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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/23/23)

Indi Wrestling hits the Big Time!

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Will Indi be truly impressive?

Yeah, Logan Paul is back on Raw, but Indi Hartwell gets her shot at the title she never lost! Will she be the NEW NXT Women’s Champion?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The New Day VS The Alpha Academy; The New Day wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Indi Hartwell; Becky wins and retains the title.
  • Johnny Gargano VS Giovanni Vinci w/ Ludwig Kaiser; Gargano wins.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Natalya & Nikki Cross; Chelsea & Piper win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn; McIntyre wins.
  • Bronson Reed VS Akira Tozawa w/ Maxxine Dupri; Bronson wins.
  • Damian Priest VS Jey Uso; Priest wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Judgment Day is here!

Dallas boos as Finn Balor & Damian Priest are once again Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions and making their way to the ring. Of course, it was after using every trick in the book and a surprise assist from Jimmy Uso, but they don’t care, so long as they’re back on top. Finn & Priest get the mics as fans boo, and Finn welcomes us to Monday Night Raw. Finn says he’s feeling good tonight. So good, even, that he’s gonna do something special. Can he? Can he? Priest says okay. Finn does his best bass voice to say, “All Rise for the Judgment Day! And all rise for the NEW and TWO-TIME Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions of the world!”

Priest says not bad. But before everyone starts assuming, “Where’s the rest of Judgment Day?” Rhea & Dom are handling business because they have a hell of a night planned. But these two still wanted to come out here to celebrate dripping with gold and running Monday- WAIT! Here comes Cody Rhodes! Dallas sings with the American Nightmare’s theme, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets his pyro, high-fives the front row, and doesn’t seem to mind that he’s alone against Finn & Priest. Cody steps into the ring with a mic in hand, fans chanting his name. Cody then asks how that feels, to be interrupted.

If Cody could, he does have some choice words for the “leader” of the Judgment Day. He can see that Rhea isn’t out here. Yeah, yeah, he knows what they’re gonna say: there is no leader, but that can’t just be little Dom Dom. Cody would say that Rhea is Finn’s & Priest’s Mami, too. Cody wants them to hear him out! She pulls the strings, calls the shots, and cuts the deals, including one with The Bloodline. If Cody may, he’d like to speak specifically to Priest now. Cody believes last week, Priest went and gave Cody the low blow. Cody will make it clear. If Priest thought that was the final shot, Priest is wrong. Fans cheer that!

Priest says it’s convenient Cody glossed over being sent through the table. Finn says that musta hurt. Priest is glad Cody found him first, because Priest would’ve just found him. And good to mention The Bloodline. There’s talk about this “story,” but what is it? There are people in the story that sent Jimmy here, and how’d that work out? There are people in the story standing here right now. Right now, the story has got to be that Cody fails. Cody loosens his tie and says they can put that theory to the test! Priest laughs, like Cody doesn’t know Priest has Jey later tonight. But Priest likes this idea.

There is a big event coming up, so maybe… It’ll be Cody VS Priest 1v1 at Crown Jewel. Cody accepts! Fans fire up for that, and Cody asks what do they do now. They’re all here, so why not give the fans a preview of Crown Jewel right now?! Fans fire up for that, too! Priest says he likes that idea, but then wait! Here comes Dominik Mysterio & Rhea Ripley! Cody’s surrounded, but here comes JEY! Jey CLOBBERS Dom! Cody DECKS Finn, fires off on Priest, and Jey brawls with Finn! Cody clotheslines Priest outta the ring to SMACK him off the desk! And again! And then Cody clears the desk! Fans fire up as Cody wants real payback!

But JD McDonagh CHOP BLOJCKS Cody! Cody DECKS JD but Priest RAMS Cody into steps! JD adds on, throws knees, but Priest has him stand aside to throw hands. JD brings out chairs! Fans fire up for Cody but JD puts a chair around Cody’s leg! JD fires hands, Priest aims with the other chair! CON-CHAIR-TO against the steps!!! Adam Pearce, producers and referees rush out here but the damage is done! Cody writhes as he clutches his shin, will he even be able to make it to Crown Jewel now?

 

Jey, Cody and Pearce make it backstage.

Pearce wants Cody to get checked but Jey says he’s got Cody. They’ll slide if they have to. If this is how bad his leg is, is there any chance his match with Priest still happens? Or can Jey even the playing field before the end of the night?

 

The New Day VS The Alpha Academy!

After last week, it was clear both these teams want their shot at the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships, but there can only be ONE #1 contender! Will Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods get back to the pinnacle? Or will Chad Gable & Otis SHOOOOOSH the doubters?

The teams sort out and Gable starts with Woods. They circle, tie up, go around and feel out a grapple, but Gable waistlocks to put Woods on ropes. Gable gets a leg, trips Woods, then rear mounts but Woods slips free. Gable wrenches. Woods goes for a leg, but Gable holds him off to waistlock and SLAM! Maxxine scores points and new student, Akira Tozawa, takes notes. Gable whips Woods to a corner, runs up but Woods BOOTS him! Woods hits the HONOR ROLL! Fans fire up, Woods covers, TWO! Woods gets Gable to tag Kofi, PENALTY KICK! SLIDING LARIAT! IMPLODER SPLASH! FIST DROP! STANDING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Gable survives the speed combo but Kofi drags Gable up. Kofi whips, Gable reverses and runs in to MONKEY FLIP, but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi wags his finger, but Gable waistlocks! Woods saves Kofi from the O’Conner, Kofi CROSSBODIES, but Gable catches him to an ANKLE LOCK! Kofi rolls and sends Gable away, but Gable keeps moving, Kofi hurdles, and Gable catches Kofi again! Back suplex but Kofi lands out! Gable ducks Trouble in Paradise to CROSSBODY them both up and out! Woods rushes in but Gable waistlocks, only for Woods to fight free. Woods swings, misses, and Otis CLBOBERS him!

Fans fire up as Otis then BACK DROPS Kofi! The Alpha Academy is all fired up, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Otis VADER- NO, Kofi avoids the splash! Fans fire up as Kofi and Otis crawl, and Otis grabs at Kofi’s legs. Kofi kicks away, hot tags to Gable and Woods! Woods rallies on Gable, LEG LARIAT and whip! Gable reverses, Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges ‘n’ slides, to ROLLING ELOBW! Gable goes to a corner, Woods runs in, but into a waistlock! Woods fights, throws elbows, but Gable throat chops! Gable whips, Woods tilt-o-whirls and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Fans fire up as Woods then drops a SENTON! Woods keeps moving, Gable deflects the knee to roll Woods up! TWO, and Woods fireman’s carries!

Woods hits a POP-UP POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Gable survives whatever you wanna call that, but Woods keeps his cool. Woods goes to a corner, fans rally up, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Woods runs in, HONOR- NO, Gable gets under to GERMAN SUPLEX! Gable holds on, to GERMAN SUPLEX again! And then GERMAN SUPLEX AGAIN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Woods escapes after the hattrick, but Gable calls to Otis. Gable tags Otis, and Otis hoists Woods up in an Electric Chair! Gable stands, BULLDOG DOOMSDAY!! Cover, KOFI BREAKS IT! Kofi ROUNDHOUSES Gable, Otis SPLASHES Kofi! Otis tears the shirt and fans fire up!

Otis pumps and hits the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Kofi sputters away but Woods SUPERKICKS! Otis stays up!? Woods kicks again, Otis blocks to spin and HEADBUTT! Otis runs in but POSTS himself as Woods dodges! Gable sneaks the tag and Otis is down! Woods decides to pump up, and he BACKWARDS WORMS, into an ANKLE LOCK! Gable has Woods caught, drags him from ropes, but Woods rolls! Cover, TWO!! Otis tags back in, Gable runs up but Woods dumps him! Otis scoops Woods! But Woods slips free, SUPERKICKS, and Kofi tags in! Woods KICKS, Kofi springboards and AX HANDLES!

Otis stays up so the New Day DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Otis drops to a knee, Kofi tags Woods back in, TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Woods goes up while Kofi FLIES to take out Gable! Woods hits the LIMIT BREAKER!! Cover, New Day wins!!

Winner: The New Day, by pinfall

Kofi & Woods got a heck of a fight out of the Academy, but this is why they’re TWELVE TIME W, W, E, World, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! Will they go for lucky number 13 soon enough?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

Jackie Redmond is with the NXT Women’s Champion and says she is the definition of a fighting champion. Not only does she defend this title tomorrow night on NXT Halloween Havoc, but she defends the title here tonight against Indi Hartwell. Why did she put herself in a position to have back to back matches? The Man says that she has come around to Dallas, and when she comes around here, she comes looking for a fight. And Indi never did lose this title, and never got a fair rematch. That is what the title is about! This is about those who want to show how impressive they are, who want to test their mettle against The Man, and she will defend her title every night of the week.

Which brings her to Halloween Havoc. Lyra will be here to find holes in Becky’s game, but Indi wanted this. So then welcome to the Big Time. Becky heads out, but Xia Li is spotted in the background. Will Becky have to watch her back even if she makes it through tonight?

 

The Viking Raiders speak.

Sarah Logan says the gods smile upon a great warrior. A warrior that feasts on pain and makes the chaos serve him. When the warrior has proven his worth, he becomes a god among men. With the wisdom of Oden and the power of Thor, he will lead them into the future! All will fear him! All will tremble at the feat of the one true warrior, Ivar the War Beard!

 

Seth Rollins is backstage.

The World Heavyweight Champion is all smiles, until he crosses paths with the Women’s World Champion. He doesn’t see her crew anywhere so he knows he isn’t getting jumped, but if she’s looking for her boy, Drew McIntyre, sorry, Rollins has style and a title so she’s in the wrong place. Rhea tells him that this won’t take long. She knows that Judgment Day and Rollins have history. But it was all built on respect from their end. They did everything they could to take the title off Rollins and he still held on. But now he’s got McIntyre, and to be honest… Rhea is concerned. At the pace Rollins has been running, he might need insurance. He might need the Judgment Day.

Rollins chuckles and says Rhea has lost faith in her boy. She doesn’t think Priest can successfully cash in his contract on the title, huh? That’s why Rhea is making deals with Bloodline, flirting with McIntyre, and now talking to the world champ. Rollins gets it, the Judgment Day wants everything, but he’ll ask her… What would Rollins want with Rhea? Rhea says he needs her, because right now he is a world champion. But he could be the world champion. And Judgment Day has made their deals, but alliances can change. If Rollins joined them, Priest could always cash in on someone else, and then they’d all hold gold.

But… without the Judgment Day, Rhea doesn’t know how Rollins will accomplish having a title reign like Roman Reigns. Over 1000 days is a long time, and with the way Rollins’ back is so fragile and broken, the Judgment Day could have his back. They could make people acknowledge Rollins. Rollins takes off his sunglasses to make this clear. There is one thing he doesn’t want, and it is to be anything like Roman Reigns. Rhea smirks, and says that wasn’t a no. Just think about it. Mami heads out, but will the answer still be a “no,” no matter how long she waits?

 

Candice LeRae helps Indi Hartwell prepare.

Tonight is the night Indi gets the title back! What do you think her chances are? Natalya walks in to wish Indi luck, she’ll be amazing. How is Natty doing? Is she still looking for a replacement with Tegan Nox hurt? She did get hurt last week on NXT but she’ll be back soon. Natty is weighing options, but this isn’t her night, this is Indi’s night! The biggest match of her career going toe to toe with Becky, and get back the title she never lost! Exactly! Just remember what brought you to the dance. Natty is here all night for them. The Queen of Harts head out, will Indi truly be impressive?

NXT Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Indi Hartwell!

Raw returns as Indi makes her entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see what it takes to be Big Time!

The bell rings and Indi rushes in! Becky dodges the boot, Indi turns clinch into roll-up, ONIE and Indi LARIATS! Becky bails out and cools off while the fans rally up. Indi eggs Becky on, Becky gets up to KICK Indi! Becky goes up top, MISS- NO, Indi ducks the leap to UPPERCUT! And UPPERCUT! Becky catches one to backslide, TWO! Becky hurries up but into a knee! Indi whips, scoops, but Becky tilt-o-whirls to go for an arm! Indi trips Becky, fireman’s carries, and gives her SNAKE EYES, to a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps on Becky, but Becky shoves her away. Becky follows to CALF KICK!

Indi bails out now while fans rally up. Becky builds speed and she slides, but Indi avoids the dropkick! Indi CLUBS Becky, waistlocks, and SLINGS Becky into barriers! Indi is looking impressive in this opening phase as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Becky drags Indi up to put her in the ropes. Becky CLUBS, UPPERCUTS, and S- NO, Indi blocks the kick to HOTSHOT Becky! And BOOT her down! Indi climbs and PRETTY SAVAGE ELBOW DROPS! Cover, TWO! Lyra Valkyria is in the crowd and she likes what she sees, both that Becky is still in this but that she’s having a hard time. Becky fights the suplex to cradle counter, TWO! Becky runs in, goes for the arm but Indi rolls and swings. Becky dodges but Indi scoops! Becky slips out, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Candice is watching backstage and is relieved but also still very nervous.

Becky stands and the fans fire up. Becky clinches, Indi fights the slam to full nelson. Becky slips out to waistlock, shove, follow, but Indi BOOTS her down! Cover, TWO! Becky is still in this and Indi is beside herself. Indi drags Becky to a drop zone, goes back up the corner, but Dallas is on Becky’s side. Becky ROCKS Indi, climbs up the corner, but Indi fires forearms! Becky hits back, they brawl and Becky CLUBS Indi. Becky stands Indi up, to SUPERPLEX! To the ARMBAR!! Indi clasps hands, fights up, but Becky tries a TRIANGLE HOLD! Indi stacks, TWO and Becky holds on! But Indi deadlifts to POWERBOMB!

Indi high stacks, TWO!! Becky survives again and Indi is losing her cool! Fans fire up as Becky crawls and Indi storms up. Becky YANKS Indi into ropes! Becky runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack again, TWO!! Becky still has fight but Indi drags her back up. Indi full nelsons, but Becky drops to victory roll! TWO and Indi has it, TWO! Becky and Indi scramble to their feet, Becky avoids a boot to get the arm! DISARM-HER!! Indi is caught, she claws around, but she TAPS! Becky wins!

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

Indi was impressive, but she wasn’t able to stop Becky. Becky shows Indi respect with a handshake, then goes out to stare Lyra down. Halloween Havoc is tomorrow night, will Becky be able to stop The Morrigan from taking her down?

Meanwhile, Candice is bummed backstage. Wait, Xia ATTACKS Candice! Xia tells her that this is a message for Indi, too. Xia clearly wants Becky next, will she be watching Halloween Havoc very, very closely?

 

Pearce talks with security.

Everything looks good to him, but they need to be on their toes. Contract signings can always get a bit crazy, and they all know tonight has been chaotic. But then Nick Aldis walks in? The SmackDown General Manager wants a word, so Pearce excuses the guards and tells Aldis to be quick. Aldis says they got off on the wrong foot on Friday, that was all on Aldis. No need to have anyone escorted out of the building on SmackDown, Aldis again takes full responsibility. Put it up to rookie errors as he figures out how to be a GM. So he just wants to have a healthy competition between both shows, though SmackDown is still number one.

So Aldis is here hat in hand and he hopes Pearce accepts his apology. Pearce knows what it is to be the new guy, and having to set agendas and put your stamp on things. Was that out of line on Friday? Yeah. Be that as it may, water under the bridge. In fact, gesture of good will, Pearce will invite Aldis to see how the flag ship show runs. Aldis appreciates that, they shake hands, and a ref walks in. How many guards to they have? No, wait, no matter what, double it. The ref says okay, and heads out. Five of the best are about to all meet in the ring, will this be the wildest contract signing of all time?

 

Adam Pearce is in the ring.

He welcomes us all to the contract signing to make the Women’s World Championship Fatal 5 Way at Crown Jewel official! Now, we all know the Raw Women’s Division has been filled with chaos, and normally he wouldn’t reward that with a title match, but the only place the WWE settles things is right here in the ring. So he is going to get these signatures as fast as he can before it all goes to hell. So bring out the challengers! Raquel Rodriguez is first, followed by Shayna Baszler, Zoey Stark, and Nia Jax. The signatures are put on the contract without any real problem, until Nia just stands there. She apparently is waiting for Rhea.

Pearce says he knows Rhea has been the root problem so he’ll get her signature backstage, so Nia just needs to sign her part and it’ll be good. Nia says okay, and signs. Fans chant, “We Want Mami!” but Pearce prepares to wrap this up. WAIT! Here comes Rhea! Rhea has a mic of her own to tell Pearce that she’s not sorry she came out here prematurely, she was getting impatient. She has something she needs to get off her chest. The fans chant for her, she says go ahead, she doesn’t care. But she needs to say something, starting with Pearce. Rhea could beat every single woman in this match individually, but this is a conspiracy! This is to set Rhea up to fail!

The more Pearce tires to control her, the more she’ll make his life a living hell. Fans like the sound of that! Rhea says it’s smart making this a Fatal 5. But the only thing that’ll happen is that we’ll have four less women in the division by the end of it! Because none of them are going to take this title from Rhea, whether Pearce likes it or not. At the end of the day, she will prove she is THE most dominant woman in the WWE, and why is that? Because Mami is ALWAYS on top! Nia takes the mic from Pearce to say Rhea is so good. See what she’s doing? She isn’t gonna even get in the ring, because she’s smart.

Rhea wants Nia to squash all the others for Rhea, but then that leaves it as Rhea and Nia. But smart, good stuff. Shayna gets it, too, right? Rhea wants Nia to squash Shayna for Rhea, right? And Zoey is smart, right? She should see that Rhea wants Nia to squash Zoey for her, too! And Raquel… Well, she’s from Texas, so… But Nia will break it down for her. Rhea… wants Nia… to squash- Raquel slaps the mic down to ROCK Nia! Fans fire up as the others go after Nia, too! But then Raquel pushes the others away to go after Nia herself! Security rushes in, Rhea does drop away, just as Nia knew, and just as Pearce knew.

Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Raquel TOSSES the guards! Nia TOSSES the guards! Shayna DECKS a guard, then KNEES Raquel! Zoey SUPERKICKS Nia! Shayna ROCKS Zoey, fires off on Nia, but Raquel shoves Shayna to BOOT her! Rhea is loving this! Nia HEABUTTS Zoey down, then Irresistible Force and Big Mami Cool are all alone. Rhea eggs them on, as do the fans, and the brawl is on again! The biggest and baddest are throwing hands, the guards all rush in again, and fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Raquel and Nia explode out! Raquel LARIATS! But Nia SAMOAN DROPS her!

Fans boo but Rhea grins. Nia still squashed everyone, and she stares Rhea down. Rhea is laughing now, but will this be exactly how it goes at Crown Jewel?

 

Ludwig Kaiser talks with Giovanni Vinci.

The Impeccable German needs the Pride of Italy to deliver tonight. Listen, he needs to get the job done and take Gargano OUT! You hear him? Yeah, he remembers. He’s got it. He better. Because Vinci’s performance reflects on Ludwig now! But then Bronson Reed steps in and tells Ludwig that their boss Gunther gave him a hell of a fight. Let Gunther know that when he’s ready for round two, Bronson is ready. Boss? Go tell Gunther yourself, Bronson. Imperium heads out, but then Tozawa walks over. What’s he want? Tozawa wants a match tonight. Well, Bronson is being merciful when he says no.

Tozawa CHOPS Bronson, and says he wants a match tonight! Oh, he does, huh? Then it’s his funeral. Maxxine storms over and says no, wrong guy to challenge! Gable is gonna freak out! Is the Alpha Academy’s newest student going to get flunked out already?

 

Johnny Gargano VS Giovanni Vinci w/ Ludwig Kaiser!

Imperium sidelined Tommaso Ciampa, and then cheated to bring Johnny Wrestling down for the first time on Raw. But now Gargano is only more motivated, will he get revenge on Gunther’s goons? Or will they sweep him out of the way?

Raw returns as Imperium makes their entrance. The bell rings, Gargano leaps and fires off but Vinci RAMS him into a corner! Vinci RAMS into Gargano again and again then he CHOPS! And CHOPS! Vinci brings Gargano around, Gargano fires a forearm but Vinci uppercuts! Gargano fires off with more forearms, but Vinci shoves. Gargano ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into a pop-up BACKBREAKER! Ludwig likes that as Vinci drags Gargano up and whips him, to CLUB him! Gargano drops as Raw goes picture in picture.

Vinci drags Gargano up, scoops him, and then hits another BACKBREAKER! Vinci then deadlifts to hit another BACKBREAKER, then a FALL AWAY SLAM! Raw returns to single picture while Gargano goes to the apron. Vinci storms up, drags Gargano up, and he blocks the gamangiri to BOOT Gargano down! Vinci runs, but Gargano SLINGHSOTS SPEARS! That was more like a car crash than spear! Gargano and Vinci fire off shots, Gargano LARAITS point blank! Vinci blocks a kick, swings but Gargano dodges. But Ludwig is there and Gargano has to stop. Vinci CLOBBERS Gargano from behind!

Fans boo but Vinci reels Gargano in, to get him up for a LAST- NO, Gargano slips free of the bomb and SUPERKICKS! Ludwig is furious and gets on the apron to shout oat Vinci! But then CIAMPA IS HERE! Ciampa YANKS Ludwig down, POSTS him, then TOSSES him over barriers! The Psycho Killer chases Ludwig off! Vinci turns around, into a GAMANGIRI! And the ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Gargano wins!!

Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall

DIY gets revenge together! They hug it out to celebrate, but is this fight with Imperium only escalating?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

“A brutal beating from Shinsuke Nakamura is a beautiful thing. I’m so happy to give Ricochet this experience. His efforts were an honorable sacrifice. But now, I want to find an opponent who will inspire the yet-to-be-seen self within me. Release the expression still trapped in my dreams. Who is worthy enough to set me free?” The King of Strong Style has spoken, who will he look to crush next?

 

Logan Paul is here!

Dallas boos The Maverick as he heads to the ring, but he soaks it up. He has a US Championship match set for Crown Jewel, so what business does he have on Raw? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Logan has the mic to tell Dallas, “Wow. So much love. Listen, y’all, y’know what I just found out? That fool that I beat in my boxing fight last weekend embarrassed himself so badly that he got dropped by his fight league. Dropped. So that means not only did I make him lose the fight, I made him lose his job. Oof, unemployed, unhappy, unfulfilled. Sucks to be that guy. But Dallas, I guess because he’s a free agent now, I guess I’m being a bit harsh on him because technically, technically, I’m a free agent now, too.

“So all of you little Logan Paul haters back at home watching this, quickly go! Run to your keyboards! Because when I defeat Rey Mysterio at Crown Jewel and become US Champion, I’ma give y’all something to talk about.” Fans boo but Logan says once he IS champion, he might even come to Raw and defend that title.” Wait! Here comes Dominik Mysterio! Dom talks and the fans boo him, but Logan applauds. Dom tries again, fans boo, but Logan tells them to show Dirty Dom respect! Dom joins Logan in the ring, and Dom says from champion to future champion, Dom can’t wait for Logan to beat down his dad.

Fans keep booing and Logan says he appreciates it. Rey is right about them, though. Amazing natural ability, dripping with passion, but Rey has left out what they’ve had to overcome. Dom grew up with a deadbeat dad and still became the champion of an entire continent! Logan was just some kid from Ohio, but he overcame the odds, followed his passion, blazed his own trail, changed the landscape of sports and entertainment, so the only one who needs humbling ins Dom’s dad, Rey. Dom agrees but the fans boo even more. Dom and Logan and Dom tell the fans to shut up, and Dom continues to say that after Crown Jewel, Dom will be the only Mysterio with a title!

Logan says that’s right! He can see it now! Logan Paul, WWE United States Champion! Oh man, he cannot wait for that ring announcement. Which reminds him, now that he’s back here on Raw, his favorite ring announcer is here! Samantha Irvin! How you doing? Listen, Sam, would you do him the honor of joining him in the ring. Samantha says no but Dom and Logan both invite her. They’re being serious. It’s been awhile, Logan owes her a heartfelt thank you. She deserves her flowers right here in this ring, and be recognized for everything she does. The fans do cheer that, and Samantha does walk to the ring.

Logan says Samantha is the voice of the WWE, no one does it like her. Dom holds the ropes open for Samantha and she steps inside. Logan thanks her for this, and wants to say that it was hard for her to announce Logan as the winner at SummerSlam when he beat her fiancé, Ricochet. But she kept it professional and did such an incredible job. And since we’re all here, can she do Dallas a favor? Give them a preview of Crown Jewel and announce Logan as the new US Champion! Dom says yeah, she can do it! And new~! Please? Speaking of Ricochet, he SPEARS Logan! Dom goes after Ricochet but Ricochet DECKS him!

Ricochet then DIVES onto Logan! Fans fire up, Dom goes after Ricochet again, but Ricochet dodges to V-TRIGGER! Fans fire up as Ricochet goes up, to SHOOTING- NO, Logan drags Dom to safety! Ricochet lands on his feet, dares them to keep running their mouths, but Logan says better luck next time. Will Rey beat down Logan plenty for Ricochet at Crown Jewel?

 

Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Natalya & ???

The Hot Mess & Scottish Viper were going to face the Queen of Harts and Tegan Nox, but that brawl on NXT last Tuesday was partly responsible for Nox not being medically cleared tonight. Did anyone take up Natty on getting at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions? Or is she gonna have to go it alone?

Raw returns as Natty makes her entrance, and she gives her sunglasses to a young girl in the front row. And her partner? It’s NIKKI CROSS! A former tag team champion in her own right, and a former tag partner of Piper’s, but she doesn’t seem her usual hyper manic self. Natty sighs but maybe Nikki will come to life once the match begins. The teams sort out and Natty starts with Chelsea. Chelsea talks trash, Natty headlocks, but Chelsea powers out. Natty goes up and over in the corner, keeps moving, then rolls over the drop down. Chelsea ducks, whips, but Natty waistlocks to O’Conner! TWO, and Natty has the legs!

Fans fire up as Natty jackknife bridges, TWO! Chelsea has the cover, TWO! Nikki is just staring into space as Chelsea talks trash on her, but Natty cradles! TWO! Natty whips, Chelsea reverses, and then Chelsea runs in but into an ELBOW! Natty goes up, Piper rushes over but Natty gets her first! Chelsea CLUBS Natty then BOOTS her down! Chelsea tags Piper and shouts, “I TOLD YOU!” Piper bumps Natty off buckles, SPLASHES in the corner, then snapmares to slap her around. Piper talks trash, HIP DROPS her down, and mocks Texas rodeo. Piper hauls Natty up in a cobra clutch but Natty fires hands!

Chelsea tags in. Piper ripcords Natty so Chelsea can CLUB her, and then Piper reels Natty in for a short arm LARIAT! Chelsea covers, TWO! Natty reaches out, but Nikki hops off the apron? Fans boo as Nikki just looks around into space as she leaves. Chelsea knocks Natty down and talks trash on Nikki, but Natty GERMAN SUPLEXES Chelsea! Natty bumps Chelsea off buckles, and sits her down! Natty steps on Chelsea, runs up and basement dropkicks! Natty DISCUS LARIATS Piper, then DISCUS LAIRATS Chelsea! Cover, TWO!! Chelsea is still in this, she wrenches and waistlocks but Natty fights it.

Natty switches, Chelsea switches and has the legs, but Natty shoves her away! Piper tags in, Natty trips Chelsea but Piper brings Natty around! But Natty trips Piper! Chelsea has the arms! I M PRETTIER! And then Piper SPLASHES!! Cover, Piper & Chelsea win!

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by pinfall

Nikki wasn’t herself, and she wasn’t even concerned with what just happened. Will Natty ever get things going right again? Or will no one take the titles off Chelsea & Piper?

 

Drew McIntyre finds Jey Uso backstage.

Jey asks what McIntyre even wants. McIntyre wants to say he is sorry about last week. He can’t possibly imagine how it feels for the Bloodline to cost Jey those titles. Jey scoffs at the sarcasm, but McIntyre says this one piece of advice has really been helping him out: just get over it. Oh, and also, if Jey wasn’t here on Raw, this match with Sami wouldn’t be happening. So whatever does happen, it’s on Jey. McIntyre heads out, Jey scoffs again, but will there be blood on Jey’s hands after tonight? Or will it be the other way around after the Great Liberator clashes with the Scottish Warrior?

 

The Miz finds Pearce backstage.

HI, Adam! This is the Most Must-See WWE Superstar, The Miz! Yeah, Pearce knows who you are. Does he?! Because it has been weeks since Miz has had something worthy of his stature on this show. Does he need to remind Pearce that he is the ONLY two-time Grand Slam Champion in WWE history? He’s beaten John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania and made the Intercontinental Championship THE most prestigious and relevant title in all of WWE! That makes him the greatest of all time! Y’know who knows that? Nick Aldis. Aldis understands the- Wait, Rhea walks in, signing her part of the contract.

Rhea tells Pearce it’s done. But she’s keeping the pen. Miz has no idea what’s going on but the cameraman follows Rhea. Dom finds her and she says they’ll deal with “Richie” next week. They gotta get ice on Dom’s gorgeous face. Rhea checks her boy, he’ll be okay. But will the Judgment Day end up with one too many enemies coming after them?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn!

Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and McIntyre doesn’t budge as Sami tries to push him. McIntyre then pushes Sami to a corner, lets off with a shove, but Sami shoves back. They reset, circle, and tie up again. They’re in a deadlock, fans duel, and McIntyre powers Sami back. Sami turns things around to have McIntyre in the corner, and he lets off with a shove. McIntyre shoves harder, but the two reset again. Sami headlocks, grinds the hold, but McIntyre powers up and out. They RAM shoulders but Sami staggers back. Both men smirk, and Sami tries again.

Sami RAMS McIntyre, McIntyre does step back but McIntyre says third time’s the charm. Sami goes again, but fakes McIntyre to CHOP! Then he runs, only to get run over! Fans fire up and McIntyre puts Sami in a corner. McIntyre CHOPS, fans “WOO~” and Sami staggers away. McIntyre brings Sami up to CHOP him again! Fans “WOO~!” and Sami falls against ropes. Fans want that “One More Time!” so McIntyre CHOPS Sami down! Sami bails out, McIntyre drags him up, but Sami drags McIntyre out! Sami ROCKS McIntyre, SMACKS him off the apron, then whips. McIntyre reverses, Sami goes up to MOONSAULT! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre!

Fans fire up but the ring count climbs. Sami puts McIntyre in the ring at 8 of 10, then runs, ducks n’ dodges, but McIntyre catches the crossbody to SUPLEX! McIntyre glares as Sami writhes, and then McIntyre stomps him. McIntyre stalks Sami, stands him up, and CHOPS him again! Sami ROCKS McIntyre, McIntyre CHOPS Sami! Sami LARIATS but McIntyre stays up to CHOP! Sami LARIATS, LARIATS and LARIATS, but McIntyre CHOPS him down! Fans rally while McIntyre stalks Sami to ropes. McIntyre whips, Sami goes up and over, then LARIATS! Down goes McIntyre and fans fire up!

Sami hurries after McIntyre to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Sami fires off on the ropes, the ref counts and backs Sami down, but Sami whips. McIntyre reverses, Sami holds ropes to then dump McIntyre out! Sami BOOTS McIntyre from the apron and McIntyre goes around the way. Sami PLANCHAS, but McIntyre catches him! McIntyre snarls as he SLINGS Sami over the desk! Fans are all fired up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and McIntyre stomps Sami in the face! McIntyre drags Sami up, suplexes, but Sami fights it! McIntyre keeps trying but Sami keeps fighting. McIntyre CHOPS, reels Sami back in, but Sami slips free of the suplex! Sami baits McIntyre to the corner, and McIntyre POSTS himself! Sami reels McIntyre in to SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Sami feeds off that energy! Sami rises, McIntyre stands, and Sami clotheslines McIntyre up and out! Fans fire up and Sami builds speed to FLY! Direct hit right in front of the desk! Fans fire up again as Sami stands, and Sami puts McIntyre in. Sami hurries up the corner, but McIntyre ROCKS him first!

McIntyre CLUBS Sami, ROCKS him again, then climbs up after him. McIntyre fireman’s carries, but Sami fights to SUPER SUNSET BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives the powerful counter and fans are thunderous! Sami rises, “This is Awesome!” as Sami grits his teeth and brings McIntyre up. Sami waistlocks, but McIntyre fires Blue Thunder with a headlock! Sami CLUBS away on McIntyre, tries again,. but McIntyre slips out to GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! Sami falls back, McIntyre aims from a corner! He coughs and sputters, but the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” BOOT from Sami!!

Sami reels McIntyre in to BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and everyone is shocked! “This is Awesome!” as Sami brings McIntyre up again. McIntyre CHOPS! But Sami clinches! McIntyre CLUBS away on Sami, fights the exploder, and then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre runs up, clinches and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Then the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up again, and McIntyre kips up! Fans are thunderous as McIntyre fires up, and he aims from another corner. But wait, Rhea shows up now!? She waves to McIntyre, he focuses on Sami, but then has to drag Sami up.

Sami cradle counters!! TWO!! McIntyre escapes, but Sami hits the CORNER EXPLODER! Sami aims, but Rhea distracts him now! The ref reprimands, Rhea scurries away, CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Mami smiles as she makes sure the #1 contender is rolling towards Crown Jewel. Is McIntyre going to accept the Judgment Day’s offer before Rollins does? He blows past her, but she still smiles.

 

Nick Aldis talks with Kayden Carter & Katana Chance.

But Pearce walks over and Aldis excuses himself. Pearce appreciates Aldis coming by to smooth things over, but when he said he could stay to watch the show, Pearce didn’t mean Aldis could chat and recruit his superstars. Aldis says that was a friendly chat, nothing sinister. And y’know what? Pearce has had a tough night, and Aldis sees where this is going. He’ll make it easy on Pearce and just head out. Good idea. They shake hands, Pearce thanks Aldis for coming, and Aldis heads out. Then Nikki walks by, still blankly staring into space. Pearce says he needs a drink. Will that be enough to get over the madness of tonight?

 

Bronson Reed VS Akira Tozawa w/ Maxxine Dupri!

The Colossal Aussie didn’t want to literally crush the Stamina Monster’s hopes, but since Tozawa wasn’t backing down, Reed said challenge accepted. But will Tozawa regret going big? Or will he find away to survive the Tsunami?

Raw returns and Tozawa makes his entrance. He apparently borrowed one of Otis’ Alpha Academy shirts while they’re ordering one in his size. The bell rings and fans rally up. Tozawa steps to Bronson, then CHOPS! “ARIGATO~!” Bronson swings, Tozawa dodges and fires off fast strikes! Bronson grabs Tozawa to TOSS him! Tozawa dodges, fires off more shots, and CHOPS! Tozawa runs, but Bronson CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Bronson drops a BIG elbow! Tozawa sputters but he’s somehow still in this. Bronson hoists Tozawa up to CHOP him in the corner! Tozawa staggers away but Bronson keeps after him.

Bronson whips corner to corner and Tozawa hits buckles hard! Tozawa falls, Bronson smirks and drags Tozawa back up. Bronson whips Tozawa to a corner to SPLASH! And then BELLY2BELLY! Bronson storms up on Tozawa, drags him up, and trophy lifts to SLAM him! But Tozawa avoids the senton! Maxxine cheers Tozawa on and he powers up to fire off fast hands! SOBAT! SPIN, SLIDE, SPIN KICK! Tozawa waistlocks, but Bronson is too big even for that! Bronson booty bumps free, but Tozawa runs, to RANA Bronson into ropes! Fans fire up for Tozawa and he goes up the corner! CROSS- NO, Bronson catches him! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!

Bronson SENTONS Tozawa, then goes up top! Fans fire up for the TSUNAMI! Cover, Bronson wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

It’s commendable that Tozawa wanted to impress Coach Gable, but this wasn’t how to do it. Bronson keeps on building momentum, will Auszilla smash his way to another title opportunity?

 

New Day and Alpha Academy admire the Dallas Cowboys commemorative belt.

Looks real nice, right? Tozawa hobbles in and Gable says he should’ve listened to coach. But Gable says Tozawa has potential to be a great WWE Tag Team Champion. Speaking of, in steps DIY! Gargano says look at the Raw Tag Division. Ciampa says next week, DIY VS Imperium, for the first time in over three years! They’re back, baby! OH YEAH~! Thanks for letting them know. Woods says Tozawa is still a winner in their eyes. HE gets to hold the Cowboys belt. Tozawa does his squat shuffle and everyone likes it. But who out of these three teams steps up to challenge the Judgment Day?

 

Rollins finds McIntyre backstage.

Rollins applauds and congratulates McIntyre’s first win as the newest member of the Judgment Day! Oh, here we go again. Rollins is so paranoid. McIntyre almost got screwed over by Rhea, too. Sami got himself into this mess with Judgment Day without Kevin Owens to back him up. And for one thing, little paranoid pot calling the kettle black, we saw McIntyre say no to Rhea’s offer. Rollins says McIntyre knows how Rollins feels about Judgment Day. He doesn’t need ’em. Not now, not ever. And he especially doesn’t need them to beat McIntyre at Crown Jewel. Well, neither does McIntyre. No Judgment Day? No Judgment Day. May the best man win. He will.

McIntyre heads out, but will the Judgment Day just go after them both in order to have all the gold on Raw?

 

BIG stuff is in store for next week’s Halloween Raw!

Seth Rollins is back in action on the last Raw before Crown Jewel! Will the World Heavyweight Champion be more than ready? Or will the Irish Ace send him to Saudi Arabia in bad shape? Then, after her attack backstage, Xia Li will have to answer for it by taking Candice LeRae 1v1! Will the Poison Pixie get payback on the Eliminator? And after going after him and Logan Paul earlier tonight, Ricochet will get his hands on Dirty Dom! Will the King of Flight get one over on the NXT North American Champion?

 

Damian Priest VS Jey Uso!

The Punisher all but pulverized Cody Rhodes’ ankle earlier tonight, and now Main Event Jey is coming for payback! Will Jey make sure Senor Money in the Bank is nowhere near 100% for Crown Jewel? Or will nothing stop Priest now that the Judgment Day is golden once again?

Raw returns and Priest makes his entrance. The bell rings and fans rally up for “USO! USO!” Jey and Priest circle, tie up, and Priest TOSSES Jey to a corner. Priest swings, Jey dodges and fires off body shots! Priest grabs Jey but Jey UPPERCUTS back! Jey whips, Priest reverses and ELBOWS Jey down! Fans rally as Priest looms over Jey. Priest stands Jey up to then ROCK him with a right! Jey drops to his knees and Priest mocks the bounce. Fans boo, but Priest lines up a shot to KICK Jey! And HEADBUTT! And ROCK Jey again! Priest brings Jey around, whips corner to corner hard, then he runs in, but Jey dodges!

Priest hits post and Jey DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Jey clotheslines Priest up and out, to then DIVE! Direct hit and Priest goes down at the ramp! The fans fire up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more and Priest grinds Jey down with a chinlock. Fans rally as Jey endures and fights back up. Jey gets to his feet, and he throws body shots! Priest KNEES Jey low, whips him to a corner, then runs in to STAGE DIVE ELBOW! Priest reels Jey in to BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Jey is still in this and Priest is annoyed, but the fans rally up. Priest talks trash on Jey, fans want tables but that’s not the kind of match they’re having. Jey counter punches Priest! Priest ROCKS Jey! Jey ROCKS Priest! Priest ROCKS Jey! Fans rally as Jey throws another shot, but Priest hits back! They pick up speed as they go back and forth!

Jey gets the edge, fans fire up but Priest shoves. Jey counter punches, fires off more haymakers, then pops, locks and bounces to ROCK Priest again! Priest goes to a corner and fans fire up. Jey runs in but is put on the apron. Priest kicks, misses, and gets stuck! Jey GAMANGIRIS Priest away! Jey goes up the corner and he CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Priest is still in this as he shakes out the cobwebs. Jey sees Priest go to ropes, and he takes aim. Jey fireman’s carries but Priest fights free. Priest shoves Jey, to ROLLING ELBOW! Jey rebounds, Priest DISCUS LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Jey is still in this and Priest grows frustrated.

Priest powers up the right hand, Jey stands up, and Priest choke grips! But Jey fights free with elbows! Priest shoves, Jey mule kicks! Jey talks off his shirt, to then UPPERCUT! Priest staggers, swings, Jey dodges to fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while both men are down! Priest crawls to the apron, the fans still want tables, but Jey builds speed. Jey DIVES, but Priest catches him! FLATLINER to the desk! Jey falls and Priest grits his teeth. Priest drags Jey up, puts him back in the ring, and fans boo as he refuses to do anything with the table. Jey superkicks but Priest blocks!

Priest spins Jey to BELL CLAP, and ENZIGURI! But Jey ENZIGURIS back! Priest comes back, clinches, FLATLINER again! Cover, TWO! Jey survives and Priest argues with the ref! The ref says the count was fair, so Priest just stands over Jey. Priest drags Jey up, reels him in, and calls his shot. Fans boo but Priest hoists Jey up to the Canadian Rack. But Jey slips free! Jey ducks ‘n’ dodges to SPEAR! Jey hurries up top, to USO SPLASH!! Cover, but Finn is here to distract the ref! Jey would’ve won by now! Jey DECKS Finn, then DIVES! Direct hit and down goes The Prince! Jey returns to the ring, Priest fires off on him!

The ref separates Priest from Jey but Finn HOTSHOTS Jey low! Jey staggers into SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

Finn rains down fists to “celebrate,” and fans boo as Finn goes up the corner. COUP DE GRACE!! Jey sputters while Finn & Priest stand over him. Fans boo more as Priest says time to get some chairs. Finn loves that idea! Finn goes out to get chairs from the timekeeper’s area, as well as under the ring! Priest and Finn set Jey up like- WAIT! CODY is still here!? Cody hobbles as fast as he can in a foot brace, and he fires off on Finn! Cody sends Finn into railing, then gets in the ring! Cody dodges the chair shot, kicks and RHODES UPPERCUTS! CHOP BLOCK to the leg! Priest hobbles, and Cody JAMS him with the chair! Then SMACKS him on the back!

Cody rains down fists, grabs a chair again, and he puts that around Priest’s leg! But Finn drags Priest out of the ring! The American Nightmare almost got even with Priest, even with his bad leg holding him back! Cody is a man who fought in Hell in a Cell with a torn pectoral muscle, will nothing short of losing that leg keep him from fighting at Crown Jewel?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw here, with lots set up for Crown Jewel. Judgment Day is becoming even more integral to the many stories of Raw, with Priest now getting a match on Crown Jewel. Seems Cody & Jey aren’t getting a tag title rematch, but that’s alright, Raw’s building up many teams in the background. Priest going after Cody’s ankle was a good detail, because of course Cody needs adversity on top of the match he’s having. But also, Priest having a match puts into question whether he can cash-in on Rollins VS McIntyre. Kinda wish we got interaction of Priest and McDonagh after they worked together to hurt Cody, but maybe that happens later this week. And great closing where Cody doesn’t even care about his ankle, he just goes after Finn & Priest.

Great match from Sami VS McIntyre, even with Rhea costing Sami. Rhea had good promos all night, but her going to both Rollins and McIntyre is a great way for her to add fuel to the fire while still setting Priest up to get that cash-in. Rhea thinks she can recruit one of those two, but even if neither joins up, they’ll be so beat up that Priest picks the bones, it’s a win-win-win for Mami. And we got awesome stuff out of the Women’s World Championship contract signing. Very clever to have no table since it was gonna get thrown out anyway, and it was a great brawl from the four challengers. Jax stands tall but technically so does Rhea, the go-home might come down to them next week.

Good stuff out of the tag division, with New Day VS Alpha Academy making for a great opening match. Great win for New Day, and it seems like Gable is willing to change up formations where Otis & Tozawa will be the tag team. Though, I may have missed something where Tozawa said he was gonna go for a big time match. Tozawa definitely gets in over his head with Bronson, but Bronson of course wins that match. Ciampa helping Gargano get even with Imperium is great, and they’re going to have a great match next week. Maybe a huge Fatal 4 Way Tag #1 Contender’s match is set up for the Raw after Crown Jewel with all these teams.

The Viking Raiders had a very good vignette to hype Ivar up while he’s solo. Ivar has always been great, whether in tag or singles matches, so this could be a great opportunity for him while Erik is recovering. Great interactions from Pearce and Aldis tonight to add to the brand VS brand nature of Survivor Series returning, as well as Aldis potentially “poaching” Raw superstars who aren’t getting to do much on Raw to bring them to SmackDown. And honestly, Kayden & Katana would be the right choice. SmackDown is lacking women’s division tag teams so this could balance things out.

Speaking of which, was Nikki being spaced out part of “the curse?” I kinda hope so, it’d be a really clever addition to that story beat. Also, Nikki is Scottish, so are Fyre & Dawn, something about Nikki joining them makes sense. Though at the same time, Piper’s Scottish and she isn’t betraying Chelsea. Great match from Indi VS Becky, but of course Becky wins so she can have her match with Lyra tomorrow night. Becky VS Lyra is going to be great, but I can’t be sure what happens with Xia Li being very serious about getting that title match. Xia will have a great match with Candice that will build Xia up towards the title, but now it seems like Lyra is going to be passed over because of that.

Great promo from Nakamura, but I have no idea who he could beat the crap out of to “transform” into this new Nakamura. I almost thought it could be Cody but not now with Cody still feuding with Priest. Maybe Sami? Sami and Nakamura have history, Sami needs something more to do now that Kevin’s on SmackDown, and we could get an awesome match to add what we’ve gotten over the years. And while Ricochet lost to Nakamura, Ricochet still has great stories going, because he got to go after Logan and Dom over Logan bringing up SummerSlam. Still hard to say if Logan beats Rey for the US Championship, but it’d be great if Ricochet could get that belt off Logan in a rematch from SummerSlam. But at the same time, one brand can’t have both midcard titles so let Rey beat Logan and Ricochet just beats Logan for pride.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/23/24)

The G1 Climax awaits!

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Who moves on to Korakuen Hall?

A Block started their G1 Climax qualifier series, now B Block begins! Will it be Toru Yano or Boltin Oleg? Will it be TJP or Satoshi Kojima?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • El Desperado & Shoma Kato VS DOUKI & Yuya Uemura; Douki & Yuya win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuya Matsumoto VS Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma; Ishii & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • HENARE & Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Henare & Callum win.
  • Bishamon VS Chase Owens & Gedo; Bishamon wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg; Oleg wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima; TJP wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg!

While they’re once again NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions alongside The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, neither The Joker or The Rook was going to pass up this chance! Will Yano take it easy on Oleg here? Or will this tank from Kazakh steamroll his way through the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, then they tie up. They go back and forth on the clinch, but Oleg powers Yano back to the ropes. The ref counts the break, Oleg lets off slowly, and the fans applaud. Yano and Oleg reset, circle and feel things out. They go around, Yano slips away but comes back. Oleg avoids the takedown to get a leg, and they roll into the ropes. The ref counts, Oleg lets off and the fans applaud. They go again, clinch, and Oleg waistlocks. Yano slips away, they tie up again, but Oleg powers Yano back onto the ropes. The ref counts, both men let off slowly, but still joke for position.

The ref gets between the two, Oleg backs away, and the fans cheer as they reset. Oleg and Yano clinch, fight for control, then back up. They feel things out, Oleg gets around to a waistlock, and he has the gut wrench! Oleg brings Yano up but Yano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oleg lets off clean and Yano bails out. Yano is frustrated by how good Oleg is, and he splashes water everywhere! Yano gets his favorite red chair, the ref goes to stop him but Yano shoves him aside. Yano takes a seat on the ramp and dares Oleg to come get him! So Oleg goes out after him! Yano JAMS Oleg up, then SMACKS him on the back!

Yano drags Oleg up, and wraps him up with the apron skirt! That’s an extra large sushi roll! Yano shoves Oleg down, gets in the ring, and the ring count starts. Yano meanwhile unties a buckle pad! Oleg wriggles out of the wrap but he’s still down at 10 of 20! Oleg gets completely free by 15, and he slides in at 16! The fans cheer but Yano kicks low! Yano whips Oleg into the bare buckles! Yano tells fans to leave him alone, Oleg’s tough! Yano clamps onto Oleg’s shoulders, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Wait, the ref finds the bit of wrist tape Yano was using to choke Oleg! The ref reprimands but Yano pretends he has no idea how that got there.

Yano storms up on Oleg, brings him around and whips him back into the bare buckles! Oleg falls over, the ref reprimands but Yano kicks Oleg and eggs him on. Yano stands Oleg up to HIP TOSS! Cocky cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Yano stomps Oleg in frustration. Yano scuffs Oleg, eggs him on, then stands him up again. But Oleg fires a forearm! Yano CLAWS Oleg’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Yano whips, but Oleg reverses. Yano avoids bare buckles, then dodges to send Oleg back in! Yano runs, but Oleg runs him over! The fans fire up with Oleg, and he scoops Yano to SLAM! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Yano stays in this but the fans rally behind Oleg. Oleg drags Yano up with the gut wrench! Time to Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up! The fans fire up and Oleg storms over to Yano. Oleg whips, but Yano holds ropes and taunts Oleg! Oleg runs up but Yano sidesteps and clinches, for a BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg and Yano stir, but Yano is up first. Yano brings Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Oleg runs, but Yano atomic drops! Yano trips Oleg, has the legs, and CATAPULTS him into buckles! Oleg staggers up, Yano fires up and he fireman’s carries!

Yano gets Oleg up but Oleg fights free of the bomb! Oleg SHOTGUNS Yano away! The fans fire up as Yano goes to a corner, and Oleg runs in! STINGER SPLASH from the big man, then he scoops to SLAM! Oleg jumps over Yano to go up and up and VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but the fans are still with Oleg! Oleg drags Yano up, fireman’s carries, and KA- NO, Yano slips free to roll Oleg, TWO! Oleg runs up, but Yano hooks him to a backslide! TWO!! Oleg escapes, Yano swings, but Oleg gets around! Yano grabs the ref to LOW BLOW! And CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! Oleg stands, blocks the takedown, and he powers Yano into a PANCAKE! OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Yano tried all the tricks in the book but Oleg could not be stopped! There’s still respect between them, but will The Rook show what he’s really capable of against The Ace?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima!

Public Enemy just finished up a round robin in the form of the Best of the Super Juniors, but now he’s looking to go even bigger! But will he be able to conquer this qualifier for the United Empire? Or will things be real cozy here tonight?

The bell rings and the fans rally up and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “KO-JI-MA! KO-JI-MA!” The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Kojima digs his heels in and shoves TJP away, but TJP stands right up. The two go again, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Kojima wrenches out to wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, breaks free, but Kojima swats the dropkick away! The fans cheer as TJP handsprings back up. TJP and Kojima circle, feel things out, then tie up. TJP headlocks, but Kojima fires body shots. Kojima powers up and out, TJP RAMS him, but Kojima stays put! TJP runs again, RAMS Kojima, but he bounces off!

The fans rally up, and TJP stomps Kojima’s foot! TJP runs to run Kojima over! TJP keeps moving, but Kojima stay slow, then hip tosses TJP down! Kojima runs to run TJP over! TJP bails out and fans cheer Kojima’s dancing pecs! Kojima goes out to stomp TJP, then he CLUBS TJP. Kojima CLUBS TJP more, then brings him around to whip. TJP reverses and Kojima hits railing! TJP runs up to BOOT Kojima, then he fires haymakers. The ref reprimands, TJP CLUBS Kojima then puts him in the ring. TJP then drags Kojima up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! TJP CHOPS again, the fans rally up, and TJP uses the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans are torn but Kojima gets in TJP’s face! Kojima CHOPS TJP off his feet! The fans rally up, Kojima stomps TJP to ropes, then he CLUBS TJP on the neck. Kojima CHOKES TJP on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans cheer. Kojima drags TJP up, reels him in and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO! TJP toughs it out but Kojima stays focused. The fans rally, Kojima stomps TJP, then stands TJP up. Kojima ROCKS TJP, stomps him at the ropes, then fires hands. TJP goes to a corner, kicks back, then fires hands! TJP backs Kojima down, but Kojima body shots!

Kojima ROCKS TJP and TJP staggers to ropes. Kojima stomps TJP, brings him up and whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! Kojima runs in, TJP slips under to sunset flip, then he steps through to trap an arm! DARK SACRIFICE! Kojima clutches his arm as he bails out of the ring. The fans rally with TJP and he builds speed to go up and up and FLYING DROPKICK! Kojima staggers, the fans cheer, and TJP stands back up. CANNONBALL! Down goes Kojima and the fans rally again. The ring count starts, TJP catches his breath before he brings Kojima up at 8. But Kojima SWEEPS the legs and TJP falls on the apron!

Kojima goes up after TJP, reels him in, and APRON DDTS!! TJP flops down to the floor while the fans rally up again. Kojima is in the ring but a new count starts. TJP stirs at 8 of 20, slowly sits up, and uses railing to stand at 12. TJP stumbles, falls, and crawls over at 15. TJP stands at 17, flounders with the apron skirt, but is in at 19! Kojima stomps TJP to a corner then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima shows TJP how it’s done! The fans fire up as Kojima goes an extra round before he CHOPS TJP down! Kojima then whips TJP corner to corner, runs up and forearm SMASHES!

Kojima shoves TJP down, shouts that he’s coming after the bastard, but TJP DROPKICKS Kojima first! The fans rally, TJP goes corner to corner and ELBOWS! Kojima sits down and the fans rally up! TJP gives Kojima the scrubbing! TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and want it one more time! TJP obliges and gives more scrubs to Kojima’s face. TJP runs, but Kojima kicks him low! Kojima fires off forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW, a kick, and a DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima rises, he storms over to TJP and drags him up, then cravats. TJP fights but Kojima CLUBS him!

TJP powers up and slips through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Kojima endures, stomps his way forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go but the fans rally up again. TJP aims, springboards, and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again. TJP goes to a corner, pounds the mat and fans clap along. “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP runs up but Kojima blocks the knee! Kojima kicks low and COZY CUT- NO, TJP handsprings through the cutter! And basement dropkicks in return! The fans fire up and TJP goes to a corner! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again!

TJP points to a corner and calls his shot! TJP makes sure Kojima is in the drop zone, and he goes up top! MAMBA FLOP as Kojima moves! COZY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again! Kojima stays cool, and he powers up the arm! Off comes the elbow pad! Kojima runs, but into a BOOT! JUMP SOBAT! TJP runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again but Kojima drags him back up. The fans rally, Kojima suplexes, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is still in this and the fans fire up! Kojima powers up again, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kojima rebounds, but into a clinch, and MOUSE TRAP! TJP WINS!!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Even TJP is surprised that finished it! A major win over the Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, but even bigger is that TJP is one step closer to the G1! But will Public Enemy be able to take down The Holy Emperor in Korakuen Hall?

 

8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Now, don’t be confused, this match did happen yesterday, too. But now, Yoshinobu Kanemaru is swapped out for Dick Togo! Will he be a spoiler for Bushi, Titan, Yota y Naito? Or will things still be tranquilo in the Summer heat?

Wait, Sho gets the mic just like he did last night. He again talks trash on LIJ, and says he hates having to be here in Ibaraki. Sho then asks Young Lion Katsuya Murashima where he’s from. Right here in Ibaraki. The fans cheer but Sho says no wonder he’s a loser! And then The House beats up on Murashima! LIJ protests but poor Murashima already flops out of the ring. Sho says The House is gonna prove LIJ are loses, just like Murashima and Ibaraki! The teams finally sort out, and after LIJ fist bumps, Naito steps to Evil. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and that annoys The House, but Naito and Evil slowly circle.

The two feel things out, Evil knowing Naito’s tricks. But speaking of tricks, Dick jumps in to CLOBBER Naito! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands but Evil stomps away on Naito. Evil and Dick stand on Naito, Red Shoes reprimands more, but Evil tags Sho. The Murder Machine talks trash as he stomps Naito, then he DECKS Bushi! Sho stomps Naito more, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick low. Bushi gets in to RANA! The fans cheer, and Naito cravats Sho for a neck wrench. Naito brings Sho to the corner, Bushi tags in, and Bushi goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Sho down! And Bushirooni!

The fans fire up, Bushi runs in to ELBOW Sho! Sho takes a swing, but Bushi ducks and spins Sho to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi tags Titan and the fans rally up. Sho stands, Titan springboards in, CROSSBODY! But then Narita throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE Narita! Titan dodges Sho, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks, jumps, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can LASH Titan with his belt! Sho then shoves Titan down and Evil BLASTS Naito off the apron! The fans boo but The House goes after LIJ on the outside! Another LASH from Dick’s belt and Titan staggers!

Dick CLOBBERS Titan into No Man’s Land, Sho & Evil double whip Naito hard into railing, and Narita is after Yota in the crowd! The fans boo, but Evil RAMS Naito into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san and the fans boo more. Red Shoes reprimands Evil but he misses Sho & Dick CHOKING Titan at the ropes! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho lets off and brings Titan around to bump off buckles. Tag to Dick and he CLUBS Titan on the back. Dick bumps Titan off more buckles, then climbs up to go after the mask! The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but he’s busy stopping Evil as he has Dick’s belt! Dick almost has Titan’s mask off!

The cameramen are respectful enough to move so we don’t see any of Titan’s face, and then Red Shoes makes Dick stop. Titan gets his mask back on but Dick CLAWS Titan’s back! Dick then brings Titan around, tags Narita, and they mug El Inmortal. Titan drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Narita BOOTS Yota off the apron just because, and then he tags Evil. Evil CLAWS Titan’s back, then he brings Titan around to wrench and whip into the corner. Evil clotheslines Titan, tags Sho, and Narita distracts Red Shoes so Dick can climb! The fans boo but Titan still suffers the DICK CHOP! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the fans cheer. Evil stands on Titan’s head, talks trash, and the fans boo again. The fans rally for “L I J! L I J!” “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Evil fireman’s carries but Titan slips free. Evil kicks, whips, but Titan reverses then goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Titan hurries over, hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up and Yota fires forearms on Evil. Yota whips, Evil reverses but Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dick runs in but Yota dodges, to then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Yota BLASTS Narita, DECKS Sho, but Evil kicks low! Evil reels Yota in, but Yota suplexes first! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up with Yota and he brings Evil up. Yota fireman’s carries, but Evil fights free. Evil waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, but Narita is there with his pushup bar! Red Shoes reprimands Narita but Evil puts Yota in a corner. Evil blocks a boot, puts Yota in the ropes, then WOE STOMPS him down! Tag to Narita and he drags Yota up. Narita whips Yota to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS, then goes side to side to JUMP KICK! Narita doesn’t stop, he scrapes Yota’s face off ropes! Narita runs to BOOT Yota down! Cover, TWO! Yota is still in this and the fans rally up. Narita brings Yota up, Yota takes a swing, but Narita catches him to a SLEEPER!

The fans rally as Yota endures and reaches out. Narita pulls hair to bring Yota away from ropes. Yota breaks free to hit the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! The fans cheer again and Naito fires hands on Narita. Naito kicks, CLUBS and whips Narita, to then arm-drag! Narita comes back but into an ELBOW! Basement DROPKICK! Naito hauls Narita up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer as Naito poses, and he storms over to the corner. Naito hops up, brings Narita up, but Narita breaks free, so Naito BOOTS him!

Naito runs in, Narita redirects him into a cheap shot from Dick! Then Narita KNEE STAMPS Naito down! The House blasts LIJ, and Evil gets Naito to a corner. Evil and Dick double whip Naito to the corner, then Dick runs in to BACK ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Evil runs in to clohtesline! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! The fans fire up but Evil argues with Red Shoes. But this is all a distraction so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo but Naito powers out and arm-drags Dick! Yota drags Evil out! Naito ELBOWS Dick, atomic drops, then Bushi basement dropkicks! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!

Dick survives the combo but Naito wrenches him. Sho & Evil attack first! They whip Naito, but Naito stops himself! Titan springboards in to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Narita knees Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as Titan builds speed, and he FLIES out onto The House! Naito fires ELBOWS on Dick, then Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito tops it off with DESTINO! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The hot streak continues for LIJ, which also means the House of Torture keeps losing! Will they ever learn?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic like he did last night, and says “Buenas tardes, KAMISUUU~!” The fans cheer, and Naito notes that it has been one year since NJPW was last here. It makes him very happy to be competing in front of them again, here in the Kamisu Bousai Arena. And he is thankful that they all came out tonight to see them. Gracias, amigos! Naito then brings up that next Sunday, he will be in the United States to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Naito acknowledges that he was the one who lost the title and let it go overseas, so he vows to bring it back. The fans cheer that!

Naito knows he still has to beat Moxley, but he asks until then, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo. And of course, it is time to close. And Naito’s pretty sure this is the first time they’ve had a role call here in Ibaraki. Are they ready? The fans cheer! Then New Japan Soul here in Kamisu Bousai Arena can only end one way! “Bushi, Hiromu, Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is rolling, Naito is rolling, but will Naito rock New York and bring the title home?


My Thoughts:

Another solid night for New Japan Soul, and a great night for The United Empire as they sweep the card, while also getting TJP to the next round of the qualifiers. I personally would love seeing TJP get into the G1 Climax, really let him show what he’s got against the heavyweights. And great match from Yano VS Oleg, and I appreciate they gave Oleg the win here. Oleg VS Tanahashi is gonna be good stuff, too, but I feel like Tanahashi moves on to the B Block qualifier finals. And then another fun 8 Man Tag but of course Naito wins. Naito brings that momentum to Forbidden Door, Moxley probably has his own tune-up on Dynamite or something, and then as I said before, I would hope Naito wins the title back and brings it with him into the G1.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (6/22/24)

Will Will Ospreay stay golden?

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An episode with truly international flavor!

While Will Ospreay defends his AEW International Championship against Brian Cage, Kazuchika Okada takes on former mentor, Ultimo Guerrero! Will the champions stay strong on the Road to The Forbidden Door?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling; Joe, Hook & Shibata win.
  • Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith; Jericho & Bill win.
  • AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero; Okada wins and denies Ultimo Guerrero a title match.
  • Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages; The Patriarchy wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni; Malakai & Brody win.
  • Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard; Hechicero wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage; Ospreay wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Six Man Tag: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata VS The Premier Athletes w/ Mark Sterling!

Three dangerous men joined forces out of respect for what each of them can do, but they aren’t getting much respect from others. But will the Samoan Submission Specialist, The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil & The Wrestler beat some respect into Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari & Josh Woods? Or can the Premier Athletes actually put their money where their muscles are?

The trios sort out, Joe starts against Nese and the fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” Nese says not tonight. Nese and Joe tie up, Nese waistlocks, but he can’t lift Joe! Joe smirks, wrenches free, and wristlocks. Nese rolls, wrenches and headlocks. Nese’s team cheers but they’re the only ones. Joe powers up and out, then he runs Nese over! Joe smirks, stalks Nese to ropes, then brings him around. The fans fire up for Joe as he scoops, but Nese slips fere! Nese SOBATS, runs, but into an ELBOW! Tag to Hook and the fans fire up more! Hook puts Nese in a corner to fire off body shots! Hook throws hands, Nese shoves past him but Hook fires more shots!

Nese throws forearms on Hook, but Hook counter punches! Nese staggers, comes back, but Hook gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Nese manages to land out and he STOMPS Hook down! Nese tags Daivari and they mug Hook with haymakers! The fans boo but Nese lets off. Daivari brings Hook up, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Daivari snapmares Hook, clamps on a full nelson and leans on the hold. The fans rally and Hook fights up, and he pries the hold open! But Daivari waistlocks! Hook elbows free, and hot tags to Shibata! Shibata storms in but he has to slow down as Daivari gets away to his corner.

Woods reaches out, so Daivari says here’s something for The Wrestler. Daivari tags Woods in, he steps to Shibata, and they fire forearms! The fans rally up as the shots keep going, then Shibata gets the edge! Woods trips Shibata, goes for an arm, but Shibata slips right around to go for the arm! Woods goes for Shibata’s arm, but Shibata goes after Woods again! Woods powers through to get the arm, but then Shibata slips around, changes sides, and has the ARMBAR! Woods scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Shibata lets off and CLUBS away on Woods. Shibata cranks the arm for a double wristlock but Woods throws body shots!

Shibata leg scissors to trip Woods! KNEEBAR! Nese storms in to stomp Shibata! The fans boo, Woods tags Nese in. Nese stomps Shibata around, then taunts the fans. The fans boo but Nese CHOPS Shibata. Shibata doesn’t flinch! Nese CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Nese throat chops! Nese whips, Shibata reverses, but Nese ELBOWS back! Nese goes up and up and QUEBRADAS, but Shibata steps aside! Everyone’s learning from Joe now! The fans fire up and Joe smiles. Shibata then tags Joe in, and he stalks Nese. Nese rises up, into the JABS! JABS! JABS! Joe fires off fast hands, CHOPS Nese down, but Sterling gets on the apron!

Joe scares Sterling off, but this is all a delay tactic so Nese can crawl, and Woods can HOTSHOT Joe! The fans boo but Nese brings Joe around, BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Joe staggers, Daivari tags in! Nese & Daivari mug Joe, run, and DOUBLE SHOULDER TACKLE! Daivari covers, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that! Woods tags in, he and Daivari mug Joe, and then Woods CLUBS away on Joe’s chest! Cover, ONE!! Joe is still tougher than that so now Daivari tags back in. Daivari and Woods mug Joe, then Daivari stands Joe up. Daivari throws hands, but Joe hits back! They go back and forth, Joe gets the edge, but Daivari CLAWS the eyes!

Daivari sucker punches Shibata down! Daivari whips, Joe reverses and sweeps the legs! SENTON! The fans fire up, hot tags to Hook and Nese! Hook rallies on Nese, wrenches and NORTHERN LIGHTS! Woods runs in but Hook KNEES him down! Nese gets up, but into the clinch! TAZ PLEX! The fans fire up and Hook stalks Nese, to give crossface forearms! Daivari runs up, Hook DECKS him! Woods gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX! Hook tumbles, but Shibata tags in! Shibata ROCKS Woods, BOOTS Nese, BOOTS Daivari, then STO for Woods! Shibata runs up at Nese for a BOOT! Shibata fires off forearms and the ref counts.

Shibata goes corner to corner to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Shibata drags Nese up, SNAP HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Nese survives, but ends up in an ARMBAR!! Nese endures, but he taps! Shibata’s team wins!

Winners: Samoa Joe, Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission

The Premier Athletes did prove they’ve got guts, but not enough to overcome this trio of warriors! Will Joe, Hook & Shibata find themselves on the road to trios gold?

 

The Bang Bang Gang speaks.

Juice Robinson says, “Apparently… AEW isn’t gonna recognize the fact that I was anointed one-quarter of the AEW Unified Trios Champions!” Austin says he’s pissed, Colten confirms that is true, and adds that apparently, The House of Black still gets their shot. At least, once Buddy’s leg gets better. And apparently, PAC cares!? He interrupted their match, he pushed Juice off the top, and then he flipped Austin off! But that’s good. Because their fearless leader, Jay White, is off training his butt off. You thought EIGHT abs was something? Jay will be coming back with TEN! SO Pac, you better hope you don’t see The Switchblade in the Owen Hart Cup!

Because then, The Bastard will do more than just “care” now. He’ll cry to sleep! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya! GUNS UP! Bullet Club Gold is taking aim at a lot of different targets, but will they be able to hit the mark?

 

Private Party VS Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey w/ Bryan Keith!

Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy have been busy this week. They got called out by The Learning Tree on Dynamite, they put in a fast and furious match last night on Rampage, and now they’ll be entering the “Jericho Vortex” when they take on Big Bill and the man himself. But will Quen & Zay teach Jericho something about not looking down on the younger guys? Or will Jericho ruin the fun #ForTheWorld?

The teams sort out and Jericho starts against Quen. The fans rally up and Jericho says here’s a free lesson from The Learning Tree. Then he tags out to The Redwood. Bill steps in, sporting new gear that quotes Tony Schiavone, on the butt… Bill and Quen tie up, Quen gets around and headlocks. Bill powers out and runs Quen right over! Because as the shorts say, “Too much man!” Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then he stands Quen up. Bill CHOPS Quen, drags him up, then CHOPS him again! Bill keeps Quen in the corner, and he ROCKS him with a right. Then Bill TOSSES Quen across the way!

Bill mocks the dancing, runs corner to corner, and he SPLASHES Quen! Quen was practically smothered by that move! Quen falls over, but Bill stands him back up, and gives a thumbs up before he TOSSES Quen again! Quen writhes, goes to ropes, then the corner. Bill runs in again, but Quen dodges the splash! Bill staggers, Quen goes up, and Quen leaps to MISSILE DROPKICK! Bill staggers, Quen is on him in a corner! Quen rains down fists, Bill stops him at 6, then DECKS him! Jericho applauds, and Bill tags him in. The fans are torn as The Learning Tree waves, and Bill hoists Quen way up! Jericho “helps” SLAM Quen down!

Jericho & Bill wave, then Jericho stands Quen up to CHOP! Jericho CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Jericho runs up but Quen BOOTS him! Quen goes up and leaps to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Then hot tag to Zay! The fans rally as Zay TACKLES Jericho and rains down fists! Jericho pushes him away but Zay comes back, another TACKLE and more fast hands! Jericho tries to get away but Zay fires off high and low and all around! Jericho CLAWS eyes! The fans boo but Jericho brings Zay up. Zay CHOPS, fires more forearms, then just more and more and more! Zay runs, but Jericho sends him out!

Quen is there, for SILLY STRING! Jericho tumbles, Zay covers, TWO!! Jericho survives, Quen tags in, and he TACKLES Jericho! Quen fires off hands just like Zay! Quen stomps Jericho around, runs, but Bad Apple Bryan Keith trips him! The fans boo, but then Jericho CLOBBERS Quen! Jericho waves to the fans, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Jericho takes his time waving to all sides of the arena, then he drags Quen up. Jericho hits a BIG back suplex, then has the cocky cover, ONE! Jericho perhaps returning the favor from last night there, but Jericho bumps Quen off buckles. Tag to Bill and Bill stomps away on Quen! Jericho adds on, the ref counts, and Bill digs his boots in. The ref counts more, Bill lets off with applause, and then Bryan CHOKES Quen! Bill SUCKER PUNCHES Kassidy! The ref reprimands but Bill goes back to Quen. Bill mocks the “Shots! Shots! Shots!” then CLUBS Quen on the back. Then SLAPS Quen down! Bill mocks the shots more, then mockingly cheers.

Bill drags Quen up, puts him on ropes, and RIPS his shirt open to CHOP him down! Quen sputters, Bill drags him up and tags in Jericho. They mug Quen in the corner, then Jericho brings Quen around. Quen fires hands first! Quen runs, but Jericho DROPKICKS him down! Jericho waves to the fans again, then he drags Quen up. Collision returns to single picture, Jericho bumps Quen off buckles, then Jericho puts Quen up top. Jericho CHOPS Quen, climbs, and wants his “branches” to fire up. The fans are torn, but Jericho has Quen on the very top, but Quen throws hands! Quen shoves Jericho down, and the fans rally up!

Quen adjusts, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Jericho survives and Quen is frustrated. Quen and Jericho crawl, hot tag to Zay! Zay springboards to CROSSBODY! Zay keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges, then DROPKICKS! Bill storms in, but Zay DUMPS him out! Zay then triangle jumps to DROPKICK! That’s Jericho’s move! Zay then kicks and hits a STUNNER! Then a STUNNER for Bill! The fans fire up and Zay runs up to SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and shocks Zay! Bryan coaches Jericho, Zay tags Quen. Private Party mugs Jericho, then Quen whips Jericho to a corner. Quen runs up to SPLASH!

Quen brings Jericho around again, SOBAT and SOBAT! Quen runs, but Jericho THROAT CHOPS! Then LIONSAULTS! But onto knees! Quen holds Jericho, Zay uses him as a step to FLY onto Bill! Then Zay hurries back and goes up again! Quen sets Jericho up again, SWANTON BOMB! Quen climbs now, for the 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Quen can’t believe it! Tag back to Zay, but Bill returns! The ref is busy with Bryan, too! Zay springboards, into a BOOT! The Redwood slips away, Bryan hops down, and Jericho covers Zay, TWO?!? Zay survives and the fans fire up!

Jericho huffs ‘n’ puffs, drags Zay up, but Zay is dead weight. Jericho KNEES Zay, then KNEES him again. Jericho says if Zay wants to be a threat, he has to fight. So Zay fires off fast hands and CHOSP! Zay whips, Jericho reverses, but Zay KICKS, then RAN- NO! Jericho turns Rana into WALLS OF JERICHO! Zay endures, even as Jericho sits deep! The fans fire up as Zay fights around! Zay reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Zay lets go in frustration but also exhaustion, so he tags to Bill. Bill storms up but into a mule kick! Zay runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but into the BOSS MAN SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Zay survives and Bill is frustrated.

Bill mocks the shots again, gives a thumbs up, then he drags Zay up. But Quen runs in! Bill choke grips Quen, to CHOKE SLAM him onto Zay! Cover, TWO?!?! Zay survives and Bill is surprised! Bill tags Jericho back in, and Jericho climbs. Bill gets Zay up and brings him over, CHOKE- NO, Zay slips free and shoves Bill into Jericho! Jericho lands on his sapling, then Quen DROPKICKS Billy into him! Private Party DOUBLE LARIAT Bill out! Then they get Jericho set up! GIN & JUICE!! CODE BREAKER STYLE!! Quen CLOBBERS Bill, Zay covers, TWO?!?!? Jericho survives and no one can believe it!

The ref defends his count was fair but Zay can’t believe that math. Jericho is up, Zay fires off forearms! “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” Zay fires body “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” then runs to LARIAT! Zay is all fired up and the fans are with him! But Bill returns! Zay LION- NO, Bryan Keith CLOBBERS Zay!! The ref was busy with Bill, he missed that! Jericho drags Zay to a cover, Jericho’s team wins!

Winners: Chris Jericho & “Big Bill” Morrissey, by pinfall

Consider this one a 3v2 Handicap Match, because the Bad Apple got involved. And he even goes after Zay now! Quen goes after Bryan, but Bill & Jericho go after Quen, but Samoa Joe’s team runs out there! Joe LOW BLOWS Bill! Shibata and Hook go after Jericho and Bryan, but Jericho gets outta there! The Learning Tree wants nothing to do with this! So Shibata isolates Bryan’s arm, and STOMPS it!! Jericho feels Bryan’s pain, emotionally speaking. Joe gets a mic to say, “HI~, CHRIS~!” But week after week, Jericho has “graced” us with his presence, but Joe and his associates here have been talking. And every idea that falls from Jericho’s tree “absolutely SUCKS!”

The fans cheer but Joe isn’t done. Joe tells Jericho that they come from very different schools of thought. And the best ideas survive the crucible of combat! So that is what Joe suggests! Joe, Hook & Shibata VS Jericho and what’s left of his tree, come Forbidden Door! Will Jericho, Bill & Bryan be able to regroup in the eight days they have? Or will they be turned into the lumber that builds the school of Samoa Joe?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!

Though Will Ospreay and Swerve Strickland are Forbidden Door opponents, and hardly friends after how personal they’re making things, they must team together against The Gates of Agony! Will Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona crush the champions before they ever reach Long Island?

 

AEW Continental Championship Title Eliminator: Kazuchika Okada VS Ultimo Guerrero!

Christopher Daniels promised The Elite that they would face top tier competition for their titles, and he finally realized who would be best for The Rainmaker: the man who mentored him while on excursion in Mexico! Will Okada be able to stay undefeated in AEW when facing one of CMLL’s best? Or will Ultimo Guerrero show him that he still has a lot to learn?

The bell rings and Okada stares Ultimo down. The fans rally up, the two circle, and Ultimo offers a handshake. Okada slaps the hand away, he no longer cares about his former sensei. The two tie up, Ultimo waistlocks, then he SLAMS Okada down. Ultimo facelocks, Okada wrenches out but Ultimo rolls and trips Okada. Ultimo rolls Okada but Okada arm-drags free, and the two stand! The fans fire up as they reset and go again. Ultimo gets his side of the crowd going, but Okada has plenty of fans, too. The two speed things up, Okada drops but Ultimo runs him over! Ultimo whips, Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Ultimo CHOPS!

Ultimo scoops, Okada slips free, but Ultimo LARIATS! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Ultimo stands first and he brings Okada around. Ultimo puts Okada in a corner to CHOP! Okada sputters, but Ultimo CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Okada drops to a knee, Ultimo brings him up to scoop, and SLAM! The fans fire up, Okada slowly rises, but Ultimo is on him again. Ultimo CHOPS, and CHOPS, then brings Okada around. Ultimo whips Okada to ropes, then LARIATS him down! Ultimo stalks Okada to a corner, KNEES low, then KNEES low again! The ref counts, Ultimo snapmares Okada down then clamps on a chinlock.

The fans rally, Okada endures and fights around, but Ultimo pushes him down to get a leg. STRETCH MUFFLER! Okada endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts in Español, and Ultimo lets go at 4. Ultimo stomps Okada to the corner, lets off again, but Okada powers up to Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECK- NO, Ultimo fights it to an IRON OCTOPUS! Okada hurries to the ROPEBREAK, and Ultimo lets off again. Ultimo whips Okada to a corner, runs in, but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada scowls and the fans fire up while Collision goes picture in picture.

Okada goes back to Ultimo, drags him up, and CLUBS him. Okada TOSSES Ultimo out, goes out after him, and UPPERCUTS! Ultimo staggers, Okada UPPERCUTS him again, and Ultimo sits in a corner. Okada stands Ultimo up, to SMACK hm off the chair! Okada drags Ultimo up and puts him back in the ring, then takes his time stepping in. Okada brings Ultimo up, turns him, and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ultimo stays in this and Okada is annoyed. Okada paces, drags Ultimo up and DECKS him! Okada looms over Ultimo as Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Okada has Ultimo in a corner. Okada brings him up but Ultimo body shots! And CHOPS! Okada knees low, whips, and runs in to BACK ELBO! Okada goes corner to corner, but Ultimo follows to clothesline! Ultimo keeps moving, but then Okada follows! Ultimo dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up, the ref checks, and both men are still in this. Okada sits up first but Ultimo stands first. Ultimo whips, Okada reverses, but Ultimo pops Okada up to the apron! Ultimo sweeps the legs, fires up, and runs side to side to WRECK Okada with a dropkick!

The fans fire up and Ultimo goes out to the apron. Ultimo storms over to Okada, drags him up, and whips him into railing! Then he CHOPS! The fans fire up as Okada reaches out in pain. Ultimo storms up behind Okada, the ring count climbs, but Ultimo POSTS Okada at 7! Ultimo slides into the ring at 8, Okada flounders in after, and Ultimo eggs Okada on. Ultimo fireman’s carries, Okada slips free! Ultimo ELBOWS Okada, runs, but into the DROPKICK! Okada snarls and he drags Ultimo back up. Okada ripcords, but Ultimo ducks the lariat! Ultimo kicks low, runs in, but Okada avoids the splash! Okada fires forearms then goes up!

Okada pulls at Ultimo’s mask! The fans boo the disrespect, but Ultimo hits a RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Okada stays in this but Ultimo rises up. Ultimo drags Okada up, puts him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ultimo goes to the very top!? But Okada CLAWS at Ultimo’s face through the mask! Ultimo drops down, Okada climbs off the corner, and Okada ripcords! Ultimo ducks again, rolls Okada up, TWO!! Okada escapes and the fans fire up! Ultimo swings, but Okada gets around, and UNMASKS HIM! Ultimo does his best to cover up, but Okada ripcords! RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (denies Ultimo Guerrero a title opportunity)

Despite how he got the win, Okada grins because for him, a win is a win! Will The Rainmaker be unstoppable now that he does what he wants?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexy Nair is with Dante, Darius & Action, and she congratulates Dante for making it into the AEW TNT Championship Ladder Match. Now, they wanted this time so what’s on their mind? Dante says the last time he was in a ladder match, he broke his leg. A broken fibula, a dislocated ankle. It took a lot of hard work for Dante to make it back here. He had to relearn how to walk, how to run, how to jump, and how to be himself again. But now, he’s going back in to that environment. A lot of people are saying that’s crazy. But it’ll take a little bit of crazy to become the NEW TNT Champion, so boys, at Forbidden Door, he’ll get some gold to celebrate with.

Lio Rush walks in and he wants to talk about last week. Action says before that, he does want to congratulate Lio Rush on the win last night. Lio appreciates that. And he asks if Darius is cool. Darius nods so Lio takes that. Lio tells Dante that when it came to last week, Lio is a man of his word. He has Dante’s back. Always has, always will. But come Forbidden Door, Lio is in the match, too, and he wants the TNT Championship for himself. Dante says same for him. So then see you there. Darius says they’ll see who the better man is. Top Flight heads out, but will the Bad Child make sure he’s the Man of the Hour in New York?

 

Six Man Tag: The Patriarchy VS The Iron Savages!

While Christian Cage still wants to be AEW World Champion, he also wants his “sons,” Nick Wayne and Killswitch/Luchasaurus, to succeed, too. So they are going to go after the AEW World Trios Championships as a family, no matter who they have to go through. Killswitchasaurus took out Jacked Jameson, Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder all by himself, so will it be even easier when Captain Charisma & The Prodigy Son are with him? Or will everyone be sippin’ sauce and livin’ hoss on Saturday night?

Before the match, Jameson has a mic. He tells Christian that he has been a focal point on the biggest shows in wrestling since most of us were little kids. Christian is one of the greatest of all time, and is now better than he’s ever been. However, ever since coming to AEW, Christian’s been acting more like “Low T Loser!” A couple weeks ago, Christian had Killswitch take them out for no reason! Then he’s got that little peeper, Nick Wayne, who looks like Timothée Chalamet but even wimpier! But they ain’t going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! They’re going to the milk farm in #TIDDYCITY!!

The fans are a little torn about that idea, but then The Patriarchy makes their entrance. But then Christian leaves?! No, he joins commentary! He’s leaving this all up to his “sons!” The teams sort out in this unofficial handicap match, and Luchasaurus starts against Bronson. The fans are on the dinosaur’s side, but Jameson says time to sip some sauce! Bronson grabs the cup and he CHUGS it! Bronson is all fired up, runs up on Luchasaurus, but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS him down! Nick wants in, so Luchasaurus tags. Nick swaggers around, toys with Bronson, then taunts Jameson. Nick eggs Bronson on, kicks him around, then KICKS Bronson ont he back!

Nick flexes but Bronson gets up! Bronson is literally twice as big as Nick! Bronson back suplexes, Nick lands out! Nick kicks and runs, but into a back drop! Christian coaches Nick from 30 feet away at the desk but Bronson says it is time for TIDDY! CITY~! Bronson sends Nick right into Boulder’s beefy chest! Nick sputters, Luchasaurus tags in! He CLOBBERS Bronson, BLASTS Boulder & Jameson, then TOSESS Bronson toa  corner! Luchasaurus fires off fast hands, whips corner to corner, then runs up to BOOT Bronson down! Christian says this is the most elite big man in the business. Boulder storms up, he grabs Luchasaurus!

Luchasaurus ELBOWS Boulder, SHOVES him up and out, but Jameson grabs Luchasaurus by the hair! Christian says that’s cheating! Well, he would know… Jameson CLUBS Luchasaurus, goes up, but Luchasaurus garbs him first! To THROW him down onto Boulder! Nick gets in, he gets a boost from Luchasaurus, SUPER PLANCHA onto the Savages! Christian says they are the next Trios Champions and it is not up for debate. Luchasaurus waits on Bronson, Bronson slowly staggers to his feet, and into the choke grip! But Bronson CLUBS at the arm! Bronson breaks free, fires hands over and over, then LARIATS!

Christian is upset but Luchasaurus stays up! Bronson LARIAT, then DISCUS LARIATS! Luchasaurus drops to a knee, Bronson fires back up, “I’M GONNA BUST~!” Bronson runs, but into the choke grip! JURASSIC CHOKE SLAM! And then Nick wants back in! Christian says to do it, so Luchasaurus tags. Luchasaurus gets Bronson up, Christian says now his boys need his help. WAYNE’S WORLD! Christian goes to ringside, and Nick gladly tags his “father” in. Christian then has his “sons” get Bronson up, and he says THEY are the next Trios Champions! KILLSWITCH for Bronson! Cover, Patriarchy wins!

Winners: The Patriarchy, by pinfall

Christian tops it off after his “sons” do the heavy lifting, but a win is a win. Will nothing stop The Patriarchy as they look to reign over AEW together?

 

Mercedes Mone visited Arena Mexico.

And she told Stephanie Vaquer this is why she’s the CEO. She flew all the way to Mexico just ot make a point. Mone said hola, and then stared Vaquer down. Mone knows Vaquer is NJPW Strong Women’s Champion for now, but that title is hers come Forbidden Door. But then Vaquer told Mone, “You’re in my house now, b*tch! And we speak Spanish here!” So Mone used the internationally understood SLAP ACROSS THE FACE! The fight was on, and Mone snatched both belts! Will Mone prove she is The CEO of the entire world? Or will she find out why Vaquer is La Primera?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS Lady Frost & Leyla Hirsch!

While Mina Shirakawa is coming for The Leading Lady’s AEW Women’s World Championship and the spotlight, she also wants her Mariah back! Will Storm and Mariah show Mina that their bond is more than just skin deep? Or will they both freeze up facing a LEGIT cool duo?

The teams sort out and Storm starts against Leyla. The fans rally for Storm as she and Leyla circle. They tie up, and Storm powers Leyla back, but Leyla puts Storm in the corner. They go around again, on the mat, then back to their feet. Storm wrenches but Leyla gets around to trip Storm. Leyla pushes Storm to a cover, ONE as Storm bridges. Leyla pushes her down, ONE! Leyla tries again, ONE! Leyla hops on but Storm stays bridged up! They stand, Storm wrenches to a facelock, then tags Mariah. The fans cheer as Storm whips Leyla to ropes, then BOOTS her down! Mariah SHOTGUNS Leyla down, but Leyla scrambles away.

Frost tags in, Mariah and Storm are too busy celebrating together. Frost gets around Mariah, goes to ropes, but Mariah bucks the O’Conner. Frost rolls through, comes back, tilt-o-whirl and sunset flip! TWO, but Mariah SLAPS Frost! Mariah puts some stank on the CHOP! Mariah then scoops for a SPIN OUT SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up and Mariah even BLASTS Leyla for good measure! Storm runs in to HIP ATTACK Frost! Storm and Mariah pose together, and Storm cues us to picture in picture.

Storm and Mariah talk but Leyla drags Mariah back in! Frost drags Storm out, the two are separated and Frost fires off on Storm! Leyla throws Mariah down, covers, TWO! Frost CHOPS Storm against barriers! Leyla drags Mariah up to snap suplex! Leyla soaks up the heat, drags Mariah up, then tags in Frost. Leyla snap suplexes again, and Frost STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Frost stays on Mariah and brings her back over, tag to Leyla. They mug Mariah, stomp her down, then Leyla digs her boots in. The ref counts, Leyla lets off, and then she drags Mariah up. Luther rallies the fans while Mariah endures the REAR BEARHUG!

Mariah reaches out while Leyla leans on her. Mariah fights up, reaches for Storm, but Leyla brings her away. Mariah fights with elbows, then runs, but Leyla reels her in! Mariah switches, Leyla switches, but Mariah wrenches to a SAIDO! Mariah and Leyla crawl, hot tag to Storm! Storm rallies on Leyla, BLASTS Frost, and Collision returns to single picture! Storm dodges Leyla, blocks the boots, and DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! The fans fire up and Storm stands Leyla up, for a FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect but Storm stands Leyla up again. Storm reels Leyla in, but Leyla back drops!

Storm sunset flips, but Leyla drops into the ARMBAR!! Storm flails, reaches out, and the fans rally up again! Mariah jumps in to RUNNING KNEE Leyla down! Storm is free, Frost runs up, but into a HEADBUTT! Mariah hurries back and reaches out! Hot tag to Mariah! She drags Leyla to a corner, Frost is in the other. Mariah and Storm say kiss THESE! But then Frost & Leyla dodge! GAMANGIRI for Mariah! Now Mariah and Storm are in corners! Frost hits the CANNONBALL! Leyla adds a SWINGING DROPKICK! Leyla drags Mariah to the drop zone and Frost goes up! Leyla goes after Storm but Storm HEADBUTTS!

Storm shields Mariah from the FROSTBITE!! Frost drags Leyla to cover Mariah, STORM BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Frost fires off on Storm! Frost bumps Storm off buckles, Leyla gets Mariah up. Leyla ROCKS Mariah, coordinates with Frost, and they whip Storm and Mariah into each other! The two HUG! Then they dodge Leyla & Frost, to DOUBLE GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up as now they DOUBLE HIP ATTACK! Storm gets Leyla for STORM ZERO! Mariah covers, she and Storm win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

The mentor and protege embrace as they come out victorious! But with Mina Shirakawa trying to wedge herself between them, will this story have a tragic ending?

 

Serena Deeb speaks.

“Leading up to Double or Nothing, I was 6-0. Physically, I was unbeatable. Mentally, I was untouchable, unbreakable. And subsequently, I’ve had three of the toughest losses of my career, to some of the best women in this company. And I know how this goes. Sometimes you’re on the up, sometimes you’re on the down. But when you’re on the down, you gotta stop it in its tracks and you gotta lift yourself back up. If there’s anything that my wrestling career has shown, it’s perseverance, it’s redemption, it’s grit. So next week, I will be in Buffalo at Collision, and I am begging anybody to step into my ring, to step into Deeb’s Dojo!

“Because, baby, I’m on the up. And from here, I’m gonna remind everybody, and I’m gonna remind myself, just who the hell I am: The Professor of Professional Wrestling.” Who will accept Deeb’s “pop quiz” next week on Collision?

 

Malakai Black & Brody King VS Leon & Max St. Giovanni!

The Bang Bang Gang mocked the misfortune of this malevolent faction, and they are looking to take their anger out on whatever poor souls AEW have found for them. Will LSG & MSG soon RIP at the feet of The Kings of the Black Throne?

The teams sort out, MSG starts against Malakai. They circle, MSG is wary of Brody, but he ties up with Malakai. MSG wrenches, wristlocks, but Malakai rolls, wrenches and cording holds. MSG slips around to wrench back, but Malakai spins to wrench then headlock. MSG powers out but Malakai runs him over! Malakai stands MSG up but MSG ROCKS him with a forearm! MSG winds up, but Malakai blocks the kick to ELBOW him away! Malakai runs up, but into an ELBOW! LSG tags in, but runs into an arm-drag! Malakai clamps onto LSG’s arm, wrenches it, and tags in Brody. The fans bark as Brody CLOBBERS MSG!

LSG arm-drags free of Malakai, then runs up, but Malakai drops down so Brody can CHOP LSG off his feet! LSG sputters, the fans bark for Brody, but MSG is back! Malakai blocks MSG’s superkick to KICK the other leg. Brody and Malakai FOREARM KNEE SMASH COMBO! LSG runs up, but into a POP-UP KNEE COMBO! Then DANTE’S INFERNO!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: Malakai Black & Brody King, by pinfall

The brothers St. Giovanni could not withstand the wrath of the Dark Father and the King of Death, who still have fury burning in their eyes. But as they head up the ramp, Ian Riccaboni is there to interview them. He congratulates them on the win tonight, but he must ask: How does it feel after what happened to Buddy last week? Malakai chuckles, and says what a “human” question. Brody tells Ian that revenge is never a straight line. They feel nothing. Does that mean Buddy doesn’t matter? Or are Malakai & Brody just waiting until the right time to strike?

 

Hechicero w/ The Gates of Agony VS Matthew Menard!

The Alchemist of Lucha Libre warned MJF that at Forbidden Door, he’s going to break off one of MJF’s arms! Will Hechicero use Menard as an example of that? Or will Hechicero have a hard time handling some Daddy Magic?

The bell rings and Menard dodges Hechi to fire off fast hands! Menard whips Hechi to then CLOBBER him! The fans fire up with Menard as he keeps on Hechi, with a LARIAT! “What you got!?” The fans cheer, Menard whips, but Hechi gets under the leap frog to DUMP Menard down! Hechi ELBOW DROPS, then basement DROPKICKS! Menard bails out, shakes out the stars, then slides back in. But Hechi stomps away on Menard, then CHOKES him on ropes! The ref counts, Hechi BITES Menard before letting off. Menard gets up but Hechi CHOPS him! Hechi runs to JUMP KNEE! The fans are torn, but Hechi gets Menard up, for a back drop!

Hechi traps an arm, grabs the other, and DARK SACRIFICE! Menard writhes, staggers around, and Hechi slithers around to make sure MJF knows he is numero uno! Hechi runs up, but Menard dodges! Hechi hits buckles, and Menard fires off shots! Menard whips corner to corner, then runs up to clothesline! Menard climbs, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count all the way to TEN! Menard is all fired up, then he hits a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Hechi stays in this but Menard scowls. Menard runs, but into a CROSSBODY from Hechi! SLEEPER on the ropes! The ref counts, Hechi RAMS Menard down!

Hchi then slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hechi waits on Menard, runs and tilt-o-whirls, HEADSCISSOR LEG DROP! Then Hechi rains down shots on Menard’s back, before reeling him into the CRUCIFIX ARMBAR! Menard taps, Hechi wins!

Winner: Hechicero, by submission

The Gates of Agony storm in to celebrate with Hechi, will the Alchemist of Lucha turn the Wolf of Wrestling into a lap dog? Or will MJF prove that he’s better than even Hechicero, and he knows it?

 

Jeff Jarrett speaks.

“When I was asked officially about being in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, all the emotion came back. It’s hard for me to imagine it’s been 25 years, but there are so many things that I remember like it was yesterday. In the late 90s, we would become Tag Team Champions, and I kinda look back on those days as the favorite days of my career. His passing in 1999, May 23rd, on the Monday the following day, I made a promise to myself that I would be able to look Oje & Athena in their eyes, and it really meant something. They were little kids when it happened, but to let them know what a great man their father is. I never, ever met anybody like him.”

Jarrett looks back, and he’s since become a 12-time world champion, a two-time Hall of Famer. The Owen Cup means more to him than anything he’s ever done. Toby Keith passed away earlier this year, another good buddy. And as the song says, he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was. To get the opportunity to win three matches, then stand in the ring in Owen’s hometown of Calgary, Jarrett is absolutely gonna do it. The Last Outlaw must still wait and see what “wild card” is dealt, but will he make it through no matter what?

 

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS Brian Cage!

The Aerial Assassin wants to be the #TwoBeltBruv by taking Swerve’s AEW World Championship, but he also has to defend the belt he has. And while The Machine doesn’t work for The Mogul anymore, he might end up helping him out with this match. Will Ospreay stay golden on the Road to The Forbidden Door? Or will Cage make sure Ospreay’s limping into Long Island?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and it’s time to see #WhoBetta!

The bell rings and Cage CLOBBERS Ospreay! Cage fires off in the corner, the fans boo and the ref counts. But then Ospreay turns things around to fire back! Ospreay goes up to rain down fists, but Cage SHOVES him away at 4! Ospreay lands out on his feet, only for Cage to run him over! The fans boo but Cage drags Ospreay up to ROCK him! Ospreay staggers, Cage CHOPS him, but the fans rally for the “BRUV! BRUV! BRUV!” Cage whips, Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAN- NO, Cage stops that and TOSSES Ospreay! Then he scoops to do bicep curls, before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Cage flexes but fans boo.

Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands up, and Cage runs in. Ospreay DUMPS Cage out, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him again. Cage shoves Ospreay but Ospreay comes back to BOOT! Cage falls to the floor, the fans fire up with Ospreay, and he PLANCHAS! Down goes Cage and the fans fire up again! Ospreay paces, brings Cage up and into the ring, and Collision goes picture in picture.

Ospreay aims from the apron, springboards, but Cage catches him! Cage stalling suplexes Ospreay, walks around with him, but Ospreay flails. Cage still keeps Ospreay up, to JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Cage is annoyed but he brings Ospreay back up. Cage brings Ospreay around, bumps him off buckles, then CHOPS! Cage ROCKS Ospreay, soaks up the heat, then smirks as he drags Ospreay back up. Ospreay fires forearms in return! Cage SOBATS, scoops, and SLAMS, to then drop a leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stays in this but Cage stays on him. Cage drags Ospreay up, to HEADBUTT him!

Ospreay staggers, Cage bumps him off buckles, but Ospreay kicks low! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Ospreay whips corner to corner, but Cage reverses hard! Ospreay falls back, Cage dusts himself off, and then Cage asks, “Who betta?!” Cage looms over Ospreay, gives him clubbing crossface forearms from both sides, and Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Cage has Ospreay in a BEARHUG! Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay throws elbows! Ospreay BELL CLAPS and Cage lets him go! Cage still knees low, CLUBS Ospreay, then shouts, “Who betta than Cage, huh?!” Cage runs but into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Cage staggers to a corner and the fans fire back up! Daniel Garcia is watching, as he still wants a shot at the International Championship. Ospreay runs corner to corner to BOOT Cage! Ospreay pushes Cage out, goes to the apron and springboards in, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but he just brings Cage up.

Ospreay reels Cage in but Cage resists the lift. The fans rally as Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! And then winds up to CHOP! Ospreay reels Cage in again, but Cage back drops free! Cage goes corner to corner to UPPERCUT, GAMANGIRI, then GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay has a rough landing and the ref checks him, but he seems okay to continue. Cage goes to the corner, and he deadlift SUPERLEXES! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay toughs it out and Cage grows frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay but Cage reels him in. Cage puts one out, lifts Ospreay up, but Ospreay RANAS Cage into the buckles!

Ospreay hurries up top now, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! The fans fire up and Ospreay prepares his elbow pad. Cage stirs, Ospreay goes to a corner and the fans are thunderous! HIDDEN- NO, Cage fireman’s carries first! But Ospreay fights around, sunset flips, but Cage stays up to YANK Ospreay up! But Ospreay gets around, full nelsons, only for Cage to ELBOW free. Ospreay HOOK KICKS back! Ospreay springboards, OSC- DROPKICK from Cage!! The fans boo, but Cage aims and spins, but Ospreay slips through the lariat! And he gets Cage up, SITOUT BOMB! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous!

Ospreay and Cage stir, a standing count begins, and the fans rally up. Both men are down at 5 of 10 but Ospreay sits up first. Cage follows, and Ospreay stands at 7. Ospreay brings Cage around to fire a forearm! And then another forearm! And then another! Cage ROCKS Ospreay back! Cage stalks Ospreay, hauls him up to a fireman’s carry, and F5!! Cover, TWO!! Cage is losing his cool and he argues with the ref but the count was still two! Cage seethes, and Collision goes picture in picture again.

Ospreay stirs while Cage paces around him. Cage slashes his throat, brings Ospreay back up, and he SLAPS Ospreay! Ospreay wobbles, Cage SLAPS him again! Ospreay ROCKS Cage, ROCKS him again, and again! Cage ROCKS Ospreay right back! Ospreay staggers around, finds his way back, and he fires more forearms on Cage! So Cage DECKS Ospreay! Cage eggs Ospreay on, and Ospreay rises to fire another flurry! Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, and Ospreay leans against Cage. Cage pushes Ospreay down, talks trash, then stands on Ospreay’s back! Cage flexes, soaks up the heat, but Ospreay pushes up off the mat!

Cage STOMPS Ospreay down! Cage runs, but Ospreay avoids the elbow drop! Cage staggers back over, brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fires forearms! Cage ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay just fires up! Ospreay fires another flurry, Cage ROCKS him again, but Ospreay ROARS! Ospreay fires shot after shot but Cage ROCKS him one more time! Ospreay goes to a corner, Cage brings him around and reels him in. Suplex, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks, Cage switches, but Ospreay ELBOWS free. Cage ROCKS Ospreay again, but Ospreay headbutts buckles to fire himself up! The fans are thunderous as Collision returns to single picture!

Ospreay eggs Cage on, then blocks a shot to fire KAWADA KICKS! Cage JUMP KNEES! DISCUS- SUPERKICK! Cage stills wings, Ospreay swats the lariat to HOOK KICK! Cage still LARIATS through!! Cage gets Ospreay up, lifts, POWERBOMB! Deadlift, SPINNING SITOUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and the fans are thunderous again! Cage seethes and pounds the mat in frustration but the fans are behind Ospreay. Cage drags Ospreay up, fireman’s carries again, but Ospreay fires elbows! Ospreay pops up to spin and RAN- NO! Cage blocks that again! Cage brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay slips into a DDT!

Cage staggers, Ospreay whips, but Cage reverses! Ospreay handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Ospreay springs right up to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Cage survives and shocks Ospreay! Ospreay just fires himself back up and the fans rally as hard as they can! Ospreay gets Cage up, reels him in, and underhooks those big meaty arms! But Cage fights with those arms to RAM Ospreay into a corner! Cage goes corner to corner, but Ospraey BOOTS him! Ospreay goes up but Cage GAMANGIRIS! Right in the mouth! Cage goes up, but Ospreay slips under and tucks Cage in! CHEEKY NANDOS!

Cage wobbles, Ospreay puts him back up! Ospreay goes up TO SUPER- NO, Cage slips free! So Ospreay GAMANGIRIS back! Ospreay goes up but Cage scoop him! SUPER SPINNING POWERSLAM!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Now Ospreay shocks Cage! The fans are electric for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” Ospreay rises, Cage runs in, and he CLOTHESLINES Ospreay in that corner! Ospreay’s momentum puts him up top! Cage goes up after Ospreay, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay pops up to SUPER STEINER!! The fans are electric again, for the OS- NO!! Cage stuffs that to ripcord and HAYMAKER!

Cage vows to end this! Suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! And POISON-RANA!! Ospreay gets moving, OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO!??!? Ospreay throws his elbow pad away, he means business this time! HIDDEN BLADE!!!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

The Machine proved he can get his stuff in, and that he can take one of the best to the limit, but that is where Cage hits his limit! Ospreay is rolling into Dynamite next week, where he will have no choice but to team with The Realest to take on some common enemies. Will Will Ospreay & Swerve Strickland make it through The Gates of Agony? Or will neither of them make it to The Forbidden Door?


My Thoughts:

A great Collision, though stocked full of more action than I expected. Thankfully, it was less talky than usual, and what promos we got were fairly efficient. Well, I feel like there was a touch of redundancy to Lio interacting with Top Flight when we got that moment on Rampage. I guess AEW is worried not enough people are watching Rampage. Deeb sending out an Open Challenge for the Collision go-home next week was good, I’m sure we’ll get a great match of her and a visiting CMLL or Stardom talent. And after Jarrett’s very moving promo, I actually want to see him make it to the finals. I don’t see him winning the whole thing with Pac AND Bryan Danielson on the other side of the bracket, but for the sake of honoring Owen Hart’s memory, Jarrett at least has to get past the wild card.

Storm & Mariah VS Leyla & Frost was a good tune-up match for the Six Woman Tag set for Dynamite, but as such, The Outcasts likely win. As I said on Wednesday, if Mariah is going to beat Saraya in the Women’s Owen Hart Cup, she’ll have to lose out on Dynamite because that’s how the math works. Hechicero of course beat Daddy Magic, but that’s because MJF is going to win at Forbidden Door. And then of course The House of Black beat the St. Giovanni brothers. Their dismissive nature towards the interview was an interesting one, but I would think they will get their revenge on The Patriarchy soon enough.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang that helped feed into the various stories. The Patriarchy of course beat The Iron Savages, but Christian avoided doing work in an even more obnoxious way than I expected. I still think Pac should work with Malakai & Brody in an attempt to get revenge on The Bang Bang Gang together, but I guess that depends on if Pac goes to the Owen Hart Cup finals or not. Oddly, I’d love if The Bang Bang Gang did face The Patriarchy for some rare Heels VS Heels shenanigans. Christian will try to cheat at the same time Bang Bang Gang tries to cheat so it comes down to who can cheat better.

Though going by the other tag matches, the Joe-Hook-Shibata trio is a great team, and they naturally made quick work of The Premier Athletes. Then they logically went after Jericho’s group after that great match with Private Party. Jericho likely will still owe Hook an FTW Championship match, but it’d also be great if Joe-Hook-Shibata got their shot at the trios titles. We’d get some awesome promos between them and the Bang Bang Gang, as well as some fresh showdowns. And really good match of Okada and Ultimo Guerrero. It was a little sluggish, but I suppose between Ultimo and Okada needing to get a rhythm, and Ultimo being 52, it was still very solid stuff. But Okada winning was fine, it leaves him available for a different match-up for Forbidden Door weekend.

And just an awesome International Championship match for the main event. I did not think Cage was going to get as much offense in as he did, but I appreciate that they let him. Cage needs to be seen as a threat on some level so pushing Ospreay like this was a good way to do it. But of course Ospreay wins, because they’re continuing to tease Garcia VS Ospreay.

My Score: 8.9/10


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