallies on the Renegades! Willow DECKS Leyla for good measure! Willow fires off on Charlette but Charlette kicks low!
Charlette reels Willow in but Willow suplexes! Robyn makes the save, the Renegades mug Willow, but Willow fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX the Renegades! Cover, Leyla breaks it! Leyla HAMMERS away on Willow but Kiera CLOBBERS her! Robyn goes after Kiera, Skye is after her, Charlette returns! The brawl breaks down, spills out of the ring, and Robyn runs up. Skye dodges but Robyn dodges! Robyn catches Skye to a BACK2BACKBREAKER! Kiera runs in, boots the lariat and then ROUNDHOUSES! Kiera reels Robyn in, HANGING NECKBREAKER! Charlette spins Kiera for a BACKBREAKER!
Willow is back, she hits an URENAGE! Leyla storms back in to SHOTGUN Willow! Leyla whips, Willow reverses and then POUNCES! PERIOD! Tag to Skye and Willow hauls Charlette up. Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Willow BLASTS Robyn, Skye SUPERKICKS Leyla! Kiera runs in to DIVE and she takes out Robyn! Skye hurries to get Charlette up, for CODE BLUE! Cover, Skye’s team wins!
Winners: Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan, by pinfall
Maria is no longer as impressed by Leyla as she was. Will the First Lady have to change tactics about her Kingdom’s Army?
Backstage interview with Angelico, Serpentico, Tony Nese & Mark Sterling.
Lexi is with this rather odd collection and says tonight, they will be teaming up in Six Man Tag action for the first time ever. What led to all this? Smart Mark says the Premier Athlete is always on the lookout for possible young up ‘n’ coming wrestlers to join the Premier Brand. This is a one time offer: if they win, FREE GROUP TRAINING! Maybe Nese can whip them into shape to have more muscles. Nese says they don’t look the part but he can work on that as a personal trainer. But they are to do exactly what he says, exactly what he does, and follow him to victory. Understand? You got it? Comprende, hombre?
And don’t come out there until he tells them. Sterling agrees, but does compliment Serpentico’s mask and the hand streamers. Sterling & Nese head out, and Angelico says those guys’ vibes are way off. Serpentico says they’re burros. Sterling heard that! Will this team work out so that they can work out?
Ethan Page VS VSK!
All Ego got a great win in his ROH return, showing his ego has mellowed out a bit. Will he continue to build back up? Or will the former Trustbuster bust him down even more?
The Code of Honor is upheld, though Page doesn’t let go right away. The bell rings, Page and VSK circle, and fans rally up for Page. Page has them get louder, so there’s still some ego. The two tie up, Ethan headlocks, but VSK pulls hair! VSK headlocks, Page powers out and then CLOBBERS VSK! Fans rally and Page complains about the hair pulling. Page then scoops VSK but VSK CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but VSK ROCKS Page with a haymaker! VSK mocks the fans for cheering Page, then he storms up on Page. VSK whips but Page blocks! And again! Page reels VSK in to scoop and POWERSLAM!
Page fires up and the fans are with him! Page drags VSK up, reels him in, Canadian Rack! But VSK slips free, ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ slides to DROPKICK! But Page rebounds to run VSK over! VSK goes to a corner, Page runs in but only gets buckles! VSK mule kicks, front kicks, but the enziguri whiffs! Page wraps on a half straitjacket, then he scoops VSK and carries him around, for the CRADLE SUPLEX! Then a step-in CUTTER! Cover, Page wins!
Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall
Page shakes VSK’s hand to keep the Code of Honor, and he is rolling already! Will he truly be refreshed with a title opportunity?
Spanish Announce Project & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS El Hijo Del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Premier Brand is looking to expand, but Angelico y Serpentico haven’t been sold just yet. Will they make a better trio than even they can imagine? Or will this alliance of luchadores bring them all crashing down?
Sterling of course has a mic to say that everyone knows this is Tony Nese. His client has something very important to say. “Penn State College. I tried telling this company, if we wanted to perform in front of real athletes, we should’ve done this show in Ohio State.” Fans boo but Nese says that he’s just being honest. Maybe if Penn didn’t spend so much time at The Creamery, they’d be in shape! Ladies, ladies, ladies, it’s called the Freshman 15, not Freshman 50. But Nese has great news for everyone. They all know he is a personal trainer, so before they have any more wrestling tonight, he is gonna treat each and every one of them to GROUP TRAINING!
Stand up! Let’s get going! Get off your lazy asses! Stretch! Reach up! But then Angelico y Serpentico make their way out! They stopped listening to Nese’s orders from earlier, is this partnership falling apart already? Then after Serpentico throws his streamers, Abrahantes’ trio makes their entrance, Gravity leading the way. The teams sort out, Nese tells SAP to watch and learn. Nese then makes Serpentico start against Metalik, and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, fans rally up and the two tie up. Serpentico wrenches, hammerlocks, facelocks, wrenches and whips, but Metalik goes up and over and keeps moving.
Metalik ducks ‘n’ dodges, Serpentico drops down and avoids the handspring elbow! Metalik avoids the boot to CHOP! Metalik whips, Serpentico reverses but Metalik elbows him down! Metalik runs in, Serpentico monkey flips him but Metalik lands on his feet! Things keep moving, Metalik scoops and BACKBREAKERS Serpentico! Cover, ONE!! Metalik keeps on Serpentico and brings him up to wrench. Tag to Gravity but Serpentico gets away. Gravity has to stay back as Serpentico goes to his corner. Angelico tags in, and he circles with Gravity. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but Angelico crisscrosses Gravity’s arms into a one-arm double armlock!
Gravity stomps at Angelico’s feet but Angelico easily avoids those. Then he wraps Gravity up in a straitjacket stretch! Angelico ripcords, whips, but Gravity holds ropes. Angelico rushes in, Gravity gets around, schoolboys but Angelico rolls through. Gravity kips up, flips through the wrench and arm-drags Angelico away! Fans fire up as Gravity runs in, ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAG! Another kip up while Angelico bails out, and Gravity builds speed. Angelico ducks but Gravity handsprings! Gravity space walks, tag to Vikingo! Fans rally up but Nese tags in to say he has to handle this. But Vikingo CROSSBODIES!
Nese rushes in, Vikingo dodges to whip, but Nese reverses. Vikingo reverses back to HEEL KICK! BOOT! ENZIGURI! Nese is in the corner and fans rally behind Vikingo. Vikingo runs up to GAMANGIRI! Nese wobbles, Vikingo goes up but Nese hurries away. Vikingo still springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Nese bails out, Vikingo builds speed and he goes up and up, pauses so physics can catch up with him, and Viking SKY TWISTERS! Direct hit and both men are down, so SAP rushes in! Gravity y Metalik dodge them to DOUBLE DROPKICK them out! SAP bails out and the luchadores DOUBLE TOPE!!
Fans are thunderous as Metalik y Gravity stand tall! “This is Awesome!” as Metalik puts Nese back in. Metalik CHOPS, CHOPS and runs, to KNEE Nese lose! Metalik fires the fans up, then runs, but Nese distracts the ref while Sterling trips Metalik up! Fans boo Smart Mark but Nese runs in to basement dropkick! Nese soaks up the heat, drags Metalik up and bumps him off buckles. Nese tells Angelico, “See how it’s done? Let’s see what you got!” Nese tags Angelico, Angelico snapmares Metalik and ties up one arm. Angelico uses the other arm for a RECLINER! Metalik endures, kicks around, and gets a ROPEBREAK!
Angelico lets off as Metalik saves himself by a literal foot. Angelico tells Nese that he does things with submissions. The people know it! Well, the fans chant “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Metalik crawls but Angelico brings him up. Nese tags himself in, he and Angelico mug Metalik, and Nese scoops Metalik to SLAM him! Then he drops a leg, brother! Nese says power style is how it’s done, then tags Angelico back in. Angelico argues with Nese, then brings Metalik up. Angelico puts Metalik on the top rope, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Metalik throws hands! Angelico goes up but Metalik CLUBS him! Metalik adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!
Nese is frustrated as Metalik and Angelico crawl. Hot tag to Gravity! Gravity LARIATS Angelico, LARIATS Serpentico, DECKS Nese, and repeat! Angelico gets around, full nelsons, but Gravity arm-drags free! Gravity runs in to POWERSLAM! Then he somersaults to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Nese breaks it! Nese brings Gravity up to whip, but Gravity holds ropes. Nese runs in but Gravity TOSSES him out! The ref checks Nese after that rough landing, but Angelico EDDY GORDO KICKS Gravity down! Metalik runs in to suplex Angelico high and hard! Serpentico runs in, Metalik blocks a kick to give a kick.
Metalik gets Serpentico up, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, but Nese SOBATS Metalik in the back! Fans rally up as everyone is down around the ring. Nese goes to his corner, Angelico drags Gravity over but Nese tags in! Angelico complains but Nese drags Gravity up. Nese wants to see how “ugly this SOB is!” He pulls at Gravity’s mask! Fans boo, and Serpentico storms in to stop Nese! As a luchador himself, #SNAKEMAN will not stand for this! The ref has Serpentico back off, Nese tells them to listen to him for once. Nese wants to tag out but SAP ditch him! Fans cheer, Sterling is freaking out, and Gravity stands to SUPERKICK! Nese falls, tag to Metalik!
Metalik goes up, for the tightrope SWANTON! Cover, the luchadores win!
Winners: El Hijo del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity, by pinfall
Vikingo can’t get in the ring to celebrate, he took more damage to that hip than expected, but he and the team still celebrate. Will the AAA Mega Champion, the King of the Ropes and the Astronaut of Lucha still reach new heights in ROH?
Backstage interview with Ethan Page.
Lexi is now with All Ego and congratulates him on the win tonight. She says Ethan’s been on a roll, and he figures yeah, two is good enough for a roll. He wants to make it three, but the feeling he had after winning these couple weeks is something he hasn’t felt in the longest time. Everyone who has been watching Ethan these last three years has seen the ups and downs, and lately, it has been a lot of downs. But there was a really big bright spot in that spiral and it was the greatest night of his professional career. He wrestled for the most prestigious prize in wrestling today, the AEW World Championship, in his hometown with his family in the front row, it does not get better than that.
But then it didn’t go his way, and nothing else really has, but Ethan says to touch the gold, to feel the pressure, to be in the marquee match, and to be inches away from changing his life… He realized that ROH is the place for competition, and he needs to be competitive so that he can continue momentum, climb back up, and touch gold again. But this time, he won’t let go. That’s the plan. Then he has his groove back? Sure, go and say that. All Ego got his groove back! Will Ethan return to former glory and finally have gold to show for it?
Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin!
A brand new team, put together by The First Lady, takes on another young team that has been fingertips away from taking titles for their own. Will Maria’s investment pay off with a win tonight? Or will the Sight to See & Air Wolf take flight?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Karter starts against Darius. Fans rally, the two tie up and Darius wrenches to a wristlock. Karter whips, Darius reverses and arm-drags! Darius has the armlock, drags Karter up to wrench, and he tags Action. Action goes up but Karter gets away to tag in Griff. Maria cheers Griff on and he circles with Action. They tie up, Griff waistlocks and SLAMS Action down! Action fights around, pries free, switches, but Griff switches back to back suplex. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Griff RAMS him back into the corner. Griff is free but Darius sneaks the tag!
Darius slingshots in to get ahead of Griff and keeps him from Karter! Darius RAMS Griff into Action’s knees, then Darius mule kicks. Action goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Griff on the back! Darius & Action BLAST Karter, then double kick Griff to DOUBLE SUPLEX! Karter returns, but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up and Darius runs in, but Griff puts him on the apron. Darius RAMS Griff, Karter runs up but into an elbow! Griff storms up but Darius ROCKS him! Darius aims but Karter anchors him. Darius kicks Karter away, Action protests but that distracts the ref, allowing Maria to anchor Darius!
Darius kicks free, but turns around into a BOOT from Griff! Karter cheers but Griff asks what was that all about. Griff drags Darius up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Karter. They mug Darius, Karter stomps a mudhole in, and Maria applauds. The ref counts, Karter lets off and even Griff says to keep things clean. Karter snap suplexes Darius, and then he soaks up the heat. Karter covers but it’s really a choke! The ref counts, Karter stops at 4, then Karter stalks Darius. Darius goes to ropes so the ref has Karter back off. Karter argues with the ref but that’s to distract, so that Maria can CHOKE Darius!
Maria gets away with it again but Action warns her. Darius staggers up into a DROPKICK from Karter! Cover, TWO! Maria defends her innocence but Griff is upset. Karter whips Darius to a corner, tags Griff in, and then Griff whips Karter in. Darius TOSSES Karter up and out! Then he goes up and over Griff! Griff hurries to get a leg, but Darius BOOTS him away! Hot tags to Action and Karter! Action dodges Karter to DECK Griff, then he DECKS Karter! Action rallies on them both, and fans fire up! Action whips but Karter reverses, only for Action to handspring and DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up as both Maria’s boys are down!
Action kips up while Griff and Karter go to opposite corners. Action runs in to RAM Griff! And then he SPLASHES Karter! Action runs corner to corner again but Griff dodges the splash! But then Action SHOTGUNS Griff into Darius’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Griff tumbles out but Karter shoves Darius into Action! Karter DECKS Darius, rolls Action, and puts his legs on the ropes! But Griff shoves them off the ropes! Karter and Maria argue with Griff, because Griff doesn’t wanna cheat! Karter says you don’t disrespect Maria! But then Action FLIES over Karter to take out Griff! And Darius SUPERKICKS Karter!
Darius reels Karter in to BRAINBUSTER! Tag to Action, he springboards to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Action & Darius win!
Winners: Action Andretti & Darius Martin
Maria is not happy, but perhaps it was her own fault for thinking Griff was going to change his morals for the sake of success. Griff upholds the Code of Honor with Action & Darius, but then Karter says up theirs! Karter & Maria have Griff leave with them, is Griff going to ditch this team before long?
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack & The Infantry!
Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have been unstoppable as a trio with a 16-0 record in trios action. However, teams have been getting closer and closer. Will Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo bringing the Mack Attack along be exactly what brings these titans down? Or will nothing stop the Embassy’s reign of terror?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who gets to go on to Rampage tomorrow night!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the fans chant “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” and some do the Nana dance. Kaun starts against Dean, the bell rings, and Kaun rushes in! Dean avoids the boot, says it was close, and they circle. They tie up, Dean headlocks but Kaun powers out to run Dean over! Things speed up, Dena hurdles but Kaun shoves. Dean jumps over but Kaun CLOBBERS him! But then Dean avoids the senton! Dean DROPKICKS, Kaun staggers, but Dean wrenches and tags Bravo. The Infantry double whips, double hip tosses, and then they crisscross the legs to SPLIT that wishbone! Bravo says that’ll leave a mark.
Bravo drags Kaun up but Kaun CHOSP! Kaun wristlocks but Bravo gets free before Kaun tags Liona. Bravo says okay, that’s how it is, huh? Bravo and Liona circle, Liona rushes in but Bravo dodges to JAB! Bravo bobs ‘n’ weaves, JABS, then rope-a-dopes. But Liona TOSSES him to a corner! Liona runs in, Bravo dodges then comes back. Bravo jukes and ROCKS Liona! Fans fire up and Bravo talks some smack, but Liona stays up! Bravo turns around into a LARIAT! Liona glares at Mack, then goes back to Bravo. Liona scoops to put Bravo on the ropes, to fire KNEE after KNEE into him! The ref reprimands and Liona just fires off more!
The ref counts, Liona drops Bravo and roars at Mack & Dean. Liona then tags Kaun, and Kaun slingshot SENTONS! Bravo sputters but Kaun drags him up to snap suplex. Uno Amigo! Then a waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bravo fights but Kaun still hits the back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaun kneels on Bravo’s head while he argues with the ref, and Bravo flails! Dean pushes Kaun over but Kaun just grins as he drags Bravo up. Kaun tags Cage and fans fire up for The Machine. Cage CHOPS Bravo, puts him in the corner and RAMS him! And RAMS him again! And CHOPS! Cage fires up the fans as he throws point-blank clotheslines!
Fans count as Cage picks up speed, and Cage gets to TEN! Cage whips corner to corner hard, and Bravo staggers into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bravo hangs tough but Cage drags him up. Cage ROCKS Bravo with a forearm, whips him corner to corner then scoops again, but Bravo slips free to BACKSTABBER! Fans rally up as Bravo crawls, but Cage grabs a leg! Cage drags Bravo back, ducks the enziguri, then drops an elbow! “Who betta than Cage?” Cage then sucker punches Dean! Cage stands Bravo up, suplexes, but Bravo slips free to hot tag Mack! Fans fire up as these rivals meet again, and Mack hits a SLINGBLADE!
Mack BLASTS Liona, lines up a shot on Cage, and body shots! Mack whips, to LARIAT! Then WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Mack scoops Cage, for a SLAM! Kaun storms in but Mack ducks the haymaker to DECK him! Mack BOOTS Liona off the apron, Nana protests, but Mack runs in at Cage to BOOT! Cage falls over, Mack covers, TWO! The Machine is tougher than that but Mack goes up the corner! Fans fire up, but Cage stands to GAMANGIRI! Cage drags Mack off the top, to then go up. Fans rally as Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Mack!! Mack writhes and “This is Awesome!” as Cage drags Mack back up.
Cage stands Mack up but Mack kicks low! Cage denies the stunner, but Mack ends up in his corner. Tag to Bravo before Cage SUPERKICKS Mack! Bravo ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, then spins him around to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage falls, Kaun runs in! Bravo spins him around, SIDEWINDER! Liona slides in while Bravo takes aim at Cage & Kaun. But then Bravo turns around, and he screams as he drops down under the Pounce! Liona wipes himself out and Dean PENALTY KICKS Cage! Dean runs in to JUMPING CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Dean goes out to PENALTY KICK Kaun, and Bravo runs up on Liona!
Bravo hits a KNEE SMASH! And SUPERKICK! Dean SUPERKICKS! Liona roars but Infantry shouts, “KICK HIM!” They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Liona, and Liona staggers into a DOUBLE SUP- NO, Liona fights it off! Liona DOUBLE SUP- NO, Mack saves the Infantry! STUNNER!! Then the Infantry reload, DOUBLE SUPLEX!! Fans fire up while Nana freaks out! Bravo tags Mack but Kaun runs in! Dean blocks a boot, gives it to Bravo, ENZIGURI and then NECKBREAKER! Cage is back and he LARIATS Bravo! Mack is up top, but Cage intercepts! Mack shoves Cage down, though! To then FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!?
Cage survives and shocks Mack! But he and the Infantry regroup, and fans fire up with them! Mack, Bravo & Dean aim from corners, Mack STUN- NO, Cage denies Mack again! Kaun fireman’s carries Mack and tucks him, AIR RAID CRASH! Dean runs at Kaun, but Liona POUNCES him! Bravo is alone, Cage reels him in to a GERMAN SUPLEX! The Infantry is down and out, the Gates of Agony drag Mack up! They OPEN THE GATES!! Cage covers, The Embassy wins!
Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)
The reign of terror continues! At least, for another 24 hours. Rampage: Grand Slam pits these monsters against The Hung Bucks! Will this dominance continue even as ROH and AEW blur the lines? Or will Hangman Adam Page once again hold these belts with Matt & Nick Jackson?
A very good ROH, and it seems ROH is sticking to an hour and 45 minutes. At least, I sure hope so, it still takes me far too long to do these. I will say there wasn’t any actual filler. Even Diamante beating a jobber than being ringside for when Mercedes Martinez beats Trish Adora can be seen as story for the duo of Diamante & Mercedes growing stronger. If only ROH had some more titles for the women’s division, because they’ve got a lot more talent than can fit into the world title scene. Good Six Woman Tag to feed into Leyla’s story with Maria, while also showcasing just what I said with how there are midcard title worthy talents.
Good stuff with Maria’s story of building The Kingdom’s Army, and there is a clear story to Griff not wanting to get on board with the Heel tactics, and he could break away to then have some real good matches with Karter. We got a very fun “Minion Training” vignette from Athena, Billie & Lexi, but that is not the two week window To Do List thing they set up literally last week. Feels like ROH wasn’t keeping track of what they were doing, but oh well. Athena VS Angelina Love was a good title match, but a quick one because yeah, Athena is that much better than Angelina. Still waiting for when Athena either pushes Billie too far and she rebels, or Athena creates a monster not even she can control, all leading to a title match between them.
Really good, really fun Six Man Tag with Nese sticking his foot in his mouth and making Spanish Announce Project turn on him. Good win for the luchadores, though Vikingo taking himself out of the match was not good. Vikingo needs to be more careful, he is running really hard and fast, much like Darby Allin. The Pure Championship was a really good opener, but I figured Shibata was winning over Nick Wayne. Nick still looked great, as he has since debuting in AEW, but he’s probably gotta wait until he’s 19 to get a championship. Also, it feels like ROH wants to build towards a rematch of Shibata VS Josh Woods at the next ROH exclusive PPV so Shibata isn’t losing before then.
Great promo from Eddie to get his reaction after winning the ROH World Championship. He pointed out he’s in for a busy schedule defending two titles in two companies, as I’ve been saying, but Eddie will be able to do it. And even then it is great story material for him to struggle with the schedule after a month or so. Really good promo from Johnson, Moriarty & Shane, then really good match from Moriarty VS Johnson. Shane called out Keith Lee last time, too, I wonder if Keith Lee joins Lee Johnson to take on Shane and Moriarty so we get even more Lees in the mix. Honestly, Keith Lee needs to get on something, and then move on to a title because duh, it’s KEITH LEE.
Ethan Page with a good win and good promo after, and while it’s a shame he won’t finish his story with The Hardy Boyz, that story went a few chapters too long anyway. Ethan getting going in ROH will be good stuff, maybe he can be a contender for Samoa Joe’s TV Championship. And then some really good stuff in the ROH Six Man Division, with a good promo from Mack & Infantry, and another great Six Man title match. But of course, with Hung Bucks VS Embassy set for Rampage (which has also been recorded by now), and how that feeds into Hangman VS Swerve at WrestleDream, no way was this match (which was recorded even before Rampage) was going to change anything. As I’ve been saying in the AEW articles, there is a chance the Hung Bucks win the titles, unless Swerve screws Hangman over.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/20/23)
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe!
Who hits the Grand Slam? And who strikes out?
Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe, and Maxwell Jacob Friedman returns to New York to defend his AEW World Championship against Samoa Joe!
- ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston; Eddie wins and becomes both ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
- Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara; Jericho wins.
- AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes; Fenix wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
- AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm; Saraya wins and retains the title.
- AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe; MJF wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston!
This isn’t a rivalry, this is a grudge that has gone on for just over a decade, and this will be the end of it all! Will the Swiss Superman take away the title the Mad King fought so hard to get? Or will Eddie prove he IS the better man?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who leaves Arthur Ashe a double champion!
The bell rings and fans are thunderous already as Eddie and Claudio stare down. They slowly approach, then Claudio just BOOTS Eddie down! But Eddie’s right up to CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio forearms, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! New York is behind their own as he continues to go back and forth with Claudio! Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, then he talks trash. “Is that all you got?” Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Claudio fires more forearms, then TOSSES Eddie out of the ring! But then Eddie drags Claudio out to whip hard into railing! Claudio hobbles, holding a knee, but Eddie choke grips him!
Fans fire up as Eddie MACHINE GUN CHOPS Claudio against the railing! Eddie ROCKS Claudio, brings him around, and whips him, only for Claudio to reverse and short arm LARIAT! Fans boo but Claudio soaks it up. Claudio drags Eddie up, ROCKS him, and stalks him. Claudio puts Eddie in the ring, fans rally up and Eddie catches Claudio in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Eddie dropkicks that bad leg! Claudio avoids the next one and he deadlift gut wrenches, for the POWERBOMB! Claudio hobbles and fans boo, but Claudio drags Eddie up. Claudio reels Eddie in, but Eddie fights the lift!
Eddie CLUBS the bad leg, fans rally up, but Claudio SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS back! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up again as Claudio bails out to the apron. Fans chant “F HIM UP, EDDIE, F HIM UP!” Eddie storms over, and fires off backhand after backhand! Then URAKEN! But that hurts Eddie’s hand just as much! Claudio clamps on a SLEEPER in the ropes! But Eddie elbows free, only for Claudio to back suplex Eddie to the ramp! The LED Plexiglas ramp is a stiff worker, and Claudio looms over Eddie. Eddie is dazed and the fans rally up behind him. Claudio drags Eddie up, then stomps a hand!
Claudio then clotheslines Eddie back into the ring! Fans boo as Claudio climbs the corner. But Eddie rolls to the corner, only for Claudio to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP anyway! Claudio stomps Eddie, drags him up, and scoop SLAMS him! Claudio goes back up, to then DIVING HEADBUTT but FLOPS as Eddie moves! Eddie staggers up, but into an UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!! Eddie is still in this and Claudio is fuming as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Claudio and Eddie go to ropes, and then Claudio storms over. Claudio CLUBS away on Eddie at the ropes, then he drags Eddie up. Eddie pushes Claudio away but Claudio reels Eddie in. Claudio suplexes but Eddie blocks! Claudio throws body shots, tries again, but Eddie still blocks! Eddie then suplexes Claudio up and over! Fans fire up while both men flounder. Claudio stands first, runs and he BOOTS Eddie in the head! And then Claudio scuffs Eddie, kicks him around, taunts and toys with him, but Eddie CHOPS! Claudio kicks, Eddie CHOPS! Claudio SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Eddie reaches out in time!
Claudio sits Eddie up and clamps on with a top wristlock chinlock combo! Fans rally up as Eddie endures being squeezed and twisted around. But then Claudio KICKS Eddie in the back, and STOMPS the hand! Then he STOMPS the other hand! Eddie clutches fingers, but Claudio drags Eddie up by an ear. Eddie CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dynamite returns to single picture as Claudio eggs Eddie on. Eddie CHPOS, Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT in the corner! Claudio sits Eddie down, the ref back shim off, but then Claudio fireman’s carries! T K O! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Eddie hangs in there!
Claudio scuffs Eddie again, and that riles Eddie up. Claudio gives more toying kicks, then some harder shots. Eddie pounds the mat and fans fire up with him! Claudio kick sand kicks and kicks, and Eddie wobbles, only to sit up again. Claudio drags Eddie up to UPPER- NO, BACKSLIDE! TWO! Eddie ENZIGURIS! And then an EXPLODER!! Eddie has Claudio again, for a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Claudio goes to a corner, Yuta coaches him, and Claudio sees Eddie go to the far side. Eddie runs in to clothesline! Eddie fires up and fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! Claudio just brushes those off? Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS, then JABS! Claudio drops to a knee and fans are thunderous!
Eddie hauls Claudio up, Claudio fights the Northern Lights Bomb, so Eddie fires Kawada knees! Claudio JABS back! Eddie staggers, Claudio shakes out the cobwebs, and then both men stare down again. Fans fire up as the two step up, Claudio eggs Eddie on, then fires a forearm! Eddie CHOPS! Forearm! CHOP! Repeat! Claudio eggs Eddie on so Eddie CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Eddie staggers back, steadies himself, and he CHOPS again! Claudio dusts that off, so Eddie CHOPS only for Claudio to catch it! HEADBUTT, short arm LARIAT!! Cover, TWO, but Claudio rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!
Claudio reels Eddie in, straitjacket for the RICOLA- RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio has the cover, TWO!! Flashbacks to Supercard of Honor there, but Eddie is up! Into an UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO?!? Eddie survives and Claudio is furious! Claudio drags Eddie up, straitjacket, RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! New York is electric as Eddie still lives! Claudio is beside himself, but he pulls off the elbow pad now. Claudio drags Eddie up, talks some trash, and UPPERCUTS! URAKEN!! URAKEN!! Then a half nelson, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX!! Claudio stands, into the URAKEN!! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!?!?
Fans are electric again as Eddie powers up! Eddie drags Claudio up, reels him in, but Claudio fights the lift! Claudio then UPPERCUTS! Eddie URAKENS!! And POWERBOMBS!! High stack, EDDIE WINS!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Openweight & NEW ROH World Champion)
He has done it! The Mad King has conquered Claudio and now reigns over two kingdoms! Yuta tells Claudio that yes, it really did happen. Yuta helps Claudio to his feet, and Eddie keeps his eyes on them. Claudio offers a handshake, and Eddie… accepts it! Claudio hands the ROH title over then takes his leave. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and that is an understatement. How much more history will be made by Eddie Kingston now?
The Kingdom visits Roderick Strong in the hospital.
This was recorded sometime last week after Dynamite. Matt Taven & Mike Bennett sit by Roddy’s bedside as the nurse fluffs Roddy’s pillow. Mike says they wanted to invite everyone here so they could personally thank everyone for all the gifts and cards. Taven likes this card here. “I hope it makes your day brighter knowing how much everyone cares. Your attention to neck health awareness has been inspirational, and one day, I hope to be as neck strong as you. XOXO Olga.” Mike excuses the nurse and then Adam Cole visits. Roddy calls out to Adam and asks where he is, he can’t see. Then open your eyes.
Roddy does open his eyes and is happy to see Cole is here. Of course he is, he wouldn’t miss this for the world. Cole then says hi to The Kingdom and they ask him where he’s been. He got here as quick as he could. Oh, convenient, Cole shows up just as The Kingdom has to leave. Mike tells Roddy sorry, they gotta go. They’re going to be the new #1 Contenders to the ROH World Tag Titles. Roddy understands. He knows they don’t need it, but good luck. New champs coming soon. Taven then insults Cole’s shirt and pants. Is that how he dresses when he’s mourning? Cole says that’s real appropriate to say.
Cole then tells Roddy that he is glad Roddy is doing okay, and Cole hates to do this but he has to leave soon, too. Max has the world title match with Samoa Joe, and after what happened all last week, Cole has to make sure Max will be okay. Roddy says who cares! What about him? Cole wants Roddy to know he loves him, but Max is the one in danger. Roddy makes the bed sit up so he can look at Cole properly, just so he can tell Cole to go. Then Roddy lowers himself back down. Will Cole be able to help MJF through whatever is coming?
Backstage interview with Christian Cage & Luchasaurus.
Renee Paquette is with Captain Charisma and the AEW TNT Champion to bring up that this Friday, Rampage: Grand Slam, it will be Darby Allin & Sting taking on these two in a tag team match. Obviously, Christian & Luchasaurus have a ton of experience- Christian cuts Renee off to say they have a ton of experience in defending the TNT Championship. And at Rampage: Grand Slam, Christian & Luchasaurus walk through Darby & Sting, and then move on from them. But obviously, Darby isn’t going to move on until he gets another chance at Christian’s- er, their TNT Championship!
So here’s a proposition: Saturday on Collision, Darby VS Christian VS Luchasaurus in a Triple Threat for the TNT Championship! Sound good to Darby? Oh, and one more little wrinkle: if Darby wants his shot, then Sting is not allowed at ringside! And when Darby steps into the ring for their Handicap- er, Triple Threat… Then Darby has as much a chance of winning this championship as both the Yankees and the Mets! ZERO! As for Friday, bring your boy. Christian & Luchasaurus head out, will they dominate this entire week?
Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara!
For the first time ever, The Ocho and the Spanish God go 1v1 with each other! They’re both ready to fight harder than they ever have before, but who will come out on top?
Sammy’s entrance has him wearing an LED vest as a reference to all of Jericho’s light up jackets, and Sammy even has Monteasy live to rap the theme song! Is this Sammy’s time to take flight? Or will he be unable to get off the ground with Judas in his mind?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. Sammy offers a handshake, Jericho accepts it, and the two tie up. Jericho headlocks, then switches and hammerlocks to headlock again. Sammy powers out, but Jericho runs him over, only for Sammy to kip up! So Jericho slaps Sammy! Sammy slaps back, and the hands start flying! Fans fire up and Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Repeat! Sammy gets the edge, whips, hurdles, flips over, and Jericho stumbles into the DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Sammy spins to hit his pose! And Jericho still joins in? Sammy is surprised by that and Jericho SLAPS him again!
Sammy goes to ropes, Jericho storms up but Sammy rolls him up! ONE, and Sammy cradles! ONE, and Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS again, then CHOPS Sammy in the corner! Fans fire up as Jericho whips corner to corner. Jericho runs in but into an elbow! Sammy swings, Jericho spins him around, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron but Jericho storms over. Triangle jump, but Sammy ducks and Jericho hits the floor! Sammy builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Jericho! Fans fire up as Sammy puts Jericho in the ring.
Sammy goes up the corner, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho hangs tough but Sammy keeps his cool. Sammy slashes his throat and he torture racks! But Jericho fights that, to hit a CODE BREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron again, but Jericho goes out after him. Fans rally as Jericho drags Sammy up, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws body shots. Jericho CLUBS and CLUSB and CLUBS Sammy, to then suplex. Sammy blocks, throws more body shots, but Jericho hits back! Then Jericho suplexes to the floor! Fans fire up while both men writhe and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men but they’re okay to continue. Jericho drags himself up with the apron skirt, then soaks up the cheers and jeers from New York. Jericho drags Sammy up and SMACKS him off the desk! The ring count is climbing, but Jericho clears off the desk! Jericho SMACKS Sammy with the desk hood! Jericho slides into the ring to stop the count and soak up more cheers and jeers. Sammy stands up, and slides in at 9! Jericho stomps Sammy, drags him up and reels him in, for a BIG back suplex! Jericho smacks Sammy around, eggs him on, and brings him up again, but Sammy cradles! TWO! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Sammy down!
Jericho drags Sammy up again, puts him in a corner and on the top rope. Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then he climbs up, to rain down fists! Jericho goes all the way to TEN, then SUPER STEINERS! Sammy writhes, Jericho pushes him to a cover, TWO! Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs and paces around as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Jericho stands Sammy up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho eggs Sammy on, so Sammy CHOPS! And forearms! And CHOPS! Sammy fires off more, whips Jericho to ropes, but Jericho KICKS him away! Jericho runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!
Both men stand and Jericho LARIATS Sammy down! And then LARIATS him again! Cover, TWO! Sammy is still in this and fans rally up. Jericho brings Sammy up, CHOPS him again, then has him in a corner. Jericho CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Sammy goes up and over, ducks and steals the CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move and Sammy is beside himself. Jericho goes to the apron, Sammy runs in to BLAST him off! Jericho hits the desk! Sammy then goes to the apron, to then go up the corner?! Sammy aims, says a quick prayer, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!
Sammy clutches a leg, puts Jericho in, and he fires up! Fans are with Sammy as he goes to the apron. Sammy springboards, into a DROPKICK! Sammy goes back to the apron, Jericho triangle jumps, into a CALF KICK! Not the cleanest but something got Jericho. Sammy SUPERKICKS to knock Jericho down, and then he goes back up top! FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho just gets that arm up and Sammy grows frustrated. Sammy drags Jericho up, torture racks, GO TO- NO, Jericho blocks! Jericho trips Sammy and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans are thunderous while Sammy endures!
Jericho sits deep on the hold, but Sammy reaches out! Sammy crawls his way forward, but Jericho drags him back! Sammy clubs at Jericho’s legs, tuck sunder and throws hands from below! Sammy then throws Jericho away! Sammy JUMP KNEES Jericho to a corner! Sammy runs in, is put on the apron, and Jericho ROCKS him! Jericho goes up the other side of the corner! Jericho drags Sammy up to join him, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws hands in return. They both stand on the top rope, to SUPER CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are losing their minds! Sammy crawls to the cover, TWO!!!
Jericho is still in this but Sammy is too sore to be upset. Sammy and Jericho sit up, Jericho goes to ropes but Sammy is right on him. Sammy CHOPS, then whips. Jericho reverses, but Sammy avoids the dropkick! Sammy goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT onto knees!! Jericho counters his own move, and then runs to BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Jericho lines up the shot, Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Jericho grits his teeth, but he also has a sinister grin on his face now. Jericho throws down fists, then he brings Sammy up for a knee to the head! And another! And another! Jericho runs, into a JUMP KNEE!
Sammy torture racks! GO TO HOSPITAL!! But Sammy doesn’t cover!? Sammy goes up the corner instead, takes aim, and SHOOTING STAR- CODE BREAKER!!! Cover, Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall
Sammy gambled and just got busted! Jericho wins, proving why he is the master and Sammy is the apprentice. But the real question is, can these two still be friends? Jericho offers a hand, Sammy accepts, and they hug it out! Fans cheer as Le Sex Gods stick together! But then Sammy LOW BLOWS Jericho?! Jericho falls against Sammy but Sammy shoves him down! And here comes Don Callis?! No, Sammy, no! But Don pats Sammy on the shoulder. Don threw his friendship with Jericho away, and now takes away Jericho’s last friend! Will the Spanish God soon be a wrestling god thanks to the Don Callis Family?
MJF & Adam Cole pull into the parking lot.
The brochachos pull up in an emerald green Porsche, and as he steps out of the car, Maxwell Jacob Friedman calls out Samoa Joe! “I’ve been holding a grudge against you for eight long years. And when you decided to shove me, I took that and I turned it into a little ball, and I put that chip on my shoulder. And tonight, I take that chip and I bash your skull in! See, it was bad enough when you shoved me. But you took, and you took, and you took, and you tried to take away the two things now that are most precious to me: you are trying to take away my AEW World Championship, and you are trying to hurt my brother, Adam Cole.”
That is where Joe messed up. Tonight, MJF will choke Joe out in front of thousands of New Yorkers, MJF’s people! And the last thing Joe is gonna hear as he fades out is… “M! J! F! M! J! F!” Because they’re better than you, and Cole gets a call? It’s Roddy? Seriously? He’s upset but Cole wants him to talk it out. Cole says he still has MJF’s back but this is an emergency. Roddy, relax, you are not gonna die! Cole heads out to talk with Roddy about his neck, and MJF tells Joe, “Your ass is mine.” Will the ROH World Television Champion look to change that with his own two hands?
Backstage interview with Don Callis & Sammy Guevara.
Renee walks up to ask them if this all but confirms that Sammy has joined the Don Callis Family, but Don says not to cut her off, “but all will be revealed this Friday on Rampage. C’mon, kid, we got a lot to celebrate.” The two traitors head out, but then cross paths with Daniel Garcia! Sammy and Danny stare down, and then Sammy asks if he has something to say. Don has Sammy stand down and says Danny is money. For now, the two of them will go. Don gets Sammy outta there, but what are Danny’s feelings? He left the JAS, but is he upset Sammy joined the DCF?
AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes!
The Maniac made it past the human skyscraper that is “Big Bill” Morrissey, but now he has to face what he did to the Immortal Firebird almost a month ago! Will Fenix burn Moxley down? Or will Moxley ace this, game, set and match?
Moxley goes up the ramp so he can drop his belt on top of Fenix’s cape. Moxley taunts Fenix, Fenix storms up after Moxley and CHOPS! Fans fire up as the brawl is on! Moxley ROCKS Fenix, whips him at the ring but Fenix goes up the ropes to JUMP SOBAT! Fans fire up while Moxley flops to the floor. Fenix uses the ramp as a runway to FLY and take Moxley down! Fans lose their minds and Fenix crawls his way over to Moxley. Moxley is dazed but Fenix’s back is sore from that landing. Fenix still stands up and he drags Moxley up. Fenix ROCKS Moxley, CHOPS him against railing, and then puts Moxley in the ring.
The bell finally sounds so this is a match! Fenix baits Moxley, avoids the stomp and then shoulders into Moxley! Fenix slingshots to sunset flip, ONE! Moxley stacks, TWO! Moxley staggers, Fenix kips up and things speed up. Fenix handsprings over the leg sweep! Moxley swings, Fenix catches him to CHOP, knuckle lock, and go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Moxley stands back up and Fenix somersaults, into a FOREARM! Moxley is done playing around, and he runs to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fenix survives the shoutout to the Visionary, but Moxley rains down fists! Moxley then shifts to a cover, TWO!
Moxley has the double wristlock but Fenix fights up with body shots. Moxley facelocks but Fenix powers out to BITE the hand! Fenix BOOTS the punch, CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley pokes the eyes! Moxley whips, Fenix tiger feints but into a BOOT! Fenix flounders to the ramp and then the floor but Moxley pursues. The ring count climbs and Moxley CHOPS Fenix against railing! Moxley dumps Fenix over into the front row! Fans fire up as Fenix drags himself up. Moxley drags Fenix up but Fenix throws body shots! Fenix ROCKS Mox, then pushes him away. Fenix jumps up onto the railing, but Moxley shoves him back down!
Moxley has Fenix on the railing, to DRAPING PARADIGM SHIFT!! Fenix is dazed now and Moxley gets a chair! The ref reprimands so Moxley puts Fenix in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fenix is hanging tough but Moxley eggs him on. Fenix chops but that was nothing, and Moxley BOOTS him! Moxley rains down fists, lets off, and Fenix crawls to a corner. Moxley storms over, brings him up, and clotheslines! Moxley flips fans off, runs in, but Fenix dodges to GAMANGIRI! And GAMANGIRI! And then JUMP SOBAT! Moxley staggers, into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! But Fenix hurries to a corner and goes right up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!
Moxley is still in this but Fenix fires up again. Fans are with him as he runs, but into a KING KONG LARIAT! Moxley roars, fans fire up even more, and then Moxley flips off Fenix. Abrahantes coaches Fenix up, and he kips up to his feet! Fenix dodges Mox to SUPERKICK him out of the ring! Fenix goes out after him, brings him around, and puts him on the railing now! Fenix goes to the apron, then up the corner! Fans are losing their minds already, SUPER FLYING LEG DROP!!! Both men crash down and Dynamite goes picture in picture!
The ref checks both men and they’re somehow okay to continue. Abrahantes coaches Fenix as he and Moxley stir. Moxley crawls to the ring, Fenix follows and pushes him in. Fenix then aims from the apron, springboards, but into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives but Moxley just snarls and storms around. Moxley gets Fenix’s legs, ties them up, and has a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Fenix endures, reaches out, and fans rally as he fights forward. But Moxley shifts to a CLOVERLEAF STF!! Moxley grinds the hold, then shifts to just a facelock. Moxley drags Fenix up, Gotch hold for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fenix survives again and Moxley is fuming! Moxley storms around the ring, Abrahantes coaches Fenix and the fans rally up. Moxley clamps on with a SLEEPER, then drags Fenix up again. Moxley CHOPS Fenix to the corner and Fenix drops to his knees! Moxley stands Fenix up to CHOP again! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley storms around. Fenix sputters, stands, and CHOPS! Moxley forearms, then he puts Fenix back in a corner. Moxley puts Fenix up top, climbs up to join him, but Fenix resists with body shots. Fans rally as Fenix HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Moxley falls, Fenix jumps to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!!
Both men are down and New York is thunderous again! Fenix crawls to a cover, TWO! Fenix drags Moxley up and reels him in but Moxley resists the lift. Fenix CLUBS Moxley, but Moxley Alabama Lifts him! Fenix still CLUBS Moxley, they end up on ropes, and Moxley throws body shots! Moxley DECKS Fenix to the outside! Moxley goes out to run downhill, CURB STOMP ON THE RAMP!! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for the Visionary as Moxley drags Fenix in. Moxley lifts, to stall, and PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fenix survives and fans are thunderous again! Moxley is seething and he drags Fenix back up.
Moxley puts Fenix in a corner, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him, and then hoists Fenix up top. Moxley goes up, underhooks, but Fenix fights! Moxley falls, Fenix adjusts, SWANTON BOMB!! Then Fenix drags Moxley up and fireman’s carries, to BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! HOW?!? Fans call BS, that twitch could NOT have been enough! But Fenix figures F it, BLACK FIRE DRIVER again!!! Cover, FENIX WINS!!
Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)
New York cannot believe it but they are loving it! Moxley’s reign ends after just three defenses, and Fenix has his vengeance! Death Triangle regains the gold once held by The Bastard, will Fenix blaze his own trail with this title? As for Moxley, he is getting checked by medics, what condition will he be in after such an epic fight?
Samoa Joe speaks.
“Oh Maaaax~! You feel it, Max? The night is upon us, a great celebration! Tonight is a night of consequences. And Max, you have run your mouth, you have made your angst known, you have told the world you’ve harbored your grudge against me for eight years.” But MJF better be prepared to hold onto that grudge a little longer, because Joe will smash him from pillar to post, in front of MJF’s people! And tonight, Joe finishes taking what he was trying to take from MJF all those years ago. But it won’t be MJF’s future, it’ll be his championship. We’ve already seen the landscape shift, will the One True King of Wrestling Television add to that?
AEW takes a closer look at the ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders match.
Matt Hardy says that Friday on Rampage: Grand Slam, he and Jeff will compete in a match, with the winners going on to face MJF & Adam Cole for the ROH World Tag Team Championships at WrestleDream! But Matt Taven says they are the OGK, and the Melvins will put respect on the name of The Kingdom. Mike says that they do three things this Friday: Punch ’em in the wiener; hit ’em with piledrivers; and become the #1 Contenders! Best Friends join in, and Trent says this is one more shot for the boys to go on and get another shot to win the big one. Chuck knows MJF & Cole say they’re best friends, but we all know there is only one set of Best Friends that matter, and it’s these two!
Vincent says that a long time ago, being crazy meant something. But now, everybody’s crazy! The Righteous is here to purify AEW, and it starts this Friday on Rampage. Dig what they’re saying? It’s a Fatal 4 of four powerful teams, but who will come away with those golden tickets to Seattle?
AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm!
The Outcasts used to be a strong trio within the AEW Women’s Division, but this very title is what tore apart the friendship of The Knight and the Lightning. Saraya won an All In London Fatal 4 to become champion, but Storm won the Fatal 4 to earn this match! Will Storm complete the #PortraitofaStar with some gold? Or will this Knight still reign?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the real star of the AEW Women’s Division!
The bell rings and Storm wants a hug? Saraya says no, she’s crazy as a loon and totally betrayed The Outcasts! Storm still offers, so Saraya SLAPS her! Fans boo and Storm looks hurt emotionally. Saraya SLAPS Storm again and says Storm is nothing without Saraya! “You need me! YOU NEED ME!” Then she SLAPS Storm again! So now Storm smiles? Saraya is confused, but Storm CHPOS her! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Ruby shouts from the apron but Storm rushes over! Storm avoids Ruby’s cheap shot to CHOP her down! But Saraya BOOTS Storm down! Fans boo but Saraya tells Storm she’s a stupid cow!
Saraya has Storm on ropes, goes to the apron, and fires off knee after knee after knee! Storm flops to the floor and Saraya soaks up the heat. But then Storm trips Saraya up! Saraya hits the apron, Storm pushes her back in the ring. Storm sees Ruby standing there, and she goes under the ring? What in the world? The ref goes to check with Saraya, Storm sticks her feet out and Ruby drags her out from under there. Storm has SHOES! She kicks Ruby, then SLAPS her with those slippers! Fans fire up and Storm goes back to the ring. The ref says drop the shoe, then snatches the slipper away. But he misses the HIGH HEEL SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!
Storm is furious that Saraya survives! Storm argues with the ref then throws a fit as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Storm drags Saraya into ropes, drapes her out, to DRAPING DDT to the ramp!! Ruby rushes up to check Saraya, her neck is a major issue for her. Storm is torn between remorse and rage, but Saraya seems okay to continue. So Storm drags her in through the ropes, to DRAPING DDT again!! Cover, TWO!! Saraya survives and Storm seethes. Storm storms around, pursues Saraya out of the ring, but tells Ruby to back off. But that distraction allows Saraya to BOOT Storm! Saraya then SMACKS Storm off the desk! Storm staggers and flounders away, then Saraya CLUBS her! Saraya scowls as she stands Storm up to CHOP!
Saraya pushes Storm into the ring, tells fans off, then hops back in. But Storm ROCKS her! And CLUBS her! And CHPOS her! Saraya goes to a corner, Storm hoists her up top, and then ROCKS her! Storm climbs, Saraya hits back, they brawl up top! Storm CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS, then stands Saraya up. Saraya fights back with body shots, and she CLUBS away on Storm now! Saraya adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Dynamite returns to single picture! Ruby is furious while Saraya argues with the ref. Fans boo as Ruby tries to start a Saraya chant.
Saraya sits Storm up but Storm hits first! Saraya hits back, Storm hits again! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans fire up as Storm just HAMMERS away! Fans are thunderous for Storm and she grabs a turnbuckle. Storm rips the pad right off! The ref takes that but the buckle is still exposed. And then Storm gets the spray paint! Ruby snatches that away, payback for that TBS Championship screw job! The ref argues with Ruby, then with Storm, and Ruby rolls the can to Saraya! Saraya SPRAYS Storm in the face!! KNIGHT CAP!! Cover, TWO?!?! Storm survives the flashback to All In!
New York is thunderous but Saraya is furious! Saraya slaps Storm around, drags her up, and bumps her off buckles! And again! And then she considers the bare buckle. Saraya sits Storm in the corner but Ruby wants her to finish this! Saraya stomps but Storm blocks! Storm sets the foot down, to KISS Saraya!? And then reel her in! STORM ZERO!!! Cover, TWO!?! Storm’s kiss goodbye didn’t finish this! But Storm puts Saraya in the corner, against that bare buckle! Storm goes to the far corner, says “I’m sorry, I love you.” SWEET HIP- NO, Saraya moves and the buckle gets Storm in the booty! Saraya reels Storm in and onto the ropes, DRAPING KNIGHT CAP!!! Cover, Saraya wins!!
Winner: Saraya, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)
Saraya shouts that Storm forced her to do that! Storm reaches out, but The Outcasts leave her behind. Will Saraya & Soho move on from Storm to conquer the entire AEW Women’s Division?
BREAKING NEWS for Rampage: Grand Slam!
Considering it is a TWO HOUR special edition for Arthur Ashe, there’s more action to be had! And in a Mixed Trios match, Kris Statlander joins #OrangeHook to take on Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker! Will the TBS Champion, the FTW Champion and Freshly Squeezed prove why they’re The Galaxy’s Greatest? Or will they owe some title shots to the sports… enner-tay-ners?
Then Skye Blue takes on Julia Hart in a battle of two young and hungry stars wanting their shot at some gold! Plus, after making a comeback at All In London, after sharing his side of the story, Mike Santana gets back in the ring! Will he blaze a trail to the top, all by himself?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
On top of the TNT Championship “Triple Threat” of Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin, Andrade El Idolo accepts Jay White’s challenge from last Saturday! Will the Latin Idol learn what it means to Breathe With The Switchblade? Then Rob Van Dam competes in his home state of Michigan, FTR defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships against The Workhorsemen, and Bryan Danielson gives Ricky Starks his rematch, in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH! With as much blood as was shed at All Out, how much more violent will the American Dragon and Absolute go?
AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe!
It’s the moment of truth! After watching the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Maxwell Jacob Friedman was very… happy(?) to see that the King of Wrestling TV won the right to have this match. MJF threw some Steiner math at Joe but now it’s time to put it to the test! Will the hometown antihero finally have his revenge? Or will we soon be calling him #TwoBeltJoe?
MJF’s entrance is an homage to Bret Hart and Mean Joe Greene. A kid shouts out to MJF, tells him to go get ’em, champ, and then MJF nods and gives the kid his scarf. And also whispers something before heading out. What’d he say? That the kid’s adopted?! Anyway… The introductions are made, the Triple B is raised, and we see who finishes Dynamite with a Grand Slam!
The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already for MJF. MJF and Joe circle, feel things out, and then Joe kicks a leg! MJF backs away to a corner, resets with Joe, and they feel things out again. Fans chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” but Joe just smirks. They circle, Joe corners MJF but the ref has him back off. So MJF pokes Joe in the eye! MJF hops on for a SLEEPER, but Joe THROWS MJF down! MJF clutches his neck, and conspicuous by his absence is Adam Cole. Was Roddy’s “emergency” more engrossing than Cole thought? Joe looms over MJF as MJF sits up, and MJF stands to say he’s okay. Joe CLUBS him down for it!
Joe stomps MJF, fans boo, but Joe stomps MJF on the neck! MJF goes to a corner, Joe JABS and JABS and JABS! Joe sits MJF down, then RIDGEHANDS him down! Fans boo but Joe just says “SUCK IT!” Joe eggs MJF on, drags him from the corner, and clamps on a neck wrench! MJF endures the torture but the fans rally up behind him. MJF fights up, throws body shots, but Joe throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Joe drags MJF up to atomic drop! Joe runs but MJF dodges the boot! MJF kicks, Joe blocks and MJF apologizes, only to poke Joe in the eyes again! MJF jumps on for a SLEEPER!
Joe RAMS MJF into buckles! Joe is free, and he runs to BOOT! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Joe paces, not at all bothered. Joe then drags MJF up, but MJF JABS, throat chops, and runs at the corner, into the “SIT YO ASS DOWN!” URENAGE! Joe paces while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Now Joe covers, ROPEBREAK! MJF saves himself by fingertips but Joe just drags him to the outside. Joe CLUBS MJF against the apron! MJF sputters, Joe drags him out and whips him hard into railing! MJF falls in a heap and Joe mockingly applauds. Joe then storms back over, drags MJF back up and puts him back in the ring. Joe CLUBS MJF again and MJF flounders away. Joe hurries in after MJF, CHOKES him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. MJF sputters, only for Joe to KICK him in the side! Joe paces, drags MJF up, and snapmares to then neck wrench again! MJF endures all over again but the fans still rally.
MJF fights up, using Joe’s twisting for leverage, and he throws body shots! MJF runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! MJF is hanging in there but Joe keeps his cool. Joe drags MJF up and puts him in a corner to JAB! JAB! JAB! And CHOP! MJF leans against ropes and the ref reprimands Joe, but Joe JABS MJF again as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally as hard as they can for MJF and he fires forearms back! Joe HEADBUTTS, then he hoists MJF up top! Joe tucks MJF in but MJF sunset flips! Stack cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! MJF learned that one from his brochacho! But Joe stays up, so MJF short arm LARIATS!
Joe is still up so MJF LARIATS again! Joe is still up, so MJF runs to LARIAT! That takes as much out of MJF as it does Joe, but fans are thunderous as MJF goes again. Joe LARIATS MJF down!! Cover, TWO!! Joe is getting annoyed now but he rips MJF’s new shirt up! Then he wipes his butt with it and throws it down on MJF! Fans boo and MJF is furious, that was his loving tribute to the New York MLB legacy! Joe gives scuffing kicks and toying pie faces. MJF is getting mad now! Joe HEADBUTTS, and MJF just glares at him! Joe SLAPS MJF, then CLUBS him! MJF fires off forearms!
Joe puts MJF in the corner, but MJF dodges to CLAW the back, and bump Joe off buckles again and again and again! Fans count all the way to TEN! MJF goes up to then rain down fists! Fans count all the way to nine, because then MJF BITES Joe’s head!! The ref reprimands, Joe shoves MJF away, but MJF backflips and lands perfectly!! MJF has New York all fired up as he takes the kangaroo stance! KANGAROO KICK!! Joe flops out of the ring, MJF kips up and shakes the ropes! Fans are thunderous but MJF stops because his neck bothers him again. The chants of “M J F! M J F!” gets MJF back to his feet!
MJF pounds the mat, fans rally, and MJF builds speed! No doubts this time, MJF DIVE into a GAMANGIRI! Joe goes up to get MJF on the apron, fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!! Joe then laughs as he watches MJF down on the floor! Joe drags MJF up while fans boo, and Joe puts MJF in the ring. Cover, TWO!! MJF is still in this and the fans are thunderous again! Joe is amused, but also rather frustrated. Joe goes out, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans are torn but they do love tables! Joe puts that table against railing, then drags MJF out of the ring! The ref reprimands but Joe brings MJF over.
Joe clinches, and URENAGES MJF through the table!! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Joe just laughs again. Joe drags MJF up out of the wreckage, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO?!?!? MJF survives and the fans are thunderous again! Joe nods, he might even respect the fighting spirit. But now he pulls padding off the concrete floor!! Joe drags MJF out of the ring again, the ref reprimands, and they go to the bare floor! But MJF fights free, to BITE Joe’s leg!! Fans fire up as MJF lets off that, to reel Joe in! But MJF’s neck won’t let him lift Joe! Joe kicks MJF, reels him back in, and gets him up to PILEDRIVER to the concrete!!!
Fans are losing their minds and the ref freaks out! The medics check MJF but Joe just has an evil smile on his face! Joe looms over MJF but the ref has him back off. Joe doesn’t care, he SWATS and BOOTS medics and security! Joe drags MJF up and into the ring! Joe figures he can pay the finds once he has two champ checks! Cover, TWO!??!?! Joe is stunned!! Devil or not, MJF is not human!! Joe drags MJF up, and he says MJF better give up or else. MJF SPITS in Joe’s face! So Joe DECKS MJF!! Joe then drags MJF back to his feet, runs, and LARI- NO, MJF slips through, reels Joe in, and manages a POWERBOMB?!?! Cover, TWO!!!!
The fans are electric as both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as Joe and MJF stir! Joe sits up, as does MJF. They stand, and Joe CHOPS! Joe runs, but MJF ROCKS him with a forearm! Joe CHOPS, but MJF seethes to forearm! They go shot for shot, MJF SUPERKICKS! Joe ROCKS MJF! And again, and again, and again! Joe runs one more time, but MJF gets around to a SLEEPER! But Joe gets around, to a COQUINA! MJF grabs at the ref, and then LOW BLOW MULE KICKS in the distraction!! Fans fire up as MJF gets away from Joe. MJF then gets his Dynamite Diamond Ring out! MJF gives it a kiss and puts it on the pinkie!
MJF runs in, but Joe puts the ref in the way! The ref sees the diamond ring and confiscates it! Then Joe LOW BLOWS MJF!! Joe puts MJF up top, tuck shim in, MUSCLE BUSTER!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?!? Joe can’t even explain it!! The fans are volcanic as Joe drags MJF back up, into a SLEEPER!! MJF flails, reaches out, but Joe is leaning on him! The hand falls once! But wait! Here comes Adam Cole!! Cole coaches MJF on but the hand falls twice! Cole pounds the mat, fans rally up even harder, and MJF comes back to life!! MJF fights up and again Joe can’t explain it! MJF stands to BITE the arm!!
Joe lets go, MJF victory rolls! TWO!! MJF hurries to have a SLEEPER of his own!! Joe fights up, and he RAMS MJF into a corner! The ref had to bail out to avoid the impact! Cole distracts Joe on the apron, MJF undoes some wrist tape, and MJF CHOKES Joe with the wrist tape garrote!!! MJF hides it inside the sleeper!! The ref revives, MJF has Joe in body scissors!! The ref checks, Joe is OUT! MJF wins!!
Winner: MJF, by submission (still AEW World Champion)
MJF hides the evidence in his armpit, but then it falls out as the ref raises his hand in victory! MJF keeps the ref distracted and Cole takes care of truly hiding the evidence. MJF and Cole hug to celebrate, Cole had MJF’s back in the end. But Joe knows it, and he shoves Cole! MJF gets in the way to keep this from getting worse. Joe snarls, but he offers a handshake? MJF is wary, he knows all the tricks in the book, but fans want to see it. MJF takes the handshake, and there is now respect instead of a grudge. Will the One True King of Wrestling Television have to settle for defending his one crown?
As for the brochachos, they stand together with all their belts! The medics still check with MJF, that neck has to be killing him. With both the AEW World Championship and the ROH World Tag Team Championship around his waist, how long can MJF keep this up?
An awesome Dynamite for Grand Slam 2023, with the right balance of action and talking. A little surprised they didn’t open with the International Championship, but the Winner Takes All match was a great choice all the same. The right choice was made here with Eddie winning the ROH World Championship. Claudio doesn’t have to worry about going to ROH tapings when he only did so rarely, and Eddie can go back and forth between ROH and NJPW Strong, just as I’ve been saying since this match was teased. Then speaking of the International Championship, it was awesome stuff, but clearly, there was something along the lines of a concussion there with Moxley. Fenix wasn’t supposed to win, but winning the title given the injury makes sense. And hopefully Moxley is alright.
Jericho VS Sammy was great, and it was very surprising that Jericho won clean. But in the end, that’s because Sammy was gonna turn on him and join Don Callis! I like that Daniel Garcia’s part in this story is to now be the one member of the former JAS that left Jericho behind, who might now return to his side. Garcia VS Guevara is going to be great stuff, and at least there’s now more than two people in the Don Callis Family. Still waiting on Kota Ibushi responding to Don & Konosuke claiming they’re gonna end his career.
Really good promo from Christian Cage & Luchasaurus, but uh, isn’t having a TNT Championship match on Collision after the Rampage tag match a little too soon? Though, given Christian is only making such a match so he and Luchasaurus can beat down Darby and one of them still has the title is definitely more TV programming than PPV programming. Then maybe Darby gets a proper title rematch at WrestleDream to add another hometown wrestler to the card. The ROH World Six Man Tag Championships being the Rampage main event is great for the building story of Swerve VS Hangman, and might actually give Mogul Embassy a chance to retain.
Great title match from Saraya VS Storm, with great character work and references back to the previous matches. But as such, of course Ruby helps Saraya retain, and who knows where Storm goes from here. Good promo to set up the Tag Team Fatal 4 Way, but I still feel The Kingdom wins that to then challenge MJF & Cole. Great promo from The Kingdom with Roddy and Cole, and how that tied into Cole not being around for most of MJF VS Joe. Good promos from MJF and Joe, too, and we got a PPV worthy title match. MJF has now reached that Eddie Guerrero level where he can cheat and do Heel things but is still Face because the fans love him. As such, MJF wins, and it is great to see Joe show him respect.
Joe will still have plenty to do with his ROH TV title, and now I think AEW really commits to how Roddy & The Kingdom will get in between MJF & Cole, take those tag titles, and then MJF VS Cole Round 3 happens at like Full Gear to settle things once and for all.
My Score: 9/10
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