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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (11/2/23)

Who is ROH’s alpha female?

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ROH Wrestling 2023

Will the Fallen Goddess truly fall?

Mercedes Martinez finally cashes in her rematch for the ROH Women’s World Championship, but will Athena still hold the gold?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • The Righteous VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal; The Righteous win.
  • Leyla Hirsch VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade; Leyla wins.
  • Lee Moriarty VS Darius Martin; Darius wins.
  • Ethan Page VS Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling; Woods wins.
  • Fatal 4 Way: Slim J VS Gringo Loco VS Metalik VS Angelico; Angelico wins.
  • Rachael Ellering VS LMK; Rachael wins.
  • Four Corner Survival Tag: The Gates of Agony VS The Wingmen VS The Iron Savages VS The Infantry; The Gates win.
  • Triple Threat: Nick Comoroto VS Action Andretti VS Lee Johnson; Action wins.
  • Kiera Hogan VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Kiera wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Gravity, Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Workhorsemen; Gravity, Castle & The Boys win.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Mercedes Martinez; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH has footage from last night’s AEW Dynamite.

The ROH Board of Directors member, Stokely Hathaway, introduces himself while backstage on Dynamite, and he has some “interesting” news. We can see the AEW logos and yet there’s no Eddie Kingston. There will also be no Eddie on ROH, and even no Eddie on Rampage, because your ROH World Champion is temporarily suspended! Why? Because Eddie had the audacity, the temerity, words Stokely knows Eddie does NOT know, but Eddie thought he could just put his hands on Stokely! Stokely is of course referring to when Eddie pushed him aside to get in Jeff Jarrett’s face ahead of their Memphis Street Fight.

But Stokely says Eddie walks around here, telling the entire locker room that he’s going to beat Stokely’s ass? That’s crazy! Stokely fears for his life, so Eddie can’t get his hands on Stokely if Eddie isn’t at work. Eddie’s been in a lot of lines, from title opportunity lines to big match lines, but if Eddie tries to touch Stokely again, the next line he’s going to end up in is the unemployment line. Enjoy the show, everyone! #BigStoke has put out the ultimatum, will the Mad King behave himself when he’s back from suspension?

 

The Righteous VS Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal!

Vincent & Dutch are still in pursuit of the ROH World Tag Team Championships, but they have to fight their way back up to challenge MJF again. Will the Fallen Angel & Third Eye Reborn be sacrifices towards that goal? Or will these former tag champions show everyone they’ve still got it?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Dutch starts against Daniels. Fans rally up for Daniels but Dutch has that creepy smile on his face. They circle, tie up, and Dutch powers Daniels to a corner. The ref counts, Dutch lets off slowly, and he smooths fingers on Daniels’ face before flicking that tongue. Daniels gets around, kicks Dutch’s leg out and headlocks. Daniels grinds the hold, Dutch powers out, but Daniels RAMS him! Dutch stays up but Daniels kicks and kicks and kicks the leg. Daniels CLUBS away with elbows, then runs, but Dutch runs him over! Fans rally but Dutch taunts Sydal with the tongue.

Dutch scoops Daniels to SLAMS him! Fans rally but Dutch says death falls tonight in Connecticut. Dutch whips, but Daniels drop toeholds him onto ropes! And HIP ATTACKS! Tag to Sydal and he slingshots to KICK Dutch! And then he ROUNDHOUSES! And JUMP KICKS! Vincent tags in, Sydal dodges him to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with Sydal and he KICKS Vincent in the leg! And again! Sydal wrenches, tags Daniels, and they double wrench to bring Vincent down. KICK, BLINDSIDE LARIAT, and STANDING MARIPOSA! Daniels covers, TWO! Daniels drags Vincent up, whips him to a corner hard and Vincent falls!

Daniels drags Vincent up, tags Sydal, and Daniels snap suplexes Vincent for Sydal to SLINGSHOT KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Vincent survives but Sydal stays on him with a whip. Sydal then runs in to BACK ELBOW! Vincent staggers, grabs at the ref, but Sydal drags Vincent up. Vincent shoves Sydal away, distracts the ref, and Dutch DECKS Sydal with that sucker punch! Vincent runs up on Sydal to CLOBBER him! Then he BLASTS Daniels for good measure. Fans are torn but Vincent soaks up the cheers and jeers. Vincent puts Sydal in the corner, tags Dutch, and Dutch throws body shots! And an UPPERCUT!

Tag to Vincent, Dutch whips Sydal in for a KNEE! Then Dutch ripcords to short arm LARIAT! Dutch sits Sydal up for Vincent’s SLIDING FLATLINER! Cover, TWO! Vincent is annoyed but he puts Sydal in the corner. Tag to Dutch, the Righteous whip Sydal into the corner, and again! Then feed to Dutch’s BODY CHECK! Dutch taunts Daniels, tags Vincent, and Vincent climbs. Dutch POWERBOMBS Sydal, Vincent hits the SWANTON! Cover, Daniels drags Vincent off! But Dutch TOSSES Daniels out! Vincent looms over Sydal, clamps onto Sydal’s head and squeezes! Fans rally, Sydal fights up and moves around, to then throw body shots!

Vincent still scoops Sydal, but Sydal fights free! Sydal dodges to then WHEEL KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Sydal and Vincent crawl, hot tag to Daniels! The Fallen Angel rallies on Vinnie, Dutch runs in but Daniels dodges to ROCK him! Daniels runs, to ROCK Dutch again! Dutch shoves Daniels to a corner, runs in, but only gets buckles! Daniels ENZIGURIS Dutch, headlocks, but Dutch powers out, so Daniels hits Vincent with an STO! And a COMPLETE SHOT for Dutch! Fans fire up as Daniels hauls Vincent up to a fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Dutch breaks it!

Fans rally as Sydal fires off KICK after KICK on Dutch! Dutch blocks one to shove Sydal into Vincent’s KNEE! Then the BOSS MAN SLAM! But Daniels shoves Vincent into Dutch, rolls Vincent up, TWO! Daniels fires off JAB after JAB, then whips. Vincent reverses, Dutch ELBOWS Daniels, and the Righteous set up for AUTUMN SUNSHINE! Cover, The Righteous win!

Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall

MJF may be ROH World Tag Team Champion now, set to defend those belts against Austin & Colten Gunn, will The Devil survive Tinsel Town only to have a Final Battle with The Righteous? And speaking of The Gunns, can Daniels & Sydal rebound from here to be ready for them on Rampage?

Backstage interview with Ethan Page.

Lexi Nair is with All Ego, and he has his big match against Josh Woods. From her understanding, Ethan is still upset about how things went with him and Tony Nese. Yeah, he is still upset about that. And to be honest, old Ethan would’ve reacted in a very, very negative way, and done things he would’ve regretted. But in ROH, Ethan said that he is turning over a new leaf and is doing things the right way. So Ethan hopes and prays that Tony Nese is watching tonight, because he wasted and squandered that title opportunity he stole from Ethan after Ethan’s five match win streak!

If that was Ethan in there against Samoa Joe, as he rightfully deserved, ETHAN would be the ROH World Television Champion! But instead, he has a match with Josh Woods. “Good. Because everything I do to him tonight, Tony, I’ll be thinking of you. I will be envisioning you! Because right now, I dream of getting my hands on you! Enjoy the show, Tony Nese, because I’m gonna make sure I put one on for you. So yes, Lexi, I am still upset. But I’m excited for my match tonight.” Will All Ego tear down Woods to get his payback on the Premier Athlete?

 

Leyla Hirsch VS Robyn Renegade w/ Charlette Renegade!

Just as she was finally ready to accept Maria Kanellis-Bennett’s help, the First Lady of Wrestling said no. Will Leyla prove she is still a LEGIT prospect for The Kingdom’s Army? Or will this Renegade take her down?

The Code of Honor is barely upheld, and the bell rings. Robyn shoves Leyla, taunts her for her height, but Leyla trips her and fires off forearms! Fans fire up, Robyn gets away and bails out, but Leyla pursues. Charlette gets in Leyla’s way, but Leyla pushes her aside, only for Robyn to SUPERKICK! Charlette talks trash, Robyn puts Leyla in, and Robyn has Leyla in a corner for a CHOP! Robyn says one more, and she CHOPS again! Fans boo but Robyn talks trash. But Leyla puts Robyn in the corner to fire off forearms! Robyn CLUBS Leyla, puts her back in the corner and CHOPS again! Robyn whips, Leyla reverses and swings, but Robyn gets around!

Robyn half nelsons for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Robyn is annoyed but Charlette coaches her. Robyn stands Leyla up, waistlocks, but Leyla switches and goes to ropes. O’Conner and roll through, CHAOS THEORY! Fans fire up as Leyla SAYANAGIS Robyn into the LEGIT ARMBAR! Robyn TAPS, Leyla wins!

Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission

Charlette rushes in to stomp and CLUB Leyla! Fans boo, but here comes Rachael Ellering! Rachael beat Robyn Renegade last week and she won’t let the sisters bully anyone! The Renegades run off, but Leyla pushes Rachael away. Leyla doesn’t want anyone else’s help when it comes to being in the ring, but will that only hurt her progress back towards title opportunities?

 

Lee Moriarty VS Darius Martin!

Don’t adjust your screens or get your eyes checked, we are getting #TAIGASTYLE VS Air Wolf again, but there’s something very different from their last match. Shane Taylor is BANNED from ringside given his part in Moriarty’s win last week, will he have to find a way to win on his own? Or will Darius win now that this is a fair fight?

The Code of Honor is skipped and the bell rings. The two tie up, go around, and even roll on the mat. Moriarty waistlocks, Darius wrenches out to cravat, but Moriarty spins free. Fans applaud this opening exchange and the two reset. They knuckle lock, Darius kicks an arm and goes for a leg. Moriarty fights the takedown so Darius wrenches to a cording hold. Moriarty spins Darius, slips around, headlocks, but Darius powers out. Moriarty rolls over the dropdown, but then Darius hooks the arms. Moriarty spins Darius to kick low, then flexes and runs, and blocks a hip toss to hook arms! Darius slips under the backslide to trip Moriarty!

Darius wants to stack but Moriarty kicks Darius away. Darius rebounds off ropes, gator rolls Moriarty but Moriarty slips free and stops himself with ropes. Moriarty rolls Darius with arm hooks, makes it a backslide, TWO! Fans cheer, Moriarty runs in but Darius goes up and over to backslide! TWO! Darius says it was that close, and fans applaud. Moriarty gets up in a huff, takes a swing, but Darius arm-drags and DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up and Moriarty goes to ropes. Darius runs up but Moriarty ELBOWS him back! Moriarty shouts, “Get outta my ring!” Moriarty then TOSSES Darius out but Darius is on the apron.

Darius ROCKS Moriarty, slingshots in, but Moriarty catches him for a facelock! And then Moriarty drapes Darius out, squeezes tight but lets go, and as Darius braces himself, Moriarty KICKS the arm out! Fans rally up while Moriarty flexes on the corner. Moriarty goes back to Darius, wrenches, and drops to TWEAK the arm! Darius goes to ropes, Moriarty whips but Darius holds on! Darius CHOPS, and CHOPS, and Moriarty CHOPS in return! Fans rally as the CHOPS go back and forth! Moriarty whips, Darius reverses but Moriarty goes up, under, baits Darius in and has the COBRA TWIST! Moriarty even digs his claws into Darius as he stretches him out!

Darius endures, pops free, but Moriarty spins him to snapmare and SNAP LOCK on the arm! Moriarty flexes again while Darius shakes out his arm. Moriarty taunts Darius, drags him up, and wrenches to hammerlock. Moriarty adds a facelock but Darius RAMS Moriarty into a corner! Darius is free, Moriarty storms up on him, but Darius JAWBREAKERS! Darius fires off haymakers, and he ROCKS Moriarty! Darius whips, Moriarty reverses and leaps, but into an atomic drop! Darius then runs to BULLDOG HOTSHOT! Fans fire up as Darius GAMANGIRIS Moriarty away! Then Darius steps in, COMPLETE-

NO, Moriarty shoves Darius away! Moriarty runs in, but into an ELBOW! Then Darius uses the corner to WALL KICK PELE! Cover, TWO!! Moriarty escapes and fans fire up! Darius goes up a corner, but Moriarty hurries to ROLLING ELBOW! Moriarty climbs up, grabs Darius’ arm for a double wristlock, but Darius throws body shots! Darius shoves Moriarty away, stands up, and leaps over as Moriarty returns! Darius comes back but Moriarty spins him, hammerlock and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! But Moriarty has the arm! FUJIWARA, then the chicken wing, BORDER CITY- NO, Darius fights the crossface, reaches out, but Moriarty rolls him!

BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Darius endures, powers his way to a ghost pin, TWO!! Moriarty still has the arm but Darius uses that to Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Darius trips Moriarty! Moriarty BOOTS back, but Darius PENALTY KICKS on the rebound! And then Darius drags Moriarty up, only for Moriarty LIFTING FLATLINER!! Cover, TWO!! Darius survives and shocks Moriarty! Moriarty drags Darius up and in, lifts, but Darius fights and slips free. Mule kick! Front kick, but Moriarty blocks to SLAP! But Darius CHOPS! But Moriarty BOOTS! Darius goes to a corner, Moriarty DOUBLE KNEES!

Moriarty shoves Darius out of the corner, run sin, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! BUZZSAW! Deadlift suplex! Darius goes up a corner, aims and FROG SPLASHES!! Cover, Darius wins!

Winner: Darius Martin, by pinfall

Revenge is sweet! No Shane as the insurance policy, but now that means they’re tied 1-1! When and where will Darius and Moriarty run it back for the tiebreaker?

 

Ethan Page VS Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling!

We heard the fire inside All Ego, and it will not go out until he gets even with Tony Nese. Will that fire burn down Woods? Or will the Technical Beast extinguish Ethan on Nese’s behalf?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Ethan wrenches to a wristlock, but Woods slips around and waistlocks to then spin and wrench Ethan back. Ethan cartwheels and wrenches to then wristlock. Woods waistlocks, rolls, TWO and Ethan has the arm. Ethan tells Mark to shut up, but Woods slips around to clinch. Ethan fights the lift, he headlocks, but Woods powers his way to a waistlock. Ethan wrenches out and whips, but Woods stops himself to then whip Ethan. Ethan ducks ‘n’ shoves and arm-drags! Fans fire up as Ethan has the cording hold!

Sterling coaches Woods, Woods fights up, and Woods whips Ethan to a corner. Ethan goes up but Woods sweeps the arms to stop Ethan from going over! Woods soaks up the heat, drags Ethan up and hammerlocks, to then ROCK Ethan with a body shot! Woods hammerlocks Ethan again, to RAM him into buckles! Fans boo while Ethan slumps down, but Woods doesn’t care. Woods hammerlocks, scoops, and SLAMS Ethan down! Cover, TWO! Woods stays cool, and he traps Ethan’s arm. Woods taunts the fans before he stomps away on the arm! Woods holds ropes to steady himself and the ref reprimands.

Woods lets off, Ethan writhes, and fans rally up. Woods mocks them by clapping along, then he drags Ethan up. But Ethan throws hands! Woods KICKS the bad arm! Woods whips Ethan to a corner hard and Ethan bounces off buckles! Sterling says to check the arm, it might be dislocated. Woods hauls Ethan up, hammerlocks that arm, but Ethan stops himself to ELBOW back! Ethan runs to RAM Woods down with his shoulder! Both men are down and fans fire up but Sterling is worried! Wait, Tony Nese makes his way out to ringside now. Ethan wanted him to watch this so Nese is here in person to do that.

Ethan and Woods rise, and Ethan counter punches Woods! And punches and punches and punches! Ethan whips, Woods reverses, and Woods ducks the shoulder tackle, only for Ethan to come back with a BOOT! Fans fire up with Ethan and he fires off in the corner. The ref counts, Ethan lets off at 4 and shouts, “I KNOW THE RULES!” Ethan is furious, he brings Woods up to whip, but Woods reverses. Ethan comes back to LARIAT! Ethan reels Woods in, but Woods wrenches out to whip. Ethan reverses, but Woods holds on to HOTSHOT Ethan’s arm! Woods gets in to UPPERCUT away on Ethan’s bad arm!

Woods wrenches, suplexes, but Ethan fights it! Ethan scoops to RUNNING POWERSLAM! Nese and Sterling both look worried as Ethan covers, TWO! Woods is still in this, but Ethan shouts, “HE’S DONE!!” Ethan tries to lift Woods but Sterling gets on the apron! Fans boo, Ethan and the ref both say to get down, but Woods storms up on Ethan! Ethan ROUNDHOUSES first! Fans fire up as Woods stumbles, and then Ethan reels him in for a small package! But Sterling is still distracting the ref! Nese gets in to push the cradle over in Woods’ favor! NOW Sterling shuts up, the ref counts, WOODS WINS!!

Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall

The Premier Brand did it to Ethan again!! But while Sterling, Nese and Woods celebrate, is this just fuel on the fire for Ethan’s anger?

 

Fatal 4 Way: Slim J VS Gringo Loco VS Metalik VS Angelico!

The OG OG and the Crazy White Boy were just in a Fatal 4 Way last week, but neither won it. Will things be no different now that the King of the Ropes and the South African Stud are here? Or will someone ruin Angelico’s momentum as #1 contender?

The bell rings, the Code of Honor is upheld, but Slim is the only one hesitant. Angelico gets him to shake his hand, but then Slim uses that to get up and RANA Metalik! Slim swings on Gringo but Gringo back suplexes. Slim lands on his feet, Gringo avoids Angelico’s sweep and even the Eddy Gordo kick! Angelico blocks Metalik’s kick, flips him, but Metalik lands on his feet! The four stand off and fans fire up. Slim then sucker punches Metalik! Gringo fires off on Angelico, throws him out, but Slim kicks Gringo. Slim whips, Gringo reverses but Slim slides under the hurdle. Slim whips again, Gringo reverses but Slim DIVES onto Angelico!

Wait, Angelico catches Slim! But then Gringo FLIES to take them both down! Fans fire up and Gringo goes back to the ring. Metalik is there, he runs in, but Gringo puts him on the apron. Gringo runs, slides, but Metalik jumps over to TOP ROPE ASAI MOONSAULT! Metalik wipes out the other three! Fans fire up, Metalik puts Slim in but Angelico YANKS Metalik down! Angelico storms in after Slim and wrenches to a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE!! Angelico keeps cool as he looms over Slim, and brings him up to trap both arms. Slim fights, pulls an ear, but Angelico cranks the arms! Angelico then trips Slim, turns him over, and stomps his back!

Fans rally as Angelico gets the legs and hooks them up. Angelico has the Deathlock, then turns over for a NO HANDS SURFBOARD! But Metalik stomps Angelico down! And CHOPS him in the corner! Metalik whips, Angelico reverses and runs in, but into a BOOT! Metalik hits a SLING-DOG! Then Metalik goes up and along the ropes to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Angelico is still in this, Metalik rushes Gringo but Gringo RAMS into him! Gringo goes up but Metalik GAMANGIRIS! Metalik goes up the corner, tightrope and SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up, Metalik covers, but Angelico breaks it!

Fans rally while Metalik and Gringo go to corners. Angelico stomps Metalik then storms up on Gringo. Gringo BOOTS Angelico, goes up the corner, but Angelico GAMANGIRIS! Metalik runs in but Angelico BOOTS him away! Metalik stands, Angelico sunset flips, TWO! Gringo FLYING CUTTERS Metalik, Slim FLYING SPLASHES Angelico! Slim covers, Gringo breaks it up! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Metalik goes to a corner, Angelico goes to ropes, and Gringo stands Slim up to CHOP him! Gringo whips, Slim reverses to ENZIGURIS! Slim reels Gringo in, OVERDRIVE NECKBREAKER! Cover, Metalik sunset flips Slim! TWO!!

Slim gets up but Metalik fireman’s carries, METALIK DRIVER! Cover, Angelico rolls Metalik up in a ghost pin! TWO, but Angelico steps through to LA CASITA! Gringo breaks it! So Angelico just jackknife bridges Gringo! TWO!! Fans fire up, Gringo and Angelico rise, and Metalik runs in. Angelico dodges, Metalik dosidos with Gringo, and Metalik heads for Angelico in the corner. Angelico TOSSES Metalik up and out! Gringo runs in, Angelico BOOTS him! Slim springboards to FLYING SCREW KICK! Angelico wrenches Slim to a WRISTLOCK RUSSIAN SWEEP, and Angelico rolls Slim around into a NAVARRO MOUSE TRAP! ANGELICO WINS!

Winner: Angelico, by pinfall

The South African Stud has said he can go hold for hold with anyone, and he just did that against three men! Serpentico celebrates with his amigo, will Angelico be able to catch Eddie Kingston off guard?

 

Sonjay Dutt speaks.

“Twenty-some years ago, I met Jay Lethal for the first time, who went on to be my best friend in this world. A man that means more to me than anybody else here. And around that same time, Eddie, I met you. And I quickly figured out that you two were totally opposite. Two diametrically opposite people. Jay Lethal: a pure wrestler, one who could go in the ring with anybody, with any style, and excel. And you, Eddie Kingston, what do we call somebody like you? A garbage wrestler, Eddie. That’s all you’ve been, that’s all you’ve done your entire career. And now, you parade with that ROH World title.

“You try to bring honor to something which has no honor. You have no honor, Eddie Kingston.” Stokely steps in and says he agrees with Sonjay. Eddie has no honor at all. Stokely says Triple J did an excellent job whooping Eddie’s ass in that Memphis Street Fight. Sonjay says damn right they did. Stokely apologizes for not being there to see it, he was at the club. But next time, he will just like he’s supposed to be. They’ll talk. Stokely turns to leave but Sonjay grabs Stokely’s shirt and reels him back in. Stokely asks why he has to grab the shirt like that, but Sonjay asks if Stokely forgot something.

Oh, right! Jamar! Yeah- No. You do not call Lethal that. You do not call Lethal by his government name, Eddie. Right, sorry, Stokely meant Jay. But Sonjay wants Stokely to circle back to how Jeff Jarrett, “The King of Memphis,” beat Eddie. Stokely sings Jarrett’s theme and Sonjay says yeah, that’s his jam. But now, Lethal is owed that title shot. When and where is he getting it? Oh, right, that. Stokely says he’ll go back to the office, talk with his secretary, get the paperwork, because they’re busy hashing out health benefit stuff, but his secretary will email them the contract. What? Email? When did Stokely get Sonjay’s email!?

Stokely hurries away but Sonjay hurries after, will these two hash out the deal for the ROH World Championship match?

 

Four Corner Survival Tag: The Gates of Agony w/ Prince Nana VS The Wingmen VS The Iron Savages VS The Infantry!

While Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona are once again ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions, they’re still hungry for THE ROH World Tag Team Championships. But they’re not the only ones who want their shot, can one of these other teams make it through the Gates? Or will the Gates slam shut on three teams in one match?

“Pretty” Peter Avalon gets the attention of the Mohegan Sun, and Ryan Nemeth says “We-” But then Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo cut him off! Then Jacked Jameson says time to get pumped in the Savage Sanctuary! Avalon shouts at him to stop with the catchphrases, the WINGMEN are the ones with something to say! Jameson doesn’t hear him as he gets through “beefy and bulky, jacked and juicy!” Avalon says he is sick of the “swollen patrollin’!” Avalon has a question, but then The Mogul Embassy makes their entrance, Prince Nana accompanying his muscle. Will Avalon & Nemeth just have to let their actions speak for them?

The teams sort out and in this match, only two teams are legal at a time. Dirty Bulk Bronson starts against Pretty Peter, and they keep the Code of Honor. The bell rings, fans rally up, and Avalon tells to shut up about the Savages. Avalon and Bronson tie up, and Bronson THROWS Avalon down! Bronson wants to see that pretty ass, cuz he’s gonna motorboat! Avalon gets around to waistlock, shove and table top! Bronson gets up, Avalon runs to RANA! Avalon runs up but Bronson POWERSLAMS! “I’M GONNA BUST~!” SENTON! Cover, TWO! Avalon survives but Bronson tags Beefcake Boulder.

Fans chant “BEEF! BEEF! BEEF!” and Boulder storms up on Avalon. Avalon sees Boulder, runs, but Boulder scoops him! Boulder SLAMS Avalon, and then runs, only for Avalon to avoid the elbow drop! Avalon runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Avalon is airborne but he lands back on Boulder! Cover, TWO and Avalon flies up to land back down! Cover, TWO and this time Boulder launches Avalon away from him! Avalon tags the Hollywood Hunk, but Boulder just back drops Nemeth! Boulder shows that beef, but Kaun tags in off him! Dean tags in off Nemeth, and he dodges Kaun to JAB! JAB! JAB! Kaun swings, Dean gets around to LARIAT!

Fans fire up with “OORAH!” but Kaun knees low! Kaun whips Dean to a corner but Dean BLASTS Liona! Dean ELBOWS Kaun, goes up, but Kaun SHOVES Dean down! Fans boo but Nana talks trash. “You see what I’m talking about?!” Nana says Dean is stupid, but Dean storms upon Nana. Liona runs in, Dean dodges but Kaun is there to CLOBBER him! Kaun puts Dean in, fans rallies, but Kaun CHOPS Dean down. But Avalon sneaks a tag off Kaun! Avalon storms up on Dean, ROKCS him, and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Nemeth, the Wingmen mug Dean but Dean fights back with elbows!

Dean kicks, Avalon blocks, and Avalon spins Dean to SUPERKICK him! Nemeth runs up to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Dean hangs tough but Nemeth drags him over. Tag to Avalon as the fans rally, and the Wingmen mug Dean. Avalon whips Nemeth in, Dean goes up and Nemeth POSTS himself! Dean LARIATS Avalon down! Fans fire up, Avalon and Dean crawl, Avalon actually wants to tag the Gates now! But Nana says no, and the Gates step away! Avalon is stunned, Dean tags Carlie! Bad News & Tattoos rallies on Avalon, he BLASTS Bronson and avoids Boulder to SCISSOR KICK him in the ropes!

Avalon ROCKS Carlie, whips him, but Carlie FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Carlie, he BOOTS Boulder and shouts “OORAH!” Fans echo that, and Carlie jukes Avalon for the CROSSOVER! And the clinch, SIDEWINDER! Cover, but Liona drags him up to deadlift– NO, Carlie elbows free! Carlie loads up but Liona HEADBUTTS first! Kaun and Liona set up, BACKSTABBER to SAMOAN DROP! Fans are torn as Liona roars, and then Kaun rushes Avalon. Avalon DUMPS Kaun out, but Linoa doesn’t fall for that. So Nemeth DROPKICKS Liona up and out! Nana is furious but Dean tags in to kick Nemeth and BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER!

Avalon runs up but Dean blocks the kick to ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Dean and he brings Avalon up. Carlie runs, Boulder sneaks a tag before BOOT CAMP! Boulder runs in, the Infantry dodges, but they still run into DOUBLE FLAPJACKS! Fans are thunderous with the Savages! “BEEF! BEEF! BEEF!” Bronson hops onto Boulder’s back but Kaun sneaks a tag! And then Liona POUNCES both Savages!! The Gates haul Avalon up, they nod, and they OPEN THE GATES!!! Cover, The Gates win!

Winners: The Gates of Agony, by pinfall

“Pretty” Peter never got to ask his question, but we got the answer: nothing is going to stop the Mogul Embassy until they take over everything. Will they be primed to face whoever leaves Los Angeles as the ROH World Tag Team Champions?

 

Backstage interview with Leyla Hirsch.

Lexi congratulates Leyla on the win, but then brings up the Renegades attack her. Before Lexi can go on, Rachael walks over and apologizes for interrupting. Rachael just wanted to check if Leyla’s good. Oh, sorry, who are you? Leyla has had such a bad day today and the last thing she needed is someone like Rachael getting involved where she had no right to do. Rachael says fair. First, she’s Rachael Ellering, nice to see you again. Two, she couldn’t help that the one person Leyla wants help from was nowhere to be found. Leyla says yeah, Maria wasn’t here for her. But Leyla vows that next time, Maria will be.

Rachael says okay, but she wasn’t out there to be best friends or with some motive. She just thought it was the right and honorable thing to do. Leyla says Rachael was wrong. Leyla storms off, Rachael apologizes again to Lexi, but will Maria really look to help Leyla next time? Or is it not Rachael who is wrong?

 

8 Man Tag: Gravity, Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Cole Karter, Griff Garrison & The Workhorsemen!

The Astronaut of Lucha joins The Peacock and the Tate Twins in this big match, everyone hoping to gain some ground in the rankings! Will Gravity help Castle & The Boys fly high? Or will Maria’s “baby boys” work well with JD Drake & Anthony Henry?

Gravity is very colorful, not just for Dia de Los Muertos, but also to match Castle & The Boys! Maria shields her eyes from The Boys stripping the jumper off Castle, the Peacock must be too powerful even for her. The teams sort out and Gravity starts against Henry. The Code of Honor is upheld, but then Henry reels Gravity in! Henry shoves Gravity to a corner, runs in, but Gravity dodges and comes back to ARABIAN PRESS his way to the apron. Gravity then RAMS into Henry, slingshots up and over to roll him up, TWO! Gravity CHOPS, wrenches, and space walks to tag in Brandon. Brandon wrenches but Henry SOBATS!

Henry tags Karter and JD says to do something useful. But Brandon arm-drags, kicks low, and tags in Brent. The Boys double whip, leap frog, and UPPERCUT Karter! The Boys swarm Karter, cover, TWO! Maria coaches Karter, and he RAMS Brent into the corner! Griff tags in and SPLASHES Brent, to feed him to a KNEE from Karter! Wheelbarrow and FACEBUSTER! Cover, Brandon breaks it! Griff chases Brandon off, the fans rally for “BOYS! BOYS! BOYS!” Tag to Karter, whip and CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Karter bumps Brent off buckles, tags in JD, and JD says he’ll do something now. CHOP!

JD taunts Castle, goes back to Brent, and he mocks the Peacock flapping his wings, to CHOP! The ref has to keep an angry Castle back, and Henry tags in. Henry drags Brent back up while Maria mocks the Boy’s pain. The Workhorsemen mug Brent with CHOPS and KICKS on repeat! Henry swings on Castle but Castle gets away. Brandon springboards in but Henry dodges, and JD BOOTS Brandon down! Henry runs in to forearm smash Brent, then feeds to JD’s shoulder! Henry CLUBS Brent into JD’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Henry stomps Brent, drags him over, and tags Griff. They mug Brent but fans rally.

Brent fires body shots and forearms but Griff shoves him back. Brent goes up and over, hot tag to Gravity! Gravity dodges Griff, to FLYING FOREARM! Gravity KICKS away on Griff and then spacewalk to BUZZSAW! Gravity whips, POWERSLAMS, and covers, ONE! Gravity goes up the corner, headstands, but JD distracts the ref so Henry can ENZIGURI Gravity down! Castle shouts at Henry, but Griff ROLLING ELBOWS Gravity down! Cover, TWO!! Gravity survives, Maria mocks Castle, and fans rally. Griff bumps Gravity off buckles but JD tags in. Karter says it was his turn, but JD CHOPS Gravity down.

JD tags Henry, Henry taunts Castle, and then the Workhorsemen mug Gravity. Henry dropkicks Castle down! Fans boo but JD brings Gravity up and throws him to Henry! Gravity RANAS Henry into JD! Fans fire up as Gravity dodges Henry, dodges again, and hot tags Castle! Henry runs in but Castle CLOBBERS him! And CLOBBERS Karter! And ROCKS Griff! Henry runs in but into an ELBOW! Castle DECKS Griff, Maria panics as Castle hits Karter with an EXPLODER! EXPLODER for Henry! EXPLODER for Griff! Fans fire up and Castle roars! Castle sees all the targets are outside, so “BRING ME A BOY~!”

Brent is in, Castle TOSSES him onto Karter! Brandon is in, Castle TOSSES him onto Griff! Maria freaks out but now Gravity wants to go for a ride! Castle says why not! But then JD drags Gravity out and CHOPS him down! Fans boo but Henry stalks Castle! O’Conner Roll, with tights! TWO and Henry collides with JD! Castle waistlocks Henry for a GERMAN SUPLEX! But then JD LARIATS Castle! JD reels Castle in, mockingly shouts, “BOYS~!” But then the Boys DOUBLE GIRI JD down! Fans fire up and Gravity is back! Castle says this time for sure! Fans are thunderous as Castle THROWS Gravity onto Griff and Henry!

Castle then Alabama Lifts JD, a feat unto itself! BANGAAAAAARANG!! Cover, Castle’s team wins!

Winners: Gravity, Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall

Maria is disappointed but she and her boys put that loss on the Workhorsemen. As for The Peacock, with Gravity on his side, will they all be flying high? Will Castle make sure he becomes the true star of ROH Wrestling Television?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Mercedes Martinez w/ Diamante!

The Fallen Angel is the most dominant and longest reigning ROH Women’s Champion ever, but there’s only one OG Badass! This match isn’t just about the world title, this is about the intangible title of baddest in the division! Will Athena’s reign continue to make history? Or is this where the dominance ends?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly badass!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Athena ROCKS Mercedes! Athena cheers herself on, then she kicks Mercedes to a corner. Athena fires off furious forearms, the ref counts, and Athena shouts “YOU DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!” Athena then digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, and she brings Mercedes up. Mercedes throws body shots but Athena knees low. Athena throws Mercedes down, then stomps her to a corner. Athena digs her boots in, the ref counts, and Athena lets off. Athena drags Mercedes up to bring her around and TOSS her out! Athena says she does what she wants, then goes out to CLUB Mercedes!

Athena snatches a sign from Mercedes’ sister! And she rips it up! But Mercedes RAMS Athena into barriers! Mercedes says that’s for her sister. Mercedes drags Athena up to UPPERCUT, but Athena throat chops! Fans are torn but Athena says she does what she wants. Athena puts Mercedes in, stalks her, and drags her up to fire a forearm! Mercedes stumbles to a corner, but she avoids Athena’s attack to fire off palm strikes and an UPPERCUT! Mercedes whips, and hits the SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Athena is still in this but Mercedes keeps cool. Diamante coaches Mercedes and she stands Athena up.

Mercedes UPPERCUTS Athena, puts her in a corner and stomps away. Mercedes then hoists Athena up to the top rope backwards, then climbs up to CLUB away on her! Mercedes then reels Athena in for a SPIDER GERMAN! But Athena lands on her feet! Athena KICKS Mercedes in the back! But Mercedes claws Athena’s eyes! Mercedes gets loose, dodges Athena, but Athena goes up to FLYING CODE BREAKER! And then Athena runs, to handstand on Mercedes’ back, for SWINGING KNEES! Mercedes bails out but Athena WRECKS her with a dropkick! Fans rally and duel, Athena builds speed, and Athena DIVES! Mercedes hits the desk!

Fans fire up with Athena as she shouts “This is MY show!” Athena drags Mercedes up, thanks her fans for chanting, but Diamante steps forward. Athena glares and backs her down, but then Mercedes DECKS Athena! Mercedes drags Athena up, and suplexes her to GOURD BUSTER her into the timekeeper’s area! Mercedes then stomps Athena down in the gap! The ref reprimands and counts but Mercedes lets off. Mercedes takes a bow and the fans cheer. Diamante says she needs a chair, and she takes one from the timekeeper! Diamante sets that up while Mercedes beats Athena down. Then Mercedes makes Athena sit in the chair, upside-down!

Mercedes goes up the barriers while Athena’s in an almost Tree of Woe position! Mercedes aims, but Athena grabs an arm! She brings Mercedes into range for kicks! Mercedes wobbles, Athena stands up, and now the two brawl on the barrier’s edge! Athena fires HEABUTT after HEADBUTT, then she brings Mercedes up! SUPERPLEX to the floor! Fans lose their minds as both women writhe. The ref checks them both and they’re somehow okay to continue. A ring count climbs, fans rally up, but Champion’s Advantage is still in Athena’s favor. They’re both still down at 7 of 20, and then they stir at 9.

Fans rally, we pass 12 of 20, and then 13. Athena and Mercedes crawl over to the ring at 15, drag themselves up with the apron skirt at 17, and fans fire up at 18! Both women slide in at 19.5!! Fans cheer as this main event continues! Mercedes and Athena glare at each other, but fans cheer “RING OF HONOR!” for giving us this match. The forearms fly while both women slowly rise! Athena gets the edge but Mercedes returns those shots! Athena BACKHANDS, Mercedes ROLLING ELBOWS! Athena is furious and she fires another flurry! Mercedes gives them all back! Then blocks to palm strike after palm strike!

Mercedes UPPERCUTS, runs and KNEES Athena! Athena stays up so Mercedes runs in, but Athena spins her around to SOBAT! FRONT KICK! ENZIGURI! Mercedes flounders up, gets around Athena, and SAIDOS! Both women rise and roar, and Athena BOOTS first! Both women are down again and the fans rally up. Athena goes to a corner, Diamante coaches Mercedes, but Athena climbs. Mercedes crawls that way, but Diamante distracts Athena! Mercedes CLUBS Athena, then brings her around to a crucifix lift! OG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Athena survives and Mercedes is furious! Mercedes grabs the legs, hooks them up, and wants the arms!

Mercedes pulls, pulls and PULLS Athena back! But Athena blocks the dragon sleeper, to BITE Mercedes’ arm!! Then she reels Mercedes into a CROSSFACE! Mercedes rolls it to a cover, TWO!! Athena boots from below but gets caught! Mercedes YANKS Athena up but Athena lands on her feet! Athena DECKS Mercedes! Fans rally up again as Mercedes goes to a corner. Athena runs in, is put on the apron, but she avoids the haymaker to HOTSHOT Mercedes! Athena climbs, fans fire up, O-FACE!!! Direct hit! But Diamante distracts the ref!! Fans boo, Athena would’ve won this by now! The ref reprimands Diamante, but Athena DECKS her!!

Athena goes out to scoop Diamante, Z360!! Then Athena gets back in, and she rips a buckle pad off!? The ref reprimands but Athena is done playing nice! But then Mercedes BOOTS Athena into the bare buckle!! FISHERMAN DRIVER!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Athena survives and “This is Awesome!” Mercedes is beside herself, but she drags Athena up. But Athena fights the lift, shoves Mercedes away and gets around, but Mercedes fights the lift! Mercedes wrenches, gets around, they go to ropes, O’Conner Roll, TWO! Someone BELT SHOTS Mercedes!! They’re wearing an AEW hoodie but who is that?!

Athena reels Mercedes in, Canadian Rack, WIGSPLITTER!! Cover, Athena wins!!

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

41-0 in singles competition, and the culprit of that belt shot… WAS BILLIE STARKZ!! Even after Athena tearing her down emotionally, The Minion saved her Overlord? Billie brings the belt into the ring, but she does look at it longingly. Athena is on guard, but Billie still kneels to present the belt to her. Athena takes the belt, and she has Billie stand. Now Billie is proving herself. But still no high-fives. Will Billie ever break away from the Fallen Goddess? Or will she make sure Athena reigns forever?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of ROH, even for being short of two hours. That’s because it felt like more matches mattered than just last week’s episode, and the majority of the matches were just the right length. I did skip Ellering squashing LMK, Kiera beating Charlette and that Triple Threat, though I feel like I could’ve kept the Triple Threat over the opening match of Righteous beating Daniels & Sydal. Shane Taylor was watching the Triple Threat because he is still interested in Lee Johnson’s development for the sake of putting him in Shane Taylor Promotions. And therefore, Lee losing that is good stuff because Shane’s probably gonna get on Lee’s case.

Well, he’s also gonna get on Lee Moriarty’s case since he lost against Darius in the rematch. Moriarty VS Darius part 3 will be great stuff, and maybe we get Shane VS Johnson to bring this story full circle, and then we get Shane Taylor Promotions as a new trio with Shane and two Lees building momentum. Especially now with the ROH World Six Man Tag Championships back on Mogul Embassy. Great Four Corners tag, but of course Gates won. I bet they don’t even beat MJF for the belts because by the time we get to Final Battle, either Adam Cole is back or Samoa Joe is MJF’s substitute partner or something like that.

Good stuff with Leyla’s story, and it is interesting to me that it was Ellering making the save against the Renegades, not Kiera given Kiera was the one facing Charlette. But it does give Ellering something to do, which is great, and maybe somehow, someway, Ellering gets Leyla to understand Maria is no good for her. Plus, Leyla & Ellering VS Renegades is a good women’s tag match, even with no ROH Women’s Tag titles in existence. Or if that doesn’t work, Leyla VS Ellering with Maria essentially offering a spot in The Kingdom’s Army to the winner. And really good stuff in Ethan Page’s story, but sigh, of course Sterling’s group cheats to win. Maybe Ethan finds a friend to help get tag team revenge, and that could be Scorpio Sky since he’s also dabbled in ROH lately.

Great Fatal 4 singles match, but I figured Angelico would win that to keep his momentum up before going after Eddie Kingston. Stokely suspending Eddie is a fitting Heel authority move, but I also like that he isn’t really playing along with Lethal’s side, either. Stokely might make the ROH World title for Final Battle. They’re giving us Final Battle on Honor Club, no paywalls other than signing up for Honor Club, so if they’re making a push for subscriptions, put the biggest matches on that card. Eddie VS Lethal for world title, maybe Angelico tries to Money in the Bank cash-in his title match after Eddie makes it past Lethal.

Great 8 Man Tag and I really liked Gravity having parts of his gear match the usual purple pattering Castle and The Boys use. Great win for the Faces, too, and I appreciate Griff & Karter are meshing as a team. Much like we need Eddie VS Lethal on an ROH branded program like Final Battle, Samoa Joe VS Dalton Castle for the ROH World TV Championship needs to happen on ROH programming, and like, yesterday! They dragged this story out because they also want Joe to go after MJF and the AEW World Championship, THE top championship because ROH is AEW’s NXT now, not at all caring that Joe is still a champion in ROH.

And we got great stuff in the main event tonight, Athena and Mercedes were both equally Face, Heel and Tweener tonight because the Mohegan Sun is in Connecticut, where Mercedes is from, but Athena is super popular. What a wild move for Billie to start believing in the dark side and cheating on Athena’s behalf. Billie looking at the belt was a good tease that she could’ve turned on Athena then and there, but they’re extending this story a bit longer. Maybe Billie turns on Athena in time before Final Battle to set that up as a title match to make the card even bigger.

My Score: 8.6/10


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

The Continental Classic continues into week 2!

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The Switchblade enters whose house?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Bryan Danielson is here!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

AEW shares footage from after Saturday Night Collision.

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

Bryan Danielson responds.

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

 

Tony Schiavone is backstage.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RJ City interviews “Timeless” Toni Storm.

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

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

 

MJF is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wardlow VS AR Fox!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Action & Top Flight.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Mariah May.

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

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

 

Christian Cage is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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

B Block, round 4!

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Will it be lights out for Bishamon?

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current B Block standings!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time Limit Draw (both teams earn 1 point)

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

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

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


My Thoughts:

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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