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2023… ACKNOWLEDGE HIM!

Raw’s Absolute Best of 2023 was great, but SmackDown will show the best of Universal Champion, Your Tribal Chief, Roman… Reigns…! Oh, and others, too.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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The countdown begins!

But LA Knight says to hold on a minute. Bring it in. It ain’t the New Year just yet, NAH NAH. You might’ve seen The Miz ring in the best of 2023 for Raw, but if we’re talking about the absolute best of 2023, whose game is it? With everybody saying, “L! A! Knight! YEAH!” “So WWE Universe, lemme talk to ya! SmackDown has had one hell of a year, and nobody knows one hell of a yeah better than I do. And with all the noise of a Mega Star setting fire to Friday nights, it’s no surprise that everybody wants to be back on the Blue Brand.” John Cena, Randy Orton, CM Punk (for a moment), and even The Rock earlier this year.

We’ve seen it all! Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, and moments were made, as well as headlines! We’ve seen new champions crowned, and champions break records and make history. What is Knight doing? Being Kayla Braxton right now? Is this why they brought him in here? To talk about Bloodline? As far as Knight is concerned, they can all go f- Um, well, Knight takes a moment to calm down, and we move on to resolutions, champagne, confetti. 2024, see you soon. But tonight, SmackDown celebrates the Absolute Best of 2023! Hit the countdown, dummy! THREE, TWO, ONE! YEAH!!

 

Jackie Redmond is back in the control.

And this time, she has Corey Graves with her to look back at the best SmackDown had to offer. Some new and some familiar faces, but perhaps none bigger than the returning Greatest of All Time, John Cena. The SIXTEEN-TIME World Champion came back because he wanted to show he still had the hustle, loyalty and respect to hang. But that made him a target of The Bloodline’s Enforcer. The Tribal Chief told Solo Sikoa to rid the WWE of Cena once and for all, and perhaps he did…

 

John Cena VS Solo Sikoa!

He may be the Greatest Of All Time, but even he knows he hasn’t won in five YEARS. Will Cena look to end that 2000+ day streak? Or will the Enforcer of the Island not just keep that streak going, but end Cena’s career?

The bell rings and the fans are fired up already. Solo already holds his thumb up to remind Cena the dangers of the Samoan Spike. Solo swings, Cena dodges, and fans rally up. “Let’s Go, Cena!” “Cena Sucks!” Cena watches Solo, dodges again to headlock then hit the takeover! Cena then goes for the arm to stomp the hand! Cena wants to neutralize that weapon, and he hits a straight arm lever! Then a wrench, and he RAMS the arm! Another wrench, and he RAMS the shoulder again! Fans rally as Cena runs Solo over! Cover, ONE! Cena is back on the arm with a cording hold! Solo fights but fans rally, “You Still Got It!”

Cena bends the fingers and thumb, then HIP DROPS the arm! Cena puts Solo in a corner, wraps the arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Cena lets off at 4, and he whips Solo out of the ring! Fans cheer as Cena goes out after Solo, and SMACKS the hand off steel steps! Cena puts Solo back in, storms up on him and throws him back out! Cena pursues, and the fans duel as Cena isolates the arm. Cena SMACKS the hand off the other steel steps! Solo shakes out the hand, Cena puts him back in the ring, and then Cena runs up to go after the arm. Cena wraps the arm around ropes, but Solo pulls Cena’s hair with the other hand!

Solo HEADBUTTS Cena down, then stomps away! Fans boo but Solo snarls as he shakes out the bad hand. Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” at Solo but he HEADBUTTS Cena back down. Solo soaks up the heat from the fans, and he storms up on Cena to HEADBUTT again! Solo drags Cena around but the bad hand bothers him. Fans rally as Cena blocks the whip. Cena kicks low, kicks again, and he runs, but into a WHEEL KICK! Solo scowls and he drags Cena to a corner. Fans rally for Cena but Solo goes up the corner. BANZAI DROP! Fans boo but Solo stalks Cena. Solo pushes Cena down and taunts him.

Cena sits up, gets to his feet, and Solo prepares the thumb! But Cena ducks to fireman’s carry! But Solo fights free to SUPERKICK! Cena falls, Solo covers, TWO! Cena goes to a corner, Solo goes to the opposite end. Solo runs in, to HIP ATTACK! Solo fires up but the fans boo again. Solo eggs Cena on, and Cena rises up. Fans rally as Cena stands but Solo takes aim again! But Cena catches the arm into a CROSSFACE!! Solo endures, reaches out, but Cena thrashes him around! Solo powers Cena back to a cover, TWO! Cena lets go, and Solo LARIATS! Fans boo but Solo soaks it up. Solo drags Cena up to then put him on the top rope.

Solo drags Cena into the Tree of Woe, and he runs side to side, FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Cena is still in this, but Solo knows he still has his best card to play. Solo stands Cena up, and hits a BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Fans chant “SOLO SUCKS! SOLO SUCKS!” but Solo just soaks it all up. Solo watches Cena sit up in the corner, and runs in to HIP ATTACK again! Cena flops over and Solo smirks. Solo looms over Cena as Cena rises up, and Solo clamps on! SAMOAN- NO, Cena dodges again, and starts on the shoulder tackles! Fans fire up as Cena rallies, gets around, SPINOUT BOMB! And he puts up the hand!

Fans fire up as Cena says “YOU CAN’T SEE ME!” Cena runs for the FIVE KNUCKLE SHUFFLE! And then, Solo staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Solo slips free, shoves and SAMOAN DROPS! Cover, TWO! Cena survives and Solo grows frustrated. Solo watches Cena go to a corner, and he takes aim again. Solo runs in, to HIP ATTACK again! Fans boo as Solo hits a hattrick of those. Fans chant “UMAGA! UMAGA!” for the late Samoan icon Solo is paying tribute. But then Cena HOTSHOTS the bad arm! And CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Cena goes to ropes.

Cena drags himself up, Solo stands, and Cena hurries to fireman’s carry! But solo fights free again, to SUPERKICK! And then SAMOAN- NO, Cena choke grips?! To CHOKE SLAM?! Cover, TWO!!! Cena shouts out the Deadman, and fans fire up as both men are down. Cena and Solo stand, and Solo HEADBUTTS! Cena throws a haymaker! Solo HEADBUTTS again! Cena throws a haymaker! And another, and another! Fireman’s carry, but Solo again gets loose! SPINNING SOLO! Cover, TWO! Cena survives yet again and Solo is seething! Solo storms up on Cena, clamps on and SAMOAN- NO!! Cena blocks the arm!

Cena and Solo fight, Cena drags Solo down! STF!! Fans fire up as Solo endures! Solo drags himself and Cena towards ropes, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Cena lets go, wants the legs again, but Solo BOOTS him away! Cena runs up, into the SAMOAN SPIKE!! But it hurts Solo’s hand just as much to do it! Fans fire up as both men stand, Cena clutching that throat. Solo SAMOAN SPIKES again!! Solo growls, fans boo, but Solo reloads. Cena stands, into a THIRD SAMOAN SPIKE!!! Cena flounders and sputters but Solo isn’t going for any pins. Solo wants Cena to stand again! Cena rises, fans rally behind him, and he manages to stand.

Solo has Cena again, a FOURTH SAMOAN SPIKE!!! Still no cover!? Solo wants to truly end Cena! A FITH, SIXTH, SEVENTH!! Solo just jams the thumb in again and again and again!! Cover, SOLO WINS!

Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall

Fans boo because they cannot believe it! Cena’s must win match ends up a devastating defeat! But has The Enforcer truly disposed of Cena once and for all? Was this the last loss Cena ever suffers? If so, fans give a standing ovation and chant “Thank You, Cena!” as the GOAT gets to his feet.

 

John Cena speaks.

“WWE Universe, John Cena here. All dressed up to celebrate a wonderful group of people. A toast to the WWE Universe for making my 2023. As you know, I was able to return to SmackDown int he Fall, and the reception and the respect, I will never forget. I do not know how much time in the WWE I have left. But I do know in recent times, when I’ve been able to return home, you’ve always welcomed me as one of your own. I am forever indebted to your generosity, your empathy, your respect, and your excitement. I look forward to the next time we can get together, but I wanted to take a moment to truly say thank you for making this a memorable year for me and my family.

“To the WWE Universe. Until the next round, cheers.”

 

Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits speak.

The All Mighty gives us a 2024 prediction: The All Mighty and the baddest tag team in the WWE get what they want, and that is more. Montez Ford says they are the Street Profits. Angelo Dawkins says, “Talk to ’em.” They are the Triple Crown that puts it down. “Talk to ’em!” This is the holiday season so what’re they giving out? Angel, Humberto, they didn’t forget about y’all. New Year, new beef! But real talk, 2024 is gonna be the year of gold, it’s gonna be all good. Secret handshake. Lashley says it won’t be all good. It’ll be All Mighty.

 

SmackDown returns to Jackie & Corey.

Corey says the New Year is about new horizons, new beginnings. And no two men represented that more in 2023 than Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn. Jackie says Kevin tried starting 2023 strong by taking down Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble, but the Bloodline again proved to be too much. There was the post match beatdown, but the then Honorary Uce could not stomach it. Push came to shove, and Sami did what he had to do and stood with his former best friend. But blood is thicker than friendship, and the beating turned on Sami. But after weeks of internal conflict, Kevin would reunite with Sami, and they would go on to face The Usos for the tag titles.

The Usos had stood atop the WWE Tag Division for 622 days, but as two sets of brothers battled, it’d all change.

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!

For over 620 DAYS, Jimmy & Jey have been the ones in the WWE Tag Division. But because of Bloodline’s family drama full of manipulation, deception and betrayal, they are now facing two men as close as brothers who both have a reason to stop the madness. Will the Prizefighter and Great Liberator accomplish both goals of winning gold and helping the Usos break away from The Tribal Chief? Or will Jimmy & Jey put “WrestleZAYNIA” on lockdown?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if night one has either a happy or tragic ending!

The teams sort out and Jimmy starts against Sami. Fans fire up as Jimmy talks smack on Sami. Fans sing “OLE~, OLE OLE OLE~!” for Sami while Jimmy talks with Jey. Jimmy fires Jey up, and tags him in. Fans fire up as now Jey and Sami circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Jey shifts to headlock. Sami powers up and out, but Jey runs him over. Jey eggs Sami on, then raises the finger. Fans are torn but Sami keeps cool. Sami and Jey circle, tie up again, and they’re in another deadlock. Jey headlocks again, but Sami powers up and out again. Sami drops, then CLOBBERS Jey! Sami rains down fists from all sides!

Fans fire up as Sami paces around Jey. Sami stands Jey up, ROCKS him, then whips. Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip. Sami ducks but Jimmy dumps him out! Jimmy waist on Sami to stand up, then CLOBBERS him! Jimmy eggs Sami on, brings him up and POSTS him! Jimmy stalks Sami, refreshes the ring count and tags Jey. Jimmy then holds Sami for Jey to DIVE! Direct hit and Sami hits barriers! Kevin storms over but the ref has him stay back. The Usos talk trash on Sami, Jey brings Sami up, and snap suplexes to the floor! The ring count is climbing, Jey refreshes it again, and he drags Sami into the ring.

Jey stands Sami up, ROCKS him with a right, and Sami sits down. Jey pie faces Sami to ropes, then CLUBS away on him! The ref counts, Jey let off, but Jimmy BOOTS Sami down! Fans boo but Jimmy soaks up the heat. Jey holds up the finger, but Sami lurches for Kevin! Jey drags Sami back, tags Jimmy, and Jimmy stomps Sami down. Jimmy then sucker punches Kevin! The ref reprimands but Jimmy taunts Kevin. The ref has to stop Kevin from rushing in, and Jimmy stands Sami up. Jimmy CHOPS Sami, and Sami staggers into the Uso corner. Tag to Jey, Jimmy holds Sami in place for the forearm smash! Cover, TWO!

Jey keeps his eyes on Kevin, and he keeps Sami from him. Jey wraps on a chinlock, fans rally up, and Sami fights up. Sami throws body shots, reaches for Kevin, but Jey whips Sami away. Sami holds ropes, BOOTS Jey, then he DECKS Jimmy! Jey runs in but Sami TOSSES him! Fans fire up as Sami crawls his way over! Hot tag to Kevin! Kevin goes up the corner to SUPER CANNONBALL the Usos! Kevin drags Jimmy up to POST him! Then he CLOBBERS Jey! And he CLOBBERS Jimmy! Kevin puts Jey in, then FROG SPLASHES Jimmy on the floor! Kevin goes up top, FROG SPLASH on Jey! Cover, TWO!

Jey survives but Kevin aims at him. Jey stands, Kevin kick slow, but no stunner! Jey POP-UP NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Jey stalks Kevin, puts him in the Uso corner, then snarls as he storms up. Jey puts Kevin up top, climbs up after him, but Kevin fights back! Jimmy tags in, but Kevin fights him off, too! Kevin HEADBUTTS Jey down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMBS but onto knees! Jimmy USO SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives and fans fire up! Kevin crawls to a corner, Jimmy aims from the opposite. “UCE! SO! UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs in, but Kevin avoid the hip attack! SUPERKICK! ANOTHER SUPERKICK!

Kevin runs corner to corner, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Fans fire up and Kevin goes up top again! But Jey anchors him! Kevin fights Jey, Sami gets Jey with an APRON BRAINBUSTER!! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jimmy survives and the fans can’t believe it! Sami hurries to the corner, Kevin tags him in! Sami goes up top now, he aims at Jimmy, and he raises the finger! SAMI SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Jimmy survives Sami’s take on the Usos’ favorite move! Sami shakes his head, and fans sing for him again. Sami drags Jimmy up, but Jimmy blocks the lift! Jimmy CLUBS away on Sami, and SUPERKICKS Kevin!

Sami shoots around, to BLUE- NO, Jimmy still fights it! Jimmy HEADBUTTS, tags Jey, but Sami BLUE THUNDER BOMBS Jimmy! Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey drags Sami up, whips him and SUPERKICKS him down! Cover, TWO!! Jey snarls, he tells Sami to get up, and Sami sits up. SUPERKICK! Jey pushes Sami back down, then he takes off his shirt. Jey throws the shirt at Sami, tags in Jimmy, and Jimmy SUPERKICKS! Jey SUPERKICKS! The Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Cover, Kevin breaks it!! Jey SUPERKICKS Kevin! Kevin flops out of the ring, Jimmy says it’s time to execute. Tag to Jey and the Usos stalk Sami.

Jey sits Sami up and tells him this is it. The Usos DOUBLE BLINDSIDE SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jey is growing further frustrated but the fans rally up. Sami feebly grabs at Jey but Jey pushes him away. Jey talks with Jimmy, and Jey tags Jimmy back in. Sami sits up but then flops over. Sami tries again, he’s on his knees, and the Usos SUPERKICK SANDWICH!! Cover, TWO!?!?? How is Sami doing this!? The Usos are pissed with the ref but the count is the count! Tag to Jey again, they circle Sami like sharks, and they bring him back up. The Usos say this is what he gets, and they double whip, but Kevin trips Jimmy!

Sami sunset flips Jey, TWO!?!? Jey escapes, but Kevin SMACKS Jimmy off the desk! And again and again and again! Kevin clears off the desk, drags Jimmy up onto it, and reels him in! But Jey hurries to save Jimmy! Jimmy UPPERCUTS then SUPERKICKS! Kevin wobbles, the Usos hurry up onto the desk with him, DOUBLE UREANGE through the OTHER table!! Jey says that’s what he gets! “Look at you now!” The ring count climbs, but the Usos leave Kevin behind to go back to Sami. Sami sits up in a daze, Jey tags Jimmy. Jey reels Sami in, ONE AND DONE!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? IS SAMI EVEN HUMAN!?!?

Jimmy and Jey are in utter disbelief, but Jimmy tags Jey back in. Jey taunts Sami as Sami flounders to the corner. Why won’t Sami quit? HUH!? WHY!? Jey SLAPS Sami and wants a response. Sami mutters and mumbles as Jey keeps SLAPPING him! Jey throws forearms now! The ref counts, Jey UPPERCUTS Sami! Sami leans against the buckles, and Jey backs away. Jey watches Sami flop in the corner, drag himself back up, then flop down again. Fans rally for Sami as hard as ever, but Jey runs in, to HELLUVA KICK!!! Sami falls against Jey, and Jey says this is what they do. Sami should’ve never left-

EXPLODER INTO THE CORNER!! Sami had one last gasp in him!! And somehow, Kevin is back!? Kevin’s just as inhuman as Sami! Sami crawls his way, to hot tag Kevin! Jimmy rushes in, but Kevin dodges, to POP-UP POWERBOMB! POP-UP POERBOMB for Jey!! Kevin calls to Sami, Sami runs in to HELLUVA KICK Jimmy! Kevin STUNNERS Jey!! Cover, TWO!?!? Jey survives and Kevin can’t believe it! All four men are down, exhausted, and the fans are thunderous! “This is Awesome!” as Sami and Kevin regroup on one side of the ring and the Usos go to the other. Kevin helps Sami stand, the Usos help each other.

Kevin and Sami stare down with Jimmy and Jey. Fans fire up all over again, and Kevin shouts, “LET’S END IT!” THE BRAWL IS ON! SUPERKICK for Sami! SUPERKICK for Jimmy! SUPERKICK for Jey! Kevin whips, Jimmy tags Jey and Jey leap frogs! SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Sami! The Usos set Kevin up in the drop zone and the Usos each take a corner! DOUBLE USO SPLASH!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!?! THIS IS UNHEARD OF!!!! The Usos have no explanation for how Kevin and Sami have lasted this long! Kevin drags himself up with the ropes, but Jey is right on him.

Jey stands Kevin up, to then back off and tag Jimmy. The Usos run in, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Kevin slumps right down, and Jimmy says to finish this with “a big one.” Tag back to Jey, they hoist Kevin up top, but Sami drags Jimmy out! Sami TOSSES Jimmy, Kevin hits the SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Jey flounders around, Sami hurries back over! Kevin crawls, to hot tag Sami! The hottest tag ever! Sami glares right at Jey, and then he runs in to HELLUVA KICK!!! Jey falls against Sami now, and Sami says, “I’m sorry, Uce.” He sets Jey up for another HELLUVA KICK!!!! Jey is wobbling, Jimmy returns, into a STUNNER!!

Sami sets Jey up for a THIRD HELLUVA KIIIIICK!!!!! Cover, SAMI & KEVIN WIN!!!!

Winners: Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens, by pinfall (NEW Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

621 days, and DONE! The Hollywood ending comes true for Kevin and Sami! They are not only tag team champions for the first time in either man’s WWE career, they are finally tag team champions TOGETHER! Jimmy & Jey are no longer the ones, that title, and the tag team titles, belong to Kevin & Sami! Is this only the beginning of the Bloodline’s fall?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

Cathy Kelley says that was a wonderful moment, Kevin and Sami capturing the Undisputed Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania. Yeah, Kevin doesn’t have the words. And he’s still heartbroken for how that ended, but that’s a story for another time. He’s looking ahead to next week. SmackDown New Year’s Revolution, Kevin is in the finals of the United States Championship #1 Contender’s Tournament and Santos Escobar stands in his way. It isn’t even about getting more gold, but about taking it from Logan Paul. Kevin will say it before and he’ll say it again: Logan in the WWE, in Kevin’s ring, as a champion, is an absolute nightmare.

Kevin vows to do everything he can, broken hand or not, to make Logan go away. He’ll beat Santos, beat Logan, and then restore prestige to the title. Then that must be his New Year’s Resolution. New Year’s Resolution for New Year’s Revolution, that’s perfect. They high-five, it hurts Kevin’s hand, but he says that’s his bad. Wrong hand. Cathy says she saw it going bad in slow motion as it happened. Kevin heads out, will he get to break Logan like he’s broken his hand?

 

A-Town Down Under speaks.

Austin Theory can’t believe Nick Aldis is asking them to give their New Year’s Resolutions. Grayson Waller says Aldis could’ve at least had them do it on the Grayson Waller Effect. This set is just meh. But here’s an idea, take it over with his music and ticker anyway! Impromptu episode of GWE in effect, and Theory likes it better. Their fans saying nice things about them, this is how you show your top stars respect. So their 2024 resolutions: win singles gold; win tag team gold; win the Royal Rumble; headline WrestleMania; win MITB again for Theory, or the first time for Waller. But personally, Waller wants to headline Elimination Chamber in Perth!

Theory says that’d be so awesome. Wait, someone slipped in an insult on the ticker! FightOwensFight says “Oh brother, these guys STINK!” And that this segment puts them to sleep. They’re so punchable. Are not! The only thing better than punching one face is two at the same time… And their resolutions should be to just shut up? They’re done! Theory rips his shirt in anger as he storms out. But with these two wanting everything, will they get what they want? Or just what they deserve?

 

We return to Jackie & Corey.

Jackie asks why it’s so fun watching those two get upset. Corey says he’s not surprised she likes seeing them get upset. But why does Kevin insist on harassing two of the biggest rising stars? Well, they did break his hand… And even Core has to admit, those two rub people the wrong way, like when Theory confronted Pat McAfee in September. Don’t remind Corey of Pat. Pat should’ve never been on SmackDown to begin with. Well, Corey’s issues aside, Theory claimed SmackDown is his show, when we know it’s The People’s Show. Corey does his best Rock eyebrow as a response.

Pat McAfee is here!

Denver is all fired up but Corey Graves is upset that Pat is back! He gets the mic to say, “Mile High City, I love you~! Y’know, I was just up the road in the Rockies for College Game Day covering Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffalos, and when I looked online to keep up with the greatest wrestling show to ever grace television, WWE SmackDown, I saw that it was an hour away in this gorgeous city. And there was ZERO percent chance I wasn’t gonna take the ride down here to feel the greatest universe on Earth, the WWE Universe!” Fans cheer that!

Pat then says the greatest crowds of all crowds, and so it is his honor to welcome us to Friday Night SmackDown! But wait, here comes Austin Theory… Pat is no stranger to The Now, and Theory makes his way to the ring as fans boo. Theory has a mic now and he tells Pat, “This isn’t SmackDown! This is Austin Theory Live!” Fans boo more but Theory says look what the cat dragged in. Fans cheer for Pat but Theory says a lot of the people living here don’t get a lot of oxygen because we’re so high up. But hey, they gotta boo Theory, he’s only 26 years old and he’s everywhere. Pat at 26 was getting mug shots while Theory is on mugs, shirts and backpacks!

Theory tells the fans to shut up but they boo harder. Theory says he is here for Pat. They have unfinished business! Theory doesn’t know who Pat thinks he is, having his private jet and his news desk to talk about college football all day. But Theory has something real special. He’s gonna job Pat in a few seconds, and then what happens? Pat is gonna go back to his show, sit there all hurt and unable to do a damn thing, just like Aaron Rogers! Fans boo and they’re not even Jets fans! But Pat says Theory’s the one not gonna do a damn thing but Pat is pumped Theory is dressing like him and acting like him.

Theory says dawg, when he wears a black tank top, he looks like a Greek god! When Pat wears one, he looks like he should be flipping fries. Pat tells the Greek god to listen up. Pat’s not gonna fight Theory now, he’s enjoying the local laws here, wink wink. But uh, what was that about this not being SmackDown but what? Austin Theory Live! Get used to it, loser! Oh, well this is the biggest problem with Theory. Theory is so disrespectful to not just the business as a whole, but to all the people in the crowd. Fans cheer but Theory says he doesn’t care about them! Pat tells Theory this will never be HIS show, this is the people’s show.

And y’know what that means? IF YA SMELLLL~! Fans go nuts as yes, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson makes his epic return to SmackDown! The Rock smiles as he soaks it all in. Then he makes his way down the ramp! Fans fire up even more as The Rock gets up on the corner for his signature pose. Then The Rock steps into the ring with Pat and Theory, and The Rock of course bro hugs it out with Pat. The fans chant for “ROCKY! ROCKY!” and he smiles as he soaks it in again. The fans lose their minds even, which Fox has to censor. Theory says, “You know whose ring you’re in? It’s been a long time, Rock. A long time.

“But let me-” “Shut your b*tch ass up!!” Rock stops Theory in his tracks with that! Theory clearly does NOT know how all this works. The Rock takes off the jacket to show off the guns, and then he throws the jacket to the crowd for a free souvenir! “Finally, The Rock has come back to Denver…!” Fans fire up for that one, and chant for “ROCKY! ROCKY!” again. Theory says he will try. “Finally-” The fans boo over Theory but he says the ignorant people finally get to see The Rock and Austin in the ring again, one last time. But it won’t be boring old Stone Cold, it’ll be a real ass kicker! The Austin that’ll go on to be so great, he’ll be the entire Mount Rushmore!

The Rock says- “IT DOENSN’T MATTER WHAT THE ROCK SAYS!” Theory beat Rock to the punch on that one, but The Rock says it does matter what The Rock says. And it does matter what the people say. You bring up Stone Cold, that’s The Rock’s boy. But if Stone Cold were here instead, this is what he would say. “If you wanna see me beat this Jabroni’s ass, gimme a ‘Hell yeah!’” “HELL YEAH!!” The roof blew off the place because they are live, this is The Rock’s show, and it matters what the fans say. So hearing how hot the fans just got, Theory wants to talk trash about The Rock, talk trash about Pat, about the fans…

The Rock says this is Austin Theory, right? Damn right! And he’s from… A-Town? Right? Damn right! Well, something else The Rock is right about is that Theory is an A-Hole. And oh, The Rock is gonna show you live how much of an A-Hole Theory is. In about three seconds, this side is gonna chant “You Are.” And then the other side chants “An A**hole!” Three, two, one. “YOU ARE!” “AN A**HOLE!” And they do!! It gets censored again but oh well. The Rock has everyone stop, because that was amazing! Denver cheers themselves and The Rock has goosebumps. But this is the people’s show, let’s flip it around!

Three, two, one! The fans go again, “YOU ARE!” “AN A**HOLE!!” Theory gets so mad and he shouts for them to stop! Shut up! Enough! He is not that! But the fans won’t stop! The censoring can’t even keep up! Pat says this is a two hour show, we gotta get going. Right, but we’re having fun, aren’t we? The fans cheer that. The Rock tells Theory that he doesn’t know who Theory is, but he knows what Theory is, and clearly you’re an a-hole. But Theory, The Rock has a theory of his own: Theory comes out here on The Rock’s Show, the People’s Show, and runs down the people. They’re the reasons why this all happens.

So the theory is, in three seconds, The Rock whoops Theory’s candy ass all over Colorado. Fans fire up as The Rock counts down, but Theory fires hands first! Theory whips, The Rock reverses and hits a SPINEBUSTER! And we know what that means! Fans are thunderous and Pat clears space for this one! The Rock sets Theory up, runs side to side, for the PEOPLE’S ELBOW!! The Rock then welcomes Pat to try something. Pat gets up on Theory, fans are thunderous for it, and Pat runs side to side, for the MCAFEE ELBOW! Theory’s shoe comes off! The Rock throws it to the fans, another free souvenir!

If this is how the night is starting, just what madness is going to happen here in the Mile High City?

 

Bianca Belair joins the show.

Jackie & Corey talk with The EST via video and wish her a Happy New Year. They want her to look back at 2023 and see if there’s one particular thing she’s proud of. Well, 2023 was a great year for her, but becoming the longEST reigning Raw Women’s Champion of all time is a big one. Understandable, as she made history and went all over media. So what is next for Bianca? Is she a goal setter? What’s first up for 2024? Well, she doesn’t make resolutions, she stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready, but while she had a huge accomplishment with her reign, she had one of the hardest times in 2023 when Iyo Sky cashed in on her.

So the goal is to go after Iyo Sky and get that title back in 2024 for another great year. So if we’re talking Iyo, we’re also talking Damage Control, who definitely gave Bianca a run for her money. Is DMG CTRL in her rearview? Definitely not! She’s been fighting DMG CTRL for the past TWO years, they played a part in the cash-in, and they just had it out in WarGames. Now they’re even more dangerous, so Bianca has to have eyes in the back of her head. Understandable, because Bianca as the longEST reigning, that’s a great accomplishment. But what about specific moments from this year?

Definitely WrestleMania, going out to threepeat, and her entrance will stick with her for life. The Divas of Compton breaking it down in front of 70+ THOUSAND, that will be a moment for them all to remember, one of the most special. Well, eyes on the prize, so busiEST is gonna be a new accolade for Bianca. Tell us about the new show, Love & WWE: Bianca & Montez. Yes, the reality series of her and husband, Montez, comes out on Hulu starting February 2nd. Very excited for that, for the WWE to see it, and how it chronicles the road to WrestleMania, their busiest time of the year.

This shows the fans how they are outside the ring, how they navigate the work and life balance, she hopes everyone gets a chance to watch it. Corey says looking forward to 2024, what are the overall goals? Hands down, new Women’s Champion. Go back to WrestleMania for four in a row, UN-DE-FEA-TED at Mania. No big deal, right? Always go big. Then New Year’s Revolution, Mia Yim gets her shot at Iyo, how does Bianca see this going? Iyo has a big task on her hands as Michin brings it. Bianca wants Michin to win, but selfishly, Bianca wants to be the one to get it off Iyo because Iyo did it to Bianca. But who knows, we might get a new champion right away.

Jackie thanks Bianca for her time, Bianca really is the EST. Happy New Year! And speaking of Bianca’s issues with DMG CTRL, Kairi Sane & Asuka made the team stronger than ever, so Bianca recruited allies in Charlotte Flair, Shotzi Blackheart, and even Becky Lynch. The only way this could be settled was in… WARGAMES!

Women’s WarGames: Damage CTRL VS Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair, Shotzi Blackheart & Becky Lynch!

The sirens howl as these eight alluring and lethal ladies prepare to tear each other apart like harpies! As always, two start, members will be released every few minutes, and this can only end once all eight are in! Team EST has the advantage, will that help them tare down Bayley, Iyo Sky, Asuka & Kairi Sane? Or will the Role Model, Evil Genius, Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess be a far more cohesive unit?

But who will be the first two in? Well going by entrances, The Man comes around last, so she’ll enter for Team EST. She’s oddly also the only one not wearing hot pink anywhere… And from DMG CTRL, they’re all coming out together and in kabuki masks to show their solidarity. This keeps Team EST guessing, but it’s Bayley stepping up first. Bayley has a lot of swagger given she & DMG CTRL also won last night on SmackDown against Becky & Charlotte. The doors close, the bell rings, and we’re on the clock! Fans fire up as the two circle then tie up. Becky fires off hands, bumps Bayley off buckles, then off more buckles! And even more buckles!

Becky digs Bayley into the cage but Bayley turns things around. Becky fights back, and she goes for a corner. Bayley fights back and she smacks Becky off buckles! Fans boo, Bayley tells them to shut up, and she ROCKS Becky! Bayley ROCKS Becky again, runs, but Becky follows to CLOBBER Bayley! Fans fire up with Becky and she runs in at a corner. But Bayley puts Becky in the gap! Becky ROCKS Bayley, climbs, but Bayley ROCKS Becky back! Bayley climbs, Becky throws hands, and she shoves Bayley away. Becky adjusts to leap but Bayley gets under. Bayley then kicks low, CLUBS Becky, but Becky ROCKS Bayley!

They continue to throw forearms back and forth, and Chicago is on Becky’s side with every shot! Becky gets the edge, then UPPERCUTS, SOBATS and runs! But Bayley swings, only for Becky to dodge and CLOBBER Bayley! Fans cheer as Bayley goes to a corner. Becky runs in to forearm smash, and BECKSPLODER! Fans rally as Becky storms around and she drags Bayley up. Becky whips, Bayley reverses and sends Becky into steel! Bayley snarls, she drags Becky up and throws her into more steel! Becky writhes, fans boo, but Bayley just soaks it all up. Bayley then drags Becky up to CLUB her and TOSS her to the bridge between rings.

Bayley storms after Becky, fans duel, and Bayley suplexes. Becky fights, throws body shots, and we’re under two minutes. Bayley suplexes Becky onto the steel! Both women writhe into the ring on the right, and Bayley drags Becky up. Bayley CLUBS Becky, ROCKS her with a forearm, and then taunts Maggle. Bayley headlocks, but Becky throws body shots. Bayley CLUBS away on Becky, whips, but Becky reverses to send Bayley into steel! And she runs to DROPKICK Bayley into steel! Fans fire up as Becky keeps going, another DROPKICK! Becky has a DISARM-HER int he ropes! Bayley can’t tap, the match can’t end yet!

Wait! Dakota Kai is here! She JABS Becky with a kendo stick! Becky snarls, and she grabs the stick! But Bayley CLUBS Becky! Bayley fires off on Becky, Becky DECKS Bayley, but then Bayley drop toeholds Becky into the kendo stick! Fans want tables but we’re at 15 seconds left. Bayley has the kendo stick, she SMACKS Becky! And SMACKS! And SMACKS! Time’s up, and first out for Team EST is SHOTZI! The Wild Child runs down the ramp, but Bayley slams the door shut! She won’t let Shotzi get in, but Shotzi takes the door to SMACK Bayley with it! And then Shotzi finds CHAIRS! SO many chairs!

But then Shotzi digs deeper, and finds a trash can! Shotzi tosses all those in, but Chicago still wants a table! Shotzi storms into the ring, but Bayley has a chair! Shotzi BOOTS it into Bayley! Shotzi then runs up, Bayley puts her on the corner, but Shotzi BOOTS and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up as Shotzi wheelbarrows to victory roll FACEBUSTER! Bayley flounders and Shotzi gets a chair! Shotzi sits it up, gets the trash can out of the way so she can run and use the chair to FLYING CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Shotzi and she has a crazy grin. Bayley goes to the east ring, Shotzi runs to DIVE through ropes, but into a CUTTER!

Fans rally, Bayley and Becky fight over the kendo stick! Becky kicks low, then SMACKS Bayley! And SMACKS her again! Bayley is caught between a kendo stick and a steel chair! She goes up a corner, but gets SMACKED from all sides! She still manages to climb, so Shotzi & Becky go after her! Bayley has to remember, leaving the cage is a forfeit! She makes it to the top, but Becky & Shotzi drag her back down! We’re under a minute on the clock, Bayley fights desperately, but Shotzi & Becky dribble her off steel! But she hits them back! But Becky SMACKS Bayley off steel and she falls back! Becky & Shotzi see Bayley in position, and they coordinate.

Bayley flounders back to her feet, into a DOUBLE DOUBLE AX HANDLE! The countdown is back, DMG CTRL sets out the WWE Women’s Champion, Iyo Sky! Iyo hurries around, looks under the ring, and she brings out steel chains! Fans still want tables but Iyo SMACKS Becky and SMACKS Shotzi, then she wraps up Shotzi to TOSS her! Iyo does the same to Becky to TOSS her! But Becky lands on her feet and reels Iyo in to ROCK her! But Iyo HOTSHOTS Becky back! Becky & Shotzi go to the east ring, Iyo springboards to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up with Iyo as she has targets in opposite corners.

Iyo runs to METEORA Shotzi! METEORA for Becky! And then she calls to Bayley. They get the trash can, and everyone knows what Iyo has done with one of those before! Iyo goes up, Bayley hands off the can but Becky goes after Bayley! They brawl, Iyo sets the can down to help Bayley mug Becky. They put Becky up top and fire off hands. But Becky hits back! Bayley UPPERCUTS Becky, she and Iyo climb, but Becky fights them both! DMG CTRL mugs Becky, and they DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! But while Bayley & Iyo grin and stalk Shotzi, time is ticking away. DMG CTRL mugs Shotzi and bring her to the west ring.

Bayley fires off on Shotzi while Iyo gets the trash can. Bayley sits Shotzi down, coordinates with Iyo, and they hoist her up top. But we’re at 15 seconds! Bayley & Iyo climb up after Shotzi but Shotzi fights back! Time’s up, here comes Bianca Belair! The EST goes right in, she has two braids to SMACK both Bayley & Iyo! She LASHES each of them, fires off more shots on Iyo, and the fans fire up! Bianca drags Iyo up, whips her to a corner, but Iyo reverse! Bianca avoids the trash can to elbow Iyo! Bianca then hoists Iyo up, ALLEY-OOP onto the trash can! Fans fire up as Bianca and Bayley go chair vs hair! Bianca sends Bayley into buckles, then hits a SPINEBUSTER!

Bianca has Iyo in a corner and she climbs up to rain down fists! The fans fire up but Bayley stops Bianca from going to ten! They use the braids against her! DMG CTRL YANKIS Bianca down but Bianca backflips through! Bianca reels them in, to DOUBLE SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Shotzi then takes aim from up top! As does Becky! SUPER SPLASH and a MAN’S LEG DROP! Team EST stands tall and the fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” and now the clock runs out! DMG CTRL sends Kairi! She almost frolics her way down, and she decides to go looking for goodies. Fans cheer for tables, but Kairi has to go down deep to bring out… a trash can lid!

Kairi nods, brings the lid in, and she dodges Shotzi to BAKCHAND SMACK her with it! Then she gives the lid to Becky to DROPKICK it into her! Kairi and Bianca throw hands, Bianca whips but Kairi goes up and RANAS! And a SHOTGUN! Fans fire up for Kairi and she runs side to side, SLIDING D into the steel! Fans rally as Kairi marches, and Iyo scoops Shotzi to SLAM! Kairi joins the others as Bayley & Iyo bury Shotzi in steel chairs! They mug Becky, SMACK her with that trash can lid, and then Kairi runs to get a boost from Iyo! FULL METAL ELBOW DROP onto Shotzi! Kairi salutes and soaks up the heat while Shotzi writhes.

DMG CTRL mugs Bianca, Kairi keeping her in the east ring. Kairi goes up but Bianca ROCKS her! Kairi hits back, they brawl, and fans anticipate what’s coming with the clock counting down. But then Bianca lifts Kairi to TOSS her onto Bayley & Iyo! Fans rally for EST as all of DMG CTRL is down! Bianca gets herself a chair, as does Becky, and they just SMACK whoever sits up! Kairi hits Becky in return, then so does Iyo! Bayley turns things around on Bianca to SMACK her, DMG CTRL is taking control! But we’re under 15 seconds, and the fans “WOO~!” Last in for Team EST is The Queen! Charlotte hurries right in and she BOOTS Kairi!

Charlotte catches Bayley into a BACKBREAKER and BUCKLE SHOT! Then she catches Iyo to FALL AWAY SLAM her into Bayley! Kairi gets up but Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Charlotte CHOPS away on Iyo now! Kairi returns, Charlotte scoops her, and fans fire up for the FALL AWAY SLAM into the steel! Fans fire up but Iyo BOOTS Charlotte! And FLYING- NO, Charlotte turns rana into BOMB into the steel!! Kairi & Bayley attack Charlotte together, and TOSS her to the east ring. They storm in after her, and Iyo even gets the chains. Fans still want tables but Charlotte is sent to a corner. Charlotte goes up and to the bridge to then BOOT everyone back!

Charlotte hurries up a corner, and she DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTERS! Fans fire up as Charlotte and Becky stare down! They’re on the same team, though! But then Iyo & Kairi shove them into each other! Iyo hits them with the chain, but Becky fires off on Kairi! Charlotte fireman’s carries Iyo, and she goes up a corner as Becky fights Kairi and Bayley! Dakota panics as Charlotte goes up with Iyo, and Bianca RAMS Bayley into buckles! Charlotte wants to go to the very top!? Iyo fights using the chain! Iyo sends Charlotte down, then finishes climbing to the very top! Fans fire up and Iyo lets the chain down so Dakota can grab it!

Wait, that chain has a hook on it! Dakota hooks it up to a trash can! Iyo drags the can up to the top to join her! Fans fire up as Iyo looks to recreate her signature WarGames moment! Iyo stands on the very top, puts the trash can on like it’s armor, and she SUPER TRASH CROSSBODIES EVERYONE!!! The fans are thunderously losing their minds, and the countdown is under 15 seconds! Last but certainly not least, it’s ASUKA!! And truly, no one is ready! Asuka says chotto matte, and she looks under the ring. KENDO STICKS! Fans are disappointed, those aren’t tables. But wait! MORE kendo sticks. Chicago doesn’t like this trolling.

But then wait! A TABLE!!! Dakota helps load the table in and Chicago is finally happy! Oh, and a fire extinguisher for good measure. And then the bell rings again, because now, “Let the WarGames begin!!” The kendo sticks are handed out to DMG CTRL, and they’re like hyenas looking at easy prey. DMG CTRL storms in and they fire off! “This is Awesome!” as Team EST can only take the shots! Becky still hits back but Asuka CLUBS her down! Iyo uses that chain to wrap Becky and Bianca up together! Asuka & Kairi are very excited for this as DMG CTRL all take corners. Ichi, ni, san, SHI NE!! QUADRUPLE DROPKICKS!!

Fans are stunned as DMG CTRL unties Becky & Bianca and then put Becky in what’s left of that trash can. Fans rally up as Asuka goes up, but Shotzi is after her! Asuka BLUE MISTS Shotzi!! Shotzi falls and Asuka gets even more fired up! TRASH CAN MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!!! Becky survives and Bayley can’t believe it! But then DMG CTRL keeps everyone down with clubbing shots. Fans want that table to come into play, so the Kabuki Warriors say okay! They set that up, Bayley supervising. Iyo SMACKS Team EST with the kendo sticks while the table is standing. DMG CTRL then pick out someone from Team EST to bring over.

Iyo & Bayley haul Charlotte onto a corner, Kairi SMACKS Becky but Becky hits back! Bianca DECKS Asuka! Becky & Bianca help Charlotte by getting Bayley & Iyo for DOUBLE POWERBOMBS! Fans fire up and Charlotte thinks a moment. Charlotte goes up top!! Fans are thunderous as Charlotte SUPER ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!! Down goes everyone!! Cover on Bayley, TWO!!! Charlotte is a bit surprised but fans are still losing their minds over what she just did! Charlotte drags Bayley up but Bayley fires forearms! Becky fires off on Bayley and then Charlotte BOOTS Bayley! They get Iyo together, to DOUBLE SUPLEX!

Fans fire up as they also get Kairi! DOUBLE POWERBOMB! The Man & The Queen are fired up, and they HUG!! Dakota panics, but then Iyo & Asuka roll them up! TWO, and then HIP TOSS into an ARMBAR! FIGURE FOUR on Iyo!! Then FIGURE EIGHT!!! DMG CTRL endures, but Kairi is up top! Bayley MACHO ELBOWS Charlotte, Kairi InSANE ELBOW, onto knees!! Becky has a DISARM-HER!! But Bayley KNEES Becky down!! Bianca ROCKS Bayley, and Electric Chair Lifts Asuka! Shotzi is up top, MISSILE DROPKICK DOOMSDAY!! Cover, Bayley breaks it! All eight women are down and the fans fire up again!

Becky and her team hurry to the west ring, and Bianca finds that extinguisher. Becky and Kairi brawl, Becky ducks the uraken to ROCK and REVERSE DDT! But Bayley kicks low, ROSE PLANT!! But Shotzi BOOTS Bayley, and cravats, SLICED BREAD! Shotzi ducks the blue mist, Bianca BLASTS Asuka with the extinguisher smoke! But Iyo SMACKS Bianca down! Shotzi TIGER PLEXES Iyo! Kairi TRASH CAN LID URAKENS Shotzi! Charlotte BOOTS Kairi! Charlotte aims, runs in, but Bayley takes the SPEAR for Kairi!! But Shotzi is back up top! SUPER SENTON onto Bayley! Bianca torture racks her, and Becky is up top!

The table is put in position while Bianca hits a KISS OF DEATH!! And then Bianca hands Bayley off to Becky! SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM through the table!!! Cover, Team EST wins!!!

Winners: Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair, Shotzi Blackheart & Becky Lynch, by pinfall

Now THAT was Big Time revenge!! The EST, the Queen, the Wild Child & The Man all stood together, united against DMG CTRL, and they stand tall in the end! Is this the end of DMG CTRL once and for all? Will this be just the start of big things for Bianca, Charlotte, Shotzi & Becky?

 

DMG CTRL speaks.

Bayley says not to dwell on the past. Talk about the good in 2023! Iyo Sky becoming WWE Women’s Champion! Kairi Sane returning to stand side-by-side with Iyo! And Bayley’s personal favorite, Asuka deciding to join her own to help DMG CTRL! That put them above everyone else! Dakota says not only that, at New Year’s Revolution, Iyo grants Michin her biggest opportunity yet, only to crush her. Mia got lucky pinning Iyo in that 8 Woman Tag, so Iyo will show everyone why this is HER title! Asuka & Kairi say they’re going back for titles of their own! In translation, 2024 is gonna be DMG CTRL’s biggest year yet! These five are all laughing now, but will they have the last laugh?

 

WWE remembers Bray Wyatt.

One of the most unique personas in professional wrestling, we look back on the legacy of a man who touched us all with his passion, creativity and spirit. #ThankYouBray then, now and forever.

 

SmackDown returns to Jackie & Corey.

WWE in Baltimore was wild, because even Steve Aoki showed up! And Motor City revved it up for the Holiday Tour, as did Madison Square Garden. They shattered gate records for non-televised events, highlighted by CM Punk’s return to MSG in over a decade, and the thanks he gave to the fans.

 

Nick Aldis speaks.

“Safe to say that 2023 has been a banner year for the blue brand, and yours truly is so proud to be the General Manager of SmackDown. But 2024 is shaping up to be a whole different level. Because I’m kicking it off with a big, big bang at New Year’s Revolution. Iyo Sky defends the Women’s Championship against Michin, the finals of the United States Championship tournament with Kevin Owens and Santos Escobar, and then the Triple Threat match. LA Knight, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, the winner gets Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble.” But then Pretty Deadly walk in, say hello, and compliment Aldis on his job. A true British icon!

But they’d also like to add a pretty suggestion. Instead of Kit & Elton VS “Butch” Pete Dunne and a partner of his choice, this could be the opportunity to have Pretty Deadly VS The Undisputed Tag Team Champions! Yes, Finn & Priest against the team with the right amount of hair and right amount of flair. Aldis bets it’d be for the titles, right? Yes, he gets it! Aldis can see it. All it takes is a #YesBoy. Well, Aldis is feeling festive, so NO. They WILL face Dunne and his partner, and that is final. Then he’s just made a big mistake. BIG! HUGE! Aldis glares and Pretty Deadly runs away. Will Kit & Elton just have to worry about whatever big surprise Dunne has planned for them?

 

We return to Jackie & Corey.

Did Kit & Elton just get rejected? #YESBOY~! Stop it… She couldn’t resist. Corey says that is no way to treat future tag team champions. Y’know who wouldn’t stand for that? The social media sensation, Logan Paul. The Maverick is no stranger to going viral, knocking out opponents and signing Super Bowl MVP, Patrick Mahomes, to an endorsement deal for his energy drink brand, Prime! Corey wishes he’d get an offer like that. But the Logan Paul brand skyrocketed this year, so the only thing left was to win WWE gold. And that all came to a head at Crown Jewel.

WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Logan Paul!

The King of Lucha Libre has faced the Maverick before, and lost. But Logan himself said that was already awhile ago. Will Rey make sure to make up for that defeat? Or will that #OneLuckyPunch land and win Logan the gold he’s always wanted?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who returns stateside as America’s champion!

The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for Rey and the two tie up. Logan powers Rey to a corner, then lets off to pat Rey on the head. Fans boo but Rey shakes that off. The two circle, Rey gets around to waistlock, but Logan moves around. Logan wrenches free and knuckle locks, to then RAM shoulders with Rey. And again, and then another wrench for a straight arm lever! Logan drops Rey but holds onto the knuckle lock. Rey fights up to kick, and kick, but Logan knees low. Logan turns, throws Rey, but Rey lands out! Rey has Logan on a monkey flip, Logan gets up but Rey sunset flips over! Logan rolls through, Rey rolls him up!

Logan gets free, kicks low again, and he TOSSES Rey to a corner. But Rey ELBOWS back! And BOOTS! Rey goes up, leaps and RANAS Logan to the other corner! Rey then goes after an arm, but Logan scrambles free of the crossface. Fans boo as Logan bails out, but the ring count climbs. Logan hurries back into the ring, and he resets with Rey. They tie up, Logan waistlocks but Rey wrenches to a waistlock of his own. Logan elbows free, whips Rey to ropes, then hurdles, drops and- NO, Rey avoids the dropkick, then applauds. Fans cheer along, but Logan rolls his eyes. Logan swings, Rey dodges and returns to tilt-o-whirl RANA!

Logan’s on ropes and Rey dials it up! But Logan dumps Rey out! Rey ROCKS Logan in the back, ROCKS him in the face, then goes up top. Rey leaps to CROSSBODY, but Logan rolls and lifts! Fireman’s carry, CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Logan hauls Rey back up, ROLLING SENTON! Then the LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Rey is still in this but Logan keeps cool. Logan storms up on Rey, throws body shots again and again, but lets off as the ref counts. Logan fires off more shots, then knees low! Logan whips corner to corner, Rey bounces off buckles and falls at Logan’s feet! Logan smirks while fans boo, and Logan talks trash on the champ.

Logan drags Rey up, reels him in to whip again, then waistlocks to SLAM Rey down! Logan holds on but Rey fights around. Logan leans on a rear bearhug, but the fans rally up. Rey fights around, gets to his feet, and fans continue to rally. Rey throws elbows, stomps a foot, and Rey runs to then KICK Logan! Rey ROCKS Logan with forearm after forearm, then whips. Logan reverses and scoops, BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rey is still in this and Logan is annoyed. Logan drags Rey up, and trophy lifts him! Fans boo as Logan does presses, before the DROP! Logan mocks the Ultimate Warrior, runs and runs and WARRIOR SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Logan is frustrated now, but the fans rally up for Rey. Rey rises, Logan aims and clamps on the bearhug! Logan thrashes Rey but Rey endures. Logan thrashes Rey more but the fans continue to rally. Rey refuses to quit, and he throws elbows on Logan! Rey is free but Logan knees low! Logan then gut wrenches to a Canadian Rack! But Rey fights and arm-drags Logan away! Rey runs up, but Logan RAMS him into the corner! Logan RAMS Rey again and again, then lets off as the ref counts. Logan talks trash as he goes to the far side, then he storms back up on Rey to fire off hands!

Logan stands Rey up, runs corner to corner, but Rey dodges! Logan POSTS himself and falls to the floor! Rey then builds speed and he DIVES to take Logan down! Fans fire up as both men are on the floor! A ring count starts, Rey puts Logan in, and then Rey climbs a corner. Rey leaps to SEATED SENTON! And he keeps moving, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Logan’s tougher than that, but Rey Oklahoma Rolls! TWO! Rey has the arm, steps through, LA MAGISTROL! TWO! Rey pushes Logan around, steps over again, and ghost pins, TWO! Logan escapes another pinfall but Rey doesn’t lose his cool.

Fans rally for Rey and he waistlocks. Logan fights, goes to ropes, and he HOTSHOTS Rey away! Logan slingshots, BUCKSHOT! Cover, TWO! Logan didn’t hit it as clean as he wanted and that might’ve saved Rey. Logan waits on Rey to stand up, says he has to end it, and he prepares that metal enforced fist! Rey ducks, dodges, tilt-o-whirls, and wrangles Logan into a CROSSFACE! Logan endures as Rey pulls on the bad arm! Logan claws his way around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Rey lets go in frustration but he KICKS Logan in the side. Rey eggs Logan on, and KICKS him again! And CLUBS him! Rey runs, springboards, but Logan manages to catch Rey!

Logan spins to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rey goes to the apron, Logan drags him up, and they go up the corner. Fans rally for Rey and he throws elbows! Rey HEADBUTTS Logan off the corner, then adjusts. Fans fire up, but Logan springs right up to CLUB away on Rey! Logan then scoops Rey, for a SUPER FALL AWAY MOONSAULT!! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and fans fire up again! Logan gets up and he eggs the fans on even! Logan goes to a corner, climbs up, and gives some Latino Heat. But Rey avoids the Frog Splash! Logan kicks low, gets Rey up, but Rey RANAS Logan onto the ropes!

Fans fire up as Rey dials it up, but Logan blocks the call! Logan throws hands on Rey, but then Rey gets loose to GAMANGIRI! Rey goes up and fans fire up, but Logan anchors Rey’s feet! Logan CLUBS Rey, goes up to get under, but Rey throws hands! Rey spins around to SUPER SUNSET BOMB!! Logan hobbles up, into a CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Logan survives being thrown around and flounders to the apron. Wait, Logan’s friend slips him brass knuckles!? Flashback to SummerSlam and how Logan cheated Ricochet! Fans boo, Rey stands, but Rey POSTS Logan first! The knuckles fall to the floor!

Logan panics, his friend scurries over, but WAIT! Santos Escobar is there to stop him!! Fans fire up as the Emperor has Rey’s back! Santos scares Logan’s pal off, but he leaves the knuckles behind! Rey DROPKICKS Logan to ropes, and Logan finds the knuckles! Rey dials it up, 619!! Rey springboards, into a BRASS KNUCKLE PUNCH!!! Cover, Logan wins!!

Winner: Logan Paul, by pinfall (NEW WWE United States Champion)

Fans boo as the Maverick cheats to win his first WWE title! The ends may justify the means for the ImPAULsive Influencer, but will the LWO come back for revenge?

 

Cut to a few weeks later…

Santos Escobar subtly helping Logan Paul was because Santos secretly hated Rey Mysterio for taking the US Championship opportunity for his own, and then siding with an “outsider” like Carlito over Santos! The Emperor of Lucha turned on the King of Lucha, injured him, hoped Rey would lose the leg and never return to the WWE! He left the LWO in shambles, injured Carlito, defeated Dragon Lee TWICE, and now has new hermanos in Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo. He has revealed his true colors, will he look to make 2024 the Year of Legado?

 

Rey Mysterio joins the show!

Jackie & Corey welcome Rey via video, as he is recuperating at home. How is that, by the way? Going great, he looks forward to returning and taking care of business. 2023 had highs, lows, ebbs, flows and everything in between. But what sticks out to Rey the most? Oh, c’mon. That’s an easy question. The unfortunate answer is what Santos did to him and the LWO. It has occurred to Rey over his WWE career, he always picks the wrong partners. But all things will be told when the time is right. Then what does Rey think of Santos’ new alignment with Angel y Humberto? Rey admits, he saw that one coming once Santos betrayed him.

But Rey doesn’t sweat it. He has LWO, he has people he trusts, and this will be taken care of sooner or later. Jackie says Rey’s been in the business a long time, seen it all, but what does he think about his Hall of Fame induction this year? A highlight for sure, but an interesting situation given the fallout with his son, Dominik. When he looks back, what does all that mean to him? Rey says it was hard to see, out the corner of his eye, Dom get up and just walk out. That was hurtful. But at the same time, these are reoccurring events. Rey has already set his heart in stone for situations like this, so he just powers through and keeps moving forward

Jackie does wanna keep talking about this thing with Dom. Not only did he betray Rey, but he’s become one of the most hated superstars in the WWE today. Will Dom ever find his way back? Rey truly hopes so as a father. Deep down, Rey gives Dom credit for what he’s accomplished. Yes, he turned his back on Rey, but his growth in ring has been tremendous, can’t take that away from him. Then to the man who dethroned Dom, one Dragon Lee. What does Rey see in 2024 for Dragon? “That kid is a superstar. I totally endorse him as the future of Lucha Libre. I truly believe that. I see a lot of young Rey Mysterio in him.

“He steps into the ring every time, willing to give it all. He’s incredible. He’s unique, he’s very creative. I really enjoy watching Dragon Lee when he steps into that ring.” And that means a lot coming from Rey, who has faced the best of the best. Now, to Logan Paul. They had a huge match at Crown Jewel. Logan’s tactics may be questionable, but what does Rey think of Logan as a superstar? Logan’s doing what he needs to do for himself to become the star that he is now, and Rey gives him credit. Can’t take anything away from him, either. Is there unfinished business when it comes to the title?

Oh, most definitely. Rey’s 2024 list starts with Santos, Dom, and Logan. You wanna get added to the list, just jump on board. Jackie likes this Naughty List getting in full swing. All the best, Happy New Year, can’t wait to have you back. Rey thanks them for that and hopes to be back soon.

 

SmackDown returns once again.

Jackie says that for all the surprises of 2023, there is one thing that remained constant: The dominance of the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. The Tribal Chief has held this title for an astonishing 1216 DAYS, the longest reign in roughly 40 YEARS! Corey does note it has been with help from The Bloodline. But the Head of the Table has defeated every challenger put in front of him. But recently, the reign has become a perilous one, especially with the return of The Viper. Randy Orton was out for 18 MONTHS thanks to what The Bloodline did to him. Plus, LA Knight skyrocketed to the top in 2023, and there is yet one more superstar who wants after Roman.

The Phenomenal AJ Styles returned just two weeks ago, technically making the save for Randy Orton & LA Knight, but really just making his presence known. Styles inserted himself into a crowded field of challengers but… Oh, Paul Heyman is here in person. No one warned Jackie or Corey, but Corey welcomes The Wise Man. Well, no better person to ask then. Roman Reigns has switched from hunter to hunted with Orton, Knight AND Styles all breathing down his neck. Is he starting to feel the heat? Yes. Ok… Has Roman’s preparation changed at all then? Yes. And of the three, does Roman have a preference? For what?

Uh, well, maybe one is a bigger threat. No, they’re just three top challengers all qualified to be a world champion, all coming after the number one box office attraction in the history of sports entertainment, that is enough for Heyman, for The Wise Man, to be concerned. Then Jackie is curious on Heyman’s thoughts on Jimmy Uso, and how Jimmy must be feeling after Solo Sikoa was deemed The Tribal Heir. Heyman says now things get personal. Corey says this is usually where Heyman calls Roman. But instead, Heyman calls Jimmy! The call goes through, Jimmy says what up, OG! What’s the deal?

Check it, Jimmy heard Corey and everybody talking about Jimmy hating on his little brother and his Tribal Chief. No, ’tis the season! Have you been naughty or nice? Everything is nice over here! So to answer the questions, is Roman Reigns scared of Knight? NO. Of Orton? HELL NO! Roman ain’t thinking about any of that, y’all. He is home, sitting by the fireplace with roasted chestnuts and eggnog. You think he’s tripping about y’all? No! In fact, Jimmy wants to call Roman and ask him if he’s enjoying his nog. Happy New Year, y’all! Solo Sikoa texts. Deuces, Uces! Jimmy hangs up, and Corey says, “So there’s that.”

Jackie says it is all nice. There is a lot to look forward to in 2024. After all that, Jackie can’t wait for next Friday, SmackDown: New Year’s Revolution. We will find out who is Roman’s next challenger at the Royal Rumble. But at this past year’s Royal Rumble, Cody Rhodes won to punch his ticket to WrestleMania 39 to capture the one title that has alluded the Rhodes Family. The American Nightmare had his shot, but did he #FinishHisStory?

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman & Solo Sikoa VS Cody Rhodes!

And it all comes down to this. The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the reigning, defending Universal Champion of 945 DAYS wants the world to ACKNOWLEDGE him. But the American Nightmare says Roman is going to acknowledge HIM! Will Cody Rhodes #FinishTheStory? Or will there still be some gold on the Island of Relevancy?

Cody has a new jacket for the occasion, and he hugs his wife and daughter ringside. He also gives his weight belt to Brodie Lee Jr, sone of the late, great Brodie Lee/Luke Harper. As for Roman, he has six live pianists playing the opening to his song! Roman has the Wise Man and the Enforcer with him, as he raises the belts for the pyro. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is truly ready to be The Guy!

Roman hears the fans chanting for Cody but he has them all quiet down. Heyman hands over the mic, and Roman grins as he says, “WrestleMania! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Heyman and Solo finally step out of the ring, the bell rings, and fans fire up even more. Roman and Cody step to each other and stare down. Fans are going nuts, and then Roman smirks. Roman and Cody circle, Roman mocks Cody a bit, then they tie up. They go around, Cody headlocks, then spins and hammerlocks. Roman gets the ropebreak, and he grins as he wags his finger. Cody lets off quickly and cleanly while fans boo Roman.

Roman and Cody reset, but Roman is almost swaggering as they circle. They tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks again. Roman powers up and carries Cody, but Cody uses that to hit a takeover! Fans fire up while Cody squeezes tight. Roman fights to his feet, fans rally for Cody, but Roman powers out of the hold. Cody slides under, kicks low, RHODES UPPERCUT! Roman staggers, is furious, and he bails out! Fans boo while Heyman talks with Roman. Heyman says Cody is here because of Roman. Who is the relevant one? The fans paid for Roman to face anyone, it just happens to be Cody, so SMASH him!

Roman takes his time returning, but Cody keeps his focus. The two go again, Roman waistlocks but Cody switches. Roman elbows free, Cody staggers, and Roman whips to CLOBBER Cody! Fans are torn between cheers and jeers as Roman holds up the finger. He the one, and he throws lariats in the corner! Roman goes all the way to TEN, then runs, but Cody dodges the boot to DROPKICK! Cody hurries to cover, ONE!! Roman frowns but Cody clamps onto the armlock. Roman endures as Cody steps over to put on the pressure. Cody then wrenches Roman’s arm, YANKS it, then CLUBS the arm!

Cody YANSK the arm again, headlocks and punches! Cody runs, springboards, but Roman catches him! POWERBOMB! Cody writhes, Roman covers, TWO! Cody’s Beautiful Disaster almost became a disaster, but he and Roman stand again. Roman CLUBS Cody, ROCKS him, then KNEES him down! Roman puts Cody on the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Roman lets off at 4, and he glares at the ref. Fans rally up, Roman brings Cody around to snap suplex! Cover, ONE!! Cody surprises Roman now, nut then he grins. Roman drags Cody back up, to snap suplex hard! Cody writhes and Roman waves at Brandi Rhodes.

Roman stalks Cody to a corner, brings him up and around, to TOSS him up and out! But Cody skins the cat! Cody TOSSES Roman out! Then Cody goes to the apron, but Roman blocks the kick! Roman trips Cody and Cody hits the apron hard! Roman brings Cody up off the floor, and TOSSES him up the ramp! Cody writhes on the hardwood, only for Roman to scoop and SLAM him onto it! Roman goes back to the ring to refresh the count, and then he has Solo follow him. The ref restarts the count as Roman toys with Cody. Roman scoops Cody, but Cody slips free to scoop Roman! Cody SLAMS Roman on the ramp!

Fans fire up as Cody stalks Roman. Solo backs off as Cody CLUBS Roman around the way. Cody ROCKS Roman, CLUBS him again, but Roman throws body shots! Roman goes to bump but Cody bumps Roman off the apron instead! Cody refreshes the count, CLUBS Roman and throws down hands! Cody drags Roman up, throws him into the ring, but Solo is lurking! Solo grabs a chair and JAMS Cody!! The ref misses it while checking Roman and the fans boo. Roman pretends to be surprised by that. Roman hurries out, to hit the DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Cody staggers away, Roman puts Cody in the ring. Cover, TWO!

Roman is annoyed again as Cody is still in this. Roman hurries to cravat and grind Cody down. Cody endures the neck wrench and fights up. Cody throws body shots and gets free. Cody ROCKS Roman with a forearm, runs, but Solo trips him up! The ref misses it again! Roman LARIATS Cody inside-out! Cover, TWO! Roman grows further annoyed that Cody is still in this. Cody goes to ropes, drags himself up, and Roman is almost amused now. Roman stalks Cody, brings him around and whips him corner to corner hard! Cody stumbles and falls, clutching his ribs. Fans boo and give thumbs down but Roman just shrugs it off.

Roman brings Cody up, TOSSES him out, and the ref watches Solo closely this time. Roman goes out and he clears off the announce desk! Actually, desks! Both English and Spanish announce desk are cleared, and Roman SMACKS Cody off one. Roman refreshes the ring count and even tells the ref to shut up or else. Roman gets on the desk with Cody, raises the finger, and grins as the fans boo. Roman brings Cody up, but Cody fights the lift! Cody back drops Roman through the English announce desk!! Fans are thunderous while Roman writhes in the wreckage! Heyman is freaking out as Cody refreshes the ring count.

Cody hobbles over and fetches Roman from the wreckage. Cody puts Roman in, but Roman ROCKS Cody! Roman runs, Cody follows, and ROCKS Roman! Kick, RHODES UPPERCUT! Roman runs at Cody, Cody goes up and over in the corner to then POWERSLAM! The fans are thunderous again as Cody springboards, CODY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman survives but Cody isn’t shocked. He might be frustrated, but he isn’t shocked. Fans rally as Cody stomps Roman around, legs then arms then chest. Roman flops out of the ring, so Cody just builds speed! Cody DIVES! Direct hit into the barriers!

Roman flops down as fans fire up again! Roman crawls, sputters, but Cody brings him up and around, back into the ring. Cody goes to the apron, but Solo WHIPS Cody with his weight belt!! Solo snatched that from Brodie Lee Jr?! But the ref HEARD that, and so he EJECTS Solo!! Fans are thunderous but Solo is furious! Solo throws a fit, but he has no choice but to leave, and that worries Heyman even more! But Roman grabs the weight belt now! Fans boo, the ref tells Roman not to, and they fight over it. Roman has the belt, but Cody SUPERKICKS! And then CROSS RHODES!! Cover, TWO!?!?

Now Cody might be a bit shocked that Roman survives. Fans sure are, and are rallying up again. Cody brings Roman back up, but Roman is deadweight! Cody forces Roman up, but Roman JAWBREAKERS! And HEADBUTTS! And CLUBS Cody on the neck! And again! Heyman feels a bit better now but he still clutches the lei as he stresses. Roman TOSSES Cody, but Cody again skins the cat! Only for Roman to catch him! But Cody slips free, only for Roman to hit a ROCK BOTTOM!! Cover, TWO!!!! Cody survives Roman’s reference to his other cousin! Roman frowns but nods, understanding Cody is tougher than that.

Roman goes to a corner as the fans boo. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in, SUPERMAN- NO, Cody slips around it! TO underhook and PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!!! Roman survives Cody’s shoutout to The Game! Cody is frustrated and he punches himself for not finishing it here. Fans rally back up and Cody is feeding off it! Cody brings Roman up, but Roman shoves him away! Cody ducks, BEAUTIFUL- SUPERMAN PUNCH!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Cody still survives and now Roman is beside himself! Heyman thought it was over, but he was wrong. Even so, he tells Roman that this is still all his! Does Roman believe that?

Fans believe “This is Awesome!” but Heyman says Cody is ready to lose now. Roman lets out the battle cry, and he runs in, into a sunset flip! TWO!! Cody tackles Roman, “WOO~!” and FIGURE FOUR!! Roman endures as Cody thrashes the leglock! Roman’s shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up! He’s down again, ONE as he turns to his side! Roman keeps trying, Cody fights to keep it on, but Roman turns it over! Cody hurries and crawls to the ROPEBREAK! The Figure Four is undone but the damage was done. Fans are still thunderous while Roman clutches his legs and Cody goes to the apron.

Cody stands, but Roman ROCKS him! Cody ROCKS Roman back, but Roman ROCKS Cody again! They go back and forth, haymaker for haymaker, the fans on Cody’s side! Cody hits low, throws another haymaker, but Roman runs in! Cody HOTSHOTS Roman away! Cody hurries up top, but Roman gets under the leap! Cody runs, into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? Roman is in utter disbelief as Cody survives again! Roman paces, talks to himself, talks some trash on Cody, then he starts raining down fists! Fans boo as the fists turn into forearms! Roman lets off, paces around some more, and he says he’s gonna whoop Cody’s ass.

Roman says it’s done, and he brings Cody up. Into the GUILLOTINE!! Roman squeezes the air out of Cody but fans rally even harder. Cody is still on his feet, but he’s turning red! Cody’s fading! Cody drops to a knee, and the ref checks him. CODY COMES BACK TO LIFE! Roman is shocked as Cody fights up, so Roman jumps to put on the body scissors! Roman has Cody down on the mat! But Cody still pries at the hold! Fans rally as hard as they can, and Cody keeps fighting! Cody powers out of the hold! And he rains down forearms in return!! Fans are electric with every shot, and Heyman is speechless!

Roman shoves Cody away, Cody runs in, the BOOT hits the REF! SUPERMAN PUNCH!! LARIAT!!! Both men are down!! Fans are electric as both men slowly stir. Cody sits up first, still catching his breath. Fans fire up as Cody looks to the heavens. Cody then looks at Roman and tells him to get up. Roman stands, Cody dragon sleepers, but THE USOS DOUBLE SUPERKICK!!! Of course! Jimmy & Jey may not be champions anymore, but they’re gonna help Roman stay champion! ONE AND DONE for Cody!!! But here come Kevin & Sami!! The NEW champions brawl with the Usos, and the fans are going nuts!

Sami CLOBBERS Jey out of the ring, Kevin TOSSES Jimmy! Roman sees he’s alone, he gets a STUNNER! And then, a HELLUVA KICK!! But the Usos return! The brawl is back on, it spills out of the ring and into the crowd! Cody and Roman are both down, but Cody crawls his way to a cover! The ref returns, he starts the count, TWO!?!?!?! Roman is still in this and Hollywood is about to take off into space! Fans rally up behind Cody again as he sits back up. Cody drags Roman up, and throws a haymaker! Roman gives it back! Cody throws another, so Roman HEADBUTTS! Cody ROCKS Roman, Roman ROCKS Cody!

Cody UPPERCUTS Roman! Roman ROCKS Cody! Cody kicks, Roman rebounds, and Roman kicks. Cody ROCKS Roman, Roman ROCKS Cody! They keep going back and forth, Roman UPPERCUTS! Cody ROCKS Roman! Roman UPPERCUTS! Roman reloads, SJUPER- JAB! JAB! JAB! And again and again and again! Cody flips, flops, and BIONIC ELBOWS! RHODES UPPERCUT! And then the dragon sleeper! CROSS RHODES!!! But he holds on!!! CROSS RHODES!!! But he still holds on! Heyman shouts at the ref, the ref tells him to get down, but SOLO RETURNS! Solo SAMOAN SPIKES Cody!! Roman runs to SPEAR!!!! Cover, Roman wins!!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Universal Champion)

That should really be by assist, because without Solo, Roman wouldn’t have even be champion after Clash of the Castle! The Bloodline ruins the story, but they keep themselves on top. Will nothing stop the Tribal Chief from reigning as Head of the Table past 950 Days? Past 1000 days? Past however many days are left in Roman’s career until he retires?

 

Get ready for New Year’s Knockout Week!

Monday Night Raw: Day One! NXT New Year’s Evil! And SmackDown: New Year’s Revolution! Major titles and title opportunities are on the line, will WWE’s landscape change right at the start of 2024?


My Thoughts:

Another very good recap show to give superstars time off, and another great selection of matches and moments. Sure was a lot of Bloodline, but The Bloodline was also a major highlight of this year. Great appearance by Heyman and Jimmy to also play up the dysfunction slowly growing within the Bloodline, can’t wait to see where the story goes from here. Good promos from everyone else, as well, such as DMG CTRL reiterating their goal, and Pretty Deadly getting told to just take the match that’s coming. I really hope Dunne gets Tyler Bate to join him on SmackDown, it is time for British Strong Style to get in on the tag title discussion.


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/22/24)

It’s a mix and match night!

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A Block Round 7, but B Block Round 6!

It’s a little complicated, but A Block’s going again while B Block’s getting back up. Point is, Best of the Super Juniors 31 is in the home stretch!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack; wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors; wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian; wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO; wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points

 

BREAKING NEWS for Francesco Akira!

As reported by NJPW just yesterday, The Nova Fireball’s knee injury has taken him out of the tournament. The remaining matches he was scheduled to have will now be scored as “loss by forfeit,” and the points have already been awarded. Therefore…

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 4-1, 8 points
DOUKI: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 3-2, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Titan VS Kosei Fujita!

El Inmortal is still alive in the block, but the Ichiban Young Punk needs this win! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but do they still fall short? Or will Fujita ruin Titan’s chances of returning to the finals?

The bell rings, they tie up, then break. They tie up again, Fujita wrenches and wrenches and wristlocks. Titan rolls, kips up, bridges back to handspring again, then he arm-drags free. Fujita runs up into a sweep, cover, ONE! Fujita sweeps to cover, ONE! Titan kips up again and the fans cheer. Titan and Fujita reset, tie up, and Titan trips Fujita. Titan runs, cartwheels over Fujita, then dodges him, Fujita stops himself, Titan runs in but Fujita puts him on the apron. Titan blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY! The fans fire up and Titan DROPKICKS Fujita down!

Fujita bails out, Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions keep Fujita from hitting the front row! Titan clutches his arm, it still beat up from last night. Titan roars and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Titan drags Fujita up, puts him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Fujita’s still in this and the fans applaud. Titan stomps Fujita, drags him up, and then fireman’s carries. Fujita fights free, fires a forearm, but Titan gives it back. They go back and forth, the fans rally up, and Fujita kicks low. Fujita throws forearms, but Titan SUPERKICKS! Fujita HEEL KICKS! Fujita runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge!

Titan then CALF KICKS and whips. Fujita reverses to LEG LARIAT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Fujita goes to ropes on one side, Titan goes to the other. Fujita runs in to STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita keeps moving and he PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up and Fujita drags Titan up. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips, but Titan blocks. Fujita ROCKS Titan, whips him but Titan reverses to TORNADO DDT! The fans fire up again and rally as Titan pounds the mat. Titan roars and rises, then drags Fujita around to step through and deathlock! But Fujita rolls it back, slips free, and he hooks Titan up now! CROSS CAMEL!

Titan reaches out, but Fujita gets the arms! QUEEN ANGELITO, but Titan fights to the ROPEBREAK! The fans fire up and Fujita roars! Fujita goes to a corner, aims at Titan and runs in, but Titan BOOTS! Fujita blocks that to ROCK Titan with a forearm! Fujita runs but Titan follows! LOCO LARIAT! The fans fire up and Titan goes to the apron! Titan climbs the corner, DIVING- NO, Fujita avoids the stomps! Titan comes back, but Fujita GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fujita can’t keep the bridge because of the bad arm, but he just deadlifts Titan for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging this time, TWO! Titan survives but Fujita isn’t done!

Fujita waistlocks again, deadlifts again, but Titan fights the suplex with elbows! Titan runs, wheelbarrows, then rolls through to get the legs! Deathlock, JAVE INMORTAL!! Fujita endures, but now it’s the STRAITJACKET! Fujita quits, Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

Titan’s been on a roll with that devastating hold! Will El Inmortal return to the finals and take the trophy home? Will Fujita just have to settle to being a spoiler in these remaining rounds?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Dragon Dia!

The Sniper of the Skies gets free points from Francesco Akira’s misfortune, but the Infinity Carat Diamond is out of luck. Will Dia shift into spoiler mode and ruin things for Robbie? Or will Eagles still fly high towards the top of the block?

The fans rally and duel already, and Eagles tries to figure out who is getting more. The bell rings, the two rush in, but then back off. Eagles has Dia take it easy, and they circle. Eagles gest a leg, trips Dia and rolls to get the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Dia gets the ROPEBREAK, the fans cheer and Eagles slowly lets off. Eagles slaps Dia around, whips but Dia blocks to CHOP! The fans cheer and Dia whips. Eagles blocks now, so Dia CHOPS again! Eagles drops to a knee, but Dia brings him up to whip. Eagles reverses to go up and around an darm-drag! Things speed up. Eagles hurdles but Dia hurdles back.

Dia runs, ducks the boot and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! Then he DROPKICKS Eagles out! Eagles rewinds and RANAS! Dia runs up but into a WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, Dia bails out, and the fans rally up! Eagles builds speed but has to stop as Dia slides in! Dia fakes the plancha, mule kicks, then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit but Dia holds onto a knee. Dia shakes it out and fires up as he walks over. The fans applaud and Dia gets Eagles in the ring. Dia hops in, goes up, and aims for D D D- NO, Eagles moves, the leg jams, and then Eagles CHOP BLOCKS! Dia writhes and the fans duel a bit more as Eagles storms over to Dia.

Eagles and the fans get a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” going! “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE!” “OI!” “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” The fans cheer and Eagles brings Dia around to step through and tie up the legs in a deathlock. Eagles then uses Dia as a skateboard! Eagles then SNAP LOCKS, and he lets Dia go. Dia clutches that leg, Eagles scuffs him and eggs him on. Dia CHOPS back, but Eagles eggs him on. Dia CHOPS again, so Eagles DRAGON SLEEPERS! Dia fights up, throws shots from below and gets free. But Eagles dropkicks the bad leg!

The fans rally as Dia crawls but Eagles is on him. Eagles sits Dia up to KICK! And KICK! And KICKS! Dia gets mad, Eagles pie faces and LEG LARIATS! Dia is folded up and the fans fire up. Eagles pounds the mat, the fans clap along, and he goes corner to corner, but Dia dodges the double knees! Dia goes to the apron, GAMANGIRIS, then avoids the low 619! Dia trips Eagles to slingshot TORNILLO SPLASH! The fans fire up and Eagles goes to ropes. Dia runs in to 619! Eagles staggers, Dia runs up to tilt-o-whirl and DEJA VU SPIKE! Eagles falls over, Dia STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Dia stands Eagles up. Dia runs, rolls, but no Reptilians here! Eagles rolls Dia to a schoolboy bridge, TWO! RON MILLER- BOOT! Dia is free to SOBAT, but Eagles blocks! Eagles reels Dia in, TURBO- NO, Dia goes up and around, MYSTERIO RANA! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives but Dia goes to the corner! Dia runs back in, rolls and REPTILIAN- NO, Eagles fireman’s carries! But Dia fights it to the REPTILIAN KAI! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and the fans are thunderous! Dia roars, and he goes to the corner! Dia climbs, aims, and D D D D- NO! Eagles stops the 4DT, ties up the legs, and DOUBLE KNEE CRUSHERS!

Eagles SUPERKICKS Dia down, goes out then up, for the 450 onto legs! Dia writhes, Eagles steps through to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Dia flails, reaches out, but Eagles drags him from ropes! Dia TAPS, Eagles wins!

Winner: Robbie Eagles, by submission (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Dia still has the goose egg in his win column after being shot down by The Sniper! Will Dia ever get points on the board? Will Eagles be unstoppable on his rise to the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: BUSHI VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

This is truly a make or break moment for Black Mask and Heel Master. Only one man can stay alive in the block, who will do whatever it takes to win?

But as Bushi is introduced, Kanemaru attacks! The fans boo as Kanemaru stomps Bushi on the floor! Kanemaru drags Bushi up, POSTS Him, and Bushi falls in a heap. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, drags him up, puts him in the ring, and the bell rings. Kanemaru whips Bushi then dropkicks Bushi’s legs out. Kanemaru grabs the bad leg to SMASH the knee on the mat! Kanemaru then drags Bushi to the corner, and he SLAMS the leg into the post! The ref reprimands, Bushi flops out of the ring, and the fans rally up. Kanemaru stomps Bushi, leaves him behind, and the fans rally as Bushi sits up.

Bushi wants to get in the ring but Kanemaru is near the ropes. The ref has Kanemaru give Bushi space and Bushi slides in. Kanemaru goes right after Bushi with stomps! Kanemaru takes Bushi’s shirt away then stomps away some more. Kanemaru drags Bushi and drops an elbow on the knee! Kanemaru has the toehold, Bushi endures, and Bushi drags Kanemaru along to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets go at 4. Kanemaru stomps Bushi to a corner, then drags him up. Kanemaru whips corner to cornre but Bushi barely makes it. Kanemaru runs in but Bushi BOOTS him! And then PENDULUM- NO, Kanemaru stops the kicks!

Kanemaru drags Bushi in, whips him again, but Bushi holds ropes. Kanemaru runs in, Bushi puts him on the apron! Bushi dropkicks the legs out! The fans rally and Bushi WRECKS Kanemaru with another dropkick! The fans rally again, Bushi builds speed, but Kanemaru’s back to dropkick the legs out! Bushi bails out, Kanemaru pursues and he grabs the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee on the floor! Kanemaru leaves Bushi behind and the ring count begins. Bushi is still down at 5 of 20, sits up at 8, and rises up at 11. Bushi shakes out the bad leg, hobbles around at 16, and slides in at 18! Kanemaru dropkicks the leg agian!

Kanemaru drags Bushi around, steps through, but Bushi kicks him away! Kanemaru kicks again but Bushi blocks, CLUBS the leg, then dropkicks it out! Bushi gets his own leg moving, runs, but Kanemaru uses the ref as a shield! Bushi moves him aside, Kanemaru blocks the kick! Kanemaru ducks the enzigiri, but not the REWIND HEEL! The fans fire up as Bushi runs up again. CODE- NO, Kanemaru stops the Code Breaker, and then THROWS Bushi at the ref! Kanemaru gets the leg and he SMASHES the knee! The fans boo but Kanemaru goes for his whiskey! Kanemaru doesn’t bother with a sip, he just takes aim! BOTTLE SMASH to the leg!

Kanemaru steps through, but gets BLACK MIST!! Kanemaru staggers around blind, and Bushi goes up! M X!! Cover, BUSHI WINS!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Black Mask gets the better of the Heel Master, and now Kanemaru is DONE! With no chance at a top spot, will Kanemaru just have to settle for being a spoiler? Can Bushi make that dark horse run at the top a reality?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

The Timesplitter leads the block, but time could be running out. Plus, 44 Caliber is aiming for the kill, will he hit the mark? Or can Kushida avoid disaster and head Back to the Future?

Kushida’s on the corner for his introduction, but Drilla rushes him! Kushida jumps up an dover, rolls through and then dodges Drilla’s boot! Drilla fires haymakers, but so does Kushida! Kushida whips, Drilla reverses, and the bell rings right before Kushida FLYING FOREARMS Drilla! The fans are all fired up as Kushida dumps Drilla out, then runs. Drilla avoids the baseball slide, but Kushida keeps him from sliding away. Drilla keeps Kushida from sliding in, and spins him around, for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands then checks Kushida. The fans rally up, Drilla finally takes his own vest off, and he looms over Kushida.

The ref wants this in the ring, Drilla mocks Kushida checking his watch, and Drilla leaves Kushida behind. Kushida grits his teeth as he clutches a shoulder, and the ring count climbs. Drilla paces, a wild dog behind the fence as it were. Kushida is still down at 10 of 20, even Drilla dares Kushida to get up. Kushida rises at 15 and slides in at 16. Drilla drags Kushida up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Kushida is still in this and the fans applaud. Drilla digs a boot into Kushida’s neck and shoulder, and he pulls on Kushida’s head! The ref counts as Drilla claws at Kushida’s eyes! Drilla lets go at 4, and Kushida crawls.

Drilla stalks Kushida, drags him up and CLUBS him on the neck! Drilla stalks Kushida around, then CHOKES him on the ropes! The ref counts, Drilla lets off at 4, and Drilla backs the ref down to a corner. Drilla then goes back for Kushida, drags him up and hooks him up for a chinbar style abdominal stretch! Kushida endures, pries free and throws elbows. Kushida kicks but Drilla dodges! Drilla drops down for a headlock but Kushida headscissors for the cradle! TWO!! Drilla CLOBBERS Kushida! Kushida bails out, finally takes his own vest off, but Drilla is there to RAM him into the apron! Drilla UPPERCUTS Kushida, then follows him around the corner.

Drilla storms up on Kushida, UPPERCUTS again, but Kushida gets in Drilla’s face now. Drilla CHOPS, then KICKS, then he clamps on that chinbar! Kushida endures, the ref reprimands, and Drilla ELBOWS Kushida down. Drilla leaves Kushida behind again and demands a ring count. The count begins, Kushida stands at 3 and slides in at 4. The fans rally up but Drilla ROCKS Kushida with a right. Drilla mocks Kushida, Kushida snarls but Drilla fires more forearms! The fans rally, Kushida storms back up and fires forearms of his own! They go back and forth, Drilla pie faces Kushida, so Kushida fires a flurry!

But Drilla gets under, spins Kushida, but Kushida ducks to then get the arm! Drilla steps over and ENZIGIRIS! But the FASTBALL hits back! The fans fire up for the Masahiro Tanaka and we’re at the five minute mark. Kushida STOMPS Drilla’s hands! Kushida eggs Drilla on, baits him into an ELBOW, then goes up to QUEBRADA! Kushida then hurries back up, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Drilla’s tough and the fans rally up, but Kushida clamps onto the fingers! Drilla breaks free but Kushida KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Drilla falls and goes to a corner while the fans fire up again. Kushida powers up, runs in, and SHOTEIS!

Kushida puts Drilla up top, climbs, but Drilla slips under! CHOP to the leg! Drilla then drags Kushida off the corner into DRILLA- NO, Kushida slips free! But Drilla ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO! Kushida leaps on, but Drilla pushes the Hoverboard away. Kushida comes back to RAM that bad arm! Then he jumps on, HOVER- NO, SPINEBUSTER! And DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW DROP COMBO! Kushida flounders out of the ring and Drilla pursues. Kushida still wants the arm, but Drilla RAMS him into the apron! Drilla follows Kushida to the corner and grabs for him, but Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post first!

Kushida YANKS Drilla into the post again, and then goes up the corner! Kushida pulls Drilla’s arm into the crossbar! The ref counts, Kushida lets go, and Drilla drops back. The ring count starts, the fans rally, but both men are still outside at 10. Drilla drags himself up but the bad arm lets go of the ropes! Kushida is in at 15, Drilla rises at 17! Drilla shakes out the bad arm, and rolls in at 19! Kushida PENALTY KICKS the bad arm! Kushida whips then hip tosses! Cartwheel and DROPKICK! Drilla staggers, Kushida gest the arm, KIMURA! Drilla endures, fights up, but now it’s the HOVERBOARD!! Drilla flails, reaches out, tries to stack, TWO!!

Kushida lets Drilla go and Drilla CHOPS! Kushida PELES! Drilla wobbles, Kushida whips, but Drilla reverses. Kushida handsprings but into DRILLA KILLA!! Cover, DRILLA WINS!!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kushida earns 0)

Kushida tried to make Drilla into a one-armed man, but it wasn’t enough to stop him! Is Kushida’s comeback running out of time? Will the Best of the Super Juniors end up being an Abunai Gaijin?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: Kevin Knight VS HAYATA!

The Jet is squarely in the middle of the block right alongside the GHC National Champion. But will Knight be able to take flight? Or will he be left in the Silence of Darkness?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, Hayata avoids Knight’s leg pick, and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Knight wrenches then wristlocks. Hayata wrenches back, but Knight rolls handsprings, and wrenches gain. Knight snapmares then drops a knee on the arm! The fans cheer and Knight keeps on the armlock. Knight brings Hayata up, wrenches again, then cording holds. Hayata slips through, wrenches, but Knight slips through to headlock for the takeover. Hayata headscissors, Knight kips free and the fans cheer. The two reset, circle, and they tie up.

Hayata trips Knight, things speed up, and Knight hurdles, hurdles, then follows. Hayata sidesteps but Knight goes up and over. Knight then arm-drags Hayata, arm-drags again, then runs up and springboards to FLYING arm-drag! The fans fire up and Hayata bails out. Knight aims, but has to stop the plancha as Hayata moves aside. Knight lands on the apron, jumps again, but Hayata YANKS him down! The fans cheer and rally up while Hayata shakes out the arms. Hayata brings Knight up, POSTS him, then brings him back up. Hayata headlocks Knight, brings him around and POSTS him again! The fans are torn but Hayata stalks Knight.

The ring count starts, Hayata drags Knight up at 5 of 20, then into the ring at 7. The fans applaud, and Hayata stalks Knight more. Hayata stomps Knight, CLUBS him, then snapamres. Hayata runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this, the fans rally, but Hayata clamps on with a headlock. Hayata grinds Knight down but Knight endures. The fans rally as Knight fights up, only for Hayata to wrangle him back down! Knight pries at the hold, fights up, and throws body shots. Hayata CLAWS the eyes! The ref reprimands but Hayata whips Knight to ropes. Knight hurdles over the lariat to then PELE! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Knight crawls to a corner as the fans rally. Knight runs back in at Hayata, to STINGER SPLASH! Then a whip and DROPKICK! Hayata bails out again, and the fans fire up as Knight kips up! Knight builds speed, slides as Hayata moves, then goes to the corner for the PLANCHA! Direct hit and Knight shouts “TSUYOI~!” The fans cheer and even high-five Knight, and he gets Hayata up and in the ring. Knight aims, springboards, but Hayata dodges! Knight comes back, to SKY 2 HIGH! Cover, TWO! Hayata survives and the fans fire up again! Knight watches Hayata stir and the fans rally. Knight runs up, SATELLITE- NO, Hayata stops the DDT!

Knight kicks, whips, but Hayata reverses to arm-drag! And atomic drop! Hayata runs and BULLDOGS Knight down! The fans still rally, Hayata BASEMENT ENZIGIRIS! Cover, TWO! Knight survives and the fans cheer! Hayata gets annoyed but he and Knight slowly rise. Hayata goes to a corner, runs back in and SHOTGUNS Knight into the other corner! Knight slumps down and the fans rally up! Hayata brings Knight in, TORNADO- NO, Knight stops the DDT to put Hayata on the corner! CHOP and UPPER ROOM! Hayata writhes and the fans fire up! Knight gets Hayata up, fireman’s carries, but Hayata slips free to cradle! TWO!!

Hayata dodges Knight to slip around, sunset, then Oklahoma! TWO and Knight cradles, TWO!! Hayata escapes, Knight feints the superkick to ROUNDHOUSE! Knight resets, Hayata rises, and Knight runs up to SATELLITE- NO, still no DDT! Hayata gets Knight around for the 403 IMPACT!! Cover, Hayata wins!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

Both Jet Setters get grounded in the same round! Will all flights to the semifinals be grounded? Will the GHC National Champion prove he is the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage will continue tomorrow]

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Taiji Ishimori VS Ninja Mack!

Francesco Akira’s withdrawal ended up giving points to Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho, and that ended up bumping The Bone Soldier down a couple spots! Will he take his frustrations out on the American Shinobi? Or will the Mack Attack only add to his misery?

 

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: El Desperado VS Clark Connors!

The Rogue Luchador has won two main events in a row, but he’s still only on par with 100 Proof. Desperado wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors so badly, he can almost taste it, but will there be No Chaser to go with it? Or can he make it three in a row overall to head for the top?

 

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 A Block: TJP VS Blake Christian!

This is a tale of two tides turning. Being on the hotseat lit a fire under The Public Enemy while All Heat has cooled off. Can TJP keep this historic comeback going? Or will the GCW Champion end the Cinderella story right here?

 

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS SHO!

This one’s gonna be good! It was Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni when Japones Del Mal got his shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, only for the Murder Machine to cheat him out of it. But now, Douki is ahead in the block and could do some serious damage with a win here! Will Douki earn both points and a golden ticket tonight? Or will Sho stack the deck so high it’ll reach the sky?

 

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 5-2, 10 points
HAYATA: 4-3, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-4, 6 points
BUSHI: 3-4, 6 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
Kosei Fujita: 2-5, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

 

Here are the EVEN NEWER B Block standings!

DOUKI: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-2, 10 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 4-2, 8 points
KUSHIDA: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
Francesco Akira: 2-3, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-3, 4 points
Dragon Dia: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]


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It’s a risky gamble before Double or Nothing!

Double or Nothing is on Sunday, so Dynamite sets the table! Will AEW World Champion Swerve Strickland use Nick Wayne to send a message to Christian Cage?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Will Ospreay & Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom; Trent & Roddy win.
  • FTW Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata VS Bryan Keith; Hook AND Shibata win and will both challenge Chris Jericho for the title at Double or Nothing.
  • Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal; Takeshita wins.
  • Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne; Swerve wins.
  • Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly; Malakai wins.
  • Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS The Outcasts w/ Zak Knight; Storm & Mariah win.
  • Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Team Triple J; Bryan wins, by disqualification.

PLAY BY PLAY

Will Ospreay & Orange Cassidy VS Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom!

Don Callis is on commentary as “both his guys” are teaming up as an unlikely duo against another unlikely duo! Will the Aerial Assassin get help from the former International Champion in gaining momentum for his match with the current International Champion? Or will it be #JustTrent and the Savior of the Backbreaker standing tall tonight?

The teams sort out and Ospreay starts against Roddy, but then Cassidy and Trent rush each other on the outside! Ospreay sees that and is distracted, so Roddy CLUBS Ospreay! The fans fire up as there is brawling in and out of the ring! Roddy ROCKS Ospreay, CLUBS him, then whips. Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl RANA! Then Ospreay PLANCHAS Trent! Cassidy goes up to CROSSBODY Roddy! Cassidy then DIVES onto Trent and they hit the desk! PIP PIP CHEERIO for Roddy! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps on Roddy but Roddy fights the underhooks! Bennett gets on the apron, Taven throws in a belt, but Ospreay kicks that belt back out.

The ref reprimands The Kingdom but Roddy clinches to an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Roddy tags in Trent and Trent storms up on Ospreay. Trent drags Ospreay up, CHOPS him, then stalks him to a corner. Trent stomps Ospreay, brings him up to ROCK him, but Ospreay ROCKS Trent back! Ospreay fires more forearms, then runs, but Trent CLOBBERS him! Trent tags Roddy, Roddy pushes Ospreay down and rains down fists! Roddy stomps Ospreay, drags him up, but the fans rally up. Roddy stomps Ospreay, fires body shots and a CHOP, then keeps on him with a clinch, Ospreay ROCKS Roddy in return!

Ospreay fires more shots but Roddy DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE!! Roddy clamps onto Ospreay with a chinlock and he grinds Ospreay down. Ospreay endures, the fans rally, and Ospreay fights up. Ospreay throws body shots then ROCKS Roddy! Roddy knees low, fireman’s carries, but Ospreay slips free to shove and back drop! The fans fire up while Roddy flounders around! Both men crawl, hot tag to Cassidy! Cassidy goes up, Roddy gets under the jump, but Cassidy just BLASTS Trent! Cassidy runs, tilt-o-whirl, but Roddy stops the DD! Roddy sends Cassidy to the corner, but Cassidy goes up and out!

Roddy runs in but Cassidy bumps him off buckles! Then he goes side to side to bump Roddy off more buckles! And then back the other way! The fans fire up, Cassidy climbs, but Trent YANKS Cassidy down! Cassidy is stuck up top, Roddy goes up after him! GUTBUSTER on the top buckle! Then Trent drags Cassidy from the corner! The fans boo as Trent hauls Cassidy up, but Ospreay makes the save! Ospreay sends Trent into barriers! Roddy WRECKS Ospreay with a dropkick! Then he gives Cassidy an APRON BACK SUPLEX, and Trent SPEARS Cassidy down! The fans boo as Trent & Roddy stand tall, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Trent flexes, Roddy drags Cassidy up, and Roddy ROCKS Cassidy. Roddy puts Cassidy in, stomps up and stomps on him in a corner, then brings him over to bump off buckles. Tag to Trent, but Cassidy fires off forearms! Trent knees low, Cassidy sits down, and Trent stomps him at the ropes. The ref counts, Trent lets off at 4, and The Kingdom taunts Cassidy. Trent gets Cassidy’s legs to ROPE GUILLOTINE! Cassidy sputters and falls out of the ring, The Kingdom taunting him. Trent distracts the ref and The Kingdom stomps away on Cassidy! Roddy then drags Cassidy up to put him in the ring. Trent covers, TWO!

Trent is annoyed but he drags Cassidy up to tag in Roddy. They mug Cassidy, Roddy CHOPS Cassidy, then Roddy clamps on with a chinlock. Cassidy fights up but Roddy CHOPS him again! Cassidy grits his teeth, stands up, but Roddy CHOPS him down! Roddy soaks up the heat, then drags Cassidy up to pull on his arms. Cassidy endures the motorcycle stretch, fights up, and he works to put his hands in pockets! Roddy turns him around to CHOP! Dynamite returns to single picture, Cassidy puts his hands up, and then in his pockets! Roddy swings, misses, but he reels Cassidy in. Cassidy rebounds to SHOTGUN!

Cassidy works his way over, kips up, and hot tags to Trent and Ospreay! Ospreay rallies on Trent with haymakers! Ospreay whips, Trent reveres but Ospreay ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Roddy runs back in to knee low! Roddy & Trent double whip, but Ospreay handsprings to DOUBLE PELE! The fans fire up, Ospreay covers Trent, TWO! The fans fire up and Ospreay has Trent in a corner. Ospreay runs in but Trent dodges! TORNADO- NO, Ospreay stops the DDT to suplex. Trent slips free, to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trent tags Roddy, Roddy runs in to KNEE Ospreay! Then back suplex, but Ospreay sunset flips it! TWO!!

Roddy runs up but into a CHOP! Ospreay runs, into a kitchen sink knee! Roddy goes side to side to forearm again and again and again! Then the atomic SLAM! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this and Roddy is frustrated. The fans rally, Roddy drags Ospreay up, and Roddy reels Ospreay in to suplex. Ospreay slips free, ducks Roddy’s knee, and tucks him in! CHEEKY NANDOS! Tag to Cassidy, and Ospreay Electric Chairs Roddy for the POWERBOMB! Then Ospreay goes up, gives Cassidy a thumbs up, and then hits the LEAP OF FAITH! Cassidy’s turn, he LAZY ELBOWS! Cover, TWO!! Roddy is still in this but Cassidy throws off his elbow pad!

Cassidy aims in a corner, but Trent grabs his foot! Cassidy kicks Trent away, Roddy runs up, but Cassidy BOOTS him! Cassidy goes up, but Roddy GAMANGIRIS! Roddy then goes up after Cassidy, but Cassidy fights the suplex! The fans rally, Ospreay joins in and he knocks Roddy down! Trent gets up to get Ospreay, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! But Ospreay lands on his feet! The fans are thunderous, and Ospreay BOOTS Trent into the DEEP IMPACT! Roddy CHOPS Ospreay, ROCKS Cassidy, then KNEES Ospreay. Roddy runs, into the TIGER WALL KICK and ENZIGIRI! Tilt-o-whirl DDT from Cassidy!

Cassidy covers, and Ospreay keeps Trent back, but Trent powers through to break it up! All four men are down and the fans fire up again! Trent rises first, “This is Awesome!” as he rips at a buckle pad. The ref says stop it, and then Cassidy mule kicks Trent! SICK KICK from Roddy! The Kingdom distracts the ref, Callis hops off commentary to anchor Cassidy! Roddy can’t suplex him like that! Roddy gets mad at Callis, Callis hurries away, END OF- STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! OSCUTTER!! But as the ref checks Roddy, The Kingdom run in! Ospreay dumps them both out! And then builds speed to FLY! Down go Taven & Bennett!

The fans are thunderous but WARDLOW CLOBBERS OSPREAY! The fans boo as the War Machine comes outta nowhere! ORANGE P- NO, Roddy ducks and Trent’s BUSAIKU KNEE hits! END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Roddy & Trent win!

Winners: Trent Beretta & Roderick Strong, by pinfall

The Kingdom’s numbers are just too much, and now they’re beating down Cassidy & Ospreay! Callis is furious, but then where’s his family!? Trent DECKS Cassidy, Roddy grabs the International title belt! BELT SHOT to Ospreay! Trent won’t let Callis get close, either! SNAKE BITE on Cassidy! Ospreay is busted open! Roddy tells Ospreay he will never have this title! Then Roddy drags Ospreay up, reels him in, and hits END OF HEARTACHE!! Ospreay flounders and writhes, and Roddy paints himself with Ospreay’s blood. Is nothing going to stop The Undisputed Kingdom from conquering AEW?

 

The Young Bucks speak.

Matthew & Nicholas Jackson want their own Elite security to get a good look at who they’re looking for. Nick then says, “Hey, Darby Allin, ya p*ick! You attacked The Elite unprovoked last week, so guess what? You’re barred this week.” Matt adds that in the interest of having the safest locker room in the business, sorry, no Darby allowed tonight. Matt tells the security to be very careful, Darby is resilient. He broke his foot, practically got Final Destination’d by a bus, and he’s still standing, and out for blood! Do NOT let this man in the building! What’re they doing still standing here? Get to your positions! And tuck your shirts in!

In walks Sonjay Dutt and he wants to commend these two for the great job they’ve been doing, and for knowing how to take care of problems. Darby won’t be an issue tonight. Last Saturday, they took care of two more problems in FTR thanks to The Righteous & Lance Archer. And tonight, it all comes to a head. Sonjay’s Indian Giant destroys the American Dragon. Matt says if Satnam beats Bryan, cool. But if he hurts Bryan, great. Alright, so long as the money’s in the envelope with a few rupees, because tonight, Satnam breaks Bryan like a pencil! HAHAHAHAHA! Sonjay heads out, Matt tells everyone to keep the energy up, next segment! Can he get some water? Thanks.

 

Bullet Club Gold is here!

Bakersfield, California fires up as The Bang Bang Gang brings their gold to the ring in a little black wagon. Granted, they don’t need all nine belts, just the one set that represents the Unified AEW & ROH World Trios Championships. Though, they do like to mix and match as they hold one each. Jay White gets the mic and hushes the crowd before saying, “Well, well, well, look at you! The greatest three man team in the game is here!” Fully Cocked Colten Gunn! Switchblade Jay White! And… Austin! THE Unified Trios Champions, the Bang Bang Gang! And White knows what they want. Guns up for the Bakersfield Gold Members~!

But y’know, on that note, White thinks there might be one very special little gold member out there walking around feeling confused, asking himself how he ended up in the situation he’s in. How he ended up burning int he spotlight at the feet of the Bang Bang Gang! That one little gold member is… Pac? Puck? Pock? Pack, but without K. Oh. Okay, okay, Pack. Let White tell him how you ended up here! You made three big mistakes! One: when the Bang Bang Gang is walking down the halls, you run, scatter, turn the other way. What’d Pac do? Looked at them with… that face.

Mistake two: When Bang Bang Gang handled Bang Bang Gang business in this ring with “Azucar” Rocky Romero, one little Bastard decided to stick his ugly bastard nose where it doesn’t belong. Mistake three and biggest of all, Pack, is questioning them. He asked, begged, pleaded for them to make him care, so they gave him what he asked for. But see as the- WAIT! Pac is on the tron! And he tells the Bang Bang Toy Guns that this is what he’s talking about! They warmed him up a bit. And he can’t even be made at them. Like they said, he provoked them first. But gentlemen, three on one? That’s not exactly fair now, is it?

So allow Pac to introduce them to his amigos. His hermanos! His LUCHA BROTHERS! The fans fire up as Penta El Zero Miedo, Rey Fenix y The Bastard, Pac, all stand as one! Death Triangle is reunited! White & The Gunns get ready, but Pac TACKLES White while the Lucha Bros DOUBLE SUPERKICK the Ass Boys! Pac throws adown fists, the others brawl, and the fans fire up! Pac ROCKS Colten, ROCKS Austin, but White knees low! White puts Pac in a corner but Pac dodges to stomp away! Death Triangle stomps away on the whole Bang Bang Gang! They then SUPERKICK everyone out! The fans are fired up but the Bang Bang Gang is in retreat!

Pac gets a mic to tell the boys, “You think you’re hard? Well this Sunday, Double or Nothing, AEW Unified Trios Championships! You think you’re hard? I guess we’ll find out.” Death Triangle wants gold again, will they take it from the Switchblade and his boys?

 

Chris Jericho is here!

The Learning Tree makes his way out, “Big Bill” Morrissey right behind him, because Jericho is joining commentary for what’s up next.

FTW Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Hook VS Katsuyori Shibata VS Bryan Keith!

While the Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil wants payback on The Learning Tree, so does The Wrestler! They and The Bounty Hunter fought and won last Saturday on Collision, and now they all fight for a chance to go Double or Nothing with Jericho! Will wins big to then go after Jericho “For The World?”

The bell rings and Keith BOOTS Hook right down! Keith runs up on Shibata, Shibata dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP int he corner! Hook storms up to fire hands on Keith! Shibata pushes Hook aside to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! Hook pushes Shibata, the rivals stare down, but Keith RAMS Hook into Shibata! Keith then fires forearms on Hook. Keith runs, but into a SAYANAGI! Hook shoots around, REDRUM, but Shibata gets Hook in a SLEEPER! Keith DOUBLE JAWBREAKERS free! All three men stagger to their feet, and Hook clinches Shibata for an EXPLODER! Shibata comes back to BELLY2BELLY Hook!

Keith gives Shibata an EXPLODER! Hook gives Keith an EXPLODER! Shibata hits an STO on Hook! All three men are down again and the fans fire up! Keith, Hook and Shibata slowly sit up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Shibata runs up on Keith, throws him down, and has a HEEL HOOK! Shibata endures, crawls back, and has the ROPEBREAK! Shibata doesn’t have to but he does let off given the hold won’t count for anything now. Shibata drags Keith back, steps through, and FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCKS! Keith fights it, but Shibata clamps it on tight! But then Hook throws down forearms on Shibata! Shibata lets Keith go, crawls to a corner, and Hook drags Shibata up. Hook throws knees into Shibata, then brings him out of the corner to TOSS him out of the ring! Hook then goes for Keith, but Keith wrenches to a HOOK KICK!

Hook falls, Keith goes to a corner, and Keith huffs and puffs. Keith drops a knee on Hook’s head, covers, TWO! Keith huffs ‘n’ puffs more, and he CLUBS Hook to ropes. Keith CHOPS, then follows Hook around the way. Keith CHOPS again, then clinches, but Hook fights the exploder! Hook slips around but now Keith fights the exploder! Keith fires down elbows, but Hook still lifts! Keith fires down more elbows, but Hook tries again! EXPLODER! Both men are down, the fans fire up, and Hook rises. Hook stalks Keith, but Keith avoids the crossface forearms! Hook turns around, Keith KNEES him down!

Keith drags Hook up, underhooks, and Dynamite returns to single picture as Keith hits the TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Shibata breaks it! The fans rally, Shibata kicks and bumps Keith off buckles. Shibata BOOTS Hook in a corner, then runs to BOOT Keith! Shibata rains down forearms on Keith, then runs to BOOT Hook! Shibata HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS Keith! Shibata drags Keith up for a HALF HATCH! Cover, Hook breaks it! Hook knees low, clinches, T BONE SUPLEX! Shibata goes to a corner, Hook grabs Keith. Hook clamps on the REDRUM! But Keith RAMS Hook into a corner! Hook goes up and he goes for a HANGING REDRUM!

Keith RIDING HEADBUTTS! The fans fire up with Keith and he goes up, reels Hook in, DIAMOND DUST! PENALTY KICK from Shibata! Shibata gets Keith up, fireman’s carries, and USHIGOROSHI! Shibata stares Jericho down before putting on the FIGURE FOUR, with HEEL HOOK!! Keith endures, Hook gets in! REDRUM on Keith!!! Keith endures double submissions, he TAPS!! Then who wins?!? The ref has the two men let off of Keith, and declares they BOTH win?!

Winners: Hook & Katsuyori Shibata, by submission (both challenge Chris Jericho for the title)

The fans don’t want a draw, they want Hook and Shibata to fight it out! But Jericho gets on the mic and says yeah, he agrees! Hi, Bakersfield! He just wants to get camera time, right? But Rick Knox, what an interesting call. Two winners, two contenders, makes his job a little harder at Double or Nothing. But such is life, huh? Just gotta say, Hook and Shibata, he’s proud of you both for everything they’ve picked up from The Learning Tree and the Jericho Vortex. But he’s gotta warn you, as the longest reigning For The World Champion in history at over 33 days, he’s just getting started.

So even though it’ll be the first-ever Triple Threat “For The World” Rules match, he’ll walk out of Vegas the winner. Thanks, everybody! But he’s not losing to anyone ever, okay? Thanks, guys! Tony Khan texts Tony Schiavone, and it is official! The first ever FTW Triple Threat, will going Double or Nothing only guarantee Jericho loses?

 

Konosuke Takeshita w/ Don Callis VS Matt Sydal!

The Alpha wants to be IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, but he’s only getting a Title Eliminator match at Double or Nothing. Will the Zen Assassin simply be used as a warm-up and a warning for Jon Moxley?

The bell rings, Takeshita knees Sydal low then CLUBS him down! Takeshita brings Sydal up to CLAW Sydal’s face, then lets off as the ref reprimands. Takeshita drags Sydal up, and throat chops him! The ref reprimands, the fans boo, but Takeshita deadlift suplexes Sydal for a BRAINBUSTER! Takeshita stands up, snarls, and he  stomps Sydal around. Takeshita gives taunting kicks as Sydal sits up, and then Takeshita stands him up. BLUE- RANA! Sydal dropkicks the legs out, then BASEMENT DDTS! Sydal hurries to the apron, then the corner! Sydal goes up, leaps over Takeshita, then keeps going, but into the BLUE THUNDER BOMB!

Takeshita and Callis agree, time to break Sydal! Takeshita stands Sydal up, winds up, ALPHA FOREARM! Cover, Takeshita wins!

Winner: Konosuke Takeshita, by pinfall

Takeshita made quick work out of Matt Sydal, but then offers a handshake, The Code of Honor if you will. Sydal accepts it, but then Takeshita ripcord deadlifts Sydal into a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN!! No honor, no respect, and the fans boo! But Callis loves it! Takeshita stomps away on Sydal, but then here comes Moxley! The Maniac was gonna be here either way, and Takeshita wants to know where he’s coming from! Moxley slips in from the crowd, has a mic, and he steps up to Takeshita. Then he DECKS Takeshita with the mic! The fans cheer Moxley on as he paces around. Moxley kneels and tells Takeshita he’ll see him at Double or Nothing.

Takeshita sent a message with his win over Sydal, Moxley just sent his response! Will this Title Eliminator turn into a slobberknocker?

 

The Young Bucks speak, again.

Nick tells Darby Allin, “you stupid idiot,” that they know he’s watching from somewhere in Bakersfield. They saw him on the travel list, but again, he is banned from the arena! The tech staff is given wanted posters of Darby just so they know, and Matt says it’s time to actually run this show. But sitting at gorilla, right in their spot, is Swerve Strickland! The Realest asks, “What up, turds?” Oh, sorry, is this one of their seats? Matt says it’s fine, he’s the champ, he can make himself at home. Good to see him, by the way. Also, has he seen Darby? He’s banned from the building. Swerve takes a copy of the poster, crumples it up, throws it away, and says no, he has not.

Anyway, hit his music, his match is up next. Matt says yes, of course. Someone do it! Is it this idiot’s job over here? Press the buttons! The music gets going, and Bakersfield is now “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” But will Nick Wayne simply be Christian Cage’s sacrificial pawn in this game he’s playing?

Swerve Strickland VS Nick Wayne!

The bell rings and Nick throws his shirt at Swerve. Swerve takes that shirt, rubs his junk on it, then throws it back. The two step up, the fans rally for Swerve, and then Nick bails out. Swerve is annoyed, storms out after Nick, but Nick slides back in. Swerve sighs, slides back in, but Nick slides back out. Nick plays cat ‘n’ mouse with Swerve as he again slides in just as Swerve slides out. Swerve feints the slide, and now he has Nick! The fans fire up as Swerve fires off body shots! Swerve whips Nick right into barriers! Nick sputters, Swerve says if Nick wants a father, Swerve will be that father. Swerve takes off his regular belt to SPANK Nick with it!

Swerve gives Nick a good lashing, Nick hobbles away, and the ref reprimands. But the fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” So Swerve winds up and LASHES Nick’s butt! Nick falls over, Swerve puts his belt back on, and the fans chant, “Thank You, Swerve!” Swerve leaves Nick behind to uncover a crossbar! Swerve brings Nick over but Nick fights back! Nick body shots, but then Swerve back drops Nick into the ring! Swerve then steps in to dropkick Nick down! The fans cheer and Swerve pushes Nick around. Nick goes to a corner, Swerve runs up but Nick puts Swerve on the apron! Nick blocks a shot, and bumps Swerve off the exposed crossbar!

Swerve staggers, Nick triangle jump DROPKICKS him down! Swerve staggers away again, and Nick goes to the apron. PENALTY KICK! Then ASAI MOONSAULT, but Swerve catches Nick! But Nick swings to DDT Swerve on the floor! Both men writhe, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nick drags Swerve up and RAMS him into barriers! Swerve falls in a heap, Nick soaks up the heat, and then Nick stalks Swerve into the ring. Nick clamps onto Swerve, then KNEES him in the back! Swerve staggers up, Nick kick shim down! Nick puts Swerve on ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Nick lets off at 4 and soaks up more heat. Nick then stalks Swerve, snapmares him, and scrapes his soles off Swerve’s face! Nick swaggers as he soaks up heat, but Swerve gets up to fireman’s carry! Nick flails to get free, and he CLAWS Swerve’s face! Swerve goes to a corner, Nick is on him with a snapmare and KICK!

Swerve grits his teeth, Nick eggs him on, and Swerve stands. Swerve snapmares and KICKS Nick! Swerve frowns as Nick stands back up, and the two get forehead to forehead. Nick CLAWS Swerve’s face again! The ref reprimands, Nick lets off, and he kicks Swerve. Swerve hits back, but Nick mule kicks! Swerve goes to a corner, Nick CLAWS at his face again! The ref counts, Nick lets off at 4, and Nick soaks up more heat. Nick taunts Swerve, avoids the kick, then taunts Swerve more. Swerve swings blind as Nick taunts him, JABS him, and repeat. Swerve runs up, misses again and Nick JABS! Nick still taunts Swerve, but Swerve ROCKS him!

Dynamite returns to single picture as Swerve CHOPS Nick, then UPPERCUTS in the corner! Swerve snapmare, gator rolls, and deadlift suplexes, but Nick knees free! Nick then TOSSES Swerve out, goes up and out to the apron, then ASAI- NO, Swerve anchors him on the corner! APRON BACK SUPLEX! Nick falls to the floor and the fans fire up! The ring count starts, Swerve slides in at 4 of 10, and then goes back out to the apron. Swerve aims as Nick sits up, and the fans fire up for the KILL STOMPS to the floor!! The fans are thunderous as Swerve drags Nick up and puts him in the ring. Swerve says this is what Nick wanted!

Swerve goes up the corner, Nick eggs Swerve on! KILL- BOOTS from below! Nick somersault clutches, TWO! Swerve gets out, runs in, but into buckles! Roll up, feet on ropes! TWO!! Nick SUPERKICKS! Then somersault and CODE RED!! Cover, TWO!! Nick is beside himself and Swerve scowls as he sits up. The fans fire up for Swerve but Nick says he’s gonna take Swerve’s House! HOUSE- NO, Swerve blocks the call! Swerve slips around to get a BACKBREAKER, then a power lift into a POWERSLAM! The fans are thunderous again and Swerve drags Nick up. Swerve says, “I am sorry.” But then HOUSE CALL!! Cover, Swerve wins!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

The Realest apologized for his past with Nick Wayne, but that didn’t mean he was gonna show mercy. But then LUCHASAURUS ATTACKS! The monster now called Killswitch takes Swerve out and of course The Patriarch & Mother Shayna are here. Luchasaurus CHOKES Swerve while Christian checks on his favorite son. But Swerve LOW BLOWS the dinosaur and DUMPS him out! Christian doesn’t know until he turns around! Christian wants Swerve to hold on, but then he runs away! Swerve pursues, HOUSE CALL drive-by for Luchasaurus! Swerve chase Christian right up the ramp and backstage!

Cameras follow as we go through gorilla, then to the hallways! Christian tries to block the path as he hurries for the parking lot! Christian finds the rental, throws the valet out, and then drives off, leaving his “family” behind! But then someone pulls up in front of him! It’s PRINCE NANA! Nana was waiting in the parking lot for this! Swerve grabs at Christian, they brawl through the car window, and Swerve drags Christian out! Then he throws Christian into the production truck trailer! And then back into the rental! Swerve beats down on Christian but Christian gets loose. Christian is going up the rental? Swerve pursues, Christian kicks at him!

Both men get on the roof of the car and the brawl continues! Swerve kicks low, DDT onto the roof! Christian sputters, flounders to the hood, and Nana has a chair! Nana hands it to Swerve and Swerve takes aim! But Christian moves before the Car-Chair-To! Christian runs away, but he better be heading to Las Vegas. Will Double or Nothing be the end of The Patriarchy?

 

PROGRAMMING REMINDER for Rampage!

This Friday before Double or Nothing, Rampage will be at a special start time of 6:30 PM Eastern! Make sure your DVR is ready for this special edition!

 

Malakai Black VS Kyle O’Reilly!

Speaking of Double or Nothing, before the Dark Father brings out the darkness inside Adam “Edge” Copeland, he must settle things with #CombatKyle. Will Malakai simply use Kyle to sharpen his edge before he becomes the Face of TNT? Or will this not be The End of Kyle O’Reilly?

The bell rings and the two stare down. The fans rally up, the two slowly approach, then feel things out. They test the waters with kicks and jabs. They go around, Kyle keeps looking for an opening but Malakai clinches him. They go to ropes, Malakai turns things around on Kyle, but he lets off cleanly. The fans cheer, the two reset, and they feel things out again. Each man still tests the waters, and Kyle shoots in for a leg. Malakai fights it, Kyle goes for an arm but Malakai arm-drags free. They start throwing kicks but also guarding! Kyle BOOTS, Malakai BOOTS, and both men ELBOW JAB! Both men KNEE low! Both men back down and the fans fire up!

Malakai snarls, he headlocks Kyle, but Kyle powers out. Malakai runs him over, covers, ONE! Kyle goes for legs, Malakai blocks and throws more knees. Malakai shoves Kyle then sweeps the legs. Malakai runs and springboards, but Kyle kicks Malakai’s legs out! The fans fire up as Kyle storms up on Malakai. Kyle KICKS, SLAPS, and KNEES, but Malakai sweeps the legs again! The fans fire up, Malakai drags Kyle up, and KICKS him now! Kyle hobbles, goes to kick but Malakai blocks and KICKS back! Kyle fires a forearm, Malakai grabs the leg to then JUMP KNEE! Kyle tumbles out of the ring and the fans fire up! Malakai paces while Kyle is dazed, but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Kyle sits up, shakes out the stars, but Malakai goes out to KICK! Kyle staggers away, Malakai KICKS him against barriers. Kyle KICKS back, KICKS again, but Malakai puts the leg on barriers! Malakai KICKS the leg and Kyle falls back! Malakai drags Kyle up, KICKS him against the apron, then KICKS him again. Malakai puts Kyle against barriers and KICKS! Kyle slumps down and Malakai paces. Malakai drags Kyle up but Kyle fires forearms and KICKS in return! Malakai BOOTS Kyle away! Kyle checks his chin, Malakai puts him in the ring. Malakai storms up but Kyle KICKS! Malakai KNEES low! Then Malakai grabs a leg to DRAGON SCREW! Cover, TWO!

Kyle grits his teeth as he toughs it out, but Malakai stomps him down. Malakai looms over Kyle, Kyle kicks at him from below. Malakai grabs the leg, and has a KNEE LOCK! Kyle endures as Malakai pulls on the leg! Kyle reaches out, fights with his free leg, and Malakai lets go. Kyle stands, hobbles, but Malakai blocks his kick! DRAGON- NO, Kyle sits down on the leg whip to have an ARMBAR! Malakai clasps hands, fights around, but Kyle pulls on the grip! Dynamite returns to single picture, Malakai hooks Kyle for a waistlock, but Kyle fights up. Kyle pries at the hold, wrenches out with a double wristlock, but Malakai KICKS the bad leg!

Kyle staggers back, yoyos int he ropes, but Malakai blocks the lariat and ELBOWS Kyle! Malakai reels Kyle in to suplex, Kyle knees free then fires more knees! Kyle fires off a strike fest, then WRINGS Malakai’s arm out! Malakai staggers away but the fans fire up! Kyle runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Kyle wrenches for an ELBOW BREAKER! But Malakai ROCKS Kyle! Kyle blocks a kick to KNEE and SNAP GERMAN! AX and SMASH! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up while Kyle grits his teeth in frustration. “This is Awesome!” as Kyle rises up. Kyle storms over to Malakai to KICK the bad arm! And KICK! And KICK! And KICK!

Kyle snarls as Malakai stands, so the KICKS keep coming! Malakai ROCKS Kyle, Kyle ROCKS Malakai! The forearms go back and forth, then Kyle KNEES low! Malakai fires a body shot, Kyle fires a one-two! Malakai gives that one-two back, so Kyle kick-kicks! Malakai fires off a flurry of his own, but Kyle fires forearms !Malakai blocks a kick, Kyle slips free, double leg takedown! GROUND ‘N’ POUND, then ARMBAR! Malakai fights it with a strong S grip, but Kyle gets the leg! ANKLE LOCK! Malakai endures and scrambles around while the fans fire up! Malakai reaches out, fights up, and Kyle shifts his grip.

Malakai ELBOWS Kyle, KNEES him, then suplexes, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Malakai is beside himself! Malakai storms over to Kyle, gets a leg, but Kyle steps over to KNEE! AX and- ELBOW from Malakai! Kyle stays up, DOUBLE ROUNDHOUSES hit! Both men wobble, Kyle ROLLING ELBOWS! Malakai feints then THE END!! Cover, Malakai wins!

Winner: Malakai Black, by pinfall

Kyle got caught by that change in flow, and he just faded to Black! But wait! The lights all turn red! Malakai looks around in confusion, but this can only mean one thing. BLOOD FROM ABOVE?! It’s like something outta Carrie! Malakai is not just drenched, he’s fumbling around from how slick the canvas is! And then, on the tron, walking down the steps… is EDGE! “Malakai. Malakai~! Up here. Be careful what you wish for.” Edge grins and he has fangs! “See you soon.” Is Malakai going to regret bringing out that side of The Rated R Superstar?

 

Toni Storm & Mariah May w/ Luther VS The Outcasts w/ Zak Knight!

The Leading Lady and her understudy have had just about enough of Saraya & Harley trying to troll there way to the spotlight, and now look to finally end this farce! But given she’s still parading around in Serena Deeb’s banner, will the AEW Women’s World Champion be ready for The Professor’s test this Sunday? Or will the madness truly go off the rails this close to Double or Nothing?

The teams sort out and Harley starts against Mariah, a partial rematch from last Saturday. The irony that Mariah’s Toni cosplay is also a Harley Quinn cosplay but Harley Cameron is in all black. The two tie up, Mariah waistlocks, but Harley reaches back, headlocks, and grinds. Mariah powers up and out, drops down, Harley rolls and kicks low! Harley clinches but Mariah ROCKS her! Mariah whips, Harley goes up and out, then ducks Mariah to RAM into her! Harley ROUNDHOUSES Mariah away, goes up and in, then talks trash on Storm. Harley runs but Mariah follows, trips Harley, then keeps moving to SHOTGUN!

Mariah smiles and the fans fire up as she paces around. Mariah gets Harley up, scoops, and SPIN-OUT SIDEWALK SLAMS! Then Mariah fireman’s carries, but Harley slips free to tag Saraya. Mariah waits on Saraya and the two circle. But then Saraya backs away to ropes for defense, she wants the REAL Toni Storm! The fans fire up, and Mariah tags Toni! The two former friends circle now, and Saraya ROCKS Storm! Storm ROCKS Saraya, repeat! The fans fire up as they go back and forth, and are definitely on Storm’s side. Saraya kicks low, whips, but Storm reverses and hits a THESZ PRESS! Storm rains down fists, then tags Mariah.

Storm scoop SLAMS Saraya, then Mariah offers herself up. Storm scoops Mariah to SLAM her onto Saraya! Cover, ONE! Saraya is tougher than that, but Mariah tags Storm back in. Mariah now scoops, but Storm is a bit sturdier. So Storm scoops Mariah to SLAM her on Saraya again! ELBOW DROP, cover, TWO! Tag back to Mariah, she brings Saraya up and fires forearms. Mariah snapmares Saraya, runs and KNEES Saraya down! Saraya flounders, has the ref check her, and Harley runs in to CLOBBER Mariah! Toni storms in but the ref stops her, completely missing the crazy one going after Mariah! Saraya has Harley slip away and she stomps Mariah now.

Saraya does jumping jacks to show off her cardio, and then she HEADBUTTS Mariah as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Saraya stalks Mariah to ropes, puts her through them, and then steps onto the apron to fire off knee after knee! The ref reprimands and counts, Saraya lets off, and then she steps back inside. Harley storms right up to AX KICK Mariah down! The ref reprimands and Saraya just shrugs. Saraya drags Mariah around, whips her to the corner, then tags in Harley. They mug Mariah, Harley stomps away, then stands her up. Harley digs her boot in, lets off at 4, and then Saraya CHOKES Mariah while Harley argues with the ref! Luther protests, Storm is furious, but the Outcasts get away with that. Harley covers, TWO!

Harley stays between Mariah and Storm and drags her up. Harley bumps Mariah off buckles, tags Saraya, and they mug Mariah some more. Saraya TOSSES Mariah out, storms out after her, then drags Mariah up to RAMS her into barriers! Saraya taunts the fans, soaks up the heat, and blows a mocking kiss to Storm. Saraya digs her boots into Mariah, the ref reprimands, but Saraya drags Mariah up and into the ring. Saraya keeps Mariah from Storm, tags in Harley, and Harley RAMS Mariah into the corner! Harley then brings Mariah around for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Harley argues the count as Dynamite returns to single picture,

The fans rally, Harley drags Mariah up, but Mariah ROCKS Harley! And ROCKS her again! And again, and again and again! The fans fire up as Mariah just hammers away! Harley shoves Mariah away, brings her around, then JAWBREAKER! Harley runs up, Mariah dodges, and DOUBLE FACEBUSTERS collide! Mariah crawls hot tag to Storm! Storm CLOBBERS Harley, BLASTS Saraya, then goes up and over Harley! Storm runs back at the corner, blocks Harley’s boots, and puts her in ropes for a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Saraya returns but into JAB after JAB! Saraya falls, Harley returns, but Storm HEADBUTTS!

The fans fire up as Storm poses! Storm then runs to SPLASH Harley in a corner! Harley sits down, Saraya runs in, but Storm drop toeholds Saraya into Harley’s hips! Storm laughs at them, then she drags Harley up for a SKY HIGH! Cover, but Saraya BOOTS it apart! Mariah returns, dodges the haymaker to HEADBUTT a la Storm! Mentor and protege help each other up, pose for a close up, then they each get an Outcast. “This is Awesome!” as they put Harley & Saraya up top! They each climb up, CLUB away, then coordinate. But Harley & Saraya each SMACK Storm & Mariah off buckles! STEREO SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS!! The Outcasts double cover, TWO!!!

Saraya & Harley coordinate now, they get Storm & Mariah in corners to stomp mudholes in! The ref counts, Saraya & Harley let off to coordinate again. They both storm back up for more, but Storm & Harley put a stop to that! They set those boots down, to plant some wet ones on their enemies! Consider their fates sealed with a kiss, because now we get STORM ZERO and MAYDAY!! Harley is then fed to a STORM ZERO!! Cover, Storm & Mariah win!

Winners: Toni Storm & Mariah May, by pinfall

This dynamic duo dominates, and now they again adorn Storm with Deeb’s banner. But wait, Serena Deeb is here! She SMACKS Luther down with a chair!! Then she JAMS Mariah, and HEADBUTTS Storm! The fans are torn as Deeb grins. Deeb brings out a SHOE! HIGH HEEL TO THE FACE!! Deeb grins as she watches Storm crawl, then she picks the chair back up. Deeb uses the chair to take a seat on Storm’s back, and then pulls on a leg! FULL METAL HALF CRAB! Storm taps out, not that this is a legitimate hold in any way! The ref reprimands, other refs rush out to tell Deeb to stop, but Deeb only lets go when she says!

Deeb has just made Storm suffer, and she takes her banner back. Will she also take that AEW Women’s World Championship when she and Storm go Double or Nothing?

 

BREAKING NEWS for next week’s Dynamite!

No matter what happens at Double or Nothing, there will be an AEW World Championship #1 Contender’s Casino Gauntlet match! The winner will receive their shot at the title at Forbidden Door in New York!

 

The Bang Bang Gang regroups backstage.

They have their wagon of gold and are laughing off that surprise from earlier. Jay White’s pretty sure he knows what Death Triangle wants! They want Bang Bang Gang’s loot! They want Bang Bang Gang’s gold~! You want the gold? This is who you bring? The Lucha Bros? When White already has THE GREATEST brother tag team behind him? Colten says it’s just as White says, The Gunns ARE the best brother tag team in the world. And if you wanna shot at the titles, you gotta earn it! So how about a Gunn fight in the Collision Corral. Penta & Fenix are brothers, but so are The Gunns! Penta & Fenix are former AEW World Tag Team Champions, but so are The Gunns!

And Austin says don’t worry, they won’t be hard to find. Just walk into town, look above the saloon doors, and you won’t see “Cero Miedo,” it’ll say GUNNS UP! The Bang Bang Gang is locked and loaded, will Death Triangle win the right to fight for the gold?

 

Bryan Danielson VS Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt!

The American Dragon always fights against corporate corruption, that’s why he’s standing up against The Elite alongside Team AEW this Sunday! But The EVPs have been doing everything they can to make Anarchy in the Arena a foregone conclusion. Will the One in a Billion be just the thing to ruin Double or Nothing? Or will Bryan prove everyone’s the same size when down on the ground?

As the two get in the ring, Satnam gets right in Bryan’s face. Well, Satnam’s chest does, as he’s quite literally head and shoulders above Bryan. Satnam goes to pie face Bryan but Bryan pushes that big hand away. The bell rings, the fans fire up with “YES! YES! YES!” and the two circle. Satnam puts Bryan in a corner, but Bryan dodges the chop to KCIK, KICK and KICK! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan climbs up to fire hands but Satnam shoves him away! Satnam BOOTS Bryan down and the fans boo. Satnam stands Bryan up to bump off buckles, then stalks him to another corner. Satnam winds up to CHOP!

Bryan sputters and falls over, and Satnam soaks up the heat. Satnam drags Bryan up, suplexes, and holds Bryan up! Then the SLAM! The fans boo more while Bryan flops out of the ring. Satnam goes out after him, then RAMS him into steel steps! Sonjay clears the desk of the drinks, the action figures, the hood, everything, but then the whole thing falls apart! Satnam kicks the steel steps aside, drags Bryan over. The fans tell Sonjay how he messed that one up, but Satnam still lifts Bryan. Bryan goes to the apron! Bryan KICKS Satnam, and KICKS and KICKS! Bryan gets space, runs up, and FLYING KNEES!

Satnam staggers but stays up, so Bryan resets! FLYING KNEE again! Satnam staggers and takes a seat in the corner of the barriers! Bryan runs in to DROPKICK Satnam down! The fans fire up and Bryan rises. The fans want that again, so Bryan runs back in, only for Satnam to get up and catch him! APRON CHOKE SLAM! Bryan writhes, Sonjay is all fired up, but the fans boo. Satnam shoves Bryan into the ring, Sonjay and the rest of Team Triple J applaud, then mockingly say “YES! YES! YES!” Satnam steps in for a cocky cover, TWO! Bryan is still in this, but Sonjay pulls at a buckle pad. Satnam YANKS it right off!

Satnam storms up on Bryan, drags him up but the ref won’t let him use the bare buckle! Sonjay argues with the ref, so Bryan LOW BLOWS Satnam! Now that Satnam’s cut down to size, Bryan runs and BUSAIKU KNEES!! Satnam even hits the bare buckle! Bryan keeps moving, but Satnam still grabs him! So Bryan KICKS at the legs! And CLAWS at the eyes! And KICKS at the chest! “YES! YES! YES!” Then BUZZSAW! Satnam stays up!? This is a sturdy tree! He CHOPS Bryan, and then he looms over Bryan. Satnam hauls Bryan up, suplexes, but Bryan slips free! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Satnam drops to his knees as Bryan keeps going!

Bryan then shifts to the omoplata, and puts on the biggest LEBELL LOCK ever!!! Satnam endures, TRIPLE J ATTACKS!

Winner: Bryan Danielson, by disqualification

The fans boo but The Bucks said themselves that this wasn’t about getting the win but about inflicting damage! Jeff Jarrett runs the ref off while Lehtal drags Bryan up. Jarrett gets his guitar, but Bryan slips free! Jarrett avoids hitting Lethal, but then Bryan dodge shim again! BUSAIKU KNEE for Lethal! BUSAIKU KNEE for Jarrett! Sonjay tries to sneak in, but Bryan has the guitar! Sonjay clubs Bryan, but it was weak! Bryan swings, Sonjay dodges, and Satnam PUNCHES through the guitar!! The mugging continues, then Satnam hits a SPLASH in the corner! The fans boo, but now The Bucks make their way out here!

Matthew & Nicholas step out of the Codyvator and they have that envelope! That’s the payment for this hit job on Bryan! Jarrett CHOKES Bryan, then rains down fists! Sonjay receives the payment, and it looks good to him. The Bucks have Jarrett stand down, he did great. They shake hands, then The Bucks get to stomp Bryan! The fans boo as the EVPs drag Bryan to center, sit him up, and give him an E V P- NO! Bryan avoids the knees and they hit each other! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan fires hands on Matt, “YES! YES! YES!” But here comes The Rainmaker! Bryan is ready for Okada, but then JACK PERRY ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!

The fans boo as Scapegoat takes down Bryan, and now The Elite all mug him! Ripcord, RAINMAKER LARIAT!! This isn’t over, either, as they drag Bryan out of the ring and up the ramp! And surprise! There’s a table waiting! But wait, who is this pulling up to the arena? It’s DRABY ALLIN! He fist bumps Tony Khan, who drove him here!! TK can travel now!? Darby storms into the ring, armed with some kind of airsoft gun! The Elite is freaking out, but here he comes! That’s not an airsoft gun, that’s a FLAMETHROWER!! The Elite freaks out even more, and then Bryan finally gets to fight back! He fires off KICKS on Nick, then TOSSES Nick down through the table!!

The fans are going nuts, and Anarchy in the Arena is only going to be crazier! Will nothing stop the revolution against The Elite’s “revolution?”


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