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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 ROH Results & Report! (9/21/23)

So much gold~!

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ROH Wrestling 2023

The champions of ROH are in action!

ROH has a NEW World Champion in Eddie Kingston! But will Katsuyori Shibata, the Mogul Embassy and Athena be able to hold onto their titles?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Nick Wayne; Shibata wins and retains the title.
  • Diamante VS Catie Brite; Diamante wins.
  • Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor; Moriarty wins.
  • Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante VS Trish Adora; Mercedes wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Angelina Love; Athena wins and retains the title.
  • Six Woman Tag: Leyla Hirsch & The Renegades VS Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan; Skye, Willow & Kiera win.
  • Ethan Page VS VSK; Ethan wins.
  • Spanish Announce Project & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS El Hijo Del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity w/ Alex Abrahantes; Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity win.
  • Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin; Action & Darius win.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack & The Infantry; The Mogul Embassy wins.

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Eddie Kingston speaks.

“I’m in pain. Uh, that stage hurts. Claudio hurts every time he hits you. Uh, I don’t like him as a human being, but I shook his hand because let’s be honest, he’s was a great ROH champion, and I’ve always said he’s a great wrestler. I just don’t like him as a person, and that’s not gonna change. But I can definitely show him that I’ve grown. I’ve grown up. Back in the day, I wouldn’t’ve shook his hand, I would’ve spat in his face and then I would’ve gloated. But bro, I grew up, man. I gave him his due and his respect. I’m just, uh, I’m proud. I’m happy.

“Uh, when I get back to the hotel, I’m not gonna be proud ‘n’ happy because now I gotta defend this championship and this championship, and that’s gonna be hard, but I like it. Without struggle, there is no progress, y’know what I mean? I’d feel weird if there was no struggle. But uh, this is dedicated to Xavier, the second-ever ROH World Champion. Rest in peace, bud. Thank you for everything you’ve done for this business. Thank you for being good to me in the locker room. But this one’s for you, dog. Because people should remember who you are, man. X marks the spot, baby. Love you, X. Rest in peace.

“I’m good now. I just wanna go see my parents. We good, Jean Carlo? We good, baby. New York in this mother, ya heard?” The Mad King has two crowns, how long shall he reign?

 

ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Nick Wayne!

The Wrestler is back, ready to put another man to the test. The Prodigy of Rain City is here, but will he reign so soon into his young career? Or will Shibata show him he still has a long way to go?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and our judges for this match are Jerry Lynn, Jimmy Jacobs and Dalton Castle. The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we see if Wayne’s World can survive Shibata!

The two circle, feel things out, and Shibata waistlocks to drag Nick down. Nick shifts around but Shibata half nelsons. Nick fights up, wristlocks, then goes for a leg. Shibata sprawls to push Nick down, then he waistlocks. Nick goes for a leg but so does Shibata, and Shibata uses that to get a roll-up! Nick keeps his shoulder sup so Shibata lets off. Fans cheer and Shibata keeps after Nick but with a leg guard. Nick and Shibata grapple, Nick grabs a leg in a toehold but Shibata uses that to body scissor and chinlock. Nick pries at the hold, but Shibata shifts to go for an arm! Nick clasps hands and fans rally up as he moves around.

Nick stacks Shibata, but Shibata also keeps a shoulder up. Shibata powers Nick down to a short arm scissor! Nick endures, shifts, but Shibata has the mount pretty easily. Shibata slaps Nick around, then stomps him down! Nick goes to ropes but that is a neutral break. Fans rally as the two reset and feel things out. They knuckle lock, Shibata knees low and snapmares, but Nick ducks the kick! Fans fire up as the two reset. Shibata kicks Nick but Nick kicks back. Shibata blocks to have an ANKLE LOCK! Nick flails, reaches out, but endures as Shibata drags him back. Nick almost has ropes, then tries again, ROPEBREAK!

Shibata lets go as Nick uses his first. Nick holds on, Shibata tries to drag Nick away, but Nick kicks and kicks. Shibata lets go and Nick gets out of the ring to walk off the pain. Shibata heads out after Nick, but Nick kicks first! Nick whips and Shibata hits railing! Fans rally up as Nick runs in but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata then whips Nick into railing! Shibata whips Nick into even more railing! Nick gasps for air, but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata rolls into the ring, letting the count take care of Nick. Nick checks his face and clutches his neck at 5 of 10 but Shibata goes out to stand Nick up. Shibata puts Nick in and fans applaud.

Shibata stalks Nick, stomps him, then kicks him! Shibata kicks Nick more and more and fans rally. Shibata CHOPS Nick then brings him up again. Shibata CHOPS, Nick drops to his knees, and Shibata gives him more sharp yet toying kicks. Nick sits up, but Shibata just kicks him down! We hit five minutes and Nick CHOPS! Shibata just shrugs it off! Nick CHOPS, but Shibata eggs him on! Nick CHOPS, so Shibata CHOPS! Nick is stinging, Shibata runs and BOOTS Nick down! Nick roars and rises up but Shibata BOOTS him again! Shibata runs, but Nick UPPERCUTS! Nick runs to UPPERCUT Shibata down!

Fans fire up and Nick brings Shibata up to cravat. But Shibata denies Shiranui! Only for Nick to SHOTGUN on the return! Fans rally as Nick storms up to the corner. Nick fires forearms, then runs corner to corner, and a very Shibata like HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Nick drags Shibata up. But Shibata breaks free! Nick BOOTS Shibata, throws a forearm, but Shibata just scowls! Nick throws another forearm but Shibata eggs him on. Nick throws more forearms, then a CHOP! And another CHOP and another CHOP, but Shibata leans into them! Shibata is backing Nick down like that! Nick fires forearms now, but Shibata DECKS him with just one!

Shibata whips Nick to a corner, then BOOTS him! Then Shibata rains down forearms to sit Nick down! Shibata stomps a mudhole, but Nick gets up! So Shibata UPPERCUTS him down! Shibata runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Nick feels how it’s done, and Shibata hauls him up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nick hangs in there but Shibata wraps on a chinlock! Nick fights up but into a COBRA TWIST! Fans rally as Nick endures, fights his way over, and has a ROPEBREAK! That’s his second of three as we pass eight minutes, and Shibata lets off with a knee to the side! Shibata reels Nick in to waistlock, but Nick fights!

Nick grabs the ropes again, that’s his third and final! But then Nick uses ropes to push up and over, then he mule kicks! Nick cravats, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Shibata is tougher than that but Nick hurries up. Nick full nelsons but Shibata breaks to switch. Nick fights the lift so Shibata ripcords. Nick ducks to ripcord and ROUNBDHOUSE! And SUPERKICK! Nick goes up and up and WAYNE’S- SLEEPER!! Shibata has Nick and Nick is fading fast! Shibata sits him down to PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)

At nine minutes and 16 seconds, Shibata puts this one away! Nick shows skill beyond his years, and Shibata respects that by offering a handshake. Nick takes it to keep the Code of Honor, but when and where will Nick get another shot at gold?

 

Backstage interview with Lee Johnson.

Lexi Nair is with Big Shotty and brings up his match with Shane Taylor from last week, and how he has a match tonight with the newest member of Shane Taylor Promotions, #TAIGASTYLE, Lee Moriarty. How is Shotty feeling going into this match? Johnson tells Lexi, “Here we are again!” But wait, Shane Taylor Promotions walks in, and Moriarty tells Big Shotty that he hopes there were no hard feelings in what happened last week. Who knew Johnson would get distracted by Moriarty walking out there? Sure, Moriarty looks good, but just leave the past in the past. Code of Honor! Shake his hand. He promises it’s clean.

Shane says Johnson could always get knocked out again. Johnson stares Shane down and Lexi says they can all settle this in the ring. STP heads out, will Big Shotty be able to handle Moriarty with Big Bad Shaney T at ringside?

 

Diamante VS Catie Brite!

The Cuban Diamond is back in action on ROH, ready to shine in the spotlight once and for all. Will she show she can shine brighter than Brite? Or will Brite have a bright future here in ROH?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Diamante DECKS Brite! Brite staggers up, Diamante fires off on her, then CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Diamante snapmares to then mess with Brite’s hair. Diamante then CLUBS away on Brite, but the ref reprimands about the hair pulling. Diamante CLUBS Brite down, puts her back on ropes, and CHOKES her again! The ref reprimands, Diamante lets off at 4, then she drags Brite up. Diamante says Brite ain’t on her level, then she SMACKS Brite off buckles! Diamante JABS, CHOPS and repeat! The ref counts, Diamante lets off, but then CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!

The ref reprimands and counts more, so Diamante whips Brite corner to corner. Diamante runs in but only gets buckles! Roll up, TWO! Diamante staggers up, and she SHOTGUNS Brite down! Fans fire up as Diamante dusts herself off. Diamante drags Brite up, for the TWIST! Cover, Diamante wins!

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

The Brite Light was simply used to make the Diamond shine! But when and where will Diamante get the gold that she wants?

 

Backstage interview with Willie Mack & The Infantry.

Lexi is with Trish Adora and the trio that will be challenging for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships tonight. Which are currently held by the Mogul Embassy. Captain Dean says not for long. Bravo, hit ’em with the deal. Let ’em know why it’s not for much longer. Bravo tells Lex that he ain’t gon’ flex, and he’ll answer the question so first thing is this. Did Infantry become one of the hottest teams in ROH? Yep. Has adding the Mack Attack one of the hottest trios? Yep. So not only are they ready to win, they’re ready for war! He ain’t gonna talk no more, let Mack take over.

Mack says they are about to make history. With Adora by their side, they’ve got Shawn Dean, Carlie Bravo. Is this their first ROH title match ever? Uh, yeah… Wow, who knew? They really out here. Well, then the Embassy better watch out, they’re gonna do the damn thing. Mack may not have won that $25,000, but they’re gonna get these titles and have major capital! Let’s go, baby! Turn up! Bravo says have no fear, the future ROH World Six Man Champs are here! #CopyThat. The team heads out, will they be able to bring down those behemoths under Prince Nana’s command?

 

Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor!

We just heard from Big Shotty and #TAIGASTYLE, but now it is time to put some action behind those words! Will Johnson or Moriarty prove they are the alpha Lee in ROH?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two tie up. They go around, Johnson wrenches, but Moriarty rolls. Johnson wrangles Moriarty but Moriarty kips up and clinches. Johnson wrenches to another wristlock but Moriarty spins, slips through and twists Johnson’s arm to an ELBOW BREAKER! Johnson gets away and fans rally as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, then Johnson trips Moriarty to waistlock. Moriarty fights up, pries free to switch and hammerlock. Johnson slips around to hammerlock back. Moriarty slips around but Johnson turns it right back around to have the armlock.

Moriarty tries again but again Johnson puts the hammerlock back on him. Moriarty does squats, then spins, but Johnson holds on! Moriarty pulls hair to put Johnson in a corner! The ref counts, Johnson lets off, but Moriarty ELBOWS Johnson! Fans boo but Moriarty soaks up the heat. Moriarty CHOPS, then he says one more! Only to feint and kick low! Moriarty soaks up the heat, whips Johnson but Johnson goes up and over! Moriarty hits buckles, Johnson ducks ‘n’ dodges, leap frogs and DROPKICKS! Moriarty bails out, fans fire up, and Johnson pursues. Johnson ROCKS Moriarty, then ROCKS him again!

Johnson CHOPS Moriarty and fans fire up! Moriarty staggers away but Johnson follows him, to CHPO him again! Johnson then puts Moriarty in the ring, slide sin but Moriarty stomps away on him! The ref counts, Moriarty lets off and he stands Johnson up. Moriarty CHOPS and fans fire up! Moriarty swings but Johnson dodges to CHOP back! Johnson headlocks, Moriarty powers out, and things speed up again, Moriarty’s kitchen sink knee knocks Johnson down! Johnson writhes while fans rally, and Moriarty stands Johnson up to snap suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Moriarty still bridges while he mockingly applauds Johnson.

Moriarty wraps Johnson up in a seated abdominal stretch! Fans rally as Johnson endures, and Johnson fights up, only for Moriarty to knee low, but Johnson blocks! Trip and jackknife bridge! TWO, and Johnson goes for a leg. Moriarty steps over, whips Johnson away and things speed up, but Johnson rolls Moriarty again! TWO, and Moriarty CLOBBERS Johnson! But Johnson is up to CLOBBER Moriarty! Fans rally and a standing count starts! Johnson stands, goes to a corner, but Moriarty runs in. Johnson ELBOWS Moriarty, goes up and over and things speed up again. Johnson rallies with LARIAT after LARIAT, then a NECKBREAKER!

Johnson kips up and fans fire up with him! Moriarty clutches his neck as Johnson hauls him up, to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Moriarty survives and Shane is relieved, but Johnson pounds the mat. Fans rally as Moriarty crawls to a corner. Johnson storms up but Moriarty YANKS him into buckles! The ref reprimands but Moriarty stomps away! The ref backs Moriarty off, but then he storms up to YANK Johnson up! Johnson lands on his feet, ELBOWS Moriarty again, then SUPERKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Johnson aims from a corner. Johnson goes to the apron, goes up the corner, and takes aim, to FROG SPLASH!!

Johnson bounces off the impact, crawls back to the cover, ROPEBREAK!! Moriarty survives by a literal foot but Johnson fires himself back up. Johnson whips, Moriarty holds ropes then HOTSHOTS Johnson! LEG LARIAT! Cover, Moriarty wins!

Winner: Lee Moriarty, by pinfall

Shane is proud of his new recruit for finishing that one in the blink of an eye! Will TAIGASTYLE help Shane Taylor Promotions take over ROH once and for all?

 

Athena puts Billie Starkz (and Lexi Nair) through Minion Training.

The Fallen Goddess says they are here for one thing and one thing only: They have consistently failed her time and again! So today, they are doing training! “Yes, Minion Overlord!” These are all things essential to them becoming the best minions they can be! Is that understood? “Yes, Minion Overlord!” Athena blows the whistle and it begins! First, running up and down the bleachers! You wanna be a minion? Let’s go! They also do standing ovation training, they shine the stage, and Lexi keeps Billie from pressing the “big red button.” Athena wants Billie to stop smiling and being happy. Only angry face from now on!

Athena also puts them through booing drills, where they are to boo Willow Nightingale. Athena makes sure Billie gets that through her head! Boo Willow! No smiles! Keep running! Then they ride the elevator together as Athena does the grades. Billie tries to sneak a peek but almost gets caught. Billie also has to throw away her pompoms. She tries to be intimidating to the others in the locker room. Though it’s more like a kid playing dinosaur or something… The Renegades leave and Billie thinks she “did it,” but Lexi explains that she in fact did not. And then they cross paths with Willow! Athena snaps her fingers and Billie boos! Willow asks why!

Athena says she likes what she’s seen today. Lexi has graduated MIT, so she will now Lexi Nair, “Minion Bestie.” Billie, you sucked. Athena leaves and Billie isn’t sure what to do with that. Will Billie ever not be on Athena’s bad side?

 

Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante VS Trish Adora!

The OG Badass has been rolling back up the ranks, but the Afropunk is also primed for that number one spot. Who comes out in pole position in the chase for the title?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. Adora grins but Diamante coaches Mercedes up. They tie up again, Mercedes waistlocks and she SLAMS Adora down. Mercedes headlocks, Adora powers up and powers out, but Mercedes pulls hair to bring Adora back in! The ref reprimands, but Adora lifts! Mercedes uses that to flying takeover! Mercedes says that was so pretty and thanks the fans for the cheers. But Adora rolls to a cover, ONE and Adora runs Mercedes over! Fans fire up as Adora taunts Mercedes. Mercedes swings, misses and Adora fires off forearms!

Adora winds up to ROCK Mercedes! Adora runs in to SPLASH in the corner! Adora fireman’s carries, but Diamante distracts so Mercedes can pull hair, get free and shove, then SPINEBUSTER! Fans rally up as Mercedes mocks the salute. Mercedes taunts Adora, kicks her around, then UPPERCUTS! Mercedes scuffs Adora, CHOKES her on the ropes, then lets off as the ref counts. Diamante CHOKES Adora now! Fans are torn but Diamante gets away with it. Mercedes UPPERCUTS Adora, then fireman’s carries. Adora fights free, shoves Mercedes, but Mercedes sidesteps to ROLLING ELBOW! Adora sits down but Mercedes stands her up.

Mercedes puts Adora on the ropes, DRAPING ANARCHY! Cover, TWO! Adora hangs in there and both Mercedes and Diamante are frustrated! Mercedes slaps Adora around, eggs her on, and fans rally up. Adora scowls, Mercedes fires palm strikes an an UPPERCUT! But Adora hits the BASEMENT GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up with Adora, and she BOOTS Mercedes down! Then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Mercedes hangs tough, she’s a former champion for a reason. But Adora drags Mercedes back up, fireman’s carries again, but Mercedes flails to sunset flip! Adora stays up to drag Mercedes up by her hair!

Adora short arm but Mercedes ducks to HALF NELSON SUPLEX! Then RUNNING KNEE!! Adora falls back, rises up slowly, into the BAYONET FOREARM! Mercedes then clamps onto the legs, SLAPS Adora into giving up the arms, and then pulls her back and back and up! BRASS CITY SLEEPER!! Adora taps, Mercedes wins!

Winner: Mercedes Martinez, by submission

Mercedes doesn’t let go until she’s good and ready. The OG Badass and the Cuban Diamond mock the Infantry, but will these two be the ones waiting on the other side of the Women’s World Championship match? Speaking of…

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Angelina Love!

The Fallen Goddess has yet to be dethroned in ROH, but tonight she faces the Pretty Psycho! Angelina has held titles before, even the Women of Honor World Championship that preceded this title! Will Angelina return to the top in this new era of honor? Or will nothing stop Athena’s already historic reign?

Athena is still in coach mode, telling Billie to get the fans fired up, but from behind Athena. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s ready to get crazy!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for Athena. Athena thanks them and she circles with Angelina. They tie up, go around, and then have a deadlock at the center. They break, Angelina and Athena each complain the other pulled hair. The ref didn’t see any of it, so the two go at it again. Angelina waistlocks, Athena switches but Angelina switches back. Athena switches again but Angelina runs to RAM Athena into buckles! But then Athena arm-drags her down! Athena keeps on the cording hold but Angelina endures. Angelina fights up, arm-drags and has the armlock on Athena.

Athena fights up, Angelina wrenches to a wristlock, but Athena flips and wrenches and arm-drags again! Athena kips up, fans fire up, but Angelina CLOBBERS Athena! Angelina cheers herself on but Athena kips up again. Angelina runs in, into a SOBAT! Then a trip, and METEORA! Cover, TWO! Angelina bails out, fans rally up, and Athena goes out after her. But Angelina uses Billie as a hostage! Then she throws Billie into Athena, and she throws Athena down! Billie says that’s not fair! Angelina puts Athena in, dribbles her off the mat, then stands over her. Angelina soaks up the heat but Athena sunset flips! TWO!

Angelina stacks, TWO! Athena stands but into a knee! Angelina scoops Athena to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Angelina is frustrated but the fans rally behind Athena. Billie cheers Athena on but Angelina wrangles Athena with a chinlock. Angelina grinds Athena down, but the fans rally up. Athena fights to her feet, but Angelina throws her down! Angelina smiles as she keeps on the chinlock. Fans rally, Athena fights up again, and Billie has pompoms! Athena BITES Angelina and arm-drags free! Fans fire up as Athena fires forearms! Athena BACKHANDS Angelina! Athena whips, Angelina reverse=s but Athena CLOBBERS her!

Fans fire up as Athena rallies! Then Athena wrenches, SOBATS, and ENZIGURIS! Athena howls and fans fire up! Athena handsprings to FOREARM in the corner! Athena snapmares Angelina, goes up top, but Angelina trips her up! Fans boo Angelina while Billie coaches Athena up. Angelina drags Athena off with a fireman’s carry but Athena slips off to shove. Athena runs in but only gets buckles! Angelina BOOTS Athena down! Cover, TWO!! Angelina is shocked, and Billie is halfway in the ring? The ref has her slip back out and Angelina says to watch her. Billie says she didn’t do anything!

Athena waistlocks, Angelina switches and rolls her up, but Athena rolls through to reel Angelina in! Canadian Rack, CLIFFHANGER GUTBUSTER! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

Angelina Love gave Athena a fight worthy of this title, but only Athena proved worthy of this title! She is now 39-0, and Billie presents her with the whistle. Coach Athena takes it, smiles and nods, and says Billie is finally learning. Athena pats Billie on the head, the two head out, but how much further does Billie have to go before she is championship material herself?

 

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

Lexi is with The First Lady of Wrestling and her new prospects, they are going to team up for the very first time together. Are they ready for this? The bigger question is if Griff is with The Kingdom. Griff wants to put this out there right now: this is a trial and error kind of thing. Like he said last week, he feels he’s lost a step after returning from injury, and this seems like a relatively good opportunity. So yeah, he is ready. Okay, good. See you out there. Karter repeats, “See you out there.” Will the Ivy League MVP be able to make it work with the Diamond in the Rough?

 

Six Woman Tag: Leyla Hirsch & The Renegades VS Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan!

The Fallen Goddess is still atop the mountain, and all six of these young and hungry wrestlers want their shot! But will Charlette & Robyn be able to keep up with their #LEGIT partner? Or will Chicago Skye, the Babe with the Power and the Hottest Flame keep their own momentum going?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe with some sarcasm and sass. The teams sort out and Robyn starts against Kiera. Fans cheer “Happy Birthday!” for Kiera and she ties up with Robyn. Robyn knees low and says this is her birthday gift! Robyn whips but Kiera ELBOWS her! Then RANAS! Robyn ends up in a corner, Kiera runs in to SHOTGUN her down! Kiera runs corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Then she goes side to side to BOOT WASH! Kiera drags Robyn around, covers, TWO! Kiera drags Robyn over, tags in Skye, and fans rally as they double whip. Robyn holds ropes but gets a SHINING WIZARD for it!

Kiera adds another HIP ATTACK! Fans rally as Skye YANKS Robyn down to then mule kick! Cover, TWO! But then Leyla and Charlette YANK Willow and Kiera down from the outside! The ref reprimands them while Skye drags Robyn up. Robyn dodges the forearm to ROCK Skye! Snapmare and then a cover, TWO! Robyn drags Skye up, tags Charlette, and the Renegades double suplex. They hold Skye up for five before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Maria is on stage, she’s still hoping Leyla joins up. Charlette wraps on a chinlock but Skye fights up., Skye throws body shots but Charlette CLUBS her down!

Charlette puts Skye in the corner, RAMS into her, then RAMS her again! Maria likes it as Charlette bumps Skye off buckles. Tag to Robyn, and she cravat SLAMS! Charlette runs to ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Charlette holds on to bridge for a modified cravat neck wrench! Skye endures, CLUBS free, and then drags Charlette up. But Charlette SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Skye hangs tough but Charlette drags her up. Charlette bumps Skye off buckles, tags Robyn, and Robyn whisps her in to back body block! Robyn runs in to KNEE Skye, but then Leyla tags in! Leyla finally has a turn, and she GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Leyla drags Skye up to GERMAN SUPLEX again! Maria likes what she sees as Leyla hits a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Leyla then sucker punches Kiera! Fans boo and Willow dares her to do that to Willow. Leyla runs in at Skye instead, but Skye ELBOWS her back! Skye knocks the Renegades down, but Leyla gets her for a snap takedown and LEGIT ARMBAR!! Skye hurries to stack, TWO! Leyla blocks a kick, but not the BASEMENT ROUNDHOUSE! Hot tags to Willow and Robyn! Fans fire up as Willow rallies on the Renegades! Willow DECKS Leyla for good measure! Willow fires off on Charlette but Charlette kicks low!

Charlette reels Willow in but Willow suplexes! Robyn makes the save, the Renegades mug Willow, but Willow fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX the Renegades! Cover, Leyla breaks it! Leyla HAMMERS away on Willow but Kiera CLOBBERS her! Robyn goes after Kiera, Skye is after her, Charlette returns! The brawl breaks down, spills out of the ring, and Robyn runs up. Skye dodges but Robyn dodges! Robyn catches Skye to a BACK2BACKBREAKER! Kiera runs in, boots the lariat and then ROUNDHOUSES! Kiera reels Robyn in, HANGING NECKBREAKER! Charlette spins Kiera for a BACKBREAKER!

Willow is back, she hits an URENAGE! Leyla storms back in to SHOTGUN Willow! Leyla whips, Willow reverses and then POUNCES! PERIOD! Tag to Skye and Willow hauls Charlette up. Fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Willow BLASTS Robyn, Skye SUPERKICKS Leyla! Kiera runs in to DIVE and she takes out Robyn! Skye hurries to get Charlette up, for CODE BLUE! Cover, Skye’s team wins!

Winners: Skye Blue, Willow Nightingale & Kiera Hogan, by pinfall

Maria is no longer as impressed by Leyla as she was. Will the First Lady have to change tactics about her Kingdom’s Army?

 

Backstage interview with Angelico, Serpentico, Tony Nese & Mark Sterling.

Lexi is with this rather odd collection and says tonight, they will be teaming up in Six Man Tag action for the first time ever. What led to all this? Smart Mark says the Premier Athlete is always on the lookout for possible young up ‘n’ coming wrestlers to join the Premier Brand. This is a one time offer: if they win, FREE GROUP TRAINING! Maybe Nese can whip them into shape to have more muscles. Nese says they don’t look the part but he can work on that as a personal trainer. But they are to do exactly what he says, exactly what he does, and follow him to victory. Understand? You got it? Comprende, hombre?

And don’t come out there until he tells them. Sterling agrees, but does compliment Serpentico’s mask and the hand streamers. Sterling & Nese head out, and Angelico says those guys’ vibes are way off. Serpentico says they’re burros. Sterling heard that! Will this team work out so that they can work out?

 

Ethan Page VS VSK!

All Ego got a great win in his ROH return, showing his ego has mellowed out a bit. Will he continue to build back up? Or will the former Trustbuster bust him down even more?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though Page doesn’t let go right away. The bell rings, Page and VSK circle, and fans rally up for Page. Page has them get louder, so there’s still some ego. The two tie up, Ethan headlocks, but VSK pulls hair! VSK headlocks, Page powers out and then CLOBBERS VSK! Fans rally and Page complains about the hair pulling. Page then scoops VSK but VSK CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but VSK ROCKS Page with a haymaker! VSK mocks the fans for cheering Page, then he storms up on Page. VSK whips but Page blocks! And again! Page reels VSK in to scoop and POWERSLAM!

Page fires up and the fans are with him! Page drags VSK up, reels him in, Canadian Rack! But VSK slips free, ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ slides to DROPKICK! But Page rebounds to run VSK over! VSK goes to a corner, Page runs in but only gets buckles! VSK mule kicks, front kicks, but the enziguri whiffs! Page wraps on a half straitjacket, then he scoops VSK and carries him around, for the CRADLE SUPLEX! Then a step-in CUTTER! Cover, Page wins!

Winner: Ethan Page, by pinfall

Page shakes VSK’s hand to keep the Code of Honor, and he is rolling already! Will he truly be refreshed with a title opportunity?

 

Spanish Announce Project & Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS El Hijo Del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity w/ Alex Abrahantes!

The Premier Brand is looking to expand, but Angelico y Serpentico haven’t been sold just yet. Will they make a better trio than even they can imagine? Or will this alliance of luchadores bring them all crashing down?

Sterling of course has a mic to say that everyone knows this is Tony Nese. His client has something very important to say. “Penn State College. I tried telling this company, if we wanted to perform in front of real athletes, we should’ve done this show in Ohio State.” Fans boo but Nese says that he’s just being honest. Maybe if Penn didn’t spend so much time at The Creamery, they’d be in shape! Ladies, ladies, ladies, it’s called the Freshman 15, not Freshman 50. But Nese has great news for everyone. They all know he is a personal trainer, so before they have any more wrestling tonight, he is gonna treat each and every one of them to GROUP TRAINING!

Stand up! Let’s get going! Get off your lazy asses! Stretch! Reach up! But then Angelico y Serpentico make their way out! They stopped listening to Nese’s orders from earlier, is this partnership falling apart already? Then after Serpentico throws his streamers, Abrahantes’ trio makes their entrance, Gravity leading the way. The teams sort out, Nese tells SAP to watch and learn. Nese then makes Serpentico start against Metalik, and the Code of Honor is upheld. The bell rings, fans rally up and the two tie up. Serpentico wrenches, hammerlocks, facelocks, wrenches and whips, but Metalik goes up and over and keeps moving.

Metalik ducks ‘n’ dodges, Serpentico drops down and avoids the handspring elbow! Metalik avoids the boot to CHOP! Metalik whips, Serpentico reverses but Metalik elbows him down! Metalik runs in, Serpentico monkey flips him but Metalik lands on his feet! Things keep moving, Metalik scoops and BACKBREAKERS Serpentico! Cover, ONE!! Metalik keeps on Serpentico and brings him up to wrench. Tag to Gravity but Serpentico gets away. Gravity has to stay back as Serpentico goes to his corner. Angelico tags in, and he circles with Gravity. They feel things out, knuckle lock, but Angelico crisscrosses Gravity’s arms into a one-arm double armlock!

Gravity stomps at Angelico’s feet but Angelico easily avoids those. Then he wraps Gravity up in a straitjacket stretch! Angelico ripcords, whips, but Gravity holds ropes. Angelico rushes in, Gravity gets around, schoolboys but Angelico rolls through. Gravity kips up, flips through the wrench and arm-drags Angelico away! Fans fire up as Gravity runs in, ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAG! Another kip up while Angelico bails out, and Gravity builds speed. Angelico ducks but Gravity handsprings! Gravity space walks, tag to Vikingo! Fans rally up but Nese tags in to say he has to handle this. But Vikingo CROSSBODIES!

Nese rushes in, Vikingo dodges to whip, but Nese reverses. Vikingo reverses back to HEEL KICK! BOOT! ENZIGURI! Nese is in the corner and fans rally behind Vikingo. Vikingo runs up to GAMANGIRI! Nese wobbles, Vikingo goes up but Nese hurries away. Vikingo still springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Nese bails out, Vikingo builds speed and he goes up and up, pauses so physics can catch up with him, and Viking SKY TWISTERS! Direct hit and both men are down, so SAP rushes in! Gravity y Metalik dodge them to DOUBLE DROPKICK them out! SAP bails out and the luchadores DOUBLE TOPE!!

Fans are thunderous as Metalik y Gravity stand tall! “This is Awesome!” as Metalik puts Nese back in. Metalik CHOPS, CHOPS and runs, to KNEE Nese lose! Metalik fires the fans up, then runs, but Nese distracts the ref while Sterling trips Metalik up! Fans boo Smart Mark but Nese runs in to basement dropkick! Nese soaks up the heat, drags Metalik up and bumps him off buckles. Nese tells Angelico, “See how it’s done? Let’s see what you got!” Nese tags Angelico, Angelico snapmares Metalik and ties up one arm. Angelico uses the other arm for a RECLINER! Metalik endures, kicks around, and gets a ROPEBREAK!

Angelico lets off as Metalik saves himself by a literal foot. Angelico tells Nese that he does things with submissions. The people know it! Well, the fans chant “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Metalik crawls but Angelico brings him up. Nese tags himself in, he and Angelico mug Metalik, and Nese scoops Metalik to SLAM him! Then he drops a leg, brother! Nese says power style is how it’s done, then tags Angelico back in. Angelico argues with Nese, then brings Metalik up. Angelico puts Metalik on the top rope, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Metalik throws hands! Angelico goes up but Metalik CLUBS him! Metalik adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!

Nese is frustrated as Metalik and Angelico crawl. Hot tag to Gravity! Gravity LARIATS Angelico, LARIATS Serpentico, DECKS Nese, and repeat! Angelico gets around, full nelsons, but Gravity arm-drags free! Gravity runs in to POWERSLAM! Then he somersaults to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, Nese breaks it! Nese brings Gravity up to whip, but Gravity holds ropes. Nese runs in but Gravity TOSSES him out! The ref checks Nese after that rough landing, but Angelico EDDY GORDO KICKS Gravity down! Metalik runs in to suplex Angelico high and hard! Serpentico runs in, Metalik blocks a kick to give a kick.

Metalik gets Serpentico up, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, but Nese SOBATS Metalik in the back! Fans rally up as everyone is down around the ring. Nese goes to his corner, Angelico drags Gravity over but Nese tags in! Angelico complains but Nese drags Gravity up. Nese wants to see how “ugly this SOB is!” He pulls at Gravity’s mask! Fans boo, and Serpentico storms in to stop Nese! As a luchador himself, #SNAKEMAN will not stand for this! The ref has Serpentico back off, Nese tells them to listen to him for once. Nese wants to tag out but SAP ditch him! Fans cheer, Sterling is freaking out, and Gravity stands to SUPERKICK! Nese falls, tag to Metalik!

Metalik goes up, for the tightrope SWANTON! Cover, the luchadores win!

Winners: El Hijo del Vikingo, Metalik & Gravity, by pinfall

Vikingo can’t get in the ring to celebrate, he took more damage to that hip than expected, but he and the team still celebrate. Will the AAA Mega Champion, the King of the Ropes and the Astronaut of Lucha still reach new heights in ROH?

 

Backstage interview with Ethan Page.

Lexi is now with All Ego and congratulates him on the win tonight. She says Ethan’s been on a roll, and he figures yeah, two is good enough for a roll. He wants to make it three, but the feeling he had after winning these couple weeks is something he hasn’t felt in the longest time. Everyone who has been watching Ethan these last three years has seen the ups and downs, and lately, it has been a lot of downs. But there was a really big bright spot in that spiral and it was the greatest night of his professional career. He wrestled for the most prestigious prize in wrestling today, the AEW World Championship, in his hometown with his family in the front row, it does not get better than that.

But then it didn’t go his way, and nothing else really has, but Ethan says to touch the gold, to feel the pressure, to be in the marquee match, and to be inches away from changing his life… He realized that ROH is the place for competition, and he needs to be competitive so that he can continue momentum, climb back up, and touch gold again. But this time, he won’t let go. That’s the plan. Then he has his groove back? Sure, go and say that. All Ego got his groove back! Will Ethan return to former glory and finally have gold to show for it?

 

Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin!

A brand new team, put together by The First Lady, takes on another young team that has been fingertips away from taking titles for their own. Will Maria’s investment pay off with a win tonight? Or will the Sight to See & Air Wolf take flight?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Karter starts against Darius. Fans rally, the two tie up and Darius wrenches to a wristlock. Karter whips, Darius reverses and arm-drags! Darius has the armlock, drags Karter up to wrench, and he tags Action. Action goes up but Karter gets away to tag in Griff. Maria cheers Griff on and he circles with Action. They tie up, Griff waistlocks and SLAMS Action down! Action fights around, pries free, switches, but Griff switches back to back suplex. Action lands on his feet to waistlock but Griff RAMS him back into the corner. Griff is free but Darius sneaks the tag!

Darius slingshots in to get ahead of Griff and keeps him from Karter! Darius RAMS Griff into Action’s knees, then Darius mule kicks. Action goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Griff on the back! Darius & Action BLAST Karter, then double kick Griff to DOUBLE SUPLEX! Karter returns, but into DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up and Darius runs in, but Griff puts him on the apron. Darius RAMS Griff, Karter runs up but into an elbow! Griff storms up but Darius ROCKS him! Darius aims but Karter anchors him. Darius kicks Karter away, Action protests but that distracts the ref, allowing Maria to anchor Darius!

Darius kicks free, but turns around into a BOOT from Griff! Karter cheers but Griff asks what was that all about. Griff drags Darius up, bumps him off buckles, and tags in Karter. They mug Darius, Karter stomps a mudhole in, and Maria applauds. The ref counts, Karter lets off and even Griff says to keep things clean. Karter snap suplexes Darius, and then he soaks up the heat. Karter covers but it’s really a choke! The ref counts, Karter stops at 4, then Karter stalks Darius. Darius goes to ropes so the ref has Karter back off. Karter argues with the ref but that’s to distract, so that Maria can CHOKE Darius!

Maria gets away with it again but Action warns her. Darius staggers up into a DROPKICK from Karter! Cover, TWO! Maria defends her innocence but Griff is upset. Karter whips Darius to a corner, tags Griff in, and then Griff whips Karter in. Darius TOSSES Karter up and out! Then he goes up and over Griff! Griff hurries to get a leg, but Darius BOOTS him away! Hot tags to Action and Karter! Action dodges Karter to DECK Griff, then he DECKS Karter! Action rallies on them both, and fans fire up! Action whips but Karter reverses, only for Action to handspring and DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up as both Maria’s boys are down!

Action kips up while Griff and Karter go to opposite corners. Action runs in to RAM Griff! And then he SPLASHES Karter! Action runs corner to corner again but Griff dodges the splash! But then Action SHOTGUNS Griff into Darius’s GERMAN SUPLEX! Griff tumbles out but Karter shoves Darius into Action! Karter DECKS Darius, rolls Action, and puts his legs on the ropes! But Griff shoves them off the ropes! Karter and Maria argue with Griff, because Griff doesn’t wanna cheat! Karter says you don’t disrespect Maria! But then Action FLIES over Karter to take out Griff! And Darius SUPERKICKS Karter!

Darius reels Karter in to BRAINBUSTER! Tag to Action, he springboards to 450 SPLASH!! Cover, Action & Darius win!

Winners: Action Andretti & Darius Martin

Maria is not happy, but perhaps it was her own fault for thinking Griff was going to change his morals for the sake of success. Griff upholds the Code of Honor with Action & Darius, but then Karter says up theirs! Karter & Maria have Griff leave with them, is Griff going to ditch this team before long?

 

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Willie Mack & The Infantry!

Brian Cage, Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona have been unstoppable as a trio with a 16-0 record in trios action. However, teams have been getting closer and closer. Will Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo bringing the Mack Attack along be exactly what brings these titans down? Or will nothing stop the Embassy’s reign of terror?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who gets to go on to Rampage tomorrow night!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the fans chant “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” and some do the Nana dance. Kaun starts against Dean, the bell rings, and Kaun rushes in! Dean avoids the boot, says it was close, and they circle. They tie up, Dean headlocks but Kaun powers out to run Dean over! Things speed up, Dena hurdles but Kaun shoves. Dean jumps over but Kaun CLOBBERS him! But then Dean avoids the senton! Dean DROPKICKS, Kaun staggers, but Dean wrenches and tags Bravo. The Infantry double whips, double hip tosses, and then they crisscross the legs to SPLIT that wishbone! Bravo says that’ll leave a mark.

Bravo drags Kaun up but Kaun CHOSP! Kaun wristlocks but Bravo gets free before Kaun tags Liona. Bravo says okay, that’s how it is, huh? Bravo and Liona circle, Liona rushes in but Bravo dodges to JAB! Bravo bobs ‘n’ weaves, JABS, then rope-a-dopes. But Liona TOSSES him to a corner! Liona runs in, Bravo dodges then comes back. Bravo jukes and ROCKS Liona! Fans fire up and Bravo talks some smack, but Liona stays up! Bravo turns around into a LARIAT! Liona glares at Mack, then goes back to Bravo. Liona scoops to put Bravo on the ropes, to fire KNEE after KNEE into him! The ref reprimands and Liona just fires off more!

The ref counts, Liona drops Bravo and roars at Mack & Dean. Liona then tags Kaun, and Kaun slingshot SENTONS! Bravo sputters but Kaun drags him up to snap suplex. Uno Amigo! Then a waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bravo fights but Kaun still hits the back suplex! Cover, TWO! Kaun kneels on Bravo’s head while he argues with the ref, and Bravo flails! Dean pushes Kaun over but Kaun just grins as he drags Bravo up. Kaun tags Cage and fans fire up for The Machine. Cage CHOPS Bravo, puts him in the corner and RAMS him! And RAMS him again! And CHOPS! Cage fires up the fans as he throws point-blank clotheslines!

Fans count as Cage picks up speed, and Cage gets to TEN! Cage whips corner to corner hard, and Bravo staggers into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bravo hangs tough but Cage drags him up. Cage ROCKS Bravo with a forearm, whips him corner to corner then scoops again, but Bravo slips free to BACKSTABBER! Fans rally up as Bravo crawls, but Cage grabs a leg! Cage drags Bravo back, ducks the enziguri, then drops an elbow! “Who betta than Cage?” Cage then sucker punches Dean! Cage stands Bravo up, suplexes, but Bravo slips free to hot tag Mack! Fans fire up as these rivals meet again, and Mack hits a SLINGBLADE!

Mack BLASTS Liona, lines up a shot on Cage, and body shots! Mack whips, to LARIAT! Then WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Mack scoops Cage, for a SLAM! Kaun storms in but Mack ducks the haymaker to DECK him! Mack BOOTS Liona off the apron, Nana protests, but Mack runs in at Cage to BOOT! Cage falls over, Mack covers, TWO! The Machine is tougher than that but Mack goes up the corner! Fans fire up, but Cage stands to GAMANGIRI! Cage drags Mack off the top, to then go up. Fans rally as Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES Mack!! Mack writhes and “This is Awesome!” as Cage drags Mack back up.

Cage stands Mack up but Mack kicks low! Cage denies the stunner, but Mack ends up in his corner. Tag to Bravo before Cage SUPERKICKS Mack! Bravo ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, then spins him around to ROLLING ELBOW! Cage falls, Kaun runs in! Bravo spins him around, SIDEWINDER! Liona slides in while Bravo takes aim at Cage & Kaun. But then Bravo turns around, and he screams as he drops down under the Pounce! Liona wipes himself out and Dean PENALTY KICKS Cage! Dean runs in to JUMPING CLOTHESLINE in the corner! Dean goes out to PENALTY KICK Kaun, and Bravo runs up on Liona!

Bravo hits a KNEE SMASH! And SUPERKICK! Dean SUPERKICKS! Liona roars but Infantry shouts, “KICK HIM!” They DOUBLE SUPERKICK Liona, and Liona staggers into a DOUBLE SUP- NO, Liona fights it off! Liona DOUBLE SUP- NO, Mack saves the Infantry! STUNNER!! Then the Infantry reload, DOUBLE SUPLEX!! Fans fire up while Nana freaks out! Bravo tags Mack but Kaun runs in! Dean blocks a boot, gives it to Bravo, ENZIGURI and then NECKBREAKER! Cage is back and he LARIATS Bravo! Mack is up top, but Cage intercepts! Mack shoves Cage down, though! To then FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO?!?

Cage survives and shocks Mack! But he and the Infantry regroup, and fans fire up with them! Mack, Bravo & Dean aim from corners, Mack STUN- NO, Cage denies Mack again! Kaun fireman’s carries Mack and tucks him, AIR RAID CRASH! Dean runs at Kaun, but Liona POUNCES him! Bravo is alone, Cage reels him in to a GERMAN SUPLEX! The Infantry is down and out, the Gates of Agony drag Mack up! They OPEN THE GATES!! Cage covers, The Embassy wins!

Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)

The reign of terror continues! At least, for another 24 hours. Rampage: Grand Slam pits these monsters against The Hung Bucks! Will this dominance continue even as ROH and AEW blur the lines? Or will Hangman Adam Page once again hold these belts with Matt & Nick Jackson?


My Thoughts:

A very good ROH, and it seems ROH is sticking to an hour and 45 minutes. At least, I sure hope so, it still takes me far too long to do these. I will say there wasn’t any actual filler. Even Diamante beating a jobber than being ringside for when Mercedes Martinez beats Trish Adora can be seen as story for the duo of Diamante & Mercedes growing stronger. If only ROH had some more titles for the women’s division, because they’ve got a lot more talent than can fit into the world title scene. Good Six Woman Tag to feed into Leyla’s story with Maria, while also showcasing just what I said with how there are midcard title worthy talents.

Good stuff with Maria’s story of building The Kingdom’s Army, and there is a clear story to Griff not wanting to get on board with the Heel tactics, and he could break away to then have some real good matches with Karter. We got a very fun “Minion Training” vignette from Athena, Billie & Lexi, but that is not the two week window To Do List thing they set up literally last week. Feels like ROH wasn’t keeping track of what they were doing, but oh well. Athena VS Angelina Love was a good title match, but a quick one because yeah, Athena is that much better than Angelina. Still waiting for when Athena either pushes Billie too far and she rebels, or Athena creates a monster not even she can control, all leading to a title match between them.

Really good, really fun Six Man Tag with Nese sticking his foot in his mouth and making Spanish Announce Project turn on him. Good win for the luchadores, though Vikingo taking himself out of the match was not good. Vikingo needs to be more careful, he is running really hard and fast, much like Darby Allin. The Pure Championship was a really good opener, but I figured Shibata was winning over Nick Wayne. Nick still looked great, as he has since debuting in AEW, but he’s probably gotta wait until he’s 19 to get a championship. Also, it feels like ROH wants to build towards a rematch of Shibata VS Josh Woods at the next ROH exclusive PPV so Shibata isn’t losing before then.

Great promo from Eddie to get his reaction after winning the ROH World Championship. He pointed out he’s in for a busy schedule defending two titles in two companies, as I’ve been saying, but Eddie will be able to do it. And even then it is great story material for him to struggle with the schedule after a month or so. Really good promo from Johnson, Moriarty & Shane, then really good match from Moriarty VS Johnson. Shane called out Keith Lee last time, too, I wonder if Keith Lee joins Lee Johnson to take on Shane and Moriarty so we get even more Lees in the mix. Honestly, Keith Lee needs to get on something, and then move on to a title because duh, it’s KEITH LEE.

Ethan Page with a good win and good promo after, and while it’s a shame he won’t finish his story with The Hardy Boyz, that story went a few chapters too long anyway. Ethan getting going in ROH will be good stuff, maybe he can be a contender for Samoa Joe’s TV Championship. And then some really good stuff in the ROH Six Man Division, with a good promo from Mack & Infantry, and another great Six Man title match. But of course, with Hung Bucks VS Embassy set for Rampage (which has also been recorded by now), and how that feeds into Hangman VS Swerve at WrestleDream, no way was this match (which was recorded even before Rampage) was going to change anything. As I’ve been saying in the AEW articles, there is a chance the Hung Bucks win the titles, unless Swerve screws Hangman over.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (9/20/23)

Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe!

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Who hits the Grand Slam? And who strikes out?

Dynamite returns to Arthur Ashe, and Maxwell Jacob Friedman returns to New York to defend his AEW World Championship against Samoa Joe!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston; Eddie wins and becomes both ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Champion.
  • Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara; Jericho wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes; Fenix wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm; Saraya wins and retains the title.
  • AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe; MJF wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH World & NJPW Strong Openweight Championships, Winner Takes All: Claudio Castagnoli w/ Wheeler Yuta VS Eddie Kingston!

This isn’t a rivalry, this is a grudge that has gone on for just over a decade, and this will be the end of it all! Will the Swiss Superman take away the title the Mad King fought so hard to get? Or will Eddie prove he IS the better man?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who leaves Arthur Ashe a double champion!

The bell rings and fans are thunderous already as Eddie and Claudio stare down. They slowly approach, then Claudio just BOOTS Eddie down! But Eddie’s right up to CHOP! And CHOP! Claudio forearms, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! New York is behind their own as he continues to go back and forth with Claudio! Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, then he  talks trash. “Is that all you got?” Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Claudio fires more forearms, then TOSSES Eddie out of the ring! But then Eddie drags Claudio out to whip hard into railing! Claudio hobbles, holding a knee, but Eddie choke grips him!

Fans fire up as Eddie MACHINE GUN CHOPS Claudio against the railing! Eddie ROCKS Claudio, brings him around, and whips him, only for Claudio to reverse and short arm LARIAT! Fans boo but Claudio soaks it up. Claudio drags Eddie up, ROCKS him, and stalks him. Claudio puts Eddie in the ring, fans rally up and Eddie catches Claudio in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Eddie dropkicks that bad leg! Claudio avoids the next one and he deadlift gut wrenches, for the POWERBOMB! Claudio hobbles and fans boo, but Claudio drags Eddie up. Claudio reels Eddie in, but Eddie fights the lift!

Eddie CLUBS the bad leg, fans rally up, but Claudio SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS back! And GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up again as Claudio bails out to the apron. Fans chant “F HIM UP, EDDIE, F HIM UP!” Eddie storms over, and fires off backhand after backhand! Then URAKEN! But that hurts Eddie’s hand just as much! Claudio clamps on a SLEEPER in the ropes! But Eddie elbows free, only for Claudio to back suplex Eddie to the ramp! The LED Plexiglas ramp is a stiff worker, and Claudio looms over Eddie. Eddie is dazed and the fans rally up behind him. Claudio drags Eddie up, then stomps a hand!

Claudio then clotheslines Eddie back into the ring! Fans boo as Claudio climbs the corner. But Eddie rolls to the corner, only for Claudio to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP anyway! Claudio stomps Eddie, drags him up, and scoop SLAMS him! Claudio goes back up, to then DIVING HEADBUTT but FLOPS as Eddie moves! Eddie staggers up, but into an UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!! Eddie is still in this and Claudio is fuming as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Claudio and Eddie go to ropes, and then Claudio storms over. Claudio CLUBS away on Eddie at the ropes, then he drags Eddie up. Eddie pushes Claudio away but Claudio reels Eddie in. Claudio suplexes but Eddie blocks! Claudio throws body shots, tries again, but Eddie still blocks! Eddie then suplexes Claudio up and over! Fans fire up while both men flounder. Claudio stands first, runs and he BOOTS Eddie in the head! And then Claudio scuffs Eddie, kicks him around, taunts and toys with him, but Eddie CHOPS! Claudio kicks, Eddie CHOPS! Claudio SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Eddie reaches out in time!

Claudio sits Eddie up and clamps on with a top wristlock chinlock combo! Fans rally up as Eddie endures being squeezed and twisted around. But then Claudio KICKS Eddie in the back, and STOMPS the hand! Then he STOMPS the other hand! Eddie clutches fingers, but Claudio drags Eddie up by an ear. Eddie CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dynamite returns to single picture as Claudio eggs Eddie on. Eddie CHPOS, Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT in the corner! Claudio sits Eddie down, the ref back shim off, but then Claudio fireman’s carries! T K O! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous as Eddie hangs in there!

Claudio scuffs Eddie again, and that riles Eddie up. Claudio gives more toying kicks, then some harder shots. Eddie pounds the mat and fans fire up with him! Claudio kick sand kicks and kicks, and Eddie wobbles, only to sit up again. Claudio drags Eddie up to UPPER- NO, BACKSLIDE! TWO! Eddie ENZIGURIS! And then an EXPLODER!! Eddie has Claudio again, for a SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Claudio goes to a corner, Yuta coaches him, and Claudio sees Eddie go to the far side. Eddie runs in to clothesline! Eddie fires up and fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS!! Claudio just brushes those off? Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS, then JABS! Claudio drops to a knee and fans are thunderous!

Eddie hauls Claudio up, Claudio fights the Northern Lights Bomb, so Eddie fires Kawada knees! Claudio JABS back! Eddie staggers, Claudio shakes out the cobwebs, and then both men stare down again. Fans fire up as the two step up, Claudio eggs Eddie on, then fires a forearm! Eddie CHOPS! Forearm! CHOP! Repeat! Claudio eggs Eddie on so Eddie CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS! Eddie staggers back, steadies himself, and he CHOPS again! Claudio dusts that off, so Eddie CHOPS only for Claudio to catch it! HEADBUTT, short arm LARIAT!! Cover, TWO, but Claudio rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS!

Claudio reels Eddie in, straitjacket for the RICOLA- RANA!! Cover, TWO!! Claudio has the cover, TWO!! Flashbacks to Supercard of Honor there, but Eddie is up! Into an UPPERCUT!! Cover, TWO?!? Eddie survives and Claudio is furious! Claudio drags Eddie up, straitjacket, RICOLA BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!?! New York is electric as Eddie still lives! Claudio is beside himself, but he pulls off the elbow pad now. Claudio drags Eddie up, talks some trash, and UPPERCUTS! URAKEN!! URAKEN!! Then a half nelson, HALF ‘N’ HALF PLEX!! Claudio stands, into the URAKEN!! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Fans are electric again as Eddie powers up! Eddie drags Claudio up, reels him in, but Claudio fights the lift! Claudio then UPPERCUTS! Eddie URAKENS!! And POWERBOMBS!! High stack, EDDIE WINS!!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Openweight & NEW ROH World Champion)

He has done it! The Mad King has conquered Claudio and now reigns over two kingdoms! Yuta tells Claudio that yes, it really did happen. Yuta helps Claudio to his feet, and Eddie keeps his eyes on them. Claudio offers a handshake, and Eddie… accepts it! Claudio hands the ROH title over then takes his leave. Fans chant “You Deserve It!” and that is an understatement. How much more history will be made by Eddie Kingston now?

 

The Kingdom visits Roderick Strong in the hospital.

This was recorded sometime last week after Dynamite. Matt Taven & Mike Bennett sit by Roddy’s bedside as the nurse fluffs Roddy’s pillow. Mike says they wanted to invite everyone here so they could personally thank everyone for all the gifts and cards. Taven likes this card here. “I hope it makes your day brighter knowing how much everyone cares. Your attention to neck health awareness has been inspirational, and one day, I hope to be as neck strong as you. XOXO Olga.” Mike excuses the nurse and then Adam Cole visits. Roddy calls out to Adam and asks where he is, he can’t see. Then open your eyes.

Roddy does open his eyes and is happy to see Cole is here. Of course he is, he wouldn’t miss this for the world. Cole then says hi to The Kingdom and they ask him where he’s been. He got here as quick as he could. Oh, convenient, Cole shows up just as The Kingdom has to leave. Mike tells Roddy sorry, they gotta go. They’re going to be the new #1 Contenders to the ROH World Tag Titles. Roddy understands. He knows they don’t need it, but good luck. New champs coming soon. Taven then insults Cole’s shirt and pants. Is that how he dresses when he’s mourning? Cole says that’s real appropriate to say.

Cole then tells Roddy that he is glad Roddy is doing okay, and Cole hates to do this but he has to leave soon, too. Max has the world title match with Samoa Joe, and after what happened all last week, Cole has to make sure Max will be okay. Roddy says who cares! What about him? Cole wants Roddy to know he loves him, but Max is the one in danger. Roddy makes the bed sit up so he can look at Cole properly, just so he can tell Cole to go. Then Roddy lowers himself back down. Will Cole be able to help MJF through whatever is coming?

 

Backstage interview with Christian Cage & Luchasaurus.

Renee Paquette is with Captain Charisma and the AEW TNT Champion to bring up that this Friday, Rampage: Grand Slam, it will be Darby Allin & Sting taking on these two in a tag team match. Obviously, Christian & Luchasaurus have a ton of experience- Christian cuts Renee off to say they have a ton of experience in defending the TNT Championship. And at Rampage: Grand Slam, Christian & Luchasaurus walk through Darby & Sting, and then move on from them. But obviously, Darby isn’t going to move on until he gets another chance at Christian’s- er, their TNT Championship!

So here’s a proposition: Saturday on Collision, Darby VS Christian VS Luchasaurus in a Triple Threat for the TNT Championship! Sound good to Darby? Oh, and one more little wrinkle: if Darby wants his shot, then Sting is not allowed at ringside! And when Darby steps into the ring for their Handicap- er, Triple Threat… Then Darby has as much a chance of winning this championship as both the Yankees and the Mets! ZERO! As for Friday, bring your boy. Christian & Luchasaurus head out, will they dominate this entire week?

 

Chris Jericho VS Sammy Guevara!

For the first time ever, The Ocho and the Spanish God go 1v1 with each other! They’re both ready to fight harder than they ever have before, but who will come out on top?

Sammy’s entrance has him wearing an LED vest as a reference to all of Jericho’s light up jackets, and Sammy even has Monteasy live to rap the theme song! Is this Sammy’s time to take flight? Or will he be unable to get off the ground with Judas in his mind?

The bell rings and fans fire up as the two circle. Sammy offers a handshake, Jericho accepts it, and the two tie up. Jericho headlocks, then switches and hammerlocks to headlock again. Sammy powers out, but Jericho runs him over, only for Sammy to kip up! So Jericho slaps Sammy! Sammy slaps back, and the hands start flying! Fans fire up and Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Repeat! Sammy gets the edge, whips, hurdles, flips over, and Jericho stumbles into the DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Sammy spins to hit his pose! And Jericho still joins in? Sammy is surprised by that and Jericho SLAPS him again!

Sammy goes to ropes, Jericho storms up but Sammy rolls him up! ONE, and Sammy cradles! ONE, and Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! Sammy CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS! Jericho CHOPS again, then CHOPS Sammy in the corner! Fans fire up as Jericho whips corner to corner. Jericho runs in but into an elbow! Sammy swings, Jericho spins him around, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron but Jericho storms over. Triangle jump, but Sammy ducks and Jericho hits the floor! Sammy builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Jericho! Fans fire up as Sammy puts Jericho in the ring.

Sammy goes up the corner, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho hangs tough but Sammy keeps his cool. Sammy slashes his throat and he torture racks! But Jericho fights that, to hit a CODE BREAKER! Sammy goes to the apron again, but Jericho goes out after him. Fans rally as Jericho drags Sammy up, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws body shots. Jericho CLUBS and CLUSB and CLUBS Sammy, to then suplex. Sammy blocks, throws more body shots, but Jericho hits back! Then Jericho suplexes to the floor! Fans fire up while both men writhe and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks both men but they’re okay to continue. Jericho drags himself up with the apron skirt, then soaks up the cheers and jeers from New York. Jericho drags Sammy up and SMACKS him off the desk! The ring count is climbing, but Jericho clears off the desk! Jericho SMACKS Sammy with the desk hood! Jericho slides into the ring to stop the count and soak up more cheers and jeers. Sammy stands up, and slides in at 9! Jericho stomps Sammy, drags him up and reels him in, for a BIG back suplex! Jericho smacks Sammy around, eggs him on, and brings him up again, but Sammy cradles! TWO! Jericho rushes in to BOOT Sammy down!

Jericho drags Sammy up again, puts him in a corner and on the top rope. Jericho CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then he climbs up, to rain down fists! Jericho goes all the way to TEN, then SUPER STEINERS! Sammy writhes, Jericho pushes him to a cover, TWO! Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs and paces around as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Jericho stands Sammy up and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Jericho eggs Sammy on, so Sammy CHOPS! And forearms! And CHOPS! Sammy fires off more, whips Jericho to ropes, but Jericho KICKS him away! Jericho runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!

Both men stand and Jericho LARIATS Sammy down! And then LARIATS him again! Cover, TWO! Sammy is still in this and fans rally up. Jericho brings Sammy up, CHOPS him again, then has him in a corner. Jericho CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Sammy goes up and over, ducks and steals the CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move and Sammy is beside himself. Jericho goes to the apron, Sammy runs in to BLAST him off! Jericho hits the desk! Sammy then goes to the apron, to then go up the corner?! Sammy aims, says a quick prayer, and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!

Sammy clutches a leg, puts Jericho in, and he fires up! Fans are with Sammy as he goes to the apron. Sammy springboards, into a DROPKICK! Sammy goes back to the apron, Jericho triangle jumps, into a CALF KICK! Not the cleanest but something got Jericho. Sammy SUPERKICKS to knock Jericho down, and then he goes back up top! FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Jericho just gets that arm up and Sammy grows frustrated. Sammy drags Jericho up, torture racks, GO TO- NO, Jericho blocks! Jericho trips Sammy and has the legs! WALLS OF JERICHO!! Fans are thunderous while Sammy endures!

Jericho sits deep on the hold, but Sammy reaches out! Sammy crawls his way forward, but Jericho drags him back! Sammy clubs at Jericho’s legs, tuck sunder and throws hands from below! Sammy then throws Jericho away! Sammy JUMP KNEES Jericho to a corner! Sammy runs in, is put on the apron, and Jericho ROCKS him! Jericho goes up the other side of the corner! Jericho drags Sammy up to join him, CLUBS him, but Sammy throws hands in return. They both stand on the top rope, to SUPER CUTTER!! Both men are down and fans are losing their minds! Sammy crawls to the cover, TWO!!!

Jericho is still in this but Sammy is too sore to be upset. Sammy and Jericho sit up, Jericho goes to ropes but Sammy is right on him. Sammy CHOPS, then whips. Jericho reverses, but Sammy avoids the dropkick! Sammy goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT onto knees!! Jericho counters his own move, and then runs to BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Jericho lines up the shot, Jericho LIONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!! Jericho grits his teeth, but he also has a sinister grin on his face now. Jericho throws down fists, then he brings Sammy up for a knee to the head! And another! And another! Jericho runs, into a JUMP KNEE!

Sammy torture racks! GO TO HOSPITAL!! But Sammy doesn’t cover!? Sammy goes up the corner instead, takes aim, and SHOOTING STAR- CODE BREAKER!!! Cover, Jericho wins!!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by pinfall

Sammy gambled and just got busted! Jericho wins, proving why he is the master and Sammy is the apprentice. But the real question is, can these two still be friends? Jericho offers a hand, Sammy accepts, and they hug it out! Fans cheer as Le Sex Gods stick together! But then Sammy LOW BLOWS Jericho?! Jericho falls against Sammy but Sammy shoves him down! And here comes Don Callis?! No, Sammy, no! But Don pats Sammy on the shoulder. Don threw his friendship with Jericho away, and now takes away Jericho’s last friend! Will the Spanish God soon be a wrestling god thanks to the Don Callis Family?

 

MJF & Adam Cole pull into the parking lot.

The brochachos pull up in an emerald green Porsche, and as he steps out of the car, Maxwell Jacob Friedman calls out Samoa Joe! “I’ve been holding a grudge against you for eight long years. And when you decided to shove me, I took that and I turned it into a little ball, and I put that chip on my shoulder. And tonight, I take that chip and I bash your skull in! See, it was bad enough when you shoved me. But you took, and you took, and you took, and you tried to take away the two things now that are most precious to me: you are trying to take away my AEW World Championship, and you are trying to hurt my brother, Adam Cole.”

That is where Joe messed up. Tonight, MJF will choke Joe out in front of thousands of New Yorkers, MJF’s people! And the last thing Joe is gonna hear as he fades out is… “M! J! F! M! J! F!” Because they’re better than you, and Cole gets a call? It’s Roddy? Seriously? He’s upset but Cole wants him to talk it out. Cole says he still has MJF’s back but this is an emergency. Roddy, relax, you are not gonna die! Cole heads out to talk with Roddy about his neck, and MJF tells Joe, “Your ass is mine.” Will the ROH World Television Champion look to change that with his own two hands?

 

Backstage interview with Don Callis & Sammy Guevara.

Renee walks up to ask them if this all but confirms that Sammy has joined the Don Callis Family, but Don says not to cut her off, “but all will be revealed this Friday on Rampage. C’mon, kid, we got a lot to celebrate.” The two traitors head out, but then cross paths with Daniel Garcia! Sammy and Danny stare down, and then Sammy asks if he has something to say. Don has Sammy stand down and says Danny is money. For now, the two of them will go. Don gets Sammy outta there, but what are Danny’s feelings? He left the JAS, but is he upset Sammy joined the DCF?

 

AEW International Championship: Jon Moxley VS Rey Fenix w/ Alex Abrahantes!

The Maniac made it past the human skyscraper that is “Big Bill” Morrissey, but now he has to face what he did to the Immortal Firebird almost a month ago! Will Fenix burn Moxley down? Or will Moxley ace this, game, set and match?

Moxley goes up the ramp so he can drop his belt on top of Fenix’s cape. Moxley taunts Fenix, Fenix storms up after Moxley and CHOPS! Fans fire up as the brawl is on! Moxley ROCKS Fenix, whips him at the ring but Fenix goes up the ropes to JUMP SOBAT! Fans fire up while Moxley flops to the floor. Fenix uses the ramp as a runway to FLY and take Moxley down! Fans lose their minds and Fenix crawls his way over to Moxley. Moxley is dazed but Fenix’s back is sore from that landing. Fenix still stands up and he drags Moxley up. Fenix ROCKS Moxley, CHOPS him against railing, and then puts Moxley in the ring.

The bell finally sounds so this is a match! Fenix baits Moxley, avoids the stomp and then shoulders into Moxley! Fenix slingshots to sunset flip, ONE! Moxley stacks, TWO! Moxley staggers, Fenix kips up and things speed up. Fenix handsprings over the leg sweep! Moxley swings, Fenix catches him to CHOP, knuckle lock, and go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! Moxley stands back up and Fenix somersaults, into a FOREARM! Moxley is done playing around, and he runs to CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fenix survives the shoutout to the Visionary, but Moxley rains down fists! Moxley then shifts to a cover, TWO!

Moxley has the double wristlock but Fenix fights up with body shots. Moxley facelocks but Fenix powers out to BITE the hand! Fenix BOOTS the punch, CHOPS and CHOPS but Moxley pokes the eyes! Moxley whips, Fenix tiger feints but into a BOOT! Fenix flounders to the ramp and then the floor but Moxley pursues. The ring count climbs and Moxley CHOPS Fenix against railing! Moxley dumps Fenix over into the front row! Fans fire up as Fenix drags himself up. Moxley drags Fenix up but Fenix throws body shots! Fenix ROCKS Mox, then pushes him away. Fenix jumps up onto the railing, but Moxley shoves him back down!

Moxley has Fenix on the railing, to DRAPING PARADIGM SHIFT!! Fenix is dazed now and Moxley gets a chair! The ref reprimands so Moxley puts Fenix in the ring. Cover, TWO! Fenix is hanging tough but Moxley eggs him on. Fenix chops but that was nothing, and Moxley BOOTS him! Moxley rains down fists, lets off, and Fenix crawls to a corner. Moxley storms over, brings him up, and clotheslines! Moxley flips fans off, runs in, but Fenix dodges to GAMANGIRI! And GAMANGIRI! And then JUMP SOBAT! Moxley staggers, into the SOMERSAULT CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! But Fenix hurries to a corner and goes right up! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!!

Moxley is still in this but Fenix fires up again. Fans are with him as he runs, but into a KING KONG LARIAT! Moxley roars, fans fire up even more, and then Moxley flips off Fenix. Abrahantes coaches Fenix up, and he kips up to his feet! Fenix dodges Mox to SUPERKICK him out of the ring! Fenix goes out after him, brings him around, and puts him on the railing now! Fenix goes to the apron, then up the corner! Fans are losing their minds already, SUPER FLYING LEG DROP!!! Both men crash down and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

The ref checks both men and they’re somehow okay to continue. Abrahantes coaches Fenix as he and Moxley stir. Moxley crawls to the ring, Fenix follows and pushes him in. Fenix then aims from the apron, springboards, but into a kick! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives but Moxley just snarls and storms around. Moxley gets Fenix’s legs, ties them up, and has a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Fenix endures, reaches out, and fans rally as he fights forward. But Moxley shifts to a CLOVERLEAF STF!! Moxley grinds the hold, then shifts to just a facelock. Moxley drags Fenix up, Gotch hold for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!!!

Fenix survives again and Moxley is fuming! Moxley storms around the ring, Abrahantes coaches Fenix and the fans rally up. Moxley clamps on with a SLEEPER, then drags Fenix up again. Moxley CHOPS Fenix to the corner and Fenix drops to his knees! Moxley stands Fenix up to CHOP again! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley storms around. Fenix sputters, stands, and CHOPS! Moxley forearms, then he puts Fenix back in a corner. Moxley puts Fenix up top, climbs up to join him, but Fenix resists with body shots. Fans rally as Fenix HEADBUTTS and HEADBUTTS! Moxley falls, Fenix jumps to DIVING DOUBLE STOMP!!

Both men are down and New York is thunderous again! Fenix crawls to a cover, TWO! Fenix drags Moxley up and reels him in but Moxley resists the lift. Fenix CLUBS Moxley, but Moxley Alabama Lifts him! Fenix still CLUBS Moxley, they end up on ropes, and Moxley throws body shots! Moxley DECKS Fenix to the outside! Moxley goes out to run downhill, CURB STOMP ON THE RAMP!! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for the Visionary as Moxley drags Fenix in. Moxley lifts, to stall, and PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Fenix survives and fans are thunderous again! Moxley is seething and he drags Fenix back up.

Moxley puts Fenix in a corner, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him, and then hoists Fenix up top. Moxley goes up, underhooks, but Fenix fights! Moxley falls, Fenix adjusts, SWANTON BOMB!! Then Fenix drags Moxley up and fireman’s carries, to BLACK FIRE DRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! HOW?!? Fans call BS, that twitch could NOT have been enough! But Fenix figures F it, BLACK FIRE DRIVER again!!! Cover, FENIX WINS!!

Winner: Rey Fenix, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)

New York cannot believe it but they are loving it! Moxley’s reign ends after just three defenses, and Fenix has his vengeance! Death Triangle regains the gold once held by The Bastard, will Fenix blaze his own trail with this title? As for Moxley, he is getting checked by medics, what condition will he be in after such an epic fight?

 

Samoa Joe speaks.

“Oh Maaaax~! You feel it, Max? The night is upon us, a great celebration! Tonight is a night of consequences. And Max, you have run your mouth, you have made your angst known, you have told the world you’ve harbored your grudge against me for eight years.” But MJF better be prepared to hold onto that grudge a little longer, because Joe will smash him from pillar to post, in front of MJF’s people! And tonight, Joe finishes taking what he was trying to take from MJF all those years ago. But it won’t be MJF’s future, it’ll be his championship. We’ve already seen the landscape shift, will the One True King of Wrestling Television add to that?

 

AEW takes a closer look at the ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders match.

Matt Hardy says that Friday on Rampage: Grand Slam, he and Jeff will compete in a match, with the winners going on to face MJF & Adam Cole for the ROH World Tag Team Championships at WrestleDream! But Matt Taven says they are the OGK, and the Melvins will put respect on the name of The Kingdom. Mike says that they do three things this Friday: Punch ’em in the wiener; hit ’em with piledrivers; and become the #1 Contenders! Best Friends join in, and Trent says this is one more shot for the boys to go on and get another shot to win the big one. Chuck knows MJF & Cole say they’re best friends, but we all know there is only one set of Best Friends that matter, and it’s these two!

Vincent says that a long time ago, being crazy meant something. But now, everybody’s crazy! The Righteous is here to purify AEW, and it starts this Friday on Rampage. Dig what they’re saying? It’s a Fatal 4 of four powerful teams, but who will come away with those golden tickets to Seattle?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship: Saraya w/ Ruby Soho VS Toni Storm!

The Outcasts used to be a strong trio within the AEW Women’s Division, but this very title is what tore apart the friendship of The Knight and the Lightning. Saraya won an All In London Fatal 4 to become champion, but Storm won the Fatal 4 to earn this match! Will Storm complete the #PortraitofaStar with some gold? Or will this Knight still reign?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is the real star of the AEW Women’s Division!

The bell rings and Storm wants a hug? Saraya says no, she’s crazy as a loon and totally betrayed The Outcasts! Storm still offers, so Saraya SLAPS her! Fans boo and Storm looks hurt emotionally. Saraya SLAPS Storm again and says Storm is nothing without Saraya! “You need me! YOU NEED ME!” Then she SLAPS Storm again! So now Storm smiles? Saraya is confused, but Storm CHPOS her! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Ruby shouts from the apron but Storm rushes over! Storm avoids Ruby’s cheap shot to CHOP her down! But Saraya BOOTS Storm down! Fans boo but Saraya tells Storm she’s a stupid cow!

Saraya has Storm on ropes, goes to the apron, and fires off knee after knee after knee! Storm flops to the floor and Saraya soaks up the heat. But then Storm trips Saraya up! Saraya hits the apron, Storm pushes her back in the ring. Storm sees Ruby standing there, and she goes under the ring? What in the world? The ref goes to check with Saraya, Storm sticks her feet out and Ruby drags her out from under there. Storm has SHOES! She kicks Ruby, then SLAPS her with those slippers! Fans fire up and Storm goes back to the ring. The ref says drop the shoe, then snatches the slipper away. But he misses the HIGH HEEL SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!

Storm is furious that Saraya survives! Storm argues with the ref then throws a fit as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Storm drags Saraya into ropes, drapes her out, to DRAPING DDT to the ramp!! Ruby rushes up to check Saraya, her neck is a major issue for her. Storm is torn between remorse and rage, but Saraya seems okay to continue. So Storm drags her in through the ropes, to DRAPING DDT again!! Cover, TWO!! Saraya survives and Storm seethes. Storm storms around, pursues Saraya out of the ring, but tells Ruby to back off. But that distraction allows Saraya to BOOT Storm! Saraya then SMACKS Storm off the desk! Storm staggers and flounders away, then Saraya CLUBS her! Saraya scowls as she stands Storm up to CHOP!

Saraya pushes Storm into the ring, tells fans off, then hops back in. But Storm ROCKS her! And CLUBS her! And CHPOS her! Saraya goes to a corner, Storm hoists her up top, and then ROCKS her! Storm climbs, Saraya hits back, they brawl up top! Storm CLUBS and CLUBS and CLUBS, then stands Saraya up. Saraya fights back with body shots, and she CLUBS away on Storm now! Saraya adjusts, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Dynamite returns to single picture! Ruby is furious while Saraya argues with the ref. Fans boo as Ruby tries to start a Saraya chant.

Saraya sits Storm up but Storm hits first! Saraya hits back, Storm hits again! They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, and fans fire up as Storm just HAMMERS away! Fans are thunderous for Storm and she grabs a turnbuckle. Storm rips the pad right off! The ref takes that but the buckle is still exposed. And then Storm gets the spray paint! Ruby snatches that away, payback for that TBS Championship screw job! The ref argues with Ruby, then with Storm, and Ruby rolls the can to Saraya! Saraya SPRAYS Storm in the face!! KNIGHT CAP!! Cover, TWO?!?! Storm survives the flashback to All In!

New York is thunderous but Saraya is furious! Saraya slaps Storm around, drags her up, and bumps her off buckles! And again! And then she considers the bare buckle. Saraya sits Storm in the corner but Ruby wants her to finish this! Saraya stomps but Storm blocks! Storm sets the foot down, to KISS Saraya!? And then reel her in! STORM ZERO!!! Cover, TWO!?! Storm’s kiss goodbye didn’t finish this! But Storm puts Saraya in the corner, against that bare buckle! Storm goes to the far corner, says “I’m sorry, I love you.” SWEET HIP- NO, Saraya moves and the buckle gets Storm in the booty! Saraya reels Storm in and onto the ropes, DRAPING KNIGHT CAP!!! Cover, Saraya wins!!

Winner: Saraya, by pinfall (still AEW Women’s World Champion)

Saraya shouts that Storm forced her to do that! Storm reaches out, but The Outcasts leave her behind. Will Saraya & Soho move on from Storm to conquer the entire AEW Women’s Division?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Rampage: Grand Slam!

Considering it is a TWO HOUR special edition for Arthur Ashe, there’s more action to be had! And in a Mixed Trios match, Kris Statlander joins #OrangeHook to take on Anna Jay, Matthew Menard & Angelo Parker! Will the TBS Champion, the FTW Champion and Freshly Squeezed prove why they’re The Galaxy’s Greatest? Or will they owe some title shots to the sports… enner-tay-ners?

Then Skye Blue takes on Julia Hart in a battle of two young and hungry stars wanting their shot at some gold! Plus, after making a comeback at All In London, after sharing his side of the story, Mike Santana gets back in the ring! Will he blaze a trail to the top, all by himself?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

On top of the TNT Championship “Triple Threat” of Luchasaurus VS Christian Cage VS Darby Allin, Andrade El Idolo accepts Jay White’s challenge from last Saturday! Will the Latin Idol learn what it means to Breathe With The Switchblade? Then Rob Van Dam competes in his home state of Michigan, FTR defends the AEW World Tag Team Championships against The Workhorsemen, and Bryan Danielson gives Ricky Starks his rematch, in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH! With as much blood as was shed at All Out, how much more violent will the American Dragon and Absolute go?

 

AEW World Championship: MJF w/ Adam Cole VS Samoa Joe!

It’s the moment of truth! After watching the Grand Slam World Title Eliminator Tournament, Maxwell Jacob Friedman was very… happy(?) to see that the King of Wrestling TV won the right to have this match. MJF threw some Steiner math at Joe but now it’s time to put it to the test! Will the hometown antihero finally have his revenge? Or will we soon be calling him #TwoBeltJoe?

MJF’s entrance is an homage to Bret Hart and Mean Joe Greene. A kid shouts out to MJF, tells him to go get ’em, champ, and then MJF nods and gives the kid his scarf. And also whispers something before heading out. What’d he say? That the kid’s adopted?! Anyway… The introductions are made, the Triple B is raised, and we see who finishes Dynamite with a Grand Slam!

The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already for MJF. MJF and Joe circle, feel things out, and then Joe kicks a leg! MJF backs away to a corner, resets with Joe, and they feel things out again. Fans chant “He’s Our Scumbag!” but Joe just smirks. They circle, Joe corners MJF but the ref has him back off. So MJF pokes Joe in the eye! MJF hops on for a SLEEPER, but Joe THROWS MJF down! MJF clutches his neck, and conspicuous by his absence is Adam Cole. Was Roddy’s “emergency” more engrossing than Cole thought? Joe looms over MJF as MJF sits up, and MJF stands to say he’s okay. Joe CLUBS him down for it!

Joe stomps MJF, fans boo, but Joe stomps MJF on the neck! MJF goes to a corner, Joe JABS and JABS and JABS! Joe sits MJF down, then RIDGEHANDS him down! Fans boo but Joe just says “SUCK IT!” Joe eggs MJF on, drags him from the corner, and clamps on a neck wrench! MJF endures the torture but the fans rally up behind him. MJF fights up, throws body shots, but Joe throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands but Joe drags MJF up to atomic drop! Joe runs but MJF dodges the boot! MJF kicks, Joe blocks and MJF apologizes, only to poke Joe in the eyes again! MJF jumps on for a SLEEPER!

Joe RAMS MJF into buckles! Joe is free, and he runs to BOOT! And SENTON! Cover, TWO! Joe paces, not at all bothered. Joe then drags MJF up, but MJF JABS, throat chops, and runs at the corner, into the “SIT YO ASS DOWN!” URENAGE! Joe paces while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Now Joe covers, ROPEBREAK! MJF saves himself by fingertips but Joe just drags him to the outside. Joe CLUBS MJF against the apron! MJF sputters, Joe drags him out and whips him hard into railing! MJF falls in a heap and Joe mockingly applauds. Joe then storms back over, drags MJF back up and puts him back in the ring. Joe CLUBS MJF again and MJF flounders away. Joe hurries in after MJF, CHOKES him on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. MJF sputters, only for Joe to KICK him in the side! Joe paces, drags MJF up, and snapmares to then neck wrench again! MJF endures all over again but the fans still rally.

MJF fights up, using Joe’s twisting for leverage, and he throws body shots! MJF runs, but Joe CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO! MJF is hanging in there but Joe keeps his cool. Joe drags MJF up and puts him in a corner to JAB! JAB! JAB! And CHOP! MJF leans against ropes and the ref reprimands Joe, but Joe JABS MJF again as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally as hard as they can for MJF and he fires forearms back! Joe HEADBUTTS, then he hoists MJF up top! Joe tucks MJF in but MJF sunset flips! Stack cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! MJF learned that one from his brochacho! But Joe stays up, so MJF short arm LARIATS!

Joe is still up so MJF LARIATS again! Joe is still up, so MJF runs to LARIAT! That takes as much out of MJF as it does Joe, but fans are thunderous as MJF goes again. Joe LARIATS MJF down!! Cover, TWO!! Joe is getting annoyed now but he rips MJF’s new shirt up! Then he wipes his butt with it and throws it down on MJF! Fans boo and MJF is furious, that was his loving tribute to the New York MLB legacy! Joe gives scuffing kicks and toying pie faces. MJF is getting mad now! Joe HEADBUTTS, and MJF just glares at him! Joe SLAPS MJF, then CLUBS him! MJF fires off forearms!

Joe puts MJF in the corner, but MJF dodges to CLAW the back, and bump Joe off buckles again and again and again! Fans count all the way to TEN! MJF goes up to then rain down fists! Fans count all the way to nine, because then MJF BITES Joe’s head!! The ref reprimands, Joe shoves MJF away, but MJF backflips and lands perfectly!! MJF has New York all fired up as he takes the kangaroo stance! KANGAROO KICK!! Joe flops out of the ring, MJF kips up and shakes the ropes! Fans are thunderous but MJF stops because his neck bothers him again. The chants of “M J F! M J F!” gets MJF back to his feet!

MJF pounds the mat, fans rally, and MJF builds speed! No doubts this time, MJF DIVE into a GAMANGIRI! Joe goes up to get MJF on the apron, fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!! Joe then laughs as he watches MJF down on the floor! Joe drags MJF up while fans boo, and Joe puts MJF in the ring. Cover, TWO!! MJF is still in this and the fans are thunderous again! Joe is amused, but also rather frustrated. Joe goes out, and he brings out a TABLE! Fans are torn but they do love tables! Joe puts that table against railing, then drags MJF out of the ring! The ref reprimands but Joe brings MJF over.

Joe clinches, and URENAGES MJF through the table!! The ref reprimands, fans boo, but Joe just laughs again. Joe drags MJF up out of the wreckage, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO?!?!? MJF survives and the fans are thunderous again! Joe nods, he might even respect the fighting spirit. But now he pulls padding off the concrete floor!! Joe drags MJF out of the ring again, the ref reprimands, and they go to the bare floor! But MJF fights free, to BITE Joe’s leg!! Fans fire up as MJF lets off that, to reel Joe in! But MJF’s neck won’t let him lift Joe! Joe kicks MJF, reels him back in, and gets him up to PILEDRIVER to the concrete!!!

Fans are losing their minds and the ref freaks out! The medics check MJF but Joe just has an evil smile on his face! Joe looms over MJF but the ref has him back off. Joe doesn’t care, he SWATS and BOOTS medics and security! Joe drags MJF up and into the ring! Joe figures he can pay the finds once he has two champ checks! Cover, TWO!??!?! Joe is stunned!! Devil or not, MJF is not human!! Joe drags MJF up, and he says MJF better give up or else. MJF SPITS in Joe’s face! So Joe DECKS MJF!! Joe then drags MJF back to his feet, runs, and LARI- NO, MJF slips through, reels Joe in, and manages a POWERBOMB?!?! Cover, TWO!!!!

The fans are electric as both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as Joe and MJF stir! Joe sits up, as does MJF. They stand, and Joe CHOPS! Joe runs, but MJF ROCKS him with a forearm! Joe CHOPS, but MJF seethes to forearm! They go shot for shot, MJF SUPERKICKS! Joe ROCKS MJF! And again, and again, and again! Joe runs one more time, but MJF gets around to a SLEEPER! But Joe gets around, to a COQUINA! MJF grabs at the ref, and then LOW BLOW MULE KICKS in the distraction!! Fans fire up as MJF gets away from Joe. MJF then gets his Dynamite Diamond Ring out! MJF gives it a kiss and puts it on the pinkie!

MJF runs in, but Joe puts the ref in the way! The ref sees the diamond ring and confiscates it! Then Joe LOW BLOWS MJF!! Joe puts MJF up top, tuck shim in, MUSCLE BUSTER!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?!? Joe can’t even explain it!! The fans are volcanic as Joe drags MJF back up, into a SLEEPER!! MJF flails, reaches out, but Joe is leaning on him! The hand falls once! But wait! Here comes Adam Cole!! Cole coaches MJF on but the hand falls twice! Cole pounds the mat, fans rally up even harder, and MJF comes back to life!! MJF fights up and again Joe can’t explain it! MJF stands to BITE the arm!!

Joe lets go, MJF victory rolls! TWO!! MJF hurries to have a SLEEPER of his own!! Joe fights up, and he RAMS MJF into a corner! The ref had to bail out to avoid the impact! Cole distracts Joe on the apron, MJF undoes some wrist tape, and MJF CHOKES Joe with the wrist tape garrote!!! MJF hides it inside the sleeper!! The ref revives, MJF has Joe in body scissors!! The ref checks, Joe is OUT! MJF wins!!

Winner: MJF, by submission (still AEW World Champion)

MJF hides the evidence in his armpit, but then it falls out as the ref raises his hand in victory! MJF keeps the ref distracted and Cole takes care of truly hiding the evidence. MJF and Cole hug to celebrate, Cole had MJF’s back in the end. But Joe knows it, and he shoves Cole! MJF gets in the way to keep this from getting worse. Joe snarls, but he offers a handshake? MJF is wary, he knows all the tricks in the book, but fans want to see it. MJF takes the handshake, and there is now respect instead of a grudge. Will the One True King of Wrestling Television have to settle for defending his one crown?

As for the brochachos, they stand together with all their belts! The medics still check with MJF, that neck has to be killing him. With both the AEW World Championship and the ROH World Tag Team Championship around his waist, how long can MJF keep this up?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Dynamite for Grand Slam 2023, with the right balance of action and talking. A little surprised they didn’t open with the International Championship, but the Winner Takes All match was a great choice all the same. The right choice was made here with Eddie winning the ROH World Championship. Claudio doesn’t have to worry about going to ROH tapings when he only did so rarely, and Eddie can go back and forth between ROH and NJPW Strong, just as I’ve been saying since this match was teased. Then speaking of the International Championship, it was awesome stuff, but clearly, there was something along the lines of a concussion there with Moxley. Fenix wasn’t supposed to win, but winning the title given the injury makes sense. And hopefully Moxley is alright.

Jericho VS Sammy was great, and it was very surprising that Jericho won clean. But in the end, that’s because Sammy was gonna turn on him and join Don Callis! I like that Daniel Garcia’s part in this story is to now be the one member of the former JAS that left Jericho behind, who might now return to his side. Garcia VS Guevara is going to be great stuff, and at least there’s now more than two people in the Don Callis Family. Still waiting on Kota Ibushi responding to Don & Konosuke claiming they’re gonna end his career.

Really good promo from Christian Cage & Luchasaurus, but uh, isn’t having a TNT Championship match on Collision after the Rampage tag match a little too soon? Though, given Christian is only making such a match so he and Luchasaurus can beat down Darby and one of them still has the title is definitely more TV programming than PPV programming. Then maybe Darby gets a proper title rematch at WrestleDream to add another hometown wrestler to the card. The ROH World Six Man Tag Championships being the Rampage main event is great for the building story of Swerve VS Hangman, and might actually give Mogul Embassy a chance to retain.

Great title match from Saraya VS Storm, with great character work and references back to the previous matches. But as such, of course Ruby helps Saraya retain, and who knows where Storm goes from here. Good promo to set up the Tag Team Fatal 4 Way, but I still feel The Kingdom wins that to then challenge MJF & Cole. Great promo from The Kingdom with Roddy and Cole, and how that tied into Cole not being around for most of MJF VS Joe. Good promos from MJF and Joe, too, and we got a PPV worthy title match. MJF has now reached that Eddie Guerrero level where he can cheat and do Heel things but is still Face because the fans love him. As such, MJF wins, and it is great to see Joe show him respect.

Joe will still have plenty to do with his ROH TV title, and now I think AEW really commits to how Roddy & The Kingdom will get in between MJF & Cole, take those tag titles, and then MJF VS Cole Round 3 happens at like Full Gear to settle things once and for all.

My Score: 9/10


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