Who will be atop ROH after tonight?
While Jay Lethal is promised his shot, Angelico cashes in HIS shot at Eddie Kingston for the ROH World Championship tonight!
- Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Serpentico; Serpentico wins.
- ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Heidi Howitzer; Athena wins and denies Howitzer a title opportunity.
- Kyle Fletcher VS Lee Johnson; Fletcher wins.
- Leyla Hirsch VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade; Leyla wins.
- The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson VS Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett; The Iron Savages win.
- Billie Starkz w/ Athena VS Rachael Ellering; Billie wins.
- Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS SK Bishop; Woods wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Darius Martin, Action Andretti & The Infantry VS Shane Taylor Promotions & The Wingmen; Darius, Action & The Infantry win.
- Gravity VS Dralistico w/ Jose; Dralistico wins.
- ROH World Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Eddie wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Backstage interview with Billie Starkz.
It was last week after the show when Lexi Nair regrouped with the Minion In Training, and said this is another emergency MEM, Minion Empowerment Meeting. Deep breaths, and stand your ground. What happened last time won’t happen again, Lexi promises. Athena steps in and Billie apologizes. Her best isn’t good enough, apparently. But she’s trying, she really is. She handed her the belt, what more is she to do? Athena says if it takes yelling, screaming and choking Billie, blasting her in the face and kicking her in the gut, to get even an ounce of violence out of Billie, then Athena will do that every time. Does she hear her?
Athena is here to inspire Billie to be better. Not to be trash like Kentucky, or “Diabla,” or that “retired hussy,” Mercedes Martinez, but to be Billie Starkz, Minion #400,237 and three-quarters. Does she understand? Yes, ma’am. Then as of right now, Billie has impressed Athena, and her suspension has been lifted. Don’t smile, don’t cheer. And don’t make Athena regret this. Athena leaves, Lexi & Billie double fist bump in celebration. That was a good MEM. But will Billie make it to where Athena is fully impressed and makes Billie a full-fledged Minion?
Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS Serpentico!
Of course Smart Mark interrupts Bobby Cruise so that he can say everyone knows this is The Premier Athlete with him. And today, they are celebrating two massive victories over “that fat slob,” Ethan Page! Too bad they have to celebrate in Wichita, Kansas! Nese takes the mic to tell Wichita that today is a great day. The stable finally puts Ethan Page behind them and move on to what really matters, and that is Nese helping each and every one of the “fat disgusting losers.” But Nese understands that some still need some convincing. So he will make his match an example of what a Premier Athlete looks like.
And then after the match, get excited because we’re all going to do some GROUP TRAINING~! #SNAKEMAN makes his entrance, and the fans are much more excited for his streamers than Nese’s workout session. The Code of Honor is upheld but barely, and the fans fire up with the bell. Nese tells them to relax or they’re gonna have heart attacks. The fans chant for “S A P! S A P!” Nese mocks it as “F A T! F A T!” They tie up, Nese puts Serpentico in a corner, and then lets off while doing jumping jacks. Fans boo but Serpentico resets with Nese. They circle, tie up, and Nese waistlocks to SLAM Serpentico!
Nese flexes, Sterling cheers but the fans boo. Nese taunts Serpentico, they reset and circle again. Fans taunt Nese’s “flabby tits” and rally up behind Serpentico. The two tie up, and Nese scoops to SLAM! Then he scoops to SLAM again! Serpentico writhes but Nese says he’s got the “tightest tits!” Nese whips Serpentico hard into a corner and Serpentico bounces off buckles. Fans boo but Nese soaks up the heat. Nese stands Serpentico up, puts him in a Tree of Woe, and he stomps away! Fans boo, Nese runs in and stops, to do AB CRUNCH KICKS! The ref counts, Nese lets off and says that’s why he’s got the 8 pack.
Nese goes back for Serpentico but Serpentico SLAPS him! Nese runs in but Serpentico BOOTS him! Nese returns again, into a RANA! Seprentico then runs up to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Nese staggers up, Serpentico mule kicks, forearms and SUPERKICKS! Serpentico whips, Nese reverses but Serpentico sunset flips. Nese rolls through to SOBAT! Sterling says make Serpentico pay, and Nese pump handles. Scoop and- Wait, Ethan Page is on a mic? He asks if the match is happening already, and apologizes for being late. It took him some time to get the gear on. Ethan then goes out onto stage to get Tony’s attention!
Ethan is in shiny hot pink gym shorts and bright green sweatbands as he says he heard about group training. He knows they’re in the middle of a match right now, sorry, but it’s fine. He’ll be here for the training after. Serpentico rolls Nese up! SERPENTICO WINS!!
Winner: Serpentico, by pinfall
Ethan celebrates with Serpentico as they get the better of Nese! Ethan says hold on, wait. Let’s ask the winner a question: should they cancel group training? “GET IT OUTTA HERE!” Well, instead of group training, let’s go celebrate! Revenge is sweet for All Ego, will Nese have no choice but to revisit this rivalry?
Backstage interview with Darius Martin & Action Andretti.
Lexi is now with The Air Wolf & The Sight to See, and they are preparing for a huge 8 Man Tag against Shane Taylor Promotions & The Wingmen. There is history here with STP, where is the confidence right now? Darius says he is very confident, because the past few weeks, STP started a war that they cannot finish! Action even tells Shane that while he always has soldiers by his side, Action & Darius now have a couple soldiers on their side. In steps The Infantry! And Capt. Shawn Dean tells Peter Avalon that he already knows that Cap Don’t Cap. And last week, The Wingmen got sent to Boot Camp!
Carlie Bravo says Lee Moriarty & Shane Taylor already have big problems with them, so boys, have no fear, The Infantry is here. And the Infantry is backed by Martin & Andretti, and you know they stay ready. Copy that! These four are ready for war, but will they be able to score the victory?
ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Heidi Howitzer!
Billie helping out aside, The Fallen Goddess still got past the OG Badass, and now the search for worthy contenders begins again. Will Athena keep her singles streak going into 42-0? Or will she be shot down by a Howitzer?
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we’re on the clock. The two tie up, Athena waistlocks but Howitzer wrenches and wristlocks. Athena handsprings, wrenches, but Howitzer blocks the arm-drag. “Hah, you suck!” Howitzer then whips Athena to run her over! Howitzer laughs at Athena, “I thought you were the champ.” Howitzer scoops but Athena slips free and shoves. Howitzer ducks ‘n’ dodges and BOOTS! Athena bails out, Howitzer talks more trash but Billie coaches Athena up. But Howitzer builds speed! Athena avoids the baseball slide dropkick, but Howitzer avoids the boot!
Howitzer scoops, but Athena fights free to suplex and shift, to then fireman’s carry and WASTELAND SLAM to the floor! Fans fire up and Billie cheers! Athena then RAMS Howitzer into steel steps! Billie says “That’s what you get!” and Athena paces. Athena drags Howitzer up to CLUB her down, and then she puts Howitzer in the ring. Fans rally, Athena stalks Howitzer, and drags her up by her colorful hair. But Howitzer JAWBREAKERS! Billie says, “Don’t take that!” So Athena fires off forearms! Athena CLUBS away on Howitzer to bring her down! Fans fire up, the ref counts, but Athena shouts “Don’t tell me what to do!!”
Athena drags Howitzer up, whips her to a corner, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! And kips up! Fans fire up again and Athena watches Howitzer stir. Athena drags Howitzer up but Howitzer throws hands! Howitzer ROCKS Athena, then LARIATS! Howitzer whips, clotheslines in the corner, and then whips corner to corner. Athena goes up and up and FLYING CODE BREAKERS! Fans fire up as Athena lines up the shot, to DECK Howitzer! Cover, Athena wins!
Winner: Athena, by pinfall (denies Heidi Howitzer a title match)
And then she SUPERKICKS Howitzer just because! Athena puts the belt down, drags Howitzer up, and mocks Howitzer’s pain to then SMACK her off the belt! The Fallen Goddess makes another one bite the dust, and then shouts for Billie to get on her jogging. Will anyone ever take this title off of Athena? Or will Athena go to 50-0 and beyond?
Kyle Fletcher VS Lee Johnson!
The Aussie Arrow is now Don Callis Family after showing that killer instinct against Konosuke Takeshita, and he is still holding it down in ROH. Will Fletcher fly into the Like a Dragon Street Fight next Wednesday? Or will Big Shotty bring him down a notch?
As Johnson poses on the corner, Fletcher trips him up! Fletcher laughs but Johnson gets in his face. The ref separates the two, but The Code of Honor is skipped after that. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and Fletcher puts Johnson in the corner. The ref counts, Fletcher lets off slowly, but then he shoves Johnson. Johnson keeps his cool, even as fans chant “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” “OI OI OI!” The two tie up again, Johnson powers Fletcher back and the ref counts. Johnson lets off, shoves Fletcher in return, and we see Shane Taylor Promotions liking what they see backstage.
Fletcher applauds as he resets with Johnson. They tie up, Johnson waistlocks and spins Fletcher to snapmare and cover, TWO!! Fletcher bails out, realizing how close that was! Johnson holds the ropes open, but then says hold on, and he opens the bottom ropes open. Fletcher says Johnson’s got jokes, goes around the way and lets the count climb a bit before he gets up and in. Fletcher and Johnson tie up, Fletcher headlocks, but Johnson slips free to headlock back. Fletcher powers up and out, Johnson goes up and over and rolls away. Johnson arm-drags and Fletcher bails out again! Fans rally up while Johnson eggs Fletcher on.
The ring count starts again but Johnson slides out this time. Fletcher slides in, Johnson follows, and Johnson avoids the sucker punch to DROPKICK Fletcher out of the ring! Fletcher flounders into the announce desk, Johnson again holds the ropes open, but Fletcher stays away. Fletcher wants a timeout but there’s no such thing! Johnson chases Fletcher around the way, but Fletcher SUPERKICKS! Fletcher asks, “Am I the smartest wrestler alive? Possibly.” Then Fletcher hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Crowns up and the fans cheer. Fletcher steps back into the ring, has the fans chant “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” then he springboard STOMPS Johnson!
Fletcher springboard STOMPS again! Johnson rises up, CHOPS, then drops to his knees again. Johnson rises to CHOP again, but he drops back down. Fletcher scoops to SLAM Johnson! Fletcher composes himself while Johnson writhes, and Fletcher tells the fans he wants to dominate but not hurt them. Fletcher drags Johnson up, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS! Fans fire up while Johnson sputters and falls over! Fletcher drags Johnson up, whips him to ropes, and CLOBBERS Johnson with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Fletcher stays cool but Johnson slaps some sense into himself. Fans rally up for “SHOTTY! SHOTTY!” as he goes to ropes.
Fletcher grabs the legs, YANKS Johnson up but Johnson lands on his feet! Fletcher waistlocks, Johnson switches but Fletcher switches back. Fletcher shoves Johnson to a corner but Johnson ELBOWS Fletcher down! Johnson also falls, and the fans rally up. Both men rise, Fletcher checks his nose, but he clinches. Johnson JAWBREAKERS free! Fletcher shoves Johnson away, storms up in the corner, but Johnson elbows him away again! Johnson goes up and over, keeps on moving, and he CLOBBERS Fletcher! And CLOBBERS him again! Johnson whips, Fletcher reverses but Johnson ducks to NECKBREAKER! Again, STP likes what they see.
Johnson kips up, fans fire up, and Johnson whips to reel Fletcher in, for a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Fletcher is still in this but Johnson pounds the mat. Fans clap along and rally up as Johnson rises. Johnson drags Fletcher up, but Fletcher fights the lift with elbows! Fletcher is free, but Johnson reels him back in! Fletching swings but Johnson ducks to spin Fletcher around. Johnson hooks arms, whips Fletcher to a corner, and runs in to CHOP LARIAT! Johnson whips corner to corner and runs in again, to CHOP LARIAT! Big Shotty’s copying Fletcher’s tag partner, Mark Davis, with those!
Johnson whips again, but Fletcher goes up and over! Fletcher scoops to MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Johnson survives and Fletcher is frustrated. Fletcher rises while Johnson sits up in a daze. Fans rally, Fletcher drags Johnson up, but Johnson fights the gut wrench! Fletcher CLUBS away on Johnson, talks trash, but Johnson SUPERKICKS! Johnson runs up, blocks a kick, but Fletcher SUPERKICKS! Fletcher goes up but Johnson GAMANGIRIS! Johnson then climbs up and brings Fletcher to the very top! Fans fire up for the SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Both men hit hard and the fans are thunderous!
Johnson stands, he goes to a corner and climbs up. FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fletcher survives and Johnson is shocked! Johnson hurries to haul Fletcher up, suplex, but Fletcher slips free. Johnson elbows, runs, but Fletcher follows to CALF KICK at the ropes! Fletcher fires up, takes aim, BANG, and he runs to CALF KICK again! Fletcher wrenches, hammerlocks, scoops and GRIMSTONE!! Cover, Fletcher wins!
Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall
Shane Taylor Promotion is upset, but Lee Moriarty does say that this is what they’ve been talking about. Johnson could just join up. Shane says this is what people don’t get, this game is about numbers. How long does Big Shotty wanna keep losing on his own? Will he choose to win alongside powerful allies?
As for Fletcher, he is now ready to team with his allies in the Don Callis Family, will they tear it all down in Los Angeles? Or will Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, Kota Ibushi & Paul Wight be the heroes of this story?
Leyla Hirsch VS Charlette Renegade w/ Robyn Renegade!
Still LEGIT and still hungry for the gold, Leyla’s already dealt with Robyn recently. Will she sweep the Renegades and prove herself worthy of Maria Kanellis’ help? Or will Charlette be the one to impress the First Lady of Wrestling?
The Code of Honor is slapped away by Leyla, the bell rings and she fires off forearms! Leyla whips, Charlette reverses but Leyla goes up, only to get caught in a fireman’s carry! But Leyla slips free, trips Charlette, and steps all over her. Fans are torn but Robyn sure is mad. Charlette RAMS into Leyla, then trips her to rain down fists! The ref counts, Charlette lets off and says she has ’til five! But then Robyn DECKS Leyla with a sucker punch behind the ref’s back! Charlette covers, TWO! Charlette CHOKES Leyla on the ropes, the ref counts, but Charlette lets off at 4. Robyn talks trash, Leyla takes a swipe!
Charlette SLAMS Leyla down, then hooks her up in a Camel Clutch, and fishhooks Leyla’s nose! The ref reprimands, Charlette shoves Leyla down, and cover, ONE!! Leyla is tougher than that but Robyn coaches Charlette. Charlette drags Leyla up, whips, and BOOTS her down! Then Charlette snap suplexes, bridges, TWO! Charlette argues the count but fans argue it back. Charlette drags Leyla up, fireman’s carries, but Leyla fights with elbows. Leyla waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally up as Charlette goes to a corner, and Leyla urns in to SMASH! Leyla sits Charlette down, runs and returns, SWINGING DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!
Leyla snarls, she storms up on Charlette and fans rally as she RIPCORD- NO, Charlette turns saido into headlock takeover! Carlette swings, Leyla gets around, SAIDO!! Robyn leaves a chair in the ring and scrambles to distract the ref! Fans boo, but Charlette DECKS Leyla, then goes for the chair! Leyla wobbles, fans rally for “CHAIR SHOT! CHAIR SHOT!” Wait, Rachael Ellering runs out here to YANK Robyn down! The ref sees the chair! Charlette is without her weapon, and Leyla drags her down! LEGIT ARMBAR!! Charlette taps, Leyla wins!
Winner: Leyla Hirsch, by submission
Another win for Leyla, but she’s annoyed to see it was Ellering helping out again. Ellering tells the Renegades they won’t get away with that stuff, but then Leyla just leaves. Is she really going to only accept the help of Maria Kanellis, who isn’t even actually helping her? Or can the Queen of Strong Smile get through to her?
Athena and the Minions regroup backstage.
And she says she gathered them here for this newest MEM for two reasons. One: What was that crap on Collision with Willow Nightingale, Lexi!? Is she friends with Willow now or something?! Lexi tries to explain but Athena rants on about seeing them on social media, Lexi wishing Willow luck. What is all that crap?! Lexi was told to say that by the company. Legally, she had to. Well, never again. Tell ’em Athena said so. Lexi will now be demoted to Minion Number 1, no longer Bestie. Aw… As for Billie, she has her match with Ellering tonight, and she is not to take it lightly. Prove to Athena that “Sorry” is not just a quick fix. Show Athena your violence! Your anger! Beat the tar out of Ellering just like Athena did!
And third, even though she only said there were two reasons, Final Battle is on the way and it is in her hometown. So exciting! Sorry, no smiles. Athena cannot wait to see what porcelain hussy steps up so she can break them! Roll out! The trio moves on, will Billie prove herself worthy of Athena’s respect once and for all?
The Iron Savages w/ Jacked Jameson VS Cole Karter & Griff Garrison w/ Maria Kanellis-Bennett!
It is time to step into the Savage Sanctuary with Dirty Bulk Bronson & Beefcake Boulder! Will they make Maria’s “baby boys” sip the Savage Sauce while they’re living Hoss? Or can the Diamond in the Rough & The Ivy League MVP survive these jacked and juicy giants?
The teams sort out, Bronson starts against Griff and they uphold the Code of Honor. They tie up, Griff headlocks, but Bronson powers out. Griff RAMS Bronson but Bronson stays up! “I don’t think so, Goldilocks!” Griff runs again, RAMS Bronson but Bronson fires up! Griff nods and fires himself up, but fakes the run to BOOT Bronson! Griff flexes, he UPPERCUTS and whips, but Bronson reverses to POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Bronson shouts, “I’M GONNA BUST!” SENTON! Cover, TWO! Bronson says “IT’S TIME FOR TITTY CITY!” What?! Bronson drags Griff up and Boulder brings down the straps!
Bronson whips, Griff reverses, but Bronson avoids running into those beefy baps. Griff hot tags Karter, Bronson dodges and Boulder ROCKS Karter! Bronson reels Karter in to send into the TEETS! Tag to Boulder, and Boulder scoops Karter to SLAM! Boulder runs, but Karter avoids the elbow drop! Karter runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Karter lands on the cover, TWO! Karter tries again, TWO! Karter flounders, tags Griff, and Griff runs in, but into a back drop! Karter sucker punches Boulder, then regroups with Griff. They both run, duck ‘n’ dodge, but Boulder DOUBLE FLAPJACKS!
Fans fire up for “BEEF! BEEF! BEEF!” Tag to Bronson, and Boulder whips Bronson, to DIVE! Direct hits on both Griff & Karter! Jameson says “YOU GOTTA SIP THE SAVAGE SAUCE~!” Bronson splashes himself with it, puts Griff in the ring, but Maria distracts Bronson by taking off her belt. And unpinning her dress to show off that swimsuit! Bronson is stunned, and then he says “I’M GONNA BUST~!!” Bronson rushes Maria, but she moves aside and Karter back drops Bronson to the ramp!! Griff DECKS Boulder off the corner and he falls on Jameson! Karter feeds Bronson to Griff to cover, TWO!
Fans rally but Griff stomps Bronson. Bronson goes to ropes, Griff CHOKES him, then puts him in the corner. Griff stomps a mudhole in, tags Karter, and Karter stomps a mudhole in. Tag to Griff, he stomps away. Karter tags back in and they both stomp away! Karter drags Bronson up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Karter drags Griff up, bumps him off buckles, and then tags Griff in. They mug Bronson, Griff runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Feed to a JUMP KNEE! Then BULLDOG KNEE SMASH COMBO! Cover, TWO! Bronson is still in this and the fans rally for the Savages but Griff rains down fists on Bronson!
Griff soaks up the heat, Maria applauds, and Griff stands Bronson up to whip and reel him into the cobra twist! Griff and Karter link hands for leverage! The ref misses it, but then they link up again! Jameson protests, but the ref misses it again. Karter and Griff link up again, but now the ref sees it! The ref reprimands, Karter lets go, and Bronson hip tosses free! Bronson elbows Karter, but Griff dropkicks the legs out! Tag to Karter and he stomps away. Fans boo but Karter wants Maria to watch this. Karter blows kisses, taunts the Savages, but Bronson back drops Karter! Hot tag to Boulder!
Boulder rallies on Maria’s baby boys, scoop and SLAM for Karter, scoop and SLAM for Griff! Fans fire up as Karter and Griff go to opposite corners. Boulder runs in to SPLASH Griff, and whip him corner to corner into Karter. Boulder swivels those hips, then runs in to SPLASH Karter! Griff got away, but Boulder reels Karter in. Boulder blows his own kiss to Maria, and he hoists Karter up. But Griff runs up! Boulder just scoops Griff! POWERBOMB POWERSLAM COMBO!! Cover, TWO!! Karter survives but Boulder throws off the headband. Boulder drags Karter to a corner and he calls his shot!
Boulder pumps the hips, goes up and BEEFCAKE MOONSAULTS, but FLOPS as Karter moves! Griff with the BOSTON BAYONET! Karter with the 450 SPLASH!! Double cover, but Bronson breaks it! The fans fire up for the Savages but Maria cheers her boys. Bronson hobbles up to Griff but Griff YANKS him out of the ring! Griff coordinates with Karter, they push Boulder around and mock the sauce. Boulder huffs and puffs and brings down the straps! He grabs both boys, they break free and kick lock. Griff & Karter run, but Boulder breaks the clotheslines to DOUBLE CROSSBODY!! Fans fire up with Boulder as he stomps around!
Boulder tags Bronson and Bronson goes up! Boulder Electric Chair Lifts Bronson, for the SAVAGE SPLASH!!! Cover, The Savages win!
Winners: The Iron Savages, by pinfall
A huge win for the big men, are they ready to go for that gold? Will Maria have to scoop up her boys with a spatula after tonight?
ROH shares the big news from last night’s Dynamite!
After successfully defending the ROH World Television Championship against Keith Lee, Samoa Joe would then say that he needs to be hungry to truly be the best. So while he wants MJF’s AEW World Championship, that means he must also be desperate, so he has VACATED the ROH World Television Championship!! So what does that mean for the ROH TV title? Tony Khan will be here on ROH TV next week to address that very thing!
Billie Starkz w/ Athena VS Rachael Ellering!
The Minion In Training wants to prove herself to the Fallen Goddess, but the Queen of Strong Smile wants to prove herself to the Board of Directors. Will Billie unleash the violence Athena is trying to instill in her? Or will she still win things her way?
The Code of Honor is upheld, as Athena allows it, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They end up on ropes, Billie puts Ellering in a corner but Ellering turns it around. Ellering lets off and ties up with Billie with knuckle locks. Ellering wrenches, Athena coaches Billie and Billie says she’s trying. Billie reaches for ropes but Ellering keeps her from them. Billie rolls, rolls and trips Ellering to then taunt her. Billie runs, hops over the dropdown, but Ellering scoops to SLAM! Ellering runs, but Billie avoids the senton! But Ellering ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Billie up, TWO!
Billie swings, misses, but then dodges to sunset flip! TWO, and Billie KICKS Ellering from below! Fans cheer and even Athena applauds. Billie high-fives the ref but Athena says to stop being so happy! Ellering throws Billie down, SLIDING BOOTS, then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Athena was proven right there, and Billie now sputters her way to ropes. Ellering whips, KNEES, and then whips Billie again for another KNEE! Ellering reels Billie in, GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Athena asks why she even bothers! Get up, Billie! Fans rally, Billie goes to ropes, but Ellering is on her again. Ellering CHOPS Billie to a corner.
Billie sputters, but Ellering CHOPS her again! Ellering goes corner to corner to JUMPING FOREARM! And then UPPERCUT! Ellering has the leg, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Billie survives and Athena grows frustrated. Ellering storms up on Billie again, fans rally, and Ellering whips to scoop, but Billie slips free! Billie ROCKS Ellering, and again, and again! Fans fire up but Ellering ROCKS Billie! Ellering ducks the heel kick, shoves and DECKS Billie! And then DECKS her again! Athena is frustrated but Ellering drags Billie up. Ellering swings, Billie slips around to KNEE SMASH and HEEL KICK! But Ellering LARIATS outta nowhere!
Athena shouts at Billie to get up. The ref counts, fans rally, and Billie goes to a corner. Billie drags herself up at 3 of 10 but so does Ellering. Ellering runs up, blocks boots, but Billie KICKS back! Billie waistlocks, to GERMAN SUPLEX! And then GERMAN SUPLEX again! Billie gets Ellering again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ellering survives #SuplexBillie but Athena says to stay on her. Billie nods and goes to the corner. Billie hops up, but then Ellering ROCKS her! Ellering ROCKS Billie again, fireman’s carries, and T K O!! Cover, TWO!! Billie survives and fans fire up again while Ellering grits her teeth.
Athena pounds the apron, fans rally harder, and Ellering says Billie is better than Athena! She’s better than taking that abuse! But Billie SLAPS Ellering and shouts, “I’M A MINION!” So Ellering whips her to ropes. Billie holds ropes, baits Ellering in and dumps her out! Billie then DIVES! Direct hit and down goes Ellering! Billie stomps away and Athena cheers Billie on! Billie drags Ellering up, to whip her hard into railing! Fans fire up as Billie SMACKS Ellering off the apron again and again! Then she puts Ellering in, goes up a corner, and she SWANTON BOMBS!! Cover, Billie wins!!
Winner: Billie Starkz, by pinfall
Athena nods, she likes what she sees in her Minion In Training. But then she goes and stomps away on Ellering! Fans boo, and Billie says Athena doesn’t have to do that, she won! But then Athena says get in there! Billie stomps Ellering, too, and they cheer each other. But here comes Leyla?! Leyla is returning the favor, and she runs off Billie & Athena to help Ellering! Athena says if Leyla wants to join a team, she should join Athena’s team. Look what she’s done for Billie! The champ and her sidekick leave, but will the only thing Leyla do is fight for another shot at that title?
8 Man Tag: Darius Martin, Action Andretti & The Infantry VS Shane Taylor Promotions & The Wingmen!
We heard from Air Wolf, Sight to See, Bad News ‘n’ Tattoos and The Captain, and now they combine the powers of air force and ground troops to battle Big Bad Shaney T, #TAIGASTYLE, “Pretty” Peter Avalon & The Hollywood Hunk. Will we all salute as we head into Veteran’s Day weekend? Or will STP, Avalon & Nemeth make an impact on the ROH Tag Division?
The teams sort out, but then Shane leads his team on the attack! The bell rings, Shane’s team all whip, but then Infantry and Top Flight 2.0 hold ropes. Shane’s team rushes in but they all get sent out! Darius counts it down, QUADRUPLE PLANCHA!! But Shane catches Darius to SLING him into the railing! But Dean puts Moriarty in, and blocks a kick! Handoff to Bravo, ENZIGURI to slip-around NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bravo drags Moriarty up, whips him but Moriarty reverses to throat chop! Tag to Shane, Bravo dodges him to JAB, JAB, bob ‘n’ weave, and JAB! Bravo whips but Shane blocks!
Shane whips Bravo but Bravo goes up, only to get caught and THROWN down! Shane gets Bravo’s arms to then STOMP him into the buckles! Action checks on Bravo as he sputters, but Shane drags Bravo to a cover. TWO, but Shane stays on Bravo. Tag to Moriarty, they mug Bravo, and then Moriarty brings Bravo around. Bravo throws body shots but Moriarty throws knees. Moriarty snap suplexes, rolls through and has the armlock. Avalon snipes a tag so he and Moriarty can mug Bravo. Avalon scoops to SLAM Bravo, then he flexes before he covers. ONE, and Avalon drags Bravo up. Tag to Nemeth and Avalon hits a BIG back suplex!
Nemeth & Avalon blow kisses to the crowd before they DOUBLE FIST DROP! Nemeth mocks the high stepping Bravo was doing before he DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Nemeth keeps Bravo from his team, brings him over, and Avalon tags back in. Avalon BLASTS the other corner! Nemeth waistlocks Bravo, Avalon runs in but Bravo back drops him away! Bravo then wrenches out to kick and kick and DDT Nemeth! Fans fire up as Bravo crawls for his corner, but so does Nemeth. Hot tag to Andretti! Andretti dodges Avalon to BOOT Shane and DECK Moriarty! Andretti rallies on the Wingmen with forearms and ELBOWS!
Fans fire up as Andretti whips Avalon but Avalon reverses, only for Andretti to handspring and DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Andretti kips up and fans fire up, but Shane runs in. Andretti ROCKS Shane first! Avalon runs up, Andretti ducks, and Avalon ROCKS Shane! Avalon freaks out but Nemeth keeps the peace. Moriarty BOOTS Nemeth, Shane HEADBUTTS Avalon! STP just decide to walk! Fans boo but Andretti feeds Avalon to Darius’ BOOT! Step-in COMPLETE SHOT! Tag to Dean, who then tags Bravo, Avalon goes back to BOOT CAMP! Cover, Infantry and Top Flight win!
Winners: Darius Martin, Action Andretti & The Infantry, by pinfall
A big win for this fantastic four, will they all be rising up the ranks towards the ROH World Tag Team Championships?
Backstage interview with Rachael Ellering.
Lexi says unfortunately, we saw what happened after her match with Billie. But on the bright side, Leyla showed up to help. What does this mean for them moving forward? Ellering says she loves pro-wrestling but hates losing, simple as that. Tonight was not her favorite night, but hey, she did have Leyla’s help so that’s reassuring. Maybe she’s getting through to her? Speaking of, Leyla walks past and Ellering thanks her for the help. Leyla stops Ellering there to say it wasn’t about Ellering, it was about not owing debts. They’re even now but they’re also done. But then Maria is there! Isn’t this so cute? They’re like besties now!
It’s not what it looks like, Maria. No, it is exactly what it looks like: Leyla is helping Ellering and Ellering is helping Leyla. But Leyla still wants to be on Maria’s team. Oh, it looks like Leyla already has a team. So why not they team up and have a match, see how that goes? Then Maria will decide if she wants to help Leyla or not. Leyla sighs, but will she and Ellering actually make a legit combination?
Gravity VS Dralistico w/ Jose!
The brother of Bandido takes on the brother of Rush, both hoping to follow in the ROH World Championship footsteps of those two men. Will the Astronaut of Lucha reach the same heights as his brother? Or will the Prince of Silver & Gold reach the gold just as El Toro Blanco did?
Fans chant “Let’s Go, Gravity, Let’s Go!” and Gravity joins in with the stomp-stomp. The Code of Honor is upheld, only so Dralistico can then flip Gravity off! The bell rings and the two circle. They rush in, tie up, Dralistico waistlocks then SLAMS, grabs an arm, but Gravity uses that to arm-drag! Gravity kips up, Dralistico runs him over to cover, ONE! Gravity sweeps the legs to PLANKING SPLASH, ONE! Dralistico arm-drags, Gravity arm-drags, and both men kip up. Fans fire up and Gravity space walks. Dralistico is annoyed but fans rally for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” Gravity keeps walking around, and then he rushes up!
Dralistico dodges, RANAS, and builds speed to FLY onto Gravity! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up again. Dralistico stomps Gravity, then whips him into the steel steps! Gravity writhes but Jose mocks his pain. Dralistico drags Gravity up and whips him into railing! The ref checks Gravity, he’s still conscious so Dralistico stands Gravity up. Dralistico CHOPS and Gravity falls over. Dralistico puts Gravity in, covers, ONE!! Gravity hangs tough but Dralistico whips him to a corner. Dralistico runs in to SPLASH, snapmare, and then runs to BASEMENT DROPKICK! Dralistico talks trash, and he gets a “DRA-LI-STI-CO!” chant going.
Dralistico puts Gravity in a corner, CHOPS him down, and Jose likes that. Dralistico goes side to side with the drum roll, to then SUPERKICK! Tranquilo on the top rope and fans cheer. Fans chant for “L F I!” and Dralistico drags Gravity up. Dralistico whips Gravity corner to corner, runs in, but into a BOOT! And another! Dralistico runs in, Gravity puts him on the apron, but Dralistico CHOPS! But Gravity DROPKICKS! Gravity builds speed now, goes up and up and double jumps, ESCALARA PLANCHA! Fans are fired up while both men go down at the ramp! Gravity fires himself up and he drags Dralistico back up.
Gravity puts Dralistico in, “This is Lucha!” as Gravity whips. Gravity SPLASHES, keeps moving, and he SPLASHES again! Snapmare and then Gravity runs to go up and handstand on the corner! IMPLODING PLANKING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Dralistico is still in this and Gravity grows frustrated. Fans rally, Gravity drags Dralistico up and whips, but Dralistico reverses to dropkick the legs out! Dralistico drags Gravity up, reels him in, and he hoists Gravity up. Gravity slips out of the bomb to UPPERCUT! Gravity runs, Dralistico slips through the lariat to get Graitiy up, SIT OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous as Jose argues the count. The fans rally back up as Dralistico drags Gravity up. Dralistico talks trash, slaps Gravity around, but Gravity shouts to CHOP! Dralistico doesn’t flinch! He eggs Gravity on! Gravity CHOPS! Dralistico tells Gravity to get some huevos behind it! Gravity eggs Dralistico on and Dralistico winds up, to CHOP! Gravity falls over and Dralistico says “One More Time!” The fans join in, “One More Time!” Dralistico drags Gravity up to fire off forearms, then says F you! But Gravity ROCKS him first! Gravity runs, into a forearm! Dralistico runs into SOBAT! Front kick! JUMP FOREARM!
Gravity roars, run sin, but Dralistico dodges to SNAP GERMAN! V-TRIGGER! SUPERKICK! Dralistico runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Both luchadores are down and the fans are thunderous! The ref starts a standing count, both men sit up slowly. They drag themselves up at 5 of 10, Dralistico runs in but Gravity trips him up! Gravity CLUBS Dralistico in the ropes, goes to a corner, and then GUILLOTINE PLANKING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Gravity drags Dralistico back up, but Dralistico puts Gravity on the ropes! Dralistico CHOPS, goes out, and springboards to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Gravity survives but Jose wants Dralistico to finish it!
Dralistico stands Gravity up, but the forearms start flying! Gravity gets the edge, he runs, but Dralistico follows to springboard and DESTROYER!! Cover, Dralistico wins!
Winner: Dralistico, by pinfall
Jose celebrates with the dangerous Dralistico! Dralistico now joins his brother, Rush, in teaming up against The Workhorsemen this Saturday on Collision. Will the Brothers Munoz bring down JD Drake & Anthony Henry?
ROH World Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!
While Jay Lethal is hunting down this title, this match here is because The Mad King was too rough on #SNAKEMAN for the South African Stud’s liking. Will Angelico not only avenge his tag partner but take the top spot in ROH? Or will Eddie keep his promise to Lethal to be the one to beat Lethal to a pulp?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the Double Championship Reign ends in Wichita!
The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans are all behind Eddie. Eddie and Angelico circle, feel things out, but then back away. They step up, tie up, and each man goes for a leg from the outside. Those cancel out so Angelico switches to a waistlock. Eddie wrenches out, wristlocks, and fans rally. Angelico spins, slips through and has a modified cording hold! Eddie endures, Angelico gets around to spin and headlock. Angelico wrenches to a wristlock, Eddie pries at the hold, and he powers his way through to wrench back. Fans cheer this technical exchange but then Angelico spins and slips through to spin and wrench and arm-drag!
Things speed up, but Eddie blocks a hip toss to CHOP! Angelico sputters, eggs Eddie on, and fans want it “One More Time!” Eddie obliges, but Angelico blocks the chop! Angelico bends the fingers, wrenches to an inverted wristlock, and then cravats for a neck wrench. Eddie throws body shots but Angelico snapmares to KICK Eddie in the back! Almost the neck, really. Angelico then hooks the arms and legs in one move, for a BRIDGING PLUM! Eddie pushes free, and he SLAPS Angelico! Angelico kicks Eddie but Eddie SLAPS him again! Angelico scuffs Eddie, but Eddie CHOPS! Angelico kicks the leg! Eddie CHOPS again!
Fans fire up but Angelico KICKS! Eddie CHOPS! Eddie stands Angelico up to CHOP! And CHOP, CHOP, and CHOP! Angelico goes to a corner, Eddie runs in to clothesline! Then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Eddie sits Angelico down, runs side to side and BOOT WASHES him! Fans fire up and they rally behind Eddie. Angelico bails out, Eddie storms over to drag him back in, and Eddie CHOPS Angelico down! Fans rally, Eddie covers, ONE!! Eddie is annoyed but he clamps on a chinlock to grind Angelico. Fans chant “CHOKE HIM OUT!” but Angelico endures, even as Eddie cranks him around. Cover, TWO! Eddie keeps cool as he brings Angelico up.
Eddie clinches, but Angelico hops on for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Then he gets the arm, HOVERBOARD KIMURA! They roll, Angelico holds on tight with body scissors! Eddie reaches out for a ROPEBREAK with his foot! Angelico lets go as the ref counts 4, and fans rally up. Angelico stomps Eddie, kicks him around, then stands Eddie up. Angelico whips, Eddie reverses and kitchen sink knees Angelico down! Angelico sputters, Eddie shakes out his arms, and Eddie stalks Angelico to a corner. Eddie fires body shots from all sides, then he ROCKS Angelico with a forearm. Angelico staggers away to another corner.
Eddie storms up to CHOP! Angelico kicks, so Eddie CHOPS! Angelico falls again, but Eddie stomps him. Eddie drags Angelico up, to CHOP! Angelico JABS in return! Eddie wobbles, but he CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Angelico falls again and fans fire back up. Eddie shakes out his arms, goes back for Angelico, but Angelico ROCKS him with a right! Angelico swings but into a half nelson! Angelico arm-drags free, and then ROUNDHOUSES! Eddie staggers around, flops out of the ring, and he shakes out the cobwebs. But Angelico builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Eddie stumbles away but Angelico pursues.
Angelico aims from the apron to FLYING LARIAT! Direct hit and both men go down! Angelico drags himself up but the fans rally behind Eddie. Angelico drags Eddie up, puts him back in, and pounds the apron. Fans rally up and Angelico climbs. Eddie stands, Angelico CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this but Angelico runs up, slips around, sunset flips, and then drags Eddie into a jackknife bridge! TWO!! Eddie escapes the trickery and he kicks low! Eddie reels Angelico in to CLUB him on the back. Eddie then gut wrenches, but Angelico slips free to arm-drag and lateral press, TWO!!
Fans fire up as Eddie and Angelico get up. Angelico PUNTS Eddie in the face! Then he steps and rolls, LA CASITA! TWO!! Eddie stumbles, but he URAKENS!! High stack, TWO?!? Angelico survives going Backfist to the Future, but the fans are thunderous for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” Eddie rises up, he waits on Angelico, then he brings Angelico around. Angelico is woozy and he drops back down. Eddie eggs Angelico on but walks into an EDDY GORDO KICK! Cradle, TWO!! Angelico was playing possum, but he turns into another URAKEN!! NORTHERN LIGHTS BOMB!! Cover, Eddie wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by pinfall (still ROH World Champion)
And the Mad King keeps his crown! But he still shows Angelico respect with the Code of Honor, and fans cheer the sportsmanship. Final Battle is coming, and that is where Jay Lethal will be waiting. Will December 15th be the final battle for one of these icons?
Dalton Castle speaks.
“Does this look easy? Like, does it look like I don’t care about what you see as a viewer? I care ONLY about you! I wanna give you exactly what you deserve when you sit home and you watch me compete. With every bit of strength in my body, with every beat of my heart, I want you to see that I wanna give you the show that you deserve! So to sit here and let people like Eddie Kingston muddy the ROH airwaves… I just wanna…! UGHGHGH! Y’know, Eddie Kingston, you’re the ROH World Champion. I’ve been in your position before. And you are FLOUNDERING in opportunity! You are throwing it away!
“You think you’re tough? You think you’re a street fighter!? Look at me! LOOK AT ME! How am I doing? I’ve been spending DAYS on the street, I haven’t slept in weeks! And that’s because I can’t sit back and let you fill these viewers brains’ with so much ordinary. I put my face through a window last night. I walked by my favorite fondue place, I wanted to eat some cheese. It was closed. So I SMASHED the window! I smashed it, just like I’m gonna do to your sternum! You see, Eddie? I’m gonna put this face directly through your sternum and I’m gonna stop your heart! And then I’m gonna pin you and give the people what they deserve, and that’s a ROH World Champion that they can sink their teeth into.”
Castle points at the camera and then leaves, is The Peacock going to change everyone’s plans for Final Battle?
A great episode of ROH, even for being an hour and 47 minutes because so much of this episode felt like it mattered! The only match I skipped was Josh Woods’ because it was clear he was gonna squash that guy and he did. And even matches that didn’t have any real story behind it were really good quality, not squashes. I knew I had to cover Gravity VS Dralistico because of how good both guys are, and I definitely feel right about that. Fletcher VS Johnson was also a great match for just being out of nowhere, but the story there is Shane Taylor Promotions wanting Johnson to join up. The 8 Man Tag was also put together just because but it was great stuff. Great win for the Faces, and STP is definitely going to focus more on recruiting Johnson so they can be a trio.
Great tag match from Iron Savages VS Griff & Karter, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the Savages win that one. I’m a little unsure about the whole “I’m gonna bust!” and “Eat dat ass” and now Beefcake’s Titty City, but otherwise, I always knew they were a great team even when they were bear themed. Great mingling of stories in the women’s division, too, with Leyla sweeping The Renegades and Ellering helping with that, only for Billie to get a good win off Ellering. Good promo with Maria, too, and I’m thinking Leyla & Ellering VS Renegades happens before Leyla & Ellering go after Athena & Billie to see if someone earns a title match for Final Battle.
And also good mingling of stories through Spanish Announce Project. Ethan Page helps Serpentico get one over on Nese to set up the rematch, and then Angelico has that awesome main event match with Eddie. But I figured Eddie would retain, Jay Lethal is waiting. Though I do appreciate that Castle shifts focus from the TV Championship to the World Championship so that he and Eddie can have a title match before Final Battle. Pretty sure Eddie retains then, too, but Castle might prove himself worthy Tony Khan’s idea for the vacated ROH World TV Championship. Y’know, the title Castle and Joe never got to settle the score over even though that was a thing and Tony Khan’s attention is too divided.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/29/23)
The Continental Classic continues into week 2!
The Switchblade enters whose house?
The AEW Continental Classic continues here on Dynamite! Swerve Strickland and Jay White are both 1-0, but they go against each other for the top spot in Gold League!
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal; Moxley wins.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush; Rush wins.
- Wardlow VS AR Fox; Wardlow wins.
- Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party; Action & Top Flight win.
- AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura; Julia wins and retains the title.
- AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bryan Danielson is here!
Fans cheer as the American Dragon, eyepatch on like a pirate, joins commentary to watch the Continental Classic competition in person.
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jon Moxley VS Jay Lethal!
The Maniac is 1-0 with three points, so he’s feeling pretty good batting lead for round two! Will he continue his momentum with #PureCarnage? Or will this be a lethal week two?
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on the 20 minute time limit. Moxley and Lethal circle, tie up, and Lethal headlocks for a takeover. Moxley headscissors, Lethal kips free but Moxley headlocks for a takeover. Lethal headscissors, Moxley kips free, and we go another takeover for another scissor. And another! Lethal then ROCKS Moxley with a right! Moxley ROCKS Lethal, Lethal ROCKS Moxley, and they go back and forth! Lethal kicks low, runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up but Lethal trips Moxley to step through, FIGURE FOUR! But Moxley rolls to the apron, and they fall to the floor!
Lethal and Moxley get up, Lethal throws body shots but Moxley clinches. Lethal RAMS Moxley into the apron, slides into the ring and he builds speed. Lethal DIVES and sends Moxley into the railing! Fans fire up, Lethal goes to the apron and struts, but Bryan says not to do that with Moxley. Lethal hops in, builds speed again, but Moxley slides in to deny the dive! Then Moxley DECKS Lethal, and he DIVES! Now Lethal is sent into railing! Moxley shakes out his leg after jamming it up a bit. Lethal CLUBS Moxley, CLUBS him more, but Moxley ROCKS Lethal back. Moxley puts Lethal in, runs in at the corner and clotheslines!
Moxley climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count, but Lethal slips away before five to kick at the legs! Then Lethal hoists Moxley for a SHIN BREAKER to a DRAGON SCREW! Moxley clutches his knee, Lethal storms up to stomp him! Lethal goes after that knee with more stomps, but Moxley hobbles to another corner. Lethal CLUBS the leg, CLUBS it again, and again! Moxley ROCKS Lethal! Lethal ROCKS Moxley! They go back and forth, Moxley gets the edge with boxing elbows! Then he BITES Lethal! Moxley runs, Lethal ducks to handspring, but into a SLEEPER! Lethal JAWBREAKRS free, and hits another SHIN BREAKER! Then a SAIDO!
Lethal hits a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes, Lethal climbs, and he MACHO ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Moxley is still in this, but he sputters as he crawls to ropes. Moxley is on the apron, Lethal BLASTS Moxley to the railing! The front row has Moxley in their laps as Dynamite goes picture in picture!
Lethal waits while the ref checks on Moxley. Moxley drags himself up but Lethal goes out after him. Moxley drags himself over railing, and Lethal ROCKS him with a right hand! And again! Lethal then RAMS Moxley into the apron, then CLUBS away on the leg! Lethal SLAMS the leg into the apron, and Moxley scrambles into the ring. Lethal pursues, runs up and KICKS the leg out! Moxley crawls, Lethal grabs the leg, and he drops an elbow on the knee! And again! Lethal then has a toehold and he twists the foot. Moxley endures, Lethal stomps the leg, then drops another elbow! But Moxley uses that to get an ARMBAR!
Lethal clasps hands quickly, fights up to stack, TWO and Lethal knees the back of Moxley’s leg! Lethal bends the leg across his own knee, but Moxley endures. Lethal KNEES it again, pulls, and goes back to the standing toehold. Moxley endures, Dynamite returns to single picture, and the fans rally up. Moxley kicks away at Lethal, then gets up to hit a CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Moxley fires up, he drags Lethal up and in, but Lethal fights the piledriver! Lethal RAMS Moxley into the corner, hoists him up, and CHOPS! Lethal climbs for a SUPER DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes and Lethal says he’s gonna rip that leg off!
Lethal aims as Moxley slowly rises, but Moxley avoids the chop block! Moxley ROCKS Lethal with a forearm! And CHOPS him! Lethal fires a forearm but Moxley fires back! The fans rally, the forearms fly, and Moxley gets the edge! Moxley runs, but Lethal follows to UPPERCUT! Lethal runs, but Moxley follows to ELBOW! Moxley runs, baits Lethal in, to LARIAT! Fans fire up with Moxley and he drags Lethal up. Underhooks, but Lethal fights the Paradigm Shift, BACKBREAKER TO COMPLETE SHOT! Moxley is down after the Lethal Combination, and Lethal covers, TWO! Bryan says that wasn’t a great cover, a tournament like this is about the basics.
Lethal grabs Moxley’s leg to SMASH the knee against the mat again and again! Then he drags Moxley, steps through, but Moxley cradle counters! TWO!! Lethal rushes Moxley but Moxley POSTS him! And then rolls him up, TWO!! Lethal escapes again, and Moxley goes back to the corner. Moxley slaps the bad leg and the fans rally up. Lethal stands, he dodges Moxley, and he O’Conner Rolls! TWO and Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE! Lethal rolls back, TWO! Lethal gets the legs, FIGURE FOUR!! Moxley sits up but he endures the pain! Bryan coaches Moxley from commentary and Moxley fights his way around!
Moxley reaches out, Lethal pulls on that hold, but Moxley has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Lethal lets off and drags Moxley up. Lethal KICKS the leg, then calls his shot! Handspring, but Moxley falls! Lethal stops himself, but falls for it! PARADIGM SHIFT!! Moxley fires up, and he KING KONG LRAIATS Lethal inside out!! Then PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Lethal survives, but Moxley has the REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Lethal CLUBS Moxley’s leg, but then Moxley traps that arm! Lethal taps, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (gains 3 points; Lethal earns 0)
The Maniac is 2-0 with a strong six points, but it may have cost him a leg! Will he have to watch out next round with that target on his back?
AEW shares footage from after Saturday Night Collision.
Eddie Kingston asks them what they want him to say. He knew this was gonna be tough. Tony Khan didn’t put any scrubs in this tournament. Eddie just maybe got too cocky, thinking that since he put two belts in the pot, he was a given winner. No one deserves to win, everything is earned. Eddie has Bryan next but he’s behind the 8 ball. Eddie says he will not do this. He will not go backwards. Humble in victory and humble in defeat. Eddie has to go heal up, Epsom salt bath, all that good stuff. The Mad King vows he will be ready for the American Dragon.
Bryan Danielson responds.
Bryan says he was actually impressed by the confidence Eddie had to put up both his titles for the tournament. But now, one loss and Eddie feels he’s behind the 8 ball? Against Bryan? Bryan fractured his orbital bone, needed surgery in two places, and yet he is coming into this tournament on fire! He is NOT behind the 8 ball, he is NOT going to be humble, he is here to win this and be the first AEW Triple Crown! Will Bryan’s Blue League start be Eddie’s Blue League end?
Tony Schiavone is backstage.
He brings up that Sting’s final match is coming. AEW Revolution, Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. And when it comes to where they’ll have Sting’s final match, they thought of the many great venues across the world, but what better place for Sting’s final match than Greensboro, North Carolina and the Greensboro Coliseum? So many great Sting matches were held there, but one in particular that comes to mind is 1988, Sting VS Ric Flair for the World Heavyweight Championship. So Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, get ready! Joining Schiavone now are those very legends, Sting and Ric Flair!
First off, 24-0, the longest win streak in AEW right now, what a fitting place for Sting to have his final match and maybe end on 25 than in Greensboro. Sting says yeah, wow, all those years ago, it was March 8th, 1988, his very first world title match against perhaps the greatest world champion of all time in The Nature Boy. Sting would’ve never guessed that night, 35 years later, we’d be here now. The memories, 45 minutes but a draw, commercial free, the first time in TV history that any sporting event even did that. But that’s not the real point of it. The big deal was being in there with Ric Flair. That was a make or break night, and so thank you, Ric, for putting Sting on the map.
Sting says yeah, that is a fitting place to end his career all these years later, Greensboro. Schiavone says so many great memories, and for him and Flair, forty years ago, does he remember? Oh, Flair knows. The words cannot be spoken to emphasize what is about to happen! Greensboro, where Sting, make no mistake, Ric didn’t make Sting a thing, Sting made himself! 45 MINUTES! Commercial free! With Flair! Unthinkable! Sting walked back there to 25 wrestlers going, “Jesus! You’re the man! You did it, Stinger!” He went out there and did it like a man! That’s what this business is all about.
Flair is 74 years old, standing next to the Icon, with his friend, Schiavone, and going back to Greensboro for what will be the greatest moment of his life, and God knows Flair’s had some good ones. He is honored to be there at Sting’s side! They shake hands, and Flair says the ACC Tournament and all that, nah, this is one for the ages! Highway 85 will be lined up from Richmond, all the way to Charlotte, like it always was! Sting, The Nature Boy, and AEW are coming to Greensboro! Let’s give it to ’em! “WOO~!” It’s the 80s all over again! Tickets on sale December 15th! IT’S SHOWTIME!
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Mark Briscoe VS Rush!
The Sussex County Chicken got beat by The Maniac but El Toro Blanco got cheated by the Switchblade! These animals are hungry for points, so who gets fed?
The bell rings and Rush rushes in! They RAM and then fire off forearms! The fans fire up, Bryan says this is what he was talking about! This isn’t going 20 minutes! The forearms keep flying, Rush ROCKS Mark, but Mark fires off forearms and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS back! Rush whips, runs in, and SPLASHES int he corner! Rush runs but Mark follows, JUMP KCIK! Mark gets Rush up, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Fans fire up as Mark forearms and stomps away! The ref counts, Mark lets off, but Rush dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rush sits Mark down so he can stomp with both feet!
Rush scrapes Mark, goes to the far side, then runs in. Mark BOOTS back but Rush still clotheslines! Snapmare and KCIK! Rush stomps away, takes Mark’s “head” and kicks it! The kick is good for Rush but fans boo. Rush goes up a corner, but Mark CLOBBERS him! Rush falls to the floor and fans fire up as Mark builds speed! Mark WRECKS Rush with a dropkick! Mark then stomps away on Rush, then stands him up to CHOP! So Rush CHOPS back! Mark CHOPS back! Rush CHOPS again! Rush whips Mark hard into railing! Rush then whips Mark into more railing! And then back the other way! Rush goes into the ring to tranquilo and let the count handle Mark.
Mark hobbles up, so Rush goes out after him. Rush runs in, but Mark ducks and RAILING BACK SUPLEX! Rush writhes, the ring count starts again, and Mark gets on the apron. Fans fire up as Mark says BANG BANG! FOLEY ELBOW! Fans fire up again and Mark high fives the front row. Mark leaves Rush behind now as the count climbs. Rush drags himself up, drags himself in at 5 of 10, and Mark eggs him on. Rush snarls, and he CHOPS! Mark CHOSP! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Fans fire up as Rush shoves, and Mark BOOTS him! Rush wobbles, but he dodges Mark to SNAP GERMAN!
Mark wobbles up, Rush SUPERKICKS! Mark stays up to LARIAT in return! Both men are down and Minneapolis is thunderous! Mark sees his chewing gum on the mat and picks it back up while Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Mark goes to ropes, then stomps Rush. Mark drags Rush up, ROCKS him, and Rush falls over! Mark digs his boots in at the ropes, the ref counts, and Mark lets off at 4. The ref checks Rush, he’s still in this and bails out. The ref has Mark stay back, the ref makes sure Rush is okay, but then Mark runs in to stomp away! Rush gets up, Mark CHOPS him in a corner, and then ROCKS him! Mark brings Rush around, but Rush whips and SPLASHES! Rush sits Mark down, stomps and ROCKS him, then hobbles away. Rush snarls, he runs back in, but Mark is up to CHOP him down! Mark drops an elbow! And another elbow! Cover, TWO!
Mark fishhooks Rush into a chinlock, but the ref counts. Mark lets off, stands Rush up, but Rush trips Mark and has a leg! Rush hooks that up into a TRAILER HITCH! Mark endures and Rush pulls on the legs! Fans rally, Mark crawls and drags Rush along. Dynamite returns to single picture and fans rally more. Mark reaches out, powers his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and the ref counts, but Rush lets go. Mark drags himself up, the fans rally again, and Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush gets in Mark’s face, eggs him on, so Mark CHOPS! Rush and Mark throw SLAP after SLAP!
Mark swings, Rush bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Rush hobbles back, but Mark is back up! Rush swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Mark stands again. Rush roars, Mark runs in, Rush hits an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY to send Mark into buckles! Rush snarls again, fans rally up and he aims. Rush runs in, but Mark SPEARS him!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives but Mark drags Rush up. Mark turns Rush for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rush is still in this but the fans fire up for Mark. Mark underhooks, but Rush swings. Mark clinches, waistlocks, but Rush throws elbows. Rush switches, Mark breaks free to PELE!
Rush falls out to the apron and Mark storms after him. They’re both on the edge, Mark fires forearms, but Rush CHOPS! Mark CHOPS! Rush CHOPS! Repeat! Fans “WOO~!” for every CHOP! Mark GAMANGIRIS, Rush staggers back, but Rush gets Mark for another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Mark crashes on the floor and the ref checks him. The fans lose their minds but Rush snarls. Rush paces as the ring count climbs, and Mark is up at 5 of 10. Mark drags himself in at 6, but Rush storms right up on him. Rush hoists Mark up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up. Mark fires off hands, and then REDNECK HELL STAB!
Fans fire up as Mark leaps, FROGGY-BOW!! Cover, TWO!! Rush survives again but Mark has the underhooks! Rush powers up to back drop free! Rush aims from a corner now, Mark runs in again but into another OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Rush runs up to DECK Mark! Then the BULL’S HORNS!!! Cover, Rush wins!!
Winner: Rush, by pinfall (gains 3 points; Briscoe earns 0)
A true war right here, and now Rush is 1-1! Will this ungovernable one find a way to take over the league? As for Briscoe, he is down 0-2 with no points, is he already on the bubble?
RJ City interviews “Timeless” Toni Storm.
Madame Storm seems rather bothered by something. RJ gets her attention but she tells him to sit. And don’t be so loud. RJ does sit, and Mariah May takes the title for Storm. RJ wants to bring up the championship acceptance speech last week. Yes, and she was rudely interrupted! Yeah, that’s true. How is she feeling? Storm says they partied well into the night, spent some time at the compound, JFK or one of the Kennedys was there. But now she is very fatigued, dehydrated, and has a touch of the gout. Oh, wow. Well, he wants to inform her that she is scheduled to defend the AEW Women’s World Championship. But given her state, is she worried at all?
Worried? Was Fatty Arbuckle worried? Was Jean Harlow worried? Was Frances bloody Farmer worried? No, they all turned out fine, and so will she. Before she goes, take off her shoe, she’s feeling swollen. RJ does take off her shoes for her, but will Storm have to focus before someone takes the title off her?
MJF is here!
Fans cheer as the AEW World Champion walks out here with the help of his cane, mic in the other hand. He has them cut his music, he gets into the ring, and the fans cheer him on. MJF gets right to it as he says “December 30th, Nassau Coliseum, Worlds End, it will be Samoa Joe VS yours truly for the grandest prize of ’em all, The Triple B, the AEW World Championship.” Fans cheer that, and MJF wants to be honest, though. When it comes to Joe as a person, eeeeeeh MJF doesn’t like him. But when it comes to Joe professional, MJF respects him.
MJF respects what Joe has done for the industry, and most importantly, when Joe came into AEW, he didn’t come here to line his pockets, he came here because he believes in those three letters. Fans cheer for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” and MJF says back in the early 2000s, MJF remembers getting a poster in his mailbox and it was for TNA Wrestling. And he remembers thinking, what even is this all about? He tuned in and couldn’t have been happier. He saw insane feats of athleticism, he saw a new cast of pro-wrestlers he’d never heard of before, but most of all, he saw one man among the rest, and that was the Samoan Submission Machine.
While Samoa Joe may’ve looked unconventional, he didn’t seem to care, and neither did any of the fans. Because every time Joe walked through the curtain, we knew he was the baddest man walking on God’s Green Earth. Now unfortunately, later on in his career, Joe’s talents were not recognized and he was not afforded the opportunity to be a world champion in the WWE. Fans boo, but MJF says what Joe did for this sport was bigger than that. “Joe proved you don’t have to be a massive male model bodybuilder to be a top guy in this sport. Samoa Joe broke the mold. Samoa Joe proved alternatives matter.
“And because of the road that Joe paved, it has allowed for a man like me to stand before you today. Without a guy like Joe, there may be no AEW. So Joe, very quickly, what I’d like to say, as much as this all pains me to admit, thank you.” Fans cheer that and join in, “Thank You, Joe! Thank You, Joe!” Yes, thank you, Joe! However… MJF has actually, though grateful to have gone down the road Joe paved, MJF isn’t too shabby himself, now is he? Fans cheer that. MJF managed to pave his own road, and built on a new alternative. He is AEW day one, and he has helped build this place brick by brick! Fans cheer “M J F! M J F!”
MJF says he did that by defeating some of the biggest names in this industry! Names like Cody Rhodes, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Chris Jericho, Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega. But of all the names MJF has had to face in this ring, the one name he looks back on, and not only was he lucky to win, he was lucky to survive, that is Joe. Samoa Joe is a wrestling legend. But December 30th is not about Joe’s legacy. It’s about MJF’s! December 30th is about answering the question, “Can Max Friedman outlast the Final Boss of this sport one more time?” So now, MJF is gonna make a promise. He promises to everyone watching at home and everyone here in this arena.
MJF promises that on December 30th, it doesn’t matter if his left knee keeps sliding in and out, if his right hip keeps popping in and out of socket, if his right shoulder is hanging on by a threat, or if Joe beats him within an inch of his life. Joe could be King Kong and Godzilla incarnate. Because MJF promises that on December 30th, he shows the world that it is not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog! And if you want to take what’s his… at Worlds End, you’ll have to put MJF down! MJF even breaks his cane!! Fans fire up with MJF, but then the lights go down.
Now there are lights blinking all over the place. MJF looks around, but THE DEVIL’S MINIONS ATTACK! Fans boo as one of them has a baseball bat!! But here comes Joe!! Joe said he’d have MJF’s back so here he is! He YANKS the big guy out, gets that bat, and he runs the rest off! Cameras have trouble here, but when things come back, a message types out on screen. “In the shadows, our game begins. Next week, MJF & Samoa Joe… will you face the unknown in a tag match? Are you a hero, Max?” The Devil has made his challenge to the champ! The fans chant “DO IT! DO IT!” and “He’s Our Scumbag!” Joe tries to get MJF to ignore all this, it’s what this Devil wants!
But MJF says “I’m so sick of your Scooby-Doo BS! LEMME EXPLAIN SOMETHING TO YOU! I am not dealing with your crap when I got that guy breathing down my neck at Worlds End. No no. I am going to take out all of your men, one by one. I am going to unmask you, you coward! And next week, you wanna tag match?! YOU’RE ON!!” Joe isn’t for it, but the challenge has been accepted. Will Joe just have to save MJF from himself?
Wardlow VS AR Fox!
Speaking of someone who wants to take everything away from MJF, the War Dog is on the warpath, just waiting for the right moment. After what we just saw, is MJF going to be served up on a silver platter?
But wait! Fox BOOTS Wardlow down off the apron! And then FLIES out! But Wardlow stays up! So Fox FLIES again! Direct hit but Wardlow is still up! Wardlow HEADBUTTS Fox, then whips him at the apron. Fox 619s on the apron to hit back! And then he goes up the corner to MOONSAULT, but Wardlow catches him! SLAM on the apron, and then Wardlow box jumps up to the apron. Wardlow storms in, fans rally up, and Wardlow drags Fox up for an OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Now with both men in the ring, the bell finally sounds and this is actually a match. Wardlow storms up on Fox in the corner, to then TOSS him across the way!
Fox flounders out of the ring and Wardlow is having fun now. Wardlow goes out to stalk Fox, CLUB him on the back, and the ring count climbs. Wardlow hauls Fox up to TOSS him back in! Fans rally, Wardlow storms back in, and Wardlow drags Fox up. Fox shoves Wardlow but Wardlow CLUBS him! Wardlow trophy lifts, but Fox slips free! Wardlow runs in, but only gets buckles as Fox slips out to the apron! Fox swings to dropkick, then he goes up to 450 SPLASH! Cover, ONE!! Wardlow snarls and Fox is stunned! Fox runs in to BOOT! Wardlow doesn’t budge so Fox BOOTS him again! And again! Fox runs, but Wardlow pops him up for a SPINEBUSTER!
Wardlow winds up, to LARIAT Fox down! Wardlow then hauls Fox up, POWERBOMB! The symphony begins as fans want more! Wardlow drags Fox up, reels him back in, another POWERBOMB! And then Wardlow goes up the corner, to SWANTON BOMB!! Fans fire up and Wardlow still isn’t done! He reels Fox back in, to LAST RIDE POWERBOMB!!! The ref checks, Fox is OUT! Wardlow wins!
Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall
The remixed Powerbomb Symphony was too much for Fox, and Wardlow storms off. When and where will Wardlow sink his teeth into MJF?
Six Man Tag: Action Andretti & Top Flight VS The Hardy Party!
The Sight to See and the reunited Martin brothers are ready to be the Coldest Trio in the Game, but they’re taking on Isiah Kassidy and the legendary Hardy brothers! Will Action, Darius & Dante add themselves to the top of the trios rankings? Or will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay take them to the extreme?
The trios sort out and Minneapolis is happy to have Dante back. Action and Matt start, they tie up and Matt headlocks. Action powers out then DROPKICKS Matt down! Matt goes to ropes, Action runs in but is put on the apron. Action RAMS into Matt, slingshots up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Matt is up, Action kicks but Matt blocks! Matt flips Action, Action lands on his feet but Matt hip tosses! Tag to Jeff and the Hardys get Action up, atomic drop and the takedown, DOUBLE LEG DROP! Jeff covers, TWO! Jeff drags Action up, CLUBS him, and wrenches an arm. Jeff hammerlocks but Action switches it onto Jeff.
Fans rally up for Dante, Jeff elbows Action and runs, but Action trips Jeff! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Jeff moves! Action hits the superhero landing and stares the Charismatic Enigma down! Fans fire up, and they both back away, tag to Darius and Isiah. Fans rally up as Zay and Air Wolf tie up. Zay headlocks, Darius powers out but Zay runs him over! Zay pumps and bumps, things speed up, and Darius hurdles. Zay backflips over, but Darius arm-drags! Darius then sidesteps but Zay arm-drags! Darius trips Zay to cover, ONE! Zay trips Darius but Darius throws him away to then DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Darius mocks the Jeff Hardy dance. Zay is in the corner, Darius runs in to SPLASH and tag Dante! Fans fire up as Dante jumps, runs, and A-LIST LARIATS! Tag back to Darius, snap suplex and a slingshot senton! Fans fire up and Action tags in. Darius gets Zay up, wrenches an arm, and Action DOUBLE STOMPS the arm. Zay losses his durag and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Action whips Zay, Zay reverses but Action avoids the dropkick. Matt CLOBBERS Action while the ref is checking Zay! Zay gets Action up, RAMS him to the corner, and Zay fires off hands. Tag to Jeff, and they mug Action with some stomps. The ref counts, Jeff lets off at 4, and he brings Action up to snapmare. Jeff runs to NECK SNAP, then NECK SNAP the other way! And then another one! Action staggers up, Jeff kicks low and suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Jeff stays between Action and the Martins to show them how to do his dance. Jeff then CLUBS Action, tags in Zay, and Zay CLUBS Action’s arm.
Zay throws Action out, goes out and throws him into railing! Zay talks some smack, then he stomps away on Action! High five with the fans, then more stomps! Selfie! Zay then puts Action in the ring, CLUBS him down, then drags him back to the corner. Tag to Matt and he RAMS into Action. Matt ROCKS Action with a right, then bumps him off buckles. Matt dribbles Action off the buckles again and again and again! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” and Dynamite returns to single picture. Matt ROCKS Action again, tags Jeff, but fans rally up for Top Flight. Matt CATAPULT GUILLOTINES, then Jeff hits a GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!
Jeff drags Action into the ring, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more but Jeff bumps Action off buckles. Tag to Matt, the Hardys stomp a mudhole in, then dig their boots in. The ref counts, Matt lets off and he stands Action back up. But Action ROCKS Matt with haymakers! Matt shoves Action, Action comes back, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Action survives and fans fire up but Matt calls his shot. “DELETE! DELETE!” and Action stands. Kick and- NO, Action wrenches out of the Twist! But Matt ducks the haymaker to back suplex! Action lands on his feet to KICK, KNEE and ENZIGURI!
Both men are down and the fans fire back up! Action and Matt crawl, hot tags to Dante and Zay! Dante goes up and over Zay, CLOBBERS him, CLOBBERS him again, then whips. Zay reverses, Dante goes out and Zay hits buckles! Dante then goes right over the corner, GAMANGIRIS Zay away then jumps to avoid Jeff’s sweep! SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY! Cover, Matt breaks it! Fans boo but Matt TWIST- NO, Dante powers out and Darius GAMANGIRIS! Dante ROUNDHOUSES, Darius steps in to COMPLETE SHOT! Zay is up and he shoves Dante into Darius! Roll up, TWO!! Zay LARIATS Dante back down, putting his all behind that one!
Fans fire up as both men crawl, but Jeff runs to BLAST Action! Darius ROCKS Jeff, but Zay uses Jeff as a step, PARTY IN MOTION wipes Darius out! Dante sees that, but then Matt sets up for Jeff! POETRY IN MOTION! The Hardy Boyz get Dante up top, Zay GAMANGIRIS him into a Double Electric Chair Lift! Zay springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY!! Cover, TWO!!! Dante survives but the Hardys go after Darius & Action! POETRY- INTERCEPTED as Darius jumps off Matt to CLOBBER Jeff!! Action kicks Matt, then QUEBRADAS off the railing! Zay suplexes Dante, but Dante knees free!
Dante runs, Zay dodges to mule kicks! But Darius is in, he and Action set up, but Zay fights the waistlock! Zay BOOTS Action, elbows Darius, but the still get the SHOTGUN GERMAN SUPLEX!! Zay flops into Dante’s half nelson, SIDE SLAM!! Cover, TOP FLIGHT WINS!
Winners: Action Andretti & Top Flight, by pinfall
A powerful homecoming for Dante Martin, he and his team have a massive win! Will they soon fly high and go after the AEW World Trios Championships?
Backstage interview with Action & Top Flight.
Renee is with them and congratulates them on the big win. So good to see Dante back, how is that leg? But then Penta El Zero Miedo and Alex Abrahantes step in. Penta offers a fist bump, and Dante accepts. They’re all good given Penta was responsible for the broken leg in that Reach for the Sky Ladder match. But then Penta counts, one, two, three. Bring ’em in. Komander and El Hijo Del Vikingo join Penta, that makes one, two, three. And Cero Miedo! Dante nods, when and where will we see this top tier trios match go down?
AEW TBS Championship House Rules Match: Julia Hart VS Emi Sakura!
The Princess of the Black Throne successfully defended her gold on Collision against Lady Frost, but now she takes on the Queen of Joshi! And for this match, Dealer’s Choice says submissions can NOT win the match! Then if Julia can’t be Hartless, will she just have to be ruthless?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the House Always Wins!
The bell rings and fans rally up behind Julia. Julia soaks it up, but Emi laughs at it. Emi and Julia smirk as they stare down, then they approach. Emi dodges Julia and laughs some more, but then Julia grabs her by the face! Julia bumps Emi off buckles, fires off forearms and stomps, then whips corner to corner. Julia runs in, handsprings and clotheslines! Julia keeps moving, back body block! Julia snapmares Emi, KICKS her, but Emi just frowns. Fans fire up, and Emi stands up. Julia CHOPS but Emi CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Julia shrieks, but Emi pushes her around. Emi aims but Julia blocks the chop to WRING the arm!
Emi goes to ropes, the fans fire up as Julia CLUBS, HOOK KICKS then KICKS Emi down! Julia pushes Emi out of the ring, goes out after her, but Emi throws body shots. Julia whips, Emi reverses, and Julia hits steel steps! Per the House Rules, there’s a 20 count, not a 10, so Emi has more time to use. Emi runs in to SPLASH Julia against the steps! Fans fire up and the ref checks Julia as Dynamite goes picture in picture.
Emi stands on Julia’s face, the ref reprimands, but Emi steps away. She has to be careful, part of House Rules is that disqualifications are strongly enforced. Emi then takes a seat on security’s lap before she storms up on Julia. Emi brings Julia around to CHOP against railing! Then Emi brings Julia over to send into more railing, and CHOP again! Emi puts Julia in the ring, drags her around and dragon sleepers! TWISTING DDT! Cover, TWO! Julia is still in this but Emi pushes her to a corner. Emi CHOPS, and Julia staggers away to another corner. Emi CHOPS her again! And again! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS!
Julia sits down, Emi digs her boots in, but the ref counts. Emi lets off, soaks up the heat, and then brings Julia up to whip corner to corner. Julia stops herself to ELBOW back! Julia storms up on Emi to throw hands, but Emi SLAPS Julia down! Julia checks her jaw, but Emi digs her knees into Julia’s neck! The ref counts, Dynamite returns to single picture, and Emi lets off. Emi watches Julia flounder around, and Julia sits up to throw body shots. Emi just laughs and brings Julia around to underhook. Stalling BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Emi waits on Julia to sit up, says she’ll be the champion, and then underhooks again!
Julia fights up and round, SLEEPER! Submissions won’t win but she just wants to make Emi suffer! Emi falls, flails, Julia has a headscissor squeeze! Emi rolls, pops out the back, and she hooks Julia’s legs up! ROMERO SPECIAL! Julia endures, then Emi THROWS her down! Emi drags Julia around, puts her in a drop zone, but fans still rally for Julia. Emi climbs, MOONSAULT FLOPS as Julia moves! Julia wraps on the HARTLESS LOCK!! But it won’t win! Emi flails, taps, but it doesn’t save Emi, either! Julia thrashes Emi, lets her go, and the ref has to remind Julia it’s her own rules. So Julia BLINDSIDE LARIATS!
Julia stomps Emi into the drop zone, then goes up the corner. MOONSAULT!! Cover, Julia wins!
Winner: Julia Hart, by pinfall (still AEW TBS Champion)
Another defense in the books, Julia is still golden! Will she keep on winning with such unpredictable rules?
Backstage interview with Mariah May.
RJ City is with Miss May and says we saw her at Full Gear and last week, but we also know she’s here, hungry for more. Mariah says yes she is. She knows she’s the new girl and all, but she did just come from Stardom, and she had quite the run. She is dying to show us what she can do. So thanks for connecting her with Toni Storm. RJ says it’s nothing, he and Toni go way back, used to play squash together. No, really, RJ is quite the curator. And Mariah knows Toni likes him, so this means the world to her. No, no, Toni makes things happen. He’s just happy to help. Mariah seems a bit disappointed, but RJ says without further ado, go get ’em!
Mariah knocks on Tony Khan’s door, steps inside, and talks with the boss. Will this Tony be just as accommodating as Toni Storm?
Christian Cage is here!
The TNT Champion, the Patriarch, makes his way to the ring, security right behind him. Captain Charisma then gets a mic while the fans boo, and he says what he’d like to do right now is go ahead and invite the Rated R Superstar to this ring right now. Fans fire up for that, and Christian says he knows Edge is back there. Fans shout “ADAAAAM~!” and Christian says he just wants to talk about what Edge said on Collision. So if Edge doesn’t mind making his presence felt, Christian would appreciate it. But still no response? Did Christian make sure to do this when Edge isn’t here?
Christian waits, gets upset, and asks Adam “ADAAAM~!” that he’d like to speak with him in this ring. Please, someone, hit the mic, get Adam’s attention, something. Or should Christian go back there to speak with him? “You think you know him.” And here comes Edge!! Fans fire up as Edge storms into the ring, and of course the security becomes a wall in front of Christian. Edge paces and Christian says listen, management wanted this, not him. Fans boo that garbage, but Christian says they don’t need security. He asks these men to vacate the ring. They shrug and bail out, even though Edge looks ready to pounce.
Christian brings up that last week, Edge challenged him to a match for the TNT Championship on December 6th, Dynamite in Montreal. Christian is here to tell Edge that they won’t make it to Montreal. They get face to face and fans fire up. Christian says they won’t make it to Montreal because “I’m sorry.” What? Edge is also confused, and Christian says he knows what we’re all thinking. Christian is only sorry because he’s all alone, right? Fans confirm and they chant “BULL~ SHID!” at him! Christian asks them to understand. Edge took out “The Prodigy” Nick Wayne, he took out Killswitch/Luchasaurus, but that’s not why Christian’s sorry.
He won’t lie, he was pissed about what Edge did to Lucha- er, Killswitch, with not one but two Con-Chair-Tos. Christian was so mad, he jumped out of his house, got in his car and just drove around. He needed to think, needed fresh air. And somewhere during that trip, it turned into one of reflection. It turned into a roadtrip of soul searching, digging down deep, trying to understand why he became the person that he is, this guy who says and does such unsavory things. And then he remembered those times he and Edge would borrow Christian’s mom’s Ford Taurus. They nicknamed it “Toby the Taurus” because they took it everywhere when they were trying to make it.
They didn’t care where they went, they were broke, not a dime to their names, but they didn’t care. They were having the time of their lives! They knew they were gonna make it. They didn’t know how, but they knew they would. And dammit, did they ever make it, huh? They went on to become multiple-time tag team champions, and Christian will say it, the greatest tag team that ever lived! Fans do cheer that. Christian and Edge then became multiple time world champions, two of the greatest careers in this sport. But take the wrestling away, and it runs even deeper. Everyone knows Edge grew up with a single mom. Everyone knows that Edge didn’t have a father figure.
Fans boo, already sensing where this is going! Christian wants Edge to listen! Yes, he is the Patriarch of AEW, but in no way is he suggesting he’s Edge’s father. Christian is Edge’s brother. And in turn, Christian’s father became like Edge’s father. Edge went on family trips, sat at the dinner table, slept over! When Edge needed discipline, Christian’s dad treated him the same as his own kids. He picked Edge up, brushed him off, hugged him and cheered him on. To this very day, he is still Edge’s biggest fan. So listen, Christian will just say it. They weren’t just random guys thrown together. “I love you, man.” Fans boo that one!
Christian says they’re family. And listen, when Edge’s mom passed a few years ago, that was the hardest time of Edge’s life. Christian knows that. But some time before, she said, “What I wouldn’t give to see you guys in that ring, teaming one last time.” Christian started thinking, that they should do this for her! Let’s go on the journey together again, like Edge wanted! Edge & Christian, for Judy “Judemeister” Copeland! Let’s do it for her! Fans cheer for Judy, but Edge is conflicted. Christian drops the mic, holds the belt, and then rushes Edge! Edge LOW BLOWS Christian first!! Fans cheer as Christian leans on Edge in pain.
Christian slumps down and Edge lets him fall. Fans want that one more time, but Edge gets the mic. “Nice try, dumbass.” Edge tells him to sit up when he’s talking. Edge grabs the belt, tells Christian to shine it up real nice. Hell, sleep with it if he wants. Because next week, the title’s coming home with Edge! Oh, and one more thing, Edge almost forgot. G F Y!! Fans are thunderous as Edge takes his leave. Will Edge crush Christian’s spirit as payback for everything he’s said and done?
AEW Continental Classic, Gold League: Jay White VS Swerve Strickland!
The Switchblade and the Realest are both 1-0 with three points, and now they are going to battle in what could be the decisive battle in this block! With no Juice Robinson, no Ass Boys, no Prince Nana or Brian Cage, who will prove to be the slipperiest snake in all of AEW?
The bell rings and fans fire up for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White still throws guns up, but he and Swerve then tie up. They go around, Swerve puts White in a corner, but White turns it around. Swerve turns it back around, White pulls hair to turn it around again, then he RAMS into Swerve! And again! And again! White tosses Swerve out, then goes out to CHOP! White then RAMS Swerve into railing, mocks Nana’s dance, but Swerve throws hands! Swerve runs and RAMS White into railing! Fans fire up with Swerve and he stomps White down. Swerve then whips, but White reverses and Swerve hits railing so hard, he goes over into the front row!
Fans fire up and security helps Swerve, but then White drags him back in. White puts Swerve in the ring, mockingly asks, “Whose House?” and he stomps Swerve. White wrenches the arm, CLUBS it, and then CHOPS! White again mockingly asks, “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” White CHOPS Swerve, but Swerve BOOTS back! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Swerve whips, White holds ropes, then he dumps Swerve out. But Swerve pulls hair! White HOTSHOTS Swerve, builds speed and slides, but Swerve catches him to BACK SUPLEX White into the front row! Fans are getting a much more interactive experience than expected!
Swerve drags White back up, White grabs at fans desperately, but the fans can’t do anything for him as Swerve dumps White back over. Swerve pushes White around, goes up the apron, and then he FLYING STOMPS White down! Fans fire up, Swerve puts White in, and then aims from the apron. But White gets a leg in the ropes! Swerve claws at White, pushes him away, but White BOOTS Swerve, then DRAPING DDTS! Fans rally for Swerve but White drags Swerve up to CHOP! Fans “WOO~!” and Dynamite goes picture in picture.
White sits Swerve up again, to CHOP him back down! White drags Swerve up again, goes up a corner, and mocks Swerve, to then hop back down and CHOP again! Swerve writhes, White drags him up, and White TOSSES Swerve out of the ring. White goes out after Swerve, but he CHOPS back! Swerve then clinches to hit a BACKBREAKER! White writhes, Swerve goes up to the apron again, and he BOOTS White back down! Fans rally up, Swerve drags White into the ring, and then clamps on a cording hold. White grabs ropes, the ref counts, Swerve takes a swing, but White EXPLODERS Swerve up and out!
White goes out after Swerve, hauls him up, and APRON GOURD BUSTERS! Swerve writhes and flounders but White refreshes the ring count. White then RAMS Swerve into steel steps! Swerve gets in the ring, White pursues and covers, TWO! White clamps onto Swerve’s bad arm, then traps the other, and he stretches Swerve out as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve fights up, but White throws him down by hair! White again mocks the chant, “Whose House?” Bryan commends Swerve on toughness. He had a brutal Texas Deathmatch with Hangman Page, and the only thing taped up is that arm.
Speaking of, White clamps onto the arms again, but Swerve endures. Swerve fights up, throws body shots, but White throws him down by his hair! Fans boo, Swerve gets up to SLAP White! Swerve CHOPS, White waistlocks, but Swerve swings elbows. White gets under to SAIDO! White then storms up to drag Swerve up, CORNER HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Swerve is still in this but White scuffs him. White mockingly says he needs his points. White knees Swerve low, and again, but Swerve blocks the chop! Swerve wrenches, gets around, HAMMERLOCK BACK SUPLEX! White writhes and fans fire up!
Swerve snarls, storms up on White, and he ROCKS him! Body shot! Forearm! Body shot! Repeat! Swerve snapmares, rolls, but White catches the Complete Shot, but then Swerve slips out of the Urenage! Swerve goes to a corner, White runs in but Swerve goes up and over to O’Conner and Eddy Gordo RANA! White tumbles, staggers, into the SOMERSAULT COMPLETE SHOT! And then a gator roll into a deadlift suplex! Fans fire up as Swerve covers, TWO!! White survives and Swerve grows frustrated. Fans still rally up behind Swerve, and he grabs White’s wrist. White resists but Swerve still drags him up.
White reaches out, kicks Swerve’s legs, then gets free. White swings, Swerve dodges and comes back, COMPLETE SHOT from White! White then waistlocks to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! White runs up, but Swerve DISCUS LARIATS! Fans are thunderous while both men are down and Bryan says, “How incredible are these two men?!” A standing count starts, both men stir, and White flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as White comes back, he and Swerve go forehead to forehead, and they trade junkyard dog headbutts. Swerve laughs, White throws hands! Swerve throws them back! They go back and forth, faster and faster!
Fans rally up as the shots keep flying, and Swerve DECKS White! Fans fire up, Swerve smiles, but White grabs at Swerve’s legs. Swerve grabs at White, White CHOP BLOCKS! White then gets the bad arm, clinches, and URENAGES! Cover, TWO!! Swerve is still in this, this isn’t anything compared to Texas Death! White clamps on with the sleeper, though, and he hauls Swerve up. Swerve throws elbows, but White wrangles him for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Fans fire up, Swerve endures, White CLUBS away on the bad arm and pulls! Swerve reaches out, fights around, but White keeps him from ropes by pulling hair!
Swerve and White roll together, but Swerve slips around to get White’s arms trapped! Swerve stands on that arm! Finger gun and BANG!! The arm goes back and the fans tell Swerve he’s sick! Swerve grins, storms up on White and drags him up again. But White fights the half nelson and puts Swerve in a corner. The ref counts, White arm-drags free, but then Swerve sends him at the ref! White stops himself, LOW- NO! Swerve blocks the kick, he was paying attention to last week! Swerve slips around and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up, Swerve runs to HOUSE CALL!! Then Swerve goes up and he takes aim!
White sits up, into the KILL STOMPS!! Cover, TWO?!?! No one can believe it, least of all Swerve!! White survives Swerve’s best shots, but Swerve drags him up! Swerve’s bad arm holds him back, but then White clinches! BLADERUNNER!! But Swerve flops out of the ring!! White hurries out after Swerve, pushes him in, and hurries to clinch. Swerve fights up, fights the sleeper, and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! But White still rolls Swerve up with his other arm! TWO! White storms up, Swerve trips and jackknife bridges, TWO!! BLADE- NO, Swerve slips free, but White fights the half nelson! And CHOPS!
Swerve CHOPS back! White CHOPS! We get the 15 minute mark, so time’s ticking away! Swerve CHOPS, White CHOPS, repeat! White kicks and CHOPS, then reels Swerve in. Swerve uses a leg to get free but White has him again, SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Then the clinch, BLADE- ARM-DRAG!! Cradle cover, SWERVE WINS!!!
Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall (gains 3 points; White earns 0)
White is shocked that he got beat! The #Jay1 aside, these points go to The Realest! Will the Gold League soon be whose house?
A great Dynamite, with awesome Continental Classic matches. But also really good non-tournament matches, such as that Trios Match. Great return to action for Dante Martin, great win for him and his trio, and those three could really build themselves up into trios title contenders with matches like this. And really good TBS Championship match Julia and Emi, though they need to get better at bringing up how House Rules work. No Ropebreaks, the ring count is to 20, and there’s Dealer’s Choice. They just kinda threw out there that this was gonna be a No Submission Falls, which was honestly a brilliant move by Emi. But in the end, of course Julia wins, it’s still too early for her to lose this belt.
Wardlow squashing- heck, he demolished AR Fox, is fine for Wardlow but a shame for Fox. Wardlow is still staying strong as he waits for the right moment to go after MJF again, but maybe, just maybe, he’s been going after MJF all along as that big guy among the “gimp squad” that tried to get MJF tonight. Great promo from MJF to not just praise Joe but also bury Punk without having to actually reference Punk going back to WWE. Joe made the save as expected, and now they’re getting dragged into a tag match against any two of those goons, and who knows who they are really, but can’t wait to see how this all goes.
Awesome stuff from Christian and Edge tonight, a brilliant move for Christian to so blatantly play to Edge’s emotions just to save his own ass. But of course it was also brilliant for Edge to not fall for it at all and get the better of Christian. But uh, AEW needs to be better at live censoring their shows, that GFY got right past them. That aside, that TNT Championship match is going to be awesome stuff, could go either way, but I still want to see Luchasaurus betray Christian and finally become his own man-dinosaur. Not Jack Perry’s tag partner, not Christian’s henchman, but his own man doing his own stuff.
And as I said at the start, awesome Continental Classic matches. Bryan Danielson also being on commentary for these was a good move, that could easily be a thing he does after he retires, except I think part of retiring is staying home with the family. Anyway, Moxley VS Lethal was a great opening match, and I figured Moxley would win that. Maybe Lethal realizes he really has let Team Triple J weaken him with all their antics. Rush VS Briscoe then raised the bar, though with a somewhat scary moment where I thought Rush took a shot to the head but it was really a concern for his leg. Rush winning was a fair choice, and that puts pressure on a possible 0-2 VS 0-2, Lethal VS Briscoe in the next round. I say “possible” because Tony Khan doesn’t reveal the entire schedule at once.
And then just an awesome, borderline PPV level match of Swerve VS White. The fans were strongly behind Swerve, I was behind Swerve, so it’s great to see Swerve get to 2-0. Swerve’s becoming my top choice for Gold League and maybe even the entire thing. Swerve having the ROH World, NJPW Strong Openweight and the AEW Continental Championships, he could really do a lot with traveling between the three brands. Mogul Embassy is already in ROH given they’re ROH World Six Man Champions, and the Gates are in NJPW right now for World Tag League, so Swerve joining them pretty much everywhere, all four of them having belts, that’s great stuff to me.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW World Tag League Results & Report! (11/29/23)
B Block, round 4!
Will it be lights out for Bishamon?
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi have been struggling despite being the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, will they finally gain some ground this round?
- Six Man Tag: The Gates of Agony & Yuto Nakashima VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins.
- Six Man Tag: TMDK VS Kaito Kiyomiya, Ryohei Oiwa & Boltin Oleg; Kaito, Oiwa & Oleg win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club War Dogs; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi, Shota Umino & Ren Narita VS Master Wato, YOH, Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii; Wato, Yoh, Yano & Ishii win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza; Fale & Bonza win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne; Archer & Zayne win.
- 2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr; Time Limit Draw.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-0, 6 points
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 3-0, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1, 4 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-1, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 1-2, 2 points
Bishamon: 1-2, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 0-3, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-3, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
Gene Blast & The King of the World took down the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions in last round’s main event, but now they’re up against the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who are starving for a win! Will the Rogue General & Red Commando finally get on the board? Or will they just have to tranquilo in the fourth?
Fale & Bonza Too Sweet, and then Tsuji & Zando attack! The bell rings and Zando fires off on Fale but Bonza turns things around on Tsuji. Fale CLUBS Zando, then bumps him off buckles. Bonza drags Tsuji up, Rogue Army whip but the amigos dosido and return to CLOBBER Fale & Bonza! Fans fire up as the forearms fly. Then Tsuji sends Bonza into Fale! Zando sends Tsuji in to UPPERCUT! Bonza falls out of the ring, Tsuji runs in to SPLASH Fale! Fale flops out of the ring and the fans rally up with Zando. He and Tsuji high five then DOUBLE DIVE! Direct hit into the railing and down goes the Rogue Army!
Fans fire up as Zando & Tsuji stand back up. The ring count starts so Tsuji puts Bonza in. Tsuji & Zando stalk Bonza, and Zando SMACKS Bonza on the head. They double whip then POP-UP KNEE! Bonza falls over, Tsuji covers, TWO! Fans cheer while Tsuji keeps cool. Tsuji kicks Bonza to ropes, CHOPS him, but Bonza pie faces. Tsuji kicks low and CLUBS away on Bonza! Bonza blocks the whip, but Tsuji knees low. Tsuji whips, Bonza reverses but Tsuji ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to run into a lift and FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fale DECKS Tsuji while Bonza BLASTS Zando! Bonza stomps Tsuji around, then pulls off his Bullet Club shirt, to CHOKE Tsuji with it!
Fale distracts the ref, Zando storms in but now the ref has to stop him. Bonza just keeps choking Tsuji, but Tsuji gets to the ropes. The ref reprimands and counts, Bonza lets off to cover, TWO! The fans rally up for Tsuji but Bonza stands Tsuji up. Tsuji fights the scoop, so Bonza CHOPS him down! Tag to Fale and he BLASTS Zando! Bonza stands Tsuji up for Fale to scoop SLAM! Fale drags Tsuji around, then stands on his back! He uses Tsuji as a surfboard! Tsuji endures, Fale steps off, and he flips Tsuji over for a cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Tsuji hangs in there. Fale tags Bonza in, and Bonza steps through to have the EDGE-UCATOR!
Tsuji endures, Zando coaches him, and Tsuji reaches out. Tsuji fights to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer but Bonza lets off in frustration, and BLASTS Zando for the hell of it! Bonza drags Tsuji up, suplexes, but Tsuji fights it! Tsuji tries to suplex, Bonza fights it! They fight for suplex control, and Tsuji gets Bonza up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tsuji crawls his way over, hot tag to Zando! Zando rallies on Bonza, CLUBS him, then whips. Bonza reverses, but Zando stops to drop knees on Bonza’s back! Zando says tranquilo, but Bonza rushes in. Zando catches his lariat to send him into the corner!
Zando runs in to clothesline, then he snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fale runs in but Zando drop toeholds him onto Bonza! Zando then runs to basement dropkick Fale! Fans rally up behind Zando, but Fale runs in aga. Zando dodges to DROPKICK Fale out! Bonza goes to a corner, Zando calls to Tsuji, and they both storm up on Bonza. They double whip, double hip toss for the DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Tsuji SPLASHES, then sets Bonza up as Zando climbs. MOONSAULT! Cover, Fale kicks it apart! Tsuji fires off on Fale, throws him back out, and fans rally up. Tsuji drags Bonza up, he and Zando hook him up, but Bonza fights the Anchor!
Bonza CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bonza fires up, runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up as Tusji & Zando set up, for the ANCHOR! Then Tsuji goes up top and stands on Zando’s shoulders. But Fale body shots Zando! GRENADE for Tsuji!! Bonza ELBOWS Zando, Fale SPLASHES him! Then feed to a BACKBREAKER, and ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROGUE ARMY WINS!
Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
Bullet Club blows it up and finally has a win! Is there still a chance for them in the World Tag League? Can Tsuji & Zando rebound and set sail next round?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado!
Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World have not been able to put together a win while the Headbanga & Young Guerrilla really only have that first round shocker to stand by. Will the murder grandpas finally score some points? Or will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions keep from owing more golden tickets?
ELP gets fans to cheer referee Marty Asami, and even Nagata and Suzuki. Suzuki gets annoyed and tells ELP to shut up. ELP winds up and high fives Leo, which fans cheer. Suzuki dares ELP to step up, and so that’s who starts. Fans rally as the bell rings, and ELP taunts Suzuki as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Suzuki circle, they feel things out, and then knuckle lock. Suzuki kicks, wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, but ELP spins back, wrenches free and wristlocks to then headlock. But Suzuki brings ELP to a knee to pop out and headlock back. ELP slips free and the fans cheer that opening exchange.
The two circle again, feel things out, and ELP gets a “SU-ZU-KI!” chant going. Suzuki storms up, ELP stays in a corner. The ref has Suzuki back up, and ELP comes back. They feel things out, ELP goes for a leg, then a waistlock. Suzuki wrenches at ELP’s arm, has the wristlock, then wrenches again. ELP rolls, handsprings, but Suzuki denies the wrench to then wrench again. Suzuki hammerlocks, headlocks, but ELP hits a BIG atomic drop! Suzuki hobbles away, ELP BLASTS Nagata, but Nagata runs in! Into an atomic drop! ELP hobbles his way over, saying his knee hurts from hitting those drops.
ELP storms up on Suzuki, but gets caught in a HANGING ARMBAR! Nagata runs to BLAST Leo! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, but Nagata sends Leo into railing! Suzuki drags ELP out to send him into railing, too! Nagata throws hands on Leo, whips again, as does Suzuki! ELP & Leo both hit railing hard! Suzuki stomps ELP, Nagata stomps Leo, and Jado can only protest. The ref reprimands, ELP hits Suzuki back with forearms, but Suzuki ROCKS ELP! ELP falls back, the ref starts the ring count, and Suzuki leaves ELP behind. The count reaches 10 of 20 while ELP crawls, and ELP staggers about at 11.
ELP steadies himself at 14, slides in at 15, and fans cheer. But Suzuki facelocks and he brings ELP over. Nagata tags in, the murder grandpas mug ELP, and then Nagata KNEES ELP against ropes. Nagata throws a heavy body shot! ELP doubles over, Nagata sits ELP up to KNEE him down again! Nagata drags ELP up for another body shot! ELP sputters and coughs his way to a corner, Nagata stomps him, then wrenches an arm. Suzuki tags himself in, and he kicks ELP low. Suzuki taunts Leo, then stands ELP up to ROCK him with a right! ELP wobbles, ROCKS Suzuki back, but Suzuki just glares. ELP throws more forearms but Suzuki just glares!
ELP apologizes to the murder grandpas, but Suzuki body shots then DECKS ELP! Suzuki gives Nagata a hard tag and fans rally up. Nagata drags ELP up to CLUB him on the neck! Nagata waits on ELP, to then KICK! And KICK! And KICK! ELP ends up in a corner, Nagata whips him corner to corner and BOOTS! Then clinch to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this and fans rally back up. Nagata drags ELP up, suplexes, but ELP slips free to waistlock! Nagata fights with elbows, ELP apologizes and wants time. But then he kicks! Nagata blocks that, only for ELP to ENZIGURI! Fans rally up while ELP and Nagata are both down!
ELP crawls his way over, rolls and hot tags Leo! Leo UPPERCUTS Nagata, BLASTS Suzuki, then swings on Nagata. Nagata dodges but Leo keeps moving to run Nagata over! Fans fire up with Leo and he runs in at the corner. Nagata dodges the splash, comes back, but into a scoop! SNAKE EYES and a BOOT! Fans fire up and Leo aims. Nagata rises, Leo clamps on the choke grip! But Nagata ROCKS Leo first! Nagata fires more shots, whips, but Leo reverses. Nagata rolls and fakes the enziguri to dropkick the leg out! Nagata gets up and Suzuki already tags in. Suzuki fires forearms on Leo! Suzuki eggs Leo on and Leo pounds the mat.
Leo choke grips! Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Leo again! Suzuki runs, but Leo scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down! Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP storms up on Suzuki and fires a forearm! Suzuki grits his teeth so ELP throws more shots! Suzuki just glares! ELP throws off his elbow pads to ROCK ELP! Suzuki smiles! ELP ROCKS Suzuki again and Suzuki ROCKS ELP in return! ELP wobbles then falls over! Suzuki drags ELP back up, whips him to a corner, and Nagata joins in. Suzuki BOOTS, Nagata SHINING WIZARDS! Then snapmare, and DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH!!
The rivals shove each other, fans fire up, but then Leo shoves Suzuki into Nagata! Leo then runs, to DOUBLE LARIAT them both down! Fans rally up, ELP rises and he helps Leo get Suzuki up. They double whip Suzuki to a corner, then they whip Nagata into him! ELP sends Leo in to DOUBLE SPLASH! Nagata falls, ELP ELBOWS Suzuki! Then feed to the POWER TRIP! Leo then sets Suzuki up for the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Suzuki survives and fans fire up again! ELP tunes up the band, SUDDEN- NO, Suzuki dodges! ELP kicks, runs, but Suzuki follows! Suzuki gets around to SLEEPER! Nagata grabs Leo for a CROSSFACE!
Fans fire up while ELP & Leo endure stereo submissions! ELP is turning red, ELP is fading! The ref checks, Suzuki lets off to cover, TWO!!! ELP survives and the fans fire up! Suzuki lets the fans rally up as he drags ELP up into another SLEEPER! And then a sin, but ELP jackknife bridges! TWO!! ELP BOOTS Suzuki, then SUPERKICKS! And then the tuck for C R 2!!! Cover, ELP & LEO WIN!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas fall short again! What is it that’s missing in their formula? As for the “Blue Sexy Boys,” will they continue to be NJPW Strong as the WTL rolls on?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
The Holy Emperor beat his mentor with help from Heat Storm, but now things get even hotter as Taichi faces a former Suzuki-Gun ally! In a battle of 3-0 teams, will Taichi & Yuya be able to survive? Or will they get burned by the Monster Sauce?
Archer’s back to beating up Young Lions, and Zayne just sighs with an “Oh, you” attitude. The teams sort out and Archer wants to face the KOPW Champion. Taichi and Yuya give thumbs, and fans cheer as the former Suzuki-Gun members start. Archer says Taichi is still his brother but this is about WTL, so #EverybodyDies, even Taichi! Archer pie faces Taichi, but Taichi CHOPS! Archer just smiles, so Taichi CHOPS again! Archer eggs Taichi on, Taichi CHOPS again! Archer ROCKS Taichi with a forearm! Fans rally up, Taichi and Archer circle, and they feel things out. Taichi KICKS and KICKS but Archer blocks one to choke grip!
Taichi breaks free, but Archer waistlocks! Taichi fights free to PELE! Taichi runs, Archer follows and BODY CHECKS Taichi! Archer eggs Taichi on, but Yuya tags in. Archer stares Taichi down but then he KNEES Yuya low! Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce double whip. Yuya gest around to shove Zayne into Archer and then arm-drag Zayne! Zayne gets up, Yuya DROPKICKS him! Yuya CHOPS Zayne, CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Zayne is in the corner, Yuya whips him corner to corner. Zayne reverses, runs in, but Yuya dodges and Archer ELBOWS him down! Zayne comes back ELBOW Yuya!
Archer then whips Zayne to scoop, so that Zayne can tilt-o-whirl RANA Archer into Yuya! Fans fire up while Archer laughs. Zayne covers, TWO! Zayne brings Yuya over, tags Archer, and Archer stomps around. Archer taunts Taichi, then Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Archer drags Yuya up and CHOPS him! Archer stands Yuya back up but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Archer eggs Yuya on, Yuya throws more CHOPS, but Archer DECKS him! Archer says it isn’t Yuya’s time, this is all about Monster Sauce! Fans cheer, Archer whips Yuya corner to corner hard, and Archer has a cocky cover, but Red Shoes doesn’t wanna count?
Archer tells him to count but Red Shoes says not until it’s a real cover. Archer snarls and he drags Yuya up. He dares Yuya to go tag Taichi, then he short arm LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Taichi was also there but Archer grins as he gives him a pie face. Red Shoes has Taichi back off, and Taichi coaches Yuya on. Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Zayne brings Yuya out to ROCK him! Yuya CHOPS! Zayne ROCKS Yuya again but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Zayne knees low, whips but Yuya reverses to reel Zayne in for a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Zayne and Yuya crawl, they reach out, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms in after Zayne to give him Kawada Kicks! Zayne goes to a corner, Taichi BOOTS him! Taichi snapmares to KICK Zayne, but Archer runs in to kick Taichi! Archer whips but Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! But Archer rebounds, only for Taichi to DUMP him out! Zayne kicks and whips Taichi to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up and Taichi gets them to get louder. And OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, but Zayne ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Taichi rolls through, but Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS!
Taichi stays up, GAMAN- NO, Zayne ducks the kick! Zayne ROLLING AX KICKS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Zayne and Taichi crawl, and Zayne is up first. Zayne drags Taichi up to wrench and scoop, but Taichi pulls hair! Taichi CLUBS away on Zayne, but Zayne swings. Taichi ducks to SAI- NO, Zayne slips free! Zayne reels Taichi in but Taichi fights the suplex! Taichi tries but Zayne fights the suplex! Zayne then suplexes to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this but Zayne tags Archer. Archer says he told Taichi this was coming! Archer suplexes and THROWS Taichi!
Fans fire up as Archer storms around, and he runs in to ELBOW Taichi in the corner! Archer says that’s one! He runs corner to corner again, but Taichi BOOTS him! Archer snarls, runs back in but Taichi dodges! GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taichi crawls to his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Zayne runs in but Yuya arm-drags him! And arm-drags him again! Archer runs up to choke grip! CHOKE- DROPKICK! Yuya then DROPKICKS again! Archer is still up, and he blocks the arm-drag to send Yuya to the corner! Yuya dodges the splash, but Archer still blocks the arm-drag! Choke grip, but Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS!
Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS again, but Archer kicks low. Archer runs, into an arm-drag! Fans fire up as Yuya dropkicks the legs! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Archer down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up, Yuya pounds the mat and he goes to the corner. Yuya climbs up, but Archer STEP-UP KNEES! Archer then brings Yuya up in the inverted crucifix! But Yuya fights free, rolls Archer up, TWO!! Archer swings, Yuya gets under and shoves Archer into a Taichi’s BOOT! DOUBLE CHOPS! SOBAT! Yuya goes up to FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, Zayne breaks it! Taichi kicks and throws Zayne out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya fires up and the fans are with him!
Yuya climbs a corner, takes aim as Archer stands, CROSS- NO, choke grip! But Yuya victory rolls! TWO!! Archer is up, Yuya blocks the boot to UPPERCUT! And DOUBLE CHOP! And ENZIGURI! Archer stays up so Yuya traps the arms! But Archer HEADBUTTS free! Yuya runs, into a scoop! ROLLING AX KICK SIDEWALK SLAM COMBO!! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Zayne dodges Taichi to scoop, BAJA BLAST!! And then Archer grabs Zayne, CHOKE SAULT! Fans fire up as Archer roars! Archer drags Yuya up, but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Zayne down, but Archer ROCKS him!
Yuya roars, but runs into the choke grip! CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Yuya survives and shocks everyone! But Archer drags him into the drop zone, then lifts Zayne up! BLACKOUT SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Monster Sauce wins!!
Winners: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
Archer said it’s all about Monster Sauce, and Monster Sauce just won big! They are the ONLY 4-0 team in ALL of World Tag League 2023, are they going to be the only option for B Block? Or will Taichi & Yuya still find a way to change everything?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
Though Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi are IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and former World Tag League winners, their road to the threepeat has not been easy. They’ve started to #TurnItAllAround, but can they keep it going? Or will the sons of lucha libre shine brightest here tonight?
The teams sort out and the luchadores offer handshakes. Bishamon accept and the fans cheer the sportsmanship. Hashi starts against Soberano and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and Soberano headlocks. Soberano grinds Hashi down but Hashi uses that to pop out the back and hammerlock. Hashi then headlocks, but Soberano fights up. Soberano throws body shots, trips Hashi with a leg takedown, then traps that leg. Hashi uses his free leg to pull Soberano down and goes after an arm. Soberano clasps hands, Hashi pries them apart and has the ARMBAR! Soberano shifts around, but Hashi pulls on the arm again!
Soberano turns Hashi over, and ties up the legs in a deathlock, then shifts to body scissors and roll! Cover, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Hashi and Soberano circle again, then they knuckle lock. Hashi wrenches, hammerlocks, and headlocks. Hashi hits a takeover, then grinds Soberano down. Soberano headscissors, Hashi fights around, but Soberano has the arms, too. It’s an inverted motorcycle stretch now! But Hashi powers his way out, floats to a headlock, but Soberano slips away. The fans cheer again, and Hashi tags Goto. Soberano says it was that close, and he tags Atlantis in.
Atlantis and Goto circle and the fans rally up. The two tie up, Goto puts Atlantis on ropes, and Red Shoes counts the break. Goto lets off with pats on the shoulder and fans applaud. Atlantis keeps cool, he and Goto circle, tie up, and Goto waistlocks. Atlantis reaches around, spins through and he facelocks. Goto wrenches out to hammerlock, and then headlocks. Atlantis slips out to waistlock but Goto gets the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Atlantis lets off with pats on the shoulder, and fans cheer again. Atlantis and Goto reset and feel things out. Atlantis wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then double wristlocks.
Goto powers through, hammerlocks, then headlocks for a takeover. Atlantis headscissors, Goto kips free, and the fans cheer. The two circle again, and then tie up. Goto headlocks, grinds, but Atlantis throws body shots. Atlantis powers out, Goto RAMS into him, but Atlantis rebounds to run Goto over! Fans fire up and Atlantis shakes his arm out. Atlantis stands Goto up to fire forearms and stomps, then runs. Hashi slides in, Bishamon runs Atlantis over! Then ZANMAI! Soberano runs in, Bishamon kicks him first! They HAMMER away on Soberano, then fans fire up as Bishamon flexes. They stomp Atlantis to a corner, and Goto digs his knee in.
Red Shoes counts, Goto lets off quickly, but then stomps Atlantis. Goto CLUBS Atlantis down, clamps on a neck wrench, but Atlantis endures. Goto bumps Atlantis off buckles and Atlantis falls back. Tag to Hashi, Goto stomps some more, but lets off for Hashi to stand Atlantis up. Hashi wrenches Atlantis, CLUBS the arm, then wrenches again. And again, and again! Hashi keeps Atlantis from ropes, CLUBS the arm, and then brings Atlantis around. Atlantis CHOPS, so Hashi CHOPS back! Atlantis falls, Hashi brings him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Goto and they wrench the arms. Bishamon double whips but Atlantis ducks the lariats to RANA Hashi!
Atlantis dodges Goto to arm-drag him! And DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Atlantis crawls for his corner, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up to CROSSBODY Goto! Cover, TWO! Soberano is a little annoyed with the count but he looms over Goto. Soberano stomps Goto, kicks him around and eggs him on. Goto blocks the punch to ROCK Soberano! And again! Soberano run sin, but Goto DECKS him! Fans fire up and Goto drags Soberano up. But Soberano DROPKICKS again! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Goto hangs in there but Soberano keeps his cool.
Soberano clamps onto Goto with shoulder claws, then a chinlock. Soberano snapmares Goto to then leg drop! Soberano keeps on Goto with a chinlock, and he pushes Goto out of the ring. Soberano brings Goto around to whip into railing! And then he clamps on a headlock to put Goto on the apron. APRON 619! Goto staggers back into railing and Soberano wants Red Shoes to be patient with him. Soberano drags Goto up, chicken wings him, and Atlantis kicks Goto low. Soberano then runs around to CLOBBER Hashi! Atlantis cranks Goto’s neck against railing! Soberano comes back for Goto and puts him in the ring.
Soberano “apologizes,” then he drags Goto up. Atlantis sticks his feet in, Soberano bumps Goto off the boots! Tag to Atlantis, and he ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Then a snapmare and chinlock. Atlantis squeezes tight, then shifts his grip so he can dig a knee into Goto’s back! Goto endures, Soberano runs in to BOOT! The luchadores stomp away on Goto, their frustration boiling up. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Goto but Atlantis stomps him more. Atlantis drags Goto up, bumps him off buckles, and stomps a mudhole. Goto kicks back but Atlantis CLUBS that leg. Then Atlantis sets the leg up as Soberano runs in, and Soberano KICKS Goto in the thigh!
Goto hobbles and falls over, fans still rally, but the luchadores taunt the fans. Cover, Soberano intercepts Hashi, TWO! Goto is still in this but Atlantis argues the count. Red Shoes defends his count, so Atlantis drags Goto up in a facelock. Tag to Soberano, the luchadores mug Goto, but Goto fires forearms in return! They just hit him harder! The luchadores beat Goto down, HEADBUTT him, and then Soberano looms over Goto. Soberano clamps on a chinlock but Goto fights up. Goto throws body shots, but Soberano BOOTS! Goto goes to a corner, Soberano whips him corner not corner. Goto reverses, runs in, but Soberano BOOTS again!
Soberano runs, but Goto follows. Soberano dodges, but Goto deflects the belt to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi fires up, and he runs corner to corner at Soberano to CHOP! Hashi whips to then CHOP again! And mule kick! Hashi turns Soberano, but Soberano fights free! Hashi still dropkicks the legs out! Hashi runs, to BLOCKBUSTER! The fans fire up as Hashi watches Soberano go to another corner. Hashi runs in again, to clothesline! And then a stalling suplex! Hashi holds on for EIGHT before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Soberano hangs in there but Hashi keeps cool. Hashi storms up on Soberano, drags him up, and ROCKS him! Soberano falls over, but Hashi stands him back up. Soberano ROCKS Hashi, eggs him on, so Hashi ROCKS Soberano! Soberano and Hashi go back and forth with forearms, and fans rally up as Soberano drops to a knee! Hashi fires off more forearms, then a CHOP! Soberano wobbles, but he shakes his head. Fans rally up, Soberano winds up to CHOP! Hashi sputters and Soberano eggs him on more. Hashi CHOPS back, but Soberano shakes his head. Soberano CHOPS again! Hashi winds up to CHOP again!
Soberano grits his teeth, fires himself up, and CHOPS! Soberano keeps egging Hashi on, so Hashi CHOPS again! Hashi gets in Soberano’s face so Soberano CHOPS! And CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Soberano goes to a corner, runs back in, but into a DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up with Hashi and he drags Soberano back up. Hashi reels Soberano in, hoists him up, but Soberano slips free! Hashi swings, Soberano gets around and RANAS! Fans fire up as Soberano runs, but Hashi ELBOWS him! Hashi runs, but Soberano BOOTS him! Hashi roars, runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Hashi and Soberano stir and crawl for their corners as we pass 20 minutes. Hot tags to Goto and Atlantis! Fans fire up as they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! And RAM again! Now they throw forearms! Atlantis gets the edge, roars and runs, but Goto runs him over! Fans fire up again and Goto drags Atlantis up. Goto whips Atlantis to a corner, runs in, and MURAMASAS! Then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives that solid landing but Goto drags him back up. Goto fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free. Atlantis shoves Goto to then POWERSLAM! And basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Goto is still in this and fans rally up!
Atlantis drags Goto up and whips him to ropes, but Goto slips free of the scoop! Goto waistlocks, Atlantis switches, but Goto RAMS him into a corner! Hashi returns and runs in, to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, but Atlantis slips free! Soberano BOOTS Hashi, Atlantis has Goto in a CROSSFACE!! Goto endures while Soberano sends Hashi into railing outside! Fans rally but Atlantis pulls on the neck! Goto reaches out, Hashi returns, he stomps Atlantis down! Hashi coaches Goto on but Atlantis kicks Hashi back out! Soberano then builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Down goes Hashi and fans fire up! And the CROSSFACE is back on!!
Goto endures, fans rally up, but Atlantis pulls way back!! Goto still fights, still reaches out, still crawls his way over, but Atlantis pulls even more!! Goto kicks and flails, ROPEBREAK!! The fans fire up as Atlantis lets off in frustration. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Goto back up. Atlantis puts Goto in the ropes and Soberano climbs! DRAPING MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!!! Goto survives and the fans fire up again! Atlantis is frustrated, and we’re at 25 minutes! Soberano coaches Atlantis up and time is ticking away. They hurry to get Goto up, then double whip him to ropes. Double hip toss into a cradle, but Hashi makes the save!
Hashi fires forearms and CHOPS! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi! The luchadores stomp away on Hashi, Soberano is like a jackhammer! Soberano and Atlantis then wait on Hashi to get up, kick and run to BOOT! But Hashi’s right up!? He LARIATS Soberano, but Atlantis DECKS Hashi! Atlantis kicks Goto, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Goto roars and he drags Atlantis up. Goto dragon sleepers, but Atlantis fights from below! Goto blocks that arm, but Atlantis ROCKS him with the other! Atlantis swings again, but Goto catches him for a BIG suplex! And we’re at the three minute warning!
Fans fire up as Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs, but Atlantis blocks the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! Atlantis rebounds, Hashi dodges the lariat to LARIAT Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Atlantis back up. Hashi has the leg, but Atlantis fights the fisherman suplex! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi, runs, but Hashi gets around to trap him! Goto BLINDSLIDE LARIATS! Two minute warning, Hashi SUPERKICKS! BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Goto catches Soberano, rolls him around, ARMBAR into SHORYU KEKKAI!! The luchadores endure stereo submissions! Atlantis fights around, ROPEBREAK!! Hashi lets him go and then coordinates with Goto.
Goto TOSSES Soberano, he and Hashi whip Atlantis to a corner. Goto clotheslines, then Hashi clotheslines! Then fireman’s carry and FIERCE FLASH! Final 60 seconds!! Bishamon drags Atlantis up, dragon sleeper and the legs, but Atlantis boots him! HIDDEN GAP! And then SHO- NO, Soberano busts it up! Final 30 seconds!! Goto CLOBBERS Soberano, Atlantis DECKS Goto! Hashi and Atlantis DOUBLE LARIAT and they’re both down!! Time is running out!! Someone has to do something! Hashi finds Atlantis to cover, Soberano breaks it!! FINAL TEN SECONDS!! Soberano tries to cover but he’s not legal! TIME IS UP!!
Time Limit Draw (both teams earn 1 point)
An incredible battle pushes both teams to their limits, but also pushes this to the time limit! The fans applaud both teams for giving it their all. And in the end, the teams shake hands again. But with no winners, there’s no closing address! The luchadores bow in thanks to all the fans, Bishamon wave good night, and they all head out. A draw is better than a loss, but will just getting one point this round come back to bite someone later on?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
A great round for B Block, with some real surprising results, too. Did not think Rogue Army would get their first win here, because I thought Tsuji & Zando were going to continue on pretty strong. Less surprised that Suzuki & Nagata still haven’t won, only because they were up against the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions. ELP & Leo can’t lose too much, they’d be owing title shots all over the place. Then great stuff with Monster Sauce getting a big win over Taichi & Yuya, and a great move in the main event. Going for a time limit draw on a half hour match is a bit tricky, though, because things dragged a little in the middle to drag it out. But a draw is also a great way to keep Bishamon from owing more title matches while still not winning so as not to hurt Team CMLL.
My Score: 8.8/10
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