Who will the WWE Universe ACKNOWLEDGE?
Roman Reigns is the reigning, defending, Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, but will the Mega Star soon change all of that?
- Kickoff Show – Sami Zayn VS JD McDonagh; Sami wins.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre; Rollins wins and retains the title.
- WWE Women’s World Championship Fatal 5 Way: Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Nia Jax VS Shayna Baszler VS Zoey Stark; Rhea wins and retains the title.
- John Cena VS Solo Sikoa; Solo wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Logan Paul; Logan wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- WWE Women’s Championship: Iyo Sky VS Bianca Belair; Iyo wins and retains.
- Cody Rhodes VS Damian Priest; Cody wins.
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS LA Knight; Roman wins and retains the title.
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It’s the Crown Jewel Kickoff Show!
Join Megan Morant, Matt Camp and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action set for Saudi Arabia!
Kickoff Show – Sami Zayn VS JD McDonagh!
The Great Liberator vows to be the resistance against the Judgment Day’s dictatorship on Raw, and now he’s set up against their pawn! Will Sami trump the Irish Ace with his heart and determination? Or will McDonagh finally earn a spot on the team with this one?
The bell rings and fans fire up for Sami. Sami and McDonagh circle, McDonagh tells the fans to hush, but the fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” for Sami. McDonagh and Sami feel things out, but McDonagh uses ropes to back Sami off. The fans boo but McDonagh and Sami reset. They feel things out, tie up, and McDonagh wrenches to YANK the arm. Sami spins, wrenches, and wristlocks and fans cheer as he hammerlocks. McDonagh slips around to switch the hammerlock onto Sami, then he wrenches to a wristlock. Fans rally, Sami rolls and kips to arm-drag free! And then another arm-drag! Fans fire up while McDonagh flails.
Sami cranks the armlock but McDonagh fights up. McDonagh puts Sami in a corner, the ref counts, but McDonagh kicks low. McDonagh CLUBS Sami, headlocks and grinds Sami down, but the fans rally up. Sami fights to his feet, powers out, and things speed up. Sami hurdles, then he MONKEY FLIPS McDonagh into the ropes! A rough landing for McDonagh but Sami has him in a corner. Sami climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, all the way to TEN! Sami stalks McDonagh to another corner but McDonagh kicks low. Sami blocks the buckle bump to give a buckle bump! And another! And another!
Fans cheer as Sami brings McDonagh up, but McDonagh throws body shots! McDonagh headlocks, whips, but Sami reverses, to BUMP McDonagh off the buckles! McDonagh goes tumbling away and the fans rally up. “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Sami reels McDonagh in, but McDonagh flails and gets away to the apron. Sami is after McDonagh again but McDonagh HOTSHOTS Sami! Fans boo but McDonagh rushes in to CLOBBER Sami! McDonagh drops an elbow, rains down fists, and fans chant “YOU SUCK!” McDonagh lets off to bring Sami up and wrench. McDonagh whips, then he CLOBBERS Sami again!
McDonagh CLUBS Sami, even as fans rally behind Sami, but McDonagh CHOPS and CHOPS! Sami CHOPS in return! McDonagh swings again, Sami dodges and CHOPS McDonagh down! Fans fire up as Sami hauls McDonagh up, but McDonagh JAWBREAKERS! Sami staggers, McDonagh powers Sami to a corner and to the top rope. McDonagh CHOPS Sami, ROCKS him, then climbs up. Sami fights the superplex and fans rally up! Sami throws body shots, then HEADBUTTS McDonagh away. Sami leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Sami survives the anti-air and fans fire up again!
McDonagh fumes but he drags Sami up to fire forearms. McDonagh digs his boots in, the ref counts, but McDonagh lets off. The ref reprimands McDonagh but Sami ELBOWS McDonagh! And BOOTS him! Sami hops up, leaps, AX HANDLE! Fans fire up as McDonagh goes down! Sami comes around to fire off haymakers! Fans cheer each shot and Sami whips, but McDonagh reverses. Sami goes up and over to LARIAT McDonagh inside-out! McDonagh flounders to a corner, Sami runs up and blocks a boot to CHOP! Sami whips corner to corner, McDonagh bounces off buckles, into a BIG back drop!
Sami drags McDonagh up and “This is Awesome!” Sami CLUBS McDonagh, hauls him up, but McDonagh holds ropes to fight the lift! The ref counts, Sami lets off, and McDonagh elbows back! McDonagh runs, Sami follows, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this but McDonagh hurries to a corner. McDonagh drags himself up top, and MOONSAULTS but into BOOTS! Sami then clinches McDonagh, CORNER EXPLODER! Fans fire up because they know what’s next! Sami aims from the far corner, McDonagh flounders to his feet, HELLUVA KICK! To a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, Sami wins!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall
The tiebreaker in this personal series goes to Sami! He cleared the pawn off the board, but will he be able to check all the names off the list? Will Cody Rhodes help with that as he faces Damian Priest later tonight?
“To be the best. First, you gotta believe.”
Believe in your undeniable ability to defy gravity. To shine. To never quit. To shake off the hate. To dominate, destroy and be their worst nightmare. To remain a champion. And now, with the whole world watching, it is time to believe in the big time. And with a remix of Imagine Dragons’ Believer, do they believe it? “What do you think?” Riyadh is big time. This is WWE Crown Jewel! Will you be a believer?
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre!
The Visionary, the Revolutionary, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins hasn’t just been fighting tough opponents, he’s been fighting the excruciating pain in his back. But will he be able to make it through that and the Scottish Warrior to still be World Heavyweight Champion? Or will there be no more Broken Dreams, only broken reigns?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see which breaks first: body or spirit!
The bell rings and fans fire up already as these two stare down. Rollins and McIntyre circle, they tie up, and McIntyre powers Rollins back. They end up in a corner, McIntyre lets off and allows Rollins to come out. The two circle again, tie up, and Rollins waistlocks. Rollins then headlocks, but McIntyre powers up and out. McIntyre then runs Rollins over! Fans fire up, things speed up, Rollins hurdles and redirects to RAM McIntyre, but McIntyre stays up to rebound and run Rollins over! McIntyre does the Rinaldo goal celebration before he CHOPS Rollins! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Rollins CHOPS, but McIntyre CHOPS Rollins off his feet!
McIntyre stomps Rollins, snap suplexes him, and covers, ONE!! Rollins is showing his toughness and the fans rally up. McIntyre drags Rollins up, swings, but Rollins dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Rollins whips, McIntyre reverses but Rollins holds ropes. McIntyre runs in but Rollins dumps him out! Rollins WRECKS McIntyre with a dropkick, then FLYING KNEES from the apron! Fans rally as Rollins builds speed, to then DIVE! Direct- NO, McIntyre catches Rollins to THROW him with an overhead Belly2Belly! Rollins writhes but McIntyre goes after Rollins to put him in the ring.
Fans fire up as McIntyre stalks Rollins. McIntyre drags Rollins up, whips him hard to a corner, and Rollins bounces off buckles. Rollins writhes, but McIntyre looms over him. McIntyre taunts Rollins, slaps him around, but Rollins scowls. Rollins JABS, ROCKS and fires off more hands on McIntyre! Rollins whips, McIntyre reverses but Rollins KICKS back! Rollins runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! McIntyre sighs but he stays focused. Rollins sits up, McIntyre drags Rollins up, and then CHOPS him down! McIntyre looms over Rollins and then brings him up, to CHOP again! Rollins CHOPS back!
McIntyre CHOPS, Rollins CHOPS, repeat! Fans cheer with every CHOP, and Rollins gets the edge! Rollins whips, McIntyre reverses but Rollins goes up, only to get a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and McIntyre watches Rollins sit up. McIntyre stands Rollins up, reels him in, but Rollins fights the suplex with elbows! McIntyre still back suplexes! Rollins lands on his feet, but McIntyre powers through the boot to ELBOW him! McIntyre goes for the Inverted Alabama Lift, but Rollins kicks free! So McIntyre YANKS Rollins up! Rollins lands on his feet to PELE! Fans rally, McIntyre runs in but Rollins POSTS him!
Rollins catches his breath and the fans sing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins nods and runs, to LARIAT! McIntyre stays up, so Rollins LARAITS again! Still not good enough, Rollins runs, dodges and mule kicks! Front kicks! LARIAT! Mule kick again, then SUPERKICK! Rollins runs to BOOT McIntyre down! Fans rally as Rollins goes to the apron, springboard and SWANTON! To a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is still in this, even after that onslaught, but Rollins keeps his cool. “This is Awesome!” as Rollins brings McIntyre up and in. But McIntyre fights the suplex to suplex Rollins!
Rollins knees free, runs, tilt-o-whirls, and manages the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Both men are down and the fans rally up again. Both men sit up, but Rollins stands first. He kicks low but McIntyre fights the underhooks to underhook back. Rollins wrenches out to ROLLING ELBOW! Rollins runs in at the corner, but into an elbow! McIntyre goes up, out, and up again, but Rollins springs up there! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, but McIntyre suplexes! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives that turnaround and fans are surprised! Both men rise and now McIntyre stands first. McIntyre stalks Rollins to ropes.
McIntyre brings Rollins up to fireman’s carry, and he goes up a corner! But Rollins fights around, sunset flips, but McIntyre holds ropes! Rollins brings him off the corner, but the back gives up! FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!!! Rollins survives, McIntyre is frustrated, but the fans fire up! McIntyre aims from the corner, he wants Rollins to stand, but can he? Rollins clutches his back, McIntyre storms up and drags him up, but Rollins cradles! TWO!! Rollins almost had him! Rollins dodges to then clothesline McIntyre up and out! Rollins builds speed again, and he DIVES! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre!
Fans rally up as Rollins stands, and the ring count starts as he storms up on McIntyre. SPINEBUSTER into the steel steps! McIntyre storms up those steps, he drags Rollins up to join him, and he scoops, to hit a APRON SIDEWALK SLAM!! Rollins writhes and sputters, and McIntyre storms back in. McIntyre shakes his head as he looms over Rollins. Rollins looks up at McIntyre and scowls. Rollins SLAPS McIntyre, so McIntyre hits a GLASGOW KISS headbutt! McIntyre swings, but Rollins slips through to underhook and PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!!! McIntyre gets the arm up just in time! Fans fire up again!
Rollins and McIntyre rise, and Rollins brings McIntyre in for forearms! Rollins fires shots from all sides, then spins, ROLLING ELBOW! McIntyre wobbles, into the DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Rollins aims from the corner, runs in, but McIntyre catches him again! And RAMS him into a corner! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then another! Then the NECKBREAKER! Both men are down, and fans fire up as McIntyre kips up! McIntyre says it’s time! Here’s the countdown! “THREE! TWO! ONE!” SUPERKICK from Rollins!! And then the CURB STOMP!! Cover, TWO?!?! McIntyre survives and no one can believe it!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” as this one just keeps going! Rollins rises up, he drags McIntyre to a drop zone and then goes to a corner. Rollins talks himself through it, goes up top, PHOENIX- NO, McIntyre dodges! CLAYMORE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Now Rollins survives and shocks everyone! “This is Awesome!” as McIntyre sits up with a snarl. McIntyre reloads in the corner, fans are thunderous for “ONE MORE TIME!” But Rollins SUPERKICKS again! And then ducks the Claymore, to PEDIGREE!! And then the CURB STOMP!! But he can’t make the cover! Rollins has to crawl over, now he covers, and Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (still WWE World Heavyweight Champion)
Rollins takes McIntyre down, but he also survived McIntyre! Is McIntyre regretting not taking Judgment Day up on their offer? WAIT! Speaking of, here comes Damian Priest! He has a ref and the Money in the Bank Briefcase! Is it time!? YES! But wait, SAMI attacks Damian! No cash-in tonight as Sami STEALS the briefcase! Fans cheer and Priest says Sami is dead! But Sami has done his part for the night, things will not go the Judgment Day’s way! So if not Priest, then who is next to step to Seth Freakin’ Rollins?
McIntyre encounters Rhea Ripley backstage.
Mami just shrugs. Perhaps an “I told you so” from the Women’s World Champion, but will she have better luck than McIntyre, even if she’s in a Fatal 5? We find out, next!
WWE Women’s World Championship Fatal 5 Way: Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Nia Jax VS Shayna Baszler VS Zoey Stark!
A 20% chance is all any one of these alpha females has in winning this match. They’re all powerful and dangerous in their own ways, but who defies the odds to leave as champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly THE most dominant woman on Monday Night Raw!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the five all look around. Nia bails out, she knows she’s the main target. So Rhea CLUBS Raquel, CLUBS Shayna, but Zoey gets around to roll Rhea up! ONE, but Shayna rolls Rhea up! TWO, and Zoey tries again with a backslide! TWO, and Shayna gets Zoey’s legs! It’s a double cover, TWO!! Zoey BOOTS Rhea, swings on Shayna but Shayna hits a back suplex. Zoey lands out of it, sunset flips, but Shayna sits on it! Raquel adds herself with a jackknife, TWO as Nia drags Raquel out! Nia RAMS Raquel, POSTS her, and then smiles. But Rhea DOUBLE DROPKICKS Zoey and Shayna, to then WRECK Nia!
Rhea goes out, but Nia trips Rhea up on the apron! Nia hurries in, DECKS Shayna, then scoops Zoey to SLAM her! Nia soaks up the heat but Shayna waistlocks! Nia fights the suplex, Rhea HEADBUTTS her! Raquel BOOTS Nia into the GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Nia falls out of the ring, and the other four stare down. Shayna brals with Raquel while Zoey has Rhea! Raquel corners Shayna, Rhea backs Zoey down! The hands keep flying, then Raquel TOSSES Shayna! Raquel whips Rhea to LARIAT! Then she LARIATS ZOey! Shayna dodges one but not the SOUTHPAW! Zoey staggers up, into a POWRSLAM!
Shayna stands, Raquel scoops for a SPINNING POWER SLAM! Rhea runs in, but into the TEXANA- NO, Rhea slips free to kick the legs out! Rhea basement dropkicks! Zoey fires off on Rhea but Rhea RAMS her into the corner! Shayna brings Rhea around, but Rhea gets around to atomic SLAM! Fans fire up as Rhea says “This is MY division!” But Nia’s back! Nia and Rhea finally get each other 1v1 and fans fire up! Nia pie faces Rhea, but Rhea SLAPS Nia! The forearms fly, Rhea has the edge and fans fire up! Rhea fireman’s carries!? But Nia fights free! Rhea ROUNDHOUSES back! Rhea roars, runs, but into a BODY CHECK!
Nia dribbles Rhea off the mat, then looms over her. Nia runs, to drop the leg, brother! Cover, Zoey BOOTS Nia over! Zoey drags Nia up but Nia HEADBUTTS her! Nia runs in, but Zoey dodges and Nia POSTS herself! Zoey BOOTS Nia down, then INSIDE OUT SENTONS! But Raquel CLOBBERS Zoey! Shayna blocks Raquel’s boot for an ANKLE LOCK! Then a deathlock! Rhea runs, but Shayna trips her! DOUBLE DEATHLOCKS! Nia is up, into a SLEEPER!! TRIPLE SUBMISSIONS!! Fans are thunderous, Nia is fading while the others grit their teeth. Zoey runs up to BOOT Shayna down, freeing everyone else! Cover on Shayna, TWO!
Zoey drags Raquel up, HALF NELSON SLAM! Zoey roars and fans fire up with her! Zoey goes up the corner, but Rhea ROCKS her first! And again, and again! Rhea climbs up but Zoey fires off forearms! They brawl up top, Rhea gets the edge, but then Raquel joins in! These two work together for now, to DOUBLE- NO, Zoey fights the superplexes, and Shayna adds on! TOWER OF DOOM!! Fans fire up for the Double Powerbomb Superplex combo, but Nia hurries to cover Zoey! Shayna KNEES her down! Shayna fires up but Nia SPLASHES her in a corner! Nia grins as she goes up, but Raquel drags Shayna away!
Rhea DORPKICKS Nia’s legs out! Raquel goes up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, Rhea drags her away! They argue, shove, shove some more, and then Rhea SLAPS! Raquel SLAPS! Fans fire up and Raquel dodges Rhea, but DOUBLE BOOTS take them both down! Fans fire up again as they both go to ropes. They both go to the apron and glare at each other, but then Zoey DOUBLE SHOTGUNS them down! Fans fire up as Zoey builds speed, goes up and up and ESCALARA CROSSBODIES!! Direct hit on Rhea, Raquel and even Shayna! Zoey puts Rhea in and springboards again, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Then the scoop, Z 360!! Cover, but Nia KICKS it apart!
Fans boo but Nia says SHE is the dominant force in the WEW! She YANKS Zoey off the mat, HEADBUTTS then BODY CHECKS! Then she drags Zoey to a drop zone and goes up the corner! But Raquel CLUBS Nia! And uses the corner to help in a TEXNA BOMB!! Cover, Rhea breaks it!! Rhea saves this match for herself and then brings Raquel up, But Shayna gets Rhea, KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Rhea flails, sputters, reaches out, but Raquel runs in to BOOT Shayna down! Rhea HEADBUTTS Raquel! Rhea has Shayna now, pump handle and RIPTIDE!! Cover, Zoey BOOTS it apart! Fans fire up as Zoey puts Rhea up top!
Zoey fires forearms, climbs up after her, and CHOPS! And CHOPS! But Rhea HEADBUTTS! Rhea pump handles Zoey up there, but Raquel covers Shayna! SUPER RIPTIDE to break it!! Cover on Shayna, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s World Champion)
Mami isn’t just dominant, she’s strategic! She crushed three birds with one Riptide and took the win! If not even four opponents could stop her, will anyone ever take the title from Rhea? Or will Mami always be on top?
John Cena VS Solo Sikoa!
He may be the Greatest Of All Time, but even he knows he hasn’t won in five YEARS. Will Cena look to end that 2000+ day streak? Or will the Enforcer of the Island not just keep that streak going, but end Cena’s career?
The bell rings and the fans are fired up already. Solo already holds his thumb up to remind Cena the dangers of the Samoan Spike. Solo swings, Cena dodges, and fans rally up. “Let’s Go, Cena!” “Cena Sucks!” Cena watches Solo, dodges again to headlock then hit the takeover! Cena then goes for the arm to stomp the hand! Cena wants to neutralize that weapon, and he hits a straight arm lever! Then a wrench, and he RAMS the arm! Another wrench, and he RAMS the shoulder again! Fans rally as Cena runs Solo over! Cover, ONE! Cena is back on the arm with a cording hold! Solo fights but fans rally, “You Still Got It!”
Cena bends the fingers and thumb, then HIP DROPS the arm! Cena puts Solo in a corner, wraps the arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Cena lets off at 4, and he whips Solo out of the ring! Fans cheer as Cena goes out after Solo, and SMACKS the hand off steel steps! Cena puts Solo back in, storms up on him and throws him back out! Cena pursues, and the fans duel as Cena isolates the arm. Cena SMACKS the hand off the other steel steps! Solo shakes out the hand, Cena puts him back in the ring, and then Cena runs up to go after the arm. Cena wraps the arm around ropes, but Solo pulls Cena’s hair with the other hand!
Solo HEADBUTTS Cena down, then stomps away! Fans boo but Solo snarls as he shakes out the bad hand. Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Solo but he HEADBUTTS Cena back down. Solo soaks up the heat from the fans, and he storms up on Cena to HEADBUTT again! Solo drags Cena around but the bad hand bothers him. Fans rally as Cena blocks the whip. Cena kicks low, kicks again, and he runs, but into a WHEEL KICK! Solo scowls and he drags Cena to a corner. Fans rally for Cena but Solo goes up the corner. BANZAI DROP! Fans boo but Solo stalks Cena. Solo pushes Cena down and taunts him.
Cena sits up, gets to his feet, and Solo prepares the thumb! But Cena ducks to fireman’s carry! But Solo fights free to SUPERKICK! Cena falls, Solo covers, TWO! Cena goes to a corner, Solo goes to the opposite end. Solo runs in, to HIP ATTACK! Solo fires up but the fans boo again. Solo eggs Cena on, and Cena rises up. Fans rally as Cena stands but Solo takes aim again! But Cena catches the arm into a CROSSFACE!! Solo endures, reaches out, but Cena thrashes him around! Solo powers Cena back to a cover, TWO! Cena lets go, and Solo LARIATS! Fans boo but Solo soaks it up. Solo drags Cena up to then put him on the top rope.
Solo drags Cena into the Tree of Woe, and he runs side to side, FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Cena is still in this, but Solo knows he still has his best card to play. Solo stands Cena up, and hits a BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Fans chant “SOLO SUCKS! SOLO SUCKS!” but Solo just soaks it all up. Solo watches Cena sit up in the corner, and runs in to HIP ATTACK again! Cena flops over and Solo smirks. Solo looms over Cena as Cena rises up, and Solo clamps on! SAMOAN- NO, Cena dodges again, and starts on the shoulder tackles! Fans fire up as Cena rallies, gets around, SPINOUT BOMB! And he puts up the hand!
Fans fire up as Cena says “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!” Cena runs for the FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! And then, Solo staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Solo slips free, shoves and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO! Cena survives and Solo grows frustrated. Solo watches Cena go to a corner, and he takes aim again. Solo runs in, to HIP ATTACK again! Fans boo as Solo hits a hattrick of those. Fans chant “UMAGA! UMAGA!” for the late Samoan icon Solo is paying tribute. But then Cena HOTSHOTS the bad arm! And CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Cena goes to ropes.
Cena drags himself up, Solo stands, and Cena hurries to fireman’s carry! But solo fights free again, to SUPERKICK! And then SAMOAN- NO, Cena choke grips?! To CHOKE SLAM?! Cover, TWO!!! Cena shouts out the Deadman, and fans fire up as both men are down. Cena and Solo stand, and Solo HEADBUTTS! Cena throws a haymaker! Solo HEADBUTTS again! Cena throws a haymaker! And another, and another! Fireman’s carry, but Solo again gets loose! SPINNING SOLO! Cover, TWO! Cena survives yet again and Solo is seething! Solo storms up on Cena, clamps on and SAMOAN- NO!! Cena blocks the arm!
Cena and Solo fight, Cena drags Solo down! STF!! Fans fire up as Solo endures! Solo drags himself and Cena towards ropes, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Cena lets go, wants the legs again, but Solo BOOTS him away! Cena runs up, into the SAMOAN SPIKE!! But it hurts Solo’s hand just as much to do it! Fans fire up as both men stand, Cena clutching that throat. Solo SAMOAN SPIKES again!! Solo growls, fans boo, but Solo reloads. Cena stands, into a THIRD SAMOAN SPIKE!!! Cena flounders and sputters but Solo isn’t going for any pins. Solo wants Cena to stand again! Cena rises, fans rally behind him, and he manages to stand.
Solo has Cena again, a FOURTH SAMOAN SPIKE!!! Still no cover!? Solo wants to truly end Cena! A FITH, SIXTH, SEVENTH!! Solo just jams the thumb in again and again and again!! Cover, SOLO WINS!
Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall
Fans boo because they cannot believe it! Cena’s must win match ends up a devastating defeat! But has The Enforcer truly disposed of Cena once and for all? Was this the last loss Cena ever suffers? If so, fans give a standing ovation and chant “Thank You, Cena!” as the GOAT gets to his feet.
The Miz is here!
Fans boo as the Hollywood A-Lister heads to the ring to host a Premium edition of MizTV. Miz gets the mic to welcome us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show in history, and he hopes they’re ready for this bad boy! Tonight’s guest is one of Saudi Arabia’s own, the star of Sattar, IBRAHAM AL HAJJAJ! Fans cheer as the Joy Award Winner joins Miz in the ring. Miz gives Ibraham another introduction, and he gives The Miz an introduction! Miz gives it back to Ibraham and they take their seats. Ibraham says it is a pleasure to be here in Riyadh.
So Ibraham’s character in Sattar has a dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. Is that based off of real life aspirations? Wait, what is Grayson Waller coming out here for? Waller says it is nice to have an actual movie star on MizTV. But Ibraham is a big star, so he needs to be treated with respect. Let’s get an actual talk show going! The Grayson Waller Effect?! Waller is taking over and Miz can’t believe they’re doing this. The crew is listening to Waller? Miz has been here 20 years, Waller’s been here for 20 minutes! Yeah, but it ain’t 2005 no more, it’s 2023! The hottest talk show int he WWE now is the Grayson Waller Effect!
Hottest? More like Aussie Public Access. Cheap shirt, cheap set. It’s like they’re getting Rinaldo, but they have to settle for the ball boy. Oh, soccer references, huh? Miz ain’t got no plants on his show, he’s just jealous! Ibraham says hey, there’s plenty of him to go around. He came here to be on the hottest talk show. Yeah, Waller’s show! Nope, MizTV! Um, Ibraham, you’re new here, right? You wanna try that again? You had the wrong answer. Right, okay. It’s… MIZTV! Um, if you look around, Waller’s name is all over the place, so this is his show, his ring, and so Ibraham is disrespecting Waller in his ring and he doesn’t like that.
So how about Ibraham get outta here right now? Fans boo and Miz steps up, but Ibraham has him stand down. Ibraham unoes his sleeves? Waller says he’s gotta be kidding. Wait, the robe comes off and fans fire up! Waller kicks Ibraham low and dumps him out! So Miz BOOTS Waller! Ibraham is back up, Miz throws Waller’s set outta there, “MASSIVE! BALLS!” Miz full nelsons, and then sends Waller into Ibraham’s GAMANGIRI! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE! Fans fire up as Miz and Ibraham stand tall! Fans chant for MizTV, which is a first. Ibraham isn’t done with Waller, either. Ibraham pulls up his sleeves, runs, and hits the PEOPLE’S ELBOW!
Fans are thunderous as Ibraham has his WWE Superstar moment! Will Waller ever live this viral moment down?
WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Logan Paul!
The King of Lucha Libre has faced the Maverick before, and lost. But Logan himself said that was already awhile ago. Will Rey make sure to make up for that defeat? Or will that #OneLuckyPunch land and win Logan the gold he’s always wanted?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who returns stateside as America’s champion!
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for Rey and the two tie up. Logan powers Rey to a corner, then lets off to pat Rey on the head. Fans boo but Rey shakes that off. The two circle, Rey gets around to waistlock, but Logan moves around. Logan wrenches free and knuckle locks, to then RAM shoulders with Rey. And again, and then another wrench for a straight arm lever! Logan drops Rey but holds onto the knuckle lock. Rey fights up to kick, and kick, but Logan knees low. Logan turns, throws Rey, but Rey lands out! Rey has Logan on a monkey flip, Logan gets up but Rey sunset flips over! Logan rolls through, Rey rolls him up!
Logan gets free, kicks low again, and he TOSSES Rey to a corner. But Rey ELBOWS back! And BOOTS! Rey goes up, leaps and RANAS Logan to the other corner! Rey then goes after an arm, but Logan scrambles free of the crossface. Fans boo as Logan bails out, but the ring count climbs. Logan hurries back into the ring, and he resets with Rey. They tie up, Logan waistlocks but Rey wrenches to a waistlock of his own. Logan elbows free, whips Rey to ropes, then hurdles, drops and- NO, Rey avoids the dropkick, then applauds. Fans cheer along, but Logan rolls his eyes. Logan swings, Rey dodges and returns to tilt-o-whirl RANA!
Logan’s on ropes and Rey dials it up! But Logan dumps Rey out! Rey ROCKS Logan in the back, ROCKS him in the face, then goes up top. Rey leaps to CROSSBODY, but Logan rolls and lifts! Fireman’s carry, CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Logan hauls Rey back up, ROLLING SENTON! Then the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Rey is still in this but Logan keeps cool. Logan storms up on Rey, throws body shots again and again, but lets off as the ref counts. Logan fires off more shots, then knees low! Logan whips corner to corner, Rey bounces off buckles and falls at Logan’s feet! Logan smirks while fans boo, and Logan talks trash on the champ.
Logan drags Rey up, reels him in to whip again, then waistlocks to SLAM Rey down! Logan holds on but Rey fights around. Logan leans on a rear bearhug, but the fans rally up. Rey fights around, gets to his feet, and fans continue to rally. Rey throws elbows, stomps a foot, and Rey runs to then KICK Logan! Rey ROCKS Logan with forearm after forearm, then whips. Logan reverses and scoops, BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rey is still in this and Logan is annoyed. Logan drags Rey up, and trophy lifts him! Fans boo as Logan does presses, before the DROP! Logan mocks the Ultimate Warrior, runs and runs and WARRIOR SPLASH! Cover, TWO!
Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Logan is frustrated now, but the fans rally up for Rey. Rey rises, Logan aims and clamps on the bearhug! Logan thrashes Rey but Rey endures. Logan thrashes Rey more but the fans continue to rally. Rey refuses to quit, and he throws elbows on Logan! Rey is free but Logan knees low! Logan then gut wrenches to a Canadian Rack! But Rey fights and arm-drags Logan away! Rey runs up, but Logan RAMS him into the corner! Logan RAMS Rey again and again, then lets off as the ref counts. Logan talks trash as he goes to the far side, then he storms back up on Rey to fire off hands!
Logan stands Rey up, runs corner to corner, but Rey dodges! Logan POSTS himself and falls to the floor! Rey then builds speed and he DIVES to take Logan down! Fans fire up as both men are on the floor! A ring count starts, Rey puts Logan in, and then Rey climbs a corner. Rey leaps to SEATED SENTON! And he keeps moving, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Logan’s tougher than that, but Rey Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Rey has the arm, steps through, LA MAGISTROL! TWO! Rey pushes Logan around, steps over again, and ghost pins, TWO! Logan escapes another pinfall but Rey doesn’t lose his cool.
Fans rally for Rey and he waistlocks. Logan fights, goes to ropes, and he HOTSHOTS Rey away! Logan slingshots, BUCKSHOT! Cover, TWO! Logan didn’t hit it as clean as he wanted and that might’ve saved Rey. Logan waits on Rey to stand up, says he has to end it, and he prepares that metal enforced fist! Rey ducks, dodges, tilt-o-whirls, and wrangles Logan into a CROSSFACE! Logan endures as Rey pulls on the bad arm! Logan claws his way around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Rey lets go in frustration but he KICKS Logan in the side. Rey eggs Logan on, and KICKS him again! And CLUBS him! Rey runs, springboards, but Logan manages to catch Rey!
Logan spins to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rey goes to the apron, Logan drags him up, and they go up the corner. Fans rally for Rey and he throws elbows! Rey HEADBUTTS Logan off the corner, then adjusts. Fans fire up, but Logan springs right up to CLUB away on Rey! Logan then scoops Rey, for a SUPER FALL AWAY MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and fans fire up again! Logan gets up and he eggs the fans on even! Logan goes to a corner, climbs up, and gives some Latino Heat. But Rey avoids the Frog Splash! Logan kicks low, gets Rey up, but Rey RANAS Logan onto the ropes!
Fans fire up as Rey dials it up, but Logan blocks the call! Logan throws hands on Rey, but then Rey gets loose to GAMANGIRI! Rey goes up and fans fire up, but Logan anchors Rey’s feet! Logan CLUBS Rey, goes up to get under, but Rey throws hands! Rey spins around to SUPER SUNSET BOMB!! Logan hobbles up, into a CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Logan survives being thrown around and flounders to the apron. Wait, Logan’s friend slips him brass knuckles!? Flashback to SummerSlam and how Logan cheated Ricochet! Fans boo, Rey stands, but Rey POSTS Logan first! The knuckles fall to the floor!
Logan panics, his friend scurries over, but WAIT! Santos Escobar is there to stop him!! Fans fire up as the Emperor has Rey’s back! Santos scares Logan’s pal off, but he leaves the knuckles behind! Rey DROPKICKS Logan to ropes, and Logan finds the knuckles! Rey dials it up, 619!! Rey springboards, into a BRASS KNUCKLE PUNCH!!! Cover, Logan wins!!
Winner: Logan Paul, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)
Fans boo as the Maverick cheats to win his first WWE title! The ends may justify the means for the ImPAULsive Influencer, but will the LWO come back for revenge?
Backstage interview with Bianca Belair!
Jackie Redmond says that in moments The EST takes on the Evil Genius for the first time since Iyo cashed in her MITB contract on Bianca. Bianca says yes, and she can’t be more excited. Damage CTRL thinks they could end Bianca’s career. And while they were gloating, Bianca was training and preparing for vengeance. We saw what she did to Bayley, right? That was phase one. Phase two is her 1v1 with Iyo. Iyo will have to fight this one on her own. Bianca gets her lick back, her payback, and best of all, the title back! Will this be the sweetEST revenge for Bianca here tonight? Or will the Evil Genius still have a plan?
WWE Women’s Championship: Iyo Sky VS Bianca Belair!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly the B E S T on SmackDown!
The bell rings and the two rush in! Bianca gets around to waistlock and SLAM! Then she drags Iyo up to SLAM again! Iyo fights free, runs hup and RAMS Bianca, but Bianca rebounds to run Iyo over! Iyo bails out and fans rally up. Bianca pursues, but Iyo kicks low. Iyo goes to bump but Bianca bumps her off the apron first! Bianca pursues and she SMACKS Iyo off the apron again! Bianca puts Iyo in, storms up on her and grabs her hair for once! The ref reprimands but Bianca suplexes, and she holds Iyo up! Fans cheer as Bianca goes all the way to TEN before the SLAM! And then the handspring MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Bianca is annoyed but she drags Iyo back up. Bianca whips Iyo into the corner, then climbs up. Bianca rains down fists and fans count along, all the way to TEN, but then Iyo slips free! Iyo grabs the braid, Bianca boots her away, and then Bianca says kiss this. Bianca backflips and DROPKICKS! Bianca kips up and fans fire up again. Bianca runs in, but Iyo dodges and Bianca POSTS herself! Iyo drags Bianca out to DRAGON SCREW the leg! Iyo goes after the leg, stomps it, then KICKS it! Iyo wants the leg again, and she drops knees on the knee! Bianca clutches the leg as she goes to a corner, but Iyo keeps on her with forearms.
Bianca shoves Iyo away, boots but Iyo blocks! Iyo puts that leg in the ropes, to then JAM up the other leg! Bianca flounders away, Iyo covers, TWO! Iyo goes for the leg, she kicks away on it, then stands on it. Iyo stomps the leg, drags Bianca up, but Bianca JAWBREAKERS free! Roll up, TWO! Bianca runs up, spins Iyo and reels her in, to snap suplex! Roll through and deadlift, but Iyo slips out of this suplex to CHOP BLOCK! And BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Iyo pulls on the bad leg, and then the other leg. They’re both feeling bad at this point, really. Fans rally as Bianca endures, and she kicks Iyo away.
Iyo returns, wheelbarrows and victory rolls, STOMP 182! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Iyo keeps Bianca in the ring, and Iyo keeps on the legs. Iyo ties the legs up in an INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Bianca endures, fights around, but she drags Iyo around with her. Iyo pulls on the leglock more, but Bianca throws forearms! Bianca ROCKS Iyo and gets free, but Iyo is right back! Bianca boots Iyo away, hurries to run in, but only gets buckles! Iyo ROCKS Bianca, goes up a corner, and she MISSILE- NO, Bianca dodges! Iyo crash lands and both women are down! Fans rally, Bianca stands, and she ELBOWS Iyo away.
Bianca goes to a corner, Iyo runs in but only gets buckles! Bianca scoops to FALL AWAY SLAM! Iyo flounders away while Bianca kicks the legs, to then kip up! Bianca hobbles, she scoops Iyo and SLAMS her! Iyo is up again, but into another scoop and SLAM! And then another scoop and SLAM! Iyo still stands, Bianca still scoops, but Iyo slips free! Iyo ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls, but into a GUTBUSTER! Bianca covers, TWO! Fans rally up while both women are down. Bianca hobbles up and brings Iyo around, then RAMS her into a corner! Bianca puts Iyo up, ROCKS her, then climbs as the fans rally again.
Bianca brings Iyo up to the very top, but Iyo slips under! Iyo trips Bianca up, and has her in a Tree of Woe! Iyo CLUBS the bad legs, then she runs side to side, to SHOTGUN the knees! Bianca falls out of the tree, Iyo covers, TWO! But Iyo has a leg! STRETCH MUFFLER!! Bianca flails, reaches out, but Iyo thrashes the leg! Bianca fights, reaches, but Iyo reels her back! Waistlock, but Bianca switches! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bianca hurries to cover, TWO! Iyo is still in this but Bianca calms herself down. Bianca CLUBS Iyo, drags her up, and she throws hands! Iyo throws them back! They brawl, fans rally up, and Bianca gets the edge!
Iyo kicks a leg out! But Bianca ducks the shotei to chicken wing! But Iyo victory rolls, STMOP- NO, Bianca dodges and rolls Iyo up, TWO! Both women stand, Iyo sidesteps and then follows, but Bianca blocks the rana! Bianca powers Iyo up to ALLEY-OOP! Cover, TWO! Iyo is still in this and Bianca grows frustrated. Bianca storms up on Iyo, but Iyo knees low! And then puts Bianca outside! Iyo has the braid, but Bianca YANKS Iyo into the post! Iyo flops back, Bianca goes up the corner, and fans rally again. But wait, BAYLEY is here!? Where’d she come from?! Bianca still leaps, but Iyo avoids the splash! Cover, TWO!
Bayley is upset, but her distraction might’ve delayed the ref! Iyo says Bayley needs to go backstage but Bayley says no, just trust her! Iyo underhooks Bianca, and hoists her up, but Bianca slips free! Torture rack, but Iyo grabs ropes! Iyo goes to the apron, HOTSHOTS Bianca, then steps in, to TOSS Bianca out! Iyo throws knees while holding the braid! Bianca can’t get away! Iyo KNEES Bianca down, then calls her shot. The fans fire up as Iyo climbs, and Iyo aims to ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Down goes Bianca! Bayley fires up and Iyo puts Bianca back in. Iyo then aims, springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!
Bayley is frustrated and Iyo is surprised, but Bayley coaches Iyo. Bianca crawls, Iyo CLUBS her and fires hands! Iyo SHOTEIS, then runs! But Bianca SPINEBUSTERS! High stack, TWO! Bayley paces while worrying about Iyo, but Bianca handsprings! MOON- NO, Iyo moves, then comes back to get around! Bianca switches, but Iyo HOTSHOTS Bianca in the ropes! Fans rally up and Iyo springboards, but Bianca catches her! Chicken wings, for the GlamEST Slam! Cover, but Bayley distracts! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Bianca runs up to DECK Bayley! Bianca goes back to Iyo to clotheslines her up and out!
Bianca storms over to PLANCHA Bayley down! Fans fire up and Bayley CLUBS away on Bayley! Iyo runs up, but Bianca dodges and Iyo CLOBBERS Bayley! Iyo is surprised but not upset, only for Bianca to RAM her into barriers! Bianca puts Iyo in, but Bayley anchors Bianca’s leg! Bianca DECKS Bayley, then torture racks! Bianca carries Bayley over to commentary! Bayley freaks out, but KAIRI SANE is back?!? And she saves Bayley to URAKEN Bianca!!! The Pirate Princess, Iyo’s old friend and tag partner, now aims to FLYING KABUKI ELBOW Bianca into the post!! Kairi hides from the ref while Bianca is down!
The ring count climbs, Iyo is willing to let the count climb. We pass 5, then 7! Bianca springs up an din at 9 of 10, but into OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, Iyo wins!
Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Champion)
Kairi joins DMG CTRL to help Iyo succeed! And now they beat Bianca down as friends! Fans boo this, but Iyo sets Bianca up for Kairi as she climbs! Anchors aweigh with the InSANE ELBOW!! Bayley is oddly surprised, did she not even know of The Evil Genius’ plan?
Cody Rhodes VS Damian Priest!
The American Nightmare wanted revenge for Judgment Day taking the tag titles away, but then the Punisher tried to completely shatter one of Cody’s ankles! Now Cody has even more of a reason to tear down Priest will he succeed? Or will Priest take the anger from his cash-in interruptus out on Cody?
Naturally, the fans sing along, “WHOA~ OH!” as Cody makes his entrance. But Priest attacks while Cody’s on the corner! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, and Priest backs off. Cody gets the coat off, and he rushes Priest! The bell rings and Cody rallies on Priest! Cody whips, Priest reveres but Cody ducks ‘n ‘dodges and slides, to then kick and RHODES UPPERCUT! And again! Priest goes to a corner, Cody fires hands then climbs! But Priest throws Cody away, only to run into a SIDE EFFECT! Fans fire up as Priest bails out and Cody pounds the mat. Cody builds speed, but he has to stop as Priest moves away.
Cody goes out after Priest but Priest mule kicks! Priest RAMS Cody into barriers! Priest puts Cody back in, then goes up the ropes to AX HANDLE! Fans rally for Cody but Priest storms around. Priest KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! Then ROLLING- SLAP from Cody! Cody SLAPS Priest again, whips him to a corner, but Priest reverses, Priest runs in, Cody goes up and over, but the foot jams! Priest DISCUS HAYMAKERS! Then clinches to FLATLINER! Cover, TWO! Cody is still in this but that foot almost cost him. Priest looms over Cody, stalks him to the corner, and smirks as the fans continue to rally. Priest grabs the leg and wraps it around ropes!
Cody CLUBS Priest, Priest lets off and runs in, STADE DIVE ELBOW! Priest keeps going, to STAGE DIVE again! Fans boo but Priest keeps going, only for Cody to DROPKICK him down! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Cody JABS, JABS and JABS! Fans cheer as Cody flips, flops and- NO, Priest kicks low! Priest runs, Cody follows and CLOBBERS Priest! Cody goes up and over, and POWERSLAMS! Fans fire up as Cody fights through the pain, to springboards and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! Cover, TWO! Priest is still in this and he goes to the apron. Cody has the fans rallying again as he goes out in pursuit.
Cody SMACKS Priest off steel steps! And again! The ring count climbs but Cody clears off commentary! Fans cheer for tables and Cody turns around, into a DISCUS LARIAT from Priest! Priest leaves Cody behind to refresh the count, and fans chant “We Want Tables!” Priest looks to oblige as he hauls Cody up! Canadian Rack, but Cody slips free! Cody dodges and POSTS Priest, then gets in the ring. Cody builds speed to DIVE! Priest ends up on the desk! Cody CLUBS him, goes up to join him, and fans fire up! But Priest BELL CLAPS! And RECKONING on the desk! Priest turns the tables around on Cody, no pun intended.
Fans want that “One More Time!” but Priest wags his finger, no no no. Priest puts Cody in, fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Priest just soaks it up. Cody rises, Priest grins and reels him in, RECKON- NO, Cody spins it into the CROSS RHODES! Fans fire up while both men are down! But wait, here comes Finn Balor! The Prince has nothing else to do, but the ref sees him. The ref tells Finn to stay back, but wait! JD McDonagh sneaks in! But Cody DECKS him first! Priest choke grips! SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, TWO!! Cody survives and fans fire up! The Judgment Day is freaking out, so Finn calls reinforcements!
Here comes Dirty Dom! Fans boo as he has a chair, too! But wait! JEY USO SUPERKICKS DOM! And he SUPERKICKS Finn! And he SUPERKICKS JD! Fans fire up and Priest is furious, but Jey has the chair to run the boys off! And then Priest turns around, into a roll up! TWO!! Cody dodges, springboards, CODY CUTTER!! Priest wobbles up, Cody JABS, JABS and JABS! Flip, flop and fly, BIONIC ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but the fans fire up! Cody stalks Priest, brings him in, CROSS- NO, Priest KNEES and snapmares, to then JUMP KICK! Cody goes to a corner, and Priest runs in, but Cody puts him on the apron!
Cody runs up but Priest dodges and ROUNDHOUSES! Priest goes up the ropes, springboards, but into a SUPERKICK! Cody goes up and up and SUPER CODY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO?!? Priest survives again and “This is Awesome!” Cody nods, feeds off that energy, and he goes back to Priest. Cody roars and fans fire up with him! But then Priest scoops! Cody fights, flails, and he brings Priest down to scoop him! But Priest fights free, shoves, but Cody avoids the haymaker to hit CROSS RHODES! But Cody holds on, another CROSS RHODES! And then a THIRD CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!
Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall
Priest had his friends to help him, but so did Cody! Cody has his revenge, but will he and Jey Uso look to get their revenge by going after the Undisputed Tag Team Championships once again? Or will Cody focus on finishing the story?
WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS LA Knight!
The Tribal Chief may have smashed ’em, stacked ’em, pinned ’em. He may have survived the best and beaten the rest. He may have made the WWE Universe ACKNOWLEDGE HIM for almost 1200 days, but tell ’em whose game this is! The Mega Star doesn’t care about bloodlines or number of days, the only numbers he needs are those three seconds! Will this be LA’s night? Or will he be left in the wasteland while the title remains on the Island of Relevancy?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, this is the biggest moment of the year, YEAH!
The bell rings and Roman rushes up! But Knight fires off punches first! And a kick! And a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Knight gets Roman up to fire hands, then whips. Roman reverses and CLOBBERS Knight! Roman mocks spelling it out, then he paces around Knight. Roman stomps Knight, taunts Knight, but the fans rally up. Roman shakes his head, bumps Knight off buckles, then turns him around to ROCK him with a right! Roman whips, but Knight dropkicks the legs out! And basement dropkicks Roman down! Fans fire up with Knight and he brings Roman up. But Roman TOSSES Knight out!
Knight gets on the apron but Roman ROCKS him! Fans continue to cheer on Knight but Roman tells them to shush. Roman drags Knight up, but Knight HOTSHOTS Roman back! And slingshots to shoulder tackle! Cover, ONE!! Roman stands, but Knight whips him to ropes. Roman holds ropes, KICKS back, then runs, but Knight scoops! POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Knight has us spell it out! “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Roman bails out as Heyman distracts Knight! Fans boo but the Wise Man saves his Tribal Chief. But then Knight WRECKS Roman with a dropkick! Knight puts Roman on the apron, CLUBS him, then drags him down.
Knight goes up the apron and FLYING LARIATS! Fans fire up, then Knight clears a desk! The ring count climbs, but Roman CLUBS Knight first! Roman brings Knight around but Knight fights the bump to SMACK Roman off the desk! Knight stalks Roman, but Roman YANKS Knight into steel steps! Fans rally for Knight, the ring count is 5 of 10, but Roman stands and drags Knight up. Roman whips Knight, into the steel steps! Knight flounders and writhes, but Roman refreshes the ring count. Knight is down at 5 of 10, but Knight crawls to the ring at 7. Knight slides in at 8, and Roman chuckles.
Fans are torn and that annoys Roman. Roman stalks Knight, raises the finger because #HeTheOne, and he drags Knight up. Roman whips Knight corner to corner hard! Knight bounces off buckles and falls to the mat, but Roman tells the booing fans to hush. Roman drags Knight back up, and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Knight shows his toughness but Roman keeps on him with a cravat neck wrench. Knight endures, fans rally, and Knight fights up to his feet. Roman wrangles Knight back down and grins as he says he calls the shots. Knight kicks around as he endures and the fans rally up again.
Roman is confused and upset that Knight rises up! Knight throws body shots! Knight is free, he whips, but Roman LEAPING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Roman wags his finger at the fans again as they rally up, but that makes them chant for Knight more. Roman runs to clothesline Knight in the corner! Roman again wags his finger, but fans tell him off! Roman is upset being called an A-Hole, and he runs in at Knight to clothesline again! Roman then pushes Knight down, soaks up more heat, and he taunts the fans. Roman runs in, but Knight ELBOWS him way! Knight goes to another corner, Roman runs in again, but into a BOOT!
Knight goes up to FLYING DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Knight and Roman rise, and the fans are thunderous for Knight! Roman ROCKS Knight, but Knight ROCKS Roman! Roman ROCKS Knight, Knight ROCKS Roman! “BOO~! YEAH!” Knight gets the edge, fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” with each punch! Knight whips, Roman reverses, but Knight ducks ‘n’ dodges and LEAPING LARIATS! Then a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Knight waits, kicks and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roman is tougher than that but Knight doesn’t lose focus. The fans chant “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” with the mudhole stomps!
The ref counts, Knight lets off, but then goes back for more! Knight runs corner to corner to KNEE WASH! Roman sputters and staggers, into a scoop! Roman slips free, clinches, URENAGE! Cover, TWO!! Roman isn’t the People’s Champion, so that Rock Bottom style Urenage didn’t finish this. But Roman shakes his head as he storms around. Roman goes to a corner, locks ‘n’ loads, and he aims at Knight. SUPERMAN- NO, Knight gets around to torture rack! And NECKBREAKER! Knight doesn’t cover, he spells it out! “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” But Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES!! Cover, TWO?!? Knight survives, and “This is Awesome!”
Roman and Knight stir, Knight flounders to a corner and Roman goes to the other. Roman tells fans to hush, but the fans boo. Roman fires himself up, “OOOAH~!” Roman runs in, but Knight jumps! Roman hits buckles! Knight hauls Roman up to RAM into him again and again, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight then hoists Roman up top, climbs up to join him, and picks Roman up, but Roman throws body shots! Roman HEADBUTTS Knight down, adjusts, but then Knight’s right back up! To the very top, for a SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Knight is right up to his feet, too! “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!!” ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!!
Roman survives the Mega Star Elbow, but wait! Here comes Solo! Refs and security stop The Enforcer, but Jimmy Uso drags Roman out of the ring! Fans boo as the Bloodline has to save their chief again. But then Knight drags Jimmy up by his hair! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Knight! Roman gets back to a corner, “OOOAH~!” SPEAR!! Cover, TWO?!?! Knight survives and shocks everyone!! Roman is furious and talking to himself again. Roman paces around, but fans again tell him off. Roman glares as Knight goes to ropes and drags himself up. Roman DECKS Knight, then stomps him, and then rains down fists!
Fans boo as Roman shouts, “WHAT NOW?!” Roman paces around, he goes back for Knight, and he tells Knight he’s just a flash in the pan. Roman waits on Knight to get up, fans chant “ROMAN SUCKS!” but Roman clamps on the GUILLOTINE!! Roman squeezes Knight’s head, Knight flails and reaches out but Knight still drops to his knees! The fans rally up but Roman pulls on the hold harder! Knight starts to fade! The ref checks Knight, but Knight revives! Roman is confused and upset again as Knight powers back up! Knight throws body shots, is free, but Roman clamps on again! Knight RAMS him into a corner!
Roman lets go, but only for a moment! Roman squeezes tight with the guillotine hold, but Knight HOTSHOTS Roman! And spins him, B F T!!!! Cover, JIMMY GIVES ROMAN THE ROPEBREAK!! Fans boo as Jimmy scurries away! Knight is pissed and he rushes out after Jimmy! Jimmy wants Knight to hold on, he actually likes Knight, Knight fires off haymakers, and SMACKS Jimmy off the desk again and again and again! But Roman runs out! Knight KNEES him low, and dribbles Roman off the desk! Knight whips and POSTS Roman! Fans fire up, but Jimmy kicks! Knight blocks, to BACK SUPLEX JIMMY THROUGH A DESK!!
But Roman SPEARS Knight through the barriers!! Fans lose their minds, Roman hauls Knight into the ring, and he aims from the corner. Fans boo as Roman runs in, to SPEAR!!! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion)
Almost 1200 days as champion, and yet it’s the same thing every time! Roman’s family saves him from certain defeat, and he continues on his historic reign. Knight was cheated, but will this only prove that he is the next big thing? Will find a way to get another shot at the top spot?
A great Crown Jewel here, even though most of the status quo was kept. Roman Reigns VS LA Knight still met the main event level of expectations, and as I said leading up to this, Knight will be built up by how Roman needed all the tricks to beat him. I suppose it does test whether fans are optimistic or pessimistic about this, and I’m going with optimistic for Knight’s sake. Knight can bring up Roman needing the flunkies, he can go after Jimmy and Solo on SmackDown, maybe even have a big part to play in the Royal Rumble or Elimination Chamber as he tries to get back to another shot.
But when it comes to Roman, it’s a bit harder when it’s just lather, rinse repeat. Yes, Roman’s getting 1200 days, and probably the lesser of Bruno Sammartino’s great reigns at 1237. Roman is definitely making it to WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia, which will take Roman to 1315 or so. Hulk Hogan’s 1474 might be the actual goal, but 160 days from Mania, puts it on Friday the 13th, in September of 2024. Now, I don’t necessarily want this cheating-to-survive reign to continue, but imagine how epic that episode of SmackDown could be if something were to actually happen with this story on that day. A celebration that then turns into a fight and a match and maybe, to shock us all, Roman loses! Wishful thinking, but a great plan if I do say so myself.
The one match that didn’t keep status quo I kinda wish they did, but as Heel wins go, Logan got one perfectly. He and Rey had a great match, but then whoever that was helping recreate the cheat from SummerSlam was good continuity. And Santos only kinda sorta stopping the brass knuckles from being involved, you could easily use that to create a divide in the LWO with Santos and Rey having it out to determine the true leader, the other being kicked out. And I would think it’s Rey being kicked out, Cruz Del Toro & Joaquin Wilde have been alongside Santos since they were Legado Del Fantasma in NXT and Cruz was Raul Mendoza.
Another shocker was Cena losing to Solo, but that perhaps works out for the better with Solo getting a win over “The Greatest Of All Time.” There’s the whole Hollywood Writer’s Strike and if that ends and other shows/movies can continue on, Cena’s probably gonna disappear again anyway so this was practically his sendoff match. And the tradition with those? Put the person who is staying over. An interesting move was having a MizTV VS Grayson Waller Effect segment with Saudi Arabia celebrity Ibraham Al Hajjaj getting to have his moment for his fans. All pretty good fun, and if only Miz was on SmackDown, he and Kevin could actually be a hilarious team to face Theory & Waller. Unless part of that happens at Survivor Series, the PPV for crossovers.
Great stuff connected to the Judgment Day, with Sami getting a great win off JD McDonagh and then preventing Priest from cashing in tonight. That was an awesome world title match from Rollins VS McIntyre, and it made sense that Rollins found a way to win. This is pushing McIntyre further to his Heel turn, with Rhea even giving him that shrug backstage. Sami stealing the briefcase from Priest is going to add something to this story on Monday, they might even fight for the briefcase. If Priest were to lose and no longer be Senor MITB, that could really put some heat on him within Judgment Day, all the more reason Rhea will want McIntyre to join and be their new muscle.
Rhea herself had a great showing tonight, from the Saudi Princes or some other important figures making that entrance with her to her still winning out of the Fatal 5. Good creativity in the finish, too, with a Riptide breaking up a cover. Rhea retains, and clearing these four out, I can only assume Becky Lynch comes after her next. Though at the same time, I wouldn’t mind 1v1 rivalries along the road to WrestleMania, but I guess we’ll have to see what happens on Monday.
And great stuff out of the WWE Women’s Championship, but the crowd seemed way too quiet for Bianca VS Iyo than the should’ve been. I suppose the prospect of either Iyo retaining VS Bianca getting back on top again wasn’t that appealing, but the action was still great stuff. Bayley showing up outta nowhere was also probably part of the problem, it was just more “DMG CTRL Wins LOL” but then in a great surprise, Kairi Sane is back in WWE! She had her return to Stardom in Japan but apparently that was only going so-so if she’s already back over here.
And as a bonus, the scared look on Bayley’s face since it was Bayley (and Sasha) who beat Kairi up before she went away. Now we could see Iyo siding with Kairi and they get rid of Bayley in Damage CTRL, Dakota having to decide if she’s Team Evil Genius or Team Role Model. This could be a very fun faction break-up story, and I’m just hoping Kairi gets treated like more of a star than she did while Vince was still in charge and misunderstanding Women’s Wrestling.
My Score: 8.8/10
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current B Block standings!
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-0, 6 points
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 3-0, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1, 4 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-1, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 1-2, 2 points
Bishamon: 1-2, 2 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 0-3, 0 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-3, 0 points
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr. VS Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza!
Gene Blast & The King of the World took down the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions in last round’s main event, but now they’re up against the Bullet Club’s Rogue Army, who are starving for a win! Will the Rogue General & Red Commando finally get on the board? Or will they just have to tranquilo in the fourth?
Fale & Bonza Too Sweet, and then Tsuji & Zando attack! The bell rings and Zando fires off on Fale but Bonza turns things around on Tsuji. Fale CLUBS Zando, then bumps him off buckles. Bonza drags Tsuji up, Rogue Army whip but the amigos dosido and return to CLOBBER Fale & Bonza! Fans fire up as the forearms fly. Then Tsuji sends Bonza into Fale! Zando sends Tsuji in to UPPERCUT! Bonza falls out of the ring, Tsuji runs in to SPLASH Fale! Fale flops out of the ring and the fans rally up with Zando. He and Tsuji high five then DOUBLE DIVE! Direct hit into the railing and down goes the Rogue Army!
Fans fire up as Zando & Tsuji stand back up. The ring count starts so Tsuji puts Bonza in. Tsuji & Zando stalk Bonza, and Zando SMACKS Bonza on the head. They double whip then POP-UP KNEE! Bonza falls over, Tsuji covers, TWO! Fans cheer while Tsuji keeps cool. Tsuji kicks Bonza to ropes, CHOPS him, but Bonza pie faces. Tsuji kicks low and CLUBS away on Bonza! Bonza blocks the whip, but Tsuji knees low. Tsuji whips, Bonza reverses but Tsuji ducks ‘n’ dodges, only to run into a lift and FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fale DECKS Tsuji while Bonza BLASTS Zando! Bonza stomps Tsuji around, then pulls off his Bullet Club shirt, to CHOKE Tsuji with it!
Fale distracts the ref, Zando storms in but now the ref has to stop him. Bonza just keeps choking Tsuji, but Tsuji gets to the ropes. The ref reprimands and counts, Bonza lets off to cover, TWO! The fans rally up for Tsuji but Bonza stands Tsuji up. Tsuji fights the scoop, so Bonza CHOPS him down! Tag to Fale and he BLASTS Zando! Bonza stands Tsuji up for Fale to scoop SLAM! Fale drags Tsuji around, then stands on his back! He uses Tsuji as a surfboard! Tsuji endures, Fale steps off, and he flips Tsuji over for a cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Tsuji hangs in there. Fale tags Bonza in, and Bonza steps through to have the EDGE-UCATOR!
Tsuji endures, Zando coaches him, and Tsuji reaches out. Tsuji fights to the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer but Bonza lets off in frustration, and BLASTS Zando for the hell of it! Bonza drags Tsuji up, suplexes, but Tsuji fights it! Tsuji tries to suplex, Bonza fights it! They fight for suplex control, and Tsuji gets Bonza up and over! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tsuji crawls his way over, hot tag to Zando! Zando rallies on Bonza, CLUBS him, then whips. Bonza reverses, but Zando stops to drop knees on Bonza’s back! Zando says tranquilo, but Bonza rushes in. Zando catches his lariat to send him into the corner!
Zando runs in to clothesline, then he snapmares and basement dropkicks! Fale runs in but Zando drop toeholds him onto Bonza! Zando then runs to basement dropkick Fale! Fans rally up behind Zando, but Fale runs in aga. Zando dodges to DROPKICK Fale out! Bonza goes to a corner, Zando calls to Tsuji, and they both storm up on Bonza. They double whip, double hip toss for the DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Tsuji SPLASHES, then sets Bonza up as Zando climbs. MOONSAULT! Cover, Fale kicks it apart! Tsuji fires off on Fale, throws him back out, and fans rally up. Tsuji drags Bonza up, he and Zando hook him up, but Bonza fights the Anchor!
Bonza CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Bonza fires up, runs, but into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up as Tusji & Zando set up, for the ANCHOR! Then Tsuji goes up top and stands on Zando’s shoulders. But Fale body shots Zando! GRENADE for Tsuji!! Bonza ELBOWS Zando, Fale SPLASHES him! Then feed to a BACKBREAKER, and ELBOW DROP! Cover, ROGUE ARMY WINS!
Winners: Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Tsuji & Zando earn 0)
Bullet Club blows it up and finally has a win! Is there still a chance for them in the World Tag League? Can Tsuji & Zando rebound and set sail next round?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo w/ Jado!
Blue Justice & The Meanest Man in the World have not been able to put together a win while the Headbanga & Young Guerrilla really only have that first round shocker to stand by. Will the murder grandpas finally score some points? Or will the NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions keep from owing more golden tickets?
ELP gets fans to cheer referee Marty Asami, and even Nagata and Suzuki. Suzuki gets annoyed and tells ELP to shut up. ELP winds up and high fives Leo, which fans cheer. Suzuki dares ELP to step up, and so that’s who starts. Fans rally as the bell rings, and ELP taunts Suzuki as he takes off his shirt. ELP and Suzuki circle, they feel things out, and then knuckle lock. Suzuki kicks, wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, but ELP spins back, wrenches free and wristlocks to then headlock. But Suzuki brings ELP to a knee to pop out and headlock back. ELP slips free and the fans cheer that opening exchange.
The two circle again, feel things out, and ELP gets a “SU-ZU-KI!” chant going. Suzuki storms up, ELP stays in a corner. The ref has Suzuki back up, and ELP comes back. They feel things out, ELP goes for a leg, then a waistlock. Suzuki wrenches at ELP’s arm, has the wristlock, then wrenches again. ELP rolls, handsprings, but Suzuki denies the wrench to then wrench again. Suzuki hammerlocks, headlocks, but ELP hits a BIG atomic drop! Suzuki hobbles away, ELP BLASTS Nagata, but Nagata runs in! Into an atomic drop! ELP hobbles his way over, saying his knee hurts from hitting those drops.
ELP storms up on Suzuki, but gets caught in a HANGING ARMBAR! Nagata runs to BLAST Leo! The ref counts, Suzuki lets go at 4, but Nagata sends Leo into railing! Suzuki drags ELP out to send him into railing, too! Nagata throws hands on Leo, whips again, as does Suzuki! ELP & Leo both hit railing hard! Suzuki stomps ELP, Nagata stomps Leo, and Jado can only protest. The ref reprimands, ELP hits Suzuki back with forearms, but Suzuki ROCKS ELP! ELP falls back, the ref starts the ring count, and Suzuki leaves ELP behind. The count reaches 10 of 20 while ELP crawls, and ELP staggers about at 11.
ELP steadies himself at 14, slides in at 15, and fans cheer. But Suzuki facelocks and he brings ELP over. Nagata tags in, the murder grandpas mug ELP, and then Nagata KNEES ELP against ropes. Nagata throws a heavy body shot! ELP doubles over, Nagata sits ELP up to KNEE him down again! Nagata drags ELP up for another body shot! ELP sputters and coughs his way to a corner, Nagata stomps him, then wrenches an arm. Suzuki tags himself in, and he kicks ELP low. Suzuki taunts Leo, then stands ELP up to ROCK him with a right! ELP wobbles, ROCKS Suzuki back, but Suzuki just glares. ELP throws more forearms but Suzuki just glares!
ELP apologizes to the murder grandpas, but Suzuki body shots then DECKS ELP! Suzuki gives Nagata a hard tag and fans rally up. Nagata drags ELP up to CLUB him on the neck! Nagata waits on ELP, to then KICK! And KICK! And KICK! ELP ends up in a corner, Nagata whips him corner to corner and BOOTS! Then clinch to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this and fans rally back up. Nagata drags ELP up, suplexes, but ELP slips free to waistlock! Nagata fights with elbows, ELP apologizes and wants time. But then he kicks! Nagata blocks that, only for ELP to ENZIGURI! Fans rally up while ELP and Nagata are both down!
ELP crawls his way over, rolls and hot tags Leo! Leo UPPERCUTS Nagata, BLASTS Suzuki, then swings on Nagata. Nagata dodges but Leo keeps moving to run Nagata over! Fans fire up with Leo and he runs in at the corner. Nagata dodges the splash, comes back, but into a scoop! SNAKE EYES and a BOOT! Fans fire up and Leo aims. Nagata rises, Leo clamps on the choke grip! But Nagata ROCKS Leo first! Nagata fires more shots, whips, but Leo reverses. Nagata rolls and fakes the enziguri to dropkick the leg out! Nagata gets up and Suzuki already tags in. Suzuki fires forearms on Leo! Suzuki eggs Leo on and Leo pounds the mat.
Leo choke grips! Suzuki breaks free to ROCK Leo again! Suzuki runs, but Leo scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down! Leo crawls, hot tag to ELP! ELP storms up on Suzuki and fires a forearm! Suzuki grits his teeth so ELP throws more shots! Suzuki just glares! ELP throws off his elbow pads to ROCK ELP! Suzuki smiles! ELP ROCKS Suzuki again and Suzuki ROCKS ELP in return! ELP wobbles then falls over! Suzuki drags ELP back up, whips him to a corner, and Nagata joins in. Suzuki BOOTS, Nagata SHINING WIZARDS! Then snapmare, and DOUBLE PENALTY KICK SANDWICH!!
The rivals shove each other, fans fire up, but then Leo shoves Suzuki into Nagata! Leo then runs, to DOUBLE LARIAT them both down! Fans rally up, ELP rises and he helps Leo get Suzuki up. They double whip Suzuki to a corner, then they whip Nagata into him! ELP sends Leo in to DOUBLE SPLASH! Nagata falls, ELP ELBOWS Suzuki! Then feed to the POWER TRIP! Leo then sets Suzuki up for the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Suzuki survives and fans fire up again! ELP tunes up the band, SUDDEN- NO, Suzuki dodges! ELP kicks, runs, but Suzuki follows! Suzuki gets around to SLEEPER! Nagata grabs Leo for a CROSSFACE!
Fans fire up while ELP & Leo endure stereo submissions! ELP is turning red, ELP is fading! The ref checks, Suzuki lets off to cover, TWO!!! ELP survives and the fans fire up! Suzuki lets the fans rally up as he drags ELP up into another SLEEPER! And then a sin, but ELP jackknife bridges! TWO!! ELP BOOTS Suzuki, then SUPERKICKS! And then the tuck for C R 2!!! Cover, ELP & LEO WIN!
Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Nagata & Suzuki earn 0)
The murder grandpas fall short again! What is it that’s missing in their formula? As for the “Blue Sexy Boys,” will they continue to be NJPW Strong as the WTL rolls on?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Taichi & Yuya Uemura VS Lance Archer & Alex Zayne!
The Holy Emperor beat his mentor with help from Heat Storm, but now things get even hotter as Taichi faces a former Suzuki-Gun ally! In a battle of 3-0 teams, will Taichi & Yuya be able to survive? Or will they get burned by the Monster Sauce?
Archer’s back to beating up Young Lions, and Zayne just sighs with an “Oh, you” attitude. The teams sort out and Archer wants to face the KOPW Champion. Taichi and Yuya give thumbs, and fans cheer as the former Suzuki-Gun members start. Archer says Taichi is still his brother but this is about WTL, so #EverybodyDies, even Taichi! Archer pie faces Taichi, but Taichi CHOPS! Archer just smiles, so Taichi CHOPS again! Archer eggs Taichi on, Taichi CHOPS again! Archer ROCKS Taichi with a forearm! Fans rally up, Taichi and Archer circle, and they feel things out. Taichi KICKS and KICKS but Archer blocks one to choke grip!
Taichi breaks free, but Archer waistlocks! Taichi fights free to PELE! Taichi runs, Archer follows and BODY CHECKS Taichi! Archer eggs Taichi on, but Yuya tags in. Archer stares Taichi down but then he KNEES Yuya low! Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce double whip. Yuya gest around to shove Zayne into Archer and then arm-drag Zayne! Zayne gets up, Yuya DROPKICKS him! Yuya CHOPS Zayne, CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Zayne is in the corner, Yuya whips him corner to corner. Zayne reverses, runs in, but Yuya dodges and Archer ELBOWS him down! Zayne comes back ELBOW Yuya!
Archer then whips Zayne to scoop, so that Zayne can tilt-o-whirl RANA Archer into Yuya! Fans fire up while Archer laughs. Zayne covers, TWO! Zayne brings Yuya over, tags Archer, and Archer stomps around. Archer taunts Taichi, then Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Archer drags Yuya up and CHOPS him! Archer stands Yuya back up but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Archer eggs Yuya on, Yuya throws more CHOPS, but Archer DECKS him! Archer says it isn’t Yuya’s time, this is all about Monster Sauce! Fans cheer, Archer whips Yuya corner to corner hard, and Archer has a cocky cover, but Red Shoes doesn’t wanna count?
Archer tells him to count but Red Shoes says not until it’s a real cover. Archer snarls and he drags Yuya up. He dares Yuya to go tag Taichi, then he short arm LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Taichi was also there but Archer grins as he gives him a pie face. Red Shoes has Taichi back off, and Taichi coaches Yuya on. Archer bumps Yuya off buckles, tags Zayne, and Monster Sauce mugs Yuya. Zayne brings Yuya out to ROCK him! Yuya CHOPS! Zayne ROCKS Yuya again but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Zayne knees low, whips but Yuya reverses to reel Zayne in for a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Zayne and Yuya crawl, they reach out, hot tag to Taichi! Taichi storms in after Zayne to give him Kawada Kicks! Zayne goes to a corner, Taichi BOOTS him! Taichi snapmares to KICK Zayne, but Archer runs in to kick Taichi! Archer whips but Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! But Archer rebounds, only for Taichi to DUMP him out! Zayne kicks and whips Taichi to a corner, but Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Fans fire up and Taichi gets them to get louder. And OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, but Zayne ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Taichi rolls through, but Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS!
Taichi stays up, GAMAN- NO, Zayne ducks the kick! Zayne ROLLING AX KICKS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Zayne and Taichi crawl, and Zayne is up first. Zayne drags Taichi up to wrench and scoop, but Taichi pulls hair! Taichi CLUBS away on Zayne, but Zayne swings. Taichi ducks to SAI- NO, Zayne slips free! Zayne reels Taichi in but Taichi fights the suplex! Taichi tries but Zayne fights the suplex! Zayne then suplexes to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this but Zayne tags Archer. Archer says he told Taichi this was coming! Archer suplexes and THROWS Taichi!
Fans fire up as Archer storms around, and he runs in to ELBOW Taichi in the corner! Archer says that’s one! He runs corner to corner again, but Taichi BOOTS him! Archer snarls, runs back in but Taichi dodges! GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taichi crawls to his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Zayne runs in but Yuya arm-drags him! And arm-drags him again! Archer runs up to choke grip! CHOKE- DROPKICK! Yuya then DROPKICKS again! Archer is still up, and he blocks the arm-drag to send Yuya to the corner! Yuya dodges the splash, but Archer still blocks the arm-drag! Choke grip, but Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS!
Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS again, but Archer kicks low. Archer runs, into an arm-drag! Fans fire up as Yuya dropkicks the legs! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Archer down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally up, Yuya pounds the mat and he goes to the corner. Yuya climbs up, but Archer STEP-UP KNEES! Archer then brings Yuya up in the inverted crucifix! But Yuya fights free, rolls Archer up, TWO!! Archer swings, Yuya gets under and shoves Archer into a Taichi’s BOOT! DOUBLE CHOPS! SOBAT! Yuya goes up to FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, Zayne breaks it! Taichi kicks and throws Zayne out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya fires up and the fans are with him!
Yuya climbs a corner, takes aim as Archer stands, CROSS- NO, choke grip! But Yuya victory rolls! TWO!! Archer is up, Yuya blocks the boot to UPPERCUT! And DOUBLE CHOP! And ENZIGURI! Archer stays up so Yuya traps the arms! But Archer HEADBUTTS free! Yuya runs, into a scoop! ROLLING AX KICK SIDEWALK SLAM COMBO!! Cover, Taichi breaks it! Zayne dodges Taichi to scoop, BAJA BLAST!! And then Archer grabs Zayne, CHOKE SAULT! Fans fire up as Archer roars! Archer drags Yuya up, but Yuya CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Yuya DOUBLE CHOPS Zayne down, but Archer ROCKS him!
Yuya roars, but runs into the choke grip! CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!? Yuya survives and shocks everyone! But Archer drags him into the drop zone, then lifts Zayne up! BLACKOUT SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, Monster Sauce wins!!
Winners: Lance Archer & Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Taichi & Yuya earn 0)
Archer said it’s all about Monster Sauce, and Monster Sauce just won big! They are the ONLY 4-0 team in ALL of World Tag League 2023, are they going to be the only option for B Block? Or will Taichi & Yuya still find a way to change everything?
2023 World Tag League, B Block: Bishamon VS Atlantis Jr. & Soberano Jr!
Though Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi are IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and former World Tag League winners, their road to the threepeat has not been easy. They’ve started to #TurnItAllAround, but can they keep it going? Or will the sons of lucha libre shine brightest here tonight?
The teams sort out and the luchadores offer handshakes. Bishamon accept and the fans cheer the sportsmanship. Hashi starts against Soberano and the fans rally up. They circle, tie up, and Soberano headlocks. Soberano grinds Hashi down but Hashi uses that to pop out the back and hammerlock. Hashi then headlocks, but Soberano fights up. Soberano throws body shots, trips Hashi with a leg takedown, then traps that leg. Hashi uses his free leg to pull Soberano down and goes after an arm. Soberano clasps hands, Hashi pries them apart and has the ARMBAR! Soberano shifts around, but Hashi pulls on the arm again!
Soberano turns Hashi over, and ties up the legs in a deathlock, then shifts to body scissors and roll! Cover, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Hashi and Soberano circle again, then they knuckle lock. Hashi wrenches, hammerlocks, and headlocks. Hashi hits a takeover, then grinds Soberano down. Soberano headscissors, Hashi fights around, but Soberano has the arms, too. It’s an inverted motorcycle stretch now! But Hashi powers his way out, floats to a headlock, but Soberano slips away. The fans cheer again, and Hashi tags Goto. Soberano says it was that close, and he tags Atlantis in.
Atlantis and Goto circle and the fans rally up. The two tie up, Goto puts Atlantis on ropes, and Red Shoes counts the break. Goto lets off with pats on the shoulder and fans applaud. Atlantis keeps cool, he and Goto circle, tie up, and Goto waistlocks. Atlantis reaches around, spins through and he facelocks. Goto wrenches out to hammerlock, and then headlocks. Atlantis slips out to waistlock but Goto gets the ropes. Red Shoes calls the break, Atlantis lets off with pats on the shoulder, and fans cheer again. Atlantis and Goto reset and feel things out. Atlantis wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then double wristlocks.
Goto powers through, hammerlocks, then headlocks for a takeover. Atlantis headscissors, Goto kips free, and the fans cheer. The two circle again, and then tie up. Goto headlocks, grinds, but Atlantis throws body shots. Atlantis powers out, Goto RAMS into him, but Atlantis rebounds to run Goto over! Fans fire up and Atlantis shakes his arm out. Atlantis stands Goto up to fire forearms and stomps, then runs. Hashi slides in, Bishamon runs Atlantis over! Then ZANMAI! Soberano runs in, Bishamon kicks him first! They HAMMER away on Soberano, then fans fire up as Bishamon flexes. They stomp Atlantis to a corner, and Goto digs his knee in.
Red Shoes counts, Goto lets off quickly, but then stomps Atlantis. Goto CLUBS Atlantis down, clamps on a neck wrench, but Atlantis endures. Goto bumps Atlantis off buckles and Atlantis falls back. Tag to Hashi, Goto stomps some more, but lets off for Hashi to stand Atlantis up. Hashi wrenches Atlantis, CLUBS the arm, then wrenches again. And again, and again! Hashi keeps Atlantis from ropes, CLUBS the arm, and then brings Atlantis around. Atlantis CHOPS, so Hashi CHOPS back! Atlantis falls, Hashi brings him up to bump off buckles. Tag to Goto and they wrench the arms. Bishamon double whips but Atlantis ducks the lariats to RANA Hashi!
Atlantis dodges Goto to arm-drag him! And DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Atlantis crawls for his corner, hot tag to Soberano! Soberano goes up to CROSSBODY Goto! Cover, TWO! Soberano is a little annoyed with the count but he looms over Goto. Soberano stomps Goto, kicks him around and eggs him on. Goto blocks the punch to ROCK Soberano! And again! Soberano run sin, but Goto DECKS him! Fans fire up and Goto drags Soberano up. But Soberano DROPKICKS again! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Goto hangs in there but Soberano keeps his cool.
Soberano clamps onto Goto with shoulder claws, then a chinlock. Soberano snapmares Goto to then leg drop! Soberano keeps on Goto with a chinlock, and he pushes Goto out of the ring. Soberano brings Goto around to whip into railing! And then he clamps on a headlock to put Goto on the apron. APRON 619! Goto staggers back into railing and Soberano wants Red Shoes to be patient with him. Soberano drags Goto up, chicken wings him, and Atlantis kicks Goto low. Soberano then runs around to CLOBBER Hashi! Atlantis cranks Goto’s neck against railing! Soberano comes back for Goto and puts him in the ring.
Soberano “apologizes,” then he drags Goto up. Atlantis sticks his feet in, Soberano bumps Goto off the boots! Tag to Atlantis, and he ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Then a snapmare and chinlock. Atlantis squeezes tight, then shifts his grip so he can dig a knee into Goto’s back! Goto endures, Soberano runs in to BOOT! The luchadores stomp away on Goto, their frustration boiling up. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Goto but Atlantis stomps him more. Atlantis drags Goto up, bumps him off buckles, and stomps a mudhole. Goto kicks back but Atlantis CLUBS that leg. Then Atlantis sets the leg up as Soberano runs in, and Soberano KICKS Goto in the thigh!
Goto hobbles and falls over, fans still rally, but the luchadores taunt the fans. Cover, Soberano intercepts Hashi, TWO! Goto is still in this but Atlantis argues the count. Red Shoes defends his count, so Atlantis drags Goto up in a facelock. Tag to Soberano, the luchadores mug Goto, but Goto fires forearms in return! They just hit him harder! The luchadores beat Goto down, HEADBUTT him, and then Soberano looms over Goto. Soberano clamps on a chinlock but Goto fights up. Goto throws body shots, but Soberano BOOTS! Goto goes to a corner, Soberano whips him corner not corner. Goto reverses, runs in, but Soberano BOOTS again!
Soberano runs, but Goto follows. Soberano dodges, but Goto deflects the belt to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi fires up, and he runs corner to corner at Soberano to CHOP! Hashi whips to then CHOP again! And mule kick! Hashi turns Soberano, but Soberano fights free! Hashi still dropkicks the legs out! Hashi runs, to BLOCKBUSTER! The fans fire up as Hashi watches Soberano go to another corner. Hashi runs in again, to clothesline! And then a stalling suplex! Hashi holds on for EIGHT before the SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Soberano hangs in there but Hashi keeps cool. Hashi storms up on Soberano, drags him up, and ROCKS him! Soberano falls over, but Hashi stands him back up. Soberano ROCKS Hashi, eggs him on, so Hashi ROCKS Soberano! Soberano and Hashi go back and forth with forearms, and fans rally up as Soberano drops to a knee! Hashi fires off more forearms, then a CHOP! Soberano wobbles, but he shakes his head. Fans rally up, Soberano winds up to CHOP! Hashi sputters and Soberano eggs him on more. Hashi CHOPS back, but Soberano shakes his head. Soberano CHOPS again! Hashi winds up to CHOP again!
Soberano grits his teeth, fires himself up, and CHOPS! Soberano keeps egging Hashi on, so Hashi CHOPS again! Hashi gets in Soberano’s face so Soberano CHOPS! And CHOPS! Hashi ROCKS, body shots and CHOPS! Soberano goes to a corner, runs back in, but into a DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up with Hashi and he drags Soberano back up. Hashi reels Soberano in, hoists him up, but Soberano slips free! Hashi swings, Soberano gets around and RANAS! Fans fire up as Soberano runs, but Hashi ELBOWS him! Hashi runs, but Soberano BOOTS him! Hashi roars, runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Hashi and Soberano stir and crawl for their corners as we pass 20 minutes. Hot tags to Goto and Atlantis! Fans fire up as they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! And RAM again! Now they throw forearms! Atlantis gets the edge, roars and runs, but Goto runs him over! Fans fire up again and Goto drags Atlantis up. Goto whips Atlantis to a corner, runs in, and MURAMASAS! Then SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Atlantis survives that solid landing but Goto drags him back up. Goto fireman’s carries, but Atlantis fights free. Atlantis shoves Goto to then POWERSLAM! And basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Goto is still in this and fans rally up!
Atlantis drags Goto up and whips him to ropes, but Goto slips free of the scoop! Goto waistlocks, Atlantis switches, but Goto RAMS him into a corner! Hashi returns and runs in, to clothesline! Feed to the fireman’s carry, but Atlantis slips free! Soberano BOOTS Hashi, Atlantis has Goto in a CROSSFACE!! Goto endures while Soberano sends Hashi into railing outside! Fans rally but Atlantis pulls on the neck! Goto reaches out, Hashi returns, he stomps Atlantis down! Hashi coaches Goto on but Atlantis kicks Hashi back out! Soberano then builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Down goes Hashi and fans fire up! And the CROSSFACE is back on!!
Goto endures, fans rally up, but Atlantis pulls way back!! Goto still fights, still reaches out, still crawls his way over, but Atlantis pulls even more!! Goto kicks and flails, ROPEBREAK!! The fans fire up as Atlantis lets off in frustration. Atlantis vows to end this and he drags Goto back up. Atlantis puts Goto in the ropes and Soberano climbs! DRAPING MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!!! Goto survives and the fans fire up again! Atlantis is frustrated, and we’re at 25 minutes! Soberano coaches Atlantis up and time is ticking away. They hurry to get Goto up, then double whip him to ropes. Double hip toss into a cradle, but Hashi makes the save!
Hashi fires forearms and CHOPS! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi! The luchadores stomp away on Hashi, Soberano is like a jackhammer! Soberano and Atlantis then wait on Hashi to get up, kick and run to BOOT! But Hashi’s right up!? He LARIATS Soberano, but Atlantis DECKS Hashi! Atlantis kicks Goto, runs, but into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Goto roars and he drags Atlantis up. Goto dragon sleepers, but Atlantis fights from below! Goto blocks that arm, but Atlantis ROCKS him with the other! Atlantis swings again, but Goto catches him for a BIG suplex! And we’re at the three minute warning!
Fans fire up as Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs, but Atlantis blocks the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! Atlantis rebounds, Hashi dodges the lariat to LARIAT Atlantis! Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Atlantis back up. Hashi has the leg, but Atlantis fights the fisherman suplex! Atlantis CHOPS Hashi, runs, but Hashi gets around to trap him! Goto BLINDSLIDE LARIATS! Two minute warning, Hashi SUPERKICKS! BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Goto catches Soberano, rolls him around, ARMBAR into SHORYU KEKKAI!! The luchadores endure stereo submissions! Atlantis fights around, ROPEBREAK!! Hashi lets him go and then coordinates with Goto.
Goto TOSSES Soberano, he and Hashi whip Atlantis to a corner. Goto clotheslines, then Hashi clotheslines! Then fireman’s carry and FIERCE FLASH! Final 60 seconds!! Bishamon drags Atlantis up, dragon sleeper and the legs, but Atlantis boots him! HIDDEN GAP! And then SHO- NO, Soberano busts it up! Final 30 seconds!! Goto CLOBBERS Soberano, Atlantis DECKS Goto! Hashi and Atlantis DOUBLE LARIAT and they’re both down!! Time is running out!! Someone has to do something! Hashi finds Atlantis to cover, Soberano breaks it!! FINAL TEN SECONDS!! Soberano tries to cover but he’s not legal! TIME IS UP!!
Time Limit Draw (both teams earn 1 point)
An incredible battle pushes both teams to their limits, but also pushes this to the time limit! The fans applaud both teams for giving it their all. And in the end, the teams shake hands again. But with no winners, there’s no closing address! The luchadores bow in thanks to all the fans, Bishamon wave good night, and they all head out. A draw is better than a loss, but will just getting one point this round come back to bite someone later on?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Alex Zayne & Lance Archer: 4-0, 8 points
Taichi & Yuya Uemura: 3-1, 6 points
Atlantis Jr. y Soberano Jr: 2-1-1, 5 points
Yota Tsuji & Zandokan Jr: 2-2, 4 points
ELP & Hikuleo: 2-2, 4 points
Bishamon: 1-2-1, 3 points
Bad Luck Fale & Jack Bonza: 1-3, 2 points
Yuji Nagata & Minoru Suzuki: 0-4, 0 points
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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