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Mitchell’s ROH Final Battle Results & Report! (12/15/23)

The Fallen Goddess unleashes her wrath!

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Will this be Billie Starkz’s Final Battle?

Enough was enough for “Minion In Training” and now she’s a truly rebellious teen! Will Billie Starkz tear down Athena and take the ROH Women’s World Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zero Hour – Taya Valkyrie w/ Johnny TV VS Jazmin Allure; Taya wins.
  • Zero Hour – The Von Erichs VS The Outrunners; The Von Erichs win.
  • Zero Hour – Survival of the Fittest Qualifier: Bryan Keith VS Jack Cartwheel; Bryan wins and advances to later tonight.
  • Zero Hour – Daniel Garcia VS Blake Christian; Garcia wins.
  • AAA Mega Championship: El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Black Taurus; Vikingo wins and retains the title.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy VS TMDK; The Mogul Embassy wins and retains the titles.
  • I Quit Match: Ethan Page VS Tony Nese; Ethan wins.
  • Nyla Rose VS Vertvixen; Nyla wins.
  • ROH World Television Championship Survival of the Fittest: Dalton Castle VS Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty VS Komander VS Kyle Fletcher VS Bryan Keith; Kyle wins and is the new ROH World Television Champion.
  • ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Tom Lawlor; Yuta wins and retains the title.
  • Keith Lee VS Shane Taylor; Keith wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Mark Briscoe & FTR; Double Count-Out Draw, restarted as…
  • Fight Without Honor Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Mark Briscoe & FTR; Mark & FTR win.
  • ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Eddie Kingston VS Anthony Henry; Eddie wins and denies Henry a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Billie Starkz; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Zero Hour – Survival of the Fittest Qualifier: Bryan Keith VS Jack Cartwheel!

With just one spot left in the ROH World Television Championship match tonight, Tony Khan is giving a huge opportunity to someone in the Zero Hour! Will The Bounty Hunter take that golden ticket? Or will Jack cartwheel his way into a golden opportunity?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and Bryan wrenches to a wristlock. Jack cartwheels free! Fans cheer and Jack smiles but Bryan stays cool. The two circle again, tie up, and go around. Bryan headlocks, grinds the hold, but Jack fights up. Jack cartwheels free again, then headlocks to hit a takeover! Bryan keeps his shoulders up, fans rally, and Bryan powers up and out. Jack cartwheels over, things speed up, and Jack hurdles, cartwheels, and cartwheels to GAMANGIRI! Jack cartwheels as he snapmares, PENALTY KICK to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally, Jack cartwheels around then whips Bryan to the corner. Bryan reverses, Jack goes up and over and cartwheels away! Bryan runs in, Jack does the splits! Jack handsprings back, but Bryan blocks the rana to SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Bryan argues the count but the ref says it was fair. The fans rally up and Bryan brings Jack up. Bryan scoops, Jack slips free and then cartwheels to dodge a kick! ENZIGURI! Jack runs, into a BOOT! Fans fire up and Bryan storms back up on Jack. Bryan drags Jack up, KICKS him back down, then covers, TWO! Bryan is annoyed but he drags Jack up.

The fans duel as Bryan CLUBS and kicks Jack. And CLUBS and kicks again! Another CLUB, then a CHOP! Jack wobbles, Bryan kicks but Jack blocks, CARTWHEEL DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up while both men are down! Jack rises, Bryan hobbles, and Jack runs in. LARIAT, but Bryan stays up! Jack handsprings under Bryan’s lariat to NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Jack feels it! Jack runs up, headlocks, and then puts Bryan on ropes. Jack runs, Bryan puts him on the apron but Jack GAMANGIRIS! Jack flag pole to SWEEP the legs! Then slingshot ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Bryan survives and fans fire up!

Bryan huffs and puffs in a corner, Jack storms up on him but into a BOOT! Bryan runs, but into a CARTWHEEL POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Bryan survives again and Jack is shocked! Jack puts Bryan in a drop zone, but then Bryan anchors a foot! Jack CLUBS Bryan down, goes up, and fans fire up! But Bryan rises like a Deadman! But Jack cartwheels along the top rope! Fireman’s carry, CARTWHEEL DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO!! Bryan flounders to the apron, Jack runs in, LIGER HANDSPRING KICK! Fans fire up as Jack builds speed! SASUKE SPECIAL PLUS EXTRA! The fans are thunderous as Jack puts Bryan back in!

Jack goes up top, and he SHOOTING STAR- NO, he has to cartwheel through as Bryan moves! Bryan ENZIGURIS! Jack ENZIGURIS! Jack runs up, into a KNEE!! Bryan hauls Jack up, underhooks, TIGER POWERBOMB!! Cover, Bryan wins!!

Winner: Bryan Keith, by pinfall (advances to the ROH World Television Championship match)

And we have our sensational six! The hometown hero is going for the gold, will the Bounty Hunter have that top prize all to himself?

 

Tony Khan is here!

Fans cheer the President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for AEW & ROH, and he thanks them. He says it is so great to be back here where it started for him with ROH, here in Texas. “Tonight is a special night for many reasons. It was here in Dallas and in this arena, specifically in Garland, that the greatest trilogy in wrestling began, and that was FTR VS The Briscoes.” Fans cheer that! Tony continues to say that it was also at Final Battle 20 years ago where we saw Jay Briscoe and Bryan Danielson tear it up! And it was Final Battle just one year ago, in Arlington, that Jay Briscoe, God rest his soul, had his last ever ROH match.

That makes this place a very special place to be, so Tony thanks everyone for being here, making this a great tradition of ROH in Dallas thanks to all of them. They have some of the best wrestlers here tonight, do not miss this show! To wrap up Zero Hour, we have two of the best in the world here right now! Thank you, Dallas! The fans cheer for ROH, and now we get Red Death VS All Heart! Daniel Garcia is reeling from his Continental Classic losses, can he use this to reignite that fire?

Zero Hour – Daniel Garcia VS Blake Christian!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up and duel. The two circle, tie up, and go around. Garcia powers Blake back, then arm-drags him down, keeping the collar ‘n’ elbow. Blake fights up, they roll again, and then end up on ropes. The ref counts, Garcia lets off slowly, and he pats Blake on the shoulders. Blake and Garcia reset as the fans fire up again. The two tie up, are in a deadlock, but Garcia uses a low stance to push Blake back. Blake turns things around but then Garcia turns them back around as they end up in a corner. Blake turns it back around, the ref counts, and Blake lets off.

Blake mocks Garcia’s dance pose, then SLAPS Garcia! Fans are torn but Garcia keeps his cool. The two reset and circle again. They tie up, Garcia headlocks but Blake powers out. Garcia runs Blake over, Blake kips up so Garcia runs him over again! Things speed up, Garcia rolls over the dropdown but Blake hurdles over. Blake jumps again but Garcia catches the legs! Blake twists to victory roll, TWO! Garcia whips, Blake ducks ‘n’ dodges and QUEBRADA! Garcia gets clear to then CLOBBER Blake! Fans fire up while Blake shakes out his head. Garcia stomps Blake, drags him up and ROCKS him. Blake ROCKS Garcia!

Garcia eggs Blake on, Blake fires forearm after forearm, but then Garcia catches him! BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Garcia clamps onto Blake’s arm, bends the fingers, and uses Blake’s hand to blow kisses to the fans. Garcia wrenches the arm, and CHOPS Blake off his feet! Fans rally, they want that “One More Time!” Blake eggs Garcia on, so Garcia BOOTS him down! Blake sits up, Garcia BOOTS him again! Blake still sits up, blocks this boot and kips up to then FLIP Garcia and DROPKICK him! Garcia goes to a corner, Blake runs in but Garcia puts him on the apron. Blake blocks the forearm to ROUNDHOUSE Garcia away!

Blake aims, springboards, and handsprings to wheelbarrow, victory roll, and then he turns Garcia over for a BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up while Garcia writhes! Cover, TWO! Garcia shoves Blake, but Blake drags Garcia around. Garcia fights but Blake stands on his head. Fans rally as Blake shifts to a chinlock and then makes it a SLEEPER! Garcia fights the body scissors, and twists a foot! Blake holds onto the sleeper but Garcia fights up. Blake snapmares and BASEMENT DROPKICKS again! Garcia goes to a corner, fans rally up, and Blake storms up. Garcia kicks low, Blake blocks and throws the leg into the ropes!

Garcia sits down, Blake stomps Garcia, then he grabs at Garcia. The fans boo, the ref checks Garcia, but Blake eggs Garcia on. Fans rally, Garcia sits up and Blake slaps him around. Blake brings Garcia up, and DECKS him! Garcia shakes his head! Garcia snarls and gets up, Blake runs, and he DECKS Garcia again! Garcia wobbles as he stands, Blake runs and DECKS him again! But Garcia gets up quicker this time! Garcia still wobbles, so Blake KICKS him! That wakes Garcia up! The hands are up, then Garcia fires off hands on Blake! Garcia bobs ‘n’ weaves, fires off fast hands and stomps a mudhole in!

The fans fire up, Garcia runs side to side, BOOT WASH! Then BUCKLE BUTTERFLY! Cover, TWO! Blake survives, Garcia drags him up and bumps him off buckles. Garcia then hoists Blake up top, drags him into a Tree of Woe and CHOPS him into place! Garcia goes to the far corner, and DOES HIS DANCE! Garcia runs corner to corner to DROPKICK Blake down! Cover, TWO! Blake survives but Garcia doesn’t care, he reels Blake in! Blake blocks the lift, back drops, but Garcia sunset flips! TWO!! Garcia runs in, Blake dodges and GAMANGIRIS! IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER, to a COMPLETE SHOT! IMPLODER SENTON!

Blake then hurries up top, but Garcia avoids the missile dropkick! Blake scoops for a BACKBREAKER, DREAMCAST KICK! Garcia ends up on ropes, and Blake BASEMENT 619s!! Then he springboards, BLINDSIDE FOREARM! Cover, TWO!! Garcia survives and the fans fire up again! Blake fumes as he tries to figure out what to do. Blake drags Garcia up, dragon sleepers, but Garcia snapmares to a cover, TWO! Blake ducks ‘n’ dodges, NEURALIZER KICK! Garcia BOOTS back! Blake SUPERKICKS! Garcia CHOPS! Blake CHOPS! Garcia CHOPS! Garcia SAIDOS! But Blake rises?! COLLISION COURSE!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up again while both men are down! “This is Awesome!” as Blake crawls his way to the apron. Blake goes to the corner, slashes his throat, and springboards, but Garcia catches Blake?! HEEL HOOK CRAB FUSION!! Then Garcia shifts to an ANKLE LOCK!! Blake hops up on his free foot and rolls! Garcia tumbles outside, Blake builds speed and FOSBURY FLOP into the EYE OF THE HURRICANE!! Blake gets Garcia back up and back in, then goes up the corner! Springboard 450 SPLASH!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Garcia survives and the fans are thunderous for him! Blake mocks the dance, runs up, STEP UP- NO, Garcia rolls it!

Garcia steps through, DRAGON TAMER!!! And he bridges back!! Blake taps, Garcia wins!!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission

Garcia said before the Continental Classic that he’s not a loser, and he just proved it here! Will this help Garcia revive his chances in the tournament?

 

Tony Khan speaks backstage.

“Welcome to ROH Final Battle. We have some of the best pro-wrestlers on the planet here tonight, and they’re gonna be fighting-” But then Eddie Kingston walks in! The Mad King says yes, they do have some of the best wrestlers in the world here. But he’s the ROH World Champion, why wasn’t booked on the show? Tony says Eddie has his match in the Continental Classic to think about, against Daniel Garcia, tomorrow night on Collision. Yeah, okay, but Eddie doesn’t care about that, he wants to fight tonight. He wants one tonight. Well then good news, because here comes Anthony Henry!

Henry says the Workhorsemen have been on a roll! They’ve been winning matches, doing their thing, and Henry is available. Henry will fight Eddie. Eddie says okay, let’s do it then. See you later. Tony says okay, sounds like a great match. And if Eddie is willing to fight ahead of Collision, then he will sanction it. Later tonight, a Proving Ground match, Eddie Kingston VS Anthony Henry. If Henry wins or even just survives the 10 minutes, he will earn his shot at the winner of the Continental Classic. The stakes just got raised, but will Eddie prove he’s still on top around here?

 

AAA Mega Championship: El Hijo Del Vikingo VS Black Taurus!

A rivalry from AAA now comes to ROH! Will this be Vikingo’s final battle as Mega Champion? Or will he be able to slay the mighty minotaur?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Vikingo can continue to make history!

Because this is ROH, the ref calls for the Code of Honor. Taurus refuses, and the bell rings. Vikingo and Taurus tie up, Taurus powers Vikingo to a corner, then lets off, to SLAP Vikingo! Fans boo but Taurus soaks up the heat. Taurus rushes in, Vikingo dodges and SLAPS back! They tie up, Taurus TOSSES Vikingo to a corner, but Vikingo dodges in the corner. Taurus blocks the arm-drag, whips, but Viking RAN- NO, Taurus TOSSES Vikingo! Vikingo staggers up, but he ducks ‘n’ dodges to DROPKICK! Taurus stays up so Vikingo ELBOWS him, goes up and up and leaps, only for Taurus to CLOBBER him! The fans boo again as Taurus roars.

Things speed up, Vikingo jumps up but into a fireman’s carry! Vikingo slips free but Taurus switches and shoves Vikingo, to SPLASH in a corner! Taurus runs but Vikingo follows to jumping clothesline! Vikingo runs but Taurus follows, only for Vikingo to dodge, and Taurus splashes into buckles! Taurus tumbles up and out, fans fire up as Vikingo builds speed, and Vikingo WRECKS Taurus with a dropkick! The fans rally, Vikingo builds speed again, and he FLIES! But Taurus catches him! To JACKKNIFE POWERBOMB him to the floor! The ref checks Vikingo while fans boo but Taurus just soaks up all that heat.

Vikingo writhes but he’s somehow still in this. Taurus storms back out to drag Vikingo up. Gorilla press, and then Taurus TOSSES Vikingo into the ring! Taurus then runs in at the corner, to UPPERCUT! CLOTHESLINE! GAMANGIRI! Ripcord SPIN POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Vikingo survives and the fans boo Taurus. The fans rally behind Vikingo but Taurus drags Vikingo up. Vikingo throws hands but Taurus choke grips Vikingo! And he CHOKE SLAMS Vikingo up and out of the ring!! The ref checks Vikingo again, he’s still somehow in this, so Taurus build speed! TORNILLO TOPE!! Direct hit and down goes Vikingo!

Fans boo as Taurus roars, and Taurus drags Vikingo up. Taurus puts Vikingo in, runs in corner to corner, but Vikingo dodges! Vikingo comes back but into a BOOT! SLING-DOG! Vikingo staggers up into a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! And then a whip, pop-up SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Vikingo survives that onslaught but Taurus keeps on him. Taurus drags Vikingo to a drop zone, then climbs up the corner. The fans boo Taurus and rally for Vikingo, but Taurus is up top! TAURUSAULT FLOPS! Vikingo has light and the fans rally up behind him. Vikingo stalks Taurus, and HEEL KICKS! Taurus stays up so Vikingo BOOTS and ENZIGURIS!

Vikingo runs to GAMANGIRI in the corner! Vikingo goes up, to IMPLODER DRAGON RANA! Taurus flounders, Vikingo runs in, goes up and RANAS again! Then a tilt-o-whirl SPINNING RANA! Taurus bails out, the fans are thunderous and Vikingo builds speed again. Vikingo goes up and up, fakes Taurus out, then goes for it again. Vikingo still isn’t getting the spring he wants so he just springboards and MOONSAULTS! Direct hit this time and the fans cheer! Vikingo catches his breath, puts Taurus in and then climbs up. Taurus stands, Vikingo MISSILE DROPKICKS! Taurus ends up in the other corner, comes back, and he POUNCES Vikingo into buckles!

The fans rally, Taurus fires himself up and hauls Vikingo up. Taurus goes up the corner, reels Vikingo in to bring him up with him. Fans rally for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” as Vikingo fights back. They both stand on the very top, Vikingo SUPER DUPER STEINERS! Taurus tumbles away, and he bails out before Vikingo can reach him. The fans rally for Vikingo as he waits on Taurus. Vikingo runs up to KNEE Taurus, then brings him up. Taurus fights the suplex, and he suplexes Vikingo! Vikingo lands on the apron to JAWBREAKER! And forearm! And ENZIGURI! Taurus stays up, shoves Vikingo, but Vikingo comes back, rolls up and over, APRON SUNSET BOMB!!

The fans are thunderous while both men are down on the outside! “This is Awesome!” and the ring count starts. Vikingo drags himself up, hobbles over and he puts Taurus in. Vikingo aims, goes up the ropes, and INSIDE-OUT PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Taurus shows his toughness but Vikingo hurries up top. Vikingo stands on the post, then jumps to the rope, SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Taurus ends up in a corner, the fans fire up as Vikingo runs again, but Taurus TOSSES Vikingo into buckles!! Both men are down but Taurus storms his way over to Vikingo. Taurus goes up the ropes and he reels Vikingo back in.

Taurus hoists Vikingo up as he goes to the very top, for a SUPER GORILLA PRESS SLAM!!! Fans are thunderous while Vikingo sputters! Taurus pushes Vikingo to a cover, TWO!!! Vikingo shows his toughness, but how much does he have left?! Taurus drags Vikingo up again, clinches, but Vikingo slips up and over to ROCK Taurus! Vikingo runs but Taurus LARIATS! Taurus runs, into a DREAMCAST KICK! Vikingo SUPERKICKS, runs, and leaps, CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Payback from before but Taurus gets up to SPEAR Vikingo!! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up! The fans hope these two “Fight Forever!” but it has to end somehow!

Taurus hauls Vikingo up but Vikingo throws hands. Taurus blocks, then HEADBUTTS! Vikingo sits back down, Taurus soaks up the heat, and then Taurus runs. But Vikingo ROCKS Taurus! And BOOTS him! But Taurus runs in, only for Vikingo to toss him up and out! Vikingo goes up top, to tightrope walk and 630 CANNONBALL!! The fans are thunderous again as Vikingo fires up! Vikingo puts Taurus back in, climbs up, but Taurus trips him up! Vikingo falls, Taurus hauls him up and whips, tilt-o-whirl torture rack! RACK TO BACKBREAKER, then a POWER BREAKER!! Then a DISCUS LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!!!

Taurus is beside himself but the fans fire up again! Taurus pounds the mat, drags Vikingo up again, and whips. Tilt-o-whirl and torture rack, but Vikingo makes it a CRUCIFIX DRIVER!! Then POISON-RANA!! Then he hurries corner to corner, kneepads down! METEORA!!! Vikingo hurries go up, to 630 SENTON!!! Cover, VIKINGO WINS!!

Winner: El Hijo Del Vikingo, by pinfall (still AAA Mega Champion)

A standing ovation for this opening match, Vikingo is truly a lucha legend! But he still has to keep going to prove he is the greatest of all time, will he make it to that destination?

 

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Mogul Embassy VS TMDK!

Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona did their best in NJPW World Tag League but didn’t get very far. But now reunited with Brian Cage, they’re ready to reestablish themselves as the top trio! Will they be in the money? Or will Shane Haste, Kosei Fujita & Bad Dude Tito change the ROH landscape?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see just who are truly mighty!

The Code of Honor is upheld, and Kaun starts against Ichiban Sweet Boy Fujita. The fans rally as the two circle, tie up, and Kaun wrenches. Fujita rolls, handsprings, wrenches and wristlocks. Kaun slips around and wrenches back to headlock. Fujita powers Kaun to ropes, the ref counts but Fujita lets off. Kaun turns things around, then lets off. Fujita rushes in, Kaun gets around to waistlock but Fujita switches. Kaun switches, back suplexes, but Fujita lands on his feet. Things speed up, Kaun CLOBBERS Fujita down! Cover, TWO! Kaun drags Fujita up and over, tag to Liona. The Gates mug Fujita and Nana cheers them on!

Liona stands on Fujita’s face, lets off and gets mad at the ref. The ref backs away, Liona drags Fujita up. Liona CHOPS Fujita to the corner, tags Kaun back in, and the Gates mug Fujita some more. Kaun brings Fujita around, whips but Fujita reverses to CHOP! Kaun kicks, runs, but into a WHEEL KICK! Tag to Tito and he kicks Kaun. Snap suplex! Cover, ONE!! Tito puts Kaun in the corner, CHOPS, CHOPS again, but Kaun gets in his face! Kaun CHOPS, Tito eggs him on! Kaun CHOPS, Tito CHOPS! Tito ROCKS and CHOPS Kaun on repeat, then wrenches, ripcords and EXPLODERS! Cover, TWO! But Tito hauls Kaun back up to RAM him into the corner!

Shane tags in, he taunts Nana, and then UPPERCUTS Kaun! Shane brings Kaun around, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Shane flexes and the fans fire up. Tag to Fujita and Shane gives him a lift, SCOOP SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fujita whips Kaun to a corner, runs up and CHOPS! Fujita whips corner to corner, runs in but Kaun dodges! Kaun comes back to LARIAT! Kaun drags Fujita over, tags in Cage, and fans fire up for The Machine! Cage ROCKS Fujita, ROCKS him again, and then whips to ropes. Gorilla press and then the POWERSLAM! Cage flexes and fans fire up. Cover, TWO! Fujita hangs in there and Nana argues the count.

Cage whips Fujita to a corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! And GAMANGIRIS! And SAIDOS! Cover, TWO! Cage smirks as he stays between TMDK, and he scoops Fujita to use him for bicep curls! The fans count along, Cage gets his set of 10 in before he FALL AWAY SLAMS! Cage flexes, he drags Fujita up, but Fujita fires off forearms! Cage JUMP KNEES! Cage reels Fujita in, puts one out, and gets Fujita up, but Fujita fires fists! Fujita is free, he fires a forearm! Cage swings, but into Fujita’s wrench and GERMAN SUPLEX!! Both men are down, they flounder, hot tags to Liona and Tito! Tito dodges Liona to BLAST Kaun!

Tito mule kicks Liona, ENZIGURIS, then catches Cage, BLUE THUNDER BOMB onto Liona! DIVE onto Kaun! The fans are all fired up as Tito goes up, CROSSBODY! Tito runs, spins Liona around and CHOPS! Tito knuckle locks, goes up and up, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Liona survives but Tito keeps on him. Liona UPPERCUTS Tito, Shane tags in! Tito distracts Liona, SUPERKICK and then Shane DROPKICKS! Shane dodges Cage, Tito SPINEBUSTERS him down! Shane BLASTS Kaun, UPPERCUTS Liona, and sits him down to run and CANNONBALL! The fans fire up with Shane!

Shane runs up again, SHANE-ING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Nana coaches Liona up but he’s worried. Shane drags Liona up, reels him in, and fans fire up with Shane. Shane suplexes, but Liona’s too big! Liona suplexes, Shane slips free and CHOPS! Liona roars, Shane takes a swing, but Liona catches him for an URENAGE! Nana does his dance! Tag to Kaun, he drags Shane up, full nelson, but Tito runs in. Kaun lets Shane go and Tito DECKS him! Liona KICKS Fujita, CLOBBERS Tito, and they get Shane back up! Full nelson- Shane KNEES Liona! Kaun FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS Shane, Liona SPEARS!! cover, Fujita braeks it!

Liona whips Fujita away, runs in, but hits buckles! Liona tumbles up and out, but Kaun kicks Shane. Kaun underhooks, but Shane back drops free! Cage DISCUS LARIATS Shane! Tito run sin, Cage mule kicks, front kicks, but Tito fireman’s carries! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fujita tags in and he runs up on Kaun! BIG elbow, then Tito clotheslines! Shane UPPERCUTS, snapmare while Tito PLANCHAS Liona! Fujita springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK Kaun! Cover, TWO! Fujita brings Kaun up, but Kaun fires a forearm! Fujita fires it back! They go forearm for forearm back and forth!

Fans fire up as Fujita gets the edge! Fujita runs, but Kaun knees low! Kaun whips, ROCKS Fujita in the corner, then whips corner to corner. Fujita goes up and over, rolls, but Kaun SHOTGUNS him down! Tag to Cage and he has Fujita on the apron. Fans fire up as Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES!! Cover, TITO BREAKS IT! Fans fire up, Tito fireman’s carries Cage, but Cage fights free. Cage RAMS Tito into buckles, pump handles and FACEBUSTERS! Shane runs in to BOOT Cage onto ropes! Liona ROCKS Shane, Kaun has him, they LARIAT SANDWICH! The Embassy regroups and they have Fujita all alone.

Fujita fires forearms and elbows and fans fire up! But Liona HEADBUTTS! Liona runs in to back body block! Kaun DOUBLE KNEES! The Gates get Fujita up, ROCK-A-BYE BOMB!! Cover, Embassy wins!

Winners: The Mogul Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)

Nana grabs the belts to give to his guys, and these three titans are still dominant as ever. Will nothing ever stop this trio?

 

I Quit Match: Ethan Page VS Tony Nese!

A backhanded offer and a sensitive ego led to a cheated victory and an escalated grudge. All Ego didn’t want the Premier Athlete’s help, so the Smart Mark stable had to go and make things personal. But with no disqualifications, no count outs and Smart Mark himself handcuffed to a corner post, will Ethan finally get even for everything Nese cost him these past few months?

Sterling is of course reluctant to be cuffed to the post, how is he supposed to help his client? But as the ref insists and Sterling says Jerry Lynn’s word isn’t a binding, legal contract, HERE COMES MARK HENRY! Fans fire up as the World’s Strongest Man heads down to the ring, now taking the role of World’s Strongest Special Enforcer! Sterling accepts being cuffed now, so Henry cuffs Sterling personally. But Nese sucker punches Ethan! The bell rings, Nese stomps away on Ethan, and fans boo. Nese fires up, has Ethan in a corner, and he ROCKS Ethan! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” Sterling says no, Texas sucks!

Nese says up yours, Texas, then whips Ethan corner to corner. Ethan comes back to CLOBBER Nese! Ethan fires hands, stomps a mudhole, then climbs up to rain down fists! Ethan goes so fast, he goes way past TEN and right to TWENTY! The fans are all fired up and Nese sputters in the corner. Ethan drags Nese up, CHOPS him against the ropes, then brings him around to whip. Ethan CLOBBERS Nese, Nese bails out, but Ethan smirks at Sterling. Sterling says he can’t do anything! Let’s talk about this! Fans cheer as Ethan storms over to Sterling, but Nese returns to PLANCHA! Down goes Ethan!

Fans boo but Nese smirks as he stomps Ethan. Ethan flounders, the fans chant “TONY SUCKS! TONY SUCKS!” Nese brings Ethan around to RAM into railing! “Who sucks now, huh!?” The fans boo and give thumbs down, but Ethan ELBOWS Nese! Ethan throws body shots but Nese fires forearms. Nese goes to smack Ethan off the apron but Ethan elbows back. Nese CLUBS Ethan and pushes him into the ring. Nese brings Ethan up, but Ethan throws more body shots! Ethan ROCKS Nese, but Nese throat chops Ethan! Fans chant “WE HATE TONY!” but Tony brings Ethan up to run and BULLDOG HOTSHOT!

Ethan flounders and sputters, and Sterling is still able to do something: he looks under the ring, and finds Tony Nese’s Premier Protein? The same kind thrown at Ethan’s face during the contract signing! And speaking of, Nese drags Ethan up and over, Sterling gets on the apron and gets a big handful of powder! Sterling aims, but Ethan ducks, Nese gets powdered! Fans fire up and Ethan laughs. Sterling panics, the fans tell him he messed up, and Ethan says he’s about to get his hands on Sterling and give him what he deserves! Nese hurries to wash the powder out of his eyes but Ethan grabs Sterling by his suit!

Nese hurries around the way, turns Ethan around, but Ethan ROCKS Nese first! But Sterling grabs Ethan by a leg! Nese KNEES Ethan into the post and cuffs! The fans boo, the ref reprimands Sterling but there’s nothing they can do. Nese gets the mic to tell Ethan Page, “You piece of trash,” if he represents all these people, then represent them and do what they would do: just quit right now! Ethan says NO! But he’s busted open! Nese says, “Then so be it.” PREMIER KNEE into the steps!! Ethan sputters while he’s dazed on the ground. Nese says they’ll try this again. “Ethan Page, do you quit?” “NO!!”

Fans fire up and Nese says Ethan’s as dumb as every one of these dumb pieces of Texas trash! Nese stomps Ethan, then goes looking for something that can free Sterling. The keys are NOT going to be handed over, no matter how much Nese demands them. Ethan hobbles up, and he makes his way around to ROCK Nese with a haymaker! Fans fire up but Ethan’s crimson mask is growing. Ethan still pursues Nese, even on wobbly legs. Ethan ROCKS Nese again! Nese sits down, Ethan hobbles around, and then Ethan pursues back to where Sterling stands. Ethan throws hands, whips, Nese hits railing but he kicks Ethan in return.

Nese ROCKS Ethan, whips him, but Ethan reverses to send Nese into and over the railing! The fans are all fired up as Nese flounders. Ethan storms back up, drags Nese up, but Nese claws Ethan’s eyes! Ethan staggers away, Nese goes up onto the railing, and he FLYING CLOTHESLINES! Ethan falls down, but Nese stomps away on him. Nese storms off to go searching, and he finds a 45 pound weight! That’s normally for anchoring the ring but Nese brings it over and takes aim! Ethan dodges the 45 pound slam! Ethan kicks Nese, whips, but Nese reverses and now Ethan hits railing! Nese hurries to get Ethan in the ring.

Nese storms around, finds his jump rope, and fans boo as Nese swings it around. Nese LASHES Ethan with the rope! Ethan just gets angry! Ethan ROCKS Nese, and again, and again! Ethan takes the rope, and he LASHES Nese! And again! And again! Ethan fires off more and more and Nese gets the mic to say wait! “Cut it out! Cut it out! I can’t take anymore!” Nese says he- THROAT CHOP! Nese suckers Ethan in, then gets the rope. Nese uses it to HOTSHOT Ethan! Ethan falls, Nese builds speed and FOSBURY FLOP! Down goes Ethan and Nese even uses the jump rope to get some cardio in. Sterling stomps Ethan while Nese brings out a TABLE!

Fans are torn, they love tables but hate Nese. Nese sets the table up at ringside, then gets a second table! Nese has the tables side by side, fans chant “MARK YOU SUCK!” Sterling says he doesn’t suck, he just wanted to help Ethan. Ethan SMACKS Nese off a table, fires forearms, and he ROUNDHOUSES Nese onto a table! Fans fire up and Ethan tells Sterling to watch this. Ethan goes up the corner, but Sterling shakes the ropes! Nese then hurries up to hit Ethan! They brawl as Nese climbs, and Nese brings Ethan up. Ethan fights the superplex with body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Nese! And again! And again!

Nese drops back, Ethan steps in, HEADSHOT HOTSHOT! Fans fire up as Ethan reloads, HEADSHOT CUTTER through the tables!!! Sterling and Texas are losing their minds! The ref checks with Nese, but he just says “NO!” Ethan gets out of the wreckage, he goes looking under the ring, and he grabs chairs! Sterling scrambles away as far as he can, which is only around the corner, as Ethan puts those chairs in the ring. Ethan puts Nese in, brings him around and bumps him off buckles. Ethan then hoists Nese up top, grabs the chairs, and he sets those up nearby. Ethan goes up, lifts Nese onto his shoulders, and takes aim!

Nese fights free, slingshots up and around, SUPER STEINER over the chairs! Ethan was lucky to not fall on what he put together, but Nese tells Ethan to just quit. Ethan says no, so Sterling says to get the keys! Nese grabs Bobby Cruise and Bobby gives up the keys! The ref says no, but Nese SHOVES the ref! That’ll be a fine, but Nese doesn’t care because he wants to win! Sterling is freed, the fans boo as Nese & Sterling get in the ring to stomp away on Ethan. Sterling says it is 2v1, so now what? Ethan still refuses to quit, so Sterling says alright. Sterling takes off his jacket, and Nese gets the 45 pound weight.

Sterling says this is what we’re doing now. They’re gonna give Ethan a taste of his own medicine. Sterling will cuff Ethan’s hands behind his back, Nese will smash Ethan’s head with the weight, and then, they will send this footage to Ethan’s daughter as part of future therapy! Sterling brings the cuffs up to show everyone, but SCORPIO SKY is here!! Ethan’s former tag partner and good friend is here! The Closer says no no no, and he DECKS Sterling! Now we’re 1v1 again and fans fire up! Nese is furious, he still aims at Ethan, but Ethan kicks Nese first! Nese falls, his hands under the weight! And then Ethan STOMPS that weight onto Nese’s hands!!

Ethan reels Nese in, DDT onto the weight!! Nese flounders out of the ring, and Scorpio serves Sterling up, PLATE SHOT!! Ethan fires up, says thumbs down, and he hoists Ethan up, EGO’S EDGE!! Ethan kicks Sterling out of the ring and Scorpio drags Sterling away. Ethan gets Nese up, reels him in, EGO- NO, Nese slips free! Nese gets a chair, he JAMS Ethan! And SMACKS Ethan on the back! Nese still cuffs Ethan’s hands like Sterling wanted! Where’s the key? Nese stomps Ethan while Ethan can’t defend himself! Nese says, “What a predicament. Ethan Page, I am giving you one last chance, or I knock your head off your damn shoulders.”

Nese asks if Ethan quits. Ethan says F YOU!! Fans are thunderous, Nese is furious, and Nese swings! Ethan dodges, and then BOOTS Nese! And then he NO HANDS BACK DROPS! And then SHOULDER TACKLE! The ref finds the key, he uncuffs Ethan! Fans fire up and Ethan uses these cuffs to CRACK Nese again and again! Ethan whips, Nese reverses and SOBATS! Then SOBATS Ethan’s face! But Ethan has the chair and he HOME RUN CHAIRSHOTS Nese!!! Ethan uses the cuffs to CHOKE Nese!!! NESE QUITS, ETHAN WINS!!!

Winner: Ethan Page

The fans are thunderous and Ethan has vindication! Scorpio returns to celebrate with his friend! Even Mark Henry returns to raise their hands in victory! Will this defeat finally humble the Premier Athlete? Will this victory finally bring Ethan to bigger and better things in ROH?

 

ROH World Television Championship Survival of the Fittest: Dalton Castle VS Lee Johnson VS Lee Moriarty VS Komander VS Kyle Fletcher VS Bryan Keith!

Samoa Joe’s greed ends up everyone else’s opportunity to grab the gold! The Peacock wants to get this belt back, Big Shotty and #TAIGASTYLE want their first taste. The AAA World Cruiserweight Champion wants to add to his collection, The Aussie Arrow wants to make the Don Callis Family proud, and the Bounty Hunter wants to make good on the big win he had just earlier tonight! Who defies the odds and outlasts them all to become a champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is on display, and we see who is truly the fittest to survive!

The bell rings, and the way this works is that two men are legal, the others stand at the corners, but they can tag in off anyone they want. And this is elimination so it goes until there’s only one man left! The fans fire up as Castle and Moriarty start. They keep the Code of Honor, and they feel things out. The fans all have someone in this they like, but then Kyle tags in hard off Castle! Castle swings but Kyle TOSSES him out! The Boys are there to fan Castle off but the fans chant “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE! OI OI OI!” Kyle and Moriarty tie up, Kyle wrenches and wristlocks. Moriarty rolls, spins, handsprings, and wrenches through to wristlock.

Kyle rolls, wrenches, hammerlocks, headlocks and hits a takeover, but Moriarty headscissors. Kyle kips free, Castle is back but Kyle TOSSES him back out! The Boys hurry to fan Castle again, and so do the fans! Moriarty and Kyle reset, but Johnson tags in. Kyle swings but Johnson DECKS him! The Lees meet and the fans rally up. The Lees tie up, Moriarty headlocks but Johnson powers out. Moriarty goes up and comes back, Johnson snapmares and runs but Moriarty drops down, hurdles over, and BOOTS! Moriarty runs, but Johnson hurdles, drops and DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Castle is back, but Johnson TOSSES him!

Fans are torn as Komander runs in. Johnson CHOPS him, but then Komander knuckle locks. Komander CHOPS, goes up and backflips to then dosido and whip. Johnson reverses but Komander reverses, OCTOPUS! Then RANA! Johnson falls out, Castle returns, and he rushes in, but Komander TOSSES him out! Komander builds speed but Bryan ROCKS him! Fans fire up, Komander CHOPS! Bryan snarls, ROCKS Komander, but Komander CHOPS back! Bryan ROCKS Komander, Komander CHOPS, and the two go back and forth like that! Komander CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then whips, but Bryan reveres.

Things speed up, Bryan sidesteps to BOOT Komander down! Castle returns yet again, and fans fire up as Bryan stares him down. Castle runs in, but Bryan TOSSES him out, and Castle ends up in the laps of the front row! Kyle returns, he scoops Bryan, and he SLAMS Bryan hard! Fans boo but Kyle soaks up the heat. Kyle BOOTS Bryan to a corner, SUPERKICKS Komander, then throws hands on Bryan. Kyle CHOPS Bryan, Bryan sputters but he snarls. Kyle BLASTS Johnson off the apron, but Bryan CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS away on Kyle, runs, but into an ELBOW! Kyle rains down fists!

The fans boo but Kyle seethes as he storms around. Castle is back again, the fans fire up, and Kyle dares Castle to try it. Castle runs in, but then turns things around on Kyle! Kyle turns it around, Castle turns it around, repeat, repeat, repeat, and then Castle TOSSES Kyle! The fans are thunderous, but Moriarty BOOTS Castle! Castle bails out, Moriarty DIVES and takes both Castle and Bryan out! But Johnson builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP onto everyone!! The fans are thunderous again, but now Kyle goes up top! Komander is on the other corner and the two stare down. Kyle says no, but Komander says si! Tightrope walk, then he bypasses Kyle to FLY onto everyone else!!

The fans are thunderous again and Kyle can’t believe it, either. Kyle figures he should give it a try, but Komander CLUBS him first! Komander climbs up, throws hands, and brings Kyle up, for a SUPER DUPER STEINER! The fans are thunderous again, and here comes Castle! Komander dodges one lariat, but not the SECOND! Fans fire up with Castle and he sees Bryan return. Bryan clinches, Castle CLUBS free and back drops. Bryan sunset flips, Castle gets free, but Bryan avoids the splash! Bryan ENZIGURIS, Castle bails back out, but Johnson gets Bryan with a ROLLING DEATH VALLEY, PENALTY KICK, and STANDING MOONSAULT!

Moriarty runs in, Johnson blocks the kick and fans chant “LEE! LEE! LEE!” as Lee gets Lee up. Moriarty slips free, fires hands, and roars! ROLLING- SUPERKICK! Johnson reels Moriarty in, but Moriarty wrenches out and bends the fingers! SNAP! What a villain Moriarty is! Moriarty lifts Johnson up, THE FANG! And then BORDER CITY STRETCH!! Johnson TAPS, Moriarty ELIMINATES him! That’s one down and four to go as Moriarty counts it, but Castle is back. The Peacock and the Taiga circle, and the fans are behind “DALTON! DALTON!” The Boys get those thighs and legs going, and Castle is ready!

Castle and Moriarty tie up, Castle trips Moriarty and gator rolls but Moriarty kicks him! Throat chop! Moriarty kicks the leg out! Moriarty shows off his martial arts pose, but Castle gets Moriarty up for an EXPLODER! Komander runs in, EXPLODER! Bryan runs in, EXPLODER! Kyle runs in, EXPLODER! Suplex City, Peacock Style! But wait, Johnny TV is here! He CLOBBERS Brent, dodges Brandon and LOW BLOWS him! Castle waistlocks Moriarty, they go to a corner, Johnny SUPERKICKS Brent! Moriarty leaps into Castle’s arms, EXPLODER!! The fans are thunderous and Castle fires up, and he drags Moriarty up.

Johnny mockingly cheers Castle and that distracts him. Moriarty throws hands but Castle gives them back. Castle DECKS Moriarty, glares at Johnny, then swings on him. Johnny gets away, taunts Castle, but Castle goes back for Moriarty. Castle ROCKS Moriarty, but then Castle puts a Boy int he ring. Moriarty dodges Castle, Castle sees Brent bail out, and then Moriarty ENZIGURIS! Moriarty suplexes, THE FANG!! Cover, MORIARTY ELIMINATES CASTLE!! Fans boo, they wanna cancel Johnny TV for screwing over The Peacock! But Moriarty scores both eliminations, is he the one to beat?

Johnny plays like he’s upset but now Bryan steps to Moriarty. Fans rally for “B K! B K!” Bryan CHOPS, Moriarty CHOPS! Bryan fires up and CHOPS! Moriarty fires up and CHOPS! They CHOP then forearm back and forth, Kyle gets in and he ROCKS Bryan, ROCKS Moriarty, repeat! Komander hops in to CHOP Kyle! Moriarty ROCKS Komander! Bryan ROCKS Moriarty! Komander ROCKS Bryan! Kyle DECKS Komander! Moriarty ROCKS Bryan! Bryan and Komander dodge, BOOT and CALF KICK for Moriarty and Kyle! Then Bounty Hunter and Commander coordinate, they whip, but Kyle and Moriarty dosido!

But Bryan and Komander both dodge! SPLASH for Moriarty, BOOT for Kyle! Komander and Bryan bump into each other, Komander spins Bryan to TORNADO DDT! Komander hurries to a corner and he climbs up. The fans fire up, but Kyle SHOVES Komander to the floor! Kyle goes up, he aims at Bryan, and fans boo. But Bryan gets up to RISING HEADBUTT! The fans fire up with Bryan and he climbs up after Kyle. Bryan brings Kyle up but Moriarty gets Bryan! But Komander gets Moriarty! SUPER TOWER OF DOOM!! The fans lose their minds over the Super Duper German Superplex Powerbomb Combo!!

Komander catches his breath as the fans cheer “ROH! ROH!” for giving us this match. Moriarty runs in but Komander dodges him, rolls him, TWO! Moriarty scoops, Komander victory roll counters, TWO! Moriarty BOOTS then basement dropkicks Komander down! Bryan rises, fireman’s carries, but Moriarty slips free. Bryan clinches, Moriarty fights it but Bryan shoves him to a corner. Bryan runs in to GAMANGIRI, then he goes up top. Bryan dragon sleepers, for the DIAMOND- NO, Moriarty powers out! But Bryan fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, ONE?!? The fans boo and Bryan is furious!

Moriarty SLAPS Bryan, but Bryan SLAPS and KNEES him! That knockout knee!! Bryan hurries to underhook Moriarty and haul him up! TIGER DRIVER!! Cover, BRYAN ELIMINATES MORIARTY!! But then Kyle ghost pins Bryan!! TWO!!! Bryan escapes, but Kyle fires off forearms! Kyle sits Bryan down, roars, and seethes. Fans rally and duel, Kyle runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges the boot! SAIDO! Bryan runs up to KNEE Kyle down!! Bryan wants to finish Kyle, but Kyle fights the underhooks and wrenches, hammerlock and dragon sleeper! GRIMSTONE!!! Cover, Kyle ELIMINATES Bryan!

The fans boo as now Kyle is all alone with Komander. The fans rally behind Komander, and the two step up. Komander throws a forearm, but Kyle ROCKS Komander in return! Kyle soaks up the heat, but Komander returns to fire a forearm. There’s almost nothing behind it, so Kyle mocks Komander’s height by bending down a bit. Komander CHOPS Kyle, but Kyle brushes it off to ROCK Komander. Komander comes back to forearm, but Kyle fires a flurry! ROLLING- NO, Komander gets under, waistlocks, but Kyle elbows free! Kyle winds up, but Komander SUPERKICKS first! Komander runs, but Kyle ROCKS him! Kyle runs, but Komander ROCKS him back!

Komander keeps moving, but Kyle BOOTS! Wrench, hammerlock, dragon sleeper, GRIM- NO, Komander slips free and shoves, then kicks the legs out! Kyle flounders, Komander runs up, he jumps over Kyle, springboards and POISON-RANAS!! Kyle flops out of the ring, the only thing saving him there! But Komander says not even the outside is safe, as he SLINGSHOT RAN- NO! Kyle blocks that, and he brings Komander up! But Komander fights to get to the apron! Komander punches Kyle away then mule kicks! Komander adjusts, but Kyle hurries up after him! ENZIGURI! Scoop and APRON TOMBSTONE!!!!

Both men fall to the floor, and the fans are losing their minds again! Since it is only the last two, a ring count starts now. Kyle rises at 4, Alex Abrahantes coaches Komander. Kyle wants the count to finish this, and the count is 9 of 20! Komander finally drags himself up at 10, and Abrahantes continues to motivate Komander. Komander flounders around at 15! Abrahantes almost pleads with Komander to find that fighting spirit! Komander’s up and in at 18!! Kyle is furious, he runs in, GAMANGIRI!! And then suplex, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!?! Komander survives and Kyle is beside himself! Abrahantes gets “SI SE PUEDES!” going as Komander stirs.

Kyle pounds the mat in frustration, then he demands Komander get up. Kyle puts Komander in a corner, puts him up top, and then climbs. Kyle brings Komander up to the very top, but Komander slips around! 619 sweeps the legs! Komander SPRINGBOARD DESTROYERS!!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Kyle survives and now Komander is the one beside himself! No one can believe Kyle survived, but “This is Awesome!” Komander aims as Kyle flounders, and he gets the legs, ROPE GUILLOTINE! Then slingshot DOUBLE STOMPS on the apron! Komander goes up a corner and the fans rally up. Komander aims, tightrope walks, and APRON 450 SPLASHES!!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again while Kyle sputters and coughs! Komander hurries up another corner, takes aim, and 450 SPLASH again!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! Kyle survives and shocks everyone! The fans rally as hard as they can and Komander vows to end this. Komander goes back up, but Kyle rises! Kyle KICKS the legs out! Komander gets stuck on the top rope, and Kyle goes up! TOP ROPE BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? HOW?!?!? Kyle has seen a ghost as Komander rises up! Kyle runs up to CALF KICK! And then wrench, hammerlock, dragon sleeper! GRIMSTONE!!!! Cover, KYLE WINS!!

Winner: Kyle Fletcher, by pinfall (NEW ROH World Television Champion)

The field was stacked, the odds were slim, and yet the Aussie Arrow hits the target! Kyle Fletcher brings this title to the Don Callis Family! Is nothing going to stop Kyle from running the world?

 

ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Tom Lawlor!

The Decoder did Katsuyori Shibata dirty in order to take this title off him and become a historic three-time Pure Champion. However, dirty is how Filthy Lawlor likes it! Will things get downright nasty in this match? Will Yuta make a clean getaway with the gold again?

Tonight’s judges are Christopher Daniels, Jimmy Jacobs & Jerry Lynn. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly Pure!

Lawlor takes off the denim shorts to reveal the denim tights! The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we’re on the clock. The two tie up, Lawlor waistlocks but Yuta wrenches free. Lawlor rolls, wrenches back, shoots back to the waistlock and headlocks for a takeover. Yuta headscissors, Lawlor moves around and rolls Yuta to then roll back. Lawlor traps the legs, floats to a facelock, but Yuta pops out to waistlock. Lawlor moves around, Yuta facelocks, but Lawlor slips out. Yuta facelocks again, Lawlor slips out to waistlock but Yuta switches. They switch around and around and around and the fans fire up!

Lawlor stands, Yuta backs off, and the fans cheer the standoff at the one minute mark. The two reset and circle, then feel things out. Lawlor jumps on to body scissor and armlock but Yuta throws him away. Lawlor comes back, Yuta sweeps the legs, but Lawlor uses his leg guard to lift Yuta! Lawlor drags Yuta into the ARMBAR! Yuta clasps hands but Lawlor pulls at the grip. Lawlor CHOPS Yuta in the stomach, CHOPS him again, and the hands separate! ARMBAR! Yuta scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, and that was the quickest someone got Yuta to use one of his breaks! Lawlor and Yuta reset, and Yuta headlocks.

Yuta rakes the eyes and Lawlor protests. Lawlor runs in but Yuta SHOTGUNS Lawlor first! Yuta stomps Lawlor, then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Yuta knees Lawlor in the back, drags him up, and CLUBS him on the neck. Lawlor CHOPS, but Yuta CHOPS! Lawlor CHOPS again, so Yuta throws off his elbow pads. The ref gets those out of the way, and misses Yuta’s headlock punch! Fans boo but Lawlor DECKS Yuta! Lawlor gets his warning for the closed fist, and then Yuta CHOP BLOCKS! And he STOMPS the leg! Yuta stomps Lawlor again, the fans chant “YUTA SUCKS!”, but Yuta drags Lawlor from legs and steps through.

Yuta ties up the legs, for an INDIAN DEATHLOCK! The fans duel, Yuta eggs Lawlor on, but Lawlor throws forearms! Yuta stands to put on more pressure, then flexes to soak up the cheers and jeers. Yuta dares Lawlor to go for the ropes, then shifts to a HALF CRAB! Lawlor thinks about it, but yes, he uses the ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets off and cheers himself, but we’re past 4 and a half minutes. Yuta stomps Lawlor’s bad leg, grabs it and twists it with a toehold. Lawlor endures, kicks with his free leg, and kicks free. But Yuta CHOPS! Yuta eggs Lawlor on, so Lawlor CHOPS! Yuta CHOPS again! Lawlor fires up to CHOP again!

The CHOPS keep going, then they move to forearms! They go back and forth, faster and faster, and the fans fire up! Yuta ROLLING ELBOWS! But Lawlor roars to ROLLING ELBOW! Then DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOWS collide! Yuta rewinds in the ropes, gets around and waistlocks. Lawlor throws Yuta off but Yuta knees low. Yuta runs, Lawlor dodges and returns, SPEAR! The fans fire up and Lawlor fires himself up. Yuta goes to a corner, Lawlor runs in, but Yuta BOOTS him! Yuta runs up, Lawlor dodges and JUMP KNEES! Yuta goes to another corner, Lawlor runs in, and he leaps to RAM into Yuta! Then pump handle EXPLODER! Cover, TWO!

Yuta just gets that arm up, and we’re past seven minutes. Lawlor drags Yuta up by his wrists, to KAMI- NO, Yuta blocks the knee, CLUBS the leg, and DRAGON SCREWS it! Yuta clamps on for the seated IRON OCTOPUS! Lawlor endures, fans rally, and Lawlor fights up to his feet! Lawlor pries free but Yuta just shifts to the COBRA TWIST! Then a roll, SPLADLE! TWO!! Lawlor escapes, but Yuta reels him in. Wrench and PAIN- NO, Lawlor slips free, gets around, and high angle URENAGE! Cover, TWO! Yuta is still in this but the fans rally with Lawlor. Lawlor runs, Yuta ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Lawlor, to the HALF CRAB!

Lawlor endures, moves around, but Yuta drags him from ropes! Yuta sits deep but Lawlor still endures. Lawlor rolls, gets under, and he MONKEY FLIPS Yuta away! Yuta runs back in but Lawlor WRINGS his arm out! And PENALTY KICKS It! Yuta clutches the arm, but Lawlor hammerlocks it, to scoop and PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! So Lawlor wraps on an ANACONDA VICE!! Yuta endures as we pass 10 minutes! Yuta scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! That is his second, Yuta has one left. Yuta goes to the apron, Lawlor storms up but Yuta DECKS Lawlor! The ref sees that, that will be Yuta’s one warning.

Fans boo but Yuta flips them off. Yuta climbs up, but Lawlor GAMANGIRIS! Lawlor climbs up and fans fire up, but Yuta throws down elbows! Yuta elbows Lawlor again and again, but his arm is bothering him. Lawlor grabs the arm, KIMURA! And from the top rope, Lawlor has Yuta for a SUPER ARMLOCK SUPLEX!! And then KIMURA WITH SCISSORS!! Yuta flails, endures, reaches out, and fans want him to “TAP! TAP! TAP!” Yuta refuses, so he uses his final ROPEBREAK! Lawlor shows no mercy, he drags Yuta to a DISARMER!! Yuta endures his arm being pulled way back! We’re past 12 minutes but Yuta fights!

Yuta gets Lawlor’s bad leg, ANKLE LOCK!! Lawlor hops around, reaches out, ROPE- GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! KIMURA!! Lawlor has Yuta again and Yuta has no breaks! Yuta fights up, but into a CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Lawlor drops back to body scissor, but Yuta pushes back to make it a cover! TWO, and Yuta is free to get Lawlor’s leg! SPINNING TOEHOLD! Then the flip over, roll and SEATBELT!! But feet are in the ropes!! But YUTA WINS!!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)

Fans boo as Yuta gets away with another one! Lawlor keeps the Code of Honor, but then Yuta LOW BLOWS him!! Fans boo, that’s not Pure or honorable or any of that! Yuta drags Lawlor up, aims for the belt, but here comes HOOK! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil has wanted after Yuta, but Yuta bails out! Hook checks on Lawlor, and then Yuta slithers back in, to LOW BLOW Hook!! Yuta hits Hook with a DDT! The Decoder bent the rules to cheat Lawlor, but will he be the one getting bent when Hook has him under FTW Rules?

 

Keith Lee VS Shane Taylor!

A tale as old as time in pro-wrestling: two great friends were climbing to the top together, and when only one makes it there, the other becomes bitter and jealous. The Limitless One will not apologize for being recognized by The Game, will he have no regrets in what he has to do to his former friend? Or is Big Bad Shaney T. Boy going to prove everyone has their limits?

The fans sing “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLORY~!” and that annoys Shane. The Code of Honor is skipped and the bell rings. Shane and Keith circle, the two feel things out, and Shane tests with a jab. Keith shrugs that off, the two circle again, and they feel out a knuckle lock. The fans chant for Keith, the two knuckle lock and tie up. They go shoulder to shoulder for a test of strength, and Keith powers Shane back. Shane powers up to JAB! Shane’s family cheers him on but the fans boo while he and Keith reset. They circle, feel things out again, and tie up. Keith powers Shane back, but Shane shifts to headlock.

Keith powers up to lift Shane! Shane thrashes to keep Keith down, but Keith tries again. Keith bearhugs Shane, powers out of the headlock, and they RAM shoulders! The fans fire up as both men stay up! Shane and Keith nod, Shane dares Keith to try something, so Keith runs. Keith ducks the elbow, rolls over the dropdown, then RAMS Shane! Shane stays up, he RAMS Keith! Keith rebounds to run Shane over! The fans fire up and Shane is surprised. Shane gets up and walks that off, and Keith smirks. The fans chant “Keith is Awesome!” as he and Shane reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock again, and Keith twists the wrists.

Keith puts Shane in a corner, traps the arms in ropes, and then lets off, to GRIZZLY MAGNUM! The fans fire up and Shane sputters. The fans chant “BEAT THAT MEAT!” Keith runs in, Shane puts him on the apron but Shane blocks to buckle bump! And SLINGSHOT CROSSBODY! Fans fire up and Keith covers, ONE!! Shane hangs tough and Keith smirks. Keith stalks Shane but Shane throws him to the apron. Shane runs up, Keith slingshots, but Shane catches him!? LONDON TOWER! Cover, ONE!! Keith hangs tough but Shane SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Keith sputters, Shane talks trash and asks who’s the meat now!

The fans chant “BEAT THAT MEAT!” but Shane pushes Keith to the apron. Shane stands on Keith, talks more trash, and lets off as the ref counts. Keith sputters, Shane hopes Keith’s mom is watching. GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Shane snarls and pats Keith on the face. Fans sing for Keith but Shane pushes him in to cover, TWO! Shane clamps on with a chinlock and he leans on Keith. Fans rally as Keith endures. Keith fights up, throws body shots, then he shoves Shane. Shane swings, misses, but the SOUTHPAW hits! Keith doesn’t fall!? Fans fire up as Keith throws knees into Shane! Shane blocks one, throws body shots, and a KNEE of his own! Cover, TWO!

Keith is still in this and he goes to ropes. Shane scowls as he storms up on Keith. Shane stands over Keith, HIP DROPS him, then talks trash. Shane fishhooks Keith, HIP DROPS him again, then soaks up the heat from Texas. Shane goes back to Keith, but Keith throws hands. Keith throws hands, Shane blocks, and then Shane shoves. Shane throws hands on Keith, and fans chant “MEAT! MEAT!” Keith blocks a shot to ROCK Shane! Then SPLASH in the corner! Fans fire up as Keith runs the ropes, but Shane drops down. Keith comes back, Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves and HEADBUTTS! Ripcord and URENAGE!

Shane drags Keith around, puts him in a drop zone, and Shane goes up the corner! FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Keith survives and Shane is fuming! Shane eggs Keith on, pie faces him, then reels him in. Shane tucks the arms but Keith blocks the lift! Shane CLUBS Keith on the back over and over! Shane reels Keith back in, but Keith shoves him! Then fireman’s carries him! But Shane slips free so Keith ROCKS him! And LARIATS it! And MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives and Keith is surprised! The fans rally up, Shane goes to a corner, and Keith storms up to him. Keith sets Shane up, to GRIZZLY MAGNUM!

Shane sputters and flounders while fans fire up! Keith smirks and the fans want that “One More Time!” Keith suggests something else, and the fans like what he’s thinking. Keith climbs, but wait! Lee Moriarty is here! Shane Taylor Promotions has the boss’s back, but Keith TOSSES Moriarty in! And pops him up for a SPIRIT BOMB! But Shane KNEES Keith in the head!! Cover, TWO!! Keith survives the trickery and Shane is shocked! Shane drags Keith to the drop zone and goes up to the very top! But Keith RISING HEADBUTTS! Keith climbs up after Shane but Shane throws body shots! Shane HEADBUTTS, and he reels Keith in!

Shane SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS!!! The fans are thunderous as Shane crawls to the cover, TWO?!?! Keith survives and no one can believe it!! “HOLY MEAT! HOLY MEAT!” Shane aims from a corner, powers up his right hand, and he runs up, KNOCKOUT SHOT!! Cover, TWO?!?! So not a knockout, and Shane is furious! Shane roars, aims again, but Keith ducks to fireman’s carry! BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith wins!!

Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall

Shane put all he had into this and it still wasn’t enough! But is this proof that Keith Lee truly is limitless? Keith also offers a hand to help Shane up. Shane looks to his family, and he takes Keith’s hand. The Pretty Boy Killers make amends, will both men be able to move on towards great things?

 

Backstage interview with Bryan Keith.

Tony Schiavone is with The Bounty Hunter and notes the big win in Zero Hour, making it to the final three in Survival of the Fittest, so what is next? Bryan says he is here to prove himself on the big stage, and prove that he is championship material. Bryan will make one thing clear: The Bounty Hunter always collects, and he’s here to collect gold. In steps Orange Cassidy! He says he’s got some gold. “Come collect it. See you tomorrow.” AEW Collision: Winter is Coming now has some Freshly Squeezed action! Will the Bounty Hunter make good on his mission?

 

Fight To Honor Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Mark Briscoe & FTR!

To honor the memory of the late, great Jay Briscoe, and to honor his final match ever last year, Final Battle this year is about going all out! Will Jon Moxley, Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli be able to #ManUp? Or will it be a tall task to top #DemTopGuys?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the trios sort out, and the Maniac starts against Dax Harwood. They circle, the fans rally up, and the two tie up. Moxley powers Dax back but Dax turns it around. They end up in a corner, Dax lets off slowly, and Moxley eggs Dax on. The fans fire up so Dax CHOPS! Moxley staggers away, but then he storms up on Dax. They tie up again, Moxley puts Dax in a corner, but Dax dodges the chop to CHOP again! Moxley goes to the BCC corner, Claudio tags in, and he circles with Dax. They feel it out, tie up, and Claudio puts Dax in a corner. The two scrap, the ref counts, and Claudio lets off with a push.

Claudio then UPPERCUTS Dax, but Dax CHOPS! UPPERCUT! CHOP! CHOP! Dax fires forearms, whips and drop toeholds, but Claudio stays up! ELBOW DROP! Claudio has Dax in a corner, tags Bryan, and fans fire up as Swiss Superman holds Dax up so American Dragon can CHOP! Bryan CHOPS and KICKS Dax in the open corner, but Dax turns things around to CHOP, CHOP and ROCK! Dax bumps Bryan off buckles, tag to Cash Wheeler, Cash CHOPS! Cash UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS, but Bryan UPPERCUTS and UPPERCUTS in return! They UPPERCUT back and forth and the fans fire up! Cash UPPERCUTS Bryan down!

Cash headlocks, Bryan powers up and out but Cash runs him over. And again! But Bryan dropkicks a leg! Bryan bumps Cash off buckles, tag to Moxley, and the BCC mugs Cash. Moxley DRAGON SCREWS Cash to a cover, TWO! Moxley anchors a leg, tags Claudio, and Claudio drops a leg! Scoop and SLAM! Fans are torn but Cash CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Claudio lifts and SLAMS Cash down, and has the legs! Cash rolls to a cover, TWO! Cash UPPERCUTS, Claudio UPPERCUTS, repeat! Cash RAMS Claudio into the corner, Mark tags in! Mark fires off on Claudio and stomps a mudhole!

The fans fire up but the ref counts. Mark lets off, hits the stance, REDNECK CRANE KICK! Cover, ONE! Mark kicks and fires forearms, then CHOPS! Mark whips, ELBOWS Claudio down, then covers, TWO! Mark drags Claudio up, facelocks, but Claudio resists. Mark still tags Dax in and #DemTopGuys mug Claudio. Dar bumps Claudio off buckles, whips corner to corner then runs in, but Claudio POSTS him! Tag to Moxley and he runs over to drag Dax out to the floor and throws him into railing! Moxley has the KIMURA on the bad arm! The ref reprimands, Moxley puts Dax in, then stomps him down.

Tag back to Claudio and he stomps Dax. Claudio drags Dax around to SLAM the bad arm off the mat. Tag to Bryan, Bryan KICKS Dax’s arm, then wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! And another ELBOW BREAKER! Bryan wrangles Dax, top wristlocks and then isolates the arm, to STOMP it! Tag to Moxley and he drags Dax up to wrench the arm. Moxley hammerlocks and wrangles Dax, then pulls on the other arm. Moxley YANKS the bad arm, then BITES it on the bicep! The ref counts, Moxley lets off, and the fans tell Moxley he’s sick. Dax CHOPS, Moxley HEADBUTTS! Moxley elbows and drags Dax back, tag to Claudio.

Claudio stomps Dax then UPPERCUTS! Dax gets up to CHOP, but that takes some out of him. Claudio UPPERCUTS again, but Dax is up to CHOP Claudio, fire off hands on Bryan and Moxley, but Claudio trips Dax! For the SWING! The fans fire up as Claudio lets go at FIVE! Tag to Moxley, he covers, TWO! Moxley drags Dax up, stomps, ROCKS and CHOPS in the corner. Moxley fires more shots, wraps the bad arm around the ropes, and then goes corner to corner. But Dax dodges and Moxley posts himself! Fans fire up as Moxley hurries, tag to Claudio! Claudio intercepts Dax to UPPERCUT! Dax CHOPS Claudio, ROCKS Bryan, repeat!

Dax CHOPS and CHOPS Claudio, ROCKS Bryan, but Claudio catches Dax! Claudio shoves but Dax LARIATS! Claudio roars, Dax LARIATS again! Claudio swings, Dax gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up while both men are down, hot tag to Bryan! Bryan drags Dax from his corner, but Dax hops and hops, hot tag to Mark! Mark dodges Bryan to REDNECK UPPERCUT Claudio! And CHOP Bryan! Haymaker for Claudio! CHOPS and forearms for all! Claudio waistloicks, Mark BOOTS Bryan away then PELES Claudio! Bryan HEADBUTTS Bryan, whips, but Mark uses that to BOOT Moxley!

Mark catches Bryan for an EXPLODER! The fans fire up and Mark tags Cash. They get Bryan up, REDNECK BOOGIE BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives the powerbomb neckbreaker combo but Cash tags Dax. Mark kicks Claudio around outside as FTR whips Bryan. Bryan KICKS Dax, TOSSES Cash, and then KICKS Dax! And KICKS! KICKS! KICKS! Mark goes up, leaps in, but into a KICK! Then BUZZSAW for Dax! Cover, TWO! Bryan hurries up a corner, but Dax hurries to trip him up! Dax CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then climbs up. Dax is at the very top with Bryan, for a SUPERPLEX! The Power!

Cash FLYING SPLASH for the Glory! Mark adds FROGGY-BOW for the hell of it! Then PLANCHA on Claudio, DIVE onto Moxley, and Dax covers. TWO!! Bryan survives, Dax snarls through a bloody cut on his eyebrow and one on his shoulder. But Mark calls the shot and Dax drags Bryan up. Dax Electric Chair Lifts, “This is Awesome!” as Mark tags in! But Bryan slips free and sends Dax into Mark! Then Bryan throws Dax out, ROCKS Mark with haymaker after haymaker, then climbs up. Mark fights back, and Cash CLUBS Bryan! Cash Electric Chair Lifts now, Mark is up, but Claudio is back! Bryan victory rolls Cash as Mark leaps, into Claudio’s UPPERCUT!!

Dax runs in, into a POP-UP- NO, Dax catches that to a backslide! Claudio rolls through but Dax reels him in, PILEDRIVER! But Moxley hits a CUTTER! Cash gets Moxley for a BRAINBUSTER! Bryan LARIATS Cash! Mark dodges Bryan, Bryan keeps moving, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! The fans are thunderous as all six men are down! Moxley has his own cut on his forehead, and the trios regroup. The fans fire up as the six stand and stare down. They all brawl for Jay! The fans are thunderous as Mark clotheslines Claudio out, Cash throws out Moxley, and Dax whips Bryan. Moxley returns but Dax sends Moxley into Bryan!

Moxley staggers forward, SHATTER- NO, Bryan BUSAIKU KNEES Cash down first!! Moxley underhooks Dax to PARADIGM SHIFT! Mark returns to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Bryan tags Claudio but Mark ROCKS Bryan! Mark fires hands and CHOPS on everyone! Mark runs, into a DOUBLE POP-UP UPPERCUT!! And then Gotch Lift, NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, TWO?!? Mark survives and shocks everyone! The fans fire up for “DEM BOYS! DEM BOYS!” while the BCC sneers. Claudio tries again but Mark is dead weight. Claudio Gotch hold but Mark back drops free! Mark then dumps Moxley out and ROCKS Bryan!

Mark throws Bryan out but Claudio UPPERCUTS! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT in the corner, even as Mark sits down! The ref counts, Claudio lets off at 4 and he roars! Claudio drags Mark up, short arm LARIAT! And then another short arm LARIAT! And then one more short arm- NO, Mark ducks, FTR is back, SUPER SHATTER MACHINE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Claudio survives but Mark calls his shot! Mox drags Dax out, Bryan has Cash! Moxley CLOBBERS Mark to stomp away on him! Fans boo but Bryan joins in! Moxley rains down fists on Mark, BITES Mark’s head, and Bryan throws hands! Claudio stomps where he can, too!

The ref reprimands, the BCC lets off to soak up all the heat. Claudio calls to get Mark up, and Bryan & Moxley get Mark around. But FTR makes the save! This spills out of the ring, the fans fire up as Mark and Claudio CHOP on the ramp. Moxley sends Dax into the steps! Mark BITES Claudio! Dax TOSSES Moxley over railing! Claudio hits a BIG back suplex on the ramp! Dax sends Moxley into railing! Who knows where Bryan and Cash even went! Claudio DOUBLE STOMPS Mark on stage! But Mark CHOPS back! The brawl continues, the ring count hits TWENTY!

Double Count-Out Draw

Claudio DECKS Mark for the hell of it, and this fight is still going! More refs rush out, the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Security rushes out, Bryan and Cash are finally on camera again, and fans boo as security tries to stop this. The locker room hurries out here to stop this, too. But then Mark interrupts Bobby Cruise to say, “AW HELL NAW!” Paul Turner must’ve bumped his bucket head! This right here is a match to honor Jay Briscoe, so let’s do it like this! Restart this sumbish as ANYTHING GOES! And so the ref agrees, as does Tony Khan in the back, now things are really gonna get wild!

Fight Without Honor Six Man Tag: Blackpool Combat Club VS Mark Briscoe & FTR!

And with that, the bell rings, Mark FLIES off the stage to wipe everyone out!! Mark and Claudio brawl, FTR is up to go after Bryan and Moxley! The fans are losing their minds as Mark CHOPS and ROCKS Claudio. But Claudio whips Mark into railing! Dax and Moxley brawl in the upper deck, and Dax takes someone’s drink to SPLASH Moxley in the face with it! Moxley staggers, Cash comes around to throw hands! Cash swings the gate into Moxley, but Moxley BITES Cash’s face! Claudio dribbles Mark’s face off the buckles! Mark is bloody but he just fires up! So Claudio dribbles his head again!

FTR DOUBLE SUPLEX Moxley to the floor! Claudio kicks Mark, to BULLDOG off a chair! Mark just fires up more! Mark fires forearms and the fans fire up! Mark TOSSES Claudio, gets the chair, and sets that up. The fans fire up, Mark builds speed, and he uses the chair to FLY! Direct hit and fans fire up! Mark says this is how they do, and FTR gets a TABLE! The fans fire up as Dax starts setting that up. Cash helps, and the fans rally up. Mark has a bucket?! And he pours out THUMBTACKS! Cash leaps off the steel steps to CLOBBER Moxley! Then Cash sends Moxley into the steps! Cash sends Claudio into steps, but Claudio returns the favor.

Mark wears the bucket as a helmet as he goes off somewhere. And then he returns with a LADDER, wrapped in barbed wire!? Moxley has his FORK!! Moxley DIGS that fork into Dax’s head!! Mark RAMS Claudio with the barbed ladder! Fans tell Moxley he’s sick as he DIGS at Dax’s eyebrow! Mark gets a chair and he aims at Claudio, SMACK on the back! Mark sets the ladder against the chair, then fires hands! Claudio ends up on the barbed wire ladder, and then Mark climbs the corner! Bryan CLOBBERS Cash, Moxley hurries after Mark, SMACK to the back! Claudio moves, Moxley SHOVES Mark and Mark lands on the ladder!

The fans lose their minds again, and Moxley JAMS Dax with the chair! Then he SMACKS Dax! And SMACKS him again! Moxley puts Dax’s face on the chair, runs, and CURB STOMPS on the chair! Moxley brings his fork back out, he wants seconds! Moxley JABS the chair into Cash’s face! Cash is already bleeding, Moxley wants more! Bryan SMACKS Dax with the chair now! Claudio puts more chairs in, Moxley CLAWS Dax with the fork! Dax kicks Moxley but Claudio SMACKS Dax down! Bryan SMACKS Cash down! Repeat! The ref checks Cash, Cash doesn’t want to quit, so Moxley uses barbed wire to wrap around Cash’s face!

Bryan puts on the LEBELL LOCK, and with BARBED WIRE!! The ref asks Cash but Cash refuses to quit!! Cash’s crimson mask is painting the mat but Moxley & Bryan go for Dax. Mark FLAPJACKS Claudio! Dax and Moxley brawl, Moxley CHOKES Dax with the barbed wire, but Mark CLAWS Moxley’s eyes! Moxley slips around, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Fans boo, Bryan & Claudio keep FTR back! Mark fights, FTR endures SLEEPERS, and the fans are thunderous! Dax powers up, he has Bryan as a backpack, and he storms his way over! Dax is fading, but he falls onto Moxley!! Fans fire up as Mark is saved!

Claudio drags Cash out of the ring to THROW into railing! Bryan drags Dax back out, and POSTS him! Moxley goes out, he and Claudio throw chair after chair into the ring. Moxley stomps Cash on the outside, then gets back in the ring. Claudio brings a TABLE out! Claudio puts a few more chairs in the ring, sets the table up nearby, and Moxley CHOKES Mark! Bryan taunts Mark, “This isn’t your night!” Claudio brings Cash around, gorilla presses him, but Cash slips free! Cash SPEARS Claudio THOUGH THE TABLE! Dax drags Moxley out for a PILEDRIVER THROUGH THE THUMBTACK COVERED TABLE!!

The fans are losing their minds as Mark fights against Bryan, but Bryan SLAPS him! Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! “This isn’t your night!” “NO!” “This isn’t your night!” “NO!” “This isn’t your night!” “NO!” Mark says F you, Bryan! Bryan KICKS, KICKS and KICKS! “NO! NO! NO!” Mark grits his teeth, but the BUZZSAW hits! Mark flops over, fans boo, but Bryan soaks up the heat. Mark rises again, Bryan runs in, but Mark dodges the knee to kick low! Mark underhooks, JAY DRILLER on the chairs!!! Cover, DEM TOP GUYS WIN!!

Winners: Mark Briscoe & FTR, by pinfall

Dax and Cash drag themselves out of the wreckage on either side of the ring, and they celebrate with their friend and brother in arms! The pain they’re in is now worth it, because they won this veritable war to honor Jay Briscoe. They hug it out and the fans cheer as they point to the sky. We miss you, Jay, but rest easy knowing Mark, FTR, ROH, and even the BCC and AEW carry on with you in their hearts.

 

ROH World Championship Proving Ground Match: Eddie Kingston VS Anthony Henry!

The Mad King knows he has to fight his heart out to stay alive in the AEW Continental Classic and hold onto the top title in ROH. But even so, the line of contenders is growing, will the Saint of Augusta make this his time to shine? Or will Eddie simply use this to sharpen his edge before Collision?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and we’re on the clock. The fans rally for Eddie but Henry shrugs that off. The two tie up, feel things out, and Henry gives testing kicks. Eddie throws some testing hands and kicks of his own and the two go around. They each come close to making good contact, and then they throw more shots. Eddie lands one and Henry staggers back. Eddie gives Henry a moment to steady himself, and the two reset. Eddie throws hands, Henry throws back, but Eddie lands a body shot! The fans fire up for Eddie but Henry says he needs air. Eddie storms up on Henry but Henry throws him out!

Henry goes to the apron, PENALTY KICK! Eddie staggers away, Henry runs in, CALF KICK against the railing! Henry puts Eddie back in, goes up the corner, and Eddie stands into the DOUBLE STOMPS to the back! Cover, TWO! Eddie sits up, Henry SLIDING FOREARMS! Cover, TWO! Henry has Eddie’s head with his feet, NECK TWIST! Henry brings Eddie around, STANDING NECK TWIST! Henry eggs Eddie on, stomps a foot, and tells Eddie to get up. Henry kicks Eddie around but the fans rally up. Eddie snarls, Henry KICKS him! And KICKS him! Eddie stands, Henry KICKS again! Eddie eggs him on!

The fans rally, Henry KICKS, but Eddie doesn’t budge! Eddie CHOPS in return! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Henry fires up, and he KICKS! Eddie CHOPS, Henry KICKS, repeat! Henry roars, KICKS, but Eddie roars to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Eddie runs in at the corner, to clothesline! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up and the ref counts but Eddie CHOPS Henry down! Eddie clinches, but Henry fights with elbows! Henry ducks the uraken, Eddie ducks the roundhouse but Henry SWITCH ENZIGURIS! And deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and Henry snarls.

The fans rally, Henry scuffs Eddie and brings him up. Eddie resists the lift, slips around, but now Henry fights the lift. Henry throws down elbow after elbow, then gives some Kawada Kicks! Eddie just fires palm strikes from all sides! Henry gives those back, then some boxing shots! Henry headlocks, throws down elbow after elbow, then reels Eddie in. Step over and lift, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Eddie survives and Henry is snarling, blood in his mouth from those earlier shots. Henry storms up a corner, aims and DIVING- NO, Eddie moves and Henry rolls through! Eddie ducks as roundhouse, blocks the heel kick, URAKEN! HALF ‘N’ HALF!

Eddie fires up, clamps onto Henry, STRETCH PLUM!! Henry taps, Eddie wins!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission (denies Anthony Henry a title opportunity)

The Mad King stays sharp, proving he is the world champion that leads his roster. But will Eddie still be the ROH World Champion after the AEW Continental Classic ends? But wait, speaking of… Daniel Garcia is on stage. These two meet tomorrow night, and Winter is Coming for one of them. Will Red Death end the Mad King’s reign?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena VS Billie Starkz!

The Fallen Goddess saw the teenage prodigy, the rising star, and decided to take her under her wing. But instead of nurturing who Billie was, Athena tried to mold Billie into someone just like her. However, that may have just backfired on Athena, as just last night, Billie busted Athena’s nose! Is Billie going to be the unstoppable monster to Athena’s Dr. Frankenstein? Or will nothing stop the Forever Reign?

And speaking of that busted nose, Athena wears a special protective mask, which ends up playing perfectly into her new supervillain costume. Lexi Nair is forced to be the special guest ring announcer by Athena, so she makes the introductions. The belt is raised, and we see if Billie can banish the Fallen Goddess!

The Code of Honor is skipped, the bell rings, and the fans rally up. Billie and Athena circle, Athena takes a swing but Billie dodges! Billie ROCKS Athena, and then fires off at the ropes! The ref counts, Billie whips, but Athena reverses. Billie ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS but Athena handsprings through! Billie SHOTGUNS Athena down and fans fire up. Athena scowls and stands back up as the fans rally for “WOMEN’S WRESTLING!” Athena and Billie circle again, things speed up, and Billie gest around to tilt-o-whirl sunset. TWO, but Billie EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans fire up as Athena bails out!

Billie builds speed and DIVES! But Athena deflects enough of it, and then drags Billie up! Athena THROWS Billie into railing, and then THROWS her into more railing! Athena drags Billie up, whips her hard into railing, and Billie falls in a heap! The fans fire up as Athena drags Billie up. Athena SMAKCS Billie off the railing, and again, and again! Athena dribbles Billie, the ring count climbs, but Athena lets off. Athena refreshes the count, then runs back in, DOUBLE KNEES against the railing! “This is MY show!” Athena throws Billie’s own costume pieces around, then storms back to Billie. Athena drags Billie up and POSTS her!

The ref reprimands and tells Athena to let off. Athena says this is what Billie wanted! Athena slides into the ring and waits. The fans cheer and the ref has Athena hold on . The ref checks Billie, Athena says Billie smashed her face so she deserves this! Billie sits up, she’s busted open on her forehead. Athena goes out to SMACK Billie off the desk! Athena digs at the bloody wound then CLUBS her down! “Are you gonna cry, little girl? Are you gonna cry!?” Athena puts Billie in the ring, stomps her down, and the fans are torn. Billie crawls, Athena puts her on ropes and CHOKES her! “This is MY crowd, Billie! This is MY crowd!”

Athena tells the ref to back off, then she kicks Billie around. The fans rally as Athena drags Billie around. Billie throws body shots, Athena kicks and knees low! Athena whip Billie to a corner, back body block! Athena runs in to ROCK Billie with a right! The fans fire up, Athena snapmares and then handspring KNEE DROP! The fans fire up and Athena storms around. Athena stalks Billie, and clamps on a neck wrench! Athena fishhooks Billie to make her smile, but the ref counts. Athena SMACKS Billie off the mat, then drags her up. Athena fishhooks again, and CLUBS Billie in the chest! The fans are torn as Billie writhes.

Athena drags Billie up, fans want that “One More Time!” Billie pushes to a jackknife bridge, TWO! Athena CLUBS away on Billie and fans fire up! Athena roars and Billie flounders to the apron. Athena goes out after Billie as the fans rally. Athena runs up to basement dropkick! Billie sputters, Athena shouts, “You think this is a game? HUH!?” Athena CLUBS Billie then shoves her down! Fans fire up while Billie flounders. Athena storms out, drags Billie up, and stands on that bad arm! Billie endures, the ref reprimands and counts and Athena SNAPS the fingers as she lets off! Athena CLAWS Billie’s back as she drags her up to the apron.

Athena stands Billie up, and Billie ROCKS Athena! And ROCKS her again! And again! The fans fire up as Billie fires more shots, but Athena catches her, APRON SIDE EFFECT! Athena shoves Billie in, covers, TWO! Billie is still in this but Athena scowls. Athena stalks Billie, brings her up, and hoists her to the top rope backwards. Athena puts Billie in a Tree of Woe to KICK and KICK and KICK! The fans duel, Athena is furious, but Billie KICKS from upside-down! And then Billie spins Athena around, snap suplex into buckles! The fans fire up again as Athena and Billie slowly rise. Athena has Billie, Billie rolls her up, TWO!

Billie gets up, Athena rolls her up, TWO! Both stand, Billie dodges, but then Athena wrenches! Billie blocks the kick, Athena ducks a kick! Billie goes Matrix then full nelsons, DRAGON SUPLEX!! The fans are thunderous as Billie crawls to a cover, TWO!! The fans rally up, Billie hobbles after Athena, and Billie gets the legs. Billie YANKS Athena up, Athena lands on her feet and HEADBUTTS! That was double-edged for Athena but the fans rally up. Athena storms up on Billie, drags her up, and UPPERCUTS! Billie ends up in a corner, Athena whips corner to corner, then runs in to UPPERCUT! Billie goes up but Athena blocks the boots. Billie REBOUND KICKS!

The fans fire up and Billie hurries out to the apron. Billie goes up, to SLINGSHOT HANDSPRING SPEAR!! Billie drags Athena up by her mask and peels it away! Athena is without protection and the fans fire up as Billie gives ground ‘n’ pound! Billie roars, but Athena scrambles away. The ref gets on Billie’s bad side, and she runs to LARIAT Athena! And LARIAT again! Then wrench, Cravat KNEE SMASH, and HEEL KICK! Billie goes up, but Athena crawls away. Billie hops down, steps on Athena and goes to the other corner. Billie goes up, and she SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Athena survives and Billie is stunned!

The fans fire up, “This is Awesome!” and Billie refocuses. Athena flops out of the ring, but Billie builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit and right into the railing! The fans are thunderous again as Billie roars! Billie gets Athena up, and runs her to THROW her into railing! Athena writhes, Billie enjoys the taste of her own blood, and she paces. Athena flounders, Billie runs in, but Athena dodges the knee! The knee hits railing, and then Athena runs in, SHOTGUN into the railing! Billie goes down in another heap, and Athena clears the desk! Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman scoot back as far as they can, and she even disrespects Caprice’s coffee.

Athena refreshes the ring count, fetches Billie, and drags her over to the table. Athena puts Billie on the table, climbs up onto it, and the fans fire up. “You will NEVER have what is mine! You hear me?!” Athena SLAPS Billie, SLAPS her again, then reels her in! But Billie resists the suplex! Fans fire up as Billie turns things around, but now Athena fights! Billie throws body shots, and she suplexes Athena to the floor!! The fans lose their minds as Billie then gets Athena up, to snap suplex her onto the desk hood! The fans fire up for crazy-eyed Billie as she puts Athena in! Cover, TWO!! Billie can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous again!

Athena flounders, Billie stomps away on her, then Athena flops to the outside again. Billie pursues, brings her around, but Athena fireman’s carries! Billie slips free, and throws Athena by her hair! Billie puts Athena in the ring, Athena rolls all the way out the other side, and fans boo. Billie is annoyed, but she storms out after Athena. Athena makes it to railing, and Billie DUMPS her over! Billie then throws the protective pads at Athena, to then bring Athena up. Athena blocks to SMACK Billie off the railing! Athena climbs up onto the railing, brings Billie up to join her, and fans fire up for the SUPER SLING-DOG to the floor!

The ref checks both women and they’re both somehow still in this! Athena drags Billie up, puts her in the ring, and storms in after her. Athena drags Billie up, Electric Chair Lifts, and then goes up a corner?! Fans are worried what’s going on here, Athena hits a SUPER COYT’S WRATH!! Cover, TWO!?! Billie survives and Athena is shocked! The fans hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” but this has to end somehow! Athena drags Billie by her legs, but Billie BOOTS Athena, into the ref!! Athena CLOBBERS Billie, covers, and would’ve won by now! Athena can’t help but laugh, and then she calls to Lexi?

Athena wants Lexi to bring the belt, but Lexi is hesitant. “Lexi! BRING MY BELT!” Lexi says okay but like, Athena doesn’t need to do “that” to Billie, does she? Athena says she doesn’t care who she’s facing, just give her the belt! Lexi still hesitates, then hands the belt over. But Billie’s up, and she SHOTGUNS Athena into her own belt!! And then Billie tucks Athena in, STAR TEN!!! Cover, TWO?!?! Athena survives Billie’s best shot and Billie can’t believe it! The fans are electric, and “This is Awesome!” Billie drags Athena up again, puts her in the ropes and CLUBS away on her! Athena fights back, and she drags Billie to the apron!

“This is MY move!” Athena CLUBS away on Billie now! Athena swings again, but Billie waistlocks! Athena fights, holds onto ropes, and she runs to POST Billie! Fans fire up, Athena cheers herself, and she climbs up the corner. Athena aims, but Billie gets her for an Electric Chair Lift! APRON ONE WINGED ANGEL?!?! Billie is looking like The Cleaner after that one!! Athena is down on the ground but Billie has to get her in the ring to win this! Billie hears the count climbing, and then goes out at 7. Billie drags Athena up, dead weight as she is, and gets Athena in the ring. Billie pushes Athena from the ropes and the fans rally up.

Billie goes up a corner, the fans fire up, Billie SWANTON BOMBS but FLOPS as Athena moves! Athena rises, runs in, BAYONET FOREARM!! But both women fall over!! The fans are thunderous again, and Athena crawls. The fans cheer “ROH! ROH!” for giving them this main event, and a standing count starts. We’re at 5 of 10, Billie stirs and reaches for Athena. Athena crawls her way over, both women rise at 8, and the ref leaves it at that. Athena eggs Billie on and then ROCKS her! Billie ROCKS Athena! The forearms go back and forth, Athena gets the edge but then Billie gets it! Athena CHOPS, Billie CHOPS, repeat!

Athena CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Billie ducks one to ROCK Athena! Billie runs, but Athena reels her in, BLINDSIDE SHOT! Canadian Rack, DESPICABLE KNEES! Cover, ONE?!?! WHAT?!? Athena is about to tear out her own hair over that! The fans are cheering Billie on and Athena tells them to shut up! Athena drags Billie up for Kawada Kicks! And a SUPERKICK! Billie flops back, Athena goes up. Athena grins as Billie rises, O- NO!! Billie waistlocks, O’Conner Rolls, TWO!! Billie comes back, PENALTY KICK! And then a flip and tuck, for STAR- NO, Athena kicks free, flips Billie and reeles her in!

Athena tucks Billie’s arms, but Billie fights her move! Billie back drops, Athena sunset flips, but Billie sits down! TWO!! Both women hurry to their feet, Athena hammerlocks and tucks, roll and KOJI KLUTCH!!! Billie endures, reaches out, but QUITS! Athena wins!!

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

The Fallen Goddess didn’t just put her title but her ROH career on the line with this one, and she keeps them both! Billie came so close and yet is still so far from the top of the mountain! Lexi helps Billie up, and Billie gets in Athena’s face. Athena stares Billie down, Lexi wants them to keep the Code of Honor and make up. The fans chant for the same, but then Billie pushes past. Athena then drags Billie back in, and tells her to shake her hand! Billie says she did everything for Athena, what else does she have to do?!? The fans want them to hug it out, but Athena then smiles. Athena doesn’t want a handshake, she wants a high-five?

Billie is confused, but Athena says Billie just needs to be her minion. They high-five, and Billie hugs Athena! The fans cheer the reconciliation, and then Athena says okay, enough. Athena raises Billie’s hand to show respect, where do these two go from here?


My Thoughts:

An awesome event for ROH, but because it’s a Tony Khan production, it’s just like the AEW PPVs where it’s just a bit too much. Especially considering this is on a Friday, same time as SmackDown and Rampage. And I said this on Rampage, too, he did some double booking of wrestlers. Anyway, I skipped half the Zero Hour, it was filler. And then I skipped Nyla VS Vertvixen, that was filler. But whatever, two women’s matches on the main show by any means necessary! That aside, great opportunity for Bryan Keith to win his way into Survival of the Fittest and go far in that match, only to still lose out. A great surprise for Kyle Fletcher to win that title in an awesome match, that is great for him.

Great match from Daniel Garcia VS Blake Christian on Zero Hour, they’re both great young stars, and I also like that they just kinda threw Eddie VS Henry onto the main show. We can only hope Eddie makes it to the Continental Classic finals to actually fight for those titles he put in the pot. Great ROH World Six Man title match, but when Mikey wasn’t in for TMDK, of course Mogul Embassy won. Great I Quit match, though they really made sure to hover around where Sterling was just so he could get involved. But Scorpio Sky making his return was great, maybe he and Ethan can work on an ROH Two Man Power Trip from here on out.

I figured Yuta would retain here, but it was a creative route to get there. Yuta ends up without ropebreaks, but then he gets real sneaky to win by pin. And I like Hook showing up, that helps hype up Yuta VS Hook. Awesome stuff out of Keith Lee and Shane Taylor, and I figured Keith would win, but I do like that these two shake hands and for the most part make amends. I really liked that the normal Six Man Tag turned into the hardcore Six Man Tag, and they sure went all out for it. Great win for #DemTopGuys, but of course that was gonna be the case to properly honor Jay. I just hope this means Mark gets to do some important stuff after the Continental Classic that he is not winning at this point anyway.

And just awesome stuff in the main event, just not sure about the finish. Personally, with Athena saying she was gonna leave ROH if she lost, why not have Billie win? Billie really is a prodigy, she looked like she’s been doing this five, ten years! Athena putting that on herself, that’s the perfect opening to “promote” her to AEW so she can go after those titles. And even without that, Athena and Billie making up to where Billie just returns to being minion is an odd choice. This is a different issue than Keith and Shane reconciling. Keith and Shane fought it out, but they aren’t just back to being a team, and at least are seeing each other as equals. But Billie, who came within a move of beating the best, now just becomes the sidekick again? At least have Athena say Billie graduated MIT or something.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Windy City Riot Results & Report! (4/12/24)

Will the winds of change blow?

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NJPW starts a riot!

As NJPW lands in Chicago, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Testuya Naito, defends the title against Jon Moxley! Is The Maniac going to become the face of NJPW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Strong Survivor: Matt Vandagriff VS Zane Jay; Vandagriff wins.
  • Kickoff Show – Mina Shirakawa & Viva Van VS Alex Windsor & Trish Adora; Windsor & Adora win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita; Narita wins.
  • NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM; Vaquer wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff; TMDK wins and become the new NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Shota Umino VS Jack Perry; Shota wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi; Ali wins.
  • Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd; Team Kidd wins.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins and becomes the new NJPW World Television Champion.
  • Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii; Nemeth wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

Finally, months after the betrayal, The King of Pancrase gets his chance at teaching #SouledOut Narita a lesson! Will Meanest Man in the World show no mercy? Or will the House of Torture find a way to stack the deck even now?

The Windy City knows “KAZE NI NARE~!” and then Suzuki CLOBBERS Narita! The bell rings, Narita bails out and the fans fire up as Suzuki goes after him! Suzuki stomps Narita, whips him into railing, then storms up to stomp Narita down! The fans fire up for “SU-ZU-KI!” as he whips Narita hard into more railing! Suzuki stomps Narita more, then CHOKES Narita with camera cables! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Suzuki lets go. The fans cheer the “MURDER GRAMPA!” as he gets a chair! Suzuki then stomps Narita, drags him up and puts his arm through railing! The ref reprimands as Suzuki pulls on the arm!

Suzuki lets off, the fans fire up more, and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki brings Narita along, SMACKS him off the apron, and the ref finally starts a ring count. Suzuki kicks away on Narita then shoves him into the ring. The fans cheer and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki whips but Narita flops and flounders out of the ring. The fans boo but Suzuki is amused. Suzuki taunts Narita, but Narita trips Suzuki and whips him into railing! The fans boo as Narita goes into the ring, builds speed, and as Suzuki gets on the apron, Narita BOOTS him back down! Narita stomps Suzuki against railing while the ring count starts.

Narita fires forearms, Suzuki eggs him on, so Narita claws the eyes! Suzuki gets in the ring, Narita storms in to stomp away at the ropes! The fans boo as Narita kicks Suzuki back out, then whips him hard into railing! Suzuki sputters, Narita brings Suzuki around to whip into more railing! Suzuki grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH Narita! The fans fire up but Narita kicks Suzuki, only to slip in the water! Narita puts Suzuki in the ring, stands on him for a cocky cover, TWO! The fans boo but Narita soaks up the heat. Suzuki rises, Narita fires a forearm then runs to BOOT! Suzuki staggers, Narita whips, but Suzuki reverses!

Suzuki runs in to BOOT Narita at the corner! The fans fire up as Suzuki fires forearm after forearm! The fans count and Suzuki goes past ten, and even tells the ref to back off! Narita sits down in the corner but Suzuki fires off more forearms! Suzuki tops it off at TWENTY! The fans fire up, Suzuki drags Narita to his feet, then snapmares Narita to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Suzuki keeps on Narita with a SLEEPER! Narita fights up, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Suzuki switches to put the SLEEPER back on Narita! The fans fire up as Narita flails, but Suzuki drops back into body scissors! Narita is caught and the fans fire up!

Narita flails, reaches out, but Suzuki rolls him away from ropes! Narita is fading, the ref checks. The arm drops once! The arm drops twice! Narita comes back at the third and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts as Suzuki thrashes around! The ref pries at the hold, but Suzuki holds on! The ref counts again, Suzuki lets go at 4, and Suzuki gets in the ref’s face! Narita breathes again, rises up, and then runs up to KNEE STOMP! The fans boo as Narita goes to get a chair! The ref stops Narita, but Narita wedges the chair into the corner. But Suzuki kicks Narita first! Suzuki whips, follows, then shoots around to the SLEEPER!

Narita wrenches out! Narita whips, Suzuki stops himself, and then Suzuki BOOTS Narita down! The fans fire up as now Suzuki has the chair! The ref says no, the fans boo, and Narita has his push-up bar! Suzuki shoves the ref aside, PUSH-UP BAR SHOT!! Then the DOUBLE CROSSER! Cover, Narita wins!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

The fans boo because of course the Souled Out son of a gun had to cheat to win, but it’s surprising that he did it all on his own! Suzuki is pissed, he runs back up but the Young Lions keep him away! So the Young Lions are sent into railing for it! Will anyone ever humble Narita’s inflated ego?

 

NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM!

Having dethroned Giulia in the background of Stardom’s Cinderella Tournament, La Primera feels unstoppable! But will she be able to keep up with the Highspeed Superstar? Or will Stephanie show she’s a real speed demon herself?

The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly a Strong Star!

The bell rings and the fans rally up already as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Vaquer uses her height for leverage. AZM digs her heels in to push back, and the fans rally up more. Vaquer gets around to waistlock, sit-down, roll and JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO, and the fans cheer as the two reset. AZM runs up to kick low, whip, but Vaquer reverses. Vaquer hurdles but AZM comes right back to shove, follow and run up again. Vaquer pops AZM up but AZM slips free to then duck ‘n’ dodge and trip Vaquer up! Then PENALTY KICK! SLIDING KICK! Kip up! The fans fire up with AZM and she gets them even hotter!

AZM gets Vaquer up but Vaquer JAWBREAKERS! AZM blocks a kick, gives a kick, then runs to sunset flip! Vaquer stays up, scuffs AZM and then runs to drop the leg, brother! The fans fire up and Vaquer clamps on a chinlock. Vaquer squeezes tight but AZM endures. The fans rally, AZM fights around, reaches out, but Vaquer drags her by her hair! The fans boo but Vaquer wraps on a headscissors, and she turns AZM over to RAM her into the mat again and again and again! The fans cheer as Vaquer lets off to cover, TWO! AZM stays in this but Vaquer stays calm. Vaquer looms over AZM, then springboard KNEE DROPS!

Vaquer digs her heel into AZM’s head, but the ref counts. Vaquer lets off, drags AZM up and the fans rally up. Vaquer bumps AZM off buckles, sits her down, then goes up to stand on AZM’s face! The ref counts, Vaquer steps off, and she drags AZM up. AZM fires a forearm but then falls over. Vaquer stands AZM up to HEADBUTT her down! AZM drags herself up to fire another forearm! Vaquer HEADBUTTS again! AZM forearms again and again and again! The fans fire up, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS again and again and again! Vaquer runs, AZM gets around and spins her, snap suplex! The fans fire up while both women are down!

AZM stands, whips Vaquer to a corner, but Vaquer stops herself to CLUB AZM! Vaquer whips, runs up, but into a BOOT! AZM fires up, but Vaquer puts AZM’s leg in the ropes! Vaquer has the other leg, to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! AZM writhes, flops out of the ring, but Vaquer goes to the apron. Vaquer watches like a hawk, but AZM avoids the kick! AZM trips Vaquer to ROUNDHOUSE Vaquer down! Vaquer slumps to the floor, AZM goes up and up and SUPER DIVING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous as AZM stands tall! AZM drags Vaquer up, puts her in, and then goes back up the corner!

AZM aims and the fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Vaquer reaches out, so AZM traps that arm and pulls the other arm! Vaquer endures as AZM has a mounted armlock! Then AZM YANKS the arm into an ARMBAR! Vaquer clasps hands to fight the hold, then kicks around, ROPEBREAK! AZM lets go and fans rally as she brings Vaquer around. AZM KICKS Vaquer in the side, then drags her into a drop zone! AZM steps on Vaquer before she climbs back up. The fans fire up for the DIVING- NO, Vaquer avoids the stomps to DROPKICK!

But AZM’s right back up! She ROUNDHOUSES Vaquer, then runs, but Vaquer reels her in, BIG back suplex! Both women are down again and the fans are thunderous! The two women slowly sit up and the fans rally again. AZM fires a forearm first, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS! AZM fires another forearm, so Vaquer HEADBUTTS! Forearm, HEADBUTT, then AZM fires a flurry! Vaquer SLAPS AZM! The fans fire up as Vaquer then blocks a slap into an ARMBAR! AZM stacks it, TWO! CROSSFACE!! Vaquer pulls way back on AZM, AZM is fading, reaches out, but Vaquer rolls her from ropes!

AZM kicks around still, ROPEBREAK behind Vaquer’s back! The fans fire up as Vaquer lets go in frustration. Vaquer drags AZM up, ducks the haymaker, then spins her to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this and the fans fire up! Vaquer goes to a corner, climbs up, but AZM rises! AZM ROCKS Vaquer, but then Vaquer HEADBUTTS back! AZM ROUNDHOUSES back, goes up after Vaquer, and the fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! AZM positions Vaquer just right, hurries back up top, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Vaquer survives and neither Chicago nor AZM can believe it!

AZM drags Vaquer up, “This is Awesome!” as she reels Vaquer in. Vaquer wrenches out, EAT DA FEET! Vaquer runs, AZM follows and tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! Then the step over, AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Vaquer escapes the cradle, and AZM hurries to a corner. AZM runs in, but is sent into buckles! HEADBUTT HEADBUTT HEADBUTT!! Vaquer sits AZM down, runs corner to corner, METEORA! Vaquer drags AZM up and tucks her in, but AZM pops free! AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a SUPERKICK! Vaquer runs, but AZM follows again! Tilt-o-whirl but no Mystica! PACKAGE BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Vaquer wins!

Winner: Stephanie Vaquer, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)

AZM’s speed was there, but so was Vaquer’s strength! Vaquer keeps her THREE belts, from NJPW Strong to CMLL, but will she be able to hold onto all of them through the Summer?

Well hold on, speaking of, here comes Alex Windsor! She gets a mic to say, “Now I understand that you maybe don’t know who I am, so allow me to formally introduce myself. I am at the top of the UK Women’s Scene. I have conquered Europe, I have overcome Japan. Every single country, every single company I have been to, I have made my presence known. And trust me when I say, it doesn’t stop here. So uh, if you’re up for it, May 11th, Resurgence, you put your NJPW Strong Women’s Championship on the line against Alex Windsor!” The fans are torn on this, but Alex bloody dares Vaquer!

Vaquer looks Alex up and down, takes the mic, and says, “You’re on.” Will Vaquer be able to break the Iron Willed Windsor? Or will Alex prove she’s just as NJPW Strong, if not stronger?

 

NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff!

The Guerrillas of Destiny have passed on the torch, but there’s a chance the fire could be blown out in the Windy City! Can The Headbanga & Young Guerilla make it through Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson, Tom Lawlor AND Fred Rosser all at once? Or are we guaranteed NEW Strong Tag Team Champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who defies the odds to win the gold!

Tensions are already running high given the beef between WCWC and their former leader, Lawlor. In this Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time, and ELP steps up to start against Hysterical Haste. The fans rally up with the bell as the two circle. They tie up, Shane headlocks, but ELP powers up and out. Shane runs ELP over, drags him back up, and runs, but ELP drops, hurdles, and drops again. ELP DROPKICKS Shane down then handsprings up! The fans cheer but Shane KICKS ELP, whips him to the corner, only for ELP to ROCK Mikey! Shane DROPKICKS ELP down! Tag to Mikey and TMDK double whip.

TMDK DOUBLE ELBOW ELP then SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, ONE, and Mikey whips ELP. Leo tags in, ELP gets around Mikey and sends him into the UPPERCUT! ELP BLASTS Shane, Leo sends Mikey to the corner to SPLASH! ELP back elbows, then feeds Mikey to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP is up, for the FALLING ELBOW! Then the high five! The fans fire up as Leo aims, but then Rosser tags in! Rosser eggs Mikey on, they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! Rosser runs but Mikey ELBOWS him! Mikey runs, Rosser dodges and ROLLING ELBOWS! Tag to Lawler, the fans fire up, and NFDO RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP TACKLE COMBO!

Rosser BLASTS WCWC, drops a leg on Mikey, then scoops Lawlor to SLAM him on Mikey! Rosser BLASTS Shane, too, but Royce sneaks a tag. The fans fire up as Lawlor and Royce stare down. The two circle, but then ELP tags in off Lawlor! No filthy showdown yet, but then Royce SHOVES ELP into Lawlor, then GERMAN SUPLEXES ELP! The fans boo as WCWC BLAST Leo! Royce RAMS ELP into the corner, stomps a mudhole in, then tags in Jorel. Jorel stands ELP up to CHOP, then CHOPS again! The fans rally up as Jorel winds up, but then he pokes ELP in the eyes! The fans boo but Jorel says he’s smarter than that.

Jorel RAMS ELP into the corner, tags Royce, and then WCWC wrench and DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! ELP hobbles, Jorel sweeps the legs, and Royce deadlift suplexes! Royce holds ELP up, kicks Shane away, but then Lawlor reaches out to tag in! Royce SLAMS ELP down, but he has to exit now. Lawlor drags ELP up, and clamps on a GUILLOTINE! ELP endures, fights his way up, reaches out, but Lawlor redirects him. Rosser tags in and CLUBS ELP. NFDO double whip to ELBOW ELP down, then Lawlor hooks Rosser up, HALF NELSON FACEBUSTER SPLASH onto ELP! Cover, TWO! Rosser stares down WCWC then gets ELP up.

Rosser kicks and KNEES ELP, then HEADBUTTS! Rosser HIP ATTACKS ELP, runs, but Royce tags in! Royce then knees Rosser low and TOSSES him! Tag to Jorel, WCWC BLASTS everyone else! Then WCWC double wrench and double- NO, ELP slips free of the suplex! ELP go esup and over, slips under, but Royce gets a leg! ELP ENZIGIRIS but then Jorel gets a leg! ELP BOOTS Jorel into Royce! Hot tag to Leo! The fans fire up as Leo UPPERCUTS Jorel! Royce ducks ‘n’ dodges but Leo still BOOTS him! Leo scoops Jorel for SNAKE EYES, and the BOOT! Leo choke grips Royce, but Jorel gets up! So Leo gets him, too!

The fans fire up but WCWC break the guzels to throw hands! WCWC double whip, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT back! The fans fire up but TMDK attack! They double whip but Leo breaks those lines, only for TMDK to get under! BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER COMBO! NFDO fire off on TMDK! The fans fire up as NFDO double whip, but Shane JUMP KICKS Rosser and Mikey ELBOWS Lawlor! TMDK pinball Lawlor, get him up, but Lawlor slips free! Lawlor shoves Mikey into Shane, then he and Rosser clamp on, SLEEPER HOLD and CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! The fans fire up as TMDK endure!

Mikey holds Shane’s hand, but then Leo DOUBLE LARIATS all four men!! The fans are thunderous as Leo gets NFDO, DOUBLE GODSENDS!! Leo SPLASHES Jorel, scoops him, and POWERSLAMS! The fans are thunderous as Leo tags ELP in! ELP and Leo coordinate, tune up, and Jorel stands. But Royce trips ELP! Leo still grabs Jorel, but Jorel STUNNERS! Royce LARIATS Leo up and out! Jorel KNEES ELP, Royce UPPERCUTS, feed to the POP UP POWERBOMB! And then CATAPULT into the fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Lawlor breaks it! The fans are thunderous again and Royce is furious!

“This is Awesome!” as WCWC CLOBBER Lawlor! But Rosser gets in to stand Lawlor up. The four stare down, and the filthy brawl is on! The fans fire up as the forearms fly back and forth! NFDO DECK WCWC, then they DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW on Jorel! NFDO aim at Royce, DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW but Royce ducks! The elbows clash, Royce BOOTS Rosser! Lawlor sweeps the leg then KNEES Royce down! But Jorel SHOTGUNS Lawlor! But he turns around into SUDDEN DEATH! And then EKP DIVES onto the others before GODSEND!! ELP is back on the apron, he climbs up Leo, but Shane sneaks a tag!

SUPER THUNDERKISS, but Shane TOSSES ELP out! Mikey gets Leo, Shane LAST SUPPER on Jorel! TMDK WINS!!

Winners: TMDK, by pinfall (NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they don’t let an opportunity get past them! Shane & Mikey have gold, will Zack Sabre Jr. join them later tonight?

Meanwhile, WCWC are pissed! They CLOBBER NFDO for it! Royce POSTS Rosser, then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES to the floor! Jorel beats down on Lawlor, then shouts in his face, “WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?” WCWC gets Lawlor up, reel him in, PILEDRIVER!! MACHO ELBOW!! Team Filthy is truly no more, and then Jorel brings out SCISSORS!! The fans boo as Royce sits Lawlor up! Jorel grabs a handful of hair, and CUTS it away! The fans boo as Jorel & Royce disrespect their mentor as they just cut random pieces away! Jorel shouts, “It didn’t have to be this way!”

The fans tell Royce he’s sick as he EATS Lawlor’s hair! Rosser manages to rise to his feet, but he’s in no shape to fight! WCWC knows that, and Jorel MAKES Rosser eat hair!! The fans are disgusted, but the WCWC leaves. Will they prove they’re truly the filthiest of them all?

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

The Roughneck and his mentor, Jon Moxley, got the win over the Scapegoat and Ren Narita just a few days ago at NJPW Sakura Genesis. But now this is a more personal showdown as Shota wants to finally shut Jack up once and for all. Will there be a Paradigm Shift here in Chicago? Or will Perry prove Shota doesn’t know Jack?

As Jack makes his entrance, he has guards in riot gear. The fans are chanting “C M PUNK!” at him, but he came prepared! He has the flag of Chicago draped on his shoulders, then holds it up as he struts around. Then Jack turns around and drops the flag to reveal “CRY ME A RIVER” painted on the back of his jacket! Jack is rubbing it in everyone’s faces as he goes down to the ring, but will Shota make Jack cry?

Jack gets on a corner to soak up the heat, and Chicago sure gives him all he can handle. Though, there are some fans actually cheering “SCAPEGOAT! SCAPEGOAT!” The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Jack puts Shota on ropes. Jack lets off clean and that surprises Shota, maybe even confuses him. The two reset, tie up again, and now Shota puts Jack on ropes. The ref counts, Shota lets off with pats on the shoulder, but then Jack SLAPS Shota! Jack bails out while fans boo, and a ring count starts. Jack grabs some water to take a sip, then he SPLASHES the fans! Shota rushes out, but the water trips him up!

Jack and Shota brawl, Shota RAMS Jack into railing, then CLUBS Jack around. Shota puts Jack in, but Jack KICKS Shota down! The fans boo as Jack stomps Shota to ropes. Jack CHOPS Shota, Shota staggers away, and Jack whips, Shota reverses, scoops, DROPS and basement dropkicks! The fans fire up with Shota while Jack flounders to a corner. Shota runs up to CLUB Jack down, then stomps him around. But Jack CLAWS Shota’s face! Jack CLUBS Shota, snapmares, and basement dropkicks to the back! Cover, ONE!! Shota is tougher than that, the fans chant “You Got Choked Out!” “No He Didn’t!” in reference to the All In video.

Jack stalks Shota, stands him up, and facelocks! The GUILLOTINE is a direct shot at #BrawlIn! The fans are torn, but then Jack snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jack says okay, he drags Shota up and he whips Shota to a corner. Jack runs up to clothesline, then he stomps Shota down. The ref counts, Jack goes up the corner to soak up the heat. Jack then hops down to drag Shota up. Shota ROCKS Jack first! Jack CLUBS Shota, whips, but Shota ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Jack! The fans fire up with Shota and he storms up on Jack again. Shota whips corner to corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Not quite perfect but Shota does the Jungle Life dance! The fans sing along, Shota drags Jack up, and then clinches. Jack fights the lift, throws elbows, and he CLAWS Shota’s back! The ref reprimands, but Jack runs up, into a drop toehold! Shota slingshots to APRON DDT! The fans fire up again while Jack flops to the floor! The ring count starts, Shota takes a full lap, then returns to Jack. Shota drags Jack up at 5 of 20, puts him in at 7, and Shota goes up the corner. Fans chant for “LUCHASAURUS!” while Shota MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota then clinches to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Jack is still in this but Shota keeps his cool.

Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and hits the TRI- NO, Jack slips free! Jack waistlocks, Shota standing switches, but Jack grabs the ref and then LOW BLOWS Shota!! The fans boo as Jack gets away with that one! Jack then drags Shota out, has him on the apron, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Jack drags Shota up, puts him back in, then brings Shota around to underhook. TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up! Jack sighs, rises up and hears all the boos. Jack walks around to soak up more heat, then he scuffs Shota. Shota crawls, Jack scuffs him again, but Shota shakes his head.

Jack scuffs Shota more, pie faces him, then eggs Shota on. Shota rises up to fire a forearm! Jack puts his hair back and Shota roars! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota fires another forearm! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota staggers around, but Shota comes back to forearm! Jack sighs, then SPITS at Shota! The fans boo more and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Jack, then ROCKS him! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota ROCKS Jack, repeat! They go back and forth, the fans strongly on Shota’s side! Shota gets the edge, then UPPERCUTS! Shota eggs Jack on, pie faces him, so Jack SLAPS back! Jack CLUBS Shota, runs, but into a DROPKICK!

The fans are thunderous as both men are down! Shota pounds the mat and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and TRIDENT! Cover, TWO!! Jack survives but Shota just fires up again! Shota drags Jack into a half nelson, spin and POP UP KNEE! IGNITION! Cover, TWO!! Jack is still in this but Shota is still fired up! The fans are still with him as he aims from a corner! Jack slowly sits up, Shota kicks low and underhooks, but Jack wrenches out! Shota blocks the superkick to ROCK, ROLLING- SUPERKICK! Jack hops up, POISON-RANA! But Shota’s up to BLAZE- NO, Jack ducks!

Jack runs, into a pop-up! But Jack blocks the uppercut and spins Shota around, for an UNPRETTIER?! Shoutout to Christian Cage as Jack covers, TWO!!! Shota survives and Jack is furiously headbutting the mat! Jack drags Shota up, calls the end, and runs up, GLASSJAW!! Cover, TWO?!? Shota survives the knee shot and Jack is beside himself! The fans chant “G T S! G T S!” Jack lets his hair back down, will he listen to Chicago? Shota is in a corner, Jack aims and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Another shot at Phil Brooks! The fans are rowdy as ever as Jack flips them off, and he shoves Shota down. Jack says night-night!

Jack takes his time going up to Shota, then brings Shota up to fireman’s carry! Jack flips everyone off before the GO TO- DDT COUNTER!! The fans are electric as Shota aims from the corner! Shota says night-night to Jack! BLAZE BLADE!! Underhooks, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Shota wins!!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Scapegoat was less fighting the Roughneck and more the specter of the Second City Saint, and perhaps that cost him! Shota brings Jack down tonight, but will he still bring a Paradigm Shift to NJPW?

Wait, Jack gets to his feet and offers a handshake? He suddenly respects Shota now? Shota trusts it and shakes Jack’s hand. Jack raises Shota’s hand in victory, but still flips off Chicago. Is this itself a paradigm shift in Jack’s personality?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

Chicago’s other hometown hero is here, bringing the TNA X-Division Championship AND the DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion with him. The Beacon is shining with gold but he wants to have the Junior Heavyweight Division spotlight on him. Will he do that by defusing the Ticking Timebomb? Or will Hiromu still be the Best of the Super Juniors?

Hiromu shows off a very jacked Daryl Jr. but Ali refuses to accept that thing as alive. Ali gets on a corner for fans to cheer, but then Hiromu gets on a corner and all the fans cheer! The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they break. They circle again, the fans cheer on “TA-KA-HA-SHI!” and he bows to Chicago. Ali gets the fans fired up, but then Hiromu gets the fans really fired up! Ali and Hiromu feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ali brings Hiromu down to wrench. Hiromu slips through, puts the wristlock up and over, using Ali’s own head to break the hold.

Hiromu then wrenches Ali to a wristlock, but Ali rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Hiromu wrenches, Ali wrenches, repeat! The fans fire up as Hiromu WRINGS Ali! Ali stands, uses ropes to flip through, then wrenches to hammerlock. Ali headlocks, Hiromu powers up and out, but Ali runs Hiromu over! Things speed up, Hiromu drops down, hurdles, but Ali drops on the monkey flip for a cover, TWO! Hiromu sweeps the legs to cover, ONE as Ali goes Matrix! Hiromu rolls Ali up, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Ali gets Chicago fired up again, then he shoves Hiromu. Hiromu sputters and claims Ali hit him so hard!

The ref has Ali stay back while Hiromu shouts, “Oh my gosh!” Hiromu goes to Daryl Jr. and has him sit in the center. Daryl flops over but Hiromu says Daryl can handle this. Hiromu gets fans chanting for Daryl, but Ali is annoyed by these antics. Ali says fine, he’s gonna mess Daryl Jr. up! Ali circles with Daryl, but then Hiromu slips in! Ali sees that and the fans boo. Hiromu apologizes, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu dodges, scoops up Daryl, they duck ‘n’ dodge and then Hiromu says MEOW~! Or no, Daryl says meow! Catch! Hiromu throws Daryl at Ali, Ali catches Daryl and then Hiromu dropkicks Ali’s legs out!

The fans cheer while Ali flounders, and Hiromu picks Daryl Jr. back up. Hiromu shows Daryl to the crowd, the fans cheer, but then Ali runs up! Hiromu dodges to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS again, then follows Ali around. Hiromu CHOPS again, whips, but Ali holds ropes. Ali bails out but Hiromu pursues, and CHOPS! The fans fire up as Hiromu follows Ali, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu counter punches, says “Oh my gosh,” then chases Ali around the ring! Ali suckers Hiromu into a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ring count climbs, Ali talks trash on Hiromu, then stomps him. Ali drags Hiromu up and in at 9 of 20.

Ali shouts, “What’s my name?” The fans chant for Ali and he goes in to KNEE Hiromu in the back, then clamps on the chinlock. Hiromu kicks around, the fans duel, and Hiromu has the ROPEBREAK! Ali CLUBS Hiromu as he lets off, then whips Hiromu to a corner. Hiromu reverses, runs up, but Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots for the NECKBREAKER! Cover with a bridge, TWO! Hiromu stays in this but Ali stays on Hiromu with another chinlock. Hiromu endures the squeeze and the fans rally up. Hiromu fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Ali CLUBS him again. Ali whips Hiromu to a corner, then runs to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Ali is growing frustrated but he has the fans cheering. Ali sits Daryl up in the corner so he can watch what’s about to happen. Ali of course knows this is a stuffed animal, it doesn’t matter, but he’s still gonna mess Hiromu up. Ali kicks Hiromu around, tells him he’s crazy, but then Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ali knees low, runs, but Hiromu follows to RANA! The fans fire up while Ali flounders to ropes. Hiromu drags himself up, they end up in corners, and Ali runs in. Hiromu dodges to clothesline, snapmare and basement dropkick! Ali bails out but Hiromu goes to the apron. FLYING SHOTGUN! Ali is sent into railing!

The fans fire up with Hiromu as he stands back up. The ring count starts, Hiromu goes back to Ali but we reach 10 of 20 before Hiromu gets him up. Hiromu puts Ali into the ring, cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Ali up by his hair, then fireman’s carries. But Ali slips free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs, but Ali ducks, only to swing into a spin and suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and duel again as Hiromu rises. Hiromu stalks Ali, drags him up and fireman’s carries, but Ali fights free again. Ali shoves, runs in, and DROPKICKS in the corner! Ali keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again!

Ali goes again, but Hiromu LARIATS first! The fans fire up, Hiromu whips Ali to ropes, then scoops him, but Ali tilt-o-whirl DDTS! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives but both men are down, and the fans rally up. Ali slowly rises, makes his way to ropes and goes up a corner. Ali reaches the top but Hiromu throws body shots and elbows first! Hiromu climbs from the outside, and fans are freaking out as Hiromu aims for the floor! Ali fires body shots to send Hiromu to the apron. But Hiromu UPPERCUTS Ali! Ali backflips, and lands on his feet!! The cameraman almost got an eyeful, though! Ali hurries up to SHOVE Hiromu down!

Hiromu hits railing, and then Ali DIVES into him! The railing is sent WAY back, commentary takes a hit, and the fans are thunderous! Ali is busted open, but he still drags Hiromu up and into the ring, then goes up the corner! The fans rally, Ali aims, 450- NO, he has to roll through as Hiromu moves! Ali comes back, but Hiromu sends him hard into buckles! The fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Ali and Hiromu are both somehow okay, as is Chris Charlton on commentary. Hiromu crawls his way over to Ali, brings him back up to the top rope, and then CHOPS! Hiromu climbs, brings Ali up, but Ali resists!

Ali throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Hiromu down! Hiromu staggers to his feet, Ali stands on the top rope, but Hiromu runs up! Ali jumps to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat, takes aim, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Ali wins!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

The X-Division/Alternative Champion is triumphant here in his hometown! And best of all, Ali shows Hiromu respect by shaking his hand. Hiromu wants Ali to shake Daryl Jr’s hand, too, and so do the fans! Ali sighs, goes over to pick Daryl Jr. up, and he shakes Daryl Jr’s hand! The Windy City cheers him on, will Ali become the champion not just Chicago needs, but that the world needs?

 

Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd!

The Mad King has lost the AEW Continental Championship and the ROH World Championship, but he is still NJPW Strong! However, this War Dog vows he will take everything from the company that, in his eyes, has all but thrown away its identity. There are no rules holding these teams back, but no one even knows who recruited who! Who drew the hotter hand to take the win here in Chicago?

Well of course Gabe got his fellow War Dog, Clark Connors, as well as The Fang Revived, Kenta, and the LEADER of Bullet Club, #GoatSlayer Rebel, David Finlay! As for Eddie, he’s already bringing a trash can of goodies as he’s got The United Empire’s Jeff Cobb and TJP! The enemies of his enemies are his allies tonight, and then we add HOMICIDE! Eddie’s old friend has come around to F Kidd’s S up! Team Eddie rushes down the ramp, Bullet Club runs up to meet them, the bell rings as the brawl is on! No need for tags or count outs in this match, anyway! Homicide fires off on Kidd while TJP has Connors, Cobb has Kenta and Eddie is after Finlay!

TJP sends Connors into railing, Eddie throws Kenta over railing! Homicide and Kidd brawl, Kidd gets the edge, and Finlay helps out. TJP stomps away on Connors while digging a chair into him, and Eddie grabs the ring bell! Kidd CLUBS Eddie first, then throws hands. Homicide fires off on Finlay, Cobb UPPERCUTS Kenta! TJP brings more chairs, and one is wrapped in barbed wire! Homicide UPPERCUTS Kidd, TJP digs the wires into Connors’ head! Eddie places the bell against Connors’ head and DING! TJP kicks Finlay away, Kidd gets in the ring, and so does Homicide. Eddie joins Homicide, but then the Dogs drag Eddie out!

Homicide runs up, he CLOBBERS Kidd, then goes out to CHOKE Kidd! Finlay wraps a chinlock on Homicide, Eddie CHOPS Connors in the ring! Connors goes to a corner, Eddie fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS! But Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie with a shillelagh! The fans boo but then TJP runs up on Finlay. TJP SOBATS, runs, but Finlay dodges the boot! And he ducks the blood mist! But TJP DROPKICKS Finlay out all the same! TJP runs to WRECK Finlay with a dropkick, then Cobb brings out a TABLE! The fans fire up seeing that, and the Empire gets the table in the ring. The table is put in the corner, then TJP grabs Finlay.

TJP bends Finlay back in a chinlock stretch, then feeds him to Cobb. Cobb picks Finlay up but the War Dogs save Finlay! The fans boo but TJP and Homicide turn things around on the Dogs. Everyone falls out of the ring again, TJP throws down hands on Connors but Finlay pulls TJP’s hair. Homicide has fans move aside so he can TOSS Kidd over railing! Finlay gets in the ring with a chair while Homicide SMACKS Kidd with a trash can lid! Finlay undoes the red corner’s buckle pad, Eddie CLOBBERS Connors with the trash can! Eddie even headbutts the trash can until it’s dented! But Connors CHOP BLOCKS Eddie!

Cobb SMACKS Kenta with the buckle pad, but Finlay CLAWS Cobb’s face! TJP SMACKS Finlay with a kendo stick! The fans fire up as TJP CHOKES Finlay with the stick! Kenta CLUBS TJP, grabs the stick and SMACKS TJP with it! And SMACKS him again! Cobb CLOBBERS Connors off of Eddie! Cobb rains down fists, Eddie SMACKS Connors with the trash can! Finlay has a loose skateboard deck and SMACKS Cobb with it! Eddie crotches Connors on the railing, then CLOBBERS him! Eddie then goes out to the crowd to CLAW Connors’ face, and send him into the railing! Eddie fires hands, Kenta SMACKS away on Cobb with the kendo stick!

Cobb blocks a shot and JAMS Kenta in return! Cobb SMACKS Kenta, Connors hits Eddie back! Connors then crotches Eddie on the railing! Eddie falls over, Connors talks trash on the fans, but TJP drags Finlay around. Homicide and Kidd are brawling in the crowd! Fans count as Homicide rains down TEN fists, then takes a BITE out of Kidd’s forehead! Cobb puts Kenta in the ring, TJP drags Kenta around to trap an arm, and Eddie SMACKS Connors with a stop sign! TJP puts the skateboard on Connors’ back to ride him! Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie to rain down fists! TJP HIP DROPS Connors, then Cobb brings him up.

Homicide and Kidd are still brawling somewhere in the crowd, Cobb keeps Connors down in a corner, and TJP drop toeholds Finlay down! TJP skateboards on Finlay’s back! Finlay powers up to throw TJP off, then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Eddie grabs at Finlay but Finlay hits him back. Finlay goes out after Eddie, HEADBUTTS him, but the fans rally up. Finlay throws hands, Eddie hits back! Eddie CHOKES Finlay with camera cable! Eddie rains down fists and sits Finlay down. Cobb ROCKS Kenta, then CHUCKS the trash can! Kenta ducks, the can hits post! Eddie and Connors get in the ring, Eddie fires knees.

Eddie hits a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX and Connors writhes. Kidd TOSSES Homicide over railing! But Homicide hits Kidd with the railing! And again! And again! Finlay and Connors mug Eddie, CLAW his eyes, but TJP hurries over to CLOBBER Kidd! Kidd shoves TJP into railing, gets into the ring, but Homicide finds a ladder! The fans cheer as Homicide gets Kidd up, reels him into a corner, and CLAWS Kidd’s back! Then TORNADO- NO, Kidd powers out to LARIAT! “I’m a MAD MAN, y’know!!” The fans boo but Kidd grabs that ladder! Kidd RAMS Homicide low, then equips the ladder like Terry Funk!

Kidd CLOBBERS Cobb, CLOBBERS Eddie, and CLOBBERS TJP as he does the ladder-copter! But then Cobb returns, GERMAN SUPLEX!! The ladder dropped away just in time but Kidd still tumbles out. Connors runs up to SPEAR, but Cobb blocks it! Canadian Rack, but Connors slips free, ducks ‘n ‘dodges and SPEARS!! Down goes Cobb and the fans fire up! Connors grabs the barbed wire off his hat, wears it as a crown of thorns, and then he drags TJP up. The fans tell Connors he’s sick as he BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS! And BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS again! Connors fires up, drags TJP back up, but gets BLOOD MIST!!

The fans fire up as TJP then sits Connors in a corner, and digs that wire in! TJP scrubs Connors’ face through the wires! TJP goes side to side for the BARBED WIRE BOOT WASH! Homicide joins in, Connors is fed to an ELBOW! And then speaking of “fed,” Homicide has a FORK! Homicide DIGS the fork into Connors’ forehead!! Kenta runs in, but blocks the fork! URAKEN! Homicide sits back but TJP kicks Kenta. TJP whips, Kenta reverses and BOOTS! Kenta runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK Homicide! HYDRAULIC DROPKICK for TJP! Homicide puts TJP up top, climbs up after him, but Cobb CLUBS Kenta!

Cobb drags Kenta back but Kenta fires elbows. Kenta fireman’s carries, but Cobb’s too big! Cobb CLBUS Kenta, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta runs, into a LARIAT! TJP adjusts up top to MAMBA SPLASH, but he has to roll through as Kenta moves! Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO SLEEP!! But Cobb CROSSBODIES! Finlay returns and SMACKS Cobb with a kendo stick! And again! Finlay whips Cobb into the barbed wire chair wedged in the corner!! Cobb falls out of the ring, but Eddie blocks the kendo stick smack! LOW BLOW! Eddie fires off shots on Finlay!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie even headbutts the stick to break it!

The straps come down, and finally, Eddie and Kidd meet! They LARIAT, CHOP, CHOP and repeat! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kidd BITES Eddie’s forehead! The Mad Man spits, flips everyone off, and Kidd whips Eddie! Eddie stops himself, then clinches! EXPLODER through the table!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie rises, barbed wire in hand! Eddie wraps his hand in the barbed wire, and he aims as Kidd rises! But then the Dogs CLOBBER Eddie! The fans boo as Finlay, Connors and Kenta all beat down Eddie! They get a steel chain to gag Eddie and sit him up!

Kidd storms around as the Dogs hold Eddie open! But Homicide returns and the fans fire up! Homicide fires off shots on Kidd! Kidd denies one cutter, shoves Homicide, but Homicide returns to CUTTER after all! Eddie meanwhile breaks free to fire off hands on Kenta and Connors! Connors hits low, CLUBS away, then he and Kenta mug Eddie. The chain wraps Eddie up, but Homicide gets Kidd up. Only for Finlay to SHILLELAGH Homicide! Feed to Kidd’s HANGING GUILLOTINE, then PILEDRIVER!! The Dogs keep Eddie down while Kidd covers, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

The War Dogs worked together to tear down Eddie’s team, and Finlay says they run this! But Eddie still puts up a fight! As do TJP and Cobb! It is chaos as Eddie CHOKES Kidd and Cobb throws hands down on Finlay! Young Lions and refs rush in to stop this, but Eddie and Kidd still throw windmilling haymakers! TJP still wants after Kenta, refs pull him back, and Kidd ROCKS Eddie! TJP and Cobb stand tall as the Dogs fall back. Kidd wants to tear Eddie apart, and Eddie gets a mic! “Hey! HEY! Gabe! Get in, you effing t*at! You effing b*tch! May 11th! May 11th! California! No ropes, Last Man Standing, you effing p*ssy!”

The fans are thunderous as the challenge has been made, and Kidd even gets some last shots in on Eddie! Eddie grabs the ladder but is told to stand down! Eddie gets back on the mic to say, “I’m gonna kill that mother effer!!” The fans are loving this as Resurgence will become violence, but will the Mad Man dethrone the Mad King once and for all?

 

NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Original Bro has been taking this title on Ex-BRO-dition to Major League Wrestling, where he even fought some TMDK members in Bad Dude Tito and Kosei Fujita. But now, the original star of this title division has come back to prove The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Will ZSJ have the answer to this Riddle? Or will the Super King prove he’s mightier than The Mighty?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if “season three” gives way to a reboot!

The bell rings, 15 minutes on the clock, and the fans rally already as the two circle. They feel things out, Riddle goes for a leg but ZSJ flips him around to facelock. They go around, trade waistlocks, then break. The fans cheer as the two reset and go again. They feel things out, Riddle powers his way to a waistlock but ZSJ wrenches to an armlock. ZSJ steps over, headscissors Riddle onto his back, but Riddle moves around, and goes for the ARMBAR! ZSJ clasps hands, bridges up and rolls back, but they’re in the ropes. ZSJ still gets the KNEEBAR, but Riddle stands to pry ZSJ off! ZSJ goes for the leg again, Riddle gets away!

The fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They circle, the fans sing for “OH~ Zack Sabre Jr~!” ZSJ pops Riddle up and drops him down into the ARMBAR! Riddle holds that off so ZSJ floats to a HEEL HOOK! Riddle endures, ZSJ eggs him on, and he pushes on the hold. Riddle rolls and rolls and rolls and also gets a HEEL HOOK! They duel with heel hooks, ZSJ kicks Riddle away, and the fans cheer the newest standoff. ZSJ and Riddle reset, feel things out, and ZSJ snapmares. Riddle avoids the Penalty Kick, trips ZSJ but ZSJ kicks him away. ZSJ avoids a Penalty Kick and the fans cheer again.

ZSJ and Riddle circle, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Riddle shoots around, gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Riddle rolls back, drags ZSJ up, GUT WRENCH PLEX! The fans are torn but Riddle smiles all the same. Riddle runs to BROTON but into an ARMBAR! Riddle scrambles, ROPEBREAK, but ZSJ has the DISARMER! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off and the fans fire up with him. ZSJ kicks Riddle, kicks again, but then Riddle blocks. Riddle stands up, ZSJ avoids the sweeps and SLAPS Riddle back! Riddle CHOPS ZSJ down! The fans are torn again while Riddle scowls now. ZSJ rises, and Riddle KICKS!

Riddle eggs ZSJ on, KICKS him again, and KICKS him again! Riddle kicks ZSJ around, then stands him up to KICK! ZSJ eggs Riddle on now, blocks that kick, and SNAPS a toe! Riddle falls over, ZSJ gets the foot and bends the toes back to SNAP! Then he twists the other foot all around, and STOMPS the leg down! Riddle bails out as we pass five minutes, and the fans are all fired up! Riddle hobbles up and into the ring, ZSJ is on him and snap suplexes! ZSJ gets the foot, hooks the leg, then twists the other foot! ZSJ turns Riddle over, ties the legs up, and has the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Then ZSJ throws Riddle away!

Riddle storms up to CHOP! And forearm! ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Riddle goes to a corner, ZSJ runs in, but into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets go and ZSJ falls back. Riddle adjusts his shorts, goes up the corner, and leaps, FLYING KNEE into a HALF CRAB! ZSJ shifts to lean on that hold, STF, but Riddle has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer this technical exchange, ZSJ brings Riddle up, but Riddle gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! ZSJ is still in this but Riddle BROTONS! The fans are torn but Riddle is having fun again as he goes up top. Riddle aims for the FLOATING- NO, he has to bail out as ZSJ moves!

ZSJ runs up, TRIANGLE HOLD! And he fires off ELBOWS! ZSJ squeezes with the legs but Riddle powers up to deadlift, and POWERBOMB! ZSJ sits up, FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives, but Riddle crosses his arms to mock the fans. Riddle KICKS ZSJ, KICKS him again, and again! Riddle runs side to side to forearm SMASH! Then again, but ZSJ dodges to go up, around and TORNADO DDT! Into a GUILLOTINE!! ZSJ has the body scissors, too! ZSJ flails, endures, fights up, and he lifts ZSJ to then power through into a suplex! ZSJ slips free to SLEEPER! Riddle flails, throws ZSJ off, and ARMBAR!

ZSJ clasps hands to fight the hold, but Riddle works on breaking it. ZSJ lets it go so he can shift and have the ARMBAR! Riddle clasps hands but ZSJ pulls fingers! ZSJ has the ARMBAR, but Riddle shifts into the leg guard to fire shots! The ground ‘n’ pound favors Riddle, but then ZSJ catches him to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle deadlifts, but ZSJ slips free to ZACK DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! We pass ten minutes, time is on Riddle’s side! ZSJ goes to the corner, runs up, but Riddle catches Penalty Kick into the HALF CRAB! Riddle pulls on the leg but ZSJ flips Riddle off as he endures! ZSJ reaches out, even as Riddle pulls way back!

Riddle lets go to deadlift but ZSJ PELES the arm! Riddle still gets ZSJ for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Then Riddle goes up top, FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up! Riddle is stunned, that move almost never fails! Riddle has fans chanting “BRO! BRO! BRO!” for him as he aims, and KICKS! KICKS! And SLAPS, to then KICK! KICK! And CHOP! Three minute warning, Riddle just toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ kicks, KICKS, blocks, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Riddle wobbles ZSJ grabs a leg, but Riddle JUMP KNEES! Riddle hurries to haul ZSJ up, ripcord and FINAL FLASH!

But Riddle’s not done with ZSJ, he gets the gut wrench and tuck, BRO- VICTORY ROLL! And EURO CLUTCH!! TWO?!? Riddle escapes, but ZSJ KICKS! Then he runs up, into a FLASH KNEE!! Two minute warning, Riddle runs, but ZSJ catches him in to a ghost pin! ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (NEW NJPW World Television Champion)

ZSJ goes from the first-ever champion to the first-ever TWO-TIME NJPW World TV Champion! Riddle is mad with himself and storms off. Is Riddle going to find a way to some other title opportunity in NJPW? Or will he come back for another try?

As for ZSJ, he gets the mic to say, “Alright, Chicago, what’s up, mates? Are we having a lovely time or what? Are you having a lovely time?” Chicago sure is! ZSJ says his year hasn’t gone well. He wanted the world title, but he had to get his baby back! Did she miss him? Also, he needs industrial cleaner, he doesn’t trust the last champion. But it’s been a minute, so this is usually where ZSJ goes talking about challengers, but he won’t bother, he’s tired, it’s straight to the pub. But he will defend this title in the US very, very soon. Cheerio, everyone, buh-bye. Wait! Someone is not letting ZSJ get away that easily, because here comes Cobb!

The fans cheer as The Imperial Unit makes his way back out here, and he steps in to the ring with ZSJ. Cobb looks at the title he’s come close to taking on multiple occasions, and ZSJ sets it down at his feet. ZSJ says not today, though, he’s tired. Cobb and ZSJ shake hands to agree on it, so when and where will we get this sequel? Wait, ZSJ tries to scoop Cobb! Cobb says nope and he scoops ZSJ! ZSJ slips away, bails out, and gets the mic back. “Hawaiian Jeffery, please may I have my championship back? And I promise, I’ll give you a championship match, just not today, I’m tired.” ZSJ also compliment’s Cobb hair.

Cobb hands the belt over, ZSJ thanks him and heads out. ZSJ is back on top of the NJPW World TV Division, but will he end up the first man to lose this title twice?

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Showoff is basically showing off now, saying he isn’t going to defend his IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion until he faces Hiroshi Tanahashi. Is he really looking past the Stone Pitbull like that? Or will Ishii not give Nemeth a choice on who has next?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Nemeth uses his height for leverage but Ishii gets around to waistlock. Nemeth switches and hooks Ishii up in the COBRA TWIST, but Ishii slips right out to waistlock. Nemeth switches, tries for the Cobra Twist but Ishii slips around again. Ishii lifts, Nemeth hooks a leg to fight it, and he switches to wrangle Ishii to a cover. TWO, they end up in ropes, and the ref has them both separate. The fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Nemeth uses his height as leverage to put Ishii on ropes.

The ref counts, Nemeth lets off, but Ishii CHOPS! Nemeth CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Nemeth CHOPS again! The CHOPS go back and forth as fans “WOO~,” but then Nemeth throws a forearm! Ishii fires a forearm in return, they go back and forth and Nemeth gets the edge. The fans fire up but then Ishii ROCKS Nemeth again and again. Ishii runs, RAMS Nemeth, but Nemeth stays up. The fans fire up as Nemeth ROCKS Ishii, runs and RAMS him! Ishii rebounds to CLOBBER Nemeth! The fans fire up more while Nemeth flounders. Nemeth slowly rises, Ishii brings him up and bumps him off buckles.

Ishii CHOPS Nemeth and Nemeth falls over. Ishii eggs Nemeth on, Nemeth stands, and the fans rally. Nemeth fires forearms, but Ishii CHOPS him down! The fans rally behind Ishii as he looms over Nemeth. Ishii drags Nemeth up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ishii kicks Nemeth around while egging him on. Ishii slaps Nemeth around, the fans rally, and Nemeth fires body shots! Nemeth kicks, DROPKICKS, and Ishii falls! The fans fire up while both men go to corners. Ishii stands, Nemeth runs in, STINGER SPLASH! And then NECKBREAKER! Nemeth drops ELBOW after ELBOW, then winds up for the JUMPING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!

Nemeth is a little annoyed but Ishii is tougher than that. Nemeth reels Ishii in, but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii powers up and back drops Nemeth away! The fans fire up while Nemeth staggers to his feet. Nemeth fires hands but Ishii just scowls. Nemeth looks around as the fans say he messed up, but he still throws hands! Ishii doesn’t budge, then he just DECKS Nemeth with one shot! The fans fire up while Nemeth flounders to a corner. Ishii storms up, brings Nemeth up to the top rope, and climbs. Ishii brings Nemeth up to the very top, for the STALLING SUPERPLEX! The fans are all fired up while both men are down!

Ishii rises, looms over Nemeth, then drags him up. Ishii reels Nemeth in, but Nemeth fights the lift now! Nemeth wrenches, and jumps on, SLEEPER! Ishii has Nemeth as a backpack, but he shifts around to put the SLEEPER on Nemeth! Nemeth flails, gets around, OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Nemeth rises while the fans rally. Nemeth runs up, but Ishii denies the satellite DDT with a throw! Ishii runs up but Nemeth UPPERCUTS! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth SWATS the lariat to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and the fans fire up while Nemeth is a bit surprised.

The fans rally as Nemeth watches Ishii rise. Nemeth kicks low, runs, FAM- NO, Ishii turns the leg drop into a POWERBOMB! The fans fire up again and Ishii headbutts the buckles to fire himself up! Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks to HEADBUTT! And FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Nemeth is beside himself, but rises as the fans rally again. Nemeth goes to a corner, Ishii staggers to his feet, and Ishii runs in! Nemeth BOOTS Ishii, runs up, and LARIATS! Ishii just roars! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth but now Nemeth roars! The fans fire up with Nemeth, but then Ishii LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!!

Nemeth survives and Ishii growls in frustration. Ishii sits Nemeth up while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks the sliding lariat! Ishii blocks Nemeth’s superkick, then ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up again while Ishii aims from a corner! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nemeth survives again and Ishii grows further frustrated. Ishii fires back up and the fans are with him as he drags Nemeth up. Ishii suplexes, but Nemeth fights it! Nemeth wrenches, HEADBUTTS, but Ishii still whips! Nemeth reverses, but Ishii bucks the Danger Zone! Only to turn around into a SUPERKICK 101! Cover, TWO!!!

Ishii just gets an arm up and Nemeth’s shock is clear on his face, even with his hair over his eyes! The fans fire up again as both men slowly rise. Ishii winds up but Nemeth ROCKS him first! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Ishii rises right up! Ishii staggers, but he avoids Danger Zone to STEAL DANGER ZONE!! The fans are thunderous as Nemeth staggers up, into the LARIAT!! Cover, ONE?!?! Nemeth shocks everyone as he kicks it into another gear! Ishii rises, into the SUPERKICK 101!! Cover, ONE?!?!? Now Ishii shocks everyone! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down, catching their breaths.

Ishii and Nemeth go to corners, then they run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither man falls, and then Ishii HEADBUTTS! Nemeth rebounds to HEADBUTT, but then they DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Ishii BATTERING RAM HEADBUTTS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nemeth survives that shot, but Ishii roars as he rises up! Ishii slaps himself to get back in this! Ishii drags Nemeth up, reels him in, suplexes, but Nemeth slips free, DANGER- NO, Ishii clinches! Nemeth slips free, ROCKS Ishii, SUPERKICK 101! Then he dodges Ishii to DANGER ZONE!!! Cover, Nemeth wins!!

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

Nemeth is a Wanted Man, and this is why! He took Ishii to the Danger Zone, proving that hanging with NJPW isn’t Mission: Impossible! But will Nemeth prove he’s a Top Gun when he finally gets his dream match with President Tanahashi?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has finally been back on top of NJPW since WrestleKingdom, and he even just defeated his Los Ingobernables de Japon teammate, Yota Tsuji, just a week ago at Sakura Genesis. At the same time, The Maniac put out the challenge that same night, and Naito said okay! Will Naito continue to keep NJPW tranquilo? Or is there truly about to be a Paradigm Shift in the world of pro-wrestling?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the winds of change start to blow!

Moxley paces as Naito takes his time with his entrance attire, and Naito tells Moxley to tranquilo. Naito really takes his time with his pants, and is finally ready. The bell rings and the fans fire up already! Naito looks around but Moxley keeps his eyes right on Naito. The two slowly circle while the fans rally and duel. They approach but Naito dodges, and the fans cheer while Moxley keeps cool. They go again, and again Naito avoids Moxley’s grip. Naito again says tranquilo, and they circle. Moxley flips Naito off, the fans are torn, but Naito doesn’t even flinch. The two circle, tie up, and Moxley puts Naito on ropes.

The ref counts, Moxley lets off, but Naito SPITS at Moxley! Naito kicks low, TOSSES Moxley out, but gets Moxley with the fake out and tranquilo pose! The fans cheer while Moxley seethes. Moxley snarls, storms in, but Naito slips away to the outside. The fans cheer as Naito continues to troll Moxley, but then Moxley rushes out to fire off forearms! Moxley whips Naito into railing, then fires more forearms! Naito hits back, Moxley headlocks, and then he SMACKS Naito off the timekeeper’s table! The fans rally as Moxley goes up and over the railing to get Naito back up. The ref reprimands but Moxley ROCKS Naito!

Moxley SMACKS Naito off the table, SMACKS him off it again, then brings Naito around. The crowd moves aside as Moxley fires hockey scrum punches. Moxley then whips Naito, but Naito reverses and Moxley hits railing! The fans fire up, Naito checks his face, then he takes a seat to relax. The fans cheer, but then Moxley BOOTS Naito down! Moxley drags Naito up, brings him around, and back to ringside so he can POST Naito! Naito falls, the fans are torn, but Moxley paces around. Moxley storms back up on Naito, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Moxley stalks Naito to the ropes, then stands on Naito’s face!

The ref counts, Moxley lets off to grab a hand, and Moxley SNAPS fingers! Moxley reels Naito in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Naito’s still in this but Moxley paces again. Moxley waits on Naito to get up, then KICKS him! And ROCKS him! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then Moxley KICKS a leg! And KICKS the leg, and then KICKS the leg out! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this but Moxley eggs him on. Moxley paces around, drags Naito up and then CHOPS! Moxley KICKS, CHPOS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley KICKS, ROCKS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley fires off ELBOW after ELBOW, then whips, but Naito sunset flips!

Moxley rolls through, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Moxley talks trash even as he puts on pressure! Naito powers the main leg up but Moxley powers it back down! Naito sits up, SPITS at Moxley, but Moxley puts on more pressure! Naito fights around, turns things over, but Moxley slips free to get the legs again. Moxley SPITS, then he turns Naito over into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito endures, the fans rally, and Naito fights his way around. Moxley drops down into a modified STF! Naito again endures, moves around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets go at 4.

Moxley eggs Naito on, talks more trash, then PENALTY KICKS! Naito sits up and shakes his head. Moxley KICKS again, but Naito again sits up. Naito even smirks as he annoy Moxley. Moxley KICKS but Naito blocks! Naito CLAWS the eyes, but Moxley kicks low! Moxley suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Moxley CHOKES Naito, the ref counts, but Moxley lets off. Moxley storms around, the fans rally, and Naito stirs. Moxley goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. Naito rises, Moxley leaps, Naito BODY SHOTS! Naito ENZIGIRIS, Moxley drops to his knees, but Naito still has to catch his breath.

The fans rally as Naito smirks and rises up. Naito brings Moxley around to fire forearm after forearm! Naito whips, atomic drops, and then runs to ELBOW Moxley down and basement dropkick in the back! Naito whips corner to corner, runs up, JUMP KICK! He can’t get up and over so he ELBOWS then NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Naito clamps on a cravat for a neck wrench on the mat! Moxley endures, the fans rally, but Naito thrashes him around. Moxley fights up, he drags Naito up and he DUMPS Naito to the apron! Naito gets up but Moxley fires a forearm! Naito gives it back, they go back and forth!

The fans rally as the shots keep going, faster and faster! Naito ROCKS Moxley but Moxley BOOTS Naito! Naito wobbles, Moxley goes out to the apron, but Naito fights the half nelson suplex! Naito fires elbows, gets free, but Moxley ELBOWS back! And then APRON DDT! Naito flops down to the floor while the fans fire up! Moxley leaves Naito behind to mock the tranquilo! The fans are torn but Naito stirs. Naito slowly crawls, the fans rally up, and Naito stands. Naito shakes out the cobwebs, flounders into the ring, and Moxley drags Naito up. Moxley TOSSES Naito out, then builds speed to DIVE into a chair?!

The fans fire up as Naito sneaks that one! The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow still in this! Naito goes up to the apron and brings Moxley up, for an APRON NECKBREAKER! Moxley flops down while Naito leaves him behind. The ring count starts, Moxley stirs at about 3 of 20. Moxley turns over, he’s busted open! Naito counts along as we pass 10 of 20, then reach 15! Moxley rises at 17, staggers about, and slides in at 19.9!! The fans fire up and Naito is actually annoyed. Naito drags Moxley up, reels him in, and TORNADO DDTS! Moxley sits up in a daze, the crimson mask already complete on his face!

Moxley staggers back to his feet, Naito runs in, but Moxley KING KING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks both men, especially Moxley with that blood, but they’re both okay to continue. Moxley sits up as we pass 15 minutes, a quarter of the allotted hour time limit. Moxley says he’s not gonna be taken alive! Not tonight! The fans fire up with Moxley as he is ready to Die Hard! Moxley fires a haymaker, Naito gives it back! Moxley throws another, so Naito SPITS, then ROCKS him! Moxley ROCKS Naito, Naito ROCKS Moxley, so Moxley SPITS! Naito SPITS, and the forearms fly again!

The fans are thunderous as this gets fast and furious! Moxley fires a flurry, then winds up to run, but Naito gets around! Waistlock, but Moxley switches, to a SLEEPER! Naito RAMS Moxley into buckles, gets free, but the CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Moxley hurries to clamp on, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Naito flails but the body scissors are on! Blood pours off of Moxley’s head, will he give out before Naito does? The fans rally as Naito endures and fights around! Moxley uses that to get the BULLY CHOKE!! Naito fights to his feet, Moxley keeps a SLEEPER! The fans continue to rally as Naito flails!

Naito pries at the hold, then drops, victory roll! TWO!! Moxley stands, Naito wrenches and fires the heavy elbows! Again and again, and then the wrench, tilt-o-whirl, but Moxley slips free! CUTTER!! But that’s not all! DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO?!? Naito survives Moxley’s best shot and the fans are thunderous! Moxley snarls, the fans rally and duel, and Moxley wipes the blood from his eyes. Moxley underhooks Naito again, but Naito slips around to DESTINO!!! TWO!!! Moxley survives Naito’s best shot now! But Naito is just as confident about trying again! DESTI- NO!! Moxley slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric as Naito survives another shot! But Moxley won’t let up, he KING KONG LARIATS again!! Cover, ONE?!?!? HOW?!?! Naito staggers about, but into a DEATH RIDER!!!! Cover, MOXLEY WINS!!!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Chicago cannot believe it, but they are loving it! From WWE World Champion to AEW World Champion to now NJPW’s IWGP World Champion, this is history being made before our eyes!! The Maniac makes himself a modern legend, but what does this mean for Naito? Is Naito’s destino simply that he cannot last?

As for Moxley, he does push-ups just to show he has more in that tank! He sets the title down on the lion logo then gets the mic. Moxley says a quick prayer while the fans say, “You Deserve It!” Moxley gets the mic on to say, “Arigato gozaimasu, Chicago! Holy s*it… This was a treat for everybody here that might not ever get a chance to fly across the ocean and NJPW, an authentic NJPW wrestling show live and in person. And it was special to be a part of it here, and there’s nowhere better to have done it than right here in Chicago.” The fans cheer that!

Moxley says he’s wrestled in every building in Chicago, big, small and tiny, and the fans have been with him every step of the way. He thanks them for being here to make it special, as he now stands atop the effin’ NJPW mountain!! The fans fire up for Moxley again, “Thank You, Moxley!” Moxley says he’s just getting started, so he has a message for everyone in NJPW and around the world. First order of business as the King of NJPW is to pick who’s coming at him first! Mox calls the shots, and the long list of Japanese legends he’s defeated over the last five years is really something, but that’s the easy stuff.

Moxley won’t run or hide from the Young Lions, the young and hungry stars of NJPW! He won’t sit atop a mountain and be scared of the hungriest hunters in the game. So stepping up first, this will be the final exam for #SHOOTER!! The fans fire up, but then in runs REN NARITA! PUSH-UP BAR ATTACK!! The fans boo as Narita stomps away on Moxley! Narita gets the mic while he CHOKES Moxley to tell “Shooter, no no no. I’m next challenger, mother effer!” Narita stomps away, but then here comes The Roughneck! Narita turns tail and runs, the fans cheering “SHOOTER! SHOOTER!” Narita laughs as he retreats, but Shota helps Moxley sit up.

Moxley manages to glare at Narita through the crimson mask, and Shota gets the mic for him. Moxley says, “What the heck, man? Narita! You just graduated from being a Young Boy… to being a dead man!” Moxley just said he isn’t gonna run and hide, so if Narita wants a fight, he’ll get a fight! Will The Maniac tear apart that Souled Out SOB? Will Shota get to have his match with his mentor sometime after that?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW, and I did not think they’d have so many changes to the title landscape. Well, Vaquer retained but that’s because she only just got that belt off Giulia. And good on Windsor to step up, though I’m not sure she’ll take that title, either. Anyway, great Fatal 4 Way that also referenced the story between Tom Lawlor and Team Filthy falling apart. Great win for TMDK here, and rather surprising because I didn’t think ELP & Leo would be losing those belts. I wonder if ELP & Leo go back to the heavyweight titles for the Summer.

And then quite the surprise that ZSJ won the NJPW World TV title back. TMDK is taking over, and maybe this move was because Riddle is more an MLW wrestler than a NJPW wrestler. ZSJ VS Cobb the third time around is going to be awesome, great trilogy, and maybe Cobb wins this time. United Empire needs some positives in their post Ospreay era. Cobb and TJP did really good in helping Eddie and Homicide against what ended up being less Team Gabe Kidd and just Bullet Club War Dogs or whatever. Good win for Bullet Club here, and setting up a NO ROPES Last Man Standing for the NJPW Strong Championship is going to be awesome stuff.

Great non-title matches, too. Narita cheating Suzuki to win, but Shota winning despite Jack trying to cheat is good stuff for the Reiwa Musketeer rivals. Great fun in the Hiromu VS Ali match with Daryl Jr, aka El Hijo De Daryl cuz he had a little lucha mask. Great win for Ali, too, but he isn’t scheduled for the Best of the Super Juniors so maybe this was so Chicago gets a win. And then great match of Nemeth and Ishii with Nemeth getting a great win to keep his momentum up while waiting on a match with Tanahashi.

And of course, an awesome main event from Naito and Moxley. I should’ve known Moxley was gonna bleed, but I was NOT expecting Moxley to win the title. Great for Moxley personally, but I’m surprised NJPW made this move. Is Moxley going to bring this title to Dynasty AND Double or Nothing? Well, I suppose Moxley could tell us as much on Dynamite, but this is all still really surprising. I’m not gonna say I agree with Gabe Kidd’s claims NJPW is letting AEW get their way, but it certainly seems like NJPW is hoping AEW helps them with the American audience.

That stuff aside, Narita and Shota being winners works for them stepping up to the world title. Narita probably won’t win, but maybe Shota proves the student has surpassed the master. Might be a bit of NJPW fast tracking their new neo new musketeers, but it’s not like other companies haven’t done that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

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

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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