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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/11/23)

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Who is the One True Mami of Monday Nights?

Raquel Rodriguez and Rhea Ripley have a rematch for the Women’s World Championship here on Raw, with Dominik Mysterio BANNED from ringside!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jey Uso & Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ Dominik Mysterio; Finn & Priest win.
  • The Miz VS Akira Tozawa; The Miz wins.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Xavier Woods; McIntyre wins.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven; Shayna wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Imperium VS Tommaso Ciampa & The Alpha Academy w/ Maxxine Dupri; Ciampa & The Alpha Academy win.
  • WWE Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Rodriguez; Rhea wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jey Uso is here!

Norfolk, Virginia fires up as Main Event Jey heads to the ring! They bounce and wave their hands with Jey, and then Jey gets the mic. Fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” then shift to “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jey says “Hey, hey! Main Event Jey Uso is now in your city! It feels good to be out the Bloodline and be on my own. But most importantly, it feels real good to be right here on Monday Night Raw!” Fans cheer that, but here comes Kevin Owens! Sami Zayn was very welcoming last week, but what about The Prizefighter? Kevin joins Jey in the ring and gets a mic of his own. Jey paces while fans chant for “K O! K O!” and the two stare down.

Kevin says, “I think what you meant to say at the beginning there is that Jey Uso is now on the Kevin Owens Show.” Fans are torn there, but Kevin says, “Look, man. I’ve been exactly where you are right now. Same situation, same place.” Kevin knows what Jey’s going through. Kevin is man enough to admit it that he did a lot of bad things to a lot of good people, and soon found himself needing to make a change. And when Kevin tried to do all that, make up for everything he did, it was hard. It took awhile to earn people’s respect and trust again. In fact, some people still don’t respect or trust him! But that’s fine. So Kevin knows and understands.

But to say this, Drew McIntyre and Matt Riddle are just two out of a LOT of people who don’t want Jey here. There are people Kevin doesn’t talk to, ever, and they’re the ones coming up to Kevin saying that Jey doesn’t belong in the locker room and they should do something about it. So to tell it straight, this ain’t gonna be easy. But hey, it’s great! Cody Rhodes is willing to give Jey a chance, and Sami welcomed Jey with open arms. Fans cheer that, but Kevin wants Jey to look at him. That’s it! That’s all of ’em. If Jey wants to earn trust and respect, then he has a long way to go just to earn Kevin’s, to prove he’s not the same scumbag he was when running with the Bloodline.

But wait! The Judgment Day makes their way out here! Finn Balor says, “Whoa, whoa, whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa! I don’t believe what I’m hearing. Nobody speaks to Main Event Jey Uso like that! Jey, why do you have to prove yourselves to Kevin Owens? Cuz you don’t have to prove yourself to me! Why? Because Grand Slam Finn respects you. Just like the entire Judgment Day respects you!” Priest tells Kevin that he doesn’t speak for the locker room, and definitely doesn’t speak for the Judgment Day, because they run the show. Finn, Priest & Dom get in the ring, and Priest tells Jey that he understands if Jey needs more time to make up his mind.

Just know that the Judgment Day door is always open, just walk through it. But not for nothing, Dom said no like a thousand times. Fans boo Dom and Priest says they can do that all they want, but this is the best version of Dom. And he’s a champion! Dom himself raises a mic and the fans already start booing him like crazy! Dom still says, “The Judgment Day, they’ve always been there through my lowest of lows, and highest of highs.” Fans just keep raining down the boos but Dom wants Jey to know that they can be there for him, too. Dom tells the fans to shut up, and says they’ll be there for Jey, especially when someone like Kevin questions Jey’s character.

Priest says this is enough. They came out here because they thought there was a match with Kevin and Sami, but what happened? Where is Sami? Yeah, that’s why Kevin is here. Sami is not, but that doesn’t matter. Kevin will fight all of them if he has to. Jey says hey, no, don’t worry, he’s here. If Kevin wants Jey’s respect and trust, then they should make it Main Event Jey & KO VS Judgment Day! Fans like the sound of that! The Judgment Day is upset, but Kevin is speechless. Kevin says alright, let’s do it! Jey SUPERKICKS Dom! Kevin and Jey then fire off on Priest and Finn! Kevin kicks Priest out, Jey TOSSES Finn! Fans are ready, this match happens after the break!

Jey Uso & Kevin Owens VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ Dominik Mysterio!

Raw returns and the bell rings as Jey and Priest start. They tie up, Priest puts Jey in the corner, and he lets off slowly. Fans chant for “UCEY! UCEY!” while Priest says this doesn’t have to go down this way. Tag to Finn, and Finn offers a handshake. Jey slaps it away! They tie up, Finn waistlocks and SLAMS Jey down! Finn headlocks and grinds Jey down, but Jey fights up to pry out of the hold. Jey headlocks, Finn powers him to ropes, and fans chant “UCE! OH!” Finn lets off slowly, fakes a punch, and says he respects Jey too much for a cheap shot. Jey UPPERCUTS Finn anyway! Fans fire up and Jey wrenches Finn to tag in Kevin.

Fans cheer as Jey whips and ELBOWS Finn, and Kevin SENTONS! Fans rally as Kevin storms up on Finn. Finn kicks low then fires body shots in the corner. Finn lets off and Kevin fires off haymakers! Kevin whips, Finn reverses but Kevin turns back drop into DDT! Cover, TWO! Kevin CLUBS Finn, knees him low, then scoops, but Finn slips free to CHOP BLOCK! Finn drags Kevin over, tags Priest, and Priest stomps Kevin’s leg. Priest paces around Kevin, drags him up and ROCKS him with a right! Kevin hobbles but Priest kicks and stomps him into the open corner. Fans boo as Priest stands Kevin up, but Kevin fires hands!

Priest ROCKS Kevin, has the leg again, but Kevin ENZIGURIS! Kevin hobbles, hot tag to Jey! Jey goes up to CROSSBODY Priest down! Cover, ONE!! Priest staggers to a corner, Jey storms up to wrench an arm. Priest kicks low, KICKS and KICKS and has Jey on his knees. Priest stands Jey up, spins, but Jey UPPERCUTS! Priest rebounds but Jey dodges to SAMOAN DROP! Jey hurries after Priest but he bails out. Finn runs in, Jey kicks and TOSSES him! Jey builds speed and he FLIES! Direct hit on Finn & Priest at the ramp! But Dom CHOP BLOCKS Kevin while the ref isn’t watching! Fans boo Dirty Dom while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Kevin fires hands! Priest shoves him back then LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO! Kevin is hanging tough but Priest tags Finn. They isolate the bad leg to stomp it some more, then Finn sits Kevin up. Finn ELBOWS Kevin int he head, then grinds a chinlock on. Fans rally for Kevin as he endures, and Kevin fights up to his feet. Kevin reaches out but Finn knees low and throw shim down! But Kevin avoids the elbow drop! Tag to Jey! Jey KICKS Priest, ROCKS Finn with haymaker after haymaker, then he pops, locks and DECKS Finn! Jey whips Finn to ropes, Finn ducks ‘n’ dodges but still runs into a fireman’s carry!

Finn RAKES eyes, blocks a kick, but the DRAGON WHIP KICK hits! Finn ends up in a corner and fans fire up as Jey aims. “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jey runs in to HIP- NO, Finn moves and Jey hits buckles! Trip and DOUBLE STOMP! Fans boo Finn as he takes aim, runs in, but Jey turns slingblade into NECKBREAKER! Priest gets in but gets a SUPERKICK! Finn rolls Jey up! TWO, and Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey hurries up the corner! Fans fire up and Jey USO SPLASHES onto knees!! A bit double-edged for Finn but better than taking the full force! Fans rally as the two crawl, hot tags to Priest and Kevin!

Kevin dodges Priest to fire off haymakers! And then he stomps a mudhole in at the corner! Fans fire up with Kevin and he goes corner to corner for the- NOJ, the bad leg stops him! Priest choke grips but Kevin slips free! Kevin BOOTS Priest away, reels him in, TORANDO DDT!! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Dom is relieved, but Kevin won’t stop there. Kevin hobbles back to a corner, fans rally up for him and he goes up the corner. Priest rises up to UPPERCUT! Priest then climbs up after Kevin but Kevin fights back! Kevin HEADBUTTS Priest, and again, and again! Priest falls back, but he tags Finn!

Finn GAMANGIRIS Kevin! Finn roars, climbs, and he brings Kevin up! But Kevin makes that a SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Fans are thunderous and Dom is freaking out! Kevin crawls to the cover, Priest breaks it!! Fans are going nuts again but Jey gets in to have Priest! Priest ROCKS Jey! Kevin kicks Priest but is denied the stunner! Jey reloads, but Priest dodges, the SUPERKICK hits Kevin!! Jey is stunned, but he dodges Priest. Priest still clotheslines Jey and himself out of the ring! Finn is back up top, to COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Judgment Day wins!

Winners: Finn Balor & Damian Priest, by pinfall

The Undisputed Tag Team Champions use Jey and Kevin against each other and come away with the victory! Jey tries to apologize but Kevin doesn’t seem very receptive. Has Jey lost Kevin’s trust along with the match?

 

Natalya talks with Raquel Rodriguez backstage.

We don’t get to hear the advice the Queen of Harts is giving Big Mami Cool, but they both know Rhea Ripley well, so surely they’re comparing notes. Will Raquel be able to rip the Women’s World title away from The Eradicator once and for all?

 

Kevin Owens makes it backstage.

Jey wants to talk with him and says that’s on him, sorry. Kevin is not in the mood to hear it, because he knows everything he has to know! Go find the NEW Bloodline! Dye your hair purple even, Uce! Kevin angrily hobbles away and Jey is upset Kevin won’t accept the reality of what happened. Will anyone ever give Jey the benefit of the doubt?

 

Imperium arrives backstage.

Giovanni Vinci drives the car in, and he and Ludwig Kaiser get the door for Der Ring General. They’re all dressed to the nines, but will the Intercontinental Champion’s celebration of himself go off without a hitch?

 

WWE wants us to #NeverForget.

9/11/2001. A day that changed so many lives through the needless loss of many lives.

 

The Miz VS Akira Tozawa!

The Hollywood A-Lister is going to get the rematch with LA Knight he so dramatically demanded soon enough, but he’s getting a different rematch here tonight. Will Miz bring down the Stamina Monster now that there’s no distractions? Or will Miz still look past Tozawa because he’s obsessed with The Mega Star?

Raw returns and Tozawa makes his entrance. The bell rings and Miz runs in! Tozawa dodges, and Miz is fuming. They go again, Tozawa ducks ‘n’ dodges to fire off KICK after KICK! Miz shoves Tozawa but Tozawa hits a RANA! And then a DROPKICK! Tozawa runs in but into a BOOT! Miz then rains down fists on Tozawa! Miz drags Tozawa onto ropes to CHOKE him while fans taunt his “TINY BALLS!” Miz runs to STRADDLE ATTACK, and he shouts that they’re “MASSIVE!” Miz storms over to Tozawa, waits on him to sit up, and he KICKS Tozawa down! Miz paces around, Tozawa sits up, and Miz KICKS him down again!

Miz waits, Tozawa sits up again, so Miz KICKS him down! Miz then aims from the corner, runs in, BUZZSAW! Fans boo but Miz just scowls as he mule kicks Tozawa down! Miz looms over Tozawa, pulls on an ear and drags Tozawa up, but Tozawa CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Fans fire up but Miz knees low! Miz whips Tozawa out of the ring but Tozawa lands on the apron! Fans rally as Tozawa GAMANGIRIS Miz! Miz wobbles, comes back, avoids the shoulder and KICKS! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Miz scowls and powers up, “MASSIVE! BALLS!” Miz drags Tozawa up, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!

Miz drags Tozawa up to hit another SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Fans boo but Miz drags Tozawa up again. “M! I! Z!” A third SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Miz wins!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall

The A-Lister has sent a message to the Mega Star, but the response will be this Friday on SmackDown! Will Knight beat Miz twice? Or will Miz find a way to turn this all around on Knight?

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Rodriguez.

Byron Saxton is with Ricky Desperado and says at Payback, she nearly dethroned Rhea. But now with no Dirty Dom allowed, what thoughts are flowing as she prepares for this rematch for the Women’s World Championship? Raquel says to be honest, Rhea might be the most dominant woman to ever step into the ring. Her strength and brutality are unlike anything we’ve seen. Rhea has taken over the entire Women’s Division, because the opponents lose to fear before the bell ever rings. But not Raquel. Raquel is not like most people. Rhea knows it, and Dom won’t be there to help her. Tonight, Rhea gets a lesson that reality is worse than a nightmare.

Tonight, Rhea won’t be the tallest, the strongest, and she damn sure won’t be the angriest in that ring! Rhea gets a taste of her own medicine, and we’ll just see who walks out the champion! Big Mami Cool is ready, but will she be the Alpha Mami after tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler.

Jackie Redmond is with the Queen of Spades and brings up her defeating the rather formidable Zoey Stark. Shayna stops it there. She’ll admit, Stark surprised her. Nine outta ten times, Shayna puts the Kirafuda on, and the person taps immediately. But Stark- Chelsea Green walks in and says the way Shayna beat Stark was just like how she beat Ronda Rousey at SummerSlam and sent her packing. Just amazing! Speaking of amazing, surely you’ve heard, Piper Niven is still not medically cleared, so Chelsea is looking for another amazing partner. So Chelsea was thinking as champion to champion, peer to peer, wanna be partners?

Oh, peers? Chelsea thinks she and Shayna are peers? How about this? Shayna will meet Chelsea in the ring and she will show Chelsea limb by limb how big the gap is between them. Shayna heads out, Chelsea says she’ll find someone t- OH, Piper! You’re back! Chelsea’s so glad to see you! She totally knew she would. So does this mean- Piper takes her Women’s Tag Team Championship belt and says yeah, she’s medically cleared. The Hot Mess got through that somehow, but will she have to mind the gap before just jumping ship again?

 

Imperium heads to the ring!

Vinci & Ludwig lead the way to prepare things, the celebration of Gunther’s truly historic reign begins after the break.

Raw returns and Ludwig says, “Ladies and gentlemen. I demand all your gratitude…! For the longest reigning Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion in history…! Derrrrrr RING GENERAL~! GUUUUNTHEEERR~!” And with that, the champion makes his entrance. Fans are torn but Gunther has a very proud smile on his face. Gunther stands on a pedestal and raises the belt and gets pyro! Ludwig then hands the microphone over and Gunther grins as he says in German that Der Ring General is glad to be here. And then in English, he says that to the surprise of absolutely no one, Gunther has rewritten history!

Gunther says he is now officially THE longest reigning and greatest Intercontinental Champion in WWE history! But first, and seriously, this all means a lot to him. He wants to share some words about all the legends that held this title before him. “You contributed absolutely nothing. I elevated this championship to heights never seen before! An das far as I understand, I’m running a little bit out of competition here. It sounds like I’m only competing against myself!” But then “SHOOOOOSH!” Fans fire up for Chad Gable as he makes his way out here! Gable tells Gunther that last week, they had a main event for the ages. The world won’t stop talking about it!

Gable woke up this morning, still feeling that match. But here we are, a week later, and Gunther is the one celebrating. Gunther is the one entering the history books. Gable congratulates Gunther. Gunther invites Gable to joint hem in the ring to say what he wants to say. Gable tells Gunther that last week, he saw a look in Gunther’s eyes, and on his face after the match. It told Gable all he needed to know. That look told Gable that out of all the great superstars Gunther beat to hold onto that title, nobody pushed him, nobody came as close to beating him, as Gable did. Fans cheer that! But Gable also says Gunther’s face wasn’t the only one he saw that night.

Gable saw the faces of his entire family at ringside. He saw the tears rolling down the cheeks of his oldest daughter, tears that Gunther caused! Now, Gable wouldn’t expect Gunther to understand what that feels like. You’d have to be a parent to know what that feels like to watch your own children weeping right before your eyes! But what Gunther has done is light a fire inside Gable. And a fire that won’t burn out until Gable makes this all right! Gable wants Gunther to understand: Gable beat Gunther once, and he can do it again. Fans cheer that!

Gable doesn’t know when, where or how, but he will get another opportunity at the title! And then, for himself, for his career, and for his family, Gable swears to GOD he will win that title!! Fans really cheer that! And he also swears to God, his daughter will walk out with a smile on her face!  Gunther chuckles at Gable wanting another opporutnity. For what? To drag his family from home to make them see the biggest beating of Gable’s life? Is that what he wants? Using his children as bait to get spotlight? Yes, Gable did push Gunther to his limit. And he is a fantastic athlete. But he is a disgusting, terrible father!!

Fans boo, but Gable throws hands! But this is 3v1 with Ludwig & Vinci fighting back! They set Gable up for a CHOP! But here comes OTIS!! Otis runs in, he gets swarmed, but he DUMPS Ludwig & Vinci out! Gunther swings, Otis hits back! But Gunther LARIATS Otis! Gable is up and he fires off again! But Gunther CHOPS him down all the same! Ludwig & Vinci are back, they beat Gable AND Otis down! 3v2, but wait! CIAMPA!? Tommaso Ciampa has his chair and he takes a swing! Gunther & Imperium retreat, but it seems they have the Psycho Killer aiming for them now! Will Ciampa earn his shot at Gunther next?

 

Drew McIntyre meets with Xavier Woods.

Woods asks what’s going on with The Scottish Warrior and everything. What does Woods mean? Uh, the part about the chair. Oh, right, that. McIntyre apologized, Woods accepted, he thought they got past it. Yeah, no, they are good. Woods is more confused as to the trash talk on Kofi. McIntyre sighs, and he says what he said, he has a lot on his mind. If Kofi has an issue, maybe he can grow a pair and meet McIntyre about it. Woods keeps McIntyre from leaving and says he came to talk man to man. Now McIntyre’s going to turn his back on him, talk bad on him and Kofi?

Oh, okay, Woods gets it now. This is jealousy! Jealous that Kofi got his world title at a Mania with 82,000 screaming fans and McIntyre won his in an empty arena. That keeps him up at night, huh? McIntyre gets right in Woods’ face. McIntyre says he knows what Woods is up to. Woods wants to fight, but McIntyre doesn’t want to hurt him. Woods says that oh, big bad McIntyre thinks he’s gonna run through Woods. Well, you said it, not him. But if Woods wants to get beat up, then he has a match. And whatever happens tonight will not be an accident. McIntyre heads out, will he use his Claymore to chop down Woods?

 

Ciampa regroups with The Alpha Academy.

Jackie brings up the encounter we saw just earlier, and we didn’t think these two would together. Can any of them offer an explanation? Ciampa tells Jackie that last week, he met with Adam Pearce and Pearce told him to seize the moment. Gunther was celebrating as the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time, ain’t no bigger moment than that. And at least Gable did something. Gable says he hates Imperium! And this ain’t over by a long shot! Wait. Otis has an idea! Tonight, the three of them and Imperium in a Six Man Tag match of carnage! Well, Gable was a little worried but he does like that idea. What does Ciampa say?

Ciampa nods and heads out! Will Gunther’s big night be turned into a nightmare?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Xavier Woods!

Raw returns and McIntyre makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They approach, Woods dodges to CHOP and ROCK, but McIntyre puts him in a corner! Woods dodges, fires off more shots, but McIntyre puts him in another corner. Woods dodges to DROPKICK, then he fires off forearms! Woods climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, but McIntyre stops that at four. McIntyre shoves Woods but Woods RAMS into McIntyre! GLASGOW KISS! Woods is down and McIntyre shakes out his head. McIntyre then deadlift suplexes and THROWS Woods! Woods flounders, McIntyre storms over, and he drags Woods up.

McIntyre CHOPS Woods off his feet! Fans “WOO~!” and McIntyre looms over Woods again. McIntyre stands Woods up to whip to ropes, but Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides, to then ROLLING ELBOW! And mule kick! And CHOP! That just pisses McIntyre off! He CLOBBERS Woods! McIntyre shakes his head, runs in, but Woods TOSSES McIntyre out! Woods builds speed to WRECK McIntyre with a dropkick! Woods then gets back int he ring, to PLANCHA, but McIntyre catches him! To TOSS Woods over the desk! Michael Cole & Wade Barrett get clear, and McIntyre snarls as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and McIntyre has Woods up top to fire off hands! Fans count along, McIntyre winds up, and gets number TEN! McIntyre then fireman’s carries Woods!? Woods fights, flails, and sunset flips! SUPER SUNSET BOMB!! Woods hurries up top and SUPER LEG DROPS!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and fans fire up! Woods brings McIntyre up, tries to fireman’s carry, but McIntyre fights it! McIntyre shoves Woods to a corner, runs in but into an elbow! Woods HONOR- NO, the roll is caught to an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! McIntyre rushes up to clinch and OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY again!

Woods staggers up into a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! Woods goes to a corner, McIntyre shrugs and gives us the countdown! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” CLAY- SUPERKICK!! Woods hits first and falls on the cover, TWO!! McIntyre just gets that arm up and Woods can’t believe it! Fans rally, Woods goes to a corner and he aims again. McIntyre rises, but he blocks the kick to CHOP Woods down! Woods goes to ropes, McIntyre gets through the boot to UPPERCUT! And then he has the legs, for the INVERTED ALABAMA- VICTORY ROLL!! TWO!!! Woods SUPERKICKS again! And SENTONS! And SHINING WIZARDS! Cover, TWO!!

McIntyre is still in this and Woods is frustrated! Fans rally up, Woods rises and he brings McIntyre around to throw hands! “This is Awesome!” as McIntyre hits back! The two brawl, McIntyre CHOPS but Woods hits him again! They keep going, faster and faster, it is just a scrum! McIntyre shoves, Woods duck’s ‘n’ dodges and slides again, HONOR- CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

The Scottish Warrior blasts Woods apart outta nowhere and gets the victory! He leaves Woods behind, will this momentum help McIntyre take over the WWE once again?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Norfolk fires up as the American Nightmare makes his way to the ring! They sing his song, “WHOA~ OH!” and Cody gets his pyro. Cody gets in the ring, “WHOA~ OH!” and Cody gets the mic. “So, Norfolk, Virginia…! What do we wanna talk about?” Cody figures they should talk about… Main Event Jey Uso. But wait! Dominik Mysterio has to interrupt first! He has JD McDonagh with him and says here’s what Dom wants to talk about. The fans boo but Dom says he wants to talk about how happy he is that Cody brought Jey over to Raw! Dom tells the fans to shut up like earlier, but they just boo him more.

Dom and JD go to the ring to say that Jey IS going to join the Judgment Day, and when he does, it’ll make Cody look like a fool. The fans are not letting up but Dom says that once Jey is in the Judgment Day, it will be amazing, and there won’t be a thing Cody can do about it. Cody DECKS Dom! Cody fires off but McDonagh pounces! Dom and McDonagh mug Cody, but then Cody DUMPS McDonagh! And hits a CODY CUTTER on Dom! Fands fire up, McDonagh returns but into a CROSS RHODES! Cody throws off the shirt and tie and he stalks Dom! Dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES!! Fans are thunderous as the Judgment Day is in retreat!

Dom thinks Jey will join the dark side, but perhaps Cody thinks differently. Cody wanted to talk about Jey, but maybe he will use his actions to speak for him instead.

 

McIntyre finds Jey backstage.

McIntyre says that before they wrap up their business here tonight, he wants to look Jey in the eyes and tell him that he does NOT trust him one bit. Jey says cool. Cool? Yeah, it is cool. McIntyre doesn’t think Jey can stand on his own two feet! He’s had his brother with him his whole life and his whole career, and then he steps into The Bloodline. Judgment Day must be looking pretty good to him right now, too. Jey tells McIntyre that if they wanna right some wrongs, then just go ahead and pull up next week! Well, then, McIntyre VS Jey next week is on! Jey heads out, will he and the Scottish Warrior tear the house down?

 

Shayna Baszler VS Chelsea Green w/ Piper Niven!

The Queen of Spades has been on a warpath ever since breaking up with Ronda Rousey and sending her packing, and she doesn’t look to be slowing down. Will the Hot Mess truly be a mess after this one? Or will she find a way to survive the Submission Magician?

Raw returns and Shayna makes her entrance. The bell rings and Shayna rushes up. Chelsea dodges, Piper is on the apron, but Shayna tells her to just try it. Chelsea runs up on Shayna but Shayna grabs a hand and twists it! Then she reels Chelsea in for a SAIDO! Chelsea flounders, but Shayna stands on her to get that arm! Shayna isolates the arm, lets her hair down and STOMPS the elbow! Chelsea writhes in pain, Piper talks trash on Shayna, but Shayna goes back for Chelsea. Chelsea slips under but Shayna gets her leg. Chelsea kicks and kicks and Shayna staggers away. But then Shayna knees low, underhooks, and FLIPS Chelsea into an ARMBAR!

Chelsea clasps hands, flails and kicks, ROPEBREAK! Shayna lets go, Chelsea bails out and Piper is there. Shayna goes out and stares Piper down. The ref wants Piper to back off, Chelsea gets in the ring, and Shayna shoves Piper aside. Shayna storms up, blocks a kick and has Chelsea in a SLEEPER! Chelsea slips down, victory roll, TWO! Shayna swings, into chicken wings and a turn! But Shayna fights out of the Unprettier to fireman’s carry! PIPER’S PIT! Er, the Exterminatus! Cover, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by pinfall

Piper rushes in and brawls with Shayna! Chelsea anchors a foot and Piper CLUBS away on Shayna! Shayna keeps throwing hands, and Zoey Stark rushes in! SUPERKICK on Piper! Shayna KNEES Chelsea! Stark and Shayna are working together and they glare at Piper. Piper backs down, for now. Fans boo but the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions make the smart choice. Will the Hunter be watching Shayna’s back from now on?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

The King of Strong Style tells Seth Rollins, in Japanese, “Do you feel like a champion? Did you feel victorious when I stood tall over your broken body? You are not honorable. Would the people still sing your song if they remembered the things you’ve done? The road to your success is lined with the bodies of those that trusted you. You believe the weak exist to be consumed by the strong. Seth Rollins. A manipulator. A deceiver. A liar. You bring shame upon your family. You have no remorse. I will strip you of your title, and expose the lies you claim to stand for. Your words mean nothing! I will challenge you… when I feel like it.”

Nakamura laughs now, but will the Visionary have the last laugh? Speaking of…

Seth Rollins is here!

The WWE World Heavyweight Champion swaggers his way to the ring, fans singing his song! Rollins of course takes time to revel in the moment, but what will he actually have to say? We hear, after the break.

Raw returns and the fans again sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins then gets the mic, swaggers around a little more, then welcomes Virginia to Monday Night Rollins! He is the Visionary, he is the revolutionary, he is SETH! FREAKIN’! ROLLINS! And Rollins is a manipulator, a deceiver, and a liar! He is all the things Nakamura has claimed Rollins is! But… Rollins is also a father, a fighter, and your WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION! Fans cheer that! Rollins says to be honest, for a long time, Rollins didn’t know who he was, and tried to figure that out by trying a lot of different things.

In the Authority, he surrounded himself with people who would lie right to his face. That didn’t work. So he tried to be what he thought everyone wanted him to be. That didn’t work. And so he became a Messiah of Monday Nights. That didn’t work, either. So then he built this façade, thinking he could hide from himself, when the truth was, Rollins finally figured out what the fans have always wanted him to be: himself. That is why the fans love Rollins! Not because he’s a good guy, or because he’s a bad guy, but because he IS Seth Freakin’ Rollins! That is why the fans sing his song. “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!”

Rollins says that sounds beautiful. And for the first time in his life, that is why he can go home and look himself in the mirror, he can look his daughter in the eyes, and be at peace with his past and be proud of his future! Fans cheer that, too! Rollins says Virginia didn’t come to see him talk, and he didn’t come here to talk! He is here to fight! Rollins knows that isn’t what management wants. They want him to slow down, saying he’s going too hard, too fast, and will burn out. But Virginia, Rollins just ain’t built that way! He’s a workhorse! He was born that way! And he needs to run wild and free!

Last week, Rollins called out Nakamura, told him they’d have a world title rematch, and Shinsuke said no. Fans boo that, but Rollins laughs. Nakamura wants to do this on his own time. Even though Nakamura walked out of Payback and Rollins did not, Rollins is pretty sure that match took more out of Nakamura than he’s letting on. So if Nakamura wants to play games, let’s play games! If Nakamura wants the world title, then come and get it! If Nakamura wants to do this on his time, then there is no time better and no place better! Let’s have a WORLD TITLE MATCH!! Rollins throws down the mic and the gauntlet, but what will Nakamura do?

Nakamura’s music hits! Rollins is all fired up, but where is Nakamura? He’s beating up Ricochet! Nakamura TOSSES Ricochet, kicks him and stomps him, and then grins at the camera. “Seth! You have bad timing. I would fight you, but I found you are not medically cleared, so I fight already. Huh, Ricochet?” Ricochet takes a swing but misses, and Nakamura KNEES him against a road case! Nakamura says he’s so sorry, but he will take that title. Just not tonight. Nakamura tells him to wait patiently. Rollins doesn’t look to be happy or patient, will the Visionary find a way to force the issue?

 

Jey and Finn cross paths backstage.

The Prince tells Jey to calm down, he comes in peace. Things got crazy out there, huh? But as far as Finn is concerned, they’re both professionals, things that happen int he ring stay in the ring. And what happened with Jey and Kevin? Very nice. But doesn’t seem McIntyre’s a fan, huh? But y’know who is a fan? Finn is a fan. Finn ins a big fan of Main Event Jey Uso. Y’know who else is a big fan? Damian Priest. And Dominik Mysterio. And Rhea Ripley. So like they were saying earlier, the door to the Judgment Day is always open. Finn leaves, Jey isn’t sure what to make of this. What is Jey to do now that he’s all on his own?

 

Six Man Tag: Imperium VS Tommaso Ciampa & The Alpha Academy w/ Maxxine Dupri!

The issues between Der Ring General and Chad Gable are far from over, and now they’re only getting more complicated with the Psycho Killer joining in. Will Gunther, Ludwig & Vinci be able to make this night a win in the end? Or will Ciampa, Gable & Otis SHOOSH them once and for all?

Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance to join the Alpha Academy. Imperium then makes their entrance, the teams sort out, and Vinci starts against Ciampa. The two circle, tie up, and Vinci powers Ciampa to ropes. They go around, Vinci still has Ciampa on ropes, then he gets a leg. Ciampa holds the ropes and Vinci lets off. They tie up again, Ciampa headlocks and hits a takeover. Vinci fights up, throws body shots, then knees! Vinci UPPERCUTS, pie faces, then scoops Ciampa, but Ciampa slips free to shove and THESZ PRESS! Ciampa rains down fists, the fans fire up but Vinci gets away. Vinci comes back, into a ripcord ROLLING ELBOW!

Ciampa CHOPS Vinci int he corner, tags in Gable, and Gable wrenches Vinci to wristlock. Vinci powers Gable and pulls straps to put Gable in the Imperium corner! Tag to Ludwig and Ludwig ROCKS Gable! Ludwig storms up but blocks a boto to say “NEIN!” UPPERCUT! Gable flounders away but Ludwig stalks him. Ludwig clamps onto an arm, has the mounted armlock, but Gable endures. Fans rally up, Gable fights to his feet, but Ludwig wrenches. Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and wrenches to headlock, spin, and drop toehold! Fans fire up as Gable has the armlock now! Ludwig endures and fights around.

Gable keeps on the arm, grinds the shoulder, but Ludwig pulls hair! Ludwig powers Gable back, tag to Vinci, and they mug Gable. Vinci YANKS Gable’s arm, CLUBS it, and then eggs Gable on. Vinci wrenches, whips, but Gable KICKS back! Gable ducks ‘n’ dodges but Ludwig dumps him out! Fans boo as Gable crashes down, and Ludwig taunts Gable before Gunther KICKS Gable in the side! Fans boo more but Vinci keeps the ref distracted. Gunther puts Gable in and Vinci stomps Gable down. Vinci UPPERCUTS Gable to the corner, tags in Ludwig, and Ludwig taunts Otis. Fans rally for Otis but Ludwig facelocks Gable.

Gable fights forward, reaches out, but Ludwig pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Gable throws hands! Gable reaches out but Ludwig keeps him fingertips away! Ludwig then reels Gable in but Gable slips around to trip Ludwig, waistlock and deadlift GERMAN- NO, Ludwig elbows free and LARIATS! Then he POSTS Gable! Vinci tags in, then he tags Gunther. Imperium sets Gable up in the ropes, to TRIPLE KICK!! Gunther and his soldiers stand tall and fans boo while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Imperium mugs Gable in their corner. Gunther talks trash on Ciampa and Otis, but Gable knocks down Ludwig & Vinci! Gable LEAPS, but Gunther catches him! Gunther throws Gable away then CHOPS him down! Then he BOOTS Otis for good measure! Fans boo but Gunther storms up to Gable. Gunther stands Gable up, to CHOP him down again! Gunther says HE is the champion, then he stands Gable up again. CHOP and Gable falls again! Gunther drags Gable back up, pie faces him around, talks trash about where the family is now, but Gable hits a SAYANAGI! Both men are down and Gable reaches out!

Hot tags to Vinci and Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Vinci with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa whips, Vinci reverses but Ciampa LARIATS! And then clothesline int he corner, then Ciampa keeps moving. Ciampa KNEES Gunther off the apron! Vinci fireman’s carries but Ciampa slips free to REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ciampa keeps his focus on Vinci as he brings the kneepad down. Ludwig rushes from the apron but Ciampa sends him into the POST! Vinci blocks Ciampa’s kick to reel him in, short arm LARIAT! Fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tag to Ludwig! Ludwig hurries to anchor Ciampa!

Ludwig taunts Otis as he fishhooks Ciampa, but Ciampa throws Ludwig away! Hot tag to Otis! The Dozer rallies on the Impeccable German! WRECKER ELBOW! Fans fire up and Otis scoops to SLAM Ludwig! Ludwig is in the corner, Otis SPLASHES him! Ludwig flops into the drop zone! Fans fire up as the shirt comes off! CATERPILLAR ELBOW!! Maxxine is loving it as Otis fireman’s carries Ludwig. Ludwig slips free, dodges and Otis POSTS himself! Tag to Gunther, but Gable is up! Gable tags in, and fans are thunderous! Gunther and Gable storm up, Gable dodges to fire off fast hands form all sides! Waistlock, GERMAN-

NO, Gunther switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Ciampa storms up! Gunther DECKS Ciampa, and Gunther hauls Gable up! Gable sunset flips to then have the ANKLE LOCK!! Gunther flails, reaches out, manages a tag to Vinci! CROSSBODY, but Gable rolls through to ANKLE LOCK!! Vinci rolls to BOOT Gable away! Gable dodges the lariat to waistlock, O’Conner Roll, and CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Gunther PUNTS Gable! Gunther hauls Gable up, reels him in, but Ciampa KNEES Gunther outta the ring! Ludwig UPPERCUTS Ciampa! Otis BULLDOZES Ludwig! Gunther BOOTS Otis! Vinci rolls Gable in the distraction, TWO!

Gable gets Vinci’s leg! ANKLE LOCK!!! Vinci flails, writhes, Gunther storms in but Ciampa intercepts!! SICILIAN STRETCH!! Gable GRAPEVINES Vinci!!! VINCI TAPS, ALPHA ACADEMY WINS!

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & The Alpha Academy, by submission

Der Ring General is enraged! He got caught and his team took the loss! Will Gunther not be done with Gable until Gable finally breaks through?

 

The Judgment Day talks backstage.

Finn says that they have to keep it professional with Jey. Priest agrees. The more Jey feels isolated, the more he’ll see he needs Judgment Day. Exactly. And Rhea says they always come around, Don’t they, Dom? Yeah! Dom just wishes he could be out there with Mami. She wishes that, too. But at the end of the day, the same way they’ll handle this Jey business, Rhea will handle hers with Raquel. And Mami’s always on top. Rhea heads out, they wish her luck. Will the Eradicator return with that world title still on her shoulder? Or will she be the first piece of gold to be chipped away?

 

Tiffany Stratton is meeting with Adam Pearce?

She says this is ridiculous! Can he make this quick? Where even is Becky? She is THE Tiffany Stratton, the NXT Women’s Champion, and with that comes responsibilities. Pearce didn’t even roll out the red carpet! Becky finally walks in and Pearce thanks her for coming. He spoke with Shawn Michaels earlier today, and on behalf of him, they will have a contract signing for their NXT Women’s Championship tomorrow night. Tiff wants them to hold on. Before they do this, she says she has been nothing but respectful to Becky, and even apologetic. And she knows that last week, she let her emotions get the best of her, but Becky can understand that as The Man.

And now that they’re face to face again, Tiff must ask: what did she do? Why is Becky coming after her and the NXT Women’s Champion? Well, to be honest, Tiff, Becky wasn’t paying attention to a thing Tiff was doing, until she came here to Becky’s show to get eyes on her “dead-end title reign” and used Becky’s name in vain. That gave Becky no choice but to pay attention to Tiff. And just look at her! The NXT Women’s Champion! As beautiful as a goddess! Athletic as an Olympian! Dumb as a box of rock. But when Becky thinks about NXT, she thinks about hope and passion and the future! Tiff could be all of those things… but she’s not.

Tiff is just concerned about being famous. And that is why Tiff is stepping to Becky. So if she wants to be famous, Becky makes her famous by taking the title. Welcome to the Big Time. Tiff says she doesn’t need Becky, she has been doing just fine on her own. But Becky wants to stick her big head in Tiff’s business, so Tiff has no problem in beating Becky and making Tiff’s name at Becky’s expense. And that name is Tiffany Stratton, the greatest NXT Women’s Champion of all time! Both women sign the contract, and it is official! Tiff walks out holding up her belt, but will it be her belt for only another 24 hours?

 

WWE Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Rodriguez!

From one women’s title to another, the Eradicator has certainly proved herself as a worthy champion, though has also gotten away with some thanks to her little chico, Dominik Mysterio. Without him by her side, will Rhea be able to dom-inate on her own? Or will there be another championship celebration to close the night?

Raw returns, the introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is Raw’s Mami, ese!

The bell rings and the two rush in! Rhea ducks a lariat but not the SOUTHPAW! Raquel hauls Rhea up, but Rhea sunset flips out of the bomb! Raquel stays up, drags Rhea back up but Rhea breaks free, only for Raquel to LARIAT! Raquel scoops and RAMS Rhea into a corner! And again! And again! The ref counts, Raquel lets off, and she whips but Rhea reverses. Rhea kicks low, whips, but Raquel blocks to reverse! Scoop and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel keeps on Rhea with a rear bearhug. Rhea endures the squeeze, fights up and throws elbows, then swings, but Raquel gets under to have a front facing bearhug!

Rhea endures, CLAWS at Raquel and pulls hair, but the ref reprimands! Raquel RAMS Rhea into the corner again! The ref counts and Raquel tries to let off, but Rhea has the body scissors! HEADBUTT! Raquel staggers, Rhea goes up, and Rhea MISSILE DROPKICKS! Raquel bails out, Rhea slides out and runs up the steps to CANNONBALL! Direct hit and down goes Raquel! Rhea drags Raquel up, puts her in, and she runs to SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed but Raquel is tougher than that. Rhea drags Raquel around, rains down fists, then HEADBUTTS Raquel down! The ref reprimands about hair pulling but Rhea tells him to back off.

Rhea KICKS Raquel in the side! And slaps her around! And then CHOPS her on the back! Raquel sputters, Rhea drags her up, but Raquel shoves back. Rhea DROPKICKS Raquel to the corner! Fans rally, Rhea runs in corner to corner, but Raquel TOSSES Rhea up and out of the ring! Rhea is down on the ground but Raquel hurries out after her. Raquel runs in to BOOT Rhea into the barriers! Fans fire up for Raquel while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once again and Rhea kicks Raquel around more. Rhea then steps in to drop into a toehold, but Raquel fights the Indian Deathlock! Rhea still powers it on and pushes on the legs! Fans rally as Raquel endures and keeps her shoulders up. Rhea CLUBS the legs, but Raquel stays up. Rhea CHOPS Raquel, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Raquel is down, ONE and she SLAMS Rhea down! And again! And again! Raquel gets free of the leglock and Rhea goes to a corner. Raquel runs in, misses, and Rhea bumps her off buckles! Rhea Electric Chair Lifts to SLAM Raquel on buckles! Fans fire up as Rhea drags Raquel up in the corner.

Rhea wraps on a headscissors to squeeze and thrash Raquel! The ref counts, Rhea lets go, and then she just puts the headscissors on again! The ref counts as Raquel endures the thrashing, and she carries Rhea out! Raquel returns the Electric Chair SLAM off buckles! Both women are down, and fans rally up. They stand, Raquel JABS! JABS! And JABS! Raquel fires haymakers, roars and whips, then ROCKS Rhea with a forearm! Raquel runs, Rhea follows to ROCK Raquel! Rhea runs, Raquel follows, Rhea ducks ‘n’ dodges, DOUBLE BOOTS collide! Fans fire up as both women are down again!

The ref checks both women, they’re both okay to continue, so a standing count starts. “This is Awesome!” as both women stir at about 4 of 10. They sit up, crawl for each other, and they talk trash on each other. Rhea junkyard dog HEADBUTTS! Raquel wobbles and leans against Rhea, and the two stand back up that way. They throw body shots, shove, and then SLAP! And CHOP! And then haymakers! Fans fire up and duel as the shots go back and forth! Rhea kicks low, again, but Raquel shoves Rhea! Rhea slips out of the flapjack to HOOK KICK! And NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Raquel is still in this and Rhea is surprised!

Fans rally, Rhea snarls at Rhea and CLUBS her on the back! And again! And again! Rhea stands over Raquel, sits her up and CLUBS her down again! Rhea hauls Raquel up, pump handles, but Raquel fights with elbows! Rhea still tries but Raquel pulls hair! Raquel KNEES Rhea, scoops her, and SNAKE EYES! Then a back drop! Rhea staggers up, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is still in this and Raquel is beside herself. Raquel slaps herself to get fired up again, and fans rally up. Raquel stalks Rhea, has her in a drop zone and steps on her on her way to the corner. TWISTING- NO, Rhea BOOTS the Vader drop away!

Rhea then goes to the corner, a wild look in her eye. She climbs up, aims, and gives some Latina Heat, for a FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Now Rhea is beside herself, but she runs and WRECKS Raquel with a dropkick! Rhea then goes to the apron, to CANNON- NO, Raquel blocks that, to SWING Rhea into the desk!! And then she hoists Rhea up, for an APRON TEXANA BOMB!! Raquel shoves Rhea in, but wait! NIA JAX?!?! She fireman’s carries Raquel to SAMOAN DROP to the floor! The ref misses it all but the fans boo! Raquel drags herself into the ring, Rhea PUNTS her down! Rhea pump handles, for the RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!!!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s World Champion)

The Eradicator gets a surprise assist from the A-Nia-Lator, but then Nia HEADBUTTS Rhea! Nia grins as she puts Rhea on the ropes and goes to the apron. APRON LEG DROP!! Fans boo as Nia drags Rhea around, puts her in a drop zone, and then goes up the corner! BANZAI DROP!! Nia smiles and says she’s back, but is she picking the wrong enemies out the gate?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw here, but a really shocking move at the end there as WWE truly enters the new Vince-less era. Nia Jax of all people is back. I knew the ringside ban on Dominik Mysterio would mean a loophole like someone else in the group would interfere, but then commentary said the bad applied to all parts of Judgment Day. I thought it’d be McDonagh because he’s not officially Judgment Day, and then they had Natty talk with Raquel and I thought it was gonna be Natty interfering to reference her many failed attempts. But no, Nia returns, takes all the Heel heat for herself, and screws Raquel outta this one. I suppose Fastlane can be a big match for this title, but what a wild detour.

Speaking of Judgment Day, great stuff with them and Jey Uso, and just great stuff with all these stories connected to Jey. Jey & Kevin VS Finn & Priest was a really good opening match, but of course there was the “miscommunication” between Jey and Kevin, that’s one of the oldest tropes in pro-wrestling. Plus, Jey and Kevin can’t be beating the tag champions. Then after really good stuff between McIntyre and Woods (Matt Riddle being off the show is a long story that is still being sorted out), great interaction of McIntyre and Jey to set up a match next week. Those two could really tear it down, and it’d be interesting if it leads to McIntyre getting involved with Judgment Day. Well, I suppose he’d have to if #McRiddle is to challenge for the tag titles, but still.

Cody Rhodes also can’t seem to get away from Judgment Day, since Dom & McDonagh had to start trouble with him. It feels like Cody and Dom could strike up their feud again, but I would love some Cody VS McDonagh, too. They can even continue the feud onto SmackDown should Cody be the one sent to SmackDown in return for Raw getting Jey. Then we got a good match from Miz VS Tozawa, mostly Miz going above and beyond hitting a hattrick of Finales. Miz is going so hot into his rematch with LA Knight on Friday, you’d think he loses but he already lost at Payback so he has to find a way to win on SmackDown.

Speaking of, didn’t I say this last week? Tiffany isn’t losing her title to a Raw star but Becky can’t be losing clean to Tiffany. Their backstage contract signing segment was well done, with Becky getting the better of Tiff, and their match will be great stuff. Good promo from Shayna with Chelsea and then Piper showing up. Of course Shayna wins against Chelsea but I like that Stark made the save. A little torn on Shayna & Stark sticking together, as I was hoping Shayna was getting back in the singles title scene, but I guess with Shayna’s old frenemy, Nia, jumping back in, a tag title feud detour isn’t so bad.

Great stuff from Imperium and Alpha Academy. We all knew Gable was gonna confront Gunther again, but nice surprise that Ciampa is joining in. Great Six Man Tag, great win for the Faces, but Gable himself said he isn’t sure when or where he’ll get another shot so maybe Ciampa is Gunther’s Fastlane opponent. If Gable can build momentum through some other matches, he could totally come back around by WrestleMania season to try again. That’d be an epic WrestleMania moment for Gable to dethrone Gunther once and for all.

And great stuff out of Rollins and Nakamura tonight. Great promos back to back from these guys, and I guess we’re getting Nakamura VS Ricochet one last time before Nakamura and Rollins have their world title rematch at like Fastlane. Honestly, Nakamura should win the rematch because then it’s like, what’s the point if he loses? This will be just like when Nakamura challenged AJ Styles for the then WWE World Championship and lost multiple times. Nakamura as World Heavyweight Champion allows Rollins time off for back problems and/or Marvel stuff, and opens the way for some Face contenders going towards the new year.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA iMPACT! Results & Match Ratings: 4.18.2024

Motor City Machine Guns either go out on their backs, or head to Rebellion as champs! Lets see how they finish their current run in TNA!

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No burying the lead here! The Main Event is The System versus Motor City Machine Guns, and it’s the Go Home episode before Rebellion! So we’re guaranteed a damn good tag match, and we should get either new wrinkles, or ways to keep the storylines cooking going into the Pay-per-View.

With all the rumors and innuendo about the Guns being on their way out, I think we all assume that MCMG is losing, but my inner fanboy is still excited.

Ratings:

  • Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone: Hammerstone wins via Torture Rack – SQUASH
  • LSG vs Joe Hendry: Hendry wins via Standing Ovation – SQUASH
  • Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno: Ali wins via 450 Splash – ** 3/4
  • Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna: Rosemary wins via Spear – ***
  • Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards: System wins via Roster Cut + Knee Party – *** 1/4

 

Results:

So we kick off the match with Josh coming out to commentary again to watch Hammerstone’s match. They really need a new way to try and keep heat without reusing the same tired gimmick of “ring side seat” to a Squash match.

Little Guido w/New FBI vs Hammerstone

Guido tries to shoot the half, but Hammerstone shrugs him off, lifts him like a child and runs him into a corner, few short shots and then just tosses him across the ring. Hammer gets a little distracted talking smack to Josh and eats a foot, but then tosses Guido with the ole Sack of Shit move and keeps working over Guido.

Hammer shoves Clayton, and provokes him to push him back right in front of the referee. She ejects them, Guido tries to take advantage but when he goes for the pinfall Hammer kicks out immediately and presses Guido out of thing through the ropes. Continues to dog walk Guido, puts the head gear on the ECW Original and then Torture Racks him while staring directly at Josh, and of course picks up the submission victory.

LSG vs Joe Hendry

Hendry cuts a little promo, mentioning the Fat Uncle Phil joke…something about shopping at the TOP Dollar Store. Solid mic work.

LSG is a damn good local talent, he’s been seen in ROH and AEW in the past (perhaps others, but that’s what comes to mind immediately for me), but we all know this is an enhancement match. A few nice chain wrestling spots early, but Hendry uses his power to stop the smaller wrestler, Sack of Shit into Standing Ovation and the match is over quickly.

Mustafa Ali & GYV vs Cody Deaner, Jake Something & Rhyno

Well okay, having Deaner ask the crowd if they wanted a 3v2 or their third member…RHYNO…is pretty much a no brainer in Philly. But at least the gimmick isn’t quite as cringe as I expected.

Jake starts with Zack Gibson and throws him around. Jake goes for the tag and Deaner asks the crowd who Jake should tag, and the crowd picks Rhyno. Rhyno Whips Gibson into a corner, Drake actually softens the impact, allowing Gibson to fire back, tag out, but Rhyno levels both GYV members and then even knocks Ali off the apron. Rhyno tries to call to the crowd to tag in Deaner and that goes over like a fart in church. He tags him in anyway, and the crowd is kinda dead and doing whatever it wants after the obvious ECW chants when Rhyno tagged in.

GYV take a couple lumps but they of course start to work over Deaner and capture some momentum. Solid tandem work from GYV, they cut off Deaner from making a tag and goad Jake a little to cause the ref to block off the babyfaces so the heels can take a few shortcuts. Cody eventually makes the tag to Rhyno, hot tag, he tries to set up the Gore but the GYV manage to stop him in his tracks and hit an Enzuigiri to daze the Man Beast, he falls to his corner and Jake tags himself in. Jake literally runs them all over, tags in Cody and Launches him from the Top Rope into Zack Gibson. Ali makes the save and Jake tries to get his hands on Ali, but the GYV keep throwing themselves at him, literally. The triple team finally gets the best of Jake, they hit 3 Dives and then post Jake, so they gather around Cody like hyenas.

They forgot about Rhyno, he’s set up for a Gore, he Gores Drake, Gibson and Ali take out Rhyno, but then Cody starts to fight back. Ali stops Deaner’s offense with an Avalanche Sunset Bomb, then hits his 450 Splash. Jake barely misses being able to break up the pin.

Rosemary w/Havok vs Jody Threat w/Dani Luna

Jody tries to start quickly with Shoulder Tackles, Lariats and Scoop Slams, and it does seem somewhat effective. Rosemary is having trouble finding offense against the intensity, but she keeps kicking out. Shotgun Dropkick finally gives Rosemary an opening, she goes into full mount and rains down strikes. Rosemary shoves Jody into a corner and Bites her in the corner. Jody tries to fight out, they go across and Rosemary catches her with the legs and puts her in the Upside Down. Splash in the corner from Rosemary, Exploder Suplex and Jody is eating a lot of offense.

Rosemary looks like she’s caught after she gets tripped up into the ropes and Jody goes for her Rope Knee into the German, but Rosemary dodges. Rosemary hits her own suplex and pulls out a beautiful Last Chancery! I haven’t seen her do that in a long time. Jody manages to fight to the ropes, Rosemary is a little slow to capitalize and eats a Pump Kick. Rosemary goes flying into the ropes, Jody hits the Double Knees into the German this time for 2, and they trade a few haymakers after that. Jody folds Rosemary with a low Lariat, Zombie rise spot a few times, Jody goes for a pinfall and Rosemary kicks out.

Havok jumps up on the apron, Dani meets her and they decide to step down, but the distraction was enough. Jody turns around and eats a Spear. Rosemary wins!

Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) vs The System (Eddie Edwards & Brian Myers) w/Alisha Edwards

Eddie and Shelley start off, and its a very simple slow start. Mostly an early stalemate, the typical Japanese style the TNA seem to love to employ. Starters tag out, but then Shelley with the blind tag, Sabin Baseball Slides out, picks Eddie’s ankle and sends his face bouncing off the apron, while Shelley sneaks up being Myers and they hit a tandem move before we cut to commercial. Off of the commercial it looks like Eddie and Myers regained control. But a nice Jawbreaker from Shelley sends Eddie falling back into the MCMG corner. Dragon Screws to both legs from Sabin and Shelley, and we get the Dragon Screw dissection spot for the Guns.

Myers gets sick of things, tries to get involved, but Simultaneous Figure Fours from the MCMG makes The System look silly. Alisha does the classic “push the rope forward” gimmick to assist Eddie in breaking the hold. She keeps chirping at Shelley until she finally grabs his foot. Shelley doesn’t take kindly, tries to grab her by the hair but she gets away, Shelley eats a strike and falls back to the ropes so Lish can just throttle him with the rope, Sabin walks over and acts like he’s going to PK her and the look of disgust on her face is hilarious, like “how dare he threaten to kick her”. Would I be mad is Masha decides to team with Lish and they win the Knockouts Tag titles? No, because the Knockouts Tags are trash. But I still prefer Lish as valet/manager.

Shelley starts fighting back after another commercial break, Eddie tries to cut him off, but Sabin clocks Eddie and Shelley manages to make the tag and Sabin comes in. Lights up both System members, Kick off Tornado DDT, into a Running Gamengiri. Eddie tries to counter but Shelley assists, tandem strikes, Double Baseball Slide into the classic MCMG spot 5 Hole Dive! Keeping up with the classics Shelley stacks the System members on each other and hit the Missile Dropkick/Flatliner spot. As the Guns are rolling, Sabin accidentally catches Sabin with his foot and The System take control! They hit their pieces of the System Overload spot, but Sabin kicks out. Roster Cut attempt from Myers, but Shelley is back. High Speed Dirt, Machine Gun Sandwich, but Lish grabs Shelley’s foot when they’re setting up Skull and Bones. Shelley gets dropped on the turnbuckle and thrown out, Sabin eats the Roster Cut followed up with Boston Knee Party and System retains!

Its a little weird to have had the two commercial cuts and the fact there’s still Nic Nemeth to follow. So it feels a little flat, I hope this wasn’t their swan song match, because it was nice to see some classic spots, but it was entirely too abbreviated. 

Nemeth comes out, goes into the crowd and finds a kid with a kendo stick and borrows a beer from someone, so he does a bit of a Sandman tribute. Moose cuts off his promo basically immediately. He throws out the “can’t beat the system” line again, and Nic rolls with the punches well. Moose uses a few cute analogies about Nic having a failure laden past, but Nemeth bites back and its really damn good. He says he can see it in Moose’s eyes that he thinks he’s getting in the ring with Dolph Ziggler, but no, there is no more old Dolph Ziggler, just the new Nic Nemeth. And Moose’s cool seems to be slightly shaken after those words. Good promo.

Overall Score: 6.5/10

So this was okay, if it didn’t end as strongly as it did, I would’ve rated this much lower. Two squash matches in the beginning, reusing the Josh comes out to the announce table to watch trope is boring, hell even Clayton’s shove to Hammerstone was super lame looking. The Deaner match was luke warm at best, but things picked up around the Rosemary match.

Lets also not overlook the segments with ASH & Xia, Jonathan Gresham’s whole deal and EY having to return to the violence/sickness/world class maniac, whatever you want to call it, were all great building blocks. This definitely wasn’t what I would call a strong Go Home, but it didn’t hurt things for Rebellion. The whole injury of Cardona was addressed, which honestly sounded weird since Jordynne basically said she was expecting them to have a backup plan so she has a backup plan. I don’t really like how that video package came across.

But who knows, all I know is, this wasn’t an awful episode, it just wasn’t really strong either.  Here’s to hoping Rebellion Saturday is still strong.


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/18/24)

Time to Man Up!

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Will the Ivy League MVP earn a title shot?

The NEW ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe, is here to step onto the Proving Ground with one of Maria Kanellis’ baby boys, Griff Garrison! Will Griff make Maria proud? Or will he reach for the sky?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo; Keith wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Lance Archer & The Righteous VS Jon Cruz, Savion Truitt & Damian Chambers; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Lee Johnson VS JD Drake; Lee wins.
  • Abadon VS Allysin Kay; Abadon wins.
  • The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson; The Infantry wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora; Kiera, Leyla & Adora win.
  • The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto; Mortos wins.
  • Lady Frost VS Marti Belle; Frost wins.
  • The Dark Order VS Zak Patterson & Frank Milano; The Dark Order wins.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis; Mark wins and denies Griff a title match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Bryan Keith VS Aaron Solo!

The Bounty Hunter is still looking for a prize, but he’ll gladly fight to earn his shot. Will Keith be heading for a golden opportunity on the other side of Dynasty? Or will Solo shoot first?

The Code of Honor is upheld with sarcastic enthusiasm by Solo, and Keith shoves him away. The bell rings and Solo SLAPS Keith! Keith TACKLES Solo and rains down fists! The fans  fire up, Solo gets away then knees Keith low. Solo ROCKS Keith, whips him to a corner, but Keith comes back to run Solo over! Keith scoops to SLAM Solo, then stands on Solo’s face! The fans fire up for the KNEE DROP! Keith then SLAPS Solo! The fans rally for “BK! BK!” Solo storms up but Keith kicks low. Keith reels Solo in, suplexes, and he holds Solo up! Keith marches around, then SLAMS Solo down! Solo bails out and the fans fire up as Keith aims.

Keith builds speed, slides, but Solo ducks! Solo sends Keith into steel steps! The fans boo as Solo leaves Keith behind. The ring count starts, fans chant “SOLO SUCKS! SOLO SUCKS!” Solo counts along but wants it to go faster. Keith stands at 8 of 20, slides in, but Solo stomps and HAMMERS away! The fans boo more, but Solo stands Keith up to bump him off buckles. Keith CHOPS in return! Then CHOPS again! The fans “WOO~,” then Keith ROCKS Solo with a forearm. Keith CHOPS in the corner, but then Solo dodges. Solo tries but Keith dodges the chop to CHOP Solo down! The fans fire up while Solo is stinging.

Keith whips Solo, Solo reverses and CLOBBERS Keith! Cover, TWO! Keith grits his teeth but Solo knees him in the back! And again! The fans rally, Solo taunts them, and then ELBOWS Keith in the head. Solo stalks Keith to a corner, digs his boots in, but again the fans chant “SOLO SUCKS!” Solo stomps away on Keith, digs his boots in again, but Keith fights up! The fans fire up as Keith fires forearms! Keith fires forearms again and again and again, winds up, but Solo dodges! Solo comes back, but Keith ROCKS him after all! The fans fire up as Keith runs in to BOOT! Solo sputters, Keith runs, but then Solo SUPERKICKS! Keith just roars!

Solo swings, but into a T-BONE SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Keith keeps calm. Keith waits on Solo as fans rally behind him. Solo staggers into a fireman’s carry, but he fights free! Solo shoves, goes to a corner, but then Keith comes back. Solo ELBOWS Keith, whips, but Keith reverses! Solo goes up but gets caught, for an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up again as Keith slashes his throat and aims his finger gun! Keith underhooks, but Solo fights the lift! Solo back drops, Keith sunset flips but Solo stays up to DOUBLE STOMP! Solo then runs up, catches Keith and hits a T-BONE! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up but Solo hurries to a corner. Solo climbs fast, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Keith survives that coup de grace and Solo isn’t sure what to do. Solo kicks Keith around, drags him up and reels him in to underhook. Keith fight that lift, Solo CLUBS away on him, but Keith Alabama Lifts! Solo grabs ropes so Keith lets him down, and ENZIGIRIS! But Solo SCREW HIGH KICKS! Solo goes up top, but Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he climbs! Keith reels Solo in, for DIAMOND DUST!! Cover, Keith wins!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall

A big win for BK! And he gives back that sarcastic handshake. Will the Bounty Hunter be hot on the trail of a championship after AEW & ROH pass through the Gateway City?

 

Mark Sterling speaks.

“If you ask AI to create the perfect professional wrestler, it wouldn’t even come close to you. If wrestling is a body business, then you’re a multinational corporation. Biology defying symmetry, no fat, all muscle, no waste. As functional as you are aesthetic. High-flying? You got it. Ground ‘n’ pound? You got that, too. Striking, brawling, submission, technical, there is not a single style you have not perfected. For the last 20 years, you’ve been one of the most consistent and proficient wrestling specimens for any company that’s been willing to throw money at you and begged you to stay. And now, it’s time for them to beg for mercy.

“You are Tony Nese, and you are a Premier Athlete.”

Now Mark Sterling & The Premier Athletes are here in person.

They stand backstage, Sterling’s guys in matching tracksuits, and he says the last time he looked into the camera, he told everyone he had a plan. The very next day, they enacted that plan. Sterling took them off the road, they entered a professional fight camp. They got the best coaches, best trainers, best doctors, and these three started to do what they do best: go to work. Supercard of Honor, against two former ROH TV Champions, PA got an impressive victory. Fruits of their labor. Ariya Daivari is back better than ever. Josh Woods is bigger and better than he was when he won the National Championship. And Tony Nese is in the best shape of his life, which is saying something.

In fact, what’re we even talking about? These three are the most underappreciated athletes in the company. They walk like stars, they move like stars, they present themselves like stars, and by the end of this year, they will be champions. Supercard was just phase one of this plan. Phase two… starts tonight. Then just what happens when the Premier Athletes start making moves?

 

Lee Johnson VS JD Drake!

Even though he lost at Supercard, Big Shotty stays positive! He got close to the ROH World Television Championship, will he get back there for another shot? Or will Scrap Metal be another speedbump in Lee’s momentum?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, JD HIP TOSSES, and Lee scrambles to ropes. JD flexes and fans cheer, which surprises JD. Lee gets up, he and JD reset. They tie up, JD arm-drags, but Lee gets up. Lee keeps calm while JD talks some smack. They circle, tie up again, and JD scoops! JD carries Lee around, with one arm! Then SLAM! JD dusts off his hands and the fans fire up more. Lee is a bit frustrated, but he fires himself up. The fans rally with him, he and JD circle to tie up. Lee goes to hip toss, but JD blocks! JD tells Lee he knows that’s not gonna work!

JD goes to hip toss but now Lee blocks! Lee arm-drags, then he goes to feint, but JD blocks with a headlock. Lee shoves JD, tries another arm-drag, but JD blocks that. JD whips Lee, Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges and arm-drags again! The fans fire up as Lee tries to scoop, but JD’s too hefty! JD SLAPS Lee, ROCKS him, then whips him to ropes. Lee ducks ‘n’ dodges again, shoves JD and hurdles! Lee drops, then DROPKICKS! JD staggers to a corner, Lee fires up, and the fans fire up with him! Lee runs up on JD in a corner to CHOP! JD barely flinches! JD puts his arms back and dares Lee to try again. Lee CHOPS, but JD puts Lee in the corner!

JD swings, Lee dodges and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Lee whips, JD reverses but Lee ELBOWS back! Lee runs up but into a lift, and FLAPJACK off buckles! Lee falls, the fans rally up, and JD dusts himself off. JD storms back up on Lee, brings him up, and the fans rally. JD ROCKS Lee, stands him up in the corner, and CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Lee sputters. The fans want that “One More Time!” so JD stands Lee up. JD winds up, to JAB! The fans boo JD trolling them, but JD stands Lee up to CHOP him after all! Lee is stinging, but JD brings him up. Lee throws body shots but JD ROCKS Lee!

JD whips, Lee sunset flips! JD stays up, but Lee avoids the hip drop! Ghost pin, TWO! JD gets up, kicks low and whips, to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lee stays in this and the fans rally up. JD sits Lee up, KICKS him in the back, then paces around. The fans rally for Lee but JD pie faces him around. Lee rises, JD brings him up and Lee CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! JD throat chops! The ref reprimands, JD claims he jabbed to the chest. JD then scoops and SLAMS Lee, to then FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Lee is still in this but JD CHOKES him! The ref counts, JD lets off, claiming he was just checking the pulse.

JD clamps on a chinlock, digging his knee into Lee’s back. Lee endures, the fans rally up, and Lee fights to his feet. Lee throws body shots, but JD knees low! JD suplexes but Lee slips free! Lee ROCKS JD, ROCKS him again, but JD CHOPS! JD runs, but Lee SUPERKICKS! JD flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! The fans rally as Lee builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans fire up even more! Lee puts JD in, climbs a corner, and JD stands. JD staggers around, into the CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! JD stays in this but then bails back out. Lee thinks on what he has to do and the fans rally up.

Lee runs, to slide, but JD gets under! JD pops Lee up to CLOBBER him! JD puts Lee in, aims from a corner, and Lee goes to the opposite end. JD runs up, but Lee moves, CANNONBALL hits buckles! Lee hurries up while JD is down! The fans cheer as Lee aims, FROG SPLASH, but JD moves! Lee rolls through, runs back at JD but JD puts him on the apron. JD ROCKS Lee, goes up, and he brings Lee around. The fans fire up as JD brings Lee up, but Lee fires body shots! Lee GAMANGIRIS, then climbs! Lee sunset flips for the POWERBOMB! The fans fire up and Lee climbs back up, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Lee wins!

Winner: Lee Johnson, by pinfall

Big Shotty’s got range, and he hit the mark! Will Lee take this momentum and turn it into another chance at a championship?

 

Abadon VS Allysin Kay!

Speaking of second chances, The Living Dead Girl got screwed out of the ROH Women’s World Television Championship when Mercedes Martinez & Diamante conspired against her. And while AK Don’t Play, she knows the OG Badass well. Can Abadon prepare for revenge by taking down Martinez’s greatest rival?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, but Abadon holds on, to BITE Allysin’s arm! Abadon then laughs, dodges Allysin to HEADBUTT low, HELL STAB, then mule kick! Abadon runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Allysin goes to a corner while the fans rally up and Abadon shrieks! But Allysin BOOTS Abadon down! Allysin rains down fists, covers, ONE!! Abadon sits up but Allysin brings her around to fireman’s carry. SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up, Allysin drags Abadon up to TOSS her to a corner! Allysin fires body shots, then she CHOPS! Allysin whips corner to corner hard and Abadon bounces off buckles!

Allysin takes a bow, puts pinkies up, and SPLASHES in the corner! Allysin CHOPS, whips, and runs up again, but Abadon BOOTS her! Abadon runs to BULLDOG! The fans rally as Abadon slithers out to the apron then climbs up the corner. Allysin crawls, Abadon aims, CROSSBODY! Abadon runs to KNEE Allysin back down! Abadon storms up on Allysin, reels her in, BLACK DAHLIA! Cover, Abadon wins!

Winner: Abadon, by pinfall

Abadon smiles, then shrieks into the night! Will Mercedes Martinez make sure to stay far, far away from the frightening Living Dead Girl?

 

Backstage interview with Taya Valkyrie.

Lexi Nair is with La Wera Loca and brings up her trios match alongside Diamante and Leila Grey. But this is also the first time we’ve seen her since Supercard, where Johnny TV lost to Dalton Castle. The question is: where is Johnny? Uh, recovering from that vicious attack by Dalton Castle and his “special boy,” Paul Walter-Whatever! Taya is gonna call up Fran Dreischer to file a complaint! For someone so TV Ready, Castle and Paul sure don’t look it. So yes, Johnny is rehabbing. Wait he’s in rehab? Ew, no, who do you think they are? Johnny is rehabbing the abs! This is an aesthetics business so he has to look amazing!

So tonight, Taya will carry the weight of the TV Family in trios action. So run along, Lexi, Taya has things to do. Uh, this is Lexi’s interview space. Oh, well, her apologies. Taya bumps Lexi on the way out, but will Taya’s team win some major points in the title chase tonight?

 

The Infantry VS The Iron Savages w/Jacked Jameson!

Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo may not be the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but they are not deterred. Will they get through the jacked ‘n’ juicy juggernauts to go after The Undisputed Kingdom once again?

The teams sort out, #BadNewsAndTattoos starts against Beefcake Boulder, and they keep the Code of Honor. They tie up, Bravo tries but can’t push Boulder back, but Boulder pushes Bravo back! Bravo resets with Boulder, beefs up, and they tie up. Bravo wrenches to wristlock, but Boulder WRINGS Bravo out! Boulder talks smack on Dean and Bravo, but Bravo pie faces. Boulder scoops Bravo, but Bravo slips free to DROPKICK! Boulder stays up, runs up, but Dean is there to GAMANGIRI! Bravo tags Dean while Boulder throws a fit, but DOUBLE DROPKICKS send him reeling! Bulk Bronson tags but runs into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!

The fans fire up as the Infantry crisscross and SPLIT the wishbone! Bravo gets fans going with “OORAH!” Dean runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Bronson bails out, Boulder is there to help him, and Dean builds speed, only for Jacked Jameson to stand in the way! He wants Dean to sip the Savage Sauce! Dean says no thanks, but in comes Bronson! EXPLODER! Bravo protests but Bronson drags Dean to a cover. The ref is busy arguing, he finally sees the pin, TWO! Bronson is annoyed, but he mocks Bravo’s air machine gun. Bravo then tags Boulder before he brings Dean up. The fans rally but the Savages still hit a SHOULDER TACKLE SUPLEX COMBO!

Bronson flexes, Boulder taunts Bravo, and then Boulder whips Dean to the corner. Boulder wraps Dean’s arms around ropes to HEADBUTT again and again and again! Tag to Bronson, he brings Dean around, and they visit #TIDDYCITY! But Dean reverses, it’s Bronson who dives in! Boulder panics, runs up, but Dean DUMPS him! Bronson swings, misses, hot tag to Bravo! Bravo rallies on Bronson with big forearms! Bravo whips, Bronson reverses, but the CARLIE CROSSOVER takes Bronson down! Boulder gets up, Bravo fakes him out to SCISSOR KICK! Bravo then kicks Bronson, and manages a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally, Bravo pounds the mat, but now Jameson wants Bravo to sip! Bravo says no, get outta here! Bronson runs up again, Bravo dodges, and Bronson barely avoids hitting Jameson! Bravo aims, Bronson dodges, the SUPERKICK hits Jameson! Jameson spews sauce! Boulder catches Jameson, Dean goes up, and Dean CROSSBODIES to wipe them both out! But Bronson rolls Bravo up! TWO, and Bronson grabs Bravo, only for Bravo to kick low! Bravo reels Bronson in, tags Dean, and TORNADO- NO, Bronson stops the DDT! Dean gets in, Bronson scoops, but Dean slips free! Feed to a SUPERKICK!

The Infantry coordinate, for BOOT CAMP! Cover, Infantry wins!

Winners: The Infantry, by pinfall

Dean & Bravo redeem themselves from Supercard and are ready to get back on track! But wait, The Premier Athletes make their way out here! Is this what Smart Mark was talking about for phase two? Daivari & Nese rush the ring and start throwing hands with The Infantry! Woods tips the scales as he DECKS Dean, then DECKS Bravo! But wait! Here comes Dalton Castle! The Peacock won’t stand for there to be bullies, and he takes off his sandals to weaponize them! The Premier Athletes dare him to, but wait! Here comes Mark Briscoe, Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson! They run The Premier Athletes off!

Sterling shouts, “Who do you think you are?!” but he’s shouting at THE ROH World Champion and many other big names around here! Will The Peacock, the Chicken and the rest of ROH humble Sterling’s stable once and for all?

 

Six Woman Tag: Diamante, Leila Grey & Taya Valkyrie VS Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora!

The Cuban Diamond has staked her claim at challenging for the ROH Women’s World Television Championship, but so has The Hottest Flame. But let’s not forget The Last Baddie Standing, La Wera Loca, the LEGIT One and The AfroPunk! Billie Starkz still sees herself above all six of these women, but which trio takes the lead in the title chase with a win tonight?

The teams sort out, Taya starts against Kiera and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, the two tie up, and Kiera gets around to waistlock. Taya pries the hold, backs Kiera into a corner and throws elbows! Taya stomps away on Kiera, then says who’s the hottest now? Taya snapmares, covers, ONE!! Taya drags Kiera up, whips her to ropes, but Kiera holds ropes to BOOT back! Taya runs up again but Kiera drop toeholds her onto ropes! HIP ATTACK! Taya flounders, Kiera runs to step-up and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Kiera keeps cool as she brings Taya up, but Taya ROCKS Kiera then throws her by her hair!

Taya tags Diamante, they stomp Kiera, then Diamante sucker punches Leyla! Diamante runs in to DROPKICK Kiera, then drags her to a high stack cover, ONE!! Kiera is tougher than that but Diamante says it’s just a matter of time. Diamante runs, PLANKING SPLASH flops as Kiera moves! Hot tag to Leyla! Leyla gut wrenches Diamante to GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Tag to Adora, then Leyla wrenches so she can hand it off to Adora. Adora WRINGS Diamante’s arm, drags her up and wrenches again, but Diamante ROCKS her! Adora swings, Diamante dodges to tilt-o-whirl and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Diamante snarls and pushes Adora down to rain down fists!

Diamante storms around, brings Adora up and CHOPS her on the back! Tag to Grey and she NECK SNAPPERS Adora! Cover, TWO! Adora is tougher than that but Grey rains down fists! Grey drags Adora up, bumps her off buckles, then tags Taya. Taya and Grey dig their boots in, then Taya stomps a mudhole. Taya sits Adora down to METEORA! Tag to Diamante and she stomps a mudhole! The ref reprimands but Diamante tags Taya back in. Taya steps over Adora and mockingly has Adora reach out to her corner. The ref has to keep Hirsch back so Grey gets shots in, then Taya drags Adora up.

Taya again mockingly holds out Adora’s hand but the fans rally up. Adora fights up, but Taya pulls her into the motorcycle stretch! Adora endures the knee in her back, fights up to her feet, and then arm-drags Taya away! Taya gets up, ducks ‘n’ dodges and mule kicks! But Adora ducks the buzzsaw to BASEMENT GERMAN! The fans fire up while both women are down! Adora and Taya crawl, hot tags to Kiera and Diamante! Kiera rallies on Diamante with big forearms, then a SUPERKICK! Turn and NECKBREAKER! Kiera goes up a corner while Diamante flounders around. Diamante stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK!

Diamante flounders, Grey tags in but Kiera dodges to fire off forearms! Grey shoves back, but Kiera returns to SHOTGUN! Grey flounders, Kiera fires up, and says kiss this! HIP ATTACK in the corner! She sits Grey back down to run and BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Grey to a cover, Diamante breaks it! Diamante gets Grey outta there, and Taya tags in. Taya runs up to mule kick, KNEE LIFT and wrench Kiera, into a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Leyla also gets in, she pushes Taya around. Leyla drags Taya up but Diamante runs in. Leyla gets around to SAIDO! Taya gets Kiera up but Kiera SUPERKICKS!

Kiera brings Taya over, tags Adora, and they feed Taya to the BUBBA BOMB! Body scissor and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Hot tag to Grey, she runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then SLINGBLADES! Cover, TWO! Grey is frustrated but she gets Adora up. Underhooks, but Adora breaks that to fireman’s carry! Adora storms over, tags Hirsch, but Grey slips free! Leyla dodges Leila and feeds her to Adora’s BOOT! Then GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Hirsch tags Kiera. Kiera runs, but Taya trips her up! Diamante distracts so the ref misses that! But then Leyla DIVES onto Taya! Diamante CANNONBALLS Leyla!

LARIAT TUBMAN from Adora to Diamante! Kiera dodges Grey to ROUNDHOUSE! And then “That’s all, PERIODT!” FACE THE MUSIC!! Bridging cover, Team Kiera wins!

Winners: Kiera Hogan, Leyla Hirsch & Trish Adora, by pinfall

It was fast ‘n’ furious in the end there, but the Hottest Flame burns it down! Will she be first up to strike a match with Billie Starkz?

 

Backstage interview with Maria Kanellis, Griff Garrison & Cole Karter.

Lexi is with the First Lady of Wrestling and her baby boys, the Diamond in the Rough wearing the stolen mask from Serpentico. Lexi congratulates them on their win over Spanish Announce Project at Supercard, but it seems there might be some unfinished business. Are they ever going to give Seprentico his masks back? Karter takes the mask off to say hell no! Griff says Serpentico’s masks mean a lot to him and his lucha libre culture. But uh, they don’t care! It got them the attention that they deserve, and those wins have been a stepping stone in this company.

If Serpentico wants his masks back, he doesn’t need to trick them into a match. They’re happy to beat the crap outta him anytime, anywhere! Maria loves the confidence, and says Griff will need it in his Proving Grounds match against THE ROH World Champion, Mark Briscoe. Griff is all fired up, will the Ivy League MVP pass the test with flying colors? Or will he fail to #ManUp?

 

The Beast Mortos VS Nick Comoroto!

Black Taurus has evolved into something even more menacing than before, and he is looking to stampede all the way to the top of ROH! But Mr. Freak Beast has changed a lot about himself, too, in hopes of finding success. Whose transformation will prove to be for the better as these behemoths collide?

The Code of Honor is upheld reluctantly, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. The two tie up, go around, and Comoroto shoves Mortos down! Mortos gets up in a huff, gets in Comoroto’s face, but Comoroto pie faces him. So Mortos SLAPS Comoroto! Comoroto runs up, Mortos dodges, and they RAM shoulders! Mortos ducks ‘n’ dodges and jumps to RANA! Comoroto goes to a corner but Mortos runs in to UPPERCUT, CLOTHESLINE, and GAMANGIRI! Mortos wrenches and hits an ARMBAR CODE BREAKER! Comoroto staggers, but he blocks the whip! Comoroto shoves Mortos, runs up, but Mortos dodges to then roll off Comoroto’s back!

Mortos tries to hip toss but Comoroto blocks! Comoroto LARIATS Mortos down then rains down fists! Fans are torn as Comoroto huffs ‘n’ puffs and stomps Mortos around. Comoroto digs his boot into Mortos’ face, lets off to soak up heat, then he drags Mortos up. Comoroto scoops to SLAM, then he runs to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Mortos pounds the mat in frustration. Comoroto slashes his throat, but Mortos throws body shots. Comoroto CLUBS Mortos, Alabama Lifts, but Mortos sunset flips! Comoroto stays up, hauls Mortos up, but Mortos JAWBREKAERS, KNEES and ROCKS Comoroto!

Mortos goes to suplex but Comoroto’s a big guy, too! Comoroto suplexes Mortos, but Mortos knees free! Mortos goes to a corner, Comoroto runs in but Mortos dropkicks the legs out! Comoroto hits buckles, then Mortos runs in, CORNER 619! Comoroto staggers away and Mortos climbs, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Comoroto still has power to spare and he storms up on Mortos. Mortos UPPERCUTS first! Mortos goes to whip but Comoroto blocks again! Comoroto whips Mortos to a corner, runs up, but Mortos slips out to the apron! Comoroto hits buckles, Mortos goes up, and the fans rally! MORTOS TWISTER! Cover, Mortos wins!

Winner: The Beast Mortos, by pinfall

Comoroto is big and bad but this is a beast of a different breed! Will nothing stop the modern day minotaur from making ROH his domain? Will Jacoby Watts’ teachings ever pay off for Comoroto?

 

Backstage interview with Nick Comoroto.

Lexi is with Mr. Freakbeast as he returns backstage, and she asks him what his strategy will be moving forward after this tough loss. Jacoby Watts walks in to say, “Turn the page. Start a new chapter. Nothing changes if nothing changes, Nick. It’s a harsh reality. But I am your answer. Your beacon of hope in the darkness. Follow me and I will lead you into the light! For I am Jacoby Watts, the one and only, praise be to he, and he is me.” Watts waxes poetic while making himself the focus, but will Comoroto accept his guidance?

 

ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Mark Briscoe VS Griff Garrison w/ Cole Karter & Maria Kanellis!

The Sussex County Chicken won this title after a war with Eddie Kingston at Supercard, and those two are still going to be friends taking on The House of Black this Sunday! But will Mark be able to focus on tonight with Dynasty on the horizon? Or is this where Maria’s baby boys start building their kingdom?

Mark shows off the belt and its new camouflage patterned leather! The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and we’re on the clock. The fans cheer on Mark as he circles with Griff. They tie up, Griff headlocks, but Mark powers up and out. Griff sunset flips, but Mark rolls through to drop on the headlock! Griff moves around, fights up, and powers up, but Mark holds tight! Mark hits the takeover, Griff headscissors, but Mark kips free. Roles reverse as Griff headlocks for the takeover, and Mark headscissors. Griff kips free, but Mark shows Redneck Kung-Fu stance and Griff scrambles away! The fans cheer but Maria coaches Griff back up.

Griff cools off, he and Mark reset, and the two circle again. They knuckle lock but Griff kicks low. Griff UPPERCUTS, UPPERCUTS again, then whips corner to corner. Mark goes up and out, SWATS the haymaker to REDNECK KUNG-FU UPPERCUT! Then Mark gets in to BOOT Griff down! Griff is on ropes, Mark runs in to BOOT WASH him right outta the ring! The fans fire up as Mark builds speed, and he DIVES onto Griff! Not the cleanest landing but Mark borrows a hat to put it on! The fans fire up with Mark, he gives the hat back, then drags Griff up to DECK him! Mark drags Griff up again, to scoop and SLAM!

Griff sputters, Mark goes to the apron, and the fans fire up as Mark takes aim. But then Karter and Maria stand in the way! The fans boo, Mark sighs and steps inside, and Maria coaches Griff up. Griff flounders up, the fans rally behind Mark but then Karter and Maria each get on the apron! The ref is busy arguing with Maria but Karter distracts Mark. Griff sneaks in to CLOBBER Mark! Griff fires forearms while the fans boo, but then Griff stomps a mudhole into Mark. The ref counts as Griff digs his boots in, but Griff lets off at 4. But then that lets Karter CHOKE Mark behind the ref’s back!

The fans boo as Karter gets away with one, and Griff drags Mark up. Griff UPPERCUTS, but Mark CHOPS! Griff sputters, Mark CHOPS again! Griff knees low, whips Mark to a corner, but runs into an ELBOW! Mark runs up, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Griff clamps onto Mark with a chinlock and he grinds Mark down. The fans rally as Mark endures and fights up. Mark throws body shots, then fires up to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! Mark runs, but into the ROLLING ELBOW! Griff then torture racks for the TOWER HACKER BOMB! High stack, TWO! Mark survives and Griff is frustrated but Maria coaches him up.

The fans continue to rally behind Mark as Griff aims again. Griff goes up but Mark REDNECK UPPERCUTS! Griff gets caught up in ropes, Mark lets him loose so he can fall to the floor. Karter hurries over, but Mark goes up to PLANCHA both baby boys! The fans are thunderous, and Mark cracks open a can of WOOOOO Energy! Mark chugs it, bangs the can against his head, then gets Griff in the ring. The fans fire up as Mark runs corner to corner, but Griff BOOTS him! Mark comes back to LARIAT! The fans fire up, Mark reels Griff in, but Griff wrenches out, only for Mark to LARIAT! Mark hauls Griff up again for underhooks!

Mark lifts, for the JAY DRILLER!! Cover, Mark wins!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall (denies Griff Garrison a title opportunity)

Maria is upset but there’s nothing she can do, her baby boy wasn’t man enough to stop the NEW ROH World Champion! Will Mark continue to carry on his brother’s legacy and become one of the best champions in ROH history?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of ROH for being 92 minutes. I still skipped some very clear filler, but Marti Belle got a good showing in her loss to Frost and The Dark Order got a good match out of Zak & Frank. Cruz, Damian & Savion got an okay showing but c’mon, they were against Archer & The Righteous, those guys have been running through everyone. It hasn’t really led them to anything yet, but maybe after we get undisputed AEW & ROH World Trios Champions after Dynasty, Archer & Righteous challenge the winners. And real good wins for Bryan Keith and Lee Johnson, each guy looking good towards midcard titles at some point.

Really good match from Infantry VS Savages, with the Savages being a bit more Heelish this time. Good win for Infantry, but I didn’t think The Premier Athletes would be going after them first. And I didn’t expect Faces like Keith, Lee and Briscoe to run out to get at them. Maybe the Premier Athletes can also position themselves to go after the trios titles after Dynasty. If The Acclaimed win, they’ll need Heel opponents. Archer & Righteous can play either side, but fans really like Archer so I kinda want him and Righteous to be Faces when facing Bang Bang Gang.

Good match and good win for Abadon over Allysin. Good win for Kiera, Leyla & Adora, though things got a little sloppy in the middle, Leyla’s timing wasn’t quite there. Athena & Billie are both Heels, so while Queen Aminata is in the mix, the champion she doesn’t choose still needs a good Face challenger so you can take your pick of the winners from tonight. Really good match from Mortos and Comoroto, and Mortos winning also helped serve Comoroto’s story with Watts. Watts keeps insisting he’s the answer, but this has to lead to Comoroto breaking free and beating Watts up for his arrogance.

Good promo from Maria, Griff & Karter, and they just kinda copy-pasted Mark Briscoe’s promo from Collision that same Saturday. Really good match for Griff against Mark but of course Mark wins. Mark getting involved with Premier Athletes, maybe Woods or Nese get a shot at Mark only to lose and be Mark’s solid first defense. Not sure who could be a more prolonged feud with Mark, but there are plenty of possibilities, and I’m just happy to see him showing up on ROH TV as the ROH World Champion should.

My Score: 8.5/10


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