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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/18/23)

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Will Main Event Jey Uso survive the Scottish Warrior?

The Raw roster is mostly Anti-Jey Uso, with Drew McIntyre stepping up as number one on the list! Will McIntyre’s Claymore blast Jey into pieces?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Cody Rhodes VS Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day; Cody wins.
  • Best 2 Out of 3 Falls: The New Day VS The Viking Raiders w/ “Valhalla” Sarah Logan; changed to…
  • Kofi Kingston VS Ivar w/ “Valhalla” Sarah Logan; Kofi wins.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Ricochet; Nakamura wins, by disqualification.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Chelsea Green & Piper Niven; Chelsea & Piper win, by disqualification.
  • Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Bronson Reed; Bronson wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Natalya; Becky wins and retains the title.
  • Tommaso Ciampa VS Giovanni Vinci w/ Ludwig Kaiser; Ciampa wins.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Cody Rhodes heads to the ring!

Salt Lake City fires up for the American Nightmare as he prepares to humble Dirty Dom once and for all, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets the pyro and high-fives fans at the ramp. Cody stands on the corner, gets another round of “WHOA~ OH~!” and pyro, then picks up the mic. Fans chant Cody’s name, and he asks them, “Whaddya wanna talk about?” He was interrupted last week so he really wants to talk about Main Event Jey Uso. Wait, Cody gets interrupted again, and it’s once again Dominik Mysterio! Fans boo Dom as he has the mic already, and he tells Cody, “The only thing that they need to know about Jey Uso… CALLETE!”

Fans keep booing but Dom keeps talking. “Once Main Event Jey Uso joins The Judgment Day, we will continue to be the most dominant faction in all of WWE!” Dom storms into the ring and says, “Speaking of dominating… Mami isn’t here because she was injured last week by Nia Jax. But she will be back better, and soon. But tonight, after I beat you, Cody… I will be dedicating my victory to Mami.” Cody asks if the fans heard Dom. “NO!” Well, then go ahead, Dom, say that again. Fans start booing again and Dom shakes his head. Cody says this is a big night for Dom, huh? Cody lets everyone know Dom is dedicating this “victory” to Mami.

But maybe that will be what does it. This will be the thing that impresses Rhea enough that she finally defines their relationship. Maybe a little bit before Dom’s time, but this is a very Urkel & Laura vibe. Dom is way more into Rhea than Rhea is in to Dom. And all this dedication to her, what’s the deal? It also seems that Mami has eyes for Jey Uso. No no no! It’s NOT like that! They’re a family! And once Jey joins, he’ll know what it is like to have a family! Because family always has each other’s back! And Dom smiles as the rest of the Judgment Day walks out! Finn Balor & Damian Priest swagger to the ring, will they be a factor as always? Or can Cody defy the odds stacked against him?

Cody Rhodes VS Dominik Mysterio w/ The Judgment Day!

Raw returns and we Dragon Lee is in the crowd watching, because he gets his shot at the North American Championship next week on Raw, just days before NXT No Mercy on the 30th! The bell rings, the two circle, fans boo Dom but Dom shoves Cody. Cody kick slow then drops for the RHODES UPPERCUT! Then Cody suplexes Dom and holds him up, for a count of TEN before the GROUD BUSTER! Then Cody ties up the legs! FIGURE FOUR! Dom flails, reaches out, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK! Cody lets go quickly and glares at Finn & Priest. Cody bumps Dom off buckles, CHOPS him, then ROCKS him!

Cody whips corner to corner, Dom reverses but Cody tumbles up and out to ROCK Dom! But Dom distracts the ref so Finn can YANK Cody down! Dom goes out while fans boo and Dom puts Cody in the ring. The Judgment Day fist bumps while Dom stomps away on Cody in the corner. The ref counts, Dom lets off and soaks up the heat. Dom then suplexes, Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Dom hits Dos Amigos! Dom looses his grip for a moment, tries one more, but Cody slips free to springboard, CODY CUTTER! Fans fire up with Cody as Dom staggers up! Dragon sleeper, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

The Judgment Day is furious that Dom is now 0-2 against the American Nightmare! Will this really bring Dom down as he faces Carmelo Hayes tomorrow night on NXT?

But wait, Finn & Priest get on the apron, and Cody sees he’s 3v1. But wait! Here comes Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn! The former tag team champions back Cody up again, and they dare Judgment Day to do something! Judgment Day says yeah, okay! Just not now. Dom, Finn & Priest fall back while fans boo, but will all these enemies soon close in around them?

But wait, as Cody starts to leave, Kevin has them cut the music. Kevin says before Cody leaves, he wants to talk about something. Cody says okay, but what about? Cody goes back towards the ring, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kevin sits on the corner with a mic. He says now that we’re back and everyone can hear this, from what Kevin understands, and correct him if he’s wrong… But Jey is back on Raw because of Cody. Cody says that is correct. Then Kevin doesn’t need to go into detail about what Jey did ot a lot of people on Raw when he was Bloodline and all that. Kevin just wants Cody to tell him why Cody thought it was a good idea to bring Jey over to Raw. That’s all he wants. And not just for Kevin, but for everyone else in the locker room. Cody says there are surely a lot of people in the back who need to know.

But Cody’s pretty sure there’s a lot of people out in the crowd who already know why. Cody’s had a lot of roles, a lot of tasks, a lot of duties, but his job is to make the people happy. The fans cheer that, and Cody says he’ll get to the answer. But the fans like Jey, right? The fans fire up for that, and then Cody says Cody himself is someone who has received a large amount of second chances. Jey is one of the very best, he deserves a second chance, and they should be the ones to give him the time to show he has changed. Not to mention, the Bloodline, who we are all very familiar with, are now down a member! What’s bad about that?

Kevin mulls it over and Sami speaks up. He doesn’t wanna pile on, he has had Kevin’s back since day one, but he has known Kevin since day one, this is how Kevin’s always been. He takes more time to warm up and trust people. Or maybe Sami just trusts too quickly. But hey, Sami knows Jey. They went through a lot. The situation Jey had to dig himself out of… Kevin doesn’t have to give Jey a second chance, but Sami feels he should. Because guess what? Kevin’s given Sami second chances, Sami’s given Kevin second chances, and because of that, they won the Undisputed Tag Team Championships in the main event of WrestleMania!

So Kevin doesn’t have to do it right away, just- Kevin stops him there and sees where this is going. He hears them. He has to pretend Jey isn’t a big part of why Sami didn’t win the Universal Championship at Elimination Chamber? Fine, he’ll do that. He has to pretend Jey wasn’t a huge reason why Cody didn’t walk of WrestleMania as champion? Fine, he’ll do that. He has to pretend like Jey didn’t cost Kevin FIVE title matches against Roman Reigns? Fine, he’ll do that. He’ll even pretend like Jey isn’t one shade of eyeliner away from joining The Judgment Day now. Kevin is to trust Jey? He can’t do that. But he trusts Sami and Cody, so he hopes they’re right.

Kevin leaves, but will it really just take time? Or is Kevin’s mind made up beyond a point of changing?

 

Kofi Kingston VS Ivar w/ “Valhalla” Sarah Logan!

When Erik was found not medically cleared to compete tonight, the tag team match was downgraded to a singles match, and Kofi won the right to face the Warbeard through… rock-paper-scissors? Well, will Kofi be able to cut through Ivar like scissors to paper? Or will Ivar crush him like rock to scissors?

Raw returns and Ivar makes his entrance, Sarah Logan by his side. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rlaly, Kofi gets around Ivar to headlock but Ivar blocks the takeover. Kofi tries again, but Ivar still blocks. Ivar powers out, Kofi slips out of the back drop to waistlock but Ivar bucks the O’Conner away. Ivar then runs Kofi over! Fans boo but Ivar fires up as he runs, only for Kofi to move, hurdle, hurdle and UPPERCUT! Ivar goes to a corner, Kofi runs in to SPLASH! Ivar staggers but Kofi runs in, into a SEATED SENTON! Ivar snarls while the ref checks Kofi. Ivar drags Kofi up, UPPERCUTS him, then follows Kofi to a corner.

Ivar throws back elbows, but fans rally up for Kofi. Ivar whips corner to corner hard and Kofi bounces off buckles! Ivar storms up but Kofi throws elbows and backhands! Kofi fires off haymakers, he backs Ivar down to whip, but Ivar reverses. Ivar runs in but gets a SWING KICK for it! Kofi goes up top to FLYING AX HANDLE! Fans rally, Kofi fires CHOPS, then a DROPKICK! Ivar comes back, Kofi dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up more as Kofi runs, but Ivar gets away. Kofi storms up but into an elbow! So Kofi SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Ivar survives and scrambles away. Sarah snarls but Ivar TOSSES Kofi out!

Ivar then goes to the apron, leaps, VIKING SPLASH to the floor! Sarah and Ivar roar while Kofi sputters and coughs, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kofi throws body shots! Kofi stands to throw haymakers, but runs into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Ivar runs to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Fans boo but Ivar goes to the corner. Ivar climbs up to the top, to VIKING FLOP as Kofi moves! Fans fire up and Sarah freaks out! Kofi drags himself to the corner, he goes up now, and he leaps to SPLASH Ivar on the back! Cover, TWO! Ivar holds in there but Sarah is still frustrated. Kofi hurries to whip but Ivar reverses. Kofi goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Kofi grows frustrated but he and Ivar rise again. Ivar goes to a corner, Kofi runs in, but Ivar BOOTS him down!

Ivar snarls and he storms up on Kofi. Kofi stands to catch the haymaker into SOS! Cover, TWO!! Ivar escapes and Sarah is beside herself. Kofi runs to PENALTY KICK! And then “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOM DROP Kofi goes to a corner, and fans fire up! Kofi claps and the fans join in, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi spins, but Ivar ducks Trouble! Kofi ducks the heel kick! Kofi clinches but Ivar spins him around to underhook! TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Kofi survives and Sarah cannot believe it! Fans rally for Kofi even harder but Ivar scowls. Ivar runs up but into an elbow! But the HEEL KICK OF DOOM connects! Cover, TWO!??!

Kofi survives and Sarah is seething! “This is Awesome!” but Ivar takes aim from the corner. Kofi stands, Ivar runs in, BRONCO BUSTER! Kofi flops into the drop zone and Ivar goes up! Ivar takes aim, Sarah says to spin it around. Ivar nods and he goes up to the very top, facing outside! VIKING MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Sarah is freaking out and Salt Lake City cannot believe it! Ivar is pulling at his beard, he is that upset! Ivar drags Kofi up, hoists him to the top rope, but Kofi fights with body shots! Kofi CLUBS away on Ivar’s back, and fans fire up with him! SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!!

Fans fire up again as Kofi stands and takes aim! TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Sarah is enraged, but this was a throwback to #Kofimania right here! But will this help The New Day put things to bed with the Viking Raiders?

 

Backstage interview with Ricochet.

Jackie Redmon is with #TheHighlightoftheNight, and notes his rematch with Shinsuke Nakamura is in just a few moments. Any final comments before heading out there? Ricochet says he feels Nakamura sees this as just another mind game he’s setting out for Seth Rollins. But Ricochet will show Nakamura that he is nobody’s pawn. To be honest, Ricochet had moved on from Nakamura, passed over, but the only reason he’s getting involved again is both that Nakamura hit him with a chair, and that he chose to attack Ricochet last week. That made things personal. Nakamura can throw flames but it will only fire Ricochet up.

Ricochet tells Nakamura that if it is games he wants to play, let’s play. Ricochet has the cheat codes, and tonight will be game over. Will the King of Flight have his revenge on the King of Strong Style? Or will nothing stop Nakamura on his mission to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion?

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Ricochet!

But wait! After Nakamura makes his entrance, Seth Rollins appears! Salt Lake fires up as The Visionary storms out, only for Adam Pearce to storm out and stop him! Security and producers are called in, they can’t let even the world champion ruin this match. Rollins says okay, he’ll leave. But then he bolts right past them all! Rollins slides in, but Nakamura slides out! Rollins chases after Nakamura but is intercepted by the security guards! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Rollins goes around the other side. Security is still there to stop him, and Nakamura slides back into the ring. “C’MON~!” Nakamura eggs Rollins on but he has Ricochet to worry about, after the break.

Raw returns and Ricochet makes his entrance. Rollins has since been ushered from ringside, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and Ricochet powers Nakamura to a corner. The ref counts, Nakamura uses ropes, and Ricochet backs off. Ricochet eggs Nakamura on, they tie up again, and Ricochet again puts Nakamura on ropes. They go along the ropes, into a corner, the ref works to separate them, but Nakamura gets a cheap shot in! The ref reprimands but Nakamura RAMS Ricochet into another corner! Nakamura stomps away but lets off at 4. Nakamura gives a few more stomps, then kicks Ricochet around.

Nakamura paces around Ricochet, drags him up, and slaps him around. Ricochet is annoyed but Nakamura KICKS him down! Fans rally and Nakamura smirks, then he KICKS Ricochet again! Ricochet gets frustrated, and he blocks a kick! Ricochet fires haymakers and UPPERCUTS, then whips. Nakamura reverses, Ricochet dodges to roll and RANA! Then DROPKICK! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Ricochet stomps Nakamura now, has him in a corner and keeps up the stomps! Fans fire up but the ref counts, and Ricochet lets off at 4. Ricochet storms back up on Nakamura, fireman’s carries, but Nakamura slips free!

Ricochet throws elbows, runs, but Nakamura rushes up! Ricochet dodges and handsprings but Nakamura SLIDING KICKS! Ricochet flounders, Nakamura gets him up to put him on the top rope. Nakamura throws body shots, goes corner to corner, and hits the TOP SHELF KNEE! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is hanging tough but Nakamura drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ricochet but Nakamura pretends he can’t hear them. Nakamura wraps on a GUILLOTINE! Ricochet endures the facelock, fights with body shots, and ROCKS Nakamura! Ricochet UPPERCUTS, runs, but into a kitchen sink knee!

Nakamura stomps Ricochet down, sits him up, and wraps him up in an abdominal stretch! Nakamura CLUBS Ricochet in the ribs! Ricochet claws at Nakamura, but Nakamura keeps on the stretch. Fans rally as Ricochet endures, and Ricochet pries at a leg. Ricochet gets up to his feet to JAWBREAKER, then snapmare! Then KICK! And STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet grows frustrated but he goes to ropes. Fans rally up, and Ricochet AX HANDLES Nakamura down! And again! Ricochet stands Nakamura up but Nakamura fires off fast hands! Nakamura CHOPS Ricochet in the corner!

Ricochet sits down in the corner, Nakamura stands him back up, and he CHOPS Ricochet again! Nakamura CHOPS again, fires a forearm, and repeat! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off, and then he gives Ricochet BAD VIBRATIONS! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off and he whips corner to corner. Nakamura runs, but blocks boots to put Ricochet in ropes! KICK and SLIDING- NO, Ricochet avoids the German Suplex to go up and up and MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans fire up with Ricochet as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nakamura has Ricochet in the corner, for more BAD VIBRATIONS! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off and he swaggers across the ring. Fans rally up, Nakamura runs back in, but into a JUMP KNEE from Ricochet! Both men are down and fans rally up. Ricochet sits up first, and Nakamura goes to ropes. Nakamura stands, he swings but Ricochet counter punches and fires off a strike fest! Ricochet whips, Nakamura reverses but Ricochet handsprings, BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up with Ricochet again and he runs in, SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps his cool as Nakamura goes to a corner.

Ricochet runs corner to corner, but Nakamura KNEES him low! Nakamura puts Ricochet on the top rope again, but Ricochet avoids the knee! Buckle bump and a KICK! Ricochet springboards, FLYING CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura just gets that arm up! Ricochet and the fans can’t believe it, but Ricochet pumps himself back up. Ricochet runs in at the corner, but Nakamura puts him right up! And BOOTS him right down! Ricochet falls to the apron but Nakamura goes out after him! LEG SWEEP! Ricochet hits the apron then tumbles down! Nakamura sits Ricochet up, takes aim, but runs into a Tiger Wall Kick! And ENZIGURI!

Nakamura leans against the barriers, but grabs a chair! Ricochet dodges, to SUPERKICK Nakamura! Ricochet grabs the chair, fans fire up, and he SMACKS Nakamura!!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by disqualification

Ricochet argues that he shouldn’t have been disqualified, Nakamura introduced the chair! But the ref says that doesn’t matter, a chair shot is a chair shot! But then Nakamura SLIDING KICKS Ricochet’s ankle out! Ricochet flounders and writhes, but Nakamura isn’t done there! KINSHASA!! Nakamura then hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Nakamura doesn’t care about anything other than hurting Ricochet now! Nakamura brings Ricochet to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he grabs the chair! CHAIR SHOT against the post! And again! And again!!

BUT HERE COMES ROLLINS! From the crowd side, The Visionary jumps on Nakamura and fires off hands! Rollins puts Nakamura in to fire off more shots! And then a PEDI- NO, Nakamura back drops Rollins onto the chair! Rollins writhes, security gets him out of there, but Nakamura has done the damage! Rollins says who cares, an d he drags Nakamura out of the ring! Only for Nakamura to RAM him into the desk! And then BACK SUPLEX ONTO THE DESK!! Rollins writhes and Nakamura soaks up the heat from all the fans. Their booing is like music to his ears, and he grabs a fan’s Seth Rollins cutout to mock conducting the choir! Will Nakamura be the one composing Rollins’ final movement?

 

Rollins hobbles backstage.

But he angrily tells referees that he does NOT need their help, he is FINE! Except he drops to his knees! The refs offer help and Rollins takes their help to get into the trainer’s room. Rollins sits and gets checked out, is he going to fall apart before ever getting that rematch with Nakamura?

 

Backstage interview with Chelsea Green & Piper Niven.

Byron Saxton is with the Undisputed WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and he asks their thoughts on this new yet formidable tag team of Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark. “Formidable? Bryan, Shayna & Zoey aren’t even a real team. They fought each other, they like each other, they respect each other, oh blah blah blah. That’s not what makes a real team, does it, Bryan? No, what makes a real team is friendship. Piper and I are friends.” Not by the look on Piper’s face… Piper stops Chelsea there. Does she really think they’re friends? Of course, bestie! Then if they’re such friends, what country is Piper from?

Um… Eng- Ire- Florida? Piper rolls her eyes and storms off. Byron says Piper is Scottish. OMG Bryan, of course she knew that! You think Chelsea doesn’t know where her own tag partner is from? Tonight, they will show Shayna & Zoey what a REAL team looks like. Chelsea hurries after Piper to apologize, but will this “team” break down real fast?

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Chelsea Green & Piper Niven!

The teams sort out, and Stark starts against Chelsea. They tie up, but Chelsea kicks low! Chelsea CLUBS Stark around but Stark counter punches right back! Stark whips then ELBOWS Chelsea, runs and UPPERCUTS, then snapmares and points to Piper. SLIDING LARIAT! Stark goes out, slingshots up, ARABIAN PRESS SENTON! Cover, TWO! Shayna reaches out and Stark says okay, she brings Chelsea over to tag. The Queen of Spades wrenches Chelsea into a BACKBREAKER! Shayna keeps Chelsea from Piper, Chelsea SLAPS Shayna, but that just upsets Shayna! Chelsea reaches out, Shayna reels her in, NECKBREAKER!

Shayna runs to SLIDING KNEE Chelsea down! Stark likes that and reaches out. Shayna tags her in and Stark stomps Chelsea. Stark whips Chelsea to a corner, runs in but into an ELBOW! Piper reaches out, saves Chelsea from thne SPLASH, and then Chelsea goes up top! Chelsea MISSILE DROPKICKS! Chelsea hurries to cover, TWO! Chelsea is frustrated already but she drags Stark over, bumps her off buckles, and tags in Piper. Piper throws elbows, then runs to SPLASH! Stark drops to her knees but Piper scoops. SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Stark toughs it out and Piper scowls. Piper then CLUBS away on Stark!

Piper bumps Stark off buckles, tags in Chelsea and Chelsea CHOPS! But Stark CHOPS back! Chelsea CHOPS, whips, but Stark reverses. Chelsea kicks back, ENZIGURIS, and laughs. Chelsea runs, into a SUPERKICK! Stark falls on the cover, but Piper drags her away! Shayna storms in and KNEES Piper down! Piper falls out of the ring and fans fire up! Shayna goes out but Piper HEADBUTTS! Piper scoops, to SLAM Shayna on the floor! Fans fire up, but here comes NIA!? Nia POSTS Piper!!

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by disqualification

Nia whips Piper into steel steps! Fans boo as The Irresistible Force then hauls Stark up to SAMOAN DROP! Nia runs to SENTON Stark! Nia grins as Chelsea stands back up. Chelsea freaks out but she can’t get away! Nia TOSSES her to a corner! And then HIP ATTACKS! Chelsea sputters, Nia runs in and SPLASHES her old tag partner, Shayna! Nia steps on Shayna to go up the corner! Nia’s gonna do Shayna like she did Rhea! BANZAI DROP!! AKA the A-NIA-LATOR! Fans boo as Nia wipes out the tag champs and the dangerous duo of Shayna & Stark. She says it is open season, consider the Women’s Division on notice.

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He says he will talk with Nia about her behavior, and he knows Rollins has been evaluated. But he has to call back. Chad Gable walks over and asks about Rollins. He’s hurting. But Rollins is also angry. And now we have Nia doing what she wants, he has to go handle that. Gable knows Pearce is busy, he just needs one second. He beat Ludwig last week to keep his momentum up, what does he need to do to get one more chance at Gunther? To shoot straight, that title match was a career-making moment. No one discredits what Gable did. But Gunther won, so he can’t just slide back into the picture.

That’s right! Bronson Reed tells Gable back of the line. SHOOSH! Big Bronson, huh? Gable made a name for himself suplexing the big boys, so if he wants to be next, it will be Gable’s pleasure. Bronson says there’s no way he can even wrap his arms around Bronson. They argue but Pearce has them stop. Pearce has had enough madness tonight, so if they want to fight it out, head for the ring. It’s official! Bronson and Gable are ready, will Gable use the Colossal Aussie as a springboard back to Der Ring General? Or will he be washed away by the Tsunami?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Jackie is now with #MainEventJey and says earlier tonight, Kevin Owens had some rather stinging comments about Jey’s return to Mondays. Drew McIntyre doesn’t seem to appreciate Jey’s presence, either. How is he handling this not-so-warm welcome? Jey says it’s all good. He knows he has a lot of eyes on him, big target on his back. As far as him and Drew go, they’re gonna go out there and get real physical. There’s history there, so Jey knows- Damian Priest walks over and asks Jackie to give them a second. She moves aside and Priest tells Jey that he doesn’t know how Jey views him, but uh, maybe Jey could do Priest a favor.

The Judgment Day is looking for an Uso. The crew is pushing for Jimmy, but Priest is here, looking at Jey, and wants Main Event Jey in the group. But Priest can’t just make the decision. This isn’t a dictatorship, this is a family. Jey chuckles and tells Priest that he knows all about family, Uce. With all due respect, Jey knows about his Bloodline. But blood only makes you relatives. They have something special. If Jey is willing, if he wants, The Judgment Day can be the family Jey’s always been looking for. The only thing Priest is asking is Jey can’t make him look bad in front of the family. So one way or another, give them an answer by the end of tonight.

 

Chad Gable w/ The Alpha Academy VS Bronson Reed!

Raw returns and Big Bronson makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Bronson shoves Gable down. Gable comes back, ties up with Bronson again but Bronson throws Gable down! Fans rally and Gable gets around but Bronson throws him off the waistlock. Gable goes for a leg, but Bronson hauls him up! Gable slips free, whips, but Bronson blocks! Bronson whips, Gable goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and FOREARMS! Bronson stays up so Gable runs to FOREARM again! Gable runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Gable ROCKS Bronson and goes up!

Gable MISSILE DROPKICKS and Bronson staggers around! Gable waistlocks! Fans fire up but Bronson elbows free! Gable goes to a corner, Bronson SPLASHES, then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Bronson dusts his hands off while fans boo, and Bronson stands Gable up. Bronson HEADBUTTS Gable down, then drags him back up. Bronson ELBOWS Gable to a corner, Otis & Maxxine coach Gable up, but Bronson CHOPS! Bronson whips corner to corner hard and Gable bounces off the buckles! Fans boo but Bronson says he is just too big. Bronson eggs Gable on, CLUBS him down, and then CLUBS him again!

Bronson drags Gable up but Gable throws body shots! Fans rally, but Bronson ROCKS Gable! Bronson back suplexes, Gable lands out of it! Gable throats chops, kicks, UPPERCUTS and CHOPS! But Bronson TOSSES Gable to a corner! Gable BOOTS back, goes up, but Bronson choke grips! Trophy lift, to MAT SLAM him on the corner! And then BLASTS him down! Gable is down and fans boo as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Bronson grinds Gable into the mat with a chilnocki. Fans rally, Gable fights, and Otis pounds the mat to coach Gable up. Gable fires body shots, CHOPS, then runs to CHOP BLOCK! Bronson hobbles, but he still LARIATS Gable! Bronson drags Gable up to bump him off buckles, then he hoists Gable up top. Bronson ROCKS Gable with haymaker after haymaker, but Gable catches Bronson to a HANGING ARMBAR! Gable lets off at 4, then dodges to send Bronson into buckles! Bronson drops to a knee, Gable fires off forearms! Gable ROLLING KICKS and Bronson is down! Gable goes up, for the DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!!

Gable keeps his focus on Bronson as he stands up! Waistlock, then the corner, but Bronson bucks free to CLOBBER Gable! And then SENTON onto knees! Otis & Maxxine fire up, Gable waistlocks, but the legs are sore! Bronson picks Gable up for a BACKPACK SENTON! Bronson drags Gable to the drop zone, goes up the corner, TSUNAMI!!! Cover, Bronson wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

Gable tried and he tried, but maybe there is a limit to how much The Little Engine That Could can do. Bronson says he is next in line, will he prove to even GUNTHER that #BiggerISBetter!

 

Tommaso Ciampa speaks.

“I like to think that I’m a patient man. An observer at times. So when I came to Monday Night Raw, I made an internal agreement with myself. Play the long game, be patient. Eventually, my number will be called. So I waited. And I waited. And I waited. And y’know what I found out? That in this universe, patience is not a virtue, it is a crutch! In this universe, if you want something down, you gotta make your own opportunities. So if you didn’t learn last week, then tonight, Giovanni taps again. And then, you think, ‘And then what?’ Imperium, you did not choose me, I chose you, and we don’t gotta play the long game of mystery to find out why.

“Gunther! You have what I want.” Ciampa storms off, will the Psycho Killer make sure like the song says, no one will survive?

 

Becky Lynch is headed to gorilla.

She crosses paths with Akira Tozawa, and he nervously smiles and offers a fist bump. Becky gives him the fist bump, and then continues on. The Grand Slam Man, the N-BEX-T Women’s Champion, is coming around for a title match! Who will step up to her Open Challenge? We find out, after the break.

 

Kevin & Sami talk backstage.

Sami wants Kevin to know, he isn’t saying Kevin is wrong. Sami just thinks Kevin needs to give Jey the benefit of the doubt. Kevin says he did do that, and it got him a superkick to the face! But Sami says Kevin saw it for himself, it was an accident. But now Jey is talking with Damian! Sami says it’s the other way around, but here comes Jey. Jey says if KO has something to say, say it to his face! Kevin says okay, sure! He thinks Jey’s gonna be with Judgment Day! And if not, then he will eventually. Jey says it was an accident, Uce! Well alright, but what about all that time with Bloodline? Months of not doing anything on his own, it’ll just happen again here!

Sami wants them to calm things down, take a breath, and bring the energy down. Kevin says fine, he’ll take a breath. But he just doesn’t care what Jey does, Judgment Day or no Judgment Day, because Kevin still won’t trust him. Do whatever you gotta do. Kevin & Sami don’t have a match so he’s getting outta here. Sami says Kevin can go on ahead, he’ll be there in a minute. Sami wants Jey to understand, Kevin just needs time. Just keep it cool. And this stuff with Judgment Day, Sami doesn’t know what’s going on. But Jey does have a decision to make, and a big one. Good luck, okay? Jey thanks Sami for that. But will Jey prove he can be trusted?

 

NXT Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Becky Lynch VS ???

Salt Lake City fires up as The Man returns, finally the NXT Women’s Champion! But she isn’t just gonna rest on her laurels, Becky is going to be a fighting champion! But before the Open Challenge truly begins, Becky gets the mic to say, “And The Man is the NEW NXT Women’s Champion! And while I will admit winning the NXT Women’s title wasn’t exactly on my Bingo card this year, if I have learned anything over the last few weeks, it is that you have to take the chances and the opportunities while you can.” Fans cheer that. And so, Becky didn’t wanna just win this title and put it on the mantle, so that she can say she IS a Grand Slam Champion. Though, that’s pretty nice.

Becky wants to defend this title! To elevate this title to heights it has never seen before! Because NXT quite literally represents the future of this business. It represents hope, hunger, passion, and progress! She wants to test herself against the very best the future has to offer! Which is why Becky will also be on NXT tomorrow night! But right now, she’s in Utah! Fans cheer that, and Becky says she knows there are a whole lot of women who have worked their asses off that haven’t gotten an opportunity that want to step up to the plate! Tonight is the night for somebody new, because here comes the open challenge!

And she can’t think of a better place than now, or a better time- Oh, wait, got that wrong. But here comes NATALYA! The Queen of Harts tells Becky, “With all due respect, I’d like to tell me another woman who has worked their ass off more than me for an opportunity! After all, it was eight weeks ago that I took the Raw Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley, to her limits. And I have been sitting backstage ever since, patiently, for my chance. So yes, Becky, yes, I do accept!” Oh, okay. Becky wants Natty to know she has nothing but respect for her, they go way back to wrestling in Japan as teenagers!

But uh, when she issued this challenge, this was more for someone new. For someone who has never had a title match. And Natty’s been here for 15 years- YES, 15 YEARS of dedicating her life to this! And Becky wants to say Natty’s taking an opportunity away from someone else? Becky went down to NXT and stepped all over every single one of those women there that was patiently waiting for their chance! Becky is nothing but a hypocritical Ginger witch! Becky says c’mon now, but then Natty shoves her! Becky says okay, okay, if Natty wants to go, then Becky accepts! Ring the bell!

The ref does as told, Becky puts the belt and her coat aside, and then Natty ROCKS her with a right! Natty fires off, then POSTS Becky! Becky flops to the floor, Natty glares at her and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Becky SOBATS! Becky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then CLOBBERS Natty! Natty goes to a corner, fans fire up as Becky runs in to forearm! And then BECKSPLODER! Cover, TWO! Becky frowns but she keeps her cool. Becky feels the energy from the fans and she paces around. Becky drags Natty up, but N atty whips her away. Becky clinches, but Natty elbows free! Natty GERMAN SUPLEXES and Becky flounders. Natty gets the legs, steps through, but Becky fights to get a cradle! TWO, and Becky knees low! Becky whips, Natty reverses, but Becky goes to the apron. Natty rushes in but gets a KICK, and a ROUNDHOUSE!

Becky goes up but Natty ROCKS her first! Natty fires off hands, goes up after her, then throws hands! Fans rally and Natty hits a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Natty grits her teeth as Becky is still in this. Fans rally, Natty gets the legs, but Becky flounders and kicks. Becky schoolgirls Natty into buckles! Becky drags Natty up, snapmares her, then goes up the corner. Natty stands, Becky MISSILE DROPKICKS her down! Natty bails out but Becky keeps moving, she WRECKS Natty with a dropkick! Becky puts Natty in, goes up another corner, but Natty avoids the attack! DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!

Natty grows further frustrated, but she steps through the legs again! Becky fights and drags Natty down, DISARM-HER!! Natty flails, tucks, rolls Becky up, TWO! Becky stands to clinch, but Natty elbows free! Becky switches, shoves, O’Conner Roll, TWO and Natty has the O’Conner! TWO and Becky stacks Natty up, BECKY WINS!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (still NXT Women’s Champion)

Natty is distraught, having put all her eggs in this basket. Will Natty ever return to her former glory? As for Becky, who will look to take on The Man next?

 

Pearce talks with Dragon Lee.

It’s going to be a big match next week. Dragon agrees, but Dom storms in and complains about his loss to Cody Rhodes. And does Pearce know why Dom lost? Because was distracted by how Mami isn’t here, at home hurt, and wasn’t by Dom’s side. And do you know why Rhea’s not by his side? Because Pearce isn’t doing his job punishing Nia Jax! Instead, he’s talking to this guy! Dom doesn’t like guys with masks. They remind him of his deadbeat dad. And next week, Dom will remain NXT North American Champion! Dragon tells Dom he has no idea what is going on with Dom and Rhea.

But whenever Rhea returns, she will see her boy without that title. Because Dragon will leave Raw the NEW North American Champion. Dragon thanks Pearce for his time, Dom grumbles that he always be champion. Will Dirty Dom be able to make it through these next seven days with such strong competition after him?

 

Tommaso Ciampa VS Giovanni Vinci w/ Ludwig Kaiser!

The Sicilian Psycho is looking to fire the first salvo in his fight towards the Intercontinental Championship! Will he bring down The Pride of Italy to weaken Imperium’s defenses? Or will it be #VeniVidiVinci in Salt Lake City?

Raw returns and Ciampa makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Vinci waistlocks. Ciampa pries at the hold, Vinci puts him on ropes, and the ref has Vinci back down. Ludwig hooks Ciampa in the distraction! Vinci CLOBBERS Ciampa, then fires off shots! Vinci RAMS Ciampa, UPPERCUTS him, then lets off as the ref counts. Ludwig grins and talks trash while Vinci kicks Ciampa around. Vinci stands Ciampa up but Ciampa fires back with forearms and CHOPS! Fans rally, Ciampa backs Vinci down but Vinci shoves. Vinci blocks the kick to short arm LARIAT Ciampa down!

Ciampa flounders and the ref checks him. Vinci stomps Ciampa, Gunther watches backstage as Vinci CLUBS Ciampa down. Vinci stands Ciampa up and RAMS him into a corner! Then Vinci hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Vinci kicks Ciampa around, taunts him, then gives him more kicks. Vinci pie faces Ciampa, so Ciampa SLAPS! And CHOPS! And forearms! Vinci knees low, whips Ciampa to a corner, but Ciampa goes up. But Vinci catches Ciampa as he goes over! Ciampa slips free, shoves, and THESZ PRESS! Ciampa fires fast hands, then things speed up! Ciampa LARIATS Vinci down! The fans fire up as Vinci goes to a corner.

Ciampa runs in to clothesline, then keeps moving, but Vinci fireman’s carries! Ciampa slips free, REVERSE DDT! Fans fire up and Ciampa feels it! Ludwig panics, shouts to Vinci, but Ciampa brings the kneepad down! Ludwig slides into the ring! The ref and Ciampa both see him, Ludwig bails out, but Vinci rolls Ciampa up! With tights! TWO!! Ciampa ripcords to ROCK Vinci! Then BOOT! Then ROLLING- NO, Vinci blocks to CHOP! Vinci whips, Ciampa reverses but Vinci springboards, into a JUMP KNEE! SICILIAN STRETCH!! Vinci reaches out, but he’s caught! Vinci taps, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by submission

Gunther is not happy seeing that. Ciampa takes down one pawn, will he clear the Impeccable German off the board before going after Der Ring General?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Byron walks over as Rollins hobbles down the hall. Byron says we all saw Rollins try to bring the fight to Nakamura earlier tonight, but that didn’t go how he wanted. Right now, how is Rollins feeling? Rollins says he is tired, in a lot of pain, and he’s trying to keep it together. But he is losing his mind! Rollins is sick of Nakamura’s games! Rollins will do whatever it takes to get that SOB in the ring!! Rollins cools off, and says that he doesn’t wanna go to that place but he has to. If Nakamura wants to do things on his terms, then Rollins has been going about this all wrong. Maybe Rollins just needs to take his hands off the wheel.

Rollins tells Nakamura that the ball is in his court. Name the time, name the place, and even name the stipulation. But Nakamura needs to remember… Their destinies are intertwined at this point. “So ask yourself, will you be the one to define your legacy? Or will it be me?” Rollins grins and heads out, but is this only playing into Nakamura’s hands?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Raw!

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn get a rematch for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships! Will they get payback on The Prince & Punisher for what they did at Payback?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso!

The Scottish Warrior told Main Event Jey eye to eye and man to man just last week that this is payback for everything The Bloodline did to keep him from becoming Universal Champion. And Jey simply said he understood. Will there be a Claymore with Jey’s name on it? Or will Jey strike first?

Raw returns and Jey has the fans bouncing to the beat. But then McIntyre makes his entrance, and the bell rings. Fans rally up as Jey and McIntyre stare down. The two step up and Jey says McIntyre’s about to get this work! They tie up, are in a deadlock, but McIntyre shoves Jey away! McIntyre says if that’s all Jey’s got, this will be quick. Jey shakes that off, they circle, and tie up. They’re in another deadlock but the fans rally for Jey. McIntyre puts Jey in a corner, lets off slowly, but Jey avoids the haymaker! Jey fires body shots, then haymakers! Jey runs up to GAMANGIRI! Then he whips corner to corner, only for McIntyre to reverse.

Jey stops himself, but comes back into a LARIAT from McIntyre! Fans fire up while McIntyre seethes and looms over Jey. McIntyre drags Cody up, bumps him off buckles, and then ROCKS him with a right! And CHOPS him! And then rips the shirt off to CHOP Jey right on the skin! McIntyre stomps and ROCKS and repeat, but the ref counts. McIntyre lets off, he storms up on Jey, and then he drags Jey up. Jey ROCKS McIntyre with an uppercut! And another! And another! McIntyre goes to a corner, Jey storms up and whips, but McIntyre reverses again. McIntyre kicks Jey low, then snap suplexes! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally while Jey crawls away. McIntyre storms up on Jey, drags him up, then CHOPS! Jey UPPERCUTS! McIntyre CHOPS and Jey falls! McIntyre stomps Jey right on the face! Jey crawls, but McIntyre drags him up, only for Jey to HEADBUTT! And again! And then Jey climbs up in the corner to rain down fists! McIntyres shoves Jey away at five, but Jey comes back to whip. McIntyre reverses again, runs in and ROCKS Jey! Then CHOPS Jey! McIntyre whips, Jey ducks ‘n’ dodges to then hold ropes. McIntyre runs in, Jey dumps him out! Jey builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre!

Fans fire up with Jey and he hurries back into the ring. Jey builds speed again, to DIVE! Another direct hit and McIntyre falls again! But wait, here comes the Judgment Day. Priest, Finn & Dom are cheering Jey on, mostly because they want him to join up. Jey isn’t sure what to make of this, but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, and McIntyre has Jey up top. McIntyre climbs up to join Jey, and he throws hands! Jey wobbles, the Judgment Day cheer him on along with the fans. Jey throws body shots! Jey ROCKS McIntyre but McIntyre hits back! Jey HEADBUTTS and McIntyre drops back, only for McIntyre to come back and ROCK Jey with a forearm! McIntyre goes up, stands on the very top, and hits a SUPER DUPER PLEX! Fans fire up and the Judgment Day cheer Jey on. Jey and McIntyre stir, McIntyre sits up, and he glares at Jey. Jey rises, grits his teeth, and McIntyre eggs him on !

McIntyre throws a haymaker, Jey throws a forearm! McIntyre and Jey go back and forth, then Jey counter punches! And again! And again! McIntyre wobbles, but he GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS! Both men wobble, and Jey ENZIGURIS! McIntyre swings, misses, and runs into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Judgment Day coaches Jey, and Jey sees McIntyre go outside. Jey builds speed again, and he DIVES into a forearm! Jey is down, and McIntyre hurries up the corner?! But Jey avoids the flying ax handle! Only to run into a SPINBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Jey is in this and Judgment Day cheers him on!

McIntyre scowls as he sits back up. McIntyre drags Jey up to ROCK him and whip him. Jey BOOTS McIntyre away, runs, but McIntyre dodges to NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as McIntyre kips up! McIntyre glares at Jey as he goes to the corner, he starts the countdown, but of course Dom distracts! Priest swipes at McIntyre but McIntyre kicks at him! McIntyre runs, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Jey is frustrated, and he goes to a corner. The Judgment Day is there to coach him on, telling Jey this is what The Judgment Day is about. It’s your time, Uce! Jey aims at McIntyre, Priest talks to him more, and Jey says alright.

Jey fist bumps with Priest? But then he SUPERKICKS him down! And SUPERKICK for Finn! SUPERKICK for Dom! Jey just said no, but then McIntyre says CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Well, Jey turned the Judgment Day down, proving the doubters wrong! But then McIntyre still took advantage and takes the victory! Will the Scottish Warrior finally be able to move on? As for Jey, he’s down as the Judgment Day gets in the ring! They’re furious with Jey, so they start stomping him down! Fans boo, but Finn gets in Jey’s face that you do not do this to the Judgment Day! Finn fires off hands as Priest holds Jey up! McIntyre watches, conflicted between his grudge and his sense of justice. McIntyre turns to go, but then turns back. But here comes Cody Rhodes! Cody rushes past McIntyre to DUMP Priest out!

Cody fires off on Finn, Jey SUPERKICKS Finn! Cody dodges Dom, Jey SUPERKICKS Dom! Cody gives Dom a CROSS RHODES! Just like earlier tonight! Fans are thunderous as The Judgment Day retreats again! McIntyre almost made a decision, but will he just stay out of this battle? As for Jey, does he have an ally against the Judgment Day in the American Nightmare?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw that moved rather smoothly and quickly from start to finish. Great bookending of the show with the Jey Uso story. Cody wants to speak to why he brought Jey over, Dom gets in his way again, but then Dom gets beat surprisingly quickly. I did like that his excuse is that he needs Mami Rhea to be back, which is basically true since she’s helped him win so often. Dom VS Dragon Lee happening next week on Raw is very surprising, but with Dom facing Melo on NXT, can’t do it there. And then next week is the go-home to No Mercy so can’t really change things last minute, but changing things at the penultimate (second to last) minute. I don’t know if Dragon wins that but it’d be amazing if he did so that we get Dragon VS Mustafa Ali fair and square for No Mercy.

Kevin & Sami supporting Cody against Judgment Day was of course going to happen, it has already happened multiple times. But at least we didn’t get yet another Six Man Tag between them all. Good promo from Cody, Sami & Kevin to talk things out, and all the interactions Jey had throughout the night was good stuff. Jey VS McIntyre was great stuff, and of course The Judgment Day had to show up. Of course Jey rejected the offer, but it was also fair that he lost the match then. Judgment Day are now set to feud with Jey, and Cody is definitely on Jey’s team. Sami might join in, despite Kevin’s objections, but I liked McIntyre having that moment of conflict. He doesn’t like Jey but he really doesn’t like Judgment Day, and he’s been walking the Tweener line, good stuff.

Next week is a big night for Judgment Day with Dom defending his title and then Finn & Priest defending their tag titles. Maybe Dom really will lose his title on Raw if Finn & Priest are retaining theirs. And I’m pretty sure Finn & Priest are retaining those so they can keep going back and forth between Raw and SmackDown. Rhea is still kayfabe hurt from Nia Jax crushing her, and apparently Nia is gonna keep doing that to every woman until she gets a title match. The tag match of Shayna & Stark VS Chelsea & Piper was getting good right as Nia “ruined” it. Really good promo from Becky, and quite the surprise for Natty to be the one.

But at the same time, it’s two birds with one title match. Becky gets her first defense in and Natty’s story progresses as she continues to run into setbacks and losses. I also did appreciate Natty apparently voicing what some fans (at least, I think it’s “some,” could be more than it seems) feel about Becky taking the title off Tiffany. But Becky will also be on NXT tomorrow night, so surely she’ll celebrate her win there, maybe even be confronted by Tiffany to set up a rematch at No Mercy. And with as great as the first match was, Becky VS Tiffany Round 2 could be epic. And maybe Tiff cheats to win in order to get her belt back, given she didn’t cheat to keep it.

A shame about Erik not being able to compete tonight, a 2 outta 3 falls tag match of New Day VS Viking Raiders would’ve been great stuff. They can still bring that back around, maybe even for the Fastlane go-home episode on October 2nd. But Kofi VS Ivar was still great stuff, and great win for Kofi tonight. Great stuff from Bronson and Gable tonight, but I figured Bronson would win. If Gable’s story of returning to the Intercontinental Championship is to draw us in and stay interesting, Gable can’t win everything, so this was a good move. Plus, Bronson himself deserves to get at something, maybe he challenges for the IC title before Gable makes his return.

Speaking of that, Ciampa is clearly next, as he has a really good match and win off Vinci. Vinci is really getting the pressure and the blame heaped on him by Gunther & Ludwig, maybe he splits off from the group like he did back when he first changed from Fabian Aichner to Giovanni Vinci. As for Ciampa, he’d give Gunther one hell of a match if it’s at like Fastlane or along the way to Survivor Series. And clearly, Rollins VS Nakamura Round 2 is being set up for Fastlane. Good promo from Ricochet, great match from Ricochet VS Nakamura, and I did like commentary pointing out Nakamura wasn’t fighting to win but to hurt Ricochet and send a message. Nakamura surely did both those things, and now Rollins is letting him set the stage. I can’t wait!

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/29/23)

The Continental Classic continues into week 2!

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The Switchblade enters whose house?

The AEW Continental Classic continues here on Dynamite! Swerve Strickland and Jay White are both 1-0, but they go against each other for the top spot in Gold League!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal; Moxley wins.
  • AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush; Rush wins.
  • Wardlow VS AR Fox; Wardlow wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party; Action & Top Flight win.
  • AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura; Julia wins and retains the title.
  • AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Bryan Danielson is here!

Fans cheer as the American Dragon, eyepatch on like a pirate, joins commentary to watch the Continental Classic competition in person.

 

AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal!

The Maniac is 1-0 with three points, so he’s feeling pretty good batting lead for round two! Will he continue his momentum with #PureCarnage? Or will this be a lethal week two?

The bell rings and the clock is ticking on the 20 minute time limit. Moxley and Lethal circle, tie up, and Lethal headlocks for a takeover. Moxley headscissors, Lethal kips free but Moxley headlocks for a takeover. Lethal headscissors, Moxley kips free, and we go another takeover for another scissor. And another! Lethal then ROCKS Moxley with a right! Moxley ROCKS Lethal, Lethal ROCKS Moxley, and they go back and forth! Lethal kicks low, runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up but Lethal trips Moxley to step through, FIGURE FOUR! But Moxley rolls to the apron, and they fall to the floor!

Lethal and Moxley get up, Lethal throws body shots but Moxley clinches. Lethal RAMS Moxley into the apron, slides into the ring and he builds speed. Lethal DIVES and sends Moxley into the railing! Fans fire up, Lethal goes to the apron and struts, but Bryan says not to do that with Moxley. Lethal hops in, builds speed again, but Moxley slides in to deny the dive! Then Moxley DECKS Lethal, and he DIVES! Now Lethal is sent into railing! Moxley shakes out his leg after jamming it up a bit. Lethal CLUBS Moxley, CLUBS him more, but Moxley ROCKS Lethal back. Moxley puts Lethal in, runs in at the corner and clotheslines!

Moxley climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count, but Lethal slips away before five to kick at the legs! Then Lethal hoists Moxley for a SHIN BREAKER to a DRAGON SCREW! Moxley clutches his knee, Lethal storms up to stomp him! Lethal goes after that knee with more stomps, but Moxley hobbles to another corner. Lethal CLUBS the leg, CLUBS it again, and again! Moxley ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Moxley! They go back and forth, Moxley gets the edge with boxing elbows! Then he BITES Lethal! Moxley runs, Lethal ducks to handspring, but into a SLEEPER! Lethal JAWBREAKRS free, and hits another SHIN BREAKER! Then a SAIDO!

Lethal hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes, Lethal climbs, and he MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Moxley is still in this, but he sputters as he crawls to ropes. Moxley is on the apron, Lethal BLASTS Moxley to the railing! The front row has Moxley in their laps as Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Lethal waits while the ref checks on Moxley. Moxley drags himself up but Lethal goes out after him. Moxley drags himself over railing, and Lethal ROCKS him with a right hand! And again! Lethal then RAMS Moxley into the apron, then CLUBS away on the leg! Lethal SLAMS the leg into the apron, and Moxley scrambles into the ring. Lethal pursues, runs up and KICKS the leg out! Moxley crawls, Lethal grabs the leg, and he drops an elbow on the knee! And again! Lethal then has a toehold and he twists the foot. Moxley endures, Lethal stomps the leg, then drops another elbow! But Moxley uses that to get an ARMBAR!

Lethal clasps hands quickly, fights up to stack, TWO and Lethal knees the back of Moxley’s leg! Lethal bends the leg across his own knee, but Moxley endures. Lethal KNEES it again, pulls, and goes back to the standing toehold. Moxley endures, Dynamite returns to single picture, and the fans rally up. Moxley kicks away at Lethal, then gets up to hit a CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Moxley fires up, he drags Lethal up and in, but Lethal fights the piledriver! Lethal RAMS Moxley into the corner, hoists him up, and CHOPS! Lethal climbs for a SUPER DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes and Lethal says he’s gonna rip that leg off!

Lethal aims as Moxley slowly rises, but Moxley avoids the chop block! Moxley ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! And CHOPS him! Lethal fires a forearm but Moxley fires back! The fans rally, the forearms fly, and Moxley gets the edge! Moxley runs, but Lethal follows to UPPERCUT! Lethal runs, but Moxley follows to ELBOW! Moxley runs, baits Lethal in, to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Moxley and he drags Lethal up. Underhooks, but Lethal fights the Paradigm Shift, BACKBREAKER TO COMPLETE SHOT! Moxley is down after the Lethal Combination, and Lethal covers, TWO! Bryan says that wasn’t a great cover, a tournament like this is about the basics.

Lethal grabs Moxley’s leg to SMASH the knee against the mat again and again! Then he drags Moxley, steps through, but Moxley cradle counters! TWO!! Lethal rushes Moxley but Moxley POSTS him! And then rolls him up, TWO!! Lethal escapes again, and Moxley goes back to the corner. Moxley slaps the bad leg and the fans rally up. Lethal stands, he dodges Moxley, and he O’Conner Rolls! TWO and Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE! Lethal rolls back, TWO! Lethal gets the legs, FIGURE FOUR!! Moxley sits up but he endures the pain! Bryan coaches Moxley from commentary and Moxley fights his way around!

Moxley reaches out, Lethal pulls on that hold, but Moxley has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Lethal lets off and drags Moxley up. Lethal KICKS the leg, then calls his shot! Handspring, but Moxley falls! Lethal stops himself, but falls for it! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Moxley fires up, and he KING KONG LRAIATS Lethal inside out!! Then PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Lethal survives, but Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Lethal CLUBS Moxley’s leg, but then Moxley traps that arm! Lethal taps, Moxley wins!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (gains 3 points; Lethal earns 0)

The Maniac is 2-0 with a strong six points, but it may have cost him a leg! Will he have to watch out next round with that target on his back?

 

AEW shares footage from after Saturday Night Collision.

Eddie Kingston asks them what they want him to say. He knew this was gonna be tough. Tony Khan didn’t put any scrubs in this tournament. Eddie just maybe got too cocky, thinking that since he put two belts in the pot, he was a given winner. No one deserves to win, everything is earned. Eddie has Bryan next but he’s behind the 8 ball. Eddie says he will not do this. He will not go backwards. Humble in victory and humble in defeat. Eddie has to go heal up, Epsom salt bath, all that good stuff. The Mad King vows he will be ready for the American Dragon.

Bryan Danielson responds.

Bryan says he was actually impressed by the confidence Eddie had to put up both his titles for the tournament. But now, one loss and Eddie feels he’s behind the 8 ball? Against Bryan? Bryan fractured his orbital bone, needed surgery in two places, and yet he is coming into this tournament on fire! He is NOT behind the 8 ball, he is NOT going to be humble, he is here to win this and be the first AEW Triple Crown! Will Bryan’s Blue League start be Eddie’s Blue League end?

 

Tony Schiavone is backstage.

He brings up that Sting’s final match is coming. AEW Revolution, Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. And when it comes to where they’ll have Sting’s final match, they thought of the many great venues across the world, but what better place for Sting’s final match than Greensboro, North Carolina and the Greensboro Coliseum? So many great Sting matches were held there, but one in particular that comes to mind is 1988, Sting VS Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship. So Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, get ready! Joining Schiavone now are those very legends, Sting and Ric Flair!

First off, 24-0, the longest win streak in AEW right now, what a fitting place for Sting to have his final match and maybe end on 25 than in Greensboro. Sting says yeah, wow, all those years ago, it was March 8th, 1988, his very first world title match against perhaps the greatest world champion of all time in The Nature Boy. Sting would’ve never guessed that night, 35 years later, we’d be here now. The memories, 45 minutes but a draw, commercial free, the first time in TV history that any sporting event even did that. But that’s not the real point of it. The big deal was being in there with Ric Flair. That was a make or break night, and so thank you, Ric, for putting Sting on the map.

Sting says yeah, that is a fitting place to end his career all these years later, Greensboro. Schiavone says so many great memories, and for him and Flair, forty years ago, does he remember? Oh, Flair knows. The words cannot be spoken to emphasize what is about to happen! Greensboro, where Sting, make no mistake, Ric didn’t make Sting a thing, Sting made himself! 45 MINUTES! Commercial free! With Flair! Unthinkable! Sting walked back there to 25 wrestlers going, “Jesus! You’re the man! You did it, Stinger!” He went out there and did it like a man! That’s what this business is all about.

Flair is 74 years old, standing next to the Icon, with his friend, Schiavone, and going back to Greensboro for what will be the greatest moment of his life, and God knows Flair’s had some good ones. He is honored to be there at Sting’s side! They shake hands, and Flair says the ACC Tournament and all that, nah, this is one for the ages! Highway 85 will be lined up from Richmond, all the way to Charlotte, like it always was! Sting, The Nature Boy, and AEW are coming to Greensboro! Let’s give it to ’em! “WOO~!” It’s the 80s all over again! Tickets on sale December 15th! IT’S SHOWTIME!

 

AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush!

The Sussex County Chicken got beat by The Maniac but El Toro Blanco got cheated by the Switchblade! These animals are hungry for points, so who gets fed?

The bell rings and Rush rushes in! They RAM and then fire off forearms! The fans fire up, Bryan says this is what he was talking about! This isn’t going 20 minutes! The forearms keep flying, Rush ROCKS Mark, but Mark fires off forearms and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS back! Rush whips, runs in, and SPLASHES int he corner! Rush runs but Mark follows, JUMP KCIK! Mark gets Rush up, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Mark forearms and stomps away! The ref counts, Mark lets off, but Rush dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rush sits Mark down so he can stomp with both feet!

Rush scrapes Mark, goes to the far side, then runs in. Mark BOOTS back but Rush still clotheslines! Snapmare and KCIK! Rush stomps away, takes Mark’s “head” and kicks it! The kick is good for Rush but fans boo. Rush goes up a corner, but Mark CLOBBERS him! Rush falls to the floor and fans fire up as Mark builds speed! Mark WRECKS Rush with a dropkick! Mark then stomps away on Rush, then stands him up to CHOP! So Rush CHOPS back! Mark CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS again! Rush whips Mark hard into railing! Rush then whips Mark into more railing! And then back the other way! Rush goes into the ring to tranquilo and let the count handle Mark.

Mark hobbles up, so Rush goes out after him. Rush runs in, but Mark ducks and RAILING BACK SUPLEX! Rush writhes, the ring count starts again, and Mark gets on the apron. Fans fire up as Mark says BANG BANG! FOLEY ELBOW! Fans fire up again and Mark high fives the front row. Mark leaves Rush behind now as the count climbs. Rush drags himself up, drags himself in at 5 of 10, and Mark eggs him on. Rush snarls, and he CHOPS! Mark CHOSP! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Fans fire up as Rush shoves, and Mark BOOTS him! Rush wobbles, but he dodges Mark to SNAP GERMAN!

Mark wobbles up, Rush SUPERKICKS! Mark stays up to LARIAT in return! Both men are down and Minneapolis is thunderous! Mark sees his chewing gum on the mat and picks it back up while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Mark goes to ropes, then stomps Rush. Mark drags Rush up, ROCKS him, and Rush falls over! Mark digs his boots in at the ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off at 4. The ref checks Rush, he’s still in this and bails out. The ref has Mark stay back, the ref makes sure Rush is okay, but then Mark runs in to stomp away! Rush gets up, Mark CHOPS him in a corner, and then ROCKS him! Mark brings Rush around, but Rush whips and SPLASHES! Rush sits Mark down, stomps and ROCKS him, then hobbles away. Rush snarls, he runs back in, but Mark is up to CHOP him down! Mark drops an elbow! And another elbow! Cover, TWO!

Mark fishhooks Rush into a chinlock, but the ref counts. Mark lets off, stands Rush up, but Rush trips Mark and has a leg! Rush hooks that up into a TRAILER HITCH! Mark endures and Rush pulls on the legs! Fans rally, Mark crawls and drags Rush along. Dynamite returns to single picture and fans rally more. Mark reaches out, powers his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and the ref counts, but Rush lets go. Mark drags himself up, the fans rally again, and Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush gets in Mark’s face, eggs him on, so Mark CHOPS! Rush and Mark throw SLAP after SLAP!

Mark swings, Rush bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Rush hobbles back, but Mark is back up! Rush swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Mark stands again. Rush roars, Mark runs in, Rush hits an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY to send Mark into buckles! Rush snarls again, fans rally up and he aims. Rush runs in, but Mark SPEARS him!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Mark drags Rush up. Mark turns Rush for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rush is still in this but the fans fire up for Mark. Mark underhooks, but Rush swings. Mark clinches, waistlocks, but Rush throws elbows. Rush switches, Mark breaks free to PELE!

Rush falls out to the apron and Mark storms after him. They’re both on the edge, Mark fires forearms, but Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Repeat! Fans “WOO~!” for every CHOP! Mark GAMANGIRIS, Rush staggers back, but Rush gets Mark for another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Mark crashes on the floor and the ref checks him. The fans lose their minds but Rush snarls. Rush paces as the ring count climbs, and Mark is up at 5 of 10. Mark drags himself in at 6, but Rush storms right up on him. Rush hoists Mark up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. Mark fires off hands, and then REDNECK HELL STAB!

Fans fire up as Mark leaps, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives again but Mark has the underhooks! Rush powers up to back drop free! Rush aims from a corner now, Mark runs in again but into another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Rush runs up to DECK Mark! Then the BULL’S HORNS!!! Cover, Rush wins!!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Briscoe earns 0)

A true war right here, and now Rush is 1-1! Will this ungovernable one find a way to take over the league? As for Briscoe, he is down 0-2 with no points, is he already on the bubble?

 

RJ City interviews “Timeless” Toni Storm.

Madame Storm seems rather bothered by something. RJ gets her attention but she tells him to sit. And don’t be so loud. RJ does sit, and Mariah May takes the title for Storm. RJ wants to bring up the championship acceptance speech last week. Yes, and she was rudely interrupted! Yeah, that’s true. How is she feeling? Storm says they partied well into the night, spent some time at the compound, JFK or one of the Kennedys was there. But now she is very fatigued, dehydrated, and has a touch of the gout. Oh, wow. Well, he wants to inform her that she is scheduled to defend the AEW Women’s World Championship. But given her state, is she worried at all?

Worried? Was Fatty Arbuckle worried? Was Jean Harlow worried? Was Frances bloody Farmer worried? No, they all turned out fine, and so will she. Before she goes, take off her shoe, she’s feeling swollen. RJ does take off her shoes for her, but will Storm have to focus before someone takes the title off her?

 

MJF is here!

Fans cheer as the AEW World Champion walks out here with the help of his cane, mic in the other hand. He has them cut his music, he gets into the ring, and the fans cheer him on. MJF gets right to it as he says “December 30th, Nassau Coliseum, Worlds End, it will be Samoa Joe VS yours truly for the grandest prize of ’em all, The Triple B, the AEW World Championship.” Fans cheer that, and MJF wants to be honest, though. When it comes to Joe as a person, eeeeeeh MJF doesn’t like him. But when it comes to Joe professional, MJF respects him.

MJF respects what Joe has done for the industry, and most importantly, when Joe came into AEW, he didn’t come here to line his pockets, he came here because he believes in those three letters. Fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” and MJF says back in the early 2000s, MJF remembers getting a poster in his mailbox and it was for TNA Wrestling. And he remembers thinking, what even is this all about? He tuned in and couldn’t have been happier. He saw insane feats of athleticism, he saw a new cast of pro-wrestlers he’d never heard of before, but most of all, he saw one man among the rest, and that was the Samoan Submission Machine.

While Samoa Joe may’ve looked unconventional, he didn’t seem to care, and neither did any of the fans. Because every time Joe walked through the curtain, we knew he was the baddest man walking on God’s Green Earth. Now unfortunately, later on in his career, Joe’s talents were not recognized and he was not afforded the opportunity to be a world champion in the WWE. Fans boo, but MJF says what Joe did for this sport was bigger than that. “Joe proved you don’t have to be a massive male model bodybuilder to be a top guy in this sport. Samoa Joe broke the mold. Samoa Joe proved alternatives matter.

“And because of the road that Joe paved, it has allowed for a man like me to stand before you today. Without a guy like Joe, there may be no AEW. So Joe, very quickly, what I’d like to say, as much as this all pains me to admit, thank you.” Fans cheer that and join in, “Thank You, Joe! Thank You, Joe!” Yes, thank you, Joe! However… MJF has actually, though grateful to have gone down the road Joe paved, MJF isn’t too shabby himself, now is he? Fans cheer that. MJF managed to pave his own road, and built on a new alternative. He is AEW day one, and he has helped build this place brick by brick! Fans cheer “M J F! M J F!”

MJF says he did that by defeating some of the biggest names in this industry! Names like Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega. But of all the names MJF has had to face in this ring, the one name he looks back on, and not only was he lucky to win, he was lucky to survive, that is Joe. Samoa Joe is a wrestling legend. But December 30th is not about Joe’s legacy. It’s about MJF’s! December 30th is about answering the question, “Can Max Friedman outlast the Final Boss of this sport one more time?” So now, MJF is gonna make a promise. He promises to everyone watching at home and everyone here in this arena.

MJF promises that on December 30th, it doesn’t matter if his left knee keeps sliding in and out, if his right hip keeps popping in and out of socket, if his right shoulder is hanging on by a threat, or if Joe beats him within an inch of his life. Joe could be King Kong and Godzilla incarnate. Because MJF promises that on December 30th, he shows the world that it is not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog! And if you want to take what’s his… at Worlds End, you’ll have to put MJF down! MJF even breaks his cane!! Fans fire up with MJF, but then the lights go down.

Now there are lights blinking all over the place. MJF looks around, but THE DEVIL’S MINIONS ATTACK! Fans boo as one of them has a baseball bat!! But here comes Joe!! Joe said he’d have MJF’s back so here he is! He YANKS the big guy out, gets that bat, and he runs the rest off! Cameras have trouble here, but when things come back, a message types out on screen. “In the shadows, our game begins. Next week, MJF & Samoa Joe… will you face the unknown in a tag match? Are you a hero, Max?” The Devil has made his challenge to the champ! The fans chant “DO IT! DO IT!” and “He’s Our Scumbag!” Joe tries to get MJF to ignore all this, it’s what this Devil wants!

But MJF says “I’m so sick of your Scooby-Doo BS! LEMME EXPLAIN SOMETHING TO YOU! I am not dealing with your crap when I got that guy breathing down my neck at Worlds End. No no. I am going to take out all of your men, one by one. I am going to unmask you, you coward! And next week, you wanna tag match?! YOU’RE ON!!” Joe isn’t for it, but the challenge has been accepted. Will Joe just have to save MJF from himself?

 

Wardlow VS AR Fox!

Speaking of someone who wants to take everything away from MJF, the War Dog is on the warpath, just waiting for the right moment. After what we just saw, is MJF going to be served up on a silver platter?

But wait! Fox BOOTS Wardlow down off the apron! And then FLIES out! But Wardlow stays up! So Fox FLIES again! Direct hit but Wardlow is still up! Wardlow HEADBUTTS Fox, then whips him at the apron. Fox 619s on the apron to hit back! And then he goes up the corner to MOONSAULT, but Wardlow catches him! SLAM on the apron, and then Wardlow box jumps up to the apron. Wardlow storms in, fans rally up, and Wardlow drags Fox up for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Now with both men in the ring, the bell finally sounds and this is actually a match. Wardlow storms up on Fox in the corner, to then TOSS him across the way!

Fox flounders out of the ring and Wardlow is having fun now. Wardlow goes out to stalk Fox, CLUB him on the back, and the ring count climbs. Wardlow hauls Fox up to TOSS him back in! Fans rally, Wardlow storms back in, and Wardlow drags Fox up. Fox shoves Wardlow but Wardlow CLUBS him! Wardlow trophy lifts, but Fox slips free! Wardlow runs in, but only gets buckles as Fox slips out to the apron! Fox swings to dropkick, then he goes up to 450 SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Wardlow snarls and Fox is stunned! Fox runs in to BOOT! Wardlow doesn’t budge so Fox BOOTS him again! And again! Fox runs, but Wardlow pops him up for a SPINEBUSTER!

Wardlow winds up, to LARIAT Fox down! Wardlow then hauls Fox up, POWERBOMB! The symphony begins as fans want more! Wardlow drags Fox up, reels him back in, another POWERBOMB! And then Wardlow goes up the corner, to SWANTON BOMB!! Fans fire up and Wardlow still isn’t done! He reels Fox back in, to LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!!! The ref checks, Fox is OUT! Wardlow wins!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall

The remixed Powerbomb Symphony was too much for Fox, and Wardlow storms off. When and where will Wardlow sink his teeth into MJF?

 

Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party!

The Sight to See and the reunited Martin brothers are ready to be the Coldest Trio in the Game, but they’re taking on Isiah Kassidy and the legendary Hardy brothers! Will Action, Darius & Dante add themselves to the top of the trios rankings? Or will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay take them to the extreme?

The trios sort out and Minneapolis is happy to have Dante back. Action and Matt start, they tie up and Matt headlocks. Action powers out then DROPKICKS Matt down! Matt goes to ropes, Action runs in but is put on the apron. Action RAMS into Matt, slingshots up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Matt is up, Action kicks but Matt blocks! Matt flips Action, Action lands on his feet but Matt hip tosses! Tag to Jeff and the Hardys get Action up, atomic drop and the takedown, DOUBLE LEG DROP! Jeff covers, TWO! Jeff drags Action up, CLUBS him, and wrenches an arm. Jeff hammerlocks but Action switches it onto Jeff.

Fans rally up for Dante, Jeff elbows Action and runs, but Action trips Jeff! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Jeff moves! Action hits the superhero landing and stares the Charismatic Enigma down! Fans fire up, and they both back away, tag to Darius and Isiah. Fans rally up as Zay and Air Wolf tie up. Zay headlocks, Darius powers out but Zay runs him over! Zay pumps and bumps, things speed up, and Darius hurdles. Zay backflips over, but Darius arm-drags! Darius then sidesteps but Zay arm-drags! Darius trips Zay to cover, ONE! Zay trips Darius but Darius throws him away to then DROPKICK!

Fans fire up as Darius mocks the Jeff Hardy dance. Zay is in the corner, Darius runs in to SPLASH and tag Dante! Fans fire up as Dante jumps, runs, and A-LIST LARIATS! Tag back to Darius, snap suplex and a slingshot senton! Fans fire up and Action tags in. Darius gets Zay up, wrenches an arm, and Action DOUBLE STOMPS the arm. Zay losses his durag and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Action whips Zay, Zay reverses but Action avoids the dropkick. Matt CLOBBERS Action while the ref is checking Zay! Zay gets Action up, RAMS him to the corner, and Zay fires off hands. Tag to Jeff, and they mug Action with some stomps. The ref counts, Jeff lets off at 4, and he brings Action up to snapmare. Jeff runs to NECK SNAP, then NECK SNAP the other way! And then another one! Action staggers up, Jeff kicks low and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jeff stays between Action and the Martins to show them how to do his dance. Jeff then CLUBS Action, tags in Zay, and Zay CLUBS Action’s arm.

Zay throws Action out, goes out and throws him into railing! Zay talks some smack, then he stomps away on Action! High five with the fans, then more stomps! Selfie! Zay then puts Action in the ring, CLUBS him down, then drags him back to the corner. Tag to Matt and he RAMS into Action. Matt ROCKS Action with a right, then bumps him off buckles. Matt dribbles Action off the buckles again and again and again! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and Dynamite returns to single picture. Matt ROCKS Action again, tags Jeff, but fans rally up for Top Flight. Matt CATAPULT GUILLOTINES, then Jeff hits a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!

Jeff drags Action into the ring, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more but Jeff bumps Action off buckles. Tag to Matt, the Hardys stomp a mudhole in, then dig their boots in. The ref counts, Matt lets off and he stands Action back up. But Action ROCKS Matt with haymakers! Matt shoves Action, Action comes back, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Action survives and fans fire up but Matt calls his shot. “DELETE! DELETE!” and Action stands. Kick and- NO, Action wrenches out of the Twist! But Matt ducks the haymaker to back suplex! Action lands on his feet to KICK, KNEE and ENZIGURI!

Both men are down and the fans fire back up! Action and Matt crawl, hot tags to Dante and Zay! Dante goes up and over Zay, CLOBBERS him, CLOBBERS him again, then whips. Zay reverses, Dante goes out and Zay hits buckles! Dante then goes right over the corner, GAMANGIRIS Zay away then jumps to avoid Jeff’s sweep! SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, Matt breaks it! Fans boo but Matt TWIST- NO, Dante powers out and Darius GAMANGIRIS! Dante ROUNDHOUSES, Darius steps in to COMPLETE SHOT! Zay is up and he shoves Dante into Darius! Roll up, TWO!! Zay LARIATS Dante back down, putting his all behind that one!

Fans fire up as both men crawl, but Jeff runs to BLAST Action! Darius ROCKS Jeff, but Zay uses Jeff as a step, PARTY IN MOTION wipes Darius out! Dante sees that, but then Matt sets up for Jeff! POETRY IN MOTION! The Hardy Boyz get Dante up top, Zay GAMANGIRIS him into a Double Electric Chair Lift! Zay springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY!! Cover, TWO!!! Dante survives but the Hardys go after Darius & Action! POETRY- INTERCEPTED as Darius jumps off Matt to CLOBBER Jeff!! Action kicks Matt, then QUEBRADAS off the railing! Zay suplexes Dante, but Dante knees free!

Dante runs, Zay dodges to mule kicks! But Darius is in, he and Action set up, but Zay fights the waistlock! Zay BOOTS Action, elbows Darius, but the still get the SHOTGUN GERMAN SUPLEX!! Zay flops into Dante’s half nelson, SIDE SLAM!! Cover, TOP FLIGHT WINS!

Winners: Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

A powerful homecoming for Dante Martin, he and his team have a massive win! Will they soon fly high and go after the AEW World Trios Championships?

 

Backstage interview with Action & Top Flight.

Renee is with them and congratulates them on the big win. So good to see Dante back, how is that leg? But then Penta El Zero Miedo and Alex Abrahantes step in. Penta offers a fist bump, and Dante accepts. They’re all good given Penta was responsible for the broken leg in that Reach for the Sky Ladder match. But then Penta counts, one, two, three. Bring ’em in. Komander and El Hijo Del Vikingo join Penta, that makes one, two, three. And Cero Miedo! Dante nods, when and where will we see this top tier trios match go down?

 

AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura!

The Princess of the Black Throne successfully defended her gold on Collision against Lady Frost, but now she takes on the Queen of Joshi! And for this match, Dealer’s Choice says submissions can NOT win the match! Then if Julia can’t be Hartless, will she just have to be ruthless?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the House Always Wins!

The bell rings and fans rally up behind Julia. Julia soaks it up, but Emi laughs at it. Emi and Julia smirk as they stare down, then they approach. Emi dodges Julia and laughs some more, but then Julia grabs her by the face! Julia bumps Emi off buckles, fires off forearms and stomps, then whips corner to corner. Julia runs in, handsprings and clotheslines! Julia keeps moving, back body block! Julia snapmares Emi, KICKS her, but Emi just frowns. Fans fire up, and Emi stands up. Julia CHOPS but Emi CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Julia shrieks, but Emi pushes her around. Emi aims but Julia blocks the chop to WRING the arm!

Emi goes to ropes, the fans fire up as Julia CLUBS, HOOK KICKS then KICKS Emi down! Julia pushes Emi out of the ring, goes out after her, but Emi throws body shots. Julia whips, Emi reverses, and Julia hits steel steps! Per the House Rules, there’s a 20 count, not a 10, so Emi has more time to use. Emi runs in to SPLASH Julia against the steps! Fans fire up and the ref checks Julia as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Emi stands on Julia’s face, the ref reprimands, but Emi steps away. She has to be careful, part of House Rules is that disqualifications are strongly enforced. Emi then takes a seat on security’s lap before she storms up on Julia. Emi brings Julia around to CHOP against railing! Then Emi brings Julia over to send into more railing, and CHOP again! Emi puts Julia in the ring, drags her around and dragon sleepers! TWISTING DDT! Cover, TWO! Julia is still in this but Emi pushes her to a corner. Emi CHOPS, and Julia staggers away to another corner. Emi CHOPS her again! And again! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

Julia sits down, Emi digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Emi lets off, soaks up the heat, and then brings Julia up to whip corner to corner. Julia stops herself to ELBOW back! Julia storms up on Emi to throw hands, but Emi SLAPS Julia down! Julia checks her jaw, but Emi digs her knees into Julia’s neck! The ref counts, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Emi lets off. Emi watches Julia flounder around, and Julia sits up to throw body shots. Emi just laughs and brings Julia around to underhook. Stalling BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Emi waits on Julia to sit up, says she’ll be the champion, and then underhooks again!

Julia fights up and round, SLEEPER! Submissions won’t win but she just wants to make Emi suffer! Emi falls, flails, Julia has a headscissor squeeze! Emi rolls, pops out the back, and she hooks Julia’s legs up! ROMERO SPECIAL! Julia endures, then Emi THROWS her down! Emi drags Julia around, puts her in a drop zone, but fans still rally for Julia. Emi climbs, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Julia moves! Julia wraps on the HARTLESS LOCK!! But it won’t win! Emi flails, taps, but it doesn’t save Emi, either! Julia thrashes Emi, lets her go, and the ref has to remind Julia it’s her own rules. So Julia BLINDSIDE LARIATS!

Julia stomps Emi into the drop zone, then goes up the corner. MOONSAULT!! Cover, Julia wins!

Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)

Another defense in the books, Julia is still golden! Will she keep on winning with such unpredictable rules?

 

Backstage interview with Mariah May.

RJ City is with Miss May and says we saw her at Full Gear and last week, but we also know she’s here, hungry for more. Mariah says yes she is. She knows she’s the new girl and all, but she did just come from Stardom, and she had quite the run. She is dying to show us what she can do. So thanks for connecting her with Toni Storm. RJ says it’s nothing, he and Toni go way back, used to play squash together. No, really, RJ is quite the curator. And Mariah knows Toni likes him, so this means the world to her. No, no, Toni makes things happen. He’s just happy to help. Mariah seems a bit disappointed, but RJ says without further ado, go get ’em!

Mariah knocks on Tony Khan’s door, steps inside, and talks with the boss. Will this Tony be just as accommodating as Toni Storm?

 

Christian Cage is here!

The TNT Champion, the Patriarch, makes his way to the ring, security right behind him. Captain Charisma then gets a mic while the fans boo, and he says what he’d like to do right now is go ahead and invite the Rated R Superstar to this ring right now. Fans fire up for that, and Christian says he knows Edge is back there. Fans shout “ADAAAAM~!” and Christian says he just wants to talk about what Edge said on Collision. So if Edge doesn’t mind making his presence felt, Christian would appreciate it. But still no response? Did Christian make sure to do this when Edge isn’t here?

Christian waits, gets upset, and asks Adam “ADAAAM~!” that he’d like to speak with him in this ring. Please, someone, hit the mic, get Adam’s attention, something. Or should Christian go back there to speak with him? “You think you know him.” And here comes Edge!! Fans fire up as Edge storms into the ring, and of course the security becomes a wall in front of Christian. Edge paces and Christian says listen, management wanted this, not him. Fans boo that garbage, but Christian says they don’t need security. He asks these men to vacate the ring. They shrug and bail out, even though Edge looks ready to pounce.

Christian brings up that last week, Edge challenged him to a match for the TNT Championship on December 6th, Dynamite in Montreal. Christian is here to tell Edge that they won’t make it to Montreal. They get face to face and fans fire up. Christian says they won’t make it to Montreal because “I’m sorry.” What? Edge is also confused, and Christian says he knows what we’re all thinking. Christian is only sorry because he’s all alone, right? Fans confirm and they chant “BULL~ SHID!” at him! Christian asks them to understand. Edge took out “The Prodigy” Nick Wayne, he took out Killswitch/Luchasaurus, but that’s not why Christian’s sorry.

He won’t lie, he was pissed about what Edge did to Lucha- er, Killswitch, with not one but two Con-Chair-Tos. Christian was so mad, he jumped out of his house, got in his car and just drove around. He needed to think, needed fresh air. And somewhere during that trip, it turned into one of reflection. It turned into a roadtrip of soul searching, digging down deep, trying to understand why he became the person that he is, this guy who says and does such unsavory things. And then he remembered those times he and Edge would borrow Christian’s mom’s Ford Taurus. They nicknamed it “Toby the Taurus” because they took it everywhere when they were trying to make it.

They didn’t care where they went, they were broke, not a dime to their names, but they didn’t care. They were having the time of their lives! They knew they were gonna make it. They didn’t know how, but they knew they would. And dammit, did they ever make it, huh? They went on to become multiple-time tag team champions, and Christian will say it, the greatest tag team that ever lived! Fans do cheer that. Christian and Edge then became multiple time world champions, two of the greatest careers in this sport. But take the wrestling away, and it runs even deeper. Everyone knows Edge grew up with a single mom. Everyone knows that Edge didn’t have a father figure.

Fans boo, already sensing where this is going! Christian wants Edge to listen! Yes, he is the Patriarch of AEW, but in no way is he suggesting he’s Edge’s father. Christian is Edge’s brother. And in turn, Christian’s father became like Edge’s father. Edge went on family trips, sat at the dinner table, slept over! When Edge needed discipline, Christian’s dad treated him the same as his own kids. He picked Edge up, brushed him off, hugged him and cheered him on. To this very day, he is still Edge’s biggest fan. So listen, Christian will just say it. They weren’t just random guys thrown together. “I love you, man.” Fans boo that one!

Christian says they’re family. And listen, when Edge’s mom passed a few years ago, that was the hardest time of Edge’s life. Christian knows that. But some time before, she said, “What I wouldn’t give to see you guys in that ring, teaming one last time.” Christian started thinking, that they should do this for her! Let’s go on the journey together again, like Edge wanted! Edge & Christian, for Judy “Judemeister” Copeland! Let’s do it for her! Fans cheer for Judy, but Edge is conflicted. Christian drops the mic, holds the belt, and then rushes Edge! Edge LOW BLOWS Christian first!! Fans cheer as Christian leans on Edge in pain.

Christian slumps down and Edge lets him fall. Fans want that one more time, but Edge gets the mic. “Nice try, dumbass.” Edge tells him to sit up when he’s talking. Edge grabs the belt, tells Christian to shine it up real nice. Hell, sleep with it if he wants. Because next week, the title’s coming home with Edge! Oh, and one more thing, Edge almost forgot. G F Y!! Fans are thunderous as Edge takes his leave. Will Edge crush Christian’s spirit as payback for everything he’s said and done?

 

AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland!

The Switchblade and the Realest are both 1-0 with three points, and now they are going to battle in what could be the decisive battle in this block! With no Juice Robinson, no Ass Boys, no Prince Nana or Brian Cage, who will prove to be the slipperiest snake in all of AEW?

The bell rings and fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White still throws guns up, but he and Swerve then tie up. They go around, Swerve puts White in a corner, but White turns it around. Swerve turns it back around, White pulls hair to turn it around again, then he RAMS into Swerve! And again! And again! White tosses Swerve out, then goes out to CHOP! White then RAMS Swerve into railing, mocks Nana’s dance, but Swerve throws hands! Swerve runs and RAMS White into railing! Fans fire up with Swerve and he stomps White down. Swerve then whips, but White reverses and Swerve hits railing so hard, he goes over into the front row!

Fans fire up and security helps Swerve, but then White drags him back in. White puts Swerve in the ring, mockingly asks, “Whose House?” and he stomps Swerve. White wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then CHOPS! White again mockingly asks, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White CHOPS Swerve, but Swerve BOOTS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Swerve whips, White holds ropes, then he dumps Swerve out. But Swerve pulls hair! White HOTSHOTS Swerve, builds speed and slides, but Swerve catches him to BACK SUPLEX White into the front row! Fans are getting a much more interactive experience than expected!

Swerve drags White back up, White grabs at fans desperately, but the fans can’t do anything for him as Swerve dumps White back over. Swerve pushes White around, goes up the apron, and then he FLYING STOMPS White down! Fans fire up, Swerve puts White in, and then aims from the apron. But White gets a leg in the ropes! Swerve claws at White, pushes him away, but White BOOTS Swerve, then DRAPING DDTS! Fans rally for Swerve but White drags Swerve up to CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

White sits Swerve up again, to CHOP him back down! White drags Swerve up again, goes up a corner, and mocks Swerve, to then hop back down and CHOP again! Swerve writhes, White drags him up, and White TOSSES Swerve out of the ring. White goes out after Swerve, but he CHOPS back! Swerve then clinches to hit a BACKBREAKER! White writhes, Swerve goes up to the apron again, and he BOOTS White back down! Fans rally up, Swerve drags White into the ring, and then clamps on a cording hold. White grabs ropes, the ref counts, Swerve takes a swing, but White EXPLODERS Swerve up and out!

White goes out after Swerve, hauls him up, and APRON GOURD BUSTERS! Swerve writhes and flounders but White refreshes the ring count. White then RAMS Swerve into steel steps! Swerve gets in the ring, White pursues and covers, TWO! White clamps onto Swerve’s bad arm, then traps the other, and he stretches Swerve out as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve fights up, but White throws him down by hair! White again mocks the chant, “Whose House?” Bryan commends Swerve on toughness. He had a brutal Texas Deathmatch with Hangman Page, and the only thing taped up is that arm.

Speaking of, White clamps onto the arms again, but Swerve endures. Swerve fights up, throws body shots, but White throws him down by his hair! Fans boo, Swerve gets up to SLAP White! Swerve CHOPS, White waistlocks, but Swerve swings elbows. White gets under to SAIDO! White then storms up to drag Swerve up, CORNER HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Swerve is still in this but White scuffs him. White mockingly says he needs his points. White knees Swerve low, and again, but Swerve blocks the chop! Swerve wrenches, gets around, HAMMERLOCK BACK SUPLEX! White writhes and fans fire up!

Swerve snarls, storms up on White, and he ROCKS him! Body shot! Forearm! Body shot! Repeat! Swerve snapmares, rolls, but White catches the Complete Shot, but then Swerve slips out of the Urenage! Swerve goes to a corner, White runs in but Swerve goes up and over to O’Conner and Eddy Gordo RANA! White tumbles, staggers, into the SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT! And then a gator roll into a deadlift suplex! Fans fire up as Swerve covers, TWO!! White survives and Swerve grows frustrated. Fans still rally up behind Swerve, and he grabs White’s wrist. White resists but Swerve still drags him up.

White reaches out, kicks Swerve’s legs, then gets free. White swings, Swerve dodges and comes back, COMPLETE SHOT from White! White then waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! White runs up, but Swerve DISCUS LARIATS! Fans are thunderous while both men are down and Bryan says, “How incredible are these two men?!” A standing count starts, both men stir, and White flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as White comes back, he and Swerve go forehead to forehead, and they trade junkyard dog headbutts. Swerve laughs, White throws hands! Swerve throws them back! They go back and forth, faster and faster!

Fans rally up as the shots keep flying, and Swerve DECKS White! Fans fire up, Swerve smiles, but White grabs at Swerve’s legs. Swerve grabs at White, White CHOP BLOCKS! White then gets the bad arm, clinches, and URENAGES! Cover, TWO!! Swerve is still in this, this isn’t anything compared to Texas Death! White clamps on with the sleeper, though, and he hauls Swerve up. Swerve throws elbows, but White wrangles him for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Fans fire up, Swerve endures, White CLUBS away on the bad arm and pulls! Swerve reaches out, fights around, but White keeps him from ropes by pulling hair!

Swerve and White roll together, but Swerve slips around to get White’s arms trapped! Swerve stands on that arm! Finger gun and BANG!! The arm goes back and the fans tell Swerve he’s sick! Swerve grins, storms up on White and drags him up again. But White fights the half nelson and puts Swerve in a corner. The ref counts, White arm-drags free, but then Swerve sends him at the ref! White stops himself, LOW- NO! Swerve blocks the kick, he was paying attention to last week! Swerve slips around and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Swerve runs to HOUSE CALL!! Then Swerve goes up and he takes aim!

White sits up, into the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!?! No one can believe it, least of all Swerve!! White survives Swerve’s best shots, but Swerve drags him up! Swerve’s bad arm holds him back, but then White clinches! BLADERUNNER!! But Swerve flops out of the ring!! White hurries out after Swerve, pushes him in, and hurries to clinch. Swerve fights up, fights the sleeper, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! But White still rolls Swerve up with his other arm! TWO! White storms up, Swerve trips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! BLADE- NO, Swerve slips free, but White fights the half nelson! And CHOPS!

Swerve CHOPS back! White CHOPS! We get the 15 minute mark, so time’s ticking away! Swerve CHOPS, White CHOPS, repeat! White kicks and CHOPS, then reels Swerve in. Swerve uses a leg to get free but White has him again, SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Then the clinch, BLADE- ARM-DRAG!! Cradle cover, SWERVE WINS!!!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall (gains 3 points; White earns 0)

White is shocked that he got beat! The #Jay1 aside, these points go to The Realest! Will the Gold League soon be whose house?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite, with awesome Continental Classic matches. But also really good non-tournament matches, such as that Trios Match. Great return to action for Dante Martin, great win for him and his trio, and those three could really build themselves up into trios title contenders with matches like this. And really good TBS Championship match Julia and Emi, though they need to get better at bringing up how House Rules work. No Ropebreaks, the ring count is to 20, and there’s Dealer’s Choice. They just kinda threw out there that this was gonna be a No Submission Falls, which was honestly a brilliant move by Emi. But in the end, of course Julia wins, it’s still too early for her to lose this belt.

Wardlow squashing- heck, he demolished AR Fox, is fine for Wardlow but a shame for Fox. Wardlow is still staying strong as he waits for the right moment to go after MJF again, but maybe, just maybe, he’s been going after MJF all along as that big guy among the “gimp squad” that tried to get MJF tonight. Great promo from MJF to not just praise Joe but also bury Punk without having to actually reference Punk going back to WWE. Joe made the save as expected, and now they’re getting dragged into a tag match against any two of those goons, and who knows who they are really, but can’t wait to see how this all goes.

Awesome stuff from Christian and Edge tonight, a brilliant move for Christian to so blatantly play to Edge’s emotions just to save his own ass. But of course it was also brilliant for Edge to not fall for it at all and get the better of Christian. But uh, AEW needs to be better at live censoring their shows, that GFY got right past them. That aside, that TNT Championship match is going to be awesome stuff, could go either way, but I still want to see Luchasaurus betray Christian and finally become his own man-dinosaur. Not Jack Perry’s tag partner, not Christian’s henchman, but his own man doing his own stuff.

And as I said at the start, awesome Continental Classic matches. Bryan Danielson also being on commentary for these was a good move, that could easily be a thing he does after he retires, except I think part of retiring is staying home with the family. Anyway, Moxley VS Lethal was a great opening match, and I figured Moxley would win that. Maybe Lethal realizes he really has let Team Triple J weaken him with all their antics. Rush VS Briscoe then raised the bar, though with a somewhat scary moment where I thought Rush took a shot to the head but it was really a concern for his leg. Rush winning was a fair choice, and that puts pressure on a possible 0-2 VS 0-2, Lethal VS Briscoe in the next round. I say “possible” because Tony Khan doesn’t reveal the entire schedule at once.

And then just an awesome, borderline PPV level match of Swerve VS White. The fans were strongly behind Swerve, I was behind Swerve, so it’s great to see Swerve get to 2-0. Swerve’s becoming my top choice for Gold League and maybe even the entire thing. Swerve having the ROH World, NJPW Strong Openweight and the AEW Continental Championships, he could really do a lot with traveling between the three brands. Mogul Embassy is already in ROH given they’re ROH World Six Man Champions, and the Gates are in NJPW right now for World Tag League, so Swerve joining them pretty much everywhere, all four of them having belts, that’s great stuff to me.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (11/29/23)

B Block, round 4!

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Will it be lights out for Bishamon?

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling despite being the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, will they finally gain some ground this round?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The Gates of Agony & Yuto Nakashima VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
  • Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Boltin Oleg; Kaito, Oiwa & Oleg win.
  • Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club War Dogs; Bullet Club wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Master Wato, YOH, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii; Wato, Yoh, Yano & Ishii win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Archer & Zayne win.
  • 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Time Limit Draw.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current B Block standings!

Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-0, 6 points
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 3-0, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1, 4 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-1, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 1-2, 2 points
Bishamon: 1-2, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 0-3, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-3, 0 points

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!

Gene Blast & The King of the World took down the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions in last round’s main event, but now they’re up against the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who are starving for a win! Will the Rogue General & Red Commando finally get on the board? Or will they just have to tranquilo in the fourth?

Fale & Bonza Too Sweet, and then Tsuji & Zando attack! The bell rings and Zando fires off on Fale but Bonza turns things around on Tsuji. Fale CLUBS Zando, then bumps him off buckles. Bonza drags Tsuji up, Rogue Army whip but the amigos dosido and return to CLOBBER Fale & Bonza! Fans fire up as the forearms fly. Then Tsuji sends Bonza into Fale! Zando sends Tsuji in to UPPERCUT! Bonza falls out of the ring, Tsuji runs in to SPLASH Fale! Fale flops out of the ring and the fans rally up with Zando. He and Tsuji high five then DOUBLE DIVE! Direct hit into the railing and down goes the Rogue Army!

Fans fire up as Zando & Tsuji stand back up. The ring count starts so Tsuji puts Bonza in. Tsuji & Zando stalk Bonza, and Zando SMACKS Bonza on the head. They double whip then POP-UP KNEE! Bonza falls over, Tsuji covers, TWO! Fans cheer while Tsuji keeps cool. Tsuji kicks Bonza to ropes, CHOPS him, but Bonza pie faces. Tsuji kicks low and CLUBS away on Bonza! Bonza blocks the whip, but Tsuji knees low. Tsuji whips, Bonza reverses but Tsuji ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to run into a lift and FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fale DECKS Tsuji while Bonza BLASTS Zando! Bonza stomps Tsuji around, then pulls off his Bullet Club shirt, to CHOKE Tsuji with it!

Fale distracts the ref, Zando storms in but now the ref has to stop him. Bonza just keeps choking Tsuji, but Tsuji gets to the ropes. The ref reprimands and counts, Bonza lets off to cover, TWO! The fans rally up for Tsuji but Bonza stands Tsuji up. Tsuji fights the scoop, so Bonza CHOPS him down! Tag to Fale and he BLASTS Zando! Bonza stands Tsuji up for Fale to scoop SLAM! Fale drags Tsuji around, then stands on his back! He uses Tsuji as a surfboard! Tsuji endures, Fale steps off, and he flips Tsuji over for a cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Tsuji hangs in there. Fale tags Bonza in, and Bonza steps through to have the EDGE-UCATOR!

Tsuji endures, Zando coaches him, and Tsuji reaches out. Tsuji fights to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer but Bonza lets off in frustration, and BLASTS Zando for the hell of it! Bonza drags Tsuji up, suplexes, but Tsuji fights it! Tsuji tries to suplex, Bonza fights it! They fight for suplex control, and Tsuji gets Bonza up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tsuji crawls his way over, hot tag to Zando! Zando rallies on Bonza, CLUBS him, then whips. Bonza reverses, but Zando stops to drop knees on Bonza’s back! Zando says tranquilo, but Bonza rushes in. Zando catches his lariat to send him into the corner!

Zando runs in to clothesline, then he snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fale runs in but Zando drop toeholds him onto Bonza! Zando then runs to basement dropkick Fale! Fans rally up behind Zando, but Fale runs in aga. Zando dodges to DROPKICK Fale out! Bonza goes to a corner, Zando calls to Tsuji, and they both storm up on Bonza. They double whip, double hip toss for the DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Tsuji SPLASHES, then sets Bonza up as Zando climbs. MOONSAULT! Cover, Fale kicks it apart! Tsuji fires off on Fale, throws him back out, and fans rally up. Tsuji drags Bonza up, he and Zando hook him up, but Bonza fights the Anchor!

Bonza CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bonza fires up, runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up as Tusji & Zando set up, for the ANCHOR! Then Tsuji goes up top and stands on Zando’s shoulders. But Fale body shots Zando! GRENADE for Tsuji!! Bonza ELBOWS Zando, Fale SPLASHES him! Then feed to a BACKBREAKER, and ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROGUE ARMY WINS!

Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)

Bullet Club blows it up and finally has a win! Is there still a chance for them in the World Tag League? Can Tsuji & Zando rebound and set sail next round?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado!

Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World have not been able to put together a win while the Headbanga & Young Guerrilla really only have that first round shocker to stand by. Will the murder grandpas finally score some points? Or will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions keep from owing more golden tickets?

ELP gets fans to cheer referee Marty Asami, and even Nagata and Suzuki. Suzuki gets annoyed and tells ELP to shut up. ELP winds up and high fives Leo, which fans cheer. Suzuki dares ELP to step up, and so that’s who starts. Fans rally as the bell rings, and ELP taunts Suzuki as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Suzuki circle, they feel things out, and then knuckle lock. Suzuki kicks, wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, but ELP spins back, wrenches free and wristlocks to then headlock. But Suzuki brings ELP to a knee to pop out and headlock back. ELP slips free and the fans cheer that opening exchange.

The two circle again, feel things out, and ELP gets a “SU-ZU-KI!” chant going. Suzuki storms up, ELP stays in a corner. The ref has Suzuki back up, and ELP comes back. They feel things out, ELP goes for a leg, then a waistlock. Suzuki wrenches at ELP’s arm, has the wristlock, then wrenches again. ELP rolls, handsprings, but Suzuki denies the wrench to then wrench again. Suzuki hammerlocks, headlocks, but ELP hits a BIG atomic drop! Suzuki hobbles away, ELP BLASTS Nagata, but Nagata runs in! Into an atomic drop! ELP hobbles his way over, saying his knee hurts from hitting those drops.

ELP storms up on Suzuki, but gets caught in a HANGING ARMBAR! Nagata runs to BLAST Leo! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, but Nagata sends Leo into railing! Suzuki drags ELP out to send him into railing, too! Nagata throws hands on Leo, whips again, as does Suzuki! ELP & Leo both hit railing hard! Suzuki stomps ELP, Nagata stomps Leo, and Jado can only protest. The ref reprimands, ELP hits Suzuki back with forearms, but Suzuki ROCKS ELP! ELP falls back, the ref starts the ring count, and Suzuki leaves ELP behind. The count reaches 10 of 20 while ELP crawls, and ELP staggers about at 11.

ELP steadies himself at 14, slides in at 15, and fans cheer. But Suzuki facelocks and he brings ELP over. Nagata tags in, the murder grandpas mug ELP, and then Nagata KNEES ELP against ropes. Nagata throws a heavy body shot! ELP doubles over, Nagata sits ELP up to KNEE him down again! Nagata drags ELP up for another body shot! ELP sputters and coughs his way to a corner, Nagata stomps him, then wrenches an arm. Suzuki tags himself in, and he kicks ELP low. Suzuki taunts Leo, then stands ELP up to ROCK him with a right! ELP wobbles, ROCKS Suzuki back, but Suzuki just glares. ELP throws more forearms but Suzuki just glares!

ELP apologizes to the murder grandpas, but Suzuki body shots then DECKS ELP! Suzuki gives Nagata a hard tag and fans rally up. Nagata drags ELP up to CLUB him on the neck! Nagata waits on ELP, to then KICK! And KICK! And KICK! ELP ends up in a corner, Nagata whips him corner to corner and BOOTS! Then clinch to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this and fans rally back up. Nagata drags ELP up, suplexes, but ELP slips free to waistlock! Nagata fights with elbows, ELP apologizes and wants time. But then he kicks! Nagata blocks that, only for ELP to ENZIGURI! Fans rally up while ELP and Nagata are both down!

ELP crawls his way over, rolls and hot tags Leo! Leo UPPERCUTS Nagata, BLASTS Suzuki, then swings on Nagata. Nagata dodges but Leo keeps moving to run Nagata over! Fans fire up with Leo and he runs in at the corner. Nagata dodges the splash, comes back, but into a scoop! SNAKE EYES and a BOOT! Fans fire up and Leo aims. Nagata rises, Leo clamps on the choke grip! But Nagata ROCKS Leo first! Nagata fires more shots, whips, but Leo reverses. Nagata rolls and fakes the enziguri to dropkick the leg out! Nagata gets up and Suzuki already tags in. Suzuki fires forearms on Leo! Suzuki eggs Leo on and Leo pounds the mat.

Leo choke grips! Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Leo again! Suzuki runs, but Leo scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down! Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP storms up on Suzuki and fires a forearm! Suzuki grits his teeth so ELP throws more shots! Suzuki just glares! ELP throws off his elbow pads to ROCK ELP! Suzuki smiles! ELP ROCKS Suzuki again and Suzuki ROCKS ELP in return! ELP wobbles then falls over! Suzuki drags ELP back up, whips him to a corner, and Nagata joins in. Suzuki BOOTS, Nagata SHINING WIZARDS! Then snapmare, and DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH!!

The rivals shove each other, fans fire up, but then Leo shoves Suzuki into Nagata! Leo then runs, to DOUBLE LARIAT them both down! Fans rally up, ELP rises and he helps Leo get Suzuki up. They double whip Suzuki to a corner, then they whip Nagata into him! ELP sends Leo in to DOUBLE SPLASH! Nagata falls, ELP ELBOWS Suzuki! Then feed to the POWER TRIP! Leo then sets Suzuki up for the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Suzuki survives and fans fire up again! ELP tunes up the band, SUDDEN- NO, Suzuki dodges! ELP kicks, runs, but Suzuki follows! Suzuki gets around to SLEEPER! Nagata grabs Leo for a CROSSFACE!

Fans fire up while ELP & Leo endure stereo submissions! ELP is turning red, ELP is fading! The ref checks, Suzuki lets off to cover, TWO!!! ELP survives and the fans fire up! Suzuki lets the fans rally up as he drags ELP up into another SLEEPER! And then a sin, but ELP jackknife bridges! TWO!! ELP BOOTS Suzuki, then SUPERKICKS! And then the tuck for C R 2!!! Cover, ELP & LEO WIN!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)

The murder grandpas fall short again! What is it that’s missing in their formula? As for the “Blue Sexy Boys,” will they continue to be NJPW Strong as the WTL rolls on?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!

The Holy Emperor beat his mentor with help from Heat Storm, but now things get even hotter as Taichi faces a former Suzuki-Gun ally! In a battle of 3-0 teams, will Taichi & Yuya be able to survive? Or will they get burned by the Monster Sauce?

Archer’s back to beating up Young Lions, and Zayne just sighs with an “Oh, you” attitude. The teams sort out and Archer wants to face the KOPW Champion. Taichi and Yuya give thumbs, and fans cheer as the former Suzuki-Gun members start. Archer says Taichi is still his brother but this is about WTL, so #EverybodyDies, even Taichi! Archer pie faces Taichi, but Taichi CHOPS! Archer just smiles, so Taichi CHOPS again! Archer eggs Taichi on, Taichi CHOPS again! Archer ROCKS Taichi with a forearm! Fans rally up, Taichi and Archer circle, and they feel things out. Taichi KICKS and KICKS but Archer blocks one to choke grip!

Taichi breaks free, but Archer waistlocks! Taichi fights free to PELE! Taichi runs, Archer follows and BODY CHECKS Taichi! Archer eggs Taichi on, but Yuya tags in. Archer stares Taichi down but then he KNEES Yuya low! Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce double whip. Yuya gest around to shove Zayne into Archer and then arm-drag Zayne! Zayne gets up, Yuya DROPKICKS him! Yuya CHOPS Zayne, CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Zayne is in the corner, Yuya whips him corner to corner. Zayne reverses, runs in, but Yuya dodges and Archer ELBOWS him down! Zayne comes back ELBOW Yuya!

Archer then whips Zayne to scoop, so that Zayne can tilt-o-whirl RANA Archer into Yuya! Fans fire up while Archer laughs. Zayne covers, TWO! Zayne brings Yuya over, tags Archer, and Archer stomps around. Archer taunts Taichi, then Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Archer drags Yuya up and CHOPS him! Archer stands Yuya back up but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Archer eggs Yuya on, Yuya throws more CHOPS, but Archer DECKS him! Archer says it isn’t Yuya’s time, this is all about Monster Sauce! Fans cheer, Archer whips Yuya corner to corner hard, and Archer has a cocky cover, but Red Shoes doesn’t wanna count?

Archer tells him to count but Red Shoes says not until it’s a real cover. Archer snarls and he drags Yuya up. He dares Yuya to go tag Taichi, then he short arm LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Taichi was also there but Archer grins as he gives him a pie face. Red Shoes has Taichi back off, and Taichi coaches Yuya on. Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Zayne brings Yuya out to ROCK him! Yuya CHOPS! Zayne ROCKS Yuya again but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Zayne knees low, whips but Yuya reverses to reel Zayne in for a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Zayne and Yuya crawl, they reach out, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms in after Zayne to give him Kawada Kicks! Zayne goes to a corner, Taichi BOOTS him! Taichi snapmares to KICK Zayne, but Archer runs in to kick Taichi! Archer whips but Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! But Archer rebounds, only for Taichi to DUMP him out! Zayne kicks and whips Taichi to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up and Taichi gets them to get louder. And OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, but Zayne ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Taichi rolls through, but Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS!

Taichi stays up, GAMAN- NO, Zayne ducks the kick! Zayne ROLLING AX KICKS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Zayne and Taichi crawl, and Zayne is up first. Zayne drags Taichi up to wrench and scoop, but Taichi pulls hair! Taichi CLUBS away on Zayne, but Zayne swings. Taichi ducks to SAI- NO, Zayne slips free! Zayne reels Taichi in but Taichi fights the suplex! Taichi tries but Zayne fights the suplex! Zayne then suplexes to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this but Zayne tags Archer. Archer says he told Taichi this was coming! Archer suplexes and THROWS Taichi!

Fans fire up as Archer storms around, and he runs in to ELBOW Taichi in the corner! Archer says that’s one! He runs corner to corner again, but Taichi BOOTS him! Archer snarls, runs back in but Taichi dodges! GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taichi crawls to his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Zayne runs in but Yuya arm-drags him! And arm-drags him again! Archer runs up to choke grip! CHOKE- DROPKICK! Yuya then DROPKICKS again! Archer is still up, and he blocks the arm-drag to send Yuya to the corner! Yuya dodges the splash, but Archer still blocks the arm-drag! Choke grip, but Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS!

Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS again, but Archer kicks low. Archer runs, into an arm-drag! Fans fire up as Yuya dropkicks the legs! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Archer down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up, Yuya pounds the mat and he goes to the corner. Yuya climbs up, but Archer STEP-UP KNEES! Archer then brings Yuya up in the inverted crucifix! But Yuya fights free, rolls Archer up, TWO!! Archer swings, Yuya gets under and shoves Archer into a Taichi’s BOOT! DOUBLE CHOPS! SOBAT! Yuya goes up to FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, Zayne breaks it! Taichi kicks and throws Zayne out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya fires up and the fans are with him!

Yuya climbs a corner, takes aim as Archer stands, CROSS- NO, choke grip! But Yuya victory rolls! TWO!! Archer is up, Yuya blocks the boot to UPPERCUT! And DOUBLE CHOP! And ENZIGURI! Archer stays up so Yuya traps the arms! But Archer HEADBUTTS free! Yuya runs, into a scoop! ROLLING AX KICK SIDEWALK SLAM COMBO!! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Zayne dodges Taichi to scoop, BAJA BLAST!! And then Archer grabs Zayne, CHOKE SAULT! Fans fire up as Archer roars! Archer drags Yuya up, but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Zayne down, but Archer ROCKS him!

Yuya roars, but runs into the choke grip! CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Yuya survives and shocks everyone! But Archer drags him into the drop zone, then lifts Zayne up! BLACKOUT SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Monster Sauce wins!!

Winners: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)

Archer said it’s all about Monster Sauce, and Monster Sauce just won big! They are the ONLY 4-0 team in ALL of World Tag League 2023, are they going to be the only option for B Block? Or will Taichi & Yuya still find a way to change everything?

 

2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!

Though Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi are IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and former World Tag League winners, their road to the threepeat has not been easy. They’ve started to #TurnItAllAround, but can they keep it going? Or will the sons of lucha libre shine brightest here tonight?

The teams sort out and the luchadores offer handshakes. Bishamon accept and the fans cheer the sportsmanship. Hashi starts against Soberano and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and Soberano headlocks. Soberano grinds Hashi down but Hashi uses that to pop out the back and hammerlock. Hashi then headlocks, but Soberano fights up. Soberano throws body shots, trips Hashi with a leg takedown, then traps that leg. Hashi uses his free leg to pull Soberano down and goes after an arm. Soberano clasps hands, Hashi pries them apart and has the ARMBAR! Soberano shifts around, but Hashi pulls on the arm again!

Soberano turns Hashi over, and ties up the legs in a deathlock, then shifts to body scissors and roll! Cover, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Hashi and Soberano circle again, then they knuckle lock. Hashi wrenches, hammerlocks, and headlocks. Hashi hits a takeover, then grinds Soberano down. Soberano headscissors, Hashi fights around, but Soberano has the arms, too. It’s an inverted motorcycle stretch now! But Hashi powers his way out, floats to a headlock, but Soberano slips away. The fans cheer again, and Hashi tags Goto. Soberano says it was that close, and he tags Atlantis in.

Atlantis and Goto circle and the fans rally up. The two tie up, Goto puts Atlantis on ropes, and Red Shoes counts the break. Goto lets off with pats on the shoulder and fans applaud. Atlantis keeps cool, he and Goto circle, tie up, and Goto waistlocks. Atlantis reaches around, spins through and he facelocks. Goto wrenches out to hammerlock, and then headlocks. Atlantis slips out to waistlock but Goto gets the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Atlantis lets off with pats on the shoulder, and fans cheer again. Atlantis and Goto reset and feel things out. Atlantis wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then double wristlocks.

Goto powers through, hammerlocks, then headlocks for a takeover. Atlantis headscissors, Goto kips free, and the fans cheer. The two circle again, and then tie up. Goto headlocks, grinds, but Atlantis throws body shots. Atlantis powers out, Goto RAMS into him, but Atlantis rebounds to run Goto over! Fans fire up and Atlantis shakes his arm out. Atlantis stands Goto up to fire forearms and stomps, then runs. Hashi slides in, Bishamon runs Atlantis over! Then ZANMAI! Soberano runs in, Bishamon kicks him first! They HAMMER away on Soberano, then fans fire up as Bishamon flexes. They stomp Atlantis to a corner, and Goto digs his knee in.

Red Shoes counts, Goto lets off quickly, but then stomps Atlantis. Goto CLUBS Atlantis down, clamps on a neck wrench, but Atlantis endures. Goto bumps Atlantis off buckles and Atlantis falls back. Tag to Hashi, Goto stomps some more, but lets off for Hashi to stand Atlantis up. Hashi wrenches Atlantis, CLUBS the arm, then wrenches again. And again, and again! Hashi keeps Atlantis from ropes, CLUBS the arm, and then brings Atlantis around. Atlantis CHOPS, so Hashi CHOPS back! Atlantis falls, Hashi brings him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Goto and they wrench the arms. Bishamon double whips but Atlantis ducks the lariats to RANA Hashi!

Atlantis dodges Goto to arm-drag him! And DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Atlantis crawls for his corner, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up to CROSSBODY Goto! Cover, TWO! Soberano is a little annoyed with the count but he looms over Goto. Soberano stomps Goto, kicks him around and eggs him on. Goto blocks the punch to ROCK Soberano! And again! Soberano run sin, but Goto DECKS him! Fans fire up and Goto drags Soberano up. But Soberano DROPKICKS again! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Goto hangs in there but Soberano keeps his cool.

Soberano clamps onto Goto with shoulder claws, then a chinlock. Soberano snapmares Goto to then leg drop! Soberano keeps on Goto with a chinlock, and he pushes Goto out of the ring. Soberano brings Goto around to whip into railing! And then he clamps on a headlock to put Goto on the apron. APRON 619! Goto staggers back into railing and Soberano wants Red Shoes to be patient with him. Soberano drags Goto up, chicken wings him, and Atlantis kicks Goto low. Soberano then runs around to CLOBBER Hashi! Atlantis cranks Goto’s neck against railing! Soberano comes back for Goto and puts him in the ring.

Soberano “apologizes,” then he drags Goto up. Atlantis sticks his feet in, Soberano bumps Goto off the boots! Tag to Atlantis, and he ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Then a snapmare and chinlock. Atlantis squeezes tight, then shifts his grip so he can dig a knee into Goto’s back! Goto endures, Soberano runs in to BOOT! The luchadores stomp away on Goto, their frustration boiling up. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Goto but Atlantis stomps him more. Atlantis drags Goto up, bumps him off buckles, and stomps a mudhole. Goto kicks back but Atlantis CLUBS that leg. Then Atlantis sets the leg up as Soberano runs in, and Soberano KICKS Goto in the thigh!

Goto hobbles and falls over, fans still rally, but the luchadores taunt the fans. Cover, Soberano intercepts Hashi, TWO! Goto is still in this but Atlantis argues the count. Red Shoes defends his count, so Atlantis drags Goto up in a facelock. Tag to Soberano, the luchadores mug Goto, but Goto fires forearms in return! They just hit him harder! The luchadores beat Goto down, HEADBUTT him, and then Soberano looms over Goto. Soberano clamps on a chinlock but Goto fights up. Goto throws body shots, but Soberano BOOTS! Goto goes to a corner, Soberano whips him corner not corner. Goto reverses, runs in, but Soberano BOOTS again!

Soberano runs, but Goto follows. Soberano dodges, but Goto deflects the belt to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi fires up, and he runs corner to corner at Soberano to CHOP! Hashi whips to then CHOP again! And mule kick! Hashi turns Soberano, but Soberano fights free! Hashi still dropkicks the legs out! Hashi runs, to BLOCKBUSTER! The fans fire up as Hashi watches Soberano go to another corner. Hashi runs in again, to clothesline! And then a stalling suplex! Hashi holds on for EIGHT before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Soberano hangs in there but Hashi keeps cool. Hashi storms up on Soberano, drags him up, and ROCKS him! Soberano falls over, but Hashi stands him back up. Soberano ROCKS Hashi, eggs him on, so Hashi ROCKS Soberano! Soberano and Hashi go back and forth with forearms, and fans rally up as Soberano drops to a knee! Hashi fires off more forearms, then a CHOP! Soberano wobbles, but he shakes his head. Fans rally up, Soberano winds up to CHOP! Hashi sputters and Soberano eggs him on more. Hashi CHOPS back, but Soberano shakes his head. Soberano CHOPS again! Hashi winds up to CHOP again!

Soberano grits his teeth, fires himself up, and CHOPS! Soberano keeps egging Hashi on, so Hashi CHOPS again! Hashi gets in Soberano’s face so Soberano CHOPS! And CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Soberano goes to a corner, runs back in, but into a DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up with Hashi and he drags Soberano back up. Hashi reels Soberano in, hoists him up, but Soberano slips free! Hashi swings, Soberano gets around and RANAS! Fans fire up as Soberano runs, but Hashi ELBOWS him! Hashi runs, but Soberano BOOTS him! Hashi roars, runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down!

Hashi and Soberano stir and crawl for their corners as we pass 20 minutes. Hot tags to Goto and Atlantis! Fans fire up as they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! And RAM again! Now they throw forearms! Atlantis gets the edge, roars and runs, but Goto runs him over! Fans fire up again and Goto drags Atlantis up. Goto whips Atlantis to a corner, runs in, and MURAMASAS! Then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives that solid landing but Goto drags him back up. Goto fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free. Atlantis shoves Goto to then POWERSLAM! And basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Goto is still in this and fans rally up!

Atlantis drags Goto up and whips him to ropes, but Goto slips free of the scoop! Goto waistlocks, Atlantis switches, but Goto RAMS him into a corner! Hashi returns and runs in, to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, but Atlantis slips free! Soberano BOOTS Hashi, Atlantis has Goto in a CROSSFACE!! Goto endures while Soberano sends Hashi into railing outside! Fans rally but Atlantis pulls on the neck! Goto reaches out, Hashi returns, he stomps Atlantis down! Hashi coaches Goto on but Atlantis kicks Hashi back out! Soberano then builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Down goes Hashi and fans fire up! And the CROSSFACE is back on!!

Goto endures, fans rally up, but Atlantis pulls way back!! Goto still fights, still reaches out, still crawls his way over, but Atlantis pulls even more!! Goto kicks and flails, ROPEBREAK!! The fans fire up as Atlantis lets off in frustration. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Goto back up. Atlantis puts Goto in the ropes and Soberano climbs! DRAPING MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!!! Goto survives and the fans fire up again! Atlantis is frustrated, and we’re at 25 minutes! Soberano coaches Atlantis up and time is ticking away. They hurry to get Goto up, then double whip him to ropes. Double hip toss into a cradle, but Hashi makes the save!

Hashi fires forearms and CHOPS! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi! The luchadores stomp away on Hashi, Soberano is like a jackhammer! Soberano and Atlantis then wait on Hashi to get up, kick and run to BOOT! But Hashi’s right up!? He LARIATS Soberano, but Atlantis DECKS Hashi! Atlantis kicks Goto, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Goto roars and he drags Atlantis up. Goto dragon sleepers, but Atlantis fights from below! Goto blocks that arm, but Atlantis ROCKS him with the other! Atlantis swings again, but Goto catches him for a BIG suplex! And we’re at the three minute warning!

Fans fire up as Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs, but Atlantis blocks the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! Atlantis rebounds, Hashi dodges the lariat to LARIAT Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Atlantis back up. Hashi has the leg, but Atlantis fights the fisherman suplex! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi, runs, but Hashi gets around to trap him! Goto BLINDSLIDE LARIATS! Two minute warning, Hashi SUPERKICKS! BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Goto catches Soberano, rolls him around, ARMBAR into SHORYU KEKKAI!! The luchadores endure stereo submissions! Atlantis fights around, ROPEBREAK!! Hashi lets him go and then coordinates with Goto.

Goto TOSSES Soberano, he and Hashi whip Atlantis to a corner. Goto clotheslines, then Hashi clotheslines! Then fireman’s carry and FIERCE FLASH! Final 60 seconds!! Bishamon drags Atlantis up, dragon sleeper and the legs, but Atlantis boots him! HIDDEN GAP! And then SHO- NO, Soberano busts it up! Final 30 seconds!! Goto CLOBBERS Soberano, Atlantis DECKS Goto! Hashi and Atlantis DOUBLE LARIAT and they’re both down!! Time is running out!! Someone has to do something! Hashi finds Atlantis to cover, Soberano breaks it!! FINAL TEN SECONDS!! Soberano tries to cover but he’s not legal! TIME IS UP!!

Time Limit Draw (both teams earn 1 point)

An incredible battle pushes both teams to their limits, but also pushes this to the time limit! The fans applaud both teams for giving it their all. And in the end, the teams shake hands again. But with no winners, there’s no closing address! The luchadores bow in thanks to all the fans, Bishamon wave good night, and they all head out. A draw is better than a loss, but will just getting one point this round come back to bite someone later on?

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for B Block, with some real surprising results, too. Did not think Rogue Army would get their first win here, because I thought Tsuji & Zando were going to continue on pretty strong. Less surprised that Suzuki & Nagata still haven’t won, only because they were up against the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions. ELP & Leo can’t lose too much, they’d be owing title shots all over the place. Then great stuff with Monster Sauce getting a big win over Taichi & Yuya, and a great move in the main event. Going for a time limit draw on a half hour match is a bit tricky, though, because things dragged a little in the middle to drag it out. But a draw is also a great way to keep Bishamon from owing more title matches while still not winning so as not to hurt Team CMLL.

My Score: 8.8/10


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