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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/4/23)

Labor Day is Raw!

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Can Chad Gable stop Gunther from surpassing The Honky Tonk Man?

The WWE Intercontinental Championship is on the line as GUNTHER defends against Chad Gable one last time! Will Der Ring General make history?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tornado Tag: Drew McIntyre & Matt Riddle VS The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Ricochet; Ricochet wins, by disqualification.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Zoey Stark; Shayna wins.
  • Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez; Raquel wins.
  • Sami Zayn VS JD McDonagh; McDonagh wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Chad Gable; Gunther wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jey Uso is here!

The fans fire up as #JustMeUce makes his way out from the crowd! Cody Rhodes used his “political” pull backstage to get Jey to see a way to still be in the WWE, so now Main Event Jey is Raw! Jey goes to the ring, the fans get even more fired up as they bounce and wave their arms with Jey. Jey then gets the mic to say, “Alright. Appreciate that. Yeet! But hey, real talk, let me get it out. I always wanted to do this part, ok?” Jey has the fans settle down, and he says, “WELCOME! TO MONDAY NIGHT RAAAW!” Fans fire up again and Jey nods as they chant “USO! USO!”

Jey says real talk, ya boi only been gone for like a couple weeks, right? But he missed them, too. It felt so much longer than that! Jey hit his breaking point, man. Every week, on national TV, he was fighting his family. Family feud for real. Fans cheer again, and then out the blue, the unexpected called Jey. It was the American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes. Jey says, “I see you, Uce.” That’s why Jey is on Main Event Mondays by himself. Jey did things in the past, created some enemies, but they know where to find him, cuz it’s just him, Uce! Main Event Jey Uso is now in your city! Wait, here comes Sami Zayn!

Jey watches the once Honorary Uce make his way down to the ring, no longer WWE Tag Team Champion after The Judgment Day took those titles on Saturday. Fans sing Sami’s song as he steps up into the ring. Fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” as the two stare down. Sami has a mic to say, “Boy, Jey, I gotta be honest, it’s pretty crazy to see you standing here, man. A lot of what you said is true, but one thing is definitely true: There are a lot of people back there in that locker room that are gonna have a very big problem with you being here now. That’s the truth.” Even Kevin & Sami haven’t always seen eye to eye when it comes to The Bloodline.

But that’s okay, Kevin isn’t here right now. But that doesn’t matter. If anyone else has a problem, that doesn’t matter right now. Right now, this is about Sami and Jey. Sami wanted to make sure he was the first person Jey saw here on Raw so Sami could say to Jey’s face… that Sami is HAPPY Jey is here! Fans cheer, and Sami says he knows Jey. He knows what is in Jey’s heart, what kind of guy Jey is, and that all that he did these past few months was hard on him, but he did it! Jey broke free! Fans cheer that, too! And now, Jey is standing on his own two feet, all by himself, and has become who he has always been in his heart: Main Event Jey Uso!

Fans chant “USO! USO!” and Sami says, “So look… I know there’s a history here. I don’t expect us to be friends over night, best buddies, whatever it is. I just wanted to tell you straight to your face, man. I’m really proud of you.” Sami offers a handshake, fans cheer, but Jey just stares Sami down. Fans chant “HUG IT OUT!” but Jey just stays put. Sami waits a little longer, but then puts his hand down. Sami says that’s totally fine. Whenever Jey is ready to talk, Sami is here for him. Sami goes to leave, but Jey says, “Hey, Sami. Now that wasn’t very Ucey of me, was it?” Fans cheer! Jey offers the handshake, and Sami smirks as he steps back over. They HUG!

Fans cheer as the two make amends! Sami heads out and Jey revels in the cheers of the fans, will these two be friendly rivals as things move forward for Monday Night Raw?

But wait, Drew McIntyre makes his way out now! The Scottish Warrior has had his issues with The Bloodline in the past, but then Sami comes back to cool things off. McIntyre lets it go for now, that was always more on Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa anyway. Now Matt Riddle makes his way out, he also had beef with The Bloodline. Again, Sami keeps the situation cool, and The Original Bro goes to join his tag partner. #McRiddle looks to smoke The Viking Raiders, will they make good on this Tornado Tag grudge match?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

“Seth Rollins. I have broken you. I have broken you like you broke the code we shared! I may have underestimated your grip on the World Heavyweight Championship, but I was the one left standing on the battlefield, not you.” Footage plays from after Payback went off the air of Nakamura attacking Rollins and throwing him around ringside. “I know I am the reason you will lose your grip. I will prevail. I will be World Heavyweight Champion!” The King of Strong Style will not be denied, what will he do in order to take the throne?

 

Ricochet speaks with Adam Pearce.

The One & Only knows Pearce saw SummerSlam and how it didn’t go his way. Ricochet needs an opportunity! Pearce knows that, but then they both spot Seth Rollins hobbling past. Pearce hurries to talk with the champ. What’s he even doing here? Rollins says it’s Monday night! He’s the champ! This is where he’s supposed to be! Pearce knows Rollins didn’t like it, but WWE Medical told him to stay home tonight. Tensions are high, Jey Uso is here- Oh Jey Uso, Smey Smuso! Medical shmedical! Rollins says he is fine. If he can walk, he can fight, so he’s fine. Ricochet says he saw what happened at Payback. They tore the house down.

But for Rollins to be here on Raw, that’s respect. That’s a champ Ricochet can get behind. Rollins says Ricochet gets it! Well, not exactly. Ricochet also wants Rollins to know that as much as he wants to carry the show, he doesn’t have to. Rollins says he is fine. Really, totally fine. Rollins heads out, Pearce and Ricochet are worried, but is this all playing into Shinsuke’s hands?

 

Tornado Tag: Drew McIntyre & Matt Riddle VS The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan!

Raw returns as Erik & Ivar finally make their entrance, “Valhalla” by their side. The bell rings and the brawl is on! Riddle fires off with Ivar while McIntyre gives Erik a GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! Riddle & McIntyre mug Ivar with KICKS and CHOPS on repeat! McIntyre then reels Ivar in but Ivar throat chops! Ivar ELBOWS Riddle, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER from McIntyre! McIntyre gives Riddle a boost, ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! McIntyre CLOBBERS Erik off the apron, but Riddle runs into Ivar’s SEATED SENTON! But McIntyre fireman’s carries Ivar! Erik KNEES McIntyre down!

Ivar & Erik stomp McIntyre out of the ring, then set Riddle up for a KNEE, then another KNEE! They mug McIntyre as soon as he returns and fans boo. Riddle fires off on the Vikings but Erik DECKS Riddle, but McIntyre BOOTS Erik down! Ivar ROCKS McIntyre, Riddle KNEES Ivar! McIntyre clotheslines Ivar up and out! Fans fire up and McRiddle hug! Then McIntyre TOSSES Riddle onto the Vikings! Fans fire up as Riddle fires McIntyre up with a shove. “GET THE TABLES!” McIntyre shoves Riddle and tells him to get the tables! Reference to the Dudleys, and fans fire up as Riddle gets said table! A big thumbs as Raw goes picture in picture!

Riddle gets the table up and into the ring with some help from McIntyre, but the Vikings CLOBBER Riddle and mug McIntyre! Ivar ROCKS McIntyre with a right, Erik ROCKS Riddle with one of his own! McIntyre SMACKS Ivar off the desk! Riddle SMACKS Erik off the apron! The brawling goes around the way, Riddle CHOPS Erik but Ivar SMACKS McIntyre off the apron! Erik CHOPS Riddle, McIntyre SMACKS Ivar off steel steps! They all meet at the ramp, McIntyre CHOPS Ivar! Then he ROCKS Erik! Erik ROCKS McIntyre, McIntyre ROCKS Erik, repeat! Erik stumbles into the ring but McIntyre hurries after him!

McIntyre CHOPS Erik against ropes, then whips. Erik KICKS back, but McIntyre LARIATS in return! Logan seethes while McIntyre underhooks Erik. Ivar runs up to POST McIntyre! Logan is happier now, but Riddle fires off on Ivar! And spins him around to PELE! Ivar staggers to a corner, Riddle handsprings and clotheslines! Then runs side to side, but Erik trips him up! Ivar BOOTS Riddle down! Erik looms over Riddle, Ivar takes ownership of the table! The Vikings set the furniture up but Riddle fires forearms on them! But Ivar BOOTS Riddle down! The Vikings make sure the table is centered but Riddle ROUNDHOUSES Erik!

Ivar SMACKS Riddle off the table, drags him onto it, and Raw returns to single picture. Ivar CLUBS Riddle, goes up the corner, but McIntyre CLUBS Ivar first! McIntyre CLUBS Ivar some more, steps in and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS again! McIntyre climbs, Riddle is off the table and he helps out! But Erik moves the table before the DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! KNEE for McIntyre, cover, TWO!! Erik drags Riddle up, but Riddle slips free to BOOT, then runs in at the corner. Erik dodges, Ivar SPLASHES, then feed to Erik’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! The Vikings get the table back up and put it in a corner.

The Viking Raiders stalk Riddle, but McIntyre LARIATS Erik! And RUNNING SHOULDER TACKLES Ivar! OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY for Erik! NECKBREAKER for Ivar! NECKBREAKER for Ivar! McIntyre kips up and fans fire up! McIntyre fireman’s carries Ivar, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER for Ivar! Fans fire up as McIntyre starts the countdown! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” But Erik drags Ivar to safety! Fans boo but McIntyre goes out after them! He dodges Erik, ROCKS Ivar, then ROCKS Erik! McIntyre clears off the commentary desk! But Ivar CLUBS McIntyre to save Erik! So McIntyre TOSSES Ivar!

McIntyre CLUBS Erik, Erik hits back, and Erik whips, only for McIntyre to reverse! OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Ivar is on the table to VIKING SPLASH to the floor!! McIntyre sputters while the Vikings regroup. The Vikings haul McIntyre up, aim for the desk, but Riddle makes the save now! FLASH KNEE for Ivar! Erik ducks the roundhouse to Electric Chair Lift! But Riddle gest to the apron to PENALTY KICK! Riddle hauls the table around to a drop zone! Riddle has Erik and puts him on the table! Riddle climbs but Logan distracts! The ref reprimands but Ivar LEG LARIATS Riddle! Erik moves the table to center!

The Vikings haul Riddle up, but KOFI KINGSTON rushes out here! Kofi saves Riddle to fire off kicks on the Vikings! TROUBLE IN PARADISE but Ivar ducks! KOFI HITS RIDDLE!! Kofi panics, but the Vikings get Kofi and TOSS him into McIntyre!! Then the Vikings drag Riddle up, RAGNAROK through the table!!! Cover, the Vikings win!!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Erik & Ivar again take advantage of miscues between The New Day and McRiddle! McIntyre hit Woods by accident last week, Kofi hits Riddle by accident this week! Will anyone be able to stop the raid?

 

WWE looks back at the great Intercontinental Champions of the past.

The original champion, Pat Patterson! The longest reigning champion, The Honky Tonk Man! Some of the best in the Attitude Era, Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin! Booker T, as he sported the Ruthless Aggression Era title. Roman Reigns with the throwback title. Will Gunther solidify himself as THE greatest? Or will Chad Gable SHOOOOSH all that here tonight?

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

Fans fire up as The Visionary makes his way out, still wearing the same gear as he had on Saturday night at Payback. He pulled out a victory against the vicious King of Strong Style, and is still standing after the brutal attack after the match. Rollins revels in the fans singing his song, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” What will Rollins say in response? We’ll hear that after the break.

Raw returns and the fans get to sing again while Rollins gets the mic. “Charlotte, North Carolina~! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins!” He is our host for this evening. He is the Visionary, he is the revolutionary, he is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! And Charlotte, NC is doing great tonight. But at Payback, Nakamura did everything he said he was gonna do. He put a target on Rollins’ back and dropped bombs on it all night long. Rollins didn’t know if he’d be able to get up, or if he’d be able to continue the fight. But the last time Rollins checked, he’s still the World Heavyweight Champion!

Fans cheer and Rollins laughs, but then Rollins says there is one thing. There is one thing that hasn’t sit right these past few days. Even though Rollins beat Nakamura, at the end of the night, Nakamura was able to walk out of the building while Rollins was pushed out in a wheelchair by his wife, Becky Lynch. That just doesn’t sit right with Rollins! So here is what he is thinking! Why not right some wrongs right here? Shinsuke Nakamura, get your ass out here so Rollins can make your dreams come true! And so Nakamura appears! Nakamura has a mic of his own and smirks at Rollins.

Rollins tells Nakamura to c’mon already. Get down to the ring! Nakamura didn’t have a problem on Saturday! Rollins has a proposition for him! Nakamura swaggers about a bit, but Rollins says okay, he realizes there is only one way for Nakamura to get in here and that is to give him what he wants, again. So what does Nakamura say to a WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH, right here, and right now?!? Fans love the sound of it! Nakamura grins as he steps closer, but then he hears all the fans cheering and it hurts his head. Nakamura steps back, and he says, “Huh?”

Nakamura says in Japanese, “I really wonder if that’s what you want.” He knows how close he came, so he’ll make Rollins wait until HE says it’s time. Rollins admits, he doesn’t understand a lot of Japanese, but he assumes Nakamura is accepting the challenge, so what’s he waiting for? Get on down and let’s ring the bell! Nakamura says in English, “NO.” Fans boo and Rollins is confused now. “Excuse me?” Nakamura repeats, “NO.” Fine, okay, now let’s clarify. Are they having a world title match? Yes or no? NO! Fans boo and now Rollins and Nakamura go back and forth, “No?” “NO!” “No?” “NO!”

Rollins says alright, Shin, that’s not gonna work for Rollins! Yeah, it’s Labor Day, but it’s also a Monday Night Raw! Rollins is clocked in, so if Nakamura likes it or not, he’s about to get that work! Rollins rushes out and brawls with Nakamura on the ramp! Fans fire up but Pearce and security rush out! Fans boo as the two are separated! “Let them fight!” Nakamura gets loose and KICKS Rollins in the back!! Rollins goes down in a heap, but here comes Ricochet! Ricochet brawls with Nakamura now, but Nakamura goes to leave! Nakamura doesn’t care about Ricochet, but will he have no choice but to wrestle someone tonight?

 

Raw returns and Rollins is arguing with Pearce.

Rollins is shouting that he’s already said he can handle this, he’s been handling this for a long time! Pearce tells him that yeah, he’s been doing this a long time, but he’s also going at a pace no one else has before! Pearce is just trying to keep Rollins from running himself into the ground! That’s all! Rollins says he doesn’t want that. Rollins storms off, but what about this issue with Nakamura?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Ricochet!

Well here’s one way to deal with things! The King of Strong Style and the King of Flight meet in 1v1 competition once again! Will Nakamura take his frustrations out on Ricochet? Or can the One & Only get himself back into the title picture?

The bell rings and Nakamura bails out! Fans boo as Nakamura doesn’t actually care about this match. But Ricochet rushes out to fire off on Nakamura! Nakamura knees low, whips Ricochet at the apron, but Ricochet backflips off it to then fire off kicks and forearms on Nakamura! Ricochet puts Nakamura in the ring, rams into him, then slingshots, somersaults and handsprings to RANA! Fans fire up as Ricochet kips up and DROPKICKS! Ricochet UPPERCUTS Nakamura, reels him in, and suplexes. Nakamura fights that, throws body shots then waistlocks. Ricochet breaks free to CHOP!

Ricochet runs, but Nakamura trips up the springboard! Nakamura fires Kawada Kicks to the back of the head, then goes up the corner. GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Nakamura steps on Ricochet and stands on his face for BAD VIBRATIONS! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off and he paces around. Nakamura drags Ricochet up, whips him to a corner, then storms up to KICK! And KICK! And then Nakamura gets space, to run in, but he blocks boots! He puts Ricochet int he ropes, KICKS and SLIDING GERMANS! Fans are torn while Nakamura soaks up the heat, and Raw goes picture in picture.

Nakamura slides in, covers, ONE!! Ricochet is hanging tough but Nakamura clamps on with a chinlock. Ricochet endures, pries at the hold, and fights to his feet. Ricochet throws body shots, but Nakamura knees him low! Nakamura snapmares, then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is still in this but Nakamura stays on him with another chinlock. Nakamura grinds Ricochet down, but Ricochet endures and fights his way around. Fans rally, Ricochet stands up, and Ricochet throws body shots. Ricochet ROCKS Nakamura with a forearm, whips him to ropes, but Nakamura reverses. Ricochet handsprings but Nakamura KICKS him while he’s upside-down!

Ricochet sputters as he sits up, and Nakamura KICKS him down! Nakamura kicks Ricochet around, but Ricochet stands to CHOP! And CHOP! Nakamura KICKS Ricochet back down! Nakamura pushes Ricochet down, h as a cocky cover, TWO! Ricochet goes to a corner, but Nakamura fires body shots! Nakamura digs his boot in but the ref counts. Nakamura lets off and paces around. Nakamura drags Ricochet up, reels him in, suplexes, but Ricochet blocks! Nakamura throws body shots, suplexes and GOURD BUSTERS! Nakamura then throws in knee after knee into Ricochet’s side! Nakamura sits Ricochet up for an abdominal stretch!

Raw returns to single picture as fans rally and Ricochet endures. Ricochet fights, stands, and JAWBREAKERS free! Ricochet runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Ricochet falls but Nakamura drags him back up. Nakamura CHOPS, whips, but Ricochet ducks ‘n’ handsprings to BACK ELBOW! Both men are down and fans fire up! Judgment Day’s Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley are watching backstage. Priest being Senor Money in the Bank, he still has vested interest in the World Heavyweight Championship scene. Ricochet fires kick after kick on Nakamura, then UPPERCUTS! Ricochet whips, Nakamura reverses, but Ricochet RANAS!

Nakamura goes to a corner, fans fire up with Ricochet as he runs in, and Ricochet RAMS into Nakamura! Ricochet bumps Nakamura off buckles, KICKS Nakamura away, then SPRINGBOARD FLYING LARIATS! Fans fire up as Ricochet RUNNING SHOOTING STARS! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is still in this and Ricochet nods. Ricochet knows Nakamura is tough, so he just refocuses and drags Nakamura to a drop zone. Ricochet climbs, aims, and fans fire up for the 450- NO, Nakamura moves! Ricochet rolls through, tiger wall kicks, then ducks Nakamura’s roundhouse, only for the WHEEL KICK to hit!

Nakamura clinches to INVERTED EXPLODER, but Ricochet lands on his feet! Ricochet hits the RECOIL! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura is still tougher than that and Ricochet grits his teeth. Ricochet sees Nakamura go to the corner, and he runs in again. Nakamura dodges the splash and Ricochet gets stuck up top! TOP SHELF KNEE! Nakamura slides out, finds Ricochet on the apron and KNEE LIFTS! Nakamura goes up the apron, but Ricochet avoids that knee drop! Ricochet is on the apron and he SUPERKICKS! Ricochet then gets space, runs in and CANNONBALLS! Crash landing but still a direct hit!

Ricochet fires up and fans are with him. Ricochet brings Nakamura up but Nakamura POSTS him! And then RAMS him into barriers! Nakamura stomps Ricochet, then gets space. The ring count is 5 of 10 as Nakamura runs in, but Ricochet TOSSES him into the timekeeper’s area! Ricochet drags Nakamura up, blocks the punch to punch back! Ricochet climbs the barrier, but then Nakamura BOOTS Ricochet down! Nakamura grabs a chair and he SMACKS Ricochet!

Winner: Ricochet, by disqualification

Fans boo but Nakamura doesn’t care, he just SMACKS Ricochet again! Nakamura drags Ricochet up, puts him back in the ring, and he has the chair again! Nakamura puts the chair around Ricochet’s head! Nakamura takes aim, “YAO~!” But here comes Rollins! He won’t let Nakamura do this, and he TACKLES Nakamura! Fans fire up, security rushes out, but Rollins TOSSES them aside! Rollins then builds speed to FLY onto Nakamura and the rest! Fans fire up for Rollins as he seethes through the pain and drags Nakamura up. But Nakamura RAMS Rollins into the steel steps! Nakamura stomps away on Rollins’ back and head!

But now Ricochet is back up, and he has the chair! Nakamura runs away before getting a taste of his own medicine! Nakamura tells Rollins it is only a matter of time! As for Priest, he’s still watching. Rhea looks to him, and says no, not tonight. The MITB contract still has plenty of time on it, will Priest strike when he knows it’s guaranteed to work?

 

Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.

Jackie Redmond is with Trish Stratus’ former protégé, and brings up what happened at Payback. “Is it safe to say that partnership is officially over?” Stark says she still has a lot of respect for Trish, Trish taught her a lot, and on Saturday, Trish proved she is still one of the greatest of all time. But there is one thing you never do, Hall of Famer or not, and that is push Zoey Stark. But then in steps Shayna Baszler. The Queen of Spades says she wondered when Stark would get rid of the dead weight. She got rid of Ronda Rousey and turned everything around, too. So if only Stark had done what she did before they had their match a few weeks ago.

Stark says hold on. She sees where this is going, and these two have some unfinished business. How about they go 1v1 tonight to see who the baddest woman really is? Oh, so she has more to show Shayna? Sure does. Then meet her out there and show her. Stark says okay, see you out there. Will the Hunter be the one standing tall against the Submission Magician?

 

The Judgment Day heads to the ring!

We saw Rhea & Priest a moment ago, and now they, Finn Balor and Dominik Mysterio are walking together, all the gold on their shoulders! We hear from the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, the still WWE Women’s World Champion and the still NXT North American Champion, after the break!

Raw returns and The Judgment Day is now in the ring. Priest says, “All rise for the crew that’s drippin’ gold!” Fans are torn but Priest says “ALL RISE for the Judgment Day!” Dom starts talking and fans start booing as he says the Judgment Day did what Mami told them to, and they brought all the gold home! Dom says Mami herself defended her Women’s World Championship, while Finn Balor & Damian Priest handled Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens, becoming the NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions! Finn thanks Dom for that, and he congratulates Dom on his one year anniversary of joining the Judgment Day!

Fans boo as the Judgment Day all applauds. But Finn tells Rhea, thanks for always being such a great voice of reason in the group. And Damian, while you and Finn have had ups and downs together, look at ’em now! Undisputed Tag Team Champions of the World! Finn wants to also give a special shoutout to JD McDonagh for always having Finn’s back these last 20 years. Priest rolls his eyes a bit, but Finn finally thanks… himself! On reaching his most recent career milestone in becoming a GRAND SLAM CHAMPION! Fans do chant, “You Deserve It!” and Rhea makes sure we hear it. We do know Finn deserves it!

But last week, Rhea did give them an ultimatum, and the pressure was on. But then Finn & Damian really rose to the occasion and showed the world that they are truly brothers in arms, and that they truly are a family. She loves ’em all! But… Rhea does want to address something that’s aggravated her. And that is? The fact that the focus isn’t on them and their accomplishments! People are talking more about Jey Uso coming to Raw and what that means for The Bloodline! As far as Rhea is concerned, the Bloodline has fallen, and now the Judgment Day is the most dominant faction in the WWE!!

Priest says now, with all this gold- WAIT! Here comes The Irish Ace! Finn did bring him up, and he says he doesn’t mean to be rude, but then Priest stops JD there. A small part of Priest was actually starting to like him. So whatever McDonagh’s reason is for being out here, make it good. McDonagh promises it is good. It will be, really. The way he sees it, he took a bullet for them on Saturday, so the least they could do is let him into the ring so he can explain why he’s here. Cool? The Judgment Day lets McDonagh enter, and McDonagh is here because of something Rhea said. Rhea said last week that big changes are needed in the Judgment Day. And they’ve been needed for awhile.

McDonagh says to Damian Priest, that briefcase has to go. Priest shakes his head and tries to stay calm. But then McDonagh says no, he doesn’t need it! They have all the gold, Priest doesn’t need that briefcase. He needs this one. McDonagh presents Priest with a purple ‘n’ silver with Senor Money in the Bank written on it! The Judgment Day does like how that looks, so Priest happily accepts the present. And now, the Judgment Day- Sami Zayn interrupts! Priest throws his mic down in frustration as Sami tells them all to hold on. “Gentlemen, and Dom.” He’s happy they’re all feeling good.

See, Kevin may not be here, but do they really think, after it took five of them to rob them of the tag titles, do you really think that was gonna slide? They’re bragging about holding the titles, how they’re all champs, but Sami doesn’t see five champions. Sami sees five giant title stealing turds! Fans chant “TURDS! TURDS! TURDS!” but Sami says to be honest, a very special beating is owed to the one that cost them it all, “the biggest turd of them all,” Dominik Mysterio! Fans cheer that but the Judgment Day laughs. Dom dares Sami to do something. Where’s his title? Sami asks Dom what he says about the challenge. Does he got the cajones?!

McDonagh says Dom ain’t fighting anyone tonight. And as he recalls it, Dom wasn’t the only one to screw Sami over! So if Sami wants to fight anyone, he should fight McDonagh! Sami says he is glad McDonagh spoke. Because no one deserves a bigger ass kicking than McDonagh! And that is what he gets, tonight! Fans fire up as The Great Liberator is going to throw down with the Irish Ace! Will McDonagh prove himself to the Judgment Day once and for all by defending their honor?

 

GUNTHER speaks.

But he says most of it in German. But he then says in English, “Chad Gable thinks he can stand in the way of me and my legacy. Who do you think you are? Tonight, history will be made. But somebody like you (Chad) doesn’t belong in the history books. I do! Your little fairytale story is temporary. My legacy will be forever. And tonight, after the final bell rings, I will go down in history as the greatest and longest reigning Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion in history.” Der Ring General is incredibly confident, but will he be the most shocked should Gable dethrone him?

 

Raquel Rodriguez meets with Adam Pearce.

She knows there’s already a lot going on, so she just wanted to be sure they’re on the same page. Oh, they are. He’s glad she came to see him, because he wants to let her know that he will go ahead and make the match official. Raquel heads out and Chelsea Green walks in. She almost ran into Raquel but says some people are so rude. Yeah, she’s one to talk. But Chelsea says he forgot to check his texts. She is a future hall of famer and a two-time tag team champion, she does not stand in line behind sasquatches. To Chelsea’s point, the problem is that Piper Niven isn’t medically cleared tonight, which is an issue, so he’s glad Chelsea is here.

Um, sorry, he doesn’t seem to get the “issue” of how everyone is saying these WWE Women’s Tag titles are “cursed.” C’mon, Adam, be original. Maybe it isn’t the titles that are cursed. Uh, what is he implying? And what was Raquel even talking with him about? It’s not her concern. Oh? Well, maybe they were talking about how Raquel failed miserably to win the world title at Payback! Or how she got absolutely dominated by Rhea! Or how she’s just a big ol’ loser! Oh, Raquel! She came back! How long was she there? Long enough. Pearce, do you mind? Yes. Tonight, Chelsea VS Raquel! Raquel tells “chiquita” she’ll see her in the ring.

 

Shayna Baszler VS Zoey Stark!

The Queen of Spades beat Ronda Rousey and ran her out of the WWE while The Hunter finally threw the Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus, aside. Who will continue to prove themselves as the baddest in the WWE today all on their own?

Raw returns and Stark makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Shayna headlocks for a takeover but Stark headscissors. Shayna moves around, pops free, but Stark avoids the kick! They each dodge each other but Shayna runs Stark over! Things speed up, Stark DROPKICKS Shayna down! Stark hits a takeover, she grinds Shayna now, but Shayna hooks a leg to roll Stark around and stands on her arm! Shayna lets the hair down to STOMP the elbow! Stark writhes and goes to ropes. Shayna is after that arm, though, and she wrenches to whip Stark to a corner. Shayna then wrenches the arm again, to whip corner to corner!

Stark goes up and over but Shayna catches her for a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Stark kicks off the corner, slips under, but Shayna sits on the cover! TWO, and Stark rolls Shayna up! TWO, SUPERKICK! Shayna tumbles out and Stark slides, but Shayna ducks under! KIRAFUDA! Stark RAMS Shayna into the apron! And then she kicks off the apron to send Shayna into the desk! Stark slides in, the ref counts, and then Stark PLANCHAS! Down goes Shayna and Stark shouts, “I’M the baddest, Shayna, not you!” Stark goes back to the ring and Raw goes picture in picture.

Stark huffs and puffs as she glares down at Shayna. Shayna rises slowly, Stark goes right back out to put her in the ring. Stark soaks up the heat, shakes out the bad arm, then slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS SENTON! Cover, TWO! Stark shakes her bad arm out to stomp Shayna down. Shayna goes to ropes, Stark bumps her off buckles. Stark wrenches and reels Shayna in, ARMBAR DDT! Shayna staggers to a corner, Stark RAMS into her! And again! Stark lets off as the ref counts, and she wrenches Shayna again to hammerlock, and RAMS Shayna’s shoulder into the buckles! Stark wrenches and whips but Shayna reverses to send Stark into buckles!

Shayna then gets Stark on the return for SOLE FOOD to the arm! Stark falls back and clutches her arm, but Shayna says “Who’s the baddest now?!” Shayna storms over to Stark, drags her up and wrenches the arm to a double wristlock. Stark endures, fights up, and powers around to a roll-up! TWO, and Stark runs, only for Shayna to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Stark is toughing it out but Shayna storms up and has the arm again! Stark clasps hands to fight off the armlock but Shayna pries the grip apart! Shayna twists the wrist, pulls on the elbow and shoulder, but Stark fights her way back up.

Stark arm-drags free, runs up and ELBOWS Shayna, then goes to a corner. Shayna runs in but into a BOOT! Stark runs, and she CLOBBERS Shayna! And again! And then again! Shayna swings, misses, Stark runs to FLYING ELBOW! Stark fires up as Raw returns to single picture, and she tells Shayna to get up! Shayna rises, Stark runs in, gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! Stark kips up and fans rally as Stark runs in, but Shayna puts her on the apron. Stark GAMANGIRIS, then springboards, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Stark pushes Shayna around. Stark eggs Shayna on and gives her scuffing kicks.

Stark runs, but Shayna avoids the boot to KNEE Stark down! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives and Shayna grows frustrated. Shayna eggs Stark on now, then brings her up. But Stark ROCKS, ELBOWS, and SUPERKICKS! Z 3- NO, Shayna fights the scoop to fireman’s carry! But Stark slips off to waistlock, but Shayna switches back! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Stark flails, reaches out, shifts around, but Shayna fights the lift again, so Stark ROCKS her with a forearm! Shayna tumbles out of the ring, Stark storms to the apron, and SPLASHES down! Stark drags Shayna up, puts her in the ring, and shakes out the bad arm.

Stark aims again, slingshot, but the senton misses! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!! Stark flails, rolls, but Shayna stays on her! Shayna drags Stark down into body scissors! Stark fades, but gets a second wind! Stark stands up again, grabs for ropes, but Shayna drags her back down! Stark is coughing, sputtering, still fighting, and gets to her feet! But her third wind is gone, too, Stark is OUT! Shayna wins!!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

Stark is bad, but Shayna is BAD! Will Shayna use this win to go after the baddest in Rhea Ripley? But then surprisingly, Shayna stands in front of Stark, says that was a better fight than Ronda. They fist bump in respect! Will Stark prove she can do bad all by herself soon enough?

 

The Judgment Day sits in their private lounge.

Finn says as far as he’s concerned, McDonagh has been stepping up. Maybe, just maybe, they bring him into the group officially. Priest says he knows McDonagh is Finn’s boy, but c’mon. He still needs to prove himself. Yes, agreed, but they might not be Undisputed Tag Team Champions if not for McDonagh. What does Dom think? Dom’s cool with what they decide. What about Mami? Rhea thinks, and then says they should wait and see how McDonagh does against Sami. But if Finn wants this, he has to make sure McDonagh comes through. Consider it done. Does Priest want in on this? Sure, why not.

The tag champs head out, but Rhea keeps Dom close. She needs him to make sure that everything that happens goes to plan. And they’ll talk about that other stuff later. Dom heads out, will this help ease Mami’s mind?

 

Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The Hot Mess better hope Piper Niven returns to 100% and fast, because she clearly gets herself into trouble on her own. Will Chelsea survive a run-in with an angry Ricky Desperado?

Raw returns and Chelsea makes her entrance. The bell rings and Chelsea runs for it! Raquel stops her and drags her back in! Chelsea wants Raquel to show mercy, but Raquel hauls her up in a waistlock to thrash her around! Chelsea is a rag doll and Raquel throws her down! Raquel tells to get up but Chelsea wants a timeout. But then Chelsea kicks, only for Raquel to block! Raquel clamps on a choke grip but Chelsea kicks the leg! Chelsea HAMMERS away, runs, but into a BOOT! Raquel seethes, drags Chelsea up and scoops, to FALL AWAY SLAM! Fans fire up as Raquel storms over to drag Chelsea up at the ropes!

Chelsea HOTSHOTS Raquel away, then goes up the corner! Chelsea leaps, but Raquel catches her! Fans fire up as Raquel pops Chelsea up, only for Chelsea to slip free! Chelsea SLAPS Raquel, and now she’s sorry. Chelsea ducks a lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW!! And then, TEXANA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

Big Mami Cool crushes the Hot Mess, and she is back on track! Raquel gets a mic to say that earlier tonight, she spoke with Adam Pearce about the actions of The Judgment Day at Payback. And not only is Raquel getting her rematch, but Dirty Dom, you stupid little boy, are no longer a factor! He will be barred from ringside! Fans cheer and Raquel tells Mamacita, see you next week for the Women’s World Championship!! Raquel VS Rhea will truly be 1v1, who will be the One True Mami of Monday Night Raw?

 

The Alpha Academy meets backstage.

Chad Gable has a new jacket where his name is an acronym: Giving Aggressive Beatings Like Experts! Maxxine Dupri asks if Coach Gable is ready for tonight. Oh, he’s had a lot of time to think about what’s led up to this moment. And Gunther says a guy like Gable doesn’t deserve to be in the history books? Newsflash: Gable already IS in those books! Olympian with a Master’s Degree, Valedictorian, has brought everyone around him to the highest levels, and he’s won every tag title in this company! But tonight, Gable gets to add to HIS legacy by proving to Gunther, to his crew, the world and Gable’s family in the front row that Gable is more than just a tag team specialist.

“Tonight… The world’s gonna see your desire to hang onto that championship doesn’t even compare to MY desire to take it from you!” Gable is all fired up, will he SHOOOOSH the doubters to become the NEW Intercontinental Champion?

 

McIntyre is storming around backstage.

And he’s looking for Kofi! No one’s seen him, apparently. But Riddle finds McIntyre and wants him to calm down. McIntyre says he is calm for what happened tonight. Jey Uso is here, when he and his family have caused so many problems for everyone on Raw, themselves included. And McIntyre gave Jey a pass, but he will watch every move Jey makes. If Jey makes a mistake, McIntyre will do something about it, and that’ll be on Cody Rhodes. But Kofi walks over and apologizes for earlier. That was a total accident, but it still cost them the match, so he apologizes. Riddle tells Kofi it is okay. Is it, though?

McIntyre knows he accidentally hit Woods with a big armchair, but then a week later, Kofi takes Riddle out with a kick. Right, the accident where McIntyre launched that chair with full force? Yes, but what’re the odds Vegas would give on another accident happening a week later? Kofi says okay, they can’t make mistakes then? If McIntyre wants to say something, just say it. McIntyre says all he’s saying, he’ll keep his eyes open for any more “accidents.” Kofi tells Riddle to talk to his bro, and Riddle says yeah, he’ll go talk with him. Will Riddle get through to Drew about this?

 

The Miz is here!

Fans boo as the Hollywood A-Lister makes his way out to the ring. Miz still swaggers despite his bad mood after losing at Payback, but we hear from him after the break.

Raw returns and Miz has the mic. Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, MizTV. And tonight, his guest will shine a light on the travesty at Payback, because at Payback, Miz did not lose! He was robbed, blindsided and victimized for exposing LA Knight for who he is, but that is later. First, the man who will right this wrong, who promised that he will be completely transparent! Without further ado, “they call him the Greatest Of All Time,” JOHN CENA! Fans fire up as the music hits, but where’s Cena? Wait, who is the camera following? Uh… Wait. Is this a “You Can’t See Me” joke?

Invisible Cena slides into the ring and Miz gives him space. Miz thanks Cena and tells him to take a seat. “Ladies and gentlemen, John Cena!” Hear that? The adults don’t just dislike him, those kids are booing him now! And Miz doesn’t blame them! He speaks for everyone when he says Cena screwed Miz over! Fans boo, they’re not playing along anymore. Miz says this feels weird. Can the fans see him? NO! You can’t see him!? There’s the punchline. But Miz understands what’s going on now. For the last 18 years, have not only Miz been able to see Cena, he’s been able to see through Cena.

So Miz will do us all a favor and “translate” for Cena, who is definitely sitting right there in that chair. The jig is up, so first question: Did LA Knight pay Cena to be the ref? YEAH! Did he offer Cena a job during these hard times? YEAH! Did Cena purposefully screw Miz over? YEAH! DID YOU CONSPIRE WITH LA KNIGHT? YEAH!! Miz gets mad at the fans, he didn’t ask THEM to answer! And if they’re going to say anything, say “Yes!” “YES! YES! YES!” No, wait, nevermind! If they’re gonna say something, just nod. YEAH. No! NOD! YEAH! Miz sighs and sits back down. Miz stares “Cena” down and asks if he conspired with Knight.

See! There you have it! Knight’s victory should be thrown out! Cena, get out of Miz’s ring! Cena seems to refuse, so Miz tells him to leave! But then “Cena” stands up! Fans taunt Miz’s “TINY BALLS! TINY BALLS!” Miz explains something to “Cena.” When Miz says get out, Cena gets out. Miz shoves Invisible Cena! Invisible Cena shoves him back! Miz takes off the jacket and fans are going nuts! Miz cools off, but then he sucker punches Cena! Full nelson, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE on Invisible Cena! Fans boo and Miz tells everyone else, “There is nothing invisible or imaginary about what happened to me at Payback!”

Knight was cornered, took the easy way out, but this isn’t over! Miz challenges Knight to a 1v1 match, no guest refs, no surprises, no helping hands! If Knight accepts, he finds out like Cena did years ago, whose game is it really? Because the chants will end, and Knight will fade away, because his future success is about as realistic as that invisible Cena in this ring. This isn’t make believe. The Knight fairytale the fans are manifesting will come crashing down thanks to Miz! Cuz he’s the Miz…! And HEEEE’S AWWWWESOME!! But will Miz run into the reality that Knight isn’t just a flash in the pan?

 

Jey Uso walks the halls.

He crosses paths with Akira Tozawa, and Tozawa goes the other way. Pearce finds Jey and he tells Jey that obviously, some people here in the locker room aren’t happy he’s here. Yeah, Jey noticed. But it will only get worse and here’s why. Upper management just let Pearce know that SmackDown is getting trade compensation for Jey moving to Raw, and that means someone from Raw will be sent to SmackDown at some point soon. So depending on who that is, that might piss other people off, so this is a heads up. Jey fist bumps Pearce and thanks him with a yeet before heading out. Pearce is about to enter his office, but Tommaso Ciampa walks over.

Ciampa asks if now is a good time to talk. Sure, good as time as any. They’ll finish their previous conversation. Ciampa’s all for that, but just what does this discussion adhere to?

 

Sami Zayn VS JD McDonagh!

The Great Liberator wants to put Judgment Day in its place, so he’ll start with the Irish Ace, who is really more the pawn in this game. But will Finn, Priest & Dom show up to make sure Sami gets beat? Or will nothing stop Sami from getting payback for Payback?

Raw returns as The Irish Ace makes his entrance. The bell rings, and McDonagh bails out! Fans boo but Sami waits patiently. McDonagh slides in, but slides right back out. Sami slides out after him! They go on a chase, Sami drops down then hurdles over, to then MONKEY FLIP McDonagh away! McDonagh writhes and staggers up, and Sami CHOPS him to the corner! Sami fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner hard, and McDonagh drops to his knees! Sami throws down hands and fans rally behind him. Sami has McDonagh on the apron, throws more hands, but McDonagh HOTSHOTS Sami!

McDonagh runs in to CLOBBER Sami! McDonagh rains down fists, lets off to soak up heat, but Sami stands up. Sami hobbles to a corner, McDonagh CHOPS him, and then pie faces Sami to CHOP him again! Sami ducks the chop to fire off CHOPS! Sami stalks McDonagh but McDonagh mule kicks! McDonagh whips, Sami reverses and McDonagh hits so hard, he tumbles up and out of the ring! Fans fire up, Sami goes out to fetch McDonagh, and he puts McDonagh in the ring. Fans fire up but McDonagh slides out as Sami slides in. McDonagh then trips Sami, drags him out and RAMS him into the apron!

McDonagh SMACKS Sami off apron, and again! The ring count climbs but McDonagh dribbles Sami off the desk! And then POSTS him! Sami falls back and McDonagh snarls as Raw goes picture in picture.

McDonagh leaves Sami behind long enough to refresh the ring count, then he puts Sami on the apron. McDonagh CLUBS away on Sami, then stands on the desk to soak up the heat. McDonagh tells Michael Cole to watch himself, then he goes back to the ring. McDonagh reels Sami in, suplexes, then covers, TWO! McDonagh wants a faster count but the ref argues his was fair. McDonagh has Sami in a corner, RAMS into him, and RAMS him again! McDonagh JABS Sami and Sami sits down. McDonagh brings Sami out to suplex, but Sami fights this one! Sami then suplexes McDonagh in return! Both men writhe but Sami stands up first!

Sami storms over to McDonagh, drags him up, but McDonagh YANKS Sami into buckles! McDonagh puts Sami up top, throws forearms, and Sami wobbles as McDonagh climbs. McDonagh stands Sami up but Sami fights the suplex! Sami throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS McDonagh down! Sami adjusts, fans rally, and McDonagh stands, to DROPKICK Sami outta the sky! Cover, TWO!! McDonagh is fuming and he grinds Sami down with a headlock. Sami endures, McDonagh leans all his weight on Sami’s head, but Sami fights up. Raw returns to single picture as fans rally and Sami throws hands!

Sami ROCKS McDonagh, ROCKS him again, and again, and again! Sami whips, McDonagh reverses but Sami goes up and over and LARIATS! Fans fire up with Sami and he stalks McDonagh to a corner. Sami climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along and Sami goes all the way to TEN! Sami then CHOPS McDonagh, whips him corner to corner, and then back drops on the rebound! Fans fire up again and Sami storms around. Sami brings McDonagh up, reels him in, but McDonagh fights the lift with elbows! McDonagh runs, into a scoop! MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! McDonagh survives but Sami scowls.

Sami drags McDonagh up, puts him in a corner and then up top. Fans rally as Sami climbs up. McDonagh wobbles up top, but he still manages to push Sami away. McDonagh adjusts now, leaps, but Sami gets under! McDonagh rolls, comes back, but into a CORNER EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Sami goes to the far corner. Sami runs back in, but Dom drags McDonagh out to safety! Fans boo but Sami rushes out to CLOBBER Dom! Fans fire up as Sami SMACKS Dom off the desk, rains down fists, and then sees McDonagh. Sami fires hands on McDonagh, puts him back in, and then hurries up. Dom distracts Sami, so Sami DECKS him!

But McDonagh rolls Sami up! With tights!! MCDONAGH WINS!!

Winner: JD McDonagh, by pinfall

Dirty Dom helps the Necessary Evil get one over on Sami! Just as Mami wanted. But then Sami goes after Dom for it! Fans fire up as Sami fires off, then he puts Dom in the ring! Dom scurries, McDonagh calls to him, but Sami drags Dom back in! CORNER EXPLODER!! Sami glares at McDonagh, who hesitates on the ramp. Sami aims at Dom, but now McDonagh drags Sami out to POST him! McDonagh gets in the ring, tells Dom to go, so Dom hurries away. But Sami is back! He catches McDonagh for a CORNER EXPLODER!! Sami goes to the other corner, Dom doesn’t come back to help McDonagh! HELLUVA KICK!!

Fans cheer as Sami has the last say on this one! But McDonagh still won and he still saved Dom over himself. Will this prove he’s worthy of joining Judgment Day?

 

Dom and McDonagh regroup backstage.

They also regroup with the rest of Judgment Day. Finn says that was an impressive win! What does Priest say? Priest admits, McDonagh did good. Yeah, happy days. Let’s get outta here. Dom says he just wants a minute first. Dom walks over and talks to Jey! Jey says, “Well if it ain’t the little homie. What’s up?” Dom says he knows how it feels to come from a messed up family with Hall of Fame fathers. Dom knows what Jey is going through, he feels it. And just because everyone respects Rey and who he is, that life at home is all good. But Dom knows what it’s really like, so he understands Jey.

As someone who never really had a family, who now has the tightest family, he knows what Jey’s going through. Jey laughs. Dom knows? Yeah, for real! He’s being serious. If Jey thinks about it, he comes from a broken family, no longer has a family, and no one here likes him, just like how no one likes Dom. But ever since Mami and Judgment Day came into Dom’s life, there’s no need for a leader. They’re all equals. If Jey wants, Dom can talk to them. There’s always open arms for Jey there. Dom knows, and they know, what it’s like. Just think on it. Judgment Day is here for him. And thanks for your time. Dom leaves, but is Jey really going to give this offer the time of day?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Chad Gable!

After over a YEAR of dominance, Der Ring General is just days away from overtaking The Honky Tonk Man as the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion in WWE history! But after going back and forth for weeks with the leader of Alpha Academy, Gunther and Gable look to put this to rest! What will the history books say about this one?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and on history’s doorstep, we see whose legacy wins out!

The bell rings and fans fire up already. The two circle, they tie up, and Gunther throws Gable aside! Gable gets up in a huff, fans rally as he circles with Gunther again, and they tie up. Gunther headlocks, throws Gable down for the takeover, but fans rally behind Gable as he keeps his shoulders up. Gable pushes Gunther’s face, stands back up, but Gunther hits another takeover! Gable headscissors, Gunther kips free, and Gunther hits another takeover! But Gable headscissors again! Gunther kips free again, but this time Gable gets around to get a leg! Gunther hops around to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Gable lets off, and he pats Gunther on the shoulder.

Gunther storms up, he TOSSES Gable to a corner, but Gable dodges to CHOP! Gunther turns things around but Gable bails out to avoid a chop! Gunther chases Gable back into the ring but Gable DROPKICKS Gunther off the apron! And DROPKICKS him again! Fans fire up with Gable while Gunther seethes, and Raw goes picture in picture.

Gunther cools off while he stares Gable down. Gunther takes his time going around the way, and he steps back up to the apron. Gunther steps in, he and Gable circle again, and they knuckle lock. Gunther kicks low! And hits a headlock takeover! Gable keeps his shoulders up again, grinds his forearm in Gunther’s face, but Gunther grinds the hold. Gable kicks Gunther in the back, fights up to his feet, but Gunther wrenches to back suplex! Gable lands on his feet to headlock! Gunther lifts but Gable uses that to hit a FLYING TAKEOVER! Gunther gets mad, stands back up, and tries again, but Gable hits another FLYING TAKEOVER!

Gunther stands up again, tries a third time, and then turns it into a BACKBREAKER! Gable is limp as Gunther gets the legs, for a BOSTON CRAB! Gable endures, fights his way over, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Gunther lets go in frustration but looms over Gable. Gunther kicks Gable around, stalks him, but Gable CHOPS! Gunther seethes, and he CHOPS Gable off his feet! Gunther seethes again as he KICKS Gable in the side! And KICKS him again! Gunther stalks Gable, drags him up, and UPPERCUTS him down! Gable flops onto the ropes while Gunther talks trash. Gable drags himself up, staggers around, and fires off shots on Gunther!

Gunther scoops Gable to SLAM him! And KICK him! And stomps him! Gable checks his jaw, goes to the apron, and Gunther stalks over to him. Raw returns to single picture as Gunther drags Gable up, but Gable gets free. Gunther goes to the apron but Gable gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! And a HANGING LEGLOCK! The ref counts, Gable lets go at 4, and now Gunther hobbles. Gable CHOP BLOCKS the leg! But Gunther still BOOTS Gable down! Cover, TWO! Gunther hobbles, which only frustrates him more. Fans rally behind Gable, but Gunther hauls Gable up. Gable fires body shots but Gunther KNEES low! And CHOPS Gable down!

Gable sputters, crawls, and Gunther eggs him on. Gunther fishhooks Gable, ELBOWS him in the head, then brings him around. But Gable fires off hands! Gable CHOPS! Gunther CHOPS! Gunther eggs Gable on, taunts the fans, then stalks Gable again. Gunther stands Gable up to CHOP him back down! Gunther talks more trash to the fans, but Gable stands!? Gable storms up to Gunther and brings the straps down! Gable eggs Gunther on, then dodges the chop to fire off CHOP after CHOP! But Gunther scoops and puts Gable on the top rope, to CHOP him! Gunther then climbs up to STAND on Gable!

The ref counts, Gunther lets off at 4, and Gable tumbles to the floor! Der Ring General glares and fans boo as Raw goes back to picture in picture,

Gunther paces, Gable stirs, but Gunther goes out to get him. Gunther drags Gable up, headlocks, and brings him around to put against barriers. Gunther ROCKS Gable with a haymaker, then CHOPS him! Gable flops over and the Gable family cheers him on! Fans rally with Gable and he fires hands on Gunther! And CHOPS! But Gunther scoops to BARRIER BACK SUPLEX! Gable flops back down in a heap, Gunther refreshes the ring count, and he looms over Gable. Gunther drags Gable back up, puts him in the ring, and then stalks Gable. Gunther drags Gable up, facelocks, and suplexes, but Gable slips out! To waistlock!

Gunther fights the German Suplex to CHOP Gable back down! The ref checks Gable but he’s somehow still in this. So Gunther kneels on Gable’s head and pulls on his arm! Gunther drops a knee! Gable writhes, the ref reprimands, and the Gable family is rallying as hard as they can. Gunther CHOPS, Gable CHOPS! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! And throat chops! Gable runs, gets around the chop, but Gunther facelocks to block Gable’s suplex! Gunther then CHOPS Gable down again! Gable crawls but Gunther stalks him. Gunther eggs Gable on, Gable stands, into a BOOT! Gable is down again as Raw returns to single picture.

Gunther drags Gable up, reels him in, but Gable slips out of the bomb to get the leg! But Gunther SLAPS and CHOPS Gable into letting go! Gunther gets Gable up but Gable fights to RANA Gunther and himself out of the ring! Fans rally as hard as they can while the ring count starts. Gable stands, Gunther uses the desk to help himself up. Gunther swings, into Gable’s GERMAN SUPLEX to the floor!! Fans fire up, the ring count climbs! Gable doesn’t want a ring out count this time, he manages to get Gunther back in at 7! Gable slides in but Gunther gets him for a GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, TWO!??!

Fans are thunderous as Gable survives one of Gunther’s best shots! Fans rally but Gunther climbs a corner! Gable hurries to intercept! Gable fires off forearms, but Gunther CHOPS Gable down! Gunther adjusts, but Gable springs up after him! SUPERPLEX!! Gable hurries back up while the fans go wild! DIVING HEADBUTT!!! Cover, TWO!??! Gunther survives but Gable has the ANKLE LOCK!!! Gunther endures, reaches out, rolls over and BOOTS Gable away! Gable rushes up to waistlock, O’Conner Roll, CHAOS- NO, Gunther fights with elbows! GENERAL- NO, Gable slips out of the bomb, runs, but into a sleeper! So he SAIDOS free!!

Gable rises, he watches Gunther sputter, and the straps come back up, just so Gable can take them back down! Gable runs in, waistlocks, CHAOS THEORY!!! Bridging cover, TWO?!?!? Gunther escapes by nanoseconds and Gable thinks of what he has to do now. Gable goes up the corner again, and fans are thunderous for the MOONSAULT! Gunther gets a boot up! But Gable catches it!! ANKLE LOCK!!!! Gunther rolls, but Gable rolls with him!! Gunther flails, but Gable GRAPEVINES!!! Gunther drags Gable with him towards ropes, but Gable gets up to drag him back! Gunther kicks at Gable, gets free, and has a SLEEPER!!

Gunther has body scissors wrapped on Gable like an Austrian anaconda! Fans are thunderous as Gable fights up and has Gunther as a backpack! But Gunther drops back! Gable rolls it back, TWO!!! Gunther lets go in time, SLEEPER SUPLEX!!! And then he reels Gable in, GENERAL BOMB!!! But Gunther isn’t done, GENERAL LARIAT!!! Cover, Gunther wins!!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

Gable put up the fight of his life, and his family can’t believe he still fell short! But perhaps this is proof that Der Ring General is THE greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time! He is now guaranteed the record as longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time, how many days will Gunther add to it from here?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw to follow Payback, lots of great story intertwining using Jey Uso. Great opening promo with Jey and Sami, and I do like that Sami is on Jey’s side given the latter part of Sami’s story with The Bloodline. And it’s understandable that McIntyre isn’t as understanding since he’d otherwise be Universal Champion if not for Bloodline interference. I also find it intriguing that there’s to be a “trade” for Jey even though he technically quit then came back. But with that, there’s half a chance it’s just Cody Rhodes since he’s the one who brought Jey back, and because they may want to still revisit Cody VS Roman for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 40.

Who I feel it should be is someone not doing much of anything and could use a fresh environment. Make it Bronson Reed so he can go after the US Championship while the other singles titles seem to be spoken for. We got great stuff out of Rollins, Nakamura and Ricochet tonight. I figured Rollins would offer a world title rematch for Nakamura, and I kinda wish they’d included Nakamura’s attack on Rollins as part of the broadcast so that Payback’s ending would be a little more exciting for some of the naysayers out there. Nakamura saying no is obviously just to troll Rollins, he of course wants a rematch. And Nakamura had a great match with Ricochet, and got a great win to keep up some momentum.

And speaking of story intertwining, great detail of Priest and Rhea watching the whole time Rollins and Nakamura are out there, and for them deciding to not cash in yet. There’s a chance they try again during Nakamura’s rematch with Rollins, especially if Rollins survives again. Great stuff from Judgment Day with McDonagh and Sami, and I just knew McDonagh was bringing the Judgment Day some kind of gift in that black bag. The purple briefcase looks great, though the aesthetic of “Senor” on tape is a bit silly, like they’re ripping off the Kevin & Sami aesthetic. But hey, maybe it’s a sign Priest succeeds.

Great match from Sami VS McDonagh, and of course Dom was the one to make the save for McDonagh. Really thought Finn & Priest were gonna be the ones getting involved since they volunteered to do it, but maybe they didn’t wanna play that dysfunction up so soon after those two won the belts. But at least McDonagh didn’t get mad at Dom after Dom basically ditched him in the end, since McDonagh wants to be part of the team. Dom had a good interaction with Jey, maybe a little awkward or not as rehearsed. Dom trying to compare his situation with Rey and Judgment Day to Jey and Bloodline is hilarious, and I would think Jey now helps Sami and Kevin against Judgment Day just to shut Dom up.

Really good Tornado Tag from #McRiddle VS Viking Raiders, and a nice turnaround where Kofi costs Drew & Riddle. McIntyre confronting Kofi about it was a good promo, and we’re definitely getting a Triple Threat Tag from all these teams to help determine challengers for the tag titles. Good promo stuff from Shayna and Stark to set up their match, and from Chelsea and Raquel to set up their match. Each match was good, but of course Shayna and Raquel each win. Shayna showing respect to Stark was good stuff, and then Raquel calling out Rhea for a rematch next week is great stuff. But just because Dom is banned from ringside doesn’t mean the rest of Judgment Day can’t do something, so Raquel probably loses again.

This week’s MizTV was actually really, really good, because I appreciate Miz finally playing the “You Can’t See Me” meme on TV. Miz claiming conspiracy is a nice touch, and clearly we’re gonna get a rematch of Miz VS Knight for Fastlane now. And then, along with some great promos from Gunther and Gable, we got an awesome main event from them. They made Gable look incredible, even though he still lost out in the end. And you really feel for him after seeing his kids ringside. The kids definitely thought dad was winning this time, they were a bit emotional at the end.

Both guys are worthy of great things, so Gunther now having the record reign is great. Gable does deserve something, too, but clearly at this point, he isn’t getting the Intercontinental Championship. Maybe a great showing in like the Royal Rumble can help him make it to the next level. He’s got that same vibe and skillset as Kurt Angle and even Daniel Bryan/Bryan Danielson, Gable’s gonna be something so long as WWE pushes him.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (4/17/24)

JEEEEEEON, MOXLEEEY!

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There is truly a Paradigm Shift in pro-wrestling today!

Returning triumphant from the Windy City Riot, Jon Moxley brings the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship to AEW Dynamite! But will someone from NJPW come after him?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mixed Tag Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland & Willow Nightingale VS Brody King & Julia Hart; Brody & Julia win.
  • Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks VS PAC, Penta El Zero Miedo & Daniel Garcia; Okada & The Bucks win.
  • Deonna Purrazzo VS Mariah May w/ Toni Storm & Luther; Deonna wins.
  • Orange Cassidy VS Shane Taylor w/ Shane Taylor Promotions; Shane wins.
  • Will Ospreay VS Claudio Castagnoli; Ospreay wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Jon Moxley heads to the ring!

Indianapolis, Indiana fires up as the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion walks in from the back of the crowd! The Maniac shocked the world when he defeated Tetsuya Naito in Chicago and added NJPW’s top prize to his already incredible list of accolades. Moxley goes to the ring, gets the mic, and the fans chant for him as he says, “One of the first championships I ever won, y’know, Salvation Army Community Center at Fountain Square right here in Indianapolis.” The fans cheer that! Moxley continues by saying even back then 20 years ago, he was swimming up stream, never had help.

In fact, a lot of people tired to tell him what he can and can’t do, what he can and can’t accomplish. His words to those people now is the same as back then: kiss his ass and watch him! Watch as he climbs mountain after mountain after mountain. Because being great is not about what others say, it’s about what’s inside. Now, if you didn’t know, this is THE IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The fans chant “You Deserve It!” and Moxley say this title is steeped in history, illustrious to the extreme, and he has been chasing it for five years. Five years of pain, heartache, wins and losses, pints of sweat and blood, thousands of miles across the ocean.

Five years ago, people said Moxley holding this title, and live on American TV, was impossible. But it wasn’t impossible. Not if they knew what was inside Moxley. That is what this is all about. When your back is against he wall, how deep can you dig? When you feel you have nothing left, choking on your own blood, how deep are you willing to dig and how far are you willing to go? Are you willing to dare to show the world how great you are? THAT is what AEW is about! The fans cheer that, too! Moxley says this brings him to his point: The Don Callis Family. The fans boo now, but Moxley continues.

There are very talented individuals in league with Don Callis. Don Callis is a creep. The fans cheer that! Moxley says he has no time for Callis, but he is feeding these guys lies and those guys are buying it. And then those guys put a hit out and tried to hurt Moxley’s friend and teammate, Bryan Danielson. Now, if you’re putting a target on Bryan’s back, you might as well put one on Moxley’s. You wanna get violent? You wanna be tough guys? Well, you’re welcome to come find Moxley, he’ll be here all night. But he suspects that maybe, he’s not their type. What he could do is run up on them with a tire iron. He could run them over in the parking lot.

But he gets the sense that that wont’ teach the DCF anything. So he’ll pick the biggest, baddest, meanest one of all of ’em, “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs, and challenge Hobbs to a match one week from tonight in the main event of Dynamite in Jacksonville, Florida. Hobbs will accept, because in that match, Hobbs will find out just how out of his depths he is stepping to the IWGP World Champion. Because Moxley won’t make it quick or easy. He will drag Hobbs to the deepest waters that there are, and Hobbs will look around and see no shore. When he asks the ref for the rescue, Hobbs will know the difference between him and Moxley, and that Callis is feeding him lies.

Hobbs will know that he, like everyone else in this business, NO ONE can touch Moxley! There are a lot of great wrestlers in this world, but there is and only ever will be ONE Jon Moxley! The fans fire up for that, but will Hobbs survive the homecoming at Daily’s Place?

 

Mercedes Mone speaks.

“Last week, somebody attacked me in the dark because they were too afraid to face me in the light. But as the CEO, I always get right back up. And as the CEO, I can’t wait to pay back that b*tch that attacked me last week. Lights off, huh? That sounds a little too familiar, Julia Hart.” Mercedes didn’t think Julia was the kind to be a coward. Or maybe, it was someone who wants us to think it’s Julia? Maybe it’s someone who doesn’t wanna face Mercedes when she’s healthy. Either way, Mercedes puts the entire division on notice, and she will watch that Mixed Tag Match. But remember this: There’s a price to pay when you mess with Mone.

 

Mixed Tag Match: Adam “Edge” Copeland & Willow Nightingale VS Brody King & Julia Hart!

Speaking of that Mixed Tag, Dynamite is about to get Rated R as the TNT Champion and the Babe with the Power are stepping to the King of Death and the TBS Champion! Will Copeland & Willow have the edge going into Dynasty? Or will even now, The House Always Win?

Wait! Willow is down and out! A medic checks her but she says she’s fine. Kris Statlander & Stokely Hathaway aren’t so sure, but there is Dynasty to think about. And then the lights go out in the arena! And when they come back up, surprise! Brody is in the ring and he CLOBBERS Edge! Julia laughs from the stage as Brody TOSSES Edge out. The fans hoot and bark as Brody whips Edge hard into the barriers! Brody CHOPS Edge, stalks him, then whips him into more barriers! Brody makes Edge take a seat, fires off forearms, then hoots as he gets space. The fans hoot along and Brody comes back, to CROSSBODY Edge against the LEDs!

Brody stands, the ref reprimands but this isn’t even a match yet! Did the House just take out their enemies in quick fashion? Edge crawls towards the ring, he isn’t gonna let the House have their way! Edge drags himself up to the apron and into the ring, and the fans fire up as the bell rings! Brody runs up to SPLASH in the corner! Edge falls over, Brody storms around, then Brody drags Edge up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Brody CHOS Edge, has him on ropes, and CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Brody steps back, and Julia gets a cheap shot in! Then she CHOKES Edge while the ref is still busy with Brody! Brody storms up on Edge, suplexes high and hard, then stalks up behind Edge. Brody drags Edge up, ROCKS him, and Edge ends up in a corner. Brody digs his boots in, the ref counts again, but Brody lets off at 4. Edge sits down in the corner and Brody gives him scuffing, toying kicks. Brody lets off to stand Edge up, and CHOP him down! Brody CHOKES Edge on ropes again, but lets off as the ref counts.

Edge sputters, Brody drags him around, and Brody whips Edge hard into the corner! Edge falls, Brody storms up and stands on Edge’s face, but the ref counts. Brody steps back, Edge goes to the apron, but Julia is there to CHOKE him! The ref is none the wiser and Julia mocks the fans. Brody has Edge under ropes for the GUILLOTINE CATAPULT! Brody drags Edge back up, and CHOPS him to a corner. Brody CHOPS again, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Brody hoists Edge up top. Brody climbs up to rain down fists! Brody only goes to three before he hauls Edge up, but Edge fights the superplex!

The fans fire up as Edge and Brody trade body shots. Edge then HEADBUTTS away on Brody, and BITES his forehead! Edge DECKS Brody off the corner, then adjusts. Brody stands, Edge FLYING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Julia coaches Brody, he sits up to fire a forearm! Edge fires back, they go shot for shot, then Brody CHOPS! Edge CHOPS! They CHOP, throw forearms, and the fans fire up behind Edge! Edge kicks and IMP- NO, Brody throws him away! Edge dodges the lariat to LARIAT! Brody stays up so Edge runs up to clothesline in a corner! And again! And again!

Edge fires shots, runs side to side, then BOOTS Brody! The fans fire up as Brody leans on the ropes! Edge runs again, for another BOOT! Edge huffs and puffs and he brings Brody around, IMPALER! Cover, TWO! Brody is still in this and Julia coaches him up. Edge stays on Brody, but Brody TOSSES him to the corner! Edge BOOTS back, goes up, and FLYING BLOCKBUSTERS! The fans fire up as Edge rises, and he has a wild look as he goes to the corner. Edge runs in, but Brody LARIATS him down! Julia is fired up, and Brody drags Edge to a corner. Brody storms around as he hoots, then he runs corner to corner to CANNONBALL but only gets buckles!

The fans fire up as Edge and Brody are both down! Julia coaches Brody, the fans rally, and here comes Willow! Taped up as she is, Willow’s on the corner! Brody drags Edge up and in, but Edge reaches out! Willow tags in! She goes up and she CROSSBODIES Brody! Then she chases after Julia! Julia says no no no, but then Edge SPEARS Brody! Willow hoots now, the fans join in, and Willow gives Brody a CANNONBALL! Julia runs in with a chain! CHAIN PUNCH!! The fans boo as Julia says the House Always Wins! Edge LARIATS Brody out of the ring, but Julia clamps on the HARTLESS LOCK! Willow is OUT, The House of Black wins!

Winners: Brody King & Julia Hart, by submission

The Princess of the Black Throne made sure to have an ace up her sleeve to take this one from Willow! But wait! Here comes Mone! And she has a chair! Julia laughs as she slips away, taking her title with her. The House of Black won tonight, but will they establish their Dynasty?

As for Mone and Willow, well Mone still has the chair and is considering her options. Edge slides back in, so Mone stands down. Edge shakes Mone’s hand, long time no see. Mone still wants to go Double or Nothing, but will she be facing the Keeper of Secrets? Or will it be a long awaited rematch with the Babe with the Power?

 

Backstage interview with Samoa Joe.

Renee Paquette says we’re just four days away from Dynasty, a PPV where the AEW World Championship will be on the line 1v1, Samoa Joe VS Swerve Strickland. Renee says that in this situation, just Joe and Swerve, how does Joe see Swerve as an opponent? Well, first, Joe viewed Swerve as a worthy adversary. Someone who some day might be a great champion. But for now, he’s just a nuisance. Joe says Swerve is not someone who has overwhelming speed, strength, size, no. He’s just someone who keeps standing back up after getting knocked down. No matter how many times Joe puts Swerve in the dirt, Swerve just gets back up.

To Joe, that doesn’t seem like a prerequisite to becoming a champion, that’s a punching bag. Then Renee wants to run this back to last week on Dynamite. Joe is always calm, cool, collected and in the driver’s seat. But after last week, Swerve getting his shot in on Joe, then Swerve & Nana holding up the AEW World Championship, Joe’s reaction… Walk us through what that was. As expected, Joe was worried his property was in the hands of someone who will never possess it. That maybe this belt would need to be disinfected before it could be TV ready. You don’t know where Nana’s been!

As for Swerve, Joe will focus on his track record and what he represents. It seems that with every title Swerve has challenged for, he has come up short. Is that not right? Seems like Swerve’s a choke artist. Every championship, every opportunity, every time he tries, he comes just so close, then swerves off target. History will repeat itself at Dynasty, as at Dynasty, Joe will do what he always does, and that is destroy the opposition, cement his legacy as the greatest AEW World Champion of all time, and for Swerve, “my friend, unfortunately you are a choke artist. And come Dynasty, you won’t have to worry about it. I’ll be the one choking you out instead.”

The One True King of Wrestling has spoken, but will he still end up dethroned by The Realest?

 

AEW takes a closer look at The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4.

But as the highlights of ladder matches and of All In London 2023 play, the Bucks themselves interrupt. This package sucks, who edited this together? Cut, cut! The video stops, and we cut to gorilla. Matthew Jackson “apologizes” to FTR, but tonight’s episode is already running short on time, so they gotta bump this from the show. But Matthew promises, the full package will go on social media. And Nicholas sure hopes FTR is watching, because they’re about to beat their friends’ asses in a really cool Six Man Tag. And yeah, it’s a tune-up for Dynasty! A ladder match for the tag titles? Are you kidding? The Bucks perfected that match!

And the Bucks will then become AEW’s first-ever THREE TIME World Tag Team Champions. But what about tonight, Rainmaker? Kazuchika Okada says, “Hey, Pac! You will not make it to Dynasty. You are a dead man!” Cue the music, time for the badass entrance using that elevator thing. But will the New Elite really be rolling into St. Louis with momentum? Or are they underestimating the Top Guys’ allies?

Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks VS PAC, Penta El Zero Miedo & Daniel Garcia!

The trios sort out and The Rainmaker starts against The Bastard as a preview of their Continental Championship match. The fans rally behind Pac, but then The Bucks CLOBBER him, and Okada BLASTS Pac’s corner! The fans boo as The Elite stomps away on Pac, then the Bucks stand down. Okada tags Nick, he storms up but Pac SOBATS! KICKS! And SOBATS! Pac runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! The fans fire up and Pac tags Penta. They double whip, double hip toss, then they coordinate, STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Penta runs up to KICK Nick in the leg! The fans rally with “CERO! MIEDO!” as Penta has Nick on ropes.

Penta whips, Nick reverses, and Matt gets a cheap shot! Penta GAMANGIRIS Matt, but Okada BOOTS Penta down! The fans boo as Nick distracted the ref the entire time. Nick stomps Penta, tags Matt, and Matt rains down fists! The fans boo, but Matt tags Nick back in. The Bucks double whip Penta to a corner, then Matt runs in, only for Penta to TOSS him out! Nick runs up, Penta makes him handstand on the corner, and Penta SUPERKICKS! Nick staggers, Penta tags Garcia! Garcia rallies on Nick, wrenches and clinches, HALF HATCH! The fans fire up as Garcia clotheslines in a corner! Garcia goes up, and he rains down fists!

The fans count all the way to nine, then Garcia winds up to DO HIS DANCE! Garcia lets off, runs up on Okada and BLASTS him! Garcia LARIATS Nick, whips him to ropes, but Nick reverses. Okada trips Garcia and drags him out! But Garcia ROCKS Okada first! Matt runs up, Garcia DECKS him! But Nick PENALTY KICKS from the apron! Nick BLASTS Pac off the apron, Matt YANKS Penta down, and The Elite attacks while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Matt drags Penta up to whip him into railing! Penta tumbles over into the front row! Nick sends Pac into railing, then soaks up the heat. Matt throws hands on Pac, and he mocks Garcia’s dance, too! Okada puts Garcia in the ring for Nick, Matt mocks the front row, and Nick rains down fists on Garcia! Nick goes all the way to nine, so also mock the dance! Nick lets off to tell everyone that’s a FINE! Nick stomps Garcia, kicks him around, then he tags Okada. Okada storms up to CLUB Garcia, then he drags Garcia around. Okada snapmares Garcia, runs and basement DROPKICKS! The bucks applaud while Okada stands over Garcia.

Okada tags Matt, Matt drags Garcia up and whips him into the corner. Matt runs up but into an ELBOW! Garcia storms up, but Matt scoops for a BACKBREAKER! Nick tags in, slingshot LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Garcia grits his teeth, he pie faces  Nick, but Nick drops a knee on Garcia’s back. Matt gets on a mic to talk to Taz, and to also say hi to Excalibur and Tony Schiavone. Nick CHOKES Garcia on ropes, lets off at 4, and he runs up to SHINING WIZARD! Matt keeps doing his own play by play as Nick bumps Garcia off buckles. Dynamite returns to single picture, Okada holds Garcia in place and Nick runs in, but Garcia BOOTS Nick!

Garcia elbows Okada away, CHOPS Nick, repeat! Matt is concerned on “commentary,” Nick runs back in but Garcia sends him into Okada! Matt says to get him, but Nick waistlocks Garcia. Garcia wrenches to SAIDO free! Matt asks for the tag, Nick tags him, and Matt still holds onto the mic as he stomps Garcia! Matt says it’s fine, he’s got this. Matt promises the ref he won’t hit Garcia with the mic. Matt instead talks trash, shouting, “You think you’re better than me, Garcia?! HUH!?” Matt then pie faces Garcia! Matt eggs on “the kid,” dares Garcia to show him the reason they hired him, and Garcia gets up to reel Matt in!

Matt freaks out, saying he’s sorry, they’re good! But Garcia still gives Matt the SAIDO! The fans fire up while Garcia crawls, hot tag to Pac! Pac RAMS into Matt, slingshots up and over then keeps moving to CLOBBER him! And CLOBBER him again! Pac whips, Matt reveres but Pac stops, sidesteps and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Nick runs in, but he also gets a SNAP GERMAN! The Bucks stagger up, Pac climbs a corner, DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! The Bucks bail out, the fans fire up, and Pac goes up a corner! ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes both Bucks and the fans are thunderous! Pac even dares Okada to get some! Okada says he’s not legal, he can’t!

Pac still taunts Okada, but then Matt CLOBBERS Pac from behind! Okada tags in, now he’s legal. Okada then BLASTS Penta, and Nick steps back in. Okada and Nick get Pac up, they double whip him to a corner, then Okada sends Nick in. Pac puts Nick on the apron, Matt’s on the other side, and Okada runs in, DOUBLE GIRI ELBOW COMBO! Okada then brings Pac up, Alabama Lifts, and REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, Penta KICKS it apart! The fans fire up while Pac and Okada are both down! They stir, crawl, hot tag to Penta! CROSSBODY for Okada! Penta runs, SLINGBLADE for Nick! SLINGBLADE for Matt!

Penta catches Okada, tuck and pump handle, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, The Bucks break it! The fans boo but Nick rains fists down on Penta. The Bucks whip Penta to Okada, but Penta wheelbarrows and victory rolls, DOUBLE SATELLITE- NO, The Bucks back drop free! Garcia storms up, blocks Nick’s superkick to send it into Matt! Then Garcia reels Nick in, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Matt superkick feints to DDT Garcia! Pac is up, he HOTSHOTS Matt, then slingshots to CUTTER! The fans are thunderous as Pac glares at Okada. Pac drags Penta to the corner, tags in, and “This is Awesome!” as we get that title match preview after all!

Okada fires a forearm, Pac gives it back, and they keep going back and forth! Pac gets the edge, then whips, but Okada reverses. Okada runs up, into a SUPERKICK! The fans are thunderous as Pac goes up the corner! But Matt trips Pac up! Pac crashes down to the mat, but the fans rally as Garcia rises! Pac crawls over, hot tag to Garcia! Garcia fires off forearms on Okada, then CHOPS! Garcia runs, into a DROPKICK! Okada drags Garcia up, scoops, but Garcia slips free to trip him! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! Okada escapes, gets around, and sends Garcia into DOUBLE GAMANGIRI! Then gut wrench and TOMBSTONE!!

Penta runs up, but Okada dodges the slingblade! Okada scoops Penta to TOMBSTONE!! Nick & Matt get in, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS into the RAINMAKER!! Cover, New Elite wins!

Winners: Kazuchika Okada & The Young Bucks, by pinfall

The Continental Champion smirks as he looms over the Dragonslayer, but The Bucks sit Garcia back up! E V P TRIGGER!! Garcia suffers for being friends with FTR, and then the Bucks bring out a ladder! Penta gets up but Matt DECKS him! Matt stomps Penta, stands on him, and Nick brings Garcia over. Scoop SLAM onto the ladder! Garcia writhes, but the Bucks still aren’t done! They open the ladder, stick Garcia inside, and then squeeze it shut on him! Okada & Matt hold Garcia down while Nick climbs up, but Pac returns! Pac runs the New Elite off with that bell hammer! The Bastard already had reason enough to go after them, but will he take out his rage on Okada?

As for The Bucks, they’ve got the momentum and the upper hand going into that Ladder match! Will they be the ones making history? Or will Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood be the ones to establish their Dynasty?

 

Dynamite returns with Taz in the ring.

The Suplex Machine promised Chris Jericho to set up a meeting with Hook, so he’s here as moderator as Lionheart makes his entrance. Jericho joins Taz in the ring, followed by Hook. Taz has the mic while fans chant “HOOK! HOOK!” Taz says he’s just here to make sure things go nice and easy. There have been some issues between both Jericho and Hook. That said, Jericho has the floor. Jericho has the mic to say he’s known Taz for 30 years, and he appreciates Taz getting Hook to come out here. And to Hook, Jericho thanks him for coming out here. Jericho just wants to clear up some things.

The reason Jericho pulled Hook off the apron last week was not to mess with Shibata. Shibata ended up collateral damage. Jericho just wanted to get Hook’s attention and let him know it felt like Hook wasn’t listening to him as much as he should. The fans boo and Hook eats chips while Jericho says he is doing this all for Hook. Some say Jericho’s the greatest of all time at this. Others talk about the learning tree. Jericho says he IS the learning tree. The fans boo more but Jericho wants Hook to think about the people who listened to Jericho’s “perfect parables,” his pearls of wisdom. Every single one of them has gotten to that next level.

MJF, Orange Cassidy, Eddie Kingston, Daniel Garcia, Jon Moxley, Will Ospreay, and so many more! Everyone that has come into the “Jericho Vortex” has come out the other side a better performer, a better wrestler, and to be honest, a better person. That is what Jericho wants for Hook. He wants them to scale to the highest of heights together. They can reach the top of Wizard Mountain so they can both breathe in the rarified air of Jericho and reach the top! Jericho knows he can get Hook there. So what does Hook say? Is he ready to put the animosity aside so he can sit under the brilliant branches of the learning tree?

The fans are booing and saying no. What does Hook say? “No!” The fans cheer and Jericho looks disappointed. What does Hook mean, “no?” Hook says he doesn’t need Jericho’s help. Dude, c’mon. Don’t be stupid. Taz stops Jericho there, but Jericho tells Taz to stop. The fans boo but Jericho says he’s doing what Taz should’ve done 30 years ago and give this kid some proper guidance! Seriously! But this is what Jericho is talking about. He needs to get Hook away from all this dead weight that’s been holding him back his entire life. Taz says Jericho needs to calm down but Jericho says Taz needs to stop.

Jericho again tells Hook that he has had people his whole life telling him how good he is, how he’s a future world champion, including Taz, his father. But Jericho says Hook is not as good as he thinks he is! The fans boo more and Taz speaks up again, only for Jericho to SHOVE him! The fans boo even harder, and now Hook is mad! Hook drops the mic, he storms up to Jericho, and then he SHOVES Jericho into a corner! Hook tells Jericho that he crossed the line. You wanna see how good Hook is? He’ll go another round with him, anytime, anywhere! Now get outta his ring! Jericho says Hook doesn’t mean that, but Hook says it again, get outta his ring!

Hook lets Jericho go and the fans sing “Hey hey hey, Goodbye~!” Jericho slowly takes his leave, trying to smooth things over, but it’s too late for that. When and where will the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil get his hooks into Lionheart?

 

Backstage interview with Swerve Strickland.

Renee now sits down with the #1 contender to the AEW World Championship. In just a matter of days, Swerve’s career could change. Swerve could become the NEW AEW World Champion at Dynasty. In order to do that, he has to beat Joe. We heard from Joe earlier, what is Swerve’s reaction to Joe calling him a “choke artist?” Swerve chuckles at that. He’ll ask back, does Renee agree with Joe that Swerve’s a choke artist? No, she does not. He doesn’t think so, either. Joe talked about Swerve stumbling, title opportunity after opportunity. He isn’t wrong about that. Swerve has stumbled out the gate, stumbling throughout his career.

But guess what? Swerve’s always fallen forward into success. Just in this past year alone, Swerve was put in a coffin, got back up. He got stapled, body thrown into barbed wire, and he got back up. Not but a couple weeks ago, a man punched him in the face with a chain, bloodied him, and Swerve is still here. Swerve always gets back up. That’s his military upbringing, his warrior ethos: never give up, never quit. So Joe, call Swerve whatever you want. Punching bag, choke artist, a parasite, but guess what? This Sunday at Dynasty, he’ll also be calling Swerve the NEW AEW World Champion. “Whose house?”

Renee asks what makes Swerve so confident about Sunday? Swerve thinks about it, and says with all due respect, it isn’t something he should be answering to Renee. He should be saying this to Samoa Joe. Swerve takes off the mic, takes off his jacket and his hat to get up in the camera. Swerve promises to tell Joe this to his face, in that ring, tonight! Swerve storms off, but will Joe bother to meet him out there?

 

Deonna Purrazzo VS Mariah May w/ Toni Storm & Luther!

While The Virtuosa won’t be part of the sequel title picture with the leading lady, she’ll gladly take out the understudy! Will Deonna make sure Mariah can’t help Timeless Toni against Thunder Rosa? Or will Mariah make her mentor proud?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Mariah shoves Deonna down. Mariah pulls on Deonna’s hair, they tie up again, and Mariah puts Deonna in the corner. Mariah ROCKS Deonna, whips corner to corner but Deonna reverses. Deonna runs in, blocks a boot, THROWS Mariah by that leg, then runs to KNEE LIFT and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Roll through, but Mariah scrambles out of the ring! The fans fire up as Storm is there to check on her protege, but Deonna builds speed! Storm gets Mariah out of the way as Deonna baseball slides, and Mariah DECKS Deonna!

Mariah whips Deonna into barriers, Storm taunts the “loser,” then Mariah puts Deonna back in. Deonna swings, Mariah ducks and ROUNDHOUSES! Mariah rams a shoulder in, only to get caught! Deonna drags Mariah out for a DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Mariah goes to a corner, Storm coaches her, but Deonna runs up, Mariah goes up and over, ROCKS Deonna again, then puts Deonna up top. Mariah runs up to STRATUS- NO, Deonna shoves her away! So Mariah SHOVES Deonna to the floor! The fans cheer as Mariah poses, and Storm taunts Deonna again as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref is busy with Mariah, and that lets Storm step on Deonna’s face! Mariah goes out to kick Deonna around, then CHOPS her against the apron. Mariah puts Deonna in, kicks her around, and then drags Deonna up. Mariah runs to SHOTGUN Deonna down! Cover, TWO! Mariah keeps calm, Storm coaches her and Mariah CHOPS Deonna. Mariah puts Deonna in a corner, bumps her off buckles, then digs her boot in. The ref counts, Mariah lets off, but Deonna dodges the chop to CHOP! And CHOP! Mariah knees low, snapmares, then she clamps on a chinlock. Deonna endures, even as Mariah thrashes her around.

Deonna fights up, but Mariah throws her by her hair! The ref reprimands, Mariah “apologizes,” then she kicks Deonna around. Mariah brings Deonna through the ropes to CHOKE her! The ref counts, Mariah lets off at 4, then she stalks Deonna to a corner. Mariah fires forearms, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off again. Mariah digs her boot into Deonna, lets off as the ref counts, then whips her corner to corner hard! Mariah runs in, Deonna ELBOWS her back, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Deonna ELBOWS Mariah again, goes up the corner, but Mariah runs up! Deonna BOOTS Mariah, then hits a FLYING KNEE on Mariah’s arm!

Deonna runs up to LARIAT Mariah, then whips her to ropes. Mariah reverses but Deonna KICKS back! And LARIATS again! The fans fire up as Deonna covers, TWO! Deonna is annoyed but she brings Mariah up. Mariah ROCKS Deonna! Deonna ROCKS Mariah! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, then Deonna gets the edge! Deonna runs up, but Mariah ROCKS her at ropes! Mariah runs, but Deonna catches her to the BACK2BACKBREAKER, and right into a takedown! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Mariah scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Deonna lets go at 4.

Deonna drags Mariah up, CHOPS her, and Mariah ends up in a corner. Deonna whips corner to corner, Mariah reveres but Deonna dodges to BOOT! Cover, TWO! Mariah survives but Deonna drags her right up. Deonna reels Mariah in, vows to end this, and lifts, but Mariah slips free of the bomb! HEADBUTT! Deonna flops into a corner, Mariah takes aim! Storm and the fans rally up, KISS THIS!! Mariah hits the hip attack, then TORNADO DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Deonna survives and shocks Mariah! Mariah drags Deonna up, Storm wants this to end. Mariah fireman’s carries, Deonna sunset flips! But Mariah sits on it! TWO!!

Deonna finishes the sunset flip, DEONNA WINS!!

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo, by pinfall

But Storm attacks Deonna! She and Mariah beat down The Virtuosa, but here comes Thunder Rosa! She CLOBBERS Luther, then dodges Mariah to BOOT Storm! Then ROUNDHOUSE for Mariah! La Mera Mera shoves Mariah out, has the fans all fired up, and Deonna gets in Rosa’s face. They argue, shove, and then Mariah trips Deonna to drag her out! Mariah and Deonna brawl, Storm takes aim, to kick Rosa low! But Rosa wrenches back to DECK Storm! Rosa gets Storm into a CAMEL CLUTCH, and brings out lipstick! Rosa SMEARS it all over Storm’s crazy face! Rosa gets payback for Storm disrespecting the face paint!

Storm scrambles away, Luther doing his best to clean her up. The Storm and the Thunder are about to clash, which force of nature will reign over the AEW Women’s Division?

 

Backstage interview with Bullet Club Gold.

Renee is now with the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions, but she has to get the Gunns to stop tapping the mic. This is a very exciting time in AEW as Dynasty is just days away. BCG asked for this time, what is going on? Jay White says it is very exciting but Renee doesn’t seem that excited. This is supposed to be her favorite time of the week! She gets to talk with the who? Bang Bang Gang. Aw c’mon, say it with feeling! Yeah, like this! BANG BANG GANG! The Bang Bang Gang has been having a blast the last couple of months. They did some scissoring, learned new catchphrases, sold new merch, made new friends, got new fans, and the boys even hung out with their old man.

And now everyone can see just how much better off Austin & Colten are without Daddy Ass and with #StepdaddySwitch. And y’know what? They’ll fulfill their destiny at Dynasty! How did this all start? Surprise, surprise, it is all about the gold. They are the ROH Six Man Champs, and Acclaimed have what BCG wants! The Acclaimed are the AEW World Trios Champions! They’ll put it all on the line, #WinnersTakeAll! And then we will see that THE greatest three man unit today is the Bang Bang Gang! And if you ain’t down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP! Jay White & The Gunns want it all, but will they lose it all in St. Louis?

 

The Acclaimed respond.

Daddy Ass says, “Well. It seems that you three have finally grown a set and showed everybody what your true intensions are, and that’s to get a shot at the championships that we now hold. Well, Jay White, I’ve already beaten the life outta you. And as for those other two, hell, I’ve been beating the hell out of them since they were little kids. You called down the thunder, well now you’ve got it.” Anthony Bowens says, “That’s right, Jay White. You wanna fight? This Sunday on Dynasty, you want us to put the AEW Trios titles on the line? Well guess what? We accept your challenge. So bring your little Ass Boys, bring your big golden bat, because guess what?

“The Scissor King has got a big golden bat of your own, and you can choke on it!” Max Caster says that’s right, “Twinkblade and the Ass Boys. You guys wanna make challenges? Well let us in on the fun, too. Just for old times, let’s run it back! Two on two, Acclaimed and the Ass Boys on Collision this week, and we’re gonna beat your ass, I’ve got no doubts about it! Because…” “EVERYONE! LOVES! THE ACCLAIMED!” The stakes have been raised, who will establish their Dynasty in the Zero Hour?

 

Orange Cassidy VS Shane Taylor w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

Trent Beretta turns on Freshly Squeezed and now it’s all falling apart. And who better to kick someone when they’re down than Big Bad Shaney T. Boy? Will Shane rumble, bad man, rumble? Or will Cassidy fight like a man with nothing left to lose?

The bell rings and the fans rally behind Cassidy. But then Ogogo and Moriarty close in. Shane tells his guys it’s fine, he’s got this. Ogogo and Moriarty stand down. Shane eggs Cassidy on about how he took out Shibata. Shane even says Cassidy can give the people what they want and put his hands in the pockets. Cassidy puts his hands up, and then in the pockets! The fans cheer, Cassidy dodges Shane and SHOTGUNS! Shane stays up, Cassidy kips up, then he dodges again! Another SHOTGUN, another kip up, and Cassidy runs to SHOTGUN again! Shane stays up in a corner, but Cassidy runs in. Shane swings, Cassidy ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but Shane blocks!

Shane suplexes, Cassidy kicks and flails, but ends up on ropes. Shane hits LONDON TOWER! Cassidy flops out of the ring, Shane distracts the ref, and Moriarty stomps away on Cassidy! Moriarty THROWS Cassidy into barriers, then puts him in the ring. Moriarty acts innocent, and Shane puts Cassidy in the corner. Shane taunts Cassidy, puts his arms around ropes and hands in the pockets. Shane winds up to CHOP! Cassidy sputters as he drops to his knees. Cassidy flops out of the ring again, but the ref tells Moriarty & Ogogo to back off while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Cassidy clutches his neck, slowly sits up, but Shane goes out after him. Shane winds up and hushes the fans, only to throw Cassidy into the ring. Shane won’t do what the fans want, and he drags Cassidy up into a corner. Shane wraps the arms around ropes again, tucks them back in the pockets, and then argues with the ref. Shane ROCKS Cassidy, Cassidy flops against ropes, and Shane taunts him while stalking him. Shane puts Cassidy in a corner, talks trash and pie faces, but Cassidy fires haymakers! Cassidy fires off shot after shot, then winds up, but Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Cassidy flops out of the ring again!

Moriarty mockingly cheers Cassidy on while Shane goes out to fetch him. Shane puts Cassidy on the apron, and CLUBS him! Shane then goes up to the apron, lines up the shot, APRON LEG DROP! Cassidy sputters as he flounders away, and Shane storms back in after him. Shane taunts Cassidy, and Cassidy “unleashes” body shots. Shane pie faces Cassidy, Cassidy fires more shots, then winds up. Shane encourages the fans to fire up, too, but then Cassidy SUPERKICKS! Shane wobbles, but he DECKS Cassidy! Shane stalks Cassidy to a corner, stands Cassidy up, and Dynamite returns to single picture.

Shane fires off hands, but Cassidy dodges the chop! Cassidy runs in, Shane puts him on the apron, but Cassidy ducks to ROCK Shane back! And bumps him off buckles! ROCK, BUMP, repeat! Cassidy dribbles Shane off the buckles over and over, then lets off as the ref counts. The fans fire up, Cassidy climbs up, but while Shane distracts the ref, Ogogo grabs a foot! Cassidy shakes Ogogo off but Moriarty gets the other foot! Cassidy kicks him away, too, but Shane choke grips! Shane has Cassidy with both hands, but Cassidy throws hands! Shane still holds Cassidy up so Cassidy fires off faster and faster shots!

Shane lets Cassidy go, Cassidy runs to tilt-o-whirl, but Shane blocks the DDT again! Shane suplexes, into STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! Shane wobbles, Cassidy runs to DIVE onto Moriarty! Cassidy then DIVES onto Ogogo! Cassidy keeps moving, takes aim, ORANGE- NO, Shane dodges! But Cassidy dodges, only for the SOUTHPAW to hit! Cover, TWO! Cassidy survives, Shane huffs and puffs, and Shane drags Cassidy up. Shane vows to end this, and he tucks Cassidy in, only for Cassidy to fight free! Cassidy tries to Alabama Lift?! Shane’s too big! Shane KNEES Cassidy, but Cassidy ORANGE PUNCHES!! Off comes the elbow pad, Cassidy reloads, ORANGE- HAYMAKER from Shane!

Cassidy wobbles, Shane winds up again, but ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!!

Winner: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall

But then Moriarty clamps on a SLEEPER!! The fans boo as Ogogo storms in and unbuttons his sleeves. The fans boo as STP mugs Cassidy! Ogogo shows off the Olympic level left hand, and then Shane says this isn’t it! Get Cassidy up! Ogogo & Moriarty drag Cassidy to his feet, but here comes Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal! But then BLAM, someone hits Daniels with a chair! And BLAM, same for Sydal! IT’S TRENT!!! Trent CHUCKS the chair into Sydal’s face! The fans boo, and Trent is still wearing the shirt, “Trent & Orange Win The Big One.” Trent glares at Cassidy, STP is a bit confused, but the fans tell off #JustTrent.

STP get Cassidy up again, and Shane DECKS Cassidy!! The fans boo harder, but Cassidy is put in the BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Cassidy suffers as Trent leaves. Best Friends no more, but did Trent just watch the end of Orange Cassidy?

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Saturday!

This Saturday, April 20th, the night before Dynasty, it is Collision AND Rampage back-to-back for THREE hours of All Elite Wrestling! Make sure your DVR is set accordingly so you don’t miss a minute of Dynasty Weekend!

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Just 24 hours before all their title matches on Dynasty, Okada & The Young Bucks are back in action against Pac & FTR! Will The New Elite win another trios match? Or will the #TopBastards have momentum going into St. Louis?

 

Roderick Strong speaks.

“Kyle, your comeback was sweet. I swear to you, I smiled and I cried because I was so happy to have you back. But there’s something that you didn’t realize.” Roddy is of course referring to how Kyle could do it on his own, so long as he didn’t get in Roddy’s way. Roddy finishes by saying, “When we step into the ring, I am going to break you, and I am going to end you forever!” Another friendship turned sour all because of pride and greed, but will the Savior of the Backbreaker be Kyle’s doom? Or will there be no End of Heartache when Kyle takes the International Championship away from The Undisputed Kingdom?

 

Will Ospreay VS Claudio Castagnoli!

The Don Callis Family tried to break the Blackpool Combat Club, and they just about did it to Bryan Danielson at the end of Collision last Saturday. Will the Swiss Superman exact some revenge on behalf of the American Dragon? Or will the Aerial Assassin simply sharpen his blade using Claudio’s body?

Dynamite returns as Claudio makes his entrance. Don Callis has magically appeared on commentary because “the golden goose,” “The King of the Bangers,” is here thanks to him. The bell rings and Claudio immediately UPPERCUTS Ospreay to the corner! Claudio drags Ospreay to a cover, TWO!! Claudio keeps the hot start going as he hauls Ospreay up, reels him in, and tucks the arms! RICOLA- NO, Ospreay slips free to ROCK Claudio, whip, but Claudio reverses. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Claudio blocks the rana to pop Ospreay around into a BACKBREAKER! Ospreay clutches his back while fans are torn.

The fans rally for Ospreay as hard as they can, but Claudio stands Ospreay up to ROCK him! Claudio storms up on Ospreay in the corner, throws a body shot, but Ospreay CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS Ospreay down! The fans fire up, Claudio whips Ospreay to a corner, then runs up, into a BOOT! Ospreay goes up to FLYING RANA! Claudio tumbles away, gets up, but Ospreay BOOTS him out of the ring! The fans fire up, Ospreay aims but Claudio moves. No plancha and the fans boo, but Ospreay storms out after Claudio to CHOP him again! Ospreay ROCKS Claudio, but Claudio RAMS Ospreay into barriers!

The fans rally, Claudio RAMS Ospreay into railing! Claudio whips Ospreay at the LED, but Ospreay leaps over! Claudio runs up, but Ospreay ROCKS him first! Ospreay then goes up onto the barrier, to FLYING FOREARM! Down goes Claudio and the fans fire up! Ospreay SMACKS Claudio off aprons, fires shots, then puts Claudio in the ring. Fans sing for “OSPREAY~, OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~!” as he goes up the apron. Ospreay springboards but Claudio trips him up! Fans boo but Claudio drags Ospreay in, runs side to side, and DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans boo as Claudio stands on Ospreay and stomps around.

The ref reprimands and counts, Claudio steps off at 4, but then DOUBLE STOMPS again! Claudio brings Ospreay up, scoops, and hits a BACKBREAKER! Claudio bends Ospreay back against his knee, but Ospreay endures. Ospreay gets his hands in, throws hands on Claudio and stands up. They trade forearms, the fans rally, and Claudio eggs Ospreay on. Ospreay ROCKS Claudio! Claudio ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay fires a flurry, but Claudio ROCKS him again! Claudio brings Ospreay around to ROCK him in the back! Claudio eggs Ospreay on, whips, but Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl and again, DEJA VU RANA!

The fans fire up as Claudio bails out! Ospreay gets fans to join in “OI! OI! OI!” then he runs up to PLANCHA! But Claudio catches him! APRON BACKBREAKER! Ospreay writhes, Claudio soaks up the heat, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Claudio stomps Ospreay around, drags him up, and then whips him hard into the LED barrier! Claudio leaves Ospreay behind to step into the ring, and he lets the ring count handle this. Ospreay rises, clutches his side and hobbles his way into the ring. Claudio is there to stomp away on him! Claudio drags Ospreay up, Ospreay fires a forearm! Claudio fires back, they throw forearms back and forth again, but then Ospreay snapmares and KICKS Claudio! Claudio gets right up to snapmare and run, to UPPERCUT Ospreay! Cover, ONE!! Ospreay stays tough and Claudio grows frustrated. Claudio then clamps on with a chinlock.

Ospreay endures, fights up, throws body shots, then puts Claudio in a corner. Ospreay whips corner to corner but Claudio reverses, and Ospreay hits buckles hard! Claudio does a little victory lap before he cheers himself on. Then he drops an ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Claudio clamps a chinlock right back on, and the modified S grip lets him wrench Ospreay’s head. Dynamite returns to single picture as Ospreay endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Claudio knees low, runs, but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Ospreay whips, Claudio reverses but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK!

The fans fire up while both men are down! Callis says he told Ospreay in their strategy meeting that he needs “moves in bunches” to take down Claudio. The standing count starts, but both men stir. Claudio drags himself up with ropes, but Ospreay just kips up! “This is Awesome!” and Ospreay fires up! Ospreay runs in corner to corner, BOOT! Ospreay shoves Claudio down, goes to the apron, springboard and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps calm while he brings Claudio back up. Ospreay underhooks, but Claudio blocks the lift! So Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Claudio UPPERCUTS but Ospreay catches it!

Ospreay backslides, TWO! But then Ospreay steps through to SHARPSHOOTER! The fans fire up as Claudio endures his favorite hold! But as such, Claudio powers up, trips Ospreay, and now Claudio has the SHARPSHOOTER! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, but Claudio sits deep! Claudio reaches back, hooks an arm, and shifts to a CROSSFACE! The fans duel as Claudio rolls Ospreay from ropes! Ospreay rolls to a cover, TWO! Claudio BOOTS Ospreay, whips, but Ospreay handsprings again! Claudio gets under, ducks ‘n’ dodges, springboard, into a SUPERKICK! Underhooks, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!

Ospreay is beside himself while both men are down, but the fans are thunderous! The fans want them to “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this match has a time limit! Ospreay rises, he brings Claudio in and underhooks again, but Claudio still resists! Ospreay fires more Kawada Kicks, but Claudio RAMS him into a corner! Claudio lets off slowly, and pokes Ospreay in the eyes! The fans boo but Claudio UPPERCUTS again and again from all sides! The ref reprimands but Claudio UPPERCUTS until Ospreay sits down! Claudio then reels Ospreay in, short arm LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Claudio stays focused.

Claudio scuffs Ospreay, the fans rally, and Ospreay rises. Claudio scuffs Ospreay more, slaps him around, but Ospreay fires a forearm. Claudio forearms back! The forearms turn to UPPERCUTS as Claudio fires from all sides! An UPPERCUT knocks Ospreay down, but he kips up to PELE! The fans fire up while Claudio wobbles, comes back, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! Ospreay reels Claudio in, but Claudio slips out of the bomb to UPPERCUT! Tuck the arms, RICOLA- RANA!! Cover, TWO!!! Claudio escapes but the fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay aims as Claudio rises, BUZZSAW and HEEL KICK!

Ospreay calls his shot, goes to the ropes and springboards, but Claudio catches him! Torture rack, BURNING HAMMER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and the fans fire up again! Claudio calls his shot now, and he sits Ospreay up. Claudio runs, runs, but Ospreay SPANISH FLIES!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives, but off comes the elbow pad! Ospreay aims, runs up, but into a POP-UP UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO!!! Callis came outta his seat but Ospreay is still in this! Claudio says it’s time, and the fans fire up! Claudio gets Ospreay’s legs, for the GIANT SWING! But Ospreay sits up!? And slips through to DDT!!

Ospreay goes up and up and LEAP OF FAITH!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives that sky twister, but Ospreay aims! HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall

The Aerial Assassin takes down the Swiss Superman in an instant classic! Even Callis says that’s incredible! But wait, Konosuke Takeshita, Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs show up to mug Claudio! The fans boo, but Ospreay is rather surprised by this. Callis takes no responsibility for what his guys are doing, but Takeshita still drags Claudio to the ramp. This is like at the end of Collision! But unlike last time, here comes MOX! The fans fire up as the DCF regroups in the ring, only for Moxley to jump in from the crowd! Moxley fires hands on everyone, but that’s still a 3v1 fight! Hobbs and Fletcher mug Moxley, but he throws Kyle away to fire off with Hobbs!

Claudio is up, he DUMPS Takeshita into the stands! Moxley sends Hobbs running, and now the BCC regroups! Ospreay is still confused and upset and he storms off. Will the #BillyGOAT still get a fair fight with Bryan Danielson at Dynasty? Will Moxley humble Hobbs as part of AEW Homecoming? Well BREAKING NEWS for Collision tomorrow night! Bryan Danielson returns to action alongside Claudio Castagnoli to take on Kyle Fletcher & Konosuke Takeshita, IN A BUNKHOUSE BRAWL! Will the American Dragon breathe fire and burn down the Don Callis Family all in one weekend?

 

Swerve heads to the ring!

Just as he promised, and with Nana by his side, The Realest is here. He has the music cut to say that this Sunday in St. Louis, the main event of Dynasty, it is Swerve challenging Samoa Joe for the AEW World Championship. The fans chant “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve gets in the ring and says he was asked earlier tonight, how does he believe he’s going to defeat Joe? That answer is simple: remember last week, when he knocked Joe on his ass and had him scurrying like a little b*tch? Joe had fear in his eyes! He was quivering! Swerve was standing there, the title above his head, and it looked mighty good on him.

Joe showed Swerve everything he needed to see. Joe was scared! The fact that Joe knows Swerve’s gonna beat him and win the title. Swerve’s just out here with the people of Indianapolis, he’s just waiting on Joe to come out here so he can say all this to Joe’s face, like a man. So Swerve’s here, Nana’s here, so Joe, bring your Sweet Tooth ass out here! Swerve waits, and here comes Joe! But security stands in the way! This is the man Swerve wants, and he says he just wants to talk, so he can knock Joe’s ass out again! The cluster of Joe and the security guards gets closer and closer, so Swerve goes up and up! Swerve SUPER STOMPS the whole thing apart!!

The fans lose their minds as Swerve stares Joe down! Swerve says he is taking this from Joe, and then the fists fly! Joe whips Swerve into steel steps! Joe puts Swerve in the ring, fetches his belt, and says Swerve’s taking nothing from him! Joe storms into the ring, smirks as Nana checks on Swerve, and then Joe mocks Nana’s dance. Nana turns around and says hold on now! Joe storms up on Nana, but Swerve gets up to BOOT Joe! Swerve aims, for a HOUSE CALL! Joe is down but Swerve goes up! The fans are thunderous, but Joe trips Swerve up! Nana panics as Joe tells Swerve that he is NOT that man!

Joe HEADBUTTS Swerve, tucks him in, and hits the MUSCLE BUSTER!! Joe looms over Swerve, picks up the title, and holds it up high. Will this be the scene at the end of Dynasty? Or will Swerve finally have his moment?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite as the go-home to Dynasty, great escalating of things between Blackpool Combat Club and Don Callis Family. Moxley has a really good opening promo, and he surprisingly calls out Hobbs. Ospreay has an awesome main event with Claudio, and of course Ospreay wins to have momentum going into Dynasty. And I do appreciate that he is against how the Don Callis Family is doing things. They didn’t need to beat up Claudio, he isn’t even part of Dynasty, and now that even backfired as there’s going to be a BIG tag match on Collision as one last go-home to Dynasty. Pretty sure Bryan & Claudio win that so Bryan has momentum, too, making Dynasty’s dream match much more unpredictable.

Good promo from Mercedes Mone, and I like that her hair was colored to match the new Dynamite colors. But also, good detail for her to think how I was thinking, the attack on her could’ve just been Willow making us think it was Julia. Really good Mixed Tag with how someone, apparently Julia, attacked Willow beforehand. It ended up mostly an Edge VS Brody match that way, but good heroic entrance by Willow. But of course the House cuts corners to win, and great save by Mone to run Julia off. This does tease Mone VS Julia but I’m very certain the go-home math says Willow wins the TBS Championship to make Double or Nothing the rematch from the NJPW Strong Women’s title tournament.

Also good stuff in the AEW Women’s World title story as Deonna VS Mariah was a great match. Good win for Deonna, but of course Storm attacks her and that brings out Rosa. Rosa stands tall here, so the math indicates Storm retains. But at the same time, there’s still potential for Storm and Mina Shirakawa to fight over Mariah as opposed to fighting over a title. Or maybe they’ll fight over both? After all, May is Double or Nothing, so it could be a bit of both. Or like, Storm retains the title, but Mina “wins” Mariah to her side, #RoseGold does stuff in AEW or even ROH, and Storm will be without one of her insurance policies.

Great stuff in the story of New Elite. I actually liked The Bucks interrupting the hype package because it started too FTR friendly, and we got a great Six Man Tag. Of course The New Elite beat Pac, Penta & Garcia, but I was kinda hoping FTR was going to make the save to better set up the Six Man Tag I honestly thought we were getting tonight. Pac & FTR VS Okada & Bucks has to go really wonky, though, that’s a lot of go-home math that affects many titles. Meanwhile, Jericho’s face to face with Hook went about as expected in that Jericho ruins it cuz of his ego. Him shoving Taz was the unexpected part but it got Hook mad, and so we’re definitely getting Hook VS Jericho for the FTW Championship at some point.

Good promo from Roddy to hype up his match with Kyle, maybe Kyle has a tune-up match during Collision or Rampage this Saturday so he has momentum going into the match. Great match from Cassidy VS Shane, and while Shane Taylor Promotions interfered a lot, Cassidy winning was of course happening. STP beating him down, and Trent stopping the save was some wild stuff, though. A little surprised no one’s interviewed Trent, or tried and then get shot down by Trent, but him still wearing the “win the big one” shirt kinda implies what broke him. The moment they didn’t win the big one, after all the losses leading up to this, Trent finally gave up on Best Friends.

I am very happy that Acclaimed VS Bang Bang Gang is going to be Winners Take All for the trios titles. Good promos from both sides, but I just hope the winners will bring their AEW and ROH titles to both Collision and ROH TV on Honor Club. We finally got Kyle Fletcher back on ROH TV, the other male champions of ROH need to show up. And uh, for that matter, if Wheeler Yuta is unable to compete at all with his injury, Tony Khan needs to figure out what to do with the ROH Pure Championship. But I think we all know what’s going down with the AEW World Championship. Great promos from both Joe and Swerve, then a great final confrontation to close the night. And per the math, Joe stands tall, meaning Swerve is taking that title at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Nothing is over until Carmelo Hayes says it’s over!

Not able to accept his loss at Stand & Deliver, Carmelo Hayes drags Trick Williams into the cage! Will Trick ever be able to get past… HIM?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four VS DIJAK; Dar wins.
  • Sol Ruca VS Lola Vice; Lola wins.
  • Ridge Holland VS Joaquin Wilde; Ridge wins.
  • Open Challenge: Ilja Dragunov VS Je’Von Evans; Dragunov wins.
  • Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Tatum Paxley; Tatum wins.
  • Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Authors of Pain w/ The Final Testament; AOP wins.
  • Josh Briggs VS Ivar; Ivar wins.
  • Steel Cage Match: Carmelo Hayes VS Trick Williams; Trick wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Noam Dar w/ The Meta Four VS DIJAK!

The Meta Four’s idea to parody #HardJustice obviously didn’t make Dijak laugh, but it’s the Scottish Supernova who will take the heat for it. Will Dar teach Dijak to have a sense of humor? Or will “Mr. PLE” prove he’s no joke?

The bell rings and the two circle. They approach, Dar gets around to headlock, but Dijak powers out. Dar RAMS shoulders but Dijak doesn’t budge! Dar kicks, kicks, bobs ‘n’ weaves and he kicks Dijak’s leg out! Dijak ducks the buzzsaw to choke grip! Dar choke grips, but that’s not as effective. Dijak SHOVES Dar into a corner, but Dar avoids the haymaker to KICK, KICK and KICK! Dijak blocks,. Dar SLAPS! Dar grabs an arm to wrap around ropes, but Dijak shoves him away. Dijak storms up on Dar, brings him up, reels him in, but Dar wrenches to KICK the arm! BACKHAND! Dijak wobbles, Dar runs up to CLOBBER him! Cover, ONE!!

Dar clamps onto Dijak’s arm and he pulls it back. The fans rally as Dijak fights up and rolls through. Dijak avoids the sweep, whips Dar to ropes, but Dar holds ropes to bail out. The Meta Four coaches Dar and fans him off, but Dijak storms out! Dar slips back inside, but Dijak BOOTS him! Dijak then springboards to FLYING LARIAT! The fans fire up, Dijak covers, TWO! Dar stays in this and the fans rally up. Dijak drags Dar up, whips him to ropes, then scoops Dar, but Dar tilt-o-whirls into a GUILLOTINE! Dijak endures, powers up, and he RAMS Dar into the corner! Dar holds on! Dijak powers up again, but Dar throws headbutts!

Dijak pries the body scissors to KNEE Dar, and FLING him out of the ring!! The fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while NXT goes picture in picture.

Dijak snarls while Meta Four checks Dar. They fan him but Dijak storms out after him. Dijak drags Dar up, stands him up against barriers, and CHOPS! Dijak talks trash, Dar shoves him back, but Dijak storms up. Dar fires forearms, but Dijak knees low! Dijak CHOPS Dar and Dar spasms from the pain! Dijak brings Dar around, puts him in the ring, but Dar bails out the side. The Meta Four get in Dijak’s way but he just pushes through. Dijak drags Dar up to then scoop, only for Meta Four to get in the way again! Dar slips free, and he POSTS Dijak! Meta Four taunts Dijak, then Dar KICKS Dijak against the apron!

Dijak gets in the ring, Dar pursues, and Dar stomps Dijak around. Dar KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Dijak wobbles, Dar reels him in, but Dijak’s too big for a fisherman suplex! Dijak throws body shots and then suplexes Dar away! Both men are down while Dijak catches his breath. Dijak rises, and he takes aim as Dar stirs. Dar stands, into the choke grip! But Dar ROCKS Dijak with a left hand! Then roll into CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR! Dijak endures, even as Dar twists the ankle! Dijak fights around, sits up, and the two start throwing hands! NXT returns to single picture as Dar and Dijak go back and forth!

Dijak ROCKS Dar again and again, but Dar fires a flurry in return! The fans rally for Dijak as he roars, and he ROCKS Dar again and again and again! Dijak is free, and he KICKS Dar in the face! Meta Four panics, Dijak watches Dar rise. Dijak hobbles up to ELBOW Dar down! And ELBOW again! Dijak runs, breaks through the lariat and FLYING FOREARMS! The fans fire up while Dar flounders to a corner. Dijak storms up and puts Dar in the corner to CHOP, CHOP, CHOP, repeat! Meta Four freaks out as it’s TIME TO FLY! The fans are thunderous behind Dijak while Dar flounders around.

Dijak aims, spins, but Dar jumps on! GUILLOTINE, but Dijak pries the hold open fast! Dijak choke grips, and he brings Dar up for HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO?!? Dar survives and Meta Four is very relieved. Dar sputters while the fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” Dijak drags Dar back up, reels him in, but Dar fights with elbows! The fans rally, Dar reels Dijak in and still wants the fisherman! Dijak throws body shots, so Dar wrenches to KICK the leg! Dar reels Dijak in again, but Dijak throws more body shots. Dijak shoves Dar, Dar stops himself then dodges the boot! Dijak gets hung up, Dar goes up to FLYING LARIAT!

Dar hurries to get Dijak in, FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives, but Dar ARMBARS!! Dijak flails, reaches out, but Dar keeps changing his grip! Dijak stacks Dar, TWO! SUPERKICK! The fans fire up as Dar flounders. Dijak runs up, but Dar dodges, so Dijak hits buckles and tumbles up and out of the ring! Dar runs up to CLOBBER Dijak into the steel steps! The fans boo but Dar runs up to DROPKICK! Dar puts Dijak in, Dijak staggers to his feet, into the BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Dijak survives and the fans fire up! Dar is beside himself, fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this is just the opener!

Dar aims from the corner, Dijak rises, and Dar runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Dar QUESTION MARK KICKS! Dijak roars, spins, into the HAYMAKER! Dar runs, into the CYCLONE BOOT!! The fans are thunderous and Dijak storms around! Dijak calls his shot, but Oro gets on the apron! Dijak swings on Oro, Oro ducks it, but then Dijak SUPERKICKS! NOVA ROLLA!! Cover, Dar wins!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall

The numbers game wins again as Main Man Mensah bites the bullet! Will Dar use this momentum to make his way towards a title opportunity?

 

Ilja Dragunov meets with Ava Raine.

The Czar visits the NXT General Manager in her office as she brings up that next week is the start of the two-week Spring Breakkin’. Yes, and he adds that it’ll be the last week of Trick Williams in NXT as Dragunov will defend this title. Yes, well, we’ll see. But tonight’s main event is Trick VS Melo in a Steel Cage, and yet Dragunov doesn’t have a match. That doesn’t seem fair given the title match. Well, she’s the GM, she can do what she must. Then that means Dragunov will be in action! But… he does get to pick his opponent. He welcomes that challenge.

But then he wants her to send a message to the entire NXT locker room that whoever stands eye to eye with him first will be the one to have that match with the Mad Dragon. Dragunov heads out while Ava sends the message, who will take this Open Challenge as their opportunity to reach the top?

 

Tatum Paxley speaks.

“I always wanted to be good. That’s every little girl’s dream: fitting in, playing with dolls, living the life just like the ones in the fairytales. But then I realized… no matter how good I am, nobody wants to play with girls like Tatum Paxley. The cool girls didn’t wanna be my friend. But I didn’t need them. I found the one thing that would be good to me as long as I was good back. It didn’t matter who held it, because I will always be there for it. Charlotte, Bayley, Asuka, Shayna, Kairi, Rhea, Iyo, Raquel, Roxanne, Indi, Tiffany, Becky, Lyra…

“Oh, Lyra. I loved you. I wanted to be you, because you were the closest thing to good as there was! And I was a good girl because I fought hard to keep that championship with you! You were the only one that really let me in, and that title made us real best friends. We were so close! But then, you lost the one thing that I love most, the NXT Women’s Championship. Lyra, you broke my heart. So what is Lyra to me now? Nothing. And I see now that Roxanne is the coolest girl in class. But I can’t have that anymore. It needs to be me. Lyra, my sweet dove, you’re in my way.” Twisted Tatum’s come to play, but will she be the one that’s good enough to challenge the champion?

 

Sol Ruca VS Lola Vice!

The Sol Surfer was just telling it like it is, and that upset the Mayor of Vice City. Will Lola cause Sol to wipe out before Spring Breakkin’? Or will Sol continue to ride a wave of momentum towards title opportunities?

NXT returns as Sol makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Lola wrenches and clamps onto the arm, but Sol cartwheels and lifts Lola! Sol slams Lola down then has the cording hold. Lola headscissors, Sol kips free then trips Lola to flip over her! Lola sits up into the mule kick! Cover, TWO! Sol clamps onto an arm, wrenches, then wristlocks. Lola wrenches back, kicks then mule kicks! Sol goes to a corner, Lola storms up and whips, but Sol goes up and up and over! Sol keeps moving, Lola drops down but Sol handsprings through the hip toss to FACEBUSTER! Then DROPKICK!

Lola goes to a corner, Sol runs in but Lola dodges to BACKHAND! The fans rally while Sol sits up in a daze. Sol stands, Lola fires off lightning kicks! Lola puts Sol in a corner, goes to the far corner and reminds us, “I’M A LATINA~!” She shakes her hips then HIP ATTACKS! Cover, TWO! Lola gets in Sol’s face, saying she’s the next champ, then she AX KICKS Sol down! And KICKS her in the side! Lola storms up on Sol, brings her around to KICK and KICK, then she brings Solo up. Solo ROCKS Lola, ROCKS her again, but Lola BODY BLOWS! Lola clamps on with a SLEEPER! Sol endures, fights up and has Lola as a backpack!

The fans rally as Sol RAMS Lola into buckles! Lola jumps back on for the SLEEPER! Lola’s still a backpack, so Sol swings and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Sol flounders to the corner, Lola runs up, but Sol dodges! Sol CLOBBERS Lola, CLOBBERS her again, then springboards to CROSSBODY! Sol scoops Lola and POWERSLAMS! Then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Solo keeps cool and the fans rally. Sol goes to the apron to springboard, but she has to roll through as Lola moves! Lola runs up, Sol dodges and goes up! Lola anchors legs, Sol kicks her away and FLYING SUNSET FLIPS! TWO, and Lola stands! Sol ducks a kick to SUPERKICK!

Solo goes up and up and then CARTWHEEL- BLAIR HITS THE ROPES! The ref reprimands, but Lola HEEL KICKS Sol down! Cover, Lola wins!

Winner: Lola Vice, by pinfall

Blair with the assist there as Lola scores major points. It’s buenas noches for now, but then Natalya tells Lola hey! Natty’s on the tron and says Lola kept Natty from winning a title she never held before. Well now, Natty will fight Lola on her turf, in her match, to test her. So now is Lola’s chance to show us what she’s got. Time for Lola to show us her heart. In two weeks, Spring Breakin Night 2, Natty VS Lola… in NXT UNDERGROUND!! The fans fire up as the BOAT is looking to sink Vice City, but who will move on to be a step closer to title opportunity?

 

NXT Anonymous is watching…

This was yesterday as Ridge Holland talked with Ava about his in-ring return. Only for Joaquin Wilde to storm up and tell Ridge to just admit who he really is. Ridge put hands on Wilde to RAM him into the wall and shout “You don’t KNOW who I really am!” Ava reprimanded Ridge for his outburst and Ridge stormed off. Ridge is clearly still working on his inner rage, but will he let all of it out on Wilde tonight?

 

Arianna Grace meets with Gigi Dolin.

The self-appointed Miss NXT says there is still so much to work on with “Giorgina” before Spring Breakin’. Surely she’ll be late. But no, Gigi is actually early, to Grace’s surprise. Yeah, because the sooner they start, the sooner they get this over with. Arianna isn’t gonna make her bow and curtsey or whatever, is she? They’ll get to etiquette later. The first essential is the dress. Time to go show shopping! Think of your body as a canvas. The way Gigi dresses now… Makes people think she’ll kick their head in if they get too close? Yes. And what a horrifying vision that is! They need to strive for peace, not the opposite.

That prize is within their grasp, they just need to change Gigi’s attire and soften that rather… harsh exterior. Gigi sighs and says fine, but at least make it black. It goes with everything, she already has shoes that match. Black? No, no, no! Why not? Arianna says she’ll take the lead. Gigi just needs to open her mind and allow elegance to come right in. They’ll have Gigi looking like Arianna in no time! Gigi sighs, but just how bad can this get?

 

Ridge Holland VS Joaquin Wilde!

Yorkshire Grit is starting to loose his grip on his emotions. His bad mood made him sloppy and that’s how he accidentally hurt Cruz Del Toro. But will there be no accidents with what Wilde’s gonna do to get payback? Or will he push Ridge one step too far?

The bell rings, Ridge asks what Wilde wants from him about Cruz’s hand. Wilde fires off forearms! Ridge SHOVES Wilde, CLOBBERS him, and says what happened with Cruz was an accident! Ridge grabs at Wilde, Wilde slips under, and Wilde kicks low to UPPERCUT! Wilde runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then goes up and up to TORNILLO CROSSBODY! Cover, ONE, but Wilde DROPKICKS Ridge out! The fans fire up with Wilde, he PLANCHAS but Ridge moves! Ridge pushes Wilde, Wilde stops from hitting post, so Ridge UPPERCUTS! Ridge fires forearms, but then Wilde ducks! Ridge hits post, then Wilde SUPERKICKS!

Ridge gets in the ring, Wilde runs in, but Ridge puts him on the apron! Wilde ducks one lariat but not the RIGHT! Wilde falls off the apron but fans boo Ridge as he huffs and puffs. Ridge keeps insisting Cruz’s hand was an accident. Wilde gets in, Ridge traps him in ropes to UPPERCUT again and again! Ridge BOOTS Wilde down, covers, TWO! Ridge clamps onto Wilde with the armlock and he grinds the shoulder. Wilde fights up, throws body shots, but Ridge traps the arms! Ridge HEADBUTTS and Wilde ends up in a corner. Ridge runs in to SPLASH, then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Wilde flounders, Ridge runs up, but Wilde dodges!

Wilde runs back in, ELBOWS, then runs to come back, but Ridge POUNCES! Ridge drags Wilde up, throws knees, then reels him in. Ridge hoists Wilde up, but Wilde DDTS! The fans rally, and Shawn Spears appears on stage. The Chair Man insists that the truth is painful, and Ridge storms up. Wilde ELBOWS Ridge, fires off haymakers then whips, but Ridge reverses. Wilde springboards to FLYING CHUCK! Then JAWBREAKER! Then POP-UP BOOT! Ridge staggers, Wilde spells it out, “L! W! O!” But Ridge runs back up! Wilde goes Matrix to then NECKBREAKER! Ridge bails out and the fans fire up with Wilde!

Wilde builds speed, and DIVES, into a POWERSLAM!! Ridge drags Wilde up and into the ring, hauls him up into a PACKAGE DDT! Cover, Ridge wins!

Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall

Wilde may have let his emotions get the better of him, but Ridge is still conflicted. Spears smiles, is Ridge’s “truth” about to come to light?

 

Josh Briggs visits the medical center.

He’s getting his ribs checked and he says he feels much better now. Though, it’s still a bit painful to breathe and move around, is that normal? Yes, especially given those ribs were broken. Briggs needs to be careful until he’s truly 100%, but he’s “cleared as tolerated.” Briggs thanks the doc, but then Ivar checks in. Ivar asks if Briggs is good and Briggs says yeah, he’s cleared and ready to go after Oba Femi again. Ivar says he likes the grit, but he’s been in this room so many times before. Take it from Ivar, give it a couple more weeks so he can fully heal up. In that time, Ivar can have his match with Oba, and then when Ivar wins the title, Briggs is first up. How’s that sound?

Briggs says absolutely not. Ivar can go back to Raw and get his ass kicked by Sheamus again. Okay, okay, Ivar sees how this is gonna go. Then tonight, Ivar VS Briggs, winner fights Oba. Briggs says then go put on the war paint and he’ll see Ivar tonight. The Viking Raider and the Blue Collar Brawler are ready to throw hands, but who will get their hand raised at the end of the night?

 

Brinley Reece posts to TikTok.

She wants everyone to know she, Malik Blade & Edris Enofe are all going to work out at the Performance Center and wants them to join in. #BrinActive! They pump up to take on “Ohp.” Who? Y’know, A O P. Oh, Authors of Pain… But Edris says knowing their luck, by the time AOP is done with them, they’ll be SOL. Brin puts it together she’s been saying it wrong, but yeah they are scary. But who cares! She’ll be in their corner! Edris says no she’s not! Malik smooths it over by saying they can’t let their bad juju rub off on Brin. Edris says they need any kind of luck right now. They have been losing and losing!

Malik calms Edris down and says they just have to believe. Brin says exactly! Believe in the lift! Let’s go! Well, Brin’s always positive, will Edris ever see things her way? Or will Akam & Rezar write them off completely?

 

Andre Chase finds Thea Hail backstage.

She thanks him for coming to talk. He appreciates her wanting to meet, even with her match against Tatum tonight. After last week, they need to talk this out. They sit, and Thea says Jacy wasn’t lying about that bet. Nope. Last July, Chase was already knee deep into his gambling. At the time, he had things under control. Which is why he felt right betting on Thea against Tiffany Stratton. He knew deep down, Thea could do this. Thea could become the youngest NXT champion in history, so when asked if he was for or against, he went all in on Thea. But then seeing her suffer, her refusing to tap out, tears flowing down her cheeks, Chase had to throw in the towel.

In that moment, he didn’t care what it cost him, he just wanted Thea to be okay. Then why didn’t he tell her? She treated him so badly after that! Why didn’t he say something? Because she didn’t sign up for that, she just wanted to win a title. Then what about the towel? Honestly, he just hoped she would understand where his heart is, both that night and every night. He’s always in Thea’s corner. Then she is sorry! She hugs him and he says it’s okay. Chase U looks stronger than ever, but will there be another chance at a title for Thea in the future?

 

The D’Angelo Family is here!

The fans cheer as The Don leads Stacks, Rizzo & The Legal Eagle out to the ring, having finally returned to NXT after his loss at Stand & Deliver. Tony feels a little better showing off the new suit, then he gets the mic. Tony says after he and Stacks lost the tag titles, he talked about rapid growth in the family. He never said it was gonna be easy, but he knew it was worth it. And if you ask him how, when he’s not NXT Champion, Tony thinks about where they were a year ago. They made Pretty Deadly disappear, but they faced serious allegations. Now he looks at Stacks and the Consigliere, Luca Crusifino, both ready to crack skulls and add gold to the family.

Tony looks to Adrianna, the future of the NXT Women’s Division! And at Stand & Deliver, he went toe-to-toe with one of the toughest men in NXT history! Tony and Dragunov had a fight, one of the hardest fights Tony has ever gone through, and Tony lost. But this is about going one more round when you can’t. Toughness comes from longevity, and he’s here to tell you- Well, No Quarter Catch Crew interrupts first. Charlie Dempsey has the mic to tell Tony he doesn’t appreciate their dealings from last week were made public. What kinda business is he running here? Is Dempsey talking to Tony? Oh yeah, he sure is!

NQCC get in the ring but Tony tells them they came to the Family to take care of one of their own, all because they didn’t have the cajones to do something themselves! No problem, they’re the experts. Yeah, well, when it comes to taking someone out- Oh oh oh, stunad! No specifics, okay? There’s people watching. Yeah but Tony said- Hey, Charlie, didn’t Tony just say no specifics? Tony says they’re No Quarter, right? Well, Tony hasn’t gotten his full quarter, so when’re they gonna pay up? What? Payment? Wasn’t this for the good of the business? There was trash that needed to be taken care of, and they did that. It did the industry some good while they were at it.

Luca tells Mr. Dempsey that they’re still on the hook for services rendered. But the Don has a suggestion: They can either settle the debt, or it gets handled the way the D’Angelo Family always does it. Damon Kemp says no way, this was supposed to be done for the- Whoa, whoa, Damon, no one was even talking to you. Tony says he’ll say this to all three. Tony doesn’t do this for charity, or about feelings. This is about business, and in his business there is a code that you don’t betray. So listen up. It doesn’t matter who NQCC think they are, but they wanna come out here and interrupt him? Don’t think so.

Charlie tells Tony, “Is there anything else you wanna say to me? Is that it?” Tony says that Heritage Cup looks pretty nice. Oh does he? Well, don’t look at the cup, look at Charlie. That cup represents the competition and skill that takes place in this ring. It doesn’t need to be held by some two-bit gangster in wrestling boots! Charlie didn’t have a problem with that when Tony took care of this situation. So is Charlie gonna pay up? Over his dead body that some lowlife scumbag disgraces that cup! Scumbag? Well… Tony takes off the suit jacket, and says how bout this? They brawl! The fans fire up as The Family clears the ring of the NQCC!

The battlelines have been drawn, is The Family about to test that Catch Clause?

 

Open Challenge: Ilja Dragunov VS ???

The NXT Champion is just fine with facing anyone in the back ahead of facing Trick Williams one last time next week! But then who will step up to be the “tune up?” Lexis King, Joe Gacy, and a lot of others rush out here! They all brawl, but in from the crowd side, it’s JeVon Evans! Ya boi bouncy~, and he quite literally jumps to the front of the line! Dragunov likes the Young OG’s guts, but will he beat those guts right outta him here tonight?

The bell rings and Evans fires forearms with Dragunov! The fans fire up as they go back and forth over and over! Dragunov fires boxing elbows but Evans BOOTS! Dragunov BOOTS, Evans rebounds to spin but Dragunov ducks the kick! GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, he drags Evans up, and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! The fans chant “DAT BOI!” “BOUNCY~!” but Dragunov drags him up again. Evans pries free, elbows, but Dragunov rebounds to PELE! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Evans flounders to a corner, Dragunov runs in, but blocks a boot! Dragunov blocks another try, puts that leg in the ropes, and then CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS!

The fans fire up while Evans slumps down, and Dragunov scrubs him with his boot! Dragunov runs side to side, but into a SUPERKICK! The fans fire up again as Evans has Dragunov dazed! Dragunov stands, he ROCKS Evans, but Evans ROCKS Dragunov! Evans blocks a chop to CHOP, then repeat! Evans CHOPS, CHOSP and CHOPS, the fans “WOO~” again and again. But Dragunov block sone, to HEADBUTT! And HEADBUTT! And HEADBUTT! Then GERMAN SUPLEX, but Evans lands out of it! Evans runs to SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up as Evans and Dragunov rise again.

Evans winds up to KICK! Dragunov wobbles, so Evans KICKS again! Evans goes up and rebounds, but Dragunov turns Rana into POWERBOMB! Evans grits his teeth as he sits up, but Dragunov runs and runs and runs to LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives being turned inside-out but Dragunov nods. The fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Dragunov brings Evans up. Dragunov fireman’s carries, but Evans fights free! Dragunov hits buckles, Evans reels him in but Dragunov fights with elbows and knees! CONSTANTINE- SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov survives that sudden turn around and the fans are loving it!

Evans aims from a corner as he goes up and up, but Dragunov CHOPS first! And SLAPS Evans right to the apron! Evans BOOTS back, springboards, but into a CHOP!! Dragunov sits Evans up so he can run and KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Evans survives and the fans are thunderous! Dragunov reels him in, “This is Awesome!” as Evans fights the bomb, and DDTS! Dragunov flounders out of the ring, Evans goes to the far side. Evans snarls as he gets to his feet, and he builds speed to FLY!! Direct hit at the ramp! Evans puts Dragunov in, hurries up again, and FROG SPLASHES onto knees! Roll through and deadlift, Dragunov powers Evans up to a fireman’s carry!

Dragunov then hits a CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Dragunov goes to the corner, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TORPEDO MOSCOW!! Cover, Dragunov wins!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall

The Young OG showed guts and ability beyond his years, but he’s still a little early if he wants to be champion. Dragunov does show Evans respect, will we see this showdown again one day?

 

Backstage interview with Karmen Petrovic.

Kelly Kincaid is with Karmen to speak on Natty facing Lola in the first-ever Women’s NXT Underground match. Will Karmen help her train? 1000% yes! Karmen will get Natty training, but her schedule is so crazy right now. She’s on the WWE Europe tour, but then in walks Lola. Lola says Karmen can help Natty all she wants, but Natty is entering Lola’s world, and will be playing by Lola’s rules. Sure, Natty has guts, but she can’t handle the Latina Heat. Karmen can be in her corner, teach Natty all she knows, but it won’t mean a thing. Just wait until you see who Lola has in her corner. See you at next week’s contract signing. Adios~!

 

Sol talks with Ava backstage.

Blair cost Sol nine months of her career, a year of Wendy Chu’s, so much of Nikkita Lyons’, and Sol’s match tonight! Sol NEEDS to end this. Ava hears that, but Sol already had her match with Blair. No, not just another match. Sol wants Blair in NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! Is that what she wants? Sol says she will not stop until Blair has to be carried outta here. Sol storms off, is she going to wash Blair away with the tide? Or is this all playing right into Blair’s hands?

 

Thea Hail w/ Chase U VS Tatum Paxley!

The fire is back inside the top prospect, and she’s ready to blaze a trail back to title contention! But will we all hail Thea? Or will the twisted outcast not stop until she’s the one on top of NXT?

NXT returns and Tatum makes her entrance. The bell rings and Thea rushes up. Tatum slips around, waistlocks and SLAMS, then floats around to smile right in Thea’s face. Thea is creeped out and backs up, but Tatum slithers up. Thea rushes in again, but into another waistlock. Thea arm-drags free, runs up, but into a scoop! Thea arm-drags Tatum, runs up to back body block, then runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Tatum goes Matrix! Thea leaps over, the two stare down, and the fans fire up. Tatum reaches out but Thea grabs that arm! Thea SPLASHES down on it, and Tatum flounders to a corner. Thea runs in but only gets buckles!

Tatum scoops Thea to BACKBREAKER! Thea writhes, Tatum has Thea on ropes and bends her against them! The ref counts, Tatum lets off, but she KNEES Thea down. Thea goes to the corner, Tatum runs up, and she BODY CHECKS Thea into the buckles! Tatum digs Thea into the buckles but lets off as the ref counts. The fans rally for Thea and she fires forearms! Thea whips, Tatum reverses to knee low! Tatum grins as she GUT WRENCH PLEXES! Cover, TWO! Tatum top mounts Thea to say she’s the next champion, but Thea hits with body shots. Tatum hooks Thea’s legs and turns over, SPLADLE CHINLOCK! Thea endures as gravity does all the work!

Thea fights her way out, then fires forearms! Tatum hits back, and says the title is hers! Thea HEADBUTTS Tatum down! Tatum goes to ropes, comes back, but Thea wrenches for the ARMBAR CODE BREAKER! Thea whips and CLOBBERS Tatum! And CLOBBERS her again! Thea mule kicks a leg out, runs and ROLLNG NECKBREAKERS! But wait, is that Jazmyn Nyx? Jazmyn is mocking the “nerd” but Thea tells her “SUCK IT!” Thea scoops Tatum, POWERSLAM! SENTON! Thea shakes the ropes, but Jacy trips her up! The fans boo and Tatum ghost pins, Tatum wins!

Winner: Tatum Paxley, by pinfall

It seems no one can leave well enough alone, can they? Thea makes Jacy pay with a TOPE SUICIDA!! The fans fire up as Thea rains down fists on Jacy, but Chase and Riley get in there! Jacy hits Thea back but refs rush out to stop this! And then IN the ring, Lyra goes after Tatum! They brawl, refs have to divide and conquer, but the Morrigan is enraged! Will Thea humble the toxic Jacy once and for all? Will Lyra have vengeance on the two-faced Tatum?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

Kelly Kincaid says it looked like there was going to be a Stand & Deliver rematch between her and Lyra, but after- Oh, yeah, that freak finally turned on little her “girlfriend.” But it doesn’t matter how obsessed Tatum is with the title, or if Lyra has a chip on her shoulder, they can destroy each other for all Roxie cares. Beat each other to a pulp! Roxie will sit back, be entertained, and whoever makes it out of that fight in one piece maybe, just maybe, gets a title match. Wow, that was super easy. Like, what’s Ava even complaining about? Roxie sees it: Spring Breakin’, Roxie defends her title 1v1 against-

Ava walks in and says Roxie is so right. She made Ava’s job even easier! Why choose? Triple Threat! Roxie VS Lyra VS Tatum! NO! Of course Ava does this! Everyone is against Roxie, so why not Ava? Ava wants Roxie to lose her title without actually losing! Well, Roxie said Ava’s job is easy, but surely Roxie will do great. Ava leaves, Roxie is fuming, but will Roxie have no choice but to eat her words?

 

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe VS The Authors of Pain w/ The Final Testament!

It’s getting harder and harder to find the silver lining for Malik & Edris, and this time, platitudes like “there’s always next time” might not apply. That’s because Akam & Rezar, backed by Paul Ellerin, Karrion Kross & Scarlett Bordeaux, might just write their Final Chapter! Will Malik & Edris survive to fight another day? Or is there no upside to facing AOP?

NXT returns as Malik & Edris make their entrance, minus Brin like Edris said. The teams sort out, Akam starts against Edris. They tie up, Akam RAMS Edris into the corner and fires off hands! Akam swings, Edris dodges and fires off hands! Akam shoves Edris, Edris tags Malik and then Edris DROPKICKS Akam! Malik goes up to AX HANDLE! Akam stays up, Malik fires more hands! Tag back to Edris and he goes up, so he can AX HANDLE! Akam is still up, he headlocks, and Rezar tags in as Edris powers out. Akam whips, pop-up to Rezar for the CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO!

Edris survives and Rezar is already furious! Rezar HAMMERS away on Edris, then paces around. Edris drags himself to ropes, but Rezar is right on him. Tag to Akam, the AOP stand Edris up and Akam runs to KNEE Edris low! Rezar CLUBS Edris down, Akam clamps on and makes Edris look to Malik. Akam dribbles Edris’ face off the mat! Malik reaches out, the fans rally, but Rezar tags in. AOP gets Edris up, pops up and KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Edris survives and the fans rally again. Rezar seethes as he drags Edris away. Rezar reels Edris in, TOSSES him to a corner, then runs in, only to get buckles! Hot tag to Malik!

Malik dodges Rezar, BLASTS Akam and fires off on Rezar! Rezar stays up, swings, but Malik dodges to DROPKICK! Rezar tumbles out, Akam storms in but Malik SUPERKICKS! Malik builds speed, Edris tags in, Malik FLIES! AOP catches Malik!! But Edris FLIES but Malik’s thrown at him!! The fans go nuts as AOP are still monsters, and then AOP get a man each. SUPER COLLIDER!! Cover, AOP wins!

Winners: The Authors of Pain, by pinfall

The Final Testament makes up for their loss at WrestleMania, if only in part. But will they not stop until they’re once again wearing NXT gold? Speaking of, Nathan Frazer & Axiom are here! AOP attacked the champs last week so the dynamic duo want to return the favor, except the refs stand in the way. Will the Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truth be able to take the fight to the Final Testament?

 

Arianna & Gigi visit Lauren Nicole.

The shopping begins, and Gigi can’t believe Arianna thinks Gigi would actually wear anything from here. Like, what is this frilly halter top? Arianna wants “Giorgina” to understand that to become a princess, she must act, think and believe that she truly IS a princess. And Arianna for one thinks Gigi has all the makings to be one. OMG look at that dress! Arianna rushes over to grab the big green one. What does Gigi say? She hates it already. Like, so much. Nonsense! She’d look breathtaking in it! Well, Gigi could make it her own. Yes, Giorgina! Such a fast learner! Then Gigi has some ideas. She’ll try it on.

Arianna is ecstatic that Gigi is taking this seriously! Gigi slips into a dressing room, and there is definitely sounds of tearing. When Gigi comes out, she’s given the outfit a makeover! Yeah, Gigi does look good. She just had to “Gigi” the dress up a bit. She’ll wear it out, thanks. Spring Breakin’, here she comes! Arianna’s paying. Do they take credit?

 

Josh Briggs VS Ivar!

JBL’s seal of approval means a lot to Briggs, and he wants to finally prove JBL was right to give him the nod. He may have failed to take the North American title at Stand & Deliver, but will he fight his way to another shot here tonight? Or will the raid crash the party at Spring Breakin’?

NXT returns and Briggs makes his entrance, taped up quite a bit around the ribs. The bell rings, the two run up and Ivar BOOTS! Ivar whips, Briggs reverses but Ivar rolls off Briggs’ back! Ivar then cartwheels to dodge and he LARIATS Briggs down! The fans fire up, Briggs goes to a corner and Oba is watching as Ivar fires ELBOW after ELBOW! The fans chant “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” and Ivar whips Briggs to ropes. Briggs blows through the lariat to BOOT Ivar down! The fans fire up as Briggs storms up and whips back. Briggs scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM and SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Briggs clutches the ribs, this is perhaps all double-edged right now.

Briggs powers through the pain, but runs up into a SEATED SENTON! The fans fire up while Briggs sputters. Ivar storms up on Briggs, drags him up and CLUBS him, but Briggs throws body shots. Ivar CLUBS Briggs again, has him on ropes, and then HEADBUTTS! Ivar runs, into an ELBOW! Briggs choke grips, but Ivar breaks free to BODY SHOT! Briggs sputters, Ivar reels him in, underhooks for the Canadian Rack! Briggs slips free, ELBOWS, and runs, into a SPINNING POWERSLAM! Briggs coughs and sputters, Ivar underhooks for the TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!! Briggs survives and stuns Ivar!

Ivar storms around, goes to a corner and climbs up. The fans rally as Ivar aims for the VIKING- NO, Ivar rolls through the splash as Briggs dodge! BOSS MAN SLAM! TWO! Briggs’ bad ribs probably held that move back, but Briggs isn’t gonna stop! Briggs gets Ivar up, wrenches, and GUT BUSTERS! Briggs huffs, puffs, runs, and RAMS Ivar! Ivar tumbles out of the ring, and Briggs roars as he fights through the pain! Briggs goes to the apron, and FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Down goes Ivar and Briggs rises! The fans are torn as Briggs reels Ivar in. Ivar fights the lift to RAM Briggs into steel steps!

Briggs hobbles up, into the HEEL KICK! Ivar puts Briggs in, goes up the corner again, for the DOOMSAULT!! Cover, Ivar wins!

Winner: Ivar, by pinfall

Perhaps Briggs should’ve listened to Ivar earlier, he was nowhere near 100% and therefore had no chance of stopping the War Beard. Will Ivar raid right through The Ruler and take his throne?

Kelly Kincaid asks Oba his opinion on this win, and Oba just says, “Interesting.” Oba leaves, and he apparently clobbers Oro without a second thought! Main Man Mensah is upset that this keeps happening, when will he get his shot at The Ruler?

 

Steel Cage Match: Carmelo Hayes VS Trick Williams!

After he failed to Stand & Deliver, Melo could not stand the fact that Trick was going back for THE NXT Championship. Trick’s getting his shot at Dragunov one way or another, but will Melo make sure Trick doesn’t have a leg to stand on? Or will this be Trick finally saying goodbye and good riddance to HIM?

Before the match, Kelly Kincaid is with Melo at gorilla. He cuts her off to tell Trick that this ain’t over until Melo says it is. Trick thinks he’s gonna be a champion, that he’s gonna make it out of the cage in one piece, but Melo will make sure that doesn’t happen. Melo gave Trick everything he has here, and now he’s taking it all away from his ungrateful ass! Melo heads out, his personal security following behind. Then Trick makes his entrance and the fans go wild! NXT is ready to see Trick whoop Melo one more time because there’s no escape. The bell rings, the two storm up, and Melo shoves Trick. They circle, Trick runs up but Melo dodges!

Melo goes to bump off the cage but Trick blocks. Melo then blocks Trick trying that, then Melo gets space. Melo  rushes up, Trick headlocks but Melo powers out. Things speed up, melo jumps but into a scoop and SLAM! Trick then scoops to SLAM again! Trick scoops again, but Melo slips free to shove. Melo runs up, Trick dodges and Melo jumps up, but Trick brings him off the cage. The two circle again, Melo kicks low then runs, but he rolls off Trick’s back and Trick DROPKICKS! Trick scoops to SLAM again, then covers, TWO! The fans chant “Melo Got Whooped!” Trick whips, Melo holds ropes to stop himself, but Trick runs up to ROCK him!

Trick whips, Melo holds ropes again, then he sidesteps to SMACK Trick off steel! Melo runs, springboard, FLYING LARIAT! Melo then gets a baton from a security guard! Melo SMACKS Trick with the stick! Then SMACKS him again! And AGAIN! Trick writhes, the fans boo, but Melo SMACKS Trick down again! Melo mockingly conducts the booing while NXT goes picture in picture.

Melo taunts the fans, then he CHOKES Trick with the stick! Trick fights up, pulls the stick away, but Melo knees low! Melo JAMS Trick, SMACKS him on the back, then swaggers around. Trick slowly rises, Melo talks more trash as he winds up, but Trick blocks the stick! Melo kicks low, winds up again and SMACKS Trick low! Melo tosses the stick away to whip Trick, but Trick reverses and back drops! Melo flounders to ropes and Trick stands. Trick runs up, but into a drop toehold! Melo KICKS Trick, CLUBS away, then has the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Trick rolls through to a cover, TWO! Melo CLOBBERS Trick!

Melo drags Trick up, wraps his arm around ropes and pulls! Trick can only suffer until Melo lets go. Melo puts the other arm around ropes to pull on that, then he has a SLEEPER! Trick endures, the ref reprimands, but Melo lets go when Melo wants. Melo SMACKS Trick off the steel! Cover, TWO! Melo seethes, he drags Trick around, and he ROCKS Trick. Trick ROCKS Melo back! Melo ROUNDHOUSES Trick, CLUBS him, and stomps away! Melo fires off wild shots while NXT returns to single picture. Melo has Trick in a corner, climbs up to stand on Trick’s head, and then stomps the arms against the ropes!

The fans boo, Melo SLAMS Trick’s arm against the steel, then SLAMS the arm again! The fans boo but Trick hits back! Melo stomps Trick, YANKS the arm against ropes, then stalks Trick. Melo whips, Trick blocks, then Trick whips. Melo reverses to ARMBAR CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Melo is frustrated but he clamps onto Trick’s bad arm. The fans rally as Trick endures, and Trick powers his way around. Melo brings Trick down to an ARMBAR! Trick powers his way to a cover, TWO! Melo lets Trick go to kick, whip, but Trick blocks! Trick reverses, but Melo reverses back to send Trick into steel!

Trick falls back, but Melo gets him up. Trick stops from hitting steel, but Melo kicks him through ropes to stomp him against steel! The fans boo but Melo soaks it up. Melo drags Trick back up, runs side to side, and he SPLASHES Trick against steel! And then SPLASHES him against steel again! Melo goes again, but Trick drops and Melo splashes into steel himself! The fans fire up while Trick rises! Melo kicks Trick, Trick blocks the whip to ROCK Melo. Trick whips Melo, Melo goes up but Trick follows! Trick clinches, SUPER BOOKEND!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Trick rises, the fans rally, and Trick pounds the mat.

Trick ROCKS Melo, Melo fires back! They go back and forth, Trick gets the edge, then whips Melo for the LEG LARIAT! LEG LARIAT! FLAPJACK! The fans fire up, Melo staggers and Trick aims! Trick spins but Melo rushes up to LA MYSTI- NO, Trick stops that to INVERTED SUPLEX! Trick kips up, the fans fire up with him, and he whips Melo into steel! And more steel! And more steel! And then the fourth wall! NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives but Trick lets the hair down! Trick drags Melo around, cartwheel and ripcord, but Melo arm-drags! Melo runs, but he’s sent into steel again!

Trick storms up, but Melo HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Melo climbs, aims, but Trick catches the three pointer for the BOOKEND! Cover, TWO!! Melo survives but Trick isn’t done with him! Trick fireman’s carries, but Melo DDTS! Cover, TWO! Trick is still in this but Melo stays on him. FIRST 48! Trick rebounds to LEAPING LARIAT! Melo comes back to V-TRIGGER! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down! Melo goes to the corner, Trick rises at center, and Trick runs up after Melo! SMACK off the steel! But Melo gives it back! Trick SMACKS Melo, Melo SMACKS Trick! They dribble each other off the steel again and again!

Trick and Melo wobble, but then Trick CHOPS! Melo CHOPS! Melo SMACKS Trick off steel, headlocks, SUPER BULLDOG but Trick superhero lands out of it! Trick shakes his head, Melo is furious, and Melo runs up! Trick dodges to SPIN KICK! But the personal guards climb the cage! Trick BLASTS a couple off the side, but there’s still another! Trick hurries to get that guy, but the fourth gets in with a chair!! Trick kicks that guy first then TOSSES Him around! And this is a BIG guy! Trick sees the guy stagger to the door, and BOOTS him out! Trick closes the cage, but Melo has the chair!! Trick dodges, runs up, FULL METAL TRICK SHOT!! Cover, Trick wins!!

Winner: Trick Williams, by pinfall

Melo tried to stack the deck but Trick’s shot don’t miss! And now, Trick climbs the cage to be level with the perch, where Dragunov is watching! Spring Breakin’, NXT Championship, and if Trick loses, he must LEAVE NXT. Will Trick’s final chance be the one chance he needs to finally be on top of the world?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here as the go-home to Spring Breakin’ 2024. Great opening match from Dar and Dijak, and while the fans were super behind Dijak, of course Dar wins thanks to help from Meta Four. Dar is definitely being primed for some kind of title opportunity past Spring Breakin’, but Oro kinda got the karma for cheating when Oba Femi again clobbers him while simply exiting a room. Good promo from Briggs and Ivar to set up Briggs VS Ivar, which was a great match. The promo helped us understand how beat up Briggs is, so logically, Ivar would win. Oba VS Ivar is going to be great stuff, and I would think Oba wins.

Good NXT Anonymous promo to add heat to Ridge VS Wilde, and of course Shawn Spears shows up during that match. Ridge wins, though it’s hard to say he was that more brutal with Wilde than any other match, but maybe Ridge is going to end up more and more unhinged. Really good #gymtok promo from Brin, Malik & Edris, but of course AOP demolishes Malik & Edris in the match. Axiom & Frazer wanted after AOP but that’s rather reckless when AOP are both physically bigger than Bron and Corbin. I’m sure Axiom & Frazer find a way to win, but this is gonna be pretty brutal for the champs.

Great stuff in the Women’s Division building towards both the top title and the coming Women’s North American Championship. Great match from Sol VS Lola but we should’ve known Blair would mess Sol up. Then Natty calls out Lola, so we’re going to get awesome stuff out of both the “Beach Brawl” No Disqualification match and the NXT Underground match. And then really good promo where Mr. Chase and Thea finally make amends for last year, and good promo from Tatum putting the twist on how her character’s been this entire time. Kinda some long term storytelling with how Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn always sensed that darkness in Tatum.

Tatum VS Thea of course got Jacy & Jazmyn interfering, there has to be one final blowoff of Jacy VS Thea for Spring Breakin. And Lyra going after Tatum was great stuff, and Roxie was good in her promo. The Triple Threat was a wild move but Roxie might have a point, she could lose that title without being pinned, and then she gets drafted away. We saw Roxie be part of the Raw After Mania, maybe that’s where she’s headed. After all, we know Melo’s gonna end up on SmackDown. Great Steel Cage main event, and again I like that it was a use of the No Escape stipulation. Trick of course won, he’s got momentum going into what is surely his win next week.

As such, Dragunov might end up drafted away after he loses, and if so, his match tonight was even more awesome for him giving Je’Von Evans some shine in the Open Challenge tonight. Evans is definitely ahead of the curve, he’s going to be a big name very soon. The only real rough spot from tonight would probably be the D’Angelo Family interacting with NQCC. They made good points but the flow needed to be ironed out for it being live in front of the fans. For one, we’re getting a big Six Man Tag, and that will then give Tony D’Angelo momentum going into a Heritage Cup match with more than likely Dempsey.

But I think part of the awkwardness in the promo was them having to work-shoot away the Gulak issue. From how things were worded, NXT is siding with Ronda, as Gulak wasn’t even directly named in this whole thing, but they made it sound like he was the problem. Gulak wasn’t part of events during Mania Weekend or anything since, though there’s nothing on him being fired or suspended. we’ll just have to wait and see how this goes.

My Score: 8.8/10


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