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The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic returns!

On the same night Tony D & Stacks defend the NXT Tag Team Championships, other teams enter the 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! Who will head towards the cup and their own place in history?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Nikkita Lyons VS Blair Davenport; Blair wins.
  • 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin VS Gallus; Bron & Corbin win and advance to the next round.
  • Josh Briggs VS Oro Mensah w/ Meta Four; Briggs wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Tony D’Angelo & Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo VS Out The Mud w/ SCRYPTS; win(s) and
  • Gigi Dolin VS Cora Jade; Cora wins.
  • 2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Nathan Frazer & Axiom VS Hank Walker & Tank Ledger; Frazer & Axiom win and advance to the next round.
  • NXT North American Championship: Dragon Lee VS Lexis King; Dragon wins and retains the title.
  • NXT Men’s Breakout Contract Cash-in, North American Championship: Dragon Lee VS Oba Femi; Oba wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Blair Davenport attacks Nikkita Lyons in the parking lot! AGAIN!

They brawl it out and refs rush up! And now they’re brawling their way to ringside! Lyons sends Blair into the barriers! Blair hits back but so does Lyons! Lyons SMACKS Blair off the apron, puts her in the ring, and the match begins!

Nikkita Lyons VS Blair Davenport!

Lyons dodges a lariat to ROUNDHOUSE! Then she scoops to SLAM Blair! Lyons suplexes Blair high and hard! Lyons runs at a corner to forearm SMASH! Then she spins Blair around but Blair throws elbows. Blair goes up, jumps, but Lyons gets under to HEEL KICK Blair down! Cover, TWO! Blair is still in this but Lyons drags her up. Lyons whips Blair to a corner, storms up again and suplexes. Blair slips free, throws hands and then POSTS Lyons! Lyons tumbles to the floor, and then Blair goes out to the apron. Blair runs up to DIVING STOMP Lyons down! Fans boo but Blair puts Lyons in fast.

Blair climbs up a corner, and she DIVING STOMPS again! Lyons clutches her bad leg, and Blair hurries to get her back up! Blair CLUBS away, Lyons throws body shots, but Blair CLUBS Lyons again. Blair pushes Lyons around, facelocks, but Lyons fights up. Blair turns things to a DDT, then a GUILLOTINE! Lyons endures, fights around, and up to her feet. The fans rally, Lyons lifts, but Blair fights it! Blair has body scissors now! But Lyons powers out to a BIG suplex! Fans fire up again as Lyons grits her teeth. Lyons crawls towards Blair, fires a forearm, but Blair hits back! Lyons ROCKS Blair, Blair kicks low!

Blair runs, but Lyons KICKS Blair down! And KICKS her again! Lyons fires body shots, haymakers, and then shoves Blair to a corner. Blair fights the suplex but Lyons powers through! A rough landing for Blair, but Lyons gets her back up. GERMAN SUPLEX! Blair goes to a corner, but Lyons runs in to jump and HIP DROP! Then she hits a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!! Blair survives being thrown around but Lyons won’t let her get away. Lyons kicks, Blair ducks, and Blair SHOTGUNS in return! Blair sits Lyons up, but Lyons fights the Kami-Goye to kick and BOOT Blair down! Lyons hurries to scoop, but Blair slips free!

Blair shoves, Lyons ducks and clotheslines Blair up and out! Fans fire up as Lyons pursues Blair. Lyons BOOTS Blair again, runs up, but Blair dodges! The heel kick hits post! Blair grabs at Lyons, Lyons still shoves her away and hobbles over. Lyons puts Blair in the ring, steps back in, but Blair CHOP BLOCKS the bad leg! Fans boo but Blair sits Lyons up, KAMI-GOYE!! Cover, BLAIR WINS!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

Blair started the fight, and she finished it! Is Davenport just too dangerous for the women’s roster?

 

Cody Rhodes speaks.

“NXT: the Ellis Island of sports entertainment. Where fresh new talent grows into superstars. Where familiar faces go for a shot in the arm. Tonight, this cutting-edge brand turns the page to a familiar chapter. A tag team tournament rich in tradition, prestige and honor: The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The art of tag team wrestling is about to take center stage, culminating in Clarksville, Tennessee at Vengeance Day. Eight teams are about to embark on a journey, but only one will survive, earn a future tag team title match, and the privilege of having their names engraved on the Dusty Cup forever.

“This tournament represents the man it’s named after. The hunger, the drive, the dream, to be remembered forever in the annals of time. For these eight teams, it’s not about finishing the story, it’s about creating their own.” The American Nightmare has set the tone, but who will set the pace? The opening round begins tonight, after the break!

 

Trick Melo Gang meets up backstage.

Melo finishes up a phone call and says he has good news. Trick isn’t sure he wants to hear it. Because Melo might tell him one thing and do something totally different, just like he did last week. Melo knows he said he’d stay in the back, but when HBK put out that tweet about a former NXT Champion coming here, he just worried who it was gonna be. Melo takes titles, not chances. So thankfully, Trick beat Waller all by himself like he said. But Melo wants Trick to understand, that since Trick asked for his help, it is Melo’s responsibility to make sure Trick succeeds. So Melo wants to holler at Trick about something real quick.

Trick says he understands where Melo’s coming from, and Trick did get the W. What’s Melo got? Well, we don’t know how long Ilja Dragunov’s gonna be out recovering, right? Right, no idea. But Trick will be ready. Of course! But Melo figured that while they wait, he’d pull some strings, and uh… They got the eighth spot in the Dusty Cup, baby! Let’s talk about it! Trick isn’t sure, though. He wants to stay locked in for his match with Dragunov. Okay, okay, but Melo feels this will keep him locked in and focused. Trick still isn’t sure. But Melo says good news: he DOES know! They’ll take this whole thing, win the cup AND the tag titles, and then we get Triple Crown Melo and Two Title Trick!

Cuz that’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be! They shake hands and Trick Melo Gang is ready! Will this detour on the road to the top be good for these two? Or just for… HIM?

 

The bracket is set!

With Trick Melo Gang getting that eighth and final spot in the opening round, we have: Trick Melo Gang VS Edris Enofe & Malik Blade; Chase U VS The LWO; Nathan Frazer & Axiom VS Hank ‘n’ Tank Ledger; and this match up next…

2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin VS Gallus!

There’ve been many an “odd couple” in tag team wrestling history, but the Big Bad Booty Nephew and Mr. No More BS is definitely one that sounds good on paper, but might not work in practice. Will Corbin regret not staying a Lone Wolf? Or will he prove to be #MeanerThanEvil running with a pack?

The teams sort out and Bron starts against Mark Coffey. They tie up, Mark arm-drags, but Bron stands right up. They tie up again, Mark headlocks but Bron powers out. Bron runs Mark over, fans bark with him, and Bron headlocks. Mark powers up but Bron holds on. Mark headlocks, Wolfgang tags in before Bron powers out, and now Wolfgang headlocks. Bron powers out, bypasses Wolfgang, then catches Wolfgang for a SPINEBUSTER! The fans fire up, Bron goes after Wolfgang but Wolfgang shoves him away. Tag to Corbin, and Bron sets Wolfgang up for Corbin’s SPLASH! Corbin throws hands, whips, but Wolfgang reverses to HEADBUTT!

Wolfgang wrenches Corbin’s arm, tags in Mark, and then Wolfgang RAMS Corbin before Mark FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Cover, ONE!! Mark fires off on Corbin with forearm sand uppercuts but Corbin swings. Mark ducks, waistlocks, but Corbin bucks the O’Conner, only for Mark to EURO UPPERCUT him down! Mark drags Corbin up, Corbin ROCKS Mark, and he headlocks. Wolfgang tags in as Mark powers out, and then Mark drops down so Wolfgang can FLAPJACK HOTSHOT Corbin! Corbin flops out of the ring, Bron runs in but Wolfgang dodges! Kitchen sink knee and a SENTON takes Bron down!

Fans are torn as it’s Gallus Boys On Top going into picture in picture.

Corbin and Bron argue as they regroup, but they keep it cool. The fans rally, Bron & Corbin go back to their corner and Corbin storms in. Wolfgang knees low, CLUBS Corbin down, and clamps on a chinlock. Corbin stands up, Wolfgang UPPERCUTS him! Corbin goes to a corner, Wolfgang storms over, but Corbin ELBOWS him first! Corbin ROCKS Wolfgang with a haymaker, but Wolfgang hits back! And CHOPS back! Wolfgang CLUBS Corbin, UPPERCUTS him, then HEADBUTTS him! But Corbin gets around to hit a BIG back suplex! Bron tags in and he storms up on Wolfgang. But Wolfgang wrenches out and ROCKS Bron!

Tag to Mark and Mark CLUBS Bron. Mark stays between Bron and Corbin, DECKS Bron, then storms up on him at the ropes. Mark wrenches Bron, tags Wolfgang back in, and Gallus mugs Bron with body shots. Wolfgang stands between Bron and Corbin, then knocks Bron down. Wolfgang clamps onto a neck wrench, then brings Bron around to scoop and SLAM! Wolfgang poses with arms crossed, then tags in Mark. Gallus mugs Bron some more, the ref counts, and Wolfgang lets off. Mark snapmares and covers, TWO! Mark KNEES Bron in the back, stomps Bron around, then throws haymakers.

Bron sits up to throw body shots in return, and he backs Mark down. But Mark KNEES Bron down! Mark fires forearms, but Bron JUMP KNEES in return! Hot tag to Corbin! Corbin CLOBBERS Mark, puts him in a corner and stomps a mudhole in. The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and he taunts the fans. Corbin stands Mark up for more forearm sand body shots, but Mark hits back! They brawl as NXT returns to single picture. The fans rally as Corbin gets the edge! Corbin whips, Mark dodges and returns, but into a BOOT! Corbin goes up to FLYING LARIAT! Cover, Wolfgang breaks it! But Bron runs in, only for Wolfgang to fireman’s carry!

Wolfgang WASTELAND SLAMS, but Corbin SPINEBUSTERS Wolfgang! Mark ROCKS Corbin, runs, and LARIATS! Mark keeps moving, but he runs into DEEP SIX! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Joe Coffey coaches his brother, helps Wolfgang back into the ring, and the fans rally. The teams regroup, Corbin and Bron egg each other on to fire up! They fire off forearms with Gallus and the fans love it! Bron clotheslines Wolfgang up and out! Corbin ROCKS and ELBOWS Mark into a corner! Corbin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Corbin lets off. Corbin drags Mark up, fireman’s carries and DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS!

Corbin aims, mocks the Bron “break it” pose, but Wolfgang drags Mark out to safety. Fans boo, but then Corbin storms up on the outside. Corbin choke grips Wolfgang, pushes him, but then Wolfgang dodges! Corbin punches post! Mark WRECKS Corbin with a dropkick! Gallus mugs Corbin against the desk, and SMACKS Corbin’s bad hand off the hood! And then off the apron! The ring count is climbing, Gallus gets in the ring and Mark drags Corbin in after them. Mark stomps Corbin, takes the bad hand and uses it in a straitjacket stretch! Fans chant “SHUT UP JOE!” at the Iron King as Corbin fights up.

Mark ROCKS Corbin, tags Wolfgang, and Wolfgang whips Corbin to a corner hard! Corbin stays up but Wolfgang SPLASHES him, snapmares, and tags back to Mark. Wolfgang stands Corbin up in the Gallus corner, then sends Mark in. Corbin dodges Mark, but Wolfgang whips! Corbin KICKS Wolfgang away, hot tag to Bron! Bron rallies on Gallus, fireman’s carries Wolfgang and hits a GUTBUSTER DROP! Then a BACK SUPELX CUTTER?! Bron keeps moving, and he CLOBBERS Wolfgang! The fans are thunderous and Joe Coffey is freaking out! Bron makes Wolfgang hold Mark up, then gets around, GERMAN SUPELX FALL AWAY COMBO!!!

Bron kips up, the straps come down, and even Corbin is into this! Bron says it’s over now! And then Corbin tags in? Corbin is a glory hound, he and Bron argue, and fans want “Spear of Days!” But Wolfgang storms in! SPEAR for Wolfgang!! END OF DAYS for Mark!! Cover, Bron & Corbin win!

Winners: Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Somehow, someway, these two alpha males made it work as a duo! Will they keep this going until they’re added to the history books?

 

Tiffany Stratton goes to work on the Henley farm.

Per the deal made in last week’s match, Fallon Henley won and now Daddy’s Little Rich Girl has to work. No sign of her yet, though. As expected. That’s why Fallon got here early. Little Tiff Tiff is finally getting dirty under those pretty fingernails. Oh, here she is now. Tiffany arrives like cowgirl Barbie, and almost trips in her little high heel boots. She also almost throws up from the smells. Fallon tells Tiff she’s late. Tiff knows. She had to make sure she had the perfect outfit. She’s not seriously wearing that to work on a farm, is she? Fallon had stuff ready for her. EW, she’s not wearing flannel!

Just because Tiff got stuck in this “disgusting situation,” does NOT mean she can’t look good doing it. She’s good. Well, fine by Fallon. Let’s get to work. Tiff breathes through her mouth but that doesn’t do any better. And her heels are still having a hard time on the barn floor. How is she struggling already? The real work hasn’t even begun. Oh, Tiff? No, she’s perfectly fine. Right… Anyway, they’re gonna muck the stalls, feed the horses, and- Uh, sorry, she doesn’t speak “ranch.” What does “mucking the stalls” even mean? It means cleaning them. Then they’ll clean the saddles, the bridles, wash the horses, and if Tiff sees any dumpings-

Dumpings?! Yes. As in droppings. Poopy. Yeah, horse s*it. If you see it, pick it up and throw it away, okay? Tiff is freaking out already. We’ll check in on them later to see if Tiff survives even the first hour.

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

The fans cheer the NXT Women’s Champion as she stands in the ring, and she says we all saw the start of the show, right? The opening recap package showed that she and Blair kicked the crap outta each other at New Year’s Evil. But despite being in the deepest Women’s Division the WWE has to offer, Lyra is confident she’ll finish 2024 as she started it: as your NXT Women’s Champion! Fans cheer that. Lyra continues to say that the thing about Blair is, she’s not going anywhere. Wherever this title goes, Blair will follow. So the question really is, “Who am I gonna face in four week’s time at Vengeance Day?”

Well, we’ll all find out next week, because Lyra spoke with Ava Raine. Ava said they’ll hold a 20 WOMAN BATTLE ROYAL! Fans like the sound of that! Lyra says there’s a twist, though. Because when it gets down to the final four, the match turns into a Fatal 4 Way! The winner of that Fatal 4 will face Lyra at- Lola Vice interrupts. She tells Lyra, “You’re only standing in this ring because your weird little friend, Tatum Paxley, saved your ass last week. Unfortunately for you, I still have my contract. Which means I could cash this baby in whenever I want.” Lyra says yeah, yeah, anytime, anywhere. Lyra gets it.

But what happened? Lyra thought when Lola came in here with her MMA background and all the hype, that Lola would be the one to turn this place upside-down. All we ever see Lola do is talk and talk and talk and talk about what she’s going to do. So what is it, Lola? Maybe she’s confused. Maybe Lola doesn’t know what Lyra’s here to do, but it sure ain’t watching Lola shake her arse on Instagram! Lyra is here to FIGHT Lola, the cage fighter! And see these people? Some of them don’t like Lola. A lot of them do, though. But one thing we can all agree on is that everyone wants to see the match happen!

The fans cheer that, but Lola says, “Callete, la boca.” Everyone LOVES Lola, she can’t help it! They’re like sheep! They follow Lola’s every move. Pero, she can’t blame them, they love the Latina Heat. Oh, really? Where’s the Latina Heat? Cuz the only place Lyra sees it coming from is Elektra Lopez. La Madrina, the one who held Legado Del Fantasma together. Lyra is wondering, when is Lola gonna break it to Lopez that she has no interest in using that contract to get a Women’s Tag Title match? Lyra says she’ll make it easy! Just have the match here and now! Get a ref out here! A ref hurries, Lola squares up, but Lopez SUCKER PUNCHES Lyra!

Fans boo as the lethal Latinas beat down Lyra! Lyra gets up, fights back, and she TACKLES Lopez! Lola CLUBS Lyra, drags her by her hair, but TATUM appears! Tatum ROCKS Lola, Lyra fires off on Lopez, and it’s a lot like last week! Lola & Lopez retreat, Lopez says it will be the two of them against Lyra and Tatum, anytime, anywhere! Tatum says she’s up for it! She and Lyra will never be separated! They belong together! Uh, since when did Lyra agree to that? But will a tag match be what it takes to settle this?

 

Meta Four watches the Country Strong break-up.

They sarcastically act like it’s so sad. Jakara Jackson says, “They break up, we get stronger!” They all cheer that, but Josh Briggs walks in. Real cute that Meta Four’s adopted the bear claw fist bump. Noam Dar says hey, Josh. Lash Legend “apologizes” that Briggs had to see that, seeing as how Meta Four is the group that caused the break-up. Briggs says, “You think we broke up cuz of you guys?” Well, duh! This is a safe space, let it out! Briggs tells Dar to get his head out of his ass. The trio all had different goals, it was mutual. And if not for Captain Sidekick, Oro Mensah, we all know Briggs had Dar’s number.

In fact, Briggs wants a rematch. Dar laughs at that, because Briggs lost by disqualification! And Oro is upset that he’s being called a sidekick. Well if Oro has a problem, then they can handle it in the ring! Briggs storms off, is he going to show he’s Country Strong all by himself? Or will the numbers still win things for Meta Four?

 

Ava Raine meets with Luca Crusifino.

The Legal Eagle is using photo evidence that he had a ropebreak, and he should not have lost. Ava says she’s not a ref, she can’t do anything about a bad call. And she’s waiting for another meeting, but promises to pass the concerns along. Luca says fair enough, and he heads out. Dragon Lee arrives and apologizes for not making it last week. Ava says that’s okay. But Dragon likes that the LWO handled things, and assures Ava that his work visa issues are out of the way. He’s back, ready to go. That’s great! Because in steps Lexis King. And the Drama King of NXT says that’s great. If there’s no mas visa issues, then the open challenges are back on the table. Or is he wrong?

Dragon says he was gonna issue one, but yeah, he’s always ready. And so is King, amigo. So much so, he had a contract drafted up so they don’t have to waste time waiting. Just sign on the dotted line. Dragon says bet, and he signs. Dragon promises his reign will continue to set records, starting tonight. Then it’s official. See you later, cabron. What did he call King? Don’t worry about it. But now that there’s more gold on the line, will King get his crown one way or another? Or will this truly be the Year of the Dragon?

 

Josh Briggs VS Oro Mensah w/ Meta Four!

A battle of former NXT UK Tag Team Champions comes to the forefront as both men want to prove they’re their own man. Well, at least one of them is. But will Oro being a sidekick actually come in handy for him? Or will not even having backup stop a Clothesline From Hell?

The bell rings and Oro fires off, but Briggs fires in return! Oro kicks a leg, ROCKS and CHPOS, but Briggs scoops and SLAMS! Then ELBOW DROPS! Cover, ONE!! Oro gets loose but Briggs brings him up. Briggs CLUBS Oro, scoops him again, but Oro fights free with elbows. Oro shoves but Briggs runs Oro over! Fans fire up, Briggs whips Oro corner to corner, then runs in to SPLASH! Briggs whips, wrenches, but Oro fishhooks! Then JUMP KNEES! Oro runs, but Briggs scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Oro bails out, Briggs pursues, and Lash distracts the ref so Dar can get in the way. Briggs storms in after Oro, but Dar anchors a leg! Oro SUPERKICKS Briggs!

Fans boo as Meta Four gest away with that one. Oro CLUBS away on Briggs, puts him in a corner, but Briggs fights the snapmare. Oro CHOPS, CLUBS and BLINDSIDE FOREARMS! Cover, TWO! Oro storms up but Briggs throws body shots. Oro UPPERCUTS, clinches, but Briggs powers out. Oro dodges a boot, sweeps the legs, then BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Briggs is still in this but Oro throw down fists, then CHOKES Briggs! Briggs pushes Oro away but Oro drives in a knee! Cover, TWO! Briggs sits up but Oro CHOPS him! Briggs CHOPS back! Oro fires a forearm, but so does Briggs!

Briggs whips, Oro dodges and Briggs hits buckles! Oro clotheslines, clotheslines, and stomps a mudhole! Briggs puts Oro on the apron, only for Oro to claw the eyes! Oro dribbles Briggs off buckles, the ref counts, and Oro lets go at 4. Oro springboards, and RIDER KICKS! Cover, TWO!! Briggs is still in this and Oro argues the count. Fans rally for Briggs as Oro drags him up. Oro KICKS Briggs, KICKS and KICKS, but Briggs just scowls. Oro runs up, but Briggs blocks, to CHOKE SLAM!! Briggs aims from a corner, roars, but Jakara distracts the ref! Dar grabs at Briggs, but Briggs gets free as Oro runs in! Oro hits buckles, Briggs hits the CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!!! Cover, Briggs win!!

Winner: Josh Briggs, by pinfall

For once, one is greater than four! Briggs glares Dar down, Dar says okay then. Will Supernova 11 end up giving Briggs that rematch one way or another?

 

NXT checks back in at the Henley farm.

Tiff pushes a wheelbarrow of hay, struggles to unload it, struggles to walk in those heels with a bucket of water, struggles to hose down a stable, and, well, just struggles in general. And Fallon smiles. Tiff says she’s done. Can they sit down? Her feet are killing her! Nope, that was just the start. But then a horse did “the thing” again, time to wash her. Fallon says that’s all you, Buttercup. Don’t call Tiff “Buttercup.” She didn’t. She was saying the horse’s name. Tiff does not wanna, but she is gonna. Tiff, meet Buttercup. And here’s a bucket and sponge. Have fun. Tiff asks Buttercup be nice to her.

Tiff puts her hat on a hook, and gets her hands in the water. She carefully dabs and wipes Buttercup, and is almost in tears by the end. She pouts her way back to Fallon and says no she’s done. She needs a shower, new clothes, and to be disinfected. She hopes Fallon enjoyed the show. Yeah, it has been a long day, hasn’t it? But Tiff can’t put a clean horse in a dirty stall. Why not? They’re filthy animals to begin with, and sleep on the hay, right? Yeah, no. Time to muck some stalls. Tiff says muck this. But here, look! A pink rake, just for her. Get to mucking. Tiff sees the absolute mess. To be continued!

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Tony D’Angelo & Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo w/ Adriana Rizzo VS Out The Mud w/ SCRYPTS!

The Don & Underboss ended up owing Lucien Price & Bronco Nima this match because Andre Chase put their money where his mouth was, and then lost. Will Tony & Stacks be able to make it through all the same? Or are Price & Nima about to take these titles home to their streets?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who really runs the tag division!

The teams sort out, Nima and Stacks start. They tie up, Nima shoves Stacks, so Stacks shoves Nima. They go again, Stacks wants a leg but Nima shoves him away. Nima eggs Stacks on, so Stacks comes back to headlock. Nima powers out, runs Stacks over, and talks trash. Nima storms up but Stacks fires haymakers in return! Nima kicks, Stacks dodges, but Stacks runs right into a scoop! Stacks slips free, baits Nima into the D’Angelo corner, and Tony tags in as Stacks dodges again. DOUBLE HAYMAKER! Tony fires off, whips, but Nima reverses. Tony rams shoulders but he’s the one who staggers back!

Fans fire up, Tony runs and Stacks tags in. Tony body shots, Stacks knee lifts, and Tony SHOUDLER TACKLES! Stacks & Tony egg Nima on but Price tags in. OTM stands against the D’Angelos, and then Price RAMS Stacks! Price RAMS Stacks again, carries him, but Stacks sunset flips! Price stays up, drags Stacks up, but Stacks DROPKICKS! Then a SPLASH in the corner! Tag to Tony, they mug Price but Price fights free. Tony clotheslines Price in the corner, then uses Stacks for the HIP TOSS CANNONBALL! Tony drags Price to a cover, TWO! Tony throws hands down on Price, tags in Stacks, and then Stacks climbs.

Tony slingshot ELBOW DROPS, then he lifts Stacks off the corner, GORILLA PRESS ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Price stays in this but Stacks stays on him. Price throws body shots, Stacks JABS, fires hands, and headlocks. Price powers out, Nima tags in. Stacks ducks a clothesline but Nima gets a cheap shot in! Stacks DECKS Nima, but Price runs in! Stacks dumps Price out, then goes up and out. Stacks blocks a kick, but Nima Electric Chair Lifts! Price runs up from behind, BLINDSIDE KNEE ELECTRIC CHAIR SLAM COMBO, to the floor! Tony protests, fans boo, and OTM talks trash on Stacks as NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Nima CLUBS Stacks, DECKS him, then sucker punches Tony! Fans boo but Nima storms up on Stacks. Nima drags Stacks up, and clamps on a mounted crossface hold. Tony storms in and goes after Nima! The ref backs Tony down but that still helps Stacks fight up and throw body shots. Stacks reaches out but Nima keeps him from Tony. Nima kicks and whips, Stacks uses that to BLAST Price! Stacks BOOTS Nima, ELBOWS Price, then fires off hands on Nima! Nima still keeps Stacks back, tag to Price. Whip into the SLEEPER, then a BODY SHOT from Nima! Fans boo as Price brings Stacks around.

Price slides Stacks to Nima’s fireman’s carry! They did this during the break, so Stacks slips free this time! Stacks POSTS Nima, ROCKS Price, and hurries for the corner! Price grabs a leg, Stacks BOOTS him away! Tag to Tony and he rallies on Nima! Fans fire up and Tony BELLy2BELLY SUPLEXES! Then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES! Price flounders, Nima runs in but Tony ducks ‘n’ dodges, slip up and over to hockey scrum and JACKHAMER! Fans fire up, Tony SPINEBUSTERS Price! Cover, TWO!! Tony keeps his cool, and he hauls Price back up. Tony reels Price in, says it’s time, and fans fire up.

Tony hooks a leg but Price wrenches free. Stacks tags in before the O’Conner, and then Tony switches, UPPERCUT GERMAN SUPLEX COMBO! Then Stacks feeds Price to Tony. But Nima runs up to STMOP Stacks down! Price fights free to SUPERKICK Tony down! Tag to Nima, OTM mugs Tony and hauls him up. Double Torture Rack, DOUBLE RACK BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!? Tony survives and the fans fire up! Nima is furious, he kicks Stacks and TOSSES him back out. Tag to Price, they whip Tony and lift, FLAPJACK POWERSLAM COMBO! Cover, TWO!! The Don is showing real tenacity in this match!

Price tags Nima, and OTM gets Tony up again. But Tony fights free, throws hands, and Stacks returns! Stacks clotheslines Nima and himself out of the ring! Tony rolls Price up, TWO! Price stands, but Tony TOSSES him out! Tony calls to Stacks, then Stacks builds speed. Tony give shim the boost, FLYING HIP TOSS CANNONBALL!! Direct hit on OTM and Stacks puts Price in. Tony hauls Price up, whips, Bada Bing, BADA BOOM!! Cover, NIMA BREAKS IT!! Fans fire up again as all four men are down! Scrypts and Rizzo are each freaking out over this one but the fans are loving it! The four brawl, Nima DECKS Stacks!

Price ROCKS Tony, the ref backs Nima down. Price drags Tony & Stacks up as Scrypts climbs the corner! But Rizzo runs up and she SHOVES Scrypts onto Price! Fans fire up as Stacks then runs to TRIANGLE PLANCHA Nima!! Tony gets Price up, FOGEDABOUTIT!! Bridging cover, The D’Angelos win!

Winners: Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

The glue of the family keeps the titles with the family! Rizzo celebrates with her guys, will the D’Angelos be unstoppable in 2024?

 

NXT Anonymous is watching.

The students of Chase U are talking, all very worried about the status of the school. Jacy Jayne & Thea Hail are there to explain Jacy’s plan. “We all know Chase U is in crisis mode right now. Attendance is down and this place is going under fast. And I get you guys and the entire student body have been trying to come up with the money, but it’s just not good enough. But I have an idea that is going to save the university from debt. I just need you guys to do exactly what I say, and we’ll be up and running and back on our feet in no time, okay?” Jacy shows the rest of her plan from her phone, instructing everyone on their part, but just what is this plan?

 

Backstage interview with Oba Femi.

Kelly Kincaid is with the NXT Men’s Breakout Tournament winner, and congratulates him on the win. It has only been a week, but does he have an idea when he wants to use his title match contract? Oba says this contract means that he can become NXT Champion whenever he wants. And just like the tournament, every superstar will crumble under his feet. And because he is “backed by destiny,” he could wait to cash-in at Stand & Deliver, or he could- be interrupted by Lexis King. King sarcastically congratulates Oba on the win, and says we all know if it wasn’t for Trey Bearhill, it would’ve been King VS Oba in the finals. And well, who knows what would’ve happened then.

But in the end, Oba earned his title contract from the tournament, while King earned his title shot with Dragon Lee with his own contract, and he’s getting that title tonight! So just keep plugging away, Oba. Because King is looking at the future NXT Champion in Oba Femi, while we see the next North American Champion in Lexis King, “The Face of Tuesday Nights.” After King wins, drinks on him, Kelly. King heads out, and Oba says if that match is in tonight’s main event, he might just have to watch. Is Oba going to change plans upon seeing King take on the Lucha Dragon?

 

Gallus throws a fit backstage.

Wolfgang is shoving stuff and Joe says to dust off. The game is done, they couldn’t have prepared for Bron & Corbin actually working together as a team. Joe then spots “family man” Ridge Holland walking by. Joe says that interview last week was “very touching.” Ridge really poured his heart out. Ridge says not to worry about him, worry more about Gallus. Oh, sorry, does Ridge not know how to act when someone isn’t scared of him? Joe has no fear. In fact, Ridge should be afraid of what Joe is capable of doing to him. Ridge knows how tough Joe is, okay? But look at him. There’s no fear in his eyes, either.

Joe says Ridge should’ve just stuck to being a Brawling Brute. Because now that Ridge is back in NXT, who knows how long Ridge will last! In fact, Gallus can take care of that. Gallus heads out, will Ridge show them a thing or two about Northern Grit?

 

Gigi Dolin VS Cora Jade!

The Toxic Avenger and the #GenerationOfJade have battled before, but the tables have turned since then! Now Cora is the obnoxious, self-centered, and toxic entity in the locker room, will she make NXT all about her? Or will Gigi put Cora in her place once and for all?

NXT returns as Gigi makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Cora wrenches to wring Gig, but Gigi rolls through. They tie up again, Gigi wrenches and WRINGS Cora! Cora staggers up, Gigi storms up and clinches. Cora powers out to ROCK Gigi, then facelock. Gigi fights the underhooks, snapmares and CHOPS Cora on the back! Then KICKS Cora in the chest! Cover, TWO! Gigi gives Kawada Kicks to Cora and fast! Cora scrambles to ropes, Gigi runs up, but Cora avoids the basement dropkick! Cora springboards to IMPLODER STOMP! Then Cora RAMS Gigi into a corner!

The ref counts, Cora lets off at 4, and then stalks Gigi to another corner. Cora stomps a mudhole in, digs her boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Cora dusts herself off, storms back up on Gigi, and she stands Gigi up. Gigi throws body shots but Cora CLUBS Gigi down. Cora brings Gigi up, whips, and LARIATS! Fans boo as Cora looms over Gigi. Cora pushes Gigi around, talks trash, and says she runs NXT. But Gigi ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! And again! But Cora YANKS Gigi into ropes! Fans boo again as Cora runs, and she ELBOWS Gigi in the back! Gigi goes to a corner, Cora runs in to SHINING WIZARD!

Cora snapmares Gigi down, covers, TWO! Cora clamps onto Gigi with a chinlock and she thrashes her around. Gigi endures, fans rally up, and Gigi fights to her feet. But Cora wrangles her back down and throws elbows! Cora squeezes tight, Gigi still fights up, but Cora knees low! Fans duel, Cora whips, but Gigi dodge! Cora hits buckles, hurries after Gigi, but Gigi ROCKS her, UPPERCUTS her, and fires off a strike fest! Fans fire up as Gigi roars and CLOBBERS Cora! And CLOBBERS her again! And then wrenches to an STO! Fans fire up as Cora goes to ropes, and Gigi runs to basement dropkick!

Gigi stalks Cora, drags her up, but Cora holds onto the ref to slip free of the move! Then she underhooks, FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, Cora wins!

Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall

Cora sneers and fans boo, but Gigi ends up jaded. Will Cora make all of NXT feel the same way as the year rolls on?

 

OTM regroups in the parking lot.

Nima says they got played! They shouldn’t be leaving without the tag titles. Price says they really need to do something about that. But then they spot Jaida Parker. She says OTM needs to realize, this is The D’Angelo’s environment, open your minds up. So what’s she getting at? Jaida says where she’s from, they see that stuff coming a mile away, and yet OTM fell for it? They’re better than that. She’s right. She knows she’s right! So first thing’s first, who got that rizz? No one speaks up, and that’s what she thought. She’s just saying, she’s the missing piece. So what’s up? OTM is in agreement, let’s talk business.

 

2024 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Opening Round: Nathan Frazer & Axiom VS Hank Walker & Tank Ledger!

The Jersey Island Rocket keeps putting his foot in his mouth backstage, riling up pretty much anyone and everyone he talks about. But the Undeniable Truth is still willing to be Frazer’s friend, and they’re looking to take the Dusty Cup in a flash! Will these two prove to be a truly dynamic duo? Or will Hank ‘n’ Tank have that breakout moment they’ve been waiting for?

The teams sort out and Hank starts against Axiom. They tie up, Hank throws Axiom down, but axiom gets up to throw hands. Hank whips Axiom away to a corner, runs up, but Axiom goes up and over. Axiom keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Hank throws him away to then BOOT him down! Fans fire up, Hank hauls Axiom up, and back suplexes. Axiom lands out on his feet, dodges Hank again and DROPKICKS him! Hank staggers, Axiom runs up but Hank whips him away. Frazer tags in, Axiom dodges Hank to dropkick legs out, then Frazer headlocks. Hank powers out, and he SPLASHES Frazer in the corner!

Tank tags in, he and Hank SANDWICH Frazer! Fans fire up for the working men as Tank goes for Frazer’s legs. Frazer kicks Tank away, goes to ropes, but Tank YANKS him up! Frazer lands on his feet to PELE! Hot tag to Axiom, he runs to ROCK Tank! Frazer ROCKS Tank! Axiom LARIATS and Frazer DDTS! Axiom covers, TWO! Axiom keeps an eye on Hank but goes back for Tank. Axiom KICKS Tank in the ribs! Tank sputters, Hank coaches him up, and Axiom aims again. Tank blocks the kick! Axiom SLAPS free! Tank runs up, blocks the roundhouse, and then runs. Hank tags in., gets Axiom up, and TOSSES him into buckles!

Hank scoops to SLAM Axiom down! Fans fire up with Hank again, he hauls Axiom up to CHOP, then he tags Tank. Hank swings, Axiom counter punches, but Hank still scoops and SLAMS! Tank slingshots to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Axiom hangs in there but Tank drags Axiom up. Axiom CHOPS, Tank gut wrenches to the Canadian Rack! Axiom fights free, dodges Tank and he GAMANGIRIS Hank! Axiom goes up and over Tank, tags in Frazer! Frazer fires off on Tank with forearms, runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and then CLOBBERS Tank! Fans fire up and Frazer CHOPS Tank in a corner! Frazer whips, Tank reverses but Frazer dodges again!

Tank hits buckles, Frazer springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, Hank breaks it! Axiom runs in but Hank DECKS him! Frazer SUPERKICKS Hank! Tank catches Frazer to a BUBBA BOMB! Tag to Hank and the shirts come off! Feed to the POP-UP BACK SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Frazer survives but Hank hauls Frazer up. Frazer fights free of the scoop, then dumps Hank out. Axiom tags in and builds speed, GAMANGIRI for Tank! Then Axiom DIVES to hit Hank at the ramp! Hank stays up, Axiom slides in while Frazer DIVES to hit Tank into the desk! Axiom DIVES again but Hank still stands! So Frazer DIVES to hit Tank again for good measure!

Axiom puts Hank in, goes up, but Hank gets under the jump, to KING KONG LARIAT! Hank hauls Axiom up, but Axiom cradle counters! TWO!! Axiom KNEES Hank, tags Frazer, then DROPKICKS Hank! Axiom WRECKS Tank, too, then Frazer PHOENIX SPLASHES Hank!! Cover, Frazer & Axiom win!

Winners: Nathan Frazer & Axiom, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

It was fast and furious, but the high-flyers make it through to the next round! They’re going to face Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin in the next round, will the super friends make it through the two alpha males?

 

NXT returns to the Henley farm.

Tiff pep talks herself, and promises she will erase every smell from this horrible day from memory. Fallon and her family all have a laugh. Does Tiff not realize she will now have to move that wheelbarrow with it that full? It’s what she gets for talking bad on Fallon. And look how dirty she got. Though, she is lasting longer than Fallon expected. She wouldn’t be a bad addition. Tiff encourages herself, but the more she talks, the more she smells and she almost throws up. And then she gets a bunch of it flung onto her. Fallon says Tiff is all done. How did it feel to do real work and eat her words?

Tiff says this is NOT real work. This was hell! The worst day of her life! Because for one day, she felt what it was like to be Fallon, smelling like disgusting horses and living her repulsive life. Tiff pities Fallon because Fallon enjoys this literal crap. Something is seriously wrong with Fallon if she thinks this is any way to live. But Tiff finished, did everything Fallon asked of her, and did it despite every fiber of her being. Fallon speaks up but Tiff says no, she is leaving! Then she steps into a big pile of poop, falls over and lands right in a water trough. Fallon says she was just gonna say Tiff missed a spot. But yeah, Tiff’s free to go.

Fallon and the family leave Tiff to throw a tantrum in the water. Will Tiff ever live this down?

 

Malik Blade & Edris Enofe talk backstage.

They’re feeling like it’s Christmas all over again, because next week can’t get here fast enough. Their roll in the Dusty Classic is just getting started! They’ll get their names on that Cup! They’ve had their starts and stops, but this year, there ain’t no stopping them now! What’s crazy is, everyone talks about their opponents, Trick Melo Gang. That’s cool and all, because those two have been the talk of NXT all 2023. But Malik & Edris will put an end to that! Everybody knows Trick Melo Gang ain’t on the same page, but Malik & Edris are reading the same book. They’ve been friends just as long as Trick Melo Gang!

But Edris knows exactly what they need to turn their careers around, and it’s this tournament! Hey, hey, guys! Who’s ready to change their lives? Uh, hey, Brandy Reece, right? #BrandActive. What’s up? Brandy asks if they want to, but is sure they do. She isn’t getting any vibes from them, but let’s get started with stretches! Because when you stay active, you’ll have six packs just like that. Um, okay, Brandy, but they’re covered on that. WOW! Okay, impressive. But if they need a program, hit her up. Okay, bye. Brandy heads out, will the only program Malik & Edris need be winning in the Dusty Classic?

 

NXT North American Championship: Dragon Lee VS Lexis King!

The Boy Wonder, the Future of Lucha Libre, is back and getting right back on his open challenge series. Will he put the Drama King in his place at the same time? Or will the self-proclaimed Face of Tuesday Nights actually slay the Dragon?

NXT returns and King makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly sits on the throne!

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, King powers Dragon to ropes but Dragon turns it around. The ref counts, Dragon lets off with a pat on the shoulders, and the two reset. They tie up again, King powers Dragon to a corner, the ref counts again, and King lets off. The fans chant “LEXIS SUCKS!” Dragon catches King to a headlock takeover, but King pulls on the mask! King headscissors, Dragon kips free, but King grabs an arm. King wrenches, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, then wristlocks. Fans rally, Dragon rolls, and he hooks a leg. King fights that off, but Dragon trips King up. Dragon has a toehold but King body scissor clutches! TWO!

King headlocks, Dragon powers up but King hits a takeover. The fans rally for Dragon and he fights up. Dragon powers up and out, King runs him over, and King soaks up the heat. Things speed up, King rolls over Dragon’s dropdown but Dragon runs. King drops, hurdles, Dragon leaps over, and then Dragon dodges to DROPKICK! King ends up in a corner, the fans fire up and Dragon runs in. But King puts Dragon up top, to DROPKICK Dragon to the floor! Fans boo but King builds speed, but Dragon avoids the wrecking ball dropkick! King gets tangled up a bit, gets himself free, and TREY BEARHILL is here!

Refs are holding big bad Bearhill back, King tells him to go away, but Dragon FLIES and takes King out! Fans fire up and NXT goes picture in picture.

Dragon looms over King as Bearhill is escorted away. Dragon CLUBS King, but King RAMS him into steel steps! Then BOOTS him down! King refreshes the count, storms up on Dragon, and whips him into barriers! King looms over Dragon, sits him up to KICK him in the back, then puts him in the ring. King covers, TWO! King looms over Dragon, drags him up and bumps him off buckles. King stomps Dragon, stands him up to CHOP, then digs his boots in, using ropes for leverage! The ref counts, King lets off, and King soaks up the heat. King storms back up on Dragon, pulls on the mask, but Dragon throws body shots!

Dragon swings, King gets under and hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dragon is hanging in there but King is frustrated. King throws down fists, covers, TWO! King clamps onto Dragon with a chinlock, but Dragon fights up as the fans rally. Dragon throws body shots, gets free, and runs, into a kitchen sink knee! King BLINDSIDE KNEES Dragon down! Cover, TWO! Dragon is still in this but King gets a leg. NXT returns to single picture as King has the HALF CRAB! Dragon endures, the fans rally, and Dragon reaches out. But King drags him from ropes! Dragon rolls to a sunset flip, TWO! King runs up to LARIAT!

King huffs and puffs, but he soaks up the heat from the fans. King aims from a corner, Dragon rises up, and King runs in, but fakes the dropkick to SLAP Dragon! King pie faces Dragon, talks trash, but Dragon stands up. Dragon ROCKS King, ROCKS him again, and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then SLAPS King in return! Dragon whips, King reverses and sidesteps, but Dragon CLOBBERS King! And LARIATS! Fans fire up, Dragon aims from a corner, and he runs in, only for King to put him on the apron. Dragon blocks a punch to ROUNDHOUSE, then SLINGSHOT RANA! King hits buckles, Dragon runs in, JUMP KCIK!

Dragon sweeps the legs, then swings in for the DROPKICK, Combinacion Dragon! Fans fire up as Dragon keeps moving, and he HYDRAULIC DROPKICKS! Fans fire up as Dragon covers, TWO! King survives but Dragon clamps on with a chinlock. King endures so Dragon lets off to KICK him in the back! Dragon eggs King on, and King eggs Dragon on. So Dragon SLAPS him! King CHOPS back! Dragon CHOPS! King CHOPS! They CHOP and CHOP and fans fire up! The CHOPS get louder, Dragon BOOTS King then slips through the lariat! But King trips Dragon! Dragon BOOTS King, King SUPERKICKS back!

Dragon V-TRIGGERS in return, then hops on! King slips out the back to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! And then the scoop, FISHERMAN DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! King is beside himself, but he holds onto a leg! HALF CRAB! The fans rally for “NXT! NXT!” as Dragon endures and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! King lets go in frustration, runs up, but into a SUPERKICK! Dragon runs up, tilt-o-whirl, OPERACION DRAGON!! Cover, Dragon wins!

Winner: Dragon Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

King tired to take Dragon’s crown but he ended up slayed! But wait!! Oba Femi is storming out here?! With a referee and his contract?! He wants to cash that in NOW?! Well, it’s happening, so- WAIT! DRAGON DIVES ONTO OBA! Fans fire up as Dragon fires off on Oba first, then puts him in the ring! Dragon still wants this match, is he gonna win twice in one night?!

NXT Men’s Breakout Contract Cash-in, North American Championship: Dragon Lee VS Oba Femi!

The bell rings, Dragon fires off on Oba and the fans fire up! Oba shoves Dragon, catches Dragon, but Dragon ENZIGURIS! Dragon whips, Oba blocks! Oba whips and CLOBBERS Dragon! Then SHOT PUT BOMB!! Fans are thunderous as Oba aims, runs corner to corner, but Dragon SUPERKICKS!! Dragon hurries after Oba, TORNADO DDT! Dragon crawls to the cover, TWO! Oba is tougher than that, and the fans fire up as he rises to his feet! Dragon runs in again, OPERACION- NO!! Oba blocks that to pop Dragon up, into the POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, OBA WINS!!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (NEW NXT North American Champion)

From Breakout Tournament winner to champion in just ONE WEEK, The Ruler now reigns!! The Year of the Dragon ends, is this now the Year of Oba?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT, with a wild ending that I didn’t think we were gonna get. Lexis King calling out Dragon Lee with his own stupid title contract as a sad approximation to the Breakout Tournament contract was actually a very clever in-character move. And then of course he doesn’t win, he’s got his own feud with Trey Bearhill still to do, and just isn’t ready character wise for a title. Oba cashing in for the fastest turnaround on a Breakout contract AND winning were both incredible surprises. But at the same time, perfect spot for Oba, this helps Dragon go back to SmackDown full-time, and it really freshens up that midcard picture for the New Year.

Great farm work vignettes from Tiffany and Fallon throughout the night, and it all went about as expected: Tiffany couldn’t hack it but she brushed it off like it doesn’t matter anyway, and then karma bites her as she ends up covered in poo and water. She and Fallon will surely go after each other in that 20 Woman Battle Royal, costing each other the title shot in the end. Speaking of, I like that idea of 20 Woman Battle Royal that turns into a Fatal 4. Great promo from Lyra and Lola and Lopez, and another brawl that Tatum gets involved in. The resulting tag match could go either way, but don’t expect a cash-in. I’m thinking Lyra upsets Tatum by rejecting her and then that ends up the Vengeance Day title match since it’s also kinda Valentine’s Day themed.

Great opening stuff with Blair and Lyons going from brawling to having the match. I guess there was supposed to be a part in there where they actually stopped fighting long enough to change into ring gear, but that seems silly to me. Blair winning out was fine, and if they’re in the 20 Woman Battle Royal, they probably also cost each other the title shot. Gigi VS Cora was also really good, and I should’ve figured Cora would win this one. Gigi probably costs Cora in the battle royal, and they have a rematch. At least one of these grudge matches is gonna happen at Vengeance Day, and perhaps under special stipulations.

Good promo from Briggs with Meta Four to set up Briggs VS Oro, and great win for Briggs. Briggs is still aiming for that Heritage Cup, and as much as I’d love for Briggs to win it with like a knockout clothesline, I can’t be sure the chances of Dar losing the Cup. And speaking of cups, great start to the Dusty Rhodes Classic. Great win for Bron & Corbin over Gallus, and I think fans were chanting “A-holes! A-holes!” in odd support of Bron & Corbin. Frazer & Axiom also have a great match and great win over Hank ‘n’ Tank, but it seems a shame Bron & Corbin VS Axiom & Frazer is already happening next round.

Good promo from Gallus with Ridge Holland, guess Gallus is moving on from Gacy. NXT Anonymous watching Jacy meet with members of Chase U’s “student body” is interesting, not sure why they couldn’t just introduce that as a camera in the room, but I guess if it’s framed by NXT Anon, it is meant to be like a secret is revealed. Now everyone knows, or is at least led to believe, Jacy has a shady plan to fix things. Great tag title match, though maybe one false finish too many. I forget what OTM’s finisher is, but there’s half a chance Tony buried it tonight. But in OTM’s defeat, they are adding Jaida Parker as a female member, that’s good for all parties involved.

And then there’s a nice new wrinkle in the Trick Melo Gang story. Melo of course wants to keep Trick close by having them go for the tag titles together, which I always felt like they should’ve tried for before. But now it’s because Melo is being two-faced. Malik & Edris had a good promo responding to that news that was confusingly sidetracked by the debut of Brandy Reece (at least I think that’s the name), who also confusingly has the newest fitness guru gimmick. HBK is doing a great job, don’t get me wrong, but this is a bit too old school of a move from him, unless Brandy really does wanna be like the modern day Simon Dean or whatever.

But back to the tag tournament, I feel like Trick Melo Gang is going to make it through the first round, only to implode against the winners of Chase U VS LWO. Which is a shame for Malik & Edris, they really do deserve something finally. Maybe they’ll surprise us with Malik & Edris getting the win and that adds tension to Trick Melo Gang’s already damaged friendship, getting us that much closer to Melo snapping and revealing he did attack Trick. But at this point, if we’re waiting until Dragunov VS Trick for Vengeance Day, is Trick VS Melo gonna be like the go-home or something? Or maybe Melo forces things into that Triple Threat he wanted a couple weeks ago after all.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Collision Results & Report! (4/13/24)

The Don Callis Family is out for blood!

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Will the Blackpool Combat Club survive this Collision?

Before the Dynasty dream match of Ospreay VS Danielson, the Don Callis Family wants to not just beat the American Dragon, but to destroy him!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal; The House of Black wins.
  • Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico; Garcia wins.
  • AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay; Storm wins and denies AZM a title match.
  • Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher; Bryan & Claudio win.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Blackpool Combat Club speaks.

Bryan Danielson says BIG week for BCC. Jon Moxley is the NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, a huge accomplishment. And on Wednesday, Claudio Castagnoli takes on Will Ospreay, then Bryan faces Ospreay at Dynasty. But there’s tonight first. Claudio says Don Callis gave Kyle Fletcher & Will Hobbs this motivational speech that they don’t even need to beat BCC, they just have to hurt BCC. How weird. But it’s easier to beat them than to hurt them, and what kind of faith does that show Callis has in Ospreay? Not much, it seems. Not sure what Callis is thinking. But Claudio has faith that all three of those guys could beat BCC.

But hurt them? People have been trying to hurt Claudio and Bryan for 20 years. Because they see the spotlight, they see how successful BCC is, and they see BCC all over the world. Bryan couldn’t be stopped by a broken orbital bone nor a broken arm. And Claudio’s been fighting week after week after week, consistently like Swiss clockwork for over 15 YEARS. Because it’s not about the work and the talk here in front of the camera, but the work behind cameras, the stuff you don’t see, that goes into making this look so easy at the level they are at. Bryan agrees there, and tells Don Callis that he wants his guys to hurt them, to hurt Bryan and to hurt Claudio.

Guess what?! That’s not gonna fly tonight! Because Bryan goes out there every single night to hurt people! That’s what BCC does! Violence is their specialty! DCF will not only see that tonight, but on Wednesday and in St. Louis. The American Dragon is all fired up, but will he and the Swiss Superman burn down the Powerhouse and the Protostar?

 

Six Man Tag: The House of Black VS Dante Martin, Action Andretti & Matt Sydal!

Malakai Black, Brody King & Buddy Matthews are preparing for the coming war with Adam Copeland, Mark Briscoe & Eddie Kingston, but they’re taking on three men who are much different from Copeland, Briscoe & Kingston. Will grounding high-fliers make the House ready for those brawlers? Or is this where the House will fold?

The trios sort out and the fans bark as Buddy starts against Action. The fans rally as the two circle, feel things out, and tie up. Buddy wrenches an arm to a wristlock, YANKS it and grinds the arm down. Action fights up, Buddy wrenches again, but Action rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Action wristlocks, but Buddy rolls, handsprings and wrenches again. The fans cheer the technical exchange, and Action rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Buddy powers Action back to whip, but Action holds onto the wristlock. Action twists the wrist but Buddy spins, headlocks and hits the takeover. Action moves around but Buddy keeps him down.

Action pushes Buddy to a headscissor, but Buddy kips free! Buddy gets around, waistlocks, but Action bucks the O’Conner. Action goes up and over as Buddy runs in, then DROPKICKS! The fans are torn but Action tags Sydal. Buddy TOSSES Action but Sydal schoolboys and bridges! TWO, Buddy knees low! Buddy ROCKS Sydal, CLUBS him, then tags Malakai! But Sydal arm-drags and SOBATS! Sydal KICKS Malakai, tags in Dante, and they coordinate, MONKEY FLIP and SWANTON CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Tag to Action, he ROCKS Malakai and whips. Malakai reverses, Dante gives Action the boost up and over!

Dante catches Malakai to a facelock, but Malakai wrenches out to BOOT Action! Malakai blocks Dante’s kick to STO! Action kicks low, whips, but Malakai stops himself to stare Action down. The fans cheer, Malakai dodges a shot and Brody tags in. BOOT to SHOULDER TACKLE! Dante and Sydal run in but they get run over! The fans fire up with Brody, but then Dante and Sydal DOUBLE DROPKICK! Brody returns to DOUBLE LARIAT! The fans bark for Brody, he gets Action up and CHOPS him to a corner. And CHOPS again! Action sputters, Brody whips him to ropes, but Action ducks ‘n’ dodges to go up, but Brody catches him!

Action fights, but Buddy distracts the ref while Malakai jumps in. Brody gets Action in wheelbarrow position, ROUNDHOUSE into the GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans fire up for The House while Action tumbles out. Buddy tags in and Brody DIVES onto all three opponents! The fans fire up again as Brody roars, and he puts Action in for Buddy. Buddy aims from a corner as Action rises, and Buddy runs in to BOOT in the corner! Snapmare and cover, TWO!! Action survives but Buddy stays focused. Buddy drags Action up, suplexes, but Action knees free! Action waistlocks, Buddy ELBOWS Action then sucker punches Sydal!

Buddy storms up on Action, Action slides under and reaches out! Buddy has a leg, he reels Action in to back suplex, but Action lands on his feet! Action ducks under an elbow, reaches out again, but Buddy has the tights! Action ENZIGIRIS, hot tag to Sydal! JUMP KICK! Sydal ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Buddy tumbles, comes back, but into a WHEEL KICK! Malakai runs up to CLUB Sydal, but Sydal JUMP KNEES back! QUESTION- NO, Malakai blocks the Question Mark Kick to ROUNDHOUSE Sydal! Sydal staggers to ropes, Brody storms in, but Sydal DUMPS Brody out! Buddy runs up, into a BOOT!

Sydal ELBOWS Malakai, runs up, but into a POP UP, POWERBOMB BACKBREAKER COMBO!! The fans fire up and Buddy covers, TWO! Sydal is still in this while Collision goes picture in picture.

Buddy looms over Sydal, drags him up and whips to JUMP KNEE! Sydal tumbles out and Brody tags in. Brody goes after Sydal to whip him hard into railing! Sydal writhes, Brody drags him back up, and Brody whips Sydal hard into more railing! The fans bark for Brody again as he stands Sydal up and CHOPS! Brody puts Sydal in the ring, looms over him, then drags him up. Brody CHOPS Sydal to the corner, tags Buddy, and then Brody scoops Sydal to SLAM him! Buddy slingshot SENTONS right in! Tag to Malakai and Buddy snapmares Sydal for Malakai to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Malakai drags Sydal down into a KIMURA!

Sydal endures the double wristlock as Malakai twists the elbow! Malakai drags Sydal back, Buddy tags in, and they mug Sydal. Buddy snapmares Sydal to KICK him down! Buddy drags Sydal back up, clamps onto the arm, and Collision returns as Buddy whips Sydal hard into a corner! Buddy BOOTS Dante off the apron for the hell of it! Buddy snapmares Sydal to KNEE him in the back, and KNEE again! Buddy mockingly holds Sydal’s hand out to Action, then KICKS Sydal in the back! And KICKS him again! The fans rally but Buddy drags Sydal right up to an Electric Chair Lift! But Sydal uses that to POISON-RANA!

Buddy flops right out of the ring and the fans rally up! Sydal crawls, The House shouts to Buddy, and the ring count is 5 of 10! Brody hurries to toss Buddy back in, hot tags to Malakai and Dante! Dante fires off on Malakai, then whips. Malakai reverses, runs up, but Dante slips out, goes up and around, then GAMANGIRIS! Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! But Malakai rolls through it to suplex and GOURD- NO, Dante lands out! POP-UP RANA! Dante hurries up a corner while Malakai is down! The fans fire up but Dante has to leap away as Brody rushes over! Dante comes back to SHOTGUN Brody down!

Malakai waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Dante lands on his feet! Dante dodges Malakai to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Dante runs and FLIES out onto Brody! Dante hurries back in, the fans fire up, and Dante stalks Malakai, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Action hurries to tag in, he torture racks but Malakai lands out! Malakai knees low, whips, but Action ducks ‘n ‘dodges to DIVE onto Buddy! Action snarls but Malakai hits him with a TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Malakai puts Action in, BOOTS him to ropes, then ROUNDHOUSES! Malakai brings Action over, tags Brody, and then Buddy joins in. The fans bark as the House surrounds Action.

DANTE’S- NO, Sydal and Dante save Action! Then they TRIPLE SUPERKICK in return! And then TRIPLE SUPERKICK! DOUBLE SUPERKICK! TRIPLE SUPERKICK!! The fans fire up but Buddy POP-UP KNEES Dante! Sydal goes up to METEORA! Malakai ROUNDHOUSES Sydal, Action springboards to FLYING LARIAT Malakai! Brody DISCUS LARIATS Action down!! Cover, but Dante MAMBA SPLASHES it apart!! The fans are thunderous for “A E DUB! A E DUB!” “This is Awesome!” as the teams regroup. Sydal BUZZSAWS Brody! Dante SUPERKICKS! Action joins in, TRIPLE KICK! Dante then SENTONS!

Action 450 SPLASHES! Cover, ONE?!?! The fans are barking while Action can’t believe! Tag to Sydal, METE- NO, Brody catches Sydal, throws him back and SPLASHES in a corner! The fans bark more, The House all coordinate, CEREBERUS ATTACK!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Black, by pinfall

That was surely a fast ‘n’ furious fight just to open the night, and Malakai wants to make sure Adam Copeland was watching. The House vows that Dynasty will be The End. Will the House soon take the head of the Face of TNT?

 

Backstage interview with Toni Storm, Mariah May & Luther.

Lexi Nair is with the AEW Women’s World Champion, as well as her protege and her butler, and says we saw a lot on Dynamite. Kissing, champagne, and- “Yes, we did see a lot, didn’t we, darling? Get used to it. Because we saw a Champion’s Champagne Celebration that made an Italian woman curse, and turned Lightning Daffodil into a diddling do-how! And as for the kissing… There has been no greater love than this.” Storm turns to Mariah, but Lexi interrupts by saying she meant the kiss Mariah had with Mina- Mariah cuts Lexi off there. Can’t Lexi see Toni has a lot on her plate right now?

Toni has a title defense on a PPV coming soon, AND a match against AZM tonight. Plus, Anna Jay’s all serious~ right now. Yes, yes, Azumi-san. You want her to kiss your bottom? Well, that makes you and a thousand other perverts! Toni will give AZM a beating so intense, it’ll be featured in a fetish periodical! And the name of that publication? Chin up, tits out, and watch for the shoe…! The leading lady leads the way out, will she send AZM crying back to Stardom?

 

AEW shares footage from after Dynamite.

Chris Jericho found Taz backstage to talk with him about the Six Man Tag. We all saw what happened, and Jericho just wants to explain himself to Hook. Jericho is just trying to do what’s right for Hook but Hook won’t listen. Hook won’t answer his phone or his texts, but Taz knows his son better than anyone. Can Taz please ask Hook if he’ll talk to Jericho? Taz says he’ll try, a lot of the time he doesn’t really hear from Hook, Hook’s his own man. Of course, of course. Taz says Jericho may have pissed Hook off. And when Hook gets pissed, it’s… Well, Taz will try.

Jericho appreciates that, and as it turns out, this coming Wednesday, Taz will broker a face to face! Will #LionHook still make it work? Or will this Jericho only #SendHook into a stronger rage?

 

Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty w/ Shane Taylor Promotions!

The Wrestler got caught by #TAIGASTYLE all because Lionheart Jericho couldn’t get out of his own way. Will Shibata be able to handle things much better on his own? Or will Moriarty sink his fangs into Shibata one more time?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. Lee and Shibata circle, Ogogo joins commentary to say the “skull cracking, jaw jacking Gov’nah is back in AEW.” Shibata and Lee clinch, go around, and Shibata waistlocks. Lee moves around, Shibata finds a lateral press, ONE! Shibata has the legs, goes around to cover, ONE! Lee uses a leg guard, gest Shibata’s leg, but Shibata sits on the toehold. Lee tries to waistlock at the same time but Shibata wristlocks. Lee scrambles to the ROPEBREAK, and fans applaud as Shibata lets off. The two reset, feel things out, and then Lee kicks low. Lee cravats, snapmares, and stomps Shibata!

Lee runs to roll things into a chinlock! Shibata pushes back to a cover, ONE! Lee holds onto the hold but Shibata fights the body scissors. Shibata uses his leg as leverage for breaking the chinlock, then he wrenches an arm. Lee rolls, Shibata wrangles him back down, but Lee fights up again. Lee slips around, wrenches, but Shibata waistlocks. Lee wrenches, wrangles, but Shibata trips Lee. Shibata has Lee’s legs, knees on Lee, but Lee fights free to kick. Shibata steps over and has the FIGURE FOUR! Lee blocks the main leg but Shibata powers through that! The fans rally, Lee drags Shibata along as he reaches out, but Shibata puts on the pressure!

Lee endures, fights and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Shibata lets off, but then lee kicks Shibata away. Lee bails out, Ogogo coaches him from commentary, but Shibata goes out to CLUB Lee! Ogogo gets off commentary, gets up in Shibata’s face, and Shane distracts the ref so Ogogo can feint high to BODY BLOW! Lee slips away to the ring and sits cross-legged to mock Shibata! The fans boo while Ogogo rejoins commentary and the ring count begins. Lee mockingly applauds and Ogogo pretends not to know what happened. The count is 8! 9! Shibata springs in at 9.9! But Lee CLOBBERS Shibata, covers, TWO!!

Lee clamps right onto Shibata, steps over, and SNAP LOCKS the short arm scissor while Collision goes picture in picture.

Lee turns Shibata over, keeps the one arm trapped in a hammerlock, then pulls on the other arm. Shibata endures as Lee tortures the fingers and twists the wrist! Lee pushes the arm around for a RECLINER ARMLOCK! Shibata endures, Lee sits up and hooks the arm with a leg. Lee uses that to hook Shibata to a cover, TWO! Shibata escapes but Lee stalks him to ropes. Lee drags Shibata up but Shibata CHOPS! Lee comes back but Shibata ROCKS him! Lee comes back again, ROCKS Shibata, and Shibata falls over! Lee digs his boots in at the ropes, scrapes Shibata out of the ring, then soaks up the heat.

Lee goes out after Shibata, RAMS him into railing, then taunts everyone while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns and Shibata gets back in the ring after having wrecked Lee on the outside. But then Lee wrenches Shibata. Shibata ROCKS Lee, Lee wrenches, repeat! Lee CHOPS Shibata, but Shibata doesn’t budge! Lee CHOPS again, but Shibata eggs him on! Lee CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Shibata is leaning into the shots! Shibata backs Lee down even though Lee CHOPS again and again! Shibata eggs Lee on, Ogogo coaches Lee, and the CHOPS keep going. Shibata ROCKS Lee with a forearm! Lee flops in a corner, Shibata fires more forearms on him! Shibata UPPERCUTS, then JABS, then COHPS! JAB CHOP JAB CHOP!

Lee sits down, Shibata COHPS and CHOPS and runs, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! The fans fire up for Shibata’s signature and STP looks upset! Shibata snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Lee stays in this and both men catch their breaths, but Shibata gets Lee up. Lee switches around to COBRA TWIST! The fans rally as Shibata endures, and Shibata pries at the grip. Shibata switches the Cobra Twist onto Lee! Lee endures now, marches his way forward, and has the ROPEBREAK! But Shibata KNEES Lee low! Shibata reels Lee in to SAIDO! Shibata runs up, but Lee ducks the kick! Lee kicks, Shibata blocks but the KNEE hits!

Lee runs, BOOTS, but Shibata stays up! Shibata fires up and runs, to BOOT Lee! Lee wobbles, roars, and runs to BOOT! Shibata runs to BOOT! Lee rebounds, into a BOOT! Shibata waistlocks, Lee fight sit to switch, facelock and suplex, but Shibata fights out! Lee catches Shibata, wrenches, and THE- NO, Shibata avoids the Fang to SLEEPER! Ripcord PALM STRIKE! Then PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!

Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall

Moriarty put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to win. So Shane Taylor attacks from behind! The fans boo as Shane stomps Shibata at the ropes then talks trash! But here comes HOOK! The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil won’t let Shane beat up his friend like that! Lee runs up but Hook catches him for an EL CAMINO! Shane stares Hook down, their FTW Championship match set for later tonight on Battle of the Belts. But given that, Shane stands down and STP regroups. They’ll look to handle this later, but it be rumble, bad man, rumble?

 

Backstage interview with Athena & Billie Starkz.

Lexi Nair is in her Minion In Training Letterman’s jacket as this is an Emergency Minion Empowerment Meeting! She is with the ROH Women’s World Champion AND ROH Women’s Television Champion, and Athena defends her title against Red Velvet in the main event of Battle of the Belts! The main event, ON TNT, LIVE! Athena deserves this because she is that damn good! Billie agrees, but says Red is really good. She made it really far in the Women’s TV Title tournament. Yes, but Billie won that, right? She did! So Athena knows Red Velvet is a top star, Red Velvet is a threat, but Athena is the TOP champion! The BEST champion in wrestling today!

Athena is the Minion Overlord, the Fallen Goddess, the REAL Alpha, the Forever Champion, and tonight, Athena makes an example out of Velvet to show the world what they’ve been missing. Will Athena be the one serving L’s to The Chef tonight?

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Kingdom.

Collision returns as Lexi is now with Roderick Strong, Mike Bennett & Matt Taven and says as of late, they’ve had a lot of success. Would they attribute any of that success to Wardlow? “LEXIII~! How dare you. How dare you give credit to anybody but me.” Roddy is a fighting champion, a giving champion. Do you not see the opportunity Roddy is giving to these gentlemen who do not even deserve it? He is making them earn it because they do not deserve it. How dare she? But hey, Roddy has been doing it on his own, just like Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle inspires Roddy.

But enough about that, let’s talk tonight. Tonight, Roddy puts on a show. What’s the show called? The Beating of a Lifetime! That’s the Kingdom’s favorite show! But will Rocky Romero cancel that show to make it The Azucar Hour?

 

Daniel Garcia VS Angelico w/ Serpentico!

The Dragonslayer has been getting back up with win after win, and he doesn’t plan on stopping now! Will he turn it up a notch as we get closer and closer to Dynasty? Or will the South African Stud prove he’s still worthy of some opportunities, too?

The bell rings, the fans rally and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Angelico wrenches to a hammerlock. Angelico spins Garcia, wristlocks, but Garcia pries the hold open to wrench back. Angelico spins, slips through, spins Garcia, then slips around again to arm-drag! Garcia gets up fast but Angelico does his own dance. The fans boo but Garcia keeps cool. The two tie up, Garcia waistlocks, spins, snapmares, ghost pin, TWO! Angelico is up but Garcia clinches to to arm-drag! Leg-sweep, cover, ONE! Angelico puts a leg guard up as he calls for a timeout! The fans cheer as Garcia shows sportsmanship and lets Angelico get up.

Angelico and Garcia reset, knuckle lock, then Angelico trips Garcia. Angelico rolls Garcia, whips, but Garcia reverses. Angelico rolls off Garcia’s back, Garcia jumps the leg sweep, but not the EDDY GORDO KICK! Angelico wrenches, steps over, LA MAGISTROL! TWO, but Angelico stomps Garcia around. Angelico drags Garcia by an arm but Garcia kicks him. Angelico stomps Garcia, but Garcia CHOPS! Angelico JABS Garcia, digs his boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Angelico drags Garcia up, hits a BIG back suplex, then grabs legs. Angelico steps over, but Garcia kicks him away to trip him! Garcia steps through to FIGURE FOUR!

The fans fire up as Angelico endures! Angelico’s shoulders are down, ONE as he sits back up. Garcia puts on the pressure but Angelico turns things over! Garcia endures now, but he fights it back over! Angelico endures again, stays off the mat, and turns things over again! Garcia turns it back! Then Angelico, then Garcia! Angelico has it! Garcia has it! Angelico has it again, Garcia has it back, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as the two kick at each other while the hold is undone. They both stand, Garcia kicks but Angelico kicks back. Garcia kicks, Angelico kicks, repeat! Garcia kicks more and more, runs, but the leg bothers him!

Angelico DECKS Garcia! Angelico hauls Garcia up to suplex, but Garcia slips free and kicks! Then TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Garcia beats his leg into working, the fans rally behind him, and he stands. Garcia counter punches Angelico, then does it again! Garcia then wrenches and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! The fans fire up as Garcia runs in at the corner to forearm SMASH! Garcia climbs up, rains down fists, and goes to nine before he puts up his dukes, to DO HIS DANCE! The fans fire up as Garcia hops down and runs corner to corner, HAYMAKER! Garcia runs up again, choke grip!

Angelico breaks free, Garcia CHOPS and SAIDOS! Garcia storms around, gets the legs, KNEEBAR!! Angelico flails, reaches out, but TAPS, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by submission

A great fight leads to a great win for Red Death! Will this momentum help Garcia be primed for a title match on the other side of Dynasty?

 

Pac speaks.

“Kazuchika Okada. Believe it or not, bonny lad, I would like to thank you. Not only for accepting my challenge, but also for walloping me around the head with a big dirty lump of steel. That was very brave of you, wasn’t it, huh? And now, as a result, I have a perpetual headache that serves as motivation to remind everybody of exactly who I am. Now I may not be tall and handsome, I am not a Japanese superstar, I do not own a Ferrari, and I’m certainly not flavor of the month. Okada, you may think you’re God’s gift to professional wrestling, but you’re not! You’re CRAP! And what I am is better than you!

“And next Sunday, at AEW Dynasty, live from St. Louis, Missouri, I am going to relish the opportunity to prove it in front of the entire world. You understand me, hm? Good.” The Bastard is ready, will he violently end The Rainmaker’s reign?

 

AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator: Toni Storm w/ Luther & Mariah May VS AZM w/ Anna Jay!

The leading lady of AEW knows her next big picture will have “Lightning Daffodil” starring against her, but she has to be careful not to take tonight’s performance too lightly. Will Storm strike down AZM here in Kentucky? Or will the Highspeed Superstar find her way into the Dynasty picture?

The bell rings and the fans rally up already. The two circle, feel things out, and then tie up. Storm throws AZM down then laughs at her, but AZM gets right up. They reset, circle again, and tie up. They go around, Storm puts AZM on ropes, then sits her down! Storm poses and the fans cheer, but AZM is right up to fire forearms! The fans rally, Storm just shrugs those off! AZM runs to RAM Storm but Storm still laughs! AZM runs and RAMS Storm again, Storm chuckles this time. AZM fakes a punch to stomp Storm’s foot! AZM runs, but Storm follows and runs AZM over! The fans cheer but then AZM kips right up!

AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges, trips Storm then keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Basement dropkick! The fans fire up as AZM kips up again! AZM pushes Storm around, steps on her, and the ref counts. AZM steps away at 4, the fans rally up, and AZM runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, ONE!! Storm toughs it out and the fans rally as AZM goes to the apron. AZM climbs, Storm DECKS her! Storm then runs to HIP ATTACK AZM to the floor! AZM tumbles away to the ramp, but Anna gets Mariah in a QUEENSLAYER SLEEPER! Mariah RAMS Anna into railing! Mariah and Anna fight now, the fans fire up, and AZM gets outta the way!

Storm is flabbergasted as Anna and Mariah brawl their way to the back! Storm fetches AZM but AZM whips her into steel steps! Then AZM pushes Storm around, goes up the apron, and fans fire up for the PENALTY KICK! Storm is dazed but the fans fire up as Collision goes picture in picture.

AZM shoves Storm in, goes up top, then MISSILE DROPKICKS! Storm flounders all the way across the ring! AZM storms over to drag Storm up, but Storm HOTSHOTS her! AZM flounders, Storm stomps her, and then Storm CHOPS AZM down! Storm pushes AZM around, flexes, then brings AZM up. Storm whips AZM, BOOTS AZM down, then flexes again. Storm drags AZM back up, bumps her off buckles, then fires off CHOPS! Storm TOSSES AZM by her hair! The ref reprimands but Storm steps on AZM in the corner! The ref counts, Storm steps away, and she then scuffs AZM against ropes. The ref counts, Storm lets off again.

Storm drags AZM up, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this but Storm grabs arms to put AZM in a motorcycle stretch. AZM endures, so Storm shifts to a chinlock, but AZM still fights! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Storm lets go at 4, and she paces around AZM. Storm stomps AZM, drags her up, and Collision returns to single picture as Storm stomps AZM in a corner. Storm pie faces AZM, taunts her, but AZM rises. The fans fire up as AZM fires forearms! Storm ROCKS AZM in return! AZM fires another forearm, Storm ROCKS her again! AZM fires more forearms, then blocks a kick to ROUNDHOUSE!

AZM runs, but Storm HEADBUTTS! But AZM returns to LA MYSTICA! Then BUZZSAW! Both women are down and the fans fire up! AZM sits up first, brings Storm up, and then runs, but Storm CHOKES her! AZM fights free, blocks a kick, LEG TRAP GERMAN! AZM puts Storm in a drop zone while the fans are dueling! AZM goes up top, takes aim, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and AZM can’t believe it! AZM fires herself back up, reels Storm in, but Storm wrenches out to SKY HIGH! Cover, TWO!! Storm throws a fit then storms around. Storm drags AZM up, waistlocks, but AZM fights!

AZM grabs ropes, Storm drags her back, but AZM arm-drags free! Step over, and AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Storm escapes, blocks the buzzsaw, then waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX!! AZM tumbles and flounders into a corner, and Storm takes aim! She’s ready for her close-up! SWEET HIP MUSIC~! STORM ZERO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Storm wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall (denies AZM a title opportunity)

That was certainly fast and furious, but you can’t beat a classic like Timeless Toni! Mariah returns from backstage with a couple glasses of the bubbly. Mariah and Toni link arms while they drink up, and Storm brings Mariah to her bosom. Storm cuddles Mariah, then shoves her, then drags her back up to bring her away. Will nothing and no one take the spotlight away from the AEW Women’s World Champion?

 

Backstage interview with Red Velvet.

Lexi Nair is now with The Chef and brings up tonight’s title match with Athena. How is Velvet feeling about such a high profile match? High profile? Red Velvet IS high profile! And she saw what Lexi’s “boss,” Athena had to say, really stirring up the pot. But Athena, you wanna stir it up? They can stir it up? In BOTB’s main event, Red Velvet will knock you out! Red Velvet is not a stranger to main events, title pictures or high profile matches. Tonight, Velvet makes an example out of Athena, and shows everyone why it was a mistake for Athena to step into Velvet’s kitchen! Will The Chef make Athena eat crow while serving up that L?

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“Now House of Black, I’ve been doing this dance with y’all a little while now, and I’m starting to understand how y’all operate. Starting to understand y’all’s M-O. You try to intimidate me. You try to strike fear into the hearts of men. Well I done told you, I fear no man, I fear no evil. And ancient wisdom says the violent take it by force. Now lemme tell you, Eddie Kingston, Adam Copeland, and Mark Briscoe, we some violent men! And at Dynasty, we bringing the violence, babeh! So heed my advice, House of Black! Be afraid, be very afraid!” The Sussex County Chicken is ready for a fight, will he, the Rated R Superstar and Mad King tear down The House of Black once and for all?

 

Tony Schiavone is on stage.

He says Dynasty is coming, and a big match on that card is the AEW Women’s World title, Timeless Toni Storm VS the former champion, Thunder Rosa! The fans cheer as La Mera Mera makes her way out and joins Schiavone on stage. Schiavone says we saw what happened on Dynamite when Storm hit her with champagne and smudged her face paint. But the fact is, Rosa never lost her title. She has a chance to redeem herself and get the title back. Rosa says that is right. Before that, she wants to address something else. See all these people here? She wants to thank all of them for making this comeback so special for her.

And of course, thank you to everyone watching at home seeing them on TBS, TNT and all over the world! Without you, we wouldn’t have made all these wonderful memories the last five years. Without you, we wouldn’t have made AEW what it is today. The fans cheer that, and Rosa says she is here for a reason. That is to remind people that she doesn’t need help. And she means you, too, Deonna Purrazzo. Rosa wants to remind everyone that she’s done a lot on her own. When she earned her college degree, she earned her US citizenship, she helped a lot of people as a social worker, and won all those matches even before AEW, and especially when she won the AEW title.

But most importantly, Rosa fought so hard here to be in AEW, and she’s still here in AEW, because it is where the best wrestle! And “Antonia,” Rosa thought you believed the same things. What happened to you, homegirl? Weren’t they together in the ring? Weren’t they #ThunderStorm? When did Storm go completely crazy!? Rosa was so proud of being a champion, even though her body couldn’t carry her as far as her passion. Rosa had to heal. Then that day, something died inside of her. But Rosa has a chance, another opportunity, and it is important that Toni knows it will happen in St. Louis.

Rosa wants to humble Toni, to remind her that Rosa didn’t leave because she “couldn’t carry” the weight of that title. At Dynasty, Rosa carries more than that title. She will carry the pride of HER people, of her family, and if she has to break every single bone in her body to uplift and empower the women of this locker room fighting for just one opportunity and respect, because they also believe in AEW… Then Antonia, kiss your little clone goodbye. You made a big mistake on trying to erase Rosa’s mask. You don’t wanna see what’s underneath. You can’t kill what’s already dead! And on Sunday, Rosa comes for Storm, for the title, and to drag Storm’s soul to HELL!!

La Mera Mera is all fired up, and she smears her own face paint to make her point. Will she smash that spotlight and leave the leading lady in the dark?

 

Deonna Purrazzo speaks.

“Thunder Rosa, if you don’t want my help, that’s fine. I’ll help myself. When I staked my claim at the AEW Women’s World Championship, it wasn’t personal. It’s because frankly, I don’t think Toni Storm embodies what it means to be a world champion. But I do. I’m a workhorse, I’m a thoroughbred, I am the Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo. And I could stand here, make excuses about why I’m not the AEW Women’s World Champion right now, or I could do something about it. It seems if I can’t get one Toni Storm, I might as well get the other. So next week, Mariah May VS The Virtuosa, Deonna Purrazzo, and I’m gonna break your arm.”

The message has been sent, will Deonna make sure the leading lady’s understudy won’t make it to Dynasty to support Toni Storm?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

To raise the stakes on this match, The Young Bucks VS FTR Part 4, it will be a LADDER MATCH! No pinfalls or submissions, only the team that can literally rise above will become the NEW AEW World Tag Team Champions! But is this still playing right into the EVPs’ hands? Or can Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood find a way to come out on top?

 

The Don Callis Family speaks.

Kyle Fletcher says tonight in the main event, he and Will Hobbs are on a mission for the Don Callis family. That is to protect the golden goose. This Wednesday Night Dynamite, Claudio will end up a cakewalk for Ospreay! And Dynasty, Bryan will be the exact same thing, all thanks to DCF. Hobbs says not to worry about next week, let’s just focus on tonight. Tonight, they got Claudio and Danielson, and tonight the DCF expects a hefty fine. Bryan might as well just expect not to walk out on his own. One last message has been sent, but now it’s time to put up or shut up! Will the Protostar & Powerhouse pulverize the BCC?

Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli VS Will Hobbs & Kyle Fletcher!

The teams sort out but then the DCF just attack! The bell rings, the fans fire up and the brawl is on! Claudio fires off on Hobbs but Kyle TOSSES Bryan out. Hobbs and Claudio fall out of the ring while Kyle stalks Bryan. Kyle ROCKS Bryan, Hobbs HEADBUTTS Claudio! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, Bryan whips Kyle into railing! Claudio UPPERCUTS again, Bryan sits Kyle in a corner then runs side to side, to DROPKICK against the railing! The fans fire up as Claudio throws more UPPERCUTS to keep Hobbs moving up the ramp! Then Claudio whips Hobbs down the ramp and into the LED apron!

The fans fire up as Bryan CHOPS and KICKS Kyle against railing again and again and again! “YES! YES! YES!” Claudio drags Kyle up for Bryan, and Bryan DROPKICKS Kyle again! The fans fire up and high-five with BCC! Hobbs sits up, into a KICK from Bryan! Claudio keeps Hobbs up so Bryan can KICK again! Claudio puts Hobbs in, storms after him, and Bryan whips Kyle hard into railing! Kyle tumbles up and over into the front row! Hobbs throws hands on Claudio, CLUBS him, but Claudio hits back! They go forearm for forearm, Hobbs ROCKS Claudio! Claudio rebounds to ROCK Hobbs, Hobbs rebounds to ROCK Claudio!

Claudio fires off forearm after forearm, but Hobbs knees low! Hobbs runs, but Claudio scoops! Claudio SLAMS Hobbs, runs, and then DOUBLE STOMPS! The fans fire up, Claudio brings Hobbs up, but Hobbs blocks the suplex! Claudio UPPERCUTS Hobbs, suplexes, and he hangs Hobbs out to dry! Tag to Bryan and he goes up to DIVING KNEE! The fans fire up and Bryan paces. Hobbs sits up, Bryan drags him around by the legs, and then hooks those legs up. Bryan SLAPS Hobbs to go for the arms! Bryan tries but Hobbs is so big, Bryan just STOMPS the knees! Tag to Claudio, and Claudio helps Bryan split the wishbone!

Claudio drags Hobbs up, reels him in, but Hobbs suplexes instead! BIG slam, and the fans fire up while both men are down! Hobbs drags Claudio over, tag to Kyle, and Kyle stomps Claudio down! Kyle puts Claudio in a corner, CHOPS, then ROCKS, then repeat! Kyle whips, Claudio reverses and UPPERCUTS! The fans rally, Claudio climbs up and he rains down fists! The fans count and Claudio goes to nine, then kisses his fist before TEN! But then Kyle TOSSES Claudio up and out! Claudio sees Hobbs storming up, but so does the ref. The ref has Hobbs stop, but then Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio with a kick!

The ref reprimands Kyle, they argue, and that lets Hobbs CLOBBER Claudio after all! The DCF is standing tall while Collision goes picture in picture.

Hobbs soaks up heat, then steps back as Kyle goes out to fetch Claudio. Kyle whips Claudio hard into railing, then taunts Bryan. Kyle drags Claudio up, puts him in the ring, then brings Claudio up. Claudio ROCKS Kyle, but Kyle RAMS him into the corner! Kyle RAMS in again and again, then tags Hobbs. Hobbs CLUBS Claudio from the outside, and CLUBS him again and again. Hobbs storms into the ring, stays between Claudio and Bryan, then fires knees and body shots. Hobbs brings Claudio up for a facelock, but Claudio fights his way forward! Claudio lifts Hobbs one step at a time! Hobbs lets off to BLAST Bryan, then he CLOBBERS Claudio!

Hobbs drags Claudio up, brings him over, tag to Kyle. The DCF mugs Claudio while Collision goes to break.

Collision returns, both Claudio and Kyle are down, and the fans rally up. Kyle clamps onto Claudio with a SLEEPER, and even body scissors! Claudio flails around, Bryan rises back up, but Kyle keeps Claudio away. The fans rally, Claudio rises and has Kyle as a backpack! Kyle thrashes but Claudio steps forward! But then Claudio drops to a knee! Claudio is fading but Bryan coaches Claudio on. Claudio gets a second wind and he rises up again! Claudio powers Kyle around into a gut wrench and SUPLEX! The fans fire up as both men crawl! Kyle grabs a leg to anchor Claudio! Claudio BOOTS Kyle away, hot tag to Bryan!

The fans fire up as Bryan goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Then he DROPKICKS Hobbs off the corner! Bryan UPPERCUTS Kyle, UPPERCUTS again and again, then whips. Kyle reverses, Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving! Duck ‘n’ dodge and LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up with Bryan and he goes to a corner. “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan KICKS Kyle, and KICKS, and KICKS! “YES! YES! YES!” Then the BUZZ- NO, Kyle duck sit, shoves, but Bryan WRECKS Hobbs first! Bryan ROUNDHOUSES Kyle, runs and PLANCHAS, but Hobbs catches him! Hobbs SLAMS Bryan on the apron! And SLAMS him again!

Hobbs then pops Bryan around, but Bryan slips free to POST Hobbs! Bryan goes to the apron to FLYING KNEE! But Kyle comes in to BOOT Bryan into security! But Claudio UPPERCUTS Kyle into railing!! The fans are thunderous as Claudio stands up on the timekeeper’s table! The BCC regroups, “This is Awesome!” as Claudio whips Hobbs into railing! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs up and over railing!! But Kyle SMACKS Bryan off the desk! Kyle CLOBBERS Claudio in the crowd! Kyle sends Claudio into railing! But Bryan LEAPS into the fray! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Hobbs while Claudio has Kyle, and Collision goes picture in picture!

BCC DUMPS Kyle back to ringside, then they hurry to get him in the ring. Claudio drags Hobbs back over, whips, but Hobbs sends Claudio into railing! Bryan KICKS Kyle, brings him up and whips him corner to corner. Kyle reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Then suplex for the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Kyle is fuming! Kyle rains down fists and elbows, then lets off to pace around. Kyle seethes, mocks the fans, then stalks Bryan to a corner. Bryan slips out of the ring but Kyle follows. Kyle CHOPS Bryan against railing! Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan staggers away, but Kyle pursues to CHOP again!

Kyle mocks the fans, Bryan goes into the ring, and Kyle taunts Claudio now. Kyle goes up the steps, and he DIGS his fingers into Bryan’s face! He wants to do Callis’ idea of eye gouging! Collision returns to single picture, and Kyle peels the floor mats away! The fans fire up while the ref reprimands, but Kyle drags Bryan out of the ring. Hobbs makes sure the mats stay outta the way for Kyle to reel Bryan in. The mats aren’t behaving, but then Bryan back drops free! The fans fire up, but then Hobbs RAMS Claudio into railing for good measure! Bryan gets in the ring but he’s isolated! Hobbs gets Kyle up and into the ring at 9!

Kyle mocks the ref’s good counting, then drags Bryan up. Kyle puts Bryan in the corner, hoists him up top, then climbs up after him. Kyle brings Bryan to the very top, but Bryan resists! The fans fire up as Bryan slips under and trips Kyle up! Kyle lands on his Aussie arrow, and the fans rally as Bryan rises! Bryan climbs up after Kyle, but then Hobbs Electric Chair Lifts Bryan! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs! Bryan returns to the corner, Claudio UPPERCUTS then LARIATS! Hobbs stays up, the uppercuts keep going! Hobbs dodges to then LARIAT Claudio and himself outta the ring! Bryan still hits a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!! Bryan crawls to the cover, TWO!!

But into the LEBELL LOCK!! The fans are thunderous as Kyle endures, but Hobbs returns to CLOBBER Bryan! The fans boo but Kyle signals to Hobbs. Hobbs goes to the corner, tags in then storms back in after Bryan. Hobbs scoops Bryan, but Bryan slips free! Bryan shoves Hobbs into Kyle and Kyle falls outta the ring! The fans rally, Claudio rises, and Bryan crawls over, hot tag to Claudio! Claudio fires UPPERCUT after UPPERCUT on Hobbs, but lets off as the ref counts. Then Claudio jukes to UPPERCUT! Kyle gets in, but he gets an UPPERCUT! Claudio fires UPPERCUTS from all sides! Claudio then shrugs and runs in at Hobbs, UPPERCUT!

UPPERCUT for Kyle! UPPERCUT for Hibbs! Claudio LARIATS Kyle up and out! Hobbs staggers and Claudio trips him! The fans fire up for the GIANT SWING! Hobbs goes around and around and around, the fans counting along! Claudio goes to TEN, then he steps through! SHARPSHOOTER! Hobbs endures as Claudio sits deep! But Kyle returns to KICK Claudio! Claudio holds onto Hobbs! Kyle KICKS again, but still not enough! Bryan goes up top, leaps in, into a SUPERKICK! Claudio does let Hobbs go to POP-UP UPPERCUT Kyle! Only for Hobbs to SPINEBUSTER Claudio! Cover, TWO!! The fans again say “This is Awesome!” as it’s still not over!

The teams crawl and regroup, and the fans cheer on “B C C!” The forearms fly, as do CHOP! Bryan CHOPS Kyle, Kyle CHOPS Bryan! Hobbs and Claudio keep throwing forearms while the other two CHOP! Kyle gets the edge with forearms, then so does Hobbs! Kyle whips Bryan, Bryan stops himself, then Bryan DUMPS Kyle out! Bryan dodges Hobbs to then DIVE! Kyle is sent into railing! Claudio gets Hobbs in a fireman’s carry!? DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hobbs survives and the fans can’t believe it! But Claudio powers back up, waits on Hobbs, and then runs in, to LARIAT! But Hobbs stays up!

Claudio runs, but DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Claudio blocks a lariat to UPPERCUT, run, and LARIAT! Hobbs falls down! Cover, TWO!! But Claudio doesn’t hesitate, he drags Hobbs up. But Kyle RAMS Bryan into railing! Hobbs back drops free, but Claudio lands on his feet! Claudio ducks ‘n’ dodges but Kyle trips him! Hobbs LARIATS Claudio, then scoops him! WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM!! Cover, BRYAN BREAKS IT! Kyle gets Bryan up to TOSS him, then he tags in, Hobbs goes out to get a chair! Hobbs threatens Bryan, but the ref grab the chair! Bryan KICKS away on Hobbs! “YES! YES! YES!” But Kyle DIVES onto Bryan!

Kyle fires hands, then he clears the desk! Hobbs helps out, time to forget winning and time to start hurting BCC! Kyle feeds Bryan to Hobbs but Bryan slips free of the spinebuster! Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT Hobbs onto the desk! Claudio ELBOWS Kyle, then goes up onto the desk so he can FLYING RANA! Kyle is sent into the apron, then Claudio puts him in the ring! GOTCH NEUTRALIZER!! Cover, BCC wins!!

Winners: Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall

The DCF isn’t done, though, because KONOSUKE TAKESHITA attacks! He and Hobbs brutalize Bryan and Claudio! The mission doesn’t end with the match, and they TOSS Bryan out of the ring! The fans cheer for Moxley but he might not be here after being in Chicago last night. Konosuke suplexes Bryan, BRAINBUSTER on the ramp! Kyle says Bryan should’ve listened, and this is what happens! Claudio gets a chair and he runs off the DCF, but the damage has been done! Will the American Dragon be able to recover in time for Dynasty?


My Thoughts:

Really good Collision, though half of it was a go-home to BOTB X with it being on right after this. Good promos from Athena and Billie, from The Undisputed Kingdom, and Red Velvet, but yeah, no titles are changing hands, even if it is the tenth BOTB special. Good promo from Mark Briscoe to add hype to the coming Six Man Tag, and of course The House of Black won tonight’s Six Man Tag. Good promo from Storm and Mariah ahead of Storm’s match with AZM that Storm of course won, but also good stuff with Anna and Mariah fighting. Good promos from Rosa and Deonna to add to the build, and maybe Rosa beats Storm at Dynasty, but hard to say with a week still to go.

Good promo from Jericho and Taz to set up this whole “meeting” with Hook, and I have a feeling that is where #LionHook really falls apart and we get Jericho VS Hook for the FTW Championship at Dynasty, or maybe Double or Nothing at the latest. Really good match from Shibata and Moriarty, and good save from Hook after to add a little more to the FTW Championship match scheduled for BOTB. Great match from Garcia VS Angelico though it was just for the sake of having a great match. I think I said before but Garcia really should get at a title after Dynasty, just not sure what title that’ll be.

Pac has a good promo to call out Okada, and then quite the big move for the tag title match to now be a ladder match. If feel like that’s just them telegraphing that The Bucks are winning because ladder matches are certainly more their thing than FTR’s. And good promos from both BCC and DCF, though the latter wasn’t needed other than to fill time. We know what Kyle & Hobbs were gonna go for after Callis’ promo, we didn’t need them doubling down on it. And while BCC of course won the match, the DCF then of course attacked after. The math here is a bit of a wash, Claudio surely loses to Ospreay, and then Ospreay and Bryan go in more or less even so it could be anyone’s win at Dynasty.

My Score: 8.7/10


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