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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (12/11/23)

C M PUNK! C M PUNK!

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Look in my eyes~, what do you see? CM Punk’s free agency!

He returned at Survivor Series, showed up on Raw, SmackDown, and even NXT Deadline! Where in the WWE will CM Punk choose to sign full-time?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso; McIntyre wins.
  • Rhea Ripley VS Maxxine Dupri w/ Ivy Nile; Rhea wins.
  • Bronson Reed VS Ivar w/ Sarah Logan; Bronson wins.
  • Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; Carter & Chance win.
  • Six Man Tag: Imperium VS #DIY & ???; DIY & The Miz win.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Nakamura wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drew McIntyre VS Jey Uso!

After what the Scottish Warrior did to him last week, Main Event Jey isn’t waiting until the main event! This is about to explode, who will be left standing when the smoke clears?

Before the match, Jey gets the mic while fans chant “YEET! YEET!” Jey welcomes us to Monday Night Raw, and he’s got his YEET back! He’s excited about that, for real. But he’s also excited for CM Punk being in the building, and tonights Punk decides if he’s Raw or not. But if y’all wanna see Punk be Raw, lemme hear ya say “YEET!” “YEET!” They’ll gain a real one of he do. But we also lost a real one. Jey’s dwag, Sami Zayn, get well soon. Fans chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” Jey says it was by McIntyre’s hand, though. McIntyre went after Sami, went after Rollins and Jey after a hell of a main event last week.

But if you ask Jey, McIntyre ain’t being honest. His actions show different. He’s two-faced. But now McIntyre’s face to face with the Yeet Master! And tonight, he about to get got! But here comes McIntyre! McIntyre has the mic but fans boo as he stands on stage. McIntyre says, “Alright, enough of the arse kissing, Jey. Don’t you think that locker room is in a rough state with you in it? Adam Pearce, please hear me right now and trust me, let him go. Nick Aldis, you can have him on SmackDown, cuz trust me, we do not want CM Punk in that locker room! He will destroy this place from the inside out!

“Oh, I’m sorry, you acrtaully know him?” McIntyre has traveled with Punk, he knows how the story ends. But for now, this is about Jey. The fans chant for “CM PUNK! CM PUNK!” McIntyre says Rollins deserved what he got. But Sami, Jey might have a point. MciNtyre knows Sami is at home, and maybe MciNtyre had a little to do with why. Sami did run his mouth a lot, talked bout McIntyre’s afmily. But McIntyre let Sami with one leg. So he’s sorry. SEE? That’s an apology! Not a good one but still! So you wanna keep booing him like he’s wrong?

Cleveland, imagine if you can someone hurt a family member of yours, they hurt you, your mom, dad, brother, sister. Woudn’t you want revenge? Imagine they never apologized. Now be honest, wouldn’t you want to take revenge on them? For a few of you, the truth will set you free. Guys, get a shot of this kid. He doesn’t care, he’s a coward! Aww… McIntyre tells he’s had enough of Jey’s half-arsed apologies, stupid made up word and this bouncing crap and it’s all forgiven? Jey says it ain’t like that. And clearly, McIntyre can’t dance. But if you wanna see McIntyre catch this YEET Down, lemme hear ya say “YEET!” “YEET!!”

The bell rings and Jey fires haymakers! Fans fire up with “YEET! YEET!” Mcintyre shoves Jey, Jey dodges and then clotheslines McIntyre up and out! Fans fire up with Jey, and McIntyre is furious while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Jey counter punches McIntyre! And again! Fans “YEET!” with every shot, then Jey whips. McIntyre reverses, Jey stops himself and UPPERCUTS! McIntyre kicks low, CLUBS Jey, and then drags him up to TOSS him out! Jey is on the apron, he GAMANGIRIS! Jey climbs up, leaps and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! McIntyre scrambles to a corner Fan srally for Jey and he runs up to whip. McIntyre reverses, then runs in to kick Jey down! McIntyre rains down fists, Jey guards but McIntyre still hammers away! Fans boo but McIntyre watches Jey. McIntyre deadlift suplexes Jey away!

Fans rally for Jey but McIntyre storms up on him. McIntyre stomps Jey, looms over him, then talks trash. McIntyre stomps Jey again, and says he doesn’t wanna just win, he wants to hurt Jey. Fans rally for Jey but McIntyre paces. Mcintyre swings, Jey UPPERCUTS! And again! And again! “YEET! YEET!” Jey CHOPS, whips, but McIntyre reverses and CLOBBERS Jey! McIntyre drags Jey up and puts him in a corner, to CHOP! Jey sputters and drops to his knees, but McIntyre has him in the ropes for a punch across the face! Jey flops to the floor but McIntyre goes out and runs in, but Jey dodges! McIntyre flies onto the desk!

Jey gets in the ring, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre! The fans fire up again while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Jey trips McIntyre up on the top rope! Jey throws hands and fans “YEET!” with each shot. McIntyre falls back, but then sits right up to SPIDER SUPLEX! Fans fire up while both men are down! The ref checks both men but McIntyre rises up first. McIntyre snarls and storms over while fans rally for Jey. McIntyre drags Jey up, Jey counter punches again! And again! And again! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey pops ‘n’ locks and UPPERCUTS! But McIntyre hits a GLASGOW KISS! Then he runs in, but is put on the apron. McIntyre ROCKS Jey, climbs up, then FLYING- NO, Jey dodges!

Jey mule kicks, drops and UPPERCUTS! McIntyre swings, Jey dodges and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO! McIntyre survives but Jey keeps his cool. McIntyre goes to a corner, Jey goes to the opposite. Fans rally up as Jey says “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” Jey runs in, but McIntyre dodges the hip attack! McIntyre stands, dodges, NECKBREAKER! Both men are down, but then McIntyre kips up! Fans are torn and McIntyre takes aim. “Three! TWo! One!” SUPERKICK first! And then another SUPERKICK! Jey hurries to a corner and climbs up! USO SPLASH onto KNEES! McIntyre reels Jey in, FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous and McIntyre is fuming! McIntyre unties a buckle pad while the ref is checking Jey! Fans boo but McIntyre is willing to go to any depths to win this! McIntyre waits on Jey, CLAY- SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Jey is shocked but McIntyre survives! The ref then sees the bare buckle, and McIntyre CLAWS Jey’s face while the ref was busy with the pad! CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

If this is The Scottish Warrior’s true self, then he’s been a snake the entire time! But McIntyre still takes the win, is he not going to stop until he’s World Heavyweight Champion?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura speaks.

“Cody~. Cody~. Cody. I have watched you, week after week, time after time, talk about finishing your story. Yet you are no closer. You are a dog chasing a car. As great as you are, you are not enuogh. And never will be. You say you don’t respect me. That is your weakness. You strive for the admiration of others. I freed myself from that burden long ago. I draw my own destiny. I paint my own story. Shinsuke Nakamura has been reborn thanks to you, Cody. But now, I will bring your story to an end. I am the real nightmare. Always remember, you asked for this.”

 

The Judgment Day is in their clubhouse.

And no one is happy. Finn Balor tells McDonagh & Dom to listen up. He and Rhea aren’t here for one week, and they let the wheels fall off! McDonagh wouldn’t say it’s that bad, but Finn tells him not to back talk. Rhea tells JD to shut up. R-Truth continues to break into the clubhouse! Yeah, lock the doors, will ya? And then Dom & JD lose to the Creed Brothers. And it is a sensitive subject and all, but her Latino Heat lost his North American Championship at Deadline! Damian Priest says Dom losing that title does suck. People not showing up, that sucks. Clearly things haven’t been going their way.

But as far as The Creeds go, Priest & Finn are not gonna take those two lightly. They will handle business Judgment Day style. Rhea says that’s good, but saying you’re the leader is a lot easier than being the leader. Priest gets mad but Rhea says she isn’t talking just to Priest. She’s talking to the family! And she is sick of the disrespect. Time to remind everyone who runs Raw! Rhea will not let HER division disrespect her, so tonight, she makes an example out of Maxxine Dupri! Rhea heads out, is Mami going to put her foot down?

 

The Alpha Academy talk backstage.

Coach Gable knows Maxxine is up against Rhea, but that’s nothing to be nervous about. The Creeds & Ivy show up and they fire up! Ivy then says she’ll be in Maxxine’s corner, just in case. They like that, too! R-Truth walks in? He has a roll of Christmas lights? He’s gonna add these to the Judgment Day clubhouse. About time to get decorating for the holidays. But Truth… Please be careful. Judgment Day is dangerous. And not to break yoru heart, Truth, but you’re not in the group. Whoa, whoa, guys. You got them all wrong. Truth IS Judgment Day, and the others just misunderstood. Truth’s gotta go now. Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, Truth aside, the group goes back to encouraging Maxxine. Will the Alpha Queen stand a chance against a very angry Women’s World Champion?

Rhea Ripley VS Maxxine Dupri w/ Ivy Nile!

Raw returns and Maxxine makes her entrance, the Diamond Pitbull at her side. The bell rings and Rhea circles with Maxxine. Maxxine dodges Rhea, dodges her again, then SLAPS her! Fans fire up but Rhea is mad! Rhea reels Maxxine in, short arm LARIAT! And another! ANd another! Rhea drags Maxxine up again, “You wanna slap me, huh, Maxxine?!” Rhea gets Maxxine up, but Maxxine fights the bomb! Rhea CLUBS her, tries again, but Maxxine flails and RANAS! Rhea is fuming as she gets back up. Rhea turns around but Maxxine DROPKICKS her! “A THANK YEW~!” Maxxine then runs, dodges, and waistlocks!

They go to ropes, Rhea bucks the O’Conner to BOOT Maxxine down! Rhea drags Maxxine up, pump handle and RIPTIDE! But Rhea asks, “You think this is funny?” Maxxine wants to have a match with Rhea? She’s NOTHING but a stupid little girl! Rhea kicks Maxxine around, gets the legs, PRISM TRAP!! Maxxine flails, but taps, Rhea wins!

Winner: Rhea Ripley, by submission

Rhea even leans on the hold to bend Maxxine more! Ivy storms into the ring and Rhea lets Maxxine go to stare Ivy down. Fans like the look of this match-up, will Ivy get her chance to go a round with Rhea?

 

Kayden Carter & Katana Chance speaks.

“It always seems impossible…” “…until it’s done.” The Life of the Party says if they accepted no for an answer, they wouldn’t be where they are today. The music concert party life, but also former tag team champions. “Every door that’s closed, we’ve ripped them off their hinges.” “And chased our dreams no matter what.” Now they want to get the tag team titles back, and that means it is only a matter of time. If you think you’ve seen everything they can do, you ain’t seen nothing yet. They take on Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell later tonight, will KC Squared find their way to the top?

 

Adam Pearce looks over his contract.

He walks the halls, and he finds CM Punk’s room. He knocks, is allowed in, and it’s almost time! Which brand will CM Punk choose?

 

Adam Pearce is in the ring.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the time for a sales pitch is over.” After talking with Aldis and HBK, the man Pearce is about to bring out needs no introduction, but will make a decision. Ladies and gentlemen, The Best in the World, C M PUNK! Fans fire up as Punk makes his way to the ring. Pearce hands over the mic while the fans chant for “C M PUNK! C M PUNK!” Punk says he thought he was in a bit of a sullen mood and then he sees all the signs and hears all the people. Truth is, Punk does have a huge decision to make. “We, if I may, have a huge decision to make.”

Punk’s been thinking about it, and the reason he’s been so worrieda bout it is because he loves the fans. But the truth is, Cleveland, this building specifically, hasn’t always been kind to Punk. He walked back in here, there’s a lot of ghosts. He’s doing his best to face them head on. People may not know this, but Punk debuted in this building. Was anyone there? He had Mickie James with him, they both got in here, and it was so good, Punk went back and they said he was gonna go to Louisville, Kentucky to be in OVW, have luck.

Punk didn’t wanna go but he did, but while he was there, he embraced being uncomfortable and learned how to love it. Exactly like when Punk came to the WWE for the first time. He didn’t know what he was in for but he embraced being uncomfortable and learned to love it. He triumphantly returned to Cleveland, this building, as World Heavyweight Champion. He was ready to put on a show! And then Randy Orton kicks Punk in the head, and he wakes up to learn he was stripped of the title because he couldn’t compete, and is not the champ. He was like “CLEVELAND! AGAIN!?”

Was anyone here 10 years ago for the story he’s about to tell? He won’t bore us with details, a lot of it is the past, he’s focused on the future, the now, and everyone here. But Punk took himself off the wheel. For better or worse, he made the hardest decision of his life. He doesn’t regret it, he doesn’t look back, but there was always that part of him that wondered… If anyone paid to CM Punk, he walked out, were they disappointed? He saw Indi Hartwell, she told him she felt betrayed back then. He told her a story about how he saw Roddy Piper on WCW and as a young fan, he felt that exact same way.

So if you’re here now, or watching at home, disappointed about CM Punk’s walkout, he understands, and he apologizes. The fans cheer that! Punk listened to Aldis, he put together a very substantila offer. Punk hung out with HBK in NXT, there’s a 15 year old Punk that’s tickled to death that he got the offer to mold the next generation. Pearce has put up a deal that honestly is head and shoulders above those other deals. But can he just be very real and very honest right now? Punk’s mind was probably already made up when he saw Cleveland on the calendar. He is here to bury the ghosts, right some wrongs, and his future starts now!

Fans cheer and Punk says “You couldn’t write a better television show, ladies and gentlemen! 10 years, almost to the day, CM Punk walked out. And regardless of how you feel about it, CM Punk walks right back in! And if you’re happy about it, if you’re mad about it, you better learn to love it. Because congratulations, Adam Pearce. The newest Raw Superstar is named C M Punk, and C M Punk is home!” Punk and Pearce shake hands, hug it out, and fans are all fired up as Punk signs on the dotted line! But wait, here comes Seth Rollins! Fans sing ‘OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” as the Visionary makes his way to the ring.

Rollins throws his sunglasses aside, perhaps free souvenir for a fan. Rollins steps in to be face to face with Punk, even as Pearce tells him to keep it civil. The fans are going nuts seeing these two stare down. It’s a chaotic mix of “C M PUNK!” “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” and “HOLY SHID!” and yet neither Rollins or Punk makes a move. Rollins then grabs himself a mic to finally speak. “Cleveland, Ohio. C M Punk. Welcome to Monday… Night… Rollins. I hope you know how incredibly fortunate you are to even be standing in this ring right now, but could you do me just one little favor, just one thing. One thing, please. Don’t you dare call this place your home.”

Fans start up again with the chants and the singing, but Rollins says Punk abandoned the WWE 10 years ago. Not only that, but he actively tried to tear it down. Punk spent 10 years slandering Rollins, slandering every single person back in that locker room, and Punk wants to walk in here to call this his home? This is NOT Punk’s home, this is ROLLINS’ home!! Fans keep the chanting and singing going, and Rollins says he has been here. Those people back there are his brothers and sisters. The fans here and watching at home are his family so this is THEIR home! Rollins will do everything in his power to protect it from people like Punk!

So to make one thing perfectly clear, Rollins doesn’t want there to be any confusion. He knows he’s worked up, he wants us to undersatnd. He will say it plainly with every fiber of his being: Rollins hates Punk. But… If Punk is going to be part of the WWE again, then Rollins wants Punk on Raw. Because the truth always comes out. The truth always comes out! Rollins knows, Punks knows, everyone knows, this is Punk’s last chance. And so, one of two things is gonna happen: Either Punk exposes himself, self-destructs like always, and Rollins will be the first person to slam the door shut on Punk’s legacy…!

Or if by some miracle, Punk has changed, and he has any gas left in that old tank, then maybe one day Punk will be lucky enough to stand across the ring from Rollins in a World Heavyweight Championship match. And then Rollins will expose Punk for the fraud that he is. Rollins will show Punk there are levels to this, wrestle circles around Punk, and let him understand in real-time what it means to BE The Best in the World. The chans and singing return, but Punk just shrugs. “Are you done?” This is Rollins’ one pass to speak like that without Punk coming after him. Punk never asked for anything to be handed to him, and always did things the hard way.

Pearce, where’d you go? Punk says if this is to be made official, let’s make it all official! Punk is entering the Royal Rumble! And WHEN Punk wins the Rumble, maybe it is Rollins Punk comes after! Punk drops the mic as he thrwos down the gauntlet! Will Punk win it all and make WrestleMania into Clobbering Time?

 

The Viking Raiders and Bronson Reed speak.

Sarah tells “Big” Bronson Reed that the Norse gods have spoken, and Bronson will be the sacrificial lamb that awakens the beast within “The One True Warrior,” Ivar! And Ivar says the first time, they were stopped before Ivar could destroy Bronson. But let those wounds be a warning, for tonight, Ivar puts Bronson down in agonizing defeat!

But Auszilla tells Ivar that he is not some chosen one. You think those useless guardsa nd suits were out there to stop them? They were there to save Ivar from Bronson! This time, no one is going to save Ivar! This won’t be Clash of the Titans! Tonight is a Viking FUNERAL! These kaiju collide once again, will anything be left standing?

Bronson Reed VS Ivar w/ Sarah Logan!

Raw returns and Ivar makes his entrance, “Valhalla” leading the way. The bell rings and the behemoths RAM each other! Ivar BOOTS Bronson, puts him in a corner and fires off elbow after elbow! The ref counts, Ivar lets off with a roar, and he runs, but into a BODY CHECK! Bronson runs to ELBOW DROP! Bronson fires haymakers on Ivar in a corner, then CHOPS! Bronson whips corner to corner hard and Ivar tumbles up and down the corner! Sarah coaches Ivar and he slowly rises. Bronson HEADBUTTS Ivar, Ivar ROCKS Bronson! Bronson ROCKS Ivar back, the haymakers fly! Bronson then fireman’s carries!

Ivar fights free, shoves Bronson but Bronson dodges, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Ivar bails out on one end, Bronson goes out the other. They stand, glare at each other, and they roar as they run in around the corner! DOUBLE CROSSBODIES bring both men down!! The fans are all fired up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and the forearms are flying back and forth! Fans rally up with “MEET! MEET!” as the lariats go back and forth! Bronson SUPERKICKS, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Bronson flounders to a corner, Ivar runs in, but Bronson avoids the Bronco Buster! And now Bronson goes up top! But Ivar UPPERCUTS first! Bronson goes to the apron, Ivar fires hands then LARIATS Bronson down! Ivar then goes up!? SUPER CANNONBALL!! Fans are thunderous and Sarah is loving this! Ivar puts Bronson back in, goes to another corner and climbs again. But Bronson hurries up to CLUB Ivar!

Bronson throws hands on Ivar, climbs up after him, but Ivar throws hands! Bronson hits back, they brawl, and Ivar CHOPS! CHOPS! Bronson HEADBUTTS! Bronson goes to the very top, brings Ivar up with him, for a SUPERSIZED SUPER DUPER PLEX!! Cover, BRONSON WINS!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

There wasn’t a Tsunami or Ragnarok, but this battle took a lot out of both monsters! Bronson wins this round, but is this only one battl ein a war?

 

CM Punk finds Judgment Day backstage.

Punk says hey and asks them where Rhea is. Hah, funny guy. But welcome to their show, Punk. And just between everyone here, they’re kinda hoping it’s Punk who finishes his story around here. Because if he does, Priest will be the one waiting. Have a good night. Judgment Day leaves to go to the ring, will they handle business like Mami wants? We find out, after the break.

 

Raw returns with The Judgment Day in the ring.

Everyone has mics, and Priest starts by saying he can’t help but feel the need to remind everyone just who they are! ALL RISE for the Judgment Day! Finn says, “And ALL RISE for the only two-time Undisputed Tag Team Champs, Damian Priest & Finn Balor! So Cleveland, the Judgmetn Day are in town. Step up, and get put down.” Priest says they have a simple message for every WWE superstar, and that is it doesn’t matter if you’ve already beem dealt with, it doesn’t matter if you’re returning, and it doesn’t matter if you’re new like The Creeds, you’re ALL officiall put on notice!

Dom starts and fans boo even harder. McDonagh says it’s alright, and Dom says The Creeds- Wait, Truth shows up? Fans cheer as Truth and his Christmas lights are here. Truth went by the clubhouse to do some decorating and they went and got a lock for the front AND back doors! How y’all gonna have a holiday party and he don’t get an invitation? McDonagh shouts at Truth that this isn’t a party he’s walking into! And even if it was, Truth wouldn’t be invited! Priest has JD calm down. But Truth, c’mere, Priest wants to hear what you have to say. Fans cheer as Truth joins the guys in the ring.

Truth says hold on, y’all. He has a lot of ideas he wants to share to help the group out. Can he? Finn says let’s hear ’em. Truth says first, he thinks they gotta kick JD out. Dom keeps JD back while everyone else laughs, even Finn. Truth says no one likes JD! And second, DP, you gotta stop calling yourself the boss. No, no, you are a fantastic boss, Truth likies you as the boss, but it makes Mami mad. Mami getting upset and confused, we- Truth, no, man… You’re funny. Priest gets why everyone likes Truth. Finn likes him, too. Pretty sure everyone in Cleveland likes Truth. Truth says, “WASSUP!” “WASSUP!” Everybody loves R-Truth!

Except Priest. Huh? Priest CLOBBERS Truth! And then JD fires off! Dom and Finn join in, but here come The Creeds! Fans cheer as Julius & Brutus rush in, fight the Judgment Day, but they’re getting mugged 4v2! Julius gets thrown ou, JD & Dom go after him while Finn & Priest focus on Brutus! JD & Dom double whip but Julius reverses that to DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Fans fire up as now Julius gets at Finn! Finn whips, Julius reverses and TOSSES Finn out, to then DROPKICK him down! Priest choke grips Julius, then Brutus! But Brutgus braeks free to SMASH! And then the Creeds DOUBLE SPINEBUSTER!

The Judgment Day bails out and regroups to fall back! They’re furious, Dom says he told them how they’ve gotta be careful! Priest says he gets it. Will Prince & Punisher have to game plan for Julius & Brutus?

 

CM Punk comes across McIntyre backstage.

McIntyre says he doesn’t care about Punk’s story, or Cody’s story. He wants to finish his story. And they got it figured out, didn’t they, Pearce? Yes they did. McIntyre leaves and Pearce honestly thought McIntyre would be happier. But it’s nothing Punk did. McIntyre is getting his World Heavyweight Championship match with Seth Rollins on the “Day One” edition of Monday Night Raw. Well good for him. And then Kofi Kingston is here! Punk says Jamaican him crazy! No, man, he doesn’t do that anymore. But good to see ya. Gable & Ricochet are there, too, to say hey. Punk says he has heard a lot about them both, such as Ricochet is bad at video games.

Punk says he’ll catch up more later, he’s gotta lots to do. Pearce is happy Kofi, Gable & Ricochet are all here now, because he has an idea involving the Intercontinental Championship. They can all talk about it in his office. All three walk in and they’re ready for whatever this idea might be. But what will this idea be for it to involve all these former champions?

 

Kayden Carter & Katana Chance VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

It’s party time! KC Squared won big last week, will they keep winning big until they get their shot at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships? Or will the Poison Pixie & #IndiWrestling simply get in the way?

Raw returns and Chelsea & Piper are on commentary as Candice & Indi make their entrance. The teams sort out and Indi starts against Carter. They tie up, Indi headlocks and Carter powers out. Indi runs her over, does her own hip swivel, but Carter trips Indi! Carter shows Indi how it’s done, then dropkicks her! Carter runs up in the corner, SPLASHES and tags in Chance. Indi shoves Carter away, then shoves Chance, but Chance & Carter dosido. Chance trips Indi, Carter BOOTS! Chance slingshot SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Chance drags Indi up but Indi lifts! Chance sunset flips but Indi stays up!

Indi drags Chance up, takes a swing, but Chance dodges and combines with Carter for SILLY STRING RANA! Candice tags in, Indi BOOTS Chance but Carter SUPERKICKS Indi! Candice blocks the superkick to trip and STEP-UP SENTON! cover, ONE!! Chelsea is upset with Maggle roasting her over last week’s scuffle. We also see Natty & Nox watching backstage, having lost last week to KC Squared. Candice whips Carter to the corner, runs in to back body block, then tags in Indi. Feed to the half nelnson and GUTBUSTER, then BACKBREAKER NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, Chance breaks it!

Candice throws Chance out, Indi whips Carter, Carter dodges the boot and comes back, into a SPINEBUSTER! Tag to Candice, and they set up, wheelbarrow SPLASH onto knees! Indi is flustered, she hurries to wheelbarrow Carter, but Carter victory rolls and SUPERKICKS! Tag to Chance, she goes up, for the AFTER PARTY!! Cover, KC Squared win!

Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall

Chelsea is upset, saying the fans only care about the champions, aka her and Piper! And these titles are NOT for KC Squared! But will Carter & Chance look to change that when they get their chance?

 

#DIY talks backstage.

Johnny Gargano has the Cleveland Browns NFL Legacy title, and says it is Victory Monday! Big Browns win, Gargano smashed the guitar, and he is here in his hometown! Ciampa loves the sound of all that, but uh… Can DIY trust “him?” Gargano doesn’t like it any better, and he wants the match anyway. Imperium walks in and Ludwig says this is interesting. All day, they’ve heard about this mystery partner. Who would possibly team up with DIY? So tell us, who is this mystery man? Oh, they shouldn’t worry about that. Worry about what Der Ring General will say when Imperium disappoints him, again.

They argue about this, but Gunther walks in. He smirks, and says they’re very confident. Good luck. But he doubts they’ll find someone who wants to publicly associate with two “weirdos” like them. Imperium heads out, but will the answer be more obvious than they think?

 

Becky Lynch is here!

The Land fires up as The Man heads to the ring! Becky gets a mic to say, “The Man has come around to Cleveland! And I’ll cut to the chase, I’ve come out here to call out Nia Jax.” They’ve never gone 1v1, but the last five years, they’ve been linked together because of this. Flashback to November of 2018, the huge brawl between Team Raw and Team SmackDown, and the right hand from Nia that broke Becky’s nose giving us the iconic moment of bloody Becky becoming “The Man.” Becky says it may be petty, but well, she’s petty!

Considering the last five years, nearly everyone else has tried to use that moment as a burn on Becky, it is time to get to the root of the problem. The last five years, they’ve kept missing each other. Becky went on to main event WrestleMania, Nia went on to get double ACL surgery because Nia is so unlikeable, even her own knees won’t stand up for her. Then Becky had a baby, Nia got fired, but now it’s 2023, they’re both here and- Well, Nia actually makes her way out here! Fans boo as the Irresistible Force storms her way down to the ring.

Nia gets a mic for herself, says she’s not fired anymore, and is right here, in front of Becky, better than ever. And y’know, that punch? That was a lucky swing that almost ended Becky’s career. A lucky swing that Nia didn’t even get all of. But imagine if Nia had Becky right in front of her and punched with her full force. Becky wouldn’t even get up. And everyone’s so mad that Nia broke Becky’s face, but this is a contact sport. What else did Becky expect? Becky didn’t expect anything less. She doesn’t even hold it against Nia! Everyone knows Nia is the most dangerous in the ring. They’v all been injured, hospitalized, some almost had their careers ended.

And that is why people haven’t stopped talkinga bout Nia the two years she’s been gone. And ironically, talking about the careers she nearly ended, Becky has Nia to thank for hers. See, this is what Becky does hold against Nia. This is the narrative Becky needs to change. If it was just about the broken face, the people would’ve chedk out the moment the blood dried. But it is about what that night represents, what “The Man” represents. It is about getting knocked down, dusting yourself off and fighting like hell! Because that is what Becky has done her whole life, it is what she did that night and has done every since.

But Nia and her minions have been going around saying Becky isn’t a main event star. But then she proved them wrong! So they said Becky is only a star because of Nia. That is a lie! That lie needs to end, and if Becky can’t end the lie, then she’ll just end Nia! Fans fire up but Nia just laughs. She gets it. Becky needs Nia. Becky needs to prove that she isn’t just about that one moment. More importantly, Becky needs to prove to herself that her career wasn’t just some accident after Nia broke her face. Otherwise, Nia will always be the woman who made The Man.

Becky says what she needs now is for Nia to shut the hell up. Because Becky didn’t just come here to talk, she came here looking for a fight! Fans fir eup as Becky puts the mic down and her hair up! She dares Nia to do that punch like she promised! Fans fire up, Nia is flustered, but Nia says Becky needs this a lot more than she does. Nia drops her mic and bails out. The fans boo, but will there be no running from this forever?

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

Jackie Redmond wants to start with the news that CM Punk has officially signed with Raw. Cody says congrats to Pearce for getting it done. Cody is happy for the fans, for USA Network, and for Punk. But Royal Rumble is right around the corner. Can’t finish two stories at once, so certainly Cody and Punk will clash. Then to tonight. After last week, what is going through Cody’s mind as he prepares for Nakamura? Cody says if we strip this back, had Nakamura not misted Cody in the eyes, Cody would be much more excited to talk about this first-ever match.

Nakamura is a former Royal Rumble winner, is a former champion, and has a 14 year legacy in Japan before he ever came here. But what Cody has discovered for himself is that Nakamura is vicious. And that is okay by Cody. Got a problem? Cody knows where to solve it. It is Monday Night Raw here in Cleveland, Ohio! Stardust debuted here, did you know that? Talk about Undesireable to Undeniable! But Nakamura says Cody asked for this? Damn right he did. Cody heads out, will the American Nightmare be able to trump the King of Strong Style?

 

Six Man Tag: Imperium VS #DIY & ???

Ludwig Kaiser & Giovanni Vinci have been a bit curt with each other over both trying to impress Gunther time and again. But will they all be united against their common enemies and their mystery man? Who is the third man, brother? We find all of that out, after the break!

Raw returns as Gargano & Ciampa make their entrance. And then their partner is… THE MIZ! Another Cleveland star is here, and he’s way more excited about it than Gargano or Ciampa. But they all go to the ring, the teams sort out, and Gargano starts against Vinci. Fans rally for “Johnny Wrestling!” but then Gunther tags in. The Intercontinental Champion smirks as Miz gets all fired up now. Miz reaches out, but then Gunther CLOBBERS Gargano! Fans boo as Gunther drags Gargano away, wrenches and CHOPS! Tag to Ludwig and Ludwig bumps Gargano off buckles. Ludwig talks trash, then UPPERCUTS!

Ludwig bumps Gargano off buckles, tag sVinci, and they argue. Gunther tells them to stop already. Vinci brings Gargano up but Gargano fires off forearms! Vinci knees low, CLUBS Gargano, and scoops, but Gargano slips free to waistlock. Vinci elbows free, Ciampa tags in! Gargano dodges a boot, ROCKS Vinci, Ciampa CHOPS, Gargano CLUBS, CIampa JAWBREAKERS! Ciampa runs while gargano clinches Vinci, feed to the LARIAT! Fans fire up and Miz cheers. Ciampa taunts Gunther, whips Vinci, but Vinci reverses. Ciampa dodges but Ludwig dumps Ciampa out! Fans boo as Gunther goes out to BOOT Ciampa!

Fans boo more as Imperium stands tall over Ciampa. Miz and Gargano coach Ciampa up but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS Ludwig! Lludwig shoves Ciampa away, then fireman’s carries on the rebound, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tag to Gunther and he smirks at Miz and Gargano as he stands between them and Ciampa. Gunther pushes Gargano then BOOTS Miz! Ciampa fires hands while Gargano checks Miz. Ciampa reaches out, Gunther keeps him from Gargano, and knees low! Tag to Vinci and builds speed, Gunther sets Ciampa up for the CROSSBODY! Vinci stomps Ciampa in the corner, taunts Gargano, then runs in, but only gets buckles! Ciampa hurries, hot tag to Gargano!

Fans fire up as Gargano BOOTS Ludwig and CLOBBERS Vinci! ENZIGURI for Ludwig! forearm for Vinci! BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO! Fans fire up with Gargano, then he runs in at Ludwig. Ludwig puts him on the apron but Gargano GAMANGIRIS back! And SLINGSHOT SPEARS! Cover, Vinci breaks it! Fans boo but Vinci & Ludwig regroup. Vinci runs in but Gargano dodges, Vinci’s knee hits buckles and he tumbles up and out! Gargano BOOTS Ludwig, goes up and leaps, into an UPPERCUT! Ludwig fireman’s carries, but Gargano slips free to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Miz rises!

Gargano and Ludwig crawl, hot tags to Gunther and Miz! The A-Lister dodges to fire off haymakers on Gunther! The fans fire up as Miz hammers away in the corner! The ref backs Miz off but he runs corner to corner, A-LIST LARIAT! The fans fire up with Miz, he GAMANGIRIS Gunther, then springboards to CROSSBODY! And he rains down more fists! Miz BOOTS Gunther and Gunther goes to ropes! The fans fire up as Miz KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Miz then powers up, runs in, but Gunther blocks a kick to CHOP Miz down! And right into a BOSTON CRAB!! Ciampa KNEES Gunther down!

Ciampa hobbles, but Vinci & Ludwig get in, HIGH LOW!! They kick Ciampa out, but Gargano and Miz are up! They dodge Imperium to DOUBLE TILT-O-WHIRL DDT!! The Cleveland boys are all fired up but then Gunther BOOTS Gargano! Miz DRAGON SCREWS Gunther, steps through, and has the FIGURE FOUR! The fans are thunderous as Gunther flails! Gunther endures, reaches out, Ludwig gets in but Gargano catches him, LA MYSTICA into GargaNO Escape!! Vinci reaches out ot tag in! MACHO ELBOW on Miz! Vinci stomps Gargano then reels Miz in! POWER- NO, Miz slips free, slips around, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, MIZ & DIY WIN!!

Winners: #DIY & The Miz, by pinfall

The Land rejoices as their hometown hero wins this one for the team! Will this momentum help Miz & DIY get after the gold?

 

Imperium regroups backstage.

Gunther chews Ludwig & Vinci out, but then turns around to see The Miz. Miz says he wants his title match. Gunther says Miz is a pain in the… Well, fine, but under one condition. If Gunther beats Miz again, Miz can NEVER challenge for this title again while Gunther is champion! Done. Gunther chuckles and grins while Miz takes his leave. Will Miz’s next chance be his last chance?

 

Cody Rhodes VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

The American Nightmare being the catalyst to the King of Strong Style’s transformation is certainly an interesting angle to take. There are parallels in their stories, but there are also major differences. Will it be those differences that help Cody be one step closer to finishing his story? Or will Nakamura take the pen from him and write his own ending?

Raw returns and Cody makes his entrance. Fans sing the song, “WHOA~ OH!” and Cody gives his weight belt to a young fan and his parents in the front row. Cody gets in the ring, “WHOA~ OH!” and the pyro goes off. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks. Cody hits a takeover, Nakamura headscissors but Cody kips free. The two reset, Nakamura kicks Cody’s hand away but Cody comes back. They knuckle lock, Nakamura kicks low, wrenches and wristlocks, but Cody puts him on the ropes. The fans rally behind Cody, the ref counts and Cody lets off, egging Nakamura on.

Nakamura gets in Cody’s face, but Cody kicks low, drops but Nakamura avoids the uppercut! Cody avoids the Penalty Kick, things speed up and Cody DROPKICKS! Cody then drags Nakamura up to a corner, and climbs up to rain down fists! The fans count along all the way to TEN! Cody then hops down to hip toss Nakamura away and he goes up. But Nakamura trips Cody up! TOP SHELF KNEE! Cody flops to the apron, Nakamura runs to BASEBALL SLIDE! Cody hits the floor and Nakamura soaks up the heat as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Nakamura gives Cody BAD VIBRATIONS! Then he stomps away! The ref counts, Nakamura lets off, and he drags Cody up. Cody throws body shots, Nakamura snapmares and drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura brings Cody up, Cody throws hands and he CLUBS Nakamura. Cody runs but Nakamura GAMANGIRIS! Nakamura then wraps on a chinlock. Cody endures, fights up, and fans rally. Cody throws elbows and body shots, but Nakamura throws a knee! Nakamura clinches, REVERSE EXPLODE, but Cody lands on his feet! Cody kicks low, drops and RHODES UPPERCUT!

Cody springboards, but into an ARMBAR!! Nakamura pulls, Cody clasps hands, and then they roll! Cody drag sleepers, but Nakamura drops down to drag Cody down again! ARMBAR!! Cody flails, reaches out, claws at the legs and moves around again. Cody kicks his way over to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Nakamura lets go, and Cody goes to a corner. Nakamura runs in, blocks Cody’s boots and puts him in the ropes! SLIDING GERMAN! Nakamura grins as he returns into the ring, and he goes up a corner. Cody rises, into the FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is furious but he goes to the other corner.

Nakamura aims, runs in, but Cody dropkicks the legs out! Cody hurries to get that leg, and he DRAGON SCREWS it! Nakamura flounders, goes to the apron, but Cody drags him up. Cody has the leg, to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Nakamura is stuck in the ropes, so Cody drags him back up. Cody suplexes but Nakamura fights it! Cody still tries, and he gets Nakamura up for the GOURD BUSTER! Cody grabs the leg, pulls on it, and he turns Nakamura over! HALF CRAB! Nakamura endures, flails, reaches out, crawls his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! Cody lets go in frsutration and Nakamura bails out.

Cody builds speed and he DIVES! Direct hit and both men hit barriers! The fans fire up again while Raw goes back to break!

Raw returns once again and Nakamura ENZIGURIS Cody! Cody staggers, but he ducks the roundhouse! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men are down again! The fans fire up and rally as Cody stirs. Nakamura sits up, Cody goes after him with a forearm! Nakamura forearms in return! Cody hits back, Nakamura hits again! They go back and forth, the fans behind Cody. They go faster and faster, then Nakamura gets the edge! Strike fest! Nakamura runs, Cody follows and CLOBBERS him! Cody then goes to a corner, baits Nakamura in, and goes up and over to then SPIN POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up as Cody rises again, and he gets the leg! Cody steps through but Nakamura drags him down into a REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Cody flails but he’s caught in body scissors! Cody fights the sleeper, moves around, and he stands up with Nakamura as a backpack. Cody BACKPACK SENTONS! Fans fire up as Cody is free, huffing and puffing. Cody drags Nakamura up, runs, and BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Cody dares Nakamura to get up, and Nakamura rises, into JAB! JAB! JAB! Flip, flop, fly and BIONIC ELBOW! Cody roars and the fans fire up again! Cody runs again, CODY CUTTER!!

Cody is all fired up and the fans are thunderous! Cody drags Nakamura up, dragon sleepers, CROSS- NO, Nakamura slips out, and RED MISTS!!! The ref calls it!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by disqualification

But Nakamura doesn’t care, he throws KNEE after KNEE into Cody’s side! Then he kicks and stomps Cody around! The ref gets Nakamura to back off, but Nakamura then shoves Cody! Cody comes back and swings wild! Nakamura dropkicks a leg out! BLINDSIDE KINSHASA!! Fans boo and the ref reprimands but Nakamura grins with the red still in his teeth. Wait, Nakamura then gets a chair! Fans boo as Nakamura gets in the ring with it, but more refs are here. The Creeds rush out! Nakamura leaves, the refs get Cody a towel and some water, but will Cody still be seeing red as he looks for revenge on Nakamura?

The Creeds help Cody out of the ring, then refs help Cody up the ramp. But Nakamura returns to KINSHASA Cody down!! The fans boo but the King of Strong Style is deaf to them. Will nothing stop Nakamura from making this his story?


My Thoughts:

A great episode of Raw, and of course Punk “signs” with Raw. Because of course he and Rollins interact to tease their feud, and Punk entering the Rumble. And Drew McIntyre beats Jey in an awesome opening match, with a very clever Heel way to win. McIntyre gets to face Rollins on “Day One 2024” Raw, no idea if that is when McIntyre wins the title, but between McIntyre, both Punk and Cody in the Rumble, and Priest still Senor MITB, it definitely feels like Rollins has the walls closing on him. Which in a way, that’s how it should be for the Face champ, or any champ really.

Chelsea is starting to feel that, as Carter & Chance are building momentum with a great win against Indi & Candice tonight. Natty & Nox were still watching, too, but we still need input from SmackDown’s side in the form of Fyre & Dawn making their presence known again. Great promos from Becky and Nia to hype up their coming match, with Nia of course backing down per usual Heel tactics. That match is going to be great for the story, but I can’t see them stretching this out for over a month just so it can interweave with Royal Rumble. Nia VS Becky 1v1 needs to happen on that Day One Raw, and then maybe fallout is explored in the Rumble.

Bronson VS Ivar was awesome stuff, too, especially with the finish not being anyone’s finisher but just a super heavyweight superplex. I hope we get more of this, with special stipulations like Falls Count Anywhere or Last Man Standing. I also like that there’s something cooking for the Intercontinental Championship with Kofi, Gable and Ricochet being involved. Imperium VS DIY & Miz was great stuff, as I knew Miz would join DIY against Imperium, their common enemies. Miz going for that last chance match, he’s definitely losing that to force him out of the story and bringing Pearce’s match idea in.

Great stuff out of Judgment Day tonight. For one, McDonagh’s shirt specifically added his name to the team via tape and pen. The tensions are running high as Rhea and Priest have their comments about who is/isn’t leading the team, and of course Truth is amazing no matter what he does. The Judgment Day does agree on beating Truth down, though, and Rhea squashes Maxxine, but it seems Diamond Mine is ready to take them all one as we’re getting Priest & Finn VS Creeds and more than likely getting Rhea VS Ivy. Diamond Mine is going to have awesome showings in those matches, but I don’t see them winning any of the titles just yet.

And then a great main event from Cody VS Nakamura. Both guys had great promos tonight, this match was great, and I didn’t see that red mist happening. Creeds making the save was an interesting move, too, but I suppose with Sami injured, Jey getting beat hard by McIntyre and Rollins not really his friend, there wasn’t gonna be anyone else to save him. At this point, I expect Nakamura to enter the Rumble to not just try and win it but to make sure Cody doesn’t. If anything, making sure Cody doesn’t win might be more important to Nakamura than winning, given how he just threw this match to beat Cody down.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/18/24)

LIGHTS OUT!

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Now this is a LEGIT grudge match!

While ROH prepares for Death Before Dishonor, Leyla Hirsch and Diamante throw the rules out the window in a LIGHTS OUT match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Outrunners VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; Archer & The Righteous win.
  • Red Velvet VS Maya World; Velvet wins.
  • Evil Uno VS Katsuyori Shibata; Shibata wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS Austin Mulitalo, Carson Hutcheson & Cappuccino Jones; The Cage of Agony wins.
  • Queen Aminata VS Mackenzie Morgan; Aminata wins.
  • Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante; Diamante wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Athena is here!

The Fallen Goddess makes her way out on crutches, Billie Starkz and the MIT Security in tow. Billie has the mic while the fans cheer Athena on. Billie holds the mic up for Athena so she can say, “Hello, Minions.” The fans cheer, but not good enough. Billie shouts, “She said, ‘HELLO, MINIONS!'” The fans cheer louder and that’s better. Athena says she knows what they’re all thinking. Why are they in this cesspool of a town? The fans boo but Athena says they all live here, they know how bad Little Rock is. But MIT is here for some uninterrupted talk time.

Athena knows what everyone is thinking: Death Before Dishonor is right around the corner, and they saw she walked without her crutches so she must be 100%. That’s not true, though! She was simply happy that Minion 400,237 & three-quarters, Billie Starkz, won her match and beat a porcelain hussy into the ground. Athena chalks that all up to adrenaline. Billie says yeah, it was just an adrenaline rush. Meanwhile, these bullies, these LIARS, Red Velvet & Queen Aminata, keep spreading rumors that Athena’s faking. Can’t you see this woman? She is NOT 100%! The fans boo, not quite buying the act.

Billie then tells Velvet that she’s been on Billie’s mind a lot lately. And Billie knows they have their match at DBD. Let’s just say Velvet’s made Billie see red the past couple weeks. Velvet has proven herself time and time again, and has the numbers game. But guess what? Billie won the ROH Women’s World Television Tournament, and that means she outsmarted Velvet and all the others to become “your first and last ROH Women’s World TV Champion.” The fans boo again but Athena tells Aminata that she may think she has Athena backed into a corner because she’s not 100%.

And Athena doesn’t care if Tony Khan and the Board of Directors force her to do this match and defend her title at DBD, she is still better than Aminata and every hussy in the back on one foot! Remember, friends, this is HER show. And she wants everyone to enjoy tonight. Athena & Billie will not touch Aminata & Velvet, they will not bother them. They are just going to kick their feet up and watch the night. Billie says Athena needs this rest time. Athena says next week, they’ll have Lexy Nair ask the hard questions as Aminata & Velvet have their five minutes of talk time. Athena hopes they’re not at a loss for words.

The champions head out, their security following. But between the “broken leg” and that cryptic warning, is the Fallen Goddess planning on something truly wicked before Death Before Dishonor?

 

Backstage interview with Dalton Castle.

Lexy Nair is with The Peacock and brings up that he is scheduled for a match against Lance Archer & The Righteous, but has no partners of his own to speak of. Has he had any luck finding some? Castle shrugs, flabbergasted, and says, “No, I haven’t!” Castle has looked all over, but why would he be put in such a situation anyway? This wasn’t his idea! They keep throwing obstacles in his path! Is this what the people wanna see? But then in step The Outrunners! Truth & Turbo ask “Mr. Castle” for a moment. They have formal introductions, though they have met before. When? Last week, they were his Boys.

Castle hushes Turbo and asks Truth what’s wrong with him. Truth says Turbo gets nervous. Castle can’t see Turbo’s eyes, he doesn’t trust that. Turbo takes his sunglasses off and puts them away. What do they want? The Outrunners were just wondering, if they could… Well, they’d love to be his tag partners! Castle looks them over, and asks what they’ve got. The Outrunners flex! Castle sees the biceps and the vascularity. He’ll see ’em out there. Truth & Turbo are super excited now, will they go from boys to men alongside The Peacock? Or will Vincent & Dutch help The Murderhawk Monster remind us all that #EverybodyDies?

Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Outrunners VS Lance Archer & The Righteous!

The trios sort out and the fans chant “Everybody Dies!” for Archer. But we get Vinnie against Castle and the bell rings. The fans rally as the two circle, no Code of Honor and the two knuckle lock. Castle goes for a leg but Vinnie stays back. Castle headlocks, Vinnie powers up and out and Castle takes a tumble! But Castle fires right up! The fans fire up with him as he goes around the ring for a full lap! Castle keeps going, he makes a second lap, then slides in! Castle and Vinnie tie up, Castle puts Vinnie in a corner, but the ref counts. Castle lets off, Vinnie slips away, and the two reset. Castle stays fired up and the fans rally behind him.

Castle and Vinnie tie up, Castle waistlocks, but Vinnie hits an arm-drag. Vinnie has the armlock but Castle slips around to have the waistlock again. Vinnie fights up, throws an elbow, and Castle goes to a corner. Vinnie backs off and Castle gets annoyed. Vinnie smiles as he reaches out, and ol’ Dutch tags in. Dutch grins but Turbo starts to rev up! The fans rally as Dutch steps in, and Turbo says he wants it! Castle thinks about it, but he tags Turbo in! The fans cheer as Turbo flexes. Turbo spins, but Dutch kicks low! Castle says that is not okay! But then Turbo kicks low! Turbo headlocks, Dutch powers  up and out.

Turbo RAMS Dutch but Dutch does not budge! Turbo runs again, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then he baits Dutch into a BOOT! Tag to Truth, Turbo wrenches and Truth goes up. Truth flexes before the AX HANDLE! Dutch wobbles, so Truth tags Turbo. Truth gives Turbo the boost so he can run Dutch over! The fans cheer again, the Outrunners shake hands, and they DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! It even shocks Castle! The fans cheer but Archer gets in to CLOBBER Turbo and DECK Truth! Archer says this is HIS ring! Dutch stomps Turbo, punches him, then CHOKES Turbo on ropes. The ref counts, Dutch flicks that tongue, and Dutch lets off at 4.

Dutch stands Turbo up to scoop him, but Turbo slips free! Turbo dodges but Dutch grabs the leg. Turbo BOOTS Dutch away, hot tag to Truth! Truth runs, dodges Dutch but misses Vinnie. Dutch BODY CHECKS Truth! Truth sputters, Dutch hauls him up, and Dutch short arm LARIATS! Dutch drags Truth up to short arm LARIAT again! Castle coaches Truth but there’s little that can be done as Dutch clutches for an EXPLODER! Truth flounders to ropes, the fans rally up, but Dutch drags Truth up. Dutch HEADBUTTS Truth, tags Vinnie, and The Righteous THROW Truth into the corner! And then they do it again!

Vinnie hauls Truth up, SIDE EFFECT! Dutch drops the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Truth survives but Vinnie tags in Archer. The fans fire up as Archer bumps Truth off buckles! Archer stands Truth up to CHOP him! Archer goes corner to corner and ELBOWS Truth down! Tag to Vinnie, he snaps his fingers and walks around. Vinnie drags Truth up, but Truth CHOPS! Castle fires up, the fans rally, but Vinnie kicks Truth’s leg out! Then he runs for a SLIDING BOOT, then a SLIDING FLATLINER! Vinnie clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Truth down. Truth endures, the fans rally, and Truth fights up to his feet.

The fans fire up as Truth throws body shots! Truth RAMS Vinnie into a corner, then powers up to a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, the fans rally up again, and Truth crawls for the corner. Vinnie drags Truth back, DECKS Turbo, but then Truth dodges Vinnie! Hot tag to Castle! The fans fire up as The Peacock rallies on Vinnie with CHOPS and forearms! Castle then DECKS Dutch, swings on Archer, but Archer blocks the shot. Vinnie runs up, Castle blocks a shot to ELBOW him, then he BOOTS Archer! Castle runs, Vinnie dodges, but then Castle dodges! Vinnie ELBOWS Castle, goes up and up, and leaps, but into a waistlock!

Vinnie flails but Castle holds him up, for a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Castle rolls to a cover, TWO! Vinnie stays in this but Castle shouts, “Caaaa’mon~! I dropped him on his head!” Vinnie gets up, swings, but into the Alabama Lift! BANGA- NO, Archer tags in first! Archer choke grips, but Castle breaks free. Castle dodges, hot tag to Truth! Archer runs up, Castle dodges so Archer BLASTS Truth! Castle waistlocks Archer, but Archer elbows free. Archer ELBOWS Castle in a corner, then hoists him up! Archer inverted crucifix lifts, but the ref signals Castle isn’t the legal man! Archer doesn’t care, but then Turbo saves Castle!

Archer gets mad and he runs up, but Turbo takes the BOOT! Archer glares as Castle is on the outside, but then Vinnie RAMS Castle into steel steps! Vinnie then waves Archer on, and Archer choke grips Turbo. CHOKE- NO, Turbo CLUBS free! Truth holds Turbo in the corner, The Outrunners mug the monster! The fans fire up, Turbo runs, but into a BOSS MAN SLAM from Dutch! Archer RAMS Truth into buckles, runs, but into a BOOT! Truth goes up but Archer UPPERCUTS! Archer lifts Truth, for the BLACKOUT BOMB! Cover, Archer & The Righteous win!

Winners: Lance Archer & The Righteous, by pinfall

The Outrunners tried to make Castle proud, but not even they could stay alive long. Vinnie says that he and Dutch are coming for those ROH World Tag Team Championships, just like they did in the past. They’ve had dirt kicked in their faces, they taste it in their teeth, but soon everything will change. Will Vincent & Dutch tear down The Kingdom to reestablish their legacy?

 

MXM Collection speaks.

Mason Madden says, “Charisma. Uniqueness. Nerve. Talent. These were the ingredients needed to create these perfect little boys.” Mansoor says, “We here at the MXM Collection represent what we like to call, The Three F’s. Fashion, fitness, filanthropy.” Because they believe it is as important to be beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. So ROH, let them inside you. Welcome to the MXM Collection. When and where will these models of the mat maximize the ROH Tag Division with their debut?

 

Red Velvet VS Maya World!

Billie Starkz called out The Chef, so now it’s time to cook! Will Velvet #StirItUp and serve a fresh L? Or will the It Girl prove this is Maya’s world?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Velvet and Maya tie up, Velvet arm-drags and wags her finger. The fans chant “Stir It Up!” and the two reset. Velvet gets around Maya, waistlocks then cravats, then she snapmares Maya to a cover. ONE, but Velvet headlocks. Maya endures the grind, wrenches out and top wristlocks. Maya then hammerlocks, headlocks, and grinds the hold. Velvet powers up and out but Maya runs her over! Maya flexes but Velvet kips up! The fans cheer, Velvet eggs Maya on. Maya runs, Velvet drops down then DROPKICKS! The fans cheer and Velvet takes a taste.

Maya goes to the corner, Velvet storms up but Maya turns things aroudn! Maya fires body shots and CHOPS, then she ROCKS Velvet! Velvet turns things around to fire body shots back! Velvet stomps a mudhole, then shouts at the ref to shut up! The fans fire up with Velvet, but then Maya CLAWS Velvet’s eyes! Maya runs, but into a JAPANESE ARM_DRAG! Velvet has Maya on ropes and runs to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet YANKS Maya back, STANDING MOONSAULTS, cover, ONE! Velvet stays focused and she brings Maya up. Velvet scoops, Maya slips fere to shove, but Velvet KICKS Maya! Maya runs in, but into a FLAPJACK!

Velvet kips up, not quite as smooth, but she dusts herself off. Velvet stalks behind Maya, drags her up, and dragon sleepers, for the ROLLING SLICE! Cover, Velvet wins!

Winner: Red Velvet, by pinfall

Velvet makes quick work of Athena’s former student and is just heating up. Will Velvet take down Athena’s Minion when it comes time for their ROH Women’s World Television Championship match?

 

Evil Uno is here!

The Dark Order’s front man makes his way to the ring, dressed in a nice tie and business casual, and grabs himself a mic. “Would you allow me a couple minutes of your time, Little Rock? You see, Evil Uno has been doing this for 20 YEARS. He’s worked hard! But the work does not end here. I’ve done it all! From Gatineau to Oberhausen! From Philadelphia to right here in Arkansas! And the easiest way to be considered one of the greats is to battle some of the greatest wrestlers in the world! So I have a little challenge. Be it ROH, AEW, CMLL, NJPW, hell, if you’re from Stardom and you’ve got the guts, Evil Uno wants to fight!

“Bring on your baddest! Bring on your biggest!” Uno is going to wait, willing fight in this suit it seems. Wait, is that… SHIBATA!? Katsuyori Shibata is back from the damage to his arm done by Chris Jericho, and he’s also back in ROH! The Wrestler is going to give Evil Uno that fight, but will it be game over for Player One?

Evil Uno VS Katsuyori Shibata!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans fire up as the two circle. The fans rally for Shibata as he and Uno tie up. They go around in a deadlock, Shibata powers Uno to a corner, but he lets off with pats on the shoulder. Shibata takes Uno’s tie, and tightens it too tight! The ref reprimands, Shibata throws Uno down, but Uno gets the ROPEBREAK! Shibata lets go, Uno bails out and he unties his tie so he can breathe. The fans rally, Uno storms in, and he rolls up his sleeves. The two circle, knuckle lock, and then Shibata slips around to spin, snapmare and chinlock! Uno flails, even as Shibata shifts grip.

Uno fights up, has the ROPEBREAK, but Shibata tries a German Suplex! Uno elbows free, whips Shibata out of the ring, then goes out after him. Uno whips Shibata hard into barriers and Shibata falls in a heap! Uno soaks up cheers and jeers while pacing around. Uno gets Shibata and whips him hard into more barriers! Uno refreshes the ring count, storms over to Shibata and drags him up. Uno puts Shibata in the ring, drags him back up, and CHOPS him! The fans “WOO~!” while Shibata staggers. Shibata stays up so Uno CHOPS again! Shibata just looks annoyed now. Uno CHOPS, Shibata dusts himself off.

Uno winds up to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Shibata eggs him on more, so Uno CHOPS! Shibata ROCKS Uno with a forearm! Shibata CLUBS Uno, runs, but Uno CHOPS again! Shibata just goes through it! Uno ROCKS Shibata back! Uno CHOPS, runs, but Shibata dodges the boot to come back and BOOT! Uno turns himself around, the fans fire up and Uno shoves Shibata. Uno runs but Shibata BOOTS him down! Shibata drags Uno up, and runs him to a corner to BOOT him! Shibata fires forearms to sit Uno down, then he runs corner to corner. HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up as Shibata hauls Uno up, for a HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO!

Shibata grabs Uno’s arm for an ARMBAR! Uno endures, reaches out, and he kicks his way over. The fans rally, Uno reaches out, and Uno has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, and he waits on Uno. The fans rally and duel, but the ref has Doc Sampson check Uno. Doc says no and the ref calls it, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by referee stoppage

Uno wanted a fight but he got much more than he bargained for. Will Uno’s arm be alright so he can still hang out with Chugs on Twitch? As for Shibata, he has his return victory, will he use this to start his journey back to the ROH Pure Championship?

 

Shane Taylor speaks.

“Just a few days ago, Hurricane Beryl came rumbling through Houston. And as I sat in my home with no power with my wife and two daughters, it occurred to me, as I held my youngest, as she cried, ‘Daddy, I’m afraid of the dark,’ I didn’t get one phone call from AEW or even ROH to even call to see if we were alive. Hmm. But if that was Mark Briscoe’s family, I bet you would’ve called ’em. If that was Wheeler Yuta’s family, I bet you would’ve called ’em. If that was Kyle O’Reilly or Orange Cassidy’s family, I bet you would’ve called ’em! My family’s not valuable, right? Shane Taylor’s not valuable, right? Okay.

“That’s all the motivation that I need. You don’t care. You don’t value my family or what I love. Then I’m gonna take what you value from the people that you love. I don’t care when, I don’t care where. Mark Briscoe, I’m talking to you. At some point, you will stop ducking me, and it will be you versus Shane Taylor for the ROH World Championship. And dawg, you don’t have to worry about finding me to give me an answer, because I’m gonna be looking for you. Rumble, bad man, rumble.”

 

Queen Aminata VS Mackenzie Morgan!

Just as Billie called out Velvet, Athena called out the One and Only African Queen in ROH ahead of their showdown. Will Aminata’s response be loud and physical tonight? Or will she be taken by The Element of Surprise?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the fans rally up as the two circle. Aminata and Morgan tie up, Aminata gets around to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Morgan staggers up, Aminata reels her back in, but Morgan flails. Aminata still hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Aminata dusts her hands off, then gets Morgan in another waistlock. Morgan fires elbows to get free, then she fires more forearms! Aminata wobbles, Morgan runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls, but Aminata turns that into a third GERMAN SUPLEX! Aminata smiles as she’s having fun and the fans say “This is Awesome!”

Aminata shakes and shimmies, then asks the fans to please calm down. She runs in side to side to BOOT WASH Morgan at the corner! Aminata almost sends herself out of the ring, she hit that hard! The fans fire up as Aminata then hauls Morgan up, Alabama Lifts, and runs for the AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, Aminata wins!

Winner: Queen Aminata, by pinfall

Aminata put some extra sauce on that one! She vows to be the NEW ROH Women’s World Champion, will she make it happen in Arlington?

 

Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante!

The LEGIT One and the Cuban Diamond have gone back and forth in the ring and on the mic, and things have escalated to this match with no rules other than “Just win!” They sacrifice this counting towards their records and rankings all for the sake of putting this to rest, but who walks away having turned the other’s lights out?

The bell rings and Diamante already has a kendo stick! Leyla dodges the swing, waistlocks and SLAMS Diamante, then eggs her on. Leyla fires forearms, but Diamante shoves and headlocks. Leyla powers up to SAIDO! Diamante tumbles out of the ring, grabs at a trash can, but Leyla lines up a shot. Leyla DIVES but Diamante uses the can! Diamante says this is her expertise, and she SMACKS Leyla off barriers! Leyla sputters, Diamante grabs the trash can again, and she puts it around Leyla. Diamante grabs the lid, and she SMACKS the side of the can! And again! And again! Leyla staggers around as Diamante keeps hitting her! Diamante then runs to SHOTGUN Leyla down!

The fans fire up while Leyla gets free of the can. Diamante says she ain’t playing, and she drags Leyla up. Diamante CLUBS Leyla while fans rally and duel. Diamante whips Leyla hard into barriers! Diamante then runs in, but Leyla TOSSES her over! Diamante staggers up, and Leyla DECKS her! Leyla grabs a chair, sits it right up against the barriers, and then she gets space. Leyla runs up and uses the chair to go up and up and LEAP onto Diamante! The fans fire up as Leyla stands tall! Leyla then TOSSES Diamante back over the barriers. Leyla pursues but Diamante has the chair for her own! Diamante JAMS Leyla low!

Diamante JAMS Leyla again, then SMACKS her on the back! The fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” and Diamante grins. Diamante nods, to SMACK Leyla again! Diamante then drags Leyla up and RAMS her into the apron. Leyla staggers, so Diamante whips her hard into barriers. Diamante brings the chair, pushes it up against Leyla to sandwich her, then Diamante runs again, to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Leyla writhes from chair hitting her in the face, but Diamante drags her up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Leyla is tough but Diamante says okay. Diamante goes out to search under the ring.

Fans want tables, but Diamante finds a plunger! Fans chant for “Plunger! Plunger!” as Diamante brings it over. Diamante says time to embarrass Leyla! Diamante aims, but Leyla blocks the plunger attack! The fans fire up, Leyla spins and she kicks away at Diamante! Then Leyla wrenches to short arm LARIAT! Leyla sees the plunger, and she thinks why not! The fans cheer as she stands over Diamante, stomps her, then sits on her! Diamante flails but she can’t stop Leyla! Leyla PLUNGERS Diamante’s potty mouth! The fans lose their minds, Leyla lets off and grabs a chair. Diamante coughs and sputters, but then Leyla JAMS her up!

Diamante sits down, Leyla pushes the chair in her face now. Leyla gets the other chair, lines up a shot, and she SKATEBOARD DROPKICKS chair into chair to sandwich Diamante! Cover, TWO! Diamante survives and Leyla is surprised. The fans rally up and Leyla hurries to grab the chairs again. Leyla shoves that chair in and it hits Diamante. Leyla goes looking, and she finds a mysterious black bag! You never know what’s gonna be in that bag, and she pours out… THUMBTACKS! The tried and true item, and Leyla runs up. Diamante drop toeholds Leyla into a chair! Leyla staggers, Diamante reels her in! GERMAN SUPLEX onto thumbtacks! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Leyla escapes, but she just ends up getting more thumbtacks in her body! Diamante stalks Leyla and pushes her to the apron. Diamante sees there’s a table already waiting for them! Diamante reels Leyla in, Leyla fights the lift, so Diamante CLUBS away! But Leyla grabs the kendo stick! Leyla SMACKS Diamante again and again and again! Diamante falls, and Leyla SMACKS her one more time! Leyla drags Diamante onto the table and the fans fire up! Leyla goes up to the corner, lines up a shot, and decides to go even higher! This is rare for her, and she SUPER MOONSAULTS down through the table!!

The fans lose their minds while both women flounder in the wreckage! The ref checks both women, Leyla’s mad but she’s back on her feet! “This is Awesome!” as Leyla leaves Diamante behind. Leyla says if one is good, then more must be better, and she finds another table! The fans are thunderous as Leyla pushes that table into the ring. Diamante sputters, has a bloody ear and spits out her gum. Diamante crawls though she’s in agony, and Leyla finishes setting up her table. The fans cheer but we see Diamante grab the kendo stick. Leyla goes back for Diamante, but Diamante SMACKS her down!

Leyla flounders away, Diamante pursues and SMACKS her again! And again! And again! Leyla goes to the table, Diamante CHOKES her with the kendo stick! Diamante puts Leyla in the corner, stomps a mudhole, then hoists her up top. Diamante CHOPS Leyla, ROCKS her, then climbs up after her. Diamante brings Leyla up and the fans are thunderous! Leyla fights the suplex, throws body shots and she CLUBS Diamante! Leyla SMACKS Diamante off the buckle again and again, then rises up! The fans fire up again as Leyla leaps over to SUPER GERM- NO! Diamante clings to the ropes for dear life!

The fans fire up as Leyla CLUBS Diamante, brings the table just a little bit closer, then ROCKS Diamante. Leyla makes sure the table is just right, then goes up to fire forearms. Leyla brings Diamante up, fans fire up, but now Diamante fights the suplex! Diamante fires body shots, and she dribbles Leyla off buckles! Diamante goes up and hooks Leyla, for a SUPER CODE RED through the table!!! Cover, DIAMANTE WINS!

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

Leyla may have won the last four, but Diamante has the biggest win in this 1v1 series! This match may not go on their official records, but did Diamante just prove she’s the legit contender ROH is looking for?


My Thoughts:

A really good episode of ROH for being 66 minutes, but it feels like ROH has gone into go-home mode already with Death Before Dishonor next Friday. For one, while we get a good promo from Athena & Billie, Aminata & Velvet of course win really easy matches. The more intriguing segment will be next week when Lexy is obviously going to set Aminata & Velvet up for a sneak attack by a totally not hurt Athena. And if Athena & Billie are standing tall after that, that indicates Aminata & Velvet could be dethroning them. I feel like this has to be the time Athena loses, Aminata has been built up to be the best possible challenger, they have no one else as a Face.

Meanwhile, Diamante could be seen as an ROH Women’s World Television Championship contender. She and Leyla had a great Lights Out match, and kudos to Leyla for embracing some hardcore spots. I was really worried about that moonsault of the top but you could tell, so was she. Though, I don’t know why this wasn’t a Fight Without Honor. “Lights Out” means this doesn’t count towards the win-loss record but an FWH still would. Was it just so they could keep Diamante from moving up the ranks towards the world championship, even though that’s all kayfabe as it is? I still feel like Tony Khan needs to iron out such wrinkles.

Castle & The Outrunners had a good promo but they kinda shoehorned it in right before their Trios match. Honestly, why have it at all? I totally accepted that after The Outrunners were his substitute boys then his tag partners in another Trios match before tonight, he knew who they were and would be willing to team with them again. But in the end, they were of course losing to Archer & The Righteous. I do like Vinnie giving that quick promo to establish their goal for the tag titles. If The Kingdom doesn’t lose the titles to The Conglomeration, aka Kyle O’Reilly & Orange Cassidy, then The Righteous should be the ones to revisit past feuds of Vinnie and Taven.

The Cage of Agony of course won their match, this is just them kinda spinning their wheels while the Trios Championship story is involving The Patriarchy and Bang Bang Gang. Very entertaining promo from MXM Collection, with a very clever code snuck right in there. Very strong promo from Shane Taylor to work Hurricane Beryl and the power outage crisis into the story. Now obviously AEW & ROH actually do care about Shane because he’s still getting screentime. But Shane continues great continuity to the days of ROH before AEW showed up where he was the one who wanted to put ROH on his back and carry it but was underappreciated. Shane is himself assuming Mark Briscoe wins at Death Before Dishonor, but Mark VS Shane would be some great stuff.

And what was meant to be great stuff has an unfortunate finish. Uno was all fired up, Shibata was making his return, but there was nothing that could be done about a dislocated elbow. Shibata was winning either way but no one wants it like this. Wheeler Yuta and the Pure Championship are still not booked for DBD, but with only one week, even with Rampage, Collision and Dynamite, I doubt they jump right into a Pure Championship match between Yuta and Shibata. But hey, this does hint at Shibata, Hook and/or Samoa Joe going after Jericho this Wednesday after the FTW Championship match.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/17/24)

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

Dynamite has reached its 250TH episode, and it opens with Will Ospreay VS MJF for the AEW International Championship!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF; MJF wins and becomes the new AEW International Champion.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose; Mone wins and retains the title.
  • Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada; Swerve wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

Like many of us, The Aerial Assassin despise the Wolf of Wrestling for how he disrespected and used Daniel Garcia just to send a message. But also like many, Ospreay at least acknowledges and respects that this form of Maxwell Jacob Friedman is his most dangerous. Will Ospreay be able to put down AEW’s Ultimate Scumbag? Or will even the #BillyGOAT not be on the level of the devil?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who ignites episode 250!

The bell rings and the fans cheer while the two stare down. Ospreay gets the fans even more fired up, and then MJF bails out. The fans boo but MJF just hops the railing. MJF splashes fans with their own water! MJF then lounges on the barriers, offers a fist bump, but the fans just flip him off. So MJF rips a fan’s sign up and throws it back! MJF goes back to the ring, tells fans to shut up, and he approaches Ospreay. Only to dodge and strut, then swivel the hips. The fans boo but Ospreay smirks, this is the MJF he knew he was getting. They tie up, MJF wrenches to hammerlock, but Ospreay headlocks.

MJF powers up to wrench and WRING Ospreay, but Ospreay handsprings through, and copies the strut! Ospreay shows he can swivel hips, too! The fans cheer but MJF sarcastically says Ospreay’s clever. The two tie up, MJF headlocks, but the fans sing, “OSPRAEY~ OSPREAY OSPREAY OSPREAY~!” MJF is annoyed, Ospreay powers up and out, then things speed up. Ospreay hurdles then drops down to trip MJF up! MJF ducks the Hidden Blade to hit a headlock takeover! Ospreay headscissors, MJF kips free, and roles reverse as Ospreay headlocks for the takeover. MJF headscissors but Ospreay kips free.

MJF ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the standing moonsault, then bobs ‘n’ weaves to avoid Ospreay’s punches and kicks. MJF shoves Ospreay, Ospreay springboards but MJF avoids that, too! MJF runs in, Ospreay dodges to handspring, but MJF gets under! Ospreay superhero lands, and the fans are thunderous while MJF is stunned! The fans cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for making this the opener! MJF is annoyed, but he and Ospreay tie up. MJF says Ospreay pulled hair! The fans boo because of course MJF is lying. MJF and Ospreay reset, tie up, and again MJF claims hair pulling. But then MJF pulls hair!

MJF puts Ospreay on the ropes, the ref counts, and MJF lets off, to take a swing! Ospreay dodges and then LARIATS MJF up and out! The fans fire up and Ospreay builds speed, only for MJF to get away. MJF says not today, but then Ospreay just changes course and he FLIES out onto MJF! The fans fire up and high-five Ospreay before he puts MJF in. Ospreay HOTSHOTS MJF, runs and BOOTS, then he hits as BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Ospreay prepares the elbow and the fans fire up. Ospreay aims but MJF scrambles to the apron. The fans boo, Ospreay storms over, but MJF YANKS Ospreay into buckles!

MJF stomps a mudhole in, drags Ospreay up to whip and WRING him into the corner! Ospreay flounders and MJF soaks up the heat. Then he blows snot at the fans and mocks them! MJF goes back to Ospreay, clamps onto an arm, and the fans rally and duel as Ospreay endures. Ospreay fights up, throws body shots, then forearms. MJF throws Ospreay down by his hair! The fans boo but MJF just soaks it up. MJF says he didn’t do anything. Then he clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Ospreay down. Ospreay fights up to JAWBREAKER free! Ospreay runs but MJF kitchen sink knees! MJF hauls Ospreay up to back suplex, but Ospreay lands out!

Ospreay reels MJF in to back suplex, but MJF lands out! MJF back suplexes, Ospreay lands out, into a STUNNER! Cover, TWO! MJF’s annoyed his Osaka Street Cutter, or perhaps Long Island Street Cutter, didn’t end this, but he storms after Ospreay. Ospreay is on the apron, MJF reels him in, HEAT- NO! Ospreay shoves MJF away, but MJF slingshots Ospreay into another STUNNER! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and MJF is frustrated. The fans rally for Ospreay as he goes to the apron, but MJF storms over. MJF drags Ospreay in again, tries but Ospreay again denies him the Heatseeker! So MJF tries the slingshot, but Ospreay stops that!

Ospreay GAMANGIRIS MJF away, goes up a corner, and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Ospreay rises but so does MJF. Ospreay fires haymakers on MJF first, then whips. MJF reverses but Ospreay CLOBBERS him! MJF bails out but Ospreay builds speed! Ospreay handsprings to SASUKE SPECIAL! The fans are thunderous but Ospreay takes a moment to check his ribs and catch his breath. Ospreay storms up on MJF, puts him in the ring, then goes up a corner. The fans fire up for the MOONSAULT, but MJF moves! Ospreay lands out, MOONSAULTS again, but MJF dodges again!

But the STANDING SHOOTING STAR hits! Cover, TWO! So Ospreay goes up and up to SKY TWISTER! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives the onslaught but Ospreay loads up that elbow! “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay aims again. MJF slowly rises, Ospreay runs up, but MJF bails out again! The fans continue to boo but Ospreay PLANCHAS! Down goes MJF and Ospreay high-fives more fans. And then Ospreay confiscates the timekeeper’s table! The fans are thunderous as Ospreay brings the furniture over to ringside. MJF hurries away into the ring now! Ospreay pursues as we see the fear on MJF’s face.

Ospreay CHOPS MJF in the corner! Ospreay stands MJF up to CHOP him again! The fans “WOO~” and Ospreay runs, but MJF pops him up to SUPERKICK him! MJF goes up, but Ospreay avoids the Panama City/Long Island Sunrise, but then MJF knees low! MJF reels Ospreay in but Ospreay powers out. Ospreay whips MJF to the corner, MJF goes up and over, but then MJF’s knee jams! Ospreay grabs that leg but it was a trap! MJF steps over and hits as STUFF PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and both men are down again. The fans rally up while both men stir, and MJF rises first.

MJF shows off that the leg is just fine, then does the Daniel Garcia dance just to mock him. MJF then drops an elbow on Ospreay’s leg. Ospreay CLUBS at MJF but MJF keeps the toehold. Ospreay fishhooks MJF and MJF lets go. Ospreay CHOPS, and CHOPS, then runs, but into a back drop! MJF leans on the ropes while he catches his breath, and the fans rally again. MJF storms back over, KNEES the leg, then smirks. MJF steps through, ties the legs up, and has the FIGURE FOUR! The fans “WOO~,” even as MJF SLAPS Ospreay! And SLAPS him! MJF thrashes the hold, but Ospreay endures. Ospreay’s shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up!

Ospreay pries at the leglock, and the fans rally up as he works to turn things over. MJF fights that back, thrashes some more, but Ospreay grits his teeth. The fans rally harder and harder as Ospreay fights his way over, and he turns the hold onto MJF! MJF endures now, reaches out while shouting in pain, and he flails in order to turn things back onto Ospreay! The fans boo but Ospreay endures again. Ospreay drags MJF along, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts but MJF lets go at 4. MJF is frustrated but then he drags Ospreay up and to a corner. MJF CHOPS, takes a moment, then CHOPS again!

MJF wrenches, whips, but Ospreay can’t even make it all the way! MJF smirks while the ref checks Ospreay. Ospreay shakes out the leg, refusing to admit defeat. MJF storms over, stands Ospreay up, and CHOPS! Ospreay hobbles, so MJF CLAWS Ospreay’s back! MJF whips, Ospreay barely makes it to ropes! MJF wants after Ospreay like a shark with blood in the water, but Ospreay sits on the apron. MJF tells off the fans cheering Ospreay, but Ospreay is somehow still in this. So MJF CLAWS Ospreay’s face! The fans boo but MJF soaks it up. Ospreay throws body shots and haymakers! Ospreay CHOPS and MJF wobbles!

Ospreay CHOPS again, MJF flails more. Ospreay snarls, runs, but MJF CHOP BLOCKS the legs! MJF covers, TWO! MJF frowns but he stomps Ospreay’s leg. MJF then stands Ospreay up to CLUB him on the neck! Ospreay hobbles, so MJF CLAWS his back! Ospreay fires big forearms! Then he fires Kawada Kicks! MJF wobbles, into a CHOP! MJF goes to ropes, Ospreay scoops him, but MJF CLAWS the eyes again! The ref reprimands and counts, MJF stops at 4. The fans boo but MJF whips. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up again while Ospreay again clutches the leg.

Ospreay rises, but MJF KNEES the knee! Then MJF calls his shot! MJF suplexes, but STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE hits first! MJF wobbles around, Ospreay calls his shot now! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! But MJF flops all the way to ropes! Ospreay has to crawl his way over, and MJF flops to the floor! MJF’s ring awareness is strong but Ospreay pursues. Ospreay drags MJF up to put him in the ring, and then onto the apron. Ospreay uses a corner to go up and APRON OSCUTTER FLOP as MJF steps back! Ospreay writhes, signaling to his arm, and the ref hurries to check. MJF may have gotten lucky here, as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ref has Ospreay go around the way but MJF is in pursuit! MJF shows no mercy as he grabs that bad arm, and RAMS Ospreay into steel steps! MJF stands on the steps to soak up all the heat, as well as talk some trash on Ospreay. It’s certainly in the vain of MJF is who AEW needs, not Ospreay. MJF drags Ospreay up and into the ring, then takes his time to taunt fans over the table. He flips the fans off, he isn’t gonna do what they want. MJF then goes back to Ospreay, grabs the bad arm, and he stands on it, to then STOMP it! MJF soaks up more heat as he paces around Ospreay, then clamps onto the arm again.

Ospreay endures the mounted armlock, and he fights to his feet. Now Ospreay pulls hair, but MJF throws Ospreay down by the arm. MJF grinds that shoulder but Ospreay still endures. The fans rally as Ospreay fights, stands up, and throws body shots. Dynamite returns to single picture as Ospreay ROCKS MJF with forearms. Ospreay whips, MJF reverses but Ospreay handsprings, only for MJF to KICK the bad arm! Ospreay clutches the elbow, but MJF hauls him up! Double underhooks, for a SHOULDER BUSTER! And then it’s back to the armlock! Ospreay rolls through, but MJF ducks the roundhouse to pump handle!

MJF adds a half nelson, MADE IN JAPAN! Or perhaps, Made in Long Island? Cover, TWO!! Ospreay knows that move from his rivalry with Shingo Takagi. The fans rally while both men are down again, “This is Awesome!” Ospreay and MJF slowly rise, MJF storms over, and he whips. Ospreay holds ropes to stop that, so MJF CLUBS the arm! MJF makes the pecs dance, whips again, but Ospreay reverses. Ospreay then dodges MJF to handspring and NEURALIZER KICK! Both men are down again and the fans stay fired up! Ospreay sits up first, then both men stand. Ospreay BOOTS MJF’s haymaker to then ENZIGIRI!

MJF wobbles, Ospreay wrenches an arm, and Ospreay CHOPS MJF off his feet! Ospreay drags MJF up to wrench and CHOP him down again! Ospreay stands MJF one more time, to CHOP, CHOP, and- NO, MJF blocks the chop! MJF WRINGS the arm, Ospreay cartwheels through! ENZIGIRI! Torture rack, TOWER HACKER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives and the fans can’t believe it! The fans hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!” but there’s still more show that has to happen! MJF crawls to the apron, Ospreay stalks him. MJF flops to the floor, but he’s near that table… Ospreay goes to the floor and brings MJF up.

MJF throat chops Ospreay! MJF runs away into the crowd, but Ospreay pursues! Ospreay fires hands on MJF even as MJF goes up the bleachers. Ospreay grabs MJF, bends him against railing, and offers free shots. A little girl starts punching MJF in the ribs! MJF flips her family off but Ospreay CLUBS away on MJF! Ospreay fist bumps the girl and drags MJF back up. Ospreay ROCKS MJF with a right and follows him down the stairs. Ospreay CHOPS MJF to keep him moving, but MJF takes a detour into the seats. So Ospreay makes MJF take a seat and punches down hands! The fans count along, Ospreay winds up, and hits TEN!

MJF flounders around, Ospreay shows that there’s one guy still wearing an MJF Kangaroo Kick shirt, and then pursues MJF. MJF pokes Ospreay right in the eyes! MJF CLUBS Ospreay, but Ospreay kicks MJF! Ospreay SMACKS MJF off the trash can! The fans fire up and Ospreay DUMPS MJF into the trash can! MJF kicks and flails but Ospreay BOOTS the can! MJF falls out, stumbles away, and Ospreay pursues. They finally return to ringside, and Ospreay refreshes the count that was never happening anyway. Ospreay then drags MJF over to the table, punches him onto it, then goes up the steel steps.

Ospreay then goes up the corner and fans are thunderous already! Ospreay aims, but MJF hurries off the table. The fans boo and Ospreay sighs, but Ospreay hops down to go after MJF. But MJF gut wrenches! Ospreay victory rolls, TWO! MJF has the victory roll, TWO! Ospreay has it, TWO! MJF is up, Ospreay gets around and hops on, POISON-RANA! MJF flounders to a corner, Ospreay runs up, but MJF pops him up! Another SUPERKICK as Ospreay is upside-down! MJF goes up, LONG ISLAND SUNRISE!! Cover, TWO!?! The fans are electric as Ospreay survives another hard shot! Ospreay then goes to the apron and then the floor.

MJF pursues, and we return to the table. MJF puts Ospreay on the table and then goes up the apron. The fans rally as MJF actually climbs the corner. MJF reaches the top, but then Ospreay slips off the table! The fans still boo, they want that table to see some action. MJF hops down, talks smack on Ospreay, then CHOPS him. MJF BITES Ospreay’s arm! The fans boo and tell MJF he’s sick! The ref counts, MJF lets off, but he then ROCKS Ospreay with a haymaker. MJF again mocks Daniel Garcia, even asking if Garcia has feeling in his arms again. MJF then whips Ospreay hard into railing! Ospreay almost ends up in the front row!

MJF makes Ospreay take a seat, and he CLAWS at Ospreay’s face! MJF refreshes the ring count, then runs in at Ospreay, to BOOT Ospreay against railing! MJF hops up to soak up more heat, then he refreshes with some water. That he then splashes at fans. MJF stalks Ospreay back to the table, refreshes the count, and then asks, “Ospreay who?” MJF stands Ospreay up to whip, but Ospreay goes up onto the railing, to OSCUTTER to the floor! The fans fire up again while both men are down! Ospreay clutches the bad leg and the bad arm, but he manages to rise up and put MJF in. Ospreay then swings, but into MJF’s dragon sleeper!

But Ospreay flips things around! The fans cheer, as Ospreay hits CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives, but Ospreay storms after him in a corner. MJF uses the ref as a shield, then he pokes Ospreay in the eyes! MJF goes up to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! MJF reels Ospreay in, hammerlock and lift, DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and the fans continue to rally behind him. MJF is frustrated but he pursues Ospreay to the apron. MJF drags Ospreay through ropes, and HEAT- NO! Ospreay throws MJF away, MJF’s leg “jams,” and Ospreay takes aim. Ospreay springboards but MJF hits ropes to trip him up!

Ospreay gets stuck up there, MJF goes up to LEAPING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!? MJF is beside himself as Ospreay survives again! MJF stalks Ospreay to the apron, drags him up, and gut wrenches! The fans freak out but Ospreay flails and kicks! Ospreay turns things around onto MJF, but MJF KICKS Ospreay! MJF then suplexes, but Ospreay slips free! Ospreay waistlocks but the arm won’t let him lift! So Ospreay SUPERKICKS MJF instead! MJF wobbles, Ospreay reels him in, and tucks him for an APRON STYLES CLASH!!! Both men fall to the floor and Little Rock is losing its collective mind right now!

Ospreay drags MJF up and into the ring, covers, TWO!!!! MJF survives but Ospreay is too tired to be upset. Ospreay just rises up, brings MJF to his feet, and reels him in. Even with one arm, Ospreay hits a LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! MJF reminds us why he was once the longest reigning AEW World Champion while Dynamite goes back to picture in picture.

Ospreay shakes out the arms, but Doc Sampson is called over to check. Doc checks that arm, from lifting to turning. Then Doc checks with Ospreay if he wants to do “that,” and Ospreay says go for it. Doc YANKS Ospreay’s arm to pop it back in place! Ospreay clutches the arm again but it seems that did the trick. Ospreay has the fans fired up again, and he drags MJF up for Kawada Kicks! Ospreay stands over MJF while Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite 250 returns and Ospreay calls his shot. MJF rises, and he spins Ospreay around to BITE Ospreay’s face! The fans boo, MJF runs, but Ospreay HIDDEN BLADES!! Cover, TWO!!! MJF survives a shot to the face but Ospreay roars! The fans are thunderous as MJF sits up, into a BUZZSAW! MULE KICK! OSC- NO, MJF stops the cutter to gut wrench, and TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ospreay survives again and the fans again cheer “A E DUB! A E DUB!” for giving us this instant classic. MJF snarls, and he uses wrist tape to CHOKE Ospreay! The ref reprimands, MJF lets off, and MJF goes to the corner with Ospreay.

MJF wrenches the bad arm, whips him hard into the corner, and Ospreay falls. The fans boo but MJF grins as he rises up. MJF storms over to Ospreay, stands him up and wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! MJF whips again, and harder! Ospreay falls back, MJF flexes, but the fans boo. MJF mocks the United Empire crown then says shove it. MJF drags Ospreay up, whips him corner to corner again, but Ospreay reveres! MJF tumbles up, comes back, and Ospreay CHOPS! And CHOPS! But MJF blocks one again to WRING the arm again! Ospreay writhes, MJF leans on ropes, and then MJF runs in. Ospreay DUMPS MJF out hard!

The fans fire up and Ospreay goes to the apron, only for MJF to YANK him down! MJF puts Ospreay in the ring and says that’s why he’s the smartest wrestler in AEW. But not the wisest as Ospreay DIVING HIDDEN BLADES MJF!! Both men fall to the floor and the fans are thunderous again! Ospreay rises, a ring count starts, and fans count along. We hit 5 of 10, Ospreay puts MJF in at 6. Ospreay goes up the corner, and he BLINDSIDE CHEERIOS! Cover, TWO!! MJF survives again but Ospreay doesn’t get frustrated. Ospreay goes to the apron and climbs up the corner, but MJF again hits ropes! Ospreay lands bad on the corner this time!

MJF climbs up, throws hands, then goes to the very top. SUPER- NO! Ospreay stops the Steiner with one good arm! The fans fire up as he tucks MJF in, for a SUPER STYLES CLASH!! But Ospreay struggles to turn MJF over for the cover! ROPEBREAK!! Ospreay is frustrated now but there’s nothing he can do about that. Ospreay drags MJF up but MJF HOTSHOTS the arm! MJF reels Ospreay in, for an APRON HEATSEEKER!! Ospreay flops to the floor, and MJF looks at the table…! MJF puts Ospreay on the table, hurries back to the corner, and MJF climbs! The fans are going nuts already as MJF SUPER MACHO ELBOWS THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

The fans lose their minds all over again as MJF goes for broke! The ref checks both men, and they’re somehow okay to continue! “This is Awesome!” as we once again go picture in picture.

MJF flounders his way back to ringside and drags himself in. But Champion’s Advantage won’t let him win the title like this! Ospreay is still on the outside as we pass 5 of 10, and he starts to stir around 7. MJF then springs out after Ospreay to get him back in! Seems MJF was just resting, and he shouts about something, probably about how he’s better. MJF stands, paces around, then stomps Ospreay’s legs, then Dynamite goes to break.

Dynamite 250 returns again, and MJF has Ospreay in a Cobra Twist. MJF sneakily grabs the ropes to add on leverage! The ref looks but MJF lets go in time. Ospreay still endures, and MJF digs a knuckle into the ribs. MJF then again sneaks a grab at the ropes! The ref gets closer to catching him but the fans tell on MJF! MJF tells them all to shut up! MJF still grabs for ropes, but the ref sees it this time! MJF says he’s not doing nothing! The ref KICKS that arm! Ospreay then hip tosses free! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! MJF gets up, Ospreay reels him into a package, TWO! Schoolboy, TWO!

Ospreay stands, slips around to backslide, TWO!! MJF escapes again, to headlock takeover and cover, TWO as Ospreay headscissors! MJF moves around, bridges to a cover, TWO as Ospreay bridges out! A spin and backslide, TWO!! MJF whips, Ospreay swings but MJF gets under! Ospreay leaps, into the POWER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!!! The fans are electric again as both men are down! The fans sing for Ospreay as he crawls to a corner. MJF sits up then rises up to soak up heat. MJF hits the kangaroo stance?! The fans are torn, surely he isn’t serious. But then MJF runs up, KANGAROO- NO! Ospreay catches MJF!

Ospreay CATAPULTS MJF, but MJF lands safe on the corner! Only for Ospreay to tuck him in and CHEEKY NANDOS! MJF is still stuck so Ospreay goes up after him, for a SUPER POISON RANA! MJF lands out?! MJF shows he can do what Ospreay does and the fans lose their minds! LARIAT in the corner, then MJF hoists Ospreay up top. MJF goes up and up and smirks, gives some thrusts, then SUPER STEINERS! Ospreay lands out!! Ospreay shows MJF how it’s really done and MJF is in disbelief! Both men turn around, MJF swings but Ospreay goes Matrix! MJF returns the favor to dodge Ospreay!

Ospreay blocks a kick but MJF pokes him in the eyes! MJF flips everyone off, but Ospreay HOOK KICKS him! MJF rebounds to ROCK Ospreay! Ospreay rebounds to BOOT MJF! MJF rebounds to ROLLING ELBOW! Ospreay rebounds, MJF SWATS the lariat, gets Ospreay up but Ospreay slips outta the bomb! MJF blocks the kick again, KNEES Ospreay and runs, but into the TIGER WALL KICK! ENZIGIRI! MJF rebounds, Ospreay slips through the lariat! Ospreay lifts MJF but MJF back drops free! Ospreay sunset flips it, TWO!! MJF sits on the cover, TWO! Ospreay has it, TWO! MJF has it, TWO! ONE! ONE! ONE! ONE!

Ospreay keeps MJF down, TWO!! MJF swings, Ospreay dodges, OSC- SUPERKICK!! MJF drags Ospreay up, suplex, STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE returns! Then PISONI-RANA returns!! Ospreay underhooks to STORM- NO, MJF slips free to DREAM SMASHER! MJF runs, into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Even after all that, there’s still something in the gas tanks on both men! Little Rock gives a standing ovation for this AEW Match of the Year contender! MJF crawls to a corner, Ospreay pursues. Ospreay puts MJF up top, ROCKS him, but has to slap some fire into himself. Ospreay goes up top, but MJF fires body shots!

MJF gut wrenches Ospreay, but Ospreay kicks free! Ospreay then slingshots back up, to SUPER OSCUTTER!! And HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay can’t believe it and now he’s mad! Ospreay throws off the elbow pad as Little Rock is erupting! MJF sits up, but DUCKS the Hidden Blade! Ospreay tumbles but MJF is also down, too tired to sit back up. Ospreay crawls his way back over, sits MJF up, but MJF SPITS at him!! Ospreay gets REALLY mad now! MJF panics, Ospreay HEADBUTTS him! Ospreay reels MJF in, the fans say do it, and Ospreay says yes! Underhooks, one minute warning, but Ospreay isn’t sure which Storm Attack to use!

Ospreay hauls MJF up, to STORM…! NO, Ospreay stops short of the driver! They fans boo, they want him to end MJF but Ospreay says he’s not like that anymore. Ospreay drags MJF up , MJF SHOVES Ospreay into the ref!! The ref goes down, we’re under 20 seconds! Ospreay hurries over to MJF, DYNAMITE DIAMOND RING PUNCH!!! Cover, MJF WINS!!!!

Winner: MJF, by pinfall (NEW AEW International Champion)

There was literally two seconds left, but MJF pulls it off!! The Wolf of Wrestling proves he’s still just a lowdown dirty snake, but he’s the snake that stole the gold from the #BillyGOAT. Medics help both guys get icepacks, water and oxygen, and MJF rises like a zombie to celebrate himself. The Scumbag may have survived The Aerial Assassin, but will he be ready to go All In against The Bastard?

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

Arkady Aura is with the Sussex County Chicken, as well as Max Caster & Anthony Bowens, and says they asked for this time to talk with each other. Caster says that’s right, because they know Mr. Briscoe is on Team AEW for Blood & Guts. They also know that Team AEW needs a couple more partners, and the only way Mark gets “The Best Wrestler Alive” on his side is when Caster & Bowens join the team together. Plus, The Acclaimed just beat The Bucks a couple weeks ago, they have their number, this is a no brainer! Bowens says that’s right! And they’re also this close to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions once again, they want a piece of The Bucks’ asses!

Plus, when you think AEW, you think The Acclaimed, because EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed! So they want in! Mark says that’s right! They had his back a couple weeks ago, so as far as he’s concerned, The Acclaimed is in, baby! But Mark’s not the only man calling the shots on this, if you understand what he’s saying. In steps AEW World Champion, Swerve Strickland. Swerve says listen! They’ve been through their fair share of squabbles, so he knows what Acclaimed is all about. Swerve’s also been in battles with The Briscoes, so he knows Dem Boys are real tough people. There is nobody better to go to war with than those you’ve battled against.

Therefore, “y’all ready to get violent?” The Acclaimed say hell yeah! Hands in, and Mark warns The Elite that Team AEW is coming for them! LET’S GO, BABY!! Bowens & Caster follow Briscoe out, Swerve nods, will this team be ready to rip apart The Elite? Will Swerve be ready for The Rainmaker later on tonight in the main event? Or will Kazuchika Okada rain on Swerve’s House and wash it away?

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

The Redwood introduces to the “seeds, saplings, roots and most importantly, branches,” the Learning Tree, Chris Jericho! The “For The World” Champion is accompanied by “Bad Apple” Bryan Keith as he makes his way out here, waving to Little Rock. The fans boo but Jericho still smiles. “Hi, guys~! Y’know, Little Rock, you need to take a few lessons from The Learning Tree. This city is such a high-crime, violent city, 1,533 crimes for ever 100,000 people, you can do better than that! But let’s talk about Dynamite 250 for AEW, I was on the very first Dynamite, and I’ve been on almost every single one since.

“And the ones that I missed, the Branches were so angry, cards and letters filed in, so I made a promise, I’m never gonna miss another Dynamite again.” The fans boo but Jericho says he’ll be on every one, even until episode 500! It’s like he’s said: When you listen to The Learning Tree, good things happen. And when you don’t, people get hurt, dammit! This isn’t right! Jericho is begging us all to listen to him! Look to those who haven’t. Shibata’s arm, Hook getting that fireball to his face, that’s horrible. And then Samoa Joe is literally driven through a wall because he wasn’t listening to The Learning Tree!

Jericho is begging us, this has to stop! People are getting hurt! At this point, everyone should realize they need to listen to Jericho. Surely everyone knows the teachings of Jericho are so important. Who would be crazy enough not to listen? Who would be psychotic enough not to use the teachings of Jericho? Who would be maniacal enough to- IS THAT MINORU SUZUKI!? Jericho is very worried seeing the Meanest Man in the World returning here to AEW! Suzuki has a paper in his hands, but what could it be? Suzuki goes to the ring and fans get fired up. Suzuki waits, and he steps in at “KAZE NI NARE~!”

Suzuki stares Jericho down while the fans cheer him on. Suzuki looks at the FTW Championship, then he snatches Jericho’s mic. “Next week…” Suzuki holds up the paper, Keith snatches it, and Keith reads it for Jericho. This is an official order from AEW management. The Redwood AND Bad Apple are banned from ringside for Jericho VS Suzuki, an FTW Championship match! Suzuki then HEADBUTTS Jericho down! Bill goes to help Jericho and Keith backs up. Suzuki grins and waves, “Bye, guys~!” Jericho looks to be fearing for his life now that he knows there is someone crazy enough to ignore his teachings. Will the King of Pancrase cut down The Learning Tree?

 

The Elite speak.

Nicholas asks Matthew and Okada if they heard all that. The Elite heard what The Acclaimed, Mark Briscoe and Swerve Strickland had to say, and it is ridiculous! What pisses them off even more is that The Acclaimed think they’re just gonna become two-time AEW Tag Team Champions. Not on their watch! Matt says what those guys need is a reminder about just who the hecc they are! This is THE Elite, the greatest team in AEW. And after next week, they’ll have all the gold and all the power! Nick points out it won’t be all the gold. Swerve is still AEW World Champion. Well, Matt says after what they do to Swerve, that title might just end up vacated.

Because see, they’re dealing with the most dangerous people in the business. They’re going up against The Young Bucks, the greatest tag team ever. They’re dealing with the Continental Champion, The Rainmaker, Kazuchika Okada. They’re dealing with the unpredictable Scapegoat, the TNT Champion, Jack Perry. And Matt’s favorite part: making his return to The Elite, Hangman Adam Page! And oh, in steps the TBS Champion, Mercedes Mone! The CEO says hi to the EVPs, and she thanks them for banning Britt Baker from even being backstage tonight so that she can’t ruin Dynamite 250 for them.

Matt says let’s just say there’s no drama coming from The DMD to the CEO, via the EVPs. Okada whispers something to Matt and Matt asks if Mone will do the dance for them. Oh, her CEO shuffle? Of course! C E O! C E O! Ok, got to go~! Mone heads out, Okada wipes himself down. He claims it’s just really hot back here. Matt & Nick say okay, sure. But will The CEO still be golden like The Elite? Or will she end up the Native Beast’s next meal?

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

Well, as we just heard, there will be no Britt Baker anywhere tonight because that is how bad she got under The CEO’s skin. Mone even made sure this Open Challenge would not allow Britt to answer it, so in steps a different former AEW Women’s World Champion. Will Mone find there are threats all over the AEW roster? Or will she still be making that double champion type bank?

The introductions are made, the teal title is raised, and we see who is truly the Face of TBS!

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and duel, the two tie up, and Mone tries but she can’t push Nyla back at all! Nyla puts Mone in a corner, Mone goes up the ropes, but the ref counts. Nyla lets off but Mone scuffs her. Nyla is annoyed, but she mocks Mone’s dance. Nyla runs up, Mone leaps over, but then Nyla runs up again. Mone gets around, waistlocks, but Nyla THROWS her away! The fans rally, Nyla storms up but Mone drop toeholds her onto ropes! Mone CLUBS and stomps away on Nyla. Mone drags Nyla up to stomp into a corner, but the ref counts. Mone digs her boots in, but lets off at 4.

Mone backs off to then storm back up and drag Nyla up. Mone talks trash, but Nyla reels her in! Nyla suplexes, and she holds Mone up, does a squat or two, but Mone slips free! Mone CLUBS Nyla, runs, but Nyla scoops her! Nyla stops the tilt-o-whirl, and shouts, “Have you lost your mind?!” Nyla suplexes to hang Mone out to dry! Nyla KNEES Mone, goes to the corner and climbs, and the fans fire up for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Nyla drags Money to the cover, TWO!! Mone survives and Nyla is frustrated, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nyla drags Mone up, ELBOWS her down, then she drags Mone into a backbreaker rack across her knee! Mone endures, even as Nyla pushes her down! Mone fights free with kicks, then fires forearms. Nyla ROCKS Mone right back! Nyla then torture racks Mone to thrash her around! Mone endures, slips down, but Nyla blocks the arm-drag! Nyla whips Mone into the corner, then runs in, only for Mone to move! Nyla POSTS herself, then Mone goes to the apron. Mone BOOTS Nyla into the post! Nyla falls back, Mone soaks up the cheers and jeers, then she sits Nyla down. METEORA! Mone drags Nyla to a cover, TWO!

Mone is upset so she rains down fists! The ref reprimands, Mone lets off to swagger around. Mone stalks Nyla, stomps her around, then bumps her off buckles. Mone stands Nyla up for forearm after forearm, then she climbs up to rain down fists! Mone goes to nine, soaks up the cheers and jeers, but Nyla brings Mone off the corner! Mone RANAS Nyla away, hurries to run, and she METEORAS again! Cover, TWO! Mone is frustrated but Nyla’s a former champion for a reason. Mone drags Nyla up, and clamps on with a COBRA TWIST! Nyla endures, even as Mone puts on the pressure. Mone ELBOWS Nyla in the ribs, but Nyla powers out with a hip toss!

Mone stands, blocks a boot and KNEES Nyla back. Mone runs, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Dynamite 250 returns to single picture while Nyla starts to fade! The fans rally, Nyla fights up, and she swings Mone around into a facelock! Nyla snap suplexes Money away! The fans fire up while Mone flounders to a corner. Nyla snarls, rises up, and runs in to back body block! And then LARIAT! Mone staggers back up, Nyla runs in at the corner and SPLASHES! Mone sits down, Nyla fires up and Little Rock is with her! CANNONBALL! Nyla drags Mone to a cover, TWO!! Mone survives, showing why she’s been champion all over the world.

Nyla snarls, and she goes up the corner. Mone stands to kick the leg! Nyla falls, Mone goes up and up to VADER BOMB! Nyla sputters, Mone gets moving, BOOT WASH! Mone pushes Nyla, goes up the corner, and she METEORAS again! Cover, TWO!! Nyla survives and Mone can’t believe it! Mone drags Nyla up, turns her, but Nyla’s too big to Gory Especial! Nyla RAMS Mone into the corner, the fans duel, but Nyla puts Mone up top. Nyla then climbs up to have Mone’s arm. But Mone fires elbows on Nyla! Mone adjusts position, and SUPER BULLDOGS! Mone then brings out a glove, all to mock Britt!

Mone puts on her glove, spells out “C! E! O!” RINGS OF SATURN, and then the LOCKJAW!! Nyla BITES Mone’s fingers!! That’s what Mone gets! But then DRIBBLES Nyla’s face off the mat, and puts on the STATEMENT MAKER! Nyla taps, Mone wins!

Winner: Mercedes Mone, by submission (still AEW TBS Champion)

Mone may not be able to do it like The DMD, but she still wins out and holds up both belts. Mone then spots a fan with a sign, “DMD > CEO,” and she snatches that sign! Mone RIPS the sign up, and the fan wearing the Sting mask is upset. That fan pie faces Mone!? Because surprise! It’s BRITT BAKER!! The DMD suck into the show and The CEO is running for her life!! Security surrounds Mone to shield her from Britt! The guards then swarm Britt, and Mone is safe, for now. Will Britt have her Wembley Stadium moment with Mone whether Mone likes it or not?

 

Jack Perry speaks.

The Scapegoat flips a coin, then tells Darby Allin, “You wanted to get my attention? Well, you’ve got it now. All you had to do was ask. Did you really have to go and hurt Brandon Cutler? Maybe what I mean to say is, do you think I give a s*it about Brandon Cutler?” He is standing OVER Brandon! And then THROWS him through a door! Jack SMACKS Brandon off a boiler, then tells Darby to come find Jack tonight. Then Jack will show Darby what real sacrifice looks like. Will The Relentless One get that fight with the TNT Champion after all?

 

Toni Storm is here!

The Leading Lady is back so soon after how brutally Mariah May betrayed her? Wait, no… That’s Mariah May taking her cosplay to a new level. The understudy is now portraying the part of AEW Women’s World Champion as she menacingly makes her way down to the ring. The fans boo the protege for how she did Toni Storm dirty, but Mariah grabs a mic for herself. The fans chant for Toni but Mariah sighs. “Let’s be honest. You all saw it coming. Everybody saw it coming, except Toni Storm.” The fans boo but Mariah says that woman is so desperate for the spotlight, she didn’t realize she was giving it all away.

“The question shouldn’t be ‘why,’ the question should be, ‘Mariah, what took you so long?’ Honestly, I didn’t think it would last this long either. But it was so… easy! And I was having so much fun stringing her along, I just wanted to see how far it would go. But then, I saw Wembley. And I thought, ‘Why take the old horse out back when I can kill it in front of as many people as possible?” The fans boo more but Mariah says she’s been Toni Storm, and now she can be so much more! Fans chant “We Want Toni!” and Mariah smirks. Mariah tells Toni not to worry, she still loves her. In fact, she’s never loved her more than when Toni was on her knees, screaming and crying Mariah’s name. “That was your greatest performance.”

As for Mariah’s greatest performance, that will be at All In! The fans boo more but Mariah says now, AEW is All About Mariah! Mariah then lies back on the mat to revel in it just like Toni would. But will Toni make sure Mariah suffers far worse than what she gave Toni?

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

The Bang Bang Gang returned backstage but they’re asked about being stripped of the Unified World Trios Championships. Juice said hold on, they ain’t been stripped of nothing. Whoever wants these belts will have to pry them out of their cold, dead hands! But then Christopher Daniels and a couple refs appear backstage, and the Fallen Angel knows it isn’t the most popular decision, nor is it fair to the champs, but that’s the rules of AEW. Austin says he isn’t taking these belts! Daniels says it’s either that or they’re suspended and they don’t get a chance to fight for them against The Patriarchy.

Colten says fine, take ’em. Take all nine belts! Daniels gathers them up and Austin tells Christian Cage that they are not scared of a guy with a daddy fetish, some TikTok kid, a stepmom straight outta Brazzers, and a giant lizard! Juice says what will happen is The Collision Cowboys come home, and they come home with their little hardware homies! And if you’re not down with that, they’ve got two words for ya: GUNS UP! Will Rock Hard Robinson, Fully Cocked Colten, and… Austin make sure Captain Charisma and his “sons” never touch the gold? Or can no one stop The Patriarchy from taking over AEW?

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

It is a Champion VS Champion showdown to close this milestone episode, but no titles are on the line. However, Blood & Guts is just next week, and each side is looking for momentum. Will Little Rock belong to Swerve’s House? Or will The Rainmaker prove he’s the top champion in AEW?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally for “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” The two tie up, Okada headlocks for the takeover but Swerve headscissors. Okada kips free, roles reverse, but then Okada headscissors. Swerve kips free, blocks the takeover this time, and he brings Okada up to power out. Okada avoids the hurdle, BOOTS back, then runs. Swerve rolls to trip Okada, then runs. Okada avoids the House Call, waistlocks then ripcords, but Swerve ducks the lariat! Swerve half nelsons but Okada fights out! Swerve arm-drags, Okada headscissors, Swerve kips up, and fans fire up for the stare down!

Swerve grins but Okada brushes things off. The two reset, knuckle lock, and Okada kicks low! Okada CLUBS Swerve, ROCKS him with a forearm, then scoops. Swerve slips free, Okada runs up, but Swerve goes up and over to roll Okada up. Okada rolls through but Swerve EDDY GORDO RANAS! The fans fire up, Swerve runs to UPPERCUT Okada! Swerve snapmares Okada, goes up and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Swerve hits the Griddy and fans cheer! Swerve even mocks the Rainmaker pose! Okada sits up and glares at Swerve. Swerve eggs Okada on, so Okada ROCKS him! Swerve ROCKS Okada back!

The forearms go back and forth, then they pick up speed! Okada dares Swerve to hit him, so Swerve kicks low! Swerve whips, Okada reverses to then FLAPJACK! Swerve tumbles out of the ring but Okada pursues. Okada runs up to kick and DDT to the floor! Swerve writhes and Okada just watches him while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

The ring count climbs, but Okada drags Swerve up. Okada brings Swerve over, SMACKS him off steps, and he stalks Swerve around the way. Okada SMACKS Swerve off the steps again! Okada refreshes the count, then pursues Swerve. Swerve rolls into the ring but Okada drags him out. Okada RAMS Swerve into the barriers! The fans are torn but Okada just goes back into the ring. Swerve rolls in, Okada drags him up, but Swerve fires body shots! Swerve shoves Okada, fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free to go for an arm! Then he hits a NECKBREAKER! Okada watches Swerve flounder away, then storms up on him.

Okada brings Swerve up but Swerve pushes him into a corner. Okada CLUBS Swerve down, whips corner to corner hard, and Swerve falls to his knees. Okada runs in to ELBOW Swerve, and Swerve falls again. Okada rests against ropes, taking Swerve a little lightly here, but he goes back over. Okada brings Swerve up to ROCK him, then UPPERCUT him! Swerve goes to a corner, but he fires forearms in return! Okada eggs Swerve on, so Swerve fires more shots! Okada UPPERCUTS Swerve again! Swerve drops to his knees, and Okada kicks him. Okada eggs Swerve on, the fans rally up, and Okada scuffs Swerve.

Swerve SLAPS Okada! Swerve fires forearms but Okada doesn’t budge! Okada eggs Swerve on, Dynamite 250 returns to single picture, and Swerve throws more forearms! Okada roars, runs up, but Swerve ducks to then RISING HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, Swerve shakes that off to storm back up on Okada. Swerve whips, Okada reverses, but Swerve BOOTS Okada! Swerve goes up but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Swerve ends up on the apron, Nana coaches him up and the fans rally. Swerve rises, drags himself up, but Okada storms out after him. Okada scoops Swerve but Swerve holds ropes to stop the driver!

Swerve CLUBS Okada, is free, and he fireman’s carries! Okada flails free, swings, but Swerve HOTSHOTS Okada away! Swerve then slingshots in, somersaults and COMPLETE SHOTS! Gator roll to the deadlift and BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Okada survives that and Swerve grows frustrated. Swerve shakes out his arms, then goes to a corner. Okada sits up in a daze but Swerve goes up. Okada hurries to anchor Swerve! Okada brings Swerve down to CLAW his face! The ref reprimands, Okada lets off, but then Okada brings Swerve out in the Alabama Lift! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Okada pretends to be upset but then he’s stone faced as he drags Swerve up. Okada scoops and SLAMS Swerve, then he climbs the corner. Nana warns Swerve, but the MACHO ELBOW still hits! Okada rises, the fans boo, and Okada Rainmaker MIDDLE FINGERS! But Swerve victory rolls him! TWO!! Okada runs up and stops the discus, to DISCUS miss as Swerve goes Matrix! Swerve kips up to mule kick, CLUB, BOOT, and- DROPKICK from Okada! The fans fire up while both men are down! The ref starts a standing count and the fans rally up. Both men sit up at 5 of 10, and Okada flounders to a corner.

Swerve runs up, blocks a boot and CLUBS the leg! Okada tries again but Swerve slips around to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Then right into a powerbomb to POWERSLAM! Swerve hurries up the corner, takes aim, KILL- NO, Okada dodges! Okada scoops and TOMBSTONE!! Okada roars because he’s not done! He drags Swerve up, ripcords, RAIN- JUMPING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous and Swerve aims from a corner! “Whose House?” THE BUCKS ATTACK SWERVE!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

The fans boo but The Elite doesn’t care about the win anymore, because they’re looking to hurt Swerve! But wait, here comes The Acclaimed! they brawl with The Bucks! But then Jack Perry shows up to CLOBBER Caster! But then here comes Mark Briscoe! Chicken DECKS Matt, DECKS Jack, and DECKS Nick! Team AEW stands tall together, but Jack comes back for more! Jack whips Briscoe, but he dodges Jack to DIVE onto the Bucks! The fans fire up as Mark goes back for Jack, only to end up in the DRAPING DDT! The Scapegoat fancies himself a Viper, does he? But then HOUSE CALL for Jack Perry!

The AEW World Champion stands tall and Little Rock is thunderous! But then, here comes The Black Hat. Swerve turns around to glare at Hangman as he storms down, glaring at Swerve! The fans are thunderous again, but then Okada trips Swerve up! Okada drags Swerve out, but then Bowens does the same to Hangman! The brawl is going all over the ringside area but it is still 5v4 in favor of The Elite! Security rushes out here to stop this, and The Elite uses the security as their shields! BUT WAIT! Darby Allin is here!! Jack did call him out, so here he comes! Jack looks around, where could he be?

Wait! LOOK UP! Darby drops in from the rafters just like The Icon, Sting! And so now we have 5v5!! The brawl is on again and Little Rock is losing their minds! Security and refs hurry in to stop this, but the security gets thrown aside! Jack is after Darby, Mark helps Darby against him, but then Mark has to fight off Nick! Darby dribbles Jack off the floor! Jack RAMS Darby into railing, Mark returns to help Darby! Security finally separates the factions, which is just fine by The Bucks! But will nothing stop Team AEW from destroying this corrupt Elite once and for all?


My Thoughts:

Now this was an awesome episode of Dynamite. They only advertised three matches, and it turns out that’s all we needed. Ospreay VS MJF was made the opener so they could just go off and give us almost an hour of their best stuff. It kinda makes some PPV matches feel lesser now, but hey, a match of the year candidate is still a match of the year candidate, no matter if it’s TV or PPV. MJF winning out surprised me, but he did cheat so that protects Ospreay. I was hoping for Ospreay VS Pac at All In, but I suppose “The Scumbag VS The Bastard” makes for some fun build. And with how much MJF was taunting Garcia, this has to mean Garcia shows up at All In to go after MJF.

TV Time with Jericho was properly short because we can’t actually drag the show to a screeching halt after how awesome Ospreay VS MJF was. As Jericho started listing qualities like “crazy” and “maniacal,” I just felt Suzuki showing up. Suzuki getting his FTW Championship match with Jericho next week is great, but I’m still thinking Jericho retains. Now, while Keith & Bill are banned from ringside, nothing is stopping Hook from showing up. Hook could go after Jericho after he retains, and that sets up Jericho VS Hook for All In. Which would be interesting because that makes it back to back All In shows for Hook and this FTW Championship.

Good promo from The Bang Bang Gang with Daniels, but like, so filler. Who needed to see them hand over the belts? Or rather, why couldn’t they have figured out to do that during Collision? Very good promo from Mariah May where she completes her transformation into Toni Storm’s replacement. She even phrased it “All About Mariah” to nod how this has been All About Eve the movie, in wrestling form. The fans kept going “What?” just cuz she was taking things slowly, which is rude, but I do feel she could’ve been faster about it. She was definitely going for something with her pacing, but maybe she was also just filling for a little more time. Toni will surely have a response next week or something, though.

Very good promo from Acclaimed with Mark Briscoe and Swerve to establish the Acclaimed joining Team AEW, and very good response promo from The Elite to call them out on it. Though, what a weird detail for Okada to be a Mone simp. He’s married for crying out loud! But that aside, Mone is still tangentially a part of The Elite, and she had a very good match with Nyla tonight. Mone of course found the way to win, but I do appreciate Britt gives us a Sting shoutout by wearing the Sting mask before revealing she was here. Mone running scared was pretty funny, and yeah duh, this match is happening at All In.

In relation, very good promo from Jack Perry, even if poor Brandon had to get beat up again. Jack calling Darby out was good foreshadowing for Darby’s own Sting tribute, and I figured last week that Darby Allin was going to be Team AEW for Blood & Guts. Great main event from Swerve VS Okada that The Bucks of course had to “ruin” to save Okada from a legit loss. At the same time, this keeps either champion from owing the other a title match so close to All In. Great brawl to give us the full 5v5, Blood & Guts is going to be some wild stuff, and it can definitely go either with so many champions involved this time. However, as Mark Briscoe is the only one whose rivalry is NOT in Blood & Guts, he probably takes the loss for Team AEW.

My Score: 9.1/10


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