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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/29/24)

Next stop: Elimination Chamber!

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We’re on the Road to WrestleMania 40!

With the Royal Rumble come and gone, all of the WWE now turns their eyes to Elimination Chamber in Perth, Australia! Who gets in on the opportunity of a lifetime?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS #DIY; Finn & Priest win and retain the titles.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Chelsea Green & Piper Niven; Shayna & Stark win.
  • Jey Uso VS Bronson Reed; Jey wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Kofi Kingston; Gunther wins and retains the title.
  • The Kabuki Warriors VS Tegan Nox & Natalya; The Kabuki Warriors win.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn; McIntyre wins.

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This first hour of Raw is COMMERCIAL FREE!

 

Damage CTRL arrives backstage!

The winner of the 2024 Women’s Royal Rumble, Bayley, leads Dakota Kai, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, the Kabuki Warriors, and THE WWE Women’s Champion, Iyo Sky, into the arena as they’re all ready to take over all of the WWE!

 

Pat McAfee is here!

He returned to WWE commentary, and even in-ring action, for the Royal Rumble and now he’s here to join Raw! And wouldn’t you know? Corey Graves is nowhere to be found because of it. Because BREAKING NEWS, Pat and Maggle are carrying commentary on Raw from here on out!

 

CM Punk is here!

The fans in Tampa fire up as the Best in the World makes his way out, but uh oh, his arm is in a sling. Punk still autographs a belt for a young fan and high-fives the rest, but clearly things aren’t looking good for Punk. Punk steps into the ring, the fans chant for him, and he grabs a mic. He stares at the WrestleMania 40 sign, and sighs before he says, “I came real close Saturday night. And I felt like I had it in the palm of my hand. And I’m not mad at anybody, really. I’m not mad at Cody Rhodes. I’d actually like to take this time off the top to congratulate Cody.”

Fans cheer that, and Punk says sometimes it isn’t about what you deserve but what you earned, and Cody busted his ass. Punk wants to see Cody finish his story in Philadelphia. Going back to back in the Rumble is no small feat. It’s a lot like the Tampa Lightning going back to back to win the Stanley Cup. Fans cheer that! But Punk continues with, “And while I came close, close don’t count in this business. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. And I’ve never believed in luck. But I feel a little bit unlucky. In the course of the Rumble, I tore my right tricep.

“And as much as I tried and I asked, ‘Maybe I can just tape it. Maybe I can make it to Elimination Chamber, and I can try to win that and I can get my main event at WrestleMania.’ But it’s just not in the cards. And I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me. Because when I think of this situation and how much it bums me out, how much I have talked from the highest mountains about how my goal and my dream ever since I was a little kid was to main event WrestleMania, maybe it’s just not ever gonna happen.” Fans boo but Punk doesn’t want pity. Realistically, is this a problem?

He has a friend, Chad Gilbert, who he loves to death and thinks about a lot. Chad has cancer, has been dealing with it for a long time. He’s got a beautiful wife, a beautiful daughter, and Punk visits Chad while he gets chemo. Chad’s always in a good mood, never down about any of it, even though it’s soul crushing. That is a fight! This here is just a flesh wound. When Punk says he is Best in the World, that’s not because he always wins. Did you see him in the UFC? Yeah, not great, huh? But dammit, Punk had a dream and a chance, and was asked, “Do you wanna do this?” And he said yes BECAUSE it scared him!

Fans cheer Punk on as he gets emotional. It scared him as much as coming back after 10 years in a place he never wanted to leave in the first place, but he had to! It scared him! Mania scares him! This might be a goal that haunts him for the rest of his life! But this is just a bump in the road. Best in the World is the people who fight things like cancer! Who put their lives on the line like Matt Flannigan in Chicago, a firefighter! Punk just entertains people, and for some reason, y’all love him. He promises he is gonna keep doing it until the wheels fall off. This is a bump in the road, it is adversity, and he has overcome that countless times!

Punk doesn’t focus on the negative, on those who says “You can’t!” Not tall enough, not big enough, not the right hair or tattoos. That doesn’t matter! Because everyone watching around the world, they wake up, they do their jobs, and they just keep on going! You put food on your family’s tables, so that is what he’s gonna do. Mania 40 might not be in the cards, but he’s a Cubs fan, and this isn’t the first time or the last time he says this: There’s always next year! But then DREW MCINTYRE walks out! Punk says he should’ve known… The Scottish Terminator makes his way to the ring, staring down the man who eliminated him from the Rumble.

McIntyre goes right into the ring, Punk ready to hit him with the mic if he has to. But McIntyre gets his own mic, and while fans are torn, he says, “I’ve said some terrible things about you since your return to WWE. And I meant them. You were a terrible person to me in the past, you’re a poison to the locker room, but I’m listening to you now and I can relate to everything you’re saying.” McIntyre has had his dreams taken away, too. He was fired from WWE, and hearing about Chad, he can relate. McIntyre isn’t sure what he believes in anymore, he went through recent changes, and was never much of a spiritual person.

But he wants Punk to know this: McIntyre prayed for this and it happened. At the Rumble, McIntyre targeted Punk, assaulted him, didn’t want him to win. Seth Rollins is gonna take his title until his body falls apart but who’s gonna take it to the net level? McIntyre couldn’t let it be Punk, but then Punk eliminates him! McIntyre was so angry that he couldn’t sleep. But then he heard the news the next day, and he slept like a baby. Punk won the battle, but not the war. McIntyre exorcised the demon that is CM Punk! Now McIntyre will find his way to the World Heavyweight Championship at Mania, and he will live Punk’s dream, again!

Punk sighs while McIntyre smirks, but the fans are on Punk’s side. McIntyre says c’mon, look him in the eyes. Punk does look McIntyre in the eyes, and he says his heart hurts more than his arm. Punk will rehab, he will come back, and he will main event Mania. But first will be McIntyre, and Punk will be coming right at him. Punk drops the mic, McIntyre says okay, then takes a swing! Punk dodges, fires forearms, and even hits with the bad arm! But a GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT drops him! McIntyre STOMPS the bad arm! Fans boo, but McIntyre wants Punk to scream in pain! But here comes SAMI ZAYN!

Fans fire up as Sami runs in, slides and dodges to fire off haymakers! McIntyre runs away! Sami shouts at McIntyre to get back here but McIntyre grins. Sami helps Punk to his feet and the fans cheer. McIntyre takes his leave, but has he just made sure Punk will be out much longer than before?

 

The Judgment Day is watching backstage.

JD McDonagh says that was rough. But Rhea Ripley says it doesn’t matter what McIntyre does. It’s not their business. They have bigger things to handle. Dom says yeah, like Bayley being dumb enough to show up tonight. Mami has nothing to sweat. Rhea says yeah, if Bayley chooses Rhea, it’ll be Bayley’s funeral. Tonight, it is about sending a message that wasn’t sent at the Rumble. Are the boys gonna remind everyone who they are? Or are we gonna let distractions get in the way? Priest says it’s agreed, they’re done letting distractions get to them. And Rhea doesn’t have to worry about Priest. After tonight, NOTHING can stop them!

Finn says exactly! Everyone is getting too comfortable challenging them. So tonight, they show just how vicious they are! Rhea likes that. Priest & Finn head out, but will the Punisher & Prince still be undisputed?

 

#DIY speaks.

Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa are on the move as Gargano tells Tampa, Florida, “Two hours from where DIY was born, we’ve waited seven years for this moment.” Ciampa says it isn’t just seven years, this is a lifetime in the making! Two little kids sat down watching Saturday wrestling dreaming about this moment here. This is about the tag team titles! This is about showing the world who they are! And they are… D I Y!! Johnny Wrestling & The Sicilian Psycho are ready, will they be undisputed?

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS #DIY!

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Judgment Day sends that message to the WWE Tag Division!

The teams sort out and Ciampa starts with Priest. They tie up, Priest puts Ciampa in a corner then grinds forearms. Priest lets off, then ROCKS Priest! Priest bumps Ciampa off buckles, ROCKS him again, then tags Finn. They mug Ciampa, Finn CLUBS Ciampa then facelocks. Finn whips but Ciampa ducks ‘n’ dodges! Finn still ROCKS Ciampa with rights! Finn CLUBS Ciampa, whips, but Ciampa ducks ‘n’ dodges. Gargano tags in, Ciampa CHOPS then Gargano LARIATS! JAWBREAKER to feed, LARIAT! Then DIY DOUBLE LARIAT Priest! They TOSS Finn out to join him, and then DOUBLE PLANCHA! Double direct hit!

Fans fire up as DIY applaud and pat themselves on the back! Fans rally and Gargano puts Finn in. Gargano ROCKS Finn, tags Ciampa, and Ciampa sends Gargano in to ELBOW! Gargano feeds Finn to Ciampa’s ELBOW! Finn bails out and fans boo, but Ciampa pursues. They go into the ring, Priest sneaks a tag, but Ciampa ROCKS Priest! Finn DECKS Ciampa, and Priest goes out with Ciampa to scoop and SNAKE EYES off the apron! Fans boo but Priest refreshes the ring count to then put Ciampa in. Priest stalks Ciampa, brings him up, tag to Finn. They whip, mule kick, front kick and mid-kick! SCISSOR KICK from Finn! Cover, TWO!

Finn clamps on a chinlock and he grinds Ciampa down. The fans rally for Ciampa but Finn squeezes tight. Ciampa fights up, reaches out, but Finn facelocks. Ciampa powers up, powers Finn back step by step, but Finn grinds the hold! Ciampa still fights, but Priest distracts! The ref misses the tag! The ref says go back! Finn whips Ciampa, Priest ROUNDHOUSES him! The ref misses that, too! Finn covers, TWO! Ciampa survives and fans cheer. Finn tags Priest and Priest stands Ciampa up to ROCK him! Priest taunts Ciampa, “You feeling like a champion? Is that what you are?” Ciampa SLAPS and CHOPS and throws hands!

Fans fire up as Ciampa fights out of the corner! But Priest picks him up! But Ciampa sunset flips, TWO! Priest ROLLING HAYMAKERS! Tag back to Finn and he brings Ciampa up, but Ciampa ROCKS Finn! And again! And again! And again! Ciampa swings, but into the dragon sleeper! But Ciampa turns that around, REVERSE DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Ciampa and Finn crawl, hot tag to Gargano! Priest runs in, but into a GAMANGIRI! Gargano rallies on Finn with big hands, then he DOUBLE KNEES Priest! BULLDOG LARIAT COMBO! The fans fire up with Gargano and he runs in at Finn!

Finn puts Gargano on the apron, but Gargano RAMS into him! Gargano avoids Priest’s sweep to SUPERKICK! SLINGSHOT SPEAR into Finn! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives but the fans rally with Gargano. Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirls, but Finn stops La Mystica to EYE OF THE HURRICANE! Cover, TWO! Tag to Priest, he and Finn get Gargano up. They double whip, Gargano duck sunder and Ciampa trips Finn! Ciampa sends Finn into barriers! Gargano rolls Priest up, TWO!! Gargano baits Priest in, tag to Ciampa before Priest hits buckles! Then DIY work together, ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Ciampa drags Priest up and reels him in. Priest fights the underhooks and back drops free! ROUNDHOUSE to Gargano! Priest runs in, BIG back elbow! Tag to Finn, then snapmare to STOMP! Finn tags Priest back, they get Ciampa up again, BACKBREAKER LEG DROP COMBO! Priest covers while Finn flexes, TWO! Ciampa survives and the fans fire up! Priest storms around while Ciampa rises. Priest aims, choke grips, but Ciampa KNEES free! Ciampa DECKS Finn, but Priest scoops! TOMBSTONE! Cover, GARGANO BREAKS IT! The fans fire up but Priest is furious! Priest TOSSES Gargano!

Priest goes back to Ciampa, and Finn says let’s finish this! Priest aims, Finn tags, and SOUTH OF- NO, Ciampa slips free to trip Finn! Ciampa LEBOWS Priest, into Gargano’s ONE FINAL BEAT!! Ciampa goes up to get Finn!! SUPER AIR RAID CRASH!! Cover, TWO?!?! Finn survives and shocks everyone! Gargano tags back in, and the fans are thunderous as DIY aims at Finn! Finn sits up, for them to MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, PRIEST DRAGS FINN OUT! Gargano and Ciampa are stunned! Ciampa PLANCHAS, but into a HAYMAKER! Gargano DIVES and sends Priest over the desk!

Gargano hurries in but Finn cradles him! TWO!!! Gargano escapes, but Finn SLINGBLADES! Finn aims, SHOTGUNS and Gargano goes down! Finn climbs up, COUP DE- NO! Gargano moves, he runs back in, LA MYSTICA! Then GargaNO Escape!!! Ciampa intercepts Priest to a CROSSFACE!! Both Priest & Finn endure while fans go nuts! Priest powers up to SIDEWALK SLAM Ciampa onto Gargano! All four men are down and “This is Awesome!” The teams regroup, Finn and Gargano crawl for their corners, and the fans rally hard for DIY. Hot tag to Priest, and he runs to DECK Ciampa!

Priest hauls Gargano up, Canadian Rack, but Gargano fights free! Hot tag to Ciampa! Ciampa fires off fast hands, he puts Priest in a corner, Gargano and Finn start to brawl! The ref reprimands, but Gargano gets the edge on Finn! ROLLING ELBOW! But Finn PELES! Ciampa KNEES Finn! Priest SUPERKICKS Ciampa! Ciampa falls out of the ring, Priest says it is done! Priest goes out after Ciampa, brings him around, and aims for the desk! No, not the table! But Gargano DIVES! Priest catches Gargano, FLATLINER on the desk!! Priest hurries back in, but Ciampa gets him for a cradle! TWO!!! Priest escapes, and DECKS Ciampa!

Priest tags Finn, gets Ciampa up, RAZOR’S EDGE!! COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, THE JUDGMENT DAY WINS!

Winners: Finn Balor & Damian Priest, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)

The Prince & The Punisher showed that vicious edge, just as Mami wanted! Dom & JD join in the celebration, and then Priest gets the mics. Finn says, “Who’s the Undisputed Tag Team Champions? The Judgment Day!” Priest says, “Alright, alright. For weeks, you’ve all seen a different side of The Judgment Day. And we all know who’s the reason for that. it’s the same person I feel like everybody in this ring owes an apology to. In fact, after the Rumble, I feel like I should apologize to him. Yeah, you guys know who it is. It ain’t a secret. Truth, I know you can hear us. Come join us in the ring.”

R-Truth makes his entrance and the fans fire up! Truth heads to the ring and Finn even joins in on the “What’s up? What’s up?” Priest says it is okay, Truth, c’mere. The music cuts and Priest says Truth has his word, he won’t attack. Priest knows Truth wants to say the deal. Truth joins the others in the ring, has a mic now, and he says he’s glad he gets to say it cuz it never works when Priest says it. He just isn’t nice enough. So, ALL RISE for the Judgment Day! The fans cheer and Priest says that was good. But look, Truth, at the Rumble, Priest was thinking about last Monday. Truth says that’s fine, they can talk about that later.

Truth hasn’t been able to sleep, this has been bothering him. He relocated Priest’s cash to crypto, don’t worry. He even filed the taxes and liquidated the assets, Priest is good to go! Priest sighs and says there’s no way Truth knows what any of that means. But what Priest is saying is that they’re a family. Yeah, that’s what Truth is saying! They’ve been family the whole time! Priest is like Truth’s older brother. But Truth, you’re older than all of them! Truth says Finn is “that weird uncle,” unpredictable but they still love him. What more is there to say “Tom ‘n’ Nick?” Fans boo Dominik and Truth is confused. Sorry, his bad.

But then, there’s JD. He’s that stepbrother who they don’t wanna admit is in the family. Priest says Truth has to let someone else talk. Priest was gonna say that the Judgment Day was family. But sadly, Truth ain’t Judgment Day. He’s not? No, he never was. But Priest has always liked Truth, he is very funny. So that’s why Priest isn’t the one who is gonna do this. Dom? JD TAKES INITIATIVE! Fans boo as JD smacks Truth around, kicks him, but wait! Here comes The Miz! Miz wants to save his friend, but he just gets mugged, too! It’s a 4v2 beating! Fans boo but then Priest & Finn set Miz up for Dom! Dom goes up, to FROG SPLASH!

JD drags Truth over to put next to Miz, and The Judgment Day stands tall. United and undisputed, will anyone ever bring them down now?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Chelsea Green & Piper Niven!

The Queen of Spade & The Hunter want the tag titles, but the Hot Mess & The Scottish Viper want those titles back! Will Shayna & Stark tear through the former champs to get at the current champs? Or will they refuse to #TapNapOrSnap?

The teams sort out, and Piper SPLASHES Stark in the corner at the bell! Piper CLOBBERS Stark, fans are torn, but Stark JAWBREAKERS back! Piper goes to ropes, she ELBOWS back, but Shayna KICKS Piper from behind! Stark HEEL KCIKS Piper from the front! Tag to Shayna, she storms in and CLUBS Piper down! Shayna fires off hands, the fans fire up, and Shayna pulls on an arm. Shayna isolates that arm to STOMP it! Shayna drags Piper around, wrenches to a double wristlock, but Piper endures. Piper scoops, Shayna slips free to waistlock, but Piper fights! Piper RAMS Shayna into the corner!

Shayna and Piper are down, but Piper crawls to hot tag Green! Hot tag to Stark! Chelsea isn’t sure what to do, so she dodges Stark, then drop toeholds her into ropes! Green smiles, but Shayna has the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Chelsea TOSSES Shayna, dodges Stark’s dropkick, then hits a ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Chelsea is upset. She hurries to tag but Shayna YANKS Piper down! And Stark hits Z 360!! Cover, Stark & Shayna win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by pinfall

Well that was fast! If they can put away former champs that fast, will Shayna & Stark be unstoppable going for the titles?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Tampa fires up for the back to back winner of the Men’s Royal Rumble, The American Nightmare, as he heads to the ring, “WHOA~ OH~!” Cody gets the mic but takes a moment as he hears the fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Cody then asks Tampa Bay, “What do we wanna talk about?” He had something in mind to say, first in response to his own question. But on the way out, he heard something for the very first time that was music to his ears. Samantha Irvin, could you do him the honor of saying it one more time? Samantha smiles and grabs the mic to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome of the 2023 AND 2024 Men’s Royal Rumble match! The American Nightmare~! CODY! RHOOODES!”

Fans cheer and Cody is feeling it now! He thanks Samantha, and then says we have a lot of people here tonight. Cody knows that they come to Raw, to the WWE shows, to SmackDown and the PLEs, and the expectation is on the superstars to give us the best time of their lives and to escape for a moment. But some don’t realize that even the WWE superstars need to escape. The last 48 hours of Cody’s life outside of here have been rather… challenging. It’s all good, all is well, but on Saturday, you will never know how much he needed the fans. Cody is endlessly grateful for that, but let’s get to it.

“Let’s make WrestleMania 40 official.” But then Seth Rollins makes his way out here?! The Visionary, the Revolutionary, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, has fans singing his song now, “WHOA~ OH~ OHH~! OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” while he makes his way to the ring. Rollins gets a mic of his own, the fans continue to sing, and Rollins revels in it a moment before telling Cody, “Tampa Bay is right, you do deserve it, man.” Rollins says that because these two haven’t always seen eye to eye, but the past year, they’ve developed a… mutual respect for each other. So man to man, back-to-back Royal Rumbles, congrats! That is special.

They shake hands, but then Rollins wants to be real. Sunglasses coming off now. If Cody chooses Roman Reigns at Mania, that is a mistake. Rollins thinks Cody should fight him instead. Fans are surprised to hear that, and are torn on that. Rollins understands the concerns. But all he is asking is for Cody to hear him out. Rollins watched Cody at the Rumble press conference. Cody said unequivocally that he is “The Guy.” And Rollins isn’t trying to be a jerk, but no, Cody is not The Guy. Roman Reigns isn’t even The Guy anymore! Rollins is The Guy. Rollins is The Guy, and the World Heavyweight Championship is THE title in the WWE!

Fans are again torn but plenty still sing for Rollins. Rollins says see, we’re getting there. Now last year, Cody won the Rumble, it made perfect sense to go after Roman. But that was when there was only one champion. The landscape has changed. But Rollins gets it. Every single day, all Cody has thought about this past year is Roman, Roman, Roman. But Rollins and Cody have been together on this ride. Rollins won this belt, Cody’s been on the road with him, town after town, city after city, show after show. And who was there int he main event? Cuz it sure wasn’t Roman. And what title was Rollins defending? Cuz it sure wasn’t the WWE Universal Championship! It was the WORLD HEAVYEWIGHT TITLE!

And does Cody remember why this title came to be? It was because every single one of these people was sick and tired of Roman Reigns. They were sick and tired of Roman showing up every other week, then every other month. Then every six months, never defending the title and then cheating to win when he had to instead of being an honorable man! The WHC is THE PEOPLE’S TITLE! It is for the us, by us, and has been built up by us! Broken bones, bad backs, blown out knee, all of them, Cody included, has leveled the playing field.

So they don’t need to pretend Roman is “The Guy” anymore, cuz he’s not. We don’t need to pretend Roman is on some untouchable pedestal. Hell, we don’t need Roman at all! So Rollins just has to ask: What title does Cody want? The Hollywood title? The Hogan title? The one for posers and frauds? The one for those who politic to the top? Or does he want the Dusty Rhodes title? The workhorse title, the blue collar title, because that is what the WHC means! It is about who is the very best between these ropes!

And Rollins could try and ask what title Dusty would want, but it wouldn’t matter, because he’s not here, this isn’t about him, and hasn’t been for some time. This is about Cody and Cody’s decision. And Rollins doesn’t need an answer right now, but he wants Cody to think on this because this is the biggest decision in Cody’s entire life. Just ask yourself, “What’s in here (your heart)? What kind of man do you wanna be?” Rollins steps back and Cody isn’t sure what to make of that. Cody tells Seth, “I have an insane amount of respect for you. And this is the last thing I woke up thinking that we would be talking about, that I would be thinking about.

“But let me tell you this. I’ll think about it.” Fans cheer and Rollins is a little surprised. Did Rollins just redirect the Road to WrestleMania towards him? Or does Cody still want to #FinishTheStory that badly?

 

Kofi Kingston speaks.

“Hey! I’m still on Cloud Nine because what we did last week to Imperium. We took ’em on and we took ’em down!” Now Kofi said it before and he’ll say it again: When you think about New Day, you talk about pancakes, Booty-O’s, ice cream, bright colors. But the one thing you forget o talk about, the most important thing, is the fact that they win championships! Talk about that! That is what Kofi is about to do here tonight when he beats Gunther for the Intercontinental Champsionship! FIVE-TIME, BRO! Xavier Woods is just as fired up, will Kofi end the reign at just short of 600 DAYS?!

 

Jey Uso VS Bronson Reed!

Main Event Jey wants after singles gold, but so does the Colossal Aussie! Will Jey manage to YEET Reed out of the way? Or will the Uso Splash not compare to the Tsunami?

Raw returns and Reed makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Reed puts Jey in a corner, lets off, but Jey avoids the haymaker to fire off hands. The fans “YEET! YEET!” and Jey runs, but Reed runs him over! Reed paces, drags Jey up and HEADBUTTS back! Reed drags Jey up to HEADBUTT again! Reed clotheslines in the corner, to then short arm LARIAT Jey down! Fans boo but Reed stalks Jey to ropes. Reed HEADBUTTS again, then mocks the yeet. The fans rally for Jey but Reed drags him up to ROCK him with a right. Reed brings Jey around to CLUB him in the chest!

Reed whips, Jey holds ropes, and then Jey dumps Reed out! Jey builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Reed hits barriers! The fans fire up with Jey and he gets Reed up, only for Reed to POST him! Reed runs in, but Jey ducks and Reed POSTS himself!! Fans fire up while Raw goes picture in picture.

Jey slides into the ring, lets the ring count climb, and Reed drags himself up at 6 of 10. Reed rolls in at 8, but Jey runs up to fire haymakers! Jey ROCKS Reed, ROCKS him again, and ROCKS him again! Reed wobbles, Jey runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Reed ELBOWS him down! Reed flexes, soaks up the heat, then goes back to Jey. Reed runs to ELBOW DROP! Jey sputters, Reed stalks him, then he drags Jey up into a neck wrench! Jey endures, fights up, and throws body shots! Jey throws haymakers, but Reed HEADBUTTS again! Jey falls into a corner, Reed steadies himself, and then storms up on Jey.

Reed stands on Jey at the ropes! The ref counts, Reed steps away, and then he drags Jey up. Reed CHOKES Jey on the ropes, thrashes him, then lets off as the ref counts again. Reed stands Jey up in a corner, ROCKS him with a right, then whips him corner to corner. Jey bounces off buckles and falls to his knees, but Reed soaks up the heat. Reed drags Jey up, CLUBS him to another corner, then CHOKES Jey on the buckles. The ref counts, Reed lets off, and he mocks the “UCE! OH!” chant. Reed goes corner to corner to HIP ATTACK! Jey flounders and Reed grins. Reed drags Jey into a chinlock!

Jey endures as Reed squeezes tight. Jey fights up, Raw returns to single picture. and Jey throws body shots. The fans rally as Jey counter punches! And counter punches! And counter punches! Fans “YEET! YEET!” and Jey pops ‘n’ locks, before he ROCKS Reed again! The fans fire up as Jey runs in, but Reed puts him on the apron. Jey GAMANGIRIS then climbs up! CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Reed is tougher than that but Jey keeps cool. Reed stands, into a mule kick! UPPERCUT! Reed blocks a kick, spins Jey and blocks the Dragon Whip to SENTON! Cover, TWO! Jey is tougher than that, too!

The fans rally up, Reed hauls Jeyu up but Jey ducks the ripcord lariat to SUPERKICK! Reed growls but Jey SUPERKCIKS! Reed roars, but Jey CALF KICKS! Cover, TWO! Reed is still in this but Jey hurries to a corner. Jey climbs but Reed trips him up! Reed climbs, brings Jey up, but Jey fights the superplex! Jey fires body shots and forearms, then a HEADBUTT! Reed falls down! Jey adjusts, to USO- NO, he has to bail out of the splash as Reed moves! Reed gets Jey in a fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Reed is furious! Reed says time to end this!

Reed drags Jey up, fireman’s carries again, but Jey slips free! Reed still SPLASHES in the corner! Jey falls, Reed climbs! Fans fire up as Reed aims, TSUNAMI FLOPS as Jey moves! Fans fire up and Jey rises! SUPERKICK! Reed stays up, so Jey runs and SPEARS Reed down!! Jey hurries back up, and he hits the USO SPLASH!! Cover, Jey wins!!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

Truly a huge win for Jey! And while Kofi is facing Gunther later tonight, will this help Jey be right in line for his own Intercontinental Championship match?

 

Adam Pearce meets with Andrade Almas.

El Idolo signs on the dotted line, he is officially Raw! Pearce appreciates this, they shake hands, and then in walks Nick Aldis. Well, just the man Pearce wanted to see. Pearce introduces one of the biggest free agents in WWE history, a former NXT Champion and United States Champion, and is now the newest member of Raw. Aldis congratulates Andrade on the deal, but says it is a shame, as SmackDown had a very handsome offer. Pearce says maybe SmackDown should’ve been a little quicker. Yes, evidently. But Andrade shakes hands with Pearce and Aldis one more time, and wants Aldis to say hola to Santos for him.

Andrade heads out and Aldis says he loaned Pearce Bayley for the night so that Raw could have both Rumble winners for a very special night, and it’s like that, is it? It’s just business. Oh, well, speaking of business, they need to discuss Elimination Chamber. But then Aldis’ phone rings and he says he has to take it, it’s Bron Breakker. Aldis heads out, and it seems SmackDown is going to sign their own big name soon enough.

 

Gunther speaks.

Der Ring General tells Kofi, “I want to speak firm to you. Good on you for challenging me, because tonight, you’re about to have the biggest fight of your career. You’re fighting for your name, you’re fighting for your legacy, you’re fighting for every accomplishment you’ve ever made. You will remember this night for the rest of your life. But I? After tonight, I will forget about you. So here’s some advice: Leave it all out there in the ring tonight. Because when I’m done with you, nobody will be speaking about you anymore, and I will carry on being the longest reigning and greatest Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time. Good luck, Kofi.”

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

Jackie Redmond is with The Man and says obviously Plan A was winning the Rumble, but that isn’t how things went. What is Plan B? Becky says the she let a lot of people down, including herself. But the only way she stays down is if she gives up and that ain’t in her nature. Then Plan B is to train harder, think smarter, fighter a little dirtier, but she does not stop until she’s back at the top, and takes that women’s title back into the main event like it deserves. The Man is planning to still be Big Time in time for Mania, how will she fight her way into Philadelphia?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER VS Kofi Kingston!

Der Ring General continues add to his historic reign, having now reached just shy of 600 DAYS! But just as Kofi said, the New Day always gets gold! Will Kofi become a FIVE-TIME Intercontinental Champion? Or will he be just another notch on the belt for Gunther?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see just who (who who who) brings gold down the Road to WrestleMania!

The bell rings and Kofi rushes Gunther with fast hands! Gunther shoves him away but Kofi comes back for more! Kofi climbs up a corner to rain down fists but Gunther throws him away. Kofi ducks ‘n’ dodges but Guntnher scoops to a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally while Kofi writhes, and Gunther gets the legs to go righ tinto a BOSTON CRAB! Kofi endures, reaches out, but Gunther sits deep while Raw goes picture in picture!

Kofi fights around, slips under, but Gunther stomps him down! Gunther stalks Kofi to ropes, then bends him against them! The ref reprimands, Gunther CLUBS Kofi as he lets off, then he stalks Kofi to a corner. Gunther drags Kofi up but Kofi body shots and mule kicks! Kofi fires hands but Gunther CHOPS him down! Gunther stalks Kofi, drags him up, and then CLUBS him down! Kofi goes to ropes, Gunther stomps away on him, but Gunther lets off as the ref counts. Gunther soaks up the heat, stalks Kofi to a corner, and then Gunther drags Kofi up again. Gunther shoves Kofi to ropes to then CLUB him in the back on the rebound!

Kofi falls, Gunther hip drops him down more! Gunther paces around. Kofi crawls, Gunther stalks him, then drags him up. Gunther shoves Kofi to ropes again, but this time Kofi ROCKS Gunther! Gunther staggers, Kofi fires more hands, but Gunther CLUBS him again. But Kofi dodges the hip drop to get a leg! Gunther grabs Kofi’s leg, stands up, and stomps Kofi down again! Kofi crawls while Gunther soaks up heat from the fans. Gunther storms up in the corner, but Kofi slips fere to ROCK and CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Gunther turns things around to CHOP! Kofi falls and sputters, but Gunther kicks him to the floor!

Gunther paces while Kofi drags himself up. Kofi gets in the ring but Gunther is on him with a snapmare. Gunther KICKS Kofi in the back! Kofi writhes, flounders to ropes, and Gunther stalks him. Gunther KICKS Kofi, Kofi is in the ropes again, and Raw returns to single picture as Gunther bends Kofi back! Gunther ELBOWS Kofi in the nose! Gunther eggs Kofi on, taunts him, but Kofi throws body shots and haymakers! Kofi HEADBUTTS, but Gunther CHOPS! Kofi falls back and Gunther storms up again. Gunther whips corner to corner hard and Kofi falls! Gunther taunts Kofi, stalks him to a corner, then drags him up.

Gunther brings Kofi up to whip him hard into the corner again, and Kofi again falls! Gunther grabs the legs but Kofi resists. Kofi BOOTS from below, and BOOTS again! Kofi is free, he goes to a corner, but Gunther storms up on him again. Gunther scoops to SLAM Kofi! Gunther taunts the fans and he taunts Kofi. He asks where Kofi’s fight is now, and then he drags Kofi up. Gunther UPPERCUTS Kofi, UPPERCUTS again, and Kofi goes to a corner. Gunther storms over and stands Kofi up, but Kofi fires haymakers! And a CHOP! Gunther CHOPS back! Gunther whips Kofi corner to corner, grins, but Kofi runs up to DECK Gunther!

Fans fire up as Gunther is staggered now! Kofi fires off haymakers and HEADBUTTS! The fans rally behind Kofi as he goes to a corner. Gunther runs in but Kofi BOOTS him away. Kofi then PENDULUM KICKS and Gunther falls back! Kofi goes up, and leaps, but into Gunther’s arms! BACKBREAKER! BOSTON CRAB! Kofi endures as Raw goes back to picture in picture!

Kofi fights up but Gunther puts more pressure on the back! Kofi crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Gunther lets go, and he catches his breath while Kofi drags himself up. Gunther stomps Kofi, then brings him around to CHOP down! Kofi flounders to another corner, and Gunther soaks up the heat. Gunther mocks the fans as they cheer Kofi, and then he storms after Kofi. Kofi mule kicks back! And THRUST KICKS! But Gunther waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Gunther scowls as he looks at Kofi writhing, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Gunther ripcords Kofi, but Kofi ducks the lariat! V-TRIGGER! Fans fire up as Gunther is stunned! Kofi goes to a corner, stands back up and he runs up to DOUBLE CHOP! And DOUBLE CHOP! And DROPKICK! Gunther wobbles, Kofi keeps moving, but Gunther gets around! SLEEPER!! Kofi flails, reaches out, but then Gunther spins Kofi around to lift and- NO, Kofi fights the bomb! Kofi goes to ropes to RANA Gunther to the floor! Fans fire up as Kofi builds speed, and Kofi DIVES! But Gunther catches him, to SLAM him into the apron!! Gunther drags Kofi up, lifts, but Kofi RANAS again, and Gunther hits POST!

Kofi and Gunther stagger, Kofi slides into the ring first and he builds speed! Kofi DIVES and Gunther hits the desk! Kofi keeps moving, he DIVES again, and again Gunther hits the desk! The fans fire up but this time Gunther follows! Kofi ducks ‘n’ dodges, RUNNING TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Kofi crawls, but Gunther crawls away, and out of the ring! Gunther saves himself and Kofi can’t believe it! Kofi hurries outside to KICK Gunther, SMACK him off steel steps, and CLUB away on him! Fans fire up with Kofi, but the ring count is climbing. Kofi goes up the barriers?! Kofi aims, to leap, GUILLOTINE AX HANDLE OFF THE STEPS!!!

Kofi shoves Gunther in the ring and then he goes up the corner! Kofi aims, to SUPER BOOM DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Gunther survives and no one can believe it! Kofi aims from a corner, he spins, but Gunther BLOCKS Trouble in Paradise! Gunther tries the Crab but Kofi cradles it! TWO!! Gunther LARIATS outta nowhere!! Gunther powers up the arm again and fans boo, as Gunther runs to- S O S!!! Cover, TWO!!! Gunther survives again and Kofi is beside himself! “This is Awesome!” as Kofi and Gunther rise again, and then Gunther LARIATS!! And then SHOTGUNS Kofi into a corner! Gunther drags Kofi out, up, and GENERAL BOMB!! Cover, Gunther wins!!

Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)

And that secures Gunther past 600 days! Woods checks on Kofi, but then the rest of Imperium pounces! Vinci & Kaiser were just waiting, and Gunther smiles as his soldiers beat down The New Day! Vinci BOOTS Kofi down, but then Woods rises! Woods runs up to CLOBBER Vinci and fire fast hands on Ludwig! But that’s still a 2v1 situation! They mug Woods, drag him out, and then double whip him into a POST!! Gunther taunts The New Day, then he and Imperium make their leave. Will nothing stop Der Ring General and his reign of terror?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie is now with the returning Great Liberator, and notes that just 48 hours removed from his return, he is facing the man who put him on the shelf in Drew McIntyre. How is Sami managing his emotions going into tonight’s main event? Sami says that’s a good question, because this has all been emotional. It is hard to just sit on the sidelines when it was an injury at the hands of a man like McIntyre, especially when McIntyre always has an excuse for why he does anything. And then, the moment of a lifetime, to come out as Number 30 in the Rumble, even that was somehow taken away by McIntyre.

Now, if it was just Sami, he could deal with it. But when it comes to McIntyre, he is targeting everyone, including CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Jey Uso and Seth Rollins. McIntyre points the finger at everyone except himself. So as far as Sami is concerned, it is time for a reality check, and he’ll be the one to give it! Sami is ready for a fight, will he be able to bring down the Scottish Terminator?

 

The Kabuki Warriors VS Tegan Nox & Natalya!

The Empress of Tomorrow & The Pirate Princess are once again WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and they’re ready to fight to prove they’re still that dangerous! But will the Welsh Firecracker and Queen of Harts find a way to grab some golden tickets? Or will they not be ready for Asuka & Kairi?

Raw returns and Nox & Natty make their entrance. The teams sort out and Nox starts against Kairi Sane. They circle, Kairi uses the ref as a shield, plays some peekaboo, then she kicks Nox low. Kairi headlocks but Nox powers out. Nox trips Kairi, Oklahoma Rolls, ONE!! Nox clinches, Natty tags in, and they double whip Kairi. They drop toehold then basement dropkick, and Natty covers, TWO! Natty scoops but Kairi slips free to throw Natty down by her hair! The ref reprimands, but Kairi tags Asuka. Kairi bumps Natty off Asuka’s boots, then Asuka grins as she whips. Natty reverses to send Asuka hard into buckles!

Tag to Nox, she runs up to fire hands on Asuka! Nox whips, Asuka reverses but Nox goes up and over. Nox runs back in to UPPERCUT! Nox then GAMANGIRIS Asuka down, and she goes corner to corner for a CANNONBALL! Asuka flounders but Nox stalks her. Nox drags Asuka around, but Kairi runs in! Nox dodges, Natty is there and she snapmares Kairi. Natty & Nox coordinate, they both run, then DOUBLE BASEMENT BOOT! The fans fire up with Natty and Nox kicks Kairi out while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Asuka kneels on Nox’s neck! The ref counts, Asuka steps away and tags Kairi. The Kabuki Warriors mug Nox, double whip, then bypass to kick, AX KICK and BULLDOG, into the BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans cheer and Kairi drags Nox up. Kairi CHOPS Nox, CHOPS again, and Nox sits down. Kairi puts Nox in the corner, stomps a mudhole in, then lets off as the ref counts. Natty rallies the fans for “Tegan! Tegan!” but Asuka tags in. Asuka stalks Nox, stomps her around, scuffs her, then taunts Natty. Asuka scuffs Nox more and more but Nox snarls. Nox blocks and spins Asuka but Asuka ROCKS Nox first!

Asuka whips, Nox BLASTS Kairi! Asuka runs in but Nox ROCKS her! Nox DECKS Kairi, then BOOTS Asuka! Nox hobbles, but Kairi runs up! Nox spins Kairi around to throw her out, then dodges Asuka, only for Asuka to block the kick! ANKLE LOCK! Nox rolls but Asuka holds on! They roll again, but Nox fights her way forward! Natty reaches out, but Kairi YANKS Natty down! Asuka reels Nox in, but Nox wheelbarrows! Victory roll, TWO! HEADBUTT! Asuka wobbles, kicks, but Nox duck sit to UPPERCUT! Nox and Asuka are down, they crawl, hot tag to Natty! Natty fires hands on Asuka, then snap suplexes!

Natty hurries to snap suplex again! Natty bumps Asuka off buckles, fires off hands, and the fans fire up more. N atty runs, Asuka swings, but Natty gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! DISCUS LARIAT! Natty drags Asuka around, steps through, and fans fire up, but Asuka fights the Sharpshooter! Asuka calls to Kairi, Kairi sneaks in from behind to CLUB Natty! Natty TOSSES Kairi out for that, then asks for a tag, but Nox goes to kick Kairi! Kairi blocks to trip Nox up! Natty is upset, she WRECKS Kairi with a dropkick! Asuka runs in, Natty dodges and drags her into a cradle! TWO!! Natty gets the legs but Asuka BOOTS her!

Asuka gets up, ROUNDHOUSE! Tag to Kairi and she climbs! Asuka hooks Natty up, and we saw this on Friday! In-SANE DDT!! Cover, Kabuki Warriors win!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, by pinfall

Natty and Nox were close, but one misstep cost them. Is this as far as their team can go? As for Asuka & Kairi, will they be ready for any and all challengers that come their way?

 

Backstage interview with Kayden Carter & Katana Chance.

Jackie is with the former tag team champions, and notes that it was only a few days ago that they were holding those belts. How do they plan on getting back into the picture? Katana says they talked with Adam Pearce, and the Life of the Party gets their rematch. Kayden says Asuka & Kairi have one more week to enjoy the reign, because those belts are coming back home to the Party. And that’s next week on Raw! KC Squared just gave us a scoop, but will they get things lit again on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Bayley heads to the ring!

Samantha Irvin gives the winner of the 2024 Women’s Royal Rumble a great introductions, and now the Role Model joins the Kabuki Warriors, Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai in the ring. What will she have to say about her big win? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Bayley points to the WrestleMania sign while she has the mic. The fans cheer her on, and Bayley says, “Before I get into the nitty gritty, I’m gonna give you all a rare opportunity to take a picture of us. I mean, c’mon, let’s ask ourselves, when’s the last time you saw the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, the WWE Women’s Champion, and your Women’s Royal Rumble winner standing int he same ring together, huh? Uh, the answer is never because it’s never been done! This right here is history, and it’s all thanks to ME!” The fans cheer and Bayley says she’s been telling all you idiots that DMG CTRL was going to take over, and nobody believed her!

Everyone thought Bayley’s idea was a flop. That Bayley’s not as good as she used to be. That Bayley’s been losing all of her matches. But luckily, she doesn’t listen to opinions, because she sees the bigger picture. She may not have been on the poster for the Royal Rumble, but she stands tall as your 2024 Women’s Royal Rumble winner! Fans cheer that! Bayley says in a time when we have the most stacked, talented WWE Women’s Division, Bayley came out on top! HA! She beat 29 other women on Saturday! Not only that, she beat Rhea Ripley’s precious little record as she was in that match for a total of 63 minutes and 3 seconds! DING DONG, HELLO!

“So at WrestleMania-” Wait! Here comes Rhea! And Rhea says, “Aww~, Bayley. You think that you’ve accomplished something? That’s very cute. You might’ve beat my time in the Rumble, but that’s only because I wasn’t in it. And I see that the rest of DMG CTRL has gold, and if you decide to challenge me at WrestleMania, then it’s gonna stay that way. You wanna know why? Because Mami-” GETS BLINDSIDED BY NIA JAX! Fans boo as Nia and Rhea brawl, DMG CTRL cheers it, but then things get in the ring! Rhea stomps Nia, runs, but Nia runs Rhea over! Nia then runs, and she drops the leg, brother!

Fans boo as Nia runs again, for another leg drop, brother! DMG CTRL stays way back as Nia hits a third leg drop! Fans boo as Nia then goes up, for the A-NIA-LATOR!! Nia stares DMG CTRL down, and Bayley is the only one that stays in the ring! Bayley looks around, realizing she got left behind, and Nia storms up to her. Nia takes the mic to tell Bayley that she can pick Iyo Sky or anybody else. But Rhea Ripley isn’t making it to WrestleMania. Nia pushes the mic back into Bayley’s hands, and Bayley says hold on, Nia didn’t let her finish. Bayley’s gonna make her official announcement on Friday Night SmackDown.

Nia backs away, and while Rhea sputters and coughs, both Bayley and Iyo look worried. Is Bayley still going to dare to choose the Women’s World Championship? Or will she end up choosing the Evil Genius by default?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Sami Zayn!

The Scottish Terminator shows no remorse about what happened to CM Punk, and was even happy about it! He also injured Sami and enjoyed it, but will he come to regret it now that Sami’s back? Or will the Master Strategist’s return be cut short?

Raw returns and Jackie is with McIntyre at gorilla position. She notes Sami saying McIntyre needs a reality check. What is his response? McIntyre says all he has ever done is tell the truth, and all his actions are justified. As for Sami’s reality check, they have had countless matches. And McIntyre isn’t the best with math, Sami has beaten him exactly… ZERO times! And that ain’t changing tonight. So hit his music! McIntyre’s theme song plays, he makes his entrance, is there a first time for everything?

The bell rings and Sami runs in, only for McIntyre to RAM him into a corner! Sami gets free to CHOP and CHOP but McIntyre shoves him down. Sami dodges the lariat to JAB, JAB and CHOP! Sami whips, McIntyre reverses but Sami holds ropes. McIntyre runs in but Sami dumps him out! Sami then PLANCHAS, but McIntyre catches him! McIntyre brings Sami over to TOSS him over the desk! McIntyre leaves Sami behind, the ring count climbs, and McIntyre counts along. McAfee says Sami will be fine but McIntyre gets impatient. McIntyre goes out after Sami, drags him back up, and pushes him into the ring.

McIntyre tells Pat not to talk trash, but then Sami DIVES! Now McIntyre goes flying over the desk! Fans fire up with Sami and Maggle tells Pat to be more careful with what he says while Raw goes picture in picture.

Sami catches his breath, then fires back up as he fetches McIntyre. Sami SMACKS McIntyre off the desk, and SMACKS him off it again. Sami refreshes the ring count, brings McIntyre around, but McIntyre CHOPS! McIntyre whips Sami to the barriers, but Sami goes up to QUEBRADA! Direct hit and down goes McIntyre! Sami gets up on the desk as he’s all fired up and the fans are with him! McIntyre sits up in a huff, Sami refreshes the ring count again, and Sami brings McIntyre around into the ring. Sami stalks McIntyre to a corner and fires body shots. The ref counts, Sami wrenches and whips, but McIntyre reverses.

Sami goes up, but McIntyre KICKS him out of the air! McIntyre soaks up the heat while Sami sputters. McIntyre drags Sami up to DECK him! McIntyre stomps Sami on the face, then puts him in a corner. McIntyre CHOPS Sami, stalks him to ropes, then CHOPS him again! Sami falls over and McIntyre paces around. McIntyre smirks as he stands Sami up again, to CHOP him back down! Sami sputters but McIntyre looms over him. McIntyre stands Sami up to CHOP him again! Sami shakes his head as he refuses to fall! McIntyre CHOPS Sami again, but Sami shouts! Sami CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS in return! McIntyre DOUBLE CHOPS Sami off his feet!

McIntyre rains down fists and just HAMMERS away on Sami! The ref has McIntyre back off so he can check Sami, and Raw returns to single picture. Sami is okay to continue, so McIntyre CHOPS him to a corner! Sami sits down but says he can still go. McIntyre stands Sami up again, to CHOP him back down! McIntyre wants this to end already but Sami refuses to stay down. Sami CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but McIntyre RAMS him! And CHOPS! And CLUBS! McIntyre hoists Sami up top, then CHOPS again! Fans “WOO~!” but McIntyre has a murderous glare. McIntyre climbs up and he hauls Sami up.

Sami resists the lift, throws down elbows, then CLUBS away on McIntyre! Sami SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives but Sami is too sore to be upset. The fans rally up as both men rise, and Sami fires haymakers! Sami whips, McIntyre blocks to CLUB and underhook! Sami wrenches out, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then he goes up and up and TORNADO DDTS! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives again but Sami stays focused. Sami aims from a corner, he runs in, but McIntyre picks Sami up for a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! McIntyre deadlifts Sami to SITOUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up as Sami survives and McIntyre is fuming. McIntyre looms over Sami, pie faces him, but Sami rises up to CHOP! McIntyre is angrier now, he runs in, but Sami moves! McIntyre POSTS himself! Sami reels McIntyre in, suplexes, but McIntyre’s so big! Sami still tries, but McIntyre fights free to GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT! McIntyre goes to a corner, and he decides to go up?! Sami stands, and he trips McIntyre up! Fans rally as Sami climbs, he brings McIntyre to the top, and fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX!! Both men are down and “This is Awesome!” Sami and McIntyre stir, and Sami rises first!

Sami leans against ropes but he makes it to a corner. The fans fire up as Sami runs in, but McIntyre LARIATS Sami down! McIntyre aims from a corner now, “Three! Two! One!” CLAY- NO!! BLUE THUNDER BOMB!!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives yet again and Sami is beside himself! Sami rises again, he brings McIntyre in, but McIntyre RAMS him into a corner, then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES him! McIntyre kips up, storms up, and he fireman’s carries Sami to climb up! Fans freak out but here comes SUPER WHITE NOISE!! Cover, TWO?!?! Sami survives and shocks McIntyre! McIntyre glares, Sami reaches up at him.

McIntyre asks why Sami has to do this. Sami has balls, sure, but he’s just out of his league. McIntyre pie faces Sami but Sami ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker, and from all sides! The fans are thunderous, but McIntyre just GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTTS again! Then a forearm in the corner! McIntyre keeps moving, Sami follows, but McIntyre guards! LOW BLOW!? But was that by accident? The ref can’t be sure what really happened, and then McIntyre CLAYMORES!!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Perhaps a serendipitous shot down low, and the Scottish Terminator takes this one away from Sami! McIntyre doesn’t really care how it looks, he just knows he’s won. Will McIntyre fight his way to the top of the WWE by any means necessary?


My Thoughts:

An awesome Raw right here to follow Royal Rumble and get us going on the Road to WrestleMania. They also did a good job pivoting things after unintended change of plans. For one, a damn shame that just as CM Punk got going again, he’s hurt, again. As great as Punk still is on the mic, maybe his body just isn’t able to keep it up anymore. I mean, his AEW run, if he wasn’t hurt, he was suspended, and those suspensions maybe helped him not get hurt worse. But he still gave an amazing opening promo, and then McIntyre had a great promo that just pissed all over Punk. I’m sure they wanted McIntyre VS Punk, but Sami taking McIntyre on tonight was great stuff, too.

Great promos, awesome main event, and what a clever finish because I’ve never seen someone do that guarding low blow to Sami like that. With Punk injured, someone else has to face Rollins at WrestleMania, maybe it’s McIntyre. I do like that Rollins interrupted Cody’s promo segment to perhaps tease an audible there, too. Rollins wanting Cody to choose him, harping on how Roman’s not “The Guy” anymore, there are elements of Rollins just wanting to puff up his own ego. But as it stands, there are plenty of other guys who can face Rollins at Mania but no one has been built like Cody to go after Roman again, so Cody surely tells Rollins, “Thanks but no thanks.”

Similarly, great stuff out of DMG CTRL. Kabuki Warriors of course beat Nox & Natty, which seems to be falling apart as a team. And Bayley shows up to brag about winning, about how DMG CTRL has lasted this long, but I did not think Nia would beat down Rhea right in front of them all. Bayley being intimidated into not choosing the Women’s World title and basically having no other choice but choosing Iyo is creative, but it also seems to take away the dynamic I was seeing in the DMG CTRL story. I thought Bayley was going to get dumped and then chooses Iyo as revenge, not Bayley choosing Iyo and then being dumped because DMG CTRL has had enough of her.

But clearly, Bayley VS Iyo is still gonna be the plan with Becky talking about fighting her own way to a title match. Nia VS Rhea is definitely the title match for Elimination Chamber: Perth, surely even the main event, while Becky is getting in the Chamber match and winning her shot for Mania. Also, Kayden & Katana getting their rematch next week, yeah that’s not gonna go well for them, I would think. Shayna & Stark got a fast win on Chelsea & Piper, they are surely contenders for the tag titles. I kinda hope they’ll get a contender from Raw and one from SmackDown for a Triple Threat at Mania to really do things up big.

Really good match out of Jey VS Reed, and I figured Jey was getting the win to build himself up towards a title match. Gunther and Kofi had great promos before their awesome title match, they really went the distance. Also I like that picture in picture returned for tonight, it helped the matches feel bigger. Gunther wins, of course, and Imperium beating New Day down, I was so hoping Big E was making a miraculous return. But no, Big E’s neck is still a major concern, we gotta give him time, if he’s ever coming back at all. But Gunther VS Jey could be awesome stuff as Jey goes for his first singles title and Gunther aims for… oh no, WrestleMania’s gonna be on Day 666 of his reign…

Well, speaking of titles, Finn & Priest VS DIY was an awesome tag title match, DIY coming so close and yet still so far from the win. But clearly, the story with R-Truth is not over. Priest lures him into a beatdown, Miz makes the save, Awesome Truth VS Finn & Priest for the titles? Truth has been a serious competitor before, and a tag champion before with Kofi Kingston, he and Miz could be a pretty fun championship team. I just don’t know the chances of that actually happening, but some team somewhere has to get these belts off Judgment Day some day.

My Score: 8.9/10


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

LIGHTS OUT!

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Now this is a LEGIT grudge match!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Dalton Castle & The Outrunners VS Lance Archer & The Righteous; win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Cage of Agony VS ???
  • Queen Aminata VS ???
  • Red Velvet VS ???
  • Lights Out: Leyla Hirsch VS Diamante; wins.

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

EPISODE 250!

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AEW is going big for this milestone Dynamite!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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AEW International Championship: Will Ospreay VS MJF!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview Mark Briscoe & The Acclaimed.

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

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

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

 

“Big Bill” Morrissey is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

 

The Elite speak.

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

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

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

 

AEW TBS Championship: Mercedes Mone VS Nyla Rose!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jack Perry speaks.

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

 

Toni Storm is here!

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

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

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

 

AEW shares post show footage from Collision.

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

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

 

Swerve Strickland w/ Prince Nana VS Kazuchika Okada!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by disqualification

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 9.1/10


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