Are you ready for life in the Fastlane?
Indianapolis is known for high speed thrills and crashes, and WWE is bringing the same! But will Seth Rollins survive his first-ever Last Man Standing match? Or will the King of Strong Style run him off the road?
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ The Judgment Day VS Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso; Cody & Jey win and become the new Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.
- Six Man Tag: Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar & ??? w/ Zelina Vega VS Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits; Rey, Santos & Carlito win.
- WWE Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Iyo Sky w/ Damage CTRL VS Charlotte Flair VS Asuka; Iyo wins and retains the title.
- John Cena & LA Knight VS Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa w/ Paul Heyman; Cena & Knight win.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Last Man Standing Match: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Rollins wins and retains the title.
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Join Kayla Braxton, Jackie Redmond, Wade Barrett, Booker T and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action here in Indy!
Santos Escobar talks with Rey Mysterio backstage.
They know their strengths and weaknesses, as well as Lashley’s and the Profits’. But Santos has to ask, is “he” going to come through? And if it comes down to it, if it’s still just 3v2, Escobar will do it but… Did “he” come through? Rey says he put the call in, and the text. Rey knows “he” read the text, but there’s been no response. But…! Trust Rey. Rey trusts “he” will come through. They shake hands, and we have until the Six Man Tag happens, so will the LWO’s third man be here?
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
Byron Saxton thanks The Wise Man for this time, and asks about how well he feels Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa are going to do against the “mega tandem” of LA Knight & John Cena. What? Where is that nickname coming from? How stupid, “mega tandem.” Cena & Knight barely like each other. They’re a team out of necessity because they’re targeted by the Bloodline. Now the Bloodline, Jimmy & Solo, are brothers. They come from the same world, have the same blood in their veins, hence Bloodline. Cena & Knight aren’t a bloodline, they’re trying to survive. Which means tonight, ladies and gentlemen, trust the Wise Man when he says this will be an easy victory for Jimmy & Solo.
Byron then asks, “What if they lose?” Heyman frowns. How could Byron ask that stupid question? Bloodline? Losing? To Cena & Knight? Heyman can’t believe the man wearing pale canary yellow asked that! Why would they lose?! No, really? What sense would it make? Why? WHY!? It makes no sense to ask! Get Kayla Braxton to interview him next time, at least she has intelligence. Heyman rants on and on as he storms into the Bloodline locker room, will he end up even angrier if all that actually happens?
Backstage interview with Damage CTRL.
Cathy Kelley is with Iyo Sky, Bayley & Dakota Kai to get some strategy talk from Iyo going into the Triple Threat. Bayley asks if Cathy is an idiot or if this is the first day on the job. Iyo is the Evil Genius of the entire WWE! She isn’t sharing any strategy! Iyo has Bayley calm down and says “daijoubu,” it’s fine. Iyo has her strategy. And she doesn’t need DMG CTRL tonight. Bayley & Dakota are a bit stunned. Iyo heads out on her own, and Bayley huffs and puffs after. Dakota is dreading this, will the Role Model be able to accept staying in the back?
Jade Cargill has arrived backstage!
And she shakes hands with Triple H! The Game welcomes the Storm, will Jade have her eye on tonight’s Women’s Championship match?
Welcome to Indianapolis.
“You didn’t think you’d just roll through beautiful Indianapolis and not get a little color commentary from Pat McAfee himself, did ya? Look, I’m no mathemetist, never claimed to be an astrophysicist, but I know fast when I see it. Going Mach 3 with your hair on fire is my comfort zone, okay? And hot damn it if tonight ain’t a strap in, keep all hands and feet inside, tick the governor off kinda night! And if there’s one thing I know about this town, it’s that fortune favors the fast. Look at ’em. Superhuman specimens. Athletic A-Listers. Straight up debonair dogs! Born to do one thing: win.
“Gotta keep your head on a swivel, though, fam! Sometimes, even the Fastlane finds a little oncoming traffic. If you’re not fired up right now, I’d say we need a pulse check on an ol’ wet blanket. We are ramping towards a big finish. WWE Fastlane, coming at you like a Mack truck! Let’s goooooo~!”
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest w/ The Judgment Day VS Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso!
The Prince & Punisher took these titles at Payback, but they had to stack the deck against Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn to do it. Will they do it all over again to keep these titles from The American Nightmare & Main Event Jey? Or will opening the night mean they just lose ’em sooner rather than later?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who puts pedal to the metal!
The teams sort out and Priest starts against Jey. Fans rally up as Jey and Priest circle, the fans chant “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” and the two tie up. Priest powers Jey to a corner, the ref counts, but Jey headlocks back. Priest pushes Jey with a forearm then powers out. Jey RAMS Priest but Priest rebounds to run Jey over! Fans boo but Finn soaks up the heat. Jey keeps cool and he resets with Priest. They circle, the fans rally for “UCE! OH!” again, and the two tie up again. Priest puts Jey in another corner, the ref counts, and Priest lets off slowly. But Jey avoids the sucker punch to fire off body shots! Fans fire up and Jey whips, but Priest reverses.
Jey comes back to UPPERCUT! And KICK a leg! Jey RAMS Priest into a corner, tags in Cody and fans fire up! Cody and Jey isolate a leg to kick, and then Cody headlocks. Fans rally for Cody but Priest powers up and out of the headlock. Cody ducks ‘n’ dodges and slides to kick and RHODES UPPERCUT! Fans fire up as Cody then dropkicks a leg! Priest hobbles, Cody wrenches an arm, tag to Jey. Jey KICKS the bad leg! Jey brings Priest around to HEADBUTT! Priest wobbles and Jey runs, but Priest LARIATS Jey down! Fans boo Priest while Jey checks his teeth. Priest drags Jey up and TOSSES him to the corner!
Priest ROCKS Jey, ROCKS him again, then tags Finn. They mug Jey, Finn throws more hands, then he climbs up to soak up the heat. Finn stomps Jey, then drags Jey up to bump him off buckles. Finn RAMS into Jey again and again, then lets off as Jey sputters and drops to his knees. Finn brings Jey up but Jey HEADBUTTS back! Jey RAMS Finn into the corner, tag to Cody! Cody throws hands on Finn, headlocks, but Finn powers out. Things speedup and Cody catches the hurdle to a fireman’s carry! GUTBUSTER! Then Cody suplexes Finn, holds Finn up, and marches around before the GOURD BUSTER!
Cody brings Finn back up, wrenches an arm, and he tags Jey back in. Fans rally as Jey HEADBUTTS Finn again! Jey HEADBUTTS again, whips, but Priest tags in. Finn reveres the whip, Jey ducks ‘n’ dodges and UPPERCUTS Finn, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES Jey down! Fans boo and Cody protests but The Judgment Day simply bent the rules, no breaking. But Priest CLUBS Jey on the apron, pushes him back into the ring, and then sits him up. Priest ROCKS Jey, taunts Cody, then puts Jey in the corner. Tag to Finn and Priest whips Jey to mule kick! Finn front kicks! Priest low kicks! Finn SCISSOR KICKS! Cover, TWO!
Finn clamps onto Jey with a chinlock and squeezes tight. Fans rally as Jey endures, and Jey fights up, only for Finn to whip him to a corner. Finn CHOPS and throws hands! Finn snapmares, runs and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Finn stays between Jey and Cody, drags Jey up, and then Finn ELBOWS Jey in the head! Tag to Priest and they mug Jey. Fans rally for “USO! USO!” but Priest pulls Jey into a motorcycle stretch. Jey endures the knee in his back and his arms being pulled back, and Cody rallies the fans up. Jey fights to his feet, throws body shots, but Priest throws Jey down by his hair!
Fans boo and Cody protests, but Priest UPPERCUTS Jey to the corner. Then Priest sucker punches Cody! Cody wants in but Priest runs to ELBOW Jey! Tag to Finn and a slingshot STOMP! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls, drags Jey up, and ELBOWS Him in the head again! Finn chinlocks and grinds Jey down. Fans rally up as Jey fights, but Finn squeezes tight. Jey pushes at the hold, stands up, and throws more body shots. Finn keeps Jey from Cody, they’re so close! Jey throws hands on Finn, but Finn still holds on! Jey keeps trying, but Finn whips him, so Jey BLASTS Priest! Jey dodges Finn and Finn hits buckles!
Fans fire up while both men are down! Jey crawls for his corner, Finn reaches out but Jey gets away, hot tag to Cody! Fans explode as the American Nightmare rallies on Finn! Cody whips, Finn reverses but Cody CLOBBERS Finn! Finn runs in but Cody goes up an d over to then POWERSLAM! Cody keeps moving, springboard, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Finn survives but Cody keeps his cool. Cody pounds the mat and fans clap along. Finn rises slowly, Cody dragon sleepers, but Priest is back! Cody ROCKS Priest, then hits a DRAGON SCREW in the ropes! But Finn rolls Cody up, TWO!
Cody gets Finn after all, but Finn spins it around! Only for Cody to drop and kick from below! Then springboard, but Finn catches the cutter to the EYE OF THE STORM! Cover, TWO! Cody is still in this and fans rally up. Finn aims from a corner, runs in, SHOTGUN! Cody hits buckles then falls, and Finn climbs up! But Cody trips Finn first! Cody climbs, Finn and Cody throw hands! Fans rally as Cody gets the edge and then brings Finn in. Stalling SUPERPLEX! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! The ref checks both men, they’re both okay to continue. Cody and Finn crawl to their corners, hot tags to Priest and Jey!
Fans rally as Jey fires hands on Priest! Jey powers up and puts some stank in the HAYMAKER! Jey whips, Priest reverses but Jey ducks ‘n’ dodges and mule kicks! Off comes the shirt, for the UPPERCUT! Priest wobbles into the fireman’s carry! But Priest slips free to BELL CLAP! Priest blocks a kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Priest ends up in the corner and fans fire up! They chant “UCE! OH!” already as Jey goes to the corner. Jey joins in, “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” hip- NO, Priest puts Jey on the apron! Jey GAMANGIRIS, goes up, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Priest is still in this and Jey is frustrated.
Priest goes to the apron, Jey storms up on him, but Priest spins to ROUNDHOUSE! Priest runs in, blocks a superkick and then clinches, FLATLINER! Cover, TWO! Now Priest is frustrated as he stands back up. Priest shakes out the bad leg, and he soaks up the heat. He mocks the “UCE! OH!” chant before he runs in, but Jey ELBOWS him first! Jey goes up but Priest CLUBS Jey, and then brings Jey into the crucifix! But Jey slips free! Jey DECKS Finn, then DUMPS Priest! Jey builds speed and he DIVES! Direct hit on The Judgment Day! Fans are thunderous again as Jey puts Priest back in! Jey climbs up and USO SPLASH!! Cover, Finn breaks it!!
Fans can’t believe it but Finn got there just in time! But then Cody springboards to CODY CUTTER!! Cody and Finn both flop out of the ring and Jey goes to another corner. Jey aims at Priest, runs in, but into a KICK! Priest choke grips, SOUTH OF- NO, Jey slips free! Jey ducks ‘n’ dodges and SPEARS?!? A shot at Roman Reigns as Jey goes to the corner! But wait, here come Rhea & Dom! Mami and her boy waited until the last moment, but Jey SUPERKICKS Dom! Jey looks Mami in the eyes, and she smiles. Jey says he sees her, but goes back to the corner. Jey climbs but Finn anchors his feet! Jey kicks Finn away but Priest ROCKS Jey!
Priest positions Jey just right, goes up after him, and then Finn tags in, SUPER STEINER!! Finn is up in the other corner, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, CODY BREAKS IT!! All four men are down and Rhea is shocked! She thought they had this! Cody checks Jey, helps him up, and Dom coaches Priest. Priest is hurting from his own Steiner, but he and Finn rise together. Fans are electric as these four start throwing hands! Jey has Finn, Cody has Priest! Priest ROCKS Cody, runs, springboards but into a SUPERKICK! Finn SLINGBLADES Cody! Jey SUPERKICKS Finn! JD McDonagh is here?! Jey SUPERKICKS him!
Finn runs in, Jey sidesteps and O’Conner Roll, TWO into a BRIEFCASE SHOT!! Finn rolls Jey up, TWO?!?!? Now Rhea is really angry!! The Irish Ace argues with the ref about the count but the count was fair! Cody YANKS McDonagh down, but then Priest APRON CHOKE SLAMS Cody!! Priest then pulls the hood off the desk and clears it! Priest drags Cody up onto the desk, but McDonagh runs in! Cody dodges and the briefcase hits Priest’s leg!! Cody then gets Priest for a CROSS RHODES ON THE DESK!!! The Judgment Day is freaking out! Finn checks with McDonagh but Jey FLIES to take them both out!!
Jey puts Finn in, dodges him, Cody tags before the SUPERKICK!! Then Jey hoists Finn up for Cody, FLAPJACK CUTTER COMBO!! A modified One D?! And then Cody hits CROSS RHODES!!! Cover, Cody & Jey win!!!
Winners: Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso, by pinfall (NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
The Irish Ace was meant to be a trump card but he just messed it all up!! Now Cody & Jey reign together, will these second generation stars liberate Raw and SmackDown from The Judgment Day? Is the Judgment Day going to implode after what just happened tonight?
Wade Barrett and Booker T talk backstage.
What a way to start Fastlane! But what about that main event? This is going to be great! Then who is crazy enough to team with The LWO against Lashley & The Profits? Who knows, but this is definitely life in the Fastlane! Xavier Woods walks in and says this is gonna be goodt! Mind if he joins them? In here? Yeah, with two legends? Why not! Because he was gonna order Pizza Hut. OMG Pizza Hut? Yes, he likes that stuffed, crust, pepper-oni and bacon! But he can get like a big dinner box. And he’s using the app so it’ll be hot and fast. Well Wade’s got some bad news! What? Actually, no, Wade loves Pizza Hut!
Y’know why? BECAAAAUSE~…. They can get breadsticks, wings and dipping sauces! These three are gonna have some fast food for Fastlane, but what’re you gonna have for dinner?
Six Man Tag: Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar & ??? w/ Zelina Vega VS Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits!
Well, just as the living legends were wondering, the living legend that is the King of Lucha has put in the call, because he and the rest of the LWO needs help! Who will dare defy the All Mighty to help Rey & Escobar? No one is with them when they make their entrance, and so the teams sort out. Montez Ford starts against Santos and rubs in that is is 3v2. But Escobar SLAPS Ford, KICKS him, then KICKS him again. Ford shoves, Santos sunset flips but Ford rolls through. Santos avoids the Penalty Kick, then gets his knees up as Ford moonsaults! Dawkins storms in but Santos KICKS him back out!
Santos CLOBBERS Ford, swipes at Lashley, then CLOBBERS Ford again! Santos runs in, Ford puts him on the apron but Santos GAMANGIRIS! Ford flounders, Santos goes up, CROSSBODY! Both men go to corners, and Santos spells it out. “L! W! O!” But Ford avoids the double knees to DECK Santos! Ford laughs at Santos, goes up the corner, but Santos GAMANGIRIS again! Santos goes up to get Ford, for a SUPER DUPER STEINER!! Cover, Lashley breaks it! Lashley looms over Santos but Santos gets up to stare him down. Ford CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Dawkins tags in and he ROCKS Santos!
Dawkins tags Lashley, hits the CYCLONE SPLASH and ENZIGURI, then Lashley RAMS into Santos! NECKBREAKER! Fans boo but Lashley soaks up the heat. Lashley taunts Rey, clamps onto Santos, but Santos drops out of the full nelson! But Lashley drags Santos up to bump off buckles, kick low, and Lashley reels Santos in. Lashley suplexes and he holds Santos up! Fans do cheer that, and then Lashley SLAMS Santos down! Tag to Dawkins and he covers Santos, TWO! Dawkins stays cool and he looms over Santos. Fans rally up but Dawkins whips Santos to a corner. Dawkins runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH again!
Dawkins keeps moving, but Santos DROPKICKS him down! Hot tag to Rey! Rey rallies, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Dawkins staggers, Rey BLASTS Ford, but Dawkins kicks low. Dawkins whips, Rey KICKS back, then runs to BLAST Lashley! Rey elbows Dawkins, drop toeholds him onto ropes, but Lashley tags in while Rey dials it up! Lashley catches the 619, Dawkins ROCKS Rey and Lashley SLAMS Rey down! Fans boo but the All Mighty Profits are loving it. Lashley puts Rey in, runs in at the corner, and he RAMS into Rey! Lashley brings Rey in, gut wrenches, and CLIFFHANGER! Ford is all fired up and Lashley tags him in.
Ford slingshots in just to show off, and he runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Ford mocks Santos, then stalks Rey. Rey goes to a corner, Ford runs in and KICKS Rey in the side! Ford stomps Rey again and again, but the ref counts. Ford lets off, has a crazy smile on his face, and he brings Rey up. Ford whips Rey corner to corner hard, then drags him to the corner. Tag to Dawkins and Dawkins stomps Rey. Dawkins drags Rey up, RAMS into him again and again and again, then DECKS Rey! Dawkins taunts santos, the ref reprimands, and the ref misses Lashley CHOKE Rey! Lashley tags in and Dawkins stands Rey up for elbows.
Lashley throws more shots, then he stare Santos down. Lashley runs back in but into a BOOT! Rey fights free of the corner, ELBOWS Lashley, but Lashley whips him to a corner. Lashley runs in, but Rey dodges! Lashley POSTS himself! Ford runs in but Rey TOSSES him! Tag to Dawkins and he drags Rey back, but Rey BOOTS Dawkins away! Only for Ford to YANK Santos down, and RAM him into barriers! The ref reprimands and fans boo but then Zelina hits a METEORA on Ford!! Dawkins whips Rey but Rey tilt-o-whirls to DDT! Rey and Dawkins are down but there’s no Santos to tag! Fans rally all the same, but Rey feels it’s hopeless.
Dawkins drags Rey back, tag to Ford. Ford drops an elbow on Rey’s back! Ford BOOTS Rey down, then scowls. Ford drags Rey up, suplexes, but Rey fights with knees! Rey ENZIGURIS and Ford flops out of the ring! Lashley is frustrated and he fetches Ford. Rey crawls, and CARLITO is here?!? Now that’s cool! Hot tag to Carlito and the fans fire up! Carlito rallies on Ford, then whips, but Ford reverses. Carlito DECKS Lashley, runs Dawkins off, and he dodges Ford off! Carlito whips, Ford KICKS and runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs in. Carlito dodges to clothesline him out!
Rey hits a SEATED SENTON on Dawkins! Lashley CLOBBERS Rey! But santos DIVES to hit Lashley! Ford rolls Carlito up, Carlito rolls through and ducks the enziguri, BACKSTABBER!! Cover, LWO wins!!
Winners: Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar & Carlito, by pinfall
Just like at Backlash in Puerto Rico, Carlito comes through for the Latino World Order! Will Caribbean Cool stick around to help the LWO stand tall on SmackDown?
WWE Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Iyo Sky w/ Damage CTRL VS Charlotte Flair VS Asuka!
They say all women are created equal, but you look at The Evil Genius, the Queen of Flair and the Empress of Tomorrow and you see that statement is not true. These are three of the best in the WWE today, fighting to be THE best. But with Bayley having stuck her foot in Iyo’s mouth, will Iyo have the solution to these 33 and one-third chances of winning? Or will there be a new WWE Women’s Champion leaving Indianapolis?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly wears the crown!
The bell rings and fans rally up as the three watch each other. They circle, then Charlotte BOOTS Iyo! Asuka MISTS Charlotte!! Fans fire up and Asuka cheers herself, before she BUZZSAWS Charlotte! Cover, Iyo breaks it! Asuka still g0rins as Charlotte bails out. Asuka and Iyo are 1v1 for the moment as they circle. Iyo runs in, Asuka dodges, Iyo tiger feints to arm-drag! And another arm-drag! And another arm-drag! But Asuka flips the armlock around fast! Asuka grinds the arm but Iyo kips up, only for Asuka to wrangle her! Charlotte has a medic help her wash the mist out of her eye but that stuff stings.
Iyo headscissors but Asuka kips free. Iyo throws Asuka down by her hair and stalks Asuka. Iyo runs with Asuka but Asuka sends her to the corner. Iyo ELBOWS, but Asuka gets under the Quebrada to go up and MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Asuka, but Iyo rolls Asuka up! TWO, and Iyo cradles! TWO, and Iyo steps over, La Magistrol! TWO!! Iyo is surprised but Asuka got out in time! Iyo scuffs and kicks Asuka, then runs, but into an ELBOW! Asuka runs but Iyo ELBOWS back! Iyo runs, but Asuka follows to KICK Iyo down! Asuka runs again, but Charlotte’s back to BOOT her down!
Fans “WOO~” and boo, but Iyo runs to CROSSBODY! Charlotte catches Iyo to FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up, ROCKS Asuka, then CHOPS! Charlotte fires off in the corner, puts a leg on ropes, but Iyo jumps onto Charlotte! Charlotte TOSSES Iyo then CLOBBERS her! But Asuka spins Charlotte, only for Charlotte to ROCK her! Asuka KICKS, runs, but into Charlotte’s clinch! BIG back suplex! But then Iyo victory rolls, STOMP 182 on Charlotte! Fans fire up and Iyo says she’ll still be champ. Iyo BUZZSAWS and CLUBS away on Charlotte, and Asuka joins in! The joshi used to team together, so they’re gonna do that here.
Iyo & Asuka double whip but Charlotte goes up and out! Charlotte BOOTS Asuka, RAMS Iyo and then slingshots to roll Iyo up, TWO! Iyo dodges, tilt-o-whirls and LA MYSTICA! CROSSFACE!! Charlotte endures, fights around, fights up to her feet and flips but Iyo slips free! Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Charlotte down! Iyo runs in, Asuka puts her on the apron and HOTSHOTS! Asuka staggers, Iyo springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Iyo brings Asuka to a drop zone, then steps on Asuka on her way up. But Asuka CLUBS Iyo first! Asuka goes up the corner, but Iyo holds onto the corner! Iyo ELBOWS Asuka away but Asuka is right back up, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!!
Fans fire up and Asuka aims from a corner. SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Iyo survives but Asuka just snarls. Asuka drags Iyo up but Charlotte climbs a corner! Charlotte CROSSBODIES them both!! Charlotte has the fans booing and wooing while she says she’s gonna be champ. Charlotte CHOPS Iyo, CHOPS Asuka, repeat! “WOO~! WOO~! WOO~!” Charlotte CHOPS Iyo down then she CHOPS Asuka down! Fans fire up as Charlotte drags Iyo up and then brings Asuka in, but they fight the double DDT! They throw hands, and then double suplex! Charlotte fights that to DOUBLE SUPLEX them!
Charlotte fires up and fans are torn, but Charlotte runs in at Asuka. Asuka BOOTS Charlotte but Charlotte GAMANGIRIS! Charlotte shoves Asuka down, catches Iyo for the BACKBREAKER and BUCKLE SHOT! Charlotte goes to another corner, runs in, handspring and DOUBLE LARIAT! Cover on Asuka, TWO!! The Empress stays in this but The Queen keeps her focus. Fans rally up and Charlotte brings Asuka up to ROCK her! Iyo run sin but Charlotte ROCKS her! Asuka kicks but Charlotte blocks to DECK her! Charlotte kicks at Iyo but Iyo blocks to HOTSHOT the leg! Asuka waistlocks but Charlotte fights it!
Iyo springboards to FLYING SUNSET FLIP Asuka! Cover, Charlotte breaks it! Iyo jackknife bridges Asuka, TWO! Asuka has the sunset flip, TWO! Iyo CLUBS Asuka again and again, then runs, but Asuka dodges to HIP ATTACK Charlotte! Asuka then kicks but Iyo blocks! Iyo ROCKS Asuka, whips, but Asuka reverses, so Iyo DIVES into Charlotte! Direct hit at the ramp! Iyo fires up and brings Charlotte up, but Asuka goes to the apron to PENALTY KICK Charlotte! Iyo TRIPS Asuka after that, then goes up the apron. Fans fire up as Iyo calls her shot, ASAI MOONSAULT! Not the best hit on Asuka but she still fell!
But wait, now Charlotte goes up a corner! Fans fire up as Charlotte ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!! Direct hit on Iyo AND Asuka and fans fire up with The Queen! Charlotte puts Asuka in, storms up on her, and drags her to a drop zone. Charlotte climbs the corner again, but Asuka YANKS her down! Asuka runs in but into a BOOT! Charlotte sees Asuka is down in another drop zone, and Charlotte goes up again. But Iyo SHOTEIS first! Iyo then climbs up to CLUB Charlotte, but Charlotte CHOPS in return! And CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Iyo wobbles up top, Charlotte brings her in, fireman’s carry, but Asuka joins in!
POWERBOMB SAMOAN DROP COMBO!!! Cover on Charlotte, TWO!! Cover on Iyo, TWO!! The Empress seethes as both her rivals survive. Fans rally up, “This is Awesome!” and Asuka goes to ropes. Asuka goes around the way, runs in at Charlotte but into another BOOT! Charlotte runs but into an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Charlotte moves around, ends up in a Triangle Hold, but she turns Asuka into a BOSTON CRAB! Asuka endures, powers through to a cover, TWO! Charlotte escapes and has the legs! Step through, FIGURE FOUR! But Iyo runs in to METEORA Charlotte!! Cover, TWO!!! Charlotte survives and Iyo has to rethink her game plan.
Wait, Asuka sits up to put Charlotte in a DEATHLOCK! So Iyo adds a CROSSFACE! Charlotte endures double submissions, what’ll happen if she taps?! Asuka lets go to drag Iyo into the ASUKA LOCK!! But Iyo pushes back to a cover, TWO! SHOTEI! Iyo wheelbarrows Charlotte but Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER! Both Charlotte and Asuka run, Charlotte SPEARS!! Cover, TWO!!! Asuka survives and shocks Charlotte! Indianapolis fires up again as all three women are down! Wait, Bayley appears! She coaches Iyo up, despite what Iyo told her earlier. Bayley puts Iyo in but Iyo says no, she doesn’t need her!
Charlotte BOOTS Iyo onto Bayley! Fans fire up as Asuka hits a FLYING CODE BREAKER!!! Cover, TWO?!? Charlotte survives and Asuka is beside herself! Bayley tries to coach Iyo up again, but fans rally up again, “This is Awesome!” Asuka fires up, drags Charlotte up, but Charlotte arm-drags and has the leg! Bayley panics as the FIGURE FOUR is on! Bayley scurries around the way, Charlotte bridges to the FIGURE EIGHT!! Bayley distracts the ref so that he doesn’t see Asuka tapping!! And the OVER THE MOONSAULT hits!!! Cover, IYO WINS!
Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Champion)
Bayley celebrates with Iyo, because in the end, she was the insurance policy! Will the Evil Genius remember to keep all variables in mind next time she gameplans?
LA Knight arrives in the Slim Jim Z350!
That was the Mega Star’s real prize for winning the SummerSlam Slim Jim Battle Royal, and it’s definitely a hot rod. But will Knight be feeling even hotter after teaming and winning with John Cena?
Pat McAfee is here!
He narrated the opening video, so of course he’s going to be here! And he’s sporting the Indianapolis Colts legacy belt! McAfee gets the mic to say, “There was no chance in hell I was gonna miss this show on this night in this glorious city.” Indianapolis cheers, and Pat says we all know it when we see it. Members of the WWE Universe know that when the WWE comes to town, everyone wants to appreciate the WWE being there. But so many times, the crowd is dead. No juice, no life. But that is NOT Indianapolis! The fans cheer that! Pat thinks Indianapolis has deserved a WrestleMania. Fans definitely cheer that!
Pat is pretty sure the people in the back heard that, but let’s make ’em feel it. If you think Indianapolis deserves a WrestleMania, give ’em a “Hell yeah.” “HELL YEAH!!” Shout out to Stone Cold. Now before Pat joins the greatest of all time, Michael Cole, and that “hate mass,” Corey Graves, allow Pat to introduce a man who is a SIXTEEN TIME World Champion. A man who will be tag teaming with “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” Ladies and gentlemen, it’s JOHN CENA. Cena makes his entrance, because when it comes to the tag team grudge match, that time is now!
John Cena & LA Knight VS Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa w/ Paul Heyman!
The Greatest of All Time was special guest referee for The Mega Star VS The A-Lister, so in a show of respect back, when there was no one else healthy enough or brave enough to join him against The Bloodline, LA Knight stepped up! Will this 2023 edition of the Mega Powers take down the “Shot Caller” and Enforcer of the Island? Or will all of Heyman’s indignation be justified?
The teams sort out and the fans are all fired up for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” But as this is Cena’s first match back, he starts on his side. Jimmy wants a handshake from Solo but Solo leaves him hanging. Cena and Jimmy circle, fans rally for Cena and the two tie up. Cena headlocks, Jimmy powers out but Cena runs Jimmy over. Fans cheer but Jimmy gets up in a hurry. Jimmy talks with Heyman, Heyman tells him to get in there, and the two tie up. Cena headlocks, Jimmy powers out but Cena runs Jimmy over again! Jimmy scrambles to the corner and looks at Solo. Solo is stoic so Jimmy says he’ll handle this.
Jimmy and Cena tie up, Jimmy headlocks, and Jimmy grinds the hold. Cena fights up, powers out, and then drops down to hurdle over, and he still runs Jimmy over! Cena points to Solo and Jimmy tags out! Fans fire up and Heyman grins as Solo steps to Cena. Cena and Solo stare down, then Cena runs to RAM Solo! Solo stays up! Solo shouts at Cena, so Cena tries again. They RAM shoulders but Solo still stays up! Cena tries again but Solo runs Cena over! Cena writhes and Jimmy says “Now look at him!” Solo paces around, eggs Cena on, and Cena sits up, but Solo HEADBUTTS him down! Solo tags Jimmy and they split the wishbone!
Jimmy taunts Cena, stalks him, and then brings Cena up. Jimmy UPPERCUTS and Cena falls over! Jimmy taunts Cena, shadow boxes, then runs up to UPPERCUT again! Cena falls over, Jimmy stomps him down! Jimmy taunts Cena more before he puts Cena on ropes to CHOKE him! Fans boo, Jimmy lets off, and Solo gets a cheap shot in! Knight protests but the ref keeps him back. Jimmy goes up the corner to soak up the heat. Fans boo but Jimmy goes back to tag Solo. They drag Cena up to mug him, and Solo HEADBUTTS Cena down! Cena flounders around, Solo brings Cena up and puts him on the top rope.
Solo puts Cena in a Tree of Woe and grins as he runs side to side. FALLING HEADBUTT! Cena falls out of the Tree and the Bloodline soaks up the heat. Solo tags Jimmy and Jimmy throws down hands on Cena. Jimmy runs corner to corner, but the hip attack misses! Cena crawls, fans rally up, and Cena reaches out! Knight reaches out, but Jimmy CLOBBERS Cena first! Jimmy headlocks, brings Cena away, and says “Too easy!” Cena fights up, fans rally, and Cena reaches out. Jimmy keeps Cena from Knight but they’re fingertips away! Jimmy throws Cena down by his hair! Cover, TWO! Cena is still in this but Jimmy stalks him.
Tag to Solo and Solo stalks Cena now. Solo stares Knight down, then he aims at Cena. Solo hears the fans cheering for Cena, but he shouts and runs in, HIP ATTACK! That one hits! Solo roars but fans boo, and even Heyman is hurting seeing that impact. Cena flounders but still grabs at Solo’s leg. Solo looms over Cena, and Cena drags himself up. Solo HEADBUTTS Cena! Cena staggers, but he throws a body shot! And a haymaker! And another haymaker! Cena runs, but Solo WHEEL KICKS him down! Fans boo but Jimmy and Heyman love what they see. Solo tags Jimmy in and Jimmy taunts the fans chanting for Cena.
Jimmy taunts Knight, then he brings Cena up. But Cena fireman’s carries! ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT!! Both men are down and fans fire up! Cena crawls, as does Jimmy, hot tag to Solo and he BLASTS Knight! Fans boo but Solo drags Cena back. The ref keeps Knight from getting involved but that lets Solo stomp away on Cena. Heyman is giving commentary to his phone, maybe to Roman Reigns, and then Solo drags Cena into the corner. Solo climbs up, BANZAI DROP! Cena sputters, but Solo drags him back into place. Fans boo but The Bloodline soaks it up as Solo climbs again. BANZAI DROP!! Cover, TWO!!
Cena is still in this but Solo looms over him. Fans rally as hard as they can and Cena starts to revive! Cena reaches out but Solo keeps him back! Then Solo HEADBUTTS Cena down! Jimmy applauds and starts a “Let’s Go, Solo!” chant. The fans don’t join in but Solo goes up the corner again. But Cena KNEES the Banzai Drop! Solo sputters now while both he and Cena are down! Fans rally, Cena and Solo crawl, hot tags to Jimmy and Knight! Indy explodes as Knight rallies on Jimmy! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Whip to the ropes, Jimmy reverses but Knight turns that to a NECKBREAKER! Knight DECKS Solo, too!
Knight stomps a “YEAH!” hole into Jimmy! Fans fire up, Solo runs in but Knight kicks and DDTS him first! But Jimmy SUPERKICKS Knight! Cover, TWO!! Knight is still in this and Jimmy is furious! Fans rally behind Knight but Jimmy goes up a corner. Jimmy tells everyone to shut up, here comes the USO SPLASH! NO, Knight moves, scoops and POWERSLAMS! They spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” ELBOW DROP! Solo returns but Knight kicks and whips. Solo reveres, to SAMOAN DROP! But Cena is up top, to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as Jimmy USO SPLASHES Cena! All four men are down!
The fans fire up again and Pat himself says “This is Awesome!” The fans join in on that, and the teams regroup. They stand, and Jimmy ROCKS Knight! Knight ROCKS Jimmy! Solo ROCKS Knight, but Knight ROCKS Solo! Cena is still down so Knight throws hands on The Bloodline all alone! JAB! JAB! JAB! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Left and right and then an ELBOW for solo! Knight whips, Solo reverses and Jimmy TOSSES Knight! But Cena rises!! Fireman’s carry for Solo but Jimmy SUPERKICKS Cena down! Deja vu from SmackDown! The Bloodline then go to the apron, and Jimmy climbs up again. But Knight returns!
Knight DUMPS Solo out, rushes up and has Jimmy! SUPERPLEX, YEAH!! Cena is up and he sees Jimmy! Fans fire up as he raises his hand! “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!” Cena has to DECK Solo first, but he still hits the FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! And then Knight hits B F T!! Cover, Knight & Cena win!!
Winners: John Cena & LA Knight, by pinfall
The Bloodline may be united by blood, but they just didn’t have the fortitude to put away the mega tandem! Cena wants to raise Knight’s hand in victory, but Knight says NAH NAH. Knight raises Cena’s hand in victory! These two are rolling on, will Cena return to the top of WWE? Will Knight reach that summit himself in the near future? Or will The Tribal Chief look to squash that with his return this coming Friday?
The Judgment Day regroups.
Finn isn’t so sure about Priest cashing in now. Priest’s leg is hurt, everyone else can’t get out there. Just relax and try again. No, no, no, no! Priest accepts what happened out there in the tag match, but he is NOT going home emptyhanded! It has to be tonight. Rhea tries to reason with Priest. He’s the one who said he doesn’t wanna rush this, wants to be ready for it. They’ll do it right, and that’s not tonight. Rhea asks for the briefcase. Priest hands it over, and then sits down. Will the Punisher have no choice but to simply sit back and watch the World Heavyweight Championship match like the rest of us?
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Last Man Standing Match: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura!
The Visionary has never, ever, anywhere in his career, participated in a match with this stipulation. But perhaps the King of Strong Style knew that. Nakamura goaded and trolled Rollins into giving him this rematch from Payback, but who will really get payback in the last lap of Fastlane?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who crosses the finish line and who hits the wall!
The bell rings and both men rush in! Nakamura dodges, slides out, so Rollins just runs up! Nakamura moves so Rollins bails out of his tope, to then pursue on foot! Nakamura slides back into the ring to say, “C’MOOON~!” Rollins smirks, and looks under the ring! Rollins gets a kendo stick! Nakamura is worried so he runs away again. Nakamura then trips Rollins, RAMS him into the apron, and he stalks Rollins around the way. Nakamura sends Rollins into barriers! Fans already want tables but Nakamura CLUBS Rollins’ back. Nakamura KNEES and CLUBS Rollins, then brings him up the ramp.
Nakamura reels Rollins in, but Rollins fights the suplex! Rollins suplexes Nakamura to the floor! Fans cheer and the standing count begins as Nakamura writhes. Rollins stomps Nakamura, and he pulls up floor mats! Rollins reels Nakamura in to- NO, Nakamura fights the bomb! Nakamura brings Rollins over but Rollins blocks the throw to SMACK Nakamura off steps! Nakamura flounders, Rollins brings him up and RAMS him into more steps! Rollins pulls those steps apart and fans fire up! Rollins RAMS Nakamura down! Rollins then gets space, and CHUCKS the steps! Nakamura dodges and steps hit steps!
Rollins runs back but Nakamura avoids the stomp to steps! Rollins blocks a kick to ROLLING ELBOW! Rollins puts Nakamura in the ring, fans fire up and Rollins brings out more kendo sticks. Rollins then goes looking for more things, and he tosses chair after chair after chair in! And then a trash can! And a TABLE! Indy is happy to see that! Rollins then brings out a second TABLE! Indy is even more fired up than before! Rollins hurries in after Nakamura, he storms up and drags Nakamura up but Nakamura KICKS Rollins down! Nakamura puts Rollins on the apron, then runs to KNEE LIFT!
Rollins sputters and Nakamura goes up, GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! The standing count starts on Rollins and Nakamura counts along. Rollins is up at 4 so Nakamura KICKS Rollins! Nakamura stalks Rollins around the way, pushes him into the ring, and he soaks up the heat. Nakamura goes looking for goodies of his own, and has NUNCHAKU!?? Nakamura is a martial arts master, and he CLUBS Rollins with the chucks! And then the other leg! Rollins hobbles around, Nakamura winds up and CLUBS Rollins on the back! Nakamura BOOTS Rollins to a corner, runs in, but into a BOOT!
Nakamura comes back, blocks boots this time and puts Rollins in the ropes! KICK and SLIDING GERMAN! Rollins writhes and the standing count starts. Rollins rises at 3 but Nakamura hits a FLYING KNEE! Rollins is down again so the count restarts. Nakamura paces and Rollins is still down at 5. Rollins stands at 6 so Nakamura KICKS the legs out! Nakamura then takes the trash can and puts it on Rollins! Kendo stick SMACK! And another! And another! And another! Fans fire up as Nakamura lets off. Rollins is down but stirring as the count climbs. Rollins crawls around at 5 but Nakamura has his num-chuks again!
Nakamura CHOKES Rollins with the chucks’ chain! Rollins endures, fights up, and fans rally! But Nakamura kicks the legs out to drag Rollins down! KNEE DROP! Rollins writhes and sputters and the count begins again. Rollins sits up at 4 and hobbles up at 5, but Nakamura brings Rollins in for a SLEEPER! Rollins flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Fans rally for Rollins and he fights up, to get the ropes for leverage, but Nakamura KNEES Rollins in the back! Then Nakamura clinches, REVERSE EXPLODER! Rollins lands out and SLINGBLADES! Both men are down so the count is on both of them!
Rollins stands at 4 and grabs a kendo stick! Fans fire up and Nakamura is up at 6, so Rollins SMACKS him! And again! And again! And again! AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!! Fans fire up, Rollins has the trash can, and he SMACKS Nakamura in the head! Nakamura falls out of the ring but Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Nakamura! But Rollins isn’t done, he puts Nakamura back in. Rollins has the kendo stick yet again, and he aims as fans rally up. SMACK to a leg! Rollins runs to BOOT Nakamura down! Rollins goes up fast, to FROG SPLASH!! Direct hit and the count begins!
Nakamura writhes and sputters but Rollins paces around him. The count is 7, Nakamura stands at 8, and Rollins run sin! Nakamura ducks the kendo stick and tries to use it to choke Rollins! Rollins fights so Nakamura hits a KENDO BACKSTABBER! SLIDING KNEE!! Rollins is down so the count begins, but Nakamura prepares a table just in case. The table sits in the corner, Nakamura stalks Rollins. Nakamura brings Rollins around, SLEEPER, but Rollins fights around. Nakamura CLUBS Rollins and REVERSE EXPLODERS! Rollins flounders towards the table, and Nakamura runs in! KINSHASA into the table!!
Fans fire up as Rollins runs to CURB STOMP!! Nakamura is down and the count begins! We pass 5, Nakamura flounders and drags himself up with ropes. Nakamura stands at 8 and Rollins frowns. Rollins storms in to clothesline Nakamura up and out! Nakamura hits the floor and the count begins again. Rollins then goes out, and he decides to use the announce desk! Fans cheer as Rollins clears it off, and Nakamura stands at 8! Nakamura leans against barriers to stay up, but Rollins decides to bring out a LADDER! Fans fire up for that even more than the tables! Rollins carries the ladder, runs in, and he RAMS Nakamura down!
Fans fire up as the count starts again. Nakamura grits his teeth and sits up at 4, hobbles, but Rollins sets the ladder up near the desk! Nakamura stands at 8 again, but Rollins drags him over to ROLLING ELBOW! Nakamura wobbles, and Rollins makes sure he is on the desk. Rollins goes up the ladder, fans fire up again, and Rollins aims. But Nakamura moves! Rollins has to abandon his plan and fans boo. Rollins hurries down to run up and CLOBBER Nakamura! Nakamura almost falls into the front row! Rollins SMACKS Nakamura off the apron, RAMS him into barriers, then brings him around the way.
Rollins TOSSES Nakamura over the barriers! The count begins while Nakamura is down in the front row, but Rollins grabs himself a chair! Rollins chases Nakamura deeper into the crowd, and SMACKS Nakamura on the back! They keep going, Rollins SMACKS Nakamura off the safety railing by the stage! Fans are loving this as Rollins scoops Nakamura. Nakamura slips free to RAM Rollins into the bleachers! Then Nakamura SMACKS Rollins off a road case. Nakamura climbs up into the upper deck?! Nakamura drags Rollins up to join him, throws forearms, and they continue along the edge. Rollins fires hands in return!
Fans fire up as they brawl on the very edge, and then Rollins BITES Nakamura!! Rollins brings Nakamura around but Nakamura LOW BLOWS Rollins! Nakamura BOOTS Rollins and Rollins lands on the stage below! Rollins writhes, he’s done at 5, and at 7! Nakamura grins but Rollins drags himself up at 9!! Nakamura KICKS Rollins in the back! And he SMACKS Rollins with a chair! Another SMACK to the back and Rollins goes to center stage. Rollins stands but Nakamura SMACKS him again and again! Fans still want tables, and Nakamura has Rollins on the ramp. Nakamura KICKS Rollins, then SMACKS him again!
They return to ringside, Nakamura swings but Rollins ducks! Chair hits post and Nakamura is disarmed! Rollins tucks Nakamura in, but Nakamura back drops! Rollins lands on the bare concrete!! He suffers his own intentions from earlier! The standing count climbs, Rollins is down at 5, then at 7. Rollins drags himself up at 9 once again, so Nakamura CLUBS his back! Nakamura puts Rollins in the ring, storms his way in, and he aims from a corner. “YAO~!” KIN- SUPERKICK!! Rollins hits the PEDIGREE!! Both men are down and the standing count begins! They’re both still down at 5, and 7!
Rollins slides out to get to his feet, Nakamura rises quickly at 9!! Nakamura flounders his way out the side, and Rollins sees there’s still another table. Fans fire up as Rollins struggles to puts that in the ring. The back is hurting so Rollins settles for standing it up out here. Rollins then fetches Nakamura, but Nakamura RAMS Rollins into the apron! Nakamura fires off fast hands and a KNEE! Rollins wobbles, fans sing for him, but Nakamura puts Rollins on the table. Nakamura goes up the corner! He mocks the singing, before he SUPER KNEE DROPS through the table!!! Fans lose their minds as table and possibly Rollins’ body both break!
Nakamura checks his legs, he seems okay, and “This is Awesome!” as the count climbs. Nakamura stands at 6, Rollins flounders at 8! Rollins uses the busted table to stand at 9.5!! Nakamura is furious and he SMACKS Rollins with another chair! And again, and again! Nakamura leaves Rollins behind for the count, even sitting the chair up in the ring. Rollins scrambles up at 7, so Nakamura goes out after him. Nakamura still has a Cheshire Cat grin, but Rollins POSTS Nakamura! Rollins hobbles around, and he looks at the ladder again. Michael Cole and Corey Graves tell him no but the fans sing “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!”
Rollins fumes, storms up to Nakamura, and then brings him over. Rollins puts Nakamura on the desk again, goes up the ladder, but then Nakamura goes up the other side! Rollins sees that and intercepts by dragging Nakamura up! Nakamura fights the suplex, and MISTS Rollins!! Rollins falls through the desk!!! The King borrowing an idea from The Empress, and he stands high above as the count climbs. Rollins is down at 5, at 7, fights up, and somehow stands at 9.9!! Nakamura is frustrated as he climbs back down. Nakamura KICKS Rollins, puts him in the ring, and fans chant “This is Awesome!”
Nakamura circles around Rollins, scoops him, and hits a BACKBREAKER on the chair!!! Rollins somehow stands, but Nakamura KINSHASAS him through the table!!! Rollins is down in the wreckage as the count climbs! Nakamura smiles as the count reaches 7, and 8, and then 9, but Rollins slides out of the ring to be on his feet at 9.99!! Nakamura is mad again and he goes back out to kick Rollins around! They go back to commentary so Nakamura can TOSS Rollins into the timekeeper’s area! Nakamura keeps after Rollins with knees as they go into the crowd again. Nakamura kicks Rollins towards some staging area at the back corner of the arena.
Nakamura SMACKS Rollins off wood, then hoists him onto the platform. Nakamura climbs up to join Rollins and the crowd in this area get to be closer to the action. Rollins eggs Nakamura on so Nakamura rains down fists! Nakamura roars, fans boo, but Nakamura stands Rollins up. Fireman’s carry, but Rollins fights free! Rollins kicks low, underhooks, PEDIGREE!! Nakamura flounders up again, and Rollins CURB STOMPS Nakamura down!!! Both men are down, the count begins! Rollins stands at 8, Nakamura stands at 9! So Rollins reels Nakamura in to FALCON ARROW through tables!!! Fans lose their minds again!
The count climbs, Rollins flounders, we’re past 7! 8! 9! Nakamura flops over, Rollins stands, ROLLINS WINS!!
Winner: Seth Rollins (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)
Everything Nakamura did was brutal and calculated, yet it was NOT enough! The Visionary, the Revolutionary, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins still comes out on top!! But how much longer can Rollins keep this up now that everyone knows about the literal target on his back?
Great stuff tonight here as WWE moves Fastlane up in their calendar. Only five matches feels so much better to get through than five HOURS of matches, WWE showing AEW how it’s done on that level. Moving on, good promos in the kickoff show to help add to the matches. The Six Man Tag starting as a Handicap match at first was fair, that is classic wrestling trope to keep us guessing until the “right moment.” Carlito being the guy was a great surprise and great use of continuity, and so of course LWO wins again. This might just be another Premium appearance by Carlito, though he is in great shape.
And Heyman being upset at Byron for suggesting LA Knight & John Cena could beat The Bloodline, now he’s gonna be even more upset because it happened! Really good tag match, Cena taking a lot of the damage, but great win finish between Cena and Knight. Jimmy took the loss in the fight he picked, now he’s definitely gonna get chewed out by Roman on Friday. Awesome Triple Threat for the women’s title, and it was incredibly clever for Asuka to start this with mist to take advantage of the No Disqualification stipulation. Now, of course Bayley gets involved, but surprisingly, she doesn’t cost Iyo. In a way, Iyo owes Bayley, though that opens the door to Bayley rubbing that in, upsetting Iyo, and then Iyo throws how Bayley keeps speaking without thinking.
Awesome tag match to open, great use of Judgment Day dysfunction to cost them the tag titles, though I’m surprised Priest wasn’t more upset at McDonagh. I think Cody and Jey winning was more the vehicle to the Judgment Day dysfunction, but at the same time, it allows Cody & Jey to go to SmackDown again, where they can “finish the story” with The Bloodline. Plus, there’s still a story on Raw where Cody & Jey can be at odds with Kevin & Sami over these titles. And I like that we got that backstage promo of Judgment Day advising Priest to not cash-in tonight. Honestly, I thought we were lingering at the end of the main event for him to defy their orders.
And of course, Rollins VS Nakamura was an awesome Last Man Standing match. Great use of the entire arena, even with the clearly planted crash pad for Rollins for when he falls off the bleachers. Also great use of mist from Nakamura, paralleling Asuka but also Great Muta. Rollins winning by a very close margin is a great move because it makes sure Nakamura is still strong in the world title scene. Priest should definitely step on to Rollins on Monday, though, along with a few others, and then we can get a build towards Crown Jewel on November 4th to figure out who is actually facing Rollins.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/29/23)
The Continental Classic continues into week 2!
The Switchblade enters whose house?
The AEW Continental Classic continues here on Dynamite! Swerve Strickland and Jay White are both 1-0, but they go against each other for the top spot in Gold League!
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal; Moxley wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush; Rush wins.
- Wardlow VS AR Fox; Wardlow wins.
- Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party; Action & Top Flight win.
- AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura; Julia wins and retains the title.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
Fans cheer as the American Dragon, eyepatch on like a pirate, joins commentary to watch the Continental Classic competition in person.
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal!
The Maniac is 1-0 with three points, so he’s feeling pretty good batting lead for round two! Will he continue his momentum with #PureCarnage? Or will this be a lethal week two?
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on the 20 minute time limit. Moxley and Lethal circle, tie up, and Lethal headlocks for a takeover. Moxley headscissors, Lethal kips free but Moxley headlocks for a takeover. Lethal headscissors, Moxley kips free, and we go another takeover for another scissor. And another! Lethal then ROCKS Moxley with a right! Moxley ROCKS Lethal, Lethal ROCKS Moxley, and they go back and forth! Lethal kicks low, runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up but Lethal trips Moxley to step through, FIGURE FOUR! But Moxley rolls to the apron, and they fall to the floor!
Lethal and Moxley get up, Lethal throws body shots but Moxley clinches. Lethal RAMS Moxley into the apron, slides into the ring and he builds speed. Lethal DIVES and sends Moxley into the railing! Fans fire up, Lethal goes to the apron and struts, but Bryan says not to do that with Moxley. Lethal hops in, builds speed again, but Moxley slides in to deny the dive! Then Moxley DECKS Lethal, and he DIVES! Now Lethal is sent into railing! Moxley shakes out his leg after jamming it up a bit. Lethal CLUBS Moxley, CLUBS him more, but Moxley ROCKS Lethal back. Moxley puts Lethal in, runs in at the corner and clotheslines!
Moxley climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count, but Lethal slips away before five to kick at the legs! Then Lethal hoists Moxley for a SHIN BREAKER to a DRAGON SCREW! Moxley clutches his knee, Lethal storms up to stomp him! Lethal goes after that knee with more stomps, but Moxley hobbles to another corner. Lethal CLUBS the leg, CLUBS it again, and again! Moxley ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Moxley! They go back and forth, Moxley gets the edge with boxing elbows! Then he BITES Lethal! Moxley runs, Lethal ducks to handspring, but into a SLEEPER! Lethal JAWBREAKRS free, and hits another SHIN BREAKER! Then a SAIDO!
Lethal hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes, Lethal climbs, and he MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Moxley is still in this, but he sputters as he crawls to ropes. Moxley is on the apron, Lethal BLASTS Moxley to the railing! The front row has Moxley in their laps as Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Lethal waits while the ref checks on Moxley. Moxley drags himself up but Lethal goes out after him. Moxley drags himself over railing, and Lethal ROCKS him with a right hand! And again! Lethal then RAMS Moxley into the apron, then CLUBS away on the leg! Lethal SLAMS the leg into the apron, and Moxley scrambles into the ring. Lethal pursues, runs up and KICKS the leg out! Moxley crawls, Lethal grabs the leg, and he drops an elbow on the knee! And again! Lethal then has a toehold and he twists the foot. Moxley endures, Lethal stomps the leg, then drops another elbow! But Moxley uses that to get an ARMBAR!
Lethal clasps hands quickly, fights up to stack, TWO and Lethal knees the back of Moxley’s leg! Lethal bends the leg across his own knee, but Moxley endures. Lethal KNEES it again, pulls, and goes back to the standing toehold. Moxley endures, Dynamite returns to single picture, and the fans rally up. Moxley kicks away at Lethal, then gets up to hit a CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Moxley fires up, he drags Lethal up and in, but Lethal fights the piledriver! Lethal RAMS Moxley into the corner, hoists him up, and CHOPS! Lethal climbs for a SUPER DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes and Lethal says he’s gonna rip that leg off!
Lethal aims as Moxley slowly rises, but Moxley avoids the chop block! Moxley ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! And CHOPS him! Lethal fires a forearm but Moxley fires back! The fans rally, the forearms fly, and Moxley gets the edge! Moxley runs, but Lethal follows to UPPERCUT! Lethal runs, but Moxley follows to ELBOW! Moxley runs, baits Lethal in, to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Moxley and he drags Lethal up. Underhooks, but Lethal fights the Paradigm Shift, BACKBREAKER TO COMPLETE SHOT! Moxley is down after the Lethal Combination, and Lethal covers, TWO! Bryan says that wasn’t a great cover, a tournament like this is about the basics.
Lethal grabs Moxley’s leg to SMASH the knee against the mat again and again! Then he drags Moxley, steps through, but Moxley cradle counters! TWO!! Lethal rushes Moxley but Moxley POSTS him! And then rolls him up, TWO!! Lethal escapes again, and Moxley goes back to the corner. Moxley slaps the bad leg and the fans rally up. Lethal stands, he dodges Moxley, and he O’Conner Rolls! TWO and Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE! Lethal rolls back, TWO! Lethal gets the legs, FIGURE FOUR!! Moxley sits up but he endures the pain! Bryan coaches Moxley from commentary and Moxley fights his way around!
Moxley reaches out, Lethal pulls on that hold, but Moxley has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Lethal lets off and drags Moxley up. Lethal KICKS the leg, then calls his shot! Handspring, but Moxley falls! Lethal stops himself, but falls for it! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Moxley fires up, and he KING KONG LRAIATS Lethal inside out!! Then PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Lethal survives, but Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Lethal CLUBS Moxley’s leg, but then Moxley traps that arm! Lethal taps, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (gains 3 points; Lethal earns 0)
The Maniac is 2-0 with a strong six points, but it may have cost him a leg! Will he have to watch out next round with that target on his back?
AEW shares footage from after Saturday Night Collision.
Eddie Kingston asks them what they want him to say. He knew this was gonna be tough. Tony Khan didn’t put any scrubs in this tournament. Eddie just maybe got too cocky, thinking that since he put two belts in the pot, he was a given winner. No one deserves to win, everything is earned. Eddie has Bryan next but he’s behind the 8 ball. Eddie says he will not do this. He will not go backwards. Humble in victory and humble in defeat. Eddie has to go heal up, Epsom salt bath, all that good stuff. The Mad King vows he will be ready for the American Dragon.
Bryan Danielson responds.
Bryan says he was actually impressed by the confidence Eddie had to put up both his titles for the tournament. But now, one loss and Eddie feels he’s behind the 8 ball? Against Bryan? Bryan fractured his orbital bone, needed surgery in two places, and yet he is coming into this tournament on fire! He is NOT behind the 8 ball, he is NOT going to be humble, he is here to win this and be the first AEW Triple Crown! Will Bryan’s Blue League start be Eddie’s Blue League end?
Tony Schiavone is backstage.
He brings up that Sting’s final match is coming. AEW Revolution, Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. And when it comes to where they’ll have Sting’s final match, they thought of the many great venues across the world, but what better place for Sting’s final match than Greensboro, North Carolina and the Greensboro Coliseum? So many great Sting matches were held there, but one in particular that comes to mind is 1988, Sting VS Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship. So Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, get ready! Joining Schiavone now are those very legends, Sting and Ric Flair!
First off, 24-0, the longest win streak in AEW right now, what a fitting place for Sting to have his final match and maybe end on 25 than in Greensboro. Sting says yeah, wow, all those years ago, it was March 8th, 1988, his very first world title match against perhaps the greatest world champion of all time in The Nature Boy. Sting would’ve never guessed that night, 35 years later, we’d be here now. The memories, 45 minutes but a draw, commercial free, the first time in TV history that any sporting event even did that. But that’s not the real point of it. The big deal was being in there with Ric Flair. That was a make or break night, and so thank you, Ric, for putting Sting on the map.
Sting says yeah, that is a fitting place to end his career all these years later, Greensboro. Schiavone says so many great memories, and for him and Flair, forty years ago, does he remember? Oh, Flair knows. The words cannot be spoken to emphasize what is about to happen! Greensboro, where Sting, make no mistake, Ric didn’t make Sting a thing, Sting made himself! 45 MINUTES! Commercial free! With Flair! Unthinkable! Sting walked back there to 25 wrestlers going, “Jesus! You’re the man! You did it, Stinger!” He went out there and did it like a man! That’s what this business is all about.
Flair is 74 years old, standing next to the Icon, with his friend, Schiavone, and going back to Greensboro for what will be the greatest moment of his life, and God knows Flair’s had some good ones. He is honored to be there at Sting’s side! They shake hands, and Flair says the ACC Tournament and all that, nah, this is one for the ages! Highway 85 will be lined up from Richmond, all the way to Charlotte, like it always was! Sting, The Nature Boy, and AEW are coming to Greensboro! Let’s give it to ’em! “WOO~!” It’s the 80s all over again! Tickets on sale December 15th! IT’S SHOWTIME!
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush!
The Sussex County Chicken got beat by The Maniac but El Toro Blanco got cheated by the Switchblade! These animals are hungry for points, so who gets fed?
The bell rings and Rush rushes in! They RAM and then fire off forearms! The fans fire up, Bryan says this is what he was talking about! This isn’t going 20 minutes! The forearms keep flying, Rush ROCKS Mark, but Mark fires off forearms and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS back! Rush whips, runs in, and SPLASHES int he corner! Rush runs but Mark follows, JUMP KCIK! Mark gets Rush up, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Mark forearms and stomps away! The ref counts, Mark lets off, but Rush dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rush sits Mark down so he can stomp with both feet!
Rush scrapes Mark, goes to the far side, then runs in. Mark BOOTS back but Rush still clotheslines! Snapmare and KCIK! Rush stomps away, takes Mark’s “head” and kicks it! The kick is good for Rush but fans boo. Rush goes up a corner, but Mark CLOBBERS him! Rush falls to the floor and fans fire up as Mark builds speed! Mark WRECKS Rush with a dropkick! Mark then stomps away on Rush, then stands him up to CHOP! So Rush CHOPS back! Mark CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS again! Rush whips Mark hard into railing! Rush then whips Mark into more railing! And then back the other way! Rush goes into the ring to tranquilo and let the count handle Mark.
Mark hobbles up, so Rush goes out after him. Rush runs in, but Mark ducks and RAILING BACK SUPLEX! Rush writhes, the ring count starts again, and Mark gets on the apron. Fans fire up as Mark says BANG BANG! FOLEY ELBOW! Fans fire up again and Mark high fives the front row. Mark leaves Rush behind now as the count climbs. Rush drags himself up, drags himself in at 5 of 10, and Mark eggs him on. Rush snarls, and he CHOPS! Mark CHOSP! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Fans fire up as Rush shoves, and Mark BOOTS him! Rush wobbles, but he dodges Mark to SNAP GERMAN!
Mark wobbles up, Rush SUPERKICKS! Mark stays up to LARIAT in return! Both men are down and Minneapolis is thunderous! Mark sees his chewing gum on the mat and picks it back up while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Mark goes to ropes, then stomps Rush. Mark drags Rush up, ROCKS him, and Rush falls over! Mark digs his boots in at the ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off at 4. The ref checks Rush, he’s still in this and bails out. The ref has Mark stay back, the ref makes sure Rush is okay, but then Mark runs in to stomp away! Rush gets up, Mark CHOPS him in a corner, and then ROCKS him! Mark brings Rush around, but Rush whips and SPLASHES! Rush sits Mark down, stomps and ROCKS him, then hobbles away. Rush snarls, he runs back in, but Mark is up to CHOP him down! Mark drops an elbow! And another elbow! Cover, TWO!
Mark fishhooks Rush into a chinlock, but the ref counts. Mark lets off, stands Rush up, but Rush trips Mark and has a leg! Rush hooks that up into a TRAILER HITCH! Mark endures and Rush pulls on the legs! Fans rally, Mark crawls and drags Rush along. Dynamite returns to single picture and fans rally more. Mark reaches out, powers his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and the ref counts, but Rush lets go. Mark drags himself up, the fans rally again, and Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush gets in Mark’s face, eggs him on, so Mark CHOPS! Rush and Mark throw SLAP after SLAP!
Mark swings, Rush bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Rush hobbles back, but Mark is back up! Rush swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Mark stands again. Rush roars, Mark runs in, Rush hits an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY to send Mark into buckles! Rush snarls again, fans rally up and he aims. Rush runs in, but Mark SPEARS him!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Mark drags Rush up. Mark turns Rush for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rush is still in this but the fans fire up for Mark. Mark underhooks, but Rush swings. Mark clinches, waistlocks, but Rush throws elbows. Rush switches, Mark breaks free to PELE!
Rush falls out to the apron and Mark storms after him. They’re both on the edge, Mark fires forearms, but Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Repeat! Fans “WOO~!” for every CHOP! Mark GAMANGIRIS, Rush staggers back, but Rush gets Mark for another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Mark crashes on the floor and the ref checks him. The fans lose their minds but Rush snarls. Rush paces as the ring count climbs, and Mark is up at 5 of 10. Mark drags himself in at 6, but Rush storms right up on him. Rush hoists Mark up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. Mark fires off hands, and then REDNECK HELL STAB!
Fans fire up as Mark leaps, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives again but Mark has the underhooks! Rush powers up to back drop free! Rush aims from a corner now, Mark runs in again but into another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Rush runs up to DECK Mark! Then the BULL’S HORNS!!! Cover, Rush wins!!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Briscoe earns 0)
A true war right here, and now Rush is 1-1! Will this ungovernable one find a way to take over the league? As for Briscoe, he is down 0-2 with no points, is he already on the bubble?
RJ City interviews “Timeless” Toni Storm.
Madame Storm seems rather bothered by something. RJ gets her attention but she tells him to sit. And don’t be so loud. RJ does sit, and Mariah May takes the title for Storm. RJ wants to bring up the championship acceptance speech last week. Yes, and she was rudely interrupted! Yeah, that’s true. How is she feeling? Storm says they partied well into the night, spent some time at the compound, JFK or one of the Kennedys was there. But now she is very fatigued, dehydrated, and has a touch of the gout. Oh, wow. Well, he wants to inform her that she is scheduled to defend the AEW Women’s World Championship. But given her state, is she worried at all?
Worried? Was Fatty Arbuckle worried? Was Jean Harlow worried? Was Frances bloody Farmer worried? No, they all turned out fine, and so will she. Before she goes, take off her shoe, she’s feeling swollen. RJ does take off her shoes for her, but will Storm have to focus before someone takes the title off her?
MJF is here!
Fans cheer as the AEW World Champion walks out here with the help of his cane, mic in the other hand. He has them cut his music, he gets into the ring, and the fans cheer him on. MJF gets right to it as he says “December 30th, Nassau Coliseum, Worlds End, it will be Samoa Joe VS yours truly for the grandest prize of ’em all, The Triple B, the AEW World Championship.” Fans cheer that, and MJF wants to be honest, though. When it comes to Joe as a person, eeeeeeh MJF doesn’t like him. But when it comes to Joe professional, MJF respects him.
MJF respects what Joe has done for the industry, and most importantly, when Joe came into AEW, he didn’t come here to line his pockets, he came here because he believes in those three letters. Fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” and MJF says back in the early 2000s, MJF remembers getting a poster in his mailbox and it was for TNA Wrestling. And he remembers thinking, what even is this all about? He tuned in and couldn’t have been happier. He saw insane feats of athleticism, he saw a new cast of pro-wrestlers he’d never heard of before, but most of all, he saw one man among the rest, and that was the Samoan Submission Machine.
While Samoa Joe may’ve looked unconventional, he didn’t seem to care, and neither did any of the fans. Because every time Joe walked through the curtain, we knew he was the baddest man walking on God’s Green Earth. Now unfortunately, later on in his career, Joe’s talents were not recognized and he was not afforded the opportunity to be a world champion in the WWE. Fans boo, but MJF says what Joe did for this sport was bigger than that. “Joe proved you don’t have to be a massive male model bodybuilder to be a top guy in this sport. Samoa Joe broke the mold. Samoa Joe proved alternatives matter.
“And because of the road that Joe paved, it has allowed for a man like me to stand before you today. Without a guy like Joe, there may be no AEW. So Joe, very quickly, what I’d like to say, as much as this all pains me to admit, thank you.” Fans cheer that and join in, “Thank You, Joe! Thank You, Joe!” Yes, thank you, Joe! However… MJF has actually, though grateful to have gone down the road Joe paved, MJF isn’t too shabby himself, now is he? Fans cheer that. MJF managed to pave his own road, and built on a new alternative. He is AEW day one, and he has helped build this place brick by brick! Fans cheer “M J F! M J F!”
MJF says he did that by defeating some of the biggest names in this industry! Names like Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega. But of all the names MJF has had to face in this ring, the one name he looks back on, and not only was he lucky to win, he was lucky to survive, that is Joe. Samoa Joe is a wrestling legend. But December 30th is not about Joe’s legacy. It’s about MJF’s! December 30th is about answering the question, “Can Max Friedman outlast the Final Boss of this sport one more time?” So now, MJF is gonna make a promise. He promises to everyone watching at home and everyone here in this arena.
MJF promises that on December 30th, it doesn’t matter if his left knee keeps sliding in and out, if his right hip keeps popping in and out of socket, if his right shoulder is hanging on by a threat, or if Joe beats him within an inch of his life. Joe could be King Kong and Godzilla incarnate. Because MJF promises that on December 30th, he shows the world that it is not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog! And if you want to take what’s his… at Worlds End, you’ll have to put MJF down! MJF even breaks his cane!! Fans fire up with MJF, but then the lights go down.
Now there are lights blinking all over the place. MJF looks around, but THE DEVIL’S MINIONS ATTACK! Fans boo as one of them has a baseball bat!! But here comes Joe!! Joe said he’d have MJF’s back so here he is! He YANKS the big guy out, gets that bat, and he runs the rest off! Cameras have trouble here, but when things come back, a message types out on screen. “In the shadows, our game begins. Next week, MJF & Samoa Joe… will you face the unknown in a tag match? Are you a hero, Max?” The Devil has made his challenge to the champ! The fans chant “DO IT! DO IT!” and “He’s Our Scumbag!” Joe tries to get MJF to ignore all this, it’s what this Devil wants!
But MJF says “I’m so sick of your Scooby-Doo BS! LEMME EXPLAIN SOMETHING TO YOU! I am not dealing with your crap when I got that guy breathing down my neck at Worlds End. No no. I am going to take out all of your men, one by one. I am going to unmask you, you coward! And next week, you wanna tag match?! YOU’RE ON!!” Joe isn’t for it, but the challenge has been accepted. Will Joe just have to save MJF from himself?
Wardlow VS AR Fox!
Speaking of someone who wants to take everything away from MJF, the War Dog is on the warpath, just waiting for the right moment. After what we just saw, is MJF going to be served up on a silver platter?
But wait! Fox BOOTS Wardlow down off the apron! And then FLIES out! But Wardlow stays up! So Fox FLIES again! Direct hit but Wardlow is still up! Wardlow HEADBUTTS Fox, then whips him at the apron. Fox 619s on the apron to hit back! And then he goes up the corner to MOONSAULT, but Wardlow catches him! SLAM on the apron, and then Wardlow box jumps up to the apron. Wardlow storms in, fans rally up, and Wardlow drags Fox up for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Now with both men in the ring, the bell finally sounds and this is actually a match. Wardlow storms up on Fox in the corner, to then TOSS him across the way!
Fox flounders out of the ring and Wardlow is having fun now. Wardlow goes out to stalk Fox, CLUB him on the back, and the ring count climbs. Wardlow hauls Fox up to TOSS him back in! Fans rally, Wardlow storms back in, and Wardlow drags Fox up. Fox shoves Wardlow but Wardlow CLUBS him! Wardlow trophy lifts, but Fox slips free! Wardlow runs in, but only gets buckles as Fox slips out to the apron! Fox swings to dropkick, then he goes up to 450 SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Wardlow snarls and Fox is stunned! Fox runs in to BOOT! Wardlow doesn’t budge so Fox BOOTS him again! And again! Fox runs, but Wardlow pops him up for a SPINEBUSTER!
Wardlow winds up, to LARIAT Fox down! Wardlow then hauls Fox up, POWERBOMB! The symphony begins as fans want more! Wardlow drags Fox up, reels him back in, another POWERBOMB! And then Wardlow goes up the corner, to SWANTON BOMB!! Fans fire up and Wardlow still isn’t done! He reels Fox back in, to LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!!! The ref checks, Fox is OUT! Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
The remixed Powerbomb Symphony was too much for Fox, and Wardlow storms off. When and where will Wardlow sink his teeth into MJF?
Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party!
The Sight to See and the reunited Martin brothers are ready to be the Coldest Trio in the Game, but they’re taking on Isiah Kassidy and the legendary Hardy brothers! Will Action, Darius & Dante add themselves to the top of the trios rankings? Or will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay take them to the extreme?
The trios sort out and Minneapolis is happy to have Dante back. Action and Matt start, they tie up and Matt headlocks. Action powers out then DROPKICKS Matt down! Matt goes to ropes, Action runs in but is put on the apron. Action RAMS into Matt, slingshots up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Matt is up, Action kicks but Matt blocks! Matt flips Action, Action lands on his feet but Matt hip tosses! Tag to Jeff and the Hardys get Action up, atomic drop and the takedown, DOUBLE LEG DROP! Jeff covers, TWO! Jeff drags Action up, CLUBS him, and wrenches an arm. Jeff hammerlocks but Action switches it onto Jeff.
Fans rally up for Dante, Jeff elbows Action and runs, but Action trips Jeff! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Jeff moves! Action hits the superhero landing and stares the Charismatic Enigma down! Fans fire up, and they both back away, tag to Darius and Isiah. Fans rally up as Zay and Air Wolf tie up. Zay headlocks, Darius powers out but Zay runs him over! Zay pumps and bumps, things speed up, and Darius hurdles. Zay backflips over, but Darius arm-drags! Darius then sidesteps but Zay arm-drags! Darius trips Zay to cover, ONE! Zay trips Darius but Darius throws him away to then DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Darius mocks the Jeff Hardy dance. Zay is in the corner, Darius runs in to SPLASH and tag Dante! Fans fire up as Dante jumps, runs, and A-LIST LARIATS! Tag back to Darius, snap suplex and a slingshot senton! Fans fire up and Action tags in. Darius gets Zay up, wrenches an arm, and Action DOUBLE STOMPS the arm. Zay losses his durag and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Action whips Zay, Zay reverses but Action avoids the dropkick. Matt CLOBBERS Action while the ref is checking Zay! Zay gets Action up, RAMS him to the corner, and Zay fires off hands. Tag to Jeff, and they mug Action with some stomps. The ref counts, Jeff lets off at 4, and he brings Action up to snapmare. Jeff runs to NECK SNAP, then NECK SNAP the other way! And then another one! Action staggers up, Jeff kicks low and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jeff stays between Action and the Martins to show them how to do his dance. Jeff then CLUBS Action, tags in Zay, and Zay CLUBS Action’s arm.
Zay throws Action out, goes out and throws him into railing! Zay talks some smack, then he stomps away on Action! High five with the fans, then more stomps! Selfie! Zay then puts Action in the ring, CLUBS him down, then drags him back to the corner. Tag to Matt and he RAMS into Action. Matt ROCKS Action with a right, then bumps him off buckles. Matt dribbles Action off the buckles again and again and again! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and Dynamite returns to single picture. Matt ROCKS Action again, tags Jeff, but fans rally up for Top Flight. Matt CATAPULT GUILLOTINES, then Jeff hits a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Jeff drags Action into the ring, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more but Jeff bumps Action off buckles. Tag to Matt, the Hardys stomp a mudhole in, then dig their boots in. The ref counts, Matt lets off and he stands Action back up. But Action ROCKS Matt with haymakers! Matt shoves Action, Action comes back, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Action survives and fans fire up but Matt calls his shot. “DELETE! DELETE!” and Action stands. Kick and- NO, Action wrenches out of the Twist! But Matt ducks the haymaker to back suplex! Action lands on his feet to KICK, KNEE and ENZIGURI!
Both men are down and the fans fire back up! Action and Matt crawl, hot tags to Dante and Zay! Dante goes up and over Zay, CLOBBERS him, CLOBBERS him again, then whips. Zay reverses, Dante goes out and Zay hits buckles! Dante then goes right over the corner, GAMANGIRIS Zay away then jumps to avoid Jeff’s sweep! SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, Matt breaks it! Fans boo but Matt TWIST- NO, Dante powers out and Darius GAMANGIRIS! Dante ROUNDHOUSES, Darius steps in to COMPLETE SHOT! Zay is up and he shoves Dante into Darius! Roll up, TWO!! Zay LARIATS Dante back down, putting his all behind that one!
Fans fire up as both men crawl, but Jeff runs to BLAST Action! Darius ROCKS Jeff, but Zay uses Jeff as a step, PARTY IN MOTION wipes Darius out! Dante sees that, but then Matt sets up for Jeff! POETRY IN MOTION! The Hardy Boyz get Dante up top, Zay GAMANGIRIS him into a Double Electric Chair Lift! Zay springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY!! Cover, TWO!!! Dante survives but the Hardys go after Darius & Action! POETRY- INTERCEPTED as Darius jumps off Matt to CLOBBER Jeff!! Action kicks Matt, then QUEBRADAS off the railing! Zay suplexes Dante, but Dante knees free!
Dante runs, Zay dodges to mule kicks! But Darius is in, he and Action set up, but Zay fights the waistlock! Zay BOOTS Action, elbows Darius, but the still get the SHOTGUN GERMAN SUPLEX!! Zay flops into Dante’s half nelson, SIDE SLAM!! Cover, TOP FLIGHT WINS!
Winners: Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall
A powerful homecoming for Dante Martin, he and his team have a massive win! Will they soon fly high and go after the AEW World Trios Championships?
Backstage interview with Action & Top Flight.
Renee is with them and congratulates them on the big win. So good to see Dante back, how is that leg? But then Penta El Zero Miedo and Alex Abrahantes step in. Penta offers a fist bump, and Dante accepts. They’re all good given Penta was responsible for the broken leg in that Reach for the Sky Ladder match. But then Penta counts, one, two, three. Bring ’em in. Komander and El Hijo Del Vikingo join Penta, that makes one, two, three. And Cero Miedo! Dante nods, when and where will we see this top tier trios match go down?
AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura!
The Princess of the Black Throne successfully defended her gold on Collision against Lady Frost, but now she takes on the Queen of Joshi! And for this match, Dealer’s Choice says submissions can NOT win the match! Then if Julia can’t be Hartless, will she just have to be ruthless?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the House Always Wins!
The bell rings and fans rally up behind Julia. Julia soaks it up, but Emi laughs at it. Emi and Julia smirk as they stare down, then they approach. Emi dodges Julia and laughs some more, but then Julia grabs her by the face! Julia bumps Emi off buckles, fires off forearms and stomps, then whips corner to corner. Julia runs in, handsprings and clotheslines! Julia keeps moving, back body block! Julia snapmares Emi, KICKS her, but Emi just frowns. Fans fire up, and Emi stands up. Julia CHOPS but Emi CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Julia shrieks, but Emi pushes her around. Emi aims but Julia blocks the chop to WRING the arm!
Emi goes to ropes, the fans fire up as Julia CLUBS, HOOK KICKS then KICKS Emi down! Julia pushes Emi out of the ring, goes out after her, but Emi throws body shots. Julia whips, Emi reverses, and Julia hits steel steps! Per the House Rules, there’s a 20 count, not a 10, so Emi has more time to use. Emi runs in to SPLASH Julia against the steps! Fans fire up and the ref checks Julia as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Emi stands on Julia’s face, the ref reprimands, but Emi steps away. She has to be careful, part of House Rules is that disqualifications are strongly enforced. Emi then takes a seat on security’s lap before she storms up on Julia. Emi brings Julia around to CHOP against railing! Then Emi brings Julia over to send into more railing, and CHOP again! Emi puts Julia in the ring, drags her around and dragon sleepers! TWISTING DDT! Cover, TWO! Julia is still in this but Emi pushes her to a corner. Emi CHOPS, and Julia staggers away to another corner. Emi CHOPS her again! And again! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS!
Julia sits down, Emi digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Emi lets off, soaks up the heat, and then brings Julia up to whip corner to corner. Julia stops herself to ELBOW back! Julia storms up on Emi to throw hands, but Emi SLAPS Julia down! Julia checks her jaw, but Emi digs her knees into Julia’s neck! The ref counts, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Emi lets off. Emi watches Julia flounder around, and Julia sits up to throw body shots. Emi just laughs and brings Julia around to underhook. Stalling BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Emi waits on Julia to sit up, says she’ll be the champion, and then underhooks again!
Julia fights up and round, SLEEPER! Submissions won’t win but she just wants to make Emi suffer! Emi falls, flails, Julia has a headscissor squeeze! Emi rolls, pops out the back, and she hooks Julia’s legs up! ROMERO SPECIAL! Julia endures, then Emi THROWS her down! Emi drags Julia around, puts her in a drop zone, but fans still rally for Julia. Emi climbs, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Julia moves! Julia wraps on the HARTLESS LOCK!! But it won’t win! Emi flails, taps, but it doesn’t save Emi, either! Julia thrashes Emi, lets her go, and the ref has to remind Julia it’s her own rules. So Julia BLINDSIDE LARIATS!
Julia stomps Emi into the drop zone, then goes up the corner. MOONSAULT!! Cover, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Another defense in the books, Julia is still golden! Will she keep on winning with such unpredictable rules?
Backstage interview with Mariah May.
RJ City is with Miss May and says we saw her at Full Gear and last week, but we also know she’s here, hungry for more. Mariah says yes she is. She knows she’s the new girl and all, but she did just come from Stardom, and she had quite the run. She is dying to show us what she can do. So thanks for connecting her with Toni Storm. RJ says it’s nothing, he and Toni go way back, used to play squash together. No, really, RJ is quite the curator. And Mariah knows Toni likes him, so this means the world to her. No, no, Toni makes things happen. He’s just happy to help. Mariah seems a bit disappointed, but RJ says without further ado, go get ’em!
Mariah knocks on Tony Khan’s door, steps inside, and talks with the boss. Will this Tony be just as accommodating as Toni Storm?
Christian Cage is here!
The TNT Champion, the Patriarch, makes his way to the ring, security right behind him. Captain Charisma then gets a mic while the fans boo, and he says what he’d like to do right now is go ahead and invite the Rated R Superstar to this ring right now. Fans fire up for that, and Christian says he knows Edge is back there. Fans shout “ADAAAAM~!” and Christian says he just wants to talk about what Edge said on Collision. So if Edge doesn’t mind making his presence felt, Christian would appreciate it. But still no response? Did Christian make sure to do this when Edge isn’t here?
Christian waits, gets upset, and asks Adam “ADAAAM~!” that he’d like to speak with him in this ring. Please, someone, hit the mic, get Adam’s attention, something. Or should Christian go back there to speak with him? “You think you know him.” And here comes Edge!! Fans fire up as Edge storms into the ring, and of course the security becomes a wall in front of Christian. Edge paces and Christian says listen, management wanted this, not him. Fans boo that garbage, but Christian says they don’t need security. He asks these men to vacate the ring. They shrug and bail out, even though Edge looks ready to pounce.
Christian brings up that last week, Edge challenged him to a match for the TNT Championship on December 6th, Dynamite in Montreal. Christian is here to tell Edge that they won’t make it to Montreal. They get face to face and fans fire up. Christian says they won’t make it to Montreal because “I’m sorry.” What? Edge is also confused, and Christian says he knows what we’re all thinking. Christian is only sorry because he’s all alone, right? Fans confirm and they chant “BULL~ SHID!” at him! Christian asks them to understand. Edge took out “The Prodigy” Nick Wayne, he took out Killswitch/Luchasaurus, but that’s not why Christian’s sorry.
He won’t lie, he was pissed about what Edge did to Lucha- er, Killswitch, with not one but two Con-Chair-Tos. Christian was so mad, he jumped out of his house, got in his car and just drove around. He needed to think, needed fresh air. And somewhere during that trip, it turned into one of reflection. It turned into a roadtrip of soul searching, digging down deep, trying to understand why he became the person that he is, this guy who says and does such unsavory things. And then he remembered those times he and Edge would borrow Christian’s mom’s Ford Taurus. They nicknamed it “Toby the Taurus” because they took it everywhere when they were trying to make it.
They didn’t care where they went, they were broke, not a dime to their names, but they didn’t care. They were having the time of their lives! They knew they were gonna make it. They didn’t know how, but they knew they would. And dammit, did they ever make it, huh? They went on to become multiple-time tag team champions, and Christian will say it, the greatest tag team that ever lived! Fans do cheer that. Christian and Edge then became multiple time world champions, two of the greatest careers in this sport. But take the wrestling away, and it runs even deeper. Everyone knows Edge grew up with a single mom. Everyone knows that Edge didn’t have a father figure.
Fans boo, already sensing where this is going! Christian wants Edge to listen! Yes, he is the Patriarch of AEW, but in no way is he suggesting he’s Edge’s father. Christian is Edge’s brother. And in turn, Christian’s father became like Edge’s father. Edge went on family trips, sat at the dinner table, slept over! When Edge needed discipline, Christian’s dad treated him the same as his own kids. He picked Edge up, brushed him off, hugged him and cheered him on. To this very day, he is still Edge’s biggest fan. So listen, Christian will just say it. They weren’t just random guys thrown together. “I love you, man.” Fans boo that one!
Christian says they’re family. And listen, when Edge’s mom passed a few years ago, that was the hardest time of Edge’s life. Christian knows that. But some time before, she said, “What I wouldn’t give to see you guys in that ring, teaming one last time.” Christian started thinking, that they should do this for her! Let’s go on the journey together again, like Edge wanted! Edge & Christian, for Judy “Judemeister” Copeland! Let’s do it for her! Fans cheer for Judy, but Edge is conflicted. Christian drops the mic, holds the belt, and then rushes Edge! Edge LOW BLOWS Christian first!! Fans cheer as Christian leans on Edge in pain.
Christian slumps down and Edge lets him fall. Fans want that one more time, but Edge gets the mic. “Nice try, dumbass.” Edge tells him to sit up when he’s talking. Edge grabs the belt, tells Christian to shine it up real nice. Hell, sleep with it if he wants. Because next week, the title’s coming home with Edge! Oh, and one more thing, Edge almost forgot. G F Y!! Fans are thunderous as Edge takes his leave. Will Edge crush Christian’s spirit as payback for everything he’s said and done?
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland!
The Switchblade and the Realest are both 1-0 with three points, and now they are going to battle in what could be the decisive battle in this block! With no Juice Robinson, no Ass Boys, no Prince Nana or Brian Cage, who will prove to be the slipperiest snake in all of AEW?
The bell rings and fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White still throws guns up, but he and Swerve then tie up. They go around, Swerve puts White in a corner, but White turns it around. Swerve turns it back around, White pulls hair to turn it around again, then he RAMS into Swerve! And again! And again! White tosses Swerve out, then goes out to CHOP! White then RAMS Swerve into railing, mocks Nana’s dance, but Swerve throws hands! Swerve runs and RAMS White into railing! Fans fire up with Swerve and he stomps White down. Swerve then whips, but White reverses and Swerve hits railing so hard, he goes over into the front row!
Fans fire up and security helps Swerve, but then White drags him back in. White puts Swerve in the ring, mockingly asks, “Whose House?” and he stomps Swerve. White wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then CHOPS! White again mockingly asks, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White CHOPS Swerve, but Swerve BOOTS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Swerve whips, White holds ropes, then he dumps Swerve out. But Swerve pulls hair! White HOTSHOTS Swerve, builds speed and slides, but Swerve catches him to BACK SUPLEX White into the front row! Fans are getting a much more interactive experience than expected!
Swerve drags White back up, White grabs at fans desperately, but the fans can’t do anything for him as Swerve dumps White back over. Swerve pushes White around, goes up the apron, and then he FLYING STOMPS White down! Fans fire up, Swerve puts White in, and then aims from the apron. But White gets a leg in the ropes! Swerve claws at White, pushes him away, but White BOOTS Swerve, then DRAPING DDTS! Fans rally for Swerve but White drags Swerve up to CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
White sits Swerve up again, to CHOP him back down! White drags Swerve up again, goes up a corner, and mocks Swerve, to then hop back down and CHOP again! Swerve writhes, White drags him up, and White TOSSES Swerve out of the ring. White goes out after Swerve, but he CHOPS back! Swerve then clinches to hit a BACKBREAKER! White writhes, Swerve goes up to the apron again, and he BOOTS White back down! Fans rally up, Swerve drags White into the ring, and then clamps on a cording hold. White grabs ropes, the ref counts, Swerve takes a swing, but White EXPLODERS Swerve up and out!
White goes out after Swerve, hauls him up, and APRON GOURD BUSTERS! Swerve writhes and flounders but White refreshes the ring count. White then RAMS Swerve into steel steps! Swerve gets in the ring, White pursues and covers, TWO! White clamps onto Swerve’s bad arm, then traps the other, and he stretches Swerve out as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve fights up, but White throws him down by hair! White again mocks the chant, “Whose House?” Bryan commends Swerve on toughness. He had a brutal Texas Deathmatch with Hangman Page, and the only thing taped up is that arm.
Speaking of, White clamps onto the arms again, but Swerve endures. Swerve fights up, throws body shots, but White throws him down by his hair! Fans boo, Swerve gets up to SLAP White! Swerve CHOPS, White waistlocks, but Swerve swings elbows. White gets under to SAIDO! White then storms up to drag Swerve up, CORNER HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Swerve is still in this but White scuffs him. White mockingly says he needs his points. White knees Swerve low, and again, but Swerve blocks the chop! Swerve wrenches, gets around, HAMMERLOCK BACK SUPLEX! White writhes and fans fire up!
Swerve snarls, storms up on White, and he ROCKS him! Body shot! Forearm! Body shot! Repeat! Swerve snapmares, rolls, but White catches the Complete Shot, but then Swerve slips out of the Urenage! Swerve goes to a corner, White runs in but Swerve goes up and over to O’Conner and Eddy Gordo RANA! White tumbles, staggers, into the SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT! And then a gator roll into a deadlift suplex! Fans fire up as Swerve covers, TWO!! White survives and Swerve grows frustrated. Fans still rally up behind Swerve, and he grabs White’s wrist. White resists but Swerve still drags him up.
White reaches out, kicks Swerve’s legs, then gets free. White swings, Swerve dodges and comes back, COMPLETE SHOT from White! White then waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! White runs up, but Swerve DISCUS LARIATS! Fans are thunderous while both men are down and Bryan says, “How incredible are these two men?!” A standing count starts, both men stir, and White flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as White comes back, he and Swerve go forehead to forehead, and they trade junkyard dog headbutts. Swerve laughs, White throws hands! Swerve throws them back! They go back and forth, faster and faster!
Fans rally up as the shots keep flying, and Swerve DECKS White! Fans fire up, Swerve smiles, but White grabs at Swerve’s legs. Swerve grabs at White, White CHOP BLOCKS! White then gets the bad arm, clinches, and URENAGES! Cover, TWO!! Swerve is still in this, this isn’t anything compared to Texas Death! White clamps on with the sleeper, though, and he hauls Swerve up. Swerve throws elbows, but White wrangles him for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Fans fire up, Swerve endures, White CLUBS away on the bad arm and pulls! Swerve reaches out, fights around, but White keeps him from ropes by pulling hair!
Swerve and White roll together, but Swerve slips around to get White’s arms trapped! Swerve stands on that arm! Finger gun and BANG!! The arm goes back and the fans tell Swerve he’s sick! Swerve grins, storms up on White and drags him up again. But White fights the half nelson and puts Swerve in a corner. The ref counts, White arm-drags free, but then Swerve sends him at the ref! White stops himself, LOW- NO! Swerve blocks the kick, he was paying attention to last week! Swerve slips around and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Swerve runs to HOUSE CALL!! Then Swerve goes up and he takes aim!
White sits up, into the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!?! No one can believe it, least of all Swerve!! White survives Swerve’s best shots, but Swerve drags him up! Swerve’s bad arm holds him back, but then White clinches! BLADERUNNER!! But Swerve flops out of the ring!! White hurries out after Swerve, pushes him in, and hurries to clinch. Swerve fights up, fights the sleeper, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! But White still rolls Swerve up with his other arm! TWO! White storms up, Swerve trips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! BLADE- NO, Swerve slips free, but White fights the half nelson! And CHOPS!
Swerve CHOPS back! White CHOPS! We get the 15 minute mark, so time’s ticking away! Swerve CHOPS, White CHOPS, repeat! White kicks and CHOPS, then reels Swerve in. Swerve uses a leg to get free but White has him again, SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Then the clinch, BLADE- ARM-DRAG!! Cradle cover, SWERVE WINS!!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall (gains 3 points; White earns 0)
White is shocked that he got beat! The #Jay1 aside, these points go to The Realest! Will the Gold League soon be whose house?
A great Dynamite, with awesome Continental Classic matches. But also really good non-tournament matches, such as that Trios Match. Great return to action for Dante Martin, great win for him and his trio, and those three could really build themselves up into trios title contenders with matches like this. And really good TBS Championship match Julia and Emi, though they need to get better at bringing up how House Rules work. No Ropebreaks, the ring count is to 20, and there’s Dealer’s Choice. They just kinda threw out there that this was gonna be a No Submission Falls, which was honestly a brilliant move by Emi. But in the end, of course Julia wins, it’s still too early for her to lose this belt.
Wardlow squashing- heck, he demolished AR Fox, is fine for Wardlow but a shame for Fox. Wardlow is still staying strong as he waits for the right moment to go after MJF again, but maybe, just maybe, he’s been going after MJF all along as that big guy among the “gimp squad” that tried to get MJF tonight. Great promo from MJF to not just praise Joe but also bury Punk without having to actually reference Punk going back to WWE. Joe made the save as expected, and now they’re getting dragged into a tag match against any two of those goons, and who knows who they are really, but can’t wait to see how this all goes.
Awesome stuff from Christian and Edge tonight, a brilliant move for Christian to so blatantly play to Edge’s emotions just to save his own ass. But of course it was also brilliant for Edge to not fall for it at all and get the better of Christian. But uh, AEW needs to be better at live censoring their shows, that GFY got right past them. That aside, that TNT Championship match is going to be awesome stuff, could go either way, but I still want to see Luchasaurus betray Christian and finally become his own man-dinosaur. Not Jack Perry’s tag partner, not Christian’s henchman, but his own man doing his own stuff.
And as I said at the start, awesome Continental Classic matches. Bryan Danielson also being on commentary for these was a good move, that could easily be a thing he does after he retires, except I think part of retiring is staying home with the family. Anyway, Moxley VS Lethal was a great opening match, and I figured Moxley would win that. Maybe Lethal realizes he really has let Team Triple J weaken him with all their antics. Rush VS Briscoe then raised the bar, though with a somewhat scary moment where I thought Rush took a shot to the head but it was really a concern for his leg. Rush winning was a fair choice, and that puts pressure on a possible 0-2 VS 0-2, Lethal VS Briscoe in the next round. I say “possible” because Tony Khan doesn’t reveal the entire schedule at once.
And then just an awesome, borderline PPV level match of Swerve VS White. The fans were strongly behind Swerve, I was behind Swerve, so it’s great to see Swerve get to 2-0. Swerve’s becoming my top choice for Gold League and maybe even the entire thing. Swerve having the ROH World, NJPW Strong Openweight and the AEW Continental Championships, he could really do a lot with traveling between the three brands. Mogul Embassy is already in ROH given they’re ROH World Six Man Champions, and the Gates are in NJPW right now for World Tag League, so Swerve joining them pretty much everywhere, all four of them having belts, that’s great stuff to me.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (11/29/23)
B Block, round 4!
Will it be lights out for Bishamon?
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling despite being the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, will they finally gain some ground this round?
- Six Man Tag: The Gates of Agony & Yuto Nakashima VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Boltin Oleg; Kaito, Oiwa & Oleg win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club War Dogs; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Master Wato, YOH, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii; Wato, Yoh, Yano & Ishii win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Archer & Zayne win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Time Limit Draw.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-0, 6 points
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 3-0, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1, 4 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-1, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 1-2, 2 points
Bishamon: 1-2, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 0-3, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-3, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
Gene Blast & The King of the World took down the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions in last round’s main event, but now they’re up against the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who are starving for a win! Will the Rogue General & Red Commando finally get on the board? Or will they just have to tranquilo in the fourth?
Fale & Bonza Too Sweet, and then Tsuji & Zando attack! The bell rings and Zando fires off on Fale but Bonza turns things around on Tsuji. Fale CLUBS Zando, then bumps him off buckles. Bonza drags Tsuji up, Rogue Army whip but the amigos dosido and return to CLOBBER Fale & Bonza! Fans fire up as the forearms fly. Then Tsuji sends Bonza into Fale! Zando sends Tsuji in to UPPERCUT! Bonza falls out of the ring, Tsuji runs in to SPLASH Fale! Fale flops out of the ring and the fans rally up with Zando. He and Tsuji high five then DOUBLE DIVE! Direct hit into the railing and down goes the Rogue Army!
Fans fire up as Zando & Tsuji stand back up. The ring count starts so Tsuji puts Bonza in. Tsuji & Zando stalk Bonza, and Zando SMACKS Bonza on the head. They double whip then POP-UP KNEE! Bonza falls over, Tsuji covers, TWO! Fans cheer while Tsuji keeps cool. Tsuji kicks Bonza to ropes, CHOPS him, but Bonza pie faces. Tsuji kicks low and CLUBS away on Bonza! Bonza blocks the whip, but Tsuji knees low. Tsuji whips, Bonza reverses but Tsuji ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to run into a lift and FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fale DECKS Tsuji while Bonza BLASTS Zando! Bonza stomps Tsuji around, then pulls off his Bullet Club shirt, to CHOKE Tsuji with it!
Fale distracts the ref, Zando storms in but now the ref has to stop him. Bonza just keeps choking Tsuji, but Tsuji gets to the ropes. The ref reprimands and counts, Bonza lets off to cover, TWO! The fans rally up for Tsuji but Bonza stands Tsuji up. Tsuji fights the scoop, so Bonza CHOPS him down! Tag to Fale and he BLASTS Zando! Bonza stands Tsuji up for Fale to scoop SLAM! Fale drags Tsuji around, then stands on his back! He uses Tsuji as a surfboard! Tsuji endures, Fale steps off, and he flips Tsuji over for a cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Tsuji hangs in there. Fale tags Bonza in, and Bonza steps through to have the EDGE-UCATOR!
Tsuji endures, Zando coaches him, and Tsuji reaches out. Tsuji fights to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer but Bonza lets off in frustration, and BLASTS Zando for the hell of it! Bonza drags Tsuji up, suplexes, but Tsuji fights it! Tsuji tries to suplex, Bonza fights it! They fight for suplex control, and Tsuji gets Bonza up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tsuji crawls his way over, hot tag to Zando! Zando rallies on Bonza, CLUBS him, then whips. Bonza reverses, but Zando stops to drop knees on Bonza’s back! Zando says tranquilo, but Bonza rushes in. Zando catches his lariat to send him into the corner!
Zando runs in to clothesline, then he snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fale runs in but Zando drop toeholds him onto Bonza! Zando then runs to basement dropkick Fale! Fans rally up behind Zando, but Fale runs in aga. Zando dodges to DROPKICK Fale out! Bonza goes to a corner, Zando calls to Tsuji, and they both storm up on Bonza. They double whip, double hip toss for the DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Tsuji SPLASHES, then sets Bonza up as Zando climbs. MOONSAULT! Cover, Fale kicks it apart! Tsuji fires off on Fale, throws him back out, and fans rally up. Tsuji drags Bonza up, he and Zando hook him up, but Bonza fights the Anchor!
Bonza CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bonza fires up, runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up as Tusji & Zando set up, for the ANCHOR! Then Tsuji goes up top and stands on Zando’s shoulders. But Fale body shots Zando! GRENADE for Tsuji!! Bonza ELBOWS Zando, Fale SPLASHES him! Then feed to a BACKBREAKER, and ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROGUE ARMY WINS!
Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
Bullet Club blows it up and finally has a win! Is there still a chance for them in the World Tag League? Can Tsuji & Zando rebound and set sail next round?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado!
Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World have not been able to put together a win while the Headbanga & Young Guerrilla really only have that first round shocker to stand by. Will the murder grandpas finally score some points? Or will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions keep from owing more golden tickets?
ELP gets fans to cheer referee Marty Asami, and even Nagata and Suzuki. Suzuki gets annoyed and tells ELP to shut up. ELP winds up and high fives Leo, which fans cheer. Suzuki dares ELP to step up, and so that’s who starts. Fans rally as the bell rings, and ELP taunts Suzuki as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Suzuki circle, they feel things out, and then knuckle lock. Suzuki kicks, wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, but ELP spins back, wrenches free and wristlocks to then headlock. But Suzuki brings ELP to a knee to pop out and headlock back. ELP slips free and the fans cheer that opening exchange.
The two circle again, feel things out, and ELP gets a “SU-ZU-KI!” chant going. Suzuki storms up, ELP stays in a corner. The ref has Suzuki back up, and ELP comes back. They feel things out, ELP goes for a leg, then a waistlock. Suzuki wrenches at ELP’s arm, has the wristlock, then wrenches again. ELP rolls, handsprings, but Suzuki denies the wrench to then wrench again. Suzuki hammerlocks, headlocks, but ELP hits a BIG atomic drop! Suzuki hobbles away, ELP BLASTS Nagata, but Nagata runs in! Into an atomic drop! ELP hobbles his way over, saying his knee hurts from hitting those drops.
ELP storms up on Suzuki, but gets caught in a HANGING ARMBAR! Nagata runs to BLAST Leo! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, but Nagata sends Leo into railing! Suzuki drags ELP out to send him into railing, too! Nagata throws hands on Leo, whips again, as does Suzuki! ELP & Leo both hit railing hard! Suzuki stomps ELP, Nagata stomps Leo, and Jado can only protest. The ref reprimands, ELP hits Suzuki back with forearms, but Suzuki ROCKS ELP! ELP falls back, the ref starts the ring count, and Suzuki leaves ELP behind. The count reaches 10 of 20 while ELP crawls, and ELP staggers about at 11.
ELP steadies himself at 14, slides in at 15, and fans cheer. But Suzuki facelocks and he brings ELP over. Nagata tags in, the murder grandpas mug ELP, and then Nagata KNEES ELP against ropes. Nagata throws a heavy body shot! ELP doubles over, Nagata sits ELP up to KNEE him down again! Nagata drags ELP up for another body shot! ELP sputters and coughs his way to a corner, Nagata stomps him, then wrenches an arm. Suzuki tags himself in, and he kicks ELP low. Suzuki taunts Leo, then stands ELP up to ROCK him with a right! ELP wobbles, ROCKS Suzuki back, but Suzuki just glares. ELP throws more forearms but Suzuki just glares!
ELP apologizes to the murder grandpas, but Suzuki body shots then DECKS ELP! Suzuki gives Nagata a hard tag and fans rally up. Nagata drags ELP up to CLUB him on the neck! Nagata waits on ELP, to then KICK! And KICK! And KICK! ELP ends up in a corner, Nagata whips him corner to corner and BOOTS! Then clinch to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this and fans rally back up. Nagata drags ELP up, suplexes, but ELP slips free to waistlock! Nagata fights with elbows, ELP apologizes and wants time. But then he kicks! Nagata blocks that, only for ELP to ENZIGURI! Fans rally up while ELP and Nagata are both down!
ELP crawls his way over, rolls and hot tags Leo! Leo UPPERCUTS Nagata, BLASTS Suzuki, then swings on Nagata. Nagata dodges but Leo keeps moving to run Nagata over! Fans fire up with Leo and he runs in at the corner. Nagata dodges the splash, comes back, but into a scoop! SNAKE EYES and a BOOT! Fans fire up and Leo aims. Nagata rises, Leo clamps on the choke grip! But Nagata ROCKS Leo first! Nagata fires more shots, whips, but Leo reverses. Nagata rolls and fakes the enziguri to dropkick the leg out! Nagata gets up and Suzuki already tags in. Suzuki fires forearms on Leo! Suzuki eggs Leo on and Leo pounds the mat.
Leo choke grips! Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Leo again! Suzuki runs, but Leo scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down! Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP storms up on Suzuki and fires a forearm! Suzuki grits his teeth so ELP throws more shots! Suzuki just glares! ELP throws off his elbow pads to ROCK ELP! Suzuki smiles! ELP ROCKS Suzuki again and Suzuki ROCKS ELP in return! ELP wobbles then falls over! Suzuki drags ELP back up, whips him to a corner, and Nagata joins in. Suzuki BOOTS, Nagata SHINING WIZARDS! Then snapmare, and DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH!!
The rivals shove each other, fans fire up, but then Leo shoves Suzuki into Nagata! Leo then runs, to DOUBLE LARIAT them both down! Fans rally up, ELP rises and he helps Leo get Suzuki up. They double whip Suzuki to a corner, then they whip Nagata into him! ELP sends Leo in to DOUBLE SPLASH! Nagata falls, ELP ELBOWS Suzuki! Then feed to the POWER TRIP! Leo then sets Suzuki up for the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Suzuki survives and fans fire up again! ELP tunes up the band, SUDDEN- NO, Suzuki dodges! ELP kicks, runs, but Suzuki follows! Suzuki gets around to SLEEPER! Nagata grabs Leo for a CROSSFACE!
Fans fire up while ELP & Leo endure stereo submissions! ELP is turning red, ELP is fading! The ref checks, Suzuki lets off to cover, TWO!!! ELP survives and the fans fire up! Suzuki lets the fans rally up as he drags ELP up into another SLEEPER! And then a sin, but ELP jackknife bridges! TWO!! ELP BOOTS Suzuki, then SUPERKICKS! And then the tuck for C R 2!!! Cover, ELP & LEO WIN!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas fall short again! What is it that’s missing in their formula? As for the “Blue Sexy Boys,” will they continue to be NJPW Strong as the WTL rolls on?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
The Holy Emperor beat his mentor with help from Heat Storm, but now things get even hotter as Taichi faces a former Suzuki-Gun ally! In a battle of 3-0 teams, will Taichi & Yuya be able to survive? Or will they get burned by the Monster Sauce?
Archer’s back to beating up Young Lions, and Zayne just sighs with an “Oh, you” attitude. The teams sort out and Archer wants to face the KOPW Champion. Taichi and Yuya give thumbs, and fans cheer as the former Suzuki-Gun members start. Archer says Taichi is still his brother but this is about WTL, so #EverybodyDies, even Taichi! Archer pie faces Taichi, but Taichi CHOPS! Archer just smiles, so Taichi CHOPS again! Archer eggs Taichi on, Taichi CHOPS again! Archer ROCKS Taichi with a forearm! Fans rally up, Taichi and Archer circle, and they feel things out. Taichi KICKS and KICKS but Archer blocks one to choke grip!
Taichi breaks free, but Archer waistlocks! Taichi fights free to PELE! Taichi runs, Archer follows and BODY CHECKS Taichi! Archer eggs Taichi on, but Yuya tags in. Archer stares Taichi down but then he KNEES Yuya low! Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce double whip. Yuya gest around to shove Zayne into Archer and then arm-drag Zayne! Zayne gets up, Yuya DROPKICKS him! Yuya CHOPS Zayne, CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Zayne is in the corner, Yuya whips him corner to corner. Zayne reverses, runs in, but Yuya dodges and Archer ELBOWS him down! Zayne comes back ELBOW Yuya!
Archer then whips Zayne to scoop, so that Zayne can tilt-o-whirl RANA Archer into Yuya! Fans fire up while Archer laughs. Zayne covers, TWO! Zayne brings Yuya over, tags Archer, and Archer stomps around. Archer taunts Taichi, then Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Archer drags Yuya up and CHOPS him! Archer stands Yuya back up but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Archer eggs Yuya on, Yuya throws more CHOPS, but Archer DECKS him! Archer says it isn’t Yuya’s time, this is all about Monster Sauce! Fans cheer, Archer whips Yuya corner to corner hard, and Archer has a cocky cover, but Red Shoes doesn’t wanna count?
Archer tells him to count but Red Shoes says not until it’s a real cover. Archer snarls and he drags Yuya up. He dares Yuya to go tag Taichi, then he short arm LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Taichi was also there but Archer grins as he gives him a pie face. Red Shoes has Taichi back off, and Taichi coaches Yuya on. Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Zayne brings Yuya out to ROCK him! Yuya CHOPS! Zayne ROCKS Yuya again but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Zayne knees low, whips but Yuya reverses to reel Zayne in for a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Zayne and Yuya crawl, they reach out, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms in after Zayne to give him Kawada Kicks! Zayne goes to a corner, Taichi BOOTS him! Taichi snapmares to KICK Zayne, but Archer runs in to kick Taichi! Archer whips but Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! But Archer rebounds, only for Taichi to DUMP him out! Zayne kicks and whips Taichi to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up and Taichi gets them to get louder. And OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, but Zayne ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Taichi rolls through, but Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS!
Taichi stays up, GAMAN- NO, Zayne ducks the kick! Zayne ROLLING AX KICKS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Zayne and Taichi crawl, and Zayne is up first. Zayne drags Taichi up to wrench and scoop, but Taichi pulls hair! Taichi CLUBS away on Zayne, but Zayne swings. Taichi ducks to SAI- NO, Zayne slips free! Zayne reels Taichi in but Taichi fights the suplex! Taichi tries but Zayne fights the suplex! Zayne then suplexes to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this but Zayne tags Archer. Archer says he told Taichi this was coming! Archer suplexes and THROWS Taichi!
Fans fire up as Archer storms around, and he runs in to ELBOW Taichi in the corner! Archer says that’s one! He runs corner to corner again, but Taichi BOOTS him! Archer snarls, runs back in but Taichi dodges! GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taichi crawls to his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Zayne runs in but Yuya arm-drags him! And arm-drags him again! Archer runs up to choke grip! CHOKE- DROPKICK! Yuya then DROPKICKS again! Archer is still up, and he blocks the arm-drag to send Yuya to the corner! Yuya dodges the splash, but Archer still blocks the arm-drag! Choke grip, but Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS!
Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS again, but Archer kicks low. Archer runs, into an arm-drag! Fans fire up as Yuya dropkicks the legs! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Archer down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up, Yuya pounds the mat and he goes to the corner. Yuya climbs up, but Archer STEP-UP KNEES! Archer then brings Yuya up in the inverted crucifix! But Yuya fights free, rolls Archer up, TWO!! Archer swings, Yuya gets under and shoves Archer into a Taichi’s BOOT! DOUBLE CHOPS! SOBAT! Yuya goes up to FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, Zayne breaks it! Taichi kicks and throws Zayne out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya fires up and the fans are with him!
Yuya climbs a corner, takes aim as Archer stands, CROSS- NO, choke grip! But Yuya victory rolls! TWO!! Archer is up, Yuya blocks the boot to UPPERCUT! And DOUBLE CHOP! And ENZIGURI! Archer stays up so Yuya traps the arms! But Archer HEADBUTTS free! Yuya runs, into a scoop! ROLLING AX KICK SIDEWALK SLAM COMBO!! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Zayne dodges Taichi to scoop, BAJA BLAST!! And then Archer grabs Zayne, CHOKE SAULT! Fans fire up as Archer roars! Archer drags Yuya up, but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Zayne down, but Archer ROCKS him!
Yuya roars, but runs into the choke grip! CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Yuya survives and shocks everyone! But Archer drags him into the drop zone, then lifts Zayne up! BLACKOUT SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Monster Sauce wins!!
Winners: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
Archer said it’s all about Monster Sauce, and Monster Sauce just won big! They are the ONLY 4-0 team in ALL of World Tag League 2023, are they going to be the only option for B Block? Or will Taichi & Yuya still find a way to change everything?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
Though Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi are IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and former World Tag League winners, their road to the threepeat has not been easy. They’ve started to #TurnItAllAround, but can they keep it going? Or will the sons of lucha libre shine brightest here tonight?
The teams sort out and the luchadores offer handshakes. Bishamon accept and the fans cheer the sportsmanship. Hashi starts against Soberano and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and Soberano headlocks. Soberano grinds Hashi down but Hashi uses that to pop out the back and hammerlock. Hashi then headlocks, but Soberano fights up. Soberano throws body shots, trips Hashi with a leg takedown, then traps that leg. Hashi uses his free leg to pull Soberano down and goes after an arm. Soberano clasps hands, Hashi pries them apart and has the ARMBAR! Soberano shifts around, but Hashi pulls on the arm again!
Soberano turns Hashi over, and ties up the legs in a deathlock, then shifts to body scissors and roll! Cover, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Hashi and Soberano circle again, then they knuckle lock. Hashi wrenches, hammerlocks, and headlocks. Hashi hits a takeover, then grinds Soberano down. Soberano headscissors, Hashi fights around, but Soberano has the arms, too. It’s an inverted motorcycle stretch now! But Hashi powers his way out, floats to a headlock, but Soberano slips away. The fans cheer again, and Hashi tags Goto. Soberano says it was that close, and he tags Atlantis in.
Atlantis and Goto circle and the fans rally up. The two tie up, Goto puts Atlantis on ropes, and Red Shoes counts the break. Goto lets off with pats on the shoulder and fans applaud. Atlantis keeps cool, he and Goto circle, tie up, and Goto waistlocks. Atlantis reaches around, spins through and he facelocks. Goto wrenches out to hammerlock, and then headlocks. Atlantis slips out to waistlock but Goto gets the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Atlantis lets off with pats on the shoulder, and fans cheer again. Atlantis and Goto reset and feel things out. Atlantis wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then double wristlocks.
Goto powers through, hammerlocks, then headlocks for a takeover. Atlantis headscissors, Goto kips free, and the fans cheer. The two circle again, and then tie up. Goto headlocks, grinds, but Atlantis throws body shots. Atlantis powers out, Goto RAMS into him, but Atlantis rebounds to run Goto over! Fans fire up and Atlantis shakes his arm out. Atlantis stands Goto up to fire forearms and stomps, then runs. Hashi slides in, Bishamon runs Atlantis over! Then ZANMAI! Soberano runs in, Bishamon kicks him first! They HAMMER away on Soberano, then fans fire up as Bishamon flexes. They stomp Atlantis to a corner, and Goto digs his knee in.
Red Shoes counts, Goto lets off quickly, but then stomps Atlantis. Goto CLUBS Atlantis down, clamps on a neck wrench, but Atlantis endures. Goto bumps Atlantis off buckles and Atlantis falls back. Tag to Hashi, Goto stomps some more, but lets off for Hashi to stand Atlantis up. Hashi wrenches Atlantis, CLUBS the arm, then wrenches again. And again, and again! Hashi keeps Atlantis from ropes, CLUBS the arm, and then brings Atlantis around. Atlantis CHOPS, so Hashi CHOPS back! Atlantis falls, Hashi brings him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Goto and they wrench the arms. Bishamon double whips but Atlantis ducks the lariats to RANA Hashi!
Atlantis dodges Goto to arm-drag him! And DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Atlantis crawls for his corner, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up to CROSSBODY Goto! Cover, TWO! Soberano is a little annoyed with the count but he looms over Goto. Soberano stomps Goto, kicks him around and eggs him on. Goto blocks the punch to ROCK Soberano! And again! Soberano run sin, but Goto DECKS him! Fans fire up and Goto drags Soberano up. But Soberano DROPKICKS again! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Goto hangs in there but Soberano keeps his cool.
Soberano clamps onto Goto with shoulder claws, then a chinlock. Soberano snapmares Goto to then leg drop! Soberano keeps on Goto with a chinlock, and he pushes Goto out of the ring. Soberano brings Goto around to whip into railing! And then he clamps on a headlock to put Goto on the apron. APRON 619! Goto staggers back into railing and Soberano wants Red Shoes to be patient with him. Soberano drags Goto up, chicken wings him, and Atlantis kicks Goto low. Soberano then runs around to CLOBBER Hashi! Atlantis cranks Goto’s neck against railing! Soberano comes back for Goto and puts him in the ring.
Soberano “apologizes,” then he drags Goto up. Atlantis sticks his feet in, Soberano bumps Goto off the boots! Tag to Atlantis, and he ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Then a snapmare and chinlock. Atlantis squeezes tight, then shifts his grip so he can dig a knee into Goto’s back! Goto endures, Soberano runs in to BOOT! The luchadores stomp away on Goto, their frustration boiling up. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Goto but Atlantis stomps him more. Atlantis drags Goto up, bumps him off buckles, and stomps a mudhole. Goto kicks back but Atlantis CLUBS that leg. Then Atlantis sets the leg up as Soberano runs in, and Soberano KICKS Goto in the thigh!
Goto hobbles and falls over, fans still rally, but the luchadores taunt the fans. Cover, Soberano intercepts Hashi, TWO! Goto is still in this but Atlantis argues the count. Red Shoes defends his count, so Atlantis drags Goto up in a facelock. Tag to Soberano, the luchadores mug Goto, but Goto fires forearms in return! They just hit him harder! The luchadores beat Goto down, HEADBUTT him, and then Soberano looms over Goto. Soberano clamps on a chinlock but Goto fights up. Goto throws body shots, but Soberano BOOTS! Goto goes to a corner, Soberano whips him corner not corner. Goto reverses, runs in, but Soberano BOOTS again!
Soberano runs, but Goto follows. Soberano dodges, but Goto deflects the belt to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi fires up, and he runs corner to corner at Soberano to CHOP! Hashi whips to then CHOP again! And mule kick! Hashi turns Soberano, but Soberano fights free! Hashi still dropkicks the legs out! Hashi runs, to BLOCKBUSTER! The fans fire up as Hashi watches Soberano go to another corner. Hashi runs in again, to clothesline! And then a stalling suplex! Hashi holds on for EIGHT before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Soberano hangs in there but Hashi keeps cool. Hashi storms up on Soberano, drags him up, and ROCKS him! Soberano falls over, but Hashi stands him back up. Soberano ROCKS Hashi, eggs him on, so Hashi ROCKS Soberano! Soberano and Hashi go back and forth with forearms, and fans rally up as Soberano drops to a knee! Hashi fires off more forearms, then a CHOP! Soberano wobbles, but he shakes his head. Fans rally up, Soberano winds up to CHOP! Hashi sputters and Soberano eggs him on more. Hashi CHOPS back, but Soberano shakes his head. Soberano CHOPS again! Hashi winds up to CHOP again!
Soberano grits his teeth, fires himself up, and CHOPS! Soberano keeps egging Hashi on, so Hashi CHOPS again! Hashi gets in Soberano’s face so Soberano CHOPS! And CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Soberano goes to a corner, runs back in, but into a DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up with Hashi and he drags Soberano back up. Hashi reels Soberano in, hoists him up, but Soberano slips free! Hashi swings, Soberano gets around and RANAS! Fans fire up as Soberano runs, but Hashi ELBOWS him! Hashi runs, but Soberano BOOTS him! Hashi roars, runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Hashi and Soberano stir and crawl for their corners as we pass 20 minutes. Hot tags to Goto and Atlantis! Fans fire up as they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! And RAM again! Now they throw forearms! Atlantis gets the edge, roars and runs, but Goto runs him over! Fans fire up again and Goto drags Atlantis up. Goto whips Atlantis to a corner, runs in, and MURAMASAS! Then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives that solid landing but Goto drags him back up. Goto fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free. Atlantis shoves Goto to then POWERSLAM! And basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Goto is still in this and fans rally up!
Atlantis drags Goto up and whips him to ropes, but Goto slips free of the scoop! Goto waistlocks, Atlantis switches, but Goto RAMS him into a corner! Hashi returns and runs in, to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, but Atlantis slips free! Soberano BOOTS Hashi, Atlantis has Goto in a CROSSFACE!! Goto endures while Soberano sends Hashi into railing outside! Fans rally but Atlantis pulls on the neck! Goto reaches out, Hashi returns, he stomps Atlantis down! Hashi coaches Goto on but Atlantis kicks Hashi back out! Soberano then builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Down goes Hashi and fans fire up! And the CROSSFACE is back on!!
Goto endures, fans rally up, but Atlantis pulls way back!! Goto still fights, still reaches out, still crawls his way over, but Atlantis pulls even more!! Goto kicks and flails, ROPEBREAK!! The fans fire up as Atlantis lets off in frustration. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Goto back up. Atlantis puts Goto in the ropes and Soberano climbs! DRAPING MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!!! Goto survives and the fans fire up again! Atlantis is frustrated, and we’re at 25 minutes! Soberano coaches Atlantis up and time is ticking away. They hurry to get Goto up, then double whip him to ropes. Double hip toss into a cradle, but Hashi makes the save!
Hashi fires forearms and CHOPS! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi! The luchadores stomp away on Hashi, Soberano is like a jackhammer! Soberano and Atlantis then wait on Hashi to get up, kick and run to BOOT! But Hashi’s right up!? He LARIATS Soberano, but Atlantis DECKS Hashi! Atlantis kicks Goto, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Goto roars and he drags Atlantis up. Goto dragon sleepers, but Atlantis fights from below! Goto blocks that arm, but Atlantis ROCKS him with the other! Atlantis swings again, but Goto catches him for a BIG suplex! And we’re at the three minute warning!
Fans fire up as Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs, but Atlantis blocks the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! Atlantis rebounds, Hashi dodges the lariat to LARIAT Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Atlantis back up. Hashi has the leg, but Atlantis fights the fisherman suplex! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi, runs, but Hashi gets around to trap him! Goto BLINDSLIDE LARIATS! Two minute warning, Hashi SUPERKICKS! BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Goto catches Soberano, rolls him around, ARMBAR into SHORYU KEKKAI!! The luchadores endure stereo submissions! Atlantis fights around, ROPEBREAK!! Hashi lets him go and then coordinates with Goto.
Goto TOSSES Soberano, he and Hashi whip Atlantis to a corner. Goto clotheslines, then Hashi clotheslines! Then fireman’s carry and FIERCE FLASH! Final 60 seconds!! Bishamon drags Atlantis up, dragon sleeper and the legs, but Atlantis boots him! HIDDEN GAP! And then SHO- NO, Soberano busts it up! Final 30 seconds!! Goto CLOBBERS Soberano, Atlantis DECKS Goto! Hashi and Atlantis DOUBLE LARIAT and they’re both down!! Time is running out!! Someone has to do something! Hashi finds Atlantis to cover, Soberano breaks it!! FINAL TEN SECONDS!! Soberano tries to cover but he’s not legal! TIME IS UP!!
Time Limit Draw (both teams earn 1 point)
An incredible battle pushes both teams to their limits, but also pushes this to the time limit! The fans applaud both teams for giving it their all. And in the end, the teams shake hands again. But with no winners, there’s no closing address! The luchadores bow in thanks to all the fans, Bishamon wave good night, and they all head out. A draw is better than a loss, but will just getting one point this round come back to bite someone later on?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
A great round for B Block, with some real surprising results, too. Did not think Rogue Army would get their first win here, because I thought Tsuji & Zando were going to continue on pretty strong. Less surprised that Suzuki & Nagata still haven’t won, only because they were up against the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions. ELP & Leo can’t lose too much, they’d be owing title shots all over the place. Then great stuff with Monster Sauce getting a big win over Taichi & Yuya, and a great move in the main event. Going for a time limit draw on a half hour match is a bit tricky, though, because things dragged a little in the middle to drag it out. But a draw is also a great way to keep Bishamon from owing more title matches while still not winning so as not to hurt Team CMLL.
My Score: 8.8/10
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